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Title: The Tribune.
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NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER e must protect trial witnesses Volume: 107 No.308FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, BREEZY HIGH 82F LOW 75F By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net NINETEEN witnesses to serious crimes have suffered intimidation and harm as a result of their testimony this year, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham revealed. Eleven bills were passed in the House of Assembly last night, including an act to provide for the protection of the identity of witnesses during criminal investigations. Our way of life, our livelihood, is threatened by this criminal class in the Bahamas, Mr Ingraham said. We are forced to use the power of the state, not the power of the government, the power of the state of the Bahamas, the full power of the state, we are forced to use to fight and to conquer these criminals. The countrys murder count has nearly tripled the total recorded 11 years ago. In an effort to illustrate the extent of witness intimidation, Mr Ingraham provided 19 tar g eted this y ear b y cr iminals TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM im lovin it DONTMISSTHISSATURDAYEDITIONOFTHETRIBUNESBIGT FOR . FOOD COUPONS AND SPECIALS SEE YOUAGAINTHISWEEKEND! WORLD SERIES BASEBALL:SEE SPORTS SECTION E FOR LATEST ACTION AS RANGERS LEVEL SERIES AGAINST CARDINALS A HAITIAN immigrant intercepted at sea was infected with cholera, the Ministry of Health has revealed. The man was taken to New Providence by Defence Force officers and admitted to the Detention Centre. The detainee appeared unwell on arrival, was treated for cholera and later repatriated. There was no contact between the person and the community-at-large. Laboratory tests later confirmed cholera, said the ministry in a statement. As reported, Haiti has an increased rate of cholera. The Ministry of Health continues its heightened surveillance activities and other necessary precautions to identify cases and prevent the transmission of cholera in the Bahamas. AFTER three weeks of record sales, the Big T has now firmly established Saturday as The Tribunes third best selling day of the week. Last week, 70 per cent of newspaper depots throughout New Providence sold out of Big Ts, with most of the others left with only a handful of copies. Packed with news, features, fashion, motoring, travel and much, much more, The Big T t he brainchild of the late Mr Roger Carron, director aand former Manag ing Editor of The Tribune and husband of Tribune publisher Mrs Eileen Carron is an entirely new newspaperi n look and content. Super Values chief Rupert Roberts said he picked up the Big T before catching a flight out of the country last Saturday and has beeni mpressed by the versa tility of the paper. The Big T features food and shopping coupons, some of which are redeemable at Super Value locations. Mr Roberts said the Saturday paper proved to be more than just a newspaper, but a news magazine. Its more than a newspaper, he said. Its news and magazine and so its not something you just read Saturday, you can keep it around and read it all through the week because its more than a newspaper. Mr Roberts predicts that as the Big T contin ues to develop, the bet ter it's going to be. He said last week that shoppers were eager to snap up the special offers. I think The Big T, he said, was received very well. Customers started clipping the coupons in the store, which was more than I expected. They saw the specials and they wanted to take advantage of them. With $200 worth of food and shopping coupons inside, bargain hunters were keen to get their hands on a copy. The Big T reporters are now working hard for this Saturday's edition. Check out Tri bune242.com for a peek at the Big T coming hot off the Press. Dont miss out, make sure you get your copy! ITS AFACT THEBIGT ISAHIT AN APPEAL for an extension of time in the property easement access case of millionaire Peter Nygard was granted to the appellant yesterday afternoon. The application was approved by Justice Christopher Blackman, along with a second one seeking to gather additional evidence to support submissions in the case already filed to the Court of Appeal. Koed Smith, attorney for Canadian fashion designer in an ongoing disputed property By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A WAR of words broke out between South Abaco MP Edison Key and Branville McCartney as the pair clashed over allegations that the Bamboo Town MP solicited thousands of dollars in work from a government agency while he was a Cabinet minister. 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THE shooting of a welll oved dog in San Salvador has outraged the communi ty, but Chief Councillor Clif f ord Fernander said he was only acting in defence of his l ivelihood. Mr Fernander, who is also a senior customs official and m inistry of tourism representative, said he only shot t he dog because it was attacking his livestock. Mr Fernander said he f ired into a pack of dogs that were going after his two goats and just happened to hit that particular dog. A few days later, he said, t he other dogs which he described as a nuisance to several settlements came back and finished the job, killing the goats while hew as at church. dont have any goats now, he said. Mr Fernander said the dogs have harmed his liveli-h ood, as the goats were rare and valuable and he was in the process of breedingt hem. He called on people on the island who claim ownership of dogs to control t hem. If you have a dog, keep him in the yard, he said. But according to sources on the island, who wish tor emain anonymous, Mr Fer nanders goats were not properly secured either, although they were on his property. T hey said some dogs did go after the goats, but that it is unlikely Boy was one of them. One community member s aid: He is one of the biggest, gentlest, laziest dogs you can imagine he could-n t kill a rubber duck if you asked him to, but he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He said people were out raged by the incident, as the dog is a much-loved member of the community. The shooting of this dog u pset the whole community because everyone knows, loves and interacts with this dog. Fortunately a local ani m al activist took the dog in and called the Bahamas Humane Society (BHS advice. With the help of a BHS v eterinarian, the dog was able to be nursed back to good health after weeks of care. In response to the incid ent, a BHS official warned livestock farmers on the Family Islands against tak-i ng matters into their own hands. He said farmers should contact Ministry of Agriculture officers in their area to obtain a live animal trap if they are experiencing problems with dogs. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Do I need an everyday bank account? A savings account? Or both? Just ask.*Trademarks of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence.Weve changed our accounts and revised our fees. Talk to us about finding the account thats just right for you. Visit your branch for details about our new suite of deposit accounts and our revised rate and fees schedule, effective November 21, 2011. DOG SHOT AFTER ATTACK ON GOATS IN WRONG PLACE THE DOG, Boy, that was shot by Clifford Fernandez following an attack on his goats by a group of dogs. However, locals say it is unlikely that Boy was one of the culprits and was likely in the wrong place at the wrong time. H H e e i i s s o o n n e e o o f f t t h h e e b b i i g g g g e e s s t t , g g e e n n t t l l e e s s t t , l l a a z z i i e e s s t t d d o o g g s s y y o o u u c c a a n n i i m m a a g g i i n n e e h h e e c c o o u u l l d d n n t t k k i i l l l l a a r r u u b b b b e e r r d d u u c c k k i i f f y y o o u u a a s s k k e e d d h h i i m m t t o o , b b u u t t h h e e w w a a s s a a t t t t h h e e w w r r o o n n g g p p l l a a c c e e a a t t t t h h e e w w r r o o n n g g t t i i m m e e . Community member


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011, PAGE 3 By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE former President of the Chamber of Commerce, Khaalis Rolle, counts himself lucky to be alive after he was caught in the middle of a daring armed robbery yesterday afternoon. Recounting the horror of the event that has left him physically shaken, Mr Rolle said that he literally saw his entire life flash before his eyes when gunmen entered Hannas Hardware store on Cordeaux Avenue and Palm Beach Street. Speaking with The Tribune only moments after the incident, Mr Rolle said that hewas walking in the hardware store around 3pm when he noticed a young man standing outside the premises wearing a hat and dark shades. Noting that there was a lot of activity outside the business, Mr Rolle said that the young man did not appear suspicious to him as there w ere a lot of people outside. As I was about to walk in, he started to walk towards the door and then stopped for a second. Well, within 30 seconds of me going inside, picking up a brochure that was on the counter about the waterheaters, I heard someone yell, everyone get down, Mr Rolle said. Falling to the ground, Mr Rolle said that the next few minutes were a blur to him. I didnt immediately glance back, but then I felt someone right up on me, and thats when I glanced back and I heard a bunch of shouting and I saw that the guy to my right was struggling to pull out a gun a shiny handgun. Mr Rolle said that when he glanced around the room he saw a second gunman was already in the store with his w eapon drawn, aiming it at t he cashier. I just ran over to the corner and hit the floor. Let me tell you something, while I was on the floor listening to the commotion I was never so concerned in my entire life about anything. My daughter, who is a day old that image was just in my head, he said. The two gunmen were able to make good their escape on foot with an unknown amount of cash. None of the patrons in the store was injured or robbed during the ordeal. Mr Rolle said that he did not get a good look at any of the robbers and credited the police with a speedy response to the scene. I am extremely shaken up. I have never experienced anything like that in my life, and when people say your life f lashes before you, I have a g reat appreciation for that now, and you cant take that for granted. My entire life flashed before me. And not looking for the dramatic, but it was one of the worst experiences, one of the most demeaning experiences, one of the most helpless situations anyone can be in. Because literally one idiot with a gun has your life in their hands. At that point in time, they are the supreme being, he said. Mr Rolle is also the PLPs candidate for Pinewood in the upcoming general election. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell challenged the government to live up to its promise of reduced crime through crimi nal justice legislation. During his debate contribution in parliament yester-day, Mr Mitchell warned that the compendium of anti-crime bills passed last night by the government threatened the balance between public rights and the powers of the state. The witness Bill will not allow the defendant to know who his accuser is, Mr Mitchell said. This is a fun damental right in law. You have to know who your accuser is. Mr Mitchell said: This goes back to what I have said about shifting the balance away from the rights of the defendant to the rights of the state. And presumably you are doing so because you are arguing that it is in the larger public interest. The Bill to provide for the protection of the identity of witnesses is a constitutional test, the Fox Hill MP said. He suggested that the act be limited by a sunset clause, which would allow parliamentarians an opportu nity to review its effectiveness after five years. Mr Mitchell said: Second ly, and perhaps cumulatively, you could put in place a pan el of the House, the Senateand civil society which is to review the practice of the law and how it is applied as a kind of oversight committee to ensure that there is no abuse of the law. Underscoring what he said was the vital importance of the Urban Renewal programme as conceptualised by the PLP, Mr Mitchell maintained that social intervention is the only effective answer to crime. He said the programme had been gutted by the FNM government, and now lacks the level of involvement in the community needed to render appropriate support. Nothing else will lessen crime, Mr Mitchell said. Unless we address the fun damentals we are headed to failure. MITCHELL ISSUES CHALLENGE ON CRIME L A WS ARMED ROBBER HAD MY LIFE IN HIS HANDS Khaalis Rolle tells of daytime robbery at hardware store FOX HILL MP Fred Mitchell warns that the anti-crime bills threaten the balance between public rights and the powers of the state. FORMER PRESIDENT o f the Chamber of C ommerce Khaalis R olle was in Hannas Hardware Store on Cordeaux Avenue and Palm Beach Street when armed robbers struck yesterday


E E D D I I T T O O R R , T T h h e e T T r r i i b b u u n n e e . For years, Progressive Liberal Party supporters have accused The Nassau Guardian and The Tribune of being the official organ of the Free National Movement (FNM This now appears to be the view that is held by the former editor of The Nassau Guardian and The Freeport News, Mr Oswald Brown. Besides popular Nassau journalist Miss Nicki Kelly and two very popular internet dailies, Mr Brown is arguably the FNMs harshest critic. Miss Kellys column Between The Lines appears every week in a very popular tabloid newspaper. This part icular newspaper has genera lly been pro-FNM for many y ears. But it now appears that the editor has also turned on the FNM government, despite the valiant efforts of the person or persons hiding behind the pseudonym The Scribe. The Scribe makes it a point every week to remind his/her readership of the many alleged scandals that rocked the PLP government to its foundation between 2002 and 2007. Reminding the Bahami an electorate, however, about the many miscues of the Christie administration will have very little bearing on the election outcome in 2012. Bahamians have a very short memory span. In one of his recent letters to the editor that was pub lished on September 13 by The Freeport News, Mr Brown made mention of an alleged internal struggle for the leadership of the FNM. According to Mr Brown, original members of the FNM are pushing Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to become the next leader of the party. These original FNMs are also supporting Education Minis ter Desmond Bannister for the Deputy Leader position. Mr Brown and other journal ists like Nicki Kelly have obviously done their homework on the FNM. Nevertheless, Brown is not the first to reveal that Dr Minnis and Prime Minister Ingra ham are not always seeing eye to eye. I have heard and read rumours before that the two are not the best of friends. Mr Brown used to write positive things about Prime Minister Ingraham and the FNM, but now he uses his pen to expose the proverbial chinks in the FNMs armor. Mr Brown also pointed out in his letter that Prime Minister Ingraham is presently grooming Minister of State for Finance and Member of Parliament for Marco City Zhivargo Laing to succeed him as the next leader of the FNM. I dont think that anyone would deny that Mr Laing has aspirations of one day becoming Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Let me state at this point that I am glad that Mr Laing has achieved much in life. I understand that he came from humble beginnings. His is truly a rags to riches story. He is an alumni of the famous Hawksbill High School in Grand Bahama. I think he also was the head boy at that learning institution, which has now been closed for nearly 15 years. Laings academic achievements are impressive. He attended the College of The Bahamas; the University of Western Ontario in Canada, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics; and George Washington Uni versity, where he undertook u ndergraduate studies. L aing was first elected to the House of Assembly as the Free National Movement representative for the Fort Char lotte Constituency in 1997 by defeating Sir Lyndens protg Franklin Wilson. To sayt hat Laings victory over Mr Wilson was a surprise upset would be a major understate ment. Mr Wilson is a politi cal heavyweight within the Progressive Liberal Party. I believe Mr Laing was only 29a t the time when he was elected in 1997. Mr Laing, however, lost his seat by an overwhelming margin to Progressive Liberal Party candidate Alfred Sears in 2002. Mr Sears received 657 more votes than Mr Laing in that elec tion. The FNM was routed by the Christie-led PLP in New Providence. In fact, of the 24 constituencies in New Providence at the time, the PLP won a staggering 21 seats to the FNMs one seat; which was Montagu by Brent Symonette. The remaining two seats were won by independent candidates Pierre Dupuch in St Margaret and Tennyson Wells in Bamboo Town. After spending five years in the proverbial political wilderness, Mr Laing ran again as an FNM candidate, but this time in the Marco City Constituency in the 2007 General Election. He defeat ed Freeport attorney Miss Pleasant Bridgewater, who by all accounts was a very good representative for Marco City. In fact, many Marco City residents would admit that Miss Bridgewater worked harder than Mr Laing during the five years of her representation. She was always visible; and she always made it a point to distribute turkeys and hams to her constituents during the Christmas season. Zhivargo Laing won Marco City by a mere 47 votes. However, that margin of victory was reduced to just 27 votes in December of 2008 by the Election Court. The PLP felt that the 2007 election result in Marco City could be overturned in their favour by the Election Court. Many FNM supporters, though, felt that the 75 persons who voted for independ ent candidate Michael E dwards were disgruntled F NMs. Had these so-called disgruntled FNMs voted for Laing, he would have won by at least 102 votes, instead of the measly 27 votes that he got after the election court ruling in 2008. It now appears as if the PLP is set again to capture Marco City in 2012 with another candidate, Mr Gregory Moss. The constituents of Marco City are not dyedin-the-wool supporters of either major political party. I think that the past decade and a half has taught us all this important lesson. No political party can take Marco City for granted anymore, especially the FNM. Therefore, to call Freeport or Marco City FNM country is a misnomer. In my humble opinion, I think that the FNM will lose Marco City by a blowout margin. It happened before in 2002. I am disappointed that the FNM and Zhivargo Laing havent worked as hard in Marco City as Miss Bridgewater. I had voted for Laing; yet I cannot honestly say that I have seen him in my area since he became my Member of Parliament. I am not saying that he hasnt canvassed my area; I just havent seen him. My point is this: Because Mr Laings margin of victory was only by 27 votes in 2007, that can hardly be considered a wide margin of victory. With all due respect to Mr Laing, he should have worked harder in Marco City. He hardly has any room for error. Even though I believe his chances of holding onto Marco City are very slim, Laing should have hit the ground in his constituency by now. What is he waiting on? We are already in the month of October. We have at least seven months remaining before an election must be called in this country. Mr Laing and the FNM need to come and talk to the constituents of Marco City. They need to let us know what are their plans for Grand Bahama moving for EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 C ontributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama HOLDING UP Thursdays Tribune in the House of Assembly last night, Prime Minister Ingraham pointed to the heading over the lead front page story: Murderers got the wrong man. Being debated was the Criminal Evid ence (Witness and Anonymity Act o f the 11 amended and new crime Bills p assed by the House last night in an attempt to bring the criminal element that is terrorising this country under control. And, said Mr Ingraham, if these Bills are not strict enough, then they will be reviewed and made even tougher. Pointing to The Tribune headline, Mr Ingraham said that although the police had not confirmed the information given to the newspaper by the dead mans family, he had been informed that the man the killers were looking for was to be a witness in a murder case. Mr Ingraham said that his information was that they tried to kill him before. This is the second attempt to kill this man, and they killed the wrong man. The Prime Minister wondered how many others of these cases have happened since the beginning of 2011 that are ongoing right now? There are many such cases, even to the extent of a witness changing her testimony in the witness box because she had been threatened before she got to court. As a result, a guilty person is still walking the streets, unless, of course, he has since been arrested on another matter. As late as Wednesday night, a terrified witness telephoned The Tribune to say that she was too afraid to go home that night because she had been threatened by a person who had been trying to extort money from her. She felt her tormentor had been tipped off that she had taken her complaint to the police. She had a tape recording of their conversation, which she was to bring to our offices yesterday so that if anything happened to her, the authorities would know where to look from the evidence the tape would pro vide. As soon as she hung up, we telephoned a top police officer to alert him of what was happening. The police must have the situation under control, because, although the witness did not come to our office yesterday as promised, at least her name was not on the daily police crime sheet that morning as another casualty. Such telephone calls to our office in the dead of night from frightened people was a common occurrence during the drug years. It is troubling that history is starting to repeat itself. We are told that, as the law is today, witnesses can sit in prison and study the witness list, obviously obtained from their lawyer witnesss name, address and other relevant information. This will no longer be possible in certain serious cases murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery while armed with a firearm, dangerous drugs, terrorists acts and trafficking in persons. In these cases, the Criminal Evidence Bill is going to allow the police or the A ttorney General to be able to bring to a m agistrate and obtain permission to keep s ecret from an accused person the name of a potential witness in a matter being investigated, said Mr Ingraham. In certain circumstances, they will no longer be required to tell the police to hand over to a defence lawyer the statement of the witness with address and occupation revealed and what was said. He said that what the witness is going to say will be known but who is saying it and where they live, where their family lives, where their children go to school will not be known. Mr Ingraham said that the general right of a person to know who is accusing him and to be able to face that person in court is being curtailed in these instances. There are no absolute rights. Mr Ingraham said he could have never contemplated that the day would come when he would stand in parliament and ask members to deny an accused the right to face his accuser. He acknowledged that circumstances in his country had not only changed, but had changed for the worst in relation to criminal activity. He said it was his duty as head of government to ensure that peace and order in the Bahamas over rides any personal conviction that he could have in relation to the rights that we have known for years and years. Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell did not agree. He said the fundamental right in law is that you have to know who your accuser is. However, in our opinion, a mans life overrides any other right, and it is the states duty to protect a persons right to life over anothers right to know. From the beginning of this year, 19 wit nesses have been threatened. Of those 19 some have been murdered, attempts have been made on the lives of others at least one was shot at twice and one will remain paralysed for the rest of his life after being shot because he was going to give evidence. How can Mr Mitchell in good conscience say that an accused and usually one with a long criminal record has more rights than an innocent citizen doing his public duty? If the accused has more rights than an innocent citizen, then indeed our justice system will collapse and the criminal will be in control. It is too bad, but tough times call for tough measures. And these are tough times. The criminal now has a choice either shape up or be prepared to take the fast bus ride to Fox Hill, some to remain there for the rest of their lives. Grand Bahama is FNMno more LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Tough times call for tough measures rftb S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011, PAGE 5 ,17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1,(6$&7 (852*5($7$',1*/,0,7(' ,QROXQWDU\OLTXLGDWLRQ RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK 6HFWLRQRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV &RPSDQLHV$FWRI (852*5($7 75$',1*/,0,7(' LVLQ'LVVROXWLRQ 7KHGDWHRIFRPPHQFHPHQWRIGLVVROXWLRQLVWKH WK ),'(6/,48,'$725,1& $UDQJRULOODF%OGJ WK 6WUHHWDQDPD K 5HSXEOLFRIDQDPD /LTXLGDWRU BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Bahamas Public Services Union president John Pinder said the main aim of his new term in office will be the establishment of promotion boards to oversee career advancementin the Public Service. Visiting Grand Bahama on Wednesday, Mr Pinder said pay raises and promotions for civil servants need to be more timely and transparent. We have received complaints over promotions, performance appraisals and nonpayment of increments, and this term in office we will try to get government to agree to establish promotion board in all areas, he said. The union president said he plans to have a BPSU representative sit on each board, to ensure fairness. We think it is very important for a more transparent way of doing promotions, said Mr Pinder. Turning his attention to the northern Bahamas, Mr Pinder said the union will be looking at starting a housing project on Grand Bahama. He plans to discuss with the Grand Bahama Port Authority the possibility of lots being allocated to the BPSU for the d evelopment of affordable housing for its members. Although Mr Pinder was re-elected, he noted that he has lost some support in Grand Bahama. In this years election Pinder secured 82 votes, compared to 144 in the last election. He said lack of promotions and staff shortages are some of the main concerns of mem bers in Grand Bahama. We will do our best to a ddress those concerns, he said. Mr Pinder said that increas ing membership is another aim the union will aggressively pursue. There is a great number of persons that ought to be unionised and we must get our membership drive going immediately, he said. Mr Pinder added that the union is involved in a number of negotiations for staff contracts at the moment. Negotiations are ongoing with the College of the Bahamas, and nearly com plete with the Gaming Board, he said. Talks with the Public Hos pitals Authority have reached a stalemate over promotions and salaries for auxiliary nurses, attendants and security officers. The union president said he is also looking to begin negotiations on industrial agreements for BAIC and Airport Authority staff. By KHRISNA VIRGIL THE key to a cell block at Her Majestys Prison which went missing this week has raised questions about accountability at the facility. According to sources inside the prison, a daily counting system is currently used to keep a record of all keys. It was during such a count that prison officers realised they were missing a key that opened a few cells, according to a source. This led to a partial prison lock-down while a search was conducted. That lock-down has since been lifted, as an alternative method of securing the cells in question was put in place. B ut, the sources claim, senior prison officials have yet to get to the bottom of the missing key mystery, because there is no system of recording who has custody of a key at any given time. They said a key check-in, check-out system needs to be put in place to ensure the incident is not repeated. A press statement from the HMPs Public Affairs Unit said measures are now being put in place to ensure the key will be rendered useless. I t also said that at no time during the incident was the public's safety threatened. After a formal investigation of the matter is completed, any prison officers found culpable could face a disciplinary action, it said. Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said that after hearing about the missing key, he was relieved to learn from Superintendent of Prisons Dr Elliston Rahming that it was not a master key. According to recent statist ics, the total capacity of the prison is 1,348 inmates. As it stands, 1,316 are currently housed there. Of that number, 706 are sentenced, and 610 are awaiting trial. Attempts to reach the Superintendent Rahming and his deputy were not successful. A MAN who pleaded guilty in Supreme Court to having sex with his girlfriends 7year-old granddaughter was sentenced to serve three years in prison yesterday. Gregory McPhee, 28, was sentenced by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs, who took into consideration that he pleaded guilty and had no previous convictions. The maximum sentence for the offence is seven years in prison. McPhee, who had sex with the girl between January and June of 2008, was the live-in boyfriend of her grandmother at the time. Senior Justice Isaacs noted that despite the immediate plea of guilt, McPhee had abused the childs trust and had to face conse quences. He recommended that the three years in Her Majestys Fox Hill prison be spent seeking counselling. Jillian Williams was the prosecutor in the case. Wal lace Rolle represented McPhee. MAN JAILED AFTER ADMITTING SEX WITH SEVEN-YEAR-OLD UNION PRESIDENT SEEKS CREATION OF PROMOTION BOARDS JOHNPINDER has called for the establishment of promotion boards to oversee career advancement in the Public Service HERMAJESTYSPRISON, where a key to a cell block went missing this week KEY TO CELL BLOCK GOES MISSING KEY TO CELL BLOCK GOES MISSING


THE Lyford Cay Foundation has launched a new education enrichment programme called FOCUS, which targets deserving, motivated grade four public school students with the aim of setting them on a path to college and career success. The initiative provides the youngsters with 45 additional days of formal learning each year as well as everything they need to participate in its activ ities, including transportation, uniform t-shirts, class materi als, meals and mentoring free of charge. FOCUS (Forward and Onward to College. Upward to Success) also presents unique internship opportuni ties for aspiring teachers. H igh achieving college students have been recruited to teach the children and act as role models, under the guidance and supervision of experienced educators. Student teachers bring great energy, enthusiasm, al ove for learning and a fresh approach to the task of education and serve as examples of how its cool to be smart. The organisers hope the training and experiences pro vided by FOCUS will encourage a significant number of its intern teachers to one day become dynamic education professionals. FOCUS was created and developed with the collegial assistance of Breakthrough Miami. It consists of a six-week summer programme held Monday through Friday and lessons held on 15 Saturdays between October and April. T he first class began on July 7, 2011 at the College of the Bahamas (COB d onated use of its classrooms and facilities to the project. A new class of rising fifth g raders will be added every summer, and students remain in the programme until they g raduate from high school a full eight years. Eventually, FOCUS will also include an On Course to College component designed to assist its 10th 12th graders in selecting and preparing for senior high school and a postsecondary education. Admission to FOCUS is by application, and the rigorous selection process includes numerous meetings and interviews with parents / guardians who have a crucial role to play in the success of the programme as well as the children. We are all accountable to one another, said Felicity Humblestone, programme director. FOCUS provides mentoring to the adults in the childrens lives, as well as the students, because we know that we all need to work together. We are in a relationship of mutual respect, and everyone is aware of the fact that excellence is our standard. The response by the custo dians and family members has so far exceeded all expectations, Ms Humblestone said, with many of them taking every opportunity to visit the COB campus to participate in different FOCUS events. Dora Chisolm, aunt and guardian of student Edwin Simmons, age nine, was thrilled to attend a family morning and expressed her gratitude for all that the programme offers. When Edwin came to live with me I told him that he hadt o go to college, but I told him I didnt know how he was going to go, she said. And the next thing we knew, he was one of the successful can didates. Wearejustsoappreciativethathehasanopportunity now togotocollege.It's agreatopportunity,sowe're justgoingtobethereforhim to e ncourage him, so that he can achieve h is goalsand LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE PUTTING THE FOCUS ON PUTTING THE FOCUS ON FOCUS STUDENTS take part in various programme activities in these pictures, which, in addition to classroom time, include energisers daily exercises combined with positive chants and affirmations. Photos: Tim Aylen, Derek Smith II, and Felicity Humblestone


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011, PAGE 7 Scotiabank (Bahamasis seeking the services of a Senior Manager, Credit Solutions Corporate & Commercial Banking CentrePosition Summary:The Senior Manager,Credit Solutions is responsible for contributing to the protable growth and quality of the Banks Commercial Credit portfolio by performing nancial solutions -related activities for clients including risk analysis, deal structuring, pricing, negotiation and presentation on highly complex deals.The Sr. Manager Credit Solutions is also responsible for all deal structuring, negotiation and nal decisions on pricing within his/her dened portfolio.The incumbent interfaces directly with clients at times.As well, the Sr. Manager Credit Solutions liaises with Global Risk Management (GRM making process.Key Accountabilities for this Role: the effective and timely implementation of same. Manual.Educational Requirements: equivalency. Other training requirements as determined by the Bank from time to time.The Senior Credit Solutions Manager must also have an in-depth knowledge of the Banks lending policies, practices and procedures, as well as an awareness of business trends economic, technological, social, legal and political conditions and factors which could affect the viability of a credit.A solid knowledge and understanding of nancial statements and accounting principles and policies is a must.Because of large volumes and tight time frames, the incumbent must possess effective communication skills, both written and oral. In the administration of credit, complex loan documentation and security provision requirements must be understood and applied. Functional Competencies: The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all interested parties.We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. evenhelpandencourageotherstudents,thattheycando ittoo." FOCUS has already had a transformative effect on the lives of the participants. "The programme hadn't even started yet and I'd already learned a ton," said mentor teacher Adam Thibault, who devised the FOCUS English Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum. And I saw tremendous progress on the part of the students and the intern teach ers within a matter of just a few weeks. I've noticed great energy, enthusiasm, atten dance, humour and intelligence, and it has been very neat to watch. Intern teacher Lizinga Rolle, a second year English Education major at COB,said: "The training we received at Breakthrough Miami was really, really exciting. We learned something called, Say, See, Do. It's where the teacher says something and the students see what the teacher is saying, through visual aids. And then the students actually do it, so that they remember what they are taught, and at the same time they have fun doing it. They have fun learning, they have fun writing, they are excited, they are energised, they are ready to go at all times." Said eight-year-old FOCUS participant Stephen Dean: "I think what I like about the teachers is when they give us homework and then the homework is not too difficult.I should go to college because it is going to help me to get a career, have a job, have a family." At the very start of the programme, one student wrote an anonymous note on the Wish Board posted in one of the classrooms. It read: "I wish to have a better life than I did before and I think with the help of FOCUS it will get much better." This groundbreaking initia tive has been made possible by the generosity of Lyford Cay Foundation donors, including Royal Bank of Canada (RBC itable foundations, and other individuals. For more information about the Lyford Cay Foundation, visit www.lyfordcayfoundation.org. THENEXT GENERATION THENEXT GENERATION J ust the students thems elves being hungry for knowledge, them wanting tol earn and them changing e very day, developing and being enthusiastic and moti-v ated that, 'I can do this thing, and I am going to be succ essful' that alone makes me so happy. FOCUS is a g reat catalyst for them to be that career person that theyw ere designed and destined to be. Mentor teacher and threetime Lyford Cay Foundation scholarship recipient Stacy T S tubbs T he role of a teacher is to m ake a warm, comfortable a nd professional environment. The role of a teacher is tom eet each child's educational n eeds and treat each child with dignity and respect. As aF OCUS intern teacher, I will put my philosophy into action a nd help each child the best way I can. G wenique Charlow, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree i n Primary Education at the College of the Bahamas. I feel FOCUS gives children a voice. Children who may othe rwise never see the same opportunity. I feel it placest hem at the same level as e veryone else. It's really an i nspiration. It makes you realise that you don't have tob e a private school kid in order t o do the same things as others. I ntern teacher and former Lyford Cay Foundation s cholar Elan Hutchinson, who is studying speech and l anguage disabilities along with American Sign Lang uage at Elmira College in New York FOCUS will get me closer to college and into my schoolw ork. It's important to me because it will help me tom ake my goal so I can go to c ollege and be what I want to b e when I grow up. Edwin Simmons, 9 [ College] is important to me because sometimes you learni n school and like you just don't remember, but in college y ou just study the same thing. I want to go to the Police Col l ege, and try my best to work hard. L avano Sands, 9 I like the teachers because they're fun. If you have a goal, you want to do your goal, then y ou have to go to college and you have to study it. M argo Scarlett, 9 WHAT THE PARTICIPANTS SAID


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TRAVELLERS can now l og on to www.nassaulpia. com the new official webs ite of the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Under the tag line, No o rdinary airport, the website features images and i nformation on the upgrad ed facilities at LPIA and sports the new airportl ogo. The new-look website is part of a rebranding exercise undertaken by the Nas sau Airport Development C ompany (NAD countrys major gateway apart from other airports in the region. For Vernice Walkine, vice p resident of marketing and communications at NAD, t he website launch is perfectly timed. Airports around the w orld are attempting to rebrand themselves in an e ffort to stand out in a very competitive market and LPIA is no ordinary airport,w ith three brand new termi nals when the redevelopment project is complete US departures, internation al arrivals and international a nd domestic departures/ arrivals. Our original website, www.nas.bs, focused primarily on NAD as a mana gement company. It also gave users flight a rrival and departure information. With the new site, we w anted to shift the focus away from NAD as a mana gement company and instead highlight the facilities and services offered atL PIA, she said. New features include travel tips, a list of retail and food and beverage outlets in the US departures termi-n al, information on getting to and from the airport and other airport services like the popular free Wi-Fi. At its peak, the old website averaged more than 100,000 unique hits perm onth. The new site is expected to exceed those levels. Soon to come will be social media applications like Facebook and Twitter, aimed at making www.nas-s aulpia.com a fully interactive experience for airport users, Ms Walkine said. THE Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced that the tempo-r ary road closure on a sect ion of Prince Charles Drive between Beatrice Avenue and Garden Road has been postponed. A new date for the clos ure will be announced later. The Ministry also announced that final paving works are being carried out on sections of RobinsonR oad between Claridge Road and Podoleo Street. Motorists travelling along these routes are advised tof ollow the traffic management scheme in place and u se Balfour Avenue as an alternate.This section is expected to re-open withint he week. As road works continue t he Ministry encourages residents to support the businesses that fall within thec orridors affected and thanked motorists for their patience and cooperation. Motorists are asked to call 302-9700 between 9 am and5 pm to report a roadwork p roblem or for more information. CRIME TIP: THE NATIONAL Crime Prevention Office encourages you to always be alert to your surround-i ngs. If you are driving and you suspect that you are being followed, d d o o n n o o t t driv e to your residence. Drive to the nearest police station and in thep rocess, call the police and provide them with details o f the vehicle following you. Remember, always report suspicious people,c ars and activities. Working together, we can create a safer Bahamas to live, work, visit and play. AIRPORT UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE LPIA GETS a new website to match state-of-the-art airport facilities. W W i i t t h h t t h h e e n n e e w w s s i i t t e e , w w e e w w a a n n t t e e d d t t o o s s h h i i f f t t t t h h e e f f o o c c u u s s a a w w a a y y f f r r o o m m N N A A D D a a s s a a m m a a n n a a g g e e m m e e n n t t c c o o m m p p a a n n y y a a n n d d i i n n s s t t e e a a d d h h i i g g h h l l i i g g h h t t t t h h e e f f a a c c i i l l i i t t i i e e s s a a n n d d s s e e r r v v i i c c e e s s o o f f f f e e r r e e d d a a t t L L P P I I A A . Vernice Walkine, vice-president of marketing and communications MINISTRY OF WORKS ANNOUNCES ROAD CLOSURE ON PRINCE CHARLES


Mr Key claimed he did not know Mr McCartney was the founder of and a partner in t he law firm Halsbury Chamb ers when the firm was selected in 2007 and later paid almost $10,000 in legal fees to help the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation collect millions of dollars owed to it. He also claimed that the Bamboo Town MP approached him three years ago about hiring Halsbury Chambers to work for BAIC a move he called dishonest. However, Mr McCartney, who resigned from the Free National Movement earlier this year, maintained he did not initiate discussions with the BAIC chairman. The truth is not in the member for South Abaco. The member said that I received a retainer for $5,000 almost three years ago, that is not the truth, said Mr McCartney, speaking on a point of privilege. He argued that he was an inactive partner in 2007 and that another lawyer from his firm Donald Saunders was first contacted by BAIC on September 12, 2007 about handling their case. He added that Mr Saunders who left Halsbury Chambers three years ago has said publicly that he is still doing the work to the satisfactionof BAIC. Mr Key stood on a point of privilege to answer Mr McCartney, however the lat-ter would not yield. Im standing on a point of privilege, he cant stand and say he has a point of privilege, Mr McCartney said. Mr Key again tried to inter ject but was interrupted by the member for Bamboo Town who shouted: I am not finished. Youre untruthful man, youre too old to be doing this foolishness, you should be ashamed of your self, its time for you to retire man. Shame, I call shame on you, shame, shame, shame! These statements elicited a loud outcry from sitting members of the Government side. As the Speaker tried to quell the disruption, Mr McCartney, from his seat, shouted questions and hurled insults across the floor to Mr Key. The Speaker stood several times to quiet the row andbring the House back to order. The Speaker told Mr McCartney: No member has to tell another member whath is point of order is, you speak to the Chair. You laid your case. Mr McCartney said: Im not finished! Youve allowed the member for South Abaco to come in here, stand up ands tart talking and Im not finished, he has no point of order. Thats bad, man. He also suggested that Mr Key's long political career was near an end: Even the good deputy (Mr Symonette you (Mr Key that constituency. Your time is up, you wont see the House of Assembly again. Mr McCartney added that his character was impugned by Mr Key's claims and he demanded that the issue be referred to the House of Assembly's Committee of Privilege. On several occasions he asked sitting members of government, who were questioning his conduct and account of the issue, to stand and say their words on their feet so it would be entered into the House's record. To this, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said: Mr Speaker we know exactly what is supposed to transpire when a member says his privilege has been breached. This is not what's supposed to happen. This is not how the House is supposed to operate. When Mr Key got his chance to respond, he main tained that Mr McCartney solicited business from BAIC for his firm while the latter was a Cabinet minister. I had no idea that this was t he members law firm because he was a minister of the government. I know bet ter than that, I been here for lil while. He added that he had a stack of letters signed by MrM cCartney demanding further payment from BAIC. If he is so innocent, how come as soon as he left Cabinet correspondence from Branville McCartney from his law firm comes to BAIC? He claimed Mr McCart ney's law firm was paid almost $10,000 from BAIC and then requested another payment of more than $1,000, which was not paid. He also warned voters to be wary of Mr McCartney's political ambitions. 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Justice Blackman, after ruling to approve the applications, said the court would seta date. In the original lawsuit filed by Mr Nygard against Mr Bacon in the Supreme Court, a list of multiple claims were outlined related to the right of passage through Mr Bacons property. According to the writ file by Mr Nygard, his property was assigned two rights of way by easement across the property of Mr Bacon when it was conveyed in 1984. It claimed that between 2004 and 2008, a gate was constructed at the eastern end of the roadway of the easement that restricted access to Nygard Cay by Mr Nygard, his family and his guests. That claim was countered by the billionaire who counter sued his neighbor, alleging that Nygard used his property between 2005 and 2010 to transport materials, supplies and equipment to Nygard Cay, encroaching it in the process. Parking was one of the other issues raised in the billionaires claims. several incidents, occurring this year, in which witnesseshave been murdered, shot, and paralysed. Highlighting The Tribunes headline story yesterday, Mr Ingraham also confirmed thata man thought to be a witness was killed Tuesday. It is my information that the man they were looking for is a witness in a murder case, Mr Ingraham said. They tried to kill him before and this is the second attempt to kill this man, and they killed the wrong man. Only serious charges of murder, manslaughter, rape, armed robbery, dangerous drugs, terrorist acts or trafficking persons, are eligible to apply for witness anonymity. A magistrate must be satisfied that a qualifying offence has been committed; there are reasonable grounds for fearing intimidation or harm; the witness is able and willing to assist the investigation; the defendant was at least sixteen years of age at the time of the offence. Earlier in the day, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell said the governments proposed witness anonymity bill infringed on the constitutional rights of accused offenders. Mr Mitchell warned that the compendium of anti-crime bills threatened the balance between public rights and the powers of the state. While asserting that there are no absolute rights, Mr Ingraham said he never imagined the day would come when he would be forced to contemplate witness anonymity. The general right of a person to know who is accusing him and to be able to face that person in court is being curtailed in these instances. He added: No horror dream I could have had that could have told me that I would come to parliament and want to have an opportunity for a witness to testify against someone and for them not to know who the witness is. But circumstances in my country have changed, changed for the worst in relation to criminal activity. My duty as head of government is to ensure peace and order in the Bahamas, that overrides any personal conviction I could possibly have in relation to the rights that we have known for years and years. Last night, parliamentarians passed legislation to amend the Penal Code, Bail Act, Court of Appeal Act, Evidence Act, Criminal Procedure Code, Firearms Act, Dangerous Drugs Act, Customs Management Act, and Sexual Offences Act; and to create the Pawn Brokers and Second Hand Dealers Act and Criminal Evidence Witness Anonymity Act. During his contribution, Mr Ingraham said that the minimum sentence for persons engaged in the sale or trafficking of illegal drugs near schools is six years. He also stressed that convicted persons will serve the full calendar term of their sentence. Here in New Providence, it is not easy to find a placet hat is not within one mile of a school. Therefore, such persons will go to jail for six years. Not the eight months per year as it has become nowadays. From January 1 to December 31. Mr Ingraham said: I say to those persons who are in that business no more fines, only jail and confiscation of anything that can be found to have been acquired from the p roceeds of drugs. The public is reminded to use clean water and maintain good hygienic practices to prevent cholera from spreading, it said. Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration announced that it had repatriated 47 Haitian immigrants to Port-auPrince yesterday morning on two charter flights with Sky Bahamas and Western Air. In the group were 30 men, 12 women and five children. Others repatriated to their homeland for contravention of Bahamas immigration laws included Chinese, Sri Lankan, Brazilian and Jamaican nationals. The Bahamas Immigrat ion Department continues to b e vigilant, in its sustained e fforts to apprehend and repatriate those attempting to enter the Bahamas illegally, as well as those residing and working illegally in the country, said the department in a statement. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e BID TO PROTECT TRIAL WITNESSES BRAN ROW ESCALATES BRAN ROW ESCALATES HAITIAN IMMIGRANT HAD CHOLERA PROPERTY APPEAL EXTENDED


ward. He needs to walk through his constituency and listen to the concerns of the people. Perhaps he should resign from the Ministry of Finance and give Marco City his undivided attention. Lets be honest with ourselves, politics in The Bahamas is parochial. The constituents of Marco City didnt elect Mr Laing so that he could be appointed as Minister of State for Finance; they elected him to look after their interests in their constituency. One of the great disadvantages of being both a Member of Parliament and a Minister in the Cabinet is that you tend to get distracted from your constituency as you serve in your ministerial post. B esides, Prime Minister H ubert Ingraham already s erves as the substantive minister of finance. Perhaps Mr Zhivargo Laing should take a page out of St Cecilia Member of Parliament and former Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia Pratts book. Cynthia Mother Pratt always made it a point to walk through her constituency every morning. This routine by the St Cecilia MP has endeared her to thousands of her constituents. If rumours are true that Laing will move over to the safer seat of Lucaya, then I believe that the FNM should have at least let the good people of Marco City know by now. If Laing does indeed run in Lucaya and wins; I dont think that it would be a clever move by Prime Minister Ingraham to unilaterally back him for the top leadership position of the FNM party, if Mr Oswald Browns thesis is indeed accu rate. The entire FNM party should make that decision, not just Prime Minister Ingraham. Prime Minister Ingraham should not repeat the error of 2002, when he backed Tommy Turnquest and Dion Foulkes for the two top positions of the FNM. Both Turnquest and Foulkes were rejected by the Bahamian electorate in 2002. In fact, both of them lost their seats to two PLP candidates, Dion Foulkes to Leslie Miller in Blue Hills and Tommy Turnquest to political newcomer Keod Smith in Mt Moriah. Not only did the FNM lose badly in 2002, but the party was deeply fractured. In fact, the FNM party of today bears very little resem blance to the FNM party of the 1980s and early to mid1990s. According to political pun dits, the FNM party has been gutted out. The whole question of who should succeed Prime Minister Ingraham as the new leader of the FNM should be settled in an open and free election in a convention. Let the delegates of an FNM convention make that important decision. If they want Member of Parliament for Killarney Dr Hubert Min-n is to lead the party after Prime Minister Ingraham makes his final exit from the political stage, then so be it. The FNM party can ill afford to have another internal squabble. The party is just toow eak for that. Furthermore, if the FNM feels that Laing cannot win in Marco City; whos to say that he will win in Lucaya? Moreover, if you cannot win as an incumbent in your own constituency, then you should not be entertaining thoughts of leading your political party in a general election. If your own constituents reject you, then many of the voters in the remaining 40 constituencies throughout the country will also reject you. We must also bear in mind that the political atmosphere that permeated Grand Bahama and the entire Bahamas in 2002 is here again. In that years general election, Lucaya Member of Parliament Neko Grant won by just 185 votes. The PLP had gained significant ground in Lucaya in 2002. Granted, Mr Grant won in 2007 by a staggering 652 votes. But Grand Bahama's economy in 2007 wasn't as bad as it is now. I don't think any FNM supporter can say with a straight face that it is impossible for the PLP to win Lucaya in 2012. As it stands right now, the only seat in Grand Bahama that the FNM can call safe is the High Rock Constituency. I understand that the PLP is even making plenty headway in the Eight Mile Rock and Pineridge Constituencies. Many Grand Bahamians, including several FNM supporters, are now predicting that Dr Michael Darville will defeat incumbent Kwasi Thompson in the contest for Pineridge. That Grand Bahamians are even saying things like this isa clear indication that Grand Bahama can no longer be considered FNM country. There is currently a paradigm shift in Grand Bahamian politics. More and more Grand Bahamians are becoming disillusioned with the FNM. Let us not forget that Kwasi Thompson won Pineridge by only 220 votes in 2007. Many Grand Bahamians were expecting Mr Thompson tow in that constituency by a landslide. Thompsons margin of victory in 2007 was not a blowout by any stretch of the imagination. Progressive Lib eral Party candidate Ann Percentie had won that seat in2 002 by a staggering 781 votes. She had defeated C.A. Smith. Many were surprised that the political newcomer was able to defeat an FNM senior politician. The PLP nearly pulled off an upset victory in Eight Mile Rock in the 2002 election. The FNM incumbent Lindy Russell defeated the PLP challenger Caleb Outten by a measly 45 votes that year. In the 2007 election, however, the FNMs margin of victory in that constituency had increased by 258 votes. The PLP should have no problem holding onto West End. The FNM candidates in Grand Bahama arent blowing out their PLP challengers anymore like they used to in the 1990s. However, if you look at the 2002 and 2007 election results in the Opposition strongholds of New Providence, you would see that PLP candidates like Perry Christie, Dr Bernard Nottage, Glenys Hanna-Martin, Shane Gibson and Cynthia Pratt all won by blowout margins. The inner city constituencies of New Providence can rightly be called PLP country. Right now, time is of the essence for Mr Laing and the FNM. The FNM party must hit the ground running now in Marco City; if they want to at least salvage any hope of a small victory in that constituency. The PLP has already held a mass rally in Freeport at their headquarters on Sunrise Highway earlier this year. The Opposition has also held its Job Creation and Empowerment Summit this past Sep tember and its Eastern Region Constituencies Conclave in July. The PLP has gained plenty momentum heading into the upcoming election. It is high time that the FNM do the same, especially in Marco City. The FNM needs to holda mass rally and a convention in Grand Bahama before the end of 2011. The party is already in plen ty hot water in New Providence. The last thing that theF NM needs right now is to lose any of its five seats in Grand Bahama, especially Marco City. If the FNM loses Marco City, then it will lose the general election. A concerned Marco City constituent. K K E E V V I I N N E E V V A A N N S S Freeport, Grand Bahama, October, 2011. LETTERS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 G G r r a a n n d d B B a a h h a a m m a a i i s s F F N N M M n n o o m m o o r r e e ZHIVARGOLAING should not be t oo confident of his hopes in L ucaya if he cannot be sure of w inning in Marco City, says letter writer Kevin Evans


SIRTE, Libya Associated Press MOAMMAR Gadhafi, Libya's dictator for 42 years until he was ousted in an uprising-turned-civil war, was killed Thursday as revolu tionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte and captured the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell. Interim government offi cials said one of Gadhafi's sons, his former national security adviser Muatassim, was also killed in Sirte and anoth er, one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam, was wounded and captured. The 69-year-old Gadhafi is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring wave of pop ular uprisings that swept the Middle East, demanding the end of autocratic rulers and the establishment of greater democracy. "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed," Prime Minister Mah moud Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli. His death decisively ends a regime that had turned Libya into an international pariah and ran the oil-rich nation by the whim and brutality of its notoriously eccentric leader.Libya stands on the cusp of a new era, but its turmoil may not be over. The former rebels who now rule are dis organized and face rebuilding a country virtually without institutions by Gadhafi's design. They have already shown signs of infighting, with divisions between geographi cal areas and Islamist and more secular ideologies. Libya's new leaders had said they would declare the country's "liberation" after the fall of Sirte. President Obama said Gadhafi's death "marks the end of a long and painful chapter" for Libya. Vice President Joe Biden said the Libyan people had rid themselves ofa dictator and have now "got a chance" with Gadhafi gone. Footage aired on Arab TV networks showed Gadhafi was captured wounded but alive in Sirte. The goateed, balding Gadhafi is seen in a blood-soaked shirt, and his face bloodied. Standing upright, he is shoved along bya crowd of fighters on a Sirte roadside, chanting "God is great." Gadhafi appears to struggle against them, stumbling and shouting as the fighters push him onto the hood of a pickup truck. "We want him alive. We want him alive," one man shouts before Gadhafi is dragged away, some fighters pulling his hair, toward an ambulance. Later footage showed fighters rolling Gad hafi's lifeless body over on the pavement, stripped to the waist and a pool of blood under his head. Amnesty International called on Libyan revolutionary fighters to make public the full facts of how Gadhafi died, saying all members of the former regime should be treated humanely. The London-based rights group said it was essential to conduct "a full, independent and impartial inquiry to establish the circumstances of Col. Gad hafi's death." Out of initial confusion, a clearer picture began to emerge of Gadhafi's last hours, though there were still contradictions. Most accounts agreed Gadhafi had been holed up with heavily armed supporters in the last few buildings held by regime loyalists in his Mediterranean coastal hometown of Sirte, furiously battling advancing revolutionary fighters. At one point, a convoy tried to flee and was hit by NATO airstrikes, carried out by French warplanes. France's Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said the 80-vehicle convoy was carrying Gadhafi and was trying to escape the city. The strikes stopped the convoy but did not destroy it, and then revolutionary fighters moved in on the vehicle carrying Gadhafi himself. Fathi Bashaga, spokesman for the Misrata military coun cil, whose forces were involved in the Sirte siege, said fighters encircled the con voy and exchanged fire with several of the vehicles. INTERNATIONAL NEWS: MOAMMAR GADHAFI THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011, PAGE 11 LIBYA'S MOAMMAR GADHAFI KILLED IN HOMETOWN BATTLE LIYBANS react to the death of Moammar Gadhafi outside the Libyan Embassy in London, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. (AP


By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor FREQUENT Bahamian business travellers to the US could soon encounter greater bureaucracy when dealing with the $10,000 currency r eporting form, a private sector leader questioning yester day how the expanded dragnet was going to be policed. Winston Rolle, the Bahamas Chamber of Comm erce and Employers Confederations (BCCEC dent, also said he was uncer t ain how US government pro p osals to include pre-paid stored value and gift cards, plus cell phones and cellp hone cards, among items that must be included in currency calculations, would impact the Bahamian market. The proposals have been put out by the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN the US Treasury which com bats money laundering and other financial crimes, saying it wants to combat the misuse of prepaid access products. While nothing is set in stone yet, FinCEN wants items such as per-paid cards (stored value cards gift cards and potentially cell phones added to the list of financial instruments that must be totalled up, when either travelling to or leaving the US, to see if they exceed the $10,000 declaration threshold. The proposal is intended to address certain devices that can be used as a substitute for currency, as they provide access to funds by any bearer $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.42 $5.04 $5.03 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netFRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 *Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable) Shop for food with a list. Discover whats possibleJot down what you need before you go shopping to avoid impulse buying. Almost two thirds of what we buy in the grocery stores is unplanned.Thats one easy way to save money. For more simple tips, get your free booklet at your nearest branch or visit us online today.scotiabank.com/worldsavingsdaySimple Saving Tip #5 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor BAHAMIANairlines have serious concerns over a ticketing/booking system pro-p osal the minister of tourism believes could revolutionise Family Island development,o ne yesterday telling Tribune Business it w ould destroy your business if a carrier s igned up to the initiative as it currently s tands. V incent Vanderpool-Wallace earlier this w eek said the Ministry of Tourism was working on an initiative to get Bahamian domest ic airlines on the Global Distribution System (GDS w ill provide more efficient flight connect ions for tourists passing through Nassau on their way to the Family Islands. We think that will be a revolutionary By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A FORMER Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA dent yesterday said he had converted part of his home into an office in a bid to reduce costs, telling Tribune Business the market sucks, with sales values and volumes off3 0-40 per cent. William Wong, head of William Wong & Associates, said that while he needed a crystal ball to predict when the Bahamian market would recover, he estimated it might start in another 15-16 months once the Bahamian general, and US presidential, elections were concluded. His comments came as another leading realtor told Tribune Business the Bahamas should follow Turks & Caicos lead in looking to stimulate its real estate market through tax-related incentives, adding that property prices had B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE BAHAMASmust get its prices in line with the global average to r emain the leader in the crawfish (spiny l obster) export industry, a leading fisheries wholesaler telling Tribune Busi ness yesterday his company may have t o look at reducing its purchase price by $0.50 to $0.75 per pound. Anthony McKinney, president and chief executive of Paradise Fisheries,a cknowledged there was concern that the Bahamas could effectively price itself out of the market, its crawfish prices being some 20 per cent highert han the global average. There is certainly a concern about that because the whole world economy is pretty weak. I think as a country we all have to pay attention to that because of the whole global economic situation. We're going to have to get our prices in line to remain competitive, Mr McKinney said. One of the things we're going to h ave to look at is the raw product costs; what we pay for the product. We're going to have to look at our operational costs as well and see what we can posAIRLINE: REVOLUTIONARY PLAN BUSINESS DESTROYER Sky Bahamas chief says Ministry idea to put all private carriers under B ahamasair GDS system will not fly Raises timely payment and competition issues Minister says idea would open up Out Islands to tourism development RANDYBUTLER S EE page 4B REAL ESTATE SUCKS AS OFF 30-40% With property prices also down 30-40%, leading r ealtor urges Govt to follow Turks stimulus lead Former BREA president converts part of home into office to cut expenses and survive MARIOCAREY S EE page 5B Pr oposal that all stor ed value, pre-paid cards and gift cards be included in US $10k currency declarations SEE page 6B CRAWFISH EXPORTER MULLING PRICE CUTS CHAMBER CHIEF QUES TIONS HOW US CARD PLANS TO BE POLICED Paradise Fisheries chief says fishermen ust understand Bahamas has to get in line with global industry SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor NEW SECURITIES COMMISSION l icensees could experience up to an 118.7 per cent increase in fees under new pro-p osals unveiled yesterday, with observers expressing concern the regulator might prevent new firms coming into the industry in its drive to become self-sufficient. T he capital markets regulators White Paper on the fees it p lans to levy on Securities Industry Act licensees chiefly the broker/dealer and securities investment adviser community disclose the size of the increase it is asking market partici-p ants to absorb. The existing Securities Industries Acts fee schedule has never been altered since the legislation came into force in 1 999. Under that, a new Class I broker/dealer was required to pay a total of $15,000 in application, registration and annual reg istration fees. U nder the new Act, which has yet to take effect, firms will be l icensed by the Securities Commission depending on the nature of the market activities they will be involved with. The White COMMISSION EYES FEE RISES UP TO 118% SEE page 5B


A BAHAMAS-BASED o il explorers chief opera ting officer has been con firmed as a speaker for next weeks Exuma Busi-n ess Outlook. Dr Paul Gucwa began his tenure at Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC We are absolutely thrilled to add Dr Paul Gucwa to our roster of speakers at Exuma Busi n ess Outlook, Joan Albury, president of The Counsellors, the organis e rs of the Business Outl ook series, said. BPC is the first oil and gas exploration company in almost three decadest hat the Government has awarded license permits to for surveying areas of the seabed in our archipelago. It is exciting that BPCs probes could lead to the discovery of industriallyviable deposits of fuels in the Bahamas, which would bring radical change to the economy. Dr Gucwa has 37 years of experience as a geosci entist, as well as in the technical and business management roles he has filled in developing exploration and production projects throughout the US and Canada. Dr Gucwa received his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College, and his Mas ters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Texas. In 1974 he began his c areer at Marathon Oil C ompany, where he was responsible for research in structural geology/tecton-i cs. Four years later, he transferred to Gulf of Mexico Exploration. Since 1978, Dr Gucwa has beeni nvolved with projects in the majority of North American petroleum basins in a variety of posi t ions, most notably as chief geologist for BP America and as managero f US exploration for M arathon. In the latter role, from 1992 to 2000, Dr Gucwa was responsible for a cap i tal expenditure budget in excess of $100 million. During that period, Marathons exploration programme added in excess of 300 million barrels of oil equivalent net to Marathon, while its Gulf of Mexico production increased by 300 per cent to just under 100 million barrels of oil equivalent. Dr Gucwa left Marathon in 2000 to form Texas 3 Star Energy Investment, also engaged in exploration and production in the field of hydrocarbon energy. He has also been a technical contributor to Tetra Technologies oil and gas unit, Maritech Resources, and serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Jackson School of Geoscience at the University of Texas. B y SIMON COOPER Res Socius IM A GREAT believer in allowing businesses to e volve organically. Thats b ecause business is a dynamic thing that must continue to respond tochange around it if it is to survive. This does not mean that a business owner ought not to choose the product l ine, hire staff, pay the bills a nd so on. What it means i s that entrepreneurs must be sensitive to the needs of the ever-changing market place they exist in. I use the word evolve. N ow thats not to say Im t outing Charles Darwin, a lthough he was correct w hen he observed that the f ittest survive. Take the auto industry, for example. The cars at Swedish motorm anufacturer, Saab, are no longer selling in the quantities needed to maintain critical business mass. Saab no l onger offers what people want. They are going down as swiftly as the Titanic did 9 9 years ago. More recently, in 1994, to be precise ,a man named Jeff Bezos decided to create a dot.com firm called Amaz on. The Internet was a mysterious thing to many i n those days, and most A mericans still queued in s tores for books made more expensive by traditionalb usiness overheads. But did B ezos wait until his site was perfect before he poured money into advertising, t oo? No, he didnt pour money into advertising at all, and his website was incomplete w hen he launched it. He did d o three other smart things, though. First, he announced Amazon by crawling billboards past Barnes and Noble stores. He advertised where his future customers were already shopping for h is products. And that did n ot cost him more than a few dollars either Second, Amazons Jeff Bezos got his website on to Yahoos Whats cool page in days when that search engine was still king. Was this the first successful use o f word-of-mouth social m edia power, I wonder. A nd finally, Amazons owner let slip a mention that his rental home in Bellevueh ad a garage. Everybody in America knew that successful dot.coms began life in garages. He just didnt t ell them he used his garage as a recreation room instead. A nd that was probably J eff Bezoss greatest reason for success. He looked like h e was doing well from the b eginning, although his people were still crawling o n the floor dispatching b ooks, because he could not afford sorting tables. That is an important lesson we all can benefit from. People follow successful people, and that means successful businesses, too. Jeff Bezos l ooked successful but he n ever let success get to his head, and I doubt he ever will. He is still selling books that people want, not just any books. Thats why he lets his customers review them freely on his website, even if they mention for g ood reason that they are garbage. His latest innovat ion is allowing recipients o f gifts to exchange them for other products while they are still on their way to them. Now thats innovation for you no more pencil sets and sensible socks from Amazon (as if t hey ever sold them). I am on the innovation trail, too. Watch my website http://www.ressocius.com/. It wont be long before selected micro businesses for sale in the Bahamas will be advertised there for free. W hy am I doing that? Its because I dont see w hy businesses that are too s mall to justify a brokers fee shouldnt sell, too. If I was allowed to, Id consider doing the same with houses. Successful businesses must put something back. N B: Simon Cooper is a f ounding partner of Res Socius, a business brokerage firm authorised by the Bahamas Investment Authority that facilitates the sale and purchase of businesses. Contact 636-8831 or visit w ww.ressocius.com. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NOTICEIN THE ESTATE OF CHARLES PERCY THOMPSON late of Marsh Harbour. Abaco, The Bahamas Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claims or demand against the above Estate writing to the undersigned on or before the 18th day of November, A.D., 2011, after which date the Executors will proceedto distribute the assets having regard to the claims which they shall have had notice. An Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or before the 18th day of November, A.D., 2011. MICHAELA. DEAN & CO., Loyalist Plaza Don Mackey Blvd. Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Attorneys for the Executors SUCCESS EVOLVES INTO NEW SUCCESS SIMONCOOPER ADMINISTRATOR PASSES SERIES 7 A N ADMINISTRATOR at a Bahamas-based financial and c orporate services provider, Marcia S. Meeres, has successfully completed the Series 7 exam in the US after studying w ith the Securities Training Institute (STI M ichael Miller, STIs president, said, Our programmes provide professionals with the conceptual foundations, and pract ical skills, necessary to keep pace with the evolving fields of securities and financial services. OIL EXPLORER EXECUTIVE AT BUSINESS OUTLOOK D R PAUL GUCWA Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y


BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011, PAGE 3B By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE BAHAMAS has remained dominant in the crawfish (spiny lobster export industry due consistent quality and the self-regulatory standards of distributors, despite prices 20 per cent higher than the global average. Adrian LaRoda, president of the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance (BCFA Tribune Business yesterday: Our primary market is the European market, and weve been able to maintain our products going into Europe. Our prices have been consistent. The prices we get for the product have been consistent because we have always managed to produce a good product. There is no fluctuation in the quality of the product. They can hedge that; even moving into 2012 they can expect a quality six to eight ounce tail from the Bahamas that they would have been accustomed to receiving, unlike in other markets where you find the quality of their products fluctuating, and where sometimes they get good lobsters and sometimes they do not. Mr LaRoda added: Quality and consistency, thats been our strong point. Our wholesalers have been more or less self-regulating in terms of providing the quality product. If other markets were selfregulated, their prices would be consistent with what Bahamian lobsters are. Since they are not as selfregulated, or do not have measures in place to protect their industries, you find that people are mass producing and not getting the prices they need because they are more or less giving their product away for whatever they can get for it. CARICOMs Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN in a bulletin on the regions crawfish industry and trade volumes, noted that the Bahamas was its top exporting member state based on 2009 data, accounting for 86 per cent some $60.372 million of its total $70.2 million crawfish exports for that year, even though its prices are 20 per cent higher than the global average. The OTN also warned that CARICOM crawfish exporters had to be mindful of the European Unions (EU requirements, which need fisheries products to be caught by licensed vessels using legal means. Mr LaRoda said the Bahamas was also ahead of its competition in terms of meeting these requirements. Were working, progressing to have those certifications very quickly, and were making good progress towards those. When you look at other countries, we are far ahead of them in their progression towards getting the certifications that are required, like MSC and others. We are ahead of them in the game, he told Tribune Business. QUALITY GIVES BAHAMAS CRAWFISH EXPORT EDGE AIRLINE UNVEIL S NEW MARSH HARBOUR FLIGHT Strong self-regulation also keeps Bahamas ahead of the game Leading others on catch certification compliance, says Alliance head G ULFSTREAM International Airlines y esterday announced it will start non-stop daily service from Orlando to Marsh Har-b our on November 10. D arrell Richardson, the airlines chief executive, said: This new service underscores our commitment to offer the highest quality service and flexible flight optionsi n the Florida-Bahamas market. To help accommodate the leisure travellers who we largely serve to destinations like the Bahamas, we developed a sched ule that allows our customers to maximise their vacation time through the convenienceof early morning departures to their destin ation and late evening returns. T he new flights mark Gulfstream's firste ver service from Orlando to Marsh Har bour, and adds to its two daily non-stop f lights from Fort Lauderdale. T he company is owned by Victory Park Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm that launched Gulfstream in May 2011, following the acquisition of selected assetsf rom the former Gulfstream International Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2010. The Gulfstream fleet is comprised of 21 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft (maximum seat ing capacity: 19 passengers), each powered by reliable, fuel-efficient jet-turbinee ngines.


s ystem for opening up the Family Islands to more touristd evelopment, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said. The tourists in transit to Family Islands business, he added, was a market B ahamian carriers did not g et very much of, and t alks on the initiative had been held with a numberof airlines. By paying for international and Family Island flights on one ticket, visitors would, in theory, enjoy seamless transportation through to their ultimate destination. Yet one Bahamian airline boss is not convinced at least not yet. Captain Randy Butler, president a nd chief executive of Sky Bahamas, told Tribune Business that the Ministry o f Tourisms goal was to g et all Bahamian-owned private airlines to come under the GDS system used by Bahamasair. This would mean that travellers pay Bahamasair for both their international a nd Family Island-connecting flights, although the latter would be operated by one of the private airlines. Bahamasair would then reimburse the other airlines with their due share of the tickets. C aptain Butler, though, e xpressed concern about how quickly privatelyowned airlines would be reimbursed by Bahamasair under the proposed GDS system, given that the national flag carrier was w ell-known for very, very late payments already. And, apart from creating potential cash flow and receivables problems for other airlines, Captain Butler pointed out that the GDS proposal as it now s tands would put Sky B ahamas and others into an alliance with one of their main competitors on Family Island routes in the shape of Bahamasair. The national flag carrier, he added, had every incentive t o put itself first when putting visitors on Family Island flights. The Sky Bahamas chief, who is the Democratic National Alliance (DNA candidate for North Andros, said the Ministry had not given him anything t o get my teeth into in t erms of putting meat on t he bones of its proposal. R ecalling developments t o date, Captain Butler told T ribune Business the idea had been discussed duringa meeting he held at his office with David Johnson, director-general of tourism, and David Hackett. The latter, who was president o f Gulfstream Airlines when it went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is now w orking as a consultant for t he Ministry of Tourism. T he proposal, Captain Butler added, was for Bahamian airlines to bep laced on Bahamasairs GDS system, which would effectively act as a clear ing house to ensure all other carriers were paid. Their goal is to get the carriers to come under B ahamasairs GDS syst em, Captain Butler told Tribune Business. What t heyre proposing is that B ahamasair build the system, and they will pay us. So when youre buying the ticket, you will buy it fromB ahamasair, but well oper ate the flights [to the Family Islands]. This arrangement would b e similar to airlines who use the International Air T ransport Association ( IATA) as their GDS clearing house, with IATA paying them. However, Captain Butler said: We dont want Bahamasair collecting the money and paying us. The p roblem we have in doing business with Bahamasair is that they pay very, very late. As a small business we cannot afford the extra time. Privately-owned carriers are often asked by Bahamasair to take its pass engers in the event of i ssues such as over-booki ng, giving them much e xperience in dealing with t he airline. C aptain Butler said it would likely to take Bahamasair 30 days to receive ticket revenues through the GDS. It would then have to reconcile its accounts before paying the o ther carriers. In the meantime we have to carry the load, payi ng for fuel, pilots and o perations, he added. We c annot afford to carry that for 45-60 days. What weve asked them to do is to looka t a way, even if we share the system, that we can be paid in a more timely fash ion. I believe they will have more local airlines interested if they do that. While the private domest ic carriers would lose our i dentity under the GDS system, Captain Butler said t his was not a concern if the G DS system proposal was structured to the financial benefit of all. As it stands now, the d etails are not really thought out to the benefit of all, Captain Butler added. Its not beenw orked out properly. Thats Randy Butlers view. Thats why theyve notb een able to get a commitm ent from Sky Bahamas and any other airline, for that matter. He pointed out that B ahamasair was in direct competition with the pri vately-owned carriers on n umerous Family Island r outes, including those from Nassau to Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleutheraa nd Exuma. Were competing a gainst Bahamasair, and how do you do that in the GDS system, as their inventory will show up before your inventory? asked the Sky Bahamas chief executive. We have not seen a ny contract, how do we b ehave towards each other, and anti-competitive c lauses. Other than that, youre s igning up to something that would destroy your business, and up to thist ime the Government has not shown its support for small business and small airlines. And Captain Butler added: Theres a whole bunch of things that have t o be worked out here, and t here is no document from t he Ministry of Tourism to p ut my teeth into. We have n o information about the o bjective, and the objective is not well thought-out. At least give us a plan, a d ocument to think on. Is it w orkable? Is it a win-win situation for Sky Bahamas and Bahamasair? M r Vanderpool-Wallace acknowledged to Tribune Business that privatelyowned Bahamian airlinesh ad some caveats about the GDS initiative, including pricing, but indicated the Ministry was confidenti t could work through those. Theres a couple of hurdles to be overcome afterw e get preliminary approval, Mr VanderpoolWallace said. We want to be sure the airlines in thes ystem are in compliance with international regula tions, so we comply with t he best of practices. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.97AML Foods Limited1. 1 0.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6420.080-16.6 0.75% 7 .504.40Bank of Bahamas6.936.930.000.2300.10030.11.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.55Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1 .961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 1 1.108.29Cable Bahamas8.468.460.000.2450.32034.53.78% 2.802.33Colina Holdings2.602.600.000.4380.0405.91.54% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.508.500.000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.006.21Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.556.550.000.4960.32013.24.89% 2 .001.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.881.910.030.1110.04517.22.36% 1.771.31Doctor's Hospital1.371.370.000.0740.04018.52.92% 5.504.75Famguard5.435.430.000.4980.24010.94.42% 8.105.35Finco5.355.350.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9 .457.75FirstCaribbean Bank8. 6 .005.00Focol (S 5.335.330.000.4350.22012.34.13% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 7.305.58ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 1 0.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 9 9.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%3 0 May 2013 2 0 November 2029 7 % RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 2 9 May 2015B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 19 October 2022 P rime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6 .95%T HURSDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2011B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,367.68 | CHG 0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -131.83 | YTD % -8.79BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 0.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0 .550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.57791.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.5779263.39%5.87%1.548717 3.02482.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.02482.63%3.94%2.981382 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.61512.61%4.53%1.591803 2.72022.5398Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.849313.2291Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.73472.82%1.94% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 1.17491.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.18773.59%4.94% 1.13431.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.14152.06%4.07% 1.17641.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.18903.47%5.04% 9.9952 9.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.49859.8690Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.96520.78%5.70% 10.68139.7396Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.60135.75%13.20% 8.85647.8830Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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declined by around 30-40 per cent since the recessions start. Mario Carey, principal of Mario Carey Realty, said Turks & Caicos, recognising the major spin-offs that the real estate industry provided for numerous industries, had eliminated real property tax, cut Stamp Duty rates from 12 per cent to 10 per cent, and allowed the latter to be paid over a threeyear period rather than onetime upfront. As a result, the Bahamas southern neighbour had seen market activity start to get better, and Mr Carey suggested this nation ought to look at something similar. To date, the Ingraham administration has gone the other way, increasing Stamp Duty be two percentage points for all tax brackets, despite conventional wisdom suggesting that tax increases are the worst thing to do in a recession. Its still a buyers market, and values are still down, Mr Carey told Tribune Business. Its safe to say that values have been going down as much as 30-40 per cent. Weve seen that pretty consistently. It seems to have been long accepted by the market. The Governments MidTerm Budget statement for the 2010-2011 fiscal year revealed a $43.1 million shortfall in Stamp Tax collections compared to forecasts, something it said largely reflected weakness in r espect of real property transactions over $250,000. It added that there was a significant decline in the value of transactions during the first six months of the current fiscal year. Noting this, Mr Carey said yesterday: The hard marker is t hat the conveyancing dollars have gone down tremendously. What is this administration doing to address that? Where is our stimulus? Where is the discussion about stimulating this sector? Ive not seen anything to make that happen. Suggesting the Bahamas s hould learn from Turks & Caicoss actions, Mr Carey said a vibrant real estate market created a domino effect felt by a variety of Bahamian industries. Every time a transaction concluded, there were economic benefits for attorneys, realtors, banks, insurance companies, f urniture and maintenance peop le, and gardeners. Given the spin-offs, Mr Carey questioned: Why is that not being addressed. Ive been asking that quite a bit. Ive spok en to people from all parties, and Im curious to see what they say. Noting that the Government increased Stamp Duty across the board at a stroke of a pen, Mr Carey said: No one spoke to us as professionals. We have about 1,000 realtors, a nd no one government entity came to us and asked us: What do you think? Arguing that something had to give to eliminate the current sluggishness afflicting the Bahamian real estate market, Mr Carey asked rhetorically: What is the only thing that can g ive? The agents are negotiating their rates, the lawyers are negotiating their rates, the banks have tried to reduce their rates. The one constant that has not given at all is the Government. To get out of it there has to b e some sort of stimulus plan. It c an be short-term, long-term at some level. The banks can do better, but the Government policy has to shift. Telling Tribune Business he had earlier this week met a 30year veteran of the police force who was looking to do something in real estate, Mr Carey said there needed to be an incentive for him to come into the market. With nothing on the horizon to drive real estate trends in a positive manner, Mr Carey added: A lot of people are looking, a lot of people are curious, but theyre not making a decision to buy. They may rent to take some of the risk out. Banks, though, were still aggressive for business coming from foreign buyers who were able to put down significant equity downpayments on Bahamas-based property. Mr Wong, meanwhile, described the Bahamian real estate market as still a bit soft. He added: A lot of us are trying to hold on till the market turns around again. I dont have a crystal ball for that. Hopefully, it will be in the next 15-16 months that things change, probably after we have the election here and the US have their election. Then well know which way we will go. The former BREA president told Tribune Business: Right now were in the trenches trying to revamp and reconfigure ourselves. Some of us have gone into other businesses to survive. Ive converted part of my home into a home office to reduce expenses. Were hoping the Government does reduce some of the Stamp Tax to make it a little easier. Business currently sucks. My sales are down 30-40 per cent from last year, both in volume and value. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011, PAGE 5B Paper showed that a new firm, looking to deal in and manage securities, advise on securities and manage them (all four business areas have to pay $32,800 in upfront registration, a pplication and annual renewal fees, a 118.7 p er cent hike over what new Class I broker/dealers paid under the old Act. Its huge. Thats a big hurdle, one capital m arkets veteran, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Tribune Business yesterday ofthe new fee structure. Theyve been told theyve got to pay for t hemselves. The other problem is that the amount if regulatory stuff they have to do has grown exponentially. But this really stops startu ps from the domestic community, because of the amount of capital required. Its going to be counterproductive. The Securities Commission has attempted to l essen the blow, requiring new licensees to pay only the full application, registration and annual renewal fee for its primary activity,w ith lower, fixed amounts for each additional service category. Explaining the rationale for the fee increas e s, the Commission said in its White Paper that the fee structure had not changed since 1999. It also hinted that the Government want ed to stop subsidising it, to the tune of $1-$2 m illion per annum, from the Consolidated Fund (Bahamian taxpayers Whilst the Commission is committed to r unning its affairs efficiently so as to keep the financial burden on regulated entities to a minimum, increases to the current fee frame-w ork are necessary to allow the Commission to e nhance its supervisory regime to keep pace with changes in the domestic and global mar ketplace, the regulator added. Through the Caribbean Regional Technic al Assistance Centre (CARTAC rities Commission said it had hired a consultant w ho benchmarked the proposed fee structure a gainst the likes of the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Singapore and T rinidad & Tobago. The regulators costs were also factored in. F iling fees and administrative fees will also b e levied to support the Securities Commissions work on behalf of licensees in terms of d ealing with regulatory filings and processing requests. In an earlier interview with Tribune Busin ess, P hilip Stubbs, its executive chairman said: T his is now a rule that has to be in place for the Act to go live on a new feer egime we are proposing. We are doing the w hite paper to have a 45-day consultation p eriod, so that the industry can review it and gives us feedback before we write the final rule. What we did was that we benchmarked w ith other jurisdictions we compete against to ensure that, while we increase the fees to have the funding to run the Commission ino rder to regulate the industry, weve e nsured that we have ended up with pro posed fees that are competitive compared to some of the other jurisdictions. H e added: Essentially we looked at the f ees that are under the current Securities Industry Act, and we are just mapping those fees forward into the new Act. There are some changes because under the newA ct licensing and registration is a bit dif f erent; we have four categories that you are licensed under. Its a little bit different than the a pproach we use now, so there had to be a c hange in the way the fees are worked out. FROM page one COMMISSION EYES FEE RISES UP TO 118% FROM page one REAL ESTATE SUCK AS OFF 30-40%


BUSINESS PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE COMMONWEALTH OFTHE BAHAMAS 2009/CLE/QUI/o01436 I N THE SUPREME COURT EQUITY SIDE I N THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1 959 AND IN THE MATTER OF The Petition of Franklin B urnside AND IN THE MATTER OF ALLTHATtract of land containing 4,973 square feet bring lot No. 23 Richville Subdivision NO.3 in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. N OTICE THE PETITION OF FRANKLIN BURNSIDE in respect of: IN THE MATTER OFALLTHAT tract of land containing 4,973 square feet bring lot No. 23 Richville Subdivision NO.3 in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Franklin Burnside claim to be the owner of the unencumbered fee simple estate in possession of the said land and has madean application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section Three (3of the Quieting Ti tIes Act, 1959 to have their title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act. Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land can hours: East Street North, Nassau, Bahamas; 2. The Chambers of Commonwealth Law Advocates, Duncanson House, 79 Montrose Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas or right to dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition snaIl on or before the expiration of ents, tile in the Supreme COUlt or serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his claim in the prescribed a bar to such claims. COMMONWEALTH LAWADVOCATES Duncanson House 79 Montrose Avenue Nassau, Bahamas sibly trim there. The market itself has dropped almost $1 s ince the season opened to today's date. It's s omething we're looking at. If we're going to stay in the market we're going to have to get our prices in line. The fishermen are going to have to understand that you're dealing with global competition. CARICOMs Office of Trade Negotiations ( OTN), in a bulletin on the regions crawfish i ndustry and trade volumes, said the Bahamas was its top exporting member state based on 2009 data, accounting for 86 per cent some $60.372 million of its total $70.2 million crawfish exports for that year, even though its prices are 20 per cent higher than the global average. M r McKinney further told Tribune Business: We're hoping we see some signs of pickup in early November, but if there is no pickup we're going to have to look at dropping the price we pay for the product. In the next week or so we're going to have to make a decision to b ring our prices in line with world prices. That means we're going to have to drop our prices b y $0.50 to $0.75. That's something the fisherm an are going to have to understand." Adrian LaRoda, president of the Bahamas C ommercial Fishermens Alliance (BCFA told Tribune Business: Weve always kept our supply consistent with demand, producing a quality product in terms of the six ounce to eight ounce tails. Weve been able to keep our prices consistent. While we may be 20 per cent higher than the global market, that 20 per cent hasb een the norm for the past 10 years more or less. H e added: From the supplier to the wholes aler were being paid $7 to $8.25 per pound, a nd the wholesaler would then retail that to the d omestic consumer for about $11.25 to $12 per pound. The export is another thing. A ccording to the OTN, the Bahamas was the second leading exporter, behind Brazil, of crawfish to the US in 2009, a market that con s umed 51 per cent of CARICOMs total e xports. The Bahamas was Frances main supplier o f frozen rock lobster in 2009, capturing almost a third of the import sales, the OTN bulletin added. The Bahamas continued to outcompete exporters from Cuba, Spain, Nicaragua, the US and Australia, even though it is not price competitive with these markets. Spain and Nicaragua receive the same trade p references as the Bahamas does under the E conomic Partnership Agreement (EPA have expanded their crawfish exports to France by 12 per cent and 36 per cent per annum between 2005-2009. The US, too, even though paying a 12.5 per cent tariff to access the French crawfish market, still managed toe xpand their sales by 2 per cent per annum o ver the same period. The tariffs on this product seem to work in conjunction with the price competitiveness of the product, as some countries penetrated the market even without any of the trade prefer-e nces that may be benefiting exporters from the Bahamas, the OTN added. T he Bahamas was also labelled as the top exporter of frozen rock lobster to Belgium in 2009, and based on preliminary data maintained their top market position in 2010.A gain aided by its duty-free preferential market access to Belgium, the Bahamas beat the likes of Nicaragua, the United Arab Emirates,E cuador, France, the Netherlands and Germ any. The Bahamas was the most dynamic exporter of frozen rock lobster to Belgium, a s between 2005 and 2009 export volume expanded by 132 per cent per annum, and export sales by 43 per cent per annum, theO TN said. While the Bahamas and CARIC OM exporters accounted for 70 per cent of crawfish imports by Canada in 2009, the OTN warned: Based on preliminary data for 2010, the Bahamas is expected to lose significant import sales to countries including China and Brazil, which now seem to have the Canadianf rozen rock lobster market in their cross hairs. And it added that the preferential 5 per cent tariff that Bahamian crawfish products currently entered Canada under, via the CARIBCAN trade agreement, were due to expire at y ear-end 2011. of the device, FinCEN said. This product attribute, as FinCEN's cooperation and consultation with law e nforcement has indicated, may enable the anonymous transfer or concealed trans-p ort of illicit funds across t he US border. It added, though, that credit cards and debit cards were excluded from the proposal, as were codes and personal identificationn umbers (PINs likes of computers or webenabled cell phones. R esponding to the development, Mr Rolle said: The first question that comes to mind is how are they going to police that? I would not have thought that would be an issue. The Chamber chief added that some persons transiting US Customs might forget, or not be aware, that they had such items on them. The ques tion is: How is it going to be policed?, Mr Rolle said. You fill out the declaration wrongly, that you dont have it, and they find it on you. Do they then take legal recourse? Are you going to check all the cards in their possession. But, with the number of Bahamians using such stored value cards present ly unknown, Mr Rolle said: I really have no idea how much of an impact that will have as it relates to our local market. "The proposal we're releasing is a further step in our staged approach, building upon our newlyimplemented regulations of prepaid access, in a coordinated effort with law enforcement to shine a light on the transfer of money obtained through illicit activity," said Fin CEN director James H. Freis, Jr. "Reporting tangible pre paid access devices puts another tool at the disposal of law enforcement to interrupt the transfer of monetary value anony mously across international borders when that value was obtained illegally." Crawfish exporter mulling price cuts FROM page one CHAMBER CHIEF QUES TIONS HOW US C ARD PLANS TO BE POLICED FROM page one


BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011, PAGE 7B NEW YORK A ssociated Press N EW SIGNSof division among European leaders over how to handle the region's debt crisis led to confusion on financial markets Thursday. Stock indexes rose, fell, rose back again and then ended the day more or less where they started. As they have been doing for weeks now, traders remain focused on the latest hope for a resolution to Europe's debt crisis: this time, a weekend summit of E uropean leaders. The Dow Jones industrial average moved between g ains and losses all day before ending up 37.16 points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 11,541.78. The Dow had been down as many as 113 points shortly after noon. The Dow is 0.3 percent below where it started the year, and is headed for its first down week after three weeks of gains. Banks T rading was choppy as talks across the Atlantic appeared to falter because of differences between Germany and France over how to protect Europeanb anks from the consequences of a default by the Greek government. Later in the day stocks rose slightly on news that a second summit meeting would take place next week after it became clear that France a nd Germany would not be able to bridge their difference in time for the meeting Sunday. A messy default by Greece could lead to deep losses f or European banks that hold Greek debt. If that l eads them to pull back on lending to each other, it c ould cause another freeze in global credit markets like the one in late 2008 after Lehman Brothers collapsed. T he Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 5.51 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,215.39. T he Nasdaq composite lost 5.42 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,598.62. U.S. Treasury prices also fluctuated sharply as the l atest news from Europe crossed, before ending about where they were a day earlier. The yield on the 10y ear Treasury note was 2.18 percent late Thursday compared with 2.16 percent late Wednesday. Trading Stock indexes had edged higher in early trading a fter the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said regional manufacturing was "showing signs of recovery." Its index of manufacturing, shipments and new orders was far better than economists had forecast.A n unexpected drop in the index spurred a stock mark et sell-off in August. Other economic reports were mixed. The Labor Department said new applications for unemployment benefits dropped to 403,000 last week, a sign that lay offs are easing. On the down side, sales of previouslyoccupied homes dipped 3 percent last month. Among stocks making big moves, Newfield Explo r ation plunged 14.8 percent, the largest decline in the S &P 500 index. The oil and gas producer reported dis appointing third-quarter results and cut its production forecast for the year. Union Pacific Corp., the country's largest railroad, surged after its earnings came in well ahead of ana lysts' estimates. The company gained 4 percent after reporting that its income trumped forecasts. It also said it expects the growth to continue. Southwest Airlines rose 4.5 percent after reporting income that was a penny per share higher than analysts predicted. AT&T Inc. lost 0.3 percent after reporting that the number of new iPhones activated last quarter was the lowest in a year and a half. The New York Times jumped 9.2 percent after the company reported higher profits than expected. Casino operator Wynn Resorts Ltd. said that it turned a profit in the third quarter after posting a loss a year ago, but the results still fell short of Wall Street's estimates. Its stock lost 5.3 percent. STOCKS END MIXED AS EUROPE HAGGLES OVER DEBT FIX A MAN walks by the e lectronic stock board o f a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 as the benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average rose 170.54 points to end morning session a t 8776.16. Asian s tocks surged Tuesday a fter a pledge by European leaders to protect the region's banks against a continentwide debt crisis and Beijing's move to buy the shares of major Chin ese lenders. (AP


T HETRIBUNE SECTIONEFRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . M ARATHON B AHAMAS: EVERYONE WHO CROSSES THE FINISH LINE IS A WINNER NFL ACTION: BACK IN DOLPHINS TERRITORY, TEBOW TO MAKE HIS FIRST START OF YEAR WORLD SERIES BASEBALL: RANGERS RALL Y IN THE 9TH, BEAT CARDINALS TO EVEN SERIES EURO LEAGUE SOCCER: UDINESE COMPOUNDS A TLETICOS WOES RUGBY WORLD CUP: THE FRENCH INTEND TO GIVE IT A BIG TR Y IN THE FINAL T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net A LEADING amateur boxing club in the Bahamas is all set to wrap up one of its landmark events this weekend. Champion Amateur Boxing Club is slated to host the final weekend of its 18th Annual L Garth Wright Golden Gloves Tournament. Action in the ring is scheduled to get underway 4pm Saturday, October 15 at LW Young Junior High School. Based on the outcome and productivity in week one, CABC executive Ray Minus Jr expects the trend to continue in week two. Quite a few of our young boxers were able to make their debuts and that is awesome because we are trying to get more kids involved in the programme, that is our aim, Minus Jr said. We are very excited about this next week. Many kids are preparing who have not fought yet and are looking to make their debuts. We are looking at about 20 matches. We are able to put on many fights in a short space of time. Week one featured 10 bouts and the event continues to feature some of the rising amateur fighters in the country. So many successful good things came out of this programme and this show in particular, some of the biggest names in Bahamian boxing today. Even persons who went on to have thriving professional careers in all walks of life, not just in boxing. It has produced Olympic boxers, Com monwealth boxers and Bahamian champions and we are happy to be able to continue this event. Awards, including the L Garth Wright Award, will be presented to the boxers for the best fight of the night, most improved boxer and MVP of the night. "This will give the boys a wealth of experience in the country," said Minus Jr. The visiting Inagua contingent is very excited about the show and they have indicated that they would like to compete in all of the weekend shows. 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. Minus Jr announced that plans are set in motion to develop a thriv ing after-school boxing programme, beginning with a small selection of schools. I want to encourage a lot of parents to get their kids involved in the amateur boxing programme. It is an after-school programme at LW Young and Champion Amateur Boxing Club is spearheading that. A whole ton of kids from DW Davis and CI Gibson still train at our headquarters on Wulff Road so the programme is growing, Minus Jr said. LW Young is about to issue a challenge to the boxers of DW Davis very soon so we want to see how big we can take this after-school boxing programme. 1 1 8 8 t t h h L L G G a a r r t t h h W W r r i i g g h h t t G G o o l l d d e e n n G G l l o o v v e e s s Week One Results Edwin McClain d. Tyrek Hall, 9-6 Sharrach Major d. Dashon Johnson, 11-7 Paul Rolle d. Joseph Rolle, 9-8 Don Rolle d. Tavio Adderley, 1211 Daniel Smith d. Edwin McClain, 8-5 Javano Collins d. Colyn Johnson, 10-8 Devante McPhee d. Bancroft Thompson, 15-10 E E x x h h i i b b i i t t i i o o n n M M a a t t c c h h e e s s Jason Rolle v. Kobe Rolle Justin Sawyer v. Absolam Sturrup Brian Ferguson v. Shaquiile Davis Garth Wright Golden Gloves tourney in final weekend By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net A nother week, another dynamic performance for Demetrius Ferguson as he continues an historic season in Canadas Atlantic Football League. Fergusons 80-yard touchdown punt return sparked the Holland Hurricanes 22-14 win over defending AFL champions UNB Saint John Seawolves. Fergusons score came just four minutes into the game to put the Hurricanes ahead early as they improved to 4-0 in the conference (5-1 overall He took in the punt on his own 30-yard line and then wove his way through defenders before sailing up the sidelines, leaving three Seawolves in his wake. A failed point-after attempt left the score at 6-0. We played great all game, now we can say we have the best defense in our conference, Ferguson said. But we host that team again next week, and they are the defending champions, so we have to beat them again, he added. The rest of the first quarter was marked by numerous big defensive plays by both teams as Holland took a slim 8-7 lead into the dressing room. Hurricanes running back Dave Clark scored first in the second half to take a 14-7 lead for Holland College. They held a one-score lead at 22-14, when Fergusons heroics would seal the game and the victory. Ferguson caught an interception and returned it 40 yards to end the Seawolves comeback hopes late in the fourth quarter. He was also named Holland College Hurricanes APM Construction Services Special Teams Player of the Game. Next week, the Hurricanes are slated to face Saint John on the road to complete the series with the Seawolves at 8pm. FERGUSONS 80-YARD TD SPARKS HURRICANES 22-14 WIN MAKING A SPLASH: Bahamian swimmers McKayla Lightbourn (inset and Elvis Burrows had a strong showing yesterday at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. In the 200m back, Lightbourn clocked 2.23.74 to finish ninth out of 20 competitors, just missing the finals which only features the top eight. And Burrows, in the 50m free, finished 12th overall in a time of 23.26 seconds. Swimmers 9th, 12th overall Ray Minus Jr says after-school boxing programme thriving RAY MINUS JR MCKAYLA LIGHTBOURN ELVIS BURROWS


THE Yellowbird Foundation (Canada Marathon Bahamas 2012 for whatis now their fourth annual travel trade run in the Caribbean islands. Comprised of members of the Canadian travel industry, this nonprofit organisation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in the Caribbean through their commitment to promoting and supporting local education programmes, in addition to providing financial and infrastructure support to schools. With golf as the main sporting event for many years among the travel industry members, we wanted to reach out and engage a new audience that we never had before and running was the perfect fit, said Gerry Kinasz, one of Yellowbirds founding members. Due to the surging popularity of the sport, coupled with an international appeal and the association of supporting a charity, the Yellowbird Foundation had a winning combination. With a team made up of Canadian travel agents and suppliers, the Yellowbird Foundation experienced its first Bahamas Marathon race earlier this year. My race experience in the Bahamas was exceptional. Perfect running weather, beautiful scenery and well supported with race volunteers. Definitely a race I would recommend, Kinasz said. Cheryl Babulal, of Ensemble Travel in Toronto, said the last Marathon Bahamas was my very first international race and it will always be my most memorable. My heartfelt thanks to all the race organisers and volunteers, she added. In an effort to give back to the local communities, the Yellowbird Foundation encourages all team members to raise funds through pledges and this year was no exception. With the assistance of the Bahamas Training and Education Department, a local school, the Centre for the Deaf in Nassau was identified as the beneficiary for this years project. For more information on Marathon Bahamas and to register, visit www.marathonbahamas.com M M A A R R K K K K N N O O W W L L E E S S C C E E L L E E B B R R I I T T Y Y I I N N V V I I T T . MARK Knowles is pleased to announce the annual Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational is set to be held December 1-4 at the Atlantis resort by presenting sponsor MDC-Partners and organised by the Mark Knowles Management Group (MKMG This years featured players are Andy Roddick, Xavier Malisse and Sabine Lisicki with some additional stars to be announced at a later date. The organisers plan to hold a Pro/Am doubles tournament for platinum sponsors, a Pro Exhibition and an opportunity for top Bahamian junior tennis players to inter act with the visiting pros. C C O O N N C C H H M M A A N N T T R R I I A A T T H H L L O O N N THE 25th annual Conch man Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The event will comprise of a one-kilometre swim, a 25k bike ride and a 5k run. Persons can register by logging onto the Facebook Event Page, e-mail organiser Bert Bell at bertbell@coralwave.com or calling him at 727-5886 or 7275381. B B A A H H A A M M A A S S B B A A S S E E B B A A L L L L F F E E D D E E R R A A T T I I O O N N A A G G M M THE Bahamas Baseball Federations annual general meeting and election of offi cers is set for Saturday, November 12 in the boardroom of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. In order to be eligible for any of the positions, interested persons should note that the nomination deadline is October 28. All nominations must be turned in to the BBFs secretary general Ted dy Sweeting. B B A A S S E E B B A A L L L L L L E E G G E E N N D D S S G G A A M M E E THE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has requested that the Bahamas Baseball Federation leado rganisations to co-ordinate t he upcoming Legends Base ball Game in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, scheduled for 6pm November 5 at Govern ment House. As a result of the request, the federation has released the following schedule of games: Saturday, November 5 10 am Game one 12:30pm Game two C C Y Y C C L L I I N N G G T T O O U U R R D D E E N N E E W W P P R R O O V V I I D D E E N N C C E E THE Tour de New Provi dence will be held over the weekend of October 29-30, starting and finishing at the Clifton Heritage Park parking lot at Clifton Pier. There will be a race for the competitive cyclists and noncompetitive cyclists. Prizes will also be presented to the oldest and youngest participants. For more information, persons can visit musgrovebarron@hotmail.com or call 425-1057. T T R R A A C C K K B B S S C C T T R R A A C C K K A A N N D D F F I I E E L L D D M M E E E E T T THE Baptist Sports Councils 2011 Rev Dr Enoch Backfords Track and Field Classic is set for 10am Satur day, October 22, at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. SPORTS PAGE 2E, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS SPORTS IN BRIEF FOR the past two years, a group of employees in the Bahamas Tourist Office in Plantation, Florida, have been engaged in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Team BTO-Plantation Weight Loss Challenge, has been focusing on proper nutrition and exercise with p ositive results, including a h igher energy level along with a greater sense of well-being. Participation in the third annual Marathon Bahamas Race Weekend marathon events (full and half the culmination of a sixmonth training programme to engender physical fitness, mental toughness, team camaraderie and a high sense of accomplishment. Team BTO captain Earl Miller boasts that the goal of the group is to compete and complete the marathon or half marathon. And, at the end, check this accomplishment off of their bucket list. Each person crossing the finish line will be a winner and those completing the marathon will then be in the elite status one per cent of the worlds population who have achieved this accomplishment. For all of the participants, this will be their first venture in long-distance running and t hey are very proud to be m aking their statement at h ome, in the Bahamas, at Marathon Bahamas during the US Martin Luther King Birthday weekend. The brave persons who are expected to be competing in the half marathon and marathon are Andrew Adderley, Kerry Fountain, Jeannie Gibson, Rosie Gomez, Bridgette King, Hilda James, Earl Miller, Kara Manouzi, Mariam Manigault, Anita Patty, Cecile Torrence, and Karen Wring. During their ongoing training schedule, the group is constantly reminded of Bill Buffums comment: The marathon is not really about the marathon. Its about the shared struggle, and its not only the marathon, but the training. For more information and to register for Marathon Bahamas, visit www.marathonbahamas.com FOR BTO RUNNERS, EVERYONE WHO CROSSES FINISH LINE IS A WINNER YELLOWBIRD FOUNDATION ALL SET FOR MARATHON BAHAMAS RETURN My race experience in the Bahamas was exceptional. Perfect running weather, beautiful s cenery and well supported with race volunteers. Definitely a race I would recommend. Yellowbird Foundation founder Gerry Kinasz FRESH START: The third annual Marathon Bahamas race weekend is all set for January 14-15, 2012.


SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011, PAGE 3E CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS LEAGUE DOUBLE PLAY: Here are some more photo highlights as the Catholic Board of Education continued its 2011 primary schools basketball league with a double header at Loyola Hall, Gladstone Road, on Wednesday. The Sts Francis & Joseph Shockers rebounded from a tough loss in their last outing to defeat the St Bedes Crushers 34-26. Alex Neely led the winners with 17 points while Lakarious Russell led the Crushers with 17 in the loss. P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Sts Francis & Joseph Shockers vs. St Bedes Crushers ST LOUIS (AP ger of dropping into a serious World Series deficit, the Texas Rangers rallied against St Louis vaunted bullpen for a 2-1 victory last night. Josh Hamilton and Michael Young hit sacrifice flies in the ninth inning to give Texas the win. For the second straight night, Cardinals pinch-hitter Allen Craig greeted reliever Alexi Ogando with a go-ahead single. This time, Craig did it the seventh. In Game 1, his hit in the sixth sent the Cards to a 3-2 win. The Rangers, however, were not done quite yet. Now, after a travel day, they will host Game 3 on Saturday night. Matt Harrison is set to start for the Rangers against Kyle Lohse. Rangers rally in 9th, beat the Cardinals to even Series EVEN SERIES: Texas Rangers Ian Kinsler is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly ball during the ninth inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the St Louis Cardinals last night in St Louis. (AP