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Ingraham attends emergency
meeting in Dominican Republic

Only 16 of 40 MPs

respond to request

for $200,000

spending record

Tribune Staff Reporter
FEWER than half of all 40 MPs contacted for an account-
ing of how they had spent or not spent the $200,000 made
available to them between 2007 and 2009 to enhance their
constituencies have provided that accounting. Only one of
those 16 was PLP.
To be clear, the $200,000 in question - made up of two
allocations of $100,000 in consecutive budget cycles since
2007 until the most recent one - was not given to MPs out-
right but made available to them from the public treasury
SEE page two

Tribune Staff Reporter
A STRATEGIC plan for the
Reconstruction of Haiti will be
drawn up following an agree-
ment by the international com-
munity at an emergency meeting
attended by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham in the Domini-
can Republic yesterday.
Upon his return from the
Summit "United for a Better
Future for Haiti" with Haitian
President Rene Preval, world
leaders, and international
donors, Mr Ingraham told the
press how a co-ordinating com-
mittee will be established to
draw up the medium to long-
term plan to direct international
He emphasised the urgent
need to rebuild infrastructure in
Port-au-Prince amidst the chal-
lenges presented by the cata-
strophic destruction, and stressed
the importance of establishing
an economy capable of creating
jobs in Haiti.

Mr Ingraham said it will take
many years to rebuild the poor-
est country in the western hemi-
sphere after the greatest crisis in
Haiti's 200-year history and one
of the world's most serious nat-
ural disasters in recent decades.
"This is the gravest crisis Haiti
has ever had," Mr Ingraham
"Haiti had its own challenges
before now; they have now been
magnified and multiplied many
times over."
The magnitude-7.0 earth-
quake claimed tens of thousands
of lives and left hundreds of
thousands homeless and unem-
ployed, rendering the Haitian
government unable to function
without international help.
The meeting attended by lead-
ers of the Dominican Republic,
Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica,
Trinidad and Tobago, as well as
the Vice-President of Spain and
government representatives
from the US, Canada, Mexico,
Brazil and Chile, and represen-
SEE page six

PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham (centre) and Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest (left) return from the meeting in the
Dominican Republic yesterday.
DI D lth i- 1 it 'Ai t D Ht . Pi7A 1 f Detective denies

J!.s l ou 1 11 , a ovIL 1 V,

release of detainees

THE Progressive Liberal Party
yesterday accused Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham of having
"complete and utter d.Il1. -L..II
for his own Cabinet, the Official
Opposition and the Bahamian
In a statement issued to the
media, the PLP decried the prime
minister's recent decision to
release Haitian detainees from
the Carmichael Road Detention
"Mr Ingraham does not have
any regard for the PLP. He said

what they (the PLP) say is 'like
water off a duck's back'. Mr Ingra-
ham does not have any regard for
his own Cabinet ministers.
"In the face of the embarrass-
ing reversal of his previously
announced decision, the Minister
of State for Immigration was at a
loss to explain the release of the
Haitian detainees. The minister
told the country that the reversal
of his decision 'came from the
top'," the PLP said.
SEE page six

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Royal Bahamas
Defence Force has not
encountered any illegal Hait-
ian immigrants seeking
refuge in the Bahamas since
a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake
levelled Haiti's capital city
SEE page six

tormenting teen
found dead in cell
Tribune Staff Reporter
A POLICE detective, direct-
ly involved in a housebreaking
investigation that led to 15-year-
old Michael Knowles being held
in police custody, testified in
Coroner's Court yesterday.
On May 31, 2009, the teenag-
er was found hanging in a hold-
ing cell at the East Street South
SEE page six

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FROM page one Only 16 of 40

once projects that they decided
were needed in their areas were
approved by the Ministry of
Works and the Public Treasury.
After detailing last year in
an INSIGHT article the tribu-
lations of this reporter's
attempts to secure a documen-
tary accounting from the Public
Treasury on how each MP had
spent the money potentially
available to him, some readers
wanted to know why I had not
asked the MPs what they had
spent the money on.
In the November 30th arti-
cle I said that I thought this
would have been a cop-out and
would not have been sufficient
to provide as full a picture as
Treasury records would have.
Unfortunately, seven months
on from my initial request in
July 2009, and despite several
follow ups with the Minister of
State for Finance and Minister
of Finance, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, this docu-
mentary information is still
beyond the reach of this jour-
However, over the last
month and a half I have
engaged in this exercise in what
I hope will be an interim step
towards an accounting of the
expenditures before I have the
opportunity to provide the full
details as outlined in records
held by the Treasury.
In doing so, an email request
with a deadline for a reply was
sent out before Christmas
through each party's leader ask-
ing each MP if he or she could

provide a breakdown of how
they had spent the twice allo-
cated $100,000 that was made
available to them in the bud-
get for discretionary con-
stituency enhancement projects.
As a result, I did receive sever-
al prompt responses that shed
some light on the matter.
They were so few, however
-no more than four initially-
that I decided to send out
another reminder email after
Christmas to each of the par-
ty's MPs, again with a deadline
of several days later, I received
a few more replies.
For fairness, I tried to ensure
both sets of MPs received the
same request at the same time
in the same form and were giv-
en the same amount of time to
I emailed FNM MPs directly
as I was provided with their
personal email addresses by
leader of government business
in the House of Assembly,
Tommy Turnquest, MP for
Mount Moriah. I relied on the
cooperation of PLP Chairman
Bradley Roberts and PLP Par-
ty Whip Melanie Griffin, MP
for Yamacraw to contact Oppo-
sition MPs with my request, as
I was not provided with their
addresses to do so myself.
To date, fewer than half of
all MPs have responded - a
total of 16 out of 40. Some MPs
provided more detail than oth-
ers - indicating exactly what
amount was spent on which
project and who did the work,

MPs respond
for example, while others sim-
ply listed work that was done.
Of those, 15 were FNM MPs
and one was PLP. This leaves
eight FNM MPs and 15 PLPs
who did not respond.
Several PLP MPs acknowl-
edged receipt of my request.
These included party leader
Perry Christie, MP for Farm
Road and Centreville, to whom
my initial inquiry about the pos-
sibility of contacting Opposi-
tion MPs for this purpose was
forwarded; Deputy Leader
Philip Davis, MP for Rum Cay,
Cat Island and San Salvador
and former Chairman and MP
Glenys Hanna Martin. But,
despite a reminder, none found
time to follow through on it.
It should be noted that these
constituency funds are separate
from the $18,000 annually dis-
bursed directly to individual
MPs for the maintenance of
their constituency offices. The
Government recently under-
took to have an audit conduct-
ed of these expenditures,
whereby any records of what
the money was or was not spent
on were collected and scruti-
nised by the Auditor General's
Yesterday Auditor General
Terrance Bastian stated that all
"fieldwork" towards the com-
pletion of this audit has now
been done, and it only remains
for his office to complete the
report on the funds, which he
projected could occur by mid-

to request for $200,000 spending record

Below is part one of a break-
down of how all of the MPs
who responded said they used
the $200,000 in their con-
stituencies. Due to space limi-
tations, expect details on the
following MPs' expenditures in
tomorrow's Tribune: Earl
Deveaux (Marathon), Fred
Mitchell (Fox Hill), Hubert
Ingraham (North Abaco),
Zhivargo Laing (Marco City),
Charles Maynard (Golden
Isles), Branville McCartney
(Bamboo Town), Phenton Ney-
mour (South Beach), Brensil
Rolle (Garden Hills), Tommy
Turnquest (Mount Moriah),
Alvin Smith (North Eleuthera)
and Brent Symonette (St

How did the following spend
the $200,000?

Desmond Bannister - FNM -
Mr Bannister,
also Minister
of Education,
followed the
th eme
sporting infra-
structure and
in the commu-
nity". He had numerous bas-
ketball courts resurfaced
(Carmichael Police Station,
Mermaid Park West, Mermaid
Park East, Carmichael Road
next to Golden Gates Assem-

bly) and built two new basket-
ball courts (Belaire Park and
Sir Gerald Cash Primary
School) and resurfaced the ten-
nis court at Flamingo Gardens
2008/2009: Mr Bannister
aimed to "provide for commu-
nity and family leisure relax-
ation and enjoyment while
enhancing community."
This involved: Having 80
benches designed and placed
throughout the constituency -
along Carmichael Road,
Flamingo Gardens Park,
Belaire Park, Mermaid Park
East, Mermaid Park West; and
on the campuses of the Sir Ger-
ald Cash Primary School, the
Carmichael Primary School,
and the Anatol Rodgers High
Mr Bannister did not say
whether this had exhausted the

Carl Bethel - FNM -
2007/08: Installation of
cement kerbing along the cen-
tral median of Golf Course
Boulevard; cleaning, levelling
and landscaping the central
median of Golf Course Drive
and purchasing and planting
grass and trees; clearing of
deserted or vacant and over-
grown lots of land in Sea
Breeze Subdivision, and Glenis-
ton Gardens, as directed and
at the request of the Sea Breeze
Crime Watch Association; and
the installation of a children's
playground and swings, etc, on
the western end of the newly
developed Park at the intersec-
tion of Charles Saunders High-
way and Golf Course Boule-
2008/09: Purchase of two Eno
Interactive "White Boards"
with built-in projectors for the
Sadie Curtis Primary School;
the purchase and installation of
a children's playground, swings
and other equipment in Hope
Gardens Subdivision; the par-
tial landscaping and planting of
trees at the new Sea Breeze
Public Park, at the intersection
of Golf Course Boulevard and
Charles Saunders Highway.

Loretta Butler Turner - FNM
Mrs Butler Turner, also Min-
ister of State for Social Devel-
opment said: "After consulta-
tion and review it was collec-
tively decided that the con-
stituents of Montagu would be
best served by these funds from
a general clean-up and sus-
tained maintenance of the con-
stituency. Particularly targeted
were the areas of main thor-
oughfares, street verges, side
streets, derelict vehicles and
indiscriminate dumping."
In this regard, the services of
JimCo Construction and Main-
tenance Services, whose prin-
cipal owner is Jim Curry, was
selected to provide the services.
His company was encouraged
to engage the services of unem-
ployed residents of the area to
carry out the clean-up and
maintenance exercises. This
included removing derelict
vehicles, clearing overgrown
properties and mowing and
weeding verges.
The contract was scoped by
the Ministry of Works and Min-
istry of Environment and sub-
sequently agreed by Ministry
of Finance. The contract was
given for the agreed amount of
$11,000 per month.
Since the project did not start
until late 2007 there was a cred-
it balance of just under $10,000,
which was rolled over to
2008/09. All funds were fully
utilised by the end of 2008/09.
In December 2008 a finan-
cial donation of $2,500 was
made to L.W. Young School -
the nearest Public School to
Montagu constituency - for
the school's Junkanoo Group.
Also a financial donation of
$5,000 was made to Colours
Junkanoo Group. The majority
of group members and youth
are residents of Montagu.

Larry Cartwright - FNM -
Long Island -
$85,000 was
allocated to yS
the Long
Island District
Council for
projects to be
done at the
MP's discre-
tion. These
included: A
bathroom block at Glinton's
Park, constructed by Pinder's
Construction at a cost of
$35,625; the Construction of six
concrete settlement sign boards
by SJC Construction at a cost of
$15,850; the Construction of a
Bridge-top culvert for drainage

near Hamilton's by Laurin
Knowles Construction at a cost
of $8,000 and the construction
of a new Basketball court in
Millerton's School yard by G
& E Construction at a cost of
The overall total cost was
$88,779, $3,779 over the allo-
cated amount, Mr Carwright

All contracts were offered
through public tender process.
Ragged Island - $15,000 was
transferred to the Local Gov-
ernment Office, Exuma for
constituency projects at Dun-
can Town, Ragged Island.
These included: the Construc-
tion of wooden shed with
wooden floor near Wall of
Fame for community functions
by Myron Lockhart-Bain, the
sole bidder, at a cost of $15,000.
2008/2009: Long Island -
$9,984.50 paid to The Amoury
Company for computers and
additional paraphernalia for
schools in Long Island and
Ragged Island - five personal
computers, five laptops, surge
protectors, flash drives, carrying
bags, etc.
Balance of $3,779 to G & E
Construction for Millerton's
Basketball court; Settlement
signs for major settlements on
Long Island by Island Signs
$9,664.50; Construction of a
gazebo at Mangrove Bush
Beach (ocean side) $5,200 by
Cartwright's Construction;
Construction of gazebo at
Buckley's Beach (ocean side)
$5,400 by Neil Cartwright Con-
struction; Construction of gaze-
bo at Gray's Beach $5,450 by
Neil Cartwright construction;
Construction of gazebo at Gor-
don's Beach by Cartwright's
Construction $5,800; Road
repairs to roads leading to
beaches at Mangrove Bush and
Buckleys by Cartwright's Con-
struction $5,300; repairs to roof
of fishermen's shed at Buckley
Point by Don Knowles $2,200
and materials for repairs to wid-
ow's home by Henry
Cartwright $1,500.
All construction jobs, except
the last listed, were offered at
the end of competitive bidding
among contractors on the
$30,722 remains unspent to
date but is committed to be
spent on the completion of the
settlement sign project and
building three more gazebos at
popular picnic spots.

Sidney Collie - FNM - BLUE
was spent
clearing a five
acre parcel of
land in the
Sunset Park
Subdivision to
the develop-
ment of a
"state of the
art" community park, to be
administrated by a park com-
mittee elected from amongst
residents of Sunset Park and
members of the executive
board of the Blue Hills Con-
stituency Association.
A plan was prepared by an
urban planner and submitted
for registration to the Min-
istry of Works. Development
of the first and second phase
of the park were put out
through a public tender
process and involved the
preparation and installation
of the perimeter track and
the filling of the park.
A male and female bath-
room were constructed and
are completed except for
water and electricity. Two
gazebos are under construc-
tion, along with a children's
play area, a family picnic
area, a tennis court, a mini
golf court, perimeter fence, a
barbecue pit and a parking
area are all awaiting comple-
The contractor is Alexan-
der Hanna. The project is
inspected and certified for
payment by the assistant
director of the MInistry of
Public Works, Bradley King.
"All disbursements are
handled by the individual
contractors with the Ministry
of Finance and the Ministry
of Works," Mr Collie noted.
He added that the project is
currently "at a standstill"
awaiting payment of funds.
A "portion" of the funds
were disbursed for the set-up
of a community computer lab,
including desks, chairs and 15
computers. This project is a
joint venture between the MP
and the Christ Community
Church on Bellot Road,
which provided the space and
staff that enabled the lab to
open six days a week and
conduct computer literacy
No money was allocated in
the 2009/2010 budget period
for discretionary constituency
projects due to the economic


THE Tribune apologises to
Tanya McCartney who was
named as an aunt of Robin
Valdez, a two-year-old tod-
dler who was in Haiti during
the earthquake. Ms McCart-
ney said she is in no way asso-
ciated with the toddler's fam-








Two masked

men 'rob man

arriving home'

TWO masked men are
reported to have robbed
a man when he arrived
home shortly before mid-
night on Thursday.
Police, who were at the
scene of the alleged crime
at around 11.40pm, were
told that the victim, a res-
ident of Jennie Street off
Balfour Avenue, gave the
men an unknown amount
of cash when they held
him up outside his house.
The culprits then fled
into the Union Village
Meanwhile, police
made three other arrests
that day - one for drugs,
and two over the discov-
ery of a small quantity of
marijuana and cocaine.
"Sometime around 3.15
pm officers on patrol in
the Dignity Gardens area
off Carmichael Road
observed two males act-
ing suspiciously. Officers
checked the immediate
area and discovered a
small quantity of suspect-
ed marijuana and a small
number of packets sus-
pected to be cocaine,"
said Sgt Chrislyn Skip-
pings. Both men arrested
were residents of
Carmichael Road.
Just before 5pm a Dun-
more Street resident was
taken into custody in con-
nection with the discov-
ery of a black .380mm
pistol and one round of
ammunition in the St
Margaret Road area, off
Kemp Road.
Police investigations

Readers split on PM's

Haiti detainees decision

TRIBUNE readers are split
on whether Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham made the
right decision in releasing the
Haitians currently at the Deten-
tion Centre and giving them
temporary status.
In an online poll which
attracted by far the greatest
number of responses since the
launch of, more
than 320 readers gave their ver-
dict on the controversial deci-
In the end, those who dis-
agreed with the government's
move slightly edged out those
who supported it by a vote of
165 to 159.
Many of those who agreed
with Mr Ingraham left com-
ments on the issue.
According to Terry, releasing
the detainees is the "humane"
thing to do, as returning them to
Haiti would risk their safety, and
"keeping them locked up for the
next 10 months is not right".
Erma C agreed, saying:
"Deporting them is out of the
question. Things in Haiti are just
too bad and we don't know long
it will be horrible. If we house
and feed them indefinitely, that
would be expensive."
Merissa thanked the prime
minister for having the "guts"
to release the detainees. "I note
that the US made the same
announcement AFTER you, so
thank you for showing sympathy
on behalf of the Bahamas," she
Don gave the government a
"thumps-up" for showing "the
same measure of compassion
and humanity as the rest of the
entire world, save for some
unfeeling people" and cried

shame on the naysayers for lack-
ing Christian charity and
remaining "selfish self-serving,
Alex agreed, calling Bahami-
ans "the most selfish people"
and saying the discrimination
against Haitians needs to end.
"The Bahamas is not free
from disaster so don't ever think
it can't happen to us. Many of
our people would be lost
because they would have no
options, just like many of the
Haitian nationals," Alex said.
A number of those who
opposed the detainees being
released also left comments on
RAM said every sovereign
nation has a right to protect its
homeland. "The Bahamas is
already dealing in a humane way
with Haitians - we feed them,
clothe them, educate them, give
them medical attention - free".
Monique asked what the
detainees are going to do after

being released. "How will
they survive? All I see ahead
is more crime and violence.
Release them to burglarise
us? Nonsense. I feel they will
do whatever it takes to sur-
vive," she said.
Neil said: "I really do feel
for the Haitian people, such a
cursed nation (of their own
doing), but we really have to
look out for our legal
Bahamians' interests first."
According to Concern Cit-
izen, releasing the detainees
was merely a ploy to "grab as
many Haitian-Bahamian
votes in the Elizabeth area.
"I say help them, sure, but
deport them to parts of Haiti
where they came from. Since
they did not come from Port-
au-Prince, the affected area,
they should have little prob-
lem doing so," the reader
Lady Caramel said she
feels for Haitians but does not
think "we as a nation are
financially ready and stable
enough to take on some one
else burden".
Tenille Barr warned the
move is "an open invitation
for all immigrants, whether
they be Chinese, American,
Haitian, African and all oth-
ers to bring their Johnny bun-
dle here to live."
Many readers responded to
these comments, saying they
were ashamed of the Bahami-
ans who want to "turn their
backs" on those in need.
Jack Sprat said: "Those
opposed to this move have
revealed ignorance, prejudice
and cold-heartedness that
scares me."

Mixed news for Bahamas' Haitian community

Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia. net

MEMBERS of the Haitian
community in the Bahamas were
faced with mixed news over the
weekend as word surfaced of
their loved ones in Haiti.
Although there were reports
of deaths, and almost everyone
is out on the streets, many fam-
ily members were spared their
"I have one sister dead, one
sister missing. One of my cousins
called me from Haiti. My sister
was inside the house, so when
everything came down she was
inside, she could not move. She
was trapped inside the house,"
said Samuel Alstead, a Haitian
living in the Bahamas.
Mr Alstead said his employer
is travelling, but as soon as he
returns from the United States
he plans to get assistance to trav-
el to Haiti to be with his family.
He said he wants to sit and talk
with his family to reassure them,
as there is little else he can do.
Prosper Bazard received
mixed news on the weekend. He
was scheduled to leave Sunday
on a Van Meurs Corporation
sponsored charter plane to
search from his family and dis-
tribute relief supplies. He was
unable to contact his two chil-
dren and extended family mem-
bers for five days. They all lived
in Port-au-Prince.
On Sunday, his flight was can-
celled due to clearance issues at
the Toussaint Louverture Inter-
national Airport, which is now
being managed by the US mili-
What could have been a dev-
astating day turned into a day
of celebration as Mr Bazard
heard from his son, Junior
Bazard. Junior and Mr Bazard's
extended family are alive, all
except a nephew, but they are
sleeping on the streets.
Some Haitian survivors are
lucky enough to have family
members outside of Port-au-
Prince with whom they can stay.
Louis Petiblanc, a Haitian liv-
ing in the Bahamas, said his chil-
dren called him on Sunday to
say they were alive. His son,
Chenil, and daughter, Shanae,
both have broken legs. They
lived together in an apartment
with their sister Shelda.
When their two-story apart-
ment building started to crack,
they were able to escape out-
side, only to be hurt by a falling
concrete perimeter wall. They
are currently living inside a
make-shift camp in a former
market area, but plan to leave
Port-au-Prince for Gonaives.
"I am happy now because my
children did not die. I feel better,
but plenty people are dead.
Some people are going to a next
place: Port-au-Prince stink now.
If you don't have a mask, you
can't go walking," said Mr
Dead bodies on the streets of
the capital are posing heath chal-

Disaster in


lenges for officials, as well as
psychological challenges for sur-
vivors. Concerns over the smell
of death and the potential for
the spread of disease are on the
minds of authorities.
Alouidor Presley's wife and
daughter are not so lucky to
have family outside of the capi-
tal. They escaped before their
house collapsed in the quake,
but not without injury. Mr Pres-
ley's wife damaged her foot.
"They are still in Port-au-
Prince. They don't have noth-
ing. I am trying to send some-
thing for them. I lost all my
things in Haiti. I want to go now
to Haiti," he said. Mr Presley
lost his cousin and nephew in
the quake.
Haitian-Bahamian teacher,
Jouslene Burrows, was one of
the lucky ones, to have heard
from her family members the
day after the disaster struck.
Her father, a pastor in Nas-
sau, woke up to the impact of
the quake on his birthday. He
travels to his hometown in Del-
mas annually, but this was the
first trip for her mother in six
years. They were due to return
to the Bahamas on January 24.
"They told me that all the
houses next to them and in front
of them collapsed. They had to
sleep on the street, on the road,
because our house - a three
story building - was shaking all
night and while they were talk-
ing to me this morning it was
still shaking," said Mrs Burrows.
She said even though her par-
ents' home was located on a hill,
it was not precariously perched,
because her father dug out the
hill and built the home into the
hillside. She suspects that is the
reason why the home is still
standing, while the neighboring
homes collapsed.
When she spoke to her par-
ents last week, they could still
hear homes and buildings sliding
down the hill. They could still
hear the walls of their home
"My mummy already got the
flu because she spent the night
outside. There's no food. Right
now she is telling me she is hun-
gry and thirsty. They told me
that they are waiting, hoping
help will reach them, because
my mummy said that they really
want some water, they are just
hoping that something good will
happen because they have no
water, food or electricity," said

Mrs Burrows.
"My mummy said all night
people were screaming all over,
they said it is worse than the
hurricane, worse than when peo-
ple used to come to your home
in the night with a gun and
(demand) money."

Amazed said: "I finally
understand why many Hait-
ian-Bahamians . . . find it nec-
essary to hide in shame their
Haitian heritage. It continues
to amaze me the fact that gen-
erally, Bahamians really have
very little love for their Hait-
ian brothers and sisters. God
is watching us from a dis-
Delores M Dean said the
result of the poll was "very
She said: "The whole world
is trying to help these people
and Bahamians need to get
involved - put themselves in
these people's shoes."
Steve said the poll shows
the "true colours of many
Bahamians - 'Me first'.
Incredible considering this is
the region's worst natural dis-
aster for 200 years."
Hope apologised to all
Haitians for the comments of
some Bahamians, while Nadia
said: "I truly feel God is

putting us through a test to
see if we are truly a Christ-
ian nation. Bahamians, I have
bad news - we fail".
However According to Lar-
ry, the reason some Bahami-
ans see no problem with Mr
Ingraham's decision is that
they are not the ones feeling
the impact of the "dire ille-
gal immigration problem".
He said: "We basically have
two groups of Bahamians -
the haves and the have-nots,
and it is not based on race or
religious affiliation.
"If you live in the far east
or west or in a gated commu-
nity, as opposed to someone
who lives in Carmichael,
South Beach, Joe Farrington
Road, Over the Hill, et
cetera, the Bahamians who
live in the latter areas feel and
witness the adverse effect the
illegal immigration problem
has had on the country for
years, much more than peo-
ple who live in the former."



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Help steps up, but so does Haiti's tragedy

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The stag-
gering scope of Haiti's nightmare came into
sharper focus Monday as authorities esti-
mated 200,000 dead and 1.5 million home-
less in the quake-ravaged heart of this tragic
land, where injured survivors still died in the
streets, doctors pleaded for help and looters
slashed at one another in the rubble.
The world pledged more money, food,
medicine and police. Some 2,000 U.S.
Marines steamed into nearby waters. And
ex-president Bill Clinton, special U.N. envoy,
flew in to offer support. Six days after the
earthquake struck, search teams still pulled
buried survivors from the ruins.
But hour by hour the unmet needs of hun-
dreds of thousands grew.
Overwhelmed surgeons appealed for anes-
thetics, scalpels, saws for cutting off crushed
limbs. Uncounted hundreds of survivors
sought to cram onto buses headed out of
town. In downtown streets, others begged
for basics.
"Have we been abandoned? Where is the
food?" shouted one man, Jean Michel Jean-
The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP)
said it expected to boost operations from
feeding 67,000 people on Sunday to 97,000 on
Monday. But it needs 100 million prepared
meals over the next 30 days, and it appealed
for more government donations.
"I know that aid cannot come soon
enough," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon said in New York after returning from
Haiti. "Unplug the bottlenecks," he urged.
In one step to reassure frustrated aid
groups, the U.S. military agreed to give aid
deliveries priority over military flights at the
now-U.S.-run airport, the WFP announced in
Rome. The Americans' handling of civilian
flights had angered some humanitarian offi-
Looting and violence flared again Monday,
as hundreds clambered over the broken walls
of shops to grab anything they could -
including toothpaste, now valuable for lin-
ing nostrils against the stench of Port-au-
Prince's dead. Police fired into the air as
young men fought each other over rum and
beer with broken bottles and machetes.
Hard-pressed medical teams sometimes
had to take time away from quake victims
to deal with gunshot wounds, said Loris de
Filippi of Doctors Without Borders. In the
Montrissant neighbourhood, Red Cross doc-
tors working in shipping containers and say-
ing they "cannot cope" lost 50 patients over
two days, said international Red Cross
spokesman Simon Schorno.

Amid the debris and the smoke of bodies
being burned, dozens of international rescue
teams dug on in search of buried survivors.
And on Monday afternoon, some 140 hours
after the quake, they pulled two Haitian
women alive from a collapsed university
building. At a destroyed downtown bank,
another team believed it was just hours from
saving a trapped employee.
The latest casualty report, from the Euro-
pean Commission citing Haitian government
figures, doubled previous estimates of the
dead from the magnitude-7.0 quake, to
approximately 200,000, with some 70,000 bod-
ies recovered and trucked off to mass graves.
If accurate, that would make Haiti's cata-
strophe about as deadly as the 2004 Indian
Ocean tsunami, which killed an estimated
230,000 people in a dozen countries.
European Commission analysts estimate
250,000 were injured and 1.5 million were
made homeless. Masses are living under plas-
tic sheets in makeshift camps and in dust-
covered automobiles, or had taken to the
road seeking out relatives in the safer coun-
On the capital's southern edge, hundreds
of people struggled to get onto brightly paint-
ed "tap-tap" buses heading out of town.
"We've got no more food and no more
house, so leaving is the only thing to do,"
said Livena Livel, 22, fleeing with her 1-year-
old daughter and six other relatives to her
father's house in Les Cayes, near Haiti's west-
ern tip.
"At least over there we can farm for food,"
she said.
She said she was spending her last cash on
the "insanely expensive" bus fare, jacked up
to the equivalent of $7.70, three days' pay
for most Haitians, because gasoline prices
had doubled.
The European Union and its individual
governments boosted their aid pledges for
Haiti to euro422 million ($606 million) in
emergency and long-term aid, on top of at
least $100 million pledged by the U.S.
A dirt-poor nation long at the bottom of
the heap, Haiti will need years or decades of
expanded aid to rebuild.
After meeting with Haitian President Rene
Preval and other international representa-
tives in the neighboring Dominican Repub-
lic, Dominican President Leonel Fernandez
said Haiti would need $10 billion over five
years. For the moment, however, front-line
relief workers want simply to get food and
water to the hungry and thirsty.
(This article was written by AP reporters).

Fred Smith


Ingraham on

Haiti policy

EDITOR, The Tribune. . It is the Christian thing
to do! Again, Mr. Ingraham
I wish to express the should be applauded.
greatest sympathy and sup- What Mr Ingraham has
port to the Haitian commu- done will go down in the
nity both in Haiti and annalsofBahamianhistory.

Regrettably Haiti seems
plagued with bad luck and
this is yet another chapter
in its tragic history.
It is gratifying to see how
the world and many in the
Bahamas have reacted so
supportively to assist.
I wish also to congratu-
late and applaud the Prime
Minister and the FNM Gov-
ernment in releasing illegal
Haitian nationals for the
time being, providing them
with temporary residency
status, and also stopping any
further raids and repatria-
tion exercises.
This is the rational, sensi-
ble and humanitarian thing
for the Bahamas to do.
It is a responsible reac-
tion to this crisis which is
affecting not only the people
in Haiti but so many out-
It would be inhuman and
degrading for the Bahamas

to continue to engage in
such exercises and to do so
would only bring down the
ire of the entire civilized
world on the Bahamas.

Freeport, Grand Bahama.
January 18, 2010.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
The outcry over government's decision to grant 100
illegal Haitian immigrants temporary status in the
Bahamas is unchristian and smacks of racism.
No right thinking person who has watched the disturb-
ing footage of events in Haiti in the aftermath of the
earthquake could possibly entertain the idea of returning
the immigrants to their hell of a homeland at this particu-
lar time.
Although big in mouth, I am sure these uncharitable
and misguided critics represent only a small portion of
our population.
Everywhere I turn, Bahamians from all walks of life
are coming together to help their desperate neighbours to
the south.
January 18, 2010

Monies earmarked for election sweeteners should

be diverted to Haiti earthquake relief agencies

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please publish this as an open address to
the PLP, FNM, and all others who have
announced their intention to contest the
Elizabeth Estates by election. In light of the
epic disaster in Haiti I would have more
respect for you and be more inclined to vote
for your candidate if you deflected the

monies you have earmarked for election
sweeteners in this constituency and sent it to
the international relief agencies working to
alleviate the suffering of the earthquake

January, 2010.

Wilson City plant: Another major cause for concern

EDITOR, The Tribune.
While perusing the EIA
for the Wilson City power
plant, I came across yet
another major cause for con-
cern - as if there weren't
enough already.
Near the beginning of the
EIA we are told, "...the site is
located outside of the Marsh
Harbour-Lake City Aquifer."
(P. 3-11). This is would be

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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 12th day of JANUARY, 2010
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good news if it were true, as
this aquifer supplies all the
water for Marsh Harbour and
surrounding communities.
However, later on we are
told, "Cooling water extracted
via boreholes is readily avail-
able at the site. This cooling
water will then be discharged
to the brine zone beneath the
Marsh Harbour-Lake City
Aquifer using a new effluent
discharge injection well." (P.
7-3). The writers obviously
realize this is not such a great
idea, because they go on to
say, "Additional training is
recommended to educate
facility operators of the sensi-
tivity of the underlying
aquifer and the importance
the protection of this resource
is to the people of Abaco.
Under no circumstances
should untreated contaminat-
ed waste water be permitted
to be discharged via the injec-
tion well." (P. 7-3).
Well, I'm sure we can trust
BEC to do the additional
training and to make sure no
contaminated water gets into
the injection well, right?
Apparently not. In another
part of the EIA, we are told,

"...disposal wells for both the
Clifton Pier and Blue Hills
station, through which oily
wastewater are disposed, were
found to be without routine
monitoring. Observations ...
indicated that all injection
wells were found to have
traces of sludge in them. ...
the deep injection well at Sta-
tion-A was filled with oil
sludge apparently 150-200 feet
in depth." (P. 6-5 and 6-6).
There are other details
about "oil sludge one to two
feet deep" (P. 6-5) in the
bund (which at Wilson City
is only planned to be 3.5 feet
high), and sludge leaking
through holes in the bund and
a grid in the base of the bund
connected to the rainwater
drainage system. In Nassau,
this sludge "found its way into
a cave". (P. 6-5). On Abaco, it
will be finding its way direct-
ly into our only water supply.
It would be ironic if we
ended up with more power
than we can use and absolute-
ly no usable water.
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elections last week.
Mr Moss, with his exec-
utive member Keith Major
II, engineered a campaign
team under the banner
"True Few".
Every position contest-
ed by the "True Few" was
won by that team's candi-
date, while some candi-
dates entered unopposed
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ination night.
Spectators and analysts
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List of organizations

donating to Haiti grows

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE number of organizations
accepting donations for the Haiti
relief effort is growing, with
Bahamians donating cash and
supplies to civil society groups
across the country.
Haiti was devastated by a 7.0
magnitude earthquake on Janu-
ary 12 that struck just 10 miles
off the capital city of Port-au-
As of yesterday, the Bahamas
Salvation Army had collected
$33,000 in cash donations. Cloth-
ing, pillows, blankets and water
have also come in. An air ship-
ment was scheduled to leave yes-
terday with one load of goods. A
second load is expected to leave
today on a chartered cargo
"We have been in Haiti since
1950, so we already had people
there. But the team that went
from Jamaica (the Caribbean
territory headquarters) said
there are holes in the roads the
size of semi trucks. They had to
go around on the edge of cliffs
that had no guard rails. It is
unbelievable. We are not seeing
everything from the media, only
bits and pieces. They said you
can't imagine what it looks like it
is the worse than anything they
have ever seen," said Marsha
Kennedy, community relations
and development director for
the Salvation Army.
Cash donations collected by
the Salvation Army are sent to
the territory headquarters in
Jamaica, which disperses funds
to the Haiti Salvation Army. The
territory office, in consultation
with their team on the ground
in Haiti, issued a call for funds,
non-perishable food items,
water, personal hygiene items,
blankets, tents, clothing and pil-
"Donations are not coming in
real fast. I think it is due to so
many organizations - rotaries,
churches - taking in donations. If
you consider $25,000 of the

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$33,000 was from one person.
But I know everyone is giving.
The Bahamian people are giv-
ing, it is going to a lot of different
organizations," said Ms
The Salvation Army also
donated another $25,000 gener-
ated from previous fundraising
efforts. The Salvation Army's
strategy was originally to pro-
vide medical personnel on the
ground in Haiti. But Ms
Kennedy said they have now
shifted gears to provide people
with the basic necessities.
The Bahamas office is facili-
tating this by shipping items and
allowing the teams already in
Haiti to handle distribution.
The Jamaica mission sent to
join their Haitian counterparts
landed in Cap Haitien as the
Port-au-Prince airport is still
closed to commercial traffic.
Small private planes have report-
ed finding it hard to gain clear-
ance. The US Military currently
controls the airport. From Cap
Haitien, Ms Kennedy said, it
took them six to eight hours at
20 miles per hour to reach Port-
au-Prince due to the road con-
The Salvation Army is cur-
rently taking names of volun-
teers who wish to go to Haiti.
So far a few Bahamians have
enrolled, including a reporter, a
pastor and an electrician.
Ms Kennedy said they will not
send people over until the logis-
tics on the ground are more sta-

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tainer at Red Cross headquarters with supplies for Haiti.

bilised. She said when the trip is
arranged, volunteers will have
to provide their own transporta-
tion to Haiti. Ms Kennedy said
volunteers should expect to be
accommodated in harsh condi-
tions, possibly in tents, with no
bathing facilities and rationed
Other organizations accepting
donations include the Embassy
of Haiti, Bahamas Red Cross,
Rotary International District,
Catholic Archdiocese, Anglican

Archdiocese, the Haitian Asso-
ciation of Pastors, and others,
including a number of ad hoc
online groups, like the Haiti
Relief Effort Committee, estab-
lished by, a
Bahamian online bookstore.
The Red Cross also has a
Haiti Relief Fund at the Royal
Bank of Canada, account num-
ber 05165 2893865, and the
Bahamas government has
accounts at all commercial banks
for the Haiti relief effort.

The Haitian Association of
Pastors (HAP) is expecting a
plane to leave today with sup-
plies for Haiti. They also plan to
fly to Cape Haitien and drive
the supplies to the capital. Anne
Josette Cherelus, vice-president
of the New Haitian Mission Bap-
tist Church, said the church is
collecting donations on behalf
of HAP. Haitians and Bahami-
ans have contributed clothes,
canned food, milk and other sup-
plies to their relief effort. Ms
Cherelus said she is happy with
the response.
The Bahamas Red Cross
reported receiving an over-
whelming amount of second-
hand clothing from Bahamians,
enough to fill a trailer over 40-
feet in length. However, food
donations have been slow.
Pamela Brown, disaster man-
agement manager at the Red
Cross, said she is not surprised
by the success of their clothing
drive, although she does not
believe it broke any records.
"Bahamians are overall giv-
ing people once there is a need
in trying to alleviate the suffering
of those affected by tragedy,"
she said. Individuals donating
clothes are being encouraged to
donate clean clothes.
The Red Cross packed a trail-
er with clothes, water and food
yesterday. The trailer is destined
for shipment to the Haitian Red
"It is a wait-and-see situation.
We have to get clearance before
we can move (the trailer). We
are in touch with the Interna-
tional Red Cross Federation, but
no one can say when the ports
will open. We will just have to
wait and see," said Ms Brown.

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FROM page one
Police Station. Detective Constable Kelrico Bur-
rows testified that the first time he came into
contact with Michael was on May 26, 2009. He
told the court that on that day he was informed
that Michael had been arrested in connection
with housebreaking. He said that Michael had ini-
tially denied any involvement in the alleged
offence and was released. Officer Burrows said
that he took Knowles to his mother's Newbold
Street residence and it was there that Knowles
informed him that he was living in an old car in
the yard as his mother had kicked him out of
the house. According to Officer Burrows,
Knowles' mother, Donna Wilson, told him that
Michael had been recently released from Simp-
son Penn Centre for boys and that she was think-
ing of sending him back because he was being
rude. Officer Burrows told the Coroner's Court
that at Ms Wilson's request, he had spanked
Officer Burrows said that the following day,
Michael's alleged juvenile accomplice was arrest-
ed in connection with housebreaking and later
that day Michael was also rearrested. Officer
Burrows testified that on Thursday, May 28,
Michael's alleged accomplice was interviewed
and he admitted to housebreaking. Officer Bur-
rows recalled that evening just as he was on his
way to deal with another matter; Knowles' moth-
er came to the police station. According to Offi-
cer Burrows he told her to wait until he returned
and offered to give her a ride back home. Const
Burrows said, however, that when he returned to
the station, Ms Wilson had already left. Officer
Burrows said that the following day, after sever-
al failed attempts to contact Ms Wilson, he inter-
viewed Michael in the presence of a female civil-
ian who was employed at the East Street South
Police Station. The officer said that it was at that
time that Michael admitted to the housebreaking
offence and was charged.
Officer Burrows said that he saw Michael
again around 6.30pm, Sunday, May 31, after he
got instructions to complete a physical description
profile of the juvenile. Officer Burrows said that
he took Michael from the cell to the detective
unit upstairs. He said that Michael appeared
normal. Officer Burrows said that Michael was
taken back to his cell upon completion of the
procedure. According to the police officer, he and
Inspector Miller went to the Carmichael Road
Police Station to collect Michael's alleged accom-
plice. He said that while on the way back they
received a report that Michael had hanged him-
self. He said that Michael's alleged accomplice,
who subsequently escaped police custody, had
been put in the charge room because of what
had transpired in the cell block.
During cross-examination, Mr Keod Smith,
who represents Michael Knowles' family, sug-
gested that Officer Burrows had tormented
Michael, either physically or mentally, causing
him to hang himself.
"No, sir," the officer replied. Mr Smith sug-
gested that when Officer Burrows had delivered
Michael to his mother on May 26 he had beaten
him with the handle of a hammer. The officer
admitted that he did spank Michael, but said
that he was acting on his mother's instructions.
Mr Smith also suggested that he had stuffed a bar

Detective denies
of Lifebuoy soap in Michael's mouth while he
had been at the Grove Police Station. Officer
Burrows denied this suggestion.
Corporal Leon Strachan, who testified last
November, was recalled to the witness stand yes-
terday. He recalled that Knowles had initially
been brought to the East Street South Police
Station on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, around
7pm. Cpl Strachan said that when he got to work
on May 31, he checked the cells but did not doc-
ument it in the detention record. He said that
Michael was the only one in custody at the time.
"I spoke to him and asked him if he was okay.
He said, 'Yes, sir,'" Cpl Strachan said. He also
told the court that Police Constable 2054 Moul-
trie checked on Michael sometime after he did
and his check was documented on the detention
record. During cross-examination, Cpl Strachan
said that he did not move Michael when he found
him hanging but checked his pulse before inform-
ing ASP Newbold. He said that Michael had no
vital signs. Cpl Strachan said that he did his rou-
tine check every hour and that was the standard.
He said that if a person was under the influence
of alcohol or suicidal the check would be every
half an hour. Mr Smith then asked where juve-
niles are to be placed when they are taken into
custody. Mr Smith said that the standard proce-
dure is that juveniles are only to be placed in a
cell if they are uncontrollable.
"I'm not aware of that," Cpl Strachan said.
Assistant Superintendent Hillard Newbold,
who was second in charge of the East Street
South Police Station during the time the inci-
dent occurred, also took the witness stand yes-
terday. He told the inquest yesterday that once
a person is placed into custody, all of their per-
sonal property is taken from them and docu-
mented on their detention record. ASP New-
bold, who had been assigned to the East Street
South Police Station only two months earlier,
also took the witness stand yesterday. He said
that he went to the station at around 8.10pm on
May 31. ASP Burrows recalled that Cpl Leon
Strachan, the Station orderly, came to his office
around 8.22pm and told him that he had found
one of the prisoners hanging from a steel beam in
his cell with a nylon rope around his neck. He tes-
tified that he immediately left his office and went
to cell 1. There he saw Michael with a blue nylon
string around his neck hanging from the steel
bar in the cell. ASP Burrows said that he checked
to see if Michael had a pulse, but found none.
ASP Burrows said that Michael was wearing red
shorts, a black shirt and black socks. He said
that he immediately contacted the relevant
authorities as well as the police control room.
During cross-examination by Mr Smith, ASP
Burrows said that every half an hour was the
standard time for checking on prisoners. ASP
Burrows said that the draw string should have
been taken from Knowles' shorts, stating that
all prisoners should be searched properly before
they are placed in a holding cell. ASP Burrows
also noted that there was a camera positioned in
the corridor leading to the holding cells at the
police station.
He said, however, that the surveillance sys-
tem was not working properly.

FROM page one PM joins bid

tatives from the United Nations
(UN), the European Union
(EU), World Bank, Organisa-
tion of American States (OAS),
International Development
Bank and the International Red
Cross applauded international
relief efforts.
They noted the $100 million
donation from the World Bank
for infrastructural reconstruc-
tion; $100 million from the Unit-
ed States; around $440 million
from the European Commission;
$50 million from Brazil; $10 mil-
lion from the Organisation of
American States (OAS) and $8
million from Mexico.
In addition Canada is spend-
ing tens of millions of dollars on
a number of different initiatives
and a proposal to convert $470
million of International Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) loans to
Haiti into grants was discussed
yesterday, while further consid-
eration will be given to convert-
ing $340 million in approved
projects through the IDB into
emergency projects funding.
And international donors
agreed yesterday to meet at min-
isterial level in Montreal, Cana-
da on Monday.
It was also decided Jamaican
Prime Minister PJ Patterson will
head the co-ordinating commit-
tee tasked with producing a draft
plan to be agreed at a confer-

ence in the Dominican Republic
in April, which Mr Ingraham
plans to attend.
A final consultation and
implementation of the Strategic
Plan for the Reconstruction of
Haiti will take place at the EU-
LAC meeting of European,
Latin American and Caribbean
leaders in Madrid, Spain, this
Mr Ingraham said the
Caribbean Community Caricom,
and therefore the Bahamas, is
likely to determine the size and
form of its assistance after for-
malisation of the plan.
Immediate assistance is being
provided with difficulty as
around 200 aircraft are deliver-
ing aid and supplies to Port-au-
Prince each day.
But poor roads and infra-
structure means the Interna-
tional Red Cross has reported
only 20 per cent of their goods
are getting through to the peo-
ple, Mr Ingraham said.
The desperation for food and
water has led to reports of loot-
ing and violence in Port-au-
Prince and these were met with
empathy from Mr Ingraham.
He said: "The need is over-
whelming and it's understood
that there will be some anger
and frustration and concern on
the part of the Haitian people,
but so far the international com-

No illegal Haitian migrants

picked up since earthquake

FROM page one
last week, a RBDF official said.
In the aftermath of last Tuesday's quake there
was initial concern from the Department of
Immigration that there would be an influx of
Haitian migrants to our shores, trying to escape
the devastation in Port-au-Prince and its sur-
rounding areas.
"We've responded to a few false alarms but
we haven't picked up any Haitians since then
(the earthquake)," said Ms Miller.
Up to press time the RBDF had not appre-
hended any Haitian immigrants for the year
even though the winter months, with favourable
sailing conditions, are traditionally seen as peak
migration periods. Ms Miller said this lull is
uncommon for this time of year.
"Around the Christmas time and during the
beginning of the year normally we would have a
high influx normally we would be doing a lot of
apprehensions. That has not happened so far
for the year."
Last Thursday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham downplayed the initial immigration fears.
He said that the majority of Haitian immigrants
who make their way to the Bahamas come from
north Haiti, adding that those living in Port-au-
Prince have not normally been an immigration
The nation's chief also announced that all
Haitian detainees housed at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre would be released and
granted temporary status.
A total of 102 Haitians, 84 men, 15 women
and three children were discharged from the
Detention Centre on Saturday. They were given
the right to reside in the country for six months
on the stipulation that they check in with the
Department of Immigration in three months.
The immigrants' status will be reviewed at the
end of six months and assessed depending on
Haiti's situation.
At present the immigrants are not legally
allowed to work, however, Mr Ingraham said this
issue would be addressed in a meeting this Tues-
Amid heavy fire from critics of the move -
who feel it will place a greater strain on the pub-
lic health and education sectors - Mr Ingraham
later said it was in line with new policies in the
United States and other countries faced with
large numbers of undocumented Haitians.

-T 'Y

munity has committed to sup-
port Haiti and provide assis-
The international communi-
ty indicated yesterday one mil-
lion meals will be provided to
the people each day and within
four weeks this will be doubled.
Mr Ingraham also commented
on the challenges of maintain-
ing law and order in Haiti as only
50 per cent of the Haitian police
force is currently operational and
the country is barely function-
ing with international support.
US Forces are leading secu-
rity and organisation of Port-au-
Prince to better co-ordinate
emergency relief and areas out-
side the capital fall under the
direction of Canadian forces,
while the United Nations Forces
continues to lead overall secu-
rity matters. Mr Ingraham said
the US military will have 10,000
military personnel in Haiti this
week as well as a hospital ship.
The Royal Bahamas Defence
Force has two platoons of 30
people each and a Bahamas
Class vessel on standby for
deployment to the devastated
island nation if and when condi-
tions warrant or require.
And RBDF Commodore
Clifford Scavella, the future spe-
cial envoy and ambassador to
Haiti, will conduct assessments
in Port-au-Prince this week and
determine areas that can accom-
modate Bahamian forces if

PLP hits out at PM

FROM page one
Most importantly, the Opposition party said, "Mr
Ingraham does not have any regard for the Bahamian
"In fact, he said that he is deeply disappointed in the
Bahamian people because they are expressing their
democratic right to disagree with his policies. In 2002, he
was also ashamed of the Bahamian people when they
voted against him in the Referendum. Yesterday, he
questioned the Christian values of Bahamians and
called Bahamians 'hypocrites'," the PLP said.
The PLP further suggested that Mr Ingraham's excla-
mations are all a device to distract voters in the Eliza-
beth constituency from "the real issues."
"These issues include: Unemployment, foreclosure
due to the inability to make the mortgage payments and
the car payments; children moved from private schools;
electricity off; phones off, and the lack of health care.
"Interestingly, Mr Ingraham in saying that Mr Mal-
colm Adderley 'cashed in' on the Elizabeth seat, Mr
Ingraham is admitting to the charges made against the
FNM by our leader and our chairman that the FNM
engaged in back room deals and played games with
our judicial system," the PLP claimed.
"(The prime minister) is admitting that the FNM
engineered a by-election. This is a game that his party
alone hatched, plotted and executed. It is the FNM
who cashed in on the people of Elizabeth and are now
plotting to buy them back lock, stock and barrel."

Woman 'stabbed man'
A WOMAN is reported to have stabbed a man dur-
ing a fight between a group of people at the Bamboo
Shack takeaway on Baillou Hill Road Thursday after-
The incident was one of two stabbing incidents that
day, both resulting in victims being taken to hospital to
be treated for their wounds.
Police reported that the Bamboo Shack attack hap-
pened sometime before 5pm.
"Police responded and information received from
the victim, while at the Bamboo Shack is that he got into
an altercation with a group of males and females which
resulted in one of the females stabbing him to the left
side of his back," said police sergeant Chrislyn Skippings.
A woman is now in police custody assisting investi-
gations into this matter.
At around 10.22pm police received reports of the
second stabbing incident, on Shady Lane Street.
A man was stabbed in the mouth and the neck after
getting into a fight with another man, police reported. He
was taken to hospital by ambulance. Police are investi-

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flights to Haiti

THE Grand Bahama Airport Compa-
ny was among the first corporate citi-
zens in the Bahamas to lend a hand fol-
lowing the tragedy in Haiti, providing
assistance to a company transporting
relief supplies to the devastated coun-
Pegasus Tech, a private company out
of Jacksonville, Florida, en-route to Haiti
with two helicopters filled with supplies
to assist in the search and rescue efforts,
made a fuel stop in Grand Bahama last
To assist the humanitarian effort by
Pegasus Tech, the Grand Bahama Air-
port Company waived all landing fees
for the helicopters.
Gary Gilbert, CEO of Grand Bahama
Airport Company, Freeport Container


Port and Freeport Harbour Compa-
ny, said the assistance was is some
small way the first opportunity the
company had to show its support for
relief efforts underway in Haiti.
"We cannot begin to imagine what
lies ahead for that country and we are
pleased to be able to show our sup-
port," said Mr Gilbert.
The two helicopters were piloted by
Randy Dossey and Captain Stephen

Weaver, respectively.
Grand Bahama Airport Company
owns and operates the Grand Bahama
International Airport, which is situat-
ed only 65 miles from Florida and
capable of handling the largest air-
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ture between the Hutchison Port
Holdings (HPH) Group and the
Grand Bahama Development Compa-

Bahamian Brewery helps Haiti along with Rotary Grand Bahama

THE Bahamian Brewery
and Beverage Company
donated to the Haitian
Relief fund via Rotary
Grand Bahama Sunrise yes-
terday. The substantial
monetary donation will be
channelled through the
Rotarian International
funding planned for Haiti.
"This is a great start for
us and will hopefully get the
rest of the community to
follow suit," said Jamie
Rose, president of the
Grand Bahama Sunrise
"Every dollar will go
towards the aid as our
Rotary group will be work-
ing with the Red Cross
Internationally to assure
our assistance gets to the
people who need it. The
Red Cross are already
established in Haiti and
they will be able to make

sure the help we send is dis- catastrophic news and we at
tribute properly," he said. the brewery are cognisant
The earthquake disaster of how devastating an effect
has touched many in the it has had on our Haitian
Bahamian community who brothers and sisters," said
want to help as quickly as Donald Delahey, Bahamian
they can. Brewery general manager.
"We have all watched the "(We) knew that Rotary

Musicians set to stage concert

in aid of earthquake victims

A GROUP of the Bahamas' most pop-
ular musical artists is coming together to
stage a special concert in aid of the
earthquake victims in Haiti.
The benefit concert will take place on. .l........
Friday, January 29, starting at 7.30pm at
the Faith Temple Christian Academy on
Prince Charles Drive.
Price of admission is four tins of
canned food.
"This concert is in aid of our Haitian
brothers and sisters who are still feeling
the effects of the devastating earthquake
that took place on January 12. This con-
cert will contain a mixture of some of the
best artists in the Bahamas," said DJ
Counsellor, one of the concert's organis-
The performing artists are "generously
donating their time and entertaining tal-
ents so that supporters of this concert ,.
will be sure that all donations will go
towards immediate relief in Haiti," he l
Participating performers include Sam- ..
mi Star; Mr Lynx; DJ Counsellor; Land
Lord; Solo Julien; Rubin Hights; Unlim- t-
ited Angel; Vanderia Woods; Mr Beeds;
V Mac, and many more.
The concert is a Kingdom Dub Enter-
tainment Group production in partner-
ship with the Faith Temple school. I e

A position has arisen for a chartered accountant with 20-25 years
experience in the profession, or private sector, at assist in the further
development of branch offices in Marsh Harbour, Abaco and
Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The applicant must have good inter-personal skills and be able to
relate to a wide variety of clients in diverse business environments,
have a history of large scale development projects and experience
of international clients looking to set up business in the family islands.
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PICTURED ARE Donny Delahey,
Bahamian Brewery General man-
ager, making a cheque presenta-
tion to Jamie Rose, president of
Rotary Grand Bahama Sunrise.
The Brewery Family and Rotary
Grand Bahama plan on teaming
up to do more fund raising soon.

with its civic connections
would assure that the aid
given would get into the
hands of the less fortunate
properly and help provide
the correct assistance need-
Though this is a huge start
for the relief, Rotarians are
also planning additional
fundraisers on Grand
Mr Delahey and Mr Rose
began early discussions for a
fundraiser to be held at the
brewery in the near future,
details will be forthcoming.

MERCY FLIGHTS -Two helicopters taking relief supplies to Haiti
from Jacksonville, Florida made a fuel stop at Grand Bahama
Airport en-route to the earthquake devastated island. Pictured
(1-r) are GBAS director Phil Carey; pilot Captain Stephen
Weaver; Gary Gilbert, CEO of Grand Bahama Airport Company,
Freeport Container Port and Freeport Harbour Company, and
pilot Randy Dossey.


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Abaco and Nassau, N.P. will be held at the Lucaya
Presbyterian Kirk, Freeport, Grand Bahama on Saturday
23rd January at 12 noon. Rev Scott Kirkland will officiate
assisted by Rev Chris Neely.
Mrs. Bethel was predeceased by her husband Harcourt
(Rusty) Bethel, son Randolph Bethel and brother Ray
She is survived by her daughter Sheila Ashton, son-in-
law, Peter Ashton and daughter-in-law, Angelita Bethel;
three grandchildren, Chris Ashton, Cameron Bethel and
Liza Nash; two sisters, Viola Bethel and Peggy Gates and
brother Winer Malone; five nieces, Jennie Seymour, Mary
Parks, Karen Sands, Debbie Gates and Kara-Lee Senn;
four nephews, Thomas and Gregory Albury, Billy Gates,
and Roddie Malone; also many friends and acquaintances.
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Thompson and all her caregivers during her long illness.
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to veteran educator Paula Sweeting


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SENIOR administrators
and staff of the Ministry of
Education paid tribute to
Paula Sweeting on the occa-
sion of her retirement from
the Ministry of Education after
43 years.
A special farewell event for
the veteran educator, who is
described as a trailblazer in
her field, was held at the Min-
istry of Education last month.
Following in her older sis-
ter, Juanita Sweeting-Moxey's
footsteps, Ms Sweeting began
her career as a trained teacher
after graduating from the
Bahamas Teachers' College in
Her first teaching post was
at the Harrold Road Sec-
ondary High (which later was
renamed A F Adderley High
School) as a geography
She later taught at the
Willard Patton Primary
School, and again at the A F
Adderley High School prior
to attending the Mona Cam-
pus of University of the West
Indies where she graduated
with a Bachelor of Arts degree
in History and Geography in
After completing her stud-
ies, Ms Sweeting returned to
the A F Adderley High School
where she became the head of
the Social Studies Depart-
In 1978, she was appointed
as the education officer for
social studies at the Ministry of
Education's central office.
Ms Sweeting worked along
with teachers in the schools to
execute the ministry's mission
of revising the national cur-
riculum in the subjects of his-
tory, geography, social studies
and religious studies.
Some of the notable accom-
plishments that she is proud
of as the education officer
responsible for social studies, is
the introduction of the cur-
riculum in civics education in
high schools; being the editor-
ial consultant for "First
Lessons in Map Reading for

career in the Ministry of Education.

the Bahamas"; the revising of
the secondary atlas for the
Bahamas, and preparing a
paper on the historical devel-
opment of education in the
She has also written other
materials for the social stud-
ies curriculum. It is her belief
that Bahamians do not have
to look outside of their bor-
ders for writers to provide this
service to education.
Ms Sweeting has held others
senior positions in the Min-
istry of Education including
senior education officer for
tertiary education and schol-
arships. During this time she
was the liaison officer between
the Ministry of Education and
the College of the Bahamas.
She also assisted in the intro-
duction of the New Teacher
Education Grant Programme
in 1994; was actively involved

in town meetings for the
national task force on educa-
tion and secretary to the Advi-
sory Council of Education.
She is also proud of the fact
that from 1993 to 1995, she
assisted 120 untrained teachers
in attaining their certification
through the Local Teacher
Certification Programme.
Many of them, she said,
have gone on to earn other
degrees and also become prin-
cipals in several Family Island
Ms Sweeting was promoted
to the position of assistant
director of education for ter-
tiary education and quality
assurance. Some of the
responsibilities that came with
the post included being the
first administrator for the Gov-
ernment Guaranteed Loan
Programme; the establishment
of the National Equivalency

Council for the Bahamas and
working on to see the passage
of the National Accreditation
and Equivalency Council of
the Bahamas Act in the House
of Assembly; the introduction
of certification of registration
of schools; liaison on policy
matters relating to the Uni-
versity of the West Indies.
During her career Ms
Sweeting continued to
upgrade her skills having
earned a Masters in Education
(Secondary Administration)
from the University of Miami
in 1978 and a certificate in
Education Management and
Supervision in 1982 from the
International Training Insti-
tute in Australia, as well as a
Senior Manager's Certificate
in Public Administration in
Public Administration and
Management from the Public
Service Training Centre.


MINISTER OF EDUCATION Desmond Bannister presented Paula Sweeting with a basket of flowers and
thanked her for her dedicated service to education in the Bahamas. Ms Sweeting retired after a 43-year


TIE1DA)Y, JANUARY 19, 2010

THE first two teams
booked their spots in the New
Providence Volleyball Asso-
ciation's best-of-five champi-
onship series.
In game two of their best-
of-three playoff series on Sun-
day at the DW Davis Gym-
nasium, the Johnson's Lady
Truckers knocked off the Col-
lege of the Bahamas Lady
Caribs in three set straights,
25-11, 25-13 and 25-17 to
secure their berth in the
ladies' final.
Anastacia Sands-Moultrie
and Brenda Wert both led the
attack with 12 and six points
respectively. Keneisha
Thompson had eight points
in a losing effort.
And in the men's game, the
Scotiabank Defenders dis-
posed of DaBasement in
three sets as well, 25-18, 25-22
and 25-17 to advance to the
Shedrick Forbes and Mau-
rice 'Cheeks' Smith had 13
and eight points respectively
in the win. Lahaundro
Thompson had nine in a los-
ing effort.
THE Junior Baseball
League of Nassau hosted a
full slate of games in all six
divisions over the weekend at
the St. Andrew's "Field of
* Results are as follows:
Blue Claws def. Grasshop-
pers 20-13; Knights def. Rap-
tors 18-11; Sidewinders def.
Sand Gnats 24-13.
Cubs def. Pirates 15-4; Dia-
mondbacks def. Padres 14-10;
Angels def. Athletics 14-4.
Red Sox def. Orioles 11-9;
Mets def. Royals 17-7; Rock-
ies def. Brewers 7-4; Brewers
def. Orioles 6-4.
Indians def. Mariners 27-2;
Marlins def. Reds 18-6.
Yankees def. Twins 12-2;
Dodgers def. Rays 8-0.
Tigers def. Nationals 16-6;
Phillies def. Giants 16-5.
AFTER suffering an injury
to his right calf, touring pro
Mark Knowles has officially
pulled out of the Australian
Open, the first Grand Slam
Tournament for the year.
Knowles, 38, was scheduled
to team up with American
Mardy Fish, 28, in their first
appearance as a new men's
doubles team on the ATP cir-
cuit. But the injury suffered
last week has delayed their
season opener.
With Knowles sidelined,
Fish has teamed up with
American James Blake.

BAHAMIAN sophomore
Arianna Vanderpool-Wal-
lace joined junior Adam
Brown as the South Eastern
Conference (SEC) female
and male swimmers of the
The honours, which came
earlier this month, were the
first weekly award for both
Vanderpool-Wallace and
Vanderpool-Wallace tallied
three top finishes after a very
busy weekend.
Against the fifth-ranked
Texas, Vanderpool-Wallace
won the 50 free in 23.96 and
finished third in the 100 free in
The team-mate of Bahami-
an Alana Dillette also record-
ed her second consecutive win
in the 50 free during Auburn's
tri-meet with Texas A&M and
SMU, finishing in a season-
best time of 23.10.
And she swam anchor for
the 400 free relay that finished
first in a B time of 3:21.91,
while swimming the fly leg of


Senior Sports Reporter
WITH the window closing on the
date for the initial Marathon
Bahamas, the organising committee
is keeping the door open for corporate
Bahamas to get involved.
Sunshine Insurance is the lead spon-
sor and organiser, but chairman
Franklyn Wilson said there is tremen-
dous opportunities for the business
community to join them before the
28.2 mile road race is held on Sunday,
February 14.
"Participation means more than just
running in this marathon," Wilson
pointed out. "There are a lot of busi-
ness opportunities that we want
Bahamians to plug into."
The major event that the commu-
nity can get involved is an Expo that
will be staged from Friday, February
12 at Arawak Cay where participants
will be picking up their race packages
until race day.

THE St. Augustine's
College Big Red
Machine's senior boys
basketball team blew
out the St. John's Giants
81-64 yesterday at St.
Augustine's College.
It was one of the many
games played in the
Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary
Schools' regular season.
Pictured above is
Donovan Brown, pass-
ing the ball off to a
Donovan Brown led
the Big Red Machine
with a game high 29
points and Jabari
Wilmott added 20.
Dwight Moss had 20
in a losing effort for the

the second-place 200 medley
relay (1:41.84). She was also
runner-up in the 100 fly in
The Tigers, the alma mater
of Jeremy Knowles, had a cou-
ple weeks off since that com-
petition, but they will return
to the pool on on Saturday
when Auburn travels to SEC
rival Florida for a 4 p.m. dual.


"Whatever you have to sell, weath-
er it's related to wellness, handicraft,
souvenirs, whatever you have to sell,
this is the place to do it," Wilson
"We want to make that point to all
entrepreneurs. Contact us and we will
put you in touch with the right peo-
The Expo is being coordinated by
Nikita Curtis.
Marathon Morning Boil
The Marathon Boil will be breakfast
held at Arawak Cay, starting at 7 a.m.
on February 14 where people can take
advantage of the opportunity to sell
food items.
"We are working very closely with
all of the regatta people," Wilson said.
"That same weekend is the Valen-
tine's Massacre, but we are saying to
them to use this as a major fundrais-
Sponsors for companies
Nautilus, according to Wilson, has
come on board as the official water
sponsors of the marathon and


PICTURED above from left are Philip Smith and Brian Moodie, two members of the
organizing committee from Sunshine Insurance.

Gatorade has joined them as the offi-
cial energy drink.
"But there are sponsorship oppor-
tunities galore for anyone who wants
to promote a product," Wilson pro-
claimed. "We are urging anyone who

is selling anything to contact us. We
are in a position to do some things
that can be of great value to you."
Along the race, Wilson said they

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well' at Kentucky Invitational

Senior Sports Reporter

ASSISTANT coach Henry
Rolle likes the way the
Bahamian female connection
performed in their season
opening meet over the week-
end for the Auburn Univer-
sity Tigers.
Sprinters Sheniqua 'Q' Fer-
guson and Nivea Smith along
with hurdler Krystal Bodie
all performed exceptionally
well at the Kentucky Invita-
tional in Lexington.
Ferguson, a junior transfer
from Southwest Mississippi
Junior College, was successful
in winning her first NCAA
meet as she clocked 7.28 sec-
onds in the 60 metres.
The Olympic and World
Championship competitor
just missed the automatic
qualifying time of 7.26 for the
NCAA Indoor Champi-
onships, but she surpassed the
provisional mark of 7.44 with
the fifth best time ever
recorded by an Auburn Uni-

versity athlete.
The automatic time is 7.26.
Smith, the Grand Bahami-
an sensation now in her
sophomore year, won the 200
in 23.79, which was also a
provisional time that was just
a tenth of her personal best.
The automatic time is
And Bodie, who also trans-
ferred with Ferguson from
Southwest Mississippi, was
ninth in the 60 hurdles in 8.49.
But her time of 8.42 went
under the provisional mark
of 8.43.
The automatic time is 8.14.
Rolle, the Bahamian assis-
tant coach who formed the
Auburn connection that also
includes triple jumper Lee-
van 'Superman' Sands and
hurdler Shamar Sands, said
the women all performed
very well.
"This is just the first meet,
but we're still working on
them," Rolle said. "Because
of the weather, we haven't
had a chance to really work
with them.

"But we only had three
days with spikes because of
the cold freeze, so I would
think that in a month's time,
they will come around to
form. But I'm very pleased
with where they are now."
Although Ferguson and
Bodie are competing in the
NCAA for the first time,
Rolle said he's confident that
the base they had at the
junior college will certainly
help them in their transition.
"I think based on the
course that they are, they will
run very well this year," Rolle
said. "They should do very
well in their conference and
get to the NCAA.
"I think it's just a matter
of how quickly Sheniqua and
Krystal adjust, they should do
very well. But we also expect
that Nivea will do very well
because she's really commit-
ted to the programme."
The Tigers are expected to
take this weekend off and will
be back in action at the Clem-
son Games over the weekend
of January 29-30.

Clarke to be inducted into

the CIAA Hall of Fame

GOLDEN Girl Eldece Clarke is set to return to the Central Intercolle-
giate Athletic Association be inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame
on February 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Senior Sports Reporter

IT'S been more than 20
years since she adorned a
Hampton University uni-
form, but retired Golden Girl
Eldece Clarke is preparing
to return to the Central
Intercollegiate Athletic Asso-
ciation (CIAA).
The 1988 graduate, who
went on to become one of
the fastest women in the
world in the 100 metres, will
be inducted into the CIAA
Hall of Fame on February 26
in Charlotte, North Caroli-
Clarke, who turns 45 on
February 13, said she's just
delighted to have been con-
sidered by the CIAA, an
NCAA Division II confer-
ence of historically African-
American instutitions.
"It's years later, but it's still
a significant achievement,"
said Clarke about the induc-
tion. "So it's kind amazing
and I'm overwhelming for
Humbled by the achieve-
ment, Clarke said this is her
first induction because up to
last year, Hampton Univer-
sity have not had an induc-

tion ceremony.
She noted that when her
former coach Laverne Sweat
called her to inform her of
Hampton University's deci-
sion to induct her, she was
really taken aback.
"I'm really excited. I'm
glad that it's happening
because the young people can
see what they can achieve if
they focus on their goal,"
Clarke said. "So for me, it's
not when it happened, but the
fact that it has happened."
The mother of an 18-year-
old son had a stellar tenure
at Hampton University where
she won numerous titles in
the CIAA in the 60 indoors
and the 100 outdoors.
She also competed on their
relay teams.
Upon graduation, Clarke
represented the Bahamas at
three Olympic Games, inclu-
sive of Los Angeles in 1984,
Atlanta, Georgia in 1996 and
Sydney, Australia in 2000.
In both Los Angeles and
Atlanta, Clarke ran in the
100, but she was a member
of the women's 4 x 100 relay
teams at the three games, the
last of which she helped the
Bahamas earn the gold
Clarke posted a personal

best of 10.96 seconds in the
100 in Fort-de-France in
2000, which then was the
fastest time in the world.
That same year, she did her
200 PR of 22.86.
Additionally, Clarke also
represented the Bahamas in
the 60 metres at the 6th
IAAF World Indoor Cham-
pionships in Paris in 1997 and
that same year in Athens and
1995 in Goteborg, Clarke ran
in the 100 at the 6th and 5th
IAAF World Champi-
Now employed in the
Sports Department of the
Ministry of Tourism, Clarke
said ten years later since win-
ning the gold on the wom-
en's 4 x 100 relay team and
22 years since she graduated
from college, she is quite
thrilled that she's being
"It's quite good. I'm really
and I was really glad that
they actually elected me to
be inducted into my confer-
ence Hall of Fame," Clarke
Clarke's induction will fol-
low that of former team-mate
Chandra Sturrup, who was
inducted in the Class of 2009
after her performance at
Norfolk State.

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JAMAL Wilson is heading off to University
of Texas where he intends to compete for the
Longhorns during the upcoming collegiate sea-
Before he left for Austin, Texas, Wilson com-
peted at the T-Bird Flyers Track Classic over the
weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium.
The 21-year-old easily won the men's high
jump with a leap of 2.08 metres or 6-feet, 93/4-
inches, but he felt he should have cleared at
least 7-2 or higher.
"Looking at today athletic wise, things are
going good," Wilson said. "It should be a very
positive season."
Wilson said although there were some dis-
crepancy on the actual height of the bar, he was
pleased to have been able to perform the way he
Having left for Texas on Sunday, Wilson is
looking forward to making his debut next Sat-
"I don't have much goals because when you
set yourself up for goals, you normally set your-
self up for a big fall," he said. "I just want to PR
and see where I can go."
Last year as he completed his tenure at
Southwest Mississippi Junior College, Wilson
opened up with 7-2, but he didn't jump any
higher as he had to endure a nagging injury
that prevented him from competing the way he
wanted too.
Wilson has not yet been officially named to
the Lornhorns' roster. According to Jeremy
Sharpe, the Media Relations Officer for the
men's track and field team, Wilson should be
added to the roster this week.

"Our office is closed today because of the
(Martin Luther King Jr Memorial) holiday,"
Sharpe said yesterday. "But we just have to
complete the paperwork, which should be done
tomorrow when our office reopens.
"Once that is done, he should be ready to
make the team," Sharpe said. "As far as (head)
coach Bubba Thornton is concerned, every-
thing is fine. They're just waiting to finalize his
Sharpe, however, was not able to confirm
just exactly when Wilson will be able to com-
pete. He said as standard procedure, the coach-
ing staff will take a look at him and see what
kind of condition he is in.
"Once that is done and they are confident
that he is ready to compete, he will compete,"
Sharpe said. "That could happen as soon as he
go through his first workout."


Bahamas seeks

more sponsors

FROM page nine

will be erecting 28 mile mark-
ers, which will provide busi-
ness companies to display
their logos. And there will be
at least 10 banners spread
around the island.

Schools Impact
Philip Smith, one of the
organizers, have indicated
that since they have launched
the new initiative for the
schools, there have been a
lot of discussions as to how
the teams will be made up.
"We haven't gotten confir-
mation back from them in
terms of how many teams
they will have," Smith said.
"But there is some competi-
tion in some of the schools
over weather students will
compete with their teachers
or teachers compete with
their students."
Smith said the good thing
is that each school is being
invited to register two relay
teams free of charge, thanks
to a generous contribution
from one of their sponsors.
Wilson said in speaking
with some of the principals,
they have indicated that it's
been a real positive aspect to
their programme and they
are going to definitely take
advantage of it.

Community Involvement
Brian Moodie, president of
Sunshine Insurance and the
president of Marathon
Bahamas committee, said the
response they have received
from all areas of the commu-
nity is overwhelming.
From Atlantis and the
properties on the western
end of the island, to the med-
ical committee, headed by
Dr. Beverton Moxey and
Charles Sealey at Doctor's
Hospital, to the Police Force,
Moodie said everything is
shaping up for a fantastic
"We've measured it to the
decimal and it has been sanc-
tioned by the IAAF and
AIM, the Association of
International Marathons,"
Moodie said.
"The timing system that we
have gotten is a state-of-the-
art system and it will provide
and display times so that the
athletes can have their splits
as they go. So everything that
a runner would expect from a
Boston or a Miami
Marathon, we will have the
same quality of service in
Marathon Bahamas."
Additionally, Moodie said
the Ministry of Tourism, the
Ministry of Health, Ministry
of Education and Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture
have all thrown their full sup-
port behind the organizing
"But we can definitely do
with some more sponsors
because the cost are adding
up," Moodie proclaimed.
Best Course to Offer
Although it was only three
months ago that Wilson and
the organizing committee got
started in planning the event,
Moodie said this will be a
measure of what to expect in
years to come.
"The numbers that you get
in the first year are normally
off the numbers that you will
ultimately get 2-3 years down
the road," Moodie said.
"But we are very positive
that the growth of Marathon
Bahamas will be tremendous
partly because we had the
group that organize the
Boston Marathon come
down and chart the course
and they indicated that it's
the best course that they've
seen anywhere."
The marathon will get
started at 6 a.m. from Fort
Montagu on February 12 and
will head in a westerly direc-
tion. It will travel over the
Paradise Island bridge and
directly down Bay Street to
West Bay Street.
The course will go all the
way to the round-a-bout at
Fort Bay before it turn
around and head back to the
finish line at Arawak Cay

where a series of land activi-
ties are planned.
Race registration forms
and sponsorship packages are
now available at Sunshine
Insurance head office on
Shirley Street or the Blue
Hill Road office.
The last marathon staged
in the Bahamas was in 1985
at the Central American and
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clearing is only the begin-
ning of the Automated
Clearing House's (ACH)
capabilities, its business
manager said yesterday,
adding that the system will
eradicate the "illegal" prac-
tice of writing cheques
before funds are available.
Brian Smith said he was
unsure whether the ACH's
implementation would cause
an increase in returned
cheques due to the payers
lacking the funds to cover
them, but he argued that the
days of "writing a cheque
based on funds they expect
to deposit later" are gone.
"That practice, in fact, was
illegal, and those days are
gone," he said.
Mr Smith said that
because cheques will take
only one day to clear instead
of the former five business
days, funds for written
cheques will have to be
readily available in a
chequing account.
"One thing that the pub-
lic will notice is that it will
take far less time for
Bahamian dollar cheques to
clear," said Mr Smith. "If
you deposit today, by close
of business tomorrow you
will receive the funds."
Bahamians have tradi-
tionally been able to hand
off payee cheques and
deposit the cheque amount
when they are able to,
before the cheque is cleared
by the payer's bank.
In order to reduce the
instance of returned
cheques, Mr Smith said
banks have been handing
out literature and including
SEE page 4B

'Aggressive' $10m

expansion plans

* Telecoms operator plans two-phased build-out of 'true wireless
broadband' infrastructure in Bahamas, each costing $ 5m
* Build-out to start 'within several months', as company offers
cellular phone application
* New application 'first step towards' eventual hoped-for

cellular entry
Tribune Business Editor
A leading Bahamian tele-
coms operator said it could
ultimately invest $10 million
in building the "true wire-
less broadband" infrastruc-
ture it plans to start con-
structing "in the next cou-
ple of months", its president
telling Tribune Business that
the cell phone application
launched yesterday was the
first step in its hoped-for
move into that market when
full liberalisation comes.
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny,
president of Systems
Resource Group (SRG) and
IndiGo Networks, said that
with the numerous legal
challenges to the company's
licence and plans now large-

ly behind it, it planned to
execute on some ,1NINsc\ c
expansion plans".
IndiGo again showed the
consumer benefits that arise
from liberalised markets
when it comes to service
quality, yesterday unveiling
an application that allows
users of its Onephone resi-
dential and business services
to make free in-plan calls
from their cell phones any-
where in the world where
there was Wi-Fi connectivi-
Although IndiGo's licence
currently prevents it from
being a cellular operator, the
Government aiming to only
liberalise this market two
years from the Bahamas
Telecommunications Com-
pany's (BTC) eventual pri-

Banks urged: 'cut

buyers some slack'

Tribune Business Editor
Bahamian commercial
banks were yesterday urged
to "cut borrowers some slack"
and relax the lending criteria
when it came to property pur-
chases, the Bahamas Real
Estate Association's (BREA)
arguing that this was essen-
tial to sustain the "increased
activity" seen in the domes-
tic end of the market during
early 2010.
William Wong told Tribune
Business that BREA's mem-
bers that "there seems to be a
lot of activity" and buyer
interest in lots priced at
around $100,000 and under,
targeting chiefly the Bahami-
an middle class market.
He added that it was "a
good time to buy" for
Bahamian real estate pur-
chasers, with developers like-
ly to accept 5-10 per cent price
reductions in a bid to move
lots and properties out of
inventory and convert them
to sales.
However, Mr Wong said
that to truly stimulate the
Bahamian real estate market
and wider economy, com-
mercial banks needed to relax
a lending criteria that had fur-
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lenders to relax borrowing
criteria to 'simulate' and
sustain housing market
* Developers willing to
reduce prices 5-10% to
move lots from inventory
* Signs of increased activity
in domestic Bahamian
market, but 'not at levels of
two years ago'

managing existing credit port-
folios and reducing default
levels on those.
SEE page 5B

vatisation, Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said the new
application was "a huge step
forward" that would prepare
IndiGo for eventual entry
to that sector.
Adding that it was "unfor-
tunate we had to take the
path" of legal action to pro-
tect IndiGo's licence and
rights from numerous legal
challenges, largely initiated
by BTC, Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said that was now
largely "in the past".
He explained: "We've left
it behind us, and that allows
us to expand more aggres-
sively than, historically,
we've been able to do.
We've got some very excit-

SEE page 6B

Tribune Business Editor

Net foreign direct investment inflows into the
Bahamas increased by 33.4 per cent to $214.4
million during the 2009 third quarter, the Central
Bank of the Bahamas confirmed yesterday, dri-
ven largely by financing obtained from investors'
own equity resources.
In its quarterly economic review for the three
months to September 2009, the Central Bank
said net equity investments by overseas investors
increased by 35.7 per cent to $171.7 million, while
net real estate purchases grew by 25 per cent to
$42.7 million. "Increases in equity financing of
$45.1 million to $171.7 million, and land pur-
chases of $8.5 million to $42.7 million, bolstered
the net direct investment inflow by $53.7 mil-
lion to $214.4 million," the Central Bank report
While modestly encouraging, the year-over-
year increase in net capital inflows from foreign

Controversy over

timeshare firm close
* Leading Bahamian musician seeks 50-year portfolio he
alleges went missing when Festiva cleared out Hilton office
* Says he needs details for legal actions aimed at
safeguarding copyright, alleging he has lost 'minions' to
Internet pirates
* Company denies claims as 'absurd', and says it is not
responsible for, nor does it have, entertainer's possessions
Tribune Business Editor
A leading Bahamian musician yesterday -
said he had filed a police complaint against
a former Bahamas-based timeshare comrn-
pany in a bid to retrieve a portfolio featur-
ing his 50-year history as an international
entertainer, alleging it had been lost when BRAD LUNDY
the firm closed its doors in early December
2009 and removed all computers, furniture and fixtures -
including employees' personal effects - from the office.
Brad Lundy, the well-known Bahamian artist with a 50-
year history in the music business, told Tribune Business it
was vital that he recover the portfolio and pitch book that had
been left in Festiva Resorts' former office at the British
Colonial Hilton's Centre of Commerce, as it contained mate-
rial critical to court actions he had launched in the UK and
elsewhere to protect his intellectual property rights.
Mr Lundy, who had been employed by Festiva in timeshare
sales for six-and-a-half years before the company closed its
Nassau office on December 4, 2009, said he was in the process
of initiating legal actions against multiple websites that had
been selling his music without seeking his permission or
paying royalties to him. Telling Tribune Business he had
lost potentially "millions of dollars" in income from the
pirating of his music, Mr Lundy said he had been advised by
his attorney, Obie Pindling, to file a police complaint against
Festiva Resorts in a bid to retrieve his portfolio, which he
alleges is still missing five weeks after the office closed.
"I had to," Mr Lundy said of yesterday's complaint filed
with the police. "Obie Pindling said: Brad, you've now got to
SEE page 3B

Equity investments by overseas
investors up 36% to $171.7m
direct investment in the 2009 third quarter should
not be overstated. The main reason for this is
that they were up against extremely weak com-
paratives from the prior year, as the 2008 third
quarter featured the Lehman Brothers bank-
ruptcy collapse and the onset of the full credit
The Central Bank data again indicates that
overseas investors are heavily reliant on their
own capital, or equity, in making Bahamas-based
investments, and a true recovery to pre-reces-
sion levels will depend on how quickly credit
markets unfreeze and investor confidence returns.
Elsewhere, the quarterly economic review con-
tained few surprises. The Central Bank said con-
struction sector output during the 2009 third
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the Bahamian stock market last week.
Investors traded in five out of the 24
listed securities, of which one
advanced, one declined and three
remained unchanged.
A total of 26,377 shares changed
hands, representing an increase of
20,414 shares compared to the previ-
ous week's trading volume of 5,963
shares. Freeport Oil Holdings (FCL)
was the volume leader, trading 11,215
shares to close the week unchanged
at $4.77. Cable Bahamas (CBL) was
the sole advancer during the week, its
stock price increasing by $0.01 on a
volume of 1,200 shares traded to end
the week at $10. AML Foods (AML)
was the sole decline, trading 10,000
shares to see its stock price close down
by $0.02 at $1.15.

10 FBB Series D bonds traded on
the Bahamian exchange last week, rep-
resenting a total par value of $10,000.
First Caribbean International Bank
(CIB) released its unaudited financial
results for the quarter ended October
31, 2009. CIB reported net income of
$29.4 million, representing an increase
of $2.8 million or 10 per cent when
compared to the $26.6 million report-
ed for the same period in 2008.
Net interest income of $37 million
fell by $8.8 million or 19 per cent, while
operating income of $9.9 million
advanced by $5 million or 118 per cent
compared to the 2008 fourth quarter.
Operating expenses of $19 million
were up by $3.8 million or 25 per cent
Management has indicated that

despite the challenging economic envi-
ronment, FirstCaribbean recorded an
increase in net income for the year.
Interest income was impacted by a
decline in customer deposits and flat
loans and advances, while operating
income increases were due to the sale
of investment securities, a decline in
mark-to-market losses and an
improvement in loan loss expenses in
the year. Earnings per share increased
from $0.22 in the 2008 fourth quarter
to $0.25 in the 2009 fourth quarter, an
increase of $0.03. Bank of the
Bahamas (BOB) released its unaudit-
ed financial statements for the quarter
ending September 30, 2009.
Net income for the period was $3.7
million compared to last year's $2.8
million, an increase of $834,000 or 29
per cent. Net interest revenue stood at
$6.8 million compared to $7.5 million
in the same period last year, a decline

of $745,000 or 9.9 per cent. Net fee
and commission income also fell by
$382,000 from $1.1 million in the 2008
first quarter to $759,000.
Despite lower net interest, fees and
commission income, BOB reported
higher net operating income of $9.7
million, which increased by $161,000 or
1.7 per cent. The higher net operating
income was due primarily to lower net
credit loss expense, with a $1.3 mil-
lion positive balance recorded in the
quarter reflecting additional provisions
of $2.7 million. This was offset by a
$3.9 million adjustment for a provi-
sioning policy change.
BOB reported earnings per share
of $0.24 for the quarter compared to
$0.16 for the 2008 first quarter.
BOB's total assets declined by $14.5
million, from $758 million reported at
year-end June 30, 2009, to $744 mil-
lion. Total liabilities stood at $626 mil-

lion, compared to $644 million at year-
end 2008.
Freeport Concrete Company (FCC)
issued a press release announcing a
request, and subsequent approval, for
trading in the company's shares to be
suspended on the local stock exchange
(BISX). The company said it filed for
and received an extension from BISX
to March 15, 2010, for the filing of
audited financial statements for the
year ended August 31, 2009.
In the press release, management
noted that preliminary unaudited fig-
ures are reflecting a net loss of approx-
imately $1.2 million on sales of $10.2
million for the year. It was noted that
the company's overall sales were down
by $3.4 million or 25 per cent, due pri-
marily to lower sales in the concrete
division and Home Centre. The com-
pany has not been in a position to pur-
chase much-needed inventory.

AML $1.15 $-0.02 10,000 -1.71%
BBL $0.63 $- 0 0.00%
BOB $ 5.90 $- 0 0.00%
BPF $10.74 $- 0 0.00%
BSL $10.06 $- 0 0.00%
BWL $ 3.15 $- 0 0.00%
CAB $10.00 $0.01 1,200 0.20%
CBL $ 7.00 $- 1,400 0.00%
CHL $ 2.72 $- 2,562 0.00%
CIB $ 9.99 $- 0 0.00%
CWCB $2.74 $-0.05 0 -3.86%
DHS $ 2.55 $- 0 0.00%
FAM $ 6.49 $- 0 0.00%
FBB $ 2.37 $- 0 0.00%
FCC $ 0.27 $- 0 0.00%
FCL $ 4.77 $- 11,215 0.00%
FCLB $ 1.00 $- 0 0.00%
FIN $ 9.28 $- 0 0.00%
ICD $ 5.59 $- 0 0.00%
JSJ $ 9.95 $- 0 0.00%
PRE $10.00 $- 0 0.00%

FBB13 FBB Series C 0 $1,000
Notes Due 2013
FBB15 FBB Series D 10 $1,000
Notes Due 2015
FBB17 FBB Series A 0 $1,000
Notes Due 2017
FBB22 FBB Series B 0 $1,000
Notes Due 2022
Dividend Notes: First Caribbean International Bank (CIB) has declared a div-
idend of $0.16 per share, payable on January 25, 2010, to all ordinary share-
holders of record date January 15, 2010.


BURROWS late of West Avenue, Coconut
Grove, in the Southern District in the Island
of New the Islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims against the above-named
Estate are required, on or before the 18th
day of February, A.D. 2010 to send their
names and addresses, and particulars of
their debts or claims, to the undersigned,
and if so required by notice in writing from the
undersigned, to come debts or claims, or in
default thereof they will be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution AND all persons
indebted tothe said Estate are ask to pay their
respective debts to the undersigned at once.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that
at the expiration of the assets of the late
distributed among the persons entitled
thereto having regard only to the claims of
which the Administrator shall then have had

Dated this 18th day of January, A.D., 2010

Attorneys for the Administrator,
No.58 Shirley Street,
P.O. Box N 8958,
Nassau, N.P, Bahamas.





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FROM page 1B
go to the police because some-
one's got to be accountable.
"Forty-five years of my life
has now gone. It ain't about the
money. Money can't buy that.
We'll give CID time to investi-
gate and do what they have to
do. If nothing happens, then I'll
have to sue them [Festiva
Resorts]. I won't have any
Don Clayton, chief executive
of Festiva Resorts, which is
based in North Carolina, did
not respond to Tribune Busi-
ness's e-mailed inquiries before
press deadline last night,
despite a detailed list of ques-
tions being e-mailed to him.
However, in e-mail corre-
spondence between himself and
Mr Lundy, Mr Clayton said
Festiva did not have any of his
personal possessions and
described such claims as
"absurd". While the company
would make "all efforts" to
locate Mr Lundy's portfolio, he
said in a January 4, 2010, e-mail
that Festiva would not be pay-
ing him compensation for the
alleged missing item.
The saga, according to cor-
respondence obtained by Tri-
bune Business, began when
Festiva sent its Nassau-based
sales and marketing staff home
on Friday, December 4, telling
them to report back to work on
Tuesday, December 8.
However, subsequent to
going home, the staff were
informed that Festiva's Nassau
office would be closing perma-
nently, and that they were to
meet with company represen-
tatives at Nesbitt's Restaurant

timeshare firm
at Cable Beach on the same
day. It was then that they were
handed a letter explaining the
closure. In a December 29,
2009, letter to Festiva execu-
tives Robin Nichols and Evert
Maks, Mr Lundy said Festiva
sales representatives had con-
vened for their normal morning
meeting on Friday, December
4. "Approximately an hour lat-
er, the sales employees inquired
as to why no tours had yet
entered the sales bay," Mr
Lundy added. "The sales
employees were later advised
by employees from marketing
that they had been instructed
not to book any tours as there
were no funds available.
"As a consequence of the
foregoing, the employees were
advised that the company
would be closing temporarily
and would re-open on Tuesday,
December 8, 2009."
In the belief that all would
resume as normal, Mr Lundy
said a two-hour training semi-
nar was arranged for the sales
staff on Monday, December 7,
2009. Yet he added in his letter:
"Subsequently, I was contact-
ed by Sarah, a co-worker, via
telephone, who advised me that
Ian, the administrative manag-
er of Festiva, had advised her
that the company was not clos-
ing temporarily but was, in fact,
ceasing its operation and was
requesting that employees meet
with representatives of the
company at Nesbitt's Restau-
rant on Tuesday, December 8,

"It later became disturbingly
apparent that during the week-
end, the premises which the
company had rented at the
British Colonial Hilton Centre
of Commerce, Bay Street, had
been vacated without proper
notice being given by the com-
pany. As a result of this unex-
pected act by the company, pri-
vate items that belonged to the
sales employees could not be
personally retrieved and
At Nesbitt's, Festiva's sales
and marketing staff were hand-
ed a December 4, 2009, letter
signed by Terri Kirkpatrick, the
company's human resources
manager. Confirming that the
company had decided to close
down its Nassau office, which
had been operating since 2001,
Ms Kirkpatrick said: "The deci-
sion has been made necessary
by a number of factors, includ-
ing more stringent lending cri-
teria by US lenders, as well as
the declining sales and prof-
itability driven by the world-
wide economic downturn."
She added that Festiva would
continue sending clients to the
Paradise Harbour Club &
Marina Club, its managed
Bahamian resort. The letter
also contained a quote from Mr
Clayton, who said: "We have
tried to maintain our sales and
marketing operations in Nas-
sau, but economic factors
beyond our control are forcing
this decision to downsize.
"We regret having to make
this decision, and the hardship
it will cause our employees. As
the credit market improves, we
will be re-evaluating our posi-
tion and we hope to return to a
more profitable sales and mar-
keting operation in the future."
Mr Lundy said his missing

portfolio contained copyright
certificates, tax certificates,
recording contracts, his resume,
biography, press clippings and
awards. His pitch book con-
tained certificates and awards
from Atlantis, Crystal Palace,
the American Music Awards
and Musician Entertainers
Union. In a January 5, 2010,
letter to Mr Clayton, Mr Lundy
said the Nesbitt's meeting had
been told that all property
belonging to the company had
been destroyed. He had
searched the location where
Festiva's office property had
been taken to, but that had
proven fruitless.
In his replies, Mr Clayton in
January 4, 2010, letter
expressed surprise that Mr
Lundy would leave such a valu-
able possession in Festiva's
office, and said the company
was "unable to return that
which is not in our possession".
He denied that Festiva was
responsible for, and had in its
possession, Mr Lundy's portfo-
lio and pitch book. And, in a
January 6, 2010, e-mail, Mr
Clayton reiterated that Festiva
was not "going to compensate
you for materials you mis-
placed". He also told Mr Lundy
to in future communicate with
Festiva's in-house attorney,
Toby Weas. Mr Lundy con-
firmed Mr Clayton's assertion
that Festiva's Bahamian staff
had received their severance
pay, and obtained their vaca-
tion pay a week after the clo-
sure. However, Mr Lundy said
the staff were still awaiting their
reserve pay - money deducted
to cover for cancellations -
which would come in May 2010.
He argued that Festiva should
have paid the employees what
they were due one time.

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A Bahamian owned group of companies is seeking a
financial contoller. Applicants should possess the following

Knowledge and Education:
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2) A minimum of five years industry experience as a
financial controller in managerial capacity.

1) Excellent interpersonal skills
2) Excellent managerial skills
3) Strong computer skills
4) Strong analytical skills
5) Strong oral and written skills
6) Able to work in a very dynamic environment

Job responsibilities include the following:
1) Supervising the complete accounting cycle for five
2) Preparing monthly financial statements for five
3) Human resources function including payroll for 120
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4) Co-ordinating all other areas of the business to
ensure optimal efficiency
5) Dealing with all government reporting requirements
6) Dealing with all shareholder inquiries

Interested persons should apply no later than
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Qualifications and Experience:
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Payments system to cease

'illegal' cheque practices


BURROWS late of West Avenue, Coconut
Grove, in the Southern District in the Island
of New the Islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims against the above-named
Estate are required, on or before the 18th
day of February, A.D. 2010 to send their
names and addresses, and particulars of
their debts or claims, to the undersigned,
and if so required by notice in writing from
the undersigned, to come debts or claims,
or in default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution AND
all persons indebted to the said Estate are
ask to pay their respective debts to the
undersigned at once.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that
at the expiration of the assets of the late
be distributed among the persons entitled
thereto having regard only to the claims of
which the Administrator shall then have had

Dated this 18th day of January, A.D., 2010

Attorneys for the Administrator,
No.58 Shirley Street,
P.O. Box N 8958,
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.


CLICO (Bahamas) Limited

(In Liquidation)

The properties listed below are being sold by Mr. Craig A. (Tony) Gmrwz, Official
LiquKiator of CIlko (Bahi8mas) Limiled (in Liquidation),

Sealed offers should Be sent to the following address:

Me. Crag A. ( Tony) Goniez
Official Liquidator
Thte Deanery
No- 28 Gumberland Slreet
P.O. Box N-1991
Nassau, Bahamas

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at wslaphone (421) 35&4114.

The Liquidalor reserves the right to refuse any or all offers submitted

FROM page 1B

notices of the ACH's imple-
mentation regularly.
The ACH allows for
almost instantaneous com-
munication between the
Bahamas' clearing banks in
order to speed up cheque
deposits, and in three
months' time will allow for
the same with direct
"Before the ACH, you
and your employer had to
bank at the same bank or
your employer had to main-
tain accounts at various
banks if that employer want-
ed to pay you by direct
deposit," said Mr Smith.


"Within three months of
the ACH going into effect,
banks will be to accommo-
date interbank transfers as
easily as they do intra-bank
transfers now, meaning
direct deposits may be made
to any account in the sys-
tem, even if the employer
and employee bank at dif-
ferent institutions."
Mr Smith said paper
cheques could completely
be done away within several
years. He said the UK has
made a commitment to do
away with paper cheque
transactions by the year
Many businesses have
been awaiting the launch of
the ACH, hoping to do
away with cash transactions,
which make them targets of
The ACH's launch is also
expected to spawn much
more e-commerce in the
Bahamas, as Internet trans-
actions will be conducted
easily online and deposited
to Bahamian bank accounts.
"New legislation will open
up the Automated Clearing
House to many more com-
panies," said Mr Smith.



Banks urge

FROM page 1B

The BREA president said
his understanding was that
commercial banks were
increasingly looking for bor-
rowers to have 'perfect' cred-
it histories, and would not
extend credit to those who
had missed just "one or two
payments" on their existing
loans. "We are hoping the
banks will come on board and
relax their lending require-
ments, and assist more
Bahamians in buying lots,"
Mr Wong told Tribune Busi-
ness. "There was a further
tightening before the Christ-
mas holiday, but banks can't
make money by holding on
to it - they've got to lend it
The BREA president criti-
cised some banks for focus-
ing more on higher margin
consumer loans (to compen-
sate for the greater risk) than
real estate credit, which was
much more secure because
the properties/physical assets
involved provided far greater
security/collateral for the
"That does very little to
stimulate the economy," Mr
Wong said of consumer lend-
"If the banks were to lend
money to buy lots, that would
stimulate the economy. They
need to look at their lending
practices, and have policies
where a certain amount of
money is loaned to people to
buy property or invest in their
"From what we understand,
the banks are very picky
about who they lend money
to. When it comes to some-
one purchasing lots or houses,
the banks are not going to
lend money to anyone who
has missed one or two pay-
ments on previous loans."
Arguing that this criteria
was too strict, and that many
borrowers may have missed
a loan payment in their life-
time only to catch up later,
Mr Wong said these persons
were "not deadbeats".
"The banks need to take a
second look at how they lend
money and who they lend


d: 'cut buyers
money to," he added. "Land
is good collateral and security.
You need to cut people some
slack and give them a chance,
especially if they're buying
property because that's a
secure investment, particu-
larly in New Providence.

"The banks need to be the
ones to create a stimulus
package by lending money,
and not use such a tight yard-
stick in judging people."
While the Bahamian real
estate market was "not out of
the woods" and would take
some time to recover from the
recession, Mr Wong said:
"Since the beginning of the
year we have seen some activ-
ity in the local market,
although it's not where it used
to be two years ago. It's still
slow. But there seems to be
a lot of activity in the market
for lots priced at around
$100,000 or under."
And the BREA president
added: "This really is a good
time for the consumer to buy
and bargain with developers.
Developers are now probably
looking at reducing prices a
little bit to move lots, rather

some slack'
than have them sitting in
"Developers are looking at
a reasonable reduction in
prices, anywhere between 5-
10 per cent. Particularly if
buyers take two lots, devel-
opers will look at it carefully.
"This is no time to be picky.
Developers are willing to
reduce profits to get lots mov-
Mr Wong, though, said the
international end of the
Bahamian real estate market
was "a bit slower than the
local market". This was
because the largest buyer
market for the Bahamas, the
US, was "still figuring out
where it's going and settling
down after the recession".
"Once the dust settles
down, we'll have buyers com-
ing in," he added. "Those not
affected by recession still have
money, and we have to try
and find them.
"Our market is very
resilient. There's no big fire
sale. Buyers are looking for
bargains, and there are no big
bargains right now. Prices are
holding strong. The Bahamas
is still a primary destination,
being so close to North Amer-

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Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 18th day of January 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,




1. The Water & Sewerage Corporation invites proposals from
suitably qualified Companies for the design and construction of
a wastewater facility at Elizabeth Habour Exuma. The Scope
of Works include the provision of all labour, equipment and
other necessary services for the design and construction of
a cost effective and appropriate reception, storage and treat-
ment of sewage from water crafts.

2. Proposals from potential Companies must be accompanied
by comprehensive details from the Qualified Questionnaire

a. Experience on similar projects
b. Personnel to be assigned (including their experience
on similar projects)
c. Financial capacity to execute the works.

Qualifications, bid price, and selected technology will be eval-
uated for award of Contract

3. Bidding Documents will be available on request beginning
January 20, 2010 from the Engineering & Planning Depart-
ment of the Water & Sewerage Corporation .

4. Completed documents must be returned to the address
below, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday February 10,

General Manager
Water & Sewerage Corporation
87 Thompson Blvd.
P.O. Box N-3905
Nassau, Bahamas

Attn: Engineering & Planning Division

Telephone: (242) 302-5548
Facsimile: (242) 302-5547

I Bank of The Bahamas


The Bank of The Bahamas International, the institution of first choice in the provision
of financial services, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the position of:

Core Banking Application Analyst (2)

Core Responsibilities:
* Provide Production Support of the bank's core-banking business
application software
* Investigate Core banking systems' issues reactively as escalated and
analyze / diagnose for resolution according to established guidelines
* Perform post-mortem activities for any breaks in system availability
* Perform trend analysis to identify and highlight recurring problems.
Carry out root-cause analysis and determine and document solutions for
review and further implementation
* Perform issue testing and evaluation of fixes for resolutions provided with
necessary change control
* Participate in application testing and evaluation for new products, as
directed by the bank's strategic goals
* Assist with improving core-banking application system efficiency by
recommending changes to parameterization, work-flows, reporting
* Assist project management and development teams for new
implementations. Participate in change management activities

fob Requirements:
* Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (preferred) or Business
* Proficient systems analytical skills to perform tasks including, root-cause
analysis, develop, execute, assess test plans and test cases, and
recommend issue resolutions
* Knowledge and adept use of select programming languagess, preferably
PL/SQL, SQL, and working knowledge of Oracle and RDBMS
* Practical knowledge of systems life cycle and systems development
* Knowledge of specific financial industry and banking laws and regulations
to appreciate the operational implications when developing, reviewing
and testing for the bank's core banking application system software.
* Specific and detailed knowledge of core-banking system setup and
settings, both technical and application-based
* Solid appreciation of the bank's infrastructure setup, including computer,
LAN and WAN communications
* Excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with
internal customers in sharing and explaining information; gathering user
requirements for new and change requests, and root cause analysis with/
from associates and supervisors. These skills are also needed for all areas
where documentation is required e.g. root cause analysis, testing reports,
regular updates, issues and direct for prepare necessary documentation
* Ability to multi-task in a frame-work of assigned task priority and
* Ability to be innovative in problem solving approach, self-motivated; have
great initiative
* A team player

Benefits include: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with
work experience and qualifications. Interested persons should apply no later
than January 25, 2010 to:
or fax to: 242-323-2637




'Aggressive' $10m expansion plans

FROM page 1B

ing and aggressive plans we
want to initiate in the next
12 months to offer true wire-
less broadband to the con-
"We will start to build that
network in the next couple
of months. The initial couple
of phases will be in the order
of $5 million, and expansion
beyond that will be that
much again. The first phase
will be New Providence, and
right on its heels will be
Grand Bahama and Marsh

While many Bahamians
currently had access to
Internet broadband via their
Cable Bahamas modem or
BTC's DSL service, Mr Hut-
ton-Ashkenny said these
facilities were fixed in the
home, thus leaving con-
sumers Ic lhered" to one
SRG/IndiGo's wireless
broadband solution, he
explained, would allow
Bahamian consumers to
access broadband facilities
with their laptops, cell
phones and other devices
wherever they were in this
nation, allowing them to

The Public is hereby advised that I, RAYMOND E.
FERGUSON of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to RAYNARD E. FERGUSON. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.


(No 45 of 2000)



We, Sterling (Bahamas) Limited, Liquidator of BASE CONSULTING GROUP
LTD., hereby certify that the winding up and dissolution of Rosewood Estates
Inc. has been completed in accordance with the Articles of Dissolution.

Dated the 17th day of November, A.D., 2009.

. i. , :Lrii 1 a1 a :1 i Lim ited



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

dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

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

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

Dated the 15th day of January, 2010.

Attorneys for the above-named Company

enjoy the service 'on the
Indicating that SRG's staff
complement would expand
in line with its infrastructure
and services, Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said: "At each
step we take, we said we
wanted to initiate innova-
tive services to the con-
sumer, and that's what we're


With the new cellular
application, named One-
phone2GO, SRG/IndiGo's
Onephone customers will be
able to use iPhone and iPod
Touch, as well as Wi-Fi
enabled Nokia phones and,
eventually, Blackberries, to
make and receive Voice
over the Internet (VolIP)
calls anywhere in the world
where there is a Wi-Fi con-
"As long as there is a Wi-
Fi hot spot, customers will
have the ability to roam
without incurring any finan-

cial charge," Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said. "We've
been developing this appli-
cation for at least nine
months, and undertook
some significant technologi-
cal developments to make
this happen."
IndiGo's new application
does not involve roaming or
airtime charges, and the
assignment of a Bahamas
domestic number means no
calling charges are incurred.
Effectively, it will allow Indi-
Go to compete with BTC
for Bahamian roaming cus-
tomers abroad.
MR Hutton-Ashkenny
said that while the One-
phone2GO application had
initially been driven by
demand from the business
community, it had "mass
"Since announcing it this
morning, we've had a lot of
interest coming into the
office and a significant
stream of people coming
in," he added.
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said
SRG/IndiGo wanted to


(No 45 of 2000)



We, Sterling (Bahamas) Limited, Liquidator of SUNURYS LTD., hereby certify
that the winding up and dissolution of Rosewood Estates Inc. has been com-
pleted in accordance with the Articles of Dissolution.

Dated the 11th day of November, A.D., 2009.

:i .jle -r ar IT . : i Limited


(No 45 of 2000)



We, Sterling (Bahamas) Limited, Liquidator of J. WALLACE LTD., hereby
certify that the winding up and dissolution of Rosewood Estates Inc. has been
completed in accordance with the Articles of Dissolution.

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

Sterling IBah!mas) Limited

offer "full mobility" to its
"thousands of subscribers"
once the Bahamian telecoms
market was fully liberalised,
and admitted "frankly" that
the company wanted to "go
into the mobile sector".
"The launch of One-
phone2GO continues
IndiGO's commitment to
develop innovative products
and services that enhance
the telecommunications
experience of Bahamians
and drive down the cost of
service," said Mr Hutton-
"Wi-Fi is ubiquitous in air-
ports, coffee shops, stores,

hotels and elsewhere all
across the world, meaning
that an access point for One-
phone2GO is always avail-
able. With the technology in
Onephone2GO, the cost of
staying in touch when trav-
elling has just gone from
outrageous to negligible."


behndth nws



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 21st day
of December, A.D., 2009.

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

Lie Min Yi
Liquidator of


(No 45 of 2000)



We, Sterling (Bahamas) Limited, Liquidator of MILLER DRUCK SPECIALTY
STONE LTD., hereby certify that the winding up and dissolution of Rosewood
Estates Inc. has been completed in accordance with the Articles of Dissolu-

Dated the 27th day of November, A.D., 2009.

:, ri. j ia i.a:i Limited



Creditors having debts or claims against the
above-named Company are required to send
particulars thereof to the undersigned clo P.O.
Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or before
10th day of February, A.D., 2010. In default
thereof they will be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

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

Carol G. Gray
16825 Northchase Drive
Houston, TEXAS 77060

Legal Notice


(a) KROKODILLE S.A. is in dissolution under the provisions of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on January 18, 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 2nd 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 19, 2010





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Foreign investment up 33% to $214.4m

FROM page 1B
quarter was further "con-
strained" by "lackustre activity"
in projects financed by both
Bahamian and foreign
"Data collected from the
main mortgage lending institu-
tions revealed that the contrac-
tion in the value of mortgage
disbursements for new con-
struction and building repairs
deepened to 17.1 per cent from
3.9 per cent in the same period
of 2008," the Central Bank said.
"The rate of decline was
more than five times higher for
residential mortgages at 17.8
per cent, and up by less than
three percentage points for
commercial disbursements to
10.3 per cent.
"Mortgage commitments for
new construction and repairs,
a more forward looking activity,
receded by 39.3 per cent to
$34.8 million, comprising down-
turns in both the residential
(40.9 per cent) and commercial
(4.5 per cent) components."
Commercial mortgages fell
in number, by 33.3 per cent, to
10, with a collective value of
$2.4 million. Residential mort-
gages issues during the 2009
third quarter dropped in num-
ber by 39.5 per cent to 225, with
a total value of $32.3 million.
On the fiscal front, a $150
million domestic bond issue
during the 2009 third quarter
increased the Government's
direct debt by $151.9 million or
4.9 per cent to $3.236 billion.
Adding some $438.5 million
in contingent liabilities and the
Government's total national
debt came to $3.675 billion - a
figure that will have risen to at
least $3.775 billion in the fourth
quarter due to the $100 million
net proceeds from the Govern-
ment's $300 million foreign
bond issue. Year-over-year, the
national debt had increased by
17 per cent or $469.8 million,
compared to the position at the
2008 third quarter end, empha-
sising the size of the Govern-
ment's capital works pro-
gramme and stimulus spending
to mitigate the economic down-
turn's impact. Some 81.9 per
cent of the direct charge on
government is held domestical-
ly, with 32.3 per cent held by
commercial banks; 29.8 per cent
by private and institutional
investors; 27.7 per cent by pub-
lic corporations; and 10.22 per
cent by the Central Bank.

No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the company has therefore been struck off the
Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution was
December 30, 2009.



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operations officers/clerks. A successful candidate must:
- Have minimum of 3 years experience in sales and
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in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, written and
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Painful facts about

Tribune Features Reporter

THE recent cold weather
has had many Bahamians
bundling up in layers of
clothing and even pur-
chasing space heaters for
their homes.
Temperatures have dipped as low
as the 50s in some islands.
Still, most are enjoying the respite
from the typical heat.
But others, particularly those liv-
ing with arthritis, say the chilly con-
ditions have brought them physical
The most common form of arthri-
tis, osteoarthritis, is a degenerative
joint disease.
The chronic condition is charac-
terised by the breakdown of the car-
tilage in the joints.
A second, wide-spread type of the
disease is rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the more
painful of the two. It is a systemic
inflammatory disorder that can affect
not only the joints, but also organs
and tissues.
People living with rheumatoid
arthritis say that cold weather caus-
es their condition to flare up and
become especially painful.
Those suffering from the condi-
tion prefer the heat that is currently
absent from the Bahamas.
But if natural heat cannot be
found, doctors have an alternative.
"In my office we have an infrared
centre which produces pure infrared
heat. When these patients come in
this is the best thing I can do for
them," said Dr Jonathan Bartlett, a
chiropractic physician trained in
massage, physical therapy and
acupuncture, told Tribune Health.
He is one of the two trained ther-
apists that practice at the Advanced
Chiropractic Clinic in Centreville.
Dr Bartlett estimates that most of
his patients suffering from rheuma-
toid arthritis are young and middle-
aged adults.
"When the situation gets far
enough you end up with the bone

rubbing on bone complex which
causes the body much pain," said
Dr Bartlett.
Osteoarthritis will only appear in
one joint at a time. For example,
you can get it in one or both of
knees, or in particular areas of the
body at different times.
But osteoarthritis won't appear in
one or two regions at a time. It
affects the knees or the shoulders,
whereas rheumatoid arthritis can
affect all areas of the body at the
same time. It is extremely painful
and is very difficult to treat.
"The problem with rheumatoid
arthritis is that it is a progressive dis-
ease," said Dr Bartlett.
"Once rheumatoid starts, it will
continue to get worse, and there's
no reversing it.
"For these patients, you can't
promise them a cure, but you can
offer them some comfort and pain
relief," said Dr Bartlett.
Rather than trying to put heat
packs on each joint in the body, Dr
Bartlett has taken a more innova-
tive approach to treating his patients.
"We just put them in the sauna
and allow the whole body to be
affected by infrared heat," said Dr
"This works very well for pain
relief for patients when they come
"We also prescribe medication for
patients that helps relieve the pain.
But for some people the condition is
so far gone the medication doesn't
give a lot of relief."
The laser machine is also a treat-
ment method that persons with
rheumatoid arthritis respond very
well to.
However, one downside of laser
treatment is that it can't treat the
entire body. The laser Dr Bartlett
uses stimulates the mitochondria in
the cells which helps them to heal
and repair.
"There are ointments as well that
seem to work especially well with
patients," said Dr Bartlett. "Sombra
is a natural ointment, made from
capsaicin which is derived from
cayenne pepper."
One of the peculiar things about
rheumatoid arthritis is that it
responds to metals.

Some people wear metal bands
and bracelets and other jewellery to
prevent the advancement of rheuma-
toid arthritis in their hands and fin-
Rheumatoid arthritis is an aggres-
sive disease that can cause deformi-
ties, especially in the hands.
Dr Bartlett told Tribune Health
about a study done with married
patients who were in the advanced
stages of rheumatoid arthritis. Those
that were wearing a gold wedding
band did not have any rheumatoid
"This confirms that the condition

We also prescribe med-
ication for patients that
helps relieve the pain. But
for some people the con-
dition is so far gone the
medication doesn't give a

lot of relief.


responds to the frequency of a met-
al," said Dr Bartlett.
Taking this into account, he rec-
ommends that his patients with
rheumatoid arthritis wear copper,
brass or gold bracelets, which have
proven to affect the whole hand.
In addition to cold weather, a
change in biometric pressure can
also affect rheumatoid patients. For
instance, if there is an approaching
hurricane and bands from the storm
sweep over the region, the biometric
pressure is affected, Dr Bartlett
"When the biometric pressure
drops, rheumatoid arthritis flares up
in the body," he said.

Ticks in the Bahamas

IN the last five years we have seen
a proliferation of these spider-like
It seems if you ask any pet
groomer, pet boarding facility, vet-
erinary clinic or dog breeder, the
one pest or parasite that is a con-
stant problem with their daily oper-
ation is the tick.
They are an extremely common
skin parasite of dogs.
These spider relatives have eight
legs and live off blood.
They typically are gray to brown
with oval shaped, leathery bodies or
hard, flat bodies that inflate as the
tick feeds.
Ticks come in a vast array of
species and vary from pinhead size
to as large as a lima bean when fully
The ticks that usually afflict dogs
spend up to 90 per cent of their time
off the host.
Ticks are typically a three-host
parasite, that is they target a differ-
ent kind of animal during each stage
of development.
Should a preferred host (like a
dog or a rat) be unavailable, ticks
will feed from what's handy, includ-
ing rats and people.
In the Bahamas we have the
'Brown Dog Tick'. The males of this
type of tick are about the size of a
match head and females can expand
to the size of a pea after a blood
Ticks begin as eggs that hatch into
six legged larvae or tiny seed ticks
that live in vegetation until they can
board a passing host animal (dog or
rat). These seed ticks feed for several
days on a passing animal, then drop
off and molt into eight legged
These nymphs then seek an

appropriate host (dog or rat) to feed.
After another blood meal, these
nymphs drop off and molt into
Ticks do not run and jump as fleas
do, but scuttle around slowly.
They climb up grass and plants
and hold their legs up to sense pass-
ing host. When a warm blooded ani-
mal walks by, the adult tick crawls
onto them and begins feeding.
Adults must again feed before
mating. Once fertilised, females drop
off the host to lay a 1,000 to 4,000
The entire life cycle of a tick can
take as long as two years.
Ticks can fasten to any part of the
dog's skin, but are commonly found
around the ears, between the toes,
and sometimes in the armpits.
A severely infested dog may have
hundreds of tick all over the body.
The ticks will insert their mouth,
attach to their prey and engorge
themselves with a blood meal.
During feeding, tick saliva can get
into the host's body and blood
stream, this is how diseases such as
Ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease are
transmitted. Males and females mate
on the skin of the dog after which
the female takes a blood meal and
then drops off to lay her eggs.
This usually occurs five to 20 hours
after the dog acquires the tick.
This is why prompt removal of
ticks is an affective method of pre-
venting tick bone disease.

If the dog has many ticks, treat-
ment involves an insecticide dip con-
taining natural or synthetic
Pyrethrins labelled for ticks or an
organophosphate dip such as
Paramite. For information on how to
use this dip, ask your veterinarian.
With a heavy infestation, I rec-
ommend dipping the dog once every
week for four to six weeks.

Ticks must attach for several
hours before they can transmit dis-
Preventic tick collars containing
Amitraz are quite effective in con-
trolling ticks. These collars are
effective for up to three months,
but should not be used on puppies
under 12 weeks of age. Frontline
used to control fleas kills an dis-

ables most ticks for up to 30 days
following a single application. I usu-
ally recommend using Frontline and
a Preventic tick collar together.
For outdoor control, you need
to cut tall grass, weeds and brush.
Treat the yard with an insecticide
labelled as safe for use with ani-
mals or call one of your local pest
control companies like Struckum
or Tropical.








WHEN we sit as a group and
consider our individual uniqueness
it opens the doors for an interesting
discussion. Throwing up words such
as love, pleasure, rewards, sexual
motivation makes us realise that we
all have varying, and often surpris-
ing, view points.
We may come away more con-
fused and bamboozled by the whole
relationship thing, or leave deter-
mined to master the nuances of the
'game of love'.
The word 'pleasure' usually
brings a smile to any face. Memo-
ries are triggered and range from
the simplest things to the monu-
mental milestones that mark our
Today's dialogue is about
'Women and Sex' so we should fine
tune the definition to 'sexual plea-
Here again we find that it is
almost impossible to accurately
describe one model that would suit
Do you think it would make life
easier if you could read or be told,

"If you do this with out missing a
step you and your partner will find
complete pleasure?"
In theory this sounds great, but
wouldn't it all get robotic after
awhile? What would happen to cre-
ativity and experimentation?
Singles and couples often start
relationship therapy because they
feel the joy has disappeared from
their intimate relationship.
The happiness and glow of think-
ing, or being with their partner, has
They still love their partner but
sexual pleasure and fulfillment feels
as if it has gone.
Thoughts of 'have we fallen out
of love?' or 'does that mean it was-

n't real to begin with?' makes them
feel sad and disillusioned through
out the day.
As women, it is inbuilt in us to
be the nurturers, and if we feel as if
we are not 'doing our job' we often
feel guilty.
Not seeming to be able to give
pleasure to our lover reduces our
confidence and self esteem.
It is a vicious cycle ,and a down-
ward spiral, unless we are given pos-
itive and helpful feedback.
Do we hear the cries of "But
what about us?"
To date we have done a fairly
good job in educating women about
their right to enjoy their sexuality.
Sexual pleasure for women is
talked and widely written about in
the media.
It is now common place for the
word 'sex' to be found on every
magazine cover because they are
aware of the natural curiosity that it
If that is the case then why is
there still a sense of shame and lack
of entitlement felt within our soci-

No matter how liberal we are
behind closed doors it still does not
remove the negative messages com-
ing from outside.
The unhelpful labelling of stereo-
types only contributes to the harm-
ful message that 'sex is bad'.
When we then carry these atti-
tudes into our committed relation-
ships we have a problem believing
that we deserve to experience per-
sonal pleasure.
The inability to let go and fully
enjoy the moment often inhibits
orgasmic pleasure, and this often
results in a feeling of incomplete-
As we all know life can have its
low moments.
Our desire and overall feelings
towards any type of sexual pleasure
may be altered.
The most common problems are
due to medication, relationship and
medical causes.
We may also find ourselves
thrown back into singlehood and
miss the happiness we used to feel.

For many of us the idea of 'self
pleasuring' is accompanied with
shame and disgrace.
If that is the case then start by
thinking of ways to 'please your-
Remember, sexual pleasure is all
about our sensuality and sexuality.
For example, enjoying spa treat-
ments that pamper your skin pro-
vide the stimulation, both body and
mind, to produce a sensual fulfill-
Once you relax and fully commit
to this concept you will become
more confident and complete. You
will both get to know each other in
ways unimaginable and your overall
life together will become happier.

* Margaret Bain is an individual and
couples relationship therapist. She is a
registered nurse and a certified clinical
sex therapist. For appointments call
364-7230 or e-mail her at relateba- or www.relateba- She is also
available for speaking engagements.

0f GREEN SCENE By GardenerJackI-

Singing the blues

AZURE, indigo, cerulean, glau-
cous, sapphire - these are words
that describe shades of blue, the
most noticeable colour in the
Bahamas given our sky and beauti-
ful waters.
Even our national tree the lignum
vitae (Guaiacum sanctum) bears
blue flowers but is in a minority, for
blue is a comparatively rare plant
colour in this country.
The busy hummingbird is visually
geared to feeding from and polli-
nating flowers that are in the spec-
trum from red through orange to
The lower end of the spectrum -
all shades of blue - is left to the
greatest pollinators of all, bees.
There are three notable wild
plants that bear blue flowers.
Morning glory comes in a wide
range of colours and shades that
includes a striking powder blue,
often the largest of the morning glo-
ry flowers in one area, the size of a
These brighten up the roadside
bush and neglected areas.
My wife and I went to a tropical
butterfly conservatory in the Nia-
gara region a few years ago and
found the butterflies very interest-
But it was the plants we both
commented on mostly, for just
about every one of them - palms,
heliconias, hibiscus, bougainvillea -
we had growing in our yard back

Probably the most abundant plant
was the blueflower (Valerianoides
jamaicensis) that grew to a much
larger size in the artificial tropical
conditions than it does in my back-
yard, which is just as well for it is a
Blueflower has rather pretty oval
leaves that are toothed around the
edge and send up a flower stalk
embedded with diminutive flowers
that range from light to dark blue.
If allowed to spread, successive
plants tend to radiate in a circle.
Blueflower was used extensively in
the conservatory because it was
attractive to butterflies.
A few months ago I was surprised
to find a pigeonberry for sale in my
local nursery for $56.
My surprise was because I have
pulled dozens of pigeonberries from
my garden in the past few years,
leaving three as specimen plantings.
With pigeonberry (Duranta
repens) - also called golden dew-
drop - we have a beautiful native
plant that turns into a weed when it
invades cultivated gardens.
Pigeonberry grows to over six feet
tall and bears small clusters of lacy
light blue flowers that give way to
bunches of yellow to orange berries.
Flowers and berries can often be
seen on the shrub at the same time.
One of my favourite plants
(though I do not have one in my
garden at the moment) is Queen's

Wreath (Petrea volubilis), a sturdy
vine that produces wreath-like pro-
jections of vivid deep blue flowers
up to 12 inches long.
Two petreas would make a won-
derful ornamental archway.
Probably the most popular blue-
flowered shrub is the plumbago (P.
The South African native is a
straggly small shrub that bears mass-
es of light blue flowers throughout
most of the year. Plumbago can be
the basis of a very attractive hedge.
The most rampant of all vines is

the blue sky vine (Thunbergia gran-
Once established it drops kite tails
of light blue flower clusters, each
flower up to three inches across.
Be very aware of where you plant
this vine. Friends of mine planted a
small one about ten feet from a large
brick barbecue complex and then
went home to France for the sum-
mer. On their return they found it
hard to locate their barbecue.
Another full-size tree besides the
lignum vitae that produces blue flow-
ers is the jacaranda (J acutifolia).

The jacaranda is very similar in
growth and size to the royal poin-
ciana but bears clusters of bell-like
flowers that range on different trees
from pale blue to purple.
Jacaranda is a native of Brazil but
is extensively grown in subtropical
regions of South Africa.
We may not have many blue-flow-
ering plants but those we do have
are lovely additions to any garden.

* For any comments or questions con-

Rotary Club East Nassau

Holds drive for eyeglass

THE Rotary Club of East Nas-
sau(RCEN) is urging the public to
donate their used eyeglasses as part
of the club's efforts to give the gift
of sight to children and the elderly
in Nassau and Eleuthera.
The RCEN in conjunction with
their twin club- The Rotary Club
of Roswell, Georgia and the
Eleuthera Rotary Club will spon-
sor eye testing during the Georgia's
club visit to the Bahamas February
The idea is to match the donated

eyeglasses to persons who can use
Rotarian Richard Pyfrom told
Tribune Health yesterday that ini-
tiatives such as this can make a
world of difference.
"This is our first joint community
project with our twin Rotary club in
Roswell Georgia. If it is successful I
am sure there will be another.
"We will be testing in one of the
schools and Bahamas Fast Ferries
has been kind enough to take us to
Eleuthera where we will test as

many elderly as time permits.
"Eye testing in the young is essen-
tial in bringing possible vision prob-
lems out in the open, which can
improve a child's future tremen-
dously. Testing the elderly in the
islands brings a service to them that
might not be available otherwise."
Members of the public wishing to
contribute to this cause can do so by
dropping glasses off at several loca-
tions- Doctor's Hospital, The Mall
at Marathon, Bahamas Realty and
The Tribune.







DESPITE the economic
woes faced by many,
Bahamian women are
pushing ahead in the busi-
ness community, becoming
their own boss and calling
the shots in 2010.
And entrepreneurship, which
was once a male-dominated pur-
suit, is a dream chased by many
women today.
Young Bahamian entrepreneur
Sonia Farmer is a woman who has
already chased, captured and
established her dream.
With a combination of a good
education, great skills and a pas-
sion for art, Ms Farmer conceived
her business venture, the Poinciana
Paper Press.
Located in Brooklyn, New York,
the Poinciana Paper Press is a
small press that specialises in pro-
ducing chapbooks (pocket-sized
booklets) rather than full length
In an interview with the Tribune
Woman, Ms Farmer talked about
how she got started and what her
main objectives are for her new
"I have always been an artist,
and having studied writing and tak-
ing a few bookmaking courses at
the Brooklyn Pratt Institute my
passion was ignited. I then soon
realized that all of the things I
learnt in the bookmaking courses
can be intertwined with writing.
"Poinciana Paper Press is a place
for writers of the Caribbean Dias-
pora living at home and abroad to
share their stories of longing and
belonging, stories of passion, of
fire, of people and places, and this
small press is dedicated to pre-

serving the voice of writers in lim-
ited edition, handmade chap-
books," she said.
People have responded very pos-
itively to the small press culture,
and with the necessary skills books
produced in this way can become
beautiful creations.
Unlike large publishing houses,
some small presses produce books
that are handmade with a needle
and thread or any material avail-
able, instead of bound with glue.
And even though presses both
large and small have to compete
with technological advancements
like books, Ms Farmer believes
that a physical copy of a book offers
readers something that no electron-
ic form of document can.
"Writers and publishers who don't
want the physical book to become
extinct are using small presses as
way to keep readers interested.
They are including tactile elements
to bring touch and personality to
books, something that the cold flat
screen books lack.
"So many small presses now use
letterpress printing, printmaking,
hand paper making techniques and
interactive book structures to pro-
vide extreme alternatives to elec-
tronic text," she said.
Ms Farmer said small presses are
a collaborative effort between
artists in various professions and
often produce beautiful books that
are surprisingly affordable.
Ms Farmer is already off to a
great start. She has published
books for two Bahamian authors,
up-and-coming writer Kiesha
Lynne Ellis and established author
Obediah Michael Smith, which
have been launched just recently
at The Hub in Nassau.
"When I thought about starting
my press off with a bang these are
the writers I solicited. And they
are certainly explosive. One is a

veteran writer who has published
11 books of poems. The other is a
young writer with proactive stories
of politics, philosophy, and human
nature," she said.
Ms Farmer said she loves that
she can collaborate with writers to
make books, and with the Poin-
ciana Paper Press she wants to
show people that writing and art
can come together to create some-
thing special.

BOOKS printed by Sonia Farmer's
Poinciana Paper Press - 'In a China
Shop and Other Poems' by
Obediah Michael Smith and 'The Little
Death' by Keisha Lynne Ellis.



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