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Title:
The Tribune
Uniform Title:
Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau tribune
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Nassau, Bahamas
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Tribune
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2009
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Daily, except Sunday
daily
normalized irregular
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Bahamas

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Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.

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AN early morning standoff between police
and a teenager left the 17-year-old boy in
critical condition after being shot in the stom-
ach yesterday.

Police said the scene unfolded around 1.30
am Sunday in the Victoria Avenue area when
the officer was confronted by the gun-toting
teen.

“A police officer was in the area of Victo-
ria Avenue when he heard the report of gun-
shots and saw several persons running. He
was then confronted by a male who was

Bishop calls for
11 pm curfew

‘Draconian response’
needed islandwide to
combat crime, says
pastor Simeon Hall

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia. net

SEE page nine



IN order to curb the "may-
hem” on the country's streets
Bahamians should impose an
11 pm curfew on themselves
and their children, Bishop
Simeon Hall suggested.

The senior pastor of New
Covenant Baptist Church said
the rising incidents of shoot-
ings and stabbings in the coun-
try demand a “draconian pub-
lic response” instead of relying
on a solution from govern-
ment.

"The Bahamian public must
lead the cause for change, as
politicians, worried about get-
ting re-elected, are not



BISHOP SIMEON HALL



a tragedy to sing the chorus,

Felipé Major | THESE THREE YOUNGSTERS hold hands during this year’s annual Youth March yesterday. Hundreds of youngsters from youth organ-

inclined to take unusual steps
to confront this national night-
mare,” said Mr Hall, in a
statement. "Parents with
teenagers should see that they
are at home before 11 pm
rather than waiting until after

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"My good son’.

"An 11 pm self-imposed
curfew is imperative because
it is clear that those with guns
are intent on wreaking havoc

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JURORS in the
attempted extortion trial
of ex-PLP Senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater and for-
mer ambulance driver
Tarino Lightbourne are
today expected to watch
videotaped meetings
between the accused and
an attorney for Holly-
wood celebrity John Tra-
volta.

On Friday, Senior Jus-
tice Allen decided that

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia. net

THE family of Preston Fer-
guson claims that despite
assurances that further inves-
tigations will be launched into
his death they have been not
been informed of any new
developments.

When contacted two weeks
ago, Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson told The
Tribune that investigations
are continuing and that
“experts” were going to con-
duct a re-enactment of the

SEE page ten

MYSTERY DEATH: Murder or an accident?
Preston Ferguson family:
‘No new developments’



THE FAMILY of Preston Ferguson

alleged accident. However,
the Ferguson family told The
Tribune yesterday that still no

SEE page ten

Cynthia Pratt
endorses Philip
‘Brave’ Davis

DEPUTY Leader of the
Progressive Liberal Party
Cynthia “Mother” Pratt offi-
cially endorsed Philip ‘Brave’
Davis, one of three candidates
vying to replace her when she
steps down at the party's con-
vention.

"We are at a crossroad in
our lives and at a crossroad
in this country. People are
dying, crime is escalating,
respect has gone out the door
long time ago where people
have no concern about lives
anymore and that’s why the

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LOCAL NEWS



0 In brief

Masked

thugs rob
and shoot
man in leg

A JOAN’S Heights resi-
dent was shot in the leg and
robbed by masked gunmen
Sunday morning, according to
police.

According to Superinten-
dent Elsworth Moss, who
heads the Central Detective
Unit, around 5.50 am a 25-
year-old resident of Joan’s
Heights was attending a party
at West Street when he was
held up by two masked men
armed with handguns.

The gunmen robbed the
man of cash and personal
property before they shot him
in his leg. According to Super-
intendent Moss the man’s
injuries are not serious.

Treated

The victim has been treated
and discharged from hospital.

In other crime news, police
quickly arrested an armed
gunman who held up the
owner of a local clothing store
on Friday. According to Supt
Moss around 12.45 pm Friday
a gunman entered the Y
Cares Fashion Store on
Bahama Avenue, held up the
owner and robbed him of
cash and cellular phones.

“As he was exiting the store
he was approached by offi-
cers of the mobile division
who were able to arrest him
and retrieve a .380 pistol from
him and eight live rounds of
ammunition. Also, the items
that were taken were recov-
ered,” Supt Moss said.

The gunman is a resident

of Crooked Island Street,
according to Supt Moss.

Construction
worker falls
to his death

A CONSTRUCTION
worker fell to his death Sat-
urday, according to police.

Superintendent Elsworth
Moss told The Tribune that
around 5.45 pm Saturday,
the 48-year-old man of Fire
Trail Road, whose identity
has not yet been released,
was working at a two-story
building in South West
Ridge when he fell from the
roof. According to Supt
Moss, the man died at that
scene.

Green Parrot
offers reward
after TVs theft

GREEN Parrot is offering
a $1,000 reward for informa-
tion leading to the arrest of
persons who stole three flat
screen televisions from the
popular restaurant.

The reward also applies to
the return of the stolen prop-
erty. Three 42" flat screen
televisions were stolen from
the eatery last week.

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call police urgently on 911,
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Call to end corporal
punishment in schools

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

CORPORAL punishment,
unless administered with a psy-
chological component, is use-
less and should be eliminated
from the school system, a local
family therapist said.

Barrington Brennen, a minis-
ter and nationally certified psy-
chologist in the United States,
said that often those persons
administering corporal punish-
ment are taking the easy way
out by not sitting down and
explaining to young people
what they have done wrong.

"From a research prospective
we know that corporal punish-
ment may have a positive effect
on a person but the punishment
must also involve a psychologi-
cal aspect or emotional involve-
ment. I don't believe that cor-
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old days, par-
ents sat down
with their
children and
explained the
wrong that
they did and
the children
sometimes had
to apologise before they were
physically punished.

"Thirdly, if you are physical-
ly punishing a child at the age of
16 for the same thing that you
are doing (for a child) at age 9
you have failed — that's includ-
ing the school system. Physical
punishment should end by the
time the child starts the teen
years and (a disciplinarian)
should by then have included
techniques that are more pow-
erful," Mr Brennen told The
Tribune. He added that those
who subscribe to the Christian

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ideology of “spare the rod spoil
the child” often don't realise
that effective discipline involves
more than just spanking a child.

"In the Bible the word obey
is used over 1,100 times, over
900 times the Hebrew transla-
tion of obey is to hear — mean-
ing that it implies that obedi-
ence involves teaching and
instruction.

“Tt's hearing and transferring
what you hear into workable
models of life,” he said, adding
that whenever physical punish-
ment left behind bruises visible
a day later it crossed the line
into abuse.

Violence

He also added that many
people believe that violence in
the public school system esca-
lated when government took
away teacher's rights of admin-
istering physical punishment in
the classrooms.

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didn't teach the teachers how
to provide effective discipline
without corporal punishment,"
said Mr Brennen. "Teachers felt
disarmed, they felt like some-
thing was taken from them
because they had no other skill
to provide punishment.

"When a teacher physically
punishes a disobedient child,
you have to ask is that child
coming from a disciplined envi-
ronment?

“What is that child going to
learn from this, can he reason
effectively, can he use this inci-
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in the class, it's only reinforc-
ing that anger with them."

According to the Ministry of
Education, corporal punishment
is a legal form of disciple in pub-
lic schools but only when car-
ried out by a senior mistress,
senior master, principal or vice-
principal.

About two weeks ago, a 15-
year-old C I Gibson student
claimed she was hit by a school
official with a metal rod
wrapped in black tape and left
with black and blue bruises on
her right arm and buttocks.
Education Minister Carl Bethel
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE





The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS 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.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

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Dangers of irresponsible slogans

IN THIS column on Thursday we pub-
lished Thomas Friedman’s New York Times
article that stirred up a heated debate in the
US because it equated the atmosphere of
hate being built up around President Obama
by his right wing opponents with the bitter
atmosphere created by extreme right wing
settlers and politicians against Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin that ended in his
assassination in 1995.

Friedman, an authority on the Middle
East, who at the time of Rabin’s assassina-
tion was in Israel interviewing him, warned
of the dangers now being fomented in the
United States by irresponsible smear cam-
paigns being spread by politicians, chat show
hosts, blogs and the ill-informed — all under
the guise of freedom of speech.

Some brainless American wag protested
that Americans can talk the violent talk, but
would never commit the unthinkable sin —
they weren’t like the firebrands in the Mid-
dle East, or so he claimed. He forgets that
Man —no matter his colour or culture —
will, under certain conditions, commit the
unthinkable. What makes Americans so dif-
ferent? Don’t they live in a country that in
the course of its relatively short history assas-
sinated four presidents and made unsuc-
cessful attempts on 11 others?

In Israel in the early nineties Prime Min-
ister Rabin faced the same vicious taunts
from the extreme right when he made his-
tory by starting the first official Israeli nego-
tiations with the PLO.

The incitement started with the politicians
in parliament calling Rabin a “friend of ter-
rorists.” It was picked up in the streets and
mushroomed into images of Rabin, a Jew, in
Arab dress, and in Nazi uniform.

Now let’s turn to the US. During the
presidential campaign Sarah Palin, for exam-
ple, called Obama a “pal of terrorists.” And
what’s wrong with that? What is wrong is
that not only is it not true, but as America is
now waging a global war on terrorists, any-
one who is a friend of a terrorist is a traitor
to his country, and should be eliminated. In
our country such an accusation would be
defamation — an accusation that exposes a
man to hatred, ridicule or contempt by his
peers.

But Americans, many of whom in our
opinion don’t know the difference between
freedom and licence, cannot see the dan-
gers in what they are doing. They say they
are protected by their First Amendment —
freedom of speech. Unfortunately, too many
of them have not yet learned how to use
this freedom responsibly.

Early last month an elderly American of
Armenian background was arrested because
he tried to grab and destroy a flier being

passed out by supporters of a politician that
likened Obama’s health care proposals to
the Nazi extermination of the Jews and oth-
er “undesirables.”

Those handing out the fliers called police,
accused the old man of assault, and had him
arrested. He explained that his was an emo-
tional reaction on seeing the fliers to what he
and his family had suffered under the Nazis.
As a child in Armenia he had witnessed the
horrors of Nazi Germany — two of his
uncles killed, his father wounded and his
brother starved to death. And so when he
saw these Nazi posters of the president he
admits that his reaction was “personal and
emotional.”

He complained of being taken to court
because of an attempt by “an old man who
says that you cannot insult the president
with this outrageous campaign.”

These posters are being displayed every-
where — whether sensible Americans like
them or not — they show Obama as Hitler
with the Fuehrer’s silly little moustache
painted under his nose. It is indeed offensive.

As the Armenian said: “I saw Hitler’s
soldiers. I saw swastikas every day. To call
Obama stupid, even criminal — okay, that’s
politics. But Hitler? It’s hurting to anyone no
matter who is president.”

Here in the Bahamas anyone whose pro-
paganda would stir up such anger and hatred
that violence would erupt would be locked
up in Fox Hill prison accused of incitement
to riot or violence.

But not so in America — they abuse their
First Amendment right and get away with it.

If they are against President Obama’s
health care plan, then bring sensible and
constructive arguments to the table, but to
try to defeat a plan that they do not like or
understand by lies and propaganda illus-
trates the depth of their ignorance.

We often thought that if we lived in the
US we would be a Republican, but the irre-
sponsible behaviour now on display with so-
called responsible Republicans sitting in the
background with smirky smiles instead of
condemning the behaviour of their support-
ers, leaves us with nothing but contempt for
the lot of them.

In the meantime, while Americans are
scrapping among themselves, the Chinese
put on a magnificent display on Wednesday
to celebrate the strides they have made in
their 60 years as a Communist nation.

This is a country that has achieved much
through hard work, determination and dis-
cipline.

Meanwhile, Americans should stop their
petty bickering, consider what is happening
in the world and give their future in that
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Farming groups
must help solve
Haitian diaspora

EDITOR, The Tribune.

In response to your editorial,
“Haitian Problem Need Solu-
tion” you lay the blame at the
foot of successive governments
who in my view have turned a
blind eye to this very seething
and vexing dilemma.

However, unlike the United
States, the Bahamas did not put
forth a clarion call to “bring us
your poor, your huddled mass-
es.” Clearly, the farming con-
glomerates who brought in the
labourers and the second home
owners who continue to employ
these illegals have a fiduciary
responsibility to assist the gov-
ernment in solving this prob-
lem. It is unconscionable to
think that special interest
groups can bring in undocu-
mented immigrants and not
expect their spouses and chil-
dren to follow them.

Then these companies fold
up, leaving the people bereft of
everything. In steps the gov-
ernment to initiate a roundup.
The government is under pres-
sure. It has a country of 350,000
and is expected to bear the bur-
den of a country of 11,000,000
— in other words a country that
is 37 times the population of
the Bahamas. Whenever there
is aroundup people rush to the
US media and the Human
Rights groups and bad mouth

LETTERS

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the people are here illegally and
employed by both Bahamians
and white immigrants. Where
is the responsible relatedness?
Who is responsible for the
inflicted suffering of those who
are being roundup? Should not
those who hire be charged?
Continuing, the illegal immi-
grant needs to do everything in
his/her power to do the right
thing in order to stay in the
country. If you remember, just
before independence there was
a book at Government House
where everyone who was not a
Bahamian was asked to sign the
book in order to be granted cit-
izenship. Very few people
believed in the government so
they did not sign in. All who
signed were given citizenship.
Now, I am not letting the suc-
cessive governments off the
hook completely. They have
been slack and allowed the ille-
gals to do whatever they wished
with impunity. They leech
water and electricity from gov-
ernment, build without permits
on public and private lands,
have ministers of religion and
justices of the peace prepare
fraudulent documents for them.

In other words John Marquis’
writings are fulfilled before our
very eyes here on Abaco.

People who have been
granted citizenship should not
be allowed to live in the Mudd.
They should move out; other-
wise they are perpetuating what
needs to be uprooted.

Residents of Marsh Harbour
who are 50 plus and were born
here know that behind the
SDA church that area was an
enormous blue hole with a gut-
ter running to the sea. This was
filled in when Sir Roland
Symonette filled it in when the
first dock was built. The sea
always reclaims its own and its
only a matter of time before
this reclamation occurs. Just
one of the reasons why the
Mudd and the Peas need to be
vacated.

No one can underestimate
the contribution of the bona
fide Haitian worker. The prob-
lem now is the growing num-
ber of the undocumented ones
who are coming but with not
the same agenda as those of the
60s and 70s.

The farming conglomerates
and the employers of the cays
must help to solve the Haitian
diaspora here in Abaco.

A CONCERNED
ABACONIAN
Abaco,

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September 10, 2009.

Disgusted hy myopic and narrow-minded attitude

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I want to address a matter that was brought up
in a recent letter to the editor in which the writer
attempted to portray Dr Bernard Nottage as a
traitor for the sin of proposing to challenge for
the leadership of the PLP. There is a perception
by some PLPs that a challenge to one of the
leadership positions, especially the position of
Leader of the party is some sort of betrayal; that
you are not a loyal PLP if you challenge the lead-
ership. I am disgusted and repulsed by this
myopic and narrow-minded attitude.

The main point attempted by the letter writer
creatively named Abraham Moss was that Dr
Bernard Nottage is a traitor for indicating that he
may consider a run for the leadership of the PLP.
People like Mr Moss seem to feel that only a
traitor would consider a challenge for the lead-
ership of his party. They conveniently forget that
Mr Christie himself was estranged from the PLP
for six years, he ran against the PLP in 1987 with
the help of the FNM yet he emerged later as
leader of the party. I wonder if people like Mr
Moss know how Mr Christie was accepted back
into the PLP? Do they realise who brokered the
deal for him to meet with Sir Lynden? I suggest
that Mr Moss and all those who now laud Mr
Christie and attempt to condemn Dr Nottage
should go and check the history. A selfish sense
of entitlement is destroying the PLP.

I would think that PLPs would welcome new
blood. After several years of uninspired leader-
ship and a party machinery that has become dys-
functional, the party is in critical need of an over-
haul. The same way an engine is recharged by a
comprehensive service job a political party should
be rejuvenated and invigorated by the election of
new leadership. Why those with a vested interest
in maintaining the status quo and a weakened
party should be allowed to continue to run the

party in a downward spiral is a mystery to me. It
is obvious that these persons have no intention of
bowing out gracefully or with dignity so they
must be rooted out.

If I were Mr Moss my time and energies would
be more directed at addressing the machinery
of the organisation which under this present
Chairman and leader is crumbling. I would be
more interested in resuscitating the finances of
the party which are nearly nonexistent and is
unable to get credit almost anywhere. If I were
Mr Moss and people of his ilk I would be very
worried about the party’s ability to attract qual-
ified persons of integrity to offer as candidates for
the next election. If I were Mr Moss I would
worry about the public's view that the PLP is a
party of corruption and one that is undemocrat-
ic. This view is only strengthened and reinforced
by the leader's refusal to demand that Mr Wilch-
combe resign as convention chairman while run-
ning for deputy leader of the party. The fact that
Mr Wilchcombe who frequently talks of the
importance of doing what’s right sees nothing
wrong in perpetuating this perception speaks
volumes in my opinion of his suitability for high-
er office within the party.

Clean and fair elections in the PLP during this
convention will do wonders for the image of the
PLP. No padding of delegates, no last minute
addition to the already ridiculous numbers of
stalwart councillors and no political intrigue. So
let’s go Fred, let’s go BJ, let’s go Paul, let’s go
Brave, let’s go Shane, let’s go Jerome, let’s go
Bradley, let’s go Glenys and let’s go Obie but first
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Pledge to restore fire-hit
St Francis Xavier Cathedral

CATHOLIC Archbishop Patrick Pinder
says the archdiocese is “fully committed” to
the restoration of the original St Francis
Xavier Cathedral that was ravaged by fire
last month.

In a statement read in all Catholic
churches yesterday Archbishop Pinder said,
“As Archbishop, I wish to assure Roman
Catholics and all interested Bahamians that
the archdiocese is fully committed to the
restoration of the church and to do it with
all due care and attention.”

The interior of the original St Francis
Xavier Cathedral, the oldest Roman
Catholic church in the Bahamas, was exten-
sively damaged by fire on Friday, Septem-
ber 25. An electrical short-circuit reportedly
sparked the blaze.

“To us the old St Francis building is more
than just timber, stone and mortar and
more than the appointments that adorned
it. It represents a victory over prejudices
Roman Catholics first experienced in estab-
lishing the faith in these islands; it repre-
sents the devotion and generosity of the
Catholics who contributed to the building
fund and construction and the church’s
development and maintenance for a period
that bridges three centuries. It represents
122 years of precious worship of sacra-
ments,” Archbishop Pinder stated.

The cornerstone of the original St Fran-
cis Xavier Cathedral was laid on August 25,
1885 and the first mass was said there on
November 7 of the following year. St Fran-

FIRE left a blackened shell inside the cathedral.

cis Xavier was officially dedicated on Feb-
ruary 1887 under the auspices of Arch-
bishop Michael A Corrigan of New York.

“While charring soot and twisted metal
were disturbing; we found evidence of a
wonderful miracle in what was preserved,”
the Archbishop stated. “At first assessment
we believe that all the religious icons and
objects and objects of faith can be rescued,
although the exercise is likely to be costly.
The old paintings are covered in soot and
will not doubt require expert intervention,”



Archbishop Pinder stated.

Archbishop Pinder said that “because
of its age and what it stands for, it should be
considered invaluable part of the historic,
religious and social patrimony of the
Bahamas.”

“We are absolutely committed to the
restoration of this sacred space which
means so much to so many of us both here
at home and abroad. With the Lord’s guid-
ance and help we will complete it in good
order.”

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FORMER Director of the
Department of Lands and
Surveys Tex Turnquest is
expected to testify at a public
hearing before the Select
Committee on Crown land
this morning.

Mr Turnquest resigned
from the department in May
amidst controversy stemming
from allegations of nepotism
within the department. The
move came after a series of
articles in The Tribune report-
ed that relatives of the former
director — including his moth-
er-in-law — were granted
prime beach-front Crown land
in Exuma for less than $2,500
between 2001 and 2003.

During the committee's first
session last week, it was stated
that Mr Turnquest was asked
to resign because he could not
reasonably explain how sev-
eral beach-front parcels of
Crown land granted to his rel-
atives were fast-tracked
through the backlogged sys-
tem.

Mr Turnquest also could
not reasonably explain to
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, the minister responsible

for lands, why the applicants
in question all used the same
lawyer and realtor for the
transactions, the committee
was told.

This was revealed by David
Davis, permanent secretary in
the Office of the Prime Min-
ister and the Ministry of Land
and Local Government.

Earlier this year, The Tri-
bune also reported that sev-
eral other officials in the
Department of Lands and
Surveys - current Undersec-
retary in the Ministry of Lands
and Surveys Audley Greaves
and the Chief Housing Offi-
cer Christopher Russell - were
being questioned by Ministry
officials about Crown land
granted their wives and other
relatives.

According to documenta-
tion obtained by this newspa-
per, Mr Greaves’ wife and son
were both granted lots on the
island of Abaco in 2003 and
2004 respectively.

Mr Greaves’ son, received a
15,625 square foot lot on
Wood Cay, Abaco for
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THE country needs new
direction to curtail rising inci-
dents of "inhumane" crimes
and soaring unemployment
rates, said Opposition MP
Philip “Brave” Davis.

Speaking before a group of
PLP stalwart councillors over
the weekend, the deputy
leader candidate said the cur-
rent government lacks direc-
tion with Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham "bankrupt"
of solutions to the myriad of
problems affecting the nation.

"Today, the Bahamas is in a
fight for its very
existence. Crime has gotten to
a point where our murder rate
is more than four times higher
than that of the United
States! Everyday there are
reports of heinous, brazen
murders — every murder
seemingly more inhumane
and colder than the one
before. Our people are get-
ting killed as they try to live
their lives as best as they can,
our Bahamas is slipping
away! Innocent men and
women who have so much
more to contribute, so much
more to achieve, so many
more years to live, taken
away!

Mr Davis added that the
policing of the country's bor-
ders need to be strengthened
in order to decrease the flow
of illegal guns into the
Bahamas. With an economy
that “is going down the tube”
and unemployment pegged at
around 17 per cent, Mr Davis
questioned the effectiveness
of the government's policies.

"How could a country
decide to spend $6 million
according to them, to host a
pageant (Miss Universe), bor-
row $160 million to pave
roads using only two compa-
nies? And yet they can’t sign a
piece of paper that would
have made it possible for our

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children to go to college! Do
you know how many thou-
sands of college students had
their plans in place to go to
school? We must right the
wrongs and put this country
back on the path of growth!"
said Mr Davis, referring to the
recent suspension of the guar-
anteed educational loan
scheme.

Challenged

Just a few weeks shy of the
Progressive Liberal Party's
convention, Mr Davis chal-
lenged members of the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party to unite
and bring change to the party
and the country. He recalled
the old days of the PLP when
members "operated as a fam-
ily" and fought for a better
Bahamas. He said it was time
to put aside inflated egos and
urged the party to return to
its core mandate of creating
a better country for the
nation's children.

"There was a time when the
camaraderie amongst us was
unbreakable and undeniable.
We were united and strong
and it showed. There was
nothing that we could not
achieve together. Together,
there was no obstacle that was
too great. Those were the days
when the struggles for this
country captured our full
focus and we would sacrifice
anything to advance the
movement of change through-
out the Bahamas," Mr Davis
said, during a breakfast meet-
ing at the Sheraton Resort on
Cable Beach.

"We need those days once
again! We need to remember
that our work, right now, in
this moment is not to feed our
oversized egos but to fix the
problems of this country so
that my children, your chil-
dren and their children can
achieve more, go farther and
have happier more peaceful
lives than ours — this is what
we should be about!"

CCR

THE National Development Party (NDP) again called
on government to instal closed circuit cameras through-
out local courts, an initiative recently adopted by the
United Kingdom’s new Supreme Court.

The initiative is outlined in point 22 of the NDP's 37-
point national development plan that calls for the tele-
vising of select local criminal and civil court matters
through a local court channel, complete with legal cor-
respondents, to educate viewers on the nature of perti-
nent Bahamian law. According to the NDP, this will
deter delinquency on the part of lawyers who chronical-
ly delay judicial proceedings that contribute to the legal
backlog; serve as a deterrent to persons who would not
wish to suffer the embarrassment that is associated with
being charged before the courts with violating the law;
and promote transparency and accountability within the
context of the judicial system.

Technology

The party also suggested that government invest in
technology to provide secure storage of all public court
files and documents using close circuit television (CCTV)
to continuously monitor activities in the file storage sec-
tion of the Attorney General’s Office; place bar-codes on
all files for tracking purposes; and require all files to be
signed out by authorised personnel only, who would
assume legal responsibility for their safekeeping.

Said the NDP, in a statement released yesterday: "We,
the NDP, believe that both our system of justice and
the Bahamian people would be served equally well by
bringing such transparency to the judicial process via
the use of technological innovation. The failings of our
justice system can only be corrected if the legal fraterni-
ty is made more accountable as a result of a system that
is more transparent. Any effort which trains the public
eye on the workings of the courts will stimulate such
accountability and thereby promote the necessary judi-
cial reforms."

In an historical move last week, Britain's highest court
was taken over by its first Supreme Court. The switch was
also marked by the implementation of closed-circuit
cameras in the courts. The British press reported that as
a result for the first time, cases will be broadcast live.

When contacted by The Tribune for comment on the
issue, local lawyer Sean McWeeney, a partner in the law
firm of Graham, Thompson and Co, said this was to
shake the shroud of secrecy associated with closed hear-
ings. He said the trend could possibly catch on in local
courts. However, cost would be a deterring factor, he said.

The NDP disagreed with Mr McWeeney’s assertion
that the cost of such technological upgrades would be a
deterrent. "If we can allocate $160 million for road
improvements, it cannot be argued that it is not possible
to allocate a fraction of this amount to an institution as
vital as our justice system," said the party spokesman.



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that is known as “the big game fishing capital
of the Bahamas.” Many community mem-
bers, including students, were present to
applaud the handing over of the keys to the
vehicle.

Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National
Security, said that the donation of the fire
engine was the best way to culminate Fire
Safety Awareness Week.

He expressed gratitude to Bimini Bay for
their contribution and commended local gov-
ernment officials for the initiative they have
taken in receiving the fire engine from the
development company, and following the
required government procedures to have it
cleared so that it could be properly handed
over.

Donation

Rafael Reyes, president of RAV
Bahamas, said: “Our donation of the fire
truck signifies our interest in the health and
safety and well-being of all who reside and
visit the shores of Bimini. We see this as a
small but very important contribution to the
community, and I hope that very quickly we
can have local Biminites trained to use the
equipment so that it may serve its purpose.”

Mr Reyes said that Bimini Bay is also
working to build bridges between the com-
pany and the community.

“We are integrating ourselves with the
community. When we market ourselves, we
not only market Bimini Bay, but we market
this entire community as well. So we are try-
ing to help auxiliary businesses in the com-
munity thrive and we are trying to build our
relationships.”

The community-building initiatives include
putting capable residents in managerial posi-
tions in the numerous retail stores and oper-
ations within the Bimini Bay project, Mr
Reyes said. “All administrative positions
are also given to Bahamians as well. We are
happy to have this opportunity to be here,
but also to have an integral part in building
the community and helping the Bahamian
economy as a whole,” he said.

At the ceremony Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said: “Biminites, we know
what type of devastation fire can bring to
the community, but we have taken some pos-
itive steps to action. We have gone beyond
talking and we are doing something positive
in trying to be prepared. We do not wish to
have to use the fire engine, but we want to be
prepared if we need to.”

Mr Ferguson also said that the major role
the police will be playing is to train the vol-
unteers on how to properly operate the unit.

“We want to get the community involved
in what we are doing so that you can take
ownership and be a part of the development
of your community regarding law enforce-
ment and order and safety.”

Juliette Dean, executive officer of Bimini’s
Administrator’s office said: “Indeed this is a
red letter day for residents of our island as we
know that fire can be devastating based on
our past experiences where we lost many
homes. However, this gift today is a blessing
to our island in that we would be prepared if
there is a fire, and tragedy will be minimised.
I also think that residents are thankful that
we are now with tools to combat whatever we
may be faced with in the future.”



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Immigration Dept's
Zelma Moss receives
prestigious award

AN employee with more
than 40 years of service
received the Bahamas Immi-
gration Department Lifetime
Achievement Award.

Zelma Moss received the
honour during a ceremony at
Government House.

The Minister’s Award went
to Donnalee King-Burrows
for more than 30 years of ser-
vice, and the Director’s
Award went to C Lloyd Pin-
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AO years of service in the pub-
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brent Symon-
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Hanna underscored the
importance of honouring
employees who are dedicat-
ed to their profession. “Recip-
ients, you must feel elated
that your hard work has not
gone unnoticed,” he said.
“The fact that you are being
awarded is testimony to your
continuous good service in
assisting the Department to
meet its goals and objectives.”

Mr Hanna advised them to
be ready to deal with migrat-
ing practices that will be con-
tinuing as people seek a better
way of life.

Cultural

“Furthermore, there is also
the cultural aspect which the
movement of people will gen-
erate which brings into sharp
perspective the importance of
the role your Department DONNALEE KING-BURROWS, took the Minister's Award for over 30
plays in this country,” he said. years of service. She is pictured at right receiving the award from
“True diligence in this time Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symon-
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as you are given the responsi-
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that exists.

When institutional knowl-
edge is combined with the
vision of the directorate, this
should translate into a win-
ning formula for success, said
Mr Symonette, who also has
ministerial responsibility for

the Immigration Department.

“Tam pleased to express
sincere thanks and apprecia-
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Can the Caribbean rely on the G20?

BY RONALD SANDERS

(The writer is a Consultant
and former Caribbean
diplomat)

It’s now official. The G20
group of countries has
replaced the G8 as “the pre-
mier forum for international
economic cooperation.” In
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what used to be the world’s
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General of the Caribbean
Community and Common
Market (CARICOM) Secre-
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reported to have said that
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Turkey. And, for some curi-
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member as is the European
Union (represented by its
rotating President and the
European Central Bank),
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as well — the leaders of Spain
and the Netherlands. Alto-
gether, six European Union
countries plus the EU Presi-
dency.

Voiceless in all this are the
small regions of the
Caribbean, Central America
and the Pacific, though the
argument could be made that
Mexico is a Central Ameri-
can country and Australia
represents the Pacific. Even if
the latter shaky argument is
made, and accepted by the
Central American and Pacific
countries, no such argument
can be made for the
Caribbean.

Of course, representation
in the G20 is a consequence of
the deficit of democracy in
the international system. The
G8 would have remained long
in control of the world’s econ-
omy if the expanded
economies of Brazil, India,
China and South Africa had
not forced the G8 to recog-
nize them.

Membership of the G20
has little to do with fair rep-
resentation and much to do
with self interest. Together,
the G20 countries cover more
than eighty-five per cent of
world economic activity. They
can afford to ignore, or at
least pay lip service to, the
other nations who account for
the remaining fifteen per cent
of global economic activity,
even as Ban-ki-Moon, the UN
Secretary-General, reminds
that eighty-five per cent of the
world’s countries are not rep-
resented at the G20. In the
end it is power that matters,
and power in this instance is
purchasing capacity and mar-
Ket size.

How exactly the G20 will
conduct its work is not yet



clear. The Leaders at the
Pittsburgh meeting instruct-
ed their officials “to report
back at the next meeting with
recommendations on how to
maximize the effectiveness of
our cooperation.” But, if the
‘green room’ process at the
World Trade Organization is
anything to go by, decisions
will be agreed by a handful
of the more powerful coun-
tries with others being co-opt-
ed into the deals either by
coercion or trade-offs. There-
after, the thinking of “eighty-
five per cent of the world’s
countries not represented at
the G20” will be of little con-
sequence.

In reality, what the G20
may have done is provide a
blind behind which a new
power-group may emerge: the
US and China for sure, maybe
a combined EU (but certain-
ly not the full gamut of Euro-
pean countries that now hold
on to a place because of past
dispensations), Russia, India
and Brazil. Undoubtedly,
deals made between the US
and China will hold sway, and
it is their interest to work out
mutually beneficial arrange-
ments.

It is significant that in the
Pittsburgh Leaders’ state-
ment, the developing coun-
tries in the G20 appear to
have adopted the agenda of

ing power in both organiza-
tions has to be settled by the
G20. It will mean easing out
some European countries that
now sit on the Executive
Boards to make room for
countries such as China and
Saudi Arabia. It will definite-
ly mean an end to the practice
of the US and Europe holding
on to the headship of the two
organizations.

But, even those changes
should not be enough. What
is required is a new vision of
the role of the organizations
in financing development
needs.

The vision should include a
policy that “no nation shall
be left behind” and it should
be backed by pledged and
callable resources that depart
from the unrealistic norms
that have become part of the
IMF and World Bank ideolo-
gy. Whether the developing
countries in the G20 will
prove to be more sympathet-
ic to the “peculiarities” of
small “vulnerable” states is
left to be seen. But, one thing
is for sure the Caribbean is
right to ask for a seat at the
G20 table.

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on the rest of us. Draconian
measures by the public and
swift and harsh treatment of
hardened criminals by the
state must be implemented,”
said the bishop, who recently
unveiled a memorial wall for
murder victims at his church.

The implementation of cur-
fews set up to reduce juvenile
crime is nothing new.

In the summer of 2008,
police in Britain asked par-
ents in Redruth, west Corn-
wall, to have their children off
the streets by 9pm for a vol-
untary curfew during the
school summer break.

The British press reported

that the move was geared
towards reducing problems
with children at night.

British

In July, 2008 British law-
makers proposed a curfew for
teenagers under the age of 16
with the view of stemming ris-
ing stabbings and muggings
at knife-point in crime
hotspots, according to the
Mail Online.

Mr Hall's appeal for a self-
imposed curfew came on the
same day that a 17-year-old
boy was shot in the stomach
during a standoff with police.

The boy, a resident of Fox
Hill, was shot around 1.30 am
Sunday in the area of Victoria

Avenue. He remained in crit-
ical condition at last report.

There have also been sev-
eral brutal killings recently,
some of them occurring in
broad daylight at public
places.

On September 22, 35-year-
old Randy Williams was
stabbed several times at the
Seagrape Shopping Centre on
Prince Charles Drive when an
argument with another man
escalated into violence at
around Spm.

Days earlier, Rashad Mor-
ris, 21, a manager at Burger
King was beaten and stabbed
to death outside the Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway
restaurant at around 1.30am
on Sunday. Just hours later

that same day, Bahamasair
pilot Lionel Lewis McQueen,
29, was shot dead at his home
in Golden Palm Estates, near
the Kennedy Subdivision.
And a fire that killed four
people about two weeks ago
— including a toddler — was
officially classified as homi-
cides, bumping the murder
count to 67 for the year.

“YOUR VIEW”

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Teen shot after
police standoff

FROM page one

armed with a handgun,” Superintendent Elsworth Moss, head
of the Central Detective Unit, told The Tribune.

According to Supt Moss, the on-duty officer identified him-
self to the young man and ordered that he drop his firearm.

“The male pointed the gun towards him. He fired a shot
hitting the male in the stomach. The male fell to the ground and
the officer retrieved a .380 pistol that had three lives rounds in
it,” Supt Moss said.

The young man — a resident of Fox Hill — was taken to hos-
pital where he is listed in critical condition.

The shooting happened the same day pastor of New
Covenant Baptist Church, Bishop Simeon Hall, called for the
nation to adopt a self-imposed curfew of 11pm.

Bishop Hall said that parents of teenagers should ensure
that their children are home before that time to help curb the
"mayhem" occurring on the city’s streets after dark.

"An 11 pm self-imposed curfew is imperative because it is
clear that those with guns are intent on wreaking havoc on the
rest of us. Draconian measures by the public and swift and
harsh treatment of hardened criminals by the state must be
implemented,” said the bishop, who recently unveiled a memo-
rial wall for murder victims at his church.

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country needs people like you,” Mrs Pratt said at a PLP stalwart
meeting over the weekend.

Recently, Mrs Pratt announced that she would not offer for
re-election, leaving an opening for the coveted post. Previ-
ously she had stated that she had a candidate in mind for her
replacement although she would not name the person at that
time.

Now, Mr Davis — who is said to have been a tremendous
help to the former deputy prime minister during her late hus-
band's illness — has received the nod that could place him
heads and shoulders above his other opponents.

Aside from Mr Davis, only PLP MP for West End and Bimi-
ni Obie Wilchcombe and PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald have
publicly said they would run for the deputy leader post.

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rather than fragment the
evidence by playing a taped
telephone conversation
between Bridgewater and
attorney Michael McDer-
mott on Friday, it would be
better if the jurors heard
that recording and saw the
two videotaped meetings
today.

Consented

Mr McDermott, who is an
attorney for Mr Travolta, 55,
has testified that he consent-
ed to local police tapping his
telephone, placing recording
devices in his hotel room as
well as outfitting him with a
body wire. Mr McDermott
has testified that he met
with Lightbourne and also
Bridgewater in his hotel
room at the Sheraton, Cable
Beach in January.

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attempting to extort $25 mil-
lion from the actor shortly
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Bridgewater is also charged
with abetment to extort. On
Friday defence attorney
Murrio Ducille suggested to
Mr McDermott that his sole
purpose for coming to the
Bahamas was to “set up” Ms
Bridgewater. Mr McDer-
mott claimed, however, that
the accused were not set up
at his request.

Director of Public Prose-
cutions Bernard Turner,
Neil Brathwaite and Garvin
Gaskin are prosecuting the
case. Ms Bridgewater is rep-
resented by attorneys Mur-
rio Ducille and Krysta
Smith. Mr Lightbourne is
represented by attorney
Carlson Shurland and Mary
Bain.

ATTORNEY Michael McDermott
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McDermott has testified that he
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his telephone, placing recording
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MYSTERY DEATH: Murder or an accident?

Preston Ferguson family: There

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, our nation’s youth collectively represent
the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the Bahamian people;

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
joins with youth leaders and youth organizations throughout The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in a national commitment to
the pursuit of religious, educational, social, economic, physical
and cultural ideals of a free and independent Bahamian nation;

AND WHEREAS, the many positive contributions of the

youth of our nation continue to be a source of national pride;

AND WHEREAS, The Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture has set aside a month to show appreciation to these

many young nation builders;

NOW THEREFORE, | Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister
of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim

the month of October, 2009 as “NATIONAL YOUTH MONTH”.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
| have hereunto set my
Hand and Seal this 11th.
day of September, 2009

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one has informed them as to if
and when that re-enactment
will take place.

Mr Ferguson, a resident
of Exuma and father of one,
was found dead in a truck on
the side of the road in the
area of Ocean Addition East,
near the Forest, Exuma, on
the morning of August 2.
Police initially suspected that
he had run off the road and
hit a utility pole, however, his
family believe the accident
was "staged." Mr Ferguson,

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who was employed at Grand
Isle Villas as a Landscaping
Supervisor, was the youngest
of 12 children.

“We don’t know that any-
one has gone up there to do
anything yet.

“We were hoping by now
that someone would have
called us. Nobody is saying
anything, everyone saying Ill
get back to you,” a member of
the Ferguson family said yes-
terday.

Demonstration

Members of the Ferguson
family participated in a peace-
ful demonstration in Rawson
Square on Monday with sev-
eral other families who lost
loved ones to violence. They
say they will continue to seek
justice in Mr Ferguson’s
death. After meeting with
National Security Minister the
family claims that they were
told that someone else would
“get back to them”, but they
have heard nothing on the
matter since. The Ferguson
family say that Preston was
well liked and that there are
persons willing to assist police
in their investigation into his
death.

Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson did not
return phone calls up to press
time yesterday, however, a
senior police officer said that
the matter has been turned
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Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas’ 12-member
team will be returning home
from St George’s, Grenada,
without the coveted 37th Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
Bodybuilding and Fitness
Championships title.

After dominating the cham-
pionships for the past three
years, the Bahamas relin-
quished the title twice on Sat-

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Tonight’s schedule

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Lady Sharks (3rd) vs
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ma Brackets (2nd) ladies
division

8:30pm — Robin Hood
Hitmen (4th) vs Heavy
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Tuesday’s schedule

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winners) ladies

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urday night to Barbados, who
carted off the overall title with
208 points.

Barbados had a double
dose of celebrations as they
were also awarded the 2008
title over the Bahamas and
Venezuela, who was second.

A Statistical error reversed
the overall decision from the
2008 championships that was
held here when the Bahamas
was crowned the champions
for the third straight year.

At this year’s champi-
onships over the weekend, the
Bahamas ended up in third
place with 115 behind
Trinidad & Tobago, who
accumulated 137.

Bahamas Bodybuilding and
Fitness Federation president
Danny Sumner, team manag-
er Derrick Bullard, nor coach
Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears could
be reached for comments up
to press time last night.

James ‘Jay’ Darling, the
national champion, turned in
the best performance for the
Bahamas as he clinched the
team’s only two gold medals.
He struck twice in the men’s
masters and the middleweight
divisions.

The overall male champi-
on was Martinus Durrant of
Barbados, who earned his
professional card in the
process.

The female winner was
Candice Carr-Archer of
Trinidad & Tobago. She cap-
tured the masters category.

Barbados also celebrated
as Renee Cobham was
crowned the Miss Fitness
CAC champion. Her compa-
triot Nicole Carter finished
second.

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and Ramona Morgan took
the women’s fitness titles.

In winning this year’s title
by 50 points, Barbados took
six divisional titles, five sec-
ond places and four third
places.

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Diego Salinas of El Salvador,
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

BY the time you would have read
this, Bahamian tennis ace Mark
Knowles and American Andy Rod-
dick would have already played their
first round of the men’s doubles in
the China Open.

Yes, that’s not a misprint -
Knowles and Roddick teaming up.

Roddick, the former world No.1
player who is currently ranked at
No.9, is stepping in to team up with
Knowles after his Indian partner
Mahesh Bhupathi suffered a groin
injury while playing in the Davis Cup
two weeks ago.

Bhupathi, however, is expected to
be reunited with Knowles when they
both travel to Japan next week.

In the meantime, Knowles and
Roddick were scheduled to start play
together for the first time today.
Their first round match was against
Hsin-Han Lee and Tsung-Hua Yang
of Taipei.

Knowles was unavailable for com-
ments up to press time last night, but
his mother/manager Vicki Knowles-
Andrews said her son is quite pleased
that his long-time friend Roddick
was available.

“They’re friends, so obviously
when your partner becomes injured,
you have to search around to see
who is available,” Knowles-Andrews
said.

“He asked Roddick and he said
he would love to play with him.”

Knowles and Roddick are unseed-
ed and their opponents, Lee and
Yang, are wild card winners. If that’s
any consolation, Knowles and Rod-
dick should be able to get through to
the second round.

If they are successful today, they
could get a chance to meet the top
seeded team of Knowles’ former
partner Daniel Nestor of Canada and
Serbian Nenad Zimonjic.

Nestor and Zimonjic are due to
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RODDICK is stepping in to team up with Knowles after his Indian partner Mahesh Bhu-
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MARK KNOWLES in action...

Argentina and Fernando Gonzalez
of Chile.

At the other end of the draw as
the No.2 seeds are the American
identical twin brothers Bob and Mike
Bryan.

Going into the China Open,
Nestor and Zimonjic lead the ATP
computer rankings with 9,010 points.
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Following the China Open, the
focus will swift to Shanghai, China,
for the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000
that is scheduled to begin on October
11. That is when Knowles and Bhu-
pathi will reunite as they march
towards the Barclays ATP World
Tour Finals in London, England,
starting on November 22.

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SPORTS

‘The Tank’ vs
‘Diamond Boy’
draws near

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribnemedia.net

SHERMAN ‘The Tank’
Williams is heading off to
Germany to make sure that
he gets properly acclimatized
before he steps into the ring
on Saturday night.

The Grand Bahamian
heavyweight, fighting out of
Florida, left the United States
yesterday and should have
arrived in Hamburg for his
first fight for the year.

On Saturday night at the
Stadthalle, Rostiock, Meck-
lenburg-Vorpommern,
Williams is scheduled to fight
undefeated German Manuel
‘Diamond Boy’ Charr in the
10-round co-main event.

“Everything went well,”
said Williams in an interview
from New Jersey yesterday
before he boarded the non-
stop flight to Germany.

“My preparation was good.
We had a great camp. My
sparring was great. We had
two Russians and a local
fighter from Miami and
another heavyweight, so I had
some good sparring.”

Williams, 37, said his entire
management team headed by
American Si Stern have been
impressed with what they saw
in his training sessions.

“We had a couple of things
we wanted to work on like
the body attack,” Williams
said. “We also worked on the
throwing the hooks and the
right.”

Based on his training,

Williams said he feels as if
he’s in perfect condition. But
once he gets into Hamburg,
he will go through a light
workout, then take a nap
before he heads back into the
gym for a full-fledge work-
out.

“The first two days are
going to be pivotal to me get-
ting adjusted to the climate,”
Williams reflected. “But Iam
experienced having traveled
to Europe and Germany a
number of times to train.”

Williams, who sports a 34-
10-2 win-loss-draw record
with 19 knockouts, is making
his second appearance in Ger-
many to fight. His debut was
on March 26, 2005, when he
lost on points to Russian Cha-
gaev at the Erdgas Arena,
Riesa, Sachsen.

However, Williams has not
fought since December when
he won on points over Amer-
ican Andrew Greeley at the
Bourbon Street Station in
Jacksonville.

In January, Williams was
to have fought in Key West,
Florida, but that fight was
called off after he injured his
right hand in training.

“It’s been nine months
since I last fought,” Williams
said. “I did my therapy, my
hand is feeling good and now
I’m ready to fight again,” he
said.

“T love to fight, ’m always
excited to go to the gym and
work out and spar. In any giv-
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you, I could spar every day.
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said for the first time his
entire entourage will be
draped in the colours of the
Bahamian national flag.

As for his opponent, the
Beirut, Lebanon Charr, who
turns 25 on fight night, is
undefeated at 12-0. What’s
also interesting is that Charr,
who is coming off a third
round knockout on June 6,
stands at 6-foot-3 1/2.

Williams, who is listed at 5-
11, said his handlers have
assured him that if he is suc-
cessful in winning the fight,
he can secure a top 10 ranking
in the World Boxing Organi-
sation, which is controlled by
the European promoters.

“Tf I can get into the top
10, hopefully we can maneu-
ver a mandatory title shot or
get to fight somebody else as
an eliminator to a title fight,”
Williams projected.

“But ’'m excited about it.
I’m looking forward to it ina
big way. At the same time,
I’m going in with no pressure
on myself.

“T trained hard and I intend
to knock this guy out because
I don’t want the same thing to
happen to me when I lost my
last fight there on points,
although I beat my opponent
from pillar to post.”

While he has watched his
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said he knows he will have his
hands full, but he’s prepared
for whatever Charr throws at
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Jackie Edwards recovering from surgery

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribnemedia.net

AFTER missing her 10th appear-
ance at the 12th IAAF World Cham-
pionships because of an injury, long
jumper Jackie Edwards is now recu-
perating from surgery for her final
appearance at the Commonwealth
Games next year.

On Thursday afternoon, Edwards
successfully went through surgery to
repair her torn Achilles tendon that
she re-aggravated in April, keeping
her out of qualifying for what would
have been her final appearance at
the World Championships in Berlin,
Germany.

Now she’s home in California
walking on crutches and waiting to
start her preparation for the 2010
season and her fifth appearance at
the Commonwealth Games in Delhi,
India, slated for October 3-14.

“It was okay. I personally have
not seen the doctor after the surgery
because when I woke up, he was
already gone,” Edwards said.

“But he told my parents and my
brother that it went well. There was
no complications and I need to go
back to see him in two weeks to get
a proper cast placed on my leg.”

Over the next six weeks, Edwards
will have to wear a cast. Once it has
been removed, she said she will then
concentrate on her last appearance
next year.

“T plan to compete, but whether or
not my legs will cooperate, we shall
see,” she pointed out. “My plan is to
make 2010 my last track season.
That’s my goal.”

Edwards, 38, said she will not real-
ly start training until January and
because the season is expected to
be a long one, she won’t start com-
peting until it’s close to the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associations
(BAAA) trials in June.

With the Commonwealth Games
set for October, Edwards said it
would be a good opportunity for her
to pace herself so that she can finish
off her career in grand style.

The co-national long jump record
holder, who has represented the
Bahamas at just about every major
international meet, including the
Olympic Games four times since tak-
ing over from Shonel Ferguson, said
she has been very proud of her track
career.

The 1987 Queen’s College gradu-
ate completed her sting at Stanford
University in 1992 where she was an
All-American having won the
NCAA Division 1 Indoor and Out-
door Championships in her initial
year.

A bronze medallist at the Pan
American Games in 1995, Edwards
enjoyed her best success at the Com-
monwealth Games where she was
fourth in her debut in 1994 in Victo-
ria, Canada, before she came back
and took the silver in 1998 in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia.

After finishing seventh in the 2000
Olympics in Sydney, Australia,
Edwards matched that feat at the
2002 Commonwealth Games in
Manchester, England.

In her last appearance in 2006 in

Has legs set on
final appearance
at Commonwealth
Games next year



JACKIE EDWARDS

Melbourne, Australia, she was
eighth.

Coming to reality with the season-
ending injury in April, Edwards said
she’s not going to put any pressure
on herself to go out and get ready for
2010.

“Pm going to do everything to
make sure that I don’t have the
injury again,” she aid. “When you
have surgery, everything is supposed
to be really good as far as not having
a recurring o the injury.

“T didn’t have surgery in April
when I reaggravated it, so I just took
care of it. I think if I did, I would
have been ready by now to start
preparing for next year.”

But Edwards said while she’s dis-
appointed that she didn’t get to qual-
ify for her 10th Worlds, she will be
contented with nine, having made
the final three times.

“T would have loved to have been
there competing with the rest of the
team,” she insisted. “Whether any-
body believed me, I don’t care.

“I know my training was going
really well this year and I would have
competed at a very high level. So I
was very Satisfied with that. I wasn’t
just fooling around and trying to
hang onto the team for dear life.”

Next year, Edwards said she
intends to go out with a bang.

In the meantime, she has been
working with a Health and Wellness
Group and submitted a proposal to
the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture called ‘Ladies’ First,’ to
work with the young girls in high
school.

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intends to come home. Already she
has lined up a number of persons,
including a long-time traveling room-
mate Lavern Eve, to assist her. She
said she’s just waiting on the min-
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LOCAL NEWS



Agro-industrial
park to be
established in
North Andros

THE Bahamas Agricul-
tural and Industrial Corpo-
ration (BAIC) has entered
into a 21-year lease with
the Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources to
establish an agro-industrial
park in North Andros.

The lease covers 23 acres
of land on which to con-
struct the park. The land
will be divided into two-
acre plots and made avail-
able to Bahamians inter-
ested in pursuing food pro-
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THE products of six
Bahamians will be showcased
at the prestigious Maison et
Objet Trade Show in Paris,
France, BAIC Executive
Chairman Edison Key con-
firmed.

The lucky artists are Lovely
Reckley (Abaco), Christine
Curtis (South Andros), Emily
Munnings (Eleuthera),
Dorothy Miller (Long Island),
Patricia Hamilton (New Prov-
idence) and Admiral Forbes
(New Providence).

Maison et Objet Show,
which opens in January, is an
international home decora-
tion, giftware and tableware
exhibition featuring thou-
sands products from well-
known designers.

Mr Key also confirmed that
a week of activities beginning
October 26 has been set aside
to honour Bahamian artisans
“in a special way” at the
Arawak Cay Culture Centre.

A proclamation from Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
will declare that week
“National Craft Week” under
the theme “Tradition made
modern”.

The internationally
acclaimed BahamArts Festi-
val, which showcases the artis-
tic side of Bahamian culture,
opens October 30 with Mr
Ingraham delivering the
keynote address. There will
be special features from the
Family Islands.

Celebrating its 12th year,
this event is hosted by the
Handicraft Development and
Marketing Department of
Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation
(BAIC), headed by Assistant
General Manager Donnalee
Bowe.

“We are laying out the red
carpet in celebrating Bahami-
an artisans like never before,”
said Mr Key, the Member of
Parliament for South Abaco.

During services at Zion
Baptist Church, East and
Shirley Streets, on October
18, the oldest straw vendor,
Mts Doris Strachan will be
honoured.

Mr Key hailed the tradi-
tional straw vendors as “the
backbone of the Bahamian
souvenir industry.”

The fourth annual general
meeting of the Bahamas
National Craft Association
takes place October 28 and 29
at SuperClub Breezes, Cable
Beach. The Arawak Cay Cul-
ture Centre will be decorated
with some 80 main booths fea-
turing the choicest art and
craft tems from throughout
the islands. That Saturday, the
popular “Victory of the High
School Bands” competition
will feature a 60-person con-
tingent from Exuma’s L N
Coakley High School.

An array of Bahamian arti-
sans are scheduled to give
demonstrations and work-
shops throughout the week.

They include Gertrude Gib-
son of Red Bays, Andros on
the art of weaving baskets
from silver top palms using
sail needle; Emily Munnings
of Eleuthera on making hand-
icrafts from coconut shells,
and coconut boat making by
Nassau’s Admiral Forbes.

Customarily, on that Satur-
day, ladies show off their lat-
est fashions at the Gala
Bahamian Tea Party.

It is held this year in con-
junction with the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources and the Women’s
Desk, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. Entertainment will
include the Falcon Band with
Ancient Man and Anita Ellis,
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Band, and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force
Band. “The invitation goes
out to all to attend this family
affair and appreciate the
beauty of things Bahamian,”
said Mr Key.

THE LEASE has been
sealed for 23 acres on
which to construct an
agro-industrial park in
North Andros. Pictured
from left are BAIC General
Manager Benjamin Rah-
ming, Executive Chairman
Edison Key, Minister of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources Lawrence
Cartwright, Assistant
Director Fern Bowleg, and
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Ross University Bahamas
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as new Executive Administrator

GRAND BAHAMA -
Ross University welcomed
Anthony Munroe as their
new executive administra-
tor for their Bahamas edu-
cational site.

Prior to his appointment,
Dr Munroe lived in Chicago
and successfully served as
president of Advocate Trin-
ity Hospital and was named
one of the Top 25 minority
healthcare executives in the
United States by Modern
Healthcare Magazine.

He has served as president
of St John Detroit
Riverview Hospital in
Detroit, Michigan, and as
president and chief execu-
tive officer of the Economic
Opportunity Family Health
Centre in Miami, Florida.

“We are pleased to wel-
come this well-respected
executive to our academic
community of the
Bahamas,” said Dr Thomas
Shepherd, president of Ross
University.

“His skills are ideally suit-
ed to build on the achieve-
ments of Ross University.
In addition to being nation-
ally recognised for his exper-
tise in healthcare leadership,
strategy, cultural competen-
cy and diversity in health-
care, Dr Anthony Munroe
brings an impressive track
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Shepherd said.

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Munroe completed his doc-
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“Tt is an honour to join the
Ross University leadership
team and I look forward to
working with the wonderful
people of the Bahamas, our
faculty, students and staff as
we educate future physi-
cians,” said Dr Munroe
when asked about his
appointment.

Dr Munroe is one of the
first ten Kellogg Foundation
and Congressional Black
Caucus Foundation’s nation-
al Public Health Fellows. He
is also a board certified
health care executive of the
American College of
Healthcare Executives
(ACHE).

The Mayor and Board of
Commissioners for Miami-
Dade County with a Procla-
mation designating ‘Antho-
ny E Munroe Day’ have also
recognised Dr Munroe for
his service and expertise. He
has also received a presti-
gious Congressional Certifi-
cate for his work in health-
care.

Dr Munroe is married to
Michelle Marie Francis of
St Croix, Virgin Islands, and
they enjoy sports, travelling
and spending quality time
with family and friends.

Ross University was
founded in 1978 and isa
provider of medical and vet-
erinary education offering
doctor of medicine and doc-
tor of veterinary medicine
degree programs. The
School of Medicine is locat-
ed in Dominica, West
Indies, and the Freeport,
Grand Bahama campus
recently opened in January
2009.

Emergency Hostel

PAST PRESIDENT & Director of International Service — Harry
Kemp, Nikita Smith — Administrative Assistant and Past Presi-
dent & Director of Public Relations-Pat Strachan

On Monday, September 28, the Rotary Club of West Nassau
made a donation to the Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel
to help defray the costs of managing the hostel.

The Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel was established
in 1962 by the Bahamas Christian Council. Its founders were the
late Dean William Granger, Mr and Mrs Hedden, Thomas
Brooks, and Pastor William Nairn.

The purpose was to provide emergency and temporary shel-
ter for abandoned, neglected and abused children aged six
weeks to eleven years. The initial site was in Oakes Field.

In May 1968, the Hostel was closed due to financial difficul-
ties. However, under the new leadership of the Kiwanis Club of
Nassau, it reopened in January 1969 on its present site on McK-
inney Drive. The Department of Social Services later became a
partner and now provides an annual grant and employs 13 of the
25 staff members.

The Hostel provides a very critical service to the community.
One would agree that when children have been abandoned,
neglected or abused by their caregivers, they should be pro-
tected. Yet, it is never a pleasant task to remove them from their
homes or to determine that they should live in an institution.
However, when circumstances dictate that this is the best course
of action, it is important that they are given a comfortable, nur-
turing and attractive environment where their ability to thrive is
not severely affected. The Bahamas Children’s Emergency
Hostel continually seeks to provide such an environment.

The Hostel can comfortably accommodate 32 children, ages
1 to 11 years. Residents who have not been returned to their rel-
atives, fostered or adopted by age 12 are transferred to Homes
for older children, where they will reside until age 18.

The average length of residency at the Hostel is one year. The
children attend worship services each Sunday and all school-age
children attend public schools. Pre-schoolers receive scholar-
ships from community pre-schools.

Although a recipient of an annual grant from the Department
of Social Services, the Hostel relies heavily on the benevolence
of community-minded citizens and organizations to support its
work through donations of finances and time. A continuous
challenge is securing funds to operate and maintain the facility
which houses a nursery, boys and girls dorms, kitchen, dining
area, storage areas and administrative offices.



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Real Men call on Governor-General

THE BOARD of Direc-
tors of Real Men Min-
istry International
paid a courtesy call
on Governor-General
Arthur Hanna on
Wednesday, Septem-
ber 30, at Govern-
ment House. Pictured
from left are Ethan
Moss, Odley Aritis,
David Knowles, Gov-
ernor-General Hanna,
Dr Kendal Major,
Julian Smith (presi-
dent), Brent Lloyd,
and Wayne Rolle.



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THE Club Grand Bahama Training programme,
which is mandatory for all vendors participating
in the Club Grand Bahama campaign, aims to
ensure excellence in service delivery, and skills for
managing difficult situations.

Certificates

More than 100 persons who participated in this
training exercise were presented with their certifi-
cates of successful completion at the first graduation

a : event for the Club Grand Bahama campaign.
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(i) the Harry Moore Library and Information Centre presently under construction at
the Oakes Field Campus of The College and

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in Freeport, Grand Bahama

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fundraiser

Atlantic Medical Insurance
Company’s (AMI) eleventh
annual Fun Walk in April
2009 fostered a spirit of unity
among Bahamians, as thou-
sands ‘walked for the cause’ in
New Providence, and in
Grand Bahama.

With the mission to, “wait-
ing On mission statement from
AMI,” AMI recently made a
monetary presentation of
funds raised during the Fun
Walk to representatives of
The Bahamas Diabetic Asso-
ciation and The Cancer Cen-
tre of The Bahamas.

The Fun Walk is an annual
initiative organized by AMI
that encourages Bahamians
to combat diseases like cancer
and diabetes through consis-
tent exercise and healthy liv-

ing. Lynda Gibson, Executive
Vice President, AMI, said,
“We are very appreciative to
our corporate partners and
the public for supporting us
year after year.

“ The main objectives of
the walk include highlighting
wellness in the community
and encouraging the Bahami-
an public at large that main-
taining a healthy body is
important to having a healthy
lifestyle.” Gibson added that
the funds contributed to The
Diabetic Association and The
Cancer Society of The
Bahamas are inclusive of
funds collected from the Fun
Walk in New Providence and
in Freeport.

Darren Bastian, Manager,
Business Development, AMI,

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corporate sponsors

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noted, “ It’s a pleasure to pre-
sent The Cancer Centre of
The Bahamas and the Dia-
betic Association with the
funds from our annual Fun
Walk. This is a part of our
ongoing commitment. The
services and care they provide
is vital to maintain the health
of those who have been
inflicted.”

Furthermore, Bastian said
that the contribution is only
made possible by the partici-
pants and organizers who sup-
port the event. “Once again
we thank you, Bahamas,” he
added.

Referring to AMI as “a
gem in many ways,” Bradley
Cooper, President, The
Bahamas Diabetic Associa-
tion, expressed his gratitude
for the consistent support
AMI, its partners and the
Bahamian public offer each
year. He said that the mone-
tary donation will assist the
association in achieving a
number of short term and
long term goals. Cooper

explained that during Octo-
ber 17- 23, 2009, representa-
tives of the association will
participate and make presen-
tations at the Tri-Annual
Congress of International
Diabetes Federation, in Mon-
treal, Canada.

Machinery

Furthermore, the funds pre-
sented will also aid in the pur-
chase of additional glucome-
ters, testing strips and other
necessary machinery to help
diabetics throughout The
Bahamas, according to Coop-
er.
One of the goals of the
Bahamas Diabetic Associa-
tion is to build awareness by
educating and informing indi-
viduals about the importance
of maintaining a healthy diet
in an effort to prevent one
from becoming a diabetic.

Additionally, Cooper said,
“Most insurance companies
in The Bahamas do not pro-

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vide funding for prevention.
Atlantic Medical however,
has stepped in to the forefront
and greatly helped the hurting
in our country.

“We cannot express how
thankful we are to them and
to their supporters for their
generous and consistent con-
tributions over the past 11
years,” said Cooper.

Equally as grateful for the
consistent financial support
from AMI, Gloria Hanna,
Supervisor, The Cancer Soci-
ety of The Bahamas, said,
“We are truly appreciative for
this donation as it will help us
to continue to help our cancer
patients while educating and
bringing awareness to The
Bahamian public at large.”

The funds donated to the
Cancer Society will aid the
continuation of hosting local
and Family Island patients
free of charge at the Cancer
Centre, and dispatching doc-
tors and assistants to the var-
ious clinics throughout Nas-
sau and on the Family Islands.



AMI recently
made a
monetary
presentation of
funds raised
during the Fun
Walk to
representatives
of The Bahamas
Diabetic
Association and
The Cancer
Centre of The
Bahamas.

Hanna added, “The
patients consider the centre
as a home away from home.
They are so very grateful to
have a place to come and stay
because most of them do not
have family in Nassau.” Fur-
thermore, she noted, “We
encourage AMI to continue
being a positive corporate cit-
izen, raising funds to benefit
cancer patients, because most
people really cannot afford
their radiation or chemother-
apy treatments.” Hanna
emphasized, “We try to ease
this burden for them by offer-
ing a place for them to stay
and receive what they need
at no cost to them.”

This, Hanna noted, is why it
is crucial for Atlantic Medical
to continue in its efforts to
help those in need.

“As a non-profit organiza-
tion, we rely heavily on cor-
porate sponsorship and dona-
tions from companies like
AMI,” said Hanna.

Massage students from The Bahamas Technical & Lost Name: First Name:
Vocational Institute (BTVI) Cosmetology Department
provided complimentary services to Royal Bank. As . ha:
part of the course students will complete 64 practicum Company: Title:

therapy hours. BTVI Massage students must meet the
standards set forth by industry and apply their expert
knowledge. It is imperative that massage students prac-
tice their skills for many hours so they are prepared to
administer techniques that are refined to perfection and
keep their client’s best health interest in mind.

“BTVI Massage Programme allowed Royal Bank
employees the opportunity to experience massage ther-
apy, and most important, was able to give our students
real-life experience,” said Mrs. Beneby Taylor, Cosme-
tology Coordinator.

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“Today’s growing trend is total wellness, said Mrs.
Taylor. Whether they are using massage therapy to
improve a medical condition or for stress relief and relax-
ation, massage is for everyone."

“The students represented BTVI in a professional
manner and showed confidence and skill in their massage
services,” said Raquel Bethel, Office Manager at BTVI.”

Thirteen massage students participated. They were
Nadia Beneby, Shelly Rolle, Jazz Cyril, Donita Collie,
Danisha Fowler, Dave Horton, Shuntelle Hurston, Kath-
leen Jaques, Michelle Lockhart, Miesha Rolle, Pam
Rolle, Noralee Newbold and Priya Russel.

The students who participated found it to be a reward-
ing experience and a great way to utilize their skill while
helping others. Mrs. Taylor felt it was a beneficial event
for all involved.Mrs. Taylor said the event was a great
learning opportunity and she was hopeful that BTVI
would continue to encourage real-life experience to
broaden their education outside the classroom.

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Bimini greets Brave
and the Change Team

Nassau, Bahamas: Front-
runner in the PLP Deputy
Leadership race, Cat Island,
Rum Cay and San Salvador
MP Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, vis-
ited North Bimini this past
Monday and Tuesday.

During his visit, Davis
entertained private meetings
with Party Stalwarts, as he
seeks their support ahead of
the upcoming convention,
advising them his plans for
the Party.While on Bimini,
the candidate also engaged a
number of young people and
youth groups as he made his
trek across the community, as
a means of garnering their
views on matters of national
interest and offer his own
vision for their input. “The
greatest challenge we (the
PLP) have is the involvement
of more young people” he
said. Turning to is own cam-
paign Brave noted “That is
why I recruited young people
to work in my campaign. The
people running my campaign
are young —this is the direc-
tion where we as a Party must
go.”

Listening to the concerns
of residents on the level of
crime, Davis responded by
outlining his plans to strength-
en the administration of the
judiciary. This effort he
added, will reduce the time
for cases to be heard and to
intervene in the lives of at-
risk youth.

Residents on the island
were also keen to express
their concerns about the
destruction of the mangroves
on that island as a result of a
major development. The PLP
Deputy Leader hopeful
assured of his plans to follow-
up the environmental con-
cerns of Biminites with the
B.E.S.T. Commission and
other such agencies.

Since launching on August
4th, Davis has traveled

throughout the country seek-
ing meetings and door-to-

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THE GRAND BAHAMA PORT AUTHORITY (GBPA) is reaching out to
the community and recently donated traffic signs to the High Rock
area. Pictured here are (I-r) Rev Lawrence Laing, chief councillor of
High Rock and a member of High Rock Township; Valentine Knowles,
senior supervisor of the Road Traffic Department; Arthur Jones,
vice-president of building and development services with the GBPA:
Bradley Armbrister, district administrator of East Grand Bahama;
Geneva Rutherford, director of community relations at the GBPA; Basil
Rahming, deputy controller of the Road Traffic Department; Troy
Mcintosh, city maintenance manager with the GBPA, and Corporal
1693 Steven Moss of the High Rock Police Station.

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Cabile hopes
‘long 14-year
road’ at end

* Government implements
Copyright Act amendment
to narrow TV compulsory
licensing

* BISX-listed firm hopeful
US Trade Representative’s
statement indicates
Washington will now
fulfill its side of bargain,
and force programming
rights holders into
talks with it

* Meeting between Cable
and rights holders set
for next week

* Cable chief hopes moves
will lead to Bahamians
getting VOD, HD
programming they
can't access yet

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CABLE Bahamas is hop-
ing “the long road we’ve been
on for the last 14 years” with
respect to negotiating com-
mercial agreements with pro-
gramming rights holders is
nearing an end, after the
Bahamas last week brought
into force the 2004 amend-
ments that narrow the scope
of its compulsory TV licensing
regime.

Anthony Butler, Cable
Bahamas’ president/chief
executive, told Tribune Busi-
ness that with the Bahamian
government having fulfilled
its ‘side of the bargain’ when
it came to protecting intellec-
tual property rights, the
BISX-listed cable TV
provider was “taking encour-
agement” from statements
made by the US Trade Rep-
resentative that Washington
would now move on its oblig-
ations.

The Ingraham administra-
tion, in a little-heralded move
last Thursday, brought into
effect the 2004 amendments
to the Copyright Act that nar-
row the scope of the
Bahamas’ compulsory TV
licensing regime. Only copy-
righted works broadcast free
over-the-air will now be com-
pulsorily licensed, whereas the
previous regime allowed all
copyrighted programmes to
be received, transmitted and
re-broadcast.

“The amendments that the
Government tabled in 2004,
they’ve been brought into
effect on October 1,” Mr But-
ler told Tribune Business. “It
means that in relation to the
Copyright Act, the Exchange
of Letters [between the

SEE page 6B



$263m deal seeks 30-year lease extension

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Gov-

ernment

will “short-

ly” decide
whether to approve
the $263 million
acquisition of a
Bahamas-based oil
storage terminal, a
Cabinet minister has
confirmed, telling Tri-
bune Business that
the potential buyer
wants a 30-year exten-

sion to the site’s existing lease that

would take it through until 2049.
Larry Cartwright, minister of agri-

culture and fisheries, confirmed that

CARTWRIGHT

* Minister says government to ‘shortly’ decide whether to
approve Statoil purchase of South Riding Point

* Buyer and current owner seeking extension after October 1
completion date expires amid wait for government

* Lease extension would secure Statoil in Grand Bahama until 2049

* Government does have environmental concerns

StatoilHydro, the Norwegian-head-
quartered oil and gas giant, had sub-
mitted its proposal to acquire Grand
Bahama’s South Riding point facility
to the Government, and the issue was
currently before the Cabinet.
However, that may still be too late
for Statoil and the vendor, Toronto-

Insurer generates
22% profit growth

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

J. S. JOHNSON, the BISX-
listed insurance broker and
agent, has bucked the declin-
ing economy by generating a
21.8 per cent net income
increase to $4.33 million for
the 2009 first half, an improve-
ment driven by rising com-
missions resulting from the
acquisition of new business.

Marvin Bethell, J. S. John-
son’s managing director, in his
message to investors, said the
increase in net profits from
the $3.554 million achieved in
the 2008 first half was due to
an 18.6 per cent increase in
net commissions and fees,
which rose from $8.045 mil-
lion to $9.544 million during
the six months to June 30,
2009.

This, despite a 3.3 per cent
fall in net earned premiums
at J. S. Johnson’s 40 per cent-
owned affiliate, general insur-
er Insurance Company of the
Bahamas (ICB), fed into an
8.6 per cent rise in total
income. This grew from
$13.339 million in 2008 to
$14.491 million in the 2009
first half.

“Both business segments
performed well in the second
quarter,” Mr Bethell said of
J. S. Johnson and ICB. “The
agency and brokerage busi-
ness has begun to see the
effects of some new business
acquisitions as net income is
now up by 12 per cent over
the previous year.

“On the underwriting side,
Insurance Company of the
Bahamas continues to per-
form well due to an increase
in net commission and fees,
and an improvement in insur-
ance expenses.”

Broken down into seg-
ments, J. S. Johnson’s agency
and brokerage business saw
net income rise by 12.5 per
cent to $2.533 million for the
2009 first half, compared to

aes

* J, S. Johnson sees 19%
commissions and fee
rises, as agency/brokerage
attracts new clients

* ICB also bucks economy
with 38% first half profits
rise, as its commissions
increase more than
three-fold

$2.252 million for the year
before.

Net commissions and fees
rose by 7.1 per cent to $8.388
million, compared to $7.783
million the year before. Total
income rose by 6.8 per cent
to $8.658 million, compared
to $8.109 million in the 2008
first half.

On the expenses side, the
agency and brokerage busi-
ness also experienced a 4.6 per
cent jump in total expenses to
$6.125 million, compared to
$5.857 million in the 2008 first
half.

For the business as whole,
total expenses increased by
3.8 per cent to $10.161 mil-
lion, as opposed to $9.785 mil-

SEE page 8B

listed World Point Terminals. A con-
dition of the sales agreement between
the two was that the South Riding
deal would close by October 1, 2009, a
deadline that has been missed because
the Government approvals were not
forthcoming in time.

Still, World Point Terminals said in

a statement issued on Friday that both
it and Statoil were now in talks to
extend the deal’s closing deadline,
indicating that it potentially remains
alive. It is probable that both compa-
nies, if they can reach agreement, will

SEE page 4B

FamGuard suffers 72% profit decline

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

FAMGUARD Corpora-
tion’s half-year net income
slumped by 71.6 per cent
year-over-year to $629,733,
the company has revealed to
shareholders, after “further
deterioration” in 2009 second
quarter health claims saw pol-
icyholder benefits increase by
34.28 per cent.

The surge in health claims
more than wiped out 18.6 per
cent top-line growth enjoyed
by the BISX-listed company,
parent of life and health insur-
er Family Guardian, during
the six months to June 30,
2009.

Norbert Boissiere, Fam-
Guard’s chairman, in his mes-
sage to shareholders, said:
“We have seen further dete-
rioration in our health claims
experience through June 30,
2009, which has resulted in
policyholder benefits pay-
ments increasing by 34 per
cent over prior year-to-date.

“This has negatively
impacted our net income for
the period, which stood at
$630,000 through June 30,
2009. We are reviewing our
group health portfolio, and
are implementing enhance-
ments to our product in that
division, which we expect will
bring about incremental

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BISX-listed insurer sees 34% policyholder benefit
increase, sparked by surging health claims, wipe
out 19% premium growth and $500,000 drop in

operating expenses

improvements as we move
forward.”

Policyholder benefits paid
out by Family Guardian dur-
ing the 2009 first half rose
from $19.647 million the pre-
vious year to $26.383 million,
an increase of more than $6.7
million. Even allowing for a
modest increase in reinsur-
ance recoveries, net policy-
holder benefits grew by
almost one-third, too, rising
from $18.435 million to
$24.415 million.

It appears that Family
Guardian’s increased health
claims experience during the
2009 first half, something
experienced by all Bahamas-
based health insurers, influ-
enced the company’s in-house
actuaries to increase their pro-
visions for future policyhold-
er benefits.

These provisions rose year-
over-year by 48.9 per cent,
from a $4.075 million increase
in the 2008 first half to $6.068
million this time around, a
move likely to have been
induced by the higher than
expected health claims. Death
claims had shown a “marked

improvement” over 2008
comparatives.

As a result, provisions for
future policyholder benefits
— the main liability for all life
and health insurance compa-

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC)
is targeting the 2011 first quar-
ter for full implementation of
its $50 million-plus Next Gen-
eration Internet Protocol (IP)
network, the company has
revealed, with the first 400
subscribers set to be “migrat-
ed” to this platform by the
end of this month.

In BTC’s response to the
Government’s consultation
paper on access and intercon-
nection issues in the Bahami-
an electronic communications
sector, Felicity Johnson,
BTC’s vice-president of legal,
regulatory and interconnec-
tion, told regulators: “BTC
commenced the implementa-
tion of its Next Generation
IP network in March 2009.

“TP soft switches have now
been installed, and the access
nodes build-out from

* First 400 subscribers to migrate to IP platform by month’s end
* 73% of all phone connections in Bahamas are now cellular
* Cable estimated to have 60-65% Internet market share

exchanges has commenced,
with the first 400 subscribers
due to be migrated by Octo-
ber 31, 2009. Full implemen-
tation of the IP network is
due for completion by the first
quarter 2011.”

The newly-formed sector
regulator, the Utilities Regu-
lation and Competition
Authority (URCA), in its
consultation document setting
out the rationale for why BTC
is considered to have Signifi-
cant Market Power (SMP) in
areas such as cellular and
broadband Internet, said
BTC’s planned IP network
would allow it to carry multi-
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URCA added that not only
would the network theoreti-
cally allow BTC to deliver
“higher speed broadband”, it
would also enable IP TV,
allowing the state-owned
incumbent, currently in the
middle of a privatization exer-
cise, to deliver TV and Inter-
net services in the same man-
ner as Cable Bahamas.

Elsewhere, URCA said its
own analysis had shown that
the deep penetration of
BTC’s cellular services, esti-
mated to be at 100 per cent of
the Bahamian population,
had resulted in mobile con-
nections now representing
almost 73 per cent of all tele-
phone connections in the
Bahamas. This compared to
22 per cent in 2000.

“URCA believes that
BTC’s introduction of prepaid
services and its allocation of
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total estimated Internet sub-
scribers in the Bahamas num-
bered 60,000, with Cable
Bahamas and BTC having 60-
65 per cent and 30-35 per cent
market share respectively.
The remaining 5 per cent
market share was accounted
for by Satellite Bahamas and
other minority Internet Ser-
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Bahamas tariff-free US
exports increase 2.7%

* Polystyrene accounts for 96 per cent of all Bahamas’ CBI exports
* US exports to Bahamas grow 11.3 per cent to $2.7bn in 2008

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas in 2008 saw
a 2.7 per cent increase in the
value of its exports admitted
into the US duty-free under
the Caribbean Basin Eco-
nomic Recovery Act
(CBERA), it has been
revealed, with polystyrene
products produced largely by
Polymers International
accounting for 96 per cent of
goods sent to our northern
neighbour.

The US International Trade
Commission, in its newly-
released report on the Act’s
impact on both Caribbean
beneficiaries and the US,
found that total Bahamian
exports admitted into the US
under its tariff-free terms
increased in value from $137.4
million in 2007 to $141 mil-
lion last year.

Some $135.5 per cent of
that latter figure was account-
ed for by expandable poly-

styrene exports, which
increased year-over-year in
value by 1.8 per cent, from
$133.2 million to $135.5 mil-
lion, “mainly because of high-
er prices”. The value of
Bahamian polystyrene exports
has increased regularly, and
significantly, over the past
four years, growing from
$107.5 million in 2005 to
$121.5 million in 2006 and
then through to last year’s
$135.5 million.

While the Trade Commis-
sion’s report said the Bahamas
was “likely to remain in near
term a very small supplier to
the US market”, it was the
fifth largest supplier of goods
under the Act in 2008.

“Polystyrene, cup grade
expandable polystyrene pel-
lets, accounted for 96 per cent
of imports from the Bahamas

under the CBERA in 2008,
with imports valued at $135
million in that year,” the US
International Trade Commis-
sion’s report said.

“Polystyrene has account-
ed for more than 96 per cent
of the value of imports from
the Bahamas under CBERA
since 2005. Other imports
under CBGERA in 2008
included undentured ethyl
alcohol for beverage purposes,
grapefruit, rum, seafood (pri-
marily crab meat) and cigars.”

Foreign direct investment
in the Bahamas, though, had
remained strong through 2008
even as the world headed into
a severe recession, rising
slightly from $854 million in
2007 to $886 million last year,
according to the US Interna-
tional Trade Commission’s
report.

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ment in the Bahamas took a
major leap between 2005 and
2006, rising from $641 million
to $843 million in 2006 — an
increase of more than $200
million.

On the other side of the
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11.3 per cent in 2008 to $2.697
billion, compared to $2.422
billion in 2007. That, again,
represented a steady increase
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$263m deal seeks 30-year lease extension

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a 30-year extension to its
tenure from South Riding
Point’s landlord, the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial
Corporation (BAIC).

Mr Cartwright, who has
ministerial responsibility for
BAIC, told Tribune Business
that the key approvals
required from government

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were the 30-year lease exten-
sion, and approval for its
transfer from World Point
Terminals to Statoil.

“They [Statoil and World
Point] have submitted their
proposal to the Government,
and the Government right
now is looking at it,” Mr
Cartwright said. “The Gov-
ernment has not yet made a
final decision on the lease —
the extension of the lease and
permission to transfer the
lease from South Riding Point
to Statoil.”

When asked by Tribune
Business what kind of lease
extension Statoil was seeking,
the minister replied: “They
were looking for an extension.
They are asking for a 30-year
extension, which effectively
makes it 40 years — the exist-
ing 10 years, and a further 30
years, to bring it to 40.”

World Point Terminals’
current lease on the 763-acre
South Riding Point site, which
includes 155 acres of land, the
rest being the sea bed and off-
shore jetty, expires in 2019. If
Statoil obtains the extension it
is seeking, its tenancy would
be secure until 2049.

Acknowledging that
“everything hinges on the
Government’s decision”, Mr
Cartwright said it would be
premature to indicate which
way the Ingraham adminis-
tration was leaning.

“Cabinet makes the final
decision, and it would be very
difficult to pre-empt whatever
the decision might be,” the
minister told Tribune Busi-
ness. “Statoil has submitted
their proposal to the Govern-
ment, and the Government
has to look at it and get back
to them.”

Declining to discuss the
content of Statoil’s proposal,
Mr Cartwright confirmed pre-
vious Tribune Business reve-
lations that the Government
had concerns, and was unhap-
py, over the environmental
condition of South Riding
Point.

“There were some concerns
about the pits used for excess

oil,” he said, “and they’re
being addressed with regard
to the new potential [tenant].”
This implies that a condition
of approving Statoil’s acqui-
sition, and lease extension,
might be that either itself or
World Point Terminals under-
takes an extensive clean-up
of the site to address and
environmental concerns.

When asked by Tribune
Business how important
South Riding Point was to the
Government’s overall eco-
nomic plans, Mr Cartwright
said: “It lends itself to the
employment of Bahamians.
They have to pay taxes to the
Bahamas government, and
the lease agreement they have
with BAIC, all that helps to
advance the economy of the
Bahamas.”

Neither Bernard Roy,
World Point Terminals’ pres-
ident and chief executive, nor
Statoil could be reached for
comment by Tribune Busi-
ness before press deadline.
However, a Statoil spokes-
woman had told this newspa-
per on July 9, when the $263.2
million deal was announced,
that the Norwegian company
had plans to invest $100-$150
million in upgrading South
Riding Point.

Although declining then to
specify how long a lease
extension Statoil was seeking,
the spokeswoman confirmed
that the company wanted “a
long-term engagement
beyond 2019” with the
Bahamas, and added: “We
need a return on our invest-
ment.

“When we look at this kind
of investment, we’re looking
at a timeline of 30-50 years,
just to give a general state-
ment on this type of invest-
ment and the time we look
at.”

Statoil, which has leased
space at the oil storage, blend-
ing and transshipment facility
for the past 16 years, sees
South Riding Point’s acquisi-
tion as a logical extension to
its long-term growth strategy.

South Riding Point, which

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employs 55 Bahamians and
features 10 storage tanks and
two berths, is well-positioned
for the increasing advances
Statoil wants to make into the
US market, and the increasing
volume of oil being shipped
from Brazil. Statoil’s lease at
the site was due to end short-
ly, and it seemingly believes
that ownership/control at
South Riding Point would
better aid its cause.

At the time, Jon A Jacob-
sen, Statoil’s executive vice-
president for manufacturing
and marketing, said of the
planned purchase: “It will
strengthen StatoilHydro’s
marketing and trading posi-
tion in North America by
securing the full terminal
capacity. StatoilHydro’s
objective is to upgrade the
terminal to allow for blend-
ing of all types of crude oils,
including heavy oils.”

For 2008, South Riding
Point’s revenues rose by 25
per cent or $4.432 million
over 2007, with fourth quarter
revenues of $8.469 million up
91 per cent year-over-year.

The Statoil purchase also
includes the 50 per cent stake
World Point Terminals holds
in Freepoint, the Grand
Bahama-based tug boat busi-
ness, which has 42 employees.
In 2008, the company’s six
tugs handled 95 per cent of
the traffic at the Freeport
Container Port, its revenues
rising year-over-year by
$350,000 or 14 per cent, with
fourth quarter revenues up 37
per cent or $815,000.

The Statoil would be the
second acquisition of a Grand
Bahama-based oil storage ter-
minal within two years, the
first being the purchase of the
BORCO terminal by First
Reserve and Vopak for
around $900 million in 2008.

The South Riding Point
deal has no connection to Sta-
toil’s entrance into the
Bahamas in May 2009, when
it announced its oil explo-
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72% profit
decline

FROM page 1B



nies — increased from $102.903
million as at June 30, 2008, to
$108.875 million this time
around.

With total benefits increas-
ing by 35.4 per cent to $30.483
million, compared to $22.51
million in 2008, Family
Guardian’s top-line growth
and reduced operating
expenses were more than-can-
celled out. As a result, net
income fell by 71.6 to
$629,733, compared to $2.221
million the year-before.

Top-line growth was much
better, with gross premiums
increasing by 18.6 per cent or
$6.6 million to $41.891 mil-
lion, compared to $35.327 mil-
lion the year before. Net pre-
mium income rose by 13.4 per
cent to $37.115 million, com-
pared to $32.727 million for
the six months to June 30,
2008.

Elsewhere, net premium
income and annuity deposits
were up 16.9 per cent at
$40.538 million, with total
income ahead by 18.4 per cent
at $45.912 million, compared
to $38.774 million in the 2008
first half.

Mr Boissiere told share-
holders that gross premium
income had shown “strong
growth”, and added that life
insurance sales and annuity
sales were 9 per cent and 11
per cent, respectively, ahead
of 2008 figures for the first
half.

“As a result of a sustained
increase in the sale of new
group accounts, our group life
and health division continues
to lead in premium growth,”
said the FamGuard chairman.
“Our financial services divi-
sion also recorded a very pos-
itive increase in new sales of
life and annuity products
through June 30, 2009, com-
pared to prior year-to-date.”

Family Guardian was able
to also keep its key expenses
under control, with operating
expenses falling some 6.6 per
cent to $7.016 million for the
2009 first half, compared to
$7.514 million the year-
before, a savings of some
$500,000.

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PROPERTIES LISTED FOR SALE

(401) Lots #17 & #18 Crown Allotments,
Love Hill Settlement, Andros. Contain-
ing a two-storey res. Appraised value:
$100,000

(806) Lots #1 & #2, Block 3 witha par-
cel situated between Lot #1, Block 3,
containing a 4 bedroom condominium
— Sunset View Villas, West Bay Street.
Appraised value: $750,000

(433) Lot#27 of Village Allotment #14
in the Eastern District, containing resi-
dence situated on Denver Street off
Parkgate Road in the Ann’s Town Con-
stituency, New Providence. Property
size 2,500 sqft Building size 990 sqft.
Appraised value: $50,000

(400) Property situated in Calabash
Bay on the Island of Andros. 75’ x 150°
and containing thereon a small grocery
store 480 sqft. and an incomplete 3
bed 2 bath house 900 sqft. Appraised
value: $65,000

(301) Lot#2 in block #8, Steward Road,
Coral Heights East Subdivision situated
in Western District of New Providence,
approx. size 8,800 sq. ft. with a splitlevel
containing two bed, two bath, living,
dining & family rooms, kitchen and
utility room - approx. size of building
2,658 sqft Appraised value: $322,752

(702) Lot #20 with residential prop-
erty located Skyline Heights. Appraised
value $280,000

(902) Lotofland 94x 94x 150x 1500n
Queens Highway just south of Palmetto
Point with a two storey stone building
containing two apartments. Each unit
has 3 bed/2 1/2 bath, kitchen, living
room and 8 linen closets. Appraised
value: $287,209

(400) Lot#14 situated in the settlement
of Love Hill on the Island of Andros
totalling 20,000 sqft Property contains
a two storey 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom
residence. Appraised value: $185,000

(105) Lot containing 2 storey bldg.
with three bed, two and a half bath
residence, and 30’ x 86’ situated Bailey
Town, North Bimini. Appraised value:
$235,000

(801) Lot#18 in Sandilands Allotment
on the western side of Crosswind Road
between Seabreeze Lane and Pineyard
Road, Eastern District New Providence-
The Bahamas,containing single storey
private residence comprising the follow-
ing: covered entry porch, living room,
dining room, kitchen, laundry room,
family room, sitting area, 4 bedrooms,
2 bathroom and patio. The total area
of land is approximately 7,641 square
feet. Appraised value: $289,426

(801) Two parcels of land containing
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(702) Undeveloped lots #4A, 16, 17,
18 and 19 located Chapman Estates,
West Bay. Appraised value: $348,000

(701) Undeveloped lot #149. Sea-
fan Lane, Lucayan Beach Subdivi-
sion. Grand Bahama, 18750 sq ft.
Appraised value: TBA



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Situated thereon is a Gas Station and
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$799,497

(601) Lot#17 located Village Allotment
with fourplex, Appraised value: $500,000

(701) Lot ofland having the number
16 in Block number 16 in Section Three
of the Subdivision called and known
as Sea Breeze Estates situated in the
Eastern District of New Providence.
Property contains a three bed, two bath
residence. Appraised value: $277,000

(701) Lot of land being lot number
11 in Block number 10 on a plan of
allotments laid out by Village Estates
Limited and filed in the Dept of Land
& Surveys as number 142 N.P. and sit-
uated in the Eastern District of New
Providence. Property contains three
bed, two bath residence. Appraised
value: $165,000

(565) Lot# 1018 in Golden Gates Es-
tates #2 Subdivision situate in the South
Western District of the island of New
Providence Containing a single storey
private residence 3 bedroom 2 bath.
Property approx. size 6,000 sqft Build-
ing approx size 2,400 sqft Appraised
value: $173,176

(205) Lot B - 50 ftx 115.73 ft situated
on the north side of Shell Fish Road,
being the third lot west of Fire Trail
Road and east of Hamster Road with
aone half duplex residential premises.
Appraised value: TBA

(901) Lot #32 containing 4 bedroom
2bath concrete structure located Tri-
ana Shores Harbour Island, Eleuthera.
Property size 80’ x 120’ x 80’ 120 feet
Appraised value: $332,735

(910) Lot#12 Madeira Park, a small sub-
division on the outskirts of Treasure Cay,
Abaco having an area of 9,444 square
feet residence containing a concrete
block structure with asphalt shingle
roof comprises of three bedrooms, two
bathrooms, family room, living room,
dining room, and kitchen. Appraised
value: $147,000

(569) Property situated on Williams
Lane off Kemp Road, New Providence,
Bahamas containing a two-storey house
and an apartment building consisting
of 1800 sqft. Appraised value $100,000

(569) All that piece of land being Par-
cel #3 and Parcel #4 situated on the
South side of Prince Charles Drive,
New Providence, Bahamas contain-
ing a commercial building housing
two shop space on the ground floor
and three shop space on the second
floor with a large storage area in the
rear. Total area 8400 sq ft. Appraised

(108) Vacant Single Family Lot #5
Block F Bahamia South Subdivision
Freeport, Grand Bahama. Appraised
value $35,700

(569) Vacant property located in Sub-
division called “Culmerville’ being
a portion of Lot #47 and a portion of

value: $366,650

(569) All that piece, parcel or land
having an approximate area of 2100
sqft situated on the Western side of
Blue Hill Road about 70 ft North of
Peter Street and about 115 ft south of
Laird Street in the Southern District of
New Providence, Bahamas contain-
ing acommercial building housing a
two bed/one bath unit on the top floor
anda store on the first floor. Appraised
value: $154,000

(569) All thatpiece, parcel orlot ofland
situated on Cowpen Road (1000 ft east
of the Faith Avenue Junction) in the
Southern District of New Providence,
Bahamas containing a duplex apart-
ment comprising of two - 2-bedr/1-bath
apartments. Appraised value $175,000.

(800) All that parcel or lot ofland being
Lots #10 and 11 in Block 29 of Coco-
nut Grove Subdivision, containing a
shopping plaza. The lot is trapezium
in shape, 8,383 sq ft. Appraised value
$500,000

(560) Lot of land #2 Sea View Subdi-
vision, Russell Island, Spanish Wells.
Property size 11,323 sqft, building size
2236 sq ft containing 3 bed, 2 bath,
living room, an eat-in kitchen, dining
room, laundry room, covered porch,
aone car garage, and a covered water
tank. Appraised value: $299,000

(901) Lot #57 block# Trianna Shores
containing 3 bed 2 bath front room, din-
ing room, & kitchen. Concrete structure,
1926.40 sq ft wooden deck 321.60 sq
ft. property 9600 sqft. Appraised value:
$448,645

(901) Lot “K” Barrack Street, Harbour
Island containing a 2 storey concrete
building with 4 bed 4 bath, dining room
& kitchen -Building 2934.56 sqft prop-
erty 6563 sqft. Appraised value: $479,228

(811) Property containing Condo “Mil-
lennium II”, Unit A-101, building 57,
Phase 1C, 2 bed, 3 bath, living room,
dining room, utility closet & patio. Situ-
ated in the area known as Bimini Bay
Resort, Bimini, Bahamas.

Appraised value - $485,000

(008) Single Story tri-plex building,
one 2 bedrooms and two 1 bedroom
located on a multi-family Lot No.4,
block3, Shirley Lane, section 1, Bahama
Reef Yacht & Country Club Subdivision,
Freeport Grand Bahama. Property size
is approx. 16,621 sq ft Appraised value
$348,000

(908) Lot# 52 Crown Allotments lo-
cated Murphy Town, Abaco with size
being 10,200 sq ft. Containing a one
storey house with 4 bed/2 bath -Con-
crete Block Structure - Appraised value
$200,000

VACANT PROPERTIES

sea from both the North and South
side. Appraised value: $1,078,750

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land Lot # 977, Pinewood Gardens
Subdivision, Southern District, New
Providence. Appraised value: $65,000

(008) All that piece parcel of lot and
land on the Island of Great Exuma

(569) All that piece parcel orlot ofland
being Lot #39 in the residentially zoned
area of Highbury Park Subdivision in
the Eastern District of New Providence,
Bahamas. Approx. land size 6,000 sq
ft. Property contains a 3-bed/2-bath
house, size being 1,563 sq. ft. Appraised
Value $131,000

(908) Lot# 23 located in the Subdivi-
sion of Spring City, Abaco with size
being 8,925 sq ft. Containing a one
storey wooden structure house with
3 bed/1 bath of 7985 sq ft
Appraised value. $60,000

(304) Single storey triplex, situated on
Lot 615, Mermaid Boulevard, Golden
Gates #2 in the Western District, New
Providence. Two 2-bed, 1-bath units and
one 1-bed,1-bath unit. The property
is zoned as Multi Family Residential,
measuring 9,092 sq ft with the living
area measuring 2,792 sq ft. Appraised
value $374,192

(201) Duplex Lot #25 situated on Faith
Ave. North (Claridge Estates) - 7,354
sqft with duplex thereon. Appraised
value - TBA

(103) Parcel ofland and improvements
thereon known as No.3 block 31 Ba-
hamia Marina & Section IX located in
southwestern city of Freeport Grand
Bahama. Approx. 13,070 sq.ft. or 0.30
acres property contains duplex dwell-
ing. Appraised value $300,000

(804) Six condominium units and
five parcels of vacant land situated
at Regattas of Abaco, Marsh Harbour,
Bahamas. The single/ multi family resi-
dential condominium/ timeshare de-
velopment is situated on 9.426 acres
of land. The condominiums consist
of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and the
amenities on the property includes a
manned security gate, swimming pool,
2 tennis courts, landscaped gardens
and an administration building. Ap-
praised value $2,450,000

(569) Lot of land situated on Fire Trail
Road being a partition of Gladstone
Allot #41 New Providence, Bahamas
containing townhouse apartment unit
and two proposed units (completed as
is). Appraised value $237,714

(301) Lot# 14867 Bahama Sound Exu-
ma is located about 10 miles northwest
of George Town Exuma and about 1
mile south of Emerald Bay, The Four
Seasons Resort and Roker’s Point. It
is located near the settlements of Mt.
Thompson and Farmer's Hill. The prop-
erty contains 10,000 sq ft in area with 80
ft frontage on the Queens Highway; the
main road. The property is developed
with a partially completed apartment
complex containing five, | bedroom
units, 4 efficiency units and 1 shop
space. Appraised value $488,240

erty approx. 6950 sq. ft. Appraised
value $80,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land located on Marigold Road in
the Subdivision known as Kool Acres.
Lot is approx.9455 sq ft. Appraised
value $93,000.




vision on West Bay Street with open
zoning. Appraised value $600,000.

(800) Single/ multi family residential
vacant lot being a portion of lot #77
situated on the Southern side of Fire
Trail Road in the Western District of
New Providence. Property size 110,000




(301) All that piece parcel of land or
premises being lot # 659 on the north-
western side of Malawi Street in Eliza-
beth Estates East Phase 2 in the Yamac-
raw constituency on the island of New
Providence. Lot size - 5,085 sq ft. with
a 22 year old single storey residence, 3
bed, 1 bath. Appraised value $94,871

(301) Lot # 549 Gladiator Road Sta-
pledon Gardens containing concrete
single family residence and wooden
efficiency rental unit. Area is zoned for
single and multi family residences. Lot
size is 80’ X 120° (9600 sq ft) enclosed car
port and perimeter wall surrounding
property. Appraised value $$219,767

(569) Allthat Southwestern Moiety or
Half Part of a Lot of Land being part of
a Tract of Land nowor formerly called
Annstown situate 610 feet Southeast of
Kemp Road in the Eastern District of
the Island of New Providence aforesaid
and set out as Lot #35 containing a
duplex. Property size 50 ftx 50 ft Ap-
praised $61,000.

(569) Lot# B Block B situate on Rosedale
St in the Carey's Subdivision containing
a4 bedroom 2 bath residence. Building
size 1,234 sq ft. Property size approx
4,500 sq ft. Appraised Value TBA.

(569) Lot # Aand B on Northern side
of Carmichael Rd. Nassau with build-
ing and foundation for a warehouse.
Property size 15,780 sqft. Appraised
value $325,000.

(569) All that piece parcel or lot ofland
situate on the East Side of Miller’s Road
and 2763.58 ft South of Carmichael
Rd. being Lot #B containing a Triplex
Property size 80’ x 100’ (8,000 sq.ft)
Appraised Value TBA

(801) Lot No. 1, Block 5, located in the
Baillou Dale Subdivision, Nassau, Ba-
hamas. The property contains a split
level building comprising of 5 retail
shops/offices. The land size is approx.
5,000 sq.ft. with the building area approx
3,735 sq.ft. Appraised value $370,260.00

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land situate Graham Drive in the Yel-
low Elder Subdivision being Lot #446
containing a 2 bed 2 bath residence.
Appraised Value $110,000.

(101-F)Residential Canal Lots 30, 31
& 32, Block 1, Pine Bay Subdivision
Freeport, Grand Bahama, containing
two storey house, 4 bed, 3 baths
Situated on 1.62 acres of land.
Appraised value $1,372,200

(101-F) Property situated Alice Town,
being Parcel “A’, North Bimini, measur-
ing 9,267 sq ftwith incomplete 3 storey
single family home. Appraised value
$542,000











Lot #57. Appraised value: $24,000 sqft. Appraised value $550,000








2009 first half was returned
to shareholders as a dividend,
as the $0.06 earnings per
share (EPS) for the period
mirrored exactly the dividend
paid to investors on August
19, 2009.

On the balance sheet side,
there was a slight decline in
shareholders’ net equity of
just over $1.5 million, from
$58.818 million as at June 30,
2008, to $57.154 million this
year. While total assets
increased by just under $6
million, from $176.471 million
to $182.316 million, total lia-

situated about 10 1/2 miles North-
westwardly of George Town which said
piece parcel or lot of land is #10750
Bahama Sound O.A.E. 10,900 sqft.
Appraised value: $65,000

(565) Vacant lot#5 located Eleuthera
Island Shores, Seaside Drive Section
B, Block #15, Eleuthera, Bahamas.
9,691 sqft, Appraised value: $27,620

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot #152 located in the
Subdivision known as West Ridge-
land Park situated in the Southern
District of the island of New Prov-
idence. Property approx. 4000 sqft
Appraised value $55,000.



(569) All that piece parcel or lot ofland
situate in the settlement of James Cis-
tern on the Island of Eleuthera one
ofthe Islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas measuring approx
10,000 sq.ft. Appraised value TBA

(301) Vacantlot single/family zon-
ing. Lot #21 ofthe subdivision called
Southern Shores, Canaan Subdivision
located on Marshall Road. Property
size is some 67.86 feet on the sub
road and 84.49 on one side, 55.21
at the back and some 85.61 on the
other side of 5,475 S/F of land space.
Appraised value $86,000





(402) Lot89, Block7 Aberdeen Drive,
Bahamia West Replat Subdivision,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, consist-
ing of 12,100 sqft.

Appraised value: $51,000




(008) Allthatpiece parcel orlotofland
designated as Lot Number 563 on a
plan ofa Subdivision called or known
as Bahama Highlands #4. 11,223.41
sqft. Appraised value: $87,000




(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot No. 102 in the Subdivi-
sion known as “EXUMA HARBOUR”
in the Island of Great Exuma meas-
uring 10,000 sq.ft. Appraised value
$20,000.00.

(008) Anundeveloped waterfront lot
land being Lot #12032 with a size of
10,600 sq.ft. in the Bahama Sound of
Exuma Subdivision # 11 West, Great
Exuma, Bahamas. Appraised value
$224,000





(800) Vacant property located Baha-
mia South. Block 16 lot 9A, Freeport,
Grand Bahama consisting of 24,829.20
sqft. Appraised value: $52,000

(569) Vacant lot ofland containing
1.786 acre, situated east of Knowles
Drive, approximately 1,420 ft. south-
ward of Harold Road in the western
district of New Providence.- Baha-
mas. Appraised value $ 170,000



(201) Single family residential Lot No.
11703 Bahama Sound Subd. Number
11 West, Great Exuma. Size: approx.
10,000 sq ft .Appraised value $15,000






(008) Partially developed parcel
of land being 10,000 sq.ft. situate
about the eastern portion of The For-
est Estate in the vicinity of the settle-
ments of Southside and The Forest
being Lot Number 4803 in Bahama

(202) Vacant lot ofland containing
41,164 sqft, Lot #8, Love Estate, Phase
1, 2,300 ft. south of West Bay Street,
Western District, New Providence.
Appraised value $165,000




(565) Vacant Lot #9 (11,406.65 sqft)
situated in Mango Lane Section “B”
Block #15, Eleuthera Island Shores,
Eleuthera. Appraised value: $50,189





(201) Multifamily Lot No. 10 - South-
east Corner of Mandarin Drive, Sugar
Apple Road, Sans Souci Sudv. Size:
14,368 sq ft. Appraised value $165,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot #5, Block 29A Sec-
tion C Eleuthera Shores, Eleuthera



bilities rose by $7.5 million,
from $117.653 million to
$125.162 million.

On the investments front,
FamGuard substantially
reduced its asset allocation in
‘other bank deposits’, reduc-
ing this from $13.79 million
at the balance sheet date in

(909) Vacant residential Lot# 63 (7800
sqft) Crown Allotments located Mur-
phy Town, Abaco.

Appraised value: $18,000

(802) Vacant Commercial Lot No:
3A, Block 60 Bahamia Subdivision
VI containing 3 acres located Free-
port, Grand Bahama. Appraised
value: $750,000

(503) Vacant property consisting of
Lot #894 situated in the Free-

port Ridge Subdivision, Section #1,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.
Appraised value: TBA

(505) Ten (10) acres ofland situated
on Woods Cay, known as Little Abaco,
between Cooper’s Town and Cedar
Harbour in Abaco, Bahamas. The prop-



Sound of Exuma 6, Exuma, Baha-

(201) Single family residential Lot No.
11698 Bahama Sound Subd. Number
11 West, Great Exuma. Size: approx.
10,426 sq ft Appraised value: $15,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot #1 located in Block 3
in the Subdivision known as Eastern
Estates situate in the Eastern District



mas. Appraised value $25,000



(724) Vacant land at Love Beach,
Western District of New Providence
comprising a portion of “LoveEstate”
containing 1 acre. Appraised value
$225,000






(800) Lot#2 vacant land 30,000 sq

(902) Vacant Lot #18 Block 33 Sec-
tion “C” Rainbow Bay on the island
of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The property
is located in a developed residential
subdivision with all amenities.

Appraised valued $20,000

Island, Bahamas. Appraised Value
$29,000.














ofthe island of New Providence. Prop-

OFFICERS

COMMERCIAL BANKING CENTRE NASSAU MAIN BRANCH 717) Mrs. Nancy Swaby
Tel: 242-356-8568 Tel: 242-322-8700 723) Ms. Deidre King
800) Mrs. Monique Crawford 701) Mr. James Strachan 724) Mrs. Faye Higgs
)
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erty is undeveloped with a view of the ft located Chapman Estates Subdi-

2008 to $4.257 million this
time around.
Correspondingly, invest-
ment assets held to maturity
rose from $44.255 million to
$57.29 million, implying that
assets were switched from
bank deposits to potentially
higher-yielding investments.









909) Mrs. Sylvia Poitier
910) Mr Kermit Curry
BIMINI BRANCH
Tel:242-347-3031

105) Miss. Ganiatu Tinubu
GRAY’S, LONG ISLAND
Tel: 242-337-0101

100) Mrs. Lucy Wells
EXUMA BRANCH

Tel: 242-336-3251

008) Ms. Jocyelyn Mackey
FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-352-6631/2

101-F) Ms. Garnell Frith
102) Ms. Elaine Collie



(

(801) Mr. Jerome Pinder 702) Mr. Antonio Eyma 725) Ms. Marguerite Johnson
(802) Mr. Brian Knowles 301) Ms. Thyra Johnson 565) Mrs. Catherine Davis
(803) Mr. Vandyke Pratt 304) Mrs. Alicia Thompson 569) Mrs. Vanessa Scott

(804) Mrs. Hope Sealey MACKEY STREET BRANCH NASSAU INT’L AIRPORT

(805) Mrs. Tiffany Simms O’brien Tel: 242-393-3097 Tel: 242-377-7179
(806)
(807)
(808)
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806) Mrs. Lois Hollis 601) Ms. Cherelle Martinborough 433) Mrs. Suzette Hall-Moss
807) Mr. Lester Cox JOHN F. KENNEDY DRIVE BRANCH

808) Mrs. DaShann Clare-Paul Tel: 242-325-4711

810) Miss LaPaige Gardiner 401) Mrs. Renea Walkine

811) Ms. Lydia Gardiner 402) Mrs. Chandra Gilbert
PALMDALE SHOPPING CENTRE PRINCE CHARLES SHOPPING CENTRE
Tel: 242-322-4426/9 or Tel: 242-393-7505/8

LYFORD CAY BRANCH

Tel: 242-362-4540 or 242-362-4037
101-N) Mrs. Lindsey Peterson
GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, ELEUTHERA
Tel: 242-332-2856/8

902) Ms. Nicole Evans





242-302-3800 501) Mr. Jason Sawyer HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH 103) Mrs. Damita Newbold-Cartwright
(201) Ms. Nicola Walker 503) Mr. Dwight King Tel:242-333-2230 108) Ms. Sylvie Carey
(202) Mr. Robert Pantry 505) Ms. Patricia Russell 901) Ms. Velderine Laroda SPANISH WELLS



Tel: 242-333-4131 or
242-333-4145
(560) Mr. Walter Carey

ANDROS TOWN BRANCH
Tel: 242-368-2071

400) Ms. Cyprianna Williams
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO
Tel: 242-367-2420

908) Mr. Toure Holder

(205) Mrs. Anya Major CABLE BEACH BRANCH

Tel: 242-327-6077

466) Mrs. Winnifred Roberts
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Re: Lot # 12, Block # 86, Richmond Park
Subdivision, Unit 3R Freeport, Grand Bahama

































Recently Constructed Six-Plex

Five Units:
One bedroom one bathroom, living and dining
area, kitchen and laundry area.

One Unit:
Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room,
living and dining room, family room, kitchen,
office and laundry room and arctic area.

Potential Income:
One bedroom units $3,250.00 per month
Four bedrooms unit $1,400.00 per month.

For conditions of sale and any
other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
@ 502-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should
submit offer in writing addressed to
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
P. O. Box N-7518 Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before October 9th, 2009

PUBLIC NOTICE

Cable hopes ‘long 14-

FROM page 1B

Bahamas and the US] in 2000,
the Government has done its
side of it.

“We are now looking to the
US government to do their
side, and they haven’t fulfilled
it yet. That’s to get the pro-
grammers to us to give us
their programming from the
satellite.”

However, Mr Butler said
Cable Bahamas was encour-
aged by the statements made
by Ron Kirk, the US Trade
Representative, in unveiling
the Bahamas’ move to imple-
ment the Copyright Act 2004
amendments, to believe that
Washington was now moving
to push programming rights
holders — especially those with
premium content — to finally
negotiate commercial tie-ups

with it.

While stating that the
Bahamas’ amendments would
“ensure that legitimate Amer-
ican companies don’t have to
compete with unauthorized
transmissions of their own
shows”, Ambassador Kirk
added that if properly imple-
mented, “this law should help
to open up a new export mar-
ket for the programming of
American pay television
channels and provide a posi-
tive example of respect for
intellectual property through-
out the region”.

While some may question
why the Bahamas had to
learn of the amendments’
enactment from Washington,
rather than its own govern-
ment, Ambassador Kirk’s
statement nonetheless hints
at progress being made on all

SITUATION VACANT

MERCHANDISE/PARTS MANAGER

Needed for expanding
Freeport Auto Dealership

Mature applicants must have a thorough understanding of
computerized inventory systems, be able to interpret parts
usage, generate parts orders, supervise AND train parts

personnel.

Knowledge of Japanese and Korean parts is preferred along
with proven dealership experience.

Attractive and competitive remuneration package available

to successful applicant.

Please apply in writing to:
Administrator
P.O. Box F-41060
Freeport

Design/Build Teams are invited to submit proposals to construct a
new bridge carrying the Grand Bahama Highway over the Lucayan
Waterway near Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahama.

PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR BRIDGE DESIGN/BUILD CONTRACT

SCOPE OF WORK: The project limits will consist of approximately one
half (1/2) mile of roadway, a bridge over the Lacayan Waterway Canal and
the extension of the existing seawall bulkheads along both sides of the
canal. The intent is for the bridge to span across the Lucayan Waterway
with no piers or marine fenders in the Lucayan Waterway.

[a This bridge is intended to be a four (4) lane facility
(2 Eastbound and 2 Westbound Lanes),

EA The Sidewalk facility should have two (2) lookout points, spaced
approximately fifty (50) feet apart (to overlook the canal),

Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham

fronts to bring an end to the
long-running intellectual
property rights sags involving
TV transmissions in this
nation.

“This is where we take the
encouragement,” the Cable
Bahamas president told Tri-
bune Business. “It’s been a
long road that we’ve been on
for the last 14 years, and this
gives us great encourage-
ment.”

Mr Butler said Ambassador
Kirk’s statement indicated
that the US government had
“started the process of
encouraging those rights hold-
ers not selling to the Bahamas
to sell to it”.

“We’ve set up meetings
with a number of the pro-
grammers going forward,” he
added, “starting next week.
We hope this is a catalyst so
that the offers on the signals
can come. Hopefully, the US
Trade Representative’s Office
will encourage those compa-
nies that have refused to start
offering their channels.”

Emphasising that this was

an issue that would impact all
companies offering TV-type
products in the Bahamas, not
just Cable Bahamas, Mr But-
ler said moves to close the
long-running intellectual
property rights saga would
eventually have “some signif-
icant implications for TV line-
ups going forward”.

He explained: “There’s pro-
gramming out there we could-
n’t get access to. There’s
video-on-demand program-
ming, there’s HD (high defi-
nition) programming avail-
able in the US that we can’t
access.

“We’re encouraged, and
hoping from those initiatives
between the governments that
we'll able to access that pro-
gramming. I’m sure the view-
ers would be delighted, too.”

Mr Butler also suggested
that the Bahamas’ move to
implement the 2004 Copy-
right Act amendments result-
ed from an August 2009

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The work also includes the reconstruction of the approach roadways
eastbound and westbound to the bridge and connection to the existing
four (4) lane divided Grand Bahama Highway beyond the project limits.

INTERESTED DESIGN BUILD TEAMS MUST SUBMIT INFORMATION ON
THEIR TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL COMPETENCE POR QUALIFICATION,
Ni) LATER THAN

FRIDAY OCTOBER 9TH 2009

MR. DUDLEY FRANCIS
SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER
THE GRAND BAHAMA PORT AUTHORITY, LIMITED

AND WHEREAS, Division |, in an effort to bring greater public
awareness to its mission to develop effective communicators,
wishes to set aside a month to engage in activities in support of that
effort:

NOW, THEREFORE, |, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim

the month of October, 2009 as “TOASTMASTERS MONTH”,
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Recalling the meeting, he
told Tribune Business: “The
comments from the owners at
that point were that they
wouldn’t negotiate with the
Bahamas until the amend-
ment was enacted.”

The crux of the intellectual
property rights issue that has
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with Cable Bahamas, in
return for this nation amend-
ing its compulsory licensing
regime via the 2004 Act
amendment. Yet while the
Bahamas has now fulfilled its
side of the bargain, the US
has yet to hold up its end.

However, Mr Butler and
Cable Bahamas are hopeful
that last week’s developments
will put an end to recent
episodes such as the one
where two industry bodies

ming royalty rights holders
urged the Obama administra-
tion to take away trade bene-
fits that allow Bahamian
exports to enter the US tariff-
free, on the grounds that this
nation was not fulfilling its
obligations to protect intel-
lectual property rights.

Both the MPAA and Tele-
vision Association of Pro-
grammers Latin America
urged that the Bahamas lose
its trade benefits under the
Caribbean Basin Economic
Recovery Act (CBERA) due
to its compulsory licensing
regime for cable television,
under which Cable

Bahamas was allegedly
pirating premium program-
ming satellite signals.

This, though, is exactly the
issue the Bahamas addressed
on Thursday by enacting the
compulsory TV _ licence
amendments, hopefully mak-
ing it a dead issue.

In its submission to the US
International Trade Commis-
sion’s (USITC) latest report
on the economic impact made
by the CBERA, and its twin
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) programme, the
MPAA alleged that the com-
pulsory licensing regime had
been used by the Bahamas
“to justify the retransmission
of premium pay television
programming to the detri-
ment of US rights holders.

“This compulsory licence
allows cable operators in the
Bahamas — including the par-
tially government-owned
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ly steal films and program-
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Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of

the Company.

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
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(a) GYROSCOPE LIMITED (SAC) is in dissolution under the provisions of
the International Business Companies Act 200.

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General.

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on or before the 11th day of September 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution

made before such debts are proved.

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argued: “The Bahamas should
not continue to benefit from
preferential access to the US
market while it is simultane-
ously expropriating US rights
holders’ property.”
However, in its response to
the US International Trade
Commission, Cable Bahamas
said that “for over five years,
Cable Bahamas has sought a
meeting with Television Asso-

without success.

“Instead of meeting with
Cable Bahamas, HBO Latin
America and Television Asso-
ciation of Programmers Latin
America seek to use the office
of the

United States government
to coerce the settlement of
their private business dis-
pute,” the company added.

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OF

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company commenced on the 1 October, 2009.
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Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O.Box N-3023,
Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of
the Company.

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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
FRIDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,473.49 | CHG -28.18 | %CHG -1.88 | YTD -238.87 | YTD % -13.95
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%

WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

52wk-Low Security
AML Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

5.90
0.63
3.15
2.14
9.93
2.72
5.26
1.27
1.32
6.60
8.80
10.00
4.11
1.00
0.27
5.49
9.98
10.00

5.90
0.63
3.15
2.37
9.93
2.72
5.86
3.08
2.05
6.60
9.30
10.00
450
1.00
0.27
5.59
9.98
10.00

Previous Close Today's Close

10.00

10.00

EPS $ P/E
0.127
0.992
0.244

-0.877
0.125
0.055
1.406
0.249
0.419
0.111
0.625
0.420
0.322
0.631
0.332
0.000
0.035
0.407
0.952
0.156

Change Daily Vol. Div $
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

-0.42
0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

-0.39
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

5.90
0.63
3.15
2.37
9.93
2.72
5.44
3.09
2.05
6.60
9.30

4.11
1.00
0.27
5.59
9.98 .
64.1

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)

52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

Security
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Last Sale
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

Change Interest
0.00
0.00
0.00

0.00

Daily Vol.
7%
Prime + 1.75%
7%
Prime + 1.75%

Maturity
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
29 May 2015

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities

52wk-Low Bid $
7.92
2.00

0.35

Symbol
7.92 Bahamas Supermarkets
6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
0.20 RND Holdings

Ask $

8.42
6.25
0.40

Last Price
14.00
4.00
0.55

EPS$ _Div$
0.000
0.480

0.000

Weekly Vol.
N/M
N/M

256.6

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

29.00 ABDAB
0.40 RND Holdings

30.13
0.45

31.59

0.55

29.00
0.55

0.000
0.000

9.03
261.90

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

52wk-Low

1.3344
2.8952
1.4129
3.0941
12.3870

100.0000

93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

NAV
1.4038
2.8990
1.4920
3.0941

13.1136
101.6693
96.7398
1.0000
9.3399
1.0707
1.0319
1.0673

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

YTD%

3.72
-1.39
4.06
-8.61
3.93
1.10
0.35
0.00
2.69
3.38
-0.11
2.89

Last 12 Months
5.20
-4.16
5.59

-13.59
5.87
1.67
-4.18
0.00
-1.41
5.14
2.05
4.93

Div $ Yield % NAV Date
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
25-Sep-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
30-Jun-09
30-Jun-09
31-Dec-07
31-Jul-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09

MARKET TERMS

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

($1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask § - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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BFSB backs Bahamas
on G-20 tax standard

THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) yesterday
released a statement reaffirming
that the Bahamas will meet the
G-20/OECD minimum standards
on tax transparency and informa-
tion exchange before year-end

Substances, and its comprehen-
sive framework to prevent money
laundering and terrorist financing
are hallmarks that remforce The
Bahamas’ position as a leading
financial services centre.”

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-

assessment by the Global Forum
on Transparency and Exchange of
Information, confirmed that The
Bahamas had opened negotia-
tions with a number of countries
and recognised the strong legal
framework for cooperation that

2009.

In its statement, the BFSB said

ham, the BFSB said, had reiterat-
ed in March that the Bahamas

already exists in The Bahamas as
a result of its 2002 agreement with
the United States of America and

the Bahamian government had
confirmed its commitment to this
goal and deadline more than
once, and now had three Tax
Information Exchange Agree-
ments (TIEAs) - with the US,
Monaco and San Marino — that

was prepared to make good on
commitments given to the OECD
back in 2002, given that the ‘level
playing field’ condition - with all
nations prepared to adopt the
same standards and timelines —
had been met.

its anti-money laundering frame-
work.

were deemed to be OECD com-

pliant.

The BFSB said: “The Bahamas

The BFSB added that, follow-
ing this announcement: “The
Bahamas readied itself for negoti-
ations with G20 and other coun-

INSIGHT

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has a history of leadership and
ongoing adherence to meeting
international protocols. The early
introduction of regulation of trust

companies in 1965, being the first

to sign the United Nations Con-

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tries, and on July 29 announced
that it had commenced negotia-
tions with 14 countries.

The ‘Tax Cooperation 2009:
Towards a Level Playing Field’
report, released by the OECD in
September as a result of the latest

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Is the sun setting on government transparency once again?

FROM page 12B

serious politicians for
decades in all but the most
authoritarian countries.

Minister of State for

Immigration

Branville McCartney:
When harrowing allega-

tions of brutality and sub-
human conditions at the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre arose earlier this
year, the claims were imme-
diately denied by Mr
McCartney and Immigration
Director Jack Thompson.

However, in an exclusive
interview with Insight, an
officer stationed at the centre
responded to their denials,
describing a place suffocat-
ed by fear, where detainees
are treated like animals -
beaten, tortured and sexual-
ly assaulted by guards.

Through it all, Mr McCart-
ney maintained that no such
abuses have taken place on
his watch. So efficient were
the ministry's investigations
that it could be stated cate-
gorically, little more than a
day after the allegations first

BAIC

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arose, that they were untrue.
This was either the most
efficient investigation in his-
tory of analytical inquiry or
the most preposterous, and
many suspect that the min-
istry's inquiries consisted of
little more than asking the
guards and their superiors
whether they had engaged in
the behaviour described, and
relaying their predictable
denials to the public.

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as a whole has failed to
respond to repeated requests
from The Tribune, other
media organisations and
human rights groups to tour
the facility and see for them-
selves.

Mr McCartney did organ-
ise a visit for social workers
and psychologists, but did
not release the findings, say-
ing the report must first be
seen by cabinet. Months
have passed, and there is still
no word on when this infor-
mation will be made avail-
able.

Either the alleged suffer-
ing of helpless human beings
at the hands of government
officers is a matter that cab-
inet has little interest in, or
more likely, the "waiting for
cabinet approval" line was a
stalling tactic in the first
place.

Minister of Agriculture

Larry Cartwright:
Just a few weeks ago, a

14-year-old boy sent a letter
to The Tribune claiming he
had witnessed horrifying
conditions at the government
dog pound.

He told of seeing, among
other things, a dead dog
locked in a cage with a live
one, animals starved of food
and water and absolutely dis-
gusting conditions.

The immediate reaction
was to close ranks and pre-
tend nothing was wrong, and
just as at the detention cen-
tre, The Tribune sought to
verify the claims, but was
turned away at the gates.

A senior government offi-
cial promised a statement in
response to the story, but this
never materialised. When
contacted a few weeks later

for an explanation of why
reporters were kept out,
Minister of Agriculture Lar-
ry Cartwright said the pound
is “normally off limits
because they bring in dogs
from the streets who could
have all sorts of diseases.”

While I am sure all work-
ing journalists appreciate Mr
Cartwright's concern for
their safety, I am equally cer-
tain they can take care of
themselves. The squalid, sor-
did and often precarious sce-
narios into which their pro-
fession leads local reporters
on a regular basis has surely
qualified them to handle the
worst the dog pound can
muster.

In any case, it is not the
job of a government official
to ensure the health and
safety of journalists on the
job; were this the case, the
world would know nothing
of starvation, disease and
conflict outside of what gov-
ernments chose to make
public.

Mr Cartwright's next
move was a Classic: kill the
messenger. He accused the
14-year-old schoolboy and
his friends of “bragging”
their way into the facility
under “false pretences”, hav-
ing claimed to be working
for the Humane Society.
This, of course, has no bear-
ing whatsoever on whether
the boy's claims were true -
not a single allegation has
been outright denied — and
can therefore only be taken
as an attempt to change the
subject and discredit a young
man who was brave enough
to bring light to so horrible a
situation. Personally, I hope
the boy did sneak in; if so, I
congratulate him on an

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undercover job well done,
and recommend that he tries
his hand at a career in jour-
nalism when he gets a bit
older.

Mr Cartwright could not
say why a statement was yet
to be released, but said that
once it has, "I am sure the
understanding public will
realise that it’s not a tourist
attraction, it’s not a place
where you can take anybody.
It’s cleaned on a daily basis
but needs some minor
repairs and cleaning up, and
I think it would be naive of
us to say that everything is
in tip-top shape because it’s
not, we are human beings
working there... Need I say
more?”

I believe animal rights
advocates and dog lovers
would suggest Mr Cartwright
needs to say a great deal
more. Not only does his
explanation make no men-
tion whatsoever of the alle-
gations of animal cruelty —
an offence punishable by law
— his excuse that the workers
are "human" leaves much to
be desired. Firstly, it is
arguable that anyone who
subjects an animal to unnec-
essary cruelty might not
qualify for the label
"human." Secondly, no one
asked that the pound be a
"tourist attraction” — only
that its staff do all they can to
ease the last days of animals
who have suffered their
entire lives because of
human recklessness and irre-
sponsibility.

Minister of National

Security Tommy

Turnquest:
Most disturbing, perhaps,

is Mr Turnquest's involve-
ment in what appears to be a
stranglehold on information
regarding the death of Pre-
ston Ferguson in Exuma.

It has been claimed that
when Preston died under
mysterious circumstances
two months ago, police offi-
cers failed to impound the
vehicle in which the body
was discovered, neglected to
interview persons of interest,
did not confiscate his clothes
or the possessions, and did
not even bother to check his
phone records. As a result,
it seems, the police have
been forced to put forward
what appears to be a com-
pletely fantastical accident
scenario to explain his death.

So far, the minister has
used the tried-and-true
defence of "ongoing investi-
gation.” Fair enough, but if
the manner of Preston's
death cannot be discussed
because it is still under inves-
tigation, what about the alle-
gations against the officers
on the scene?

Over the last few weeks,
the public has made it clear
that what it wants from Mr
Turnquest is a vow to get to
the bottom of what hap-
pened in Exuma on the

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Baha Mar’s closure savings
‘close to what we projected’

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

BAHA MAR believes it has
saved “close to what we project-
ed” through the two-month closure
of the Wyndham Nassau resort and
adjacent Crystal Palace casino, as
the two properties re-open today
with some 1,000 staff returning to
work.

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior
vice-president for governmental
and external affairs, said the
planned closure — done as a way
to slash millions of dollars in losses
incurred during the traditionally
slow period from mid-August to
early October — had been “very
effective” and “a good strategic
decision we made”.

While unable to quantify the
scale of the savings accruing to
Baha Mar, he did tell Tribune Busi-
ness: “We believe it’s close to what
we had projected.”

“T think it has been very effec-
tive,” he added. “The period is not
totally over yet, so we do not have



ROBERT SANDS

* 1,000 staff back to work today, as two-month Wyndham
and Crystal Palace closures ‘very effective’

* But resort group still ‘slightly behind projections’

* Business still ‘very soft and challenging’ heading into winter season

the numbers in hand, but we
believe it was a good strategic deci-
sion that we made. We believe [the
savings] is close to what we pro-
jected. It reduced the loss signifi-
cantly during the period we were
closed.”

As for today, Mr Sands had told
Tribune Business on Friday:
“We’re on schedule for opening.
Staff have been coming back, and
came in for orientation and training
today. We will be opening to the
public on Monday as scheduled, as
planned.

“The staff that went on leave will
come back on Monday. That’s in
excess of 1,000 between the hotel
and the casino.” Some 700 staff at
the Wyndham, and 300 at the Crys-

tal Palace casino, will be reporting
for duty today, Mr Sands added,
the Sheraton Nassau Beach having
remained open throughout the
summer.

Baha Mar had used the Wynd-
ham and Crystal Palace closures to
effect some modest capital works to
improve the guest experience, Mr
Sands told Tribune Business,
including painting, “correcting mal-
functioning equipment” and back
office improvements.

Yet while Baha Mar was antici-
pating a “seamless” transition back
into a working environment, noth-
ing had changed in terms of the
outlook for the Bahamian hotel
and tourism industries as they
headed into the 2009 winter sea-

son.

Acknowledging that the Wynd-
ham and Crystal Palace were like-
ly to see a gradual and slow build
up in business, with staff working
weeks rostered accordingly, Mr
Sands said: “Business will be soft.
We still expect this quarter to be
reasonably challenging. It’s still
very soft and challenging, no ques-
tion. I think we’re behind our pro-
jections; slightly behind.”

However, Mr Sands said Baha
Mar hoped to get a short-term
boost from the Bahamian conven-
tions market, with both major polit-
ical parties - PLP and FNM -
scheduled to stage their party con-
ferences, spanning a week each, in
late October and November.

Is the sun setting on government transparency once again?

FROM page 9B

morning the body was found,
and a personal commitment
to see the officers in ques-
tion punished severely if
found guilty of negligence.
So far, he has responded on
all occasions with the dou-
ble mantra that the matter is
still under investigation and
that he is unwilling to sec-
ond-guess the police.

The Freedom of Informa-
tion Act (FOTA)

Under the PLP it was
nearly impossible for a jour-
nalist or member of the pub-
lic to get their hands on offi-
cial documents. At its most
ridiculous, the culture of
secrecy made it difficult for
the press to even obtain a
copy of an international
treaty.

Then came the light. By
late 2006, the FNM and its
new-old leader Hubert

Ingraham were in the ascen-
dancy, and made freedom of
information a cornerstone of
their campaign.

At every opportunity, the
party came to the defence of
journalists seeking informa-
tion, claiming it had a duty to
"defend press freedom in the
Bahamas as an indispensable
element of our democracy"
and even mounted its own
campaign for the release of
the Baha Mar heads of
agreement.

After winning the elec-
tion, the FNM declared that
an historic first draft of a
Freedom of Information Act
was on the desk of then
Attorney General Claire
Hepburn. She said cabinet
would review the document
and circulate it for public
consultation before present-
ing it to the House of Assem-
bly before the end of 2007.
The future seemed bright

indeed.

Then suddenly, the free-
dom train was stricken by
unexpected delays.

In February 2008, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
announced that a cultural
shift and “mindset change”
must take place in the public
sector before the ideal of
freedom of information
could be realised.

He said the government
will not rush the Freedom of
Information Act, "but we
will deliver."

A few months later, the
new Attorney General
Michael Barnett said the
government is still working
on the proposal, but is com-
mitted to seeing the bill
before parliament in a “rea-
sonable” time. He said the
delay was down to “people”
having to see the draft and
modify it and make changes.

He did not explain who

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happened to the promise
that the document would be
released to the public.

Mr Barnett did say media
organisations will see the Bill
before it comes law, but this
is not the same as public con-
sultation — which seems to
have gone completely out
the window, as Minister of
State for Culture Charles
Maynard recently announced
that preparations have begun
for the Act's eventual imple-
mentation.

However, public consul-

tation on this issue is vital —
as some FOIAs are more
user-friendly than others.
The United States has a
relatively generous FOIA,
and in 2006 alone appeals to
this law by the American
press uncovered the poten-
tial for a huge salmonella
outbreak, revealed that a
popular form of birth con-
trol may be killing women,
disclosed that 75 per cent of
the jail cells in one state have
faulty locks, and exposed the
fact that staff at a particular
kidney transplant facility

were not properly trained, to
name just a few cases.

Just imagine what such a
law could do in a society like
this one, where countless
instances of inefficiency and
skullduggery take place on a
daily basis out of the public
view. Besides, considering
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Honolulu 86/30 74/23 s
Houston 89/31 74/23 t

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47/8 35/1
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69/20 53/11
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85/29
64/17
75/23
68/20
68/20
71/21
70/21
91/32
57/13
72/22
81/27
69/20
67/19
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72/22
57/13
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77/25
91/32

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51/10
73/22
44/6
56/13
62/16
55/12
57/13
65/18
79/26
39/3
61/16
76/24
58/14
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69/20
82/27
60/15
66/18
75/23
71/21
58/14
86/30
66/18
67/19
62/16
81/27
90/32
83/28
71/21

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54/12
62/16
41/5
42/5
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86/30
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69/20
67/19
73/22
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70/21
61/16
86/30
91/32
82/27
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F/C
56/13
65/18
54/12
47/8
56/13
49/9
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Acapulco
Amsterdam
Ankara, Turkey
Athens
Auckland
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bogota
Brussels
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Calgary
Cancun
Caracas
Casablanca
Copenhagen
Dublin
Frankfurt
Geneva
Halifax
Havana
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Islamabad
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kingston
Lima
London
Madrid
Manila
Mexico City
Monterrey
Montreal
Moscow
Munich
Nairobi
New Delhi
Oslo

Paris
Prague

Rio de Janeiro
Riyadh
Rome

St. Thomas
San Juan
San Salvador
Santiago
Santo Domingo
Sao Paulo
Seoul
Stockholm
Sydney
Taipei

Tokyo
Toronto
Trinidad
Vancouver
Vienna
Warsaw
Winnipeg

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F/C
89/31
61/16
15/23
79/26
53/11
91/32
87/30
75/23
79/26
80/26
72/22
57/13
79/26
67/19
62/16
67/19
72/22
96/35
88/31
42/5
90/32
84/28
83/28
55/12
59/15
62/16
68/20
64/17
89/31
50/10
86/30
100/37
73/22
83/28
70/21
89/31
75/23
61/16
82/27
88/31
77/25
95/35
57/13
49/9
62/16
88/31
82/27
47/8
62/16
57/13
80/26
93/33
75/23
89/31
91/32
85/29
64/17
85/29
79/26
72/22
47/8
64/17
79/26
72/22
60/15
99/37
58/14
62/16
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50/10
49/9
64/17
47/8
77/25
78/25
60/15
52/11
73/22
53/11
45/7
71/21
45/7
52/11

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50/10

67/19 s

77/25
27/-2
17/25
73/22
65/18

46/7
52/11
55/12
57/13

40/4
73/22

32/0
77/25
66/18
62/16
60/15
54/12
79/26
60/15
55/12
53/11
79/26
51/10
73/22

46/7

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50/10
57/13
73/22
28/-2
60/15

45/7
73/22
67/19
55/12
79/26
51/10
71/21

47/8
73/22
64/17

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65/18
72/22
81/27
59/15
91/32
86/30
77/25
70/21
77/25
76/24
61/16
79/26
67/19
68/20
68/20
61/16
90/32
90/32
53/11
89/31
83/28
84/28
61/16
63/17
65/18
72/22
52/11
88/31
46/7
86/30
100/37
73/22
77/25
79/26
87/30
75/23
68/20
17/25
86/30
77/25
99/37
57/13
43/6
73/22
88/31
88/31
52/11
68/20
61/16
86/30
95/35
17/25
89/31
76/24
86/30
69/20
86/30
83/28
72/22
50/10
70/21
79/26
68/20
64/17
96/35
59/15
67/19
58/14
49/9

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Low
F/C
80/26
58/14
42/5
62/16
49/9
77/25
79/26
63/17
43/6
71/21
58/14
58/14
71/21
43/6
58/14
57/13
48/8
64/17
82/27
27/-2
75/23
74/23
67/19
60/15
45/7
58/14
57/13
39/3
73/22
34/1
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57/13
58/14
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73/22
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57/13
56/13
76/24
67/19
55/12
79/26
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iS the sun setting on government
transparency once again?

By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor

he Progressive Liberal Party’s last
stint in office was indeed a dark

time for press freedom and the
concept of openness in government.

The culture of official secrecy, part of
our colonial legacy, was strengthened and
expanded under a Christie cabinet that
seemed to regard transparency as an alien
concept and criticism as an act of treason.

It was common for government figures
to lash out at reporters who sought to
expose inconvenient truths about the gov-
ernment's performance. The most notable
cases were former party chairman Ray-
nard Rigby and Cat Island and Rum Cay
MP Philip “Brave” Davis, who suggested
the media should be punished for report-
ing in a manner the government regarded
as biased.

Sometimes, the PLP's antics produced
quite comical results, as when former min-
ister of housing Neville Wisdom mistak-
enly recorded himself explaining how he
intended to block the press from accessing
public housing records. At other times,
they were sinister, as when then immigra-

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tion minister Shane Gibson sought to
obstruct the granting of a work permit to
former Tribune managing editor John
Marquis.

It has been said that in acting this way,
members of the Christie administration
were threatening to take the country back
to a culture of secrecy and intimidation
that characterised the Pindling era.

FNM supporters feel that when their
party came into power in 1992, the gov-
ernment's stranglehold on information was
broken, and the press was free to investi-
gate and report as never before. And in
2007, the FNM pledged that if brought
back, it would usher in a new era of open-
ness and transparency.

To be sure, no one in the present gov-
ernment is threatening to punish the press
or kick foreign journalists out of the coun-
try. However, the behaviour of some top
officials suggests that the FNM may be
just as susceptible to adopting a culture
of secrecy and stubbornness if the public
does not remain vigilant.

Take for example:

Pineridge MP Kwazi Thompson:
While questioning a witness during the

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newspapers to print positive stories.

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was brushed off by the witness, Anglican
Archbishop Drexel Gomez - until they
consider the kind of mindset that must
underlie it. Only two possibilities exist:
either Mr Thompson is startlingly igno-
rant of how vital free speech and a free
press are to a healthy democracy, or he is
willing to sacrifice these ideals in the name
of order. In seeking to manipulate news
content — and by extension the opinions of
the public — he demonstrated that he is
either unaware of, or unconcerned about,
the grave danger of attempting to control
what others publish, say, or think.

The most amazing aspect of Mr Thomp-
son's remark is that while politicians the
world over may secretly long for such con-
trol, Mr Thompson actually said it out
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Teen shot after police standoff N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 105 No.262MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY, T-STORM POSSIBLE HIGH 87F LOW 78F I N S I G H T SEEINSIGHTSECTION S P O R T S Is the sun setting on SEE PAGEELEVEN transparency? Bodybuilding BLOW ‘Draconian response’ needed islandwide to combat crime, says pastor Simeon Hall The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com I N S I D E SECTIONINSIDE Real Estate THESE THREE YOUNGSTERS hold hands during this year’s annual Youth March yesterday. Hundreds of youngsters from youth organisations marched from Fort Charlotte through the streets of Nassau and back to the fort. MOREPHOTOS: Pages 2 and 16 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net IN order to curb the "mayhem" on the country's streets Bahamians should impose an 11 pm curfew on themselves and their children, Bishop Simeon Hall suggested. The senior pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church said the rising incidents of shoot ings and stabbings in the country demand a "draconian public response" instead of relying on a solution from government. "The Bahamian public must lead the cause for change, as politicians, worried about getting re-elected, are not inclined to take unusual steps to confront this national nightmare," said Mr Hall, in a statement. "Parents with teenagers should see that they are at home before 11 pm rather than waiting until after a tragedy to sing the chorus, 'My good son'. "An 11 pm self-imposed curfew is imperative because it is clear that those with guns are intent on wreaking havoc Bishop calls for 11 pm cur few HANDS-ONAPPROACH: Hundreds take part in Youth March BISHOP SIMEON HALL SEE page nine AN early morning standoff between police and a teenager left the 17-year-old boy in critical condition after being shot in the stomach yesterday. Police said the scene unfolded around 1.30 am Sunday in the Victoria Avenue area when the officer was confronted by the gun-toting teen. “A police officer was in the area of Victoria Avenue when he heard the report of gun shots and saw several persons running. He was then confronted by a male who was SEE page nine By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE family of Preston Fer guson claims that despite assurances that further investigations will be launched into his death they have been not been informed of any new developments. When contacted two weeks ago, Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson told The Tribune that investigations are continuing and that “experts” were going to con duct a re-enactment of the alleged accident. However, the Ferguson family told The Tribune yesterday that still no Preston Ferguson family: ‘No new developments’ JURORS in the attempted extortion trial of ex-PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and for mer ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne are today expected to watch videotaped meetings between the accused and an attorney for Hollywood celebrity John Travolta. On Friday, Senior Jus tice Allen decided that T ravolta trial jur ors expected to watch videotaped meetings SEE page ten DEPUTY Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Cynthia “Mother” Pratt officially endorsed Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, one of three candidates vying to replace her when she steps down at the party's con vention. "We are at a crossroad in our lives and at a crossroad in this country. People are dying, crime is escalating, respect has gone out the door long time ago where people have no concern about lives anymore and that’s why the Cynthia Pratt endorses Philip ‘Brave’ Davis SEE page nine Felip Major /Tribune staff MYSTERYDEATH: Murder or an accident? SEE page ten INSIGHT C M Y K C M Y KThe TribuneINSIGHTM ONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009The stories behind the news By PACO NUEZ T ribune News EditorWhat happened to Preston Ferguson on a dark, lonely s tretch of road on Great Exuma should serve as a dire warning to e veryone who lives in or visits this country. N early two months have passed since his body was found under b izarre and gruesome circumstances, y et it is not how he met his end which should cause alarm, but rather w hat followed. Violence and criminality exist everywhere and no one can guarantee they will never become a victim. Yet we all expect that if a crime cann ot be prevented, the authorities will do their utmost to ensure that justice is served in the aftermath. Preston's family certainly felt this way until that fateful night in A ugust, but now say they can't imagine putting faith in an officer of the l aw ever again. A nd what their perseverance has exposed about the astonishing i ncompetence which can take place during a routine police investigation should make us all pause and asko urselves what manner of country is this in which we live. The family has no doubt that Preston met his death at the hands of a m urderer and feel they have a good i dea who is responsible, but the p olice have insisted – in the face of seeming mounting evidence to the contrary – that he died as a resulto f a freak accident. T he police's version of events is that Preston, driving alone, either stuck his head out of the vehicle to s pit, or that he ended up slumped o ut the window after falling asleep. A t the same time, the company truck he was driving swerved several feet to the left, just far enough and at precisely the right moment to make g lancing contact with a utility pole b efore turning back onto the road a nd somehow coming to a stop. The impact was only forceful enough to create shallow scrape marks along the door and shatter t he driver's side window, leaving the rest of the vehicle unaffected. Unfortunately for Preston, his head happ ened to be out the window at the t ime, and therefore struck the pole f ull-on, a blow which fractured his skull and killed him. Upon hearing this explanation, my first reaction was that any self-r especting officer would be embarr assed to admit supporting so farfetched a scenario, and that the police must therefore have been forced by the facts to adopt it. O n the contrary, the family say, all the evidence points in a very different direction, and according to them there is nothing to support thep olice's official stance beyond the h ighly questionable guesswork of t he first few officers on the scene. Preston's relatives, already offended by the officers' careless ness, nonchalance and seeming lack o f professionalism, were shocked to h ear one of them speculating loudly o nly moments after arriving that, “Yeah man, yeah man, this suspi c ious. Somethin’ ain’t right here", o nly to change his mind and decide, "No man, see, you know what I think? I think he was putting his head out the window to spit and hit h is head on the lamp post." A coll eague then volunteered, "Maybe what happened is, he fell asleep and h ung his head out the window." This, it seems, was the extent of t he police investigation, as their theory has not evolved beyond this p oint. A retired New York City Police Department detective who happened upon the story on trib une242.com became enraged after reading the official version of the investigation, and decided to offerh is expertise on how to handle a c rime scene (see story on INSIGHT, page 3). He says responding officers must be alert, observant, and display rigo rous attention to detail. They must d ocument, photograph and retain e very possible piece of evidence, and do their utmost to preserve the crime scene from contamination. They must also observe and question everyone on the scene, as well as anyone who might have the slightest possible connection to the case. This m ust all be done before any conclus ions can be drawn by senior officers overseeing the case. Compare this to the performance of the police in Preston's case. Pres ton's family say the officers failed to q uestion anyone on the scene aside f rom a single relative, disregarding e ven the two persons who first r eported the discovery of the body. T hey did not secure the scene around the truck – or even the truck itself, which rather than being preserved for forensic testing, was r eturned to Preston's employer the very same day. Likewise, the body w as dispatched to the hospital with out being tested in any way, and w ithout so much as a police escort. T he clothes Preston was wearing at the time were not tested for DNA o r other samples, nor confiscated by the officers. A s far as the taking of detailed p hotographs, they may well have done this – before forgetting their camera on the seat of the truck. The p hotos which accompany this artic le were provided by the family. T his wholesale failure to conform with even basic crime scene protocol as outlined by the NYPD detective may begin to explain the startling l ogical inconsistencies in the police's a ccident theory. For example, the police version posits that the window was shattered when the truck scraped along the u tility pole. This would obviously require the window to be up at the time. How would this have been possible if the theory also requires Preston to hang his head out of the wind ow, either because he was sleeping or in an attempt to spit? If the window was down, how did the glass s hards jump from within the door a nd scatter across the cabin of the t ruck? Then again, why would he have been driving with the window d own if he had the air-conditioning o n, as it was when the body was found? The spitting attempt theory is doubly ridiculous, as it would mean t he wound in the middle of Preston's forehead must have been incurred w hen he drove his own face into a pole while perfectly alert, in an a ttempt to spit directly into the wind. The sleep theory is not much bett er, as it would entail the car veering off the road at just the right moment f or Preston's head to strike the pole – avoiding the long stretches of bush o n either side; a near miraculous feat o f timing and coincidence. Supposing either version is true, how is it that he managed to be f ound sitting upright, facing forward i n the driver's seat after absorbing a b low to the head violent enough to crack his skull? The momentum would surely have flung him to the other side of the truck, or perhaps l eft his head slumped out the wind ow, but gently reclining against the headrest? It would seem to defy the laws of physics. How, for that matter, did the t ruck manage to find its way back onto the road after Preston fractured his skull, drive along for 20 or so yards, and come to a stop? And supposing that window did b y some miracle shatter while Preston had his head out of the car, how is it that no glass came to be found o n his body, or anywhere on the dri ver's side other than on the seat below his buttocks? How did a pile of glass manage to get underneath him in the first place? T hen there is the question of blood. The police version fails to e xplain how it is possible that blood came to be splattered across the passenger's side of the truck, evenr eaching around to the far side of the protuberant middle console and t he space between the seat and the f ar door, but there is no trace of it to be found on the driver's side, and little on Preston himself. No blood was found on the steering wheel, the w indshield, the seat, and none on e ither the inside or outside of the d river's side door. While we are at it, we might as well ask why no glass or blood was found at the base of the utility pole, a ll of it managing to collect at the s pot down the road where the car e ventually came to a stop. The death certificate does not r ule out the police's accident theory, b ut that is about the most definite thing which can be said about it. T he document notes that he died of a "head injury with fracture of s kull bone" and that this is "not inconsistent with the history of death due to a road traffic accident." The l anguage does not suggest the pathologists came up with the traffic a ccident theory, but rather that the p olice supplied it, and the doctors a cknowledged that the wound did not rule it out. In other words, the autopsy found t hat he was struck in the head, and d ied, and acknowledges that during traffic accidents, it is possible for one to be struck in the head, andd ie. N ot exactly an earth shattering a nalysis, but then those conducting the examination were probably only presented with the body and a possible cause of death. I wonder whatt hey would have said had they seen t he evidence detailed above. The family immediately contacted the morgue to request a more detailed examination, but there has been no r eply.Can any of us trust that justice will be done? FERGUSON FAMILY members (shownSEE page 5CTHE pile of glass on the front seat of Preston Ferguson’s car. His body was found sitting on the glass but none was on his person... THE FAMILY of Preston Ferguson

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HAVINGABLAST: With every youth march there is a good marching band. BOYS BRIGADE horn player. T HE LITTLE DRUMMER b oy. PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff YOUTH MARCH HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE took part in the youth march. SUN ATHLETIC TRACK CLUB put on an exciting dance display. n MOREPHOTOSONPAGE 16

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By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net C ORPORAL punishment, unless administered with a psychological component, is useless and should be eliminated f rom the school system, a local family therapist said. Barrington Brennen, a minister and nationally certified psyc hologist in the United States, s aid that often those persons administering corporal punishment are taking the easy way out by not sitting down and e xplaining to young people what they have done wrong. "From a research prospective we know that corporal punishm ent may have a positive effect o n a person but the punishment must also involve a psychological aspect or emotional involvement. I don't believe that corporal punishment is necessary a nd secondly corporal punishment is never effective in the long term w ithout mental punishment. In the old days, parents sat downw ith their children and explained the wrong that t hey did and the children sometimes had to apologise before they were physically punished. " Thirdly, if you are physically punishing a child at the age of 16 for the same thing that you are doing (for a child y ou have failed that's including the school system. Physical punishment should end by the time the child starts the teen years and (a disciplinarians hould by then have included techniques that are more powerful," Mr Brennen told The T ribune. H e added that those who subscribe to the Christian ideology of “spare the rod spoil t he child” often don't realise that effective discipline involves more than just spanking a child. "In the Bible the word obey is used over 1,100 times, over9 00 times the Hebrew translation of obey is to hear meaning that it implies that obedience involves teaching and i nstruction. “It's hearing and transferring what you hear into workable models of life," he said, adding that whenever physical punish-m ent left behind bruises visible a day later it crossed the line into abuse. Violence He also added that many people believe that violence in the public school system escalated when government took away teacher's rights of admini stering physical punishment in the classrooms. " But that is not the problem, the problem is the government d idn't teach the teachers how to provide effective discipline without corporal punishment," said Mr Brennen. "Teachers felt disarmed, they felt like some-t hing was taken from them because they had no other skill to provide punishment. "When a teacher physically p unishes a disobedient child, you have to ask is that child coming from a disciplined environment? “What is that child going to l earn from this, can he reason effectively, can he use this incident as a teaching moment and not a reactionary moment? Too many of our children are blamed and ashamed in the community so when they get hit in the class, it's only reinforcing that anger with them." According to the Ministry of E ducation, corporal punishment is a legal form of disciple in public schools but only when carried out by a senior mistress, s enior master, principal or viceprincipal. About two weeks ago, a 15year-old C I Gibson student claimed she was hit by a schoolo fficial with a metal rod wrapped in black tape and left with black and blue bruises on her right arm and buttocks. E ducation Minister Carl Bethel said his ministry was investigating the claim. 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According to Superintendent Elsworth Moss, who heads the Central Detective Unit, around 5.50 am a 25year-old resident of Joan’s Heights was attending a party at West Street when he was held up by two masked men armed with handguns. The gunmen robbed the man of cash and personal property before they shot him in his leg. According to Superintendent Moss the man’s injuries are not serious. Treated The victim has been treated and discharged from hospital. In other crime news, police quickly arrested an armed gunman who held up the owner of a local clothing store on Friday. According to Supt Moss around 12.45 pm Friday a gunman entered the Y Cares Fashion Store on Bahama Avenue, held up the owner and robbed him of cash and cellular phones. “As he was exiting the store he was approached by officers of the mobile division who were able to arrest him and retrieve a .380 pistol from him and eight live rounds ofa mmunition. Also, the items t hat were taken were recovered,” Supt Moss said. The gunman is a resident of Crooked Island Street, according to Supt Moss. Masked thugs roband shoot man in leg GREEN Parrot is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of persons who stole three flat screen televisions from the popular restaurant. The reward also applies to the return of the stolen property. Three 42" flat screen televisions were stolen from the eatery last week. Anyone with any information about the theft should call police urgently on 911, 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 Green Parrot of fers r ewar d after TVs theft A CONSTRUCTION worker fell to his death Saturday, according to police. Superintendent Elsworth Moss told The Tribune that around 5.45 pm Saturday, the 48-year-old man of Fire Trail Road, whose identity has not yet been released, was working at a two-story building in South West Ridge when he fell from the roof. According to Supt Moss, the man died at that scene. Construction worker falls to his death In brief Call to end corporal punishment in schools BARRINGTON BRENNEN CARL B ETHEL

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I n response to your editorial, Haitian Problem Need Solut ion” you lay the blame at the foot of successive governments who in my view have turned a blind eye to this very seething and vexing dilemma. However, unlike the United States, the Bahamas did not put forth a clarion call to “bring us y our poor, your huddled masse s.” Clearly, the farming cong lomerates who brought in the l abourers and the second home owners who continue to employ these illegals have a fiduciary responsibility to assist the government in solving this problem. It is unconscionable to think that special interest g roups can bring in undocumented immigrants and not expect their spouses and chil-d ren to follow them. T hen these companies fold u p, leaving the people bereft of everything. In steps the government to initiate a roundup. The government is under pressure. It has a country of 350,000 and is expected to bear the burden of a country of 11,000,000 in other words a country that is 37 times the population of the Bahamas. Whenever there i s a roundup people rush to the U S media and the Human Rights groups and bad mouth the Bahamas. No one says that the people are here illegally and employed by both Bahamians and white immigrants. Where is the responsible relatedness? Who is responsible for the inflicted suffering of those who are being roundup? Should not t hose who hire be charged? Continuing, the illegal immigrant needs to do everything in his/her power to do the right t hing in order to stay in the country. If you remember, just before independence there was a book at Government House where everyone who was not a Bahamian was asked to sign the book in order to be granted citizenship. Very few people b elieved in the government so they did not sign in. All who signed were given citizenship. Now, I am not letting the succ essive governments off the hook completely. They have been slack and allowed the illegals to do whatever they wished with impunity. They leechw ater and electricity from government, build without permitso n public and private lands, have ministers of religion and j ustices of the peace prepare fraudulent documents for them. In other words John Marquis’ w ritings are fulfilled before our v ery eyes here on Abaco. P eople who have been g ranted citizenship should not be allowed to live in the Mudd. They should move out; otherwise they are perpetuating what needs to be uprooted. Residents of Marsh Harbour who are 50 plus and were born here know that behind the S DA church that area was an e normous blue hole with a gutt er running to the sea. This was f illed in when Sir Roland Symonette filled it in when the first dock was built. The sea always reclaims its own and its only a matter of time before this reclamation occurs. Just one of the reasons why the M udd and the Peas need to be vacated. No one can underestimate t he contribution of the b ona f ide H aitian worker. The probl em now is the growing number of the undocumented ones who are coming but with not the same agenda as those of the 60s and 70s. The farming conglomerates and the employers of the cays must help to solve the Haitian diaspora here in Abaco. A CONCERNED A BACONIAN Abaco, September 10, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm I N THIS column on Thursday we publ ished Thomas Friedman’s New York Times a rticle that stirred up a heated debate in the U S because it equated the atmosphere of hate being built up around President Obama b y his right wing opponents with the bitter a tmosphere created by extreme right wing settlers and politicians against Israeli Prime M inister Yitzhak Rabin that ended in his assassination in 1995. Friedman, an authority on the Middle East, who at the time of Rabin’s assassination was in Israel interviewing him, warned of the dangers now being fomented in the United States by irresponsible smear campaigns being spread by politicians, chat show hosts, blogs and the ill-informed all under the guise of freedom of speech. Some brainless American wag protested that Americans can talk the violent talk, but would never commit the unthinkable sin they weren’t like the firebrands in the Mid-d le East, or so he claimed. He forgets that Man no matter his colour or culture will, under certain conditions, commit theu nthinkable. What makes Americans so diff erent? Don’t they live in a country that in t he course of its relatively short history assass inated four presidents and made unsuc cessful attempts on 11 others? In Israel in the early nineties Prime Minister Rabin faced the same vicious taunts from the extreme right when he made history by starting the first official Israeli negotiations with the PLO. The incitement started with the politicians in parliament calling Rabin a “friend of terrorists.” It was picked up in the streets and mushroomed into images of Rabin, a Jew, in Arab dress, and in Nazi uniform. Now let’s turn to the US. During the presidential campaign Sarah Palin, for example, called Obama a “pal of terrorists.” And what’s wrong with that? What is wrong is that not only is it not true, but as America is now waging a global war on terrorists, anyone who is a friend of a terrorist is a traitor t o his country, and should be eliminated. In o ur country such an accusation would be defamation an accusation that exposes a man to hatred, ridicule or contempt by his peers. B ut Americans, many of whom in our opinion don’t know the difference between f reedom and licence, cannot see the dangers in what they are doing. They say they are protected by their First Amendment freedom of speech. Unfortunately, too many of them have not yet learned how to use this freedom responsibly. Early last month an elderly American of Armenian background was arrested because he tried to grab and destroy a flier being p assed out by supporters of a politician that l ikened Obama’s health care proposals to t he Nazi extermination of the Jews and othe r “undesirables.” Those handing out the fliers called police, a ccused the old man of assault, and had him a rrested. He explained that his was an emotional reaction on seeing the fliers to what he a nd his family had suffered under the Nazis. As a child in Armenia he had witnessed the horrors of Nazi Germany two of his uncles killed, his father wounded and his brother starved to death. And so when he saw these Nazi posters of the president he admits that his reaction was “personal and emotional.” He complained of being taken to court because of an attempt by “an old man who says that you cannot insult the president with this outrageous campaign.” These posters are being displayed everywhere whether sensible Americans liket hem or not they show Obama as Hitler with the Fuehrer’s silly little moustache painted under his nose. It is indeed offensive. A s the Armenian said: “I saw Hitler’s s oldiers. I saw swastikas every day. To call O bama stupid, even criminal okay, that’s p olitics. But Hitler? It’s hurting to anyone no matter who is president.” Here in the Bahamas anyone whose propaganda would stir up such anger and hatred that violence would erupt would be locked up in Fox Hill prison accused of incitement to riot or violence. But not so in America they abuse their First Amendment right and get away with it. If they are against President Obama’s health care plan, then bring sensible and constructive arguments to the table, but to try to defeat a plan that they do not like or understand by lies and propaganda illustrates the depth of their ignorance. We often thought that if we lived in the US we would be a Republican, but the irresponsible behaviour now on display with socalled responsible Republicans sitting in the b ackground with smirky smiles instead of c ondemning the behaviour of their supporters, leaves us with nothing but contempt for the lot of them. In the meantime, while Americans are s crapping among themselves, the Chinese put on a magnificent display on Wednesday t o celebrate the strides they have made in their 60 years as a Communist nation. This is a country that has achieved much through hard work, determination and discipline. Meanwhile, Americans should stop their petty bickering, consider what is happening in the world and give their future in that world some serious thought. Farming groups must help solve Haitian diaspora LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Dangers of irresponsible slogans E DITOR, The Tribune. I want to address a matter that was brought up i n a recent letter to the editor in which the writer attempted to portray Dr Bernard Nottage as a traitor for the sin of proposing to challenge for t he leadership of the PLP. There is a perception by some PLPs that a challenge to one of the leadership positions, especially the position of Leader of the party is some sort of betrayal; that you are not a loyal PLP if you challenge the lead e rship. I am disgusted and repulsed by this myopic and narrow-minded attitude. The main point attempted by the letter writer creatively named Abraham Moss was that Dr Bernard Nottage is a traitor for indicating that he may consider a run for the leadership of the PLP. People like Mr Moss seem to feel that only a traitor would consider a challenge for the lead e rship of his party. They conveniently forget that Mr Christie himself was estranged from the PLP for six years, he ran against the PLP in 1987 with t he help of the FNM yet he emerged later as leader of the party. I wonder if people like Mr Moss know how Mr Christie was accepted back i nto the PLP? Do they realise who brokered the deal for him to meet with Sir Lynden? I suggest that Mr Moss and all those who now laud Mr Christie and attempt to condemn Dr Nottage should go and check the history. A selfish sense of entitlement is destroying the PLP. I would think that PLPs would welcome new blood. After several years of uninspired leader s hip and a party machinery that has become dysfunctional, the party is in critical need of an over haul. The same way an engine is recharged by a c omprehensive service job a political party should be rejuvenated and invigorated by the election of new leadership. Why those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo and a weakened party should be allowed to continue to run the p arty in a downward spiral is a mystery to me. It is obvious that these persons have no intention of bowing out gracefully or with dignity so they must be rooted out. If I were Mr Moss my time and energies would b e more directed at addressing the machinery of the organisation which under this present Chairman and leader is crumbling. I would be m ore interested in resuscitating the finances of the party which are nearly nonexistent and is u nable to get credit almost anywhere. If I were Mr Moss and people of his ilk I would be very worried about the party’s ability to attract qual i fied persons of integrity to offer as candidates for the next election. If I were Mr Moss I wouldw orry about the public's view that the PLP is a party of corruption and one that is undemocratic. This view is only strengthened and reinforced by the leader's refusal to demand that Mr Wilch combe resign as convention chairman while run ning for deputy leader of the party. The fact that Mr Wilchcombe who frequently talks of the importance of doing what’s right sees nothing w rong in perpetuating this perception speaks volumes in my opinion of his suitability for high er office within the party. C lean and fair elections in the PLP during this convention will do wonders for the image of the PLP. No padding of delegates, no last minute addition to the already ridiculous numbers of stalwart councillors and no political intrigue. So let’s go Fred, let’s go BJ, let’s go Paul, let’s go Brave, let’s go Shane, let’s go Jerome, let’s go Bradley, let’s go Glenys and let’s go Obie but firste nd the obvious and divisive conflict of interest that you know is not good for the party. GRANT THOMPSON Nassau, September, 2009. Disgusted by myopic and narrow-minded attitude

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FORMER Director of the Department of Lands and Surveys Tex Turnquest is expected to testify at a public hearing before the Select Committee on Crown land this morning. Mr Turnquest resigned from the department in May amidst controversy stemming from allegations of nepotism within the department. The move came after a series of articles in The Tribune reported that relatives of the former director including his moth-e r-in-law were granted prime beach-front Crown land in Exuma for less than $2,500 between 2001 and 2003. During the committee's first session last week, it was stated that Mr Turnquest was askedt o resign because he could not r easonably explain how several beach-front parcels of Crown land granted to his relatives were fast-tracked through the backlogged sys-tem. Mr Turnquest also could not reasonably explain to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, the minister responsible for lands, why the applicants in question all used the same lawyer and realtor for the transactions, the committee was told. This was revealed by David Davis, permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Land and Local Government. Earlier this year, The Tri bune also reported that several other officials in the Department of Lands and Surveys current Undersecretary in the Ministry of Landsa nd Surveys Audley Greaves and the Chief Housing Officer Christopher Russell were being questioned by Ministry officials about Crown land granted their wives and other relatives. A ccording to documentat ion obtained by this newspaper, Mr Greaves’ wife and son were both granted lots on the island of Abaco in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Mr Greaves’ son, received a 15,625 square foot lot on Wood Cay, Abaco for $1,786.25 while his wife received an 18,343 square foot lot in a subdivision south of Treasure Cay for $2,201.16. On the other hand Mr Russell’s wife, sister-in-law, and the husband of the former Director’s secretary each bought an acre of Crown land in the area of Blackwood Village, Abaco, for $4,356. Today's hearing will be held in the Paul Farquharson Building at the RBPF headquarters at 10.30 am and is open to the public. George Smith, retired Member of Parliament for Exuma, is alsoe xpected to testify at this morning's session. The House Select Committee was appointed to investi gate the disposition of all publicly held lands. The committee is chaired by Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, with Golden Isles MP Charles Maynard as deputy chairman and members Philip “Brave” Davis, the MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, Branville McCartney, MP for Bamboo Town, and Kenyatta Gibson, MP for Kennedy. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CATHOLIC Archbishop Patrick Pinder says the archdiocese is “fully committed” to the restoration of the original St Francis X avier Cathedral that was ravaged by fire last month. In a statement read in all Catholic churches yesterday Archbishop Pinder said, “As Archbishop, I wish to assure Roman C atholics and all interested Bahamians that the archdiocese is fully committed to the restoration of the church and to do it with all due care and attention.” T he interior of the original St Francis Xavier Cathedral, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Bahamas, was extensively damaged by fire on Friday, September 25. An electrical short-circuit reportedlys parked the blaze. “To us the old St Francis building is more than just timber, stone and mortar and more than the appointments that adorned i t. It represents a victory over prejudices Roman Catholics first experienced in establishing the faith in these islands; it represents the devotion and generosity of the Catholics who contributed to the buildingf und and construction and the church’s development and maintenance for a period that bridges three centuries. It represents122 years of precious worship of sacraments,” Archbishop Pinder stated. T he cornerstone of the original St Francis Xavier Cathedral was laid on August 25, 1 885 and the first mass was said there on November 7 of the following year. St Francis Xavier was officially dedicated on February 1887 under the auspices of Archbishop Michael A Corrigan of New York. While charring soot and twisted metal were disturbing; we found evidence of a wonderful miracle in what was preserved,” the Archbishop stated. “At first assessment we believe that all the religious icons ando bjects and objects of faith can be rescued, although the exercise is likely to be costly. The old paintings are covered in soot and will not doubt require expert intervention,” Archbishop Pinder stated. Archbishop Pinder said that “because of its age and what it stands for, it should be c onsidered invaluable part of the historic, religious and social patrimony of the Bahamas.” “We are absolutely committed to the restoration of this sacred space whichm eans so much to so many of us both here at home and abroad. With the Lord’s guidance and help we will complete it in good order.” Pledge to restore fire-hit St Francis Xavier Cathedral Ex-director of Department of Lands and Surveys expected to testify today S ELECTCOMMITTEE: C rown land FIRE left a blackened shell inside the cathedral. FIREMEN sift through the debris.

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By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net THE country needs new direction to curtail rising incidents of "inhumane" crimes and soaring unemployment rates, said Opposition MP Philip “Brave” Davis. Speaking before a group of PLP stalwart councillors over the weekend, the deputy leader candidate said the current government lacks direction with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham "bankrupt" of solutions to the myriad of problems affecting the nation. "Today, the Bahamas is in a fight for its very existence.Crime has gotten to a point where our murder rate is more than four times higher than that of the United States!Everyday there are reports of heinous, brazen murders every murder seemingly more inhumane and colder than the one before.Our people are getting killed as they try to live their lives as best as they can, our Bahamas is slipping away!Innocent men and women who have so much more to contribute, so much more to achieve, so many more years to live, taken away! Mr Davis added that the policing of the country's borders need to be strengthened in order to decrease the flowo f illegal guns into the Bahamas. With an economy that "is going down the tube" and unemployment pegged at around 17 per cent, Mr Davis questioned the effectiveness of the government's policies. " How could a country decide to spend $6 million according to them, to host a pageant (Miss Universe row $160 million to pave roads using only two companies? And yet they can’t sign a piece of paper that would have made it possible for our children to go to college!Do you know how many thousands of college students had their plans in place to go to school? We must right the wrongs and put this country back on the path of growth!" said Mr Davis, referring to the recent suspension of the guaranteed educational loan scheme. Challenged Just a few weeks shy of the Progressive Liberal Party's convention, Mr Davis challenged members of the Progressive Liberal Party to unite and bring change to the party and the country. He recalled the old days of the PLP when members "operated as a family" and fought for a better B ahamas. He said it was time to put aside inflated egos and urged the party to return to its core mandate of creating a better country for the nation's children. "There was a time when the camaraderie amongst us was unbreakable and undeniable. We were united and strong and it showed.There was n othing that we could not achieve together.Together, there was no obstacle that was too great. Those were the days when the struggles for this country captured our full focus and we would sacrifice anything to advance the m ovement of change throughout the Bahamas," Mr Davis said, during a breakfast meet ing at the Sheraton Resort on Cable Beach. "We need those days once again! We need to remember that our work, right now, in this moment is not to feed our oversized egos but to fix the problems of this country so that my children, your children and their children can achieve more, go farther and have happier more peaceful lives than ours – this is what we should be about!" C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Tips to help you plan, run and grow your wealth & businessF . A. 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Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National Security, said that the donation of the fire engine was the best way to culminate Fire Safety Awareness Week. He expressed gratitude to Bimini Bay for their contribution and commended local government officials for the initiative they have taken in receiving the fire engine from the development company, and following the required government procedures to have it cleared so that it could be properly handed over. Donation Rafael Reyes, president of RAV Bahamas, said: “Our donation of the fire truck signifies our interest in the health and safety and well-being of all who reside and visit the shores of Bimini. We see this as a small but very important contribution to the community, and I hope that very quickly we can have local Biminites trained to use the equipment so that it may serve its purpose.” Mr Reyes said that Bimini Bay is also working to build bridges between the company and the community. “We are integrating ourselves with the community. When we market ourselves, we not only market Bimini Bay, but we market this entire community as well. So we are trying to help auxiliary businesses in the com munity thrive and we are trying to build our relationships.” The community-building initiatives include putting capable residents in managerial positions in the numerous retail stores and operations within the Bimini Bay project, Mr Reyes said. “All administrative positions are also given to Bahamians as well. We are happy to have this opportunity to be here, but also to have an integral part in building the community and helping the Bahamian economy as a whole,” he said. At the ceremony Police Commissioner Reginald Ferguson said: “Biminites, we know what type of devastation fire can bring to the community, but we have taken some positive steps to action. We have gone beyond talking and we are doing something positive in trying to be prepared. We do not wish to have to use the fire engine, but we want to be prepared if we need to.” Mr Ferguson also said that the major role the police will be playing is to train the volunteers on how to properly operate the unit. “We want to get the community involved in what we are doing so that you can take ownership and be a part of the development of your community regarding law enforcement and order and safety.” Juliette Dean, executive officer of Bimini’s Administrator’s office said: “Indeed this is a red letter day for residents of our island as we know that fire can be devastating based on our past experiences where we lost many homes. However, this gift today is a blessing to our island in that we would be prepared if there is a fire, and tragedy will be minimised. I also think that residents are thankful that we are now with tools to combat whatever we may be faced with in the future.” BIMINI GETS FIRE ENGINE MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY Tommy Turnquest (third from left engine for Bimini. He is also pictured below. New direction needed in tackling crime, says Philip ‘Brave’ Davis THE National Development Party (NDP on government to instal closed circuit cameras throughout local courts, an initiative recently adopted by the United Kingdom’s new Supreme Court. T he initiative is outlined in point 22 of the NDP's 37point national development plan that calls for the televising of select local criminal and civil court matters through a local court channel, complete with legal correspondents, to educate viewers on the nature of perti-n ent Bahamian law. According to the NDP, this will deter delinquency on the part of lawyers who chronically delay judicial proceedings that contribute to the legal backlog; serve as a deterrent to persons who would not wish to suffer the embarrassment that is associated withb eing charged before the courts with violating the law; and promote transparency and accountability within the context of the judicial system. Technology T he party also suggested that government invest in technology to provide secure storage of all public court files and documents using close circuit television (CCTVt o continuously monitor activities in the file storage section of the Attorney General’s Office; place bar-codes on a ll files for tracking purposes; and require all files to be signed out by authorised personnel only, who would assume legal responsibility for their safekeeping. S aid the NDP, in a statement released yesterday: "We, the NDP, believe that both our system of justice and the Bahamian people would be served equally well byb ringing such transparency to the judicial process via the use of technological innovation. The failings of our j ustice system can only be corrected if the legal fraternity is made more accountable as a result of a system that is more transparent. Any effort which trains the publice ye on the workings of the courts will stimulate such accountability and thereby promote the necessary judic ial reforms." In an historical move last week, Britain's highest court was taken over by its first Supreme Court. The switch wasa lso marked by the implementation of closed-circuit cameras in the courts. The British press reported that as a result for the first time, cases will be broadcast live. W hen contacted by T he Tribune f or comment on the issue, local lawyer Sean McWeeney, a partner in the law firm of Graham, Thompson and Co, said this was to shake the shroud of secrecy associated with closed hear ings. He said the trend could possibly catch on in local c ourts. However, cost would be a deterring factor, he said. The NDP disagreed with Mr McWeeney’s assertion that the cost of such technological upgrades would be ad eterrent. "If we can allocate $160 million for road improvements, it cannot be argued that it is not possible t o allocate a fraction of this amount to an institution as vital as our justice system," said the party spokesman. NDP supports innovation in promoting judicial reform PHILIP ‘BRAVE’ DAVIS , who spoke before PLP stalwarts.

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AN employee with more than 40 years of service received the Bahamas Immigration Department Lifetime Achievement Award. Zelma Moss received the honour during a ceremony at Government House. The Minister’s Award went to Donnalee King-Burrows for more than 30 years of service, and the Director’s Award went to C Lloyd Pin-der who has put in more than 40 years of service in the public sector. The October 1 event was part of the Bahamas Immigration Department’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Governor-general Arthur Hanna underscored the importance of honouring employees who are dedicated to their profession. “Recipients, you must feel elated that your hard work has not gone unnoticed,” he said. “The fact that you are being awarded is testimony to your continuous good service in assisting the Department to meet its goals and objectives.” Mr Hanna advised them to be ready to deal with migrating practices that will be continuing as people seek a betterway of life. Cultur al “Furthermore, there is also t he cultural aspect which the movement of people will gen erate which brings into sharp perspective the importance of the role your Department plays in this country,” he said. “True diligence in this timeo f constant change is key.” He also commended the department for doing “a very good job” of regularly inform ing the public of the work being done, as it seeks to car ry out its mandate. Your leaders and staff h ave an onerous assignment as you are given the responsibility of overseeing and controlling the movement of nonresidents, persons who are not citizens or have permanent resident status in this (archi pelago),” he said. “Your job of oversight and control is notan easy task.” The Bahamas Immigration Department was established by an Act of Parliament on January 1, 1939. Its purpose is“to regulate the movement of people across the borders of the Bahamas so as to ensure the security, facilitate economic advancement and promote the harmonious social development of the Bahamas through collaborative efforts of responsible government and non-government agencies both national and internationally.” Amendments were made to the Act for the establishment of the Detention Centre, which serves as a transitory holding facility until repatria tion arrangements are secured for detainees. Brent Symonette, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, attorney general and minister of legal affairs, said that the number of years served by those honoured speaks to the continuity of staff with the Department and institutional knowledge that exists. When institutional knowl edge is combined with the vision of the directorate, this should translate into a winning formula for success, said Mr Symonette, who also has ministerial responsibility for the Immigration Department. “I am pleased to express sincere thanks and apprecia tion to each of you for the sacrifices you have made, and continue to make toward the pursuit of the development of The Bahamas,” Mr Symon ette said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Immigration Dept’s Zelma Moss receives prestigious award ZELMA MOSS won the Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 40 years of service. She is pictured (right Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brent Symonette. At left is Director of Immigration Jack Thompson. DONNALEE KING-BURROWS , took the Minister’s Award for over 30 years of service. She is pictured at right receiving the award from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette. Pictured at left is Director of Immigration Jack Thompson.

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BY RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) It’s now official. The G20 group of countries has replaced the G8 as “the premier forum for international economic cooperation.” In other words, the countries in the G20 will now make the rules for managing the global economy instead of the G8 – what used to be the world’s richest nations. So said the Leaders Statement of the G20 countries (plus others in Pittsburgh on September 24 and 25 chaired by US President Barack Obama. Among the other things the Leaders said is that when they met in April this year in London they “agreed to do everything necessary to ensure recovery, to repair our financial systems and to maintain the global flow of capital.” And, they declared: “It worked.” The response to which must be: “Really?” If it worked, it’s not very obvious in Caribbean economies many of which are in severe recession with little prospect of recovery before the end of 2011. Little surprise, therefore, that the Assistant SecretaryGeneral of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM tariat, Colin Granderson, is reported to have said that CARICOM countries are concerned about not havinga presence in the G20. As he emphasised, “It is believed that the views of vulnerable states with peculiarities such as ours need to be heard.” The Caribbean and the Pacific are the only areas oft he world that are left out of the G20. In fact, Europe is o ver represented as is obvious from the membership and s pecial guests of the G20. So, who are the members of the G20? They comprise the G8 – the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia – and the ten large developing countries they could no longer ignore. These are: Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey. And, for some curi ous reason Australia is a member as is the European Union (represented by its rotating President and the European Central Bank), making for 21 members. Then, there are special guests as well – the leaders of Spain and the Netherlands. Altogether, six European Union countries plus the EU Presidency. Voiceless in all this are the small regions of the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, though the argument could be made that Mexico is a Central American country and Australia represents the Pacific. Even if the latter shaky argument is made, and accepted by the Central American and Pacific countries, no such argument can be made for the Caribbean. Of course, representation in the G20 is a consequence of the deficit of democracy in the international system. The G8 would have remained long in control of the world’s economy if the expanded economies of Brazil, India, China and South Africa hadn ot forced the G8 to recognize them. M embership of the G20 has little to do with fair repr esentation and much to do with self interest. Together, the G20 countries cover more than eighty-five per cent of world economic activity. They can afford to ignore, or at least pay lip service to, the other nations who account for the remaining fifteen per cent of global economic activity, even as Ban-ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, reminds that eighty-five per cent of the world’s countries are not rep resented at the G20. In the end it is power that matters, and power in this instance is purchasing capacity and market size. How exactly the G20 will conduct its work is not yet clear. The Leaders at the Pittsburgh meeting instructed their officials “to report back at the next meeting with recommendations on how to maximize the effectiveness of our cooperation.” But, if the ‘green room’ process at the World Trade Organization is anything to go by, decisions will be agreed by a handful of the more powerful countries with others being co-opted into the deals either by coercion or trade-offs. Thereafter, the thinking of “eightyfive per cent of the world’s countries not represented at the G20” will be of little consequence. In reality, what the G20 may have done is provide a blind behind which a new power-group may emerge: the US and China for sure, maybe a combined EU (but certainly not the full gamut of European countries that now hold on to a place because of past dispensations), Russia, India and Brazil. Undoubtedly, deals made between the US a nd China will hold sway, and it is their interest to work out mutually beneficial arrangements. It is significant that in the Pittsburgh Leaders’ statement, the developing countries in the G20 appear to have adopted the agenda of the G7 countries (the G8 minus Russia) some of whichi s inimical to the interests of small economies. O f course, the IMF and World Bank remain import ant instruments. In these institutions, the US and Europe continue to call the shots. But, China, India, Brazil and even Saudi Arabia( despite its close US links) are unlikely to engage with the US and the EU in the effective cooperation that the G20 leaders called for in Pitts burgh in the absence of greater influence in the IMF and World Bank. In this connection, a process for reallocating voting power in both organizations has to be settled by the G20. It will mean easing out some European countries that now sit on the Executive Boards to make room for countries such as China and Saudi Arabia. It will definitely mean an end to the practice of the US and Europe holding on to the headship of the two organizations. But, even those changes should not be enough. What is required is a new vision of the role of the organizations in financing development needs. The vision should include a policy that “no nation shall be left behind” and it should be backed by pledged and callable resources that depart from the unrealistic norms that have become part of the IMF and World Bank ideology. Whether the developing countries in the G20 will prove to be more sympathetic to the “peculiarities” of small “vulnerable” states is left to be seen. But, one thing i s for sure the Caribbean is right to ask for a seat at the G20 table. ( Responses to, and previous commentaries at, www.sirronaldsanders.com ) C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW CONDOFOR SALES t. 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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 6DOHV&OHUN 1HHGHGIRU5HWDLOKRHWRUH ‘Curfew needed for all Bahamians’ on the rest of us. Draconian measures by the public and swift and harsh treatment of hardened criminals by the state must be implemented," said the bishop, who recently unveiled a memorial wall for murder victims at his church. The implementation of curfews set up to reduce juvenilec rime is nothing new. In the summer of 2008, police in Britain asked parents in Redruth, west Cornwall, to have their children off the streets by 9pm for a voluntary curfew during the school summer break. The British press reported that the move was geared towards reducing problems with children at night. British In July, 2008 British lawmakers proposed a curfew for teenagers under the age of 16 with the view of stemming rising stabbings and muggings at knife-point in crime hotspots, according to the Mail Online. Mr Hall's appeal for a selfimposed curfew came on the same day that a 17-year-old boy was shot in the stomach during a standoff with police. The boy, a resident of Fox Hill, was shot around 1.30 am Sunday in the area of Victoria Avenue. He remained in criti cal condition at last report. There have also been several brutal killings recently, some of them occurring in broad daylight at public places. On September 22, 35-yearold Randy Williams was stabbed several times at the Seagrape Shopping Centre on Prince Charles Drive when an argument with another man e scalated into violence at around 5pm. Days earlier, Rashad Morris, 21, a manager at Burger King was beaten and stabbed to death outside the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway restaurant at around 1.30am on Sunday. Just hours later that same day, Bahamasair pilot Lionel Lewis McQueen, 29, was shot dead at his home in Golden Palm Estates, near the Kennedy Subdivision. And a fire that killed four people about two weeks ago including a toddler was officially classified as homicides, bumping the murder count to 67 for the year. F ROM page one a rmed with a handgun,” Superintendent Elsworth Moss, head o f the Central Detective Unit, told T he Tribune . According to Supt Moss, the on-duty officer identified himself to the young man and ordered that he drop his firearm. “The male pointed the gun towards him. He fired a shot hitting the male in the stomach. The male fell to the ground and the officer retrieved a .380 pistol that had three lives rounds in it,” Supt Moss said. The young man a resident of Fox Hill was taken to hospital where he is listed in critical condition. The shooting happened the same day pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church, Bishop Simeon Hall, called for the nation to adopt a self-imposed curfew of 11pm. Bishop Hall said that parents of teenagers should ensure t hat their children are home before that time to help curb the " mayhem" occurring on the city's streets after dark. "An 11 pm self-imposed curfew is imperative because it is clear that those with guns are intent on wreaking havoc on the rest of us. Draconian measures by the public and swift and harsh treatment of hardened criminals by the state must be implemented," said the bishop, who recently unveiled a memorial wall for murder victims at his church. Teen shot after police standoff F ROM page one country needs people like you,” Mrs Pratt said at a PLP stalwart meeting over the weekend. Recently, Mrs Pratt announced that she would not offer for re-election, leaving an opening for the coveted post. Previously she had stated that she had a candidate in mind for her replacement although she would not name the person at that time. Now, Mr Davis who is said to have been a tremendous help to the former deputy prime minister during her late husband's illness has received the nod that could place him heads and shoulders above his other opponents. Aside from Mr Davis, only PLP MP for West End and Bimi ni Obie Wilchcombe and PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald have publicly said they would run for the deputy leader post. n ( See story on page six) . Cynthia Pratt endorses Philip ‘Brave’ Davis F ROM page one To have your say on this or any o ther issue, email T he Tribune at:letters@tribunemedia.net or deliver your letter to The Tribune on Shirley Street, P.O. B ox N-3207 I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s

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one has informed them as to if and when that re-enactment will take place. Mr Ferguson, a resident o f Exuma and father of one, was found dead in a truck on the side of the road in the area of Ocean Addition East, near the Forest, Exuma, on the morning of August 2. Police initially suspected thath e had run off the road and h it a utility pole, however, his family believe the accident was "staged." Mr Ferguson, who was employed at Grand Isle Villas as a Landscaping Supervisor, was the youngest of 12 children. “We don’t know that any one has gone up there to do anything yet. “We were hoping by now that someone would have called us. Nobody is saying anything, everyone saying I’ll get back to you,” a member of the Ferguson family said yesterday. Demonstr ation Members of the Ferguson family participated in a peaceful demonstration in Rawson Square on Monday with sev eral other families who lost loved ones to violence. They say they will continue to seek justice in Mr Ferguson’s death. After meeting with National Security Minister the family claims that they were told that someone else would “get back to them”, but they have heard nothing on the matter since. The Ferguson family say that Preston was well liked and that there are persons willing to assist police in their investigation into his death. Police Commissioner Reginald Ferguson did not return phone calls up to press time yesterday, however, a senior police officer said that the matter has been turned over to the Police Road Traffic division. rather than fragment the evidence by playing a taped telephone conversation between Bridgewater and attorney Michael McDermott on Friday, it would be better if the jurors heard that recording and saw the two videotaped meetings today. C onsented Mr McDermott, who is an attorney for Mr Travolta, 55, has testified that he consented to local police tapping his telephone, placing recording devices in his hotel room as well as outfitting him with a body wire. Mr McDermott has testified that he met with Lightbourne and also Bridgewater in his hotel room at the Sheraton, Cable Beach in January. Bridgewater and Lightbourne are accused of attempting to extort $25 million from the actor shortly after the death of his 16year-old son Jett at their condominium in Grand Bahama on January 2. Bridgewater is also charged with abetment to extort. On Friday defence attorney Murrio Ducille suggested to Mr McDermott that his sole purpose for coming to the Bahamas was to “set up” Ms Bridgewater. Mr McDermott claimed, however, that the accused were not set upa t his request. Director of Public Prosecutions Bernard Turner, Neil Brathwaite and Garvin Gaskin are prosecuting the case. Ms Bridgewater is represented by attorneys Murrio Ducille and Krysta Smith. Mr Lightbourne is represented by attorney Carlson Shurland and Mary Bain. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :+(5($6 RXUQDWLRQ\RXWKFROOHFWLYHO\UHSUHVHQW WKHKRSHVGUHDPVDQGDVSLUDWLRQVRIWKH%DKDPLDQSHRSOH $1':+(5($6 WKH 0LQLVWU\RI
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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas’ 12-member t eam will be returning home f rom St George’s, Grenada, without the coveted 37th Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and FitnessC hampionships title. A fter dominating the championships for the past three years, the Bahamas relinquished the title twice on Saturday night to Barbados, who carted off the overall title with2 08 points. Barbados had a double d ose of celebrations as they were also awarded the 2008 title over the Bahamas and Venezuela, who was second. A statistical error reversed the overall decision from the 2008 championships that wash eld here when the Bahamas was crowned the champions for the third straight year. A t this year’s champio nships over the weekend, the B ahamas ended up in third place with 115 behind T rinidad & Tobago, who accumulated 137. Bahamas Bodybuilding and F itness Federation president Danny Sumner, team manager Derrick Bullard, nor coach Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears could be reached for comments up to press time last night. James ‘Jay’ Darling, the n ational champion, turned in the best performance for the Bahamas as he clinched the team’s only two gold medals. He struck twice in the men’s masters and the middleweight d ivisions. T he overall male champion was Martinus Durrant of Barbados, who earned hisp rofessional card in the process. The female winner was C andice Carr-Archer of Trinidad & Tobago. She captured the masters category. B arbados also celebrated a s Renee Cobham was crowned the Miss Fitness CAC champion. Her compa-t riot Nicole Carter finished s econd. And both Jamilia Sokunbi and Ramona Morgan took the women’s fitness titles. In winning this year’s title by 50 points, Barbados tooks ix divisional titles, five sec ond places and four third places. O ther divisional winners were bantamweight Hemradj Mulai of Aruba, lightweight Diego Salinas of El Salvador,l ightweight Ross Caeser of Bermuda; heavyweight Juan Carlos Bega of Puerto Rico and super heavyweight Philip Clahar of Jamaica. This year’s championships attracted about 250 bodybuilders from 19 countries. Grenada’s Vaughn Francis, who won the CAC title two years ago along with Dennis James, a fourth place finisher in the prestigious Mr Olympia competition, were guest posers. The 2010 championships will be held in Aruba. C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 PAGE 12 Knowles, Roddick team up at China Open... TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahamas surrenders bodybuilding title Barbados wins Central American Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship JAMES DARLING , the national champion, turned in the best perfor mance for the Bahamas as he clinched the team’s only two gold medals. He struck twice in the men’s masters and the middleweight d ivisions... SOFTBALL N PSA PLAYOFFS THE New Providence S oftball Association is scheduled to begin its first round best-of-five playoff series tonight on the Banker’s Field at the Baill ou Hills Sporting Complex. Here’s a look at the fixture: T onight’s schedule 7pm – Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks (3rd defending champions Sig m a Brackets (2nd division 8:30pm – Robin Hood H itmen (4th Equipment Dorsey Park Boyz (pennant winnersm en Tuesday’s schedule 7pm – Boomer G S wingers (4th ple Air Wildcats (pennant winners) ladies 8:30pm –Cammando S ecurity Truckers (3rd, defending champions)vs Pricewaterhouse Stingrays( 2nd) men SPORTS IN BRIEF Jackie E dwards recovering from surgery... See page 14

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS P AGE 12, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net BY the time you would have read this, Bahamian tennis ace Mark Knowles and American Andy Roddick would have already played theirfirst round of the men’s doubles in the China Open. Yes, that’s not a misprint Knowles and Roddick teaming up. R oddick, the former world No.1 p layer who is currently ranked at N o.9, is stepping in to team up with Knowles after his Indian partnerM ahesh Bhupathi suffered a groin i njury while playing in the Davis Cup two weeks ago. Bhupathi, however, is expected to b e reunited with Knowles when they b oth travel to Japan next week. In the meantime, Knowles and R oddick were scheduled to start play t ogether for the first time today. Their first round match was against H sin-Han Lee and Tsung-Hua Yang of Taipei. Knowles was unavailable for comments up to press time last night, but his mother/manager Vicki KnowlesAndrews said her son is quite pleasedt hat his long-time friend Roddick was available. They’re friends, so obviously when your partner becomes injured, you have to search around to see w ho is available,” Knowles-Andrews s aid. He asked Roddick and he said he would love to play with him.” Knowles and Roddick are unseede d and their opponents, Lee and Yang, are wild card winners. If that’s any consolation, Knowles and Roddick should be able to get through to the second round. If they are successful today, they c ould get a chance to meet the top s eeded team of Knowles’ former p artner Daniel Nestor of Canada and S erbian Nenad Zimonjic. N estor and Zimonjic are due to m eet the team of Jose Acasuso of A rgentina and Fernando Gonzalez o f Chile. At the other end of the draw as the No.2 seeds are the American identical twin brothers Bob and MikeB ryan. G oing into the China Open, Nestor and Zimonjic lead the ATP c omputer rankings with 9,010 points. T he Bryans are second with 8,745. K nowles and Bhupathi are sitting in fourth place with 5,590, just behind t he third place team of Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Leander Paes of India with 5,740. The winning team from the tournament will share $122,000 and earn 5 00 points. The runners-up will split $ 83,000 and get 300 points. For making the semifinal, the teams will clinch $33,350 and 180 points. For the quarter-final, theyw ill get $18,100 and 90 points. For t he round, they will only share $10,000. F ollowing the China Open, the f ocus will swift to Shanghai, China, f or the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 that is scheduled to begin on October 1 1. That is when Knowles and Bhu pathi will reunite as they march towards the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, England, starting on November 22. Knowles, Roddick team up at the China Open Mahesh Bhupathi suffers groin injury in Davis Cup but expected to return next week M ARK KNOWLES i n action... R ODDICK i s stepping in to team up with Knowles after his Indian partner Mahesh Bhu pathi suffered a groin injury while playing in the Davis Cup two weeks ago...

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C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM moving forward "Tacoma leads its class in refinement, and is more than competitive in performance, accommodations, utility, and off-road prowess. Overall, these are excellent compact trucks and easy Best Buy picks." -Consumer Guide moving fo r w a r d Smooth Ride2009 TACOMA U.S. News Best Compact Pickup For the Money Features: 2.7 litres, 4 cylinders Automatic Transmission Air conditioning Power steering Dual front and side airbags CD/mp3 player with auxiliary input Sliding rear window Bedliner Vehicle Stability Control Anti-lock brakes Electronic Brake-force Distribution B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribnemedia.net SHERMAN ‘The Tank’ Williams is heading off to Germany to make sure that he gets properly acclimatized before he steps into the ring on Saturday night. T he Grand Bahamian heavyweight, fighting out of Florida, left the United States y esterday and should have arrived in Hamburg for his first fight for the year. O n Saturday night at the Stadthalle, Rostiock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,W illiams is scheduled to fight u ndefeated German Manuel Diamond Boy’ Charr in the 10-round co-main event. “Everything went well,” s aid Williams in an interview from New Jersey yesterday before he boarded the nonstop flight to Germany. “My preparation was good. We had a great camp. Mys parring was great. We had two Russians and a local f ighter from Miami and another heavyweight, so I had some good sparring.” W illiams, 37, said his entire m anagement team headed by A merican Si Stern have been impressed with what they saw in his training sessions. We had a couple of things w e wanted to work on like t he body attack,” Williams said. “We also worked on the throwing the hooks and the right.” B ased on his training, Williams said he feels as if h e’s in perfect condition. But o nce he gets into Hamburg, h e will go through a light workout, then take a nap before he heads back into the gym for a full-fledge workout. “The first two days are going to be pivotal to me gett ing adjusted to the climate,” Williams reflected. “But I am experienced having traveled to Europe and Germany a number of times to train.” W illiams, who sports a 341 0-2 win-loss-draw record with 19 knockouts, is making h is second appearance in Germ any to fight. His debut was o n March 26, 2005, when he l ost on points to Russian Chag aev at the Erdgas Arena, Riesa, Sachsen. However, Williams has not fought since December when h e won on points over Ameri can Andrew Greeley at the Bourbon Street Station in Jacksonville. I n January, Williams was t o have fought in Key West, F lorida, but that fight was c alled off after he injured his right hand in training. It’s been nine months since I last fought,” Williams s aid. “I did my therapy, my hand is feeling good and now I’m ready to fight again,” he said. “I love to fight, I’m always e xcited to go to the gym and work out and spar. In any giv en day, my trainer will tell you, I could spar every day. I’m a born fighter and I like what I do.” W hen he steps into the ring o n Saturday night, Williams s aid for the first time his entire entourage will be draped in the colours of the Bahamian national flag. As for his opponent, the Beirut, Lebanon Charr, who turns 25 on fight night, is u ndefeated at 12-0. What’s also interesting is that Charr, who is coming off a third round knockout on June 6, stands at 6-foot-3 1/2. W illiams, who is listed at 51 1, said his handlers have assured him that if he is succ essful in winning the fight, h e can secure a top 10 ranking i n the World Boxing Organis ation, which is controlled by t he European promoters. “If I can get into the top 10, hopefully we can maneuver a mandatory title shot or g et to fight somebody else as a n eliminator to a title fight,” Williams projected. “But I’m excited about it. I ’m looking forward to it in a b ig way. At the same time, I ’m going in with no pressure o n myself. “I trained hard and I intend t o knock this guy out because I don’t want the same thing to h appen to me when I lost my last fight there on points, although I beat my opponent from pillar to post.” While he has watched his o pponent on video, Williams said he knows he will have his hands full, but he’s prepared for whatever Charr throws at him on Saturday night. ‘The Tank’ vs ‘Diamond Boy’ draws near S HERMAN WILLIAMS i s scheduled to fight undefeated German Manuel ‘Diamond Boy’ Charr in the 10round co-main event...

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS P AGE 14, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribnemedia.net A FTER missing her 10th appearance at the 12th IAAF World Champ ionships because of an injury, long jumper Jackie Edwards is now recuperating from surgery for her final appearance at the CommonwealthGames next year. On Thursday afternoon, Edwards s uccessfully went through surgery to repair her torn Achilles tendon that she re-aggravated in April, keeping her out of qualifying for what would have been her final appearance at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany. N ow she’s home in California walking on crutches and waiting to start her preparation for the 2010 season and her fifth appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, I ndia, slated for October 3-14. “It was okay. I personally have not seen the doctor after the surgery b ecause when I woke up, he was a lready gone,” Edwards said. “But he told my parents and my brother that it went well. There was no complications and I need to go b ack to see him in two weeks to get a proper cast placed on my leg.” O ver the next six weeks, Edwards w ill have to wear a cast. Once it has been removed, she said she will then concentrate on her last appearance n ext year. I plan to compete, but whether or n ot my legs will cooperate, we shall see,” she pointed out. “My plan is to m ake 2010 my last track season. That’s my goal.” Edwards, 38, said she will not reall y start training until January and b ecause the season is expected to b e a long one, she won’t start competing until it’s close to the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA With the Commonwealth Games s et for October, Edwards said it would be a good opportunity for her to pace herself so that she can finish o ff her career in grand style. The co-national long jump record holder, who has represented theB ahamas at just about every major i nternational meet, including the Olympic Games four times since taking over from Shonel Ferguson, said s he has been very proud of her track career. The 1987 Queen’s College gradu a te completed her sting at Stanford University in 1992 where she was an All-American having won the NCAA Division 1 Indoor and Out d oor Championships in her initial year. A bronze medallist at the Pan A merican Games in 1995, Edwards enjoyed her best success at the Commonwealth Games where she was fourth in her debut in 1994 in Victor ia, Canada, before she came back and took the silver in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A fter finishing seventh in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Edwards matched that feat at the2 002 Commonwealth Games in M anchester, England. In her last appearance in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, she was e ighth. C oming to reality with the seasonending injury in April, Edwards said she’s not going to put any pressure o n herself to go out and get ready for 2010. “I’m going to do everything to m ake sure that I don’t have the i njury again,” she aid. “When you have surgery, everything is supposed to be really good as far as not having a recurring o the injury. “I didn’t have surgery in April when I reaggravated it, so I just tookc are of it. I think if I did, I would have been ready by now to start preparing for next year.” But Edwards said while she’s disa ppointed that she didn’t get to qual ify for her 10th Worlds, she will be contented with nine, having madet he final three times. “I would have loved to have been there competing with the rest of thet eam,” she insisted. “Whether anybody believed me, I don’t care. “I know my training was going really well this year and I would havec ompeted at a very high level. So I was very satisfied with that. I wasn’t just fooling around and trying to h ang onto the team for dear life.” Next year, Edwards said she intends to go out with a bang. I n the meantime, she has been w orking with a Health and Wellness Group and submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture called ‘Ladies’ First,’ to work with the young girls in high school. I f accepted, Edwards said she intends to come home. Already she has lined up a number of persons,i ncluding a long-time traveling roommate Lavern Eve, to assist her. She said she’s just waiting on the min istry’s approval. Jackie Edwards recovering from surgery Has legs set on final appearance at Commonwealth Games next year J ACKIE EDWARDS EDWARDS successfully went through surgery to repair her torn Achilles tendon that she re-aggravated in April, keeping her out o f qualifying for what would have been her final appearance at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany...

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corpo-r ation (BAIC into a 21-year lease with the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources to establish an agro-industrialp ark in North Andros. The lease covers 23 acres of land on which to construct the park. The land will be divided into two-a cre plots and made available to Bahamians intere sted in pursuing food production. Agro-industrial park to be established in North Andros PICTURED during the signing are from left, BAIC General Manager Benjamin Rahming, Executive Chairman Edison Key, Ministry of Agriculture Assistant Director Fern Bowleg, Agriculture and Marine Resources Manager Lawrence Cartwright, and Permanent Secretary Cresswell Sturrup. T HE LEASE h as been s ealed for 23 acres on which to construct an agro-industrial park in North Andros. Pictured from left are BAIC General Manager Benjamin Rahming, Executive Chairman Edison Key, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Lawrence Cartwright, Assistant Director Fern Bowleg, and Permanent Secretary Cresswell Sturrup. BIS PHOTOS: Patrick Hanna THE products of six B ahamians will be showcased at the prestigious Maison et Objet Trade Show in Paris, France, BAIC ExecutiveC hairman Edison Key confirmed. T he lucky artists are Lovely Reckley (Abaco C urtis (South Andros Munnings (Eleuthera Dorothy Miller (Long Island Patricia Hamilton (New Prov-i dence) and Admiral Forbes ( New Providence). Maison et Objet Show, which opens in January, is an international home decorat ion, giftware and tableware exhibition featuring thous ands products from wellknown designers. M r Key also confirmed that a week of activities beginning October 26 has been set aside to honour Bahamian artisans “in a special way” at the A rawak Cay Culture Centre. A proclamation from Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham will declare that week National Craft Week” under the theme “Tradition made modern”. The internationally acclaimed BahamArts Festival, which showcases the artis tic side of Bahamian culture,o pens October 30 with Mr Ingraham delivering the k eynote address. There will be special features from the Family Islands. Celebrating its 12th year, this event is hosted by the Handicraft Development and Marketing Department of B ahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation ( BAIC), headed by Assistant General Manager Donnalee Bowe. “We are laying out the red carpet in celebrating Bahamian artisans like never before,”said Mr Key, the Member of Parliament for South Abaco. During services at Zion Baptist Church, East and Shirley Streets, on October 18, the oldest straw vendor, Mrs Doris Strachan will be honoured. Mr Key hailed the traditional straw vendors as “the backbone of the Bahamian souvenir industry.” The fourth annual general meeting of the Bahamas National Craft Association takes place October 28 and 29 at SuperClub Breezes, Cable Beach. The Arawak Cay Culture Centre will be decoratedwith some 80 main booths featuring the choicest art and craft items from throughout the islands. That Saturday, the popular “Victory of the High School Bands” competition will feature a 60-person contingent from Exuma’s L N Coakley High School. An array of Bahamian artisans are scheduled to give demonstrations and workshops throughout the week. They include Gertrude Gib son of Red Bays, Andros on the art of weaving baskets from silver top palms using sail needle; Emily Munnings of Eleuthera on making handicrafts from coconut shells, and coconut boat making by Nassau’s Admiral Forbes. Customarily, on that Satur day, ladies show off their latest fashions at the Gala Bahamian Tea Party. It is held this year in con junction with the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources and the Women’s Desk, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Entertainment will include the Falcon Band with Ancient Man and Anita Ellis, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band. “The invitation goes out to all to attend this family affair and appreciate the beauty of things Bahamian,” said Mr Key. Six Bahamians for Paris show

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM $4.25* B igger Beer Ham or Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich w / Medium CoeeGet a customer loyalty Card... Earn Free Dunkin’ Visit www.Dunkinbahamas.com to learn more.Add Hash Browns for $1.25. See stores for details. ENGLISHMUFFIN* Substitute Ham or Bacon with Sausage for 50.CROISSANT BAGEL D ELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY t ook part in the youth march. PATH FINDERS cymbals player. THE ROYAL Bahamas Police cadets on the march. F ORWARDMARCH: Y oungsters were the stars. MINISTER FOR STATE FOR CULTURE Charles Maynard along with Permanent Secretary for Sports Archie Narin and Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Desmand Bannister take to the streets. PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff YOUTHSON T T H H E E M M A A R R C C H H

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Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach raises funds for the College of Bahamas C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 18, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach recently raised funds t hrough its annual antique auto show and steak-out which it donated to the College of the Bahamas. The cheque was received by C Carey, student affairs chair. The club also presented a cash donation to the patron the of Bilney Lane Home for Children, Janet Brown, for the insti-t ution’s upkeep. PICTURED: C Carey, student affairs chair, is pictured receiving a cheque. On the r ight is immediate past president Stephen Brennen. PICTURED(left to right KIWANIS Cable Beach Club president Don Aranham, Janet Brown and immediate past president Stephen Brennen.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GRAND BAHAMA – R oss University welcomed Anthony Munroe as their new executive administrator for their Bahamas educational site. P rior to his appointment, Dr Munroe lived in Chicago and successfully served as president of Advocate Trin-i ty Hospital and was named one of the Top 25 minority healthcare executives in theU nited States by Modern Healthcare Magazine. H e has served as president of St John Detroit Riverview Hospital inD etroit, Michigan, and as president and chief execut ive officer of the Economic Opportunity Family Health Centre in Miami, Florida. We are pleased to welcome this well-respected e xecutive to our academic community of the Bahamas,” said Dr ThomasS hepherd, president of Ross University. “His skills are ideally suite d to build on the achievements of Ross University. I n addition to being nationally recognised for his expertise in healthcare leadership,s trategy, cultural competency and diversity in healthc are, Dr Anthony Munroe brings an impressive track record of success in world-c lass healthcare organisations. We are pleased to h ave him with Ross,” Dr Shepherd said. Dr Munroe grew up in the B ronx, New York. He Munroe completed his doctoral studies with a focus on health systems earning an Ed D in Health Educationa t Columbia University, T eachers College in New York and he holds a Mast ers of Business Adminis tration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Grad-u ate School of Management, as well as a Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University. He is a life member of the A lpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. D r Munroe has served on the Board of Directors of H ealth Choice Network, has been an advisor to the Miami Fellows Programme, ands erved on the Community Advisory Board of the Brooklyn Medical Centre of the New York University. He is a Fulbright SeniorS pecialist with the Council for International Scholar E xchange “It is an honour to join the Ross University leadership team and I look forward to working with the wonderfulp eople of the Bahamas, our faculty, students and staff as we educate future physicians,” said Dr Munroew hen asked about his appointment. Dr Munroe is one of the f irst ten Kellogg Foundation and Congressional Black C aucus Foundation’s national Public Health Fellows. He is also a board certifiedh ealth care executive of the American College of H ealthcare Executives (ACHE The Mayor and Board of C ommissioners for MiamiDade County with a Proclam ation designating ‘Anthony E Munroe Day’ have also recognised Dr Munroe forh is service and expertise. He has also received a prestigious Congressional Certifi-c ate for his work in healthcare. D r Munroe is married to Michelle Marie Francis of St Croix, Virgin Islands, andt hey enjoy sports, travelling and spending quality time w ith family and friends. Ross University was founded in 1978 and is ap rovider of medical and veterinary education offering d octor of medicine and doc tor of veterinary medicine degree programs. TheS chool of Medicine is locat ed in Dominica, West Indies, and the Freeport, Grand Bahama campus recently opened in January2 009. Ross University Bahamas welcomes Dr Anthony Munroe as new Executive Administrator DR ANTHONY MUNROE , recently appointed executive administrator for Ross University Bahamas. PAST PRESIDENT & Director of International Service – Harry Kemp, Nikita Smith – Administrative Assistant and Past President & Director of Public Relations-Pat Strachan On Monday, September 28, the Rotary Club of West Nassau made a donation to the Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel to help defray the costs of managing the hostel. The Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel was established in 1962 by the Bahamas Christian Council. Its founders were the late Dean William Granger, Mr and Mrs Hedden, ThomasB rooks, and Pastor William Nairn. The purpose was to provide emergency and temporary shelter for abandoned, neglected and abused children aged six weeks to eleven years. The initial site was in Oakes Field. I n May 1968, the Hostel was closed due to financial difficulties. However, under the new leadership of the Kiwanis Club of N assau, it reopened in January 1969 on its present site on McKinney Drive. The Department of Social Services later became ap artner and now provides an annual grant and employs 13 of the 25 staff members. The Hostel provides a very critical service to the community. One would agree that when children have been abandoned, neglected or abused by their caregivers, they should be pro-t ected. Yet, it is never a pleasant task to remove them from their homes or to determine that they should live in an institution. However, when circumstances dictate that this is the best course of action, it is important that they are given a comfortable, nurturing and attractive environment where their ability to thrive is not severely affected. The Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel continually seeks to provide such an environment. T he Hostel can comfortably accommodate 32 children, ages 1 to 11 years. Residents who have not been returned to their rel a tives, fostered or adopted by age 12 are transferred to Homes f or older children, where they will reside until age 18. The average length of residency at the Hostel is one year. The c hildren attend worship services each Sunday and all school-age children attend public schools. Pre-schoolers receive scholars hips from community pre-schools. Although a recipient of an annual grant from the Department of Social Services, the Hostel relies heavily on the benevolence of community-minded citizens and organizations to support its work through donations of finances and time. A continuous challenge is securing funds to operate and maintain the facility which houses a nursery, boys and girls dorms, kitchen, dining area, storage areas and administrative offices. Donation to Children’s Emergency Hostel

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Club Grand Bahama promotes tourism C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 20, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GE Electronic Room Style+ #AEQ08#AEQ10#AEQ12A You’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. THE BOARD of Directors of Real Men Ministry International paid a courtesy call on Governor-General Arthur Hanna on Wednesday, September 30, at Government House. Pictured from left are Ethan Moss, Odley Aritis, David Knowles, Governor-General Hanna, Dr Kendal Major, Julian Smith (president), Brent Lloyd, and Wayne Rolle. Real Men call on Governor-General T HE Club Grand Bahama Training programme, which is mandatory for all vendors participating in the Club Grand Bahama campaign, aims to ensure excellence in service delivery, and skills for managing difficult situations. Certificates M ore than 100 persons who participated in this training exercise were presented with their certificates of successful completion at the first graduatione vent for the Club Grand Bahama campaign. Among those pictured above with some of the C lub Grand Bahama graduates are Denise Adder ley, Director of Marketing, Grand Bahama Tourism; Sandra P Russell, Director of Operation,M inistry of Tourism; Pauline Wells, Executive of Training, Ministry of Tourism; and Karenda Swain, Superior Vendors and Quality Control, Ministry of Tourism. (BIS photo: Vandyke Hepburn I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 21 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Atlantic Medical Insurance Company’s (AMI annual Fun Walk in April 2009 fostered a spirit of unity among Bahamians, as thousands ‘walked for the cause’ in New Providence, and in Grand Bahama. With the mission to, “waiting on mission statement from AMI,” AMI recently made a monetary presentation of funds raised during the FunWalk to representatives of The Bahamas Diabetic Association and The Cancer Centre of The Bahamas. The Fun Walk is an annual initiative organized by AMI that encourages Bahamians to combat diseases like cancer and diabetes through consistent exercise and healthy living. Lynda Gibson, Executive Vice President, AMI, said, “We are very appreciative to our corporate partners and the public for supporting us year after year. The main objectives of the walk include highlighting wellness in the community and encouraging the Bahamian public at large that maintaining a healthy body is important to having a healthy lifestyle.” Gibson added that the funds contributed to The Diabetic Association and The Cancer Society of The Bahamas are inclusive of funds collected from the Fun Walk in New Providence and in Freeport. Darren Bastian, Manager, Business Development, AMI, noted, “ It’s a pleasure to present The Cancer Centre of The Bahamas and the Diabetic Association with the f unds from our annual Fun Walk. This is a part of our ongoing commitment. The services and care they provide is vital to maintain the health of those who have been inflicted.” Furthermore, Bastian said that the contribution is onlym ade possible by the participants and organizers who support the event. “Once again we thank you, Bahamas,” he added. Referring to AMI as “a gem in many ways,” Bradley Cooper, President, The Bahamas Diabetic Associa t ion, expressed his gratitude for the consistent support AMI, its partners and the Bahamian public offer each year. He said that the mone tary donation will assist the association in achieving a number of short term and long term goals. Cooper explained that during October 1723, 2009, representatives of the association will participate and make presentations at the Tri-Annual Congress of International Diabetes Federation, in Montreal, Canada. Machinery Furthermore, the funds pre sented will also aid in the purchase of additional glucometers, testing strips and other necessary machinery to help diabetics throughout The Bahamas, according to Cooper. One of the goals of the Bahamas Diabetic Association is to build awareness by educating and informing individuals about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet in an effort to prevent one from becoming a diabetic. Additionally, Cooper said, “Most insurance companies in The Bahamas do not pro vide funding for prevention. Atlantic Medical however, has stepped in to the forefront and greatly helped the hurting i n our country. “We cannot express how thankful we are to them and to their supporters for their generous and consistent contributions over the past 11 years,” said Cooper. Equally as grateful for the consistent financial supportf rom AMI, Gloria Hanna, Supervisor, The Cancer Society of The Bahamas, said, “We are truly appreciative for this donation as it will help us to continue to help our cancer patients while educating and bringing awareness to The Bahamian public at large.” T he funds donated to the Cancer Society will aid the continuation of hosting local and Family Island patients free of charge at the Cancer Centre, and dispatching doc tors and assistants to the various clinics throughout Nas sau and on the Family Islands. Hanna added, “The patients consider the centre as a home away from home. They are so very grateful to have a place to come and stay because most of them do not have family in Nassau.” Furthermore, she noted, “We encourage AMI to continue being a positive corporate citizen, raising funds to benefit cancer patients, because most people really cannot afford their radiation or chemother apy treatments.” Hanna emphasized, “We try to ease this burden for them by offering a place for them to stay and receive what they need at no cost to them.” This, Hanna noted, is why it is crucial for Atlantic Medical to continue in its efforts to help those in need. “As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on cor porate sponsorship and donations from companies like AMI,” said Hanna. AMI Fun Walk proves bumper fundraiser AMI recently made a monetary presentation of funds raised during the Fun Walk to representatives of The Bahamas Diabetic Association and The Cancer Centre of The Bahamas. ATLANTIC MEDICAL DONATES THOUSANDS TO THE BAHAMAS DIABETIC ASSOCIATION AND THE CANCER SOCIETY OF THE BAHAMAS Massage students from The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI provided complimentary services to Royal Bank. As part of the course students will complete 64 practicum therapy hours. BTVI Massage students must meet the standards set forth by industry and apply their expert knowledge. It is imperative that massage students practice their skills for many hours so they are prepared to administer techniques that are refined to perfection and keep their client’s best health interest in mind. “BTVI Massage Programme allowed Royal Bank employees the opportunity to experience massage therapy, and most important, was able to give our students real-life experience,” said Mrs. Beneby Taylor, Cosmetology Coordinator. Wellness “Today’s growing trend is total wellness, said Mrs. Taylor. Whether they are using massage therapy to improve a medical condition or for stress relief and relaxation, massage is for everyone." “The students represented BTVI in a professional manner and showed confidence and skill in their massage services,” said Raquel Bethel, Office Manager at BTVI.” Thirteen massage students participated. They were Nadia Beneby, Shelly Rolle, Jazz Cyril, Donita Collie, Danisha Fowler, Dave Horton, Shuntelle Hurston, Kath leen Jaques, Michelle Lockhart, Miesha Rolle, Pam Rolle, Noralee Newbold and Priya Russel. The students who participated found it to be a reward ing experience and a great way to utilize their skill while helping others. Mrs. Taylor felt it was a beneficial event for all involved.Mrs. Taylor said the event was a great learning opportunity and she was hopeful that BTVI would continue to encourage real-life experience to broaden their education outside the classroom. BTVI massage students give back to corporate sponsors HANDS-ON APPROACH: Getting a massage.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 24, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Nassau, Bahamas: Frontrunner in the PLP Deputy Leadership race, Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, visited North Bimini this past Monday and Tuesday. During his visit, Davis entertained private meetings with Party Stalwarts, as he seeks their support ahead of the upcoming convention, advising them his plans for the Party.While on Bimini, the candidate also engaged a number of young people and youth groups as he made his trek across the community, as a means of garnering their views on matters of national interest and offer his own vision for their input. “The greatest challenge we (the PLP) have is the involvement o f more young people” he s aid. Turning to is own cam p aign Brave noted “That is why I recruited young peopleto work in my campaign. The people running my campaign are young –this is the direction where we as a Party must go.” Listening to the concerns of residents on the level of crime, Davis responded by outlining his plans to strengthen the administration of the judiciary. This effort he added, will reduce the time for cases to be heard and to intervene in the lives of at-risk youth. Residents on the island were also keen to express their concerns about the destruction of the mangroves on that island as a result of a major development. The PLP Deputy Leader hopeful assured of his plans to follow-up the environmental concerns of Biminites with the B.E.S.T. Commission and other such agencies. Since launching on August 4th, Davis has traveled throughout the country seek ing meetings and door-todoor stops with PLP Stal warts, Delegates and sup porters ahead of the PLP Convention this October. Bimini greets Brave and the Change Team BRAVE DAVIS meets with Bimini PLP stalwarts leading up to the convention. CANDIDATE BRAVE standing in the boat house with Tommy and Ansil Saunders. THE GRAND BAHAMA PORT AUTHORITY (GBPA the community and recently donated traffic signs to the High Rock area. Pictured here are (l-r High Rock and a member of High Rock Township; Valentine Knowles, senior supervisor of the Road Traffic Department; Arthur Jones, vice-president of building and development services with the GBPA; Bradley Armbrister, district administrator of East Grand Bahama; Geneva Rutherford, director of community relations at the GBPA; Basil Rahming, deputy controller of the Road Traffic Department; Troy McIntosh, city maintenance manager with the GBPA, and Corporal 1693 Steven Moss of the High Rock Police Station. TRAFFIC SIGN DONATION

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B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor FAMGUARD Corporat ion’s half-year net income slumped by 71.6 per cent year-over-year to $629,733,t he company has revealed to shareholders, after “further deterioration” in 2009 second quarter health claims saw poli cyholder benefits increase by 34.28 per cent. The surge in health claims m ore than wiped out 18.6 per cent top-line growth enjoyed by the BISX-listed company, parent of life and health insur e r Family Guardian, during the six months to June 30, 2009. N orbert Boissiere, Fam Guard’s chairman, in his mes sage to shareholders, said: We have seen further deter ioration in our health claims experience through June 30, 2009, which has resulted inp olicyholder benefits payments increasing by 34 per cent over prior year-to-date. “This has negatively impacted our net income for the period, which stood at$ 630,000 through June 30, 2009. We are reviewing ourg roup health portfolio, and are implementing enhancements to our product in that division, which we expect will bring about incremental i mprovements as we move forward.” Policyholder benefits paid out by Family Guardian during the 2009 first half rosef rom $19.647 million the pre vious year to $26.383 million, an increase of more than $6.7 m illion. Even allowing for a modest increase in reinsur ance recoveries, net policy h older benefits grew by a lmost one-third, too, rising from $18.435 million to $24.415 million. I t appears that Family Guardian’s increased health claims experience during the2 009 first half, something experienced by all Bahamasbased health insurers, influenced the company’s in-house a ctuaries to increase their pro visions for future policyholder benefits. T hese provisions rose yearover-year by 48.9 per cent, from a $4.075 million increase in the 2008 first half to $6.068m illion this time around, a move likely to have been induced by the higher thane xpected health claims. Death claims had shown a “marked i mprovement” over 2008 comparatives. As a result, provisions for future policyholder benefits the main liability for all life a nd health insurance compa B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor J. S. JOHNSON, the BISXlisted insurance broker and agent, has bucked the declining economy by generating a2 1.8 per cent net income increase to $4.33 million for the 2009 first half, an improve m ent driven by rising commissions resulting from the acquisition of new business. M arvin Bethell, J. S. Johns on’s managing director, in his message to investors, said the increase in net profits fromt he $3.554 million achieved in t he 2008 first half was due to an 18.6 per cent increase in net commissions and fees, which rose from $8.045 million to $9.544 million during the six months to June 30,2 009. This, despite a 3.3 per cent fall in net earned premiums at J. S. Johnson’s 40 per centowned affiliate, general insurer Insurance Company of the Bahamas (ICB8 .6 per cent rise in total income. This grew from $13.339 million in 2008 to$ 14.491 million in the 2009 first half. “Both business segments p erformed well in the second q uarter,” Mr Bethell said of J. S. Johnson and ICB. “The agency and brokerage business has begun to see the effects of some new business acquisitions as net income is now up by 12 per cent over the previous year. “On the underwriting side, Insurance Company of the Bahamas continues to perform well due to an increase in net commission and fees, and an improvement in insurance expenses.” Broken down into segments, J. S. Johnson’s agency and brokerage business saw net income rise by 12.5 per cent to $2.533 million for the 2009 first half, compared to $ 2.252 million for the year before. Net commissions and fees r ose by 7.1 per cent to $8.388 million, compared to $7.783 million the year before. Total income rose by 6.8 per cent to $8.658 million, compared to $8.109 million in the 2008 first half. O n the expenses side, the agency and brokerage busi ness also experienced a 4.6 per c ent jump in total expenses to $6.125 million, compared to $5.857 million in the 2008 first half. F or the business as whole, total expenses increased by 3.8 per cent to $10.161 mil-l ion, as opposed to $9.785 milC M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.16 $4.09 $4.17 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T h e Government will “shortly” decide whether to approvet he $263 million a cquisition of a Bahamas-based oil storage terminal, a Cabinet minister has confirmed, telling Tri-b une Business that the potential buyer wants a 30-year extension to the site’s existing lease that would take it through until 2049. Larry Cartwright, minister of agriculture and fisheries, confirmed that S tatoilHydro, the Norwegian-headq uartered oil and gas giant, had submitted its proposal to acquire Grand Bahama’s South Riding point facility t o the Government, and the issue was c urrently before the Cabinet. However, that may still be too late for Statoil and the vendor, Torontol isted World Point Terminals. A cond ition of the sales agreement between the two was that the South Riding deal would close by October 1, 2009, a d eadline that has been missed because t he Government approvals were not forthcoming in time. Still, World Point Terminals said in a statement issued on Friday that both i t and Statoil were now in talks to extend the deal’s closing deadline, indicating that it potentially remains a live. It is probable that both compan ies, if they can reach agreement, will $263m deal seeks 30-year lease extension B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C ABLE Bahamas is hoping “the long road we’ve been on for the last 14 years” with respect to negotiating com m ercial agreements with pro gramming rights holders is nearing an end, after the Bahamas last week brought into force the 2004 amend ments that narrow the scope o f its compulsory TV licensing r egime. Anthony Butler, Cable Bahamas’ president/chiefe xecutive, told Tribune Business that with the Bahamian government having fulfilled its ‘side of the bargain’ when it came to protecting intellec-tual property rights, the BISX-listed cable TV p rovider was “taking encour agement” from statements made by the US Trade Rep r esentative that Washington would now move on its obligations. The Ingraham administrat ion, in a little-heralded move last Thursday, brought into effect the 2004 amendmentst o the Copyright Act that nar row the scope of the Bahamas’ compulsory TV licensing regime. Only copyrighted works broadcast free over-the-air will now be com pulsorily licensed, whereas the previous regime allowed all copyrighted programmes to be received, transmitted and re-broadcast. “The amendments that the Government tabled in 2004, they’ve been brought into effect on October 1,” Mr Butler told Tribune Business. “It means that in relation to the Copyright Act, the Exchangeof Letters [between the Cable hopes ‘long 14-year road’ at end F amGuard suffers 72% profit decline Insurer generates 22% profit growth * Ministersays government to ‘shortly’ decide whether to approve Statoil purchase of South Riding Point * Buyer and current owner seeking extensionafter October 1 completion date expires amid wait for government * Lease extension would secure Statoil in Grand Bahama until 2049 * Government does have environmental concerns C ARTWRIGHT SEE page 4B SEE page 6B SEE page 8B SEE page 5B * Government implements Copyright Act amendment t o narrow TV compulsory l icensing * BISX-listed firm hopeful US Trade Representative’s statement indicates W ashington will now f ulfill its side of bargain, a nd force programming rights holders into talks with it * Meeting between Cable a nd rights holders set for next week * Cable chief hopes moves will lead to Bahamians getting VOD, HD p rogramming they can't access yet * J. S. Johnson sees 19% c ommissions and fee rises, as agency/brokerage attracts new clients * ICB also bucks economy with 38% first half profits r ise, as its commissions increase more than three-fold B ISX-listed insurer sees 34% policyholder benefit increase, sparked by surging health claims, wipe out 19% premium growth and $500,000 drop ino perating expenses

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By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC is targeting the 2011 first quarter for full implementation of its $50 million-plus Next Generation Internet Protocol (IP network, the company has revealed, with the first 400 subscribers set to be “migrated” to this platform by the end of this month. I n BTC’s response to the G overnment’s consultation p aper on access and interconnection issues in the Bahamian electronic communications s ector, Felicity Johnson, B TC’s vice-president of legal, regulatory and interconnect ion, told regulators: “BTC commenced the implementation of its Next Generation IP network in March 2009. “IP soft switches have now b een installed, and the access nodes build-out from e xchanges has commenced, w ith the first 400 subscribers due to be migrated by October 31, 2009. Full implementation of the IP network is due for completion by the first quarter 2011.” The newly-formed sector r egulator, the Utilities Regul ation and Competition A uthority (URCA c onsultation document setting out the rationale for why BTC i s considered to have Signifi cant Market Power (SMP areas such as cellular andb roadband Internet, said B TC’s planned IP network w ould allow it to carry multiple types of traffic, such as voice telecoms, Internet and d ata. U RCA added that not only would the network theoretically allow BTC to deliver “higher speed broadband”, it would also enable IP TV, allowing the state-owned incumbent, currently in them iddle of a privatization exerc ise, to deliver TV and Intern et services in the same mann er as Cable Bahamas. Elsewhere, URCA said its o wn analysis had shown that the deep penetration of BTC’s cellular services, esti-m ated to be at 100 per cent of t he Bahamian population, h ad resulted in mobile connections now representing almost 73 per cent of all telephone connections in the Bahamas. This compared to2 2 per cent in 2000. “URCA believes that BTC’s introduction of prepaid services and its allocation of greater resources to mobile s ervices are largely responsib le for the high rate of growth in mobile subscribership,” the communications sector regulator said in its consultation paper. By contrast, the fixed-line penetrations rate hadi ncreased marginally – from 3 8 per cent in 2000 to 40 per c ent in 2008. However, about 8 5 per cent of BTC’s cellular customers – a service in which t he company currently has the monopoly – are pre-paid customers. URCA believes that the q uality of service of BTC m obile is lower than BTC’s fixed voice,” the regulator said in its consultation paper. “Although URCA has not conducted a formal survey onB TC’s customer base, anecdotal evidence indicates that customers are dissatisfied with the level of service quality received from BTC’s mobile services. For example, inb uilding coverage and netw ork congestion are problems which have been identified.” Meanwhile, URCA said t otal estimated Internet subscribers in the Bahamas numbered 60,000, with Cable B ahamas and BTC having 6065 per cent and 30-35 per cent market share respectively. The remaining 5 per cent m arket share was accounted for by Satellite Bahamas and other minority Internet Ser v ice Providers (ISPs C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BTC targets 2011 for network finish * First 400 subscribers to migrate to IP platform by month’s end * 73% of all phone connections in Bahamas are now cellular * Cable estimated to have 60-65% Internet market share

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Bahamas tariff-free US exports increase2.7% B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T HE Bahamas in 2008 saw a 2.7 per cent increase in the value of its exports admitted i nto the US duty-free under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA revealed, with polystyrene products produced largely by Polymers International accounting for 96 per cent of goods sent to our northern neighbour. The US International Trade Commission, in its newly-r eleased report on the Act’s i mpact on both Caribbean b eneficiaries and the US, f ound that total Bahamian e xports admitted into the US under its tariff-free terms i ncreased in value from $137.4 million in 2007 to $141 mill ion last year. S ome $135.5 per cent of that latter figure was accounted for by expandable polys tyrene exports, which i ncreased year-over-year in v alue by 1.8 per cent, from $ 133.2 million to $135.5 mill ion, “mainly because of highe r prices”. The value of B ahamian polystyrene exports h as increased regularly, and significantly, over the past four years, growing from $107.5 million in 2005 to $121.5 million in 2006 and t hen through to last year’s $135.5 million. W hile the Trade Commiss ion’s report said the Bahamas was “likely to remain in near term a very small supplier to the US market”, it was the fifth largest supplier of goods u nder the Act in 2008. “Polystyrene, cup grade e xpandable polystyrene pell ets, accounted for 96 per cent o f imports from the Bahamas u nder the CBERA in 2008, w ith imports valued at $135 m illion in that year,” the US I nternational Trade Commiss ion’s report said. Polystyrene has accounte d for more than 96 per cent o f the value of imports from the Bahamas under CBERA since 2005. Other imports under CBGERA in 2008 included undentured ethyl a lcohol for beverage purposes, grapefruit, rum, seafood (prim arily crab meat) and cigars.” F oreign direct investment in the Bahamas, though, had remained strong through 2008 even as the world headed into a severe recession, rising s lightly from $854 million in 2007 to $886 million last year, a ccording to the US Internat ional Trade Commission’s r eport. I ndeed, the report suggeste d that foreign direct investm ent in the Bahamas took a m ajor leap between 2005 and 2 006, rising from $641 million t o $843 million in 2006 – an i ncrease of more than $200 m illion. On the other side of the fence, the US International Trade Commission’s report e stimated that US exports to t he Bahamas rose in value by 1 1.3 per cent in 2008 to $2.697 b illion, compared to $2.422 b illion in 2007. That, again, r epresented a steady increase f rom the preceding three y ears. In its submission to the report, the Bahamian government said the CBERA had t he “added value of buttressi ng, supporting and promoti ng democratic values, respect f or human rights and fundam ental freedom, the respect f or the rule of law and recogn izing common values and trad itional friendship between the United States and the countries of the Caribbean Basin”. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM btrt tfr f r !%* &'!$()))!*&*#tffn""bnff !$ %#&!*&*# !%** Comfort Suites Paradise IslandOctober Special Only $59*per person double occupancy.Minimum 2-night stay. Bahamas residents only. Full use of all Atlantis facilities. Plus: Limited-time offer! Reserve today ! Call242-363-3680BSP Job #: CTS-9-N003 JM# 8819 Client: Comfort Suites Description: Stay In Paradise 1/4 pg Bleed: non Color: 1C Black Specs: PDFX1A Mech #4 Date: 09/30/2009 4:36PM Mech Person: GUDimensions: 5.75in x 10.5 in Issue: Nassau Guardian / Nassau Tribune Closing: 9/30/09 *$59 per person, per night, dbl occupancy Sun. thru Wed. Rates effective Oct. 1 thru 31. Rates from Nov. 1 thru Dec. 20 are $69 per person, per night, dbl occupancy Sun. thru Wed. Add $20 pp for Thurs. thru Sat. stays. 3rd and 4th additional adults add $40 each per night. Maximum 4 persons per room. Additional fees apply for mandatory taxes, mandatory housekeeping gratuities and utility service fees. Rates quoted are based on standard room category and subject to availability. Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to arrival or a 1-night penalty will apply. G U 0 9 . 3 0 . 0 9 | 4 : 3 6 P M CTS-9-N004_NassauTribune.indd 1 9/30/09 4:39:22 PM * Polystyrene accounts for 96 per cent of all Bahamas’ CBI exports * US exports to Bahamas grow 11.3 per cent to $2.7bn in 2008

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s imply wait out the time taken for government approvals, however long it takes. A part from National Economic Council (NEC Investments Board approval, both of which fall under the purview of the Cabinet or aC abinet subcommittee, Stat oil also needs to win permission for the lease transfer and a 30-year extension to its tenure from South Riding Point’s landlord, the Bahamas Agricultural and IndustrialC orporation (BAIC Mr Cartwright, who has ministerial responsibility for BAIC, told Tribune Business that the key approvals required from government w ere the 30-year lease extension, and approval for its transfer from World Point Terminals to Statoil. “They [Statoil and World P oint] have submitted their p roposal to the Government, and the Government right now is looking at it,” Mr Cartwright said. “The Government has not yet made a final decision on the lease –t he extension of the lease and permission to transfer the lease from South Riding Point to Statoil.” When asked by Tribune Business what kind of lease extension Statoil was seeking,t he minister replied: “They were looking for an extension. They are asking for a 30-year extension, which effectively makes it 40 years – the existing 10 years, and a further 30 years, to bring it to 40.” World Point Terminals’ current lease on the 763-acreS outh Riding Point site, which includes 155 acres of land, the rest being the sea bed and off-s hore jetty, expires in 2019. If Statoil obtains the extension it is seeking, its tenancy would b e secure until 2049. A cknowledging that “everything hinges on the Government’s decision”, MrC artwright said it would be premature to indicate which way the Ingraham adminis-t ration was leaning. Cabinet makes the final d ecision, and it would be very difficult to pre-empt whatever t he decision might be,” the minister told Tribune Business. “Statoil has submittedt heir proposal to the Government, and the Government has to look at it and get back to them.” Declining to discuss the content of Statoil’s proposal, Mr Cartwright confirmed pre v ious Tribune Business reve lations that the Government had concerns, and was unhap p y, over the environmental condition of South Riding Point. There were some concerns about the pits used for excess o il,” he said, “and they’re being addressed with regard to the new potential [tenant].” This implies that a condition of approving Statoil’s acqui-s ition, and lease extension, m ight be that either itself or World Point Terminals undertakes an extensive clean-up of the site to address and environmental concerns. When asked by Tribune B usiness how important South Riding Point was to the Government’s overall economic plans, Mr Cartwright said: “It lends itself to the employment of Bahamians. They have to pay taxes to theB ahamas government, and the lease agreement they have with BAIC, all that helps to advance the economy of the Bahamas.” Neither Bernard Roy, World Point Terminals’ president and chief executive, nor Statoil could be reached forc omment by Tribune Business before press deadline. However, a Statoil spokes-w oman had told this newspaper on July 9, when the $263.2 million deal was announced, t hat the Norwegian company h ad plans to invest $100-$150 million in upgrading South Riding Point. A lthough declining then to specify how long a lease extension Statoil was seeking,t he spokeswoman confirmed t hat the company wanted “a l ong-term engagement beyond 2019” with the B ahamas, and added: “We need a return on our investment. When we look at this kind of investment, we’re looking at a timeline of 30-50 years, just to give a general statement on this type of investment and the time we look at.” S tatoil, which has leased space at the oil storage, blending and transshipment facility f or the past 16 years, sees South Riding Point’s acquisi tion as a logical extension to i ts long-term growth strategy. South Riding Point, which e mploys 55 Bahamians and features 10 storage tanks and two berths, is well-positioned for the increasing advances Statoil wants to make into theU S market, and the increasing v olume of oil being shipped from Brazil. Statoil’s lease at the site was due to end shortly, and it seemingly believes that ownership/control at South Riding Point wouldb etter aid its cause. At the time, Jon A Jacobsen, Statoil’s executive vicepresident for manufacturing and marketing, said of the planned purchase: “It will strengthen StatoilHydro’sm arketing and trading position in North America by securing the full terminal capacity. StatoilHydro’s objective is to upgrade the terminal to allow for blending of all types of crude oils, including heavy oils.” For 2008, South Riding P oint’s revenues rose by 25 per cent or $4.432 million over 2007, with fourth quarterr evenues of $8.469 million up 91 per cent year-over-year. The Statoil purchase also i ncludes the 50 per cent stake W orld Point Terminals holds in Freepoint, the Grand Bahama-based tug boat busi-n ess, which has 42 employees. In 2008, the company’s six tugs handled 95 per cent oft he traffic at the Freeport C ontainer Port, its revenues r ising year-over-year by $350,000 or 14 per cent, with f ourth quarter revenues up 37 per cent or $815,000. The Statoil would be the s econd acquisition of a Grand Bahama-based oil storage terminal within two years, the first being the purchase of the BORCO terminal by First Reserve and Vopak for around $900 million in 2008. T he South Riding Point deal has no connection to Statoil’s entrance into the B ahamas in May 2009, when it announced its oil explo ration joint venture with BPC L td in the southwestern Bahamas. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FOR SALE60 tonne packaged Air Conditioning Unit 18yrs old 7”width 6”height 33’length Can be viewed at Carl G. Treco Construction 120 Mackey Street South All offers will be considered!302-9875 F ROM page 1B $263m deal seeks 30-year lease extension

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM H OUSES/APARTMENTS/COMMERCIAL BUILDINGSVACANT PROPERTIES(401rown Allotments, L ove Hill Settlement, Andros. Contain-ing a two-storey res. Appraised value: $100,000 ( 806)Lots #1 & #2, Block 3 with a par-cel situated between Lot #1, Block 3, containing a 4 bedroom condominium Sunset View Villas, West Bay Street. A ppraised value: $750,000 (433)Lot #27 of Village Allotment #14 in the Eastern District, containing resi-d ence situated on Denver Street off P arkgate Road in the AnnsTown Con-stituency, New Providence. Property size 2,500 sqft Building size 990 sqft. Appraised value: $50,000 (400Property situated in Calabash Bay on the Island of Andros. 75’ x 150’ and containing thereon a small grocery s tore 480 sqft. and an incomplete 3 bed 2 bath house 900 sqft. Appraised value: $65,000( 301)Lot #2 in block #8, Steward Road, Coral Heights East Subdivision situated in Western District of New Providence, approx. size 8,800 sq. ft. with a split level containing two bed, two bath, living, d ining & family rooms, kitchen and utility room – approx. size of building 2,658 sqft Appraised value: $322,752 ( 702) Lot #20 with residential prop-erty located Skyline Heights. Appraised value $280,000 ( 902)Lot of land 94 x 94 x 150 x 150 on Queens Highway just south of Palmetto Point with a two storey stone building containing two apartments. Each unit h as 3 bed/2 1/2 bath, kitchen, living room and 3 linen closets. Appraised value: $287,209( 400)Lot #14 situated in the settlement of Love Hill on the Island of Andros totalling 20,000 sqft Property contains a two storey 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom r esidence. Appraised value: $185,000(105Lot containing 2 storey bldg. w ith three bed, two and a half bath residence, and 30’ x 86’ situated Bailey Town, North Bimini. Appraised value: $ 235,000(801)Lot #18 in Sandilands Allotment on the western side of Crosswind Road b etween Seabreeze Lane and Pineyard Road, Eastern District New Providence-T he Bahamas,containing single storey private residence comprising the follow-i ng: covered entry porch, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, f amily room, sitting area, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathroom and patio. The total area of land is approximately 7,641 square f eet. Appraised value: $289,426( 801) Two parcels of land containing 21,120 sq.ft. situated on the southern s ide of East Shirley Street and 100 feet west of its junction with Shirlea” in t he Eastern District, New Providence. Situated thereon is a Gas Station and Auto Repair Shop. Appraised value: $799,497(601Village Allotment with fourplex, Appraised value: $500,000( 701) Lot of land having the number 16 in Block number 16 in Section Three of the Subdivision called and known as Sea Breeze Estates situated in the E astern District of New Providence. P roperty contains a three bed, two bath residence. Appraised value: $277,000(701Lot of land being lot number 1 1 in Block number 10 on a plan of allotments laid out byVillage Estates Limited and led in the Dept of Land & Surveys as number 142 N.P. and sit-u ated in the Eastern District of New Providence. Property contains three bed, two bath residence. Appraised value: $165,000 (565Lot # 1018 in Golden Gates Es-tates #2 Subdivision situate in the South Western District of the island of New Providence Containing a single storey p rivate residence 3 bedroom 2 bath. Property approx. size 6,000 sqft Build-ing approx size 2,400 sqft Appraised value: $173,176(205Lot B 50 ft x 115.73 ft situated on the north side of Shell Fish Road, being the third lot west of FireTrail R oad and east of Hamster Road with a one half duplex residential premises. Appraised value: TBA ( 901) Lot #32 containing 4 bedroom 2bath concrete structure located Tri-ana Shores Harbour Island, Eleuthera. Property size 80’ x 120’ x 80’ 120 feet A ppraised value: $332,735 (910)Lot #12 Madeira Park, a small sub-division on the outskirts of Treasure Cay,Abaco having an area of 9,444 square f eet residence containing a concrete b lock structure with asphalt shingle roof comprises of three bedrooms, two b athrooms, family room, living room, dining room, and kitchen. Appraised value: $147,000 ( 569) Property situated on Williams Lane off Kemp Road, New Providence, Bahamas containing a two-storey house a nd an apartment building consisting of 1800 sqft. Appraised value $100,000(569) All that piece of land being Par-c el #3 and Parcel #4 situated on the South side of Prince Charles Drive,N ew Providence, Bahamas containing a commercial building housing t wo shop space on the ground oor and three shop space on the second oor with a large storage area in the rear. Total area 8400 sq ft. Appraised value: $366,650 (569All that piece, parcel or land having an approximate area of 2100 sqft situated on the Western side of B lue Hill Road about 70 ft North of Peter Street and about 115 ft south of Laird Street in the Southern District of New Providence, Bahamas containi ng a commercial building housing a t wo bed/one bath unit on the top oor and a store on the rst oor. Appraised value: $154,000( 569)All that piece, parcel or lot of land situated on Cowpen Road (1000 ft east of the Faith Avenue Junction) in the Southern District of New Providence, B ahamas containing a duplex apart-ment comprising of two 2-bedr/1-bath apartments. Appraised value $175,000.( 800)All that parcel or lot of land being Lots #10 and 11 in Block 29 of Coconut Grove Subdivision, containing a shopping plaza. The lot is trapezium in shape, 8,383 sq ft. Appraised value $ 500,000 (560Lot of land #2 Sea View Subdivision, Russell Island, Spanish Wells. P roperty size 11,323 sqft, building size 2236 sq ft containing 3 bed, 2 bath, living room, an eat-in kitchen, dining room, laundry room, covered porch, a one car garage, and a covered water tank. Appraised value: $299,000 (901Trianna Shores c ontaining 3 bed 2 bath front room, dining room, & kitchen. Concrete structure,1926.40 sq ft wooden deck 321.60 sq ft. property 9600 sqft. Appraised value: $448,645(901K” Barrack Street, Harbour Island containing a 2 storey concrete b uilding with 4 bed 4 bath, dining room & kitchen -Building 2934.56 sqft prop-erty 6563 sqft. Appraised value: $479,228( 811) Property containing Condo Mil-l ennium II”, Unit A-101, building 57, P hase 1C, 2 bed, 3 bath, living room, dining room, utility closet & patio. Situ-a ted in the area known asBimini Bay Resort, Bimini, Bahamas. A ppraised value $485,000 ( 008) Single Story tri-plex building, one 2 bedrooms and two 1 bedroom l ocated on a multi-family Lot No.4, block 3, Shirley Lane, section 1, Bahama R eef Yacht & Country Club Subdivision, Freeport Grand Bahama. Property sizeis approx. 16,621 sq ft Appraised value$ 348,000 (908Lot# 52 Crown Allotments located Murphy Town, Abaco with size b eing 10,200 sq ft. Containing a one storey house with 4 bed/2 bath – Con-c rete Block Structure – Appraised value $200,000(569)All that piece parcel or lot of land b eing Lot #39 in the residentially zoned area of Highbury Park Subdivision in the Eastern District of New Providence, Bahamas. Approx. land size 6,000 sq f t. Property contains a 3-bed/2-bath h ouse, size being 1,563 sq. ft. Appraised Value $131,000( 908) Lot# 23 located in the Subdivi-s ion of Spring City, Abaco with size being 8,925 sq ft. Containing a one storey wooden structure house with 3 bed/1 bath of 7985 sq ft A ppraised value. $60,000 (304) Single storey triplex, situated on Lot 615, Mermaid Boulevard, Golden G ates #2 in the Western District, New Providence. Two 2-bed, 1-bath units and one 1-bed,1-bath unit. The property is zoned as Multi Family Residential, measuring 9,092 sq ft with the living a rea measuring 2,792 sq ft. Appraised value $374,192(201) Duplex Lot #25 situated on Faith A ve. North (Claridge Estates) 7,354 sqft with duplex thereon. Appraised value TBA( 103) Parcel of land and improvements thereon known as No.3 block 31 Ba-hamia Marina & Section IX located in southwestern city of Freeport Grand B ahama. Approx. 13,070 sq.ft. or 0.30 acres property contains duplex dwell-ing. Appraised value $300,000 ( 804) Six condominium units and ve parcels of vacant land situated at Regattas of Abaco, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. The single/multi family resi-dential condominium/timeshare de-v elopment is situated on 9.426 acres of land. The condominiums consist of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and the amenities on the property includes a m anned security gate, swimming pool, 2 tennis courts, landscaped gardens and an administration building. Appraised value $2,450,000( 569) Lot of land situated on FireTrail Road being a partition of Gladstone A llot #41 New Providence, Bahamas containing townhouse apartment unit and two proposed units (completed as i s). Appraised value $237,714(301)Lot # 14867 Bahama Sound Exu-ma is located about 10 miles northwest o f George Town Exuma and about 1 mile south of Emerald Bay,The Four S easons Resort and Rokers Point. Itis located near the settlements of Mt. T hompson and Farmers Hill. The prop-erty contains 10,000 sq ft in area with 80 f t frontage on the Queens Highway; the main road. The property is developed with a partially completed apartment c omplex containing ve, 1 bedroom units, 4 efciency units and 1 shop s pace. Appraised value $488,240 (301All that piece parcel of land or p remises being lot # 659 on the north-western side of Malawi Street in Eliza-beth Estates East Phase 2 in the Yamac-raw constituency on the island of New P rovidence. Lot size 5,085 sq ft. with a 22 year old single storey residence, 3 bed, 1 bath. Appraised value $94,871 ( 301) Lot # 549 Gladiator Road Stap ledon Gardens containing concrete single family residence and wooden efciency rental unit. Area is zoned for single and multi family residences. Lot s ize is 80’ X 120‘ (9600 sq ftport and perimeter wall surrounding property. Appraised value $$219,767 ( 569)All that Southwestern Moiety or Half Part of a Lot of Land being part of a Tract of Land now or formerly called Annstown situate 610 feet Southeast of Kemp Road in the Eastern District of t he Island of New Providence aforesaid and set out as Lot #35 containing a duplex. Property size 50 ft x 50 ft Appraised $61,000.(569lock B situate on Rosedale St in the Carey’s Subdivision containing a 4 bedroom 2 bath residence. Building s ize 1,234 sq ft. Property size approx 4,500 sq ft. Appraised Value TBA. (569orthern side o f Carmichael Rd. Nassau with build-ing and foundation for a warehouse. Property size 15,780 sqft. Appraised value $325,000.(569)All that piece parcel or lot of land situate on the East Side of Millers Road and 2763.58 ft South of Carmichael Rd. being Lot #B containing a Triplex P roperty size 80’ x 100’ (8,000 sq.ft) Appraised Value TBA( 801)Lot No. 1, Block 5, located in the B aillou Dale Subdivision, Nassau, Ba-hamas. The property contains a split level building comprising of 5 retail shops/ofces. The land size is approx. 5 ,000 sq.ft. with the building area approx3 ,735 sq.ft. Appraised value $370,260.00( 569) All that piece parcel or lot of land situate Graham Drive in the Yel-l ow Elder Subdivision being Lot #446 containing a 2 bed 2 bath residence. A ppraised Value $110,000. ( 101-F)Residential Canal Lots 30, 31 & 32, Block 1, Pine Bay SubdivisionF reeport, Grand Bahama, containing two storey house, 4 bed, 3 baths Situated on 1.62 acres of land. A ppraised value $1,372,200 (101-Froperty situated Alice Town, being Parcel A, North Bimini, measur-i ng 9,267 sq ft with incomplete 3 storey single family home. Appraised value $ 542,000OFFICERSPROPERTIES LISTED FOR SALEC ontact Account Ofcer listed below by using number code for each property.( 702) Undeveloped lots # 4A, 16, 17, 18 and 19 located Chapman Estates, West Bay. Appraised value: $348,000(701Undeveloped lot #149. Seafan Lane, Lucayan Beach Subdivision. Grand Bahama, 18750 sq ft. A ppraised value: TBA(565) Vacant lot #5 located Eleuthera Island Shores, Seaside Drive Section B, Block #15, Eleuthera, Bahamas. 9,691 sqft, Appraised value: $27,620(402)Lot 89, Block 7 Aberdeen Drive,Bahamia West Replat Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama, consisting of 12,100 sqft. Appraised value: $51,000(800) Vacant property located Baha-mia South. Block 16 lot 9A, Freeport, Grand Bahama consisting of 24,829.20 s qft. Appraised value: $52,000(565acant Lot #9 (11,406.65 sqftsituated in Mango Lane Section B” Block #15, Eleuthera Island Shores, Eleuthera. Appraised value: $50,189(909) Vacant residential Lot# 63 (7800 s qft) Crown Allotments located Mur-phy Town, Abaco. Appraised value: $18,000 (802Vacant Commercial Lot No: 3A, Block 60 Bahamia Subdivision VI containing 3 acres located Freeport, Grand Bahama. Appraised value: $750,000 (108Vacant Single Family Lot #5 Block F Bahamia South SubdivisionFreeport, Grand Bahama. Appraised value $35,700(569)Vacant property located in Sub-division called Culmerville” being a portion of Lot #47 and a portion of L ot #57. Appraised value: $24,000(569cel or lot of land situate in the settlement of James Cis-tern on the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas measuring approx 10,000 sq.ft. Appraised value TBA ( 569) All that piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No. 102 in the Subdivi-sion known as EXUMA HARBOURin the Island of Great Exuma measuring 10,000 sq.ft. Appraised value $20,000.00. ( 202) Vacant lot of land containing 41,164 sqft, Lot #8, Love Estate, Phase 1, 2,300 ft. south of West Bay Street, Western District, New Providence. Appraised value $165,000(503) Vacant property consisting of L ot #894 situated in the Freeport Ridge Subdivision, Section #1, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Appraised value: TBA(505) Ten(10es of land situated on Woods Cay, known as Little Abaco, between CoopersTown and Cedar Harbour in Abaco, Bahamas. The prop-erty is undeveloped with a view of the s ea from both the North and South side. Appraised value: $1,078,750 (569All that piece parcel or lot of land Lot # 977, Pinewood Gardens Subdivision, Southern District, New Providence. Appraised value: $65,000 ( 008) All that piece parcel of lot and l and on the Island of Great Exuma situated about 10 1/2 miles North-westwardly of George Town which said piece parcel or lot of land is #10750 Bahama Sound O.A.E. 10,900 sqft. Appraised value: $65,000(008)All that piece parcel or lot of land designated as Lot Number 563 on a plan of a Subdivision called or known as Bahama Highlands #4. 11,223.41 sqft. Appraised value: $87,000(201) Single family residential Lot No. 11703 Bahama Sound Subd. Number 1 1 West, Great Exuma. Size: approx. 1 0,000 sq ft . Appraised value $15,000 (201) Multifamily Lot No. 10 South-east Corner of Mandarin Drive, Sugar Apple Road, Sans Souci Sudv. Size: 14,368 sq ft. Appraised value $165,000 ( 201) Single family residential Lot No. 11698 Bahama Sound Subd. Number 11 West, Great Exuma. Size: approx. 10,426 sq ft Appraised value: $15,000 (569All that piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #1 located in Block 3 in the Subdivision known as Eastern Estates situate in the Eastern District of the island of New Providence. Prop-e rty approx. 6950 sq. ft. Appraised value $80,000 (569All that piece parcel or lot of land located on Marigold Road in the Subdivision known as Kool Acres.Lot is approx.9455 sq ft. Appraised v alue $93,000. ( 569) All that piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #152 located in the Subdivision known as West Ridgeland Park situated in the Southern District of the island of New Providence. Property approx. 4000 sqft Appraised value $55,000.(008) Anundeveloped waterfront lot land being Lot #12032 with a size of 10,600 sq.ft. in the Bahama Sound of Exuma Subdivision # 11 West, Great Exuma, Bahamas. Appraised value $224,000 ( 008) Partially developed parcel of land being 10,000 sq.ft. situate about the eastern portion of The For-est Estate in the vicinity of the settle-ments of Southside and The Forest being Lot Number 4803 in Bahama Sound of Exuma 6, Exuma, Baham as. Appraised value $25,000 (724Vacant land at Love Beach, Western District of New Providence comprising a portion of LoveEstatecontaining 1 acre. Appraised value $225,000 (800Lot # 2 vacant land 30,000 sq ft located Chapman Estates Subdivision on West Bay Street with open zoning. Appraised value $600,000.(800ingle/multi family residential vacant lot being a portion of lot #77 situated on the Southern side of FireTrail Road in the Western District of N ew Providence. Property size 110,000 s qft. Appraised value $550,000 (301Vacant lot single/family zon-ing. Lot # 21 of the subdivision called Southern Shores, Canaan Subdivision located on Marshall Road. Property size is some 67.86 feet on the sub road and 84.49 on one side, 55.21 at the back and some 85.61 on the other side of 5,475 S/F of land space.Appraised value $86,000(569Vacant lot of land containing 1.786 acre, situated east of Knowles Drive, approximately 1,420 ft. south-w ard of Harold Road in the western d istrict of New Providence.Bahamas. Appraised value $ 170,000 (569All that piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #5, Block 29A Section C Eleuthera Shores, Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. Appraised Value $29,000. (902Vacant Lot #18 Block 33 Section C” Rainbow Bay on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The property is located in a developed residential subdivision with all amenities. Appraised valued $20,000 COMMERCIAL BANKING CENTRE Tel: 242-356-8568 (800. Monique Crawford (801. Jerome Pinder (802. Brian Knowles (803. Vandyke Pratt (804. Hope Sealey (805. Tiffany Simms O’brien (806. Lois Hollis (807. Lester Cox (808. DaShann Clare-Paul (810iss LaPaige Gardiner (811. Lydia Gardiner PALMDALE SHOPPING CENTRE Tel: 242-322-4426/9 or 242-302-3800 (201. Nicola Walker (202. Robert Pantry (205. Anya Major NASSAU MAIN BRANCH Tel: 242-322-8700 (701. James Strachan (702. Antonio Eyma (301. Thyra Johnson (304. Alicia Thompson MACKEY STREETBRANCH Tel: 242-393-3097 (601. Cherelle Martinborough JOHN F. KENNEDY DRIVE BRANCH Tel: 242-325-4711 (401. Renea Walkine (402. Chandra Gilbert PRINCE CHARLES SHOPPING CENTRE Tel: 242-393-7505/8 (501. Jason Sawyer (503. Dwight King (505. Patricia Russell CABLE BEACH BRANCH Tel: 242-327-6077 (466. Winnifred Roberts LOAN COLLECTION CENTRE Tel: 242-502-5170/502-5180 (716. Quincy Fisher (717. Nancy Swaby (723. Deidre King (724. Faye Higgs (725. Marguerite Johnson (565. Catherine Davis (569. Vanessa Scott NASSAU INT’L AIRPORT Tel: 242-377-7179 (433. Suzette Hall-Moss LYFORD CAYBRANCH Tel: 242-362-4540 or 242-362-4037 (101-N. Lindsey Peterson GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, ELEUTHERA Tel: 242-332-2856/8 (902. Nicole Evans HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH Tel:242-333-2230 (901. Velderine Laroda ANDROS TOWN BRANCH Tel: 242-368-2071 (400. Cyprianna Williams MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Tel: 242-367-2420 (908. Toure Holder (909. Sylvia Poitier (910ermit Curry BIMINI BRANCH Tel:242-347-3031 (105iss. Ganiatu Tinubu GRAY’S, LONG ISLAND Tel: 242-337-0101 (100. Lucy Wells EXUMA BRANCH Tel: 242-336-3251 (008. Jocyelyn Mackey FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH Tel: 242-352-6631/2 (101-F. Garnell Frith (102. Elaine Collie (103. Damita Newbold-Cartwright (108. Sylvie Carey SPANISH WELLS Tel: 242-333-4131 or 242-333-4145 (560. Walter Carey FamGuard suffers 72% profit decline nies – increased from $102.903 m illion as at June 30, 2008, to $108.875 million this time around. With total benefits increasing by 35.4 per cent to $30.483 million, compared to $22.51m illion in 2008, Family Guardian’s top-line growtha nd reduced operating expenses were more than-cancelled out. As a result, net income fell by 71.6 to $629,733, compared to $2.221m illion the year-before. Top-line growth was much b etter, with gross premiums increasing by 18.6 per cent or $6.6 million to $41.891 mill ion, compared to $35.327 mill ion the year before. Net premium income rose by 13.4 per cent to $37.115 million, com-p ared to $32.727 million for the six months to June 30, 2008. E lsewhere, net premium i ncome and annuity deposits w ere up 16.9 per cent at $40.538 million, with total i ncome ahead by 18.4 per cent at $45.912 million, compared to $38.774 million in the 2008f irst half. M r Boissiere told shareh olders that gross premium income had shown “strong growth”, and added that life insurance sales and annuity sales were 9 per cent and 11p er cent, respectively, ahead of 2008 figures for the first half. “As a result of a sustained increase in the sale of new group accounts, our group life and health division continues t o lead in premium growth,” said the FamGuard chairman. “Our financial services divi-s ion also recorded a very positive increase in new sales of life and annuity productst hrough June 30, 2009, compared to prior year-to-date.” Family Guardian was able to also keep its key expensesu nder control, with operating expenses falling some 6.6 per cent to $7.016 million for the 2009 first half, compared to $7.514 million the yearbefore, a savings of some$ 500,000. I t seems as it all FamGuard’s net income for the 2009 first half was returnedt o shareholders as a dividend, as the $0.06 earnings per share (EPSm irrored exactly the dividend p aid to investors on August 19, 2009. On the balance sheet side, there was a slight decline in shareholders’ net equity of just over $1.5 million, from $58.818 million as at June 30, 2008, to $57.154 million this year. While total assets increased by just under $6 million, from $176.471 million to $182.316 million, total liabilities rose by $7.5 million, from $117.653 million to $125.162 million. On the investments front, FamGuard substantially reduced its asset allocation in ‘other bank deposits’, reduc ing this from $13.79 million at the balance sheet date in 2008 to $4.257 million this time around. Correspondingly, invest ment assets held to maturity rose from $44.255 million to $57.29 million, implying that assets were switched from bank deposits to potentially higher-yielding investments. 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m eeting between Cable Bahamas and the programming rights holders, which was facilitated by both governments. Recalling the meeting, he t old Tribune Business: “The c omments from the owners at that point were that they wouldn’t negotiate with the Bahamas until the amendment was enacted.” The crux of the intellectual p roperty rights issue that has d ogged Bahamian-US relations over the past 14 years is that the Bahamas and rest of the English-speaking Caribbean are seen as too small a market by many of t he programming rights holde rs, making them disinclined to negotiate commercial arrangements with Cable Bahamas. T heir distribution and royalty rights do not allow them to broadcast outside the US, and the legal fees and other costs required to change these agreements would exceed the revenues gained from a smallm arket such as this nation. Under the 2000 agreement, the US Trade Representa-t ive's Office was supposed to encourage the Motion Picture Association of America( MPAA) and the likes of its i ndividual members to enter into commercial agreements with Cable Bahamas, in r eturn for this nation amend ing its compulsory licensing regime via the 2004 Acta mendment. Yet while the B ahamas has now fulfilled its side of the bargain, the US has yet to hold up its end. However, Mr Butler and Cable Bahamas are hopeful that last week’s developmentsw ill put an end to recent episodes such as the one where two industry bodies r epresenting US programming royalty rights holders urged the Obama administration to take away trade benefits that allow Bahamian exports to enter the US tariff-f ree, on the grounds that this n ation was not fulfilling its obligations to protect intellectual property rights. Both the MPAA and Television Association of Programmers Latin America u rged that the Bahamas lose i ts trade benefits under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA to its compulsory licensing regime for cable television, under which Cable B ahamas was allegedly p irating premium programming satellite signals. This, though, is exactly the issue the Bahamas addressedo n Thursday by enacting the compulsory TV licence amendments, hopefully making it a dead issue. In its submission to the US International Trade Commission’s (USITCo n the economic impact made by the CBERA, and its twin Caribbean Basin Initiative( CBI) programme, the MPAA alleged that the compulsory licensing regime hadb een used by the Bahamas to justify the retransmission of premium pay television programming to the detrim ent of US rights holders. “This compulsory licence allows cable operators in theB ahamas – including the part ially government-owned Cable Bahamas to essentially steal films and programming from the United States, thus destroying the economic viability for US pay televisionn etworks that own the rights to sell films and programming to the Bahamas.” A s a result, the MPAA argued: “The Bahamas should not continue to benefit from preferential access to the US market while it is simultaneously expropriating US rightsh olders’ property.” H owever, in its response to the US International Trade Commission, Cable Bahamas said that “for over five years, Cable Bahamas has sought a meeting with Television Assoc iation of Programmers Latin America and its members without success. “Instead of meeting with Cable Bahamas, HBO Latin America and Television Asso-c iation of Programmers Latin A merica seek to use the office of the United States government to coerce the settlement of their private business dispute,” the company added. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.711.03AML Foods Limited1.171.170.003,0500.1270.0009.20.00% 1 1.809.90Bahamas Property Fund10.7510.750.000.9920.20010.81.86% 9 .305.90Bank of Bahamas5.905.900.000.2440.26024.24.41% 0 .890.63Benchmark0.630.630.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1250.09025.22.86% 2 .372.14Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 1 4.209.93Cable Bahamas9.939.930.001.4060.2507.12.52% 2 .882.72Colina Holdings2.722.720.000.2490.04010.91.47% 7.505.26Commonwealth Bank (S1 5.865.44-0.421,5000.4190.30013.05.51% 3 .851.27Consolidated Water BDRs3.083.090.010.1110.05227.81.68% 2 .851.32Doctor's Hospital2.052.050.000.6250.0803.33.90% 8 .206.60Famguard6.606.600.000.4200.24015.73.64% 12.508.80Finco9.309.300.000.3220.52028.95.59% 1 1.7110.00FirstCaribbean Bank10.0010.000.000.6310.35015.83.50% 5 .534.11Focol (S 4.504.11-0.393,0640.3320.15012.43.65% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 0.450.27Freeport Concrete0.270.270.000.0350.0007.70.00% 9.025.49ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.4070.50013.78.94%1 2.009.98J. S. Johnson9.989.980.000.9520.64010.56.41% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1560.00064.10.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100000 100000 FidelitBkNote13(SeriC)+ FBB13 10000 000 FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: 30May2013 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Interest Prime + 1.75% 7% F RIDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2009B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,473.49 | CHG -28.18 | %CHG -1.88 | YTD -238.87 | YTD % -13.95BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)Maturity 19 October 2017 7 % 1000 . 00 1000 . 00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100 . 00 0 . 00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceWeekly Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 14.607.92Bahamas Supermarkets7.928.4214.00-2.2460.000N/M0.00% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref2.006.254.000.0000.480N/M7.80% 0.540.20RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 MonthsDiv $Yield % 1.40381.3344CFAL Bond Fund1.40383.725.20 3.03502.8952CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.8990-1.39-4.16 1.49201.4129CFAL Money Market Fund1.49204.065.59 3.60903.0941Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund3.0941-8.61-13.59 13.048412.3870Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.11363.935.87 101.6693100.0000CFAL Global Bond Fund101.66931.101.67 100.960093.1992CFAL Global Equity Fund96.73980.35-4.18 1.00001.0000CFAL High Grade Bond Fund1.00000.000.00 9.40759.0775Fidelity International Investment Fund9.33992.69-1.41 1.07071.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.07073.385.14 1.03641.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.0319-0.112.05 1.06731.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.06732.894.93 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. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Aug-09 30-Jun-09 31-Dec-07 31-Jul-09 31-Aug-09 25-Sep-09 31-Aug-09MARKET TERMS31-Aug-09Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual Funds 30 May 2013 29 May 2015 31-Aug-09 Prime + 1.75% 7% 31-Aug-09 30-Jun-09 31-Aug-09 NAV Date Employment Opportunity Sales RepresentativeWe are seeking to hire talented, assertive, charismatic and o utgoing individuals with an aptitude for sales and a desire to succeed. Skills and Requirements xE xcellent oral and written communication skills xProficient in Microsoft Office applications xAbility to work in a fast paced environmentxS trong mathematic capabilities xAbility to multitask xPossess excellent planning, organizational and i mplementation skills xExcellent interpersonal skillsxA team player with the ability to work independently xProfessional appearance xA desire and passion to get ahead M inimum Requirements xAssociate degree in marketing or business administrationxSales experience desired but not essential Paid training and benefits program available A PPLY VIA EMAIL TO: s alesrepresentativeneeded@gmail.com Legal NoticeNOTICENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:(a GYROSCOPE LIMITED (SAC is in dissolution under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 200. (bThe Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 11, 2009 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar General. (cThe Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of 2nd Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas. (dAll persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required on or before the 11th day of September 2009 to send their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benet of any distribution made before such debts are proved. August 12, 2009 ALISA RICHARDSON LIQUIDATOR OFTHE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY year road’ at end

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s erious politicians for decades in all but the most authoritarian countries. Minister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney: When harrowing allegations of brutality and subhuman conditions at the C armichael Road Detention Centre arose earlier this year, the claims were immediately denied by MrM cCartney and Immigration Director Jack Thompson. However, in an exclusive i nterview with Insight, an officer stationed at the centre responded to their denials, describing a place suffocat ed by fear, where detainees are treated like animals – b eaten, tortured and sexually assaulted by guards. T hrough it all, Mr McCart ney maintained that no such abuses have taken place on his watch. So efficient were the ministry's investigationst hat it could be stated cate gorically, little more than a d ay after the allegations first arose, that they were untrue. T his was either the most efficient investigation in history of analytical inquiry or the most preposterous, and many suspect that the min istry's inquiries consisted ofl ittle more than asking the guards and their superiorsw hether they had engaged in the behaviour described, and relaying their predictable denials to the public. While maintaining that a side from a bit of house keeping, nothing is wrong at t he centre, the government as a whole has failed to r espond to repeated requests from The Tribune, other media organisations and human rights groups to tour the facility and see for them selves. M r McCartney did organise a visit for social workersa nd psychologists, but did not release the findings, say ing the report must first be seen by cabinet. Months have passed, and there is stilln o word on when this infor mation will be made availa ble. Either the alleged suffer i ng of helpless human beings at the hands of government officers is a matter that cab inet has little interest in, or more likely, the "waiting for cabinet approval" line was a s talling tactic in the first place. Minister of Agriculture Larry Cartwright: Just a few weeks ago, a 14-year-old boy sent a letter to The Tribune claiming he h ad witnessed horrifying conditions at the government d og pound. H e told of seeing, among other things, a dead dog locked in a cage with a live one, animals starved of food and water and absolutely dis gusting conditions. The immediate reaction was to close ranks and pre tend nothing was wrong, and just as at the detention centre, The Tribune sought to verify the claims, but was turned away at the gates. A senior government offi cial promised a statement in response to the story, but this never materialised. When contacted a few weeks later for an explanation of why r eporters were kept out, Minister of Agriculture Larry Cartwright said the pound is “normally off limits because they bring in dogs from the streets who could h ave all sorts of diseases.” While I am sure all worki ng journalists appreciate Mr Cartwright's concern for their safety, I am equally certain they can take care of themselves. The squalid, sor d id and often precarious sce narios into which their prof ession leads local reporters on a regular basis has surely q ualified them to handle the worst the dog pound can muster. In any case, it is not the job of a government official to ensure the health and s afety of journalists on the job; were this the case, the world would know nothing of starvation, disease and conflict outside of what governments chose to make public. Mr Cartwright's next m ove was a classic: kill the messenger. He accused the 1 4-year-old schoolboy and h is friends of “bragging” their way into the facility under “false pretences”, having claimed to be working for the Humane Society. This, of course, has no bear ing whatsoever on whether the boy's claims were true – not a single allegation has been outright denied – and can therefore only be taken as an attempt to change the subject and discredit a young man who was brave enough to bring light to so horrible a situation. Personally, I hope the boy did sneak in; if so, I congratulate him on an undercover job well done, a nd recommend that he tries his hand at a career in journalism when he gets a bit older. Mr Cartwright could not say why a statement was yet t o be released, but said that once it has, "I am sure theu nderstanding public will realise that it’s not a tourist attraction, it’s not a place where you can take anybody. It’s cleaned on a daily basisb ut needs some minor repairs and cleaning up, and I think it would be naive of us to say that everything is i n tip-top shape because it’s not, we are human beings working there... Need I say more?” I believe animal rights advocates and dog lovers w ould suggest Mr Cartwright needs to say a great deal more. Not only does his explanation make no men tion whatsoever of the allegations of animal cruelty – an offence punishable by law his excuse that the workers a re "human" leaves much to be desired. Firstly, it is a rguable that anyone who s ubjects an animal to unnecessary cruelty might not qualify for the label "human." Secondly, no one asked that the pound be a "tourist attraction" – only that its staff do all they can to ease the last days of animals who have suffered their entire lives because of human recklessness and irresponsibility. Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest: Most disturbing, perhaps, is Mr Turnquest's involvement in what appears to be a stranglehold on information regarding the death of Pre ston Ferguson in Exuma. It has been claimed that when Preston died under mysterious circumstances two months ago, police offi cers failed to impound the vehicle in which the body was discovered, neglected to interview persons of interest, did not confiscate his clothes or the possessions, and did not even bother to check his phone records. As a result, it seems, the police have been forced to put forward what appears to be a completely fantastical accident scenario to explain his death. So far, the minister has used the tried-and-true defence of "ongoing investigation." Fair enough, but if the manner of Preston's death cannot be discussed because it is still under investigation, what about the allegations against the officers on the scene? Over the last few weeks, the public has made it clear that what it wants from Mr Turnquest is a vow to get to the bottom of what hap pened in Exuma on the C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FROM page 12B SEE page 10B Is the sun setting on government transparency once again? THE Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB released a statement reaffirming that the Bahamas will meet the G-20/OECD minimum standards o n tax transparency and information exchange before year-end 2009. In its statement, the BFSB said the Bahamian government had c onfirmed its commitment to this goal and deadline more than once, and now had three TaxI nformation Exchange Agreem ents (TIEAs Monaco and San Marino – that w ere deemed to be OECD compliant. T he BFSB said: “The Bahamas has a history of leadership and ongoing adherence to meeting international protocols.The earlyi ntroduction of regulation of trust companies in 1965, being the first to sign the United Nations Con-v ention Against Illicit Traffic in N arcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, and its comprehensive framework to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing are hallmarks that reinforce The Bahamas' position as a leading f inancial services centre.” Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, the BFSB said, had reiterated in March that the Bahamas was prepared to make good on c ommitments given to the OECD back in 2002, given that the ‘level playing field’ condition – with alln ations prepared to adopt the s ame standards and timelines – had been met. T he BFSB added that, following this announcement: “TheB ahamas readied itself for negotiations with G20 and other countries, and on July 29 announced that it had commenced negotia-t ions with 14 countries. The ‘Tax Cooperation 2009: Towards a Level Playing Field’r eport, released by the OECD in S eptember as a result of the latest assessment by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information, confirmed that The Bahamas had opened negotiations with a number of countries a nd recognised the strong legal framework for cooperation that already exists in The Bahamas asa result of its 2002 agreement with the United States of America and i ts anti-money laundering framework. BFSB backs Bahamas on G-20 tax standard H UBERT INGRAHAM W ENDY WARREN I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s

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morning the body was found, a nd a personal commitment to see the officers in question punished severely iff ound guilty of negligence. So far, he has responded on all occasions with the dou ble mantra that the matter is still under investigation andt hat he is unwilling to second-guess the police. T he Freedom of Informa tion Act (FOIA Under the PLP it was nearly impossible for a jour n alist or member of the public to get their hands on official documents. At its most ridiculous, the culture of secrecy made it difficult fort he press to even obtain a copy of an international treaty. Then came the light. By late 2006, the FNM and its new-old leader Hubert Ingraham were in the ascendancy, and made freedom of information a cornerstone of their campaign. At every opportunity, the p arty came to the defence of journalists seeking information, claiming it had a duty to " defend press freedom in the Bahamas as an indispensable element of our democracy"a nd even mounted its own campaign for the release of t he Baha Mar heads of agreement. After winning the elec tion, the FNM declared that a n historic first draft of a F reedom of Information Act was on the desk of then Attorney General Claire Hepburn. She said cabinet would review the document and circulate it for public c onsultation before present ing it to the House of Assem b ly before the end of 2007. The future seemed bright indeed. Then suddenly, the free dom train was stricken by unexpected delays. In February 2008, Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham announced that a cultural shift and “mindset change” m ust take place in the public sector before the ideal of freedom of informationc ould be realised. He said the government w ill not rush the Freedom of Information Act, "but we will deliver." A few months later, the n ew Attorney General M ichael Barnett said the government is still working on the proposal, but is committed to seeing the bill before parliament in a “reasonable” time. He said the d elay was down to “people” having to see the draft and m odify it and make changes. He did not explain who these people were, or what happened to the promise that the document would be released to the public. Mr Barnett did say media o rganisations will see the Bill before it comes law, but this is not the same as public cons ultation – which seems to have gone completely out the window, as Minister ofS tate for Culture Charles Maynard recently announced t hat preparations have begun for the Act's eventual implementation. However, public consultation on this issue is vital – as some FOIAs are more user-friendly than others. The United States has a relatively generous FOIA,a nd in 2006 alone appeals to this law by the American press uncovered the potent ial for a huge salmonella outbreak, revealed that a popular form of birth con-t rol may be killing women, disclosed that 75 per cent of t he jail cells in one state have faulty locks, and exposed the fact that staff at a particular kidney transplant facility were not properly trained, to name just a few cases. Just imagine what such a law could do in a society like this one, where countlessi nstances of inefficiency and skullduggery take place on a daily basis out of the public v iew. Besides, considering the tendency towards secrecy being exhibited by some att he top, would it not be wise to take the matter out of t heir hands entirely? What do you think? pununez@ tribunemedia.ne t C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS P AGE 10B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM POSITION AVAILABLEFINANCE MANGERAmajorinternational nancial institution is seeking the services of a Finance Manager. The successful candidate must possess: Duties to include: Candidate should also: This position reports to the Financial Controller Manager Human Resources HSBC P.O. Box N-4917 Suite 306, Centre of Commerce One Bay Street Nassau, Bahamas Fax: 502-2566/2577 Friday, 09 October 2009 Is the sun setting on gover nment transparency once again? F ROM page 9B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor BAHA MAR believes it has saved “close to what we projected” through the two-month closure of the Wyndham Nassau resort and adjacent Crystal Palace casino, as the two properties re-open today with some 1,000 staff returning to work. Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice-president for governmental and external affairs, said the planned closure – done as a way to slash millions of dollars in losses i ncurred during the traditionally slow period from mid-August to early October – had been “very effective” and “a good strategic decision we made”. While unable to quantify the scale of the savings accruing to Baha Mar, he did tell Tribune Busin ess: “We believe it’s close to what we had projected.” “I think it has been very effective,” he added. “The period is not totally over yet, so we do not have the numbers in hand, but we believe it was a good strategic deci-s ion that we made. We believe [the savings] is close to what we projected. It reduced the loss significantly during the period we were closed.” As for today, Mr Sands had told Tribune Business on Friday: “We’re on schedule for opening. Staff have been coming back, and came in for orientation and training today. We will be opening to the public on Monday as scheduled, as planned. The staff that went on leave will come back on Monday. That’s in excess of 1,000 between the hotel and the casino.” Some 700 staff at t he Wyndham, and 300 at the Crystal Palace casino, will be reporting for duty today, Mr Sands added,t he Sheraton Nassau Beach having remained open throughout the summer. Baha Mar had used the Wyndham and Crystal Palace closures to effect some modest capital works to improve the guest experience, Mr Sands told Tribune Business, including painting, “correcting mal functioning equipment” and back office improvements. Yet while Baha Mar was anticipating a “seamless” transition back i nto a working environment, nothing had changed in terms of the outlook for the Bahamian hotel and tourism industries as they h eaded into the 2009 winter season. Acknowledging that the Wyndh am and Crystal Palace were likely to see a gradual and slow build up in business, with staff working weeks rostered accordingly, Mr Sands said: “Business will be soft. We still expect this quarter to be reasonably challenging. It’s still very soft and challenging, no question. I think we’re behind our pro jections; slightly behind.” However, Mr Sands said Baha Mar hoped to get a short-term boost from the Bahamian convent ions market, with both major political parties – PLP and FNM – scheduled to stage their party conferences, spanning a week each, in l ate October and November. Baha Mar’s closure savings ‘close to what we projected’ * 1,000 staff back to work today, as two-month Wyndham and Crystal Palace closures ‘very effective’ * But resort group still ‘slightly behind projections’ * Businessstill ‘very soft and challenging’ heading into winter season R OBERT SANDS

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ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA SAN SAL V ADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather . T emperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDO Low: 73F/23C Low: 77F/25C Low: 78F/26C Low: 80F/27C Low: 80 F/27 C Low: 81F/27C Low: 78 F/26 C Low: 77 F/25 C High: 91F/33C High: 90F/32C High: 91 F/33 C High: 90 F/32 C High: 91F/33C High: 90 F/32C High: 89F/32C Low: 78F/26C High: 88F/31C Low: 78 F/26 C High: 91F/33C RAGGED ISLAND Low: 74F/23C High: 90 F/32 C Low: 78F/26C High: 89 F/32 Low: 75F/24C High: 88F/31C Low: 76 F/24C High: 89F/32C Low: 77 F/25 C High: 92F/33C Low: 77 F/25 C High: 90F/32C Low: 74 F/23 C High: 90F/32C Low: 77F/25C High: 92 F/33 C Low: 77F/25C High: 91F/33C High: 87 F/31 C FREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 TH , 2009, PAGE 11B THE WEATHER REPORT 5-D AY F ORECAST Some sun with a t-storm in the area. Partly cloudy, a shower; warm. 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INSIGHT C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune INSIGHT M ONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 The stories behind the news B B y y P P A A C C O O N N U U N N E E Z Z T T r r i i b b u u n n e e N N e e w w s s E E d d i i t t o o r r T he Progressive Liberal Party’s last stint in office was indeed a dark time for press freedom and the concept of openness in government. The culture of official secrecy, part of o ur colonial legacy, was strengthened and expanded under a Christie cabinet that s eemed to regard transparency as an alien concept and criticism as an act of treason. It was common for government figures to lash out at reporters who sought toe xpose inconvenient truths about the gov e rnment's performance. The most notable cases were former party chairman Ray nard Rigby and Cat Island and Rum Cay MP Philip “Brave” Davis, who suggested the media should be punished for reporting in a manner the government regarded a s biased. Sometimes, the PLP's antics produced q uite comical results, as when former min ister of housing Neville Wisdom mistakenly recorded himself explaining how he intended to block the press from accessingp ublic housing records. At other times, they were sinister, as when then immigration minister Shane Gibson sought to obstruct the granting of a work permit to former Tribune managing editor John Marquis. It has been said that in acting this way, m embers of the Christie administration were threatening to take the country back t o a culture of secrecy and intimidation that characterised the Pindling era. FNM supporters feel that when their party came into power in 1992, the gov ernment's stranglehold on information was broken, and the press was free to investi g ate and report as never before. And in 2007, the FNM pledged that if brought b ack, it would usher in a new era of openness and transparency. To be sure, no one in the present gov ernment is threatening to punish the press or kick foreign journalists out of the coun t ry. However, the behaviour of some top officials suggests that the FNM may be just as susceptible to adopting a culture of secrecy and stubbornness if the publicd oes not remain vigilant. Take for example: Pineridge MP Kwazi Thompson: While questioning a witness during the Select Committee on Crime hearings last year, Mr Thompson asked for advice on what the government could do to force newspapers to print positive stories. This point may seem trivial to some – it w as brushed off by the witness, Anglican Archbishop Drexel Gomez – until they c onsider the kind of mindset that must underlie it. Only two possibilities exist: either Mr Thompson is startlingly igno rant of how vital free speech and a free press are to a healthy democracy, or he is willing to sacrifice these ideals in the nameo f order. In seeking to manipulate news content – and by extension the opinions of t he public – he demonstrated that he is either unaware of, or unconcerned about, the grave danger of attempting to control what others publish, say, or think. The most amazing aspect of Mr Thomp s on's remark is that while politicians the world over may secretly long for such con trol, Mr Thompson actually said it out loud – a phenomenon unheard of among Is the sun setting on government transparency once again? Many regarded the PLP’s latest term in office as a return to the culture of intimidation and official secrecy which dominated the Pindling era. The FNM, by contrast, pledged to deliver ‘government in the sunshine’ –a return to the light of openness and fair play. While it is still too soon to say how far the government has lived up to this promise, some w orrying signs have emerged. INSIGHT r eports... THE FREE NATIONAL MOVEMENT promised government in the sunshine, but the behaviour of some officials is reminiscent of the days of darkness that came before... TOMMY TURNQUEST BRANVILLE McCARTNEY LARRY CARTWRIGHT SEE page 9B


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Teen shot after
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AN early morning standoff between police
and a teenager left the 17-year-old boy in
critical condition after being shot in the stom-
ach yesterday.

Police said the scene unfolded around 1.30
am Sunday in the Victoria Avenue area when
the officer was confronted by the gun-toting
teen.

“A police officer was in the area of Victo-
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Bishop calls for
11 pm curfew

‘Draconian response’
needed islandwide to
combat crime, says
pastor Simeon Hall

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
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IN order to curb the "may-
hem” on the country's streets
Bahamians should impose an
11 pm curfew on themselves
and their children, Bishop
Simeon Hall suggested.

The senior pastor of New
Covenant Baptist Church said
the rising incidents of shoot-
ings and stabbings in the coun-
try demand a “draconian pub-
lic response” instead of relying
on a solution from govern-
ment.

"The Bahamian public must
lead the cause for change, as
politicians, worried about get-
ting re-elected, are not



BISHOP SIMEON HALL



a tragedy to sing the chorus,

Felipé Major | THESE THREE YOUNGSTERS hold hands during this year’s annual Youth March yesterday. Hundreds of youngsters from youth organ-

inclined to take unusual steps
to confront this national night-
mare,” said Mr Hall, in a
statement. "Parents with
teenagers should see that they
are at home before 11 pm
rather than waiting until after

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"My good son’.

"An 11 pm self-imposed
curfew is imperative because
it is clear that those with guns
are intent on wreaking havoc

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JURORS in the
attempted extortion trial
of ex-PLP Senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater and for-
mer ambulance driver
Tarino Lightbourne are
today expected to watch
videotaped meetings
between the accused and
an attorney for Holly-
wood celebrity John Tra-
volta.

On Friday, Senior Jus-
tice Allen decided that

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia. net

THE family of Preston Fer-
guson claims that despite
assurances that further inves-
tigations will be launched into
his death they have been not
been informed of any new
developments.

When contacted two weeks
ago, Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson told The
Tribune that investigations
are continuing and that
“experts” were going to con-
duct a re-enactment of the

SEE page ten

MYSTERY DEATH: Murder or an accident?
Preston Ferguson family:
‘No new developments’



THE FAMILY of Preston Ferguson

alleged accident. However,
the Ferguson family told The
Tribune yesterday that still no

SEE page ten

Cynthia Pratt
endorses Philip
‘Brave’ Davis

DEPUTY Leader of the
Progressive Liberal Party
Cynthia “Mother” Pratt offi-
cially endorsed Philip ‘Brave’
Davis, one of three candidates
vying to replace her when she
steps down at the party's con-
vention.

"We are at a crossroad in
our lives and at a crossroad
in this country. People are
dying, crime is escalating,
respect has gone out the door
long time ago where people
have no concern about lives
anymore and that’s why the

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Masked

thugs rob
and shoot
man in leg

A JOAN’S Heights resi-
dent was shot in the leg and
robbed by masked gunmen
Sunday morning, according to
police.

According to Superinten-
dent Elsworth Moss, who
heads the Central Detective
Unit, around 5.50 am a 25-
year-old resident of Joan’s
Heights was attending a party
at West Street when he was
held up by two masked men
armed with handguns.

The gunmen robbed the
man of cash and personal
property before they shot him
in his leg. According to Super-
intendent Moss the man’s
injuries are not serious.

Treated

The victim has been treated
and discharged from hospital.

In other crime news, police
quickly arrested an armed
gunman who held up the
owner of a local clothing store
on Friday. According to Supt
Moss around 12.45 pm Friday
a gunman entered the Y
Cares Fashion Store on
Bahama Avenue, held up the
owner and robbed him of
cash and cellular phones.

“As he was exiting the store
he was approached by offi-
cers of the mobile division
who were able to arrest him
and retrieve a .380 pistol from
him and eight live rounds of
ammunition. Also, the items
that were taken were recov-
ered,” Supt Moss said.

The gunman is a resident

of Crooked Island Street,
according to Supt Moss.

Construction
worker falls
to his death

A CONSTRUCTION
worker fell to his death Sat-
urday, according to police.

Superintendent Elsworth
Moss told The Tribune that
around 5.45 pm Saturday,
the 48-year-old man of Fire
Trail Road, whose identity
has not yet been released,
was working at a two-story
building in South West
Ridge when he fell from the
roof. According to Supt
Moss, the man died at that
scene.

Green Parrot
offers reward
after TVs theft

GREEN Parrot is offering
a $1,000 reward for informa-
tion leading to the arrest of
persons who stole three flat
screen televisions from the
popular restaurant.

The reward also applies to
the return of the stolen prop-
erty. Three 42" flat screen
televisions were stolen from
the eatery last week.

Anyone with any informa-
tion about the theft should
call police urgently on 911,
919 or call Crime Stoppers
anonymously on 328-TIPS
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punishment in schools

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

CORPORAL punishment,
unless administered with a psy-
chological component, is use-
less and should be eliminated
from the school system, a local
family therapist said.

Barrington Brennen, a minis-
ter and nationally certified psy-
chologist in the United States,
said that often those persons
administering corporal punish-
ment are taking the easy way
out by not sitting down and
explaining to young people
what they have done wrong.

"From a research prospective
we know that corporal punish-
ment may have a positive effect
on a person but the punishment
must also involve a psychologi-
cal aspect or emotional involve-
ment. I don't believe that cor-
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ents sat down
with their
children and
explained the
wrong that
they did and
the children
sometimes had
to apologise before they were
physically punished.

"Thirdly, if you are physical-
ly punishing a child at the age of
16 for the same thing that you
are doing (for a child) at age 9
you have failed — that's includ-
ing the school system. Physical
punishment should end by the
time the child starts the teen
years and (a disciplinarian)
should by then have included
techniques that are more pow-
erful," Mr Brennen told The
Tribune. He added that those
who subscribe to the Christian

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the child” often don't realise
that effective discipline involves
more than just spanking a child.

"In the Bible the word obey
is used over 1,100 times, over
900 times the Hebrew transla-
tion of obey is to hear — mean-
ing that it implies that obedi-
ence involves teaching and
instruction.

“Tt's hearing and transferring
what you hear into workable
models of life,” he said, adding
that whenever physical punish-
ment left behind bruises visible
a day later it crossed the line
into abuse.

Violence

He also added that many
people believe that violence in
the public school system esca-
lated when government took
away teacher's rights of admin-
istering physical punishment in
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lic schools but only when car-
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LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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Dangers of irresponsible slogans

IN THIS column on Thursday we pub-
lished Thomas Friedman’s New York Times
article that stirred up a heated debate in the
US because it equated the atmosphere of
hate being built up around President Obama
by his right wing opponents with the bitter
atmosphere created by extreme right wing
settlers and politicians against Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin that ended in his
assassination in 1995.

Friedman, an authority on the Middle
East, who at the time of Rabin’s assassina-
tion was in Israel interviewing him, warned
of the dangers now being fomented in the
United States by irresponsible smear cam-
paigns being spread by politicians, chat show
hosts, blogs and the ill-informed — all under
the guise of freedom of speech.

Some brainless American wag protested
that Americans can talk the violent talk, but
would never commit the unthinkable sin —
they weren’t like the firebrands in the Mid-
dle East, or so he claimed. He forgets that
Man —no matter his colour or culture —
will, under certain conditions, commit the
unthinkable. What makes Americans so dif-
ferent? Don’t they live in a country that in
the course of its relatively short history assas-
sinated four presidents and made unsuc-
cessful attempts on 11 others?

In Israel in the early nineties Prime Min-
ister Rabin faced the same vicious taunts
from the extreme right when he made his-
tory by starting the first official Israeli nego-
tiations with the PLO.

The incitement started with the politicians
in parliament calling Rabin a “friend of ter-
rorists.” It was picked up in the streets and
mushroomed into images of Rabin, a Jew, in
Arab dress, and in Nazi uniform.

Now let’s turn to the US. During the
presidential campaign Sarah Palin, for exam-
ple, called Obama a “pal of terrorists.” And
what’s wrong with that? What is wrong is
that not only is it not true, but as America is
now waging a global war on terrorists, any-
one who is a friend of a terrorist is a traitor
to his country, and should be eliminated. In
our country such an accusation would be
defamation — an accusation that exposes a
man to hatred, ridicule or contempt by his
peers.

But Americans, many of whom in our
opinion don’t know the difference between
freedom and licence, cannot see the dan-
gers in what they are doing. They say they
are protected by their First Amendment —
freedom of speech. Unfortunately, too many
of them have not yet learned how to use
this freedom responsibly.

Early last month an elderly American of
Armenian background was arrested because
he tried to grab and destroy a flier being

passed out by supporters of a politician that
likened Obama’s health care proposals to
the Nazi extermination of the Jews and oth-
er “undesirables.”

Those handing out the fliers called police,
accused the old man of assault, and had him
arrested. He explained that his was an emo-
tional reaction on seeing the fliers to what he
and his family had suffered under the Nazis.
As a child in Armenia he had witnessed the
horrors of Nazi Germany — two of his
uncles killed, his father wounded and his
brother starved to death. And so when he
saw these Nazi posters of the president he
admits that his reaction was “personal and
emotional.”

He complained of being taken to court
because of an attempt by “an old man who
says that you cannot insult the president
with this outrageous campaign.”

These posters are being displayed every-
where — whether sensible Americans like
them or not — they show Obama as Hitler
with the Fuehrer’s silly little moustache
painted under his nose. It is indeed offensive.

As the Armenian said: “I saw Hitler’s
soldiers. I saw swastikas every day. To call
Obama stupid, even criminal — okay, that’s
politics. But Hitler? It’s hurting to anyone no
matter who is president.”

Here in the Bahamas anyone whose pro-
paganda would stir up such anger and hatred
that violence would erupt would be locked
up in Fox Hill prison accused of incitement
to riot or violence.

But not so in America — they abuse their
First Amendment right and get away with it.

If they are against President Obama’s
health care plan, then bring sensible and
constructive arguments to the table, but to
try to defeat a plan that they do not like or
understand by lies and propaganda illus-
trates the depth of their ignorance.

We often thought that if we lived in the
US we would be a Republican, but the irre-
sponsible behaviour now on display with so-
called responsible Republicans sitting in the
background with smirky smiles instead of
condemning the behaviour of their support-
ers, leaves us with nothing but contempt for
the lot of them.

In the meantime, while Americans are
scrapping among themselves, the Chinese
put on a magnificent display on Wednesday
to celebrate the strides they have made in
their 60 years as a Communist nation.

This is a country that has achieved much
through hard work, determination and dis-
cipline.

Meanwhile, Americans should stop their
petty bickering, consider what is happening
in the world and give their future in that
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Haitian diaspora

EDITOR, The Tribune.

In response to your editorial,
“Haitian Problem Need Solu-
tion” you lay the blame at the
foot of successive governments
who in my view have turned a
blind eye to this very seething
and vexing dilemma.

However, unlike the United
States, the Bahamas did not put
forth a clarion call to “bring us
your poor, your huddled mass-
es.” Clearly, the farming con-
glomerates who brought in the
labourers and the second home
owners who continue to employ
these illegals have a fiduciary
responsibility to assist the gov-
ernment in solving this prob-
lem. It is unconscionable to
think that special interest
groups can bring in undocu-
mented immigrants and not
expect their spouses and chil-
dren to follow them.

Then these companies fold
up, leaving the people bereft of
everything. In steps the gov-
ernment to initiate a roundup.
The government is under pres-
sure. It has a country of 350,000
and is expected to bear the bur-
den of a country of 11,000,000
— in other words a country that
is 37 times the population of
the Bahamas. Whenever there
is aroundup people rush to the
US media and the Human
Rights groups and bad mouth

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the people are here illegally and
employed by both Bahamians
and white immigrants. Where
is the responsible relatedness?
Who is responsible for the
inflicted suffering of those who
are being roundup? Should not
those who hire be charged?
Continuing, the illegal immi-
grant needs to do everything in
his/her power to do the right
thing in order to stay in the
country. If you remember, just
before independence there was
a book at Government House
where everyone who was not a
Bahamian was asked to sign the
book in order to be granted cit-
izenship. Very few people
believed in the government so
they did not sign in. All who
signed were given citizenship.
Now, I am not letting the suc-
cessive governments off the
hook completely. They have
been slack and allowed the ille-
gals to do whatever they wished
with impunity. They leech
water and electricity from gov-
ernment, build without permits
on public and private lands,
have ministers of religion and
justices of the peace prepare
fraudulent documents for them.

In other words John Marquis’
writings are fulfilled before our
very eyes here on Abaco.

People who have been
granted citizenship should not
be allowed to live in the Mudd.
They should move out; other-
wise they are perpetuating what
needs to be uprooted.

Residents of Marsh Harbour
who are 50 plus and were born
here know that behind the
SDA church that area was an
enormous blue hole with a gut-
ter running to the sea. This was
filled in when Sir Roland
Symonette filled it in when the
first dock was built. The sea
always reclaims its own and its
only a matter of time before
this reclamation occurs. Just
one of the reasons why the
Mudd and the Peas need to be
vacated.

No one can underestimate
the contribution of the bona
fide Haitian worker. The prob-
lem now is the growing num-
ber of the undocumented ones
who are coming but with not
the same agenda as those of the
60s and 70s.

The farming conglomerates
and the employers of the cays
must help to solve the Haitian
diaspora here in Abaco.

A CONCERNED
ABACONIAN
Abaco,

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September 10, 2009.

Disgusted hy myopic and narrow-minded attitude

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I want to address a matter that was brought up
in a recent letter to the editor in which the writer
attempted to portray Dr Bernard Nottage as a
traitor for the sin of proposing to challenge for
the leadership of the PLP. There is a perception
by some PLPs that a challenge to one of the
leadership positions, especially the position of
Leader of the party is some sort of betrayal; that
you are not a loyal PLP if you challenge the lead-
ership. I am disgusted and repulsed by this
myopic and narrow-minded attitude.

The main point attempted by the letter writer
creatively named Abraham Moss was that Dr
Bernard Nottage is a traitor for indicating that he
may consider a run for the leadership of the PLP.
People like Mr Moss seem to feel that only a
traitor would consider a challenge for the lead-
ership of his party. They conveniently forget that
Mr Christie himself was estranged from the PLP
for six years, he ran against the PLP in 1987 with
the help of the FNM yet he emerged later as
leader of the party. I wonder if people like Mr
Moss know how Mr Christie was accepted back
into the PLP? Do they realise who brokered the
deal for him to meet with Sir Lynden? I suggest
that Mr Moss and all those who now laud Mr
Christie and attempt to condemn Dr Nottage
should go and check the history. A selfish sense
of entitlement is destroying the PLP.

I would think that PLPs would welcome new
blood. After several years of uninspired leader-
ship and a party machinery that has become dys-
functional, the party is in critical need of an over-
haul. The same way an engine is recharged by a
comprehensive service job a political party should
be rejuvenated and invigorated by the election of
new leadership. Why those with a vested interest
in maintaining the status quo and a weakened
party should be allowed to continue to run the

party in a downward spiral is a mystery to me. It
is obvious that these persons have no intention of
bowing out gracefully or with dignity so they
must be rooted out.

If I were Mr Moss my time and energies would
be more directed at addressing the machinery
of the organisation which under this present
Chairman and leader is crumbling. I would be
more interested in resuscitating the finances of
the party which are nearly nonexistent and is
unable to get credit almost anywhere. If I were
Mr Moss and people of his ilk I would be very
worried about the party’s ability to attract qual-
ified persons of integrity to offer as candidates for
the next election. If I were Mr Moss I would
worry about the public's view that the PLP is a
party of corruption and one that is undemocrat-
ic. This view is only strengthened and reinforced
by the leader's refusal to demand that Mr Wilch-
combe resign as convention chairman while run-
ning for deputy leader of the party. The fact that
Mr Wilchcombe who frequently talks of the
importance of doing what’s right sees nothing
wrong in perpetuating this perception speaks
volumes in my opinion of his suitability for high-
er office within the party.

Clean and fair elections in the PLP during this
convention will do wonders for the image of the
PLP. No padding of delegates, no last minute
addition to the already ridiculous numbers of
stalwart councillors and no political intrigue. So
let’s go Fred, let’s go BJ, let’s go Paul, let’s go
Brave, let’s go Shane, let’s go Jerome, let’s go
Bradley, let’s go Glenys and let’s go Obie but first
end the obvious and divisive conflict of interest
that you know is not good for the party.

GRANT THOMPSON
Nassau,
September, 2009.

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Pledge to restore fire-hit
St Francis Xavier Cathedral

CATHOLIC Archbishop Patrick Pinder
says the archdiocese is “fully committed” to
the restoration of the original St Francis
Xavier Cathedral that was ravaged by fire
last month.

In a statement read in all Catholic
churches yesterday Archbishop Pinder said,
“As Archbishop, I wish to assure Roman
Catholics and all interested Bahamians that
the archdiocese is fully committed to the
restoration of the church and to do it with
all due care and attention.”

The interior of the original St Francis
Xavier Cathedral, the oldest Roman
Catholic church in the Bahamas, was exten-
sively damaged by fire on Friday, Septem-
ber 25. An electrical short-circuit reportedly
sparked the blaze.

“To us the old St Francis building is more
than just timber, stone and mortar and
more than the appointments that adorned
it. It represents a victory over prejudices
Roman Catholics first experienced in estab-
lishing the faith in these islands; it repre-
sents the devotion and generosity of the
Catholics who contributed to the building
fund and construction and the church’s
development and maintenance for a period
that bridges three centuries. It represents
122 years of precious worship of sacra-
ments,” Archbishop Pinder stated.

The cornerstone of the original St Fran-
cis Xavier Cathedral was laid on August 25,
1885 and the first mass was said there on
November 7 of the following year. St Fran-

FIRE left a blackened shell inside the cathedral.

cis Xavier was officially dedicated on Feb-
ruary 1887 under the auspices of Arch-
bishop Michael A Corrigan of New York.

“While charring soot and twisted metal
were disturbing; we found evidence of a
wonderful miracle in what was preserved,”
the Archbishop stated. “At first assessment
we believe that all the religious icons and
objects and objects of faith can be rescued,
although the exercise is likely to be costly.
The old paintings are covered in soot and
will not doubt require expert intervention,”



Archbishop Pinder stated.

Archbishop Pinder said that “because
of its age and what it stands for, it should be
considered invaluable part of the historic,
religious and social patrimony of the
Bahamas.”

“We are absolutely committed to the
restoration of this sacred space which
means so much to so many of us both here
at home and abroad. With the Lord’s guid-
ance and help we will complete it in good
order.”

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FORMER Director of the
Department of Lands and
Surveys Tex Turnquest is
expected to testify at a public
hearing before the Select
Committee on Crown land
this morning.

Mr Turnquest resigned
from the department in May
amidst controversy stemming
from allegations of nepotism
within the department. The
move came after a series of
articles in The Tribune report-
ed that relatives of the former
director — including his moth-
er-in-law — were granted
prime beach-front Crown land
in Exuma for less than $2,500
between 2001 and 2003.

During the committee's first
session last week, it was stated
that Mr Turnquest was asked
to resign because he could not
reasonably explain how sev-
eral beach-front parcels of
Crown land granted to his rel-
atives were fast-tracked
through the backlogged sys-
tem.

Mr Turnquest also could
not reasonably explain to
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, the minister responsible

for lands, why the applicants
in question all used the same
lawyer and realtor for the
transactions, the committee
was told.

This was revealed by David
Davis, permanent secretary in
the Office of the Prime Min-
ister and the Ministry of Land
and Local Government.

Earlier this year, The Tri-
bune also reported that sev-
eral other officials in the
Department of Lands and
Surveys - current Undersec-
retary in the Ministry of Lands
and Surveys Audley Greaves
and the Chief Housing Offi-
cer Christopher Russell - were
being questioned by Ministry
officials about Crown land
granted their wives and other
relatives.

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tion obtained by this newspa-
per, Mr Greaves’ wife and son
were both granted lots on the
island of Abaco in 2003 and
2004 respectively.

Mr Greaves’ son, received a
15,625 square foot lot on
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THE country needs new
direction to curtail rising inci-
dents of "inhumane" crimes
and soaring unemployment
rates, said Opposition MP
Philip “Brave” Davis.

Speaking before a group of
PLP stalwart councillors over
the weekend, the deputy
leader candidate said the cur-
rent government lacks direc-
tion with Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham "bankrupt"
of solutions to the myriad of
problems affecting the nation.

"Today, the Bahamas is in a
fight for its very
existence. Crime has gotten to
a point where our murder rate
is more than four times higher
than that of the United
States! Everyday there are
reports of heinous, brazen
murders — every murder
seemingly more inhumane
and colder than the one
before. Our people are get-
ting killed as they try to live
their lives as best as they can,
our Bahamas is slipping
away! Innocent men and
women who have so much
more to contribute, so much
more to achieve, so many
more years to live, taken
away!

Mr Davis added that the
policing of the country's bor-
ders need to be strengthened
in order to decrease the flow
of illegal guns into the
Bahamas. With an economy
that “is going down the tube”
and unemployment pegged at
around 17 per cent, Mr Davis
questioned the effectiveness
of the government's policies.

"How could a country
decide to spend $6 million
according to them, to host a
pageant (Miss Universe), bor-
row $160 million to pave
roads using only two compa-
nies? And yet they can’t sign a
piece of paper that would
have made it possible for our

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you know how many thou-
sands of college students had
their plans in place to go to
school? We must right the
wrongs and put this country
back on the path of growth!"
said Mr Davis, referring to the
recent suspension of the guar-
anteed educational loan
scheme.

Challenged

Just a few weeks shy of the
Progressive Liberal Party's
convention, Mr Davis chal-
lenged members of the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party to unite
and bring change to the party
and the country. He recalled
the old days of the PLP when
members "operated as a fam-
ily" and fought for a better
Bahamas. He said it was time
to put aside inflated egos and
urged the party to return to
its core mandate of creating
a better country for the
nation's children.

"There was a time when the
camaraderie amongst us was
unbreakable and undeniable.
We were united and strong
and it showed. There was
nothing that we could not
achieve together. Together,
there was no obstacle that was
too great. Those were the days
when the struggles for this
country captured our full
focus and we would sacrifice
anything to advance the
movement of change through-
out the Bahamas," Mr Davis
said, during a breakfast meet-
ing at the Sheraton Resort on
Cable Beach.

"We need those days once
again! We need to remember
that our work, right now, in
this moment is not to feed our
oversized egos but to fix the
problems of this country so
that my children, your chil-
dren and their children can
achieve more, go farther and
have happier more peaceful
lives than ours — this is what
we should be about!"

CCR

THE National Development Party (NDP) again called
on government to instal closed circuit cameras through-
out local courts, an initiative recently adopted by the
United Kingdom’s new Supreme Court.

The initiative is outlined in point 22 of the NDP's 37-
point national development plan that calls for the tele-
vising of select local criminal and civil court matters
through a local court channel, complete with legal cor-
respondents, to educate viewers on the nature of perti-
nent Bahamian law. According to the NDP, this will
deter delinquency on the part of lawyers who chronical-
ly delay judicial proceedings that contribute to the legal
backlog; serve as a deterrent to persons who would not
wish to suffer the embarrassment that is associated with
being charged before the courts with violating the law;
and promote transparency and accountability within the
context of the judicial system.

Technology

The party also suggested that government invest in
technology to provide secure storage of all public court
files and documents using close circuit television (CCTV)
to continuously monitor activities in the file storage sec-
tion of the Attorney General’s Office; place bar-codes on
all files for tracking purposes; and require all files to be
signed out by authorised personnel only, who would
assume legal responsibility for their safekeeping.

Said the NDP, in a statement released yesterday: "We,
the NDP, believe that both our system of justice and
the Bahamian people would be served equally well by
bringing such transparency to the judicial process via
the use of technological innovation. The failings of our
justice system can only be corrected if the legal fraterni-
ty is made more accountable as a result of a system that
is more transparent. Any effort which trains the public
eye on the workings of the courts will stimulate such
accountability and thereby promote the necessary judi-
cial reforms."

In an historical move last week, Britain's highest court
was taken over by its first Supreme Court. The switch was
also marked by the implementation of closed-circuit
cameras in the courts. The British press reported that as
a result for the first time, cases will be broadcast live.

When contacted by The Tribune for comment on the
issue, local lawyer Sean McWeeney, a partner in the law
firm of Graham, Thompson and Co, said this was to
shake the shroud of secrecy associated with closed hear-
ings. He said the trend could possibly catch on in local
courts. However, cost would be a deterring factor, he said.

The NDP disagreed with Mr McWeeney’s assertion
that the cost of such technological upgrades would be a
deterrent. "If we can allocate $160 million for road
improvements, it cannot be argued that it is not possible
to allocate a fraction of this amount to an institution as
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He expressed gratitude to Bimini Bay for
their contribution and commended local gov-
ernment officials for the initiative they have
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small but very important contribution to the
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equipment so that it may serve its purpose.”

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community. When we market ourselves, we
not only market Bimini Bay, but we market
this entire community as well. So we are try-
ing to help auxiliary businesses in the com-
munity thrive and we are trying to build our
relationships.”

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putting capable residents in managerial posi-
tions in the numerous retail stores and oper-
ations within the Bimini Bay project, Mr
Reyes said. “All administrative positions
are also given to Bahamians as well. We are
happy to have this opportunity to be here,
but also to have an integral part in building
the community and helping the Bahamian
economy as a whole,” he said.

At the ceremony Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said: “Biminites, we know
what type of devastation fire can bring to
the community, but we have taken some pos-
itive steps to action. We have gone beyond
talking and we are doing something positive
in trying to be prepared. We do not wish to
have to use the fire engine, but we want to be
prepared if we need to.”

Mr Ferguson also said that the major role
the police will be playing is to train the vol-
unteers on how to properly operate the unit.

“We want to get the community involved
in what we are doing so that you can take
ownership and be a part of the development
of your community regarding law enforce-
ment and order and safety.”

Juliette Dean, executive officer of Bimini’s
Administrator’s office said: “Indeed this is a
red letter day for residents of our island as we
know that fire can be devastating based on
our past experiences where we lost many
homes. However, this gift today is a blessing
to our island in that we would be prepared if
there is a fire, and tragedy will be minimised.
I also think that residents are thankful that
we are now with tools to combat whatever we
may be faced with in the future.”



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Immigration Dept's
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AN employee with more
than 40 years of service
received the Bahamas Immi-
gration Department Lifetime
Achievement Award.

Zelma Moss received the
honour during a ceremony at
Government House.

The Minister’s Award went
to Donnalee King-Burrows
for more than 30 years of ser-
vice, and the Director’s
Award went to C Lloyd Pin-
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brent Symon-
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Hanna underscored the
importance of honouring
employees who are dedicat-
ed to their profession. “Recip-
ients, you must feel elated
that your hard work has not
gone unnoticed,” he said.
“The fact that you are being
awarded is testimony to your
continuous good service in
assisting the Department to
meet its goals and objectives.”

Mr Hanna advised them to
be ready to deal with migrat-
ing practices that will be con-
tinuing as people seek a better
way of life.

Cultural

“Furthermore, there is also
the cultural aspect which the
movement of people will gen-
erate which brings into sharp
perspective the importance of
the role your Department DONNALEE KING-BURROWS, took the Minister's Award for over 30
plays in this country,” he said. years of service. She is pictured at right receiving the award from
“True diligence in this time Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symon-
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that exists.

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Mr Symonette, who also has
ministerial responsibility for

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obvious in Caribbean
economies many of which are
in severe recession with little
prospect of recovery before
the end of 2011.

Little surprise, therefore,
that the Assistant Secretary-
General of the Caribbean
Community and Common
Market (CARICOM) Secre-
tariat, Colin Granderson, is
reported to have said that
CARICOM countries are
concerned about not having
a presence in the G20. As he
emphasised, “It is believed
that the views of vulnerable
states with peculiarities such
as ours need to be heard.”

The Caribbean and the
Pacific are the only areas of
the world that are left out of
the G20. In fact, Europe is
over represented as is obvi-
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special guests of the G20.

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of the G20? They comprise
the G8 — the United States,
the United Kingdom, Cana-
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countries plus the EU Presi-
dency.

Voiceless in all this are the
small regions of the
Caribbean, Central America
and the Pacific, though the
argument could be made that
Mexico is a Central Ameri-
can country and Australia
represents the Pacific. Even if
the latter shaky argument is
made, and accepted by the
Central American and Pacific
countries, no such argument
can be made for the
Caribbean.

Of course, representation
in the G20 is a consequence of
the deficit of democracy in
the international system. The
G8 would have remained long
in control of the world’s econ-
omy if the expanded
economies of Brazil, India,
China and South Africa had
not forced the G8 to recog-
nize them.

Membership of the G20
has little to do with fair rep-
resentation and much to do
with self interest. Together,
the G20 countries cover more
than eighty-five per cent of
world economic activity. They
can afford to ignore, or at
least pay lip service to, the
other nations who account for
the remaining fifteen per cent
of global economic activity,
even as Ban-ki-Moon, the UN
Secretary-General, reminds
that eighty-five per cent of the
world’s countries are not rep-
resented at the G20. In the
end it is power that matters,
and power in this instance is
purchasing capacity and mar-
Ket size.

How exactly the G20 will
conduct its work is not yet



clear. The Leaders at the
Pittsburgh meeting instruct-
ed their officials “to report
back at the next meeting with
recommendations on how to
maximize the effectiveness of
our cooperation.” But, if the
‘green room’ process at the
World Trade Organization is
anything to go by, decisions
will be agreed by a handful
of the more powerful coun-
tries with others being co-opt-
ed into the deals either by
coercion or trade-offs. There-
after, the thinking of “eighty-
five per cent of the world’s
countries not represented at
the G20” will be of little con-
sequence.

In reality, what the G20
may have done is provide a
blind behind which a new
power-group may emerge: the
US and China for sure, maybe
a combined EU (but certain-
ly not the full gamut of Euro-
pean countries that now hold
on to a place because of past
dispensations), Russia, India
and Brazil. Undoubtedly,
deals made between the US
and China will hold sway, and
it is their interest to work out
mutually beneficial arrange-
ments.

It is significant that in the
Pittsburgh Leaders’ state-
ment, the developing coun-
tries in the G20 appear to
have adopted the agenda of

ing power in both organiza-
tions has to be settled by the
G20. It will mean easing out
some European countries that
now sit on the Executive
Boards to make room for
countries such as China and
Saudi Arabia. It will definite-
ly mean an end to the practice
of the US and Europe holding
on to the headship of the two
organizations.

But, even those changes
should not be enough. What
is required is a new vision of
the role of the organizations
in financing development
needs.

The vision should include a
policy that “no nation shall
be left behind” and it should
be backed by pledged and
callable resources that depart
from the unrealistic norms
that have become part of the
IMF and World Bank ideolo-
gy. Whether the developing
countries in the G20 will
prove to be more sympathet-
ic to the “peculiarities” of
small “vulnerable” states is
left to be seen. But, one thing
is for sure the Caribbean is
right to ask for a seat at the
G20 table.

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on the rest of us. Draconian
measures by the public and
swift and harsh treatment of
hardened criminals by the
state must be implemented,”
said the bishop, who recently
unveiled a memorial wall for
murder victims at his church.

The implementation of cur-
fews set up to reduce juvenile
crime is nothing new.

In the summer of 2008,
police in Britain asked par-
ents in Redruth, west Corn-
wall, to have their children off
the streets by 9pm for a vol-
untary curfew during the
school summer break.

The British press reported

that the move was geared
towards reducing problems
with children at night.

British

In July, 2008 British law-
makers proposed a curfew for
teenagers under the age of 16
with the view of stemming ris-
ing stabbings and muggings
at knife-point in crime
hotspots, according to the
Mail Online.

Mr Hall's appeal for a self-
imposed curfew came on the
same day that a 17-year-old
boy was shot in the stomach
during a standoff with police.

The boy, a resident of Fox
Hill, was shot around 1.30 am
Sunday in the area of Victoria

Avenue. He remained in crit-
ical condition at last report.

There have also been sev-
eral brutal killings recently,
some of them occurring in
broad daylight at public
places.

On September 22, 35-year-
old Randy Williams was
stabbed several times at the
Seagrape Shopping Centre on
Prince Charles Drive when an
argument with another man
escalated into violence at
around Spm.

Days earlier, Rashad Mor-
ris, 21, a manager at Burger
King was beaten and stabbed
to death outside the Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway
restaurant at around 1.30am
on Sunday. Just hours later

that same day, Bahamasair
pilot Lionel Lewis McQueen,
29, was shot dead at his home
in Golden Palm Estates, near
the Kennedy Subdivision.
And a fire that killed four
people about two weeks ago
— including a toddler — was
officially classified as homi-
cides, bumping the murder
count to 67 for the year.

“YOUR VIEW”

To have your say on this or any
other issue, email The Tribune
at: letters@tribunemedia.net or
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Teen shot after
police standoff

FROM page one

armed with a handgun,” Superintendent Elsworth Moss, head
of the Central Detective Unit, told The Tribune.

According to Supt Moss, the on-duty officer identified him-
self to the young man and ordered that he drop his firearm.

“The male pointed the gun towards him. He fired a shot
hitting the male in the stomach. The male fell to the ground and
the officer retrieved a .380 pistol that had three lives rounds in
it,” Supt Moss said.

The young man — a resident of Fox Hill — was taken to hos-
pital where he is listed in critical condition.

The shooting happened the same day pastor of New
Covenant Baptist Church, Bishop Simeon Hall, called for the
nation to adopt a self-imposed curfew of 11pm.

Bishop Hall said that parents of teenagers should ensure
that their children are home before that time to help curb the
"mayhem" occurring on the city’s streets after dark.

"An 11 pm self-imposed curfew is imperative because it is
clear that those with guns are intent on wreaking havoc on the
rest of us. Draconian measures by the public and swift and
harsh treatment of hardened criminals by the state must be
implemented,” said the bishop, who recently unveiled a memo-
rial wall for murder victims at his church.

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country needs people like you,” Mrs Pratt said at a PLP stalwart
meeting over the weekend.

Recently, Mrs Pratt announced that she would not offer for
re-election, leaving an opening for the coveted post. Previ-
ously she had stated that she had a candidate in mind for her
replacement although she would not name the person at that
time.

Now, Mr Davis — who is said to have been a tremendous
help to the former deputy prime minister during her late hus-
band's illness — has received the nod that could place him
heads and shoulders above his other opponents.

Aside from Mr Davis, only PLP MP for West End and Bimi-
ni Obie Wilchcombe and PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald have
publicly said they would run for the deputy leader post.

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rather than fragment the
evidence by playing a taped
telephone conversation
between Bridgewater and
attorney Michael McDer-
mott on Friday, it would be
better if the jurors heard
that recording and saw the
two videotaped meetings
today.

Consented

Mr McDermott, who is an
attorney for Mr Travolta, 55,
has testified that he consent-
ed to local police tapping his
telephone, placing recording
devices in his hotel room as
well as outfitting him with a
body wire. Mr McDermott
has testified that he met
with Lightbourne and also
Bridgewater in his hotel
room at the Sheraton, Cable
Beach in January.

Bridgewater and Light-
bourne are accused of
attempting to extort $25 mil-
lion from the actor shortly
after the death of his 16-
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Bridgewater is also charged
with abetment to extort. On
Friday defence attorney
Murrio Ducille suggested to
Mr McDermott that his sole
purpose for coming to the
Bahamas was to “set up” Ms
Bridgewater. Mr McDer-
mott claimed, however, that
the accused were not set up
at his request.

Director of Public Prose-
cutions Bernard Turner,
Neil Brathwaite and Garvin
Gaskin are prosecuting the
case. Ms Bridgewater is rep-
resented by attorneys Mur-
rio Ducille and Krysta
Smith. Mr Lightbourne is
represented by attorney
Carlson Shurland and Mary
Bain.

ATTORNEY Michael McDermott
who represents Hollywood
celebrity John Travolta .Mr
McDermott has testified that he
consented to local police tapping
his telephone, placing recording
devices in his hotel room as well
as outfitting him with a body
wire.



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MYSTERY DEATH: Murder or an accident?

Preston Ferguson family: There

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, our nation’s youth collectively represent
the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the Bahamian people;

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
joins with youth leaders and youth organizations throughout The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in a national commitment to
the pursuit of religious, educational, social, economic, physical
and cultural ideals of a free and independent Bahamian nation;

AND WHEREAS, the many positive contributions of the

youth of our nation continue to be a source of national pride;

AND WHEREAS, The Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture has set aside a month to show appreciation to these

many young nation builders;

NOW THEREFORE, | Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister
of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim

the month of October, 2009 as “NATIONAL YOUTH MONTH”.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
| have hereunto set my
Hand and Seal this 11th.
day of September, 2009

HUBERT A. INGRAHAM
PRIME MINISTER

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one has informed them as to if
and when that re-enactment
will take place.

Mr Ferguson, a resident
of Exuma and father of one,
was found dead in a truck on
the side of the road in the
area of Ocean Addition East,
near the Forest, Exuma, on
the morning of August 2.
Police initially suspected that
he had run off the road and
hit a utility pole, however, his
family believe the accident
was "staged." Mr Ferguson,

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who was employed at Grand
Isle Villas as a Landscaping
Supervisor, was the youngest
of 12 children.

“We don’t know that any-
one has gone up there to do
anything yet.

“We were hoping by now
that someone would have
called us. Nobody is saying
anything, everyone saying Ill
get back to you,” a member of
the Ferguson family said yes-
terday.

Demonstration

Members of the Ferguson
family participated in a peace-
ful demonstration in Rawson
Square on Monday with sev-
eral other families who lost
loved ones to violence. They
say they will continue to seek
justice in Mr Ferguson’s
death. After meeting with
National Security Minister the
family claims that they were
told that someone else would
“get back to them”, but they
have heard nothing on the
matter since. The Ferguson
family say that Preston was
well liked and that there are
persons willing to assist police
in their investigation into his
death.

Police Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson did not
return phone calls up to press
time yesterday, however, a
senior police officer said that
the matter has been turned
over to the Police Road Traf-
fic division.

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Bahamas surrenders hodyhuilding title

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas’ 12-member
team will be returning home
from St George’s, Grenada,
without the coveted 37th Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
Bodybuilding and Fitness
Championships title.

After dominating the cham-
pionships for the past three
years, the Bahamas relin-
quished the title twice on Sat-

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series tonight on the
Banker’s Field at the Bail-
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Here’s a look at the fix-
ture:

Tonight’s schedule

7pm — Proper Care Pool
Lady Sharks (3rd) vs
defending champions Sig-
ma Brackets (2nd) ladies
division

8:30pm — Robin Hood
Hitmen (4th) vs Heavy
Equipment Dorsey Park
Boyz (pennant winners)
men

Tuesday’s schedule

7pm -— Boomer G
Swingers (4th) vs Pineap-
ple Air Wildcats (pennant
winners) ladies

8:30pm — Cammando
Security Truckers (3rd,
defending champions)vs
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urday night to Barbados, who
carted off the overall title with
208 points.

Barbados had a double
dose of celebrations as they
were also awarded the 2008
title over the Bahamas and
Venezuela, who was second.

A Statistical error reversed
the overall decision from the
2008 championships that was
held here when the Bahamas
was crowned the champions
for the third straight year.

At this year’s champi-
onships over the weekend, the
Bahamas ended up in third
place with 115 behind
Trinidad & Tobago, who
accumulated 137.

Bahamas Bodybuilding and
Fitness Federation president
Danny Sumner, team manag-
er Derrick Bullard, nor coach
Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears could
be reached for comments up
to press time last night.

James ‘Jay’ Darling, the
national champion, turned in
the best performance for the
Bahamas as he clinched the
team’s only two gold medals.
He struck twice in the men’s
masters and the middleweight
divisions.

The overall male champi-
on was Martinus Durrant of
Barbados, who earned his
professional card in the
process.

The female winner was
Candice Carr-Archer of
Trinidad & Tobago. She cap-
tured the masters category.

Barbados also celebrated
as Renee Cobham was
crowned the Miss Fitness
CAC champion. Her compa-
triot Nicole Carter finished
second.

And both Jamilia Sokunbi
and Ramona Morgan took
the women’s fitness titles.

In winning this year’s title
by 50 points, Barbados took
six divisional titles, five sec-
ond places and four third
places.

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were bantamweight Hemradj
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Diego Salinas of El Salvador,
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Knowles, Roddick team
up at the China Open

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

BY the time you would have read
this, Bahamian tennis ace Mark
Knowles and American Andy Rod-
dick would have already played their
first round of the men’s doubles in
the China Open.

Yes, that’s not a misprint -
Knowles and Roddick teaming up.

Roddick, the former world No.1
player who is currently ranked at
No.9, is stepping in to team up with
Knowles after his Indian partner
Mahesh Bhupathi suffered a groin
injury while playing in the Davis Cup
two weeks ago.

Bhupathi, however, is expected to
be reunited with Knowles when they
both travel to Japan next week.

In the meantime, Knowles and
Roddick were scheduled to start play
together for the first time today.
Their first round match was against
Hsin-Han Lee and Tsung-Hua Yang
of Taipei.

Knowles was unavailable for com-
ments up to press time last night, but
his mother/manager Vicki Knowles-
Andrews said her son is quite pleased
that his long-time friend Roddick
was available.

“They’re friends, so obviously
when your partner becomes injured,
you have to search around to see
who is available,” Knowles-Andrews
said.

“He asked Roddick and he said
he would love to play with him.”

Knowles and Roddick are unseed-
ed and their opponents, Lee and
Yang, are wild card winners. If that’s
any consolation, Knowles and Rod-
dick should be able to get through to
the second round.

If they are successful today, they
could get a chance to meet the top
seeded team of Knowles’ former
partner Daniel Nestor of Canada and
Serbian Nenad Zimonjic.

Nestor and Zimonjic are due to
meet the team of Jose Acasuso of

Mahesh Bhupathi suffers groin injury in Davis

Cup but expected to return next week



RODDICK is stepping in to team up with Knowles after his Indian partner Mahesh Bhu-
pathi suffered a groin injury while playing in the Davis Cup two weeks ago...

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leading print medium in The Bahamas. The Tribune is my newspaper.”

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MARK KNOWLES in action...

Argentina and Fernando Gonzalez
of Chile.

At the other end of the draw as
the No.2 seeds are the American
identical twin brothers Bob and Mike
Bryan.

Going into the China Open,
Nestor and Zimonjic lead the ATP
computer rankings with 9,010 points.
The Bryans are second with 8,745.

Knowles and Bhupathi are sitting
in fourth place with 5,590, just behind
the third place team of Lukas Dlouhy
of the Czech Republic and Leander
Paes of India with 5,740.

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500 points. The runners-up will split
$83,000 and get 300 points.

For making the semifinal, the
teams will clinch $33,350 and 180
points. For the quarter-final, they
will get $18,100 and 90 points. For
the round, they will only share
$10,000.

Following the China Open, the
focus will swift to Shanghai, China,
for the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000
that is scheduled to begin on October
11. That is when Knowles and Bhu-
pathi will reunite as they march
towards the Barclays ATP World
Tour Finals in London, England,
starting on November 22.

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SPORTS

‘The Tank’ vs
‘Diamond Boy’
draws near

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribnemedia.net

SHERMAN ‘The Tank’
Williams is heading off to
Germany to make sure that
he gets properly acclimatized
before he steps into the ring
on Saturday night.

The Grand Bahamian
heavyweight, fighting out of
Florida, left the United States
yesterday and should have
arrived in Hamburg for his
first fight for the year.

On Saturday night at the
Stadthalle, Rostiock, Meck-
lenburg-Vorpommern,
Williams is scheduled to fight
undefeated German Manuel
‘Diamond Boy’ Charr in the
10-round co-main event.

“Everything went well,”
said Williams in an interview
from New Jersey yesterday
before he boarded the non-
stop flight to Germany.

“My preparation was good.
We had a great camp. My
sparring was great. We had
two Russians and a local
fighter from Miami and
another heavyweight, so I had
some good sparring.”

Williams, 37, said his entire
management team headed by
American Si Stern have been
impressed with what they saw
in his training sessions.

“We had a couple of things
we wanted to work on like
the body attack,” Williams
said. “We also worked on the
throwing the hooks and the
right.”

Based on his training,

Williams said he feels as if
he’s in perfect condition. But
once he gets into Hamburg,
he will go through a light
workout, then take a nap
before he heads back into the
gym for a full-fledge work-
out.

“The first two days are
going to be pivotal to me get-
ting adjusted to the climate,”
Williams reflected. “But Iam
experienced having traveled
to Europe and Germany a
number of times to train.”

Williams, who sports a 34-
10-2 win-loss-draw record
with 19 knockouts, is making
his second appearance in Ger-
many to fight. His debut was
on March 26, 2005, when he
lost on points to Russian Cha-
gaev at the Erdgas Arena,
Riesa, Sachsen.

However, Williams has not
fought since December when
he won on points over Amer-
ican Andrew Greeley at the
Bourbon Street Station in
Jacksonville.

In January, Williams was
to have fought in Key West,
Florida, but that fight was
called off after he injured his
right hand in training.

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since I last fought,” Williams
said. “I did my therapy, my
hand is feeling good and now
I’m ready to fight again,” he
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what I do.”

When he steps into the ring
on Saturday night, Williams
said for the first time his
entire entourage will be
draped in the colours of the
Bahamian national flag.

As for his opponent, the
Beirut, Lebanon Charr, who
turns 25 on fight night, is
undefeated at 12-0. What’s
also interesting is that Charr,
who is coming off a third
round knockout on June 6,
stands at 6-foot-3 1/2.

Williams, who is listed at 5-
11, said his handlers have
assured him that if he is suc-
cessful in winning the fight,
he can secure a top 10 ranking
in the World Boxing Organi-
sation, which is controlled by
the European promoters.

“Tf I can get into the top
10, hopefully we can maneu-
ver a mandatory title shot or
get to fight somebody else as
an eliminator to a title fight,”
Williams projected.

“But ’'m excited about it.
I’m looking forward to it ina
big way. At the same time,
I’m going in with no pressure
on myself.

“T trained hard and I intend
to knock this guy out because
I don’t want the same thing to
happen to me when I lost my
last fight there on points,
although I beat my opponent
from pillar to post.”

While he has watched his
Opponent on video, Williams
said he knows he will have his
hands full, but he’s prepared
for whatever Charr throws at
him on Saturday night.

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Jackie Edwards recovering from surgery

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribnemedia.net

AFTER missing her 10th appear-
ance at the 12th IAAF World Cham-
pionships because of an injury, long
jumper Jackie Edwards is now recu-
perating from surgery for her final
appearance at the Commonwealth
Games next year.

On Thursday afternoon, Edwards
successfully went through surgery to
repair her torn Achilles tendon that
she re-aggravated in April, keeping
her out of qualifying for what would
have been her final appearance at
the World Championships in Berlin,
Germany.

Now she’s home in California
walking on crutches and waiting to
start her preparation for the 2010
season and her fifth appearance at
the Commonwealth Games in Delhi,
India, slated for October 3-14.

“It was okay. I personally have
not seen the doctor after the surgery
because when I woke up, he was
already gone,” Edwards said.

“But he told my parents and my
brother that it went well. There was
no complications and I need to go
back to see him in two weeks to get
a proper cast placed on my leg.”

Over the next six weeks, Edwards
will have to wear a cast. Once it has
been removed, she said she will then
concentrate on her last appearance
next year.

“T plan to compete, but whether or
not my legs will cooperate, we shall
see,” she pointed out. “My plan is to
make 2010 my last track season.
That’s my goal.”

Edwards, 38, said she will not real-
ly start training until January and
because the season is expected to
be a long one, she won’t start com-
peting until it’s close to the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associations
(BAAA) trials in June.

With the Commonwealth Games
set for October, Edwards said it
would be a good opportunity for her
to pace herself so that she can finish
off her career in grand style.

The co-national long jump record
holder, who has represented the
Bahamas at just about every major
international meet, including the
Olympic Games four times since tak-
ing over from Shonel Ferguson, said
she has been very proud of her track
career.

The 1987 Queen’s College gradu-
ate completed her sting at Stanford
University in 1992 where she was an
All-American having won the
NCAA Division 1 Indoor and Out-
door Championships in her initial
year.

A bronze medallist at the Pan
American Games in 1995, Edwards
enjoyed her best success at the Com-
monwealth Games where she was
fourth in her debut in 1994 in Victo-
ria, Canada, before she came back
and took the silver in 1998 in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia.

After finishing seventh in the 2000
Olympics in Sydney, Australia,
Edwards matched that feat at the
2002 Commonwealth Games in
Manchester, England.

In her last appearance in 2006 in

Has legs set on
final appearance
at Commonwealth
Games next year



JACKIE EDWARDS

Melbourne, Australia, she was
eighth.

Coming to reality with the season-
ending injury in April, Edwards said
she’s not going to put any pressure
on herself to go out and get ready for
2010.

“Pm going to do everything to
make sure that I don’t have the
injury again,” she aid. “When you
have surgery, everything is supposed
to be really good as far as not having
a recurring o the injury.

“T didn’t have surgery in April
when I reaggravated it, so I just took
care of it. I think if I did, I would
have been ready by now to start
preparing for next year.”

But Edwards said while she’s dis-
appointed that she didn’t get to qual-
ify for her 10th Worlds, she will be
contented with nine, having made
the final three times.

“T would have loved to have been
there competing with the rest of the
team,” she insisted. “Whether any-
body believed me, I don’t care.

“I know my training was going
really well this year and I would have
competed at a very high level. So I
was very Satisfied with that. I wasn’t
just fooling around and trying to
hang onto the team for dear life.”

Next year, Edwards said she
intends to go out with a bang.

In the meantime, she has been
working with a Health and Wellness
Group and submitted a proposal to
the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture called ‘Ladies’ First,’ to
work with the young girls in high
school.

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intends to come home. Already she
has lined up a number of persons,
including a long-time traveling room-
mate Lavern Eve, to assist her. She
said she’s just waiting on the min-
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LOCAL NEWS



Agro-industrial
park to be
established in
North Andros

THE Bahamas Agricul-
tural and Industrial Corpo-
ration (BAIC) has entered
into a 21-year lease with
the Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources to
establish an agro-industrial
park in North Andros.

The lease covers 23 acres
of land on which to con-
struct the park. The land
will be divided into two-
acre plots and made avail-
able to Bahamians inter-
ested in pursuing food pro-
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THE products of six
Bahamians will be showcased
at the prestigious Maison et
Objet Trade Show in Paris,
France, BAIC Executive
Chairman Edison Key con-
firmed.

The lucky artists are Lovely
Reckley (Abaco), Christine
Curtis (South Andros), Emily
Munnings (Eleuthera),
Dorothy Miller (Long Island),
Patricia Hamilton (New Prov-
idence) and Admiral Forbes
(New Providence).

Maison et Objet Show,
which opens in January, is an
international home decora-
tion, giftware and tableware
exhibition featuring thou-
sands products from well-
known designers.

Mr Key also confirmed that
a week of activities beginning
October 26 has been set aside
to honour Bahamian artisans
“in a special way” at the
Arawak Cay Culture Centre.

A proclamation from Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
will declare that week
“National Craft Week” under
the theme “Tradition made
modern”.

The internationally
acclaimed BahamArts Festi-
val, which showcases the artis-
tic side of Bahamian culture,
opens October 30 with Mr
Ingraham delivering the
keynote address. There will
be special features from the
Family Islands.

Celebrating its 12th year,
this event is hosted by the
Handicraft Development and
Marketing Department of
Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation
(BAIC), headed by Assistant
General Manager Donnalee
Bowe.

“We are laying out the red
carpet in celebrating Bahami-
an artisans like never before,”
said Mr Key, the Member of
Parliament for South Abaco.

During services at Zion
Baptist Church, East and
Shirley Streets, on October
18, the oldest straw vendor,
Mts Doris Strachan will be
honoured.

Mr Key hailed the tradi-
tional straw vendors as “the
backbone of the Bahamian
souvenir industry.”

The fourth annual general
meeting of the Bahamas
National Craft Association
takes place October 28 and 29
at SuperClub Breezes, Cable
Beach. The Arawak Cay Cul-
ture Centre will be decorated
with some 80 main booths fea-
turing the choicest art and
craft tems from throughout
the islands. That Saturday, the
popular “Victory of the High
School Bands” competition
will feature a 60-person con-
tingent from Exuma’s L N
Coakley High School.

An array of Bahamian arti-
sans are scheduled to give
demonstrations and work-
shops throughout the week.

They include Gertrude Gib-
son of Red Bays, Andros on
the art of weaving baskets
from silver top palms using
sail needle; Emily Munnings
of Eleuthera on making hand-
icrafts from coconut shells,
and coconut boat making by
Nassau’s Admiral Forbes.

Customarily, on that Satur-
day, ladies show off their lat-
est fashions at the Gala
Bahamian Tea Party.

It is held this year in con-
junction with the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources and the Women’s
Desk, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. Entertainment will
include the Falcon Band with
Ancient Man and Anita Ellis,
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Band, and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force
Band. “The invitation goes
out to all to attend this family
affair and appreciate the
beauty of things Bahamian,”
said Mr Key.

THE LEASE has been
sealed for 23 acres on
which to construct an
agro-industrial park in
North Andros. Pictured
from left are BAIC General
Manager Benjamin Rah-
ming, Executive Chairman
Edison Key, Minister of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources Lawrence
Cartwright, Assistant
Director Fern Bowleg, and
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Donation to Children’s

Ross University Bahamas
welcomes Dr Anthony Munroe
as new Executive Administrator

GRAND BAHAMA -
Ross University welcomed
Anthony Munroe as their
new executive administra-
tor for their Bahamas edu-
cational site.

Prior to his appointment,
Dr Munroe lived in Chicago
and successfully served as
president of Advocate Trin-
ity Hospital and was named
one of the Top 25 minority
healthcare executives in the
United States by Modern
Healthcare Magazine.

He has served as president
of St John Detroit
Riverview Hospital in
Detroit, Michigan, and as
president and chief execu-
tive officer of the Economic
Opportunity Family Health
Centre in Miami, Florida.

“We are pleased to wel-
come this well-respected
executive to our academic
community of the
Bahamas,” said Dr Thomas
Shepherd, president of Ross
University.

“His skills are ideally suit-
ed to build on the achieve-
ments of Ross University.
In addition to being nation-
ally recognised for his exper-
tise in healthcare leadership,
strategy, cultural competen-
cy and diversity in health-
care, Dr Anthony Munroe
brings an impressive track
record of success in world-
class healthcare organisa-
tions. We are pleased to
have him with Ross,” Dr
Shepherd said.

Dr Munroe grew up in the
Bronx, New York. He
Munroe completed his doc-
toral studies with a focus on
health systems earning an
Ed D in Health Education
at Columbia University,

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Teachers College in New
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uate School of Management,
as well as a Master’s of Pub-
lic Health from Columbia
University.

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

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the Board of Directors of
Health Choice Network, has
been an advisor to the Mia-
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2009.

Emergency Hostel

PAST PRESIDENT & Director of International Service — Harry
Kemp, Nikita Smith — Administrative Assistant and Past Presi-
dent & Director of Public Relations-Pat Strachan

On Monday, September 28, the Rotary Club of West Nassau
made a donation to the Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel
to help defray the costs of managing the hostel.

The Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel was established
in 1962 by the Bahamas Christian Council. Its founders were the
late Dean William Granger, Mr and Mrs Hedden, Thomas
Brooks, and Pastor William Nairn.

The purpose was to provide emergency and temporary shel-
ter for abandoned, neglected and abused children aged six
weeks to eleven years. The initial site was in Oakes Field.

In May 1968, the Hostel was closed due to financial difficul-
ties. However, under the new leadership of the Kiwanis Club of
Nassau, it reopened in January 1969 on its present site on McK-
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partner and now provides an annual grant and employs 13 of the
25 staff members.

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One would agree that when children have been abandoned,
neglected or abused by their caregivers, they should be pro-
tected. Yet, it is never a pleasant task to remove them from their
homes or to determine that they should live in an institution.
However, when circumstances dictate that this is the best course
of action, it is important that they are given a comfortable, nur-
turing and attractive environment where their ability to thrive is
not severely affected. The Bahamas Children’s Emergency
Hostel continually seeks to provide such an environment.

The Hostel can comfortably accommodate 32 children, ages
1 to 11 years. Residents who have not been returned to their rel-
atives, fostered or adopted by age 12 are transferred to Homes
for older children, where they will reside until age 18.

The average length of residency at the Hostel is one year. The
children attend worship services each Sunday and all school-age
children attend public schools. Pre-schoolers receive scholar-
ships from community pre-schools.

Although a recipient of an annual grant from the Department
of Social Services, the Hostel relies heavily on the benevolence
of community-minded citizens and organizations to support its
work through donations of finances and time. A continuous
challenge is securing funds to operate and maintain the facility
which houses a nursery, boys and girls dorms, kitchen, dining
area, storage areas and administrative offices.



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Real Men call on Governor-General

THE BOARD of Direc-
tors of Real Men Min-
istry International
paid a courtesy call
on Governor-General
Arthur Hanna on
Wednesday, Septem-
ber 30, at Govern-
ment House. Pictured
from left are Ethan
Moss, Odley Aritis,
David Knowles, Gov-
ernor-General Hanna,
Dr Kendal Major,
Julian Smith (presi-
dent), Brent Lloyd,
and Wayne Rolle.



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THE Club Grand Bahama Training programme,
which is mandatory for all vendors participating
in the Club Grand Bahama campaign, aims to
ensure excellence in service delivery, and skills for
managing difficult situations.

Certificates

More than 100 persons who participated in this
training exercise were presented with their certifi-
cates of successful completion at the first graduation

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fundraiser

Atlantic Medical Insurance
Company’s (AMI) eleventh
annual Fun Walk in April
2009 fostered a spirit of unity
among Bahamians, as thou-
sands ‘walked for the cause’ in
New Providence, and in
Grand Bahama.

With the mission to, “wait-
ing On mission statement from
AMI,” AMI recently made a
monetary presentation of
funds raised during the Fun
Walk to representatives of
The Bahamas Diabetic Asso-
ciation and The Cancer Cen-
tre of The Bahamas.

The Fun Walk is an annual
initiative organized by AMI
that encourages Bahamians
to combat diseases like cancer
and diabetes through consis-
tent exercise and healthy liv-

ing. Lynda Gibson, Executive
Vice President, AMI, said,
“We are very appreciative to
our corporate partners and
the public for supporting us
year after year.

“ The main objectives of
the walk include highlighting
wellness in the community
and encouraging the Bahami-
an public at large that main-
taining a healthy body is
important to having a healthy
lifestyle.” Gibson added that
the funds contributed to The
Diabetic Association and The
Cancer Society of The
Bahamas are inclusive of
funds collected from the Fun
Walk in New Providence and
in Freeport.

Darren Bastian, Manager,
Business Development, AMI,

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corporate sponsors

HANDS-ON APPROACH: Getting a massage.

noted, “ It’s a pleasure to pre-
sent The Cancer Centre of
The Bahamas and the Dia-
betic Association with the
funds from our annual Fun
Walk. This is a part of our
ongoing commitment. The
services and care they provide
is vital to maintain the health
of those who have been
inflicted.”

Furthermore, Bastian said
that the contribution is only
made possible by the partici-
pants and organizers who sup-
port the event. “Once again
we thank you, Bahamas,” he
added.

Referring to AMI as “a
gem in many ways,” Bradley
Cooper, President, The
Bahamas Diabetic Associa-
tion, expressed his gratitude
for the consistent support
AMI, its partners and the
Bahamian public offer each
year. He said that the mone-
tary donation will assist the
association in achieving a
number of short term and
long term goals. Cooper

explained that during Octo-
ber 17- 23, 2009, representa-
tives of the association will
participate and make presen-
tations at the Tri-Annual
Congress of International
Diabetes Federation, in Mon-
treal, Canada.

Machinery

Furthermore, the funds pre-
sented will also aid in the pur-
chase of additional glucome-
ters, testing strips and other
necessary machinery to help
diabetics throughout The
Bahamas, according to Coop-
er.
One of the goals of the
Bahamas Diabetic Associa-
tion is to build awareness by
educating and informing indi-
viduals about the importance
of maintaining a healthy diet
in an effort to prevent one
from becoming a diabetic.

Additionally, Cooper said,
“Most insurance companies
in The Bahamas do not pro-

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vide funding for prevention.
Atlantic Medical however,
has stepped in to the forefront
and greatly helped the hurting
in our country.

“We cannot express how
thankful we are to them and
to their supporters for their
generous and consistent con-
tributions over the past 11
years,” said Cooper.

Equally as grateful for the
consistent financial support
from AMI, Gloria Hanna,
Supervisor, The Cancer Soci-
ety of The Bahamas, said,
“We are truly appreciative for
this donation as it will help us
to continue to help our cancer
patients while educating and
bringing awareness to The
Bahamian public at large.”

The funds donated to the
Cancer Society will aid the
continuation of hosting local
and Family Island patients
free of charge at the Cancer
Centre, and dispatching doc-
tors and assistants to the var-
ious clinics throughout Nas-
sau and on the Family Islands.



AMI recently
made a
monetary
presentation of
funds raised
during the Fun
Walk to
representatives
of The Bahamas
Diabetic
Association and
The Cancer
Centre of The
Bahamas.

Hanna added, “The
patients consider the centre
as a home away from home.
They are so very grateful to
have a place to come and stay
because most of them do not
have family in Nassau.” Fur-
thermore, she noted, “We
encourage AMI to continue
being a positive corporate cit-
izen, raising funds to benefit
cancer patients, because most
people really cannot afford
their radiation or chemother-
apy treatments.” Hanna
emphasized, “We try to ease
this burden for them by offer-
ing a place for them to stay
and receive what they need
at no cost to them.”

This, Hanna noted, is why it
is crucial for Atlantic Medical
to continue in its efforts to
help those in need.

“As a non-profit organiza-
tion, we rely heavily on cor-
porate sponsorship and dona-
tions from companies like
AMI,” said Hanna.

Massage students from The Bahamas Technical & Lost Name: First Name:
Vocational Institute (BTVI) Cosmetology Department
provided complimentary services to Royal Bank. As . ha:
part of the course students will complete 64 practicum Company: Title:

therapy hours. BTVI Massage students must meet the
standards set forth by industry and apply their expert
knowledge. It is imperative that massage students prac-
tice their skills for many hours so they are prepared to
administer techniques that are refined to perfection and
keep their client’s best health interest in mind.

“BTVI Massage Programme allowed Royal Bank
employees the opportunity to experience massage ther-
apy, and most important, was able to give our students
real-life experience,” said Mrs. Beneby Taylor, Cosme-
tology Coordinator.

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“Today’s growing trend is total wellness, said Mrs.
Taylor. Whether they are using massage therapy to
improve a medical condition or for stress relief and relax-
ation, massage is for everyone."

“The students represented BTVI in a professional
manner and showed confidence and skill in their massage
services,” said Raquel Bethel, Office Manager at BTVI.”

Thirteen massage students participated. They were
Nadia Beneby, Shelly Rolle, Jazz Cyril, Donita Collie,
Danisha Fowler, Dave Horton, Shuntelle Hurston, Kath-
leen Jaques, Michelle Lockhart, Miesha Rolle, Pam
Rolle, Noralee Newbold and Priya Russel.

The students who participated found it to be a reward-
ing experience and a great way to utilize their skill while
helping others. Mrs. Taylor felt it was a beneficial event
for all involved.Mrs. Taylor said the event was a great
learning opportunity and she was hopeful that BTVI
would continue to encourage real-life experience to
broaden their education outside the classroom.

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Bimini greets Brave
and the Change Team

Nassau, Bahamas: Front-
runner in the PLP Deputy
Leadership race, Cat Island,
Rum Cay and San Salvador
MP Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, vis-
ited North Bimini this past
Monday and Tuesday.

During his visit, Davis
entertained private meetings
with Party Stalwarts, as he
seeks their support ahead of
the upcoming convention,
advising them his plans for
the Party.While on Bimini,
the candidate also engaged a
number of young people and
youth groups as he made his
trek across the community, as
a means of garnering their
views on matters of national
interest and offer his own
vision for their input. “The
greatest challenge we (the
PLP) have is the involvement
of more young people” he
said. Turning to is own cam-
paign Brave noted “That is
why I recruited young people
to work in my campaign. The
people running my campaign
are young —this is the direc-
tion where we as a Party must
go.”

Listening to the concerns
of residents on the level of
crime, Davis responded by
outlining his plans to strength-
en the administration of the
judiciary. This effort he
added, will reduce the time
for cases to be heard and to
intervene in the lives of at-
risk youth.

Residents on the island
were also keen to express
their concerns about the
destruction of the mangroves
on that island as a result of a
major development. The PLP
Deputy Leader hopeful
assured of his plans to follow-
up the environmental con-
cerns of Biminites with the
B.E.S.T. Commission and
other such agencies.

Since launching on August
4th, Davis has traveled

throughout the country seek-
ing meetings and door-to-

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the community and recently donated traffic signs to the High Rock
area. Pictured here are (I-r) Rev Lawrence Laing, chief councillor of
High Rock and a member of High Rock Township; Valentine Knowles,
senior supervisor of the Road Traffic Department; Arthur Jones,
vice-president of building and development services with the GBPA:
Bradley Armbrister, district administrator of East Grand Bahama;
Geneva Rutherford, director of community relations at the GBPA; Basil
Rahming, deputy controller of the Road Traffic Department; Troy
Mcintosh, city maintenance manager with the GBPA, and Corporal
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Cabile hopes
‘long 14-year
road’ at end

* Government implements
Copyright Act amendment
to narrow TV compulsory
licensing

* BISX-listed firm hopeful
US Trade Representative’s
statement indicates
Washington will now
fulfill its side of bargain,
and force programming
rights holders into
talks with it

* Meeting between Cable
and rights holders set
for next week

* Cable chief hopes moves
will lead to Bahamians
getting VOD, HD
programming they
can't access yet

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CABLE Bahamas is hop-
ing “the long road we’ve been
on for the last 14 years” with
respect to negotiating com-
mercial agreements with pro-
gramming rights holders is
nearing an end, after the
Bahamas last week brought
into force the 2004 amend-
ments that narrow the scope
of its compulsory TV licensing
regime.

Anthony Butler, Cable
Bahamas’ president/chief
executive, told Tribune Busi-
ness that with the Bahamian
government having fulfilled
its ‘side of the bargain’ when
it came to protecting intellec-
tual property rights, the
BISX-listed cable TV
provider was “taking encour-
agement” from statements
made by the US Trade Rep-
resentative that Washington
would now move on its oblig-
ations.

The Ingraham administra-
tion, in a little-heralded move
last Thursday, brought into
effect the 2004 amendments
to the Copyright Act that nar-
row the scope of the
Bahamas’ compulsory TV
licensing regime. Only copy-
righted works broadcast free
over-the-air will now be com-
pulsorily licensed, whereas the
previous regime allowed all
copyrighted programmes to
be received, transmitted and
re-broadcast.

“The amendments that the
Government tabled in 2004,
they’ve been brought into
effect on October 1,” Mr But-
ler told Tribune Business. “It
means that in relation to the
Copyright Act, the Exchange
of Letters [between the

SEE page 6B



$263m deal seeks 30-year lease extension

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Gov-

ernment

will “short-

ly” decide
whether to approve
the $263 million
acquisition of a
Bahamas-based oil
storage terminal, a
Cabinet minister has
confirmed, telling Tri-
bune Business that
the potential buyer
wants a 30-year exten-

sion to the site’s existing lease that

would take it through until 2049.
Larry Cartwright, minister of agri-

culture and fisheries, confirmed that

CARTWRIGHT

* Minister says government to ‘shortly’ decide whether to
approve Statoil purchase of South Riding Point

* Buyer and current owner seeking extension after October 1
completion date expires amid wait for government

* Lease extension would secure Statoil in Grand Bahama until 2049

* Government does have environmental concerns

StatoilHydro, the Norwegian-head-
quartered oil and gas giant, had sub-
mitted its proposal to acquire Grand
Bahama’s South Riding point facility
to the Government, and the issue was
currently before the Cabinet.
However, that may still be too late
for Statoil and the vendor, Toronto-

Insurer generates
22% profit growth

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

J. S. JOHNSON, the BISX-
listed insurance broker and
agent, has bucked the declin-
ing economy by generating a
21.8 per cent net income
increase to $4.33 million for
the 2009 first half, an improve-
ment driven by rising com-
missions resulting from the
acquisition of new business.

Marvin Bethell, J. S. John-
son’s managing director, in his
message to investors, said the
increase in net profits from
the $3.554 million achieved in
the 2008 first half was due to
an 18.6 per cent increase in
net commissions and fees,
which rose from $8.045 mil-
lion to $9.544 million during
the six months to June 30,
2009.

This, despite a 3.3 per cent
fall in net earned premiums
at J. S. Johnson’s 40 per cent-
owned affiliate, general insur-
er Insurance Company of the
Bahamas (ICB), fed into an
8.6 per cent rise in total
income. This grew from
$13.339 million in 2008 to
$14.491 million in the 2009
first half.

“Both business segments
performed well in the second
quarter,” Mr Bethell said of
J. S. Johnson and ICB. “The
agency and brokerage busi-
ness has begun to see the
effects of some new business
acquisitions as net income is
now up by 12 per cent over
the previous year.

“On the underwriting side,
Insurance Company of the
Bahamas continues to per-
form well due to an increase
in net commission and fees,
and an improvement in insur-
ance expenses.”

Broken down into seg-
ments, J. S. Johnson’s agency
and brokerage business saw
net income rise by 12.5 per
cent to $2.533 million for the
2009 first half, compared to

aes

* J, S. Johnson sees 19%
commissions and fee
rises, as agency/brokerage
attracts new clients

* ICB also bucks economy
with 38% first half profits
rise, as its commissions
increase more than
three-fold

$2.252 million for the year
before.

Net commissions and fees
rose by 7.1 per cent to $8.388
million, compared to $7.783
million the year before. Total
income rose by 6.8 per cent
to $8.658 million, compared
to $8.109 million in the 2008
first half.

On the expenses side, the
agency and brokerage busi-
ness also experienced a 4.6 per
cent jump in total expenses to
$6.125 million, compared to
$5.857 million in the 2008 first
half.

For the business as whole,
total expenses increased by
3.8 per cent to $10.161 mil-
lion, as opposed to $9.785 mil-

SEE page 8B

listed World Point Terminals. A con-
dition of the sales agreement between
the two was that the South Riding
deal would close by October 1, 2009, a
deadline that has been missed because
the Government approvals were not
forthcoming in time.

Still, World Point Terminals said in

a statement issued on Friday that both
it and Statoil were now in talks to
extend the deal’s closing deadline,
indicating that it potentially remains
alive. It is probable that both compa-
nies, if they can reach agreement, will

SEE page 4B

FamGuard suffers 72% profit decline

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

FAMGUARD Corpora-
tion’s half-year net income
slumped by 71.6 per cent
year-over-year to $629,733,
the company has revealed to
shareholders, after “further
deterioration” in 2009 second
quarter health claims saw pol-
icyholder benefits increase by
34.28 per cent.

The surge in health claims
more than wiped out 18.6 per
cent top-line growth enjoyed
by the BISX-listed company,
parent of life and health insur-
er Family Guardian, during
the six months to June 30,
2009.

Norbert Boissiere, Fam-
Guard’s chairman, in his mes-
sage to shareholders, said:
“We have seen further dete-
rioration in our health claims
experience through June 30,
2009, which has resulted in
policyholder benefits pay-
ments increasing by 34 per
cent over prior year-to-date.

“This has negatively
impacted our net income for
the period, which stood at
$630,000 through June 30,
2009. We are reviewing our
group health portfolio, and
are implementing enhance-
ments to our product in that
division, which we expect will
bring about incremental

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out 19% premium growth and $500,000 drop in

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improvements as we move
forward.”

Policyholder benefits paid
out by Family Guardian dur-
ing the 2009 first half rose
from $19.647 million the pre-
vious year to $26.383 million,
an increase of more than $6.7
million. Even allowing for a
modest increase in reinsur-
ance recoveries, net policy-
holder benefits grew by
almost one-third, too, rising
from $18.435 million to
$24.415 million.

It appears that Family
Guardian’s increased health
claims experience during the
2009 first half, something
experienced by all Bahamas-
based health insurers, influ-
enced the company’s in-house
actuaries to increase their pro-
visions for future policyhold-
er benefits.

These provisions rose year-
over-year by 48.9 per cent,
from a $4.075 million increase
in the 2008 first half to $6.068
million this time around, a
move likely to have been
induced by the higher than
expected health claims. Death
claims had shown a “marked

improvement” over 2008
comparatives.

As a result, provisions for
future policyholder benefits
— the main liability for all life
and health insurance compa-

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC)
is targeting the 2011 first quar-
ter for full implementation of
its $50 million-plus Next Gen-
eration Internet Protocol (IP)
network, the company has
revealed, with the first 400
subscribers set to be “migrat-
ed” to this platform by the
end of this month.

In BTC’s response to the
Government’s consultation
paper on access and intercon-
nection issues in the Bahami-
an electronic communications
sector, Felicity Johnson,
BTC’s vice-president of legal,
regulatory and interconnec-
tion, told regulators: “BTC
commenced the implementa-
tion of its Next Generation
IP network in March 2009.

“TP soft switches have now
been installed, and the access
nodes build-out from

* First 400 subscribers to migrate to IP platform by month’s end
* 73% of all phone connections in Bahamas are now cellular
* Cable estimated to have 60-65% Internet market share

exchanges has commenced,
with the first 400 subscribers
due to be migrated by Octo-
ber 31, 2009. Full implemen-
tation of the IP network is
due for completion by the first
quarter 2011.”

The newly-formed sector
regulator, the Utilities Regu-
lation and Competition
Authority (URCA), in its
consultation document setting
out the rationale for why BTC
is considered to have Signifi-
cant Market Power (SMP) in
areas such as cellular and
broadband Internet, said
BTC’s planned IP network
would allow it to carry multi-
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URCA added that not only
would the network theoreti-
cally allow BTC to deliver
“higher speed broadband”, it
would also enable IP TV,
allowing the state-owned
incumbent, currently in the
middle of a privatization exer-
cise, to deliver TV and Inter-
net services in the same man-
ner as Cable Bahamas.

Elsewhere, URCA said its
own analysis had shown that
the deep penetration of
BTC’s cellular services, esti-
mated to be at 100 per cent of
the Bahamian population,
had resulted in mobile con-
nections now representing
almost 73 per cent of all tele-
phone connections in the
Bahamas. This compared to
22 per cent in 2000.

“URCA believes that
BTC’s introduction of prepaid
services and its allocation of
greater resources to mobile

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total estimated Internet sub-
scribers in the Bahamas num-
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Bahamas and BTC having 60-
65 per cent and 30-35 per cent
market share respectively.
The remaining 5 per cent
market share was accounted
for by Satellite Bahamas and
other minority Internet Ser-
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Bahamas tariff-free US
exports increase 2.7%

* Polystyrene accounts for 96 per cent of all Bahamas’ CBI exports
* US exports to Bahamas grow 11.3 per cent to $2.7bn in 2008

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas in 2008 saw
a 2.7 per cent increase in the
value of its exports admitted
into the US duty-free under
the Caribbean Basin Eco-
nomic Recovery Act
(CBERA), it has been
revealed, with polystyrene
products produced largely by
Polymers International
accounting for 96 per cent of
goods sent to our northern
neighbour.

The US International Trade
Commission, in its newly-
released report on the Act’s
impact on both Caribbean
beneficiaries and the US,
found that total Bahamian
exports admitted into the US
under its tariff-free terms
increased in value from $137.4
million in 2007 to $141 mil-
lion last year.

Some $135.5 per cent of
that latter figure was account-
ed for by expandable poly-

styrene exports, which
increased year-over-year in
value by 1.8 per cent, from
$133.2 million to $135.5 mil-
lion, “mainly because of high-
er prices”. The value of
Bahamian polystyrene exports
has increased regularly, and
significantly, over the past
four years, growing from
$107.5 million in 2005 to
$121.5 million in 2006 and
then through to last year’s
$135.5 million.

While the Trade Commis-
sion’s report said the Bahamas
was “likely to remain in near
term a very small supplier to
the US market”, it was the
fifth largest supplier of goods
under the Act in 2008.

“Polystyrene, cup grade
expandable polystyrene pel-
lets, accounted for 96 per cent
of imports from the Bahamas

under the CBERA in 2008,
with imports valued at $135
million in that year,” the US
International Trade Commis-
sion’s report said.

“Polystyrene has account-
ed for more than 96 per cent
of the value of imports from
the Bahamas under CBERA
since 2005. Other imports
under CBGERA in 2008
included undentured ethyl
alcohol for beverage purposes,
grapefruit, rum, seafood (pri-
marily crab meat) and cigars.”

Foreign direct investment
in the Bahamas, though, had
remained strong through 2008
even as the world headed into
a severe recession, rising
slightly from $854 million in
2007 to $886 million last year,
according to the US Interna-
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major leap between 2005 and
2006, rising from $641 million
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increase of more than $200
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On the other side of the
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$263m deal seeks 30-year lease extension

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Point’s landlord, the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial
Corporation (BAIC).

Mr Cartwright, who has
ministerial responsibility for
BAIC, told Tribune Business
that the key approvals
required from government

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were the 30-year lease exten-
sion, and approval for its
transfer from World Point
Terminals to Statoil.

“They [Statoil and World
Point] have submitted their
proposal to the Government,
and the Government right
now is looking at it,” Mr
Cartwright said. “The Gov-
ernment has not yet made a
final decision on the lease —
the extension of the lease and
permission to transfer the
lease from South Riding Point
to Statoil.”

When asked by Tribune
Business what kind of lease
extension Statoil was seeking,
the minister replied: “They
were looking for an extension.
They are asking for a 30-year
extension, which effectively
makes it 40 years — the exist-
ing 10 years, and a further 30
years, to bring it to 40.”

World Point Terminals’
current lease on the 763-acre
South Riding Point site, which
includes 155 acres of land, the
rest being the sea bed and off-
shore jetty, expires in 2019. If
Statoil obtains the extension it
is seeking, its tenancy would
be secure until 2049.

Acknowledging that
“everything hinges on the
Government’s decision”, Mr
Cartwright said it would be
premature to indicate which
way the Ingraham adminis-
tration was leaning.

“Cabinet makes the final
decision, and it would be very
difficult to pre-empt whatever
the decision might be,” the
minister told Tribune Busi-
ness. “Statoil has submitted
their proposal to the Govern-
ment, and the Government
has to look at it and get back
to them.”

Declining to discuss the
content of Statoil’s proposal,
Mr Cartwright confirmed pre-
vious Tribune Business reve-
lations that the Government
had concerns, and was unhap-
py, over the environmental
condition of South Riding
Point.

“There were some concerns
about the pits used for excess

oil,” he said, “and they’re
being addressed with regard
to the new potential [tenant].”
This implies that a condition
of approving Statoil’s acqui-
sition, and lease extension,
might be that either itself or
World Point Terminals under-
takes an extensive clean-up
of the site to address and
environmental concerns.

When asked by Tribune
Business how important
South Riding Point was to the
Government’s overall eco-
nomic plans, Mr Cartwright
said: “It lends itself to the
employment of Bahamians.
They have to pay taxes to the
Bahamas government, and
the lease agreement they have
with BAIC, all that helps to
advance the economy of the
Bahamas.”

Neither Bernard Roy,
World Point Terminals’ pres-
ident and chief executive, nor
Statoil could be reached for
comment by Tribune Busi-
ness before press deadline.
However, a Statoil spokes-
woman had told this newspa-
per on July 9, when the $263.2
million deal was announced,
that the Norwegian company
had plans to invest $100-$150
million in upgrading South
Riding Point.

Although declining then to
specify how long a lease
extension Statoil was seeking,
the spokeswoman confirmed
that the company wanted “a
long-term engagement
beyond 2019” with the
Bahamas, and added: “We
need a return on our invest-
ment.

“When we look at this kind
of investment, we’re looking
at a timeline of 30-50 years,
just to give a general state-
ment on this type of invest-
ment and the time we look
at.”

Statoil, which has leased
space at the oil storage, blend-
ing and transshipment facility
for the past 16 years, sees
South Riding Point’s acquisi-
tion as a logical extension to
its long-term growth strategy.

South Riding Point, which

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employs 55 Bahamians and
features 10 storage tanks and
two berths, is well-positioned
for the increasing advances
Statoil wants to make into the
US market, and the increasing
volume of oil being shipped
from Brazil. Statoil’s lease at
the site was due to end short-
ly, and it seemingly believes
that ownership/control at
South Riding Point would
better aid its cause.

At the time, Jon A Jacob-
sen, Statoil’s executive vice-
president for manufacturing
and marketing, said of the
planned purchase: “It will
strengthen StatoilHydro’s
marketing and trading posi-
tion in North America by
securing the full terminal
capacity. StatoilHydro’s
objective is to upgrade the
terminal to allow for blend-
ing of all types of crude oils,
including heavy oils.”

For 2008, South Riding
Point’s revenues rose by 25
per cent or $4.432 million
over 2007, with fourth quarter
revenues of $8.469 million up
91 per cent year-over-year.

The Statoil purchase also
includes the 50 per cent stake
World Point Terminals holds
in Freepoint, the Grand
Bahama-based tug boat busi-
ness, which has 42 employees.
In 2008, the company’s six
tugs handled 95 per cent of
the traffic at the Freeport
Container Port, its revenues
rising year-over-year by
$350,000 or 14 per cent, with
fourth quarter revenues up 37
per cent or $815,000.

The Statoil would be the
second acquisition of a Grand
Bahama-based oil storage ter-
minal within two years, the
first being the purchase of the
BORCO terminal by First
Reserve and Vopak for
around $900 million in 2008.

The South Riding Point
deal has no connection to Sta-
toil’s entrance into the
Bahamas in May 2009, when
it announced its oil explo-
ration joint venture with BPC
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nies — increased from $102.903
million as at June 30, 2008, to
$108.875 million this time
around.

With total benefits increas-
ing by 35.4 per cent to $30.483
million, compared to $22.51
million in 2008, Family
Guardian’s top-line growth
and reduced operating
expenses were more than-can-
celled out. As a result, net
income fell by 71.6 to
$629,733, compared to $2.221
million the year-before.

Top-line growth was much
better, with gross premiums
increasing by 18.6 per cent or
$6.6 million to $41.891 mil-
lion, compared to $35.327 mil-
lion the year before. Net pre-
mium income rose by 13.4 per
cent to $37.115 million, com-
pared to $32.727 million for
the six months to June 30,
2008.

Elsewhere, net premium
income and annuity deposits
were up 16.9 per cent at
$40.538 million, with total
income ahead by 18.4 per cent
at $45.912 million, compared
to $38.774 million in the 2008
first half.

Mr Boissiere told share-
holders that gross premium
income had shown “strong
growth”, and added that life
insurance sales and annuity
sales were 9 per cent and 11
per cent, respectively, ahead
of 2008 figures for the first
half.

“As a result of a sustained
increase in the sale of new
group accounts, our group life
and health division continues
to lead in premium growth,”
said the FamGuard chairman.
“Our financial services divi-
sion also recorded a very pos-
itive increase in new sales of
life and annuity products
through June 30, 2009, com-
pared to prior year-to-date.”

Family Guardian was able
to also keep its key expenses
under control, with operating
expenses falling some 6.6 per
cent to $7.016 million for the
2009 first half, compared to
$7.514 million the year-
before, a savings of some
$500,000.

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(401) Lots #17 & #18 Crown Allotments,
Love Hill Settlement, Andros. Contain-
ing a two-storey res. Appraised value:
$100,000

(806) Lots #1 & #2, Block 3 witha par-
cel situated between Lot #1, Block 3,
containing a 4 bedroom condominium
— Sunset View Villas, West Bay Street.
Appraised value: $750,000

(433) Lot#27 of Village Allotment #14
in the Eastern District, containing resi-
dence situated on Denver Street off
Parkgate Road in the Ann’s Town Con-
stituency, New Providence. Property
size 2,500 sqft Building size 990 sqft.
Appraised value: $50,000

(400) Property situated in Calabash
Bay on the Island of Andros. 75’ x 150°
and containing thereon a small grocery
store 480 sqft. and an incomplete 3
bed 2 bath house 900 sqft. Appraised
value: $65,000

(301) Lot#2 in block #8, Steward Road,
Coral Heights East Subdivision situated
in Western District of New Providence,
approx. size 8,800 sq. ft. with a splitlevel
containing two bed, two bath, living,
dining & family rooms, kitchen and
utility room - approx. size of building
2,658 sqft Appraised value: $322,752

(702) Lot #20 with residential prop-
erty located Skyline Heights. Appraised
value $280,000

(902) Lotofland 94x 94x 150x 1500n
Queens Highway just south of Palmetto
Point with a two storey stone building
containing two apartments. Each unit
has 3 bed/2 1/2 bath, kitchen, living
room and 8 linen closets. Appraised
value: $287,209

(400) Lot#14 situated in the settlement
of Love Hill on the Island of Andros
totalling 20,000 sqft Property contains
a two storey 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom
residence. Appraised value: $185,000

(105) Lot containing 2 storey bldg.
with three bed, two and a half bath
residence, and 30’ x 86’ situated Bailey
Town, North Bimini. Appraised value:
$235,000

(801) Lot#18 in Sandilands Allotment
on the western side of Crosswind Road
between Seabreeze Lane and Pineyard
Road, Eastern District New Providence-
The Bahamas,containing single storey
private residence comprising the follow-
ing: covered entry porch, living room,
dining room, kitchen, laundry room,
family room, sitting area, 4 bedrooms,
2 bathroom and patio. The total area
of land is approximately 7,641 square
feet. Appraised value: $289,426

(801) Two parcels of land containing
21,120 sq.ft. situated on the southern
side of East Shirley Street and 100 feet



(702) Undeveloped lots #4A, 16, 17,
18 and 19 located Chapman Estates,
West Bay. Appraised value: $348,000

(701) Undeveloped lot #149. Sea-
fan Lane, Lucayan Beach Subdivi-
sion. Grand Bahama, 18750 sq ft.
Appraised value: TBA



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Contact Account Officer listed below by using number code for each property.

HOUSES/APARTMENTS/COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

west of its junction with “Shirlea” in
the Eastern District, New Providence.
Situated thereon is a Gas Station and
Auto Repair Shop. Appraised value:
$799,497

(601) Lot#17 located Village Allotment
with fourplex, Appraised value: $500,000

(701) Lot ofland having the number
16 in Block number 16 in Section Three
of the Subdivision called and known
as Sea Breeze Estates situated in the
Eastern District of New Providence.
Property contains a three bed, two bath
residence. Appraised value: $277,000

(701) Lot of land being lot number
11 in Block number 10 on a plan of
allotments laid out by Village Estates
Limited and filed in the Dept of Land
& Surveys as number 142 N.P. and sit-
uated in the Eastern District of New
Providence. Property contains three
bed, two bath residence. Appraised
value: $165,000

(565) Lot# 1018 in Golden Gates Es-
tates #2 Subdivision situate in the South
Western District of the island of New
Providence Containing a single storey
private residence 3 bedroom 2 bath.
Property approx. size 6,000 sqft Build-
ing approx size 2,400 sqft Appraised
value: $173,176

(205) Lot B - 50 ftx 115.73 ft situated
on the north side of Shell Fish Road,
being the third lot west of Fire Trail
Road and east of Hamster Road with
aone half duplex residential premises.
Appraised value: TBA

(901) Lot #32 containing 4 bedroom
2bath concrete structure located Tri-
ana Shores Harbour Island, Eleuthera.
Property size 80’ x 120’ x 80’ 120 feet
Appraised value: $332,735

(910) Lot#12 Madeira Park, a small sub-
division on the outskirts of Treasure Cay,
Abaco having an area of 9,444 square
feet residence containing a concrete
block structure with asphalt shingle
roof comprises of three bedrooms, two
bathrooms, family room, living room,
dining room, and kitchen. Appraised
value: $147,000

(569) Property situated on Williams
Lane off Kemp Road, New Providence,
Bahamas containing a two-storey house
and an apartment building consisting
of 1800 sqft. Appraised value $100,000

(569) All that piece of land being Par-
cel #3 and Parcel #4 situated on the
South side of Prince Charles Drive,
New Providence, Bahamas contain-
ing a commercial building housing
two shop space on the ground floor
and three shop space on the second
floor with a large storage area in the
rear. Total area 8400 sq ft. Appraised

(108) Vacant Single Family Lot #5
Block F Bahamia South Subdivision
Freeport, Grand Bahama. Appraised
value $35,700

(569) Vacant property located in Sub-
division called “Culmerville’ being
a portion of Lot #47 and a portion of

value: $366,650

(569) All that piece, parcel or land
having an approximate area of 2100
sqft situated on the Western side of
Blue Hill Road about 70 ft North of
Peter Street and about 115 ft south of
Laird Street in the Southern District of
New Providence, Bahamas contain-
ing acommercial building housing a
two bed/one bath unit on the top floor
anda store on the first floor. Appraised
value: $154,000

(569) All thatpiece, parcel orlot ofland
situated on Cowpen Road (1000 ft east
of the Faith Avenue Junction) in the
Southern District of New Providence,
Bahamas containing a duplex apart-
ment comprising of two - 2-bedr/1-bath
apartments. Appraised value $175,000.

(800) All that parcel or lot ofland being
Lots #10 and 11 in Block 29 of Coco-
nut Grove Subdivision, containing a
shopping plaza. The lot is trapezium
in shape, 8,383 sq ft. Appraised value
$500,000

(560) Lot of land #2 Sea View Subdi-
vision, Russell Island, Spanish Wells.
Property size 11,323 sqft, building size
2236 sq ft containing 3 bed, 2 bath,
living room, an eat-in kitchen, dining
room, laundry room, covered porch,
aone car garage, and a covered water
tank. Appraised value: $299,000

(901) Lot #57 block# Trianna Shores
containing 3 bed 2 bath front room, din-
ing room, & kitchen. Concrete structure,
1926.40 sq ft wooden deck 321.60 sq
ft. property 9600 sqft. Appraised value:
$448,645

(901) Lot “K” Barrack Street, Harbour
Island containing a 2 storey concrete
building with 4 bed 4 bath, dining room
& kitchen -Building 2934.56 sqft prop-
erty 6563 sqft. Appraised value: $479,228

(811) Property containing Condo “Mil-
lennium II”, Unit A-101, building 57,
Phase 1C, 2 bed, 3 bath, living room,
dining room, utility closet & patio. Situ-
ated in the area known as Bimini Bay
Resort, Bimini, Bahamas.

Appraised value - $485,000

(008) Single Story tri-plex building,
one 2 bedrooms and two 1 bedroom
located on a multi-family Lot No.4,
block3, Shirley Lane, section 1, Bahama
Reef Yacht & Country Club Subdivision,
Freeport Grand Bahama. Property size
is approx. 16,621 sq ft Appraised value
$348,000

(908) Lot# 52 Crown Allotments lo-
cated Murphy Town, Abaco with size
being 10,200 sq ft. Containing a one
storey house with 4 bed/2 bath -Con-
crete Block Structure - Appraised value
$200,000

VACANT PROPERTIES

sea from both the North and South
side. Appraised value: $1,078,750

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land Lot # 977, Pinewood Gardens
Subdivision, Southern District, New
Providence. Appraised value: $65,000

(008) All that piece parcel of lot and
land on the Island of Great Exuma

(569) All that piece parcel orlot ofland
being Lot #39 in the residentially zoned
area of Highbury Park Subdivision in
the Eastern District of New Providence,
Bahamas. Approx. land size 6,000 sq
ft. Property contains a 3-bed/2-bath
house, size being 1,563 sq. ft. Appraised
Value $131,000

(908) Lot# 23 located in the Subdivi-
sion of Spring City, Abaco with size
being 8,925 sq ft. Containing a one
storey wooden structure house with
3 bed/1 bath of 7985 sq ft
Appraised value. $60,000

(304) Single storey triplex, situated on
Lot 615, Mermaid Boulevard, Golden
Gates #2 in the Western District, New
Providence. Two 2-bed, 1-bath units and
one 1-bed,1-bath unit. The property
is zoned as Multi Family Residential,
measuring 9,092 sq ft with the living
area measuring 2,792 sq ft. Appraised
value $374,192

(201) Duplex Lot #25 situated on Faith
Ave. North (Claridge Estates) - 7,354
sqft with duplex thereon. Appraised
value - TBA

(103) Parcel ofland and improvements
thereon known as No.3 block 31 Ba-
hamia Marina & Section IX located in
southwestern city of Freeport Grand
Bahama. Approx. 13,070 sq.ft. or 0.30
acres property contains duplex dwell-
ing. Appraised value $300,000

(804) Six condominium units and
five parcels of vacant land situated
at Regattas of Abaco, Marsh Harbour,
Bahamas. The single/ multi family resi-
dential condominium/ timeshare de-
velopment is situated on 9.426 acres
of land. The condominiums consist
of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and the
amenities on the property includes a
manned security gate, swimming pool,
2 tennis courts, landscaped gardens
and an administration building. Ap-
praised value $2,450,000

(569) Lot of land situated on Fire Trail
Road being a partition of Gladstone
Allot #41 New Providence, Bahamas
containing townhouse apartment unit
and two proposed units (completed as
is). Appraised value $237,714

(301) Lot# 14867 Bahama Sound Exu-
ma is located about 10 miles northwest
of George Town Exuma and about 1
mile south of Emerald Bay, The Four
Seasons Resort and Roker’s Point. It
is located near the settlements of Mt.
Thompson and Farmer's Hill. The prop-
erty contains 10,000 sq ft in area with 80
ft frontage on the Queens Highway; the
main road. The property is developed
with a partially completed apartment
complex containing five, | bedroom
units, 4 efficiency units and 1 shop
space. Appraised value $488,240

erty approx. 6950 sq. ft. Appraised
value $80,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land located on Marigold Road in
the Subdivision known as Kool Acres.
Lot is approx.9455 sq ft. Appraised
value $93,000.




vision on West Bay Street with open
zoning. Appraised value $600,000.

(800) Single/ multi family residential
vacant lot being a portion of lot #77
situated on the Southern side of Fire
Trail Road in the Western District of
New Providence. Property size 110,000




(301) All that piece parcel of land or
premises being lot # 659 on the north-
western side of Malawi Street in Eliza-
beth Estates East Phase 2 in the Yamac-
raw constituency on the island of New
Providence. Lot size - 5,085 sq ft. with
a 22 year old single storey residence, 3
bed, 1 bath. Appraised value $94,871

(301) Lot # 549 Gladiator Road Sta-
pledon Gardens containing concrete
single family residence and wooden
efficiency rental unit. Area is zoned for
single and multi family residences. Lot
size is 80’ X 120° (9600 sq ft) enclosed car
port and perimeter wall surrounding
property. Appraised value $$219,767

(569) Allthat Southwestern Moiety or
Half Part of a Lot of Land being part of
a Tract of Land nowor formerly called
Annstown situate 610 feet Southeast of
Kemp Road in the Eastern District of
the Island of New Providence aforesaid
and set out as Lot #35 containing a
duplex. Property size 50 ftx 50 ft Ap-
praised $61,000.

(569) Lot# B Block B situate on Rosedale
St in the Carey's Subdivision containing
a4 bedroom 2 bath residence. Building
size 1,234 sq ft. Property size approx
4,500 sq ft. Appraised Value TBA.

(569) Lot # Aand B on Northern side
of Carmichael Rd. Nassau with build-
ing and foundation for a warehouse.
Property size 15,780 sqft. Appraised
value $325,000.

(569) All that piece parcel or lot ofland
situate on the East Side of Miller’s Road
and 2763.58 ft South of Carmichael
Rd. being Lot #B containing a Triplex
Property size 80’ x 100’ (8,000 sq.ft)
Appraised Value TBA

(801) Lot No. 1, Block 5, located in the
Baillou Dale Subdivision, Nassau, Ba-
hamas. The property contains a split
level building comprising of 5 retail
shops/offices. The land size is approx.
5,000 sq.ft. with the building area approx
3,735 sq.ft. Appraised value $370,260.00

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land situate Graham Drive in the Yel-
low Elder Subdivision being Lot #446
containing a 2 bed 2 bath residence.
Appraised Value $110,000.

(101-F)Residential Canal Lots 30, 31
& 32, Block 1, Pine Bay Subdivision
Freeport, Grand Bahama, containing
two storey house, 4 bed, 3 baths
Situated on 1.62 acres of land.
Appraised value $1,372,200

(101-F) Property situated Alice Town,
being Parcel “A’, North Bimini, measur-
ing 9,267 sq ftwith incomplete 3 storey
single family home. Appraised value
$542,000











Lot #57. Appraised value: $24,000 sqft. Appraised value $550,000








2009 first half was returned
to shareholders as a dividend,
as the $0.06 earnings per
share (EPS) for the period
mirrored exactly the dividend
paid to investors on August
19, 2009.

On the balance sheet side,
there was a slight decline in
shareholders’ net equity of
just over $1.5 million, from
$58.818 million as at June 30,
2008, to $57.154 million this
year. While total assets
increased by just under $6
million, from $176.471 million
to $182.316 million, total lia-

situated about 10 1/2 miles North-
westwardly of George Town which said
piece parcel or lot of land is #10750
Bahama Sound O.A.E. 10,900 sqft.
Appraised value: $65,000

(565) Vacant lot#5 located Eleuthera
Island Shores, Seaside Drive Section
B, Block #15, Eleuthera, Bahamas.
9,691 sqft, Appraised value: $27,620

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot #152 located in the
Subdivision known as West Ridge-
land Park situated in the Southern
District of the island of New Prov-
idence. Property approx. 4000 sqft
Appraised value $55,000.



(569) All that piece parcel or lot ofland
situate in the settlement of James Cis-
tern on the Island of Eleuthera one
ofthe Islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas measuring approx
10,000 sq.ft. Appraised value TBA

(301) Vacantlot single/family zon-
ing. Lot #21 ofthe subdivision called
Southern Shores, Canaan Subdivision
located on Marshall Road. Property
size is some 67.86 feet on the sub
road and 84.49 on one side, 55.21
at the back and some 85.61 on the
other side of 5,475 S/F of land space.
Appraised value $86,000





(402) Lot89, Block7 Aberdeen Drive,
Bahamia West Replat Subdivision,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, consist-
ing of 12,100 sqft.

Appraised value: $51,000




(008) Allthatpiece parcel orlotofland
designated as Lot Number 563 on a
plan ofa Subdivision called or known
as Bahama Highlands #4. 11,223.41
sqft. Appraised value: $87,000




(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot No. 102 in the Subdivi-
sion known as “EXUMA HARBOUR”
in the Island of Great Exuma meas-
uring 10,000 sq.ft. Appraised value
$20,000.00.

(008) Anundeveloped waterfront lot
land being Lot #12032 with a size of
10,600 sq.ft. in the Bahama Sound of
Exuma Subdivision # 11 West, Great
Exuma, Bahamas. Appraised value
$224,000





(800) Vacant property located Baha-
mia South. Block 16 lot 9A, Freeport,
Grand Bahama consisting of 24,829.20
sqft. Appraised value: $52,000

(569) Vacant lot ofland containing
1.786 acre, situated east of Knowles
Drive, approximately 1,420 ft. south-
ward of Harold Road in the western
district of New Providence.- Baha-
mas. Appraised value $ 170,000



(201) Single family residential Lot No.
11703 Bahama Sound Subd. Number
11 West, Great Exuma. Size: approx.
10,000 sq ft .Appraised value $15,000






(008) Partially developed parcel
of land being 10,000 sq.ft. situate
about the eastern portion of The For-
est Estate in the vicinity of the settle-
ments of Southside and The Forest
being Lot Number 4803 in Bahama

(202) Vacant lot ofland containing
41,164 sqft, Lot #8, Love Estate, Phase
1, 2,300 ft. south of West Bay Street,
Western District, New Providence.
Appraised value $165,000




(565) Vacant Lot #9 (11,406.65 sqft)
situated in Mango Lane Section “B”
Block #15, Eleuthera Island Shores,
Eleuthera. Appraised value: $50,189





(201) Multifamily Lot No. 10 - South-
east Corner of Mandarin Drive, Sugar
Apple Road, Sans Souci Sudv. Size:
14,368 sq ft. Appraised value $165,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot #5, Block 29A Sec-
tion C Eleuthera Shores, Eleuthera



bilities rose by $7.5 million,
from $117.653 million to
$125.162 million.

On the investments front,
FamGuard substantially
reduced its asset allocation in
‘other bank deposits’, reduc-
ing this from $13.79 million
at the balance sheet date in

(909) Vacant residential Lot# 63 (7800
sqft) Crown Allotments located Mur-
phy Town, Abaco.

Appraised value: $18,000

(802) Vacant Commercial Lot No:
3A, Block 60 Bahamia Subdivision
VI containing 3 acres located Free-
port, Grand Bahama. Appraised
value: $750,000

(503) Vacant property consisting of
Lot #894 situated in the Free-

port Ridge Subdivision, Section #1,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.
Appraised value: TBA

(505) Ten (10) acres ofland situated
on Woods Cay, known as Little Abaco,
between Cooper’s Town and Cedar
Harbour in Abaco, Bahamas. The prop-



Sound of Exuma 6, Exuma, Baha-

(201) Single family residential Lot No.
11698 Bahama Sound Subd. Number
11 West, Great Exuma. Size: approx.
10,426 sq ft Appraised value: $15,000

(569) All that piece parcel or lot of
land being Lot #1 located in Block 3
in the Subdivision known as Eastern
Estates situate in the Eastern District



mas. Appraised value $25,000



(724) Vacant land at Love Beach,
Western District of New Providence
comprising a portion of “LoveEstate”
containing 1 acre. Appraised value
$225,000






(800) Lot#2 vacant land 30,000 sq

(902) Vacant Lot #18 Block 33 Sec-
tion “C” Rainbow Bay on the island
of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The property
is located in a developed residential
subdivision with all amenities.

Appraised valued $20,000

Island, Bahamas. Appraised Value
$29,000.














ofthe island of New Providence. Prop-

OFFICERS

COMMERCIAL BANKING CENTRE NASSAU MAIN BRANCH 717) Mrs. Nancy Swaby
Tel: 242-356-8568 Tel: 242-322-8700 723) Ms. Deidre King
800) Mrs. Monique Crawford 701) Mr. James Strachan 724) Mrs. Faye Higgs
)
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erty is undeveloped with a view of the ft located Chapman Estates Subdi-

2008 to $4.257 million this
time around.
Correspondingly, invest-
ment assets held to maturity
rose from $44.255 million to
$57.29 million, implying that
assets were switched from
bank deposits to potentially
higher-yielding investments.









909) Mrs. Sylvia Poitier
910) Mr Kermit Curry
BIMINI BRANCH
Tel:242-347-3031

105) Miss. Ganiatu Tinubu
GRAY’S, LONG ISLAND
Tel: 242-337-0101

100) Mrs. Lucy Wells
EXUMA BRANCH

Tel: 242-336-3251

008) Ms. Jocyelyn Mackey
FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-352-6631/2

101-F) Ms. Garnell Frith
102) Ms. Elaine Collie



(

(801) Mr. Jerome Pinder 702) Mr. Antonio Eyma 725) Ms. Marguerite Johnson
(802) Mr. Brian Knowles 301) Ms. Thyra Johnson 565) Mrs. Catherine Davis
(803) Mr. Vandyke Pratt 304) Mrs. Alicia Thompson 569) Mrs. Vanessa Scott

(804) Mrs. Hope Sealey MACKEY STREET BRANCH NASSAU INT’L AIRPORT

(805) Mrs. Tiffany Simms O’brien Tel: 242-393-3097 Tel: 242-377-7179
(806)
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806) Mrs. Lois Hollis 601) Ms. Cherelle Martinborough 433) Mrs. Suzette Hall-Moss
807) Mr. Lester Cox JOHN F. KENNEDY DRIVE BRANCH

808) Mrs. DaShann Clare-Paul Tel: 242-325-4711

810) Miss LaPaige Gardiner 401) Mrs. Renea Walkine

811) Ms. Lydia Gardiner 402) Mrs. Chandra Gilbert
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Tel: 242-322-4426/9 or Tel: 242-393-7505/8

LYFORD CAY BRANCH

Tel: 242-362-4540 or 242-362-4037
101-N) Mrs. Lindsey Peterson
GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, ELEUTHERA
Tel: 242-332-2856/8

902) Ms. Nicole Evans





242-302-3800 501) Mr. Jason Sawyer HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH 103) Mrs. Damita Newbold-Cartwright
(201) Ms. Nicola Walker 503) Mr. Dwight King Tel:242-333-2230 108) Ms. Sylvie Carey
(202) Mr. Robert Pantry 505) Ms. Patricia Russell 901) Ms. Velderine Laroda SPANISH WELLS



Tel: 242-333-4131 or
242-333-4145
(560) Mr. Walter Carey

ANDROS TOWN BRANCH
Tel: 242-368-2071

400) Ms. Cyprianna Williams
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO
Tel: 242-367-2420

908) Mr. Toure Holder

(205) Mrs. Anya Major CABLE BEACH BRANCH

Tel: 242-327-6077

466) Mrs. Winnifred Roberts
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Re: Lot # 12, Block # 86, Richmond Park
Subdivision, Unit 3R Freeport, Grand Bahama

































Recently Constructed Six-Plex

Five Units:
One bedroom one bathroom, living and dining
area, kitchen and laundry area.

One Unit:
Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room,
living and dining room, family room, kitchen,
office and laundry room and arctic area.

Potential Income:
One bedroom units $3,250.00 per month
Four bedrooms unit $1,400.00 per month.

For conditions of sale and any
other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
@ 502-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should
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To reach us before October 9th, 2009

PUBLIC NOTICE

Cable hopes ‘long 14-

FROM page 1B

Bahamas and the US] in 2000,
the Government has done its
side of it.

“We are now looking to the
US government to do their
side, and they haven’t fulfilled
it yet. That’s to get the pro-
grammers to us to give us
their programming from the
satellite.”

However, Mr Butler said
Cable Bahamas was encour-
aged by the statements made
by Ron Kirk, the US Trade
Representative, in unveiling
the Bahamas’ move to imple-
ment the Copyright Act 2004
amendments, to believe that
Washington was now moving
to push programming rights
holders — especially those with
premium content — to finally
negotiate commercial tie-ups

with it.

While stating that the
Bahamas’ amendments would
“ensure that legitimate Amer-
ican companies don’t have to
compete with unauthorized
transmissions of their own
shows”, Ambassador Kirk
added that if properly imple-
mented, “this law should help
to open up a new export mar-
ket for the programming of
American pay television
channels and provide a posi-
tive example of respect for
intellectual property through-
out the region”.

While some may question
why the Bahamas had to
learn of the amendments’
enactment from Washington,
rather than its own govern-
ment, Ambassador Kirk’s
statement nonetheless hints
at progress being made on all

SITUATION VACANT

MERCHANDISE/PARTS MANAGER

Needed for expanding
Freeport Auto Dealership

Mature applicants must have a thorough understanding of
computerized inventory systems, be able to interpret parts
usage, generate parts orders, supervise AND train parts

personnel.

Knowledge of Japanese and Korean parts is preferred along
with proven dealership experience.

Attractive and competitive remuneration package available

to successful applicant.

Please apply in writing to:
Administrator
P.O. Box F-41060
Freeport

Design/Build Teams are invited to submit proposals to construct a
new bridge carrying the Grand Bahama Highway over the Lucayan
Waterway near Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahama.

PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR BRIDGE DESIGN/BUILD CONTRACT

SCOPE OF WORK: The project limits will consist of approximately one
half (1/2) mile of roadway, a bridge over the Lacayan Waterway Canal and
the extension of the existing seawall bulkheads along both sides of the
canal. The intent is for the bridge to span across the Lucayan Waterway
with no piers or marine fenders in the Lucayan Waterway.

[a This bridge is intended to be a four (4) lane facility
(2 Eastbound and 2 Westbound Lanes),

EA The Sidewalk facility should have two (2) lookout points, spaced
approximately fifty (50) feet apart (to overlook the canal),

Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham

fronts to bring an end to the
long-running intellectual
property rights sags involving
TV transmissions in this
nation.

“This is where we take the
encouragement,” the Cable
Bahamas president told Tri-
bune Business. “It’s been a
long road that we’ve been on
for the last 14 years, and this
gives us great encourage-
ment.”

Mr Butler said Ambassador
Kirk’s statement indicated
that the US government had
“started the process of
encouraging those rights hold-
ers not selling to the Bahamas
to sell to it”.

“We’ve set up meetings
with a number of the pro-
grammers going forward,” he
added, “starting next week.
We hope this is a catalyst so
that the offers on the signals
can come. Hopefully, the US
Trade Representative’s Office
will encourage those compa-
nies that have refused to start
offering their channels.”

Emphasising that this was

an issue that would impact all
companies offering TV-type
products in the Bahamas, not
just Cable Bahamas, Mr But-
ler said moves to close the
long-running intellectual
property rights saga would
eventually have “some signif-
icant implications for TV line-
ups going forward”.

He explained: “There’s pro-
gramming out there we could-
n’t get access to. There’s
video-on-demand program-
ming, there’s HD (high defi-
nition) programming avail-
able in the US that we can’t
access.

“We’re encouraged, and
hoping from those initiatives
between the governments that
we'll able to access that pro-
gramming. I’m sure the view-
ers would be delighted, too.”

Mr Butler also suggested
that the Bahamas’ move to
implement the 2004 Copy-
right Act amendments result-
ed from an August 2009

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WHEREAS, it is the objective of Toastmasters International to
provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in
which every member has the opportunity to develop communication
and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal

growth;

AND WHEREAS, Division |, established 5th December, 1968,
is a part of Toastmasters International, Region VIII, District 47, and to
date has some thirty-nine (39) clubs throughout the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas;

AND WHEREAS, Division |,

International,

as part of Toastmasters
has as its core values integrity, dedication to

excellence, service to the member and respect for the individual;

AND WHEREAS, Division | is dedicated to the empowerment

of people through teaching the arts of speaking, listening and
thinking, which are vital skills that promote self-actualization,
enhance leadership, foster human understanding, and contribute to
the betterment of mankind;

The work also includes the reconstruction of the approach roadways
eastbound and westbound to the bridge and connection to the existing
four (4) lane divided Grand Bahama Highway beyond the project limits.

INTERESTED DESIGN BUILD TEAMS MUST SUBMIT INFORMATION ON
THEIR TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL COMPETENCE POR QUALIFICATION,
Ni) LATER THAN

FRIDAY OCTOBER 9TH 2009

MR. DUDLEY FRANCIS
SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER
THE GRAND BAHAMA PORT AUTHORITY, LIMITED

AND WHEREAS, Division |, in an effort to bring greater public
awareness to its mission to develop effective communicators,
wishes to set aside a month to engage in activities in support of that
effort:

NOW, THEREFORE, |, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim

the month of October, 2009 as “TOASTMASTERS MONTH”,
Southern Ridge Building

BO. BOX F-42666

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Tel: (242) 350-9156

Pax: (242) 351-8473

E-mail: dfrancisdgbpa.com

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
| have hereunto set my
Hand and Seal this 21st.
day of August, 2009

Wesel Fide

HUBERT A. INGRAHAM
PRIME MINISTER

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year road’ at end

As a result, the MPAA



Employment Opportunity

Sales Representative

meeting between Cable representing US program- ciation of Programmers Latin

Ametiea and its members We are seeking to hire talented, assertive, charismatic and

Bahamas and the program-
ming rights holders, which
was facilitated by both gov-
ernments.

Recalling the meeting, he
told Tribune Business: “The
comments from the owners at
that point were that they
wouldn’t negotiate with the
Bahamas until the amend-
ment was enacted.”

The crux of the intellectual
property rights issue that has
dogged Bahamian-US rela-
tions over the past 14 years is
that the Bahamas and rest of
the English-speaking
Caribbean are seen as too
small a market by many of
the programming rights hold-
ers, making them disinclined
to negotiate commercial
arrangements with Cable
Bahamas.

Their distribution and roy-
alty rights do not allow them
to broadcast outside the US,
and the legal fees and other
costs required to change these
agreements would exceed the
revenues gained from a small
market such as this nation.

Under the 2000 agreement,
the US Trade Representa-
tive's Office was supposed to
encourage the Motion Picture
Association of America
(MPAA) and the likes of its
individual members to enter
into commercial agreements
with Cable Bahamas, in
return for this nation amend-
ing its compulsory licensing
regime via the 2004 Act
amendment. Yet while the
Bahamas has now fulfilled its
side of the bargain, the US
has yet to hold up its end.

However, Mr Butler and
Cable Bahamas are hopeful
that last week’s developments
will put an end to recent
episodes such as the one
where two industry bodies

ming royalty rights holders
urged the Obama administra-
tion to take away trade bene-
fits that allow Bahamian
exports to enter the US tariff-
free, on the grounds that this
nation was not fulfilling its
obligations to protect intel-
lectual property rights.

Both the MPAA and Tele-
vision Association of Pro-
grammers Latin America
urged that the Bahamas lose
its trade benefits under the
Caribbean Basin Economic
Recovery Act (CBERA) due
to its compulsory licensing
regime for cable television,
under which Cable

Bahamas was allegedly
pirating premium program-
ming satellite signals.

This, though, is exactly the
issue the Bahamas addressed
on Thursday by enacting the
compulsory TV _ licence
amendments, hopefully mak-
ing it a dead issue.

In its submission to the US
International Trade Commis-
sion’s (USITC) latest report
on the economic impact made
by the CBERA, and its twin
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) programme, the
MPAA alleged that the com-
pulsory licensing regime had
been used by the Bahamas
“to justify the retransmission
of premium pay television
programming to the detri-
ment of US rights holders.

“This compulsory licence
allows cable operators in the
Bahamas — including the par-
tially government-owned
Cable Bahamas - to essential-
ly steal films and program-
ming from the United States,
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networks that own the rights
to sell films and programming
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company commenced on the | October, 2009 and that

Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas

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Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, PO.Box N-3023,
Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of

the Company.

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GYROSCOPE LIMITED (SAC) is in dissolution under the provisions of
the International Business Companies Act 200.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 11, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of 2nd Terrace

West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 11th day of September 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution

made before such debts are proved.

August 12, 2009

ALISA RICHARDSON

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



argued: “The Bahamas should
not continue to benefit from
preferential access to the US
market while it is simultane-
ously expropriating US rights
holders’ property.”
However, in its response to
the US International Trade
Commission, Cable Bahamas
said that “for over five years,
Cable Bahamas has sought a
meeting with Television Asso-

without success.

“Instead of meeting with
Cable Bahamas, HBO Latin
America and Television Asso-
ciation of Programmers Latin
America seek to use the office
of the

United States government
to coerce the settlement of
their private business dis-
pute,” the company added.

NOTICE

OF

INI LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 1 October, 2009.
Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Financial
Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O.Box N-3023,
Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of
the Company.

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
FRIDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,473.49 | CHG -28.18 | %CHG -1.88 | YTD -238.87 | YTD % -13.95
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%

WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

52wk-Low Security
AML Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

5.90
0.63
3.15
2.14
9.93
2.72
5.26
1.27
1.32
6.60
8.80
10.00
4.11
1.00
0.27
5.49
9.98
10.00

5.90
0.63
3.15
2.37
9.93
2.72
5.86
3.08
2.05
6.60
9.30
10.00
450
1.00
0.27
5.59
9.98
10.00

Previous Close Today's Close

10.00

10.00

EPS $ P/E
0.127
0.992
0.244

-0.877
0.125
0.055
1.406
0.249
0.419
0.111
0.625
0.420
0.322
0.631
0.332
0.000
0.035
0.407
0.952
0.156

Change Daily Vol. Div $
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

-0.42
0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

-0.39
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

5.90
0.63
3.15
2.37
9.93
2.72
5.44
3.09
2.05
6.60
9.30

4.11
1.00
0.27
5.59
9.98 .
64.1

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)

52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

Security
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Last Sale
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

Change Interest
0.00
0.00
0.00

0.00

Daily Vol.
7%
Prime + 1.75%
7%
Prime + 1.75%

Maturity
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
29 May 2015

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities

52wk-Low Bid $
7.92
2.00

0.35

Symbol
7.92 Bahamas Supermarkets
6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
0.20 RND Holdings

Ask $

8.42
6.25
0.40

Last Price
14.00
4.00
0.55

EPS$ _Div$
0.000
0.480

0.000

Weekly Vol.
N/M
N/M

256.6

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

29.00 ABDAB
0.40 RND Holdings

30.13
0.45

31.59

0.55

29.00
0.55

0.000
0.000

9.03
261.90

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

52wk-Low

1.3344
2.8952
1.4129
3.0941
12.3870

100.0000

93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

NAV
1.4038
2.8990
1.4920
3.0941

13.1136
101.6693
96.7398
1.0000
9.3399
1.0707
1.0319
1.0673

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

YTD%

3.72
-1.39
4.06
-8.61
3.93
1.10
0.35
0.00
2.69
3.38
-0.11
2.89

Last 12 Months
5.20
-4.16
5.59

-13.59
5.87
1.67
-4.18
0.00
-1.41
5.14
2.05
4.93

Div $ Yield % NAV Date
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
25-Sep-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
30-Jun-09
30-Jun-09
31-Dec-07
31-Jul-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09

MARKET TERMS

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

($1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask § - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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BFSB backs Bahamas
on G-20 tax standard

THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) yesterday
released a statement reaffirming
that the Bahamas will meet the
G-20/OECD minimum standards
on tax transparency and informa-
tion exchange before year-end

Substances, and its comprehen-
sive framework to prevent money
laundering and terrorist financing
are hallmarks that remforce The
Bahamas’ position as a leading
financial services centre.”

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-

assessment by the Global Forum
on Transparency and Exchange of
Information, confirmed that The
Bahamas had opened negotia-
tions with a number of countries
and recognised the strong legal
framework for cooperation that

2009.

In its statement, the BFSB said

ham, the BFSB said, had reiterat-
ed in March that the Bahamas

already exists in The Bahamas as
a result of its 2002 agreement with
the United States of America and

the Bahamian government had
confirmed its commitment to this
goal and deadline more than
once, and now had three Tax
Information Exchange Agree-
ments (TIEAs) - with the US,
Monaco and San Marino — that

was prepared to make good on
commitments given to the OECD
back in 2002, given that the ‘level
playing field’ condition - with all
nations prepared to adopt the
same standards and timelines —
had been met.

its anti-money laundering frame-
work.

were deemed to be OECD com-

pliant.

The BFSB said: “The Bahamas

The BFSB added that, follow-
ing this announcement: “The
Bahamas readied itself for negoti-
ations with G20 and other coun-

INSIGHT

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has a history of leadership and
ongoing adherence to meeting
international protocols. The early
introduction of regulation of trust

companies in 1965, being the first

to sign the United Nations Con-

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tries, and on July 29 announced
that it had commenced negotia-
tions with 14 countries.

The ‘Tax Cooperation 2009:
Towards a Level Playing Field’
report, released by the OECD in
September as a result of the latest

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Is the sun setting on government transparency once again?

FROM page 12B

serious politicians for
decades in all but the most
authoritarian countries.

Minister of State for

Immigration

Branville McCartney:
When harrowing allega-

tions of brutality and sub-
human conditions at the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre arose earlier this
year, the claims were imme-
diately denied by Mr
McCartney and Immigration
Director Jack Thompson.

However, in an exclusive
interview with Insight, an
officer stationed at the centre
responded to their denials,
describing a place suffocat-
ed by fear, where detainees
are treated like animals -
beaten, tortured and sexual-
ly assaulted by guards.

Through it all, Mr McCart-
ney maintained that no such
abuses have taken place on
his watch. So efficient were
the ministry's investigations
that it could be stated cate-
gorically, little more than a
day after the allegations first

BAIC

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arose, that they were untrue.
This was either the most
efficient investigation in his-
tory of analytical inquiry or
the most preposterous, and
many suspect that the min-
istry's inquiries consisted of
little more than asking the
guards and their superiors
whether they had engaged in
the behaviour described, and
relaying their predictable
denials to the public.

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aside from a bit of house-
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as a whole has failed to
respond to repeated requests
from The Tribune, other
media organisations and
human rights groups to tour
the facility and see for them-
selves.

Mr McCartney did organ-
ise a visit for social workers
and psychologists, but did
not release the findings, say-
ing the report must first be
seen by cabinet. Months
have passed, and there is still
no word on when this infor-
mation will be made avail-
able.

Either the alleged suffer-
ing of helpless human beings
at the hands of government
officers is a matter that cab-
inet has little interest in, or
more likely, the "waiting for
cabinet approval" line was a
stalling tactic in the first
place.

Minister of Agriculture

Larry Cartwright:
Just a few weeks ago, a

14-year-old boy sent a letter
to The Tribune claiming he
had witnessed horrifying
conditions at the government
dog pound.

He told of seeing, among
other things, a dead dog
locked in a cage with a live
one, animals starved of food
and water and absolutely dis-
gusting conditions.

The immediate reaction
was to close ranks and pre-
tend nothing was wrong, and
just as at the detention cen-
tre, The Tribune sought to
verify the claims, but was
turned away at the gates.

A senior government offi-
cial promised a statement in
response to the story, but this
never materialised. When
contacted a few weeks later

for an explanation of why
reporters were kept out,
Minister of Agriculture Lar-
ry Cartwright said the pound
is “normally off limits
because they bring in dogs
from the streets who could
have all sorts of diseases.”

While I am sure all work-
ing journalists appreciate Mr
Cartwright's concern for
their safety, I am equally cer-
tain they can take care of
themselves. The squalid, sor-
did and often precarious sce-
narios into which their pro-
fession leads local reporters
on a regular basis has surely
qualified them to handle the
worst the dog pound can
muster.

In any case, it is not the
job of a government official
to ensure the health and
safety of journalists on the
job; were this the case, the
world would know nothing
of starvation, disease and
conflict outside of what gov-
ernments chose to make
public.

Mr Cartwright's next
move was a Classic: kill the
messenger. He accused the
14-year-old schoolboy and
his friends of “bragging”
their way into the facility
under “false pretences”, hav-
ing claimed to be working
for the Humane Society.
This, of course, has no bear-
ing whatsoever on whether
the boy's claims were true -
not a single allegation has
been outright denied — and
can therefore only be taken
as an attempt to change the
subject and discredit a young
man who was brave enough
to bring light to so horrible a
situation. Personally, I hope
the boy did sneak in; if so, I
congratulate him on an

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undercover job well done,
and recommend that he tries
his hand at a career in jour-
nalism when he gets a bit
older.

Mr Cartwright could not
say why a statement was yet
to be released, but said that
once it has, "I am sure the
understanding public will
realise that it’s not a tourist
attraction, it’s not a place
where you can take anybody.
It’s cleaned on a daily basis
but needs some minor
repairs and cleaning up, and
I think it would be naive of
us to say that everything is
in tip-top shape because it’s
not, we are human beings
working there... Need I say
more?”

I believe animal rights
advocates and dog lovers
would suggest Mr Cartwright
needs to say a great deal
more. Not only does his
explanation make no men-
tion whatsoever of the alle-
gations of animal cruelty —
an offence punishable by law
— his excuse that the workers
are "human" leaves much to
be desired. Firstly, it is
arguable that anyone who
subjects an animal to unnec-
essary cruelty might not
qualify for the label
"human." Secondly, no one
asked that the pound be a
"tourist attraction” — only
that its staff do all they can to
ease the last days of animals
who have suffered their
entire lives because of
human recklessness and irre-
sponsibility.

Minister of National

Security Tommy

Turnquest:
Most disturbing, perhaps,

is Mr Turnquest's involve-
ment in what appears to be a
stranglehold on information
regarding the death of Pre-
ston Ferguson in Exuma.

It has been claimed that
when Preston died under
mysterious circumstances
two months ago, police offi-
cers failed to impound the
vehicle in which the body
was discovered, neglected to
interview persons of interest,
did not confiscate his clothes
or the possessions, and did
not even bother to check his
phone records. As a result,
it seems, the police have
been forced to put forward
what appears to be a com-
pletely fantastical accident
scenario to explain his death.

So far, the minister has
used the tried-and-true
defence of "ongoing investi-
gation.” Fair enough, but if
the manner of Preston's
death cannot be discussed
because it is still under inves-
tigation, what about the alle-
gations against the officers
on the scene?

Over the last few weeks,
the public has made it clear
that what it wants from Mr
Turnquest is a vow to get to
the bottom of what hap-
pened in Exuma on the

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Baha Mar’s closure savings
‘close to what we projected’

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

BAHA MAR believes it has
saved “close to what we project-
ed” through the two-month closure
of the Wyndham Nassau resort and
adjacent Crystal Palace casino, as
the two properties re-open today
with some 1,000 staff returning to
work.

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior
vice-president for governmental
and external affairs, said the
planned closure — done as a way
to slash millions of dollars in losses
incurred during the traditionally
slow period from mid-August to
early October — had been “very
effective” and “a good strategic
decision we made”.

While unable to quantify the
scale of the savings accruing to
Baha Mar, he did tell Tribune Busi-
ness: “We believe it’s close to what
we had projected.”

“T think it has been very effec-
tive,” he added. “The period is not
totally over yet, so we do not have



ROBERT SANDS

* 1,000 staff back to work today, as two-month Wyndham
and Crystal Palace closures ‘very effective’

* But resort group still ‘slightly behind projections’

* Business still ‘very soft and challenging’ heading into winter season

the numbers in hand, but we
believe it was a good strategic deci-
sion that we made. We believe [the
savings] is close to what we pro-
jected. It reduced the loss signifi-
cantly during the period we were
closed.”

As for today, Mr Sands had told
Tribune Business on Friday:
“We’re on schedule for opening.
Staff have been coming back, and
came in for orientation and training
today. We will be opening to the
public on Monday as scheduled, as
planned.

“The staff that went on leave will
come back on Monday. That’s in
excess of 1,000 between the hotel
and the casino.” Some 700 staff at
the Wyndham, and 300 at the Crys-

tal Palace casino, will be reporting
for duty today, Mr Sands added,
the Sheraton Nassau Beach having
remained open throughout the
summer.

Baha Mar had used the Wynd-
ham and Crystal Palace closures to
effect some modest capital works to
improve the guest experience, Mr
Sands told Tribune Business,
including painting, “correcting mal-
functioning equipment” and back
office improvements.

Yet while Baha Mar was antici-
pating a “seamless” transition back
into a working environment, noth-
ing had changed in terms of the
outlook for the Bahamian hotel
and tourism industries as they
headed into the 2009 winter sea-

son.

Acknowledging that the Wynd-
ham and Crystal Palace were like-
ly to see a gradual and slow build
up in business, with staff working
weeks rostered accordingly, Mr
Sands said: “Business will be soft.
We still expect this quarter to be
reasonably challenging. It’s still
very soft and challenging, no ques-
tion. I think we’re behind our pro-
jections; slightly behind.”

However, Mr Sands said Baha
Mar hoped to get a short-term
boost from the Bahamian conven-
tions market, with both major polit-
ical parties - PLP and FNM -
scheduled to stage their party con-
ferences, spanning a week each, in
late October and November.

Is the sun setting on government transparency once again?

FROM page 9B

morning the body was found,
and a personal commitment
to see the officers in ques-
tion punished severely if
found guilty of negligence.
So far, he has responded on
all occasions with the dou-
ble mantra that the matter is
still under investigation and
that he is unwilling to sec-
ond-guess the police.

The Freedom of Informa-
tion Act (FOTA)

Under the PLP it was
nearly impossible for a jour-
nalist or member of the pub-
lic to get their hands on offi-
cial documents. At its most
ridiculous, the culture of
secrecy made it difficult for
the press to even obtain a
copy of an international
treaty.

Then came the light. By
late 2006, the FNM and its
new-old leader Hubert

Ingraham were in the ascen-
dancy, and made freedom of
information a cornerstone of
their campaign.

At every opportunity, the
party came to the defence of
journalists seeking informa-
tion, claiming it had a duty to
"defend press freedom in the
Bahamas as an indispensable
element of our democracy"
and even mounted its own
campaign for the release of
the Baha Mar heads of
agreement.

After winning the elec-
tion, the FNM declared that
an historic first draft of a
Freedom of Information Act
was on the desk of then
Attorney General Claire
Hepburn. She said cabinet
would review the document
and circulate it for public
consultation before present-
ing it to the House of Assem-
bly before the end of 2007.
The future seemed bright

indeed.

Then suddenly, the free-
dom train was stricken by
unexpected delays.

In February 2008, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
announced that a cultural
shift and “mindset change”
must take place in the public
sector before the ideal of
freedom of information
could be realised.

He said the government
will not rush the Freedom of
Information Act, "but we
will deliver."

A few months later, the
new Attorney General
Michael Barnett said the
government is still working
on the proposal, but is com-
mitted to seeing the bill
before parliament in a “rea-
sonable” time. He said the
delay was down to “people”
having to see the draft and
modify it and make changes.

He did not explain who

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released to the public.

Mr Barnett did say media
organisations will see the Bill
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is not the same as public con-
sultation — which seems to
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the jail cells in one state have
faulty locks, and exposed the
fact that staff at a particular
kidney transplant facility

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name just a few cases.

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skullduggery take place on a
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Houston 89/31 74/23 t

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64/17
75/23
68/20
68/20
71/21
70/21
91/32
57/13
72/22
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67/19
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77/25
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51/10
73/22
44/6
56/13
62/16
55/12
57/13
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79/26
39/3
61/16
76/24
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69/20
82/27
60/15
66/18
75/23
71/21
58/14
86/30
66/18
67/19
62/16
81/27
90/32
83/28
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62/16
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91/32
82/27
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56/13
65/18
54/12
47/8
56/13
49/9
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Acapulco
Amsterdam
Ankara, Turkey
Athens
Auckland
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bogota
Brussels
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Calgary
Cancun
Caracas
Casablanca
Copenhagen
Dublin
Frankfurt
Geneva
Halifax
Havana
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Islamabad
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kingston
Lima
London
Madrid
Manila
Mexico City
Monterrey
Montreal
Moscow
Munich
Nairobi
New Delhi
Oslo

Paris
Prague

Rio de Janeiro
Riyadh
Rome

St. Thomas
San Juan
San Salvador
Santiago
Santo Domingo
Sao Paulo
Seoul
Stockholm
Sydney
Taipei

Tokyo
Toronto
Trinidad
Vancouver
Vienna
Warsaw
Winnipeg

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89/31
61/16
15/23
79/26
53/11
91/32
87/30
75/23
79/26
80/26
72/22
57/13
79/26
67/19
62/16
67/19
72/22
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90/32
84/28
83/28
55/12
59/15
62/16
68/20
64/17
89/31
50/10
86/30
100/37
73/22
83/28
70/21
89/31
75/23
61/16
82/27
88/31
77/25
95/35
57/13
49/9
62/16
88/31
82/27
47/8
62/16
57/13
80/26
93/33
75/23
89/31
91/32
85/29
64/17
85/29
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72/22
47/8
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79/26
72/22
60/15
99/37
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62/16
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50/10
49/9
64/17
47/8
77/25
78/25
60/15
52/11
73/22
53/11
45/7
71/21
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73/22
65/18

46/7
52/11
55/12
57/13

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73/22

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66/18
62/16
60/15
54/12
79/26
60/15
55/12
53/11
79/26
51/10
73/22

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57/13
73/22
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73/22
67/19
55/12
79/26
51/10
71/21

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73/22
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72/22
81/27
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86/30
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70/21
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67/19
68/20
68/20
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90/32
90/32
53/11
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83/28
84/28
61/16
63/17
65/18
72/22
52/11
88/31
46/7
86/30
100/37
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79/26
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75/23
68/20
17/25
86/30
77/25
99/37
57/13
43/6
73/22
88/31
88/31
52/11
68/20
61/16
86/30
95/35
17/25
89/31
76/24
86/30
69/20
86/30
83/28
72/22
50/10
70/21
79/26
68/20
64/17
96/35
59/15
67/19
58/14
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80/26
58/14
42/5
62/16
49/9
77/25
79/26
63/17
43/6
71/21
58/14
58/14
71/21
43/6
58/14
57/13
48/8
64/17
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74/23
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iS the sun setting on government
transparency once again?

By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor

he Progressive Liberal Party’s last
stint in office was indeed a dark

time for press freedom and the
concept of openness in government.

The culture of official secrecy, part of
our colonial legacy, was strengthened and
expanded under a Christie cabinet that
seemed to regard transparency as an alien
concept and criticism as an act of treason.

It was common for government figures
to lash out at reporters who sought to
expose inconvenient truths about the gov-
ernment's performance. The most notable
cases were former party chairman Ray-
nard Rigby and Cat Island and Rum Cay
MP Philip “Brave” Davis, who suggested
the media should be punished for report-
ing in a manner the government regarded
as biased.

Sometimes, the PLP's antics produced
quite comical results, as when former min-
ister of housing Neville Wisdom mistak-
enly recorded himself explaining how he
intended to block the press from accessing
public housing records. At other times,
they were sinister, as when then immigra-

TOMMY TURNQUEST

a ee

tion minister Shane Gibson sought to
obstruct the granting of a work permit to
former Tribune managing editor John
Marquis.

It has been said that in acting this way,
members of the Christie administration
were threatening to take the country back
to a culture of secrecy and intimidation
that characterised the Pindling era.

FNM supporters feel that when their
party came into power in 1992, the gov-
ernment's stranglehold on information was
broken, and the press was free to investi-
gate and report as never before. And in
2007, the FNM pledged that if brought
back, it would usher in a new era of open-
ness and transparency.

To be sure, no one in the present gov-
ernment is threatening to punish the press
or kick foreign journalists out of the coun-
try. However, the behaviour of some top
officials suggests that the FNM may be
just as susceptible to adopting a culture
of secrecy and stubbornness if the public
does not remain vigilant.

Take for example:

Pineridge MP Kwazi Thompson:
While questioning a witness during the

ot

BRANVILLE McCARTNEY

Select Committee on Crime hearings last
year, Mr Thompson asked for advice on
what the government could do to force
newspapers to print positive stories.

This point may seem trivial to some - it
was brushed off by the witness, Anglican
Archbishop Drexel Gomez - until they
consider the kind of mindset that must
underlie it. Only two possibilities exist:
either Mr Thompson is startlingly igno-
rant of how vital free speech and a free
press are to a healthy democracy, or he is
willing to sacrifice these ideals in the name
of order. In seeking to manipulate news
content — and by extension the opinions of
the public — he demonstrated that he is
either unaware of, or unconcerned about,
the grave danger of attempting to control
what others publish, say, or think.

The most amazing aspect of Mr Thomp-
son's remark is that while politicians the
world over may secretly long for such con-
trol, Mr Thompson actually said it out
loud - a phenomenon unheard of among

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