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reports of
vessels heading
for Bahamas
spark fears

Tribune Staff Reporter
of Haitian boats heading for
the Bahamas caused panic
throughout the community last
night, inciting fears that a mass
exodus from the earthquake
devastated country had start-
The phone lines on radio talk
shows were jammed with
reports of boats loaded with
Haitian refugees making their
way towards the Bahamas.
Two were said to be in the
South Beach area, and five
were rumoured to have been
spotted in Inagua.
However, these reports were
denied by the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force who said the
agency found no evidence to
support the claims. And accord-
ing to a defence force officer
stationed in Mathew Town,
Inagua there were no reported
sightings or landings of Hait-
ian boats in recent days.
"We haven't had any today
and we didn't receive any infor-
mation about any," said the
officer, who did not want to be
named. "We have defence force
vessels over here but we didn't
even get a call or anything
about Haitian vessels."
The officer said the Inagua
base got reports last week of
"six to eight" Haitian boats in
the area. However, defence
force officers spent a whole day
searching and found no evi-
As for the reported sighting
in Nassau, a caller told The Tri-
bune she saw vessels drifting
towards the shore near Blue
SEE page three

skies near Anatol
Rodgers High School
yesterday as firefight-
ers struggled to put
out a massive blaze of
burning cars and other
According to offi-
cials at the school, no
one on the campus
was affected by the
blaze as the winds had
fortunately blown the
smoke to the south of
the school.

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Telethon for Haiti
quake victims raises
almost $100,000
on its first night
THE national telethon
fundraising event for victims
of the Haiti earthquake raised
almost $100,000 on its first
Help Us Help Haiti, which
was organised by the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce and Rotary, was aired
simultaneously on ZNS, JCN
and Cable 12 from the
telethon's headquarters at the
British Colonial Hilton from
8pm tol0pm on Monday.
A second event was held
last night at the Hilton and
Arawak Cay where a concert
featuring top names was aired
live to the nation.
Monday's telethon was
hosted by The Tribune's
online editor Jessica Robert-
son, who said: "This is the first
time we've had, from a tech-
nical point of view, so many
SEE page eight

Illegal Haitian immigrants
get six months in prison

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORTY-NINE illegal Hait-
ian immigrants were charged
in Magistrate's Court with ille-
gally landing in the country and
sentenced to six months in
They were part of the group
of more than 50 Haitian immi-

grants captured near Adelaide
on Monday night after their
sloop ran aground. Immigra-
tion officials said most of the
immigrants apprehended on
Monday told officers they
emanated from Haiti's capital
city Port-au-Prince, which was
destroyed about two weeks ago
SEE page three

I * *FN claimintreec

THE mud slinging between the PLP and
the FNM for the Elizabeth constituency
has already started with both sides claiming
that the other is attempting to interfere
with their by-election campaigns.
Yesterday, the PLP issued a statement
claiming the FNM had attempted to use
"operatives" to disrupt former Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie's speech at their con-
stituency office opening on Monday night.
During Mr Christie's speech, a flatbed
truck with large speakers attached to it
drove past the PLP rally blasting its music
in an attempt, it is claimed, to distract from
SEE page 11

Perry Christie
was speaking
when a truck with
speakers drove by.

BUT president
criticises ministry
over child sex
claims investigation
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE president of the
Bahamas Union of Teachers
last night criticised the Min-
istry of Education for "fail-
ing" to follow proper proce-
dure during its investigation
into child sex abuse claims in
Belinda Wilson claims the
Ministry did not consult with
the union prior to introduc-
ing a massive shake-up in the
island's school system.
She also said she failed to
see the basis on which the
decision was made to move
Parents kept their children
away from North Eleuthera
High School for a second day
yesterday to protest the Min-
istry of Education's decision
to transfer its principal and
vice principal to other schools
SEE page eight








Panic over

'Haitian boats'

FROM page one

Hill Road south.
"It looks like two Haitian
vessels on the horizon in the
distance and they've been
out here for a while," said
the caller.
RBDF Senior Lieutenant
Sonia Miller said a team was
dispatched yesterday to
investigate the claim.
"We have a team investi-
gating. We have sent a vessel
out and sent a team of
marines in vehicles to inves-
tigate that but there's no
confirmation on that."
Aside from the apprehen-
sion of 51 Haitians believed
to be on board a sloop that
landed Monday night in the
Adelaide area, there were no
confirmed reports of addi-
tional vessels in our waters.
Ms Miller added: "All
sightings that were reported
have been thoroughly inves-
Although the RBDF has
beefed up patrols, Ms Miller
conceded that wooden sloops
were not easily detectable on
radar, making it possible for
them to slip by undetected.
"It is difficult to pick up a
wooden sloop on a radar
especially if you have rough
seas. We do depend on radar
to a certain extent but the
possibility does exist where a
vessel won't be picked up by
a radar," she said.
Yesterday, Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell demanded an
explanation from the Gov-
ernment "about the reported
incursion" of Haitians into
New Providence.
"The reports that are cir-
culating say the numbers are
larger than what has
appeared in the press. The
Government must say what
the full numbers are, how
many were interdicted and
why they were able to make
their way to Coral Harbour
without detection."
The massive earthquake
which levelled Haiti's capi-
tal city earlier this month
also partially destroyed the
island's prison, leaving an
estimated 4,000 prisoners
unaccounted for. With this
in mind, Mr Mitchell stressed
that the Government must
divulge the security implica-
tions of a feared influx.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham recently said he
did not fear an influx of
Haitian immigrants because
the majority of illegal Hait-
ian immigrants into this
country come from north-
ern Haiti, not Port-au-
Immigration officials had
initially expected Haitians
fleeing the quake damage to
converge on Inagua, about
70 miles from Haiti.
Lt Commander Chris
O'Neil, of the US Coast
Guard, told The Tribune
there has been no move-
ment of Haitian migrants
into the US since the quake.
"None has been interdict-
ed and I'm not aware of any
departures that we are
tracking," he said, adding
that the Coast Guard has a
heavy presence in Haitian


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Viktor Kozeny scores a


Tribune Staff Reporter

CZECH born financier Viktor
Kozeny scored a major victory in
his extradition battle yesterday as
the Court of Appeal upheld a
judge's decision on a habeas corpus
Kozeny, 46, who has been resid-
ing in the Bahamas since 1995, is
wanted by US authorities to face
charges of bribery and money
laundering. Kozeny is accused of
being the driving force behind a
multi-million dollar bribery
scheme which sought to corrupt
Azerbaijan officials in the early
90s. US officials allege that Kozeny
bribed senior government officials
of the former Soviet republic of
Azerbaijan with millions of dol-
lars in an effort to gain an unfair
advantage during the privatization
of the state-owned oil company
SOCAR held all of the country's
substantial deposits of oil and gas
reserves as well as its facilities for
oil exploration, production and
refining. Kozeny was arrested at
his Lyford Cay residence in Octo-
ber 2005 and was held at Her
Majesty's Prison until 2007.
Magistrate Carolita Bethell had
approved Kozeny's extradition,

in extradition battle

Judge's decision on habeas

corpus application upheld

however his attorneys subse-
quently brought a habeas corpus
application before Senior Justice
Jon Isaacs who set aside Magis-
trate Bethell's order that Kozeny
be committed into custody.
Kozeny was released on $300,000
bail by Senior Justice Isaacs in
The judge had cited that the
offences for which US authorities
sought his extradition were not
extraditable offences and found
that there had been an abuse of
process because US authorities had
failed to disclose certain material
Prosecutors had filed an appeal
against the judge's order on the
habeas corpus application.
A judgment delivered by Justice
Hartman Longley dismissed all six
grounds of appeal by the Attor-
ney General's Office and the US
government against the decision
of Senior Justice Isaacs.
One of the points the appellants
had argued was that Senior Jus-
tice Isaacs was wrong to hold that
US authorities had acted in bad

faith and were guilty of an abuse of
process. Justice Longley noted
there had been ample information
before the court, particularly as it
related to "the failure of the US
government to disclose certain per-
tinent information in law and fact
that gave rise to bad faith and an
abuse of process."

"The extradition process,
because it involves the deprava-
tion of liberty, requires the exer-
cise of good faith on the part of
the requesting state and that must
mean that it has a duty to disclose
in a timely manner and with its
request if the information is known
at that time, any information that
would not only be adverse to its
request but would inform a pru-
dent court in the exercise of its
function that might lead to a rele-
vant trial of inquiry. "Whether the
failure to comply with its obliga-
tion in any particular case is bad
faith depends on all circumstances

of the case.
"There certainly was material
before the learned judge to reach
the conclusion which he did and I
see no reason to interfere with that
decision," Justice Longley stated
in the judgment.
When asked whether prosecu-
tors would appeal the appellate
court's decision, Assistant Director
of Public Prosecutions Franklyn
Williams said, "We would have to
take the matter under advisement
and decide what to do."

Illegal Haitian immigrants get six months in prison

FROM page one
by a 7.0 earthquake.
"A number of them were
before the Magistrate's Court
and charged with illegal entry
and convicted. And they will be
either sent to the Detention Cen-
tre or Fox Hill prison depending
on (space) availability and other
considerations," Deputy Prime
Minister and Immigration Min-
ister Brent Symonette told The
Tribune last night.
This he said was in keeping
with Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's recent announce-
ment that new Haitian immi-
grant arrivals would be charged
before the courts, so that the
country could detain them for
longer periods of time. Repatri-
ation exercises into Haiti have
been suspended as the island's
airports are only receiving emer-
gency aid and relief flights.
There were reportedly three
children - including a six-
month-old infant - in the group
of apprehended immigrants.
Mr Symonette said every
effort is being made to ensure
that the children are not sepa-
rated from their mothers and not
incarcerated for an extended
The convicted immigrants
were sentenced to six months
imprisonment, said Mr Symon-
ette, but their stay will be deter-
mined by the events in earth-
quake ravaged Haiti.
"As the situation improves
in Haiti we'll be able to consider
repatriation, depending on the
situation in Haiti," he said.
Earlier yesterday, Mr Symon-
ette told reporters outside Cab-
inet that the detainees caught
Monday would "more than like-
ly be released."
However his junior minister,
Branville McCartney contra-
dicted him, telling the press that
the group would be charged,

Disaster in


according to the prime minis-
ter's mandate.
According to the Department
of Immigration, most of the
Haitians apprehended came
from Port-au-Prince.
"We have interviewed these
persons and yes they are saying
that they are from Port-au-
Prince and one or two other
locations," Director of Immi-
gration Jack Thompson told the
media last night.
This revelation contradicts
recent statements by Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham, who had
earlier downplayed fears of an
influx from Haiti because of the
quake. The prime minister ear-
lier said that most Haitian immi-
grants who enter our shores ille-
gally come from northern Haiti
and not Port-au-Prince.
Around 5pm on Monday, the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
received a tip that migrants
believed to be on board a 35 to
45 foot wooden sloop had land-
ed in the Adelaide area.
Although a reported 51 to 56
immigrants were caught, it is
unknown how many may have
Their capture came a little
more than a week after the
prime minister ordered the
release of the 102 Haitian

detainees who were due to be
repatriated, sparking strong
objections from critics who fear
the decision would attract asy-
lum seeking Haitians desperate
to escape the crisis in their coun-
Supporters heralded the deci-
sion as a humanitarian gesture in
the wake of the quake.
The immigrants were grant-
ed temporary status with a stip-
ulation that they report to Immi-
gration officials in three months.
Their status is expected to last six
months but will ultimately
depend on conditions in Haiti.
Monday's group was the first
batch of illegal Haitian immi-
grants to be apprehended for the
Although The Tribune
received reports of two Haitian
sloop sightings off southern New
Providence yesterday, the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force said the
reports have not been con-
"We have sent a vessel out
and sent a team of marines in
vehicles to investigate that, but
there's no confirmation on that,"
said Senior Lt Sonia Miller.

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Join hands in brotherly love

WHILE CONCERNED citizens gave up
two evenings this week to conduct a nation-
al telethon to raise funds for the victims of
Haiti's earthquake, scare mongers were busi-
ly spreading rumours of a Haitian invasion.
"The Haitians are coming!" rang over
the airwaves yesterday as Bahamians, who
claimed to have spotted "something" on the
horizon, kept Defence Force, Immigration
officers and the police busy chasing rumours
that by the end of the day had turned into
It was reported that a sloop filled with
hungry migrants had landed in Mathew
Town, Inagua. Inagua's Defence Force base
there had spotted nothing, although the main
objective of the base, located on our most
southerly island - only 70 miles off Haiti -
is to patrol these waters for such landings.
However, a vessel went in search of the
rumoured ship. It turned up nothing.
Of course, the US Coast Guard is con-
stantly patrolling these waters to prevent
any immigrants infiltrating the US. And so,
with both the Bahamas and the US on
patrol, it is unlikely that many boats will get
However, one did on Monday night when
it went aground off Adelaide. It is uncer-
tain how many immigrants it was carrying,
but in the magistrate's court yesterday morn-
ing 49 of them were charged with illegal
landing, and sentenced to six months in
Depending on space the immigrants will
be held either in Fox Hill prison or
Carmichael Road Detention Centre.
Although most illegal immigrants launch
their rickety boats for the Bahamas from
Haiti's northern shores, Monday's group
admits to arriving from Haiti's destroyed
capital, Port-au-Prince. News of Tuesday's
imprisonment might deter others from fol-
The Americans are broadcasting to the
Haitian people both the dangers of taking to
the high seas and the fact that they will be
sent to prison if they land in the US. It is
hoped that the Bahamas is also using the
airwaves to broadcast the same message.
Meantime, more civic-minded Bahami-
ans, realising that to help Haiti is to help
the Bahamas, raised almost $100,000 Mon-
day night, and were about it again last night
to try to get enough to send substantial aid to
They realise that it is best to join those try-
ing to rebuild Haiti and to help give the dis-
heartened Haitians an incentive to stay at

home and be part of the reconstruction.
This is a preferable choice to trying to
start a new life in the Bahamas, where, in
many areas, they will meet with hostility.
"Help us Help Haiti" - and therefore,
the Bahamas - should be the rallying cry of
all Bahamians. Bahamians should spend
more time assisting in this humanitarian
effort rather than fuelling rumours that
unfairly target Haitians.
The Chamber of Commerce and Rotary
are raising money to purchase medication
and medical equipment for Haiti.
"This is the first time we've had, from a
technical point of view, so many different
companies working as a single team. That
alone made it a successful event," com-
mented The Tribune's online editor Jessica
Robertson, who hosted Monday night's
Begging for compassion and understand-
ing, a Haitian woman, married to a Bahami-
an, yesterday pleaded for Bahamians to
show sympathy for their Haitian brothers. It
is time for everyone to put their hands
together in prayer, she said. "Today is our
time, but tomorrow is another time. If you
are a human being you should feel. We are
neighbours," she said.
Special consideration should be given to
the three children and six-month-infant who
were among those whose boat ran aground
off Adelaide Monday night. Their safe haven
should be neither the prison nor the Deten-
tion Centre.
And for those who would think other-
wise, when you tuck your precious child into
bed tonight think of almost a million
orphaned children in Haiti who have
nowhere to go, no family, nothing - many
don't even know their names.
Think of little "Sebastian", only a week
old when he was taken from the arms of his
dead mother. An aid worker named him,
but from there no one knows what to do
with him.
Think of all these children with no names,
no family, sitting lost, staring at nothing in
particular, mute, aged beyond their years.
And then see yourselves, no matter how
mean your lot in life, remember it is a hun-
dred times better than theirs - at least you
know who you are, and where you are -
and if your heart doesn't melt with compas-
sion for these little nameless ones, then you
are less than human.
As the Haitian-Bahamian lady said, this is
a time that hands should be joined in broth-
erly love, not in hateful condemnation.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Bahamas has come to
the crossroads where the old
gate post has been
We have sunken to dis-
turbing depths. Our social
fibre is eroding even as we
speak. The respect we had
for each other and our prop-
erties is dwindling rapidly.
The notable Bill Cosby
very succinctly put it that we
are in the various positions
we are in because we caused
it ourselves.
I would like to share this
with my fellow Bahamians.
The Reverend Jesse Jack-
son almost never gets
upstaged and I had never
seen the Reverend Jesse
Louis Jackson cry in public
until last month.
Jackson invited Bill Cosby
to the annual
Rainbow/PUSH conference
for a conversation about the
controversial remarks the
entertainer offered on May
17 at an NAACP dinner in
Washington, D.C. when
America's Jell-O Man shook
things up by arguing that
African Americans were
betraying the legacy of civil
rights victories.
Cosby said "the lower
economic people are not
holding up their end in this
deal. These people are not
parenting. They are buying
things for their kids...$500
sneakers for what? But they
won't spend $200 for
Hooked on Phonics!' Bill
Cosby came to town and
upstaged the reverend by
going on the offensive
instead of defending his ear-
lier remarks.
Thursday morning, Cos-
by showed no signs of
repenting as he strode across
the stage at the Sheraton
Hotel ballroom before a
standing room only crowd.
Sporting a natty gold
sports coat and dark glasses,
he proceeded to unload a
Laundry list of black Amer-
ica's self-imposed ills.
The iconic actor and
comedian kidded that he
couldn't compete with the
oratory of the Reverend but
he preached circles around
Jackson in their nearly hour-
long conversation, deliver-

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all jumped to their feet in
ovation. We have shed tears
too many times, at too many
0 watershed moments before,
while the hopes they
inspired have fallen by the
illy frank one-liners wayside. Not this time!
toughest of love. Cosby's plea to parents:
enemy, he argues, is "Before you get to the point
re is a time, ladies where you say 'I can't do
tlemen, when we nothing with them,' do
turn the mirror something with them."
" Cosby acknowl- Teach our children to speak
e wasn't critiquing English. There's no such
ks, just the 50 per thing as "talking white".
African Americans When the teacher calls,
lower economic show up at the school.
urhood who drop When the idiot box starts
hool, and the alarm- spewing profane rap videos;
portions of black turn it off. Refrain from
prison and black cursing around the kids.
mothers. Teach our boys that
costly black crowd women should be cherished,
J him with choruses not raped and demeaned.
i. To the critics who Tell them that education is a
unproductive to air prize we won with blood and
'laundry in public, tears, not a dishonour.
bonds, "Your dirty Stop making excuses for
gets out of school the agents and abettors of
very day." "It's curs- black on black crime.
e way home, on the It costs us nothing to do
[in, in the candy these things. But if we don't,
it will cost us infinitely more
are cursing and tears.
g each other and We all send thousands of
where." "The book jokes through e-mail with-
very, very thin out a second thought, but
there's nothing in when it comes to sending
n't worry about the messages regarding life
an," he added. "I choices, people think twice
re less about what about sharing.
people think about The crude, vulgar, and
Let them talk." sometimes the obscene pass
re they saying that is freely through cyberspace,
ent from what their but public discussion of
hers said and did to decency is too often sup-
pressed in the schools and
is different is what workplaces.
loing to ourselves. I dare say that this speech
e who say Cosby is could have easily been given
itist who's "got his" in the Bahamas.
n't understand the We need to return to the
the black poor, he old gate post.
s us that, "We're
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It's not just the poor INGRAHAM
body's guilty." Nassau,
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would like to thank
Mr Roker for the good
laugh that I got on
Thursday when he gave
evidence of his empathy
for Haitians with the
fact that he has a Hait-
ian barber.
Are we to think that
Mr Roker's unsympa-
thetic and prejudice
views of other human
beings are offset
because of where he
goes to get his hair
If it weren't such a
testimony to the hate
that exists in our soci-
ety, such absurdity
would be entertaining.
Mr Roker reminds me
of Judge Keith Bardwell
from Louisiana (he's
the one that wouldn't
marry an interracial
couple), who justified
his bigotry with the fol-
lowing: "I have piles
and piles of black
friends. They come to
my home, I marry them,
they use my bathroom. I
treat them just like
everyone else."
We may be behind in
technology and educa-
tion, but at least we
know we can compete
with the US in the areas
of hate and bigotry.
One doesn't have to
go far to figure out why
our society is falling

January 22, 2010.



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Minister of

State 'baffled'

by Bunker C

fuel complaints
The Minister of State for the
Environment said he is "baf-
fled" as to why complaints are
still being made about Bunker
C fuel being used at the con-
troversial Wilson City power
plant, currently under con-
struction in Abaco.
Responding to comments
made at a public meeting held
in Abaco last week about the
plant, where scientists brought
in by local activist group Abaco
Cares spoke of the potentially
hazards of burning Bunker C
to produce power, Phenton
Neymour denied that the gov-
ernment is not putting in place
many of the systems that would
be necessary to protect public
and environmental health.
"Certain things they said
need to be addressed," said Mr
"We are taking those pre-
cautions. Those were clearly
outlined in the fact that if we
are using Bunker C we are
using low-sulphur.
"Meanwhile, it's already
been stated, the prime minister
has stated it, that we are con-
sidering using diesel oil (instead
of Bunker C). So I'm baffled
as to why this initiative is still
going on as it relates to Bunker
C when we're evaluating the
use of diesel oil and we've
already indicated that this plant
could use Bunker C, it could
use diesel oil and it could be
retrofitted to use LNG (lique-
fied natural gas)," said the min-
He added: "We're looking at
the analysis and the prime min-
ister has outlined before that if
Abaco wants a superior product
you have to consider whether
Abaco pays for it.
"But what I think is critical at
this particular time is that we
look at the plant as a whole, it is
a more modern plant."
Mr Neymour, who said nei-
ther he or any other govern-
ment official was invited to
attend the meeting, also reacted
to allegations that "as many as
12" small blue holes that form
part of a vast network of these
natural features have been
"filled in" as a new road to the
plant was constructed.
A blue hole expert, Brian
Kakuk, founder and director of
the Bahamas Caves Research
Foundation, told those at the
meeting of how all of the holes
in the network are intrinsically
Abaco environmental group
Friends of the Environment
would like to see several blue
hole and creek systems in Aba-
co that surround Wilson City
and other areas protected as
part of a national park that can
save crucial wildlife habitats
from destruction.
Mr Neymour said he is not
aware of any blue holes being
filled in, but if anyone is aware
of such activity, he would "be
happy if they would point out
where" it has happened.

Commissioner puts best detectives on

death threats against minister case

Tribune Staff Reporter

POLICE Commissioner
Ellison Greenslade has
ordered the best detectives in
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force to investigate death
threats made against Minis-
ter of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture Charles Maynard.
Investigations were
launched on Monday when
Mr Maynard received an

anonymous letter at his office
on Thompson Boulevard
threatening an attack on the
minister and his wife in which
a gun would be put to his
head. The letter was signed
"the brothers".
Mr Maynard expressed no
distress over the letter when
interviewed on his way into
the Churchill Building for the
weekly Cabinet meeting yes-
terday morning, and declined
to comment on the police

However, Mr Greenslade
gave his assurance that the
minister is in safe hands as he
has deployed his top detec-
tives to investigate the mat-
ter. He said the police will
ensure that Mr Maynard and
his family are not harmed.
The commissioner said: "I
am satisfied that we have the
best detectives looking at that
and we have taken steps to
ensure that his safety is para-
Allegations that the culprit

LEFT - RIGHT ACP Hulan Hanna, ACP John Ferguson, Deputy Commissioner Marvin Dames, Brendon
Watson, Freddie Lightbourne, Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, Fred Lunn, Robert Davidowski, Anton
Sealy, ACP Willard Cunningham and ACP Glen Miller.

Golfers donate $7,500 to Police

Dependence Trust and Welfare Fund

Tribune Staff Reporter

golfers donated $7,500 to the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Dependence Trust and Police
Welfare Fund yesterday to
help the families of police offi-
cers killed or injured in the
line of duty.
The Poop Deck Eagles golf
team raised the money by
holding a charity golf tourna-
ment at the Cable Beach Golf
Course on October 31 last year
and team chairman Freddie
Lightbourn explained how the
club takes strides to contribute
to community causes with reg-
ular fundraising events.
October's tournament raked
in a total of $24,000, enabling
Mr Lightbourn and his team to
also give donations to the
Bahamas Red Cross, the Crisis
Centre, the Breathe Easy cam-
paign for new ventilators at
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, and to three youth sports
Commissioner of Police Elli-
son Greenslade explained how
the Trust relies on such dona-
tions as he accepted a cheque
from Mr Leightbourn at the

Paul H Farquharson Confer-
ence Centre on East Street
yesterday afternoon.
Mr Greenslade said: "We
are extremely pleased to wel-
come partners this afternoon
from the wider community
and say 'thank you' in a huge
way for the generosity that has
been extended to us.
"Over the years we have
lost a number of officers who
have died on the front line,
performing their duties with
tremendous courage, integrity
and loyalty, and slain by an
assailant's bullet or the sharp
end of a knife.
"They have left behind
wives, children and relatives,
and now we have the wider
community recognizing the
efforts that have been made
without any prodding from us.
"So we say 'thank you very
much' and 'God bless you as
an organisation'. We are very
Trust managers and staff
work closely with the children
and families of deceased offi-
cers to help pay school fees,
outstanding medical bills and
any other costs they may incur
to ensure they are supported
after the deaths of their brave

"It is a well run and man-
aged fund and has a distin-
guished board of trustees who
are very proud of," Mr
Greenslade said.
"They play a significant role
in the lives of those children."
As Mr Greenslade accepted
the donation he also paid trib-
ute to police officers, both
serving and retired, who have
lost their lives to natural caus-
es this year.
He said full military service
funerals will be held for police
band member Inspector Shan-
non Colebrooke and Reserve
Assistant Superintendent Liv-
ingstone Barr, who gave 43
years service to the RBPF,
while a semi-military funeral
service is planned for a retired
police officer on Sunday.
Sergeant Desireene
Schroeder, who served with
the RBPF for over 40 years,
died suddenly yesterday
morning following breathing
difficulties at the police sta-
tion in Oakes Field, New
Mr Greenslade encouraged
charities to make donations
to the Trust by contacting
Police Headquarters or the
Commissioner's office on 302-

may be a Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP) sympathiser have
not been confirmed by
Mr Greenslade told The
Tribune yesterday: "I am not
able to say if we are investi-
gating anyone in particular at
this time."
Police obtained fingerprints
from a number of Youth,

Sports and Culture Ministry
staff after the letter was
received by Mr Maynard at
around 2pm on Monday.
Although it may have no
bearing on the police investi-
gation, The Tribune under-
stands a number of new staff
were taken on by the ministry
following a recent restructur-
ing exercise.

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smokestacks rising from BEC's
heavy fuel oil power plant
under construction at Wilson
City just across the Bight of Old
Robinson lies a solar-powered
community of some 40 homes
encircling a picturesque cove.
This unique settlement was
founded by a Canadian art pro-
fessor named Randolph John-
ston, who sailed his family to
the Bahamas in 1952 and ini-
tially housed them in a cave -
like a modern-day William
Sayle (who sought refuge in
Preacher's Cave on North
Eleuthera more than three cen-
turies ago).
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a charter captain and sculptor,
becoming a local celebrity with-
in a few years. His bronze stat-
ue of a Bahamian woman was
installed on Prince George
Wharf in 1975, while his auto-
biography, Artist on his Island,
was published the following
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less, Johnston acquired land at
Little Harbour and over time
sold bits and pieces to other

vagabonds from varied back-
grounds, creating the eclectic
community that exists today
anchored around Pete's Pub, a
famous watering hole run by
the sculptor's son. Little Har-
bour is now an attraction in its
own right - drawing thousands
of visitors a year.
Among the homeowners are
artists, doctors, lawyers, engi-
neers, airline pilots, and boat
bums. One of the more recent
settlers is Gordon Pearce,
whose Cape Cod-based firm
builds high-tech tennis courts
and running tracks in Massa-
chusetts. His comfortable 2,200
square foot home sits on a hill
overlooking Little Harbour and
- like all the houses here -
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and have an insulated roof," he
told me last week. "And we've
had as many as 11 people living
here with no problem at all. We
have everything except air con-
ditioning. We just use them
more carefully."
Pearce has 16 190-watt pho-
tovoltaic panels installed on a
wooden frame in his front yard.
They supply power to 16 stan-
dard 6-volt golf cart batteries.
Inverters convert the power
from the batteries to household
current, and everything is
metered to monitor usage. A
10-hp diesel generator kicks in
if the batteries get too low, but
Pearce says that rarely if ever
happens. The whole system cost
Expensive you say? Well,
right next door to Pearce live
Bob and Allison Ball - two
globetrotting hydrographic sur-
veyors who arrived in 1992 and
live here year-round. Their
bungalow is powered by five
panels and six batteries, with
no generator. The batteries
have a 12-year life span while
the panels will last for 25 years.
And their system cost less than
"The batteries are the only
thing that need a little mainte-
nance," Allison told me. "But
we went through Hurricanes
Frances and Jean and never lost
All of the homeowners at
Little Harbour - which has no
government services - are con-
cerned about the $105 million
power plant that BEC is build-
ing just across the water at Wil-
son City. Mostly, they are upset
at the prospect that the plant
was to have been the first on
any out island to use heavy fuel
oil - the most polluting of all
fossil fuels.
Heavy fuel oil (also known
as bunker C) is the carcinogenic
residue that is left after crude
oil has been refined into lighter
products like gasoline or diesel.
And it is a fact that HFO-based
power plants produce higher
and more dangerous smoke-

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stack emissions, as well as vast
quantities of oily wastes that
require off-site disposal or
The difficulties of managing
waste oil increases the risk of
leaks and spills and the burden
of cleanup. In fact, the envi-
ronmental costs and health
risks of HFO-based power
plants have made them prohib-
itively expensive in developed
countries. But the fuel is still
used by some utilities in less
developed countries - like
BEC's Clifton plant in Nassau
- because its initial cost is
cheaper than diesel.
BEC's plan to burn heavy
fuel oil at Wilson City has
drawn much criticism on Aba-
co. It even stimulated the for-
mation of a new activist group
called Abaco Cares, which held
a public meeting last week in
Marsh Harbour to draw atten-
tion to the negative environ-
mental impacts of the Wilson
City plant. Led by Pastor Clint
Kemp, who operates a fly fish-
ing business at Schooner Bay,
the group invited local and US
experts to talk about the poten-
tial hazards of bunker C fuel.
Brad Venman, a senior vice
president and toxicologist at
NTH Consultants in Michigan
told an audience of about 100
residents that plans for the Wil-
son City plant were generic and
offered no details on pollution
controls, biological impacts or
measures to deal with cata-
strophic spills from fuel tankers
navigating the shallow Bight of
Old Robinson. In addition to
these hazards, fuel handling and
equipment maintenance costs
were said to be higher in HFO-
based plants.
The BEC plant - which will
be operational by June - lies
some 14 miles south of Marsh
Harbour and about two miles
from the coastal ruins of Wilson
City, the fabulous lumber town
that operated for about 10 years
in the early 1900s. The site con-
sists of a 25-acre fenced clear-
ing, with another 75 acres of
forested land assigned for
future expansion. And the
southeastern corner of the
cleared site is less than 2100
feet from unspoiled tidal man-
Access to the plant is via the
old tramway that once hauled
logs to the Wilson City sawmill.

This has been widened to
accommodate vehicles and
transmission lines, but before
the road gets to Wilson City
proper, it cuts to the right,
crossing over to the Bight of
Old Robinson, where a termi-
nal will be built for tankers to
offload fuel via a submarine
pipeline. BEC also plans to
bury a 12-inch pipeline under
the road to pump fuel from the
terminal to the power plant.
Unfortunately, the entire
coastline around Wilson City is
a relatively untouched wilder-
ness of mangroves, tidal creeks
and shallow bights, all connect-
ed by a network of blue holes.
In fact, the area is so ecologi-
cally sensitive that the Bahamas
National Trust and Abaco
Friends of the Environment
want to make it a national park.
"The East Abaco Creeks
park is essential to sustainable
development on this island,"
said Kristin Williams of
Friends. "This area has the
highest density of blue holes
anywhere except for Andros
and the creeks provide impor-
tant nursery habitat. The health
of these wetlands is vital to the
entire marine ecosystem."
Sam Duncombe of the
activist group, ReEarth, ham-
mered on the other issue that
has incited many Abaconians
to criticise the Wilson City plant
- the lack of public consulta-
tion. She said it was "unaccept-
able" for local communities to
be kept in the dark about such
projects: "There should have
been full disclosure, and we
need to demand laws that guar-
antee public process."
In the past BEC has dis-
missed such statements as
"erroneous and irresponsible",
but Pastor Kemp pointed to
repeated requests for public
meetings on the Wilson City
project from as early as Novem-
ber 2008. It was almost a year
before BEC responded to crit-
icism by holding a standing
room-only town meeting in
Marsh Harbour. And the EIA
for the project was not released
until last November - months
after construction had begun.
There is great scepticism
among environmentalists about
BECs claims that it will install
and monitor pollution controls
at the plant: "We are not confi-
dent that they will do anything

Earl Deveaux

Meanwhile, Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux con-
firmed to me after last week's
meeting that heavy fuel oil
would not be used at Wilson
City. However, Michael Moss
(the Freeport-based electrical
engineer who replaced Abaco
lawyer Fred Gottlieb as chair-
man of the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation on January 1) told
me that a final determination
on possible higher rates for
Abaco consumers had not been
All BEC customers are
presently billed according to
the same base tariff structure
and a levelised fuel surcharge.
It is not yet known whether
BEC's billing systems can easi-
ly accommodate a fuel sur-
charge disaggregation, Moss
said. And the cost of diesel
varies from one island to anoth-
er because of differing freight
If the cost differential
between diesel and HFO for
the Wilson City plant is restrict-
ed to Abaco, Moss said, con-
sumers there will face a sur-
charge increase between one
and a half times and two times
that incurred by BEC cus-
tomers elsewhere in the
However, if the incremen-
tal fuel cost is spread among all
BEC consumers throughout the
country, customers will experi-
ence a fuel surcharge increase
of around 0.30 c/kWh - a 3 per
cent increase. This is because
Abaco's fuel consumption is
relatively small compared with
BEC's New Providence fuel
"While burning diesel at the
Abaco plant would result in
only a moderate increase in sur-
charge to the overall BEC cus-
tomer base, and while the intro-
duction of HFO to the plant
has not yet taken place, and
while HFO is not used in any
other family island plant, its
introduction to Abaco could be
avoided," Mr Moss said.
In response, Abaco Cares
argues that the continued use of
diesel in Abaco should, if any-
thing, result in a decrease in
consumer rates due to the oper-
ation of larger and more effi-
cient engines at the new Wil-
son City plant. It said the intro-
duction of higher rates for Aba-
co consumers would be "pure-
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they say they will do," Pastor
Kemp said. "No-one will mon-
itor anything and there will be
no consequences for anyone at
BEC when they screw up. I
don't trust government's best
intentions to monitor this."
In fact, BEC paid scant
attention to such matters until
the mid 1990s, when it belated-
ly introduced an environmental
management policy. But inde-
pendent audits have docu-
mented chronic failures over
the years. For example, the dis-
charge of oily waste into the
ground for years at Clifton cre-
ated a huge hydrocarbon plume
in the freshwater lens as well
as discharges into the sea from
caves below the cliffs. More
than a million gallons of oil was
recovered from these caves in
recent times, at great cost to
According to the Wilson
City EIA, "Clifton has suffered
significant impacts requiring
ongoing assessment and cor-
rective action...Poor handling
of materials at Clifton and
Marsh Harbour has required
the need for extensive ground
clean up and plant upgrading
to remedy historical oil pollu-
tion problems." And added to
this history of incompetence is
the risk of a shipping disaster in
pristine waters, which is not as
rare as you might think.
There is talk of an informal
agreement between BEC and
the Bahamas National
Trust/Friends of the Environ-
ment to set up a joint monitor-
ing committee that would check
pollution levels at the site and
ensure a proper response when
necessary. But BNT chief Eric
Carey told me he has not seen
the plant's environmental man-
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Backyard farming

is re-launched

in Grand Bahama


FREEPORT - Backyard
farming is being re-launched
in Grand Bahama, a move
which could reduce spending
at supermarkets and else-
where, said Ronald Darville
Sr, deputy chairman of the
Bahamas Agricultural Indus-
trial Corporation (BAIC).
Mr Darville, who is also the
coordinator for the Ministry
of Agriculture-sponsored
Backyard Farming Pro-
gramme on Grand Bahama,
said Minister for Agriculture
and Marine Resources Larry
Cartwright and Members of
Parliament for constituencies
in Grand Bahama and Bimini
are encouraging its re-intro-
"There are six constituen-
cies in the north-west and we
are today inviting at least 50
households from each of the
constituencies to register at the
Department of Agriculture to
be participants in this pro-
gramme," Mr Darville said.
The programme will contin-
ue for the next six months and
one of the objectives is to assist
persons in establishing gardens
in their backyards, thereby
hopefully reducing their gro-
cery bills by about 20 per cent,
he said.
Some vegetable seeds will
be distributed at the time of
registration, and an equal
number of plants such as lime
and mango trees will be
offered for each constituency.
In some cases, Mr Darville
advised that the ministry will
also be offering soil enrich-
ment packages to local resi-
He said the Department of




BAIC DEPUTY CHAIRMAN Ronald Darville Sr announced the re-
launching of the Backyard Farming Programme in Grand Bahama on

Agriculture has assembled
three teams consisting of eight
persons and a supervisor to
assist persons with getting their
garden started.
Mr Darville also explained
that the Backyard Farming
Programme is not new to
Grand Bahama, and recently
MP for Marco City Zhivargo
Laing and BAIC introduced
it to some 129 residents in the
area, who are now starting to

grow products in their back-
He said BAIC has just com-
pleted positioning the pro-
gramme in the eight schools
on Grand Bahama.
The BAIC deputy chairman
is very hopeful about the ini-
tiative as Grand Bahama has
the soil and the climate, and
is a perfect location for grow-
ing things on a small or large

Minister and CARDI director discuss food security in the region

EXECUTIVE Director of
the Caribbean Agricultural
Research and Development
Institute (CARDI) H Arling-
ton D Chesney paid a cour-
tesy call on Minister of Agri-
culture and Marine
Resources Larry Cartwright
during which time they dis-
cussed food security.
CARDI is an autonomous
institute whose mandate
* Providing for the
research and development of
the region as identified in
national plans and policies;
* Providing an appropri-
ate research and develop-
ment serviceto tohe agricul-
ture sector of member
* Providing and extending

PICTURED ABOVE, Minister Cartwright receives Mr Chesney on Janu-
ary 21 at his office. From left are Cresswell Sturrup, permanent secre-
tary in Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources; Charmaine Price,
assistant director of Agriculture; Minister Cartwright; Mr Chesney; Dr
Marikis Alvarez, Bahamas representative for the Inter-American Insti-
tute for Co-operation in Agriculture, and undersecretary Phillip Miller.
the application of new tech- ucts; and,
nologies in production, pro- * Undertaking teaching
cessing, storage and distrib- functions, normally at the
ution of agricultural prod- post-graduate level.

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Gibson leads Rattlers to victory over Cobras

Sports Reporter

WHETHER she crashed the offen-
sive boards, led or finished a fastbreak
and scored bucket after bucket, the
C.I Gibson Rattlers rode the shoul-
ders of versatile forward Robin Gib-
son to a vital late season win.
Gibson scored 28 of the Rattlers'
39 total points in her team's 39-34 win
over the C.C. Sweeting Cobras yes-
terday at the D.W Davis Gymnasi-
The Rattlers senior outduelled
Cobras lead guard Terranique
Rodgers who finished with a team
high 20 points, but failed to score in
Tied at 34 at the end of regulation,

Gibson was the lone scorer in the
extra period as the Rattlers surged
Gibson scored the first overtime
basket from an offensive rebound and
subsequent putback and put her team
ahead by four when she came up with
a steal and raced the length of the
floor to finish with a fastbreak layup.
She finished the overtime scoring
with one of two shots from the free
throw line to give her team a two pos-
session lead with 1:14 remaining.
The Cobras had several scoring
opportunities but the supporting cast
for Rodgers failed to score as the Rat-
tlers defence keyed in on the high
scoring guard and forced the ball out
of her hands.
Gibson was the lone Rattlers play-
er in double figures, while Jahliyah

Colebrooke finished with eight and
Steveandre Wells added five.
Rodgers was also the lone player on
her team in double figures, while
Paula Greene added six.
Tied at 25 with 8:13 remaining in
the second half, the final stretch fea-
tured three ties and four lead changes
as both teams jostled for an advan-
tage. Colebrooke gave the Rattlers
the go ahead score on the next pos-
session only to have the Cobras regain
the lead following a free throw by
Rodgers and an assist to Greene, 29-
28. Gibson regained the lead for the
Rattlers on a running layup, while
Wells and Colebrooke added a trio of
free throws for a 33-29 lead with 1:53
left to play.
Rodgers led the Cobras on the
comeback trail with a floater and

another assist to Greene to tie the
game at 33 with 1:04 remaining.
With a chance to regain the lead,
the Rattlers mishandled the inbound
pass for a turnover and both teams
missed a series of free throws within
the final minute.
Rodgers made one of two from the
line with 37 seconds remaining for a
34-33 lead, only to have Gibson
answer on the next possession with
one from the line to tie the game at
34. After Gibson came up with a steal
and an apparent game winning fast-
break layup, Rodgers chased her
down from behind for a game saving
block from behind.
Just one week remains in the GSS-
SA season as both teams continue to
chase the undefeated pennant leading
CR Walker Knights.

IN this Tribune file photo Robin Gibson
is pictured dribbling the ball in a game
against the CR Walker Knights.

Colebrooke: Bahamas

ready to compete at

Commonwealth Games

Senior Sports Reporter

THE biggest sporting event this year for the
Bahamas national teams will take place in
Delhi, India in October.
And chef de mission Roy Colebrooke said
the wheels are already in motion to have the
Bahamas ready to compete at the Common-
wealth Games.
"In October, we were in India for the pre-
liminary meeting," said Colebrooke, who
attended the meeting with Bahamas Olympic
Association president Wellington Miller.
"The meeting is normally held a year out to
see where the facilities and the planning of the
games are.
"When we were down there, there were a
number of sites and facilities under con-
struction. So when we go back to the chef
meeting in March 7-12, we will get a chance to
see exactly what is completed and ensure that
all of the ground work is structured the way
they had projected it to be."
Colebrooke, a vice president of the BOA
and president of the Bahamas Cycling Fed-
eration, said one of the main area of concern
that they definitely be looking at is the Games
Village where the athletes and officials are
expected to stay during the games, scheduled
for October 3-12.
"The organising committee in Delhi have
been working very hard to ensure that these
a successful games," Colebrooke pointed out.
It's not just yet confirmed, but Colebrooke
said the BOA is expected to field team to
represent the Bahamas at the games in the
core sports of athletics (track and field),
aquatics (swimming), boxing and cycling.
But Colebrooke said they will also be look-
ing at some of the disciplines such as gym-
nastics to see if they will be able to field a
team. The other disciplines to be contested at
the games are archery, lawn bowls, netball,
rugby 7-a-side, squash, table tennis, wrestling,
badminton, hockey, shooting and weightlift-
At the last Commonwealth Games in Mel-
bourne, Australia in 2006, India had indicat-

ed that they will not only accommodate all of
the visiting athletes and officials in Delhi,
but they will also provide their airfare travel
as well.
Colebrooke said at the meeting in October,
the organizers had indicated that the deal
was still on the table, but he will have to wait
until they return for the chef's meeting to
ascertain if that is still going to be the case in
"Changes are made in India almost every
day," Colebrooke said. "But at the chef meet-
ing, everything will be locked in. But at the
meeting in October, they did say they were
going to pay for the airfare and the accom-
modations of the athletes and officials."
With the games about 8-9 months out,
Colebrooke said the BOA will be working
feverishly to ensure that the Bahamas is well
represented in each of the disciplines that
the athletes will compete in.


* THE Baptist Sports Council will kick off
its 2010 calendar year with the Deaconess
Joanne 'Mother' Webb Family Fun Run/Walk
Road Race on Saturday.
The dual event is scheduled to get started at
7 a.m. from the Charles W. Saunders High
School, Jean Street. Registration will take
place from 6 a.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per per-
The walk race will leave the Charles W.
Saunders High School and head north to
Bernard Road. From there, competitors will
travel west to Village Road and then south to
Prince Charles Drive. The race will then turn
north and head back to the finish line in front
of the Charles W. Saunders high School.
The run will travel in the opposite direc-
tion, leaving the Charles W. Saunders High
School and travel south to Prince Charles Dri-
ve. Competitors will then travel east on Fox
Hill Road, pass the round-a-bout and head
west on Bernard Road and then turn south
and head back to the Charles W. Saunders
High School.
Categories for male and female in both the
walk and run will comprise of the under-15,
under-19, under-30, under-50, 50-and-over
and 70-and-over. There will also be a cate-
gory for Pastors/Ministers. The Church with
the most finishers will also receive a trophy.

* THE Baptist Sports Council will hold a
meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Charles
W. Saunders High School, Jean Street for all

Churches interested in participating in the
2010 Kendal Rolle Basketball Classic.
The classic is tentatively set to start on Sat-
urday, February 6. However, the BSC is
requesting that all teams interested in partici-
pating attend the meeting to confirm their
entry into one of the four divisions, 15-and-
under, 19-and-under, men and ladies.
The entry fee is $100.00 per team in each
The classic is tentatively set to start on Sat-
urday, February 6.

* AFTER taking a week's break, the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations
will return to action on Saturday with its annu-
al High School Relays.
The event will get started at 1 p.m. at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadi-
School teams will compete in the 4 x 100, 4
x 200, 4 x 400, 4 x 800, sprint medley and dis-
tance medley in the boys and girls under-15,
under-17 and under-20 divisions.

* CLUB Monica Track and Field Club will
hold its seventh annual Track and Field Clas-
sic over the weekend of February 12-13 at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadi-
Competition on Friday will kick off at 6 p.m.
and will wrap up on Saturday starting at noon.
All of the local clubs are expected to partici-
pate in the meet.

Warriors Cycling Club hosts bicycle competition Sunday

THE Warriors Cycling Club
will hold its "No retreat! Speed
and Skill ! BMX & Mountain
Cycling Clash on Sunday at the
Fort Charlotte/Clifford Park
The event will get started at
3:30 p.m.
The club, through a press
release, stated that the event
was designed to reintroduce this
form of bicycle competition,
and to hopefully to apply to the
Association to stage the Nation-
al Championships in
this discipline.
"We hope to get more of the
teenagers involved, kids from
the inner city, community
groups, church youth and other
sporting organisation as well,"
said Barron 'Turbo' Musgrove,
president of the club.
"We intend to make these
events family, fun bicycle

races/rides at the Fort Char-
lotte, so we invite the public
and the above mention groups
to come out
and participate, support our
efforts. These races will carry
points, and at the end of the
five race series the cyclist with
highest points total will be
declared the overall winner in
his/her various divisions, prizes
for this event is value at over
two thousands dollars."
The divisions to be contested
during the event are as follows:

Open Male Masters and Females
Masters over 40 yrs
Jr Boys 14 to under 17yrs - 400
Jr Boys 12 to under 14yrs - 200
Jr Boys 10 to under 12 yrs - 100

All of the race schedule will be
straight finals
400 metres - one lap around the
grass area at the Clifford Park.
200 metres -1/2 lap of the grass
area at the Clifford Park.
400 meters - obstacle course open
to all categories.
"The object is to complete
the course in the fastest time,
and not to knock down or roll
over any of the obstacle put on
the course," Musgrove said.
The entry fees are as follows:
Adults - $5 with $2 from the entry
donated to the Haiti Earthquake
Kids - $2 with $1 from the entry
donated to the Haiti Earthquake
For more information, interested
persons can contact Mrs. Sylvia
Russell at or
Barron Musgrove at 425-1057.

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Stingrays cruise to win over Marlins

Sports Reporter

FOUR C.V Bethel
Stingrays reached double fig-
ures and after taking a lead
early in the second quarter,
never relinquished the
advantage as they cruised to
another win by double fig-
Patrico Leadon led the
Stingrays with a game high
17 points in his team's 71-57
win over the Doris Johnson
Mystic Marlins yesterday at
the D.W Davis Gymnasium.
After trailing 9-2 early in
the first quarter and coming

back to force a 16 all tie at
the end of the period, the
Stingrays dominated the rest
of the way.
With the regular starters
back into the game, the
Stingrays ended the quarter
on a 10-2 run led by floor
general Denero Moss.
Moss dished four assists in
the first quarter and finished
with nine in the game.
His assist to Neil Sands
just as time expired tied the
game at 16.
Stingrays forward Travis
Dawkins gave his team their
first lead of the game on the
opening possession of the
second quarter when he

made one of two from the
free throw line, and the
Stingrays never trailed again.
The CV Bethel run
reached 9-0 as they took a
23-16 lead before Rashad
Swain broke the Mystic Mar-
lins scoring drought with a
pair from the line.
Dawkins reached another
milestone for the Stingrays
when his reverse layup gave
his team their first double
figures lead of the game with
a 29-18 advantage.
The Mystic Marlins
responded with an 8-0 run
of their own, a midrange
jumper from Swain and back
to back three pointers from

Christopher Gaitor to pull
within three, 29-26.
The Stingrays ended the
quarter on a 6-2 run to take
a 35-28 lead into the half.
Cold shooting from both
teams in the third quarter
favoured the Mystic Marlins
who opened the period on
a 10-2 run.
A pair of baskets by Barry
Ferguson to cap the run tied
the game at 38 with 3:38 left
to play in the quarter.
Over the remainder of the
period the Stingrays
outscored the Mystic Mar-
lins 13-6 to grab control for
Leadon sparked a 10-0 run

with a baseline jumper, two
of his eight in the quarter.
His assist to Sands capped
the run which gave the
Stingrays a 48-38 lead.
Swain would again stop
the run at the line for the
Mystic Marlins with a pair.
C.V Bethel led 51-44 at
the end of the third.
Leadon dominated the
fourth when he torched the
Mystic Marlins for 9 points
and controlled the defensive
end of the floor with three
Following a missed free
throw by Dawkins, Leadon
grabbed the offensive
rebound and was fouled on

a three point play conver-
sion which gave the
Stingrays a 62-54 lead.
Avery Armbrister gave
the Stingrays a 10 point lead
in the quarter with a fast-
break layup to give his team
a 66-56 lead with 58 seconds
Along with Leadon's 17
points, Sands added 16,
Dawkins added 12, Arm-
brister added 10 while Moss
finished with six points and
nine assists.
Swain and Ferguson
paced the Mystic Marlins
with 13 points apiece while
Najee Lightbourne added

Lakers shake off road funk

Associated Press

THE Los Angeles Lakers
broke out of their road funk
by showing the distracted
Washington Wizards what
hustling, focused, never-let-up
basketball is all about, shoot-
ing 59 percent and forcing six
turnovers during a crucial sec-
ond-quarter run in a 115-103
win Tuesday night.
Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant
scored 26 points apiece for the
Lakers, who had lost six of
their previous eight road
games and pulled to a 2-2
record midway through their
current eight-game swing.
Lamar Odom said before the
game that the reigning NBA
champs had become "a little
too overconfident," but it did-
n't show as he and teammates
chased down loose balls and
kept their hands all over the
passing lanes.
Antawn Jamison scored 27
points to lead the Wizards,
who lost the last four games of
a six-game homestand. The
game came one day after
guard Javaris Crittenton
received probation after

pleading guilty to a misde-
meanor gun charge, the latest
fallout from last month's lock-
er room confrontation
between Crittenton and
Gilbert Arenas.
The Lakers took over a tight
game with a 20-7 half-ending
run that included Wizards
turnovers of every kind. Shan-
non Brown stole the ball from
DeShawn Stevenson, Andray
Blatche traveled, Mike Miller
and Mike James threw bad
passes, the shot clock expired,
and Brendan Haywood com-
mitted an offensive foul with
2.5 seconds left in the quarter.
Brown, meanwhile, used
the quarter to tune up for the
slam dunk contest at next
month's All-Star weekend.
He put home an alley-oop,
threw down a flying monster
to end a fast break and
stunned the Wizards by
dunking a missed free throw
by teammate Andrew
Bynum. Derek Fisher's wide-
open 3-pointer gave the Lak-
ers a 60-44 lead at the break.
The Wizards stayed within
shouting distance in the sec-
ond half, mostly keeping the
deficit between 10 and 15
points. Jamison cut it to nine,

91-82, by making a free
throw with 8:58 left in the
game, but the Lakers
responded with a 12-2 run
that included four points
from Gasol, a 3-pointer from
Brown and a pair of jumpers
from Jordan Farmar.
Crittenton's probation
means that 40 percent of the
Wizards roster has now
received some sort of pun-
ishment in connection with
the guns investigation,
including the four players
who were fined $10,000 by
the team for helping Arenas
make fun of the saga when
the three-time All-Star pan-
tomimed shooting his team-
mates before a game at
Coach Flip Saunders said
before game that the Wiz-
ards are "all pretty much
numb to the whole thing
right now" - yet more pun-
ishment is to come. The
coach said both Arenas and
Crittenton were meeting with
league officials this week,
having to answer for break-
ing the league rule that bans
firearms in the locker room
as well as other facts that
have come up in court.

LOS ANGELES Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) shoots over Washington Wizards forward Caron
Butler (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, in Washington.






Tourist killed in

traffic accident

Tribune Freeport

FREEPORT - A vaca-
tion to Grand Bahama
ended tragically when a
female tourist was killed
and her male companion
was seriously injured in a
traffic accident on Tues-
The American couple -
a 64-year-old woman and
a 63-year-old man - arrived
on the island by cruise ship
Tuesday morning.
According to police, the
victims sustained multiple
injuries when their motor-
cycle collided with a vehi-

cle. They were taken by
ambulance to the Rand
Memorial Hospital, where
the woman died around
Police are withholding
the identity of the victims
pending notification of
next of kin.
Asst Supt Welbourne
Bootle said the couple,
who arrived on Norwegian
Cruise Lines, was expect-
ed to leave Grand Bahama
Tuesday evening.
He said that police
received a report that a
traffic accident had
occurred around 10am on
Queens Highway, near
West Sunrise Highway.
The couple was riding a
rented motorcycle - the

man was driving and the
woman was a passenger.
ASP Bootle said the
motorcycle was travelling
east on West Sunrise and
collided with a Nissan
Maxima, license 49637, dri-
ven by a 29-year-old male
resident of Freeport.
Mr Bootle said the dri-
ver of the Nissan Maxima
was travelling west on
Queens Highway near
West Sunrise Highway.
EMS personnel were dis-
patched to the scene and
took the victims to the hos-
pital, where the woman
died. The man is detained
in hospital.
Police are continuing
their investigation into the

SCENES FROM the huge blaze near Anatol Rodgers High School yesterday. Firefighters tackled
the flames from burning cars and other debris. There were no injuries.

PLP, FNM claim interference

in by-election campaigns

FROM page one
their leader's message.
According to party chairman
Bradley Roberts, the PLP sup-
porters gathered were
"annoyed and moved to block
the passage of the music truck."
"The police moved quickly
to avoid a confrontation and
directed the driver of the music
van to turn it around. In the
process, a party supporter over-
heard the driver tell the police
officer in charge that 'his job
will be gone in the morning
after he reported to the chief'.
"The PLP sees this interven-
tion as a naked serious provo-
cation and urges the FNM to
cease and desist from such acts

as the same can only lead to
unnecessary confrontation
between supporters. The PLP
wishes all parties involved in
the bye-election to remain calm
and avoid any form of con-
frontation," Mr Roberts said.
In turn, sources within the
FNM say the party is concerned
that poll workers in Elizabeth
are unable to find some 700
newly registered voters who are
alleged to be residing in the
These people, the sources
highlighted, have "vanished
into thin air", and are not at
the designated residences which
they listed with the Parliamen-
tary Registry.
"We are checking now and

cannot find these people. We
know they have been trans-
ferred into the area but as far as
actually finding the living
human being themselves it has
proven impossible. They exist
on paper mind you, but other
than that, we have no idea
where these people are," he
Obviously concerned that
this large influx of new voters to
the area could be a "rouse" by
the official opposition, or any
other political body to "pad"
the voter list before the by-elec-
tion, the source added that the
FNM will be following this mat-
ter very closely to ensure that
no, "old PLP tricks" will be
utilised "this time around."

Fossil fuel projects and renewable energy

FROM page six

diesel fuel at Wilson City have been variously put
at $3.5 to 10 million a year by BEC spokesmen.
Both the prime minister and BEC chairman Moss
have said that the utility is working through the
figures before a final determination on a possible
rate increase is made.
But according to Pastor Kemp, "the current
plant uses diesel, so there is no reason why doing
so at the new plant should cost more. And
because of all the complications involved in using
heavy fuel oil, a large portion of any savings
from the lower cost of HFO - perhaps a third or
more - will be soaked up by additional con-
struction and operating costs."
"I don't believe there would have been any
chance for the fuel to be changed if we had not
raised our voices," he added. "I hope that Aba-
co becomes a centre of environmental activism to
call government to account. Wilson City is just
one item on the list. We need everyone to join in

so there is a bigger voice. We all have to become
Meanwhile, the venerable 25.6 megawatt plant
at Marsh Harbour is barely keeping up with the
demand from Abaco's 15,000 residents, 1,500
second home owners, and 100,000 visitors. They
suffer through endless outages and load shed-
ding, some of which are reportedly due to poor
maintenance and others to lack of fuel.
Sam Duncombe expressed the view of many at
last week's meeting. "The government needs to
stop fossil fuel projects, launch a national energy
conservation programme, change the law and
pursue renewable energy projects."
All these initiatives are currently in the works,
but as we all know the wheels of government
grind slowly.

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power plant

EIA authors

But firm denies
allegation it has no
licence to operate
in Florida
Business Reporter
Opponents of the $105
million BEC power plant
at Abaco's Wilson City
have filed a complaint
against the company hired
to conduct an environmen-
tal impact study for the
site, claiming it has no
licence to operate in Flori-
da. However, the company
denied those claims to Tri-
bune Business yesterday,
saying they were incorrect.
Responsible Develop-
ment for Abaco (RDA)
alleged in its complaint to
the State of Florida
Department of Business
and Professional Regula-
tion that KES Environ-
mental Services (KES),
which also appears on the
Internet as Kalimantan
Environmental Services,
does not have a current
license to operate a busi-
ness in Florida.
Checks by Tribune Busi-
ness confirmed that KES
has a business license
application that is "in
process" in Florida.
However, KES consul-
tant Michael Duvall, who
was also a principal signa-
tory on the Wilson City
power plant's EIA, told
Tribune Business last night
that there might be a mix
up with the company's
licensing, which has been
in effect since 1994.
The Florida Board of
Professional Engineers'
(FBPE) customer service
representative, Nancy
Wilkins, told this newspa-
per yesterday that all pro-
fessional engineering firms
and engineers must be reg-
istered with the board in
order to operate in the
state of Florida.
According to Mr Duvall,
KES was a firm registered
as a geology business,
meaning it therefore is not
registered with the FBPE.
According to the RDA
SEE page 5B

Atlantis bookings St Georges eye
l d0 tf

increase by 25%o

* March expected to exceed expectations, as PI property gets
early 2010 boost from Michael Jordan and Jerry Seinfeld
* Marina doing well, with further boost from cruise visitors,
with Kerzner property eyeing 'great' 2011
* Timeshare inventory almost sold out
Business Reporter ,1 k i' .
ATLANTIS' room book- 4w.
ings are up near 25 per cent , . ,,_. -
year-over-year for January, - .
the resort's senior executive
said yesterday, despite group '1 .'.
bookings showing no sign of a .,
short-term turnaround. .
SEE page 3B A*

Port's parent

Estate's attorney alleges that potential
purchaser will find no evidence to show
acquiring Sir Jack's stake will give it
operational/Board control in Freeport
Tribune Business Editor
The St George estate is considering whether to bring
liquidation proceedings in the Cayman Islands against
the Grand Bahama Port Authority's (GBPA) immediate
parent, Tribune Business was told yesterday.
And its Bahamian attorney alleged that the potential
purchaser of the Hayward Family Trust's stake would
find nothing to show it would acquire Board/manage-
ment control in Freeport from the deal.
Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co partner and attor-
ney, emphatically denied that Mid-Atlantic Projects would
SEE page 2B

Change Inescapable' for insurance brokers

* But RoyalFidelity says international equities sub-fund's NAV
still more than 20% off $10 launch price
* Top executive says while global markets offering Bahamians
'greater upside', local stock market 'bottomed out' in
* Says key projects, such as Baha Mar, critical to influencing
investor sentiment and driving stock prices higher in 2010

Tribune Business Editor
RoyalFidelity yesterday
said its international Equities
Sub-Fund generated a 40.05
per cent return in 2009 as
global markets rebounded,
telling Tribune Business that
while investors were likely to
still enjoy greater "upside"
outside this nation, the
Bahamian stock market had
"bottomed out" in October
last year.
Michael Anderson, Royal-
Fidelity's president, told this
newspaper that the invest-
ment bank's TIGRS 2 inter-
national investment sub-fund,
which was only launched in
June 2009, had generated a
return of around 25 per cent
for the six months to end-
December 2009, placing this
at 12.6 per cent on an annu-
alised basis.
In addition, RoyalFidelity's
first international investment
sub-fund, the TIGRS 1, had
enjoyed a 5.33 per cent posi-
tive return for the year to
"We came out of a very dif-
ficult period," Mr Anderson
told Tribune Business of the
international equities sub-
fund's performance. "Since
March 2009, we've had a great
recovery in the international
markets, and have a large part
of the fund invested in the
Asian markets. We benefited
from a much higher perfor-
mance in Asia, and very good
performances in Europe and
North America."
Despite the major improve-
ment in returns and the glob-
al stock market recovery, Mr
Anderson acknowledged that
the net asset value (NAV) for
RoyalFidelity's international
equities sub-fund was more
than 20 per cent below its $10
SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor
A leading insurance execu-
tive yesterday said it was an
"inescapable" fact that not all
existing small Bahamian bro-
kers and agents would be able
to survive without making
"some changes", some of which
would come from the "tighter
regulation" demanded by the
Insurance Act.
Patrick Ward, Bahamas First
Holdings' group president and
chief executive, told Tribune
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(a) MAKILA HOLDINGS, LTD. is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 25th January 2010 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by
the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Dayan
Bourne of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau,

Dated the 26th day of January, 2010.

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned at Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East
Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole
Liquidator on or before the 10th day of February, 2010. In
default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 26th day of January, 2010.


Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symon-
ette, and various government ministers and
regulators, will be attending the upcoming
International Business & Finance Summit
(IBFS) in Bimini on January 29-31.
Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez, the Bahamas
Financial Services Board's (BFSB) chair-
man, said: "We are pleased at the number
of national and international stakeholders
who have registered for this event and will
be in attendance.
"Considering the economic times, this
is an achievement and it reflects the inter-
est by stakeholders in knowing what is
presently happening in the industry, and
the possible roadmaps as we progress into
2010." A representative of the Official
Opposition will be in attendance as well.
The BFSB has expanded its annual
Retreat into the IBFS to give particular
focus to opportunities in international busi-
ness and finance. This reflects the strategy
statement jointly released by the Ministry of

. Finance and BFSB,
which seeks to leverage
the opportunities for
international business
. through an integrated
In the opening session,
the deputy prime minis-
ter and minister of for-
S'T eign affairs, Brent
CRAIG 'TONY' Symonette, will give an
GOMEZ overview of how the
Bahamas is securing its
place as a global player in international
business and finance through trade, diplo-
macy and national reform.
John Delaney, the attorney general, will
speak during the Re-examining our Build-
ing Blocks session, with specific focus on
financial services sector business develop-
ment and promotion.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for
finance, and Central Bank governor Wendy

St Georges eye liquidation of

FROM page 1B

gain Board and operational
control at the GBPA and its
Port Group Ltd affiliate by pur-
chasing the 50 per cent stake
held by Sir Jack and his family
trust, alleging that the group - if
its deal was successful - would
"only be buying into continued
Indicating that the epicentre
of the legal battle over the
GBPA's ownership may move
to the Cayman Islands, where
the companies at the dispute's
heart are domiciled, Mr Smith
emphasised that the late
Edward St George's estate
"does not want to liquidate"
the GBPA and Port Group
However, he told Tribune
Business: "The estate has been
working with attorneys in the
Cayman Islands to possibly
launch liquidation proceedings
against Intercontinental Diver-
sified Corporation (IDC), in
order to bring this partnership
[with Sir Jack Hayward], which
obviously has no basis of trust
between the parties any more,
to an end.
"The St Georges do not want
to liquidate the Port Group of
Companies. It's the last thing
they want to do. We continue
to reach out to Sir Jack and Mr
[Hannes] Babak to settle these

claims. The St George estate
have been trying in so many
ways to bring settlement by
negotiation, by mediation, by
any means."
IDC is the immediate
GBPA/Port Group Ltd hold-
ing company, purporting to
own 100 per cent of both com-
panies (although confusion still
reigns as to whether the Gov-
ernment has retained a 7.5 per
cent stake in the GBPA).
Domiciled in Cayman, IDC's
share capital is split 50/50
between British Virgin Islands-
registered Seashells Invest-
ments and Cayman-based Fidu-
ciary Management Services
(FMS). Seashells is 100 owned
by Sir Jack and his family trust,
while FMS's share capital is
split 50/50 between Sir Jack and
the late Mr St George.


It is FMS that is key to the
dispute, in a case that shows
how important just one share
can be. Sir Jack's claim to 75
per cent GBPA ownership is
based on the fact that his 50 per
cent FMS stake translates into
ownership of half the IDC
stake that FMS holds. This 25
per cent, together with the 50
per cent interest Seashells holds
in FMS, is alleged to give Sir
Jack a 75 per cent interest in
IDC and, by extension, the Port
Group of Companies in

Freeport. However.
George estate's case
FMS was holding the
St George's 50 per cent
IDC as a fiduciary, act
trustee or nominee. Th
FMS's 50/50 owners
not translate into the
cent IDC stake it hold
divided evenly between
and Mr St George, gi
latter's estate 50 per ce
ership of the GBP
Group Ltd. The St
estate's position was up
the Supreme Court's in
ing that the GBPA/Por
Ltd ownership was sp
between themselves
Jack, yet the latter and
ily trust are appealing
the Court of Appea
action, and all other li
connected to the GBP
ership dispute, will b
between February 17, 2
March 2, 2010.
However, the St
estate has been un
amend the FMS and ID
registers to reflect its
ship interest as deter
the Supreme Court.
because Sir Jack, and h
ly trust, have Board an
agement control at It
FMS. Originally, FMS
capital saw 499 shares i
Sir Jack and 499 shares
George, with one share
Don de la Rue, the
GBPA financial control
FMS secretary, in a n

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Craigg will speak during this same session,
highlighting key sector regulatory devel-
opments in 2009 and previewing 2010.
Another key feature of the 2010 IBFS
will be business development workshops
under the theme: Re-examining our Build-
ing Blocks. These will focus on building
sustainable and profitable businesses, with
participants addressing specific action that
industry sectors must take to building win-
ning and mutually consistent strategies.
The four separate workshops will be (i)
Private Wealth Industry; (ii) Securities/Cap-
ital Markets; (iii) Business Environment;
and (iv) Competing in the International
Arena. Prior to the summit, the BFSB is
hosting a Bahamas Briefing (BB) outreach
on Thursday, January 28, for external inter-
mediaries who will be in the Bahamas for
the IBFS. Guests will then travel to Bimini
for the much-anticipated presentations
and networking with Bahamian and inter-
national stakeholders.

Port's parent
,the St capacity. Mr Smith alleged that
is that this was done to reflect the
late Mr 50/50 GBPA/Port Group Ltd
t stake in ownership split between Sir
ting as a Jack and Mr St George.
lerefore, However, the Callenders &
lip does Co attorney alleged that the
50 per one share held by Mr de la Rue
ds being was subsequently transferred
Sir Jack to Sir Jack, giving him and the
ving the family trust majority control at
ent own- FMS. This, in turn, enabled Sir
'A/Port Jack to obtain management and
George Board control at FMS, IDC
held by and, ultimately, the GBPA/Port
iitial rul- Group Ltd.
rt Group Yet Mr Smith alleged yes-
lit 50/50 terday that the one share held
and Sir by Mr de la Rue should have
his fam- been transferred instead to
that to Campbell Secretaries, the Cay-
il. That man-registered agent for FMS,
litigation thus maintaining the 50/50 own-
'A own- ership balance.
e heard The fate of this one share will
010, and be a critical issue before the
Court of Appeal, and in the due
George diligence conducted by Mid-
able to Atlantic Projects, as it deter-
)C share mines who has control of the
owner- entire GBPA ownership struc-
nined by ture.
This is When asked by Tribune
his fami- Business whether acquiring the
nd man- Hayward family stake would
DC and give Mid-Atlantic Projects
;'s share Board/management control at
ssued to the GBPA, Mr Smith replied:
to Mr St "Of course not.
held by "If they can, and if they do,
former acquire Sir Jack's shares, they
)ller and will only be buying into contin-
nominee ued litigation and confusion.
Mr [Jack] Rosetti will never
find a proper basis for Sir Jack
to be in operational control.
"Mid-Atlantic can only
attempt to buy Sir Jack's shares,
and Sir Jack, as the court has
declared, only owns 50 per cent
of the companies." Mr Smith
alleged that Sir Jack's control of
the critical FMS share was
Mr Rosetti, Mid-Atlantic
Projects' senior managing direc-
tor, told Tribune Business on
Tuesday that its due diligence
would focus on whether acquir-
ing Sir Jack's stake would give
it operational control.
"That is the substance of our
due diligence - to convince our-
selves that is true as it relates to
operational control," Mr Roset-
ti said.

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FROM page 1B

George Markantonis
told Tribune Business that
bookings for the first two
months of 2010 are up
marginally over 2009 lev-
els, indicating Atlantis is
expecting a slight drop in
February, but March at the
Paradise Island property is
expected to exceed expec-
According to Mr
Markantonis, Atlantis has
been maintaining its busi-
ness through leisure book-
ings after losing the impor-
tant group booking market
last year, due to the eco-
nomic downturn. Though,
he does not expect group
bookings to be strong
again until 2011, the
Kerzner International
(Bahamas) managing
director is confident that
reservations could still
come in this year.
"They do book in the
year for the year," said Mr
He added that the US,
the resort's largest market,
was still feeling the effects
of the recession due to
high unemployment, so
Bahamas hotels were feel-
ing the pinch from lower
than normal occupancies.
Mr Markantonis said
Atlantis has been running
marginally ahead of last
year, the increase coming
from the Michael Jordan
Celebrity Golf Invitational
and the Jerry Seinfeld
comedy show, which drew
2,700 attendees.
He added that the resort,
as a part of its marketing,
tries to put on 'one-of-a-
kind' shows and concerts
designed to draw guests
from abroad.
"Our goal is to do at
least one a month," Mr
Markantonis said. "We
pick and choose, and do
specific high-end, one-of-a-
kind shows that you must
come to the Bahamas to
The resort is also
involved in a promotion
introduced by the Ministry
of Tourism that allows the
second of two passengers
to fly to the Bahamas for
free, based on a vacation
package deal.
Mr Markantonis said the
resort has already seen
positive bookings from the
recent promotion. "It's a
fantastic offer that the
Government, through the
Ministry and promotion
board, was able to collabo-
rate with us on to pull this
off," he said.
An intense marketing
campaign is also ongoing in
the US, with Atlantis
spending millions on tele-
vision and print ads, as well
as radio spots.
The resort also reopened
its Seagrapes Buffet in
December, and added a
multi-million dollar Kids
Adventure facility, which
together took on almost
150 new employees.
"If anything, that is
something positive," said
Mr Markantonis.
He said Atlantis' marina
had continued to do well
throughout the downturn,
while many cruise ship visi-
tors have been routed to
Atlantis as a shore excur-
sion option.
"There has not been a
slowdown in the yacht traf-
fic, and cruise ship passen-
gers have been heavy," Mr
Markantonis said.
"I'm very optimistic
about 2010 being better
than 2009, and 2011
onwards will be great. We
have become smarter in
the last two years and have
learned how to operate
better, how to manage
resources better and how
to market better."
He added that timeshare
inventory was sold out,
with very little vacation
blocks left to sell.
"We don't have very
much capacity left," Mr
Markantonis said.

Baha Mar 'moving towards'

closing China agreement

Tribune Business Editor
Baha Mar has resolved the
last remaining commercial
issues with its prospective
financing partner for the $2.6
billion Cable Beach redevel-
opment, Tribune Business
was informed last night, the
developer now moving
towards finalising the legal
documents and presenting the
finished plans to the Govern-
Sources close to develop-
ments told Tribune Business
that Baha Mar's chairman
and chief executive, Sarkis
Izmirlian, and his develop-
ment team had met with Chi-
na Export-Import Bank offi-
cials over the weekend to tie
down all outstanding com-
mercial and business issues
related to the Cable Beach
project's financing.
This newspaper was told
that the meeting went "very
well", and that Baha Mar and
its Chinese partners, the bank
and China State Construction,
were now "moving towards
the finalisation of the docu-
ments" necessary to give legal
effect to their partnership.
In addition, Baha Mar was
working with the Govern-
ment and its existing syndi-
cate of bank financiers, led by
Scotiabank, to bring the rede-
velopment deal to comple-
Tribune Business under-
stands that once the agree-
ment with the Chinese is
finalised, Baha Mar will then
present the Government with
its final development plans
for the Cable Beach strip.
No Baha Mar official was
available for comment yes-
terday, but in an interview
with Tribune Business pub-
lished earlier this month, Mr
Izmirlian said: "We're really
in the final stages of negotia-
tions with China Ex-Im Bank
and China State Construction.
We see the light at the end of
the tunnel.

"We're optimistic that in
the near future we're going
to conclude those negotia-
tions, but until it's signed we
don't have a deal. The good
news is that we're making a
lot of progress, and thanks to
the support of the Prime Min-
ister and the Government,
who've been working with us
all these months, and the flex-
ibility Scotiabank has given
us in the past few months, we
think it's going to happen in
early 2010."
While confirming that a
"decent" number of work
permits were being sought by
the Chinese for their con-
struction personnel, Mr Izmir-
lian pledged: "On balance, the
quantity of Bahamian jobs
outweighs the need for short-
term work permits."
He added: "China State
Construction is going to be
the general contractor, but at
the same time there's going
to be many sub-contracts
going to be awarded to
Bahamian companies. We are
committed to creating as
many opportunities as possi-
ble for Bahamian citizens and
Bahamian companies, and as
soon as we sign the agree-
ment, all the first stage con-
tracts will go to Bahamian
First stage construction will
involve the West Bay Street
re-routing; the Commercial
Village, which will house the
re-located Straw Market,
commercial banks and gov-
ernment buildings lining the
southern side of the existing
road, and other buildings.
Previous estimates pegged
that work's costs at around
$115 million.
"All the construction draw-
ings and design drawings are
done," Mr Izmirlian told Tri-
bune Business. "We have bid
out, and are in the final stages
of negotiating, the contracts
for the Commercial Village
and the road. Within weeks
of signing [with the Chinese] I
believe construction will start

and create jobs for Bahami-
"If the labour is available,
and depending on what hap-
pens on New Providence with
projects such as the airport
redevelopment, you're look-
ing at probably close to 2,000-
2,500 Bahamian jobs during
construction, and that's going
to have a significant impact
on the local construction
industry. It's tens of millions
of dollars and hundreds of
Bahamian jobs being created
within months."
While the general plan is
for China State Construction,
as general contractor, to build
the 'core' of Baha Mar - the
main hotels and casino, and
the taller buildings - there will
be some "overlap" with
Bahamian contractors, who
could enjoy further "oppor-
tunities" in areas such as the
convention centre and shop-
ping district.
Mr Izmirlian told Tribune
Business that Baha Mar
believed the current econom-
ic cycle gave it a "great oppor-
tunity" from a timing per-
spective, when it came to both
resort construction and open-
"We think it's still a good
time to be building," he
explained. "Materials are rea-
sonable and contractors are
keen for business. Prices are
very attractive right now. This
is the time to be building a
resort, and opening it three-
and-a-half to four years from
now when the economy has
fully recovered. I believe
we've got a great opportunity,
as it's not only the right time
to build but the right time to
Mr Izmirlian said Baha Mar
was targeting a "three-and-a-
half year build out", meaning
that the Cable Beach strip's
redevelopment would be
completed in late 2013 or ear-
ly 2014.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), LINTOL INTERNATIONAL INC. has been dis-
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of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 26th day
of November, 2009.

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International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), ROSESIL-
MENT SERVICES (BAHAMAS) LTD. is the Liquidator and can
be contacted at Marlborough & Queen Streets, P.O. Box N-10429,
Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-
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particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before February
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28TH JANUARY, 2010

No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00005

Whereas LETISHA PANDORA ROLLE, Attorney by Deed of
Power of Attorney for GARY FELIX ROLLE, his Lawful
Daughter of 5000, Juanta Avenue Pierce Florida, 34946, one of
the States of the United States of America has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of SIMEON ROLLE, (a.k.a.
RODNEY SIMEON ROLLE), late of the City of Miami in the
State of Florida, one of the States of the United States of America,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.


28TH JANUARY, 2010

No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00007

Whereas ADRIAN DAVIS, of Sunset Subdivision, Freeport on
the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the son of the deceased has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of ALEX
DAVIS late of Nina Apartment in the City of Freeport on the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.


28TH JANUARY, 2010

No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00008

Whereas RODNEY and GRACE LIGHTBOURN, both of the
Southwestern District, New Providence, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the parents of the deceased has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
the Southwestern District,New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.


28TH JANUARY, 2010

No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00009

IN THE ESTATE OF ELINOR FOPPES, late and domiciled of
the county of Morris in the state of New Jersey, one of the states
of the United States of America deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by DESMAR A.
WHITLIELD, of the Eastern District, New Providence one of
the Islands of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-
At-Law, the authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining
the Re-sealing of Letters of Administration (Short Certificate) in
the above estate granted to SHIRLEY B. WHITENACK, the
Personal Representative of the Estate, Morris County Surrogate's
CourtMorristown, in the state of New Jersey, one of the States
of the United States of America, Probate Division on the 7th day
of February, 2007.


28TH JANUARY, 2010

No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00010

Whereas HARTIS E. PINDER, Attorney by Deed of Power of
Attorney for R HARRY WILSON, of 1904 Coastal Highway,
C-7, Dewey Beach in the state of Delaware 19971, one of the
states of the United States of America but presently of the Settlement
of Gregory Town in the island of Eleuthera has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
with the Will Annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of LEOTA
PINDER, late of The Settlement of James Cistern on the Island
of Eleuthera, one of the islands of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.


28TH JANUARY, 2010

No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00011

Whereas LYNN PYFROM HOLOWESKO,Attorney by Deed
of Power of Attorney for LANGHORNE BULLITT SMITH,
the Executor of 271 Keller Point Road in the city of Islesboro in
the state Maine of the states of the United States of America, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed of the Real and
Personal Estate of WILLIAM W. WOLBACH, late of 241
Plantation Road in the town of West Palm Beach in the state of
Florida, one the states of the United States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.



FROM page 1B
Business that one aspect of the
new Act's enhanced regulations
required insurance carriers such
as his to report the failure of
brokers/agents to pass on the
necessary premium to them.
This has been a major prob-
lem for some carriers in their
dealings with a minority of
agents/brokers, leading to a
build-up in accounts receivables
for Bahamas-based insurance
underwriters. Mr Ward told
Tribune Business that carriers
had a "vested interest" in
ensuring that brokers/agents
working for them made timely
premium payments, because
those revenues tied-up in
accounts receivables would be
discounted when it came to cal-
culating solvency requirements,
impacting the strength of
underwriters' balance sheets.
Telling this newspaper that
his comments to a recent
Bahamas Insurance Brokers
Association (BIBA) meeting
had been taken out of context,
and his suggestion that small
Bahamas-based brokers and
agents should 'amalgamate to
survive' had been "one of a
number of different sentiments
expressed", Mr Ward said:
"The emphasis was that no seg-


Change 'inescapable'

for insurance brokers

ment of the insurance market-
place is going to be sheltered
from the realities of the mar-
He cited as one example of
this "the issues that are com-
ing on stream from tighter reg-
ulation". Mr Ward said the
Insurance Act's capital require-
ments, set at a $50,000 mini-
mum for brokers and agents,
would be "new" for many, giv-
en that previous legislation set
no capital limits. And he added:
"The other aspect was, going
forward, that insurance carri-
ers are going to be required to
report infractions on the part
of brokers/agents as regards the
non-payment of premium rev-
enues due."
Mr Ward said this would
"put more pressure" on
Bahamas-based independent
brokers and agents to "pay
timely premiums".
He added: "The receivable
balances that are carried in the
books of the carriers will not
have 100 per cent value as

The Public is hereby advised that I, KEVIN RAPHAEL
CERAMANT of Taylor St. South Beach, P.O. Box GT2285,
Nassau Bahamas of the Island of New Providence intend
to change my name to KEVIN RAPHAEL. 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.

regards solvency calculations.
We have a vested interest in
reducing receivables balances
down to the lowest possible
numbers. If you look at the
totality of issues impacting the
marketplace, it's inescapable to
me to think that the number of
small brokers and agents can
survive without their being
some changes."
The Bahamas First Holdings
president referred to the need
for "structural adjustments",
warning that if small Bahamian
insurance brokers failed to pre-
pare and take the necessary
action, mergers with other firms
"might be the only option avail-
able to them".
Mr Ward said Bahamas-
based insurance carriers were
reacting to "strategic issues" in
the industry, indicating that one
reason why many had launched
their own wholly-owned insur-
ance agencies or 'tied agency'
networks was to reduce the
'credit risk' caused by accounts
receivables balances being
owed by independent, third-
party brokers.
Still, Mr Ward emphasised
that Bahamas First wanted to
work with independent brokers
and agents, with those compa-
nies acting as a sales chain/dis-
tribution network.
He added: "Bahamas First

has made, and continues to
make, a commitment to sup-
port the independent sector
because we believe they are an
integral part of the value chain
proposition for us. So our
efforts are geared towards sup-
porting that value chain, rather
than diminishing it.
"Having a multi-distribution
system is extremely important,
and we will continue to support
brokers in the marketplace
because they provide good ser-
vice for our business."
Adding value to their clients
and the insurance distribution
network was key for indepen-
dent brokers and agents, Mr
Ward said, adding that their
concerns about being 'squeezed
out' by the carriers' own net-
works was not "legitimate".
"If you are able to distinguish
the services you provide with
your independent client base,
I don't think you need to be
overly concerned by strategic
moves by the carriers," he said.
As for the potential cross-
selling of life/health and gen-
eral insurance products that
might result from the potential
Bahamas First/Family
Guardian holding company
merger, Mr Ward said it had
not been determined whether
such an initiative would ulti-
mately be enacted. However,
he dismissed broker fears about
a reduction in competition or
consumer choice in the
Bahamian marketplace, point-
ing out that there were six dif-
ferent carriers currently work-
ing in the general insurance



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Complaint against BEC

power plant EIA authors

FROM page 1B

complaint, one of the prin-
cipal signatories on the
Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) prepared
for BEC, Crystal Robbins,
appears on the Myfloridali- website as an
"engineering intern" who is
"eligible for exam". Yet Ms
Robbins appears on the cov-
er page of the EIA as an
'environmental engineer'.
Ms Wilkins confirmed
that Ms Robbins was not
registered with the FBPE,
but had registered for an
exam which would certify
her to work in the state of
Florida. She has, though, not
sat that exam.
"She applied for the test,
but was a no show," Ms
Wilkins said.
However, Mr Duvall said
Ms Robbins was authorized
to work as a professional
engineer under her 'Profes-
sional Geologist' qualifica-
tion, in which capacity she
worked on the Wilson City
Tribune Business spoke to
Mr Duvall late yesterday,
who said that many individ-
uals across many disciplines
worked on the Wilson City
Several calls were made
to KES over two weeks, but
were not returned. Each
time, the phone operator
asked for the caller's name,
took a number and ended
with "the office is unavail-
able at the moment; some-
one will get back to you".
Some operators were unsure

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FROM page 1B

launch position in May 2008,
standing at $7.72 per share as
at December 31, 2009.
As for the Bahamian capi-
tal markets, the RoyalFidelity
president told Tribune Busi-
ness: "This economy still lags
international markets in terms
of growth, and for the time
being international markets
will offer greater upside.
"We believe the market
here bottomed in October,
and we have started to see
some recovery in stock prices
since then in a number of
securities - not just one or
Mr Anderson said there
was "enough goodwill" in the
market to ensure stock prices
sustained their recovery in
2010, "but we need a number
of projects to come to fruition
to solidify the sense of this
economy recovering this year
and driving the stock market
Key will be the $2.6 billion
Baha Mar project, and
whether the Cable Beach
developers will be able to seal
the deal with China State
Construction (CSC) and the
China Export-Import Bank
for the strip's redevelopment.
Mr Anderson said stock
market recoveries typically
preceded a rebound in the
wider economy by some six
to nine months, meaning that
if the fledgling improvement
could be sustained, the
Bahamian economy was like-
ly to see some recovery signs
in the 2010 third and fourth
"Hopefully, those projects
will be underway to drive
people's expectations of high-
er prices," Mr Anderson told
Tribune Business.
"We need jobs to be
regained and one or two pro-
jects to take-off, getting the
construction guys re-
employed, and then we will
start to turn the corner.

"If Baha Mar comes off,
everyone will be smiling for
a little while."

of the company's address or
whether or not the company
had a website - it does not.
Mr Duvall said he had to
secure BEC's permission to
speak about the project
because they were KES's
clients. RDA, in its com-
plaint, alleged that KES's
EIA "contains many false
and misleading statements
that will cause a power plant
to be built in an area of
homes, farms and an eco-
logically sensitive area".


While it is the Govern-
ment's view that reliable
power is desperately needed
in Abaco, RDA and Friends
of the Environment say they
also share the same senti-
However, they maintain
that the Government has
not been fully transparent
on logistics dealing with the
Wilson City plant, and did
not include the community
in the decision-making
Work on the power plant,
which is scheduled to be

completed by the summer,
was halted last year after it
was found that certain per-
mits were not in place for
the structure.
Minister of the Environ-
ment, Earl Deveaux, said it
was not uncommon for gov-
ernment departments and
utilities to commence devel-
opments before all the nec-
essary permits were
approved, while private
developers are forced to go
through the correct chan-
Abaco residents have
undertaken their own
research, and have conclud-
ed: "The EIA states that the
closest settlement is seven
miles away when, in fact,
there is a settlement three
miles away and homes with-
in two and a half miles from
the plant.
"Also, there are over 300
homes within a seven mile
radius of this plant. The EIA
states that the sea, (which
harbours a National Marine
Park, Pelican Land and Sea
Park), is two miles away,
when in fact it is less than
one quarter mile away."

The Public is hereby advised that 1, BEAUTNY BRANDY
McQUEEN of Nassau Village in the Eastern District of
the Island of New Providence intend to change my name
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.

NOTICE is hereby given that ANNETTE CHRISTIAN of
Golden Isles, P.O. BOX CR-54802, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eightdays fromthe 27thday of JANUARY, 2010tothe
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that DANIELLA EUGENE of
NP-9595, BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 27th day of JANUARY, 2010 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Tribune Features Reporter

Carl's Pizza boast that since they are a
Bahamian based company, they are
heads above the competition.

No, they don't have a
research lab or marketing
budget, but as Lynden
Tinker says, "they know
what people like."
It's a family business,
controlled by he and his
wife, Astrid Tinker who
seems particularly excited
to talk about their line of
pizzas, just introduced in
July of last year.
Everything on their
menu is culturally relevant
as far as food goes, says
Mrs Tinker. There's
Conch Salad, All Da'
Meat, Veggie, Bigshot,
Da' Callaloo, and Out Da'
Sea pizzas, and garlic and
barbecue chicken wings
on their menu.
The conch salad pizza is
a particular hit, topped
with chunks of conch, and
garnished with green pep-
pers, onions and crushed
The Tinkers say the
response from the public
has been phenomenal,
despite the fact the fact
that they are located off
the beaten path-(although
adventurous tourists have
spotted the store) on
Romer Street off Fox Hill
Road. Their customer
base is purely word of
mouth or the occasional
person who happens to
pass the restaurant and
see the big sign they have
plastered up.
Carl's Pizza has also
become innovative and
efficient, delivering pizza
on scooters and their sig-
nature vehicles with the
Carl's Pizza logo also
serves as effective adver-
When Tribune Taste
arrived for our lunch
interview on Monday,
Astrid Tinker, the bubbly
co-owner and wife of Lyn-
den seemed particularly
excited about their pizza
The pair's daughter
Maradona is the all-
around woman, driving

their restaurant's scooter
around town to deliver
and "rendezvous" with
customers if they must
meet them at a closer
location that is out of their
delivery boundaries.
The restaurant prides
itself on its pizza toppings
which include salami,
jalapeno, diced ground
beef, mushrooms, onions,
shrimp, and more unusu-
al hogfish and grouper.

They have just introduced
3 pizzas to the menu- Da'
Callaloo, Out Da' Sea and
Da' Gal'lic Chicken,
which is topped with
chicken marinated in gar-
lic and saut6ed onions.
Pineapple is a topping
used on most pizzas, but
at Carl's Pizza, they use
ripe plantain on their piz-
zas to give it that sweet
bite of flavor.
"Bahamians like food
with taste, so we fix it the
way you would eat it at
home," Mr Tinker said.
"I season it the way
Bahamians like their fish
and conch seasoned."
"We have a ball and we
are a very big happy fam-
ily," says Astrid Tinker.



Terminal Overator

Position Purpose
The purpose of this position is to facilitate the import/export, blending, heating and storage of
petroleum products and the operation of petroleum tankers and barges in a safe and efficient

This position exists in an ever-changing environment that requires flexibility and the ability to
embrace frequent change. It requires persons with a strong genuine passion for promoting and
enforcing high operations and safety standards.

* Assist the Control Room Operators with the safe coordination of all
shore and jetty operations.
* Maintain accurate records of all Terminal Operations movements.
* Prepare work areas and equipment for maintenance work.
* Provide safety watch when required.
* Safe operation and monitoring of all operating equipment.
* Prepare maintenance work requests when required for all equipment in
the operations department.
* Complete fire, safety and equipment checklists as directed.
* General housekeeping of the operating areas.
* Provide both written and oral shift turnover reports.

Experience in terminal operations is a good asset, but not mandatory. Training
will be provided in all areas.

Job Requirements:
* High School graduate
* Age 18-30
* Good Verbal and written communication skills (mandatory)
* Good working knowledge computer skills an asset.
* Prepared to work 12 hour shift cycle.
* Good physical condition.
* Passion for excellence and teamwork.

Applications should be submitted to the
Operations Director
Bahamas Oil Refining Company International Limited
Dbs Vopak Terminal Bahamas
P. 0. Box F-42435
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
On or before January 31, 2010




Seinfeld takes

Atlantis by storm


INCREDIBLY, it's been almost 12
years since Seinfeld, the most successful
sitcom of all time, had its finale.
But at a packed Atlantis Imperial
Ballroom on Saturday night, it was obvi-
ous that the show's star and co-creator
Jerry Seinfeld has lost none of his ener-
gy and sharp observational comedy
Before an audience made up pre-
dominantly of vacationers, with some
edging towards the excitable, Jerry took
to the stage and immediately let the
crowd know who was boss.
"Oh, it's 'all about me'?" he said ear-
ly on to a vocal audience member,
repeating her attempt to back down
from her own outburst. "Yet, by saying
that, you've managed to make it 'all
about you'."


Willis and the Illest are
headline performers at a
benefit concert on January
29 in aid of the families
affected by the earthquake
in Haiti at 7pm. Cost: $10.
All proceeds go to the Yele
Haiti Earthquake Fund.
First Class Boxing Promo-
tions holds its annual dinner
show to honour all outstand-
ing fighters for 2009. You
can show appreciation for
supporting sponsors, offi-
cials and sports media at the
event on Saturday, Jan 30,
8pm at Nirvana Beach.
Platinum Lounge hosts a
concert featuring dancehall
sensation Mr Vegas. Join
the party as he performs his
hit singles and dance to
music provided by DJ Flex
& Selecta Rydim on Satur-
day, January 30. Cost:
$40/general, $50/V.I.P.
Enjoy a night of fashion
while aiding the cause for
HIV/AIDS, Sunday, Jan 31,
7pm at The British Colonial
Hilton. Tickets: $30, avail-
able at Jukebox, Bonneville
Bones and United Colors of
Benetton. T: 445-0932.
The Nassau Institute invites
you to join them for dinner
and an interesting presenta-
tion on the topic 'My
Reflection on The Bahami-
an Economy: 25 Years Lat-
er,' given by Dr Mark
Skousen, a renowned invest-
ment advisor. Cost: $65/per
person, and includes 3-
course meal, gratuities, and
cocktails. Early cocktail
reception at 6pm. Presenta-
tion is on Feb 1 - Monday,
starts 6:30pm at Luciano's of
Chicago. Contact T: 328-
6529 or E: info@nassauinsti- or see www.nas-

That got a huge cheer from everyone.
I guess when you've been doing stand-
up since the seventies, you can put a
rowdy audience in their place without
missing a beat.
After some good-natured jabs at the
silliness of the Atlantis legend, he
launched into his routine - which was
packed with inspired material.
A strip was torn off technology with
blackberry users' habit of glancing down
at their screens mid-conversation get-
ting the most severe treatment: "So is it
okay for me to hold this magazine in
front of your face and read while you're
He questioned being told to clear up
after yourself in the cinema: "I'm not
reaching down in the darkness only to
touch a couple of goobers welded there
since the Shawshank Redemption."
And how he intended to impart his

knowledge and values to his children
but instead finds himself resorting to
"threats and intimidation."
"I'm like a mob boss in my home," he
said with mock shame.
To watch one man keep an audience
laughing for an hour solid with such
ease is quite something. He never resort-
ed to anything particularly edgy - a cou-
ple of gags about the Cialis commer-
cials was as risqu6 as it got - yet some-
how he manages to keep his material
from falling into the lightweight cate-
His delivery was breathless, and, at
times, unexpectedly physical and, judg-
ing by the standing ovation he received
on his final punchline, the audience were
with him all the way.
To see such a big star on-form was a
real treat and the perfect start to
Atlantis' live events in 2010.

FOR the second year in a
row, multi award-winning
artist Manifest, born Lavard
Parks, rang in the new year
outside his native Bahamas
with a tour in Florida.
Manifest, the CEO of
Dunamus Soundz Records,
helped launch Ricardo 'Mr
Beeds' Forbes' debut album
last January in the Cayman
Islands before heading to
Atlanta with Mr Del, for-
merly of 36 Mafia.
After taking a break last
year to be with his wife fol-
lowing the birth of their first
child, Manifest says that he's
back on the circuit and ready
to have a busy year.
Starting last Friday, he
headlined his own four-day
tour in Tampa, Florida.
"I am thrilled to be head-
ing to Tampa/St Petersburg,
Florida for my first tour of
2010," said the producer and
Bahamian hip hop star.
"I'm even more excited
that this is the first tour I'm
doing with my eight-month

old son Jojo along for the
ride, especially since he said
his first word, 'hi', the other
day to help greet fans.
'My wife Radel and I
recently got his passport and
he's already well behaved in
a studio and it's definitely a
different feeling you get on-
stage when you know your
child is watching you create a
legacy for them to live up to.
It feels awesome. I love hav-
ing my family with me as I
have set aside a whole day
on the tour in 2010 just to
spend quality time with
Along with meet and
greets at several popular
Tampa venues, Manifest was
booked for interviews with
local media.
At the invitation of 'holy
hip hopper' Urban D, Man-
ifest performed at the
Crossover Hip Hop Church
yesterday. Visitors to
were also able watch a live
webcast of his performance.

During his tour, Manifest
will also reveal another side
to his fans as he gets set to
be a part of a major cam-
"For the past decade
we've been hard at work in
the Dunamus lab helping
launch new artists and rais-
ing the standard," he said,
"2010 is a year where we
decided to work outside the
studio and outside the
Bahamas and Caribbean
region to meet some fans
and supporters first-hand
through tours.
"We're looking to add
more to the fan base and
ultimately share the message
of hip hop, and to help cre-
ate a little better buzz about
the newest album which
should be out in April. The
Tampa fans have the chance
to get limited edition full
length pre-albums and so I
am very much looking for-
ward to that."
For more information vis-



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COMEDIAN Jerry Seinfeld was on-form in Atlantis on Saturday night.

TaDa's Bon


Tribune Features

'TADA' Terneille Bur-
rows is being tight-lipped
about what seems to be a
major career move abroad
to "test the waters." With
her highly anticipated Bon
Voyage party many are won-
dering what's next for the
popular Bahamian artist who
has emerged quickly as a
household name.
"I'm just going to test the
waters, and follow up on
leads that I have," says
TaDa. Her sound and look
has been compared to the
ever evolving Barbadan
songstress Rihanna. But she
doesn't want anyone to for-
get she is "from the island."
And as she prepares to say
goodbye to her roots for an
indefinite time, she is cele-
brating her tenth anniversary
since her first CD release.
The grand send-off is
planned for next week Fri-
day, February 5, at Luna
Nightclub on West Bay
Fans and supporters will
be enthralled by special
guests performers, Ronnie
Butler and Sweet Emily who
will perform TaDa's

favourite song by the duo:
"Look what you do."
RAPQuelle will be singing
Back to the 80's. Guest per-
formers include reBirth,
Padrino and So$a Man.
The first part will be a con-
cert and the second is a par-
ty. DJ Clean Cut will be
playing and DJ Genesis will
be there from Miami. The
Miami-based music mixer
has entertained guests at par-
ties for major artist like Kel-
ly Rowland, and Beyonce.
TaDa has been pushing for
a long time home, and now
she wants to "switch gears
and diversify."
"I plan to have a lot of fun
and let things fall into place
this year," she said. "I've
been pushing for a long time,
switching gears and diversi-
She wants to explore and
ultimately become a well
rounded entertainer and
entrepreneur, dabbling into
the things that should take
her to the height of her game
as a leading artist. Ulti-
mately, her goal is to make
her mark in the internation-
al music industry.
Tickets for the event are
available at The Jukebox in
the Mall at Marathon, priced
at $20 general admission, and
$40 for VIP.


Manifest back in action








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EMBODIED with warmth
and coziness, quilt art rep-
resents a beauty revealing
the most inner thoughts
and experiences of the
And with an assortment of patterns,
a splash of color, organizers of this
year's Stepping Stone Annual Quilt
show hope to evoke an appreciation
for the art form.
The show which was held for the
first time 20 years ago is an annual
event where members of the Stepping
Stone Quilting Group showcase their
crafts and attempt to sell their beauti-
ful intricate pieces.
The show opens today at the Trin-
ity Methodist Church from 10am - 4pm
with a total of 70 handmade decora-
tive pieces on display ranging from
miniature size to grand heirloom
The unique art pieces have been
created over a period of time sport-
ing a number of original designs.
"This year attendees can expect
work of the highest standard and qual-
ity. There are a wide variety of designs,
colour and we incorporated a number
of techniques to get the desired look,"
Maria Chisnall of the Stepping Stone
Quilting told Tribune Arts.
Like any other art form, the quilting
experience allows for a sense of free-
dom of expression.
"We don't have a theme for this
year's show. Everyone works on what-
ever she desires throughout the year.
We did, however, issue our annual
challenge which we expect every mem-
ber to tackle. This year our theme was
to be the size of a welcome mat and

depict some aspect of the Bahamas
and the results are stunning," Mrs
Chisnall said.
The annual challenge has a special
purpose . It encourages members to
maintain and improve their hand quilt-
ing skills.
The time it takes to make a quilt
depends on the individual. Some of
the quilts can take a few weeks to com-
plete, while some on the other hand
can take years.
Mrs Chisnall said that the quilts for
the show are made from 100 per cent
cotton which are of quality fabric.
Then other embellishments are added
to the them. "Sometimes we add
embellishment like beads, shells fibers,
and other decorative items," she said.
Not all of the quilts will be on sale.
"Each quilt has a history of what
was going on in the quilter's life as she
was making the quilt. And many are
made to be given to specific people,"
she said.
The group which was founded in
1986, has around 20 members. Some of
the members had their work featured
in the trade magazines "Quilting
International", and "Quilting Today".
Last year the group worked on a
Christmas quilt which was raffled at
the Bahamas National Trust's Jollifi-
cation. And a total of $900 dollars was
raised for the group (BNT).
"We are very proud of our work
and would like to share it with the
public. We would love to have teachers
and students visit us as well as the gen-
eral public. Our show is "eye candy",
Mrs Chisnall said.
The Stepping Stone Quilters Annu-
al Quilt is being held at the Trinity
Methodist Church Hall on Frederick
Street and runs until February 6, 2010.
Admission is free and the show is open
form 10 am -4pm.



Tra nstformi ng Space" - the poLp-
ular art htu tour that allmO'-
patroni to \ iit el\erIal art gal-
lL'U'ie; oMer onie weekend will take
place this \Lear on Saturdal and
Sunday M'arch 13-14. Organizers
ot the sixth annual el\elnt
announIILLd that thel tour \\ill
include .tops to 9 galleriLs- Doon-
galik Studio, Art Gallern at Vil-
lage Roaid, Laddlr (;all-f [at
NPCC. Ne\l\ Pro\ id'Ine Art &
Antiquet. Pink 'Un. Popop Stu-
diio. Post HouISLe ailLn. PRO

Gallern at COB, StingraiLSttldio
and Thu, Hub.
Each space will be speuificallh
transformIed for the occasion and
patrons will e\xpL'riencL' a panophl
of iart tol'rms and eLpression idur-
ing theu 5 hour Tour. Transporta-
tion will onceC again ]be pro ided
h\ the protILfesional team from
Bahanma E\perience Tours \\ho
will dri\ e patrons in air condi-
tionLd blus all arouMnd the island.
Each bus will ha' e its omn knowl-
edgeableh tour guide and in addi-

tion to ha\Iing the opportunity$ to
\iew and purchase art, patrons
will al[o get to meeLt the artist-
and indulge in a \ari'it\ ot stood
and drink at Lach stop. All buses
will lem\ e daily from the NAGB
promptly at 10 am. Tickets for
$10o Will bI-I iin ,alLk shoi'tl\ ait the
following locations:
National Art Galleir TueS -Sat
Tel: ;3128-5800 Doongalik Studios
Village Road NMon-Fri Tel: 394-
188i Ladder Galleln at NPCC
Mon-Sat Tel: '12--1()0.



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