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Chief Justice says

move would free

up police officers

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Chief Justice
Sir Michael Barnett said that
more attorneys are needed to
prosecute cases in the Magis-
trate's Court.
This, he said, would allow
police officers who are now court
prosecutors to be deployed in oth-
er areas of police work.
"There... are over 800 lawyers
practising at the Bar," said Sir
Michael. And although prosecut-
ing cases has been a part of police
work there is a case to be made

IN A major drug bust
early yesterday morning
police seized more than $1
million worth of suspect-
ed marijuana from a home
in Westridge Estates.
Officers of the Drug
Enforcement Unit acting
on information they had
received searched a pri-
vate residence on Ocean
View Drive at around
They recovered 18 bails
of suspected marijuana
weighing 930 lbs. The esti-
mated street value for the
drugs is $1,116,000. Police
took four men and one
woman into custody for
questioning in connection
with the drug discovery.
Investigations continue.
Police are also busy
investigating the discovery
of a body in Acklins on
Thursday afternoon. Offi-
cers on the island received
information that a body of
a man was found at
Planters Cay. Responding
to the report, police dis-
covered the partially
decomposed remains of an
as yet unidentified man. A
team of officers from the
Central Detective Unit in
Nassau was yesterday dis-
patched to Acklins to
assist their colleagues with
the investigations.

that those persons in police pros- .
ecutions maybe better deployed .
doing other things in relation to
policing, and leaving the prose- --
cution of those matters in the
magistrate's court to persons
trained as counsel in the Supreme
"I know that that is a matter
that is under active considera-
tion," he told reporters in r
Freeport last Wednesday.
Sir Michael believes that there
is also need for more lawyers to
serve as magistrates, particularly
in the Family Islands.
He was shocked at the small
number of persons applying to
serve as full-time resident mag-
istrates in several of the islands.
"We are looking for magis-
trates in the Family Islands. In
October and November we
advertised for persons to serve as ..
resident magistrates in Abaco,
Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma and
Long Island, and I was surprised
at the limited number of applica-
tions we received.
"I really thought we would
have received more applications.
SEE page 13

Man claims Bahamas plays leading
Pole inCarlhbean'S
he was beaten in Caribbean's
response to Haiti crisis

and chnoKe
by officers
Tribune Staff Reporter
A LITTLE more than a week
after The Tribune published
explosive claims of police bru-
tality at the Wulff Road police
station, another man has come
forward alleging he was beaten,
suffocated and choked by offi-
cers at the Central Detective
Presley Vildor, 26, claims he
was picked up by CDU officers
last Thursday from his residence
in Pinewood Gardens for ques-
tioning in relation to a murder
investigation. Mr Vildor claimed
he was beaten intermittently for
five days until his release on
Tuesday, without being charged
with an offence.
He claimed he returned to the
station that same day with his
father to collect personal items
SEE page seven

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Caribbean community is
streamlining its response to the
crisis in Haiti, with the Bahamas
playing a leading role, as a mem-
ber of the North-Western sub-
regional group.
Jamaica, also a member of the
North-Western group, will be the
main staging point for coordinat-
ing the regional response. While
the Bahamas' Embassy in Haiti
will be the headquarters for Cari-
com's efforts on the ground.
So far, Caricom has 350 people
in Haiti working on search and
rescue, emergency aid, and secu-
rity, in which Bahamian emer-
gency personnel are represented.
A team of 36 medical personnel
are working in a field hospital set-
up by the community this week.
As of Friday, Caribbean medical
teams administered 400 treatments
and performed 30 minor surgeries,
including amputations. The com-
munity pledged more than $4 mil-
SEE page seven

Study: Bahamas likely

to face severe storms

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas has been singled out by a new climate
study as one of several areas likely to be hardest hit by an
increase in super-strong hurricanes in the next half of the
According to a study in the journal, Science, the occur-
rence of the most destructive Atlantic hurricanes - cat-
egory four and category five - could rise by 81 per cent
in the next 80 years, while the incidence of weaker storms
is expected to drop by 28 per cent.
SEE page 13

Queen's College 'cooperating fully' with
alleged attempted abduction investigation

THE Chairman of the Board
of Governors at Queen's Col-
lege confirmed last night that the
school is fully cooperating with
the police in their investigation
of an alleged attempted abduc-
tion of a student from the
school's campus.
On Tuesday, January 19, a
parent of one of the students at
Queen's College's primary
school reported that an
unknown male had attempted
to abduct her son by shoving him
in the back seat of a car.
The parent reported the mat-
ter to the police, and according

to the Principal of the school,
Queen's College's administra-
tion also launched an immedi-
ate investigation.
According to a statement
issued from the school, they are
cooperating fully with the police
to determine the facts surround-
ing this alleged abduction.
"We do not treat such mat-
ters lightly, and wish to assure
the child, his parents and the
family of our deep concern.
"We further assure them, and
all parents, teachers and staff of
SEE page seven

Concerns over 'unorthodox' cancer
treatment facility in Grand Bahama
THE Board that licenses private medical facilities has noted its con-
tinued concern over an "unorthodox" treatment centre in Grand
Bahama that claims to help cancer sufferers fight the spread of the dis-
The Hospital and Healthcare Facilities Licensing Board inspects
all private medical facilities in The Bahamas to determine if they are
eligible to be licensed to operate.
In its most recent report for the July 2008 to June 2009 period the
SEE page 13

Bahamian musicians
set for Haiti relief
concert at Arawak Cay
SEVERAL local Bahamian
musicians are expected to per-
form at a concert on Arawak
Cay next Tuesday to rally
Bahamians to make donations
for the earthquake victims in
The concert, which will start at
6pm and end at midnight, will
be broadcast live from both the
Hilton and Arawak Cay during
the Haiti relief telethon. Earlier
this week, The Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce and Rotary
Associations in the Bahamas
announced a two-day telethon
and concert to rally Bahamian
donations for Earthquake Vic-
tims in Haiti. The concert, which
was devised by Ronald Simms
and Fred Ferguson, will feature
such artists as, Sammi Starr,
Tada, Fred Munnings, Ira Storr
and the Spank Band, Ambasah,
Tingum Dem, Emily Austin,
Nita, Alia Coley, Alison Mason,
Keisha Bostwick dancers and
the National Youth Choir are
also expected to perform.
SEE page seven





C D BAIC farm road gets blessing

of the Chamber of Commerce

"I vex at all these people
that park their cars on the
side of the road, all on the
sidewalk, causing people to
have to walk nearly in the
middle of the road in the way
of oncoming traffic.
"That's really vexing
because sometimes that can
be dangerous, especially in
the Palmdale and Mackey
Street area. I don't under-
stand the police because the
patrol cars will pass right by
these cars and not even

"I vex at all these lawless
people who have the audac-
ity to overtake cars waiting
on the red light by barrelling
down the wrong side of the
street, at the junction of Vil-
lage Road and Shirley Street.
"I witness so many biggety
jitney drivers and reckless
motorists who must have
somewhere really important
to go, risking their lives and
the lives of others because
they can't wait two minutes
on the red light. What if
someone was turning
through that corner to go to
Montagu and mash them
right up, or worse, dies?
Bahamians really dumb, nah,
that's all I got to say."
- Mad Motorist.

"I tired of all these delis
charging an arm and a leg
for one soggy sandwich or
tasteless soup that I can
make in my house for a frac-
tion of the cost. On top of
that they price gouging sodas
and water, all the while their
staff so stink it kill your
"They must not know their
customers are their bread
and butter."
- Vex at bad food
and customer service.

"I vex at the rusty hens in
my office who always watch-
ing me. Every time I get a
new outfit, pair of shoes or
anything, they all in my busi-
ness with a comment.
"I wish they would take all
the energy they put into oth-
er people's lives into read-
ing a book or seeing a for-
eign film, then maybe they
wouldn't be so ignorant,
bored and narrow-minded."

"I happy that that cold
weather finally gone. Mother
Nature must not know that
Bahamians don't like cold
and we ain' got plenty blan-
kets or sweaters and thing.
"I so glad I ain' have to
crawl in my freezing cold bed
every night or take scalding
hot showers just to warm
myself up."
-Little Miss Sunshine.

THE South Andros Cham-
ber of Commerce has given
its blessing to a three-mile
farm road that Bahamas Agri-
cultural and Industrial Cor-
poration is constructing to the
fertile land in the pine forest.
"We welcome it," said
Chamber president Edmund
Rahming Sr. "The people are
very pleased with this initia-
tive by BAIC and we are real-
ly looking forward to some-
thing good coming out of it
as a result.
"That road (beginning in
Duncombe Coppice) would
take us to the fertile soil in
the west where we will be able
to produce much more as a
Executive chairman Edison
Key and a team from BAIC
inspected the road last week-
Mr Key confirmed that
BAIC has spoken to the gov-
ernment about acquiring the
necessary acreage that will be
divided into manageable por-
tions and leased to Bahamians
for agricultural and industrial
Mr Rahming sees this as
being an impetus for South
Androsians to return home
and build their communities.
"Rather than us having to

import so much of our food,
we would be able to feed our-
selves as well as export
because much of that which
we import, we can produce
right here," he said. "The
potential is there.
"We need to do more for
ourselves. We need to be
proactive rather than waiting
for other entities to head the
way. We in South Andros
need to come together, in a
co-operative way, and cause
certain things to happen for
ourselves," Mr Rahming said.
It is estimated that up to 80
cents of every dollar earned
from tourism is used to
import food, noted Mr Key, a
former large-scale farmer.
"Much of this is food we
can produce right here in
Andros," he said. "And as a
result, we see opportunities
here for small and medium
size businesses to provide
some of those goods and ser-
"A growing number of
Androsians in the North are
making a comfortable living
in food production growing a
variety of fruits and vegeta-
bles," Mr Key said.
BAIC is willing to give
South Andros farmers the
same assistance - farm

equipment - it is giving those
in the North, he said.
"Once access to the pine
yard would have been estab-
lished," he said, "we intend
for the land to be surveyed,
divided into manageable plots
and leased to Bahamians, just
as we are doing in North
Andros, Abaco and
"For those who feel the
entrepreneurial spirit and
want to go into business, our
Business Services Department
offers free professional
Contractor Wayde Forbes-
Ferguson of South Andros
Machineries told of having to
push through solid Andros
coppice rock.
"But I am pleased with the
progress so far," he said. "We
are pretty close to putting a
finished product in place
based on the agreement."
He left a career in New
Providence to return home
and fulfil his dream.
"I never liked Nassau," said
Mr Forbes-Ferguson. "I
always saw Andros as having
the greatest potential of all
the islands. If persons in
authority would pay the nec-
essary attention to Andros it
would go far."fel

BAIC executive chairman Edison Key inspects progress of a farm
road to fertile land in South Andros.

Haitian vessel

in need of fuel



THE captain of the Hait-
ian motor vessel, Mon Desir
Express, is appealing for help
to raise funds for fuel desper-
ately needed to transport car-
go to Haiti.
Mon Desir Express is cur-
rently berthed at Potter's Cay
Dock, under the old bridge,
while its crew waits for fuel
so they can leave for Haiti.
The vessel was in the
Bahamas taking on freight
and cargo throughout the
month, and was ready to sail
about a week ago but fuel
shortages problem along with
mechanical difficulties
delayed the departure.
The cargo includes useful
earthquake relief items such

as mattresses, five gallon plas-
tic buckets and large contain-
The Captain of Mon Desir
Express, a Haitian native,
explained that the crew
accepted donations from the
Bahamas Red Cross for Haiti
Earthquake victims.
"We have fuel, but it is not
enough," the captain said.
"We also need an extra cap-
tain, we cannot go without
one more captain for the boat.
"We thank everybody who
has given us items to carry
home for our people, we
appreciate everything," he
Anyone interested in find-
ing out more about Mon
Desir Express can contact the
dock master at Potter's Cay.

BTC aims to

raise $1 million

for Haiti through

text messaging


THE Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company
(BTC) is appealing to its cel-
lular customers to donate as
much as possible for the
earthquake victims of Haiti
through newly set up text
message numbers.
The company hopes to
raise $1 million by the end of
next month.
As of yesterday you can
give a donation to the Haiti
relief effort by text message:
To donate $1, text 'YES' to
6100; to donate $3, text 'YES'
to 6300; to donate $5, text
'YES' to 6500.
From now until February
28, BTC said it wants people
to give as much as they can
"We want our 330,000 cel-
lular subscribers to try to give
at least $3 each over the next
month so that we can raise
$1 million for Haiti relief
efforts," the company said.
BTC assures the public
that 100 per cent of the pro-
ceeds will go to the relief
efforts, administered through
the Red Cross Haiti Relief
"We will keep you abreast
of progress and funds raised
throughout the initiative.
BTC will announce shortly
the company's contribution
to match your efforts. Let
each one, reach one and
together we will save lives
and restore hope."


bar and grill

is burgled

THIRSTY burglars broke
into Hammerheads Bar and
Grill in East Bay Street early
Friday morning but stole little
more than bottles of beer and
Some packets of cigarettes
were also missing as well as
small change in the cash reg-
Donations of clothes for
those suffering in Haiti were
strewn across the floor of the
popular bar and grill and
adult clothing was stolen.
Police were called when the
burglar alarm sounded at
around 5am but staff found
the establishment in disarray
when they arrived for work
on Friday morning.
Police are investigating.











New airport

terminal tested

for hurricane

WHEN the new US
Departures terminal
opens in Spring 2011 at
the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport, the
structure will be able to
withstand winds of up to
150 mph.
Earlier this month, a
team from the Nassau Air-
port Development Com-
pany's LPIA Expansion
Project Team travelled to
a manufacturing facility in
Shenyang, China to
observe the manufacturing
process and test the dura-
bility of the curtain wall
(window wall) system for
stage one of the develop-
In a controlled environ-
ment at the Yuanda Alu-
minum Industry Engineer-
ing Company Limited's
testing facilities in China,
glass panels for the
247,000 sq ft terminal were
placed in a mock-up
chamber for the test
According to Nassau
Airport Development
Company (NAD) vice-
president of airport devel-
opment, Stewart Steeves
the tests included simulat-
ed hurricane wind and
rain conditions through a
series of over 9,000 posi-
tive and negative pressure
tests, air and water infil-
tration tests, and simulat-
ed hurricane debris impact
through a series of small
missile (ball bearings)
impact tests at 90 mph and
large missile (2x4 lumber)
impact tests at 35 mph.
The panels will be man-
ufactured in Shenyang,
China, by Yuanda, one of
the largest curtain wall
manufacturers in the
world. The largest curtain
wall panels are 20 ft high
and 8 ft wide. Delivery
and installation on site is
expected during the sum-
mer 2010.
With more than 200
construction workers
presently on site, work
continues on-budget and
on-schedule for stage one
of the $409.5 million air-
port redevelopment pro-

Man in court

on marijuana



A 41-YEAR-OLD East
Street man was arraigned
in a Magistrate's Court on
Wednesday on a marijuana
possession charge.
It is alleged that on Mon-
day, January 18, Levi Hep-
burn was found in posses-
sion of two pounds of mar-
Hepburn, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel in Court
Eight, Bank Lane pleaded
not guilty to the charge. He
was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison.
He is expected back in
court on January 27 for a
bail hearing.



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How MPs spent their

$200,000 allocation

Tribune Staff Reporter

HERE is the fourth and final
part of The Tribune's report on
what MPs say they did with the
$200,000 allocated for con-
stituency enhancement projects
in their constituencies in the
2007/2008 and 2008/2009 bud-
A number of MPs forwarded
these details after requests
were put to them before and
after the Christmas holidays.
Fewer than half of the MPs
responded - 15 FNMs and
one PLP.
Earlier this week, The Tri-
bune reported how Desmond
Bannister (Carmichael), Carl
Bethel (Seabreeze), Loretta
Butler-Turner (Montagu), Lar-
ry Cartwright (Long Island and
Ragged Island), Sidney Collie
(Blue Hills), Earl Deveaux
(Marathon), Fred Mitchell
(Fox Hill), Hubert Ingraham
(North Abaco), Zhivargo
Laing (Marco City), Charles
Maynard (Golden Isles),
Branville McCartney (Bamboo
Town) and Phenton Neymour
(South Beach) said they utilised
the funds in their constituen-
cies. See
for those details.

Brensil Rolle - FNM -
Garden Hills

Providing a list of the pay-
ments made from the con-
stituency allowance in chrono-
logical order, Mr Rolle first
noted that $19,000 was allocat-
ed towards the establishment
of two learning centres
designed to assist students with
basic language, mathematics
and science and Spanish lan-
guage skills, and enable tutor-
ing for homework assignments.
The MP donated funds from
the allowance to several
junkanoo groups, including
$2,000 to the Prodigal Sons and
$2,000 to Kingdom Warriors.
A further $6,000 was spent
on a constituency clean-up
campaign which had appli-
ances, garbage and derelict
vehicles removed by local con-
Under the Entrepreneurial
Creative Straw Vendor Pro-
gramme, Mr Rolle said two
industrial sewing machines
were purchased, instructors
hired, and 50 people were
trained in creative straw pro-
The funds also covered the
purchase of materials for the
classes. A total of $4,819.60 was
spent on the programme. A
subdivision clean-up campaign
cleared debris from overgrown
lots in the constituency at a cost
of $6,050.
For $26,710 a Subdivision
Entrance Landscaping Pro-
gramme was undertaken. Trees
were planted at "strategic inter-
sections in the constituency to
improve the ambiance at the
entrance to subdivisions," Mr
Rolle said.
As part of the after-school
programme, three payments of
$800 were made to the Cousin
McPhee Cathedral, and $1,000
was paid to Kizzy McKinney,
Pamela Murphy and Vanessa
A second session of the
Entrepreneurial Creative Straw
Vendor Programme was fund-
ed by $3,200.
Another $1,000 donation
was made to the Prodigal Sons
junkanoo group.
The sum of $23,420 was
committed to improvements to
the public park in Pride Estates
by contractor Hubert Styles.
This project is awaiting
approval by the Ministry of
Public Works.
A $1,000 donation was

made to the Kingdom Warriors
junkanoo group.
A second clean-up cam-
paign was carried out at a cost
of $20,010.
And $200 was donated to
each of the following seven
churches that participated in a
Senior Citizens Christmas pro-
gramme: Cousin McPhee
Cathedral, Good Samaritan
Church, Bethlehem Baptist
Church, Southwest church of
God, Independence Church of
God, Chapel on the Hill and
Bible Truth Ministries.
The sum of $1,500 was allo-
cated to those who catered to
senior citizens during the event.

A Ms McQueen was paid
$1,000 for her instruction as
part of a Straw Craft Certifi-
cation Programme in collabo-
ration with the Bahamas Agri-
cultural and Industrial Corpo-
ration that trained and certi-
fied 30 people. BAIC was paid
The sum of $5,000 was spent
on a special education pro-
gramme for challenged stu-
dents of Garden Hills. Students
followed a special curriculum
and received individual tuition
during the six-month pro-
gramme held from January to
June 2009.
A further $2,128.50 was
spent on the purchase of play-
ground equipment for the
Pride Estates Public Park.
Donations of $2,000 each were
made to the following public
schools in the constituency: A F
Adderley Jr High, S C McPher-
son Jr High, C W Sawyer Pri-
mary, and S C McPherson Jr
Materials and an instructor
for a shell craft training pro-
gramme were purchased for
The sum of $19,128.50 was
spent to allow 50 members of
the constituency to participate
in the Ministry of Agriculture's
Backyard Farming Pro-
gramme. $1,060 was allocated
to the Ministry of Agriculture
for subdivision drainage. Twen-
ty subdivision signs were print-
ed and erected in the con-
stituency for $14,400.
Playground equipment for a
public park in the constituency
was purchased from Creative
Kids for $12,061.50. The place-
ment of three drainage wells
in areas that experience seri-
ous flooding cost $18,000, paid
to M and R Drilling and Well
Further junkanoo donations
of $1,500 each were made to
the Kingdom Warriors and the
Prodigals Sons. Another clean-
up campaign saw $2,320
paid to Old Har Investments.

Tommy Turnquest - FNM -
Mount Moriah

Minister Turnquest said he
has committed contracts for the
entire sum of $200,000 and
essentially all the funds have
been spent, or will be spent, on
recreational parks in his con-

"I purchased materials and
supplies (approximately
$20,000) for three parks in yel-
low Elder Gardens; spending
$80,000 plus on the big park in
Stapledon Gardens and about
$35,000 on the smaller parks
on Sunderland Road and Spit-
fire Road. I spent $40,000 on
bathroom facilities on the park
in Millennium Gardens."
The rules governing how
constituency allowance funds
are spent do not demand that
the contracts to provide the
work, goods or services are put
out to competitive tender, and
Mr Turnquest noted that none
of his contracts were.
"The parks in Yellow Elder
were done by the prison work
group as part of their commu-
nity work. I provided the sup-
plies and equipment to the
prison and they had three
quotes and sourced from the
lowest quote. The big park in
Stapledon Gardens is being
done by Enviroscape Ltd. The
park on Sunderland Road was
developed by Cedrick Smith
and the bathrooms on Millen-
nium Park and the park on
Spitfire road were constructed

by Davis Renovations and established. I am still working
Landscaping Company." on lighting for two parks which
might have to be covered by
Brent Symonette - FNM - the allowance," he added.
St Anne's

The Deputy Prime Minister
did not break down exactly
how much of the $200,000 he
had allocated to date or who
was paid for the work, howev-
er he gave a brief description of
what the money was used for.
Mr Symonette utilised the
funds to construct walking
tracks in two parks and pro-
vide benches for three parks.
He also undertook the rede-
velopment of the East End
point, the waterfront area
opposite the Winton Fort and
the waterfront area on Eastern
Road and Prince Charles, land-
scaping pathways, installing
planters, a drain and park
Mr Symonette noted that a
considerable number of
drainage wells were also dug
or cleaned throughout the area
using the allowance funds.
"All of the work was super-
vised and signed off on by the
Ministry of Works in line with
price guidelines which they had

Hubert Minnis - FNM -

The MP said the allocation
was used towards signage in
the community, including "wel-
come signs" for the entrances
of Southwest Ridge, Rock-
crusher and the Grove West,
and repairing signage to Lake
Cunningham. Beautification
efforts were also funded, plants
and flowers purchased and
landscaping carried out around
the signs. However, some of
these were stolen, the MP said.
Other funds were used to
install speed bumps in South
Westridge and benches at the
Rockcrusher basketball court.

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permitting, and tracking for the property. Accountable for tracking
and remaining compliant with all government codes pertaining to the
operation of the resort.

Job Qualifications:

* Education: Bachelor's degree in Business Management,
Engineering, a related field or equivalent experience required.
* Experience: Minimum often years progressive, well-rounded
maintenance & engineering management experience required.
* Hospitality experience preferred, Union environment helpful.
* Must have demonstrated the ability to manage project execution and
follow-up, balance multiple priorities, work under time constraints
and approach work proactively.
* Licenses/Certifications: MEP, Eng'r and/or general contractor's
license preferred Valid Driver's License and a satisfactory driving
record required.

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

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Will corporate ads buy 2010 voters?

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court
has opened the door to a new era of big and
possibly shadowy election spending, rolled
back anti-corruption laws and emboldened
critics of fundraising limits to press on. In the
middle of it all will be voters, trying to figure
out who's telling the truth.
The court's ruling Thursday lets corporate
America start advertising candidates much
as they market products and tell viewers to
vote for or against them. While it almost cer-
tainly will lead to a barrage of hard-hitting
TV ads in the 2010 elections, its implications
reach far beyond that.
The ruling was a victory for the U.S. Cham-
ber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the Nation-
al Rifle Association and other interest groups
most likely to run ads with money from their
treasuries. It's unlikely major corporations
would want their name on an ad, but they
can avoid that by giving money to interest
groups that would then run ads and disclose
the spending under the groups' names. It also
presents a new option to wealthy individuals
who were allowed to spend millions on their
own to run election-time candidate ads before,
but now can join forces to do so and get more
bang for their bucks.
The court's 5-4 opinion represents the lat-
est development in the cycle of scandal-law-
loophole that has typified the United States'
approach to campaign finance regulation.
From the corporate titans of the early 20th
century bribing candidates, to Watergate in the
1970s, Democratic fundraising scandals during
the Clinton years in the 1990s and most recent-
ly, the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling case,
Congress has periodically tried to rein in polit-
ical spending only to have loopholes emerge or
political players mount successful constitu-
tional challenges to the rules.
The court seemed to sweep those concerns
aside, saying that it doubted election-time ads
could lead to the corruption of lawmakers
and that in any case, proponents of the ban
hadn't provided any proof of corruption.
Campaign finance watchdogs predict mem-
bers of Congress now will cast their votes on
controversial legislation with an eye to
whether their position on it risks inviting a
barrage of special-interest ads against them
before the election, or on the flip side, could
draw outside spending favourable to them.
"I just think the court got it dead wrong if
it thinks that a $10 million expenditure in a
campaign can't buy influence of a corrupting
nature the same way that a $10 million con-
tribution can," said Fred Wertheimer, presi-
dent of Democracy 21, who pressed for the
ban on election-season corporate- and union-
financed ads that the court swept away.
For those like Wertheimer who believe
the threat of corruption justifies restrictions on
campaign money, it could get even worse.
Heartened by the court's view that corpo-
rations have the same free-speech rights as
citizens, opponents of campaign finance

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restrictions think the time is ripe to press the
justices to go still further and do something not
allowed since the robber-baron bribery scan-
dals of a century ago: let corporations and
unions give money directly to candidates.
"If all speakers are going to be treated the
same, why wouldn't a corporation be able to
make a contribution to a candidate" just as
individuals and political action committees
can? asked Jim Bopp, a conservative lawyer
involved in several lawsuits that have scaled
back campaign finance rules over the past
few years, including the one decided Thursday.
Bopp thinks the conservative-leaning court
might even go for a case arguing that donors
should be able to give as much money as they
want to a candidate: "You certainly have some
justices who say that the contribution limits
cannot be imposed at all."
The ruling could bring more than office
politics to the workplace. Bopp reads it to
permit corporations and unions to speak freely
about elections to employees and authorise
partisan politicking on their property, rather
than stop at simply encouraging workers to
vote, as they've had to do until now.
Just as opponents of campaign finance reg-
ulation are considering further challenges,
campaign finance watchdogs and their allies in
Congress plan to pursue legislation to try to
deal with Wednesday's ruling. What they
could do to restrict corporate and union cam-
paign ads after the nation's highest court called
a ban unconstitutional is unclear.
And in the middle of it all are voters, the
people whose opinions the new spending will
seek to influence.
The court seemed to agree with the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce's contention that vot-
ers want more election ads and that they are
craving the viewpoints and information that
will be presented in them.
But if the country's experience in the years
before the McCain-Feingold law, when cor-
porations and unions poured millions of dol-
lars into election-time ads that targeted can-
didates but stopped short of calling for their
election or defeat, is any indication, much of
the new ad spending will likely be aimed at
turning voters against a particular candidate,
rather than urging them to vote for one.
That may please voters who do not like the
candidate anyway, but it could turn off some
voters so much that they tune out. Getting
key voting blocs to stay home on Election
Day can be as important as getting voters to
turn out.
The ruling leaves intact major parts of a
hard-won 2002 campaign finance law, but it is
unclear what will happen with those in coming
The Republican National Committee is
challenging one of the law's pillars, a ban on
corporate and union donations to political
(This article was written by Sharon
Theimer of the Associated Press).

The insurance

industry needs a

level playing field

EDITOR, The Tribune.
WE REFER to a letter
that appeared in your news-
paper on Monday, January
18, 2010 concerning compe-
tition in the insurance indus-
try and the insurance regu-
lator's role.
We, the members of the
Bahamas Insurance Brokers
Association (BIBA), are also
concerned. Insurance brokers
act in the best interest of
their clients. Both brokers
and agents are paid commis-
sion by the insurance com-
pany. This commission is an
acquisition and servicing cost
paid by the insurer and is
included in the premium.
Some insurers argue that this
cost is additional, but regard-
less of whether they pay an
agent or broker to perform
these functions, there is a
cost involved for acquiring
business and servicing it.
Insurance brokers are con-
sumer-orientated and offer
clients the available range of
products and suppliers with-
in the market. Tied agents on
the other hand generally put
the interest of their client sec-
ondary to that of the insurer
they represent. Insurance
brokers work on behalf of
their clients by negotiating
rates and coverage, ensuring
that at renewal they get the
best possible deal, fighting
for their clients when it
comes to claims or adminis-
trative matters, and ensuring
that the promises that insur-
ers make are fulfilled. We
advocate for client's rights
using our knowledge, expe-
rience and the leverage of
our market relationships.
The 2005 Insurance Act
stipulates that an insurance
intermediary must be used
for the negotiation and pur-
chase of insurance. Since this
law was enacted many of the
large insurance firms have
been creating their own inter-
mediaries by forming their
own insurance brokerages
and agent firms or hiring
licensed salespersons. Clear-
ly their prime purpose is to
take over and control the dis-
tribution chain. They have
been offering incentives to
consumers to purchase their
coverage through these
seemingly "independent
"operations or through their
employed "salespersons" by
offering coverage at reduced
rates. If this practice contin-
ues unchecked the outcome
will be to the detriment of
insurance brokers and ulti-
mately the insuring public.
When suppliers and distribu-

tors share the same bed the
likely outcome will be higher
insurance premiums and car-
tel-style market manipula-
The Bahamas risks ending
up with a system whereby the
public can buy insurance only
from insurance intermedi-
aries 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.
We have been meeting
with the regulators and mem-
bers of government for over
10 years in order to gain pro-
tection for the independent
broker. Many of the mem-
bers of BIBA are small inde-
pendent entities. However, it
is the large insurance com-
panies that drive the industry
with their power and influ-
ence that are looked upon
with favour and as a result

the decision makers turn a
blind eye and ear to what is
happening in our Industry.
Insurance Brokers in our
market play a key role in
providing the eyes and ears
for our regulators. Con-
sumers are not aware of the
amount of time and effort
that brokers commit to
reporting to regulators uneth-
ical practices that we come
across daily. Our hope is that
we Bahamians do not lose
sight of the lessons recently
learned, (i.e. lack of regula-
tion and oversight in the US
banking industry leading to
unethical lending and over-
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. We
are concerned that if market
dominance by a handful of
insurers continues, the insur-
ing public will be faced with
less choice, resulting in high-
er premiums.
Member Companies of
The Bahamas Insurance Bro-
kers Association (BIBA).
January 21, 2010.

Joggers on West Bay Street
EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT CONTINUES to amaze me just how inconsiderate certain
joggers are who jog in the road of West Bay Street running into
the east bound traffic.
There has been a side-walk on the south side of West Bay for
years but these four-ladies seem hell-bent to try to get injured
or worse still cause a serious accident as early in the mornings,
especially in winter, the sun shines direct into the driver's eyes
driving east.
Well now the north side is having a sidewalk added but you
think these inconsiderate people want to use it - hell no they
continue to run in the road.
Many letters have been published concerning the using of
West Bay from Arawak Cay west for walk-a-thons and no one
seems to understand soon someone is going to get hurt, if not
Walk-a-thons should be held at Clifford Park, Oakes Field
Sports Centre, and never on the public roads even where there
are sidewalks.
Possibly the new police management team can see the logic
and stop this practice?
To the ladies who jog in the road on West Bay - stop
putting your lives and the driving public's in danger.
January 16, 2010.


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.



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Canadian radio puts the

Bahamas in the spotlight

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas has been the
hot topic on Canadian airwaves
for the past two weeks, as 21
visiting radio stations conduct-
ed live broadcasts from Nassau.
Sandals Resorts sponsored
the promotion, selecting sta-
tions from across Canada to
spend one week in the
Bahamas at their all-inclusive
Sandals Royal Bahamian
Resort and Spa.
The radio hosts woke up as
early as 3am to broadcast live
to Canada on location from the
Bahamas. Hotel representatives
and tourism officials were fea-
tured guests on the programme.
This week, the likes of Butch
Stewart, founder of Sandals
Resorts, and Vernice Walkine,
Director General of Tourism,
took the spotlight on air.
The promotion is in its third
year, previously being con-
ducted across Jamaica. This is
the first year in the Bahamas.
"We wanted to spread the
promotion around the Sandals
family. Many stations we
worked with before we want-
ed to show them Bahamian
hospitality. The objective is to
promote the destination first
and the resort second, to
expose Canadian listeners on

SANDALS ROYAL BAHAMIAN'S weddings manager Antoinette Neely
being interviewed by the radio station 91.5 CKPR from Thunder Bay,

the Bahamas, to show them
how easy it is to get to the
Bahamas," said Tracy McCann,
account manager of Coastal
International, the Canadian-
based public relations firm for
Ms McCann highlighted the
fact that direct flights to the
Bahamas originate in several
Canadian cities - Toronto,
Montreal, Calgary - and some
flights are only 3.5 hours long.
"Feedback from stations has
been fantastic. They are coming
from minus temperatures in
Canada, excited to be in the
Bahamas to experience the cui-
sine, culture and hospitality of

THE revised Planning and Subdivision legis-
lation was passed in the House of Assembly on
The Bill moves onto the Senate and is expect-
ed to be implemented by July 1.
The revamped Bill takes account of the
numerous comments and criticisms which came
after the government introduced the original
version of the legislation to Parliament last year.
The Bill aims to improve the structure and
administration of the Town Planning Committee
and the Department of Physical Planning. The
legislation also will create stricter rules for the
town planning.
During the debate on the legislation, Minister
of Environment Earl Deveaux heralded the Bill
as a significant piece of legislation that could
lead to the country's further development.

the people," said Ms McCann.
Promotional airtime for the
Bahamas destination is extend-
ed beyond the two week peri-
od, because stations give away
free trips to the Bahamas on a
weekly basis for as many as six
consecutive weeks.
Some stations conduct the
weekly promotion prior to their
week of on-location broadcasts,
some stations conduct the pro-
motion after. Many of the sta-
tions target the demographic
group, women, ages 25 to 50
"We give away trips when we
get back. A lot of people want
to win them. They listen to
win," said Jack Peets, morning

The Marathon MP also told Parliament that
the Bill requires an Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA), among other things, where
a development is of a certain size or built in an
environmentally sensitive location.
Golden Isles MP Charles Maynard said the
Bill could raise the cost of real estate but said the
benefits that homeowners will get in the long-
term outweigh those concerns.
He stressed that real estate buyers would be
better off with structures built to the stringent
guidelines set out in the new Bill, while praising
the legislation as the most important law he has
seen before Parliament.
Opposition members of Parliament, those in
the legal sector and the Bahamas Real Estate
Association among others, had found fault with
the legislation when it was first introduced.

show co-host at 105.7 Niagara's
EZ Rock, a popular station in
the Niagara region, with
485,000 listeners in Canada.
The qualifying round for the
Bahamas vacation giveaway
begins on Monday on their sta-
Star 98.3 travelled this week
with four winning couples dur-
ing their Bahamas vacation
giveaway and three staff mem-
Lisa Stevens, morning show
host with Star said: "We are
thoroughly enjoying our time
in the Bahamas, ourselves and
our winners. It has been beau-
tiful and sunny. We felt very
comfortable just wondering
about seeing everything that
Nassau has to offer."
The teams of 11 stations vis-
iting this week were treated to a
trip to Great Exuma to visit the
newly renovated Sandals Emer-
ald Bay. Most of the stations
flew coach on Western Air. Ms
Stevens and her co-host Scott
Riley flew over on the Stewart
family private jet because their
late radio broadcast made them
miss the scheduled flight.
"(After interviewing Butch
Stewart) we made the comment
that we were sad we could not
go to the resort, so he said we
could not come all this way and
not visit Great Exuma, he
would get us over there," said
Ms Stevens. They were taxied
over by private jet to meet the
"Great Exuma was beauti-
ful. I was struck by how green it
was and how quiet it was, hav-
ing just a small number of
inhabitants," she said. Star 98.3
has one more trip to give away.
The winner has a choice of
eight Sandals properties to
choose from, including the two
in the Bahamas.







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EFG International
EFG International is a global private banking group headquartered in
Switzerland, offering private banking and asset management services.
EFG International's private banking businesses currently operate in 55
locations in over 30 countries, with circa 2,400 employees.

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd. has over 40 experienced
professionals and offers a full range of solutions for wealthy clients
around the globe. EFG's unique corporate culture attracts the most
entrepreneurial and most experienced professionals in the industry.
To learn more, please

We are looking for a professional with business experience dealing
with high net worth clients and companies. Specifically, we require
a professional fluent in French, English and Spanish to deal with
the existing client base. The candidate must possess knowledge of
administrative frontline duties, follow up on trade executions, deal
with telephone enquiries, prepare client visits, organize business
travel, the ability to monitor profit centre costs and retrocession
payments. The interview will be conducted in French.

Preference will be given to a candidate with a university or college
degree. Computer literacy is required with proficiency in Microsoft
Office suite of products.

EFG offers an attractive compensation plan that includes salary,
bonus and benefits. Salary will be determined by experience, and

Only qualified professionals should submit applications by 27th
January 2010 to:

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd
Human Resources
Centre of Commerce, 2nd Floor
1 Bay Street
P.O. Box SS 6289
Nassau, The Bahamas
Fax (242) 502-5487

Candidates must have the following competencies and qualifications:
* Personally demonstrate a commitment to guest service in responding
promptly to guests' needs and ensures hotel standards and services
contribute to the delivery of consistent guest service. Also approaching
all encounters with guests and employees in a friendly, service-oriented
* Ensure that all guest rooms, public areas and back of the house work
areas meet the established standards of cleanliness to assure guest
satisfaction and maximize revenue.
* Provide guests with professional, efficient, prompt and courteous
service and ensures all rooms have been assigned and serviced each day.
* Supervise, train, support, coach, monitor and provide performance
feedback to ensure maximum efficiency of room attendants, housemen
and public area attendants;
* Responsible for clear and effective communication between
housekeeping and other departments.
* Administrative functions such as assigning staff to specific duties and
tasks, scheduling, reports, disciplinary issues and implementing
housekeeping operations policies and procedures.
* Fill in for staff where necessary.
* Report all work orders to engineering/maintenance advising of any and
all problems needing repairs.
* Create a courteous friendly, professional, work environment through
open line of communication.
* Ensure compliance with safety and sanitation standard.
* Utilizing the proper equipment and supplies for the efficient and
economical operation of the hotel.
* Other duties as required

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

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

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Fire breaks out in funeral home
AN electrical shortage at the Restview Mortuary caused
a fire to break out at the funeral home early Wednesday
While the building on Robinson and Soldier Roads
sustained some damage as a result of the fire, business con-
tinues as usual.
President of Restview Mortuary Keith McSweeney said:
"The high level of professionalism and quality service
remain. Family members and friends of the deceased
presently housed can be assured that this incident has
not affected the dignified state of their love ones."

Man who accidentally shot himself

during alleged robbery is charged

A MAN who accidental-
ly shot himself while
allegedly committing an
armed robbery was charged
in the Freeport Magistrate's
Court following his release
from hospital.
Marcus Bailey, a 32-
year-old resident of Piner-
idge Estates, was charged
before Magistrate Andrew
Forbes last week with
armed robbery, possession
of an unlicensed firearm
and ammunition, and
He was not required to
enter a plea to the armed
robbery charge, or firearm

and ammunition possession
charges, which are
indictable offences.
Bailey was not repre-
sented by counsel.
He told the Magistrate
that he is owner of a car
wash and did not have any
need to rob anyone. He
then asked the judge to be
lenient in giving him an ear-
lier adjourned date as he
had enemies at Fox Hill
Bailey was denied bail
and remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison until June
30 for a preliminary

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THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY'S Select Committee consists of Glenys Hanna-Martin, Loretta Butler-Turner, Obie Wilchcombe, Kenyatta
Gibson and Kwasi Thompson.

Select Committee investigating

school sex claims tables report

THE House of Assembly's Select
Committee investigating reports of sex-
ual molestation at Eight Mile Rock High
tabled its report in Parliament Wednes-
The committee is chaired by Engler-
ston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin and
includes the MP for Montagu Loretta
Butler-Turner, the MP for West End
and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe, the MP
for Kennedy Kenyatta Gibson, and the
MP for Pineridge Kwasi Thompson.
According to the committee's report
there appeared to be "l.ip,, " across the
board" that led to the ultimate escape of
the teacher involved with allegedly
molesting a number of students at Eight
Mile Rock High. This teacher, Andre
Birbal, is currently being held in the
United States and a request for his
extradition to the Bahamas has been
The report read: "The parents

involved all relayed a sense of profound
disappointment that there appeared to
be no apparent recourse. It is even more
disturbing that there were statements
in evidence that teachers, administra-
tors and staff were all aware of allega-
tions and failed to report it.


"It is critical that teachers and admin-
istrators receive continual training on
how to recognize signs of abuse. Wit-
nesses recommended that teachers
receive specific guidelines on appropri-
ate behaviour with students outside of
school hours, spelling out under what
circumstances they should spend time
away from school with a student and
what places are not appropriate to take
students outside of school hours."
In addition the report said that teach-

ers should be made aware of what are
appropriate gifts for students, includ-
ing cash, lunches, etc.
"It is important not to discourage the
vast majority of teachers who are gen-
uinely interested and concerned for their
students, but it must be a matter of pri-
ority to protect students from abuse
from those who wish to use this as a
tool for abuse," Mrs Hanna-Martin said.
Throughout the reading of the report,
Education Minister Desmond Bannis-
ter took copious notes and informed
The Tribune shortly afterwards that the
Ministry is very concerned about the
well being of every child in the
"We in the Ministry of Education
have a sacred responsibility to ensure
that they are given a safe environment
to learn in. That is a sacred trust that the
people have given us and we will do
everything to live up to that," he said.

Man arrested in connection

with attempted armed robbery

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - A 29-year-
old male suspect was arrest-
ed in connection with an
attempted armed robbery ear-
ly Tuesday morning.
According to reports, police
responded to an alarm at the
East Mall Service Station on
Settler's Way at around
2.26am on Tuesday.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey
reported that when the offi-
cers arrived at the establish-
ment, they spoke with an
While there, she said, the
officers saw a dark man inside

the shop section who was
pointed out as the culprit who
had attempted to rob the
establishment by covering his
head and face with a nylon
stocking and brandishing a
flare while demanding cash.
A 12 gauge shotgun was
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Mackey said the officers dis-
covered a chrome 12 gauge
shotgun inside.
They gave chase, but the
boys managed to evade arrest.
* Two men were charged
with housebreaking and steal-
ing in the Magistrate's Court
this week.
Dennis Deleveaux, 34, of
Lucaya, and Dunkington
Joseph, 21, of South Bahamia,
were arraigned in Court 3
before Deputy Chief Magis-
trate Helen Jones on Monday.
The accused were repre-
sented by Simeon Brown.

They pleaded not guilty to the
charges and were granted
$5,000 bail with sureties.
The matter was adjourned
to June 29.
Watson, 32, of Man-O-War
Circle, Freeport, was charged
on Monday before Magistrate
Andrew Forbes with posses-
sion of an unlicensed firearm
and ammunition.
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Attorney Simeon Brown. He
pleaded not guilty to the
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FROM page one Man claims he was beaten

when he was arrested and
"They intimidate me, threaten
me and say they ga buss my lying
ass," Mr Vildor said, claiming
he was assaulted by about eight
to 10 officers, including an
inspector and a sergeant.
According to Mr Vildor, the
officers pressured him to con-
fess to stealing a cellular phone
from a murder victim.
Mr Vildor explained the
alleged beatings, claiming he was
taken to a large room, marked
Investigation Office, and hand-
cuffed to a chair for hours. He
also claimed that while one offi-
cer gripped his legs, one would
hold his shoulders while another
officer placed a thick plastic bag
over his head to suffocate him.
He said he was struck in the
head with a police radio, hit with
brass knuckles, kicked, had a
chair pressed on his ribs and
choked several times until he
passed out.
"One would punch, one
would kick and they beat you in
the joints and stuff. And they
tell me things like 'Yeah don't
worry if we don't kill you, we ga
make the streets kill you or we
ga do things to you to cause your
body break down when you get
older,' " he claimed.
Throughout the alleged beat-
ings, Mr Vildor claimed the offi-
cers threatened to kill him and
drown him "in a mop bucket."
During one of the alleged
beatings, he said he was forced
to sign a statement he did not
give to police regarding a mur-
der investigation.
"I had to," said Mr Vildor,
when asked why he signed the
statement if it was not his own.
On top of the police brutality
claims, his lawyer Christina
Galanos, of Lockhart & Co,
claims that officers at CDU tried
to prevent her from seeing him
on Tuesday because of his
apparent bruises.
Ms Galanos claimed that
when she went to interview him
around 11 am, an officer report-
edly said she would have to wait
because Mr Vildor was still
being interviewed by an investi-
gating officer. During her more
than hour long wait, Ms Galanos
said she repeatedly asked to see
her client only to then be told
that she could not, and that the
investigating officer was not
Frustrated, she demanded to
see the officer-in-charge, Super-

intendent Leon Bethel, who she
said told an officer to take Ms
Galanos to her client, after wait-
ing almost two hours.
"I thought it was a clear case
of underhandedness, they did-
n't want to bring him out
because they knew he was look-
ing like that," said Ms Galanos,
pointing to her client's bruised
face. "And I waited for an hour
and when I spoke to the officer-
in-charge he had no clue what
was going on down there and he
was ashamed and he was sur-
prised. And he came to me and
he said he is trying to get rid of
the corrupt officers from the
front desk."
She claimed that the CDU has
a reputation of preventing
lawyers from seeing their clients,
a practice she says that has to
be stopped.
"When they tell lawyers they
can't see their client my experi-
ence is that they're telling you
that because they beat the man
and scars about their body that
they don't want you to see. It's
wrong and something has to be
When questioned about the
allegations, the new head of the
CDU, Superintendent Leon
Bethel, refused to comment
"Wherever and whenever an
allegation is made against any
police officer we allow the Com-
plaints and Corruption Unit to
investigate and if the complaint
is substantiated and there is evi-
dence to the charges, then, of
course, the officers are dealt with
either in the (police) department

or before open court," said Mr
When pressed about the sta-
tus of the officers accused of
beating Mr Vildor, Mr Bethel
would not comment. Nor would
he confirm or deny his reported
meeting with Ms Galanos.
"We have to allow the Com-
plaint and Corruption Unit to
carry out its duties without hin-
drance," he said.
Mr Vildor lodged a complaint
yesterday with the Complaints
and Corruption Unit.
The matter is under police

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FROM page one
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everyone involved," Diane
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Bahamian basketball players go

head-to-head in NAIA competition

Senior Sports Reporter
IN their two head-to-head
meetings so far this year, the
John Brown University Gold-
en Eagle and the University
of Science & Arts of Okla-
homa Lady Drovers split their
showdown between a couple
of Bahamian female basket-
ball players.
On Thursday night, the
Lady Drovers, featuring
Brooke Smith and Alicia
Musgrove, pulled off a 56-53
victory over the Golden
Eagle, featuring Staffica Bain,
at John Brown University.
It was revenge for USAO,
who were blown out by John
Brown University in their ini-
tial meeting this season on
December 5 in Oklahoma.
The two teams were play-
ing in a Sooner Athletic Con-
ference Game.
Another Bahamian Sime-
on Hinsey, who serves as the
Sports Information Director
for John Brown University,
said it was good to see the
Bahamian female players on
the court playing against each
"The NAIA is a tough lev-
el. A lot of people don't know
much about the NAIA, but
with COB competing in it, I
think it will get the word out
about the NAIA in the
Bahamas," Hinsey said.
"These three young ladies
are just doing their part to





by Golden


help spread that word."
Hinsey, a former JBU bas-
ketball player who graduated
with double majors in digital
media and broadcasting in
2002 before moving on to a
career in the media industry,
is in charge of dissimenating
the information to the media
and on the website about the
Golden Eagle.
While Bain has been hold-
ing her own on the court for
JBU, Hinsey said the Gold-
en Eagle also have two play-
ers on the men's roster in 6-5
senior Devaughn Jackson and
6-2 freshman Samuel John-
son, both forwards.
Additionally, Ramon Stra-
chan and Andrew Pratt also
attend JBU. While Pratt
played on the soccer team,
Strachan is an academic stu-
dent, who works on the SID
programme with Hinsey.

SEE page 11

THE THREE Bahamian female basketball players featured in the same game on Thursday night are from left: Lady Drovers' Alicia Mus-
grove, Golden Eagle's Staffica Bain and Lady Drovers' Brooke Smith.


* WHILE the New Providence Volleyball
Association women's best-of-five champi-
onship series will get started on Sunday at the
DW Davis Gymnasium, the men's series will
continue with game two this weekend.
The ladies series will be a rematch of last
year's finals between the defending champi-
ons Scottsdale Vixens taking on runners-up
Johnson's Lady Truckers.
They will play at 3:30 p.m.
That will be followed by the men's match-
up between the Scotiabank Defenders taking
on the National Fence Intruders. Game one
was played on Friday night.
* THE College of the Bahamas' Athletic
Department will hold try outs today from
noon to 6pm in search of talent for the Caribs
men and women's basketball and volleyball
Coaches will be looking for high school
student-athletes who have a good combina-
tion of academics and skills with a view of
offering financial aid for the 2010/11 acade-
mic year.
Interested 11th & 12th grade student-ath-
letes should attend.
* The sessions will be conducted as fol-
Noon - 1:30 p.m. - women's volleyball; 1:30
p.m. - 3 p.m. - men's volleyball; 3 - 4:30 p.m.
- women's basketball; 4:30 - 6 p.m. - men's
* AFTER a thrilling encounter between the
Buccaneers and Baillou last weekend at the
Winton Rugby Pitch, the Bahamas Rugby
Union is looking forward to another exciting
match today.
At 3 p.m., the Buccaneers will take on the
Cuckoos with the winner taking second place
in the standings in the race for the Bahamas
Cup. The Buccaneers are coming off a heart-
breaking loss to Baillou. The game was tied 17-
17 until the last minute when Baillou prevailed
with a penalty to secure the win and move
into first place.
* VETERAN coach John Todd will hold
the second week of his mini league basket-
ball camp at St. Augustine's College. The
camp will begin at 9 a.m to 11:30 a.m. for
youngsters 15 years and younger.
Bahamas Basketball Federation presi-
dent Lawrence Hepburn has endorsed

Todd's efforts, calling on parents who have
children interested in learning the game to
attend the camp.
"Coaching mini ball is coach Todd's pas-
sion, but he is gifted with dealing with
children and making them feel important
and also an outstanding teacher of the
fundamentals of the game of basketball,
makes me proud to recommend such a
camp to all parents," Mr Hepburn said.
"Many of us today owe our basketball
knowledge to coach Todd. So I want to
again appeal to all parents to please take
your children each Saturday at St Augus-
tine College and let them be trained by
one who knows to sport; how to correctly
teach and inspire children."
Hepburn said the BBF will continue to
share with the general public the camps
and coaches that can greatly benefit your
children, in addition to the programmes
soon to be offered by the BBF for the
improvement and expansion of basketball
in the country.
* THE Junior Baseball League of Nassau
will continue its regular season action today
at the St. Andrew's Field of Dreams.
* Here's a look at the games on tap:
11 a.m. Knights vs Grasshoppers; 1 p.m.
Raptors vs Sand Gnat; 3 p.m. Sidewinders vs
Blue Claws.
10 a.m. Diamondbacks vs Cubs; 12:30 p.m.
Padres vs Angels; 3 p.m. Athletics vs Pirates.
12:30 p.m. Royals vs Orioles; 3 p.m. Mets
vs Rockies.
3 p.m. Red Sox vs Brewers.
10 a.m. Reds vs Mariners.
10 a.m. Twins vs Rays; 12:30 p.m. Dodgers
vs Yankees.
3 p.m. Nationals vs Giants.
2 p.m. Phillies vs Tigers.
* THE Swift/Gunite Pools swim meet will
be staged today at the Betty Kelly Kenning
Aquatic Center. This the first meet for the
new year with many swimmers swimming in
new age groups and another chance to qual-
ify for international meets and the nationals
The meet is expected to run from 9am till
about 12.30pm PM.



Ministry of National Security

Police Complaints Inspectorate/or the Royal Bahamas Police Force

The Minister of National Security announced today that, as required by
the Police Force Act 2009, which came into force on 4 January 2010,a
five-member Police Complaints Inspectorate has been appointed.

The persons appointed to the Inspectorate are: Mr. Elliot Lockhart
(Attorney-at-Law), Father Mervyn "Buck" Johnson (Anglican Priest),
Mr. Cedric Saunders (Insurance Executive), Dr Sandra Dean Patterson
(Director of The Bahamas Crisis Centre), and Mr. Douglas Hanna
(former Superintendent of Police).

The Inspectorate is to review the investigation and determination of
complaints by the Royal Bahamas Police Force's Complaints and
Corruption Branch, and may give guidance to the Branch in this area.
It has the power to request from the Commissioner,' of Police, the
Complaints and Corruption Branch and others, information, documents or
things regarding a complaint.

The Inspectorate may call witnesses when it reviews complaints
made to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and taken up by the
Complaints and Corruption Branch. It will also review Reports of
the Complaints and Corruption Branch. The Inspectorate is also
required to periodically report to the Minister responsible for National
Security on the matter of complaints submitted to the Police Force.

According to the Police Force Act, one Member of Inspectorate is required to
be an Attorney-at-Law with at least ten (10) years standing, or a person who
has retired from the Police Force at the rank of Superintendent or above.

Government elected Officials, serving Officers of the Police Force,
an undischarged bankrupt, and persons convicted of an offense
involving dishonesty or moral turpitude are ineligible to serve
on the Inspectorate. Former Government elected officials and
former Officers of the Police Force may, however, serve on the
Inspectorate provided they have left Office for five (5) years or more.

The Inspectorate is expected to help to quicken the pace of work of
the Royal Bahamas Police Force's Complaints and Corruption Branch
in responding to matters brought before it by the general public.




Tour of Bahamas returns this weekend

Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER a year's break
because of the economic crisis,
the Tour of the Bahamas is
returning this weekend for the
sixth year with two of the top
names on the international
cycling circuit competing.
Americans Floyd Landis
and Grant Potter are among
the list of about 100 visiting
cyclists, who are in town to
compete in the two-day com-
petition around the western
end of the island.
The Tour of the Bahamas,
as dubbed by race organizer
Jeff Major, will get started
today with the first of a three-
race series that will conclude
on Sunday.
All of the activities will be
based around the Clifton Her-
itage Park.
"We're back on track, big-
ger and better than before,"
said Major, the proprietor of
Jeff's Auto Repair and Gold
Plating. "And this event looks
very exciting."
He noted that Holowesko
Partners Limited, headed by
Mark Holowesko, have
agreed to come on board as
the official sponsors, along
with the Ministry of Tourism.
Registration in the United
States closed at just over 90
competitors and there are a
few local competitors, who
expect to increase the partici-
pation to just over 100.
As for Landis and Potter,
Major said they are extremely
delighted that both of them
have consented to participate
because they bring a wealth
of experience to the Tour.
"Floyd is a renowned
cyclist, who had cycled in the
Tour de France and he is a
very good and strong rider
who teamed up with Lance
Armstrong," Major said.
"Now this year, he is a rid-
ing as a free agent, so this
gives him the opportunity to
come to the Bahamas and ride
with us. He was invited by our

Wilson c

Senior Sports Reporter

HIGH jump sensation
Jamal Wilson is now a member
of the University of Texas
Longhorn men's athletic team
in Austin, Texas.
Head coach Bubba Thorn-
ton made the announcement
today as he officially welcomed
the three-time National Junior
College Athletic Association
(NJCAA) All-American to his
"We're excited that Jamal
is a Longhorn," said Thornton.
"First, he is a great young man,
and second, he has the ability
to help our team.
"He's performed well in big
meets both on the collegiate
and international levels. Jamal
has a lot of physical tools and
we're looking forward to see-
ing what he can do during his
time at Texas."
Wilson, who competed for
Southwest Mississippi Com-
munity College during his first
two collegiate seasons with

sponsors, Holowesko Partners
Limited and it's a treat for our
Tour of the Bahamas to have
someone of his caliber come
here to compete."
Landis, 34, turned profes-
sional in 1999 with the Mer-
cury Cycling Team. In 2006,
he won the first edition of the
Tour of California before he
went on to finish first in the
2006 Tour de France.
An extensive hip injury has
plagued Landis' career, but he
has remained committed to
competing in the sport.
Potter, according to Major,

officiallyy j

sprinter Sheniqua 'Q' Fergu-
son and Krystal Bodie (both
now at Aunurn University),
joins the Longhorns with an
outdoor personal best of 7-3.75
(2.23m) and an indoor mark
of 6-11.75 (2.13m).
The Temple Christian
Academy standout capped his
two seasons at Southwest Mis-
sissippi by winning the 2009
NJCAA Outdoor High Jump
Championship with a mark of
6-10.75 (2.10m).
Wilson, 21, also earned All-
American honours both
indoors and outdoors as a
"I'm really excited to get
my career at Texas going,"
Wilson said. "I looked at a lot
of different schools but the
combination of athletics and
education at Texas was the
perfect fit for me.
"I'm looking forward to get-
ting to work with Mario (asso-
ciate head coach Mario Sateg-
na). He's coached a lot of great
athletes so I know he can help
take me to the next level."
Internationally, Wilson has
competed for the Bahamas

is the US Masters Time Trials
champion. Hailing from Flori-
da, Potter will be here as a
part of a four-member team
from his Team Motion club.
"We are delighted that he
and his team will be here,"
Major said. "I think he brings
another exciting dimension for
the Tour of the Bahamas."
Today, the circuit races will
begin at 8:30 a.m. with the All
Juniors, covering an 18-mile
race, followed by the men's
masters in a 30-mile race, the
same time that the men's cat-
egory 3-4 is staged and five

minutes before the women's
race gets underway.
At 11 a.m., the men's pro
1-2 categories will compete in
a 42-mile race.
Then at 3 p.m., all cate-
gories will compete in the indi-
vidual time trial.
On Sunday, the road races
will be held with the juniors
competing in a 24-miler, start-
ing at 8 a.m. While the Pro 1-
2 will ride a 105 mile course,
the men's masters and men's
categories 3-4 will do a 70-mile
event, all starting at 9:30 a.m.
There are a number of com-

petitors entered in the junior
categories, including Major's
son, Jay Major. Among those
competing in the men's cate-
gory are Barron 'Turbo' Mus-
grove and Tracy Sweeting.
Although he is not partici-
pating in the race, John Cox
will be assisting Major in
organising the event and he
said there is just as much
excitement off the course as
there will be on it.
"I think it should be a great
race," Cox said. "One of the
things that I look forward to is
to be able to expose the

Bahamas cycling scene to all
of these cyclists coming in.
"It seemed as if it's a whole
lot of them coming to see us,
but depending on where they
come from, they are exposed
to an unique scene and the
competition is also at a very
high level, which is also very
exciting for our cyclists."
Cox, however, is they are
just scratching the surface on
the sports tourism and he
hopes that they can continue
to generate the interest that
has been expressed by the vis-
iting cyclists.

oins Texas Longhorn team ahamianplayers
Io head-to-head in

since 2005. He was a member
of the World Youth and Pan
Am Junior Championship
teams that year. He went on
to win the high jump at the
CARIFTA Games for three
consecutive years (2005-07),
setting the under-20 meet
record of 7-2.50 (2.20m) in
Wilson also won the Pan
Am Junior Championships in
2007 with a mark of 6-11
(2.11m). He set his personal
best of 7-3.75 (2.23m) at the
NACAC Championships in
Toluca, Mexico in the summer
of 2008.
Before he left to enrol at
the University of Texas where
he intends to study business,
Wilon competed at the T-Fly-
ers Track Classic over the
weekend at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field Sta-
He finished with a leap of
2.08m or 6-9 3/4, but he felt he
should have at least cleared 7-
2 or higher. He is expected to
make his debut today at the
Texas A&M Dual Meet in
College Station, Texas.

Isner, Roddick only US

men left at Aussie Open

Andrew Brownbill/AP Photo
JOHN Isner of the United States returns to Gael Monfils of
France during their Men's singles third round match at the Aus-
tralian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Fri-
day, Jan. 22, 2010.

MELBOURNE, Australia
Associated Press

JOHN Isner is one of two
American men standing at the
Australian Open.
Isner advanced to the fourth
round along with Andy Rod-
dick. It's only the second time
the 24-year-old player has
gone that far at a Grand Slam.
Fresh off his first ATP title
win in Auckland this month,
the big-serving Isner defeated
12th-seeded Gael Monfils of
France 6-1,4-6,7-6 (4), 7-6 (5).
Until he defeated Roddick
in the third round at the U.S.
Open, Isner hadn't gotten
past the first round of his last
five majors. But his strong
performance at Melbourne
Park doesn't surprise him.
"I've worked hard in the
offseason, I put in the time,"
said Isner, ranked 28th. "I
kind of deserve to be where I
am now."
Andy Murray, who faces
Isner, said he may have the
best serve on the tour.

"He gives guys a lot of
problems," Murray said.
"He's 6-foot-9-inches with a
huge serve."
That serve and his aggres-
sive playing style boosted
Isner into the top 50 for the
first time in 2009 . He is
among the top American
men in the ATP rankings,
behind No. 7 Roddick and
ahead of No. 29 Sam Quer-
Roddick advanced with a
6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3) over
Feliciano Lopez of Spain
In September, Isner out-
played Roddick to reach the
fourth round of the U.S.
Open. He won a fifth-set
tiebreaker and finished with
38 aces.
He hasn't lost a match in
2010, and his success makes
him a candidate for the U.S.
Davis Cup team. Veterans
Roddick and James Blake
have decided not to play this
But his focus is on Murray,
who has not dropped a set in
the tournament.

It will be their first meet-
ing, and Isner noted Murray
was "good at everything."
"It's going to be a challenge
to hold serve," Isner said.
"That's going to be my No. 1
focus, first and foremost, is
holding serve, and taking it
from there. As long as I'm
doing that, I know I'll be in
the match."
Yet he doesn't seem wor-
ried at all, still riding the
momentum of his Auckland
"I know that's where my
ranking is going, and I'm
going to get there," said Isner,
who led Georgia to the 2007
NCAA team championship.
"After beating (Roddick),
there's nobody I'm scared to
play. If I play my game and I
play well, I like to think I can
beat anybody."
That includes Murray.
"Even though he hasn't
won a Slam, he's always a guy
that's going to be heard from,"
Isner said. "I think that's the
same here. Hopefully, I can
put an end to his run."

NAIA competition
FROM page nine

As for the female players,
Hinsey said he didn't get a
chance to talk to Smith or
Musgrove, but he noted that
Bain was really excited for
the rematch.
"We beat them the last
time, but they actually beat
us on the buzzer last night
(Thursday)," Hinsey point-
ed out. "Staffica wasn't too
pleased about it, but the girls
from USAO were quite
excited after the game."
In Thursday's win for the
Lady Drovers, Smith, a 5-11
forward in her junior year,
was just 1-for-8 from the field
and 1-for-2 from the free
throw line as she finished
with three points with three
rebounds in 15 minutes and
31 seconds of play as a
Musgrove, the 5-7 fresh-
man guard who came in after
leading the St. Augustine's
College Big Red Machines
to the senior girls basketball
title last year, didn't play.
Bain, on the other hand,
came off the bench and in
4:16 minutes of play, was
scoreless with just one
rebound for the Golden
Eagle. She is making a come-
back this year after sitting
out last year with a torn
ACL suffered during the
The Lady Drovers got a
last second three-pointer
from Courtney Brox to pull
off the win, giving coach Laci
Tompkins her 200th carrier
victory as a head coach.
In their previous meeting
on December 5, Bain scored
two points with a rebound in
12 minutes as the Golden
Eagle routed the Lady
Drovers 61-36.
Smith, shooting 4-for-6
from the field, finished with
nine points in 27 minutes and
Musgrvoe played two min-
utes, but came up scoreless.
The Golden Eagle, now 7-
12 and 3-8 in conference
play, will host Southern
Nazarene in the first of a
double header. The Golden
Eagle men's team with Jack-
son and Johnson will play
the late game against South-
ern Nazarene.
Meanwhile the Lady
Drovers will be on the road
to face Rogers State Uni-





FROM page one Bahamas plays leading
PnlR in iiCapihhfIan'.

lion in cash donations since the
earthquake struck Haiti last
"The Bahamas is working
closely with the Caribbean Dis-
aster Emergency Management
Agency (CDEMA). We are
working with CARICOM and
we have made our pledges to
CARICOM and our support,"
said Chrystal Glinton, first assis-
tant secretary, National Emer-
gency Management Agency
(NEMA). At Caricom's behest, a
forensic team from the Interna-
tional Criminal Police Organiza-
tion (Interpol) landed in Haiti
this week to assist with the iden-
tification of Haitians killed in the
This has been a primary con-
cern of the community, to bring
relief to family members looking
for their loved ones and to bring
some dignity to the deceased.
The Interpol team was
brought in by Caricom by acti-
vating a 2007 memorandum of
understanding signed by Inter-
pol and the Caricom Implemen-
tation Agency for Crime and
Security (IMPACS).
The memorandum of under-
standing was originally designed
to support security efforts for the
2007 Cricket World Cup hosted
by the region. It allows Caricom
to call on Interpol to use services
and skills not present, or suffi-
cient, within the community in
times of need.
Through the use of forensic
photography, DNA technology,
and other methods, the Interpol

MISS Elisa Pyfrom, 51,
of Eleuthera, died in hos-
pital in Aventura, Florida,
Thursday night after a
short illness.
Miss Pyfrom is the
daughter of Mr Eugene
Pyfrom and Mrs Barbara
Pyfrom of Nassau.

response to Haiti crisis

team will assist in the process of
identifying and documenting the
dead. Caricom Secretary-Gener-
al Edwin Carrington announced
yesterday that CDEMA, the
regional response coordinating
body, was focusing efforts on the
area of health, as the region had
immediate and substantive capac-
ity in that area. He said relief
efforts are being coordinated in
four phases: search and rescue,
emergency aid, recovery and
Mr Carrington said Caricom
was engaged in relief efforts from
day one, despite criticism of a
slow response, with a team from
Jamaica landing in Haiti on day
two of the quake aftermath.
Haiti Prime Minister Jean-
Max Bellerive, speaking to the
Caribbean Media Corporation
(CMC), which is a part of Cari-
com's Tactical Mission to Haiti,
said: "We are indeed grateful for
the quick response of the Cari-
com leaders to our plight. We
count on our friends of the Cari-
com to be our ambassadors, to
help us convince the world that
we need strong help."
Secretary-General Carrington
said the scale of assistance pro-
vided by Caricom would have to
be matched against the capacity
of the community.
To provide some perspective,
he pointed to the population of
combined states in the commu-
nity, excluding Haiti, as six mil-
lion, whereas the population of
Haiti alone is nine million.
While commending Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham on his
actions to provide temporary sta-
tus to Haitians detained in the
detention centre, Mr Carrington
said the general mood of region-
al leaders is sympathetic towards
the idea of accepting Haitian
nationals for protected status,
provided quantities are deter-
mined and the appropriate guide-
lines are established for each

FROM page one

Board states that it suspected a "legal con-
frontation" may arise between the Board -
which did not wish to license the Immuno-
Augumentative Treatment (IAT) Clinic in
Freeport as a cancer treatment facility
because it had no cancer specialists on staff
- and the controversial clinic.
In the report, prepared by Board Chair-
man Dr Kirkland Culmer, it is stated that
while the Board told the Clinic it was not of
the view that it could license it to operate as
a cancer treatment centre due to the lack of
oncologists on staff, the Clinic believed that
previous licenses it had received from the
Ministry of Finance and the Grand Bahama
Port Authority "entitled it to be licensed."
The report notes that an early 2009 meet-
ing with then Attorney General Michael
Barnett - now Sir Michael Barnett, Chief
Justice - for further advice on how to pro-
ceed in dealing with the clinic ended with
Mr Barnett promising to "get back to us as
soon as possible."
"We are still awaiting his advice," the
report stated. Messages left for Dr Culmer
yesterday seeking an update on what may
have transpired in this regard since July 2009

FROM page one

Right now those islands are
served by magistrates in New
Providence, and a magistrate in
Grand Bahama who go to the
islands for a period of time.
"This does not really solve the
problem for those persons in
those islands.
"The islands have a sufficient-
ly large population base which
can best be served by a having a
resident magistrate there full time,
but it means that there must be
persons wanting to do that and
who are capable, and that is a
problem that maybe solved
before the summer," Sir Michael
The Chief Justice also called
on lawyers to be better prepared
when they are scheduled to
appear before the court. He said
the court is often blamed for court
"I have discovered being chief
justice that a number of matters
that are scheduled for trial in
which lawyers and parties are not

Concerns over facility
were not returned up to press time.
According totthe Board, the IAT clinic
first applied to the HHCFLB in 2000 for
licenses to: research cancer treatment, pro-
duce protein extracts, provide professional
medical consultation, routine blood analysis
and supply prescription medication.
The Board determined it would give the
clinic a license that allowed it to do the last
three of those activities, as there were
licensed medical practitioners on the staff,
but not the first two.
"They were also informed that a license
for the research and treatment of cancer
could not be approved because there are no
oncologists (cancer specialists) on the staff.
"After several visits and inspections of the
facility it was obvious to the Board that the
IAT was set up for the primary reason of
treating patients with products manufactured
in the facility and administered by staff with
no special medical qualifications for treating
"The products manufactured were not
researched or tested in the usual manner,
and there is no way for the board to ascertain
the safety or effectiveness of these unortho-

"A lot of the delays lay at the
feet of lawyers and clients ought
to hold their lawyers account-
able," he said.
Sir Michael said that many
matters could be resolved amica-
bly outside the court if lawyers
talked to each other.
"Some things are obvious and
some lawyers could agree - they
know what the law is and what
the rules require - and so there
is no need sometimes to come to
court," he said.
"A lot of time could also be
saved if they prepare cases prop-
erly by putting in full submissions
so judges can read them as
opposed to hearing them run on
and hearing points three or four
"I have told colleagues here
that with a greater degree of
cooperation and professionalism
a lot of problems can be amelio-
rated if people did those things
that they were trained to do," Sir
Michael said.

dox treatments," said the Board.
It is not clear if the Clinic is in fact pro-
ceeding with offering its "unorthodox" can-
cer treatment.
The IAT Clinic's website touts the benefits
of IAT treatment, stating that the Immuno-
Augmentative treatment has as its primary
objective "restoring the cancer patient's
immune competency to a level by which it
can control cancer."
"IAT is not represented as a cure for can-
cer, but rather a means of restoring the sys-
tem's natural balance. The restoration of the
natural immune system allows the patient's
own body to treat itself. The resulting
changes can significantly extend the lives of
people with cancer, as borne out by clinic
records maintained since 1977," it states.
The clinic was set up by researcher Dr
Lawrence Burton. Following Dr Burton's
death in 1993, the clinic continued to operate
and is now run by licensed physician Dr John
The clinic's profile was last raised in 2004
when the Ministry of Health ordered Dr
Clement to stop engaging in what was alleged
to be unauthorised stem cell research using
cells that were being collected from umbili-
cal cord blood of mothers giving birth at the
Rand Memorial Hospital.

FROM page one Severe

It is projected that The
Bahamas may get up to
three more Category 4 and 5
storms per decade.
Overall, Tom Knutson, a
co-author of the study, said
scientists project the net
effect of the changes will be
to increase property damage
by thirty per cent, according
to the Bloomberg news
Climatologists have long
projected that climate
change will impact the num-
ber and intensity of hurri-
canes, with warmer water
more favourable to hurri-
cane formation.
A new modelling
approach in this latest study
is said to have allowed the
authors to come to their
more specific conclusions
about the likely frequency
and intensity of those extra
They say storms rated four

or five on commonly-used
five-step Saffir-Simpson
scale, with winds of at least
131 miles an hour, are pro-
jected to become more com-
mon in the second half of the
century. Putting this in per-
spective, Hurricane Katrina,
which wrought havoc on
New Orleans in 2005, was a
Category three hurricane.
The research published
shows that an area northeast
of Cuba and east of Florida
that includes The Bahamas
could experience the great-
est escalation.
The scientists conducting
the study based their out-
comes on the presumption
that global warming will
cause sea temperatures to
rise by 1.7 celsius or 3.1
degrees fahrenheit in the
next 80 years.


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