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BGCSE examination

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from last year's 'D+'


By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net
THE country's current
national 'D' grade average of
students sitting the Bahamas
General Certificate of Sec-
ondary Education examinations
(BGCSE) is a cover up for
problems within the public
school system, it was claimed
yesterday.
During a press conference at
the Ministry of Education yes-
terday, Education Minister Carl
Bethel revealed that the nation-
al grade average for both this
year's BGCSE examinations
and Bahamas Junior Certificate


examinations (BJC) is a 'D'. In
2008 the national average in the
BGCSE examination was a
'D+' and a 'C-' in the BJC
examinations.
Economist Ralph Massey,
who has written a Bahamian
public policy essay based on the
2006 national grade average
told The Tribune yesterday that
the fluctuating 'D' average is
"deceptive" and does not
reflect a true distribution of
scores in the public and private
school sectors.
"In the past it almost seemed
like these kinds of fluctuations
were random and that all the
SEE page nine


Educational Guaranteed Loan
Programme is suspended
By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net
WITH a total of nearly $70 million outstanding in defaulted stu-
dent loans, the government has decided to suspend the Educational
Guaranteed Loan Programme, Minister of Education Carl Bethel
announced yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Education,
Minister Bethel said that to date government has settled some
$30.6 million in defaulted loans with an additional $37.4 million cur-
rently in default with The Bank of The Bahamas, representing a
default rate of 61 per cent. According to Minister Bethel, in total,
some $68.05 million in student loans is owed to the government.
"Due to the large rate of defaulters and loan holders who are
either unwilling or unable to repay their obligation and the fact that
the guarantee programme has reached its statutory limit, the gov-
SEE page nine


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THE CURRENT holder of the Miss Universe crown, Dayana Men-
doza, Miss Venezuela, is all smiles as she arrives in the Bahamas.
The Miss Universe 2009 pageant takes place this month at the
Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
*SEE PAGE TWO

Public outrage over BEC

power plant construction


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
PUBLIC outrage is mount-
ing over the construction of a
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion power plant in Abaco's
most pristine natural area fol-
lowing an "undercover" gov-
ernment decision.
Land has already been
cleared for construction of the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC) bunker sea fuel
plant in Wilson City, on the
Bight of Old Robinson in South
Abaco, and engines are being


shipped in for the 48 mega-watt
power plant, set to be the
largest in the Family Islands.
But environmentalists and
Abaco residents who want to
preserve the complex ecosys-
tems of the area, which borders
on the Pelican Cays National
Park, are outraged they have
not been consulted on the pow-
er plant plans.
They had expressed concern
over original plans to build the
BEC plant in nearby Snake
Cay, but now the $90 million
plant has been relocated to Wil-
SEE page six


Obie Wilchcombe to

launch his bid for

PLP deputy 'soon'


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net


IN THE wake of MP Philip "Brave"
Davis' formal launch of his campaign
to be deputy leader of the PLP, West
End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe
yesterday revealed that he intends to
officially begin his own bid for the post
"very soon."
Mr Wilchcombe had first made
known his intention to try for the Obi * 1
Deputy Leadership of the party in
April 2008 in an exclusive interview with The Tribune, how-
ever not much has been said about the prospect this year.
Asked yesterday whether he intends to formally launch his
own campaign for Deputy Leader of the PLP Mr Wilch-
combe said he would "absolutely" be doing so "very soon."
SEE page nine


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SWIMMERS will not be
at risk of possible contami-
nation while bathing off the
Saunders and Long Wharf
beaches during the dredg-
ing of Nassau Harbour,
Environment Minister Dr
Earl Deveaux said yester-
day.
Dr Deveaux also dis-
pelled fears that areas may
be closed temporarily
because of contamination
worries due to the nearby
dredging.
"There is absolutely no
fear of the water being con-
taminated for swimmers, so
long as they stay away from
that pipe which will be
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Potter's Cay conch
vendors against
storing supplies at
alternate location
By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
CONCH vendors at Potter's
Cay Dock are against storing
their supplies at an alternate
location despite concerns of
possible contamination from
the impending dredging of Nas-
sau Harbour.
President of the Potter's Cay
Dock Vendors Association
Matthew Rolle argued that the
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added that it would be better
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conch harvesting during the
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vendors to store their wares at
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By ALEX MISSICK
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Reporter
amissick@tribunemedia.net
A GROUP of 47 Miss Uni-
verse 2009 contestants were
treated to an all Bahamian
lunch yesterday at the Com-
pass Point Beach Resort and
Restaurant on West Bay
Street.
The beauty queens got an
exquisite view of the famed
Bahamian waters while they


dined on the resort's outdoor
patio.
They were treated to a buf-
fet selection of smoked chick-
en breast marinated in
tamarind sauce and
Caribbean grilled Mahi Mahi
seasoned with a select blend
of spices. The contestants
then cooled off with a tropical
fruit cocktail as a live guitarist
played Bahamian music.
Miss Great Britain Clair
Cooper said she is having an
amazing time in the Bahamas.
"Everyone was really wel-
coming and I could see the
turquoise waters as I flew
over- I was dropped into par-
adise," she said.
Miss Jamaica Carolyn Yapp
said she has already learned
so much about the Bahamas.
"It's just like my home
country so I feel at home. The
people are so hospitable and
nice. They are really showing
the other contestants who we
are and what Caribbean peo-
ple are like," Ms Yapp said.
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Mitchell launches bid to get




'right people' in Parliament

By ALISON LOWE
aloribune Staff Reporter Fox Hill MP announces professional fund raising


FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell
is forming a fundraising com-
mittee headed by professionals
to raise money towards his 2012
election campaign and those of
certain other PLP candidates.
Mr Mitchell is in the process
of forming the committee,
which will raise funds for cer-
tain individuals who he thinks
are supportive of a "particular
set of ideas, and running the
kind of campaign we want to
run."
The committee is set to be
headed by a professional
fundraiser, Mr Mitchell
revealed yesterday.
Exactly who the other mem-
bers will be has yet to be con-
firmed, but an official
announcement will be made
next week.
"The purpose of the com-
mittee is to raise funds for my
own campaign and to support
other PLP candidates' cam-
paigns.
"The mother's milk of poli-
tics is money and you have to
have resources to fight a cam-
paign so it's never too early to
start (raising money)," said the
MP.
Mr Mitchell said that the idea
for the committee came to him
after he saw the success of
North American organisation
"Annie's List", which works to
improve the election chances
of female democratic candi-
dates in the US.
According to its website, the
organisation is committed to
"changing the face of power"


committee, reiterates desire to one day lead PLP


"That job (PLP leader)
is not available but as
soon as there's a
vacancy I'll throw my

hat in the ring."

Fred Mitchell


by "changing the playing field"
for candidates through address-
ing the peculiar obstacles they
face.

Website
The website notes that
"financial campaigns are expen-
sive" and "the ability to raise
money is seen as the number
one indicator of viability by
opinion leaders."
"We make early financial
contributions and encourage
our donors to do the same to
our candidates so they can be
considered viable contenders,"
it adds.
Training of campaign staff,
identification of political oppor-
tunities and the engagement of
voters are also some of the


organisation's goals, although
it is unclear if the remit of the
committee Mr Mitchell is cre-
ating extends to this.
Mr Mitchell told The Tribune
that having been "fairly suc-
cessful" in acquiring funds for
his own campaign for the 2007
election, he felt he should "put
whatever talents to work on
that so that we can get right
people in the House of Assem-
bly."
Asked to describe these
"right people", Mr Mitchell said
he intends for the committee
to benefit "those who are ded-
icated to this agenda for change
vision I have for the Bahamas
in 2020.
He added: "As (Philip)
Brave Davis said (when he
announced his bid for the
deputy leadership of the PLP),


if the PLP is to succeed it must
not be by default - it must be
because of the vision it offers
for change for the country. It's
not about being a better FNM
or an alternative to the FNM
but having a vision for the
future."
He said he supports the Cat
Island, Rum Cay and San Sal-
vador MP's bid, announced
Tuesday, as Mr Davis "appears
to be approaching it in the right
way by doing it empirically,
framing it around a profession-
ally run campaign."
Mr Mitchell noted that his
"own interest is in being leader
of the PLP, not deputy leader."
"That job is not available but
as soon as there's a vacancy I'll
throw my hat in the ring," he
said.


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
UP to 100 employees of the
Public Hospitals Authority
(PHA), including 40 nurses,
will likely face pay cuts this
month as a consequence of
taking more than their allot-
ted sick days.
Nurses, who participated in
the mass sick-out in June and
are found to have exceeded
the number of allowed sick
days, will be among those
having their pay cut, the PHA
has confirmed.
PHA director Herbert
Brown estimates that in June
and July there were about 40
nurses who took more than
the 20 sick days they are per-
mitted annually. They will
have the pay for those days
subtracted from their August
cheques, he said.
The sick-out staged by
about 50 per cent of public
health nurses over two weeks
in June disrupted health ser-
vices across the country as the
Bahamas Nurses Union
demanded health insurance
and pay rises for its members.
An injunction was passed
by the Supreme Court on
June 15 forbidding further
industrial action, but many
nurses continued to call in
"sick" as they claimed they
were "sick" of the way they
were being treated by gov-
ernment.
Negotiations between the
Ministry of Health, Ministry
of Labour and the Bahamas
Nurses Union are continuing.
Minister of Health Hubert
Minnis announced last week
that nurses' salaries would be
cut if the PHA finds they
exceeded their allocated num-
ber of sick days during their
sick-out.
However, Mr Brown
emphasised this is a PHA pro-
tocol that applies to all of its
3,726 staff members.
And the problem of
employees taking more than
the permitted number of sick
days is "across the board," he
said.
Mr Brown estimates
around 100 people will be
faced with salary deductions
in August, including about 40
nurses.
A total of 53 PHA employ-
ees had their pay cut in July,
including 17 nurses, and
another 53 - 19 of whom
were nurses - had their pay
cut in June.
In March, 108 people faced
salary reductions, including
35 nurses, while 120 received
less than their usual salary in
January for taking more than
their share of sick days in the


previous year, and just 33 of
those were nurses, Mr Brown
said.
He added: "When we talk
about cutting salaries of per-
sons we are not just talking
about nurses, but there are
other persons whose salaries
are cut in addition to the nurs-
es.

Abuses
"In many instances across
the board I think there have
been abuses and we have got
to continue to work at that.
"Hopefully we can get peo-
ple to recognize the cost asso-
ciated with someone being
off.
"When we lose a member
of staff who is scheduled to
work we may have to bring
somebody in to fill the shift
who is scheduled to be off,
and then we are required to
give them double-pay, so it


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and other staff who take time
off sick must produce med-
ical certificates issued by a
doctor licensed to practice in
the Bahamas, Mr Brown said.
Those whose certificates
are not valid will be disci-
plined according to PHA
rules and could be dismissed.


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Obama lets N. Korea's Kim save face


WASHINGTON -The Obama admin-
istration let North Korean leader Kim Jong
Il save face by releasing two jailed Americans
to former President Bill Clinton. The payoff
- maybe not right away - is likely to be
renewed dialogue with Pyongyang about its
nuclear weapons programme.
After meeting with Clinton, who made an
unannounced visit to the North Korean cap-
ital Tuesday, Kim pardoned and freed the
young journalists who allegedly crossed into
the country from China earlier this year.
They were serving 12-year prison sentences.
"It could provide an opportunity to move
forward on the nuclear issue, and that's not
necessarily a bad thing," said Victor Cha,
former Asia chief at the National Security
Council. "The history with the North Kore-
ans, as they have just done the past few
months, is to put themselves out on a ledge.
And they always need help getting off that
ledge."
"Not so fast," said Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had spoken
with her husband after the pair was released.
She said the U.S. was not counting on a
breakthrough but also said it could lubri-
cate the way for the North to return to six-
party talks about its nuclear programme with
the U.S., Russia, China, Japan and South
Korea.
But there, perhaps, is the rub. The North
Koreans have been demanding bilateral talks
with Washington. The U.S., however, has
shot down such overtures, insisting that it
will work only through the six-party format.
North Korean behaviour - ever an enig-
ma - has included in recent months the
withdrawal from those talks. The regime
also launched a long-range rocket, conduct-
ed a second nuclear test, test-fired a barrage
of ballistic missiles, and restarted its atomic
programme in defiance of international crit-
icism and the U.N. Security Council.
Obama, while pushing heavy sanctions
against the North for its recent nose-thumb-
ing of the international community, also has
been low key as he pursues a resumption of
talks with the Stalinist regime.
That's been difficult because the North is
widely believed to be embroiled in a suc-
cession struggle after Kim reportedly suf-
fered a stroke and began setting up a 27-
year-old son to take power. Its saber-rat-
tling was widely believed to indicate that its
military wanted to show strength as a suc-
cessor is chosen.
The White House has taken pains since
Clinton's arrival in Pyongyang to play the
mission as a private one designed only to
win the release of Laura Ling, 32, and Euna
Lee, 36, both with former Vice President Al
Gore's Current TV media venture. They
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Bill Clinton undertook the mission, a
senior administration official said, only after
the North assured the White House that the
reporters would be freed and allowed to
return home with the former president.
The official, who spoke on condition of
anonymity to detail the back-channel nego-
tiations, also said the north rejected Gore
as a suitable emissary. The journalists' fam-
ilies, Gore and the White House then turned
to Clinton. The official said President Barack
Obama did not speak with Clinton about
the mission.
Daniel Sneider, associate director of
research at Stanford University's Shoren-
stein Asia-Pacific Research Centre, said the
journalists' release followed weeks of quiet
negotiations between the State Department
and the North Korean mission to the United
Nations. Clinton "didn't go to negotiate
this, he went to reap the fruits of the negoti-
ation," Sneider said.
In photographs of Clinton with Kim, the
former president stood somberly at the
North Korean leader's side, showing no signs
of warmth. The official photographs were
obviously intended for domestic consump-
tion. Clinton is highly regarded in the North
and his appearance with Kim will bolster
him at home.
Pardoning Ling and Lee satisfied North
Korea's need to continue maintaining that
the two women had committed a crime while
dispatching the former president as emis-
sary served the Obama administration's
desire not to expend diplomatic capital win-
ning their freedom, Sneider said.
"Nobody wanted this to be a distraction
from the more substantially difficult issues
we have with North Korea," he said. "There
was a desire by the administration to resolve
this quietly, and from the very beginning
they didn't allow it to become a huge public
issue."
As a former leader, Clinton was a good
choice to represent the United States in the
delicate deliberations, according to Sneider.
He had the cachet to get an audience with
Kim but could claim to be acting as a private
citizen.
North Korean media said Clinton had
carried a message of apology from Obama
and that the former president and Kim held
wide-ranging talks, but White House
spokesman Robert Gibbs said those claims
were "not true."
Still, the diplomatic minuet was a suc-
cess, more so if Obama indeed cracked open
the door to resume dialogue with North
Korea, whose nuclear programme stands to
destabilize Asia and compromise Obama's
promise to work toward a world free of
nuclear weapons.
Just don't hold your breath.
(This article was written by
Steven R Hurst of the Associated Press).


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My reason for writing to
you today is to add my five
cents or nickle to the most
heated debate concerning the
much talked about marital
rape law being amended and
passed in Parliament.
First of all, I wish to make it
clear that as a believer of the
word of God, I am for fair-
ness and justice for all, no
matter the gender.
Let's go back to the word of
God when we were given
instruction as to how our con-
duct towards each other
should be. Husbands, love
your wives. Wives, honour
and respect your husbands
and submit only to him on this
earth.
We ignore these instruc-
tions and when all hell comes
down on our relationship, we
start blaming, cheating and
lying which leads to total
destruction of the foundation
of marriage that God had
intended for us to survive.
Over the many years we
continue to hear of the no
good men in our society and
forget that there are the other
gender right along side of
them.
I am all for women's rights,
but do not forget that men
should have their rights pro-
tected as well.
We should never let our
marriages come to the point
of one being accused of rape
in times like these. The believ-
ers of God's word should be
very careful of whom they are
following, because the Bible
speaks of all kinds of false
prophets who are now surfac-
ing, as they try to hinder the
smooth relationship of mar-
riages as God intended it to
be. We ought to be very care-


ful in our decision in whom
we choose to marry and our
motives behind that choice.
Our problems begin with us
when we are not able to get
out of a marriage what we
expected and begin to look
elsewhere for the same. That
is where the subject of sweet-
hearting began.
Now all sensible thinking
persons should realise that it
takes a man and a woman to
come to an agreement to have
an extramarital affair.
My point is both man and
woman is in this dishonest act
together and both is the
blame for so many marriages
that are on the rocks. A great
number of our marriages here
in The Bahamas are only fak-
ing it for the sake of kids or to
save face.
Some are staying together
for the sake of material gain,
which is a sad reason to be
together in the first place.
The saddest state of this
whole state of affairs is that
the church will not speak out
and put its feet down on the
subject of sweet-hearting,
because it will offend many
in the religious sector. There
is dishonesty in all areas of
the church in regards to this
subject and it will destroy the
earthly Church before God's
return. I am all for women's
rights, but do not overlook
our men's rights because we
are not all at fault.
There are some dangerous
sisters roaming the streets out
there, who will destroy a man
in a hot minute, if this bill is


EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Ministry of Works
and Transport-Environment
and Tourism are promoting
a public meeting for this
Thursday, August 6, at The


Hilton Hotel to discuss some
issues which include what is
happening at The Lynden
Pindling International
Arport, the New Providence
Road programme and Nas-
sau Harbour.
As it is the Ministries who
are calling this nkc lin,. it is
not assured that the issue of
the moving of the freight
docks to Arawak Cay will
even be raised, or could the
public raise the question or
the goings-on relative to the
alleged dangers of the loss
of sand at Saunders Beach
as a result of the expansion
of Arawak Cay proper by
1,200 feet in a westerly
direction.


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The public must turn-out
in droves, fill The Hilton
Hotel and demand that
Arawak Cay and Saunders
Beach will be discussed and
to not allow the Ministers to
dodge the issues very critical
these days, that of Arawak
Cay as the container port for
the next 20 plus years or for-
ever and Saunders Beach.
Turn out citizens - turn
out - Thursday, August 6,
at the Hilton at 6 p.m. and
let us show them that People
Power is real power!

PATRICIA
SAWYER, MRS.
Nassau,
August 4, 2009.


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study, data and consideration
before being forwarded to
Parliament for approval. It is
my prayer that a town meet-
ing be set up and our top
leaders from all churches and
the Prime Minister sit on the
panel instead of a few sisters
who may be innocent or may
have other motives unknown
to us at this time.
It is my prayer that a solu-
tion to our infightiing in mar-
riages be resolved soon
because the writing is on the
wall everywhere that God is
soon to return. In closing, I
wish to assure all involved in
marriages separations that the
following is the key to a suc-
cessful union and in this
order:
1. Put God first
2. Be ready and willing to
forgive
3. Communicate on all
aspect of life.
4. Do not allow others into
your family business other
than your Pastor.
5. Be satisfied with what
God has blessed you with at
the time.
6. Let God handle what you
perceive as a problem.
7. Be content with your
choice of mate because the
grass always look greener on
the other side.
My saying is that if you put
a little more effort and love
into your own grass, it can and
would look very pleasing to
your sight and the need to
cross over to the other side
would be senseless.
May God continue to bless
us and keep us in these last
days.

WILLIAM NAIRN,
Nassau,
July 29, 2009.


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Reducing reliance on fossil fuels


TO reduce the country's
dependency on fossil fuels and
lower energy costs, the govern-
ment is planning to introduce
the use of bio-fuels in as many
areas of the industry as possi-
ble.
Minister of State for the
Environment Phenton Ney-
mour said yesterday that
Bahamas Waste has been
approved for bio-diesel pro-
duction from vegetable oil.
The site for the proposed
facility at Bahamas Waste was
inspected for the production of
bio-diesel. Discussions about
the environmental impact
assessments are underway and
a management plan is in place
to put the facility in at the ear-
liest possible time.
"We are excited. The site has
been prepared and we are wait-
ing for final budget numbers so
we can proceed," general man-
ager of Bahamas Waste Fran-
cisco De Cardenas said.
Director of the BEST Com-
mission Philip Weech said,


A BIKER and his pas-
senger are fighting for their
lives after a horror crash on
a busy Nassau street.
The accident took place
late Monday morning on
the junction of Robinson
Road and East Street and
involved a motorcycle and a
white Nissan van.
According to officers
from the Police Traffic
Unit, a high-powered blue
Suzuki 1100 motorcycle
crashed into the white van,
which was reversing out of
the parking lot of the Super
Value supermarket on
Robinson Road.
Upon impact, the biker
and his female passenger
were thrown from the vehi-
cle.
An eye witness to the
accident told The Tribune:
"The bike hit the side of the
van, it all happened so fast,
and it was horrible to see."
The driver of the van
received minor injuries. The
motorcyclist and his passen-
ger were taken to Princess
Margaret Hospital where
they are both listed in criti-
cal condition.
The accident is currently
under investigation and the
police are refusing to
release the names of the
individuals involved.


"Bahamas Waste will be moni-
tored by an environmental
management plan as it is imple-
mented. We are concerned
about issues of safety and
health concerning the supply
stream of the oil going in and
the waste stream at the oppo-
site end."
Bahamas Waste will use the
majority of the bio-diesel pro-
duced at the plant as fuel for
their waste collection vehicles.
"This is part of our initiative
to have a green waste collec-
tion system," said Mr Weech.
"This is the first one where
we will put the management
practices in place to police the
industry."
Approval has also been
granted to other Bahamian
companies to manufacture bio-
diesel and ethanol.
"We have granted approvals
to three companies like Bio-


diesel Limited, Bio-fuels
Bahamas and Harmony Bio-
fuels in Grand Bahama. These
approvals are subject to envi-
ronmental assessments and also
environmental management
plans," said Mr Neymour.
One of the government's ini-
tiatives, he said, is to raise
national concern about how
global warming impacts climate
change. Its consequences are
unpredictable and with the
Bahamas being a low-lying
country surrounded by water,
it is a concern for the govern-
ment, the state minister said.
"It is critical the government
and private sector address these
energy issues of using renew-
able energy and clean energy.
We must protect our environ-
ment from catastrophic climate
change," said Mr Neymour.
Bio-fuels will produce a
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about the project.
He fears the plant, similar
to the one at Clifton Pier,
will saturate the ground with
oil, coat the sea with scum
and clog the air with toxic
fumes.
And while deep waters on
the west side of New Provi-
dence diffuse the impact of
the Clifton power plant, he is
concerned that the delicate
balance of life in the Bight
of Old Robinson will wither
under the impact.
He said: "At Clifton the
ground is saturated with oil,
the ocean is covered in scum
and the brown smoke that
hovers over western New
Providence is going to hover
over Abaco.
"This is the most insane
project I have ever seen in
the Bahamas bar none and
there has been no public dia-
logue about it; it was all hap-
pening undercover.
"I have never seen the
government make this sort
of decision without any trans-
parency in the process what-
soever, and the impact is
absolutely crucial for gener-
ations to come.
"This is one of the most
pristine and beautiful areas I
have ever seen in the entire
Bahamas and the general
public has got to start to raise
hell about this because this is
insane. We are losing our
country."
Mr Kemp said government
should consider alternative
ways of producing energy to
have a lesser impact and cost
less money.
But Minister of the Envi-
ronment Phenton Neymour
argued bunker sea fuel is
cheaper than diesel and will
help reduce current fuel costs
in the Family Islands while


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significantly increasing the
power supply across Abaco.
However, such energy
plants have reportedly been
banned in countries around
the world because of the
detrimental impact they have
on the environment.
And yet Environmental
Impact Assessments for the
project have not been made
public.
The entire area from
Snake Cay to the Bight of
Old Robinson is part of a
nearshore marine ecosystem
made up of blue holes, water
caverns and creek systems
which form an important
juvenile habitat for a wide
variety of marine and terres-
trial life, according to The


Nature Conservancy.
Eleanor Phillips, director
of the Nature Conservancy's
North Caribbean Pro-
gramme in the Bahamas,
said: "That particular area is
very unique in that it has all
of those things and it's
absolutely beautiful. It
should be a protected area."
Abaco-based organisation
Friends of the Environment
recommended the area be
included in the national net-
work of Marine Protected
Areas and has heard a num-
ber of concerns from local
residents about building a
power plant there.
They have been trying to
organise a public meeting for
residents to discuss the pro-
ject with Mr Neymour and
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC) bosses since
February.
But with 30 per cent of the


project now complete, and
an expected completion date
of March 2010, Mr Neymour
said officials went ahead
without feeling a need for
public consultation.
He said: "Government felt
that it was better to locate
the site in Wilson City as
there were some concerns for
the Snake Cay site from an
environmental perspective.
"Wilson City provides a
larger area for the plant and
a larger buffer around the
plant itself, while Snake Cay
is nearer to the water, so I
think the move was in the
interest of all parties.
"We didn't feel there was a
huge need for a public forum
because we were basically
complying with the desires
expressed... I don't see a
need now because there's not
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009, PAGE 7


Animal cruelty case investigated



by Grand Bahama Humane Society


MEMBERS of the Humane
Society of Grand Bahama
(HSGB) are investigating a grue-
some case of animal cruelty which
they hope will be prosecuted to
the fullest extent.
Two dogs that were adopted
from the shelter earlier this year
are now dead due horrific treat-
ment, the HSGB said.
One of the dogs, which went by
the name of "Mr Thomas", was
reportedly choked to death with a
chain.
The animal shelter was forced
to euthanise the second one after
it was abandoned in a woman's
yard.
Police are currently question-
ing a man in connection with the
matter.
On July 15, the HSGB received
a call from a concerned citizen
about a starving dog that had col-
lapsed in her front yard. As a
result of the call, the shelter's field
service officer brought in an ema-
ciated, weak, tick-infested female
Doberman mix.
"She did not even have the
strength to walk and had to be
carried. She weighed 35 lbs, on a
frame and body type meant to be
at least 75 lbs," the HSGB said.
Staffers at the shelter said they
watched the "pitiful, sad dog" try
to decide whether she was more
hungry or thirsty. Several staff
members stayed late to administer
medicine, remove ticks and clean
her up best they could.
"We were encouraged that she
could at least eat and drink water
and we hoped to save her," the
HSGB workers said.
However, the next morning the
dog was unresponsive and her
breathing was heavy and laboured.
"Her body was just unable to
recover from the neglect she had
suffered and it was shutting down.
With heavy hearts the decision
was made to humanely euthanise
this dog and relieve her suffering.


It was at least some small comfort
to know at the very end of her life
she received love and care from
humans," the HSGB said.
Members of the animal protec-
tion organisation said they are now
determined to investigate and try
to prosecute this case.
"To our horror and grief we dis-
covered this dog had been adopt-
ed from the HSGB just a few short
months ago along with another
dog, to a person who went through
all our procedures and screening,
including a home visit. The adop-
tion contract clearly states that if
the adopter becomes unable to
care for the animal, it must be
returned to the HSGB.
"We immediately put together


a solid animal cruelty case, includ-
ing photos, statements and vet
statement and went to the police,"
the organisation said.
Meka had been at the shelter
since May 2008, when she was sur-
rendered by an owner who said
he could no longer care for her.
Mr Thomas came to the
Humane Society as a stray in
November 2008, emaciated and
fearful. With the attention and
care of shelter workers he quickly
put on weight and became trusting
of people again.
"These two beautiful dogs were
supposed to have been given a
deserved second chance at a loving
home. Instead they suffered
tremendously, and ultimately lost


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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE full extent of the envi-
ronmental impact of the oil spill
at the Exuma Land and Sea
Park is not yet known although
officials have completed the
cleanup of the 85 foot barge and
excavators which recently sank
in the area.
According to Eric Carey,
executive director of the
Bahamas National Trust (BNT),
the cleanup was finished over
the weekend. While BNT has
received preliminary data from
the accident's impact on the sur-


rounding area, Mr Carey
declined to comment until the
final report on the incident is
prepared.
"We have feedback (from the
preliminary report), but we're
not commenting on it yet," he
said.
However, he said the impact
would have been minimal.
"Fortunately it's not a large
area to be assessed and none of
the seabed was impacted by the
oil because it floated," he said
yesterday.
The barge, which was carrying
two excavators and a front-end
loader, sank to the sea floor in
the shipping channel near Cis-


tern Cay, Exuma, on July 15. As
much as 1,000 gallons of diesel
leaked from the vessel, but offi-
cials said favourable wind con-
ditions meant the impact was
minimal.
For days the 85ft barge lay on
its side along with its 25 foot long
equipment. A team was dis-
patched to the area on July 26.
In a recent interview, Mr
Carey told The Tribune that the
diesel dissipated into the ocean
away from the nearby Cistern
Cay beach and mostly evaporat-
ed.
He added that, fortunately,
the barge, its two excavators and
front-end loader, sank to the
seabed some distance away from
the major coral reefs and around
40 yards from the nearest coral
heads.
The vessel reportedly hit bad
weather before it sank last
month. A crew of around four
people were rescued from the
area by passing boats.
A full report into the impact
of the incident should be
released next week, Mr Carey
added.
The Port Department and the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
assisted the BNT in the cleanup
operation which was organised
by Minister of Environment Earl
Deveaux.


their lives due to human neglect
and cruelty," the HSGB said.
The shelter said it was at least
"somewhat" encouraged that,
after much prodding, the police


chose to investigate this case.
However, the shelter said it is
concerned that if the police will
not prosecute these types of cases
to the fullest extent and send a
clear message to the offenders and
the public by doing so, neglect and
cruelty towards animals will con-
tinue to be rampant in the
Bahamas.
The HSGB is urging the public
to report all cases of suspected


cruelty and neglect.
Even just calling the shelter
anonymously could help to save
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FROM page one

good efforts of the Department
of Education in the public
school system did not result in
any improvement in scores.
What that single letter describes
is the combination of public and
private schools. If the govern-
ment examines the public and
private school systems they are
different," Mr Massey said.
Mr Massey said that when
one looks at the private school
system, a distribution of scores
starts at the 'A' level and peeks
at the 'C' level while when one
examines the distribution of
scores in the public school sys-
tem the distribution of scores
starts at the lower 'A' level and
peeks at an 'F'.
"The problem is that you
come up with a single grade but
what kind of intelligent discus-
sion does that promote. This


National grade average


'D', 'D+' announce-
ment is a cover up.
The problem is the
public school sys-
tem. It's not the true
average of all
schools. Does it
locate a place where
public policy can
make a change?
You in effect don't
know how bad the
public school system
is," Mr Massey said.
Mr Massey admit- CalBt
ted, however, that
some private schools also pro-
duce poor results in the
BGCSE examinations.
According to Minister
Bethel, 6,716 students sat the
BGCSE exams this year, a 6.7


FROM page one
ernment of the Bahamas is left with no alternative
but to suspend the programme at this time in
respect of any new loan applications," Minister
Bethel said. He said, however, that government
will continue to fund its commitment made to stu-
dents currently in the programme.
According to Minister Bethel, 560 persons
have applied for the loan this year although ordi-
narily only 320 persons would be selected with the
necessary requirements. Since its inception, some
4,734 Bahamians have benefited from the Edu-
cational Guaranteed Loan Programme.
Mr Bethel gave no indication as to when the
loan programme will resume but gave assurances
that government will pursue all avenues to recoup
the money owed.
"We will use our best endeavours. We have to
accept the realities that affect the overall society
and economy but where persons have the means
to pay they should pay. We will seek to be as firm

FROM page one Obi

The MP spoke with The Tri-
bune prior to being admitted ticular surroui
to the Princess Margaret Hos- of actor John
pital to undergo surgery for an year-old son
injury to his left ankle sustained Bahama earlier
during a "freak accident involv- Addressing
ing his vehicle." rally organised
He is to be released from the drama in
hospital today. Wilchcombe s
Along with current Deputy had left him
Leader, St Cecilia MP Cynthia thanked his sup
Pratt, Mr Wilchcombe was "love, loyalty,
found to be one of the most port" as he la:
popular personalities in the for the country
PLP in a pre-2007 election sur- Meanwhile
vey conducted for the party by combe's woulc
a U.S. firm. the race for th
However, there had been ership, Mr Da
speculation that the politician's question of M
chances of making a successful connection to t
bid to become Deputy Leader to the fore agai
of the party could have been vey he commis:
diminished by the negative pub- waters ahead
licity in the US media in par- campaign.


per cent increase over
last year's total of
6,294.
"While 23 fewer
Ol students received
grades of at least a 'C'
in English, Mathe-
matics and a science,
this year over last
year, the cumulative
percentage of stu-
dents who received
grades between an 'A'
and 'C' overall (across
the full range of 26
subjects) has
increased from 42.55 per cent in
2007, 43.55 per cent in 2008 to
45.53 per cent this year," Min-
ister Bethel said.
"I can confidently predict
that if this trend continues at


Educational loans

but fair in our efforts. The goal we have set is that
the fund shall be made self sustaining so that
each year's allocation for new lending to qualified
Bahamas will be funded by payments of loans
made over the previous year," he said.
Refuting a report in The Nassau Guardian
on Wednesday, Minister Bethel said that there
has been no reduction in the amount of money
allocated by government to support scholarships
and national grants, national bursary and awards
this year.
"In fact the amount of money allocated by the
government has been increased by a further $2
million to a total of $6 million," he said. Minister
Bethel said there are 297 Bahamian students
currently in receipt of scholarships, of grants,
bursaries and awards in amounts up to $10,000
and $25,000 in the case of merit scholarships.


e Wilchcombe


ending the death
Travolta's 16-
Jett in Grand
;r this year.
constituents at a
d in the wake of
February, Mr
said the episode
"in pain" but
pporters for their
prayers and sup-
id out his vision
y's future.
e, Mr Wilch-
1-be opponent in
e Deputy Lead-
vis, brought the
Ir Wilchcombe's
the Travolta case
in in a recent sur-
sioned to test the
of launching a


Among various other ques-
tions that the survey posed to
participants, he asked whether
the saga had affected their view
of Mr Wilchcombe.
Contacted yesterday the
West End and Bimini MP said
of Mr Davis' bid: "He has the
history and support of the PLP,
he knows the party, and I think
he has proven his worthiness
to at least seek the office.
"The delegates will decide
whether they think he has the
capacity to provide that service.
He has proven over the years
that he holds on to the virtues
and values of PLP."
Asked how he views the
MP's chances of success in that
regard, Mr Wilchcombe said it
would "depend on his oppo-
nents."


the same rate of improvement
shown over the last two years
it will not be long before more
than 50 per cent of the stu-
dents will achieve at least an
average grade of a 'C' across
the full range of the subjects,"
Minister Bethel said.
"It must be conceded that
the number of students who
received grades at the lower
end of the scale, namely
between the grades of 'G' and
'U', has also increased and is
having a dragging effect on


the overall level of achieve-
ment," he said.
Minister Bethel said that
the low level of achievement
in Mathematics "is not only
holding us down, but dragging
us down and must be the form
of focus and urgent attempts if
we are to see sustained and
measurable improvement in
student achievement."
He noted, however, that
scores in English have
improved across the board
and continue to improve due


to a focused attention on lit-
eracy.
Minister Bethel said that
according to the eight pint
scale a 'D' is average. "We are
aiming towards that day when
more than 50 per cent of stu-
dents get a 'C' or above aver-
age," he said.
Attempts to reach
Bahamas Union of Teachers
(BUT) President Belinda Wil-
son for comment were unsuc-
cessful up to press time yes-
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attached to the dredging operator and
maintain a safe distance from the trucks
and tractors they won't know what's going
on," he told The Tribune yesterday.
The pipe Dr Deveaux mentioned is a
35-inch pipe erected in waters off Arawak
Cay, that will pump dredged debris away.
He was responding to concerns put to
him after Health Minister Dr Hubert Min-
nis warned that dredging could spawn dan-
gerous acid changes in the nearby waters.
"Once you start dredging you would
cause disturbance to the floor sea, settling
of sediments, the possibility of murky water
- what that would do is cause a pH change
in the water and (to) the organisms in the
water.
"There's a possibility you can get patho-
genic, or harmful, organisms introduced.
They would have to check the water from


time to time for harmful o
because that can pose a dange
mers," Dr Minnis told The Tr
terday.
The Department of Envir
Health reassured him that the
testing to mitigate against thi
were in place and that the dred
no risks to the general public, h
terday.
According to Dr Deveaux, th
ment of Environmental Health
tine coastal monitoring which
increased because of the plan
ing.
He added that the company in
the dredging operation - Ne
based Boskalis - has establish]
imum turbidity level and has m
in place to measure this.
"The Department of Envir
Health does coastal monito
weekly basis and based on th


dredging
)rganisms dredging they have increased their sur-
r to swim- veillance in and around Arawak Cay as
ibune yes- the summer came in.
"The dredging company has established
onmental a minimum turbidity level and has a
necessary mechanism in place to measure the level
is disaster of turbidity from 0 up to permitted level
going poses - say in the event of rough weather -
ie said yes- and I think they have established seven as
the top level but they monitor or mea-
he Depart- sure against that," he said.
does rou- "They are going to extend the pipe on
has been the northern side of Silver Cay... to send
ned dredg- the murky water below 70 feet, to go out
with the outgoing tide, to ensure that they
n charge of minimise any impact of murky water on
etherlands the beach or the coast line.
hed a min- "Prior to doing any of this, they (the
echanisms dredging company) identified the risks
and prescribed ways how they would mit-
ronmental igate - (sea) contamination was not one
ring on a of the risks they foresaw as a likely possi-
e harbour ability " said Dr Deveaux.


Conch vendors against storing supplies at alternate location


FROM page one
The conch would have to be
packed in salt water and frozen
for storage. But vendors argue
that their customers want fresh
conch and are also worried that
quick-fingered thieves would
make off with their conch if it is
stored off-site.


"You cannot store conch
anywhere else but the place
where people doing conch. So
the best bet during that time
may be, to close down the
whole season while they doing
the dredging," Mr Rolle sug-
gested. He has yet to move his
conch to another site.
He, with other vendors who
spoke to The Tribune, think


[BSNS CETR


that the strong current at the
dock would pull any contami-
nants away.
They also feel they should
not have to relocate their stored
conch unless there is proof of
murky water - which could
lead to contamination - due
to the dredging.
"We made some agreement
with the government that when
the water gets murky we at Pot-
ter's Cay dock ain' putting no
conch in the water - but we
(need to) further negotiate,"
said Mr Rolle.
Health Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis yesterday said that con-
tinuous testing of the water's
pH levels near Arawak and
Potter's Cay are needed to
avoid any contamination scares.
Environment Minister Dr
Earl Deveaux stressed that the
Department of Environmental
Health had stepped up its
coastal checks and area moni-
toring. But he said the vendors
have already been warned to
relocate their goods ahead of
the dredging.
"All of the conch vendors
were told by Ministry of Works
that they would have to find
alternate means, preferably out
of the water, but they have


specifically prohibited them
from storing it on the southern
side of Arawak Cay and the
northern side of the fish fry.
When The Tribune visited
the dock yesterday, many of the
vendors said they were still stor-
ing their conch in nearby waters
with no plans to relocate their
goods. Some said they had not
heard any recent notices from
government and did not know
when they were supposed to
relocate their goods.
"My conch can't move,
where am I going to keep it?"
asked owner of Bones Seafood
Rodney Brown.
"The problem will be down
at Arawak Cay where they
have still water but we have a
strong current - and they
dredged before," he said.
Mr Brown doesn't think the
concerns will scare customers
away from Potter's Cay.
"Bahamians love conch too
much, as long as it ain' poi-
soned."
At the end of June, Govern-
ment advised all seafood ven-
dors presently storing fresh fish
and conch in waters near the
harbour, Arawak Cay and Pot-
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RAMON MILLER has emerged as a contender for the men's 400m...


'This year, I'm a totally




different guy...'


Senior Sports Reporter Athletes share thoughts on IAAF
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net i r i
t ebr beinaet World Championships in Berlin
A fttpr being a 1 1


reserve at last
year's IAAF
A World Champi-
onships in Athletics, Ramon
Miller has emerged as a con-
tender for the men's 400m at
the 12th edition of the event
in Berlin, Germany.
"This year, I'm a totally
different guy," said 22-year-
old Miller, the reigning
NAIA champion from Dick-
inson State, who was runner-
up to Chris "Bay" Brown at
the BAAA Nationals in
June.
"This year, I'm definitely
looking forward to going out
there and putting my best
performance forth and hope-
fully with the help of God, I
will be able to do very well."
Miller will join Brown as
two of the three representa-
tives for the Bahamas in the
men's 400 when the prelimi-
naries are held on August 18
with the semifinal on August
19 and the final August 21.
"I'm not concerned one
bit. I'm just going to go out
there and run my race," said
Miller, when asked if he's
concerned about the field of
competitors expected in
Berlin, many of whom have
ran much faster times than
he has.
"Times really don't matter
to me. This is track and field.
Anything could happen."
The other competitor will
come from either newcomer


Latoy Williams, last year's
NCAA champion Andretti
Bain or Michael Mathieu. A
decision is to be made by the
coaching staff at the training
camp leading up to the cham-
pionships.
The staff, inclusive of
Tyrone Burrows, George
Cleare and Frank "Pancho"
Rahming, will also make a
determination on who will
get to run in the relay.
Miller, Brown, Williams,
Bain and Mathieu will be
joined by Avard Moncur and
Nathaniel McKinney for the
team selection.
"I feel good about the
relay team. I know the guys
are ready to run and hope-
fully if we all can stay
healthy, we can go out there
and run very well," said
Miller, who ran in the pre-
liminaries of the relay team
that went on to win the silver
medal at last year's Olympic
Games in Beijing, China.
One of those competitors
who is hoping to also make
an impact on the team is
McKinney. Back in the mix
after sitting out the past two
trips, McKinney has qualified
for the 200.
His preliminaries and quar-
ter-final is set for August 18.
If he qualifies, the semifinal
will take place August 19
with the final to be staged on
August 20.


"Unfortunately, injuries
will do it for you, but if you
focus on what's there, it's not
a matter of whether you run
fast or slow, you just have to
make your time," McKinney
said.
"It's like a job, so I just
have to stay focused. Thank
God for people like my
Grammy, who has been pray-
ing for me. I'm trying to stay
focused."
McKinney, 27, said he's
not going to talk too much
about running a leg on the
relay team. He noted that he
will "let my performance
speak for itself."
Also making a return to
one of the major interna-
tional meets since missing the
last five years is Osbourne
Moxey, who will compete in
the qualifying round of the
men's long jump on August
20 with the final set for
August 22.
"My expectations really is
just to compete hard and go
through the rounds," he said.
"My ultimate goal is to make
it to the final and everything
else will speak for itself.
When asked if there's any-
thing he's looking forward to,
Moxey quickly quipped: "I
just want to go there and
compete well."
Making his debut at the

SEE page 14


An historic

win for the


Bahamas in

cricket

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas opened
competition with an historic
win in the first tournament of
its kind hosted locally and
sanctioned by cricket's inter-
national governing body.
In its opening match of the
International Cricket Coun-
cil (ICC) Americas Under 15
cricket tournament, the
Bahamas won by eight wick-
ets over the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands batted
first and scored a total of 81
runs all out, with their top
scorer netting 13 runs.
In their turn at bat, the
Bahamas scored 82 runs for
the loss of one wicket to take
the match.
Turan "Geronimo" Brown
was the top scorer with 31
runs, not out, while Ashmeid
Allie added 26 runs not out.
The Bahamas' next match
will be Friday against Belize
at Haynes Oval.
The three team tournament
which includes Belize, Cay-
man Islands and the host
country Bahamas, is running
August 5-10.
All matches will be played
at the Haynes Oval and will
be of 30 overs in duration.
Bahamas Cricket Associa-
tion representative Paul
Thompson, said this is the first
time the Bahamas Cricket
Association will be hosting
such an event and they have
pledged that it will be hosted
properly.
"It is so important for the
Bahamas and for the local
cricket community to have a
tournament of this stature to
be hosted here in the
Bahamas. It is something that
has not been really receiving
much attention but it is a
monumental step for the
game and our regional sta-
tus," he said.


Team Bahamas off to training camp


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net


HEAD coach Tyrone Burrows
said the hardest part for the
Bahamas Association of Athletic
Associations was trying to finalize
the team going to the 12th IAAF
World Championships in Athlet-
ics.
The 24-member team left yes-
terday from New Providence and
throughout the United States for a
training camp that will be staged
in Berlin, Germany, over the next
few days before the champi-
onships officially get underway on
August 15.
"The main thing right now is to
pull everyone together at a rea-
sonable time, that is why the train-
ing camp is so important," Bur-
rows said.
"We have two 16 year olds who
have never competed at this level
and we have the re-emergence of
the 4 x 100, so we need those girls
to come together and gel together
so that they can get the stick
around."
While he doesn't have any spe-
cific expectations, Burrows said
he's confident that the Bahamas
has an excellent chance of doing
very well, especially with veteran
sprinters Chandra Sturrup and
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie lead-
ing the way.
But BAAA president Curt
Hollingsworth said the only thing
that had them concerned was the
amount of injuries that the male
quarter-milers experienced over
the last few weeks.
"We feel pretty good now that
we know that those athletes we
were looking at for the 4 x 4, are
looking very well right now," he
said. "So I'm excited about our
chances in Berlin."
Hollingsworth said he doesn't
want to sound over ambitious, but
he certainly believes that the team
will perform exceptionally well at
the championships.
"We have two veteran female
sprinters who are performing well
and we also have Chris Brown
running very well in the 400," he
said. "But we also have three
relays, so we should be able to
medal in at least one, if not two of
them."


Coaches confident 24-member team will perform well


TYRONE BURROWS


"We had some misfortunes
with the men's 400 runners,
but they have worked that out
and they seemed to be back
on track. So if they can do
what they have been doing
all year, we should be able
to win a couple of medals."
- George Cleare


With two youngsters joining the
team, Katrina Seymour and
Rashad Brown, Hollingsworth
said once they can get their feet
wet, they should be in a better
position to help the team at the
Olympics in 2012.
George Cleare, one of the assis-
tant coaches, said with Sturrup
and Ferguson-McKenzie leading
the women's squad and Chris
Brown and Leevan Sands heading
the men's squad, the Bahamas will
be well represented.
"We have a few younger ones
coming in like Sheniqua, Jernice
and Latoy, so they should be able
to learn a lot from the seniors


CURT HOLLINGSWORTH


RALPH McKINNEY

when they go to the camp to see
how they function at this level,"
he said.
According to Cleare, the team is
loaded with talent, but everybody
will have to step up and carry
their load, especially Sturrup and
Ferguson-McKenzie.
"They will have to bring their A
game. If they can do that and con-


GEORGE CLEAR


FRANK RAHMING

serve some energy, they should be
able to make it through to the
final," he said.
"We had some misfortunes with
the men's 400 runners, but they
have worked that out and they
seemed to be back on track. So if
they can do what they have been
doing all year, we should be able
to win a couple of medals."


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Bowl, but chose to move closer to home in
DeLand.
The Jaguars said he'd be the starter to replace
Khalif Barnes, but then selected Monroe with
the eighth pick in April's draft. The move didn't
surprise Thomas, who knew he wasn't a long-
term solution at one of the game's premium posi-
tions.
Thomas responded exactly how the Jaguars
had hoped, though. He welcomed Monroe and
embraced the notion of battling for a spot -
even though he had been pretty much been
entrenched in the starting lineup since the Eagles
drafted him llth overall in 1998 out of Florida
State.
"Every year, especially when you get to my
age, you've got to continue to prove yourself,"
Thomas said. "Coming down here has revital-
ized me a little bit, given me an extra spark to
show these cats I can still play the game. I just got
to go out and perform like I've always done."
The Jaguars can only hope for similar results.
Thomas has missed only eight games in his
career - only one the past three seasons - and
allowed two sacks in 658 attempts in 2008. Grant-
ed, that came in Philly's quick-throwing, West
Coast offense. But Thomas believes he can be
equally effective in Jacksonville's run-oriented


JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Tra Thomas (left) talks to teammate Brad Meester during the first day of training camp
in Jacksonville, Florida...


scheme.
"I'm up to the challenge," he said.
Monroe was impressive during minicamp and
organized team activities, and looked like he
would push Thomas for the job. But Monroe and
the team couldn't work out a contract to get him
here on time.
Jacksonville was prepared to give the former
Virginia standout $18 million guaranteed, which
would have been nearly $1 million more than the
Jaguars guaranteed defensive end Derrick Harvey
(also the eighth pick) last season. Monroe's rep-


resentatives wanted more, especially since Oak-
land gave receiver Darrius Heyward-Bay (the
seventh pick) $23.5 million guaranteed.
The Jaguars, a small-market franchise strug-
gling to sell tickets and facing several television
blackouts, might not budge soon. Harvey's hold-
out lasted 33 days, the longest in team history, and
left him behind when the season started. He fin-
ished with 3 1/2 sacks.
"The best thing for the player to do is be here
because this team is moving on and there's a lot of
good work being put in," coach Jack Del Rio
said. "Seeing last year what the absence did to the
player, I hope that everybody involved kind of
recognizes that. It's a lot of money one way or
another. But I think the player may suffer the
most in the whole deal."
Thomas stands to benefit, though.
Getting a starting spot would add to what has
already been an enjoyable stay in Jacksonville
for Thomas. Although he is currently renting for-
mer Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson's home,
he's considering buying a place and retiring here
after football.
In the meantime, he just wants to fill whatever
role the Jaguars have for him.
"I just try to come out here and compete, put in
the work, do what I do and execute," Thomas
said. "I don't know what the situation's going to
be (with Monroe). They just told me to compete
for the job, and that's what I'm doing.
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Brazilian

coaches take the

blame for doping

of five athletes

By TALES AZZONI
Associated Press Writer
SAO PAULO (AP) - Two
coaches on the Brazilian team
are taking the blame for the dop-
ing of five athletes who were
preparing for the world champi-
onships in Germany.
Jayme Netto and Inaldo Sena
said during a news conference
Wednesday that the Brazilian
athletes were given shots of the
endurance-booster EPO without
their knowledge.
The coaches said the athletes
were told they were being given
amino acid shots. Netto and Sena
said they were misled by a phys-
iologist who said the amount of
EPO being administered would
not show up on doping tests. The
physiologist is not part of the
Brazilian athletics team.
"I take the blame for allowing
them to take the shots," Netto
said. "I am guilty, not the ath-
letes. Everyone has the right to
make mistakes and I made a mis-
take. Athletics is over for me."
The Brazilian athletics confed-
eration said Tuesday that Bruno
Lins Tenorio de Barros, Jorge
Celio da Rocha Sena, Josiane da
Silva Tito, Luciana Franca and
Lucimara Silvestre presented
"adverse results" in out-of-com-
petition tests conducted June 15.
The athletes, who were already
in Germany for this month's com-
petition, requested their "B" sam-
ples be tested and returned to
Brazil to present their defense.
All five athletes trained at the
same Brazilian club - Rede
Atletismo. Last week, officials
announced that another athlete at
the club, Lucimar Teodoro, also
failed a doping test in a recent
competition in Brazil.
Spokeswoman Ana Lozi said
the club is cooperating fully with
an investigation conducted by the
Brazilian confederation.
Club president Jorge Queiroz
de Moraes, who is known for his
fight against doping in athletics
and lost a son because of drug
use, sat along the two coaches at
Wednesday's press conference
and heavily criticized them.
"I'm absolutely certain that the
athletes are the victims," he said.
"They didn't know what they
were taking, but the two coaches
did and that's deplorable. It was a
brutal shock."
Three of the five athletes were
at the Beijing Olympics last year
- Barros helped Brazil finish
fourth in the 4x100 meter relay,
Silvestre competed in the wom-
en's heptathlon and Tito was in
the women's 4x400 relay.
The Brazilian confederation
was in the process of summon-
ing replacements for the Brazilian
team at the world championships,
which begins Aug. 15 in Berlin.
The Brazilian Olympic Com-
mittee said in statement that it
was fully supporting the athlet-
ics confederation in its effort to
fight doping.


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BAAA couldn't have selected a better





team for IAAF World Championships


THE Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associations could
not have selected a better
team to compete in the 12th
IAAF World Championships
in Athletics.
It's a 24-member team that
is loaded with proven veter-
ans and a few newcomers,
who are all out to make their
presence felt in Berlin, Ger-
many, August 15-23 in the bi-
annual event.
Last year, the Bahamas got
a pleasant surprise when Don-
ald Thomas soared to the gold
in the men's high jump and
Derrick Atkins sped from
behind to pass a faltering
Asafa Powell for the silver
behind American champion
Tyson Gay.
The other medal came from
the men's 4 x 400 relay team
of Avard Moncur, Michael
Mathieu, Andrae Williams
and Chris Brown as they
picked up the silver behind
the reigning champions of the
United States.
What a difference a year
has made.
Leevan "Superman" Sands,
who was tenth in his group of
the men's triple jump for 22nd
overall, goes in as the
Olympic bronze medallist and
we have the resurgence of the
women's 4 x 100 relay team,
who have not made the finals
since the 'Golden Girls' era.
To add to the excitement,
the BAAA has finally quali-
fied a team to compete in the
women's 4 x 4 relay. It's just a
pity that they waited until the
retirement of Golden Girls
Pauline Davis-Thompson and
Tonique Williams-Darling.
The good thing about their
achievement is the women
have the opportunity to
accomplish their own glory,
anchored by Christine Amer-
til, who has taken up the quar-
ter-mile mantel from
Williams-Darling, the
Olympic and World Champi-
onship queen.
Much is going to be expect-
ed from our women this year,
especially with the recent sen-
sational times that both vet-
eran sprinters Debbie Fergu-


JERMAINE MACKEY


CHANDRA STURRUP competes in the 100m final during Athletics
Grand Prix at Crystal Palace in London...
(AP Photo: Simon Dawson)


son-McKenzie and Chandra
Sturrup have posted in the
sprints.
While this could be their
final appearance in the cham-
pionships, both would defi-
nitely like to regain their posi-
tion in the world after they
bowed out in the semifinals
of the 100 and 200. They are
predicted by Track and Field
News to be medal contenders
this year.
At every championship
since 1995, the Bahamas has
won a medal, producing a
total of seven gold, four sil-
ver and five bronze. The ques-
tion is: Who will emerge on
the podium this year?
As usual, we will wait with
anticipation for the champi-
onships to get underway on
August 15.

SWIMMING SUCCESS
The Bahamas Swimming
Federation continues to reap
the international success, this


time at the World Champi-
onships in Italy. The five-
member team of sisters
Teisha and Alicia Light-
bourne and Olympians Ari-
anna Vanderpool-Wallace,
Alana Dillette and Vereance
Elvis Burrows made the coun-
try proud.
Between the squad, they
posted a total of 10 national
records, led by Burrows
achieving four individual
marks, one of which was the
longest standing on the list as
he follows in the footsteps of
Jeremy Knowles, who has
achieved more international
acclaim than any other local
swimmer.
With all of the swimmers
still in their prime, the future
looks good for the sport as
the 2012 Olympics approach-
es. London could be a break-
out year for the Bahamas to
secure its first finalist and pos-
sibly a medallist.
While the focus over the


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last years has been on the
dominant performance of
Knowles, who has gone into
semi-retirement, it's good to
see that there are some others
who have stepped forward
and making their presence
felt.
The federation, headed by
president Algernon Cargill,
should be commended for the
continued success they have
achieved over the last few
years. The next two years
should be a challenge to
maintain this level of consis-
tency.

BOXING GLORY
They have not yet gotten
the opportunity to contest for
a world title, but both Meach-
er "Pain" Major and Jermaine
"Choo Choo" Mackey are
both well on their way to
achieving their ultimate goal.
The duo have had their
names inked into the world
rankings in two of the four
prestigious boxing organisa-
tions, a feat that has never
been accomplished where two
or more boxers have been list-
ed at the same time.
While Major is pegged at
number 15 in the World Box-
ing Association's lightweight
division, Mackey is penned in
at No. 24 in the World Boxing


MEACHER MAJOR

Council's middleweight divi-
sion.
Whether they are in the top
10 or the top 25 doesn't mat-
ter. What matters is that they
are getting the recognition
they deserve and now they
have a chance to be in a posi-
tion to move up the ladder.
What's interesting about
the two is that they are doing
it in different styles.
Major has moved to Florida
where his training base is and
he is fighting out of the X-Cel
Worldwide Promotions in
New York. Mackey, on the
other hand, has decided to
stay at home where he's
under contract with First
Class Promotions.
Whatever is working for the
two, we just need to encour-
age them because it has been
a while since we've had a
fighter in a position to fight
for a world title.
The last was Freeman "The
Natural" Barr, whose bid for
the World Boxing Organisa-
tion's middleweight title end-
ed in the fourth round against
Bert Schenk in Cottbus, Ger-
many, when he complained
about getting hit in his eye.
The Androsian born Barr,
who resides in Naples, Flori-
da, where he fought out of the
SJC Boxing Club, has not


STUBBS


OPINION


been in the ring since Novem-
ber 28, 2006, when he won a
sixth round TKO over Tony
Menefee in Fort Myers.
Prior to that, Ray Minus Jr,
the mentor of both Major and
Mackey who fought three
times for the world ban-
tamweight title. Minus, who
had three epic fights with
Quincy "Thrill-A-Minute"
Pratt, retired after an eighth
round TKO loss to Leavan-
der Johnson on March 31,
2001, in Atlantic City, New
Jersey.
The only Bahamian to hold
a world title was Elisha Obed,
who traveled to Paris, France
on November 13, 1975, to pull
off the WBC's light mid-
dleweight title over Miguel de
Oliveira with a second round
technical knockout before he
eventually lost it to Eckhard
Dagge on June 18, 1976, in
Berlin, Germany. He stopped
fighting in the tenth round as
he complained of getting hit
in his eye.
It will be interesting to see
who emerges as the next
Bahamian to fight for a world
title.


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IAAF World

Championships

in Athletics

FROM page 11

championships is sprinter
Adrian Griffith, who will line
up with reigning silver medal-
list Derrick Atkins in the 100
when the heats and quarter-
finals are staged on opening
day August 15. The semifinal
and final are the following
day.
"I feel great about making
it to the world stage," he said.
"I'm one of the underdogs, so
I don't have anything to lose.
I'm just going to go out there
and compete at my best."
Griffith, 24, said he would
have really liked to have had
the men's 4 x 100 team at the
championships, but he said
they started out a bit too late
attempting to qualify.
"I'm really disappointed
that we didn't qualify, but at
least I have the 100 metres to
concentrate on," he pointed
out.
Last year, Sheniqua 'Q'
Ferguson made her senior
debut in the women's century
at the Olympics. She will join
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
in the 200 in Berlin starting
with the prelims and quarters
August 19 with the semis on
August 20 and final August
21. "I'm really excited about
being a part of the team," said
Ferguson.
She will also team up with
Ferguson-McKenzie, Chan-
dra Sturrup, Timicka Clarke
and possibly Christine Amer-
til on the women's 4 x 100
relay team that will be making
its return since the era of the
Golden Girls.
"The only person I was
with was Jernise Saunders at
the CAC Games in Cuba,"
Ferguson said. "So I'm really
looking forward to working
with Debbie and Chandra and
Timicka."
Saunders, a newcomer to
the senior level, said she has
been waiting for the oppor-
tunity to run with Ferguson-
McKenzie and Sturrup for a
long time.
"At this point, I just hope
that I can execute what I've
been taught," said the 23-
year-old. "I just hope that I
don't mess it up when I get
out there."
And Katrina Seymour, one
of two youngest members of
the team at age 16, said she's
really excited about being on
the team with all of the older
athletes.
"I just want to be able to
run all out and help our team
make it to the final," said Sey-
mour, who along with Rashad
Brown of Grand Bahama
have been added for the 4 x 4
relay.
Seymour, who along with
Brown helped the Bahamas
win the bronze at the Jr Pan
Am Championships, said her
other goal in Berlin is to meet
Jamaican multiple record
holder Usain Bolt.


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listings, is hoping to take its
"Local" brand Pan-Caribbean
in the future, according to the
company's marketing manag-
er, while the site's developers
wait to tap the fledging e-
commerce market in the
Bahamas when banks fully
open the sector.
Kurt Melnechuk, at a press
conference held at the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce said the company is
considering the development
of an umbrella website called
'caribbeanlocal' under which
will come sites such as
Bahamaslocal.com and possi-
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weather information and an
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turning local events and now
Atlantis Live events.
The Bahamas search por-
tal recently partnered with
Galleria Cinemas to offer an
online movie listing and
movie previews and hopes to
one day offer online ticket
purchases.
According to Mr Mel-
nechuk, Bahamaslocal.com
has also become a major
resource tool for perspective
visitors to the Bahamas.
He said the website has
become an important mar-
keting tool for thousands of
Bahamian businesses.
"This innovative and free
method of marketing and
advertising is becoming even
more essential for many busi-
nesses, particularly during the
current economic downturn,
who merely cannot afford to
pay for advertising and mar-
keting," said Mr Melnechuk.
Chief Executive Officer of
Bahamaslocal.com, Jason
McDowall, said the website
will continue to transform,
with a new application being


rolled out almost monthly.
" T h r o u g h
Bahamaslocal.com local busi-
nesses, that do not have a web
presence as well a those that
do, can list their companies
for free," said Mr McDowall.
"They can go into the sys-
tem and update their infor-
mation at any time, so that
anyone searching for infor-
mation on their specific busi-
ness or a particular category
of business for instance shoes
or marketing, both here in
The Bahamas or anywhere in
the world can see their com-
pany profiles online."
Mr Melnechuk added that
Bahamaslocal.com will be
able to able to join the e-com-
merce market when local
commercial banks get the pro-
tocols for online credit card
transfers up and running in
earnest.
"In the coming days
Bahamas local will be
announcing other major part-
nerships with a number of
major Bahamian based com-
panies," he said.


XPRESS-It opens Mall Tax attorney sworn in Supreme Court


By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunebusiness.net
THE XPRESS-It freight
forwarding company has
expanded its business with the
opening of a kiosk in the
Marathon Mall amid the eco-
nomic decline and furor from
courier companies over new
rules governing customs pro-
cedures, according to the
company's Principal.
Heather Saunders, who
opened the new location last
Saturday, told Tribune Busi-
ness the expansion had been
considered for more than a
year, but only came to fruition
in the past several months.
Now, everything customer's
could do at the firm's East
Street office can be done at
the mall Kiosk.
"It was marketed in a way
that would appeal to cus-
tomers," said Ms Saunders.
According to her, cus-
tomers are able to make pur-
chases from US retailers at
either Xpress It location with-
out using credit card, as the
company facilitates the pay-
ment which has to be made
online through a cash
exchange on location.
"So they can purchase
through us or on their own,"


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she said.
Once the item purchased
has arrived at the company's
Miami office it is shipped to
the Bahamas and can also be
collected at the Xpress It's
new Kiosk.
Ms Saunders said the mall
kiosk is not a new idea but
said they took that old idea
and made it appear new. With
several computers around the
kiosk, customers are able to
carry out their own product
searches and purchases.
Local courier companies
had recently been set back or
driven to the point of closure
due to new customs policies
governing bonded goods.
Courier companies have
complained of endless paper-
work and increased costs to
their anies due to the gov-
ernment's imposition.
One such company in
Freeport recently turned in
their notice to close the Ft
Lauderdale side of its opera-
tion and will inevitably close
its door for good.
Ms Saunders said the rules
set her business back initially.
However, she said she and
her team of 8 were able to
catch up on the paper work
and make the best of the new
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attorney, Ryan Pinder, was
admitted, sworn and enrolled
as Counsel and Attorney of
the Supreme Court of the
Bahamas last month.
Mr Pinder, who is in Beck-
er & Poliakoff Corporate,
Securities & Tax Law Group,
is licensed in the Bahamas
and in Florida to practice law.
A Bahamian native admit-
ted to the Florida Bar in 2000,
Mr Pinder has been active in
the PLP's Young Liberals
group and has sat on the pan-
els of several discussions on
tax matters as well as social
within the country.
He holds Juris Doctor and


RYAN PINDER


Master of Tax Law degrees
from the University of Mia-
mi, where he also earned
BBA and MBA degrees in
Business and Finance. Board


Certified as an expert in Tax
Law by the Florida Bar, Mr
Pinder also serves as the edi-
tor of "The Tax Advisory,"
the firm's newsletter on tax
issues and "The Bahamas
Forum," the firm's newslet-
ter on business and legal
issues in the Bahamas.
Pinder provides counsel to
companies and individuals
doing business in the
Bahamas as well as to
Bahamians seeking U.S. legal
advice. Specifically, he advis-
es international companies
who want to invest in the
Bahamas, both on Bahamian
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LAST Friday night as I
'surfed the channels' on cable
TV, I came across what was
billed as a Town Hall Meeting
subtitled 'Saving Saunders
Beach'... or something to that
effect. I was actually quite
pleased at this effort, and
thought to myself that per-
haps we were maturing as a
nation. For too long, I felt that
Bahamian society is overly
docile when it comes to analy-
sis of policy decisions in gen-
eral.
So, for me, to see an orga-
nized forum raising questions
and concerns about govern-
ment decisions was most
encouraging. Admittedly,
upon scanning the audience, it
would have been easy to con-
clude that the event was a
PLP sponsored affair. How-
ever, the overarching ques-
tion is: "Does it matter who
sponsors the event provided
that legitimate and responsi-
ble questions are being raised
in the public's interest?"
In the United States there
are probably hundreds of
'think tanks' that provide a
much needed public service
... some nationally and some
primarily to their local com-
munity. The fact that some


'thinks tanks' are liberal lean-
ing (generally an acronym for
Democratic) and some are
conservative leaning (gener-
ally an acronym for Republi-
can), does not diminish their
value or importance to society
at large. Indeed, it is these
institutions that form the
backbone of 'civil society'.

Civil Society
The London School of Eco-
nomics' Centre for Civil Soci-
ety defines civil society as:
"Civil society refers to the
arena of un-coerced collec-
tive action around shared
interests, purposes and val-
ues.
"In theory, its institutional
forms are distinct from those
of the state, family and mar-
ket, though in practice, the
boundaries between state, civ-
il society, family and market
are often complex, blurred
and negotiated.
"Civil society commonly
embraces a diversity of
spaces, actors and institution-
al forms, varying in their
degree of formality, autono-
my and power. Civil societies
are often populated by orga-
nizations such as registered
charities, development non-


': Financial




governmental organizations,
community groups, women's
organizations, faith-based
organizations, professional
associations, trades unions,
self-help groups, social move-
ments, business associations,
coalitions and advocacy
group."
Following this definition,
one can clearly see that there
are many important stake-
holders in the Bahamas who
are simply not 'stepping up to
the plate' as it relates to help-
ing to shape public policy in a
meaningful way.

Default
One would have thought
that some 36 years after inde-
pendence, we would have
made more progress in this
regard.
Rather than being
embraced, the few organiza-
tions that do exist are often
viewed skepticism and too
much energy is spent trying
to figure out their agenda as
opposed to evaluating the


merits of their message.
Therefore, by default, the
work normally contributed by
civil society organizations is
left to the major political par-
ties, whose first obligation is
to put a 'political spin' on
every issue. I would argue,
that this does not provide the
robustness to policy formula-
tion that the country deserves.

Assessment
In March 2006, the Cana-
dian Foundation for the
Americas hosted a conference
under the theme Civil Soci-
ety in the Promotion and
Strengthening of Democracy
in the Americas: A Vision for
the Future. The conference
report, in its assessment of the
current landscape in the
Americas, made the follow-
ing observation about political
parties:

Crisis of Political Parties
"Political parties are indis-
pensable to the workings of
democratic governance, which
relies on them to fulfill the
classic roles of recruiting can-
didates for political office,
structuring public political
support around identifiable
sets of policy programs,
socioeconomic interests and
values, and forming govern-


ment and legislative policy
agreements.
"Unfortunately political
parties throughout the region
are in crisis. A weak democ-
ratic culture and the competi-
tion for the benefits associat-
ed with the state have con-
tributed to their failure to
effectively articulate coherent
positions and respond to pop-
ular interests. Parties are
charged, often correctly, with
corruption, lack of trans-
parency, weak internal party
democracy, and the incapaci-
ty to promote new leaders.
"Further, they are increas-
ingly challenged by the com-
plex social and political trans-
formations emerging as a
result of globalization and
structural adjustment. Unable
to present innovative and
responsive governance and
policy options, they are
viewed with widespread dis-
trust, reinforcing divisions and
disillusionment instead of fos-
tering the informed dialogue
and representing citizens'
interest needed for further
democratic consolidation."

Conclusion
Civil society organizations
contribute in many important
ways to society such as: pro-
moting dialogue, advancing


constructive policy reform,
consensus building and har-
nessing technical expertise, all
of which serve to strengthen
values and structures critical
to democracy.
If you accept that political
parties are not perfect in their
default role as exclusive poli-
cy formulators and you fur-
ther accept that there is a dis-
tinct under-development of
civil society capacity in our
society...why then, are we
surprised by the current
malaise our society finds itself
in?
Until next week...
Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is Vice
President - Pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas)
Limited, a wholly owned sub-
sidiary of Colonial Group
International Ltd, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
Ltd and is a major sharehold-
er of Security & General
Insurance Company in The
Bahamas.
"The views expressed are
those of the author and does
not necessarily represent those
of Colonial Group Interna-
tional or any of its subsidiary
and/or affiliated companies.
Please direct any questions or
comments to rlgibson@atlanti-
chouse.com.bs


Tax attorney sworn in XPRESS-It opens Mall


legal matters, as well as inter-
national and United States tax
planning opportunities.
Last year, he opened the
Nassau, Bahamas office of
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. and
has been advising clients on
U.S. legal matters in the
Bahamas since that time. Mr.
Pinder also is the Firm's inter-
national tax expert, which
provides significant synergies
with his practice in the
Bahamas. Mr. Pinder focuses
much of his tax practice on
international tax and transac-
tional matters.
"Becker & Poliakoff is very
pleased that our leading inter-
national tax expert and firm
shareholder, L. Ryan Pinder,
has been admitted and
enrolled as a member of the


Bahamian Bar," said Alan
Becker, Managing Partner,
Becker & Poliakoff. "Since
opening our firm's office in
Nassau last year, Ryan has
quickly developed our pres-
ence in the Bahamas into a
thriving legal practice, suc-
cessfully advising a growing
number of international and
Bahamian companies on
international tax and transac-
tional law."
"I'm honored to be a mem-
ber of the Bahamas Bar, a
noble institution with many
talented and qualified legal
practitioners," said Mr. Pin-
der. "I am committed to rep-
resent the Bahamas Bar and
to practice law before
Bahamian legal institutions to
the very best of my abilities."


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BAHAMAS FIRST
HOLDINGS LIMITED




Bahamas First Holdings Limited hereby

notifies all its shareholders that an

Annual General Meeting of the

Shareholders will be held on Thursday.
13" August 2009 at 5:00D p.m. at The

British Colonial Hilton Hotel, No. 1 Bay

Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.


NOTICE
DRALL LIMITED

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

(a) DRALL LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 24 July, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 29 day of July, A. D. 2009



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Obama unveils national



investment in electric cars LI


By BEN FELLER
Associated Press Writer
WAKARUSA, Indiana
(AP) - Trumpeting a "made
in America" message, Presi-
dent Barack Obama on
Wednesday unveiled a nation-
al investment in electric cars
as the latest effort to rebuild
an economy that keeps shed-
ding jobs.
"We know that, even in the
hardest times, against the
toughest odds, we have never
surrendered. We don't give
up," Obama told employees
on the steamy factory floor of
an RV maker in northern
Indiana, a Midwestern region
suffering from one of the
worst unemployment surges
in the nation.
"We don't surrender our
fates to chance. We have
always endured. We have
worked hard, and we have
fought for our future."
Obama's comments mixed
a pep talk with a defense of
his economic agenda. In the
heart of small-community
America, he relied heavily on
a pro-America spirit.
"I'm committed to a strate-
gy that ensures that America
leads," said Obama, promot-
ing a $2.4 billion programme
of grants to build up electric-
car manufacturing, from bat-
teries to motors.
Venturing back to a region
reeling from deep unemploy-
ment, Obama's latest mission
in Indiana is to show that the
costly stimulus plan he lob-
bied for is producing tangible
help - in the form of tens of
thousands of jobs.
He spoke near the border
region of Michigan and Indi-
ana, the two states that will
benefit the most from the
grants. The money is part of a
$787 billion stimulus pro-
gramme approved by Con-
gress at Obama's urging -
one he defended Wednesday
amid criticism the plan has
been slow to kick in.


Says Indiana 'factories coming back to life'


PRESIDENT Barack Obama delivers remarks on the US economy at a
recreational-vehicle manufacturing plant in Indiana, Wednesday...
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


For his backdrop, he chose
Monaco RV, purchased in
June by Navistar Internation-
al Corp. after its previous
owner went bankrupt because
of the collapse in the recre-
ational vehicle industry. Indi-
ana's Elkhart-Goshen area
had an unemployment rate of
16.8 per cent in June. That's
up 10 percentage points from
last year.
In an interview, Obama
said it was fair for his presi-
dency's economic perfor-
mance to be judged on
Elkhart's.
"Our whole goal is to first
of all rescue the economy
from the brink," he told
MSNBC television. "But the
most important thing we're
going to have to do is help


Elkhart reinvent itself."
The grants Obama
announced Wednesday will
be split among nearly 50 pro-
jects in 25 states, with the
biggest shares going to Indi-
ana and Michigan to create
job opportunities in the auto-
motive industry.
Grant recipients include
Johnson Controls Inc., of Mil-
waukee, $299 million to build
battery packs and cells for
hybrid vehicles at a facility in
Holland, Michigan.; General
Motors Co., $241 million to
produce battery packs and the
develop electric drive vehi-
cles in Michigan and Mary-
land; and Ford Motor Co.,
$92.7 million for electric drive
components at plants in
Michigan and Missouri.


As Obama tries to convince
Americans that his economic
policy is working, at stake is
the kind of public support that
could influence his success on
related matters, such as health
care legislation, as Republi-
can criticism mounts and pub-
lic skepticism of the stimulus
looms.
Signs of economic recovery
have started to emerge in key
areas such as housing and
manufacturing. But jobs are
the key to success - for indi-
viduals, for families, for politi-
cians - and those have not
begun returning yet.
Overall, US unemployment
hit 9.5 per cent in June, the
highest level in 26 years.
New monthly numbers
come out Friday, and the
White House has been trying
for weeks to set expectations
that joblessness will worsen
before it gets better.
The American public is still
uneasy. A total of 79 per cent
of people describe the econo-
my as "poor," according to an
AP-GfK Poll.
And Obama's approval rat-
ing on the economy is now at
50 per cent, the same poll
found, down from 58 per cent
in April.


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(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 4, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd
Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the day of September 16, 2009 to send their names
and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator
of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

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effect new medical premium rates effective 1st, July

2009.



The new premium rates are due to the escalating

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RE: Tarpum Bay Commonage Committee.
To all Commoners of the community of
Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, Bahamas who were granted lots in
Phases 10 - 24 and have not commenced building as yet,
you are asked to contact to contact the officers of the Commonage
Committee as soon as possible in relation to the status
of your grant.
President - Shaun Ingraham - 242-334-4578
Shaundonavon@yahoo.com
Secretary- Deborah Moxey- 242-334-4183
Treasurer - Eugene Carey - 242-334-4180 or
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(OMMONWI,.AI.TIl 0()1* Till BAHAMAS (.'Il.'Qni.'2lX)i
IN TH E SUPREME COU R T Qi.'FPO"*.o W0181
COMMON LAW AND EQUITY SIDE
R f: T W FP N

IN THE MATTER OF
THE QUIETING TITLES ACT 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition ofPREOLA
ROLLE of Seagape in the Island of Grand
Bahama one of the Islands oflthe Commornwcalth
of The Bahamas.


NOTICE

THE PETITION OF PREOLA ROLLE IN
RESPECT OF:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being of a
measurement 29,396 square feet and designed Lot 'IB'
and being a portion of the Grand Bahama East
Subdivision situate Westwardly of Seagrape and the
Northern side of Queens Highway on the Southern shore
of the Island of Grand Bahama.

2, PREOLA ROLLE claims to be the owner in
fee simple in possession of the said land by virtue of a
conveyance form onc Sybil Robinson dated the 22nd
day of November 1991, and has made application of
the Supreme Court of the Commonweaith of The
Baharnms Under Section 3 of the Quidting Title Act,
1959 to have her tile to the said land investigated and
the nature and extent thereof determined and declared
in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Cour~ in
accordance wilh the provision of the said Act. A plan
of the said land may be inspected during normal wurkin
hours at the tbollowmig places.

(a) ihe Registry of the Supreme Co~uTh
Frnqxpin, Grnd Bahama C-mrmrvnwmlth
of The Bahamas;
(b) Th, Chambers of V, Alfred Gray &
Company, Freport Grand Bahttma;
(c) IThe Administrator's Office Eight Mile
Rock, Grand Baharma.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN thai any pcron
01 persons having dower or right of dower or an Adverse
Claim or C(laim or recognized in the Petition shall on
or before the 6"' day of September A.D., 2009 file in
the Supreme Court in the City of Freeport aforesaid and
servee on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement
or her claim aforesaid on or before the 6* September


day of AuguLt, A.D. 219 or it will opcrale as a bar to
such claim;

Dated this 22nd day of July A.D., 2009.

V. ALFRED GRAY & CO.
Chambers
#21 A Kipling Bidg8
Freeport, Grand Bahama


.4Atvnryfiri the Peifioner


Goldman Sachs Group




facing compensation,




derivative inquiries


By STEPHEN BERNARD
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.,
one of the banking industry's
top performers, said Wednes-
day that government agen-
cies have asked about its
compensation practices and
use of credit derivatives.
Compensation, especially
bonuses, and credit deriva-
tives have been among the
most hot-button topics in the
financial services industry
since the credit crisis peaked
last fall.
In a filing with the Securi-
ties and Exchange Commis-
sion, Goldman said it is coop-
erating with the requests from
undisclosed regulators. A
spokesman from Goldman
declined to provide further
details about the inquiries.
Politicians have recently
questioned the methods big
banks use to determine com-
pensation packages, especial-
ly in the wake the govern-
ment's bailout last fall of the


banking sector, known as the
Troubled Asset Relief Pro-
gram.
Last week, New York
Attorney General Andrew
Cuomo released details on
bonuses paid in 2008 to the
initial nine banks the govern-
ment agreed to provide with
TARP funds, including Gold-
man Sachs.
Goldman, which received
$10 billion as part of the pro-
gramme, paid out $4.82 bil-
lion in bonuses in 2008. The
New York-based bank, which
has long been considered one
of the strongest banks amid
the downturn, repaid the
TARP money it received in
June.
Banks that have yet to
repay the bailout money face
government restrictions on
compensation.
Cuomo said Wall Street
banks have failed in recent
years to tie bonuses to the
actual performance.
Banks have also faced crit-
icism for use of risky deriva-
tives contracts, which have


been partly blamed for the
collapse of Goldman's com-
petitor Lehman Brothers
Holdings Inc. and the near-
collapse of insurer American
International Group Inc.
Fearing more fallout after
Lehman and AIG's prob-
lems, the government
launched the bank bailout
programme.
Goldman, however, has
been quickly able to rebound


from last fall's sector-wide
troubles to return to its perch
as a highly profitable Wall
Street trading giant.
During the second quarter,
Goldman ramped back up its
aggressive trading practices
as markets began to stabilize
and posted a profit of more
than $2.7 billion. Profits were
strengthened by fixed
income, currency and com-
modities trading.


Re

& I0 a . 'fllfi luoi il i i


NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.46 of 2000)
ELEGANT INC.
Liquidator's Notice

Pursuant To Section 138 of
The International Business Companies Act.

We, Sovereign Managers Limited, Liquidator of
ELEGANTE INC., hereby certify that the winding-up and
dissolution of ELEGANTE INC., has been completed in
accordance with the Articles of Dissolution.

Dated the 16th day of July, 2009
SIGNED
For & On Behalf Of


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Kingsway Academy High
School Teaching positions
For September, 2(X)009

Kingsway Academy High School invites
qualified applicants for the following teaching
positions for September, 2009.

" Chemistry
* Music
* Spanish
* French

The successful candidates MUST be
qualified, born again Christian with a valid
Teacher's Certificate and minimum if a
Bachelor's Degree. He or She must also
be willing to participate in Extra Curricuar
activities, etc,

Application forms can be collected from
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Office on Bernard Road. Telephone 242-
324-6269 / 324-6887.

DEADUNE FOR APPLICATIONS IS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009.


FAMGUARD

The Board of Directors
of
FamGuard Corporation Limited
is pleased to advise that
the second quarterly dividend
for 2009
of 6 cents per share
has been declared to be paid on
August 18, 2009
to Shareholders of record as at
August 11, 2009

FAMGUARD CORPORATION LIMITED
The parent holding company of
Family Guardian Insurance Company Limited
BahamaHealth Insurance Brokers & Benefit Consultants Limited
FG General Insurance Agency Limited
FG Capital Markets Limited
FG Financial Limited


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Oil prices near $72 a barrel




despite robust supplies


By DIRK LAMMERS
AP Energy Writer


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)
- Oil prices rose Wednesday
despite growing crude sup-
plies and more signs of weak-
ness in major sectors like
retail and transportation.
Benchmark crude for Sep-
tember delivery gained 55
cents to settle at $71.97 a bar-
rel on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange. Prices at
one point Wednesday morn-
ing dipped below $70. In Lon-
don, Brent prices rose $1.23 to
$75.27 a barrel on the ICE
Futures exchange, the first
time it's closed above $75 this
year.
Crude prices had jumped
from below $63 a barrel last
week on investor optimism
the US economy, the world's
biggest oil consumer, is recov-
ering from a severe recession.
But oil took a dive Wednes-
day after the Energy Depart-
ment's Energy Information
Administration said crude
inventories increased by near-
ly two million barrels. That
means that in the past two
weeks, about seven million
barrels of crude have been
put into storage as consumers
and businesses pull back.
Any economic recovery is
going to rely heavily on con-
sumers, and energy prices can
dip when data suggests that
people are tucking money
away, rather than spending it.
On Wednesday the Insti-
tute for Supply Management




.- ,, -F4.


reported that the services sec-
tor contracted more sharply
than expected in July. The
ISM showed that retailers,
financial services, transporta-
tion and health care sectors
experienced the 10th straight
month of declines. Those
businesses make up 80 per
cent of US economic activi-
ty.
Still, retail gasoline prices
continue to rise because refin-
ers are cutting back on pro-
duction.
Demand for petroleum
products was about a million
barrels a day greater last year
than it is now, so refiners have
been trying to prevent a col-
lapse in prices by making less
gas, jet fuel and diesel.
Refiners are now are oper-
ating at just over 84 per cent
of their capacity, which is
about nine per cent below
what is typical at this time of


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THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009, PAGE 5B


F'. 11




THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009, PAGE 7B


A look at economic



developments



around the globe


By The Associated Press
A look at economic
developments and stock
market activity around the
world Wednesday:
UK house prices
rise in July
LONDON - UK house
prices rose 1.1 per cent in
July, capping the first quar-
terly rise since 2007, the
country's largest mortgage
lender said. Halifax said
July house prices were still
12 per cent below a year
earlier.
Separately, Lloyds Bank-
ing Group PLC shares rose
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nationalized bank reported
a narrower-than-expected
loss for the first half of the
year and declared its belief
that the worst was over.
Lloyds blamed loan loss-
es at Halifax/Bank of Scot-
land, the company it con-
troversially acquired in a
government-backed
takeover in January, for
record write-downs that
resulted in a loss of 3.1 bil-
lion pounds ($5.3 billion).
Meanwhile, activity in
Britain's services sector
grew at its fastest rate in
nearly a year and a half
during July, a closely
watched survey showed,
reinforcing hopes that the
British economy may in
fact be growing again after
its deepest recession since
the Second World War.
July's reading was the
highest since February 2008
and was largely fueled by
an increase in new business.
In markets, the FTSE 100
index of leading British
shares closed down 0.5 per
cent, while Germany's
DAX lost 1.2 per cent. The
CAC-40 in France slipped
0.5 per cent.
Japan's stock
average closes
down 1.2 per cent
TOKYO - Japan's
Nikkei 225 stock average
closed down 1.2 per cent,
while Hong Kong's Hang
Seng slipped 1.5 per cent
and South Korea's Kospi
dropped 0.4 per cent.
China's Shanghai Com-
posite Index retreated 1.2
per cent, Australia's bench-
mark fell one per cent and


Singapore's index was off
1.9 per cent.
Markets in the Philip-
pines were closed for the
funeral of former President
Corazon Aquino.
French bank's
net profit falls
by 52 per cent
PARIS - Societe Gen-
erale SA said its net profit
fell by 52 percent in the sec-
ond quarter as the French
bank took higher write-
downs on derivatives and
bad debts.
Ireland's largest
bank reports
heavy first-half losses
DUBLIN - Ireland's
largest bank, Allied Irish
Banks PLC, reported heavy
first-half losses on the back
of surging loan defaults, but
said it hoped government
plans to create a new "bad
bank" would take billions'
worth of high-risk loans off
its books.
Dubai World putting
multiple projects on
hold due to global
economic downturn
DUBAI, United Arab
Emirates - The state-
owned conglomerate Dubai
World says it is putting
multiple projects in Africa
and elsewhere on hold
because of the global eco-
nomic downturn.
The company had previ-
ously pledged to invest $1.5
billion in projects in Africa.


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Friday, August 7, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009


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knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
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health of the country's service
sector worsened last month.
In Europe, the FTSE 100
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ply Management reported
that business at service com-
panies was weaker than
expected last month. The
trade group's services index, a
measure of the health of
retail, financial services, trans-
portation and health care
companies, fell to 46.4 from
47 in June, marking the 10th
straight month of declines. A
reading below 50 indicates the
sector is shrinking.
In other bad news, a sur-
vey from payrolls firm ADP
Wednesday showed that US
private sector employers shed
371,000 jobs in July. That
stoked fears that Friday's offi-
cial government data -
which often set the tone for
equities - may be worse than
anticipated. Analysts were
expecting ADP to show
350,000 jobs were lost.
"Clearly the trend of eco-
nomic data in recent weeks is


positive, but we could see a
little bit of profit taking over
the next few days based on
the fact that it is going to take
some time before the jobs
market really starts to
improve," said Michael Shel-
don, chief market strategist
at RDM Financial.
Earlier, earnings, which
have helped drive many of the
world's markets up to 2009
highs over the last few weeks,
helped Europe's main index-
es push into positive territory
despite earlier Asian losses.
Most interest was on earn-
ings from bailed out British
bank Lloyds Banking Group
PLC. Though it reported a
massive 3.1 billion pound
($5.3 billion) loss for the first
half of the year, the share
price rose 10 per cent as
investors backed manage-
ment's confidence that most
of the bad loans had been
identified and accounted for.
Other banks in Britain rose
in Lloyds' slipstream, most
notably Royal Bank of Scot-
land Group PLC, which is
majority-owned by the British
government and unveils its
own results on Friday. Its
shares were up seven per cent,
while Barclays PLC, which
earlier this week reported
bumper profits for the second
quarter of the year, rallied
another three per cent.
In France, shares in Soci-
ete Generale SG spiked six
per cent after the bank posted
better-than-expected second-
quarter profits and revealed
that its corporate and invest-
ment banking division saw its
revenues nearly double.
Meanwhile, in Germany,
Adidas AG topped the DAX
leaderboard, rising over six
per cent after the sportswear
company indicated that con-
ditions may be improving.
Though the earnings merit-
ed interest in the markets,
most investors remained cau-
tious ahead of some key eco-


nomic events this week,
including interest rate deci-
sions from the Bank of Eng-
land and the European Cen-
tral Bank. Because both
banks are set to keep their
benchmark rates unchanged
at 0.5 per cent and one per
cent respectively, more inter-
est will be on what the two
say about alternative mea-
sures to boost the quantity of
money in their respective
economies.
Most interest though will
be on Friday's US jobs report
for July, which often sets the
tone in the markets for a few
weeks. Unemployment stands
at a 26-year high of 9.5 per
cent and is expected to even-
tually top 10 per cent.
Investors are looking for the
pace of layoffs to slow so the
economy can heal.
Earlier in Asia, Japan's
Nikkei 225 stock average
closed down 122.48 points, or
1.2 per cent, at 10,252.53 amid
weakness in automakers after
Toyota Motor Co., the
world's biggest car company,
reported its third straight
quarterly loss previous day.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng
slipped 301.66, or 1.5 per cent,
to 20,494.77 and South Kore-
a's Kospi dropped 0.4 per cent
to 1,559.47. Elsewhere, Chi-
na's Shanghai Composite
Index retreated 1.2 per cent,
Australia's benchmark fell
one per cent and Singapore's
index was off 1.9 per cent.
Markets in the Philippines
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former President Corazon
Aquino.
Oil prices slipped below $71
a barrel. Benchmark crude for
September delivery was down
$1.06 to $70.36 in electronic
trading on the New York
Mercantile Exchange.
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THE TIBUNETHURDAY, UGUST6, 209,IPGESS


Seven important things to




know about living wills


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By DAVE CARPENTER
AP Personal
Finance Writer
CHICAGO (AP) - Presi-
dent Barack Obama's recom-
mendation last week that all
Americans get living wills res-
onated with those who have
been urging the same thing
for years.
Call it a quibble - they just
wish he had used different
wording.
Living wills allow people to
specify how they want to be
cared for if they become so
ill or incapacitated that
they're unable to make deci-
sions about their health. Such
wills have long been advocat-
ed in some form by everyone


from estate planners, lawyers
and medical ethicists to
groups such as the American
Medical Association and the
American Bar Association.
The failure to have such a
document in place can result
in the need for a wrenching
family decision on whether to
withdraw life support, or even
a high-profile legal battle such
as that involving Terri Schia-
vo.
Obama used his own fami-
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died last November. "You
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during an online forum on
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Living wills, however, tech-
nically are limited in scope
and are often confused with
regular wills, which deal with
transferring property at death.
For those reasons, some
experts hate the term and say
Obama should have used
more specific or just broader
terminology.
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rate" for what the president
meant, said Kim Dayton,
director of the Center for
Elder Justice and Policy at
Williams Mitchell College of
Law in St Paul, Minn. "What
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advance directive for health
care."
"Living will" tends to be
used synonymously with
"advance directive," but legal-
ly only applies when someone
is diagnosed with a terminal
illness.
An advance directive is
much more comprehensive
and allows you to both give a
broad range of health care
instructions and designate
someone to make decisions
on your behalf when you are
incapacitated. In most states,
the law allows you to do both
in a single document.
As a catchall term for the
key elements, however -
used incorrectly or not - few
would dispute the need for a
living will.
Here are seven key things
to know about living wills, or
advance directives:
1. WHY IS A LIVING
WILL IMPORTANT?
It can provide direction and
reduce ambiguity during a dif-
ficult time by spelling out
your wishes on the use of
feeding tubes, resuscitation
and other procedures that
might be needed to prolong
your life. Ultimately that
should comfort your loved


ones and reduce the chances
they will be divided over
whether additional measures
should be taken.
"Some people would be
fine going on like Terri Schi-
avo did for 15 years, because
they believe in miracles or just
because they want to continue
to live," Dayton said. "But
others would say 'If I can't
communicate with my grand-
children, I don't want to go
on.' These documents can
direct that you want every
reasonable and feasible treat-
ment."
2. CAN'T THEY BE
DEALT WITH
WHEN YOU
GET SICK?
That's what a lot of people
seem to think. Only a small
minority have living wills
despite promotion by various
groups. The rest presumably
see no pressing reason to have
one.
But Schiavo was seemingly
healthy and just 26 when she
experienced respiratory and
cardiac arrest in 1990 that left
her severely brain-damaged
and in a persistent vegetative
state. The St. Petersburg, Fla.,
woman had no living will. Her
husband, Michael, fought his
in-laws in court for years to
end her life. Schiavo died in
2005.
3. CAN I DRAFT ONE
MYSELF?
Yes. Going to a lawyer can
be helpful in order to get
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Seven important things to know about living wills


FROM page 9B

issues could arise or find out
what would happen if you
don't have one. But it is not


necessary in order to set up
these legal documents.
"You absolutely can do this
on your own," said Bridget
Crawford, a professor at Pace


Law School in White Plains,
N.Y., who also prepares
advance directives. "Anyone
who tells you otherwise is just
trying to jack up their own
fees."

4. HOW DO I GET ONE?
Forms can be obtained
online as well as from many
hospitals.
Caring Connections, a pro-
gramme of the National Hos-
pice and Palliative Care
Organisation focused on
improving end-of-life care,
offers free downloads of the
advance directive or living will
form for each state at its Web


s i t e :
http://www.caringinfo.org/stat
eaddownload.
Aging With Dignity, a non-
profit group, publishes an
advance directive called "Five
Wishes" that can be pur-
chased for $5 at
http://www.fivewishes.org/five
-wishes.php.
The US Living Will Reg-
istry, a private organisation
that promotes the use of
advance directives and stores
them online to make them
available to health care
providers, charges $125 for
lifetime service. But it also
makes its services available


through member providers
that offer them discounted or
free to their patients. For
more information visit
http://www.uslivingwillreg-
istry.com.
Because it's a legal docu-
ment, make sure your form
adheres to rules for your state.

5. WHAT SHOULD
IT SAY?
The standard forms avail-
able online or through rep-
utable organizations will take
care of the content. Fill in the
blanks, have it witnessed and
notarized and you're done.
Just make sure you also get
health care power of attor-
ney, which many advance
directives incorporate. Laws
vary state by state as to what
happens if people don't have
one or both of these docu-
ments.
If you want a customized
living will, consult an attor-
ney.

6. DO DOCTORS HON
OUR THEM?
Not always, especially if
there is disagreement within
the family.
The American Bar Associ-
ation's Web site on living wills




For he sorie


warns that "you should be
aware that just having a writ-
ten advance directive by itself
does not ensure that your
wishes will be understood and
respected." Studies have
shown, the ABA said, that
advance directives do little to
influence end-of-life decisions
without communication with
your likely decision-makers
before a crisis occurs.
Accordingly, it's a good
idea to discuss the issue with
your doctor in advance and
give him or her a copy of the
document.

7. WHAT COMMON
MISTAKES DO
PEOPLE MAKE?
Simple as the process can
be, oversights are frequent.
They include failing to update
a living will done years ago;
not updating it when you
change states; not also getting
health care power of attor-
ney; not telling whomever you
named to act on your behalf,
and not telling a spouse or
other obvious choice that you
named someone else.
Other pitfalls: getting too
specific with preferences
under various medical sce-
narios, which risks leaving
some out, and not storing the
document safely or where rel-
atives will find it.
The most common error of
all is in not getting one when
you're young - or at any age.
"They're really important,"
said Dayton. "I agree with the
president that everybody
needs one."


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2009

IN THE SUPREME COURT QUI/FPO/No. 00191



Equity Side


IN THE MATTER OF THE QUIETING TITLES ACT
1959

AND


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of MARY
SUSAN SWEETINGMUNRO now of New
Providence and formerly Man-O-War-Cay, Abaco
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.



NOTICE
THE PETITION OF MARY SUSAN SWEETING
MUNRO IN RESPECT OF:-
ALL THAT piece parcel of land situate near the
Settlement of Marsh Harbour in the Island of Abaco aforesaid
being 15.092 Acres and being a portion of the larger Tract
of land comprising One Hundred and Twenty (120) Acres
granted to John Sweeting on the 23rd day of March AD
1811 and recorded in the Department of Lands and Survey
in Grant Book B at pages 88 which said piece parcel or
lot of land is bounded NORTHWARDLY by a portion of
tract B-88 and running thereon Three Thousand Hundred
and Thirty-six and Sixty-four Hundredths (3.336.64) feet
more or less SOUTHWARDLY by a Portion of Grant
B-88 and running thereon Three Thousand Hundred and
Eighty and Twenty-eight Hundredths (3,380.28) feet
more or less EASTWARDLY by High Water Mark and
running thereon One Hundred and Sixty-five and Ni~ti -
six Hundredths (165.96) feet WESTWARDLY by a Forty
(40) feet wide Road Reservation and running thereon Two
Hundred and Four and Thirty-two Hundredths (204.32) feet.
2. MARY SUSAN SWEETING MUNRO
claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said
land by virtue of a conveyance form Venie Sweeting Lowe
dated the 10th day of May A.D. 2007 and has made application
of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Under Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act, 1959 to have her
tile to the said land investigated and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to
be granted by the Court in accordance with the provision
of the said Act. A plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal working hours at the following places.

-2-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Freeport,
Grand Bahama Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of V. Alfred Gray & Company,
Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
(c) The Administrator's Office Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, The Bahamas

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person
or persons having dower or right of dower or
an Adverse Claim or Claim or recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the 6th day of September
A.D. 2009 file in the Supreme Court in the City
of Freeport aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner
or the undersigned a Statement or the claim
aforesaid on or before the 6th day of September
A.D. 2009 or it will operate as a bar to such claim;

Dated this 22nd day of July A.D., 2009.



V. ALFRED GRAY & CO.
Chambers
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Attorney for the Petitioner


GN-893












MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES


GOVERNMENT NOTICE


INVITATION FOR TENDERS


The Government of The Bahamas is inviting tenders for
the supply of the following services:

1. Operation and maintenance of Sanitary landfill:

(a) North Andros
(b) San Salvador
(c) Exuma

2. Rental of heavy equipment for New Providence Sanitary
Landfill, off Tonique Williams Darling Hwy. (Harold Road)

(a) Tractor
(b) Payloader

Interested parties may obtain further information including
eligibility to participate and may collect the bidding
document upon payment of a non refundable fee of one
hundred dollars ($100.00) for item one (1) and fifty dollars
($50.00) for item two (2), as of July 30th, 2009 from:

The Department of Environmental Health Services
Farrington Road
Nassau, The Bahamas
P.O. Box SS-19048

Telephone No. (242) 322-8037, Facsimile No. (242) 322-
8073 between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday
to Friday.

The method of payment will be certified cheque or cash.
Tenders are to be submitted in triplicate (3) in sealed
envelope(s) addressed to:

The Tenders Board
c/o The Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance
Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Centre
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

No later than August 10th 2009.

Tenders will be opened at 10:00am on August 11th, 2009
at the office of the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance.

The government reserves the right to reject any or all
Tenders.


NOTICE is hereby given that WISLER JOSEPH of
CARMICHAEL ROAD, P.O. BOX CR-54802, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30th day of
July, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.






NOTICE is hereby given that JUDE EDOMWONYL of
COCKBURN TOWN, SAN SALVADOR, 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 30th day of July, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,
P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




GN-894











MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
PORT DEPARTMENT


GOVERNMENT NOTICE



INVITATION FOR TENDERS

The Government of The Bahamas is inviting tenders for the
following Contract Service for the Port Department, Ministry
of The Environment.

* The Cleaning of Prince George Dock

Interested parties may obtain further information, and may
collect the bidding document as of 4th August, 2009 from:

The Port Department
Prince George Dock
Nassau, The Bahamas
Telephone No. (242) 356-5639

Between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday through
Friday.

Tenders are to be submitted in Triplicate (3) in a sealed
envelope (s) Marked "Tender for Cleaning of Prince George
Dock" addressed to:

The Chairman
Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Building
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas

No later than 5:00pm on the 17th August, 2009.

Tenders will be opened at 10:00am on the 18th August 2009
at the office of the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance.

The government reserves the right to reject any or all
Tenders.


F G CAPITAL MARKETS

H I ROYAL FIDELITY _ RO RAE &AMVISY0SERVICES
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1 81 1 28 Abaco Markets 1 39 1 39 0 00 0 127 0 000 109 0 00%
11 80 1000 Bahamas Property Fund 11 00 11 00 000 0992 0200 11 1 1 82%
930 6 94 Bank of Bahamas 6 94 6 94 0 00 0 244 0 260 28 4 3 75%
089 063 Benchmark 0 63 0 63 0 00 -0 877 0 000 N/M 0 00%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0078 0090 404 286%
237 2 14 Fidelity Bank 2 37 2 37 000 0 055 0 040 43 1 1 69%
1420 10 18 Cable Bahamas 11 39 11 39 0 00 400 1 406 0 250 8 1 2 19%
288 2 74 Colina Holdings 2 74 2 74 0 00 236 0 249 0 040 11 0 1 46%
750 5 50 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 571 571 000 0419 0 360 136 6 30%
478 1 27 Consolidated Water BDRs 3 51 3 60 0 09 0111 0 052 32 4 1 44%
2 85 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 1 82 1 82 0 00 0 240 0 080 76 4 40%
820 6 60 Famguard 6 60 6 60 000 0 420 0 240 157 3 64%
1250 10 00 Finco 10 79 10 79 000 0 322 0 520 33 5 4 82%
1 71 10 34 FirstCanbbean Bank 10 34 10 34 000 0 794 0 350 130 3 38%
53 495 Focol (S) 513 513 000 0332 0150 155 292%
1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 00 000 0000 0 000 N/M 0 00%
0 45 0 30 Freeport Concrete O 30 0 30 000 0 035 0 000 86 0 00%
902 550 ICD Utilities 549 549 000 0407 0500 135 911%
1200 1039 J S Johnson 1039 1039 000 0952 0640 109 616%
10 10 OO0 Premier Real Estate 10 00 10 0 0 00 0 180 0 000 55 6 0 00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol Interest Maturity
1000 00 1000 0 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100 O0 0 O0 7% 19 October 2017
100000 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 10000 0 00 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
100000 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100 00 0 00 7% 30 May 2013
100000 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100 00 00 Prime + 1 75% 29 May 2015
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
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 25 600 0 000 0 480 N/M 7 80%

41 00 2900 ABDAB 30 13 31 59 2900 4540 0000 903 0 00%
055 040 RND Holdings 0 45 055 0 55 0 002 0 000 261 90 0 00%

1 3860 1 3231 CFAL Bond Fund 1 3860 240 475 30-Jun-09
3 0351 2 8952 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 28952 -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
129801 123289 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12 9801 287 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 967398 035 -4 18 30-J n-09
1 0000 10000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1 0000 000 000 31 -Dec-07
9 4733 9 0775 Fideli International Investment Fund 9 2765 200 -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 -084 243 30-Jun-09
1 0585 1 0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1 0585 2 04 5 85 30-Jun-09
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000 00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing pce
52wk HiHighetT TlADEg pC in lat 5 Bid $ Buyig pri- I 3 C.ITa and Fidelity
52wkLow Lowest closing pnce in last 52 ks Ask $ S-eling pnce of Colina and fidelity
Today Close - cuent days weighted pnhe for dally volu- e Weekly vol Trading volume of the prior week
Change Clhange in closing pnce froh day to day EPS$ A company repoed earnings per share for the last 12 ,ths
Daily Vol - Number of totaIl shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 onths N/M -Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month ea ngs FINDEX - The Fdelly Bahaas Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100
S) 4 -for1 Stock Split Efective Date 8/8/2007
TO T"RDE CALL* COLINA 242.502.7010 ROYALFIDELITY 242 356.7764 i FO CAPITAL MARKETS 242.396.4000 i COLONIAL 242.-502 7525




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