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The Tribune
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Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

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and blocks the nomination
of the only challenger for
the leadership of the party
to date, it runs the risk of
destroying any possibility it
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supporter told The Tribune
yesterday.

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Blocking leadership
challenger ‘will destroy
PLP election chance’

party Chairman Philip
Galanis said that this move
if passed could possibly be
the worst mistake the party
could make.

“Tt will blow us out of the
water.

“We would have fewer
seats than what we did in

SEE page 12

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

FORMER PLP Senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater told police she
burned a copy of the “refusal to
transport” document and flushed
the ashes down a toilet, jurors in
the attempted extortion trial
heard yesterday.

Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino Light-
bourne are accused of attempting
to extort $25 million from Amer-
ican actor John Travolta, 55, after
his 16-year-old son Jett died from
a seizure in Grand Bahama in
January. The refusal to transport
document is at the centre of the
attempted extortion plot. The
prosecution closed its case yes-
terday after seeking leave of the
court to do so without calling
ASP Ricardo Taylor who was the
lead investigator in the case. Mr

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Detective Sergeant 2329 Deb-
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SEE page eight

Govt considers limits on
cases sent to Privy Council

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT is considering amending the Court of
Appeal Act to restrict which cases are sent to the UK's Privy
Council, Attorney General Brent Symonette confirmed.

The move would limit the cases sent to the Privy Council —
which is the final court of appeal for the Bahamas and many
other Caribbean countries which were former British colonies
— based on the severity of each case or the financial value
attached to the matters.

The Attorney General's office is also contemplating placing
a stipulation in the Court of Appeal Act which would require
appellants to get permission from the Court of Appeal before

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Marathon and
Minister of State for
the Environment
Ron Pinder married
Margot Burrows at
the British Colonial
Hilton yesterday.

The newlyweds
are pictured on the
staircase inside the
hotel.

* SEE PAGE 12

AN Ceexera RARE in police custody

A MAN who was brutally attacked
by a group of cutlass wielding vigilantes
for allegedly kidnapping a teenage girl
and holding her against her will in a
dilapidated home is back in police cus-
tody.

The man, a Lewis Street resident,
escaped from the Princess Margaret
Hospital hours after being admitted for
treatment for injuries suffered in the
Wednesday morning attack.

According to a news report, Assistant
Commissioner Raymond Gibson con-
firmed that the man was back in police
custody and that the alleged victim's

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family had made a formal complaint
against him.

A relative of the girl reportedly found
her in the tiny home, bound with tape,
residents of Lewis Street told The Tri-
bune. Around 3 am Wednesday, angry
friends and relatives of the girl accosted
the man and "chapped" him about the
body, residents said.

Police were later called to the scene,
eyewitnesses said, and took the man to
the hospital.

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Mother on the verge
of suicide over union

and judicial issues

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

UNION strife and judicial delays have left
a woman on the verge of suicide with only a
few hundred dollars to sustain her and her 11-
year-old daughter for the foreseeable future.

Krystal Barry, 29, claims she is owed
around $26,000 by her former employer, the
Airport Airline and Allied Workers Union
(AAAWU), but court wrangling has left her
unable to access her money and the depressed
economy has prevented her getting another
job.

In the meantime, she and her daughter’s
standard of living has plunged.

And in desperation Ms Barry yesterday
appealed to the public to assist her daughter
—a junior tennis champion who recently won
gold at a Caribbean tournament, despite her
mother not being able to accompany her for
lack of funds — to continue to live a healthy
life and follow her dream.

SEE page two

Lawyer accused of using
clients’ money to pay
gambling debt in Freeport

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A FLORIDA lawyer is facing three
charges in the US over allegations that he
used clients’ money to pay off an $80,000
gambling debt at Freeport’s Isle of Capri
casino.

The casino, which is located in the Our
Lucaya hotel, assisted US police in their
investigation into Mark Brady.

The lawyer was released on $8,500 bail
after pleading not guilty to two felony counts
— misappropriation of escrow accounts and
forgery — and one misdemeanour count of
lying to a law enforcement officer.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office claims

SEE page eight

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LOCAL NEWS

Police probe ninth Grand Bahama murder

Body of man discovered on
dirt road off Pioneer’s Way

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama
Police are investigating its ninth homi-
cide here on the island after the body
of a man was discovered on a dirt road
off Pioneer’s Way on Thursday.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey reported
that the 25-year-old victim had sus-
tained an apparent gunshot injury to
the body. Police are withholding his
identity until next of kin have been
notified.

Ms Mackey said police received
information sometime around 10.50am
and went to the location east of Pio-
neer’s Way East, where officers
observed a Buick Century vehicle in
the bushes.

She said the body of a black male
was in the driver’s seat with an appar-
ent gun shot wound in his upper back.

Police believe that the incident may
be connected to a shooting incident

when a man was taken to the hospital
with a gunshot injury.

According to Ms Mackey, sometime
around 7.05pm police received infor-
mation that a 27-year-old man was at
the hospital suffering from a gunshot
wound to the left shoulder.

The man told police that he was with
another male in the Coral Reef Estates
area in a vehicle when a man, he
knows by a nick-name, shot him.

He said he ran to the main road and
flagged down a car which took him to
the Rand Memorial Hospital.

Ms Mackey said sometime around
10.37pm on Wednesday evening, a
man turned himself in at Eight Mile
Rock Police Station.

The man was arrested after certain
information was received.

Ms Mackey said police have not yet
determined the motive for the shoot-
ing.

She is urging members of public who
may have been in the area and can
assist them with their investigations

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Mother on the verge of suicide over union and judicial issues

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“Tf anyone can help, I real-
ly just want to help my daugh-
ter,” said Ms Barry. “I don’t
want it to be that she falls by
the wayside because her
mother is struggling.”

Ms Barry, 29, explained
how she had for five years
worked a full time job as an
office manager with the
union.

However, she claims she
and her daughter’s lives began
unravelling when Secretary
General of the union, Antho-
ny Bain, and his supporters
changed the locks at their
headquarters and declared
himself President of the
organisation in January, 2009.

When she and several oth-
ers turned up for work that
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building.

The following day, her job
had been given to someone
else and a week later, a ter-
mination letter arrived.

Believing she has been the
victim of a personal vendetta
as a result of her allegiance
to former union President
Nelerene Harding, Ms Barry
has since agitated to get what
she claims she is owed by the
union but the Department of
Labour said it cannot move
ahead until it confirms who
the real president is.

“There is an issue as to who
is the official head of the
union and both parties saying
the other person does not
have the authority to attend
any meetings on behalf of the
union.”

Petitioning

“We don’t know who to
summon over this,” Director
of Labour, Harcourt Brown
said yesterday.

Despite petitioning from
“hundreds” of AAAWU
members who want a poll to
go ahead to select a president,
according to Mr Brown, Mr
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Rayven. Ms Barry said, “If any-
one can help, | really just want to
help my daughter.”

hold the top post. Mr Bain
told The Tribune yesterday
he is seeking to alter the
union’s constitution — a
move which Mr Brown
should really leave up to the
membership to approve.

In the meantime, Mr Bain
claims the union owes nothing
to Ms Barry, who, he alleges,
was dismissed due to “poor
behaviour.”

“We did everything that
was proper in their separation
and their letters that were giv-
en to them would reflect
that,” he claimed.

Mr Brown yesterday
described Ms Barry’s situa-
tion as “unfortunate”, calling
her an “innocent bystander”
caught up in the middle of
union infighting.

“The ironic thing is the
union is supposed to be about
protection of the rights of
workers and here it is, the
internal squabbles of the
union have left a worker of



“There is an
issue as to who is
the official head
of the union and
both parties
saying the other
person does not
have the
authority to
attend any
meetings on
behalf of the

union.”



the union not getting paid,”
he said. He could not confirm
the amount that Mrs Barry is
owed, but said it “could well
be” the amount she has
alleged.

Yesterday, Ms Barry
described her despair at the
situation, which saw her life
turned upside down in a mat-
ter of months.

Despite sending her resume
“all over Nassau”, Ms Barry
said she has been unable to
find a new job, apart from a
few weeks of work here and
there.

Ms Barry said she feels like
there is “no justice” in The
Bahamas.

It appears, she said, that the
average Bahamian has
nowhere to turn when their
rights are trampled.

Anyone who wishes to help
Ms Barry and her daughter,
Rayven, can contact Alison
Lowe at The Tribune on 502
2365 or alowe@tribuneme-
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A JET-SKI operator made
the gruesome discovery when
he came upon the body of a
caucasian woman floating in
waters near the Carefree
apartment complex on West
Bay Street.

Up to press time yesterday,
police were still trying to
determine the identity of the
woman.

Police were also investigat-
ing whether the female
drowned or was murdered.

Lifeless

"Around 9.30 yesterday
morning, police got a call that
there was a body floating in
the water just at the rear of
the Carefree apartments.
Officers came and with the
assistance of some persons
who were already on the
beach, pulled the lifeless
body of the female out of the
waters.

"And the information is
that a jet ski operator was
passing and he saw the body
floating in the water. As a
result he pulled the body to
shore and thereby called the
police," RBPF Superinten-
dent Cleophus Cooper said.

An autopsy will be sched-
uled to determine an official
cause of death.

In-depth study
expected to help
lower food prices

FOREIGN experts are con-
ducting an in-depth study
which is expected to help low-
er food prices and make the
Bahamas more self-sufficient.

A team of Food and Agri-
culture Organisation (FAO)
specialists have begun a three-
month assessment of the
Bahamas’ agricultural and
fisheries sectors at the request
of the Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources.

The team is led by Dr Dun-
stan Campbell, FAO repre-
sentative for the Bahamas,
Jamaica and Beliz.

The process of collecting
primary data began on Sun-
day and is expected to take a
week.

Dr Campbell said the
intended outcome is a five-
year development plan for the
Bahamas’ agricultural sector.
“This exercise is long in com-
ing and much needed,” said
Ministry of Agriculture
under-secretary Philip Miller.
“Tt has been difficult to move
forward in agriculture without
a plan.”

Dr Campbell’s team
includes technical experts in
livestock, land, water and
extension services.

Technical

“We have also brought
onboard some local technical
people,” he added.

“And of course we are
using the resources of the
Ministry of Agriculture
because these are the people
on the ground and who live
with the challenges.”

He pointed to the global
trend of rising food and fuel
prices, and the detrimental
impact this has had on house-
holds.

“The government of the
Bahamas has responded,” he
said, “and is looking forward
to strengthening the agricul-
tural sector.

“But before doing that we
need an understanding of
what the situation on the
ground is and what are the
potentials.”

The programme will be
“very intensive” with visits to
the islands and sessions with
farmers, agro-processors, indi-
viduals in marketing, suppli-
ers, traders, and trade policy-
makers.

“We want to have a com-
prehensive picture of the agri-
cultural situation here in the
Bahamas,” said Dr Campbell.
Under-secretary Miller
emphasised the impact the
study would have on the Min-
istry of Agriculture and
Marine Resources’ budget
preparations.

“We need to know exactly
what the needs of the agricul-
tural sector are so we can cre-
ate programmes that would
meet those needs,” he said.
“We need that information to
assist us with the budget so we
can have real programmes to
assist the farmers.”

PHILIP GALANIS SPEAKS AFTER OPPOSITION LEADER ’S WARNING TO POTENTIAL CHALLENGERS

Christie’s ZNS performance was

disappointing

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FORMER PLP MP Philip
Galanis said that he was disap-
pointed at Perry Christie’s per-
formance on ZNS on Wednes-
day night, when the party
leader warned parliamentary
colleagues that there would be
consequences for any of them
who dares to challenge him at
the party’s convention on Octo-
ber 21.

During the interview, con-
ducted by ZNS anchor Jerome
Sawyer at Mr Christie’s home,
the party leader said he would
question the loyalty of any col-
league who tries to replace him.

Mr Christie went on to say
he is not sure whether he could
place any confidence in such an
individual in the future.

However, Mr Galanis said

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Ministry angling for possible
snapper and conch season

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

Philip Galanis

that if the PLP is seeking to
represent itself as a democratic
organisation, demonstrations of
freedom by Mr Christie’s par-
liamentary colleagues should
be welcomed.

“T think that if he were to
have said it objectively and if

try to determine what the fish stocks

are like."

The need to place conservation mea-

Perry Christie

persons looked at it objectively
it would appear that he (Mr
Christie) didn’t have the level
of security that he is purporting
to have. And I don’t know why
that is.

“He is the leader. He ought



— former PLP MP



“We need to be a welcoming

party, not a party that is
fighting within itself.”



to be secure in his position. He
has been in politics for a very
long time. He has appointed
numerous stalwart councillors.
He has lead the party and I
think has done a fairly good job
and so there really is no reason
for him to be insecure.

“What he ought to do in my
opinion is invite as many and
whoever wishes to oppose him
to do so and if he is confident in
himself then he will win,” Mr
Galanis said.

Falling short of calling Mr
Christie “scared”, Mr Galanis
admitted that this may be the

view of some in the party, but
said he believes the leader sim-
ply wishes to serve another
term and does not want any-
thing to get in the way of that.

“Tf he does the kind of things
that they are suggesting is being
done tonight (see story, page
1), this will not inure him to
PLPs and certainly it will not
endure him to those undecided
voters who are thinking of com-
ing in.

“We need to be a welcom-
ing party, not a party that is
fighting within itself,” he said.

THIS is a still from a video which appears to
show commercial fishermen from Spanish
Wells hauling in an extremely large load of the
fish.

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THE Ministry of Agriculture and
Marine Resources is still contemplat-
ing implementing a snapper and conch
season to protect these limited resources
from over-fishing, Agriculture Minister
Larry Cartwright said.

His ministry is also trying to deter-
mine the country's snapper and conch
population before deciding when they
can be harvested.

"The Ministry of Agriculture and
Marine Resources is looking at conser-
vation and we may be in the very near
future looking at the possibility of a
snapper and conch season," said Mr
Cartwright.

"IT wouldn't want to put a time-line on
it but we are looking at it right now to

sures on the country's snapper resources
was put to Mr Cartwright after a video
— which appears to show commercial
fishermen from Spanish Wells hauling in
an extremely large load of the fish —
was forwarded to The Tribune.

Mr Cartwright said he had seen the
video, which was posted on the video
sharing website Youtube, adding that
he had been shocked by the large haul.

"It was the first time I'd ever seen so
many fish in one spot,” he said. "I'm
not too experienced with what these
guys (typically) haul, but from talking to
fishermen I do not think this was a nor-
mal haul".

Environmental activist Sam Dun-
combe, who forwarded the video to The
Tribune, expressed concern at the vol-

ume of fish caught on the expedition.
She called on government to implement
a snapper season, similar to the one in
place to protect groupers.

"I am not suggesting that fishermen
be put out of business, however fish are
a public resource, a global resource, as
such they must be managed and their
numbers respected accordingly. Addi-
tionally fish play a vital role in the
oceans’ ecosystems.



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"We are calling on the Bahamas gov-
ernment to conduct a comprehensive
fish population study to determine quo-
tas for each species of commercial fish
before it is too late," said Ms Dun-
combe, director of the group reEarth.

Mr Cartwright added that his min-
istry is currently canvassing fisherman
for their opinions on the proposed sea-
sons, which he said would be imple-
mented "whenever the time is right”.

HEALTH MINISTER SPEAKS TO ROTARY CLUB
Plans for public hospital to replace
run-down PMH are moving forward

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

PLANS to build a new public
hospital and replace run-down
facilities at Princess Margaret
Hospital are moving forward,
Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis said yesterday.

Speaking at a meeting of the
Nassau Sunrise Rotary Club,
Dr Minnis reiterated govern-
ment’s commitment to build-
ing a 21st century facility to
serve the needs of a growing
population for at least the next
30 years.

Complaints about the condi-
tion of the Princess Margaret
Hospital over the years have
extended from mouldy walls
and ceilings to unclean bath-
rooms and an unhygienic envi-
ronment allowing for the
spread of MRSA.

Talk of a new hospital has
persisted throughout successive
governments and in 2005 a
report on the development of
hospitals was produced.

But it was not until last year
that plans began in earnest, Dr
Minnis said.

The Public Hospitals
Authority (PHA) established
two committees to develop a
master plan for the new hospi-
tal, and the firm Kurt Salmon
Associates (KSA) was con-
tracted to guide construction
plans.

Potential sites were identi-
fied, including the current PMH
site in Shirley Street, but gov-
ernment has not yet decided on
a location.

And financial setbacks
brought on by the global eco-
nomic crisis have further
delayed plans.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham had committed 51
per cent of the profits from the
potential sale of the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
(BTC) to build the new hospi-
tal, before the recession meant
the money would instead be
required to pay off government
debts.

However financial setbacks
have not caused government to
shy away from its commitment
to providing a better public hos-

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital



“Construction
of a new facility
provides an
opportunity for
better patient
management...”



Dr Hubert Minnis

pital, Dr Minnis said.

He told the Rotary club
meeting at the British Colonial
Hilton: “Construction of a new
hospital requires considerable
planning and effort, as well as
capital.

“The world economic crisis
has delayed major projects
worldwide and the Bahamas is
no exception.

“Governments as well as
people are sensitive to the
vagaries of the economy.”

Upgrades

As preparations continue
there will be upgrades at the
current hospital including the
development of three new
operating theatres, improved
associated support services, a
new central sterile supplies
department and medical surgi-
cal supplies department, and a
renovated geriatric hospital.

And as plans crystallise com-
mittees are taking into consid-



eration the population’s health-
care needs and how the new
facility could be developed in
phases.

Dr Minnis said: “It is not the
government’s objective mere-
ly to replace PMH.

“The new hospital needs to
be planned in the context of the
projected health needs of the
population for at least the next
30 years.

“Planning activities for the
new hospital have to address
the potential impact of an invig-
orated primary health care sys-
tem inclusive of community
mental health services, an effec-
tive wellness programme, an
aggressive advocacy and com-
munity participation pro-
gramme and the examination
of options for building partner-
ships with other providers.

“Construction of a new facil-
ity provides an opportunity for
better patient management and
for raising the new hospital to a
facility of first choice rather
than that of last resort.”

Also under consideration is
whether the facility will have
two or four beds in a room, pro-
visions for renal care, parking,
cost for laboratory services,
consideration of services pro-
vided by allied health profes-
sionals, MRI and intervention-
al radiology services, and non-
invasive procedures such as
imaging technologies.

Dr Minnis said there will be a
focus on preventative and pri-
mary health care as well as pae-
diatrics and obstetrics.

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The Lion King in winter

REPUBLICANS in the House of Rep-
resentatives attempted to remove Charles
Rangel as chairman of the Ways and Means
Committee on Wednesday, arguing that
Rangel’s current ethics controversy has “held
the House up to public ridicule.”

In my capacity as a person who has held
the House up to public ridicule on numerous
occasions, I would like to go on record as
saying I do not need any 79-year-old com-
mittee chairman to help me do it. Really,
it’s a breeze. Although perhaps slightly hard-
er than before Tom DeLay dropped out of
“Dancing With the Stars.”

The Republicans are, however, completely
right about Rangel. Whenever a powerful
committee chairman has so many problems
that you need a timeline to Keep all the alle-
gations straight, he is a liability. When those
problems revolve around things like failure
to pay taxes, it is not a good plan to have him
be in charge of tax policy.

I say this with great sadness because
Rangel is my congressman. My neighbours
and I have heard about the totally ludicrous
benefits that are showered upon the con-
stituents of a powerful committee chair. Ever
since he took control of the Ways and Means
Committee, we have been waiting for our
ship to come in. Perhaps bearing a special
subsidy for families who live near a large
number of pigeons. Or an extra lane on the
West Side Highway that only residents of
the 15th Congressional District are allowed
to use.

Despite my great stake in keeping Rangel
in his current post of power, I’m not pre-
pared to argue that you can have a chairman
of the tax-writing committee who failed to
declare $75,000 in rental income on a
Caribbean villa on his tax returns. Or one
who seems to think you can turn yourself
into a resident of two different cities if it
gets you cheaper housing — and that the
House only requires its members to list their
financial assets beginning with the letters F
through M.

The Democrats made no attempt what-
soever to defend Rangel when the Republi-
can resolution came up in the House. They
just swiftly and sullenly referred it to the
ethics committee, which is currently
embarked on Year Two of its Charles
Rangel investigation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims the current
Congress is the most ethical and open one in
history. And given what’s gone before, who
knows? Pelosi actually has instituted some
reforms, and punished some bad apples, or at
least nudged them out of critical posts.

But this is a test of whether the Democrats
will follow through when it’s really, really

hard. We already know that Pelosi will not
fail to act if one of her members gets caught
with $90,000 in marked bills hidden inside his
freezer. We don’t know whether she’ll be
as firm if a popular guy who also happens to
be the co-founder of the Congressional
Black Caucus gets caught doing a laundry list
of things that are totally outrageous but not
necessarily grounds for a major criminal
indictment.

Rangel is certainly not going to step down
without a push because he doesn’t seem to
feel as if he has done anything all that wrong.
He did apologise for the failure to pay taxes
and settled up with the IRS. But when a
man who represents a district that is about 50
per cent Hispanic says he was unable to fig-
ure out whether he had rental income
because his agent in the Dominican Repub-
lic kept speaking in Spanish, you can pre-
sume he is not exactly bowed down with
grief and shame.

Rangel’s friends say he was just sloppy,
but it’s more likely that he just feels he’s
too important to be bothered with the rules.
He’s treated like a king in New York, where
he does not mind being referred to as “the
Lion of Lenox Avenue.” And, of course, in
Washington, the chairman of the Ways and
Means Committee practically gets carried
down the street in a litter.

Here’s a Rangel story: During the Demo-
cratic convention in Denver in 2008, city
police got carried away and unleashed pep-
per spray at some demonstrators and every
innocent bystander in the vicinity. The
refugees poured into a hotel lobby, coughing
and teary. Some middle-aged women were in
particularly bad shape, and their friends
wondered whether to call 911 as they bent
over, hacking and gasping.

Suddenly, in breezed Rangel. It was a
moment in which an important politician
could have scored a lot of points just by
being slightly solicitous. The Lion took in the
scene and boomed: “I’m outta here! Pll send
you cigarettes!”

There are tons of people in Congress who
have huge egos and an impatience with the
minor irritations of life. If the Democrats
made Rangel step down, it would be a
reminder that holding public office means
you have to be more conservative about
drawing the line between proper and
improper behaviour than your humblest con-
stituent.

It would be worth it even if my neigh-
bourhood never does get a bridge to
nowhere.

(This article was written by Gail Collins —
c.2009 New York Times News Service).



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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Watching with keen inter-
est as candidates step forward
in the run up to the PLP con-
vention, one cannot stop and
wonder about persons offer-
ing for deputy leader. Jerome
Fitzgerald’s speech and Philip
Davies theme are the most
captivating of all. Mr Fitzger-
ald says “...l am a product of
43 years of your collective
work. You produced me. You
prepared me for leadership.”
Mr Davis on the other hand
wants his party to “Be Brave”
and vote for him as the next
deputy leader.

What is so striking about
wanting second place? Who
prepares for 43 years for sec-
ond place and what is so
brave about being runner up?
When Debbie Ferguson pre-
pares for four years to per-
form in the Olympics she is
not training for second place,
she wants gold!

It’s a poorly kept secret that
the entire slate of candidates
in the race for deputy really
wants to be leader, but party
politics dictates that they “tow
the line until it’s their time.”
Our political system has yet
to come of age with the
understanding that to chal-
lenge leadership does not
mean opposing party princi-
ples. It is still a system built
around absolute party loyalty
and compliance as its core
rather than the dynamics of
competitive ideas and ideals
competing for the attention
of a captive voter.

Given the current system,

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the question that needs to be
resolved for the winner of this
farce is how are you going to
take the wheels of power
from a “leader for life”?
Many scenarios exist, but the
one which is most compelling
is taken directly from the
playbook of Julius Caesar: a
political coup (minus the stab-
bing) by forming a band of
persons who are of like mind.
One can see that scenario
being played out based on
who you see in the crowd for
each candidate.

In truth the position of
deputy leader should be a
post that is handpicked by
whoever is successful as
leader, for two main reasons:
these two persons need to
work in concert so there
needs to be a level of comfort
and familiarity. These traits
are better guaranteed through
a selection process rather than
election of a deputy. The sec-
ond reason has to do with
vision. The vision and over-
all tone of a party comes from
the leader which is supposed
to be executed by his team,
inclusive of the deputy. One
needs to be very sceptical
when someone who is run-
ning for deputy starts articu-
lating visions, goals and poli-
cies. You run the risk of major
conflict as a result of clashing
visions should the deputy
choose not to agree to the

terms set out by the leader.

Whatever your views on
the candidates, the second
place prize is not something to
train, sacrifice and aspire
towards. It is another example
of an exercise in mediocrity
and disingenuous intentions
that we the people have been
made to be subjected to for
decades when it comes to
choosing a leader. Dial the
clock back over a decade
when Bernard Nottage and
Perry Christie were made “co
deputy” leaders so as not to
offend the other. How pathet-
ic was that display! In more
recent times another example
of botched transitional lead-
ership occurred at the
expense of the delegates at
the FNM convention in 2005
when Hubert Ingraham
decided to play the cat and
mouse game with delegates —
well he or won’t he nominate
for the leadership post again?
Of course we all know the
outcome; he nominated at the
eleventh hour, avoided the
rigours of a leadership cam-
paign and the rest is history.

These are examples of
moments in history where
power was accommodated,
not won. And now it comes
full circle with the ascension
of the man who would be
king, but decided to settle for
the position of prince (or co-
prince, if history repeats) until
the king decides to leave. Stay
tuned...

ERIC B STRACHAN
Nassau,
October 5, 2009.

No Privy Council — so where do we go now?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Privy Council — it was coming for years
but we thought it wouldn’t.

It has been obvious that the British would
eventually remove the facility of the last pre-
colonial institution other than the governor
general years ago. Wasn’t it under the PLP’s
last administration that we ended up facilitat-
ing hearings here for a cost of over $1.6 million
and subsequently again since 2007?

So no Privy Council where do we go now?

We have to be very careful I suggest as we
cannot as a jurisdiction make the wrong deci-
sion which could very seriously impact Finan-
cial Services and Ship Registry and any possi-
bility of Aircraft Registration as a serious con-
sideration in these sectors was that The
Bahamas’ final court was the Privy Council.

We are subscribing to the Caribbean Court
of Appeal without using it and that does not
seem to be on too solid ground without any
unanimous support from the members of
CSME or even CARICOM.

To me ideally we, as a sovereign indepen-

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dent country, should by this time have enough
institutional structure to support our own
Supreme Court of Appeal as the final Court of
Appeal. But can it hold its own? Sadly I don’t
think we can throw the risk behind that, but
this is one of the two alternatives.

Then there is the political issue the Privy
Council is entrenched in the Constitution so
any changes will have to go to a referendum
and we all know Mr Ingraham’s view of them
and any mid-term Referendum could at this
time be worse than the result of the last refer-
endum and a prologue to the potential results
at the next general election — it seems the
gods have placed Mr Ingraham and the FNM
in a difficult political situation where there is
no win-win, in fact it spells political disaster.

I would prefer a local sovereign final
Supreme Court of Appeals, but second best is
going to have to be the Caribbean Court of
Appeal and really it is a weak second best.

ABRAHAM MOSS

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LOCAL NEWS



Education officials hit
out over teacher sit-out

TEACHERS at Carlton E
Francis Primary School held a
sit-out for the second day in a
row yesterday to protest staff
shortages and infrastructural
problems.

In response, the Ministry of
Education issued a statement
calling the disruption a situa-
tion which would normally have
been dealt with by the school
administrators, but which
became “inflated” by the behav-
iour of the Bahamas Union of
Teachers.

The statement said that in
recent times, “it seems as if

minor incidents have escalated
into major crises and have inter-
rupted the normal operation in
our schools due to teachers
withholding their services.

“It seems as if the Teachers
Union is deliberately interfer-
ing with the course of educa-
tion and encouraging teachers
to withhold their services.
According to General Order
1047 this is not a course of
action that should be taken, and
teachers should return to their
classrooms to perform their
duties.

“Additionally, the Industrial

Agreement provides for the
Ministry of Education to be giv-
en collectively 30 days to resolve
any issue after a grievance has
been filed before any industrial
action is undertaken,” the min-
istry said.

The teachers at Carlton Fran-
cis are complaining of a short-
age of teachers, no soap in the
bathrooms and a problem with
the septic tank in the pre-school
unit.

The ministry said it would
like the public to know “that
these matters have already been
addressed and that subject co-

ordinators are mandated to fill
any shortfall in the teaching
staff.

“Secondly, the septic tank
was repaired as of Wednesday,
October 7. As for the lack of
soap in the bathroom, schools
are provided with funds through
their school boards to provide
supplies and additionally each
district has a physical plant offi-
cer at the ministry to address
any concerns that the schools
have.

“Finally, the ministry is aware
that a teacher at the school will
be going on maternity leave in

January 2010 and is already
seeking to have her class
assigned to a supply or substi-
tute teacher.”

The ministry called on teach-
ers to be “mindful of their pri-
ority, which is to teach and
ensure the provision of educa-
tion to the students in their
care”. It also called on parents
to become more involved in the
operation of schools, to ensure
that their children are not “dis-
advantaged because of minor
incidents that can be resolved”
by discussions between all con-
cerned parties.

Vital reading programme under threat

By AVA TURNQUEST

WHAT started as a small
after school homework sup-
port project in the Engler-
ston community has blos-
somed into an aggressive and
successful campaign against
illiteracy — but this effort is
now under threat because of
a lack of support.

The project was launched
by Englerston Urban
Renewal staff and a group
of community volunteers,
who quickly found that it
had to be expanded and
developed as the extent of
child illiteracy became
apparent.

They have had some very
encouraging success, but the
programme is now desper-
ately in need of help, and
they are urging more
Bahamians to volunteer their
time and resources.

Project co-ordinator
Calieel Amahad said:
"Through my volunteer
work I discovered that the
level of literacy among the
wider cross section of chil-
dren is low. It's not that they
are incapable of succeeding —
it’s just time. No one is read-

NASSAU'S

Premier

THE PROJECT has had some very encouraging success.

ing to these kids. Teachers
can't do it alone, parents
need to spend time with their
kids.”

In addition to the after
school programme, Mr Ama-
had also visits public schools

on his lunch break to read
along with students for 30 to
45 minutes.

He said that over the last
couple of weeks, he has
noticed a significant
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works with.

"The feedback is incredi-
ble, these kids want some-
one to take time with them.
It’s like, ‘Someone cares oth-

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er than my parents’.

However, he said, the
response from the commu-
nity has been discouraging.
So far, the programme has
received only one corporate
donation — from Royal Bank
of Canada.

"We need to come togeth-
er," said Mr Amahad, "we
as Bahamians must realise
that these children hold our
future. We can't remain iso-
lated. It’s a flow. If we
neglect the children, when
they grow up and assimilate
into society, their illiteracy
will directly effect the pro-
gression of this country.”

The programme is in dire
need of books, computers
and volunteers. With these
tools, Mr Amahad is confi-
dent that at the end of this
school term, his students will
have raised their reading
abilities a full grade level.

He said: "We as Bahami-
ans must volunteer at least
one hour a week to secure a
better future for our
Bahamas. If you can't donate
your time, donate money,
donate computers, donate
books —- get involved
Bahamas. Every effort
counts.”



"Critical habitat
i for sea turtles
- Considered in US

US FEDERAL fisheries
i managers have agreed to con-
i sider designating critical habi-
? tat for endangered leatherback
i sea turtles in the Pacific ocean
i off Oregon and California,
? according to Associated Press.
i NOAA Fisheries officials
i said Thursday they will make a
i decision whether to go forward
: by Dec. 4 under terms of a set-
? tlement of a lawsuit brought
i by conservation groups.
i The groups had sued the
? government for failing to fol-
? low through on their petition
i to designate critical habitat.
i Pacific leatherbacks migrate
: each year from nesting areas
i in Indonesia to feed on jellyfish
i in the California current
i between Lincoln City, Ore.,
: and Point Conception, Calif.
i Conservation groups have
i proposed designating that
i broad swath of ocean as critical
: habitat to encompass feeding
i areas as well as migration
i routes, said Ben Enticknap of
i the group Oceana.
i If critical habitat is desig-
i nated, it would require federal
i agencies to consult with
i NOAA Fisheries before going
: ahead with projects or actions
i in the area that might harm
i the turtles.
i Issues to be considered
: include development of off-
? shore wind and wave energy,
? coastal power plants, and pol-
i lution from agricultural runoff,
? said David Cottingham, chief
i of sea turtle conservation for
i NOAA Fisheries.
i Because leatherbacks were
i listed before the 1988 amend-
i ments to the Endangered
i Species Act requiring critical
i habitat designations, the
i agency was under no legal
i obligation to designate it, as it
? must with other species, said
i Barbara Schroeder, national
i sea turtle coordinator for
; NOAA Fisheries.

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LONG GONE IS THE TIME WHEN BAHAMIAN POLITICIANS PUT LOYALTY TO COUNTRY FIRST

The age of political knuckleheads

YOUNG MAN’s VIEW

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

In our time, political speech and
writing are largely the defence
of the indefensible... Thus, polit-
ical language has to consist
largely of euphemism, question-
begging, and sheer cloudy
vagueness... Political language
(is) designed to make lies sound
truthful and murder respectful.
George Orwell in ‘Politics and
the English Language’, 1945

N many cases, politi-
cians are known to do
questionable things of
dubious value. As it
relates to Bahamian politicians,
as is illustrated of late, some of
them are only mouthing plati-
tudes about rooting out corrup-
tion, cracking down on crime
and revamping education and
the public service. Moreover,
most local politicians are politi-
cally immature and tetchy about
criticism.
Bahamian politics appears,
in many instances, to be a
“fiercely guarded monopoly”
(Bert Rand) that is hardly based
upon personal merits.

Today, there is an assortment
of political incumbents who
should be dropped from nomi-
nation lists, for both parties,
during the 2012 general election
cycle. Frankly, when it comes
to making the crucial decisions
that may have far reaching
social and economic conse-
quences, a number of local
politicians lack the political will
and, in the context as used by
California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger a few years
ago, can therefore be referred to
as “girlie men.”

The political culture is dark-
ened and polluted by political
tribalists in both of the major
political organisations, a quan-
tity of whom, in my opinion, are
no more than political pick-
pockets, absolute idiots,
fiendish, and outright jokers
who are seen as political busy-
bodies prepared to say anything
to be elected.

I am personally aware of
insensitive politicians who are

ADRIAN

simply position seekers and
bootlickers who—for voters—
are easily accessible and quite
approachable before elections
but, after securing their seat,
become invisible. What’s worst
is that if some elected officials
belong to the governing party
and are appointed “minister”,
nearly all of them seem to adopt
an air of superiority and appear
to completely forget that they
are there to serve—we must
begin to name and shame them.
Quite honestly, it appears that
many of these pompous minis-
ters use their position to dis-
tance themselves from the mass-
es—that is, until they need their
votes again.

Over the past summer, I per-
sonally interacted with a few
politicians who I have come to
see as out-and-out political mis-
fits and blowhards who present
facades for the public, pretend-
ing to care, all in an effort to
fool the Bahamian people.
Quite frankly, both of the major
political parties contain certain
politicos who qualify as absolute
knuckleheads who, using polit-
ical theatrics, yak about prob-
lems and issues from which they
are completely detached and
can propose no solution. Most
of the current crop of politicians
have no real empathy with com-
mon citizens, and also lack a
sense of social, historic and
political purpose.

As my learned barber sug-
gested to me this week, a good
deal of the local political estab-
lishment are intolerant ideo-
logues and ““demagoons” (Mau-
reen Dowd) who have no
morals, fanatically seek self-
aggrandisement, make false
promises and merely see poli-
tics as a tactical game.

Long gone is the political cli-
mate of the 1950s and 1960s

GIBBS ON



when political frontrunners such
as Sir Milo Butler, Sir Etienne
Dupuch, Sir Roland Symonette,
Carlton Francis, Sir Randol
Fawkes, Dr Claudius R Walker
and several others, did not just
apathetically pay lip service to
pressing events, but also saw
their loyalty to their country as
superseding any party loyalty
and/or selfish political impulse
— as a matter of fact Sir Eti-
enne belonged to no political
party.

The late Prime Minister Indi-
ra Gandhi, daughter of the late
prime minister Jawaharlal
Nehru, once said :

“My grandfather once told
me that there are two kinds of
people: Those who do the work
and those who take the credit.
He told me to be in the first
group; there is less competition
there.”

Just a few weeks ago, we had
a minister in a high profile min-
istry passing the political buck
and blaming the former gov-
ernment for choosing a flood
prone, low lying site for an edu-
cational institution instead of
focusing solely upon seeking a
speedy solution. However, I
wonder whether he would have
heaped praise upon that gov-
ernment or kept it all for him-
self if that same school had pro-
duced the best national exam
results?

Generally, it appears that
there are quite a number of
braggarts in local politics that, as
suggested by Mrs Gandhi, do
not work but would willingly
take all credit in their zeal to
win an election. We can all look
forward to the virtuous-sound-
ing claptrap and claims that will
be hammered into our psyche—
from political platforms—dur-
ing the next election cycle. Fur-
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are hijacking the policy-making
process in the United States,
there are local politicians who
are completely obsessed with
politics and personality rather
than policy, some of them seem-
ing intellectually paralyzed and
appearing to take on a com-
pletely obstructionist approach.

Moreover, as the conven-
tions roll around, the public/del-
egates should become more
cynical and questioning of the
persons offering for top offices.
In electing and re-electing politi-
cians, good administrative skills
should be a major criterion.
Even more, Bahamian politi-
cians must seek to foster trans-
parent negotiations and public
consultation to bring about and
execute policy for the better-
ment of the Bahamas.

As it stands, both parties, in
my opinion, are home to sever-
al politicians who have long
worn out their welcome, but
who continue to hang around
like uncollected garbage. It can
also be said that although one
political party may promise to
expose the corruption of anoth-
er during an election campaign,
consecutive governments have
failed to verifiably carry out an
exposé of those corrupt politi-
cians. I have long suggested the
implementation of term limits,
electoral recall and jail time to
weed out the political miscre-
ants and showmen and foster
greater accountability!

The younger generations of
Bahamians are looking for role

4 Mo
SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH



models in the political class.
Furthermore, Bahamian voters
must move beyond their politi-
cal orientation to reserving their
votes for the election of those
committed (through their
actions) individuals who show
a dedication to public service
and adhere to the late US Pres-
ident John F Kennedy’s princi-
ple of “ask not what your coun-
try can do for you but what you
can do for your country...” It
is only through the adoption of
these ideals that true national
development—on all fronts—
will occur.

Where is the change that we
can believe in?

The intentional
transmittance of HIV

S: this week it was
once again announced
that cases of HIV in the
Bahamas are likely to increase.
However, shortly after reading
that report, I watched a video
(posted on a friend’s facebook
profile) where a disguised and
obviously demented person was
casually discussing how he had
intentionally infected persons
with the HIV.

While publicly announcing
that they may have contracted
the HIV/AIDS, persons infect-
ed by the virus due to the non-
disclosure of a sex
partner/spouse can seek legal
recourse in the Bahamian courts
under the Sexual Offences Act,

Chapter 99, section 8, subsec-
tion 2.

This portion of the Act
reads:

“Any person who knows
that he is infected with a virus
causing, or known to cause,
acquired immune deficiency
syndrome (commonly known as
“AIDS”) and who has sexual
intercourse with any other per-
son, with the consent of that
other person but without dis-
closing the fact of the infection
to that other person, is guilty of
an offence and liable to be
detained for a term of five years
in such a place and under such
conditions as may be specified
by the court before which he
was convicted; and while so
detained, he shall be deemed in
legal custody.”

Ever since the passage of this
Act in 1991, no one has mount-
ed any legal action, presumably
for fear of being ostracized.
Frankly, it appears that there
are thousands of non-disclosure
cases by persons who have
caught HIV/AIDS from some-
one who knowingly and wilfully
spread it.

It is obvious that situations
exist in the Bahamas where
wives/husbands, persons in rela-
tionships and/or those merely
involved as sex partners have
contracted HIV from a cheat-
ing spouse/partner. However,
in order to encourage persons to
come forward in prosecuting
such matters, the Attorney Gen-
eral’s office and the Judicial
establishment should institute
means by which these sensitive
matters are handled carefully—
that is, possibly having victims
giving video recorded evidence
and the court using its discre-
tion by using letters to refer to
the names and addresses of per-
sons involved in a case, similar
to what is done when minors
are brought before the courts.

Finally, in this age of ram-
pant violent crime, I encourage
Bahamians to join social activist
Rodney Moncur’s noble march
in support of the death penalty
this Discovery Day holiday
which, I’m told, starts at
Arawak Cay at 9am.

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OT RAW VENDORS

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The following statement is a response to a let-
ter printed in The Tribune last week, which called
for the government to abandon its plan to rebuild
the Straw Market on Bay Street and claimed
tourists are tricked and sold drugs and counter-
feit goods at the market. The letter, which was
signed, “The business operators who have dealt
with this for far too long”, suggested that the
market be moved to a location where it can be
better monitored by the authorities.

By CONCERNED
STRAW VENDORS

E WERE

appalled

when we

read the
lengthy article printed in The
Tribune on October 1, 2009 by
Bay Street business operators
and those on Woodes Rogers
Walk.

The long article was
extremely vicious, evil, hate-
ful, malicious, and displayed
the “black crab syndrome men-
tality.” The article first
addressed the issue of the
nature of vendors’ wares. Also,
those who are not vendors who
greet and rip off tourists by
welcoming them to the
Bahamas with free gifts. When
the tourists refuse to pay,
unfortunately, the free gifts are
taken back.

Question: What does the
ware of legitimate straw ven-
dors have to do with rebuilding
the Straw Market? Vendors,
like most Bahamians, are very
industrious individuals. We pay
our dues just like any other
Bahamian business. For
instance, we pay taxes such as
National Insurance and busi-
ness licenses just as any other
businesses do, contrary to what
others believe.

At one time, gas stations
sold only gas and now today
they sell everything else, com-
peting with grocery stores.
When the gas station owners
were questioned by the pub-
lic, they came on national TV
explaining why they had to
start selling food items which
was to off-set their low gas
profit. Similarly, straw baskets,
bags, and hats are no different,
contrary to the general pub-
lic’s belief or perception.

If vendors were to sell exclu-
sively straw products, it would
seriously hurt our business. It’s
more profitable to have a
diverse selection of products —
thus the different variations.
Also, the tourist can have more
alternatives from which to
choose. If we sell our fake
bags, fake whatever, we buy
and sell them like any other
commodity and it’s called “free
enterprise”.

We have a right to make an
honest living like everyone
else. We live in what we
thought was a democratic soci-
ety so therefore we have a right
to sell whatever we chose
(within reason). However, it
would appear that downtown
business owners would prefer
us to be a burden on our fami-
ly and community rather than
make an honest living. But like
the gas stations, we must
evolve in order to survive. It
appears that your group could
care less how we live as straw
vendors just as long as it does
not affect your business or
pocket.

One of our vendors went
into a plumbing store off Sol-

dier Road to inquire about a
plumbing fixture some time
ago but to their surprise, the
plumbing store was selling
watches — whoever thought
that a plumbing store would
sell watches! (Perhaps they
may even be “fake” like our
“designer” bags.)

Another vendor had to do
some blood work and when
she went to the lab they were
selling nuts and other food
products — who would think
that a blood lab, where you go
to have your blood tested,
would be selling food products.

The point is that as Bahami-
ans and licensed straw vendors,
we are not begging, stealing,
nor are we ripping off the
tourist, who chooses to spend
their money in our county. As
a matter of fact we embrace,
welcome, and encourage them
to come back to our shores and
become friends so when they
do come back they can look us
up, contrary to your report.

Taxes

If and when a straw vendor
does not pay their National
Insurance or annual business
licence, we are either put
before the courts or the min-
istry will not give us a renewal
of our straw vendor’s identifi-
cation card
and licence.
We are
processed like
any other
Bahamian. As
a matter of
fact, there was
recently a well
known busi-
ness owner
who made the
newspaper for
non-payment
of their com-
pany’s NIB
contributions
and it was
shocking the
amount the company owed to
National Insurance; but did
Bay Street business owners or
anyone else write a long article
stating their displeasure or dis-
gust at the situation?

It’s blatantly obvious that
some of the Bay Street and
Woods Rogers operators are
envious, jealous and malicious
and clearly have the black crab
syndrome regarding straw ven-
dors and their letter seems like
an attempt to discredit and cast
negative, evil, and hateful
thinking in every effort to
undermine the straw vendors;
making horrific statements
such as “rats running through
the city” in reference to hard
working straw vendors.

There is a popular saying:
“Out all my mother’s children
I love myself the best and when
I get my belly full, the hell with
all the rest”. That is definitely
descriptive of what your group
represents. In other words, you
want the straw market dislo-
cated from downtown so we

“It’s blatantly
obvious that
some of the Bay
Street and
Woods Rogers

Operators are
envious, jealous
and malicious...”

can starve and
be dependent
on the country
and our gov-
ernment. Well,
our response is
“hell to the
NO”. We
refuse to take
the back seat,
those days are
long gone and
over with.

The “rats” who your group
referred to have produced
MPs, lawyers, doctors, preach-
ers, teachers, nurses, and busi-
ness professionals just to name
a few. Do you think we are
going to play dumb, stupid, and
ignorant like you all want to
think we are? Well, there are
vendors who sit right in this
market who have degrees and
a whole lot of “professional”
experience, who have worked
in corporate Bahamas, and
some in corporate America,
who choose to be where they
are and that’s our prerogative.
So I dare you or anyone else to
belittle us when all we aim to
do is to live honestly,
respectably, and decently like
the majority of Bahamians
aspire to do.

There are many businesses
who owe BEC thousands of
dollars but that has not been
publicised. There are people
who have left our country
owing our government thou-
sands of dollars but did you as

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business owners or anyone else
write articles to bring aware-
ness to these situations? The
answer is no. Why? Because
these persons may not seem to
be a threat to your business or
to you directly. But like I stat-
ed earlier, you want to make a
living and the hell with us
because you feel that we are
cutting into the pie. Well, as
Bahamians the pie is for all not
just for Bay Street/Woods
Rodgers Wharf and whoever
else feels we are a threat to
their business.

Ripping off tourists and
problems in Straw Market

The fake cigars, drug selling
and giving tourist gifts as men-
tioned in the letter is a serious
problem and a growing con-
cern. You stated that these per-
sons are not straw vendors but
persons who hang around the
straw market ripping off
tourists. These individuals are
present on a daily basis cast-
Ing a negative image on legiti-
mate straw vendors who actu-
ally disapprove of their behav-
jour.

May I remind your group
and the public that the Min-
istry of Works which is present-
ly headed by Minister Neko
Grant and his team are man-
agers of the Straw Market.
Straw vendors are not law
enforcers nor do we manage
the straw market. We are there




A BOY enjoys a toy bought from the straw market.

as merchants trying to make a
living and if stealing, drug deal-
ing, infractions, violations, rip-
ping off tourists are being com-
mitted, then the laws of the
Bahamas should be enforced
and these persons charged with
applicable crimes.

The Ministry of Works team
which has been assigned to
manage the straw market, has
displayed a willingness to over-
see the vendors however this
team needs more training, per-
sonnel, and a stronger leader-
ship in order to effectively car-
ry out their duties.

As persons in the communi-
ty, we are to report crimes to
our law enforcers who are to
carry out their job. You may
not have noticed but the police
have been doing an excellent
job in eradicating the problem
regarding the sale of beads at
the rear of the downtown straw
market. Like in any company
or organisation in the Bahamas
and in any other part of the
world, there are unsavoury,
rude, obnoxious, persons and
there must and should be ways
to address these concerns.

However, your suggestion is
that the way to deal with the
Straw Market problems or con-
cerns is to place the market on
Arawak Cay so that the prob-
lem would appear to be out of
sight. Has your group serious-
ly considered the tourist’s safe-
ty and convenience? Based on
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ously not; the only thing you
have considered is your busi-
ness, your pocket, your invest-
ments. Well consider this — we
have considered our invest-
ments, our pockets, our family
and the community at large.

What many Bahamians and
your group may not have
realised is that the tourists pur-
posely come looking for The
World Famous Straw Market
regardless of your group or the
public’s beliefs. They come
from near and far because they
were told about us either from
friends, family, or other
sources. Many times they say
to us as vendors we wish we
had come sooner just to have
more time to shop. They are
not asking for this shop or that
shop they are looking for
World Famous Straw Market.
They like the bargains and the
whole atmosphere of the mar-
ket. Do you realise that when
they spend with us the money
stays in the country and bene-
fits all? Sometimes the stores
are closed and tourists come
to do their last minute shop-
ping but if we are far out of
reach, that dollar will go back
to the ship and we all lose. We
will remain in the heart of
downtown for the convenience
of our tourists. So take your
selfish attitude and learn to
embrace all Bahamians regard-
less of who they are and stop
displaying the “black crab syn-
drome” mentality.



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Govt considers limits on

Lawyer accused of using clients’ money

to pay gambling debt in Freeport

FROM page one

Brady — who reportedly owned a
$2 million home at Merritt Island,
Florida, an oceanfront condomini-
um in Cape Canaveral, two com-
panies, BMWs, a Hummer and var-
ious powerboats, prior to his arrest
— travelled to The Bahamas in
August 2008.

While in Freeport, he wrote five
cheques totalling $45,000 to pay
off his gambling “IOUs” to the Isle
of Capri casino, according to the
Florida Today newspaper.

But law enforcement authorities
alleged the money came from an
escrow account in the US contain-
ing funds that belonged to other
people — clients of his who had
put it there as deposits for pur-
chases of homes or mortgage mon-
ey released to pay home sellers.

It is alleged that upon returning
to Florida, Brady filed a police
report claiming that someone else
had forged his signature on the five
cheques drawn on the escrow
account.

However, it was information
from his bank and from the
Freeport casino which the Sheriff’s
office used to determine what they
claim really happened.

The Isle of Capri made available
to authorities a copy of the credit
application on which Brady
allegedly listed one of his escrow

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accounts along with three other
accounts to establish a line of cred-
it.

As further evidence of his
alleged culpability, the casino also
provided copies of the five mark-
ers, or “IOUS” requested by Brady
while playing blackjack. Casino
employees confirmed their trans-
actions with the lawyer and his
approval of the use of the escrow
account “per his very unique sig-
nature,” according to the Sheriff’s
office.

According to the Florida Today
newspaper, Brady alleged the
drawing of the funds was a misun-
derstanding that was corrected.

“Tt all happened the same day,”
he allegedly said. “They took it out
of the wrong account and we put it
back the same day.”

The newspaper claims Brady has
since moved to another state and
opened a law practice.

That move has spurred another
investigation, this time by the Col-
orado Supreme Court, which has
exclusive jurisdiction over lawyers
in that state.

John Gleason, chief regulations
counsel for the Colorado Supreme
Court, said the court is worried
about the fact that the lawyer has
been charged with a crime involv-
ing honesty and who has a large
gambling debt — allegedly totalling
$500,000, according to a Septem-
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a case is forwarded to the UK for
final appeal.

"The potential amendment
would be restricting the right of
appeal to certain cases either with
leave of the Court of Appeal
which will decide if it's a serious
enough case to go to the Privy
Council. Or we might want to
consider placing a monetary value
(stipulation) or (it would depend)
on the severity of the case —
those are mainly the alternatives
at the moment," Mr Symonette
told The Tribune yesterday.

He added that he intends to
raise the issue with Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham when Mr Ingra-
ham returns from a World Bank
meeting in Turkey next week.

Earlier this week, Mr Symon-
ette told The Tribune the Gov-
ernment is considering limiting
the number of appeal cases sent
from the Bahamas to the Privy
Council in response to comments
made by Lord Nicholas Phillips,
president of the UK's new
Supreme Court.

Speaking to the Financial Times
newspaper recently, Lord Phillips
said he is looking for ways to

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Brent Symonette (pic-
tured) said he intends
to raise the issue with
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham when Mr
Ingraham returns
from a World Bank
meeting in Turkey
next week.

reduce the "disproportionate"
amount of time judges who staff
the Privy Council also spend on
cases coming from outside the
UK, mostly on cases from former
colonies.

He also questioned whether
some Privy Council cases, which
have ranged from Jamaican death
row appeals to fights over press
freedom in Bermuda, needed to



be heard by a panel of five of
Britain's most senior judges.
Lord Phillips’ comments sent
shockwaves throughout the region
and were seen by legal experts as
a warning that Britain might take
steps to shake off the colonial
hangover the institution repre-
sents, leaving countries like the
Bahamas to find or create anoth-

FROM page one

day that at about 8 am on Janu-
ary 2, she accompanied ASP Tay-
lor, Inspector Sean Saunders and
Sergeant Dale Strachan to the
Sheraton Hotel, Cable Beach,
where they saw and spoke to Mr
Travolta’s US attorney Michael
McDermott who consented to
wearing a body wire and to hav-
ing recording devices set up in
his room (328).

Sergeant Thompson said that
around 9 o’clock that morning,
Mr McDermott left his room
returning a short time later with a
male she later identified as Tari-
no Lightbourne. Sergeant
Thompson said that prior to the
completion of the meeting
between Mr McDermott and
Lightbourne she went down to
the lobby of the hotel. She said
that when she was returning to
room 326, which police were
using as a monitoring station, she
saw Lightbourne who was wear-
ing blue trousers, a blue shirt and
a black hat.

She again saw Lightbourne
on January 23 at the Central
Detective Unit Freeport. At that
time he was accompanied by his
attorney Carlson Shurland. She
said that on that day, Light-
bourne was charged in relation
with the extortion attempt.

Detective Thompson also told
the court that on January 22, she
and ASP Taylor travelled to
Grand Bahama and around 4.30
pm went to Universal Distribu-
tors where they arrested Bridge-
water. Sergeant Thompson said
that half an hour later, she and
other police officers took Bridge-
water to her law office, Bridge-
water and Co, where they exe-
cuted a search warrant. She said
that while conducting the search
Bridgewater said that she only
had a copy of the document they
were looking for and that after
she noticed that the incident was
going to explode she burned up
the original document with a can-
dle at her home and flushed it
down a toilet.

Sergeant Thompson told the
court that police went to Bridge-
water’s home in Bevan’s Town,
Freeport where Bridgewater
pointed out a candle in a glass.
Sergeant Thompson told the
court that a Western Air ticket
stub dated January 19, a jacket
and a CPU were taken from the
home.

Sergeant Thompson also tes-
tified yesterday that at about
10.50 am she was present at the
Central station in Grand Bahama
when Asp Taylor interviewed
Bridgewater in the presence of
attorney Carlson Shurland who
represented her at the time. She
told the court that Bridgewater
refused to answer most of the

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questions put to her under the
advice of her attorney. Sergeant
Thompson said that it was sug-
gested to Bridgewater that on
Sunday, January 18, she had spo-
ken to McDermott and demand-
ed $25 million and him that
refusal of the demand would lead
to her and her client releasing
the content of a refusal to trans-
port document to the media.
Sergeant Thompson told the
court that Bridgewater denied
the suggestion, claiming that it
was a fabrication. According to
Sergeant Thompson, it was also
suggested to Bridgewater that on
Monday, January 19, she had met
with Mr McDermott in room 328
at the Sheraton hotel, demanded
$25 million stating that if the
demand was not met she and her
client would go to the media the
following day. Sergeant Thomp-
son said that Bridgewater also
denied that suggestion.

The officer also told the court
that Bridgewater was asked why
as a Senator, she had not
opposed facilitating the com-
mission of an offence. Sergeant
Thompson said that Bridgewa-
ter responded by saying that she
did not wish to answer the ques-
tion.

“Where did you get this piece
about the meeting on the 19th?”
attorney Murrio Ducille asked
during cross-examination.

“Mr McDermott,” Sergeant
Thompson replied. She said that
police also had information from
PLP Senator Allyson Maynard-
Gibson and West End and Bimi-
ni MP Obie Wilchcombe among
other persons.

“Was Mr McDermott work-
ing along with the police?” Mr
Ducille asked.

“He was assisting us,” Sergeant
Thompson replied.

Mr Ducille then asked, ‘““Who
made the report to the police?”
Sergeant Thompson said that
Mrs Maynard Gibson, Mr
McDermott and Mr Travolta had
made complaints to the police.

According to Sergeant
Thompson, Mr Travolta had
faxed an affidavit to police out-
lining his complaint on January
19.

“You receive reports in that
form?” Mr Ducille asked.

“We do,” Sergeant Thompson
replied, stating that it is police
procedure that if for logistical
reasons a person is unable to
come to the police to make a
statement, a statement would be
accepted in that form. She also
told the court that on February
25, she and ASP Taylor went to
Ocala, Florida, to take a state-
ment from Mr Travolta. Sergeant
Thompson said that on May 26,

er final court of appeal.

ASP Taylor suffered a stroke.
She said he is still in recovery
and on that basis lead prosecutor
and Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Bernard Turner asked the
court to be allowed to close its
case without calling him as a wit-
ness.

Inspector Sean Saunders, who
was involved in the taping of the
meetings between Mr McDer-
mott, Lightbourne and Bridge-
water, was also back on the wit-
ness stand yesterday. The jury
questioned whether there were
tapes of the conversations
between Mr McDermott, Bridge-
water and Lightbourne in the lob-
by of the Sheraton. Inspector
Saunders told the court that the
tapes did exist. The jury also
questioned why they were not
played in court. Inspector Saun-
ders said that those tapes were
from the body wire on Mr
McDermott and that the main
content was of the discussion in
the hotel room. He also
explained that the audio in the
hotel room had been better. The
jury also questioned whether he
had asked Mr McDermott to
record his conversations or
whether the request came from
McDermott himself.

“T asked him,” Inspector Saun-
ders said. The conversations cap-
tured on Mr McDermott’s body
wire in the lobby of the Shera-
ton on January 19 and 20 were
played in court. Little could be
deciphered from either tape
because of the overwhelming
background noise picked up by
the wire.

On the tape of January 19, Mr
McDermott is heard asking
Bridgewater, “Who told the
Press?”

Bridgewater replied, Obie
called me last night and told me
The Tribune called him.....”

“Why did they call Obie?...”
Mr McDermott asked.

“[’m really concerned, did
Tarino tell more to the press....”
“T was hoping we would have
met under different circum-
stances,’ Mr McDermott is heard
telling Bridgewater.

“This is freaking me out
lady....” Mr McDermott is also
heard telling Bridgewater.

“You could imagine me.....”
Bridgewater replied.

On the tape of January 20, Mr
McDermott is heard telling
Lightbourne, “It’s been a diffi-
cult couple of weeks. I under-
stand you got suspended from
your job....”

“Yeah...” Lightbourne
replied. Lightbourne is also heard
saying, “I want her to be here....”

The trial was adjourned to
Tuesday at 10 am. Attorneys are
expected to make legal submis-
sions in the absence of the jury
today.

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er you believe in. This is why gam-
bling is so popular (you win you get
money), political parties get such sup-
port (you win you’re on the positive
side of victimization), people go to
church (you choose the right religion
and you’re promised salvation), and
movies continue to make gazillions of
dollars (didn’t it feel like you were
right there with Leonidas and the 300
fighting the Persian army?). For those

of us that will never play a snap in the
NEL, Fantasy Football provides an
opportunity for the athletic, unin-
spired, and unwilling to get up off
the couch layperson like myself to
become involved and to realize the
ultimate dream...the ability to con-
trol a professional football team.

Fantasy football allows this dream
to become a (virtual) reality. For
those of you that have lived under a
rock for the past few years or have
been paying attention to trivial things
like eating, sleeping and having a
job...let's backtrack and explain exact-
ly what fantasy football.

In fantasy football you're basically
in charge of managing a team and
selecting the players that will pro-
duce the most possible points.

You're given a team and have to
choose the best players from the NFL
to fill the spots based on the position
they play. In most leagues the stan-
dard format is one quarterback, two
running backs, two wide receivers,
one tight end, one defense/special
teams, one kicker and a flex spot that
can be filled with either a running
back or a wide receiver. Each week
you trade/add players to your team
depending on how other players do
and who the players team is playing.

Each team in a fantasy league does
this and according to how each indi-
vidual player does, he get's points for
how they've performed (eg, Touch-
down 6pts, rushing 100 yards 10
pts...etc etc). Some people gamble
on it some don't, but most of us play

it for the thrill and satisfaction of
being able to tell a friend or co-work-
er "I'm better than you."

Fantasy football has been known
ruin friendships, cause mental break-
downs, end relationships, spawn sit-
coms, begin wars, end wars, occupy
an entire week (Tuesday through Sat-
urday tinkering with a lineup and
Sunday and Monday monitoring how
well your team does), cure the com-
mon cold, prevent Swine Flu...it can
basically do anything but make
"House of Payne" watchable.

To my female readers...yes it is that
serious.

Legend has it that the Israeli-Pales-
tinian conflict didn't really get this
violent until the British mandate for
Palestine included that the Palestini-

ans would also have to give up the
first pick in the UN fantasy football
draft, which everyone knew would
be Steve Van Buren. Do you see
what happens when you make some-
one lose a record setting point pro-
ducer? This is like if the UN held a
fantasy draft today, split the Bahamas
down the middle and forced the east-
ern side to fore go Adrian Peterson.
I would go to war over this for at
least 50 years.

To succeed in fantasy football, you
need the business savvy of a general
manager, the knowledge of a pro
scout, and the strategy of a head
coach...and to see if anyone I know
possesses these skills, this year we'll
monitor our Tribune league in the
Ramblings.

ea tts

League Name: THE ARISTOCRATS

Format: Head to Head
Top Prize: No Idea...willing to take suggestions

>> JONAH BROWN

Key Players: Adrian Peterson, Clinton Portis,
Brett Farve, Dallas Clark

Record: 3-1

Interesting Draft Note: Jonah had the first
pick in the draft and after shouting into the phone
for about 17 actual minutes (which is a really long
time to hear someone shout)...he said "Do | still
have to put the put the rest of my team together
or Can | just pick Adrian Peterson twice?"

Season Highlight: Opening with an overall
135 point effort in a week one win led by a week
high 40 from Peterson.

>> PHILLIP

Key Players: Tom Brady, Terrell Owens, Steve
Smith (Giants), Vernon Davis

Record: 3-1

Interesting Draft Note: The best part of draft
night, Phillip taking Darren McFadden in the
fourth round just so Dale (a Raiders fan) would-
n't get him. The beauty of fantasy football in a
nutshell.

Season Highlight: Survived a week where he
got zero points from Terrell Owens and still man-
aged to beat Dale.

>> BEEF

Key Players: Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin John-
son, Ben Roethlisberger, Willis MicGahee
4th Annual

Record: 1-3

Interesting Draft Note: A graduate of the Isiah
Thomas school of general management, Beef
didn't take a running back until the fifth round.

Season Highlight: See aforementioned state-
ment...and still managed to beat Dale.

>> DAKARAI

Key Players: Andre Johnson, Greg Jennings,
Matt Forte, Joe Flacco

Record: 3-1

Interesting Draft Note: Had a ridiculously con-
sistent draft for the first five rounds with none of
the picks turning up a bust so far...although
Ryan Grant is getting dangerously close.

Season Highlight: Broke the 100 point barri-
er for the first time this season in a defeat
of...Dale.

>> AVERY

Key Players: Michael Turner, Frank Gore,
Steve Smith (Panthers), Antonio Gates

Record: 2-2

Interesting Draft Note: Total beneficiary of
ESPN's autopick option.

Season Highlight:130 points in week two led
by that ridiculous 200 yard game from Frank
Gore.

>> ANDREW

Key Players: Jay Cutler, Reggie Wayne, Chad
Ochocinco, Maurice Jones-Drew

Record: 3-1

Interesting Draft Note: Took four running

backs in the first four rounds with the league's
shortest (MJD) and the league's tallest (Brandon
Jacobs) back to back.

Season Highlight: Finding a double breasted
vest and wearing it at Mansion and all around
South Beach before | had a chance to.

>> DALE

Key Players: Drew Brees, Ronnie Brown, Bran-
don Marshall, Brian Westbrook

Record: 1-3

Interesting Draft Note: Another beneficiary of
ESPN's autopick, wound up with Drew Brees
and Peyton Manning.

Season Highlight: None.

>> RENALDO

Key Players: Peyton Manning, Steve Slaton,
Marques Colston, LaDanian Tomlinson

Record: 2-2

Interesting Draft Note: Worst first pick
EVER...LaDanian Tomlinson who's averaging
about three points per game this season.

Season Highlight: Overcame the terrible LT
pick by trading for Peyton Manning AND Dean-
gelo Williams. I'm going to love this league.

>> TIM

Key Players: Steve Jackson, Chris Johnson,
Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez

Record: 1-3

Interesting Draft Note: Autopick player.

Season Highlight: Added Godfrey as a second
owner this week to rescue his pretty good team



talent wise from his awful management skills.

>> NATARIO

Key Players: Carson Palmer, DeSean Jack-
son, Randy Moss, Eli Manning

Record: 1-3

Interesting Draft Note: | was more afraid of
this team coming out of the gate than anyone
else, Randy Moss, Deangelo Williams, Jason
Witten and Donovan McNabb seemed like a great
foursome until they were all derailed by an out of
sync offense, splitting carries with a backup,
Tony Romo's inefficiency and a busted rib.

Season Highlight: Injuries and Tom Brady
not throwing the ball to Randy Moss are killing
this team.

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SPORTS

‘On your marks’ for 5k ocean race |

SWIFT swimming club’s 5k
(about three miles) open
water race at Old Fort Bay,
New Providence, is scheduled
for Saturday, October 17.

The event — a triangular
course along the beach —
sponsored by Holowesko














Partners Limited, orthaheel
and Lyford Cay Real Estate.

According to a press state-
ment, the goal of the race is to
“re-ignite the interest in open
water swimming that existed
some 30 to 40 years ago and
to raise the level of competi-

tiveness and exposure in the
sport.”

“Some swimmers enjoy
competing against the ele-
ments and not having to
watch a black line on the bot-
tom of a pool for four hours a
day.

WACANCY
VTEC Re TU tacit



POSITION SUMMARY

Functions as the Strategic Business Leader of the Golf department with overall responsibility for golf
operations including guest and employee satisfaction, sales and revenue management and the financial
performance of the department. As a member of the Guidance Team, develops hotel-wide goals and
strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of guests and
employees and provide a return on investment to the owners and the Company. Supports and upholds










The Companyis Gold Standards, and luxury tier standards of operation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Operations: Directs the daily activities of the golf department according to Company operating
standards to maintain brand equity. Oversees the operation of the golf shop, the maintenance of the
golf course, and all associated retail services (e.g., snack carts, beverage service).

Guest Satisfaction: Ensures products and services delivered by the golf department meet or exceed
guest expectations, create customer loyalty, and lead to increased market share.

Human Resources: Attracts, selects and retains a diverse hourly and management workforce to
deliver excellent service and effective leadership in the Golf department. Creates and sustains a
work environment that focuses on fair and equitable treatment and employee satisfaction to enable










business success.

Sales and Revenue Management: Focuses on building the unitfs top line revenue by working with
the Director of Sales and Marketing to develop the Golf departmentis sales and marketing strategy.
Concentrates on both the rate per round of golf and number of rounds played per day to maximize

Revenue per available round or ‘REVPAR’. In addition, manages other revenue sources such as the
Pro Shop, Food and Beverage sales, and if applicable membership enrollment to generate increased.



revenue.

Financial Management: Develops and manages the Golf departmentis annual operating budget
to achieve or exceed budget expectations. Ensures successful performance by increasing profitability




and providing a return on investment for the owners and the Club.

Owner Relations: Develops a trusting and respectful business partnership with property owners by
meeting or exceeding expectations in operations management, asset protection, and financial







performance

QUALIFICATIONS

¢ 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or related.




major

e 5 years experience in executive management position in a five star resort
¢ Ritz-Carlton Leadership Training or similar formalized corporate exposure preferred
¢ Membership in PGA and/or LPGA is required.








SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

Proficient at the game of golf

Knowledge of turf lawn care and maintenance procedures with an emphasis on golf turf grass varieties




Retail merchandising skills

Instructional teaching skills - if required to deliver golf lessons

Knowledge of golf and grounds equipment and routine maintenance needs

Financial management skills e.g. ability to analyze P&L statements, develop operating budgets,

forecasting and capital expenditure planning
¢ Strong communication, strategic planning, analytical and customer and employee relations skills

















Please send resume to the attention of:

Director of Human Resources

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

P.O. Box AB-20571

Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Bahamas
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“With the open water
event being held here in New
Providence it means that
there are now open water
races on three different
islands, Grand Bahama, Aba-
co, and New Providence,”
said the release.

The Old Fort Bay race will
cover three age groups in the
male and female divisions —
12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18
and over.

There will also be relays in
these age groups. The awards
include trophies for first, sec-
ond, and third individual
male and female per age
group. And there will be tro-
phies for first, second and

all male and female winners

ual competitors.

With about 10 local swim
clubs in the Bahamas taking }
part, the competition is }
expected to be at a high level. }

Forms for the event can be }
printed from the Internet }
http://www.swim- }
: tion, Musgrove was elected to

page:
swift.com .

All forms are to be turned }
in at the school office of St }
Andrews School, St Anne’s }
School or Lyford Cay School }
before the entry deadline of }

Wednesday, October 14.

Lady Techs defeat
COB Caribs

Davis Gymnasium with a double header.

defeat the College of the Bahamas Caribs 25-21, 25-17, 19-25,

18-25 and 15-7.

Thompson led all scorers with 11 kills.

and 16-14.

Tan ‘Wire’ Pinder and Shedrick Forbes led the Defenders with
16 and 11 kills respectively. Leonardo Dean and Carl Rolle led }

the Crimestoppers with 17 and 13 kills.
Another double header is on tap for 7:30pm Friday.

‘Turbo’
re-elected

as NPCA

third relay team per age }
group, a crystal vase for over- i r e S 1 d e nt
and a crystal vase for the Pp
youngest and oldest individ- ;

BARRON ‘Turbo’ Mus-
grove has been re-elected as
president of the New Provi-
dence Cycling Association for
the next three years.

On October 3, at the meet-
ing held in the office of the
Bahamas Olympic Associa-

serve with the following offi-
cers:

Amanda Graham and
Wayne Price as vice presi-
dents

Eugene Hatie as general

? secretary

Henry Kline as assistant

secretary

Robert Butler as treasurer
Robert Bethell as assistant

? treasurer

Sylvia Russell was appoint-

? ed as the operational manag-
er of the management board,
? which will deal with the day-

THE New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) con- }
tinued its regular season action Wednesday night at the D W }
i sible for all communications
In the women’s opener, it took the Lady Techs five sets to

to-day running of the associa-
tion. She will also be respon-

to and from the association.
Musgrove indicated that his

? executives will work harder
Sharon Whylly led the Lady Techs with seven kills followed :
by Sonia Hinsey with five kills. In a losing effort, Kenisha }
? ment by the public in bicycle
In the men’s action, the Scotiabank Defenders won over }
the Crimestoppers in five tough sets 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25 i

to create interest, excitement
and encourage more involve-

riding/racing on New Provi-
dence and the Bahamas.
Therefore, Musgrove said
they intend to look forward
to more good things like fam-

; ily rides, community rides and
? more persons riding bicycles.

Big Red Machine shut out Comets

FROM page 11

But it was in the fourth that
the Big Red Machine really
put the game out of reach as
they produced six more runs
as they batted around the
clock.

Christie would lead off the
charge with a single and after
third baseman Lucius Fox
had a run-producing single,
Isaacs Jr ripped a shot up to
right centerfield for a three-
run in-the-parker.

Before they were finished,
SAC scored three more runs,
sparked by Christie’s RBI
single.

“T think this was the most
competitive team we’ve
played so far,” said SAC’s
coach John Todd. “This is the
first time that we saw the fast
pitch in a long time and so
the guys were just hungry.

“But I don’t think they
played as well as they are
capable of playing. We know
that we will meet them again.
But whenever we do, we will
be ready.”

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position, but they were never
able to bring anybody home.

Comets’ second baseman
Jonathan Neymour got the
first opportunity in the bot-
tom of the first when he
reached safely on an error,
advanced to second on a wild
pitch and got to third on a
sacrifice fly.

But he was left stranded.

In the second inning with
two out, Queen’s College Tre
Spears walked and reached
second on an error.

But he too was left strand-
ed.

In the third, the Comets
had their best scoring poten-
tial after Ashmeid Allie got
out trying to reach third, and
Jonathan Neymour and Ger-
rio Rahming made it to third
and second respectively.

On a fly ball that got Ken-
neth Bethel out, Neymour
tried to score, but ran into

QUEEN’S
COLLEGE
Comets’
pitcher
Ramero Pin-
dling pitches
to St.
Augustine’s
College.

the tag from Byron Murray
standing up in front of the
plate.

Rahming was then left
stranded.

And in the fourth, with one
out, Ramero Cartwright and
Tre Spears were sitting on
third and second.

But they too were left
stranded after pinch hitter
Roberto Smith struck out and
Antoine Ferguson grounded
out to end the abbreviated
game.

“Our hitting was a little
poor today and we made
some little mistakes on the
infield,” coach Markham
stressed. “These things we
were doing right, but they all
came together and hurt us.

“Our defense was poor.
We just didn’t turn up today.
But we are a good little ball
club. We were just beaten on
the day by a more superior
team.”

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Comets

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE ST AUGUSTINBE’S College Big Red Machine
ran their unblemished junior boys record to 5-0 yesterday
with an 11-0 whitewashing of the Queen’s College Comets.

Also at Queen’s College in a Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary Schools’ (BAISS) double header,
the Comets clobbered the visiting Bahamas Academy 31-
3 in their senior girls encounter.

The junior boys game was a battle of the undefeated, but
Queen’s College was simply out-classed by SAC as they
suffered their first loss in three games.

To make matters worse, Queen’s College batters had a
difficult time getting a hit off St Augustine’s College
starter Blair Seymour, who fired a no-hitter with just two
strike outs.

“We were beaten by a good team today,” said Comets’
coach Gary Markham. “We didn’t help ourselves because
we made a lot of basic infield errors. You might have
called it nervousness.

“You might say they were just fundamentally sound. But
we have a good little ball team and we will see them in the
playoffs.”

Although the playoffs is still a little ways off, SAC did-
n’t waste any time in staking their claim for another title
when it’s all said and done.

Center fielder Todd Isaacs Jr started the 11-hit parade
for SAC off QC’s pitcher Ramero Cartwright in the top of
the first inning when he had a one-run single and eventu-
ally scored on a double steal after shortstop Anfernee
Seymour singled.

That was followed by catcher Byron Murray, who came
up with a shot deep into left field for a two-run in-the-park
home run that plated Seymour.

SAC would peak away with an unearned run in the
second from left fielder Kentwood Christie and another
from Murray in the third after they both singled.

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FORMER MP RON PINDER GETS MARRIED



FORMER MARATHON MP and Min-
ister of State for the Environment Ron
Pinder tied the knot yesterday with Mar-
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FROM page one

1997. Because people would
recognise that the PLP is not
a party that invites young
persons in; it does not invite
new persons in, it only seems
to be positioning itself to
cater to those who have been
well ensconced in the party,
who have a tremendous
track record with the party,
and it would be a complete
turn off to young voters,” he
said.

To date, the only official
challenger to the party’s
leader Perry Christie is PLP
newcomer Paul Moss.

Still without a seat in the
House of Assembly, Mr
Moss has campaigned in the
St Cecilia constituency for at
least two years, hoping to get
the party’s nomination to
run in the area.

While there has been spec-
ulation that there will be oth-
er contenders who would
join Mr Moss in challenging
Mr Christie, Mr Moss at this
time remains the only chal-
lenger to what otherwise
would be an uncontested run
by Mr Christie at the Octo-
ber 21 convention.

With sources in the party
suggesting that this conven-
tion would be the last one
that the PLP will hold before
the next election, any

changes to its leadership at
the chairman, deputy leader,
or leadership positions will
have to be made at this time.
And it is with this in mind
that political pundits believe
that supporters in Mr
Christie’s camp will do all
that they can to ensure that
the seasoned leader is
returned to power in his bid
to once again become Prime
Minister of the Bahamas.

Meeting

It is this desire sources
claim at “maintaining con-
trol” that fueled last night’s
meeting where the party’s
NGC was expected to vote
on three amendments —
firstly that anyone who seeks
the leadership of the party
should first be a Member of
Parliament or at least a
Member of the Senate.

Secondly, the NGC was
expected to vote on a reso-
lution that is being proposed
to block the nomination of
any PLP MP who does not
declare his intentions before
the start of the National
Convention.

And finally, the third
amendment sought was the
creation of a co-deputy posi-
tion.

However Mr Galanis
again expressed his displea-

b)

sure with even the possibili-
ties of these resolutions
being carried out.

Outlining how the consti-
tution of the party clearly
states that any amendments,
additions, or alterations to it
can only be made by resolu-
tion and carried by a major-
ity vote at the National Con-
vention, Mr Galanis said that
any vote carried out last
night can only be put for-
ward to the convention at
some future date.

“But I think that would
also be ill-advised,” the for-
mer MP said.

“Because the whole idea
is for the PLP to be all inclu-
sive and really encourage
people to come into the par-
ty and not discourage peo-
ple. There are in fact right
now persons who are more
qualified to be leader in my
opinion outside of Parlia-
ment than many of the per-
sons who sit inside.

“And so the party I think
if they wish to get the best
and the brightest, can not be
xenophobic, and confining
and close ended. It has to
expand the realm of possi-
bility and cast a broad net to
capture as many persons as it
can,” Mr Galanis said.

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Act sparks
investment
concerns

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

Ss OME
ATTORNEYS
are concerned
that the Govern-
ment’s proposed
Planning and
Subdivision bill
will curtail for-
eign direct
investment in
the Bahamas,
the Minister of EARL DEVEAUX
the Environ-
ment said yesterday.

Earl Deveaux said the new
Bill will prevent unscrupulous
developers from cheating the
land allotment process by
demanding a much more trans-
parent and stringent process for
development approvals.

He said the Bill was specifi-
cally intended to aid in the
proper development of subdi-
visions across the Bahamas, and
the preservation of land.

“This BIL codifies the Prime
Minister’s vision to seek to
make developmental decisions
environmentally friendly, more
transparent, national in scope
and empowered by local con-
ditions,” said Dr Deveaux.

“The Subdivision Bill that we
talk about is the culmination of
decades of development, and
the heightened level of envi-
ronmental awareness which res-
onates in the Bahamas today
kind of echoes the names of the
places we live today.”

The minister said the Bill will
move to promote much more
accountability on the part of
developers who acquire Crown
Land near wetlands and coastal
areas,

“Protecting the natural
resources of the Bahamas, and
protecting the wetland, is prob-
ably the single greatest legacy
this generation of Bahamian
planners and developers will
establish,” he said.

The new Bill will also curb
the misuse of Crown Land that
led to the development of a
parliamentary select commit-
tee to investigate alleged prob-
lems within the Department of
Land and Surveys that led to
the resignation of its director,
Tex Turnquest.

Mr Deveaux

SEE page 6B

said the



SECTION B ¢ business@tribunemedia.net

Venture fund ‘reassesses’
after its 50% success rate

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Government-sponsored
venture capital fund has
slowed its investments in
Bahamian start-ups as it
“reassesses its lending
practices” and concentrates on its exist-
ing portfolio, Tribune Business was told
yesterday, with just 50 per cent of the 50

* Fund examining lending and portfolio practices,
having slowed lending to aid existing firms

firms it has aided “performing up to

expectations”.

Jerome Gomez, the Baker Tilly
Gomez accountant who acts as the
fund’s administrator, said the reassess-
ment would last until year-end, the
recession having forced it into ensuring
its existing $4.5 million start-up portfo-

lio survives.

“We are reassessing our portfolio and
our lending practices,” Mr Gomez con-
firmed to Tribune Business. “Our exist-
ing businesses are having their chal-
lenges. We have had to put greater
effort into helping those, and that has

potential.”

made us hold back on new investments.

“We have done some, but not as
many as in the past. In these economic
times, we have to be prudent with the
type of business we invest in. We want to
invest in businesses with good quality

The Bahamas Entrepreneurial Ven-
ture Fund, to give the Government-
sponsored venture capital fund its full
name, has made equity investments in
just two Bahamian start-ups to date for
2009, Mr Gomez confirmed.

* $4.5m of $5m financing disbursed, through 11 equity
and 39 debt financing arrangements for start-ups

* Likely to seek private investment from 2011

* Main challenges come from entrepreneurs looking
to invest funds in new business activities

Out of $5 million worth of taxpayers’
money invested in the fund to-date
since, inception, the Baker Tilly Gomez
accountant said some $4.5 million had
been invested in 50 companies.

“Half of the companies are perform-

ing up to expectations,” he added.

“We’re just holding our own.”

Out of these, some 11 had received
equity investments, the remaining 39
receiving debt financing. Currently, the

SEE page 2B



Labour investigators sent into retail giant

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE Director of Labour yes-
terday confirmed that the
department’s investigators have
been sent into Solomon’s Mines
to investigate employees claims
of salaries being up to five
months past due, although staff
told Tribune Business they
have not seen them on the
premises.

Harcourt Brown said his
department had also begun
conciliatory processes for for-
mer employees whose sever-
ance payments have not been
met, but current staff who claim
to be waiting for outstanding
salaries have been hesitant to
bring their cases to the Labour
Board for fear of retribution by
their employer.

Mr Brown said the Depart-
ment of Labour has been aware
of the unpaid staff’s claims since
early this year, but added that
his team has revisited the alle-
gations.

“We have a number of meet-

Regulators act over
agency closure worry

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

REGULATORS _ have
“required” the owner of a
recently-closed insurance
agency to publish a newspaper
advertisement informing his
clients of where they can con-
tact him, after receiving numer-
ous complaints from Bahami-
ans concerned over whether
they still had coverage.

Lennox McCartney, the
Insurance Commissioner, con-
firmed to Tribune Business late
yesterday afternoon that the
regulator had asked Robert de
Swanton to publish his new
contact details following the
closure of his Palmdale,
Madeira Street-based Rodes
Global Insurance Agency with-

The information contained is from a third
party and The Tribune can not be held
responsible for errors and/or omission.
from the daily report.



out warning or explanation to
his clients.

“We have received a num-
ber of complaints,” Mr McCart-
ney confirmed to Tribune Busi-
ness. ““A couple of persons have
contacted us. We are aware of
their concerns.

“Mr de Swanton, who did
close his business, is required
to set up an arrangement where
he can be contacted and the
outstanding matters be
addressed.”

Tribune Business contacted
Mr McCartney after numerous
insurance industry sources told
this newspaper that clients of
Rodes (which stands for Robert
de Swanton) were complaining
about the agency’s closure,
being especially concerned
about whether they still had
insurance coverage after just
paying their premiums.

The number for Rodes’
Palmdale office was said to no
longer be in service when Tri-
bune Business called yesterday,
and calls to Mr de Swanton’s
cell phone were not answered
before press time. It was said
that the phone could not take
voice mail messages.

“Anyone who has complaints
or concerns can contact us,” Mr
MrCartney said yesterday,
adding that Mr de Swanton
should have already published
advertisements with his contact
details.

“There will be a contact
number for persons who wish
to contact him, and with any
unresolved matters persons can
contact us. We are in contact
with him, so that he can resolve
these matters. We want to
make sure everything is
addressed.”

ings already underway with
lawyers and management at
Solomon’s Mines,” he said.
“The ones that come in - atten-
tion is firstly directed toward
those employees, and as far as
any other employees are con-
cerned... inspectors have gone
down to speak to manage-
ment.”

Mr Brown said his depart-
ment has done a good job at
addressing the cases, as “a good
percentage of them” have been
looked at.

He said many of those cases
centre around the luxury goods
retailer’s alleged failure to meet
payroll obligations, and insisted
the company has been extreme-
ly cooperative with the Depart-
ment of Labour.

However, employees at the
Bay Street-headquartered
retailer say they continue to
work week-on-week without
payment.

Mr Brown said he could not
say how long a company is
allowed to carry on with busi-
ness without paying its staff,
and suggested it was evaluated

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Meanwhile, Tribune Busi-
ness was yesterday told of a
Solomon’s Mines staff member
who was one late rent payment
shy of being evicted from the
apartment where she resides.

With a barren job market
just outside Solomon’s Mines’
door, employees say they can-
not consider leaving without
first securing another job.

Mr Brown said he sees a
group of employees “prepared
to stick with the company. That
speaks volumes to their com-
mitment and dedication,” he
said. “The company has the
best interest of the workers at
mind, and it is only fair now
that their welfare be taken into
account.

“It could be a tedious
process, and the company has
stated publicly that they are
financially challenged.”

According to sources close
to the Finlaysons, the family
will be taking their yacht, the
Maratani-X, to Harbour Island
for the annual North Eleuthera
Regatta.

Employees have been con-
cerned that personal trips by
their president, Mark Fin-
layson, have taken precedence
over his financial obligations to
them.

One employee lamented:
“Another holiday weekend and
some of us cannot even buy
groceries. We haven’t seen a
dollar and they are off.”

Solomon’s Mines’ attorney,
PLP Senator Jerome Fitzger-
ald, said he could not comment
publicly on the conciliation
efforts being made by the com-
pany.

However, Mr Fitzgerald, who
recently launched his campaign
to become deputy leader of the
PLP, said things were moving
ahead.

“There are a number of
things we are sorting out and
we are making provisions to
pay them off,” he said.

Mr Brown insisted:
“Whether trying to sell its assets
or salvage what it can”, that at
the end of the day the workers
will be given what is owed them
by the company.



Sinall business
hit by 7-8 month
‘credit crunch

* Sector ‘stagnating now
that the bottom has
already dropped out’,
with surviving firms
not hiring and no new
start-ups emerging

* October 27 meeting with
association presidents
designed to kick-start
Small Business
Act crafting

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN small busi-
nesses and entrepreneurs have
been hit by this nation’s own
version of a ‘credit crunch’ for
the past seven to eight months,
Tribune Business was told yes-
terday, with the sector “stag-
nating now that the bottom has
already dropped out”.

Speaking as business associ-
ation president prepare to meet
at the Bahamas Development
Bank (BDB) on October 27 to
start the process of crafting a
Small Business Act, Mark A.
Turnquest, of Mark Turnquest
Consulting, said that while the
rate of business failures seemed
to have slowed, “no new busi-
nesses are opening now” and
those that have survived the
recession are not hiring.

“T feel that at the moment
the banks have almost stopped
lending money to businesses,”
Mr Turnquest, a consultant and
adviser to the small business
sector, told Tribune Business.

“For new businesses, it’s
almost impossible to get loans
now. The Bahamas Entrepre-
neurial Venture Fund has com-
pletely changes its lending poli-
cies. They are now re-organis-
ing and re-focusing, and it’s
almost impossible for new busi-
nesses to access money easily
now.

“Commercial institutions are
now completely ignoring entre-
preneurs. The ones that have
good standing with the banks
are not being taken care of. For
the past seven to eight months

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Bahamas Entrepreneurial Ven-
ture Fund can invest a maxi-
mum $200,000 in equity into a
start-up, with a $100,000 limit in
the debt financing it can
advance.

Currently, equity investments
seem to be more in vogue for
the fund, possibly because this

more control and say over how
the firm/entrepreneur runs the
business and uses its invest-
ment.

“One of the bigger chal-
lenges has just been the lack of
focus by owners,” Mr Gomez
said of the Bahamas Entrepre-
neurial Venture Fund’s portfo-
lio.

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er opportunities outside that
business, and the business suf-
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“The business is only two to
three years old, but instead of
waiting for the five-year mark,
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profits out rather than go slow
and steady. They just rush into
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looking for that one big win.”

It was this lack of under-
standing of the venture capital
industry that Mr Gomez said
might have contributed to peo-
ple believing the Bahamas
Entrepreneurial Venture Fund
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“T think overall it might have
underperformed expectations,
but that is simply because many
people have not studied how a
venture fund should function,”
he explained. ‘““We’ve been slow
getting the message out to per-

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

AN International Labour
Organisation (ILO) mission will
visit the Bahamas this month
to discuss how the National
Training Programme can best
be transformed into a long-term
initiative, Tribune Business was
told yesterday, the body view-
ing it as “a model for crisis
response by government”.

Khaalis Rolle, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce’s pres-
ident and National Training
Programme chair, said the ILO
was offering to provide techni-
cal assistance to construct a
microfinancing programme and
evaluation mechanism for the
initiative.

“We actually had a confer-
ence call with them [the ILO]
today to talk to them about the
next step,” Mr Rolle told Tri-
bune Business. “They’re offer-
ing technical assistance in the
construction of an evaluation
mechanism for the programme,
and the construction of the
microfinancing part of the pro-
ject.”

The microfinancing element,
Mr Rolle explained, was related
to the National Training Pro-
gramme’s self-starters element,
with the Government currently
planning to provide $5,000 in
seed capital to recruits who
wanted to become entrepre-
neurs and start their own busi-
nesses.

“In a nutshell, they’re look-
ing to offer technical assistance
to ensure the viability of the
programme long-term,” Mr
Rolle told Tribune Business.

“The programme, as it is con-
ceived now, is designed to pro-
vide some measure of relief.
People are hurting, and the
Government saw fit to assist
them through a number of ini-
tiatives. This is just one of
those.”

Mr Rolle added of the ILO:
“They’re looking at it [the
National Training Programme]
as a model for crisis response
by governments. They’re going
to do a mission to the Bahamas
on 26-30 October, and that’s
when we’re going to sit down
with them.”

Between then and now, Mr
Rolle said the ILO would pro-
vide them with the necessary
information “on best practices”,



KHAALIS ROLLE

so that at the meetings they
could determine which would
work best in the Bahamas, and
how to implement them.

The ILO, he added, was
“going to provide the technical
expertise which we need more
so than anything else.

“Financing for it is equally
important, but having the pro-
ject properly structured and
executed is the main focus. The
ILO will not provide the financ-
ing. We will try and go out and
secure additional funding for
it.”

Some 800 laid-off Bahami-
ans are now enrolled in its
National Training Programme,
Dion Foulkes, minister of
labour and social services, hav-
ing told Tribune Business ear-
lier this week that the Govern-
ment was “extremely pleased
with the progress” of the ini-
tiative. Some 300 Bahamians in
Grand Bahama and a further
500 in New Providence enrolled
at classes at the Bahamas Tech-
nical and Vocational Institute
(BTVI) and the College of the
Bahamas (COB).

Although not designed to
eliminate unemployment, since

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ee CONSTRUCCIONES CIVILES S.A.

it was designed for up to a
1,000-strong intake at any one
time, the National Training
Programme still aims to re-train
and equip with new skills those
terminated from their jobs due
to the recession.

Its classes last for between
10-15 weeks, Mr Foulkes said,
covering subjects such as com-
puting, accountancy and more
vocational careers, such as car-
pentry, welding and plumbing.
The “highest concentration” of
entrants was for computer-ori-
entated courses.

“We are very pleased with
the quality of the persons who
have come forward,” Mr
Foulkes said. “We are now
preparing for the next phase,
which is to identify persons who
wish to start their own business
as a result of the training they
are receiving.”

The minister foreshadowed
a strong link between the
National Training Programme
and the Government’s Self-
Starters Initiative in this
respect, adding: “We will make
available $5,000 per person as
start-up capital for those per-
sons. We asked all the appli-

COMPLETION OF NEW
PROVIDENCE ROAD
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

JOSE CARTELLONE CONSTRUCCIONES CIVILES S.A.
has been awarded by the government of The Bahamas for the
Compilation of the New Providence Road Improvement Project
(International Package).

Please be advised that effective October 5th 2009, Utility
investigation works will commence.

What is the project about?

Road improvement on Robinson Road and Prince Charles
Drive which includes improving the junction of Marathon Road/
Independence Highway & Robinson Road. Asphalt pavement,
an additional lane, new sidewalks and drainage facilities will
also be improved in these vicinities.

What to expect in the next few days?

The public should expect partial road/lane closures on Robinson
Rd. between Marathon Rd and Beatrice Av. and follow the
temporary detour routes. Motorist should avoid this area during
peak hours when possible.

ueries?

Please contact us at (242) 322-8341 / (242) 322-2610 Mondays
to Fridays, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm or email us at bahamasne
ighbors@cartellone.com.ar

We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and we
look forward to the cooperation of the motoring public.

cants to indicate whether they
had an interest in going into
their own business, and several
hundred persons responded
yes.
“Whether all qualify is anoth-





FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 3B
ey
ILO visit seeking to make training ‘model’ permanent

er matter, because a different
interview and screening process
will be required.”

Mr Foulkes said the positive
progress made by the National
Training Programme to date

would stand it in good stead for
whenever the Government
made a decision on whether to
transform it into a permanent,
as opposed to temporary, ini-
tiative.

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CLIENT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE





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navigate an increasingly complex global health care system with ease and economy,





Their team is presently seeking the services of a Client Account Executive to provide support





to an expanding number of clients locally.

The ideal candidate will work with management

and clients to find quick rétoluians and provide pinpomt focus on customer service,
catiefaction and overall performance of the company products.





The Customer Account Executive will play a direct role in the overall customer) client support
strategy of aur client, The job is an excelent development opportunity for a three to five year
professional with a strong background in customer service and support. Candidates should
Possess excellent communication, the ability to work independently and superior problem
solving skills with the broad based ability te think creatively and independently to find the best












silutions to Client cancers,

Qualifications:

Minimum 3-5 years of applicable) transferrable Customer Service experience
Minimum Associates Degree (Bachelor's Degree preferred) Insurance certifications are






a plus but not required,

Ability to provide analysis and develop meaningful, realistic solutions
Effective written and oral communication Skills
Excellent customer service skills

Must be extremely detail orlented, possess excellent organizational skill, and practice
proper time-management.








Salary is commensurate with experience.






Please forward resume and salary requirements by October 14, 20049 to:





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1805

PICTET BANK & TRUST LIMITED

Invites qualified applicants for the following position:

REQUIRED SKILLS:-

TRUST OFFICER

-Strong supervisory and organisational skills,
-Ability to function independently but work as part ofa team.
-Ability to function in a high volume, high pressure environment.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:-

-Minimum of a Law Degree and/or STEP Certification.

“Sound knowledge of trust drafting, reporting and accounting.

-Ability to read and assimilate complex trust documents,

-Familiarity with the relevant local legislation, particularly the Trustee Act, 1998 and

the Financial Transactions Reporting Act, 2000.
-Working knowledge of legislation in competing junsdictions.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
-At least seven (7) years experience in a Private Bank or Trust Company, at least two
(2) years of which must be at the Trust Officer level.
-Knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asget.

ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please send
Resume and two (2) references BY OCTOBER 16, 2009 to:

The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
P.O, Box N-4837
Nassau, Bahamas

Offices in

Florence, Frankf, Gener, Hong Kong, Lawscare, Lowden, Lacemhourg, Madrid, Mil, Montreal,
Navsow, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Tokyo, Turin, Zurich

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L. C. Hull & Co.
Counsel & Attorneys

We are seeking to hire a talented Attorney
to join practice in Abaco. Lawyers with 2-4
years experience, a strong record of academic
achievement, excellent writing skills, good
computer skills and experience in real property
transactions.

Please send your resume to:

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P.O. Box AB - 20415

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NOTICE
VISIONARY INVESTMENTS
OFFSHORE LIMITED

——

#
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of VISIONARY INVEST-
MENTS OFFSHORE LIMITED has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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NOTICE
BEALTO INVESTMENTS INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of BEALTO INVESTMENTS INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
THE GOLDEN NEEDLE
PIN CO. LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VELLA VIGO S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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China rises amid the

By JOE McDONALD
AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — The auto-
parts maker Delphi Corpora-
tion is headquartered in Troy,
Michigan, in the heart of the
region that made the United
States the car capital of the
world. It’s a place where the
phrase “buy American” is right
at home.

Now the 3,000 employees of
Delphi’s brake and suspension
unit are getting a new boss. Bat-
tered by weak sales, Delphi is
selling the unit to investors led
by a company named Shougang
Corp. Shougang is a steel mak-
er owned by the government
of China — a government that

calls itself communist but
espouses a “socialist market
economy” as it marches down
globalization’s road toward a
capitalistic future.

“Everyone’s so desperate for
cash that the Chinese show up
with a checkbook and people
say, “Yes, please’”, says Arthur
Kroeber, managing director of
Dragonomics, a _ Beijing
research firm.

Explosive growth in China
and India, coupled with Japan’s
clout as the world’s No. 2 econ-
omy, has long been expected
to shift economic power from

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NOTICE
RASDANOI CORP.

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#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of RASDANOI CORP. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY
RAINY DAY INC.

—

#
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Com-
panies Act 2000, the HOLLY
GOLIGHTLY RAINY DAY INC. has been com-

pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

dissolution of

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GREEN TONES & SHADES INC.

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#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GREEN TONES & SHADES INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MARIAS S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

One in a series of stories assessing how last fall’s financial

ed States.

“China is very likely to be
the second-most-powerful
country — if it isn’t now, then
within a decade,” says Kenneth
Lieberthal, director of the
Brookings Institution’s John L
Thornton China Center in
Washington.

For the US, it’s a mixed
blessing. The American and
Chinese economies are inter-
twined, and the success of one
depends on the health of the
other.

The US is China’s biggest
trade partner. Americans
bought Chinese goods worth
$338 billion last year. Beijing is
Washington’s biggest creditor,
with more than $800 billion
invested in government debt.
American automakers look to
power remains undefined: On — China’s growing market to pro-
an unfamiliar global stage, itis pel future sales.
unsure what role it wants to The financial crisis set back
play. US growth by years and will

For decades, China followed — add trillions to the federal debt
the dictum of its late supreme over the next decade. But Chi-
leader, Deng Xiaoping, to keep _ na avoided the worst of the cri-
its head down abroad and focus _ sis. Its banks are healthy and,
on development at home. But — with the help of a four trillion
earlier this decade,emboldened yuan ($586 billion) stimulus,
by success and mindful that _ this year’s economic growth is
their globalized economy needs __ on track to top eight per cent.
stability, communist leaders Already, demand from China
started pressing for a place can affect oil prices, and it is
among the nations that man- _ starting to influence what prod-
age world affairs. ucts are available worldwide.

These days, Beijing is claam- | Western jobs are tied to Chi-
ing a bigger voice in global eco- nese spending, from British
nomic forums such as the auto factories to Australian iron
Group of 20 and is getting more —_ mines. Chinese money is financ-
deference in the United ing development of oil fields
Nations, which could mean pro- from Venezuela to Central
tection for friends such asIran Asia.
and Myanmar. Its military And China’s role as Wash-
spending is the world’s second-
highest, behind that of the Unit-

the US to Asia as this century
progresses. The financial crisis
and resulting Great Recession
are accelerating that process.

“China certainly comes out
of the crisis stronger rather than
weaker, and it’s the opposite
for the US,” says Stephen
Roach, chairman of Morgan
Stanley Asia.

Some Americans have begun
declaring this the “Chinese cen-
tury” since it began nearly a
decade ago. But while they and
others fear the rise of China in
international relations and the
global economy, the reality is
less dramatic: Beijing is still get-
ting its own sprawling, chaotic
house in order and is in no posi-
tion to supplant the US as glob-
al leader in the near future.

At the same time, Beijing’s

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NOTICE
LOUVRE VENTURES INC.

—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of LOUVRE VENTURES INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SOLID VAULT INC.

— -,——

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of SOLID VAULT INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ORIENT EXPRESSIONS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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global economic crisis

meltdown and the Great Recession have changed our lives



US PRESIDENT Barack Obama shakes hands with China’s President
Hu Jintao at Winfield House in London...

ington’s lender-in-chief is alter-
ing the dynamic of the coun-
tries’ relationship.

At a meeting in London in
April, President Barack Oba-
ma assured his Chinese coun-
terpart, Hu Jintao, that Wash-
ington would cut its budget
deficit — a promise no Ameri-
can leader ever had to make to
a Soviet leader.

Washington’s three-year-old
strategic dialogue with Beijing
has long been dominated by US
trade grievances. But the latest
round in July, overshadowed
by America’s need for China
to keep buying its debt, became
a discussion between equals.

China, a major destination
for foreign investment, was
starting to reverse the flow and
invest abroad before the finan-
cial crisis. The crisis accelerated
that and has led to a flurry of
deals. In some cases, Chinese
companies have stepped in to
save Western jobs — a notion
unthinkable a decade ago.

In Britain, China’s Nanjing
Automobile Group plans to
reopen the Longbridge factory
idled by the collapse of MG
Rover to make limited-edition
MGTF sports cars. And in Swe-
den, Beijing Automotive is join-

Deloitte.

(AP Photo: Charles Dharapak)

ing a bid to buy Saab from
General Motors, while Geely
Automobile wants to acquire
Ford’s Volvo unit.

“It’s better to be part of the
race than to watch it from the
stands,” says Paul Akerlund, a
union representative at Saab.
“We see advantages in gaining
access to the Chinese market,
which is the fastest-growing
auto market in the world.”

In diplomacy, China is only
starting to stake out positions
on a wide array of global issues.
It has used its influence in the
United Nations to help allies
such as Sri Lanka resist West-
ern pressure on human rights.
But Chinese leaders have yet
to decide what overall political
and military role they want
abroad.

“They clearly want to be a
country of some gravitas both
regionally and globally,”
Lieberthal says. “But there are
a lot of aspects of the American
approach — too ready to inter-
fere, to tell others what to do —
that the Chinese criticize as
‘hegemonic.””

Even as it is on track to over-
take the American economy in
size as early as 2030, China is
burdened by enormous prob-

Independent Auditors’ Report
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lems of corruption, poverty and
pollution. Measured by income
per person, China ranked 130th
out of 210 economies in a
World Bank survey last year,
behind most of Latin America
and parts of Africa.

“China’s foreign currency
reserves are huge. But that does
not mean we are a rich coun-
try,” says Cho Tak Wong,
chairman of Fuyao Group,
which produces glass for Chi-
nese and global automakers.
“We are about 100 years
behind the US.”

China also has become a fast-
growing market, and the finan-
cial crisis has only increased its
importance to global compa-
nies. Chinese demand affects
everything from global steel
prices to the design of con-
sumer goods. Cadillac created
its 2008 CTS with China in
mind, adding a deeper back
seat for Chinese buyers driven
by chauffeurs.

Other countries’ urgent need
for cash has created opportu-
nities for Beijing to make deals
for resources to drive its boom-
ing economy. State companies
have struck oil deals in Brazil,
Venezuela, Russia and Africa
and bought stakes in Australian
and Canadian miners.

Delphi turned to Chinese
buyers for its remaining brake
and suspension operations after
it sought bankruptcy court pro-
tection four years ago. The buy-
ers are Shougang and two part-
ners — the Beijing city govern-
ment and an auto-parts maker,
Tempo Group. Delphi says the
$90 million sale should close in
November, seven months after
it was announced.

Contrast that with 2005,
when Chinese oil company
CNOOC Ltd. tried to acquired
Unocal Corp. CNOOC offered
to pay more than a rival Amer-
ican bidder but withdrew after
critics in Washington said the
sale might threaten US energy
security.

Still, the United States has
many strengths that China
lacks. The US remains the
world center for innovation in
many areas and a magnet for
smart, ambitious immigrants.

“Europeans may hope that
the US has been knocked down
a peg or two, but even if that is
so, they could be in for a nasty

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Banking and Securities Commission (the Commission) included in the “General Provisions Applicable to (Credit
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the financial stasements. An audit also includes evaluating the ecoounting criteria used, the significant eacimanes
sade by management and the overall presentalion of the financial datements, ‘We believe thal our audita provide a

neasonible basis for car opinion.

As explained in Motes 1, 3 and 4 to-the accompanying consolidated finenclel scatements, the cmmsactions of the
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for such purposes, a well as general cud specific official lethers thal regulate the recording in aceounling of certain
transactions and other applicable laws weed by the Institution io prepare its finencial information. Note | deseribes
the conditions of the current economic environment generated by the workteide financial crisis thet affects the
transactions of the Instibation. Note 3 descrites the main differences between the accounting criteria presorited by
the Commission and Financlal Reporting Standards applicable in Mexico, which are commonly sed in the
preparation ofthe fimancial slatement af other noe-regulmed entities, as well a3 those originaied by peneral and
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certain transactions, Similarly, Mote 4 describes the amendments to ecoounting criteria thet became effective during
2008 and have been peospectively applied and others that became effective as of January 1, 2000, Therefore, the
consolidated financial strtements disceeed in the first paragraph caneot be aeed fe comparison purposes.

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surprise,” says Howard Wheel-
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“Never underestimate the abil-
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rise to a challenge.”

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NOTICE is hereby given that MACKINS TEHNOR of COLUMBUS
DRIVE 30B, APT #2, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that

any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 2" day of October,
2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,
P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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BILLING AND ENROLLMENT COORDINATOR

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navigate an increasingly complex global health care system with ease and economy.

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management to ensure accurate and prompt billing, reconciliations and payment verifications
as well a5 any support to other functional areas of the business (inclusive of benefits, claims,
business development and client services}

The Billing and Enreliment Coordinator will play a direct role in the overall customer/client
support shrabegy oF our cient. Candidates should possess excellent communication, te ability
to work independently and superior problem solving skills in the broad based ability to think
creatively and independently to expedite the needs of the billing and enrollment function,

Qualifications:

Minimum 3-5 years of applicable administrative experience in a financial or accounting
role,

Accounting! Financial Reporting experiemce is a must.

Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent {insurance certifications are a plus but
not required) Associates Degree preferred.

Must be extremely detail orlented, possess excellent organizational skill, and practice
proper Line-mariagerberit.

Effective written and oral communication skills.

Excellent customer service skills,

Salary is commensurate with experience.

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Legal Notice

NOTICE

GOLDEN SUNSET COVES INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


























Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MYLANDER VISTAS

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INC.

KARBALA LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ROYALS FIDELITY

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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

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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) +

1000.00

1000.00

1000.00

1000.00
52wk-Low Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

ABDAB
RND Holdings

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

3.0941
12.3870
100.0000
93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

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

§2wk-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

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

(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

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Legal Notice

NOTICE
MARISTELLA S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
EMSWORTH LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CONTINUUM CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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FG CAPITAL MARKETS

BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

COLON TAL

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,478.40 | CHG -0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -233.99 | YTD % -13.66
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

Previous Close Today's Close

Change Daily Vol. EPS$ Div $

ases)

Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest
100.00
100.00
100.00

100.00

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

Prime + 1.75%
15 7%
230 Prime + 1.75%

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities

Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Yield

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

30.13
0.45

31.59
0.55

29.00
0.55

0.000

0.000 0.00%

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

NAV

2.8300
1.4932
3.0941
13.1136
101.6693
96.7398
1.0000
9.3399
1.0707
1.0319
1.0673

MARKET TERMS

YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %

31-Aug-09

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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 $ - A company's reported eamings 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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Act sparks

investment
concerns

FROM page 1B

Bahamas has 1.6 million acres
of dry Crown Land out of a
total 3.45 million acres on which
to “promote and accommodate
development for the empower-
ment of Bahamians”. He added
that there were 900,000 acres
of wetland that should be con-
sidered for preservation.

“The Bill prevents indis-
criminate division and devel-
opment of land, protects and
preserves the natural and cul-
tural heritage of the Bahamas
and provides for a planning
processes that are fair by mak-
ing them open accessible, time-
ly and efficient,” he said.

Dr Deveaux said land for
subdivisions will not be
acquired by developers with-
out public approval, via means
of public hearings and scrutiny

by an appointed Town Plan-
ning Committee.

He said some of the prob-
lems commonly associated with
subdivisions are: “Unauthorised
sale of lots, request to sell lots
to pay for infrastructures, build-
ing permits issued in unap-
proved sub-divisions, lack of
utilities and services in subdivi-
sion, subdivision fees, uncom-
pleted subdivisions and family
subdivisions.”

Mr Deveaux said a prime
example of an ill-planned sub-
division was Pride Estates off
the Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway, which he insists will
need even more land acquisi-
tion to curb poor traffic condi-
tions.

“The Act is intending to ful-
fill its original purpose and
seeks to build communities,”
he said.

To advertise,
call 502-2371

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ORANGE SANDCREST INC.

es

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ORANGE SANDCREST INC. has been

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DEVAUGHN HOLDINGS LTD.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of DEVAUGHN HOLDINGS LTD. has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
IRAL LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





CUN wee) BISX-listed firm’s chair steps down

Consolidated Water, the BISX-listed
reverse osmosis supplier, yesterday
announced that Jeffrey M. Parker resigned
as its chairman, and as a member of the
audit and executive committees, with effect
from October 7.

Mr Parker joined the Board in 1980,
and has served continuously as a director
since that time. He has been chairman of
the board since 1982, and also served as
chief executive from 1994 to 2004.

“On behalf of his fellow directors and



our shareholders, I would like to express
our sincere appreciation to Mr Parker for
his 29 years of service and dedication to
the company, and we wish him all the best
for the future,” said Rick McTaggart, Con-
solidated Water’s president and chief exec-
utive.

Directors meeting in November 2009.

Consolidated Water is engaged in the
development and operation of seawater
desalination plants and water distribution
systems in areas of the world where natu-
rally occurring supplies of potable water
are scarce or nonexistent.

Consolidated Water currently operates
water production and/or distribution facil-
ities in the Cayman Islands, the British Vir-
gin Islands, Bermuda, Belize and the
Bahamas.

Appoint

Consolidated Water expects to appoint a
new chairman at its upcoming Board of



JEFFREY PARKER

FROM page 1B

they’ve been doing that.”

However, given that around
20 per cent of all commercial
loans in the Bahamas are in
default, banking sector ner-
vousness in lending to this
nation’s small business sector
is somewhat understandable.
Given that outstanding com-
mercial loans are estimated to
have a total $1 billion worth,
the statistics imply that some
$200 million is in default.

And it can also be argued
that it is not the job of a com-
mercial banks to provide debt
financing to start-ups and entre-
preneurs, this being the role
played by venture capital - a
notably absent ingredient in the
Bahamian economy apart from
the Government-sponsored
fund.

Commercial banks, given
their responsibility to repay
depositor liabilities, are unable
to take big risks with other peo-
ple’s money - and are also con-
strained by law and regulations
from doing so. Still, there is lit-
tle doubt that many Bahamian
businesses have either failed,
or struggled, to obtain debt
financing and overdraft facili-
ties for items such as inventory
restocking during this recession.

Mr Turnquest yesterday
argued that while several com-

mercial banks had previously
touted the size of their small
business lending facilities, the
reality was that the lion’s share
from these went to “only a few
big businesses”.

“For small businesses, it’s
‘no, no’,” Mr Turnquest
claimed. “If you ask them to
give you a breakdown of the
size of the loan relative to the
size of the business, it will clear-
ly identify that 10 per cent of
any new loans go to small busi-
ness. The rest goes to the larger
businesses, because they have
the capital, the collateral, the
track record and the cash flow.”

Describing conditions in the
Bahamian small business sec-
tor as “steady”, Mr Turnquest
added: “The bottom has
already dropped out. The only
thing happening now is stagna-
tion - you'll see a steady stag-
nation underway. The ones in
business now have already
weathered the storm.

“The only challenge now is
that they are not hiring people.
There will never be a dent in
the unemployment rate until
mid-next year at least. I’ve spo-
ken to many small business
owners, and they are not hir-
ing - period. They have one or
two people employed, and are
doing a lot more work over-

PHOENIX

Notice of
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

OW the Shareholders and Agenda

Holice bs Parkby giver that the Annual deneral Meating of
Sharthoiders of Phooni: Four, Ing, will bo held om Thereday,

Nowember 4” 2008 at AG Insurance (formerly Portes Inearance Bekgiurn)
located at Rue dui Port Hau! 17, 8-100) Brussels.

Regisiratian will commrnce at 10h) in anticipation of a
71h 0 start. The agenda tor the meting ls as Tolls:

AGENDA

Agset Summary

Soe i ee

Gioaing Statement

Dated the 6 day of October 2009.

By order of the Heard.

Opening Statement trom the Chairman:
BROVSRe Litigation Update

Review of D008 Audited Finacial Silene
Review of 2005 Mot Asset Value

Cash Position and Progection for 2008 and 2010
Share Purchase Offar inqery

NOTICE

the-counter themselves.
They’re physically present in
the store.”

Aside from existing small
businesses, Mr Turnquest said
the growth of new start-ups in
the Bahamian economy had
“slowed tremendously” as a
result of the recession and its
fall-out.

“There’s no new businesses
opening; there are absolutely
no new businesses being
launched in the bricks and mor-
tar type of business model. You
may see some e-commerce-type
models, but people are moving
away from paying rent early.”

Against this backdrop, Mr
Turnquest, working with
Bahamas Development Bank
(BDB) executive, Dale
McHardy, is moving to craft a
Small Business Act of the
Bahamas, the October 27 meet-
ing being the first step through
getting association presidents
to identify key issues impact-
ing their sectors.

“We are trying to do things
step by step, and then form a
National Plan [for small busi-
ness],” Mr Turnquest
explained. “It’s not going as fast
as I wanted, but I’m optimistic
now. I hope by next year to
have some draft with the Prime
Minister and the Cabinet. We’ll

be looking very good for next
year. It can’t be rushed.”

The Small Business Act of
Barbados will be one of the
models used as a guide for
drafting the Bahamian legisla-
tion, but Mr Turnquest pledged
that the latter would be “craft-
ed to suit our environment”.

He argued that the legisla-
tion would leave the Bahamas
“better positioned” to survive a
recession, one proposal being
that it would exempt small busi-
ness owners who were current
with all their tax payments and
other obligations from paying
their 5.4 per cent of National
Insurance Board (NIB) contri-
butions. Real property tax
exemptions and customs duty
exemptions could also be con-
sidered.

Mr Turnquest, though,
warned that a Small Business
Act would “not be a panacea
to save all businesses during a
recession”, focusing on small
businesses with five to 10
employees as opposed to ‘Mom
and Pop’ stores.

The planned legislation, he
added, was designed to create
an entrepreneurial culture in
the Bahamas, and could also
encourage financial institutions
to be more flexible in their
small business lending practices.

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BAHAMAS AGRIBUSINESS

COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED
(VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 105 of the Cooperative Societies Act,
2005 the voluntary liquidation of Bahamas
Agribusiness Cooperative Society Limited has
commenced. All claims against the aforementioned
Cooperative must be submitted to and received by
THE LIQUIDATOR before October 31, 2009 at PO
Box SS 6462, Nassau, Bahamas.

Cliff Pinder & Associates Limited
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KLARWELT INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Notice
RAMBLING HOLDINGS LTD.

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000 the Dissolution of RAMBLING HOLDINGS
LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register of Companies.

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 21st
September 2009.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDEN EAGLE ASSETS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that EDLYN PETIT-FRERE

of SOLDIER ROAD, P.O. BOX N-9842, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The

Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9th day
of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

MUA

NOTICE is hereby given that STEPHEN G. DAVIES of 8
CAMELOT CT, P.O. BOX F-42766, FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 2â„¢ day of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


























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(a) ORCHIDEA FUND LIMITED (SAC) is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000 s.137 and
section 45 of the Segregated Accounts Companies Act, Chapter 396C.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on October 8, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is required
on or before the 6th day of November 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.
OCTOBER 9, 2009
LAKEISHA COLLIE

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THE TRIBUNE

Talking, paying, partying
can lift worker morale

By JOYCE M ROSENBERG
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — As Bart Cleveland
talks to employees of his ad agency, he sees the
strain.

“We’re really keenly aware of what the
economy is doing to people’s morale,” said
Cleveland, a partner at McKee Wallwork
Cleveland in Albuquerque, NM. “They’re
stressed in a way that I’ve never seen people
stressed.”

Economic reports of the last week point to
plenty of reasons for low morale at small com-
panies. A survey by the National Federation of
Independent Business of its members found
that employment in small companies over the
past three months fell on average by almost
one worker per business. That’s an improve-
ment over the spring, but it still means busi-
nesses are struggling and that they’re cutting
employees rather than hiring new ones.

That inevitably is going to affect morale,
but even at companies that are faring better,
workers are uneasy. So small business owners
need to help keep employees’ spirits from sag-
ging.

Cleveland does what many human resources
consultants suggest, talking with staffers and
letting them know how the business is doing.

“We’re communicating much more fre-
quently with our employees about things they
may not have been concerned about” in the
past, said Cleveland. He walks around the
office to talk with employees each day.

Cleveland added these walks to his routine
four or five months ago, well into the recession.
He said it was “something I intended to do, but
I’m a worker bee and I can get very focused on
what I’m doing.” But he recently recognised
employees’ need for more face time with the
boss. “When I realised it had to be more of a
priority, I made it a priority,” he said.

Rick Gibbs, a senior human resources spe-
cialist with Administaff, a Houston-based com-
pany that provides HR outsourcing, supports
the idea of owners being up-front with staffers
about the business.

“That’s one of the things we think is most
important and keeps employees engaged, even
in a negative time,” he said.

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“Tt may not make them happy and glowing
necessarily, but it provides something to think
about even in a tough time and it also creates
a tie between the company and the employee,”
Gibbs said.

Gibbs said his company is finding that small
business clients are more concerned these days
with keeping employee morale up. “It comes
up in our conversation all the time,” he said.

There is often a direct cause-and-effect rela-
tionship between how workers feel and how
well they work. Uneasy and uncertain workers
may find it harder to concentrate. That in turn
is going to affect performance, and it’s not too
long before the company feels the impact.

A boss being open with employees about
the business can help focus their efforts on
what the company needs to thrive. That can
give them a sense of power that may alleviate
some of feelings of being at the mercy of the
economy. Allowing them to vent a little frus-
tration is probably a good idea as well.

Gibbs suggests including staffers in a dia-
logue about making the business stronger, ask-
ing them: “What are your ideas? What do you
think is most effective with customers?”

He acknowledged, though, that many own-
ers may have never had this kind of openness
with staffers.

“Tt may be a difficult thing to do and it
requires the leader to really take a look at
how to best help their businesses,” he said.

Another approach for keeping employees’
morale up is through incentives and rewards,
such as performance bonuses.

DeAnne Merey, president of D M Public
Relations in New York, developed an incentive
pay programme and calls it “a huge morale
booster.”

“We're gaining clients but not at the rate we
would have if the economy was robust,” she
said. The incentive pay, which is awarded on a
project-by-project basis, gives employees some-
thing to work toward.

Gibbs noted that there are also incentives
that don’t cost anything, such as allowing a
staffer who has done something outstanding to
leave early on a Friday. But he recommended
that owners not give incentives that appear
“programmed” or automatic because “they
lose some of their effectiveness.”

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and blocks the nomination
of the only challenger for
the leadership of the party
to date, it runs the risk of
destroying any possibility it
has of winning the next gen-

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supporter told The Tribune
yesterday.

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party Chairman Philip
Galanis said that this move
if passed could possibly be
the worst mistake the party
could make.

“Tt will blow us out of the
water.

“We would have fewer
seats than what we did in

SEE page 12

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

FORMER PLP Senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater told police she
burned a copy of the “refusal to
transport” document and flushed
the ashes down a toilet, jurors in
the attempted extortion trial
heard yesterday.

Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino Light-
bourne are accused of attempting
to extort $25 million from Amer-
ican actor John Travolta, 55, after
his 16-year-old son Jett died from
a seizure in Grand Bahama in
January. The refusal to transport
document is at the centre of the
attempted extortion plot. The
prosecution closed its case yes-
terday after seeking leave of the
court to do so without calling
ASP Ricardo Taylor who was the
lead investigator in the case. Mr

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still ill.

Detective Sergeant 2329 Deb-
orah Thompson testified yester-

SEE page eight

Govt considers limits on
cases sent to Privy Council

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT is considering amending the Court of
Appeal Act to restrict which cases are sent to the UK's Privy
Council, Attorney General Brent Symonette confirmed.

The move would limit the cases sent to the Privy Council —
which is the final court of appeal for the Bahamas and many
other Caribbean countries which were former British colonies
— based on the severity of each case or the financial value
attached to the matters.

The Attorney General's office is also contemplating placing
a stipulation in the Court of Appeal Act which would require
appellants to get permission from the Court of Appeal before

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Minister of State for
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Ron Pinder married
Margot Burrows at
the British Colonial
Hilton yesterday.

The newlyweds
are pictured on the
staircase inside the
hotel.

* SEE PAGE 12

AN Ceexera RARE in police custody

A MAN who was brutally attacked
by a group of cutlass wielding vigilantes
for allegedly kidnapping a teenage girl
and holding her against her will in a
dilapidated home is back in police cus-
tody.

The man, a Lewis Street resident,
escaped from the Princess Margaret
Hospital hours after being admitted for
treatment for injuries suffered in the
Wednesday morning attack.

According to a news report, Assistant
Commissioner Raymond Gibson con-
firmed that the man was back in police
custody and that the alleged victim's

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family had made a formal complaint
against him.

A relative of the girl reportedly found
her in the tiny home, bound with tape,
residents of Lewis Street told The Tri-
bune. Around 3 am Wednesday, angry
friends and relatives of the girl accosted
the man and "chapped" him about the
body, residents said.

Police were later called to the scene,
eyewitnesses said, and took the man to
the hospital.

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Mother on the verge
of suicide over union

and judicial issues

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

UNION strife and judicial delays have left
a woman on the verge of suicide with only a
few hundred dollars to sustain her and her 11-
year-old daughter for the foreseeable future.

Krystal Barry, 29, claims she is owed
around $26,000 by her former employer, the
Airport Airline and Allied Workers Union
(AAAWU), but court wrangling has left her
unable to access her money and the depressed
economy has prevented her getting another
job.

In the meantime, she and her daughter’s
standard of living has plunged.

And in desperation Ms Barry yesterday
appealed to the public to assist her daughter
—a junior tennis champion who recently won
gold at a Caribbean tournament, despite her
mother not being able to accompany her for
lack of funds — to continue to live a healthy
life and follow her dream.

SEE page two

Lawyer accused of using
clients’ money to pay
gambling debt in Freeport

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A FLORIDA lawyer is facing three
charges in the US over allegations that he
used clients’ money to pay off an $80,000
gambling debt at Freeport’s Isle of Capri
casino.

The casino, which is located in the Our
Lucaya hotel, assisted US police in their
investigation into Mark Brady.

The lawyer was released on $8,500 bail
after pleading not guilty to two felony counts
— misappropriation of escrow accounts and
forgery — and one misdemeanour count of
lying to a law enforcement officer.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office claims

SEE page eight

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LOCAL NEWS

Police probe ninth Grand Bahama murder

Body of man discovered on
dirt road off Pioneer’s Way

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama
Police are investigating its ninth homi-
cide here on the island after the body
of a man was discovered on a dirt road
off Pioneer’s Way on Thursday.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey reported
that the 25-year-old victim had sus-
tained an apparent gunshot injury to
the body. Police are withholding his
identity until next of kin have been
notified.

Ms Mackey said police received
information sometime around 10.50am
and went to the location east of Pio-
neer’s Way East, where officers
observed a Buick Century vehicle in
the bushes.

She said the body of a black male
was in the driver’s seat with an appar-
ent gun shot wound in his upper back.

Police believe that the incident may
be connected to a shooting incident

when a man was taken to the hospital
with a gunshot injury.

According to Ms Mackey, sometime
around 7.05pm police received infor-
mation that a 27-year-old man was at
the hospital suffering from a gunshot
wound to the left shoulder.

The man told police that he was with
another male in the Coral Reef Estates
area in a vehicle when a man, he
knows by a nick-name, shot him.

He said he ran to the main road and
flagged down a car which took him to
the Rand Memorial Hospital.

Ms Mackey said sometime around
10.37pm on Wednesday evening, a
man turned himself in at Eight Mile
Rock Police Station.

The man was arrested after certain
information was received.

Ms Mackey said police have not yet
determined the motive for the shoot-
ing.

She is urging members of public who
may have been in the area and can
assist them with their investigations

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Mother on the verge of suicide over union and judicial issues

FROM page one

“Tf anyone can help, I real-
ly just want to help my daugh-
ter,” said Ms Barry. “I don’t
want it to be that she falls by
the wayside because her
mother is struggling.”

Ms Barry, 29, explained
how she had for five years
worked a full time job as an
office manager with the
union.

However, she claims she
and her daughter’s lives began
unravelling when Secretary
General of the union, Antho-
ny Bain, and his supporters
changed the locks at their
headquarters and declared
himself President of the
organisation in January, 2009.

When she and several oth-
ers turned up for work that
day, she alleges she found

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herself unable to get into the
building.

The following day, her job
had been given to someone
else and a week later, a ter-
mination letter arrived.

Believing she has been the
victim of a personal vendetta
as a result of her allegiance
to former union President
Nelerene Harding, Ms Barry
has since agitated to get what
she claims she is owed by the
union but the Department of
Labour said it cannot move
ahead until it confirms who
the real president is.

“There is an issue as to who
is the official head of the
union and both parties saying
the other person does not
have the authority to attend
any meetings on behalf of the
union.”

Petitioning

“We don’t know who to
summon over this,” Director
of Labour, Harcourt Brown
said yesterday.

Despite petitioning from
“hundreds” of AAAWU
members who want a poll to
go ahead to select a president,
according to Mr Brown, Mr
Bain and his attorney Obie
Ferguson won an injunction
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KRYSTEL BARRY’S daughter
Rayven. Ms Barry said, “If any-
one can help, | really just want to
help my daughter.”

hold the top post. Mr Bain
told The Tribune yesterday
he is seeking to alter the
union’s constitution — a
move which Mr Brown
should really leave up to the
membership to approve.

In the meantime, Mr Bain
claims the union owes nothing
to Ms Barry, who, he alleges,
was dismissed due to “poor
behaviour.”

“We did everything that
was proper in their separation
and their letters that were giv-
en to them would reflect
that,” he claimed.

Mr Brown yesterday
described Ms Barry’s situa-
tion as “unfortunate”, calling
her an “innocent bystander”
caught up in the middle of
union infighting.

“The ironic thing is the
union is supposed to be about
protection of the rights of
workers and here it is, the
internal squabbles of the
union have left a worker of



“There is an
issue as to who is
the official head
of the union and
both parties
saying the other
person does not
have the
authority to
attend any
meetings on
behalf of the

union.”



the union not getting paid,”
he said. He could not confirm
the amount that Mrs Barry is
owed, but said it “could well
be” the amount she has
alleged.

Yesterday, Ms Barry
described her despair at the
situation, which saw her life
turned upside down in a mat-
ter of months.

Despite sending her resume
“all over Nassau”, Ms Barry
said she has been unable to
find a new job, apart from a
few weeks of work here and
there.

Ms Barry said she feels like
there is “no justice” in The
Bahamas.

It appears, she said, that the
average Bahamian has
nowhere to turn when their
rights are trampled.

Anyone who wishes to help
Ms Barry and her daughter,
Rayven, can contact Alison
Lowe at The Tribune on 502
2365 or alowe@tribuneme-
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A JET-SKI operator made
the gruesome discovery when
he came upon the body of a
caucasian woman floating in
waters near the Carefree
apartment complex on West
Bay Street.

Up to press time yesterday,
police were still trying to
determine the identity of the
woman.

Police were also investigat-
ing whether the female
drowned or was murdered.

Lifeless

"Around 9.30 yesterday
morning, police got a call that
there was a body floating in
the water just at the rear of
the Carefree apartments.
Officers came and with the
assistance of some persons
who were already on the
beach, pulled the lifeless
body of the female out of the
waters.

"And the information is
that a jet ski operator was
passing and he saw the body
floating in the water. As a
result he pulled the body to
shore and thereby called the
police," RBPF Superinten-
dent Cleophus Cooper said.

An autopsy will be sched-
uled to determine an official
cause of death.

In-depth study
expected to help
lower food prices

FOREIGN experts are con-
ducting an in-depth study
which is expected to help low-
er food prices and make the
Bahamas more self-sufficient.

A team of Food and Agri-
culture Organisation (FAO)
specialists have begun a three-
month assessment of the
Bahamas’ agricultural and
fisheries sectors at the request
of the Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources.

The team is led by Dr Dun-
stan Campbell, FAO repre-
sentative for the Bahamas,
Jamaica and Beliz.

The process of collecting
primary data began on Sun-
day and is expected to take a
week.

Dr Campbell said the
intended outcome is a five-
year development plan for the
Bahamas’ agricultural sector.
“This exercise is long in com-
ing and much needed,” said
Ministry of Agriculture
under-secretary Philip Miller.
“Tt has been difficult to move
forward in agriculture without
a plan.”

Dr Campbell’s team
includes technical experts in
livestock, land, water and
extension services.

Technical

“We have also brought
onboard some local technical
people,” he added.

“And of course we are
using the resources of the
Ministry of Agriculture
because these are the people
on the ground and who live
with the challenges.”

He pointed to the global
trend of rising food and fuel
prices, and the detrimental
impact this has had on house-
holds.

“The government of the
Bahamas has responded,” he
said, “and is looking forward
to strengthening the agricul-
tural sector.

“But before doing that we
need an understanding of
what the situation on the
ground is and what are the
potentials.”

The programme will be
“very intensive” with visits to
the islands and sessions with
farmers, agro-processors, indi-
viduals in marketing, suppli-
ers, traders, and trade policy-
makers.

“We want to have a com-
prehensive picture of the agri-
cultural situation here in the
Bahamas,” said Dr Campbell.
Under-secretary Miller
emphasised the impact the
study would have on the Min-
istry of Agriculture and
Marine Resources’ budget
preparations.

“We need to know exactly
what the needs of the agricul-
tural sector are so we can cre-
ate programmes that would
meet those needs,” he said.
“We need that information to
assist us with the budget so we
can have real programmes to
assist the farmers.”

PHILIP GALANIS SPEAKS AFTER OPPOSITION LEADER ’S WARNING TO POTENTIAL CHALLENGERS

Christie’s ZNS performance was

disappointing

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FORMER PLP MP Philip
Galanis said that he was disap-
pointed at Perry Christie’s per-
formance on ZNS on Wednes-
day night, when the party
leader warned parliamentary
colleagues that there would be
consequences for any of them
who dares to challenge him at
the party’s convention on Octo-
ber 21.

During the interview, con-
ducted by ZNS anchor Jerome
Sawyer at Mr Christie’s home,
the party leader said he would
question the loyalty of any col-
league who tries to replace him.

Mr Christie went on to say
he is not sure whether he could
place any confidence in such an
individual in the future.

However, Mr Galanis said

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Ministry angling for possible
snapper and conch season

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

Philip Galanis

that if the PLP is seeking to
represent itself as a democratic
organisation, demonstrations of
freedom by Mr Christie’s par-
liamentary colleagues should
be welcomed.

“T think that if he were to
have said it objectively and if

try to determine what the fish stocks

are like."

The need to place conservation mea-

Perry Christie

persons looked at it objectively
it would appear that he (Mr
Christie) didn’t have the level
of security that he is purporting
to have. And I don’t know why
that is.

“He is the leader. He ought



— former PLP MP



“We need to be a welcoming

party, not a party that is
fighting within itself.”



to be secure in his position. He
has been in politics for a very
long time. He has appointed
numerous stalwart councillors.
He has lead the party and I
think has done a fairly good job
and so there really is no reason
for him to be insecure.

“What he ought to do in my
opinion is invite as many and
whoever wishes to oppose him
to do so and if he is confident in
himself then he will win,” Mr
Galanis said.

Falling short of calling Mr
Christie “scared”, Mr Galanis
admitted that this may be the

view of some in the party, but
said he believes the leader sim-
ply wishes to serve another
term and does not want any-
thing to get in the way of that.

“Tf he does the kind of things
that they are suggesting is being
done tonight (see story, page
1), this will not inure him to
PLPs and certainly it will not
endure him to those undecided
voters who are thinking of com-
ing in.

“We need to be a welcom-
ing party, not a party that is
fighting within itself,” he said.

THIS is a still from a video which appears to
show commercial fishermen from Spanish
Wells hauling in an extremely large load of the
fish.

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THE Ministry of Agriculture and
Marine Resources is still contemplat-
ing implementing a snapper and conch
season to protect these limited resources
from over-fishing, Agriculture Minister
Larry Cartwright said.

His ministry is also trying to deter-
mine the country's snapper and conch
population before deciding when they
can be harvested.

"The Ministry of Agriculture and
Marine Resources is looking at conser-
vation and we may be in the very near
future looking at the possibility of a
snapper and conch season," said Mr
Cartwright.

"IT wouldn't want to put a time-line on
it but we are looking at it right now to

sures on the country's snapper resources
was put to Mr Cartwright after a video
— which appears to show commercial
fishermen from Spanish Wells hauling in
an extremely large load of the fish —
was forwarded to The Tribune.

Mr Cartwright said he had seen the
video, which was posted on the video
sharing website Youtube, adding that
he had been shocked by the large haul.

"It was the first time I'd ever seen so
many fish in one spot,” he said. "I'm
not too experienced with what these
guys (typically) haul, but from talking to
fishermen I do not think this was a nor-
mal haul".

Environmental activist Sam Dun-
combe, who forwarded the video to The
Tribune, expressed concern at the vol-

ume of fish caught on the expedition.
She called on government to implement
a snapper season, similar to the one in
place to protect groupers.

"I am not suggesting that fishermen
be put out of business, however fish are
a public resource, a global resource, as
such they must be managed and their
numbers respected accordingly. Addi-
tionally fish play a vital role in the
oceans’ ecosystems.



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"We are calling on the Bahamas gov-
ernment to conduct a comprehensive
fish population study to determine quo-
tas for each species of commercial fish
before it is too late," said Ms Dun-
combe, director of the group reEarth.

Mr Cartwright added that his min-
istry is currently canvassing fisherman
for their opinions on the proposed sea-
sons, which he said would be imple-
mented "whenever the time is right”.

HEALTH MINISTER SPEAKS TO ROTARY CLUB
Plans for public hospital to replace
run-down PMH are moving forward

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

PLANS to build a new public
hospital and replace run-down
facilities at Princess Margaret
Hospital are moving forward,
Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis said yesterday.

Speaking at a meeting of the
Nassau Sunrise Rotary Club,
Dr Minnis reiterated govern-
ment’s commitment to build-
ing a 21st century facility to
serve the needs of a growing
population for at least the next
30 years.

Complaints about the condi-
tion of the Princess Margaret
Hospital over the years have
extended from mouldy walls
and ceilings to unclean bath-
rooms and an unhygienic envi-
ronment allowing for the
spread of MRSA.

Talk of a new hospital has
persisted throughout successive
governments and in 2005 a
report on the development of
hospitals was produced.

But it was not until last year
that plans began in earnest, Dr
Minnis said.

The Public Hospitals
Authority (PHA) established
two committees to develop a
master plan for the new hospi-
tal, and the firm Kurt Salmon
Associates (KSA) was con-
tracted to guide construction
plans.

Potential sites were identi-
fied, including the current PMH
site in Shirley Street, but gov-
ernment has not yet decided on
a location.

And financial setbacks
brought on by the global eco-
nomic crisis have further
delayed plans.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham had committed 51
per cent of the profits from the
potential sale of the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
(BTC) to build the new hospi-
tal, before the recession meant
the money would instead be
required to pay off government
debts.

However financial setbacks
have not caused government to
shy away from its commitment
to providing a better public hos-

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital



“Construction
of a new facility
provides an
opportunity for
better patient
management...”



Dr Hubert Minnis

pital, Dr Minnis said.

He told the Rotary club
meeting at the British Colonial
Hilton: “Construction of a new
hospital requires considerable
planning and effort, as well as
capital.

“The world economic crisis
has delayed major projects
worldwide and the Bahamas is
no exception.

“Governments as well as
people are sensitive to the
vagaries of the economy.”

Upgrades

As preparations continue
there will be upgrades at the
current hospital including the
development of three new
operating theatres, improved
associated support services, a
new central sterile supplies
department and medical surgi-
cal supplies department, and a
renovated geriatric hospital.

And as plans crystallise com-
mittees are taking into consid-



eration the population’s health-
care needs and how the new
facility could be developed in
phases.

Dr Minnis said: “It is not the
government’s objective mere-
ly to replace PMH.

“The new hospital needs to
be planned in the context of the
projected health needs of the
population for at least the next
30 years.

“Planning activities for the
new hospital have to address
the potential impact of an invig-
orated primary health care sys-
tem inclusive of community
mental health services, an effec-
tive wellness programme, an
aggressive advocacy and com-
munity participation pro-
gramme and the examination
of options for building partner-
ships with other providers.

“Construction of a new facil-
ity provides an opportunity for
better patient management and
for raising the new hospital to a
facility of first choice rather
than that of last resort.”

Also under consideration is
whether the facility will have
two or four beds in a room, pro-
visions for renal care, parking,
cost for laboratory services,
consideration of services pro-
vided by allied health profes-
sionals, MRI and intervention-
al radiology services, and non-
invasive procedures such as
imaging technologies.

Dr Minnis said there will be a
focus on preventative and pri-
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The Lion King in winter

REPUBLICANS in the House of Rep-
resentatives attempted to remove Charles
Rangel as chairman of the Ways and Means
Committee on Wednesday, arguing that
Rangel’s current ethics controversy has “held
the House up to public ridicule.”

In my capacity as a person who has held
the House up to public ridicule on numerous
occasions, I would like to go on record as
saying I do not need any 79-year-old com-
mittee chairman to help me do it. Really,
it’s a breeze. Although perhaps slightly hard-
er than before Tom DeLay dropped out of
“Dancing With the Stars.”

The Republicans are, however, completely
right about Rangel. Whenever a powerful
committee chairman has so many problems
that you need a timeline to Keep all the alle-
gations straight, he is a liability. When those
problems revolve around things like failure
to pay taxes, it is not a good plan to have him
be in charge of tax policy.

I say this with great sadness because
Rangel is my congressman. My neighbours
and I have heard about the totally ludicrous
benefits that are showered upon the con-
stituents of a powerful committee chair. Ever
since he took control of the Ways and Means
Committee, we have been waiting for our
ship to come in. Perhaps bearing a special
subsidy for families who live near a large
number of pigeons. Or an extra lane on the
West Side Highway that only residents of
the 15th Congressional District are allowed
to use.

Despite my great stake in keeping Rangel
in his current post of power, I’m not pre-
pared to argue that you can have a chairman
of the tax-writing committee who failed to
declare $75,000 in rental income on a
Caribbean villa on his tax returns. Or one
who seems to think you can turn yourself
into a resident of two different cities if it
gets you cheaper housing — and that the
House only requires its members to list their
financial assets beginning with the letters F
through M.

The Democrats made no attempt what-
soever to defend Rangel when the Republi-
can resolution came up in the House. They
just swiftly and sullenly referred it to the
ethics committee, which is currently
embarked on Year Two of its Charles
Rangel investigation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims the current
Congress is the most ethical and open one in
history. And given what’s gone before, who
knows? Pelosi actually has instituted some
reforms, and punished some bad apples, or at
least nudged them out of critical posts.

But this is a test of whether the Democrats
will follow through when it’s really, really

hard. We already know that Pelosi will not
fail to act if one of her members gets caught
with $90,000 in marked bills hidden inside his
freezer. We don’t know whether she’ll be
as firm if a popular guy who also happens to
be the co-founder of the Congressional
Black Caucus gets caught doing a laundry list
of things that are totally outrageous but not
necessarily grounds for a major criminal
indictment.

Rangel is certainly not going to step down
without a push because he doesn’t seem to
feel as if he has done anything all that wrong.
He did apologise for the failure to pay taxes
and settled up with the IRS. But when a
man who represents a district that is about 50
per cent Hispanic says he was unable to fig-
ure out whether he had rental income
because his agent in the Dominican Repub-
lic kept speaking in Spanish, you can pre-
sume he is not exactly bowed down with
grief and shame.

Rangel’s friends say he was just sloppy,
but it’s more likely that he just feels he’s
too important to be bothered with the rules.
He’s treated like a king in New York, where
he does not mind being referred to as “the
Lion of Lenox Avenue.” And, of course, in
Washington, the chairman of the Ways and
Means Committee practically gets carried
down the street in a litter.

Here’s a Rangel story: During the Demo-
cratic convention in Denver in 2008, city
police got carried away and unleashed pep-
per spray at some demonstrators and every
innocent bystander in the vicinity. The
refugees poured into a hotel lobby, coughing
and teary. Some middle-aged women were in
particularly bad shape, and their friends
wondered whether to call 911 as they bent
over, hacking and gasping.

Suddenly, in breezed Rangel. It was a
moment in which an important politician
could have scored a lot of points just by
being slightly solicitous. The Lion took in the
scene and boomed: “I’m outta here! Pll send
you cigarettes!”

There are tons of people in Congress who
have huge egos and an impatience with the
minor irritations of life. If the Democrats
made Rangel step down, it would be a
reminder that holding public office means
you have to be more conservative about
drawing the line between proper and
improper behaviour than your humblest con-
stituent.

It would be worth it even if my neigh-
bourhood never does get a bridge to
nowhere.

(This article was written by Gail Collins —
c.2009 New York Times News Service).



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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Watching with keen inter-
est as candidates step forward
in the run up to the PLP con-
vention, one cannot stop and
wonder about persons offer-
ing for deputy leader. Jerome
Fitzgerald’s speech and Philip
Davies theme are the most
captivating of all. Mr Fitzger-
ald says “...l am a product of
43 years of your collective
work. You produced me. You
prepared me for leadership.”
Mr Davis on the other hand
wants his party to “Be Brave”
and vote for him as the next
deputy leader.

What is so striking about
wanting second place? Who
prepares for 43 years for sec-
ond place and what is so
brave about being runner up?
When Debbie Ferguson pre-
pares for four years to per-
form in the Olympics she is
not training for second place,
she wants gold!

It’s a poorly kept secret that
the entire slate of candidates
in the race for deputy really
wants to be leader, but party
politics dictates that they “tow
the line until it’s their time.”
Our political system has yet
to come of age with the
understanding that to chal-
lenge leadership does not
mean opposing party princi-
ples. It is still a system built
around absolute party loyalty
and compliance as its core
rather than the dynamics of
competitive ideas and ideals
competing for the attention
of a captive voter.

Given the current system,

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the question that needs to be
resolved for the winner of this
farce is how are you going to
take the wheels of power
from a “leader for life”?
Many scenarios exist, but the
one which is most compelling
is taken directly from the
playbook of Julius Caesar: a
political coup (minus the stab-
bing) by forming a band of
persons who are of like mind.
One can see that scenario
being played out based on
who you see in the crowd for
each candidate.

In truth the position of
deputy leader should be a
post that is handpicked by
whoever is successful as
leader, for two main reasons:
these two persons need to
work in concert so there
needs to be a level of comfort
and familiarity. These traits
are better guaranteed through
a selection process rather than
election of a deputy. The sec-
ond reason has to do with
vision. The vision and over-
all tone of a party comes from
the leader which is supposed
to be executed by his team,
inclusive of the deputy. One
needs to be very sceptical
when someone who is run-
ning for deputy starts articu-
lating visions, goals and poli-
cies. You run the risk of major
conflict as a result of clashing
visions should the deputy
choose not to agree to the

terms set out by the leader.

Whatever your views on
the candidates, the second
place prize is not something to
train, sacrifice and aspire
towards. It is another example
of an exercise in mediocrity
and disingenuous intentions
that we the people have been
made to be subjected to for
decades when it comes to
choosing a leader. Dial the
clock back over a decade
when Bernard Nottage and
Perry Christie were made “co
deputy” leaders so as not to
offend the other. How pathet-
ic was that display! In more
recent times another example
of botched transitional lead-
ership occurred at the
expense of the delegates at
the FNM convention in 2005
when Hubert Ingraham
decided to play the cat and
mouse game with delegates —
well he or won’t he nominate
for the leadership post again?
Of course we all know the
outcome; he nominated at the
eleventh hour, avoided the
rigours of a leadership cam-
paign and the rest is history.

These are examples of
moments in history where
power was accommodated,
not won. And now it comes
full circle with the ascension
of the man who would be
king, but decided to settle for
the position of prince (or co-
prince, if history repeats) until
the king decides to leave. Stay
tuned...

ERIC B STRACHAN
Nassau,
October 5, 2009.

No Privy Council — so where do we go now?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Privy Council — it was coming for years
but we thought it wouldn’t.

It has been obvious that the British would
eventually remove the facility of the last pre-
colonial institution other than the governor
general years ago. Wasn’t it under the PLP’s
last administration that we ended up facilitat-
ing hearings here for a cost of over $1.6 million
and subsequently again since 2007?

So no Privy Council where do we go now?

We have to be very careful I suggest as we
cannot as a jurisdiction make the wrong deci-
sion which could very seriously impact Finan-
cial Services and Ship Registry and any possi-
bility of Aircraft Registration as a serious con-
sideration in these sectors was that The
Bahamas’ final court was the Privy Council.

We are subscribing to the Caribbean Court
of Appeal without using it and that does not
seem to be on too solid ground without any
unanimous support from the members of
CSME or even CARICOM.

To me ideally we, as a sovereign indepen-

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dent country, should by this time have enough
institutional structure to support our own
Supreme Court of Appeal as the final Court of
Appeal. But can it hold its own? Sadly I don’t
think we can throw the risk behind that, but
this is one of the two alternatives.

Then there is the political issue the Privy
Council is entrenched in the Constitution so
any changes will have to go to a referendum
and we all know Mr Ingraham’s view of them
and any mid-term Referendum could at this
time be worse than the result of the last refer-
endum and a prologue to the potential results
at the next general election — it seems the
gods have placed Mr Ingraham and the FNM
in a difficult political situation where there is
no win-win, in fact it spells political disaster.

I would prefer a local sovereign final
Supreme Court of Appeals, but second best is
going to have to be the Caribbean Court of
Appeal and really it is a weak second best.

ABRAHAM MOSS

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October 6, 2009.

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LOCAL NEWS



Education officials hit
out over teacher sit-out

TEACHERS at Carlton E
Francis Primary School held a
sit-out for the second day in a
row yesterday to protest staff
shortages and infrastructural
problems.

In response, the Ministry of
Education issued a statement
calling the disruption a situa-
tion which would normally have
been dealt with by the school
administrators, but which
became “inflated” by the behav-
iour of the Bahamas Union of
Teachers.

The statement said that in
recent times, “it seems as if

minor incidents have escalated
into major crises and have inter-
rupted the normal operation in
our schools due to teachers
withholding their services.

“It seems as if the Teachers
Union is deliberately interfer-
ing with the course of educa-
tion and encouraging teachers
to withhold their services.
According to General Order
1047 this is not a course of
action that should be taken, and
teachers should return to their
classrooms to perform their
duties.

“Additionally, the Industrial

Agreement provides for the
Ministry of Education to be giv-
en collectively 30 days to resolve
any issue after a grievance has
been filed before any industrial
action is undertaken,” the min-
istry said.

The teachers at Carlton Fran-
cis are complaining of a short-
age of teachers, no soap in the
bathrooms and a problem with
the septic tank in the pre-school
unit.

The ministry said it would
like the public to know “that
these matters have already been
addressed and that subject co-

ordinators are mandated to fill
any shortfall in the teaching
staff.

“Secondly, the septic tank
was repaired as of Wednesday,
October 7. As for the lack of
soap in the bathroom, schools
are provided with funds through
their school boards to provide
supplies and additionally each
district has a physical plant offi-
cer at the ministry to address
any concerns that the schools
have.

“Finally, the ministry is aware
that a teacher at the school will
be going on maternity leave in

January 2010 and is already
seeking to have her class
assigned to a supply or substi-
tute teacher.”

The ministry called on teach-
ers to be “mindful of their pri-
ority, which is to teach and
ensure the provision of educa-
tion to the students in their
care”. It also called on parents
to become more involved in the
operation of schools, to ensure
that their children are not “dis-
advantaged because of minor
incidents that can be resolved”
by discussions between all con-
cerned parties.

Vital reading programme under threat

By AVA TURNQUEST

WHAT started as a small
after school homework sup-
port project in the Engler-
ston community has blos-
somed into an aggressive and
successful campaign against
illiteracy — but this effort is
now under threat because of
a lack of support.

The project was launched
by Englerston Urban
Renewal staff and a group
of community volunteers,
who quickly found that it
had to be expanded and
developed as the extent of
child illiteracy became
apparent.

They have had some very
encouraging success, but the
programme is now desper-
ately in need of help, and
they are urging more
Bahamians to volunteer their
time and resources.

Project co-ordinator
Calieel Amahad said:
"Through my volunteer
work I discovered that the
level of literacy among the
wider cross section of chil-
dren is low. It's not that they
are incapable of succeeding —
it’s just time. No one is read-

NASSAU'S

Premier

THE PROJECT has had some very encouraging success.

ing to these kids. Teachers
can't do it alone, parents
need to spend time with their
kids.”

In addition to the after
school programme, Mr Ama-
had also visits public schools

on his lunch break to read
along with students for 30 to
45 minutes.

He said that over the last
couple of weeks, he has
noticed a significant
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skills of the students he
works with.

"The feedback is incredi-
ble, these kids want some-
one to take time with them.
It’s like, ‘Someone cares oth-

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er than my parents’.

However, he said, the
response from the commu-
nity has been discouraging.
So far, the programme has
received only one corporate
donation — from Royal Bank
of Canada.

"We need to come togeth-
er," said Mr Amahad, "we
as Bahamians must realise
that these children hold our
future. We can't remain iso-
lated. It’s a flow. If we
neglect the children, when
they grow up and assimilate
into society, their illiteracy
will directly effect the pro-
gression of this country.”

The programme is in dire
need of books, computers
and volunteers. With these
tools, Mr Amahad is confi-
dent that at the end of this
school term, his students will
have raised their reading
abilities a full grade level.

He said: "We as Bahami-
ans must volunteer at least
one hour a week to secure a
better future for our
Bahamas. If you can't donate
your time, donate money,
donate computers, donate
books —- get involved
Bahamas. Every effort
counts.”



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US FEDERAL fisheries
i managers have agreed to con-
i sider designating critical habi-
? tat for endangered leatherback
i sea turtles in the Pacific ocean
i off Oregon and California,
? according to Associated Press.
i NOAA Fisheries officials
i said Thursday they will make a
i decision whether to go forward
: by Dec. 4 under terms of a set-
? tlement of a lawsuit brought
i by conservation groups.
i The groups had sued the
? government for failing to fol-
? low through on their petition
i to designate critical habitat.
i Pacific leatherbacks migrate
: each year from nesting areas
i in Indonesia to feed on jellyfish
i in the California current
i between Lincoln City, Ore.,
: and Point Conception, Calif.
i Conservation groups have
i proposed designating that
i broad swath of ocean as critical
: habitat to encompass feeding
i areas as well as migration
i routes, said Ben Enticknap of
i the group Oceana.
i If critical habitat is desig-
i nated, it would require federal
i agencies to consult with
i NOAA Fisheries before going
: ahead with projects or actions
i in the area that might harm
i the turtles.
i Issues to be considered
: include development of off-
? shore wind and wave energy,
? coastal power plants, and pol-
i lution from agricultural runoff,
? said David Cottingham, chief
i of sea turtle conservation for
i NOAA Fisheries.
i Because leatherbacks were
i listed before the 1988 amend-
i ments to the Endangered
i Species Act requiring critical
i habitat designations, the
i agency was under no legal
i obligation to designate it, as it
? must with other species, said
i Barbara Schroeder, national
i sea turtle coordinator for
; NOAA Fisheries.

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LONG GONE IS THE TIME WHEN BAHAMIAN POLITICIANS PUT LOYALTY TO COUNTRY FIRST

The age of political knuckleheads

YOUNG MAN’s VIEW

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

In our time, political speech and
writing are largely the defence
of the indefensible... Thus, polit-
ical language has to consist
largely of euphemism, question-
begging, and sheer cloudy
vagueness... Political language
(is) designed to make lies sound
truthful and murder respectful.
George Orwell in ‘Politics and
the English Language’, 1945

N many cases, politi-
cians are known to do
questionable things of
dubious value. As it
relates to Bahamian politicians,
as is illustrated of late, some of
them are only mouthing plati-
tudes about rooting out corrup-
tion, cracking down on crime
and revamping education and
the public service. Moreover,
most local politicians are politi-
cally immature and tetchy about
criticism.
Bahamian politics appears,
in many instances, to be a
“fiercely guarded monopoly”
(Bert Rand) that is hardly based
upon personal merits.

Today, there is an assortment
of political incumbents who
should be dropped from nomi-
nation lists, for both parties,
during the 2012 general election
cycle. Frankly, when it comes
to making the crucial decisions
that may have far reaching
social and economic conse-
quences, a number of local
politicians lack the political will
and, in the context as used by
California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger a few years
ago, can therefore be referred to
as “girlie men.”

The political culture is dark-
ened and polluted by political
tribalists in both of the major
political organisations, a quan-
tity of whom, in my opinion, are
no more than political pick-
pockets, absolute idiots,
fiendish, and outright jokers
who are seen as political busy-
bodies prepared to say anything
to be elected.

I am personally aware of
insensitive politicians who are

ADRIAN

simply position seekers and
bootlickers who—for voters—
are easily accessible and quite
approachable before elections
but, after securing their seat,
become invisible. What’s worst
is that if some elected officials
belong to the governing party
and are appointed “minister”,
nearly all of them seem to adopt
an air of superiority and appear
to completely forget that they
are there to serve—we must
begin to name and shame them.
Quite honestly, it appears that
many of these pompous minis-
ters use their position to dis-
tance themselves from the mass-
es—that is, until they need their
votes again.

Over the past summer, I per-
sonally interacted with a few
politicians who I have come to
see as out-and-out political mis-
fits and blowhards who present
facades for the public, pretend-
ing to care, all in an effort to
fool the Bahamian people.
Quite frankly, both of the major
political parties contain certain
politicos who qualify as absolute
knuckleheads who, using polit-
ical theatrics, yak about prob-
lems and issues from which they
are completely detached and
can propose no solution. Most
of the current crop of politicians
have no real empathy with com-
mon citizens, and also lack a
sense of social, historic and
political purpose.

As my learned barber sug-
gested to me this week, a good
deal of the local political estab-
lishment are intolerant ideo-
logues and ““demagoons” (Mau-
reen Dowd) who have no
morals, fanatically seek self-
aggrandisement, make false
promises and merely see poli-
tics as a tactical game.

Long gone is the political cli-
mate of the 1950s and 1960s

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when political frontrunners such
as Sir Milo Butler, Sir Etienne
Dupuch, Sir Roland Symonette,
Carlton Francis, Sir Randol
Fawkes, Dr Claudius R Walker
and several others, did not just
apathetically pay lip service to
pressing events, but also saw
their loyalty to their country as
superseding any party loyalty
and/or selfish political impulse
— as a matter of fact Sir Eti-
enne belonged to no political
party.

The late Prime Minister Indi-
ra Gandhi, daughter of the late
prime minister Jawaharlal
Nehru, once said :

“My grandfather once told
me that there are two kinds of
people: Those who do the work
and those who take the credit.
He told me to be in the first
group; there is less competition
there.”

Just a few weeks ago, we had
a minister in a high profile min-
istry passing the political buck
and blaming the former gov-
ernment for choosing a flood
prone, low lying site for an edu-
cational institution instead of
focusing solely upon seeking a
speedy solution. However, I
wonder whether he would have
heaped praise upon that gov-
ernment or kept it all for him-
self if that same school had pro-
duced the best national exam
results?

Generally, it appears that
there are quite a number of
braggarts in local politics that, as
suggested by Mrs Gandhi, do
not work but would willingly
take all credit in their zeal to
win an election. We can all look
forward to the virtuous-sound-
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from political platforms—dur-
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are hijacking the policy-making
process in the United States,
there are local politicians who
are completely obsessed with
politics and personality rather
than policy, some of them seem-
ing intellectually paralyzed and
appearing to take on a com-
pletely obstructionist approach.

Moreover, as the conven-
tions roll around, the public/del-
egates should become more
cynical and questioning of the
persons offering for top offices.
In electing and re-electing politi-
cians, good administrative skills
should be a major criterion.
Even more, Bahamian politi-
cians must seek to foster trans-
parent negotiations and public
consultation to bring about and
execute policy for the better-
ment of the Bahamas.

As it stands, both parties, in
my opinion, are home to sever-
al politicians who have long
worn out their welcome, but
who continue to hang around
like uncollected garbage. It can
also be said that although one
political party may promise to
expose the corruption of anoth-
er during an election campaign,
consecutive governments have
failed to verifiably carry out an
exposé of those corrupt politi-
cians. I have long suggested the
implementation of term limits,
electoral recall and jail time to
weed out the political miscre-
ants and showmen and foster
greater accountability!

The younger generations of
Bahamians are looking for role

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models in the political class.
Furthermore, Bahamian voters
must move beyond their politi-
cal orientation to reserving their
votes for the election of those
committed (through their
actions) individuals who show
a dedication to public service
and adhere to the late US Pres-
ident John F Kennedy’s princi-
ple of “ask not what your coun-
try can do for you but what you
can do for your country...” It
is only through the adoption of
these ideals that true national
development—on all fronts—
will occur.

Where is the change that we
can believe in?

The intentional
transmittance of HIV

S: this week it was
once again announced
that cases of HIV in the
Bahamas are likely to increase.
However, shortly after reading
that report, I watched a video
(posted on a friend’s facebook
profile) where a disguised and
obviously demented person was
casually discussing how he had
intentionally infected persons
with the HIV.

While publicly announcing
that they may have contracted
the HIV/AIDS, persons infect-
ed by the virus due to the non-
disclosure of a sex
partner/spouse can seek legal
recourse in the Bahamian courts
under the Sexual Offences Act,

Chapter 99, section 8, subsec-
tion 2.

This portion of the Act
reads:

“Any person who knows
that he is infected with a virus
causing, or known to cause,
acquired immune deficiency
syndrome (commonly known as
“AIDS”) and who has sexual
intercourse with any other per-
son, with the consent of that
other person but without dis-
closing the fact of the infection
to that other person, is guilty of
an offence and liable to be
detained for a term of five years
in such a place and under such
conditions as may be specified
by the court before which he
was convicted; and while so
detained, he shall be deemed in
legal custody.”

Ever since the passage of this
Act in 1991, no one has mount-
ed any legal action, presumably
for fear of being ostracized.
Frankly, it appears that there
are thousands of non-disclosure
cases by persons who have
caught HIV/AIDS from some-
one who knowingly and wilfully
spread it.

It is obvious that situations
exist in the Bahamas where
wives/husbands, persons in rela-
tionships and/or those merely
involved as sex partners have
contracted HIV from a cheat-
ing spouse/partner. However,
in order to encourage persons to
come forward in prosecuting
such matters, the Attorney Gen-
eral’s office and the Judicial
establishment should institute
means by which these sensitive
matters are handled carefully—
that is, possibly having victims
giving video recorded evidence
and the court using its discre-
tion by using letters to refer to
the names and addresses of per-
sons involved in a case, similar
to what is done when minors
are brought before the courts.

Finally, in this age of ram-
pant violent crime, I encourage
Bahamians to join social activist
Rodney Moncur’s noble march
in support of the death penalty
this Discovery Day holiday
which, I’m told, starts at
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LOCAL NEWS



OT RAW VENDORS

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The following statement is a response to a let-
ter printed in The Tribune last week, which called
for the government to abandon its plan to rebuild
the Straw Market on Bay Street and claimed
tourists are tricked and sold drugs and counter-
feit goods at the market. The letter, which was
signed, “The business operators who have dealt
with this for far too long”, suggested that the
market be moved to a location where it can be
better monitored by the authorities.

By CONCERNED
STRAW VENDORS

E WERE

appalled

when we

read the
lengthy article printed in The
Tribune on October 1, 2009 by
Bay Street business operators
and those on Woodes Rogers
Walk.

The long article was
extremely vicious, evil, hate-
ful, malicious, and displayed
the “black crab syndrome men-
tality.” The article first
addressed the issue of the
nature of vendors’ wares. Also,
those who are not vendors who
greet and rip off tourists by
welcoming them to the
Bahamas with free gifts. When
the tourists refuse to pay,
unfortunately, the free gifts are
taken back.

Question: What does the
ware of legitimate straw ven-
dors have to do with rebuilding
the Straw Market? Vendors,
like most Bahamians, are very
industrious individuals. We pay
our dues just like any other
Bahamian business. For
instance, we pay taxes such as
National Insurance and busi-
ness licenses just as any other
businesses do, contrary to what
others believe.

At one time, gas stations
sold only gas and now today
they sell everything else, com-
peting with grocery stores.
When the gas station owners
were questioned by the pub-
lic, they came on national TV
explaining why they had to
start selling food items which
was to off-set their low gas
profit. Similarly, straw baskets,
bags, and hats are no different,
contrary to the general pub-
lic’s belief or perception.

If vendors were to sell exclu-
sively straw products, it would
seriously hurt our business. It’s
more profitable to have a
diverse selection of products —
thus the different variations.
Also, the tourist can have more
alternatives from which to
choose. If we sell our fake
bags, fake whatever, we buy
and sell them like any other
commodity and it’s called “free
enterprise”.

We have a right to make an
honest living like everyone
else. We live in what we
thought was a democratic soci-
ety so therefore we have a right
to sell whatever we chose
(within reason). However, it
would appear that downtown
business owners would prefer
us to be a burden on our fami-
ly and community rather than
make an honest living. But like
the gas stations, we must
evolve in order to survive. It
appears that your group could
care less how we live as straw
vendors just as long as it does
not affect your business or
pocket.

One of our vendors went
into a plumbing store off Sol-

dier Road to inquire about a
plumbing fixture some time
ago but to their surprise, the
plumbing store was selling
watches — whoever thought
that a plumbing store would
sell watches! (Perhaps they
may even be “fake” like our
“designer” bags.)

Another vendor had to do
some blood work and when
she went to the lab they were
selling nuts and other food
products — who would think
that a blood lab, where you go
to have your blood tested,
would be selling food products.

The point is that as Bahami-
ans and licensed straw vendors,
we are not begging, stealing,
nor are we ripping off the
tourist, who chooses to spend
their money in our county. As
a matter of fact we embrace,
welcome, and encourage them
to come back to our shores and
become friends so when they
do come back they can look us
up, contrary to your report.

Taxes

If and when a straw vendor
does not pay their National
Insurance or annual business
licence, we are either put
before the courts or the min-
istry will not give us a renewal
of our straw vendor’s identifi-
cation card
and licence.
We are
processed like
any other
Bahamian. As
a matter of
fact, there was
recently a well
known busi-
ness owner
who made the
newspaper for
non-payment
of their com-
pany’s NIB
contributions
and it was
shocking the
amount the company owed to
National Insurance; but did
Bay Street business owners or
anyone else write a long article
stating their displeasure or dis-
gust at the situation?

It’s blatantly obvious that
some of the Bay Street and
Woods Rogers operators are
envious, jealous and malicious
and clearly have the black crab
syndrome regarding straw ven-
dors and their letter seems like
an attempt to discredit and cast
negative, evil, and hateful
thinking in every effort to
undermine the straw vendors;
making horrific statements
such as “rats running through
the city” in reference to hard
working straw vendors.

There is a popular saying:
“Out all my mother’s children
I love myself the best and when
I get my belly full, the hell with
all the rest”. That is definitely
descriptive of what your group
represents. In other words, you
want the straw market dislo-
cated from downtown so we

“It’s blatantly
obvious that
some of the Bay
Street and
Woods Rogers

Operators are
envious, jealous
and malicious...”

can starve and
be dependent
on the country
and our gov-
ernment. Well,
our response is
“hell to the
NO”. We
refuse to take
the back seat,
those days are
long gone and
over with.

The “rats” who your group
referred to have produced
MPs, lawyers, doctors, preach-
ers, teachers, nurses, and busi-
ness professionals just to name
a few. Do you think we are
going to play dumb, stupid, and
ignorant like you all want to
think we are? Well, there are
vendors who sit right in this
market who have degrees and
a whole lot of “professional”
experience, who have worked
in corporate Bahamas, and
some in corporate America,
who choose to be where they
are and that’s our prerogative.
So I dare you or anyone else to
belittle us when all we aim to
do is to live honestly,
respectably, and decently like
the majority of Bahamians
aspire to do.

There are many businesses
who owe BEC thousands of
dollars but that has not been
publicised. There are people
who have left our country
owing our government thou-
sands of dollars but did you as

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business owners or anyone else
write articles to bring aware-
ness to these situations? The
answer is no. Why? Because
these persons may not seem to
be a threat to your business or
to you directly. But like I stat-
ed earlier, you want to make a
living and the hell with us
because you feel that we are
cutting into the pie. Well, as
Bahamians the pie is for all not
just for Bay Street/Woods
Rodgers Wharf and whoever
else feels we are a threat to
their business.

Ripping off tourists and
problems in Straw Market

The fake cigars, drug selling
and giving tourist gifts as men-
tioned in the letter is a serious
problem and a growing con-
cern. You stated that these per-
sons are not straw vendors but
persons who hang around the
straw market ripping off
tourists. These individuals are
present on a daily basis cast-
Ing a negative image on legiti-
mate straw vendors who actu-
ally disapprove of their behav-
jour.

May I remind your group
and the public that the Min-
istry of Works which is present-
ly headed by Minister Neko
Grant and his team are man-
agers of the Straw Market.
Straw vendors are not law
enforcers nor do we manage
the straw market. We are there




A BOY enjoys a toy bought from the straw market.

as merchants trying to make a
living and if stealing, drug deal-
ing, infractions, violations, rip-
ping off tourists are being com-
mitted, then the laws of the
Bahamas should be enforced
and these persons charged with
applicable crimes.

The Ministry of Works team
which has been assigned to
manage the straw market, has
displayed a willingness to over-
see the vendors however this
team needs more training, per-
sonnel, and a stronger leader-
ship in order to effectively car-
ry out their duties.

As persons in the communi-
ty, we are to report crimes to
our law enforcers who are to
carry out their job. You may
not have noticed but the police
have been doing an excellent
job in eradicating the problem
regarding the sale of beads at
the rear of the downtown straw
market. Like in any company
or organisation in the Bahamas
and in any other part of the
world, there are unsavoury,
rude, obnoxious, persons and
there must and should be ways
to address these concerns.

However, your suggestion is
that the way to deal with the
Straw Market problems or con-
cerns is to place the market on
Arawak Cay so that the prob-
lem would appear to be out of
sight. Has your group serious-
ly considered the tourist’s safe-
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ously not; the only thing you
have considered is your busi-
ness, your pocket, your invest-
ments. Well consider this — we
have considered our invest-
ments, our pockets, our family
and the community at large.

What many Bahamians and
your group may not have
realised is that the tourists pur-
posely come looking for The
World Famous Straw Market
regardless of your group or the
public’s beliefs. They come
from near and far because they
were told about us either from
friends, family, or other
sources. Many times they say
to us as vendors we wish we
had come sooner just to have
more time to shop. They are
not asking for this shop or that
shop they are looking for
World Famous Straw Market.
They like the bargains and the
whole atmosphere of the mar-
ket. Do you realise that when
they spend with us the money
stays in the country and bene-
fits all? Sometimes the stores
are closed and tourists come
to do their last minute shop-
ping but if we are far out of
reach, that dollar will go back
to the ship and we all lose. We
will remain in the heart of
downtown for the convenience
of our tourists. So take your
selfish attitude and learn to
embrace all Bahamians regard-
less of who they are and stop
displaying the “black crab syn-
drome” mentality.



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Govt considers limits on

Lawyer accused of using clients’ money

to pay gambling debt in Freeport

FROM page one

Brady — who reportedly owned a
$2 million home at Merritt Island,
Florida, an oceanfront condomini-
um in Cape Canaveral, two com-
panies, BMWs, a Hummer and var-
ious powerboats, prior to his arrest
— travelled to The Bahamas in
August 2008.

While in Freeport, he wrote five
cheques totalling $45,000 to pay
off his gambling “IOUs” to the Isle
of Capri casino, according to the
Florida Today newspaper.

But law enforcement authorities
alleged the money came from an
escrow account in the US contain-
ing funds that belonged to other
people — clients of his who had
put it there as deposits for pur-
chases of homes or mortgage mon-
ey released to pay home sellers.

It is alleged that upon returning
to Florida, Brady filed a police
report claiming that someone else
had forged his signature on the five
cheques drawn on the escrow
account.

However, it was information
from his bank and from the
Freeport casino which the Sheriff’s
office used to determine what they
claim really happened.

The Isle of Capri made available
to authorities a copy of the credit
application on which Brady
allegedly listed one of his escrow

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accounts along with three other
accounts to establish a line of cred-
it.

As further evidence of his
alleged culpability, the casino also
provided copies of the five mark-
ers, or “IOUS” requested by Brady
while playing blackjack. Casino
employees confirmed their trans-
actions with the lawyer and his
approval of the use of the escrow
account “per his very unique sig-
nature,” according to the Sheriff’s
office.

According to the Florida Today
newspaper, Brady alleged the
drawing of the funds was a misun-
derstanding that was corrected.

“Tt all happened the same day,”
he allegedly said. “They took it out
of the wrong account and we put it
back the same day.”

The newspaper claims Brady has
since moved to another state and
opened a law practice.

That move has spurred another
investigation, this time by the Col-
orado Supreme Court, which has
exclusive jurisdiction over lawyers
in that state.

John Gleason, chief regulations
counsel for the Colorado Supreme
Court, said the court is worried
about the fact that the lawyer has
been charged with a crime involv-
ing honesty and who has a large
gambling debt — allegedly totalling
$500,000, according to a Septem-
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a case is forwarded to the UK for
final appeal.

"The potential amendment
would be restricting the right of
appeal to certain cases either with
leave of the Court of Appeal
which will decide if it's a serious
enough case to go to the Privy
Council. Or we might want to
consider placing a monetary value
(stipulation) or (it would depend)
on the severity of the case —
those are mainly the alternatives
at the moment," Mr Symonette
told The Tribune yesterday.

He added that he intends to
raise the issue with Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham when Mr Ingra-
ham returns from a World Bank
meeting in Turkey next week.

Earlier this week, Mr Symon-
ette told The Tribune the Gov-
ernment is considering limiting
the number of appeal cases sent
from the Bahamas to the Privy
Council in response to comments
made by Lord Nicholas Phillips,
president of the UK's new
Supreme Court.

Speaking to the Financial Times
newspaper recently, Lord Phillips
said he is looking for ways to

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Brent Symonette (pic-
tured) said he intends
to raise the issue with
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham when Mr
Ingraham returns
from a World Bank
meeting in Turkey
next week.

reduce the "disproportionate"
amount of time judges who staff
the Privy Council also spend on
cases coming from outside the
UK, mostly on cases from former
colonies.

He also questioned whether
some Privy Council cases, which
have ranged from Jamaican death
row appeals to fights over press
freedom in Bermuda, needed to



be heard by a panel of five of
Britain's most senior judges.
Lord Phillips’ comments sent
shockwaves throughout the region
and were seen by legal experts as
a warning that Britain might take
steps to shake off the colonial
hangover the institution repre-
sents, leaving countries like the
Bahamas to find or create anoth-

FROM page one

day that at about 8 am on Janu-
ary 2, she accompanied ASP Tay-
lor, Inspector Sean Saunders and
Sergeant Dale Strachan to the
Sheraton Hotel, Cable Beach,
where they saw and spoke to Mr
Travolta’s US attorney Michael
McDermott who consented to
wearing a body wire and to hav-
ing recording devices set up in
his room (328).

Sergeant Thompson said that
around 9 o’clock that morning,
Mr McDermott left his room
returning a short time later with a
male she later identified as Tari-
no Lightbourne. Sergeant
Thompson said that prior to the
completion of the meeting
between Mr McDermott and
Lightbourne she went down to
the lobby of the hotel. She said
that when she was returning to
room 326, which police were
using as a monitoring station, she
saw Lightbourne who was wear-
ing blue trousers, a blue shirt and
a black hat.

She again saw Lightbourne
on January 23 at the Central
Detective Unit Freeport. At that
time he was accompanied by his
attorney Carlson Shurland. She
said that on that day, Light-
bourne was charged in relation
with the extortion attempt.

Detective Thompson also told
the court that on January 22, she
and ASP Taylor travelled to
Grand Bahama and around 4.30
pm went to Universal Distribu-
tors where they arrested Bridge-
water. Sergeant Thompson said
that half an hour later, she and
other police officers took Bridge-
water to her law office, Bridge-
water and Co, where they exe-
cuted a search warrant. She said
that while conducting the search
Bridgewater said that she only
had a copy of the document they
were looking for and that after
she noticed that the incident was
going to explode she burned up
the original document with a can-
dle at her home and flushed it
down a toilet.

Sergeant Thompson told the
court that police went to Bridge-
water’s home in Bevan’s Town,
Freeport where Bridgewater
pointed out a candle in a glass.
Sergeant Thompson told the
court that a Western Air ticket
stub dated January 19, a jacket
and a CPU were taken from the
home.

Sergeant Thompson also tes-
tified yesterday that at about
10.50 am she was present at the
Central station in Grand Bahama
when Asp Taylor interviewed
Bridgewater in the presence of
attorney Carlson Shurland who
represented her at the time. She
told the court that Bridgewater
refused to answer most of the

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questions put to her under the
advice of her attorney. Sergeant
Thompson said that it was sug-
gested to Bridgewater that on
Sunday, January 18, she had spo-
ken to McDermott and demand-
ed $25 million and him that
refusal of the demand would lead
to her and her client releasing
the content of a refusal to trans-
port document to the media.
Sergeant Thompson told the
court that Bridgewater denied
the suggestion, claiming that it
was a fabrication. According to
Sergeant Thompson, it was also
suggested to Bridgewater that on
Monday, January 19, she had met
with Mr McDermott in room 328
at the Sheraton hotel, demanded
$25 million stating that if the
demand was not met she and her
client would go to the media the
following day. Sergeant Thomp-
son said that Bridgewater also
denied that suggestion.

The officer also told the court
that Bridgewater was asked why
as a Senator, she had not
opposed facilitating the com-
mission of an offence. Sergeant
Thompson said that Bridgewa-
ter responded by saying that she
did not wish to answer the ques-
tion.

“Where did you get this piece
about the meeting on the 19th?”
attorney Murrio Ducille asked
during cross-examination.

“Mr McDermott,” Sergeant
Thompson replied. She said that
police also had information from
PLP Senator Allyson Maynard-
Gibson and West End and Bimi-
ni MP Obie Wilchcombe among
other persons.

“Was Mr McDermott work-
ing along with the police?” Mr
Ducille asked.

“He was assisting us,” Sergeant
Thompson replied.

Mr Ducille then asked, ‘““Who
made the report to the police?”
Sergeant Thompson said that
Mrs Maynard Gibson, Mr
McDermott and Mr Travolta had
made complaints to the police.

According to Sergeant
Thompson, Mr Travolta had
faxed an affidavit to police out-
lining his complaint on January
19.

“You receive reports in that
form?” Mr Ducille asked.

“We do,” Sergeant Thompson
replied, stating that it is police
procedure that if for logistical
reasons a person is unable to
come to the police to make a
statement, a statement would be
accepted in that form. She also
told the court that on February
25, she and ASP Taylor went to
Ocala, Florida, to take a state-
ment from Mr Travolta. Sergeant
Thompson said that on May 26,

er final court of appeal.

ASP Taylor suffered a stroke.
She said he is still in recovery
and on that basis lead prosecutor
and Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Bernard Turner asked the
court to be allowed to close its
case without calling him as a wit-
ness.

Inspector Sean Saunders, who
was involved in the taping of the
meetings between Mr McDer-
mott, Lightbourne and Bridge-
water, was also back on the wit-
ness stand yesterday. The jury
questioned whether there were
tapes of the conversations
between Mr McDermott, Bridge-
water and Lightbourne in the lob-
by of the Sheraton. Inspector
Saunders told the court that the
tapes did exist. The jury also
questioned why they were not
played in court. Inspector Saun-
ders said that those tapes were
from the body wire on Mr
McDermott and that the main
content was of the discussion in
the hotel room. He also
explained that the audio in the
hotel room had been better. The
jury also questioned whether he
had asked Mr McDermott to
record his conversations or
whether the request came from
McDermott himself.

“T asked him,” Inspector Saun-
ders said. The conversations cap-
tured on Mr McDermott’s body
wire in the lobby of the Shera-
ton on January 19 and 20 were
played in court. Little could be
deciphered from either tape
because of the overwhelming
background noise picked up by
the wire.

On the tape of January 19, Mr
McDermott is heard asking
Bridgewater, “Who told the
Press?”

Bridgewater replied, Obie
called me last night and told me
The Tribune called him.....”

“Why did they call Obie?...”
Mr McDermott asked.

“[’m really concerned, did
Tarino tell more to the press....”
“T was hoping we would have
met under different circum-
stances,’ Mr McDermott is heard
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RENALDO’S RAMBLINGS



Fantasy League faceoff

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

Inere’s nothing better to a
[ets fan, well a fan of any-
thing for that matter, than

feeling as if you have a vested interest
in the outcome of a game or whatev-
er you believe in. This is why gam-
bling is so popular (you win you get
money), political parties get such sup-
port (you win you’re on the positive
side of victimization), people go to
church (you choose the right religion
and you’re promised salvation), and
movies continue to make gazillions of
dollars (didn’t it feel like you were
right there with Leonidas and the 300
fighting the Persian army?). For those

of us that will never play a snap in the
NEL, Fantasy Football provides an
opportunity for the athletic, unin-
spired, and unwilling to get up off
the couch layperson like myself to
become involved and to realize the
ultimate dream...the ability to con-
trol a professional football team.

Fantasy football allows this dream
to become a (virtual) reality. For
those of you that have lived under a
rock for the past few years or have
been paying attention to trivial things
like eating, sleeping and having a
job...let's backtrack and explain exact-
ly what fantasy football.

In fantasy football you're basically
in charge of managing a team and
selecting the players that will pro-
duce the most possible points.

You're given a team and have to
choose the best players from the NFL
to fill the spots based on the position
they play. In most leagues the stan-
dard format is one quarterback, two
running backs, two wide receivers,
one tight end, one defense/special
teams, one kicker and a flex spot that
can be filled with either a running
back or a wide receiver. Each week
you trade/add players to your team
depending on how other players do
and who the players team is playing.

Each team in a fantasy league does
this and according to how each indi-
vidual player does, he get's points for
how they've performed (eg, Touch-
down 6pts, rushing 100 yards 10
pts...etc etc). Some people gamble
on it some don't, but most of us play

it for the thrill and satisfaction of
being able to tell a friend or co-work-
er "I'm better than you."

Fantasy football has been known
ruin friendships, cause mental break-
downs, end relationships, spawn sit-
coms, begin wars, end wars, occupy
an entire week (Tuesday through Sat-
urday tinkering with a lineup and
Sunday and Monday monitoring how
well your team does), cure the com-
mon cold, prevent Swine Flu...it can
basically do anything but make
"House of Payne" watchable.

To my female readers...yes it is that
serious.

Legend has it that the Israeli-Pales-
tinian conflict didn't really get this
violent until the British mandate for
Palestine included that the Palestini-

ans would also have to give up the
first pick in the UN fantasy football
draft, which everyone knew would
be Steve Van Buren. Do you see
what happens when you make some-
one lose a record setting point pro-
ducer? This is like if the UN held a
fantasy draft today, split the Bahamas
down the middle and forced the east-
ern side to fore go Adrian Peterson.
I would go to war over this for at
least 50 years.

To succeed in fantasy football, you
need the business savvy of a general
manager, the knowledge of a pro
scout, and the strategy of a head
coach...and to see if anyone I know
possesses these skills, this year we'll
monitor our Tribune league in the
Ramblings.

ea tts

League Name: THE ARISTOCRATS

Format: Head to Head
Top Prize: No Idea...willing to take suggestions

>> JONAH BROWN

Key Players: Adrian Peterson, Clinton Portis,
Brett Farve, Dallas Clark

Record: 3-1

Interesting Draft Note: Jonah had the first
pick in the draft and after shouting into the phone
for about 17 actual minutes (which is a really long
time to hear someone shout)...he said "Do | still
have to put the put the rest of my team together
or Can | just pick Adrian Peterson twice?"

Season Highlight: Opening with an overall
135 point effort in a week one win led by a week
high 40 from Peterson.

>> PHILLIP

Key Players: Tom Brady, Terrell Owens, Steve
Smith (Giants), Vernon Davis

Record: 3-1

Interesting Draft Note: The best part of draft
night, Phillip taking Darren McFadden in the
fourth round just so Dale (a Raiders fan) would-
n't get him. The beauty of fantasy football in a
nutshell.

Season Highlight: Survived a week where he
got zero points from Terrell Owens and still man-
aged to beat Dale.

>> BEEF

Key Players: Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin John-
son, Ben Roethlisberger, Willis MicGahee
4th Annual

Record: 1-3

Interesting Draft Note: A graduate of the Isiah
Thomas school of general management, Beef
didn't take a running back until the fifth round.

Season Highlight: See aforementioned state-
ment...and still managed to beat Dale.

>> DAKARAI

Key Players: Andre Johnson, Greg Jennings,
Matt Forte, Joe Flacco

Record: 3-1

Interesting Draft Note: Had a ridiculously con-
sistent draft for the first five rounds with none of
the picks turning up a bust so far...although
Ryan Grant is getting dangerously close.

Season Highlight: Broke the 100 point barri-
er for the first time this season in a defeat
of...Dale.

>> AVERY

Key Players: Michael Turner, Frank Gore,
Steve Smith (Panthers), Antonio Gates

Record: 2-2

Interesting Draft Note: Total beneficiary of
ESPN's autopick option.

Season Highlight:130 points in week two led
by that ridiculous 200 yard game from Frank
Gore.

>> ANDREW

Key Players: Jay Cutler, Reggie Wayne, Chad
Ochocinco, Maurice Jones-Drew

Record: 3-1

Interesting Draft Note: Took four running

backs in the first four rounds with the league's
shortest (MJD) and the league's tallest (Brandon
Jacobs) back to back.

Season Highlight: Finding a double breasted
vest and wearing it at Mansion and all around
South Beach before | had a chance to.

>> DALE

Key Players: Drew Brees, Ronnie Brown, Bran-
don Marshall, Brian Westbrook

Record: 1-3

Interesting Draft Note: Another beneficiary of
ESPN's autopick, wound up with Drew Brees
and Peyton Manning.

Season Highlight: None.

>> RENALDO

Key Players: Peyton Manning, Steve Slaton,
Marques Colston, LaDanian Tomlinson

Record: 2-2

Interesting Draft Note: Worst first pick
EVER...LaDanian Tomlinson who's averaging
about three points per game this season.

Season Highlight: Overcame the terrible LT
pick by trading for Peyton Manning AND Dean-
gelo Williams. I'm going to love this league.

>> TIM

Key Players: Steve Jackson, Chris Johnson,
Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez

Record: 1-3

Interesting Draft Note: Autopick player.

Season Highlight: Added Godfrey as a second
owner this week to rescue his pretty good team



talent wise from his awful management skills.

>> NATARIO

Key Players: Carson Palmer, DeSean Jack-
son, Randy Moss, Eli Manning

Record: 1-3

Interesting Draft Note: | was more afraid of
this team coming out of the gate than anyone
else, Randy Moss, Deangelo Williams, Jason
Witten and Donovan McNabb seemed like a great
foursome until they were all derailed by an out of
sync offense, splitting carries with a backup,
Tony Romo's inefficiency and a busted rib.

Season Highlight: Injuries and Tom Brady
not throwing the ball to Randy Moss are killing
this team.

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‘On your marks’ for 5k ocean race |

SWIFT swimming club’s 5k
(about three miles) open
water race at Old Fort Bay,
New Providence, is scheduled
for Saturday, October 17.

The event — a triangular
course along the beach —
sponsored by Holowesko














Partners Limited, orthaheel
and Lyford Cay Real Estate.

According to a press state-
ment, the goal of the race is to
“re-ignite the interest in open
water swimming that existed
some 30 to 40 years ago and
to raise the level of competi-

tiveness and exposure in the
sport.”

“Some swimmers enjoy
competing against the ele-
ments and not having to
watch a black line on the bot-
tom of a pool for four hours a
day.

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POSITION SUMMARY

Functions as the Strategic Business Leader of the Golf department with overall responsibility for golf
operations including guest and employee satisfaction, sales and revenue management and the financial
performance of the department. As a member of the Guidance Team, develops hotel-wide goals and
strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of guests and
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The Companyis Gold Standards, and luxury tier standards of operation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Operations: Directs the daily activities of the golf department according to Company operating
standards to maintain brand equity. Oversees the operation of the golf shop, the maintenance of the
golf course, and all associated retail services (e.g., snack carts, beverage service).

Guest Satisfaction: Ensures products and services delivered by the golf department meet or exceed
guest expectations, create customer loyalty, and lead to increased market share.

Human Resources: Attracts, selects and retains a diverse hourly and management workforce to
deliver excellent service and effective leadership in the Golf department. Creates and sustains a
work environment that focuses on fair and equitable treatment and employee satisfaction to enable










business success.

Sales and Revenue Management: Focuses on building the unitfs top line revenue by working with
the Director of Sales and Marketing to develop the Golf departmentis sales and marketing strategy.
Concentrates on both the rate per round of golf and number of rounds played per day to maximize

Revenue per available round or ‘REVPAR’. In addition, manages other revenue sources such as the
Pro Shop, Food and Beverage sales, and if applicable membership enrollment to generate increased.



revenue.

Financial Management: Develops and manages the Golf departmentis annual operating budget
to achieve or exceed budget expectations. Ensures successful performance by increasing profitability




and providing a return on investment for the owners and the Club.

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¢ 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or related.




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Knowledge of turf lawn care and maintenance procedures with an emphasis on golf turf grass varieties




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Financial management skills e.g. ability to analyze P&L statements, develop operating budgets,

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Please send resume to the attention of:

Director of Human Resources

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P.O. Box AB-20571

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“With the open water
event being held here in New
Providence it means that
there are now open water
races on three different
islands, Grand Bahama, Aba-
co, and New Providence,”
said the release.

The Old Fort Bay race will
cover three age groups in the
male and female divisions —
12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18
and over.

There will also be relays in
these age groups. The awards
include trophies for first, sec-
ond, and third individual
male and female per age
group. And there will be tro-
phies for first, second and

all male and female winners

ual competitors.

With about 10 local swim
clubs in the Bahamas taking }
part, the competition is }
expected to be at a high level. }

Forms for the event can be }
printed from the Internet }
http://www.swim- }
: tion, Musgrove was elected to

page:
swift.com .

All forms are to be turned }
in at the school office of St }
Andrews School, St Anne’s }
School or Lyford Cay School }
before the entry deadline of }

Wednesday, October 14.

Lady Techs defeat
COB Caribs

Davis Gymnasium with a double header.

defeat the College of the Bahamas Caribs 25-21, 25-17, 19-25,

18-25 and 15-7.

Thompson led all scorers with 11 kills.

and 16-14.

Tan ‘Wire’ Pinder and Shedrick Forbes led the Defenders with
16 and 11 kills respectively. Leonardo Dean and Carl Rolle led }

the Crimestoppers with 17 and 13 kills.
Another double header is on tap for 7:30pm Friday.

‘Turbo’
re-elected

as NPCA

third relay team per age }
group, a crystal vase for over- i r e S 1 d e nt
and a crystal vase for the Pp
youngest and oldest individ- ;

BARRON ‘Turbo’ Mus-
grove has been re-elected as
president of the New Provi-
dence Cycling Association for
the next three years.

On October 3, at the meet-
ing held in the office of the
Bahamas Olympic Associa-

serve with the following offi-
cers:

Amanda Graham and
Wayne Price as vice presi-
dents

Eugene Hatie as general

? secretary

Henry Kline as assistant

secretary

Robert Butler as treasurer
Robert Bethell as assistant

? treasurer

Sylvia Russell was appoint-

? ed as the operational manag-
er of the management board,
? which will deal with the day-

THE New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) con- }
tinued its regular season action Wednesday night at the D W }
i sible for all communications
In the women’s opener, it took the Lady Techs five sets to

to-day running of the associa-
tion. She will also be respon-

to and from the association.
Musgrove indicated that his

? executives will work harder
Sharon Whylly led the Lady Techs with seven kills followed :
by Sonia Hinsey with five kills. In a losing effort, Kenisha }
? ment by the public in bicycle
In the men’s action, the Scotiabank Defenders won over }
the Crimestoppers in five tough sets 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25 i

to create interest, excitement
and encourage more involve-

riding/racing on New Provi-
dence and the Bahamas.
Therefore, Musgrove said
they intend to look forward
to more good things like fam-

; ily rides, community rides and
? more persons riding bicycles.

Big Red Machine shut out Comets

FROM page 11

But it was in the fourth that
the Big Red Machine really
put the game out of reach as
they produced six more runs
as they batted around the
clock.

Christie would lead off the
charge with a single and after
third baseman Lucius Fox
had a run-producing single,
Isaacs Jr ripped a shot up to
right centerfield for a three-
run in-the-parker.

Before they were finished,
SAC scored three more runs,
sparked by Christie’s RBI
single.

“T think this was the most
competitive team we’ve
played so far,” said SAC’s
coach John Todd. “This is the
first time that we saw the fast
pitch in a long time and so
the guys were just hungry.

“But I don’t think they
played as well as they are
capable of playing. We know
that we will meet them again.
But whenever we do, we will
be ready.”

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lege got a runner in scoring
position, but they were never
able to bring anybody home.

Comets’ second baseman
Jonathan Neymour got the
first opportunity in the bot-
tom of the first when he
reached safely on an error,
advanced to second on a wild
pitch and got to third on a
sacrifice fly.

But he was left stranded.

In the second inning with
two out, Queen’s College Tre
Spears walked and reached
second on an error.

But he too was left strand-
ed.

In the third, the Comets
had their best scoring poten-
tial after Ashmeid Allie got
out trying to reach third, and
Jonathan Neymour and Ger-
rio Rahming made it to third
and second respectively.

On a fly ball that got Ken-
neth Bethel out, Neymour
tried to score, but ran into

QUEEN’S
COLLEGE
Comets’
pitcher
Ramero Pin-
dling pitches
to St.
Augustine’s
College.

the tag from Byron Murray
standing up in front of the
plate.

Rahming was then left
stranded.

And in the fourth, with one
out, Ramero Cartwright and
Tre Spears were sitting on
third and second.

But they too were left
stranded after pinch hitter
Roberto Smith struck out and
Antoine Ferguson grounded
out to end the abbreviated
game.

“Our hitting was a little
poor today and we made
some little mistakes on the
infield,” coach Markham
stressed. “These things we
were doing right, but they all
came together and hurt us.

“Our defense was poor.
We just didn’t turn up today.
But we are a good little ball
club. We were just beaten on
the day by a more superior
team.”

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Comets

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE ST AUGUSTINBE’S College Big Red Machine
ran their unblemished junior boys record to 5-0 yesterday
with an 11-0 whitewashing of the Queen’s College Comets.

Also at Queen’s College in a Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary Schools’ (BAISS) double header,
the Comets clobbered the visiting Bahamas Academy 31-
3 in their senior girls encounter.

The junior boys game was a battle of the undefeated, but
Queen’s College was simply out-classed by SAC as they
suffered their first loss in three games.

To make matters worse, Queen’s College batters had a
difficult time getting a hit off St Augustine’s College
starter Blair Seymour, who fired a no-hitter with just two
strike outs.

“We were beaten by a good team today,” said Comets’
coach Gary Markham. “We didn’t help ourselves because
we made a lot of basic infield errors. You might have
called it nervousness.

“You might say they were just fundamentally sound. But
we have a good little ball team and we will see them in the
playoffs.”

Although the playoffs is still a little ways off, SAC did-
n’t waste any time in staking their claim for another title
when it’s all said and done.

Center fielder Todd Isaacs Jr started the 11-hit parade
for SAC off QC’s pitcher Ramero Cartwright in the top of
the first inning when he had a one-run single and eventu-
ally scored on a double steal after shortstop Anfernee
Seymour singled.

That was followed by catcher Byron Murray, who came
up with a shot deep into left field for a two-run in-the-park
home run that plated Seymour.

SAC would peak away with an unearned run in the
second from left fielder Kentwood Christie and another
from Murray in the third after they both singled.

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FORMER MP RON PINDER GETS MARRIED



FORMER MARATHON MP and Min-
ister of State for the Environment Ron
Pinder tied the knot yesterday with Mar-
got Burrows at the British Colonial Hilton.

Mr Pinder was the youngest candidate
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He lost his seat to current Marathon
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Blocking leadership challenger

‘will destroy PLP election chance

FROM page one

1997. Because people would
recognise that the PLP is not
a party that invites young
persons in; it does not invite
new persons in, it only seems
to be positioning itself to
cater to those who have been
well ensconced in the party,
who have a tremendous
track record with the party,
and it would be a complete
turn off to young voters,” he
said.

To date, the only official
challenger to the party’s
leader Perry Christie is PLP
newcomer Paul Moss.

Still without a seat in the
House of Assembly, Mr
Moss has campaigned in the
St Cecilia constituency for at
least two years, hoping to get
the party’s nomination to
run in the area.

While there has been spec-
ulation that there will be oth-
er contenders who would
join Mr Moss in challenging
Mr Christie, Mr Moss at this
time remains the only chal-
lenger to what otherwise
would be an uncontested run
by Mr Christie at the Octo-
ber 21 convention.

With sources in the party
suggesting that this conven-
tion would be the last one
that the PLP will hold before
the next election, any

changes to its leadership at
the chairman, deputy leader,
or leadership positions will
have to be made at this time.
And it is with this in mind
that political pundits believe
that supporters in Mr
Christie’s camp will do all
that they can to ensure that
the seasoned leader is
returned to power in his bid
to once again become Prime
Minister of the Bahamas.

Meeting

It is this desire sources
claim at “maintaining con-
trol” that fueled last night’s
meeting where the party’s
NGC was expected to vote
on three amendments —
firstly that anyone who seeks
the leadership of the party
should first be a Member of
Parliament or at least a
Member of the Senate.

Secondly, the NGC was
expected to vote on a reso-
lution that is being proposed
to block the nomination of
any PLP MP who does not
declare his intentions before
the start of the National
Convention.

And finally, the third
amendment sought was the
creation of a co-deputy posi-
tion.

However Mr Galanis
again expressed his displea-

b)

sure with even the possibili-
ties of these resolutions
being carried out.

Outlining how the consti-
tution of the party clearly
states that any amendments,
additions, or alterations to it
can only be made by resolu-
tion and carried by a major-
ity vote at the National Con-
vention, Mr Galanis said that
any vote carried out last
night can only be put for-
ward to the convention at
some future date.

“But I think that would
also be ill-advised,” the for-
mer MP said.

“Because the whole idea
is for the PLP to be all inclu-
sive and really encourage
people to come into the par-
ty and not discourage peo-
ple. There are in fact right
now persons who are more
qualified to be leader in my
opinion outside of Parlia-
ment than many of the per-
sons who sit inside.

“And so the party I think
if they wish to get the best
and the brightest, can not be
xenophobic, and confining
and close ended. It has to
expand the realm of possi-
bility and cast a broad net to
capture as many persons as it
can,” Mr Galanis said.

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Act sparks
investment
concerns

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

Ss OME
ATTORNEYS
are concerned
that the Govern-
ment’s proposed
Planning and
Subdivision bill
will curtail for-
eign direct
investment in
the Bahamas,
the Minister of EARL DEVEAUX
the Environ-
ment said yesterday.

Earl Deveaux said the new
Bill will prevent unscrupulous
developers from cheating the
land allotment process by
demanding a much more trans-
parent and stringent process for
development approvals.

He said the Bill was specifi-
cally intended to aid in the
proper development of subdi-
visions across the Bahamas, and
the preservation of land.

“This BIL codifies the Prime
Minister’s vision to seek to
make developmental decisions
environmentally friendly, more
transparent, national in scope
and empowered by local con-
ditions,” said Dr Deveaux.

“The Subdivision Bill that we
talk about is the culmination of
decades of development, and
the heightened level of envi-
ronmental awareness which res-
onates in the Bahamas today
kind of echoes the names of the
places we live today.”

The minister said the Bill will
move to promote much more
accountability on the part of
developers who acquire Crown
Land near wetlands and coastal
areas,

“Protecting the natural
resources of the Bahamas, and
protecting the wetland, is prob-
ably the single greatest legacy
this generation of Bahamian
planners and developers will
establish,” he said.

The new Bill will also curb
the misuse of Crown Land that
led to the development of a
parliamentary select commit-
tee to investigate alleged prob-
lems within the Department of
Land and Surveys that led to
the resignation of its director,
Tex Turnquest.

Mr Deveaux

SEE page 6B

said the



SECTION B ¢ business@tribunemedia.net

Venture fund ‘reassesses’
after its 50% success rate

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he Government-sponsored
venture capital fund has
slowed its investments in
Bahamian start-ups as it
“reassesses its lending
practices” and concentrates on its exist-
ing portfolio, Tribune Business was told
yesterday, with just 50 per cent of the 50

* Fund examining lending and portfolio practices,
having slowed lending to aid existing firms

firms it has aided “performing up to

expectations”.

Jerome Gomez, the Baker Tilly
Gomez accountant who acts as the
fund’s administrator, said the reassess-
ment would last until year-end, the
recession having forced it into ensuring
its existing $4.5 million start-up portfo-

lio survives.

“We are reassessing our portfolio and
our lending practices,” Mr Gomez con-
firmed to Tribune Business. “Our exist-
ing businesses are having their chal-
lenges. We have had to put greater
effort into helping those, and that has

potential.”

made us hold back on new investments.

“We have done some, but not as
many as in the past. In these economic
times, we have to be prudent with the
type of business we invest in. We want to
invest in businesses with good quality

The Bahamas Entrepreneurial Ven-
ture Fund, to give the Government-
sponsored venture capital fund its full
name, has made equity investments in
just two Bahamian start-ups to date for
2009, Mr Gomez confirmed.

* $4.5m of $5m financing disbursed, through 11 equity
and 39 debt financing arrangements for start-ups

* Likely to seek private investment from 2011

* Main challenges come from entrepreneurs looking
to invest funds in new business activities

Out of $5 million worth of taxpayers’
money invested in the fund to-date
since, inception, the Baker Tilly Gomez
accountant said some $4.5 million had
been invested in 50 companies.

“Half of the companies are perform-

ing up to expectations,” he added.

“We’re just holding our own.”

Out of these, some 11 had received
equity investments, the remaining 39
receiving debt financing. Currently, the

SEE page 2B



Labour investigators sent into retail giant

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE Director of Labour yes-
terday confirmed that the
department’s investigators have
been sent into Solomon’s Mines
to investigate employees claims
of salaries being up to five
months past due, although staff
told Tribune Business they
have not seen them on the
premises.

Harcourt Brown said his
department had also begun
conciliatory processes for for-
mer employees whose sever-
ance payments have not been
met, but current staff who claim
to be waiting for outstanding
salaries have been hesitant to
bring their cases to the Labour
Board for fear of retribution by
their employer.

Mr Brown said the Depart-
ment of Labour has been aware
of the unpaid staff’s claims since
early this year, but added that
his team has revisited the alle-
gations.

“We have a number of meet-

Regulators act over
agency closure worry

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

REGULATORS _ have
“required” the owner of a
recently-closed insurance
agency to publish a newspaper
advertisement informing his
clients of where they can con-
tact him, after receiving numer-
ous complaints from Bahami-
ans concerned over whether
they still had coverage.

Lennox McCartney, the
Insurance Commissioner, con-
firmed to Tribune Business late
yesterday afternoon that the
regulator had asked Robert de
Swanton to publish his new
contact details following the
closure of his Palmdale,
Madeira Street-based Rodes
Global Insurance Agency with-

The information contained is from a third
party and The Tribune can not be held
responsible for errors and/or omission.
from the daily report.



out warning or explanation to
his clients.

“We have received a num-
ber of complaints,” Mr McCart-
ney confirmed to Tribune Busi-
ness. ““A couple of persons have
contacted us. We are aware of
their concerns.

“Mr de Swanton, who did
close his business, is required
to set up an arrangement where
he can be contacted and the
outstanding matters be
addressed.”

Tribune Business contacted
Mr McCartney after numerous
insurance industry sources told
this newspaper that clients of
Rodes (which stands for Robert
de Swanton) were complaining
about the agency’s closure,
being especially concerned
about whether they still had
insurance coverage after just
paying their premiums.

The number for Rodes’
Palmdale office was said to no
longer be in service when Tri-
bune Business called yesterday,
and calls to Mr de Swanton’s
cell phone were not answered
before press time. It was said
that the phone could not take
voice mail messages.

“Anyone who has complaints
or concerns can contact us,” Mr
MrCartney said yesterday,
adding that Mr de Swanton
should have already published
advertisements with his contact
details.

“There will be a contact
number for persons who wish
to contact him, and with any
unresolved matters persons can
contact us. We are in contact
with him, so that he can resolve
these matters. We want to
make sure everything is
addressed.”

ings already underway with
lawyers and management at
Solomon’s Mines,” he said.
“The ones that come in - atten-
tion is firstly directed toward
those employees, and as far as
any other employees are con-
cerned... inspectors have gone
down to speak to manage-
ment.”

Mr Brown said his depart-
ment has done a good job at
addressing the cases, as “a good
percentage of them” have been
looked at.

He said many of those cases
centre around the luxury goods
retailer’s alleged failure to meet
payroll obligations, and insisted
the company has been extreme-
ly cooperative with the Depart-
ment of Labour.

However, employees at the
Bay Street-headquartered
retailer say they continue to
work week-on-week without
payment.

Mr Brown said he could not
say how long a company is
allowed to carry on with busi-
ness without paying its staff,
and suggested it was evaluated

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Meanwhile, Tribune Busi-
ness was yesterday told of a
Solomon’s Mines staff member
who was one late rent payment
shy of being evicted from the
apartment where she resides.

With a barren job market
just outside Solomon’s Mines’
door, employees say they can-
not consider leaving without
first securing another job.

Mr Brown said he sees a
group of employees “prepared
to stick with the company. That
speaks volumes to their com-
mitment and dedication,” he
said. “The company has the
best interest of the workers at
mind, and it is only fair now
that their welfare be taken into
account.

“It could be a tedious
process, and the company has
stated publicly that they are
financially challenged.”

According to sources close
to the Finlaysons, the family
will be taking their yacht, the
Maratani-X, to Harbour Island
for the annual North Eleuthera
Regatta.

Employees have been con-
cerned that personal trips by
their president, Mark Fin-
layson, have taken precedence
over his financial obligations to
them.

One employee lamented:
“Another holiday weekend and
some of us cannot even buy
groceries. We haven’t seen a
dollar and they are off.”

Solomon’s Mines’ attorney,
PLP Senator Jerome Fitzger-
ald, said he could not comment
publicly on the conciliation
efforts being made by the com-
pany.

However, Mr Fitzgerald, who
recently launched his campaign
to become deputy leader of the
PLP, said things were moving
ahead.

“There are a number of
things we are sorting out and
we are making provisions to
pay them off,” he said.

Mr Brown insisted:
“Whether trying to sell its assets
or salvage what it can”, that at
the end of the day the workers
will be given what is owed them
by the company.



Sinall business
hit by 7-8 month
‘credit crunch

* Sector ‘stagnating now
that the bottom has
already dropped out’,
with surviving firms
not hiring and no new
start-ups emerging

* October 27 meeting with
association presidents
designed to kick-start
Small Business
Act crafting

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN small busi-
nesses and entrepreneurs have
been hit by this nation’s own
version of a ‘credit crunch’ for
the past seven to eight months,
Tribune Business was told yes-
terday, with the sector “stag-
nating now that the bottom has
already dropped out”.

Speaking as business associ-
ation president prepare to meet
at the Bahamas Development
Bank (BDB) on October 27 to
start the process of crafting a
Small Business Act, Mark A.
Turnquest, of Mark Turnquest
Consulting, said that while the
rate of business failures seemed
to have slowed, “no new busi-
nesses are opening now” and
those that have survived the
recession are not hiring.

“T feel that at the moment
the banks have almost stopped
lending money to businesses,”
Mr Turnquest, a consultant and
adviser to the small business
sector, told Tribune Business.

“For new businesses, it’s
almost impossible to get loans
now. The Bahamas Entrepre-
neurial Venture Fund has com-
pletely changes its lending poli-
cies. They are now re-organis-
ing and re-focusing, and it’s
almost impossible for new busi-
nesses to access money easily
now.

“Commercial institutions are
now completely ignoring entre-
preneurs. The ones that have
good standing with the banks
are not being taken care of. For
the past seven to eight months

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FROM page 1B

Bahamas Entrepreneurial Ven-
ture Fund can invest a maxi-
mum $200,000 in equity into a
start-up, with a $100,000 limit in
the debt financing it can
advance.

Currently, equity investments
seem to be more in vogue for
the fund, possibly because this

more control and say over how
the firm/entrepreneur runs the
business and uses its invest-
ment.

“One of the bigger chal-
lenges has just been the lack of
focus by owners,” Mr Gomez
said of the Bahamas Entrepre-
neurial Venture Fund’s portfo-
lio.

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sons want to invest in addition-

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business, and the business suf-
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“The business is only two to
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looking for that one big win.”

It was this lack of under-
standing of the venture capital
industry that Mr Gomez said
might have contributed to peo-
ple believing the Bahamas
Entrepreneurial Venture Fund
had “underperformed”.

“T think overall it might have
underperformed expectations,
but that is simply because many
people have not studied how a
venture fund should function,”
he explained. ‘““We’ve been slow
getting the message out to per-

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“It’s more based on the busi-
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That five-year point, he
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

AN International Labour
Organisation (ILO) mission will
visit the Bahamas this month
to discuss how the National
Training Programme can best
be transformed into a long-term
initiative, Tribune Business was
told yesterday, the body view-
ing it as “a model for crisis
response by government”.

Khaalis Rolle, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce’s pres-
ident and National Training
Programme chair, said the ILO
was offering to provide techni-
cal assistance to construct a
microfinancing programme and
evaluation mechanism for the
initiative.

“We actually had a confer-
ence call with them [the ILO]
today to talk to them about the
next step,” Mr Rolle told Tri-
bune Business. “They’re offer-
ing technical assistance in the
construction of an evaluation
mechanism for the programme,
and the construction of the
microfinancing part of the pro-
ject.”

The microfinancing element,
Mr Rolle explained, was related
to the National Training Pro-
gramme’s self-starters element,
with the Government currently
planning to provide $5,000 in
seed capital to recruits who
wanted to become entrepre-
neurs and start their own busi-
nesses.

“In a nutshell, they’re look-
ing to offer technical assistance
to ensure the viability of the
programme long-term,” Mr
Rolle told Tribune Business.

“The programme, as it is con-
ceived now, is designed to pro-
vide some measure of relief.
People are hurting, and the
Government saw fit to assist
them through a number of ini-
tiatives. This is just one of
those.”

Mr Rolle added of the ILO:
“They’re looking at it [the
National Training Programme]
as a model for crisis response
by governments. They’re going
to do a mission to the Bahamas
on 26-30 October, and that’s
when we’re going to sit down
with them.”

Between then and now, Mr
Rolle said the ILO would pro-
vide them with the necessary
information “on best practices”,



KHAALIS ROLLE

so that at the meetings they
could determine which would
work best in the Bahamas, and
how to implement them.

The ILO, he added, was
“going to provide the technical
expertise which we need more
so than anything else.

“Financing for it is equally
important, but having the pro-
ject properly structured and
executed is the main focus. The
ILO will not provide the financ-
ing. We will try and go out and
secure additional funding for
it.”

Some 800 laid-off Bahami-
ans are now enrolled in its
National Training Programme,
Dion Foulkes, minister of
labour and social services, hav-
ing told Tribune Business ear-
lier this week that the Govern-
ment was “extremely pleased
with the progress” of the ini-
tiative. Some 300 Bahamians in
Grand Bahama and a further
500 in New Providence enrolled
at classes at the Bahamas Tech-
nical and Vocational Institute
(BTVI) and the College of the
Bahamas (COB).

Although not designed to
eliminate unemployment, since

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it was designed for up to a
1,000-strong intake at any one
time, the National Training
Programme still aims to re-train
and equip with new skills those
terminated from their jobs due
to the recession.

Its classes last for between
10-15 weeks, Mr Foulkes said,
covering subjects such as com-
puting, accountancy and more
vocational careers, such as car-
pentry, welding and plumbing.
The “highest concentration” of
entrants was for computer-ori-
entated courses.

“We are very pleased with
the quality of the persons who
have come forward,” Mr
Foulkes said. “We are now
preparing for the next phase,
which is to identify persons who
wish to start their own business
as a result of the training they
are receiving.”

The minister foreshadowed
a strong link between the
National Training Programme
and the Government’s Self-
Starters Initiative in this
respect, adding: “We will make
available $5,000 per person as
start-up capital for those per-
sons. We asked all the appli-

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IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

JOSE CARTELLONE CONSTRUCCIONES CIVILES S.A.
has been awarded by the government of The Bahamas for the
Compilation of the New Providence Road Improvement Project
(International Package).

Please be advised that effective October 5th 2009, Utility
investigation works will commence.

What is the project about?

Road improvement on Robinson Road and Prince Charles
Drive which includes improving the junction of Marathon Road/
Independence Highway & Robinson Road. Asphalt pavement,
an additional lane, new sidewalks and drainage facilities will
also be improved in these vicinities.

What to expect in the next few days?

The public should expect partial road/lane closures on Robinson
Rd. between Marathon Rd and Beatrice Av. and follow the
temporary detour routes. Motorist should avoid this area during
peak hours when possible.

ueries?

Please contact us at (242) 322-8341 / (242) 322-2610 Mondays
to Fridays, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm or email us at bahamasne
ighbors@cartellone.com.ar

We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and we
look forward to the cooperation of the motoring public.

cants to indicate whether they
had an interest in going into
their own business, and several
hundred persons responded
yes.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 3B
ey
ILO visit seeking to make training ‘model’ permanent

er matter, because a different
interview and screening process
will be required.”

Mr Foulkes said the positive
progress made by the National
Training Programme to date

would stand it in good stead for
whenever the Government
made a decision on whether to
transform it into a permanent,
as opposed to temporary, ini-
tiative.

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Qualifications:

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Invites qualified applicants for the following position:

REQUIRED SKILLS:-

TRUST OFFICER

-Strong supervisory and organisational skills,
-Ability to function independently but work as part ofa team.
-Ability to function in a high volume, high pressure environment.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:-

-Minimum of a Law Degree and/or STEP Certification.

“Sound knowledge of trust drafting, reporting and accounting.

-Ability to read and assimilate complex trust documents,

-Familiarity with the relevant local legislation, particularly the Trustee Act, 1998 and

the Financial Transactions Reporting Act, 2000.
-Working knowledge of legislation in competing junsdictions.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
-At least seven (7) years experience in a Private Bank or Trust Company, at least two
(2) years of which must be at the Trust Officer level.
-Knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asget.

ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please send
Resume and two (2) references BY OCTOBER 16, 2009 to:

The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
P.O, Box N-4837
Nassau, Bahamas

Offices in

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Counsel & Attorneys

We are seeking to hire a talented Attorney
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achievement, excellent writing skills, good
computer skills and experience in real property
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NOTICE
VISIONARY INVESTMENTS
OFFSHORE LIMITED

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of VISIONARY INVEST-
MENTS OFFSHORE LIMITED has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
BEALTO INVESTMENTS INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of BEALTO INVESTMENTS INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
THE GOLDEN NEEDLE
PIN CO. LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VELLA VIGO S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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China rises amid the

By JOE McDONALD
AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — The auto-
parts maker Delphi Corpora-
tion is headquartered in Troy,
Michigan, in the heart of the
region that made the United
States the car capital of the
world. It’s a place where the
phrase “buy American” is right
at home.

Now the 3,000 employees of
Delphi’s brake and suspension
unit are getting a new boss. Bat-
tered by weak sales, Delphi is
selling the unit to investors led
by a company named Shougang
Corp. Shougang is a steel mak-
er owned by the government
of China — a government that

calls itself communist but
espouses a “socialist market
economy” as it marches down
globalization’s road toward a
capitalistic future.

“Everyone’s so desperate for
cash that the Chinese show up
with a checkbook and people
say, “Yes, please’”, says Arthur
Kroeber, managing director of
Dragonomics, a _ Beijing
research firm.

Explosive growth in China
and India, coupled with Japan’s
clout as the world’s No. 2 econ-
omy, has long been expected
to shift economic power from

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NOTICE
RASDANOI CORP.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of RASDANOI CORP. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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NOTICE
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY
RAINY DAY INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Com-
panies Act 2000, the HOLLY
GOLIGHTLY RAINY DAY INC. has been com-

pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

dissolution of

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GREEN TONES & SHADES INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GREEN TONES & SHADES INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MARIAS S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

One in a series of stories assessing how last fall’s financial

ed States.

“China is very likely to be
the second-most-powerful
country — if it isn’t now, then
within a decade,” says Kenneth
Lieberthal, director of the
Brookings Institution’s John L
Thornton China Center in
Washington.

For the US, it’s a mixed
blessing. The American and
Chinese economies are inter-
twined, and the success of one
depends on the health of the
other.

The US is China’s biggest
trade partner. Americans
bought Chinese goods worth
$338 billion last year. Beijing is
Washington’s biggest creditor,
with more than $800 billion
invested in government debt.
American automakers look to
power remains undefined: On — China’s growing market to pro-
an unfamiliar global stage, itis pel future sales.
unsure what role it wants to The financial crisis set back
play. US growth by years and will

For decades, China followed — add trillions to the federal debt
the dictum of its late supreme over the next decade. But Chi-
leader, Deng Xiaoping, to keep _ na avoided the worst of the cri-
its head down abroad and focus _ sis. Its banks are healthy and,
on development at home. But — with the help of a four trillion
earlier this decade,emboldened yuan ($586 billion) stimulus,
by success and mindful that _ this year’s economic growth is
their globalized economy needs __ on track to top eight per cent.
stability, communist leaders Already, demand from China
started pressing for a place can affect oil prices, and it is
among the nations that man- _ starting to influence what prod-
age world affairs. ucts are available worldwide.

These days, Beijing is claam- | Western jobs are tied to Chi-
ing a bigger voice in global eco- nese spending, from British
nomic forums such as the auto factories to Australian iron
Group of 20 and is getting more —_ mines. Chinese money is financ-
deference in the United ing development of oil fields
Nations, which could mean pro- from Venezuela to Central
tection for friends such asIran Asia.
and Myanmar. Its military And China’s role as Wash-
spending is the world’s second-
highest, behind that of the Unit-

the US to Asia as this century
progresses. The financial crisis
and resulting Great Recession
are accelerating that process.

“China certainly comes out
of the crisis stronger rather than
weaker, and it’s the opposite
for the US,” says Stephen
Roach, chairman of Morgan
Stanley Asia.

Some Americans have begun
declaring this the “Chinese cen-
tury” since it began nearly a
decade ago. But while they and
others fear the rise of China in
international relations and the
global economy, the reality is
less dramatic: Beijing is still get-
ting its own sprawling, chaotic
house in order and is in no posi-
tion to supplant the US as glob-
al leader in the near future.

At the same time, Beijing’s

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NOTICE
LOUVRE VENTURES INC.

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#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of LOUVRE VENTURES INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SOLID VAULT INC.

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#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of SOLID VAULT INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ORIENT EXPRESSIONS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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global economic crisis

meltdown and the Great Recession have changed our lives



US PRESIDENT Barack Obama shakes hands with China’s President
Hu Jintao at Winfield House in London...

ington’s lender-in-chief is alter-
ing the dynamic of the coun-
tries’ relationship.

At a meeting in London in
April, President Barack Oba-
ma assured his Chinese coun-
terpart, Hu Jintao, that Wash-
ington would cut its budget
deficit — a promise no Ameri-
can leader ever had to make to
a Soviet leader.

Washington’s three-year-old
strategic dialogue with Beijing
has long been dominated by US
trade grievances. But the latest
round in July, overshadowed
by America’s need for China
to keep buying its debt, became
a discussion between equals.

China, a major destination
for foreign investment, was
starting to reverse the flow and
invest abroad before the finan-
cial crisis. The crisis accelerated
that and has led to a flurry of
deals. In some cases, Chinese
companies have stepped in to
save Western jobs — a notion
unthinkable a decade ago.

In Britain, China’s Nanjing
Automobile Group plans to
reopen the Longbridge factory
idled by the collapse of MG
Rover to make limited-edition
MGTF sports cars. And in Swe-
den, Beijing Automotive is join-

Deloitte.

(AP Photo: Charles Dharapak)

ing a bid to buy Saab from
General Motors, while Geely
Automobile wants to acquire
Ford’s Volvo unit.

“It’s better to be part of the
race than to watch it from the
stands,” says Paul Akerlund, a
union representative at Saab.
“We see advantages in gaining
access to the Chinese market,
which is the fastest-growing
auto market in the world.”

In diplomacy, China is only
starting to stake out positions
on a wide array of global issues.
It has used its influence in the
United Nations to help allies
such as Sri Lanka resist West-
ern pressure on human rights.
But Chinese leaders have yet
to decide what overall political
and military role they want
abroad.

“They clearly want to be a
country of some gravitas both
regionally and globally,”
Lieberthal says. “But there are
a lot of aspects of the American
approach — too ready to inter-
fere, to tell others what to do —
that the Chinese criticize as
‘hegemonic.””

Even as it is on track to over-
take the American economy in
size as early as 2030, China is
burdened by enormous prob-

Independent Auditors’ Report
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of Banco Santander (México), S.A.,

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lems of corruption, poverty and
pollution. Measured by income
per person, China ranked 130th
out of 210 economies in a
World Bank survey last year,
behind most of Latin America
and parts of Africa.

“China’s foreign currency
reserves are huge. But that does
not mean we are a rich coun-
try,” says Cho Tak Wong,
chairman of Fuyao Group,
which produces glass for Chi-
nese and global automakers.
“We are about 100 years
behind the US.”

China also has become a fast-
growing market, and the finan-
cial crisis has only increased its
importance to global compa-
nies. Chinese demand affects
everything from global steel
prices to the design of con-
sumer goods. Cadillac created
its 2008 CTS with China in
mind, adding a deeper back
seat for Chinese buyers driven
by chauffeurs.

Other countries’ urgent need
for cash has created opportu-
nities for Beijing to make deals
for resources to drive its boom-
ing economy. State companies
have struck oil deals in Brazil,
Venezuela, Russia and Africa
and bought stakes in Australian
and Canadian miners.

Delphi turned to Chinese
buyers for its remaining brake
and suspension operations after
it sought bankruptcy court pro-
tection four years ago. The buy-
ers are Shougang and two part-
ners — the Beijing city govern-
ment and an auto-parts maker,
Tempo Group. Delphi says the
$90 million sale should close in
November, seven months after
it was announced.

Contrast that with 2005,
when Chinese oil company
CNOOC Ltd. tried to acquired
Unocal Corp. CNOOC offered
to pay more than a rival Amer-
ican bidder but withdrew after
critics in Washington said the
sale might threaten US energy
security.

Still, the United States has
many strengths that China
lacks. The US remains the
world center for innovation in
many areas and a magnet for
smart, ambitious immigrants.

“Europeans may hope that
the US has been knocked down
a peg or two, but even if that is
so, they could be in for a nasty

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Banking and Securities Commission (the Commission) included in the “General Provisions Applicable to (Credit
Institutions". An sudit consists of examining, om a test basks, the evidence supporting the figures and discloeares in
the financial stasements. An audit also includes evaluating the ecoounting criteria used, the significant eacimanes
sade by management and the overall presentalion of the financial datements, ‘We believe thal our audita provide a

neasonible basis for car opinion.

As explained in Motes 1, 3 and 4 to-the accompanying consolidated finenclel scatements, the cmmsactions of the
Instiration and its finamclal reporting requirements are regulated hy the Commission, which issues acooumting criterin
for such purposes, a well as general cud specific official lethers thal regulate the recording in aceounling of certain
transactions and other applicable laws weed by the Institution io prepare its finencial information. Note | deseribes
the conditions of the current economic environment generated by the workteide financial crisis thet affects the
transactions of the Instibation. Note 3 descrites the main differences between the accounting criteria presorited by
the Commission and Financlal Reporting Standards applicable in Mexico, which are commonly sed in the
preparation ofthe fimancial slatement af other noe-regulmed entities, as well a3 those originaied by peneral and
speciGe wathocinations granted by the Commission to the Institution and it: main subsidiary for he recording af
certain transactions, Similarly, Mote 4 describes the amendments to ecoounting criteria thet became effective during
2008 and have been peospectively applied and others that became effective as of January 1, 2000, Therefore, the
consolidated financial strtements disceeed in the first paragraph caneot be aeed fe comparison purposes.

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Banco Santander (Ménico), 3.

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stockholder! eqelty and changes in their financial position fr the years then ended in conformity with the

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surprise,” says Howard Wheel-
don, senior strategist at BGC
Partners, a London brokerage.
“Never underestimate the abil-
ity of the American people to
rise to a challenge.”

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London and Karl Ritter in
Stockholm contributed to this
report

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NOTICE is hereby given that MACKINS TEHNOR of COLUMBUS
DRIVE 30B, APT #2, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that

any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 2" day of October,
2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,
P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

PERSPECTIVE

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BILLING AND ENROLLMENT COORDINATOR

Qur dient is an international health management company that assist clients ta successfully
navigate an increasingly complex global health care system with ease and economy.

Their team is presently seeking the services of a Bling and Enrollment Caordinater to provide
Support to an expanding number of clients locally. The ideal candidate will work with
management to ensure accurate and prompt billing, reconciliations and payment verifications
as well a5 any support to other functional areas of the business (inclusive of benefits, claims,
business development and client services}

The Billing and Enreliment Coordinator will play a direct role in the overall customer/client
support shrabegy oF our cient. Candidates should possess excellent communication, te ability
to work independently and superior problem solving skills in the broad based ability to think
creatively and independently to expedite the needs of the billing and enrollment function,

Qualifications:

Minimum 3-5 years of applicable administrative experience in a financial or accounting
role,

Accounting! Financial Reporting experiemce is a must.

Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent {insurance certifications are a plus but
not required) Associates Degree preferred.

Must be extremely detail orlented, possess excellent organizational skill, and practice
proper Line-mariagerberit.

Effective written and oral communication skills.

Excellent customer service skills,

Salary is commensurate with experience.

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NOTICE

GOLDEN SUNSET COVES INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


























Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MYLANDER VISTAS

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INC.

KARBALA LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ROYALS FIDELITY

52wk-Low Securit y
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

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

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) +

1000.00

1000.00

1000.00

1000.00
52wk-Low Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

ABDAB
RND Holdings

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

3.0941
12.3870
100.0000
93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

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

§2wk-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

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

(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

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NOTICE
MARISTELLA S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
EMSWORTH LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CONTINUUM CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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COLON TAL

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,478.40 | CHG -0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -233.99 | YTD % -13.66
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

Previous Close Today's Close

Change Daily Vol. EPS$ Div $

ases)

Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest
100.00
100.00
100.00

100.00

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

Prime + 1.75%
15 7%
230 Prime + 1.75%

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities

Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Yield

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

30.13
0.45

31.59
0.55

29.00
0.55

0.000

0.000 0.00%

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

NAV

2.8300
1.4932
3.0941
13.1136
101.6693
96.7398
1.0000
9.3399
1.0707
1.0319
1.0673

MARKET TERMS

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31-Aug-09

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Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

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Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company's reported eamings 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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Act sparks

investment
concerns

FROM page 1B

Bahamas has 1.6 million acres
of dry Crown Land out of a
total 3.45 million acres on which
to “promote and accommodate
development for the empower-
ment of Bahamians”. He added
that there were 900,000 acres
of wetland that should be con-
sidered for preservation.

“The Bill prevents indis-
criminate division and devel-
opment of land, protects and
preserves the natural and cul-
tural heritage of the Bahamas
and provides for a planning
processes that are fair by mak-
ing them open accessible, time-
ly and efficient,” he said.

Dr Deveaux said land for
subdivisions will not be
acquired by developers with-
out public approval, via means
of public hearings and scrutiny

by an appointed Town Plan-
ning Committee.

He said some of the prob-
lems commonly associated with
subdivisions are: “Unauthorised
sale of lots, request to sell lots
to pay for infrastructures, build-
ing permits issued in unap-
proved sub-divisions, lack of
utilities and services in subdivi-
sion, subdivision fees, uncom-
pleted subdivisions and family
subdivisions.”

Mr Deveaux said a prime
example of an ill-planned sub-
division was Pride Estates off
the Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway, which he insists will
need even more land acquisi-
tion to curb poor traffic condi-
tions.

“The Act is intending to ful-
fill its original purpose and
seeks to build communities,”
he said.

To advertise,
call 502-2371

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ORANGE SANDCREST INC.

es

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ORANGE SANDCREST INC. has been

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DEVAUGHN HOLDINGS LTD.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of DEVAUGHN HOLDINGS LTD. has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
IRAL LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


CUN wee) BISX-listed firm’s chair steps down

Consolidated Water, the BISX-listed
reverse osmosis supplier, yesterday
announced that Jeffrey M. Parker resigned
as its chairman, and as a member of the
audit and executive committees, with effect
from October 7.

Mr Parker joined the Board in 1980,
and has served continuously as a director
since that time. He has been chairman of
the board since 1982, and also served as
chief executive from 1994 to 2004.

“On behalf of his fellow directors and



our shareholders, I would like to express
our sincere appreciation to Mr Parker for
his 29 years of service and dedication to
the company, and we wish him all the best
for the future,” said Rick McTaggart, Con-
solidated Water’s president and chief exec-
utive.

Directors meeting in November 2009.

Consolidated Water is engaged in the
development and operation of seawater
desalination plants and water distribution
systems in areas of the world where natu-
rally occurring supplies of potable water
are scarce or nonexistent.

Consolidated Water currently operates
water production and/or distribution facil-
ities in the Cayman Islands, the British Vir-
gin Islands, Bermuda, Belize and the
Bahamas.

Appoint

Consolidated Water expects to appoint a
new chairman at its upcoming Board of



JEFFREY PARKER

FROM page 1B

they’ve been doing that.”

However, given that around
20 per cent of all commercial
loans in the Bahamas are in
default, banking sector ner-
vousness in lending to this
nation’s small business sector
is somewhat understandable.
Given that outstanding com-
mercial loans are estimated to
have a total $1 billion worth,
the statistics imply that some
$200 million is in default.

And it can also be argued
that it is not the job of a com-
mercial banks to provide debt
financing to start-ups and entre-
preneurs, this being the role
played by venture capital - a
notably absent ingredient in the
Bahamian economy apart from
the Government-sponsored
fund.

Commercial banks, given
their responsibility to repay
depositor liabilities, are unable
to take big risks with other peo-
ple’s money - and are also con-
strained by law and regulations
from doing so. Still, there is lit-
tle doubt that many Bahamian
businesses have either failed,
or struggled, to obtain debt
financing and overdraft facili-
ties for items such as inventory
restocking during this recession.

Mr Turnquest yesterday
argued that while several com-

mercial banks had previously
touted the size of their small
business lending facilities, the
reality was that the lion’s share
from these went to “only a few
big businesses”.

“For small businesses, it’s
‘no, no’,” Mr Turnquest
claimed. “If you ask them to
give you a breakdown of the
size of the loan relative to the
size of the business, it will clear-
ly identify that 10 per cent of
any new loans go to small busi-
ness. The rest goes to the larger
businesses, because they have
the capital, the collateral, the
track record and the cash flow.”

Describing conditions in the
Bahamian small business sec-
tor as “steady”, Mr Turnquest
added: “The bottom has
already dropped out. The only
thing happening now is stagna-
tion - you'll see a steady stag-
nation underway. The ones in
business now have already
weathered the storm.

“The only challenge now is
that they are not hiring people.
There will never be a dent in
the unemployment rate until
mid-next year at least. I’ve spo-
ken to many small business
owners, and they are not hir-
ing - period. They have one or
two people employed, and are
doing a lot more work over-

PHOENIX

Notice of
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

OW the Shareholders and Agenda

Holice bs Parkby giver that the Annual deneral Meating of
Sharthoiders of Phooni: Four, Ing, will bo held om Thereday,

Nowember 4” 2008 at AG Insurance (formerly Portes Inearance Bekgiurn)
located at Rue dui Port Hau! 17, 8-100) Brussels.

Regisiratian will commrnce at 10h) in anticipation of a
71h 0 start. The agenda tor the meting ls as Tolls:

AGENDA

Agset Summary

Soe i ee

Gioaing Statement

Dated the 6 day of October 2009.

By order of the Heard.

Opening Statement trom the Chairman:
BROVSRe Litigation Update

Review of D008 Audited Finacial Silene
Review of 2005 Mot Asset Value

Cash Position and Progection for 2008 and 2010
Share Purchase Offar inqery

NOTICE

the-counter themselves.
They’re physically present in
the store.”

Aside from existing small
businesses, Mr Turnquest said
the growth of new start-ups in
the Bahamian economy had
“slowed tremendously” as a
result of the recession and its
fall-out.

“There’s no new businesses
opening; there are absolutely
no new businesses being
launched in the bricks and mor-
tar type of business model. You
may see some e-commerce-type
models, but people are moving
away from paying rent early.”

Against this backdrop, Mr
Turnquest, working with
Bahamas Development Bank
(BDB) executive, Dale
McHardy, is moving to craft a
Small Business Act of the
Bahamas, the October 27 meet-
ing being the first step through
getting association presidents
to identify key issues impact-
ing their sectors.

“We are trying to do things
step by step, and then form a
National Plan [for small busi-
ness],” Mr Turnquest
explained. “It’s not going as fast
as I wanted, but I’m optimistic
now. I hope by next year to
have some draft with the Prime
Minister and the Cabinet. We’ll

be looking very good for next
year. It can’t be rushed.”

The Small Business Act of
Barbados will be one of the
models used as a guide for
drafting the Bahamian legisla-
tion, but Mr Turnquest pledged
that the latter would be “craft-
ed to suit our environment”.

He argued that the legisla-
tion would leave the Bahamas
“better positioned” to survive a
recession, one proposal being
that it would exempt small busi-
ness owners who were current
with all their tax payments and
other obligations from paying
their 5.4 per cent of National
Insurance Board (NIB) contri-
butions. Real property tax
exemptions and customs duty
exemptions could also be con-
sidered.

Mr Turnquest, though,
warned that a Small Business
Act would “not be a panacea
to save all businesses during a
recession”, focusing on small
businesses with five to 10
employees as opposed to ‘Mom
and Pop’ stores.

The planned legislation, he
added, was designed to create
an entrepreneurial culture in
the Bahamas, and could also
encourage financial institutions
to be more flexible in their
small business lending practices.

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BAHAMAS AGRIBUSINESS

COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED
(VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 105 of the Cooperative Societies Act,
2005 the voluntary liquidation of Bahamas
Agribusiness Cooperative Society Limited has
commenced. All claims against the aforementioned
Cooperative must be submitted to and received by
THE LIQUIDATOR before October 31, 2009 at PO
Box SS 6462, Nassau, Bahamas.

Cliff Pinder & Associates Limited
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KLARWELT INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Notice
RAMBLING HOLDINGS LTD.

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000 the Dissolution of RAMBLING HOLDINGS
LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register of Companies.

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 21st
September 2009.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDEN EAGLE ASSETS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 7th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that EDLYN PETIT-FRERE

of SOLDIER ROAD, P.O. BOX N-9842, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The

Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9th day
of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

MUA

NOTICE is hereby given that STEPHEN G. DAVIES of 8
CAMELOT CT, P.O. BOX F-42766, FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 2â„¢ day of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


























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(a) ORCHIDEA FUND LIMITED (SAC) is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000 s.137 and
section 45 of the Segregated Accounts Companies Act, Chapter 396C.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on October 8, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
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(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is required
on or before the 6th day of November 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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Talking, paying, partying
can lift worker morale

By JOYCE M ROSENBERG
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — As Bart Cleveland
talks to employees of his ad agency, he sees the
strain.

“We’re really keenly aware of what the
economy is doing to people’s morale,” said
Cleveland, a partner at McKee Wallwork
Cleveland in Albuquerque, NM. “They’re
stressed in a way that I’ve never seen people
stressed.”

Economic reports of the last week point to
plenty of reasons for low morale at small com-
panies. A survey by the National Federation of
Independent Business of its members found
that employment in small companies over the
past three months fell on average by almost
one worker per business. That’s an improve-
ment over the spring, but it still means busi-
nesses are struggling and that they’re cutting
employees rather than hiring new ones.

That inevitably is going to affect morale,
but even at companies that are faring better,
workers are uneasy. So small business owners
need to help keep employees’ spirits from sag-
ging.

Cleveland does what many human resources
consultants suggest, talking with staffers and
letting them know how the business is doing.

“We’re communicating much more fre-
quently with our employees about things they
may not have been concerned about” in the
past, said Cleveland. He walks around the
office to talk with employees each day.

Cleveland added these walks to his routine
four or five months ago, well into the recession.
He said it was “something I intended to do, but
I’m a worker bee and I can get very focused on
what I’m doing.” But he recently recognised
employees’ need for more face time with the
boss. “When I realised it had to be more of a
priority, I made it a priority,” he said.

Rick Gibbs, a senior human resources spe-
cialist with Administaff, a Houston-based com-
pany that provides HR outsourcing, supports
the idea of owners being up-front with staffers
about the business.

“That’s one of the things we think is most
important and keeps employees engaged, even
in a negative time,” he said.

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“Tt may not make them happy and glowing
necessarily, but it provides something to think
about even in a tough time and it also creates
a tie between the company and the employee,”
Gibbs said.

Gibbs said his company is finding that small
business clients are more concerned these days
with keeping employee morale up. “It comes
up in our conversation all the time,” he said.

There is often a direct cause-and-effect rela-
tionship between how workers feel and how
well they work. Uneasy and uncertain workers
may find it harder to concentrate. That in turn
is going to affect performance, and it’s not too
long before the company feels the impact.

A boss being open with employees about
the business can help focus their efforts on
what the company needs to thrive. That can
give them a sense of power that may alleviate
some of feelings of being at the mercy of the
economy. Allowing them to vent a little frus-
tration is probably a good idea as well.

Gibbs suggests including staffers in a dia-
logue about making the business stronger, ask-
ing them: “What are your ideas? What do you
think is most effective with customers?”

He acknowledged, though, that many own-
ers may have never had this kind of openness
with staffers.

“Tt may be a difficult thing to do and it
requires the leader to really take a look at
how to best help their businesses,” he said.

Another approach for keeping employees’
morale up is through incentives and rewards,
such as performance bonuses.

DeAnne Merey, president of D M Public
Relations in New York, developed an incentive
pay programme and calls it “a huge morale
booster.”

“We're gaining clients but not at the rate we
would have if the economy was robust,” she
said. The incentive pay, which is awarded on a
project-by-project basis, gives employees some-
thing to work toward.

Gibbs noted that there are also incentives
that don’t cost anything, such as allowing a
staffer who has done something outstanding to
leave early on a Friday. But he recommended
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M r d e S w a n t o n , w h o d i d c l o s e h i s b u s i n e s s , i s r e q u i r e d t o s e t u p a n a r r a n g e m e n t w h e r e h e c a n b e c o n t a c t e d a n d t h e o u t s t a n d i n g m a t t e r s b e a d d r e s s e d . T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s c o n t a c t e d M r M c C a r t n e y a f t e r n u m e r o u s i n s u r a n c e i n d u s t r y s o u r c e s t o l d t h i s n e w s p a p e r t h a t c l i e n t s o f R o d e s ( w h i c h s t a n d s f o r R o b e r t d e S w a n t o n ) w e r e c o m p l a i n i n g a b o u t t h e a g e n c y s c l o s u r e , b e i n g e s p e c i a l l y c o n c e r n e d a b o u t w h e t h e r t h e y s t i l l h a d i n s u r a n c e c o v e r a g e a f t e r j u s t p a y i n g t h e i r p r e m i u m s . T h e n u m b e r f o r R o d e s P a l m d a l e o f f i c e w a s s a i d t o n o l o n g e r b e i n s e r v i c e w h e n T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s c a l l e d y e s t e r d a y , a n d c a l l s t o M r d e S w a n t o n s c e l l p h o n e w e r e n o t a n s w e r e d b e f o r e p r e s s t i m e . I t w a s s a i d t h a t t h e p h o n e c o u l d n o t t a k e v o i c e m a i l m e s s a g e s . A n y o n e w h o h a s c o m p l a i n t s o r c o n c e r n s c a n c o n t a c t u s , M r M r C a r t n e y s a i d y e s t e r d a y , a d d i n g t h a t M r d e S w a n t o n s h o u l d h a v e a l r e a d y p u b l i s h e d a d v e r t i s e m e n t s w i t h h i s c o n t a c t d e t a i l s . T h e r e w i l l b e a c o n t a c t n u m b e r f o r p e r s o n s w h o w i s h t o c o n t a c t h i m , a n d w i t h a n y u n r e s o l v e d m a t t e r s p e r s o n s c a n c o n t a c t u s . 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I n t h e s e e c o n o m i c t i m e s , w e h a v e t o b e p r u d e n t w i t h t h e t y p e o f b u s i n e s s w e i n v e s t i n . W e w a n t t o i n v e s t i n b u s i n e s s e s w i t h g o o d q u a l i t y p o t e n t i a l . T h e B a h a m a s E n t r e p r e n e u r i a l V e n t u r e F u n d , t o g i v e t h e G o v e r n m e n t s p o n s o r e d v e n t u r e c a p i t a l f u n d i t s f u l l n a m e , h a s m a d e e q u i t y i n v e s t m e n t s i n j u s t t w o B a h a m i a n s t a r t u p s t o d a t e f o r 2 0 0 9 , M r G o m e z c o n f i r m e d . O u t o f $ 5 m i l l i o n w o r t h o f t a x p a y e r s m o n e y i n v e s t e d i n t h e f u n d t o d a t e s i n c e , i n c e p t i o n , t h e B a k e r T i l l y G o m e z a c c o u n t a n t s a i d s o m e $ 4 . 5 m i l l i o n h a d b e e n i n v e s t e d i n 5 0 c o m p a n i e s . 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E m p l o y e e s h a v e b e e n c o n c e r n e d t h a t p e r s o n a l t r i p s b y t h e i r p r e s i d e n t , M a r k F i n l a y s o n , h a v e t a k e n p r e c e d e n c e o v e r h i s f i n a n c i a l o b l i g a t i o n s t o t h e m . O n e e m p l o y e e l a m e n t e d : A n o t h e r h o l i d a y w e e k e n d a n d s o m e o f u s c a n n o t e v e n b u y g r o c e r i e s . W e h a v e n t s e e n a d o l l a r a n d t h e y a r e o f f . S o l o m o n s M i n e s a t t o r n e y , P L P S e n a t o r J e r o m e F i t z g e r a l d , s a i d h e c o u l d n o t c o m m e n t p u b l i c l y o n t h e c o n c i l i a t i o n e f f o r t s b e i n g m a d e b y t h e c o m p a n y . H o w e v e r , M r F i t z g e r a l d , w h o r e c e n t l y l a u n c h e d h i s c a m p a i g n t o b e c o m e d e p u t y l e a d e r o f t h e P L P , s a i d t h i n g s w e r e m o v i n g a h e a d . T h e r e a r e a n u m b e r o f t h i n g s w e a r e s o r t i n g o u t a n d w e a r e m a k i n g p r o v i s i o n s t o p a y t h e m o f f , h e s a i d . M r B r o w n i n s i s t e d : W h e t h e r t r y i n g t o s e l l i t s a s s e t s o r s a l v a g e w h a t i t c a n , t h a t a t t h e e n d o f t h e d a y t h e w o r k e r s w i l l b e g i v e n w h a t i s o w e d t h e m b y t h e c o m p a n y . L a b o u r i n v e s t i g a t o r s s e n t i n t o r e t a i l g i a n t Evidence ‘burned by Bridgewater’ B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net FORMER PLP Senator Pleas ant Bridgewater told police she burned a copy of the “refusal to transport” document and flushed the ashes down a toilet, jurors in t he attempted extortion trial heard yesterday. Bridgewater and former ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne are accused of attempting to extort $25 million from American actor John Travolta, 55, after his 16-year-old son Jett died from a seizure in Grand Bahama in J anuary. The refusal to transport document is at the centre of the attempted extortion plot. The prosecution closed its case yes terday after seeking leave of the court to do so without calling ASP Ricardo Taylor who was the lead investigator in the case. Mr Taylor, who suffered a stroke, is s till ill. Detective Sergeant 2329 Deb o rah Thompson testified yesterJury hears former Senator admitted getting rid of ‘refusal to transport’ document FORMERMP RONPINDERTIESTHEKNOT Blocking leadership challenger ‘will destroy PLP election chance’ By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net IF THEPLP goes ahead and blocks the nomination of the only challenger for the leadership of the party to date, it runs the risk of destroying any possibility it has of winning the next general election, a senior party supporter told The Tribune yesterday. With the National General Council of the party holding a meeting last night to decided whether or not a none sitting Member of Par liament should be allowed t o run against the leader of t he party, former MP and party Chairman Philip Galanis said that this move if passed could possibly be the worst mistake the party could make. “It will blow us out of the water. “We would have fewer seats than what we did in S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 PLEASANT BRIDGEWATER S S E E E E p p a a g g e e e e i i g g h h t t By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net UNION strife and judicial delays have left a woman on the verge of suicide with only a few hundred dollars to sustain her and her 11year-old daughter for the foreseeable future. Krystal Barry, 29, claims she is owed around $26,000 by her former employer, the Airport Airline and Allied Workers Union (AAAWUu nable to access her money and the depressed e conomy has prevented her getting another job. In the meantime, she and her daughter’s standard of living has plunged. And in desperation Ms Barry yesterday appealed to the public to assist her daughter – a junior tennis champion who recently won gold at a Caribbean tournament, despite her mother not being able to accompany her for lack of funds – to continue to live a healthy life and follow her dream. Mother on the verge of suicide over union and judicial issues S S E E E E p p a a g g e e t t w w o o By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net A FLORIDA lawyer is facing three charges in the US over allegations that he used clients’ money to pay off an $80,000 gambling debt at Freeport’s Isle of Capri casino. The casino, which is located in the Our Lucaya hotel, assisted US police in their investigation into Mark Brady. The lawyer was released on $8,500 bail after pleading not guilty to two felony counts misappropriation of escrow accounts and forgery and one misdemeanour count of lying to a law enforcement officer. Brevard County Sheriff’s Office claims Lawyer accused of using clients’ money to pay gambling debt in Freeport S S E E E E p p a a g g e e e e i i g g h h t t FORMER MP for Marathonand Minister of State for the Environment Ron Pinder married Margot Burrows at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday. The newlyweds are pictured on the staircase inside the hotel. SEEPAGE12 A MAN who was brutally attacked by a group of cutlass wielding vigilantes for allegedly kidnapping a teenage girl and holding her against her will in a dilapidated home is back in police cus tody. The man, a Lewis Street resident, escaped from the Princess Margaret Hospital hours after being admitted for treatment for injuries suffered in the Wednesday morning attack. According to a news report, Assistant Commissioner Raymond Gibson confirmed that the man was back in police custody and that the alleged victim's family had made a formal complaint against him. A relative of the girl reportedly found her in the tiny home, bound with tape, residents of Lewis Street told The Tri bune. Around 3 am Wednesday, angry friends and relatives of the girl accosted the man and "chapped" him about the body, residents said. Police were later called to the scene, eyewitnesses said, and took the man to the hospital. Up to press time it was unclear if anyone was arrested in connection with the attack. Alleged kidnapper in police custody INSIDE POLICEPROBENINTH GRAND B AHAMA MURDER SEE P AGETWO By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENT is considering amending the Court of Appeal Act to restrict which cases are sent to the UK's Privy Council, Attorney General Brent Symonette confirmed. The move would limit the cases sent to the Privy Council which is the final court of appeal for the Bahamas and many other Caribbean countries which were former British colonies based on the severity of each case or the financial value attached to the matters. The Attorney General's office is also contemplating placing a stipulation in the Court of Appeal Act which would require appellants to get permission from the Court of Appeal before Govt considers limits on cases sent to Privy Council S S E E E E p p a a g g e e e e i i g g h h t t

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“If anyone can help, I really just want to help my daughter,” said Ms Barry. “I don’t want it to be that she falls by the wayside because her mother is struggling.” Ms Barry, 29, explained how she had for five years worked a full time job as ano ffice manager with the u nion. However, she claims she and her daughter’s lives began unravelling when Secretary General of the union, Anthony Bain, and his supporters changed the locks at theirh eadquarters and declared h imself President of the organisation in January, 2009. When she and several others turned up for work that day, she alleges she found herself unable to get into the building. The following day, her job had been given to someone else and a week later, a termination letter arrived. Believing she has been the victim of a personal vendetta as a result of her allegiance to former union President Nelerene Harding, Ms Barry has since agitated to get what she claims she is owed by the union but the Department of Labour said it cannot move ahead until it confirms who the real president is. “There is an issue as to who is the official head of the union and both parties saying the other person does not have the authority to attend any meetings on behalf of the union.” Petitioning “We don’t know who to summon over this,” Director of Labour, Harcourt Brown said yesterday. Despite petitioning from “hundreds” of AAAWU members who want a poll to go ahead to select a president, according to Mr Brown, Mr Bain and his attorney Obie Ferguson won an injunction against a scheduled June 2009 election, further delaying a determination of who should hold the top post. Mr Bain told The Tribune yesterday he is seeking to alter the union’s constitution a move which Mr Brown should really leave up to the membership to approve. In the meantime, Mr Bain claims the union owes nothing to Ms Barry, who, he alleges, was dismissed due to “poor behaviour.” “We did everything that was proper in their separation and their letters that were given to them would reflect that,” he claimed. Mr Brown yesterday described Ms Barry’s situa tion as “unfortunate”, calling her an “innocent bystander” caught up in the middle of u nion infighting. The ironic thing is the u nion is supposed to be about p rotection of the rights of workers and here it is, the internal squabbles of the union have left a worker of the union not getting paid,” he said. He could not confirmt he amount that Mrs Barry is owed, but said it “could well be” the amount she has alleged. Yesterday, Ms Barry described her despair at the situation, which saw her life turned upside down in a matter of months. Despite sending her resume “all over Nassau”, Ms Barry said she has been unable to find a new job, apart from a few weeks of work here and there. Ms Barry said she feels like there is “no justice” in The Bahamas. It appears, she said, that the average Bahamian has nowhere to turn when their rights are trampled. Anyone who wishes to help Ms Barry and her daughter, Rayven, can contact Alison Lowe at The Tribune on 502 2365 or alowe@tribunemedia.net C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM H1N1 AKA SWINE FLU P ROTECT YOUR HOME & FACILITY HAND WASHING & CLEANING I S EVERYTHING W E HAVE A DIVERSE SELECTION OF HAND SOAPS, DISPENSERS & DISINFECTANTS LIQUIDS – FOAM AEROSALS REMEMBER HYGIENE ROUTINES CAN HELP P ROTECT AGAINST INFLUENZA A WASH HANDS DISINFECT SURFACES #32 Chesapeake & Carib Roads (pf v.interchem@batelnet.bs m.interchem@batelnet.bs By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Grand Bahama Police are investigating its ninth homicide here on the island after the body of a man was discovered on a dirt road off Pioneer’s Way on Thursday. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey reported that the 25-year-old victim had sustained an apparent gunshot injury to the body. Police are withholding his identity until next of kin have been notified. Ms Mackey said police received information sometime around 10.50am and went to the location east of Pioneer’s Way East, where officers observed a Buick Century vehicle in the bushes. She said the body of a black male was in the driver’s seat with an apparent gun shot wound in his upper back. Police believe that the incident may be connected to a shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday evening when a man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot injury. According to Ms Mackey, sometime around 7.05pm police received information that a 27-year-old man was at the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the left shoulder. The man told police that he was with another male in the Coral Reef Estates area in a vehicle when a man, he knows by a nick-name, shot him. He said he ran to the main road and flagged down a car which took him to the Rand Memorial Hospital. Ms Mackey said sometime around 10.37pm on Wednesday evening, a man turned himself in at Eight Mile Rock Police Station. The man was arrested after certain information was received. Ms Mackey said police have not yet determined the motive for the shooting. She is urging members of public who may have been in the area and can assist them with their investigations to call 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911 . Police probe ninth Grand Bahama murder G RIMDISCOVERY: A man’s body was found off Pioneer’s Way. Thevictim had sustained an apparent gunshot injury. Mother on the verge of suicide over union and judicial issues FROM page one Body of man discovered on dirt road off Pioneer’s Way D e r e k C a r r o l l KRYSTEL BARRY’S daughter Rayven. Ms Barry said, “If anyone can help, I really just want to help my daughter.” “Ther e is an issue as to who ist he official head o f the union and both parties saying the other person does not have thea uthority to a ttend any m eetings on behalf of the union.”

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net FORMER PLP MP Philip Galanis said that he was disappointed at Perry Christie’s performance on ZNS on Wednesday night, when the party l eader warned parliamentary colleagues that there would be consequences for any of them w ho dares to challenge him at the party’s convention on October 21. During the interview, conducted by ZNS anchor Jerome Sawyer at Mr Christie’s home, the party leader said he would q uestion the loyalty of any colleague who tries to replace him. Mr Christie went on to say h e is not sure whether he could place any confidence in such an individual in the future. H owever, Mr Galanis said t hat if the PLP is seeking to represent itself as a democratic organisation, demonstrations of freedom by Mr Christie’s parliamentary colleagues should b e welcomed. “I think that if he were to have said it objectively and if p ersons looked at it objectively i t would appear that he (Mr C hristie) didn’t have the level o f security that he is purporting t o have. And I don’t know why that is. “He is the leader. He ought to be secure in his position. He h as been in politics for a very long time. He has appointed numerous stalwart councillors. He has lead the party and I think has done a fairly good joba nd so there really is no reason for him to be insecure. “What he ought to do in my opinion is invite as many and whoever wishes to oppose him t o do so and if he is confident in himself then he will win,” Mr Galanis said. Falling short of calling Mr Christie “scared”, Mr Galanis admitted that this may be the view of some in the party, but said he believes the leader simply wishes to serve anothert erm and does not want anything to get in the way of that. If he does the kind of things t hat they are suggesting is being done tonight (see story, page 1), this will not inure him to PLPs and certainly it will not endure him to those undecided v oters who are thinking of comi ng in. “We need to be a welcoming party, not a party that is fighting within itself,” he said. Christie’s ZNS performance was disappointing – former PLP MP By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net THE Ministry of Agriculture and M arine Resources is still contemplat ing implementing a snapper and conch s eason to protect these limited resources from over-fishing, Agriculture Minister Larry Cartwright said. His ministry is also trying to deter mine the country's snapper and conchp opulation before deciding when they can be harvested. " The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is looking at conserv ation and we may be in the very near future looking at the possibility of a snapper and conch season," said Mr Cartwright. "I wouldn't want to put a time-line on it but we are looking at it right now to try to determine what the fish stocks a re like." The need to place conservation mea s ures on the country's snapper resources was put to Mr Cartwright after a video which appears to show commercial fishermen from Spanish Wells hauling in a n extremely large load of the fish – was forwarded to The Tribune. Mr Cartwright said he had seen the video, which was posted on the video sharing website Youtube, adding that h e had been shocked by the large haul. "It was the first time I'd ever seen so m any fish in one spot," he said. "I'm not too experienced with what these g uys (typically fishermen I do not think this was a normal haul". Environmental activist Sam Duncombe, who forwarded the video to The Tribune, expressed concern at the volu me of fish caught on the expedition. She called on government to implementa snapper season, similar to the one in place to protect groupers. " I am not suggesting that fishermen be put out of business, however fish are a public resource, a global resource, as such they must be managed and their numbers respected accordingly. Addit ionally fish play a vital role in the oceans' ecosystems. " We are calling on the Bahamas gov ernment to conduct a comprehensivef ish population study to determine quotas for each species of commercial fish b efore it is too late," said Ms Duncombe, director of the group reEarth. Mr Cartwright added that his ministry is currently canvassing fisherman for their opinions on the proposed seas ons, which he said would be imple mented "whenever the time is right". Minis try angling for possible snapper and conch season FOREIGN experts are conducting an in-depth study w hich is expected to help lower food prices and make the B ahamas more self-sufficient. A team of Food and Agric ulture Organisation (FAO specialists have begun a threemonth assessment of the Bahamas’ agricultural and fisheries sectors at the request o f the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources. T he team is led by Dr Dun stan Campbell, FAO repres entative for the Bahamas, Jamaica and Beliz. The process of collecting primary data began on Sunday and is expected to take a week. Dr Campbell said the i ntended outcome is a fiveyear development plan for theB ahamas’ agricultural sector. “This exercise is long in comi ng and much needed,” said Ministry of Agriculture under-secretary Philip Miller. “It has been difficult to move forward in agriculture without a plan.” Dr Campbell’s team includes technical experts in livestock, land, water and extension services. Technical “We have also brought onboard some local technical people,” he added. “And of course we are using the resources of the Ministry of Agriculture because these are the people on the ground and who live with the challenges.” He pointed to the global trend of rising food and fuel prices, and the detrimental impact this has had on house holds. “The government of the Bahamas has responded,” he said, “and is looking forward to strengthening the agricul tural sector. “But before doing that we need an understanding of what the situation on the ground is and what are the potentials.” The programme will be “very intensive” with visits to the islands and sessions with farmers, agro-processors, individuals in marketing, suppliers, traders, and trade policymakers. “We want to have a com prehensive picture of the agricultural situation here in the Bahamas,” said Dr Campbell. Under-secretary Miller emphasised the impact the study would have on the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources’ budget preparations. “We need to know exactly what the needs of the agricultural sector are so we can cre ate programmes that would meet those needs,” he said. “We need that information to assist us with the budget so we can have real programmes to assist the farmers.” In-depth study expected to help lower food prices B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net PLANS to build a new public hospital and replace run-down f acilities at Princess Margaret Hospital are moving forward,M inister of Health Dr Hubert M innis said yesterday. Speaking at a meeting of the Nassau Sunrise Rotary Club, Dr Minnis reiterated government’s commitment to building a 21st century facility to serve the needs of a growing population for at least the next 30 years. Complaints about the condi tion of the Princess Margaret Hospital over the years have extended from mouldy walls and ceilings to unclean bath rooms and an unhygienic envi ronment allowing for the spread of MRSA. Talk of a new hospital has persisted throughout successive governments and in 2005 a report on the development of hospitals was produced. But it was not until last year that plans began in earnest, Dr Minnis said. The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA two committees to develop a master plan for the new hospital, and the firm Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA tracted to guide construction plans. Potential sites were identified, including the current PMH site in Shirley Street, but government has not yet decided on a location. And financial setbacks brought on by the global economic crisis have further delayed plans. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham had committed 51 per cent of the profits from the potential sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC tal, before the recession meant the money would instead be required to pay off government debts. However financial setbacks have not caused government to shy away from its commitment to providing a better public hospital, Dr Minnis said. He told the Rotary club meeting at the British Colonial Hilton: “Construction of a new hospital requires considerable planning and effort, as well as capital. “The world economic crisis has delayed major projects worldwide and the Bahamas is no exception. “Governments as well as people are sensitive to the vagaries of the economy.” Upg r ades As preparations continue there will be upgrades at the current hospital including the development of three new operating theatres, improved associated support services, a new central sterile supplies department and medical surgi cal supplies department, and a renovated geriatric hospital. And as plans crystallise com mittees are taking into consideration the population’s health care needs and how the new facility could be developed in phases. Dr Minnis said: “It is not the government’s objective merely to replace PMH. “The new hospital needs to be planned in the context of the projected health needs of the population for at least the next 30 years. “Planning activities for the new hospital have to address the potential impact of an invigorated primary health care sys tem inclusive of community mental health services, an effective wellness programme, an aggressive advocacy and community participation programme and the examination of options for building partnerships with other providers. “Construction of a new facil ity provides an opportunity for better patient management and for raising the new hospital to a facility of first choice rather than that of last resort.” Also under consideration is whether the facility will have two or four beds in a room, provisions for renal care, parking, cost for laboratory services, consideration of services provided by allied health professionals, MRI and intervention al radiology services, and noninvasive procedures such as imaging technologies. Dr Minnis said there will be a focus on preventative and pri mary health care as well as paediatrics and obstetrics. Plans for public hospital to replace run-down PMH are moving forward A JET-SKI operator m ade t he gruesome discovery when he came upon the body of a caucasian woman floating in waters near the Carefree apartment complex on WestB ay Street. Up to press time yesterday, police were still trying to determine the identity of the w oman. Police were also investigating whether the female drowned or was murdered. Lifeless "Around 9.30 yesterday morning, police got a call that there was a body floating in t he water just at the rear of the Carefree apartments. Officers came and with the assistance of some persons who were already on the beach, pulled the lifeless b ody of the female out of the waters. " And the information is t hat a jet ski operator was passing and he saw the body floating in the water. As a result he pulled the body to s hore and thereby called the police," RBPF Superintend ent Cleophus Cooper said. An autopsy will be schedu led to determine an official c ause of death. Woman’s body found floating in waters near Carefree complex P HILIP G ALANISSPEAKSAFTER O PPOSITIONLEADER SWARNINGTOPOTENTIALCHALLENGERS Philip Galanis Perry Christie THIS is a still from a video which appears to show commercial fishermen from Spanish Wells hauling in an extremely large load of the fish. n P ROTECTINGLIMITED MARINERESOURCES PRINCESS Margaret Hospital. We need to be a welcoming party, not a party that isf ighting within itself.” “Construction of a new facility pr ovides an opportunity for better patient management...” Dr Hubert Minnis HEAL TH MINISTERSPEAKSTOROTARYCLUB

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EDITOR, The Tribune. Watching with keen interest as candidates step forward in the run up to the PLP convention, one cannot stop and wonder about persons offering for deputy leader. JeromeF itzgerald’s speech and Philip Davies theme are the most captivating of all. Mr Fitzgerald says “I am a product of43 years of your collective work. You produced me. You prepared me for leadership.” Mr Davis on the other hand wants his party to “Be Brave” and vote for him as the next deputy leader. What is so striking about wanting second place? Who prepares for 43 years for second place and what is so brave about being runner up? When Debbie Ferguson prepares for four years to perform in the Olympics she is not training for second place, s he wants gold! It’s a poorly kept secret that the entire slate of candidates in the race for deputy really wants to be leader, but party politics dictates that they “tow the line until it’s their time.” O ur political system has yet to come of age with the understanding that to chal-l enge leadership does not mean opposing party principles. It is still a system built around absolute party loyalty and compliance as its core rather than the dynamics of competitive ideas and ideals competing for the attention of a captive voter. Given the current system, the question that needs to be resolved for the winner of this farce is how are you going to take the wheels of power from a “leader for life”? Many scenarios exist, but the one which is most compelling is taken directly from the playbook of Julius Caesar: a political coup (minus the stabbing) by forming a band of p ersons who are of like mind. O ne can see that scenario b eing played out based on who you see in the crowd for each candidate. In truth the position of deputy leader should be a post that is handpicked by whoever is successful as leader, for two main reasons: these two persons need to work in concert so there needs to be a level of comfort and familiarity. These traits are better guaranteed through a selection process rather than election of a deputy. The second reason has to do with vision. The vision and over all tone of a party comes from the leader which is supposed to be executed by his team, inclusive of the deputy. One needs to be very sceptical when someone who is running for deputy starts articulating visions, goals and poli cies. You run the risk of major conflict as a result of clashing visions should the deputy choose not to agree to the terms set out by the leader. Whatever your views on the candidates, the second place prize is not something to train, sacrifice and aspire towards. It is another example of an exercise in mediocrity and disingenuous intentionst hat we the people have been made to be subjected to for decades when it comes to choosing a leader. Dial the clock back over a decade when Bernard Nottage and Perry Christie were made “codeputy” leaders so as not to offend the other. How pathet ic was that display! In more recent times another example of botched transitional leadership occurred at the expense of the delegates at the FNM convention in 2005 when Hubert Ingraham decided to play the cat and mouse game with delegates – well he or won’t he nominate for the leadership post again? O f course we all know the outcome; he nominated at the eleventh hour, avoided the rigours of a leadership campaign and the rest is history. These are examples of moments in history where p ower was accommodated, not won. And now it comes full circle with the ascensiono f the man who would be king, but decided to settle for the position of prince (or coprince, if history repeats) until the king decides to leave. Stay tuned ERIC B STRACHAN Nassau, October 5, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 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 Advertising Manager (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm REPUBLICANS in the House of Repr esentatives attempted to remove Charles Rangel as chairman of the Ways and Means C ommittee on Wednesday, arguing that Rangel’s current ethics controversy has “held the House up to public ridicule.” In my capacity as a person who has held the House up to public ridicule on numerouso ccasions, I would like to go on record as saying I do not need any 79-year-old com-m ittee chairman to help me do it. Really, it’s a breeze. Although perhaps slightly harde r than before Tom DeLay dropped out of “Dancing With the Stars.” The Republicans are, however, completely right about Rangel. Whenever a powerful committee chairman has so many problems t hat you need a timeline to keep all the alle gations straight, he is a liability. When those p roblems revolve around things like failure to pay taxes, it is not a good plan to have himbe in charge of tax policy. I say this with great sadness because Rangel is my congressman. My neighbours a nd I have heard about the totally ludicrous benefits that are showered upon the cons tituents of a powerful committee chair. Ever since he took control of the Ways and Means C ommittee, we have been waiting for our ship to come in. Perhaps bearing a special subsidy for families who live near a large number of pigeons. Or an extra lane on the West Side Highway that only residents of t he 15th Congressional District are allowed to use. D espite my great stake in keeping Rangel in his current post of power, I’m not prep ared to argue that you can have a chairman of the tax-writing committee who failed to declare $75,000 in rental income on a Caribbean villa on his tax returns. Or one who seems to think you can turn yourself into a resident of two different cities if it gets you cheaper housing and that the H ouse only requires its members to list their financial assets beginning with the letters Ft hrough M. The Democrats made no attempt whats oever to defend Rangel when the Republi can resolution came up in the House. They just swiftly and sullenly referred it to the ethics committee, which is currently embarked on Year Two of its CharlesR angel investigation. Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims the current C ongress is the most ethical and open one in history. And given what’s gone before, who k nows? Pelosi actually has instituted some reforms, and punished some bad apples, or at least nudged them out of critical posts. But this is a test of whether the Democrats will follow through when it’s really, really hard. We already know that Pelosi will not f ail to act if one of her members gets caught with $90,000 in marked bills hidden inside his f reezer. We don’t know whether she’ll be as firm if a popular guy who also happens to be the co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus gets caught doing a laundry list of things that are totally outrageous but notn ecessarily grounds for a major criminal indictment. R angel is certainly not going to step down without a push because he doesn’t seem to f eel as if he has done anything all that wrong. He did apologise for the failure to pay taxes and settled up with the IRS. But when a man who represents a district that is about 50 per cent Hispanic says he was unable to figu re out whether he had rental income because his agent in the Dominican Republ ic kept speaking in Spanish, you can pre sume he is not exactly bowed down with grief and shame. Rangel’s friends say he was just sloppy, but it’s more likely that he just feels he’s t oo important to be bothered with the rules. He’s treated like a king in New York, where h e does not mind being referred to as “the Lion of Lenox Avenue.” And, of course, in W ashington, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee practically gets carried down the street in a litter. Here’s a Rangel story: During the Democratic convention in Denver in 2008, city p olice got carried away and unleashed pepper spray at some demonstrators and every i nnocent bystander in the vicinity. The refugees poured into a hotel lobby, coughing a nd teary. Some middle-aged women were in particularly bad shape, and their friends wondered whether to call 911 as they bent over, hacking and gasping. Suddenly, in breezed Rangel. It was a moment in which an important politician could have scored a lot of points just by b eing slightly solicitous. The Lion took in the scene and boomed: “I’m outta here! I’ll sendy ou cigarettes!” There are tons of people in Congress who h ave huge egos and an impatience with the minor irritations of life. If the Democrats made Rangel step down, it would be a reminder that holding public office means you have to be more conservative aboutd rawing the line between proper and improper behaviour than your humblest cons tituent. It would be worth it even if my neighb ourhood never does get a bridge to nowhere. (This article was written by Gail Collins c.2009 New York Times News Service). The man who would be prince LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net The Lion King in winter EDITOR, The Tribune. T he Privy Council it was coming for years b ut we thought it wouldn’t. It has been obvious that the British would eventually remove the facility of the last precolonial institution other than the governor general years ago. Wasn’t it under the PLP’s last administration that we ended up facilitat ing hearings here for a cost of over $1.6 million and subsequently again since 2007? So no Privy Council where do we go now? We have to be very careful I suggest as we cannot as a jurisdiction make the wrong decision which could very seriously impact Financial Services and Ship Registry and any possibility of Aircraft Registration as a serious consideration in these sectors was that The Bahamas’ final court was the Privy Council. We are subscribing to the Caribbean Court of Appeal without using it and that does not seem to be on too solid ground without any unanimous support from the members of CSME or even CARICOM. To me ideally we, as a sovereign indepen dent country, should by this time have enough institutional structure to support our ownS upreme Court of Appeal as the final Court of A ppeal. But can it hold its own? Sadly I don’t think we can throw the risk behind that, but this is one of the two alternatives. Then there is the political issue the Privy Council is entrenched in the Constitution so any changes will have to go to a referendum and we all know Mr Ingraham’s view of them and any mid-term Referendum could at this time be worse than the result of the last referendum and a prologue to the potential results at the next general election it seems the gods have placed Mr Ingraham and the FNM in a difficult political situation where there is no win-win, in fact it spells political disaster. I would prefer a local sovereign final Supreme Court of Appeals, but second best is going to have to be the Caribbean Court of Appeal and really it is a weak second best. ABRAHAM MOSS Nassau, October 6, 2009. No Privy Council – so where do we go now?

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T EACHERSat Carlton E F rancis Primary School held a sit-out for the second day in a row yesterday to protest staff shortages and infrastructural p roblems. In response, the Ministry of Education issued a statement calling the disruption a situat ion which would normally have b een dealt with by the school administrators, but which became “inflated” by the behaviour of the Bahamas Union of T eachers. The statement said that in recent times, “it seems as if m inor incidents have escalated i nto major crises and have interrupted the normal operation in our schools due to teachers withholding their services. It seems as if the Teachers Union is deliberately interfering with the course of education and encouraging teachers t o withhold their services. A ccording to General Order 1047 this is not a course of action that should be taken, and teachers should return to their c lassrooms to perform their duties. “Additionally, the Industrial A greement provides for the M inistry of Education to be given collectively 30 days to resolve any issue after a grievance has been filed before any industrial a ction is undertaken,” the ministry said. The teachers at Carlton Francis are complaining of a shorta ge of teachers, no soap in the b athrooms and a problem with the septic tank in the pre-school unit. The ministry said it would l ike the public to know “that these matters have already been addressed and that subject coo rdinators are mandated to fill a ny shortfall in the teaching staff. “Secondly, the septic tank was repaired as of Wednesday, O ctober 7. As for the lack of soap in the bathroom, schools are provided with funds through their school boards to provide s upplies and additionally each d istrict has a physical plant officer at the ministry to address any concerns that the schools have. Finally, the ministry is aware that a teacher at the school will be going on maternity leave in J anuary 2010 and is already s eeking to have her class assigned to a supply or substitute teacher.” The ministry called on teache rs to be “mindful of their priority, which is to teach and ensure the provision of education to the students in their c are”. It also called on parents t o become more involved in the operation of schools, to ensure that their children are not “disadvantaged because of minor i ncidents that can be resolved” by discussions between all concerned parties. Education officials hit out over teacher sit-out By AVA TURNQUEST W HATstarted as a small a fter school homework support project in the Englerston community has blossomed into an aggressive and successful campaign against illiteracy – but this effort is now under threat because of a lack of support. The project was launched by Englerston Urban Renewal staff and a group of community volunteers, who quickly found that it h ad to be expanded and d eveloped as the extent of child illiteracy became apparent. They have had some very encouraging success, but the programme is now desperately in need of help, and they are urging more Bahamians to volunteer their time and resources. Project co-ordinator Calieel Amahad said: "Through my volunteer work I discovered that the level of literacy among the wider cross section of children is low. It's not that they are incapable of succeeding – it’s just time. No one is reading to these kids. Teachers can't do it alone, parents need to spend time with their kids.” In addition to the after school programme, Mr Ama had also visits public schools on his lunch break to read along with students for 30 to 45 minutes. He said that over the last couple of weeks, he has noticed a significant improvement in the reading skills of the students he works with. "The feedback is incredi ble, these kids want someone to take time with them. It’s like, ‘Someone cares oth er than my parents’.” However, he said, the r esponse from the commun ity has been discouraging. S o far, the programme has received only one corporate donation – from Royal Bank of Canada. "We need to come together," said Mr Amahad, "we as Bahamians must realise that these children hold our future. We can't remain isolated. It’s a flow. If we neglect the children, when they grow up and assimilate into society, their illiteracy w ill directly effect the prog ression of this country." The programme is in dire need of books, computers and volunteers. With these tools, Mr Amahad is confident that at the end of this school term, his students will have raised their reading abilities a full grade level. He said: "We as Bahami ans must volunteer at least one hour a week to secure a better future for our Bahamas. If you can't donate your time, donate money, donate computers, donate booksgetinvolved Bahamas. Every effort counts.” Vital reading programme under threat THE PROJECT has had some very encouraging success. U S FEDERALfisheries managers have agreed to consider designating critical habitat for endangered leatherbacks ea turtles in the Pacific ocean off Oregon and California, according to Associated Press. NOAA Fisheries officials s aid Thursday they will make a d ecision whether to go forward by Dec. 4 under terms of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by conservation groups. T he groups had sued the government for failing to follow through on their petition to designate critical habitat. P acific leatherbacks migrate each year from nesting areas in Indonesia to feed on jellyfish in the California current between Lincoln City, Ore., a nd Point Conception, Calif. Conservation groups have proposed designating that broad swath of ocean as critical h abitat to encompass feeding areas as well as migration routes, said Ben Enticknap of the group Oceana. If critical habitat is designated, it would require federal agencies to consult with NOAA Fisheries before going ahead with projects or actionsi n the area that might harm the turtles. I ssues to be considered include development of offs hore wind and wave energy, coastal power plants, and pollution from agricultural runoff, said David Cottingham, chiefo f sea turtle conservation for N OAA Fisheries. Because leatherbacks were listed before the 1988 amendments to the Endangered S pecies Act requiring critical habitat designations, the agency was under no legal obligation to designate it, as itm ust with other species, said Barbara Schroeder, national sea turtle coordinator for NOAA Fisheries. C ritical habitat for sea turtles considered in US

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By ADRIAN GIBSON ajbahama@hotmail.com I n our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensibleThus, political language has to consist largely of euphemism, questionbegging, and sheer cloudy vaguenessPolitical language (is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectful. George Orwell in ‘ Politics and t he English Language’ , 1945 I N many cases, politicians are known to doq uestionable things of dubious value. As it r elates to Bahamian politicians, as is illustrated of late, some of them are only mouthing platit udes about rooting out corruption, cracking down on crime and revamping education and the public service. Moreover, most local politicians are politic ally immature and tetchy about criticism. Bahamian politics appears, i n many instances, to be a fiercely guarded monopoly” (Bert Rand upon personal merits. T oday, there is an assortment o f political incumbents who should be dropped from nomi nation lists, for both parties, during the 2012 general election cycle. Frankly, when it comes t o making the crucial decisions t hat may have far reaching social and economic consequences, a number of local p oliticians lack the political will a nd, in the context as used by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger a few years ago, can therefore be referred to as “girlie men.” T he political culture is dark e ned and polluted by political tribalists in both of the major political organisations, a quant ity of whom, in my opinion, are n o more than political pickpockets, absolute idiots, fiendish, and outright jokers who are seen as political busybodies prepared to say anything to be elected. I am personally aware of insensitive politicians who are simply position seekers and b ootlickers whofor voters are easily accessible and quite approachable before elections but, after securing their seat, become invisible. What’s worsti s that if some elected officials belong to the governing party and are appointed “minister”, nearly all of them seem to adopt a n air of superiority and appear to completely forget that they are there to servewe must begin to name and shame them. Quite honestly, it appears thatm any of these pompous ministers use their position to distance themselves from the massesthat is, until they need their v otes again. O ver the past summer, I pers onally interacted with a few p oliticians who I have come to s ee as out-and-out political misfits and blowhards who present f acades for the public, pretending to care, all in an effort to f ool the Bahamian people. Quite frankly, both of the majorp olitical parties contain certain politicos who qualify as absolute k nuckleheads who, using political theatrics, yak about problems and issues from which they are completely detached and can propose no solution. Mosto f the current crop of politicians have no real empathy with comm on citizens, and also lack a sense of social, historic and political purpose. As my learned barber suggested to me this week, a good d eal of the local political establishment are intolerant ideo l ogues and “demagoons” (Maureen Dowd) who have no m orals, fanatically seek selfaggrandisement, make false promises and merely see politics as a tactical game. Long gone is the political clim ate of the 1950s and 1960s when political frontrunners such a s Sir Milo Butler, Sir Etienne Dupuch, Sir Roland Symonette, Carlton Francis, Sir Randol Fawkes, Dr Claudius R Walker and several others, did not justa pathetically pay lip service to pressing events, but also saw their loyalty to their country as superseding any party loyalty a nd/or selfish political impulse as a matter of fact Sir Etienne belonged to no political party. The late Prime Minister Indir a Gandhi, daughter of the late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, once said : “My grandfather once told m e that there are two kinds of p eople: Those who do the work a nd those who take the credit. H e told me to be in the first g roup; there is less competition there.” J ust a few weeks ago, we had a minister in a high profile min i stry passing the political buck and blaming the former gov-e rnment for choosing a flood prone, low lying site for an educ ational institution instead of focusing solely upon seeking a speedy solution. However, I wonder whether he would have heaped praise upon that gov e rnment or kept it all for himself if that same school had prod uced the best national exam results? Generally, it appears that there are quite a number of braggarts in local politics that, as s uggested by Mrs Gandhi, do not work but would willinglyt ake all credit in their zeal to win an election. We can all look f orward to the virtuous-sound ing claptrap and claims that will be hammered into our psyche from political platformsduring the next election cycle. Furt hermore, like the Republicans a re hijacking the policy-making process in the United States, there are local politicians who are completely obsessed with politics and personality rathert han policy, some of them seeming intellectually paralyzed and appearing to take on a completely obstructionist approach. M oreover, as the convent ions roll around, the public/delegates should become more cynical and questioning of the persons offering for top offices. In electing and re-electing politi-c ians, good administrative skills should be a major criterion.E ven more, Bahamian politi cians must seek to foster transp arent negotiations and public consultation to bring about and execute policy for the betterment of the Bahamas. As it stands, both parties, in m y opinion, are home to several politicians who have longw orn out their welcome, but who continue to hang around l ike uncollected garbage. It can also be said that although one p olitical party may promise to expose the corruption of another during an election campaign, consecutive governments have failed to verifiably carry out an e xpos of those corrupt politi cians. I have long suggested thei mplementation of term limits, electoral recall and jail time to w eed out the political miscre ants and showmen and foster greater accountability! The younger generations of Bahamians are looking for role m odels in the political class. Furthermore, Bahamian voters must move beyond their political orientation to reserving their votes for the election of thosec ommitted (through their actions) individuals who show a dedication to public service and adhere to the late US Presi dent John F Kennedy’s princip le of “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” It is only through the adoption of these ideals that true nationald evelopmenton all fronts will occur. W here is the change that we can believe in? The intentional transmittance of HIV S a dly, this week it was once again announced t hat cases of HIV in the Bahamas are likely to increase. H owever, shortly after reading that report, I watched a video ( posted on a friend’s facebook profile) where a disguised and obviously demented person was casually discussing how he had intentionally infected persons w ith the HIV. While publicly announcing t hat they may have contracted the HIV/AIDS, persons infecte d by the virus due to the nondisclosure of a sex partner/spouse can seek legal recourse in the Bahamian courts under the Sexual Offences Act, Chapter 99, section 8, subsect ion 2. This portion of the Act reads: “Any person who knows t hat he is infected with a virus causing, or known to cause, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (commonly known as “AIDS”) and who has sexuali ntercourse with any other person, with the consent of that other person but without disclosing the fact of the infectiont o that other person, is guilty of an offence and liable to be detained for a term of five years in such a place and under such c onditions as may be specified by the court before which he was convicted; and while so detained, he shall be deemed in l egal custody.” Ever since the passage of this Act in 1991, no one has mounted any legal action, presumably f or fear of being ostracized. Frankly, it appears that there are thousands of non-disclosurec ases by persons who have caught HIV/AIDS from someo ne who knowingly and wilfully s pread it. I t is obvious that situations e xist in the Bahamas where w ives/husbands, persons in relat ionships and/or those merely i nvolved as sex partners have c ontracted HIV from a cheati ng spouse/partner. However, in order to encourage persons to come forward in prosecuting s uch matters, the Attorney General’s office and the Judicial establishment should institute means by which these sensitive m atters are handled carefully that is, possibly having victims g iving video recorded evidence and the court using its discret ion by using letters to refer to the names and addresses of pers ons involved in a case, similar to what is done when minorsa re brought before the courts. Finally, in this age of ramp ant violent crime, I encourage Bahamians to join social activistR odney Moncur’s noble march in support of the death penalty t his Discovery Day holiday which, I’m told, starts atA rawak Cay at 9am. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The age of political knuckleheads L ONGGONEISTHETIMEWHEN B AHAMIANPOLITICIANSPUTLOYALTYTOCOUNTRYFIRST Y OUNG M AN S V IEW ADRIANGIBSON TWO HEAVYWEIGHTSFROMTHEPAST SIRMILOBUTLER SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By CONCERNED STRAW VENDORS W E WERE appalled when wer ead the lengthy article printed in The T ribune o n October 1, 2009 by Bay Street business operators a nd those on Woodes Rogers Walk. The long article was extremely vicious, evil, hateful, malicious, and displayedt he “black crab syndrome mentality.” The article firsta ddressed the issue of the nature of vendors’ wares. Also, t hose who are not vendors who greet and rip off tourists by welcoming them to the Bahamas with free gifts. When the tourists refuse to pay, u nfortunately, the free gifts are taken back. Q uestion: W hat does the ware of legitimate straw vend ors have to do with rebuilding the Straw Market? Vendors, like most Bahamians, are very industrious individuals. We pay our dues just like any other B ahamian business. For instance, we pay taxes such asN ational Insurance and business licenses just as any other b usinesses do, contrary to what others believe. At one time, gas stations sold only gas and now today they sell everything else, comp eting with grocery stores. When the gas station ownersw ere questioned by the public, they came on national TV e xplaining why they had to start selling food items which was to off-set their low gas profit. Similarly, straw baskets, bags, and hats are no different, contrary to the general public’s belief or perception. If vendors were to sell exclu sively straw products, it would s eriously hurt our business. It’s more profitable to have a d iverse selection of products – thus the different variations. Also, the tourist can have morea lternatives from which to choose. If we sell our fake b ags, fake whatever, we buy and sell them like any other commodity and it’s called “free enterprise”. We have a right to make an honest living like everyone else. We live in what we thought was a democratic soci ety so therefore we have a right to sell whatever we chose (within reason would appear that downtown business owners would prefer us to be a burden on our family and community rather than make an honest living. But like the gas stations, we must evolve in order to survive. It appears that your group could care less how we live as straw vendors just as long as it does not affect your business or pocket. One of our vendors went into a plumbing store off Soldier Road to inquire about a p lumbing fixture some time ago but to their surprise, the plumbing store was selling watches – whoever thought that a plumbing store would sell watches! (Perhaps they m ay even be “fake” like our “designer” bags.) A nother vendor had to do some blood work and when she went to the lab they were selling nuts and other food products – who would thinkt hat a blood lab, where you go to have your blood tested,w ould be selling food products. The point is that as Bahamia ns and licensed straw vendors, we are not begging, stealing, nor are we ripping off the tourist, who chooses to spend their money in our county. Asa matter of fact we embrace, welcome, and encourage them t o come back to our shores and become friends so when theyd o come back they can look us up, contrary to your report. T axes If and when a straw vendor does not pay their National Insurance or annual business l icence, we are either put before the courts or the min i stry will not give us a renewal of our straw vendor’s identifi c ation card and licence. We are processed like any other B ahamian. As a matter off act, there was recently a well k nown business owner who made the newspaper for non-payment of their com pany’s NIB contributions and it was shocking the amount the company owed to National Insurance; but did Bay Street business owners or anyone else write a long article stating their displeasure or dis gust at the situation? It’s blatantly obvious that some of the Bay Street and Woods Rogers operators are envious, jealous and malicious and clearly have the black crab syndrome regarding straw vendors and their letter seems like an attempt to discredit and cast negative, evil, and hateful thinking in every effort to undermine the straw vendors; making horrific statements such as “rats running through the city” in reference to hard working straw vendors. There is a popular saying: “Out all my mother’s children I love myself the best and when I get my belly full, the hell with all the rest”. That is definitely descriptive of what your group represents. In other words, you want the straw market dislocated from downtown so we can starve and be dependent on the country and our government. Well, our response is “hell to the N O”. We refuse to take the back seat, those days are long gone and over with. The “rats” who your group referred to have produced MPs, lawyers, doctors, preachers, teachers, nurses, and busi ness professionals just to name a few. Do you think we are going to play dumb, stupid, and ignorant like you all want to think we are? Well, there are vendors who sit right in this market who have degrees and a whole lot of “professional” experience, who have worked in corporate Bahamas, and some in corporate America, who choose to be where they are and that’s our prerogative. So I dare you or anyone else to belittle us when all we aim to do is to live honestly, respectably, and decently like the majority of Bahamians aspire to do. There are many businesses who owe BEC thousands of dollars but that has not been publicised. There are people who have left our country owing our government thou sands of dollars but did you as business owners or anyone else write articles to bring awareness to these situations? The answer is no. Why? Because these persons may not seem to be a threat to your business or to you directly. But like I state d earlier, you want to make a living and the hell with us because you feel that we are cutting into the pie. Well, as Bahamians the pie is for all not just for Bay Street/Woods Rodgers Wharf and whoever else feels we are a threat to their business. Ripping off tourists and problems in Straw Market The fake cigars, drug selling and giving tourist gifts as mentioned in the letter is a serious problem and a growing con cern. You stated that these persons are not straw vendors but persons who hang around the straw market ripping off tourists. These individuals are present on a daily basis casting a negative image on legitimate straw vendors who actu ally disapprove of their behav iour. May I remind your group and the public that the Ministry of Works which is presently headed by Minister Neko Grant and his team are managers of the Straw Market. Straw vendors are not law enforcers nor do we manage the straw market. We are there as merchants trying to make a living and if stealing, drug deal ing, infractions, violations, ripp ing off tourists are being com mitted, then the laws of theB ahamas should be enforced and these persons charged with a pplicable crimes. The Ministry of Works team which has been assigned to manage the straw market, has displayed a willingness to overs ee the vendors however this team needs more training, pers onnel, and a stronger leadership in order to effectively carry out their duties. As persons in the communi ty, we are to report crimes to o ur law enforcers who are to carry out their job. You may n ot have noticed but the police have been doing an excellent job in eradicating the problem regarding the sale of beads at the rear of the downtown straw market. Like in any company or organisation in the Bahamas and in any other part of the world, there are unsavoury, rude, obnoxious, persons and there must and should be ways to address these concerns. However, your suggestion is that the way to deal with the Straw Market problems or con cerns is to place the market on Arawak Cay so that the problem would appear to be out of sight. Has your group seriously considered the tourist’s safety and convenience? Based on your ridiculous proposal, obvi ously not; the only thing you have considered is your busi ness, your pocket, your investm ents. Well consider this – we have considered our invest m ents, our pockets, our family and the community at large. W hat many Bahamians and your group may not have realised is that the tourists purposely come looking for The World Famous Straw Market r egardless of your group or the public’s beliefs. They come f rom near and far because they were told about us either from friends, family, or other sources. Many times they say to us as vendors we wish weh ad come sooner just to have more time to shop. They are n ot asking for this shop or that shop they are looking for World Famous Straw Market. They like the bargains and the whole atmosphere of the market. Do you realise that when they spend with us the money stays in the country and benefits all? Sometimes the stores are closed and tourists come to do their last minute shopping but if we are far out of reach, that dollar will go back to the ship and we all lose. We will remain in the heart of downtown for the convenience of our tourists. So take your selfish attitude and learn to embrace all Bahamians regardless of who they are and stop displaying the “black crab syndrome” mentality. STRAW VENDORS SPEAK OUT BUSINESS must be good in the straw market as tourists look for gifts. OUR S AY TOURISTS look among straw items for gifts. The following statement is a response to a lett er printed in T he Tribune l ast week, which called for the government to abandon its plan to rebuildt he Straw Market on Bay Street and claimed t ourists are tricked and sold drugs and counterf eit goods at the market. The letter, which was s igned, “The business operators who have dealt with this for far too long”, suggested that the market be moved to a location where it can be b etter monitored by the authorities. A BOY enjoys a toy bought from the straw market. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f “It’s blatantly obvious that some of the Bay Street and W oods Rogers operators ar e envious, jealous and malicious ...”

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d ay that at about 8 am on Janu ary 2, she accompanied ASP Tayl or, Inspector Sean Saunders and Sergeant Dale Strachan to the Sheraton Hotel, Cable Beach, where they saw and spoke to Mr Travolta’s US attorney MichaelM cDermott who consented to wearing a body wire and to hav i ng recording devices set up in his room (328 Sergeant Thompson said that around 9 o’clock that morning, Mr McDermott left his room r eturning a short time later with a male she later identified as Tari n o Lightbourne. Sergeant Thompson said that prior to the c ompletion of the meeting between Mr McDermott and Lightbourne she went down to the lobby of the hotel. She said that when she was returning to r oom 326, which police were using as a monitoring station, she s aw Lightbourne who was wear ing blue trousers, a blue shirt and a black hat. She again saw Lightbourne on January 23 at the Central Detective Unit Freeport. At that time he was accompanied by his a ttorney Carlson Shurland. She said that on that day, Light b ourne was charged in relation with the extortion attempt. D etective Thompson also told the court that on January 22, she and ASP Taylor travelled to Grand Bahama and around 4.30 pm went to Universal Distribu tors where they arrested Bridge water. Sergeant Thompson said t hat half an hour later, she and other police officers took Bridgewater to her law office, Bridge water and Co, where they exe c uted a search warrant. She said that while conducting the search B ridgewater said that she only had a copy of the document they were looking for and that after she noticed that the incident was going to explode she burned up the original document with a can dle at her home and flushed it down a toilet. Sergeant Thompson told the court that police went to Bridge water’s home in Bevan’s Town, Freeport where Bridgewater pointed out a candle in a glass. Sergeant Thompson told the court that a Western Air ticket stub dated January 19, a jacket and a CPU were taken from the home. Sergeant Thompson also tes tified yesterday that at about 10.50 am she was present at the Central station in Grand Bahama when Asp Taylor interviewed Bridgewater in the presence of attorney Carlson Shurland who represented her at the time. She told the court that Bridgewater refused to answer most of the questions put to her under the advice of her attorney. SergeantT hompson said that it was suggested to Bridgewater that onS unday, January 18, she had spoken to McDermott and demande d $25 million and him that refusal of the demand would lead to her and her client releasing the content of a refusal to trans port document to the media. S ergeant Thompson told the court that Bridgewater deniedt he suggestion, claiming that it was a fabrication. According to S ergeant Thompson, it was also suggested to Bridgewater that on Monday, January 19, she had met with Mr McDermott in room 328 at the Sheraton hotel, demanded $ 25 million stating that if the demand was not met she and herc lient would go to the media the following day. Sergeant Thomp s on said that Bridgewater also denied that suggestion. The officer also told the court that Bridgewater was asked why as a Senator, she had not opposed facilitating the com mission of an offence. SergeantT hompson said that Bridgewater responded by saying that she d id not wish to answer the question. “Where did you get this piece about the meeting on the 19th?” attorney Murrio Ducille asked during cross-examination. “Mr McDermott,” Sergeant T hompson replied. She said that police also had information from P LP Senator Allyson MaynardGibson and West End and Bimin i MP Obie Wilchcombe among other persons. Was Mr McDermott working along with the police?” Mr Ducille asked. “He was assisting us,” Sergeant Thompson replied. Mr Ducille then asked, “Who made the report to the police?” Sergeant Thompson said that Mrs Maynard Gibson, Mr McDermott and Mr Travolta had made complaints to the police. According to Sergeant Thompson, Mr Travolta had faxed an affidavit to police outlining his complaint on January 19. “You receive reports in that form?” Mr Ducille asked. “We do,” Sergeant Thompson replied, stating that it is police procedure that if for logistical reasons a person is unable to come to the police to make a statement, a statement would be accepted in that form. She also told the court that on February 25, she and ASP Taylor went to Ocala, Florida, to take a statement from Mr Travolta. Sergeant Thompson said that on May 26, A SP Taylor suffered a stroke. S he said he is still in recovery a nd on that basis lead prosecutor and Director of Public Prosecut ions Bernard Turner asked the court to be allowed to close its c ase without calling him as a witness. I nspector Sean Saunders, who was involved in the taping of the m eetings between Mr McDer mott, Lightbourne and Bridgewater, was also back on the wit ness stand yesterday. The jury questioned whether there were t apes of the conversations between Mr McDermott, Bridgew ater and Lightbourne in the lob by of the Sheraton. Inspector S aunders told the court that the tapes did exist. The jury also questioned why they were not played in court. Inspector Saunders said that those tapes were f rom the body wire on Mr McDermott and that the main c ontent was of the discussion in the hotel room. He also e xplained that the audio in the hotel room had been better. The jury also questioned whether he had asked Mr McDermott to record his conversations or w hether the request came from McDermott himself. I asked him,” Inspector Saun ders said. The conversations capt ured on Mr McDermott’s body wire in the lobby of the Sheraton on January 19 and 20 were played in court. Little could be deciphered from either tape because of the overwhelming background noise picked up byt he wire. On the tape of January 19, Mr M cDermott is heard asking Bridgewater, “Who told the Press?” Bridgewater replied, Obie called me last night and told meT he Tribune called him..” “Why did they call Obie?” Mr McDermott asked. “I’m really concerned, did Tarino tell more to the press.” “I was hoping we would have met under different circumstances,” Mr McDermott is heard telling Bridgewater. “This is freaking me out lady.” Mr McDermott is also heard telling Bridgewater. “You could imagine me..” Bridgewater replied. On the tape of January 20, Mr McDermott is heard telling Lightbourne, “It’s been a diffi cult couple of weeks. I understand you got suspended from your job.” “Yeah” Lightbourne replied. Lightbourne is also heard saying, “I want her to be here.” The trial was adjourned to Tuesday at 10 am. Attorneys are expected to make legal submissions in the absence of the jury today. 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Or we might want to consider placing a monetary value ( stipulation) or (it would depend) o n the severity of the case t hose are mainly the alternatives at the moment," Mr Symonette told The Tribune yesterday. He added that he intends to raise the issue with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham when Mr Ingraham returns from a World Bank meeting in Turkey next week. Earlier this week, Mr Symonette told The Tribune the Government is considering limiting the number of appeal cases sent from the Bahamas to the Privy Council in response to comments made by Lord Nicholas Phillips, president of the UK's new Supreme Court. Speaking to the Financial Times newspaper recently, Lord Phillips said he is looking for ways to r educe the "disproportionate" a mount of time judges who staff the Privy Council also spend on cases coming from outside the UK, mostly on cases from former colonies. He also questioned whether some Privy Council cases, which have ranged from Jamaican death row appeals to fights over press freedom in Bermuda, needed to b e heard by a panel of five of B ritain's most senior judges. Lord Phillips' comments sent shockwaves throughout the region and were seen by legal experts as a warning that Britain might take steps to shake off the colonial hangover the institution represents, leaving countries like the Bahamas to find or create another final court of appeal. Brady who reportedly owned a $2 million home at Merritt Island, Florida, an oceanfront condominium in Cape Canaveral, two companies, BMWs, a Hummer and various powerboats, prior to his arrest travelled to The Bahamas in August 2008. While in Freeport, he wrote five cheques totalling $45,000 to pay off his gambling “IOUs” to the Isle of Capri casino, according to the Florida Today newspaper. But law enforcement authorities alleged the money came from an escrow account in the US containing funds that belonged to other people clients of his who had put it there as deposits for purchases of homes or mortgage money released to pay home sellers. It is alleged that upon returning to Florida, Brady filed a police report claiming that someone else had forged his signature on the five cheques drawn on the escrow account. However, it was information from his bank and from the Freeport casino which the Sheriff’s office used to determine what they claim really happened. The Isle of Capri made available to authorities a copy of the credit application on which Brady allegedly listed one of his escrow accounts along with three other accounts to establish a line of credit. As further evidence of his alleged culpability, the casino also provided copies of the five markers, or “IOUs” requested by Brady while playing blackjack. Casino employees confirmed their transactions with the lawyer and his approval of the use of the escrow account “per his very unique signature,” according to the Sheriff’s office. According to the Florida Today newspaper, Brady alleged the drawing of the funds was a misunderstanding that was corrected. “It all happened the same day,” he allegedly said. “They took it out of the wrong account and we put it back the same day.” The newspaper claims Brady has since moved to another state and opened a law practice. That move has spurred another investigation, this time by the Colorado Supreme Court, which has exclusive jurisdiction over lawyers in that state. John Gleason, chief regulations counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court, said the court is worried about the fact that the lawyer has been charged with a crime involving honesty and who has a large gambling debt allegedly totalling $500,000, according to a September bankruptcy filing. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e o o n n e e Bridgewater Govt considers limits on cases sent to Privy Council F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e o o n n e e ATTORNEY GENERAL Brent Symonette (pictured) said he intends to raise the issue with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham when Mr Ingraham returns from a World Bank meeting in Turkey n ext week. Lawyer accused of using clients’ money to pay gambling debt in Freeport F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e o o n n e e

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM R ENALDO’S RAMBLINGS By RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net T here’s nothing better to a sports fan, well a fan of anything for that matter, than feeling as if you have a vested interest in the outcome of a game or whatever you believe in. This is why gambling is so popular (you win you get money), political parties get such support (you win you’re on the positive side of victimization), people go to church (you choose the right religion and you’re promised salvation), and movies continue to make gazillions of dollars (didn’t it feel like you were right there with Leonidas and the 300 fighting the Persian army?). For those of us that will never play a snap in the NFL, Fantasy Football provides an opportunity for the athletic, uninspired, and unwilling to get up off the couch layperson like myself to become involved and to realize the ultimate dream...the ability to control a professional football team. Fantasy football allows this dream to become a (virtual those of you that have lived under a rock for the past few years or have been paying attention to trivial things like eating, sleeping and having a job...let's backtrack and explain exactly what fantasy football. In fantasy football you're basically in charge of managing a team and selecting the players that will produce the most possible points. You're given a team and have to choose the best players from the NFL to fill the spots based on the position they play. In most leagues the standard format is one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one defense/special teams, one kicker and a flex spot that can be filled with either a running back or a wide receiver. Each week you trade/add players to your team depending on how other players do and who the players team is playing. Each team in a fantasy league does this and according to how each individual player does, he get's points for how they've performed (eg, Touchdown 6pts, rushing 100 yards 10 pts...etc etc). Some people gamble on it some don't, but most of us play it for the thrill and satisfaction of being able to tell a friend or co-worker "I'm better than you." Fantasy football has been known ruin friendships, cause mental breakdowns, end relationships, spawn sitcoms, begin wars, end wars, occupy an entire week (Tuesday through Saturday tinkering with a lineup and Sunday and Monday monitoring how well your team does), cure the common cold, prevent Swine Flu...it can basically do anything but make "House of Payne" watchable. To my female readers...yes it is that serious. Legend has it that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict didn't really get this violent until the British mandate for Palestine included that the Palestinians would also have to give up the first pick in the UN fantasy football draft, which everyone knew would be Steve Van Buren. Do you see what happens when you make someone lose a record setting point producer? This is like if the UN held a fantasy draft today, split the Bahamas down the middle and forced the eastern side to fore go Adrian Peterson. I would go to war over this for at least 50 years. To succeed in fantasy football, you need the business savvy of a general manager, the knowledge of a pro scout, and the strategy of a head coach...and to see if anyone I know possesses these skills, this year we'll monitor our Tribune league in the Ramblings. Fantasy League faceoff League Name: THE ARISTOCRATS Format: Head to Head Top Prize: No Idea...willing to take suggestions JONAH BROWN Key Players: Adrian Peterson, Clinton Portis, Brett Farve, Dallas Clark Record: 3-1 Interesting Draft Note: Jonah had the first pick in the draft and after shouting into the phone for about 17 actual minutes (which is a really long time to hear someone shout)...he said "Do I still have to put the put the rest of my team together or Can I just pick Adrian Peterson twice?" Season Highlight: Opening with an overall 1 35 point effort in a week one win led by a week h igh 40 from Peterson. P HILLIP Key Players: Tom Brady, Terrell Owens, Steve Smith (Giants Record: 3-1 Interesting Draft Note: The best part of draft night, Phillip taking Darren McFadden in the fourth round just so Dale (a Raiders fan n't get him. The beauty of fantasy football in a nutshell. Season Highlight: Survived a week where he got zero points from Terrell Owens and still managed to beat Dale. BEEF Key Players: Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin John son, Ben Roethlisberger, Willis McGahee Record: 1-3 Interesting Draft Note: A graduate of the Isiah Thomas school of general management, Beef didn't take a running back until the fifth round. Season Highlight: See aforementioned statement...and still managed to beat Dale. D AKARAI Key Players: Andre Johnson, Greg Jennings, M att Forte, Joe Flacco Record: 3-1 Interesting Draft Note: Had a ridiculously consistent draft for the first five rounds with none of the picks turning up a bust so far...although Ryan Grant is getting dangerously close. Season Highlight: Broke the 100 point barrier for the first time this season in a defeat of...Dale. AVERY Key Players: Michael Turner, Frank Gore, Steve Smith (Panthers Record: 2-2 I nteresting Draft Note: T otal beneficiary of ESPN's autopick option. Season Highlight: 130 points in week two led by that ridiculous 200 yard game from Frank Gore. ANDREW Key Players: Jay Cutler, Reggie Wayne, Chad Ochocinco, Maurice Jones-Drew Record: 3-1 Interesting Draft Note: Took four running backs in the first four rounds with the league's shortest (MJD) and the league's tallest (Brandon Jacobs) back to back. Season Highlight: Finding a double breasted vest and wearing it at Mansion and all around South Beach before I had a chance to. D ALE Key Players: Drew Brees, Ronnie Brown, Brand on Marshall, Brian Westbrook Record: 1-3 Interesting Draft Note: Another beneficiary of ESPN's autopick, wound up with Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. Season Highlight: None. REN A LDO K ey Players: P eyton Manning, Steve Slaton, Marques Colston, LaDanian Tomlinson Record: 2-2 Interesting Draft Note: Worst first pick EVER...LaDanian Tomlinson who's averaging about three points per game this season. S eason Highlight: O vercame the terrible LT pick by trading for Peyton Manning AND Deangelo Williams. I'm going to love this league. TIM Key Players: Steve Jackson, Chris Johnson, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez Record: 1-3 Interesting Draft Note: Autopick player. Season Highlight: Added Godfrey as a second owner this week to rescue his pretty good team talent wise from his awful management skills. NATARIO Key Players: Carson Palmer, DeSean Jack son, Randy Moss, Eli Manning Record: 1-3 Interesting Draft Note: I was more afraid of this team coming out of the gate than anyone else, Randy Moss, Deangelo Williams, Jason Witten and Donovan McNabb seemed like a great foursome until they were all derailed by an out of sync offense, splitting carries with a backup, Tony Romo's inefficiency and a busted rib. Season Highlight: Injuries and Tom Brady not throwing the ball to Randy Moss are killing this team. the players D rew Brees

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But it was in the fourth that the Big Red Machine really put the game out of reach as they produced six more runs as they batted around the clock. Christie would lead off the charge with a single and after third baseman Lucius Fox had a run-producing single, Isaacs Jr ripped a shot up to right centerfield for a threerun in-the-parker. Before they were finished, SAC scored three more runs, sparked by Christie’s RBI single. “I think this was the most competitive team we’ve played so far,” said SAC’s coach John Todd. “This is the first time that we saw the fast pitch in a long time and so the guys were just hungry. “But I don’t think they played as well as they are capable of playing. We know that we will meet them again. But whenever we do, we will be ready.” In each of their four innings at bat, Queen’s Col lege got a runner in scoring position, but they were never able to bring anybody home. Comets’ second baseman Jonathan Neymour got the first opportunity in the bot tom of the first when he reached safely on an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch and got to third on a sacrifice fly. But he was left stranded. In the second inning with two out, Queen’s College Tre Spears walked and reached second on an error. But he too was left stranded. In the third, the Comets had their best scoring poten tial after Ashmeid Allie got out trying to reach third, and Jonathan Neymour and Gerrio Rahming made it to third and second respectively. On a fly ball that got Kenneth Bethel out, Neymour tried to score, but ran into the tag from Byron Murray standing up in front of the plate. Rahming was then left stranded. And in the fourth, with one out, Ramero Cartwright and Tre Spears were sitting on third and second. But they too were left stranded after pinch hitter Roberto Smith struck out and Antoine Ferguson grounded out to end the abbreviated game. “Our hitting was a little poor today and we made some little mistakes on the infield,” coach Markham stressed. “These things we were doing right, but they all came together and hurt us. “Our defense was poor. We just didn’t turn up today. But we are a good little ball club. We were just beaten on the day by a more superior team.” SWIFT swimming club’s 5k (about three mileswater race at Old Fort Bay, New Providence, is scheduled for Saturday, October 17. The event – a triangular course along the beach – is sponsored by Holowesko Partners Limited, orthaheel and Lyford Cay Real Estate. According to a press statement, the goal of the race is to “re-ignite the interest in open water swimming that existed some 30 to 40 years ago and to raise the level of competitiveness and exposure in the sport.” “Some swimmers enjoy competing against the elements and not having to watch a black line on the bottom of a pool for four hours a day. “With the open water event being held here in New Providence it means that there are now open water races on three different islands, Grand Bahama, Abaco, and New Providence,” said the release. The Old Fort Bay race will cover three age groups in the male and female divisions – 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 and over. T here will also be relays in t hese age groups. The awards include trophies for first, second, and third individual male and female per age group. And there will be trophies for first, second and third relay team per age group, a crystal vase for overall male and female winners and a crystal vase for the youngest and oldest individual competitors. With about 10 local swim clubs in the Bahamas taking part, the competition is expected to be at a high level. Forms for the event can be printed from the Internet page: http://www.swims wift.com . A ll forms are to be turned in at the school office of St Andrews School, St Anne’s School or Lyford Cay School before the entry deadline of Wednesday, October 14. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS Bright +Effective 322-2188/9 You’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. Long life Spirallamps 2 0 0 8 C r e a t i v e R e l a t i o n s . n e t TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ‘On your marks’ for 5k ocean race THE New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA tinued its regular season action Wednesday night at the D W Davis Gymnasium with a double header. In the women’s opener, it took the Lady Techs five sets to defeat the College of the Bahamas Caribs 25-21, 25-17, 19-25, 18-25 and 15-7. Sharon Whylly led the Lady Techs with seven kills followed by Sonia Hinsey with five kills. In a losing effort, Kenisha Thompson led all scorers with 11 kills. In the men’s action, the Scotiabank Defenders won over the Crimestoppers in five tough sets 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25 and 16-14. Ian ‘Wire’ Pinder and Shedrick Forbes led the Defenders with 16 and 11 kills respectively. Leonardo Dean and Carl Rolle led the Crimestoppers with 17 and 13 kills. Another double header is on tap for 7:30pm Friday. Lady Techs defeat COB Caribs F ROM page 11 Big Red Machine shut out Comets BARRON ‘Turbo’ Musgrove has been re-elected as president of the New Providence Cycling Association for the next three years. On October 3, at the meeting held in the office of the Bahamas Olympic Association, Musgrove was elected to serve with the following officers: Amanda Graham and Wayne Price as vice presidents Eugene Hatie as general secretary Henry Kline as assistant secretary Robert Butler as treasurer Robert Bethell as assistant treasurer Sylvia Russell was appointed as the operational manager of the management board, which will deal with the dayto-day running of the association. She will also be responsible for all communications to and from the association. Musgrove indicated that his executives will work harder to create interest, excitement and encourage more involvement by the public in bicycle riding/racing on New Providence and the Bahamas. Therefore, Musgrove said they intend to look forward to more good things like family rides, community rides and more persons riding bicycles. urbo’ re-elected as NPCA president QUEEN’S COLLEGE Comets’ pitcher Ramero Pindling pitches to St.A ugustine’s C ollege.

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B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net THE ST AUGUSTINE’SCollege Big Red Machine ran their unblemished junior boys record to 5-0 yesterday with an 11-0 whitewashing of the Queen’s College Comets. Also at Queen’s College in a Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ (BAISS the Comets clobbered the visiting Bahamas Academy 31-3 in their senior girls encounter. The junior boys game was a battle of the undefeated, but Queen’s College was simply out-classed by SAC as they suffered their first loss in three games. To make matters worse, Queen’s College batters had a difficult time getting a hit off St Augustine’s College starter Blair Seymour, who fired a no-hitter with just two strike outs. “We were beaten by a good team today,” said Comets’ coach Gary Markham. “We didn’t help ourselves because we made a lot of basic infield errors. You might have called it nervousness. “You might say they were just fundamentally sound. But we have a good little ball team and we will see them in the playoffs.” Although the playoffs is still a little ways off, SAC didn’t waste any time in staking their claim for another title when it’s all said and done. Center fielder Todd Isaacs Jr started the 11-hit parade for SAC off QC’s pitcher Ramero Cartwright in the top of the first inning when he had a one-run single and eventually scored on a double steal after shortstop Anfernee Seymour singled. That was followed by catcher Byron Murray, who came up with a shot deep into left field for a two-run in-the-park home run that plated Seymour. SAC would peak away with an unearned run in the second from left fielder Kentwood Christie and another from Murray in the third after they both singled. C M Y K C M Y K FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F antasy F ootball f aceoff P AGE 9 Big Red Machine shut out Comets ST. AUGUSTINE’S College Big Red Machine’s catcher Byron Murray makes a tag on Queen’s College Comets’ Jonathan Neymour as he tried to score at home. SEE page 10 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f I NSIDE Renaldo’s Ramblings

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WEDDING DAY FORMERMP RONPINDERGETSMARRIED F F O O R R M M E E R R M M A A R R A A T T H H O O N N M M P P and Minister of State for the Environment RonP inder tied the knot yesterday with Margot Burrows at the British Colonial Hilton. Mr Pinder was the youngest candidate fielded by the PLP in the 2002 general election. He became a favourite with the public as a junior Minster for his handso n approach in managing his department. He lost his seat to current Marathon MP Earl Deveaux in the 2007 general election. 1997. Because people would recognise that the PLP is not a party that invites young persons in; it does not invite new persons in, it only seems to be positioning itself to cater to those who have been well ensconced in the party, who have a tremendous track record with the party, and it would be a complete turn off to young voters,” he said. To date, the only official challenger to the party’s leader Perry Christie is PLP newcomer Paul Moss. Still without a seat in the House of Assembly, Mr Moss has campaigned in the St Cecilia constituency for at least two years, hoping to get the party’s nomination to run in the area. While there has been spec ulation that there will be oth er contenders who would join Mr Moss in challenging Mr Christie, Mr Moss at this time remains the only challenger to what otherwise would be an uncontested run by Mr Christie at the October 21 convention. With sources in the party suggesting that this convention would be the last one that the PLP will hold before the next election, any changes to its leadership at the chairman, deputy leader, or leadership positions will have to be made at this time. And it is with this in mind that political pundits believe that supporters in Mr Christie’s camp will do all that they can to ensure that the seasoned leader is returned to power in his bid to once again become Prime Minister of the Bahamas. Meeting I t is this desire sources c laim at “maintaining control” that fueled last night’s meeting where the party’s NGC was expected to vote on three amendments firstly that anyone who seeks the leadership of the party should first be a Member of Parliament or at least a Member of the Senate. Secondly, the NGC was expected to vote on a resolution that is being proposed to block the nomination of any PLP MP who does not declare his intentions before the start of the National Convention. And finally, the third amendment sought was the creation of a co-deputy position. However Mr Galanis again expressed his displeasure with even the possibilities of these resolutions being carried out. Outlining how the constitution of the party clearly states that any amendments, additions, or alterations to it can only be made by resolu tion and carried by a majority vote at the National Convention, Mr Galanis said that any vote carried out last night can only be put forward to the convention at some future date. “But I think that would also be ill-advised,” the for mer MP said. “Because the whole idea is for the PLP to be all inclu sive and really encourage people to come into the party and not discourage people. There are in fact right now persons who are more qualified to be leader in my opinion outside of Parlia ment than many of the persons who sit inside. “And so the party I think if they wish to get the best and the brightest, can not be xenophobic, and confining and close ended. It has to expand the realm of possibility and cast a broad net to capture as many persons as it can,” Mr Galanis said. Blocking leadership challenger ‘will destroy PLP election chance’ F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e o o n n e e CHRISTIE’S ZNS PERFORMANCE WAS DISAPPOINTING – FORMER PLP MP SEEPAGETHREE

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By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net SOME ATTORNEYS are concerned t hat the Governm ent’s proposed Planning and Subdivision bill will curtail for-e ign direct i nvestment in the Bahamas, the Minister of the Environment said yesterday. E arl Deveaux said the new Bill will prevent unscrupulousd evelopers from cheating the land allotment process by d emanding a much more transparent and stringent process for development approvals. He said the Bill was specifically intended to aid in thep roper development of subdivisions across the Bahamas, andt he preservation of land. “This Bll codifies the Prime M inister’s vision to seek to make developmental decisions e nvironmentally friendly, more transparent, national in scope and empowered by local conditions,” said Dr Deveaux. “The Subdivision Bill that we t alk about is the culmination of decades of development, andt he heightened level of environmental awareness which reso nates in the Bahamas today kind of echoes the names of the places we live today.” The minister said the Bill will move to promote much more a ccountability on the part of developers who acquire Crown L and near wetlands and coastal areas. Protecting the natural resources of the Bahamas, and protecting the wetland, is prob ably the single greatest legacy this generation of Bahamian p lanners and developers will establish,” he said. T he new Bill will also curb the misuse of Crown Land that l ed to the development of a parliamentary select commit tee to investigate alleged probl ems within the Department of Land and Surveys that led to t he resignation of its director, Tex Turnquest. M r Deveaux said the By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor REGULATORS have “required” the owner of a recently-closed insurance agency to publish a newspaper advertisement informing his clients of where they can contact him, after receiving numerous complaints from Bahami ans concerned over whether they still had coverage. Lennox McCartney, the Insurance Commissioner, con firmed to Tribune Business late yesterday afternoon that the regulator had asked Robert de Swanton to publish his new contact details following the closure of his Palmdale, Madeira Street-based Rodes Global Insurance Agency with out warning or explanation to his clients. “We have received a num ber of complaints,” Mr McCartney confirmed to Tribune Business. “A couple of persons have contacted us. We are aware of their concerns. “Mr de Swanton, who did close his business, is required to set up an arrangement where he can be contacted and the outstanding matters be addressed.” Tribune Business contacted Mr McCartney after numerous insurance industry sources told this newspaper that clients of Rodes (which stands for Robert de Swanton) were complaining about the agency’s closure, being especially concerned about whether they still had insurance coverage after just paying their premiums. The number for Rodes’ Palmdale office was said to no longer be in service when Tri bune Business called yesterday, and calls to Mr de Swanton’s cell phone were not answered before press time. It was said that the phone could not take voice mail messages. “Anyone who has complaints or concerns can contact us,” Mr MrCartney said yesterday, adding that Mr de Swanton should have already published advertisements with his contact details. “There will be a contact number for persons who wish to contact him, and with any unresolved matters persons can contact us. We are in contact with him, so that he can resolve these matters. We want to make sure everything is addressed.” Venture fund ‘reassesses’ after its 50% success rate B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Government-sponsored v enture capital fund has slowed its investments in Bahamian start-ups as it “reassesses its lending p ractices” and concentrates on its existi ng portfolio, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with just 50 per cent of the 50 firms it has aided “performing up to e xpectations”. Jerome Gomez, the Baker Tilly G omez accountant who acts as the fund’s administrator, said the reassessment would last until year-end, the recession having forced it into ensuring its existing $4.5 million start-up portfo-l io survives. “We are reassessing our portfolio and o ur lending practices,” Mr Gomez con firmed to Tribune Business. “Our existi ng businesses are having their challenges. We have had to put greater effort into helping those, and that has made us hold back on new investments. We have done some, but not as many as in the past. In these economict imes, we have to be prudent with the type of business we invest in. We want to i nvest in businesses with good quality potential.” The Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund, to give the Governmentsponsored venture capital fund its fulln ame, has made equity investments in just two Bahamian start-ups to date for2 009, Mr Gomez confirmed. Out of $5 million worth of taxpayers’ m oney invested in the fund to-date since, inception, the Baker Tilly Gomeza ccountant said some $4.5 million had been invested in 50 companies. Half of the companies are performing up to expectations,” he added. “We’re just holding our own.” Out of these, some 11 had received equity investments, the remaining 39r eceiving debt financing. Currently, the C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report. $4.16 $4.09 $4.17 worry freegroup pensions sound investment management independent corporate trustee oversight independent corporate custodian diversied investment portfolioall of the aboveFAMILY GUARDIAN CORPORATE CENTRE: AT THE JUNCTION OF VILLAGE ROAD, SHIRLEY STREET & EAST BAY STREET I www.famguardbahamas.comcall us today at 396-4076 A SUBSIDIARY OF EARL DEVEAUX By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor B AHAMIAN small busi nesses and entrepreneurs have b een hit by this nation’s own version of a ‘credit crunch’ for the past seven to eight months, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with the sector “stag-n ating now that the bottom has already dropped out”. S peaking as business association president prepare to meet a t the Bahamas Development Bank (BDB s tart the process of crafting a Small Business Act, Mark A. Turnquest, of Mark Turnquest Consulting, said that while the rate of business failures seemed t o have slowed, “no new businesses are opening now” andt hose that have survived the recession are not hiring. I feel that at the moment the banks have almost stopped lending money to businesses,” Mr Turnquest, a consultant and adviser to the small business s ector, told Tribune Business. “For new businesses, it’s a lmost impossible to get loans now. The Bahamas Entrepren eurial Venture Fund has com pletely changes its lending poli cies. They are now re-organis ing and re-focusing, and it’s almost impossible for new busi n esses to access money easily now. Commercial institutions are now completely ignoring entre p reneurs. The ones that have good standing with the banks are not being taken care of. For the past seven to eight months Small business hit by 7-8 month ‘credit crunch’ * Sector ‘stagnating now that the bottom hasa lready dropped out’, w ith surviving firms n ot hiring and no new s tart-ups emerging * October 27 meeting with a ssociation presidents d esigned to kick-start S mall Business A ct crafting SEE page 7B SEE page 6B SEE page 2B * Fund examining lending and portfolio practices, h aving slowed lending to aid existing firms * $4.5m of $5m financing disbursed, through 11 equity and 39 debt financing arrangements for start-ups * Likely to seek private investment from 2011 * Main challenges come from entrepreneurs looking t o invest funds in new business activities Regulators act over agency closure worry Act sparks investment concerns By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c robards@tribunemedia.net T HE Director of Labour yesterday confirmed that the d epartment’s investigators have been sent into Solomon’s Mines to investigate employees claims of salaries being up to five months past due, although staff t old Tribune Business they have not seen them on the p remises. Harcourt Brown said his d epartment had also begun conciliatory processes for for mer employees whose sever ance payments have not been met, but current staff who claim t o be waiting for outstanding salaries have been hesitant to b ring their cases to the Labour Board for fear of retribution by t heir employer. Mr Brown said the Depart ment of Labour has been aware of the unpaid staff’s claims since early this year, but added that h is team has revisited the allegations. We have a number of meetings already underway with lawyers and management at S olomon’s Mines,” he said. “The ones that come in atten t ion is firstly directed toward those employees, and as far as a ny other employees are con cerned... inspectors have gone down to speak to management.” Mr Brown said his departm ent has done a good job at addressing the cases, as “a good p ercentage of them” have been looked at. H e said many of those cases centre around the luxury goods retailer’s alleged failure to meet payroll obligations, and insisted the company has been extreme l y cooperative with the Department of Labour. H owever, employees at the Bay Street-headquartered r etailer say they continue to work week-on-week without payment. Mr Brown said he could not say how long a company is allowed to carry on with business without paying its staff,a nd suggested it was evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Meanwhile, Tribune Busin ess was yesterday told of a Solomon’s Mines staff memberw ho was one late rent payment shy of being evicted from the a partment where she resides. With a barren job market just outside Solomon’s Mines’ door, employees say they cannot consider leaving without f irst securing another job. Mr Brown said he sees a g roup of employees “prepared to stick with the company. That s peaks volumes to their commitment and dedication,” he said. “The company has the best interest of the workers at mind, and it is only fair now t hat their welfare be taken into account. It could be a tedious process, and the company has s tated publicly that they are financially challenged.” According to sources close to the Finlaysons, the family will be taking their yacht, the Maratani-X, to Harbour Island for the annual North EleutheraR egatta. Employees have been concerned that personal trips by t heir president, Mark Finlayson, have taken precedenceo ver his financial obligations to them. O ne employee lamented: “Another holiday weekend and some of us cannot even buy groceries. We haven’t seen a dollar and they are off.” S olomon’s Mines’ attorney, PLP Senator Jerome Fitzger a ld, said he could not comment publicly on the conciliation e fforts being made by the company. However, Mr Fitzgerald, who recently launched his campaign to become deputy leader of the P LP, said things were moving ahead. There are a number of things we are sorting out and w e are making provisions to pay them off,” he said. Mr Brown insisted: “Whether trying to sell its assets or salvage what it can”, that at the end of the day the workers will be given what is owed themb y the company. Labour investigators sent into retail giant

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Bahamas Entrepreneurial Vent ure Fund can invest a maximum $200,000 in equity into a start-up, with a $100,000 limit in the debt financing it can a dvance. Currently, equity investments seem to be more in vogue for the fund, possibly because this allows it to appoint directors toa start-up’s Board, giving it more control and say over how the firm/entrepreneur runs the business and uses its invest-m ent. “One of the bigger challenges has just been the lack of focus by owners,” Mr Gomez s aid of the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund’s portfolio. “What we’ve seen is that persons want to invest in addition-a l activities outside the business. As soon as they receive money from it, they look at other opportunities outside that business, and the business suf-f ers because cash flow is taken out of it. “The business is only two to three years old, but instead of w aiting for the five-year mark, even up to 10 years, they take profits out rather than go slow and steady. They just rush into doing everything else.” H owever, the fact that the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund is enjoying a 50 per cent success rate with its investm ent portfolio is no bad thing, as the venture capital industry’s success rate is usually between 10-15 per cent meaning that between eight to nine start-upso ut of every 10 invested in usually fails. Instead, venture capitalists and their funds aim to gener-a te their returns from one investment that turns into a major success story, Mr Gomez adding yesterday: “We’re still l ooking for that one big win.” It was this lack of understanding of the venture capital industry that Mr Gomez said might have contributed to peo-p le believing the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund had “underperformed”. think overall it might have u nderperformed expectations, but that is simply because many people have not studied how a venture fund should function,” he explained. “We’ve been slowg etting the message out to persons in the past that we’re not a bank, and we’re hoping for one or two big successes in thei nvestment portfolio. “It’s more based on the business idea and the entrepreneur, rather than the collateral. It’s a different type of lending that calls for different skills and specialties.” Mr Gomez pointed out that had it not been for theB ahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund, some 120 persons working for the businesses it had financed might now be u nemployed. “It’s training a whole new crew of entrepreneurs in different disciplines record keeping, organising Board meet-i ngs,” Mr Gomez said. “We’re unlike many banks, who only take an interest when payments stop coming in.” T he fund administrator added that its Board had taken no decision on when to seek private capital investment into the Bahamas EntrepreneurialV enture Fund. “We’re still in the process of tidying up our portfolio, making tough decisions, which busin esses we want to stay in, and which we want to exit. At the e nd of a five-year period, we w ill be in a position to decide w hether to involve private investment.” T hat five-year point, he added, would be reached in 2 011. Venture fund ‘reassesses’ after its 50% success rate btrfrbt t t b b n n r r t trn "& + ("%) #tffnn ##tbnff "%!&" +' +$***" +' +$ tb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t([SHULHQFH %DFKHORUV'HJUHHLQ&LYLO(QJLQHHULQJ 0LQLPXP\HDUVH[SHULHQFHLQWKHODQGGHYHORSPHQWLQGXVWU\ 3URYHQPDQDJHPHQWtOHDGHUVKLSVNLOOVZLWKDWOHDVW\HDUVH[SHULHQFHLQDVHQLRUPDQDJHPHQW S RVLWLRQ $SWLWXGHIRUZULWLQJSURSRVDOVDQGSUHSDULQJDQGPDQDJLQJQDQFLDOVFKHGXOHV ([SHULHQFHLQJUHHQGHYHORSPHQWRU/(('FHUWLFDWLRQZRXOGEHDQDVVHW 6RXQGXQGHUVWDQGLQJRIORFDODQGLQWHUQDWLRQDOEXLOGLQJFRGHVDQGFRQVWUXFWLRQSUDFWLFHV ([FHOOHQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQVNLOOVYHUEDODQGZULWWHQ &RPSXWHUSURFLHQF\LQFOXGLQJ$XWR&$'([FHO:RUGHWF 0XVWKDYHLQWHUQDWLRQDOH[SHULHQFHDQGSURIHVVLRQDOUHJLVWUDWLRQLQWKHRU&DQDGD 5HPXQHUDWLRQ 6DODU\DQGEHQHWVZLOOEHEDVHGXSRQH[SHULHQFHDQGTXDOLFDWLRQV ,QWHUHVWHGSHUVRQVVKRXOGVXEPLWWKHLUUHVXPHE\HPDLOWR FDUHHURSSRUWXQLW\#KRWPDLOFRP RQ RU EHIRUH7KXUVGD\ PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 THE TRIBUNE INSIGHT For the stories b ehind the news, read Insight on Mondays FROM page 1B Share your news The Tribune wants to h ear from people who are making news in their n eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a g ood cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won ana ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 a nd share your story.

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By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor AN International Labour Organisation (ILO visit the Bahamas this month t o discuss how the National T raining Programme can best be transformed into a long-term initiative, Tribune Business was told yesterday, the body view-i ng it as “a model for crisis response by government”. Khaalis Rolle, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s presi dent and National Training P rogramme chair, said the ILO was offering to provide technical assistance to construct a microfinancing programme ande valuation mechanism for the initiative. “We actually had a conference call with them [the ILO] t oday to talk to them about the n ext step,” Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. “They’re offering technical assistance in the construction of an evaluationm echanism for the programme, and the construction of the microfinancing part of the project.” T he microfinancing element, M r Rolle explained, was related to the National Training Programme’s self-starters element, w ith the Government currently planning to provide $5,000 in s eed capital to recruits who wanted to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses. “In a nutshell, they’re looki ng to offer technical assistance to ensure the viability of the p rogramme long-term,” Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. The programme, as it is conceived now, is designed to provide some measure of relief. People are hurting, and the Government saw fit to assist them through a number of ini tiatives. This is just one of t hose.” Mr Rolle added of the ILO: They’re looking at it [the National Training Programme] a s a model for crisis response by governments. They’re going to do a mission to the Bahamas on 26-30 October, and that’s when we’re going to sit down w ith them.” Between then and now, Mr R olle said the ILO would provide them with the necessary i nformation “on best practices”, so that at the meetings they could determine which would work best in the Bahamas, and how to implement them. T he ILO, he added, was “going to provide the technicale xpertise which we need more so than anything else. Financing for it is equally important, but having the project properly structured and executed is the main focus. The ILO will not provide the financ-i ng. We will try and go out and secure additional funding fori t.” Some 800 laid-off Bahamia ns are now enrolled in its National Training Programme, D ion Foulkes, minister of labour and social services, having told Tribune Business earlier this week that the Govern ment was “extremely pleased w ith the progress” of the ini tiative. Some 300 Bahamians inG rand Bahama and a further 500 in New Providence enrolled a t classes at the Bahamas Tech nical and Vocational Institute (BTVI Bahamas (COB Although not designed to eliminate unemployment, since it was designed for up to a 1,000-strong intake at any one time, the National Training Programme still aims to re-traina nd equip with new skills those terminated from their jobs duet o the recession. Its classes last for between 1 0-15 weeks, Mr Foulkes said, covering subjects such as computing, accountancy and more vocational careers, such as carpentry, welding and plumbing.T he “highest concentration” of entrants was for computer-ori-e ntated courses. “We are very pleased with t he quality of the persons who have come forward,” Mr F oulkes said. “We are now preparing for the next phase, which is to identify persons who wish to start their own business as a result of the training they a re receiving.” The minister foreshadowed a strong link between the National Training Programme a nd the Government’s SelfStarters Initiative in this respect, adding: “We will make available $5,000 per person as start-up capital for those persons. We asked all the applic ants to indicate whether they had an interest in going into their own business, and several hundred persons responded y es. “Whether all qualify is anothe r matter, because a different interview and screening process will be required.” Mr Foulkes said the positive p rogress made by the National Training Programme to date w ould stand it in good stead for whenever the Government made a decision on whether to transform it into a permanent, a s opposed to temporary, initiative. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM -26(&$57(//21( &216758&&,21(6&,9,/(6$ ILO visit seeking to make training ‘model’ permanent KHAALIS ROLLE

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B y JOE McDONALD A P Business Writer BEIJING (AP parts maker Delphi Corpora-t ion is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, in the heart of the region that made the United States the car capital of the w orld. It’s a place where the p hrase “buy American” is right at home. Now the 3,000 employees of Delphi’s brake and suspensionu nit are getting a new boss. Battered by weak sales, Delphi is selling the unit to investors led by a company named Shougang C orp. Shougang is a steel make r owned by the government of China a government that calls itself communist but espouses a “socialist market economy” as it marches down globalization’s road toward a capitalistic future. Everyone’s so desperate for cash that the Chinese show up with a checkbook and people say, ‘Yes, please’”, says Arthur Kroeber, managing director of Dragonomics, a Beijing research firm. Explosive growth in China and India, coupled with Japan’s c lout as the world’s No. 2 economy, has long been expected to shift economic power from the US to Asia as this century progresses. The financial crisis and resulting Great Recession are accelerating that process. “China certainly comes out o f the crisis stronger rather than weaker, and it’s the opposite for the US,” says Stephen Roach, chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia. Some Americans have begun declaring this the “Chinese century” since it began nearly a decade ago. But while they and o thers fear the rise of China in international relations and the global economy, the reality is less dramatic: Beijing is still getting its own sprawling, chaotic house in order and is in no position to supplant the US as global leader in the near future. At the same time, Beijing’s p ower remains undefined: On an unfamiliar global stage, it is unsure what role it wants to play. For decades, China followed the dictum of its late supreme leader, Deng Xiaoping, to keep its head down abroad and focus o n development at home. But earlier this decade, emboldened b y success and mindful that their globalized economy needs s tability, communist leaders started pressing for a placea mong the nations that manage world affairs. T hese days, Beijing is claiming a bigger voice in global economic forums such as the Group of 20 and is getting more deference in the UnitedN ations, which could mean protection for friends such as Irana nd Myanmar. Its military spending is the world’s secondh ighest, behind that of the United States. “China is very likely to be the second-most-powerful country if it isn’t now, then within a decade,” says Kenneth L ieberthal, director of the Brookings Institution’s John L Thornton China Center in Washington. For the US, it’s a mixed blessing. The American and Chinese economies are intertwined, and the success of one depends on the health of the o ther. The US is China’s biggest trade partner. Americans bought Chinese goods worth $338 billion last year. Beijing is Washington’s biggest creditor, with more than $800 billion invested in government debt. American automakers look to C hina’s growing market to propel future sales. The financial crisis set back US growth by years and will add trillions to the federal debt over the next decade. But China avoided the worst of the crisis. Its banks are healthy and, w ith the help of a four trillion yuan ($586 billion t his year’s economic growth is on track to top eight per cent. A lready, demand from China can affect oil prices, and it iss tarting to influence what products are available worldwide. W estern jobs are tied to Chinese spending, from British auto factories to Australian iron mines. Chinese money is financing development of oil fieldsf rom Venezuela to Central Asia. A nd China’s role as WashC M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV China rises amid the One in a series of stories assessing how last fall’s financial :$17(' S S E E E E n n e e x x t t p p a a g g e e

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i ngton’s lender-in-chief is alteri ng the dynamic of the countries’ relationship. At a meeting in London in April, President Barack Obam a assured his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, that Washington would cut its budget deficit a promise no Ameri-c an leader ever had to make to a Soviet leader. Washington’s three-year-old strategic dialogue with Beijing has long been dominated by US t rade grievances. But the latest round in July, overshadowed by America’s need for China to keep buying its debt, became a discussion between equals. China, a major destination for foreign investment, was starting to reverse the flow and invest abroad before the financ ial crisis. The crisis accelerated that and has led to a flurry ofd eals. In some cases, Chinese companies have stepped in to s ave Western jobs a notion unthinkable a decade ago. In Britain, China’s Nanjing Automobile Group plans to reopen the Longbridge factory i dled by the collapse of MG Rover to make limited-edition M GTF sports cars. And in Swe den, Beijing Automotive is joini ng a bid to buy Saab from G eneral Motors, while Geely Automobile wants to acquire Ford’s Volvo unit. “It’s better to be part of the r ace than to watch it from the stands,” says Paul Akerlund, a union representative at Saab. “We see advantages in gaininga ccess to the Chinese market, w hich is the fastest-growing auto market in the world.” In diplomacy, China is only starting to stake out positions o n a wide array of global issues. It has used its influence in the United Nations to help allies such as Sri Lanka resist West-e rn pressure on human rights. But Chinese leaders have yet to decide what overall political and military role they want abroad. They clearly want to be a country of some gravitas bothr egionally and globally,” Lieberthal says. “But there are a lot of aspects of the American approach too ready to interfere, to tell others what to do that the Chinese criticize as ‘hegemonic.”’ E ven as it is on track to overtake the American economy in s ize as early as 2030, China is burdened by enormous problems of corruption, poverty and pollution. Measured by income per person, China ranked 130th out of 210 economies in aW orld Bank survey last year, behind most of Latin America and parts of Africa. “China’s foreign currency r eserves are huge. But that does not mean we are a rich country,” says Cho Tak Wong, chairman of Fuyao Group, which produces glass for Chi-n ese and global automakers. “We are about 100 years behind the US.” China also has become a fastg rowing market, and the financial crisis has only increased its importance to global companies. Chinese demand affects everything from global steelp rices to the design of consumer goods. Cadillac created its 2008 CTS with China in mind, adding a deeper back s eat for Chinese buyers driven by chauffeurs. Other countries’ urgent need for cash has created opportunities for Beijing to make deals for resources to drive its boomi ng economy. State companies have struck oil deals in Brazil, V enezuela, Russia and Africa and bought stakes in Australiana nd Canadian miners. Delphi turned to Chinese b uyers for its remaining brake and suspension operations after it sought bankruptcy court prot ection four years ago. The buyers are Shougang and two part n ers the Beijing city government and an auto-parts maker,T empo Group. Delphi says the $90 million sale should close in N ovember, seven months after it was announced. Contrast that with 2005, w hen Chinese oil company CNOOC Ltd. tried to acquiredU nocal Corp. CNOOC offered to pay more than a rival Amer i can bidder but withdrew after critics in Washington said the sale might threaten US energy security. Still, the United States has m any strengths that China lacks. The US remains thew orld center for innovation in many areas and a magnet for s mart, ambitious immigrants. “Europeans may hope that the US has been knocked downa peg or two, but even if that is so, they could be in for a nasty surprise,” says Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners, a London brokerage. Never underestimate the ability of the American people to rise to a challenge.” AP writers Robert Barr in L ondon and Karl Ritter in Stockholm contributed to this report C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM global economic crisis meltdown and the Great Recession have changed our lives NOTICE is hereby given that MACKINS TEHNOR of COLUMBUS DRIVE 30B, APT #2, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA , is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement o f the facts within twenty-eight days from the 2n d d ay of October, 2009 to the Minister responsiblefor nationality and Citizenship, P .O. Box N-7 147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE US PRESIDENT Barack Obama shakes hands with China’s President Hu Jintao at Winfield House in London... (AP Photo: Charles Dharapak

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S. Johnson9.959.950.000.9520.64010.56.43% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1560.00064.10.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100000 100000 FidelitBkNote13(SeriC)+ FBB13 10000 000 15 FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: 30May2013 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Interest Prime + 1.75% 7% T HURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2009BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,478.40 | CHG -0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -233.99 | YTD % -13.66BISX 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 15 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00230 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 Fund2.8300-3.75-6.75 1.49321.4146CFAL Money Market Fund1.49324.155.56 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 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007TO 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 30-Sep-09 2-Oct-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 Act sparks investment concerns B ahamas has 1.6 million acres of dry Crown Land out of a total 3.45 million acres on which to “promote and accommodate d evelopment for the empowerment of Bahamians”. He added that there were 900,000 acres of wetland that should be considered for preservation. The Bill prevents indiscriminate division and development of land, protects and preserves the natural and cult ural heritage of the Bahamas and provides for a planning processes that are fair by making them open accessible, timely and efficient,” he said. D r Deveaux said land for s ubdivisions will not be acquired by developers with o ut public approval, via means of public hearings and scrutiny by an appointed Town Plann ing Committee. He said some of the problems commonly associated with subdivisions are: “Unauthorised s ale of lots, request to sell lots to pay for infrastructures, building permits issued in unapproved sub-divisions, lack of utilities and services in subdivi-s ion, subdivision fees, uncompleted subdivisions and family subdivisions.” Mr Deveaux said a prime e xample of an ill-planned subdivision was Pride Estates off the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, which he insists will need even more land acquisi-t ion to curb poor traffic conditions. “The Act is intending to ful f ill its original purpose and seeks to build communities,”h e said. FROM page 1B To advertise, call 502-2371

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/HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM N OTICE is hereby given that STEPHEN G. DAVIES of 8 C AMELOT CT, P.O. BOX F-42766, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA , is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization shouldnot be granted, should send a w ritten and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 2nd day of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible f or nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7 147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE SITUATION VACANTMERCHANDISE/PARTS MANAGER 1HHGHGIRUH[SDQGLQJ )UHHSRUW$XWR'HDOHUVKLS0DWXUHDSSOLFDQWVPXVWKDYHWKRURXJKXQGHUVWDQGLQJRI FRPSXWHUL]HGLQYHQWRU\V\VWHPVEHDEOHWRLQWHUSUHWSDUWV XVDJHJHQHUDWHSDUWVRUGHUVVXSHUYLVH$1'WUDLQSDUWV SHUVRQQHO .QRZOHGJHRI-DSDQHVHDQG.RUHDQSDUWVLVSUHIHUUHGDORQJ ZLWKSURYHQGHDOHUVKLSH[SHULHQFH $WWUDFWLYHDQGFRPSHWLWLYHUHPXQHUDWLRQSDFNDJHDYDLODEOH WRVXFFHVVIXODSSOLFDQW 3OHDVHDSSO\LQZULWLQJWR $GPLQLVWUDWRU )UHHSRUW they’ve been doing that.” However, given that around 2 0 per cent of all commercial loans in the Bahamas are in default, banking sector nervousness in lending to this nation’s small business sectori s somewhat understandable. Given that outstanding com-mercial loans are estimated to have a total $1 billion worth, t he statistics imply that some $200 million is in default. And it can also be argued that it is not the job of a commercial banks to provide debtf inancing to start-ups and entrepreneurs, this being the role played by venture capital an otably absent ingredient in the Bahamian economy apart fromt he Government-sponsored f und. C ommercial banks, given t heir responsibility to repay depositor liabilities, are unable t o take big risks with other people’s money and are also con s trained by law and regulations from doing so. Still, there is lit-t le doubt that many Bahamian businesses have either failed, o r struggled, to obtain debt financing and overdraft facilities for items such as inventory restocking during this recession. Mr Turnquest yesterday a rgued that while several commercial banks had previously touted the size of their small b usiness lending facilities, the reality was that the lion’s share from these went to “only a few big businesses”. “For small businesses, it’s no, no’,” Mr Turnquest claimed. “If you ask them to give you a breakdown of the size of the loan relative to the s ize of the business, it will clearly identify that 10 per cent of any new loans go to small business. The rest goes to the larger businesses, because they havet he capital, the collateral, the track record and the cash flow.” Describing conditions in the B ahamian small business sector as “steady”, Mr Turnquesta dded: “The bottom has a lready dropped out. The only t hing happening now is stagnat ion you’ll see a steady stagnation underway. The ones in b usiness now have already weathered the storm. The only challenge now is that they are not hiring people.T here will never be a dent in the unemployment rate until m id-next year at least. I’ve spoken to many small business owners, and they are not hiring period. They have one or two people employed, and ared oing a lot more work overthe-counter themselves. They’re physically present in t he store.” Aside from existing small businesses, Mr Turnquest said the growth of new start-ups in the Bahamian economy had slowed tremendously” as a result of the recession and its fall-out. “There’s no new businesses o pening; there are absolutely no new businesses being launched in the bricks and mortar type of business model. You may see some e-commerce-typem odels, but people are moving away from paying rent early.” Against this backdrop, Mr T urnquest, working with Bahamas Development Bank( BDB) executive, Dale M cHardy, is moving to craft a S mall Business Act of the B ahamas, the October 27 meeting being the first step through g etting association presidents to identify key issues impact i ng their sectors. “We are trying to do things s tep by step, and then form a National Plan [for small busin ess],” Mr Turnquest explained. “It’s not going as fast as I wanted, but I’m optimistic now. I hope by next year to have some draft with the PrimeM inister and the Cabinet. We’ll be looking very good for next year. It can’t be rushed.” T he Small Business Act of Barbados will be one of the models used as a guide for drafting the Bahamian legislation, but Mr Turnquest pledgedt hat the latter would be “crafted to suit our environment”. He argued that the legislation would leave the Bahamas better positioned” to survive a recession, one proposal being that it would exempt small business owners who were current with all their tax payments ando ther obligations from paying their 5.4 per cent of National Insurance Board (NIB b utions. Real property tax exemptions and customs dutye xemptions could also be con s idered. M r Turnquest, though, w arned that a Small Business Act would “not be a panacea t o save all businesses during a recession”, focusing on small b usinesses with five to 10 employees as opposed to ‘Moma nd Pop’ stores. The planned legislation, he a dded, was designed to create an entrepreneurial culture in the Bahamas, and could also encourage financial institutions to be more flexible in theirs mall business lending practices. FROM page 1B Consolidated Water, the BISX-listed r everse osmosis supplier, yesterday announced that Jeffrey M. Parker resigned as its chairman, and as a member of the audit and executive committees, with effect f rom October 7. Mr Parker joined the Board in 1980, and has served continuously as a director since that time. He has been chairman of the board since 1982, and also served asc hief executive from 1994 to 2004. “On behalf of his fellow directors and our shareholders, I would like to express o ur sincere appreciation to Mr Parker for his 29 years of service and dedication to the company, and we wish him all the best for the future,” said Rick McTaggart, Cons olidated Water’s president and chief executive. Appoint C onsolidated Water expects to appoint a new chairman at its upcoming Board of Directors meeting in November 2009. C onsolidated Water is engaged in the development and operation of seawater desalination plants and water distribution systems in areas of the world where natur ally occurring supplies of potable water are scarce or nonexistent. Consolidated Water currently operates water production and/or distribution facilities in the Cayman Islands, the British Vir-g in Islands, Bermuda, Belize and the Bahamas. BISX-listed firm’s chair steps down J EFFREY PARKER

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Talking, paying, partying can lift worker morale C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JOYCE M ROSENBERG AP Business Writer N EW YORK (AP talks to employees of his ad agency, he sees the strain. “We’re really keenly aware of what the e conomy is doing to people’s morale,” said C leveland, a partner at McKee Wallwork Cleveland in Albuquerque, NM. “They’re stressed in a way that I’ve never seen people stressed.” E conomic reports of the last week point to plenty of reasons for low morale at small companies. A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business of its members found t hat employment in small companies over the p ast three months fell on average by almost one worker per business. That’s an improvement over the spring, but it still means businesses are struggling and that they’re cuttinge mployees rather than hiring new ones. That inevitably is going to affect morale, but even at companies that are faring better, workers are uneasy. So small business owners n eed to help keep employees’ spirits from sagg ing. Cleveland does what many human resources consultants suggest, talking with staffers and letting them know how the business is doing. We’re communicating much more freq uently with our employees about things they may not have been concerned about” in the past, said Cleveland. He walks around the office to talk with employees each day. Cleveland added these walks to his routine f our or five months ago, well into the recession. He said it was “something I intended to do, butI ’m a worker bee and I can get very focused on what I’m doing.” But he recently recognised e mployees’ need for more face time with the boss. “When I realised it had to be more of a priority, I made it a priority,” he said. Rick Gibbs, a senior human resources specialist with Administaff, a Houston-based com-p any that provides HR outsourcing, supports the idea of owners being up-front with staffersa bout the business. “That’s one of the things we think is most i mportant and keeps employees engaged, even in a negative time,” he said. “It may not make them happy and glowing n ecessarily, but it provides something to think about even in a tough time and it also createsa tie between the company and the employee,” Gibbs said. G ibbs said his company is finding that small business clients are more concerned these days with keeping employee morale up. “It comes up in our conversation all the time,” he said. There is often a direct cause-and-effect relat ionship between how workers feel and how well they work. Uneasy and uncertain workers may find it harder to concentrate. That in turn is going to affect performance, and it’s not too l ong before the company feels the impact. A boss being open with employees about the business can help focus their efforts on what the company needs to thrive. That can give them a sense of power that may alleviates ome of feelings of being at the mercy of the economy. Allowing them to vent a little frustration is probably a good idea as well. Gibbs suggests including staffers in a dial ogue about making the business stronger, asking them: “What are your ideas? What do you think is most effective with customers?” He acknowledged, though, that many owners may have never had this kind of opennessw ith staffers. “It may be a difficult thing to do and it requires the leader to really take a look ath ow to best help their businesses,” he said. Another approach for keeping employees’ m orale up is through incentives and rewards, s uch as performance bonuses. D eAnne Merey, president of D M Public R elations in New York, developed an incentive pay programme and calls it “a huge morale b ooster.” “We’re gaining clients but not at the rate we w ould have if the economy was robust,” she said. The incentive pay, which is awarded on ap roject-by-project basis, gives employees some thing to work toward. G ibbs noted that there are also incentives that don’t cost anything, such as allowing a staffer who has done something outstanding to leave early on a Friday. But he recommended that owners not give incentives that appear programmed” or automatic because “they lose some of their effectiveness.”