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Title: The Tribune.
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 08-05-2009
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Davis announces

id for PLP deputI

MP vows to fight

corruption and

violent crime

Tribune Staff

fight corruption in
politics and the
plague of violent
crime on the
streets, PLP MP
for Cat Island,
Rum Cay and San
Salvador Philip
"Brave" Davis for-
mally announced
his bid to run for
the deputy leadership of the
PLP at a show of force press
conference yesterday.
Surrounded by friends,
family, and supporters, includ-
ing Member of Parliament for
Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, Sena-
tor Allyson Maynard-Gibson,
former party chairman Ray-
nard Rigby, Damien Gomez,
Ryan Pinder, and former
Minister of Immigration Lof-
tus Roker, Mr Davis chal-
lenged Bahamians to be
"brave" with him and
"change the Bahamas."
"Today, I am announcing
my candidacy for deputy
leader of the PLP because I,

like many other
Bahamians, am not
happy with the
direction in which
our country is
headed and I am
absolutely commit-
ted to working with
you to change the
"Ladies and gen-
tlemen, my person-
al story of success
\ ^^ should be more
common. But the
government is let-
ting us down.
' Crime and unem-
ployment is rising,
but the government is offering
the same old, failed ideas.
"I have a new vision with
new solutions. We need to
look ahead and create jobs of
the future, not rely on the
same traditional Bahamian
economic model. We need to
fight crime by investing in the
latest technology and teach-
ing our police the latest tech-
niques - in addition to
toughening penalties for crim-
inals. And we need to fight
corruption by empowering a
new independent ombudsman
to investigate and prosecute
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found riddled

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is the 49th
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application is refused
Tribune Staff Reporter
SUPREME Court Justice Jon Isaacs refused a
bail application by alleged drug lord Melvin May-
cock Sr, but agreed to an application for an order
to improve the conditions of his detention at Her
Majesty's Prison.
Lawyer Roger Gomez Jr argued yesterday
that Maycock Sr has been in custody over a year
and that the maximum penalty for the escape
charge he is currently standing trial for in Mag-
istrate's Court is only one year.
Maycock, 43, is accused of escaping from a
holding cell at the Elizabeth Estates Police Sta-
tion in February 2008 by switching places with his
son Melvin Maycock Jr. Maycock Sr was cap-
tured four months later following a high speed
chase. US prosecutors requested Maycock's
extradition in June 2004 on allegations that he is
the mastermind of the Caribbean arm of a multi-
national drug gang. Thirteen other men, includ-
ing Melvin Maycock Jr who are charged in the
same indictment as Maycock Sr, were freed on
bail in 2006.
Mr Gomez said that Maycock Sr was willing to
surrender his travel documents and sign in at a
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Slow initial

ticket sales for
Miss Universe
Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE a massive media blitz,
initial ticket sales for the Miss Uni-
verse pageant have been slow with
tourism officials blaming the lagging
sales on plain old procrastination.
But the Ministry of Tourism
(MOT) anticipates an uptake in tick-
et purchases as the activities draw
"I understand the ticket sales are
starting to pick up. We're last minute
people, and so I think they're going
to pick up now because the (ticket-
ed) events begin next week," said
Janet Johnson, director for onshore
communications for the Ministry.
When asked if she felt the prices
- ranging from $50 to $1,000 -
may have scared potential customers
away, Ms Johnson said "yes" but
reasoned the fees are well worth it
for the "world-class" event.
SEE page 12

A MAN's body riddled
with bullets was found in
the early hours of yester-
day in the backseat of a car.
The victim is 32-year-
old Christopher Edwin
Pratt from Abaco. He is
the country's 49th and
Grand Bahama's seventh
murder victim for the year.
Police made the grue-
some discovery while they
were on routine patrol in
east Freeport at around
12.15am. They found the
victim in the backseat of a
gold coloured Chevrolet
Malibu, which was parked
in bushes off Lindsell Dri-
ve, a sparsely populated
area just east of Casuarina
So far police have only
said the victim's body had
sustained multiple gunshot
wounds. The body was lat-
er transported to the
morgue at the Rand
Memorial Hospital. Inves-
tigations are still in the ini-
tial stages and a motive for
the killing has not yet been
Officers of the Central
Detective Unit are han-
dling the investigation and
persons with any informa-
tion concerning this latest
homicide are asked to con-
tact the police as soon as

charged with
murder of man
found in street
A MAN questioned by
police after a man was found
dead in the middle of a street in
the Grove was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Police have charged Marco
Macintosh, 29, of Bahama
Avenue, with the murder of
Kendall Hamilton. Mr Hamil-
ton was the country's 46th
homicide victim for the year.
According to reports, police
received a call around 6.45am
last Thursday about an injured
man lying on Poinciana Avenue
near 2nd Street in the Grove.
When officers arrived, they
found Mr Hamilton dead with a
wound to the head.
Macintosh, who is repre-
sented by attorney Murrio
Ducille, was not required to
enter a plea to the murder
charge during his arraignment
before Deputy Chief Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel in Court 8,
Bank Lane yesterday.
He was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison yesterday. The
case was adjourned to August
18 for fixture and transferred
to Court 11, Nassau Street.


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Claims of inhumane

treatment during

Immigration raid

Sources say

families were

torn apart .

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Abaco community
has been left reeling follow-
ing an Immigration raid in
three Haitian settlements in
which people were treated
"inhumanely" and families
were torn apart, sources
Witnesses of the dawn
raids at the North Abaco
settlements of the Mud and
Pigeon Pea in Marsh Har-
bour, as well as Sandbanks,
near Treasure Cay, claim
authorities broke down
doors, dragged women and

RELATIVES OF THOSE detained in the raids gather outside of the
local Immigraiton office last week.

men from their homes while
barely dressed, and ordered
children out of their beds
between 4am and 5am on

Thursday, according to a
Tribune source in Marsh
The Haitian-Bahamian
families who have lived in
the settlements for decades
said they have been left
angry and upset, and are
now unwilling to assist the
Immigration Department in
They claim several of the
165 suspected illegals
detained are in the country
legally and have work per-
mits but were not able to
produce them during the
A source in Marsh Har-
bour said: "Many people
don't keep their papers in
their homes because the
houses are packed together
so tightly in there, if they
have a fire it will destroy



any number of houses, so
they give them to their
employers and have a copy
at the house.
"But I have heard officers
wouldn't accept the copies
in the raid and they even
tore up some of them."
Luzena Dumercy said a
woman was dragged
through the dirt when she
resisted authorities, and
children were taken from
their beds.
She added: "They treat
these people like animals
and they come hunt them
down like criminals with
their big guns.
"They choke them, run
after them, beat them up
and a few persons have bro-
ken bones and stuff.
"This is inhumane, the
way they do this, and these
people are not treated with
"Some of them are your
family, and you may be
biased, but we would
respect them more if they
did their job with some
Chief Immigration officer
Peter Joseph led 30 Immi-
gration Department offi-
cers, 20 police officers and
50 officers from the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force in
the raids. He said his team
did not meet any resistance

as people remained "rela-
tively calm".
And The Tribune had not
received a response to the
allegations from Immigra-
tion director Jack Thomp-
son before press time.
Thousands of Haitians
and Bahamians of Haitian
descent live in the three set-
tlements, the largest Hait-
ian settlements in the coun-
try, and as housing, elec-
tricity and water supply is
not regulated in the com-
munities, the health and
safety of residents is at risk.

A Bahamian-born woman
whose father moved to
Marsh Harbour from Haiti
in the 1960s said her father
was detained in the raid
because he has not been
granted residency after
around 50 years in the coun-
She was formerly willing
to help authorities stem the
influx of illegal immigrants
from Haiti, but after the
raid she said she feels less
A source said: "She does-
n't feel like helping (offi-
cials) now because it has
upset all the Haitians.
"There are a number of
Haitians who are here legal-
ly and they don't want to

see the new immigrants
come in either, they want
to help the department, but
now, since the raid, they
feel differently. They are
The source said witnesses
of the raid have been con-
sistent in their reports,
adding: "They have all said
the officers broke down
doors, kicked in things,
dragged people out of
houses when women were
not dressed properly, and
they took people off with-
out letting them get their
documents. It just wasn't
done in a humane way and
we haven't heard from any-
one responsible to say they
did it right.
"I used to think raids
were a good thing, but I
have changed my mind
because it breaks up fami-
"I just don't think this is
right. These are people who
have helped build our econ-
omy and then they turn
around and do this to them.
"Immigration is a very
serious problem but it
needs to be dealt with slow-
ly, gently, and in co-opera-
tion with the Haitian com-
"They are human beings,
just because they were born
in a country that's poverty-
ridden doesn't mean they
are any less human."



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in accordance with the Gaming and Lotteries Act and Regulations;

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AND WHEREAS, the Gaming Board, which was established over
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OIn brief

Man in court

accused of

sex with girl

under 14

A 20-YEAR-OLD man
accused of having sex with
a girl under the age of 14
was arraigned in Magis-
trates Court yesterday.
Alfredo Johnson, of
Pine Barren Road, was not
required to enter a plea to
the charge during his
arraignment before Magis-
trate Ancella Williams in
Court 6, Parliament Street,
It is alleged that Johnson
committed the offence
between May 2009 and
Wednesday, July 29.
Johnson was granted bail
in the sum of $10,000 with
two sureties.
He was also ordered not
to have any contact with
the teenage girl.
The case has been
adjourned to November,
which is when a prelimi-
nary inquiry is expected to

All 84 Miss



have arrived

in Bahamas
THE 84 Miss Universe
2009 contestants have all
arrived in the Bahamas
and will today participate
in the first official activities
on their almost month-
long schedule.
The beauty queens will
visit Ardastra Gardens,
famed for its beautiful
pink flamingo display.
They also will be treat-
ed to tours of Fort Char-
lotte and the historic
Clifton Heritage Site and
Sacred Space.
A visit to Arawak Cay
and the dock boardwalk at
Sandals are also planned.
The Miss Universe con-
testants will spend three
weeks in the Bahamas.
During that time they will
visit Abaco, Bimini,
Eleuthera and Grand

Police return after interviewing

daughter of murder victim in US

Tribune Staff Reporter
LOCAL police are still
compiling evidence that
will determine whether or
not they have sufficient

Evidence being compiled
ahead of extradition decision

cause to extradite the
teenage daughter of slain
American Anna Garrison.

THE mother of two boys who disappeared
from their grandmother's home in South
Andros for over a month said yesterday that
she no longer believes her sons were kid-
Vera Clarke-Sylverin, of Kemp Road, Nas-
sau, said she now believes the story her sons
have told her - that they survived in the
Andros forest on their own for 33 days and
Deangelo Clarke, nine, and Marcell Clarke
Sylverin, six, had gone out to look for crabs at
around 5.30pm on June 9, and were not seen
again until they emerged from the woods
around a mile south of their grandmother's
house in Smith's Hill, South Andros, nearly
five weeks later.
The boys were dirty and dehydrated when
they were picked up at the roadside by a fam-
ily friend just before noon on Sunday, July 12.
They told their parents they got lost in the
woods when looking for crabs and could not
find their way home.
Deangelo told his mother they slept in the
shelter of a hole, ate pigeon plums, and drank
water from holes and a stream.
Many sceptics refuse to accept the story and

A team of Royal
Bahamas Police Force
(RBPF) officers travelled

say the boys would not have been able to sur-
vive on pigeon plums as they are out of season,
and that if they had been in the woods they
would have been found during the wide search
of the island which was assisted by the police
K-9 dog unit and Defence Force officers.
Theories that the boys were kidnapped by
drug dealers after a drug deal went wrong cir-
culated in South Andros and New Providence.
But speaking on the ZNS talk show Imme-
diate Response yesterday, their mother said:
"They told me they were living in a hole, a
shelter, and during the day Deangelo would
get out to get pigeon plums to feed Marcell.
"I don't think anybody had them, I don't
think anyone had anything to do with them."
Mrs Clarke-Sylverin said the children, who
lost around 301bs each during the time they
were missing, are gaining weight and recover-
ing in hospital.
She does not know yet when they will be
released, but it is expected they will be well
enough to return to school in September.
Marcell will go into grade two of Uriah
McPhee school and Deangelo will return to
Deep Creek Primary School in South Andros
where he lives with his grandmother.

Miss Bahamas Universe reportedly a 'no-show'

MISS Bahamas Universe
Kiara Sherman was report-
edly a "no-show" over the
weekend as contestants of
the prestigious pageant
arrived at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Air-
On Saturday and Sun-
day, 84 contestants from
around the world arrived
at the capital's airport
where they were welcomed
to the country ahead of the
highly anticipated Miss
Universe 2009 pageant lat-
er this month.
The beauty queens were
entertained with junkanoo
rhythms as they landed on
Bahamian soil, but some

on site questioned why the
host country's representa-
tive was not there to meet
and greet the delegates.
"At one point Miss
Jamaica joked that she felt
like the host queen
because she was busy talk-
ing to the girls," said a
source who was at the air-
port over the weekend.
Ministry of Tourism offi-
cials had hoped Ms Sher-
man - who was crowned in
May - would have attended
the events. But according
to a source at the ministry,
the Bahamian beauty
queen was busy preparing
for the pageant.
"We were hoping that

she would have been there
to greet the girls," said the
source. "But I guess she
was working on becoming
pageant- ready."
For the next two weeks,
Miss Sherman and the oth-
er 83 contestants will be
busy with a series of events
and public appearances
leading up to the final
show and coronation ball
at the Atlantis resort on
August 23.

to Pennsylvania last week
to question the 16-year-old
girl in connection with her
mother's murder.
The team has now
returned to the capital, but
yesterday Assistant Com-
missioner of Crime Ray-
mond Gibson declined to
disclose what investigators
gleaned from the teenager's
"There is a process we
must go through for us to
have her brought back to
the Bahamas.
"She is a suspect in the
matter and there is a
process we must go through
to get her back in the
Bahamas and we are work-
ing on that," said Mr Gib-
"At some point she may
(be extradited)- if there
is sufficient evidence to
bring her back, if we deem
that there is sufficient evi-
dence to extradite her, then
we will make that request,"
he said, adding that girl was
not under arrest.
Up to press time, a for-
mal request had not been
made for the teenager's
extradition, said Mr Gib-

Ms Garrison's badly
decomposed body was dis-
covered by a passerby in a
bushy area off Fox Hill
Road south, near the Blue
Water Cay development,
on Saturday, July 4.
Her body was hidden by
bed-sheets and her feet
were wrapped in plastic

Zyndall McKinney, 22,
of Isabella Boulevard, was
charged with intentionally
causing Ms Garrison's
death between Sunday,
February 25, and Saturday,
July 4, 2009, while being
concerned with another.
Ms Garrison, 33, of West
Palm Beach, first came to
the police's attention on
February 25 when they
received a missing person
report from the United
States Embassy in Nassau.
She had last been in the
US sometime in January
and in February police
were told that she may
have been in the Bahamas
in the company of a
Bahamian man.

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Bay Street differences noted

IN THIS column yesterday we described
our walk up and down Bay Street - from
The Tribune's Shirley Street office to the
British Colonial Hilton and back again to
see for ourselves what Miss Universe
pageant participants will see on their planned
downtown walk-about.
The contrast between the two ends of
Bay Street - east and west - recalled our
entry into Budapest through that ancient
city's back streets about two years ago.
We had heard so much about the mag-
nificence of Budapest, the capital of Hun-
gary, and of Prague, capital of the Czech
Republic, that we decided to visit both after
our brief stay in Vienna. However, instead of
going to Budapest by plane we went by car,
which meant that we entered the old city
through its back door - not the usual tourist
drive from the airport. What a shock it was.
It was like a horror movie. To think we had
left one of Austria's cultural centres for this
dump was indeed a let down. Budapest
showed all the scars of World War II and the
later Russian occupation. It was dirty, run-
down and depressed. We complain of graffiti
here in Nassau, but we had never seen so
much of it until we entered Budapest. From
top to bottom every building was covered in
graffiti. It looked as though the very soul
had been beaten out of this city and its peo-
As we were debating bypassing Budapest
and moving onto Prague, we crested a hill
and spread out below was a most magnificent
sight. One of the most beautiful cities of
Europe with the ancient city of Buda on the
right bank of the River Danube and Pest on
its left bank. The secrets of the dirty back
streets were quickly forgotten as we indulged
ourselves in the culture of a breathtakingly
lovely city.
The difference between the east end of
Bay Street with more shops shuttered and
abandoned than doing business, and the
spruced up western half of the town's main
street is not as dramatic as Budapest, but
for New Providence it is still a contrast. One
end of the main shopping thoroughfare
depressed, while the other end is making a
brave attempt to stay alive - and it shows.
Yesterday, we remarked on an old build-
ing that for years has been an embarrass-
ment to Bay Street - its paint peeling and
covered in graffiti. We said that it was a part
of the former Imperial Lighthouse property.
This is incorrect. The Imperial Lighthouse
building- now demolished - was further to
the east. At one time the ground floor of
this old building was one of Austin Levy's
milk stands. The Fifty-two Miles, one of Mr
Levy's boats that brought the produce from
his Hatchet Bay farms in Alice Town,
Eleuthera, was moored at the back.
About three years ago one of the govern-
ment ministries - possibly the Ministry of

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ordering the current owner of the building to
either demolish it or refurbish it. Apparent-
ly the owner, who had wanted permission to
tear it down, was delighted that at last gov-
ernment had issued an order. However,
before he could carry out the demolition
order, he got another call from a govern-
ment official telling him to "hang on." He
heard no more. He has been hanging on
ever since, until this weekend when some-
thing had to be done to force the old build-
ing into some semblance of respectability.
The old paint was peeled off revealing attrac-
tive cut white stone beneath, the balconies
are being repaired and painted white. But as
soon as the beauty queens have left a deci-
sion should be made on this building.
During our walk, a comment from a taxi
driver brought home how much our people
have changed in the past half century.
As we wrote in this column yesterday
Bay Street was completely deserted, except
for three taxi drivers who we met at different
points of our walk, desperately looking for
To each one, when asked if we wanted a
taxi, we gave the same answer - "No
thanks, we're just out exercising shanks's
pony!" Each of them looked at us as though
we had bats in the belfry - which we prob-
ably have. "Uh, whas dat?" asked one with a
worried look on his face.
Half a century ago "shanks's pony" was
for many the only means of transport. We
remember the Fox Hill women, farm pro-
duce in baskets on their heads, walking
briskly to downtown Bay Street to sell their
produce in the market. Daily "shanks's
pony" was their only means of transport to
and from town.
Each day children walked miles to school,
and unless someone gave them a lift in a
car, shanks's pony was their only means of
getting there.
During the war when there was gas
rationing, the children of our family saddled
up their horses, or took out their bicycles
to get wherever they were going.
However, our mother always reminded
us that shanks's pony was always the most
reliable means of transport. "That's what
God gave you legs for," she often said as
she encouraged us to use them.
Today, no one has heard about the old
shank, because parents drive their children to
school in cars and themselves to work either
by car or hopping onto a bus.
Now that shanks's pony has been retired
from daily life and even from the vocabulary,
many Bahamians are having an uphill battle
with the bulge and all the health problems
that go with it - high blood pressure, dia-
betes, hypertension and the list goes on.
The Bahamas has come a long way, but it
has lost much in the coming.

Stop this

madness and

share the land

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I have been wondering
how best to quell the big hul-
labaloo about Crown land.
There have been questions
about who has some, who got
too much, who used their
influence and who profited
from our Crown land, the
Bahamian people's land.
We must all come to
appreciate that this land does
not belong to the government,
the opposition, the politically
affluent, the church or the
civic groups. The Crown
belongs to the people and
they should all have a say in
how it is distributed and who
gets it. It is highly presump-
tuous for anyone, I mean any-
one individually or any group
to be given the authority to
act on my behalf to distribute
what in fact belongs to all of
us, without our permission.
There are enough exam-
ples to prove that the very
wealthy cannot be satisfied.
Mr. Ingraham exposed why
the playing field must be lev-
elled. He painstakingly
exposed how in the past, high
powered political figures cap-
italized on their position and
gave themselves acres and
their wives more acres. Now
we understand what "All for
me baby, all for me" really
means. It must have meant,
in this case, the unquenchable
thirst for more land.
The greed displayed
where millionaires still want
more is sickening to put it
mildly. Many of the names
are people who have benefit-
ed from the fat of the land
while blocking others from
progressing. God knows that
this is not right.
The opposition made a
great deal about the most
recent incident at Lands and
Survey reference Crown land.

But the parliamentarians did
not mention that their family
and I dare say parents were
equally as guilty of doing the
same. How hypocritical. They
have no shame.
My suggestion not only to
keep everyone quiet and sat-
isfied but to be fair, is to
share the 2.5 million acres
evenly among all "full blood-
ed Bahamians" except the
families who have already
gotten theirs, and that would
be the end of the story. The
only drawback is that no one
could sell anything and cannot
mortgage it.
The land could only be
willed to children, which
means that the land remains
in the families forever.
If the government would
not divide all of the land, then
give each Bahamian 5 acres
and keep the remainder for
other use like expanding the
government buildings and
otherwise. There is enough
land to go around.
This practice of applying
for Crown land and being
turned down because some-
one in the room does not like
the person for their own self-
ish and personal reason is
ludicrous. It is sickening
watching the same people get-
ting everything they want and
the people over the hill in par-
ticular get nothing. How long
should we have to endure this
The practice of distribu-
tion of Crown land must be
done in "broad daylight". We
sat idly by while a foreigner
was in the highest position of
the distribution process. The

question is did he help other
foreigners benefit from
Crown land? Does any for-
eign resident who got Crown
land have now planned to
build a subdivision with the
land? The Bahamian people
must know all of the facts.
If the whole business of
Crown land is being debated,
then the true story must be
made public first. The
Bahamian people must know
that people who were not
born in the Bahamas have
large plots of land especially
on Carmichael Road and they
do not intent to build dwelling
homes on the property either.
Land is something that has
caused families to be at war.
Land has caused friends to
sever relationships. Land has
caused business partners to
be at each other's throats.
Therefore I am simply advo-
cating sharing the land. I call
on all Bahamians to join in to
let our voices be heard. "This
land is my land; this land is
your land. This land was
made for you and me."
Finally, tell your member
of parliament that you want
your piece of the rock. You
want your land that is right-
fully yours. Never mind the
lawyers putting a legal spin
on things. Insist on them giv-
ing you what belongs to you.
I simply speak for the
frightened, the weak, the une-
ducated, the poor, the dispos-
sessed, and the downtrodden.
I fear no human beings; as
long as they put on their pants
the same way as I do, they
can do me nothing.
My fear of Jesus Christ is
what propels me to speak out
for all Bahamians.

July, 2009.

Who's Haitian, who's Bahamian, who cares?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

"My Haitian been work-
ing for me from dat time!"
Have you ever been guilty
of using such language or
overheard someone else
using it? It must now be
brought to light that this is
not acceptable and that
those who standby and per-
mit such verbal degradation
are equally at fault. In 1833,
a little piece of legislation
called the Emancipation Act
was passed putting an end
to slavery making the own-

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This being the case, how can
one have his or her Haitian?
Why would he or she want
It is incredibly ironic that
a nation built on the blood
and sweat of former slaves
finds it so difficult to have
compassion for others in
such a desperate state that
they would risk their lives
to get here then humble
themselves to take on the
lowliest form of occupation
just to survive.
They subjected them-
selves to verbal abuse, mis-
treatment, and disrespect
not because they lacked
pride, but like our ancestors
of the 19th century, they
simply had no choice.
The year is 2009 and
Bahamians must accept the
fact that culture is an evo-
lutionary phenomenon that
is never stagnant but instead
is ever changing.
We say that we find it so
difficult to sympathise with
Haitian nationals here
because we feel that they are
simply too aggressive and
want to take over.
But if you were to once
again in your mind switch

places, wouldn't you be a bit
aggressive after years of
being treated as a lesser
So which came first, the
chicken or the egg?
Are we as Bahamians sup-
posed to treat our Haitian
counterparts with more dig-
nity and they in turn will
find it easier to tone down
their "aggressiveness", or
should we wait on them to
humble themselves even fur-
ther to the point where we
no longer consider them
aggressive which will in turn
make it easier for us to find
compassion in our Christian
In my opinion, the ball is
in our court and we need to
take steps and raise aware-
ness of the cultural evolu-
tion that is taking place.
It is not something that
can be stopped so it must at
least, be accepted and hope-
fully, in time embraced
because whether we like it
or not, the Haitian presence
here will always be a strong
and influential one.

June, 2009.

Department of Agriculture should

top the list for house cleaning
EDITOR, The Tribune.
This is an open letter to the Prime Minister
Dear sir,
In all your God-given wisdom you have begun a long over-
due purge of the Public Service. The Police, Customs, Immi-
gration, Youth and Sports, etc.
Sir, farmers and members of the agricultural community are
crying out for you to now do the same with the Department of
For nearly 20 years the administration in this department has
been an albatross and hindrance to agricultural development.
The Department of Agriculture should now be top of the list for
house cleaning.
This administration should be banished to the nearest cay,
then made to farm using slash and burn with no technical assis-
tance - similar to the services offered by this God-forsaken
July, 2009.




0 In brief

Man fined $2,500 for

cocaine possession
A 21-YEAR-OLD man
pleaded guilty to a cocaine
possession charge Friday and
was fined $2,500 by a local
magistrate. Trevor Emmanuel
Ambrister of Fox Hill Road
pleaded guilty to possession of
cocaine with intent to supply
during his arraignment before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel in
Court 8, Bank Lane. It is
alleged that on July 29, Arm-
brister was found in posses-
sion of three grams of cocaine.
If Armbrister fails to pay the
fine he will have to serve a
year in jail.

Drug seizure

in Freeport
A JOINT operation between
Bahamian and American
authorities over the weekend
resulted in a major drug seizure
at the Freeport Container Port.
Officers from the Bahamas'
Customs Department, the
Drug Enforcement Unit
(DEU), the US Drug Enforce-
ment Administration (DEA)
and the port's security person-
nel were part of the operation
on Sunday at 1.45pm which led
to the discovery of a black bag
containing 71 lbs of suspected
cocaine in a 20ft container.
No arrests have been made
so far.

Arawak Cay vendors 'up in

arms' over burst water pipe

ARAWAK Cay vendors were
reportedly up in arms on Mon-
day after workers accidentally
burst a nearby water pipe, cutting
service to the busy dining and
social hot spot until late yester-
day morning.
The pipe was struck by a trac-
tor working in the area at around
4.15pm, with immediate conse-
quences for vendors and their
According to social activist and
leader of the Workers' Party
Rodney Moncur, who witnessed
the aftermath of the incident, sev-
eral restaurants were left com-
pletely without running water
while many others experienced a
severe drop in pressure.
"Thousand of people were
stuck without a bathroom," he
said, adding that this eventually
led to people relieving them-
selves outside restaurants - a
spectacle witnessed by a number
of tourists.
"It caused a lot of inconve-
nience; it was horrible," Mr Mon-
cur said.
And because the accident hap-
pened on a public holiday, no
one could be found to address
the problem, so the pipe contin-

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employees of Boskalis, a Nether- company so known for its exper- Water and Sewerage Corpora- raway at the Ministry of Works,
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improve food security

Tribune Staff Reporter
CLARENDON, Jamaica -
Action to improve the country's
food security saw Jamaica reduce
its food imports in 2008 by more
than a quarter over the previous
year, the country's Minister of
Agriculture and Fisheries
revealed Saturday.
Meanwhile, in 2009 the pro-
duce output from the farming sec-
tor is again increasing, causing
technocrats to posit that, with the
support of the government, the
agricultural sector will double its
contribution to Jamaican Gross
Domestic Product within the next
two years.
Christopher Tufton MP made
this known as he called on CARI-
COM nations to make agriculture
a "priority" issue on their agendas,
claiming that so far many have
not done enough to support and
develop their agricultural sector
and the economic opportunities
it can offer for participants.
Also Chairman of the Group
of Agricultural Ministers in Cari-
com, Mr Tufton was speaking at
the three-day Denbigh Agricul-
tural and Industrial Show in
Clarendon, Jamaica on Saturday,
which was attended by a repre-
sentative from the Bahamas Agri-
cultural and Industrial Corpora-
The Bahamas presently spends
around $500 million a year on
food imports. Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham suggested in
February that the Bahamian agri-
cultural sector, which is currently
only operating at "ten per cent of
its potential" must be "re-tooled
and re-evaluated" so it can be ful-
ly exploited and this figure can be
Noting that the global financial
crisis has stirred Caribbean gov-
ernments to place more emphasis
on the sector - Prime Minister
Bruce Golding told the Denbigh
crowd it was a "rude awakening"
for Jamaica in this regard - Mr
Tufton urged that it must not be
allowed to slip off the agenda
when a recovery comes about.
For too long in Jamaican and
in the region agriculture has been
"treated as the bastard child of
the economy," said Tufton,
despite being the "main stabilising
force of countries in the region."
For agriculture to succeed it
must be systematically advanced
at a policy level by governments
as well as "at the level of opera-
tions," he urged.
Unlike the Bahamas, where
only around 0.6 per cent of the
population makes a living from
farming, the agricultural sector in
Jamaica already employs more
people than any other sector.
A livelihood is made directly
from it by 226,000, or 8.1 per cent
of the population, and one mil-
lion are estimated to indirectly
attain sustenance from it. At pre-
sent, it contributes 5.7 per cent to
the country's Gross Domestic
The present administration,
under Prime Minister Bruce
Golding and his Jamaica Labour
Party, has been credited with plac-
ing renewed emphasis on the
industry and taking steps to build
capacity among existing farmers,
bringing in new practitioners and
technology, with the intention of
increasing agricultural production.
Speaking on Sunday at Den-
bigh, President of Guyana Bharrat

Jagdeo, an agricultural advocate
in Caricom, said that Jamaica is
"ahead of the curve" in the region
in doing what is necessary to
address factors that are holding
back the sector from achieving its
full potential.
While last year's hurricanes,
in particular Hurricane Gustav,
caused major damage to crops
and infrastructure, Mr Tufton
used his address to congratulate
farmers for responding to the call
to - a response which ultimately
saw Jamaica not only recover
from the storms but saw impres-
sive growth in the sector in the
last nine months.
According to Tufton, the quar-
ter ending December 2008 saw
agricultural output increase over
the last quarter by 16 per cent,
the following quarter then saw
output increase again by 19 per
cent, and in the last quarter end-
ing June 2009, total agricultural
output was up again by an impres-
sive 22 per cent on the previous
quarter's gains, representing a 57
per cent gain in total.
"I would like to recognize and
commend Jamaica's farmers for
meeting the local and interna-
tional needs for Jamaican pro-
duce. It shows we can do it if we
set our minds to it; if we work
together, encouraging farmers to
produce and consumers to look
at what we produce," said Mr
The crops that saw the most
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Port relocation controversy

has become a raucous brawl

THE debate over the port
relocation, the harbour
dredging and the future of
Saunders Beach gradually
ratcheted into a controversy
and has now become a rau-
cous brawl.
Prime Minister Ingraham
says the government can't
afford to concentrate on
repeatedly refuting inaccu-
racies. It has to get on with
the job of running the coun-
try in some of the most diffi-
cult times of the past half
There is some truth to
this. In fact, it brings to mind
Winston Churchill's remark
that a government can't be
always feeling its pulse and
taking its temperature: "A
politician with his ear to the
ground must inevitably have
his bottom in the air."
Obviously, this is a vul-
nerable and undignified posi-
tion for any leader - one
that also leaves him open to
a charge of demagoguery.
And for much of his political
career, Churchill was regard-
ed as a cynical opportunist
by his peers.
But there is another side
to this coin.
And that is that we, the
people, are entitled to infor-
mation about what our gov-
ernment is doing or plan-
ning. Ostensibly, that's why
Bahamas Information Ser-
vices gets $2.3 million a year
to employ a bevy of broad-
casters, writers and photog-
raphers. It's also why both
political parties talk endless-
ly about freedom of infor-
mation and transparency.
Until recently, the debate
over Arawak Cay was
severely constrained by a
lack of information. The pur-
ported developers seemed to
be under a gag order and
there was no comprehensive
information coming from the
One senior minister told


me this was because an
agreement had not been con-
cluded, so there was nothing
to discuss. Another indicated
an agreement was more or
less a reality and only waiting
on the PM's final sign-off.
Both should have known
that the port relocation
would be a major hot button
That's because the oppo-
sition PLP saw an opportu-
nity to exploit the doubts
and fears of the uninformed,
with the goal of creating a
major political distraction
that could harness the sup-
port of those all-important
swing voters - you know,
the same folks who were gal-
vanised in 2002 by the cam-
paign to save Clifton.

So it was inevitable that
the usual political operatives
would slap together a
makeshift popular front to
attack the port relocation
initiative by any means avail-
able - from environmental
scare tactics and political dis-
information, to entirely legit-
imate demands for public
Their task has been made
much easier by technology.
We live in a time where the
message can be distilled and
performed theatre-style in a
hastily organised town meet-
ing. And in addition to being
broadcast over radio and
TV, that same message can
be accessed online at any
A buffet of issues has
been bundled together by

the so-called Committee to
Protect and Preserve The
Bahamas for Future Gener-
ations (led by PLP Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald), in an
effort to paint the container
port move to Arawak Cay as
a sinister plot.
They include traffic con-
gestion, access to beaches,
property values, environ-
mental impacts and racial
For example, the current
roadworks at Saunders
Beach is part of the New
Providence Transport Pro-
gramme, funded to the tune
of $100 million by the Inter-
American Development
This project to widen 10
existing roads, build nine
new roads and upgrade five
major intersections dates
back to the late 1990s.
Identification of the rights
of way for the project was
completed almost a decade
ago and the compulsory
acquisition of 446 pieces of
land began in 2004. Three
road corridors and other
improvements were com-
pleted during the previous
Ingraham and Christie
administrations. And the
project was re-started last
year by the ingraham admin-
istration with the major con-
tract going to Jose Cartel-
lone Construction of
All of this has, of course,
been discussed and pub-
lished and re-published and
publicised and promoted
many times over many years,
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Marina resident named
Michelle Campbell says she
only found out about the
new road cutting through her
neighbourhood when she
heard some Spanish-speak-
ing men working near her
property line.
"The government should
say what they planning to do
before going ahead with
these things," she told a
recent town meeting.
"Bahamians are being treat-
ed like children. Why can't
we know what is happening
in our country? They are
building a lot of new roads
that seem to be a duplication
of what's already there. I
have been everywhere try-
ing to get information. It is
under complete lockdown."
And if you go to the Save
Saunders Beach Facebook
page you will see disingenu-
ous comments like this:
"Arawak Cay should be a
public park - Clifton is too
far out. Why should the peo-
ple have to give up a beach
in order for a few to make
money? Arawak Cay was the
next to last best option (for
the port). In fact, the current
location was even better, but
the Bay Street Boys are back
and they are having their
way, even if it means
destroying one of the last
beaches open to the people."
It would be funny if it
wasn't so serious. In fact, it's
eerily similar to the way
right-wing Republicans and
talk radio hosts attack the
Obama administration. On
healthcare reform, for exam-
ple, the current opposition
scare tactic is that the bill
presently being discussed in
Congress will lead to end-of-
life "rationing" and
"euthanasia" for our
Ironically enough, the Bay
Street property owners and
shippers were extremely
reluctant to move their exist-
ing operations anywhere. As
the prime minister noted
recently, it is much easier
and more profitable for them
if things remain just as they
The reality is that after
decades of intensive lobby-
ing those seeking to revi-
talise the city of Nassau final-

"The supposed
Beach is a

red herring
designed to

stir the pot"

ly managed to cobble togeth-
er a bipartisan consensus
that the downtown container
facilities had to move for
change to occur. The Christie
administration decreed that
they should move to South-
west Point, and a study was
done to support this, but no
firm plan existed prior to the
2007 general election.

The new Ingraham admin-
istration decided that the
container facilities should
move to Arawak Cay (where
40 per cent of all cargo
already arrives) and set
about creating a framework
for this to happen. The argu-
ment was that the Arawak
Cay location would involve
minimal environmental
impact, would be much
cheaper than cutting into the
island at Southwest Point,
and could be completed
within one year as opposed
to several.
The supposed threat to
Saunders Beach is a com-
plete red herring designed to
stir the pot. This part of the
Nassau shoreline was impact-
ed when Arawak Cay was
created in 1966, but experts
say the limited expansion
underway now is unlikely to
make any difference. And
the government is also plan-
ning to restore the dune and
make the beach more acces-
sible to the public along the
lines of what was done at
Goodman's Bay years ago.
Tough Call has written on
these matters in detail over

the past few weeks (see,
but it is not unusual for folks
to have short and sometimes
selective memories. It is,
however, the duty of the gov-
ernment to provide compre-
hensive and easily accessible
information about important
national projects, so that
there can be no argument
over who said what when.
Both PLP and FNM
administrations have failed
miserably in this regard, even
though it is clearly in any
rational government's inter-
est to ensure that citizens are
properly informed.
As panelist Ryan Pinder
said at the recent town meet-
ing: "You have a vested
interest in getting informa-
tion on the (port relocation)
project because you will own
the port. It is your project
and you should know each
and every detail."
We agree that there needs
to be a comprehensive and
official presentation of all the
facts and figures surround-
ing the Arawak Cay propos-
al. And this is something that
is supposed to happen rather
belatedly at another town
meeting set for August 6 at
the British Colonial Hilton.
Obviously no government
can afford to waste too much
time and energy responding
to every angry headline or
uninformed comment. And
there is a big difference
between expressing wants
and opinions and taking
responsibility for important
That is what the govern-
ment must now set about
doing with regard to the
movement of the container
port to Arawak Cay. The
motivation for the move is
accepted by just about every-
body. The location of the
move is a matter of analysing
the overall costs and bene-
Making sure the public
has access to good informa-
tion is not the same as stick-
ing your backside in the air.
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$170 million to acquire Car-
los Tevez, Roque Santa
Cruz, Gareth Barry,
Emmanuel Adebayor and
Kolo Toure.
"I would say in this finan-
cial climate, it is surprising
- a little bit destabilizing
of the market," David Tay-
lor, general secretary of the
Union of European Foot-
ball Associations, said Tues-
day in an interview with the
British Broadcasting Corp.
"It is certainly raising the
ante in terms of the player
costs, in terms of the gener-
al market place, which is not
a thing that gives us a great
deal of comfort in these dif-
ficult times."
UEFA president Michel
Platini has called paying for
transfers by taking on debt
"financial doping."
With Leeds still struggling
in the third tier of English
football five years after
being relegated from the
Premier League with huge
debts, Taylor highlighted
the danger of spending huge
"We've seen what has
happened in recent years
with a number of very high-
profile clubs - Leeds Unit-
ed for example," he said.
"They fell into serious finan-
cial difficulties by overex-
tending themselves."
Newcastle faces chal-
lenges both on and off the
field after being relegated
in May. Just days ahead of
its League Championship
opener, it has no manager
and has been unable to
trade players because own-
er Mike Ashley is trying
without success to sell the
Ashley bought Newcastle
for $270 million two years
ago and paid another $222
million to reduce its debt.
But relegation cut the club's
value and has left him trying
to sell it for $169 million.
"There are stories con-
cerning some English clubs
that are of significant con-
cern," Taylor said. "There
are a number of English
clubs where the value of the
club itself has fallen signifi-

Kobe to host 'King' James

and Shaq for Christmas

NBA superstar Kobe Bryant holds his T-shirt during a clinic in Hong Kong. The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, last week was on
the second leg of his Nike sponsored 2009 Asia tour which kicked off in the Philippines, to conduct basketball clinics with youths
from the city-state before moving on to Shanghai and Chengdu, China.

NBA is bringing Kobe Bryant
and Shaquille O'Neal together
again for Christmas - this time
joined by LeBron James.
Bryant and the defending
champion Los Angeles Lakers
will host the Cleveland Cavaliers
on December 25, one of the high-
lights of the 2009-10 NBA sched-
ule released Tuesday.
It will be the fourth time in the
five years since their partnership
ended that Bryant and O'Neal
will meet on Christmas.
Traded to Cleveland in June,
O'Neal will return to Los Ange-
les this year with James, who suc-
ceeded Bryant as MVP last sea-
O'Neal and James will play
their first game together in the
NBA season opener, hosting the
Boston Celtics on Oct. 27. The
four-game slate that night con-
cludes when the Lakers open
their title defense against No. 1
draft pick Blake Griffin and the
Defending Eastern Conference
champion Orlando opens Oct. 28
against Philadelphia, then goes
on the road two nights later to
visit New Jersey, giving Vince
Carter a quick return to his for-
mer home.
The Magic will visit the Lak-
ers for an NBA finals rematch
Jan. 18 as part of the schedule on
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and
Los Angeles will play at Orlando
on March 7 for the first time since
winning the title in June.
Orlando also plays on Christ-
mas, hosting Boston in a matchup
of the last two East champions.
Miami at New York, the Clip-
pers at Phoenix and Denver at
Portland round out that day's

NBA sets stage for rekindling of Heat-Knicks rivalry

AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) - The NBA has set
the stage for a rekindling of the
Heat-Knicks rivalry.
Reigning NBA scoring champion
Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat
will open their 2009-10 season at
home October 28 against the New
York Knicks, then visit the Knicks to
begin a Christmas Day quintuple-
header, among the highlights of the
schedule released Tuesday.
Miami is slotted for 23 nationally
televised games, although those are
subject to change.
The Heat and Knicks met in the
playoffs in four consecutive seasons
between 1997 and 2000, going the
distance in each of those epic meet-
ings, and a rivalry was born.
It got new life last season, when a

New York visit to South Florida
prompted one of Wade's best games.
After getting a bloody lip courtesy
of Danilo Galinari's elbow, Wade
scored 15 of Miami's 19 unanswered
fourth-quarter points and the Heat
- who were down by 15 when the
injury happened - prevailed 120-
For good measure, when the
Knicks returned April 12, Wade
scored a career-high 55 points, one
shy of the Heat franchise record.
And now Miami will play on
Christmas Day for the fifth time in
six years, getting one of the 10 avail-
able spots to take part in one of the
NBA's showcase days.
Other Christmas games: Boston
heads to Orlando, Cleveland visits
the defending champion Los Angeles
Lakers, No. 1 overall pick Blake
Griffin and the Los Angeles Clip-

pers head to Phoenix, and Denver
will play at Portland.
"Anytime you play on Christmas,
you know everyone is watching you,"
Wade said last season.
"That's a big day for anyone in
the NBA."

Other schedule highlights:
- Nov. 18 and Feb. 10: Miami
returns to Atlanta, where it lost
Game 7 of last season's physical
Eastern Conference quarterfinal
series. The Hawks visit Miami Jan. 4
and March 6.
- Nov. 12 and Jan. 25: Cleveland,
with reigning MVP LeBron James
and former Heat center Shaquille
O'Neal, come to South Florida. Mia-
mi plays in Cleveland Feb. 4.
- Dec. 4: The Heat visit the
champion Lakers, with Los Angeles
coming to Miami on March 4.

- Dec. 31: Miami plays its last
game of 2009 in San Antonio.
The schedule has significant trav-
el ebbs and flows for Miami, which is
home only five times in a 45-day span
of January and February.
Miami plays eight of its first 10
games at home and has a six-game
homestand in December, ending two
days before Christmas.
But when the Heat start hitting
the road, they might be taking some
extra luggage.
After Miami hosts Boston Jan. 6,
the Heat play 19 of 24 games on the
road. Starting March 2, Miami plays
nine out of 10 at home, and the reg-
ular season also ends in South Flori-
da against New Jersey on April 14.
Every Eastern Conference team
visits Miami twice, except for the
Knicks (Miami also goes to New
York on April 11) and Detroit.

By The Associated Press

Wednesday, August 5
Milwaukee at Los Angeles
Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EDT). Fresh
off his longest outing in a few years,
Jason Schmidt (2-1) will try to lift
the Dodgers to another victory.
Schmidt lasted six innings, giving
up one hit in a 5-0 win over the
Braves on July 31.

- Rajai Davis, Athletics, had a
pinch-hit triple down the right field
line to drive in two runs in the bot-
tom of the ninth inning and lift Oak-
land to a 3-2 victory over Texas .
- Clete Thomas, Tigers, home-
red with two outs in the bottom of
the ninth to give Detroit a 6-5 win
over Baltimore.
- Randy Wells, Cubs, took a
shutout into the eighth inning and
helped Chicago beat the Reds 4-2.
- Mark Reynolds, Diamond-
backs, hit two home runs to lift Ari-
zona to a 6-5 win over the New
York Mets.
- Adam Dunn and Ryan Zim-
merman, Nationals, homered to
help Washington rally to beat Pitts-
burgh 8-4.
- Carl Crawford, Rays, had
three hits and three RBIs to lead
Tampa Bay to a 10-4 win over
Kansas City.

Arizona Diamondbacks ace
Brandon Webb had shoulder
surgery Monday, putting an end to
a difficult season for the usually
durable right-hander. Arizona was
expected to be a playoff contender
this year with Webb and Dan Haren
at the front of its rotation. But
Webb never pitched again after a
no-decision against Colorado on
opening day and the Diamondbacks

OAKLAND ATHLETICS' Rajai Davis connects for a game-winning triple off Texas Rangers' C J Wilson
a game Monday in Oakland, California. Two runs scored on the play and Oakland won 3-2...

quickly fell off the pace in the NL

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw
lost for the first time since June 10,

issuing a season-high six walks,
including four straight in the fourth
inning to bring in two of his three
runs allowed.
Kershaw had an 0.79 ERA in his
previous nine starts.

in the ninth inning of

Matt Cain lost for the first time in
the last six games he started with
the Giants' 4-3 defeat to Houston.
Cain (12-3) failed in his bid to
become the fourth pitcher in Giants

history to win 13 of his first 15 deci-
sions in a season. He allowed two
homers in a game for the first time
since June 9.

Cincinnati starter Aaron Harang
lost his ninth straight decision with
the Reds' 4-2 defeat by Chicago.
Harang (5-13), who leads the majors
in losses, hasn't won since May 25.
It's the deepest slump of his career
and the longest losing streak by a
Reds pitcher since Danny Graves
lost 10 straight between the 2003
and 2004.

Alex Gonzalez was out of the
Reds' starting lineup and ended an
0-for-20 slump when he homered
in the eighth inning. The A's won
for the third time in 53 games when
trailing after the eighth inning.
Oakland outfielder Rajai Davis
has 16 RBIs since the All-Star
Zack Greinke allowed six runs
and 10 hits over five innings, and is
0-4 in six starts since his last win on
June 28 at Pittsburgh. He is 0-3 in
five career games, including four
starts, at Tropicana Field.
Royals 3B Alex Gordon, hitless
in 11 at-bats in the first three games
of the series, was out of the starting
lineup. Gordon is 0 for 34 overall at
Tropicana Field.

"This is one of my favourite starts
of my career. In the past, I would
have fallen apart - when I strug-
gled in the first, I would never make
it out of the fourth.
"Tonight, I went eight and kept
us in the game."
- Detroit starter Justin Verlan-
der, who gave up five runs in the
first inning before settling down to
stymie the Orioles the rest of the

BasebaH Today :1




Bronze medal glory for 1600m relay team

Quartet's great display

comes after several

disappointing finishes

by 12-member squad

Sports Reporter
The Bahamas' 12 member team returned from the Junior
Pan Am Championships with a several disappointing finishes
but managed to end the region's top junior meet with a
long awaited medal winning performance in the 1600m
The team of Rashan Brown, Katrina Seymour, Katarina
Smith, and Shaunae Miller ran to a bronze medal finish on
the final day of the meet in Trinidad and Tobago.
The quartet finished in a time of 3:42.17s in the finale
The United States' team of Alishea Usery, Angele Coop-
er, Kellie Schueler and Diamond Richardson finished first
in 3:36.34s.
Jamaica was second with Jodi-Ann Muir, Amoy Blake,
Danielle Dowie and Nikita Tracey in 3:37.65s.
Canada finished fourth in 3:44.86s while the British Virgin
Islands rounded out the top five in 3:46.82s
Brown, Smith, Miller just missed out on a double medal
performance when they teamed up with Ivanique to finish
fifth in 45.85s.
In the men's 100m, Warren Frazier ran to a sixth place fin-
ish in the final of the 100m in 10.49s.
Marcus Rowland of the Untied States finished in a new
Pan Am Championship record of 10.03s.
His teammate D'Angelo Cherry finished second in 10.17s,
while Diego Cavalcanti finished third in 10.30s and Jamaica's
Dexter Lee finished a disappointing sixth in 10.33s
In the men's 200m, Karlton Rolle finished fifth in 21.11s.
Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade won in 20.04s a personal
best for any juniors on the 2009 season.
Keyth Talley of the United States was second in 20.78s and
edged out Ramone McKenzie of Jamaica in 20.79s.
Nathan Arnett, was sixth in the 400m Hurdles in 51.57s.
William Wyne of the United States was first in a new
Pan AM Championship record and 2009 best of 49.31s.
Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago was second in
50.08s, Reginald Wyatt of the United States was third in
Frazier, Rolle, Jones and Farquharson, teamed up to fin-
ish fifth in the final of 4x100m.

The Americans set a new Pan Am Championship record
In the field, J'Vante Deveaux was fourth in the long jump
with 15.82m, which came on his final attempt.
Deveaux was beaten out on the final attempt, he tied
Albert Johnson's mark of 15.82m, but Johnson surpassed it
with a jump of 15.89m
William Claye won with a leap of 16.57m and Jena Rosa
was second in 16.03m
On the female side of the roster, the Bahamas fielded
several finalists.
Ivanique Kemp finished sixth in the 100m Hurdles in
Keythra Richards finished eight in the long jump with a
leap of 5.23m, and sixth in the triple jump with a leap of
Each of the 17 countries competing in the meet reached
the medal stand with the Bahamas being one of four coun-
tries including Barbados, Paraguay, Venezuela to finish
with a single bronze medal.
The United States won the total medal tally with 56
medals (21 gold, 22 silver, and 13 bronze).

2009 Carifta silver medallist Rashan Brown (seen in this file photo). She was part of the team that ran to a bronze a medal finish on the final
day of the meet in Trinidad and Tobago.

KATRINA SEYMOUR in action in this file photo. The team of Rashan Brown, Katrina Seymour, Katarina Smith, and Shaunae Miller captured
a bronze medal at the Junior Pan Am Championships. The quartet finished in a time of 3:42.17s in the finale event.

Cuba finished with six gold medals, Mexico finished with
a total of nine medals (three gold, four silver and two
bronze), Jamaica finished with 14 medals (three gold, three

silver and eight bronze) while Canada three gold, three sil-
ver and seven bronze and Brazil two gold, six silver and five
bronze, tied with 13 medals.






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On the heels of forget-
table results for the
Bahamas' senior track and
field athletes at the most
recent regional contest, Min-
ister of Youth, Sports and
Culture expressed displea-
sure at the team's perfor-
mance and the lack of par-
ticipation by several elite
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture, Desmond Ban-
nister called the perfor-
mance of the team at last
month's Central American
and Caribbean Track and
Field Championships a "dis-
grace" and suggested the
entire process of subvention
for elite athletes will be
The team finished with
four medals and finished
seventh overall at the 22nd
CAC Championships.
The Minister said, the
team, filled with veteran ath-
letes and younger rising stars
was void of many of the
country's more well known
athletes who receive Gov-
ernment Subvention.
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their agents and not repre-
sent their country," he said,
"the Sports Ministry is going
to take a stand and ensure
The Bahamian people that
athletes on subvention rep-
resent this country at the
regional level."
The Minister called the
team mediocre and suggest-
ed the dissemination of the
subvention process will be
revisited possibly to include
stipulations for national rep-
"There are athletes who
should have been there to
represent The Bahamas who
could have won medals and
broken records, but instead

decided to
Europe and
listen to
their agents
and not

they rather compete in
Europe," he said, "With the
government spending more
than $600,000 annually on
track and field athletes in
"It seems as if the athletes
prefer going to Europe to
make money rather than
represent The Bahamas who
pays them through subven-
tion. The Ministry is going to
put a stop to this because it
seems that they do not want
the subvention."
Several national record
holders opted out of the
CAC Championships.
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'Choo Choo'

O. 24 Panki

ackey gets

ig in WBC

Senior Sports Reporter

fact that he's
based at home,
Jermaine "Choo
Choo" Mackey has climbed
up the ladder and is now rat-
ed in the World Boxing
The Bahamian WBC
Caribbean Boxing Federa-
tion, World Boxing Associa-
tion and British Common-
wealth champion is listed at
No. 24 in the WBC's super
middleweight division.
He joins Meacher "Pain"
Major, who is pegged at No.
15 in the WBA's lightweight
division. But while Major was
able to achieve his accom-
plishment fighting out of the
United States, Mackey has
done it based here at home.
"I'm grateful and I'm excit-
ed. It just shows that hard
work and determination does
pay off," said Mackey about
his latest accomplishment.
"I'm really excited about the
For Mackey, the 29-year-
old who is coming off a suc-
cessful defense of his WBC's
Caribbean Boxing Federa-
tion's CABOFE title with a
third round TKO win over
Emiliano Cayetano on May
30, said he's hoping that the
rating will enable him to con-
tinue his quest to become a
world champion, even if he
remains at home doing it.
"It tells a whole lot about
the Bahamas and boxers in
general," Mackey stressed.
"It tells you that you really
don't have to travel abroad
to be the best.
"You can be right in your
country, supported by your
country and still be the best. I
think it shows a whole lot
about the Bahamas and the
Bahamian people."
With his ranking, Mackey
said he's sure that he will con-
tinue to get the international
recognition and he should be
receiving more offers to fight,
either at home or abroad.
Mackey, who has an
impressive 18-3 record with
14 knockouts, has only fought

four times outside of the
country where he has suf-
fered all of his losses, the last
two coming back-to-back in
2007 in Berlin, Germany, and
Providenciales, Turks and
Caicos, respectively.
In his first European
appearance in Berlin on
August 18 at the Max
Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer
Berg, Mackey went eight
rounds with Karo Murat
before he lost on points.
Mackey followed that up
later that year with another
loss on points to Reginald
Taylor on November 17 at
the Casablanca Casino in the
At home, under the guid-
ance of First Class Promo-
tions, Mackey has been
unbeaten with only two of his
fights going the distance,
including his grueling 12-
round decision over African
Michael Gbenga on July 19,
2008, for the Commonwealth
British title.
First Class promoter
Michelle Minus said Mackey
is heading in the right direc-
tion with the rating.
"I'm very, very proud of
him. Being a Bahamian, any-
time one of our own is doing
well locally or internationally,
we are all very proud and
happy for him," Minus said.
"The dedication and every-
thing he has put into it, he's
beginning to reap the fruits
of his labour. So it does you
good and makes you feel very
proud knowing that we have
somebody out there per-
forming like him."
Admitting that it's not the
best, Minus said it still speaks
volumes for the Bahamas
when you consider the fact
that there is no other
Caribbean country with a
fighter ranked as high as
"We're encouraging other
boxers to put in the time and
energy so that one day they
might even be higher (in the
rankings)," Minus said.
Mackey, according to
Minus, should be back in the
ring sometime in September
for a tune up before he gets
set to defend his Common-
wealth title in October.



CLIMBING THE LADDER - Jermaine "Choo Choo" Mackey is listed at No. 24 in the WBC's super middleweight division...

BAAA to send 24-member

team to the IAAF World

L Championships in Berlin

DEBBIE FERGUSON-McKENZIE is a part of the 24-member Bahamian team that is scheduled to com-
pete at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany...

THE Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associations
(BAAA) will today be send-
ing a 24-member team (not
23) to the IAAF World
Championships in Athletics
to be held in Berlin, Ger-
Inadvertently missing from
the list posted in The Tribune
yesterday was Osbourne
Moxey, who will compete in
the men's long jump. We
apologize to Moxey for the
error. Here's a look at the
complete list:
* Derrick Atkins (100m)
* Adrian Griffith (1200m)
* Nathaniel McKinney
* Chris Brown
(400m/4 x 400 relay)
* Ramon Miller

(400m, 4 x 400 relay)
* Latoy Williams
(4 x 400 relay)
* Avard Moncur
(4 x 400 relay)
* Andretti Bain
(4 x 400 relay)
* Michael Mathieu
(4 x 400 relay)
* Leevan Sands
(triple jump)
* Shamar Sands (110mH)
* Donald Thomas
(high jump)
* Trevor Barry (high jump)
* Osbourne Moxey
(long jump)
* Chandra Sturrup
(100m/4 x 100 relay)
* Debbie Ferguson-
(100m, 200m, 4 x 100,
4 x 400 relays)

* Sheniqua Ferguson
(200/4 x 100 relay)
* Christine Amertil
(400/4 x 100, 4 x 400 relays)
* Janise Saunders
(4 x 100/4 x 400 relays)
* Timicka Clarke
(4 x 100 relay)
* Sasha Rolle
(4 x 400 relay)
* Shakeithas Henfield
(4 x 400 relay)
* Katrina Seymour
(4 x 400 relay)
* Rashan Brown
(4 x 400 relay)
Team manager -
Ralph McKinney
Coaches - Tyrone Burrows,
Frank "Pancho" Rahming
and George Cleare
Doctor - Ricky Davis
Physiotherapist - Katrice
Media liason/chaperone -
Julie Wilson


Maycock Sr

bail application

is refused

FROM page one

police station every day of
the week. Mr Gomez
argued yesterday that the
evidence in Maycock's
escape case is tenuous, how-
ever, Mr Williams contend-
ed that a decision on the
matter should be left to the
Magistrate hearing the case
which is scheduled to
resume on September 22.
Justice Isaacs ruled, howev-
er, that the court was not
minded to grant Maycock
Sr bail at the present stage,
but would not place a time
frame on when another
application could be made.
Attorney Craig Butler
had filed a constitutional
motion on Maycock's behalf
and it had been agreed by
Mr Williams, the prosecu-
tor, that the conditions
under which Maycock is
being held at Her Majesty's

Prison should improve. Mr
Butler, however, told the
court yesterday that since
that hearing, prison author-
ities have not acted on the
requests. Mr Butler read to
the court a letter he had
received from Prison Super-
intendent Elliston Rahming
in which Mr Rahming said
that he did not take orders
from Mr Butler's office or
any office other than the
Attorney General's and
requested a court order.
Maycock had sought to
be placed in a cell with
proper ventilation, have his
visitation rights with family
and friends not be interfered
with and have his visits in
the visitation room or an
appropriate area rather than
his cell. He had also request-
ed that his meals be brought
in a timely fashion. Justice
Isaacs granted the applica-
tion for the formal order

Slow ticket sales for

Miss Universe pageant

I I FROM page one
Up to press time, the Min-
A istry could not provide final
X figures for ticket sales for
the pageant and connected
events. But the department
said that to date, tickets for
the state auction dinner on
August 13 have been the
:,$Pmost popular.
Tourism stakeholders are
..... betting on the exposure
from the pageant to jump-
start the country's weakened
tourism industry.
The event will be broad-
cast by NBC in more than
150 countries and covered
by 500 representatives of the
international media.
"We haven't really
focused on the main event.
We're focused on getting the
word out about the
Bahamas. It's the kind of
publicity you can't pay for
and far exceeds what we
would have paid (to host the
pageant)," Ms Johnson told
The Tribune yesterday.
Still the Ministry cannot
predict how soon this
planned positive exposure
will pay off.

Davis announces

bid for PL

FROM page one
allegations against 'any' official," he said.
Mr Davis has earned the nickname of
"Brave" for his fearless approach to taking
criminal cases that his peers often described as
un-winnable and succeeding. In his statement
yesterday, Mr Davis capitalized on this dis-
tinction and continually referred to the need
for the PLP to have now more than ever a
leader who is "brave enough" to say "no."
"No to criminals who terrorize us in our
streets and no to politicians who take for them-

,P deputy

selves at the expense of the Bahamian people.
We will not prosper and create good jobs until
we end the culture of crime in the streets and
the culture of corruption in politics.
"Too many politicians shy away from solving
problems. They are not courageous. They are
not bold or brave. Well, I am Brave. And I will
take these problems head on. I ask you to be
Brave with me. Together, we can fight crime;
together, we can fight corruption; together,
we can create jobs of the future. We can do
this. Let's be brave together. Let's change the
Bahamas," he said.

"We can't say specifically
that we're going to have a
huge uptick (in visitors) but
I think the Bahamas will be
a sexy destination that peo-
ple will think about."
In preparation for the
pageant, the Ministry has
substantially beefed up its
local and international
advertising campaigns.
"We've done it all. Today
we're running full sheet ads
(in the local dailies), also we
have moving billboards on
the jitneys. When Bahami-
ans are coming through the
airports they will see the
immigration booths have
been wrapped in the Miss
Universe imagery, the doors
in the airport have been dec-
orated, there are flags all
over, we have a page on So we've
done a lot to promote and
push the pageant," said Ms
She declined to put a dol-
lar value on the financial
injection the campaigns have
put into the local economy
but said there is a definite
trickle-down effect.
"We've done a tremen-
dous amount of public rela-
tions internationally. And
that's cache you really can't
pay for. We've put some
money into the local econo-
my in terms of advertise-
ments and we've gone the
non-traditional route and
created a trickle-down for
sectors that didn't benefit
from our advertising
The pageant festivities
kick off on August, 9 with a
swimsuit presentation at the
Our Lucaya Resort in
Grand Bahama.
The next day, the beau-
ties will be on display during
a motorcade through west-
ern New Providence lead-
ing up to the final event on
August 23.







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PROTESTERS TRY TO tear down a police barrier as they protest for higher wages outside parliament
in Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. Protesters demanded an increase in the minimum wage,
saying they are unable to feed and shelter their families on less than $2 a day.

Haitian police clash with

workers seeking pay hike

HAITIAN police fired tear
gas Tuesday at protesters who
massed outside Parliament to
demand an increase in the
minimum wage, saying they
are unable to feed and shel-
ter their families on less than
$2 a day, according to Associ-
ated Press.
As legislators prepared to
vote on the issue, some of the
2,000 protesters threw rocks
at police and began ripping
down flags of U.N. member
countries near the building.
Most of the crowd dispersed
hours before the Parliament
session began, with no arrests
and only two reported injuries,
including a cameraman who
was hit in the head with a
rock. But the issue remains
inflammatory, and lawmakers
debated the question into the
In May, Parliament
approved a proposal to nearly
triple the minimum wage, but
President Rene Preval refused
to publish it into law. He said
the increase should omit
workers at factories produc-
ing garments for export.
Preval said those workers
should receive an increase to
about $3.

The debate has fueled
unrest across the impover-
ished Caribbean nation, with
some critics arguing that an
increase would hurt plans to
fight widespread unemploy-
ment by creating jobs in fac-
tories that produce clothing
for export to the United
Many of the protesters were
minimum-wage factory work-
ers, such as Banel Jeune, a 29-
year-old father who sews
sleeves on shirts.
"Seventy gourdes, that
doesn't do anything for me,"
he said, referring to his cur-
rent minimum-wage salary. "I
can't feed my kids, and I can't
send them to school."
Lawmakers have pledged
to resubmit the proposal with-
out any changes, raising the
minimum wage to about $5 a
Lesly Antoine, a 32-year-
old who lost his job with the
state-run telephone company,
said Preval's "compromise
offer is no compromise at all."
Former President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide was over-
thrown in 2004, in part after
business owners angered by
his approval of an increased
minimum wage organized
opposition against him.

Despite the heated debate,
few people would be affected
by the wage increase or antic-
ipated job losses.
Most of Haiti's 9 million
people who are employed
work on small farms or sell
basic goods on the street. Only
some 250,000 people have jobs
covered by the minimum
salary law, said lawmaker
Steven Benoit, who sponsored
the bill.
Many in the international
community who view garment
factories as the way to boost
Haiti's economic development
oppose the wage increase.
With new trade advantages
that allow for duty-free
exports of clothing to the U.S.,
such factories could provide
"several hundred thousand
jobs to Haitians ... over a peri-
od of just a few years," accord-
ing to a report submitted to
the U.N. in January.
But it said that plan requires
costs be kept down.
The report had been
requested by Secretary-Gen-
eral Ban Ki-Moon and pre-
pared by Oxford University
professor Paul Collier. It is
now being promoted by for-
mer U.S. President Bill Clin-
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Business Reporter

The Wyndham Nassau
Resort and the Sheraton
are expected to gain
almost priceless exposure
and significant equity only days
before the Wyndham's three-month
closure, with three of six events for
the Miss Universe Pageant being
held on those properties, according
to a senior Baha Mar executive.
Robert Sands told Tribune Busi-
ness that there has not been so much

a focus on filling
rooms as there
has been pro-
moting the
Bahamas chain
of Islands
through the huge . "
contingent of
media that is
Indeed, those
same contingents
will also provide some room rev-
enue for New Providence hotels as
well as other islands that

will be visited by the Miss Universe
delegation, including Harbour Island
and Grand Bahama.
"It's never been about occupancy
during this period, but more about
public relations that will truly bene-
fit the destination," said Mr Sands.
"The destination will see a large
following of persons coming to the
"Do not get caught up on the
23rd, the bigger implication an ben-
efit of the event is the parlaying of
the Bahamas brand to the world and
what it would mean to us for the

Mr Sands, who is also the
Bahamas Hotel association Presi-
dent, could not say what the pro-
jected occupancies would be at oth-
er New Providence and Paradise
Island hotels on the day of the event.
However, he said the more than
90 delegations from around the
world would not affect Baha Mar
hotels to a large degree.
He suggested that it the pageant
will mean a short economic upsurge
moving into what is traditionally the
slowest period - August to Novem-
ber - in the hospitality industry.
"I think it's fair to say that there

will be some economic boost as a
direct result," said Mr Sands.
A large amount of entrepreneurs
will be benefiting from the event,
many disciplines, whether transport,
print media or direct marketing com-
panies and floral companies. This
will expose the destination to the
"Those delegations vary in sizes
we know there will be a huge press
contingent and television group as
well as crew members and there will
be followers.
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Germany and UK most 'Primadona' turns profit in a year

stable economies for

business through EPA

Business Reporter
GERMANY and the
United Kingdon will be the
two most stable economies
for Bahamians to move
businesses to when the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) with the Euro-
pean Union (EU) opens up
Europe to the trade of ser-
vices, according to a trade
Noel Watson, during the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's EPA seminar held
last Thursday, revealed that
those two countries also
have two of the largest mar-
ket sizes in accounting and
auditing professions, along
with Malta.
Research was done
through consultants work-
ing in tandem with the
Caribbean Regional Nego-
tiating Machinery (CRNM)
in order to accrue data on
markets that will be opened
up through the EPA to
investment by Cariforum
countries, including the
Some countries visited by
the consultants were Bel-
gium, France, Netherlands,
the UK, Estonia and Malta.
The criteria used for
assessing opportunities in
those countries were their
willingness to enter partner-
ships or joint ventures, price
differentiation, competitive-

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A LOCAL fashionista said
she was able to grow a
$100,000 shopping and net-
working event despite the
economic downturn, with
designer items priced 30 to 80
per cent off retail prices in the
Tyrina Neely, 24, whose
business 'Primadona' cele-
brated its first anniversary last
week, told Tribune Business
that her Virtual Fashion Net-
work has turned a profit in
just one year, after an initial
outlay of "tens of thousands

of dollars" from her personal
"I wanted to create a night
out for women that encom-
passes fashion," said Ms
Neely. "We have the music
we have a taste of style, we
have our bubbly bar, its kind
of a night out that is all about
living the fabulous life I guess
and enjoying life, which is the
whole concept of primadona."
She said the concept of the
business is to bring designer
brands to the Bahamas not
found at any other outlet and
offer them at deeply dis-
counted prices in a comfort-
able and "Chill" atmosphere,
where her clients can garner

her advice - at no extra cost.
Ms Neely attended fashion
school in New York where
she also developed relation-
ships and designers that
allowed her to build her
inventory here at home.
She imports designer
brands such as Betsey John-
son and Tory Burch as well
as a vast array of costume and
fine jewelry.
She said the initial idea was
to only sell women's clothing.
Now, as the business has
grown the inventory is
expanding and the event has
grown into a trunk show and
cocktail party.
Women from all walks of

ness of each market and the
shortage of skills in those
markets, quality of service
and niche opportunities.
It was found that on a
one-to-ten scale Estonia,
France and the UK were
most open to new market
access while Spain and Italy
were least open.
The study also found that
the Netherlands and Esto-
nia were most open to the
movement of foreign firms
into their country, while
Malta, Spain and France
were not.
Estonia and Malta were
pegged as gateway opportu-
nities for cross-border
access to countries not nec-
essarily involved in the
EPA. Malta provides a hub
to North Africa, Libya,
Tunisia and Egypt, while
Estonia opens up access to
former Soviet states, Scan-
dinavia and Baltic states.
According to Mr Watson,
Bahamians should be excit-
ed about the opportunities
opened up the EPA and
prepare to take advantage
of them.
There has been some dis-
sent to the signing of the
trade agreement, mostly
because it was thought that
government finalised the
deal without adequate con-
sultation by the private sec-
tor and by some member's
of cabinet who should have
fully scrutinised the deal.
However, Mr Watson
said there is no use "com-
plaining and worrying," but
suggested Bahamians "just
make sure we can com-
Mr Watson said firms
here will have to "sharpen
up businesses" and operate
at the same standard as
those coming out of the
EU. Of course the EPA
facilitates cross border
movements for Bahamian
firms that wish to set up in
EU states.
Mr Watson said this could
be much more beneficial to
Cariforum states as "it is
more expensive in Europe,
but you can command much
higher fees."
According to him, busi-
nesses can dilute costs by
doing much of their work
from their firms located in
their home country.

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ting bigger and better and we
usually have tonnes more
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year the company's e-mail list
has grown to over 3000
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What is happening to the 'F factor?

THIS week's article will be very
short and very sweet. Last week I
wrote about the "H" (Human) fac-
tor, this week I'm writing about the
"F" factor. Hmmmmm, I'm hoping
that I do not have to pull any of you
out of the gutter with this one? The
"F" factor is simply ...FUN. Do not
forget to have fun along the way.
I'm also writing this article to
myself as well, because we all need
reminding. There are a couple basic
things I tend to forget myself and
do need reminding of once in a
Have you ever heard of the
sibly not. A blue fly, is a fly that gets
so wound up, it flies in concentric
rapid circles, and eventually it dis-

appears up into its own orifice. (In
Bahamian colloquialism that's
'bungy for yennas').
To help with the "F" factor, asking
these questions usually helps. Try it
and let me know.
In the scheme of things, THE BIG
PICTURE so to speak, try asking
these questions to yourself and see if
your Blue Fly goes away before he
or she disappears. When a client, co-
worker, supplier and even yourself
drive you to start flying in circles,
stop and ask yourself these ques-
Will getting this upset matter in a
day? Will it matter in a week? Will it
matter in a month? Will it matter in
a year? Nine times out of ten the
answer is NO. Getting so wound up

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all the time is not healthy, nor worth
it. In the scheme of things, most of
the time the issue is forgotten.
Poke fun at yourself, laugh at
yourself. Have you ever asked your-
self, "Why did I get so upset...Was
it worth it?" Well I have and after-
wards I just had to laugh.
The point I'm really making here
is that when sales and marketing

people (this goes for anyone really)
get so wound up, the passion disap-
pears, creativity disappears, the per-
sonality disappears and so on.
Nobody benefits. It's not good for
you as an individual, it's not good
for the client and it's not good for
the company you work for.
When you stop having fun or
enjoying what you're doing it's quite
possibly time to get out.
However in the mean time ask
yourself these questions and remem-
ber to watch out for the "BLUE
FLY" and try and have some " F"
(fun) along the way.
All of these marketing strategies
are certain to keep your business on
top during these challenging eco-

nomic times. Have a productive and
profitable week! Remember,
* Scott Farrington is President of
SunTee EmbroidMe, a promotion-
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izing in promotional products.
Established over 27 years ago
SunTee EmbroidMe has assisted
local businesses from various indus-
tries from tourism, banking and
telecommunications in marketing
Readers can contact Mr. Far-
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at 242-393-3104.

Oil falls below $71 after big rally

Associated Press Writer

SINGAPORE (AP) - Oil prices
fell below $71 a barrel Tuesday in
Asia after a big rally fueled by signs
of economic recovery in the US.
Benchmark crude for September
delivery was down $1.11 to $70.47 a
barrel by late afternoon Singapore
time in electronic trading on the New
York Mercantile Exchange. On
Monday, the contract rose $2.13 to

settle at $71.58.
Traders have brushed off evidence
of weak crude demand and rising
inventory levels, instead focusing on
improving macroeconomic indica-
A report Monday from the Insti-
tute for Supply Management, a trade
group of purchasing executives, said
US manufacturing activity should
increase next month for the first time
since January 2008. Also, the Com-
merce Department said construction

spending rose in June.
The positive economic news has
emboldened investors to bid up
stocks and oil. The Dow Jones indus-
trial average rose 1.3 per cent Mon-
day and most Asian indexes gained
"With the economy seemingly
improving each week, oil has felt
pressure to go higher," said Michael
Sander, an adviser at Sander Capital
in Seattle.
"As far as fundamentals go, oil still

has very high inventory levels and
weak consumer demand, but those
just don't seem to matter."
A report last week showing US
crude inventories jumped the previ-
ous week suggested demand remains
sluggish, and sent prices below $63 a
barrel. Since then, oil has been on a
tear as investors anticipate an
improving economy will boost
demand and whittle away supplies.
"Improving demand amid contin-
ued supply tightness should acceler-

ate the pace of erosion of the inven-
tory overhang, lending support to
prices," Barclays Capital said in a
In other Nymex trading, gasoline
for August delivery was steady at
$2.07 a gallon and heating oil held at
$1.87. Natural gas for August deliv-
ery fell 2.7 cents to $4.00 per 1,000
cubic feet.
In London, Brent prices fell 77
cents to $72.77 a barrel on the ICE
Futures exchange.

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Limited today announced the completion of the
purchase of Providence House, East Hill Street, Nassau,
Bahamas from Jatal Holdings Limited. The acquisition
was completed on July 31, 2009 for the amount of
$3,500,000. Payment was through the issuance of
$3.5million 10%, cumulative, redeemable, non-voting
preference shares issued by the Fund with the balance
of the funds for stamp duties and other transaction
expenses being from the Fund's own resources.



Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section
29 of the Law of Property Act that any person
having a claim against or an interest in the
Estate of John Herbert Bethell, deceased, late
of No. 8 Woodland Road off Skyline Drive in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence
in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and who
died on the 5th July, 2008 is hereby required
to send particulars in writing of his or her claim
or interest to Higgs & Kelly, Attorneys for the
Executors, of P.O. Box N-4818, 384 Bay Street,
Nassau, and to send such particulars not later
than the 25th August, 2009, after which date the
Executors will distribute the Estate among the
persons entitled thereto having regard only to
the claims and interests of which they have had
notice, and will not, as respects the property so
distributed, be liable to any person of whose
claim they shall not then have had notice.

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"You cannot pick one
aspect of the benefit in isola-
tion you have to look at the
befits of the entire event."
According to him, Baha
Mar is still moving forward
with August 17 closure of the
Wyndham with the reopen-
ing scheduled for October 5.
He said plans to close the
hotel had been talked about
12 months prior and employ-
ees were notified to take their
vacations during that time.
"We allowed for persons
to plan for the event, also
allowed them to plan for hol-
idays and this is also tradi-

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"We have to cap it off so it
is still comfortable for peo-
ple," she said.
Primadona's event also fea-
tures a silent auction from
which proceeds will go toward
assisting single mothers
through a partnership with
the department of social ser-
Ms Neely is planning an

tionally the slowest period of
the year in the history of
hotels in the Bahamas and so
we believe the strategic deci-
sion made is still a good deci-
sion," said Mr Sands.
The Wyndham will host the
pageant's National Costume
Presentation August 10 while
the Sheraton will host The
Bahamian Designer Fashion
Show August 12 and the State
Gift Auction Dinner August
"It's fair to say the equity
has been spread around, we
have three of six major
events," said Mr Sands.

anniversary party for the
anniversary of her business
which she calls her dream.
"We're going to be doing
this for a while, but long term
we have huge plans and in the
near future we're having a
fabulous anniversary party.
We're bringing in celebrities -
it's going to be amazing," she
"It's real life networking
where we attract the creme
de la creme."

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The Board of Directors of
Bahamas Waste Limited has
declared a Dividend for Ordinary
Shares,to all shareholders of record
as at August 11th, 2009
of 5C per share.

The payment will be made on
August 21st, 2009 by Colina
Financial Advisors Ltd., the
Registrar & Transfer Agent,
in the usual Manner.

David B. Donald
Corporate Secretary


Toyota reports




AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) - Toyota
reported a smaller-than-
expected 77.82 billion yen
($819 million) quarterly loss
and expects less red ink for
the full year even as the
world's top automaker bat-
tles plunging sales and a
strong yen.
The maker of the Corolla
subcompact and Lexus luxu-
ry models said Tuesday it
expects a 450 billion yen ($4.7
billion) loss for the fiscal year
through March 2010, better
than the 550 billion yen ($5.8
billion) loss initially projected.
The result for the April-
June quarter underlines that
Toyota Motor Corp. is get-
ting some traction from
aggressive cost-cutting. Ana-
lysts surveyed by Thomson
Reuters had forecast a fiscal
first quarter loss of 210 bil-
lion yen.
Toyota, which dethroned
General Motors Corp. as the
world's top selling automaker
in 2008, raised its global vehi-
cle sales forecast for the fiscal
year by 100,000 to 6.6 million
vehicles. The increase reflect-
ed improved sales in Japan,
partly because of government
measures to boost green car
The better forecast is still
markedly below the 7.57 mil-
lion vehicles Toyota sold
worldwide for the fiscal year
ended March, showing how
far Toyota has to go to stop
the flow of red ink, now into
its third straight quarter.

VISITORS look at Toyota Motor Corp's hybrid car "Prius" displayed at the company's headquarters in Tokyo,

Toyota sold 1.4 million
vehicles around the world
during the quarter, a decrease
of 785,000 vehicles from a
year earlier. Quarterly sales
dropped 38.3 per cent to
3.836 trillion yen ($40.4 bil-
lion) as vehicle sales slipped
in almost all regions, includ-
ing North America, Europe,
Japan and the rest of Asia.
Other Japanese automak-
ers have also reported better-
than-expected earnings, with
No. 2 Honda continuing to
stay in the black, bucking

expectations for losses. Ana-
lysts say Toyota, because of
its bigger size, may need
longer for a full recovery.
Tatsuo Yoshida, auto ana-
lyst at UBS Securities Japan,
said a solid recovery can
come only when the global
economy starts improving
and people start buying cars
"The damage was great at
Toyota because it was head-
ing toward aggressive expan-
sion with its foot slammed on
the accelerator," he said,

comparing the global finan-
cial crisis to a car wreck.
The growing popularity of
environment-friendly vehicles
has given Toyota some
respite from the meltdown in
auto demand. The automak-
er's new Prius gas-electric
hybrid has been the top-sell-
ing model in Japan, for two
months straight, the first time
a hybrid clinched that spot,
and is reportedly on track to
take that spot again for July.
The Japanese government
recently made hybrids tax-

free and began a cash-for-
clunkers programme, helping
boost sales of all ecological
vehicles, including rival Hon-
da Motor Co.'s Insight.
The last fiscal year, Toyota
posted its worst loss ever in its
seven-decade history, running
up 436.94 billion yen of red
ink. For the April-June quar-
ter last year, it had posted a
353.6 billion yen profit.
Toyota had appeared
almost unstoppable before
the global financial crisis, with
sales booming on its reputa-
tion for mileage and quality.
It planned to sell 9.85 mil-
lion vehicles in calendar 2008,
but its annual sales ended up
dropping for the first time in
a decade to just short of nine
million vehicles, as the finan-
cial crisis on Wall Street mor-
phed into a global recession.
The automaker has aggres-
sively cut costs to ride out the
downturn - slashing jobs
and production, trimming
managerial pay, reducing
investment and foregoing
travel and other expenses.
Still, vehicle sales contin-
ued to suffer as the recession
crushed demand.
Japan quarterly sales
totaled 407,000 vehicles,
down 105,000 from the previ-
ous year, while Toyota said
it sold 387,000 vehicles in
North America, down
"Although we were able to
make certain improvements
in fixed cost and cost reduc-
tion efforts, the decline in
vehicle sales and the appreci-
ation of the Japanese yen had

a severe impact on our earn-
ings," said Toyota Senior
Managing Director Takahiko
Toyota, based in Toyota
city, central Japan, lost 140
billion yen ($1.5 billion) dur-
ing the quarter ended June
30 because of the apprecia-
tion of the yen. It lost anoth-
er 650 billion yen ($6.8 bil-
lion) in operating income
because of miserable auto
Other Japanese automak-
ers are also reporting signs
that the worst may be over.
Honda posted a 7.5 billion
yen ($79.8 million) profit for
the April-June period, and
raised forecasts for the full
year on optimism auto sales
will improve.
Nissan Motor Co., the
nation's third-biggest car
maker, reported a smaller-
than-expected 16.5 billion yen
($175.5 million) loss for April
through June.
Earlier this year, Toyota
chose Akio Toyoda, the
grandson of the automaker's
founder, as its new president
in an effort to use his charis-
ma to bring the ranks of
workers, dealers and suppli-
ers together.
Toyota has said the
automaker will be making
more managerial decisions by
region, to stay nimble despite
its size but has yet to give
details of a turnaround strat-
egy. Toyota shares slipped 1.5
per cent to 4,030 yen ($42) in
Tokyo. Earnings were
announced before trading

Asian markets rise on

commodities gains

AP Business Writer
BEIJING (AP) - Asian
markets mostly rose Tues-
day on stronger commodity
prices and overnight Wall
Street gains driven by signs
the US recession might be
ending. European stocks fell
in early trade.
Investors in Asia were
encouraged after the Stan-
dard & Poor's 500 index - a
key US market measure -
broke through the 1,000-
point level for the first time
since November. A trade
group said American manu-
facturing might improve next
month for the first time since
early 2008.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei
225 index rose 22.54, or 0.2
per cent, to a 10-month high
of 10,375.01 amid a smaller-
than-expected quarterly loss
from Toyota, the world's top
automaker. Hong Kong's
Hang Seng index slipped
10.83, or 0.1 per cent, to
20,796.43 in back and forth
trade while South Korea's
Kospi rose 0.1 per cent to
"Investors are in an even
more upbeat mood because
of the very strong perfor-
mance on Wall Street," said
Dariusz Kowalczyk, chief
investment strategist for SJS
Markets in Hong Kong.
China's Shanghai Com-
posite Index, which initially
fell after regulators
announced a review of bank
capital adequacy as they try
to cool a credit boom, closed
up 8.85 points, or 0.3 percent,
at 3,471.44.
"Investors are getting
more and more certain the
economy is reviving, and the
buying sentiment is strong,"
said Mao Sheng, an analyst
for Huaxi Securities in the
western city of Chengdu.
Elsewhere, Australia's
benchmark rose 1.1 per cent
while Singapore's market
measure dropped 0.9 per
cent and Taiwan's Taiex fell
1.4 per cent. As trading got
underway in Europe, bench-
marks in Britain, Germany
and France were down 0.5
per cent or more.
BHP Billiton Ltd., the
world's biggest miner, was
up two per cent in Sydney
after prices for copper, tin,

aluminum and other metals
gained Monday. Rival Rio
Tinto Ltd. was up 4.3 per
cent. Commodities trading
house Mitsubishi Corp.
climbed 2.1 per cent in
Tokyo and Sumitomo Corp.
jumped 3.7 per cent.
"Our region is very sensi-
tive to developments in com-
modities prices and com-
modities gained sharply,"
Kowalczyk said.
Toyota shares fell 1.3 per
cent in Tokyo. The automak-
er reported a smaller-than-
expected 77.82 billion yen
($819 million) quarterly loss
(see full story on page 3B)
and expects less red ink for
the full year even as it battles
plunging sales and a strong
Wall Street's big indexes
all rose more than one per
cent on Monday, including
the Dow Jones industrial
average, which climbed 115
points. Better corporate
earnings pushed the Dow
Jones average up 725 points
in July to its best month in
nearly seven years.
The Institute for Supply
Management, a trade group

of purchasing executives,
said US manufacturing
should increase next month
for the first time since Janu-
ary 2008 as industrial com-
panies restock shelves.
The Commerce Depart-
ment said US construction
spending rose rather than fell
in June as analysts had
expected. The reports and
rising commodity prices lift-
ed energy and material
Ford Motor Co. said its
sales rose 1.6 per cent in July,
its first monthly gain in near-
ly two years.
Oil prices stayed above
$70 in Asia on expectations a
global recovery will boost
demand for crude. Bench-
mark crude for September
delivery fell $1.13 to $70.45
per barrel in electronic trad-
ing on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange. On Mon-
day, the contract rose 67
cents to $70.12.
In currency markets, the
dollar fell to 94.85 yen from
The euro fell to $1.4397
from $1.4410 late Monday in
New York.


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June, despite income drop

AP Economics Writer

As gasoline prices rose,
Americans spent more in
June than the previous month
- despite falling incomes. For
the rest of the year, econo-
mists expect falling wages and
rising unemployment to act
as a drag on spending.
Consumer spending is
closely watched because it
accounts for about 70 per cent
of total economic activity and
has helped lift the economy
out of previous recessions.
While analysts expect the
economy to grow in the sec-
ond half of this year, con-
sumers aren't likely to lead
the way.
Americans boosted their
spending 0.4 per cent in June,
the Commerce Department
said Tuesday, the second con-
secutive monthly increase.
But adjusting for inflation,
spending fell 0.1 per cent, fol-
lowing a flat reading in May.
Inflation-adjusted spending
hasn't increased since Febru-
ary, the department said.
Personal income, mean-
while, dropped 1.3 per cent

in June, the eighth straight
decline and steepest fall in
four years. Incomes were
inflated in May due to one-
time payments from the Oba-
ma administration's stimulus
programme. But wages and
salaries also fell 0.4 per cent in
"The key message is that ...
income remains weak" and
consumers are likely to keep
saving more, Paul Dales, US
economist at Capital Eco-
nomics, wrote in a note to
clients. "Under those circum-
stances, we expect spending
to remain muted for some
Consumer spending may
increase in July and August
due to the government's
"cash-for-clunkers" pro-
gramme, economists said, but
will likely level off afterward.
The programme has spurred
thousands of Americans to
trade in old cars for newer
"When given sufficient
incentive, as in cash-for-clunk-
ers, consumers will spend,"
said Nigel Gault, chief US
economist for consulting firm
IHS Global Insight. "But
reduced wealth, high debt,
tight credit and a weakening

IN THIS July 31, 2009 photo, customers pay for their purchases at the check out counter of the new JC
Penney store in the Manhattan Mall during the grand opening in New York. Consumers opened their wal-
lets and pocketbooks a bit more in June, increasing their spending for the second straight month while
saving a bit less, even as incomes fell sharply...
(AP Photo: Mary Altaffer)

labour market are all weigh-
ing on consumers."
Gas prices peaked June 22
after rising nearly every day
for two months. A price index
included in the income and
spending report showed over-
all prices rose 0.5 per cent in
June, but were up only 0.2 per

cent when food and energy
are excluded.
Still, the housing market
continued to show signs of life
as pending US home sales
rose in June for the fifth
straight month, according to
the National Association of
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home sales index rose more
than expected to 94.6, from
an upwardly revised reading
of 91.3 in May. The last time
there were five straight
monthly gains was July 2003.
Americans are saving more
as they seek to rebuild their
nest eggs, which have been
hammered by falling home
values and stock portfolios
amid the longest recession
since World War II. While
saving can be good in the long
run, rapid increases can slow
the economy.
A key question is how high
the savings rate will climb.
The department said Tuesday
the personal savings rate fell
to 4.6 per cent in June, after


jumping to 6.2 per cent in
May, which was the highest
since February 1995. The rate
dropped briefly below 1 per-
cent last year and some econ-
omists say it could hit eight
or nine per cent by early 2010.
But the department also
revised its spending and
income data back to 1929, as
it did last week when it
reported second-quarter gross
domestic product, the broad-
est measure of the economy's
output. The changes show
that Americans saved more
that previously thought ear-
lier this decade.
Bolstered by the consumer
spending and housing reports,
investors continued a rally
that has sent stocks up 14 per
cent since July 10. The Dow
Jones industrial average
added nearly 34 points to
9,320.19, and broader indices
also edged up.
The government reported
last week that the overall
economy, as measured by the
GDP, shrank at an annual
rate of one per cent in the sec-
ond quarter, far less severe
than the 6.4 per cent decline
in the first quarter and a 5.4
per cent decline in the fourth
quarter of 2008.
But even as the recession
bottoms out, economists
expect unemployment to
keep rising from its current
rate of 9.5 per cent to 10 per
cent or higher by the end of
the year.
The Labour Department is
scheduled to issue its July
employment report Friday.
Economists expect the report
will show the jobless rate rose
to 9.6 per cent as employers
cut 320,000 jobs last month,
better than the 467,000 lost in
Sluggish consumer spend-
ing has held back the sales of
food and beverage compa-
nies. Tyson Foods Inc., the
world's largest meat producer,
said Monday that sales fell
three per cent in its third
quarter. The company post-
ed a strong profit due to cost
And sales for MillerCoors,
the US joint venture owned
by Molson Coors Brewing
Co. and SABMiller, increased
by only one per cent in the
most recent quarter, Molson
Coors reported Monday.

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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 29th day of July, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,
P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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N-44, 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-eight days
from the 29th day of July, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,

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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
29th day of JULY, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

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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 29th day of
July, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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1.81 1.28 Abaco Markets 1.39 1.39 0.00 0.127 0.000 10.9 0.00%
11.80 10.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.00 11.00 0.00 0.992 0.200 11.1 1.82%
9.30 6.94 Bank of Bahamas 6.94 6.94 0.00 0.244 0.260 28.4 3.75%
0.89 0.63 Benchmark 0.63 0.63 0.00 -0.877 0.000 N/M 0.00%
3.49 3.15 Bahamas Waste 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.078 0.090 40.4 2.86%
2.37 2.14 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.20 10.18 Cable Bahamas 11.39 11.39 0.00 400 1.406 0.250 8.1 2.19%
2.88 2.74 Colina Holdings 2.74 2.74 0.00 236 0.249 0.040 11.0 1.46%
7.50 5.50 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 5.71 5.71 0.00 0.419 0.360 13.6 6.30%
4.78 1.27 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.51 3.60 0.09 0.111 0.052 32.4 1.44%
2.85 1.32 Doctor's Hospital 1.82 1.82 0.00 0.240 0.080 7.6 4.40%
8.20 6.60 Famguard 6.60 6.60 0.00 0.420 0.240 15.7 3.64%
12.50 10.00 Finco 10.79 10.79 0.00 0.322 0.520 33.5 4.82%
11.71 10.34 FirstCaribbean Bank 10.34 10.34 0.00 0.794 0.350 13.0 3.38%
5.53 4.95 Focol (S) 5.13 5.13 0.00 0.332 0.150 15.5 2.92%
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
0.45 0.30 Freeport Concrete 0.30 0.30 0.00 0.035 0.000 8.6 0.00%
9.02 5.50 ICD Utilities 5.49 5.49 0.00 0.407 0.500 13.5 9.11%
12.00 10.39 J.S.Johnson 10.39 10.39 0.00 0.952 0.640 10.9 6.16%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.180 0.000 55.6 0.00%
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1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 19 October2022
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7% 30 May 2013
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 29 May 2015
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14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 7.92 8.42 14.60 -0.041 0.300 N/M 2.05%
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 4.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.35 0.001 0.000 256.6 0.00%
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1.3860 1.3231 CFAL Bond Fund 1.3860 2.40 4.75 30-Jun-09
3.0351 2.8952 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2.8952 -1.52 -3.18 30-Jun-09
1.4804 1.4042 CFAL Money Market Fund 1.4804 3.26 5.34 24-Jul-09
3.6090 3.1031 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.1031 -8.35 -13.82 30-Jun-09
12.9801 12.3289 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.9801 2.87 5.79 31-May-09
101.6693 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 101.6693 1.10 1.67 30-Jun-09
100.9600 93.1992 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96.7398 0.35 -4.18 30-Jun-09
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.0000 0.00 0.00 31-Dec-07
9.4733 9.0775 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.2765 2.00 -2.98 30-Jun-09
1.0622 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0622 2.56 6.22 30-Jun-09
1.0364 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0243 -0.84 2.43 30-Jun-09
1.0585 1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.0585 2.04 5.85 30-Jun-09
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52wk-Low - Lowest closing pnce in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling pnce of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close -Previous day's weighted pnce for daily volume Last Pnce - Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close - Current day's weighted pnce for daily volume Weekly Vol -Trading volume of the pnor week
Change - Change in closing pnce from day to day EPS $ -A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol - Number of total shares traded today NAV - Net Asset Value
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing pnce divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(Sl) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
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A S the summer heat continues to
bear down and take it toll
everyone is trying to find ways
to cool down. This is where tasty sum-
mer treats like ice cream come in and
Johnny Lam, owner of Tropical Gelato
Ice Cream Parlor, located in the
Sandy Port Plaza, has been making
this treat for almost six years.
Although Mr Lam opened for business in Sep-
tember of 2003, how he got there is a journey all its
"I was laid off, after working for almost twenty
years in the computer/copier industry, and I decided
to become an entrepreneur. I found a spot for rent
in the Sandyport plaza as the developers were look-
ing for an ice cream shop, so I started an ice cream
shop," Mr Lam said.
As for the unique name of the ice cream parlor,
Mr Lam said the word "Gelato" is widely used to
represent ice cream made in the ice cream parlours
in Italy. "Gelato is distinctively different from tra-
ditional ice cream for several key reasons. First,
gelato is smoother in texture and taste, secondly,
gelato is healthier because of the choice of ingredi-
ents, and thirdly, gelato is fresher and more flavour-
ful. Here in the Bahamas, we have access to tropical
fruits and vegetation, creating a niche for tropical
fruit gelato, hence the name 'Tropical Gelato,'" Mr
Lam said.
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FIND out what you need to
know about entertainment this
week in The Tribune's Things
to Do countdown.
1. Summer-fest 2009 is just
days away, and this year Phat
Groove Entertainment and
Trapstarz Entertainment are
sparing no effort in bringing
some of the hottest acts in
Caribbean music right here to
our shores. Hosted by Natural
Empress, the line up includes
Alison Hinds, Shurwayne Win-
chester, and Visage, with spe-
cial music provided by The
Mighty Pencil. This show is
going down on Friday at the
Wyndham, with doors opening
at 9pm, and the event starting
at 10pm.
For those of you who haven't
gotten your tickets, they are
still available at The Juke Box at
the Mall at Marathon, Grill City,
Cell City, Obsessions, and Cin-
derella Shoe Store for $25 gen-
eral admission, and $50 VIP.
Prices will go up on the day the
event, so get your tickets early.
2. If you're an artist, producer,
entertainer, or entrepreneur,
then Mixology 101 is the place
for you. Presented by Fiji
Water,, Garden of
Eden Guesthouse and Villas,
and Bacardi, this high profile
networking social is designed
to bring together the brightest
and most successful Bahami-
ans involved in the creation of
music, while introducing them
to a select group of internation-
al personalities that have the
know-how to take their visions
global. It's all going down this
Thursday from the Garden of
Eden Guesthouse and Villas
starting at 6pm. There will also
be official Bacardi mixologists
on site. Tickets for the event
are $15 advance and $20 at
the door, and can be purchased
from Airbrush Junkies or the
Juke Box in the Marathon Mall.
3. The Express Yourself Move-
ment continues with its regular
spoken word and impromptu
art show held every Wednesday
at the Hub Art Centre on Bay
Street. Offering an open mic to
those with a message, the
event has attracted dozens of
locals and visits and is the per-
fect mid week getaway. This
week local artist Xan Xi Bethel
is being featured, so come out
and experience something new.
Admission is just $5.
4. The Alliance Francaise of
the Bahamas is once again pre-
senting a French film as part of
its Summer film series. This
week it's Ne Le Dis A Personne.
Directed by Guillaume Canet,
the 2006 film is about a pedia-
trician (Alexandre Beck) who is
still missing his beloved wife
Margot Beck, who was brutally
murdered eight years ago when
he was the prime suspect.
When two bodies are found
near where the corpse of Mar-
got was dumped, the police
reopen the case and Alex
becomes a suspect again. The
mystery increases when Alex
receives an e-mail showing
Margot older and alive eight
years after her supposed death.
The film is being shown at the
British Colonial Hilton this Fri-
day at 6.30pm. Tickets are $5,
and persons must RSVP
through 302.5141.
5. The Bahamas International
Film Festival is continuing with
its film series with the showing
of The Understudy. The film is
about an unemployed actress
(Rebecca) who gets a chance
to intern at Electra Records.
After a slew of accidents take
place on set, Rebecca is sus-
pected of intentionally harming
the actors. The film is being
shown at Galleria tonight at
8pm. Admission is just $5.

Mitzie Chipman Production will
take place at the Rainforest
Theatre Wyndham Resort &
Crystal Palace Casino on
August 6 and 7.The highly
anticipated show will feature
performances by John "Chip-
pie" Chipman, mesmerising
dancers including Metellus
Chipman & Fontella Chipman-
Rolle with guest performances
by Ronnie Butler, Tony Sey-
mour Jr and Veronica Bishop.
Doors open at 6.30pm with
showtime at 8 pm. 8
Tickets are available at The
Rainforest Theatre Box Office,
The Bahamas Musicians &
Entertainers Union and
Junkanoo n' Things (kiosk in
the Marina Village, Atlantis)-
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LOCAL producer Rory Bowe also known as El Padrino
has over the years written for some of the biggest names
in emerging Bahamian music, and now he has decided to
put his skills to the ultimate test with the release of his
debut album Inauguration Day.

Best known for his work with artists like Daddy Whitez, Potter
the Poet, Tada, and SO$A MAN, this 28-year-old feels the time
has come to add his personal touch to the music industry.
Padrino said like many artists, he spent a large part of his
younger years searching for an identity, however all of that
changed about ten years ago when he made the move to North
"After I had a major court case, that was my cue to get off this
rock. I left and went to Orlando first to chill with one of my boys,
then I ended up in North Carolina, and that's when I started to
move away from the streets and into the studio."
He said as his talent then began to develop, he started building
a powerful network of industry mentors and contacts including
Mark Middleton (From Blackstreet). Padrino said Middleton was
instrumental in showing him the ropes of beat mastering, writing,
and producing, which eventually lead to his connection with the
artist Young S Dub.
S Dub at the time was one of the biggest selling rap artists in
North Carolina, and Padrino said as S Dub's career grow so did
Working as a beat master for S Dub, Padrino said he met other
music moguls like Pastor Troy, and Russell Simmons. However
unfortunately for him, his quick rise to success had come to a
plateau which eventually came crashing down when the relation-
ship between him and Dub went sour over a business deal.
Padrino said he realized that the time had come to return
home, and in November 2006 he arrived back to Nassau only to
discover a music industry with a dying pulse.
"At that time there was no respect for the craft, there were
people that were making music, but as far as taking it serious I
don't think anyone took it seriously.
"I was happy to be a pioneer in getting people to listen to our
music, what I think I brought was a quality of sound, and it's not
about not sounding Bahamian but just producing music where
everyone can hear what's being said and where the beats are
banging from start to finish. Once we started to prove that our
music was worth listening to, that's when we got a whole move-
ment behind the music."
On his new album Pardrino fuses rap, oldies, contemporary
Bahamian, and pop, all creating a sound that he calls his own.
Aptly titled Inauguration Day, Padrino said after contributing
to so many other artists, the time has come to promote his own
record that he hopes will earn its place as one of the best selling
Bahamian albums ever.
The album which was partly written and recorded in Freeport,
also features Jah Heim, and emerging artist Raquel Oliver.

Despite his growing local success, Padrino said there has been
some criticism regarding the authenticity of his music.
He said although many people respect his craft, there are others
who see his music as something other than Bahamian.
He argues Bahamian artists and music have over the last few
years began to create and embrace a new sound.
It's not just Calypso, Junkanoo, or Rake 'N' Scrape, rather he
describes that new sound as a product collaborating all of those ele-
ments and other influences.
Being a part of that metamorphosis, Padrino said he can only
hope that more Bahamians start to appreciate what he and other
artists are doing, and looks forward to the day when artists in the
Bahamas are rewarded for their craft.
In stores now, El Padrino's Inauguration Day offers just as much
bark as it does bite, and is sure to give listeners all that they've
been waiting for, and then some.

CEO of Dunamus
Soundz Records,
founder of the
Bahamas Hip Hop
Fest and multi-award
Lavard 'Manifest'
Parks (left) and Keith
Rolle, COO of Anvan
Entertainment cele-
brate the signing of
digital distribution
deal with the compa-
ny. Manifest's latest
album Parables (fore-
ground) has already
been seeing an
increase in sales in
the United States and
Caribbean as a result
of him being the first
Bahamas-based artist
to sign with Anvan.

Bahamian hip hop icon Manifest signs digital

music distribution deal with Anvan Entertainment


LAVARD 'Manifest' Parks is not
yet 30, yet he is considered one of
the Caribbean's pioneers of hip hop.
The industry icon has been a fixture
on the scene for over a decade now
collaborating with some of the biggest
names in the region and racking up
multiple Caribbean Gospel Music
Marlin Awards including Song of the
Year, Record of the Year and more.
As one of the youngest producers
balancing a family, successful label
and nationally syndicated radio show
in his native Bahamas, the founder of
the Bahamas Hip Hop Fest has set
the pace for the next generation of
hip hoppers through the shining exam-
ple he's provided with the success of
his label Dunamus Soundz Records.
Now Manifest continues his undis-
puted rise to greatness by becoming
the first artist in the region to sign a
digital distribution deal with Anvan
Entertainment, a digital music distri-
bution company focused on taking
Caribbean Gospel Music to the world.
The company has access to Integra

Interactive's myMEDIA ConneX-
ionTM touch screen kiosks at well over
700 Christian retail stores throughout
the United States, including 350 of
these locations having the myMEDIA
BurnBarTM media-on-demand kiosk.
The kiosks will now carry all Manifest
titles enabling shoppers to immedi-
ately burn to disc the songs.
Regional Representative and Chief
Operations Officer for Anvan Enter-
tainment, Keith Rolle expressed his
optimism for working with a prolific
talent like Manifest, someone who
has already garnered a following in
The Caribbean, North America and
even as far away as the UK.
"Anyone who hears the music Man-
ifest, & his Dunamus Soundz record
label produces, can fully appreciate
this diasporatic cycle of Hip Hop from
The Caribbean to America and back
to The Caribbean again," said Rolle.
"His work ethic and focus is incredi-
ble! I recall when Manifest removed
the television from his home because
it distracted him from reading his
Bible and working on music. He's
been faithful in the small things and I

believe that's proven to be the secret
of his success. As a result, every pro-
ject Manifest works on surpasses its
According to Mr Rolle, every time
Manifest touches the mic he brings a
new story, new revelation, and takes
risks. This was another reason Mr
Rolle was thrilled to work with him.
"Being the first record label to sign
with Anvan Entertainment was just
another progressive step that reveals
the combination of faith, vision and
business savvy that's embodied the
journey of Manifest and Dunamus
Soundz," he added.
"He founded The Caribbean's first
hip hop record label and Anvan
Entertainment is The Caribbean's first
digital music distribution company
operating at this level in US retail
stores. That's a match only made in
Manifest noted that he and his team
love new adventures and they are
thrilled to spread their message of hip
hope through digital downloads.
"We are excited to be reaching such
a vast audience," he noted on behalf

of himself, Dunamus Soundz power
producer Corridon 'Papa Don' Hanna
and the label's executive board. "With
myself and Papa Don each welcoming
our first child this spring, Anvan gives
us the opportunity to reach old and
new fans without actually having to
physically be there or on the road as
often and that's something our wives
and babies can appreciate.
"Also, it gives fans the opportunity
to come across our music by chance.
The thing is, we've all had that expe-
rience of sampling new sounds on the
digital machines in music stores and
this gives people an opportunity to
sample our sound and get hooked into
why we've been consecutively rack-
ing up awards for our God-given gifts
and talents. Bottom line - it's all going
down this summer. Stay close because
this thing is about to blow!"
Manifest added that he's looking
forward to seeing his music in stores as
he travels and to new opportunities.
Some of his hits due to be digitised
include songs from Parables includ-
ing the smash hiphopera duet with
opera legend Joanne Callendar, I
Shall Rise, plus soon to be released
songs from the upcoming album His
Life His Mic and more. The songs will
be available for download by in sum-
mer 2009.




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AT Emerald Palms exists the hospitality all Bahamian resorts and hotels should be known for.

A true jewel in Andros

The Emerald Palm Resort is a refreshing experience


Spielberg to

be awarded


Liberty Medal


Spielberg will be awarded
Philadelphia's 2009 Liberty
Medal for his artistic and
humanitarian achievements
on Oct. 8, according to the
Associated Press.
The National Constitution
Center made the announce-
ment Tuesday.
Spielberg's films include
"Schindler's List," "Saving
Private Ryan" and "The
Color Purple." He has also
established a foundation to
produce video and oral his-
tories of Holocaust sur-
vivors. The center says
Spielberg will donate the
award's $100,000 cash prize
to that organization, Sur-
vivors of the Shoah Visual
History Foundation.
The medal was estab-
lished in 1988 to honor those
whose actions represent the
founding principles of the
United States. Previous win-
ners have included Bono,
Afghanistan President
Hamid Karzai and former
U.S. President Jimmy

Detroit man charged
with threatening
Jerome Bettis

can get you anything you want, from
the most exclusive restaurant reserva-
tion to that soft brand of nose tissue
not sold in the hotel's sundries store,
but what concierge will step on the
back of a black crab while you con-
quer your first crab-catch?
There are no formal, badged concierges at the
Emerald Palms Resort in Driggs, Hill Andros
and you won't find white gloved door men bran-
dishing umbrellas and maps - out of the gate it's
either a left or a right and the road seldom devi-
At Emerald Palms exists the hospitality all
Bahamian resorts and hotels should be known
for... but alas oft are not!
From the cool welcome drink of tangy guava
punch to the warm front desk reception, the
resort's staff engenders cordiality.
The owner of Emerald Palms can be seen con-
tinually throughout the day tending to the general
upkeep of the property and in between, chat-
ting with guests about the day's activities.
He almost seems the mayor of a 10 acre city.
The property sits on lush acreage with 22 pas-
tel coloured cottages nestled in a thick of
coconut trees.
Each cottage invites romance with a raised
king sized bed peering out at the Horizon
through the entrance's double doors. The kiddies
were not left out at Emerald Palms, with 10 of
the cottages outfitted with a second bedroom.
Italian marble floors, canopies and Jacuzzi tubs
all accent the quaintly romantic villas.
Next to the property's pool are 18 club house
rooms all with their own porches and all with a
view of the beautiful East Andros shore that
spills out into the tongue of the ocean and one of
Bahamas' most beautiful reef systems.
Those reefs can be accessed by canoes kept on
Emerald Palm's property for guest use. Even
when rough surf threatens a beach day one can
simply canoe out to a sand bank far from break-
ing waves - but be sure to carry a good buddy.
On property guests can also borrow bicycles
and ride to the Northern shore of the Southern
end of South Andros.
Along the way, on the left side of the road, is a
small rest stop called 'Muddasick' Bar. The pro-

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"WHEN a Heart Turns Rock Solid" (Pantheon
Books, 397 pages, $29.95), by Timothy Black: A win-
dow into the lives of three Puerto Rican brothers
slides open during their teenage years, affording read-
ers a raw glimpse of their struggles with love, drugs and
violence in a sociological study that spans nearly two
We learn how Sammy Rivera does lines of coke in
his sixth-grade classroom; how his older brother Faus-
to watches as an inmate eviscerates another with his
bare hands; how the eldest brother, Julio, is the glue
that holds the family together.
"When a Heart Turns Rock Solid" succeeds
because author Timothy Black makes readers care
about his subjects - or at least their stories - which
are presented in a somewhat sympathetic light.
Although Black relies heavily on dry data to explain
how impoverished communities are affected by eco-
nomic and political forces, the story of the three broth-
ers remains captivating.
Despite enduring racist attitudes toward Puerto
Ricans and a meager high school education, the broth-
ers achieve varying degrees of sobriety, discipline and

CATCHING crabs is one of the many native activities you can
enjoy while staying at the Emerald Palm Resort in Andros.

prietors constructed a bar out of pine and thatch,
where they serve up some of the best conch salad
that side of the reef and the owners constantly tell
fables about Andros and about each other.
One cloudless night with more stars shining
that can ever be seen in Nassau, an impromptu
party broke out at Muddsick Bar, with all of
Emerald Palms' guests and owner sharing in fresh
spoils of the sea caught by three of those same

self-love as they grow up in Springfield, Mass., in the
They occasionally abandon street life when they
discover a sense of purpose through family, women or
"I know how you must feel about your teaching,"
Sammy tells the author as he attends culinary school,
"because now I'm feeling passionate about some-
thing like you."
Julio is the most accomplished, earning accolades as
a high school wrestler and football player. He becomes
the first of the family to graduate from high school, and
manages to build a solid street credibility. Few mess
with the trained boxer and ruthless gang member.
Fausto seeks to emulate his older brother's suc-
cesses, but flunking grades encouraged by a system
that pushes him to the next grade level despite his
near-illiteracy prevents him from joining any sports
However, his charisma and intellectual capacity
override his shortcomings.
He is tapped at the last minute to give a speech at
school, prompting his teacher to praise his poise and
confidence. He also thrives at his job with the Boys
Club, where his supervisor describes him as a "god-
But he later struggles to fill out an application to
work there again, embarrassed to let anyone know he
can barely read or write.

guests and cooked by Muddasick's staff. That is
indeed the magic of the island.
The journey to Driggs Hill takes a speedy 15
minute plane ride from Nassau into Congo Town
Airport then just a five minute drive from there.
Emerald Palm's allure blends with charming
settlement without the social borders that seem
to be understated at large city resorts. This
resort is truly a home away from home...

IN THIS book cover image released by
Patheon Books, "When a Heart Turns Rock
Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican
Brothers On and Off the Streets," is shown.


A DETROIT man has
been charged with sending
letters threatening to kill
celebrities, including former
football star Jerome Bettis,
according to the Associated
A criminal complaint filed
Tuesday alleges Leon
Desmond Barrett sent more
than a dozen letters between
December 2006 and April of
this year to the Pro Football
Hall of Fame, NFL Commis-
sioner Roger Goodell and
the University of Notre
In some letters, the govern-
ment says Barrett wrote he
was getting ready to kill the
former Steelers and Rams
running back, as well as
music performers Beyonce
and Jay-Z.
Barrett denies sending
threatening letters.
He tells The Associated
Press he has had a dispute
with Bettis for seven years
and has written to various
people about the dispute.

Naomi Sims, among
first black models,
dies at 61


NAOMI SIMS, the barri-
er-breaking African-Ameri-
can fashion model who in
1968 became the first black
model to appear on the cov-
er of Ladies' Home Journal,
has died. She was 61,
according to the Associated
Sims, said by some to be
the first black supermodel,
died Saturday of cancer in
Newark, New Jersey, her
son Bob Findlay told The
New York Times. It had
been decades since she left
the runway to become an
author and launch her own
beauty empire.
Sims attained success at
the same time that the
"Black is Beautiful" move-
ment was taking hold, and
her accomplishments helped
pave the way for the black
runway stars of the 1970s,
including Pat Cleveland,
Alva Chinn and Beverly
Sims often spoke of her
difficult start - as a gangly
foster-care kid in Pittsburgh
who towered over the other
children in her school. In
1966, she came to New York
City to attend the Fashion
Institute of Technology on
When she began
approaching modeling agen-
cies, she was turned down
again and again - with
some telling her that her
skin was too dark. Instead of
giving up, she pushed for-
ward and approached pho-
tographers directly.



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Miss Universe comes to

Tribune Features Reporter

AS the excitement level for the Miss Universe Pageant
builds, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB) is making its final preparations to show-
case the country's premier art gallery to
the contestants who will be touring
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