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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 22, 2010
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Mother's anger over

child kidnap attempt

A MOTHER is angry
that an island-wide alert
has not gone out to warn
parents after she claims
her eight-year-old son
was almost abducted
from the campus of
Queen's College on
The mother of the third
grader, the victim of the
attempted abduction, told
The Tribune she doesn't
want her or her child's
name or photograph pub-

lished as she is scared he
may be targeted again.
But she said she wants to
warn parents that there
is a strange man out there
who is attempting to pick
up children from their
Last night the RBPF
confirmed that the claim
was "under active inves-
tigation," however Press
Liaison Officer Sergeant
SEE page six

Bid to stop ineligible

voters deciding

Elizabeth by-election

Tribune Staff Reporter

BOTH major political par-
ties are channelling much of
their energy into trying to
ensure that a loophole in the
electoral registration, which
allows ineligible voters to
remain on the official voters list,
will not result in the Elizabeth
by-election being decided by
persons who no longer live in
the constituency.
FNM Chairman Carl Bethel
said the party is on the ground
in Elizabeth undertaking "an
intense review of the voters reg-

ister and seeking to identify and
locate every voter on it" to
avoid this possibility.
He said the governing party
"is finding that...there are a
number of people (who) may
have moved out" of the area
since the 2007 general election
and the loophole is therefore
"an important aspect" requir-
ing the party's attention in the
run up to the February 16th by-
Yesterday Parliamentary
Registrar Errol Bethel admit-
ted to The Tribune that there
is no sure way of stopping peo-
SEE page 11

Man charged with
year's first murder
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 31-YEAR-OLD man charged with the country's first
murder for the year was arraigned in a Magistrate's Court
Police have charged Cameron Smith of Wulff Road with
the murder of Joseph Wright. Wright, 39, of Kemp Road
SEE page six



PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham and Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest speak to outgoing Commodore Clifford
Scavella (left) and new Commodore Roderick Bowe (centre).

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham urged new
Defence Force Commodore
Roderick Bowe to lead with
a firm, but fair hand, while
upholding the integrity of the
Royal Bahamas Defence
Said Mr Ingraham: "Yours
will be the task of continu-
ing our mission to protect
and defend the Bahamas and
its citizens, particularly
against the ravages of the
illicit narcotics trade, the
strain of continued illegal
immigration and the eco-
nomic drain and environ-
mental assault on our fish-
eries by poachers."
He made these remarks at
the Changing of Command
ceremony at the RBDF base
in Coral Harbour Base yes-
Mr Bowe will also have
the job of continuing

admirable search and rescue
efforts, and ensure the Force
remains vigilant against the
increasing threat of sea level
change, imposed by climate
Mr Ingraham said a num-
ber of suitable candidates
vied for the post, officers of
the senior command who
"are still eager to be a part of
the development of a new
strategic vision" for the
He revealed that Captain
Stephen Russell, director of
the National Emergency
Management Agency
(NEMA), was one of those
considered for the post of
RBDF commodore.
But Mr Ingraham said his
name was removed from the
running due to his "invalu-
able" service to NEMA.
SEE page two

New resort gives

Exuma jobs boost

Tribune Staff Reporter

OVER the past two months
300 Bahamians found them-
selves new jobs with the reno-
vated Sandals Emerald Bay,
Great Exuma resort.
After acquiring the property
six months ago, and spending
more than $13 million on reno-
vations and additions, the billion
dollar Caribbean brand Sandals
Resorts plans to open the doors
on its newest luxury resort Fri-
At full staffing capacity, San-

dais expects to employ 400 work-
ers. According to hotel execu-
tives, most of the employees
already hired were employees
of the Four Seasons Resort
Great Exuma at Emerald Bay.
The Emerald Bay resort
closed its doors on May 26, 2009.
Almost 500 workers lost their
jobs and the Four Seasons brand
left the Bahamas. Property
developers, Emerald Bay Resort
Holdings, ran into financial dif-
ficulties forcing the property to
go into administration, with
receivers being called in. The
closure lasted just under eight
SEE page 11

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'Soccer for Haiti'
charity event for
earthquake victims

THE clubs of the
BFA Senior Men's Soc-
cer League of Nassau
are coming together on
Sunday, January 31 to
hold a charity event to
help victims of the Jan-
uary 12 Haiti earth-
The event will take
place at the Thomas A
Robinson Stadium
starting at 1pm. Pro-
moters said all the
funds raised will go to
Haiti's earthquake
relief efforts.
Soccer is the number
one sport in Haiti and
many Haitians who are
members of the
Bahamas Football
Association will take
The entry fee will be
$5 for adults and $3 for
children under 12. It is
expected to be a fun-
filled cultural event
where there will be
food and drinks, musi-
cal entertainment,
games and many door
The event will feature
interesting match-ups,
such as "Bahamas vs
Haiti" and "Jamaica vs
The Rest of the World."
Entertainers who
wish to donate their
time and talent to the
effort are urged to con-
tact the league.
The league is appeal-
ing to "Corporate
Bahamas" to support
the cause by placing
banners at the event,
donating prizes and
Anyone interested in
helping in any way can
contact Craig Lenihan
at: craig@bahamas-, or on 324-
3371; the Bahamas
Football Association on
394-3117; or represen-
tatives of any of the fol-
lowing member clubs:
Baha Juniors, Bears
FC, Cavalier FC, the
College of the
Bahamas, Dynamos FC,
FC Nassau, Lyford Cay
FC, Sharks FC, United

New Defence Force Commodore takes over

NEW COMMODORE RODERICK BOWE receives his instruments of appointment as Commander of the
Defence Force from Governor General Arthur Hanna yesterday.

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AN open labyrinth walk will be held today at
the Grand Bahama Labyrinth in the Garden of
the Groves, Grand Bahama. The walk will be
held from 4pm-7pm.
The walk will be led by Barbara Chester,
qualified labyrinth facilitator, who was trained
by Dr Lauren Artress, author of "Walking a
Sacred Path" and founder of the Veriditas
Ms Chester will be present to offer insight
into the sacred tool, to answer questions and
provide illumination about labyrinth history,
perceptions and meaning.
Labyrinth facilitators around the world will
be hosting labyrinth walks on January 22nd
as an opportunity to provide healing for the
victims of the Haiti Earthquake. Events are

planned throughout the United States and also
in Canada, South Africa, Japan and the
The Global Healing Response (GHR) was
introduced to a network of worldwide labyrinth
facilitators in 2005 by Ellen Bintz Meuch, cer-
tified labyrinth facilitator. It is a Veriditas
sponsored programme. The GHR is a simple
plan using the labyrinth in a unified response to
promote stress management, grief integration
and healing in case of an emergency or disas-
ter from any force.
The intent was to create a plan with clarity
and vision before a disaster occurs rather than
when everyone is distressed. The GHR was
first implemented in response to Hurricane
Katrina on October 15, 2005.

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FROM page one
Of the candidates, Mr
Bowe - who was transferred
from his post as deputy direc-
tor in the Department of
Immigration to assume his
new post - had the leader-
ship skills, credentials and
"good character" to lead the
Mr Bowe, a trained pilot,
joined the RBDF in 1982 and
moved steadily up the ranks.
He trained at the Britannia
Royal Naval College in the
United Kingdom, is a fellow
of the Centre for Hemispher-
ic Defence Studies, and has a
Bachelor's degree in Profes-
sional Management from
Nova Southeastern Universi-
He previously served on
HMBS Fort Charlotte and
HMBS Marlin.
Chief among Mr Bowe's
first assignments as RBDF
head will be ensuring that two
platoons of marines and a
Bahamas Class ship are read-
ied for deployment to provide
relief and rebuilding assistance
to Haiti, ravaged by a 7.0
earthquake last week.
Mr Bowe takes over from
retired Commodore Clifford
Scavella, who is set to begin
diplomatic service as the
Ambassador of the Bahamas
to Haiti today.
At yesterday's ceremony,

Mr Ingraham
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servant" dedica
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among the be
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(rnoS .., * "Little Angels" Make A Big Difference

... . If you were at The Mall at Marathon during
the month of December you might have
seen a number of Bahamas Technical &
I 1 Vocational Institute (BTVI) students, faculty
o and staff working at the BTVI Angel Tree
S booth lending a helping hand to the
" . community.

SAt n In earty November BTVI faculty and staff members
teamed up to find a charitable organization that
q/ would benefit less fortunate children and provide
them some holiday cheer. The Angel Tree
Committee selected the Elizabeth Estate Children's
Home. The first annual program provided
opportunities for individuals to donate directly to a
child in need by contributing a small donation.

"The month !ong event proved veiy successful, we at BTVI are
fortunate to be able to say the work we do changes lives.
Angel Tree is just one more way we inspire our students to
succeed and serve our community, said Dr. Iva Dahf
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Pilot of crashed

plane found alive

on life raft
Tribune Staff Reporter

A PILOT whose plane
crashed into the sea yester-
day morning near Chubb
Cay in the Berry Islands
was found in a life raft by
locals and rescue workers
attached to the Bahamas
Air Sea Rescue Associa-
The pilot, reportedly an
American, was said to be en
route to Nassau from Great
Harbour Cay in the Berry
Islands when his Aztec
Piper 23-250 crashed.
The pilot, whose identity
has not been released, was
able to scramble into a life
raft and contact the United
States' Coast Guard by
satellite phone. They
received his distress call at
around 8.30am yesterday.
They in turn alerted the
US Embassy in Nassau
which contacted the
Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association (BASRA) and
the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force to arrange a
recovery effort.
"Our information is that
there was only one person
on board, the pilot. The last
information we had was
that he was in a raft and he
was in contact with the
Coast Guard by his satellite
phone," said Civil Aviation
Inspector Walter Evans.
Up to press time, officials
said they had yet to identify
the cause of the crash.
According to the US
Coast Guard, a "good
Samaritan" from the Berry
Islands assisted the pilot
before BASRA arrived on
Christopher Lloyd, BAS-
RA director, said the pilot
was understandably shaken,
but had no visible injuries.
"A BASRA pilot flew
out of Freeport (but) there
was a good response from
the Berry Islands. The pilot
was in a raft and near land
and so he was recovered
fairly quickly - he was shak-
en, but okay," said Mr
This latest incident comes
four days after a crash in
the waters off Bimini.
Police in Alice Town
received a report of a plane
crash some time around
3.45pm on Sunday about
500 yards north east of the
Bimini Bay Resort.
With the help of locals
and members of the US
Coast Guard, a team of
police officers conducted a
search of the area, and
found the tangled debris of
an aircraft.
According to published
reports, investigators recov-
ered body parts, including
a skull, feet and parts of a
hand, at the crash site.
All three people believed
to be on board the plane are
feared dead, however their
names have yet to be
released by authorities.
Investigations into the
cause of yesterday's crash

Sandals Emerald Bay opens doors

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas' hotel room inventory
officially increases by 183 rooms today
with the opening of Sandals Emerald
Bay in Great Exuma.
Occupancy levels are expected to be as
high as 80 per cent during the first two
months of operations for the all-inclu-
sive couples hotel, owned by the inter-
nationally recognized Caribbean brand
Sandals Resorts.
"What we offer at Sandals are luxury
vacations. Our clients typically book six
months in advance. We launched (sales)
in September and already we expect 80
per cent occupancy for February and
March. We are lucky because up to 45
per cent of our guests are return guests,"
said John Keating, general manager of
Sandals Emerald Bay.
The hotel is set to introduce several
innovations to the Sandals chain and
wider hotel industry, including the largest
Jacuzzi in the Caribbean, the largest spa
facility - 16,000 square feet - and a
24-hour butler service for each of the
183 rooms.
Butler service is available in other San-
dals resorts, but only for a select number
of rooms. This will be a staple service in
every room at Emerald Bay, and the
main differentiating feature for the hotel,
according to David Roper, director of
industry relations for Sandals Resorts.

Bahamas se
Tribune Staff Reporter

AFTER months of eager
anticipation, the public will
finally get a chance to visit a
new state-of-the-art family
entertainment complex - the
first of its kind in the Bahamas.
Tonight's opening of Mario's
Bowling and Family Enter-
tainment Palace follows
Wednesday's solemn prayer
service dedicated to the late
Mario Miller on what would
have been his 36th birthday.
Former Trade Minister
Leslie Miller has dedicated the
state-of-the-art 80,000 sq ft
bowling centre equipped with
50 lanes, a video arcade,
restaurant, nightclub and more,
to his son who first envisioned
Mario was 28 when he was
brutally stabbed to death in
June 2002 and Mr Miller's fam-
ily have since endured a near-
ly eight-year fight for justice
after two mistrials of murder
accused Ricardo Miller and his
brother Ryan Miller (no rela-
tion to Leslie Miller). A retrial
of the pair is scheduled for
The former PLP MP set
about building one of the
largest ten-pin bowling facili-
ties in the world and the only
one in the Bahamas after his
son's death.
He hopes that aside from
being a top entertainment cen-
tre for families, it will be rated
among the world's best facili-
ties for international bowling
leagues and will also become a
place where local bowlers can
hone their skills to earn col-
lege scholarships.
Around 100 friends attested
to its "',N-, ' factor as they
gathered for prayers offered
by Grace Community Church
Pastor Lyall Bethel and First
Baptist Pastor Earl Francis,

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"Expectations are very positive. We
have absolutely no doubt it will be suc-
cessful. There are few places in the world
that are more beautiful. The natural
beauty is stunning. All of the suites have
ocean views, and what you are going to
get is total pampering," said Mr Roper.
Butlers are hand-selected and trained
by the Guild of Professional English But-
lers. None of the 50 butlers currently
employed is a Bahamian, although the
full complement of staff is not in place.
Max Loayza, front-of-house manag-
er, said each room is assigned a local cell
phone upon check-in, with a butler's
number programmed inside. Butlers
greet guests at the hotel entrance and

t to be bo
and took a tour of the $10 mil-
lion development on Tonique
Darling-Williams Highway,
which can hold around 1,000
patrons and will employ 106
As Mr Miller welcomed
friends and family, including
his former Olympic coach
Tony Robinson and Bahamian
music legend Ronnie Butler,
he credited Mario with the
"It was his dream," Mr
Miller said.
"They butchered the dream-
er but the dream lives on.
"I was only the person who
finished the dream. We only
try to do the best we can on
his behalf."
Mario's mother Helen said
her son would have been
extremely pleased with the out-
come, and had he been alive
for his 36th birthday he would
have asked those present to
think about the devastation in
Haiti in the aftermath of last
week's earthquake. She called
for all those present to do
something special to help those
suffering in Haiti in Mario's
His sisters, Yasmine and
Leslia, and brother Mont-
gomery, all paid tribute to their
late brother, maintaining that
the project has united them as
a family, and they hope it will
be a place that brings many
more Bahamian families
While adults and children
can bowl in the 46 open lanes,
there are also four lanes in the
"Sir Sidney Poitier" room
available for private hire.
A restaurant with seating for
350 is in the centre of the
palace in addition to pizza, ice-
cream and candy parlours and
several bars.
There are more than 100
video arcade games, rooms
which can be hired for chil-
dren's parties and outside there

escort them directly to their rooms,
where check-in is conducted.
They offer to pack and unpack bags,
iron clothes, make reservations for dining
and entertainment activities. They can
communicate with guests in advance of
arrival to determine drink preferences
to stock the in-suite bar.
The new hotel sits on 500-acres of
land, formerly operated by the Four Sea-
sons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald
Bay. It was owned by Emerald Bay
Resort Holdings, a collection of
investors, who ran into financial diffi-
culties forcing the property to go into
administration, with receivers being
called in.

The last guests left on May 26, 2009,
with the closure resulting in the dismissal
of more than 400 workers. It dealt a
heavy blow to the Exuma economy.
Now Exuma residents can look for-
ward to a financial boost to their econo-
my from a redeveloped hotel, with five
restaurants, 183 beach-front rooms, an
18-hole Greg Norman-designed cham-
pionship golf course, and full-service
marina. Martha Stewart-themed wed-
dings can be accommodated on the prop-
erty under the gazebo by the Zen pool
and garden.
"I think as it relates to Exumians, we
should be grateful for the fact that with-
in six to seven months we were able to
return to work, and the living standards
might not be the way (they were with)
Four Seasons but at the same time it is
better than nothing. It presents us with
the opportunity to prove we are an intel-
ligent people and open to develop this
particular island. So far the experience
has been positive, despite what the
naysayers might say," said Stephen
Clarke, an Exuma native and bus driver
with the company.
"Some of the Exumians are not happy
with some of the things, but I think we
should give them an opportunity. My
advice is for us to prove ourselves to the
visitors and the owners and let us show
them that we are a great people and a
great island. We can have a great impact
in the movement of this particular organ-
isation," he said.

led over by entertainment complex
LESLIE MILLER with his chil-
dren Yasmin, Leslia, and Mont-
gomery at Mario's Bowling and
Family Entertainment Palace.
tonight, finishing touches will
.. be completed over the next
: few weeks and Mr Miller
hopes to hold an official open-
Sing in February or March.
I He said: "I think the
Bahamian people are in a dire
-.need of an institution to bring
families together and this is
. one of the best bowling cen-
tres in the world."

is a sandpit and play area as
well as a 35,000 sq ft roller-
skating rink with about 500
pairs of rollerblades and skates
available for rent.
When taking a break from
bowling, adults can relax in
electronic massage chairs

assisted by a therapist, or head
upstairs to the nightclub.
Security systems include sur-
veillance cameras throughout
the development, security
guards and police officers
patrolling the site.
Although the palace opens


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Be thankful for unexpected blessings

A YEAR AGO Exumians were wringing
their hands in despair when the upscale Four
Seasons at Emerald Bay finally announced its
closure after six years of what appeared to be
a successful operation. However, the warning
of trouble brewing came in June, 2007 when
the owner of the 500-acre master develop-
ment, EBR Holdings Limited, of which the
Four Seasons-managed hotel was a part, was
unable to meet its debt obligations. The mas-
ter development went into receivership.
Although the receivers had worked dili-
gently to identify a new owner for the master
development, including the hotel, they had to
admit failure.
"The receivers," said the announcement
on May 13, 2009, "announced today that
they have reluctantly decided, after consul-
tation with other stakeholders, to close the
master development. This is a decision which
was very difficult for the receivers to make,
and they look forward to a point in the future
when this development will reopen under
new ownership and continue to contribute to
the Exuma community."
The statement continued:
"No time indication can be given on how
long it will be before a sale of the assets of the
master development is concluded or how
long it will be before the master develop-
ment reopens for business."
From a tourism high, which provided a
good and what many thought, a secure living
for Exumians, and other Bahamians who
had relocated to the island for employment,
about 500 persons were suddenly jobless.
Exuma had hit an all time low - Four Sea-
sons, the jewel in its crown, had closed.
Today The Tribune publishes two articles
on the re-opening of the hotel under the
banner: Sandals Emerald Bay. (See front
page and page 3). Already 300 Bahamians,
many of them Four Seasons employees, have
been re-employed. However, subtly running
through both of the articles being published
today is an undercurrent of Bahamian
unease. Although the new resort promises to
revitalise Exuma's economy, already there is
grumbling among the locals about wages,
the number of foreigners on staff and the
workload required to get the hotel opera-
Really, there are times when some
Bahamians are too much! One would have
thought it would be better to have some-
thing, rather than nothing. Wouldn't it be
wise to buckle down to help make the oper-
ation successful so that the time will come
when the owners can afford to increase
Remember the owners have probably
gone into the new venture weighed down by

bank loans - particularly after the enor-
mous outlay for the purchase of the proper-
ty and an additional $13 million for renova-
tions. It is now up to Bahamians, who have
been fortunate enough to have secured
employment, to help the owners repay their
debt and turn a profit- then and only then
can staff hope to cash in on the joint suc-
But the average Bahamian doesn't under-
stand business. Some of them believe that
anyone who can purchase an Emerald Bay
property comes to the table with pockets
lined with gold. And by some strange rea-
soning, having not themselves done a stroke
of work, they expect to share in that imagi-
nary gold.
Sandals has decided on the brand of hotel
it wants, which is built around a theme. This
is its right. Apparently a highlight is to be the
individual butler service. It seems the owners
want each guest to enjoy the Bertie Wooster
experience with a private Jeeves. These 50
butlers are hand picked and trained by the
Guild of Professional English Butlers. None
of them is Bahamian. So what!
Look at the jobs the Bahamians are get-
ting because they are here; consider the num-
ber of Bahamian suppliers and companies
that have service contracts and others in the
community who will be getting trade. Con-
sider the wealth being brought into the island
from which every person in Exuma should
benefit in some way. But if any Bahamian
thinks he has a right to join the staff and
start to dictate terms, then remember what
happened in Freeport when unreasonable
union demands closed a hotel, and destroyed
many unionists' own private businesses. If
any Bahamian does not like Sandals' terms,
then stay away. Don't go there to cause trou-
ble and jeopardise the community's future.
Stephen Clarke, an Exuma bus driver
with the new company, has the right atti-
tude. Says he:
"I think as it relates to Exumians, we
should be grateful for the fact that within six
to seven months we were able to return to
work, and the living standards might not be
the way (they were with) Four Seasons but at
the same time it is better than nothing. It
presents us with the opportunity to prove we
are an intelligent people and open to develop
this particular island. So far the experience
has been positive, despite what the naysayers
might say.
"Some of the Exumians are not happy with
some of the things, but I think we should
give them an opportunity. My advice is for us
to prove ourselves to the visitors and the
owners and let us show them that we are a
great people and a great island."

What is govt

going to do to fix

the economy?

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Everyday people ask what
caused the bottom to fall out
of the economy and is what
they are doing really going to
fix it.
If we look at our everyday
lives and see how it works it is
readily evident what works
and what doesn't work. Why
don't we look at these things
for answers? It does not take
a rocket scientist to figure it
all out.
Baseball is a game we all
love. If you were to pit two
of the best baseball teams
against each other what result
would you expect? A won-
derful, exciting game. Now
take the rules of the game
away and give the referees
sleeping pills. What results
would you expect? Chaos.
So let's fix the problem.
Let's write some rules or
introduce those already in
existence, appoint new refer-
ees and now tell the referees

to play in the game with the
other team players. What
results would you expect?
So here we have a wonder-
ful game, loved by all,
destroyed by bigots and fools.
And now how do we
restore sanity and save the
game loved by all? We simply
write the rules, always guar-
anteeing the playing field is
level for all concerned, wake
up the referees and instruct
them to see to it that both
teams abide by the rules.
Voili, the game is restored
and all who love it, enjoy it.
We wonder how this relates
to the present situation.
The economic crash hap-
pened when the players said
that they needed no rules, and
the referees were given sleep-

ing pills. The players, rather
than following the golden
rule, "is it fair to all con-
cerned," substituted it by "is it
good for me, baby." What
was the result? Chaos.
And now a new govern-
ment moves in to solve the
problem. They rewrite the
rules, wake up the referees
and then the government
(who in this case is the refer-
ee) starts to play in the game.
What do you think the result
will be? Chaos.
What is the real answer?
Get rid of the politics, restore
the golden rule "is it fair to
all concerned," appoint some
decent referees to see that the
rules are not broken, and play
ball. By doing this they will
restore the capitalist game
that has been so good to
America, and has made it the
leader of the world.
January 14, 2010.

The PLP is too mean-spirited

EDITOR, The Tribune.

My God, how cold can
the PLP be? Haitians are
people too. The recent ges-
ture of goodwill and com-
passion shown to Haitians
by Prime Minister of the
Bahamas, Hubert Alexan-
der Ingraham seems to have
smoked out the selfish and
downright hoggish attitude
some Bahamians have.
It was not too surprising
though that the PLP would
They seem only to be
interested in things that they
themselves are going to ben-
efit from and to hell with
everyone else.
How mean-spirited can
they be? I am also shocked
that black radio personali-
ties cannot see the good in
this, only the political
rhetoric. The golden rule is,
"Do unto others as you
would have them do unto
The various asinine state-
ments coming from the PLP
exposed what we as
Bahamians have been say-
ing all along.
They do not care about
people especially people
who are not in their little
cliques. But what is so
astounding is that the major-
ity of Haitians are Catholics
and also are our brothers
and sisters. I know some

very key high ranking
Bahamians who are of Hait-
ian descent. There are sev-
eral top PLP who are
Catholics and should plan
to go to confession to ask
for God's forgiveness for the
nasty attitude displayed
since the Prime Minister
showed his humanitarian
Since we are a Christian
nation and since Haiti is our
brother neighboring coun-
try with too many ties, how
come the Christian commu-
nity has not said a word one
way or the other on Mr.
Ingraham's decision. We
need to forget who will fol-
low and just lead. I am sure
that there are at least a few
Bahamians who are not

thinking like hogs and see
the great wisdom in helping
to shorten the impact
already felt from the uncer-
tainty of the status of family
But to kick our neigh-
bours in the teeth when they
are down and out is ungodly.
The reality is, no one knows
when it would be the
Bahamas' time for devasta-
tion. Who would we look to,
who will come to our aid?
The wind doesn't blow in
the same dog's backside all
the time. I must remind the
PLP that "Today for me,
tomorrow for you."

January 19, 2010.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Everyone knows how difficult it is to establish whether
a convict was truly rehabilitated after being subjected to
the death sentence.
There is no real supportive evidence to determine that
capital punishment really will help turn things around
here in The Bahamas.
The Privy Council maintains the arrogant belief in
ruling from afar, and have blocked us with proceeding
with capital punishment.
The best way forward at least for the time being is
corporal punishment or public floggings.
These opportunities should be made immediately avail-
able to murderers, rapists, sexual predators and persons
committing crimes against the country.
By crimes against the country I mean robbing tourists
or committing any act that jeopardises the greater
advancement of the country. There are way too many of
us who endeavour to work hard and sacrifice for the
love of country to have a group of selfish punks pull us
My recommendation is to have all the above men-
tioned gangsters dressed up as women and flogged on a
public stage by a woman officer. Not even using a whip
or a stick that would draw blood, but a flat piece of lum-
ber like a 1x4 or the like, 20 times across the bungy.
Surely Amnesty International or the Privy Council
could not object to this

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A man is in hospital after
being shot multiple times while
walking in the area of Dun-
more Avenue and Hospital
Lane on Wednesday.
The victim, a 29-year-old res-
ident of Dunmore Avenue, was
out walking at around 8.20pm
when a heavily tinted Toyota
Camry with a male passenger
pulled up alongside him. The
man in the Camry fired several
gunshots in the direction of the
29-year-old pedestrian, which
resulted in him suffering sev-
eral gunshot wounds. He was
taken to hospital by ambulance
where he is listed in stable con-
dition. Police are following sig-
nificant leads into the matter
as investigations continue.
POLICE recovered a black
and silver 9mm pistol with 15
live rounds of ammunition
from a vehicle on Wednesday.
Officers from the Northeast-
ern Division were on patrol in
the area of Palmetto Avenue
and Baillou Hill Road when
they received information
which led them to search a 1998
Green Ford Ranger with two
male passengers at around
Following the seizure of the
firearm and the bullets, both
men were taken into police cus-
OFFICERS of the Drug
Enforcement Unit (DEU) on
Tuesday at around 10.30pm
intercepted a 28ft Ankler speed
boat carrying eight passengers
in the area of the Montagu
Six of the group are believed
to be Chinese nationals, the
other two were Bahamian.
The Chinese nationals were
taken to the Detention Centre
on Carmichael Road to await
The two Bahamians, one a
resident of Great Harbour Cay,
the other of Carmichael Road,
remain in police custody. Inves-
tigations continue.
MEMBERS of the police's
Mobile Division seized a large
quantity of suspected marijua-
na from a private residence on
Samuel's Addition off Farring-
ton Road on Tuesday at
6.22pm. Officers found the
drugs in a bedroom closet with
an undisclosed amount of cash.
A 43-year-old man was tak-
en into custody in connection
with the discovery. Investiga-
tions continue.
POLICE are investigating
two armed robberies that
occurred in the Lyford Cay
area and on Fire Trail Road,
Sometime around 7.20pm on
Tuesday, police were informed
that two persons while in the
Lyford Cay area were held up
by a man wearing a blue hood-
ed jacket and armed with a
The gunman robbed the
individuals of an undisclosed
amount of cash and fled the
area in a gold coloured vehi-
cle, licence plate unknown.
Earlier that day, at around
11.11am, police were called to
the scene of an armed robbery
at a convenience store on Fire
Trail Road.
An employee of the shop
reported that two men, dressed
in jeans and red hooded jack-
ets, and armed with handguns,
entered the establishment
demanding cash. The employee
told the men there was no mon-
ey. The men fled on foot in an
unknown direction.

'Botched' routine surgery mother

'barely able to make ends meet'

Tribune Staff Reporter

A MOTHER who is unable to work
after a "botched" routine surgery at
Princess Margaret Hospital in 2008
claims she is burdened with mounting
household bills and a nearly empty bank
Vernitta Adderley, 39, and her hus-
band Clay, 46, say they are barely able to
make ends meet as they wait for an
anticipated out-of-court settlement from
the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).
Mrs Adderley said she is unable to
work after surgery at Princess Margaret
Hospital in July, 2008 left her with
chronic pains in her feet and abdomen
and an unsightly 18-inch scar on her
stomach. Mr Adderley, a former main-
tenance worker, quit work soon after
the surgery to care for his wife and
youngest child.
The couple said they have exhausted
the generosity of friends and family but
must find a way to pay a $1,000 elec-
tricity bill, a hefty water bill and care
for their eight-year-old daughter.
"It's a struggle to find lunch money to
give her for school, sometimes we can't
give her what she normally gets. She
always says to me, 'Mummy I can't wait
'til I grow up so I can get a job and help

you'," the mother of four said, adding,
"And I can't work - I was offered a
job last year and I wanted to take it but
because of my condition I couldn't."
The "constant pain" in her feet have
erased the former barmaid's once active
lifestyle - she cannot walk for extend-
ed periods of time and she has been

warned by doctors not to lift anything
over five pounds, including her eight-
year-old daughter.
Added to her physical and financial
afflictions is the emotional toll the ordeal
has taken on her, she says.
"Even money would never ever bring
me back to where I used to be," she
"They took away her happiness,"
added her protective husband. "She's
been depressed ever since this matter
According to supporting documenta-
tion sent to the PHA by the couple's
attorney, Mrs Adderley was diagnosed
with insomnia, post-traumatic stress and
depression last September, reportedly
due to the bungled medical procedure.
Mrs Adderley first underwent surgery
in July, 2008 at PMH to have her ovari-
an tubes tied, a 20-minute procedure
that prevents future pregnancies. In an
earlier interview with The Tribune she
claimed that the day she was released
from hospital, she had severe abdominal
pain. A day later doctors said they had
to do more surgery to remove toxins
from her abdomen after releasing her. It
is claimed that her bowel had been punc-
tured during the first procedure.
Although she recovered- after a
nearly two week stint in a coma - she
was left with an ugly 18-inch scar on her

stomach. She then developed her first
hernia, which bloated her stomach. She
had to have surgery to remove it.
Pain from a second hernia, near her
rib cage sent her to the emergency room
last November, she said, and has to be
The couple claimed that the PHA has
already paid out around $30,000 in hos-
pital fees but has yet to provide remu-
neration for loss of wages, damages and
future medical expenses. They are seek-
ing $555,890 in total but are asking the
PHA for an interim payment of
The wait, they say, has pushed them
to their breaking point.
"I want the hospital, the government
to know that looks are deceiving. It's
not that I look good on the outside that
I feel good on the inside - I'm hurt-
ing," said Mrs Adderley.
Her husband chimed in: "This is like
madness, it's been long enough. I don't
know why Bahamians are treated like
this in our own country.
"They can give foreigners so much,
but people who born and live here and
can't get justice in a timely fashion - it's
just not right".
Calls placed to Janet Hall, the PHA's
legal counsel, and PHA Managing
Director Herbert Brown were not
returned up to press time.

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Chief Justice Sir
Michael Barnett announced that
another resident justice will be
appointed this year to the
Supreme Court in Grand Bahama,
where there will now be two full
time justices.
Sir Michael said that recom-
mendation has been made by the
Judicial Legal Service Commis-
sion for the appointment of Hart-
man Longley as a Justice of the
Supreme Court in Grand Bahama.
"We are pleased and happy that
Justice Hartman Longley will
demit office of the Justice of
Appeal. He will be residing in
Grand Bahama and work, so you
have two judges in Grand
Bahama," he said.
Sir Michael also revealed that
consideration is being given to
appointing a fifth magistrate's
court and another magistrate to
Grand Bahama. He said the
northern region is an important
part of the Supreme Court in the
administration of justice.
Although the legal year was

officially opened last week in New
Providence, he said it was impor-
tant to come to Grand Bahama
to worship and fellowship with
their colleagues here.
Members of the judiciary
marched on Wednesday from the
Garnet Levarity Justice Centre to
Christ the King Pro Cathedral to
attend a special service to mark
the opening of the legal year in
Grand Bahama.
Following the service, Sir
Michael addressed members of
the judiciary at a reception and
met with the media at the Garnet
Levarity Justice Centre.
He noted that the northern
region is a significant population
base in the country and services
and resources must be brought to
where the population exists.
Chief Justice Bamett noted that
Mrs Estelle Evans was the only
resident justice on Grand Bahama
dealing with civil matters.
He said that a judge who was
resident in New Providence would
fly to Grand Bahama and live for
a short period of time for two or
three months to preside over crim-
inal trials.
"We did not think that that real-

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ly met the needs of the northern
region and that you ought to have
another full-time resident judge,"
he said.
Sir Michael said that Justice
Longley is one of the most expe-
rienced judges in the country.
"His appointment to serve in
the judiciary augurs well for the
northern region and the people of
Grand Bahama," he said.
"I suspect there is a good case
to be made for an additional mag-
istrate court here in Grand
"There are three magistrate's
court here (in Freeport) and one
in Eight Mile Rock, and there is a
case for an additional court and
we will have to consider estab-
lishing another court and consider
appointing another person," Sir
Michaal said.

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kidnap attempt

FROM page one
Chrislyn Skippings believes
there is no cause for wide-
spread alarm from parents
as the alleged incident
appears "isolated."
According to the mother,
her son was waiting for his
great-aunt to come for him
when sometime between
3.15pm and 3.30pm a man
reportedly came up to him
and put his hand over the
boy's mouth.
"He told my son if he
screamed he would harm
him. And he was using foul
language my son isn't used
to," she said.
The mother said the man
then walked her son down
the driveway to the parking
lot of the school, with his
arm locked behind the boy's
To people walking past
them, the mother said, it
would have looked like the
boy had been rude and was
being disciplined.
Arriving at a car parked
in the lot, the man report-
edly forced the boy to get
in the vehicle.
While the man was trying
to start the car, fumbling
with keys, the boy realized
that the passenger door was
"He had the presence of
mind to get out of the car

and run back up to the
school," the mother said.
Back at the school, the
boy's great-aunt and sister
were waiting, having already
searched his classroom and
alerted the teachers of the
third grader's disappear-
ance, she said.
The mother said her son
had an extremely lucky
escape, and only his quick
thinking saved him from
being kidnapped.
She said while her son has
been putting on a brave face
since the frightening inci-
dent, at night he suffers
from nightmares and is
"I'm just so angry that
none of this has been
reported to the public as
yet, parents need to know
that this could happen, that
there is a man who is doing
this," she said.
According to media
reports, the boy told police
that he saw a knife inside
the alleged abductor's car
and an object which resem-
bled a skull.
The mother said her
peace of mind is now gone
and she lives in fear of
something like this happen-
ing to her children again.
She said she has been in
several meetings with
Queen's College officials.
Queen's College reportedly
has two security guards for

the entire campus and an
additional guard was report-
edly hired the day after the
alleged incident.
The Tribune yesterday
attempted to reach the pri-
mary school's principal and
deputy principal, but was
told that Queen's College is
not giving out any informa-
tion at this time as there is
an official investigation
going on.
The mother said she
accompanied her son to the
Central Police Station yes-
terday for the eight-year-old
to give his description of the
would-be kidnapper to a
sketch artist.
The mother hopes that
the composite sketch and
the information regarding
this incident will be circu-
lated throughout the island
so parents and teachers can
be on their guard.
Sergeant Skippings said
the claim was under active
police investigation.
"We are investigating a
report of an alleged
attempted abduction, how-
ever right now it is very ear-
ly in the case and so we
can't say what happened
because we're conducting
investigations right now,"
she said, adding "however
I think it's fitting to say that
this may be an isolated situ-
Still she offered tips to
parents of young children
so that they can avoid being
the victims of potential
"What I would suggest is
(parents) need to instil in
the children, if they are on
the playground or waiting
for someone to pick them
up, to stay in groups do not
venture off."
She also said parents
should instruct children not
to approach strangers or
accept any food or money
from them.

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of West End Grand Bahama
and formerly of Masons Bay,
Acklins will be held at 11:00
a.m. on Saturday, January 23,
2010 at St. Peter's Baptist
S Church, West End Grand
Bahama. Officiating Pastor
Michael Pinder, assisted by
' Deacons David Hield and
Larry Wilchcombe. Interment
will follow in the West End
Public Cemetery.
' Left to cherish her fond and
precious memories are her
daughters, Marge Baptiste (Ft. Lauderdale), Sylvia Moxey,
Thelma 'Melvese' Cunningham and Gabrielle 'Gay' Cooper;
one son: Alfred Bain, two sons-in-law: Alex Baptiste and
Edmund Moxey; one sister: Artis 'Mother' Taylor; one
uncle: Claygon Taylor of Acklins; grandchildren: Jennifer
and Loney Wilkinson, Dianne Rolle, Betty and Thomas
Duhaney, Arnette Rolle, Donna Rolle, Sylvia 'Pinkie' and
Albert Ingraham, Loney and Candy Bethel, Steven, Carla,
Tavano and Felicia Baptiste, Deneise and Trod Henry,
Dorcas 'Penny' and Clyde Williams, Miguel 'Neil' and
Carlos Bain, Sharon and Joe Barb, Debra Moxey-Rolle,
Marva Moxey, Pastor Mario and Erika Moxey, Tanisha
Penn, Judith Cunningham-Saunders, Vanika, Ricardo,
Tamika, Latesha 'Bow' Javardo 'Jay' and Adario Cooper,
Shanetta 'Porky' and Quincy Stubbs; great-grandchildren:
Harcourt, Orlancio, Dominique, Coy, Jenny and Tammy
Wilkinson, Clementi Moss, Crystal and Alphie Butler, Tanya
Cooper, Alecia Rolle and Dexter Liberal, Nadia and
Feleciano Lewis, Shavon, Neil, and Tina Pintard, Onassis,
Ashley and Rolando Rolle, Mary-Ann, Junior and Terrance
Rolle, Kennedy, Keameshia and Carlton, Albert, Jr., Kendra
and Nicole Ingraham, Loney, Jr., Alicia, and Shaquille
Bethel, Tavano, Jr. and Tianna Baptiste, Waymond, Delisea
and Mayoier Henry, Patricka Storr, Carlissa and Cassidy
Williams, Renee, Creighton and Carissa Bain, Shelby and
Taylor Barb, Edahlia and Azaria Rolle, Kristin Moxey-
Blatch,Alec Darville, Rachelle and Madison Moxey, Melissa
and Oswald Bowe, Neko 'B-Man', Jesse 'JJ', Jefferel,
Tyshaunte Cunningham, Rosheika Burrows, Travay,
Travontae, Lacartia and Adario Cooper, Shaquel Brown,
Kenneth Davis, Quon, Quincy, Quinton, Quinn, and
Quinnston Stubbs, Ashley and Cliffton Wilchcombe; great-
great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Alra Chisholm, Sylvia
Moss and Vena 'Ella' McQuay; adopted daughters: Angela
Adderley, Dianne Cash; numerous nieces and nephews,
grandnieces and nephews, great-grandnieces and nephews
and a host of other relatives and friends.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Yager
Funeral Home and Crematorium, Queens Highway on
Friday from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. and at the church
on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

of Hunters, Freeport, Grand
Bahama and formerly of
Water Cay will be held on
. Saturday, January 23, 2010
at 1:00 p.m. at Church of
.- God, Hawksbill. Officiating
will be Pastor Godfrey Green.
- Interment will follow in the
Hunters Cemetery.
Left to cherish her memories
are sons: Roosevelt Wright,
Deon Brown and Bishop HiL
Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.;
daughters: Joanna Forbes,
Velma Fox, Linda Dorsett and Ingrid Home; daughters-in-
law: Joycelyn Lewis-Wright and Vernell Brown; sons-in-
law: Alexander Forbes, Anthony Fox, Richard Dorsett and
Bob Home; grandchildren: Tony Hendfield, Terry, Tyrone
(Douglas) and Robert Kemp, Trevor Lincifort, Terrell Pinder,
Aysha Davis, Natasha (Isis) Pierre, Lucas and Marlena
(Benny) Gibson, Rosario, Rocco, Latoya and Erica Wright,
Lindsay Wright-Brice of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Island, Kadeem Dorsett, Tameka Russell, Samantha Fox-
Lewis, Shanea, Shavonne and Anthony (TJ) Fox Jr., Jamaal
Barnett, Jabar Lightboumrne, Patra Smith, Neslie Charrafant
and Jamal Gomez; great-grandchildren: Dennis Russell,
Tyrone Jr., Daron, Shyron and Robert Kemp Jr.,Anthonyo,
Anthonyece and Tanisha Hendfield; Kevin, Marvin and
Tyrell Pinder; Edward Davis Jr., Delano, Devonica and
Devin Lewis, Aliano and Alano Brice, Laniya Bethel, Samia
Arthur, Aniyah Fox, Natesha Pierre, Calvanna and Kaylee
Bartlett, Tominitra King, Andre and Arianna Wright, Lanae,
Adrian and Kathie Gibson, Keitra, Kimberley, Kayshell
and Kelson Davies, Courtney Russell and Richard Fox; one
great greatgrandchild: Cordero Hendfield; granddaughters-
in-law: Tanya Hendfield, Cora and Elvira Kemp, Sharlene
Pinder and Raqueal Charrafant; grandsons-in-law: Edward
Davis Sr., Alpheus Brice, Devlin Lewis, James Russell;
sisters: Vera Hield of Grand Cay, Abaco and Drucilla Russell;
brothers: Rupert, Hartman, Salathiel and Eleazar (Jolly)
Rolle; sisters-in-law: Florence, Barbara, Lomrna, Miriam
(Shirley) Rolle; numerous nieces, nephews, great grandneices
and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends
including: Irene Thompson, Shannamae Hall, Sheryl Forbes,
Delphine Russell and family, Alma Tucker and family, Jella
Mather and family, Franklyn 'Cox' Rolle, Ralph Longley,
Jacob Dixon, Victoria Delancy, Judith Farrington, Demetria

Russell, Sandra Pettidos, Shanique Hepburn, Mr. and Mrs.
Amos Pinder and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wilmore Russell
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hunt and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Simon Lewis and family, Mr. Leo Kelly and family,
Barbara Snowden, The First Pentecostal Church of God
family, Agape House family, Bethel Deliverance Centre
family, Gold Rock family, the entire communities of Mack
Town, Hunters, Lewis Yard, Pinder's Point and High Rock.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Yager
Funeral Home and Crematorium, Queens Highway on
Friday from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. and at the church
on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until service time.

Diamonds International pledges

$50,000 to Haiti disaster relief

tional Bahamas will donate
$5,000 from each of the com-
pany's regions to disaster
relief in Haiti - a total con-
tribution of $50,000.
The donation will be made
to UNICEF, which, to date,
has released $3.4 million in
disaster relief funds and is
quickly converting the funds
into food, water, medical
supplies and temporary shel-
ter for those in dire need.
The organisation is pleased
with the global response, but
are communicating that addi-
tional funds will be needed in
the coming weeks.
For Diamonds Interna-
tional, the commitment to
donate was made without
"What happened to the
people of Haiti is devastat-
ing and our hearts go out to
the victims and their fami-
lies. A tragedy like this could
happen to any of us and it is

Disaster in


important that we stand unit-
ed as a global community
and support each other,"
Diamonds International said.
Diamonds International is
also providing customers
with the opportunity to
donate at their store loca-
tions in the Caribbean and
The Bahamas general
managers Adi Kaniel and Liz
Daly as well as the staff

thought that Diamonds
International was the perfect
vehicle to provide even more
support for Haiti. Said
Anthony Smith, marketing
manager, "We've created a
computer generated 'dona-
tion SKU' that allows our
customers region-wide to
donate any amount they
desire to UNICEF. We're
hoping that within a week,
we will gather enough funds
to provide the people of
Haiti with the basic necessi-
ties we enjoy every day. We
hope to continue accepting
donations from the public
until this nation is able to sta-
The Company is also invit-
ing locals to contribute to this
"The people of Haiti have
lost so much - their families,
their homes, and the very
systems that construct their
lives," Mr Smith said.
"We are asking that the

local community support the
men, women and children of
Haiti in their hour of need.
All locals are invited to visit
our stores and give what they
The tragedy impacted all
who work at Diamonds
International, and especial-
ly affected employees who
were born in Haiti and still
have family there.
"The Company is praying
for all those affected, both
directly and indirectly. The
Diamonds International fam-
ily is sending thoughts and
prayers to the people of
Haiti," Mr Kaniel said.
To join Diamonds Inter-
national in support of Haiti
disaster relief, please visit
one their four locations on
Bay Street: The main store
(322-1851); the branch store
(323-1171); Diamonds Inter-
national Watch and Design
(325-3837) and Tanzanite
International (322-8389).


Rowena Lottie Wilson-Miller, 64

a resident of Well Field off Carmichael Road & formerly of Long Island, who died on 13th
January, 2010, will be held at Golden Gates Native Baptist Church, Lobster Avenue, on Saturday
at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Alonzo A. Hinsey, assisted by other Ministers of
Religion. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.

-- td "� ILeft to cherish her passing are her loving husband, Leon; children, Wendy, Rosita, Ingrid, Leotha
& Jamal; 2 grandchildren, Omar & Brittney McKinney; 5 aunts, Elenor, Corrine, Carrie Mae, Olive, Vera & Delphine
of West Palm Beach, Florida; 2 brothers, George & Edwin; 1 sister, Norma; 1 uncle, Oliver of Long Island; 3 sisters-
in-law, Helen, Carolyn & Thelma; 2 brothers-in-law, Cornelius & Gordon Miller; cousins: Inell, Pandora, Wellington
Adderley, Livingston Jr., Shirley, Sheila, Zekeil, Carvin, Alfred, Dell & Zekeil Adderley; many nieces & nephews
including, Marcus, Debra Glinton, Tanya, Johnell, Kendora, Elpacco, Wendy, Simeon, Arthur, Jackie, Suezette, Warren
& Sandy, Gladstone, Judy, Sherry, Michael, Paul, Craig, Melonie, Denise & Stacy Adderley, the Wilson & Rahming
family, Laura, Hester, Clifford, Jeffery, Gary, Gayle, Gina Taylor, Rev. Dr. Alonzo A. Hinsey & the family of Golden
Gates Native Baptist Church, the entire community of Burnt Ground, Long Island.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on
Saturday at the church from 10:0 a.m. until service time.

Edward Everette Munnings, 51
a resident of Price Street Nassau Village, who died on 11th December, 2009, will be held at
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Joan Height, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will
be Pastor Prince King, assisted by Pastor Elmond King & Pastor Wenderlee King. Interment
follows in Western Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.

L l 1 Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Viola Farrington; step mother, Mrs. Maud Munnings
of New York, USA & formerly of Johnson Road Fox Hill; 3 sisters, Mrs. Julieth Johnson, Mrs.
Margaret Turner & Ms. Jacqueline Demeritte; 5 brothers, Rev. Prince Munnings-King, Charles Tracey Demeritte, Neville
"Mickey" Munnings, Ephraim Edmond Munnings & James Munnings; 2 brothers-in-law, Howard Keith Johnson &
Marquis Turner; 3 sisters-in-law, W.P .C.1172 Wenderlee Munnings-King, Tanya Munnings & Lathera Demeritte; 5
nephews, P.C. 3304 Shavargo Mackey RBPF, Shavonne Black, Valentino Ferguson, Alphonso Munnings & Diargo Key;
8 nieces, Lashandia & Lakeisha Johnson, Nakita Munnings, Ticharo Rolle, Kendira Charlot, Octavia King, Zoe & Clarissa
Treasure Demeritte; 1 grand niece, Taniqua Colebrooke; 8 aunts: Mrs. Sylvia Munnings, Mrs. Mary Charlton, Mrs.
Margaret Rolle, Agnes Carnetta Farrington, Olivia Farrington, Mrs. Cynthia Hanna, Elizabeth Munnings of Miami, FI.
& Drucilla Munnings; 2 uncles, George Farrington & Charles Austin Farrington & a host of other relatives & friends
including, the Ernest & York Street families, the Farrington, Munnings & Key families & the Potters Cay Dock families.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on
Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

Cynthia Doreen Ferguson, 59
a resident of Garden View Estates & formerly of Cabbage Hill, Crooked Island, who died on
17th January, 2010 will be held at Zion South Beach Full Gospel Baptist Church, Zion Blvd.,
on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Bishop B. Wenith Davis, assisted by Ministers of
Religion. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Left with cherished memories are Her: Best friend and Stellar husband of 43 years, Calvin Leroy
Ferguson, mother, Evelyn Ferguson, daughter, Shantelle Nicole; son, Valdez Calvin Chemaco;
grand-daughter, Shaunte Arlia L. Ferguson-Coakley; adopted daughters & grand-neices, Shandira Sands and Kadesha
Capron; sisters, Emerald Collie, Bettymae Lookie, Pearline Moxey, Deborah Ferguson, and Angela Moss; brothers, David
Ferguson, Andrew "Johnnie" Ferguson, Philip Ferguson, and Charles Ferguson; aunts, Loretta Dean, Queenal Cunningham
and Gwendolyn Cunningham; uncle, Worrel Ferguson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Moss, Inez
Johnson, Barbara Ferguson, Natasha Ferguson, Lisa Ferguson, Vicky Smith, Bridgette Ferguson and Myrtle Ferguson;
brothers-in-law, Lenford Lookie, Philip Moxey, Neville Moss, Preston Ferguson, Ralph Ferguson and Montgomery
Johnson; neices and nephews, Tiffany, Michael and Eduardo Collie, Kara Armbrister, Paula and Paul Lamm, Sr., Lourel,
Samantha, Lenroy and Lazanta Lookie, Diana-Lynn Gilcud, Gaynell, Geron, Gevon, G. Zoya and Johnae Moss, Donovan,
Eulicia and, Pharron Moxey, Cindy and Leo Thompson, Darius Ferguson, Dameeka and Alexis Roberts, Adrian, Andrew
Jr., Asheia and Angela, Philiece, Philip Jr., Byrant and Devon Ferguson, Charlisia, Bloneva and Carl Ferguson, Priscilla
and Robert Farquharson, Vincent and Denise Moss, Daphannie and Gerald Cunningham, Anthony and Joy Moss, Nelson
and Caron Moss and Darrel Moss, Patrick, Alton, Andrew, Novus, Nita, Vanessa, Martine, and Katrina Ferguson, Kishlyne
and Sheldon Dean and Khalyne Johnson, Preston Jr., Elroy Ferguson, Danielle Edgecombe, Krystle and Ralph Ferguson,
Jr., Kishnell Rahming, Allen Philips, Jr., Judson, Shavin, Jewel, Michael, Jr.. Trinity and Trent Ferguson; numerous grand
nieces and nephews; other friends and relatives, Energene Simms and family, Daphne Hepburn and family, Agatha
Cartwright and family, Aluria Thompson and family, Arlene Newbold and family, Joan Morris and family, Nerissa Hart
and family, Olga Richards and family, Louellen Farquharson, Leona Smith, Gertlene Dean and family, Edna Rolle and
family, George Neely and family, Annafaye Knowles and family, Eloise Sands and family, Minerva Williams, Gregory
Adderley, Wellington Charlton and family, Larry Rolle and family, Kenria Russell, Father Keith Cartwright, Father John
Kabiga and family, Father Franklyn Colebrooke and family, Pastor Julie Farquharson and family, Pastor Lionel Sands
and family, Franklyn Ferguson and family, Annafaye Knowles and family, Leroy Clarke and family, Deaconess Tirzah
Williams and family, Bernard Ferguson and family, Dorcas Moss and Family Mrs. Delores Ingraham and family, Leroy
Rolle, Carol Jones and family, Elijah Brice and family, Cindy Mackey and family, Israel Clarke, Herman Gibson and
family, Nitika Smith and family, Nicole Godfrey and family, Teshura Wallace and family, John Brice and family, Geronimo
Brice, Charles Johnson and family, Julian Gibson, Frank Hanna, Anthony Butler, Joel Lewis and Family, Dr. Keith
Wisdom and the Entire Team of Cable 12 and Cable Bahamas, Sherridan Thompson and family, Antoinette Russell and
the management and staff of Credit Suisse Trust Limited, The Ministry of Education, the entire community of Crooked
Island, the entire community of Garden View Estates, The Zion South Beach Full Gospel Church and Choir, The Teachers,
staff and students of Crooked Island High and many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 106:00 p.m. on Saturday & on
Sunday from 10-12:00 noon & at the church from 1 :00 p.m. until service time.
A memorial service will be held at St. Georges Anglican Church, Mt. Rose Ave. on Thursday 21 st January, 2010 at 7:30


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No Winter Olympics for

Bahamian Korath Wright

After a lot of planning, excite-
ment and preparation, on top
of a couple years of training
and competing, Bahamian-
Canadian Korath Wright will
no longer be representing The
Bahamas in the upcoming 2010
Winter Olympics in Vancou-
Korath had to make the top
40 on January 7th, 2010 at the
recent LG Snowboard FIS
World Cup held in Austria,
and unfortunately that did not
Korath, now back in Cal-
gary, Alberta can reflect on the
very busy and productive last
couple of years where he expe-
rienced much travel; World
Cup events; and where he had
the opportunity to meet many
wonderful people, in particular
his family back in The
Bahamas. His plan is to spend
much more time in The
Most impressively Korath
put on the first ever Bahama
Snow Kids Camp which gave
teens from The Bahamas,
some who had never experi-
enced snow before, the oppor-
tunity to try snowboarding with
Korath at Mount Hood, Ore-
Korath Wright is also the
first Bahamian to have his
name on a watch. In 2009 Car-
bon 14 released a sports watch
with his name and the Bahami-
an colours. The launch was
held in New York City along
with such people as Devon
Harris of the Jamaican Bob-
sled Team and Malik Yoba;

and a launch was also held the
same month in The Bahamas
at John Bull.
Korath got as far as he did
without any financial assistance
from the Bahamas govern-
ment. He actually did not even
have the means to pay a coach
as most other Olympic athletes
do. Who knows where he
could have ended up IF he had
the financial support he truly
deserved. One can only now

imagine the highlight The
Bahamas could have had being
featured in a historic first win-
ter Olympics for the country,
with all the world watching.
"I want to thank all those
that supported me over this
time. Your encouragement and
support will not be forgotten.
2009 was a great year and there
were many achievements. One
I am most proud of is getting
the Bahama Snow Kids Camp

started in the summer of 2009,"
said Wright.
"I want to thank the follow-
ing for their support: Atlantis;
John Bull; Carbon 14; every-
one who helped out with the
Bahamas Snow Kids Camp;
Wendy's; Theo Tsavoussis,
ABC Construction Ltd; Envi-
ronmental Projects Ltd; Fre-

con Construction Ltd; Michael
Lerch and the Lerch family;
Hannes Babak; Pelican Bay
Hotel, the YMCA in Grand
Bahama; the New Providence
Community Church; Brice
Limo Service; Antonio Braga;
SkyBahamas Airlines; Robbin
Whachell and The Bahamas


still unbeaten
pendent Secondary Schools'
defending senior boys basket-
ball champions continue to roll
on and withstood their tough-
est test of the season thus far
to remain undefeated.
The Westminster College
Diplomats improved to 9-0 on
the year with a 79-73 win over
the Jordan Prince William Fal-
cons Wednesday afternoon at
the Westminster campus.
Floor general Shaquille Bain
led the Diplomats with a rarely
seen quadruple double in his
best all around game of the
Bain finished with 11 pts, 10
rebounds, 10 assists and 11
steals to add another win for
the Diplomats in the budding,
but lopsided rivalry.
Diplomats leading scorer
Marako Lundy notched a
triple double with 20 points,
10 rebounds and 12 assists,
while adding seven steals and
three blocked shots.
High flying forward
Thomas Mackey dominated
the boards with 13 points and
a game high 18 rebounds.
Just three regular season
games remain as the Diplo-
mats look to clinch the top
seed in the league and com-
plete an undefeated season.
The Diplomats pulled off
the upset against the then
defending champion Falcons
in the 2007 best of three series
to win their first title in school
They repeated the feat last
year with a two game sweep
of the Kingsway Academy
Saints and seek their third con-
secutive title this year.


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Highly anticipated bowling and

entertainment complex set to open


THE Miller family should
be able to breathe a sigh of
relief on Friday.
That's when businessman
and former Member of Par-
liament Leslie Miller and his
family are expected to open
the much anticipated Mario's
Bowling and Entertainment
The facilities, housing 50
tenpin bowling lanes and an
outdoor roller-skating rink,
has been talked about for the
last two years, but for one rea-
son or the other, the opening
had been delayed until now.
Miller and his two daugh-
ters, Yasmine and Leslia,
have all worked tirelessly to
get the facility up and running
and I have to admit that it's
definitely a state-of-the-art.
Local bowlers, who have
excelled on the international
scene before the Village
Bowling Lanes was demol-
ished about a decade ago and
replaced by Best Buy, can
now get back on the lanes to
display their skills.
What's also significant

about the facility is the fact
that the same time that you
are bowling, parents can allow
their children to participate
in a number of supervised
entertainment activities at the
same time.
Before the Village Lanes
was demolished, bowling was
one of the most active sports
on the local scene and the
Rothmans National Bowling
Championships drew partici-
pation from throughout the
Once the lanes are open,
you can bet that the interest
in the sport will flourish
because there are many peo-
ple who like the Millers, have
been anticipating the return
of a venue to display their
Congratulations Miller, the
venue couldn't open at a bet-
ter time.

Not too far away from the
Mario's Entertainment Palace
is the Queen Elizabeth Sports

If you passed through there
recently, you would see how
fast the Chinese workers have
gotten with the construction
of the new national track and
field stadium.
The venue is expected to
be completed by April 2011
just in time for the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations' anticipated hosting
of the Carifta Games.
Add the national stadium
to the bowling lanes and the
Bahamas is expected to be
marketed, not just as touristic
destination, but a sporting
Having had a chance to
attend the 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing, China and
view the Bird's Nest national
track and field stadium and

the Blue Tube swimming
complex, the Bahamas should
definitely have the top nation-
al stadium in the region when
it's completed.

Could the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture be
cleaning house to prepare for
the construction of the new
national stadium at the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-
Minister Charles Maynard,
who replaced Desmond Ban-
nister last year, has revealed
that Director and Assistant
Director of Sports, Martin
Lundy and Frank 'Pancho'
Rahming are both in pre-
retirement mode.
In short order, Maynard

said both men will vacate
their offices, but they are still
in the process of replacing
them. At the same time, the
ministry is also looking at
restructuring its Sports Offi-
cers, whose role it is to assist
the various sporting organi-
Outside of the Bahamas
Olympic Association, the top
international sporting body,
the ministry is the regulation
authority for sports in the
And while organizations
look more to the ministry for
funding from the Bahamas
Government, many feel that
they should be providing
more assistance in the tech-
nical areas to ensure that they
are properly ran.




Hopefully in this restruc-
turing process, the ministry
will be able to turn things
around. But it will all depend
on who is selected to sit in
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vious election from voting in says 'Elizabet
the upcoming by-election, even Errol Bethel
though they are not entitled to almost impossi
under the law. almost impossi
Since the electoral register is many of those
not scrapped and populated fact not been
anew with voters prior to a by- constituency fr
election as it is in the run up to "We don't 1
a general election, the former of them shou
residents' names will still appear therem souse
on the register should they go (but) ere cause
into the polling station to try to public we rans
cast a vote. public underst
Unless the political parties not entitled to
that will be running candidates "It is always
in the by-election have done deal with that
their homework and have election. In a
strong evidence at hand to sug- people tend tc
gest that the person coming in area because t
to vote no longer lives in Eliza- in all constitute
beth, the likelihood is that their election there's
ballot will be counted in the ger."
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dent who moved to Cable ple who left t
Beach two years ago told The long ago have
Tribune he feels he still has a a way to make
right to have his voice heard in in their former
the upcoming by-election. as evidenced
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FROM page one

John Keating, Sandals Emerald Bay General
Manager, said there are currently 50 foreign nation-
als employed at the resort, from North America,
the United Kingdom, and various Caribbean
islands, including Jamaica and Trinidad and Toba-
go. Within the next few months, Sandals expects to
send 40 Bahamians to Jamaica and St Lucia on a
worker exchange and training programme.
Several Bahamian companies are benefiting
from contracts with the new resort owners,
although much of the food and beverage and oth-
er supplies are shipped from North America.
Vinod Bajaj, Director of Food and Beverage,
said he is currently working with Bahamian sup-
pliers like Caribbean Beverage Systems, and Burns
House. The hotel also contracted local Exuma
company, Trinity Cleaning Services, which pro-
vides about 10 employees daily to provide services
to the hotel.
"They have done a real fine job engaging
Bahamian suppliers. They have been in commu-
nication probably since September and it has been
a very coordinated effort. They initiated every-
thing," said Keith Evans, President, Caribbean
Beverage Systems.
Bahamian entertainers are also finding work,
with local Exuma band, Tropical Breeze, and the
Nassau-based steel pan band, Rhythm Revolu-
tions, playing at the opening. International enter-
tainers are also employed with the hotel.
Ericsson, Bahamas, was contracted by Sandals to
provide equipment and maintenance services to the
hotel. They also worked for the Four Seasons. A
senior engineer from the telecommunications com-
pany said Sandals had a hard act to follow, as the
Four Seasons operated like a well-oiled machine,
and Bahamian contractors were used to standard-
ised operations, documentation of activities, and
timely payment.
"The hotel is going to have a positive impact. It
was easy to renegotiate our contract. The hotel
management reached out to vendors. Most of the
vendors are the same. John Bull is back, nothing
has changed," said the Ericsson representatives.
"Exuma really needs it. You could feel it on
the island when the hotel closed. People are happy

should be able to
e. My voters card
tary Registrar
admitted it is
ble to know how
registered have in
resident in the
or six months or
know how many
ld not really be
they've moved
to make sure the
inds that they are
vote," he said.
s very difficult to
situation in a by-
general election
o stick with their
here's an election
ncies, but in a by-
s always that dan-
eral elections, his-
n that some peo-
he constituency
been able to find
their vote count
r constituency -
by the significant
es thrown out in
action court chal-
ed in the wake of
ral election.
hel's logic follows

that this behaviour is more like-
ly in a by-election, then the par-
ties could have a tough time
trying to ensure that an out-
come that is truly representa-
tive of the residents of Eliza-
beth is reached in the February
16th by-election.
Carl Bethel said: "It is a long-
standing loophole in our elec-
tion laws and it is a loophole
that we are finding to be quite
an important aspect of this elec-
tion in that we think there are a
number of people who are in
that category who have moved
"What we would like to say is
that the law is very clear on the
matter in that those who have

New resort
(with the new hotel). Most people are comfort-
able and they want to make it work," he said.
According to an Exuma native, criticism over the
development project centres around dissatisfac-
tion with the wage levels set by the new operators,
the number of foreign nationals working with the
hotel and the workload required to get the hotel
Ericsson representatives said the company
expected the value of their new contract to be half
or two thirds less than it was under the Four Sea-
sons, which they believe had a more upscale clien-
As for the local community, Exuma is primed for
a boost with Sandals pledging to fully engage in
community development.
The hotel plans to facilitate guests in attending
a the weekly "Fish Fry" in George Town, said
David Roper, director of industry relations. He
said transportation to and from the Fish Fry as
well as meals would be paid for by the hotel and
included in the all-inclusive package.
Community relations programmes are spear-
headed by the Sandals Foundation, the charita-
ble arm of Sandals Resorts. There is still no direc-
tor of foundation related activities for Emerald
Bay, but that has not stopped work from starting.
The foundation arm already had one meeting
with the local community to discuss their plans.
Stephen Hector, regional director of public rela-
tions, said the hotel planned to install a playground
in the George Town square. They were going to
adopt a local high school and assist them with pro-
jects, such as sports days, and seminars. They
planned to install basketball rims on a nearby
Every Thursday the resort plans to have a dona-
tion drive organised through each revenue depart-
ment, such as the Spa, golf course and marina.
Guests will be invited to make donations to com-
munity-based, educational and environmental ini-
tiatives organised by the foundation.
Mr Hector said these initiatives would help to
mitigate any potential negative impact the hotel
might have with the change in population size and
economic activity on the island.

moved out for more than six
months are not entitled to
vote though they are on the
It is not clear what the
penalty under the law would
be for voting in such
PLP Chairman Bradley
Robert said his party is also
engaging in door-to-door
checks that will help identify
which of those whose names

appear on the electoral reg-
ister may no longer live in
"They (people who have
moved out of the constituen-
cy) can vote if nobody chal-
lenges them on the day. All
candidates and agents have
the ability to challenge any-
one at the polling booths.
That's the only way (to stop
them voting)," he said.
He said he understands that

the parliamentary registrars
office also has a group of peo-
ple evaluating the situation.
"They do it on a non-scien-
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* Head of electronic
payment system committee
says Bahamas version gone
'beyond counterparts in the
* Barbados 'not efficient as
where we are starting off',
says bank head, urging
private sector to drive ACH
* Acknowledges banks
missed public expectations
on timeline, but 'confident
end product will exceed
* Banks to debate SWITCH
and ATM sharing following
debits and cheque


Tribune Business Editor
The banking sector's Auto-
mated Clearing House (ACH)
will bring the Bahamian pay-
ments system "into the 21st
century" when goes live today,
a senior banker told Tribune
Business yesterday, adding that
this nation had "in many cases
gone beyond our counterparts
in the region".
Paul McWeeney, who head-
ed the Clearing Banks Associ-
ation (CBA) charged with
overseeing the ACH's imple-
mentation, said the Bahamian
system would be far better than
the one Barbados had started
with, although he acknowl-
edged: "It was a lot more work
than we anticipated."
The Bank of the Bahamas
International managing direc-
tor admitted that the commer-
cial banking industry may have
failed to meet public expecta-
tions on the time it would take
to introduce the ACH, work
having started as far back as
2003-2004, but pledged that the
end product would "exceed
expectations" among con-
sumers and the business com-
"We're pretty much on par,"
Mr McWeeney told Tribune
Business, when asked how the
Bahamas' new electronic pay-
ments/settlement system com-
pared to those in developed
"In many cases, we've gone
beyond our counterparts in the
region. This brings us into the
21st century in terms of our
payments system. It's a good
feather in the cap that, when
we promote the Bahamas as a
financial jurisdiction, we can
say we have an electronic pay-
ments system."
The ACH will first be used
for the clearance/settlement of
cheque and paper transactions,
with the second phase - elec-
tronic debits and credits to
bank accounts - starting "short-
ly thereafter".
"We want to do a phased-in
approach to make sure it's func-
tioning properly," Mr
McWeeney added of the ACH,
urging consumers and busi-
nesses to "take advantage" of
direct debits and credits
because this payment form was
more efficient and less expen-
"All we know is that direct
debits and credits are less
expensive," he said. "Rather
than issue cheques, people can
do direct credit transactions.
Those are final. They can't be
SEE page 2B

$44m harbour value

for money 'concern'

* NTDB surveying members to see if world's largest cruise
ship should arrive in Nassau as first Sunday port of call, as
opposed to last call on Friday
* Minister says businesses concerned passengers 'maxed out'
by the time reach Nassau, and not benefiting Bahamian firms
* Downtown product has to 'change drastically'

Tribune Business Editor
Businesses that depend on
the cruise industry for their
livelihood have been asked
whether they will derive more
economic benefits if the
world's largest ship docks in
Nassau as its first port of call
on Sunday, as opposed to
being the last port of call on a
Friday, amid concerns that the
Bahamas is not getting value
for money from its $44 mil-
lion harbour dredge spend.
Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, minister of tourism and
aviation, confirmed to Tri-
bune Business yesterday that
the Nassau Tourism & Devel-
opment Board (NTDB) had
circulated a one-question sur-
vey among its members and

tour operators, asking
whether passenger spending
would increase if Royal
Caribbean's Genesis Class
vessel, Oasis of the Seas,
changed its Nassau calling
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said the questionnaire's
issuance had been prompted
by concerns among Bahamian
businesses that relied on the
cruise industry, such as tour
operators, Bay Street retail-
ers, taxi driver, straw vendors
and hair braiders, that pas-
senger spending was 'maxed
out' by the time Oasis of the
Seas reached Nassau.
Because the vessel had
already made calls at other
ports, the argument was that
passengers had already spent
their money by the time they

arrived in Nassau, with few
venturing off the ship to put
money into Bahamian busi-
"There's a strong belief
that, for want of a colloquial
expression, that passengers
are all 'tapped out' at the end
of the cruise, and it's better
to have them come through
here much earlier," Mr Van-
derpool-Wallace confirmed to
Tribune Business.
He said the evidence accu-
mulated by his ministry, and
its experiences, suggested this
perception was "not entirely"
accurate, but the minister
added that he was prepared
to act on the findings from
the NTDB questionnaire.
SEE page 3B

for which audited financial
statements are available, a
24.5 per cent decline on the
previous year's $21.225 mil-
SEE page 6B

without question'
Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) will suffer
further net losses in its fiscal
2010 financial year if it and
the Government do "not
make adjustment" to its oper-
ations, Tribune Business was
told yesterday, a government
minister adding: "We want
BEC to be in the black with-
out question."
Confirming, to little sur-
prise, that BEC continued to
be "financially stretched",
Phenton Neymour, minister
of state for the environment,
told this newspaper: "We
have projected that BEC will
have a financial loss at the
end of this year [the year to
September 30, 2009].
"In we continue in this
manner, the same is expected
in 2010 if we do not make any
adjustments. We are begin-
ning to see a turnaround in
some of the efficiencies at
BEC, and expect to see a fur-
ther turnaround.
"We need to get into the
black. Yes, we want BEC in
the black without question."
Achieving that, though, still
seems some way off. BEC
sustained a $16.015 million
net loss for the year to Sep-
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cated he had abandoned the project and his hopes of
ever obtaining a new lease from the Government,
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used for a Robinson Crusoe feature film by saying it
needed a $1.5 million investment upgrade.
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spondence yesterday between himself and Bahamas
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business," Mr Woods asked.
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cern about "cartel-style mar-
ket manipulation" and higher
premiums possibly becoming
the norm in this nation, argu-
ing that carriers/underwriters
were moving to exert "greater
control over the distribution
chain" by establishing their
own wholly-owned agents.
The Bahamas Insurance
Brokers Association (BIBA),
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to double members

PICTURED HERE ARE Peter Cole, past president; Greg Ritchie, secretary; Jennifer Bain, treasurer; Lennox McCartney, superintendent of Insur-
ance Companies; Tanya Woodside, vice-president; and Vaughn Culmer, president.

The Bahamas Insurance Brokers Asso-
ciation (BIBA) has elected its new execu-
tive committee, its president pledging to
double membership to 40 companies and
ensure they meet the Insurance Act's
enhanced regulatory requirements.
Confirming that BIBA planned to
expand its membership from 20 to 40 com-
panies, Vaughn Culmer, its president, said:
"BIBA will be working hand in hand with
the regulatory bodies to ensure that our
members meet the new requirements set
out by the Insurance Act.
"In order to do that we will be holding
several informal, as well as formal, educa-
tional initiatives to bring members up to
speed, and to ensure that insurance bro-
kers have adequate preparation to serve

our clients' needs in these tumultuous
times. "All brokers are encouraged to join
BIBA to ensure that the level of profes-
sionalism we expect from our members will
extend to all brokers throughout the
Lennox McCartney, Superintendent of
the Insurance Commission, told BIBA's
annual luncheon that the regulator wanted
to work more closely with BIBA in the
coming years.
The newly-elected BIBA executive com-
mittee members are:
President: Vaughn Culmer, of Vaughn L
Culmer & Associates Insurance Agents &
Vice President: Tanya Woodside of

Woodside Insurance Brokers
Treasurer: Jennifer Bain of Lampkin &
Company Insurance Brokers & Benefits
Secretary: Greg Ritchie of Advantage
Insurance Brokers and Agents
Immediate Past President: Peter Cole of
Cole Insurance Brokers & Agents
BIBA's newly-elected officers have
formed various committees, and plans are
underway for educational seminars as well
as a new website.
Ms Woodside heads the educational
committee, and will be travelling to the
International Business Finance Summit
sponsored by the Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) this month.

Banking brought 'into 21st century'

FROM page 1B

Despite the lengthy process
required to establish the ACH,
Mr McWeeney said it had tak-
en Barbados seven years to
implement its own system, and
"in seven years it will not be as
efficient as where we are start-
ing off, settling transactions
After cheque processing and
direct debits/credits, Mr
McWeeney said the commer-
cial banks would need to col-
lectively assess what the next
developments for the ACH
would be.
On the agenda are services
such as a SWITCH and com-
mon ATM (Automatic Teller

Machine) usage, but Mr
McWeeney said: "As private
entities will be supplying, or are
about to supply, those services,
it's still a little uncertain as to
how the ACH will move for-
"The trends could be a little
different to two years ago
because there are new entrants
in the market. One additional
step could be ATM sharing, but
I would imagine that for the
rest of the year we will make
sure the system is stable."
Ultimately, Mr McWeeney
said the ACH could sign up
additional users such as the
Government and the National
Insurance Board (NIB). He
added that direct debits and
credits would give government

utility corporations a "stronger
and more viable cash flow" as
money would be deducted and
transferred straight from cus-
tomer accounts.
Consumers would have the
assurance their bills were paid
on time, Mr McWeeney adding:
"It completely removes the
waiting time in ensuring the
legitimacy of bill payment
transactions. It speeds up the
process and creates finality for
business transactions."
Adding that international
financial institutions would take
great comfort from the fact that
transactions and payments
would be settled within a day,
Mr McWeeney explained that
the ACH implementation was
delayed after the CBA was
forced to terminate the initial
tender for a software supplier.
He said this decision was tak-
en because "the banks would
have spent quite a lot of money
but not achieved the efficien-
cies we wanted, as [the bidders]
did not have an imaging com-
ponent to that, and that facili-
tates the efficiency".
Cheque imaging is required
for the electronic processing
and clearing of cheque trans-
actions in 24 hours, and Mr
McWeeney said a further hur-
dle was the need for all
Bahamian commercial banks to
"elevate their operational infra-
structure to a common level
playing field, where all banks
had common capabilities and
the capacity to process cheques
This meant all Bahamian
commercial banks, each with
their own specific internal IT
systems, had to construct com-
mon devices that connected
themselves to each other and
the ACH. Mr McWeeney
added that this was not an easy

task, especially for the foreign-
owned banks, who had to allo-
cate resources for this to their
Bahamian subsidiaries.
"The other point was to
ensure the Bahamian legisla-
tive framework supports this
new financial structure," Mr
McWeeney said. "The World
Bank gave us guidance on
upgrading the legislative frame-
work so we could do it in a legal
fashion. That took quite some
He added: "I'm sorry we did
not satisfy the public's expec-
tations in terms of timeline, but
I'm confident the product we
have delivered will exceed
"It had to be exact and error
free, and whenever we went
live we had to ensure the
integrity of the financial sys-
tem. There's no guesswork
here, and no room for error at
all." Given that seven commer-
cial banks and the Central
Bank were involved, the ACH
had to conduct its business
"error free".
Mr McWeeney urged the pri-
vate sector to "take advantage
of it and exploit" the ACH, dri-
ving the development of new
products and service spin-offs
from it.
The ACH meant payroll
could be conducted electroni-
cally, with companies no longer
having to establish accounts at
all banks or see employees hav-
ing to take cheques and queue
in line, plus wait for funds to
clear if they banked with a dif-
ferent bank.
Mr McWeeney said one such
product could be the develop-
ment of stored value cards, on
which employees could upload
salary payments, then swipe
them at the bank to deposit
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Indemnity insurance benefits promoted

Business Reporter
is increasingly becoming
mandatory for some profes-
sional firms, Colina General
Insurance's managing direc-
tor said yesterday, though
the costs can be enormous.
Howard Knowles, speak-
ing at the Bahamas Society
of Engineers luncheon
mccliin'. said demand for
professional indemnity is on
the rise and quickly being
written into corporate law.

FROM page 1B

"We will be guided by their
feedback," Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said. "It will become
information we can use in the
future. If the merchants say
they see a clear increase in
spending if we're the first stop
on the cruise, we will act on
If that turns out to be the
case, the Government and
private sector will have to
negotiate with Royal
Caribbean to change the
Oasis of the Seas itinerary,
something that may require
this nation to offer additional
While changing an itiner-
ary could be complex, Mr
Vanderpool-Wallace said he
believed it was still early
enough into the vessel's sail-
ing to accomplish this, with
the Oasis of the Seas still able
to call on all other ports.
Several sources, though,
were yesterday questioning to
Tribune Business whether the
Bahamas was getting value
for money from the $44 mil-
lion in taxpayer monies the
Government had spent on
dredging Nassau harbour -
specifically to ensure the turn-
ing basin was wide enough to
accommodate the 18-storey,
5,900 passenger Oasis of the

Mr Knowles said he has
not personally seen firms
topple from the lack of this
type of insurance, but has
definitely seen businesses
benefit by securing it.
"What we are seeing is
that when businesses go into
bidding for contracts, peo-
ple are requiring it [profes-
sional indemnity insur-
ance]," he said.
"The consuming public
are becoming more selec-
tive, so the people who they
choose for their jobs will
want to have professional
indemnity," Mr Knowles

One operator, who wished
to remain anonymous, said
his company received
"absolutely zero" business
from that vessel, adding: "I
get less business from them
than any other ship. No one
comes off the ship, and those
that do have no money to
spend, because they've
already spent what they have
in other destinations."
Others, though, suggested
that people ought to wait until
mid-February before passing
judgment on the Oasis of the
Seas, pointing out that busi-
ness had been depressed dur-
ing the first two weeks in Jan-
uary by the unusually cold,
rough weather.
When contacted by Tri-
bune Business, Khaalis Rolle,
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president, said:
"There have been some con-
cerns expressed that the out-
put [from Oasis of the Seas]
isn't as robust as we antici-
pated, and we have to evalu-
ate what the obstacles are to
increasing that participation
Referring to the $44 mil-
lion harbour dredge, he
added: "Any investment of
that size, we want to ensure
there is significant benefit, a
net benefit, and the concerns
expressed now are that we are

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said. "If you're an architect
they will want you to have
professional indemnity and,
in certain cases, for lawyers
to get clients they will have
to have professional indem-
Mr Knowles said even
insurance companies like his
own need to have indemnity
He said that if your busi-
ness has provides consul-
tancy services or advice, a
claim against the firm can
have serious financial impli-
cations and even ruin its rep-

not seeing real benefits as yet.
"Anything of this magni-
tude goes through an evalua-
tion and tweaking process to
ensure the benefits are there
or realized."
Charles Klonaris, co-chair
of the Downtown Nassau
Partnership, said that while
he had not seen the survey
question, he had heard about
it. He acknowledged that Bay
Street merchants were con-
cerned that while passengers
were coming off the cruise
vessels, they were not spend-
ing money with them.
Mr Klonaris said this
showed how critical it was to
get downtown Nassau's prod-
uct offering right, adding:
"This is how critical the rede-
velopment of the city is. The
whole product of the city has
to change drastically."



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Indemnity insurance
includes: Breach of profes-
sional duty, breach of copy-
right, breach of confiden-
tiality, libel and slander, loss
of documents.
"Incidents happen, but
most are settled out of court
and that is what profession-
al indemnity is designed to

do," said Mr Knowles.
He told engineers that
their business is one that
could greatly benefit from
professional indemnity,
which often bolsters a firm's
portfolio. One engineer
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"Losing a claim against
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costs and expenses," said a
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'Marooned' by need for

$1.5 million film upgrades

FROM page 1B
rently needs about $1.5 mil-
lion in repairs before it
could be used. The Govern-
ment never saw fit to com-
plete our new lease.
"I am unable to effect the
improvements or use of the
tank because of the Gov-
ernment. Furthermore,
should the Government

attempt to provide the tank
for anyone's use, I will inter-
vene with a major lawsuit.
"As I stated some time
back in the papers, the Gov-
ernment has acted in a man-
ner that virtually assures
that there will be no further
production of motion pic-
tures in Grand Bahama."
Mr Fuller's purpose in
releasing yesterday's e-mail

exchange appears to have
been to put pressure on the
Government to resolve the
Bahamas Film Studios' lease
situation, using the 'peg' of
potentially losing out on the
Robinson Crusoe produc-
tion and the economic
impact that will flow from
that. Mr Woods yesterday
confirmed that the
Bahamas, partly as a result

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The properties listed below are being sold by Mr. Craig A. (Tonry) Gomez. Official
LiquKiator f Clico ( anamas) Limited (In Liquiation),

Seaed offers should be sent to the tolowing address:

r. Crag A. (T ony) Gomez
Official Liquidator
The Deanery
No 28 Cumberiand Street
P.O. Box N-1991
Nassau, Bahamas

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of the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios' saga, had lost out on
the opportunity to host
Pirates of the Caribbean IV,
which will now be filmed in
Hawaii instead.
Disney had been eyeing
the Bahamas Film Studios
as a location for its Pirates of
the Caribbean IV movie, but
Mr Fuller had previously
told Tribune Business he

was unwilling to commit the
necessary funds to upgrade
and maintain the facility
until a new Heads of Agree-
ment was secured.
This meant that Disney
was unlikely to return.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham felt the Christie
administration had allowed
the Bahamas Film Studios
to lease too much Crown

Land, having obtained 3,500
acres at the former US Air
Force Missile Base site in
Grand Bahama.
The Government had
looked to restrict that to 120
acres, covering the water
tank and existing buildings,
and these talks with Mr
Fuller had been going on for
more than a year.
However, it appears that
both he and the Govern-
ment are now engaged in
something of a 'Mexican
stand-off' over the lease,
renewed Heads of Agree-
ment and the Bahamas Film
Studios' fate.
John Delaney, the attor-
ney general, said yesterday
he knew nothing about any
work his department had
done on a new Bahamas
Film Studios' lease from a
legal perspective. David
Davis, permanent secretary
in the Prime Minister's
Office, and Joy Jibrilu,
director of investments,
were said to have left office
for the day when Tribune
Business called yesterday
afternoon. In e-mailed
replies to Tribune Business's
questions, Mr Fuller said: "I
don't expect a new lease ... I
go on with other investment
banking (mostly in Bermuda
and Cayman) together with
my film financing."
He argued that the saga
showed developers "never,
never invest in the
Bahamas", and alleged:
"Hollywood is already
laughing at the Bahamas."
Mr Fuller claimed the fail-
ure to agree a new lease had
prevented him from selling
the Bahamas Film Studios
to new purchasers, and said
"about a dozen" movie/TV
productions had been lost
as a result.



Probate Side

Estate of Leroy Hutchinson late of Golden
Gate #2 in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
claim or demand against the above Estate are
required to send the same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before Wednesday the
24th day of February, A.D. 2010 after which date the
Administratrix will proceed to distribute the assets
having regard only to claims of which she shall there
have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted
to the Estate are requested to make full settlement on
or before the date herein above mentioned.

131 Shirley Street
P.O. Box SP-60737
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Administratrix

Princess Margaret Hospital





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Insurance 'market


FROM page 1B

in a letter sent to Tribune
Business, warned that the
position and role of indepen-
dent Bahamian insurance bro-
kers was being threatened by
the increasing practice of
insurance companies setting
up their own intermedi-
This trend, BIBA added,
had become increasingly
prevalent since the Insurance
Act 2005 was enacted and
passed into law, and the
organisation expressed con-
cern that this had the poten-
tial to become anti-competi-
tive, driving independent bro-
kers who were unable to com-
pete on costs out of the mar-
This, in turn, might result
in increased premiums for
Bahamian businesses and
"The 2005 Insurance Act
stipulates that an insurance
intermediary must be used for
the negotiation and purchase
of insurance," BIBA told Tri-
bune Business.
"Since this law was enacted
many of the large insurance
firms have been creating their
own intermediaries by form-
ing their own insurance bro-
kerages and agent firms, or
hiring licensed salespersons.
"Clearly, their prime pur-
pose is to take over and con-
trol the distribution chain.
They have been offering
incentives to consumers to
purchase their coverage
through these seemingly
'independent' operations, or
through their employed 'sales-
persons', by offering cover-
age at reduced rates.

"If this practice continues
unchecked, the outcome will
be to the detriment of insur-
ance brokers and ultimately
the insuring public.
"When suppliers and dis-
tributors share the same bed,
the likely outcome will be
higher insurance premiums
and cartel-style market
And BIBA added: "The
Bahamas risks ending up with
a system whereby the public
can buy insurance only from
insurance intermediaries
owned or controlled by the
insurance companies.
"The role of independent
insurance brokers is being
threatened as we write. The
insuring public may in the
future be faced with the
dilemma of limited choice
offered on a 'take it or leave
it' basis."
BIBA's concerns were
sparked by fears, expressed
by others, about the competi-
tion implications of the pro-
posed Family
Guardian/Bahamas First tie-
up at the holding company
level. While that is separate
and apart from the issues
raised by BIBA, there is little
doubt that Bahamas-based

on' fear

insurance carriers have been
expanding their own wholly-
owned agency networks.
For instance, Security &
General has launched its own
100 per cent wholly-owned
insurance agency, while
Bahamas First has long had
a network of 100 per cent-
owned tied agents - Nassau
Underwriters (NUA), Mose-
ley Burnside and Carib -
which it is now merging into
one unified business. It also
has a stake in another agency,
and other agents have
Bahamas First policies
accounting for 100 per cent
of their business.

In addition, two other car-
riers - Summit and Insurance
Company of the Bahamas -
underwrite business almost
exclusively on behalf of Insur-
ance Management and J S
Johnson respectively. Royal
Star Assurance, meanwhile,
is part-owned and affiliated
with Sunshine Insurance
Agents & Brokers and Star.
In addition, industry

sources said Colina Insur-
ance's life and health agency
sales force cross-sells gener-
al insurance products to their
clients, something that is also
likely to happen with the
Bahamas First/Family
Guardian tie-up.
"Our desire is to have a lev-
el playing field with regards
to competition so that all sec-
tors of the insurance industry
can survive, and thrive,"
BIBA said.
"We are concerned that if
market dominance by a hand-
ful of insurers continues, the
insuring public will be faced
with less choice, resulting in
higher premiums.
"Insurance brokers work
on behalf of their clients by
negotiating rates and cover-
age, ensuring that at renewal
they get the best possible deal,
fighting for their clients when
it comes to claims or admin-
istrative matters, and ensur-
ing that the promises that
insurers make are fulfilled.
We advocate for client's rights
using our knowledge, experi-
ence and the leverage of our
market relationships."


Financial Controller

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

Knowledge and Education:
1) A professional accounting designation (CA or CPA)
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
plus employees
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
February 15, 2010.

Apply to:

DA 61942
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas




The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas invites applications from suitably
qualified individuals to fill the position of Chief Accountant.

This is a senior management post in the Corporation's Accounts Department.

The position is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the Accounts
Department and reports to the Financial Controller.

Candidates should, at a minimum, possess a bachelor's degree in accounting or
finance with seven (7) years minimum experience.

The ideal candidate will possess professional accounting qualifications
(ACCA, CA or CPA) and will be proficient in Microsoft and IFRS applications,
with automated financial reporting experience.

Interested individual should hand deliver letters of interest, together with
comprehensive resumes, marked "Strictly Confidential" and addressed to the
attention of the Deputy General Manager - Human Resource and Training at the
Corporation's offices, Harcourt "Rusty" Bethel Drive, Nassau, Bahamas not later
than 25th January 2010.

Applications received will be treated in the strictest confidence.




BEC eyes more losses in 2010

FROM page 1B

lion net loss.
That loss reduction, though,
was aided by the Govern-
ment's decision to move from
BEC the responsibility of
repaying a European Union
(EU) loan to finance
upgrades on Cat Island, which
saw a $6.716 million gain on
other income compared to
$3.596 million the year before
- accounting for more than $3

million of the $5 million
reduction in losses.
Tribune Business under-
stands that in the absence of
this gain, BEC's net losses for
the fiscal year ended on Sep-
tember 30, 2009, are likely to
have moved back into the $20
million range.
And the extent of BEC's
balance sheet weakness was
underlined by its general
manager, Kevin Basden, in
court documents filed in rela-

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 JOOP INVESTMENTS
LTD. is in dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 18th January
2010. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Build-
ing 2 Caves ' ill .., P.O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of JOOP
INVESTMENTS LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 18th February

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tion to the Wilson City power
plant case. Mr Basden had
alleged that if work on the
$105 million plant had been
stopped by a court injunction,
it would have been unable to
obtain additional credit/debt


"A very substantial pro-
portion of BEC's revenue has
been used to finance the pro-
ject, with the balance of fund-
ing coming mainly from rene-
gotiated loan facilities held by
the Corporation," Mr Basden
"Given that BEC has large-

ly funded construction of the
Wilson City Plant from its
own revenues, the impact of
not proceeding with the pro-
ject at the current site would
be even more severe for BEC
than already discussed.
"Firstly, credit would need
to be accessed to fund con-
struction of a relocated plant,
with attendant financing costs.
However, based on its pre-
sent financial state, the Cor-
poration is not in a position to
obtain additional funding."
On top of this is at least
another $300 million worth of
required capital spending to
upgrade BEC's power plant
and distribution infrastruc-
ture, especially the planned

The Public is hereby advised that I, ELAINE S.
MOXEY of St. Vincent Road, Nassau, Bahamas, intend
to change my name to ELAINE S. HINSEY. 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.


Michael Dewees Sweeting) late of
York Avenue, Gleniston Gardens in
the Eastern District of the Island of
New Providence, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against the
above Estate are required to send the same
duly certified in writing to the Undersigned
on or before the 15th day of February, A.D.
2010, after which date the Executrix will
proceed to distribute the assets having
regard only to the claims of which she shall
then have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are
required to make full settlement on or
before the date hereinbefore mentioned.

Attorneys for the Executrix
P.O. Box N-918
Magna Carta Court,
Parliament & Shirley Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas.

improvements to generation
capacity at the Clifton Pier
Mr Neymour yesterday told
Tribune Business that BEC
was "about to complete the
construction" of the new
Eleuthera power plant, but
upgrades to Clifton were "still
in the design stage".
The Ministry of the Envi-
ronment was "looking for-
ward" to reviewing the find-
ings by German consultants,
Fichtner, on the Bahamas'
electricity regulatory regime.

The same company was also
assessing BEC's operational
efficiencies and effectiveness.
On the renewable energies
front, Mr Neymour said the
remaining five shortlisted bid-
ders were now at the stage of
submitting their final propos-
als to BEC, including costs
and pricing.
The Corporation and its
consultants had been review-
ing the bidders, and the min-
ister said final proposals were
likely to be forwarded to BEC
by the end of June 2010.

The Public is hereby advised that I, CARMEN CAMEO
intend to change my name to CARMEN MISSICK. If
there are any objections to this change in name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P. 0. Box N-792, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of the publication of this

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1075 990 Bahamas Property Fund 1074 1074 0 00 0992 0200 108 1 86%
7 00 577 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 0 00 0244 0260 242 441%
063 063 Benchmark 063 063 0 00 0877 0000 N/M 000%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 0 00 0168 0090 188 286%
215 214 Fidelity Bank 237 237 0 00 0055 0040 431 169%
1395 963 Cable Bahamas 10 00 10 o0 0 00 1406 0250 71 250%
2 88 272 Colina Holdings 272 272 0 00 0249 0040 109 147%
7 00 5 00 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 700 700 000 0419 0300 167 429%
365 221 Consolidated Water BDRs 267 260 007 0111 0052 234 200%
2 55 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 255 255 0 00 0627 0080 41 314%
7 80 5 94 Famguard 649 649 0 00 1,000 0420 0240 155 370%
1 1 80 875 Flnc 928 928 0 b0 0322 0520 288 560%
1045 980 FirstCaribbean Bank 999 999 000 0631 0350 158 350%
5 53 375 Focol(S) 477 477 0 O0 41,959 0326 0150 146 314%
1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 100 0 0 0000 0000 N/M 000%
0 30 027 Freeport Concrete 027 027 0 O0 0035 0000 77 000%
613 5 00 ICD Utilities 559 559 000 0407 0500 137 894%
10 50 995 JS Johnson 995 995 000 15,076 0952 0640 105 643%
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1000 oo00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100 00 0 00 7% 19 October 2017
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100 00 0 00 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
100000 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100 O0 0 O0 7% 30 May 2013
100000 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100 O0 0 O0 Prime 1 75% 29 May 2015
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14387 13535 CFAL Bond Fund 14387 630 630 31-Dec-09
28869 28266 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 28869 -1 81 -1 81 31 Dec 09
1 5101 1 4356 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 5101 017 518 15-Jan-10
33201 29343 Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 31168 -7 94 -7 94 31-Dec-09
132400 126816 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund 132400 493 590 31-Oct-09
1039873 931999 CFAL Global Bond Fund 1039873 341 341 31 Dec-09
101 7254 964070 CFAL Global Equity Fund 101 7254 552 552 31-Dec-09
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Automated Clearing House

In preparation for the

introduction of the

Bahamas Automated Clearing House


on January, 22, 2010

Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd has

introduced new account operating

terms and conditions

regarding cheque processing.

For further information please

visit or contact any of our branches.

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Broker teams with

water distributor

over Haiti relief

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week partnered with Arctic Water (Par-
adise Bottling) to donate 2,400 bottles of
water to the Bahamas Red Cross in a bid to
relieve the suffering in Haiti.
Shown making the donation are Jeanine
Lampkin and Jennifer Bain of Lampkin &
Company, and Kim Smith and Jacqui

D'Aguilar of Paradise Bottling. Ms Bain
said: "Seeing the images of what has hap-
pened in Haiti brought tears to my eyes.
Being a part of a community minded com-
pany, I'm happy that Lampkin & Company
could partner with Arctic Water to help
send them these 100 cases of water."





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