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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.41TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY WITH SHOWER HIGH 69F LOW 57F I N S I D E By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net FRESH new allegations of nepotism have surfaced b efore the Select Committee on Crown Land, with one witness asserting that three acresh is father had been leasing since 1957 has now landed in the hands of the former direc tor Tex Turnquest. In his testimony before the committee at Police Headquarters yesterday, Reginald Rigby said that before his father died in 2003 they tried to have the land converted over to a grant without any success. Since that date until now, Mr Rigby admits he has not kept up to date with the lease payments on the three-acre plot which was reportedly located some two miles west of the community centre in Clarence Town, Long Island. However, travelling to the island in October of last year, Mr Rigby said he was surprised to see the land his father had farmed and tendedt o for nearly 50 years had a lready been divided up and staked out into lots. So I pretended as if I was i nterested in buying a piece and I spoke with a gentleman in the area and he said, Oh, It hink you would have to speak with Tex Turnquest about that, because he ownst he land. So I was wonder ing how he could own the land maybe he could tell you all how he came to own the land, Mr Rigby said. When questioned by the committees chairman Fred Mitchell for a further description of the property, Mr Rigby said he actually tried to get a copy of the map of the area from the Department of Lands and Surveys but was promptly given the runaround. I tried to get a copy of the plot, but they told me for some reason they couldnt The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com 60DAY DEBT $AVERLOANNOPAY Too many bills?Put cash in your pocket with the Fidelity... *Promotion ends January 31st, 2010. Consolidation loans are against salary deduction. Certain other conditions applyDebt $AVER Consolidation Loan with a built-in Savings plan Plus no payments for 60 Days after final loan approvalApply Today! Call: 356.7764 New Cr own land r ow allegations Witness claims fathers land ended up in hands of Tex Turnquest UNSUNG HEROES MEETTHETRIBUNESLATEST S EEPAGESIX By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE Commissioner and other senior police officers have appealed to the public to surrender firearms to aid the fight against violent crime. Their appeal came during a conference held to thank local anti-crime and gang activist Carlos Reid for turning in a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, which he said was surrendered to him by a young man who didnt want to take the CALLFORPUBLICTOSURRENDERFIREARMS SEE page five PASTOR CARLOS REID presents a shotgun to police firearm examiner Earl Thompson yesterday. SEE page eight Felip Major /Tribune staff HOPEFUL PLP candidate for the Elizabeth by-election, Ryan Pinder, has defended his right to dual citizenship amid controversy over the right of a Member of Parliament to hold two nationalities. The Constitution states in Article 48 that no person shall be qualified to be elected as a Member of the House of Assembly who is a citizen of another country having become such a citizen voluntarily, or is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowl edgment of allegiance, obedi ence or adherence to a for eign power or state. But as Mr Pinder is a Bahamian born in Nassau, of a Bahamian father and American mother, he acquired US citizenship at birth automatically, rather than voluntarily, and therefore qualifies to serve as a Bahamian MP according to law. He and attorney Craig Butler are in the running for the PLP candidacy in the upcoming Elizabeth by-election. The party will announce the chosen candidate tonight. Mr Pinder maintains he PLPby-election hopeful defends his right to dual citizenship SEE page eight B y ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff R eporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THEPLP claims a police complaint has b een filed against the Prime Minister and F NM National Chairman Carl Bethel stemming from an alleged encounter between the p air and the PLP cam paign team in the Elizabeth constituency at the weekend. S peaking after he issued a statement commenting on the comp laint yesterday PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said it was fileda t the Elizabeth Estates police station on Sun day. An officer at that station denied any PLP claims police complaint filed against PM and FNMChairman X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net FNM POLITICAL hopeful Dr Duane Sands has a plan to revolutionise the public health care system, using the Elizabeth constituency as a model. Dr Sands, a noted heart and vascular specialist, hopes to decentralise public healthcare by offering services at the Eliza beth Estates' public clinic comparable to those available at Princess Margaret Hospital. He feels this initiative, if copied throughout the capital, would help to relieve some of the burden from PMH and allow for earlier detection of chronic diseases. Healthcare, along with community concerns over unem ployment, crime, traffic, and infrastructure issues are some areas Dr Sands hopes to address if he is successful in his bid to secure the Free National Movement's nomination for the Eliz abeth constituency and wins the area's by-election race. He said the people of Eliza beth have a myriad of concerns which he feels can be better addressed by a representative who has the weight and support of the Government behind them. "With someone who is passionate and has the support of FNM hopeful aims to use Elizabeth as model for new healthcare system SEE page eight SEE page eight


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SALES OFFICES: NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET I www.famguardbahamas.com A SUBSIDIARY OF A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating strength in numbersStuartKellynamedFinancialController, at Family GuardianPatricia Hermanns, President & CEO of Family Guardian, has announced the promotion of Stuart Kelly to the position of Financial Controller. Mr.KellyjoinedFamilyGuardianin2000and mostrecentlyheldthepositionofAssistantVice President,Finance.Inhisexpandedrole,hewill haveoverallresponsibilityforsupervisingthe scalmanagementandnancialreportingof the Company. Mr. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from St. Marys University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and he is a Certied Public Accountant and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute of Atlanta, Georgia. Family Guardian congratulates Mr. Kelly in his new position at the Company. Stuart Kelly, CPA, FLMI Financial Controller A FTER the announcem ent of MP Malcolm Adderleys resignation from the House of Assembly last week, his former party, the PLP, wasted no time in launching its campaign for the hearts and minds of Elizabeth residents, holding aw alkabout in the area and a m eeting at Doris Johnson H igh School attended by around 400 people. Over the weekend, the FNM also hit the streets to rally its supporters, win over undecided voters and maybe even convince a PLP or two to change sides. MOREPICTURES ONPAGE12 PICTURED FROM LEFT: Dr Duane Sands, FNM chairman Carl Bethel and FNM secretary general Michael Foulkes. A BOVE: P LP leader Perry Christie s peaks at the partys meeting in D oris Johnson High School. RIGHT: PLPchairman Bradley R oberts speaks at the meeting. AN EXCITED RESIDENT of E lizabeth welcomes the FNM F NM TORCHBEARERS p roclaim their support to motorists as the FNM travelled through the Elizabeth Constituency on Sunday. The race for Elizabeth constituency kicks off X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION


E DITOR, The Tribune. A piercing cry in the womb of destiny, in this Bahamas,a lerts sage history that there will be much grief and travail tor ecord in a few short years if t his course of short-sighted flight is not aborted and these present, faulty politicalm achines made redundant and obsolete. D uring this unfolding season o f our lives, one must choose to not let the pen be idle while bellies burn with hunger and m inds become congested with frustration; we dare not break the trust of truth or promise of f reedom while a peoples sal vation is lost in revelry and celebration. B ut, we who thrive on the perspicuity of life are convinced that it is culture alone to speak restoration to a dying way of l iving. The stifling reality in this Bahamas today is too many governments have failed to breathe new life into the lungs of culture in our ghetto com m unities; instead they promote empty transitions to remove s ubdivisions devoid of innercity roots, thus widening the chasm between already tense and humiliated sectors of soci ety. A country that chose to not i nvest in its natural resources but rather subserviently patronised the flimsy and whimsical industries of banking and tourism, built on inflated egos. Now we are confronted with the ugly sores of crime infesting our land a disease left to breed in hearts of greed youth born in the troubled eighties are now unleashing pent-up anger and hopelessness. Are we as a nation intellec tually misinterpreting this spir it of lawlessness with our juve nile approach to prevention and a lackluster application of punishment; is this the harbinger to Nostradamus predictive eruption of souls swallowing the far-flung isles. Why do we foolishly and wantonly claim the despotic legacy of a third-world mentality bearing the painful signature of misguided freedom? Culture is beginning and the end and therein we must find pleasure to exert our dreams; to plant our visions in the heart of every child whose voices will echo our victory in years to come. In the next letter we will begin to dismantle this nations dark house of secrets, from its crumbling foundation of selfish ideologies to a structure, stone by oppressive stone andp lank by ethnic plank, baring the soul of a people screaming for redemption stripping away years of deception and decay. This nation now collectively dials 919 with every fearful breath, heavy hearts tremble distrusting all that we haveb ecome. But to whom have our reli gious leaders sown their prayers when all that we now derisively reap is a harvest of mockery and ridicule? When did the fruits of labour from the quiet revolution become spoilt and rancid to the taste of this generation; I personally would have preferred the ultra-studious minds and firm, but compassionate hearts of Paul Adderley and Henry Bostwick to have compassed and captained this great and promising country. In closing I submit, when will we be free from a compromised parliament that is shackled to an archaic system and steeped in a tradition fraught with ques tions unanswered by colonisation? Be assured, this nations story is enshrined in our souls and ultimately depends on culture for its success or failure, its glo ry or lament. You decide. I pray for thee a happy, peaceful life. GREGORY NEELY Nassau, January, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. Please allow me an opportunity to express my opinion on an issue that is of significant importance at this stage of the development of my beloved country. Indeed, at the heart of any constitutional democracy is an i ndependent, impartial and f earless judiciary which has as its foundation the guiding prin-c ipal of integrity. I have followed the saga involving Mr Malcolm Adderley and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP humble opinion have strayed from the ideology and philosophy of the pre-1967 PLP! Be t hat as it may, I vividly recall Mr Adderleys anecdotal story after the 2007 general elections about the difficulties he wouldh ave faced in being re-elected t o parliament. M r Adderley with a degree of style and class has always demonstrated his disenchantment with the leadership of the PLP. N ow, with the artistry of M aster Sun and the treachery o f Machiavelli, the final arrow has hit its would be target. That is poetic politics, my dear public! A rticle 94 of the Constitut ion of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas provides that Just ices of the Supreme Court shall b e appointed by the GovernorGeneral by instrument under Public Seal acting on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. L ord Diplock in Thomas v A G of Trinidad and Tobago, emphasise the crucial signific ance of the selection process a nd the role of the commission. The purpose is to insulate m embers of the Judiciary from p olitical influence exercised directly upon them by the gov-e rnment of the day. The means adopted for doing this, was to vest an autonomous commission, to the exclusion of any other person or authority, powe r to make appointments to the Judiciary. In respect of the autonomous c ommission, the Constitution contains provisions to secure i ts independence from both the executive and the legislature. The aforementioned process w as designed to eliminate what is known as the spoil system.A system by which the governm ent of the day without the protection that our constitution o ffers would be able to use such appointments as political r ewards and thereby subordinate the sovereignty of the country to the furtherance of the political partys aims. With-o ut condescending to the particular, considering all of the circumstances surrounding Mr A dderleys purported appointment one just might be able to say that in this case, to the victor go the spoils! While I acknowledge the fact that true judicial Independencec annot be totally guaranteed by c onstitutional provisions, because judicial independence l ies in the heart of the individu al, I submit the following; Inherent in the Westminster model system is the separation o f powers, security of tenure of j ustices and the selection process which all combine to secure the independence as well a s the integrity of the judiciary. Having regard to the significant role that the judiciary is called upon to play as guardians of t hose sacred principles outlined in our constitution. I submit, that the process by w hich it would appear that Mr Adderley is going to be admitted to the bench, should he decide to so do may make the entire process a mockery. ELSWORTH N JOHNSON LLB, LLM. Nassau, January 7, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm DURING the 2002 election campaign, then Opposition Leader Perry Christie assured the Bahamian people that he was ushering in a new PLP and, if elected, vic-t imization for which the Pindling PLP a dministration was noted would no longer b e an issue to be feared. Bahamians know Perry Christie, said a PLP statement at the time. They know that victimization would be alien to his character. As for PLP chairman Bradley Roberts, would FNM candidate Neko Grant be where h e is today in corporate Bahamas if Bradley Roberts had a bone of victimization in his body? After the New PLP were elected Mr Christie announced that if he discovered any member of his government victimizing any-o ne, that person would be ordered to clear his desk immediately and vacate his post. So what was Bradley Roberts shouting about in his infamous prostitute-whore harangue at what was billed as a maiden rally in the Elizabeth constituency on Thursd ay night? First he lit on Kenyatta Gibson, a former PLP House member who early last year abandoned his party to cross the floor of the House to join the FNM. Mr Roberts alleged t hat Mr Gibson had been paid to abandon his party to embarrass its leader, Perry Christie. This shortsightedness of not recognizing t heir faults, of course, is going to be the undoing of the PLP. It seems impossible for them to accept that the cause of these defect ions could be triggered by something rotten within their own body politic. But, no, no fault is to be found with them. A person who disagrees with them has no right to exercise his intelligence or free will to make a judgm ent and move on somewhere in this corrupt world of buy and sell, someone had to be bought. Time is now ticking on Kenyattas political career, Mr Roberts claimed after Mr Gibson gave his party what Mr Roberts would have seen as the Judas kiss. It might be true that Mr Gibsons political career could be over should he lose his seat in the 1012 election, but certainly Mr Gibsons future would not end there unless, of course, forces could be in place at that time to block his forward motion. The story, said Mr Roberts, will be similar for Malcolm Adderley in about three years at best. History will not be kind to either of these men Unlike Mr Gibson, Mr Adderley will not be facing an election. So history cannot be unkind to him on the political front. What, therefore, could be the sinister thought behind Mr Roberts warning? Should Mr Adderley be appointed to the Supreme Court bench, he will have reached the age of retirement by the end of this year. O f course, with leave, his retirement could be e xtended by another two years, by which time he would be retired on pension. O f course, in three years time should the P LP win the next election, Mr Adderley would be secure in his pension and retirem ent hopefully beyond their reach. A ccording to Mr Roberts, Mr Christie p rotected both these men in their political careers. The innuendo was that should the o ccasion arise again there would be no more protection. Whenever we hear such subtle threats we cant help but remember the good people of Turks and Caicos who settled in Inagua, and through the sweat of their brows help build the community, settled and had fami lies. However, because they backed the wrong political party when the PLP took the island, they were sent packing. Or Carlton Francis, who was man enough to stand up and be counted in an exercise ofc onscience. At the time Mr Francis was Development Minister in the Pindling Cab inet. However, he was also a Baptist minister, who was opposed to all forms of gambling. C asino gambling was being bitterly debate d on the floor of the House. Two other m embers of the Pindling cabinet were o pposed, but agreed that when it came to the vote, they would quietly abstain. Not so M r Francis. He announced that he was going to make it clear where he stood. The question then arose as to whether a Ministerc ould break ranks on a matter of govern ment policy when his conscience was in con flict. The argument grew heated. It got out of control. An angry Carlton Francis sat down, scribbled a note, stuffed it in a sealed envel op and handed it to Prime Minister Pindling. He had resigned. Mr Francis decision of conscience stalked him to his grave. An outstanding teacher, he could not get a teaching post at the College of the Bahamas under the Pindling gov ernment. Although the college board had a pproved his qualifications, a Minister of g overnment vetoed his application apparently for political reasons. Should the PLP be returned to government in 1012 does a similar fate await MessrsG ibson, Adderley and any one else who m ight disagree with that political party? One cannot forget the arrogant words uttered many years ago from a public platform by a member of the Pindling Cabinet: God gave this country to the PLP. Heaven forbid! A potential blow to the independence of judiciary LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net What does Roberts warning mean? When will we be free from a compromised parliament shackled to an archaic system?


B y PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net F ORMER permanent secretary in the Office of the PrimeM inister Maria Teresa Butler called for greater transparency a nd openness in the application and granting of crown land when she testified before the House of Assemblys Select Committee yesterday. F latly denying that she or any members of her immediatef amily ever received crown land during her tenure, Ms Butler s aid the idea of applying for land had never even crossed her mind. Ms Butler, who is currently working as a senior policy advisor to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, said there needs to b e a very detailed and clear policy governing the ability of pub l ic officers who work in the Department of Lands and Surveys (DLS land. I think, today, and knowing what has transpired, there is a great deal more caution and people now have to indicate if they are public officers and where they work. And I think in some cases we are now leaning toward asking applicants if they are related to public officers and if they are related to someone in the department. I do not know if there should be a prohibition. What we do need is transparency, public declaration, and no sug gestion that I am going to slip this in, she said. In addition, Ms Butler said, any new policies should also remove a lot of the discretion which has been left to senior officials in the g ranting of crown land, so that people will know in advancet hat this is what happens You send in the application, it is l ooked at by technical people and the process goes forward. You are taking away the flexibility for public officers or politicians to influence how an i ndividual application is dealt with. And this of course can bet ransferred to every department of the government, she said. Improvements While her testimony focused on many of the issues relating to the inner workings of the Department of Lands and Sur veys from a policy standpoint,M s Butler also disclosed that there are a number improvem ents in the process being implemented to assist with the problems that now face the DLS. These improvements include, but are not limited to: a new computerised system for land a pplications, aerial photographs of the entire archipelago, and n ew administrative systems to cut down on the number of a pplications that are misplaced or erroneously filed. But all of these programmes are only as good as the people who are working them. And so we need good support staff the technical people and the clerical people who are going to pay attention and ensure that things are going in alphabetical order or by island, and that you are not putting an applica tion for Andros on Abaco. And so we need a lot of those kinds of resources. It isn ot a big thing, it is a lot of small things to increase effi c iencies and effectiveness and responsiveness to applications. And so the most important thing that we have to do now is to ensure that we put the financ ial and the human resources where we need them in thed epartment, she said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM find the map, he said. I n addition to Mr Rigby, the Committee also heard from Audley Greaves, the current undersecretary in the Department of Lands and Surveys, who was taken tot ask by Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gibson. During a line of questioning by Golden Isles MP C harles Maynard over Mr Greaves wifes application and subsequent granting of crown land in Treasure Cay, Abaco, Mr Greaves asserted that the MPs con-c lusions that preferential consideration had been given was in fact not true. Information However, when Mr Gibson retorted, Mr Greaves w as unable to provide any precise information even as to when his wifes application was submitted. But I can say this to you, OK, in all sincerity, I have never asked anyone to do anything; specifically, Mr Greaves said. M r Gibson: And no one on the committee is suggesting anything to the contrary. The difficulty is perception. M r Turnquest was forced to resign from his post last May after relatives of his, including his mother-inl aw, were granted prime beachfront Crown land in Exuma for less than $2,500. These lots were later resold for $550,000 each. Mr Turnquest has maintained his innocence throughout these sessions. The Committee is expected to present its final report b efore the House of Assembly at the end of this month. New crown land row allegations Call for greater transparency in crown land applications A 20-year-old Stapledon Gardens man accused of indecently assaulting a three-year-old girl was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday. Police have charged Rosario Rahming with indecently assaulting the child on December 24,2 009. Bail Rahming, who appeared b efore Magistrate Derr ence Rolle in Court Five, p leaded not guilty to the charge and was granted b ail in the sum of $7,000. The case was ad journed t o April 7. Man accused of indecently assaulting girl aged 3 A JOINT effort between the United States Coast Guard and the RoyalB ahamas Defence Force resulted in the apprehension of 16 Cuban nationals i n the southern Bahamas. The suspected illegal i mmigrants were apprehended on Sunday afternoon and have been taken t o the Carmichael Road D etention Centre. Tip After receiving a tip that a group of Cubans hadb een spotted on Elbow Cay in the Cay Sal Bank a rea, Defence Force command dispatched the vessel HMBS Bahamas, under the command of Lieu tenant Commander Clarence Dean, to investigate. W hen the arrived at the c ay, the marines discovered the Cubans men, one woman who all appeared to be in fair health. They were taken onboard the vessel and transported to the capital shortly after 2pm on Monday, where they were turned over to Immigration authorities for further processing. Defence Force apprehends 16 suspected illegal immigrants THE government has announced that on January 14, Governor General Arthur Hanna will hold an investiture ceremony for the recipients of this years Queens Honours. The list of those receiving honours includes the current secretary to the Cabinet, members of the clergy, and heads of local insurance companies. Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael And Saint George (CMG Bishop Elgarnet Brendan Rahming Anita Doreen Bernard The Most Excellent Order Of the British Empire Officer (OBE George Cox Lowell Mortimer Harcourt Lowell Turnquest The Most Excellent Order Of the British Empire Member (MBE Sandra Moore Canon Fits Goodridge Edna Mae Russell Basil Christie Frederick Solomon Ramsey John Rolle Sr Cecil Bernard Longley The British Empire Medal (BEM Dennis Lloyd Turnquest Arthur Sherman Jr Wendell Carver Grant Sr Doddridge MacLagan Hunt Oswald Cory Munnings Reverend Wilbur St Clair Outten Sheila McDonald. The Queens Police Medal Assistant Commissioner Shannondor Harold Evans Chief Superintendent Sylvester Augustus George (retired Investiture ceremony for Queens Honours recipients CALLFORGREATERTRANSPARENCY: Former permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Maria Teresa Butler. In brief F ROM page one I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s Former permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Maria Teresa Butler testifies HOUSEOFASSEMBLY SELECTCOMMITTEE Governor General Arthur Hanna to preside over January 14 event Governor General Arthur Hanna


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By AVA TURNQUEST JUXTAPOSED between g overnment complexes on Thompson Boulevard there is a 66 x 660ft compound powered by hope. And though its reach stretches into the lives of international stars and successful entrepreneurs, its positive social impact and accomplishments goes l argely unnoticed and unrewarded. In a time where diminishing social programmes are directly correlated to the country's struggling economic stability, The Chance Foundation con tinues to maintain and exceed its commitments to Bahamian a t-risk youth, making its two frontmen Pastors Carlos Reidand Keith Grey The Tribune's newest Unsung Heroes. Both men were former gang leaders, drug-pushers, criminals, seemingly trapped by personal circumstances. Their re-birth as C hristians not only renewed their own lives and purpose but t oday countless at-risk youth benefit from their actions, initiative and positive presence. Pastor Reid shared: "One day I came across a picture I had taken with some friends of mine. There were five of us, and a s I looked at it I realised everyone in the picture besides me w as dead. Essentially, I was next." Pastor Reid said that although he tore the picture up that day, he couldn't shake the realisation. "I was living a doomed lifestyle, and I knew I h ad to get out. On July 8, 1989, I gave my life to Christ at Central Gospel Chapel. It is a day that I will never forget" Less than three years later, Pastor Reid said he got this crazy dream to provide an alternative to gangs. Youth Against Violence is best described by its mission statement: A powerful, pas sionate and transforming ener gy that loves the unloved, teaches the un-teachable, mentors the wayward, and sculpts misguided youth into productive, self-sufficient individuals. Pastor Reid continued: "We launched Youth Against Vio lence (YAV 1995 over the space of six months we saw more than 15,000 individuals give their life to Christ." Among the 15,000 was Pastor Keith Grey, once the leader of a prolific street gang Rebellion Raiders (Sean's Corner/East Street), now president of Platinum, a subgroup of YAV that c aters to young men aged nine to 25. "A lot of my friends were dying," reflected Pastor Grey. "It seems as if month after month there was always someone new on a T-shirt." However, Pastor Grey said it wasn't until 1995 when his ownb rother tried to stab him, that he made the ultimate decision to change his life. "I gave my life to Christ that year he said. I'd seen what Pastor Reid was doing in the community and believed strongly in his vision. I'd found my purpose in life, and that wast o help others who felt trapped by whatever circumstances, be it environment, domestic life etc.I wanted to show people 'hey, if I can do it so can you'." Since then, Pastors Reid and Grey have been partners in their ministry and the massive outreach programme known collectively by many as simply The Hope Centre. It wasnt until 2006, that the small yet diverse facility on Thompson Boulevard was e stablished. Referred to as a mini Hope Centre by its ambitious founders, this structure houses a music recording studio, a computer lab, a gym, and a recreational centreall of which made possible from second hand equipment and donatedm aterials. The property also houses a car wash and a car mechanics bay. Every inch of the property is being put to productive use. The facility is open every day of the week. On Sundays The Hope Centre doubles as Hope Ministries, where weg ather for praise and worship services. It is a real community centre which is available to all persons all of the time. With positive activities to occupy their time, countless lives have been changed for the better, Pastor Reid added. Pastor Reid admitted that this mini Hope Centre has long since out grown its physical structure due to enormous demand for the facility, and the ever-growing population and energy of at-risk youth. We currently assist the Government with its suspension programme, Pastor Reid maintained. We receive over 100 kids from the various public schools throughout the year and although the benefit is invalu able, it is a commitment that we are struggling to meet. The programme mandates suspended students to attend the Hope Centre during school hours, where they receive help specific to their individual needs such as conflict resolution or tutoring. People assume that with social work everything should be free, but in actuality no programme can survive on volunteers alone. People need to be paid, if they are giving their time to us during working hours, how are they to pay their bills? Limited resources, however, is a factor that pastors Reid and Grey claim has never stopped their organisation from achieving its goals. Including one major long-term goal, the construction and operation of a halfway home extraordinaire, named The Hope Centre. Pastor Grey explained: We have found that many young people want to turn away from negative behaviour and some even make commitments to do so but return to the same communities and face the same problems. The Hope Centre will provide a much needed alter native and will be critical to the rehabilitative process of many of our misguided young peo ple. However, like the mini Hope Centre that preceded it, this estimated $4.2million complex will also act as a hub for all social change endeavours of the Chance Foundation. Pastors Reid and Grey are confident that the bulky construction cost will not prove to be an insur mountable obstacle. Construc tion will be split up in phases which will allow the organisa tion to immediately begin to utilize the structure as each section is completed. Pastor Reid said: To date, we have members that have come out of just about every gang in the Bahamas. Our team has been certified by the National Gang Crime Research Centre of America. We have also published numerous books on this anti-social lifestyle. We have been studying this social ill both here and abroad and we honestly believe that there is hope. The Chance Foundation is a non-profit organisation and the financial provider for the rehabilitation programmes of Youth Against Violence, Operation Redemption, Diamonds and Platinum. Its mandate is to facilitate the provision of positive opportu nities or chances for the less privileged youth of The Bahamas, who may otherwise be inclined toward gang-related activity and other criminal behaviour. For more information on how you can donate finances, time or talent, visit www.youthagain stviolence.com P RIDEOFTHEBAHAMAS O PINION Chinas role in the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Pastors Carlos Reid and Keith Grey give hope to our youth PASTORS CARLOS REID and Keith Grey stand before an architectural drawing of the proposed Hope Centre. Y OUNG ARTISTS w ork on their music in the recording studio at the Hope Centre. The following is an opinion piece submitted by the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China. P ARTIII "A message of confidence and hope" The world was watching Copenhagen and China announced its firm commitment to advancing mankind's historical process of countering climate change. At 8.30am on December 18, before attending the leaders' event, Premier Wen had a meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had just flown in. China and India are neighbors and major developing countries. At this important moment, whether the two countries could come together for close co-operation would affect not only the interests of the developing world, but also the progress of the conference. Premier Wen and Prime Minister Singh are old friends. This was their second meeting for the year. They both knew that only solidarity and co-opera tion would bring about a true "Asian Century" of harmony, development and prosperity. And this would require the vision, courage and resolve of statesmen. Premier Wen started by making an overview of the latest developments of the conference. He also shared his views on the situation and sought Prime Minister Singh's opinion. Touched by Premier Wen's sincere words and gesture, the Indian prime minister said he fully echoed Premier Wen's comments. The two leaders agreed that no matter what might happen, China and India would stay in close touch and co-ordination to uphold the interests of developing coun tries. At 9.45am, Premier Wen arrived at the Bella Centre for the leaders' event scheduled to begin at 10am. The event attracted worldwide attention. Howev er, neither the host nor the UN SecretaryGeneral showed up at 10 and the stage was all empty. People began to speculate what had happened, but no one turned up to give an explanation. The clock was ticking, wearing down people's enthusiasm and expectations. Seeing this, Premier Wen immediately made the decision to call another meeting among the BASIC leaders. There was no time to get a meeting room. The four leaders simply sat around a small coffee table in the lounge outside the plenary hall and started their discussion. They were resolved to work for an outcome at this final moment. Finally, at 11.30am the chair of the conference, Prime Minister Rasmussen, announced the opening of the event and invited Premier Wen to be the first to address the conference. The premier mounted the rostrum in his typical vig orous steps, looking calm, confident and determined. His speech, entitled "Build Consensus and Strengthen Co-opera tion to Advance the Historical Process of Combating Climate Change", contained a little more than 2,000 Chinese characters, but it was substantive, visionary and full of emotion. "At this very moment, billions of people across the world are following close ly what is happening here in Copen hagen. The will that we express and the commitments that we make here should help push forward mankind's historical process of combating climate change. Standing at this podium, I am deeply aware of the heavy responsibility upon us, he said. Premier Wen went on to talk about China's contribution to the fight against climate change and put forward four principles to promote climate negotia tions. Towards the end of the speech, he raised his voice and solemnly pledged, it is with a sense of responsibility to the Chinese people and the whole mankind that the Chinese government has set the target for mitigating green house gas emissions. This is a voluntary action China has taken in the light of its national circumstances. We have not attached any condition to the target, nor have we linked it to the target of any other country. We will honor our word with real action. Whatever outcome this conference may produce, we will be fully committed to achieving and even exceeding the target." The fair and reasonable principles out lined by Premier Wen represented the shared aspiration of developing countries. They were both realistic and forward-looking, and had taken into account the interests of all parties. They pointed the way forward at a decisive moment of the conference, gave a strong push to the efforts to safeguard and advance the negotiation process, and therefore received widespread endorsement. A prolonged round of applause broke out from the audience. Some foreign leaders went to Premier Wen's place, shaking his hand and congratulating him on the speech. "As long as there is one percent hope, we will exert 100 per cent efforts." At the critical moment when the conference faced the danger of ending with nothing, the Chinese government helped make the Copenhagen Accord possible with extraordinary efforts. China is the biggest developing country in the world while the United States is the largest developed country. The meeting between Premier Wen and President Obama naturally became the focus of attention. The meeting was scheduled to take place after President Obama's speech at the plenary session. It was held in a makeshift room of a steel frame cov ered with drapes. The two leaders exchanged views in a frank, in-depth and practical manner on the outcome of the conference, the longterm target, the MRV and other focal issues. They stated their respective views and also showed some flexibility. They agreed that the conference should speedily reach a political agreement and that China and the United States should maintain co-operation. They then instructed their chief negotiators to have further consultations and agreed to meet again later that day. After the meeting, Premier Wen instructed his negotiating team to brief the BASIC countries and G77 on the China-US meeting and encourage devel oping and developed countries to work together and expedite the negotiation process. Developed and developing countries held consultations on the final document of the conference, yet it was still hard to make any progress due to the differences among parties. The scheduled closing time of the conference had long passed. Some countries started to prepare statements in the event of a breakdown and leaders of a handful of countries even made irresponsible remarks, pointing fingers at China. At the Bella Centre, many leaders were seen making hasty departures with stern looks. Journalists were packing up equipment and deserted used paper was everywhere on the floor. People were paying more attention to when and how the Danish government would announce that this largest and highest-level conference in UN history had ended in failure. At this final moment, Premier Wen Jiabao once again played a crucial role. He called a meeting of the Chinese delegation and made a clear and realistic analysis of the situation. He said that it was no longer possible to reach a legally binding document now, yet all parties knew full well what a fruitless confer ence would mean and no one wanted to be held responsible for the failure. Premier Wen said that as long as there was one per cent hope, we must exert 100 per cent effort. He decided on the spot to meet with President Lula, Prime Minister Singh and President Zuma again to make the last-ditch effort. At the same time, President Obama also proposed a second meeting with Premier Wen. Premier Wen agreed to meet with him after talking to the BASIC leaders. Leaders of the BASIC countries shared the view that they could first reach consensus on the key issues and then talk to the Europeans and the United States with maximum flexibility on the basis of sticking to principles and upholding the interests of developing countries. They maintained that every effort must be made for some results at the conference. Premier Wen Jiabao laid particular emphasis on the need to keep in touch and enhance co-operation with the African countries, the G77 and small island states. At 6.50pm, when leaders of the BASIC countries were doing the final review of their common position, they heard a clamor of voices outside. The door was opened and there stood Presi dent Obama. Although the scheduled time for the second China-US meeting had passed, Obama's presence at that moment still came as a surprise to the people inside. President Obama must, too, have felt a bit awkward. With one foot inside the door, he smiled and asked Premier Wen whether he was early and whether he should wait outside or come in and join the discussion. Premier Wen stood up and welcomed him courteously. President Obama was apparently touched. He first walked around the room, shaking hands with everyone inside, and then sat down on President Lula's left and across the table facing Premier Wen. Premier Wen started the discussion by stating that efforts must be made to adopt a decision at the conference to recognise the results and build consensus. He explained to President Obama the position of the BASIC countries on several key issues. President Obama also updated the four countries on the US position. He said that the two sides were already very close on the wording concerning these issues. Leaders of the five countries then continued to have serious consultations. Journalists waiting outside had been watching what was going on in the room. Some shot pictures through the glass door. And soon they heard the sound of applause from inside the room. After consultations, the BASIC countries reached agreement with the United States on the formulations of several key issues in the draft document. The US side offered to consult with the EU about what was just agreed upon. The United States then had consultations with the EU countries, and the BASIC countries also held discussions with other countries. Later, some coun tries held a small-group consultation on the draft text. Word came in an hour lat er that the relevant parties had reached consensus on a draft resolution and would soon submit it to the plenary for a vote. It was already nine hours behind the scheduled closing time of the conference. The final outcome of the Copenhagen conference was in no way dictated by one or two countries. Rather, it was the result of the concerted efforts of all coun tries. Yet, one can see from the tortuous and hard process that China played a vital role. International media have had different readings of the outcome of the Copenhagen conference in recent days, but one thing is certain thanks to the joint efforts of the international community, international co-operation on climate change moved one step forward along the right track and a message of confi dence and hope was sent out to the world. China made the utmost efforts with maximum sincerity, and played an important and constructive role. History has shown once again that the biggest challenge of mankind is mankind itself. Unity is the source of strength and co-operation leads to a bright future. The Copenhagen conference has put China on a higher and broader world stage. China has reason to be proud and China will work even harder. Verdant mountains cannot stop water flowing; eastward the water keeps on going. The Copenhagen conference is a new starting point and from here, the international process of combating climate change will keep forging ahead. H OPE MINISTRIES a lso has an auto body shop where youth can pick up a trade. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM knowledge of the complaint. In a statement issued yesterday, Mr R oberts said: It is with deep regret that w e report, that an official police comp laint has already been filed against two of the most senior leaders of the Free National Movement whom on Sunday sought to interfere with working members of the PLPs preliminary team. Thisk ind of intimidation on the part of the l eadership of the FNM will in no way be tolerated. He said the PLP wishes to conduct a clean, professional and respectful campaign unlike what has already been demonstrated by members of the gove rning party. I n a phone interview with T he Tribune subsequent to this release, Mr Roberts confirmed that the alleged subjects of the complaint are Prime Minister HubertI ngraham and Mr Bethel. A sked exactly what kind of interference was perpetrated, Mr Roberts referred this newspaper to the Elizabeth E states police station. Yesterday Mr Bethel acknowledged a verbal exchange with PLP campaignw orkers but said there was no interfere nce. As I passed by some of their (PLP workers who were putting a poster on a lamp pole I noticed that it appeared that theyd taken one of ours (an FNM poster) down to put up one of theirs. I parked my car about 150ft down the road and I said that they shouldnt do that. They came up verbally abusing me. I just walked away and went and sat in my car. I didnt say a word to them. Then t he Prime Minister came along and I foll owed him in my car, and as he was driv ing off they said offensive things to him. It appeared to be offensive. They were gesticulating at his car as he turned thec orner. However, he had nothing to say to t hem and neither did I, except to the o riginal comment about taking down the p osters. When The Tribune contacted the Elizabeth Estates police station yesterday,a n officer denied any knowledge of a complaint being filed at the station a gainst Mr Ingraham and Mr Bethel. I n a later email after T he Tribune requested a copy of the complaint, Mr Roberts said that the complainants have r equested their attorney to obtain a copy o f the complaint that was filed by them with the Community Policing/Mobile Division of the Fox Hill/Elizabeth Divi-s ion. He said the complaint related to bad language. T he PLPs release yesterday also conf irmed that the party is still in the process o f selecting its candidate to run in the Elizabeth Constituency by-election. M r Roberts said: The Progressive Liberal Party wishes to advise its supporters and the general public that theC andidates Committee is at present finishing its process of recommending a candidate for the Elizabeth Constituency. That committee will then be meeting tonight with the Leadership Council and Political Focus Group of the Party in consultation with the Branch Chairman of the Elizabeth Constituency to seek am otion of assent so that the recommended candidate can be presented for r atification by the Partys National Gene ral Council tomorrow (tonight We wish to assure the public that this very tedious process of nominating a cand idate in the face of this rushed fiasco, o rchestrated by a Government compelled to distract the Bahamian people from the woes plaguing us as a country, hasb een done with the greatest degree of transparency and fairness. The long list of applicants anxious to r epresent the Progressive Liberal Party in t he Elizabeth Constituency is a reflect ion that our party is very much alive and remains the most viable option to l ead in our country, stated Mr Roberts. On Sunday Mr Roberts told this newspaper it is highly likely either attor-n ey and PLP vice chairman Ryan Pinder or PLP treasurer Craig Butler will be selected to run. The candidate will be formally announced and introduced to the public at a mass rally on the Elizabeth Estates Park on Thursday evening. would be an excellent repre sentative for the people of E lizabeth, if selected to run in the area once served by his father Marvin Pinder. But critics have cast doubt o ver Mr Pinders right to serve in the House of Assembly, and a debate has stirred on the Internet attracting around 200 comments on a social networking website. Web blogger Cammy L eFlage said: It is not fine to be a dual citizen and be a leader in government because it just begs the question: Whose side are you on? Who do you really represent? The Bahamas and the US have a quite cozy relationship but the Bahamas must always look out for itself and its people. If he carries dual citizen ship, how is this supposed to really work? Answer: It won't. Voices Bahamian stated: Whoever is in the House holding US citizenship is in the wrong. However, others have defended Mr Pinders position. Carmichael Business L eague president Ethric Bowe said: Google the Bahamian constitution andr ead it for yourself. Ryan has no impediment. We have racism or ignorance operat ing here. But look it up to s ettle this then lets move on to some issues. The issue was also belitt led by website user Misty Albury who asked: Does holding dual passports makey ou any less capable of hold ing a position? My kids hold dual citizenship as well and if someday they want to hold office I would hope it wouldnt matter because of some thing so little. Jamaican parliamentary hopeful Daryl Vaz was determined ineligible for election as MP in the country because he held dual citizenship. And Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonettes brother Robert Bobby Symonette gave up the American citizenship he had been bestowed by virtue of his mothers nationality when he ran for Parliament in 1949. However, Mr Pinder clar ified how Bahamian law differs from Jamaican legalities a nd has changed in the 60 years since Mr Symonette ran for office and theB ahamas became independent of British rule. Attorney Paul Adderley said Mr Pinders dual citi z enship does not disqualify him from running for a posi tion in the House as he said o ther MPs also hold allegiance to two nations. He said: There are some v ery important people who are like that, so there is nothing in that. Its where he is born; you cant change that. So its not an issue. Mr Pinder is a tax and commercial law attorney for Becker & Poliakoff and as a US citizen is required to pay taxes in the US. He also lived in the United States for eight years before returning to Nassau in 2008 to head the firms Bahamian office. He said his employment by a US law firm is not an issue as many Bahamians work for foreign companies, particularly in the finance industry. And his American citi zenship does not compro mise his rich Bahamian heritage nor his ability to serve t he people of Elizabeth. Mr Pinder said: I am clearly Bahamian, I wasc learly born here of a Bahamian father and based on the Constitution there is no issue of me being able to b e a member of the House of Assembly. My allegiance is to the B ahamas, I dont feel torn in any way. My legacy in the Bahamas goes back to 1648a nd the Eleutheran adven turers. My roots in the Bahamas are deeper than I propose most people in the Bahamas. My allegiance is clearly and unequivocally in the Bahamas as a Bahamian. This isnt an issue. Theres no violation of the Constitution and its not an issue that is relevant to the people of Elizabeth. If I am the chosen candi date I propose to provide proper representation to the people. They have issues such as job stability, economic stability and economic security. We should be discussing the issues pertinent to the people of Elizabeth. the government that many of these things will get done," he told The Tribune yesterday. "I think we have an opportunity to make Elizabeth the model of healthcare delivery for the country. The model that exists in healthcare is very PMH centred we have to make healthcare community based. Starting from the model of that clinic (with staffing, equipment, (longer hours of operation, diagnostics and therapeutic facilities now you have the situation where you can move the fight of disease out of PMH and move it into the community. "And that is going to be the model needed to take healthcare where it needs to go," said Dr Sands, adding he hopes to work alongside Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on the ini tiative if elected. The PLP won the Elizabeth constituency for two consecut ive terms albeit by a narrow margin in 2007 of just 45 votes and Dr Sands sees himself as the "underdog" in the looming by-election race. A virtual newcomer to the political arena, Dr Sands who currently serves as Chairmanof the Bahamas Medical Counc il, a Director of the Central Bank of the Bahamas and Chief of Surgery at the Princess Margaret Hospital said his team plans to speak to every voter and "gain their trust". Yesterday Speaker of the House Alvin Smith, who returned to the capital on Sat-u rday from a conference in India, told The Tribune he had not yet notified Governor General Arthur Hanna in writingof the vacant seat in the House of Assembly. Last Wednesday former Elizabeth MP Malcolm Adderley resigned from Parliament and the Progressive Liberal Party setting the stage a by-election which is expected to take place next month. By law, Mr Smith must instruct the Governor General of the vacancy after which an order will be made to hold a by-election and a date set. On Sunday, the FNM announced that Dr Sands was unanimously elected by the Elizabeth Constituency Asso ciation as its preferred candidate. Last night he was scheduled to face the scrutiny of the party's Candidates Committee and later the Executive Committee. If successful, Dr Sands is expected to be ratified as the FNM's official Elizabeth can didate on Thursday. Meanwhile, the PLP is expected to formally ratify its yet unannounced candidate tonight. Attorney Ryan Pinder is rumoured to be the party's pick, although PLP Treasurer Craig Butler is also vying for the nomination. Last week Bahamas Democratic Leader Cassius Stuart offi cially announced his intent to run. THE National Association of Justices of the Peace will hold its first regular meeting at 7:30 this evening at the Police Training College on Thompson Boulevard. Meeting of JPs on Tuesday chance of turning it in himself. As he handed over the deadly weapon to a police firearms examiner at police headquarters, Mr Reid offered himself as a go-between for anyone who might wish to take a gun off the streets and into police hands but who may for one reason or another not feel comfortable taking it directly to a police officer themselves. It grieves my heart to see where we are as a nation, when we look at 87 murders last year and already four this year. Weve been in the trenches with our Peace on the Street campaign to try to get our young people to stay focused and live lives that are free from crime. A young man came to me and said that something Id said on television touched his heart and somebody had given him this gun and he didnt want to take the chance of turning it into the police himself so he asked me if I could do it for him and this is the reason why were here. I want to make an appeal to the young men we have on our streets. I know that not everyone is bad and I know there are some who really dont want to live lawless lives. If you have weapons and you wish to turn them in to get rid of them, then my office is open. I will be a conduit between you and the police. We wont ask any ques tions, we just want to get some of these guns off the streets, Mr Reid stated. The activist said he feels very confi dent that the police force is now headed in the right direction in fight ing crime with the recent appointment of Mr Greenslade. COP Greenslade said: We wish to thank minister Carlos Reid for his hand of partnership as we work together for a safer Bahamas. We are very, very encouraged by this gesture on his part this afternoon, his positive actions in reposing such confidence in members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. We commend him for the excellent work hes done over the years and that we know hell continue to do. We trust that other leaders in our com munity will follow his lead, step up take their rightful places and join us in resolute affirmation of the fact that we must as a matter of urgency reclaim our beloved Bahamaland. The type of weapon handed over by Mr Reid is commonly used to commit crimes in The Bahamas, police confirmed. COP Greenslade said that the weapon would be processed for any evidential value it may offer, which could point to its use in any crimes committed. PLP claims police complaint filed against PM, FNMChairman BRADLEYROBERTS Hubert Ingraham and Carl Bethel. FROM page one FNMhopeful aims to use Elizabeth as model for new healthcare system F ROM page one X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION M ORENEWS ON P AGETHREE PLP by-election hopeful defends his right to dual citizenship FROM page one FROM page one P olice call f or public to surrender firearms


C M Y K C M Y K TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 INSIDE Local sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net T OURING tennis pro Mark Knowles was hoping for a much better season opener with his new American partner Mardy Fish at the Medibank International in Sydney, Australia. B ut in their first match in their debut together as the newest doub les partner on the ATP circuit, Knowles the Bahamas Male Athlete of the Year for 2009 wentd own to a gruelling defeat. A t the start of the first set, Knowles had to withdraw from further action after he suffered a left c alf injury. He and Fish eventually lost 0-1 to the Australian team of Carston Ball and Stephen Huss. Knowles, 38, and Fish, 28, were t he number two seeded team in the draw, while Ball and Huss came in a wild card entry, having played through the qualifying round. It was definitely a big blow to K nowles and Fish, who have joined f orces after Knowles split up with his Indian partner Mahesh Bhupathi i n November. The tournament was to have served as a warm-up for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam for the year. The Australian Open will begin in Melbourne on January1 8. While Knowles and Fish were the No.2 seeds, they followed the team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, the top seeded team. T he American identical twins of B ob and Mike Bryan opted not to play in the tournament, as well as B hupathi. Its not certain how serious the injury was as Knowles was not available for comments. And its not certain if he will be available for the Australian Open. His mother, Vicki Andrews, when contacted today, said her son was to have had an MIR to determine exactly what happened, but she was waiting on the results. Andrews said, in an email from Knowles, he told her that it was the second point in the first game whenh e turned to retrieve a ball that he suffered the injury. Definitely we are concerned. Its something he can recover from, but Im not sure if he will do it in time to play next week, she said. His partners have had a series of injuriest hat have hampered them. Now he has one. Its not too good for him. Knowles defeated in first round Withdraws from match after suffering injury to left calf Mark Knowles BASEBALL J BLN OPENER THE Junior Baseball League of Nassau opened its 2010 season over the weekend at the St. Andrews Field of Dreams and despite the inclement weather 12 of the scheduled 15 games were completed. Results of the matches played are as follows: T EE BALL Grasshoppers def. Rap t ors 17-16. Sidewinders def. Knights 15-3. Sand Gnats def. Blue Claws 21-7. COACH PITCH Cubs def. Padres 16-3. Diamondbacks def. Athletics 20-4. Angels def. Pirates 20-3. MINOR LEAGUE Mets def. Red Sox 8-6. Rockies vs Royals postponed due to rain. Ori oles vs Brewers postponed due to rain. MAJOR LEAGUE Indians def. Reds 12-2. Marlins and Mariners played to a 6-6 tie. JUNIOR LEAGUE Dodgers def. T wins 12-2. Y ankees vs Rays post poned due to rain. SENIOR LEAGUE Nationals def. Phillies 4-3. T igers def. Giants 11-3. TRACK T-BIRD FLYERS CLASSIC FOLLOWING the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations season opening Odd Distance Track Classic over the weekend, the T-Bird Flyers will hold the first fully fledged meet this weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The 6th annual classic will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. and continue on Saturday at noon. It is being sanctioned by the BAAA and will have automatic timing and officiat ed by the Bahamas Association of Certified Officials (BACO Deadline for entr y into the meet is today Ath letes can either sign up at the BAAAs office or with any T -Bird official at the T AR Stadium between the hours of 4-7 p.m. spor ts N OTES GHS Magic centre Reno Moss wins the tip over CR Walker Kinghts Alxio Newman. Moss finished with eight points in the Magics 45-35 win yesterday at the D.W Davis Gymnasium. B y RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter r dorsett@tribunemedia.net I N A test of wills, the methodical approach of the Government High Magico verpowered the constantly fastbreaking C.R Walker in GSSSA Senior Boys division p lay yesterday. The Magic, last year's run ners-up, continued a successful season with a 45-35 come f rom behind win over the Knights yesterday at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. G overnment overcame a dreadful first quarter when they shot 0-8 from the freet hrow line, and struggled to reach into a positive offensive flow. The Knights opened up a 6 -2 lead, and led 14-2 after a run capped by Prince Braynen's three point play. K enrico Lockhart halted the run, when he gave the Magic just their second field goal of the quarter with a tipi n. Antario Collie was the only other Magic player to reacht he scoreboard in the first quarter when he nailed a three pointer from the baseline that just beat the quarter ending buzzer and brought his team within seven, 14-7. After Lockhart scored on the opening possession for the M agic, the Knights went on a 7-0 run, with Braynen accounting for all scores. T he shifty swingman began w ith a three point play, fin ished strong in transition with a tomahawk slam, and split a p air of defenders for a floater to give the Knights their biggest lead of the game, 211 0. The Magic responded in a major way, and ended the quarter on a defensively pow e red 10-0 run. The Magic run was capped with a four point possession when Lockhart scored, but missed on a three point conversion free throw, butL eonardo Collie was able to tip in the miss to bring his team within one, 21-20. B raynen raced ahead of the field on the ensuing inbound possession and beat the field for a fastbreak lay-up to give the Knights a 23-20 lead at the half. The third quarter would p rove to be the deciding period as the Magic defence limited the Knights to a single field goal and outscored them 12-2 to take a commanding lead. Magic come from behind to beat Knights SEE page 10 GHS guard Dudley Smith dribbles through traffic. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net ALTHOUGH her athletic career is not yet officially over, long jumper Jackie Edwardsis using her knowledge on the other side of sports. The co-national record holder is completing the lastof a two-week Media Challenge TV Show with 12 active and retired sporting personalities in Los Angeles, who have an interest in becoming Sportscasters. Its something that I have always been interested in because every time I speak,I d get pretty good feedback a bout how it went and because I watch so much sports and I h ave so much information in m y head that I feel like I have t o do something with it. So it was like a natural prog ression in my mind to do sportscasting. So when this opportunity came up, I just c ouldnt pass it up. S till in rehabilitation from a knee injury, Edwards said since last week she was onc amera in a four-man team competing against two other t eams. Shes on team two, comp rising of former NBA point guard Gary the Glove Payt on and NFL players Ray Crookett and Josh Norman. W hile Payton had had an extensive career that saw him make the All-Star nine times,Crockett is a two-time NFL champion with the Denver Broncos (1998 and 1999N orman played with the San D iego Chargers. T hey are given a chance as a g roup to do a series of broadc ast shows where they have to discuss a series of topics. We will be on a major sports network in June, said Edwards, who was not at liberty to disclose any other information of the show. It hasnt been finalised as yet. All of the tapings are done over a ten-day period. It got started last Monday and the first week was completed onF riday. The second week began yesterday and will end on Friday. Every time you do a challenge, the team that wins getse x-amount of broadcast b ucks, Edwards pointed out. At the end, the team with the m ost bucks can present it to t heir favourite charity. Once the TV Show is aired i n June, people will see it and i ts not to say that you will be guaranteed a job, but you are learning a lot if a job does become available. Residing in LA, Edwards s aid shes in a better position to venture into Sports Broadcasting, if she is interested and even available, once shes offi-c ially retired. E dwards, however, said her goal is to return to make her last appearance at the Commonwealth Games in New D elhi, India in October. After that, she intends to officially h ang up her shoes. In rehab, you get in s hape, Edwards said. You learn how to ride the bike and I m doing weights. I just cant r un yet. B ut Edwards said shes a litt le peeved that she has been r emoved from the Governm ents subvention, although s he indicated to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture that this is her final year. I made them aware of what Ive been doing, so I found it very disheartening that 8-9m onths before I retire that t hey would choice to take me o ff the subvention, Edwards s aid. The thing is, I informed them of the injury that I sus t ained while I was at a com petition last year getting ready to long jump. If I had gotten h urt fooling around at my house or somewhere else, I wouldnt mind. But I was at a meet competing. Having represented the Bahamas all of her life, E dwards said she was a pplauded that she was treated in the manner in which she was when there are others w ho are hurt, who remain on t he list. I know I didnt go to W orlds last year and that was b ecause I was hurt, but there a re others who didnt go as well and they are still on, shep ointed out. At least I have a legitimate reason as to why I didnt compete. I was hurt. I had to have s urgery. Theres no disputing my injury. There were people who didntg o to Worlds and they are still able bodied. I dont under-s tand that. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS P AGE 10, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Edwards joins Media Challenge TV Show JACKIE Edwards is shown in front of the Staple Center during an interview. T HE New Providence Volleyball Association con cluded its regular season at the DW Davis Gymnasium w ith either the pennant or playoff positions sealed. In the ladies match, the S cottsdale Vixens once again dominated that division with a perfect 10-0r ecord to convincingly secure the pennant for their fifth consecutive year. B ehind Cheryse Rolle's 14 points, the Vixens defeat ed the Johnson Lady Truckers in four sets 25-12, 25-19,1 9-25 and 29-27. Anastasia Sands-Moultrie led all score rs with 16 points in a losing effort as the Johnson Lady truckers had to settle for the pennant runners-up. I n the second match, the Technicians defeated the National Fence Intruders in t hree straight sets to clinch the pennant runners-up spot 25-15, 25-21 and 25-22. D wayne Roberts and Ron Demeritte led the Technicians with 9 and 8 killsr espectively. Prince Wilson led the Intruders with 9 kills in the loss. Both teams will meet again on Friday in thef irst game of their playoffs series. I n the third match, the Police Crimestoppers failed to show up and make the playoffs this year, giving D aBasement the final spot in the men's playoffs. The best-of-three first r ound playoffs, featuring the pennant winners versus fourth place and secondp lace versus third place teams, will get underway on Wednesday with the sched-u le as follows: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 7:30pm Johnson's Lady T ruckers vs COB Caribs. 8:30pm Scotiabank Defende rs vs DaBasement. FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 7 :30pm S cottsdale Vixens vs C hampions Club 8:30pm Technicians vs National Fence Intruders S UNDAY, JANUARY 17 3:30pm Johnson's Lady T ruckers vs COB Caribs 4:30pm Scotiabank Defenders vs DaBasement WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 7:30pm Scottsdale Vixens vs Champions Club 8 :30pm T echnicians vs National Fence Intruders Vixens finish season undefeated JACKIE Edwards is the rose among thorns as she is pictured above with from left: Ray Crockett, Josh Norman and Gary Payton. Tavari Dorsette scored the Knights lone basket on its first possession, but his team went scoreless for nearly eight minutes as they fell behind. Darren Smith gave the Magic their first lead of the game with 3:53 left to play in the quarter with a running lay-up for a 26-25 lead. Jerome McDonal stripped the ball from Braynen at halfcourt and finished at the oth er end with an uncontested lay-up to continue the magic run. McDonal repeated the feat just several plays later and his ensuing lay-up gave his teama 32-25 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Knights hoped for a comeback effort to open the fourth when Charae LaFleur scored first with a jumper, but Reno Moss followed with a key series of scores for the Magic to seal the win. Moss slashed through the lane for a lay-up, followed with an offensive rebound and putback, and capped a 60 with a crowd raising tip-in slam dunk. Moss' play gave the Magic a 38-27 lead, while Lockhart, Moss and Collie protected the lead with stingy interior defence at the hoop. Moss dominated the defen sive boards, Lockhart, blocked two shots on a sin gle possession and Collie swatted a third out of bounds which sent the Magic faithful into a frenzy. Collie gave the Magic their biggest lead of the game fifth a running lay-up which made the score 40-27 with 1:26 left to play. A balanced scoring attack for the Magic was paced by Lockhart who finished with nine. Moss added eight, Darren Smith finished with seven, Dudley Smith with six, while McDonal, Antario Collie and Leonardo Collie finished with four apiece. Braynen led all scorers with 20 points, but Dorsette was the next highest scoring Knights player with six. Magic come from behind to beat Knights FROM page nine CR Walker guard Micheal Reckley brings the ball upcourt. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


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Sales deal for critical CLICO asset in review C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be h eld responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report. $4.15 $4.07 $4.27 We can get you there! Where do you want to be? 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For transactions worth $ 1,000 or less, licensed money transfer businesses will handle the exchange control administrative side themselves, filling out all the nec e ssary paperwork and reporting these activities to the Central Bank. D r Rodgers told Tribune Business: Theyre giving [ us] delegated authority to send up to $1,000 in foreign currency. Weve earnedt heir trust. Theyre [the Central Bank] in the process of doing it right now. Theyve eased up with exchange control on moneyt ransfer businesses, and are making life easier for them and us, and making the sys t em more efficient and effective. Dr Rodgers praised the Central Bank for its approach to the planned legislation and regulations to supervise all Bahamas-based payments systems, including the stored value cards operated by Omnis affili ate, Transfer Solutions Providers (TSP newspaper that the regulator seemed willing to work with industry stakeholders to craft the best possible solu tion. They appear to want to work along with the stake holders, Mr Rodgers said. I think theyve [the Central Bank] realised there are going to have to be some Money transfer firms get $1,000 exchange control delegated power Industry executive: Wve earned the Central Banks trust SEE page 5B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A leading Freeport retailer yesterday said it bucked the recession with Christmas holi day sales up a couple of per c entage points over 2008 fig ures, although one of its leading e xecutives expressed concern that an artificial bubble had been created through more Bahamians shopping at home. Christopher Lowe, operations manager at Kellys (Freeport ness that the housewares/hard ware retailer had adjusted its product mix to account for changed consumer spending patterns, focusing on products used for renovations and repairs, as opposed to more luxury type goods. We had a good Christmas, up a couple of percentage points over December 2008, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business. Fewer people were able to justify the expense of going away, and we shifted our product mix to respond to consumer demand shifting to repairs and renovation-type goods, rather than new-build stuff. We had a good year, which Retailers holiday sales increase by couple % points * E E x x e e c c u u t t i i v v e e c c o o n n c c e e r r n n e e d d i i n n d d u u s s t t r r y y s s a a w w a a r r t t i i f f i i c c i i a a l l b b u u b b b b l l e e i i n n h h o o l l i i d d a a y y s s a a s s r r e e s s u u l l t t o o f f m m o o r r e e B B a a h h a a m m i i a a n n s s s s h h o o p p p p i i n n g g a a t t h h o o m m e e * S S a a y y s s s s u u r r v v i i v v i i n n g g r r e e c c e e s s s s i i o o n n n n o o t t r r o o c c k k e e t t s s c c i i e e n n c c e e , a a n n d d a a l l l l a a b b o o u u t t t t r r a a c c k k i i n n g g t t r r e e n n d d s s a a n n d d c c u u s s t t o o m m e e r r d d e e m m a a n n d d , p p l l u u s s k k e e e e p p i i n n g g e e x x p p e e n n s s e e s s d d o o w w n n SEE page 5B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c robards@tribunemedia.net SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Starwood yesterday said its Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort at Cable Beach hads een a 10 per cent revenue increase in 2009, and confirmed to Tribune Business its brands were still commit ted to the delayed $2.6 bill ion Baha Mar project. Andrew Neubauer, direc tor of sales and marketing for the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, said that despite the delay in the project, four Starwood brands will be present when theB aha Mar vision is realised. According to Mr Neubauer, Starwood was committing its prestigious collection of St Regis, Wa nd Westin resort brands to the project, which will be constructed alongside the newly-renovated Sheraton. The Sheraton will remain Cable Beach hotel in 10% revenue rise SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A housing market rebound is critical to drag-g ing the Bahamian con struction industry out of r ecession, the Bahamas Contractors Associations (BCAt erday, telling Tribune Business it was down at least 5 0 per cent from pre-downturn levels. Stephen Wrinkle, of Wrin k le Development, said housing construction especially new-build starts were in some respects more important to Bahamian contrac-t ors than major resort and infrastructure projects, as the former typicallye mployed smaller firms with between five to 15 employe es. Developments such as the impending $2.6 billion Baha Mar project, the $409 mill ion Lynden Pindling Inter national Airport (LPIA r edevelopment, and the $1.3 billion Albany build-out tended to employ larger andm edium-sized Bahamian contractors, Mr Wrinkle said, and the economic ben e fits did not always filter down to smaller contractors w ho did not have the capa bilities or qualifications to become involved. The main factor in the restoration of the construct ion industry is the housing sector, and thats got to get going again to realise then umber of jobs for all trades and realise a positive Housing market down by 50% Contractors head says home construction rebound, rather than major projects, vital to dragging sector out of recession Says vital to create work for smaller contractors that really make our industry tick SEE page 3B STEPHEN WRINKLE By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C LICO (Bahamas a greement for the real estate project that accounts for 63 per cent of the insolvent insurers assets, with a view to selling the Florida-based property to a major international developer. T ribune Business c an reveal that the preferred buyer for Wellington Preserve is the Hines Group, and liquidator Craig A. Tony Gomez, accountant and partner in the Baker Tilly Gomez firm, is in negotiations with the company in a bid to finalise the initial sales agreement. A nd this newspaper can also reveal that Colina Insurance Company is the likely purchaser of CLICO (Bahamas r emaining life and health insurance policy portfolio, with Mr Gomez hoping to finalise the transaction and transfer of t hose policies by months end before Supreme Court Justice Cheryl Albury, who has carriage of the liquidation, steps down from the bench. Likely purchaser is major developer, the Hines Group Colina likely buyer of insolvent insurers p olicy portfolio SEE page 4B


A Colina Insurance employee has become just the second Bahamian underwriter to receive a fellow-s hip (FALU Academy of Life Underwriting, a programme sponsored by the Association of Home Office Underwriters and the Canadian Instituteo f Underwriters. Kenray Marsh has joining Angela Taylor, directoro f underwriting and new business at Colina, who e arned the designation in 1995. Mr Marsh and Ms Taylor are among only fiveF ALU recipients in the Caribbean region. The FALU designation r ecognises Mr Marsh as an underwriting professional w ho has advanced qualifica tions in risk classification with legal and actuariale xposure. It gives him recog nition for the core skills and knowledge acquired during the course of his profession-a l development. Colina congratulates K enray on this standout achievement, said executive vice-chairman EmanuelA lexiou. Dedication The FALU programme i s not an easy one, and we commend him for his dedi cation to developing his skills and contributing to the collective knowledge ande xperience of Colina. With these credentials on board in-house, we are equipped in a way that is unprecedented in theB ahamian insurance indus try. Such professionalism will a llow us to continue to improve the efficiency and e ffectiveness of our operations and service delivery to clients. M r Marsh was required to undergo a four-part desig nation process as a prerequisite to become a Fellow of the Academy. Along with the standard curriculum, he also completed courses fromt he Life Office Management Association (LOMA g ramme. The process for earning the FALU was a bit strenu-o us at times, especially with the large amount of material from the medical field that had to be covered for e ach examination, Mr Marsh said. However, the knowledge g ained from preparing for the examinations has proven to be very beneficial as it prepared me for many of the different cases seen by anu nderwriter on a daily basis. I must admit that it feels great to achieve the highestd esignation in my profes sion, but I know there is so m uch more to learn that will only come with experience." Mr Marsh has been e mployed with Colina in the underwriting department since 2006. He is a 2004 graduate of Acadia University in Cana d a, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Colina executive is second Bahamian to win designation A senior executive at the newly-formed electronic communications sector regulator will address this weeks Busi-n ess Outlook Conference on the way forward for the industry, with a presentation entitled, 2010-2020: Closing the Gap U sman Saadat, director of policy and regulation for the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA said: The customer winst hrough liberalisation and competition. The Government last year passed three Acts that brought sweeping reforms and established a new, more robust regulatory regime for the electronic communications sector.T hese acts were the Communications Act 2009, the URCA 2009 Act and the Utilities A ppeals Tribunal Act 2009. Competitive The changes in the communications l andscape with new legislation, sector policy and a new regulator in 2009 provide a platform for the Bahamas to close the gapa nd become more competitive. What can we expect from the recent changes in the s ector in the Bahamas? What are the risks and opportunities? What is the regulator doing to ensure responsible regulation of the sector? These are some of the questions I will address, Mr Saadat said. Mr Saadat has 14 years of g lobal communications experience, including five years in economic consulting with UK-based National Economic Research Associates( NERA) and Europe Economics. He served as advisor on major regulatory projects for the European Commission,a nd led projects for European and Asian national telecommunications regulators, including OFTEL in the UK, ODTR in Ireland and OFTA in Hong Kong. Mr Saadat also spent three years as an e conomist with the regulatory team in the head office of Cable & Wireless. His most r ecent responsibility was as chief executive of Cable & Wireless St Lucia, prior to which he served as business developmentd irector of Cable & Wireless International. T his years Bahamas Business Outlook, themed 2010-2020: A Decade for Action and Accountability is organised by the C ounsellors Ltd and sponsored by the Central Bank of the Bahamas, First Caribbean International Bank, NIB, Bank of the Bahamas International, BTC, British American Financial, Scotiabank( Bahamas), KPMG and Sun Oil. Regulator to address the telecoms gap USMAN SAADAT Zhivargo Laing, the minister of state for finance, will deliver the keynote address at this years Bahamas Business Outlook on Thursday at the Wyndham Nassau Resort. Mr Laing will give an overview of the countrys economic performance, and outlook for the year and decade ahead. Theme This years event is being held under the theme 20102020: A Decade for Action and Accountability Other distinguished presenters will include the minister of tourism, Senator Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace; Algernon Cargill, director, National Insurance Board; Dr K. Jonathan Rodgers, opthalmologist and businessman; Simon Townend, partner, KPMG; Khaalis Rolle, president, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; Dr Nelson Clarke, psychiatrist; Wendy Warren, chief executive and executive director, Bahamas Financial Services Board; Usman Saadat, director of policy and regulation, Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA Dr Ian Strachan, associate professor, the College of the Bahamas; and Arts and Culture panellists Scharad Lightbourne, photographer, Allan P. Wallace, artists, and Terneille Burrows, recording artist. Minister to head seminar speakers ZHIVARGO LAING Colina c ongratulates K enray on this s tandout achievement. The FALU programme i s not an easy o ne, and we c ommend him for his dedication to developing his skills and c ontributing to t he collective k nowledge and experience of Colina. Kenray Marsh Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y


By CHESTER ROBARDS B usiness Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico T he Ministry of Tourism and A viation revealed yesterday that Canon UK has endorsed its filmmaker challenge, and will publicise the competi-t ion and this nation in its 500 stores across the UK. Deputy director-general of the Ministry, Tommy Thomps on, told Tribune Business that w ith the UK Tourism Office's budget slashed, the 14 filmmaker challenge is a way to t urn 14 five-minute short films into 14 Bahamas ads at the cost o f one traditional 30-second televison spot. Canon has seen the challenge as a mutually beneficial tool, and plans to donate the cam-e ras the filmmakers will use to shoot their films. This promotion has many legs," said Mr Thompson. T he challenge brings 14 filmmakers to 14 islands across the Bahamas to shoot a movie of their choice in 14 days. Mr Thompson said all of the f ilms scripts will be screened to ensure they follow strictg uidlines set by the Ministry, including no violence, cursingo r sex. According to him, five judges, including renowned UK f ilmmaker, Bharat Nalluri, who directed the People's Choice Award nominated Mrs Pettigrew Lives for a Day will choose the winners of the chall enge. The winning film will then be distributed throughout the UK, while all of the other films will be placed on the Ministry's w ebsite for viewing following the competition. The burgeoning Bahamian film industry objected to the Ministry's idea, arguing that thec ompetiton should have included Bahamian filmmakers or, at the very least, used some of them as liasions or assistant d irectors. However, Mr Thompson, said the Ministry did not neglect Bahamian filmmakers, but designed a competition specifically for the appealo f the UK market. H e said the annoucement of the challenge sparked immedi a te media and public interest within the UK, and movedC anon UK to come on as a sponsor of the competition. Mr Thompson said the film challenge appeals to the UK m arket because their own citizens are the filmmakers, and thus the marketing becomes focused in that country. The UK office has also r oused the market by recruiting armchair critics via their website, who will also judge the films. Canon will use the expos ure from the movies to push its new line of cameras in the UK market, while carrying the Bahamas brand in its in-store marketing. This (the 14 filmmaker comp etition) is a non-traditional form of advertising and is a cob randing opportunity for Canon UK," said Mr Thomp-s on. r ebound. Its down at least 50 per cent; it could be m ore, Mr Wrinkle told Tribune Business. I f the Baha Mar projects c onstruction did finally b egin, Mr Wrinkle said he h oped the economic impact would generate a rebound in the housing construction market, leading to positive growth for the industry. Theres quite a bit of capacity here in the construction industry as far asw ork goes, Mr Wrinkle added. If the housing sector g ets going, it will absorb some of the smaller contractors. The larger projects like B aha Mar take care of the big and medium-size sector of the construction industry. Its that small contractor that has between five to 15e mployees that really makes o ur industry tick. From those big projects, t he hope is the economic environment is such that the next level projects start, andt he next level contractors b enefit. Theres a number o f contractors that have very l ittle to do. Theyre scraping by and holding on. Mr Wrinkle said the 2,500 B ahamian construction jobs foreshadowed by Baha Mar w ere a very good number, a nd once the developer concluded its agreement with their Chinese partners, the BCA would look to meet with them and see whats teps can be taken to get B ahamians working on the main project, not just ancillary work. The BCA president said the organisation and its members had a natural concern about the number of work permits set to be granted to Chinese construction workers, estimat ed to be at least 4,000 in total, but acknowledged: Its going to be an extremely difficult situation to overcome. China State Construction and the China ExportImport Bank were Baha Mars partners, and wherever the Chinese participated in major development proj ects globally, they sought m aximum participation for their nationals in the workf orce. Its silly to make noise on something you know isi nevitable, Mr Wrinkle told T ribune Business. At this juncture, the big picture is p retty important to us as a c ountry. He added that Bahamian contractors neede d to ensure they picked up the maintenance and ancillary work that Baha Mar would require in future once its $2.6 billion resort campus was completed. Still, Mr Wrinkle said B ahamian contractors would keep our heads a bove water if they picked up the multi-million dollar contracts for the West Bay Street re-routing and the C ommercial Village. Among the prospective residents in the Commercial Village were the three banks currently situated on West Bay Street Scotiabank( Bahamas), Commonwealth Bank and Fidelity Bank ( Bahamas) plus the police and fire station, all of which have to move to make way for Baha Mars resort campus. Estimating that around f ive to six buildings would h ave to be constructed, and that each would require 50 construction workers, Mr W rinkle said the Commercial Village could employ a total of 250-300 Bahamians. T he BCA president said it was important to recogn ise that Sarkis Izmirlian, Baha Mars chairman and c hief executive, was a resident of the Bahamas. Its not someone flying in in a j et to do a deal, he added. These people are com m itted, they are good corporate citizens, and I think theyll do everything they c an to ensure maximum participation by Bahamians. W hile the Baha Mar project would have tremendous ramifications for the Bahamian economy, Mr Wrinkle said its true impact on the construction indus try would depend on how much of the core project we get into. The Commercial Village is a substantial project, he a dded. Itll have a substantial impact, but that will not l ift us [out of recession]. We need to get a piece of the c ore development or see a l arge number of Bahamian employees on the core pro j ect. 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It is unclear whether any agreement with Colina, if r eached, would just a be an a dministration/transfer of the CLICO (Bahamas the first instance, with a sale to follow later, or an outright sale.A ny sale would require Colina to back the policy liabilities with surplus assets, and its deep balance sheet is thought to be o ne of the factors that saw it selected as the preferred company to take on the portfolio. Any agreement reached with Colina would require thea pproval of the Supreme Court and the Insurance Commission. As at July 7, 2009, there were still some 28,215 CLICO ( Bahamas) policies in force, covering a $4.09 billion sum assured. There were some 10,297 medical and 15,892 life policies in force, accounting for$ 2.088 billion and $1.992 billion in sums assured respectively. But in the four-plus months after the insurer was petitioned i nto liquidation, some 1,807 policies 182 annuities, 843 p ensions, 676 life and 106 medical had been cancelled. S ome $15.086 million of the $20.995 million sum cancelled r elated to annuities, with pensions accounting for $5.466 mill ion worth. On the Wellington Preserve front, its sale and maximisingt he purchase price will be key in determining how much CLI-C O (Bahamas cially its policyholders recover i n terms of their investment. While a successful deal with t he Hines Group or any other bidder cannot be guaranteed, Mr Gomez said in a previous report to the Supreme Court that he had been presented w ith three different sales price estimates for Wellington Pres erve, based on various time lines and scenarios. A sale within three to nine months could realise an esti mated sales price of around $40 million, the liquidator had been told, with a sale in six months to one year generating possible proceeds of $69 million. And a sale of Wellington Preserve one year from now could generate u p to $120 million, Mr Gomez said he had been advised. CLICO (Bahamas advanced about $73 million in loans to its affiliate, CLICO Enterprises, over a four-year period beginning at end-2003. In turn, the latter entity advanced these funds to vario us entities, but the lion's share went into Wellington Preserve. The likelihood that CLICO (Bahamas loan at full value, given that CLICO Enterprises' 2008 unaudited financial statements showed it had a solvency defi ciency of $21 million, with assets of $108 million and liabilities of $129 million, was a key factor behind why the insurer was petitioned into court-supervised liquidation. Some $70 million had been loaned by CLICO Enterprises to Wellington Preserve, in addi tion to a $13 million direct investment, taking its total e xposure to the Florida-based r eal estate project to $83 million. While valued at $127 million in January 2009, Wellington Preserve was said by MrG omez's report to now have an 'as is' value of $62 million. This illustrates why the project's sale, and Mr Gomez's a bility to maximise its value especially if he can achieve prices nearer to the two longerterm valuations are key to CLICO (Bahamas C urrently, CLICO (Bahamas million in assets and $154. 191 million in liabilities, rendering it i nsolvent to the tune of an $29.707 million solvency deficiency. The greatest percentage of those assets are the loans to CLICO Enterprises, soa chieving a purchase price for Wellington Preserve above what was invested in it will help to close the solvency gap. In his Supreme Court report, M r Gomez said the 523-acre W ellington Preserve site, designed to incorporate 80 residential lots and an equestrian centre, had been acquired for$ 55 million, a deal partfinanced by a $35 million mortgage. Only $1 million was outstanding on the mortgage, w hich was due to be paid off in July. While a $42 million investment was supposedly required to bring Wellington Preserve into a condition suitable fors ale, Mr Gomez said the project owed $150,000 to its suppliers. It also owed some $1.3 million in county and local taxes, and $ 500,000 in taxes were past due on lot sales. Wellington Preserve had also settled litigation via a settlement under which it was due to pay $200,000 pery ear for eight years, one-and-ahalf years remaining on the agreement. untouched throughout the proposed three to four-year building period. Negotiations Starwood representatives attending Caribbean Mar-k etplace 2010 said they c ould not say much about the status of Baha Mar's negotiations with its newp rospective partners, the C hina Export-Import Bank and China State Construction, but said the partner-s hip might be finalised within a few weeks. Baha Mars chairman and c hief executive Sarkis Izmirlian, told Tribune Business in an exclusive inter-v iew on Monday that the project could create more than 2,500 Bahamian construction jobs when the project begins. Mr Neubauer also confirmed that Baha Mar has not locked down a casinoo perator for the resort, but that the developers execut ives would announce their choice prior to its opening. Starwood has casinos withina number of their properties but does not independently operate any of them. B aha Mar executives recently revealed that theS heraton property has become their highest reve nue earner. Renovations T he Wyndham Resort a nd Crystal Palace Casino, which also underwent renovations recently, has not performed as expected, havi ng run sub-market revenue per available room rates and b eing closed for almost t hree months in the summer in an attempt to minimise o perating costs. Mr Izmirlians comment that neither the Sheraton n or the Wyndham was not doing very well appear to conflict with Starwoods position on the former property. However, Starwood and its Sheraton brand earn their m oney as a percentage of the resorts gross profit or revenues, whereas Baha M ar which earns it on the net income has to deal with property depreciation and a w hole set of other factors. Mr Izmirlian said Baha M ar's two existing Cable B each resorts are only still open because his family has used their own money to cover "significant multi-million dollar losses", particu larly over the last two years, something that has made the Izmirlians the "largest pri vate investor in the history of the Bahamas". 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I think is due to paying attent ion to customer demand and trends in the marketplace. Were holding our own, and thats quite an accomplishment in this economic environmentk nowing a lot of people are struggling. The Kellys (Freeport utive said most shoppers did n ot have the discretionary income of years past to allow them to buy luxury-type goods, hence the companys focus on necessity items. I think its a bit of an artificial bubble, more people shopping at home, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business. A lot of r etailers have taken a bit of a hit. At the end of the day, we think we did very well, all things considered. Freeport has been soft for a n umber of years now. Were t oughing it out and staying as strong as we can. M r Lowe told Tribune Business that Bahamians appearedt o be taking longer every year to recover from their Christm as spend, with the time taken i n the New Year for disposable incomes to rebound and debts to be paid down now stretching into April/May time. Thats taking longer and longer, he said. Every year, its taking Bahamians longer to recover because theyve spent b eyond what they should. In terms of the general economy, we still expect the same sort of challenges, and thats where we need to be f ocused holding the fort. I dont see anything new coming out of government, except increased taxation. They s eem to have run out of ideas. Mr Lowe added: Well keep plugging away. Were still looking at crunching the numbers, different departments. Well just keep the ship tight and pay attention to the trends and whats going on. Weve got to keep taking the risks and keep buying merchandise, because if you dont have it, you dont sell it. Weveg ot used to being lean. Nassau, on the other hand, has hit the brick wall, as this is the first time theyve been confronted by it [a recession]. K ellys (Freeport centrating on tracking sales and replacing products in high demand, especially those sought after for repairs and renovations. Theres not a lot of d iscretionary money moving around, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business. Its not rocket science. Its just unfortunate that so many people in retail dont p ay attention. Were trying to keep expenses down and remain in good fighting order. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.491.03AML Foods Limited1. 10.759.90Bahamas Property Fund10.7410.740.000.9920.20010.81.86% 7.005.77Bank of Bahamas5.905.900.000.2440.26024.24.41% 0.630.63Benchmark0.630.630.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3. 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 13.959.63Cable Bahamas9.999.990.001.4060.2507.12.50% 2.882.72Colina Holdings2.722.720.002,5620.2490.04010.91.47% 7.005.00Commonwealth Bank (S1) 3 .652.21Consolidated Water BDRs2.822.79-0.030.1110.05225.11.86% 2.551.32Doctor's Hospital2.552.550.000.6270.0804.13.14% 7.805.94Famguard6.496.490.000.4200.24015.53.70% 1 1.808.75Finco9. 10.459.80FirstCaribbean Bank9.999.990.000.6310.35015.83.50% 5.533.75Focol (S)4.774.770.000.3260.15014.63.14% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 0 .300.27Freeport Concrete0. 6.135.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.4070.50013.78.94% 10.509.95J. 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Johnson9.959.950.000.9520.64010.56.43% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1560.00064.10.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice WeeklyVol. EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield 7 %MONDAY, 11 JANUARY 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,565.42 | CHG -0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD 0.04 | YTD % 0.00BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)Maturity 1 9 October 2017 7% InterestBISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities3 0 May 2013 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75%FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2008 -12.31% 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 14.607.92Bahamas Supermarkets10.0611.0614.00-2.2460.000N/M0.00% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref2. 0.540.20RND Holdings0.350.400.350.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 MonthsDiv $Yield % 1.43871.3535CFAL Bond Fund1.43876.306.30 2.88692.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.8869-1.81-1.81 1.50741.4336CFAL Money Market Fund1.50745.145.14 3.32012.9343Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.9618-12.52-15.21 13.240012.6816Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.24004.935.90 103.0956100.0000CFAL Global Bond Fund103.09563.102.52 100.000099.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund99.41773.122.76 1.08041.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.08044.325.26 1.03641.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.0269-0.59-0.19 1.07421.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.07423.564.42 9.47409.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.47404.174.18 10.630110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.63016.306.30 7.46134.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.461335.4029.64 BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Oct-09 30-Sep-09 31-Oct-09 NAV Date 31-Oct-09 31-Oct-09 31-Oct-09Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual Funds31-Oct-09 31-Oct-09TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Dec-09 30-Sep-09 31-Dec-09 1-Jan-10 31-Oct-09MARKET TERMS COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS THE SUPREME COURT PROBATE DIVISION14th January, 2010No. 2009/PRO/npr/00811 Whereas MONIQUE CUNNINGHAM of Plane Street, Pinewood Gardens in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate of ALBREYROLLINGTON CUNNINGHAM late of Plane Street, Pinewood Gardens in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased. Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof. No. 2009/PRO/npr/00812 Whereas CAROLYN CURRY of the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas. for letters of administrationof the Real and Personal Estate of RALPH CURRY late of Okra Hill in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased. Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.Nicoya Neilly (for Supreme CourtGN 981 changes to the proposed legislation as it exists right now. They are waiting to meet with other stakeholder andg et their response, and then they will make the appropriate changes. I get the feeling theyre pretty flexible and willing to work with people as much as possible, if the money transfer legislation is anything to go by. That was a pret-t y fair Act that they came up with. Dr Rodgers said the Central Banks willingness to give delegated exchange control authority to licensed money transfer businesses provided further evidence that the regulator would be reasonable and listen to the stake-h olders. Its some pretty heavy stuff they have there right now, Dr Rodgers said of the proposed payments systems regulation, but theyre in the early stages and have tow ork things out. We want to work along with them, and them with u s. Clearly, their [the Central Banks] attitude has changed over the past few years. Theyre much more open to consultation, and thats good. Theyve impressed me with this new trend. Theyll listen to reason where at all possible. There are a lot of diff erent players involved in this, and getting rules and regulations to fit in with the majority of businesses. Dr Rodgers added that rather than go for a one size fits a ll approach, you have to vary the rules and regulations depending on the size of the institution and what kind of institution it is. H is comments stand in stark contrast to those of former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president Dionisio D Aguilar, who last week told Tribune Business that the business community was concerned the Central Bank was too laid back in its approach to the development ofe lectronic payments systems in the Bahamas. Mr D'Aguilar told Tribune Business last week: "The b usiness community felt extremely strongly that the Central Bank should take a much more active role in shaping and framing every aspect of the payments system, rathert han sitting back and letting the banks determine how it looks. There was a feeling the Central Bank was being too l aid back, and not helping to craft what it's going to look like. They've definitely left it in the hands of the banks. There were a lot of complaints that the Central Bank was too laid back. The Central Bank is not leading the charge. The charge is being led by the banks." A rguing that the Central Bank "seems more interested in that than facilitating electronic payments and settlement between businesses, Mr D'Aguilar said: "Theres eems to be no push to get the business community to where it needs to be. There was a general sense of frustration that the Central Bank was not actively involved, or was not perceived to be actively involved, in moving the process along. E veryone wants to be where they are in the first world." Money transfer firms get $1,000 exchange control delegated power F ROM page 1B Retailers holiday sales rise by couple % points F ROM page 1B


To help individuals achieve their health goals for 2010, Tribune Health spoke with Dr Chinyere Carey-Bullard, medical director and owner of the Advanced Family Medicine Centre and Medispa on Shirley Street, who has seven simple tips on how to become the healthier, sexier you in t he New Year. G et an annual physical If you were to ask most people when they last underwent a thorough medical check-up they would probably say, I can't remember. But annual check-ups are one of the most important things a person can do, says Dr Carey-Bullard, especial ly if your on that road to liv ing a healthier, happier life. "Annual medical physicals are very important, patientsare tested for a number of things. For instance, if one were to visit their family doctor they would be examined for hypertension, diabetes, breast cancer, and other ill nesses," she said. Examinations done are based on age, sex, medical history, family medical history. These examinations can make persons aware of ailments they have which could lead to serious health risks. "With physicals there is a chance of nipping things in the bud before they become untreatable, or if a person is examined and they have a specific illness there is a good chance that something can be done about it. So I urge people to get check-ups, if you are having unprotected sex y ou should see the doctor, if d iabetes, hypertension, or c ancer runs in the family you should see a doctor," Dr Carey-Bullard said. Also during an annual physical, immunisation shots might be updated as well. Dr Carey-Bullard explained that doctors should make sure a patients tetanus shots are up to date. Expec tant mothers should get an updated rubella (German measles) shot, young women should get a vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer, and although there is no way to escape the flu virus completely, getting an influenza shot can decrease susceptibility to the illness, she said. Drink lots of water Everyone knows that water is essential and with out it the body cannot maintain its daily functions. Drinking more water can be beneficial in a number of w ays, it can help with fat loss, and assist the body in combatting various ailments. Dr Carey-Bullard said that in some cases the hunger pangs persons experience can be misinterpreted water cravings. "Its best to drink at least eight glasses of water within a day. Sometimes people may feel as though they are hungry but most of time it is thirst really, so if a person drinks the required amount of water they would soon see that they are less hungry throughout the day," she s aid. G et sufficient rest The benefits of a good nights rest are often underestimated. Like water, sleep also plays an important part in the body's functions. If a person is sleep deprived they are unable to concentrate, their ability to physically perform is impaired and they may develop mood swings. "Now the younger you are the more rest you need, and the older a person is the less sleep is needed. Children need lots of rest because they are constantly growing and older people tend to need less sleep," Dr Carey-Bullard said. The average amount of sleep needed every night is approximately eight hours, however, this varies from person to person. Persons should always ensure that they always get enough sleep to feel refreshed and revitalised. Exercise The body needs exercise. This is universally known, yet many are guilty of depriving their bodies of a good workout. Dr Carey-Bullard recommends 35 minutes a day dedicated to a proper workout which she says should include cardio, weight and flexibility training. Cardio is necessary to burn fat, and weight training is especially important as well because muscles burn fat a lot quicker than any other part of the body. The other third o f the work-out should be s pent stretching, and this is a lso important because flexibility prevents the bones from being fracture easily, she said. And if you are trying to get slim and trim you should replace the unhealthiest staples of your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables. Don't smoke or drink Smoking is probably the worst thing a person can do to his or herself," Dr CareyBullard said. And while there is nothing wrong with enjoy ing a glass of wine or a cocktail now and then, do so in moderation. And if you are overweight, Dr Carey-Bullard said that consuming alcohol will only add to the problem. Change sedentary lifestyles Sedentary lifestyles have been known to contribute to obesity, said Dr CareyBullard. Watching television for hours on end or sitting at a desk using the computer for long periods of time can be harmful to the body. Sitting down for a great amount of time slows down the bodys metabolism because the body is not actively engaged in any phys ical activity, she said. When it comes to children, Dr Carey-Bullard said parents should regulate the time their kids play computer or handheld video games. Dont stress Although it is easier said than done, try your best not to stress, because everyone knows the damage that stress can do so. So when feeling stressed or pressured, relax and take at least ten deep breaths and you will feel a little better, Dr Carey-Bullard said. While these are not overnight remedies to health related problems, Dr CareyBullard says if each tip is implemented and followed through with consistency, your body will feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and revitalised with time. By JEFFARAH GIBSON THE holidays are over and we are at the beginning of a new year, a time when most people make resolutions to eat healthy, exercise regularly, or even quit a habit that is detrimental to goodh ealth. TIPS TO A HEALTHIER YOU C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM health B ODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e D r Chinyere Carey-Bullard PERSONS wishing to make a difference in a childs life and preserve a heart are called on to attend the upcoming 46th Annual Heart Ball or make a donation to the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas tion. The Heart Ball Committee recently met to jump-start preparations for the Heart Ball, an event that raises funds to help repair the hearts of primarily children. Each year, many Bahamians die and suffer from heart disease and conditions. Heart disease does not discriminate based on age, gender, religion or race. When it affects one person in a family, it directly and indirectly affects all. Sadly, many people cant afford the healthcare they or their loved ones need when they are diagnosed with heart condition. The Heart Ball Committee said it wishes to encourage the public to take preventative measures this Feb ruary (Heart Month they are heart healthy and help to repair the heart of a child. Under the theme, Give a Gift of Life Preserve a Heart, the Heart Ball Committee will host the 46th Annual Heart Ball at Sheraton Nassau on February 13 at 7.15pm. One of the highlights of the evening will be the presentation of the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award to an individual who is nom inated for promoting human welfare and dignity. Nominations can be sub mitted until January 15, 2010. The Heart Foundation is a nonprofit organisation established in 1961 by Lady Evelyn Sassoon to assist persons in need with heart care. Today, the Heart Foundation primarily assists the children of the Bahamas who are medically challenged, specifically those who are born with heart defects. The Heart Foundation gives sup port and understanding to parents and families of children who need heart care, whether in hospitals in the Bahamas or in Florida. Additionally, the Heart Foundation works along with the Bahamas Heart Association to educate and inform people about heart care and heart healthy lifestyles. Since its inception, the Heart Foundation has helped over 4,000 patients to obtain heart care. Despite the Heart Foundations best efforts, and an increase in local cardiologists and equipment, there is still a need to raise funds to assist children of the Bahamas receive heart care locally and at hospitals abroad. The Heart Ball committee is the fundraising arm of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas tion. Each year, the Heart Ball Committee hosts two major fundraising events: The Heart Ball and the Annual Tea Party and Fashion Show. Other fundraising activities include the giving of heart bracelets and benefit performances. In addition, the Heart Foundation accepts gifts, memorial donations and tax-deductible donations. No amount is ever too small and everyone is invited to participate. The Foundation runs primarily on a voluntary and contributory basis. Being a non-profit organisation, the Heart Foundation relies heavily on the generosity of others to meet their goals. It encourages the public and the corporate community to lend their support, especially in these tough economic times. For information on ticket purchases or donations please contact the Heart Foundation at telephone number 327-0806. Preparations for the 46th Annual Heart Ball underway HEART Ball Committee members: Seated are (l-rco-chairpublic relationsl-r lo Baccelli, Alexandria Newbold (co-chairco-chairco-chairtreasurer photo are Sue Riding, Rochelle Sealy, Charmaine Miller, Zelia Bethel, Barbara Sawyer, Marilyn Dean, Natasha Lightbourne, Marilyn Dean, and Valerie Clarke.


EACH year among those New Year resolutions is the desire to lose weight. While many are anxious to get started, it is important that you are fitted with the correct exercising footwear for the physical activity recommended in your weight loss programme. According to a recent article cited in the Chicago Tribune foot and ankle surgeons predicted an increase in foot pain during the month of Jan uary as people try to keep fitness resolutions. It was further suggested that the most common problems for those who go from couch potato to high intensity workouts are sore achilles tendons, heel pain and pinched nerves. Foot structure Let us reflect on the makeup of the foot, which is a complex structure composed of bones, muscles, ligaments, fascial structures, nerves, and blood vessels. The foot must support the entire weight of the body during walking and standing. During running and jumping, the forces on the foot can be several times greater than the weight of the body. The human foot is truly a miracle of design, with the capacity to withstand the wear and tear of thousands of steps every day throughout life. Giv en the change in surfaces over the past 100 years, it is essen tial that we realise how important it is to get the appropriate footwear to support the foot and avoid the injuries and discomfort to our feet. Transition In terms of our fitness programme, it is suggested that you ease into exercise. Alternating a hard workout one day with an easy workout the next day may help avoid some of the injuries associated witha rigid workout. Appropriate equipment Footwear today is designed for specific activities, having the support in the area where pressure may be present, giv en that particular activity. For example, if you are walking for fitness, then you should purchase a walker-sneaker because the pressures on the foot would be very different than if you were running. Similarly, many walkers complain of knee pains, which may be because they are using footwear designed for other activities. Many sports related injuries occur as a result of extrinsic factors such as footwear and surfaces. Sprains, heel pain, inter digital neuroma and stress fractures of the foot are com mon results that athletes suffer in relation to these factors. As a result, revolutionary footwear has been introduced to combat many problems related to the foot. For example, the Reebok Easytone and the Chung Shi line of footwear have been scientifically designed as dynamic workout tools. Their unique rocker/roller sole design benefits the user by:Helping to reduce cellulite Toning muscles Increasing circulation Improving posture Reducing lower back pain Strengthening joints Diminishing spider and varicose veins Avoid foot pain, seek pro fessional help to assist you with the correct footwear and support (orthotic support your body and foot type but to adequately off load the pressure presented by the underlying terrain. Runners, who want to continue running for many more years, need to ensure that there is enough support between your foot and the flat and hard surfaces you run on. Depending on the activity to which you are doing, you need to seek the appropriate footwear and support for that purpose. A professional in the field of footwear can help you best with your selection. Bernadette D Gibson, a board certified and licensed pedorthist, is the proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and wellness franchise that focuses on foot care and proper shoe fit, locat ed in the Sandyport Plaza, Nassau. The views expressed are those of the author and does not necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions Incorporated or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to nas sau@footsolutions.com or 327FEET (3338 W OMEN & SEX C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The history of female sexuality HAVEyou ever wondered why we were chosen to beb orn in a certain country and not another? Why we were not born in the Congo living with the constant fear of gang rape? Or in a Muslim country that believe in child brides? Why we can wear clothing that exposes and accentuates our female curves and other women have to wear burquas? Where we are born and the cultures we are born into predetermine our destiny. What is inconceivable to us is accepted as a way of life for others and vice versa. Nothing illustrates this more graphically as the practice of female circumcision, or mutilation as it is so vividly described. Although widespread education and campaigning has produced the desired reaction, the practice still continues. If we take a brief look at the history of female sexuality we start to understand where these attitudes have derived from. From as early as 3000 BC women were considered property and only valued for reproduction. In fact, in Greece women were called gyne meaning bearer of children, in other words her womb defined her. The Romans had similar views and in fact viewed infertility as grounds for divorce. If we then travel further east the attitudes were much freer and the Kama Sutra describes the glorifying sexual pleasure of both men and women. Back in the West, Christian traditions influenced people by the use of the chastity belt, which allowed husbands to lock up their wives as their sexual property. During the 16th century the Protestant Reformation, led by Martin Luther and John Calvin, gave perm ission that sex within marriage was p ermissible not only for procreation. T hey consented that sex was allowed to lighten and ease the cares and sadnesses of household affairs, or to endear each other. This was revolutionary and the Puritans carried this message when they migrated from England to America. However, this progressed to the stage that Puritan clergy saw men and women as sinners and if found to have committed adultery were flogged, put in stocks and forced to publicly confess. The 19th century and the Victorian era was a time for wives to endure sex for procreation only. This resulted into a form of hysteria due to sexual frustration. As unbelievable as it may seem, western doctors performed manual genital massage until women reached orgasm. This was known as hysterical paroxysm. The vibrator, invented by a British physician in the 1880s, was a direct response to doctors wanting help with this problem. By then women used some form of contraception. Rhythm and withdrawal were the most common methods, but couples also used condoms and vaginal sponges. The diaphragm was patented in 1846 under the title The Wife Protector. By early in the next century, Sigmund Freud, a Viennese neurologist and founder of psychotherapy, concluded that sex was a primary force in human life. At the same time an English doctor, Havelock Ellis, wrote six volumes titled Studies in the Psychology of Sex. He believed in female eroticism and the need for women to fulfill their strong sexual needs. By 1948 Alfred Kinsey published his Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, followed by Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. His results shocked traditionalists but nothing compared to his findings that women were just as capable of orgasm as men. Then, in 1966, William Masters and Virginia Johnson became internationally known with the publication of the Human Sexual Response. It was the first time that it had been classified and described in four stages excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. The 1960s brought the female oral contraception which, for the first time, severed sex from reproduction. With this freedom grew an expectation that women should become sexually active sooner, be more adventurous or at least multi-orgasmic. The 1980s brought AIDS and also a new movement towards family values. Reading about the evolution of female sexuality we learn how far we have come, but are aware that the last chapter has not been written. For example, in the area of womens sexual health we still lag behind men by about 20-30 years. This can be seen by the amount of interest in pharmaceutical research directed towards male desire and arousal problems. As for our sisters in less open societies we can only wonder what their future will hold. For our own future we need to enlighten ourselves about our own sexuality and to find the peace and contentment that we all deserve. Margaret Bain is an individual and couples relationship therapist. She is a registered nurse and a certified clinical sex therapist. For appointments call 364-7230 or e-mail her at relatebahamas@yahoo.com or www.relatebahamas.blogspot.com. She is also available for speaking engagements. By MAGGIE BAIN Foot pain increases in January By BERNADETTE GIBSON GREEN SCENE By Gardener Jack THE average visitor from Europe or North America would not readily associate roses with the Bahamas, yet roses the right roses grow as well here as anywhere in the world. The right roses are those bred to be able to withstand our summer conditions, Zone 10 or higher. Local nurseries often sell rose varieties that are unsuitable for our climate but that is not always their fault as they are at the mercy of their US distributors. There are several misconceptions about roses. One is they cannot withstand full sun. The complete opposite is true and shade-grown roses are sickly and unproductive. Another misconception is they are delicate plants. Roses are as tough as most shrubs in the garden and their rate of flower production is prodi gious. It is also thought that roses are high maintenance, but this is not a mis conception. Roses need work, right from the beginning. But treated right, roses are enormously rewarding. Roses are undemanding as to soil type but should be planted in full sun in soil that has been amended with at least half a bag of commercial cow manure. Rose bushes need lots of water it is impossible to over-water a rose but should be well drained. A slight crowning assists with drainage. Roses can be bought bare root or in pots. The latter is usual in the Bahamas. Once established, rose bushes flower continuously except for short breaks. Roses should be deadheaded regularly, at least every week. Every Sunday my wife prepares vases of roses and selects the finest, those that are approaching full with out being blown. Blown roses, those with puffy features or petal loss, should be clipped away using clean pass-through secateurs. This is called deadheading. Carry a basket or other container with you to put the rose detritus in as it may spread disease if allowed to rot away near the parent plants. When deadheading it is best to look for the first set of full leaves and make the cut just above them. On some roses this means a couple of inches, on others maybe eight to 10 inches. In addition to deadheading, roses need to be pruned about twice a year. I usually do this October/November and April/May, the beginning and end of the cool weather period. Pruning involves cutting away about one-third of the bush. Of particular importance is to remove small branches that grow sideways and rarely produce flowers, leaving the thicker, sturdier branches that bear heavily. Pruning will make your roses bushier and more attractive. After pruning is a good time to give a side dressing of commercial cow manure or well-rotted compost. For the rest of the year you can use Miracle Gro soluble rose fertilis er as a spray, applying it once every two weeks. Roses benefit from having parsley grown around their bases. No matter how well you treat your roses you will almost certainly find them susceptible to blackspot. This fungus disease quickly turns the leaves yellow and kills them. The disease is highly transmittable by rain and watering. We cannot do anything about the rain but we can take care to water the roots of our roses without spray ing the foliage. Cut off infected leaves when you are deadheading and dispose of them well away from your rose bushes. Insect predation can be controlled by the use of a systemic insecticide such as Orthene but you may want to think hard before doing this. Roses may experience a few sea sonal attacks of insects, such as aphids, but these usually are short lasting and do not justify the expense of a systemic insecticide. Roses (the right varieties grow as well in the Bahamas as in France or England, the difference being that Bahamian roses bloom all year long, not just in the sum mer. For questions and comment contact gardenerjack@coralwave.com Roses CLIMBING roses are particularly rewarding as they present their beauty at eye level. ANGEL Face is a rose with subtle hues that forms a contrast to the mainstream colours.


C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PART 6 For one year and three months I had the opportunity to live and work in Tokushima, Japan. I worked as an English Language Coordinator at Seiko Gakuen for children ages three to six. Join me as I explore the land of the rising sun from a Bahamians perspective. S ummer time! Man its hot here. I mean I know I was in Canada last summer but I would think that my Bahamian blood would kick in, especially when you have to ride your bike to work in mid-90 degree weather, that is not fun. So now I am basically wearing like tank tops and shorts to try and beat the heat. The Japanese women are something else though. They dont want any sun to touch their skin so they would ride their bikes in long sleeved shirts, big hats and a visor and an umbrella. I have actually seen women in their air-conditioned cars with all of their body parts covered up with huge sun glasses. Its a wonder they can see when they are driving. To beat the heat in school, the day care teachers would run the hose over the kids. So on any given day in the summer I would see naked children outside playing, getting hosed down. But seriously what is it with the Japanese and nakedness? They do not hug each other under any circumstances (after you reach a certain age but they have no problems in getting naked at an onsen (hot springs) with perfect strangers. Culture differences have a whole new meaning since Ive been over here. T he sexual harassment c ontinues Well instead of touching my hips they have moved onto my breasts. I swear youd think that these kids were never breast-fed, but Ive seen some of the mothers and I can now maybe understand their frustration. They have even made up a song about my breasts to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Something about them being big was about all I could pick up. Ive told them to stop it, but they are five years old. I think that if were to see some Bahamians they would then totally freak out and make a movie about them. Tai Kun I have a student named Tai who always looked spaced out. We would be doing an arts and craft activity or playing a game or learning a song and he would just fall asleep. I asked him if he works a late shift, of course he just looked at me with a blank look. However, lately he seems to be off his meds and waking up a little. We were doing a work book exercise and he showed me what he did. It wasnt perfect but it did kind of resemble what it was supposed to. So I told him very good and gave him a sticker. He smiled for the first time in the seven months that Ive known him. It was really sweet, I didnt even know that he had teeth. I think that I could make this into a MasterCard commercial. A ticket to Japan $5,000, my first sushi $3, seeing a child understand what you are teaching them for the first time? Priceless. A mothers love I was really sick one day with a bad stomach ache. As soon as I got to school I ran to the bathroom. It was a bit embarrassing because some of the parents could hear me throwing up in the bathroom. I went home immediately and all I could do was cry from the pain. I wanted to call my mom but I didnt want to worry her because there was nothing that she could do from her end. However, 20 minutes later the phone rang and it was mom! She said that she just had a feeling something was wrong. It was 10.30am in the morning my time and 9.30pm her time. After speaking with her I felt almost instantly better, physically and emotionally. I was amazed to know that my mother could sense that her daughter wasnt well from thousands of miles away and a 14-hour time difference. T hat is truly a connection. Bahamian woman in Japan By COFFI M C PHEE


C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONB HEALTH: Body and mind T UESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010 By JEFFARAH GIBSON PRESERVING and renewing t h e tr adition of Bahamian f olk storytelling for future generations has become t h e goal of one y o ung Bahamian woman. These days its difficult to find ole Bahamian tales such as Bou Bokkie, BerR abbie, The Andros Chickcharnie, or the story about the legendary half sharkhalf octopus, Lusca. It seems the tradi tion of Bahamian storytelling has all but vanished. But author Arthia Nixon has made it her mission to change this. Speaking with Tribune Woman, Ms Nixon said she wants to reintroduce the most treasured cultural tradition of storytelling to the youth of today. With her newly released book entitled, The Magic Grouper and Other Tales, the author has written five Bahamian fairy tales set throughout the islands. They include The Magic Grouper set in Long Island; Hat tie and the Iguana in Inagua; The Five Flamingos in Exuma and Mayaguana; Stone Salad in Acklins, and The Crab Prince which takes place in Andros. All of these stories are based on old superstitions and the imagi nation of the islanders. For example, the story of The Magic Grouper is about a grouper who brings luck to a Long Island fisherman. Hattie and the Iguana is about a little girl who avoids being eaten by a giant iguana, and The Crab Prince is about a lonely straw weaver who rescues a crab who was put under a spell by a Chickcharnie. Ms Nixon said of all the stories in the book her favourite is Stone Salad, which tells the tale of her spin on the local delicacy of conch salad. And even though the book is targetted towards kids, adults seem to enjoy its humour as well. Its interesting that adults seem to enjoy t he book more. When I had librarians telling me they enjoyed it and a bookstore manager inviting me to read stories I knew I had hit a market that had been over looked, she said. What is rather noteworthy is that although it is book primarily for kids, there are no pictures in it. My reasoning behind it was that kids today rely on images too often. I taughta rt one summer and asked the kids to draw me a mermaid living in a blue hole. All but o ne child presented me with their version of Disney's Ariel. By taking out the pictures I am giving children the chance to exercise their imag inations and giving parents and teachers more chance to dialogue, to explain things and open the door of communication, she told Tribune Woman. Ms Nixon said her daughter was the i nspiration for writing the book. She explained that she wanted to find a way to expose her Canadian-born daughter to her Bahamian heritage. I grew up reading Bokkie and Rabbie and Junkanoo. It occurred to me that my child didn't know what conch or grouper were other than from photos. (To simple, I needed something to link my child to her Bahamian culture. When I wrote the book I was married and living in Mon treal, Canada so I decided to Bahamianise her fairy tales, and lots of other people enjoyed them and asked if I could write the stories so they could have a copy. And it took off from there, Ms Nixon said. And with the help of her daughter, the author was able to determine what worked in the book and what didnt. Children don't read because they aren't interested. I made this interesting because my daughter told me what was funny and what wasn't, she said. With her book Ms Nixon strives not only to entertain, but also to help solve the reading problems that some kids are faced with. When I saw the D average for the BJC I thought, yes, we all complain about it, but I refuse to sit back and do nothing. I thought that if kids were leaving middle school and high school not able to read then the problem must stem from the fact that they left primary school without the basics. (My harder with words. Every now and then I throw in a big word that a child can figure out if they read the supporting sentences. I am giving them something they can relate to, characters who talk like them, and something to laugh at and make reading fun. T he book officially debuted at the Haynes Library in Eleuthera late last year.M s Nixon is a native of Eleuthera and she said it is the place where she received the m ost support for her many accomplishments. She said that her love for the island and its people could not allow her to host the book launch anywhere else. And it was motivating for her to see the love and support she received from former teachers and other persons. Haynes Library is where my literary n avel string is buried and it would have been wrong to launch it anywhere else. It's such a historical landmark in the Bahamas and that was where I spent most of my childhood getting lost in books and learning to read and speak, she said. Fresh off the success of The Magic Grouper and Other Tales, which Ms Nixon said is a bestseller right now, she is planning to write second edition of the book. This is the fourth book Ms Nixon has written so far. One of her other books which she wrote while living in Montreal, entitled The Beauty Within, focuses on being bi-racial. Her aim with this book was to explain to her daughter why they have a different skin colour. For persons interested in obtaining a copy of the book, it is available in the Governor's Harbour Airport, in Montreal, Miami, Kansas, at the Chapter One Bookstore in Nassau or from Amazon. Persons can also contact the author at arthia.nixon@gmail.com or telephone number 535-4522. Magic Grouper and Other Tales The I gr e w up reading Bokkie and Rabbie and Junkanoo. It occurred to me that my child didn't know what conch or gr ouper w er e o t her t han from photos. AR THIA NIXON AR THIA NIXON