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Title:
The Tribune
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Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau tribune
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Nassau, Bahamas
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Tribune
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2009
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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ROGER CARRON

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PARTLY SUNNY,

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia. net

ROGER Carron, beloved

husband of Tribune publisher
Eileen Carron, died yesterday
as a result of complications fol-
lowing a heart attack last week.

Mr Carron, 77, had initially

shown excellent signs of recov-
ery in the Intensive Care Unit
of Doctor’s Hospital after a
heart attack and emergency
angioplasty to open a blocked
artery on Saturday, October 10.

However, his condition wors-

ened last Tuesday and he was
airlifted to the Cleveland Clinic
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on
Thursday.

His wife of over 46 years and

son Robert were at his bedside
when he died at 5.30am yesterday.

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Tributes have poured in for
the former managing editor of
The Tribune who will be
remembered as a dedicated pro-
fessional, devoted husband, car-
ing father, and a gentleman.

The Cambridge educated
Englishman, who was born in
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
on June 13, 1932, met his future
wife while studying for his bar
finals in London in 1960. He
had recently returned from
completing national service as a
young lieutenant with the
Queen’s Own 6th Gurkha regi-
ment in Malaya, and was anx-
ious to complete his legal stud-
ies.

As the great great great
grandson of French Admiral
Francois Carron who took the
island of Ceylon (now Sri Lan-
ka) for the Dutch East India

Company in the early 1600's,
Mr Carron was set to take over
his father’s law practice in Sri
Lanka upon completion of his
law studies.

But when he met Eileen
Dupuch of Nassau, one of only
two women in a class of 24 LLB
students at Gibson & Weldon,
law tutors for the bar exams,
the young lawyer was inspired
to change his plans.

In an article praising Mrs
Carron’s 50 years in journalism,
Mr Carron said: “T knew that
Eileen was someone quite spe-
cial and I wanted to spend the
rest of my life with her — if she
would have me. As it worked
out it was all rather remark-
able.”

Mr Carron overcame a num-
ber of hurdles in order to join
his future wife when she

Grown Land deal

was fast tracked

Ex-Ministry chief’s
family dealt with in
less than four months

DOCUMENTATION
obtained by The Tribune reveals
that the application for 15 acres
of crown land for the son and
brother of former Lands Per-
manent Secretary Ronald
Thompson was fast tracked
through the system and dealt
with in less than four months.

With the original application
sent to former Lands and Sur-
veys director Tex Turnquest on
June 14, 2002, by Messers Rod-
ney and Sheridan Thompson,
Mr Audley Greaves signed the
recommendation approval for
the property on October 2, 2002.

A copy of the document,

which was written to the atten-
tion of Mr Richard Hardy reads,
“T refer to your L&S/806/1x of 22
August, 2002, addressed to the
Permanent Secretary in respect
of cited matter.

“Please be advised of
approval of Land and Surveys
recommendation. Please provide
this office with a copy of the
lease offer letter issued to the
Thompsons.

“Please give prompt atten-
tion,” the document reads.

On October 17, 2002, the
Department of Lands and Sur-

SEE page six

Two to be charged
over jitney attack

TWO young men are to be charged in court this morning in con-
nection with an attack on a jitney on Blue Hill Road.

According to police superintendent Elsworth Moss, a 17 and 28-
year-old men, of Blue Hill Heights and Fowler Street, are set to be

arraigned.

Last Thursday at around 6.30pm two armed thugs are alleged to

SEE page six

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returned to the Bahamas to
help her father Sir Etienne
Dupuch with The Tribune.

As a non-Bahamian he would
be unable to work as a barrister
in the Bahamas despite the fact
that he had been called to the
English Bar, and been one of
the few young lawyers to see a
case right through from initial
pleadings to presentation before
the Privy Council in the House
of Lords.

He considered disbarring
himself from Gray’s Inn in Lon-
don and gaining experience as a
solicitor before moving to Nas-
sau, but that too would be an
impossible profession as it was
closed to outsiders.

When his future father-in-
law, Sir Etienne Dupuch, sug-
gested he join The Tribune, he
gained experience at a newspa-



per in the Allied Midland Press
group in Peterborough, Eng-
land, for nine months before
moving to the Bahamas in 1962,
thus abandoning his legal career
for 20 years of satisfying work in
print journalism.

His profession, however, was
not without controversy, and
Mr Carron was caught out as
he sought the right to work in a
country with a changing politi-
cal climate and unwelcome atti-
tude to foreigners.

When he married his
Bahamian wife in January 1963,
Mr Carron became a perma-
nent resident with the right to
work under the United Bahami-
an Party (UBP) and was five
months short of qualifying to
become a Belonger when the

SEE page two



Bratley Roberts to run
for PLP chairman post

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE race for PLP Chair-
manship heated up yester-
day when political heavy-
weight Bradley Roberts for-
mally announced his inten-
tion to challenge Glenys
Hanna Martin for the post.

“If elected my goal and
objective is to get the party

tom

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

A WOMAN performs a traditional Indonesian dance at the International Cultural Festival at the weekend.
The annual event featured international food, drink and entertainment and, as usual, drew huge crowds.

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ready to become the next
government of The
Bahamas,” said Mr Roberts,
minister of works and immi-
gration under the former
Christie administration.
The 64-year-old said that
the country is in a state of
“great decay” since the re-
election of the FNM govern-
ment in May 2007 and

SEE page six

Haitian community
church leaders
praise Minister of
State after meeting

By AVA TURNQUEST

CHURCH leaders within the
Haitian community are ready for
Minister of State for Immigration
Branville McCartney to act on the
intentions he expressed in a meet-
ing with them.

The minister was described as
respectful and compassionate as
he urged the pastors and other
religious leaders to become part-
ners with the government, working
together on the issue of illegal
immigrants.

Mr McCartney made the anal-
ogy that he has no problem with
his wife correcting him if he’s done
something wrong or asking for
guidance on an issue, so therefore
encouraged the pastors present to
communicate with the Ministry.

Though impressed by Mr
McCartney’s apparent sincerity,
the Haitian-Bahamian communi-
ty will not be satisfied until the
Minister provides them with real
answers and lawful action.

The Minister explained that the
meeting would not be providing
any answers but instead served as
an open forum in which the pas-
tors could voice their concerns and
suggestions, which the Ministry
will then research and respond to
at a later date.

The meeting was not without
its strained moments, noted Pastor
Bazile Aleance. In an interview
with The Tribune yesterday he
described the tension surround-
ing leader of the Organisation of

SEE page three

Tourist criticises police handling of armed robbery



ONE of nine tourists threat-
ened and robbed by armed thugs
in downtown Nassau last night
attacked the way in which local
police handled the matter.

After experiencing the trauma
and disbelief of being held up at
gunpoint and having valuable per-

sonal items stolen, Kelly Greer
claimed police behaved like they
were in a “Police Academy com-
edy movie”.

“Tt was unreal,” said Ms Greer,
of Fort Myers, Florida.

“The police seemed like they
genuinely wanted to catch them

but it was just a joke compared to
anything I’ve ever seen in States. It
was crazy.”

Ms Greer, who was on vacation
with her sister and mother, who
both work in law enforcement in
the US, said not only did she feel
police took too long to get to the

scene, they also made no immedi-
ate attempt to catch the men, and
at first left the tourists in fear that
they were about to get held-up
again - this time by a man who
turned out to be a plainclothes

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THE TRIBUNE



Roger Carron

FROM page one

Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP) came to power in 1967.

The new government led by
Prime Minister Lynden Pin-
dling took away permanent
residents’ right to work, mean-
ing Mr Carron had to apply
for permission to work at The

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One year permission was
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ernment in his editorials, the
work permit would not be
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ship went ignored and it was
not until the Free National
Movement (FNM) came to
power in 1992 that Mr Carron
received Bahamian residency
with the right to work. By that
time he had served the
Bahamas as a reporter, news
editor and managing editor of
The Tribune for 30 years and
paid some $36,000 in fees for
annual work permits.

Mr and Mrs Carron worked
tirelessly to put out the news-
paper every day, with barely a
moment to share a meal
together, and used the week-
ends to recover and rest for
the week ahead. They took no
vacations apart from the occa-
sional holiday weekend which
they would spend with their
son, and it was not until 1994
when Mr Carron avoided a
major heart attack that it
appeared stress was beginning
to take its toll.

He had started to suffer
from unusual pangs of indi-
gestion in October 1994, and
one month later a stress test
found he had two blocked
arteries. He was referred to a
heart surgeon at the Miami
Heart Institute where he had
open heart surgery and a quin-
tuple by-pass — five by-passes,
two arteries taken from the
chest, and three veins from his
left leg.

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health was restored and he was
back on the golf course enjoy-
ing a new lease on life well into
his retirement.

Mr Carron was known to
love talking to people he came
across from all walks of life.
He cared for the wife and son
whom he loved deeply and of
whom he was extremely proud.

Bahamian tennis star Mark
Knowles said yesterday: “It is a
big loss for the Bahamian com-
munity. Mr Carron was always
the perfect gentleman. I will
remember him as a very caring
individual with a tremendous
interest in sports, especially
tennis.

“My thoughts and prayers
go out to his entire family.”

Nassau Guardian journalist
Fred Sturrup added: “Roger
Carron was the very essence
of a print media professional.
His approach to the coverage
of news was fundamentally
sound.

“He believed always in a
balanced approach to report-
ing the news.

“In a very special way he
contributed immensely to the
growth of The Tribune and the
development of quality jour-
nalists through that medium.

“A quiet man, almost always
very reserved, Roger was a
humble and caring sort and
one willing to assist.

“His presence as a beacon
for traditional journalism will
be sorely missed.”

Nassau Motor Company
operations manager Rick
Lowe was also saddened by
Mr Carron’s death.

He said: “Mr Carron was
instrumental in helping create
The Tribune become the daily

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“What impressed me with
Mr. Carron was his willingness
to give others their say, no
matter what his personal opin-
ion was.

“Beyond his sense of fair-
ness, was his ethics. Always
above reproach, it was a plea-
sure to deal with him on a
business level.

“Once he shook your hand,
one had every confidence that
the deal was done as agreed.

“My thoughts also go out
to Mrs. Carron, who I'm sure
will miss her ever present part-
ner.”

Senior Partner McKinney,
Bancroft and Hughes Brian
Moree said: “We need to
recognise that Roger himself,
apart from being extremely tal-
ented and able at what he was
doing, he had a way of captur-
ing the mood of the country, in
particular with Eileen demon-
strating the highest standards
of journalism.

“To some extent they have
been guardians of our democ-
racy in ensuring the freedom
of the press has not been cir-
cumscribed.

“In this country, he leaves a
legacy behind him not only of
journalism but of someone
who made a contribution to
the development of our coun-
try.

“While I’m sure it’s of little
consolation to Eileen and the
family, they should moreover
know there was tremendous
admiration not only for the
work Roger Carron did but as
the man and principles and
values he stood for.

“He was a leading man in
his church and in society. He
will be very dearly missed.”

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS

Readers call for McCartney to
release detention centre report

Haitian community.
FROM page one ?

Haitian Churches Pastor Chere- }
lus Exante’s question towards the }
phenomenon of illegal immi- :
grants being deported without }

any shoes or clothing.

Pastor Aleance felt Bahami- :
an bishops present were uncom- }
passionate and that some served }
as negative agitators responding }
that however immigrants arrive
in the Bahamas, that is how they :
will leave. It was this attitude that }
he felt detracted from an other- }
wise open communication }
between the Haitian pastors and :

Minister McCartney.

Another key issue presented }
was the revoking of work per- }
mits of Haitians living in the :
Bahamas for over ten years. Pas- }
tor Aleance strongly believes dis-
crimination plays a huge part in :
the decision to grant or deny per- }
mits and that government is }
unlawfully benefitting from those }
individuals who pay national :
insurance for over 20 years but :

can never receive any benefits.

“Why so many people who }
have work permits for over 20:
years, 15 years, ten years, they’ve }
been revoked their work permit
and asked to leave within 21 days
” said Pastor :

- it’s an insult,
Aleance.

“It’s discrimination. How}
come the people have paid so }
many years of National Insur- :
ance, they don’t receive anything }
and the government still asks }
them in 21 days to leave the }
country. What is the benefit? In ;
65 years time they should be able }
to receive some benefit, this per- }
son may be 45-50 and now you }
tell them to return back. When }
you send him back home- he has

to start all over, with nothing.”

However, New Covenant F
Baptist Church Bishop Simeon }
Hall thought that the meeting }
was very productive and led for }
much needed discussion into the }
roles of hatian religious leaders in

matters of illegal immigrants.

“The tone and tenor of the }
meeting was very frank,” admit-
ted Bishop Hall. “The two polls }
perhaps that juxtaposed each }
other was the fact that we want to
be humane but at the same time }
we cannot break the law. How }
do you find common ground }
between those two extremes? I }

think we did.

“T think what the minister tried
to do was make sure the pastors }
recognised they had a sacred }
duty to uphold the laws of the }

Bahamas.”

However, Pastor Aleance said }
that this ideal, though parallel :
with the church’s view, at the :
meeting connotated leniency and :
perhaps subterfuge in the Haitian
churches, making them scape- }

goats for the issue.

Pastor Aleance stressed that
the Haitian pastors fully support }
the laws of the Bahamas and the }
Ministry of Immigration’s plea,
stating that their only contention }
is and always will be the treat- i

ment of immigrants.

“Twice a year we have a pro- }
gram in Haiti where we go out }
and we speak to the people about
said Pastor}
Aleance, “informing them on the :
reality of living illegally in the }
Bahamas and encouraging them }
to respect the laws of the}
Bahamas so as to build trust and ;

the Bahamas,”

respect.”

The minister has agreed to }
attend a town meeting hosted by ;
the Haitian community and cur- }
rently being planned for the end }

of this month.

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READERS who took part
in tribune.242.com’s latest
poll overwhelmingly agree
that Minister of State for
Immigration Branville
McCartney should release
the latest report on the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre.

Following reports of abuse
and terrible conditions at the
immigration holding facility,
Mr McCartney commis-
sioned a study by a team of
psychologists and social
workers. In June, he
promised to make the find-
ings public following a Cabi-
net review.

However last week the
minister announced he had
changed his mind, and would
not release the report
because he objects to The
Tribune’s stories on the mat-
ter.

Of those who voted on
whether he should release the
report, 80 said he has a
responsibility to do so, while
15 thought it was up to gov-

ernment to decide what infor-
mation is made available to
the public.

Many who posted com-
ments on the matter said Mr
McCartney’s reluctance sug-
gests the government has
something to hide. Some said
the controversy may damage
the minister’s political aspi-
rations.

“Louima” said: “This is
more reason to believe all the



claims that detainees have
been throwing out about
abuse at Detention Centre.
A government that is going
to withhold information from
the public and media has
something to hide as far as I
am concerned.”

“Felix Bethel” said: “Evi-
dently, the man is on a mis-
sion that must end with him
punching his own self-
destruct button.”

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“Joe Blow” observed:
“There's talk that Branville
McCartney has prime minis-
terial aspirations. Better get
that attitude and desire to
control the world in check if
you want to stand a chance,
mister minister.”

“Runks” said: “We need
to just get rid of all these jok-
ers who don’t know what
democracy means... I won-
der what the almighty Hubert
has to say.”

“A Brave man” added:
“Listen, this Branville is a
good man but he is a man
and he misspoke! He is a
young minister, give him a
chance to do some good.
Let’s not shoot at him this
early in his career.”

According to Manifesto
Victim, “Transparency is
something which must be

approached with a degree of
objectivity. In this case the
minister may have acted
within the scope of minister-
ial discretion (though discre-
tion not in a legal sense under
his portfolio). However, an
incident which touches issues
such as international accept-
able standards for human
rights must be handled with
objectivity. The minister is
not wrong to withold this sort
of information from papers
and media. Media tends to
scandalise things.

“T think when he made a
comment on this matter he
fell down because he should
not have prejudiced himself
(or ambitions) with such a
comment. Now the Bahami-
an people have a right to
question him. He has made
himself accountable.”

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US struggles to stop Taliban cash

WASHINGTON — The Taliban in
Afghanistan are running a sophisticated
financial network to pay for their insurgent
operations, raising hundreds of millions of
dollars from the illicit drug trade, kidnap-
pings, extortion and foreign donations that
American officials say they are struggling
to cut off.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban have imposed
an elaborate system to tax the cultivation,
processing and shipment of opium, as well as
other crops like wheat grown in the territo-
ry they control, American and Afghan offi-
cials say. In the Middle East, Taliban leaders
have sent fundraisers to Arab countries to
keep the insurgency’s coffers brimming with
cash.

Estimates of the Taliban’s annual revenue
vary widely. Proceeds from the illicit drug
trade alone range from $70 million to $400
million a year, according to Pentagon and
U.N. officials. By diversifying their revenue
stream beyond opium, the Taliban are suc-
cessfully confounding American and NATO
efforts to weaken the insurgency by cutting
off its economic lifelines, the officials say.

Despite efforts by the United States and
its allies in the last year to cripple the Tal-
iban’s financing, using the military and intel-
ligence, American officials acknowledge they
barely made a dent.

“T don’t believe we can significantly alter
their effectiveness by cutting off their mon-
ey right now,” said Rep. Adam Smith, a
Washington state Democrat on the House
Intelligence and Armed Services Commit-
tees who traveled to Afghanistan and Pak-
istan last month. “I’m not saying we should-
n’t try. It’s just bigger and more complex
than we can effectively stop.”

The Taliban’s ability to raise money com-
plicates the Obama administration’s deci-
sion to deploy more U.S. troops to
Afghanistan. It is unclear, for example,
whether the deployment of 10,000 Marines
over the summer to Helmand province, the
heart of the opium production, will have a
sustaining impact on the insurgency’s cash
flow. And American officials are debating
whether cracking down on the drug trade
will anger farmers dependent on it for their
livelihood.

But even if the United States and its allies
were able to stanch the money flow, it is not
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“Their operations are so inexpensive that
they can be continued indefinitely even with
locally generated resources such as small
businesses and donations,” said Kenneth
Katzman, a Middle East specialist at the
Congressional Research Service and a for-
mer analyst of the region at the CIA.

American officials say that they have been
surprised to learn in recent months that for-
eign donations, rather than opium, are the
single largest source of cash for theM8iiban.

“In the past there was a kind of a feeling

came from drugs in

Afghanistan,” Richard C. Holbrooke, the
administration’s special representative for
Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in June.
“That is simply not true.”

Supporting this view, in his Aug. 30 strate-
gic assessment, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal,
the top NATO commander in Afghanistan,
voiced skepticism that clamping down on
the opium trade would crimp the Taliban’s

“Eliminating insurgent access to narco-
profits — even if possible, and while dis-
ruptive — would not destroy their ability to
operate so long as other funding sources
remained intact,” McChrystal said.

estimated in a classi-

fied report that Taliban leaders and their
associates had received $106 million in the
past year from donors outside Afghanistan,
a figure first reported last month by The
Washington Post. Private citizens from Sau-
di Arabia, Pakistan, Iran and some Persian
Gulf nations are the largest individual con-
tributors, an American counterterrorism

Top American intelligence officials and
diplomats say there is no evidence so far
that the governments of Saudi Arabia, the
United Arab Emirates or other Persian Gulf
states are providing direct aid to the Afghan

But American intelligence officials say
they suspect that Pakistani intelligence oper-
atives continue to give some financial aid
to the Afghan Taliban, a practice the Pak-
istani government denies.

(This article is by Eric Schmitt
c.2009 New York Times News Service)

Are we heading
for a traffic
nightmare?

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

OVER the past few days I
have been looking after a
friend’s home off West Bay
Street and I never thought the
traffic was nearly as bad as
the Eastern Road, but glory
be it is and worse still, there is
a lot of very dangerous fast
driving, rushing to go
nowhere.

I just can’t imagine what it
will be like if the Arawak Cay
Container Port proceeds.
Why can’t the experts realise
that we need a major new
arterial access from the east
through the area just south of
the arch and Government
House to the other side of
Chippingham? Even one lane
wide would reduce the traf-

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fic enormously.

Why does all the traffic
from Atlantis going back to
the airport still turn right at
the light on Shirley and con-
gest downtown is beyond me?

Editor — Government has
a full scale PR campaign run-
ning on television with the
Arawak Cay engineers on
film — I really would like to
ask the Consultant Knowles
has he really a care in the
world if every resident
between Arawak Cay and
Gladstone Road has their per-
sonal tranquility, environment

disturbed and made impossi-
ble to live with?

It is obvious the Member
of Parliament for Killarney
doesn’t as you don’t hear a
squeak out of him on any-
thing except his so emotional
speech on the new Drug Bill
when drugs were free anyway
if you have the time to wait
and if they are available from
PMH Pharmacy! Editor, we
really need recall of Members
of Parliament when you have
so many impotent MPs who
are unable to support their
constituents even when Cabi-
net Ministers on the smallest
of issues.

W KNOWLES
Nassau,
October 2, 2009.

Is Perry Christie for real?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I have known the former
Prime Minister, the Rt Hon
Perry Gladstone Christie
(PLP-Farm Road) for all of
my adult life. In fact, he was a
senior at the University of
London while I was a junior
(St Mary’s College). We both
graduated with degrees in the
law and the rest is history.

Even then, I never held him
in high regard insofar as overt
intelligence and speaking
capabilities were concerned.
He appears to be a good and
decent man but having close-
ly observed all of our front

line political leaders over the
past generation, I am per-
suaded that he is more bluster
than reality.

His recent tirades on tele-
vision and a radio show are
illustrative, in my view, of his
myopic style of leadership.
What did he mean by reper-
cussions and what did he
mean by stating that all who
opposed him would have to
leave the PLP if they all lost?

I do not support the thrust
of Paul Moss’ Don Quixotic
challenge but I do support his
inherent and God-given right
to challenge Christie or any
one else for any public office

in this nation, inclusive of
leadership of the iconic Pro-
gressive Liberal Party.
Christie’s legendary arro-
gance is now being worn on
his sleeves.

Worried about political
pygmies?

What next? Chick Charney
and the small man in the
green suit?

Get real brother Christie,
or leave it alone. To God
then, in all things, be the glo-

ry.

ORTLAND H BODIE Jr
Nassau,
October 15, 2009.

Ringplay Productions does what Government cannot

EDITOR, The Tribune.

My heartiest congratulations go out to Ring-
play Productions for their foresight and imagi-
nation in getting the Shakespeare in Paradise
Annual Festival off to a roaring start this past

week.

Maybe if they had been on board, we as a
nation would not have been embarrassed by our
government’s decision to cancel the hosting of
CARIFESTA (not just once, mind you, but
twice!). Just goes to show you that all it takes is a
desire to make it happen. Kudos goes to Dr Nico-

Dear Minister of Culture, I hope you sat up
and took notice. Culture in the Bahamas is alive

lette Bethel, Philip A Burrows, David Burrows

and everyone else involved for their deep and
abiding love of the arts and their ability to take a

dream and turn it into reality.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow me to comment
on Capt Bain’s letter dated
October, 2009.

I would like to know where
he got his data that white peo-
ple only eat imported food. Pm
really disappointed that now
even what we eat has to be a
white and black thing, I thought

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and well, and roaring its way into the history
books in this part of the world.

The question is — are you along for the ride?
Get on board before you are upstaged on the
world arena by a tiny, dedicated group of artists
— oops, I think that has just happened!

Don’t make the mistake of being left behind
again, sir! I urge you to throw your support
behind these talented individuals and walk into
the history books alongside them.

October 10, 2009.

Does even what we eat have to be a white and black thing?

we were all Bahamians or does
he think all white people here
are foreigners. I guess we as a
nation will never get over this.
My white family has roots dat-
ing back almost two hundred
years in the Bahamas and like
everyone else farmed and
fished.

I still prefer to go out fish-
ing and eat fresh seafood rather
than imported food and also
grow most of my vegetables in
my own garden. I think he is
the one who is misconceived
about turtle banning. It’s called
conservation.

This way there may still be
some left for future genera-

tions. When my friends and I
go fishing we never take from
the ocean more than we need
for ourselves and family, unlike
some other people we witness
when we’re out taking as much
as they can stuff into every part
of their boats.

We need to get rid of this all
for me now attitude. And by
the way take a look around
there are plenty Bahamians
black and white eating stew
beef, jerk pork, barbecued ribs
and yes even steak.

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LOCAL NEWS



PLP Senator elected
president of global
women’s organisation

PLP Senator Allyson May-
nard Gibson has been elected
president of a global women’s
organisation.

ex-MP for Pinewood and current

son, who recently gave evidence

ant Bridgwater and medical tech-
nician Taurino Lightbourne, held

preeminent women of significant
and diverse achievement” which

“across national and interna-

tional boundaries to share knowl-
edge and ideas, to enrich other’s

advance “women’s leadership

tinents.”

governors, bank CEOS, nobel }
laureates, astronauts and news }

Call for protection for teachers falsely accused by students

By DENISE MAYCOCK
? Tribune Freeport Reporter

Operation Grinch

correspondents, among others.

GB Police launch

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT -

upcoming Christmas season.
Police Headquarters that there

beginning today.

He noted that 24-hour patrols of a Teachers Protection Act

will be implemented, in addi- :

tion to the regular patrols } constitutional rights of innocent

already in place in various divi- } teachers.

sions on the island.

In anticipation of the busy } accusations they should be

Christmas season, Mr Seymour } ordered to take a polygraph

said the police want to ensure : test. After all, it would be erro-

that residents, visitors, and busi- :

ness persons have a safe and } never lie, especially when they

e . ? are being manipulated by evil
As we approach the climax ? adults,” Mr Buchanan said.
of this year and the Christmas }

holiday season, we are cognizant tions first broke in January

of all the possible challenges } when two former male students

? at the Eight Mile Rock High

“It is the mandate of the offi- | school claimed that they were

cers on this operation to be } molested by their teacher,

uty with § Andre Birbal.
any and all acts of criminality. }

And so, we serve notice now for : police for questioning in con-
anyone who deliberately sets out | pection with unnatural sexual

to break the law that ‘Opera- } intercourse. He is currently

tion Grinch ‘will be there to get | awaiting extradition from the

: United States after fleeing the

G

peaceful holiday season.

with which it brings.

relentless and deal swiftly with

you,” warned ASP Seymour.

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
A CAMPAIGN to improve condi-

tions at the government’s controversial

the subject.
Bahamas Humane Society president

? Kim Aranha spoke out about the
? deplorable conditions at the pound -—
the post of vice president of the }
women’s networking organisa- }
tion up until taking the top role. }

According to its website, the ;
IWF is a “global organisation of }

whih were exclusively revealed in The
Tribune — on Island FM yesterday. She
called on Bahamians to take better care
for their animals in order to stop the
continuous cycle of capturing and killing

? of wandering dogs carried out by the
? Canine Control Unit every week.
brings such people together ;

Her appearance on Patty Roker’s

? radio show, along with Bahamas
? Humane Society staff member Natalia
? Nunez, came after the not-for-proft
lives and to provide and network
of support and exert influence”.

In this way, it works to

charity hosted a public meeting last
week.
Concern over conditions at the pound

? were raised after The Tribune published
across careers, cultures and con- i

a letter from a 14-year-old boy who told

of the horrors he witnessed on a visit to

The 25-year-old IWF’s mem- }
bers include former prime min- }
isters, supreme court justices, ;

the facility with dog trainer Devlyn
Stubbs of Stubsdale Dog Care Centre,
including seeing a dead dog locked in a

Ss

THE TRIBUNE revealed the conditions in
the dog pound.

kennel with a live one.

As one of around 30 people who
attended the meeting, Mr Stubbs said
his greatest concern was the fact there
was no one on the property with keys
for the kennels.



The allegations led to the formation
of an activist group on social networking
site Facebook which now has nearly 600
members and after several requests, The
Tribune was invited to tour the facility
on October 9.

On the same day, the Humane Soci-
ety was given an open invitation to the
government dog pound in the Botanic
Gardens, Chippingham, to select ani-
mals fit for adoption, and a pit bull pot-
cake, Poundcake, was saved.

Until then, the Humane Society next
door to the dog pound had little involve-
ment with the Canine Control Unit
operated by the Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Marine Resources.

Ms Aranha said: “We are now going
to work together. We are going to try to
home more and more of the dogs that
come in and what we want to do is make
it so the pound is not really necessary
because there won’t be more and more
dogs to pick up. It’s really in the peo-
ple’s hands.”

The unit picks up around 50 wander-
ing dogs in traps across New Providence
every week, and kills the animals at the
pound within four days. Their carcasses
are collected every Friday morning by
the Environmental Health Department,
for another 50 dogs to be picked up and

Support grows for campaign
to improve govt dog pound

The former Attorney General, } By MEGAN REYNOLDS
? Tribune Staff Reporter
leader of opposition business in }
the Senate will serve as Presi- }
dent of the International Wom- }
en’s Forum for a two-year term. }
Attorney Mrs Maynard Gib- } dog pound is gaining support with a
: public meeting and radio talk show on
in the recent attempted extor- }
tion trial of former Senator Pleas- }

killed the following week.

However, Mrs Aranha said this is not
solving the problem.

She emphasised the need for legisla-
tion to ensure pets are spayed and
neutered, to keep their populations
under control, and to ensure responsible
animal ownership.

Mrs Aranha said: “The picking up of
dogs is not going to cure the problem,
what’s going to cure the problem is get-
ting the animals spayed and neutered,
keeping dogs in your yard, and if you
want it to have puppies, you must find
homes for those puppies and then have
it spayed.

“It’s a people problem, it’s not an
animal problem.”

Ms Aranha encouraged animal own-
ers who want to surrender their pets to
call the Humane Society so they can be
adopted, rather than calling the pound,
where they will be euthanised.

Ms Aranha is concerned the dogs are
not sedated before they are put to sleep
because of the extra cost of sedatives.

To get involved in the campaign log
on to www.facebook.com and join the
group ‘For a more humane Bahamas
government dog pound’.

Or email your concerns to
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net.

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A teacher

who was falsely accused of sex-

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net P ual molestation on -Gtand

i Bahama said legislation is need-

Grand } ed to protect innocent teachers

Bahama Police have launched } who have been falsely accused

Operation Grinch, significantly } by students.

increasing police presence }

throughout the island for the } of three teachers who was

i ; ? removed at the Eight Mile
Assistant Superintendent }

Emrick Seymour announced at } allegations of molestation - said

? teaching has now become a

will be increased mobile patrols | “qangerous profession” in the

on the streets of Grand Bahama, } Bahamas.

Rev Edward Buchanan- one

Rock High School following

He is calling for the creation

to exonerate and protect the

“When students make false

neous to believe that children

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Bahamas in February.

Although Mr Buchanan was
also taken into custody for
questioning in connection with
allegations that he had a sexual
relationship with a female stu-
dent, he was released by police
and no charges were filed
against him.

Police have not yet conclud-
ed its investigations concerning
a female teacher at EMRHS
who was also accused of hav-
ing sexual relations with a male
student.

Mr Buchanan said persons
who are in close contact with
children are susceptible to false
accusations.

He noted that school admin-
istrators, social workers, coun-
selors, and law enforcement
agencies must not be biased in
their dealings because they are
employed by the government.

The teacher warned that chil-
dren can be influenced by their

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peers and others to make false
accusations against teachers,
knowing that they can claim
sexual assault or molestation
without having to provide any
substantial evidence.

Mr Buchanan said that prop-
er care and concern demon-
strated by teachers toward stu-
dents should not be confused
as a sexual relationship or iden-
tified as a boundary violation.

He expressed concern about
the possible involvement of
school board officials who
encourage children to make
false allegations.

“Parents have a responsibili-
ty not to allow their children to
be manipulated by...individu-
als who use children to promote
their future agenda,” said Mr
Buchanan.

Mr Buchanan believes that
children claiming sexual
molestation should be subject

to, or required to undergo a

comprehensive screening
process in the presence of their
parents.

“In today’s society it is no
longer enough to believe what a
child says. Teachers have rights
too and their rights must not
be violated by the immature
creative imaginations of stu-
dents,” he said.

“What penalty should stu-
dents face for presenting false
information? What punishment
should they receive for their
deceit and dishonest actions?

“Is it okay for them to have
crushes and report pernicious
fantasies just because they are
children?

Mr Buchanan believes that
the Bahamas Union of Teach-
ers and Department of Educa-
tion should support a Teachers
Protection Act.

The Ministry of Education

has implemented new measures
regarding its hiring practices by
having all teachers vetted by
police. Safety committees com-
prising of administrators, teach-
ers, students, and parents are
established at all school in the
country.

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Crown Land deal was fast tracked



FROM page one

blamed the current administration for
increased crime, joblessness and other
ills.

He thus promised to “work with all the
PLP standard bearers leading up to the
ensuing election to ensure victory and
thereafter return to my life of retirement.”

Making his announcement while
appearing as a guest on Island FM radio’s
Parliament Street talk show, the combat-
ive veteran politician — a former Cabinet
minister in the Progressive Liberal Party
and MP for 25 years — had “admonition
and encouragement” from others to enter
the race.

Mr Roberts added that he supports Mr
Christie as leader of the party, but has
yet to make his mind up who he would
like to see become Deputy Leader of the
party at the upcoming convention on
October 21 to 23.

His announcement is in stark contrast
to his position earlier last year, when he
outright denied any intention to enter the
PLP Chairmanship race, telling The Tri-
bune the answer was “definitely no” when
asked whether he had commissioned or
approved emails circulating in February
2008 calling for “Bradley Roberts for
National Chairman.”

Mr Roberts formally stood down from
front line politics prior to the May 2007
election, choosing not to contest his Bain

Bratley Roberts

and Grants Town seat again.

However, he has remained a strong
critic of the government and in recent
times has made numerous public address-
es railing against what he says is the
deplorable conditions that exists in
Bahamian society today under the FNM
government.

Yesterday he said that “for more than a
year he has been strongly encouraged by
stalwart councillors and party supporters
around The Bahamas to again run for the
post of national chairman of the PLP.”
He said that his decision “to allow (his)
name to be placed in nomination” was
made “after much prayer, consultation
and consideration.”

Meanwhile, he noted that it was he who
was chairman of the party when the PLP
won the government in the May 2002
election. He emphatically denied any
intention to run for a seat in parliament
again.

“T want to make it crystal clear...that
those days are over,” he said, adding that
he felt that being an MP - as Ms Hanna
Martin is - and a chairman at the same
time is an “onerous” task.

Including Mr Roberts, there are now
four people challenging Ms Hanna Martin
for the Chairmanship: Mr Roberts, former
MP Keod Smith, current national

vicechairman Kenred
Dorsett and Ricardo
Smith.

When it was put to
him that he has
“pulled the carpet out
from under” Mr
Dorsett after having
it appear that he
backed the vice chair-
man for the post he
now wishes to obtain,
Mr Roberts shot
back.

“T attended all of
the launches of those
who extended the invitation to go. I did. I
am a senior PLP member and I gave sup-
port,” he said.

However, he added that he feels Mr
Dorsett would make a better MP than
party chairman.

“T think he would do a fine job. He has
the interests of Bahamians at heart. I
would like to see Ken utilise his time in
focusing on the constituency rather than
being consumed with interests of party,”
said Mr Roberts.

He denied that he may be too old for
the job or that as a senior member of the
party who has retired from front line pol-
itics only to then return to challenge a
younger member for a party post, he is
unfairly taking opportunities from the
next generation of PLPs.

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FROM page one

veys issued a letter to both of the
Thompsons advising them that the
government has approved their fif-
teen acre application in the vicinity
of Deep Creek, South Eleuthera
for agricultural usage. The land was
approved on a 21-year renewable
lease at the price of $525 per year.

However, the major concern
amongst sources within the Depart-
ment of Lands and Surveys is that
Mr Ronald Thompson was the per-
manent secretary for this depart-
ment at the time that these applica-
tions were being speedily approved
through the system - bypassing oth-
ers who have had to wait years, even
decades to get a response from the
department. While proclaiming his
innocence from any sort of nepo-
tism over the matter, Mr Thomp-
son told The Tribune in an earlier
interview that the application raised
no concerns in his eyes.

“My brother has been farming in
Deep Creek, Eleuthera, for a num-
ber of years and he applied for some
land to do some farming. It is not a
grant, it is a lease of land. And any-

THE TRIBUNE

body can apply for leases of land,”
Mr Thompson said.

While The Tribune understands
that the lease for this land has yet to
be granted outright, sources within
the department suggest that the
property was already being occu-
pied and worked on since July of
2005. In fact, in a survey plan
obtained by this daily of the prop-
erty, the area encompasses some
30.697 acres, and not the 15 that Mr
Thompson has defended.

With the issue of crown land
sparking such an uproar and debate
throughout the country, the House
of Assembly has appointed a Select
Committee which will be meeting
again this morning to investigate all
issues relating to the disposition of
crown land.

This committee has heard from
the former director of Lands, Tex
Turnquest, who was forced to resign
from his post after he failed to give a
sufficient answer to the Prime Min-
ister as to why his relatives were
able to secure four beachfront
parcels in Exuma which were later
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She and her relatives were part of a group of
nine, who, along with their tour guide, were
standing on the Queen’s Staircase on the morn-
ing of Sunday, October 11. Having left their
Carnival “Glory” cruise ship that morning,
they wanted to see the sights.

However, moments after ascending the steps
they were approached by two men who took
their cash and jewellery while threatening them
with a gun. According to the tourist, after the
robbery occurred and police were called, an
unmarked car attended the scene - which they
later discovered to be a police car.

A man emerged wearing “a wife beater
(vest), cargo shorts, flip flops and aviators,
holding what looked like a hunting rifle.”

The man did exactly as their assailants had
done - walking behind them with the gun with-
out saying a word or identifying himself as a
police officer, claimed Ms Greer.

“T was legitimately scared when he pulled up.
I thought ‘Oh my god, is this gonna happen
again.”

Luckily, a uniformed officer appeared on
the scene moments later and made it known
that the shotgun-toting man was a plain clothes
officer.

“It was so odd,” said Ms Greer. “He never
said anything to us.”

The visitor, who had cash and jewellery tak-
en from her by the two men, who appeared to
be in their twenties and were not masked -
except for a white handkerchief one held to his
face - said she was shocked when officers made
no immediate attempt to determine where the

Tourist criticises

men may have fled to.

“No one made an attempt to go after them.
Tjust thought it was so strange,” said Ms Greer.

This was just one of several “mind blow-
ing” moments for the tourist, her relatives, and
the rest of their tour group.

Upon being transported to a local station,
believed to be Central Police station on East
Street, the woman told of how the group were
being addressed by an officer in an office at the
station when a woman snuck into the room
and started dialling a number using the office
phone.

Moments later, the officer saw her and began
shouting angrily to another officer to “get her
back in the cell” - giving the group the impres-
sion the woman was supposed to have been in
custody at the time but had escaped.

“Tt was chaotic, just unbelievable,” said the
29-year-old.

And although her sister had managed to
hide a camera on which she realised she had a
photograph of one of the two men during the
robbery, police at the station did not have the
basic equipment to extract the image from the
camera. This resulted in Ms Greer and her sis-
ter having to take a 45-minute trip to another
station where they were able to obtain the
image for police records.

They were then shown what the tourist
described as “grainy, xerox photocopies of mug
shots of different people” and asked if they
could pin point any of them as their assailants.

However, Ms Greer claimed the quality of
the images was so poor that the exercise was of

no use at all. “You couldn’t see any detail,” she
claimed.

She said she felt like officers were asking
the group “leading questions” about the
images, almost asking her to identify the people
in the photos as the thieves.

“T didn’t think they would lead us on so
much. They were saying stuff like, ‘Don’t you
think he looks a little bit like that guy nght
there? You're pretty much saying you want
me to say it’s that guy,” said Ms Greer.

While she said she does not believe their
victimisation by the thieves is representative of
most tourist’s experience in The Bahamas and
could have been simply a matter of being “in
the wrong place at the wrong time” the ordeal
and their subsequent experience with the police
left she and her relatives “exhausted.”

“They said to us that if the case goes to trial
we’ll be invited back at the government’s
expense to attend, but my sister said ‘Count me
out!’,” said the visitor.

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Obama’s Nobel Prize: The
stupidity of political bigotry

BY SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a Consultant and
former Caribbean diplomat)

ARACK Obama

did not ask for

the Nobel Peace

Prize and he was
probably the most shocked per-
son to learn that it had been
awarded to him.

He certainly made no secret
of his surprise at the news.
And, he was dignified and hum-
ble in publicly saying that he
didn’t feel that he deserved to
be “in the company of so many
of the transformative figures
who’ve been honoured by this
prize — men and women
who’ve inspired me and
inspired the entire world
through their courageous pur-
suit of peace”.

In selecting Obama, the
Nobel Prize Committee said:
“Only very rarely has a person
to the same extent as Obama
captured the world's attention
and given its people hope for
a better future”. Few, except
Obama’s bitterest antagonists
in the US Republican Party and
right wing groups would deny
that statement.

The Committee also justified
awarding the Prize to Obama
by saying it “attached special
importance to Obama's vision
of, and work for, a world with-
out nuclear weapons”. That,
too, is true. Obama could not
be any clearer on this issue.

I part company with the
Committee in its prospective
explanation that “as President
(Obama) created a new climate
in international politics. Multi-
lateral diplomacy has regained
a central position, with empha-
sis on the role that the United
Nations and other internation-
al institutions can play”. This
latter assertion is left to be seen.

From a Caribbean stand-
point, his desire for multilater-
al diplomacy — rather than the
enforcement of a US position —
is yet to be tested and will be
judged on the readiness of his
administration to include
Caribbean governments direct-
ly in: addressing the economic
development needs of the area
through bilateral assistance and
the mobilization of resources

InsI

Sir Ronald Sanders



from the international financial
institutions such as the IMF and
World Bank; reviewing US pol-
icy on the deportation of crim-
inals; reassessing and re-mod-
eling the anti-drug trafficking
programme in the area; and
fashioning machinery that will
allow Caribbean financial ser-
vices to continue to compete in
the global market place, partic-
ularly in relation to US busi-
nesses. On this, judgment of
Obama’s willingness to engage
even the smallest of nations in
multilateral decision-making
has to be withheld.

But, whatever reservations
may be harboured by non-
Americans about the early
award of the Peace Prize to
Obama, two things cannot be
denied. First, the Nobel Prize
Committee is right in its assess-
ment that Obama has captured
the world’s attention and given
people of many nations cause
to hope for a better future.
And, second, he has been
awarded the prize without seek-
ing it.

In this regard, Barack Oba-
ma is far above reproach. His
declaration that he did not feel
he deserved to be in the com-
pany of the notable persons

ht

who preceded him also marked
him as a special human being.

Every citizen of the United
States of America should have
rejoiced in the selection of one
of their own for the Prize, espe-
cially coming after a period in
which its government’s policies
and practices estranged the US
from most of the rest of the
world and created deep resent-
ment of Americans as a nation.
Americans of every stripe
should have been delighted that
their country had returned to
a place of global honour.

And, it is worth saying that
while the period before Oba-
ma was particularly awful under
the administration of George
W Bush, the previous Bill Clin-
ton government was not with-
out its flaws.



Resentment

Any who would question my
observation of the Clinton gov-
ernment should look at the
number of routine air strikes in
Afghanistan that killed many
innocent people and spurred
deep resentment.

For the Caribbean, the dis-
location of banana farmers
from their preferential market
in the European Union was a
direct result of the Clinton
administration’s decision to act
in the World Trade Organiza-
tion for US multinational com-
panies that were banana plan-
tation owners in Latin America
as well as financial contributors
to the Clinton presidential cam-
paign. It was also under the
Clinton administration that the
US took a hawkish position in
the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development
(OECD) that blacklisted sev-
eral Caribbean jurisdictions
over financial services. Many
never recovered.

There is no doubt that no
one person in US history has
done more to improve global
attitudes to the US than Barack
Obama. The American people

purged themselves when the
majority of them elected him
President for the content of his
character above the colour of
his skin, and for recognizing
that he had a quality in his rea-
soning and his aspirations that
was inspiring and believable.

But, instead of applauding
Obama’s appreciation by a
prestigious body that has hon-
oured human achievement and
ambition for over a century,
Republicans and right-wing
groups in the United States
denigrated it.

Fox News called the Nobel
Prize “tainted” and one com-
mentator wallowed in the gut-
ter to ask if the Prize Commit-
tee was pursuing “a policy of
affirmative action” — in other
words Obama got the Prize
because he is black. The ridicu-
lousness of the last comment is
evidenced by the people who
have won the Peace Prize in
modern times. For the most
part, they are not white and at
least three of them are black —
Nelson Mandela, Desmond
Tutu and Martin Luther King.

These same groups cheered,
celebrated, and rejoiced when
their own country lost its bid
to host the 2016 Olympics sim-
ply because Obama joined the
effort to convince the Olympic
Committee to choose Chicago.
How sick is that?

As a non-American, wary of
the tendency for big powers to
overlook the human value of
small countries and their ten-
dency to marginalise weak
nations in pursuit of their own
interests, I have to hope that, in
awarding the Nobel Peace Prize
to Obama so early in his Presi-
dency, the objective of the
Committee was to hold him to
the values that he has espoused
and encourage him to live up
to them.

But, those Americans who
maligned this unsought honour
to one of their own should be
ashamed of their deplorable
behaviour. The awful spectacle
to the world of their bigotry on
this particular issue lost them
respect and was nothing short
of stupid.

Responses to, and previous
commentaries, at: www.sir-
ronaldsanders.com

sanders.com/>

Bahamas welcomes OAS Secretary General on first visit

Secretary General of the
Organisation of American
States (OAS), Jose Miguel
Insulza, made an Official Visit
to The Bahamas from October
15 to 16, 2009, to discuss mat-
ters relating to tourism and
trade in the Americas.

It was his first official visit
here. He met with Governor-
General His Excellency Arthur
Hanna, Prime Minister the Rt
Hon Hubert Ingraham; Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs the Hon Brent
Symonette; and Leader of the
Opposition the Rt Hon Perry G
Christie.

The Bahamas has endorsed
Mr Insulza’s candidacy for a
second five-year term as OAS
Secretary General. Elections
are to be called by May 2010.

Prime Minister Ingraham
spoke to the relationship
between The Bahamas and the
OAS and pledged support in a
number of initiatives being
undertaken by the 35-member
body.“We have had and con-
tinue to have an excellent rela-
tionship with the OAS,” he
said. “We are pleased that some
of our nationals were given
opportunities to work at the
OAS and many Bahamians
have benefited from the schol-

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arships, which you offer. We
continue to play an active role.”

He said that The Bahamas
“was happy” with the role the
OAS is playing regarding
reports of human rights viola-
tion in Honduras. The Prime
Minister also pledged The
Bahamas’ support in the
upcoming general elections in
St Kitts and Nevis.

“We are happy with what
you are doing with the Hon-
duran situation and we accept
that your support for the elec-
tion process in St Kitts is going
to be important,” said the
Prime Minister. “We are appre-
ciative of your desire and atten-
tion to help with the supervi-
sion and monitoring of those
elections. Also, we are delight-
ed to publicly declare our sup-
port for your candidacy as sec-
retary general in the OAS.”



(io a ‘ _
Mr Insulza, 66, a lawyer, was
born in Chile. He was elected
OAS Secretary General on
May 2, 2005.

At a press conference at the
Cabinet Office, Minister of For-
eign Affairs the Hon Brent
Symonette said it was a plea-
sure to welcome Mr Insulza to
The Bahamas, and was looking
forward to continued coopera-
tion during his next term.

Mr Insulza thanked The
Bahamas for its support, “espe-
cially during these very impor-
tant moments” for the region.

“We have been discussing
some of the issues pending in
the region - crisis in some coun-
tries and upcoming elections in
some others,” he said. “The
Bahamas is a very important
member of our organisation.
We think there is a lot of space
to do a lot of new things.”

OAS SECRETARY GENERAL,
Jose Miguel Insulza is pictured
(left) at the Cabinet Office with
Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette.






Pat Sullivan/AP Photo

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The PLP catfight — the hottest event in town
YOUNG Man’s VIEW

ADRIAN

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

There were some comments
made in Friday’s column, ‘Oba-
ma richly deserved Nobel Peace
Prize’, that were intended as a
springboard for the article. How-
ever, through an error in trans-
mission, accreditation for the
comments was omitted. The
comments of which I speak were
made by Washington-based
Time writer Massimo Calibresi.
I spotted the error at about 2
o'clock Friday morning, when
The Tribune had long gone to
press. I apologise to my readers

for the mistake.
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his week’s PLP
convention is
expected to be
great political the-
atre and primetime drama with
more mudslinging than a mon-
soon. Undoubtedly, the con-
vention floor is expected to be
the site of rowdy politicking, the
spillage of political blood and
likely the 21st century’s very
own ‘Night of the Long Knives.’

Earlier this week, a friend
and I discussed acquiring tickets
to the PLP’s catfight which will
no doubt be the hottest event
in town.

Bahamians should expect the
leadership melee to intensify as
the time draws near, with last
minute backdoor deals/promis-
es and a flurry of tacky, image-
moulding press appearances in
order. As I write today, I can
imagine the mad dashes across
the convention floor by candi-
dates as they jockey to engage
as much of the losers supporters
as possible after each round of
voting—all in a desperate bid
to attain the 51 per cent needed
to win the post sought after.

PLP stalwart councillors and
delegates must know that
amidst the hype and internal
warfare, now is their chance to
reject the same old stale politi-
cal arguments that are immate-
rial today, uproot some within
their ranks who have behaved
like broken buffoons since the
party’s electoral defeat, snub
those egocentric and self pro-
moters vying for top posts, sub-
due all odds of a mutiny while

GIBSON

Heartfelt condolences to
ERS

TODAY, I wish to express my heart-felt condolences
to Tribune Publisher Mrs Eileen Carron and her son
Robert on the passing of Mr Roger Carron, husband and
father, early yesterday morning.

I have called the Carron homestead on many occa-
sions—mostly in search of Mrs Carron and/or returning
a call — and held frank conversations with Mr Carron
whose views on certain social and political issues were

candid and unambiguous.

Mr Carron was the bedrock of the Carron house-
hold, a respected newsman and a class act. My family
and I will keep the Carron family in our prayers as they
go through this period of bereavement.

patching the holes in the hull of
a sinking political ship (SS PLP)
and save their party from the
brink of political impotency.

The PLP is fractured and
already in a state of disarray, so
it’s possible that as they engage
in what will unquestionably be a
cannibalizing civil war this con-
vention—as is seen with nearly
all inter-party face-offs around
the world—they will emerge
with a way forward and move to
completely overhauling the par-
ty, while ridding that historic
political organization of those
shallow and empty headed
occupants of frontline posts
(Parliamentary and party posts),
ridding the party of those per-
petual tail wagers, corrupt nin-
compoops and albatrosses who
have, in the past, cost them so
dearly.

As Sir Arthur Foulkes, in his
awe-inspiring tribute to Sir
Clement Maynard, so rightly
put it:

“Politics, that most noble of
professions, can sometimes,
descend into something
approaching savagery. And it
seems that there is no greater

fury in the political arena as
when colleagues turn on each
other.”

Both the PLP and the FNM
need to engage in a compre-
hensive house cleaning exercise
when reviewing candidates—
including incumbents—seeking
nominations, while consistent-
ly recruiting better candidates
and rebuilding the parties.
There is a need for truthful
voices amidst the cancerous pit
of sleaze and dishonesty with
which Bahamian politics/soci-
ety is rapidly becoming synony-
mous. In 2007, the PLP was jilt-
ed by voters who were fed-up
with chronic corruption, inde-
cision and their failure to deliv-
er economic and social initia-
tives/projects in a timely man-
ner. Since the party’s electoral
defeat, the PLP has adopted a
modus operandi that is a self-
destructive shadow of its once
looming stature.

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the lead up to the convention,
some delegates and stalwarts
have received financial incen-
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This week’s convention will
feature contenders and a few
pretenders—all fervently trying
to galvanize support from the
party stalwarts/delegates, some
no doubt employing Brutus’ tac-
tics and stabbing each other in
the back with sharpened politi-
cal knives.

Frankly, certain persons con-
testing positions throughout the
party could not realistically
serve as effective backups to
Bozo, the clown!

The PLPs challenging cur-
rent leader and former PM Per-
ry Christie are Paul Moss, Dr
Bernard Nottage and, there
have been rumblings that Fred
Mitchell will also enter the race
for the top spot. Presently con-
testing the open deputy leader
post are Obie Wilchcombe,
Philip “Brave” Davis and
Jerome Fitzgerald. There has
also been challenges mounted
against party chairman Glenys
Hanna-Martin by ousted MP
Keod Smith, deputy party chair-
man Ken Dorsette and peren-
nial protester Ricardo Smith—
with speculation that party
behemoth—Bradley Roberts—
might enter the race at conven-
tion.

Cremation

Former Prime Minister and
party leader Perry Christie is a
man who, in 2005, promised to
“cremate” current Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham during
the 2007 general election but
instead suffered a nightmare
then and seems to be on the
verge of a cremation by mem-
bers of his own party. For Mr
Christie—who dithered for a
considerable portion of his term
as PM and seemingly turned a
blind eye to the scandals and
accusations of nasty goings-on
that plagued his administra-
tion—it must be tough living in
Sir Lynden Pindling’s all encom-
passing shadow.

It appears that, while Mr
Christie (Kool PC) is a decent
man, he took a disengaged
approach to governance, giving
off the perception that scandals
and signs of indecision may
have forever wrecked his legacy

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and gravely hurt his chances of
being reinstated as party leader.
Mr Christie was a literal disaster
as the leader, being seen as too
forgiving of the transgressions of
his colleagues, running a rud-
derless Cabinet where ministers
reigned supreme over their own
fiefdoms and embarrassed the
country, and mockingly being
referred to as Perry “Promise-a-
lot” Christie or Perry “Talk-a-
lot” Christie.

Admittedly, Mr Christie con-
tinues to have widespread
appeal and is a fancy talker
whose oratorical delivery and
passionate conjecture sounds so
good that sometimes I find
myself feeling keyed up by his
style—that is, until I rationally
decipher what he is really saying
in some of his convoluted talka-
thons (don’t get me wrong,
many times he makes great
sense). Mr Christie does appear
to be a nice man, who is today
being challenged by persons he
protected and stood up for. The
PLP leader’s biggest draw-
back—in our political culture—
is that no one seems to fear him.
Surely, as more and more chal-
lengers come out of the wood
work, Mr Christie can see the
writing on the wall.

Although Mr Christie has a
very likely shot at being
returned as leader and has
clearly enunciated his belief that
he will lead the party into the
next general election, in the end,
it appears that he may be out-
manoeuvred by his chal-
lengers—particularly Dr
Bernard Nottage. However, no
one should “sleep on” Mr
Christie as the recently appoint-
ed stalwart councillors/delegates
and those from the Pindling era
will likely support him.

Dr Bernard Nottage, the
political journeyman and his
party’s very own prodigal son,
appears to be the only titan—
besides Mr Christie—in the race
for his party’s leadership. Dr
Nottage who, in terms of media
relations pulled a disappearing
act this year, has illustrated his
firm and appreciable manage-
ment skills during his stint as
leader of the CDR. Although
rather arcane and now a senior
citizen, it is expected that the
politically astute and charis-
matic doctor will storm the con-

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vention. By all accounts, the
former Health Minister has
commanded a great deal of sup-
port, appeals inside and out of
the party ranks and is seen as
the only serious contender for
the party leadership. Thus far
in his political career, Dr Not-
tage appears to be uncompro-
mised and fearless, and accord-
ing to most persons I spoke to,
is the best person to reinvigo-
rate a demoralized PLP and
prepare the party for frontline
combat in 2012.

However, although he
appears posed to be politically
resurrected to ascend the PLP’s
throne, the doctor remains the
ultimate enigma. As the rounds
of voting wind down, it is likely
that the other challengers will
urge their supporters to support
Nottage and take him beyond
the 51 per cent threshold.

Paul Moss, another chal-
lenger for the PLP leadership,
can be merely summed up as a
rank outsider. While I can
appreciate Mr Moss’s steely
determination, he has come to
be seen as a fame hankerer who
appears to be plainly delusional
if he believes that he can win a
leadership contest in a party
where the political hacks of long
standing dominate the order of
the day. I do applaud Mr Moss
for stepping-up early, being a
pace setter and a free thinker—
if only he could win on that
alone, he would be leader!

The lawyer stood up to con-
front the PLP’s strongman while
everyone else cowered and were
too afraid to do so. However,
unless Mr Moss is sprinkling
sparkly fairy dust over the del-
egates, he will soon find him-
self experiencing a cold political
winter. Mr Moss, who is seen
as a “Johnny-come-lately”, has
yet to secure a nomination with
the party and seems too impa-
tient, nearly to the point where
his “eager beaver” approach
can be seen as malignantly nar-
cissistic and presumptuous. The
social activist is a long shot as he
has never been elected or
appointed to public office, has
yet to secure a nomination and
only recently joined the PLP.
Besides, I doubt that a party
trying to transform itself will
select a leader who sits in none
of the Houses of Parliament—
just like the rest of us.

Mr Moss seems to have
quite a bit of grass roots sup-
port, does not appear to suffer
from “kiss up disease”, seems
busy with life, does not appear
to be concerned with petty pol-
itics and is of strong financial
standing.

This time around, I urge Mr
Moss to remember the words
attributed to the great philoso-
pher Aristotle, which goes:

“He who has never learnt to
obey cannot be a good com-
mander.”

By all accounts, Paul Moss is
a man of strong values; howev-
er, he must also remember that
patience is a virtue. It is my
belief that the newly established
National Development Party
(NDP)—with which one of Mr
Moss’s brothers is affiliated and
which has no leader—is prepar-
ing for Mr Moss to become their
leader depending on the out-
come of the convention and/or
in the lead up to the next gen-
eral election (particularly if he
hasn’t secured a nomination by
that time).

Fred Mitchell, who is specu-
lated to announce his bid for
the leadership, is viewed by
many as a polarizing figure.
Although he is perceived to be
very smart, Mr Mitchell must
revamp his image due to per-
ceptions such as his divisiveness.

Frankly, if Dr Nottage wins
the PLP’s leadership, it is
expected that Mr Christie will
likely resign his seat as it is
unlikely that he will serve under
the doctor. I also doubt that
Nottage will serve under
Christie if he is once again
defeated by him. Since these
resignations are likely, both par-
ties should prepare for possible
by-elections in Farm Road or
Bain Town. Respectfully, if Mr
Christie is defeated and resigns,
maybe he should enter religious
ministry as he has the oratorical
delivery that is well suited for
religious service.

¢ This week I shall discuss the
race for the deputy leader and
chairman posts.







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MONDAY, OCTOBER 19,

2009





Boxer on quest
to be one of the
top amateurs
in the world

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER an historic show-
ing last month at the World
Championships in Italy,
Rome, boxer Valentino
Knowles said he’s even
more hungry to continue his
quest to be one of the top
amateur boxers in the world.

To get ready for what is
being anticipated as a hectic
2010 season, Knowles said
he’s going to relocate to
Hollywood, Florida, where
he will be reunited with pro-
fessional Meacher ‘Pain’
Major.

“With my boxing style, I
think the only thing that ’m
lacking is the speed,”
Knowles said. “Meacher has
a tremendous amount of
speed and that is why ’'m
going there with him
because I’m trying to
improve on that.”

Knowles, 21, is scheduled
to be leaving town on Tues-

heading to Hollywood.

Although he has been to
Florida to fight in an ama-
teur show, Knowles will be
making his debut in a train-
ing camp there.

“This is my first time
going there, so I’m anxious
to get down there and start
training,” he stated. “Every-
where you go, you can learn
new things.”

Having worked with
Major here at the Nassau
Stadium before he went to
Italy for the World Cham-
pionships, Knowles said he
was impressed with Major’s
work ethic.

“T worked with him in his
training camp here. It was
going good for a while,” he
said. “We were working on
a few things like running the
sand in the morning and get-
ting in the gym in the after-
noon.

“So training wise, every-
thing was going good and so
I am looking forward to
teaming up with him again

The Skipper’ leads
Truckers to win

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

he Commando Security

Truckers knew they would

get to the pennant winning

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Boyz sooner or later. But
they didn’t expect the way how the
Dorsey Park Boyz were contained by
Freddie ‘The Skipper’ Cornish.

In game one of the New Providence
Softball Association on Saturday night at
he Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, Cor-
nish spun a five-hitter, striking out eight
en-route to leading the Truckers to a
stunning 5-3 win over the Dorsey Park
Boyz.

“T knew that as long as I kept the game
close, we could win,” said Cornish, who
pitched five scoreless innings in which
he only yielded one hit.

“T think we went out there and we
played very well. We just have to make
sure that we continue to do the same
things that we did tonight and we could

day to start his training in Hollywood.” easily win this series.”
camp until January when he As he looks ahead to While Cornish did his part, the Truck-
will head back to Cuba to going to Hollywood, ers banged out seven hits of Bethel, who

train with Carl Hield and
Taureano ‘Reno’ Johnson.
“Pm going down there to
try to improve on my
speed,” said Knowles about

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Knowles said he’s “expect-
ing to go down there and try
to increase my performance

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and my speed.”

“Tm trying to get my
weight down because I have a
big year ahead of me. So I
getting an early start.”

In Cuba, Knowles said they
concentrate mainly on the
technical aspects as they pre-
pare to box.

But with Major, Knowles
said he gets to do a lot more
to ensure that they are prop-
erly fit, physically and men-
tally.

With 2010 being a busy
year, the first competition that
Knowles is training for is the
Dominican Cup in the
Dominican Republic in Feb-
ruary.

But Knowles said if it’s




going to be staged late in Feb-
ruary, then they will have to
skip it so that they don’t jeop-
ardize their appearance in the
Commonwealth Champi-
onships slated for March.

“Tm just grateful for this
opportunity to work with
Meacher and get my speed
together,” Knowles stressed.

Also next year, Knowles
and the local boxers are look-
ing forward to competing in
the CAC Games, CAC
Championships and the Com-
monwealth Games in India in
September.

“That’s why I’m looking
forward to going down there
to train,” Knowles said. “I feel
this is my time to shine and I
don’t want anything to hold

FROM page 11

Martin Burrows Jr in the
third for a 1-1 tie, the Truck-
ers took a 2-1 lead in the
fourth when Jamal ‘Sarge’
Johnson belted a shot to left
field for a one-out triple and
he caught a ride home on
Terran ‘Pooch’ Wood’s run-
producing double.

Trailing 3-2 going into the
sixth, the Truckers went on
to put an additional three
runs on the scoreboard to
take the final lead for good.

Marvin “Tugie’ Wood
opened the frame with a
double and was driven home
by Jamal Johnson’s RBI
triple and Terran Wood
knocked him in with his RBI
single before Wood scored
the final run on an error.

For the Dorsey Park
Boyz, they drew first blood
in the bottom of the first on
Edmund ‘Binks’ Bethel’s
RBI single that sent home
his younger brother Edney
Bethel, who had a one-out
single.

Their final two runs came
in the fourth, the first on a
passed ball that allowed
Mario Ford to cross the
plate after he was hit by a
pitch to lead off the rally.

With one out, the Dorsey
Park Boyz got the bases
loaded and Kevin Hinsey,
who started the parade,
eventually scored on
Michael Thompson’s two-
out RBI base on balls.

Difficult

Not only did the Dorsey
Park Boyz find it difficult to
score runs, but they had
some internal problems that
surfaced on the field and
that obviously had an impact
on their performance.

Edney Bethel, who was so
disgusted when manager
Anthony ‘Poker’ Huyler
didn’t replace first baseman
Darren Bowleg that he
threw up his glove and head-
ed to the dug-out, said it’s
something they have to iron
out before game two.

“We didn’t play well at all
as a team,” he said. “We
made too many mistakes
and when you do against a
team like this, it’s going to
hard for you to win.”

As for his tantrum, Bethel
said he was just frustrated
with the defense behind
him.

“We could play better
than we did,” he said. “I
really wanted them to pull
Darren because he was miss-
ing some easy plays. Things
like that really hurt you.”

Bethel may have also hurt
himself because he was
called a number of times by
the base umpires for illegal
pitches. But Bethel insisted
that it really should not have
been as many times as they
did.

“Some times my foot was
off the rubber, but I think
they were calling it too
much,” Bethel stressed. “T
don’t think that they really
saw how my foot was touch-
ing it before I pushed off.”

Bethel said they are defi-
nitely going to regroup and
try to get back to what they
were doing in the regular
season where they only lost
one game and that was
against the Truckers in their
initial meeting.

Game two is set for
tonight with the third game
scheduled for Wednesday.

Boxer on quest to be one of the
top amateurs in the world

me back.

“T want my results to show
on my report card.”

Knowles, who has been
representing the Bahamas on
the senior national team since
he was 17, said his goal is not
just to win a bout, as he did in
Italy, but to actually win a
medal.

“The historic move in Italy
was just an inspiration for me
to make more history when I
compete next year,” he pro-
jected. “I want to go to those
championships and not just
win a bout, but be the first
Bahamian to win a medal.”

He said his training in Hol-
lywood with Major will defi-
nitely help him to achieve
these goals.

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SPORTS



Commonwealth American Football League action...

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LED BY a stingy defensive unit which forced six turnovers and scored two touchdowns, the Pros got by

the V8 Fusion Stingrays 24-12 yesterday at the D W Davis playing field.

on top of Stingrays

THE Commonwealth
American Football League
defending champions opened
the 2009-10 season with a win
to make an early statement
and continue last year’s posi-
tive momentum.

Led by a stingy defensive
unit which forced six
turnovers and scored two
touchdowns, the Pros got by
the V8 Fusion Stingrays 24-
12 yesterday at the D W
Davis playing field.

An evenly played game at
the half, the Pros led just 16-
12 after two quarters.

On the opening drive, the
Stingrays marched the ball

down to the Pros’ four yard
line in large part to a 55 yard
scramble by quarterback Nes-
ley Lucien, however the drive
stalled after several false start
penalties.

The Pros responded using
their vaunted running game
to drive nearly the full length
of the field, capped off by a
Charlie Edwards touchdown.

They converted for an 8-0
lead.

The Stingrays reached the
scoreboard for the first time
on a Jamal Coleby touchdown
run, but failed to convert,
which made the score 8-6.

After a much needed stop

by the Stingrays defense, the
Pros’ defense stepped up to
force their first turnover of
the day, a fumble which was
returned for a touchdown to
give them a 16-6 lead after
conversion.

The Stingrays pulled clos-
er just before the half on a
two yard touchdown run by
Sheldon Lynes.

The second half was all
Pros as they shutout their
opponents to secure the win.

The lone score of the sec-
ond half came on another
fumble returned for a touch-
down, the second of the game
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Wildcats hold on for 12-4
victory over Lady Sharks

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE pennant winning
Pineapple Air Wildcats had
game one of the New Provi-
dence Softball Association
women’s championship series
wrapped up by the fourth
inning.

However, they were
unable to hold onto the
shutout as the Proper Care
Pool Lady Sharks stormed
back and put all four of their
runs on the scoreboard in the
fifth.

In the end, the Wildcats
still managed to hold on for a
12-4 victory as they set up a
showdown in game two of
the best-of-seven series that is
scheduled to continue tonight
at the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex.

“We really went out there
and played like we are capa-
ble of playing,” said Wildcats’
second sacker Hyacinth Far-
rington, who didn’t even have
to finish the game.

“We wanted to show them
that we are back to regain
our title and we’re not going
to let anybody stand in our
way. We feel that we are
playing well enough to easily
take the title.”

SOFTBALL

In their quest to regain the
crown that they relinquished
to the Sigma Brackettes last
year, Farrington said they
have dedicated the series to
one of their coaches, Alexan-
der ‘Zander’ Bain, who is
currently recuperating from
an accident.

“We want to do this for
Alexander,” said Farrington,
who was replaced in the
game in the fourth inning by
Natasha Sears and ended up
coaching at first base.

By the time Farrington
made her exit, the game was
already out of reach as the
Wildcats struck for four runs
in both the first and second
and two in the third and
fourth as well.

Most of Pineapple Air’s
damage was done against
Proper Pool Care’s starting
and losing pitcher Thela
Johnson, who surrendered
five hits and eight runs before
she was replaced by Alex
Taylor.

In the first inning, the
Wildcats went wild as they
took advantage of a couple
miscues by the Lady Sharks.
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RBI double and Marvelle
Miller a RBI fielder’s choice.

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er highlighted the second
with a RBI double and Mar-
velle Miller came through
with a two-run double after
back-to-back singles from
Dornette Edwards and Mary
Edgecombe-Sweeting.

That prompted manager
Stephen ‘Bishop’ Beneby to
bring in Alex Taylor to finish
up the game. She went on to
give up an additional seven
hits and four runs in the third
and fourth innings combined
before she shut out the Wild-
cats in the fifth and sixth.

Edwards finished with a 3-
for-5 night with two RBI and
as many runs, Vernie Curry

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scored three times on just one
hit and Dornette Edwards
and Edgecombe-Sweeting
crossed home plate twice
each.

For the Lady Sharks, Thela
Johnson said they didn’t play
up to par.

“We made too many little
mistakes that caused them to
take the huge lead at the
beginning and we never was
able to get back imto it,” she
said.

“We avoided the shutout,
which was good. But we
needed to score in some of
the other innings and we did-
n’t.

“We will have to do that if
we’re going to beat this
team.”

Johnson, who moved over

to finish the game at third,

scored the Lady Sharks’ first
run in the fourth when she
led off with a walk, stole sec-
ond and came home on
Vonetta Nairn’s two-out RBI
single.

Nairn then came home on
an error that put Cleo
Symonette on first. After
Raquel Cooper got on base
on another error, Janeen
Wallace had a two-run single

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Cooper.

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town on November 19 direct
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ENHANCING environmen-
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has decided to expand the
country’s national park system.

New areas of land and sea
will now be subjected to man-
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Under the new protection
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Additionally, the West Side
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be expanded to include key
habitats and species found in
areas north of the western most
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expanded and regularised
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important surrounding marine
areas that include important

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“bringing it into conformity
with other national parks man-
aged by the Trust,” said the
Prime Minister.

Mr Ingraham noted that The
Bahamas is party to the UN
Convention on Biological
Diversity which established tar-
gets for all state parties with
regard to protection of marine
and land ecosystems for 2010
and 2012.

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staff in Nassau are set

to lose their jobs as

work is outsourced across the

Caribbean, according to a source
within the company.

A new regional plan will see jobs

in operations, finance, accounting

and other departments relocated to

Industry source
supports the PM’s
stance on banks

A SENIOR banking indus-
try source described it as
“ludicrous” that so much
money made by foreign banks
in The Bahamas has been
repatriated overseas.

Commenting on sentiments
expressed by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham in the
House of Assembly on Thurs-
day, when he said he was
“angered” by the fact that
some banks are able to send
“huge profits” overseas while
paying a “pittance” to the
Bahamian government, the
banking source said he “total-
ly supports” Mr Ingraham.

“The time has come and
certainly passed for The
Bahamas taking a totally dif-
ferent approach to levying
fees and taxes on financial
services sector. We are way

PM Hubert Ingraham (AP)

the Cayman Islands and Barbados,
while only those working in private
banking and trusts will be retained
in Nassau, the source said.

Around 18 Bahamian staff could
be out of work within weeks, the
staff member told The Tribune.

However, they have currently
been left in limbo while managers
iron out the details of the plan
behind closed doors.

The Nassau employees feel they
are being victimised because they
had lodged a complaint with the

Labour Board earlier this year, and
spoke out publicly about how the
company has paid high prices to hire
foreign workers over experienced
Bahamian staff while Bahamians
were held back from promotion.
RBC Trust Managing Director
Elizabeth Dorsch, partly responsible
for hiring, is also set to leave Nassau
at the end of the month, and her
job will be done from Cayman or
Barbados, according to the source.
The RBC Trust employee who
did not want to be named said: “I

think we are being victimised
because we came out and told the
truth about what was going on, and
made known the fact that the expats
were coming in and getting better
positions than the qualified Bahami-
ans already here.

“RBC has been making money in
the Bahamas for years and business
is growing, so I don’t know why they
are doing this at this point in time.

“We are still making a profit despite
the economy, so there should be no
need for this.”

But plans appear to be forging
ahead as five RBC Trust managers
from the Cayman Islands met in
Nassau last week to discuss future
operations, the source said.

“Tam guessing the decisions have
already been made, but they haven’t
told us yet,” the staff member told
The Tribune.

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to try to employ us within RBC
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and as a consequence lost out
on a lot of money over years,”
said the source.

While noting that “it’s a

delicate balance” because
many banks are here specifi-
cally in light of the profits
they have been able to pro-
duce, he said he doubts most
would pull out if a low tax
were imposed.

“Tt’s ludicrous that these
foreign banks have been mak-

Peanut products doing just fine after health scare

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Associated Press Writer

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ure: Food makers processed more
peanuts over the past year than near-

ly any other time on record despite a
national salmonella outbreak blamed
for killing nine people and scaring
consumers away from peanut prod-
ucts for months.

Peanut farmers who once feared

$1 billion in losses are chalking up
their good fortune to a bad economy
that has more people reaching for
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it overseas (even if) they do
contribute through employ-
ment and infrasturcutural
investment,” said the source,
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of anonymity.

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week Mr Ingraham said he
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(is) very annoyed by...(or)
quite frankly angered by” the
slight benefits The Bahamas
gets in terms of taxation from
foreign banks operating in the
country.

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Iraq approves oil deal

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD (AP) — The
Iraqi government has
approved a deal with a con-
sortium led by British giant
BP PLC to develop a prized
oil field in the south in a
major step forward for the
country’s oil industry.

BP, which was booted from
the country in 1972 when Sad-
dam Hussein nationalized the
oil industry, and its partner
CNPC of China were the only
winners in Iraq's first inter-
national oil auction in over 30
years for development rights
for the 17.8 billion barrel
Rumaila field.

Out of two gas fields and
six oil fields offered in the
June 30 bidding round, the
Rumaila contract was the only
success story. Most oil com-
panies rejected the prices Iraq
was willing to pay, striking a
major blow to Iraq's hopes
for an oil-revenue fueled post-
war recovery.

Although Iraq sits on the
world's third-largest oil
reserve, with at least 115 bil-
lion barrels, the country is
producing and exporting far
below its potential because of
decades of war, lack of invest-
ment, U.N. sanctions, a brain
drain and insurgent attacks.
The government has been try-



THE BP (British Petroleum) logo
at a gas station in Washington
(AP Photo)

ing to entice foreign invest-
ment to boost output.

Government spokesman
Ali al-Dabbagh told The
Associated Press Saturday
that the Cabinet approved the
deal late Friday after it was
signed initially on Oct. 8 by
the Oil Ministry. He did not
provide further details.

The BP-CNPC consortium
had bid to take $3.99 per bar-
rel produced, but later slashed
their price to the $2 per barrel
payment sought by the Oil
Ministry. They were compet-
ing with a consortium led by
U.S. giant Exxon Mobil,
which refused to amend its
offer of $4.80 per barrel.

Daily production from the
Rumaila field stands at about
1 million barrels a day, almost
half of Iraq's daily output of
2.4 million barrels. BP's tar-
geted production is 2.85 mil-
lion barrels per day.

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stake in the venture, while
CNPC will have a 37 per cent
share. Iraq's State Oil Mar-
keting Organisation will con-
trol the rest.

The latest deal is the sec-
ond secured by CNPC in
postwar Iraq. Last year,
CNPC signed a $3 billion deal
to develop the al-Ahdab oil
field in the south — a deal
first signed in 1997 under Sad-
dam and then revived.

But the deal approved Fri-
day marks the return of BP
to Iraq after the 1972 oil
nationalization pushed out
Western oil companies. BP
has a long history in Iraq. The
company was a shareholder
in the Iraqi Petroleum Com-
pany when it started drilling
Iraq's first oil well at Baba
Gurgur just north of the oil-
rich province of Kirkuk in
June 1927.

BP had a representative
office there for many years
until Saddam invaded Kuwait
in 1990 and they closed their
office. It has been a regular
buyer, directly or indirectly,
of Iraqi crude for many years.
In the last few years, BP has
worked with the government
to provide assistance on reser-
voir management to help bol-
ster production.

The news comes as a num-
ber of consortiums who
offered bids during the first
round agreed to lower their
terms.

Last Tuesday, Oil Minister
Hussain al-Shahristani said
the ministry was revisiting its
first bidding round after three
international oil consortiums
accepted Iraq's terms for
developing two fields and sub-
mitted revised offers.

A consortium led by Italy's
Eni has agreed to develop the
country's 4.1 billion barrel
Zubair oil field for $2 per bar-
rel produced based on a tar-
get production level of 1.125
million barrels per day, al-
Shahristai said.

Two other consortiums,
one led by Russia's Lukoil
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AUS soldier stands guard on top of a humvee as oil workers work on oil well fires at Rumaila oil field, south-
ern Iraq. The Iraqi government has approved a deal with a consortium led by British giant BP PLC to devel-
op a prized oil field in the south in a major step forward for the country's oil industry.

another by Exxon Mobil with
Royal Dutch Shell, are com-
peting to develop the 8.6 bil-
lion barrel West Qurna Stage
1 oil field for $1.9 per barrel,
he added.

The Lukoil-led consor-
tium's targeted production is
1.5 million barrels a day, while
the other consortium's tar-
geted production is 2.1 mil-
lion barrels a day, he said.

Eni had previously bid $4.8
per barrel to develop the field,
while the Lukoil consortium
submitted an earlier bid of
$6.49 per barrel and the
Exxon Mobil-led consortium
was asking for $4 per barrel.

Zubair is currently produc-
ing about 230,000 barrels per
day, while West Qurna Stage
1 is producing about 280,000
barrels a day.

Al-Shahristani said that the
three fields’ combined output
would exceed 6 million bar-
rels a day in six years with a
total direct investment from
these firms expected to be
about $100 billion.

The two deals could be

signed within the coming two
weeks.

The overall fall of oil prices
since last year has forced the
government to slash spending
plans for this year from $79
billion to $58.6 billion. The
oil sector represents about 65
percent of gross domestic

(AP Photo: Gustavo Ferrari)

product and its revenues
account for 95 per cent of
Iraq's earnings.

Iraq is offering 10 oil pro-
jects in its second bidding
round, which is planned to be
finalized in mid-December.
Forty-five international oil
companies will take part.

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By The Associated Press

SHANGHAI — China's
vehicle sales vaulted 78 per
cent in September from a
year earlier, widening a lead
over the US as the world's
top auto market, with sales
spurred by tax cuts and gov-
ernment stimulus spending.

Overall vehicle sales
totaled 1.33 million units,
while passenger car sales
climbed 84 per cent to 1.02
million units, the China Asso-
ciation of Automobile Man-
ufacturers reported.

In Asian trading, Shang-
hai’s benchmark was up 1.4
per cent, Japan's Nikkei 225
stock average added 0.6 per
cent, Hong Kong's Hang
Seng rose 0.8 per cent, Aus-
tralia’s index gained 1 per
cent and Indonesia's market
was higher by 0.3 per cent.
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per cent lower and Taiwan's
market traded flat.

LONDON — Britain's
progress out of recession
remained clouded with
improvements in retail sales
and house prices overshad-
owed by warnings that busi-
ness confidence remains frail
and a drop in inflation to a
five-year low.

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doubt on expectations that
Britain emerged from reces-
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quarter.

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ed to boost world oil demand
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Union regulators allowed
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recapitalization and credit
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31, saying its efforts to boost
credit to businesses and
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billion pounds ($79 billion)
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vast oil wealth next year to
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ment said.

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Halvorsen told Parliament
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RBC job cuts to hit Nassau

FROM page 1B

they will be letting people go
if they can’t find them anoth-
er place.

“But we will see how that
goes because no one is say-
ing anything right now.

“Everybody is just in lim-
bo. It’s a really somber atmos-
phere in here right now, peo-



ple are walking on eggshells.

“We have mortgages to
pay, and school fees, and this
uncertainty is the worst part.

Apply

“People could apply for
other jobs if they knew what
was happening, but they’re
not saying anything.”

An RBC spokeswoman
said: “RBC is firmly com-

NOTICE



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT





No. 45 of 2000
RICHEA COMPANY S.A.





mitted to keeping it's inte-
grated wealth management
business in the Bahamas as
one of our three service
hubs in the Caribbean, and
we are committed to doing
what is best in the long-term
interests of our employees,
clients and shareholders.

“Local staff have been
assured that it is our inten-
tion to keep a strong and
viable wealth management
office here in the Bahamas
for the years to come.

“No announcements have
been made to say positions
have been eliminated, and
as such, no numbers of

employees have been dis-

cussed.
Staff

“Staff were asked for their
ideas on growth and efficien-
cy for the future as we are
committed to a wealth man-
agement business in the
Bahamas.

“Tf any outsourcing were
to be decided upon, we would
follow the Central Bank
guidelines for such approval.

“No staff has been told
their job may become redun-
dant, and as a matter of firm
policy around the globe, RBC

LEGAL NOTICE

always approaches any strate-
gic review with redundancy
as a last step.

“Any time we approach
decisions that result in posi-
tion eliminations, we always
seek to redeploy our staff into
other roles where their skills
and abilities can be used if
vacancies exist both within
our firm and affiliate RBC
locations.

“Redundancies are always
a last resort after careful con-
sideration of other options for
any staff affected.

“As we do on a regular
basis, we are in the process of
making local assessments in
the Bahamas and around the
globe as we align our business
in today’s economy to most
effectively serve our clients.
Management visits to all our
offices is a regular course of

business.

“RBC is simply conduct-
ing a review and looking at
all of its operations locally and
globally to best fit with the
“new norm” of today’s finan-
cial markets and economy.

“As always, we are com-
mitted to keeping our staff
informed and staff in all juris-
dictions are aware of our
efforts to operate our busi-
ness with greater efficiency.”

Trust

RBC Trust maintains staff
in the Bahamas are not being
victimised and there are only
two expatriate staff in Nas-
sau. One is MD Elizabethe
Dorsch who will leave the
Bahamas on a date yet to be
determined.



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 of The International Business Companies Act No.
45 of 2000, RICHEA COMPANY S.A. is in dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution was the
14th day of October, 2009. Dillon Dean of Nassau,
Bahamas is the Liquidator of RICHEA COMPANY
S.A.

Dillon Dean

LIQUIDATOR

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT No. 00098

Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF all that piece parcel or lot
of land containing 13.77 Acres and situate at
Warren’s Harbour and to the Southern side of the
road leading from Moss Town Settlement on Cat
Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas

AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act,
1959 (Chapter 393 Statute law of The Bahamas
revised edition 2001)

AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Anna
Cartherine Carantonis-Grant

NOTICE

ANNA CATHERINE CARANTONIS-GRANT
the Petitioner claims to be the owner in fee simple
in possession of the said piece parcel or lot of land
has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3
of the Quieting Titles Act to have the said piece
parcel or lot of land investigated and the nature
and extend thereto determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in
accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Copies of the diagram or plan showing the positions
boundaries shape marks and dimensions of the
said piece parcel or lot of land may be inspected
under normal working hours at the following
places:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court Bitco
Building, East Street in the City of Nassau,
The Bahamas’

(b) The Chambers of Messrs. Davis & Co.,
4th Floor, Sheraton Hilton, Suite 400 #1
Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having
drawn a right of Dower or an adverse claim not
recognized in the Petition shall within thirty (30)
days after the appearance of the Notice herein file
in the Registry of the Supreme Court in the City
of Nassau aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or
the undersigned a statement of her claim in the
prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a
statement of claim within thirty (30) days herein
will operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated the 6th day of May, A.D. 2009

DAVIS & CO.
Chambers
British Colonial Hilton
Centre of Commerce
No. 1 Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner

NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION BAHRAIN LIMITED

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved
and struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of
Dissolution issued by The Registrar General on the 6th day
of October, A.D., 2009.

Dated 8th day of October, A.D., 2009.
Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION
AND PRODUCTION BAHRAIN LIMITED

LEGAL NOTICE

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Creditors having debts or claims against the
above-named Company are required to send particulars
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Bahamas on or before 16th day of November, A.D.,
2009. In default thereof they will be excluded from
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Dated the 9th day of October, A.D., 2009.
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Peanut products doing just fine after health scare

FROM page 1B

Agriculture Department
numbers back up the theory.
Peanuts processed for snacks
— items such as sandwich
crackers that were heavily
recalled during the outbreak
— were slightly down for the
accounting year ending July
31. But peanuts used for
peanut butter set an all-time
record at 1.1 billion pounds,
topping the previous year's
total by 100 million pounds.

That was enough to make
the year’s overall peanut pro-
duction the third-highest in
history, missing the top mark
set in 2005 by just a fraction of
1 percent, with nearly 2 bil-
lion pounds being processed.

"This is very unusual,” said
Sanford Miller, senior fellow
at the Joint Institute for Food
Safety and Applied Nutrition
at the University of Maryland.
He said the rebound from a
national food scare typically
takes far longer, sometimes
years.

"It shows you how impor-
tant peanut butter is to the
American diet," Miller said.
"People just won't give it up."

Industry leaders would not
have predicted this outcome
earlier this year after a sal-
monella outbreak linked to
the Peanut Corp. of America
was blamed for sickening hun-

dreds of people and led to one
of the largest product recalls
in U.S. history.

Officials projected massive
losses as the Food and Drug
Administration, in January
and February, added item
after item to a lengthy recall
list of peanut products
deemed potentially danger-
ous. Bracing for a long-term
slump, the industry launched
an aggressive public relations
campaign to convince people
the contamination was isolat-
ed.

The public was skeptical.
Sales of peanut products
plummeted, particularly snack
items.

Even retail sales of peanut
butter — most brands of
which were removed from the
tainted peanut supplies —
dropped from a strong aver-
age of about $100 million in
monthly sales through the end
of 2008 to about $87 million
for the four weeks ending
Feb. 22, according to Nielsen,
a market research firm.

But the slump was short-
lived. By March sales had
bounced back to their pre-
outbreak strength, remaining
high through the summer and
fall.

"There's an old adage in
the industry that you can
almost track the economy by
consumption of peanut but-

ter,” said Stanley Fletcher, a
peanut economist at the Uni-
versity of Georgia. "It's basi-
cally the cheapest source of
protein."

Tim Burch, a peanut farmer
from Newton in southern
Georgia, said he and others
were "sweating it” in Febru-
ary. Orders stopped coming
in and inventories began
backing up as tainted peanuts
were leading the news just
about every day, he said.

But “it appears that
peanuts weathered the storm
reasonably well,” he said. "I
do know that peanut butter
manufacturers are running
wide open."

There were many industry
losers in the salmonella out-
break, including those who
got stuck with potentially
tainted products and little
immediate recourse from the
company responsible, which
filed for bankruptcy.

Also, the booming produc-
tion didn't translate into
record retail sales. Even with
the quick rebound, the down-
turn in the weeks surround-
ing the scare left annual
peanut butter sales down 2.5
percent from the previous
year. Industry officials believe
peanut snacks were down
even more.

That gap between sales and
production suggests to some

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been boosted by the scare as
manufacturers and other bulk
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than October 21, 2009 to:
Email: hr.apply@bankbahamas.com
or fax to: 242-323-2637

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Barbados, Barbados gets its
share of taxes and then (the
banks) pay their home coun-
try (taxes owed there) and we
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Currently banks pay only a
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taxation could be implement-
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2008
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/No. 845
Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT tract of land comprising
568.37 acres granted by the Crown to HENRY ARMBRISTER
designated as Grant E-79A and called ‘Barataria’ or
‘Camperdown’ and situate about 2 miles Northwest of Arthur’s
Town Airport on Cat Island, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)
LION OIL TOOLS LTD
In Voluntary liquidation

AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act of 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Sam Dean

NOTICE OF PETITION

Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 28th day
of August, A.D. 2009.

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), LION OIL TOOLS LTD is in Dissolution.”

If you have what it takes to succeed in this challenging
role, forward your resume and cover letter to:

The Petition of Sam Dean of Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, one of
the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas showeth in
respect of:

Human Resources Director
Bahamas Supermarkets Limited
East-West Highway « P. O. Box N 3738 « Nassau, Bahamas
Or e-mail to: humanresources@bahamassupermarkets.com

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 15th day
of October, 2009.

Mayo Secretaries Limited
Akara Building, 24 De Castro Street
Wickhams Cay |, Road Town
Liquidator

ALL THAT tract of land comprising 568.37 acres and
situate approximately 2 miles Northwest of Arthur’s Town
Airport on Cat Island one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas and more particularly
described as follows:

Only qualified applicants will be contacted
No telephone inquiries please

Starting at a point at the High Water Mark and running One
Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty-seven and Twenty-one
Hundredths (1,937.21') feet Southwardly partly bordering

land granted to Charles Poitier and Joseph Hunter (recorded
in Book E at page 78) and partly bordering land granted to

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AIN OCT 19-21, 09







Robert Stubbs (recorded in Book E at page 255) and running
ROY. A L F [ D E i | r Y Southeastwardly by land originally granted to Emma Culmer,
Thomas Butler, James Thurston, John Strachan and Charles
Hepburn and running thereon a total distance of Four
Monoy at Work Thousand Six Hundred and Nineteen and Ninety-six
CcFAL COLONTAL peat (4,6 ree — and Seagal by a
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: originally granted to the aforesaid Charles Hepburn an
FRIDAY. 16 OCTOBER 2009 George Dean and running thereon a total distance of Two
p ; ; Thousand Three Hundred and Nine and Eighty-nine
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,491.28 | CHG 0.12 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -221.08 | YTD % -12.91 Hundredths (2,309.89') feet and Southeastwardly by land
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31% originally granted to Jupiter and Jacob Thurston, Joseph
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320 Lightbourn, March Poitier, London Farrington and Joseph
S2wk-Hi _ 52wk-Low Security Previous Close Today'sClose Change DailyVol. EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield Strachan and running thereon a total distance of Five
171 1.03 AML Foods Limited 1.15 117 0.02 1,000 0127 0.000 92 0.00% Thousand Four Hundred and Eleven and Ninety-seven
11.80 9.90 Bahamas Property Fund 10.75 10.75 0.00 0.992 0.200 108 1.86% Hundredths (5 ,411.97') feet and Northeastwardly by a tract
ieee a sein lad 3 ae ae vee mee ana ane of land originally granted to Charles Poitier and the Heirs
& i encnmar . i ’ =tJ. i ¥ /o | 6 = % x
3.49 3.15 Bahamas Waste 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.125 0.090 252 2.86% o a known the a pricey af - ook E
2.37 214 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0055 0040 4314 1.69% at page 77) and running thereon a to stance of Four
14.20 9.93 Cable Bahamas 9.93 9.93 0.00 1.406 0.250 7.1 2.52% Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty-four and Thirty-seven
2.88 2.72 Colina Holdings 2.72 2.72 0.00 0.249 0.040 109 1.47% Hundredths (4,524.37') feet and Northwestwardly by the
7.50 5.26 Commonwealth Bank ($1) 5.83 5.83 0.00 0.419 0300 139 5.15%) High Water Mark and running thereon a total distance of
ee i semis ia Ber ae aa a ae mee pee ae Ten Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty-two and Thirteen
. ; octor's Hospita , : : ; ! } 30% ' .
8.20 6.28 Famguard 6.28 6.28 0.00 0.420 0.240 15.0 3.82% Hundredths esis ) feet back to the point of
42.50 8.80 Finco 9.30 9.30 0.00 0.322 0520 289 5.59% commencement.
11.71 10.00 FirstCaribbean Bank 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.631 0360 158 3.50% . . . .
5.53 4.11 Focol (8) 4.11 4.14 0.00 0.332 0150 12.4 3.65% The Petitioner, Sam Dean, herein claims to be the owner in
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00% fee simple in possession of the said tract of land and has made
a oe oo nee ee _. oe rene fea sear application to The Supreme Court Of The Commonwealth Of
. 5 Hites. i f f ; E : ; /o| . © alt i.
12.00 9.95 J. S. Johnson 9.95 9.95 0.00 0952 0640 105 6.43% oe ae bac nepeny 3 of ee Titles ce a
40.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 40.00 40.00 0.00 0.156 0.000 6414 0.00% to have his title to the said tract of land investigated and the
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases) nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest Maturity Of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100.00 0.00 7% 19 October 2017 provisions of that Act.
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 19 October 2022
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7% 30 May 2013 Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries shape marks
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + _FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 29 May 2015 and dimensions of the said tract of land may be inspected during
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities normal office hours at the following places:
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14.60 7.92 Bahamas Supermarkets 7.92 8.42 14.00 2.246 0.000 N/M 0.00% ;
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2.00 6.25 4.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 7.80% (a) The Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street North,
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55 0.001 0.000 2566 0.00% Nassau, Bahamas.
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities (b) The Chambers of Charles Mackey & Co., BSB House,
41.00 29.00 ABDAB 30.13 31.59 29.00 4540 0.000 9.03 0.00% West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55 0.002 0.000 261.90 0.00% (c) The Administrator’s office at Arthur’s Town, Cat Island.
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield % NAV Date Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower or right
eee ie Oe ie a Vans nee es to Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized in the Petition
f . reterre un . -3. +3, -Sep-' ¥ : :
1.4946 1.4210 CFAL Money Market Fund 1.4946 4.25 5.18 9-Oct-09 shall on i before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the
3. 6090 3.0941 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.0941 8.61 -13.59 31-Aug-09 final publication of these presents file at the Registry of The
13.1751 12.3870 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13.1751 4.42 5.86 30-Sep-09 Supreme Court in the City of Nassau, Bahamas, and serve on
101.6683 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 101.6693 1.10 1.67 30-Jun-09 the Petitioner or on the undersigned an Adverse Claim in the
100.9600 93.1992 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96.7398 0.35 -4.18 30-Jun-09 prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.0000 0.00 0.00 31-Dec-07
10.5884 9.0775 Fidelity International Investment Fund 10.5884 5.88 5.88 30-Sep-09 a; :
aati ease ee Dee ee ee eae =e Failure of any such person to file and serve an Adverse Claim
: i inancial Preferred Income Fund 1.0757 3.86 5.30 30-Sep-09 4 7 : :
1.0364 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0305 0.24 0.22 30-Sep-09 on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final
1.0709 1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.0709 3.24 4.54 30-Sep-09 publication of these presents shall operate as a bar to such claim.
MARKET TERMS
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price DATED THIS 6TH DAY OF OCTOBER, A.D. 2009.
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price CHARLES MACKEY & co.
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week Chambers
Change - Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths BSB House, West Bay Street
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today NAV - Net Asset Value Nassau, Bahamas
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M - Not Meaningful ege
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 Attorney for the Petitioner
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
($1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-7525 (Oct. 19th) (Oct. 29th) (Nov. 7th)

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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 105 No.272MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLYSUNNY, SHOWERS HIGH 85F LOW 74F DOCUMENTATION obtained by The Tribune reveals t hat the application for 15 acres of crown land for the son and brother of former Lands Per manent Secretary Ronald Thompson was fast tracked through the system and dealt with in less than four months. With the original application sent to former Lands and Sur veys director Tex Turnquest on June 14, 2002, by Messers Rod ney and Sheridan Thompson, Mr Audley Greaves signed the recommendation approval for the property on October 2, 2002. A copy of the document, which was written to the attention of Mr Richard Hardy reads, I refer to your L&S/806/1x of 22 August, 2002, addressed to the Permanent Secretary in respect of cited matter. “Please be advised of approval of Land and Surveys recommendation. Please provide this office with a copy of the lease offer letter issued to the Thompsons. “Please give prompt atten tion,” the document reads. On October 17, 2002, the Department of Lands and Sur The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com Crown Land deal was fast tracked Ex-Ministr y c hief family dealt with in less than four months By AVA TURNQUEST CHURCH leaders within the Haitian community are ready for Minister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney to act on the intentions he expressed in a meet ing with them. The minister was described as respectful and compassionate as he urged the pastors and other religious leaders to become part ners with the government, working together on the issue of illegal immigrants. Mr McCartney made the analogy that he has no problem with his wife correcting him if he’s done something wrong or asking for guidance on an issue, so therefore encouraged the pastors present to communicate with the Ministry. Though impressed by Mr McCartney’s apparent sincerity, the Haitian-Bahamian community will not be satisfied until the Minister provides them with real answers and lawful action. The Minister explained that the meeting would not be providing any answers but instead served as an open forum in which the pas tors could voice their concerns and suggestions, which the Ministry will then research and respond to at a later date. The meeting was not without its strained moments, noted Pastor Bazile Aleance. In an interview with The Tribune yesterday he described the tension surrounding leader of the Organisation of Haitian community church leaders praise Minister of State after meeting SEE page three MR ROGER CARRON, HUSBAND OF TRIBUNE PUBLISHER, DIES AGE 77 B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net ROGER Carron, beloved husband of Tribune publisher E ileen Carron, died yesterday as a result of complications following a heart attack last week. M r Carron, 77, had initially shown excellent signs of recovery in the Intensive Care Unit o f Doctor’s Hospital after a heart attack and emergency angioplasty to open a blocked artery on Saturday, October 10. However, his condition worsened last Tuesday and he was airlifted to the Cleveland Clinic i n Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Thursday. His wife of over 46 years and s on Robert were at his bedside when he died at 5.30am yesterday. Tributes have poured in for the former managing editor of The Tribune who will be remembered as a dedicated professional, devoted husband, caring father, and a gentleman. The Cambridge educated Englishman, who was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, England on June 13, 1932, met his future wife while studying for his bar finals in London in 1960. He had recently returned from completing national service as a young lieutenant with the Queen’s Own 6th Gurkha regi ment in Malaya, and was anxious to complete his legal stud ies. As the great great great grandson of French Admiral Franois Carron who took the island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for the Dutch East India Company in the early 1600’s, Mr Carron was set to take over his father’s law practice in Sri Lanka upon completion of his law studies. But when he met Eileen Dupuch of Nassau, one of only two women in a class of 24 LLB students at Gibson & Weldon, law tutors for the bar exams, the young lawyer was inspired to change his plans. In an article praising Mrs Carron’s 50 years in journalism, Mr Carron said: “I knew that Eileen was someone quite spe cial and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her if she would have me. As it worked out it was all rather remarkable.” Mr Carron overcame a number of hurdles in order to join his future wife when she returned to the Bahamas to help her father Sir Etienne Dupuch with The Tribune. As a non-Bahamian he would be unable to work as a barrister in the Bahamas despite the fact that he had been called to the English Bar, and been one of the few young lawyers to see a case right through from initial pleadings to presentation before the Privy Council in the House of Lords. He considered disbarring himself from Gray’s Inn in London and gaining experience as a solicitor before moving to Nassau, but that too would be an impossible profession as it was closed to outsiders. When his future father-inlaw, Sir Etienne Dupuch, suggested he join The Tribune , he gained experience at a newspaper in the Allied Midland Press group in Peterborough, England, for nine months before moving to the Bahamas in 1962, thus abandoning his legal career for 20 years of satisfying work in print journalism. His profession, however, was not without controversy, and Mr Carron was caught out as he sought the right to work in a country with a changing political climate and unwelcome attitude to foreigners. When he married his Bahamian wife in January 1963, Mr Carron became a permanent resident with the right to work under the United Bahami an Party (UBP months short of qualifying to become a Belonger when the ROGERCARRON SEE page two B y ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THErace for PLP Chairmanship heated up yesterday when political heavyweight Bradley Roberts formally announced his inten tion to challenge Glenys Hanna Martin for the post. “If elected my goal and objective is to get the party ready to become the next government of TheB ahamas,” said Mr Roberts, minister of works and immigration under the former C hristie administration. The 64-year-old said that the country is in a state of great decay” since the reelection of the FNM government in May 2007 and Bradley Rober ts to run for PLP chairman post SEE page six TWO young men are to be charged in court this morning in con nection with an attack on a jitney on Blue Hill Road. According to police superintendent Elsworth Moss, a 17 and 28year-old men, of Blue Hill Heights and Fowler Street, are set to be arraigned. Last Thursday at around 6.30pm two armed thugs are alleged to SEE page six Two to be charged over jitney attack SEE page six ONE of nine tourists threat ened and robbed by armed thugs in downtown Nassau last night attacked the way in which local police handled the matter. After experiencing the trauma and disbelief of being held up at gunpoint and having valuable per sonal items stolen, Kelly Greer claimed police behaved like they were in a “Police Academy com edy movie”. “It was unreal,” said Ms Greer, of Fort Myers, Florida. “The police seemed like they genuinely wanted to catch them but it was just a joke compared to anything I’ve ever seen in States. It was crazy.” Ms Greer, who was on vacation with her sister and mother, who both work in law enforcement in the US, said not only did she feel police took too long to get to the scene, they also made no immedi ate attempt to catch the men, and at first left the tourists in fear that they were about to get held-up again this time by a man who turned out to be a plainclothes Tourist criticises police handling of armed robbery SEE page six INTERN ATIONALCULTURALFESTIVAL A WOMAN performs a traditional Indonesian dance at the International Cultural Festival at the weekend. The annual event featured international food, drink and entertainment and, as usual, drew huge crowds. SEEPAGESEIGHTANDNINE F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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Progressive Liberal Party (PLP The new government led by Prime Minister Lynden Pindling took away permanent residents’ right to work, meaning Mr Carron had to apply for permission to work at The Tribune every year. One year permission was delayed for so long he was taken off The Tribune’s payroll a nd worked on a voluntary basis, and Sir Etienne received the message that if he continued to criticise the PLP government in his editorials, the work permit would not be issued. H is repeated applications for residency with the right to work and Bahamian citizenship went ignored and it was not until the Free National Movement (FNM power in 1992 that Mr Carron received Bahamian residency with the right to work. By that time he had served the Bahamas as a reporter, news editor and managing editor of The Tribune for 30 years and paid some $36,000 in fees for annual work permits. Mr and Mrs Carron worked tirelessly to put out the newspaper every day, with barely a moment to share a meal together, and used the weekends to recover and rest for the week ahead. They took no vacations apart from the occasional holiday weekend which they would spend with their son, and it was not until 1994 when Mr Carron avoided a major heart attack that it appeared stress was beginning to take its toll. He had started to suffer from unusual pangs of indigestion in October 1994, and one month later a stress test found he had two blocked arteries. He was referred to a heart surgeon at the Miami Heart Institute where he had open heart surgery and a quintuple by-pass five by-passes, two arteries taken from the chest, and three veins from his left leg. As he recovered over the next six months Mr Carron’s health was restored and he was back on the golf course enjoying a new lease on life well into his retirement. Mr Carron was known to love talking to people he came across from all walks of life. He cared for the wife and son whom he loved deeply and of whom he was extremely proud. Bahamian tennis star Mark Knowles said yesterday: “It is a big loss for the Bahamian community. Mr Carron was always the perfect gentleman. I will remember him as a very caring individual with a tremendous interest in sports, especially tennis. “My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.” Nassau Guardian journalist Fred Sturrup added: “Roger Carron was the very essence of a print media professional. His approach to the coverage of news was fundamentally sound. “He believed always in a balanced approach to reporting the news. “In a very special way he contributed immensely to the growth of The Tribune and the development of quality journalists through that medium. “A quiet man, almost always very reserved, Roger was a humble and caring sort and one willing to assist. “His presence as a beacon for traditional journalism will be sorely missed.” Nassau Motor Company operations manager Rick Lowe was also saddened by Mr Carron’s death. He said: “Mr Carron was instrumental in helping create The Tribune become the daily newspaper we all enjoy today. “What impressed me with Mr. Carron was his willingness to give others their say, no matter what his personal opinion was. “Beyond his sense of fairness, was his ethics. Always above reproach, it was a pleasure to deal with him on a business level. “Once he shook your hand, one had every confidence that the deal was done as agreed. “My thoughts also go out to Mrs. Carron, who I'm sure will miss her ever present partner.” Senior Partner McKinney, Bancroft and Hughes Brian Moree said: “We need to recognise that Roger himself, apart from being extremely talented and able at what he was doing, he had a way of capturing the mood of the country, in particular with Eileen demonstrating the highest standards of journalism. “To some extent they have been guardians of our democracy in ensuring the freedom of the press has not been circumscribed. “In this country, he leaves a legacy behind him not only of journalism but of someone who made a contribution to the development of our country. “While I’m sure it’s of little consolation to Eileen and the family, they should moreover know there was tremendous admiration not only for the work Roger Carron did but as the man and principles and values he stood for. “He was a leading man in his church and in society. He will be very dearly missed.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 20% 0FFALL DOORS & WINDOWS** limited time only** *** Ask about our HURRICANE RATED Approval ***C all for you FREE quote orCome visit our factory located on 74 Mount Royal Avenue, NassauTEL: 1-242-325-6633 F AX: 1-242-325-6638 Nassau’s Leading Manufacturer of Vinyl Windows and Vinyl Doors FROM page one Roger Carron

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R EADERS who took part in tribune.242.com’s latest poll overwhelmingly agree that Minister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney should release the latest report on the C armichael Road Detention Centre. Following reports of abuse and terrible conditions at the immigration holding facility, Mr McCartney commiss ioned a study by a team of p sychologists and social w orkers. In June, he p romised to make the findi ngs public following a Cabin et review. H owever last week the m inister announced he had c hanged his mind, and would not release the report because he objects to The T ribune’s s tories on the matter. Of those who voted on whether he should release the r eport, 80 said he has a responsibility to do so, while 15 thought it was up to government to decide what information is made available to the public. M any who posted comm ents on the matter said Mr McCartney’s reluctance sugg ests the government has s omething to hide. Some said t he controversy may damage the minister’s political aspi-r ations. Louima” said: “This is more reason to believe all the claims that detainees have been throwing out about abuse at Detention Centre. A government that is going t o withhold information from the public and media has s omething to hide as far as I a m concerned.” Felix Bethel” said: “Evidently, the man is on a mis-s ion that must end with him p unching his own selfdestruct button.” Joe Blow” observed: “There's talk that Branville McCartney has prime ministerial aspirations. Better get that attitude and desire to control the world in check if you want to stand a chance, m ister minister.” “Runks” said: “We need to just get rid of all these jokers who don’t know what democracy means . . . I wonder what the almighty Hubert h as to say.” A Brave man” added: Listen, this Branville is a g ood man but he is a man a nd he misspoke! He is a y oung minister, give him a c hance to do some good. L et’s not shoot at him this e arly in his career.” According to Manifesto Victim, “Transparency iss omething which must be a pproached with a degree of objectivity. In this case the minister may have acted within the scope of ministerial discretion (though discretion not in a legal sense under his portfolio). However, an i ncident which touches issues such as international acceptable standards for human rights must be handled with objectivity. The minister is not wrong to withold this sort o f information from papers a nd media. Media tends to s candalise things. I think when he made a c omment on this matter he f ell down because he should n ot have prejudiced himself ( or ambitions) with such a c omment. Now the Bahamian people have a right to question him. He has madeh imself accountable.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsT T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h he e J Ja a v v a a G G a a l ll l e e r r y yWong’s Plaza • Madeira St. Wong’s Plaza • Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242)326 2335 2335Outdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance Readers call for McCartney to release detention centre report M INISTER OF STATE f or Immigration B ranville McCartney Haitian Churches Pastor Cherelus Exante’s question towards the phenomenon of illegal immigrants being deported without any shoes or clothing. Pastor Aleance felt Bahamian bishops present were uncompassionate and that some served as negative agitators responding that however immigrants arrive in the Bahamas, that is how they will leave. It was this attitude that he felt detracted from an otherwise open communication between the Haitian pastors and Minister McCartney. Another key issue presented was the revoking of work permits of Haitians living in the Bahamas for over ten years. Pastor Aleance strongly believes discrimination plays a huge part in the decision to grant or deny permits and that government is unlawfully benefitting from those individuals who pay national insurance for over 20 years but can never receive any benefits. “Why so many people who have work permits for over 20 years, 15 years, ten years, they’ve been revoked their work permit and asked to leave within 21 days it’s an insult,” said Pastor Aleance. “It’s discrimination. How come the people have paid so many years of National Insurance, they don’t receive anything and the government still asks them in 21 days to leave the country. What is the benefit? In 65 years time they should be able to receive some benefit, this person may be 45-50 and now you tell them to return back. When you send him back homehe has to start all over, with nothing.” However, New Covenant Baptist Church Bishop Simeon Hall thought that the meeting was very productive and led for much needed discussion into the roles of hatian religious leaders in matters of illegal immigrants. “The tone and tenor of the meeting was very frank,” admitted Bishop Hall. “The two polls perhaps that juxtaposed each o ther was the fact that we want to be humane but at the same timewe cannot break the law. How do you find common ground between those two extremes? I think we did. think what the minister tried to do was make sure the pastors recognised they had a sacredd uty to uphold the laws of the Bahamas.” However, Pastor Aleance said that this ideal, though parallel with the church’s view, at the meeting connotated leniency and perhaps subterfuge in the Haitian churches, making them scapegoats for the issue. P astor Aleance stressed that the Haitian pastors fully support the laws of the Bahamas and the Ministry of Immigration’s plea, stating that their only contention is and always will be the treatment of immigrants. “Twice a year we have a pro gram in Haiti where we go out and we speak to the people about the Bahamas,” said Pastor Aleance, “informing them on the reality of living illegally in the Bahamas and encouraging them to respect the laws of the Bahamas so as to build trust and respect.” The minister has agreed to attend a town meeting hosted by the Haitian community and cur rently being planned for the end of this month. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. Please allow me to comment on Capt Bain’s letter dated October, 2009. I would like to know where he got his data that white people only eat imported food. I’m really disappointed that now even what we eat has to be a white and black thing, I thought we were all Bahamians or does he think all white people here are foreigners. I guess we as a nation will never get over this. My white family has roots dat ing back almost two hundred years in the Bahamas and like everyone else farmed and fished. I still prefer to go out fishing and eat fresh seafood rather than imported food and also grow most of my vegetables in my own garden. I think he is the one who is misconceived about turtle banning. It’s called conservation. This way there may still be some left for future generations. When my friends and I go fishing we never take from the ocean more than we need for ourselves and family, unlike some other people we witness when we’re out taking as much as they can stuff into every part of their boats. We need to get rid of this all for me now attitude. And by the way take a look around there are plenty Bahamians black and white eating stew beef, jerk pork, barbecued ribs and yes even steak. FRED Nassau, October, 2009. EDITOR, The Tribune. OVER the past few days I have been looking after a friend’s home off West Bay Street and I never thought the traffic was nearly as bad as the Eastern Road, but glory be it is and worse still, there is a lot of very dangerous fast driving, rushing to go nowhere. I just can’t imagine what it will be like if the Arawak Cay Container Port proceeds. Why can’t the experts realise that we need a major new arterial access from the east through the area just south of the arch and Government House to the other side of Chippingham? Even one lane wide would reduce the traffic enormously. Why does all the traffic from Atlantis going back to the airport still turn right at the light on Shirley and congest downtown is beyond me? Editor Government has a full scale PR campaign running on television with the Arawak Cay engineers on film I really would like to ask the Consultant Knowles has he really a care in the world if every resident between Arawak Cay and Gladstone Road has their personal tranquility, environment disturbed and made impossible to live with? It is obvious the Member of Parliament for Killarney doesn’t as you don’t hear a squeak out of him on anything except his so emotional speech on the new Drug Bill when drugs were free anyway if you have the time to wait and if they are available from PMH Pharmacy! Editor, we really need recall of Members of Parliament when you have so many impotent MPs who are unable to support their constituents even when Cabinet Ministers on the smallest of issues. W KNOWLES Nassau, October 2, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 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 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON The Taliban in A fghanistan are running a sophisticated financial network to pay for their insurgento perations, raising hundreds of millions of dollars from the illicit drug trade, kidnapp ings, extortion and foreign donations that American officials say they are struggling to cut off. In Afghanistan, the Taliban have imposed an elaborate system to tax the cultivation,p rocessing and shipment of opium, as well as other crops like wheat grown in the territo r y they control, American and Afghan offi cials say. In the Middle East, Taliban leaders have sent fundraisers to Arab countries to keep the insurgency’s coffers brimming with cash. E stimates of the Taliban’s annual revenue vary widely. Proceeds from the illicit drugt rade alone range from $70 million to $400 million a year, according to Pentagon and U .N. officials. By diversifying their revenue stream beyond opium, the Taliban are successfully confounding American and NATO efforts to weaken the insurgency by cutting off its economic lifelines, the officials say. D espite efforts by the United States and its allies in the last year to cripple the Tal i ban’s financing, using the military and intel ligence, American officials acknowledge they b arely made a dent. “I don’t believe we can significantly alter their effectiveness by cutting off their money right now,” said Rep. Adam Smith, a Washington state Democrat on the House I ntelligence and Armed Services Committees who traveled to Afghanistan and Pak i stan last month. “I’m not saying we should n’t try. It’s just bigger and more complex t han we can effectively stop.” The Taliban’s ability to raise money com plicates the Obama administration’s decision to deploy more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. It is unclear, for example, whether the deployment of 10,000 Marines over the summer to Helmand province, theh eart of the opium production, will have a sustaining impact on the insurgency’s cash flow. And American officials are debating whether cracking down on the drug tradew ill anger farmers dependent on it for their livelihood. B ut even if the United States and its allies were able to stanch the money flow, it is not clear how much impact it would have. It does not cost much to train, equip and pay for the insurgency in impoverished A fghanistan fighters typically earn $200 to $500 a month and to bribe local Afghans ecurity and government officials. “Their operations are so inexpensive that t hey can be continued indefinitely even with locally generated resources such as small businesses and donations,” said Kenneth Katzman, a Middle East specialist at the Congressional Research Service and a for m er analyst of the region at the CIA. American officials say that they have been s urprised to learn in recent months that for eign donations, rather than opium, are the single largest source of cash for theM8iiban. “In the past there was a kind of a feeling that the money all came from drugs in A fghanistan,” Richard C. Holbrooke, the administration’s special representative forA fghanistan and Pakistan, said in June. “That is simply not true.” S upporting this view, in his Aug. 30 strate gic assessment, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, voiced skepticism that clamping down on the opium trade would crimp the Taliban’s o verall finances. “Eliminating insurgent access to narcop rofits even if possible, and while dis ruptive would not destroy their ability to o perate so long as other funding sources remained intact,” McChrystal said. The CIA recently estimated in a classified report that Taliban leaders and their associates had received $106 million in the p ast year from donors outside Afghanistan, a figure first reported last month by The W ashington Post. Private citizens from Sau di Arabia, Pakistan, Iran and some Persian G ulf nations are the largest individual contributors, an American counterterrorism official said. Top American intelligence officials and diplomats say there is no evidence so far that the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or other Persian Gulfs tates are providing direct aid to the Afghan insurgency. But American intelligence officials say they suspect that Pakistani intelligence oper-a tives continue to give some financial aid to the Afghan Taliban, a practice the Pak i stani government denies. (This article is by Eric Schmitt c.2009 New York Times News Service) Are we heading for a traffic nightmare? LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net US struggles to stop Taliban cash Now through Sat Oct 31on Mackey StDURING NASSAU GLASS COMPANY’SART GALLERY & LIGHTING CENTREPre~Christmas Salec h o o s e f r o m o u r la r g es e l e c t i o n o f f r a m e d & u n f r a m e d o r i g i n a l s ! EDITOR, The Tribune. I have known the former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Perry Gladstone Christie (PLP-Farm Road my adult life. In fact, he was a senior at the University of London while I was a junior (St Mary’s College graduated with degrees in the law and the rest is history. Even then, I never held him in high regard insofar as overt intelligence and speakingc apabilities were concerned. He appears to be a good and decent man but having close ly observed all of our front line political leaders over the past generation, I am persuaded that he is more bluster than reality. His recent tirades on television and a radio show are illustrative, in my view, of his myopic style of leadership. What did he mean by reper cussions and what did he mean by stating that all who opposed him would have to leave the PLP if they all lost? I do not support the thrust of Paul Moss’ Don Quixoticc hallenge but I do support his inherent and God-given right to challenge Christie or any one else for any public office in this nation, inclusive of leadership of the iconic Progressive Liberal Party. Christie’s legendary arrogance is now being worn on his sleeves. Worried about political pygmies? What next? Chick Charney and the small man in the green suit? Get real brother Christie, or leave it alone. To God then, in all things, be the glory. ORTLAND H BODIE Jr Nassau, October 15, 2009. Is Perry Christie for real? E DITOR, The Tribune. M y heartiest congratulations go out to Ringplay Productions for their foresight and imagination in getting the Shakespeare in Paradise Annual Festival off to a roaring start this pastw eek. Maybe if they had been on board, we as a nation would not have been embarrassed by our government’s decision to cancel the hosting ofC ARIFESTA (not just once, mind you, but twice!). Just goes to show you that all it takes is a d esire to make it happen. Kudos goes to Dr Nicolette Bethel, Philip A Burrows, David Burrows and everyone else involved for their deep and abiding love of the arts and their ability to take ad ream and turn it into reality. D ear Minister of Culture, I hope you sat up and took notice. Culture in the Bahamas is alive and well, and roaring its way into the history books in this part of the world. The question is – are you along for the ride? G et on board before you are upstaged on the w orld arena by a tiny, dedicated group of artists – oops, I think that has just happened! Don’t make the mistake of being left behind a gain, sir! I urge you to throw your support behind these talented individuals and walk into the history books alongside them. TAMMY ALI Nassau, October 10, 2009. Ringplay Productions does what Government cannot Does even what we eat have to be a white and black thing?

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – A teacher who was falsely accused of sexual molestation on Grand Bahama said legislation is needed to protect innocent teachers who have been falsely accused by students. R ev Edward Buchananone of three teachers who was removed at the Eight Mile Rock High School following allegations of molestation said teaching has now become a “dangerous profession” in the Bahamas. He is calling for the creation of a Teachers Protection Act to exonerate and protect the constitutional rights of innocent teachers. “When students make false accusations they should be ordered to take a polygraph test. After all, it would be erro neous to believe that children never lie, especially when they are being manipulated by evil adults,” Mr Buchanan said. Sexual molestation allega tions first broke in January when two former male students at the Eight Mile Rock High School claimed that they were molested by their teacher, Andre Birbal. Birbal, 46, is wanted by police for questioning in connection with unnatural sexual intercourse. He is currently awaiting extradition from the United States after fleeing the Bahamas in February. Although Mr Buchanan was also taken into custody for questioning in connection with allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a female stu d ent, he was released by police and no charges were filed against him. Police have not yet conclud ed its investigations concerninga female teacher at EMRHS who was also accused of hav ing sexual relations with a male student. M r Buchanan said persons who are in close contact with children are susceptible to false accusations. He noted that school administrators, social workers, counselors, and law enforcement agencies must not be biased in their dealings because they are e mployed by the government. The teacher warned that children can be influenced by their peers and others to make false accusations against teachers, knowing that they can claim sexual assault or molestation without having to provide any substantial evidence. Mr Buchanan said that proper care and concern demonstrated by teachers toward stu dents should not be confused as a sexual relationship or identified as a boundary violation. He expressed concern about the possible involvement of school board officials who encourage children to make false allegations. “Parents have a responsibili ty not to allow their children to be manipulated byindividuals who use children to promote their future agenda,” said Mr Buchanan. Mr Buchanan believes that children claiming sexual molestation should be subject to, or required to undergo a comprehensive screening process in the presence of their parents. “In today’s society it is no longer enough to believe what a child says. Teachers have rights too and their rights must not be violated by the immature creative imaginations of students,” he said. “What penalty should students face for presenting false information? What punishment should they receive for their deceit and dishonest actions? “Is it okay for them to have crushes and report pernicious fantasies just because they are children? Mr Buchanan believes that the Bahamas Union of Teach ers and Department of Education should support a Teachers Protection Act. The Ministry of Education has implemented new measures regarding its hiring practices by having all teachers vetted by police. Safety committees com prising of administrators, teachers, students, and parents are established at all school in the country. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A CAMPAIGN to improve conditions at the government’s controversial dog pound is gaining support with a public meeting and radio talk show on the subject. Bahamas Humane Society president Kim Aranha spoke out about the deplorable conditions at the pound – whih were exclusively revealed in The Tribune on Island FM yesterday. She called on Bahamians to take better care for their animals in order to stop the continuous cycle of capturing and killing of wandering dogs carried out by the Canine Control Unit every week. Her appearance on Patty Roker’s radio show, along with Bahamas Humane Society staff member Natalia Nunez, came after the not-for-proft charity hosted a public meeting last week. Concern over conditions at the pound were raised after The Tribune published a letter from a 14-year-old boy who told of the horrors he witnessed on a visit to the facility with dog trainer Devlyn Stubbs of Stubsdale Dog Care Centre, including seeing a dead dog locked in a kennel with a live one. As one of around 30 people who attended the meeting, Mr Stubbs said his greatest concern was the fact there was no one on the property with keys for the kennels. The allegations led to the formation of an activist group on social networking site Facebook which now has nearly 600 members and after several requests, The Tribune was invited to tour the facility on October 9. O n the same day, the Humane Society was given an open invitation to the government dog pound in the Botanic Gardens, Chippingham, to select animals fit for adoption, and a pit bull potcake, Poundcake, was saved. Until then, the Humane Society next door to the dog pound had little involvement with the Canine Control Unit operated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources. Ms Aranha said: “We are now going to work together. We are going to try to home more and more of the dogs that come in and what we want to do is make it so the pound is not really necessary because there won’t be more and more dogs to pick up. It’s really in the people’s hands.” The unit picks up around 50 wandering dogs in traps across New Providence every week, and kills the animals at the pound within four days. Their carcasses are collected every Friday morning by the Environmental Health Department, for another 50 dogs to be picked up and killed the following week. However, Mrs Aranha said this is not solving the problem. She emphasised the need for legislation to ensure pets are spayed and neutered, to keep their populations u nder control, and to ensure responsible animal ownership. Mrs Aranha said: “The picking up of dogs is not going to cure the problem, what’s going to cure the problem is getting the animals spayed and neutered, keeping dogs in your yard, and if you want it to have puppies, you must find homes for those puppies and then have it spayed. “It’s a people problem, it’s not an animal problem.” Ms Aranha encouraged animal owners who want to surrender their pets to call the Humane Society so they can be adopted, rather than calling the pound, where they will be euthanised. Ms Aranha is concerned the dogs are not sedated before they are put to sleep because of the extra cost of sedatives. To get involved in the campaign log on to www.facebook.com and join the group ‘For a more humane Bahamas government dog pound’. Or email your concerns to mreynolds@tribunemedia.net. Support grows for campaign to improve govt dog pound Call for protection for teachers falsely accused by students THETRIBUNE revealed the conditions in the dog pound. Edward Buchanan P LP Senator elected president of globalw omen’s organisation PLP Senator Allyson Maynard Gibson has been elected president of a global women’s organisation. The former Attorney General, ex-MP for Pinewood and current leader of opposition business in the Senate will serve as Presid ent of the International Women’s Forum for a two-year term. Attorney Mrs Maynard Gibson, who recently gave evidence in the recent attempted extortion trial of former Senator Pleasant Bridgwater and medical technician Taurino Lightbourne, held the post of vice president of the w omen’s networking organisation up until taking the top role. According to its website, the IWF is a “global organisation of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement” which brings such people together “across national and international boundaries to share knowle dge and ideas, to enrich other’s lives and to provide and network of support and exert influence”. In this way, it works to advance “women’s leadership across careers, cultures and continents.” The 25-year-old IWF’s members include former prime ministers, supreme court justices, g overnors, bank CEOS, nobel laureates, astronauts and news correspondents, among others. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Grand Bahama Police have launched Operation Grinch, significantly increasing police presence throughout the island for the upcoming Christmas season. Assistant Superintendent Emrick Seymour announced at Police Headquarters that there will be increased mobile patrols on the streets of Grand Bahama, beginning today. He noted that 24-hour patrols will be implemented, in addi t ion to the regular patrols already in place in various divisions on the island. In anticipation of the busy Christmas season, Mr Seymour said the police want to ensure that residents, visitors, and busi ness persons have a safe and peaceful holiday season. “As we approach the climax of this year and the Christmas holiday season, we are cognizant of all the possible challenges with which it brings. “It is the mandate of the offi cers on this operation to be relentless and deal swiftly with any and all acts of criminality. And so, we serve notice now for anyone who deliberately sets out to break the law that ‘Operation Grinch ‘will be there to get you,” warned ASP Seymour. GBPolice launch Operation Grinch

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM veys issued a letter to both of the Thompsons advising them that the government has approved their fifteen acre application in the vicinity of Deep Creek, South Eleuthera for agricultural usage. The land was approved on a 21-year renewablel ease at the price of $525 per year. However, the major concern amongst sources within the Department of Lands and Surveys is that Mr Ronald Thompson was the permanent secretary for this department at the time that these applications were being speedily approved through the system bypassing oth-e rs who have had to wait years, even decades to get a response from the department. While proclaiming his innocence from any sort of nepotism over the matter, Mr Thompson told The Tribune in an earlier interview that the application raised no concerns in his eyes. “My brother has been farming in D eep Creek, Eleuthera, for a number of years and he applied for some land to do some farming. It is not a grant, it is a lease of land. And anybody can apply for leases of land,” Mr Thompson said. While The Tribune understands that the lease for this land has yet to be granted outright, sources within the department suggest that the property was already being occupied and worked on since July of 2005. In fact, in a survey plan obtained by this daily of the property, the area encompasses some 30.697 acres, and not the 15 that Mr Thompson has defended. With the issue of crown land sparking such an uproar and debate throughout the country, the House of Assembly has appointed a Select Committee which will be meeting again this morning to investigate all issues relating to the disposition of crown land. This committee has heard from the former director of Lands, Tex Turnquest, who was forced to resign from his post after he failed to give a sufficient answer to the Prime Minister as to why his relatives were able to secure four beachfront parcels in Exuma which were later resold for hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit. police officer. She and her relatives were part of a group of nine, who, along with their tour guide, were standing on the Queen’s Staircase on the morning of Sunday, October 11. Having left their C arnival “Glory” cruise ship that morning, they wanted to see the sights. However, moments after ascending the steps they were approached by two men who took their cash and jewellery while threatening them with a gun. According to the tourist, after the robbery occurred and police were called, an unmarked car attended the scene which they later discovered to be a police car. A man emerged wearing “a wife beater (vest holding what looked like a hunting rifle.” The man did exactly as their assailants had done walking behind them with the gun without saying a word or identifying himself as a police officer, claimed Ms Greer. “I was legitimately scared when he pulled up. I thought ‘Oh my god, is this gonna happen a gain.” Luckily, a uniformed officer appeared on the scene moments later and made it known that the shotgun-toting man was a plain clothes officer. “It was so odd,” said Ms Greer. “He never said anything to us.” The visitor, who had cash and jewellery tak en from her by the two men, who appeared tob e in their twenties and were not masked except for a white handkerchief one held to his face said she was shocked when officers made no immediate attempt to determine where the men may have fled to. “No one made an attempt to go after them. I just thought it was so strange,” said Ms Greer. This was just one of several “mind blowing” moments for the tourist, her relatives, and the rest of their tour group. Upon being transported to a local station, believed to be Central Police station on East Street, the woman told of how the group were being addressed by an officer in an office at the station when a woman snuck into the room and started dialling a number using the office phone. Moments later, the officer saw her and began shouting angrily to another officer to “get her back in the cell” giving the group the impression the woman was supposed to have been in custody at the time but had escaped. “It was chaotic, just unbelievable,” said the 29-year-old. And although her sister had managed to hide a camera on which she realised she had a photograph of one of the two men during the robbery, police at the station did not have the basic equipment to extract the image from the camera. This resulted in Ms Greer and her sis ter having to take a 45-minute trip to another station where they were able to obtain the image for police records. They were then shown what the tourist described as “grainy, xerox photocopies of mug shots of different people” and asked if they could pin point any of them as their assailants. However, Ms Greer claimed the quality of the images was so poor that the exercise was of no use at all. “You couldn’t see any detail,” she claimed. S he said she felt like officers were asking the group “leading questions” about the images, almost asking her to identify the people in the photos as the thieves. “I didn’t think they would lead us on so much. They were saying stuff like, ‘Don’t you think he looks a little bit like that guy right there? You’re pretty much saying you want me to say it’s that guy,” said Ms Greer. While she said she does not believe their v ictimisation by the thieves is representative of most tourist’s experience in The Bahamas and could have been simply a matter of being “in the wrong place at the wrong time” the ordeal and their subsequent experience with the police left she and her relatives “exhausted.” “They said to us that if the case goes to trial we’ll be invited back at the government’s expense to attend, but my sister said ‘Count me o ut!’,” said the visitor. blamed the current administration for increased crime, joblessness and other ills. He thus promised to “work with all the PLP standard bearers leading up to the ensuing election to ensure victory and thereafter return to my life of retirement.” Making his announcement while appearing as a guest on Island FM radio’s Parliament Street talk show, the combative veteran politician a former Cabinet minister in the Progressive Liberal Party and MP for 25 years – had “admonition and encouragement” from others to enter the race. Mr Roberts added that he supports Mr Christie as leader of the party, but has yet to make his mind up who he would like to see become Deputy Leader of the party at the upcoming convention on October 21 to 23. His announcement is in stark contrast to his position earlier last year, when he outright denied any intention to enter the PLP Chairmanship race, telling The Tribune the answer was “definitely no” when asked whether he had commissioned or approved emails circulating in February 2008 calling for “Bradley Roberts for National Chairman.” Mr Roberts formally stood down from front line politics prior to the May 2007 election, choosing not to contest his Bain and Grants Town seat again. However, he has remained a strong critic of the government and in recent times has made numerous public addresses railing against what he says is the deplorable conditions that exists in Bahamian society today under the FNM government. Yesterday he said that “for more than a year he has been strongly encouraged by stalwart councillors and party supporters around The Bahamas to again run for the post of national chairman of the PLP.” He said that his decision “to allow (his name to be placed in nomination” was made “after much prayer, consultation and consideration.” Meanwhile, he noted that it was he who was chairman of the party when the PLP won the government in the May 2002 election. He emphatically denied any intention to run for a seat in parliament again. “I want to make it crystal clear...that those days are over,” he said, adding that he felt that being an MP as Ms Hanna Martin is and a chairman at the same time is an “onerous” task. Including Mr Roberts, there are now four people challenging Ms Hanna Martin for the Chairmanship: Mr Roberts, former MP Keod Smith, current national vicechairman Kenred Dorsett and Ricardo Smith. When it was put to him that he has “pulled the carpet out from under” Mr Dorsett after having it appear that he backed the vice chairman for the post he now wishes to obtain, Mr Roberts shot back. “I attended all of the launches of those who extended the invitation to go. I did. I am a senior PLP member and I gave support,” he said. However, he added that he feels Mr Dorsett would make a better MP than party chairman. “I think he would do a fine job. He has the interests of Bahamians at heart. I would like to see Ken utilise his time in focusing on the constituency rather than being consumed with interests of party,” said Mr Roberts. He denied that he may be too old for the job or that as a senior member of the party who has retired from front line politics only to then return to challenge a younger member for a party post, he is unfairly taking opportunities from the next generation of PLPs. have smashed a jitney full of passengers on Blue Hill Road, leaving the group in fear for their lives. The two men were reported to have jumped out of a 21A bus and broke win dows on the other 21A bus with a hammer, showering terrified passengers with broken glass. Passengers reported hearing gunshots, however, police said there was no evidence of gunshot damage to the vehicle. FROM page one Bradley Roberts BRADLEYROBERTS Crown Land deal was fast tracked F ROM page one FROM page one Tourist criticises FROM page one Jitney attack

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S ecretary General of the Organisation of AmericanS tates (OAS Insulza, made an Official Visitto The Bahamas from October 15 to 16, 2009, to discuss matters relating to tourism and trade in the Americas. It was his first official visit here. He met with GovernorGeneral His Excellency Arthur Hanna, Prime Minister the Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon Brent Symonette; and Leader of the Opposition the Rt Hon Perry G Christie. The Bahamas has endorsed Mr Insulza’s candidacy for a second five-year term as OAS Secretary General. Elections are to be called by May 2010. Prime Minister Ingraham spoke to the relationship between The Bahamas and the OAS and pledged support in a number of initiatives being undertaken by the 35-member body.“We have had and con tinue to have an excellent relationship with the OAS,” he said. “We are pleased that some of our nationals were given opportunities to work at the OAS and many Bahamians have benefited from the schola rships, which you offer. We continue to play an active role.” H e said that The Bahamas “was happy” with the role the OAS is playing regarding reports of human rights violation in Honduras. The Prime Minister also pledged The Bahamas’ support in the upcoming general elections in St Kitts and Nevis. “We are happy with what you are doing with the Hon duran situation and we accept that your support for the election process in St Kitts is going to be important,” said the Prime Minister. “We are appreciative of your desire and atten tion to help with the supervi sion and monitoring of those elections. Also, we are delight ed to publicly declare our support for your candidacy as secretary general in the OAS.” M r Insulza, 66, a lawyer, was born in Chile. He was elected O AS Secretary General on May 2, 2005. At a press conference at the Cabinet Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon Brent Symonette said it was a pleasure to welcome Mr Insulza to The Bahamas, and was looking forward to continued coopera tion during his next term. Mr Insulza thanked The Bahamas for its support, “especially during these very important moments” for the region. “We have been discussing some of the issues pending in the region crisis in some coun tries and upcoming elections in some others,” he said. “The Bahamas is a very important member of our organisation. We think there is a lot of space to do a lot of new things.” BY SIR RONALD SANDERS ( T he writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) B ARACK Obama did not ask for the Nobel Peace P rize and he was probably the most shocked pers on to learn that it had been awarded to him. He certainly made no secret of his surprise at the news. And, he was dignified and humble in publicly saying that he didn’t feel that he deserved to be “in the company of so many of the transformative figures w ho’ve been honoured by this prize men and women w ho’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace”. I n selecting Obama, the N obel Prize Committee said: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future”. Few, except O bama’s bitterest antagonists i n the US Republican Party and r ight wing groups would deny that statement. The Committee also justified awarding the Prize to Obama by saying it “attached special importance to Obama's visiono f, and work for, a world with o ut nuclear weapons”. That, t oo, is true. Obama could not be any clearer on this issue. I part company with the Committee in its prospective explanation that “as President (Obamai n international politics. Multi l ateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other internation al institutions can play”. This latter assertion is left to be seen. From a Caribbean stand point, his desire for multilater a l diplomacy – rather than the e nforcement of a US position – is yet to be tested and will be judged on the readiness of his administration to include Caribbean governments directly in: addressing the economic development needs of the area t hrough bilateral assistance and the mobilization of resources f rom the international financial institutions such as the IMF and World Bank; reviewing US policy on the deportation of crimi nals; reassessing and re-modeling the anti-drug trafficking programme in the area; and fashioning machinery that willa llow Caribbean financial serv ices to continue to compete in the global market place, particularly in relation to US businesses. On this, judgment of O bama’s willingness to engage even the smallest of nations in multilateral decision-making has to be withheld. But, whatever reservations m ay be harboured by nonAmericans about the early a ward of the Peace Prize to Obama, two things cannot be d enied. First, the Nobel Prize Committee is right in its assess ment that Obama has captured the world’s attention and given people of many nations cause t o hope for a better future. And, second, he has been a warded the prize without seek ing it. I n this regard, Barack Obama is far above reproach. His declaration that he did not feel he deserved to be in the company of the notable persons who preceded him also marked h im as a special human being. Every citizen of the United States of America should have r ejoiced in the selection of one of their own for the Prize, especially coming after a period in w hich its government’s policies and practices estranged the US from most of the rest of thew orld and created deep resentment of Americans as a nation. Americans of every stripe should have been delighted that their country had returned to a place of global honour. A nd, it is worth saying that while the period before Obama was particularly awful under the administration of GeorgeW Bush, the previous Bill Clint on government was not without its flaws. Resentment Any who would question my observation of the Clinton gove rnment should look at the number of routine air strikes in Afghanistan that killed many i nnocent people and spurred deep resentment. For the Caribbean, the dislocation of banana farmers from their preferential market in the European Union was a direct result of the Clinton administration’s decision to act i n the World Trade Organization for US multinational companies that were banana plan tation owners in Latin America a s well as financial contributors to the Clinton presidential cam-p aign. It was also under the Clinton administration that the US took a hawkish position in the Organization for EconomicC ooperation and Development (OECD e ral Caribbean jurisdictions over financial services. Many never recovered. There is no doubt that no one person in US history has done more to improve global attitudes to the US than Barack Obama. The American people purged themselves when the majority of them elected him P resident for the content of his character above the colour ofh is skin, and for recognizing that he had a quality in his rea-s oning and his aspirations that was inspiring and believable. But, instead of applauding Obama’s appreciation by a prestigious body that has hono ured human achievement and ambition for over a century,R epublicans and right-wing groups in the United States denigrated it. Fox News called the Nobel Prize “tainted” and one commentator wallowed in the gutter to ask if the Prize Committee was pursuing “a policy of affirmative action” – in other w ords Obama got the Prize because he is black. The ridiculousness of the last comment is evidenced by the people who have won the Peace Prize in modern times. For the most part, they are not white and at least three of them are black – N elson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Martin Luther King. These same groups cheered, celebrated, and rejoiced when their own country lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics simply because Obama joined the effort to convince the Olympic Committee to choose Chicago. How sick is that? A s a non-American, wary of t he tendency for big powers to o verlook the human value of s mall countries and their tendency to marginalise weak nations in pursuit of their own interests, I have to hope that, in awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama so early in his Presid ency, the objective of the C ommittee was to hold him to the values that he has espoused and encourage him to live up to them. But, those Americans who maligned this unsought honourt o one of their own should be ashamed of their deplorable b ehaviour. The awful spectacle t o the world of their bigotry on this particular issue lost them respect and was nothing short of stupid. Responses to, and previous commentaries, at: www.sir r onaldsanders.com < http://www.sirronald sanders.com/ > C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM (QWH :,1 )UHH DPP RJU DPV R U/LIH RP SOH WLQJ W K LV HQWU\ RU E HIR UH1RY HPE HU VW DQG D LO WR ' RFW RUV +RVS LWD 0 DUN HWLQ ' HSD UWP HQ % R[1 1DVV DX %DKDPDV 1DP $GGU HVV 3 % R[ $JH 7 H 0 REL OH (PD LO (PD LO WKH RV R 0 DPP RJUDP :RP HQ ZKR D YH QRW DG DPP RJU DP ' RFWRU +R VSL WDO r0X VWS UHVHQW K LV FRX SRQ 9DO LG WKU RXJK H FHP EHU &DO W P DNH R XU DSS RLQW PHQW WRG D\ Obama’s Nobel Prize: The stupidity of political bigotry Sir Ronald Sanders HONOURED: USPresident Barack Obama. OAS SECRETARY GENERAL , Jose Miguel Insulza is pictured (left Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette. Bahamas welcomes OAS Secretary General on first visit K r i s I n g r a h a m / B I S P h o t o WORLDVIEW P a t S u l l i v a n / A P P h o t o

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By ADRIAN GIBSON ajbahama@hotmail.com T here were some comments made in Friday’s column, ‘Obama richly deserved Nobel Peace Prize’, that were intended as as pringboard for the article. However, through an error in transmission, accreditation for the comments was omitted. The c omments of which I speak were m ade by Washington-based Time writer Massimo Calibresi. I spotted the error at about 2 o’clock Friday morning, whenT he Tribune had long gone to press. I apologise to my readers for the mistake. T his week’s PLP convention is expected to beg reat political theatre and primetime drama with more mudslinging than a monsoon. Undoubtedly, the conv ention floor is expected to be the site of rowdy politicking, the spillage of political blood and likely the 21st century’s very own ‘Night of the Long Knives.’ Earlier this week, a friend a nd I discussed acquiring tickets to the PLP’s catfight which will no doubt be the hottest event in town. Bahamians should expect the l eadership melee to intensify as the time draws near, with lastm inute backdoor deals/promis es and a flurry of tacky, imagem oulding press appearances in order. As I write today, I can imagine the mad dashes across the convention floor by candidates as they jockey to engagea s much of the losers supporters as possible after each round ofv otingall in a desperate bid to attain the 51 per cent needed t o win the post sought after. PLP stalwart councillors and d elegates must know that amidst the hype and internal warfare, now is their chance to reject the same old stale politi cal arguments that are immater ial today, uproot some within their ranks who have behavedl ike broken buffoons since the party’s electoral defeat, snub t hose egocentric and self pro moters vying for top posts, subdue all odds of a mutiny while p atching the holes in the hull of a sinking political ship (SS PLPa nd save their party from the brink of political impotency. T he PLP is fractured and already in a state of disarray, so it’s possible that as they engage in what will unquestionably be a cannibalizing civil war this con-v entionas is seen with nearly all inter-party face-offs aroundt he worldthey will emerge with a way forward and move to c ompletely overhauling the party, while ridding that historic political organization of those shallow and empty headed occupants of frontline posts( Parliamentary and party posts), ridding the party of those perp etual tail wagers, corrupt nin compoops and albatrosses who h ave, in the past, cost them so dearly. As Sir Arthur Foulkes, in his awe-inspiring tribute to Sir Clement Maynard, so rightly put it: “Politics, that most noble of p rofessions, can sometimes, descend into somethinga pproaching savagery. And it seems that there is no greater f ury in the political arena as when colleagues turn on eacho ther.” Both the PLP and the FNM n eed to engage in a comprehensive house cleaning exercise when reviewing candidates including incumbentsseeking nominations, while consistent-l y recruiting better candidates and rebuilding the parties. T here is a need for truthful voices amidst the cancerous pit o f sleaze and dishonesty with which Bahamian politics/soci ety is rapidly becoming synonymous. In 2007, the PLP was jilted by voters who were fed-upw ith chronic corruption, indecision and their failure to delive r economic and social initia tives/projects in a timely mann er. Since the party’s electoral defeat, the PLP has adopted a modus operandi that is a selfdestructive shadow of its once looming stature. It has been alleged that in the lead up to the convention, s ome delegates and stalwarts have received financial incen t ives for their votesmuch needed by some desperate for cash during these tough econ omic times. This week’s convention will feature contenders and a few pretendersall fervently trying t o galvanize support from the p arty stalwarts/delegates, some no doubt employing Brutus’ tactics and stabbing each other in t he back with sharpened politic al knives. Frankly, certain persons contesting positions throughout the party could not realistically serve as effective backups to Bozo, the clown! The PLPs challenging curr ent leader and former PM Perr y Christie are Paul Moss, Dr Bernard Nottage and, there have been rumblings that Fred Mitchell will also enter the race f or the top spot. Presently contesting the open deputy leader post are Obie Wilchcombe, Philip “Brave” Davis andJ erome Fitzgerald. There has a lso been challenges mounted against party chairman Glenys Hanna-Martin by ousted MP Keod Smith, deputy party chairm an Ken Dorsette and perennial protester Ricardo Smith w ith speculation that party behemothBradley Roberts m ight enter the race at conven tion. Cremation Former Prime Minister and p arty leader Perry Christie is a man who, in 2005, promised to cremate” current Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham during t he 2007 general election but instead suffered a nightmare then and seems to be on the verge of a cremation by members of his own party. For Mr C hristiewho dithered for a considerable portion of his term a s PM and seemingly turned a blind eye to the scandals and a ccusations of nasty goings-on that plagued his administrationit must be tough living in Sir Lynden Pindling’s all encompassing shadow. I t appears that, while Mr Christie (Kool PC m an, he took a disengaged approach to governance, giving o ff the perception that scandals and signs of indecision may have forever wrecked his legacy and gravely hurt his chances of b eing reinstated as party leader. Mr Christie was a literal disaster as the leader, being seen as too forgiving of the transgressions of h is colleagues, running a rudd erless Cabinet where ministers reigned supreme over their own fiefdoms and embarrassed the c ountry, and mockingly being r eferred to as Perry “Promise-alot” Christie or Perry “Talk-alot” Christie. Admittedly, Mr Christie continues to have widespread appeal and is a fancy talker whose oratorical delivery andp assionate conjecture sounds so g ood that sometimes I find myself feeling keyed up by his stylethat is, until I rationally decipher what he is really saying i n some of his convoluted talkathons (don’t get me wrong, many times he makes great sense). Mr Christie does appeart o be a nice man, who is today b eing challenged by persons he protected and stood up for. The PLP leader’s biggest drawbackin our political culture i s that no one seems to fear him. Surely, as more and more chal l engers come out of the wood work, Mr Christie can see the w riting on the wall. Although Mr Christie has a very likely shot at being returned as leader and has clearly enunciated his belief that h e will lead the party into the next general election, in the end,i t appears that he may be outmanoeuvred by his chall engersparticularly Dr Bernard Nottage. However, no one should “sleep on” Mr Christie as the recently appointed stalwart councillors/delegates a nd those from the Pindling era will likely support him. D r Bernard Nottage, the political journeyman and his p arty’s very own prodigal son, appears to be the only titan besides Mr Christiein the race for his party’s leadership. Dr Nottage who, in terms of media r elations pulled a disappearing act this year, has illustrated his f irm and appreciable manage ment skills during his stint as l eader of the CDR. Although rather arcane and now a senior citizen, it is expected that thep olitically astute and charismatic doctor will storm the convention. By all accounts, the f ormer Health Minister has commanded a great deal of support, appeals inside and out of the party ranks and is seen as t he only serious contender for t he party leadership. Thus far in his political career, Dr Nottage appears to be uncomprom ised and fearless, and accordi ng to most persons I spoke to, is the best person to reinvigorate a demoralized PLP and prepare the party for frontline combat in 2012. However, although he appears posed to be politicallyr esurrected to ascend the PLP’s t hrone, the doctor remains the ultimate enigma. As the rounds of voting wind down, it is likely that the other challengers will u rge their supporters to support Nottage and take him beyond the 51 per cent threshold. Paul Moss, another chall enger for the PLP leadership, c an be merely summed up as a rank outsider. While I can appreciate Mr Moss’s steely determination, he has come to b e seen as a fame hankerer who appears to be plainly delusional i f he believes that he can win a leadership contest in a party w here the political hacks of long standing dominate the order of the day. I do applaud Mr Moss for stepping-up early, being a pace setter and a free thinker i f only he could win on that alone, he would be leader! T he lawyer stood up to confront the PLP’s strongman while e veryone else cowered and were too afraid to do so. However, unless Mr Moss is sprinkling sparkly fairy dust over the delegates, he will soon find hims elf experiencing a cold political winter. Mr Moss, who is seen a s a “Johnny-come-lately”, has yet to secure a nomination with t he party and seems too impa tient, nearly to the point where his “eager beaver” approach can be seen as malignantly narcissistic and presumptuous. The s ocial activist is a long shot as he has never been elected or a ppointed to public office, has yet to secure a nomination and o nly recently joined the PLP. Besides, I doubt that a party trying to transform itself wills elect a leader who sits in none of the Houses of Parliament j ust like the rest of us. Mr Moss seems to have q uite a bit of grass roots support, does not appear to suffer f rom “kiss up disease”, seems busy with life, does not appear t o be concerned with petty pol itics and is of strong financial standing. This time around, I urge Mr Moss to remember the words attributed to the great philosopher Aristotle, which goes: “He who has never learnt to obey cannot be a good commander.” By all accounts, Paul Moss is a man of strong values; however, he must also remember that patience is a virtue. It is my belief that the newly established National Development Party (NDP Moss’s brothers is affiliated and which has no leaderis prepar ing for Mr Moss to become their leader depending on the outcome of the convention and/or in the lead up to the next general election (particularly if he hasn’t secured a nomination by that time). Fred Mitchell, who is speculated to announce his bid for the leadership, is viewed by many as a polarizing figure. Although he is perceived to be very smart, Mr Mitchell must revamp his image due to perceptions such as his divisiveness. Frankly, if Dr Nottage wins the PLP’s leadership, it is expected that Mr Christie will likely resign his seat as it is unlikely that he will serve under the doctor. I also doubt that Nottage will serve under Christie if he is once again defeated by him. Since these resignations are likely, both parties should prepare for possible by-elections in Farm Road or Bain Town. Respectfully, if Mr Christie is defeated and resigns, maybe he should enter religious ministry as he has the oratorical delivery that is well suited for religious service. This week I shall discuss the race for the deputy leader and chairman posts. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The PLP catfight – the hottest event in town TODAY, I wish to express my heart-felt condolences to Tribune Publisher Mrs Eileen Carron and her son Robert on the passing of Mr Roger Carron, husband andf ather, early yesterday morning. I have called the Carron homestead on many occas ionsmostly in search of Mrs Carron and/or returning a call and held frank conversations with Mr Carron whose views on certain social and political issues werec andid and unambiguous. Mr Carron was the bedrock of the Carron househ old, a respected newsman and a class act. My family and I will keep the Carron family in our prayers as they go through this period of bereavement. Y OUNG M AN S V IEW ADRIANGIBSON Heartfelt condolences to Mrs Carron and son Robert FRED MITCHELL PERRYCHRISTIE PAUL MOSS MAIN PLAYERS BERNARD NOTTAGE

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C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 P AGE 14 Wildcats hold on for 12-4 victory... TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM P P r r o o s s o o p p e e n n s s e e a a s s o o n n o o n n t t o o p p o o f f S S t t i i n n g g r r a a y y s s . . . . . . See page 13 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net T he Commando Security Truckers knew they would g et to the pennant winning H eavy Lift Dorsey Park B oyz sooner or later. But they didn’t expect the way how the Dorsey Park Boyz were contained by Freddie ‘The Skipper’ Cornish. In game one of the New Providence Softball Association on Saturday night at he Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, Cornish spun a five-hitter, striking out eight en-route to leading the Truckers to a stunning 5-3 win over the Dorsey Park Boyz. “I knew that as long as I kept the game close, we could win,” said Cornish, who pitched five scoreless innings in which he only yielded one hit. “I think we went out there and we played very well. We just have to make sure that we continue to do the same things that we did tonight and we could easily win this series.” While Cornish did his part, the Truckers banged out seven hits of Bethel, who surrendered eight hits and struck out 11 in picking up the loss. After scoring an unearned run from ‘The Skipper’ leads Truckers to win By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AFTER an historic showing last month at the World Championships in Italy, Rome, boxer Valentino Knowles said he’s even more hungry to continue his quest to be one of the top amateur boxers in the world. To get ready for what is being anticipated as a hectic 2010 season, Knowles said he’s going to relocate to Hollywood, Florida, where he will be reunited with professional Meacher ‘Pain’ Major. “With my boxing style, I think the only thing that I’m lacking is the speed,” Knowles said. “Meacher has a tremendous amount of speed and that is why I’m going there with himb ecause I’m trying to i mprove on that.” Knowles, 21, is scheduled to be leaving town on Tues day to start his training camp until January when he will head back to Cuba to train with Carl Hield and Taureano ‘Reno’ Johnson. “I’m going down there to try to improve on my speed,” said Knowles about heading to Hollywood. Although he has been to Florida to fight in an amateur show, Knowles will be making his debut in a training camp there. “This is my first time going there, so I’m anxious to get down there and start training,” he stated. “Everywhere you go, you can learn new things.” Having worked with Major here at the Nassau Stadium before he went to Italy for the World Championships, Knowles said he was impressed with Major’s work ethic. “I worked with him in his training camp here. It was going good for a while,” he said. “We were working on a few things like running the sand in the morning and getting in the gym in the after noon. “So training wise, everything was going good and so I am looking forward to teaming up with him again in Hollywood.” As he looks ahead to going to Hollywood, Knowles said he’s “expect ing to go down there and try to increase my performance Boxer on quest to be one of the top amateurs in the world SEE next pageSEE next page Commando Security Truckers’ Freddie ‘The Skipper’ Cornish in action... SEE PAGE 12 P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 12, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ‘The Skipper’ leads Truckers to win Martin Burrows Jr in the third for a 1-1 tie, the Truckers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Jamal ‘Sarge’ Johnson belted a shot to left field for a one-out triple and he caught a ride home on Terran ‘Pooch’ Wood’s runproducing double. Trailing 3-2 going into the sixth, the Truckers went on to put an additional three runs on the scoreboard to take the final lead for good. Marvin ‘Tugie’ Wood opened the frame with a double and was driven home by Jamal Johnson’s RBI triple and Terran Wood knocked him in with his RBI single before Wood scored the final run on an error. For the Dorsey Park Boyz, they drew first blood in the bottom of the first on Edmund ‘Binks’ Bethel’s R BI single that sent home his younger brother Edney Bethel, who had a one-out single. Their final two runs came in the fourth, the first on a passed ball that allowed Mario Ford to cross the plate after he was hit by a pitch to lead off the rally. With one out, the Dorsey Park Boyz got the bases loaded and Kevin Hinsey, who started the parade, eventually scored on Michael Thompson’s twoout RBI base on balls. Difficult Not only did the Dorsey Park Boyz find it difficult to score runs, but they had some internal problems that surfaced on the field and that obviously had an impact on their performance. Edney Bethel, who was so disgusted when manager Anthony ‘Poker’ Huyler didn’t replace first baseman Darren Bowleg that he threw up his glove and head ed to the dug-out, said it’s something they have to iron out before game two. “We didn’t play well at all as a team,” he said. “We made too many mistakes and when you do against a team like this, it’s going to hard for you to win.” As for his tantrum, Bethel said he was just frustrated with the defense behind him. “We could play better than we did,” he said. “I really wanted them to pull Darren because he was missing some easy plays. Things like that really hurt you.” Bethel may have also hurt h imself because he was c alled a number of times by the base umpires for illegal pitches. But Bethel insisted that it really should not have been as many times as they did. “Some times my foot was off the rubber, but I think they were calling it too much,” Bethel stressed. “I don’t think that they really saw how my foot was touching it before I pushed off.” Bethel said they are definitely going to regroup and try to get back to what they were doing in the regular season where they only lost one game and that was against the Truckers in their initial meeting. Game two is set for tonight with the third game scheduled for Wednesday. Bo xer on quest to be one of the top amateurs in the world and my speed.” “I’m trying to get my weight down because I have a big year ahead of me. So I getting an early start.” In Cuba, Knowles said they concentrate mainly on the technical aspects as they prepare to box. But with Major, Knowles said he gets to do a lot more to ensure that they are properly fit, physically and mentally. With 2010 being a busy year, the first competition that Knowles is training for is the Dominican Cup in the Dominican Republic in February. But Knowles said if it’s going to be staged late in February, then they will have to skip it so that they don’t jeopardize their appearance in the Commonwealth Championships slated for March. “I’m just grateful for this opportunity to work with Meacher and get my speed together,” Knowles stressed. Also next year, Knowles and the local boxers are looking forward to competing in the CAC Games, CAC Championships and the Commonwealth Games in India in September. “That’s why I’m looking forward to going down there to train,” Knowles said. “I feel this is my time to shine and I don’t want anything to hold me back. “I want my results to show on my report card.” Knowles, who has been representing the Bahamas on the senior national team since he was 17, said his goal is not just to win a bout, as he did in Italy, but to actually win a medal. “The historic move in Italy was just an inspiration for me to make more history when I compete next year,” he projected. “I want to go to those championships and not just win a bout, but be the first Bahamian to win a medal.” He said his training in Hollywood with Major will definitely help him to achieve these goals. FROM page 11 FROM page 11 Photos by Felip Major/T ribune staff I N game one of the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA Commando Security Truckers got a stunning 5-3 win over the pennant winning Heavy Lift Dorsey Park Boyz...

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Commonwealth American Football League defending champions opened the 2009-10 season with a win to make an early statement and continue last year’s posi tive momentum. Led by a stingy defensive unit which forced six turnovers and scored two touchdowns, the Pros got by the V8 Fusion Stingrays 2412 yesterday at the D W Davis playing field. An evenly played game at the half, the Pros led just 1612 after two quarters. On the opening drive, the Stingrays marched the ball down to the Pros’ four yard line in large part to a 55 yard scramble by quarterback Nes ley Lucien, however the drive stalled after several false start penalties. The Pros responded using their vaunted running game to drive nearly the full length of the field, capped off by a Charlie Edwards touchdown. They converted for an 8-0 lead. The Stingrays reached the scoreboard for the first time on a Jamal Coleby touchdown run, but failed to convert, which made the score 8-6. After a much needed stop by the Stingrays defense, the Pros’ defense stepped up to force their first turnover of the day, a fumble which was returned for a touchdown to give them a 16-6 lead after conversion. The Stingrays pulled closer just before the half on a two yard touchdown run by Sheldon Lynes. The second half was all Pros as they shutout their opponents to secure the win. The lone score of the second half came on another fumble returned for a touchdown, the second of the game for the Pros. Pros open season on top of Stingrays LED BY a stingy defensive unit which forced six turnovers and scored two touchdowns, the Pros got by the V8 Fusion Stingrays 24-12 yesterday at the D W Davis playing field. No IPTC Header found Photos by Felip Major/Tribune staff Commonwealth American Football League action...

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ANOTHER key sporting personality has agreed to come to town to participate in the Caribbean Awards Sports Icons Foundation’s 2009 banquet. CASI’s regional director Fred Sturrup said they are pleased to announce the participation of Mike Fennell, who serves as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Although he’s busy prepar ing for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in September, 2010, Sturrup said they are pleased that Fennell has decided to attend the event. “He has been an inspiration, particularly to me as regional director,” Sturrup pointed out. “He is also a close friend and advisor to CASI Founder Al Hamilton. “It is really a privilege to have an esteemed international sports administrator like Mike Fennell so interest ed in our programme. He thinks of CAST as a neces sary entity for further devel opment and historic connection for Caribbean sports.” Fennell is due to arrive in town on November 19 direct from Lusanne, Switzerland. During the banquet, CASI will present awards to the outstanding athletes in the Caribbean in cricket, football (soccer international sailing and netball. This is the second year that the event is being held. The first time it was done in Jamaica where Sturrup was the keynote speaker. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net THE pennant winning Pineapple Air Wildcats had game one of the New Providence Softball Association women’s championship series wrapped up by the fourth inning. However, they were unable to hold onto the shutout as the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks stormed back and put all four of their runs on the scoreboard in the fifth. In the end, the Wildcats still managed to hold on for a 12-4 victory as they set up a showdown in game two of the best-of-seven series that is scheduled to continue tonight at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. “We really went out there and played like we are capable of playing,” said Wildcats’ second sacker Hyacinth Farrington, who didn’t even have to finish the game. “We wanted to show them that we are back to regain our title and we’re not going to let anybody stand in our way. We feel that we are playing well enough to easily take the title.” In their quest to regain the crown that they relinquished to the Sigma Brackettes last year, Farrington said they have dedicated the series to one of their coaches, Alexander ‘Zander’ Bain, who is currently recuperating from an accident. “We want to do this for Alexander,” said Farrington, who was replaced in the game in the fourth inning by Natasha Sears and ended up coaching at first base. By the time Farrington made her exit, the game was already out of reach as the Wildcats struck for four runs in both the first and second and two in the third and fourth as well. Most of Pineapple Air’s damage was done against Proper Pool Care’s starting and losing pitcher Thela Johnson, who surrendered five hits and eight runs before she was replaced by Alex Taylor. In the first inning, the Wildcats went wild as they took advantage of a couple miscues by the Lady Sharks. After Vernie Curry scored on an error, Mary ‘Cruise’ Edgecombe-Sweeting had a RBI double and Marvelle Miller a RBI fielder’s choice. Christine Edmunds-Cooper highlighted the second with a RBI double and Marvelle Miller came through with a two-run double after back-to-back singles from Dornette Edwards and Mary Edgecombe-Sweeting. That prompted manager Stephen ‘Bishop’ Beneby to bring in Alex Taylor to finish up the game. She went on to give up an additional seven hits and four runs in the third and fourth innings combined before she shut out the Wild cats in the fifth and sixth. Edwards finished with a 3for-5 night with two RBI and as many runs, Vernie Curry scored three times on just one hit and Dornette Edwards and Edgecombe-Sweeting crossed home plate twice each. For the Lady Sharks, Thela Johnson said they didn’t play up to par. “We made too many little mistakes that caused them to take the huge lead at the beginning and we never was able to get back into it,” she said. “We avoided the shutout, which was good. But we needed to score in some of the other innings and we didn’t. “We will have to do that if we’re going to beat this team.” Johnson, who moved over to finish the game at third, scored the Lady Sharks’ first run in the fourth when she led off with a walk, stole second and came home on Vonetta Nairn’s two-out RBI single. Nairn then came home on an error that put Cleo Symonette on first. After Raquel Cooper got on base on another error, Janeen Wallace had a two-run single to plate Symonette and Cooper. Proper Care Pool had one final chance to score in the seventh when Nairn walked with one out. But she was left stranded as EdgecombeSweeting retired the last two batters, including Cooper on a strike out. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 14, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Wildcats hold on for 12-4 victory over Lady Sharks S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L PROPER CARE POOL Lady Sharks starting pitcher Shonel Symonette tries to reach first base before Wildcats’ Mary Edgecombe-Sweeting (6 (File photo by Felip Major/Tribune staff Commonwealth Games Federation chief to attend CASI awards banquet

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By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net E NHANCING environmental protection the Government has decided to expand the country’s national park system. New areas of land and sea w ill now be subjected to management and protection by the Bahamas National Trust in Great Abaco, while the existingWest Side National Park in A ndros and the Conception Island National Park will be expanded to t ake in other key habitats and species. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham revealed the Government’s plans whilst addressing the Bahamas National Trust’s 5 0th Anniversary Ball on Saturday. At present 25 land ands ea parks exist in the Bahamas, among them those in Inaguaa nd Exuma, covering 1094 square miles. As you celebrate 50 years of leadership in protection andc onservation of our environment, I assure you that the Government is committed to facilitating and supporting thee ffective management of existing national parks and protecte d areas and further, that we r emain committed to the orderl y expansion of our national p ark system.” U nder the new protection plan, a Fowl Cays and Sea Park will be created between Scotland and Man O’War Cay in the barrier islands of Great Abaco. Additionally, the West Side National Park in Andros will be expanded to include key habitats and species found in areas north of the western most point of Andros including W illiam’s Island and Billy I sland, Turner Sound, certain i dentified creeks with signific ant mangroves extending into S outh Andros, the unnamed lake system on the west side, Cabbage Creek to Timber Creek, and the area south of Lisbon Creek including Sandy Cay in the South Bight. Meanwhile, the Conception Island National Park will be expanded and regularised under long-lease to take in important surrounding marine areas that include important M ontastrea reef systems, bringing it into conformity w ith other national parks mana ged by the Trust,” said the P rime Minister. Mr Ingraham noted that The Bahamas is party to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity which established targets for all state parties with regard to protection of marine and land ecosystems for 2010 and 2012. Mr Ingraham said his government is “committed to meeting” those targets. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Government to expand national park system Hubert Ingraham

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD honoured 19 staff members during its annual Long-Service Award ceremony at Government House October 15. The honorees and officials are pictured with Governor-General, Arthur D Hanna. Seated in the front row, from left are Zhivargo Laing, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; Governor-General Hanna; NIB Chairman Patrick Ward; and NIB Director Algernon Cargill. P HOTOS: Patrick Hanna / BIS GOVERNOR-GENERAL Arthur D Hanna receives an award from Patrick Ward Chairman National Insurance Board (NIB Long Service Awards ceremony, October 15, at Government House. Also pictured are Zhivargo Laing, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance (left National Insurance Board honours staff

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A SENIOR banking indus try source described it as “ludicrous” that so much money made by foreign banksin The Bahamas has been repatriated overseas. Commenting on sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in the House of Assembly on Thurs day, when he said he was “angered” by the fact thatsome banks are able to send “huge profits” overseas while paying a “pittance” to the Bahamian government, the banking source said he “total-ly supports” Mr Ingraham. “The time has come and certainly passed for The Bahamas taking a totally dif-ferent approach to levying fees and taxes on financial services sector. We are way behind the eight ball on that and as a consequence lost outon a lot of money over years,” said the source. While noting that “it’s a delicate balance” because many banks are here specifically in light of the profits they have been able to pro duce, he said he doubts most would pull out if a low taxw ere imposed. It’s ludicrous that these foreign banks have been making huge profits and remitting it overseas (even if contribute through employment and infrasturcutural investment,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Speaking in parliament this week Mr Ingraham said he “find(s (isor quite frankly angered by” the slight benefits The Bahamas gets in terms of taxation from foreign banks operating in the country. “Banks in the Bahamas are able to make profits here in this country, send it to Barbados, to their operations in C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.09 $3.88 $4.00 (#!#(.$' r#%)$#!#$'( '"(.#)( ).)$%$$! )r) $%)$#)$) *.#$%!$#%! % ###% b b r r r r r r n n b b t t t By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A round half of Royal B ank of Canada Trust s taff in Nassau are set t o lose their jobs as work is outsourced across the Caribbean, according to a source within the company. A new regional plan will see jobs in operations, finance, accounting and other departments relocated to the Cayman Islands and Barbados, while only those working in private b anking and trusts will be retained i n Nassau, the source said. Around 18 Bahamian staff could be out of work within weeks, the staff member told The Tribune . However, they have currently been left in limbo while managers iron out the details of the plan behind closed doors. The Nassau employees feel they are being victimised because they had lodged a complaint with the Labour Board earlier this year, and spoke out publicly about how the c ompany has paid high prices to hire f oreign workers over experienced Bahamian staff while Bahamians were held back from promotion. RBC Trust Managing Director Elizabeth Dorsch, partly responsible for hiring, is also set to leave Nassau at the end of the month, and her job will be done from Cayman or Barbados, according to the source. The RBC Trust employee who did not want to be named said: “I think we are being victimised because we came out and told the t ruth about what was going on, and m ade known the fact that the expats were coming in and getting better positions than the qualified Bahamians already here. “RBC has been making money in the Bahamas for years and business is growing, so I don’t know why they are doing this at this point in time. “We are still making a profit despite the economy, so there should be no need for this.” But plans appear to be forging ahead as five RBC Trust managers f rom the Cayman Islands met in N assau last week to discuss future operations, the source said. “I am guessing the decisions have already been made, but they haven’t told us yet,” the staff member told The Tribune. “They have said they are going to try to employ us within RBC here in Nassau, but other than that RBC job cuts to hit Nassau SEE page 6B SEE page 9B Industr y source supports the PM’s stance on banks PM Hubert Ingraham (AP By BEN EVANS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP ure: Food makers processed more peanuts over the past year than nearly any other time on record despite a national salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine people and scaring consumers away from peanut products for months. Peanut farmers who once feared $1 billion in losses are chalking up their good fortune to a bad economy that has more people reaching for peanut butter as a cheap lunch. Peanut products doing just fine after health scare SEE page 7B

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By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD (AP Iraqi government has approved a deal with a consortium led by British giant BP PLC to develop a prized oil field in the south in a major step forward for the country's oil industry. BP, which was booted from the country in 1972 when Saddam Hussein nationalized the oil industry, and its partner CNPC of China were the only winners in Iraq's first international oil auction in over 30 years for development rights for the 17.8 billion barrel Rumaila field. Out of two gas fields and six oil fields offered in the June 30 bidding round, the Rumaila contract was the only success story. Most oil companies rejected the prices Iraq was willing to pay, striking a major blow to Iraq's hopes for an oil-revenue fueled postwar recovery. Although Iraq sits on the world's third-largest oil reserve, with at least 115 billion barrels, the country is producing and exporting far below its potential because of decades of war, lack of investment, U.N. sanctions, a brain drain and insurgent attacks. T he government has been trying to entice foreign investment to boost output. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told The Associated Press Saturday that the Cabinet approved the deal late Friday after it was signed initially on Oct. 8 by the Oil Ministry. He did not provide further details. The BP-CNPC consortium had bid to take $3.99 per barrel produced, but later slashed their price to the $2 per barrel p ayment sought by the Oil M inistry. They were competi ng with a consortium led by U.S. giant Exxon Mobil, w hich refused to amend its offer of $4.80 per barrel. Daily production from the Rumaila field stands at about1 million barrels a day, almost half of Iraq's daily output of 2.4 million barrels. BP's targeted production is 2.85 million barrels per day. BP will hold a 38 per cent stake in the venture, while CNPC will have a 37 per cent share. Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organisation will control the rest. The latest deal is the second secured by CNPC in postwar Iraq. Last year, CNPC signed a $3 billion deal to develop the al-Ahdab oil field in the south a deal first signed in 1997 under Saddam and then revived. But the deal approved Friday marks the return of BP to Iraq after the 1972 oil nationalization pushed out Western oil companies. BP has a long history in Iraq. The company was a shareholder in the Iraqi Petroleum Company when it started drilling Iraq's first oil well at Baba Gurgur just north of the oilrich province of Kirkuk in June 1927. BP had a representative office there for many years until Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990 and they closed their office. It has been a regular buyer, directly or indirectly, of Iraqi crude for many years. In the last few years, BP has worked with the government to provide assistance on reservoir management to help bolster production. The news comes as a number of consortiums who offered bids during the first round agreed to lower their terms. Last Tuesday, Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said the ministry was revisiting its first bidding round after three international oil consortiums accepted Iraq's terms for developing two fields and submitted revised offers. A consortium led by Italy's Eni has agreed to develop the country's 4.1 billion barrel Zubair oil field for $2 per barrel produced based on a tar get production level of 1.125 million barrels per day, alShahristai said. Two other consortiums, one led by Russia's Lukoil and ConocoPhilips, and C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 0867+$9( *22'$ &$5(*,9(5:$17(' Iraq approves oil deal THE BP (British Petroleum at a gas station in Washington (AP Photo SEE next page

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another by Exxon Mobil with Royal Dutch Shell, are competing to develop the 8.6 billion barrel West Qurna Stage1 oil field for $1.9 per barrel, he added. The Lukoil-led consortium's targeted production is 1.5 million barrels a day, while the other consortium's targeted production is 2.1 million barrels a day, he said. Eni had previously bid $4.8 per barrel to develop the field, while the Lukoil consortium submitted an earlier bid of $6.49 per barrel and the Exxon Mobil-led consortiumw as asking for $4 per barrel. Z ubair is currently produc ing about 230,000 barrels per day, while West Qurna Stage1 is producing about 280,000 barrels a day. Al-Shahristani said that the three fields' combined outputw ould exceed 6 million barr els a day in six years with a total direct investment from these firms expected to be about $100 billion. The two deals could be signed within the coming two weeks. The overall fall of oil prices since last year has forced the government to slash spending plans for this year from $79 billion to $58.6 billion. The oil sector represents about 65 percent of gross domestic product and its revenues account for 95 per cent of Iraq's earnings. Iraq is offering 10 oil projects in its second bidding round, which is planned to be finalized in mid-December. Forty-five international oil companies will take part. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Comfort Suites Paradise IslandOctober Special Only $59*per person double occupancy.Minimum 2-night stay. Bahamas residents only. Full use of all Atlantis facilities. Plus: Limited-time offer! Reserve today ! Call242-363-3680BSP Job #: CTS-9-N003 JM# 8819 Client: Comfort Suites Description: Stay In Paradise 1/4 pg Bleed: non Color: 1C Black Specs: PDFX1A Mech #4 Date: 09/30/2009 4:36PM Mech Person: GUDimensions: 5.75in x 10.5 in Issue: Nassau Guardian / Nassau Tribune Closing: 9/30/09 *$59 per person, per night, dbl occupancy Sun. thru Wed. Rates effective Oct. 1 thru 31. Rates from Nov. 1 thru Dec. 20 are $69 per person, per night, dbl occupancy Sun. thru Wed. Add $20 pp for Thurs. thru Sat. stays. 3rd and 4th additional adults add $40 each per night. Maximum 4 persons per room. Additional fees apply for mandatory taxes, mandatory housekeeping gratuities and utility service fees. Rates quoted are based on standard room category and subject to availability. Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to arrival or a 1-night penalty will apply. G U 0 9 . 3 0 . 0 9 | 4 : 3 6 P M CTS-9-N004_NassauTribune.indd 1 9/30/09 4:39:22 PM with BP-led consortium A US soldier stands guard on top of a humvee as oil workers work on oil well fires at Rumaila oil field, southern Iraq. The Iraqi government has approved a deal with a consortium led by British giant BP PLC to develop a prized oil field in the south in a major step forward for the country's oil industry. (AP Photo: Gustavo Ferrari

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By The Associated Press SHANGHAI China's vehicle sales vaulted 78 per cent in September from a year earlier, widening a lead over the US as the world's top auto market, with sales spurred by tax cuts and government stimulus spending. Overall vehicle sales totaled 1.33 million units, while passenger car sales climbed 84 per cent to 1.02 million units, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported. In Asian trading, Shanghai's benchmark was up 1.4 per cent, Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average added 0.6 per cent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.8 per cent, Australia's index gained 1 per cent and Indonesia's market was higher by 0.3 per cent. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.7 per cent, Singapore ended 0.3 per cent lower and Taiwan's market traded flat. LONDON Britain's progress out of recession remained clouded with improvements in retail sales and house prices overshadowed by warnings that business confidence remains frail and a drop in inflation to a five-year low. Survey A survey of more than 5,500 firms across the country by the British Chambers of Commerce showed that several confidence indicators remained negative, casting doubt on expectations that Britain emerged from recession in the July to September quarter. In European trading, Britain's FTSE 100 index of leading shares closed down 1.1 percent, while Germany's DAX fell 1.2 per cent and the CAC-40 in France ended 1.2 per cent lower. FRANKFURT German investor confidence dipped in October as mixed economic data suggested Europe's biggest economy will recover only slowly. The ZEW institute said its monthly index, which gauges investors' outlook for the next six months, was down 1.7 points from September at 56 points. Despite the dip, the reading was still well above the index's historical average of 26.7 points. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates The co-founder of Carlyle Group said the private equity industry made mistakes ahead of the economic downturn and needs to change how it does business to succeed in the postcrisis era. Speaking at an investment conference in Dubai, David Rubenstein said private equity firms helped inflate the credit bubble by buying companies at high prices, relying on large amounts of cheap debt and pursuing ever-larger buyout deals. CAIRO A rebounding global economy spurred on mainly by China and other developing nations is expected to boost world oil demand by slightly under 1 percent next year, OPEC said while cautioning that the pace of recovery remains far from certain. In its October Monthly Oil Market Report, the 12-nation group that supplies over 35 per cent of the world's crude said demand was expected to grow by a daily 700,000 barrels to average 84.9 million barrels per day. That represents a 200,000 barrel per day upward revision from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' September report. BRUSSELS European Union regulators allowed Britain to extend its bank recapitalization and credit guarantee program until Dec. 31, saying its efforts to boost credit to businesses and households need more time. This is the second extension for the British government's plan to spend up to 50 billion pounds ($79 billion buying shares in banks and up to 250 billion pounds ($395 billion debt and problem securities that banks cannot sell since they plunged in value during the crisis. OSLO Norway will spend a record amount of its vast oil wealth next year to help offset a yawning budget deficit caused by the global financial crisis, the government said. Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen told Parliament that the government would use 148.5 billion kroner ($26 billion) of oil-generated savings next year, an 11 percent increase on such spending in 2009 and the biggest sum since the fund was created in 1990. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 127,&( ST. AUGUSTINE SOD(Grass Squares) Sold by the Pallet 500 Square Feet Roots Landscape & Maintenance Gladstone Road Tel. 361-7589 / 357-3308 127,&( A look at economic developments around the globe

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they will be letting people go if they can’t find them another place. But we will see how that goes because no one is saying anything right now. “Everybody is just in limbo. It’s a really somber atmosphere in here right now, people are walking on eggshells. “We have mortgages to pay, and school fees, and this uncertainty is the worst part. Apply “People could apply for other jobs if they knew what was happening, but they’re not saying anything.” An RBC spokeswoman said: “ R BC is firmly committed to keeping it's integ rated wealth management business in the Bahamas as one of our three service hubs in the Caribbean, and we are committed to doing what is best in the long-term interests of our employees,c lients and shareholders. “Local staff have been assured that it is our inten-t ion to keep a strong and viable wealth management office here in the Bahamasf or the years to come. “No announcements have been made to say positionsh ave been eliminated, and as such, no numbers of employees have been disc ussed. Staff “Staff were asked for their ideas on growth and efficiency for the future as we are committed to a wealth management business in the Bahamas. “If any outsourcing were to be decided upon, we would follow the Central Bank guidelines for such approval. “No staff has been told their job may become redundant, and as a matter of firm policy around the globe, RBC always approaches any strategic review with redundancy as a last step. “Any time we approach decisions that result in position eliminations, we always seek to redeploy our staff into other roles where their skills and abilities can be used if vacancies exist both within our firm and affiliate RBC locations. “Redundancies are always a last resort after careful consideration of other options for any staff affected. “As we do on a regular basis, we are in the process of making local assessments in the Bahamas and around the globe as we align our business in today’s economy to most effectively serve our clients. Management visits to all our offices is a regular course of business. “RBC is simply conducting a review and looking at all of its operations locally and globally to best fit with the “new norm” of today’s financial markets and economy. “As always, we are committed to keeping our staff informed and staff in all jurisdictions are aware of our efforts to operate our business with greater efficiency.” Trust RBC Trust maintains staff in the Bahamas are not being victimised and there are only two expatriate staff in Nassau. One is MD Elizabethe Dorsch who will leave the Bahamas on a date yet to be determined. 1 27,&( / , 4 8 , ' $7 BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1 27,&( ,17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1,(6$&7 1 5 ,&+($&203$1< 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ RI7KH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW RI 5 ,&+($&203$1< L V LQGLVVROXWLRQ 7KHGDWHRIFRPPHQFHPHQWRIGLVVROXWLRQZDVWKH GD\RI2FWREHU ' LOORQ'HDQ R I 1DVVDX %DKDPDVLVWKH/LTXLGDWRURI 5,&+($&203$1< 6 ' LOORQ'HDQ /,48,'$725 FROM page 1B RBC job cuts to hit Nassau

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Agriculture Department numbers back up the theory. Peanuts processed for snacks items such as sandwich crackers that were heavily recalled during the outbreak were slightly down for the accounting year ending July 31. But peanuts used for peanut butter set an all-time record at 1.1 billion pounds, topping the previous year's total by 100 million pounds. That was enough to make t he year's overall peanut prod uction the third-highest in history, missing the top markset in 2005 by just a fraction of 1 percent, with nearly 2 billion pounds being processed. "This is very unusual," said Sanford Miller, senior fellow at the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the University of Maryland. He said the rebound from a national food scare typically takes far longer, sometimes years. "It shows you how important peanut butter is to the American diet," Miller said. "People just won't give it up." Industry leaders would not have predicted this outcome earlier this year after a salmonella outbreak linked to the Peanut Corp. of America was blamed for sickening hundreds of people and led to one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history. Officials projected massive losses as the Food and Drug Administration, in January and February, added item after item to a lengthy recall list of peanut products deemed potentially dangerous. Bracing for a long-term slump, the industry launched an aggressive public relations campaign to convince people the contamination was isolated. The public was skeptical. Sales of peanut products plummeted, particularly snack items. Even retail sales of peanut butter most brands of which were removed from the tainted peanut supplies dropped from a strong average of about $100 million in monthly sales through the end of 2008 to about $87 million for the four weeks ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen,a market research firm. But the slump was shortlived. By March sales had bounced back to their preoutbreak strength, remaining high through the summer and fall. "There's an old adage in the industry that you can almost track the economy by consumption of peanut butter," said Stanley Fletcher, a peanut economist at the University of Georgia. "It's basically the cheapest source of protein." Tim Burch, a peanut farmer from Newton in southern Georgia, said he and others were "sweating it" in February. Orders stopped coming in and inventories began backing up as tainted peanuts were leading the news just about every day, he said. But "it appears that peanuts weathered the storm reasonably well," he said. "I do know that peanut butter manufacturers are running wide open." There were many industry losers in the salmonella outbreak, including those who got stuck with potentially tainted products and little immediate recourse from the company responsible, which filed for bankruptcy. Also, the booming production didn't translate into record retail sales. Even with the quick rebound, the downturn in the weeks surrounding the scare left annual peanut butter sales down 2.5 percent from the previous year. Industry officials believe peanut snacks were down even more. That gap between sales and production suggests to some that production may have been boosted by the scare as manufacturers and other bulk users such as schools restocked after throwing out potentially tainted supplies. "It took a while for (Peanut Corp. of America) to trace back where all that peanut butter had gone, and because of consumer confusion there was a lot of peanut butter that was discarded," said Patrick Archer, president of the American Peanut Council. "I think some of the increase was to replace stocks." But Archer said "the real story here is that peanut butter sales are strong." "I think it shows that Americans love peanut butter," he said. "It's just an American staple." C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM O ur client has requested BHC Consulting to seek applicants for the position of: ITADMINISTRATOR You will be responsible for the health and development of the Corporate Information Systems a nd Network. Only candidates with the following qualications should apply: R eporting to the Financial Controller, this is the ideal position for an individual who can work independently with minimal supervision. You will be responsible for: Remuneration package includes generous employee benets.a nd attach a “one page resume” and salary requirements to: Brian Hassan, Principal Consultant bhcc@coralwave.com D eadline: 21st October, 2009 “People”, Processes and Technology Driving Business Value” FROM page 1B P eanut products doing just fine after health scare

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia. net

ROGER Carron, beloved

husband of Tribune publisher
Eileen Carron, died yesterday
as a result of complications fol-
lowing a heart attack last week.

Mr Carron, 77, had initially

shown excellent signs of recov-
ery in the Intensive Care Unit
of Doctor’s Hospital after a
heart attack and emergency
angioplasty to open a blocked
artery on Saturday, October 10.

However, his condition wors-

ened last Tuesday and he was
airlifted to the Cleveland Clinic
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on
Thursday.

His wife of over 46 years and

son Robert were at his bedside
when he died at 5.30am yesterday.

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Tributes have poured in for
the former managing editor of
The Tribune who will be
remembered as a dedicated pro-
fessional, devoted husband, car-
ing father, and a gentleman.

The Cambridge educated
Englishman, who was born in
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
on June 13, 1932, met his future
wife while studying for his bar
finals in London in 1960. He
had recently returned from
completing national service as a
young lieutenant with the
Queen’s Own 6th Gurkha regi-
ment in Malaya, and was anx-
ious to complete his legal stud-
ies.

As the great great great
grandson of French Admiral
Francois Carron who took the
island of Ceylon (now Sri Lan-
ka) for the Dutch East India

Company in the early 1600's,
Mr Carron was set to take over
his father’s law practice in Sri
Lanka upon completion of his
law studies.

But when he met Eileen
Dupuch of Nassau, one of only
two women in a class of 24 LLB
students at Gibson & Weldon,
law tutors for the bar exams,
the young lawyer was inspired
to change his plans.

In an article praising Mrs
Carron’s 50 years in journalism,
Mr Carron said: “T knew that
Eileen was someone quite spe-
cial and I wanted to spend the
rest of my life with her — if she
would have me. As it worked
out it was all rather remark-
able.”

Mr Carron overcame a num-
ber of hurdles in order to join
his future wife when she

Grown Land deal

was fast tracked

Ex-Ministry chief’s
family dealt with in
less than four months

DOCUMENTATION
obtained by The Tribune reveals
that the application for 15 acres
of crown land for the son and
brother of former Lands Per-
manent Secretary Ronald
Thompson was fast tracked
through the system and dealt
with in less than four months.

With the original application
sent to former Lands and Sur-
veys director Tex Turnquest on
June 14, 2002, by Messers Rod-
ney and Sheridan Thompson,
Mr Audley Greaves signed the
recommendation approval for
the property on October 2, 2002.

A copy of the document,

which was written to the atten-
tion of Mr Richard Hardy reads,
“T refer to your L&S/806/1x of 22
August, 2002, addressed to the
Permanent Secretary in respect
of cited matter.

“Please be advised of
approval of Land and Surveys
recommendation. Please provide
this office with a copy of the
lease offer letter issued to the
Thompsons.

“Please give prompt atten-
tion,” the document reads.

On October 17, 2002, the
Department of Lands and Sur-

SEE page six

Two to be charged
over jitney attack

TWO young men are to be charged in court this morning in con-
nection with an attack on a jitney on Blue Hill Road.

According to police superintendent Elsworth Moss, a 17 and 28-
year-old men, of Blue Hill Heights and Fowler Street, are set to be

arraigned.

Last Thursday at around 6.30pm two armed thugs are alleged to

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returned to the Bahamas to
help her father Sir Etienne
Dupuch with The Tribune.

As a non-Bahamian he would
be unable to work as a barrister
in the Bahamas despite the fact
that he had been called to the
English Bar, and been one of
the few young lawyers to see a
case right through from initial
pleadings to presentation before
the Privy Council in the House
of Lords.

He considered disbarring
himself from Gray’s Inn in Lon-
don and gaining experience as a
solicitor before moving to Nas-
sau, but that too would be an
impossible profession as it was
closed to outsiders.

When his future father-in-
law, Sir Etienne Dupuch, sug-
gested he join The Tribune, he
gained experience at a newspa-



per in the Allied Midland Press
group in Peterborough, Eng-
land, for nine months before
moving to the Bahamas in 1962,
thus abandoning his legal career
for 20 years of satisfying work in
print journalism.

His profession, however, was
not without controversy, and
Mr Carron was caught out as
he sought the right to work in a
country with a changing politi-
cal climate and unwelcome atti-
tude to foreigners.

When he married his
Bahamian wife in January 1963,
Mr Carron became a perma-
nent resident with the right to
work under the United Bahami-
an Party (UBP) and was five
months short of qualifying to
become a Belonger when the

SEE page two



Bratley Roberts to run
for PLP chairman post

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE race for PLP Chair-
manship heated up yester-
day when political heavy-
weight Bradley Roberts for-
mally announced his inten-
tion to challenge Glenys
Hanna Martin for the post.

“If elected my goal and
objective is to get the party

tom

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The annual event featured international food, drink and entertainment and, as usual, drew huge crowds.

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ready to become the next
government of The
Bahamas,” said Mr Roberts,
minister of works and immi-
gration under the former
Christie administration.
The 64-year-old said that
the country is in a state of
“great decay” since the re-
election of the FNM govern-
ment in May 2007 and

SEE page six

Haitian community
church leaders
praise Minister of
State after meeting

By AVA TURNQUEST

CHURCH leaders within the
Haitian community are ready for
Minister of State for Immigration
Branville McCartney to act on the
intentions he expressed in a meet-
ing with them.

The minister was described as
respectful and compassionate as
he urged the pastors and other
religious leaders to become part-
ners with the government, working
together on the issue of illegal
immigrants.

Mr McCartney made the anal-
ogy that he has no problem with
his wife correcting him if he’s done
something wrong or asking for
guidance on an issue, so therefore
encouraged the pastors present to
communicate with the Ministry.

Though impressed by Mr
McCartney’s apparent sincerity,
the Haitian-Bahamian communi-
ty will not be satisfied until the
Minister provides them with real
answers and lawful action.

The Minister explained that the
meeting would not be providing
any answers but instead served as
an open forum in which the pas-
tors could voice their concerns and
suggestions, which the Ministry
will then research and respond to
at a later date.

The meeting was not without
its strained moments, noted Pastor
Bazile Aleance. In an interview
with The Tribune yesterday he
described the tension surround-
ing leader of the Organisation of

SEE page three

Tourist criticises police handling of armed robbery



ONE of nine tourists threat-
ened and robbed by armed thugs
in downtown Nassau last night
attacked the way in which local
police handled the matter.

After experiencing the trauma
and disbelief of being held up at
gunpoint and having valuable per-

sonal items stolen, Kelly Greer
claimed police behaved like they
were in a “Police Academy com-
edy movie”.

“Tt was unreal,” said Ms Greer,
of Fort Myers, Florida.

“The police seemed like they
genuinely wanted to catch them

but it was just a joke compared to
anything I’ve ever seen in States. It
was crazy.”

Ms Greer, who was on vacation
with her sister and mother, who
both work in law enforcement in
the US, said not only did she feel
police took too long to get to the

scene, they also made no immedi-
ate attempt to catch the men, and
at first left the tourists in fear that
they were about to get held-up
again - this time by a man who
turned out to be a plainclothes

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Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP) came to power in 1967.

The new government led by
Prime Minister Lynden Pin-
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residents’ right to work, mean-
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ship went ignored and it was
not until the Free National
Movement (FNM) came to
power in 1992 that Mr Carron
received Bahamian residency
with the right to work. By that
time he had served the
Bahamas as a reporter, news
editor and managing editor of
The Tribune for 30 years and
paid some $36,000 in fees for
annual work permits.

Mr and Mrs Carron worked
tirelessly to put out the news-
paper every day, with barely a
moment to share a meal
together, and used the week-
ends to recover and rest for
the week ahead. They took no
vacations apart from the occa-
sional holiday weekend which
they would spend with their
son, and it was not until 1994
when Mr Carron avoided a
major heart attack that it
appeared stress was beginning
to take its toll.

He had started to suffer
from unusual pangs of indi-
gestion in October 1994, and
one month later a stress test
found he had two blocked
arteries. He was referred to a
heart surgeon at the Miami
Heart Institute where he had
open heart surgery and a quin-
tuple by-pass — five by-passes,
two arteries taken from the
chest, and three veins from his
left leg.

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health was restored and he was
back on the golf course enjoy-
ing a new lease on life well into
his retirement.

Mr Carron was known to
love talking to people he came
across from all walks of life.
He cared for the wife and son
whom he loved deeply and of
whom he was extremely proud.

Bahamian tennis star Mark
Knowles said yesterday: “It is a
big loss for the Bahamian com-
munity. Mr Carron was always
the perfect gentleman. I will
remember him as a very caring
individual with a tremendous
interest in sports, especially
tennis.

“My thoughts and prayers
go out to his entire family.”

Nassau Guardian journalist
Fred Sturrup added: “Roger
Carron was the very essence
of a print media professional.
His approach to the coverage
of news was fundamentally
sound.

“He believed always in a
balanced approach to report-
ing the news.

“In a very special way he
contributed immensely to the
growth of The Tribune and the
development of quality jour-
nalists through that medium.

“A quiet man, almost always
very reserved, Roger was a
humble and caring sort and
one willing to assist.

“His presence as a beacon
for traditional journalism will
be sorely missed.”

Nassau Motor Company
operations manager Rick
Lowe was also saddened by
Mr Carron’s death.

He said: “Mr Carron was
instrumental in helping create
The Tribune become the daily

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“What impressed me with
Mr. Carron was his willingness
to give others their say, no
matter what his personal opin-
ion was.

“Beyond his sense of fair-
ness, was his ethics. Always
above reproach, it was a plea-
sure to deal with him on a
business level.

“Once he shook your hand,
one had every confidence that
the deal was done as agreed.

“My thoughts also go out
to Mrs. Carron, who I'm sure
will miss her ever present part-
ner.”

Senior Partner McKinney,
Bancroft and Hughes Brian
Moree said: “We need to
recognise that Roger himself,
apart from being extremely tal-
ented and able at what he was
doing, he had a way of captur-
ing the mood of the country, in
particular with Eileen demon-
strating the highest standards
of journalism.

“To some extent they have
been guardians of our democ-
racy in ensuring the freedom
of the press has not been cir-
cumscribed.

“In this country, he leaves a
legacy behind him not only of
journalism but of someone
who made a contribution to
the development of our coun-
try.

“While I’m sure it’s of little
consolation to Eileen and the
family, they should moreover
know there was tremendous
admiration not only for the
work Roger Carron did but as
the man and principles and
values he stood for.

“He was a leading man in
his church and in society. He
will be very dearly missed.”

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LOCAL NEWS

Readers call for McCartney to
release detention centre report

Haitian community.
FROM page one ?

Haitian Churches Pastor Chere- }
lus Exante’s question towards the }
phenomenon of illegal immi- :
grants being deported without }

any shoes or clothing.

Pastor Aleance felt Bahami- :
an bishops present were uncom- }
passionate and that some served }
as negative agitators responding }
that however immigrants arrive
in the Bahamas, that is how they :
will leave. It was this attitude that }
he felt detracted from an other- }
wise open communication }
between the Haitian pastors and :

Minister McCartney.

Another key issue presented }
was the revoking of work per- }
mits of Haitians living in the :
Bahamas for over ten years. Pas- }
tor Aleance strongly believes dis-
crimination plays a huge part in :
the decision to grant or deny per- }
mits and that government is }
unlawfully benefitting from those }
individuals who pay national :
insurance for over 20 years but :

can never receive any benefits.

“Why so many people who }
have work permits for over 20:
years, 15 years, ten years, they’ve }
been revoked their work permit
and asked to leave within 21 days
” said Pastor :

- it’s an insult,
Aleance.

“It’s discrimination. How}
come the people have paid so }
many years of National Insur- :
ance, they don’t receive anything }
and the government still asks }
them in 21 days to leave the }
country. What is the benefit? In ;
65 years time they should be able }
to receive some benefit, this per- }
son may be 45-50 and now you }
tell them to return back. When }
you send him back home- he has

to start all over, with nothing.”

However, New Covenant F
Baptist Church Bishop Simeon }
Hall thought that the meeting }
was very productive and led for }
much needed discussion into the }
roles of hatian religious leaders in

matters of illegal immigrants.

“The tone and tenor of the }
meeting was very frank,” admit-
ted Bishop Hall. “The two polls }
perhaps that juxtaposed each }
other was the fact that we want to
be humane but at the same time }
we cannot break the law. How }
do you find common ground }
between those two extremes? I }

think we did.

“T think what the minister tried
to do was make sure the pastors }
recognised they had a sacred }
duty to uphold the laws of the }

Bahamas.”

However, Pastor Aleance said }
that this ideal, though parallel :
with the church’s view, at the :
meeting connotated leniency and :
perhaps subterfuge in the Haitian
churches, making them scape- }

goats for the issue.

Pastor Aleance stressed that
the Haitian pastors fully support }
the laws of the Bahamas and the }
Ministry of Immigration’s plea,
stating that their only contention }
is and always will be the treat- i

ment of immigrants.

“Twice a year we have a pro- }
gram in Haiti where we go out }
and we speak to the people about
said Pastor}
Aleance, “informing them on the :
reality of living illegally in the }
Bahamas and encouraging them }
to respect the laws of the}
Bahamas so as to build trust and ;

the Bahamas,”

respect.”

The minister has agreed to }
attend a town meeting hosted by ;
the Haitian community and cur- }
rently being planned for the end }

of this month.

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that attitude and desire to
control the world in check if
you want to stand a chance,
mister minister.”

“Runks” said: “We need
to just get rid of all these jok-
ers who don’t know what
democracy means... I won-
der what the almighty Hubert
has to say.”

“A Brave man” added:
“Listen, this Branville is a
good man but he is a man
and he misspoke! He is a
young minister, give him a
chance to do some good.
Let’s not shoot at him this
early in his career.”

According to Manifesto
Victim, “Transparency is
something which must be

approached with a degree of
objectivity. In this case the
minister may have acted
within the scope of minister-
ial discretion (though discre-
tion not in a legal sense under
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such as international accept-
able standards for human
rights must be handled with
objectivity. The minister is
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of information from papers
and media. Media tends to
scandalise things.

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comment on this matter he
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not have prejudiced himself
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comment. Now the Bahami-
an people have a right to
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US struggles to stop Taliban cash

WASHINGTON — The Taliban in
Afghanistan are running a sophisticated
financial network to pay for their insurgent
operations, raising hundreds of millions of
dollars from the illicit drug trade, kidnap-
pings, extortion and foreign donations that
American officials say they are struggling
to cut off.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban have imposed
an elaborate system to tax the cultivation,
processing and shipment of opium, as well as
other crops like wheat grown in the territo-
ry they control, American and Afghan offi-
cials say. In the Middle East, Taliban leaders
have sent fundraisers to Arab countries to
keep the insurgency’s coffers brimming with
cash.

Estimates of the Taliban’s annual revenue
vary widely. Proceeds from the illicit drug
trade alone range from $70 million to $400
million a year, according to Pentagon and
U.N. officials. By diversifying their revenue
stream beyond opium, the Taliban are suc-
cessfully confounding American and NATO
efforts to weaken the insurgency by cutting
off its economic lifelines, the officials say.

Despite efforts by the United States and
its allies in the last year to cripple the Tal-
iban’s financing, using the military and intel-
ligence, American officials acknowledge they
barely made a dent.

“T don’t believe we can significantly alter
their effectiveness by cutting off their mon-
ey right now,” said Rep. Adam Smith, a
Washington state Democrat on the House
Intelligence and Armed Services Commit-
tees who traveled to Afghanistan and Pak-
istan last month. “I’m not saying we should-
n’t try. It’s just bigger and more complex
than we can effectively stop.”

The Taliban’s ability to raise money com-
plicates the Obama administration’s deci-
sion to deploy more U.S. troops to
Afghanistan. It is unclear, for example,
whether the deployment of 10,000 Marines
over the summer to Helmand province, the
heart of the opium production, will have a
sustaining impact on the insurgency’s cash
flow. And American officials are debating
whether cracking down on the drug trade
will anger farmers dependent on it for their
livelihood.

But even if the United States and its allies
were able to stanch the money flow, it is not
clear how much impact it would have. It
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“Their operations are so inexpensive that
they can be continued indefinitely even with
locally generated resources such as small
businesses and donations,” said Kenneth
Katzman, a Middle East specialist at the
Congressional Research Service and a for-
mer analyst of the region at the CIA.

American officials say that they have been
surprised to learn in recent months that for-
eign donations, rather than opium, are the
single largest source of cash for theM8iiban.

“In the past there was a kind of a feeling

came from drugs in

Afghanistan,” Richard C. Holbrooke, the
administration’s special representative for
Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in June.
“That is simply not true.”

Supporting this view, in his Aug. 30 strate-
gic assessment, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal,
the top NATO commander in Afghanistan,
voiced skepticism that clamping down on
the opium trade would crimp the Taliban’s

“Eliminating insurgent access to narco-
profits — even if possible, and while dis-
ruptive — would not destroy their ability to
operate so long as other funding sources
remained intact,” McChrystal said.

estimated in a classi-

fied report that Taliban leaders and their
associates had received $106 million in the
past year from donors outside Afghanistan,
a figure first reported last month by The
Washington Post. Private citizens from Sau-
di Arabia, Pakistan, Iran and some Persian
Gulf nations are the largest individual con-
tributors, an American counterterrorism

Top American intelligence officials and
diplomats say there is no evidence so far
that the governments of Saudi Arabia, the
United Arab Emirates or other Persian Gulf
states are providing direct aid to the Afghan

But American intelligence officials say
they suspect that Pakistani intelligence oper-
atives continue to give some financial aid
to the Afghan Taliban, a practice the Pak-
istani government denies.

(This article is by Eric Schmitt
c.2009 New York Times News Service)

Are we heading
for a traffic
nightmare?

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

OVER the past few days I
have been looking after a
friend’s home off West Bay
Street and I never thought the
traffic was nearly as bad as
the Eastern Road, but glory
be it is and worse still, there is
a lot of very dangerous fast
driving, rushing to go
nowhere.

I just can’t imagine what it
will be like if the Arawak Cay
Container Port proceeds.
Why can’t the experts realise
that we need a major new
arterial access from the east
through the area just south of
the arch and Government
House to the other side of
Chippingham? Even one lane
wide would reduce the traf-

letters@triounemedia.net



fic enormously.

Why does all the traffic
from Atlantis going back to
the airport still turn right at
the light on Shirley and con-
gest downtown is beyond me?

Editor — Government has
a full scale PR campaign run-
ning on television with the
Arawak Cay engineers on
film — I really would like to
ask the Consultant Knowles
has he really a care in the
world if every resident
between Arawak Cay and
Gladstone Road has their per-
sonal tranquility, environment

disturbed and made impossi-
ble to live with?

It is obvious the Member
of Parliament for Killarney
doesn’t as you don’t hear a
squeak out of him on any-
thing except his so emotional
speech on the new Drug Bill
when drugs were free anyway
if you have the time to wait
and if they are available from
PMH Pharmacy! Editor, we
really need recall of Members
of Parliament when you have
so many impotent MPs who
are unable to support their
constituents even when Cabi-
net Ministers on the smallest
of issues.

W KNOWLES
Nassau,
October 2, 2009.

Is Perry Christie for real?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I have known the former
Prime Minister, the Rt Hon
Perry Gladstone Christie
(PLP-Farm Road) for all of
my adult life. In fact, he was a
senior at the University of
London while I was a junior
(St Mary’s College). We both
graduated with degrees in the
law and the rest is history.

Even then, I never held him
in high regard insofar as overt
intelligence and speaking
capabilities were concerned.
He appears to be a good and
decent man but having close-
ly observed all of our front

line political leaders over the
past generation, I am per-
suaded that he is more bluster
than reality.

His recent tirades on tele-
vision and a radio show are
illustrative, in my view, of his
myopic style of leadership.
What did he mean by reper-
cussions and what did he
mean by stating that all who
opposed him would have to
leave the PLP if they all lost?

I do not support the thrust
of Paul Moss’ Don Quixotic
challenge but I do support his
inherent and God-given right
to challenge Christie or any
one else for any public office

in this nation, inclusive of
leadership of the iconic Pro-
gressive Liberal Party.
Christie’s legendary arro-
gance is now being worn on
his sleeves.

Worried about political
pygmies?

What next? Chick Charney
and the small man in the
green suit?

Get real brother Christie,
or leave it alone. To God
then, in all things, be the glo-

ry.

ORTLAND H BODIE Jr
Nassau,
October 15, 2009.

Ringplay Productions does what Government cannot

EDITOR, The Tribune.

My heartiest congratulations go out to Ring-
play Productions for their foresight and imagi-
nation in getting the Shakespeare in Paradise
Annual Festival off to a roaring start this past

week.

Maybe if they had been on board, we as a
nation would not have been embarrassed by our
government’s decision to cancel the hosting of
CARIFESTA (not just once, mind you, but
twice!). Just goes to show you that all it takes is a
desire to make it happen. Kudos goes to Dr Nico-

Dear Minister of Culture, I hope you sat up
and took notice. Culture in the Bahamas is alive

lette Bethel, Philip A Burrows, David Burrows

and everyone else involved for their deep and
abiding love of the arts and their ability to take a

dream and turn it into reality.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow me to comment
on Capt Bain’s letter dated
October, 2009.

I would like to know where
he got his data that white peo-
ple only eat imported food. Pm
really disappointed that now
even what we eat has to be a
white and black thing, I thought

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and well, and roaring its way into the history
books in this part of the world.

The question is — are you along for the ride?
Get on board before you are upstaged on the
world arena by a tiny, dedicated group of artists
— oops, I think that has just happened!

Don’t make the mistake of being left behind
again, sir! I urge you to throw your support
behind these talented individuals and walk into
the history books alongside them.

October 10, 2009.

Does even what we eat have to be a white and black thing?

we were all Bahamians or does
he think all white people here
are foreigners. I guess we as a
nation will never get over this.
My white family has roots dat-
ing back almost two hundred
years in the Bahamas and like
everyone else farmed and
fished.

I still prefer to go out fish-
ing and eat fresh seafood rather
than imported food and also
grow most of my vegetables in
my own garden. I think he is
the one who is misconceived
about turtle banning. It’s called
conservation.

This way there may still be
some left for future genera-

tions. When my friends and I
go fishing we never take from
the ocean more than we need
for ourselves and family, unlike
some other people we witness
when we’re out taking as much
as they can stuff into every part
of their boats.

We need to get rid of this all
for me now attitude. And by
the way take a look around
there are plenty Bahamians
black and white eating stew
beef, jerk pork, barbecued ribs
and yes even steak.

FRED
Nassau,
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LOCAL NEWS



PLP Senator elected
president of global
women’s organisation

PLP Senator Allyson May-
nard Gibson has been elected
president of a global women’s
organisation.

ex-MP for Pinewood and current

son, who recently gave evidence

ant Bridgwater and medical tech-
nician Taurino Lightbourne, held

preeminent women of significant
and diverse achievement” which

“across national and interna-

tional boundaries to share knowl-
edge and ideas, to enrich other’s

advance “women’s leadership

tinents.”

governors, bank CEOS, nobel }
laureates, astronauts and news }

Call for protection for teachers falsely accused by students

By DENISE MAYCOCK
? Tribune Freeport Reporter

Operation Grinch

correspondents, among others.

GB Police launch

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT -

upcoming Christmas season.
Police Headquarters that there

beginning today.

He noted that 24-hour patrols of a Teachers Protection Act

will be implemented, in addi- :

tion to the regular patrols } constitutional rights of innocent

already in place in various divi- } teachers.

sions on the island.

In anticipation of the busy } accusations they should be

Christmas season, Mr Seymour } ordered to take a polygraph

said the police want to ensure : test. After all, it would be erro-

that residents, visitors, and busi- :

ness persons have a safe and } never lie, especially when they

e . ? are being manipulated by evil
As we approach the climax ? adults,” Mr Buchanan said.
of this year and the Christmas }

holiday season, we are cognizant tions first broke in January

of all the possible challenges } when two former male students

? at the Eight Mile Rock High

“It is the mandate of the offi- | school claimed that they were

cers on this operation to be } molested by their teacher,

uty with § Andre Birbal.
any and all acts of criminality. }

And so, we serve notice now for : police for questioning in con-
anyone who deliberately sets out | pection with unnatural sexual

to break the law that ‘Opera- } intercourse. He is currently

tion Grinch ‘will be there to get | awaiting extradition from the

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peaceful holiday season.

with which it brings.

relentless and deal swiftly with

you,” warned ASP Seymour.

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
A CAMPAIGN to improve condi-

tions at the government’s controversial

the subject.
Bahamas Humane Society president

? Kim Aranha spoke out about the
? deplorable conditions at the pound -—
the post of vice president of the }
women’s networking organisa- }
tion up until taking the top role. }

According to its website, the ;
IWF is a “global organisation of }

whih were exclusively revealed in The
Tribune — on Island FM yesterday. She
called on Bahamians to take better care
for their animals in order to stop the
continuous cycle of capturing and killing

? of wandering dogs carried out by the
? Canine Control Unit every week.
brings such people together ;

Her appearance on Patty Roker’s

? radio show, along with Bahamas
? Humane Society staff member Natalia
? Nunez, came after the not-for-proft
lives and to provide and network
of support and exert influence”.

In this way, it works to

charity hosted a public meeting last
week.
Concern over conditions at the pound

? were raised after The Tribune published
across careers, cultures and con- i

a letter from a 14-year-old boy who told

of the horrors he witnessed on a visit to

The 25-year-old IWF’s mem- }
bers include former prime min- }
isters, supreme court justices, ;

the facility with dog trainer Devlyn
Stubbs of Stubsdale Dog Care Centre,
including seeing a dead dog locked in a

Ss

THE TRIBUNE revealed the conditions in
the dog pound.

kennel with a live one.

As one of around 30 people who
attended the meeting, Mr Stubbs said
his greatest concern was the fact there
was no one on the property with keys
for the kennels.



The allegations led to the formation
of an activist group on social networking
site Facebook which now has nearly 600
members and after several requests, The
Tribune was invited to tour the facility
on October 9.

On the same day, the Humane Soci-
ety was given an open invitation to the
government dog pound in the Botanic
Gardens, Chippingham, to select ani-
mals fit for adoption, and a pit bull pot-
cake, Poundcake, was saved.

Until then, the Humane Society next
door to the dog pound had little involve-
ment with the Canine Control Unit
operated by the Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Marine Resources.

Ms Aranha said: “We are now going
to work together. We are going to try to
home more and more of the dogs that
come in and what we want to do is make
it so the pound is not really necessary
because there won’t be more and more
dogs to pick up. It’s really in the peo-
ple’s hands.”

The unit picks up around 50 wander-
ing dogs in traps across New Providence
every week, and kills the animals at the
pound within four days. Their carcasses
are collected every Friday morning by
the Environmental Health Department,
for another 50 dogs to be picked up and

Support grows for campaign
to improve govt dog pound

The former Attorney General, } By MEGAN REYNOLDS
? Tribune Staff Reporter
leader of opposition business in }
the Senate will serve as Presi- }
dent of the International Wom- }
en’s Forum for a two-year term. }
Attorney Mrs Maynard Gib- } dog pound is gaining support with a
: public meeting and radio talk show on
in the recent attempted extor- }
tion trial of former Senator Pleas- }

killed the following week.

However, Mrs Aranha said this is not
solving the problem.

She emphasised the need for legisla-
tion to ensure pets are spayed and
neutered, to keep their populations
under control, and to ensure responsible
animal ownership.

Mrs Aranha said: “The picking up of
dogs is not going to cure the problem,
what’s going to cure the problem is get-
ting the animals spayed and neutered,
keeping dogs in your yard, and if you
want it to have puppies, you must find
homes for those puppies and then have
it spayed.

“It’s a people problem, it’s not an
animal problem.”

Ms Aranha encouraged animal own-
ers who want to surrender their pets to
call the Humane Society so they can be
adopted, rather than calling the pound,
where they will be euthanised.

Ms Aranha is concerned the dogs are
not sedated before they are put to sleep
because of the extra cost of sedatives.

To get involved in the campaign log
on to www.facebook.com and join the
group ‘For a more humane Bahamas
government dog pound’.

Or email your concerns to
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Although Mr Buchanan was
also taken into custody for
questioning in connection with
allegations that he had a sexual
relationship with a female stu-
dent, he was released by police
and no charges were filed
against him.

Police have not yet conclud-
ed its investigations concerning
a female teacher at EMRHS
who was also accused of hav-
ing sexual relations with a male
student.

Mr Buchanan said persons
who are in close contact with
children are susceptible to false
accusations.

He noted that school admin-
istrators, social workers, coun-
selors, and law enforcement
agencies must not be biased in
their dealings because they are
employed by the government.

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accusations against teachers,
knowing that they can claim
sexual assault or molestation
without having to provide any
substantial evidence.

Mr Buchanan said that prop-
er care and concern demon-
strated by teachers toward stu-
dents should not be confused
as a sexual relationship or iden-
tified as a boundary violation.

He expressed concern about
the possible involvement of
school board officials who
encourage children to make
false allegations.

“Parents have a responsibili-
ty not to allow their children to
be manipulated by...individu-
als who use children to promote
their future agenda,” said Mr
Buchanan.

Mr Buchanan believes that
children claiming sexual
molestation should be subject

to, or required to undergo a

comprehensive screening
process in the presence of their
parents.

“In today’s society it is no
longer enough to believe what a
child says. Teachers have rights
too and their rights must not
be violated by the immature
creative imaginations of stu-
dents,” he said.

“What penalty should stu-
dents face for presenting false
information? What punishment
should they receive for their
deceit and dishonest actions?

“Is it okay for them to have
crushes and report pernicious
fantasies just because they are
children?

Mr Buchanan believes that
the Bahamas Union of Teach-
ers and Department of Educa-
tion should support a Teachers
Protection Act.

The Ministry of Education

has implemented new measures
regarding its hiring practices by
having all teachers vetted by
police. Safety committees com-
prising of administrators, teach-
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FROM page one

blamed the current administration for
increased crime, joblessness and other
ills.

He thus promised to “work with all the
PLP standard bearers leading up to the
ensuing election to ensure victory and
thereafter return to my life of retirement.”

Making his announcement while
appearing as a guest on Island FM radio’s
Parliament Street talk show, the combat-
ive veteran politician — a former Cabinet
minister in the Progressive Liberal Party
and MP for 25 years — had “admonition
and encouragement” from others to enter
the race.

Mr Roberts added that he supports Mr
Christie as leader of the party, but has
yet to make his mind up who he would
like to see become Deputy Leader of the
party at the upcoming convention on
October 21 to 23.

His announcement is in stark contrast
to his position earlier last year, when he
outright denied any intention to enter the
PLP Chairmanship race, telling The Tri-
bune the answer was “definitely no” when
asked whether he had commissioned or
approved emails circulating in February
2008 calling for “Bradley Roberts for
National Chairman.”

Mr Roberts formally stood down from
front line politics prior to the May 2007
election, choosing not to contest his Bain

Bratley Roberts

and Grants Town seat again.

However, he has remained a strong
critic of the government and in recent
times has made numerous public address-
es railing against what he says is the
deplorable conditions that exists in
Bahamian society today under the FNM
government.

Yesterday he said that “for more than a
year he has been strongly encouraged by
stalwart councillors and party supporters
around The Bahamas to again run for the
post of national chairman of the PLP.”
He said that his decision “to allow (his)
name to be placed in nomination” was
made “after much prayer, consultation
and consideration.”

Meanwhile, he noted that it was he who
was chairman of the party when the PLP
won the government in the May 2002
election. He emphatically denied any
intention to run for a seat in parliament
again.

“T want to make it crystal clear...that
those days are over,” he said, adding that
he felt that being an MP - as Ms Hanna
Martin is - and a chairman at the same
time is an “onerous” task.

Including Mr Roberts, there are now
four people challenging Ms Hanna Martin
for the Chairmanship: Mr Roberts, former
MP Keod Smith, current national

vicechairman Kenred
Dorsett and Ricardo
Smith.

When it was put to
him that he has
“pulled the carpet out
from under” Mr
Dorsett after having
it appear that he
backed the vice chair-
man for the post he
now wishes to obtain,
Mr Roberts shot
back.

“T attended all of
the launches of those
who extended the invitation to go. I did. I
am a senior PLP member and I gave sup-
port,” he said.

However, he added that he feels Mr
Dorsett would make a better MP than
party chairman.

“T think he would do a fine job. He has
the interests of Bahamians at heart. I
would like to see Ken utilise his time in
focusing on the constituency rather than
being consumed with interests of party,”
said Mr Roberts.

He denied that he may be too old for
the job or that as a senior member of the
party who has retired from front line pol-
itics only to then return to challenge a
younger member for a party post, he is
unfairly taking opportunities from the
next generation of PLPs.

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veys issued a letter to both of the
Thompsons advising them that the
government has approved their fif-
teen acre application in the vicinity
of Deep Creek, South Eleuthera
for agricultural usage. The land was
approved on a 21-year renewable
lease at the price of $525 per year.

However, the major concern
amongst sources within the Depart-
ment of Lands and Surveys is that
Mr Ronald Thompson was the per-
manent secretary for this depart-
ment at the time that these applica-
tions were being speedily approved
through the system - bypassing oth-
ers who have had to wait years, even
decades to get a response from the
department. While proclaiming his
innocence from any sort of nepo-
tism over the matter, Mr Thomp-
son told The Tribune in an earlier
interview that the application raised
no concerns in his eyes.

“My brother has been farming in
Deep Creek, Eleuthera, for a num-
ber of years and he applied for some
land to do some farming. It is not a
grant, it is a lease of land. And any-

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body can apply for leases of land,”
Mr Thompson said.

While The Tribune understands
that the lease for this land has yet to
be granted outright, sources within
the department suggest that the
property was already being occu-
pied and worked on since July of
2005. In fact, in a survey plan
obtained by this daily of the prop-
erty, the area encompasses some
30.697 acres, and not the 15 that Mr
Thompson has defended.

With the issue of crown land
sparking such an uproar and debate
throughout the country, the House
of Assembly has appointed a Select
Committee which will be meeting
again this morning to investigate all
issues relating to the disposition of
crown land.

This committee has heard from
the former director of Lands, Tex
Turnquest, who was forced to resign
from his post after he failed to give a
sufficient answer to the Prime Min-
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police officer.

She and her relatives were part of a group of
nine, who, along with their tour guide, were
standing on the Queen’s Staircase on the morn-
ing of Sunday, October 11. Having left their
Carnival “Glory” cruise ship that morning,
they wanted to see the sights.

However, moments after ascending the steps
they were approached by two men who took
their cash and jewellery while threatening them
with a gun. According to the tourist, after the
robbery occurred and police were called, an
unmarked car attended the scene - which they
later discovered to be a police car.

A man emerged wearing “a wife beater
(vest), cargo shorts, flip flops and aviators,
holding what looked like a hunting rifle.”

The man did exactly as their assailants had
done - walking behind them with the gun with-
out saying a word or identifying himself as a
police officer, claimed Ms Greer.

“T was legitimately scared when he pulled up.
I thought ‘Oh my god, is this gonna happen
again.”

Luckily, a uniformed officer appeared on
the scene moments later and made it known
that the shotgun-toting man was a plain clothes
officer.

“It was so odd,” said Ms Greer. “He never
said anything to us.”

The visitor, who had cash and jewellery tak-
en from her by the two men, who appeared to
be in their twenties and were not masked -
except for a white handkerchief one held to his
face - said she was shocked when officers made
no immediate attempt to determine where the

Tourist criticises

men may have fled to.

“No one made an attempt to go after them.
Tjust thought it was so strange,” said Ms Greer.

This was just one of several “mind blow-
ing” moments for the tourist, her relatives, and
the rest of their tour group.

Upon being transported to a local station,
believed to be Central Police station on East
Street, the woman told of how the group were
being addressed by an officer in an office at the
station when a woman snuck into the room
and started dialling a number using the office
phone.

Moments later, the officer saw her and began
shouting angrily to another officer to “get her
back in the cell” - giving the group the impres-
sion the woman was supposed to have been in
custody at the time but had escaped.

“Tt was chaotic, just unbelievable,” said the
29-year-old.

And although her sister had managed to
hide a camera on which she realised she had a
photograph of one of the two men during the
robbery, police at the station did not have the
basic equipment to extract the image from the
camera. This resulted in Ms Greer and her sis-
ter having to take a 45-minute trip to another
station where they were able to obtain the
image for police records.

They were then shown what the tourist
described as “grainy, xerox photocopies of mug
shots of different people” and asked if they
could pin point any of them as their assailants.

However, Ms Greer claimed the quality of
the images was so poor that the exercise was of

no use at all. “You couldn’t see any detail,” she
claimed.

She said she felt like officers were asking
the group “leading questions” about the
images, almost asking her to identify the people
in the photos as the thieves.

“T didn’t think they would lead us on so
much. They were saying stuff like, ‘Don’t you
think he looks a little bit like that guy nght
there? You're pretty much saying you want
me to say it’s that guy,” said Ms Greer.

While she said she does not believe their
victimisation by the thieves is representative of
most tourist’s experience in The Bahamas and
could have been simply a matter of being “in
the wrong place at the wrong time” the ordeal
and their subsequent experience with the police
left she and her relatives “exhausted.”

“They said to us that if the case goes to trial
we’ll be invited back at the government’s
expense to attend, but my sister said ‘Count me
out!’,” said the visitor.

Jitney attack

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have smashed a jitney full of passengers on
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The two men were reported to have
jumped out of a 21A bus and broke win-
dows on the other 21A bus with a hammer,
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however, police said there was no evidence
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Obama’s Nobel Prize: The
stupidity of political bigotry

BY SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a Consultant and
former Caribbean diplomat)

ARACK Obama

did not ask for

the Nobel Peace

Prize and he was
probably the most shocked per-
son to learn that it had been
awarded to him.

He certainly made no secret
of his surprise at the news.
And, he was dignified and hum-
ble in publicly saying that he
didn’t feel that he deserved to
be “in the company of so many
of the transformative figures
who’ve been honoured by this
prize — men and women
who’ve inspired me and
inspired the entire world
through their courageous pur-
suit of peace”.

In selecting Obama, the
Nobel Prize Committee said:
“Only very rarely has a person
to the same extent as Obama
captured the world's attention
and given its people hope for
a better future”. Few, except
Obama’s bitterest antagonists
in the US Republican Party and
right wing groups would deny
that statement.

The Committee also justified
awarding the Prize to Obama
by saying it “attached special
importance to Obama's vision
of, and work for, a world with-
out nuclear weapons”. That,
too, is true. Obama could not
be any clearer on this issue.

I part company with the
Committee in its prospective
explanation that “as President
(Obama) created a new climate
in international politics. Multi-
lateral diplomacy has regained
a central position, with empha-
sis on the role that the United
Nations and other internation-
al institutions can play”. This
latter assertion is left to be seen.

From a Caribbean stand-
point, his desire for multilater-
al diplomacy — rather than the
enforcement of a US position —
is yet to be tested and will be
judged on the readiness of his
administration to include
Caribbean governments direct-
ly in: addressing the economic
development needs of the area
through bilateral assistance and
the mobilization of resources

InsI

Sir Ronald Sanders



from the international financial
institutions such as the IMF and
World Bank; reviewing US pol-
icy on the deportation of crim-
inals; reassessing and re-mod-
eling the anti-drug trafficking
programme in the area; and
fashioning machinery that will
allow Caribbean financial ser-
vices to continue to compete in
the global market place, partic-
ularly in relation to US busi-
nesses. On this, judgment of
Obama’s willingness to engage
even the smallest of nations in
multilateral decision-making
has to be withheld.

But, whatever reservations
may be harboured by non-
Americans about the early
award of the Peace Prize to
Obama, two things cannot be
denied. First, the Nobel Prize
Committee is right in its assess-
ment that Obama has captured
the world’s attention and given
people of many nations cause
to hope for a better future.
And, second, he has been
awarded the prize without seek-
ing it.

In this regard, Barack Oba-
ma is far above reproach. His
declaration that he did not feel
he deserved to be in the com-
pany of the notable persons

ht

who preceded him also marked
him as a special human being.

Every citizen of the United
States of America should have
rejoiced in the selection of one
of their own for the Prize, espe-
cially coming after a period in
which its government’s policies
and practices estranged the US
from most of the rest of the
world and created deep resent-
ment of Americans as a nation.
Americans of every stripe
should have been delighted that
their country had returned to
a place of global honour.

And, it is worth saying that
while the period before Oba-
ma was particularly awful under
the administration of George
W Bush, the previous Bill Clin-
ton government was not with-
out its flaws.



Resentment

Any who would question my
observation of the Clinton gov-
ernment should look at the
number of routine air strikes in
Afghanistan that killed many
innocent people and spurred
deep resentment.

For the Caribbean, the dis-
location of banana farmers
from their preferential market
in the European Union was a
direct result of the Clinton
administration’s decision to act
in the World Trade Organiza-
tion for US multinational com-
panies that were banana plan-
tation owners in Latin America
as well as financial contributors
to the Clinton presidential cam-
paign. It was also under the
Clinton administration that the
US took a hawkish position in
the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development
(OECD) that blacklisted sev-
eral Caribbean jurisdictions
over financial services. Many
never recovered.

There is no doubt that no
one person in US history has
done more to improve global
attitudes to the US than Barack
Obama. The American people

purged themselves when the
majority of them elected him
President for the content of his
character above the colour of
his skin, and for recognizing
that he had a quality in his rea-
soning and his aspirations that
was inspiring and believable.

But, instead of applauding
Obama’s appreciation by a
prestigious body that has hon-
oured human achievement and
ambition for over a century,
Republicans and right-wing
groups in the United States
denigrated it.

Fox News called the Nobel
Prize “tainted” and one com-
mentator wallowed in the gut-
ter to ask if the Prize Commit-
tee was pursuing “a policy of
affirmative action” — in other
words Obama got the Prize
because he is black. The ridicu-
lousness of the last comment is
evidenced by the people who
have won the Peace Prize in
modern times. For the most
part, they are not white and at
least three of them are black —
Nelson Mandela, Desmond
Tutu and Martin Luther King.

These same groups cheered,
celebrated, and rejoiced when
their own country lost its bid
to host the 2016 Olympics sim-
ply because Obama joined the
effort to convince the Olympic
Committee to choose Chicago.
How sick is that?

As a non-American, wary of
the tendency for big powers to
overlook the human value of
small countries and their ten-
dency to marginalise weak
nations in pursuit of their own
interests, I have to hope that, in
awarding the Nobel Peace Prize
to Obama so early in his Presi-
dency, the objective of the
Committee was to hold him to
the values that he has espoused
and encourage him to live up
to them.

But, those Americans who
maligned this unsought honour
to one of their own should be
ashamed of their deplorable
behaviour. The awful spectacle
to the world of their bigotry on
this particular issue lost them
respect and was nothing short
of stupid.

Responses to, and previous
commentaries, at: www.sir-
ronaldsanders.com

sanders.com/>

Bahamas welcomes OAS Secretary General on first visit

Secretary General of the
Organisation of American
States (OAS), Jose Miguel
Insulza, made an Official Visit
to The Bahamas from October
15 to 16, 2009, to discuss mat-
ters relating to tourism and
trade in the Americas.

It was his first official visit
here. He met with Governor-
General His Excellency Arthur
Hanna, Prime Minister the Rt
Hon Hubert Ingraham; Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs the Hon Brent
Symonette; and Leader of the
Opposition the Rt Hon Perry G
Christie.

The Bahamas has endorsed
Mr Insulza’s candidacy for a
second five-year term as OAS
Secretary General. Elections
are to be called by May 2010.

Prime Minister Ingraham
spoke to the relationship
between The Bahamas and the
OAS and pledged support in a
number of initiatives being
undertaken by the 35-member
body.“We have had and con-
tinue to have an excellent rela-
tionship with the OAS,” he
said. “We are pleased that some
of our nationals were given
opportunities to work at the
OAS and many Bahamians
have benefited from the schol-

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arships, which you offer. We
continue to play an active role.”

He said that The Bahamas
“was happy” with the role the
OAS is playing regarding
reports of human rights viola-
tion in Honduras. The Prime
Minister also pledged The
Bahamas’ support in the
upcoming general elections in
St Kitts and Nevis.

“We are happy with what
you are doing with the Hon-
duran situation and we accept
that your support for the elec-
tion process in St Kitts is going
to be important,” said the
Prime Minister. “We are appre-
ciative of your desire and atten-
tion to help with the supervi-
sion and monitoring of those
elections. Also, we are delight-
ed to publicly declare our sup-
port for your candidacy as sec-
retary general in the OAS.”



(io a ‘ _
Mr Insulza, 66, a lawyer, was
born in Chile. He was elected
OAS Secretary General on
May 2, 2005.

At a press conference at the
Cabinet Office, Minister of For-
eign Affairs the Hon Brent
Symonette said it was a plea-
sure to welcome Mr Insulza to
The Bahamas, and was looking
forward to continued coopera-
tion during his next term.

Mr Insulza thanked The
Bahamas for its support, “espe-
cially during these very impor-
tant moments” for the region.

“We have been discussing
some of the issues pending in
the region - crisis in some coun-
tries and upcoming elections in
some others,” he said. “The
Bahamas is a very important
member of our organisation.
We think there is a lot of space
to do a lot of new things.”

OAS SECRETARY GENERAL,
Jose Miguel Insulza is pictured
(left) at the Cabinet Office with
Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette.






Pat Sullivan/AP Photo

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The PLP catfight — the hottest event in town
YOUNG Man’s VIEW

ADRIAN

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

There were some comments
made in Friday’s column, ‘Oba-
ma richly deserved Nobel Peace
Prize’, that were intended as a
springboard for the article. How-
ever, through an error in trans-
mission, accreditation for the
comments was omitted. The
comments of which I speak were
made by Washington-based
Time writer Massimo Calibresi.
I spotted the error at about 2
o'clock Friday morning, when
The Tribune had long gone to
press. I apologise to my readers

for the mistake.
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his week’s PLP
convention is
expected to be
great political the-
atre and primetime drama with
more mudslinging than a mon-
soon. Undoubtedly, the con-
vention floor is expected to be
the site of rowdy politicking, the
spillage of political blood and
likely the 21st century’s very
own ‘Night of the Long Knives.’

Earlier this week, a friend
and I discussed acquiring tickets
to the PLP’s catfight which will
no doubt be the hottest event
in town.

Bahamians should expect the
leadership melee to intensify as
the time draws near, with last
minute backdoor deals/promis-
es and a flurry of tacky, image-
moulding press appearances in
order. As I write today, I can
imagine the mad dashes across
the convention floor by candi-
dates as they jockey to engage
as much of the losers supporters
as possible after each round of
voting—all in a desperate bid
to attain the 51 per cent needed
to win the post sought after.

PLP stalwart councillors and
delegates must know that
amidst the hype and internal
warfare, now is their chance to
reject the same old stale politi-
cal arguments that are immate-
rial today, uproot some within
their ranks who have behaved
like broken buffoons since the
party’s electoral defeat, snub
those egocentric and self pro-
moters vying for top posts, sub-
due all odds of a mutiny while

GIBSON

Heartfelt condolences to
ERS

TODAY, I wish to express my heart-felt condolences
to Tribune Publisher Mrs Eileen Carron and her son
Robert on the passing of Mr Roger Carron, husband and
father, early yesterday morning.

I have called the Carron homestead on many occa-
sions—mostly in search of Mrs Carron and/or returning
a call — and held frank conversations with Mr Carron
whose views on certain social and political issues were

candid and unambiguous.

Mr Carron was the bedrock of the Carron house-
hold, a respected newsman and a class act. My family
and I will keep the Carron family in our prayers as they
go through this period of bereavement.

patching the holes in the hull of
a sinking political ship (SS PLP)
and save their party from the
brink of political impotency.

The PLP is fractured and
already in a state of disarray, so
it’s possible that as they engage
in what will unquestionably be a
cannibalizing civil war this con-
vention—as is seen with nearly
all inter-party face-offs around
the world—they will emerge
with a way forward and move to
completely overhauling the par-
ty, while ridding that historic
political organization of those
shallow and empty headed
occupants of frontline posts
(Parliamentary and party posts),
ridding the party of those per-
petual tail wagers, corrupt nin-
compoops and albatrosses who
have, in the past, cost them so
dearly.

As Sir Arthur Foulkes, in his
awe-inspiring tribute to Sir
Clement Maynard, so rightly
put it:

“Politics, that most noble of
professions, can sometimes,
descend into something
approaching savagery. And it
seems that there is no greater

fury in the political arena as
when colleagues turn on each
other.”

Both the PLP and the FNM
need to engage in a compre-
hensive house cleaning exercise
when reviewing candidates—
including incumbents—seeking
nominations, while consistent-
ly recruiting better candidates
and rebuilding the parties.
There is a need for truthful
voices amidst the cancerous pit
of sleaze and dishonesty with
which Bahamian politics/soci-
ety is rapidly becoming synony-
mous. In 2007, the PLP was jilt-
ed by voters who were fed-up
with chronic corruption, inde-
cision and their failure to deliv-
er economic and social initia-
tives/projects in a timely man-
ner. Since the party’s electoral
defeat, the PLP has adopted a
modus operandi that is a self-
destructive shadow of its once
looming stature.

It has been alleged that in
the lead up to the convention,
some delegates and stalwarts
have received financial incen-
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This week’s convention will
feature contenders and a few
pretenders—all fervently trying
to galvanize support from the
party stalwarts/delegates, some
no doubt employing Brutus’ tac-
tics and stabbing each other in
the back with sharpened politi-
cal knives.

Frankly, certain persons con-
testing positions throughout the
party could not realistically
serve as effective backups to
Bozo, the clown!

The PLPs challenging cur-
rent leader and former PM Per-
ry Christie are Paul Moss, Dr
Bernard Nottage and, there
have been rumblings that Fred
Mitchell will also enter the race
for the top spot. Presently con-
testing the open deputy leader
post are Obie Wilchcombe,
Philip “Brave” Davis and
Jerome Fitzgerald. There has
also been challenges mounted
against party chairman Glenys
Hanna-Martin by ousted MP
Keod Smith, deputy party chair-
man Ken Dorsette and peren-
nial protester Ricardo Smith—
with speculation that party
behemoth—Bradley Roberts—
might enter the race at conven-
tion.

Cremation

Former Prime Minister and
party leader Perry Christie is a
man who, in 2005, promised to
“cremate” current Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham during
the 2007 general election but
instead suffered a nightmare
then and seems to be on the
verge of a cremation by mem-
bers of his own party. For Mr
Christie—who dithered for a
considerable portion of his term
as PM and seemingly turned a
blind eye to the scandals and
accusations of nasty goings-on
that plagued his administra-
tion—it must be tough living in
Sir Lynden Pindling’s all encom-
passing shadow.

It appears that, while Mr
Christie (Kool PC) is a decent
man, he took a disengaged
approach to governance, giving
off the perception that scandals
and signs of indecision may
have forever wrecked his legacy

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and gravely hurt his chances of
being reinstated as party leader.
Mr Christie was a literal disaster
as the leader, being seen as too
forgiving of the transgressions of
his colleagues, running a rud-
derless Cabinet where ministers
reigned supreme over their own
fiefdoms and embarrassed the
country, and mockingly being
referred to as Perry “Promise-a-
lot” Christie or Perry “Talk-a-
lot” Christie.

Admittedly, Mr Christie con-
tinues to have widespread
appeal and is a fancy talker
whose oratorical delivery and
passionate conjecture sounds so
good that sometimes I find
myself feeling keyed up by his
style—that is, until I rationally
decipher what he is really saying
in some of his convoluted talka-
thons (don’t get me wrong,
many times he makes great
sense). Mr Christie does appear
to be a nice man, who is today
being challenged by persons he
protected and stood up for. The
PLP leader’s biggest draw-
back—in our political culture—
is that no one seems to fear him.
Surely, as more and more chal-
lengers come out of the wood
work, Mr Christie can see the
writing on the wall.

Although Mr Christie has a
very likely shot at being
returned as leader and has
clearly enunciated his belief that
he will lead the party into the
next general election, in the end,
it appears that he may be out-
manoeuvred by his chal-
lengers—particularly Dr
Bernard Nottage. However, no
one should “sleep on” Mr
Christie as the recently appoint-
ed stalwart councillors/delegates
and those from the Pindling era
will likely support him.

Dr Bernard Nottage, the
political journeyman and his
party’s very own prodigal son,
appears to be the only titan—
besides Mr Christie—in the race
for his party’s leadership. Dr
Nottage who, in terms of media
relations pulled a disappearing
act this year, has illustrated his
firm and appreciable manage-
ment skills during his stint as
leader of the CDR. Although
rather arcane and now a senior
citizen, it is expected that the
politically astute and charis-
matic doctor will storm the con-

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vention. By all accounts, the
former Health Minister has
commanded a great deal of sup-
port, appeals inside and out of
the party ranks and is seen as
the only serious contender for
the party leadership. Thus far
in his political career, Dr Not-
tage appears to be uncompro-
mised and fearless, and accord-
ing to most persons I spoke to,
is the best person to reinvigo-
rate a demoralized PLP and
prepare the party for frontline
combat in 2012.

However, although he
appears posed to be politically
resurrected to ascend the PLP’s
throne, the doctor remains the
ultimate enigma. As the rounds
of voting wind down, it is likely
that the other challengers will
urge their supporters to support
Nottage and take him beyond
the 51 per cent threshold.

Paul Moss, another chal-
lenger for the PLP leadership,
can be merely summed up as a
rank outsider. While I can
appreciate Mr Moss’s steely
determination, he has come to
be seen as a fame hankerer who
appears to be plainly delusional
if he believes that he can win a
leadership contest in a party
where the political hacks of long
standing dominate the order of
the day. I do applaud Mr Moss
for stepping-up early, being a
pace setter and a free thinker—
if only he could win on that
alone, he would be leader!

The lawyer stood up to con-
front the PLP’s strongman while
everyone else cowered and were
too afraid to do so. However,
unless Mr Moss is sprinkling
sparkly fairy dust over the del-
egates, he will soon find him-
self experiencing a cold political
winter. Mr Moss, who is seen
as a “Johnny-come-lately”, has
yet to secure a nomination with
the party and seems too impa-
tient, nearly to the point where
his “eager beaver” approach
can be seen as malignantly nar-
cissistic and presumptuous. The
social activist is a long shot as he
has never been elected or
appointed to public office, has
yet to secure a nomination and
only recently joined the PLP.
Besides, I doubt that a party
trying to transform itself will
select a leader who sits in none
of the Houses of Parliament—
just like the rest of us.

Mr Moss seems to have
quite a bit of grass roots sup-
port, does not appear to suffer
from “kiss up disease”, seems
busy with life, does not appear
to be concerned with petty pol-
itics and is of strong financial
standing.

This time around, I urge Mr
Moss to remember the words
attributed to the great philoso-
pher Aristotle, which goes:

“He who has never learnt to
obey cannot be a good com-
mander.”

By all accounts, Paul Moss is
a man of strong values; howev-
er, he must also remember that
patience is a virtue. It is my
belief that the newly established
National Development Party
(NDP)—with which one of Mr
Moss’s brothers is affiliated and
which has no leader—is prepar-
ing for Mr Moss to become their
leader depending on the out-
come of the convention and/or
in the lead up to the next gen-
eral election (particularly if he
hasn’t secured a nomination by
that time).

Fred Mitchell, who is specu-
lated to announce his bid for
the leadership, is viewed by
many as a polarizing figure.
Although he is perceived to be
very smart, Mr Mitchell must
revamp his image due to per-
ceptions such as his divisiveness.

Frankly, if Dr Nottage wins
the PLP’s leadership, it is
expected that Mr Christie will
likely resign his seat as it is
unlikely that he will serve under
the doctor. I also doubt that
Nottage will serve under
Christie if he is once again
defeated by him. Since these
resignations are likely, both par-
ties should prepare for possible
by-elections in Farm Road or
Bain Town. Respectfully, if Mr
Christie is defeated and resigns,
maybe he should enter religious
ministry as he has the oratorical
delivery that is well suited for
religious service.

¢ This week I shall discuss the
race for the deputy leader and
chairman posts.




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Boxer on quest
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top amateurs
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER an historic show-
ing last month at the World
Championships in Italy,
Rome, boxer Valentino
Knowles said he’s even
more hungry to continue his
quest to be one of the top
amateur boxers in the world.

To get ready for what is
being anticipated as a hectic
2010 season, Knowles said
he’s going to relocate to
Hollywood, Florida, where
he will be reunited with pro-
fessional Meacher ‘Pain’
Major.

“With my boxing style, I
think the only thing that ’m
lacking is the speed,”
Knowles said. “Meacher has
a tremendous amount of
speed and that is why ’'m
going there with him
because I’m trying to
improve on that.”

Knowles, 21, is scheduled
to be leaving town on Tues-

heading to Hollywood.

Although he has been to
Florida to fight in an ama-
teur show, Knowles will be
making his debut in a train-
ing camp there.

“This is my first time
going there, so I’m anxious
to get down there and start
training,” he stated. “Every-
where you go, you can learn
new things.”

Having worked with
Major here at the Nassau
Stadium before he went to
Italy for the World Cham-
pionships, Knowles said he
was impressed with Major’s
work ethic.

“T worked with him in his
training camp here. It was
going good for a while,” he
said. “We were working on
a few things like running the
sand in the morning and get-
ting in the gym in the after-
noon.

“So training wise, every-
thing was going good and so
I am looking forward to
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he only yielded one hit.

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sure that we continue to do the same
things that we did tonight and we could

day to start his training in Hollywood.” easily win this series.”
camp until January when he As he looks ahead to While Cornish did his part, the Truck-
will head back to Cuba to going to Hollywood, ers banged out seven hits of Bethel, who

train with Carl Hield and
Taureano ‘Reno’ Johnson.
“Pm going down there to
try to improve on my
speed,” said Knowles about

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to increase my performance

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“Tm trying to get my
weight down because I have a
big year ahead of me. So I
getting an early start.”

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technical aspects as they pre-
pare to box.

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said he gets to do a lot more
to ensure that they are prop-
erly fit, physically and men-
tally.

With 2010 being a busy
year, the first competition that
Knowles is training for is the
Dominican Cup in the
Dominican Republic in Feb-
ruary.

But Knowles said if it’s




going to be staged late in Feb-
ruary, then they will have to
skip it so that they don’t jeop-
ardize their appearance in the
Commonwealth Champi-
onships slated for March.

“Tm just grateful for this
opportunity to work with
Meacher and get my speed
together,” Knowles stressed.

Also next year, Knowles
and the local boxers are look-
ing forward to competing in
the CAC Games, CAC
Championships and the Com-
monwealth Games in India in
September.

“That’s why I’m looking
forward to going down there
to train,” Knowles said. “I feel
this is my time to shine and I
don’t want anything to hold

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Martin Burrows Jr in the
third for a 1-1 tie, the Truck-
ers took a 2-1 lead in the
fourth when Jamal ‘Sarge’
Johnson belted a shot to left
field for a one-out triple and
he caught a ride home on
Terran ‘Pooch’ Wood’s run-
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sixth, the Truckers went on
to put an additional three
runs on the scoreboard to
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by Jamal Johnson’s RBI
triple and Terran Wood
knocked him in with his RBI
single before Wood scored
the final run on an error.

For the Dorsey Park
Boyz, they drew first blood
in the bottom of the first on
Edmund ‘Binks’ Bethel’s
RBI single that sent home
his younger brother Edney
Bethel, who had a one-out
single.

Their final two runs came
in the fourth, the first on a
passed ball that allowed
Mario Ford to cross the
plate after he was hit by a
pitch to lead off the rally.

With one out, the Dorsey
Park Boyz got the bases
loaded and Kevin Hinsey,
who started the parade,
eventually scored on
Michael Thompson’s two-
out RBI base on balls.

Difficult

Not only did the Dorsey
Park Boyz find it difficult to
score runs, but they had
some internal problems that
surfaced on the field and
that obviously had an impact
on their performance.

Edney Bethel, who was so
disgusted when manager
Anthony ‘Poker’ Huyler
didn’t replace first baseman
Darren Bowleg that he
threw up his glove and head-
ed to the dug-out, said it’s
something they have to iron
out before game two.

“We didn’t play well at all
as a team,” he said. “We
made too many mistakes
and when you do against a
team like this, it’s going to
hard for you to win.”

As for his tantrum, Bethel
said he was just frustrated
with the defense behind
him.

“We could play better
than we did,” he said. “I
really wanted them to pull
Darren because he was miss-
ing some easy plays. Things
like that really hurt you.”

Bethel may have also hurt
himself because he was
called a number of times by
the base umpires for illegal
pitches. But Bethel insisted
that it really should not have
been as many times as they
did.

“Some times my foot was
off the rubber, but I think
they were calling it too
much,” Bethel stressed. “T
don’t think that they really
saw how my foot was touch-
ing it before I pushed off.”

Bethel said they are defi-
nitely going to regroup and
try to get back to what they
were doing in the regular
season where they only lost
one game and that was
against the Truckers in their
initial meeting.

Game two is set for
tonight with the third game
scheduled for Wednesday.

Boxer on quest to be one of the
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me back.

“T want my results to show
on my report card.”

Knowles, who has been
representing the Bahamas on
the senior national team since
he was 17, said his goal is not
just to win a bout, as he did in
Italy, but to actually win a
medal.

“The historic move in Italy
was just an inspiration for me
to make more history when I
compete next year,” he pro-
jected. “I want to go to those
championships and not just
win a bout, but be the first
Bahamian to win a medal.”

He said his training in Hol-
lywood with Major will defi-
nitely help him to achieve
these goals.

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SPORTS



Commonwealth American Football League action...

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LED BY a stingy defensive unit which forced six turnovers and scored two touchdowns, the Pros got by

the V8 Fusion Stingrays 24-12 yesterday at the D W Davis playing field.

on top of Stingrays

THE Commonwealth
American Football League
defending champions opened
the 2009-10 season with a win
to make an early statement
and continue last year’s posi-
tive momentum.

Led by a stingy defensive
unit which forced six
turnovers and scored two
touchdowns, the Pros got by
the V8 Fusion Stingrays 24-
12 yesterday at the D W
Davis playing field.

An evenly played game at
the half, the Pros led just 16-
12 after two quarters.

On the opening drive, the
Stingrays marched the ball

down to the Pros’ four yard
line in large part to a 55 yard
scramble by quarterback Nes-
ley Lucien, however the drive
stalled after several false start
penalties.

The Pros responded using
their vaunted running game
to drive nearly the full length
of the field, capped off by a
Charlie Edwards touchdown.

They converted for an 8-0
lead.

The Stingrays reached the
scoreboard for the first time
on a Jamal Coleby touchdown
run, but failed to convert,
which made the score 8-6.

After a much needed stop

by the Stingrays defense, the
Pros’ defense stepped up to
force their first turnover of
the day, a fumble which was
returned for a touchdown to
give them a 16-6 lead after
conversion.

The Stingrays pulled clos-
er just before the half on a
two yard touchdown run by
Sheldon Lynes.

The second half was all
Pros as they shutout their
opponents to secure the win.

The lone score of the sec-
ond half came on another
fumble returned for a touch-
down, the second of the game
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Wildcats hold on for 12-4
victory over Lady Sharks

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE pennant winning
Pineapple Air Wildcats had
game one of the New Provi-
dence Softball Association
women’s championship series
wrapped up by the fourth
inning.

However, they were
unable to hold onto the
shutout as the Proper Care
Pool Lady Sharks stormed
back and put all four of their
runs on the scoreboard in the
fifth.

In the end, the Wildcats
still managed to hold on for a
12-4 victory as they set up a
showdown in game two of
the best-of-seven series that is
scheduled to continue tonight
at the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex.

“We really went out there
and played like we are capa-
ble of playing,” said Wildcats’
second sacker Hyacinth Far-
rington, who didn’t even have
to finish the game.

“We wanted to show them
that we are back to regain
our title and we’re not going
to let anybody stand in our
way. We feel that we are
playing well enough to easily
take the title.”

SOFTBALL

In their quest to regain the
crown that they relinquished
to the Sigma Brackettes last
year, Farrington said they
have dedicated the series to
one of their coaches, Alexan-
der ‘Zander’ Bain, who is
currently recuperating from
an accident.

“We want to do this for
Alexander,” said Farrington,
who was replaced in the
game in the fourth inning by
Natasha Sears and ended up
coaching at first base.

By the time Farrington
made her exit, the game was
already out of reach as the
Wildcats struck for four runs
in both the first and second
and two in the third and
fourth as well.

Most of Pineapple Air’s
damage was done against
Proper Pool Care’s starting
and losing pitcher Thela
Johnson, who surrendered
five hits and eight runs before
she was replaced by Alex
Taylor.

In the first inning, the
Wildcats went wild as they
took advantage of a couple
miscues by the Lady Sharks.
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Christine Edmunds-Coop-
er highlighted the second
with a RBI double and Mar-
velle Miller came through
with a two-run double after
back-to-back singles from
Dornette Edwards and Mary
Edgecombe-Sweeting.

That prompted manager
Stephen ‘Bishop’ Beneby to
bring in Alex Taylor to finish
up the game. She went on to
give up an additional seven
hits and four runs in the third
and fourth innings combined
before she shut out the Wild-
cats in the fifth and sixth.

Edwards finished with a 3-
for-5 night with two RBI and
as many runs, Vernie Curry

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scored three times on just one
hit and Dornette Edwards
and Edgecombe-Sweeting
crossed home plate twice
each.

For the Lady Sharks, Thela
Johnson said they didn’t play
up to par.

“We made too many little
mistakes that caused them to
take the huge lead at the
beginning and we never was
able to get back imto it,” she
said.

“We avoided the shutout,
which was good. But we
needed to score in some of
the other innings and we did-
n’t.

“We will have to do that if
we’re going to beat this
team.”

Johnson, who moved over

to finish the game at third,

scored the Lady Sharks’ first
run in the fourth when she
led off with a walk, stole sec-
ond and came home on
Vonetta Nairn’s two-out RBI
single.

Nairn then came home on
an error that put Cleo
Symonette on first. After
Raquel Cooper got on base
on another error, Janeen
Wallace had a two-run single

to plate Symonette and

Cooper.

Proper Care Pool had one
final chance to score in the
seventh when Nairn walked

with one out. But she was left

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come to town to participate
in the Caribbean Awards
Sports Icons Foundation’s
2009 banquet.

CASI’s regional director
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pleased to announce the par-
ticipation of Mike Fennell,
who serves as president of the
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thinks of CAST as a neces-
sary entity for further devel-
opment and historic connec-
tion for Caribbean sports.”

Fennell is due to arrive in
town on November 19 direct
from Lusanne, Switzerland.

During the banquet, CASI
will present awards to the out-
standing athletes in the
Caribbean in cricket, football
(soccer), athletics, basketball,
international sailing and net-
ball.

This is the second year that
the event is being held. The
first time it was done in
Jamaica where Sturrup was
the keynote speaker.

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Government to expand national park system

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

ENHANCING environmen-
tal protection the Government
has decided to expand the
country’s national park system.

New areas of land and sea
will now be subjected to man-
agement and protection by the
Bahamas National Trust in
Great Abaco, while the existing
West Side National Park in

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Conception Island
National Park will
be expanded to
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Hubert Ingraham
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whilst addressing
the Bahamas National Trust’s

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park system.”

Under the new protection
plan, a Fowl Cays and Sea Park
will be created between Scot-
land and Man O’War Cay in
the barrier islands of Great
Abaco.

Additionally, the West Side
National Park in Andros will
be expanded to include key
habitats and species found in
areas north of the western most
point of Andros including

William’s Island and Billy
Island, Turner Sound, certain
identified creeks with signifi-
cant mangroves extending into
South Andros, the unnamed
lake system on the west side,
Cabbage Creek to Timber
Creek, and the area south of
Lisbon Creek including Sandy
Cay in the South Bight.
Meanwhile, the Conception
Island National Park will be
expanded and regularised
under long-lease to take in
important surrounding marine
areas that include important

Montastrea reef systems,
“bringing it into conformity
with other national parks man-
aged by the Trust,” said the
Prime Minister.

Mr Ingraham noted that The
Bahamas is party to the UN
Convention on Biological
Diversity which established tar-
gets for all state parties with
regard to protection of marine
and land ecosystems for 2010
and 2012.

Mr Ingraham said his gov-
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round half of Royal

Bank of Canada Trust

staff in Nassau are set

to lose their jobs as

work is outsourced across the

Caribbean, according to a source
within the company.

A new regional plan will see jobs

in operations, finance, accounting

and other departments relocated to

Industry source
supports the PM’s
stance on banks

A SENIOR banking indus-
try source described it as
“ludicrous” that so much
money made by foreign banks
in The Bahamas has been
repatriated overseas.

Commenting on sentiments
expressed by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham in the
House of Assembly on Thurs-
day, when he said he was
“angered” by the fact that
some banks are able to send
“huge profits” overseas while
paying a “pittance” to the
Bahamian government, the
banking source said he “total-
ly supports” Mr Ingraham.

“The time has come and
certainly passed for The
Bahamas taking a totally dif-
ferent approach to levying
fees and taxes on financial
services sector. We are way

PM Hubert Ingraham (AP)

the Cayman Islands and Barbados,
while only those working in private
banking and trusts will be retained
in Nassau, the source said.

Around 18 Bahamian staff could
be out of work within weeks, the
staff member told The Tribune.

However, they have currently
been left in limbo while managers
iron out the details of the plan
behind closed doors.

The Nassau employees feel they
are being victimised because they
had lodged a complaint with the

Labour Board earlier this year, and
spoke out publicly about how the
company has paid high prices to hire
foreign workers over experienced
Bahamian staff while Bahamians
were held back from promotion.
RBC Trust Managing Director
Elizabeth Dorsch, partly responsible
for hiring, is also set to leave Nassau
at the end of the month, and her
job will be done from Cayman or
Barbados, according to the source.
The RBC Trust employee who
did not want to be named said: “I

think we are being victimised
because we came out and told the
truth about what was going on, and
made known the fact that the expats
were coming in and getting better
positions than the qualified Bahami-
ans already here.

“RBC has been making money in
the Bahamas for years and business
is growing, so I don’t know why they
are doing this at this point in time.

“We are still making a profit despite
the economy, so there should be no
need for this.”

But plans appear to be forging
ahead as five RBC Trust managers
from the Cayman Islands met in
Nassau last week to discuss future
operations, the source said.

“Tam guessing the decisions have
already been made, but they haven’t
told us yet,” the staff member told
The Tribune.

“They have said they are going
to try to employ us within RBC
here in Nassau, but other than that

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behind the eight ball on that
and as a consequence lost out
on a lot of money over years,”
said the source.

While noting that “it’s a

delicate balance” because
many banks are here specifi-
cally in light of the profits
they have been able to pro-
duce, he said he doubts most
would pull out if a low tax
were imposed.

“Tt’s ludicrous that these
foreign banks have been mak-

Peanut products doing just fine after health scare

By BEN EVANS
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Go fig-
ure: Food makers processed more
peanuts over the past year than near-

ly any other time on record despite a
national salmonella outbreak blamed
for killing nine people and scaring
consumers away from peanut prod-
ucts for months.

Peanut farmers who once feared

$1 billion in losses are chalking up
their good fortune to a bad economy
that has more people reaching for
peanut butter as a cheap lunch.

SEE page 7B

ing huge profits and remitting
it overseas (even if) they do
contribute through employ-
ment and infrasturcutural
investment,” said the source,
who spoke on the condition
of anonymity.

Speaking in parliament this
week Mr Ingraham said he
“find(s) it very distasteful, and
(is) very annoyed by...(or)
quite frankly angered by” the
slight benefits The Bahamas
gets in terms of taxation from
foreign banks operating in the
country.

“Banks in the Bahamas are
able to make profits here in
this country, send it to Bar-
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Iraq approves oil deal

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD (AP) — The
Iraqi government has
approved a deal with a con-
sortium led by British giant
BP PLC to develop a prized
oil field in the south in a
major step forward for the
country’s oil industry.

BP, which was booted from
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dam Hussein nationalized the
oil industry, and its partner
CNPC of China were the only
winners in Iraq's first inter-
national oil auction in over 30
years for development rights
for the 17.8 billion barrel
Rumaila field.

Out of two gas fields and
six oil fields offered in the
June 30 bidding round, the
Rumaila contract was the only
success story. Most oil com-
panies rejected the prices Iraq
was willing to pay, striking a
major blow to Iraq's hopes
for an oil-revenue fueled post-
war recovery.

Although Iraq sits on the
world's third-largest oil
reserve, with at least 115 bil-
lion barrels, the country is
producing and exporting far
below its potential because of
decades of war, lack of invest-
ment, U.N. sanctions, a brain
drain and insurgent attacks.
The government has been try-



THE BP (British Petroleum) logo
at a gas station in Washington
(AP Photo)

ing to entice foreign invest-
ment to boost output.

Government spokesman
Ali al-Dabbagh told The
Associated Press Saturday
that the Cabinet approved the
deal late Friday after it was
signed initially on Oct. 8 by
the Oil Ministry. He did not
provide further details.

The BP-CNPC consortium
had bid to take $3.99 per bar-
rel produced, but later slashed
their price to the $2 per barrel
payment sought by the Oil
Ministry. They were compet-
ing with a consortium led by
U.S. giant Exxon Mobil,
which refused to amend its
offer of $4.80 per barrel.

Daily production from the
Rumaila field stands at about
1 million barrels a day, almost
half of Iraq's daily output of
2.4 million barrels. BP's tar-
geted production is 2.85 mil-
lion barrels per day.

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BP will hold a 38 per cent
stake in the venture, while
CNPC will have a 37 per cent
share. Iraq's State Oil Mar-
keting Organisation will con-
trol the rest.

The latest deal is the sec-
ond secured by CNPC in
postwar Iraq. Last year,
CNPC signed a $3 billion deal
to develop the al-Ahdab oil
field in the south — a deal
first signed in 1997 under Sad-
dam and then revived.

But the deal approved Fri-
day marks the return of BP
to Iraq after the 1972 oil
nationalization pushed out
Western oil companies. BP
has a long history in Iraq. The
company was a shareholder
in the Iraqi Petroleum Com-
pany when it started drilling
Iraq's first oil well at Baba
Gurgur just north of the oil-
rich province of Kirkuk in
June 1927.

BP had a representative
office there for many years
until Saddam invaded Kuwait
in 1990 and they closed their
office. It has been a regular
buyer, directly or indirectly,
of Iraqi crude for many years.
In the last few years, BP has
worked with the government
to provide assistance on reser-
voir management to help bol-
ster production.

The news comes as a num-
ber of consortiums who
offered bids during the first
round agreed to lower their
terms.

Last Tuesday, Oil Minister
Hussain al-Shahristani said
the ministry was revisiting its
first bidding round after three
international oil consortiums
accepted Iraq's terms for
developing two fields and sub-
mitted revised offers.

A consortium led by Italy's
Eni has agreed to develop the
country's 4.1 billion barrel
Zubair oil field for $2 per bar-
rel produced based on a tar-
get production level of 1.125
million barrels per day, al-
Shahristai said.

Two other consortiums,
one led by Russia's Lukoil
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AUS soldier stands guard on top of a humvee as oil workers work on oil well fires at Rumaila oil field, south-
ern Iraq. The Iraqi government has approved a deal with a consortium led by British giant BP PLC to devel-
op a prized oil field in the south in a major step forward for the country's oil industry.

another by Exxon Mobil with
Royal Dutch Shell, are com-
peting to develop the 8.6 bil-
lion barrel West Qurna Stage
1 oil field for $1.9 per barrel,
he added.

The Lukoil-led consor-
tium's targeted production is
1.5 million barrels a day, while
the other consortium's tar-
geted production is 2.1 mil-
lion barrels a day, he said.

Eni had previously bid $4.8
per barrel to develop the field,
while the Lukoil consortium
submitted an earlier bid of
$6.49 per barrel and the
Exxon Mobil-led consortium
was asking for $4 per barrel.

Zubair is currently produc-
ing about 230,000 barrels per
day, while West Qurna Stage
1 is producing about 280,000
barrels a day.

Al-Shahristani said that the
three fields’ combined output
would exceed 6 million bar-
rels a day in six years with a
total direct investment from
these firms expected to be
about $100 billion.

The two deals could be

signed within the coming two
weeks.

The overall fall of oil prices
since last year has forced the
government to slash spending
plans for this year from $79
billion to $58.6 billion. The
oil sector represents about 65
percent of gross domestic

(AP Photo: Gustavo Ferrari)

product and its revenues
account for 95 per cent of
Iraq's earnings.

Iraq is offering 10 oil pro-
jects in its second bidding
round, which is planned to be
finalized in mid-December.
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cent in September from a
year earlier, widening a lead
over the US as the world's
top auto market, with sales
spurred by tax cuts and gov-
ernment stimulus spending.

Overall vehicle sales
totaled 1.33 million units,
while passenger car sales
climbed 84 per cent to 1.02
million units, the China Asso-
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hai’s benchmark was up 1.4
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market traded flat.

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progress out of recession
remained clouded with
improvements in retail sales
and house prices overshad-
owed by warnings that busi-
ness confidence remains frail
and a drop in inflation to a
five-year low.

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developing nations is expect-
ed to boost world oil demand
by slightly under 1 percent
next year, OPEC said while
cautioning that the pace of
recovery remains far from
certain.

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grow by a daily 700,000 bar-
rels to average 84.9 million
barrels per day. That repre-
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tember report.

BRUSSELS — European
Union regulators allowed
Britain to extend its bank
recapitalization and credit
guarantee program until Dec.
31, saying its efforts to boost
credit to businesses and
households need more time.

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billion pounds ($79 billion)
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they plunged in value during
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spend a record amount of its
vast oil wealth next year to
help offset a yawning budget
deficit caused by the global
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RBC job cuts to hit Nassau

FROM page 1B

they will be letting people go
if they can’t find them anoth-
er place.

“But we will see how that
goes because no one is say-
ing anything right now.

“Everybody is just in lim-
bo. It’s a really somber atmos-
phere in here right now, peo-



ple are walking on eggshells.

“We have mortgages to
pay, and school fees, and this
uncertainty is the worst part.

Apply

“People could apply for
other jobs if they knew what
was happening, but they’re
not saying anything.”

An RBC spokeswoman
said: “RBC is firmly com-

NOTICE



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT





No. 45 of 2000
RICHEA COMPANY S.A.





mitted to keeping it's inte-
grated wealth management
business in the Bahamas as
one of our three service
hubs in the Caribbean, and
we are committed to doing
what is best in the long-term
interests of our employees,
clients and shareholders.

“Local staff have been
assured that it is our inten-
tion to keep a strong and
viable wealth management
office here in the Bahamas
for the years to come.

“No announcements have
been made to say positions
have been eliminated, and
as such, no numbers of

employees have been dis-

cussed.
Staff

“Staff were asked for their
ideas on growth and efficien-
cy for the future as we are
committed to a wealth man-
agement business in the
Bahamas.

“Tf any outsourcing were
to be decided upon, we would
follow the Central Bank
guidelines for such approval.

“No staff has been told
their job may become redun-
dant, and as a matter of firm
policy around the globe, RBC

LEGAL NOTICE

always approaches any strate-
gic review with redundancy
as a last step.

“Any time we approach
decisions that result in posi-
tion eliminations, we always
seek to redeploy our staff into
other roles where their skills
and abilities can be used if
vacancies exist both within
our firm and affiliate RBC
locations.

“Redundancies are always
a last resort after careful con-
sideration of other options for
any staff affected.

“As we do on a regular
basis, we are in the process of
making local assessments in
the Bahamas and around the
globe as we align our business
in today’s economy to most
effectively serve our clients.
Management visits to all our
offices is a regular course of

business.

“RBC is simply conduct-
ing a review and looking at
all of its operations locally and
globally to best fit with the
“new norm” of today’s finan-
cial markets and economy.

“As always, we are com-
mitted to keeping our staff
informed and staff in all juris-
dictions are aware of our
efforts to operate our busi-
ness with greater efficiency.”

Trust

RBC Trust maintains staff
in the Bahamas are not being
victimised and there are only
two expatriate staff in Nas-
sau. One is MD Elizabethe
Dorsch who will leave the
Bahamas on a date yet to be
determined.



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 of The International Business Companies Act No.
45 of 2000, RICHEA COMPANY S.A. is in dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution was the
14th day of October, 2009. Dillon Dean of Nassau,
Bahamas is the Liquidator of RICHEA COMPANY
S.A.

Dillon Dean

LIQUIDATOR

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT No. 00098

Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF all that piece parcel or lot
of land containing 13.77 Acres and situate at
Warren’s Harbour and to the Southern side of the
road leading from Moss Town Settlement on Cat
Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas

AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act,
1959 (Chapter 393 Statute law of The Bahamas
revised edition 2001)

AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Anna
Cartherine Carantonis-Grant

NOTICE

ANNA CATHERINE CARANTONIS-GRANT
the Petitioner claims to be the owner in fee simple
in possession of the said piece parcel or lot of land
has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3
of the Quieting Titles Act to have the said piece
parcel or lot of land investigated and the nature
and extend thereto determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in
accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Copies of the diagram or plan showing the positions
boundaries shape marks and dimensions of the
said piece parcel or lot of land may be inspected
under normal working hours at the following
places:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court Bitco
Building, East Street in the City of Nassau,
The Bahamas’

(b) The Chambers of Messrs. Davis & Co.,
4th Floor, Sheraton Hilton, Suite 400 #1
Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having
drawn a right of Dower or an adverse claim not
recognized in the Petition shall within thirty (30)
days after the appearance of the Notice herein file
in the Registry of the Supreme Court in the City
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prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be
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statement of claim within thirty (30) days herein
will operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated the 6th day of May, A.D. 2009

DAVIS & CO.
Chambers
British Colonial Hilton
Centre of Commerce
No. 1 Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner

NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION BAHRAIN LIMITED

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved
and struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of
Dissolution issued by The Registrar General on the 6th day
of October, A.D., 2009.

Dated 8th day of October, A.D., 2009.
Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION
AND PRODUCTION BAHRAIN LIMITED

LEGAL NOTICE

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Dated the 9th day of October, A.D., 2009.
Robert Lazar
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LIQUIDATOR

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
EBSC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

N OTIC EIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) EBSC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 9th
day of October, 2009 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Robert Lazar of 770
South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, Florida 33146.

Dated the 9th day of October, 2009.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
Attorneys for the above-named Company

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Peanut products doing just fine after health scare

FROM page 1B

Agriculture Department
numbers back up the theory.
Peanuts processed for snacks
— items such as sandwich
crackers that were heavily
recalled during the outbreak
— were slightly down for the
accounting year ending July
31. But peanuts used for
peanut butter set an all-time
record at 1.1 billion pounds,
topping the previous year's
total by 100 million pounds.

That was enough to make
the year’s overall peanut pro-
duction the third-highest in
history, missing the top mark
set in 2005 by just a fraction of
1 percent, with nearly 2 bil-
lion pounds being processed.

"This is very unusual,” said
Sanford Miller, senior fellow
at the Joint Institute for Food
Safety and Applied Nutrition
at the University of Maryland.
He said the rebound from a
national food scare typically
takes far longer, sometimes
years.

"It shows you how impor-
tant peanut butter is to the
American diet," Miller said.
"People just won't give it up."

Industry leaders would not
have predicted this outcome
earlier this year after a sal-
monella outbreak linked to
the Peanut Corp. of America
was blamed for sickening hun-

dreds of people and led to one
of the largest product recalls
in U.S. history.

Officials projected massive
losses as the Food and Drug
Administration, in January
and February, added item
after item to a lengthy recall
list of peanut products
deemed potentially danger-
ous. Bracing for a long-term
slump, the industry launched
an aggressive public relations
campaign to convince people
the contamination was isolat-
ed.

The public was skeptical.
Sales of peanut products
plummeted, particularly snack
items.

Even retail sales of peanut
butter — most brands of
which were removed from the
tainted peanut supplies —
dropped from a strong aver-
age of about $100 million in
monthly sales through the end
of 2008 to about $87 million
for the four weeks ending
Feb. 22, according to Nielsen,
a market research firm.

But the slump was short-
lived. By March sales had
bounced back to their pre-
outbreak strength, remaining
high through the summer and
fall.

"There's an old adage in
the industry that you can
almost track the economy by
consumption of peanut but-

ter,” said Stanley Fletcher, a
peanut economist at the Uni-
versity of Georgia. "It's basi-
cally the cheapest source of
protein."

Tim Burch, a peanut farmer
from Newton in southern
Georgia, said he and others
were "sweating it” in Febru-
ary. Orders stopped coming
in and inventories began
backing up as tainted peanuts
were leading the news just
about every day, he said.

But “it appears that
peanuts weathered the storm
reasonably well,” he said. "I
do know that peanut butter
manufacturers are running
wide open."

There were many industry
losers in the salmonella out-
break, including those who
got stuck with potentially
tainted products and little
immediate recourse from the
company responsible, which
filed for bankruptcy.

Also, the booming produc-
tion didn't translate into
record retail sales. Even with
the quick rebound, the down-
turn in the weeks surround-
ing the scare left annual
peanut butter sales down 2.5
percent from the previous
year. Industry officials believe
peanut snacks were down
even more.

That gap between sales and
production suggests to some

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that production may have
been boosted by the scare as
manufacturers and other bulk
users such as_ schools
restocked after throwing out
potentially tainted supplies.

"It took a while for (Peanut
Corp. of America) to trace
back where all that peanut
butter had gone, and because
of consumer confusion there
was a lot of peanut butter that
was discarded," said Patrick
Archer, president of the
American Peanut Council. "I
think some of the increase
was to replace stocks.”

But Archer said "the real
story here is that peanut but-
ter sales are strong."

"I think it shows that
Americans love peanut but-
ter,” he said. "It's just an
American staple."

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Benefits include: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with
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FROM page 1B

Barbados, Barbados gets its
share of taxes and then (the
banks) pay their home coun-
try (taxes owed there) and we
(The Bahamas) get a pit-
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business license fee based on
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approach to the issue by going
to the Government to start
the debate on what kind of
taxation could be implement-
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with a plan.

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for the Government to
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2008
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/No. 845
Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT tract of land comprising
568.37 acres granted by the Crown to HENRY ARMBRISTER
designated as Grant E-79A and called ‘Barataria’ or
‘Camperdown’ and situate about 2 miles Northwest of Arthur’s
Town Airport on Cat Island, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)
LION OIL TOOLS LTD
In Voluntary liquidation

AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act of 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Sam Dean

NOTICE OF PETITION

Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 28th day
of August, A.D. 2009.

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), LION OIL TOOLS LTD is in Dissolution.”

If you have what it takes to succeed in this challenging
role, forward your resume and cover letter to:

The Petition of Sam Dean of Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, one of
the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas showeth in
respect of:

Human Resources Director
Bahamas Supermarkets Limited
East-West Highway « P. O. Box N 3738 « Nassau, Bahamas
Or e-mail to: humanresources@bahamassupermarkets.com

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 15th day
of October, 2009.

Mayo Secretaries Limited
Akara Building, 24 De Castro Street
Wickhams Cay |, Road Town
Liquidator

ALL THAT tract of land comprising 568.37 acres and
situate approximately 2 miles Northwest of Arthur’s Town
Airport on Cat Island one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas and more particularly
described as follows:

Only qualified applicants will be contacted
No telephone inquiries please

Starting at a point at the High Water Mark and running One
Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty-seven and Twenty-one
Hundredths (1,937.21') feet Southwardly partly bordering

land granted to Charles Poitier and Joseph Hunter (recorded
in Book E at page 78) and partly bordering land granted to

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Robert Stubbs (recorded in Book E at page 255) and running
ROY. A L F [ D E i | r Y Southeastwardly by land originally granted to Emma Culmer,
Thomas Butler, James Thurston, John Strachan and Charles
Hepburn and running thereon a total distance of Four
Monoy at Work Thousand Six Hundred and Nineteen and Ninety-six
CcFAL COLONTAL peat (4,6 ree — and Seagal by a
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: originally granted to the aforesaid Charles Hepburn an
FRIDAY. 16 OCTOBER 2009 George Dean and running thereon a total distance of Two
p ; ; Thousand Three Hundred and Nine and Eighty-nine
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,491.28 | CHG 0.12 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -221.08 | YTD % -12.91 Hundredths (2,309.89') feet and Southeastwardly by land
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31% originally granted to Jupiter and Jacob Thurston, Joseph
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320 Lightbourn, March Poitier, London Farrington and Joseph
S2wk-Hi _ 52wk-Low Security Previous Close Today'sClose Change DailyVol. EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield Strachan and running thereon a total distance of Five
171 1.03 AML Foods Limited 1.15 117 0.02 1,000 0127 0.000 92 0.00% Thousand Four Hundred and Eleven and Ninety-seven
11.80 9.90 Bahamas Property Fund 10.75 10.75 0.00 0.992 0.200 108 1.86% Hundredths (5 ,411.97') feet and Northeastwardly by a tract
ieee a sein lad 3 ae ae vee mee ana ane of land originally granted to Charles Poitier and the Heirs
& i encnmar . i ’ =tJ. i ¥ /o | 6 = % x
3.49 3.15 Bahamas Waste 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.125 0.090 252 2.86% o a known the a pricey af - ook E
2.37 214 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0055 0040 4314 1.69% at page 77) and running thereon a to stance of Four
14.20 9.93 Cable Bahamas 9.93 9.93 0.00 1.406 0.250 7.1 2.52% Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty-four and Thirty-seven
2.88 2.72 Colina Holdings 2.72 2.72 0.00 0.249 0.040 109 1.47% Hundredths (4,524.37') feet and Northwestwardly by the
7.50 5.26 Commonwealth Bank ($1) 5.83 5.83 0.00 0.419 0300 139 5.15%) High Water Mark and running thereon a total distance of
ee i semis ia Ber ae aa a ae mee pee ae Ten Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty-two and Thirteen
. ; octor's Hospita , : : ; ! } 30% ' .
8.20 6.28 Famguard 6.28 6.28 0.00 0.420 0.240 15.0 3.82% Hundredths esis ) feet back to the point of
42.50 8.80 Finco 9.30 9.30 0.00 0.322 0520 289 5.59% commencement.
11.71 10.00 FirstCaribbean Bank 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.631 0360 158 3.50% . . . .
5.53 4.11 Focol (8) 4.11 4.14 0.00 0.332 0150 12.4 3.65% The Petitioner, Sam Dean, herein claims to be the owner in
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00% fee simple in possession of the said tract of land and has made
a oe oo nee ee _. oe rene fea sear application to The Supreme Court Of The Commonwealth Of
. 5 Hites. i f f ; E : ; /o| . © alt i.
12.00 9.95 J. S. Johnson 9.95 9.95 0.00 0952 0640 105 6.43% oe ae bac nepeny 3 of ee Titles ce a
40.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 40.00 40.00 0.00 0.156 0.000 6414 0.00% to have his title to the said tract of land investigated and the
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases) nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest Maturity Of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100.00 0.00 7% 19 October 2017 provisions of that Act.
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 19 October 2022
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7% 30 May 2013 Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries shape marks
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + _FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 29 May 2015 and dimensions of the said tract of land may be inspected during
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities normal office hours at the following places:
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14.60 7.92 Bahamas Supermarkets 7.92 8.42 14.00 2.246 0.000 N/M 0.00% ;
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2.00 6.25 4.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 7.80% (a) The Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street North,
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55 0.001 0.000 2566 0.00% Nassau, Bahamas.
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities (b) The Chambers of Charles Mackey & Co., BSB House,
41.00 29.00 ABDAB 30.13 31.59 29.00 4540 0.000 9.03 0.00% West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55 0.002 0.000 261.90 0.00% (c) The Administrator’s office at Arthur’s Town, Cat Island.
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield % NAV Date Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower or right
eee ie Oe ie a Vans nee es to Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized in the Petition
f . reterre un . -3. +3, -Sep-' ¥ : :
1.4946 1.4210 CFAL Money Market Fund 1.4946 4.25 5.18 9-Oct-09 shall on i before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the
3. 6090 3.0941 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.0941 8.61 -13.59 31-Aug-09 final publication of these presents file at the Registry of The
13.1751 12.3870 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13.1751 4.42 5.86 30-Sep-09 Supreme Court in the City of Nassau, Bahamas, and serve on
101.6683 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 101.6693 1.10 1.67 30-Jun-09 the Petitioner or on the undersigned an Adverse Claim in the
100.9600 93.1992 CFAL Global Equity Fund 96.7398 0.35 -4.18 30-Jun-09 prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.0000 0.00 0.00 31-Dec-07
10.5884 9.0775 Fidelity International Investment Fund 10.5884 5.88 5.88 30-Sep-09 a; :
aati ease ee Dee ee ee eae =e Failure of any such person to file and serve an Adverse Claim
: i inancial Preferred Income Fund 1.0757 3.86 5.30 30-Sep-09 4 7 : :
1.0364 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0305 0.24 0.22 30-Sep-09 on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final
1.0709 1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.0709 3.24 4.54 30-Sep-09 publication of these presents shall operate as a bar to such claim.
MARKET TERMS
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price DATED THIS 6TH DAY OF OCTOBER, A.D. 2009.
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price CHARLES MACKEY & co.
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week Chambers
Change - Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths BSB House, West Bay Street
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today NAV - Net Asset Value Nassau, Bahamas
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M - Not Meaningful ege
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 Attorney for the Petitioner
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
($1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-7525 (Oct. 19th) (Oct. 29th) (Nov. 7th)

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