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TAX attorney Ryan Pinder was ratified last night as the PLPs nominee for the Elizabeth constituency, setting the stage for what will be a hotly contested byelection beginning sometime early next month. Carrying the PLPs ban ner up against the FNMs Dr Duane Sands, Mr Pinder beat out a number of other contenders within his own party to gain the nomination for the Elizabeth seat. At 35 years of age, Mr Pinder was humbled last night to learn that he had gained the nomination, vowing that he would do all he could to bring the seat home to the Progressive Liberal Party and provide the representation that the people deserve. Bahamas Democratic leader Cassius Stuart officially announced his intention to run next week. 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 Tsunami scare for Bahamas C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.42WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 70F LOW 57F F E A T U R E S SEE THEARTS SECTION S P O R T S Spirits rejoice SEEPAGENINE Bennett Davis adjusting well to Utah Flash By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net INAGUA residents endured two hours of panic last night when the Bahamas was issued a tsunami watch just after 5pm yesterday. Res idents reported feeling tremors from a major earth quake occurring 10-miles south-west of Haitis capital Port-au-Prince. The Meteorological Office issued a watch to residents in the southern Bahamas to monitor coastal activities for strong wave activity. People are very much con cerned because we are accustomed to hurricanes and we know what precautions to take in a hurricane, but we have never had a tsunami warning before, said Glenn Bannister, Managing Director, Morton Bahamas, who was startled by two jolts in the ground in the aftermath of the earthquake. It looked to me like my head was spinning. It felt like vertigo, but nothing was rattling. We got a pretty good foundation here at this place, but I definitely felt the ground shake, he said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA United States Department of Commerce, issued a six-hour tsunami warning for the Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti in an emergency bulletin last night. They reported a 7.30 scale earthquake occurring at about 5pm yesterday. It was later reported that the quake was 7.0. Calm was restored around P anic in Ina gua after Haiti devastated by 7.0 scale earthquake The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page 12 B y ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE Prime Minister is determined to have parliamentarians debate the controversial amendment to the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act that would make rape within marriage illegal, a source close to him has revealed. The future of the controversial proposal to outlaw rape within mar-r iage had been the subject of some uncertainty given the governments decision not to move ahead with the amendment since it was introduced PM determined to have marital rape law debated in House S EE page eight R a d i o T e l e G i n e n / A P By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net GIVEN the uncertainty in the present economic climate, the developers of the proposed Aman resort in Normans Cay, Exuma, have reportedly pulled back in their interest with the development, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister David Davis revealed. In his testimony before the House of Assemblys Select Committee on Crown Land, Mr Davis said the Government had renegotiated a new heads of agreements with the Aman Group for their touristic development on the once infamous island that was home to Colombian drug lord Carlos Joe Ledher. In their initial proposal, the group sought to develop an $80 million project on the island with a multi-room hotel, residential villas, and a beach club with pool, spa, and fitness centres. There was a previous heads of agreement with a developer involving the Aman Group for a touristic resort kind of development, there was a heads of agreement, their leases signed and the like. After the passage of a number of years that fell apart and we entered into negotiations. Subsequently I believe it would be after May 2007 to try and bring that project back on track and at the time our view was that the heads of agreement and the leases and the like had fallen away, Mr Davis said. Therefore, the governDevelopers pull back interest in Normans Cay resort SEE page 12 Ryan Pinder is ratified as the PLPs Elizabeth nominee X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION ATTORNEY Ryan Pinder PEOPLE CARRY an injured person after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday. Strong quake strikes Haiti


By AVA TURNQUEST aturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE College of the Bahamas Union of Students said its members are disheartened and disgusted with the state of negotiations between the faculty and administration at the college, claiming that the students have now become victims of the process. In a press release issued yesterday, COBUS expressed its distaste for the drastic measures taken by the Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB Monday, which led to the cancellation of several classes. COBUS said UTEBs decision to disrupt the regular functioning of the college and hold classes outside was an indication that students are not the primary concern of the faculty but rather a last resort to obtaining personal vendettas. The students union said that the faculty and administration should not allow their animosity to stifle and derail the progress of the students educational process. COBUS said: We under stand that the faculty and the administration have disagreements but we believe that no dispute should be regarded as too big that conflict resolution strategies could not be utilised so as not to disfranchise the students, inhibiting them from attaining their financed and valuable education. A win-win solution for all is possible if all parties try. COBUS said its members wish to remain neutral in the negotiation process and advised all students to do the same. Abstain The statement said: Regrettably, we have decided to abstain from involvement in this demonstration and we advise that students follow the same measure. However, we want to thank all those lecturers that valued the education of the students enough to attend classes as scheduled. We respect persons as s uch and we applaud them in their efforts of maintaining professionalism. We want the parties involved to always remember that the success of students is the great reward of the col leges faculty and administration not the resolution of disputes. COBUS advised students to continue to attend classes unless notified by the college to do otherwise, and main tained that they will work to ensure any class time lost due to demonstrations is made up at a later date. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %XVLQHVV'HYHORSPHQW$V%XVLQHVV'HYHORSPHQWIRURXU,7VHUYLFHVGLYLVLRQ\RXZLOSODWKHOHDG6DOHVDQG 0DUNHWLQJUROHLQDWWUDFWLQJDQGUHWDLQLQJQHZFOLHQWVIRURXUEXVLQHVV

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Takayoshi Kamiya, 59, and his wife Michiko Iwata, 35, of Nagoya, Japan, had been on holiday at the Atlantis hotel in Paradise Island w hen they got lucky in the casino. But when the couple attempted to take their w innings home in cash, they got confused over the US Customs and Immigration forms at Lynd en Pindling International Airport in Nassau and subsequently lost it all. The court heard how Iwata filled out two forms one for herself and one for her husband, as she has a better command of English. Howe ver, she failed to declare the fact they were carrying 2,180,000 Japanese yen, equivalent to $23,684 US dollars, as well as $6,129 US dollars, amounting to a total of $29,848 US dollars. US Customs requires passengers travelling to the US to declare cash amounting to over $10,000 on one customs declaration form per family. Magistrate Carolita Bethel arraigned Kamiya and Iwata on two charges under the USA and Bahamian Pre-Clearance Act of making a false declaration to an officer of the United States of America and failing to declare. The couple, who have been married for two years, both pleaded guilty to the charges in Court 8, Bank Lane, yesterday morning. Japanese honorary council Robert Sandy Sands accompanied the couple to the court and attorney Michael Kemp offered to represent them as a friend of the court. Mr Kemp asked the magistrate to temper justice with mercy as the tourists had not wasted the courts time and been forthright in their response to the charges, and he explained to the c ouple how the offence is of strict liability and the court is obligated to confiscated the money. M s Bethel said: The court accepts the defen dants unequivocal plea of guilt on both counts; that is, making a false declaration and failing to declare. They are both formally found guilty on both counts and convicted. Turning to the bewildered tourists, she added: Bearing in mind you have not wasted the c ourts time, and at least you were forthright with the police, if not with the customs offic ers, and with the court, the court will not oppose any further penalty under the laws. I have found you guilty and the sums of 2,180,000 Japanese yen and $6,129 US dollars is hereby confiscated. Ms Bethel discharged the couple, setting them free on condition they do not to make the same mistake again. She said they should not have difficulty returning to the Bahamas or the US and advised Iwata not to sign US cus toms declaration forms on behalf of another. Following the hearing, Mr Kemp said the instructions on US Customs declaration forms should be clearer for international passengers. He said: They need to put these things in Japanese, Spanish, French, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese. This is an international airport, these things should be spelled out. But the forms are only in English and he doesnt speak any English, so he trusted his wife. They are good people, they are not into drugs or anything. They won the money gambling. In the world today people are very secretive about how much money you have on you because you dont know who to trust. THE National Secu-r ity Council has recommended to Governor General Arthur H anna that Commander Roderick Bowe be appointed the next Com-m odore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Commander Bowe, currently serving as senior deputy d irector in the Immigration Department, is expected to succeed Commodore Clifford Scavella, who will be retiring from the Defence Force onJ anuary 21, 2010. The NSC has also recommended the promotion of Commander Tellis Bethel to t he rank of Captain and his appointment to the post of Deputy Commander of the Defence Force. Commander Bowe joined t he Defence Force in 1982 a nd began his career in training at the Britannia Royal N aval College in the United Kingdom. A trained pilot, the commander also completed course s in computer science and administration at the IBM Training School in Atlanta, Georgia. Commander Bethel has 24 y ears of experience in the Defence Force and is also ag raduate of the Britannia Royal Naval College. T he National Security Council is chaired by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham a nd includes Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minist er Brent Symonette, National Security Minister Tommy T urnquest and Attorney General John Delaney. By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m reynolds@tribunemedia.net A 44-YEAR-OLD Nassau man charged with the murder of Delshawn Bullard in East S treet on Saturday was arraigned in court yesterday and remanded in custody. Andrew Knowles, 44, is furt her charged with possession o f an unlicensed shotgun to which he pleaded not guilty. The 6ft dreadlocked resident of McCullough Corner w as led into Court 1, Bank Lane at around 11am to be arraigned on both charges by Chief Magistrate Roger G omez. M agistrate Gomez informed Knowles that he was charged with the murder ofM r Bullard on Saturday by means of unlawful harm, andd id intentionally cause harm. Knowles nodded to assert that h e understood the charge as he stood handcuffed in the dock dressed in a blue and white striped buttoned down shirt and hooded sweatshirt. P olice reported how Mr Bullard, 40, of Burial GroundC orner, was shot in the chest at around 6.40am on Saturday w hile on East Street. Emergency Medical Service took him to Princess Margaret Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. K nowles was not required to enter a plea to the murder c harge as a preliminary inquiry will be held to find out i f there is enough evidence against him for a trial. B ut he pleaded not guilty to the second charge: posses s ion of an unlicensed 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun, serial num-b er R492206, on the same day in New Providence. K nowles stood as Mr Gomez read the charge and replied: I have a license. Yeah. Not guilty. Defence attorney Murrio D ucille argued the shotgun in Knowles possession had been l icensed in December. However, prosecuting Royal Bahamas Police Force Inspector David Lockhart said the weapon in question had not been licensed since 2005. M r Ducille said: Its regrettable that this chargeh as been brought having regard to the circumstances o f this case. The case will go to Court 11, Nassau Street, on January 25 to set a date for the preliminary inquiry. K nowles has been remanded in custody at Her Majestys P rison in Fox Hill. As police led him out of the court Knowles called out, Mom! to his mother sitting outside the courtroom. Man charged with weekend murder NSC makes next Defence Force Commodore recommendation C OMMANDER R oderick Bowe Couple accused of not declaring $30,000 in cash to US Customs ANDREW KNOWLES is shown leaving court yesterday. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


EDITOR, The Tribune. First a joyful Happy New Year to all. I wanted to take this time to personally congratulate Mr Elliston Greenslade on his recent appointment as Commissioner of Police. Mr Greenslade is a very capable and honest individual who commands the respect of his subordinates and peers alike. Its quite refreshing to have such an individual serving as Commissioner of Police. Mr Greenslades appointment comes at a time when crime is at an all time high and his efforts must be married to the assistance of the general public at large if hes to be successful. The establishment of an independent oversight committee which would consist of non police officers to investigate complaints of cor ruption and widespread police brutality seems to be more of a reality than ever before. Since June of 2007, the family of Mr. Desmond Key awaits justice for his beating death. Many officers over the years have been involved in fatal shootings of Bahamian citizens and to this day officers have not been brought to trial. Jermaine Mackey, shot and killed in Kemp Road, no officers charged. Shacky shot and killed in Pinewood Gardens, no officers were charged. Arsenio Mortimer shot in the back and killed on March 31st at 9:15pm, no officers were brought to justice for his shooting. Commissioner Greenslade has a very difficult task relative to narrowing the divide between many young men and police officers in various over the hill communities. Therefore, I am hereby pledging my full support, to assist in any which way I can to see his initiatives come to fruition. A safe Bahamas benefits us all so we too must do our part. We must also be mindful that police officers have families too, so I want to encourage them to be safe and vigilant at all times. I would also challenge Commissioner Greenslade to employ a more preventative approach to policing here in the Bahamas. The police must do much to improve on their image if the commissioners initiatives are to succeed. I wish Mr Greenslade all the best during his tenure as Commissioner. OMAR ARCHER Nassau, January 11, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. The excitement of the announcement of Ellison Greenslade as Commissioner of Police may have caused many to relax, because of the a nticipation of a new modern style of policing that was sorely lacking in the past. The frequency of serious crimes may have caused us to become numb. But all in all we cannot wait for the change in ideas, approach and methodology to be implemented in earnest. Mr Greenslade, however, has his work cut out for him. Maybe he would have to multi-task, by cleaning up the force the same time he is cleaning up the street. The force is like a machine; if it is to be maintained properly and oiled daily, it would become a mean fighting machine. Therefore, I believe that he should start with the force. There are some rotten apples on the force. Bribery is rampant and is one of theb iggest reasons why criminals are free to roam. A couple of dollars would cure all ills. Some officers are in collusion with wrecker drivers to tow innocent citizens cars and never even log the incident in the police desk log. I once hada personal experience with an officer in charge of the Tourism Police on Bay Street. The highest ranking officers were fully knowledgeable of the event, but nothing happened. That kind of foolish ness must stop. The integrity must be seen. T here are countless officers who collect monetary encouragements on the street while pretending to write up any unsuspecting female. Too many times some of these same officers use their uniforms to pick up ladies while pretending to execute their duties. Too many offic ers exert their powers not a cting professionally. I trust they would take pattern after you, Mr Greenslade. Treating people with respect could calm the fears of the public and thus encouraging them to cooperate more. I believe firmly that the canteen should not be opened. It is a distraction and even interferes with the finances of many officers, I was told. It is safe to say that some officers may even be on duty while visiting the canteen. Last, but by no means least, the physical appearance of the force leaves a lot to be desired. There are far too many officers who are morbidly overweight. They are a hindrance to fighting crime. They cannot give chase and they run the risk of experience serious repercussions if they over exert themselves. The physical examination that is required every year should have stipulations and strict guidelines. Otherwise we would have many officers who simply serve no purpose. Physical fitness should be paramount. We must not be c oncerned with personalities when it comes to protecting the citizenry. There is no time for worrying about whose corn is being mashed. Police Traffic Division also m ust begin to do their jobs. Too many cars are on the street with no headlights or rear lights. This is dangerous and should be addressed. Too many jet ski operators carry as many as 10 skis with no light on the trailers. Large trucks never have rear lights. This should not be allowed. Drivers do what they wish, when they wish, there is no law. Bus drivers and motorcyclist terrify this country while the police stand idly by. The nine to five police stations should stop. There should be a full complement of officers on duty at all times. The stations should have at least an Inspector in charge at all times. Motorcycle cops too should be on the streets 24 hours. At no time shouldm otorcycles be parked on Chesapeake Road in large numbers while people are driving like maniacs everywhere completely ignoring all of the rules and laws of the street. I personally am ecstatic that Mr Greenslade and his high powered team are now at the helm. I believe that there will be a greater participation from the general public. We can only wait to see how and when this wave of crime will be addressed. IVOINE W INGRAHAM N assau, January 5, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 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 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm COLLEGE of the Bahamas students are to be congratulated at least they know why they are at college, even though some of their lecturers seem confused. Students go to school to learn, not be drawn into negotiations over staff salaries and terms of employment. On hearing that members of the union representing COB faculty had suspended classes, and invited students to join them to protest their delayed industrial agreement with the College Council, a former COBUS president cried shame. Perry Newton called the actions of the Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas untimely and inappropriate. This is a shame and disgrace! he declared. You should not be striking at this time! In these hard economic times students are scratching to afford tuition and you are delaying their education. This is the wrong time, you need to go back to the negotiation table, but dont make the students suffer. Students should come first! That is correct. Students should come first. It was interesting to note that in discussing the search for a new president to replace Ms Jayne Hodder, union president Jennifer Isaacs Dotson remarked that the union wanted the new president to be someone who was union friendly. However, what this country needs is a first class academic, who is also a good administrator. A head who demands the best from students, and a quality of teacher who has more than just a degree a teacher who has the ability to inspire students to achieve. In other words, we need teachers who will help take the D unces cap off the heads of our students and help them scale the A-B ladder. The tour of former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich and political activist Al Sharpton to promote school reform in the US was interesting. The two usuallyd iametrically opposed in their views agreed on at least two things: Americas schools are badly in need of innovation, and teachers unions are part of the problem. New York City education chief Joel Klein, concerned at how far behind American students are falling academically in the global context, answered a question as to whether teachers unions were friends or foes of improving public education, this way: I think it's more nuanced than that. It's like the old song about that's the glory of love. You know, You've got to givea little, take a little, let your poor heart break a little. That's the story of, that's the glory of love. It's also the story of and glory of union management negotiations in public education. The unions' job is to protect the workforce. That's a legitimate and appropriate role. As we move away from what I view as an arbitrary, politically driven system to an accountability-based system, then when teachers don't perform well, we have to figure out ways to move them out of the system. It doesn't surprise me that unions aren't at the forefront of the movement to end or change tenure or to move off a seniority-based system. But I think there'sa dialectical process. With the President out front on this, talking about pay for performance and teacher accountability, I think that will change the discussion. And the common sense lecture that the students gave their teachers yester day should also change the discussion. Said COBUS, after recognising that students are not the primary concern of the faculty but rather a last resort to obtaining personal vendettas: Regrettably, we have decided to abstain from involvement in this demon stration and we advise that students follow the same measure. 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A MAN is thought to have mysteriously dropped dead on the sidewalk near the entrance to Princess Margaret Hospital on Shirley Street yesterday morning. The unidentified body was found lying on the southern side of Shirley Street near the entrance of Grosvenor Close at around 9.30am. Police and Emergency Medical Services were called and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Up to press time, police could not say whether he died of natural causes. "There were no injuries to the body. At this point, cause of death is unknown," press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said yesterday. By the time The Tribune arrived on scene, a crowd of curious onlookers had gathered around the body, which lay only feet away from the Emergency Medical Services entrance to the Princess Margaret Hospital. Hospital staff speculated that the man might have collapsed while on his way to seek medical attention. "I think he was trying to make it to the hospital and collapsed on the way here,"a PMH staff member told The Tribune on the scene. "Before he reach the steps (to the hospital right out." Hospital staff said the man appeared to have blood coming out of his mouth, possibly as a result of hitting his face on the sidewalk when he fell. The man, believed to be in his early 50s or 60s, was wearing a green jacket; a red, purple and brown shirt; tan pants and brown shoes. Police say they will continue to investigate the matter. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Come and discover how you can join the team at the best International Baccalaureate school in the Caribbean Minimum 3 years experience preferred BA or above required Competitive salary and benets Excellent professional development opportunities for IB Programmes (PYP, MYP & Diploma)For further information, please contact Mrs. Monalisa Milford: Email : mmilford@lcis.bs ~ Telephone : 362 4774 x221 TEACHER RECRUITMENT FAIR Saturday, 16th January, 2010 Resume Submission 10:00am followed by Presentation by the Principal Initial Job Interviews 10:30amwww.lcis.bs Man believed to have dropped dead near PMH By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter t thompson@ tribunemedia.net ARMED bandits r obbed a convenience s tore, a construction work-site and several individuals in four separate robberies in less than 24 hours. U p to press time police could not say if any of the robberies were connected. T he first incident occurred at Iesha's Conv enience Store on Winder's Terrace off of Malcolm Road East ata round 9 am on Monday. Responding officers were t old that two masked men dressed in dark clothing burst into thes tore brandishing handguns and demanding c ash. The men robbed the store of an undetermineda mount of cash and cell phone cards before fleeing the scene in a red Honda Accord, police said. A few minutes later, at around 10am, an armed man and an accomplicer obbed a man of cash, cell phone cards and a c ell phone outside a home in the Oakes Field area. P olice were told that the victim was accosted b y two men wearing dark clothes and hooded jackets one of them armedw ith a handgun as he arrived at a female friend's home on Davis Street. Suspects T he suspects fled the area in a silver Honda A ccord licence plate number 119719, police said. A t around 3.40pm the same day, police got word that a construction site in Perpall Tract was targeted by an armedm an who robbed a group of workers of cash. The suspect escaped in a silver car. Later, at around 8pm, a couple was robbed of cash, jewellery and personal effects by two masked men. Police were told that the male victim was at his home in Eneas Avenue, Stapledon Gardens with a female friend when someone outside called his name. The man opened the door and was accosted by the two men, one armed with a handgun, who demanded cash. The men fled the area heading in an unknown direction, police said. Investigations into all these incidents are continuing. Four armed robberies in 24 hours A POLICE OFFICER examines the body of a man found at the entrance of PMH yesterday morning. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff


MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco The acrimonious and longrunning effort by some residents o f Guana Cay to derail the mult i-million-dollar Baker's Bay development came to an end last November when the Privy Council ruled against the Save G uana Cay Reef Association represented by Freeport lawyer Fred Smith. The environmental contract b etween the Baker's Bay Club a nd the University of Miami also came to an end last year, and Dr Kathleen SullivanSealey, the marine biologist who r an the environmental management programme, was at the Abaco Science Alliance conference in Marsh Harbour this p ast weekend. She gave a report o n five year's of work that has been billed as the first "case study on sustainable tourism" in the Bahamas. T ough Call was also at the conference, which is organised every two years by Abaco Friends of the Environment. A nd Sullivan-Sealey was one of a slew of scientists who shared their recent Bahamian research. Presentations were given on the b ehaviour of deep-diving b eaked whales in the Tongue o f the Ocean; the results of the first Bahamian conch fishery s urvey in 15 years; recent fossil discoveries in the Sawmill Sink blue hole south of Marsh Harbour; bonefish conservation; coral reef assessments; and com-m unity-based tourism. The controversial Baker's Bay project was launched in 2004 by a California-based d eveloper on 585 acres of mostly private land on the northern third of Guana Cay. Like all such projects it has been affected by the global economicd ownturn, but the 165-slip marina and adjacent "village" opened for business last year. The 18-hole golf course is part ially complete, but installed infrastructure includes a reverse osmosis facility for potable water, a sewerage system and a waste treatment plant, as wella s roads for the 244 homesites with underground utilities. The University of Miami contract was for an environmental management prog ramme aimed at mitigating dist urbed areas and protecting important ecosystems while monitoring the overall development process. The work began with baseline studies oft he site and nearshore waters in 2004 and included the removal of invasive species like casuarinas, the restoration of c oastal dunes, the integration of advanced infrastructure projects, and the preservation of native vegetation. The total cost of the environmental pro-g ramme itself was almost a million dollars over the life of the contract, while mitigation and infrastructure costs totalled over $ 10 million. In fact, despite the often bad press it has received over the years, Baker's Bay is the only development in the Bahamasw ith full-time professionals responsible for active environmental management and EIA compliance Bahamian marine biologist Livingstone M arshall is a vice president. A nd according to SullivanS ealey, the UM contract was a u nique partnership between a private development company a nd academic scientists, with one of the biggest pluses being the training and exposure of College of The Bahamas stu-d ents to the realities of develo pment." B orn in Missouri, SullivanS ealey's interest in the marine environment was sparked by c hildhood visits to her grandparents' home in the Florida K eys. "Early fishing trips turned into illustrated discussions oft he environmental future of the Keys and South Florida," she r ecalled. "In 1984 I was appointed to the faculty of the Univer sity of Miami and by that time the Keys had undergone rapid dredge-and-fill growth, and p olitical fights were underway on how to control the valuable r eal estate and tourism industries. The islands of the B ahamas are now faced with the same rapid development and expansion seen in the Florida Keys in the 1960s and 70s." In 2002 she began leading a 10-year study on the coastal ecology of the Bahamas spons ored by the Earthwatch Instit ute, an international environmental charity that engages student volunteers in field research and education for a sustainable e nvironment. The focus of this work has been to understand how natural vegetation protects coastlines, and how pollution a ffects nearshore waters and f isheries. The Guana Cay research represents one small piece of this giant puzzle. "In 2004 I was asked to look a t the Baker's Bay site and see how to keep the ecology intact throughout the development process," she told the Abaco c onference. "The idea was to d ocument best practices in sustainable development, and it was exciting to have developers actually talking and listening t o me. I looked at projects all over the Bahamas to see what works and what doesn't. I wanted to learn why developers do t hings that are so destructive to t he environment, and I wanted to set measurable environmental goals that they could follow." T he research began with a r apid ecological assessment to g et a good characterisation of the site prior to development. Experts from the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation conducted a histori-c al/archaeological survey of the property while a team fromF lorida's Fairchild Tropical Garden undertook an inventory o f plants and set up a protected plant management programme. Rather than bring in new stock from Florida, native plants were cultivated for landscaping andc oastal restoration from cuttings taken on the island. O n the marine side, scientists monitored water quality b efore, during and after construction of the marina to gene rate the data needed to meet Blue Flag environmental stan dards. The Blue Flag programme is a voluntary eco-label awarded to marinas around the w orld that meet strict criteria dealing with water quality, safet y and environmental education and management. H uge quantities of debris and garbage were removed from all coastal areas of the Baker's Bay site especially from the derelict shore facility built decades ago to service cruise ship passengers and artificial reefs were deployed in d egraded nearshore areas and s eeded with transplanted corals. Over 90 acres of casuarina trees were removed from the shoreline and mulched so that the d evelopers could recreate natural Bahamian dunes planted with locally grown sea oats, And scores of diseased wild cats were t rapped and euthanised. C oastal setbacks were established for each type of shoreline on the site along with buffer zones where no building is a llowed. At least 20 feet of natural vegetation was reserved between lots and along roads. And homeowners are required t o use xeroscaping and native p lants to conserve fresh water resources. In addition, two large nature preserves were established to protect mangrove a reas along with a turtle nest monitoring programme that reports directly to the Department of Marine Resources. M ore than 150 checkpoints w ere set up throughout the site to monitor environmental impacts as the development p rogressed. O n the minus side, SullivanS ealey cited the general lack of science literacy among employers, staff and customers as a big problem. "We conducted employee training and publico utreach programmes, but these need to be very aggressive ino rder to get environmental principles across. There was also i nadequate policing of subcontractors for environmental compliance and almost no government oversight of the project we don't even know if the B EST Commission read our reports." A rguing that projects like Baker's Bay should put envir onmental management on the same level as marketing, she e stimated that 17-20 per cent of the total project investment should be devoted to environmental programmes: "Turbidity from dredging was a big chal l enge and it was a constant battle to ensure that sediment curt ains were in place," she said. "Fourteen-foot-wide roads n eeded 70 feet cleared for infrastructure installation.The sheer rate of development was unexpected for us, and equipment always wins on a fast-paced development site. Plans change and there is no such thing as a perfect development, but the i mportant thing is how you m onitor practices." In short, as with most things in life, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and the d evil is in the details. The main conclusion we can draw from the experience at Baker's Bay is that the EIA process can and s hould be advanced from a stat ic exercise to an ongoing monitoring process in order to achieve key environmental and resource management goals. I t is ironic that the Baker's Bay project invested so heavily in this groundbreaking environmental management prog ramme while the government's $ 105 million heavy fuel oil power plant under construction nearby at Wilson City on Abaco proceeded with little consult ation and has been under sustained attack from some citizens groups for being environmentally irresponsible. T he new power plant was in f act promised to the developers of the Baker's Bay and Winding Bay resorts by the C hristie administration years a go to meet Abaco's rising elect ricity demand, but critics say it will be a pollution nightmare and have filed for judicial review. Fred Smith is the lawyer leading the lawsuit. The Baker's Bay project clearly shows how long-termp lanning, up-front resources and an in-depth understanding o f tropical island environments are required for environmentally responsible development," Sullivan-Sealey wrote in the 2009 edition of the Journal of S ustainable Tourism. "The benefits (stabilising the shore-l ine, reducing pollution and protecting biodiversity) will supp ort the long-term viability of a tourism project." S uccess depends on three key planks, she says: promot ing better understanding of environmental issues, convinc ing policymakers to take al onger view of economic development, and building partners hips with developers. What do you think? 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By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net ATTORNEYGodfrey Pro Pinder is the latest contender to declare his candidacy in race for Elizabeth. A by-election is expected in the constituency in February after the resignation of former Member of Parliament Malcolm Adderley. I am going to go out there and test the water to see if the world needs love, sweet love, said Mr Pinder, who is representing the United Christian Love Revolution Movement (UCLRM Asked whether he was attempting to make a political statement or intended to be a serious contender, Mr Pinder declared that he will be a serious candidate, working with serious people concerned about changing the country for the better. He said he would promote conservative politics for the country and the Elizabeth constituency, based on fundamental Christian principles. Unapologetic about merging religious doctrine and politics, Mr Pinder said the concept of a division between church and state isan American ideal, enshrined in the constitution of the United States. He said the concept is not relevant to the Bahamas. The Love Revolution Movement made its debut this weekend, declaring that it seeks to create Love Universities in the Bahamas, which are schools teaching law and theology. Mr Pinder said these institutions would not be universities in the traditional sense of accredited international institutions, and would offer only short courses. By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net T HE National Develop ment Party is criticising the g overnment for comments made by FNM chairman Carl Bethel. A t a Sunday press conference to announce the potential FNM candidate for the Elizabeth by-election, Mr Bethel suggestedE lizabeth constituents would be better off choosing an FNM candidate, as that person would have the backing of the FNM-ledg overnment. He said an FNM member of parliament would be thef irst representative in the constituency in nearly a d ecade to have an effective voice around the table of government. M r Bethels sentiments were echoed by Dr Duane Sands, who was chosen by the FNM local constituency association to be the FNM candidate. He said the concerns of the people of Elizabeth would be better addressed if they had a representative with the weight and support of the government. In response, Dr Andre Rollins, executive council member of the NDP, said:It cannot be that the government is only going to be serving those persons who happen to have in the majority voted for their par-ty. The government should be there to support and aid every single Bahamian and every single constituency. Dr Rollins described Mr Bethels words as offen sive and characterised them as a threat and not an assertion. He asked: Are you implying that a vote for a party other than the governing party would somehow cause the FNM to ignore Elizabeth and its constituencies? If that is what he is saying it speaks to political tribalism and shows that the interest is only to be in the seat of power and not necessarily to be sympathetic to the needs of Bahamians regardless of their political affiliation. Mr Bethel has more or less said that only those constituencies who have representatives who are membersof the FNM will be served by this government. That is in particular why we have the political tribalism that is tearing our country a part, he said. When Malcolm Adderley resigned his Elizabeth seat,he said his ability to repres ent the Elizabeth con stituency was undermined by conflicts with his partysl eadership. He called into question the countrys political system, under which constituency representatives are beholden to the leadership o f their political organisa tion. Dr Rollins suggested rep r esentatives could be further undermined if they do not have the backing of the government by virtue of their affiliation with a minor party. 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Attorneys representing parties at the centre of the legalw rangle appeared before Justice George Newman on Monday to indicate which appeals were outstanding and how they i ntended to proceed. Among the matters to be heard by the Court of Appeal between February 17 and 19 are appeals by IntercontinentalD iversified Corporation (IDC Sir Jack Hayward and FMS. Attorneys Charles McKay and Maurice Glinton are repr esenting Sir Jack Hayward while Lady Henrietta St George and the trustees of the estate of the late Edward St George are being represented by FredS mith, QC. An appeal against a decision by Justice Neville Adderley, in which he refused to recuse hims elf from the case, as well as an appeal against his decision to remove receivers appointed by Justice Jeanne Thompson, are among the matters to be heard. Last week, attorney Alfred S ears, who represents Fiduciary Management Services (FMS a Cayman-based company involved substantively in the dispute, withdrew an applica-t ion for a stay of Senior Justice Anita Allen's ruling over the ownership of the port group of companies. I n August 2007, Senior Justice Allen made a ruling in favour of the estate of the late Edward St George, finding that Sir Jack Hayward and the StG eorges have a 50-50 business partnership, and that Sir Jack does not own 75 per cent of the companies, as he had claimed. M r Sears claimed that he was abandoning the application because since filing the notice of motion, his client had done what was necessary to transfert he $1.7 million worth of shares of IDC (the ports parent company) which was in the name of FMS. M r Sears was granted an extension of time to serve a notice of appeal in relation to the equal ownership dispute. 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in parliament six months ago, the heated arguments on either side of the issue, and the announcement in December that parliament would be prorogued in late January or early February. Prorogation, or the temporary suspension, of parliament is typically undertaken by a Government mid-way through its term in order to allow a reassessment of legislative priorities in the two years leading up to the next general election. Any legislative business not concluded, such as the rape amendment, would then be discontinued and would only reappear on parliaments agenda if the decision is made to reintroduce it once the new parliamentary session begins. However, the source with knowledge of the Prime Ministers intentions on the matter said he wants to have the Bill debated in one of the few sessions left before parliament is prorogued. Since it was introduced in July 2009, public debate on the proposed marital rape law has been contentious, with opponents crying out over what they believe to be a threat to the institution of marriage, suggesting there will be an increase in false reports by wives, and a general confusion of standards. The Bahamas Christian Council is a vocal opponent of the Bill, which removes the clause in the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act that prohibits a spouse being charged with the rape of his wife when unconsenting sex is committed. The Catholic Archdiocese, the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church have all expressed their support, as have several local advocacy groups. Speaking to the FNM Womens Association during the par tys convention in November 2009, Prime Minister Ingraham made his first public comments on the Bill, telling them that he was encouraged by support for the proposal to extend protection against rape to married women. He said the FNM is committed to equality for women and will continue to act to strengthen protection afforded to women under the law. However, in early January 2010, over six months after she first introduced the proposed amendment, Minister of State for Social Development told The Tribune that no decision had been made on the future of the amendment and no debate had been scheduled. Nonetheless she would consider it a grave disappointment if the proposed amendments do not go through. This is not something we put forward without thought. This is a step forward for equality for women, to strengthen our families. It is an opportunity for us to defend all of our citizens equally. It is a progressive agenda, said Mrs Butler-Turner, who added that she regrets how the Bill has been misrepresented by its detractors. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI-DQXDU\ 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI-DQXDU\ 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI-DQXDU\ 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf / HJDORWLFH 127,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI-DQXDU\ 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf / HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI-DQXDU\ 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI-DQXDU\ 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 1 27,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI-DQXDU\ 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf PM determined to have marital rape law debated in House FROM page one Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are m aking news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. HUBERT INGRAHAM


B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net H E comes off the bench as the sixth man, but coach Mark Madsen say Bahamian Benn ett Davis brings so much m ore to his Utah Flash NBA D-League team. One of the great things a bout Bennett is that he talks to everybody on the team and so his leadership has a great i mpact on all of us, said Mads en, the first year coach of the F lash. He really thinks the game a nd he articulates what needs to be done on the court. So from a leadership standpoint,B ennett has been a real asset t o our team. Madsen, who played last year in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves after he played on two championship titles with the LosA ngles Lakers, said having a player like Davis has made his adjustment to coaching a great o ne so far. For Davis, who is in his sec ond season after graduating f rom Northeastern University i n Boston, said hes making the best of his opportunity to play in the minor league oft he NBA. I bring a lot of energy to t he team. That is what my job is, he said. Right now, I feel good with my individual perf ormance. But as a team, I t hink we are a little better t han our record. So far, the Flash had a 10-8 win-loss record for fourthp lace in the Western Confer ence up to Tuesday night w hen they started a four-game r oad trip against the Reno B ighorns. Davis, who turns 23 on M arch 14, has played in all 18 games so far, averaging 11.2 points per game. Playing an average of 25.8 minutes per game, Davis is shooting a .490 p ercentage from the field, .333 from the three-point line and. 644 from the free throw line. The 6-foot 8 and 220 pound forward has also pulled down1 .80 offensive rebounds and 4.20 defensive. He also averages 1.4 assists, .78 steals, .61 block shots and 1.22t urnovers. He has also comm itted an average of 2.83 fouls. If theres anything that D avis feels he needs to work o n, its his points and r ebounds, he said. I feel I should be averaging double digits in rebounds and points,b ut hopefully by the next few games, I hope to get there. Other than that, my main t hing about my game has been m y defence. Ive made some great defensive plays for the t eam. So I think Im fulfilling my role. As for the team, Davis said if they can pull off these four road games, they can defin itely get into the top three in the standings and be a con-t ender for the playoffs. All of our losses have been real close. We lost them in thef ourth quarter, so we have to figure out a way to close out C M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net HES had nagging injuries, but nothing as serious as this one. Mark Knowles, 38, was diagnosed with a grade two tear of the muscle in his right calf on Monday as he was playing his first match at the Medibank International with his new partner American Mardy Fish. The Bahamas top Male Athlete of the Year was unavailable for comments yesterday, but his mother, Vicky Andrews said the injury could keep him out of action for at least 3-6 weeks. The duo were playing the first set of their opening match at the Sydney Olympic Parkin Australia against the Aussie team of Stephen Huss and Carsten Ball when Knowles went down with the injury. If he can walk on Friday without pain, theres hope that he could p ossibly play in the AustralianO pen, she said. But if he cant walk without pain, then theres no hope. The Australian Open is scheduled to begin on January 18. Its the first of the four Grand Slam tournaments for the year. Knowles and Fish were hoping to use the Medibank Tournament as a tune-up for the Australian Open. So hes pretty down, but hes keeping his chin up, Andrews said. Its bad news. Its a tear of his muscle. He has never had any injury like this before, so hes pretty much devastated. Although Knowles has known to heal pretty quickly from injuries hes sustained in the past, Andrews said if he t ry to test this one too early, it could cost more damage. The problem is there are o nly four grand slams for the year, but he doesnt sound hopeful for this one, she said. Last year at the US Open, the last Grand Slam for the Year, Knowles and his former partner Mahesh Bhupathi from India played with nine stitches on his finger after he got it mashed in the door of an elevator. But Andrews said this injury was a little different because it was in his muscle, so Knowles was taking it rather hard because he was hoping that he and Fush would have gotten off to a great start to their union this year. Knowles and Fish, 28, played together last year when they won in Memphis, Ten nessee. During that tourna ment, Knowles teamed up with Fish after Bhupathi had taken a break on the tour. Knowles hopes to be ready for Australian Open spor ts N OTES BASEBALL TROJANS IN GB THE Bahamas Baseball Federation is hosting the Taylor University Trojans baseball team in Grand Bahama, federation secretary general Theodore Sweeting revealed. Sweeting noted that the Trojans are currently in Grand Bahama where they will practise daily at the Grand Bahama park between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. And from today through Thursday between the hours of 5-6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at noon, the Trojans will hold a clinic for local players. Sweeting said the federation welcomed Taylor University and were looking forward to other col leges and universities coming to the Bahamas for their spring training. BOXING AMATEUR BOXING SHOW ON Saturday at the First Class Promotions box ing square on Wulff Road, Champion Amateur Box ing Club will hold the first amateur boxing show for the year. Starting at 4 p,m., the event will be a dual showdown by the host club, headed by Ray Minus Jr., and the Carmichael Knock-out Boxing club, head ed by national coach Andre Seymour. Last year, the two clubs met at least three times with Seymour and Knockout Boxing Club prevailing with two victories. But Minus Jr. said this would bea good opportunity for his Champion Boxing Club to turn things around. As this is the first match for the year, we will be focussing on the boxers under 12 years, but if we get mtch-ups with older boys, we will feature them too, Minus Jr. said. I expect some really good competition because Seymour has been doing a great job with his stable of young boxers. This will help us to kick off the new year as we try to build the programme. It doesnt matter who win ot lose, once the boxers can get the experience to develop. FOOTBALL BFA MONTHLY CALENDAR THE Bahamas Football Association has released the following as the calender of events for the month of January: 1st residents Cup Match Bears FC defeats SEE page 10 SEE page 10 Knowles INSIDE Minus runs for president I bring a lot of energy to the team. That is what my job is. Bennett Davis B ENNET D avis #34 of the Utah Flash slam dunks during the game against the Bakersfield Jam on Decemb er 1, 2008 at McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah. The Jam won 102-100 in overtime. Davis adjusting well to Utah Flash M e l i s s a M a j c h r z a k / G e t t y I m a g e s P h o t o


teams, he pointed out. After playing in Reno on T uesday, Davis and the Flash w ill play the Bakersfield Jam on Thursday. They will then play the Los Angeles D-Fende rs on Friday before return ing to Bakersfield on Sunday. With the NBA Utah Jazz as t he biggest sporting organisation in the state, Davis said they have been fortunate to have an average of 5-8,000 coming out to watch them play. We get great support at h ome, but when we go on the road, we dont get that kind of support at some players like in LA, he said. But other p laces like Sioux Falls and North Dakota is packed because the city doesnt have a ny other professional team. Having had a chance to work out with the New JerseyN ets summer programme last year, Davis said hes hoping to get closer to his dream of one day playing in the NBA. Its all about what teams want and what they need at a particular time, he pointed out. But I will continue to work hard on the little things so that the NBA scout mays ee something in me that they may want to pick me up. This year, Davis said he would like nothing better than for Utah to go all the way and win the D-League title. But he said he would like nothing better than getting a call from one of the NBA teams to play in t he elite league in the world. Based on what he has seen, Madsen said Davis has all thet ools to become a great NBA p layer. Hes been the anchor for us on defence with his shotb locking, Madsen said. As his eye continues to unfold before our team, hopefully the scouts will get to give him a c hance to play at the higher level. To the local players who a spire to become a NBA or p rofessional player or even athlete in another sport, Davis advised them to make suret hat they continue to focus on on their academics. Having graduated from col lege, Davis said it would e nable the athlete to fall back on their academics if they did nt make it athletically. H e also thanked all of his f amily and friends in the Bahamas for their prayers and support. He encouraged themn ot to forget him because he was doing what he could to represent the Bahamas. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net FRUSTRATED by the lack of national initiatives toi ncrease the participation of m ore local boxers, Ray Minus Jr. has decided to put his hat in the ring for president of the Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas. In a letter dated Saturday, D ecember 19, secretary general George Turner wrote to inform members from the Bahamas Youth Sporting Club, Carmichael Knockout, Champion Amateur Boxing, Genesis Boxing, Heat-Lion Heart, Lion Heart andY MCA Boxing Clubs that the e lections which were postponed on Saturday, Decemb er 19, will now be held on Saturday, January 16. While no venue or time has been disclosed, Minus Jr. said hes prepared to step up a nd run the federation b ecause he feels that more is b eing done from his Champio n Boxing Club level than the federation. Im putting my hat in the r ing, said Minus Jr., who has h ad a series of clashes with t he federation over the manner in which he tried to conduct both his amateur programme and the First class Professional Promotions withh is wife, Michelle. Basically, you need the p ower to put things into perspective. So Im going to run for the president because I feel like so much can be done to get boxing in a better posi t ion. As an association, we need to get out in the com munity, in the parks and train y oung men and teach them the discipline of the sport. Additionally, Minus Jr. said h es travelled to a number of the Family Islands and has noticed the wealth of talent and interest in the sport, buty et nothing has been done to enhance any sort of programme. T he federation is currently headed by Wellington Miller, but its not known if he or anyo f his executive members will b e seeking another term in office. Miller is now serving as well a s the president of the Bahamas Olympic Association, the highest sporting body in the country. I n any event, Minus Jr. said he had a legitimate plan to take the federation to anoth-e r level. The amateur boxing fed eration need to take boxing i n hand and put on monthly events, sometimes twice a month, to keep the sport moving, he said. We need to move around and go to the different Family Islands and put on boxing matches. If elected as president, I would like make sure that we do a lot of events like these. Minus Jr., the former ban tamweight and lightweight Bahamian and Common wealth champion, said one of the things he would also do, if elected, was to revamp the national programme and name accomplished former amateur/pro boxer Stevie the Heat Larrimore as the new national amateur coach. Stevie Larrimore may somewhat appear to be a bit slow, but his knowledge of amateur boxing is unbelievable, Minus Jr. said. He has been a great professional and amateur boxer and his knowledge is wide. As for the current national coach, Minus Jr. said he would move to make Andre Seymour the trainer for the national programme where hew ill use his expertise to train both coaches and boxers in the Bahamas. Seymour is updated and he would be very effective by lifting the level of boxing coaching in this country,M inus Jr. said. I really feel Andre Seymour has to focus on putting on more training seminars to teach people in all aspects of the sport. And as the highest certified a mateur boxing referee, M inus Jr. said Alvin Sargent should be given the responsi bility to deal specifically with p utting together and training a core of referees to work with the sport. A lthough he does not intend to put a slate of officers together, Minus Jr. said hew ill simply work with whoeve r come forth to seek the oth er positions, including Turner, whom he feel is the ideal mant o continue as secretary gen e ral. If elected, Minus Jr. said he would ensure that the federa tion was responsible for honouring people like legendary Leonard Boston BlackieM iller by naming the national amateur boxing championships after him. M iller, who is currently ill, has been the longest serving amateur coach. The former boxer/cyclist has worked dili-g ently with just about every amateur boxer in the coun try. The contributions that Boston Blackie has made is unbelievable, Minus Jr. said. Today, hes still excited a bout amateur boxing and hes ready to go back to work. Boston is a great, great man, who needs to be recognised. Likewise, Minus Jr. said Terry Goldsmith should also be given a post as the national and international co-ordinator for the role he has played over the years at the YMCA Gym in Grand Bahama. And while he doesnt mind running against him, Minus Jr. said current president Wellington Miller should and will also be honoured under his watch as the new president for the tremendous role that he has played in the sport over the years. Minus Jr. said events such as the Sonny Boy Rahming Silver Gloves, the L Garth Wright Golden Gloves and the Ray Minus Sr. End of the Year Awards Presentation to give them the national acclaim that they all deserve. Come January 16, Minus Jr. said he would bring a fresh new twist to the federation, if he was elected. C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS P AGE 10, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FROM page nine Cavalier FC 3-0 BFA Masters vs. Youth All-Stars Game (4-1 victory for youth 9th GSSSA Coaching Course Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. 25th Official launch of BFA Community Football Programme in New Providence. Every Wednesday BFA Senior League Matches at Baillou Hills Sporting Complex (start time at 7:00 pm Every Friday U-17 Boys League Matches at Baillou Hills Sporting Complex (start times are 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm Every Saturday U-14 Boys, U-14 Girls and U-17 Girls Matches at Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Every Sunday BFA Senior League matches at Baillou Hills Sport ing Complex (start times at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm To Be Confirmed Youth Football Coaching Course in Grand Bahama. Sports Notes contd Minus decides to run for Amateur Boxing Federation president R ay Minus Jr FROM page nine Davis adjusting well to Utah Flash BENNET Davis #34 of the Utah Flash lays up a shot against (L-R # 10 of the Reno Bighorns during the D-League game on December 11, 2009 at the McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah. The Bighorns won 107-103. M e l i s s a M a j c h r z a k / G e t t y I m a g e s P h o t o F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net A REMATCHof last years c hampionship series in the GSSSA junior boys division, produced a similar result with the defending champions pulling away late to againa ssert their dominance over t heir most active rivals. The D.W Davis Pitbulls used a series of runs in the second half to distance themselves and pull away for a 65-49 win over the T.A Thomps on Scorpions yesterday at the C.I Gibson Gymnasium. T he Pitbulls raced out to a 9 -2 lead in the first quarter b efore the Scorpions got back into the game led by dynamic g uard Deangelo Wallace. W allaces three point play brought the Scorpions within one, and his steal at half court followed by a fast break layup, capped an 11-3 run gaveh is team their first lead of the g ame, 13-12. With his team struggle on the offensive end The Pitbulls Kristian Francis took over on the offensive end, forcing the issue and scored the remainder of his teams points in theq uarter from the free throw line. Headed into the second quarter tied at 15, the Pitbulls opened up a slim margin in t he second quarter, dominati ng the paint with offensive rebounding and penetration. S hakwon Lewis began the q uarter with a teardrop floater, and after consecutive scores f rom Carlas Carey, the Pitbulls built a 28-23 lead. Wallace routinely beat the Pitbulls full court man to man defence up the floor but failedt o convert for layups on the o ffensive end. The Pitbulls led 31-25 at the half. A dominant third quarter saw the Pitbull lead reach double figures for the first time midway through the period. W ilton Johnsons scored on a pair of baskets to give the Pitbulls their first 10 point advantage, 40-30. Anthon Sturrup followed t wo plays later with a block w hich he recovered and took coast to coast to break the 10 p oint lead barrier. C arey and Shamir Rolle added late scores in the period a nd the Pitbulls lead increased to 15, 48-33 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, the Pitbull lead ballooned to as much as2 0 for the first time when F rancis successfully converted a three point play for a 5534 lead. The Scorpions followed with an 8-0 run but failed to pose a legitimate threat in the fourth as the Pitbulls kept them atb ay. Francis was one of four Pitbulls to reach double figures with 12, Carey finished with 11 while Johnson and Sturrup f inished with 10 apiece. L ewis and Rolle each finished with six points while R olle added five blocks. W allace led all scorers with 19 points. Pitbulls dominate Scorpions 65-49


7 pm when the tsunami warning was cancelled. During the period of high alert, Mr Bannister said workers, who were loading boats with salt, were sent home from the factory.H e said residents were prepared to make a run for Salt Pond Hill, which is the highest point in Inagua, standing at 90-feet. Inagua was devastated by Hurricane Ike in September 2008. Mr Bannister said the nerves of residents were par ticularly shaken, because the nightfall made it difficult to detect tide and wave activity. He said some residents were dressed with life-vests close by ready to take action. High waves were expected to make an impact along the coastal areas of the southern Bahamas, although widespread destruction was not expected. Michael Stubbs, Chief Climatological Officer at the Department of Meteorology, said a tsunami is generated from wave activity as a result of an earthquake, as opposed to a storm surge which is generated from wind activity. The potential impact from a tsunami is therefore greater. With the earthquake occurring at a depth of about 6miles, Mr Stubbs said the impact radius was about 80miles from the epicentre, which would have only affected the southern Bahamas. Haiti is 70 miles south-east of Inagua. He also noted the depth of the Haitian earthquake was significantly more shallow than the destructive Indian Ocean earthquake of 2004. Although the Bahamas was spared, Haiti was devastated by the earthquake with reports of substantial damage and casualties. This was the largest earthquake in Haitis history, coming just two years after it was devastated by four hurricanes striking within a space of three weeks in 2008. Haitian officials called it a catastrophe of major proportions, reporting the collapse of a hospital, damage to the presidential palace and the nations tax office, as well as the collapse of an entire shanty town. Haiti is the most economi cally impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere. Itsc apital city has a population of over three million. My colleagues and I are deeply distressed at the news of what appears to be a very powerful 7.0 earthquake that struck our neighbour Haitit his afternoon. Our hearts go o ut to the people of Haiti at this time and I have alerted our emergency services to be prepared, along with similar agencies in our sister states in the Caribbean, to render whatever aid we can as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation, said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. Records indicate the Bahamas was previously threatened by a tsunami from the vicinity of Haiti. In the late 1800s Inagua residents reported feeling tremors. Haiti is a part of the Caribbean tectonic plate, but sits just on the fault line with the North American plate. The Bahamas lies just to the North of the Caribbean Plate. Activities in the vicinity of Haiti and Jamaica are high risk for the Bahamas, partic ularly the southern islands, said Mr Stubbs. The largest earthquake on record, 9.0 on the Richter scale, occurred in Chile during the 1960s. The Progressive Liberal Party wishes to express its sense of concern for the people of Haiti as it appears that they have suffered an earthquake of massive proportions. While the full extent of any devastation is not now known, it is expected to be significant, said Fred Mitchell, Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs. We express our sympathy to that nation. We encourage the government of The Bahamas to lead a CARICOM wide effort to mobilize resources to help our CARICOM neighbour. It is incumbent upon The Bahamas to lead the way. In the mean while, however, we ought to all offer our prayers for theH aitian people, he said. The international community is rallying behind the Caribbean nation, with several nations, including the United States of America, offering humanitarian sup p ort. Minister of Immigrat ion, Jack Thompson, said his ministry would be monitor ing the situation on the ground to determine if any action needed to be taken to protect the borders of the Bahamas. However, he said, at this time his focus is on the fact that Haiti is experiencing a tragedy of major proportions and needed the support of the Bahamas and the international community. It is early still and I would need more information about what is happening on the ground to comment with a degree of authority and accuracy. But at this time I think they really need our sympathy. They need us to be more sensitive to the plight of the people. The world is going to have to rally behind them, offering humanitarian assistance, said Mr Thompson. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ment negotiated new heads of agreement and sought to negotiate new leases for new terms and the like. However, having regard for the commentary in the public that the land was being given away Mr Davis said they sought to structure a formula that made sense in terms of what the Government would receive for its land in Normans Cay. Those things are in place, but having regard for the present economic climate, I get the impression that the developers have pulled back and we anticipate them coming back to us when circumstances dictate that they are prepared to move ahead. In our discussions with the Aman Group and the like, we saw fit to retain some of that land and not to grant it all. We saw fit to give a very limited amount in terms of an outright sale; a lot of it will be leased land, particularly any land that will be used for a golf course and the like. And when we are going to sell the land we are seeking to put in place a formula that says the government of the Bahamas will get fair and equitable compensation for its land. In other words, we are going to ensure that they pay their stamp taxes and the like, but we want to also be assured that we share in the final sales price of that property, he said. Along with this development in Normans Cay there has surfaced reports of speculators seeking to use their numerous connections within government to attempt to gain access to more than 200 acres of land that is currently vested in the Treasury after Mr Ledhers companies were struck off the registry when he was imprisoned. However, in response to this, Mr Davis issued a stern warning, stating that he was aware of such persons but warned that they were essentially all talk with little or no substance. I am aware of Mr (name withheld in a number of (things than anything concrete, that he and his investor group want to do something in the resort sector of the Bahamas. He has very good contacts in the Ministry of Tourism, I have met him on a number of occasions, he has met the Director of Investments on a number of occasions but all I have gotten from (name withheld talk. FROM page one Developers pull back interest in Norman s Cay resort Tsunami scare for the Bahamas FROM page one KATHLEEN AGATHA BETHEL, wife of the late Har court (Rusty first manager of ZNS and former advertising manager of The Tribune, and later manager of its Freeport office, died peacefully at the Oceanview Retirement Village in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Monday after a long illness. An announce ment of a Memorial Service will be made at a later date. Death of Kathleen Agatha Bethel A DAMAGED BUILDING is seen after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area rocked Haiti on Tuesday. (AP


Tour operator sees 30-50% booking rise C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be h eld responsible for errors and/or o mission from the daily report. $4.15 $4.07 $4.27 We can get you there! Where do you want to be? Investment Property Customised Investment Accounts [ Learn more at royaldelity.com ] B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The New Year holiday exceeded expectations for many Bahamian hotels as average occupancy rates soared intot he 90 per cent range with some days sold out, although theB ahamas Hotel Associations (BHA c autioned that the sector had to make up considerable g round to return to pre-credit crunch business levels. Robert Sands told Tribune Business that while the industry felt the worst is behind us, i ndicating there were unlikely to be further mass lay-offs,r oom rates remained depressed and the sector n eeded to beat or equal its ear ly 2008 numbers before we can c omfortably say were on the rebound. Compared to pre-recession levels, Mr Sands said average hotel occupancy rates for 2009 w ere down by around 8-10 per cent, standing at around 60-62 p er cent, while room rates were off by 10-15 per cent. Together, t hose two indicators showed how much the Bahamian resorti ndustry lost in terms of topline revenues in 2009 and, ultim ately, in terms of profitability and increased losses. I think it is fair to say that for the large hotels, the casinobased hotels, the New Yearp eriod in particular was strong and occupancies exceedede xpectations, Mr Sands told Tribune Business said. We dont have the exact figures, and we think the rates were somewhat depressed, but t he occupancies were in the 90 per cents and we had some soldo ut days. Hotels beat New Year projections BHA president says sector exceeded expectations with occupancies in 90-100% range Says sector confident worst is behind us, but much work tod o before on sustainable rebound Average occupancies for 2009 at 60-62%, down 8-10%, while rates off 10-15% SEE page 2B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico A leading Bahamian tour operator yesterday said its 2010 forward bookings were already up 30 to 50 per cent year-over-year for the entire Bahamas, following what its managing director for Europe described as a 20 per cent decline last year. T heres Saunders, of Majestic Tours, told Tribune Business that Condor airlines direct flights from Germany, which began late last year, had sparked a positive spike in arrivals from that part of Europe and generated requests for tour packages from other countries. Majestic Tours travel agency arm, Majestic Holidays, created a 14-day island hopping package for visitors from Germany, and have had requests for a similar package for Italian visitors. According to Mrs Saunders, the company booked 2,000 less room nights last year than in 2008, when it Majestic Tours arm sees rebound following 20% decline in 2009 Focusing on Family Island packages for Europe, after booked room nights fell from 14,000 to 12,000 in 2009 SEE page 2B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Difficult and unavailable flight connections are harming the Family Islands economic growth and the businesses that cater to them, Majestic Tours' manag ing director for Europe said yesterday. Theres Saunders told Tribune Business that Europeans have shown a keen interest in booking vacations to Bahamian islands outside Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahaman, but are dissuaded by difficulties in getting airlift. According to Mrs Saunders, a minor change in Bahama sair's flight itinerary could positively shift the number of visitors to the Family Islands. She said a 5pm flight out of Lynden Family Island growth hurt by airlift absence SEE page 2B ROBERTSANDS By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The potential economic returns from developing the Bahamian aircraft registry are sufficiently large to ensure we spend a great deal of time putting it in place, the minister of tourism and aviation telling Tribune Business yesterday that the Government and its advisers were assessing whether they needed to sign an international treaty before moving further forward. Confirming that the Govern ment wanted to expand its existing aircraft registry and attract more listings, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace said the initiative would work hand in glove with the recently-passed legislation that will allow private planes to pre-clear US Customs and Border Protec tion in Freeport. Confirming that Grand Bahama was intended to also become the hub of the Bahamas aircraft registry, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said moves to expand this listing platform were definitely hap pening in an effort that was being driven by the private sector. The only issue is the Cape Town Treaty, to which we have to become a signatory before we can advance in this area, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace told Tribune Business. Signing the Treaty, he explained, would enable the Bahamas to list aircraft assets on this nations registry and give effect to all the international laws applicable to them, thus giving the registry an internationally-recognised legal foundation and standards. However, Mr VanderpoolWallace said the Government and its advisers were assessing whether the Bahamas needed to sign the Cape Town Treaty first, of whether it could go Aircraft registrys robust returns Bahamas assessing whether global treaty needs to be signed first before developing sector Registry expansion seen as complement to private aviation pre-clearance agreement SEE page 3B VINCENT VANDERPOOL-WALLACE By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Between 400-450 staff will be employed at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort when it enjoys its January 22 soft opening, resort chain officials told Tribune Business yesterday, creating a ratio of more t han one member of staff per guest at any time. S tephen Hector, Sandals Resorts Internationals spokesman, told this newspa per that the chain was already heavily marketing the latest addition to its resort collec tion, with some 11 Canadian radio stations due to be taken down to visit the property in the next few days. He added that the Golf Channel was also due to pro duce a programme from the Exuma-based resort, which would received further pub licity from Wedding TV. The latter is featuring Sandals tieup with Martha Stewart Wed dings, in which the resort chain makes every wedding it hosts a Martha Stewart wed ding. Mr Hector said Sandals had spent $150 million last year on marketing its various properties, its highest-ever spend in this area, which gives you an indication of how serious ly we take marketing. Were currently doing some radio broadcasts from Sandals Royal Bahamian, he added. We have 11 Canadian stations here, broadcasting morning shows this week and the week after. Those same stations are due to visit Sandals Emerald Bay this week. Mr Hector said Sandals was on course for its planned January 22 soft opening at Emerald Bay, with a larger celebration planned for May. Everythings looking good, he added. Its just fine-tuning things. The rooms are up and ready to go. Theres water in the pool. All the staff are being trained this week and next, and last week. Theyre being Sandalsised. Most of the employees have come from the former resort and not many of them are familiar with the Sandals brand, so a lot of skills train ing has been going on, customer service standards and technical skills training specific to their relevant department. Everyones very happy with the employees weve taken on. There are one or two positions left to fill. Sandals Emerald Bay was looking at employing between 400-450 staff, Mr Hector adding: That represents over one member of staff per guest at any given time. That gives you an indication of the service thats going to be offered. The Sandals official said airlift capacity to Exuma would be provided by American Airlines and its affiliate, plus Continental. Air Canadas going to be going in as well. Its looking good. Theyre looking to take down a flight from Toronto, he added. Mr Hector said there had been much interest in Sandals Emerald Bay from potential visitors and travel agents, with many guests at Sandals Royal Bahamian saying they wanted to see more of the Bahamas. Its a great product, Resort to have more than one staff member per visitor Sandals Emerald Bay to have between 400-500 employees when opens Investing heavily in promotions, with chain s $150m marketing budget for 2009 its biggest ever SEE page 2B


unique to us, so people are really interested in it, Mr Hector said. Travel agents are loving it, saying its great. Its a big thing for the industry. Adam Stewart, Sandals International Resorts' chief executive, told Tribune Busi ness in an October 2009 inter view that the chain was "110 per cent committed" to mak ing Emerald Bay a success, having invested $12 million in upgrading its facilities to its standards. Mr Stewart said the $12 million budget Sandals had set for much-needed upgrades and renovations at Emerald Bay had "stayed true", witht he pool, landscaping, interi ors and furnishings forming the bulk of that investment. Jacuzzi Apart from the pool and deck area, Mr Stewart said that when completed, Sandals Emerald Bay would feature the largest jacuzzi in the Caribbean bigger than the existing record holder, which was located at another of its resorts. Other features included an a uthentic British pub, swim bar and barefoot seafood restaurant. "We feel strongly that we can do it," Mr Stewart said, when asked how Sandals could make a success of Emerald Bay, given that the resort had endured a two-year receivership after its initial owners/developers had been unable to meet debt repayments. "We gave our commitment t o give 110 per cent and do our part. We will do our best. We have no doubt that we can make this resort a suc-c ess." "This is going to be the first hotel in Sandals history that has a dedicated butler for e very room," Mr Stewart told Tribune Business, explaining that Emerald Bay would be positioned near the peak oft he chain's resorts, alongside Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Royal Plantation. "This development is almost like a big country club." "We really try to focus on investing as much as we can afford back into the physical plant of our resorts," he added. Emerald Bay will be the second Sandals property to possess a golf course, after Ocho Rios, and also the first one with a marina. It is only the second 500acre property to be included in Sandals portfolio. 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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 1 000.001000.00Fidelity 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) +FBB15100.000.007 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice WeeklyVol. EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield F INDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2008 -12.31%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities30 May 2013 29 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 7%TUESDAY, 12 JANUARY 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,565.47 | CHG 0.05 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD 0.09 | YTD % 0.01BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)Maturity 19 October 2017 7 % Interest 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 Fund3.1168-7.94-7.94 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 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.236112.3612.36 7.71714.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.717140.0540.05 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-Dec-09 31-Dec-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-Dec-09MARKET TERMS Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual Funds31-Oct-09 30-Sep-09 31-Oct-09 NAV Date 31-Oct-09 31-Oct-09 31-Oct-09 &200(5&,$/$&()25(17 C OMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS THE SUPREME COURT PROBATE DIVISION1 4th 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 7KH3XEOLFLVKHUHE\DGYLVHGWKDW 0$9,6$'5,&$ +2/0(6,/*5,0 RI0$5,$$($673$5. (67$1$66$8%$+$0$6LQWHQGWRFKDQJH QDPHWR 0$9,6$'5,&$+2/0(6+$1(. ,IWKHUHDUH DQ\REMHFWLRQVWRWKLVFKDQJHRIQDPH'HHG3ROO\RX PD\ZULWHVXFKREMHFWLRQVWRWKH &KLHI3DVVSRUW2IFHU 31DVVDX%DKDPDVQRODWHUWKDQWKLUW\ GD\VDIWHUWKHGDWHRISXEOLFDWLRQRIWKLVQRWLFH The BHA president said that the December figures for the Nassau/Paradise Island hotels would not be available for another week, but certainly the New Year period exceeded expect ations. Mr Sands, who is also Baha Mars senior vice-president of external and governmental affairs, said the Bahamian resort industry believed it had benefited from the way the New Years holiday fell in terms of dates. With New Years Day falling on a Friday this year, visitors were able to enjoy t he luxury of a long weekend stay. Adding that the combined marketing efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and the industry may also have had a positive impact on holiday stopover visitors, Mr Sands said that while the New Years performance had come as a pleasant surprise, he added: We should not use that performance as any long-term indicator of what business will be like. We need a sustained level of high o ccupancies and increased rates to see a turnaround taking place. We are satisfied that the worst is behind us, and will have to see if we get back to 2008 l evels before we can confidently state were on the rebound. It will not be satisfactory to beat 2009 levels, because that was not a good year. While year-over-year occupancy c omparisons were difficult due to various room inventory having been taken off-line for refurbishment, the BHA p resident said of 2009: I would say on aggregate that most of the hotels have achieved anywhere between 6062 per cent occupancy, which may be about 8-10 per cent behind where wew ere in 2008. In terms of the average rate, we were at least 10-15 per cent off. Put all those together, and you can see the k ind of revenues not realised in 2009. We have a lot of work to do this year. Mr Sands said the main challenge facing the Bahamian hotel industry was the soft group business, the con-v entions and conferences market remaining weak due to the reluctance of companies to invest, and their prefe rence to control expenses and not be seen spending lavishly. Group business is a bedrock for major operators such as Kerzner International and Baha Mar, plus the likeso f the British Colonial Hilton, as it represents large block bookings of their room inventory. They can then plan leisure business and rates around t his. The challenge remains the softness of the group market, which is important to a number of hotels in New Providence, and we will not see thati mprove here until later this year or early 2011, Mr Sands told Tribune B usiness. The industry has challenged itself to do everything possible to stimulate business during this period. Promotions such as a Companion Fly Free Programme, designed to pro-v ide a couple with free air travel for one of them, were beginning to see some take up, and were designed to take us through the end of winter. We will see how it manifests itself in terms of bodies in beds over the next few weeks, Mr Sands told Tribune Business. Everything is a wait and see, but were being as aggressivea s we can in the marketplace. He added that the hotel industry was also hoping the cold weather in the US, Canada and Europe would r esult in increased travel to the Bahamas, as visitors sought warmer destinations. Hotels beat New Year projections F ROM page 1B Tour operator sees 30-50% booking rise did 14,000. However, she said numbers in the first three months of 2010 indicate a turnaround, and she is cautiously optimistic. "Everybody was down because of the economy," she said. Majestic Holidays forward bookings for hotels across the Bahamas could be a positive indicator for stopover visits from Europe, and tangible evidence of the pay-off from increased airlift from that region. Last year, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation lobbied for more seats coming into Nassau, ailing Grand Bahama and Abaco. Mrs Saunders said Majestic Holidays has pushed the Family Islands in Europe and Canada, and received a favourable response in terms of bookings. They have also been involved in a campaign in tandem with the Ministry of Tourism to boost domestic tourism, but that endeavour proved less successful. Despite the pro gramme being ill-received by Bahamians, the campaign will continue later this year. "Everybody seems to be a bit more confident," she said. F ROM page 1B Family Island growth hurt by airlift absence Pindling International Airport to Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera could complement British Airways and WestJet arrivals, which often arrive after 2pm in the afternoon. According to her, many Europeans are not interested in overnighting in Nassau before connecting to the Out Islands. "UK customers don't go to the Out Islands because they cannot come the same day, she said. The Government has talked for years about solving Out Island connectivity issues at the airport, and Nassau Airport Development (NAD that the renovated domestic terminal will not solve those issues. Many of the late-evening connectivity issues in the past were tied to the absence of runway lights at many small airports. However, the Government has vowed to upgrade the infrastructure at many of those airports in a bid to increase airlift to those destinations. Mrs Saunders said the summer months are often OK for late evening connections because of the Spring time shift, but the winter months often a busy tourist season are more of a challenge. "The Out Islands can only sell if you can get to them," she said. F ROM page 1B Resor t to have more than one staff member per visitor F ROM page 1B


By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico MasterCard is extending and expanding its Find Your Way With MasterCard Bahamas promotion, via newly-added members and greater merchant participation, its vicepresident of strategic partnerships said yesterday. Patricio Rubalcaba told Tribune Business that the 2008 launch of the programme was "very successful" into 2009, and will be improved when it is relaunched later this month in Nassau. According to Mr Rubalcaba, numerous vendors have come on board since the programme launched, including Atlantis, which is tailoring activities around the promotion in order to give more value to their guests. Mr Rubalcaba said theMasterCardprogramme, which gives card holders exclusive offers at merchantsacross the Bahamas, is designed to make the destination more competitive. He said the programme has led to a positive shift in sales for some businesses. And as many as 34 merchants are represented by the programme. The Find Your Way promotion also offers card holders the opportunity to enter into a sweepstakes eveytime they swipe their card at participating businesses. Mr Rubalcaba said the Government has been extremely receptive to the programme. The promotion was launched in late 2008 in conjunction with the Ministry of T ourism. The partnership s ought to make this destina t ion more affordable and attractive to visitors and prospective visitors. Through the progamme, visitors enjoy special deals at many Bahamian restaurants, jewellery stores and on rental cars. MasterCard distributed information and maps marking the location at kiosks att he Prince George Wharf cruise port, and launched a w ebsite to market the programme with direct links to Bahamas.com and Nassauparadiseisland.com. Mr Rubalcaba said the programme continued to grow despite the destination having "suffered a lot" in the economic downturn. "We had some positive numbers in the first year,"he said. He added that more strategic partnerships connected to the promotion could be rolled out some time this year. However, plans are still being finalised. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ,17+((67$2)&/(9(/$1' 675$&+$1 ODWHRI1DVVDX9LOODJHLQWKH 6RXWKHUQ'LVWULFWRIWKH,VODQGRI1HZ3URYLGHQFH %DKDPDVGHFHDVHG 127,&( 127,&( LVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWDOOSHUVRQVKDYLQJ DQ\FODLPRUGHPDQGDJDLQVWWKHVDLGHVWDWHDUHUHTXLUHGWR VHQGWKHVDPHGXO\FHUWLHGLQZULWLQJWRWKHXQGHUVLJQHG RQRUEHIRUHWKH QG GD\RI-DQXDU\DIWHU ZKLFKGDWHWKH([HFXWUL[ZLOOSURFHHGWRGLVWULEXWHWKH HVWDWHKDYLQJUHJDUGRQO\WRWKHFODLPVRIZKLFKVKHVKDOO KDYHKDGQRWLFH $1' QRWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWDOOSHUVRQV LQGHEWHGWRWKHHVWDWHDUHUHTXLUHGWRPDNHIXOOVHWWOHPHQW RQRUEHIRUHWKHGDWHKHUHLQDERYHPHQWLRQHG 'DWHGWKH WK GD\RI-DQXDU\ &('5,&/$5.(5t&2 $WWRUQH\VIRUWKH([HFXWUL[ XVW\%HWKHO'ULYH 1DVVDX%DKDPDV out and develop our registry, m arketing and promoting it to potential clients, before this happened. The Bahamian private sector, especially the financial ser-v ices industry, has long pushed for this nation to develop its aircraft registry, viewing it as another essential tool and serv ice to attract high net worth individuals, their families and companies to use this nation as a base for their activities. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said t he Government did not view the aircraft registrys development as bringing a spectacular increase in tourist numbers, a rguing that the new pre-clearance agreement with the US and accompanying legislation/regulations would be more valuable in that regard. We dont see the value to t ourism as being as great as preclearance, the minister said of t he aircraft registry. That will not necessarily bring anyi ncrease in tourism. We think, for example, that the pre-cleara nce agreement is of enormous i mportance. The aircraft registrys main h ub would be located in Freeport alongside the private a viation pre-clearance facility, an initiative designed to attractp rivate pilots and their passen gers from throughout the C aribbean region. While the Government had some estimates regarding the e conomic impact from expanding its aircraft registry, Mr Van d erpool-Wallace said yesterday: Im not prepared to share it y et, but it [the impact] is a suf ficiently large number to ensure we spend a great deal of time in putting it in place. Its a matter now of not just p utting the legislation in place, but making sure the right termsa nd conditions are in place. A lot of people are interested in h aving an aircraft registry put in place in the Bahamas. Theres some latent opportunities we think we can capitalise on. The estimates are sufficiently robust t o suggest this is something we should be in the business of d eveloping and should be pur suing. M r Vanderpool-Wallace said that as with the Bahamas ship ping registry, the aircraft registry business was increasingly competitive, but the Govern m ent had received advice on its development from a whole r ange of private sector sources, including interests in the US a nd Ireland. They were coming forward because their count ries have aircraft registries and think we can get a share of this business because of problems theyre having at home. T he Bahamas moved quickly to reform its existing aircraft registry following the findings of a safety oversight audit com pleted last year by the Internat ional Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO The ICAO report found: A review of the aircraft register revealed incomplete essential information for a large number of aircraft on the register, and discrepancies on the electronic register. In particular, neither the actual number of aircraft registered in the Bahamas, nor the current status of these aircraft, can be accurately determined. In addition, a registra tion mark in use can easily be confused with urgent signals. Furthermore, the official air craft register is not kept in a secure location that provides protection from fire and theft. The Bahamas response appears to have been swift. In its reply to the ICAO report, this nation acknowledged that the findings in relation to the aircraft registry were critical, and that immediate measures were taken to correct. A number of measures were completed by the deadline of March 30, 2009, and June 30, 2009, with further deadlines scheduled to be met at endOctober and November 2009. It is not known whether those deadlines were met, but the Bahamas said: A complete review of the Bahamas Aircraft Registry has been carried out to reliably determine the number and status of all aircraft cur rently registered in the Bahamas. During the review of the aircraft registry, any aircraft whose status could not be reliably determined has been deregistered and the owners notified. During the aircraft registry review, any aircraft found to have been issued with a registration mark that might be confused with urgent signals has been deregistered. Aircraft registrys robust returns F ROM page 1B Card promotion boosts Bahamas merchant sales


C M Y K C M Y K T ASTE T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010, PAGE 5B T h e T r i b u n e By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter r shearer@tribunemedia.net H EALTHY eating seems to be the theme for many in 2010, and Da Glass K itchen on Hawkins Hill is j ust the place for indulging culinary cravings in a health conscious way. W hile the restaurant sells all kinds o f dishes, it also focuses on offering vegetarians and vegans a wide selection of delicious foods. B ut regardless if its a meat or a vegetarian dish, Da Glass Kitchen strives to use the healthiest cookingm ethods available. T he turkey burgers are made fresh from ground turkey, and fried in a little bit of soy butter, seared on both sides. You can have a single patty or double stacker sandwich with cheese. They also put green and red pepper s lices on top of the usual tomato and l ettuce. And before your burger goes on t he bun (they have two choices of w hite or wheat bread), they fry the burger buns in the soy residue left in t he frying pan. We do things pretty much on the s tove top, said Ericka Robinson, o wner of Da Glass Kitchen. We do not use oil within the restaurant unless its olive oil. We offer a grilled chicken breast sandwich rather than a fried chickens andwich. The sandwiches are really big, and h er food portions in general are a decent size, all at a very affordable price. Im a joneser for this, said Tanya, a frequent customer who has grown fond of the turkey burger. The restaurant offers a special s auce called caution that you can u se for your sandwich if you want it a bit spicier. Chips and bags of jujus a re on also sale as sides. I n the beverage department, the switcher is the big hit at Da Glass K itchen. Its switcheriffic, said Ms Robins on of her restaurants delightful B ahamian lemonade that T ribune Taste tried yesterday. The switcher is served in a cup of crushed, fine ice that makes the lemonade made from freshlys queezed lemons cool and refreshing. It comes in regular and tall boy s ize. I come here every week, and the food is very good, said Villierre Cartwright, a customer who is allergic to beef and any kind of red meat. This is my Saturday morning stop f or banana pancakes and eggs benedict, she said. Ms Cartwright said she loves that Ms Robinson puts an emphasis on cooking in sanitary conditions to avoid cross contamination. As I learn more about the body I s ee that what you eat has a significant impact on your health, said M s Robinson. The restaurant owner said that she a lways ensures that the food is not exposed to the open air for any length of time. Another customer, Marilyn Moree, is overweight, has high chol esterol, hypertension and type 2 diab etes. After being diagnosed with t hese conditions she said she realised that she had to make changes to her eating habits. M s Moree just had her first meal from Da Glass Kitchen on Monday and plans to incorporate Ms Robin-s ons cooking into her diet from now o n. The food is fresh, tasty and seasoned just right, she said. Its seasoned and not in excess. You can taste your food. Ms Moree got food poisoning last year from curry chicken at a local restaurant. She spent three days int he hospital and since then she has been experiencing difficulties eating from restaurants. But Da Glass Kitchen has made a good impression on her. Ms Robinson has a very loyal cust omer base, she knows her cust omers by name and knows what they like. People can come in here, see whats going on, speak to the chef, a nd watch their food being prepared from the raw to the final product, she said. Customers can watch their food being prepared on separate cutting b oards and in the different pans, w hich are always washed after use. M s Robinson said she does research on the food that she prepares for her customers. It tastes like ya grammy was cooking your food, said Ms Robinson. I take what I eat so seriously, s he explains. People who are really strict vegetarians really take food preparation seriously. By JEFFARAH GIBSON A S Bahamians are bundling up in this chilly w eather, one restaurant promises that it has some thing that will warm you up i n no time. So instead of going with the usually fare of hot cocoa,e spresso, caf latte and assorted teas, give the Bahamian Coffee a try. While the name of this hot b everage is Bahamian Coffee, coffee is surprisingly enough not the main ingre d ient; only a hint of coffee dust is used in this mixture. However, the drink is defi nitely a unique experience t hat will probably have you saying, refill please. Andrew Sturrup at the C olumbus Tavern Restaurant on Paradise Island, who spoke with Tribune Taste a bout the drink, said the main ingredient in the delicate, smooth beverage is alcohol. The drink is mixed with W hite Bacardi, coconut rum, and Nassau Royal liquor, but there is a special processw hen it comes to making this beverage, he said. This is a great alternative to t he regular hot beverages, not to mention it has an explosive taste, Mr Sturrup said. There is an art when it c omes to making this drink, and whenever it is made it becomes a performance. The s potlight is on the bar and restaurant guests watch with rapt attention. The first thing that we do is take a glass and wet the rim of the glass with lime. A fterwards we add the shots of white Bacardi, coconut rum, and Nassau Royall iquor to the mixture, he s aid. However, other alcoholic beverages of your prefer-e nces can be substituted. After the shots are com bined, the glass is rolled con t inuously over the sterno can which contains a fuel made from jellied alcohol. When the mixture is at the d esired heat then a hint of fresh coffee is added. For presentation purpos e s, whipped cream and sprin kles of brown sugar are added to the top of the drink. This is an overwhelmingly good tasting drink and whenever it is ordered by one o f our patrons they are always amazed at how deli cious the drink is, Mr Sturr up said. H owever, while the drink can be made at home, he does not recommend it. Great skill is necessary when it comes to making this drink. I would not advise per s ons to make this drink at home because great caution must be exercised. And if a person tries to make it ath ome the taste probably wont be the same, so you have to come down to C olumbus Tavern, he told Tribune Taste. Have you tried a Bahamian Coffee? TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM I NSTEAD o f going with the usually fare of hot cocoa, espresso, caf latte and assorted teas, give the Bahamian Coffee a try. Da Glass Kitchen (ARA With the abun d ance of parties this time of year, it can be easy to overindulge and see the result in your waistline. Even so, it's possible to enjoy party favorites with the right approach. Mitzi Dulan, registered dietician, author and nutritionist for NFL and Major League Baseball teams, offers a party game plan everyone can follow that emphasizes moderation, avoiding hunger extremes and eating real foods like avocado, shrimp and all-natural honey. "Some people think they cannot enjoy the food at par ties and maintain their figure," Dulan says. "This isn't true. I encourage people to eat the foods they love, but do so in moderation. It is easy to overeat at parties, which is why I created this guide to avoid extra calories." Mitzi Dulan's party game plan includes obeying five sim ple rules: 1. Portions, portions, portions: The No. 1 rule of the party game plan is one of the easiest steps, yet most often violated. Eat foods in smaller amounts. It's when you go back for seconds and thirds that the pounds accumulate. The first bites are always the tastiest anyway. 2. Avoid the chemistry test: Xanthan Gum. Sodium Alginate. Erythorbic Acid. What m ay seem like questions on an annoying high school science quiz are actual ingredients found in party dips, marinades and appetizers. Stick to foods with short ingredient lists like chicken, vegetables and cheese. 3. Drink in moderation: Alcoholic beverages are full of empty calories. If you drink, stick to light beers and avoid sugary beverages like margaritas. 4. Bring an appetizer: Hosts and hostesses will not mind some may even find it helpful if you bring your own appe tizer. This will ensure there are smart alternatives at the party. Dulan has designed several recipes with this idea in mind including Honey Guacamole and Honey Glazed Shrimp. 5. Steer clear of extremes: Don't come to a party raven ous or leave stuffed; stay somewhere in the middle. Have a snack or appetizer before the party, like a Chick en Lettuce Wrap, to curb hunger. At the party, stop eating before you feel full or sick. Eat until satisfied, regardless of how much food is left on your plate. The following recipes, cre ated by Dulan for the National Honey Board, are all designed with the party game plan in mind. For more recipes, visit honey.com. Be party smart simple rules to avoid calories HONEY GU ACAMOLE Makes eight servings Ingredients: 2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped Sea salt Directions: Mash avocados. Stir in lemon juice, honey and cilantro. Add sea salt to taste. Serve immediately with multigrain tortilla chips. (ARA If you resolved to get health ier this year, you've probably started evaluating exercise programs and healthy foods to eat. But don't forget to include fun and enjoyment in your resolution, because that is the best way to keep it going all year long. Here are some suggestions to start your wellness resolution off on the right foot: Incorporate your exercise program into activities you're already doing. For example, if you drive to work every day, instead of parking as close to the door as you can, try parking a long distance away or, better yet, bike to work. Once at work, instead of e-mailing or calling a coworker to discuss something, get up and walk over to her desk and have an in-person conversation. Take the stairs rather than the elevator. Dance to the radio while brushing your teeth at home anything to increase the amount you are moving without changing your entire routine. If you already cook, go online, pur chase a new cookbook or sign up for a cooking class and find some new healthy recipes. If you don't cook, consider learning how. You can challenge yourself to learn one new recipe every week, or turn your learning into a social event by invit ing friends over for one of your meals. Relax with a cup of tea. Natural tea can help you reduce body fat and increase your metabolism rate. Studies have shown that Oolong tea leaves con tain rich amino acids and cellulose, which lowers cholesterol and boosts metabolism. Green tea leaves contain vitamins C and E, as well as high fiber. And black tea leaves help with digestion. Having a cup of hot tea without sugar or cream after each meal will help you to slowly dissolve fat in your body. Look for pre mium tea leaves through Teawan (www.Teawan.com teaware products from Taiwan. To brew Kung-Fu Tea, follow these steps: 1. Use purified water. Heat it to between 180 and 200 degrees. 2. Swish some of the heated water through the teapot and discard. 3. Place 1 to 2 teaspoons of tea leaves in the tea pot. 4. Pour heated water into the tea pot and swirl two to three times in a horizontal circular motion to rinse the leaves of shreds. Pour the water out into a pitcher immedi ately. 5. Rinse all the tea cups with the remaining heated rinsing water. 6. Brew the first pot of tea by filling the pot entirely to the lid. Steep the leaves between 40 seconds to a minute. Strain the leaves using a filter and pitcher. Enjoy your health tea. Fun, tasty ways to get fit in 2010 Kung-Fu Tea


B y REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net WELL-KNOWN Bahamian author Marion Bethel is officially launchingh er new book Bougainvillea Ringplay, the second installment of her collection of poems, during a special evening of poetry and music tomorrow night. Ms Bethel is a writer who has long e stablished herself as one of the most i mportant voices in modern Caribbean literature. Her second book of poems repre s ents a collection of finely crafted works that reveal a maturity of voice and a distinctive use of language, a cross of her Bahamian dialect and the s tandard English that she uses in her profession as a lawyer. Ms Bethels poetry reveals a mast ery of syntax that one finds in only the most sophisticated poets. Her poems lack all but the most u tilitarian of punctuation marks; commas, periods and colons are all ignored. Its a technique she uses to let the reader access the rhythm and syntax themselves. Writing is a very solitary endeavor, and she is inspired by life as it is lived in the moment, Ms Bethel said. Her environment, the people around her, societal concerns, and relationships with people are all explored in the pages of Bougainvillea Ringplay Jamaican writer Kwame Dawes reviewed Ms Bethels book, stating: The achievement of these poems is that they read with such control of sound and breath that such markers seem completely superfluous in her hands. Her poems are rooted in the landscape of the Bahamas, and so we will f ind the flora, we will find the sea, we will find the food, we will find the d ialect, and yet we are never for a m oment allowed to imagine this place (the Bahamas location, he said. O n the 79 pages of the book, Ms Bethel displays her attention to detail, her unsettling truth-telling, and her willingness to take risks with narra tives about love and pain in all kinds of relationships. Caribbean writers have had won d erful things to say about Ms Bethels most recent poetic work. They describe her works as sensual in the most literal sense. And thep oems are about what titillates senses the sound of waves, radio, voices, sea, the taste of crab, the texture of hurricane wind, and the chaos of colours bombarding the eye. Her book launching and signing event will take place tomorrow at 6pm a t the Chapter One Bookstore on Thompson Boulevard. The event will be emceed by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming, and guest musicians will include C-Force, with Christine Gangelhoff on the flute, Chris Justilien on the euphonium and Ken Coleby on keyboard. Harold Munnings will entertain atten dees with classical guitar music. Ms Bethel will be reading some of the poems from Bougainvillea Ring play, a title she says that sort of embraced the 32 poems in her book. She is an attorney by profession, and a part-time lecturer of English studies at the College of the Bahamas. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Callaloo, Poui, MaComere, The Ham pden Sidney Poetry Review, The Caribbean Writer and many more. C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE T h e T r i b u n e Nassau Music Society pres ents Colleen Lee in concert T his Friday and Saturday, the Nassau Music Society, with sponsors Santander Bank a nd Trust and the Embassy of The People's Republic of Chi-n a, present famed pianist C olleen Lee. The concert starts at 7.30pm on both nights. O n Friday she performs in the ballroom of Government H ouse, and on Saturday at St P aul's Church Hall, Lyford C ay. Tickets are $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members and $10 for students and canb e purchased from the Nassau Music Society in the SG Private Banking Building on WestB ay Street, telephone number 302-5146; from AD Hanna and C o (322-8306 C ay, from Moir and Co (3624 895), or for an extra $5 at the door if available. Colleen Lee is from Hong Kong and lives in Germany.T he Society's president Patrick T homson and his wife met her in Santander, Spain, when she w as competing in the Santander International Piano Competition last summer she came fifth and was named the top female. The Thomsons were impressed by her skill a nd asked if she would like to come and play for the Nassau M usic Society. She agreed and w e look forward to welcoming her in January. H er programme will include a selection of Scarlatti Sonatas and music by Albeniz and Chopin. The Naked Truth art exhi b ition by Antonius Roberts Exploring such hot button issues as the marital rape law, c apital punishment, gender identity and the position of the c hurch in these matters, the renowned artist opened his l atest exhibit featuring nude art on Monday. The Naked Truth exhibition will be on display in the lobby at the Central Bank until February 12, 2010. The official single release party for NCitys Dancing in the Rain In a party that organisers promise will be bananas and off the chain, the girl hip hop duo of NCity will be premiering their new and eagerly antici pated single. The event kicks off at 9pm on January 21 at Bambu nightclub with live performances, special guest DJs and of course the SWIFFZ Dance Crew. Admission is $1O. things 2 DO THE Miss Bahamas Organisation (MBO) has acquired the Miss Universe franchise, making it the first organisation i n the history of Bahamian pageantry to hold both the Miss Universe and Miss World licenses concurrently. Under the theme Timeless Beauty, the pageant will select one winner who will compete in both the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants joining the ranks of Ava Burke Thomp son the only Bahamian woman to do s o to-date. This is an exciting time for us, said MBO president Michelle Malcolm who never gave up on the vision of having both international franchises under her directorship. By acquiring this franchise we will now be able to crown one Miss Bahamas, and in so doing hopefully rid the Bahamas of all the confusion about which is the real national pageant system in the country. Ever since our launch back in 2005, we were hopeful that the day would come when we could be managing both Miss World and Miss Universe in the Bahamas. And now that day is finally here, Ms Malcolm said. The 2010 pageant is set for April 25 and eligible young women are encour aged to apply to enter quickly as there is only a two-and-a-half-week window to do so before the pageants contestants screening and training regimen begins. The age limit has been raised from 17 to 18, which is the starting age of the Miss Universe pageant. Additionally, MBOs minimum height requirement has been adjusted from 5 5 to 5 3 to allow for wider participation. A few of our regional directors have been after us for a while t o relax our height limits, so that they could have an easier time of choosing a r epresentative, said Miss Malcolm. Interested young women can apply online at www.missbahamas.net. We are looking for the complete package, Ms Malcolm said, someone who can make her presence felt at both international pageants, and hopefully capture one of the two crowns for the Bahamas. Strategic partnerships are being formed to ensure that the new Miss B ahamas receives a prize package like none before her. Getting the opportunity to compete in both Miss Universe and Miss World is thrilling within itself, said Ms Malcolm, however, thats just the beginning of the amazing prize package that awaits our new queen. Plans are underway to make the historic 2010 Miss Bahamas Beauty Pageant a grand affair. During the course of the events, past queens from both the Miss Bahamas and Miss Commonwealth Bahamas pageants of yesteryear will be hono ured. Additionally, they will be invited to p lay an active role in the Miss Bahamas Foundation, which will focus on raising money for charitable endeavors throughout the Bahamas. Entrants should be beautiful in form and face, graceful, intelligent and charming, while possessing poise, a pleasing character, and high moral convictions. Candidates must be single, must not have children, nor have ever been pregn ant or given birth. Minimum height requirement is 5 3 and maximum height requirement is 6 2. Weight must be proportionate to height. Candidates should be of Bahamian ancestry, or citizens of the Bahamas. The Miss Bahamas Organisation reserves the right to refuse an application or dismiss a contestant, using the organisations codes and regulations as the basis for its decision. Applicants must submit a headshot and a full body shot of her own choice for review with her application. The deadline for entry is January 29, 2010. MBO acquires Miss Universe franchise Search begins for new Miss Bahamas to compete in worlds most prestigious pageants Bethel r eleases new book called Bougainvillea Ringplay TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net WITH the lighting of seven can dles, the Pan-African community in the Bahamas gathered on New Years Eve to celebrate the African Diaspora tradition of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a cultural festival celebrated by people of African descent across the globe between December 26 and January 1. Although it origi nated in the African American com munity, it has grown globally into an expression of African unity and com munity by millions of people. Since Kwanzaa is not a religious expression or holiday, it is a cultural celebration, it allows all persons, no matter their affiliation, to come together as one for a common cause. With unity being the foundation prin ciple of seven, coming together in that manner allows us to reaffirm our commitment to supporting each other and to focus on our commonal ties, said Rhonda Wright, host of the Kwanzaa event. Seven principles, known by the Swahili name Nguzo Saba and rep resented by seven colour-coded can dles, form the basis of the Kwanzaa celebration. Participants in the New Years Eve event joined in to light each of the seven candles, starting with the unity or umoja candle. This is the only black candle, representing the people of Africa, and is placed at the centre. The imani or faith candle was the last to be lit. It is one of three green candles, representing land and growth, also including nia (purpose) and ujima (col lective work and responsibility). Much of the ceremony was a learning experience for participants. Charo Walker, co-owner of BlackFood.org, a Pan-African e-newspaper, said she always knew about Kwanzaa in theory, but was not sure how the cere mony would actually be conducted. One of the most memorable things for me was the libation, how we called on our ancestors before the ceremony began. I felt it was power ful because I could actually feel the strength by calling on people like Marcus Garvey, Stephen Biko, and even someone called on Sir Lynden Pindling, said Ms Walker. The libation was about calling on people who have made a significant impact on our lives as Africans and drawing on that strength to go for ward in the new year, she said. Libation is a ritual pouring of drink by traditional communities. Pouring rum over a deceased persons grave isa form of libation. At the Kwanzaa ceremony, Mrs Wright said the libation was to acknowledge and give thanks to the ancestors who paved the way for the community. Each participant called the names of individuals in their direct lineage, as well as other ancient and modern ancestors they wanted to pay homage to. The names of ancient ancestors invoked included: Shaka Zulu, 18th century ruler of the Zulu Kingdom in Southern Africa; Queen NZinga, warrior Queen of the Ngondo Kingdom or modern Angola; and Ancient Kemet (Egypt personification of the concepts truth, balance and justice. What was also memorable was that the children were there and that they were involved, just their pres ence even was significant. And in the libation we raised up children, even those not born yet, said Ms Walker. The purpose or nia candle was the featured principle for the night. Participants were encouraged to focus on nia and the other principles throughout the year, and not just for the seven-day celebration. Nia represents being clear about what your individual purpose is and ensuring it is in line with the community or collective purpose, because ultimately we do not exist in a vacuum. What we do affects the whole, so what we do needs to be aligned, said Mrs Wright. According to Kwanzaa founder, Maulana Karenga, the principles rep resent an amalgamation of African communitarian philosophy, they area collection of best practices in African thought and custom. The principles kuumba (creativity maa (cooperative Economics kujichagulia (self-determination are represented by red candles, red symbolising resistance, struggle, survival and the blood shed by African ancestors. African consciousness is expressed and represented in the Diaspora in many different ways, including Ancient Kemet practices, Yoruba, Rastafari, and Afro-religious tradi tions, like Revivalism. Each tradition typically has a set of rituals or prac tices to celebrate seasons, events and cycles. Mrs Wright said members of the African Diaspora often focus on the aspects that differentiate each group. Kwanzaa is based on a set principles designed to unify each group. Kwanzaa is not about replacing existing traditions. Whichever way you represent and celebrate African culture, Kwanzaa is the common ground. It is a new innovation, not an old tradition, but its newness does not negate the profound impact it could and does have in uniting the community, said Mrs Wright. Bahamians join global community in celebrating Kwanzaa M BO president Michelle Malcolm


C M Y K C M Y K A RTS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GREEK mythology, Freudian theory and feminism, these are some of t he complex themes a young Bahamia n filmmaker is exploring with his n ewest production, The Kindly Ones. Inspired by the play The Eumenides, the third part of Aeschylus trilogy of ancient Greek tragedies known as The Oresteia, the short filmi s expected to premiere later this year. R upert Missick Jr, known as a playwright of such works as Sacred Space Imago Dei and Fallen Trees, said he fell in love with The Eumenides after listening to a recording of a lec-t ure on the Foundations of Western Thought delivered by Kenyon Col-lege Professor Dr Timothy Shutt. D r Shutt spoke in glowing terms a bout Aeschylus in general and The Oresteia in particular, and singled out the Eumenides as the greatest play of that trilogy. The play opens with Orestes being chased by the Furies, three deities whoa venge the death of persons who are murdered by their relatives, especially their relatives by blood, and more particularly their mothers. Orestes has murdered his mother Clytemnestra because she killed his f ather, King Agamemnon. T he Furies track Orestes to Athens by picking up on the scent of his slain mothers blood in the air. A s they surround him, Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, intervenes and brings in eleven Athenians to join h er in forming a jury to judge the boy. A pollo, known as the Greek god of light, music and healing, acts as Orestes defence lawyer and argues that no one can blame as on for avenging the murder of h is dear father. The Furies act as prosecutors and question what possible reason a child could have for murdering his own mother. They reason that no one can reallyb e sure who their father is but e veryone knows who their mother is. I was particularly fascinated by what Dr Shutt pointed out was one of the central themes of the play, M r Missick said. What it boils down to is a conflict b etween two visions of family. On the one hand there are the Furies, ancient goddesses who serve the blood connection or the mother, while Apollo is a newer god who advocates mar-r iage which builds up a wider society as o pposed to blood relations. This debate is also at the heart of Mr Missicks The Kindly Ones. In the film, three Bahamian women, Moira, Nora and Deci, played by ErinG ay, Tara Woodside and Juanita Kelly respectively, meet for a tea party where a twisted debate about the role a nd significance of men and women i n the family leads to the murder of an unknown man. In this way the three women become the Furies from Aeschylus play, Mr Missick said. The Kindly Ones is Mr Missicks f irst film and he expects to follow it with another short film based on his one-act play Fallen Trees. I would like for both films to premiere this year. I dont expect that I will abandon theatre all together, the p laywright said, but I am finding that I am enjoying the filmmaking process more. The Kindly Ones is a production of T he Imagination Workshop, a compa ny he founded two years ago. We would like to complete three s horts and possibly a documentary b efore we tackle a feature, but well see, Mr Missick said. The Kindly Ones


C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune SECTIONB I N S I D E Rupert Missick Jr. presentsThe Kindly Ones See page seven WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010 Bahamian author releases new book of poems See page six By JEFFARAH GIBSON W ITH a vibr ant array of colours, patt er ns and details, well-known artist Ant hony Big Mo Morley has taken junkanoo off the str eets and transferred it onto can v as in his lat est e xhibition entitled Spirits Rejoice which opened y est er day at the Ladder Gallery on Blake Road. In a celebration of what is truly Bahamian, the artist has manifested his vision of a cultural identity a vision of unity and of harmony. Viewing his pieces, its almost as if you can feel the rush. Each of the 30 oil paint ings comes alive and takes you back to the Rawson Square of Boxing Day or New Years Eve. There is no holding back when it comes to detail. In some pieces, sweat can even be seen trickling down the face of the junknooers. Also captured in the paintings is the confetti falling from the skies, something that is particularly common during a junkanoo parade. Mr Morley describes his work as motion on canvas and he told Tribune Art that he wants the expressionistic pieces to evoke emotions and force reac tions. This exhibition is a unique assem blage. I tried to incorporate as much realism as possible within each of the paint ings. When viewers look at a painting I want them to actually feel the parade and what it was like when they attended it. So I am trying to get persons to relive each and every moment, he said. Mr Morley said to achieve the realistic features of the subjects in this exhibition he used a variety of techniques, con trasting colours and patterns. He said that the work is very experimental, since he played a lot with colour to achieve the different desired textures. While he has done a great deal of experimentation, he believes that persons will still be able to appreciate the work for what it really is. What I have done is something that people should be able to appreciate. For instance, I painted a picture of a little boy who was drummer and if he or his family were to view it, I am sure they would be happy about something like that, he said. As a junkanooer himself, this exhibition is Mr Morleys way of preserving the very essence, the feel and the vibran cy of the spectacular parades. Junkanoo is a very exciting phenom enon and I thought that it is my time to make a contribution to preserve the art form. You see the photographers preserve the parade by taking pictures, the videographers preserve it by shooting the parade and make copies on tapes or DVD. So it is time for artists in the Bahamas to also conserve the parade with their paintings, he told Tribune Art. On that note, Mr Morley said he wants to encourage other artists to do the same. Additionally, he hopes people will allow the spirit of junkanoo to reign in their lives. I want people to look at the disci pline associated with this art form. There is much camaraderie and the unity dis played is representation of the life that we all should live, and I hope that this mass participation through junkanoo creates a social cohesion among Bahamians, he said. Mr Morley has considered himself as an artist since the age of nine. He is also an accomplished photographer and busi nessman. From now on, Mr Morley said he wants to dedicate an exhibition to junkanoo every year. The Spirits Rejoice exhibition will run until February 2 at the Ladder Gallery, and afterwards it will move to the Morley Art Studio and Gallery on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. SPIRITS REJOICE Bahamian artist Anthony Big Mo Morley opens latest exhibition at Ladder Gallery