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Publication Date: 09-20-2010
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Union chief says govt
must change attitude
towards workers

MASSIVE industrial unrest
is forecast in the country's
public service within the next
year if the government does-
n't change its attitude toward
the "nation's working popu-
lation," Bahamas Public Ser-
vices Union President John
Pinder told The Tribune yes-
Mr Pinder, who also serves
as president of the largest
umbrella union in the coun-
try, the National Congress of
Trade Unions, said he can no
longer ask for calm and

patience from his members
because the government is
asking Bahamians to sacrifice
too much.
"I think it's past that stage.
I think people have been
patient. This government is
not labour friendly. It is not
sympathetic toward the work-
ing population of this coun-
try and it has to show some
level of sympathy toward the
public service who has to push
the government's agenda," he
SEE page nine

Anger as legal appeals
put hangings on hold
Tribune Staff Reporter - .
THE hanging of murderers on death row
has been paralysed by legal appeals spurring
activists to call for swift justice and the execu- ,
tion of convicted killers.
Minister of National Security Tommy Turn- STATEMENT:
quest said all six condemned inmates at HM Tommy Turnquest
Prison in Fox Hill have active court proceedings.
Maxo Tido is appealing his conviction and sentencing before
the Judicial Council of the Privy Council in the United King-
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Tribune Staff Reporter
TEN Bahamians, alleged to be straw vendors,

were arrested by airport officials in New York,
according to unconfirmed reports reaching The
Tribune late last night.
It was reported that the Bahamians were in
possession of illegal counterfeit items and once
SEE page eight

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THREE patrol craft and an air-
craft from the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force continue their search
today for Drexel Clarke, the third
SEE page eight


Plane crashes
in South Bimini
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE condition of the six Amer-
icans and one Bahamian aboard an
aircraft that crashed in South Bimi-
ni yesterday could not be con-
firmed up to press time.
Preliminary reports indicate the
Piper PA-31 aircraft was totally
destroyed, however, civil aviation
officials confirmed to The Tribune
last n ta night that no fatalities were
Shortly before 3 pm, the aircraft
- bound for Ft Lauderdale expe-
rienced problems after take off.
It was explained that when the
plane left the runway, its baggage
door flew open and at that time
the pilot turned the plane around
with the intention of landing.
However, for reasons unknown
at this time, once landed the plane
left the runway, crashed into near-
by bushes and caught fire.
Investigations into the plane
crash are continuing.

that Chinese
criminals may
work on Baha
Mar 'baseless'
Tribune Staff Reporter
SPECULATION that thou-
sands of Chinese criminals will be
brought in to build Baha Mar have
been called baseless allegations by
the Embassy of the People's
Republic of China in Nassau.
Concerns raised in the local
press suggested the Chinese gov-
ernment has chosen convicts from
its overcrowded prisons to work
on foreign projects and may do the
same when they bring in 8,150
workers to construct Baha Mar.
Editorial writers called on gov-
ernment to exercise due diligence
in vetting their work permits if the
foreign labour is approved as con-
SEE page nine

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham was in
Grand Bahama on Friday for the
official opening of Canal House,
a new $ 7 million convention
facility at Pelican Bay Resort.
Mr Ingraham was given the
task of smashing a conch shell
with a mallet to officially open
the nearly 40,000 sq ft state-of -
the-art four-storey building at
Port Lucaya.
Some of the VIP guests includ-
ed Frank Watson, former deputy
prime minister, Housing and
SEE page 10



Four armed robberies and

stabbing over the weekend

Tribune Staff Reporter

POLICE arrested four
persons over the weekend
following widespread inci-
dents of daytime armed
robbery and stabbing in the
The majority of the crim-
inal activity occurred on
Saturday, with four armed
robberies and one stabbing
incident. Police reported
another stabbing occurred
on Sunday.
A female Twin Brothers
employee was the week-
end's first victim. She was
robbed at gun point shortly
after midnight on Saturday
while at the restaurant's
Boyd Road location.
A masked man, wearing
dark clothing, robbed the
employee of her handbag
which contained the com-
pany's deposit and then fled
the scene.
It was reported that a 28-
year-old Carmichael Road
man is assisting police with
their investigations.
Police are also question-
ing an 18-year-old and a 21-
year-old in connection with
another armed robbery,
which took place around
5.30 am. It was alleged that
two men one armed with
a handgun robbed a man
at gunpoint at Baillou Hill
Road and Cockburn Street.

The thieves took an unde-
termined amount of cash.
They fled on foot into the
Cambridge Lane area.
The weekend's first stab-
bing occurred at 10 am.
Police were called to Com-
monwealth Boulevard, Eliz-
abeth Estates. It was
alleged that an argument
between two relatives
resulted in a man being
stabbed in his back and
neck. The man was taken
to hospital by ambulance
for treatment and was later
A 26-year-old woman
was taken in for questioning
in connection with this inci-
An hour later, off West
Bay Street on Hampshire
Street, it was reported that
a woman was held up at
gunpoint just outside of her
home. The gunman is
reported to have
approached the woman just
as she arrived home and
demanded the key to her
vehicle, a 2005 Honda with
the license plate number
96331. The man, armed
with a handgun and wear-
ing a striped shirt and short
trousers, fled the area, trav-
elling in a westerly direc-
The second stabbing
took place at Millie's Bar
on Bay Street, early Sun-
day morning. An employ-
ee of the bar was reported-
ly stabbed multiple times
following an altercation
with a group of men. The
man was taken to hospital
by emergency medical ser-
vices. His condition was
unknown up to press time.
Police are investigating
all incidents and request all
informed persons to contact
them at the Central Detec-
tive Unit at 502 9991, at the
Police Emergency Room at
919 or on Crime Stoppers,

COB union unhappy

with $500 lump sum

THE UNION of Tertiary
Educators of The Bahamas
have made public their dis-
content with the $500 lump
sum offered by arbitrators
of their new industrial
agreement with the College
of the Bahamas.
In a press statement yes-
terday, the union described
the sum which would be
the only increase received
by faculty over the course
of their four-year agreement
- as an "egregious wrong"
and "an insult to the profes-
sional faculty of the Col-
The statement read:
"After a long, tedious and
distressing process of nego-
tiations and conciliation,
UTEB engaged in a good-
faith arbitration process,
with all reasonable expec-
tations that the issues of
remuneration would be
resolved through the same
honourable and integral
process that all other issues
considered during the arbi-
tration process were


Since August, when an
end to the nearly two year
struggle for a new industrial
agreement was thought to
be "closer than ever before"
by external arbitrators, the
union has expressed their
dissatisfaction with the
financial package or lack
thereof presented by the
College of the Bahamas.
The union maintained
that without a forensic audit,
figures provided to arbitra-
tors "did not present a clear
and honest picture of COB's
financial position" and the
statement questioned how
arbitrators calculated the
lump sum.

COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS: The Union of Tertiary Educators are unhappy with the $500 lump sum offer.

It was also argued that
despite the limiting eco-
nomic conditions, other
unions currently engaged in
negotiations with the gov-
ernment have been guaran-
teed increases more than
triple what was offered to
Public support and inter-
est for both parties has
waned throughout the
lengthy dispute, with many
arguing the consequences
for students. Political fig-
ures, community leaders and
the college's own student
union urged the parties to
"get together" and seek a
timely resolution even if
it meant accepting the pack-
age and suspending an
increase until the next
In response to an editor-
ial in The Tribune, which
explored this sentiment, the

union statement read:
"Many of us are also poor,
struggling Bahamians. Every
day, we live in this same
Bahamas where the govern-
ment without shame or
hesitation continue to
increase NIB deductions,
gas, BEC, and Road Traffic
rates, and school fees and
grocery prices for our chil-
dren and families continue
to increase as well.


"Yet this Editor, in her
blind support of this gov-
ernment, expects Faculty
salaries to remain stagnant
while she perpetuates the
myth created by the COB
administration that the Fac-
ulty were making unrealistic
salary demands when in fact
all that was being sought

was a modest cost of living
increase. Despite UTEB
clearing up that misconcep-
tion in a press release many
months ago, for whatever
personal reason, the Editor
persists in maintaining these
inflated and manipulated
The statement continued:
"After four years of no
increases part of which
were in 'good' times, the
Industrial Agreement that
holds us to higher standards
going forward must reflect
an increase in the salaries of
Faculty members at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas.
"The arbitrators would
acknowledge that this was
their agreed responsibility.
They need to do what they
know in their own person-
al sense of right and wrong -
is right to correct this egre-
gious wrong."







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priest robbed

at gunpoint

Tribune Staff

A PLAIN clothed
assistant priest was
among four people
held at gunpoint over
the weekend, his
assailant believed by
him to be no older
than 23 years old.
The clergyman from
St George's Anglican
Church, who wished to
remain anonymous,
was held up in the
parking lot of Scotia-
bank's Palmdale
branch sometime after
7pm on Saturday.
The armed thug was
said to have worn a
gray hat and dark
clothing when he
approached the assis-
tant priest who had
just returned from the
ATM and was about
to leave the parking
The clergyman said:
"I was leaving Scotia-
bank when a young
man came out of
nowhere brandishing a
very small handgun
saying 'give me every-
thing you have.' So I
turned over my wallet,
Blackberry, and my
keys. He said 'all you
have?' and I said 'yes'
and then he took off.
The whole thing
couldn't have been
more than 10 min-
The gunman was
reported to have fled
the area on foot head-
ing east on Madeira
After the incident,
with the thug now out
of sight, the clergyman
walked back to St
George's, located on
Montrose Avenue,
where he called the
police. When they
returned to the park-
ing lot some thirty
minutes later, his car
was still there, seem-
ingly untouched.
In the past, the
assistant priest said,
he'd always avoided
performing these type
of transactions at night
and also noted Scotia-
bank's Palmdale
branch was always
"poorly lit."
He added: "This is
the first time I've
come to the ATM at
night. You know they
always tell you be
careful of your sur-
roundings, especially
in the night time. I
don't know if maybe
he was watching at a
distance, watching
how the traffic was
flowing and then
decided to make a
Police investigations
into this robbery, and
the other three which
occurred in the capital
this weekend, are con-

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ATTENDING SERVICE: Presidential candidate for the Bahamas Union of Teachers' Elections set for Tuesday,
September 21, Frances Friend, Secretary General hopeful Villadale Bain, Treasurer and Area Vice President for
Grand Bahama, candidates Karen Butler and Meoshe Basden-Curtis respectively, attend service at All Saints Angli-
can Church, Nassau, this past week to pray for a safe, peaceful, and successful campaign.

WITH the Bahamas Union Of Teachers Elec-
tions set for Tuesday, Presidential candidate,
Frances Friend and her team are confident of
According to Friend, teachers throughout
the country during her campaign want change.
"Educators nationwide know that they deserve
better service and representation for the $52.50
cents they pay every month as union dues," said
Friend. "Despite last minute desperation to con-
fuse teachers about my willingness to live in Nas-

sau, and efforts to suggest that Villadale Bain
and Karen Butler, two highly qualified candi-
dates for Secretary General and Treasurer respec-
tively, are not a part of the FRIEND FATHER
Team, we will prevail and restore the image,
credibility, and integrity of the BUT," she said.
Friend said members, educators throughout
the country, and by extension, the entire
Bahamas should hold her to her maiden release
and take note of her winning team members list-

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Area vice president seeks

re-election in BUT poll

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Quinton Lar-
oda, BUT area vice president,
promises to ensure that plans
are implemented to improve
the quality of life for union
members in the Grand Bahama
Laroda is being contested by
shop steward Meoshe Curtis.
He feels that he is the best can-
didate with more experience at
a time when the union is
preparing to negotiate a new
contract with the government.
"I am the only candidate who
has the requisite training in col-
lective bargaining and contract
negotiation to take on the
biggest challenge that we are
going to soon face," he said.
Mr Laroda said he intends

to introduce a pension plan,
death benefit, and Christmas
voucher for teachers.
"When I came in the union
two years ago these were some
of the plans that were on the
drawing board," he said.
Mr Laroda said plans are
also underway to construct two
new buildings for the union in
Grand Bahama.
The area vice president stat-
ed that the he has been able
solve many grievances without
industrial action.
He also believes that he has
been able to foster solidarity
among the membership.
"I have been very responsive
to the needs of members... and
under my leadership something
unique has happened that has
not happened before; every sin-
gle member feels like we are a
family here," Laroda said.

MP hits out over impending

broadcasting corporation layoffs

GOLDEN Gates MP Shane Gibson, criticised govern-
ment for the impending lay off of employees of the Broad-
casting Corporation of the Bahamas.
Mr Gibson, who was once president of ZNS's union, the
Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union, said
the decision of the Broadcasting Corporation of The
Bahamas to lay off 93 people at this time is both heartless
and insensitive.
"What is this Government thinking of? In the middle of
the worst recession in the history of our country, brought on
in part by the government's policy of stop, review and can-

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Public Works
and Trans-
port Minister
Neko Grant
chats with
and sub-con-
during an
inspection of
bollards a
part of the
Harbour Port
Project on

Nassau Harbour

Port improvement

project completed

Transport Minister Neko C
Grant officially presented
the new Nassau Harbour
Port to cruise ship partners,
and colleague Ministers,
Minister of Tourism Sena-
tor Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace and Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux dur-
ing a contract close-out cer-
emony on September 16 at
the British Colonial Hilton.
On April 2, 2009, a $44
million contract was signed
with Boskalis International
BV to dredge the Nassau
The general scope of
work included dredging 1.9
million cubic yards of mate-
rial from Nassau Harbour
and the installation of three
mooring dolphins, cause-
ways and ladders at Prince
George Wharf and exten-
sion of the western end of
Arawak Cay by 1,000 ft.
The harbour project was
carried out to accommodate
the new mega Royal
Caribbean's "Oasis of the
Sc ,1 ', which made its maid-
en voyage to Nassau on
December 11, 2009.
The ceremony also
included a short presenta-
tion by Frans Thomassen,
Project manager for
Boskalis International, brief

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remarks by Senator Van-
derpool-Wallace and a ques-
tion and answer period.
Following the presenta-
tion, Ministry officials, rep-
resentatives of the contrac-
tors and media personnel
inspected Arawak Cay and
the areas where the bollards
were installed.

"The decision to dredge
the harbour was based in
part on the need to keep
abreast of changes in the
cruise industry where new
Genesis class vessels have
been introduced by the
major cruise lines," said Mr
"In response, the Gov-
ernment proceeded with the
enhancement of the Har-
bour's capacity by dredging
to accommodate the new
mega cruise ships."
He also noted that the
refurbishment and replace-
ment of bollards at Prince
George Dock, although sep-
arate and apart from the

dredging contract, was
undertaken at the same
time. The refurbishment and
replacement cost $2.3 mil-
Mr Grant said the refur-
bishment of bollards and
dredging works have been
completed along with the
installation of new bollards
at pier 3.
However, works on piers
1 and 2 are in the final stages
of completion.
He thanked Boskalis,
Cox and SHAL Consultants
Group for their support in
the design, tender and con-
tract supervision of the
dredging project.
He also acknowledged
the staff of his Ministry,
including Colin Higgs, per-
manent secretary; John Can-
ton, director of Public
Works; former deputy direc-
tor Gordon Major, Robert
Garraway, project officer
and staff of other Govern-
ment agencies who con-
tributed to the advancement
and successful completion
of the project.


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Ministry searches

for top 10 teachers

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Education
is on the search to find the
nation's top ten teachers for the
Sir Gerald Cash National Dis-
tinguished Teacher's Award.
To encourage excellence in
the teaching industry, the goal
of the panelists is to choose can-
didates to recognize and reward
exceptional teachers through-
out The Bahamas.
Sponsored by Fidelity Bank,
The Tribune Media Group,
Cable Bahamas and The Min-
istry of Education, the awards is
named in honour of the late Sir
Gerald Cash, an advocate of
educational excellence and for-
mer Governor General.
The ten winning teachers will
be selected from the following
categories: pre-school, prima-
ry school, junior high, high
school, all-age school, and spe-
cial needs.
Recipients of the 2010 Sir
Gerald Cash National Distin-
guished Teachers' Awards will
each receive $1,000 and be
inducted into the Sir Gerald
Cash National Distinguished
Teachers' Hall of Fame, said a
statement from the organiza-
All nominees must be full-
time classroom teachers of Min-
istry of Education sanctioned
schools with at least five years
of teaching experience as of
December 31, 2009.
The individuals will be cho-
sen from six categories that
include pre-school teachers, pri-
mary school teachers, junior
and senior high school teach-
ers, all age school teachers and
special needs teachers, the
statement read.
The Sir Gerald Cash Nation-
al Distinguished Teachers'
Awards programme was estab-
lished by Fidelity Bank with the
goal of recognizing and reward-

Candidates to be chosen

for Sir Gerald Cash award

ing outstanding teaching pro-
fessionals throughout the
Gregory Bethel, Fidelity
Bank president, whose institu-
tion is making a major contri-
bution to the initiative said at
the press conference:
"In 2009, we awarded eight

deserving educators at Gov-
ernment House with $1,000
each and the prestigious honour
of being inducted into the Sir
Gerald Cash NDTA Hall of
"Our partners for the 2010
Sir Gerald Cash NDTA's are
advocates for education and

believe that this platform will
allow us to highlight those indi-
viduals who go above and
beyond the call of duty in our
nation's classrooms."
Said Bahamas Union of
Teachers president Belinda
"I am pleased that a corpo-
rate sponsor has paused to rec-
ognize the great work that
teacher's perform daily
throughout this country. I have
encouraged teachers, parents
and members of the communi-
ty to nominate teachers for this

Downtown Nassau Partnership

to create database of stakeholders

THE Downtown Nassau Partnership and
the Bahamas National Geographic Informa-
tion System Centre is scheduled to begin the
Downtown Data Collection Project. This ini-
tiative, to begin today, seeks to create a single
database of all businesses, services, buildings
and stakeholders in the downtown communi-
ty while providing information on the mix and
make up of elements in the city.
"The information we seek to collect is the
type of information that every city needs to
have, in a format that will allow the DNP to
communicate effectively with the downtown
community and further drive the revitaliza-
tion of Bay Street," said Vaughn Roberts,
Managing Director of the DNP.
"We encourage all stakeholders to partici-
pate in this valuable exercise as the benefits
will be long term."
During a three-week period, teams will go
door-to-door and visit stakeholders between
Nassau and Mackey Streets to facilitate in the
collection process. This effort maintains the
DNP's commitment in fostering partnerships
with both private company and public depart-
ment to facilitate its goals.
The DNP is co-chaired by Tourism Director
General Vernice Walkine and businessman
Charles Klonaris. It is made up of an 11-mem-

Vaughn Roberts, Managing Director of the DNP

ber board representing a cross-section of senior
government officials, businesspersons and pro-

Few answers at presidential debate in Haiti

HAITI held its second pres-
idential debate ever Saturday, a
sparsely attended event that
was short on detailed responses
from the candidates and dis-
rupted by multiple power
blackouts, according to Associ-
ated Press.
During the two-hour tele-
vised debate held at a restau-
rant, only four of 19 candidates
seeking to become president in
the Nov. 28 election faced off in
front of about 40 audience

The four gave few specifics
about how they would help the
nation recover from the Janu-
ary earthquake that killed as
many as 300,000 people and left
more than 1.5 million home-
less. The Western Hemi-
sphere's most impoverished
and least developed country has
received only a trickle of the
$5.3 billion pledged in interna-
tional aid.
Candidate Gerard Blot asked
for a minute of silence for
quake victims before his open-
ing remarks, and he encouraged
Haitians overseas to become

more involved in helping
Sen. Jean Hector Anacacis
said he would try to revive the
National Guard and create a
secret service agency that
would bolster security and cre-
ate a safer environment for for-
eign investors.
Pastor Jean Chavannes
June said he wanted a gov-
ernment that would create uni-
ty and help solve problems.
Wilson Jeudy, mayor of the
city of Delmas east of Port-au-
Prince, agreed. "Everyone is
tired," he said.

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Making the

World Trade

Organisation democratic


(The writer is a Consul-
tant and former Ambas-
sador to the WTO).
THE World Trade
Organization (WTO) held
its fifth public forum in
Geneva over three days
beginning September 15.
It has become a kind of
international bazaar in
which every conceivable
idea on trade and devel-
opment is discussed for-
mally and informally by
representatives of virtual-
ly every government in the
world and more Non-Gov-
ernmental Organizations
(NGOs) than can be easily
A great deal of talk
takes place without too
much follow-up action.
But, maybe that's the
point. People who talk to
each other aren't warring,
so long may the talk con-
That's not to say that
good ideas don't emerge
from this overcrowded
market place. They do.
But many perish shortly
after they are unveiled,
usually because represen-
tatives of a powerful gov-
ernment or group of gov-
ernments regard them as
a threat to their interest,
and quickly kill them off.
I was in Geneva for a
Writers' Conference on a
book on negotiations in
the WTO for which I am
contributing a chapter.
All the writers are from
what used to be called the
"third world," a descrip-
tion seldom used these
days, not because we have
miraculously graduated
into some better world,
but because other descrip-
tions suit the agenda of
those who dictate the form
of discourse on the global
economy. Far better, in
their view, to describe
poor countries as "emerg-
ing" or "developing"
whether or not they are
really emerging or devel-
The purpose of the
book, which has been
commissioned by a pro-
gressive organization
called CUTS Internation-
al, is to tell the story of the
many aspects of WTO
negotiations from the
point of view of negotia-
tors from developing
When it is published, it
should make fascinating
reading. It will break new
ground in presenting the
personal knowledge and
experiences of the writers
who were either in the
trenches of the negotia-
tions or were marginalized
from the "inner sanctum"
in which only the rich and
powerful nations enjoy
belonger's rights, and into
which they invite only
those they wish to suborn
in order to stich-up deals.
Of the many features of
the WTO which point to
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"The WTO is very far from
the consensus decision-making
body that it should be."

insider trading in what
has come to be called "the
green room"- is among
the worst. No democrati-
cally managed organiza-
tion should continue a
process which so blatantly
excludes from decision-
making the weak, poor,
small, and vulnerable
nations which as it hap-
pens make up the major-
ity of the world's coun-
That it has continued so
long is entirely the fault of
the majority of govern-
ments that allow it to hap-
pen without tangible and
meaningful protest, such
as packing their bags and
going home leaving the
"green room" insiders to
deal only with themselves,
and returning only when
there is a table at which
representatives of all par-
ties sit as equals.
But, that would call for
two things courage and
solidarity, two very scarce
commodities among "third
world" governments these
days. National interests
have changed, some argue,
and in pursuing these
interests following a "third
world" strategy is not pro-
It is worth, noting, how-
ever, that a "developed
countries" strategy has
never altered. The world's
industrialized nations con-
tinue to cling to their
councils and to exploit
their advantages. For
instance, the creation of
the G20 (the industrialized
nations and the larger and
wealthier developed coun-
tries) has not overshad-
owed let alone eliminat-
ed the G7 (the industri-
alized nations alone) who
continue to devise and
coordinate their own glob-
al positions.
Against this back-
ground, I was surprised to
hear Pascal Lamy, the
Director-General of the
WTO, say at the opening
of this year's Public
Forum, almost boastfully,
that while the G20 has sig-
nalled the requirement for
institutional reform of
some international orga-
nizations, "the WTO was
not amongst them."
Lamy went on to say:

"That governance battle
has already been fought in
the trade sphere, and the
outcome is a fairly democ-
ratic institution where the
voice of the small cannot
be ignored."
I have no doubt that
Lamy believes what he
says, but his belief how-
ever sincere and fervent -
does not make his state-
ment right. The gover-
nance of the WTO is still
an open sore. Despite
Lamy's personal efforts,
the organisation still
reflects the preponderance
of power by the industri-
alised nations and the
marginalization of poor,
small, and vulnerable
"No board, no quotas.
One member, one vote, is
the background rule
against which the WTO
forges its consensus",
Lamy declared. Oh, were
that to be entirely true,
what a far better world
would mankind inhabit
than the one we endure
Sure, there is technical-
ly no board and no quo-


tas, but every representa-
tive of a small or poor
nation knows that decision
making is still the preserve
of a few nations whose
economic power allows
them to arrogate to them-
selves the right to dictate
agendas and outcomes.
The WTO is very far from
the consensus decision-
making body that it should
be. It is still not yet even
the "fairly democratic
institution" that Lamy
believes it to be.
Those who defend the
"green room" process do
so on the basis that it is
impossible to negotiate
agreements with over 150
countries at the same
table. There is truth in
that. But it is equally true
that representatives of
like-minded groups of
these countries can gath-
er on sectorial issues that
are important to them
such as agriculture or ser-
vices. This way their voic-
es will be heard during the

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over their views.
Against this back-
ground, it is good for
developing countries and
small and vulnerable coun-
tries in particular that
the Bahamas is now nego-
tiating the terms of its
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nations, can negotiate
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While Godfrey Sawyer,
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Renaldo Bonaby have all
lodged proceedings at the
Court of Appeal in Nassau.
Although no executions
can commence until legal
proceedings are complete,
Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest
released a public statement
to reassure the public the
law will continue to be
However, the inaction



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sparked outrage from
activists who want Mr Turn-
quest to send a serious mes-
sage to criminals as the
crime rate continues to soar.
Worker's Party leader
Rodney Moncur said hun-
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"The level of violence and
crime taking place almost
daily is a result of the fail-
ure of the FNM government
to successfully implement
the law," Mr Moncur said.
"Mr Turnquest wishes to
reassure us that the law is
carried out, but that is not
sufficient for us when you
take into consideration the
condemned man has been
able to outsmart the state."
He called for the death
warrant to be read to mur-
derers as soon as they are
convicted by a court so they
may immediately launch
their appeal to speed up the
appeals process.
The political activist then

went further by pushing for
executions to be televised
in an effort to frighten any-
one who may be tempted to
"In this society it is not
one, two or three young
men who would kill or are
willing to kill, it's hun-
dreds," Mr Moncur said.
"We need to put that fear
in the hearts of every citi-
Anti-crime campaigner
Bishop Simeon Hall has laid
blame on the slow judicial
He said: "If the axion
'justice delayed is justice
denied' is to be lifted from
thin paper to thick action,

MP hits out over impending

broadcasting corporation layoffs

FROM page three

cel and its budget of tax and pain,
the government is now leading the
way in laying people off," he said.
The MP said that it is of particu-
lar concern that the entire North-
ern Service of the Corporation
stands to be closed.
"That would be a slap in the face
to the Grand Bahama, Abaco,
Bimini and Berry Islands commu-
nities. I cannot see how five FNM
Members of Parliament can sit idly
by and say nothing in the face of
this," he said.
Mr Gibson said that he had a CRIT M OF
special place in his heart for the Shane Gibson
workers of the Corporation who
supported him during his tenure as President of the union.
"I would hate to see all that we have built up destroyed by
the whims and fancies of a government that clearly does not
have a clue what it is doing. They do not care for people.
"I implore all fellow workers in this country to stand in
support of these persons, as undoubtedly their termina-
tions will affect all of those who depend on them both direct
and indirectly. I ask my constituents and Bahamians of
goodwill everywhere to stand with the workers of ZNS," he

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then those in the adminis-
tration and judiciary,
charged with dispensing jus-
tice, must do much more to
cause our courts to work
more swiftly and efficient-
"It is the slowness of our
courts that has contributed
to hundreds of Bahamians
living on the edge of quiet
"It seems the more
lawyers that are called to
the Bar the slower the
wheels of justice turn."
Lawyer and human rights
advocate Paul Moss, a sup-
porter of the death penal-
ty, agreed the court system
needs to function more effi-
He also wants the
Bahamas to break away
from the Privy Council as
the highest Court of Appeal
as he argues justice can only
be granted at home.
"Abolitionists of the
death penalty are always
against it because they look
at a third world country like
the Bahamas where nothing
seems to be investigated
properly and believe it
would be wrong for con-

demned killers to be
hanged," he said.
"I am sure many of the
people on death row are not
really the actual culprits,
many of these people are
innocent people, poor peo-
ple who may be represented
by a court appointed lawyer
and lack the resources that
may be required.
"I think they should have
their day in court and have
their appeals heard.
"But we have to speed up
the system and part of that
is to make sure the admin-
istration of justice is in our
"It cannot be outsourced
to the Privy Council and
certainly not to the
Caribbean Court of Justice,
that makes no sense."
Advocates of the death
penalty are invited to join
Mr Moncur and families of
the murdered for a pro-
hanging march calling for
the execution of convicted
The march on Monday,
October 11, will start at
9.30am in the City Market
parking lot on the corner of
Village and Wulff Roads.

Bahamian 'straw vendors'

are 'arrested in New York'

FROM page one
they checked through airport security, agents from customs and
immigration met them at the departure gate.
Concerns were raised last night that the Bahamas embassy
in New York had not been contacted. It was also alleged the
group was not allowed any phone calls to family or attorneys.

Man missing at sea

FROM page one

passenger of a capsized fish-
ing vessel.
According to family mem-
bers, Mr Clarke and two oth-
er men were said to have "run
into problems" with the 32-
foot boat around 2pm south
of New Providence on Satur-
With New Providence in
sight, the three men report-
edly started swimming to
shore when Mr Clarke, said
to be a certified diver, turned
around for reasons unknown.
Before the boat capsized,
he was said to be wearing a
life vest and diver's fins.

The two men were able to
swim to shore unharmed,
according to reports from the
Elizabeth Estates Police Sta-
tion on Saturday night.
The first RBDF patrol
craft was immediately dis-
patched to the area, and since
that time two additional crafts
were deployed to assist with
the search.
The RBDF aircraft was
deployed early yesterday
morning which led to the dis-
covery of the capsized boat
seven to nine miles south of
New Providence.
The boat was towed into
Coral Harbour, however, up
to press time, Mr Clarke had
not yet been found.


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FROM page one Speculation that Chinese criminals

cerns stemmed from an article
published in a Canadian news-
paper, The Globe and Mail,
which reported that China
"has devised a novel strategy
to relieve pressure on its over-
crowded prisons: Use convicts
as labourers on overseas pro-
jects in the developing world."
It gave as example projects in
Sri Lanka, the Maldives and
Africa where Chinese labour
was used.
But the suggestion that The
People's Republic of China
may use the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar project to export crimi-
nals to the Bahamas provoked
a clear clarification of the facts
from the Chinese embassy.
Liu Liqun, second secre-
tary and press officer at the
Embassy of the People's
Republic of China, said that
the allegations are unfound-
"The Chinese Embassy ful-
ly respects each and every
view expressed surrounding
the Baha Mar project," he
"However, such groundless
accusations, which insult not
only China, but also those
countries having cooperation

Major industrial unrest 'forecast'

with us, go beyond tolerance."
Mr Liqun said that the Chi-
nese contractors who have
been working tirelessly on the
Bahamas National Stadium
project, "are disciplined and
diligent, winning full respect
and high praises from the
Bahamian society."
PLP MP Fred Mitchell sug-
gested the reason for specu-
lation over the integrity of
Chinese workers could stem
from the FNM government's
failure to be clear with the
public on the issue.
He said: "The government
is not exercising any leader-
ship with this project and I
think it's deliberate because
they want to scuttle the pro-
ject and that lets in specula-
tion about this or that.
"I think some of the criti-
cism has been exaggerated,
but each view should be seri-
ously considered by the
authorities to see whether or
not it is possible to deal with
the concerns.
"However they seem to

have the country flailing
around wildly without any
sense of direction."
A labour resolution tabled
by Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham in the House of
Assembly has paved the way
for the approval of work per-
mits for the 8,150 Chinese
workers and parliamentarians
are expected to debate and
vote on the resolution this
Wednesday or Thursday.
The ratio of foreign work-
ers to Bahamian employees at
Baha Mar is expected to be
71 per cent foreign to 29 per
cent Bahamian during the
construction phase as agreed
in the partnership deal
between Baha Mar, the China
Export-Import Bank and Chi-
na State Construction.
Mr Mitchell said the antic-
ipated parliamentary vote is
ludicrous as it is the govern-
ment's responsibility to decide
whether the Chinese employ-
ees should be permitted to
work at Baha Mar or not.
"What business is it of ours

to ask Parliament whether or
not the government should
grant work permits?" he

"I think the whole notion is
"The Prime Minister is
looking for political cover
because he's afraid to make
the decision."
Baha Mar estimates it will
take around five years to build
six hotels with around 3,500
rooms and condominiums, a
100,000 sq ft casino, 200,000

sq ft of convention facilities, a
20-acre beach and pool expe-
rience, an 18-hole golf course
and a 60,000 sq ft retail vil-
lage in Cable Beach.
The project is expected to
inject an estimated $1 billion
into the Bahamas Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) and
create almost 11,000 perma-
nent jobs for Bahamians.

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Mr Pinder leaves for Gene-
va, Switzerland, today to
attend a meeting of the ILO
and to help fashion new reg-
ulations for maritime work-
ers and promises that when
he returns to the country "it
won't be business as usual."
"I foresee a lot of industri-
al action within the next year,
especially if the government
plans to sit at the table with
the BPSU and offer nothing.
They have stripped public ser-
vants of their increments
while providing them for
teachers. They claim that the
teachers had the increments
in their contract but we have
performance clauses in ours,"
he said.
On his return from Geneva,
Mr Pinder said that he will be
taking legal action against the
government for breach of
contract based on the fact that
government will not be living
up to the obligations implicit
within the performance
"They expect us to perform
up to their standard with no
expectation of promotion or
increments and then tell us
'thank God you have a job',"
the union president said.
He expressed a deep disap-
pointment in Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham and said
that the prime minister must

be receiving bad advice from
"During the last election we
thought that (Mr Ingraham)
would have been the best per-
son to take us out of the eco-
nomic slump we are in, but
he is asking workers to sacri-
fice too much and he is doing
too much at this time. Infla-
tion is rising but salaries are
not; so all you are doing is
pushing people back toward
the poverty line," Mr Pinder
The BPSU currently has
before the prime minister a
proposal for a new five year
contract, which Mr Pinder
said was recently changed to a
three year contract at the
request of Mr Ingraham.
In addition, there will be
a new public service act that
will be brought to parliament,
which Mr Pinder said will be
yet another point of con-
tention between the adminis-
tration and the public service.
"We met him half way on
(the contract) and we're still
waiting to negotiate that.
Then there is the new public
services act which I had to beg
and plead to see a copy of and
if government thinks that the
union is going to sit back and
watch that legislation be
brought before parliament
without sitting at the table
with us they have another
thing coming," he said.
Mr Pinder said that the
union has an annual general

meeting in October. After this
meeting the union president
said he will sensitize the pub-
lic service as to what actions
the union plans to take on
their behalf.
"The government is mak-
ing a lot of ill-advised deci-
sions. We know that the
world is in an economic crisis
but the prime minister is
putting too much of a burden
on the Bahamian people at
one time. We have increases
in taxes, increases in the light
bills, the water bills, down-
sizing at BTC, down-sizing at
the BCB, the massive road
works which increases peo-
ple's frustration, it's all way
too much," Mr Pinder said.

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The Grand Bahama
Youth Choir, under the
direction of Kevin Tomlin-
son, provided an awesome
cultural musical perfor-
mance for invited guests.
One of the meeting
rooms was transformed into

a disco, and another into
media/movie room.
Art work by Bahamian
artist Antonius Roberts was
prominently featured on
the walls of Canal House.
Prime Minister Ingraham
said government was very
pleased that the owners of
the Pelican Bay Resort
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Teacher teaches the fear of God

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"I want to thank the
owners and operators...for
your continued investment
and interest in our coun-
try," he said.
Construction began on
the new facility in 2009. It
represents a "serious invest-
ment" for Pelican Bay,
which is owned by Sundt
AS, a private investment
company based in Norway.
Under the slogan "Meet
Happy," and a new "Happy
Pelican" logo, Canal House
features five meeting
rooms, a breakfast restau-
rant, and office space.
The big meeting space
on the fourth and fifth lev-
els have wrap-around bal-
conies that offer views of
the ocean.
The ground floor consists
of administrative offices.
Magnus Alnebeck, man-
aging director/general man-
ager, said the resort and
meeting facility have incor-
porated Danish architecture
details, which makes it very
"It is some of the best
design...and people who
come here will always
admire these buildings," he
Mr Ingraham described
the (Pelican Bay) resort in
Freeport and the compa-
ny's other resorts in Den-
mark and Brussels as "first
class" service resort prop-
"I was very pleased that
you have been able to
explain to the residents of
Grand Bahama, and else-
where in the Bahamas, your
company. I had the good
fortunate of living in your
hotels in Denmark and
Brussels and someplace
else, and it is all the same,
first class service.
"We are very pleased in
government that your com-
pany chose to invest here
in Freeport, Grand
Bahama," said Mr Ingra-
He noted that Pelican
Bay is considered one of
the "small treasures of The

Bahamas" by the Ministry
of Tourism.
"It has long been one of
my favourite resting points
when in Freeport, and I
have been pleased to see
you continue to succeed
even during this most
recent economic downturn
internationally and here in
Grand Bahama.
"I have no doubt that
your reputation as a quiet,
courteous and well appoint-
ed resort has much to do
with the significant repeat
business that you enjoy,"
Mr Ingraham said.
Mr Ingraham said Canal
House is an ideal location
for small conferences and
He thanked the staff and
management for the excel-
lent service they provide to
guests at the resort.
The 182-room Pelican
Bay resort offers 89 water-
side rooms and 93 water-
side state rooms. There are
three swimming pools,
Jacuzzi, and Sabor Restau-
rant and Bar.
The property has
received high rating in's exclusive
Insiders' Select List as one
of the best hotels in the
world, receiving the high-
est ranking in the Bahamas,
and in the Caribbean.

Alnebeck, General Manager of
the Pelican Bay Hotel, is pictured
at podium (bottom right) in front
of the resort's new convention
facility Canal House, which was
officially opened by the Prime

RIGHT: Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham is pictured breaking the
ceremonial conch shell to mark
the official opening of the Pelican
Bay Hotel's new convention facili-
ty, Canal House. The ceremony
was held Friday, September 17,
2010 at the Freeport, Grand
Bahama property.
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struction site of the government's $18.3 million Administrative Com-
plex in Freeport are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; contractors
Fletcher Mclntosh and James Edgecombe, FES Construction and
project architect Donald Dean. Mr. Ingraham toured construction of
the facility on Saturday

PM and Minister tour

$18.3m Government

Administrative Complex

Hubert Ingraham, accom-
panied by Housing Minister
Kenneth Russell, toured
the $18.3 million Govern-
ment Administrative Com-
plex currently under con-
struction on the Mall Drive
in Freeport, on Saturday.
The 65,000 sq.ft. complex
will primarily accommodate
The Bahamas Customs
Department and the Immi-
gration Department.
The Ministry of Finance,
including the Data Pro-


cessing Unit, the Ministry
of Education and the Pass-
port Office will also be
located in the new complex,
slated for completion in
The project has created
over 250 construction jobs
on Grand Bahama, and
once completed, the addi-
tional office space available
to Government depart-
ments will considerably
enhance their ability to
deliver efficient, effective
service to the public.

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faces drug trial in Florida

ON HIS upcoming album
"Before the Dawn," Jamaican
reggae star Buju Banton crows
about standing strong, though
battered and bruised, in the
face of a gathering darkness.
The songs sound prophetic
- the four-time Grammy
nominee recorded them before
he was arrested on federal

cocaine charges last Decem-
ber. The trial is scheduled to
start Monday in Tampa a
week before the album's U.S.
release. He faces a possible life
sentence if convicted, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
"I've been accused, wrongly
convicted. Jah knows I'm inno-
cent," he sings in his gravelly
voice, invoking the Rastafarian
God. "I've been badly singled

out by beloved friends ... who
sold me out."
Banton recorded the
album's 10 songs last year in
Kingston, Jamaica, before his
arrest at his Miami-area home
on a charge of conspiracy to
possess with intent to distribute
more than five kilograms of
cocaine. A grand jury indict-
ment also charged him with
carrying a firearm during the


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to south on East Street and then West on East Hill
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course of a drug trafficking
He worked on the album
with producers and engineers
over the phone from Tampa-
area jails, where the 37-year-
old has been held without bail
since the beginning of the year.
According to the indict-
ment, Banton and an associ-
ate negotiated with an infor-
mant to buy the cocaine.
Along with a third man, they
allegedly met with an under-
cover officer in Sarasota in
early December to buy the
drugs. The informant told
Drug Enforcement Adminis-
tration agents that he also saw
the singer inspecting the
Ian Thomas, described by
Banton's manager as an old
friend of the singer who resur-
faced shortly before the arrest,
pleaded guilty Wednesday to
conspiracy to posses with
intent to distribute five kilo-
grams or more of cocaine. He
now faces up to life in prison.
The third man, James Mack,
has signed an affidavit stating
that he never met Banton
before his arrest, and that the
singer did not know about the
money or a gun that were in
Mack's car during the drug
deal. Mack plans to plead
guilty to the drug conspiracy
charge and a weapons charge,
according to a plea agreement
filed Wednesday. He also faces
up to life in prison on each
Both men agreed to testify
for the prosecution as part of
their plea agreements. Ban-
ton's attorney has requested
Mack as a witness as well,
according to court documents.
Banton's team will try to
prove the singer, who rose
from the slums of Kingston to
massive success in the 1990s,
was a victim of entrapment.
Banton's attorney, David
Markus, has said in court that
the confidential informant has
been paid $3.3 million for
working with law enforcement
over several years, including
more than $35,000 in Banton's
case. The informant met Ban-
ton, whose real name is Mark
Myrie, in first class on a flight
from Spain to Miami at the
end of Banton's European
tour last summer.
Banton's team contends that
it was the informant who
raised the idea of the cocaine
deal with Banton.
Banton's arrest derailed
plans to tour Japan after a
tumultuous U.S. tour for his
Grammy-nominated 2009
album, "Rasta Got Soul."
Shows in several cities were
canceled because of protests
over violent, homophobic
lyrics from early in Banton's
career as a brash dancehall
His manager, Tracii McGre-
gor, has dismissed the contro-
versy, saying those lyrics were
written in response to a boy's
rape in Jamaica, no longer rep-
resent Banton's subsequently
more traditional reggae music
and do not reflect his Rasta-
farian beliefs.
In 2003, a marijuana case in
Jamaica resulted in a fine for
Banton. The following year,
he was acquitted on charges
in Jamaica that he participated
in the beating of six gay men.
He alludes to those prob-
lems and his current case,
though he doesn't refer to it
specifically in the liner
notes to "Before the Dawn."
He includes a note written in
June from the Pinellas County
jail urging fans to "stand firm
through our adversities" and
to "try life."
"Never before could I attest
to the trauma experienced by
others," Banton wrote, "but
my current situation brings the
full perspective of what
bondage really means."







IFCTO Bobuiesctiunmdi et:

'Progress' on

Baha Mar's

$200m loan

Tribune Business Editor
Although Baha Mar offi-
cials had "no new update"
on the progress of talks
with Scotiabank to resolve
the impasse over the lat-
ter's $200 million syndicat-
ed loan, sources familiar
with the talks said both
sides had last week indicat-
ed a willingness to compro-
mise and were attempting
to finalise an agreement
before Wednesday's Par-
liamentary date.
Contacts close to the
parties told Tribune Busi-
ness that both Baha Mar's
principals, the Lyford Cay-
based Izmirlian family, and
the bank's Toronto head
office had indicated they
were prepared to 'meet in
the middle', the former
offering more cash up front
in a 'debt for equity' swap
that the latter was reluc-
tantly agreeing to.
"The chances of this
transaction happening are
much better than they
were this time last week,"
one source told Tribune
Business. "My understand-
ing is that they have
moved, and are now trying
to see if they can finalise
SEE page 5B

'Probably weeks'

before insurance

concerns solved
Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas General
Insurance Association's
(BGIA) chairman has told
Tribune Business it "will
probably be weeks" before
the sector and Insurance
Commission resolve all the
concerns associated with the
new Insurance Act and reg-
ulations, although both sides
want discussions to be com-
pleted as rapidly as possible.
While the Commission
had extended the deadline
for Compliance with the Act
and regulations for one year,
until September 30, 2011,
Tim Ingraham told Tribune
Business that the industry
and regulator did "not want
to take a year to thrash it
Confirming that talks
between the two sides were
ongoing, Mr Ingraham said
that among the main issues
being discussed were the
proposed solvency require-
ments and associated asset
"We had a meeting with
them last week, and are con-
tinuing to discuss a number
of issues," the BGIA chair-
man told Tribune Business.
"We're just hashing them
through; there's no resolu-
tion to most of them. We
SEE page 2B

Intent letter for

key CLICO asset

* Insolvent insurer's liquidator says 'negotiations proceeding well
with financially capable buyer' over sale of property accounting for
63% of assets, and moving 'in direction of contract'
* Again urges US courts to give him until November 1 to reorganise
major asset, and avoid 'auction fire sale'
* Real estate valued at $120m three years ago, compared to $55m
purchase price, thus making asset worth 'tens of millions of dollars'
EStill investigating flow of funds from Bahamian insurer

Tribune Business Editor
CLICO (Bahamas) liq-
uidator has received a Letter
of Intent from a party inter-
ested in acquiring the multi-
million dollar Florida real
estate development that
accounts for 63 per cent of
the insolvent insurer's assets,
as he urges the US courts
not to remove that projec-
t's Chapter 11 bankruptcy
protection and force it to be
sold at a 'fire sale' auction.
Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez,
the Baker Tilly Gomez

accountant and partner, in
a September 11, 2010, filing
with the southern Florida
district's bankruptcy court,
called on it to maintain the
545-acre Wellington Pre-
serve project's protection
from its creditors given that
negotiations with interested
purchaser "appear to be
moving in the direction of a
Mr Gomez and his attor-
neys have been ordered to
appear before the US court
SEE page 4B

Doctors still eyeing 40-50k sq ft growth 'Crazy' Customs duties
a harming medical costs

EYEING EXPANSION: The Doctors Hospital plans to expand its Collins Avenue facilities.
Tribune Business Editor

Tribune Business Editor
Doctors Hospital Health
Systems' chief executive told
Tribune Business that he
hoped the increasing interest
in the Bahamas as a med-
ical tourism destination
could reduce the cost of
healthcare supplies, describ-
ing as "crazy" the amount
of Customs duties levied on
imported equipment.
Charles Sealy said the cost
of medical supplies and
equipment elevated the cost
of installing and setting-up

Doctors Hospital
believes it can 'sustain'
dividend payments,
despite sharp
drop in profits
the hospital's MRI unit from
an initial budget of $1.1 mil-
lion to $2.7 million when
everything was completed.
"There's ways to reduce
costs, and reduce the cost to
SEE page 6B

Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHHS) is still eye-
ing a 40,00-50,000 square foot
expansion of its existing
Collins Avenue facilities, its
chief executive has told Tri-
bune Business, with the com-
pany under 'no pressure' to
sell its Blake Road-based
Western Medical Plaza facili-
Charles Sealy said the
BISX-listed healthcare
provider was still in the "plan-
ning phase" for the proposed
expansion, with the execution
depending on both the econ-
omy its turnaround and like-
ly growth and cost tag
attached to the construction.
"We're looking at probably
an additional 40,00-50,000
square feet," Mr Sealy told
Tribune Business. "We con-
tinue the planning phase. It's
part of the model for when
the economy turns around. It
is short-term positioning for
when the turnaround ensures
the economy can sustain such
Telling Tribune Business
that the architect's plans were
on his desk as he spoke to this
newspaper, Mr Sealy added
that Doctors Hospital contin-
ued to assess potential sale
and lease options for its West-
ern Medical Plaza site on
Blake Road, although he hint-
ed that it might make sense
for the company to retain it if
the $2.6 billion Baha Mar pro-
ject took off.
Referring to the "night-
mare" previous Western
Medical Plaza suitors had
encountered in attempting to
win government approvals for
their purchase, Mr Sealy said:
"Selling is an option. The
good thing about it is that
SEE page 4B


Cable executes

on SRG buyout

* Moves on $4,244m purchase option investment to
acquire 100% of IndiGo Networks parent, with
regulator approval only potential obstacle
* Positions Cable/SRG to offer full package of
converged communications and 'Triple Play', plus
go directly against BTC in fixed-line voice with
ready-made customer base

Tribune Business Editor
Cable Bahamas has confirmed it has exercised its
$4.243 million purchase option to acquire 100 per cent of
rival telecoms operator Systems Resource Group (SRG),
parent of IndiGo Networks, thus positioning itself to
instantly compete with the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC) in the residential fixed-line voice
market when that sector is liberalised in the next few
A statement from the BISX-listed utility provider,
released late on Friday, confirmed that Cable Bahamas
had moved to acquire 100 per cent of SRG's share capi-
tal via the option it first took out six years ago, the deal
now only awaiting approval from communications sector
regulator, the Utilities Regulatory & Competition
Authority (URCA).
Anthony Butler, Cable Bahamas president and chief
executive, declined to give details on both the purchase
price paid and the kind of boost SRG would give to the

SEE page 6B

IRyl~iffn ity Market WrapvffmI I


It was a slow week of trading in the
Bahamian stock market. Investors traded
in four out of the 24 listed securities, with
two decliners and the other stocks remaining

A total of 5,503 shares changed hands,
representing a decline of 17,178 shares com-
pared to the previous week's trading vol-
ume of 22,681 shares.
Commonwealth Bank (CBL) was the vol-
ume leader and big decline last week, trad-
ing a volume of 3,703 shares to see its share
price close down by $0.41 at $6.28.
Finance Corporation of the Bahamas
(FIN) followed CBL, trading 1,000 shares to
see its stock close down by $0.30 at $8.50.

No notes traded in the Bahamian bond
market last week.

Earnings Releases:
Doctors Hospital Healthcare Systems
(DHS) released its unaudited financial
results for the quarter ending July 31, 2010.
DHS reported a net income of $164,000 for
the quarter, a decline of $1.6 million or 91
per cent compared to the $1.7 million report-
ed during the same period in 2009.

Total revenues were down by $1.6 mil-
lion or 14 per cent due to a reduction in net
patient service revenue quarter-over-quar-
Management attributed this decline to the
downturn in the economy, and indicated
they remain vigilant in managing resources.
Total expenses remained flat at $10.1 mil-
lion in comparison to the reporting period in
the prior year.
Earnings per share for the quarter stood at
$0.02, compared to $0.17 in 2009, a decline of
Total assets and liabilities stood at $30.6
million and $2.8 million at July 31, 2010,
compared to $30 million and $3 million
respectively at DHHS's year end January
31, 2010.

Dividends Notes:
Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared
a dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on
September 30, 2010, to all ordinary share-
holders of record date September 15, 2010.

Cable Bahamas (CAB) has declared a
dividend of $0.08 per share, payable on Sep-
tember 30, 2010, to all ordinary shareholders
of record date September 15, 2010.

Doctors Hospital Healthcare Systems
(DHS) has declared a dividend of $0.02 per
share, payable on September 30, 2010, to
all ordinary shareholders of record date Sep-
tember 23, 2010.



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'Probably weeks' before insurance concerns solved

FROM page 1B

have more meetings planned, and will con-
tinue to talk to them.
"Nothing much is really agreed. It's just dis-
cussions on the basic things, concerns we have.
It will probably be weeks before we start get-
ting them resolved. The biggest thing was get-
ting the date pushed back, and getting them to
look at certain things to do with the regula-
tions. It'll take a bit of time."
Asked what the key issues were, Mr Ingra-
ham told this newspaper: "Things like the sol-
vency requirements we're focusing on. It's a lot
of practical issues, some to do with agencies
and that kind of thing.
"One of the main things for us is solvency,
asset discounting. We feel it is critical to get
that right, as it could have some unintended
consequences if we don't."
An August 13, 2010, letter sent to Lennox
McCartney, the Insurance Superintendent,
and Zhivargo Laing, the minister of state for
finance, which was sent by the Bahamas Gen-
eral Insurance Association (BGIA), expressed
particular concerns over the 'risk-rating' of
insurers' balance sheet assets for purposes of
capitalisation and solvency margin calcula-
tions. When such calculations are made, dif-
ferent classes of assets are 'discounted' accord-
ing to the perceived risk attached to them
(whether the asset holder will recover 100 per
cent of their investment/value), and the BGIA
letter argued that the discounts assigned in
the Insurance Act's regulations were "extreme-
ly punitive" in comparison to other regulatory
regimes and rating agency requirements.
"In particular, corporate bonds, mutual fund
and preference shares are inappropriately
lumped into 'other assets', and receive a 100
per cent discount unless approved for a lower
discount by the Commission," the BGIA letter
"The industry is of the view that a 100 per
cent discount is inappropriate for the over-
whelming majority of such investments.....
The BGIA instead proposed discounts more
in line with Canadian regulatory requirements,
and warned of the Insurance Commission's
proposed asset discounts: "The excessive lev-

el of the existing capital requirements will
restrict the ability of local insurers to com-
pete in the region and will lead to higher con-
sumer prices.
"The requirement to seek approval for the
use of a more appropriate discount factor for
many of these 'other assets' will be a huge
business interruption for the industry, will con-
sume significant resources of the Commission,
without yielding significant benefits."
The BGIA letter instead proposed that
rather than a 100 per cent discount, mutual
fund shares receive only a 15 per cent dis-
count if they were in a fund recognized by the
Securities Commission. Otherwise, a 25 per
cent discount should be applied.
Corporate bonds were recommended for
an 8 per cent discount if they were held in a
company listed on a recognized exchange, 12
per cent otherwise; with the same requirement
for preference shares a 15 per cent discount
if held in a listed company on a recognized
exchange, 20 per cent if not.
The BGIA letter also warned that a 100 per
cent discount on investments in ordinary shares
of private companies was "excessive in the
vast majority of circumstances", and should
be reduced to 25 per cent.
Meanwhile, Mr Ingraham told Tribune Busi-
ness that the Insurance Commission was lis-
tening to what the BGIA and wider industry
had to say, and the sector in turn was "learning
some of the rationale behind what was put
The Insurance Commission, too, was "learn-
ing from us why some of the things have con-
sequences beyond the immediate conse-
"It's going to take a while," Mr Ingraham
said on resolving the industry's concerns. "We
don't want to take a year to thrash it out. We
want it resolved as quickly as possible, so that
we have a clear, definitive set of guidelines
that work in the local environment. It is criti-
cal for the industry's future."
Acknowledging that it was important to
avoid a repeat of the CLICO (Bahamas) col-
lapse and have "'ii!.in- stable companies",
Mr Ingraham added that it was "equally impor-
tant to make sure we have the right regulations
for the local environment".



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BFSB unveils its student finalists iM

Five (5) finalists have been
announced by the Bahamas
Financial Services Board
(BFSB) as candidates for the
2010 Financial Services Stu-
dent of the Year.
These are:
D'Andra Letitia
Greenslade BBA, Account-
D'Andra Ashley Johnson
- AA, Law & Criminal Jus-
Edmund Terran Bain -
BBA, Accounting
Kaymore D. Bethel AA,
Law & Criminal Justice
Tonia A.A. Turnquest -
BBA, Accounting
Candidates were selected
from the 2010 Graduating
Class of the College of the
Bahamas (COB).

Tonia A.A. Turnquest

The student award, now in
its eighth year, is sponsored
in collaboration with COB,
the Professional Industry
Association Working Group
and the Central Bank of the

Its objective is to recognize
an outstanding graduating stu-
dent from within COB's
School of Business.
The criterion for initial
selection is a GPA of 3.5 or
above, with additional criteria
also including COB and com-
munity involvement, an inter-
view by an industry panel to
assess comportment and eco-
nomic savvy, and a written
This year, the students
wrote essays on Leadership
The student award pro-
gramme is a part of BFSB's
ongoing Financial Centre
Focus (FCF) programme,
which seeks to integrate the
industry with the wider com-
munity through a series of ini-

BFSB's chief executive and
executive director, Wendy
Warren, said an essential part
of the FCF's overall objective
is to attract and maintain
qualified professionals to the
"In this regard", she says,
"particular attention is placed
on highlighting the impor-
tance of quality human
resources to the industry, and
also profiling outstanding
individuals through the
awards programmes."
The 2010 FSI Student of
the Year will be announced
at BFSB's FSI Excellence
Awards Ceremony on Octo-
ber 21, when the BFSB also
will announce the Executive
of the Year, Professional of
the Year and Achiever of the

D'Andra Ashley Johnson

Edmund Terran Bain

PM opn esr'

convntin cntr


Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham is pictured
breaking the ceremoni-
al conch shell to mark
the official opening of
the Pelican Bay Hotel's
new 40,000 square foot
convention facility,
Canal House.
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FROM page 1B

this Thursday to show why the Chapter
11 protection, which currently protects
Wellington Preserve from its creditors
attempting to enforce multi-million
dollar claims against it, should be main-
tained until he submits a plan for the
property's restructuring.
Extending that protection is vital to
the interests of CLICO (Bahamas) pol-
icyholders and Bahamian creditors,
since it will maximise the sums recov-
ered from Wellington Preserve's sale
and accrue to their benefit, settling a
significant percentage of their claim
against the insolvent insurer.
Mr Gomez has attempted to extend
Wellington Preserve's bankruptcy pro-
tection once before, but the courts
denied this on a technicality, finding
that not all interested parties had been
served in time.
Now, in his latest application, he is
asking the south Florida district bank-
ruptcy court to give him until Novem-
ber 1, 2010, to submit his plan for reor-
ganising Wellington Preserve and its
Mr Gomez and his attorneys con-
firmed that the initial purchaser he and
his US real estate broker, Diane Jenk-
ins, had lined up, the Hines Group,
had walked away from Wellington Pre-
serve, their filing noting that "an initial
contract for sale was terminated by the
contract purchaser at the end of its due
diligence period".
"Since then, the property has been
actively marketed and Gomez, through
Diane Jenkins, the designated broker,
is in active negotiations for the sale of
the property," they told the US court.
"Since this motion was first submit-
ted, Gomez has received a Letter of
Intent from one of the groups with
whom he and the broker have been
negotiating, and the negotiations
appear to be moving in the direction of
a contract.
"The proposal would require com-

While negotiations
are proceeding
well with the potential
purchaser, which repre-
sents that it is financial-
ly capable, the prospec-
tive purchaser still
needs its due diligence,
and a large, complex
negotiations takes time."

pletion of the amended plan, which
has been in progress; good title;
approval of this court and other normal
concerns as prerequisites for sale.
"While negotiations are proceeding
well with the potential purchaser,
which represents that it is financially
capable, the prospective purchaser still
needs its due diligence, and a large,
complex negotiations takes time."
Mr Gomez added that in the inter-
ests of CLICO (Bahamas) creditors,
he did not want Wellington Preserve
1lu ccd to auction at a relatively 'fire
sale price'".
The interested party was not identi-
fied by the court documents, and Mr
Gomez is still 'gagged' by the Bahami-
an Supreme Court from speaking pub-
licly. While CLICO (Bahamas) poli-
cyholders and creditors should take
some encouragement from the Letter
of Intent's receipt, as it indicates seri-
ous buyers are out there, it is by no
means a 'done deal', and Mr Gomez
will still want to see them put up 'hard
money' in the form of a deposit and,
eventually, the full price.
Again emphasising how critical it
was to a successful CLICO (Bahamas)
liquidation that Wellington Preserve's
sales price be maximised, Mr Gomez
and his attorneys described how $73

million was lent by the insolvent insur-
er through its affiliate, CLICO Enter-
prises, to Wellington Preserve. Some
$10 million worth of capitalisation was
also thrown into the mix.
Describing again how CLICO
(Bahamas) was used as a 'cash cow'
by its Trinidadian parent and the lat-
ter's head, Lawrence Duprey, to
finance real estate developments, Mr
Gomez said he "continues to pursue
his investigation with respect to accu-
rately accounting for the source of, and
uses of the money, which the books
indicate flowed through [Wellington
And, explaining the rationale for the
reorganisation extension, Mr Gomez
said: "The property consists of
improved lots that is, a subdivision
plan has been approved; roads are in;
utilities are in; drainage is in; and
approvals have been obtained by the
necessary governmental agencies,
including the South Florida Water
Management District with respect to
the project/
"Presently under development is an
amended plan which would reserve
approximately 60 acres more or less
in the centre of the parcel for the con-
struction of equestrian amenities, such
as a show barn, clubhouse display rings
and the like."
But he added: "The property is
presently encumbered by outstanding
and unpaid real estate taxes; a judg-
ment for about $1.5 million, a certified
copy of which was recorded during the
preference period; and minor mechan-
ic's liens claims totalling less than
"In this very unusual case, there is no
mortgage. The entire parcel, before
some lots were subdivided and sold,
was purchased for $55 million in 2004.
The estimated 'as built' sellout for the
lots was over $120 million three years
ago. As is, even in the economy of
today, the property is worth tens of
millions of dollars enormously in
excess of the encumberances."

Doctors still eyeing

40-50k sq ft growth

FROM page 1B

we're not in a position to be
forced to do anything. We're
following up on a couple of
lease options and a couple of
sale options."
Obtaining the necessary
government approvals had
"been part of the nightmare
for people who had an inter-
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executive added that "with
Baha Mar on the table, one
has to question whether you
want to" dispose of such an
asset, especially since it no
longer acts as a drag on the
company's balance sheet and
Doctors Hospital saw its
net income for the 2011 sec-
ond quarter, which ended on
July 31, 2010, fall by $1.6 mil-
lion or 91 per cent to
$164,000, largely due to a 14
per cent or $1.6 million fall in
total revenues. That, in turn,
was induced by a decline in
patient service revenues,
which fell from $11.579 mil-
lion in the 2009 comparative

period to $9.92 million this
time around.
Mr Sealy told Tribune Busi-
ness that the declines were
directly related to the health
of the wider Bahamian econ-
omy, as increased unemploy-
ment had resulted in two
things a reduction in the
number of Bahamians cov-
ered by health insurance, and
an increasing tendency on the
part of patients to minimise
costs by only using the pri-
vate hospital when essential.
"We're talking about
decreased activity on the in-
patient side," Mr Sealy said.
"We kind of budgeted for
this, given what was happen-
ing in the economy, and peo-

ple losing their insurance cov-
erage. Plus there's the overall
decision by patients not to
engage the hospital unless
they really have to."
He indicated that these
trends were born out by the
fact that Princess Margaret
Hospital, the public health
services provider, was seeing
increased patient activity.
Doctors Hospital, antici-
pating that this scenario
would continue for the fore-
seeable future, had focused
on expense and cost control
strategies, keeping total
expenses flat at $10.113 mil-
lion for the 2011 second quar-
ter, as compared to $10.115
million last year.
Still, Mr Sealy said Doctors
Hospital felt it was "taking
one step forward and then
something else jumps out at
you", such as the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation
(BEC) basic tariff increase.
He added that the company
was unable, like others, to lay-
off staff in any significant
numbers due to the need to
cope with any unanticipated
spike in care demand, mean-
ing that salaries needed to be
treated as fixed, rather than
variable, costs.
Standards also needed to
be maintained, now that Doc-
tors Hospital had become the
first Caribbean hospital to
achieve Joint Commission
International (JCI) accredita-
"No one in business is able
to give you a warm, fuzzy feel-
ing that this [recession] will
be over in a year or 18
months," Mr Sealy told Tri-
bune Business. "It will be
more of the same. I can't see
it changing a whole lot. It's
going to be business as usual
for six to nine months."
He predicted that when the
Bahamian economy turned
around, it was likely to follow
the US in enjoying a relative-
ly jobless recovery at first.
This would not be good news
for Doctors Hospital, given
that few workers were being
added to company health
insurance plans, or were able
to afford their own.
"Unless we increase the
base of the insured, we will
not see a whole lot of change
occur in the market," Mr
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FROM page 1B
this thing. I believe that
concessions have been
made by Izmirlian, in
terms of more cash, and
Scotiabank has made some
Tribune Business was last
week told that Scotiabank
was about to appoint
receivers for Baha Mar's
existing Cable Beach
Resorts, due to the default-
ed loan, but sources with
both the developer and Sco-
tiabank denied that this was
about to happen, or even
being contemplated.
Robert Sands, Baha Mar's
senior vice-president of
external and governmental
affairs, told Tribune Busi-
ness he had nothing to add
beyond last week's com-
ments, when he said: "Meet-
ings have been taking place
between the parties, and
meetings are still in progress.
It's the utmost priority for
all of us."
One of the pre-conditions
for Baha Mar's Chinese
financing partner, the Chi-
na Export-Import Bank, to
release $2.45 billion in debt
financing to fund the pro-
ject is the resolution of the
Scotiabank syndicate's loan.
The Chinese want this to be
resolved, because unless that
loan's security on several
real estate parcels at Cable
Beach including the exist-

ing Sheraton and Wyndham
resorts is lifted, they will
be unable to use the same
as collateral for their loans.
A 'debt-for-equity' swap
is being actively discussed
by both parties.
Sources familiar with the
talks, who requested
anonymity, told Tribune
Business that Baha Mar/the
Izmirlians had initially
offered to pay $75 million
in cash to Scotiabank as an
upfront, part-payment of the
loan, with the remaining
debt around $130 million -
to be converted into an equi-
ty stake that the bank would
hold in the Cable Beach
However, Scotiabank was
said to be seeking a greater
upfront cash payment worth
$110 million, sources told
Tribune Business, putting
the two sides some $35 mil-
lion apart.
Scotiabank wants a
greater portion of the debt,
estimated to be around $205

million, paid in cash, due to
the fact that as a conserva-
tive lender it will have to
write down the value of the
equity stake (loan) on its
balance sheet, and is taking
a gamble that Baha Mar and
its Chinese partners will be
able to deliver the $2.6 bil-
lion project and profitable
returns on it.
The bank, ultimately, has
to protect its own interests
through adhering to pru-
dential banking norms, plus
those of its depositors and
the wider Bahamian bank-
ing system, given the sum
extended to Baha Mar.
China State Construction
has obtained a $1.919 billion
construction contract to
build the core of Baha Mar,
featuring six hotels with
3,500 rooms, a 100,000
square foot casino, 200,000
square feet of convention
facilities, and a 20-acre
beach and pool experience.
Some 1,200 Bahamians
are projected to be engaged
in construction at Baha Mar,
including the $75 million
West Bay Street re-routing;
$30 million Commercial Vil-
lage and 'back of house' on
Gladstone Road; $10 mil-
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and landscaping on the new
golf course; and $20 million
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Cable executes on SRG buyout

FROM page 1B

company's revenues and
profits, other than to say: "It
will be a good investment
for the shareholders of
Cable Bahamas. The expan-
sion that comes from it will
be excellent for Cable
An indication of the trans-
action's value comes from
Cable Bahamas' 2009 year-
end balance sheet, which
carries as a $4.424 million
investment what is described
as a "purchase option which,
under certain conditions,
allows the company to
acquire a portion or all of
the outstanding shares in a
licensed telecommunications
o pc ,i I u That operator, as
previously revealed by Tri-
bune Business, is SRG.
The deal, provided it is
approved by URCA, will

merge SRG's fixed-line
licence with Cable Bahamas'
already-strong market posi-
tion in Internet, cable TV
and data, thus giving the
combined entity a formida-
ble 'Triple Play' proposal -
backed by Cable's fibre
optic infrastructure that
will enable it to go 'head-to-
head' with a privatised BTC
for Bahamian telecoms mar-
ket dominance.
With BTC's privatization,
and potential sale to Cable
& Wireless, possibly immi-
nent, given that the Gov-
ernment wants to complete
any deal by year-end, Cable
Bahamas' move to consum-
mate its SRG alliance comes
as no surprise, since it leaves
the company perfectly posi-
tioned to exploit any oppor-
tunities arising from liberal-
The timing is also likely

'The Government is bringing in tele-
coms expertise, looking at mergers,
and both ourselves and SRG because
of this merger, although not of the
size of BTC and its strategic partner,
will benefit the Bahamian consumer.'

to coincide with Cable
Bahamas believing it has
satisfied the conditions stip-
ulated by URCA before it
will be permitted to enter
other markets, namely
achieving accounting sepa-
ration and the unbundlingg'
of its Internet and cable TV
offerings. "We would antic-
ipate that will be complete
in short order," the Cable
Bahamas president said.
Mr Butler also told Tri-
bune Business that
SRG/IndiGo would contin-
ue to operate from its exist-
ing Collins Avenue head-
quarters as a 100 per cent
owned Cable Bahamas sub-
sidiary, and said the merger

would benefit both Bahami-
an business and residential
consumers by enhancing ser-
vice, improving products
and lowering prices.
"The operations will
remain independent," he
said. "SRG would continue
as a subsidiary, but at arm's
length from Cable
Asked whether there
would be any impact upon
employment levels at both
companies as a result of the
merger, Mr Butler indicat-
ed there would be no nega-
tive impacts, and that there
might even be and expan-
sion in staffing.
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to be in growth mode for the
immediate future. What we
feel is that we're currently
supporting different prod-
ucts, and the merged entity
will be in growing mode for
the foreseeable future," Mr
Butler said. "But, hopefully,
there will be operational
synergies and efficiencies,
benefits that will be passed
on to the consumer."
The Cable/SRG combina-
tion will now be able to
compete directly with BTC
on fixed-line residential
voice when full liberalisa-
tion takes place, and Mr
Butler said: "Historically,
whenever there is competi-
tion between us [BTC and
Cable], the consumer bene-
fits on service and value.
"It's timely with what's
going on. The Government
is bringing in telecoms
expertise, looking at merg-
ers, and both ourselves and
SRG because of this merger,
although not of the size of
BTC and its strategic part-
ner, will benefit the Bahami-
an consumer.
"It's a merged entity, 100
per cent Bahamian owned.
The agreement has been
there since 2004. URCA has
to approve it, and we hope
that it will be given a fair
and reasonable response."
The only entity not happy
with a Cable/SRG merger is
likely to be BTC. Some may
also be concerned that the
tie-up could reduce the pur-
chase price Cable & Wire-
less will be prepared to pay
for majority control in BTC,
likely to be 51 per cent, giv-
en that it will face instant
strong competition upon
taking over.
Indeed, Cable Bahamas'
purchase option can be
traced back to 2003 and
2004, when the former
Christie government was
attempting to privatise BTC.
SRG was awarded its
licence to compete with
BTC in the fixed-line mar-
ket at the same time, and
attempted to raise $7 mil-
lion from Bahamian
investors in a private place-
ment to finance the build-
out of its network infra-
Yet URCA's predecessor,
the Public Utilities Com-
mission (PUC), acting under
what many suspected was
pressure from the then-PLP
government, changed the
'rules of the game' in rela-
tion to leasing interconnec-
tion circuits when SRG was
in the middle of its capital

raising. This forced SRG to
return the raised funds to
the investors, since its busi-
ness model and financial
projections had been thrown
out of whack. To prevent
the new operator from
becoming 'stillborn', it was
Cable Bahamas that
financed the build-out of
SRG's network in return for
the purchase option.
And Cable Bahamas'
desire to consummate the
relationship and make SRG
its telecoms arm was also
behind the $85 million buy-
out of its former controlling
shareholder, the Canadian-
owned Columbus Commu-
As previously revealed by
Tribune Business, Cable
Bahamas tried to execute
the purchase option back in
late 2007, just after the
Ingraham administration
returned to office.
It was able to block the
transaction because of
Cable's foreign ownership
component in the shape of
Columbus, denying the nec-
essary Investments Board
approvals and Central Bank
exchange control approval.
This was one of the rea-
sons that prompted Colum-
bus to exit, and without its
presence, the Government
is now no longer able to
block the transaction.
Only URCA approval is
required, and this could well
be a test case for how truly
independent of government
the new regulator is.
"This transaction heralds
a new dawn for SRG", said
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny,
president of SRG, "empow-
ering the company and its
employees to continue our
history of innovation for the
benefit of the consumer, and
ultimately the Bahamian
"This is an historic time
for Bahamians and Cable
E lh~lml ', said Mr Butler,
"and this merger is a criti-
cal step in developing the
company into one that can
provide our customers with
the product and services that
they deserve and have been
asking for."
SRG's shareholders at the
time of the 2004 private
placement included busi-
nessman Frank Crothers;
accountant Gregory Cleare;
Scotiabank (Bahamas) man-
aging director Barry Mal-
colm; and Dr David Allen.
A Tribune affiliate also
holds a small stake in SRG.

'Crazy' Customs duties

harming medical costs

FROM page 1B

the Bahamian public," Mr Sealy said, adding that given the
ever-intensifying competition from other countries seek-
ing to grab a share of the medical tourism pie could provide
extra impetus to "reduce the cost of care" in the Bahamas.
While medical tourism was a "supplement, not a niche" for
Doctors Hospital, Mr Sealy said the industry's develop-
ment would be benefit the Bahamas overall. His company's
international accreditation by the Joint Commission Inter-
national (JCI), the first hospital in the Caribbean to achieve
such status, would also benefit the wider economy and
encourage persons to travel to the Bahamas for care given
that they could take comfort from the attainment of global
Mr Sealy said it was also incumbent, though, on Doctors
Hospital to "make the Bahamian population a\\ i c of the
first-class facilities it could make available locally, publish-
ing data to back its case and educate locals.
The Doctors Hospital chief executive added that the
BISX-listed healthcare provider also anticipated other "spin-
offs and consultancies" from its JCI accreditation.
Meanwhile, Mr Sealy said that despite Doctors Hospital's
reduced net income for the 2011 second quarter and half-
year, it believed it could "sustain" dividend payments to
shareholders, and was determined to reward investors for
their patience and confidence in the company during a long
period in the mid-2000s when they saw no return on their
He added that the payment of a $0.02 per share divi-
dend, set for September 23, 2010, was "a good gesture" on
the company's part.

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Emerging markets offer

growth and fishmeal

AP Business Writer

You can boil down the
appeal of emerging markets for
investors to three words:
growth, debt and fishmeal,
according to Associated Press.
For more than a decade,
industrializing countries like
Brazil and China have drawn
investors seeking to ride their
rapid economic growth. Now,
money managers are looking
to places that feed these emerg-
ing giants like Peru, the
world's top source for fishmeal,
a key ingredient in animal
Since the financial crisis hit
two years ago, cash has flooded
into the developing world from
those seeking better returns
and safety. Unlike the U.S. and
other developed countries
whose governments borrowed
heavily for stimulus spending,
countries in South America and
Asia have smaller debt burdens
along with higher bond yields.
So far, investors' bets in
developing countries have paid
off. The MSCI emerging mar-
ket stock index posted a 78 per-
cent gain for 2009 and is up 3.8
percent this year. Funds that
invest in emerging-market
bonds returned 32 percent last
year. This year, JPMorgan's
emerging market bond index
has gained 7.4 percent on price

TENSE MOMENT: A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.

terms alone. Ask Francisco
Alzuru, a money manager at
Hansberger Global Associates,
to explain the popularity of
emerging markets and he'll tell
you about fishmeal. It's essen-
tially anchovy powder.
Anchovies are hauled from the
Pacific and mashed into a flour,
which is then turned into feed
for hogs and fish in China.
To Alzuru and investors like
him, fishmeal represents
increasing trade within the
developing world and econom-
ic expansion beyond the so-
called BRICs Brazil, Russia,
India and China. Those four
emerging-market stars still
claim the bulk of investors'
funds, but Peru, Turkey and
others have seen a surge in
"You see a growth and con-
sumption story in these coun-
tries just like you're seeing in
the BRICs," Alzuru said.
Peru's economy, for instance,
has grown at an annual rate

above seven percent, a "China-
type speed," fueled by exports
of copper, textiles and fishmeal
to Asia. That economic growth
has given individual Peruvians
higher incomes and more mon-
ey to spend.
"You see an enormous con-
sumption boom," Alzuru said.
And the rise in spending has
helped launch companies cater-
ing to Peruvian consumers.
In the 1990s, emerging-mar-
ket investments were a great
way to lose money. The Asian
financial crisis, Russia's debt
default and other events
crushed many investors.
The stigma from those crises
has largely disappeared. Brad
Durham, managing director at
fund tracker EPFR Global, said
it's remarkable how quickly
attitudes have changed, a shift
he sees reflected in the num-
bers. Durham said that in a typ-
ical year over the past decade
investors might have dropped
$15 billion into emerging-mar-

ket stocks and $9 billion into
emerging-market bonds.
Contrast that with the haul
for emerging-market funds so
far this year: $40 billion into
stocks and a record $25.6 bil-
lion into bonds. Last year,
investors put a record $83.3 bil-
lion into emerging-market stock
funds. "The idea that emerging
markets are a risky asset has
started to unravel," Durham
said. Judging by the flow of
cash, investors seem to fear
U.S. stocks. EPFR's data shows
they've pulled $23.4 billion
from U.S. equity funds this
Financial turmoil in the Unit-
ed States and Europe has
helped make developing coun-
tries alluring to investors wor-
ried about another Greek debt
crisis. Taken together, the
world's advanced countries
have debt levels above 90 per-
cent of gross domestic product,
according to the International
Monetary Fund. The IMF,

which counts Treasury bonds
held in the Social Security fund,
expects the U.S. government to
top that mark by the end of this
year. The tally for developing
countries is 38 percent and
shrinking, according to the
IMF. Many economists and
investors believe higher debt
levels will stunt growth. High-
profile fund managers like Bill
Gross at the bond giant Pacific
Investment Management Com-
pany argue that the United
States and Europe will be
weighed down with sluggish
spending and high unemploy-
ment for years to come, like
Japan has been. That only adds
to the appeal of fast-growing
countries in Asia and South
The IMF forecasts that the
United States and other
advanced economies will col-
lectively expand 2.5 percent this
year and the next. Its forecast
for developing countries: 6.3
percent and 6.5 percent.
"This is part of the global
marketplace that is actually
growing with real economic
activity," said Lupin Rahman, a
vice president of portfolio man-
agement at Pimco. And it's not
all thanks to China. Pimco
expects emerging markets
excluding China to post 5.5 per-
cent annual growth this year.
She points to a rise in growth
and consumer demand from
Colombia, Panama and Peru.
Plenty of risks remain.
"Anything that hurts global
trade hurts the developing
world," Rahman said.
One danger, she said, is
anger in Congress about the
value of China's currency. A
tariff on Chinese goods would
also pinch Indonesia, for exam-
ple, because it exports wood
and coal to China.
But the developing world has
started to wean itself off the
American consumer, selling its
wares to China as well as to its
own growing middle class.
"This is no longer a story for
20 years from now," Rahman
said. "It's a story that's hap-
pening right now.

Gambling industry

pushing ahead in

New England
AP Business Writer
HARTFORD, Connecticut

The gambling industry is
looking to New England as its
latest prospect for legalized
casinos, pitching for legislation
with claims of new jobs and
more state revenue that could
boost a weak economy.
BNP Media, an industry
media company, and the
research firm Spectrum Gam-
ing Group are sponsoring the
first New England Gaming
Summit. The conference, being
held Monday and Tuesday at
Mohegan Sun in Uncasville,
Conn., is intended to bring
together state lawmakers, busi-
ness executives, lawyers, indus-
try analysts and others to net-
work and take a measure of
prospects for casinos in the
region. "It will be kind of an
information dump on gaming,"
said Charles Anderer, group
publisher of BNP Media Gam-
ing Group. "We'd like to put
out as much information on the
market as possible."

The failed effort in Massa-
chusetts this year to permit casi-
no gambling was one reason
organizers turned to New Eng-
land for the conference, Ander-
er said.
"There's still a lot of legisla-
tive uncertainty there, but deal-
ing with gaming regionally
makes a lot of sense," he said.
The weak economy, howev-
er, has depressed consumer
spending, adding another prob-
lem for the industry as it seeks
to expand.
"One of my first questions is
that this is the new normal for
the economy, but what's the
new normal for gaming?"
Anderer said. "Is it being mod-
ified or defined downward?"
Two Indian-run casinos,
Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods,
operate in Connecticut. In
Rhode Island, home to slot par-
lors Twin River and Newport
Grand, the General Assembly
this year approved legislation
authorizing a voter referendum
in November on casino gam-
bling, but Gov. Don Carcieri
vetoed the bill and lawmakers
did not reconvene to try an

NOTICE is hereby given that MATIAS FLORVIL of
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
20th day of September, 2010 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation


The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites
Tenders for he services described below:

Bidders are required to oIllede packages from the
Corporalmn's Adminislralive Office, Blue Hill & Tcker Roads
Contad. Ms. Charlene Smith at telephone 302-1158

Submissions should be marked as fOllows

Tender No. 727110
The Corstruction of The Nortlh & Cenfal Andros
12.7KV Overhead Interconnector
Andros Bahamas

Tenders are to be addressed to:
Mr. Kevin Besden
General Manager
Baham as Electricity Corporation
Executive Oftcels BILn Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline fo delivery to BEC;
1" October, 210
no later than 4:00 p,m.

The Corporation reserves the riht to accept
or reject any or all proposal.
For all nquires regarding the tenders and site vis contact
Mr. Wayne Farquharson at telephone 302-1216

A i a

Position Responsibilities:
* Design and installation of structural,
electrical, mechanical and architectural
finish systems for custom residential
construction projects.
* Develop CAD/CAM schematics for the
aforementioned systems and coordinate
with the Project Engineer and related
subcontractors to ensure timely and
accurate completion of all related
construction project work.
* Develop product and systems
specifications and manage the sourcing
and procurement of structural, electrical,
mechanical and architectural finish
products and systems as approved by the
Project Engineer.

Additional Responsibilities:
* Review of subcontractor bids and
competitive cost analysis under
supervision of the Project Engineer.
* Also will be responsible for subcontractor
performance reports and government

Position Requirements:
* Bachelors Science Degree in Civil
Engineering (BSCE) or equivalent degree
from an accredited university engineering
undergraduate program.
* Must have a minimum of 8-10 years
experience in the design and installation
of structural, electrical, mechanical and
architectural finish systems for custom
residential construction projects.

Additional qualification requirements include:
* Thorough understanding of ASTM and
related product certification programs
Detailed knowledge of CAD/CAM
engineering software
* Experience with project value engineering
systems and procedures
* Knowledge of site development,
environmental, geotechnical project
management systems.

Interested persons must submit a resume to
the following address:

Human Resources Department
P.O. Box SS-5399
Nassau, Bahamas.


The Public is hereby advised that I, TIFFANY TAMARA
40746, intend to change my child's name from KEANTE
SMITH. If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, PO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.



Tenders are invited for the Supply of Drugs and Related
Items for the Public Hospitals Authority and the Ministry
of Health, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Supplementary Tender Document, which includes
instruction to the Tenderers along with other relevant
information, can be collected from the Bahamas
National Drug Agency, Market & McPherson Streets,
from Monday 20th September, 2010 from 9 am 5 pm.

A Tender must be submitted in duplicated in a sealed
envelope or package identified as "Supplementary
Tender for the Supply of Drug and Related Items"
and addressed to:

Managing Director
Public Hospitals Authority
Third Terrace, West Centerville
P.O. Box N-8200
Nassau, The Bahamas

Electronic and hard copies must be received at the
above address on or before 5pm Friday, October
15th, 2010. A copy of a valid business license and
Nationals Insurance Certificate must accompany all

The Public Hospitals Authority reserves the right to
reject any or all Tender(s).



The stories behind the news







Tribune Staff Reporter
Environment Minister
Earl Deveaux
emerged from the
Aga Khan's helicopter
in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, to attend a Friends of the
Environment event with the exhila-
rated grin of an excited schoolboy.
Having taken up Karim Aga
Khan IV's offer to travel in the 12-
seater AB-139 instead of chartering
a flight, Dr Deveaux, his wife, and
two friends, were able to ride in the
lap of luxury at their convenience,
and the Minister would not be late
for a land assessment of Bell Island
in Exuma the next day.
But as the Aga Khan is the own-
er of Bell Island who put the devel-
opment plans in Dr Deveaux's lap,
the childlike excitement on the Min-
ister's face, and the front page of
The Tribune last week, masked a
darker reality.
The extension of such generosity
by this enigmatic Persian prince
exposed both himself and the Min-
ister to ridicule and speculation over
the process of planning applications
and approvals.
And when the development is in
an area as sensitive area as the Exu-
ma Cays Land and Sea Park, it is
bound to stir the kind of public
debate that hit the airwaves last
The 176 square mile park is a jew-
el of the Bahamas and the world as
the oldest protected area of its kind,
established in 1958, and a flourishing
no-take marine reserve guarded by
the Bahamas National Trust (BNT).
The Aga Khan bought the island
north of Conch Cut and 17 miles
north of Black Point last year and
has plans to dredge 8.8 acres of sand
from the seabed so he can pull into a
newly carved marina on his 150ft
He also wants the supply barge to
be accommodated at a 100ft dock,
and have slips for 20 vessels in a 67-
acre yacht basin excavated in the
existing salt pond, as well as roads
across the island.
An Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) on the project
was completed by Turrell, Hall and
Associates Inc in March, and passed
on to the BNT for further input.
But until The Tribune published
details of the plans last week, not a
word had been mentioned in the
public domain.
The developer had paid for the
EIA, the Ministry selected the
marine and environmental consul-
tants to do it, and the Trust to con-
tribute to the discussion.
All of the correct protocols were
in place and the procedures were
duly followed, so processes could
tick along smoothly, and the devel-
opers could quietly move in.
The public were not asked for

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ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Earl Deveaux with Aga Khan's helicopter in the background.

their opinion because frankly what
they think is irrelevant when Bell
Island belongs to the Aga Khan, and
it is his right to "renovate" it, just
as other owners of private islands
also have the right to enhance their
personal pieces of the country -
including those in the area of the
Even the BNT has little say in
the matter, according to a statement
released by the board last week.
However, it is precisely this top-
down approach that raises questions
about the possibility for corruption

in our planning and development
Especially when a billionaire such
as the Aga Khan is in a position to
woo a Minister in his AB139, and
donate $1 million to the BNT. No
one is suggesting that this is what
happened in this case, but still the
perception is there.
Dr Deveaux said: "I do not think
a helicopter ride could buy me and I
don't think it could alter my opin-
But his defence asserts one of two
things: either it would take more

than one helicopter ride to buy him,
or he cannot be corrupted.
I am inclined to believe the latter,
which is why I think he was dignified
in tendering his resignation, which
the Prime Minister refused.
But a less noble man in his posi-
tion surely would not have done the
As the Minister himself asserted,
he is quite accustomed to travelling
in the planes, boats and automobiles
of wealthy developers, and being
wined and dined at their expense,
but he does not let this affect his

judgment of planning applications.
He asserted he had travelled to
Ginn Sur Mer's Old Bahama Bay
development on the Ginn's boat,
and saw Baker's Bay from the devel-
oper's jet, as I noted how all of the
developments he listed in his argu-
ment have been approved.
Whether or not he is corrupt-
ible, he is vulnerable to speculation
of corruption, and that is reason
enough for a major change to be
introduced and introduced now.
PLP MP Fred Mitchell suggested
Cabinet ministers and government
departments are provided with their
own fleet of air and watercraft to
transport them to far-flung sites
across the islands on time, avoiding
safety issues, or perceived cosiness
with developers.
However, Freeport attorney Fred
Smith, QC, advocates a change of
the law.
He has been pushing for an Envi-
ronmental Protection Act, and a
Freedom of Information Act, to
establish an independent Environ-
mental Protection Agency that
would facilitate EIAs, provide access
to planning applications, and ensure
there is full and proper public con-
sultation over all plans submitted to
the Ministry.
Such a system would protect
everyone's best interests as residents,
businesses, Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) and all other
interested parties would be involved
in the debate long before the dig-
gers break ground.
As the lawyer representing
Responsible Development for Aba-
co (RDA) in the request for a Judi-
cial Review seeking to stop work at
the $105 million Wilson City power
plant, Mr Smith showed how BEC
had gone ahead with clearing land,
paving roads and building the power
plant before they even had all the
necessary building permits in place.
Although Supreme Court Justice
Hartman Longley dismissed the
Abaconian's request on Thursday,
he at least acknowledged they had
genuine reason for complaint.
The public was not aware of the
power plant plans until work started,
and when BEC finally agreed to
hold a public meeting on the matter
it served little purpose other than a
place for hundreds of angry Abaco-
nians to vent their anger over being
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so left out of the critical devel-
opment of their island.
In that case, as with almost
every other, communities
were disregarded in the plan-
ning process from the begin-
ning, as plans received or con-
ceived of by government
departments are assessed and
approved from the top down,
leaving the people demor-
alised and devoid of power.
A modified Local Govern-
ment Act and Environmen-
tal Protection Act would
allow communities to plan
developments five, 10 or 20
years in the future, and create
a sustainable model that ben-
efits everyone.
Town councils would have
more power to draw up bye-
laws for their unique commu-
nities, impose local taxes to
fund local projects and rep-
resent the community in
national discussions about the
development of their island.
"That's what's called
decentralisation and democ-
racy," Mr Smith said.
"And in our geographical-
ly fractured nation devolution
of power is so necessary.
"It will help the Bahamas
develop its marine and land
resources in a sustainable
"Because it may be that
the people in Exuma have
some idea about whether the
Aga Khan should be able to
But when it comes to
development in the Bahamas,
"the rule of the people"
defined by democracy is far
from the process of granting
planning approval.
We leave such matters in
the hands of Ministers and
wealthy developers, and when
projects are approved, we are
only left to speculate over
what really happened.
"The current construct
lends itself to conflicts, not
necessarily intentional or
intended, but it just does,"
said Mr Smith.
"And that's why I have
been promoting a more trans-
parent and accountable
process, an objective process,
which protects the Trust, pro-
tects the Minister, and pro-
tects the government agen-
cies from the kind of criticism
that can be made against
them in this case."
Sharing the power of
choice in a transparent plan-
ning process, which welcomes
public consultation, would

eradicate that speculation not
only in principle, but also in
Planning meetings were
the bread and butter of the
local newspaper I worked at
in East London, England, as
development plans ricocheted
through the communities
causing a stir for all who live
and work nearby.
Residents and business
owners were invited to view
plans for around six weeks
before they came to the local
government council planning
committee where they were
debated in a lively public
meeting that often continued
until the early hours of the
morning as everyone was
invited to have their say.
Each interested person was
invited to speak for three min-
utes about why a Victorian
family home should not be
converted into flats, why there
should not be another gener-
ic block of flats built on what
little green land they had left,
or why the next door neigh-
bour should not be allowed
to extend their home into
their own back garden or onto
a third floor.
And as the plans were con-
sidered from all angles, when
they were finally rejected or
approved, those in protest at
least felt they had been heard.
Development affects
everybody, and it is a con-
tentious issue in any commu-
nity, but even more so in land-
starved areas such as London,
or ecologically precious areas
in the sought after islands of
the Bahamas.
Some areas need to be pre-
served for their environmen-
tal benefits, as in the national
parks, and some need to be
developed to create jobs and
keep the economy afloat.
But there is only so much
land to share; and in a demo-
cratic society, the people
should really at least appear
to have a say in what gets
"If we had an Environ-
mental Protection Act and a
Freedom of Information Act,
we would at least have a mea-
sure of comfort that people
can't sneak in the back door
and start depleting our
resources," Mr Smith said.
"I remain sceptical of pri-
vate developers approaching
the government quietly and
the government and Cabinet
quietly approving in principle
or signing Heads of Agree-
ment or making other non-

disclosed arrangements with
private developers before the
public becomes aware of it.
"This is a continued recipe
for disaster.
"This is what caused all of
the controversy in Baker's
Bay, Bimini and all other
places in the Bahamas, includ-
ing the Ginn project in Grand
"I am also told there are
several projects planned for
East End that lies deep with-
in the bosoms of the Cabinet
and none of the citizens of
Grand Bahama have any idea
of what is being planned for
our island communities
"If the Environmental Pro-
tection Agency could be iso-
lated from political influence
by the Cabinet or ruling party,
you would have some kind of
check and balance from the
kind of incestuous inflection
which exists when private
developers make their clan-
destine approaches to gov-
ernment for approval in prin-
ciple, because once approved
in principle, then every gov-
ernment agency simply has to
rubber stamp whatever is
"You don't just do an EIA
to rubber stamp a project.
"Because the developers,
like a cancer, are going to eat
up every pleasant and unique
environment that we have
unless we manage it.
"And the only way to man-
age it is for all vested interests
to be a part of considering
what's happening."
The change would mean it
is not just the Minister and
his staff deciding whether the
Aga Khan can put a develop-
ment in the national park, and
the issue of him flying around
in his helicopter would not
arise, because he would not
be in that position.
There would instead be
independent environmental
and planning agencies, not
beholden to the executive,
making the decisions.
And if such agencies are
not established in a new leg-
islative framework soon, the
Bahama islands and the
resources we all share will
gradually disappear in a
method that is beyond our
control, as those who can
afford it break off pieces of
our finite islands for them-
selves and leave the Bahami-
an people with fractured frag-
ments of their country and no
explanation about what hap-
pened, and where it all went.


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Igor nears


Bermuda as

1 hurricane

Associated Press Writer
(AP) Fierce waves pound-
ed the breakwaters and shores
of Bermuda on Sunday,
straining yacht moorings and
battering oceanfront hotels as
Hurricane Igor lashed the
wealthy British enclave.
Bermudians battened down
their homes in pelting rain to
wait out Igor, a Category 1
hurricane with maximum sus-
tained winds of 80 mph (130
kph). Some storm-seasoned
islanders ventured outside to
gawk at the 15-foot (5-meter)
surf or to triple-tie boat moor-
ings even as officials warned
them to stay indoors.
"We are urging residents to
please go home and stay in
until it is all over," said gov-
ernment spokeswoman Bev-
erle Lottimore.
Those who did venture out-
side were met with howling
winds, and gusts of hurricane
force were reported by mid-
day. Flooding was reported
in low-lying areas and streets
in downtown Hamilton, the
capital, were covered in sev-
eral inches of water and lit-
tered with tree branches and
other debris.
Igor's eye was expected to
pass over or very close to
Bermuda late Sunday, accord-
ing to the U.S. National Hur-
ricane Center in Miami. But
with hurricane-force winds
extending up to 90 miles (150
kilometers) from the storm's
eye, even a near-miss could
cause substantial damage.
The storm was expected to
veer northeast away from
the United States after
passing Bermuda. But fore-
casters said it would contin-
ue causing high surf and
strong rip currents along the
U.S. eastern seaboard.
Most tourists hopped on
flights home before the air-
port closed Saturday after-
noon, but Elaine and Brian
LaFleur of New Bedford,
Massachusetts, said they actu-
ally changed the date of their
flight so they would make it to
Bermuda in advance of Igor.
They wanted a new experi-
ence for their 28th trip to the
"We've done everything
else on this island, but we've
never experienced a hurri-
cane," said Elaine LaFleur,
The couple's original itin-
erary had them arriving Sun-
day but they flew in Friday.
Brian LeFleur, 66, said the

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WAVE ACTION: Waves crash onto the beach at John Smith's Bay in Smith's Parish as Hurricane Igor approaches in Bermuda Saturday. National Hurricane Center in Miami said
tropical storm winds will start battering Bermuda Saturday night, with the hurricane expected to pass near Bermuda early Monday.

couple was staying busy
indoors playing games on
their iPad. He had hoped to
watch Sunday football but the
cable television at their hotel
in downtown Hamilton lost
its signal.
Bermuda's power utility
said at least 6,100 residents
were without electricity.
Some Bermudians were
optimistic that a weakened
Igor, which was downgraded
to a Category 1 hurricane
overnight, would spare the
Atlantic territory serious
"We prayed that the storm
would be downgraded, and it
looks like our prayers have
been answered," said Fred
Swan, a 52-year-old teacher.
But as the hurricane bore
down, most islanders hun-
kered down in their homes
and listened to the howling
winds and cracking thunder

School principal Marion
Dyer, 47, said she holed up
with her 8-year-old daughter
and two others after losing
power around dawn, when
Igor's outer bands began
severely whipping Bermuda.
"Now and again we get
bursts of wild wind which
sends the rain in all direc-
tions," Dyer wrote in an e-
mail to an AP reporter. "We
have heard several rolls of
thunder which are becoming
more frequent."
Premier Ewart Brown said
islanders "have been forced
to recognize that the ocean is
not so vast and Bermuda not
so unique as to be separated
from the awesome power of
Some islanders checked
into resorts to ride out the
storm. At the Fairmont
Hamilton Princess hotel near
the capital's downtown, about
half of the 410 rooms were

occupied, said Jonathan
Crellin, the hotel's general
"The hotel is locked down
tight and ready to take Igor
when he arrives in full,"
Crellin said from the hotel,
which like most buildings in
the territory is built of solid
High surf kicked up by the
storm has already swept two
people out to sea in Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands, far to the south.
By late afternoon Sunday,
Igor was steaming north at 15
mph (24 kph), according to
the U.S. hurricane center.
Forecasters said the storm
could drop 6 to 9 inches (15 to
23 centimeters) of rain over
Bermuda and cause signifi-
cant coastal flooding.
Steve Gibbons and five rel-
atives ventured out on foot to
Somerset Bridge, where high
winds whipped the sea over

the bridge and made it diffi-
cult to stand up straight.
"Later on, we'll be inside
hunkered down," Gibbons
said while bracing himself
against the gusting wind.
Hotel cancellations were
reported across Bermuda,
popular with tourists for its
pink sand beaches and with
businesspeople as an offshore
financial haven.
A causeway linking the
main island with St. George's
parish was closed, along with
the L.F. Wade International
Airport. Officials said schools
would be closed Monday and
Tuesday, and a local newspa-
per canceled its Monday edi-
Bermuda's building codes
specify that homes must be
built with walls at least eight
inches thick, and be able to
withstand 150 mph (241 kph)
gusts and sustained winds of
110 mph (177 kph). Some

(AP Photo)

power and phone lines are
In Mexico on Sunday, offi-
cials raised to 12 the death
toll from Hurricane Karl,
which made landfall on Mex-
ico's Gulf Coast on Friday
and soaked Veracruz, Puebla
and Tabasco states in the
south-central part of the
At least 30,000 people were
displaced by flooding and
landslides in Veracruz alone,
according to a report from the
Civil Protection agency.
Gov. Fidel Herrera said 125
municipalities were in a state
of emergency. Far out in the
Atlantic, Tropical Storm Julia
was weakening and not
expected to threaten land.
Associated Press writers
Elizabeth Roberts in Hamil-
ton, Bermuda, and Miguel
Angel Hernandez in Ver-
acruz, Mexico, contributed to
this report.

Mexico marks 25th

anniversary of '85 quake

Associated Press Writer
In solemn ceremonies and
Roman Catholic masses,
Mexico City commemorated
the 25th anniversary Sunday
of an 8.1-magnitude earth-
quake that killed as many as
10,000 people and sparked an
outpouring of civic action that
many say helped lead the
nation to democracy.
At the downtown square
where the Hotel Regis top-
pled in 1985, a line of ambu-
lances and patrol cars marked
the moment by turning on
their sirens; the hotel was nev-
er rebuilt, and the square is
now known as Solidarity
But it was all silence at the
humble monument erected at
the site of the collapsed Nue-
vo Leon apartment building,
where hundreds died. An
elderly woman lit votive can-
dles for her dead children,
and survivors placed colorful
floral wreaths at the low
benches built in a circle
around the site.
Cuauhtemoc Abarca, 53,
who at the time was a neigh-
borhood leader for residents
of the Tlatelolco housing
complex, recalled hearing the

SALUTE: Mexico's President Felipe Calderon salutes during a ceremony to mark the 25th an
the 1985 Mexico's earthquake in Mexico City on Sunday. The 8.1-magnitude earthquake kill
as 10,000 and left thousands homeless.

sound of shattering glass as
the earth shook violently.
"I turned toward the Nuevo
Leon and I saw that it was
collapsing, first like a sand-
wich, and then twisting and
falling," said Abarca. "I saw
but couldn't believe it, and
then a cloud of dust went up."
After the quake, as gov-
ernment officials, army troops
and police dithered seem-
ingly unprepared for the dis-
aster and more interested in

cordoning off collapsed build-
ings than in searching for sur-
vivors neighbors organized
rescue teams to pull victims
from the rubble.
Abarca, who went on to a
career as a community activist
and helped in relief efforts for
Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake
that killed as many as 300,000,
said the activism awakened
by the Mexico City quake is
still alive. "There is more par-
ticipation in general, in a lot

of aspects," he said
government has
itself to dispersing
smoke screens, to
was listening."

niversary of
ed as many

(AP Photo)

i. "But the
it, creating -
act as if it

Mexico's early declarations
that it did not need interna-
tional aid is thought by many
to have contributed to the
eventual downfall of the long-
ruling Institutional Revolu-
tionary Party, which lost the
presidency in 2000 for the first
time in seven decades.


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BP well finally

killed at the

bottom of Gulf

Associated Press Writer
THE well is dead. Finally.
A permanent cement plug
sealed BP's well nearly 2.5
miles below the sea floor in
the Gulf of Mexico, five ago-
nizing months after an explo-
sion sank a drilling rig and
led to the worst offshore oil
spill in U.S. history.
Retired Coast Guard
Adm. Thad Allen, the fed-
eral government's point man
on the disaster, said Sunday
BP's well "is effectively
dead" and posed no further
threat to the Gulf. Allen said
a pressure test to ensure the
cement plug would hold was
completed at 5:54 a.m. CDT.
The gusher was contained
in mid-July after a tempo-
rary cap was successfully fit-
ted atop the well. Mud and
cement were later pushed
down through the top of the
well, allowing the cap to be
But the well could not be
declared dead until a relief
well was drilled so that the
ruptured well could be sealed
from the bottom, ensuring it
never causes a problem
again. The relief well inter-
sected the blown-out well
Thursday, and crews started
pumping in the cement on
The April 20 blast killed
11 workers, and 206 million
gallons of oil spewed.
The disaster caused an
environmental and econom-
ic nightmare for people who
live, work and play along
hundreds of miles of Gulf
shoreline from Florida to
Texas. It also spurred civil
and criminal investigations,
cost gaffe-prone BP chief
Tony Hayward his job, and
brought increased govern-
mental scrutiny of the oil and
gas industry, including a cost-

ly moratorium on deepwater
offshore drilling that is still
in place.
Gulf residents will be feel-
ing the pain for years to
come. There is still plenty of
oil in the water, and some
continues to wash up on
shore. Many people are still
struggling to make ends meet
with some waters still closed
to fishing. Shrimpers who are
allowed to fish are finding it
difficult to sell their catch
because of the perception -
largely from people outside
the region that the
seafood is not safe to eat.
Tourism along the Gulf has
taken a hit.
The disaster also has taken
a toll on the once mighty oil
giant BP PLC. The British
company's stock price took a
nosedive after the explosion,
though it has recovered
somewhat. Its image as a
steward of the environment
was stained and its stated
commitment to safety was
challenged. Owners of BP-
branded gas stations in the
U.S. were hit with lost sales,
as customers protested at the
And on the financial side:
BP has already shelled out
$9.5 billion in cleanup costs,
and the company has
promised to set aside anoth-
er $20 billion for a victims
compensation fund. The
company could face tens of
billions of dollars more in
government fines and legal
costs from hundreds of pend-
ing lawsuits.
BP took some of the
blame for the Gulf oil disas-
ter in an internal report
issued earlier this month,

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acknowledging among other
things that its workers misin-
terpreted a key pressure test
of the well. But in a possible
preview of its legal strategy, it
also pointed the finger at its
partners on the doomed rig.
BP was a majority owner
of the well that blew out, and
it was leasing the rig that
exploded from owner
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plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after
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'Serious concern'

over 'fraud' at the

Afghan elections

KABUL, Afghanistan

THE main Afghan elec-
tion observer group said
Sunday it had serious con-
cerns about the legitimacy
of this weekend's parlia-
mentary vote because of
reported fraud, even as Pres-
ident Hamid Karzai com-
mended the balloting as a
solid success, according to
Associated Press.
The conflicting statements
underscored the difficulty of
determining the credibility
of the vote also hit by mili-
tant attacks that hurt the
turnout. Afghan officials
started gathering and tallying
results Sunday in a process
that could take weeks if not
months to complete.
The country's internation-
al backers offered praise for
those who voted Saturday
despite bomb and rocket
attacks, and voiced hoped
for a democratic result. A
repeat of the pervasive fraud
that tainted a presidential
election a year ago would
only erode further the stand-
ing of Karzai administration
-both at home and abroad
- as it struggles against a
Taliban insurgency.
While the first vote counts
are due to be made public
in a few days time, full pre-
liminary results are not
expected until early Octo-
ber, and then there will be
weeks of fraud investigations
before winners are officially
announced for the 249 par-
liamentary seats, which were
contested by about 2,500
The election commission
has said it hopes to release
final results by the end of
October. But there are like-
ly to be a host of fraud com-
plaints in each province -
which could drag the process
on even beyond that target
date. The resolution of last
year's vote took months.
On Sunday, the indepen-
dent Free and Fair Elections
Foundation of Afghanistan
said it "has serious concerns
about the quality of elec-
tions," given the insecurity
and numerous complaints of
fraud. FEFA deployed
about 7,000 people around
the country, making it the
largest observer of the par-
liamentary vote. Many inter-
national observer groups
scaled back their operations
from last year because of
security concerns.
At least 21 civilians and
nine police officers were
killed during the voting,
according to the election
commission and the Interi-
or Ministry, amid dozens of
bombings and rocket attacks.
In addition, two pollworkers
were kidnapped in northern
Balkh province and their
bodies were discovered Sun-
day, Afghan election com-
mission chairman Fazel
Ahmad Manawi told
The election commission
has yet to provide an overall
turnout figure but it appears
to have been lower than last
year. The commission said
Sunday that at least 4 mil-
lion people voted at least
24 percent of the country's
17 million registered voters
- though they were still
waiting for reports from
some voting centers. Nearly
6 million ballots were cast
last year, though the wide-
spread ballot-box stuffing
means it was difficult to
know how many people
actually voted.
Throughout Saturday's
balloting, complaints that
anti-fraud measures were
being ignored or weren't
working poured in from
across the country. People
said the indelible ink that is
supposed to stain voters' fin-
gers for 72 hours could be
washed off.
In some polling stations,
observers said poll workers
were letting people vote with

AFGHAN ELECTION workers stack ballot boxes at Afghanistan's Inde-
pendent Election Commission in Herat on Sunday Sept. 19, 2010. Afghan
election observers said they had serious concerns about the legitimacy of
Saturday's parliamentary balloting as officials began Sunday to tally the
results in a process that could take months. (AP)

obviously fake voter cards.
"Ballot stuffing was seen
to varying extents in most
provinces, as were proxy vot-
ing and underage voting,"
FEFA said.
Yet Karzai issued a state-
ment Sunday calling the vote
an all-round success.
"President Karzai con-
gratulates the nation of
Afghanistan on its success-
ful parliamentary election,"
the statement said. "This has
been another positive step
in strengthening democracy
in our country."
He went on to call on the
country's anti-fraud watch-
dog to thoroughly investi-
gate all fraud complaints.
The head of the U.N. mis-
sion in Afghanistan, Staffan
de Mistura, stressed how dif-
ficult it is to hold an election
in a war zone like
Afghanistan and said the
Afghan government should
be praised for managing to
get people out to vote at all.
"It's almost a miracle to
have an election in these cir-
cumstances," de Mistura
However, he said it was
too early to determine
whether the vote was a suc-
cess, and cautioned that the
combination of a low
turnout in some areas and
fraud allegations could
threaten the results.
"That may be a toxic com-
bination," de Mistura said.
The head of U.S.-based
observer group Democracy
International said the tally-
ing and fraud-investigation
process will be key to deter-
mining the election's validity.
"Right now is a pretty crit-
ical time," Jed Ober said.
"They will be following up
on claims and verifying
them. So much remains to
be seen."
Last year's presidential
vote was so tainted by ballot-
box stuffing and rejiggered
tallies much to Karzai's
benefit that nearly a third
of his votes were thrown out.
If Afghans don't accept
the results of the vote, it
could have a profound effect
both inside the country and
with Afghanistan's interna-
tional backers, who have
140,000 troops in the country
and have spent billions try-
ing to shore up Karzai's
Abdullah Abdullah, the
runner-up to Karzai in the
2009 poll, has suggested
there could be unrest if vot-
ers feel disenfranchised, and
that candidates installed
despite accusations of fraud-
ulent voting could lead to a
rubber-stamp parliament in
the hands of the govern-
However, an election per-
ceived as legitimate could go
some way to building public
faith in a democratic system
which has struggled to take
root since the hardline Tal-
iban regime was ousted in a
U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
The election drew a wide
array of candidates, and at
least in key urban centers,
campaigning was vigorous
and citizens on Saturday
voiced resolve in voting
despite the threat of militant
Violence continued on
Sunday, with three rockets
fired a meeting of senior offi-
cials in southern Kandahar
province which was intended
to rally support against the
Taliban. The closest landed
about 40 meters (45 yards)
away from the meeting in
Arghandab district, attended
by the provincial governor
and Karzai's brother Ahmad
Wali Karzai, who chairs the
provincial council. No one
was hurt.
In the north, an insur-

A SMALL boy peeks from behind the poster of an election candidate as posters are dismantled a day after parliamentary election in Kabul,
Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. (AP)


ri4* ?' t

A SHOPKEEPER bites into tape
to fasten posters of the candi-
date of his choice contesting
ahead of the parliamentary
election, on the outer wall of
his small shop in Kabul,

gent rocket attack killed six
children in Ali Abad dis-
trict of Kunduz province,
the Interior Ministry said
without providing further
Meanwhile, NATO forces
said they killed seven insur-
gents in an attack Saturday
targeting a Taliban com-
mander at a village com-
pound in volatile Nangarhar
province in the east.
Ghafor Khan, the district
police spokesman, said five
people were killed and two
wounded in the attack.
He said investigators
were determining whether
the casualties were insur-
gents or civilians. NATO
said its initial reporting was
that no civilians were killed
or hurt.
Afghan officials have
repeatedly warned that civil-
ian casualties undermine
anti-insurgency efforts.
NATO said three of its
service members died in
attacks in Afghanistan on
Two died in a bomb attack
in the south and another in
an insurgent attack in the
Their nationalities were
not disclosed.

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Yo 'l o d e o w y u v r o a o g i h o tit




US woman

held in Iran

for a year

arrives in US

American woman who was
held in Iran for more than
13 months and accused of
espionage said Sunday that
she and two men detained
with her never spied or com-
mitted any crime, calling
their arrest "a huge misun-
derstanding. "
Sarah Shourd underscored
her gratitude at being
released but said she felt only
"one-third free" because her
fiance, Shane Bauer, and
their friend Josh Fattal
remain in Tehran's notori-
ous Evin Prison.
"This is not the time to cel-
ebrate," Shourd, 32, said in
prepared remarks for a New
York news conference. "The
only thing that enabled me
to cross the gulf from prison
to freedom alone was the
knowledge that Shane and
Josh wanted with all their
hearts for my suffering to
Shourd traveled to New
York after arriving Sunday
morning at Dulles Interna-

tional Airport near Wash-
ington on a flight from
Dubai, United Arab Emi-
rates, accompanied by her
mother and an uncle.
Meanwhile, Iranian Presi-
dent Mahmoud Ahmadine-
jad arrived in New York
Sunday to attend the U.N.
General Assembly. He later
met with U.N. Secretary-
General Ban Ki-moon to dis-
cuss developments in Iraq,
Afghanistan and the Middle
East as well as efforts to
resolve the dispute over
Iran's nuclear program, the
U.N. spokesperson's office
Ahmadinejad called
Shourd's release "a huge
humanitarian gesture" in an
interview on ABC televi-
sion's "This Week with
Christiane Amanpour." He
called on the U.S. to release
eight Iranians being detained
after arrests he said were ille-
Shourd thanked Iranians
and Ahmadinejad in a care-
fully scripted return that

spoke to the continuing deli-
cacy of her situation. Iran has
issued espionage-related
indictments against her,
Bauer and Fattal; the indict-
ments could bring trials for
the two men and proceed-
ings in absentia for Shourd.
But she stressed their inno-
cence in a case that has
added to the roster of ten-
sions between the U.S. and
The three were detained
in July 2009 after Iranian offi-
cials said they intentionally
crossed the country's border
from Iraq. Echoing accounts
their families have given in
their absence, Shourd said
Sunday that the three had
been hiking in a popular
tourist area near a water-
fall in Iraq's Kurdistan region
- and had no idea the bor-
der was nearby.
"If we were indeed near
the Iraq-Iran border, that
border was entirely
unmarked and indistinguish-
able," she said.
"Shane and Josh do not

SARAH SHOURD makes a statement at the VIP Lounge of Muscat airport before she flies out of Muscat,
Oman, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. The American woman released from Iran after more than 13 months in
custody began her journey back to the United States on Saturday after asking her supporters to "extend
your prayers" to her fiance and another American man who remain in Tehran accused of spying. The three
Americans were detained in July 2009 along the Iraqi border. Iran has issued espionage-related indictments,
which could bring trials for the two men and proceedings in absentia for Shourd. (AP)

deserve to be in prison one
day longer than I was," she
said. "We committed no
crime and we are not spies.
We in no way intended any
harm to the Iranian govern-
ment or its people and
believe a huge misunder-
standing led to our arrest and
prolonged detention."
Shourd's mother has said
her daughter had health
problems including a breast
lump and precancerous cer-
vical cells. Shourd said Sun-
day that doctors in Oman,
where she went immediately
after her release, had deter-
mined she was physically
Officials in Oman an
ally of both Iran and the
United States mediated a
$500,000 bail for Shourd that

satisfied Iranian authorities
and apparently did not vio-
late U.S. economic sanctions
against Iran. The source of
the bail payment has not
been disclosed.
She left Oman Saturday
for Dubai, United Arab Emi-
rates, and took a commercial
flight from there to Dulles
because planes to New York
were already full of passen-
gers flying in for the General
Assembly meeting, the fam-
ilies said.
Shourd and Bauer had
been living together in Dam-
ascus, Syria, where Bauer
was working as a freelance
journalist and Shourd as an
English teacher. Fattal, an
environmental activist and a
fellow graduate of the Uni-
versity of California at

Berkeley, came to visit them
last July, and the three went
"My hope is that by learn-
ing who we are and how we
came to be in this diverse and
fascinating region of the
world directly from my lips, it
will help clear up any doubts
and end Shane and Josh's
detention," Shourd said.
She added that she hoped
their experience would pro-
vide "an opportunity for
Americans and Iranians to
realize that an improved rela-
tionship would be in the best
interest of all people."
Ahmadinejad gave no
specifics in his interview with
Amanpour about whether
Bauer and Fattal might also
be released, saying "the cas-
es have to be examined."


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Seepage 14

13 & 14 o International sports news-I

' I I New Breed holds on for 13-12 decision over

S 1 By BRENT STUBBS was able to hold on for a 13-12 deci- said Pierce, who was on the opposite
Senior Sports Reporter sion over Freedom Farm in the men's end of the field against his former feature contest on Saturday night at long-time manager Godfrey 'Gully'
,1 -- 1 r 7 1A 1 _*.11 Z11- ID 14


THE New Providence
Softball Association
(NPSA) is scheduled to
complete regular season
action this weekend at the
Banker's Field, Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex,
with the following games
on tap:
Tonight's schedule
7pm Dorin United
Hitmen vs Del Sol
Arawaks (M)
8:30pm John's Bucca-
neers vs Dorsey Park Boyz
Tuesday's schedule
7pm T&C Express
Outlaws vs Freedom Farm
Horsemen (M)
8:30pm Dorin United
Hitmen vs Y-II Shipping
New Breed (M)
Wednesday's schedule
7pm Sigma Brackettes
vs Bommer G. Operators
8:30pm Mighty Mitts
vs Del Sol Arawaks (M)


PLAY in the Kerzner
International Departmen-
tal Softball League is slat-
ed to open today at the
Banker's Field with a dou-
ble header on tap.
In the 10am opener, the
Casino Big Dogs are set
to take on the Messa Grill.
The feature game at noon
will be between Ocean
Club and Banquet.
There are a total of 11
teams participating in the
league. They will play out
of two pools in a round
robin format with games
being played on Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays.


THE Baptist Sports
Council is scheduled to
kick off the Rev Anthony
Carroll Softball Classic
Saturday at the Banker's
Opening day is expected
to feature a showdown
between the defending
champions and the run-
ners-up in the men, co-ed
and 19-and-under divi-
sions. There will also be a
brief opening ceremony.
In the opening game at
10 am, defending champi-
on Macedonia Baptist are
to face runners-up Tem-
ple Fellowship in the 19-
and-under division. That
will be followed by the
opening ceremonies.
At 11:30 am, the second
game is expected to be
played with defending
champion Golden Gates
taking on runners-up
Macedonia in the co-ed
And in the feature con-
test at 12:30 pm, defend-
ing champions Transfigu-
ration are set to battle run-
ners-up Macedonia Bap-
tist in the men's division.
This year's classic is
being held in honour of
the Rev Anthony Carroll,
the new president of the
Bahamas National Baptist
Missionary and Educa-
tional Convention and the
pastor of Antioch Native
Baptist Church.
So far, there are a total
of nine teams entered in
the men's division, eight
in the co-ed division and
five in the 19-and-under

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THE Y-II Shipping New Breed
found out that in order to get to the
next level the championship they
have to know how to hold onto their
Leading 9-1 with a chance to stop
the Freedom Farm Horsemen via the
seven-run rule, New Breed watched as
their lead was diminished and they
had to end up playing the full seven
In the end, however, Y-II Shipping

the bankers Field, Baillou H-ills
Sporting Complex.
Coach Anthony 'Hot Dog' Pierce,
who has been around the game long
enough as a player to see some of
these types of games, said it was a
good learning experience for their
young team, managed by Martin
'Pork' Burrows.
"Most of the guys are sort of young
and most of the time they sort of lose
their composure and they just sit down
and relax after scoring so many runs,"

"But like I always tell you, 'you
have to play seven innings, not four or
three or six, whenever the stoppage
comes. The game is for seven innings
and you have to expect to play that
much every night."
The game was played between the
third and fourth place teams in the
men's standings as they get set for the
playoffs that is scheduled to start on
Nothing changed in the positions at

Macedonia wins cycling class

THE Baptist Sports Coun-
cil hosted its 2010 Barron
Musgrove/Roy Colebrooke
Cycling Classic on Saturday
at the National Cycling Track,
Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
The classic was won by
Macedonia Baptist Church,
followed by Golden Gates
Native Baptist and Team
Warriors, headed by Barron
Musgrove, rounded out the
top three. Individual results
in the age group categories
are as follows:
10-and-under boys
Russorn Strachan (Mace-
donia); Felix Neely (Team
Warriors); Ashton Webb
(Golden Gates)
10-and-under girls
Remilda Thompson (Mace-
donia); Tatyana Musgrove
(Southside Christian Acade-
my); Melvinique Strachan

CYCLE ACTION: Branisha Thompson and Brittany Stubbs, both from Macedonia Baptist, compete
under-15 girls division.

15-and-under boys
Anthony Colebrooke
(Team Warriors); Justin Min-
nis (Team Warriors); Petron
Lightbourne (Team War-

PLAQUE PRESENTATION: BSC's assistant director Joanne Webb
presents a plaque to Barron Musgrove and one to Roy Colebrook in
his absence.

15-and-under girls
Anthinence Simmons
(Team Warriors); Brittany
Stubbs (Macedonia); Bran-
isha Thompson (Macedonia)
19-and-under boys
Ishan Rolle (Macedonia);
Lamar Saunders (Macedo-
nia); Craig Mortimer (Mace-
19-and-under girls
Ariel Webb (Golden Gates
Native); Harrinique Smith
(Macedonia); Chante Gibson
Open men
Brent Stubbs (Macedonia);
Brian Capron (Macedonia);
Ian Webb (Golden Gates)
Open women
Nicola Major (golden
Gates); Lauriette Hinsey
(Golden Gates); Candice
Webb (Golden Gates)
During the awards cere-

mony, BSC's assistant
tor Deaconness J
Webb, presented a pla
Barron Musgrove and
er to Roy Colebroo
their patronage of the
The BSC honour
New Providence C
Association president
Bahamas Cycling Fedc
president respectively
tremendous role they
played over the years
cycling circle.
Cycling is just one
three sporting events
the BSC calendar.
This Saturday, the
scheduled to kick off tl
Anthony Carroll So
Classic and on Sati
October 30, the Rev
ston Smith Track and
Classic is all set to take
The Volleyball Cla
scheduled for Decemb

P .;;


THE WINNERS: Some members of Macedonia Baptist Church flank BSC's assistant director Joanne Webb as they are presented w
winning trophy.

Freedom Farm

the end of the game as New Breed
stayed in third at 12-3, while the
Stingrays continue to hold onto fourth
at 9-6.
Both teams are slated to play their
final regular season games Tuesday. In
the 7pm opener, Freedom Farm is set
to face the T&C Express Outlaws and
Y-II Shipping the Dorin United Hit-
men in the 8:30pm feature contest.
Dorin United, managed by Erin
Adderley, blew their chance to con-
tend for the pennant after they
dropped a 14-9 decision to the John's


ic 4 '


BOC awards

judo coaching


WHEN Chrisnell Cooper
took a judo class at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas in Jan-
uary, 2008, she had no idea
that this would lead to world
travel as well as a scholar-
e in the ship to study for four
months in Hungary.
She has been awarded a
direc- scholarship by the Bahamas
oanne Olympic Committee to
ique to study judo coaching at Sem-
anoth- melweis University in
ke for Budapest, Hungary.
classic. After passing the COB
ed the judo class with an A, Chris-
ycling nell became a junior coach
ad the for Federation Affiliate All-
eration Star Family Center, focusing
for the on preschool and primary
y have school development.
in the She also joined the nation-
al team, practicing 20 hours
of the a week while at COB. She
left on represented the Bahamas at
the World Cup in Brazil and
BSC is at the Pan American Cham-
he Rev pionships in Miami.
softball "When I was younger I
urday, enjoyed wrestling with my
Eller- cousins. Judo has afforded
1 Field me many opportunities that
place. would have been virtually
assic is impossible and it has helped
)er. me to shape my character,
dig deeper and discover new
things about myself," said
"I am from a large family
of four sisters and five
brothers, so I could not
i afford to study abroad on
S my own. I am grateful to the
Bahamas Olympic Commit-
tee and the Bahamas Judo
Federation who have had
the confidence in me. I look
forward to giving back when
"^ I return and advancing the
sport of judo in the
S. Anyone seeking more
information on the Bahamas
Judo Federation can contact
the Federation at the Head-
quarters All Star Family
Center, Joe Farrington
Road, or call 364-6773 or
ith their visit the website at

Boxing club gears up for L Garth Wright Golden Gloves

Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER hosting a success-
ful Wellington 'Sonny Boy'
Rahming Silver Gloves Box-
ing Show, Champion Ama-
teur Boxing Club is now gear-
ing up for the 16th L Garth
Wright Golden Gloves Box-
ing Show.
And co-ordinator Ray
Minus Jr says the format will
be slightly different as they
will host a four-weekend
showdown between teams
from Inagua, the YMCA
Freeport Boxing Club, the
Arthur Missick Freeport Box-
ing Club, the Bahamas Youth
Sporting Club, the
Carmichael Boxing Club and
the Lion-Heart Boxing Club.

"We had a very, very excit-
ing Sonny Boy Rahming Sil-
ver Gloves. We did four
weeks of that," Minus Jr
pointed out. "That kind of
inspired me to organise the L
Garth Wright Tournament in
that same way.
"This time, we are a lot
more prepared. We have
organised ourselves and have
contacted all of the other
clubs in the Bahamas to par-
The L Garth Wright Gold-
en Glove Tournament is
scheduled to kick off 6pm Sat-
urday at the First Class Box-
ing Square on Wulff Road.
It will feature a four-mem-
ber team coming in from
Inagua. They will compete
against Minus' Champion
Boxing Club and the

Bahamas Youth Sporting
Club, headed by Leonard
'Boston Blackie' Miller.
The second week on Octo-
ber 2 will be the battle of the
local clubs with Carmichael
Boxing Club, the Lion-Heart
Boxing Club and the Cham-
pion Boxing Club in the spot-
During the third weekend,
the Bahamas Youth Sporting
Club will be competing again,
along with the visiting YMCA
Freeport Boxing Club from
Grand Bahama.
The final weekend will
close out on Saturday with the
Arthur Missick Boxing Club
from Grand Bahama coming
in and joining the Carmichael
Boxing Club.
"This will give the boys a
wealth of experience in the

country," said Minus Jr, indi-
cating that they intend to
stage at least 70 or more fights
over the month-long show.
Each weekend, Minus Jr
said awards will be present-
ed to the Best Fight of the
night, the Most Improved
Boxer, the MVP of the Night
and the L Garth Wright
Minus Jr said the Inagua
contingent is very excited
about the show and they have
indicated that they would like
to compete in all of the week-
end shows.
"We already have the infor-
mation on the boxers and we
are looking forward to hosting
them," Minus Jr said. "The
YMCA will be coming down
on different weekends from
the Arthur Missick Boxing

Club. So they should also
bring a lot of excitement to
the tournament.
"We want to showcase
everybody and really, really
bring boxing together and get
everybody involved in this
tournament. This tournament
is the leading tournament in
the country. It has been going
on for 16 years and the Sonny
Boy Rahming Tournament
has set the pace in keeping
this tournament at a high lev-
At the end of the four
weekends, Minus Jr said they
will put on a final event to
determine the overall cham-
pions in all of the divisions
contested as they try to show-
case the best that the
Bahamas has to offer at a
national level.



Man U tons

France to play Serbia in

2 M all-Euro Davis Cup final

1 LONDON (AP) Serbia will host France
L iv e rp o o l2 in an all-European Davis Cup final in Decem-
ber after the Serbs rallied to beat the Czech

AP Sports Writer

trick from Dimitar Berbatov
gave Manchester United a 3-
2 victory over Liverpool,
while Premier League leader
Chelsea extended its perfect
start to the season by routing
Blackpool 4-0 on Sunday.
United threw away a two-
goal lead in the second half
when Steven Gerrard scored
two goals in six minutes for
Liverpool, but Berbatov's
third in the 84th minute
sealed the three points.
Chelsea took just two min-
utes to go in front against
Blackpool. After Salomon
Kalou's tap-in, Florent Mal-
ouda scored twice and Didier
Drogba netted with a deflect-
ed strike.
Chelsea has a four-point
lead at the top of the stand-
ings over Arsenal and Man-
chester United, while Man-
chester City is fourth after
beating Wigan 2-0 on Sunday.
The first goal of the day
came after 42 minutes at Old
Trafford, with Berbatov nod-
ding home Ryan Giggs' cor-
ner at the near post. Berba-
tov, who has faced intense
criticism over his form since
joining United two years ago,
scored a stunning second in
the 59th.
Berbatov's good work was
undone in that six-minute
spell starting in the 64th.
United's Jonny Evans
lunged in on Fernando Torres
as the striker cut into the
penalty area, resulting in a
Liverpool penalty. Gerrard
made good on the shot.
Six minutes later, John
O'Shea was fortunate not to
be sent off when he dragged
Torres to the ground just out-
side the penalty area. Gerrard
found the corner of United's
goal with precision to equalize
from his free kick.
United had thrown away a
two-goal lead for the second
successive weekend, having
drawn 3-3 at Everton in its
previous match. But Berba-
tov rose to meet O'Shea's
cross to secure the three
points and complete his hat
Chelsea had no such prob-
lems disposing of Blackpool.
After just two minutes at
Stamford Bridge, Drogba's

BALL FIGHT: Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov (r
for the ball against Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during th
Premier League match at Old Trafford Stadium in Englar

corner was flicked on by
Branislav Ivanovic and Kalou
supplied the finish at the far
post. Chelsea then doubled
its lead when Kalou put Drog-
ba clear and Malouda fired
The third goal came when
Ashley Cole fed Drogba,
whose shot was deflected in.
Another simple Chelsea
move sliced Blackpool open
in the 41st to make it 4-0.
Drogba's ball over the top to
Kalou was perfect and he
crossed for Malouda to fire
into the bottom corner.

Celtic's perfect start
GLASGOW, Scotland
(AP) Celtic came from
behind to beat Kilmarnock 2-
1 and maintain its perfect start
to the Scottish Premier
League season on Sunday.
The victory ensured Celtic
matched Glasgow rival
Rangers by winning a fifth

Messi injured in
Barcelona's 2-1 victory
at Atletico Madrid
MADRID (AP) Lionel
Messi was carried off with a
serious ankle injury after the
Argentina forward and Ger-
ard Pique scored in Barcelon-
a's 2-1 victory at Atletico
Messi celebrated the 10th
anniversary of his arrival to
Barcelona with a 13th-minute
opener, before Raul Garcia
headed home an equalizer for
the hosts in the 25th. Pique
calmly controlled a corner
kick inside the Atletico area
to score the winner.


ight) fights
ieir English
(AP Photo)

Messi exited on a stretcher
during stoppage time as the
Spanish champion won at the
Vicente Calderon stadium for
the first time since the 2006-
'07 season.
Valencia leads the league
with nine points after beating
Hercules, which had previ-
ously defeated Barcelona 2-
Eto'o scores two as
Inter Milan rallies to
beat Palermo 2-1
ROME (AP) Samuel
Eto'o scored twice and five-
time defending champion
Inter Milan rallied to beat
Palermo 2-1 and return to the
top of the Serie A standings.
With seven points, Inter
shares the Italian league lead
with newly promoted Cese-
na, which beat Lecce 1-0
despite having to play with 10
men due to a referee's error.
Juventus beat last-place
Udinese 4-0 with goals from
Leonardo Bonucci, Fabio
Quagliarella, Claudio Marchi-
sio and Vincenzo laquinta.
AS Roma remained winless
after allowing two late scores
from Marco Di Vaio in a 2-2
draw with Bologna.
Chievo Verona's perfect
start was snapped with a 1-0
loss to Brescia, with Alessan-
dro Diamanti who played
for West Ham last season -
scoring from a free kick in the
Luca Toni converted a
penalty for his first goal since
joining Genoa but Cristian
Zaccardo scored a second-
half equalizer for a 1-1 draw
at Parma. Bari and Cagliari
drew 0-0.


FROM page 12

Buccaneers Friday night.
Although they still have
two more games remaining -
tonight against the Del Sol
Arawaks and Tuesday against
Y-II Shipping the best the
Hitmen could do is finish in a
two-way tie for first place with
the defending champions
Commando Security Truck-
If they do, the Truckers
would be awarded the regular
season title by virtue of the
least runs scored on their
head-to-head match-up with
the Hitmen after they split
their double header.
As for the women's divi-
sion, the defending champi-
ons Pineapple Air Wildcats
also clinched the pennant with
a stunning 14-0 whitewashing
of the Bommer G Operators
on Friday night.
Here's a summary of the
games played over the week-

New Breed 13,
Horsemen 12
Freedom Farm got the bet-
ter of the fourth inning when
they came up with nine runs
to eventually tie the score at
10-10 in the bottom of the
But it was Y-II Shipping
that got the final laugh when
they broke a 12-12 tie in the
top of the seventh on Angelo
Butler's run-producing
ground out that knocked in
Eugene Pratt with the win-
ning run.
Pratt, the winning pitcher
on an eight-hitter with five
strike outs, led off the rally
with a walk and got all the
way to third on a bunt single
from Lavaughn Ferguson

before Butler knocked him
Butler ended up with a 2-
for-4 night, driving in three
runs and scoring twice, while
Garfield Bethel was 2-for-3
with a two-run blast and a
two-run triple and Jordan
Gibson was 2-for-4 with a
RBI and a run scored.
Ryan Major and Avery
Rolle combined for 10 hits,
the first eight credited to
Major in his start. Major and
Rolle had two and one strike
out respectively.
Ivan 'Showtime' Francis
was 2-for-5 with two runs
scored, Greg Burrows Jr had
a triple and scored three times
and Devaughn Wong was 1-
for-4 with two RBI and a run

Lady Sharks 14,
Scorpions 1
Thela Johnson and Keisha
Pratt, both with two hits, had
back-to-back solo in-the-park
home runs in the first of two
five-run innings that enabled
Proper Care to blow the game
They scored four and three
respectively and were joined
by Vonetta Nairn, who had
just one hit, but crossed the
home plate three times as the
Lady Sharks connected on 13
hits off loser Lashanna Git-
Alex Taylor went the dis-
tance for the win on a two-
hitter and six strike outs. She
gave up the only run on the
fourth when Vashenie Lewis
led off with a walk, stole sec-
ond and came home on a wild

Wildcats 14, Operators 0
Marvelle Miller continued
her MVP pitching perfor-
mance with a three-hitter,

walking one and striking out
five as the Pineapple Air
clinched the pennant on Fri-
Miller also helped her own
cause by going 2-for-3 with
three RBI, scoring a run. Can-
dice Smith was 1-for-3 with a
RBI and two runs, Donnette
Edwards was a perfect 3-for-3
with a RBI and three runs
and Mary 'Cruise' Edge-
combe-Sweeting was also 3-
for-3 with three RBI and two
Desiree Coakley suffered
the loss after surrendering a
total of 13 hits and walking
just one.

Buccaneers 14, Hitmen 9
Although they are out of
the playoff picture, John's
shattered Dorin United's bid
for the pennant on Friday
Culbert 'Buster' Evans led
the seventh-place Buccaneers
(4-11) to the upsetting victory
with 11 hits, two walks and
seven strike outs.
Nicholas Eldon had a per-
fect 4-for-4 night with two
RBI and a run scored, Caud-
ero Pinder was 2-for-4 with a
RBI, Marcellus Hall, who
struck out three times, was 1-
for-4 with a run and Angelo
Dillette was 1-for-2 with a
RBI and three runs scored in
the win.
Alcott Forbes came in relief
of starter Keiron Munroe to
pick up the loss after he fin-
ished the game with four hits,
three walks and five hits.
Munroe was 3-for-5 with
three RBI, scoring a run,
Forbes was 2-for-4 with a RBI
and two runs, Everette Neely
Jr was 2-for-2 with two RBI
and a run and William Delan-
cy was 2-for-5 with a run in
the loss.

Republic 3-2 on Sunday.
Serbia, which was trailing 2-1 after Satur-
day's doubles, was able to tie the best-of-five
series when Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas
Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's first
Janko Tipsarevic then secured Serbia's first
appearance in a Davis Cup final by beating
Radek Stepanek 6-0, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the decid-
ing match. France had already qualified for
the Dec. 3-5 final by taking an unassailable 3-
0 lead in Saturday's doubles. It completed a 5-
0 rout on Sunday.

United States 3, Colombia 1
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Mardy Fish
defeated Santiago Giraldo 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 8-
6 to give the United States an insurmountable
3-1 lead over Colombia in the Davis Cup.
Winning the playoff match on outdoor red
clay means the U.S. will remain in the World
Group, the top tier of the Davis Cup. Colom-
bia was trying to qualify for the first time.
Fish also became the first American to win
three times in a single Davis Cup match since
Pete Sampras in the 1995 final in Moscow.
Fish won in Friday's opening singles and
teamed up with John Isner to win the dou-
bles on Saturday.
Ryan Harrison was scheduled to play the
final match for the United States, but it would-
n't have affected the outcome and was can-
celed due to a late rainstorm.

Sweden 3, Italy 2
LIDKOPING, Sweden (AP) Robin
Soderling and Simone Bolelli won in straight
sets to help Sweden defeat Italy 3-2 and remain
in the World Group
Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti chose
Bolelli over Potito Starace to face Soderling,
who won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to preserve the victory.
Bolelli had defeated Soderling last spring.

India 3, Brazil 2
CHENNAI, India (AP) Rohan Bopanna
defeated Ricardo Mello 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3 in the
final singles to complete a remarkable come-
back by India and keep its place in the World
Group. It was the first time that India, which
has been playing in the Davis Cup since 1921,
has come back to win a match after being 0-2
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi started
the comeback by winning the doubles on Sat-
urday. Somdev Devarman then made it 2-2 in
the first of the reverse singles with a 7-6(3) 4-
0 victory over Thomaz Bellucci, who conced-

-- -

VICTORIOUS: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates
victory after the match against Tomas Berdych
(AP Photo)

ed the match after being overcome by dehy-

Kazakhstan 5,
Switzerland 0
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) Playing in
its first Davis Cup playoff, Kazakhstan sur-
prised the Swiss to reach the World Group
over a team missing Roger Federer.
Andrey Golubev won all three of his match-
es without dropping a set. He defeated Michael
Lammer 6-3, 6-2, while Mikhail Kukushkin
beat Marco Chiudinelli 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.

Romania 5, Ecuador 0
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Victor
Crivoi and Adrian Ungur finished off a sweep
for Romania, allowing it to rejoin the World
Group for the 16th time in its 68-year Davis
Cup history. Victor Hanescu and Adrian
Ungur won on Friday to start things off, then
Hanescu teamed with Horia Tecau to lock up
the match in doubles on Saturday.

Germany 5, South Africa 0
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Andreas
Beck and Izak van der Merwe won in straight
sets, and Flroia Mayer defeated Rik de Voest
to complete a Davis Cup rout for Germany.
South Africa was trying to return to the
World Group for the first time since 1998.

Austria 3, Israel 2
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) Jurgen Melzer
and Martin Fischer helped Austria rally past
Israel and into the World Group for the Davis
Cup. Melzer defeated Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-0, 6-4,
while Fischer beat Harel Levy 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-
3 in the deciding singles match. The two teams
split their opening singles matches on Friday,
and Andy Ram teamed with Jonathan Erlich
to give Israel the lead after Saturday's doubles.

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knocked out of

Cowboys game

with injury

(AP) Cowboys cornerback
Mike Jenkins will have an
MRI on his right knee Mon-
day, though he believes every-
thing is OK.
Jenkins was hurt with about
5 minutes left in Dallas' 27-
20 loss to the Chicago Bears
when he got tangled up with
receiver Johnny Knox trying
to block him. Jenkins
remained down on the side-
line after Devin Hester's 38-
yard catch to the Cowboys 3
that led to a touchdown on
the next play.
"He tried to block me and I
tried to throw him off," Jenk-
ins said. "We just collided
After being tended to and
helped to his feet by medical
personnel, Jenkins was then
taken to the locker room on a
motorized cart. But he said
afterward he just had a "little
swelling" and was walking
around without any signifi-
cant problem.
"It's probably just a deep
bruise," he said.
Cowboys owner Jerry
Jones said the initial reports
on Jenkins were good.
"It examined well," Jones
said. "Now that doesn't mean
anything until we get him in
there (Monday)."
About 4 minutes before
Jenkins got hurt, Cowboys
tight end Jason Witten came
off the field after being
crushed between two defend-
ers and getting his head
slammed into the turf after
making a 23-yard catch.
"(Witten) got banged up to
where we had to hold him
out," coach Wade Phillips said
after the game.
Jones said he didn't have a
report on Witten, who left the
locker room without speak-
ing to reporters.
Witten's catch got the Cow-
boys to the Chicago 31, but
they missed a field goal.


Favre has 4 turnovers in

14-10 loss to Dolphins

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Brett Favre made the
decision, finally, to return for a 20th NFL season, he made
it clear from the start that duplicating last year's magic
with the Minnesota Vikings wasn't going to be easy.
Then again, he didn't think it was going to be THIS
Favre was intercepted three times and the Miami Dol-
phins defense stopped Adrian Peterson on fourth-and-
goal from the 1 to preserve a 14-10 victory over the Vikings
on Sunday.
After throwing two interceptions at the Metrodome all
of last season, Favre accounted for four turnovers in the
2010 home opener, with the other a fumble on a sack by
Cameron Wake in the end zone that Dolphins linebacker
Koa Misi recovered to give Miami a 14-0 lead in the third
"It's just hard to repeat those type of numbers and sta-
tistics and it's hard to repeat wins," Favre said of 2009, when
the Vikings went 9-0 at home and he threw 33 touchdowns
and seven interceptions to lead them to the NFC title
The offense had trouble clicking at the start of last sea-
son too, but games against pushovers Cleveland and Detroit
helped the Vikings start 2-0. This year, with openers against
the New Orleans Saints and Dolphins, and with star receiv-
er Sidney Rice out with a hip injury and several other key
players missing big chunks of time in the preseason with ail-
ments, the Vikings have dug themselves quite a hole with
sloppy performances on offense.
"It was more what we didn't do than what they did, but
I give those guys credit," Favre said.
The 40-year-old Favre had his worst day as a Viking
with a 44.3 quarterback rating. Two of his interceptions
came at the Miami goal line. One came on a tipped ball and
another on what appeared to be miscommunication with
Bernard Berrian. But the end result is the same, the Vikings
are 0-2, with a game against the Detroit Lions before a
daunting post-bye schedule awaits.
"I don't think any of these guys are panicked," coach
Brad Childress said. "But I do feel like the urgency will def-
initely pick up."
This game was every bit the hard-nosed, grind-it-out
slugfest it was expected to be. The Vikings offense came
into the week out of sync in the passing game and promised
to feature Peterson more on the ground, which is where the
Dolphins have made their living since Tony Sparano took
over as coach.
Peterson rushed for 145 yards for the Vikings, who
forced two fumbles of their own, one that set up Peterson's
1-yard plunge to cut the deficit to 14-7 late in the third quar-
But Miami's defense never wavered, holding the Vikings
to a field goal in the fourth quarter and then getting the big
stop with the Vikings threatening to take the lead late in the
On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Vontae Davis, Karlos
Dansby and a host of Dolphins burst through the Vikings
line and stuffed Peterson just short of the goal line. Favre
had one more crack at it when they got the ball back with
1:42 to play, but threw incomplete on fourth down at the
Dolphins 27 to end it.
"As long as we believe in ourselves we feel like we have
a chance to win a game when we go into it," Ronnie Brown
said. "We're coached that way each week. I think if we con-
tinue to go in and do that then the sky's the limit."
The Dolphins (2-0) set a defensive tone by deferring
instead of receiving after winning the coin toss. They
stopped the Vikings on fourth down at the Miami 26 on the
first possession when Randy Starks batted down Favre's
pass at the line.
"It was a great stand on the defensive side of the ball,"
Dansby said. "It was totally disrespect, and we showed
them today that we can play defense."
Chad Henne hit Brandon Marshall for a 46-yard pass on

INTERCEPTION: Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis, (21)
intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy
Harvin in second quarter of their game in MinneapolisSunday.

(AP Photo)

the next play, and Ricky Williams and Brown bulled their
way into the red zone with four wildcat plays. Henne hit
Brian Hartline for the TD and a 7-0 lead, and Miami's
offense was put on ice for the rest of the game.
The Vikings held the Dolphins to 226 yards of offense
and had the ball for almost 13 minutes longer than Miami.
But just like in the NFC title game loss to New Orleans
last year, turnovers were the difference.
Jason Allen had two interceptions and Davis picked
one off after Percy Harvin tipped the ball up in the air at
the goal line.
"When you play teams of this caliber and you make
those kind of plays in those situations, it validates what
you're trying to do," said Sparano, whose Dolphins are 2-
0 for the first time since 2002. "I think our football team is
getting better in a lot of areas."
Henne was 9 for 15 for 114 yards and Marshall had four
catches for 71 yards. Brown and Williams combined for 110
yards on 23 carries.
Visanthe Shiancoe had six catches for 86 yards.
"It's a 14-game season now and we're sitting at the bot-
tom of it," Favre said. "What we do with it from here
remains to be seen. It won't be any easier."



to 2-0

AP Sports Writer

Moments before the game's
climactic play, Kansas City
quarterback Matt Cassel
looked around the huddle and
saw only confidence in the
eyes of his excited teammates.
These Chiefs believe.
Two wins in one week has
changed them.
Brandon Flowers returned
an interception for a touch-
down, Ryan Soccup kicked
three field goals and Kansas
City running back Thomas
Jones vaulted for a late first
down on a fourth-down gam-
ble by coach Todd Haley, giv-
ing the Chiefs a 16-14 win over
the Cleveland Browns on Sun-
A feeble four-win squad last
season, the Chiefs who also
knocked off AFC West cham-
pion San Diego on Monday
night, are 2-0 for the first time
since 2005.
"Two-and-0 in the NFL is
hard to do," said Jones, who
catapulted over the line to pick
up the game-clinching first
down with two minutes left.
"But we can't rest."
Despite a short work week
to prepare for the Browns (0-
2), the Chiefs were able to
make just enough big plays to
squeak by. Last season,
Kansas City didn't get its sec-
ond win until Nov. 15.
"This win says a lot," Haley
said. "These guys are under-
standing what it is all about,
and that's becoming a team.
I'm not saying we're there yet,
but we stuck together and
won. This was a huge win to
come in to a hostile environ-
ment against a team that was
fighting. We started the
process last year and are con-
tinuing it."
Kansas City also learned its
lessons from a 41-34 loss to
Cleveland last December,
when Browns running back
Jerome Harrison ran wild for
286 yards third most in
NFL history and Browns
return specialist Joshua Cribbs
returned two kickoffs for TDs.
Harrison was held to 33
yards on 16 carries, and the
Chiefs angled kicks away from
Cribbs, who did burn them for
a 65-yard TD reception from
Seneca Wallace.
Wallace started in place of
Jake Delhomme, who injured
his right ankle last week in his
debut for the Browns (0-2), a
17-14 loss at Tampa Bay. Wal-
lace finished 16 of 31 for 229
yards, but one of his attempts
in the second quarter was run
back for a TD by Flowers.
"It was a bad, bad decision
by me," Wallace said. "I'll take
responsibility for that."

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35-32 win over Lions

AP Sports Writer

Michael Vick took advantage
of his first start at quarter-
back since 2006, looking like
the Pro Bowler he used to be
by effortlessly flicking the
football down the field and
avoiding sacks with slick
Vick's second touchdown
pass put the Philadelphia
Eagles ahead just before half-
time and they had to hold on
to beat the Detroit Lions 35-
32 Sunday.
He didn't take the first snap
in a game the past three sea-
sons because he served an 18-
month prison sentence for his
role in a dogfighting opera-
tion and spent last year as a
Vick said he reflects "all the
time" on his journey back
onto an NFL field.
"I thought about it this
morning on the bus ride
over," he said softly. "It's
been a long road for me. It's
been tough. Throughout it all,
I had to be resilient and over-
come a lot of adversity and
self-inflicted wounds."
The electrifying athlete was
21 of 34 connecting with
nine teammates for 284
yards with two TDs, ran for
37 yards and escaped losses
with the spin moves of a
dancer and speed of a sprint-
"A lot of people doubted
him and said he wasn't able to
do this," said DeSean Jack-

MUSCLE FLEX: Philadelphia
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick
flexes his muscle while leaving
Ford Field after the game.
(AP Photo)

son, who caught four of Vick-
's passes for 135 yards and a
TD. "He's been able to prove
everybody wrong."
LeSean McCoy gave the
Eagles (1-1) an 18-point lead
on his third score with 6:17
left, but they gave Detroit
comeback hopes.
The Lions (0-2) rallied to
pull within three points and
recovered an onside kick with
1:48 left, but turned the ball
over on downs without gain-
ing a yard.
"I'm proud to stand among
the players," coach Jim
Schwartz said. "This is a
tough team, a team that's
resilient, that fights through
a lot of situations."


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