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Bridgewater attorney
makes closing arguments

By NATARIO

MCKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

During his closing argu-
ments yesterday, Bridgewa-
ter’s attorney Murrio
Ducille told the nine mem-
ber jury that Mr Wilchombe
had been the “initiator”.

“Had there been no call
from him, we would not be
here,” he told the jury.

Mr Wilchombe had testi-
fied that he had phoned Dr
Mark Smith and Mr Tra-

SEE page eight

WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchombe was
described yesterday the “ini-
tiator” in the attempted
extortion case against ex-
PLP Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne.

Businessman set to
hand out his one
millionth Tribune

A BUSINESSMAN who has offered free Tribunes to his cus-
tomers since 1982 is set to hand out his one millionth newspa-
per - and The Tribune is joining him in offering prizes to go with
it.

Peter Roker, owner of the Esso Bargain City gas service
station on Carmichael Road, has seen loyal customers flock to
his gas pumps day after day to grab their free copy of the
paper and the day’s biggest headlines when they get their fuel.

“T guess everyone in The Bahamas has had a Tribune from
me at some point,” he joked.

When he realised earlier this month that he was close to
giving away his one millionth copy, he felt the moment should
be commemorated.

Now he is calling on all Bahamians to come to the service sta-
tion and try out for their chance to get his millionth paper. With
it, Mr Roker will give an as yet to be disclosed prize, and The
Tribune will offer a free one year’s subscription to the news-

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PLP LEADER Perry Christie gets an
enthusiastic welcome to the PLP
7 convention last night.

WITH the PLP’s convention offi-
cially kicking off today, the buzz
among party supporters remains who
will be elected by the end of the
three-day event as its new leader and
deputy leaders of the party.

Amongst those who are politically
minded, there remains the percep-
tion that former Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie still remains the most pop-
ular individual within the party ready
to lead it. Second to Mr Christie there
is Dr Nottage who will be contest-
ing Mr Christie for the leadership,
and who is seen by many to be the
top-runner amongst those challenging
the incumbent leader.

Rounding out the challengers for
leader is Paul Moss, who despite his
perceived popularity does not
demand the respect or devotion from
party stalwarts and delegates who
ultimately will have the final say.

Likewise with the deputy leader-
ship race, there is the PLP MP for
West End and Bimini, Obie Wilch-
combe — who also doubles as this
year’s national convention chairman

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Former
Senator

set to be

named

Attorney

General

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff
Reporter

alowe@
tribunemedia.net

FORMER FNM sen-
ator and current manag-
ing partner of law firm
Higgs and Johnson, John
Delaney, is set to take
over as Attorney Gen-
eral in November, The
Tribune has learned.

Sources yesterday said
he was tying up his
affairs at the top law firm
in order to be in a posi-
tion to take on the job
which was left vacant by
new Chief Justice Sir
Michael Barnett on
August 22, 2009.

News of the impend-
ing leap by Mr Delaney
from the private to the
public sector comes after
initial speculation that a
senior partner in another
law firm, Brian Moree,
of McKinney, Bancroft
and Hughes, was tipped
to become the next
Attorney General.

When confronted in
August with the question
of whether he had
accepted the AG job,
following persistent
rumours that Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham
had offered it to him, Mr
Moree told reporters he
“could not comment on
that at this time”. How-
ever, nothing more came
of the matter.

The Attorney Gener-
al’s areas of responsibil-
ity include acting as legal
advisor to the Govern-
ment; relations with the
judiciary; notaries pub-
lic and criminal prosecu-
tions on behalf of the
Crown.

While he has a history
of working with the gov-
ernment, the greatest
part of Mr Delaney’s
experience has been as
a lawyer in the private
sector, having worked as
managing director of
Higgs and Johnson since
1994, after practicing
with the firm for a fur-
ther six years.

With extensive expe-
rience in commercial law
and financial services
law, Mr Delaney has
been a key advisor to
financial services firms
on issues relating to
financial services law and
regulation, according to

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THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



PLP chairman
challenger
withdraws,

backs Roberts

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

A CHALLENGER for the
chairmanship of the PLP has
withdrawn his name and is
throwing his full support behind
former MP and cabinet minis-
ter Bradley Roberts.

Political activist Ricardo Smith
told The Tribune yesterday that
Mr Roberts has a record which
proves that under his leadership,
the PLP will stand the best pos-
sible chance of once again
becoming the government of the
Bahamas.

Mr Smith petitioned other
persons in the race for the chair-
manship post, such as former
MP Keod Smith and attorney
Ken Dorsett, to likewise throw
their support behind Mr
Roberts.

“The leader and deputy leader
of the PLP will have a very
tedious task ahead of them of
transitioning the party to be bat-
tle-ready ahead of the next gen-
eral election. We need an admin-
istrator who can ensure that the
party is functioning at its peak at
this crucial time. And we need to
put our best foot forward,” he
said.

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convention, which begins today.
In the race are: the current chair-
man, PLP MP for Englerston
Glenys Hanna-Martin; Mr
Dorsett, former MP Keod
Smith; and Mr Roberts, himself
a former chairman, who formal-
ly announced his decision to run
over the weekend.

“Tf elected my goal and objec-
tive is to get the party ready to
become the next government of
the Bahamas,” said Mr Roberts.

The 64-year-old said that the
country has been in a state of
“great decay” since the re-elec-
tion of the FNM in May 2007
and blamed the current admin-
istration for increased crime, job-

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lessness and other social prob-
lems.

He promised to “work with
all the PLP standard bearers
leading up to the ensuing elec-
tion to ensure victory and there-
after return to my life of retire-
ment.”

Making his announcement as
a guest on Island FM radio’s Par-
liament Street talk show, the
combative veteran politician —
who served as an MP for 25
years — said he was encouraged
by others to enter the race.

His announcement represents
a complete reversal from his stat-
ed position last year, when he
outright denied having any incli-
nation to enter the chairmanship
race.

SCENES FROM THE PLP
CONVENTION YESTERDAY:
Pictured clockwise from top
are supporters at the event;
Perry Christie greeting a PLP
supporter; Dr Bernard Not-
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— who is said to immensely
popular with party stalwarts
despite his recent troubles
with the John Travolta trial
and Associated Grocers in
Grand Bahama.

The PLP also has one of

its Senators, Jerome
Fitzgerald, running for its
deputy leadership. As a rel-
atively young candidate
compared to the others who
are vying for the post, Mr
Fitzgerald is said to often
have his young used against
him as being “too young”

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or “unseasoned” to carry
such an important post hav-
ing only recently entered
front-line politics. Mr
Fitzgerald, it will be remem-
bered, recently gained pop-
ularity for his attacks on the
Government on their deci-
sion to relocate the con-
tainer port and the exten-
sion of Arawak Cay.

Rounding up the candi-
dates for deputy leader is
perhaps the party’s most
organized and “efficient”
candidate to date, Philip
‘Brave’ Davis, who has trav-
eled and published chroni-
cled his journey throughout
the Family Islands picking
up support among delegates
along the way.

Mr Davis has also
secured the endorsements
of many high profile PLPs
including the party’s former
deputy leader Cynthia
Pratt, former Minister of
Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller, and the party’s infa-
mous former Minister of
Immigration Loftus Roker.

With such political heavy-
weights throwing their sup-
port behind the noted legal
attorney, Mr Davis it is said
may very well have the
deputy leadership race
“wrapped up” even before
it starts.

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Mitchell: former party leaders can




Minister pays

tribute to artist

MINISTER of Youth,
Sports and Culture Desmond
Bannister says he and his staff
are greatly saddened over the
death of artistic icon Amos
Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson was one of

ties and collectors.

In a statement issued yes- }
terday, Mr Bannister noted }
that Mr Ferguson’s paintings }
“emphasised his deep religious ;
beliefs and were a constant
theme throughout his long }

career of artistic expression”.

Born in Exuma in 1920, Mr }
Ferguson for many years }
worked and made his home in }
Nassau on Exuma Street — }
now called Amos Ferguson }

Street.

“This act alone was an inspi- i
ration for many inner-city }
youth who saw that a person }
from their community could }
be a success,” Mr Bannister }

said.

“He was a self-taught artist
and his work is now in the pri- i
vate collections of such gal-
leries as the Brooklyn Chil- }
dren’s Museum in Brooklyn, }
New York, the DuSable :
Museum of African-American }
History, Inc in Chicago; the }
Museum of International Folk }
Art, the Museum of New }
Mexico, Santa Fe; and the Stu- }
dio Museum in Harlem, New

York City.

“However, most important- i
ly, the National Art Gallery }
of the Bahamas has more than }
20 of his works as part of the }
National Collection of the
Bahamas. It is hoped that this }
will encourage more young
Bahamians to see the talent }
and simplistic beauty of the :
work of a Bahamian whose }
faith in God and love for coun-
try was unwavering and an }

example for all.

“We, at the Ministry of }
Youth, Sports and Culture
extend our sympathy to Mr
Ferguson’s family and to those
who were blessed to have him
in their lives. We express our }
gratitude for the part he }
played in not only promoting }
the cultural importance of the i
Bahamas throughout the }
world, but also the legacy that }
he has left for future Bahami- }

ans,” Mr Bannister said.

Registrar
General need
hot he a lawyer

THE Registrar General of
the Courts does not have to :
be a lawyer according to a new :

bill passed by parliament.

The amendment to the Reg- :
istrar General Act says a per- }
son who holds a master of }
business administration degree }
or is a trained public adminis- }

trator may hold the post.

As a result of this decision,
“a far-reaching amendment”
will be required to the Magis- i
trates Act, according to ;
Deputy Prime Minister and }
Minister of Foreign Affairs }
Brent Symonette, who has also }
been serving as attorney gen- }
eral and minister of legal i
affairs since his predecessor }
Michael Barnett was appoint- }

ed chief justice in August.

In making this move, the }
other }
Caribbean nations such as }
Jamaica, Belize, and Trinidad :
and Tobago where similar pro- }
visions exist, Mr Symonette

Bahamas follows

said.

Records Act.

While the amendment seeks
to remove the specific statu- }
tory requirement that the Reg- }
istrar General be a lawyer, it }
does not follow that a lawyer
cannot be appointed to the }
post, Mr Symonette explained.

The amendment also pro- }
vides for the holder of the post
to be appointed by the gover- }
nor-general in accordance with }
the advice of the Public Ser- }

vice Commission.

Formerly, the appointment
was made on the advice of the }
Judicial and Legal Services }

Commission.

The Registrar General has i
responsibilities and duties }
under the Magistrates Act, the }
Notaries Public Act, the Mar-
riage Act, the Companies Act, }
the International Business Act, }
the Exempted Limited Part- }
nership Act, the Friendly Soci- i
eties Act, the Co-operative }
Societies Act, the Trade }
Marks Act, the Copyrights
Act, the Registration of Busi- }
ness Names Act, the Founda- :
tions Act, the Stamp Act, the i
Quieting Titles Act, the Births ;
and Deaths Registration Act ;
and the Registration of }

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

FOX Hill MP Fred
Mitchell said he rejects the
notion that a former party
leader’s career is over when
he is no longer the leader.

Still opting to remain tight-
lipped on whether or not he
will run for the leadership of
the PLP, Mr Mitchell said
that if change in leadership
were to take place, the new
party boss would be “foolish”
not to make use of his pre-
decessor’s experience.

“There are many examples
where a former prime minis-
ter has served from the back-
bench and in the cabinet in a
senior role as trusted advisor
and counsellor to the next
leader of the party,” Mr
Mitchell noted.

He pointed to the example
set in Jamaica, where former
prime minister PJ Patterson
announced he was quitting
office and setting a timetable
for elections for a new party
leader. Mr Mitchell said the
PLP ought to be in the same
position, as the party could
benefit greatly with a former
PM on the back-bench, “pro-
viding advice and counsel” as
the next leader of the party
shapes the future.

Speaking during a televised
address last night, Mr
Mitchell also insisted that he
has the right to run for the
leadership of the party and
that such a challenge should
be welcomed.

Asking party stalwarts for
their support if he decides to
vie for the post, the MP said:
“Tam the son of a mechanic
from Bain Town and a secre-
tary from the Pond. You all
know me. I will not say what
I will do tonight, save only
that I reserve the right up to
the time of nomination to
decide, and that I will always
act in the best interests of the
party and the country. If I do
decide to run, then I would
wish your support.”

FRED MITCHELL arrives at the PLP convention yesterday

With the party’s conven-
tion kicking into high gear
today, there are three people
who will definitely be in the
running for the top post —
PLP MP Dr Bernard Nottage,
attorney Paul Moss and the
party’s current leader Perry
Christie.

Mr Mitchell noted that any
member of the PLP is
allowed to enter the race, a
process he said which is
“democracy at its best”.

However, he added that
according to PLP tradition,
the sitting leader of the party



should never be challenged —
as many believe this is some-
how an act of “treason and
disloyalty”.

Mr Mitchell said that he
fully rejects this idea and that
such notions ought to be put
to the test and “debunked”.

“It would be terribly imma-
ture and send a poor signal
to the country about what we
are about, if we simply can’t
stay together because of a
leadership contest.”

The MP went on to say he
has no interest in vying for
the position as an act of

Man convicted of killing Double Dragon
owner appeals conviction and sentence

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE man convicted of killing Double Drag-
on owner Berlin Wong appealed his conviction
and sentence in the court of appeal yesterday.

Lamatt Munroe, 30, of Cox Street, Fox Hill,
was found guilty of manslaughter and arson in

July last year.

Mr Wong, 41, of Eastern Road, Nassau, own-
er of the Double Dragon Chinese restaurant in
Charlotte Street downtown, was found burned
in his car on December 13, 2006. His white
Dodge Caravan was set alight in an empty lot
near the Assembly of God church and Sun Tee
factory in Shirley Street while he was in the dri-

ver’s seat.

Munroe was charged with murder later that
month but convicted of arson and manslaughter
in July last year. Munroe was sentenced to 25
years in prison on August 7, 2008.

However, he continued to protest his inno-
cence before Court of Appeal president Dame
Joan Sawyer and Justices of Appeal Christo-
pher Blackman and George Newman yester-

day.

Arriving late from Her Majesty’s prison wear-
ing a light blue linen shirt and trousers, Munroe
represented himself before the bench.

Munroe was asked why his appeal was lodged

after the 22 day period allowed for appeals after
sentencing, and he explained that he had
instructed his lawyer Michael Hanna to lodge an
appeal immediately after sentencing, but the
appeal was never filed.

He had also requested transcripts from the tri-

al and told the court yesterday how he still wants
to obtain these to prove his innocence.

“JT speak for my innocence, but the law I
don’t know,” he told the court.

Franklyn Williams, representing the crown,
accepted Munroe’s early intention to appeal
and late application, and made no objection to

an extension of time for the appeal to be filed.

Dame Joan granted the extension and asked
for a copy of the trial transcript to be given to
Munroe. The Appeal Court president asked
Munroe if he would like to be represented by an
attorney and instructed the registrar to assign an
attorney to the appellant.

When Munroe thanked her she assured him
she was just doing her job. The hearing has

been adjourned until Monday, January 25.

Mario Miller
murder retrial
adjourned until
May next year

THE retrial of two broth-
ers accused of the murder
of Mario Miller, son of for-
mer MP and Trade Minis-
ter Leslie Miller, has now
been adjourned until May
2010.

The retrial of Ricardo
Miller, alias Tamar Lee; and
Ryan Miller, had been
scheduled to begin yester-
day before Senior Justice
Jon Isaacs, however two key
prosecution witnesses are
reportedly unable to attend
the trial.

The case has now been
adjourned to May 10, 2009.

The brothers are each on
$30,000 bail.

Mario Miller, 28, was
found stabbed to death near
Super Value in Winton on
June 22, 2002.

The first trial into his
death ended four weeks
after it began in January,
2006, when the court
learned that a juror was
closely connected to a rela-
tive of the accused.

The second trial was
declared a mistrial on Octo-
ber 7, 2008, when the jury
failed to reach a unanimous
decision.

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“protest or sacrifice”.

“T want to win the leader-
ship of the PLP. I want to win
the leadership of the country,
for which leadership of the
PLP is a necessary precondi-
tion. The calculus is quite dif-
ficult and the question is
whether such a move at this
time will serve the long-term
interests of the party and of
the country,” he said.

Mr Mitchell also appealed
to young voters to consider a
career in public service.

Stating that his “campaign
for change” was launched for
them, the former minister

‘still be useful after being replaced
Fox Hill MP tight-lipped on leadership race intentions

the most recognised intuitive }
local painters and one of the :
most internationally success- }
ful Bahamian artists. His }
paintings can be found in gal- i
leries around the world andin }
the private collections of per-
sons such as the Queen of }
England and countless celebri- }

encouraged the youth to join
the PLP, admonishing them
not to allow anyone to con-
vince them they are not ready
or “too young”.

“Indeed, when I first
sought a nomination from the
PLP in 1977 at the age of 23,
I was told that I was too
young and that I ought to
wait. My turn would come. I
am now 56 and some people
are still saying, ironically
enough, I am too young and
that I should wait. Do what is
in your heart and be true to
your conscience. It is your life
to live.”

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Path to Afghanistan stability is unclear

KABUL, Afghanistan — President
Hamid Karzai’s concession of the need of for
a runoff election in Afghanistan appears to
have prevented his country from slipping
into paralysis, but has created a new land-
scape of risks and uncertainty.

Karzai’s concession was a critical first step
toward creating a credible Afghan govern-
ment, coming after heavy pressure from
European and US. officials, including veiled
threats that his actions could affect pend-
ing decisions about troops levels, according
to one USS. official who spoke on condition
of anonymity because of the delicacy of the
matter.

But diplomats immediately questioned
whether a new vote could be organized
before the announced date of Nov. 7, and
whether a second round of balloting would
have more security or less fraud than the
first, in which nearly a quarter of ballots
were thrown out by international auditors.
“There are huge constraints to delivering in
the second round,” said one Western official.
“Can you deliver a result that is any different
from the one we’ve already got?”

The host of uncertainties left open the
prospect of what administration officials and
their Western allies expect will be three
weeks of ferocious horse-trading as Karzai
and his principal challenger, Abdullah
Abdullah, decide whether they can strike a
deal to actually avert a runoff, which would
carry enormous political risks for both of
them, as well as strategic one for the United
States and its allies.

Diplomats said the efforts to get the two
men to join forces would now intensify.
Abdullah has hinted he would be open to
negotiate, but Karzai, at a news conference
here on Tuesday, seemed to rule it out.

“The coalition has no legitimacy and is
not possible,” he said, standing alongside
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who negotiated
with Karzai for nearly 20 hours over 5 days
to accept the results.

Yet officials said that if there is a deal it
would likely involve Abdullah conceding to
Karzai, in return for a major role in over-
hauling Afghanistan’s Constitution to give
the president less power.

Afghanistan’s Independent Election Com-
mission formally certified the vote on Tues-
day, said Karzai had received 49.7 percent of
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of experts conducting the audit had found,
but still below the more than 50 percent
required to avoid a runoff.

Karzai seemed to dismiss any fraud, saying
of the disqualified votes: “The voters are
not to blame. Why their votes were disre-
spected, should be thoroughly investigated.
But it is not the right time to discuss this.”

While some see a deal between Karzai
and Abdullah as a way to create a credible
Afghan government with broader popular
support, many in the Obama administration
express concerns that it would only make
the running of Afghanistan more chaotic,
given the enmities between the two.

After Karzai’s complaints of foreign inter-
ference, the administration is also deter-
mined not to appear to meddle.

“We feel very strongly about this,” said
one of President Barack Obama’s closest
foreign policy advisers, who spoke on con-
dition of anonymity. “We had a big stake
in making sure we had a legitimate election.
But this is up to the Afghans.”

As it became clear that international audi-
tors would invalidate enough votes to push
Karzai below the threshold for a runoff, the
US. efforts to persuade the president that he
had not won the election outright were extra-
ordinary.

The task was left to Kerry and Secretary
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who have
experienced their own electoral frustrations
and used those experiences in dealing with
Karzai.

In one personal moment during a week-
end of long dinners and walks in the gar-
den of the sprawling, heavily fortified pres-
idential palace in Kabul, Kerry recounted
his experience as the Democratic nominee in
the 2004 presidential election, including the
lmgering questions about ballots cast in Ohio
that helped decide the election against him.
“T told him, ‘sometimes there are tough
things,’ ” Kerry said in an interview Tuesday.

A senior administration official described
the international pressure on Karzai as a
“full court press” that also included not-so-
subtle threats delivered by telephone to
Karzai’s defense minister, Gen. Abdul
Rahim Wardak.

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cases a top
priority

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The incident that took
place recently involving the
C | Gibson student allegedly
abused has prompted me to
share my opinion on the mat-
ter.

The unimaginable amount
of abuse cases documented,
that if publicised, would crush
the Ministry of Education,
should be ranked as highest
priority by our government.

Many in this country
believe that beating is the
only way to curb disobedient
behaviour in children. “Spare
the rod, spoil the child”, a
Bible scripture often quoted
to justify the grave misuse of
‘the rod’. Could one possibly
think for a second that God,
as merciful and humble as we
know him to be, would
instruct us to beat his children
as well as our own to the
point of acute pain, bleeding
or even bruising as the
Roman soldiers had done our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
before his crucifixion? This
cannot possibly make one
ounce of logical sense! Sadly,
many teachers and adminis-
trators in this Bahamaland
still cling tightly to this prim-
itive and barbaric way of
thinking instead of realising
the obvious. That violence
begets violence. Don’t get me
wrong, all children need dis-
cipline, especially in this mod-
ern age of technology and all
of its influences. However,
there are many, many other
ways of doing so other than
lashing out in anger and rage
of personal stress on innocent
children.

Commissioner of Police Mr

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Reginald Ferguson stated ear-
lier this month that children
now have easier access to
firearms than ever before and
that kids as young as nine-
years-old are renting guns on
the streets of New Provi-
dence.

Hypothetically speaking,
should a young, impression-
able and more importantly
abused child retaliate against
a school administrator for
harshly abusing him/her, there
would be a media frenzy as
to how ‘out of control’ our
youth have become. Violence
begets violence! If no one is
there to stand up for the
rights of children, they will
inevitably fall down a course
of destruction in an attempt to
defend themselves.

We must practice enough
humility in this place to realise
that children do have a say.
Their opinions and rights are
of equal or greater impor-
tance than adults in this coun-
try. Of course, there are
boundaries, rules and regula-
tions for them to follow, but
doesn’t this hold true for
adults as well?

The Bahamian Govern-
ment as well as the Ministry
of Education must enforce
stricter penalties for child
abuse!

I visited my son’s PTA
meeting last week and a par-
ent took it upon herself to
give a brief testimonial of how
strict she was/is with her chil-
dren. The examples of disci-

pline given were absolutely
appalling rather than encour-
aging, and left most parents
flabbergasted. After all of the
horror stories were shared,
she then gave the teacher per-
mission to “tear up” her
daughter, should she step out
of line. Now, what is defined
as ‘stepping out of line’ in
order to warrant being ‘torn
up’? I literally went home that
night and cried to know that
kids right around us suffer this
way. To endure this kind of
treatment at home and then
have to face it at school as
well, would be unbearable for
most of us.

We are raising people,
remarkable people that will
be our future leaders, not ani-
mals for slaughter! Do we
want these emotionally hurt
and scarred children to lead
our country into tomorrow?
I think not! This tiny country
needs to stop acting like
Africa and sweeping these
heinous acts under the rug.
This is a big deal and needs to
come to an end. If only
Amnesty International could
hold a public press conference
here!

Many say that we should
be proud to be Bahamian.
Well I need more than sun,
sand and sea to be truly
proud. I need a nation that is
fair and just. A nation that
stands up for fundamental
rights of human beings and of
equal opportunity and I real-
ly don’t think we’re exactly
there yet.

SUELLYN R SMITH
Nassau,
September 28, 2009.

Exception taken to unfair criticism by Rev Philip McPhee

EDITOR, The Tribune

As the Permanent Secretary
of the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture, I am obligated to
respond to remarks attributed
to long time sailing enthusiast
and Commodore, Rev. Philip
McPhee, in an article which
appeared in this morning’s edi-
tion of The Nassau Guardian’s
Sports Section, captioned
“Government Not Serious
about Regattas.”

In this instance, Rev.
McPhee is alleged to have lev-
elled criticisms at this Ministry

at large, the National Regatta
Committee, the Regatta Unit
of this Ministry and indeed the
Government of The Bahamas,
citing their lack of passion for
Regattas and that more money
should be allocated to regattas.

Exception is taken to such
an unfair criticism by Rev.
McPhee since as an employee
of this Ministry, he has easy
access to this office as well as
that of my Minister and any
recommendations or advice
that he would care to offer
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edge of regattas and their eco-
nomic impact on the various
Island communities hosting
them.

He is also aware of the exist-
ing financial constraints under
which all public and private
agencies are now compelled to
operate.

In spite of such a globally
financial challenging environ-
ment, this Ministry has never-
theless continued to partner
with committees representing
every major and some smaller
communities throughout the
Islands of The Bahamas to
ensure that they all experience
the economic benefits of these
home coming festivals which
provide such a significant finan-
cial stimulus in those commu-
nities.

In some instances these
events are the only major eco-
nomic activity upon which res-
idents have come to rely.

Reverend McPhee would
also have been aware of this
Ministry’s sustained financial
support provided to the
Bahamas Sailing Association
for the development of young
Opti Class sailors, boys and
girls from New Providence,
Harbour Island, Abaco, Grand
Bahama, Long Island and
Eleuthera who represent the
very future of sailing and regat-
tas in The Bahamas.

Sumilarly, the Ministry fund-
ed its Annual Summer Youth
Sailing Programme which
serves to introduce scores of
young persons from public and
private schools to this indige-
nous sport, another example of
the dedication and commitment
of this Ministry to expand the
economic benefits of regattas
throughout the islands of The
Bahamas.

Reverend McPhee is there-
fore kindly invited to trust in
his engagement with this Min-
istry and that the status of the
only indigenously Bahamian
sport will retain its priority with
this public agency for the fore-
seeable future.

Further, Mr. McPhee is invit-
ed at his leisure to sit with me
to discuss the many plans that
this ministry has formulated to
grow this exciting and time hon-
oured sport.

ARCHIE NAIRN
Permanent Secretary,
October, 2009.



THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 5



Accused men seek extensions to appeal sentences

Pair appear before Dame Joan Sawyer

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

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house-breaking and steal-
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SOME of the winners of the raffle pose yesterday.

EARTH Village raffle
winners announced

By AVA TURNQUEST

ENCOURAGED by the
amount of support for its Dis-
covery Day mini-fair, the
Bahamas Association for
Social Health was pleased to
present winners of the raffle
with their prizes yesterday
afternoon.

The fair, held at the 210 acre
Albury Street compound,
served as a formal introduc-
tion to BASH's sister compa-
ny, EARTH (Educational
Alternative Resources for
Total Health) Village, which
focuses on families and chil-
dren in an attempt to substan-
tially reduce crime, violence
and drug abuse by providing
positive educational opportu-
nities.

Supporters who purchased
raffle tickets had the opportu-
nity to win more than $4,000
worth of prizes, including the
grand prize — a trip for two to
Cuba donated by Bahama-
sAir.

BASH and EARTH Village
media liaison Wesley Fin-
layson said: “We really appre-
ciate everyone’s support for
purchasing the tickets. It real-
ly takes community and per-
sonal efforts to put on a func-
tion like this. We had nearly

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Clarita Palmer — trip to Cuba
Nick Simmons — Segway tour
Jeffrey Sands — horse riding
excursion

Andrea Bethell — three day,
two night stay at the Sheraton,
Cable Beach

Thelma Forbes — men's
watch

Melinda Deveaux — An
“Aquaventure” experience
Shenique Moncur — three
day, two night stay at
Whyndam Resort

Wendy Dawkins — a gift
certificate

Rachael Peters — Dolphin
Encounters

Cynthia Rolle — ticket for two
on Fast Ferries

Prince, Wulff Road — trip to
Rose Island



1,500 people in and out the
whole day and every dollar
spent counted. All the money
raised went to help BASH and
EARTH Village.

The winners gathered at
BASH yesterday afternoon to
receive their prizes, and were
given an impromptu tour of
the grounds. Many of them
had missed the mini-fair, and
were amazed by all the activi-
ties and educational resources
on site.

They also praised the dedi-
cation and commitment of
BASH president Terry Miller
and his team, and one winner
told of BASH’s critical role in
saving her father’s life.

Another winner, Andrea
Bethell, said: “I was walking
down Bay Street for lunch and
I saw the desk and I told the
gentleman if I could afford
lunch, whatever I had left I
will come back and buy the

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ticket. And then I remem-
bered Mr Miller on the radio
talking about the programme
and how beneficial it is and
the kind of financial assistance
they were receiving from gov-
ernment. So I said I have to
come back and support these
people. I support other organ-
isations, I can give $2.”

Ms Bethell said she couldn’t
contain her excitement when
she received a call from BASH
letting her know that she had
won a three day, two night stay
at the Sheraton Resort.

Funds earned at the Dis-
covery Day mini-fair will be
used to maintain and develop
the EARTH Village facility —
which, it is hoped, will eventu-
ally sustain a weekend youth
camp where at-risk youths can
explore conflict management
and resolution strategies while
engaging in positive, charac-
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imprisonment in Magis-
trate’s Court on September
1 last year, but is now claim-
ing the magistrate exceeded
his jurisdiction.

Appeal Court President
Dame Joan Sawyer was ini-
tially troubled and amused
by the spelling mistakes in
Munroe’s submission and
when she asked who had
written it, Munroe informed
Dame Joan the statement
had been written by his cell
mate at Her Majesty’s
Prison, Fox Hill.

He assured the president
that he is literate.

Dame Joan said the
requested extension would
be granted if it was found
that the presiding magis-
trate did not inform the
convict of his right to
appeal.

Attorney Franklyn
Williams, representing the
Commissioner of Police,
requested to see a transcript
of the hearing.

The case was adjourned

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until January 25 when the
transcript will be considered
in court.

Raymond Rahming then
appeared before Dame
Joan and Justices of Appeal
Christopher Blackman and
George Newman to request
for an extension of time to
make an appeal against the
eight year sentence handed
down to him on May 14.

Rahming was found
guilty of house-breaking
and stealing, and he was
given two four year prison
sentences, to run consecu-
tively.

The convict said he did
not file an appeal within the
allocated time period
because he did not have a
lawyer to represent him and
prison officers failed to sup-
ply him with the form in
time.

Mr Williams accepted the
application for an extension
of time for the appeal.

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Challengers for the top
positions in the PLP

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

AS THE PLP Conven-
tion kicks off tonight, the
internal bickering and pow-
er struggle intensifies.
Today, I will continue from
where I stopped in Mon-
day’s column and discuss
the challengers for the
deputy leadership and
chairman posts.

Contesting the open
deputy leader post are Cat
Island, Rum Cay and Sal-
vador MP Philip “Brave”
Davis, Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald and West End
MP Obie Wilchcombe.

Brave Davis, known as
the emperor of Cat Island,
was once taught of as mere-
ly a flimsy, smiling back-
bencher (during the PLP’s
governance), who appeared
to be inclined to quietly
standing in the background.
He has since repackaged
himself.

In the 1980s, I’m told,
Brave Davis’ political story
began when he stated, in
nationally a published
interview, that he was pre-
pared to run for either the
FNM or the PLP.

According to Mr Davis’
promotional newsletter
‘The Brave Voice’, in an
eloquently written letter,
Davis supports his cam-
paign platform—eradicat-
ing crime, reducing unem-
ployment and promoting
native economic owner-
ship—and touts the rise of
a new day in local politics.

According to the Issue,
Brave states that: “Crime
is rampant and becoming
more savage and brazen by
the day; our young people
have become disenchanted
with their country, as the
image of their Bahamian
dream has been shattered;
unemployment is at a stag-
gering 14 per cent and
Bahamian ownership of our
economy is almost non-
existent.”

While I found Davis’
message to the stalwart
councilors and party dele-
gates to be strong and stir-
ring, where were all these
ideas during the PLP’s gov-
ernance?

And, why didn’t Mr
Davis seek and/or accept a
Cabinet post to truly
demonstrate his commit-
ment and _ leadership
prowess to the nation?

Furthermore, it must also
be noted that while Davis
expresses his desire to tack-
le crime, some of his most
notable legal works have
been in defence of high
profile, convicted hood-
lums.

He has also had run-ins
with the media due to com-
ments that were perceived
as alluding to the press
being gagged.

Based upon recent
reports, it appears Mr
Davis has garnered the sup-

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“It does appear that Brave
Davis is cognizant of his
oratorical weaknesses and
has employed various
complementary means to
advance his message.”



port and endorsements of
the grassroots as well as
prominent PLPs (George
Smith, Leslie Miller,
Charles Carter, Loftus
Roker, Cynthia “Mother”
Pratt, Effy Walkes).

Although he is said to be
a down-to-earth person, his
oratorical delivery, pub-
licly, is about as explosive
as a soaking wet fire crack-
er.

When it comes to speak-
ing, the deputy leader con-
tender is no Barack Oba-
ma, no Hubert Ingraham
or Perry Christie, no toast-
master awardee! Frankly,
if Mr Davis’ campaign was
based wholly upon his ora-
torical ability to electrify
and project his vision, his
stock would be lower than
the Zimbabwean dollar.

It does appear that
Brave Davis is cognizant of
his oratorical weaknesses
and has employed various
complementary means to
advance his message.

Brave, thus far, has run
an innovative, “Oba-
masque” campaign.

Campaign

Quite frankly, I have nev-
er seen a campaign of this
nature in local politics and,
if it becomes a norm (and it
should), there could be
some average income folks
vying for public office who,
financially, may not be able
to compete against such an
electoral machine.

However, yesterday both
Davis himself and his sup-
porter and legal associate
Andrew Edwards refuted
this assertion. Mr Edwards
claimed that Davis “has
simply chosen to involve a
lot of young people in his
campaign, has printed
30,000 copies of the
newsletters in Florida for a
mere $3,000 and produced
the videos broadcast on
ZNS/Cable 12 for about
$1,000, while paying those
stations about $600 to
broadcast it.” Davis’ cam-
paign has been truly superb
and of a 21st century, first
world quality.

As a Family Island boy

myself, I have a great
appreciation for Davis’ suc-
cesses, how he was able to
pull himself up by his boot-
straps and worked his way
to the top. Nothing was
ever given to him and his
humility seems genuine.

Thus far, it does appear
that as his advertisements
continue, Brave has a slight
upper-hand. I have, how-
ever, wondered why Mr
Davis, who promotes him-
self as being brave, wasn’t
brave enough to enter the
leadership race.

Perhaps, and PLPs
should also consider this,
this race is merely a pre-
liminary, a feeler of sorts!

Jerome Fitzgerald, the
Perry Christie appointed
senator and a member of
the PLP bourgeoisie,
appears to have been called
down from his ivory tower
and come galloping into the
deputy leadership race
where, for him, there is no
realistic chance of a triple
crown or even a derby vic-
tory.

Mr Fitzgerald is another
seat-less wonder whose
political campaign to “save
Saunders Beach” and pro-
hibit the expansion of
Arawak Cay has earned
him little to no grassroot
support.

To the curious mind, it
now seems self-serving that
Mr Fitzgerald was baying
about the Arawak Cay port
development immediately
before he expressed his
intent to contest for the
deputy leadership. Was this
all some kind of self-pro-
moting gimmick? And, has
Mr Fitzgerald suddenly
dropped the issue? Was Mr
Fitzgerald talking about
issues and problems that he
may be completely
detached from? As it alla
well scripted play? And,
didn’t he seek to establish a
water plant at Arawak
Cay?

Frankly, the senator
boasts on his deputy lead-
ership resume that he has
“championed causes that
affect ordinary Bahamians,
ie, save Saunders Beach,
objection of the port trans-
fer to Arawak Cay.”

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The results of the deputy
leadership race will reveal
whether or not he has
gained any political mileage
from these “championed
causes.”

Now vying for the PLP’s
deputy leadership post, it
was this same Jerome
Fitzgerald who, as a
prospect, spoke at the FNM
convention on November
10, 2000, ommediately
before current Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham.
Also speaking that night
were Dion Foulkes and
Michael Pintard!

Furthermore, although
Mr Fitzgerald was appoint-
ed to the senate by Mr
Christie, he shortly there-
after took to the airwaves
and called for him to quit —
that is, before flip-flopping,
rescinding his statement
and pledging his support.

Sophisticated

Frankly, ’ve come to
view Jerome Fitzgerald as a
sophisticated and aloof
wannabe whose elitism was
demonstrated when he,
unlike all the other candi-
dates for prominent posi-
tions, chose to announce
his premature candidacy
for deputy leader at an
elite, high-class restaurant.
A place that the masses,
from whom quite a number
of the low to average
income delegates/stalwart
councilors come, can hard-
ly afford.

The senator should have
taken a page out of the
books of Paul Moss,
Bernard Nottage, Brave
Davis and Obie Wilch-
combe when announcing!

Although I have seen the
tacky photographs of Mr
Fitzgerald distributing
school supplies and other
accessories to the needy, I
am not convinced that com-
mon, everyday citizens can
identify with him. There
are many politicians that
do the same, but do so qui-
etly. Furthermore, it is gen-
erally accepted that once
the senator has performed
his duties at the conven-
tion, he will be leaving the
masses on New Providence
behind to return to his
palatial home on Paradise
Island.

As it stands, he is a nil-to-
nowhere prospect with no
political track record
behind him.

Obie Wilchcombe, a stu-
dent of Sir Lynden Pindling
and a charismatic and
dynamic orator, is the sec-
ond real contender in the
showdown for the deputy
leadership. Mr Wilchcombe
is the only living Bahamian
who has served as MP, min-
ister, senator and party
chairman.

Thus far, ’'m told, Mr
Wilchcombe has launched a
very aggressive ground
campaign and, as one
source suggested, “comes
from the belly, the core, of
what ‘PLPism’ is all about.”

Years ago, Mr Wilch-
combe, a former journalist,
went to prison for protect-
ing a source and has been
deservedly praised for trav-
eling to Grand Bahama and

J

JEROME FITZGERALD

enduring two very destruc-
tive hurricanes —Frances
and Jeanne — with his con-
stituents. Since these hur-
ricanes, the economy of
Grand Bahama has tanked.

Frankly, I have always
thought that Mr Wilch-
combe had the appeal and
tenure to have possibly
mounted a successful lead-
ership campaign against
party leader Perry Christie.

In recent times, the West
End and Bimini MP has
had to credibly defend his
innocence after the Travol-
ta attempted extortion case
garnered national and
international headlines and
involved his business part-
ner Pleasant Bridgewater
and ambulance driver Tari-
no Lightbourne.

Of late, Mr Wilchcombe
has been subjected to much
negative press. Recently,
the former Minister of
Tourism testified as a pros-
ecution witness in the ongo-
ing trial.

Although Mr Wilch-
combe has proclaimed his
innocence, misplaced per-
ceptions after the Travolta
episode has, in the eyes of
some, hampered his
chances.

Honestly, I once thought
that Mr Wilchcombe would
have easily wiped the floor
with his competition. This
time around, he will have
an uphill battle. However,
it is hoped by many young
persons that he will be suc-
cessful in his bid for the
deputy leadership.

Obie Wilchcombe, a titan
in the PLP, is expected to
storm the convention.

PLP CHAIRMAN

THE contenders, and
pretenders, vying for PLP
chairman are Glenys Han-
na-Martin (sitting chair-
person), former MP
Bradley Roberts, perennial
protester Ricardo Smith,
vice chairman Ken
Dorsette and former MP
Keod Smith.

Glenys Hanna-Martin,
the youthful chairperson
has been a pacesetter thus
far. She is the first female
chairperson and, as a politi-
cian, has managed to step
out of her father’s (AD
Hanna) shadow and, via
her tenacious approach to
the issues, earned respect.
Earlier this year, she again
entered the history books
when she was named and
banned from the House of
Assembly for two sittings
as She, in the midst of seek-
ing information about the
death of a teenager in
police custody, ignored an
order by the Speaker. I do
feel though, that a most
memorable moment in
modern parliamentary his-
tory was interrupted when
fellow PLP MPs sought to
obstruct the sergeant-at-
arms from removing her. It
appears that she has ardu-
ously worked at inter-party
affairs and, if the party is
to transition to embracing a
new generation of politi-
cians, she is likely to put a
spanking on her chal-
lengers.

In this race, Ricardo

, .

is WILCHCOMBE



Smith is a no-hoper. He is a
featherweight punching
way above his weight level.
After the convention, Mr
Smith—placards and all—
will be sent packing with a
one way ticket into political
oblivion.

Former MP Keod Smith
has absolutely no chance of
winning the chairman post.
He is viewed by some PLPs
as a loose cannon, particu-
larly as he is most famous
as one-half of the dueling
twosome that came to
blows in the Cabinet
Room.

Mr Smith should take a
blanket to the convention
as he is likely to make an
abrupt return to the politi-
cal wilderness.

Bradley Roberts, a for-
mer minister and MP of 25
years, is Mrs Martin’s only
real competition. He will
not be easily dispatched to
the political boneyard.

If Mr Roberts is victori-
ous, no one doubts that the
64-year-old will be on the
FNM like white-on-rice.
However, Mr Roberts has
had his time and if PLPs
bring him back from the
political graveyard, it is a
sign of the party’s despera-
tion and a clear indication
that the PLP is unwilling to
break with the past.

History

During the last election,
the PLP pledged not to
turn back, so will they
when it’s convenient for
them? Is the party going to
go deep into the annals of
its history and elect a
retired, near 70-year-old as
chairman?

Little is known about
Ken Dorsette.

I am told that he is
known within his party, was
a legal journeyman having
worked at several law firms
and, as one source put it,
“could sell sand to the
beach.” At best, he finishes
in third place.

Mr Dorsette must be
likening his chances to
watching a wilting rose as
one minute he was Mrs
Martin’s main challenger
and in the other, Bradley
Roberts—who stood with
him and appeared to be
supportive—dropped the
bombshell that he to would
be contesting for the post.

While it is expected to
be a stormy convention, the
PLP must accept their
defeat and emerge as a
reinvigorated organization.
The people are tired of
false promises, scandals and
government by committees.

I do wonder whether the
persons vying for the top
posts in the party have an
intellectual grasp of the
position of today’s world
and how it relates to lead-
ing an archipelagic state
into a stable future.

These leaders must all
have fundamental princi-
ples that can be molded
into futuristic and coherent
policies that would advance
this nation.

Lastly, its high-time that
the old curmudgeons dom-
inating that party take a
back seat!



THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 7





LOCAL NEWS



Hungry
for change

The Lyford Cay Foundation joins with
non-profit groups to help feed the needy

By SONIA FARMER

TO FIGHT hunger in the
Bahamas, you need to have
a strong stomach.

This is especially so of
late, as it involves witnessing
first-hand the widening
reach of this menace —
which is now affecting fam-
ilies and social groups for-
merly thought to be outside
its grasp.

A widespread and grow-
ing problem requires a
sweeping and expanding
effort in response, and
Hands for Hunger (H4H) is
doing all it can to be just
that.

"The best way for inter-
ested members of the public
to become familiar with our
work is to spend a day on
one of our trucks, which will
give them an opportunity to
experience first hand the
scope of our programme,"
says Ashley Lepine, execu-
tive director of the non-
profit group, the only large-
scale food rescue organisa-
tion in the country.

Every day, H4H picks up
fresh food that would oth-
erwise go to waste — from
grocery stores, food whole-
salers, restaurants and
hotels — and transports it in
refrigerated trucks to com-
munity centres, shelters,
churches and soup kitchens.
Since launching operations
in March of this year, H4H
has effectively redistributed
100,000 pounds of food,
hugely impacting the land-
scape of food waste and
food assistance throughout
New Providence.

"Picking up the food and
seeing how much of it is
habitually wasted, that's one
thing — part of our green
mandate to prevent food
from being unnecessarily
thrown away," adds Ms
Lepine. "We then turn
directly to the humanitari-
an efforts at the core of
H4H: delivering this food to
places that provide meals to
those most in need."

One such place is Great
Commission Ministries
International on Wulff
Road, which provides emer-
gency shelter, counselling
and food to hundreds of dis-
advantaged men, women
and children.

On any given day — if it is
fortunate enough to have
sufficient supplies on hand —
the organisation hands out
40 to 50 grocery packages
from its food bank, and
serves around 150 hot meals
at its feeding centre.

It also sends food to
elderly or disabled shut-ins,
provides meals at its vari-
ous shelters, and feeds at
least 80 children on Satur-
days as part of its Save the
Children Club.

As with so many groups
who are dedicated to com-
bating hunger, the Great
Commission constantly
struggles to keep up with
the demand for its services.

"We've Seen a very
marked increase in the num-



“Picking up the food and
seeing how much of it is
habitually wasted, that's one
thing — part of our green
mandate to prevent food
from being unnecessarily

thrown away.”



Ashley Lepine, executive
director of Hands for Hunger

ber of people coming to us,
especially people who
would be considered mid-
dle class," says Minalee
Hanchell, the organisation's
executive director. "They
have been laid off or evict-
ed, and are laying aside
their pride to get some
clothing or a few hot meals
for themselves and their
children.

“IT remember a lady com-
ing in and I gave her a food
package and she started to
cry. She said, ‘This is sucha
big help for me. I have five
children. I left them crying
for something to eat’.”

"The hunger population
is a different population
now,” stressed Ms Lepine.
"We have been getting
reports of more families
showing up to receive food
support, in addition to indi-
viduals who are out of work
or homeless. All of the 13
agencies we deliver food to
have experienced a huge
surge in who is seeking
help."

Donation

Recently, the jobs of H4H
and the Ministries were
made a little easier thanks
to a combined donation of
$27,500 from Lyford Cay
Foundation, Inc's Gifts and
Grants Committee, a pow-
erful catalyst for change in
the Bahamas that has
awarded more than $12 mil-
lion to local charities and
non-profit groups since its
establishment 40 years ago.

Over the past year, due to
the economic downturn, the
Committee has been con-
centrating on addressing
people's most basic needs.

"We learned that Great
Commission Ministries
focuses on providing food,
clothing and shelter, so we
encouraged them to apply
for a grant," said Suzy
Robinson, committee chair.

"We found them to be
well organised and success-
ful in meeting the needs of
their clients and were happy
to provide funding for their
food programmes.

“At the same time, we
were particularly interested
in Hands for Hunger
because their mission is very
specific: to eradicate hunger
in the Bahamas. We were
impressed by the work they
had done to ‘qualify’ both

donors and recipients of
food, and by their unique
approach to serve their
clients well. We found the
people at both of these
organisations to be profes-
sional, enthusiastic, and pas-
sionate about their mis-
sion."

Great Commission Min-
istries International used its
grant to purchase items for
its food bank, and to acquire
a new stove for its feeding
centre as well as an oven for
its women's shelter.

"We are so grateful to the
Lyford Cay Foundation,"
says Mrs Hanchell.

"We really wish that more
persons would reach out
and help like they are doing.
I was so grateful for that
stove.

“Our burners and oven
were not working at the
feeding centre, and now we
can more quickly and effec-
tively prepare meals. I wish
I'd had a camera to capture
the looks on the faces of the
women at our shelter when
we got that oven. They were
so excited to get it and to
start baking."

At Hands for Hunger,
two separate gifts from the
Lyford Cay Foundation
have helped to provide fuel
and electricity for their
refrigerated trucks, and to
purchase aluminum pans,
food grade labels, and a
hand trolley.

"The Lyford Cay Foun-
dation, being one of our first
supporters, basically direct-
ly allowed Hands For
Hunger to become opera-
tional,” says Ms Lepine.

"Through their sponsor-
ship, we were able to secure
more food supplies so that
more meals are getting to
who they need to."

H4H's ultimate aim is to
help ensure that one day,
every Bahamian will have
daily access to adequate
nutrition.

"To maintain a sense of
integrity and humanity for
anyone who has fallen on
hard times, not just opening
a can of food for them but
giving them full, hot meals is
really important," said Ms
Lepine.

Since Great Commission
Ministries became a recipi-
ent of H4H's food donations
last year, it has been able to
increase both the quantity
and the quality of food that
it distributes.





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HANDS FOR HUNGER (H4H) driver Francis Burrows picks up food donated by Atlantis recently. H4H is

the country's only large-scale food rescue organization.







FOOD DONATED by Atlantis is deliver

ee

tional at the Erma Miller Centre on Wulff Road.





he Great Commission Ministries International Feeding Centre, which provides
approximately 150 free hot lunches daily to people in need.

LUNCH IS SERVED at t

"There were so many
days where we were just
about to run out of food and
we would see if we could try
and put together something,
anything quick because peo-
ple are in there and they're
hungry, and then Hands for
Hunger would pull up,” says
Mrs Hanchell. “And all
we'd have to do is just warm
the food, and feed people. I
always say to Ashley and to
the drivers, 'You all have
come at such a timely
moment.’ They have also
come to us with meals that
we would normally not be
able to afford to purchase,
like certain types of meat.
The quality enhances our
meals on the whole."

The Ministries provides
free counselling on a wide
variety of topics to hundreds
of people, but food is, unde-
niably, the thing that brings
the most comfort to those
who are secking help. With-
out food, Mrs Hanchell
points out, people cannot
begin to address other areas
of lack in their lives.

"You can't talk to a per-
son and be counselling them
about their life or their mar-
riage or anything if they're
hungry,” Mrs Hanchell said.

"One of the first things I
do when a person comes in
and says they need emer-
gency shelter or a food
package or counselling is to
ask them, 'Did you eat any-

thing? Did you eat lunch?’
And about nine times out
of 10, they say that they
haven't eaten.

“And I pause right there
and let them eat before we
talk."

The conviction that
hunger is the root cause of
many of the serious ills fac-
ing our society is shared by
H4H, and has driven its evo-
lution.

Issues

"The hunger issue is tied
to a plethora of other social
issues we often address,"
says Alanna Rodgers, the
group's co-founder. "If we
look at our community and
the ways, for example, some
people just throw garbage
all over the street, we ask,
why does that happen? Why
is it occurring? It's occur-
ring because this person has
no sense of responsibility
for our environment. But if
someone doesn't have food
to eat, can you really ask
them to be concerned about
a beach clean-up? For us,
that revelation led to the
shift from, ‘let's go green’
to, ‘let's address the most
basic issues.""

A former participant in
Lyford Cay Foundation,
Inc's SEARCH programme,
which assists young people
in the college application
process and helps them

ed by Hands for Hunger to Great Commission Ministries Interna-



secure financial aid from
colleges and universities in
North America, Ms
Rodgers attended Rice Uni-
versity in Houston, Texas to
train for competitive tennis
— until she lost her passion
for the sport a year and a
half into her studies and
began to re-evaluate her pri-
orities.

She left college and took a
year off, channeling her
energies into volunteer
work and eventually finding
her passion for humanitari-
an entrepreneurship.

"When I stopped playing
tennis, which filled up a lot
of my life, I experienced this
big loss on a personal level.
I really needed to do a lot of
work in terms of redefining
my self-identity at that
point.

“Thad to expand my per-
ception of who I was as a
human being and what I was
capable of," Ms Rodgers
explained.

"I never saw myself as
being a community activist
of any sort.

“T didn't have much expe-
rience with this sort of thing.
I just knew that, like many
of our generation, I wanted
to see a better world where
we're taking responsibility
for our environment and
each other.

“My feeling is, if I'm not
here to make a difference,
then what am I here for?"

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LOCAL NEWS



Wilchcombe
‘initiated! case
FROM page one

volta’s lead attorney
Michael Ossi after Bridge-
water had brought the
refusal of treatment doc-
ument to his attention.

Lightbourne’s attor-
ney Carlson Shurland
described Mr Wil-
chombe and PLP sena-
tor Allyson Maynard-
Gibson both as “oppor-
tunists”. Mr Shurland
told the jury that
Bridgewater had trusted
Mr Wilchombe. He said
Mr Wilchombe was sup-
posed to add credibility
to the prosecution’s case
but did not.

“They figured if he
could say all those
things about her
(Bridgewater) it must be
true, but he has no cred-
ibility,” Mr Shurland
told the jury.

“Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son was an opportunist,”
Mr Shurland said. “She
performed a profession-
al services and got paid
for it.”

Both attorneys con-
cluded their closing
arguments yesterday.
Senior Justice Anita
Allen is expected give
her summation of the
case to the jury today.

agers.

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DEFENCE attorneys in
the attempted extortion tri-
al of ex-PLP senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne yesterday
attacked the credibility of a
key prosecution witness and
told the jury that their
clients were the victims.

“This case that the prose-
cution has brought to you,
is like a jigsaw puzzle and
they have asked you to put it
together,” Bridgewater’s
attorney Murrio Ducille told
the nine-member jury.

Continuing his closing
submissions yesterday, Mr
Ducille told the jury that
one of the most important
features of the case was the
evidence of Michael McDer-
mott, an attorney for Amer-
ican actor John Travolta.
Bridgewater and Light-
bourne are accused of
attempting to extort $25 mil-
lion from Mr Travolta. Mr
Ducille told the jury that it

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formerly of Crooked Island
will be held on Thursday,
October 22nd, 11:00 a.m. at
Golden Gates Assembly,
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LOS ANGELES

A PHARMACIST testified
Tuesday that he warned Anna
Nicole Smith’s psychiatrist
against prescribing a powerful
sleeping medication to the
celebrity model after she had
given birth to a daughter and
endured the death of her son
in 2006, according to Associ-
ated Press.

“T said, ‘Unless you want
your picture on the cover of
the National Enquirer, I
wouldn’t give her (chloral
hydrate) because it’s a pow-
erful respiratory depressant,”
pharmacist Steve Mazlin said
he told Dr. Khristina Eroshe-
vich.

Mazlin said Eroshevich
purchased chloral hydrate and
also asked for a rapidly acting
anti-anxiety medication, and
he recommended lorazepam.

An autopsy showed Smith
died in February 2007 of an
accidental overdose of chlo-
ral hydrate combined with
other controlled substances.

Eroshevich is charged along

TARINO LIGHTBOURNE



that Mr Travolta had testi-
fied that he did not know
Bridgewater and had never
spoken to her.

“There is no direct link
between the persons that are
charged and the victim,” Mr
Ducille said.

According to Mr Ducille,
the videotaped meetings
between the accused and Mr
McDermott only showed
that there was a negotiation
to buy a document.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH (AP)

with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and
Howard K. Stern, Smith’s
lawyer-boyfriend, with con-
spiring to provide controlled
substances to Smith. All have
pleaded not guilty.

The testimony came at a
preliminary hearing to deter-
mine if they should stand tri-
al.

Another pharmacist,
Romeo V. Par, testified that
Eroshevich came to his phar-

“Extortionists don’t nego-
tiate. How could you nego-
tiate and you are an extor-
tionist?” Mr Ducille asked.

“You are the ones who
must feel sure that there was
a threat and a demand,” Mr
Ducille told the jury, stating
that there had been no
threat or demand.

“Whatever error she
(Bridgewater) may have
made was not criminal and
yet she finds herself sitting
here,” Mr Ducille said.

“The quality of the evi-
dence is such that this young
lady should have never been
here,” he said.

“The prosecution has
failed miserably in their
efforts to destroy this lady,”
Mr Ducille said. He also told
the jury that Bridgewater
was a victim in the case.

Lightbourne’s attorney
Carlson Shurland, in his
closing address to the jury,
described attorney Michael
McDermott as a pathologi-
cal liar and said his client
has been vilified in the
media.

“The facts will show and

macy in October, 2006 and
obtained the drugs Xanax,
Valium and klonopin for a
patient named Charlene
Underwood. Valium and
klonopin also were implicated
in Smith’s overdose death.

The prosecution maintains
Underwood was a pseudo-
nym used for Smith, and they
called to the stand a woman
by that name who once did
business with Eroshevich.

The judge, expressing impa-
tience at the length of the
hearing, hustled her on and
off the stand and told prose-
cutors to begin moving their
case along.

A hospital psychiatrist who
treated Smith for drug depen-
dency concluded two days on
the stand saying the former
Playmate fit the legal defini-
tion of an addict.

However, under question-
ing by a judge, Dr. Nathalie
Maullin said she never used
the words “addict” or “addic-
tion” when discussing the
celebrity model’s problems
with her, Kapoor and Stern.

Defence attorneys attack
credibility of key witness

demonstrate unequivocally
that Tarino Lightbourne
never committed a crime
and should be acquitted of
the charges,” Mr Shurland
said.

“What the evidence in this
case will show is that Tarino
Lightbourne was manipu-
lated conned and he is the
victim,” Mr Shurland told
the jury.

“You are not here to solve
a mystery. You are here to
determine whether the pros-
ecution has enough believ-
able evidence to prove its
case,” he said.

Mr Shurland told the jury
the media had been seeking
out his client for informa-
tion.

“Tarino had something to
sell and they wanted to buy
it. Does that make him an
extortionist?” he asked. “It
makes him an opportunist.”

Mr Shurland told the jury
the prosecution had failed
to prove its case.

Senior Justice Allen is
expected to sum up the case
today and then the jury will
deliberate.

Attorney General

FROM page one

his law firm’s website.

In 2000, Mr Delaney,
who also holds the title of
global managing director of
Higgs and Johnson’s overall
operations in The Bahamas
and the Cayman Islands,
advised the government
from a private sector per-
spective on issues surround-
ing the adaptation of legis-
lation governing the finan-
cial services sector follow-
ing the “black listing” of
The Bahamas by the
Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Develop-
ment (OECD).

Aside from serving as a
senator at the behest of
FNM leader Tommy Turn-
quest for two years from
2005 to 2007, Mr Delaney
has offered his expertise as
Chair of the Bahamas
Trade Commission (at posi-
tion he presently holds), a
lecturer at the College of
the Bahamas in the early
1990s, Director of the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board, the National Insur-
ance Board and the Nation-
al Youth Advisory Com-
mittee.

Deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette is han-
dling the Attorney General
portfolio at present as the
substantive AG. When
queried yesterday on the
possibility of Mr Delaney
being formally appointed to
the position, Mr Symonette
said he “can’t comment on
that”.

President of the
Bahamas Bar Association
Ruth Bowe Darville said
she has not been consulted
on the question of who will
be offered the AG job and
declined to offer any fur-
ther comment. Phone mes-
sages and emails sent to Mr
Delaney yesterday were not
returned.















Before leaving the stand,
Maullin said she once asked
Kapoor if he thought Smith
was addicted.

She said he chuckled and
mentioned she had problems
with alcohol.

The charging document in
the case states that Stern,
Kapoor and Eroshevich “act-
ed with knowledge that Anna
Nicole Smith was an addict.”
Prosecutors are trying to
prove the defendants had that
knowledge.

Maullin, who treated Smith
during a brief hospital stay
when she was pregnant in
April, 2006, was quizzed by
Superior Court Judge Robert
J. Perry on the addiction
issue.

“She was never trying to
get high?” he asked.

“T never thought she was
trying to get high. I think she
wanted to tune out,” the psy-
chiatrist said.

The preliminary hearing
will be recessed Wednesday, a
mandated state furlough day
for the court system.

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Molina (COL) IFT
Touring coach for Europe
and South America con-
ducted a three day tennis
training for 14 of our top
junior tennis players this
past weekend Oct. 16-18,
at the National Tennis
Centre.

Ivan Molina played on

the ATP professional Tour and was ranked as high as #22 in

the world.

He as being travelling with juniors ranked in the top 50

since 1987.

The High Performance Tennis Training Camp was orga-

nized by Bradley Bain of Brajaxba Tennis.

Molina worked with the players on their stroke production
helping each of them with making slight adjustment so their

strokes could be more efficient and effective.

Consistency

He worked with their consistency of hitting balls high and
deep to the baseline while at the same time working on setting

up before hitting the ball.

He spent time working with them on understanding the
geometry of the court, so that the kids would know what shot

to hit base on their position on the court.

He emphasised the need for each of them to add some
variety in their game, so that when competing they would use
different types of shots to gain the advantage over their

opponents.

Local juniors participating in the camp were Alexis
Roberts, Jamaal Hoyte, Brezile Hamilton, Jody Turnquest,
Dirnaj Saunders, Sheriffe Rahming, Danielle Thompson,
Nicoy Rolle, Treajh Ferguson, Erin Strachan, Christian

Cargill, Justin Roberts, and Micheal Wallace.

Molina noted that he was happy for the opportunity to
work with such a talented group and the he was happy to
share his knowledge with them to help their game improve so
that they could be more competitive at the next level.



Sunshine
Insurance to
serve as lead
organiser
and sponsor

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

FOR the first time since the
Central American and
Caribbean Championships in
1985, the Bahamas will host a
fully-fledged marathon.

Franklyn Wilson, chairman
of Sunshine Insurance,
announced yesterday that his
company has agreed to serve
as the lead organiser and
sponsor for Marathon
Bahamas 2010.

The 26-mile event is sched-
uled for Sunday, February 14,
starting at 6 a.m.

“Marathon Bahamas will
bring together runners from
aroun d the Bahamas and
every effort will be made to
encourage participation from
persons outside of the
Bahamas,” Wilson said.

“Marathon Bahamas is
conceived to be an annual
event and in an effort to
encourage continuity through
time and efficiency of execu-
tion, a separate non-profit
legal entity has been creat-
ed.”

Joining Wilson on the
board of directors are the fol-
lowing:

From tourism — Robert
‘Sandy’ Sands, president of

Fifty-two swimmers compete in SK Open Water race

With beautiful blue skies and aqua sea some 52
swimmers competed in the 5K Open Water race
at Old Fort Bay. The event was hosted by Swift
Swimming and sponsored by orthaheel,
Holowesko Partners, and Lyford Cay Real
Estate. The overall winner representing The
Barracuda Swim Club was Matthew Lowe in a
time of 1:10.35. Matthew swam in the 13 to 17 age
group division. The top female finisher repre-
senting Swift Swimming was Christy Winner in a
time of 1:19.05. Christy swam in the 18 & over age
group division.

The triangular course of approximately one
mile allowed for relays with each swimmer com-
peting a mile each. Two swimmers representing
masters swimming in the US were Dake Gonza-
lez and Todd Cooper who finished first and sec-
ond respectively in the 18 & over age group with
times of 1:18.46 and 1:21.03. All other swimmers
were registered with the Bahamas Swimming
Federation. The majority of the swimmers rep-
resented the Masters Programme of Swift Swim-
ming.

While many of the age group swimmers from
the local clubs did not compete, the open water
event still produced some exciting match ups.
Zach Moses who swam in the 12 & under age
group actually had the second fastest time over-
allin winning his age division in 1: 13.57.

Abigail Lowe also competing in the 12 & under
division was the second fastest female overall as
she won her age division in 1:22.34. The top lady
in the 13 to 17 age group was Hannah Coyle

Sports

TRACK
MASTERS MEETING

THE Masters Track Association will hold a
meeting on Thursday at 7 pm in the Conference
Room of the Ministry of Education. All persons
interested in joing the association are invited to
attend.

The meeting will be chaired by president Fos-
ter Dorsett.

BASKETBALL
NPBA MEETING

ALL coaches and Clubs will be hosting a
mandatory rules seminar/clinic at the Albury
Sayle Primary School. The sessions got started
yesterday and will run through Thursday.

All persons desirous of sitting on the bench
during the NPBA season must attend and com-
plete the sessions.

Also, the deadline for Fees and Rosters have
pasted and this will serve as the final reminder for
the submission of the same.

The association also announced that the pre-
season exhibition games are schedule for Friday
and Saturday. Please contact president Keith
Smith, or Commissioner Elsworth Pickstock for
further details.

BASKETBALL
NPABO HEADING TO ANDROS

THE New Providence Association of Basket-

who had the third fastest female time in 1:22.56.
Others who received trophies for top three fin-
ishes in their respective age groups were Anibal
Hernandez who was second in the 13 to 17 age
group with the third overall fastest time in 1:16.17
followed by Donovan Higgs in 1:34.00. Versatile
triathlon athlete Mark Holowesko was third in
the 18 & over age group in 1: 21.63. Doran Reed
and Kaitlyn Kemp finished second and third
respectively in the 12 & under female division
with times of 1:37.54 and 1:38.21. Shaunte Moss
finished second in the 13 to 17 female division in
1: 28.46. Rounding out the 18 & over female age
group division was Amy Smith and April Savage
(nee Knowles) respectively in times of 1:25.21
and 1: 28.43.

The oldest and youngest swimmers to finish
the course were Percy Knowles (78) with a relay
split of 41.29 and Liam Holowesko (9) with a
relay split of 38.45. Both swimmers received a
special crystal glass trophy.

The top relays competing the SK course were
as follows: First place- Christy Winner, Katie
Izmirlian, and Liz Parkinson in 1:20.30. Second
place —- April Savage, Mark Davies, and Anna
Greene in 1:24.23. Third place — Chris Illing,
Peter Wagner, and Matthew Witney in 1:24.37.
Fourth place — Dale Winner, Harry Winner, and
Sean Nottage in 1:26.34

Mr. Bradlie Goian, manager of the Old Fort
Bay Restaurant did a great job of hosting the
event at the Old Fort Bay site with its beautiful
beach.

ball Officials (NPABO) will be dispatching a
delegation to officiate the games of the South
Andros High School 12th Annual Basketball
Tournament that is scheduled to be held this
weekend at the South Andros High School courts
in Kemps Bay, Andros.

It is hoped that with the NPABO's participa-
tion that the school is assisted in attaining its
motto: 'Climbing Higher Toward Success’. The
travelling contingent will be comprised of Sharon
Storr, Secretary of the NPABO, who will serve as
Chief of Mission; Warren Butler, Vice President;
James Dawkins and Gregory 'Pepper' Clarke.

This effort is in keeping with the Association's
goal and aim of assisting community projects
that provide programs to promote and develop
young people in the sport of basketball.

In fact, NPABO will be holding a clinic on
Sunday at the Emerald Palms Resort from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. to complement the weekend. The
fundamental aspects of officiating will highlight-
ed. For this one day session, Warren Butler will
serve as the Clinician;

Sharon Storr as the Assistant Clinician with
Clarke and Dawkins performing the duties of
Spotters. It is hoped that it is an interactive affair
with a stress on rules enforcement.

This four man officiating crew was a part of the
recently held 'In-House Program’ of the New
Providence Association of Basketball Officials,
their challenge will be to implement the new lev-
el called for in refereeing.

It is anticipated that they will leave an impact
on the games themselves and in the classroom for
the South Andros people.



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Bahamas on track to
host 2010 marathon

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

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FRANKLYN WILSON, flanked by board members, makes formal announcement for Bahamas Marathon

2010.

the Bahamas hotel Associa-
tion; Ed Fields, senior vice
president in charge of public
relations of Kerzner Interna-
tional and Janet Johnson of
the Ministry of Tourism.

From one of the Road
Runners Club - Roadmasters
- Yolanda Deveaux.

From athletics - Pauline
Davis-Thompson, a member
of the IAAF and Alpheus
‘Hawk’ Finlayson, a past
member of the IAAF and
past president of the BAAA.

From finance — Geoff
Andrews, a partner at
Deloitte & Touché.

And from medicine and
health - Dr. Beverton Moxey
and Charles Sealey, president
of Doctor’s Hospital.

Also Frank ‘Pancho’ Rah-
ming will serve as the race
director and Veronica Dun-

canson as chief operations
officer.

Other members from Sun-
shine Insurance are Brian
Moodie, Shelly Wilson, Keith
Bell and Kyron Strachan.

While the date has been set,
Wilson said they are still look-
ing at designing a route that is
consciously being designed to
showcase the beauty of New
Providence.

And to ensure a greater
participation of people, Wil-
son said they will offer a full
marathon, a half marathon
and a relay marathon, which
is designed for a group of
friends, families, clubs,
Churches, businesses or
schools to participate.

“Every effort shall be made
to differentiate Marathon
Bahamas from all others,”
Wilson pointed out. “This will

result in entrepreneurial
opportunities for all who sell
and/or promote products or
services which reflect the
essence of the Bahamas.”

Registration forms and
sponsorship packages will be
available on Monday, Novem-
ber 2 and maybe collected
from both Sunshine Insurance
offices on Shirley Street and
Blue Hill Road.

“There will also be numer-
ous volunteer jobs and we will
be advising the public on
these and other marathon
related matters we proceed,”
Wilson said.

Also speaking at the press
conference were Yolanda
Deveaux, Janet Johnson, Ed
Fields, Frank Rahming,
Alpheus Finlayson and Dr.
Beverton Moxey.

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2009 WORLD SUNFISH CHAMPIONSHIPS /N PHOTOS

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FROM page 11

Janeen Wallace went 2-for-5
with a run scored on a solo in-
the-park home run; Cleo
Symonette had a perfect 3-for-
3 night with two runs; Keisha
Pratt had a solo in-the-parker
and Vanetta Nairn was 2-for-4
with a RBI. Shonell Symonette
went the distance, giving up
eight hits for the loss.

Truckers 6,
Dorsey Park Boyz 4:

Trailing 4-3 going into the
bottom of the sixth inning,
Commando Security produced
three runs to seal the deal to
go up 2-0 in the series.

Julian Collie came through
with a one-out two-run triple
and he came home on an error
as the Truckers went on to put
the game out of reach for the
Dorsey Park Boyz.

Collie ended up going 1-for-
3 and Van ‘Lil Joe’ Johnson
was 1-for-3 with a RBI and a
run scored on a homer. Mar-
vin ‘Tougie’ Wood was 1-for-4 va
with a run scored.

Anton ‘Bookie’ Gibson got
the start, giving up six hits on
four runs, striking out four
before Freddie ‘the Skipper’
Cornish, the game one winner,
came in relief to close the door
on a one-hitter with a walk and
a strike out.

Edmund ‘Binks’ Bethel was
1-for-3 with two RBI; Dwayne
Pratt 1-for-3 with a run;
Desmond Rolle 2-for-3 and
both Kevin Bastian and Kevin
Hinsey were 1-for-4.

Edney ‘the Heat’ Bethel,
who helped his cause by going
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Scholarships
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junior golfers

The Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion (BGF) has announced that
five scholarships have been
awarded to deserving junior
golfers from the proceeds of its
Fred Higgs Memorial Golf
Scholarship Fund.

The names of the scholarship
recipients are; Eugenie Adder-
ley, Charley Buttler, Alena
Hutcheson, Kyle King and
D’Andrielle Robinson. Each
recipient will receive a $2,000
scholarship for the year 2009.

Established in 1996, the
Scholarship Fund seeks to pro-
vide financial assistance for
Bahamian junior golfers to con-
tinue their education and finan-
cial assistance for programs
which support junior golf in the
Bahamas. The fund was named
as a memorial to Fred Higgs,
who was one of the founders
of the BGF and served as its
President for ten years. Fred
was also the founder of the
Caribbean Golf Association
and served as its founding Pres-
ident. Since its inception, major
funding for the scholarship pro-
gram has been derived from
proceeds of the annual Kerzner
International/Fred Higgs golf
tournament.

It is the intention of the
Scholarship Committee, which
is chaired by Rory Higgs, son of
the late Fred Higgs, to increase
the fund raising efforts so that
Bahamian Junior Golfers may
benefit from more frequent and
substantial scholarships.

The annual Kerzner/Higgs
Golf Tournament takes place
at the Ocean Club Golf Course
on November 8, 2009. All
golfers are encouraged to con-
tinue their support for this wor-
thy cause.

Mike Santis
presents
‘New Vision’

FROM page 11

sport because all of the candi-
dates have been involved for a
number of years.

“T look at this team as the
best team that can be offered
for service to the BAAA at this
time without question,” he said.

Stuart, a former vice presi-
dent, said each candidate have
a proven track record in the
sport and they have the
strength in business, manage-
ment and administration need-
ed to take the BAAA to the
next level.

Holding up a copy of their
platform that will outline their
promises when they regain the
administration of the BAAA,
Stuart said they intend to be
governed by that mandate.

“We bring something that no
one else has and we are pas-
sionate about what we will do,”
he said. “We have the interest
of the athletes at heart and we
are very committed to helping
and improving our coaches.”

Seymour, who came in from
Grand Bahama, said he was
asked to join the state and he
was proud to do so because
more representation is needed,
not only for Grand Bahama,
but the Family Islands.

“T saw this as being a step
forward in the right direction. I
saw the plans that was unfolded
here some time back and I
think it’s spot on,” Seymour
said.

“T think it’s going to be very
difficult to get all of these
things, but if we are focussed, I
think we can achieve much of
which we plan to do.”

Experience

Finlayson, a former public
relations officer and president
since 1971, said the team has
the experience and passion and
energy to be able to think out
of the box.

“We need to think out of the
box to get to where we need to
get too,” he insisted. “One of
the most significant thing about
this team is that in the last year
or so, is that they enjoy being
together and when you enjoy
being together, you gel and do
the things that people normally
don’t do to succeed.”

Finlayson said all of the
coaches will be very proud of
the things that they have on the
agenda. For Charlton, the only
woman on their slate, said her
wealth of knowledge and an
advocate for transparency and
accountability will make a dif-
ference.

“The key thing is that as a
team, there is a lot of synergy
and there’s a lot of passion,”
she said. “But the one thing
that drives us is the athletes.

“Tf there’s no athletes, there
would be no need for any of us,
so we must put the athletes
first. That is our vision and once
we do that, everything else will
fall into place.”

And Munnings, the most
recent active athlete on the
slate, said he was trying to
remain an elite athlete, but for
a long time he was encouraged
to become a part of the execu-
tive board of the BAAA.

“The time is right for me. ’'m
no longer an elite athlete, but
I’m still very well involved in
the sport,” said Munnings, who
is competing as a masters com-
petitor and coaching the
younger athletes as well.

“T’ve seen the plan, which is
designed for the new BAAA
and I’m excited about the
prospect of what can be
achieved. Soccer has set a very
high standard for all sports to
follow and I think from the plan
that I’ve seen, once we stick to
it, the stack holders will be very
pleased.”



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NEW PROVIDENCE SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION:
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Wildcats,

Truckers
hold off
rallies

ESE

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

THE Pineapple Air Wildcats and the Commando Security
Truckers both held off strong rallies from the Proper Care Pool
Lady Sharks and the Heavy Lift Dorsey Park Boyz to control
their respective New Providence Softball Association’s cham-
pionship series.

In the ladies’ opener on Monday night on the Banker’s
Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, the Wildcats
stopped the Lady Sharks’ comeback in the bottom of the sev-
enth for a 7-6 victory to snatch a 2-0 lead in the series that will
continue tonight at 7 p.m.

The Truckers, on the other hand, will also take a 2-0 lead in
their men’s series tonight after they secured a 6-4 win in the
feature contest.

After their close encounter with the Lady Sharks in game
two, Wildcats’ shortstop Christine Edmonds-Cooper said they
will definitely have to step up their game when they play
game three tonight.

“The performance wasn’t up to par. I believe that we could
have done better than we did. If we did, could have scored
more runs than we did,” she stated.

Close

“But we played like a high school team tonight. The next
game on Wednesday, I know that we will definitely play the
way we are capable of playing and not make it as close as it
was.”

Pineapple Air produced five runs in the top of the sixth
inning to take a 7-4 lead, thanks to consecutive RBI singles
from Jeanette Hilton, Linda Knowles and Candice Smith after
Marvelle Miller was intentionally walked with one out.

But Proper Care refused to roll over and play dead. They
made one last gallant attempt in the seventh to put two more
runs on the scoreboard before they left two more runners
stranded on base, resulting in another tough loss in the series.

Hilton finished with a perfect 3-for-3 day with two RBI, scor-
ing a run to lead the Wildcats, who got 13 hits with just a
strike out from ace Mary ‘Cruise’ Edgecombe-Sweeting in
the win on the mound.

SEE page ten



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21,

2009





BAHAMAS ASSOCIATION OF ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS: ELECTION CAMPAIGN

The New Vision

Wi Mike Sands presents plan for improved track and field programme
HB New slate of ‘visionary’ officers is introduced at press conference

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemeda.net

NE month

before the elec-

tions are held,

Mike Sands
presented the “New Vision”
plan that he and his slate of offi-
cers intend to campaign in a bid
to be returned to power in the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations.

Sands, who was ousted by a
‘vote of no confidence’ last
year, said he’s much more
focussed on “restoring the
integrity” of the BAAA and his
team will help to develop the
“vision” for a new and
improved track and field pro-
gramme.

At a press conference yes-
terday in front of the construc-
tion site for the new national
stadium, Sands presented his
Visionary team.

They include Sherwin Stuart
as first vice president; Grand
Bahamian Felix Seymour as
second vice president; Laura
Charlton as treasurer; Alpheus
‘Hawk’ Finlayson as public
relations officer; Tim Munnings
as secretary general; Don Turn-
quest as assistant secretary;
Rupert Gardiner as technical
director; Bernard Newbold as
statistician and Foster Dorsett
and Linda Thompson, both as
special projects officers.

‘Failed’

When asked why he decided
to seek another three-year term
after he was removed from
office, Sands said it was felt that
the BAAA’s current pro-
gramme has “failed drastically
and the present administration
has not demonstrated effec-
tively to run the affairs of the
association.

“T have heeded the call from
a number of persons, including
coaches, council members, ath-
letes, officials and friends, espe-
cially the athletes, whom I am
in constant contact with on a
very regular daily basics.”

Unlike his past administra-
tion, Sands said being so close
to what was going on, he was
“overshadowed” by seeing
some things.

“Being away from it to a cer-
tain extend, has given me a bet-
ter clarity of vision to see some
things that I did not see in the
beginning or in the past and
now I have a renewed clarity
of vision to ensure that the pro-
gramme in the BAAA continue
to grow from strength to
strength.”

As for the team assembled,
Sands said they have the expe-
rience and knowledge of the

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$400m Phase I completion

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Ibany’s developers
yesterday said they
were “cautiously
optimistic” that pre-

* Some 800 construction workers now employed on site, with numbers expected to ‘peak above 1,000 in New Year’

sales targets allow-

ing them to “roll seamlessly” into
the project’s Phase I] next summer
would be achieved, telling Tribune
Business that some 800 workers
were now working on the $400 mil-
lion first phase.

Christopher Anand, the $1.4 bil-
lion Albany Golf & Beach Resort’s
managing partner, said the develop-
ers were “gunning for a finish next
summer” on the project’s first phase,
which includes the hotel component,
marina, all amenities and key infra-
structure, and while the timescale is
“going to be a little tight, we think
we will get there”.

The construction workforce was
expected to “peak above 1,000 in

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Law firm ‘confident’
over BVI expansion

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A MAJOR Bahamian law firm yesterday said it was “confi-
dent” it will be able to compete with the major British Virgin
Island (BVI) law firms in “one or two years”, having unveiled
a barrister of 10 years standing as the managing partner for its

new office in that jurisdiction.

Brian Simms, a Lennox Paton partner and the firm’s head of
litigation, in announcing the appointment of Scott Cruick-
shank as its BVI managing partner, urged other Bahamian
law firms to look at overseas expansion as a means of better sell-
ing this jurisdiction and its financial services products to exist-
ing/potential international clients.

“We've said for years that Bahamian firms should get out and
compete,” Mr Simms told Tribune Business. “The difficulty
Bahamian firms have are that there are resource issues, both
capital and human, in opening in other jurisdictions.”

While Bahamian law practices were specialised legal ser-
vices businesses, Mr Simms pointed out that companies from
rival offshore jurisdictions had been able to leverage other
parts of their businesses, such as trusts and trust administration,

to facilitate their global growth.

“They have a greater depth of resources,” Mr Simms said.
“Nevertheless, the Bahamian firms can match any legal services

those firms can provide.”

Overseas expansion, he added, would allow Bahamian law
firms to “hedge against catastrophe in any particular jurisdic-
tion”, such as a country being unable to escape the G-20/OECD

‘grey list’.

In addition, with their

SEE page 4B

Just 45 per cent of CLICO
liabilities in Bahamas

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas accounted
for just 45.5 per cent of CLI-
CO (Bahamas) $123.188 mil-
lion policy liabilities at 2008
year-end, according to the
insolvent insurer’s external
actuarial consultant, although
this jurisdiction accounted for
the lion’s share of issued poli-
cies.

The March 18, 2009, actu-
arial report by Paul Ngai, of
Prescience Insurance Consul-
tants and Actuaries, found
that the Bahamas accounted
for 76.8 per cent of CLICO

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



(Bahamas) total issued poli-
cies at year-end 2008, or some
38,654 out of 50,341.

The actuarial report, tabled
as part of the report filed with
the Supreme Court by CLI-
CO (Bahamas) liquidator
Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez,
found that the company had
some 15,488 premium paying
individual life insurance poli-
cies in the Bahamas, generat-
ing $5.211 million in annual
premium revenue. The sum
insured was $500.876 million.

When paid-up and extend-
ed term life insurance policies
were factored in, CLICO
(Bahamas) was discovered to
have 17,298 life insurance
policies in total, the sum
insured increasing marginally
to $506.98 million.

On the individual accident
and sickness, or medical insur-
ance side, CLICO (Bahamas)
was said to have 11,230 poli-
cies in force in the Bahamas
as at December 31, 2008, just
under two months before the
company was placed under
Supreme Court supervision.
Annual premium revenues
were $3.161 million.

CLICO (Bahamas) had
also issued some 2,724 annu-
ity policies in the Bahamas,
generating $4.771 million in
annual premium payments
from individuals, according to
the actuarial report.

In total, CLICO (Bahamas)

SEE page 3B



* Developers confident they can meet summer 2010 opening target, with 40 per cent of Phase I lots sold
* ‘Cautiously optimistic’ of enough pre-sales interest to ‘roll seamlessly’ into Phase II, featuring over $1bn in sales
* 300-400 persons to be hired when Albany goes operational

the New Year”, Mr Anand said, a
potentially welcome dent - however
modest - in a national unemploy-
ment rate likely to now be approach-
ing 20 per cent.

He added that when completed in
summer 2010, some $400 million
would have been invested into
Albany’s first phase construction.
Apart from the construction of 40
cottages, this phase also involves 100
lots, “of which 40 are already sold”.

“The hotel is well under construc-
tion, and all the amenities have got
roofs on,” Mr Anand told Tribune
Business. “Every aspect of the
amenities are construction, and we

have 30 cottages under construction,
many of which have roofs, windows
and tiles on. The infrastructure work
is going on at good speed.”

The Albany managing partner
said floating concrete docks were
due to be installed in the marina “in
the next month”, with high-end lux-
ury yachts already able to enter and
exit the facility through the entrance
channel.

As for development’s golf course,
it was “almost all shaped”, with
grassing of all 18 holes due to be
completed by Christmas. “They’ll

SEE page 6B

Fiscal position ‘out of whack for some time’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas’ fiscal and
national debt position “will
be out of whack for some
time to come”, a former
finance minister said yester-
day, adding that it was not
advisable to engage in foreign
currency borrowing to sup-
port this nation’s external
reserves because it could cre-
ate repayment difficulties.

James Smith, minister of
state for finance in the for-
mer Christie administration,
told Tribune Business that
Moody’s decision to down-
grade the Bahamas’ B$-
denominated bonds from
their previous Al rating to
A3 should not have been a
surprise to any observers.

“Let’s put it this way,” he
explained. “I believe it should
have been an expectation on

potentially become burden-

Ex-finance minister argues against foreign currency
borrowing to prop up external reserves

our part, given the depth of
the recession we’ve been
going through for the past
years.” Those who had not
expected such an action by a
Wall Street credit rating
agency such as Moody’s had
now received a “reality
check”.

The Bahamas’ main macro-
economic indicators, Mr
Smith said, such as its nation-
al debt-to-gross domestic
product (GDP) ratio; its fiscal
deficit; tourism arrivals and
spending; and foreign direct
investment were all trending
in the wrong direction as a
direct result of the overall
economic downturn, making
some kind of ratings action
inevitable.

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Effectively, the negative
impact of the recession on the
Government’s fiscal position
had changed the Bahamas’
sovereign risk profile, Mr
Smith told Tribune Business,
with investors wanting greater
compensation for investing in
government bonds because
“the risk has gone up much
more”.

The Bahamas, he added,
had already gone past the 40
per cent debt-to-GDP ratio
regarded by key international
institutions, such as the Inter-
national Monetary Fund
(IMF), the rating agencies and
the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank (IDB), as the
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With the Bahamian fiscal
position already headed into
“troubled waters”, Mr Smith
said: “We’re headed that way
and can’t deny that, and that
has to be reflected in a change
in our risk profile in the rat-
ings. We might have seen the
worst of it [the recession], but
I think our fiscal affairs will be
out of whack for quite some
time.”

The now-CFAL chairman
said the Government would
need to carefully assess sev-
eral variables, including the
quantity of debt it held, “the
trajectory we’re on”, and the
difference between recurrent
revenue and recurrent spend-
ing - this going directly to the
fiscal deficit.

While the Government had

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FROM page 1B

had some 31,252 individual
policies in effect in the
Bahamas at year-end 2008,
producing cumulative premi-
um revenues of $13.144 mil-
lion. On the group side, the
company had issued some
7,402 group policies, produc-
ing premium revenues of
$1.825 million.

By far the bulk of CLICO
(Bahamas) liabilities, accord-
ing to the actuarial report,
were tied up in the annuity
policies issued by its Turks &
Caicos branch, which totalled
some $60.161 million.

However, CLICO
(Bahamas) current liability
position is likely to have
altered significantly since that
actuarial review was per-
formed.

Mr Gomez, in his first
report to the Supreme Court
on the CLICO (Bahamas) liq-
uidation, said the company’s
policy portfolio may have
shrunk by 15-20 per cent since
the insolvent insurer was
placed under Supreme Court
supervision on February 24,
2009, with some 1,807 policies
and $20.995 million worth of
insurance cancelled up to July
7 this year.

Mr Gomez said many
health and medical policies
had been cancelled because
the policyholders continued
to be rejected by Bahamian
medical practitioners and ser-
vice providers despite the fact
claims were still being settled.

He added that while a June
17, 2009, Supreme Court
order had allowed the liq-
uidator to pay claims up to

$5,000 per claim for emer-
gency medical expenses, and
$10,000 per claim for death
benefits, “this limitation was
not well received by medical
policyholders with serious
medical conditions” whose
policies were not covered by
CLICO (Bahamas) reinsur-
ance agreement with Bupa.

“There are approximately
four major medical policy-
holders terminally ill, whose
policies are not covered under
the reinsurance agreement,
with pending claims for med-
ical services totalling approx-
imately $500,000,” Mr Gomez
disclosed, adding that he was
discussing with attorneys the
best way to assist them.

“Medical policyholders
continue to experience rejec-
tions from medical service
providers, particularly local
service providers,” the liq-
uidator added. “This has
resulted in the cancellation of
many policies. However,
claims submitted to the com-
pany’s business offices are
being processed as received.”

He added that the policy
portfolio was also being
impacted by “misinforma-
tion” given to policyholders,
while former CLICO
(Bahamas) agents now
employed at other insurance
carriers were moving to entice
their former clients to follow
them.

“We estimate that there
may be a decrease in the port-
folio of approximately 15-20
per cent,” Mr Gomez warned.
“However, this cannot be
confirmed until the account-
ing has been brought up to
date.”

As at July 7, there were still
some 28,215 CLICO
(Bahamas) policies in force,
covering a $4.09 billion sum
assured. There were some
10,297 medical and 15,892 life
policies in force, accounting
for $2.088 billion and $1.992
billion in sums assured respec-
tively.

But during the four-plus
months since the insurer was
petitioned into liquidation,
some 1,807 policies - 182
annuities, 843 pensions, 676
life and 106 medical - had
been cancelled.

Some $15.086 million of the
$20.995 million sum cancelled
related to annuities, with pen-
sions accounting for $5.466
million worth.

Mr Gomez said 31 death
policy payments, totalling
$150,249, were made since
CLICO (Bahamas) went into
liquidation. Some 170 med-
ical claims were awaiting adju-
dication, along with $588,120
worth of claims made through
the insurer’s overseas med-
ical claims clearing house,
Olympus. Some four death
claims, worth $40,000, also
awaited adjudication.

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FROM page 1B

“stronger allegiance” to the
Bahamas, law firms head-
quartered in this nation would
be better able to sell the juris-
diction and its products.
Often, law firms based in oth-
er jurisdictions guided clients
and their advisers away from
the Bahamas.

“As Bahamian firms get
out in the market they will,
through their other offices,
promote and inform clients
and potential clients as to
what services are offered and

the level of professionalism
that exists in the Bahamas,”
Mr Simms said.

Announcing Mr Cruick-
shank’s appointment and the
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Paton’s BVI office, Mr Simms
added: “The BVI office has
therefore begun its market-
ing campaign to let our client
base know we are open in
BVI for business.

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been very positive, and the
firm’s clients who use BVI
companies and structures
have been sending work to

BVI.

“We expect we will be able
to grow the BVI office, which
at the moment is very small,
and feel that in one or two
years we will be able to com-
pete in BVI with the major
law firms in that jurisdiction.”

Mr Simms said that unlike
its London office, which only
provided advice on Bahamian
law, the BVI would be the
first Lennox Paton overseas
office to offer “legal services
of a different law other than
Bahamian law.

“This should be an expan-

sion of the work base in the
office, not only providing
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Costracts and Proourcasont Manager
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PO Raw AP 19299, Yseeau Flsharven
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Be able to:

* Track and follow-up on all shipment
from Suppliers.

* Receive and validate all shipped
items.

: Organize a comprehensive store
delivery system.

* Organize and/or Improve items
location on the sales floor area.

* Maintain a proper data base so
that management and staff have an
accurate record of all In-stock items

« Manage inventory control staff.



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2008
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/0 1845

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel
of lot of land containing approximately
2 acres situate in the vicinity of Murphy
Town-approximately three (3) miles
westward of Marsh Harbour on the

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are
Se requested to make full settlement on or

AND before the date hereinbefore mentioned.
IM THE MATTER of the Quisting Titles Act, 1959
AND

The successful applicant must have
a minimum of 3-5 years inventory
and stock taking experience. He/she
must be familiar with the Microsoft
word & excel software. Warehouse
management and Stock taking training
with certificates would be desired.

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Colin Baltron
Archer and Marjorie Louise Archer

NOTICE OF PETITION

TAKE NOTICE that Colin Baltron Archer and
Marjorie Louise Archer both of the Island of
New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas (hereinafter
collectively called “the Petitioners’) claim to be
the owners in long, exclusive and undisturbed
possession of the said piece, parcel or lot
of land containing approximately two acres
situate approximately three miles westward of
Marsh Harbour on the Island Abaco, one of the
Bahama Islands and have made application to
the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
Tides Act, 1959 to have their tide to the said
piece, parcel or lot of land investigated and
the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions
of the said Act. Copies of the filed Plan may be
inspected during normal working hours at :-

DUPUCH & TURNQUEST & CO.
Chambers

308 East Bay Street

P.O. Box N-8181

Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Executrix

Salary would be based on qualifications
and experience.

Interested applicants are asked to
apply through the following address:

The President
Re: Inventory Control Manager
P.0.Box N-7143

MARKETING MANAGER Nassau, Bahamas

Bahamas Supermarkets Limited operates a leading
supermarket chain in The Bahamas, As a market leader,
the Company prides itselfon delivering premier service
through tts City Market supermarkets, having a strong
commitment to its customers, associates and community.





An opportunity for a Marketing Manager in New Provi-
dence to join this market leader has arisen.

To our valued customers...

Reporting to the CEO, the successful applicant will have
Previous experience in implementing strategies, growing
market share and analyzing the marker and competition
to implement marketing strategies.

a. The Registry of the Supreme Court,
hier _ ae Street
orth, Nassau, The Bahamas.
#Â¥ The dAlbenas Agency Ltd.
b. The Office of the Administrator, Don
Mackey Boulevard, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, The Bahamas.

Key responsibilities and selection criteria include:

» Ability to analyze information to support consumer
initiatives and business planning

» Developing and implementing strategic marketing and
commercial plans
Ensure the achievement of agreed sales and gross profit
tairgels
Lead advertising and communication agencies on all
aspects of brand communication
Controlling advertising and promotional expenses
Highly flexible and mobile and prepared to work
evenings and weekends as required
Motivate, train and ensure that associates and outside
Contractors are able to implement marketing strategies
Ability to develop and execute Marketing plans
University degree in Marketing or Business Adminis
tration

» Work independently, making quick decisions while
working under pressure
Have good communication {verbal and written) and
interpersonal skills

» Highly tunctional computer skills with extensive
knowledge of Microsoft applications

will be closed
for inventory on
Frida iy, October 23, 2009.

c. Hall & Hall, Chambers, 2nd Terrace
West, Collins Avenue, Nassau, The
Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that if you have any
dower or rights to dower or an adverse claim
or claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before the 30th day of Novernber, A. D.,
2009 file in the Supreme Court in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence
aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of your claim in the
prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith together with a plan of the area
claimed and an abstract of title to the said
area claimed by you,

We will open again jor business
on Monday, October 26, 2007

Failure by you to file and serve a statement at 7:30am.

of your claim on or before the 30th day of
November A. D., 2009 will operate as a bar
to such claim.

Dated this 19th day of October, 2009

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

We apologise to our customers

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

jor any IMCOMVEMIENCE.
Peer hn ay Te Se ca

Hall & Hall

Chambers

2nd Terrace West, Collins Avenue
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attorney for the Petitioners

Gily qualified applicants will be contacted
No tereplane ingiities please

City Markl,

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Fiscal position
‘out of whack
for some time’

FROM page 1B

increased foreign currency
borrowing, Mr Smith said
there were potential down-
side risks to this, warning that
it was “not advisable to bump
up the foreign reserves
through borrowing, because
all yow’re doing is balance of
payments support lending”.

Arguing that this was effec-
tively a “stop gap measure”,
the former finance minister
questioned its effectiveness,
given that the recession would
produce a self-correcting
monetary policy mechanism
where limited credit creation
and import demand resulted
in a restricted foreign curren-
cy outflow. This would offset
the reduced tourism and for-
eign direct investment inflows,
thereby protecting the exter-
nal reserves.

Mr Smith said foreign cur-
rency borrowing during a

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recession to bolster the exter-
nal reserves was “not a good
thing” for the Bahamas,
because if tourism and for-
eign direct investment flows
did not return quickly - or in
the same quantity - there
could be difficulty in repay-
ing the foreign currency debt.

Explaining its decision to
downgrade the Bahamas’
local currency bond rating,
Moody’s said it partly reflect-
ed the fact this nation’s debt-
to-GDP ratio was anticipat-
ed to increase by 15 percent-
age points in the three years
to 2010.

“The erosion of the coun-
try’s main debt metrics, with
debt-to-GDP projected to
reach close to 50 per cent by

2010, from 35 per cent in
2007, further justify the A3 as
the appropriate level for both
bond ratings,” Moody’s said.

“Long-term growth lower
than that of its rating peers
also weighed on the decision
to align the bond ratings at
A3. The Bahamas’ two main
industries, tourism and finan-
cial services, have been
impacted by the world crisis
and will find it difficult to
recover strongly in the near
future.”

Moody’s kept the outlook
on all the Bahamas’ sovereign
credit ratings as ‘stable’, and
reaffirmed the Aal country
ceiling for foreign currency
bonds and A3 country ceiling
for bank deposits.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

SAILFAST FX FUND LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the In-
ternational Business Companies Act 2000 SAILFAST FX LTD. is in

dissolution.

The Date of the

Commencement of dissolution was 13th

October 2009. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.,
Building 2 Caves Village, PO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of
SAILFAST FX FUND LTD. All persons having claims against
the above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 13th

November 2009.

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ANSBACHER
BAHAMAS

Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited, a specialist in private banking, fiduciary services
and wealth management has an opening for the position of

Risk and Compliance Officer

The successful candidate will:

* Have responsibility for promoting, monitoring and maintaining the bank's strategic
risk management framework and compliance policies to ensure compliance with

regulatory requirements

Monitor and investigate departmental risk reviews

Act as a source of information and enforcement on risk and compliance matters,

policies and procedures

Assist in monitoring credit, market and operational risk positions and the bank's

key risk indicators in accordance with approved risk policies

identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk throughout the bank,
and develop and implement corrective action plans for resolution of problematic

issues

Safeguard the bank from any possible reputation damage and protect and enhance
the reputation of the bank

Assist in report preparation and data compilation as required

Carry out such other risk management and compliance related duties as may be

required

Qualifications:

Minimum of three (3) years of compliance and/or financial risk experience

Four (4) year college degree required
8400 Certification or other relevant professional qualification would be an asset

Strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

Strong computer and database management skills

Organizational and project management skills with the ability to multi-task

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please send all resumes to the attention of:

Hurnan Resource Manager

Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited

P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 325-0524

E-mail: hrmanager@ansbacher.bs

Deadline for all applications by hand, fax or e-mail is Friday October 23, 2009

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EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd

Client Support Officer

EFG International
EFG International is a global private banking group headquartered in Switzerland,
offering private banking and asset management services. EFG Intemational’s private
banking businesses currently operate in 55 locations in over 30 countries, with circa
2,400 employees.

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd continues to expand as evidenced by its new
premises at Lyford Cay. EFG Bahamas has over 40 experienced professionals and
offers a full range of solutions for wealthy clients around the globe, EFG's unique
corporate culture attracts the most entrepreneurial and most experienced
professionals in the industry. To learn more, please visit www.efgintemational.com

We are looking for a professional with business experience dealing with high net
worth clients and companies. Specifically, we require a professional fluent in Franch,
English and Spanish to deal with the existing client base. The candidate must
possess knowledge of administrative frontline duties, follow up on trade executions,
deal with telephone enquiries, prepare client visits, organize business travel, the
ability to monitor profit centre costs and retrocession payments, The interview will be
conducted in French.

Preference will be given to a candidate with a university or college degree. Computer
literacy is required with proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products.

EFG offers an attractive compensation plan that includes salary, bonus and benefits.
Salary will be determined by experience, and qualifications.

Only qualified professionals should submit applications by 6th November 2009 to:

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Lid
Human Resources

Centre of Commerce, 2 Floor

1 Bay Street

P.O. Box $8 6289

Nassau, The Bahamas

Fax (242) 502-5487

“Meeting the needs of advertisers
and readers motivates me to do
a good job. The Tribune is
my newspaper.”
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PROOUCTION MANAGER
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Albany ‘gunning for tight’
$400m Phase I completion

FROM page 1B

be finishing in the next six
weeks from the grassing per-
spective,” Mr Anand said,
adding that some holes were
likely to be completed and
ready for play by the holiday
season. The entire course was
set to be finished by

March/April 2010.

Despite the recession and
global credit crunch, which
have impacted both the
wealth and debt financing

abilities of Albany’s prospec-
tive high-end real estate pur-
chasers, Mr Anand said the
developers were still seeing
“very strong interest” as they
headed into the winter/Christ-
mas selling period.

“Things have actually been
pretty good on that front,” Mr
Anand said. “We’ve had 10
sales since April, and we’re
seeing very strong interest
going into our selling sea-
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Bahamas has huge appeal for
people seeking to escape cold-
er climes.”

Summer was not a strong
real estate sales period for the
Bahamas generally, Mr
Anand explained, as it was
more difficult to entice
prospective clients away from
the warm weather in their
home countries.

Pointing out that the “signs
are encouraging”, the Albany
managing partner said he was
cautiously optimistic “if the
world has put itself back
together”, and was “quite
looking forward to this forth-
coming season.

“People are going to be
blown away when they’ve
seen what has happened. It’s
not such a leap of faith,” said
Mr Anand, explaining that
the ‘bricks and mortar’ con-
struction and the sight of
buildings going vertical could

only increase buyer confi-
dence that Albany was deliv-
ering what it had promised,
thereby creating fertile
ground for more sales.

The 565-acre project has
also been aided by the fact
that most other Bahamas-
based development projects
of a similar nature, and many
in the Caribbean, have been
stalled by the recession/cred-
it crunch, thus reducing the
competition for high net-
worth real estate buyers.

Mr Anand told Tribune
Business the developers had
already been “seeing some
real interest in Phase IT”, and
added: “It’s our goal, provid-
ed we have some level of suc-
cess with pre-sales, which
we’re optimistic about, to go
into Phase II next summer.
We will seamlessly roll into
Phase II from the first phase.”

The Phase IT construction

will largely be centred around
Albany’s marina, and involve
100 units whose sales prices
will collectively fetch more
than $1 billion. Its start, Mr
Anand added, would likely
simulate a “whole new wave
of hiring” by Bahamian con-
tractors engaged to build it.
Albany’s managing partner
said the project would “prob-
ably start” Job Fairs for full-
time posts in the develop-
ment’s operations by Febru-
ary/March 2010, with some
300-400 direct jobs created
when the first phase opened.
Apart from the marina and
golf course, Mr Anand said
the first phase construction
would also produce complet-
ed amenities including a spa,
tennis courts, fitness centre,
water park, family restaurant,
adult’s and children’s lounges,
and all the infrastructure and

back office needed for the
hotel operations.

He attributed Albany’s
ability to keep moving, while
many other projects had
stalled, to the “unusually high
percentage of equity” in the
project that had been invested
by the company’s sharehold-
ers. Apart from world-
renowned golfers Tiger
Woods and Ernie Els, these
also include the Tavistock
Group, the vehicle through
which Lyford Cay-based bil-
lionaire Joe Lewis makes his
worldwide investments, and
Mr Lewis’s business partner,
Terry White.

Mr Anand said the quality
of the project’s shareholders
had been backed by the 80
families who purchased real
estate at Albany as part of the
development’s Founders Pro-
gramme.



PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, BETTYANN REQUEL
MORLEY of ISABELLA BLVD., P.O. BOX SS-
6522, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, intend to change my
name to BRIANNA REQUEL MORLEY. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE
MATCHAPLIN LTD.
Bahamas International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

MU

NOTICE is hereby given that PHANUEL LOUIMA of
Pinewood Gardens, P.O. BOX GT-2914 NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 21stday of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF SYLVIA ROBERTS late
of Kensington Gardens, Soldier Road in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, De-
ceased.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the In-
ternational Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), MATCHAP-
LIN LTD. is in dissolution. Robert C. Muffly is the Liquidator and
can be contacted at c/o Becker Glynn Melamed & Muffly LLP,
299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171. All persons having claims

against the above-named company are required to send their names

NOTICE

TROISMA LIMITED

NOTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator
before 18th November, 2009.

ALA (a
Robert C Muffly
Liquidator

TROISMA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 19th
October, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted
to and registered by the Registrar General.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims or demands against the above-
named Estate are requested to send the same duly
certified to the undersigned on or _ before
Friday the 6th day of November 2009 after which
the Personal Representatives will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Deceased among the
persons entitled thereto having regard only to the
claims of which the Personal Representatives shall
then have had notice.

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE
EUROSHORE OVERSEAS LIMITED
International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust
Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 21st day of October, A. D. 2009



Credit Suisse Trust Limited
a a Liquidator

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), EURO-
SHORE OVERSEAS LIMITED is in dissolution. PANAMERI-
CAN MANAGEMENT SERVICES (BAHAMAS) LTD. is the
Liquidator and can be contacted at Marlborough & Queen Street, PO.
Box N-10429, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against
the above-named company are required to send their names addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 18th
November, 2009.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are requested
to make full settlement on or before the date

hereinbefore mentioned. NOTICE
CASH, FOUNTAIN
Attorneys-at-Law
P.O.Box N-476
Armstrong Street
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Personal Representatives

JADE ELEPHANT LIMITED

NOTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

cscs tate a (a)
PANAMERICAN MANAGEMENT
SERVICES (BAHAMAS) LTT.
Liguidlanse

JADE ELEPHANT LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 20th
October, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to
and registered by the Registrar General.

. FG CAPITAL MARKETS

BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES The Liquidator of the said company is Manex Limited, The

Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau,
Bahamas

ROYAL FIDELITY

Mioemeey at Work

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
TUESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,491.36 | CHG -0.01 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -221.00 | YTD % -12.91
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%

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

52wk-Low Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $
1.03 0.00
9.90 0.00
5.90 0.00
0.63 0.00
3.15 0.00
2.14 0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
-0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

Dated this 21st day of October, A. D. 2009

Securit y
AML Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank ($1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S$)
Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson 9.95 9.95 0.00
Premier Real Estate 10.06 10.00 0.00

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

Securit Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol.

Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + 0.00 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + 0.00 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Previous Close Today's Close
1.17 1.17
10.75 10.75
5.90 5.90
0.63 0.63
3.15 3.15
2.37 2.37
9.93
2.72
5.83
3.03
2.05
6.28

Change



C.992
0.244
-0.877
0.125
0.055
1.406
0.249
C.419
o.111
0.625
0.420
0.322
0.631
0.332

Manex Limited
Liquidator

9.33
2.72
5.26
1.27
1.32
6.28
8.80
10.00
4.11

9.93
tS
5.83
3.02
2.05
6.28
9.30
10.00
4.11

9,30
10.00
4.11

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)

KLEIN PROPERTIES S.A.

1.60
0.27
5.49
9.35
10.00

1.00
O.27
5,59

1.00
0.27
5.59

0.60
0.60
0.00 500

0.000
0.035
0.407
0.952
0.156
ases)
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Interest
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

FBB17
FBB22
FBB13 100.00
FBB15 100.00 0.00
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price
7.92 842 14.00
2.00 6.25 4.00
0.35 C40 0.55
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
30.13 31.59 29.00
0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV YTD% Last_12 Months
5.20
-6.75
5.18
-13.59
5.86
Sie
2.76
0.00
5.88
5.30
CO.22
4.54

160.00
100.00

19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
Prime + 1.75% 29 May 2015

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

Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E

ABDAB
RND Holdings

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 of the International Business Companies Act No. 45
of 2000, KLEIN PROPERTIES S.A., has been dissolved
and struck off the Register according to the Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 29th day
of September, 2009.

Fund Name Div $
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund

CFAL Money Market Fund

1.3344
2.8952
1.4210

1.4038
2.8300
1.4946

3.72
-3.75
4.25
-8.61
4.42
3.10

31-Aug-09
30-Sep-09
9-Oct-09
3.0941
12.3870
100.0000
99.4177
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000

Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund

3.0941
13.1751
103.0956
99.4177
1.0000
10.5884
1.0757
1.0305 -0.24
1.0709 3.24
MARKET TERMS
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week
EPS § - A company's reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

31-Aug-09
30-Sep-09
30-Sep-09
30-Sep-09
31-Dec-07
30-Sep-09
30-Sep-09
30-Sep-09
30-Sep-09

3.12
0.060
5.88
3.86

n last 52 weeks
ighted price for daily volume
d price for daily volume
rom day ta day
traded today

Yolanda Hamanji
of 12 Bell Lane, Gibraltar
Liquidator

Change - Change
Daily Vol. - Numb.
DIV $ - Dividends
P/E - Closing pi ided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
KS1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 9B



eS



Chocol-Art Shoppe has something
oween

special in store for Ha

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

HALLOWEEN is almost
upon us and that means it’s
time for trick-or-treating -
emphasis on the treating.

At the Chocol-Art
Shoppe, a gourmet store
that specialises in hand-
made chocolates, they are
creating something special
for the Halloween season
this year.

To say that the hand-
made chocolates are good is
without a doubt an under-
statement. The chocolate
treats, formed in shapes of
popular Halloween motifs,
are freshly made and melt in
your mouth.

Chocolatiere Jenny Pierre
of the Chocol-Art Shoppe
told Tribune Taste that they
wanted to do something
very different this year,
something that would make
kids say “Mummy, I want
this”.

“We are making some of
the same things we made for
last year’s harvest festival, as
we call it, this year. But I
wanted to make the choco-
lates a little different, some-
thing more enticing than
usual,” she said.

Ms Pierre is referring to
the store’s new chocolate
masks, which include the
likenesses of the action hero
Spiderman and the famous
ogre Shrek.

They are made out of milk
chocolate and are large
enough to cover a child’s
face.

And although the masks
on display at the shop are
made out of regular milk
chocolate, customers can
make their own selections as
to the flavours and colours
they want their treats to be
made with.

“At the store we have on
display the chocolate masks
that are only made out of
regular milk chocolate. We
do this because some people
don’t like all of the different
flavours, so we allow them
to make their own selec-
tions. If they want their
Shrek or Spiderman made
with the green, red, and blue
details we can do it,” she
said.

The process to create
these edible art pieces is
quite intriguing, and even
though it is a very “nick-
picky” procedure, Ms Pierre
said it is a labour of love.

To get the shape of the
character, a mask is used to
make a mold, and then a
heat vacuum is used to suc-
tion the chocolate. But
before the molding is com-
pleted the flavours must be
mixed into the chocolate
first.

Along with the detailed
chocolate masks, the
Chocol-Art Shoppe is also
offering chocolate cats,
pumpkins and bags along
with other tasty treats.

“The chocolate pumpkin
will be made out of either

white or milk chocolate, but
like I said before, it is what-
ever flavour the customer
wants,” she said.

The edible chocolate bags,
delightful creations, are
about four inches to five
inches long, and Ms Pierre
said that they are great for
party favours.

And have you ever heard
of “prapples”? This is the
newest edition in the can-
died apples department, and
the Chocol-Art Shoppe is
reinventing their flavours,
making them even more
delicious than before.

“These are not the regular
candied apples. It’s praline
are not so smooth, but they
are clear and can be any
colour. However, the ones
on display will follow an
orange theme,” she said.

Since the store opened its
doors about two years ago
the response from the cus-
tomers has been very
favourable, Ms Pierre said.

People have been patron-
ising their shop regularly
especially during times like
Valentine’s Day, Halloween
and Christmas.

“We have had pretty good
response from our cus-
tomers all the time. They
always compliment us on the
way our chocolates are
made. What I do think
makes our customers satis-
fied is the taste of our
chocolates and the fact that
they are made to order, so
they are fresh,” she said.

The Chocol-Art Shoppe is
located in the Mount Royal
Plaza. For more information
call 356-4449.



THE CHOCOLATE TREATS,
formed in the shapes of popular
Halloween motifs, are freshly
made and melt in your mouth...

Photos courtesy of the

Chocol-Art Shoppe





Best of Bahamian food and music
at BASRA ‘Evening of Elegance’

By REUBEN SHEARER

Tribune Features Reporter

THE créme de la créme in

Bahamian cuisine and music will be
featured at the Bahamas Air-Sea
Rescue Association’s (BASRA)
‘Evening of Elegance’ on Novem-
ber 7.

BASRA’s annual fundraiser nor-
mally takes the form of an evening
ball, but this year’s event has evolved
to become an upscale Bahamian
extravaganza like no other, organis-
ers said. The event will start at
7.30pm sharp, and promises to be
an exciting evening of mixing, min-
gling, dancing and dining under the
stars at the Old Fort Bay Club.

Carolyn Caley, BASRA event
committee chair, told Tribune Enter-
tainment the plans were revamped
because people were looking for
something a little different this year.

An incredible line-up of enter-
tainment includes performers such as
Peanuts Taylor, Daddy Long Legs,

Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association revamps

its annual fundraising event to offer
first-class cuisine and entertainment

MoJo from Elvina’s in Gregory
Town, Eleuthera, and the Long
Island Connection.

Ms Caley said that the idea is to
have the guests be entertained from
the moment they arrive until the
time they leave.

“People seem to be so down at
the moment because of the reces-
sion, so it’s important that we ensure
that they have fun this time around.

“We want them not to come out
of obligation, but because they want
to have fun,” she said.

An array of amazing foods will
also be prepared by culinary artist
Jared Forbes, who served as per-
sonal chef to former US Ambas-

sador to the Bahamas John Rood.

“Chef Jared has put an amazing
menu together. We’ve asked him to
have a Bahamian thread running
through all the foods. He’s incorpo-
rating Bahamian-themed ingredients
in the dishes, like guinep mayon-
naise,” she said.

Grouper

Grouper ceviche is a featured dish
on the extensive menu. You heard
right, not grouper and peas n’ rice,
but grouper ceviche, which we hear
is absolutely delightful. This fish
medley is served with fruit and veg-
etables that will tantalise your taste



buds and leave you wanting more.

“Cocktail bars will be set up all
around the party for persons to buy
drinks. Hors d’oeuvres will be passed
around at the beginning of the
evening,” Ms Carey said. And wine
will be served with dinner all evening
long.

International cheeses, an array of
salads, sushi, pasta, and cooked
meats will all be on offer on the
night.

There is a sushi bar by the pool, a
seafood buffet, a carvery showcasing
local delicacies such as Andros roast
pork loin with apple chutney and
tropical fruit salsa, and of course, a
tasty dessert selection.

Miss Bahamas International
Amanda Appleyard will draw the
tickets for the raffle in which prizes
such as a stay at Kamalame Cay in
Andros, Bahamas Fast Ferries tick-
ets to any destination, and vouchers
for Coin of the Realm and Brass and
Leather stores can be won.

The door prize is two round-trip
business class tickets to London
courtesy of American Airlines.

Tickets for the extravaganza are
available at BASRA headquarters;
International Merchant Bank; Dami-
anos Sotheby’s International Realty;
and Lyford Cay Sotheby’s Interna-
tional Realty at a price of $150.

BASRA is the Bahamas’ only vol-
unteer rescue service, whose sole
purpose is saving the lives of dis-
tressed seamen or airmen.

They are ready to help 24 hours a
day, and carry out their rescues at no
cost. Financial donations are an
important part of the contributions
that BASRA depends on to main-
tain its service to the Bahamas.

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ENTERTAINMENT





© Old School Thursday

This Thursday, October 22, is ‘Old School
Thursday’ at the Marley Resort. Relax, wine
and dine to the rhythm and feeling of “One
Love and One Heart.” If you love those old
school hits by Michael Jackson, Bob Marley,
Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie and all the leg-
ends, then the Marley Resort and Spa is the
place to be.

The Marley's Boutique Showcase is from
7pm to 9.30pm; the dinner show will be from
8pm to 10pm.

° The Business of Art in the Bahamas

The issues forum “The Business of Art in
the Bahamas” will be held this Thursday at
7pm at the National Art Gallery on West
and West Hill Streets.

Art is many things, but there is a business
side to it that somehow is not fully acknowl-
edged. Has the market changed in recent
years? What is the relationship between
gallery and artists today? What is needed in
order to move forward? These issues and
more will be addressed by a panel including
Pam Burnside, John Cox, Jay Koment, Anto-
nius Roberts and Heino Smith.

Call 328-5800/1 or visit the website at
www.nagb.org.bs for information.

e Ardastra Gardens workshop for chil-
dren

Ardastra Gardens and Zoo presents “All
About...” - a series of educational work-
shops/seminars designed especially for chil-
dren between the ages of 5-12 years. One
Saturday each month experts at Ardastra
will feature a new and exciting topic.

For the month of October it’s all about
the enrichment. Kelly Hobbs, curator of
Ardastra will define animal enrichment and
explain its importance to animals in captivi-
ty. Participants will get the opportunity to
administer some enrichment to animals in
the Ardastra family.

There is a registration fee per child and
closes one day prior to the workshop. To
register please contact Phillippa Moss as
phillippa@ardastra.com or at 323-5806. This
month’s workshop will be held from 10am to
12noon on Saturday, October 24.

® First All Ceramic Exhibition

Local ceramicists and potters will get the
opportunity to show off their artistry in the
‘First All Ceramics Exhibition’ which pays
homage to Denis Knight. The exhibition is
open from October 23 to November 13 at
Popopstudios located on Dunmore Avenue
in Chippingham.

One of the goals of the exhibition is show
that three dimensional work is just as impor-
tant as canvas work. The artists taking part in
the show include Jessica Colebrooke; Mary
Deveaux; Jansu Pottery; Andret John; Max
Taylor; Imogene Walkine; Kelly Knowles;
Neko Meicholas; Sue Bennett-Williams; Kat-
rina Cartwright; Tamara Russell, and Nicole
Sweeting.

e The Devil and Jacinta

The College of the Bahamas Performing
Arts Centre presents “The Devil and Jacin-
ta” by Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o
from October 29-31.

The central character of the play is Jacin-
ta Warringa, an unemployed single mother,
who flees Nairobi after a failed relationship
and after being fired by her boss because
she would not accept his sexual advances.
Riding through the countryside at night by
bus on her way to her hometown, she meets
a peculiar band of strangers, all of whom are
headed to a feast in a cave of all places; a
feast being held in honour of the greatest
thieves and robbers in the town. Jacinta,
despite her fears, attends this feast and there
meets a fate some would find hard to believe.

The play was written by Ngugi wa
Thiong’o as a condemnation of politics and
society in post-colonial Kenya while he was
detained in prison in 1977. He was jailed by
then Vice-President of Kenya Daniel arap
Moi because of the hard hitting message of
his play “Ngaahika Ndeenda” (I Will Marry
When I Want). While detained he wrote
“Devil on the Cross” on prison-issued toilet
paper. Tickets for the play will be on sale in
the SES Room, A97. The play stars current
English majors Gerren Bethel and Cherilyn
Rahming as well as COB alum and former
English major Emille Hunt, among others.
Visit http://repbahamas.yolasite.com for
more information.

e Rain

The internationally acclaimed Bahamian
movie “Rain” by Maria Govan will be shown
for one night only at the Regency Theatre in
Grand Bahama this Friday, October 23, at
8pm. The proceeds from the event will ben-
efit the Grand Bahama Children’s Home.

The admission fee includes wine, hors
d’oeuvres and fine chocolates. Tickets are
available at Seventeen Shop in downtown
Freeport; Zorba’s Greek Restaurant in Port
Lucaya; Wide World Travel located in the
Insurance Management Building, and at La
Belle Beauty Salon on West Atlantic Dri-
ve. The stars of the film will be there and are
hoping for a fantastic turn-out in support of
the young Bahamian filmmaker.

e Islands of the World Fashion Week

The highly anticipated Islands of the
World Fashion Week will be held from
November 4-8 and people may currently pur-
chase tickets online or after the November 2
in person at the box office at the Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach.

Online ticket purchases must be collected
from the box office on or before the day of
the event, bringing the purchase confirmation
e-mail, a photo ID, and the credit card which
was used in order to collect your tickets. For
further information or assistance, contact
242-356-6133.

- Thursday, November 5, at 6pm - Runway
1: Guest designer Leanne Marshall

- Friday, November 6, at 6pm - Runway 2:
Guest designer Henry Jackson

- Saturday, November 7, at 5pm - Run-
way 3: Designer Murielle Leconte — Haiti

Runway 4 at 6pm: Guest designer: B
Michael (includes after party)

- Complete Fashionista Event Pass avail-
able

The ultimate Halloween party

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

hat makes a great

Halloween party?

Great food, great

music, great deco-
rations and of course a “spook-
tacular” venue. With all this in
mind you should be able to plan
the ultimate Halloween party that
will rival all parties to come this
season.

But before you begin spending
any unnecessary money, the first
thing you might want to consider
is your budget. This is probably
the most vital part of your party
planning, Natalie Appleyard, dec-
orator and event planner at Wild-
flowers, told Tribune Entertain-
ment.

“You must allot how much
money you are going to spend for
food, how much you are going to
spend on music, how much you
intend to spend on your venue,”
she said.

After you have determined the
amount of money you are willing

to spend on the preparation of
the party, you can choose a theme
for the event.

Decide whether your party will
be a costume party or a regular
Halloween party. You don’t want
half of your guests showing up in
Halloween costumes and the oth-
er half without costumes, Ms
Appleyard said.

This is also good time to decide
on a venue, since the venue of the
party and the theme go hand-in-
hand.

“Be sure to have a back-up plan
if you decide to have your party
outdoors. The weather pattern
can shift unexpectedly,” she said.

To get the Halloween feel, you
can choose a venue like an old
spooky house decorated in cob-
webs, pumpkins, and infamous
characters from popular horror
films like Saw, Scream, or Hal-
loween, or you can have the party
in your backyard, adding all of
the ghostly details and decora-
tions. This will surely set the tone
of your party, she said.

Depending on the kind of party
you are having, you should choose
the type of food that is served.

If you are having a sit-down
dinner it would be best to have
different courses.

“Tf you are having a dinner par-
ty then you should make arrange-
ments for course meals. Now, if
the party is a costume party then
it is best to have finger foods,
because I don’t think a person
who attends your party all dressed
up in a Frankenstein costume will
be happy about sitting down all
night in their costume not able to
move around,” she said.

The food can also be prepared
in Halloween motifs that add to
the theme.

No party is a party without
music. But what music is best suit-
ed the scariest night of the year?
How about Michael Jackson’s
“Thriller”, a suggestion made by
Ms Appleyard.

“The first song that should be
played at the Halloween party is
*Thriller’. It is the universal theme

song of Halloween. You cannot
have a Halloween party without
playing Thriller. Then, other Hal-
loween selections can be played as
well at the party,” she said.

To make your party even more
enjoyable, you can also have your
guests participate in various activ-
ities.

“Activities are always a great
idea for any Halloween party.
You can have activities like the
best costume contest, the most
original costume contest, or a con-
test for the best thriller dance imi-
tation,” she said.

After every detail of your party
is planned perfectly, you can begin
with the invitations. To cut costs,
an alternative to sending out invi-
tations is to simply call your fam-
ily and friends and let them pass
the message on. Or you could post
an announcement on social net-
working sites like Facebook and
Twitter.

In no time your guests will be
well aware of your party and get-
ting ready to boogie!

NCity to drop first music video for ‘Like Me’

THE Bahamian girl group NCity is getting
ready to release what is being touted as one of
the most anticipated music videos of the year.

The up and coming group will be premiering
their very first music video for the track “Like
Me” on November 1.

The release party will be held at Club
Uptown in Nassau on October 30.

The video was shot by Farreno Ferguson
aka FDot for iKonz Media and features a
guest appearance by singer TaDa who per-
forms alongside NCity members Believe and
Skyy.

The video also features two of the top
Bahamian dance crews, Swifz Crew and Juice
Unit, and Los Angeles-based choreographer
Nonny Price, who has worked with many inter-
national acts and performed at the Grammy’s.

The song “Like Me”, which was produced
by Christopher “Sketch” Carey, is a sexy and
sassy song, uplifting and fun at the same time.
It is a club tune to dance to and in terms of its
lyrics it is a song that calls out to everyone
who has ever been told that they could never
do what they wanted.

“Like Me” was shot on location in Nassau.
The first shoot was at the Builders Mall where
a warehouse was turned in to a club scene and
the second location, for the studio shots, was at
FAM Records.

The concept for the video was to create a
high energy, sexy and fun scenery. The video
starts with Skyy and Believe pulling up to the
club where a crowd of fans has gathered. The
girls look fabulous, sophisticated and sexy, so
some of the girls in the crowd, the ‘haters’ aka
H Crew, give NCity the evil eye as they think
the duo are flirting with the men there.

Believe and Skyy then enter the club accom-

Believe (left) and Skyy of the hip hop duo NCity...

panied by their respective dates. The H Crew
try to make a move on the girls’ dates and
there is an altercation. Nonetheless, the party
continues and NCity perform in the club along-
side TaDa. The crowd enjoys the performance
and has a great time.

NCity said they are very excited about their
first music video and even though “it was a bit
nerve-wracking, everything went smooth.”

The group suffered some minor setbacks
during shooting, having to endure a power cut
while shooting the club scene. Nevertheless,
everyone had fun at the shoot, the dancers
offered an excellent performance as did the
choreographer, stylists and everyone else



involved, the group said.

NCity said they would like to thank every-
one who made this video possible.

“This experience has been life-changing and
we could not have done it without you all.
Thanks to FDot for actually taking the project
on and putting up with us; Mark Roberts for
letting us use his warehouse and totally taking
over his property.

“TaDa, Dash and Kenny; Erin, our stylist,
we love you. Renae Brown and Shekia Light-
bourne - hair and makeup they had us on
point. But last but surely not least, the H Crew
- Tuesday, Heike and Cina - for the long
hours.”

BNT Wine and Art Festival on Saturday

TASTE a selection of exquis-
ite wines while you feast your eyes
on the work of dozens of artists at
the 19th Annual Bahamas Nation-
al Trust (BNT) Wine and Art Fes-
tival, set for this coming Satur-
day.

Sunny tracts through the
Retreat, the Village Road head-
quarters for the BNT, will be lined
with art rivalling the surrounding
world famous collection of palms.

Rusty Scates, wine director of
Bristol Wines and Spirits, the
event’s major annual sponsor,
said: “Last year we had a magnif-
icent turn-out to taste our 53
wines, including numerous very
knowledgeable visitors and an
encouraging number of young
Bahamians keen to learn the plea-
sures of wine and the foods they
compliment.”

This year’s visiting suppliers
include Alan Riviere, Chateau
D’Esclans & Sacha Lichine
Wines; Chris Jones, Folie A Deux
Winery (Menage a Trois Wines);
Maximilian Valles, Trivento, and
Devon Larking,

StagsLeap/Beringer/Lindemans.

The event will also feature the
works of 42 artists in a variety of
styles. New artists to the festival
include Sabrina Lightbourne;
Mullings;

Marco Tamara

a



“WORLD’S BEST Rosé” — Acclaimed by many as makers of the “World’s best Rosé”, the Chateau D’Esclans,
exhibited and poured their 2007 Whispering Angel to appreciative patrons at the 18th Annual Bahamas National
Trust Wine and Arts Festival last year. Visiting from France, was company representative Shannon Benoist, seen pour-
ing ‘a taste’ to Bahamian pharmacy technician Domonique Sinclair.

Cartwright; Alan J Pratt; Shakila
Stubbs; Laurell Burrows; Lisa
MaLu; Trevor Tucker; Peter Otim
Angole; Scott Roberts; Del Fox-
ton; Jason Kushel, and Terranique
Miller.

A silent auction will be held at



YOUNG ARTIST MAKES A SALE — Faith Rae, seven-year-old Queens College
Student and granddaughter of well-known artist Malcolm Rae, was the
youngest artist exhibiting last year at the 18th Annual Bahamas National Trust
Wine and Arts Festival. She is pictured pointing to her water colour donkey,
which she sold to PS Advertising and Public Relations executive Keith Parker.

(Photos by Keith Parker/PS News/Features)

the members preview on Friday,
with the artists each donating a
piece of their work.

The sparkling star of the 19th
Wine and Art Festival is Martini
Rossi Brut Rose.

Mr Scates advises that the oth-
er 53 featured wines will come
from Mondavi; Bonterra; Triven-
to; Concha Y Toro; Lindemans;
Boschendal; Georges Duboeuf;
Stag’s Leap; Souverain; Bogeda
Protos; Marques de Caceras;
Cesari; Chateau D’Esclans; Gra-
ham Beck; Beringer; Chateau St
Jean; Ravenswood; Folie a Deux;
Jekel; Sonoma Cutrer; Matua;
Rosemount Estates; Penfolds;
Charles Baker; Henry of Pelham;
Sauvion et Fils; Chateau Meaume;
Chateau Lamonthe; Domaines
Sacha Lichine; Martini, and Rossi.

Festival patrons will be able to
purchase or order wines at a spe-
cial price at the event for pickup
at the Bristol Wines warehouse
the following week.

Mr Scates said he will once
again be holding a be holding a
food and wine pairing seminar at

1pm, so patrons are encouraged to
come early.

“All the wines will be poured
by staff members of Bristol Wines
and Spirits who look forward to
this event and quite a few of them
have developed an appreciation
for wine,” he said.

Lynn Gape, education officer
for the BNT, said: “We are
delighted to have additional spon-
sorship this year from Kings Real-
ty and Gourmet Market, Caves
Village.

This event is one of our major
fund-raising events each year and
although we know the economy
generally is down, we look for-
ward to a great turn-out so that
the numerous National Trust pro-
jects can proceed.”

The Festival will be held from
for 12noon to 6pm on Saturday.

There is an admission fee for
the public and BNT members,
with accompanied children under
12 free.

All admission is in aid of the
BNT. Parking is available across
the road at Queen’s College.

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ARTS

Who will be ‘Redefining the Portrait’ winner?

By REUBEN SHEARER
Features Reporter

he dream of becoming the
next ‘big thing’ on the
local art scene will be
more tangible for one
young artist tonight after he or she is
declared the winner of the Central
Bank’s 26th Annual Art Competi-
tion and Exhibition’s open category.

Under the theme “Redefining the
Portrait,” this year’s selection for the
open category - on display at the bank
until October 30 - focused on the clas-
sical style of painting a subject from the
shoulders up, where the face and its
expression are the predominant fea-
ture.

To qualify, participants had to be
Bahamian, 18 years or older, and not
registered in secondary school.

The winner will be announced fol-
lowing a special wine reception at 6pm
in the foyer of the bank at the Market
Street entrance. The overall winner
will be presented a $7,000 cash prize
simply called ‘The Central Bank
Award.’

It is the Central Bank’s hope that
the $7,000 will be viewed as direct
funding for future art projects by
developing artists.

With this in mind, the winner of
the Central Bank Award will be invit-
ed to the CBOB Art Gallery for a
solo exhibition at their discretion.

The Central Bank of the Bahamas
Competition and Exhibition began
25 years ago when a small group of
artists, curators and art enthusiasts
came together out of a desire to
impact the Bahamian art scene.

Tribune Arts featured some of the
artists’ works two weeks ago. The
response was so overwhelming, we
decided to feature more pieces.

Included in the exhibit are about 50
pieces by numerous artists. The
pieces vary in style and theme, some
incorporate unusual materials to pre-
sent a unique vision.

Competitors submitted one piece of

STRUGGLE by Jonathan Delaney



REDEFINING THE PORTRAIT by Kevin Rolle...

work in the categories of sculpture,
drawing, painting, print, collage, and
other pictorial presentation forms.

Thinking that his first piece didn’t
fit the exhibit’s theme, artist Jonathan
Delaney opted to enter another one
of his works in the competition.

The 18-year-old created his piece
‘Struggle’ in a little over three days,
but almost didn’t submit this painting,
which depicts a black slave child with
piercing eyes.

Describing the message behind his
art, he said:

“Everybody feels the struggle, not
only the adults but children, and
everybody is always moving forward
and trying to forget the past.”

A College of the Bahamas art
major, Jonathan said he wanted to

remind black people of their African
roots.

Dry brush and wet techniques were
used to bring out the bright brown
hues and tones of ‘Struggle’, which
stands tall on a big canvas.

Veteran artist Lemero Wright is
the painter behind ‘State of Mind’,
an abstract piece featuring a brown
skinned woman with city buildings
etched into her afro.

Lemero has entered the exhibition
nine consecutive times since 2000,
and has captured the second place
spot several times. He has received
numerous honourable mentions for
his work.

The idea that sparked the creation
of ‘State of Mind’ came about during
a random pastime, Lemero said.

PORTRAIT of Michael by Dylan Rapillard

“T was looking at a magazine and I
came across a face. It looked so pecu-
liar so I tried to draw some buildings
in her hair. It represents a woman at
her conscious state, where she may be
thinking of something, in deep
thought.”

Danderia Bethel entered the com-
petition for the first time this year.
Her piece, ‘Patriarch’, illustrates the
gravity of a father’s role in the life
of his son.

She worked on this piece, which
incorporates denim as a material, for
two weeks. “It speaks about men
being the start of generations,” she
said. The face of a man is plastered
on the baby’s pants, and the face of a
baby on the man’s pants.

“This contrast represents boys
growing into men and men being the
Key to passing on their manhood to
the younger ones,” she said.

“To start off with, I was looking
for a different medium instead of the
typical canvas. The clothes came to
my mind because of the texture. I
used denim because I liked the tex-
ture of it.”

When people look at the piece,
Danderia said she wants them to
understand that men are the struc-
ture of society.

“They carry a lot of weight and
they are the producers of the next
generation, so their role is very
important,” she said.



STATE OF MIND by Lemero Wright

For Matthew Wildgoose, helping
Bahamians to appreciate their own
arts and talent is the motive behind
his painting of Ronnie Butler.

“T was working along the theme of
Bahamian icons. And I thought
who'd be better to paint than Ronnie
Butler? He is a very iconic figure.”

Matthew painted a portrait of the
singer performing on-stage last year
in his signature look - black sun-
glasses and black attire.

“For this new piece I wanted to
depict him as a man, with all the
imperfections,” he said.

Before he started on the piece,
Matthew arranged to take some shots
of the entertainer.

“T wanted to make it larger than
life, because that’s the kind of person
Ronnie Butler is to me.”

And the final product seems to
have achieved this goal. The untitled
piece shows an aged Butler, up close
and personal, staring off into space,
with a pensive look on his face.

Matthew says he wants Bahami-
ans to realise the importance of
knowing more about their own musi-
cians, before they begin to appreciate
foreign performers.

For successful artists, this compe-
tition will serve as an introduction
for them to the Bahamian art scene,
and the exposure they will get will
be invaluable for their future endeav-
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21,

2009

NGity to drop
first music
video for
‘Like Me’

See page ten

Chocol-Art Shoppe
has something special
in store for Halloween



See page nine

The Tribune SECTION C e

‘Drawing awareness to
OUr Mangrove SWaMmps

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

rtists in the

Bahamas

often extend

a generous

hand in giv-

ing back to the community,

but for local pencil artist Kim

Smith, also known as K
Smith, this is the norm.

This year, he has created a

special piece for the Bahamas

‘Empty Bowls’
on a mission to
feed the hungry

By REUBEN SHEARER
Features Reporter

MARRYING the arts with
the mission to feed the hungry
is the goal of the ‘Empty
Bowls’ organisation’s
Bahamian chapter.

In early March, Empty
Bowls and the Salvation
Army celebrated the First
Annual Charity Drive and
Art Fair at the College of the
Bahamas. A crowd of nearly
5,000 people participated in
the event.

Next year, they’re hoping
to top this year’s event, and
they are seeking public sup-
port for their upcoming pre-
events.

Special efforts have been
made to have a patio sale this
Saturday, October 24, at the
West Ridge Shopping Centre
(Super Value parking lot on
Cable Beach).

Committee members have
donated items for the patio
sale, which will take place
from 8am to 12pm.

Last year, the National
Children’s Choir, the Mighty
Beacons, and local artist
TaDa performed at the event.

“Bowls made out of clay,
wood, and paper-maché, are
sold at the event for $5 to $25,
and persons use it to eat out
of,” Joann Behagg, Empty
Bowls chairperson told Tri-
bune Arts.

Ms Behagg is asking for the
support of those who can par-
ticipate in the sale, and hopes
that it will yield even more
funds than the last one.

Members of the Empty
Bowls committee presented
a $5,000 cheque to the Salva-
tion Army last March.

Empty Bowls is an interna-
tional project led by artists,
art students, and art organi-
sations who aim to fight
hunger around the world.

The organisation allows
participating artists and
groups to create and donate
bowls, then serve a simple
meal to individuals who pur-
chase the bowls.

National Trust’s 19th Annual
Wine and Arts Festival and
is donating a percentage of
his earnings from the sales of
the drawing to the Trust.

The piece, entitled “Man-
grove Tranquility”, is a
detailed depiction of a man-
grove swamp’s reflection on
water.

Mr Smith told Tribune Art
that the idea behind the art
work is to bring awareness to
the environmental threats to
the mangroves in the
Bahamas.

And while he believes that
this piece will go down as one
of his greatest works, he said
the passion and motivation
needed to complete it did not
come easy.

“Tt was a little struggle find-
ing the passion for this piece.
Tt took me about three days to
line the drawing. I had no pas-
sion to do the piece,” he said.

But his passion ignited after
the painting began to take
form.

“After I put a little bit more
work into the drawing the
three dimensional quality
began to take shape. This
somehow sparked my enthu-
siasm and I felt excited to
complete the piece,” he said.

Mr Smith said he spent a
total of five hours per day on
the piece, and always kept in
mind that his painting was for
a very worthy cause. He was
compelled to donate a por-
tion of his earnings to the
BNT as it will go towards



K SMITH working on ‘Mangrove Tranquility’ — a coloured pencil drawing...

maintaining the National
Bonefish Park. “This is very
special because the park is
also a mangrove swamp and I
want people to recognise the
mangrove swamps for what
they are,” he said.

The painting will be on sale
at the Wine and Art Festival
to be held this coming Satur-
day at the Retreat on Village
Road.

Fifteen per cent of the earn-
ings from the original drawing
and 10 per cent from the
sales of the limited edition
prints of “Mangrove Tran-
quility” will be donated to the
BNT for the National Bone-
fish Park.

Mr Smith has in the past
also made contributions to the
National Art Gallery, the
Bahamas Red Cross Society,
rotary functions and many
other organisations.

While he is a benevolent
artist, he said before he makes
a contribution he must agree
with the cause.

“T am very selective when
donating to an organisation.
When donating, I must
believe in the cause first. Now
if it has something to do with
children I would most defi-
nitely donate. For me donat-
ing is a way of giving back and
it makes me feel good that I
am in the position to make
meaningful contributions to
our country,” he said.

(See Page 10 for details
about the BNT’s 19th Annual
Wine and Art Festival)

Remembering Amos Ferguson, ‘the Picasso of Nassau’

By REUBEN SHEARER
Features Reporter

ONE of the most significant artists
the Bahamas has ever seen has died.
Taking in all that his legacy includes,
there is no doubt that we have cer-
tainly lost a national treasure in Amos
Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson was known by the art
world at large as one of the most sig-
nificant outsider or ‘primitive’ artists
ever, and earlier this year was dubbed
by the New York Times as "the Picas-
so of Nassau.”

Erica James, director and chief cura-
tor of the National Art Gallery, knew
Mr Ferguson personally and described
him as a “dynamo,” and a very spiri-
tual and passionate man who lived
transparently.

“Tf he didn’t like you, he’d let you
know,” she told Tribune Art.

Broadly categorised as “outsider art”
or “art brut” (raw art), Mr Ferguson’s
work embodied a sense of cultural free-
dom, devoid of competition or social
promotion. Working from his home on
Exuma Street, renamed Amos Fergu-
son Street in his honour in 2005, Mr
Ferguson was a renowned intuitive
artist and storyteller that painted “by
faith and not by sight”, often turning to
the bible for inspiration — as he would
tell those curious about his methodol-



POLICE BAND by Government House by Amos Ferguson...
(Photo courtesy of the National Art Gallery)

ogy.
Negotiations are now underway to
acquire the home of Mr Ferguson,

which houses an extensive art collec-
tion.
And Ms James said: “We want to

have permanent installation of his
work in the gallery.”

Although described by the New York
Times as “the Picasso of Nassau”, Mr
Ferguson faced seemingly resolute
obscurity in the Bahamas.

Mr Ferguson started as a house
painter and said he didn’t take his talent
seriously until his nephew told him
about a dream he had - a dream in
which God told his nephew that his
uncle had a talent he wasn’t using.

Mr Ferguson was a devout Christian
and many believe that it was his infalli-
ble faith that lent him the courage and
vision to fully explore and develop his
unique and distinctive style.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham,
reflecting on Mr Ferguson’s legacy said
Mr Ferguson is perhaps our country’s
most successful artist with works in pri-
vate collections and galleries around
the world.

Dionisio D' Aguilar, whose father
was an ardent collector of 50 of the late
artist’s works, called Mr Ferguson the
“father of Bahamian art.”

Mr Ferguson’s paintings can go for
up to $10,000, and persons from coun-
tries around the world own a piece
his art.

Additionally, his pieces, which are
characterised by child-like figures, can
be found in the Smithsonian Institute
in Washington, DC.



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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.274WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY WITH SHOWER HIGH 85F LOW 77F F E A T U R E S SEE ‘THEARTS’ SECTION S P O R T S ‘Drawing’ awareness to our mangrove swamps SEEPAGE11 The new vision By NATARIO M CKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net W EST END and Bimini MP Obie Wilchombe was described yesterday the “ini-t iator” in the attempted e xtortion case against exPLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and former ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne. D uring his closing argum ents yesterday, Bridgewa ter’s attorney Murrio D ucille told the nine mem b er jury that Mr Wilchombe had been the “initiator”. “Had there been no call from him, we would not beh ere,” he told the jury. Mr Wilchombe had testi fied that he had phoned DrM ark Smith and Mr Tra Bridgewater attorney makes closing arguments The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com /77,:616/ )VaWVM' Wilchcombe ‘initiated’ Travolta extortion case SEE page eight BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E WITH the PLP’s convention offi cially kicking off today, the buzz among party supporters remains who will be elected by the end of the three-day event as its new leader and deputy leaders of the party. Amongst those who are politically minded, there remains the percep tion that former Prime Minister Per ry Christie still remains the most pop ular individual within the party ready to lead it. Second to Mr Christie there is Dr Nottage who will be contest ing Mr Christie for the leadership, and who is seen by many to be the top-runner amongst those challenging the incumbent leader. Rounding out the challengers for leader is Paul Moss, who despite his perceived popularity does not demand the respect or devotion from party stalwarts and delegates who ultimately will have the final say. Likewise with the deputy leader ship race, there is the PLP MP for West End and Bimini, Obie Wilchcombe – who also doubles as this year’s national convention chairman THE PLP C ONVENTION GETSUNDERWAY SEE page two A BUSINESSMAN who has offered free Tribunes to his customers since 1982 is set to hand out his one millionth newspaper and The Tribune is joining him in offering prizes to go with it. Peter Roker, owner of the Esso Bargain City gas service station on Carmichael Road, has seen loyal customers flock to his gas pumps day after day to grab their free copy of the paper and the day’s biggest headlines when they get their fuel. “I guess everyone in The Bahamas has had a Tribune from me at some point,” he joked. When he realised earlier this month that he was close to giving away his one millionth copy, he felt the moment should be commemorated. Now he is calling on all Bahamians to come to the service station and try out for their chance to get his millionth paper. With it, Mr Roker will give an as yet to be disclosed prize, and The Tribune will offer a free one year’s subscription to the newsA WREATH on the door of The Tribune yesterday commemorating the career and life of the newspaper's man aging director Roger Carron, who died on Sunday. The Tribune family would like to thank the hundreds of peo ple who have offered their condolences at this time. REMEMBERING ROGERCARRON PLPLEADER Perry Christie gets an enthusiastic welcome to the PLP convention last night. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@ tribunemedia.net F ORMER FNM sen ator and current manag ing partner of law firm Higgs and Johnson, John Delaney, is set to take over as Attorney Gen eral in November, The Tribune has learned. Sources yesterday said h e was tying up his affairs at the top law firm in order to be in a posi tion to take on the job which was left vacant by new Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett on August 22, 2009. News of the impendi ng leap by Mr Delaney from the private to the public sector comes after initial speculation that a senior partner in another law firm, Brian Moree, of McKinney, Bancroft and Hughes, was tipped to become the next A ttorney General. When confronted in August with the question of whether he had accepted the AG job, following persistent rumours that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham had offered it to him, Mr Moree told reporters he “could not comment on that at this time”. How ever, nothing more came of the matter. The Attorney General’s areas of responsibility include acting as legal advisor to the Government; relations with the judiciary; notaries public and criminal prosecu tions on behalf of the Crown. While he has a history of working with the gov ernment, the greatest part of Mr Delaney’s experience has been as a lawyer in the private sector, having worked as managing director of Higgs and Johnson since 1994, after practicing with the firm for a fur ther six years. With extensive expe rience in commercial law and financial services law, Mr Delaney has been a key advisor to financial services firms on issues relating to financial services law and regulation, according to Former Senator set to be named Attorney General SEE page eight Businessman set to hand out his one millionth T ribune SEE page eight

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net A CHALLENGER for the chairmanship of the PLP has withdrawn his name and is throwing his full support behind former MP and cabinet minister Bradley Roberts. Political activist Ricardo Smith told The Tribune yesterday that Mr Roberts has a record which proves that under his leadership, the PLP will stand the best possible chance of once again becoming the government of the Bahamas. Mr Smith petitioned other persons in the race for the chair-m anship post, such as former MP Keod Smith and attorney Ken Dorsett, to likewise throw their support behind Mr Roberts. “The leader and deputy leader of the PLP will have a very tedious task ahead of them of transitioning the party to be battle-ready ahead of the next general election. We need an administrator who can ensure that the party is functioning at its peak at this crucial time. And we need to put our best foot forward,” he said. The chairmanship post will be decided at the party’s national convention, which begins today. In the race are: the current chairman, PLP MP for Englerston Glenys Hanna-Martin; Mr Dorsett, former MP Keod Smith; and Mr Roberts, himself a former chairman, who formally announced his decision to run over the weekend. “If elected my goal and objective is to get the party ready to become the next government of the Bahamas,” said Mr Roberts. The 64-year-old said that the country has been in a state of “great decay” since the re-elec tion of the FNM in May 2007 and blamed the current administration for increased crime, joblessness and other social prob lems. He promised to “work with all the PLP standard bearers leading up to the ensuing election to ensure victory and there after return to my life of retirement.” Making his announcement as a guest on Island FM radio’s Parliament Street talk show, the combative veteran politician – who served as an MP for 25 years – said he was encouraged by others to enter the race. His announcement represents a complete reversal from his stated position last year, when he outright denied having any inclination to enter the chairmanship race. who is said to immensely popular with party stalwarts despite his recent troubles with the John Travolta trial and Associated Grocers in Grand Bahama. The PLP also has one of its Senators, Jerome Fitzgerald, running for its deputy leadership. As a rel atively young candidate compared to the others who are vying for the post, Mr Fitzgerald is said to often have his young used against him as being “too young” or “unseasoned” to carry such an important post having only recently entered front-line politics. Mr Fitzgerald, it will be remembered, recently gained popularity for his attacks on the Government on their decision to relocate the con tainer port and the exten sion of Arawak Cay. Rounding up the candi dates for deputy leader is perhaps the party’s most organized and “efficient” candidate to date, Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, who has traveled and published chroni cled his journey throughout the Family Islands picking up support among delegates along the way. Mr Davis has also secured the endorsements of many high profile PLPs including the party’s former deputy leader Cynthia Pratt, former Minister of Trade and Industry Leslie Miller, and the party’s infa mous former Minister of Immigration Loftus Roker. With such political heavyweights throwing their sup port behind the noted legal attorney, Mr Davis it is said may very well have the deputy leadership race “wrapped up” even before it starts. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News............................P1,2,3,5,6,7,8 Editorial/Letters........................................P4 Spor ts.............................................P9,10,11 Advt........................................................P12 BUSINESS/ARTS SECTION Business...................................P1,2,3,4,5,6 Advt..........................................................P7 Comics.....................................................P8 Taste.....................................................P9,10 Ar ts...................................................P11,12 CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 PAGES USA TODA Y MAIN SECTION 12 PAGES SEETOMORROWTRIBUNEFORTHEBESTCOVERAGEOFTHEPLPCONVENTION PLP convention gets underway FROM page one PLP chairman challenger withdraws, backs Roberts R ICARDOSMITH S CENES FROMTHEPLP CONVENTIONYESTERDAY: Pictured clockwise from top a re supporters at the event; P erry Christie greeting a PLP supporter; Dr Bernard Nottage at the convention; and Cynthia Pratt. Felip Major /Tribune staff

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell said he rejects the notion that a former party leader’s career is over when he is no longer the leader. Still opting to remain tightlipped on whether or not he will run for the leadership of the PLP, Mr Mitchell said that if change in leadership were to take place, the new party boss would be “foolish” not to make use of his predecessor’s experience. “There are many examples where a former prime minister has served from the backbench and in the cabinet in a senior role as trusted advisor and counsellor to the next leader of the party,” Mr Mitchell noted. He pointed to the example set in Jamaica, where former prime minister PJ Patterson announced he was quitting office and setting a timetable for elections for a new party leader. Mr Mitchell said the PLP ought to be in the same position, as the party could benefit greatly with a former PM on the back-bench, “providing advice and counsel” as the next leader of the party shapes the future. Speaking during a televised address last night, Mr Mitchell also insisted that he has the right to run for the leadership of the party and that such a challenge should be welcomed. Asking party stalwarts for their support if he decides to vie for the post, the MP said: “I am the son of a mechanic from Bain Town and a secre tary from the Pond. You all know me. I will not say whatI will do tonight, save only that I reserve the right up tot he time of nomination to decide, and that I will always act in the best interests of the party and the country. If I do decide to run, then I would wish your support.” With the party’s convention kicking into high gear today, there are three people who will definitely be in the running for the top post – PLP MP Dr Bernard Nottage, attorney Paul Moss and the party’s current leader Perry Christie. Mr Mitchell noted that any member of the PLP is allowed to enter the race, a process he said which is “democracy at its best”. However, he added that according to PLP tradition, the sitting leader of the party should never be challenged – as many believe this is somehow an act of “treason and disloyalty”. Mr Mitchell said that he fully rejects this idea and that such notions ought to be put to the test and “debunked”. “It would be terribly immature and send a poor signal to the country about what we are about, if we simply can’t stay together because of a leadership contest.” The MP went on to say he has no interest in vying for the position as an act of “protest or sacrifice”. “I want to win the leadership of the PLP. I want to win the leadership of the country, for which leadership of the PLP is a necessary precondition. The calculus is quite difficult and the question is whether such a move at this time will serve the long-term interests of the party and of the country,” he said. Mr Mitchell also appealed to young voters to consider a career in public service. Stating that his “campaign for change” was launched for them, the former minister encouraged the youth to join the PLP, admonishing them not to allow anyone to convince them they are not ready or “too young”. “Indeed, when I first sought a nomination from the PLP in 1977 at the age of 23, I was told that I was too young and that I ought to wait. My turn would come. I am now 56 and some people are still saying, ironically enough, I am too young and that I should wait. Do what is in your heart and be true to your conscience. 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Lamatt Munroe, 30, of Cox Street, Fox Hill, was found guilty of manslaughter and arson in J uly last year. Mr Wong, 41, of Eastern Road, Nassau, owner of the Double Dragon Chinese restaurant in Charlotte Street downtown, was found burned in his car on December 13, 2006. His white Dodge Caravan was set alight in an empty lot near the Assembly of God church and Sun Tee factory in Shirley Street while he was in the dri ver’s seat. Munroe was charged with murder later that month but convicted of arson and manslaughter in July last year. Munroe was sentenced to 25 years in prison on August 7, 2008. However, he continued to protest his innocence before Court of Appeal president Dame Joan Sawyer and Justices of Appeal Christo pher Blackman and George Newman yesterday. Arriving late from Her Majesty’s prison wear ing a light blue linen shirt and trousers, Munroe represented himself before the bench. Munroe was asked why his appeal was lodged after the 22 day period allowed for appeals afters entencing, and he explained that he had instructed his lawyer Michael Hanna to lodge an appeal immediately after sentencing, but the appeal was never filed. He had also requested transcripts from the trial and told the court yesterday how he still wants to obtain these to prove his innocence. “I speak for my innocence, but the law I don’t know,” he told the court. Franklyn Williams, representing the crown, accepted Munroe’s early intention to appeal and late application, and made no objection to an extension of time for the appeal to be filed. Dame Joan granted the extension and asked for a copy of the trial transcript to be given to Munroe. The Appeal Court president asked Munroe if he would like to be represented by an attorney and instructed the registrar to assign an attorney to the appellant. When Munroe thanked her she assured him she was just doing her job. The hearing has been adjourned until Monday, January 25. Man convicted of killing Double Dragon owner appeals conviction and sentence MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Desmond Bannister says he and his staff are greatly saddened over the death of artistic icon Amos Ferguson. Mr Ferguson was one of t he most recognised intuitive local painters and one of the most internationally successful Bahamian artists. His paintings can be found in galleries around the world and in the private collections of persons such as the Queen of England and countless celebri-t ies and collectors. In a statement issued yesterday, Mr Bannister noted that Mr Ferguson’s paintings “emphasised his deep religious beliefs and were a constant theme throughout his long career of artistic expression”. Born in Exuma in 1920, Mr F erguson for many years worked and made his home in Nassau on Exuma Street – now called Amos Ferguson Street. “This act alone was an inspiration for many inner-city youth who saw that a person from their community couldbe a success,” Mr Bannister s aid. “He was a self-taught artist and his work is now in the private collections of such galleries as the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, New York, the DuSableM useum of African-American History, Inc in Chicago; the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City. “However, most importantly, the National Art Galleryo f the Bahamas has more than 20 of his works as part of the National Collection of the Bahamas. It is hoped that this will encourage more young Bahamians to see the talent and simplistic beauty of the work of a Bahamian whose faith in God and love for coun try was unwavering and an example for all. “We, at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture extend our sympathy to Mr Ferguson’s family and to those who were blessed to have him in their lives. We express our gratitude for the part he played in not only promoting the cultural importance of the Bahamas throughout the world, but also the legacy that he has left for future Bahami ans,” Mr Bannister said. Minister pays tribute to artist THERegistrar General of the Courts does not have to be a lawyer according to a new bill passed by parliament. The amendment to the Registrar General Act says a person who holds a master of business administration degree or is a trained public administrator may hold the post. As a result of this decision, far-reaching amendment” will be required to the Magis trates Act, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette, who has also been serving as attorney general and minister of legal affairs since his predecessor Michael Barnett was appoint ed chief justice in August. In making this move, the Bahamas follows other Caribbean nations such as Jamaica, Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago where similar provisions exist, Mr Symonette said. The Registrar General has responsibilities and duties under the Magistrates Act, the Notaries Public Act, the Mar riage Act, the Companies Act, the International Business Act, the Exempted Limited Partnership Act, the Friendly Societies Act, the Co-operative Societies Act, the Trade Marks Act, the Copyrights Act, the Registration of Business Names Act, the Founda tions Act, the Stamp Act, the Quieting Titles Act, the Births and Deaths Registration Act and the Registration of Records Act. While the amendment seeks to remove the specific statu tory requirement that the Registrar General be a lawyer, it does not follow that a lawyer cannot be appointed to the post, Mr Symonette explained. The amendment also pro vides for the holder of the post to be appointed by the governor-general in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission. Formerly, the appointment was made on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. Registrar General need not be a lawyer THE retrial of two brothers accused of the murder of Mario Miller, son of for mer MP and Trade Minister Leslie Miller, has now been adjourned until May 2010. The retrial of Ricardo Miller, alias Tamar Lee; and Ryan Miller, had been scheduled to begin yesterday before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs, however two key prosecution witnesses are reportedly unable to attend the trial. The case has now been adjourned to May 10, 2009. The brothers are each on $30,000 bail. Mario Miller, 28, was found stabbed to death near Super Value in Winton on June 22, 2002. The first trial into his death ended four weeks after it began in January, 2006, when the court learned that a juror was closely connected to a rela tive of the accused. The second trial was declared a mistrial on Octo ber 7, 2008, when the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision. Mario Miller murder retrial adjourned until May next year Fox Hill MP tight-lipped on leadership race intentions FREDMITCHELL arrives at the PLP convention yesterday 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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EDITOR, The Tribune As the Permanent Secretary o f the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, I am obligated to respond to remarks attributed t o long time sailing enthusiast and Commodore, Rev. Philip M cPhee, in an article which appeared in this morning’s edit ion of The Nassau Guardian’s Sports Section, captioned “Government Not Serious about Regattas.” In this instance, Rev. McPhee is alleged to have lev elled criticisms at this Ministry at large, the National Regatta Committee, the Regatta Unit of this Ministry and indeed the G overnment of The Bahamas, citing their lack of passion for Regattas and that more money s hould be allocated to regattas. Exception is taken to such a n unfair criticism by Rev. McPhee since as an employee o f this Ministry, he has easy access to this office as well as that of my Minister and any recommendations or advice that he would care to offer would certainly be entertained, given his unquestioned knowl edge of regattas and their eco nomic impact on the variousI sland communities hosting them. He is also aware of the existing financial constraints underw hich all public and private agencies are now compelled to operate. I n spite of such a globally financial challenging environment, this Ministry has nevertheless continued to partner with committees representing every major and some smaller communities throughout the Islands of The Bahamas to ensure that they all experience the economic benefits of these home coming festivals which provide such a significant financial stimulus in those commu nities. In some instances these events are the only major eco nomic activity upon which res idents have come to rely. Reverend McPhee would also have been aware of this Ministry’s sustained financial support provided to the Bahamas Sailing Association for the development of young Opti Class sailors, boys and girls from New Providence, Harbour Island, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Long Island and Eleuthera who represent the very future of sailing and regat tas in The Bahamas. Similarly, the Ministry fund ed its Annual Summer Youth Sailing Programme which serves to introduce scores of young persons from public and private schools to this indigenous sport, another example of the dedication and commitment of this Ministry to expand the economic benefits of regattas throughout the islands of The Bahamas. Reverend McPhee is therefore kindly invited to trust in his engagement with this Ministry and that the status of the only indigenously Bahamian sport will retain its priority with this public agency for the fore seeable future. Further, Mr. McPhee is invit ed at his leisure to sit with me to discuss the many plans that this ministry has formulated to grow this exciting and time hon oured sport. ARCHIE NAIRN Permanent Secretary, October, 2009. EDITOR, The Tribune. T he incident that took place recently involving the C I Gibson student allegedly abused has prompted me to share my opinion on the matter. The unimaginable amount of abuse cases documented, that if publicised, would crush the Ministry of Education, should be ranked as highest priority by our government. Many in this country believe that beating is the only way to curb disobedient behaviour in children. “Spare t he rod, spoil the child”, a Bible scripture often quoted to justify the grave misuse of ‘the rod’. Could one possibly think for a second that God, a s merciful and humble as we know him to be, would instruct us to beat his children as well as our own to the point of acute pain, bleeding o r even bruising as the Roman soldiers had done our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ before his crucifixion? This cannot possibly make one ounce of logical sense! Sadly, many teachers and adminis trators in this Bahamaland still cling tightly to this prim itive and barbaric way of t hinking instead of realising the obvious. That violence begets violence. Don’t get me wrong, all children need discipline, especially in this modern age of technology and all of its influences. However, there are many, many other ways of doing so other than lashing out in anger and rage of personal stress on innocent children. Commissioner of Police Mr Reginald Ferguson stated earlier this month that children now have easier access to firearms than ever before and that kids as young as nineyears-old are renting guns on t he streets of New Providence. Hypothetically speaking, should a young, impressionable and more importantly abused child retaliate againsta school administrator for harshly abusing him/her, there would be a media frenzy as to how ‘out of control’ our youth have become. Violence begets violence! If no one is there to stand up for the rights of children, they will inevitably fall down a course of destruction in an attempt to defend themselves. We must practice enough humility in this place to realise that children do have a say. Their opinions and rights are of equal or greater importance than adults in this coun try. Of course, there are boundaries, rules and regulations for them to follow, but doesn’t this hold true for adults as well? The Bahamian Government as well as the Ministry of Education must enforce stricter penalties for child abuse! I visited my son’s PTA m eeting last week and a parent took it upon herself to give a brief testimonial of how strict she was/is with her children. The examples of disci pline given were absolutely appalling rather than encouraging, and left most parents flabbergasted. After all of the horror stories were shared, she then gave the teacher permission to “tear up” her daughter, should she step out of line. Now, what is defined as ‘stepping out of line’ in order to warrant being ‘torn up’? I literally went home that night and cried to know that kids right around us suffer this way. To endure this kind of t reatment at home and then have to face it at school as well, would be unbearable for most of us. We are raising people, remarkable people that will be our future leaders, not animals for slaughter! Do we want these emotionally hurt and scarred children to lead our country into tomorrow? I think not! This tiny country needs to stop acting like Africa and sweeping theseh einous acts under the rug. T his is a big deal and needs to c ome to an end. If only Amnesty International could hold a public press conference here! Many say that we should be proud to be Bahamian. Well I need more than sun, sand and sea to be truly proud. I need a nation that is fair and just. A nation that stands up for fundamental rights of human beings and of equal opportunity and I real ly don’t think we’re exactly there yet. SUELLYN R SMITH Nassau, September 28, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 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 K ABUL, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s concession of the need of for a runoff election in Afghanistan appears to have prevented his country from slipping into paralysis, but has created a new land s cape of risks and uncertainty. Karzai’s concession was a critical first step t oward creating a credible Afghan government, coming after heavy pressure from E uropean and U.S. officials, including veiled threats that his actions could affect pending decisions about troops levels, according t o one U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the m atter. But diplomats immediately questioned w hether a new vote could be organized before the announced date of Nov. 7, and whether a second round of balloting would have more security or less fraud than the first, in which nearly a quarter of ballots were thrown out by international auditors. “There are huge constraints to delivering in the second round,” said one Western official. “Can you deliver a result that is any different f rom the one we’ve already got?” The host of uncertainties left open the prospect of what administration officials and their Western allies expect will be three weeks of ferocious horse-trading as Karzai and his principal challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, decide whether they can strike a deal to actually avert a runoff, which would carry enormous political risks for both of t hem, as well as strategic one for the United States and its allies. Diplomats said the efforts to get the two men to join forces would now intensify. Abdullah has hinted he would be open to negotiate, but Karzai, at a news conference here on Tuesday, seemed to rule it out. “The coalition has no legitimacy and is not possible,” he said, standing alongside S en. John Kerry, D-Mass., who negotiated with Karzai for nearly 20 hours over 5 days t o accept the results. Yet officials said that if there is a deal it would likely involve Abdullah conceding to Karzai, in return for a major role in overhauling Afghanistan’s Constitution to givet he president less power. Afghanistan’s Independent Election Com m ission formally certified the vote on Tuesday, said Karzai had received 49.7 percent of the votes, higher than a foreign-led panel o f experts conducting the audit had found, but still below the more than 50 percent required to avoid a runoff. Karzai seemed to dismiss any fraud, saying of the disqualified votes: “The voters aren ot to blame. Why their votes were disrespected, should be thoroughly investigated.B ut it is not the right time to discuss this.” While some see a deal between Karzai a nd Abdullah as a way to create a credible Afghan government with broader popular support, many in the Obama administration e xpress concerns that it would only make the running of Afghanistan more chaotic, g iven the enmities between the two. After Karzai’s complaints of foreign interf erence, the administration is also determined not to appear to meddle. “We feel very strongly about this,” said one of President Barack Obama’s closest foreign policy advisers, who spoke on con dition of anonymity. “We had a big stake in making sure we had a legitimate election. But this is up to the Afghans.” As it became clear that international audit ors would invalidate enough votes to push Karzai below the threshold for a runoff, the U.S. efforts to persuade the president that he had not won the election outright were extra ordinary. The task was left to Kerry and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who have experienced their own electoral frustrations and used those experiences in dealing with K arzai. In one personal moment during a week end of long dinners and walks in the garden of the sprawling, heavily fortified pres idential palace in Kabul, Kerry recounted his experience as the Democratic nominee in the 2004 presidential election, including the lingering questions about ballots cast in Ohio that helped decide the election against him. I told him, ‘sometimes there are tough things,’ ” Kerry said in an interview Tuesday. A senior administration official described the international pressure on Karzai as a “full court press” that also included not-sosubtle threats delivered by telephone to Karzai’s defense minister, Gen. AbdulR ahim Wardak. ( This article is by Sabrina Tavernise, Mark Landler and Helene Cooper, c.2009 New York Times News Service) Govt must make abuse cases a top priority LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Path to Afghanistan stability is unclear Exception taken to unfair criticism by Rev Philip McPhee

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By AVA TURNQUEST ENCOURAGED by the amount of support for its Discovery Day mini-fair, the Bahamas Association forS ocial Health was pleased to present winners of the raffle with their prizes yesterday afternoon. T he fair, held at the 210 acre Albury Street compound, served as a formal introduc t ion to BASH's sister company, EARTH (Educational Alternative Resources forT otal Health) Village, which focuses on families and children in an attempt to substan tially reduce crime, violence a nd drug abuse by providing positive educational opportunities. S upporters who purchased raffle tickets had the opportu nity to win more than $4,000 w orth of prizes, including the grand prize – a trip for two to Cuba donated by BahamasAir. BASH and EARTH Village media liaison Wesley Finlayson said: “We really appreciate everyone’s support for purchasing the tickets. It real-ly takes community and per s onal efforts to put on a function like this. We had nearly 1,500 people in and out the whole day and every dollar spent counted. All the money raised went to help BASH and EARTH Village. The winners gathered at B ASH yesterday afternoon to receive their prizes, and were given an impromptu tour of the grounds. Many of them h ad missed the mini-fair, and were amazed by all the activi ties and educational resources o n site. They also praised the dedi cation and commitment of B ASH president Terry Miller and his team, and one winner told of BASH’s critical role in saving her father’s life. A nother winner, Andrea Bethell, said: “I was walking down Bay Street for lunch and I saw the desk and I told the gentleman if I could afford lunch, whatever I had left Iw ill come back and buy the ticket. And then I remembered Mr Miller on the radio talking about the programme and how beneficial it is and the kind of financial assistance they were receiving from gov e rnment. So I said I have to come back and support these people. I support other organisations, I can give $2.” M s Bethell said she couldn’t contain her excitement when she received a call from BASHl etting her know that she had won a three day, two night stay at the Sheraton Resort. F unds earned at the Dis covery Day mini-fair will be used to maintain and develop the EARTH Village facility –w hich, it is hoped, will eventu ally sustain a weekend youth camp where at-risk youths can e xplore conflict management and resolution strategies while engaging in positive, charac-t er-building experiences. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net TWO men accused of h ouse-breaking and steali ng appeared in the Court o f Appeal yesterday to r equest an extension of the d eadline to appeal their s entences. D elano Munroe, 22, was s entenced to six years i mprisonment in Magist rate’s Court on September 1 last year, but is now claiming the magistrate exceeded his jurisdiction. Appeal Court President Dame Joan Sawyer was initially troubled and amusedb y the spelling mistakes in Munroe’s submission and when she asked who had written it, Munroe informed Dame Joan the statement had been written by his cell mate at Her Majesty’s P rison, Fox Hill. He assured the president that he is literate. D ame Joan said the requested extension would be granted if it was found t hat the presiding magist rate did not inform the c onvict of his right to a ppeal. AttorneyFranklyn W illiams, representing the Commissioner of Police, r equested to see a transcript of the hearing. The case was adjourned u ntil January 25 when the t ranscript will be considered i n court. Raymond Rahming then appeared before Dame Joan and Justices of Appeal Christopher Blackman and George Newman to requestf or an extension of time to make an appeal against the eight year sentence handed down to him on May 14. Rahming was found guilty of house-breaking and stealing, and he was g iven two four year prison sentences, to run consecutively. T he convict said he did not file an appeal within the allocated time period b ecause he did not have a l awyer to represent him and p rison officers failed to supp ly him with the form in time. M r Williams accepted the application for an extension o f time for the appeal. The matter was adjourned until January 25 Accused men seek extensions to appeal sentences EARTH Village raffle winners announced WINNERS AND THEIR PRIZES Clarita Palmer trip to Cuba Nick Simmons Segway tour Jeffrey Sands horse riding excursion Andrea Bethell three day, two night stay at the Sheraton, Cable Beach Thelma Forbes men's watch Melinda Deveaux An “Aquaventure” experience Shenique Moncur three day, two night stay at Whyndam Resort Wendy Dawkins a gift certificate Rachael Peters Dolphin Encounters Cynthia Rolle ticket for two on Fast Ferries Prince, Wulff Road trip to Rose Island S OME o f the winners of the raffle pose yesterday. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an a ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. Pair appear before Dame Joan Sawyer

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By ADRIAN GIBSON ajbahama@hotmail.com AS THEPLP Convention kicks off tonight, the internal bickering and power struggle intensifies. Today, I will continue from where I stopped in Monday’s column and discuss the challengers for the deputy leadership and chairman posts. Contesting the open deputy leader post are Cat I sland, Rum Cay and Salv ador MP Philip “Brave” Davis, Senator Jerome F itzgerald and West End M P Obie Wilchcombe. B rave Davis, known as the emperor of Cat Island,w as once taught of as mere l y a flimsy, smiling backbencher (during the PLP’s governance), who appeared to be inclined to quietly standing in the background. He has since repackaged himself. I n the 1980s, I’m told, B rave Davis’ political story b egan when he stated, in n ationally a published i nterview, that he was prep ared to run for either the FNM or the PLP. According to Mr Davis’ promotional newsletter ‘The Brave Voice’, in an eloquently written letter, Davis supports his camp aign platformeradicating crime, reducing unemployment and promoting native economic owner-s hipand touts the rise of a new day in local politics. According to the Issue, Brave states that: “Crimei s rampant and becoming more savage and brazen by the day; our young people have become disenchantedw ith their country, as the image of their Bahamian dream has been shattered; unemployment is at a stag g ering 14 per cent and Bahamian ownership of our economy is almost non-e xistent.” W hile I found Davis’ message to the stalwart councilors and party dele gates to be strong and stirring, where were all these ideas during the PLP’s governance? And, why didn’t Mr Davis seek and/or accept a Cabinet post to truly demonstrate his commitment and leadership prowess to the nation? Furthermore, it must also be noted that while Davis expresses his desire to tackle crime, some of his most notable legal works have been in defence of high profile, convicted hoodlums. He has also had run-ins with the media due to com ments that were perceived as alluding to the press being gagged. Based upon recent reports, it appears Mr Davis has garnered the sup p ort and endorsements of t he grassroots as well as prominent PLPs (George Smith, Leslie Miller, Charles Carter, Loftus Roker, Cynthia “Mother” Pratt, Effy Walkes). Although he is said to be a down-to-earth person, his oratorical delivery, pub licly, is about as explosivea s a soaking wet fire cracke r. W hen it comes to speaking, the deputy leader contender is no Barack Oba m a, no Hubert Ingraham or Perry Christie, no toastmaster awardee! Frankly, if Mr Davis’ campaign was based wholly upon his oratorical ability to electrify and project his vision, hiss tock would be lower than t he Zimbabwean dollar. It does appear that B rave Davis is cognizant of h is oratorical weaknesses and has employed various complementary means to advance his message. B rave, thus far, has run an innovative, “Obamasque” campaign. Campaign Q uite frankly, I have nev er seen a campaign of this nature in local politics and, if it becomes a norm (and its hould), there could be some average income folks vying for public office who, financially, may not be able to compete against such an electoral machine. However, yesterday both Davis himself and his sup porter and legal associate Andrew Edwards refuted this assertion. Mr Edwards claimed that Davis “has simply chosen to involve a lot of young people in his campaign, has printed 30,000 copies of the newsletters in Florida for a mere $3,000 and produced the videos broadcast on ZNS/Cable 12 for about $1,000, while paying those stations about $600 to broadcast it.” Davis’ campaign has been truly superb and of a 21st century, first world quality. As a Family Island boy m yself, I have a great a ppreciation for Davis’ successes, how he was able to pull himself up by his boot straps and worked his way to the top. Nothing was ever given to him and his humility seems genuine. T hus far, it does appear that as his advertisements continue, Brave has a slight u pper-hand. I have, howe ver, wondered why Mr D avis, who promotes himself as being brave, wasn’t brave enough to enter thel eadership race. Perhaps, and PLPs should also consider this, this race is merely a preliminary, a feeler of sorts! Jerome Fitzgerald, the Perry Christie appointeds enator and a member of t he PLP bourgeoisie, appears to have been calledd own from his ivory tower a nd come galloping into the deputy leadership race where, for him, there is no realistic chance of a triplec rown or even a derby victory. Mr Fitzgerald is another seat-less wonder whose political campaign to “save Saunders Beach” and pro hibit the expansion of A rawak Cay has earned h im little to no grassroot s upport. To the curious mind, it now seems self-serving thatM r Fitzgerald was baying about the Arawak Cay port development immediately before he expressed his intent to contest for the deputy leadership. Was this all some kind of self-pro moting gimmick? And, has Mr Fitzgerald suddenly dropped the issue? Was Mr Fitzgerald talking about issues and problems that he may be completely detached from? As it all a well scripted play? And, didn’t he seek to establish a water plant at Arawak Cay? Frankly, the senator boasts on his deputy leadership resume that he has “championed causes that affect ordinary Bahamians, ie, save Saunders Beach, objection of the port trans fer to Arawak Cay.” T he results of the deputy leadership race will reveal whether or not he has g ained any political mileage f rom these “championed c auses.” Now vying for the PLP’s d eputy leadership post, it w as this same Jerome Fitzgerald who, as a prospect, spoke at the FNM convention on November 10, 2000, ommediately before current Prime Min ister Hubert Ingraham.A lso speaking that night were Dion Foulkes and Michael Pintard! F urthermore, although M r Fitzgerald was appointed to the senate by Mr Christie, he shortly there after took to the airwaves a nd called for him to quit – that is, before flip-flopping, rescinding his statementa nd pledging his support. Sophisticated Frankly, I’ve come to view Jerome Fitzgerald as as ophisticated and aloof w annabe whose elitism was demonstrated when he, unlike all the other candidates for prominent posi tions, chose to announce his premature candidacy for deputy leader at an elite, high-class restaurant. A place that the masses, from whom quite a number o f the low to average i ncome delegates/stalwart c ouncilors come, can hard ly afford. The senator should have taken a page out of the books of Paul Moss, Bernard Nottage, Brave Davis and Obie Wilchcombe when announcing! Although I have seen the tacky photographs of Mr Fitzgerald distributing school supplies and other accessories to the needy, I am not convinced that com mon, everyday citizens can identify with him. There are many politicians that do the same, but do so quietly. Furthermore, it is generally accepted that once the senator has performed his duties at the convention, he will be leaving the masses on New Providence behind to return to his palatial home on Paradise Island. As it stands, he is a nil-tonowhere prospect with no political track record behind him. Obie Wilchcombe, a student of Sir Lynden Pindling and a charismatic and dynamic orator, is the sec ond real contender in the showdown for the deputy leadership. Mr Wilchcombe is the only living Bahamian who has served as MP, minister, senator and party chairman. Thus far, I’m told, Mr Wilchcombe has launched a very aggressive ground campaign and, as one source suggested, “comes from the belly, the core, of what ‘PLPism’ is all about.” Years ago, Mr Wilchcombe, a former journalist, went to prison for protecting a source and has been deservedly praised for trav eling to Grand Bahama and e nduring two very destructive hurricanes –Frances and Jeanne – with his cons tituents. Since these hurr icanes, the economy of G rand Bahama has tanked. Frankly, I have always t hought that Mr Wilch c ombe had the appeal and tenure to have possibly mounted a successful lead ership campaign against party leader Perry Christie. In recent times, the West End and Bimini MP has h ad to credibly defend his innocence after the Travol ta attempted extortion caseg arnered national and i nternational headlines and involved his business partner Pleasant Bridgewater and ambulance driver Tari-n o Lightbourne. Of late, Mr Wilchcombe has been subjected to muchn egative press. Recently, t he former Minister of Tourism testified as a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial. A lthough Mr Wilch combe has proclaimed his innocence, misplaced per-c eptions after the Travolta episode has, in the eyes of some, hampered his chances. Honestly, I once thought that Mr Wilchcombe would have easily wiped the floor with his competition. This t ime around, he will have an uphill battle. However, it is hoped by many young p ersons that he will be suc cessful in his bid for the deputy leadership. Obie Wilchcombe, a titan in the PLP, is expected to storm the convention. PLP CHAIRMAN THE contenders, and pretenders, vying for PLP chairman are Glenys Hanna-Martin (sitting chairperson), former MP Bradley Roberts, perennial protester Ricardo Smith, vice chairman Ken Dorsette and former MP Keod Smith. Glenys Hanna-Martin, the youthful chairperson has been a pacesetter thus far. She is the first female chairperson and, as a politician, has managed to step out of her father’s (AD Hanna) shadow and, via her tenacious approach to the issues, earned respect. Earlier this year, she again entered the history books when she was named and banned from the House of Assembly for two sittings as she, in the midst of seek ing information about the death of a teenager in police custody, ignored an order by the Speaker. I do feel though, that a most memorable moment in modern parliamentary history was interrupted when fellow PLP MPs sought to obstruct the sergeant-atarms from removing her. It appears that she has ardu ously worked at inter-party affairs and, if the party is to transition to embracing a new generation of politicians, she is likely to put a spanking on her chal lengers. In this race, Ricardo S mith is a no-hoper. He is a featherweight punching way above his weight level. A fter the convention, Mr S mithplacards and all w ill be sent packing with a one way ticket into politicalo blivion. F ormer MP Keod Smith has absolutely no chance of winning the chairman post. He is viewed by some PLPs as a loose cannon, particularly as he is most famous as one-half of the dueling t wosome that came to blows in the Cabinet Room. M r Smith should take a b lanket to the convention as he is likely to make an abrupt return to the politi cal wilderness. B radley Roberts, a for mer minister and MP of 25 years, is Mrs Martin’s onlyr eal competition. He will n ot be easily dispatched to the political boneyard. If Mr Roberts is victorious, no one doubts that the6 4-year-old will be on the FNM like white-on-rice. However, Mr Roberts hash ad his time and if PLPs bring him back from the political graveyard, it is a sign of the party’s desperation and a clear indication that the PLP is unwilling to break with the past. History D uring the last election, t he PLP pledged not to turn back, so will they when it’s convenient for them? Is the party going to go deep into the annals of its history and elect a retired, near 70-year-old as chairman? Little is known about Ken Dorsette. I am told that he is known within his party, was a legal journeyman having worked at several law firms and, as one source put it, “could sell sand to the beach.” At best, he finishes in third place. Mr Dorsette must be likening his chances to watching a wilting rose as one minute he was Mrs Martin’s main challenger and in the other, Bradley Robertswho stood with him and appeared to be supportivedropped the bombshell that he to would be contesting for the post. While it is expected to be a stormy convention, the PLP must accept their defeat and emerge as a reinvigorated organization. The people are tired of false promises, scandals and government by committees. I do wonder whether the persons vying for the top posts in the party have an intellectual grasp of the position of today’s world and how it relates to leading an archipelagic state into a stable future. These leaders must all have fundamental princi ples that can be molded into futuristic and coherent policies that would advance this nation. Lastly, its high-time that the old curmudgeons dominating that party take a back seat! C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE SKIN CLINIC at theFamily Medical Centre Village Road Shopping Centre Challengers for the top positions in the PLP Y OUNG M AN S V IEW ADRIANGIBSON PHILIP ‘BRAVE’ DAVISJEROME FITZGERALDOBIE WILCHCOMBE I I t t d d o o e e s s a a p p p p e e a a r r t t h h a a t t B B r r a a v v e e D D a a v v i i s s i i s s c c o o g g n n i i z z a a n n t t o o f f h h i i s s o o r r a a t t o o r r i i c c a a l l w w e e a a k k n n e e s s s s e e s s a a n n d d h h a a s s e e m m p p l l o o y y e e d d v v a a r r i i o o u u s s c c o o m m p p l l e e m m e e n n t t a a r r y y m m e e a a n n s s t t o o a a d d v v a a n n c c e e h h i i s s m m e e s s s s a a g g e e . .

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BySONIA FARMER TO FIGHThunger in the Bahamas, you need to have a strong stomach. This is especially so of l ate, as it involves witnessing first-hand the widening reach of this menace – w hich is now affecting families and social groups form erly thought to be outside i ts grasp. A widespread and growing problem requires a sweeping and expandinge ffort in response, and H ands for Hunger (H4H doing all it can to be just that. " The best way for inter ested members of the public to become familiar with our work is to spend a day ono ne of our trucks, which will give them an opportunity to experience first hand the scope of our programme,"s ays Ashley Lepine, execu tive director of the nonprofit group, the only large-s cale food rescue organisat ion in the country. Every day, H4H picks up fresh food that would oth erwise go to waste – from grocery stores, food wholesalers, restaurants and hotels – and transports it in refrigerated trucks to com munity centres, shelters, churches and soup kitchens. Since launching operationsin March of this year, H4H has effectively redistributed 100,000 pounds of food, hugely impacting the land scape of food waste and food assistance throughout New Providence. "Picking up the food and seeing how much of it is habitually wasted, that's one thing – part of our green mandate to prevent food from being unnecessarily thrown away," adds Ms Lepine. "We then turn directly to the humanitarian efforts at the core of H4H: delivering this food to places that provide meals to those most in need." One such place is Great Commission Ministries International on Wulff Road, which provides emer gency shelter, counselling and food to hundreds of dis advantaged men, women and children. On any given day – if it is fortunate enough to have sufficient supplies on hand – the organisation hands out 40 to 50 grocery packages from its food bank, and serves around 150 hot meals at its feeding centre. It also sends food to elderly or disabled shut-ins, provides meals at its vari ous shelters, and feeds at least 80 children on Saturdays as part of its Save the Children Club. As with so many groups who are dedicated to com bating hunger, the Great Commission constantly struggles to keep up with the demand for its services. "We've seen a very marked increase in the num ber of people coming to us, especially people whow ould be considered midd le class," says Minalee Hanchell, the organisation's executive director. "They have been laid off or evict e d, and are laying aside their pride to get some clothing or a few hot mealsf or themselves and their children. “I remember a lady coming in and I gave her a food p ackage and she started to c ry. She said, 'This is such a big help for me. I have five children. I left them crying for something to eat’.” " The hunger population is a different population now," stressed Ms Lepine. "We have been getting reports of more families showing up to receive food support, in addition to indi viduals who are out of work or homeless. All of the 13 agencies we deliver food to have experienced a huge surge in who is seeking help." Donation Recently, the jobs of H4H and the Ministries were made a little easier thanks to a combined donation of $27,500 from Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc's Gifts and Grants Committee, a powerful catalyst for change in the Bahamas that has awarded more than $12 mil lion to local charities and non-profit groups since its establishment 40 years ago. Over the past year, due to the economic downturn, the Committee has been con centrating on addressing people's most basic needs. "We learned that Great Commission Ministries focuses on providing food, clothing and shelter, so we encouraged them to apply for a grant," said Suzy Robinson, committee chair. "We found them to be well organised and successful in meeting the needs of their clients and were happy to provide funding for their food programmes. “At the same time, we were particularly interested in Hands for Hunger because their mission is very specific: to eradicate hunger in the Bahamas. We were impressed by the work they had done to 'qualify' both donors and recipients of food, and by their uniquea pproach to serve their c lients well. We found the people at both of these organisations to be professional, enthusiastic, and pas s ionate about their mis sion." Great Commission Min i stries International used its grant to purchase items for its food bank, and to acquirea new stove for its feeding c entre as well as an oven for i ts women's shelter. "We are so grateful to the Lyford Cay Foundation," says Mrs Hanchell. " We really wish that more persons would reach out and help like they are doing. I was so grateful for that stove. “Our burners and oven were not working at the feeding centre, and now we can more quickly and effectively prepare meals. I wish I'd had a camera to capture the looks on the faces of the women at our shelter when we got that oven. They were so excited to get it and to start baking." At Hands for Hunger, two separate gifts from the Lyford Cay Foundation have helped to provide fuel and electricity for their refrigerated trucks, and to purchase aluminum pans, food grade labels, and a hand trolley. "The Lyford Cay Foundation, being one of our first supporters, basically direct ly allowed Hands For Hunger to become opera tional," says Ms Lepine. "Through their sponsorship, we were able to secure more food supplies so that more meals are getting to who they need to." H4H's ultimate aim is to help ensure that one day, every Bahamian will have daily access to adequate nutrition. "To maintain a sense of integrity and humanity for anyone who has fallen on hard times, not just openinga can of food for them but giving them full, hot meals is really important," said Ms Lepine. Since Great Commission Ministries became a recipi ent of H4H's food donations last year, it has been able to increase both the quantity and the quality of food that it distributes. "There were so many days where we were just about to run out of food and we would see if we could try and put together something, anything quick because people are in there and they're hungry, and then Hands for Hunger would pull up," says Mrs Hanchell. "And all we'd have to do is just warm the food, and feed people. I always say to Ashley and to the drivers, 'You all have come at such a timely moment.' They have also come to us with meals that we would normally not be able to afford to purchase, like certain types of meat. The quality enhances our meals on the whole." The Ministries provides free counselling on a wide variety of topics to hundreds of people, but food is, unde niably, the thing that brings the most comfort to those who are seeking help. With out food, Mrs Hanchell points out, people cannot begin to address other areas of lack in their lives. "You can't talk to a person and be counselling them about their life or their marriage or anything if they're hungry," Mrs Hanchell said. "One of the first things I do when a person comes in and says they need emergency shelter or a food package or counselling is to ask them, 'Did you eat any thing? Did you eat lunch?' And about nine times out of 10, they say that they haven't eaten. “And I pause right there and let them eat before we talk." The conviction that hunger is the root cause of many of the serious ills fac ing our society is shared by H4H, and has driven its evolution. Issues "The hunger issue is tied to a plethora of other social issues we often address," says Alanna Rodgers, the group's co-founder. "If we look at our community and the ways, for example, some people just throw garbage all over the street, we ask, why does that happen? Why is it occurring? It's occurring because this person has no sense of responsibility for our environment. But if someone doesn't have food to eat, can you really ask them to be concerned about a beach clean-up? For us, that revelation led to the shift from, 'let's go green' to, 'let's address the most basic issues.'" A former participant in Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc's SEARCH programme, which assists young people in the college application process and helps them secure financial aid from colleges and universities in North America, Ms Rodgers attended Rice University in Houston, Texas to train for competitive tennis until she lost her passion for the sport a year and a half into her studies and began to re-evaluate her pri orities. She left college and took a year off, channeling her energies into volunteer work and eventually finding her passion for humanitari an entrepreneurship. "When I stopped playing tennis, which filled up a lot of my life, I experienced this big loss on a personal level. I really needed to do a lot of work in terms of redefining my self-identity at that point. “I had to expand my per ception of who I was as a human being and what I was capable of," Ms Rodgers explained. "I never saw myself as being a community activist of any sort. “I didn't have much experience with this sort of thing. I just knew that, like many of our generation, I wanted to see a better world where we're taking responsibility for our environment and each other. “My feeling is, if I'm not here to make a difference, then what am I here for?" Hungry for change HANDS FOR HUNGER (H4H t he country's only large-scale food rescue organization. COOK MARIE ROLLE prepares a hot meal at the Great Commission Ministries International Feeding Centre. The Lyford Cay Foundation joins with non-profit groups to help feed the needy FOOD DONATED by Atlantis is delivered by Hands for Hunger to Great Commission Ministries International at the Erma Miller Centre on Wulff Road. LUNCH IS SERVED at the Great Commission Ministries International Feeding Centre, which provides approximately 150 free hot lunches daily to people in need. P P i i c c k k i i n n g g u u p p t t h h e e f f o o o o d d a a n n d d s s e e e e i i n n g g h h o o w w m m u u c c h h o o f f i i t t i i s s h h a a b b i i t t u u a a l l l l y y w w a a s s t t e e d d , , t t h h a a t t ' ' s s o o n n e e t t h h i i n n g g p p a a r r t t o o f f o o u u r r g g r r e e e e n n m m a a n n d d a a t t e e t t o o p p r r e e v v e e n n t t f f o o o o d d f f r r o o m m b b e e i i n n g g u u n n n n e e c c e e s s s s a a r r i i l l y y t t h h r r o o w w n n a a w w a a y y . . Ashley Lepine, executive dir ector of Hands f or Hung er

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net DEFENCE attorneys in the attempted extortion tria l of ex-PLP senator Pleasa nt Bridgewater and former a mbulance driver Tarino Lightbourne yesterday attacked the credibility of a key prosecution witness and t old the jury that their c lients were the victims. This case that the prosecution has brought to you,i s like a jigsaw puzzle and t hey have asked you to put it together,” Bridgewater’s attorney Murrio Ducille told the nine-member jury. Continuing his closing submissions yesterday, Mr Ducille told the jury that o ne of the most important f eatures of the case was the evidence of Michael McDerm ott, an attorney for Ameri can actor John Travolta. B ridgewater and Lightbourne are accused of attempting to extort $25 mil l ion from Mr Travolta. Mr Ducille told the jury that it w as not until Mr McDermott came into the picture that there was even talk of a n extortion attempt. M r Ducille likened Mr M cDermott’s evidence to a r otten apple and told the j ury: “My submission to you i s that Mr McDermott’s evidence is rotten to the core.” Mr Ducille said that there were numerous lies in Mr McDermott’s evidence. Mr Ducille pointed out t hat Mr Travolta had testified that he did not know Bridgewater and had never s poken to her. There is no direct link b etween the persons that are c harged and the victim,” Mr D ucille said. A ccording to Mr Ducille, the videotaped meetings between the accused and Mr McDermott only showed that there was a negotiation to buy a document. “Extortionists don’t negot iate. How could you negot iate and you are an extort ionist?” Mr Ducille asked. “You are the ones who must feel sure that there wasa threat and a demand,” Mr Ducille told the jury, stating that there had been no threat or demand. Whatever error she ( Bridgewater) may have m ade was not criminal and yet she finds herself sitting here,” Mr Ducille said. “The quality of the evid ence is such that this young lady should have never been here,” he said. The prosecution has f ailed miserably in their e fforts to destroy this lady,” M r Ducille said. He also told t he jury that Bridgewater w as a victim in the case. Lightbourne’s attorney Carlson Shurland, in his closing address to the jury, described attorney Michael McDermott as a pathological liar and said his client h as been vilified in the m edia. “The facts will show and demonstrate unequivocally t hat Tarino Lightbourne n ever committed a crime a nd should be acquitted of the charges,” Mr Shurland said. “What the evidence in this case will show is that Tarino Lightbourne was manipulated conned and he is the v ictim,” Mr Shurland told t he jury. You are not here to solve a mystery. You are here to determine whether the prosecution has enough believa ble evidence to prove its case,” he said. Mr Shurland told the jury t he media had been seeking o ut his client for informa t ion. Tarino had something to s ell and they wanted to buy i t. Does that make him an extortionist?” he asked. “It makes him an opportunist.” Mr Shurland told the jury the prosecution had failed to prove its case. Senior Justice Allen is e xpected to sum up the case t oday and then the jury will deliberate. Defence attorneys attack credibility of key witness volta’s lead attorney M ichael Ossi after Bridgew ater had brought the r efusal of treatment docu ment to his attention. Lightbourne’s attorney Carlson Shurland described Mr Wilchombe and PLP senator Allyson MaynardGibson both as “opportunists”. Mr Shurland told the jury that Bridgewater had trusted Mr Wilchombe. He said Mr Wilchombe was supposed to add credibility to the prosecution’s case but did not. “They figured if he c ould say all those t hings about her (Bridgewater t rue, but he has no credi bility,” Mr Shurland t old the jury. “Mrs Maynard-Gibson was an opportunist,”M r Shurland said. “She performed a professional services and got paid for it.” Both attorneys concluded their closing arguments yesterday. S enior Justice Anita A llen is expected give h er summation of the c ase to the jury today. his law firm’s website. In 2000, Mr Delaney, who also holds the title of global managing director of Higgs and Johnson’s overall operations in The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, advised the government from a private sector per spective on issues surrounding the adaptation of legislation governing the financial services sector follow ing the “black listing” of The Bahamas by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD Aside from serving as a senator at the behest of FNM leader Tommy Turn quest for two years from 2005 to 2007, Mr Delaney has offered his expertise as Chair of the Bahamas Trade Commission (at posi tion he presently holds), a lecturer at the College of the Bahamas in the early 1990s, Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board, the National Insurance Board and the Nation al Youth Advisory Com mittee. Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette is han dling the Attorney General portfolio at present as the substantive AG. When queried yesterday on the possibility of Mr Delaney being formally appointed to the position, Mr Symonette said he “can’t comment on that”. President of the Bahamas Bar Association Ruth Bowe Darville said she has not been consulted on the question of who will be offered the AG job and declined to offer any further comment. Phone messages and emails sent to Mr Delaney yesterday were not returned. PLEASANTBRIDGEWATER TARINO LIGHTBOURNE Wilchcombe ‘initiated’ case LOS ANGELES A PHARMACIST testified Tuesday that he warned Anna Nicole Smith’s psychiatrist against prescribing a powerful sleeping medication to the celebrity model after she had given birth to a daughter and endured the death of her son in 2006, according to Associ ated Press. “I said, ‘Unless you want your picture on the cover of the National Enquirer, I wouldn’t give her (chloral hydrate) because it’s a pow erful respiratory depressant,”’ pharmacist Steve Mazlin said he told Dr. Khristina Eroshevich. Mazlin said Eroshevich purchased chloral hydrate and also asked for a rapidly acting anti-anxiety medication, and he recommended lorazepam. An autopsy showed Smith died in February 2007 of an accidental overdose of chlo ral hydrate combined with other controlled substances. Eroshevich is charged along with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Howard K. Stern, Smith’s lawyer-boyfriend, with conspiring to provide controlled substances to Smith. All have pleaded not guilty. The testimony came at a preliminary hearing to determine if they should stand tri al. Another pharmacist, Romeo V. Par, testified that Eroshevich came to his phar macy in October, 2006 and obtained the drugs Xanax, Valium and klonopin for a patient named Charlene Underwood. Valium and klonopin also were implicated in Smith’s overdose death. The prosecution maintains Underwood was a pseudonym used for Smith, and they called to the stand a woman by that name who once did business with Eroshevich. The judge, expressing impa tience at the length of the hearing, hustled her on and off the stand and told prosecutors to begin moving their case along. A hospital psychiatrist who treated Smith for drug depen dency concluded two days on the stand saying the former Playmate fit the legal definition of an addict. However, under questioning by a judge, Dr. Nathalie Maullin said she never used the words “addict” or “addic tion” when discussing the celebrity model’s problems with her, Kapoor and Stern. Before leaving the stand, Maullin said she once asked Kapoor if he thought Smith was addicted. She said he chuckled and mentioned she had problems with alcohol. The charging document in the case states that Stern, Kapoor and Eroshevich “acted with knowledge that Anna Nicole Smith was an addict.” Prosecutors are trying to prove the defendants had that knowledge. Maullin, who treated Smith during a brief hospital stay when she was pregnant in April, 2006, was quizzed by Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry on the addiction issue. “She was never trying to get high?” he asked. “I never thought she was trying to get high. I think she wanted to tune out,” the psychiatrist said. The preliminary hearing will be recessed Wednesday, a mandated state furlough day for the court system. FROM page one Pharmacist says he warned against drug for Smith ANNANICOLESMITH(AP paper, along with the opportunity f or the winner to get their copy signed by the newspaper’s publisher, Managing Editor and other mana gers. However, Mr Roker warned that when it comes to picking up a Tri b une at his service station, it’s a matter of the early bird getting the worm, as most of the 250 papers delivered sometime after 6am are gone by8 am each morning. “Many customers come there reli g iously to get T he Tribune . They really appreciate what we’re doing. We’ve been doing it from day one,” said the b usinessman. Mr Roker says he intends to con tinue his relationship with the newsp aper and fully expects that the day w ill come when he commemorates handing over his two millionth Tri bune. We’re like the Duracell battery, we’ll just keep going and going,” he said. Businessman set to hand out his one millionth Tribune FROM page one PETER ROKER stands outside his Esso service station. Attorney General FROM page one T im Clarke / Tribune staff

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net FOR the first time since the Central American and Caribbean Championships in 1985, the Bahamas will host a fully-fledged marathon. Franklyn Wilson, chairman of Sunshine Insurance, announced yesterday that his company has agreed to serve as the lead organiser and sponsor for Marathon Bahamas 2010. The 26-mile event is sched uled for Sunday, February 14,s tarting at 6 a.m. “Marathon Bahamas will bring together runners from aroun d the Bahamas and every effort will be made to encourage participation from persons outside of the Bahamas,” Wilson said. “Marathon Bahamas is conceived to be an annual event and in an effort to encourage continuity through time and efficiency of execution, a separate non-profit legal entity has been creat ed.” Joining Wilson on the board of directors are the following: From tourism – Robert Sandy’ Sands, president of the Bahamas hotel Association; Ed Fields, senior vice president in charge of public relations of Kerzner International and Janet Johnson of the Ministry of Tourism. From one of the Road Runners Club Roadmasters Yolanda Deveaux. From athletics Pauline Davis-Thompson, a member of the IAAF and Alpheus ‘Hawk’ Finlayson, a past member of the IAAF and past president of the BAAA. From finance – Geoff Andrews, a partner at Deloitte & Touch. And from medicine and health Dr. Beverton Moxey and Charles Sealey, president of Doctor’s Hospital. Also Frank ‘Pancho’ Rah ming will serve as the race director and Veronica Duncanson as chief operations officer. Other members from Sunshine Insurance are Brian Moodie, Shelly Wilson, Keith Bell and Kyron Strachan. While the date has been set, Wilson said they are still looking at designing a route that is consciously being designed to showcase the beauty of New Providence. And to ensure a greater participation of people, Wil son said they will offer a full marathon, a half marathon and a relay marathon, which is designed for a group of friends, families, clubs, Churches, businesses or schools to participate. “Every effort shall be made to differentiate Marathon Bahamas from all others,” Wilson pointed out. “This will result in entrepreneurial opportunities for all who sell and/or promote products or services which reflect the essence of the Bahamas.” Registration forms and sponsorship packages will be available on Monday, November 2 and maybe collected from both Sunshine Insurance offices on Shirley Street and Blue Hill Road. There will also be numer ous volunteer jobs and we will be advising the public on these and other marathon related matters we proceed,” Wilson said. Also speaking at the press conference were Yolanda Deveaux, Janet Johnson, Ed Fields, Frank Rahming, Alpheus Finlayson and Dr. Beverton Moxey. Bahamas on track to host 2010 marathon FRANKLYN WILSON, flanked by board members, makes formal announcement for Bahamas Marathon 2010. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Molina (COL Touring coach for Europe and South America conducted a three day tennis training for 14 of our top junior tennis players this p ast weekend Oct. 16-18, at the National Tennis Centre. I van Molina played on the ATP professional Tour and was ranked as high as #22 in t he world. He as being travelling with juniors ranked in the top 50 since 1987. The High Performance Tennis Training Camp was organized by Bradley Bain of Brajaxba Tennis. M olina worked with the players on their stroke production helping each of them with making slight adjustment so theirs trokes could be more efficient and effective. Consistency He worked with their consistency of hitting balls high and deep to the baseline while at the same time working on setting up before hitting the ball. He spent time working with them on understanding the g eometry of the court, so that the kids would know what shot to hit base on their position on the court. H e emphasised the need for each of them to add some variety in their game, so that when competing they would use different types of shots to gain the advantage over their opponents. Local juniors participating in the camp were Alexis R oberts, Jamaal Hoyte, Brezile Hamilton, Jody Turnquest, Dirnaj Saunders, Sheriffe Rahming, Danielle Thompson,N icoy Rolle, Treajh Ferguson, Erin Strachan, Christian Cargill, Justin Roberts, and Micheal Wallace. M olina noted that he was happy for the opportunity to work with such a talented group and the he was happy to share his knowledge with them to help their game improve so that they could be more competitive at the next level. Net gains for top juniors TRACK MASTERS MEETING THE Masters Track Association will hold a meeting on Thursday at 7 pm in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Education. All persons interested in joining the association are invited to attend. The meeting will be chaired by president Foster Dorsett. BASKETBALL NPBA MEETING ALL coaches and Clubs will be hosting a mandatory rules seminar/clinic at the Albury Sayle Primary School. The sessions got started yesterday and will run through Thursday. All persons desirous of sitting on the bench during the NPBA season must attend and complete the sessions. Also, the deadline for Fees and Rosters have pasted and this will serve as the final reminder for the submission of the same. The association also announced that the pre season exhibition games are schedule for Friday and Saturday. Please contact president Keith Smith, or Commissioner Elsworth Pickstock for further details. BASKETBALL NPABO HEADING TO ANDROS THE New Providence Association of Basket ball Officials (NPABO delegation to officiate the games of the South Andros High School 12th Annual Basketball Tournament that is scheduled to be held this weekend at the South Andros High School courts in Kemps Bay, Andros. It is hoped that with the NPABO's participation that the school is assisted in attaining its motto: 'Climbing Higher Toward Success'. The travelling contingent will be comprised of Sharon Storr, Secretary of the NPABO, who will serve as Chief of Mission; Warren Butler, Vice President; James Dawkins and Gregory 'Pepper' Clarke. This effort is in keeping with the Association's goal and aim of assisting community projects that provide programs to promote and develop young people in the sport of basketball. In fact, NPABO will be holding a clinic on Sunday at the Emerald Palms Resort from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to complement the weekend. The fundamental aspects of officiating will highlighted. For this one day session, Warren Butler will serve as the Clinician; Sharon Storr as the Assistant Clinician with Clarke and Dawkins performing the duties of Spotters. It is hoped that it is an interactive affair with a stress on rules enforcement. This four man officiating crew was a part of the recently held 'In-House Program' of the New Providence Association of Basketball Officials, their challenge will be to implement the new lev el called for in refereeing. It is anticipated that they will leave an impact on the games themselves and in the classroom for the South Andros people. W ith beautiful blue skies and aqua sea some 52 swimmers competed in the 5K Open Water race a t Old Fort Bay. The event was hosted by Swift Swimming and sponsored by orthaheel,H olowesko Partners, and Lyford Cay Real Estate. The overall winner representing The B arracuda Swim Club was Matthew Lowe in a time of 1:10.35. Matthew swam in the 13 to 17 age group division. The top female finisher representing Swift Swimming was Christy Winner in a time of 1:19.05. Christy swam in the 18 & over age g roup division. The triangular course of approximately one m ile allowed for relays with each swimmer com peting a mile each. Two swimmers representing masters swimming in the US were Dake Gonzalez and Todd Cooper who finished first and second respectively in the 18 & over age group with times of 1:18.46 and 1:21.03. All other swimmers were registered with the Bahamas Swimming Federation. The majority of the swimmers represented the Masters Programme of Swift Swimming. While many of the age group swimmers from the local clubs did not compete, the open water event still produced some exciting match ups. Zach Moses who swam in the 12 & under age group actually had the second fastest time overall in winning his age division in 1: 13.57. Abigail Lowe also competing in the 12 & under division was the second fastest female overall as she won her age division in 1:22.34. The top lady in the 13 to 17 age group was Hannah Coyle w ho had the third fastest female time in 1:22.56. Others who received trophies for top three fini shes in their respective age groups were Anibal Hernandez who was second in the 13 to 17 ageg roup with the third overall fastest time in 1:16.17 followed by Donovan Higgs in 1:34.00. Versatile t riathlon athlete Mark Holowesko was third in the 18 & over age group in 1: 21.63. Doran Reed and Kaitlyn Kemp finished second and third respectively in the 12 & under female division with times of 1:37.54 and 1:38.21. Shaunte Moss f inished second in the 13 to 17 female division in 1: 28.46. Rounding out the 18 & over female age g roup division was Amy Smith and April Savage (nee Knowles and 1: 28.43. The oldest and youngest swimmers to finish the course were Percy Knowles (78 split of 41.29 and Liam Holowesko (9 relay split of 38.45. Both swimmers received a special crystal glass trophy. The top relays competing the 5K course were as follows: First placeChristy Winner, Katie Izmirlian, and Liz Parkinson in 1:20.30. Second place – April Savage, Mark Davies, and Anna Greene in 1:24.23. Third place – Chris Illing, Peter Wagner, and Matthew Witney in 1:24.37. Fourth place – Dale Winner, Harry Winner, and Sean Nottage in 1:26.34 Mr. Bradlie Goian, manager of the Old Fort Bay Restaurant did a great job of hosting the event at the Old Fort Bay site with its beautiful beach. Fifty-two swimmers compete in 5K Open W ater race sports NOTES Sunshine Insurance to serve as lead organiser and sponsor IVAN DEMONSTRATES (above and below T HREE-DAYTENNISTRAINING

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T he Bahamas Golf Federa tion (BGF f ive scholarships have been awarded to deserving junior golfers from the proceeds of its Fred Higgs Memorial Golf Scholarship Fund. T he names of the scholarship recipients are; Eugenie Adder l ey, Charley Buttler, Alena Hutcheson, Kyle King and D ’Andrielle Robinson. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 scholarship for the year 2009. Established in 1996, the Scholarship Fund seeks to prov ide financial assistance for Bahamian junior golfers to cont inue their education and financial assistance for programs which support junior golf in the Bahamas. The fund was named as a memorial to Fred Higgs,w ho was one of the founders of the BGF and served as its P resident for ten years. Fred was also the founder of the Caribbean Golf Association and served as its founding Pres ident. Since its inception, major funding for the scholarship program has been derived from proceeds of the annual Kerzner International/Fred Higgs golf tournament. It is the intention of the Scholarship Committee, which is chaired by Rory Higgs, son of the late Fred Higgs, to increase the fund raising efforts so that Bahamian Junior Golfers may benefit from more frequent and substantial scholarships. The annual Kerzner/Higgs Golf Tournament takes place at the Ocean Club Golf Course on November 8, 2009. All golfers are encouraged to continue their support for this worthy cause. Scholarships awarded to junior golfers Janeen Wallace went 2-for-5 w ith a run scored on a solo inthe-park home run; Cleo Symonette had a perfect 3-for3 night with two runs; Keisha Pratt had a solo in-the-parkera nd Vanetta Nairn was 2-for-4 with a RBI. Shonell Symonette went the distance, giving up eight hits for the loss. Truckers 6, Dorsey Park Boyz 4: Trailing 4-3 going into the b ottom of the sixth inning, Commando Security produced three runs to seal the deal to go up 2-0 in the series. J ulian Collie came through with a one-out two-run triple and he came home on an error as the Truckers went on to put the game out of reach for theD orsey Park Boyz. Collie ended up going 1-for3 and Van ‘Lil Joe’ Johnson w as 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored on a homer. Mar-v in ‘Tougie’ Wood was 1-for-4 with a run scored. A nton ‘Bookie’ Gibson got t he start, giving up six hits on four runs, striking out four b efore Freddie ‘the Skipper’ Cornish, the game one winner, c ame in relief to close the door on a one-hitter with a walk anda strike out. Edmund ‘Binks’ Bethel was 1 -for-3 with two RBI; Dwayne Pratt 1-for-3 with a run; Desmond Rolle 2-for-3 and both Kevin Bastian and Kevin Hinsey were 1-for-4. E dney ‘the Heat’ Bethel, who helped his cause by going 1 -for-2, tossed a five-hitter with nine strike outs for the loss. Wildcats, Truckers hold off rallies F ROM page 11 2 009 WORLD SUNFISH CHAMPIONSHIPS I N PHOTOS sport because all of the candid ates have been involved for a number of years. “I look at this team as the best team that can be offered f or service to the BAAA at this time without question,” he said. Stuart, a former vice president, said each candidate have a proven track record in the s port and they have the strength in business, management and administration needed to take the BAAA to the n ext level. Holding up a copy of their platform that will outline their promises when they regain the administration of the BAAA,S tuart said they intend to be governed by that mandate. “We bring something that no one else has and we are pass ionate about what we will do,” he said. “We have the interest of the athletes at heart and we a re very committed to helping a nd improving our coaches.” Seymour, who came in from G rand Bahama, said he was asked to join the state and he w as proud to do so because more representation is needed,n ot only for Grand Bahama, b ut the Family Islands. I saw this as being a step f orward in the right direction. I saw the plans that was unfolded h ere some time back and I think it’s spot on,” Seymour s aid. “I think it’s going to be very d ifficult to get all of these things, but if we are focussed, I t hink we can achieve much of which we plan to do.” Exper ience Finlayson, a former public r elations officer and president since 1971, said the team has t he experience and passion and energy to be able to think out o f the box. “We need to think out of the box to get to where we need to get too,” he insisted. “One of the most significant thing about t his team is that in the last year or so, is that they enjoy being t ogether and when you enjoy being together, you gel and do t he things that people normally don’t do to succeed.” Finlayson said all of the coaches will be very proud of the things that they have on the a genda. For Charlton, the only woman on their slate, said her w ealth of knowledge and an advocate for transparency and a ccountability will make a difference. “The key thing is that as a team, there is a lot of synergy and there’s a lot of passion,” she said. “But the one thing that drives us is the athletes. If there’s no athletes, there would be no need for any of us, s o we must put the athletes first. That is our vision and once we do that, everything else will fall into place.” And Munnings, the most recent active athlete on the slate, said he was trying to remain an elite athlete, but fora long time he was encouraged to become a part of the execu tive board of the BAAA. “The time is right for me. I’m no longer an elite athlete, but I’m still very well involved in the sport,” said Munnings, who is competing as a masters com petitor and coaching the younger athletes as well. “I’ve seen the plan, which is designed for the new BAAA and I’m excited about the prospect of what can be achieved. Soccer has set a very high standard for all sports to follow and I think from the plan that I’ve seen, once we stick to it, the stack holders will be very pleased.” Mike Sands presents ‘New Vision’ FROM page 11 PHOTOS: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff

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C M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 P AGENINE Tennis coaching for top juniors TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemeda.net O NE month before the elec-t ions are held, Mike Sands p resented the “New Vision” plan that he and his slate of offic ers intend to campaign in a bid to be returned to power in the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations. Sands, who was ousted by a vote of no confidence’ last year, said he’s much more focussed on “restoring the integrity” of the BAAA and his t eam will help to develop the “vision” for a new and improved track and field programme. At a press conference yes t erday in front of the construction site for the new national s tadium, Sands presented his Visionary team. T hey include Sherwin Stuart as first vice president; Grand Bahamian Felix Seymour as second vice president; Laura Charlton as treasurer; Alpheus ‘Hawk’ Finlayson as public relations officer; Tim Munnings as secretary general; Don Turn quest as assistant secretary; R upert Gardiner as technical director; Bernard Newbold as statistician and Foster Dorsett and Linda Thompson, both as special projects officers. ailed’ When asked why he decided to seek another three-year term a fter he was removed from office, Sands said it was felt that the BAAA’s current programme has “failed drastically and the present administration has not demonstrated effectively to run the affairs of thea ssociation. “I have heeded the call from a number of persons, including coaches, council members, athl etes, officials and friends, espe cially the athletes, whom I am in constant contact with on a very regular daily basics.” Unlike his past administration, Sands said being so close to what was going on, he was “overshadowed” by seeing some things. “Being away from it to a cer tain extend, has given me a better clarity of vision to see some things that I did not see in the beginning or in the past and now I have a renewed clarity of vision to ensure that the pro gramme in the BAAA continue to grow from strength to strength.” As for the team assembled, Sands said they have the experience and knowledge of the The ‘New Vision’ B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net THE Pineapple Air Wildcats and the Commando Security Truckers both held off strong rallies from the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks and the Heavy Lift Dorsey Park Boyz to control their respective New Providence Softball Association’s cham pionship series. I n the ladies’ opener on Monday night on the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, the Wildcatss topped the Lady Sharks’ comeback in the bottom of the sev enth for a 7-6 victory to snatch a 2-0 lead in the series that will c ontinue tonight at 7 p.m. The Truckers, on the other hand, will also take a 2-0 lead in their men’s series tonight after they secured a 6-4 win in the feature contest. After their close encounter with the Lady Sharks in game t wo, Wildcats’ shortstop Christine Edmonds-Cooper said they will definitely have to step up their game when they play g ame three tonight. “The performance wasn’t up to par. I believe that we could h ave done better than we did. If we did, could have scored more runs than we did,” she stated. Close “But we played like a high school team tonight. The next game on Wednesday, I know that we will definitely play the way we are capable of playing and not make it as close as it was.” Pineapple Air produced five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 7-4 lead, thanks to consecutive RBI singles from Jeanette Hilton, Linda Knowles and Candice Smith after Marvelle Miller was intentionally walked with one out. But Proper Care refused to roll over and play dead. They made one last gallant attempt in the seventh to put two more runs on the scoreboard before they left two more runners stranded on base, resulting in another tough loss in the series. Hilton finished with a perfect 3-for-3 day with two RBI, scoring a run to lead the Wildcats, who got 13 hits with just a strike out from ace Mary ‘Cruise’ Edgecombe-Sweeting in the win on the mound. Wildcats, Truckers hold off rallies PICTURED OUTSIDE the portrait of the new national stadium is the new slate of officers who intend to run for elections in the BAAA next month. From left are Tim Munnings (secretary general); Sherwin Stuart (first vice president); Mike Sands, president; Laura Charlton (treasurer); Felix Seymour (second vice president);A lpheus Finlayson (public relationsSpecial Projects KEVIN BASTIAN N EW PROVIDENCE SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION: CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BAHAMAS ASSOCIATION OF ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS : ELECTION CAMPAIGN Mike Sands presents plan for improved track and field programme New slate of ‘visionary’ officers is introduced at press conference SAILORS compete in the Sunfish championships. MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE TEN. 2009 WORLD SUNFISH CHAMPIONSHIPS T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page ten SEE page ten

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Law firm ‘confident’ over BVI expansion By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas accounted for just 45.5 per cent of CLI-CO (Bahamas lion policy liabilities at 2008 year-end, according to the insolvent insurer’s external actuarial consultant, although this jurisdiction accounted for the lion’s share of issued poli cies. The March 18, 2009, actuarial report by Paul Ngai, of Prescience Insurance Consultants and Actuaries, found that the Bahamas accounted for 76.8 per cent of CLICO (Bahamas cies at year-end 2008, or some 38,654 out of 50,341. The actuarial report, tabled as part of the report filed with the Supreme Court by CLICO (Bahamas Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez, found that the company had some 15,488 premium paying individual life insurance policies in the Bahamas, generating $5.211 million in annual premium revenue. The sum insured was $500.876 million. When paid-up and extend ed term life insurance policies were factored in, CLICO (Bahamas have 17,298 life insurance policies in total, the sum insured increasing marginally to $506.98 million. On the individual accident and sickness, or medical insur ance side, CLICO (Bahamas was said to have 11,230 policies in force in the Bahamas as at December 31, 2008, just under two months before the company was placed under Supreme Court supervision. Annual premium revenues were $3.161 million. CLICO (Bahamas also issued some 2,724 annuity policies in the Bahamas, generating $4.771 million in annual premium payments from individuals, according to the actuarial report. In total, CLICO (Bahamas C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.09 $3.88 $4.00 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A l bany’s developers yesterday said they were “cautiously optimistic” that presales targets allow ing them to “roll seamlessly” into the project’s Phase II next summer would be achieved, telling Tribune Business that some 800 workers were now working on the $400 million first phase. Christopher Anand, the $1.4 billion Albany Golf & Beach Resort’s managing partner, said the develop ers were “gunning for a finish next summer” on the project’s first phase, which includes the hotel component, marina, all amenities and key infrastructure, and while the timescale is “going to be a little tight, we think we will get there”. The construction workforce was expected to “peak above 1,000 in the New Year”, Mr Anand said, a potentially welcome dent however modest in a national unemployment rate likely to now be approaching 20 per cent. He added that when completed in summer 2010, some $400 million would have been invested into Albany’s first phase construction. Apart from the construction of 40 cottages, this phase also involves 100 lots, “of which 40 are already sold”. “The hotel is well under construction, and all the amenities have got roofs on,” Mr Anand told Tribune Business. “Every aspect of the amenities are construction, and we have 30 cottages under construction, many of which have roofs, windows and tiles on. The infrastructure work is going on at good speed.” The Albany managing partner said floating concrete docks were due to be installed in the marina “in the next month”, with high-end luxury yachts already able to enter and exit the facility through the entrance channel. As for development’s golf course, it was “almost all shaped”, with grassing of all 18 holes due to be completed by Christmas. “They’ll Albany ‘gunning for tight’ $400m Phase I completion By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas’ fiscal and national debt position “will be out of whack for some time to come”, a former finance minister said yesterday, adding that it was not advisable to engage in foreign currency borrowing to sup port this nation’s external reserves because it could create repayment difficulties. J ames Smith, minister of state for finance in the former Christie administration, told Tribune Business that Moody’s decision to downgrade the Bahamas’ B$denominated bonds fromt heir previous A1 rating to A 3 should not have been a surprise to any observers. “Let’s put it this way,” he explained. “I believe it should have been an expectation on o ur part, given the depth of t he recession we’ve been going through for the past years.” Those who had not expected such an action by a Wall Street credit rating agency such as Moody’s had now received a “reality check”. The Bahamas’ main macro economic indicators, Mr Smith said, such as its national debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP deficit; tourism arrivals and spending; and foreign direct investment were all trending in the wrong direction as a direct result of the overall economic downturn, making some kind of ratings action inevitable. E ffectively, the negative i mpact of the recession on the Government’s fiscal position had changed the Bahamas’ sovereign risk profile, Mr Smith told Tribune Business, with investors wanting greater compensation for investing in government bonds because “the risk has gone up much more”. The Bahamas, he added, had already gone past the 40 per cent debt-to-GDP ratio regarded by key international institutions, such as the Inter national Monetary Fund (IMF the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB ‘danger point’ beyond which debt servicing loads could potentially become burden some. With the Bahamian fiscal position already headed into “troubled waters”, Mr Smith said: “We’re headed that way and can’t deny that, and that has to be reflected in a change in our risk profile in the rat ings. We might have seen the worst of it [the recession], but I think our fiscal affairs will be out of whack for quite some time.” The now-CFAL chairman said the Government would need to carefully assess several variables, including the quantity of debt it held, “the trajectory we’re on”, and the difference between recurrent revenue and recurrent spending this going directly to the fiscal deficit. While the Government had Fiscal position ‘out of whack for some time’ By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A MAJOR Bahamian law firm yesterday said it was “confident” it will be able to compete with the major British Virgin Island (BVI a barrister of 10 years standing as the managing partner for its new office in that jurisdiction. Brian Simms, a Lennox Paton partner and the firm’s head of litigation, in announcing the appointment of Scott Cruickshank as its BVI managing partner, urged other Bahamian law firms to look at overseas expansion as a means of better sell ing this jurisdiction and its financial services products to existing/potential international clients. “We’ve said for years that Bahamian firms should get out and compete,” Mr Simms told Tribune Business. “The difficulty Bahamian firms have are that there are resource issues, both capital and human, in opening in other jurisdictions.” While Bahamian law practices were specialised legal services businesses, Mr Simms pointed out that companies from rival offshore jurisdictions had been able to leverage other parts of their businesses, such as trusts and trust administration, to facilitate their global growth. “They have a greater depth of resources,” Mr Simms said. “Nevertheless, the Bahamian firms can match any legal services those firms can provide.” Overseas expansion, he added, would allow Bahamian law firms to “hedge against catastrophe in any particular jurisdiction”, such as a country being unable to escape the G-20/OECD ‘grey list’. In addition, with their * Some 800 construction workers now employed on site, with numbers expected to ‘peak above 1,000 in New Year’ * Developers confident they can meet summer 2010 opening target, with 40 per cent of Phase I lots sold * ‘Cautiously optimistic’ of enough pre-sales interest to ‘roll seamlessly’ into Phase II, featuring over $1bn in sales * 300-400 persons to be hired when Albany goes operational CHRISTOPHER ANAND S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B Ex-finance minister argues against foreign currency borrowing to prop up external reserves Just 45 per cent of CLICO liabilities in Bahamas

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CHOICE. What a powerful word. 1. Watch the news – Stay g lued to the news, like most p eople watching a natural disaster, and let the spin of doom and gloom drive you crazy morning, noon and night. Or you can CHOOSE to focus even harder on doing thingss uch as training, selling, promoting yourself or your busin ess. 2 . Stay Confused You can operate in the fog of money or CHOOSE to see through the fog so you can get out of i t. Money used to be simple y ears ago, but nowadays it has g otten pretty complicated. However, learn to read a financial statement, learn thed ifference between a real asset and a liability. Learn how to earn money in anye conomy. 3 . Believe you cannot sell or do not have to sell. Everyone has to sell; it does n ot matter who you are. You CHOOSE. In April 2008, the small b usiness administration in the US predicted that 82 per cent of small businesses will fail by 2012, and that was before the credit @#$^&&^%#@# hit the fan. The biggest fear in any business is that no onew ill show up, call or buy their product. This is a real possi bility. Pt Barnum said it properly: “Without promotion s omething terrible happens – nothing.” Remember, those who mark et will make it! What am I doing writing this article? I need to be outs elling. Whether selling products, ideas, recruiting or obtaining funds, the skill is the same. Learn it. 4 . Blame the Government – Stop blaming them, period. Most people, not all, think the Government owes them something or blames their sit uation on the Government. H mmmmm. I’ll let the sleeping dog lie. But one thing I do know is that I stopped blaming peo-p le long ago for any event that occurred in my life. My greatest enemy is myself. Notm y competition, not the guy under invoicing, not a public official enforcing the rules for s ome and not others (the latt er’s based on hearsay, not f act, as these are excuses I have heard). S o we can CHOOSE to focus on them or focus on solutions. 5 . Looking for quick fixesI ’m sure we would all like to w in the lottery and get rich quick. Before, everyone was l ooking to get rich quick, and now they are looking for the escape hatch. Look at all thea lleged Ponzi schemes. Look at all the banks, businesses. Does anyone have a silver bullet to get rich quick? Bring it to me, because I have the gun for it! Seriously, the best invest m ent one can make is in him/herself and your team. Seek books, audio tapes, teachers, mentors that cant each you to drive towards s uccess. This will improve your income and quality of life. Have we chosen wisely? OK. I’ve got to go now, because if I don’t I’ll blamet he newspaper for my lack of income. I’ve got to go and s ell. A ll of these marketing strategies are certain to keep your business on top during these challenging economic t imes. Have a productive and p rofitable week. R emember, “THOSE WHO MARKET WILL MAKE IT “ N N B B : : S S c c o o t t t t F F a a r r r r i i n n g g t t o o n n i i s s P P r r e e s s i i d d e e n n t t o o f f S S u u n n T T e e e e E E m m b b r r o o i i d d M M e e , , a a p p r r o o m m o o t t i i o o n n a a l l a a n n d d m m a a r r k k e e t t i i n n g g c c o o m m p p a a n n y y s s p p e e c c i i a a l l i i s s i i n n g g i i n n u u n n i i f f o o r r m m s s , , e e m m b b r r o o i i d d e e r r y y , , s s i i l l k k s s c c r r e e e e n n p p r r i i n n t t i i n n g g a a n n d d p p r r o o m m o o t t i i o o n n a a l l p p r r o o d d u u c c t t s s . . E E s s t t a a b b l l i i s s h h e e d d o o v v e e r r 2 2 7 7 y y e e a a r r s s a a g g o o , , S S u u n n T T e e e e E E m m b b r r o o i i d d M M e e h h a a s s a a s s s s i i s s t t e e d d B B a a h h a a m m i i a a n n b b u u s s i i n n e e s s s s e e s s f f r r o o m m v v a a r r i i o o u u s s i i n n d d u u s s t t r r i i e e s s i i n n m m a a r r k k e e t t i i n n g g t t h h e e m m s s e e l l v v e e s s . . R R e e a a d d e e r r s s c c a a n n c c o o n n t t a a c c t t M M r r . . F F a a r r r r i i n n g g t t o o n n a a t t S S u u n n T T e e e e E E m m b b r r o o i i d d M M e e o o n n e e a a s s t t S S h h i i r r l l e e y y S S t t r r e e e e t t , , b b y y e e m m a a i i l l a a t t s s c c o o t t t t @ @ s s u u n n t t e e e e . . c c o o m m o o r r b b y y t t e e l l e e p p h h o o n n e e a a t t 2 2 4 4 2 2 3 3 9 9 3 3 3 3 1 1 0 0 4 4 . . The right choice is focus on you To advertise, call 502-2371 Promotional M arketing by Scott Farrington

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FREE SEMINARY ou are invited to attend a Free Financial Seminar, organized by the Education Committee of the Public Workers’Co-operative Credit Union Limited, to be held on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at the Ofce of the Bahamas Co-operative League Limited (just west of Wendy’s, Oakes Field), beginning at 6:30 p.m.Come and See how you can stretch yourDOLLARS $$$Featured Speakers:Mrs. Stephanie Missick-Jones(Credit Specialist-Bahamas Co-operative League Ltd.and Mr. Philip Greenslade(Treasurer-Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Ltd.)Bring a friend and get a prize for bringing the most guests.Refreshments will be served THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 3B To advertise, call 502-2371 Just 45 per cent of CLICO liabilities in the Bahamas had some 31,252 individual policies in effect in the Bahamas at year-end 2008, producing cumulative premium revenues of $13.144 million. On the group side, the company had issued some 7,402 group policies, producing premium revenues of $1.825 million. By far the bulk of CLICO (Bahamas ing to the actuarial report, were tied up in the annuity policies issued by its Turks & Caicos branch, which totalled some $60.161 million. However, CLICO (Bahamas position is likely to have altered significantly since that actuarial review was performed. Mr Gomez, in his first report to the Supreme Court on the CLICO (Bahamas uidation, said the company’s policy portfolio may have shrunk by 15-20 per cent since the insolvent insurer was placed under Supreme Court supervision on February 24, 2009, with some 1,807 policies and $20.995 million worth of insurance cancelled up to July 7 this year. Mr Gomez said many health and medical policies had been cancelled because the policyholders continued to be rejected by Bahamian medical practitioners and ser vice providers despite the fact claims were still being settled. He added that while a June 17, 2009, Supreme Court order had allowed the liq uidator to pay claims up to $5,000 per claim for emergency medical expenses, and $10,000 per claim for death benefits, “this limitation was not well received by medical policyholders with serious medical conditions” whose policies were not covered by CLICO (Bahamas ance agreement with Bupa. “There are approximately four major medical policyholders terminally ill, whose policies are not covered under the reinsurance agreement, with pending claims for medical services totalling approximately $500,000,” Mr Gomez disclosed, adding that he was discussing with attorneys theb est way to assist them. “Medical policyholders continue to experience rejections from medical service providers, particularly local service providers,” the liquidator added. “This has resulted in the cancellation of many policies. However, claims submitted to the company’s business offices are being processed as received.” He added that the policy p ortfolio was also being i mpacted by “misinformat ion” given to policyholders, while former CLICO (Bahamas employed at other insurance carriers were moving to entice their former clients to follow them. “We estimate that there may be a decrease in the portfolio of approximately 15-20 per cent,” Mr Gomez warned. “However, this cannot be confirmed until the account ing has been brought up to date.” As at July 7, there were still some 28,215 CLICO (Bahamas covering a $4.09 billion sum assured. There were some 10,297 medical and 15,892 life policies in force, accounting for $2.088 billion and $1.992 billion in sums assured respectively. But during the four-plus months since the insurer was petitioned into liquidation, some 1,807 policies 182 annuities, 843 pensions, 676 life and 106 medical had been cancelled. Some $15.086 million of the $20.995 million sum cancelled related to annuities, with pen-s ions accounting for $5.466 million worth. Mr Gomez said 31 death policy payments, totalling $150,249, were made since CLICO (Bahamas liquidation. Some 170 medical claims were awaiting adjudication, along with $588,120 worth of claims made through the insurer’s overseas medical claims clearing house, Olympus. Some four death c laims, worth $40,000, also a waited adjudication. I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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“stronger allegiance” to the Bahamas, law firms headquartered in this nation would be better able to sell the jurisdiction and its products. Often, law firms based in other jurisdictions guided clients and their advisers away from the Bahamas. “As Bahamian firms get o ut in the market they will, t hrough their other offices, promote and inform clients and potential clients as to what services are offered and the level of professionalism that exists in the Bahamas,” Mr Simms said. Announcing Mr Cruickshank’s appointment and the formal opening of Lennox Paton’s BVI office, Mr Simms added: “The BVI office has therefore begun its marketing campaign to let our client base know we are open in BVI for business. “The response so far has been very positive, and the firm’s clients who use BVI companies and structures have been sending work to BVI. “We expect we will be able to grow the BVI office, which at the moment is very small, and feel that in one or two years we will be able to compete in BVI with the major law firms in that jurisdiction.” Mr Simms said that unlike its London office, which only provided advice on Bahamian law, the BVI would be the first Lennox Paton overseas office to offer “legal services of a different law other than Bahamian law. “This should be an expansion of the work base in the office, not only providing Bahamian advice but BVI advice. Although the world is in recession, we feel there is sufficient room in BVI for the office to succeed. We expect it to enhance our reputation, and it will be another step in our efforts to be a global offshore firm.” Mr Simms said BVI was chosen as the second location for Lennox Paton’s international expansion because its legislative structure was similar to the Bahamas. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Law firm ‘confident’ over BVI expansion F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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increased foreign currency borrowing, Mr Smith said there were potential down-side risks to this, warning that i t was “not advisable to bump up the foreign reserves through borrowing, because all you’re doing is balance of payments support lending”. Arguing that this was effectively a “stop gap measure”, the former finance minister questioned its effectiveness, given that the recession would produce a self-correcting monetary policy mechanism where limited credit creation and import demand resulted in a restricted foreign currency outflow. This would offset the reduced tourism and for eign direct investment inflows,t hereby protecting the extern al reserves. M r Smith said foreign currency borrowing during a recession to bolster the external reserves was “not a good thing” for the Bahamas, because if tourism and foreign direct investment flows did not return quickly or in the same quantity there could be difficulty in repaying the foreign currency debt. Explaining its decision to downgrade the Bahamas’ local currency bond rating, Moody’s said it partly reflected the fact this nation’s debtto-GDP ratio was anticipated to increase by 15 percentage points in the three years to 2010. “The erosion of the country’s main debt metrics, with debt-to-GDP projected to reach close to 50 per cent by 2010, from 35 per cent in 2007, further justify the A3 as the appropriate level for both bond ratings,” Moody’s said. “Long-term growth lower than that of its rating peers also weighed on the decision to align the bond ratings at A3. The Bahamas’ two main industries, tourism and financial services, have been impacted by the world crisis and will find it difficult to recover strongly in the near future.” Moody’s kept the outlook on all the Bahamas’ sovereign credit ratings as ‘stable’, and reaffirmed the Aa1 country ceiling for foreign currency bonds and A3 country ceiling for bank deposits. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Fiscal position ‘out of whack for some time’ F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B Share your news T he T ribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in their n eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d . If so, call us on 322-1986 a nd share your story.

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be finishing in the next six weeks from the grassing perspective,” Mr Anand said, adding that some holes were likely to be completed and ready for play by the holiday season. The entire course was set to be finished by March/April 2010. Despite the recession and global credit crunch, which have impacted both the wealth and debt financing abilities of Albany’s prospective high-end real estate purchasers, Mr Anand said the developers were still seeing “very strong interest” as they headed into the winter/Christmas selling period. “Things have actually been pretty good on that front,” Mr Anand said. “We’ve had 10 sales since April, and we’re seeing very strong interest going into our selling season..... Winter is when the Bahamas has huge appeal for people seeking to escape colder climes.” Summer was not a strong real estate sales period for the Bahamas generally, Mr Anand explained, as it was more difficult to entice prospective clients away from the warm weather in their home countries. Pointing out that the “signs are encouraging”, the Albany managing partner said he was cautiously optimistic “if the world has put itself back together”, and was “quite looking forward to this forthcoming season. “People are going to be b lown away when they’ve seen what has happened. It’s not such a leap of faith,” said Mr Anand, explaining that the ‘bricks and mortar’ construction and the sight of buildings going vertical could only increase buyer confidence that Albany was delivering what it had promised, thereby creating fertile ground for more sales. The 565-acre project has also been aided by the fact that most other Bahamasbased development projects of a similar nature, and many in the Caribbean, have been stalled by the recession/credit crunch, thus reducing the competition for high networth real estate buyers. Mr Anand told Tribune Business the developers had already been “seeing some real interest in Phase II”, and added: “It’s our goal, provide d we have some level of success with pre-sales, which we’re optimistic about, to go into Phase II next summer. We will seamlessly roll into Phase II from the first phase.” The Phase II construction will largely be centred around Albany’s marina, and involve 100 units whose sales prices will collectively fetch more than $1 billion. Its start, Mr Anand added, would likely simulate a “whole new wave of hiring” by Bahamian contractors engaged to build it. Albany’s managing partner said the project would “probably start” Job Fairs for fulltime posts in the development’s operations by February/March 2010, with some 300-400 direct jobs created when the first phase opened. Apart from the marina and golf course, Mr Anand said the first phase construction w ould also produce completed amenities including a spa, tennis courts, fitness centre, water park, family restaurant, adult’s and children’s lounges, and all the infrastructure and back office needed for the hotel operations. He attributed Albany’s ability to keep moving, while many other projects had stalled, to the “unusually high percentage of equity” in the project that had been invested by the company’s shareholders. Apart from worldrenowned golfers Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, these also include the Tavistock Group, the vehicle through which Lyford Cay-based billionaire Joe Lewis makes his worldwide investments, and Mr Lewis’s business partner, Terry White. Mr Anand said the quality o f the project’s shareholders had been backed by the 80 families who purchased real estate at Albany as part of the development’s Founders Programme. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.711.03AML Foods Limited1.171.170.000.1270.0009.20.00% 11.809.90Bahamas Property Fund10.7510.750.000.9920.20010.81.86% 9 .305.90Bank of Bahamas5.905.900.000.2440.26024.24.41% 0.890.63Benchmark0.630.630.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1250.09025.22.86% 2.372.14Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 14.209.93Cable Bahamas9.939.930.001.4060.2507.12.52%2 .882.72Colina Holdings2.722.720.000.2490.04010.91.47% 7 .505.26Commonwealth Bank (S1)5.835.830.000.4190.30013.95.15% 3.851.27Consolidated Water BDRs3.033.02-0.010.1110.05227.21.72% 2.851.32Doctor's Hospital2.052.050.000.6250.0803.33.90% 8.206.28Famguard6.286.280.000.4200.24015.03.82% 12.508.80Finco9.309.300.000.3220.52028.95.59% 1 1.7110.00FirstCaribbean Bank10.0010.000.000.6310.35015.83.50% 5.534.11Focol (S)4.114.110.000.3320.15012.43.65% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 0.450.27Freeport Concrete0.270.270.000.0350.0007.70.00% 9.025.49ICD Utilities5.595.590.005000.4070.50013.78.94% 1 2.009.95J. 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Johnson9.959.950.000.9520.64010.56.43% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1560.00064.10.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1 000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceWeekly Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1460 792 BahamasSupermarkets 792 842 1400 2246 0000 N/M 000% TUESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2009BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,491.36 | CHG -0.01 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -221.00 | YTD % -12.91BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)M aturity 19 October 2017 7 % Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 7 %B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities3 0 May 2013 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 I nterestFINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31% 14 . 60 7 . 92 Bahamas Supermarkets 7 . 92 8 . 42 14 . 00 2 . 246 0 . 000 N/M 0 . 00% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref2.006.254.000.0000.480N/M7.80% 0.540.20RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 MonthsDiv $Yield % 1.40381.3344CFAL Bond Fund1.40383.725.20 3.03502.8952CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.8300-3.75-6.75 1.49461.4210CFAL Money Market Fund1.49464.255.18 3.60903.0941Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund3.0941-8.61-13.59 13.175112.3870Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.17514.425.86 103.0956100.0000CFAL Global Bond Fund103.09563.102.52 100.000099.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund99.41773.122.76 1.00001.0000CFAL High Grade Bond Fund1.00000.000.00 10.58849.0775Fidelity International Investment Fund10.58845.885.88 1.07571.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.07573.865.30 1.03641.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.0305-0.240.22 1.07091.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.07093.244.54 BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Sep-09 30-Sep-09 30-Sep-09 30-Sep-09 NAV Date 30-Sep-09Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual FundsTO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Aug-09 30-Sep-09 31-Dec-07 30-Sep-09 30-Sep-09 9-Oct-09 31-Aug-09MARKET TERMS NOTICE is hereby given that PHANUELLOUIMAof Pinewood Gardens, P.O. BOX GT-2914 NASSAU, BAHAMAS , is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of T he Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why r egistration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a w ritten and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 21stday of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE The Public is hereby advised that I, BETTYANN REQUEL M ORLEYof ISABELLABLVD., P.O. BOX SS6 522, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, intend to change my name to BRIANNAREQUELMORLEY. If there are a ny objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport Oer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty ( 30) days after the date of publication of this notice. PUBLIC NOTICE INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL Albany ‘gunning for tight’ $400m Phase I completion To advertise in The Tribune the #1 newspaper in circulation, just call 502-2371 today! F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON A rtists in the Bahamas often extend a generous hand in giving back to the community, but for local pencil artist Kim Smith, also known as K Smith, this is the norm. This year, he has created a special piece for the Bahamas National Trust’s 19th Annual Wine and Arts Festival and is donating a percentage of his earnings from the sales of the drawing to the Trust. The piece, entitled “Man grove Tranquility”, is a detailed depiction of a mangrove swamp’s reflection on water. Mr Smith told Tribune Art that the idea behind the art work is to bring awareness to the environmental threats to the mangroves in the Bahamas. And while he believes that this piece will go down as one of his greatest works, he said the passion and motivation needed to complete it did not come easy. “It was a little struggle find ing the passion for this piece. It took me about three days to line the drawing. I had no passion to do the piece,” he said. But his passion ignited after the painting began to take form. “After I put a little bit more work into the drawing the three dimensional quality began to take shape. This somehow sparked my enthusiasm and I felt excited to complete the piece,” he said. Mr Smith said he spent a total of five hours per day on the piece, and always kept in mind that his painting was for a very worthy cause. He was compelled to donate a portion of his earnings to the BNT as it will go towards maintaining the National Bonefish Park. “This is very special because the park is also a mangrove swamp and I want people to recognise the mangrove swamps for what they are,” he said. The painting will be on sale at the Wine and Art Festival to be held this coming Saturday at the Retreat on Village Road. Fifteen per cent of the earnings from the original drawing and 10 per cent from the sales of the limited edition prints of “Mangrove Tran quility” will be donated to the BNT for the National Bonefish Park. Mr Smith has in the past also made contributions to the National Art Gallery, the Bahamas Red Cross Society, rotary functions and many other organisations. While he is a benevolent artist, he said before he makes a contribution he must agree with the cause. “I am very selective when donating to an organisation. When donating, I must believe in the cause first. Now if it has something to do with children I would most defi nitely donate. For me donating is a way of giving back and it makes me feel good that I am in the position to make meaningful contributions to our country,” he said. (See Page 10 for details about the BNT’s 19th Annual Wine and Art Festival) ‘Empty Bowls’ on a mission to feed the hungry C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune SECTIONC I N S I D E NCity to drop first music video for ‘Like Me’ See page ten WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 Chocol-Art Shoppe has something special in store for Halloween S ee page nine ‘Drawing’ awareness to our mangrove swamps By REUBEN SHEARER Features Reporter MARRYING the arts with the mission to feed the hungry is the goal of the ‘Empty Bowls’ organisation’s Bahamian chapter. In early March, Empty Bowls and the Salvation Army celebrated the First Annual Charity Drive and Art Fair at the College of the Bahamas. A crowd of nearly 5,000 people participated in the event. Next year, they’re hoping to top this year’s event, and they are seeking public sup port for their upcoming preevents. Special efforts have been made to have a patio sale this Saturday, October 24, at the West Ridge Shopping Centre (Super Value parking lot on Cable Beach). Committee members have donated items for the patio sale, which will take place from 8am to 12pm. Last year, the National Children’s Choir, the Mighty Beacons, and local artist TaDa performed at the event. “Bowls made out of clay, wood, and paper-mach, are sold at the event for $5 to $25, and persons use it to eat out of,” Joann Behagg, Empty Bowls chairperson told Tribune Arts . Ms Behagg is asking for the support of those who can participate in the sale, and hopes that it will yield even more funds than the last one. Members of the Empty Bowls committee presented a $5,000 cheque to the Salvation Army last March. Empty Bowls is an interna tional project led by artists, art students, and art organisations who aim to fight hunger around the world. The organisation allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal to individuals who pur chase the bowls. By REUBEN SHEARER Features Reporter ONE of the most significant artists the Bahamas has ever seen has died. Taking in all that his legacy includes, there is no doubt that we have cer tainly lost a national treasure in Amos Ferguson. Mr Ferguson was known by the art world at large as one of the most significant outsider or ‘primitive’ artists ever, and earlier this year was dubbed by the New York Times as "the Picas so of Nassau.” Erica James, director and chief cura tor of the National Art Gallery, knew Mr Ferguson personally and described him as a “dynamo,” and a very spiritual and passionate man who lived transparently. “If he didn’t like you, he’d let you know,” she told Tribune Art. Broadly categorised as “outsider art” or “art brut” (raw art work embodied a sense of cultural freedom, devoid of competition or social promotion. Working from his home on Exuma Street, renamed Amos Ferguson Street in his honour in 2005, Mr Ferguson was a renowned intuitive artist and storyteller that painted “by faith and not by sight”, often turning to the bible for inspiration – as he would tell those curious about his methodology. Negotiations are now underway to acquire the home of Mr Ferguson, which houses an extensive art collection. And Ms James said: “We want to have permanent installation of his work in the gallery.” Although described by the New York Times as “the Picasso of Nassau”, Mr Ferguson faced seemingly resolute obscurity in the Bahamas. Mr Ferguson started as a house painter and said he didn’t take his talent seriously until his nephew told him about a dream he had a dream in which God told his nephew that his uncle had a talent he wasn’t using. Mr Ferguson was a devout Christian and many believe that it was his infallible faith that lent him the courage and vision to fully explore and develop his unique and distinctive style. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, reflecting on Mr Ferguson’s legacy said Mr Ferguson is perhaps our country’s most successful artist with works in private collections and galleries around the world. Dionisio D'Aguilar, whose father was an ardent collector of 50 of the late artist’s works, called Mr Ferguson the “father of Bahamian art.” Mr Ferguson’s paintings can go for up to $10,000, and persons from countries around the world own a piece his art. Additionally, his pieces, which are characterised by child-like figures, can be found in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Remember ing Amos F er guson, ‘the Picasso of Nassau’ POLICE BAND by Government House by Amos Ferguson... (Photo courtesy of the National Art Gallery K SMITH working on ‘Mangrove Tranquility’ – a coloured pencil drawing...

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THE Bahamian girl group NCity is getting ready to release what is being touted as one of the most anticipated music videos of the year. The up and coming group will be premiering their very first music video for the track “Like Me” on November 1. The release party will be held at Club Uptown in Nassau on October 30. The video was shot by Farreno Ferguson aka FDot for iKonz Media and features a guest appearance by singer TaDa who performs alongside NCity members Believe and Skyy. The video also features two of the top Bahamian dance crews, Swiifz Crew and Juice Unit, and Los Angeles-based choreographer Nonny Price, who has worked with many inter national acts and performed at the Grammy’s. The song “Like Me”, which was produced by Christopher “Sketch” Carey, is a sexy and sassy song, uplifting and fun at the same time. It is a club tune to dance to and in terms of itsl yrics it is a song that calls out to everyone who has ever been told that they could never do what they wanted. “Like Me” was shot on location in Nassau. The first shoot was at the Builders Mall wherea warehouse was turned in to a club scene and the second location, for the studio shots, was atF AM Records. The concept for the video was to create a high energy, sexy and fun scenery. The video starts with Skyy and Believe pulling up to the club where a crowd of fans has gathered. The girls look fabulous, sophisticated and sexy, so some of the girls in the crowd, the ‘haters’ akaH Crew, give NCity the evil eye as they think the duo are flirting with the men there. Believe and Skyy then enter the club accom panied by their respective dates. The H Crew try to make a move on the girls’ dates and there is an altercation. Nonetheless, the party continues and NCity perform in the club along side TaDa. The crowd enjoys the performance and has a great time. NCity said they are very excited about their first music video and even though “it was a bit nerve-wracking, everything went smooth.” The group suffered some minor setbacks during shooting, having to endure a power cut while shooting the club scene. Nevertheless, everyone had fun at the shoot, the dancers offered an excellent performance as did the choreographer, stylists and everyone else involved, the group said. NCity said they would like to thank everyone who made this video possible. “This experience has been life-changing and we could not have done it without you all. Thanks to FDot for actually taking the project on and putting up with us; Mark Roberts for letting us use his warehouse and totally taking over his property. “TaDa, Dash and Kenny; Erin, our stylist, we love you. Renae Brown and Shekia Lightbourne hair and makeup they had us on point. But last but surely not least, the H CrewTuesday, Heike and Cina for the long hours.” By JEFFARAH GIBSON W hat makes a great Halloween party? Great food, great music, great decorations and of course a “spooktacular” venue. With all this in mind you should be able to plan the ultimate Halloween party that will rival all parties to come this season. But before you begin spending a ny unnecessary money, the first t hing you might want to consider is your budget. This is probably the most vital part of your party planning, Natalie Appleyard, decorator and event planner at Wildflowers, told Tribune Entertainment. “You must allot how much money you are going to spend for food, how much you are going to spend on music, how much you intend to spend on your venue,” she said. After you have determined the amount of money you are willing to spend on the preparation of the party, you can choose a theme for the event. Decide whether your party will be a costume party or a regular Halloween party. You don’t want half of your guests showing up in Halloween costumes and the other half without costumes, Ms Appleyard said. This is also good time to decide on a venue, since the venue of the party and the theme go hand-inh and. Be sure to have a back-up plan if you decide to have your party outdoors. The weather pattern can shift unexpectedly,” she said. To get the Halloween feel, you can choose a venue like an old spooky house decorated in cobwebs, pumpkins, and infamous characters from popular horror films like Saw, Scream, or Halloween, or you can have the party in your backyard, adding all of the ghostly details and decorations. This will surely set the tone of your party, she said. Depending on the kind of party you are having, you should choose the type of food that is served. If you are having a sit-down dinner it would be best to have different courses. “If you are having a dinner party then you should make arrangements for course meals. Now, if the party is a costume party then it is best to have finger foods, because I don’t think a person who attends your party all dressed u p in a Frankenstein costume will b e happy about sitting down all night in their costume not able to move around,” she said. The food can also be prepared in Halloween motifs that add to the theme. No party is a party without music. But what music is best suited the scariest night of the year? How about Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, a suggestion made by Ms Appleyard. “The first song that should be played at the Halloween party is ‘Thriller’. It is the universal theme song of Halloween. You cannot have a Halloween party without playing Thriller. Then, other Halloween selections can be played as well at the party,” she said. To make your party even more enjoyable, you can also have your guests participate in various activities. “Activities are always a great idea for any Halloween party. You can have activities like the best costume contest, the most o riginal costume contest, or a cont est for the best thriller dance imitation,” she said. After every detail of your party is planned perfectly, you can begin with the invitations. To cut costs, an alternative to sending out invitations is to simply call your family and friends and let them pass the message on. Or you could post an announcement on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. In no time your guests will be well aware of your party and getting ready to boogie! C M Y K C M Y K ENTERTAINMENT PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM O O l l d d S S c c h h o o o o l l T T h h u u r r s s d d a a y y This Thursday, October 22, is ‘Old School Thursday’ at the Marley Resort. Relax, wine and dine to the rhythm and feeling of “OneL ove and One Heart.” If you love those old school hits by Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie and all the legends, then the Marley Resort and Spa is the place to be. T he Marley's Boutique Showcase is from 7pm to 9.30pm; the dinner show will be from 8pm to 10pm. T T h h e e B B u u s s i i n n e e s s s s o o f f A A r r t t i i n n t t h h e e B B a a h h a a m m a a s s The issues forum “The Business of Art in the Bahamas” will be held this Thursday at 7pm at the National Art Gallery on West and West Hill Streets. A rt is many things, but there is a business side to it that somehow is not fully acknowledged. Has the market changed in recent years? What is the relationship betweeng allery and artists today? What is needed in o rder to move forward? These issues and more will be addressed by a panel including Pam Burnside, John Cox, Jay Koment, Antonius Roberts and Heino Smith. C all 328-5800/1 or visit the website at w ww.nagb.org.bs for information. A A r r d d a a s s t t r r a a G G a a r r d d e e n n s s w w o o r r k k s s h h o o p p f f o o r r c c h h i i l l d d r r e e n n Ardastra Gardens and Zoo presents “All About...” a series of educational workshops/seminars designed especially for children between the ages of 5-12 years. OneS aturday each month experts at Ardastra will feature a new and exciting topic. For the month of October it’s all about the enrichment. Kelly Hobbs, curator of A rdastra will define animal enrichment and explain its importance to animals in captivity. Participants will get the opportunity to administer some enrichment to animals int he Ardastra family. There is a registration fee per child and c loses one day prior to the workshop. To register please contact Phillippa Moss as phillippa@ardastra.com or at 323-5806. This month’s workshop will be held from 10am to 1 2noon on Saturday, October 24. F F i i r r s s t t A A l l l l C C e e r r a a m m i i c c E E x x h h i i b b i i t t i i o o n n Local ceramicists and potters will get the opportunity to show off their artistry in the ‘First All Ceramics Exhibition’ which pays homage to Denis Knight. The exhibition is open from October 23 to November 13 at P opopstudios located on Dunmore Avenue in Chippingham. One of the goals of the exhibition is show that three dimensional work is just as impor tant as canvas work. The artists taking part in the show include Jessica Colebrooke; Mary Deveaux; Jansu Pottery; Andret John; Max Taylor; Imogene Walkine; Kelly Knowles; Neko Meicholas; Sue Bennett-Williams; Katrina Cartwright; Tamara Russell, and Nicole Sweeting. T T h h e e D D e e v v i i l l a a n n d d J J a a c c i i n n t t a a The College of the Bahamas Performing A rts Centre presents “The Devil and Jacin ta” by Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o from October 29-31. The central character of the play is Jacinta Warringa, an unemployed single mother, who flees Nairobi after a failed relationship and after being fired by her boss becauses he would not accept his sexual advances. Riding through the countryside at night by bus on her way to her hometown, she meets a peculiar band of strangers, all of whom are headed to a feast in a cave of all places; a feast being held in honour of the greatest thieves and robbers in the town. Jacinta, despite her fears, attends this feast and there m eets a fate some would find hard to believe. The play was written by Ngugi wa Thiong’o as a condemnation of politics and society in post-colonial Kenya while he was detained in prison in 1977. He was jailed by then Vice-President of Kenya Daniel arap Moi because of the hard hitting message of his play “Ngaahika Ndeenda” (I Will Marry When I Want). While detained he wrote “Devil on the Cross” on prison-issued toilet paper. Tickets for the play will be on sale in the SES Room, A97. The play stars current English majors Gerren Bethel and Cherilyn Rahming as well as COB alum and former English major Emille Hunt, among others. Visit http://repbahamas.yolasite.com for more information. R R a a i i n n The internationally acclaimed Bahamian movie “Rain” by Maria Govan will be shown for one night only at the Regency Theatre in Grand Bahama this Friday, October 23, at 8pm. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. The admission fee includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and fine chocolates. Tickets are available at Seventeen Shop in downtown Freeport; Zorba’s Greek Restaurant in Port Lucaya; Wide World Travel located in the Insurance Management Building, and at La Belle Beauty Salon on West Atlantic Dri ve. The stars of the film will be there and are hoping for a fantastic turn-out in support of the young Bahamian filmmaker. I I s s l l a a n n d d s s o o f f t t h h e e W W o o r r l l d d F F a a s s h h i i o o n n W W e e e e k k The highly anticipated Islands of the World Fashion Week will be held from November 4-8 and people may currently pur chase tickets online or after the November 2 in person at the box office at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach. Online ticket purchases must be collected from the box office on or before the day of the event, bringing the purchase confirmation e-mail, a photo ID, and the credit card which was used in order to collect your tickets. For further information or assistance, contact 242-356-6133. Thursday, November 5, at 6pm Runway 1: Guest designer Leanne Marshall Friday, November 6, at 6pm Runway 2: Guest designer Henry Jackson Saturday, November 7, at 5pm Runway 3: Designer Murielle Leconte – Haiti Runway 4 at 6pm: Guest designer: B Michael (includes after party Complete Fashionista Event Pass available TASTE a selection of exquis ite wines while you feast your eyes on the work of dozens of artists at the 19th Annual Bahamas Nation al Trust (BNT tival, set for this coming Saturday. Sunny tracts through the Retreat, the Village Road headquarters for the BNT, will be lined with art rivalling the surrounding world famous collection of palms. Rusty Scates, wine director of Bristol Wines and Spirits, the event’s major annual sponsor, said: “Last year we had a magnificent turn-out to taste our 53 wines, including numerous very knowledgeable visitors and an encouraging number of young Bahamians keen to learn the plea sures of wine and the foods they compliment.” This year’s visiting suppliers include Alan Riviere, Chateau D’Esclans & Sacha Lichine Wines; Chris Jones, Folie A Deux Winery (Menage a Trois Wines Maximilian Valles, Trivento, and Devon Larking, StagsLeap/Beringer/Lindemans. The event will also feature the works of 42 artists in a variety of styles. New artists to the festival include Sabrina Lightbourne; Marco Mullings; Tamara Cartwright; Alan J Pratt; Shakila Stubbs; Laurell Burrows; Lisa MaLu; Trevor Tucker; Peter Otim Angole; Scott Roberts; Del Foxton; Jason Kushel, and Terranique Miller. A silent auction will be held at the members preview on Friday, with the artists each donating a piece of their work. The sparkling star of the 19th Wine and Art Festival is Martini Rossi Brut Rose. Mr Scates advises that the other 53 featured wines will come from Mondavi; Bonterra; Trivento; Concha Y Toro; Lindemans; Boschendal; Georges Duboeuf; Stag’s Leap; Souverain; Bogeda Protos; Marques de Caceras; Cesari; Chateau D’Esclans; Gra ham Beck; Beringer; Chateau St Jean; Ravenswood; Folie a Deux; Jekel; Sonoma Cutrer; Matua; Rosemount Estates; Penfolds; Charles Baker; Henry of Pelham; Sauvion et Fils; Chateau Meaume; Chateau Lamonthe; Domaines Sacha Lichine; Martini, and Rossi. Festival patrons will be able to purchase or order wines at a special price at the event for pickup at the Bristol Wines warehouse the following week. Mr Scates said he will once again be holding a be holding a food and wine pairing seminar at 1pm, so patrons are encouraged to come early. “All the wines will be poured by staff members of Bristol Wines and Spirits who look forward to this event and quite a few of them have developed an appreciation for wine,” he said. Lynn Gape, education officer for the BNT, said: “We are delighted to have additional spon sorship this year from Kings Real ty and Gourmet Market, Caves Village. This event is one of our major fund-raising events each year and although we know the economy generally is down, we look forward to a great turn-out so that the numerous National Trust pro jects can proceed.” The Festival will be held from for 12noon to 6pm on Saturday. There is an admission fee for the public and BNT members, with accompanied children under 12 free. All admission is in aid of the BNT. Parking is available across the road at Queen’s College. B B N N T T W W i i n n e e a a n n d d A A r r t t F F e e s s t t i i v v a a l l o o n n S S a a t t u u r r d d a a y y NCity to drop first music video for ‘Like Me’ The ultimate Halloween party things 2 DO Believe (left “WORLD’S BEST Ros” Acclaimed by many as makers of the “World’s best Ros”, the Chateau D’Esclans, exhibited and poured their 2007 Whispering Angel to appreciative patrons at the 18th Annual Bahamas National Trust Wine and Arts Festival last year. Visiting from France, was company representative Shannon Benoist, seen pouring ‘a taste’ to Bahamian pharmacy technician Domonique Sinclair. (Photos by Keith Parker/PS News/Features YOUNG ARTIST MAKES A SALE Faith Rae, seven-year-old Queens College Student and granddaughter of well-known artist Malcolm Rae, was the youngest artist exhibiting last year at the 18th Annual Bahamas National Trust Wine and Arts Festival. She is pictured pointing to her water colour donkey, which she sold to PS Advertising and Public Relations executive Keith Parker.

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C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JEFFARAH GIBSON HALLOWEEN is almost upon us and that means it’s time for trick-or-treating emphasis on the treating. At the Chocol-Art Shoppe, a gourmet store that specialises in handmade chocolates, they are creating something special for the Halloween season this year. To say that the handmade chocolates are good is without a doubt an understatement. The chocolate treats, formed in shapes of popular Halloween motifs, are freshly made and melt in y our mouth. Chocolatiere Jenny Pierre of the Chocol-Art Shoppe told Tribune Taste that they wanted to do something very different this year, something that would make kids say “Mummy, I want this”. “We are making some of the same things we made for last year’s harvest festival, as we call it, this year. But I wanted to make the chocolates a little different, something more enticing than usual,” she said. Ms Pierre is referring to the store’s new chocolate masks, which include the likenesses of the action hero Spiderman and the famous ogre Shrek. They are made out of milk chocolate and are large enough to cover a child’s face. And although the masks on display at the shop aremade out of regular milk chocolate, customers canmake their own selections as to the flavours and colours they want their treats to be made with. “At the store we have on display the chocolate masks that are only made out of regular milk chocolate. We do this because some people don’t like all of the different flavours, so we allow themto make their own selections. If they want their Shrek or Spiderman made with the green, red, and blue details we can do it,” she said. The process to create these edible art pieces is quite intriguing, and even though it is a very “nickpicky” procedure, Ms Pierres aid it is a labour of love. T o get the shape of the character, a mask is used to make a mold, and then a heat vacuum is used to suc tion the chocolate. But before the molding is com pleted the flavours must be mixed into the chocolate first. Along with the detailed chocolate masks, the Chocol-Art Shoppe is also offering chocolate cats, pumpkins and bags along with other tasty treats. “The chocolate pumpkin will be made out of either white or milk chocolate, but like I said before, it is whatever flavour the customer wants,” she said. The edible chocolate bags, delightful creations, are about four inches to five inches long, and Ms Pierre said that they are great for party favours. And have you ever heard of “prapples”? This is the newest edition in the candied apples department, and the Chocol-Art Shoppe is reinventing their flavours, making them even more delicious than before. “These are not the regular candied apples. It’s praline a re not so smooth, but they are clear and can be any colour. However, the ones on display will follow an orange theme,” she said. Since the store opened its doors about two years ago the response from the customers has been very favourable, Ms Pierre said. People have been patronising their shop regularly especially during times like Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas. “We have had pretty good response from our customers all the time. They always compliment us on the way our chocolates are made. What I do think makes our customers satisfied is the taste of our chocolates and the fact that they are made to order, so they are fresh,” she said. The Chocol-Art Shoppe is located in the Mount Royal Plaza. For more information call 356-4449. Chocol-Art Shoppe has something special in store for Halloween By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter THE crme de la crme in Bahamian cuisine and music will be featured at the Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association’s (BASRA ‘Evening of Elegance’ on Novem ber 7. BASRA’s annual fundraiser normally takes the form of an evening ball, but this year’s event has evolved to become an upscale Bahamian extravaganza like no other, organis ers said. The event will start at 7.30pm sharp, and promises to be an exciting evening of mixing, min gling, dancing and dining under the stars at the Old Fort Bay Club. Carolyn Caley, BASRA event committee chair, told Tribune Enter tainment the plans were revamped because people were looking for something a little different this year. An incredible line-up of entertainment includes performers such as Peanuts Taylor, Daddy Long Legs, MoJo from Elvina’s in Gregory Town, Eleuthera, and the Long Island Connection. Ms Caley said that the idea is to have the guests be entertained from the moment they arrive until the time they leave. “People seem to be so down at the moment because of the reces sion, so it’s important that we ensure that they have fun this time around. “We want them not to come out of obligation, but because they want to have fun,” she said. An array of amazing foods will also be prepared by culinary artist Jared Forbes, who served as per sonal chef to former US Ambas sador to the Bahamas John Rood. “Chef Jared has put an amazing menu together. We’ve asked him to have a Bahamian thread running through all the foods. He’s incorpo rating Bahamian-themed ingredients in the dishes, like guinep mayon naise,” she said. Grouper Grouper ceviche is a featured dish on the extensive menu. You heard right, not grouper and peas n’ rice, but grouper ceviche, which we hear is absolutely delightful. This fish medley is served with fruit and veg etables that will tantalise your taste buds and leave you wanting more. “Cocktail bars will be set up all around the party for persons to buy drinks. Hors d’oeuvres will be passed around at the beginning of the evening,” Ms Carey said. And wine will be served with dinner all evening long. International cheeses, an array of salads, sushi, pasta, and cooked meats will all be on offer on the night. There is a sushi bar by the pool, a seafood buffet, a carvery showcasing local delicacies such as Andros roast pork loin with apple chutney and tropical fruit salsa, and of course, a tasty dessert selection. Miss Bahamas International Amanda Appleyard will draw the tickets for the raffle in which prizes such as a stay at Kamalame Cay in Andros, Bahamas Fast Ferries tickets to any destination, and vouchers for Coin of the Realm and Brass and Leather stores can be won. The door prize is two round-trip business class tickets to London courtesy of American Airlines. Tickets for the extravaganza are available at BASRA headquarters; International Merchant Bank; Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty; and Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty at a price of $150. BASRA is the Bahamas’ only volunteer rescue service, whose sole purpose is saving the lives of distressed seamen or airmen. They are ready to help 24 hours a day, and carry out their rescues at no cost. Financial donations are an important part of the contributions that BASRA depends on to maintain its service to the Bahamas. Best of Bahamian food and music at BASRA ‘Evening of Elegance’ Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association revamps its annual fundraising event to offer f ir st-c lass cuisine and entertainment THE CHOCOLATE TREATS , formed in the shapes of popular H alloween motifs, are freshly made and melt in your mouth... Photos courtesy of the C hocol-Art Shoppe

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C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA S AN SALVADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH F T. LAUDERDALE T AMPA ORLANDOLow: 68F/20C Low: 68F/20C Low: 76F/24C L ow: 78F/26C Low: 76F/24C L ow: 76F/24C L ow: 77F/25C Low: 68F/20C High: 84F/29C High: 86F/30C High: 85F/29C H igh: 85F/29C High: 86F/30C High: 86F/30C H igh: 85F/29C Low: 69F/21C High: 83F/28C Low: 75F/24C H igh: 82F/28CRAGGED ISLANDL ow: 75F/24C High: 80F/27C Low: 75F/24C H igh: 81F/27C Low: 74F/23C High: 78F/26C L ow: 75F/24C H igh: 80F/27C L ow: 78F/26C High: 83F/28C L ow: 76F/24C High: 80F/27C Low: 76F/24C High: 84F/29C Low: 76F/24C High: 87F/31C L ow: 76F/24C High: 83F/28C High: 84F/29CFREEPORT N ASSAU MIAMI THE WEATHER REPORT 5-DAYFORECASTSome sun with a shower; windy Partly cloudy, a t-storm; breezy Mostly cloudy, a couple of t-storms Partly sunny with a shower possible T -storms possible in the afternoon H igh:85Low:7 High:86High:87High:86 AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeelPartly sunny, a t-storm possible High:88Low:7 Low:7 Low:7 AccuWeather RealFeel 84F The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatureis an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and elevation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 8 F 9 2-78F 9 1-82F 9 4-81F 95-81F Low:7 TODAYTONIGHTTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY ALMANACHigh ..................................................86F/30C Low ....................................................76F/24C Normal high ......................................84F/29C N ormal low ........................................73F/23C L ast year's high ..................................84F/29C L ast year's low ..................................77F/25C A s of 2 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Y ear to date ................................................31.88" N ormal year to date ....................................43.51" S tatistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday Temperature P recipitation SUNANDMOON TIDESFORNASSAU First FullLast New Oct. 25Nov. 2Nov. 9Nov. 16Sunrise . . . . . . 7:11 a.m. Sunset . . . . . . . 6:38 p.m. Moonrise . . . . 10:28 a.m. Moonset . . . . . 9:07 p.m. T oday Thursday Friday Saturday HighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 9:32 a.m.3.33:10 a.m.0.3 9:50 p.m.2.54:02 p.m.0.4 10:17 a.m.3.13:52 a.m.0.4 10:36 p.m.2.54:48 p.m.0.7 11:04 a.m.3.04:37 a.m.0.7 1 1:26 p.m.2.45:38 p.m.0.9 11:54 a.m.2.85:27 a.m.0.9 ----6:30 p.m.1.0 Sunday M onday T uesday 1 2:21 a.m.2.36:22 a.m.1.2 1 2:48 p.m.2.77:25 p.m.1.2 1 :20 a.m.2.37:22 a.m.1.3 1:44 p.m.2.68:18 p.m.1.2 2 :19 a.m.2.48:24 a.m.1.3 2:39 p.m.2.69:08 p.m.1.0 MARINEFORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. 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Temperatures are today's highs and t onight's lows. N S EW S E 1 0-20 knots N S EW S E 15-25 knots N S EW S E 12-25 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW E E E E W 8-16 knots N S EW S E 8-16 knots N S EW S E 12-25 knots By REUBEN SHEARER Features Reporter T he dream of becoming the next ‘big thing’ on the local art scene will be more tangible for one young artist tonight after he or she is d eclared the winner of the Central Bank’s 26th Annual Art Competition and Exhibition’s open category. Under the theme “Redefining the P ortrait,” this year’s selection for the open category on display at the bank until October 30 focused on the classical style of painting a subject from the s houlders up, where the face and its expression are the predominant feature. To qualify, participants had to be Bahamian, 18 years or older, and not registered in secondary school. The winner will be announced following a special wine reception at 6pm in the foyer of the bank at the Market Street entrance. The overall winner will be presented a $7,000 cash prize simply called ‘The Central Bank Award.’ It is the Central Bank’s hope that the $7,000 will be viewed as direct funding for future art projects by d eveloping artists. With this in mind, the winner of the Central Bank Award will be invited to the CBOB Art Gallery for a s olo exhibition at their discretion. The Central Bank of the Bahamas Competition and Exhibition began 25 years ago when a small group of artists, curators and art enthusiasts came together out of a desire to impact the Bahamian art scene. Tribune Arts featured some of the artists’ works two weeks ago. The response was so overwhelming, we decided to feature more pieces. I ncluded in the exhibit are about 50 pieces by numerous artists. The pieces vary in style and theme, some incorporate unusual materials to present a unique vision. Competitors submitted one piece of work in the categories of sculpture, drawing, painting, print, collage, and other pictorial presentation forms. T hinking that his first piece didn’t fit the exhibit’s theme, artist Jonathan Delaney opted to enter another one of his works in the competition. The 18-year-old created his piece ‘Struggle’ in a little over three days, but almost didn’t submit this painting, which depicts a black slave child withp iercing eyes. Describing the message behind his art, he said: Everybody feels the struggle, not o nly the adults but children, and everybody is always moving forward and trying to forget the past.” A College of the Bahamas art major, Jonathan said he wanted to remind black people of their African roots. Dry brush and wet techniques were u sed to bring out the bright brown hues and tones of ‘Struggle’, which stands tall on a big canvas. Veteran artist Lemero Wright is the painter behind ‘State of Mind’, an abstract piece featuring a brown skinned woman with city buildings etched into her afro. L emero has entered the exhibition nine consecutive times since 2000, and has captured the second places pot several times. He has received n umerous honourable mentions for his work. The idea that sparked the creation of ‘State of Mind’ came about during a random pastime, Lemero said. “I was looking at a magazine and I came across a face. It looked so peculiar so I tried to draw some buildings in her hair. It represents a woman at her conscious state, where she may be thinking of something, in deep thought.” Danderia Bethel entered the competition for the first time this year. Her piece, ‘Patriarch’, illustrates the gravity of a father’s role in the life of his son. She worked on this piece, which incorporates denim as a material, for two weeks. “It speaks about men being the start of generations,” she said. The face of a man is plastered on the baby’s pants, and the face of a b aby on the man’s pants. “This contrast represents boys growing into men and men being the key to passing on their manhood to the younger ones,” she said. “To start off with, I was looking for a different medium instead of the typical canvas. The clothes came to my mind because of the texture. I used denim because I liked the texture of it.” When people look at the piece, Danderia said she wants them to understand that men are the structure of society. “They carry a lot of weight and they are the producers of the next generation, so their role is very important,” she said. For Matthew Wildgoose, helping Bahamians to appreciate their own arts and talent is the motive behind his painting of Ronnie Butler. “I was working along the theme of Bahamian icons. And I thought who’d be better to paint than Ronnie B utler? He is a very iconic figure.” Matthew painted a portrait of the singer performing on-stage last year in his signature look black sung lasses and black attire. “For this new piece I wanted to depict him as a man, with all the i mperfections,” he said. Before he started on the piece, Matthew arranged to take some shots of the entertainer. I wanted to make it larger than life, because that’s the kind of person Ronnie Butler is to me.” And the final product seems to have achieved this goal. The untitled piece shows an aged Butler, up close and personal, staring off into space, with a pensive look on his face. Matthew says he wants Bahamians to realise the importance of knowing more about their own musi cians, before they begin to appreciate foreign performers. For successful artists, this competition will serve as an introduction for them to the Bahamian art scene, and the exposure they will get will be invaluable for their future endeav ours. Who will be ‘Redefining the Portrait’ winner? UNTITLED by Birkley Matthew Wildgoose STRUGGLE by Jonathan Delaney PORTRAIT of Michael by Dylan Rapillard STATE OF MIND by Lemero Wright REDEFINING THE PORTRAIT by Kevin Rolle...


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Bridgewater attorney
makes closing arguments

By NATARIO

MCKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

During his closing argu-
ments yesterday, Bridgewa-
ter’s attorney Murrio
Ducille told the nine mem-
ber jury that Mr Wilchombe
had been the “initiator”.

“Had there been no call
from him, we would not be
here,” he told the jury.

Mr Wilchombe had testi-
fied that he had phoned Dr
Mark Smith and Mr Tra-

SEE page eight

WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchombe was
described yesterday the “ini-
tiator” in the attempted
extortion case against ex-
PLP Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne.

Businessman set to
hand out his one
millionth Tribune

A BUSINESSMAN who has offered free Tribunes to his cus-
tomers since 1982 is set to hand out his one millionth newspa-
per - and The Tribune is joining him in offering prizes to go with
it.

Peter Roker, owner of the Esso Bargain City gas service
station on Carmichael Road, has seen loyal customers flock to
his gas pumps day after day to grab their free copy of the
paper and the day’s biggest headlines when they get their fuel.

“T guess everyone in The Bahamas has had a Tribune from
me at some point,” he joked.

When he realised earlier this month that he was close to
giving away his one millionth copy, he felt the moment should
be commemorated.

Now he is calling on all Bahamians to come to the service sta-
tion and try out for their chance to get his millionth paper. With
it, Mr Roker will give an as yet to be disclosed prize, and The
Tribune will offer a free one year’s subscription to the news-

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memorating the career and life of the newspaper's man-
aging director Roger Carron, who died on Sunday. The
Tribune family would like to thank the hundreds of peo-
ple who have offered their condolences at this time.

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PLP LEADER Perry Christie gets an
enthusiastic welcome to the PLP
7 convention last night.

WITH the PLP’s convention offi-
cially kicking off today, the buzz
among party supporters remains who
will be elected by the end of the
three-day event as its new leader and
deputy leaders of the party.

Amongst those who are politically
minded, there remains the percep-
tion that former Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie still remains the most pop-
ular individual within the party ready
to lead it. Second to Mr Christie there
is Dr Nottage who will be contest-
ing Mr Christie for the leadership,
and who is seen by many to be the
top-runner amongst those challenging
the incumbent leader.

Rounding out the challengers for
leader is Paul Moss, who despite his
perceived popularity does not
demand the respect or devotion from
party stalwarts and delegates who
ultimately will have the final say.

Likewise with the deputy leader-
ship race, there is the PLP MP for
West End and Bimini, Obie Wilch-
combe — who also doubles as this
year’s national convention chairman

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named

Attorney

General

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff
Reporter

alowe@
tribunemedia.net

FORMER FNM sen-
ator and current manag-
ing partner of law firm
Higgs and Johnson, John
Delaney, is set to take
over as Attorney Gen-
eral in November, The
Tribune has learned.

Sources yesterday said
he was tying up his
affairs at the top law firm
in order to be in a posi-
tion to take on the job
which was left vacant by
new Chief Justice Sir
Michael Barnett on
August 22, 2009.

News of the impend-
ing leap by Mr Delaney
from the private to the
public sector comes after
initial speculation that a
senior partner in another
law firm, Brian Moree,
of McKinney, Bancroft
and Hughes, was tipped
to become the next
Attorney General.

When confronted in
August with the question
of whether he had
accepted the AG job,
following persistent
rumours that Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham
had offered it to him, Mr
Moree told reporters he
“could not comment on
that at this time”. How-
ever, nothing more came
of the matter.

The Attorney Gener-
al’s areas of responsibil-
ity include acting as legal
advisor to the Govern-
ment; relations with the
judiciary; notaries pub-
lic and criminal prosecu-
tions on behalf of the
Crown.

While he has a history
of working with the gov-
ernment, the greatest
part of Mr Delaney’s
experience has been as
a lawyer in the private
sector, having worked as
managing director of
Higgs and Johnson since
1994, after practicing
with the firm for a fur-
ther six years.

With extensive expe-
rience in commercial law
and financial services
law, Mr Delaney has
been a key advisor to
financial services firms
on issues relating to
financial services law and
regulation, according to

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PLP chairman
challenger
withdraws,

backs Roberts

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

A CHALLENGER for the
chairmanship of the PLP has
withdrawn his name and is
throwing his full support behind
former MP and cabinet minis-
ter Bradley Roberts.

Political activist Ricardo Smith
told The Tribune yesterday that
Mr Roberts has a record which
proves that under his leadership,
the PLP will stand the best pos-
sible chance of once again
becoming the government of the
Bahamas.

Mr Smith petitioned other
persons in the race for the chair-
manship post, such as former
MP Keod Smith and attorney
Ken Dorsett, to likewise throw
their support behind Mr
Roberts.

“The leader and deputy leader
of the PLP will have a very
tedious task ahead of them of
transitioning the party to be bat-
tle-ready ahead of the next gen-
eral election. We need an admin-
istrator who can ensure that the
party is functioning at its peak at
this crucial time. And we need to
put our best foot forward,” he
said.

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convention, which begins today.
In the race are: the current chair-
man, PLP MP for Englerston
Glenys Hanna-Martin; Mr
Dorsett, former MP Keod
Smith; and Mr Roberts, himself
a former chairman, who formal-
ly announced his decision to run
over the weekend.

“Tf elected my goal and objec-
tive is to get the party ready to
become the next government of
the Bahamas,” said Mr Roberts.

The 64-year-old said that the
country has been in a state of
“great decay” since the re-elec-
tion of the FNM in May 2007
and blamed the current admin-
istration for increased crime, job-

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lessness and other social prob-
lems.

He promised to “work with
all the PLP standard bearers
leading up to the ensuing elec-
tion to ensure victory and there-
after return to my life of retire-
ment.”

Making his announcement as
a guest on Island FM radio’s Par-
liament Street talk show, the
combative veteran politician —
who served as an MP for 25
years — said he was encouraged
by others to enter the race.

His announcement represents
a complete reversal from his stat-
ed position last year, when he
outright denied having any incli-
nation to enter the chairmanship
race.

SCENES FROM THE PLP
CONVENTION YESTERDAY:
Pictured clockwise from top
are supporters at the event;
Perry Christie greeting a PLP
supporter; Dr Bernard Not-
tage at the convention; and
Cynthia Pratt.



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— who is said to immensely
popular with party stalwarts
despite his recent troubles
with the John Travolta trial
and Associated Grocers in
Grand Bahama.

The PLP also has one of

its Senators, Jerome
Fitzgerald, running for its
deputy leadership. As a rel-
atively young candidate
compared to the others who
are vying for the post, Mr
Fitzgerald is said to often
have his young used against
him as being “too young”

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or “unseasoned” to carry
such an important post hav-
ing only recently entered
front-line politics. Mr
Fitzgerald, it will be remem-
bered, recently gained pop-
ularity for his attacks on the
Government on their deci-
sion to relocate the con-
tainer port and the exten-
sion of Arawak Cay.

Rounding up the candi-
dates for deputy leader is
perhaps the party’s most
organized and “efficient”
candidate to date, Philip
‘Brave’ Davis, who has trav-
eled and published chroni-
cled his journey throughout
the Family Islands picking
up support among delegates
along the way.

Mr Davis has also
secured the endorsements
of many high profile PLPs
including the party’s former
deputy leader Cynthia
Pratt, former Minister of
Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller, and the party’s infa-
mous former Minister of
Immigration Loftus Roker.

With such political heavy-
weights throwing their sup-
port behind the noted legal
attorney, Mr Davis it is said
may very well have the
deputy leadership race
“wrapped up” even before
it starts.

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Minister pays

tribute to artist

MINISTER of Youth,
Sports and Culture Desmond
Bannister says he and his staff
are greatly saddened over the
death of artistic icon Amos
Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson was one of

ties and collectors.

In a statement issued yes- }
terday, Mr Bannister noted }
that Mr Ferguson’s paintings }
“emphasised his deep religious ;
beliefs and were a constant
theme throughout his long }

career of artistic expression”.

Born in Exuma in 1920, Mr }
Ferguson for many years }
worked and made his home in }
Nassau on Exuma Street — }
now called Amos Ferguson }

Street.

“This act alone was an inspi- i
ration for many inner-city }
youth who saw that a person }
from their community could }
be a success,” Mr Bannister }

said.

“He was a self-taught artist
and his work is now in the pri- i
vate collections of such gal-
leries as the Brooklyn Chil- }
dren’s Museum in Brooklyn, }
New York, the DuSable :
Museum of African-American }
History, Inc in Chicago; the }
Museum of International Folk }
Art, the Museum of New }
Mexico, Santa Fe; and the Stu- }
dio Museum in Harlem, New

York City.

“However, most important- i
ly, the National Art Gallery }
of the Bahamas has more than }
20 of his works as part of the }
National Collection of the
Bahamas. It is hoped that this }
will encourage more young
Bahamians to see the talent }
and simplistic beauty of the :
work of a Bahamian whose }
faith in God and love for coun-
try was unwavering and an }

example for all.

“We, at the Ministry of }
Youth, Sports and Culture
extend our sympathy to Mr
Ferguson’s family and to those
who were blessed to have him
in their lives. We express our }
gratitude for the part he }
played in not only promoting }
the cultural importance of the i
Bahamas throughout the }
world, but also the legacy that }
he has left for future Bahami- }

ans,” Mr Bannister said.

Registrar
General need
hot he a lawyer

THE Registrar General of
the Courts does not have to :
be a lawyer according to a new :

bill passed by parliament.

The amendment to the Reg- :
istrar General Act says a per- }
son who holds a master of }
business administration degree }
or is a trained public adminis- }

trator may hold the post.

As a result of this decision,
“a far-reaching amendment”
will be required to the Magis- i
trates Act, according to ;
Deputy Prime Minister and }
Minister of Foreign Affairs }
Brent Symonette, who has also }
been serving as attorney gen- }
eral and minister of legal i
affairs since his predecessor }
Michael Barnett was appoint- }

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In making this move, the }
other }
Caribbean nations such as }
Jamaica, Belize, and Trinidad :
and Tobago where similar pro- }
visions exist, Mr Symonette

Bahamas follows

said.

Records Act.

While the amendment seeks
to remove the specific statu- }
tory requirement that the Reg- }
istrar General be a lawyer, it }
does not follow that a lawyer
cannot be appointed to the }
post, Mr Symonette explained.

The amendment also pro- }
vides for the holder of the post
to be appointed by the gover- }
nor-general in accordance with }
the advice of the Public Ser- }

vice Commission.

Formerly, the appointment
was made on the advice of the }
Judicial and Legal Services }

Commission.

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responsibilities and duties }
under the Magistrates Act, the }
Notaries Public Act, the Mar-
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the International Business Act, }
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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FOX Hill MP Fred
Mitchell said he rejects the
notion that a former party
leader’s career is over when
he is no longer the leader.

Still opting to remain tight-
lipped on whether or not he
will run for the leadership of
the PLP, Mr Mitchell said
that if change in leadership
were to take place, the new
party boss would be “foolish”
not to make use of his pre-
decessor’s experience.

“There are many examples
where a former prime minis-
ter has served from the back-
bench and in the cabinet in a
senior role as trusted advisor
and counsellor to the next
leader of the party,” Mr
Mitchell noted.

He pointed to the example
set in Jamaica, where former
prime minister PJ Patterson
announced he was quitting
office and setting a timetable
for elections for a new party
leader. Mr Mitchell said the
PLP ought to be in the same
position, as the party could
benefit greatly with a former
PM on the back-bench, “pro-
viding advice and counsel” as
the next leader of the party
shapes the future.

Speaking during a televised
address last night, Mr
Mitchell also insisted that he
has the right to run for the
leadership of the party and
that such a challenge should
be welcomed.

Asking party stalwarts for
their support if he decides to
vie for the post, the MP said:
“Tam the son of a mechanic
from Bain Town and a secre-
tary from the Pond. You all
know me. I will not say what
I will do tonight, save only
that I reserve the right up to
the time of nomination to
decide, and that I will always
act in the best interests of the
party and the country. If I do
decide to run, then I would
wish your support.”

FRED MITCHELL arrives at the PLP convention yesterday

With the party’s conven-
tion kicking into high gear
today, there are three people
who will definitely be in the
running for the top post —
PLP MP Dr Bernard Nottage,
attorney Paul Moss and the
party’s current leader Perry
Christie.

Mr Mitchell noted that any
member of the PLP is
allowed to enter the race, a
process he said which is
“democracy at its best”.

However, he added that
according to PLP tradition,
the sitting leader of the party



should never be challenged —
as many believe this is some-
how an act of “treason and
disloyalty”.

Mr Mitchell said that he
fully rejects this idea and that
such notions ought to be put
to the test and “debunked”.

“It would be terribly imma-
ture and send a poor signal
to the country about what we
are about, if we simply can’t
stay together because of a
leadership contest.”

The MP went on to say he
has no interest in vying for
the position as an act of

Man convicted of killing Double Dragon
owner appeals conviction and sentence

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE man convicted of killing Double Drag-
on owner Berlin Wong appealed his conviction
and sentence in the court of appeal yesterday.

Lamatt Munroe, 30, of Cox Street, Fox Hill,
was found guilty of manslaughter and arson in

July last year.

Mr Wong, 41, of Eastern Road, Nassau, own-
er of the Double Dragon Chinese restaurant in
Charlotte Street downtown, was found burned
in his car on December 13, 2006. His white
Dodge Caravan was set alight in an empty lot
near the Assembly of God church and Sun Tee
factory in Shirley Street while he was in the dri-

ver’s seat.

Munroe was charged with murder later that
month but convicted of arson and manslaughter
in July last year. Munroe was sentenced to 25
years in prison on August 7, 2008.

However, he continued to protest his inno-
cence before Court of Appeal president Dame
Joan Sawyer and Justices of Appeal Christo-
pher Blackman and George Newman yester-

day.

Arriving late from Her Majesty’s prison wear-
ing a light blue linen shirt and trousers, Munroe
represented himself before the bench.

Munroe was asked why his appeal was lodged

after the 22 day period allowed for appeals after
sentencing, and he explained that he had
instructed his lawyer Michael Hanna to lodge an
appeal immediately after sentencing, but the
appeal was never filed.

He had also requested transcripts from the tri-

al and told the court yesterday how he still wants
to obtain these to prove his innocence.

“JT speak for my innocence, but the law I
don’t know,” he told the court.

Franklyn Williams, representing the crown,
accepted Munroe’s early intention to appeal
and late application, and made no objection to

an extension of time for the appeal to be filed.

Dame Joan granted the extension and asked
for a copy of the trial transcript to be given to
Munroe. The Appeal Court president asked
Munroe if he would like to be represented by an
attorney and instructed the registrar to assign an
attorney to the appellant.

When Munroe thanked her she assured him
she was just doing her job. The hearing has

been adjourned until Monday, January 25.

Mario Miller
murder retrial
adjourned until
May next year

THE retrial of two broth-
ers accused of the murder
of Mario Miller, son of for-
mer MP and Trade Minis-
ter Leslie Miller, has now
been adjourned until May
2010.

The retrial of Ricardo
Miller, alias Tamar Lee; and
Ryan Miller, had been
scheduled to begin yester-
day before Senior Justice
Jon Isaacs, however two key
prosecution witnesses are
reportedly unable to attend
the trial.

The case has now been
adjourned to May 10, 2009.

The brothers are each on
$30,000 bail.

Mario Miller, 28, was
found stabbed to death near
Super Value in Winton on
June 22, 2002.

The first trial into his
death ended four weeks
after it began in January,
2006, when the court
learned that a juror was
closely connected to a rela-
tive of the accused.

The second trial was
declared a mistrial on Octo-
ber 7, 2008, when the jury
failed to reach a unanimous
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“protest or sacrifice”.

“T want to win the leader-
ship of the PLP. I want to win
the leadership of the country,
for which leadership of the
PLP is a necessary precondi-
tion. The calculus is quite dif-
ficult and the question is
whether such a move at this
time will serve the long-term
interests of the party and of
the country,” he said.

Mr Mitchell also appealed
to young voters to consider a
career in public service.

Stating that his “campaign
for change” was launched for
them, the former minister

‘still be useful after being replaced
Fox Hill MP tight-lipped on leadership race intentions

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encouraged the youth to join
the PLP, admonishing them
not to allow anyone to con-
vince them they are not ready
or “too young”.

“Indeed, when I first
sought a nomination from the
PLP in 1977 at the age of 23,
I was told that I was too
young and that I ought to
wait. My turn would come. I
am now 56 and some people
are still saying, ironically
enough, I am too young and
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in your heart and be true to
your conscience. It is your life
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Path to Afghanistan stability is unclear

KABUL, Afghanistan — President
Hamid Karzai’s concession of the need of for
a runoff election in Afghanistan appears to
have prevented his country from slipping
into paralysis, but has created a new land-
scape of risks and uncertainty.

Karzai’s concession was a critical first step
toward creating a credible Afghan govern-
ment, coming after heavy pressure from
European and US. officials, including veiled
threats that his actions could affect pend-
ing decisions about troops levels, according
to one USS. official who spoke on condition
of anonymity because of the delicacy of the
matter.

But diplomats immediately questioned
whether a new vote could be organized
before the announced date of Nov. 7, and
whether a second round of balloting would
have more security or less fraud than the
first, in which nearly a quarter of ballots
were thrown out by international auditors.
“There are huge constraints to delivering in
the second round,” said one Western official.
“Can you deliver a result that is any different
from the one we’ve already got?”

The host of uncertainties left open the
prospect of what administration officials and
their Western allies expect will be three
weeks of ferocious horse-trading as Karzai
and his principal challenger, Abdullah
Abdullah, decide whether they can strike a
deal to actually avert a runoff, which would
carry enormous political risks for both of
them, as well as strategic one for the United
States and its allies.

Diplomats said the efforts to get the two
men to join forces would now intensify.
Abdullah has hinted he would be open to
negotiate, but Karzai, at a news conference
here on Tuesday, seemed to rule it out.

“The coalition has no legitimacy and is
not possible,” he said, standing alongside
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who negotiated
with Karzai for nearly 20 hours over 5 days
to accept the results.

Yet officials said that if there is a deal it
would likely involve Abdullah conceding to
Karzai, in return for a major role in over-
hauling Afghanistan’s Constitution to give
the president less power.

Afghanistan’s Independent Election Com-
mission formally certified the vote on Tues-
day, said Karzai had received 49.7 percent of
the votes, higher than a foreign-led panel

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of experts conducting the audit had found,
but still below the more than 50 percent
required to avoid a runoff.

Karzai seemed to dismiss any fraud, saying
of the disqualified votes: “The voters are
not to blame. Why their votes were disre-
spected, should be thoroughly investigated.
But it is not the right time to discuss this.”

While some see a deal between Karzai
and Abdullah as a way to create a credible
Afghan government with broader popular
support, many in the Obama administration
express concerns that it would only make
the running of Afghanistan more chaotic,
given the enmities between the two.

After Karzai’s complaints of foreign inter-
ference, the administration is also deter-
mined not to appear to meddle.

“We feel very strongly about this,” said
one of President Barack Obama’s closest
foreign policy advisers, who spoke on con-
dition of anonymity. “We had a big stake
in making sure we had a legitimate election.
But this is up to the Afghans.”

As it became clear that international audi-
tors would invalidate enough votes to push
Karzai below the threshold for a runoff, the
US. efforts to persuade the president that he
had not won the election outright were extra-
ordinary.

The task was left to Kerry and Secretary
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who have
experienced their own electoral frustrations
and used those experiences in dealing with
Karzai.

In one personal moment during a week-
end of long dinners and walks in the gar-
den of the sprawling, heavily fortified pres-
idential palace in Kabul, Kerry recounted
his experience as the Democratic nominee in
the 2004 presidential election, including the
lmgering questions about ballots cast in Ohio
that helped decide the election against him.
“T told him, ‘sometimes there are tough
things,’ ” Kerry said in an interview Tuesday.

A senior administration official described
the international pressure on Karzai as a
“full court press” that also included not-so-
subtle threats delivered by telephone to
Karzai’s defense minister, Gen. Abdul
Rahim Wardak.

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Govt must
make abuse

cases a top
priority

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The incident that took
place recently involving the
C | Gibson student allegedly
abused has prompted me to
share my opinion on the mat-
ter.

The unimaginable amount
of abuse cases documented,
that if publicised, would crush
the Ministry of Education,
should be ranked as highest
priority by our government.

Many in this country
believe that beating is the
only way to curb disobedient
behaviour in children. “Spare
the rod, spoil the child”, a
Bible scripture often quoted
to justify the grave misuse of
‘the rod’. Could one possibly
think for a second that God,
as merciful and humble as we
know him to be, would
instruct us to beat his children
as well as our own to the
point of acute pain, bleeding
or even bruising as the
Roman soldiers had done our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
before his crucifixion? This
cannot possibly make one
ounce of logical sense! Sadly,
many teachers and adminis-
trators in this Bahamaland
still cling tightly to this prim-
itive and barbaric way of
thinking instead of realising
the obvious. That violence
begets violence. Don’t get me
wrong, all children need dis-
cipline, especially in this mod-
ern age of technology and all
of its influences. However,
there are many, many other
ways of doing so other than
lashing out in anger and rage
of personal stress on innocent
children.

Commissioner of Police Mr

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Reginald Ferguson stated ear-
lier this month that children
now have easier access to
firearms than ever before and
that kids as young as nine-
years-old are renting guns on
the streets of New Provi-
dence.

Hypothetically speaking,
should a young, impression-
able and more importantly
abused child retaliate against
a school administrator for
harshly abusing him/her, there
would be a media frenzy as
to how ‘out of control’ our
youth have become. Violence
begets violence! If no one is
there to stand up for the
rights of children, they will
inevitably fall down a course
of destruction in an attempt to
defend themselves.

We must practice enough
humility in this place to realise
that children do have a say.
Their opinions and rights are
of equal or greater impor-
tance than adults in this coun-
try. Of course, there are
boundaries, rules and regula-
tions for them to follow, but
doesn’t this hold true for
adults as well?

The Bahamian Govern-
ment as well as the Ministry
of Education must enforce
stricter penalties for child
abuse!

I visited my son’s PTA
meeting last week and a par-
ent took it upon herself to
give a brief testimonial of how
strict she was/is with her chil-
dren. The examples of disci-

pline given were absolutely
appalling rather than encour-
aging, and left most parents
flabbergasted. After all of the
horror stories were shared,
she then gave the teacher per-
mission to “tear up” her
daughter, should she step out
of line. Now, what is defined
as ‘stepping out of line’ in
order to warrant being ‘torn
up’? I literally went home that
night and cried to know that
kids right around us suffer this
way. To endure this kind of
treatment at home and then
have to face it at school as
well, would be unbearable for
most of us.

We are raising people,
remarkable people that will
be our future leaders, not ani-
mals for slaughter! Do we
want these emotionally hurt
and scarred children to lead
our country into tomorrow?
I think not! This tiny country
needs to stop acting like
Africa and sweeping these
heinous acts under the rug.
This is a big deal and needs to
come to an end. If only
Amnesty International could
hold a public press conference
here!

Many say that we should
be proud to be Bahamian.
Well I need more than sun,
sand and sea to be truly
proud. I need a nation that is
fair and just. A nation that
stands up for fundamental
rights of human beings and of
equal opportunity and I real-
ly don’t think we’re exactly
there yet.

SUELLYN R SMITH
Nassau,
September 28, 2009.

Exception taken to unfair criticism by Rev Philip McPhee

EDITOR, The Tribune

As the Permanent Secretary
of the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture, I am obligated to
respond to remarks attributed
to long time sailing enthusiast
and Commodore, Rev. Philip
McPhee, in an article which
appeared in this morning’s edi-
tion of The Nassau Guardian’s
Sports Section, captioned
“Government Not Serious
about Regattas.”

In this instance, Rev.
McPhee is alleged to have lev-
elled criticisms at this Ministry

at large, the National Regatta
Committee, the Regatta Unit
of this Ministry and indeed the
Government of The Bahamas,
citing their lack of passion for
Regattas and that more money
should be allocated to regattas.

Exception is taken to such
an unfair criticism by Rev.
McPhee since as an employee
of this Ministry, he has easy
access to this office as well as
that of my Minister and any
recommendations or advice
that he would care to offer
would certainly be entertained,
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edge of regattas and their eco-
nomic impact on the various
Island communities hosting
them.

He is also aware of the exist-
ing financial constraints under
which all public and private
agencies are now compelled to
operate.

In spite of such a globally
financial challenging environ-
ment, this Ministry has never-
theless continued to partner
with committees representing
every major and some smaller
communities throughout the
Islands of The Bahamas to
ensure that they all experience
the economic benefits of these
home coming festivals which
provide such a significant finan-
cial stimulus in those commu-
nities.

In some instances these
events are the only major eco-
nomic activity upon which res-
idents have come to rely.

Reverend McPhee would
also have been aware of this
Ministry’s sustained financial
support provided to the
Bahamas Sailing Association
for the development of young
Opti Class sailors, boys and
girls from New Providence,
Harbour Island, Abaco, Grand
Bahama, Long Island and
Eleuthera who represent the
very future of sailing and regat-
tas in The Bahamas.

Sumilarly, the Ministry fund-
ed its Annual Summer Youth
Sailing Programme which
serves to introduce scores of
young persons from public and
private schools to this indige-
nous sport, another example of
the dedication and commitment
of this Ministry to expand the
economic benefits of regattas
throughout the islands of The
Bahamas.

Reverend McPhee is there-
fore kindly invited to trust in
his engagement with this Min-
istry and that the status of the
only indigenously Bahamian
sport will retain its priority with
this public agency for the fore-
seeable future.

Further, Mr. McPhee is invit-
ed at his leisure to sit with me
to discuss the many plans that
this ministry has formulated to
grow this exciting and time hon-
oured sport.

ARCHIE NAIRN
Permanent Secretary,
October, 2009.
THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 5



Accused men seek extensions to appeal sentences

Pair appear before Dame Joan Sawyer

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

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EARTH Village raffle
winners announced

By AVA TURNQUEST

ENCOURAGED by the
amount of support for its Dis-
covery Day mini-fair, the
Bahamas Association for
Social Health was pleased to
present winners of the raffle
with their prizes yesterday
afternoon.

The fair, held at the 210 acre
Albury Street compound,
served as a formal introduc-
tion to BASH's sister compa-
ny, EARTH (Educational
Alternative Resources for
Total Health) Village, which
focuses on families and chil-
dren in an attempt to substan-
tially reduce crime, violence
and drug abuse by providing
positive educational opportu-
nities.

Supporters who purchased
raffle tickets had the opportu-
nity to win more than $4,000
worth of prizes, including the
grand prize — a trip for two to
Cuba donated by Bahama-
sAir.

BASH and EARTH Village
media liaison Wesley Fin-
layson said: “We really appre-
ciate everyone’s support for
purchasing the tickets. It real-
ly takes community and per-
sonal efforts to put on a func-
tion like this. We had nearly

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Clarita Palmer — trip to Cuba
Nick Simmons — Segway tour
Jeffrey Sands — horse riding
excursion

Andrea Bethell — three day,
two night stay at the Sheraton,
Cable Beach

Thelma Forbes — men's
watch

Melinda Deveaux — An
“Aquaventure” experience
Shenique Moncur — three
day, two night stay at
Whyndam Resort

Wendy Dawkins — a gift
certificate

Rachael Peters — Dolphin
Encounters

Cynthia Rolle — ticket for two
on Fast Ferries

Prince, Wulff Road — trip to
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1,500 people in and out the
whole day and every dollar
spent counted. All the money
raised went to help BASH and
EARTH Village.

The winners gathered at
BASH yesterday afternoon to
receive their prizes, and were
given an impromptu tour of
the grounds. Many of them
had missed the mini-fair, and
were amazed by all the activi-
ties and educational resources
on site.

They also praised the dedi-
cation and commitment of
BASH president Terry Miller
and his team, and one winner
told of BASH’s critical role in
saving her father’s life.

Another winner, Andrea
Bethell, said: “I was walking
down Bay Street for lunch and
I saw the desk and I told the
gentleman if I could afford
lunch, whatever I had left I
will come back and buy the

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ticket. And then I remem-
bered Mr Miller on the radio
talking about the programme
and how beneficial it is and
the kind of financial assistance
they were receiving from gov-
ernment. So I said I have to
come back and support these
people. I support other organ-
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Challengers for the top
positions in the PLP

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

AS THE PLP Conven-
tion kicks off tonight, the
internal bickering and pow-
er struggle intensifies.
Today, I will continue from
where I stopped in Mon-
day’s column and discuss
the challengers for the
deputy leadership and
chairman posts.

Contesting the open
deputy leader post are Cat
Island, Rum Cay and Sal-
vador MP Philip “Brave”
Davis, Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald and West End
MP Obie Wilchcombe.

Brave Davis, known as
the emperor of Cat Island,
was once taught of as mere-
ly a flimsy, smiling back-
bencher (during the PLP’s
governance), who appeared
to be inclined to quietly
standing in the background.
He has since repackaged
himself.

In the 1980s, I’m told,
Brave Davis’ political story
began when he stated, in
nationally a published
interview, that he was pre-
pared to run for either the
FNM or the PLP.

According to Mr Davis’
promotional newsletter
‘The Brave Voice’, in an
eloquently written letter,
Davis supports his cam-
paign platform—eradicat-
ing crime, reducing unem-
ployment and promoting
native economic owner-
ship—and touts the rise of
a new day in local politics.

According to the Issue,
Brave states that: “Crime
is rampant and becoming
more savage and brazen by
the day; our young people
have become disenchanted
with their country, as the
image of their Bahamian
dream has been shattered;
unemployment is at a stag-
gering 14 per cent and
Bahamian ownership of our
economy is almost non-
existent.”

While I found Davis’
message to the stalwart
councilors and party dele-
gates to be strong and stir-
ring, where were all these
ideas during the PLP’s gov-
ernance?

And, why didn’t Mr
Davis seek and/or accept a
Cabinet post to truly
demonstrate his commit-
ment and _ leadership
prowess to the nation?

Furthermore, it must also
be noted that while Davis
expresses his desire to tack-
le crime, some of his most
notable legal works have
been in defence of high
profile, convicted hood-
lums.

He has also had run-ins
with the media due to com-
ments that were perceived
as alluding to the press
being gagged.

Based upon recent
reports, it appears Mr
Davis has garnered the sup-

YOUNG MAN’S VIEW

ADRIAN

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“It does appear that Brave
Davis is cognizant of his
oratorical weaknesses and
has employed various
complementary means to
advance his message.”



port and endorsements of
the grassroots as well as
prominent PLPs (George
Smith, Leslie Miller,
Charles Carter, Loftus
Roker, Cynthia “Mother”
Pratt, Effy Walkes).

Although he is said to be
a down-to-earth person, his
oratorical delivery, pub-
licly, is about as explosive
as a soaking wet fire crack-
er.

When it comes to speak-
ing, the deputy leader con-
tender is no Barack Oba-
ma, no Hubert Ingraham
or Perry Christie, no toast-
master awardee! Frankly,
if Mr Davis’ campaign was
based wholly upon his ora-
torical ability to electrify
and project his vision, his
stock would be lower than
the Zimbabwean dollar.

It does appear that
Brave Davis is cognizant of
his oratorical weaknesses
and has employed various
complementary means to
advance his message.

Brave, thus far, has run
an innovative, “Oba-
masque” campaign.

Campaign

Quite frankly, I have nev-
er seen a campaign of this
nature in local politics and,
if it becomes a norm (and it
should), there could be
some average income folks
vying for public office who,
financially, may not be able
to compete against such an
electoral machine.

However, yesterday both
Davis himself and his sup-
porter and legal associate
Andrew Edwards refuted
this assertion. Mr Edwards
claimed that Davis “has
simply chosen to involve a
lot of young people in his
campaign, has printed
30,000 copies of the
newsletters in Florida for a
mere $3,000 and produced
the videos broadcast on
ZNS/Cable 12 for about
$1,000, while paying those
stations about $600 to
broadcast it.” Davis’ cam-
paign has been truly superb
and of a 21st century, first
world quality.

As a Family Island boy

myself, I have a great
appreciation for Davis’ suc-
cesses, how he was able to
pull himself up by his boot-
straps and worked his way
to the top. Nothing was
ever given to him and his
humility seems genuine.

Thus far, it does appear
that as his advertisements
continue, Brave has a slight
upper-hand. I have, how-
ever, wondered why Mr
Davis, who promotes him-
self as being brave, wasn’t
brave enough to enter the
leadership race.

Perhaps, and PLPs
should also consider this,
this race is merely a pre-
liminary, a feeler of sorts!

Jerome Fitzgerald, the
Perry Christie appointed
senator and a member of
the PLP bourgeoisie,
appears to have been called
down from his ivory tower
and come galloping into the
deputy leadership race
where, for him, there is no
realistic chance of a triple
crown or even a derby vic-
tory.

Mr Fitzgerald is another
seat-less wonder whose
political campaign to “save
Saunders Beach” and pro-
hibit the expansion of
Arawak Cay has earned
him little to no grassroot
support.

To the curious mind, it
now seems self-serving that
Mr Fitzgerald was baying
about the Arawak Cay port
development immediately
before he expressed his
intent to contest for the
deputy leadership. Was this
all some kind of self-pro-
moting gimmick? And, has
Mr Fitzgerald suddenly
dropped the issue? Was Mr
Fitzgerald talking about
issues and problems that he
may be completely
detached from? As it alla
well scripted play? And,
didn’t he seek to establish a
water plant at Arawak
Cay?

Frankly, the senator
boasts on his deputy lead-
ership resume that he has
“championed causes that
affect ordinary Bahamians,
ie, save Saunders Beach,
objection of the port trans-
fer to Arawak Cay.”

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The results of the deputy
leadership race will reveal
whether or not he has
gained any political mileage
from these “championed
causes.”

Now vying for the PLP’s
deputy leadership post, it
was this same Jerome
Fitzgerald who, as a
prospect, spoke at the FNM
convention on November
10, 2000, ommediately
before current Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham.
Also speaking that night
were Dion Foulkes and
Michael Pintard!

Furthermore, although
Mr Fitzgerald was appoint-
ed to the senate by Mr
Christie, he shortly there-
after took to the airwaves
and called for him to quit —
that is, before flip-flopping,
rescinding his statement
and pledging his support.

Sophisticated

Frankly, ’ve come to
view Jerome Fitzgerald as a
sophisticated and aloof
wannabe whose elitism was
demonstrated when he,
unlike all the other candi-
dates for prominent posi-
tions, chose to announce
his premature candidacy
for deputy leader at an
elite, high-class restaurant.
A place that the masses,
from whom quite a number
of the low to average
income delegates/stalwart
councilors come, can hard-
ly afford.

The senator should have
taken a page out of the
books of Paul Moss,
Bernard Nottage, Brave
Davis and Obie Wilch-
combe when announcing!

Although I have seen the
tacky photographs of Mr
Fitzgerald distributing
school supplies and other
accessories to the needy, I
am not convinced that com-
mon, everyday citizens can
identify with him. There
are many politicians that
do the same, but do so qui-
etly. Furthermore, it is gen-
erally accepted that once
the senator has performed
his duties at the conven-
tion, he will be leaving the
masses on New Providence
behind to return to his
palatial home on Paradise
Island.

As it stands, he is a nil-to-
nowhere prospect with no
political track record
behind him.

Obie Wilchcombe, a stu-
dent of Sir Lynden Pindling
and a charismatic and
dynamic orator, is the sec-
ond real contender in the
showdown for the deputy
leadership. Mr Wilchcombe
is the only living Bahamian
who has served as MP, min-
ister, senator and party
chairman.

Thus far, ’'m told, Mr
Wilchcombe has launched a
very aggressive ground
campaign and, as one
source suggested, “comes
from the belly, the core, of
what ‘PLPism’ is all about.”

Years ago, Mr Wilch-
combe, a former journalist,
went to prison for protect-
ing a source and has been
deservedly praised for trav-
eling to Grand Bahama and

J

JEROME FITZGERALD

enduring two very destruc-
tive hurricanes —Frances
and Jeanne — with his con-
stituents. Since these hur-
ricanes, the economy of
Grand Bahama has tanked.

Frankly, I have always
thought that Mr Wilch-
combe had the appeal and
tenure to have possibly
mounted a successful lead-
ership campaign against
party leader Perry Christie.

In recent times, the West
End and Bimini MP has
had to credibly defend his
innocence after the Travol-
ta attempted extortion case
garnered national and
international headlines and
involved his business part-
ner Pleasant Bridgewater
and ambulance driver Tari-
no Lightbourne.

Of late, Mr Wilchcombe
has been subjected to much
negative press. Recently,
the former Minister of
Tourism testified as a pros-
ecution witness in the ongo-
ing trial.

Although Mr Wilch-
combe has proclaimed his
innocence, misplaced per-
ceptions after the Travolta
episode has, in the eyes of
some, hampered his
chances.

Honestly, I once thought
that Mr Wilchcombe would
have easily wiped the floor
with his competition. This
time around, he will have
an uphill battle. However,
it is hoped by many young
persons that he will be suc-
cessful in his bid for the
deputy leadership.

Obie Wilchcombe, a titan
in the PLP, is expected to
storm the convention.

PLP CHAIRMAN

THE contenders, and
pretenders, vying for PLP
chairman are Glenys Han-
na-Martin (sitting chair-
person), former MP
Bradley Roberts, perennial
protester Ricardo Smith,
vice chairman Ken
Dorsette and former MP
Keod Smith.

Glenys Hanna-Martin,
the youthful chairperson
has been a pacesetter thus
far. She is the first female
chairperson and, as a politi-
cian, has managed to step
out of her father’s (AD
Hanna) shadow and, via
her tenacious approach to
the issues, earned respect.
Earlier this year, she again
entered the history books
when she was named and
banned from the House of
Assembly for two sittings
as She, in the midst of seek-
ing information about the
death of a teenager in
police custody, ignored an
order by the Speaker. I do
feel though, that a most
memorable moment in
modern parliamentary his-
tory was interrupted when
fellow PLP MPs sought to
obstruct the sergeant-at-
arms from removing her. It
appears that she has ardu-
ously worked at inter-party
affairs and, if the party is
to transition to embracing a
new generation of politi-
cians, she is likely to put a
spanking on her chal-
lengers.

In this race, Ricardo

, .

is WILCHCOMBE



Smith is a no-hoper. He is a
featherweight punching
way above his weight level.
After the convention, Mr
Smith—placards and all—
will be sent packing with a
one way ticket into political
oblivion.

Former MP Keod Smith
has absolutely no chance of
winning the chairman post.
He is viewed by some PLPs
as a loose cannon, particu-
larly as he is most famous
as one-half of the dueling
twosome that came to
blows in the Cabinet
Room.

Mr Smith should take a
blanket to the convention
as he is likely to make an
abrupt return to the politi-
cal wilderness.

Bradley Roberts, a for-
mer minister and MP of 25
years, is Mrs Martin’s only
real competition. He will
not be easily dispatched to
the political boneyard.

If Mr Roberts is victori-
ous, no one doubts that the
64-year-old will be on the
FNM like white-on-rice.
However, Mr Roberts has
had his time and if PLPs
bring him back from the
political graveyard, it is a
sign of the party’s despera-
tion and a clear indication
that the PLP is unwilling to
break with the past.

History

During the last election,
the PLP pledged not to
turn back, so will they
when it’s convenient for
them? Is the party going to
go deep into the annals of
its history and elect a
retired, near 70-year-old as
chairman?

Little is known about
Ken Dorsette.

I am told that he is
known within his party, was
a legal journeyman having
worked at several law firms
and, as one source put it,
“could sell sand to the
beach.” At best, he finishes
in third place.

Mr Dorsette must be
likening his chances to
watching a wilting rose as
one minute he was Mrs
Martin’s main challenger
and in the other, Bradley
Roberts—who stood with
him and appeared to be
supportive—dropped the
bombshell that he to would
be contesting for the post.

While it is expected to
be a stormy convention, the
PLP must accept their
defeat and emerge as a
reinvigorated organization.
The people are tired of
false promises, scandals and
government by committees.

I do wonder whether the
persons vying for the top
posts in the party have an
intellectual grasp of the
position of today’s world
and how it relates to lead-
ing an archipelagic state
into a stable future.

These leaders must all
have fundamental princi-
ples that can be molded
into futuristic and coherent
policies that would advance
this nation.

Lastly, its high-time that
the old curmudgeons dom-
inating that party take a
back seat!
THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 7





LOCAL NEWS



Hungry
for change

The Lyford Cay Foundation joins with
non-profit groups to help feed the needy

By SONIA FARMER

TO FIGHT hunger in the
Bahamas, you need to have
a strong stomach.

This is especially so of
late, as it involves witnessing
first-hand the widening
reach of this menace —
which is now affecting fam-
ilies and social groups for-
merly thought to be outside
its grasp.

A widespread and grow-
ing problem requires a
sweeping and expanding
effort in response, and
Hands for Hunger (H4H) is
doing all it can to be just
that.

"The best way for inter-
ested members of the public
to become familiar with our
work is to spend a day on
one of our trucks, which will
give them an opportunity to
experience first hand the
scope of our programme,"
says Ashley Lepine, execu-
tive director of the non-
profit group, the only large-
scale food rescue organisa-
tion in the country.

Every day, H4H picks up
fresh food that would oth-
erwise go to waste — from
grocery stores, food whole-
salers, restaurants and
hotels — and transports it in
refrigerated trucks to com-
munity centres, shelters,
churches and soup kitchens.
Since launching operations
in March of this year, H4H
has effectively redistributed
100,000 pounds of food,
hugely impacting the land-
scape of food waste and
food assistance throughout
New Providence.

"Picking up the food and
seeing how much of it is
habitually wasted, that's one
thing — part of our green
mandate to prevent food
from being unnecessarily
thrown away," adds Ms
Lepine. "We then turn
directly to the humanitari-
an efforts at the core of
H4H: delivering this food to
places that provide meals to
those most in need."

One such place is Great
Commission Ministries
International on Wulff
Road, which provides emer-
gency shelter, counselling
and food to hundreds of dis-
advantaged men, women
and children.

On any given day — if it is
fortunate enough to have
sufficient supplies on hand —
the organisation hands out
40 to 50 grocery packages
from its food bank, and
serves around 150 hot meals
at its feeding centre.

It also sends food to
elderly or disabled shut-ins,
provides meals at its vari-
ous shelters, and feeds at
least 80 children on Satur-
days as part of its Save the
Children Club.

As with so many groups
who are dedicated to com-
bating hunger, the Great
Commission constantly
struggles to keep up with
the demand for its services.

"We've Seen a very
marked increase in the num-



“Picking up the food and
seeing how much of it is
habitually wasted, that's one
thing — part of our green
mandate to prevent food
from being unnecessarily

thrown away.”



Ashley Lepine, executive
director of Hands for Hunger

ber of people coming to us,
especially people who
would be considered mid-
dle class," says Minalee
Hanchell, the organisation's
executive director. "They
have been laid off or evict-
ed, and are laying aside
their pride to get some
clothing or a few hot meals
for themselves and their
children.

“IT remember a lady com-
ing in and I gave her a food
package and she started to
cry. She said, ‘This is sucha
big help for me. I have five
children. I left them crying
for something to eat’.”

"The hunger population
is a different population
now,” stressed Ms Lepine.
"We have been getting
reports of more families
showing up to receive food
support, in addition to indi-
viduals who are out of work
or homeless. All of the 13
agencies we deliver food to
have experienced a huge
surge in who is seeking
help."

Donation

Recently, the jobs of H4H
and the Ministries were
made a little easier thanks
to a combined donation of
$27,500 from Lyford Cay
Foundation, Inc's Gifts and
Grants Committee, a pow-
erful catalyst for change in
the Bahamas that has
awarded more than $12 mil-
lion to local charities and
non-profit groups since its
establishment 40 years ago.

Over the past year, due to
the economic downturn, the
Committee has been con-
centrating on addressing
people's most basic needs.

"We learned that Great
Commission Ministries
focuses on providing food,
clothing and shelter, so we
encouraged them to apply
for a grant," said Suzy
Robinson, committee chair.

"We found them to be
well organised and success-
ful in meeting the needs of
their clients and were happy
to provide funding for their
food programmes.

“At the same time, we
were particularly interested
in Hands for Hunger
because their mission is very
specific: to eradicate hunger
in the Bahamas. We were
impressed by the work they
had done to ‘qualify’ both

donors and recipients of
food, and by their unique
approach to serve their
clients well. We found the
people at both of these
organisations to be profes-
sional, enthusiastic, and pas-
sionate about their mis-
sion."

Great Commission Min-
istries International used its
grant to purchase items for
its food bank, and to acquire
a new stove for its feeding
centre as well as an oven for
its women's shelter.

"We are so grateful to the
Lyford Cay Foundation,"
says Mrs Hanchell.

"We really wish that more
persons would reach out
and help like they are doing.
I was so grateful for that
stove.

“Our burners and oven
were not working at the
feeding centre, and now we
can more quickly and effec-
tively prepare meals. I wish
I'd had a camera to capture
the looks on the faces of the
women at our shelter when
we got that oven. They were
so excited to get it and to
start baking."

At Hands for Hunger,
two separate gifts from the
Lyford Cay Foundation
have helped to provide fuel
and electricity for their
refrigerated trucks, and to
purchase aluminum pans,
food grade labels, and a
hand trolley.

"The Lyford Cay Foun-
dation, being one of our first
supporters, basically direct-
ly allowed Hands For
Hunger to become opera-
tional,” says Ms Lepine.

"Through their sponsor-
ship, we were able to secure
more food supplies so that
more meals are getting to
who they need to."

H4H's ultimate aim is to
help ensure that one day,
every Bahamian will have
daily access to adequate
nutrition.

"To maintain a sense of
integrity and humanity for
anyone who has fallen on
hard times, not just opening
a can of food for them but
giving them full, hot meals is
really important," said Ms
Lepine.

Since Great Commission
Ministries became a recipi-
ent of H4H's food donations
last year, it has been able to
increase both the quantity
and the quality of food that
it distributes.





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HANDS FOR HUNGER (H4H) driver Francis Burrows picks up food donated by Atlantis recently. H4H is

the country's only large-scale food rescue organization.







FOOD DONATED by Atlantis is deliver

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tional at the Erma Miller Centre on Wulff Road.





he Great Commission Ministries International Feeding Centre, which provides
approximately 150 free hot lunches daily to people in need.

LUNCH IS SERVED at t

"There were so many
days where we were just
about to run out of food and
we would see if we could try
and put together something,
anything quick because peo-
ple are in there and they're
hungry, and then Hands for
Hunger would pull up,” says
Mrs Hanchell. “And all
we'd have to do is just warm
the food, and feed people. I
always say to Ashley and to
the drivers, 'You all have
come at such a timely
moment.’ They have also
come to us with meals that
we would normally not be
able to afford to purchase,
like certain types of meat.
The quality enhances our
meals on the whole."

The Ministries provides
free counselling on a wide
variety of topics to hundreds
of people, but food is, unde-
niably, the thing that brings
the most comfort to those
who are secking help. With-
out food, Mrs Hanchell
points out, people cannot
begin to address other areas
of lack in their lives.

"You can't talk to a per-
son and be counselling them
about their life or their mar-
riage or anything if they're
hungry,” Mrs Hanchell said.

"One of the first things I
do when a person comes in
and says they need emer-
gency shelter or a food
package or counselling is to
ask them, 'Did you eat any-

thing? Did you eat lunch?’
And about nine times out
of 10, they say that they
haven't eaten.

“And I pause right there
and let them eat before we
talk."

The conviction that
hunger is the root cause of
many of the serious ills fac-
ing our society is shared by
H4H, and has driven its evo-
lution.

Issues

"The hunger issue is tied
to a plethora of other social
issues we often address,"
says Alanna Rodgers, the
group's co-founder. "If we
look at our community and
the ways, for example, some
people just throw garbage
all over the street, we ask,
why does that happen? Why
is it occurring? It's occur-
ring because this person has
no sense of responsibility
for our environment. But if
someone doesn't have food
to eat, can you really ask
them to be concerned about
a beach clean-up? For us,
that revelation led to the
shift from, ‘let's go green’
to, ‘let's address the most
basic issues.""

A former participant in
Lyford Cay Foundation,
Inc's SEARCH programme,
which assists young people
in the college application
process and helps them

ed by Hands for Hunger to Great Commission Ministries Interna-



secure financial aid from
colleges and universities in
North America, Ms
Rodgers attended Rice Uni-
versity in Houston, Texas to
train for competitive tennis
— until she lost her passion
for the sport a year and a
half into her studies and
began to re-evaluate her pri-
orities.

She left college and took a
year off, channeling her
energies into volunteer
work and eventually finding
her passion for humanitari-
an entrepreneurship.

"When I stopped playing
tennis, which filled up a lot
of my life, I experienced this
big loss on a personal level.
I really needed to do a lot of
work in terms of redefining
my self-identity at that
point.

“Thad to expand my per-
ception of who I was as a
human being and what I was
capable of," Ms Rodgers
explained.

"I never saw myself as
being a community activist
of any sort.

“T didn't have much expe-
rience with this sort of thing.
I just knew that, like many
of our generation, I wanted
to see a better world where
we're taking responsibility
for our environment and
each other.

“My feeling is, if I'm not
here to make a difference,
then what am I here for?"

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Wilchcombe
‘initiated! case
FROM page one

volta’s lead attorney
Michael Ossi after Bridge-
water had brought the
refusal of treatment doc-
ument to his attention.

Lightbourne’s attor-
ney Carlson Shurland
described Mr Wil-
chombe and PLP sena-
tor Allyson Maynard-
Gibson both as “oppor-
tunists”. Mr Shurland
told the jury that
Bridgewater had trusted
Mr Wilchombe. He said
Mr Wilchombe was sup-
posed to add credibility
to the prosecution’s case
but did not.

“They figured if he
could say all those
things about her
(Bridgewater) it must be
true, but he has no cred-
ibility,” Mr Shurland
told the jury.

“Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son was an opportunist,”
Mr Shurland said. “She
performed a profession-
al services and got paid
for it.”

Both attorneys con-
cluded their closing
arguments yesterday.
Senior Justice Anita
Allen is expected give
her summation of the
case to the jury today.

agers.

8am each morning.



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for the winner to get their copy
signed by the newspaper’s publisher,
Managing Editor and other man-

However, Mr Roker warned that
when it comes to picking up a Tri-
bune at his service station, it’s a mat-
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as most of the 250 papers - delivered
sometime after 6am - are gone by

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

DEFENCE attorneys in
the attempted extortion tri-
al of ex-PLP senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne yesterday
attacked the credibility of a
key prosecution witness and
told the jury that their
clients were the victims.

“This case that the prose-
cution has brought to you,
is like a jigsaw puzzle and
they have asked you to put it
together,” Bridgewater’s
attorney Murrio Ducille told
the nine-member jury.

Continuing his closing
submissions yesterday, Mr
Ducille told the jury that
one of the most important
features of the case was the
evidence of Michael McDer-
mott, an attorney for Amer-
ican actor John Travolta.
Bridgewater and Light-
bourne are accused of
attempting to extort $25 mil-
lion from Mr Travolta. Mr
Ducille told the jury that it

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that there was even talk of
an extortion attempt.

Mr Ducille likened Mr
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rotten apple and told the
jury: “My submission to you
is that Mr McDermott’s evi-
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of Canterbury Park and
formerly of Crooked Island
will be held on Thursday,
October 22nd, 11:00 a.m. at
Golden Gates Assembly,
Carmichael Road. Bishop
Ross Davis will officiate.
Interment will follow in
Lakeview Memorial Gardens,

Godfrey will always be remembered in the hearts of his
wife, Janet M.V. Ferguson; daughters, Jasmine E. Ferguson,
Jayde G. Ferguson, Emerald B. Ferguson; parents, Benjamin
and Merletha Ferguson; sisters, Joan Clarke, Yvonne Cooper,
Beverly Ferguson and Rose Morrison; brothers, Winston
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and Yvonne Johnson; brothers-in-law, Oswald Morrison,
Van Johnson, Robert Johnson, Edison Johnson, Mark
Bethel, Andrew Gardiner III, William Sturrup Sr; nieces,
Sasha Ferguson, Raquel and Shakera Clarke, Charita
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Kay-Andra Gardiner, Amber, Ashley, Aaliyah and Kimberly
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numerous other friends and relatives, Angela and Eric
Gibson, Jackie Gibson, Timothy and Cleo Saunders, Barbara
Mason, Edris Wilson, Jerome Elliot, Hugh and Tracy Gray
and family, Dough and Darlene Sawyer, Larry Collie, Dr.
Fritz Eneas, Ruby Peet, Denna and Barry Grier and family,
Steve and Ruth Gordon and family, Fusion Spa family,
Johnson family of Pensacola, Florida, Mortimer family of
Canterberry Park, Angela Crawford and family, Atlanta,
Georgia, Andrea Welch of Barbados, Angela of Barbados,
Valerie and Joseph of Kingston, Jamaica, Carolyn Wallace,
The Salvation Army family, Reverend Dr. Victor Cooper and
family, Kardi and Deon Cox, Toast Master Club 1095, The
Bimini Bay Management and Staff, Fabian Stuart and the
Crew, The Marsh Harbour Community, The Management
and Staff at Nipper Guana Cay, Abaco, Agape Community
Church, Bishop Ros Davis and Mrs. Althea Davis and
Golden Gates World Outreach Center and Officers and
friends of the prestigious Royal Bahamas Police Force and
a host of other relatives and friends.

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Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Wednesday from 10:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 10:00
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LOS ANGELES

A PHARMACIST testified
Tuesday that he warned Anna
Nicole Smith’s psychiatrist
against prescribing a powerful
sleeping medication to the
celebrity model after she had
given birth to a daughter and
endured the death of her son
in 2006, according to Associ-
ated Press.

“T said, ‘Unless you want
your picture on the cover of
the National Enquirer, I
wouldn’t give her (chloral
hydrate) because it’s a pow-
erful respiratory depressant,”
pharmacist Steve Mazlin said
he told Dr. Khristina Eroshe-
vich.

Mazlin said Eroshevich
purchased chloral hydrate and
also asked for a rapidly acting
anti-anxiety medication, and
he recommended lorazepam.

An autopsy showed Smith
died in February 2007 of an
accidental overdose of chlo-
ral hydrate combined with
other controlled substances.

Eroshevich is charged along

TARINO LIGHTBOURNE



that Mr Travolta had testi-
fied that he did not know
Bridgewater and had never
spoken to her.

“There is no direct link
between the persons that are
charged and the victim,” Mr
Ducille said.

According to Mr Ducille,
the videotaped meetings
between the accused and Mr
McDermott only showed
that there was a negotiation
to buy a document.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH (AP)

with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and
Howard K. Stern, Smith’s
lawyer-boyfriend, with con-
spiring to provide controlled
substances to Smith. All have
pleaded not guilty.

The testimony came at a
preliminary hearing to deter-
mine if they should stand tri-
al.

Another pharmacist,
Romeo V. Par, testified that
Eroshevich came to his phar-

“Extortionists don’t nego-
tiate. How could you nego-
tiate and you are an extor-
tionist?” Mr Ducille asked.

“You are the ones who
must feel sure that there was
a threat and a demand,” Mr
Ducille told the jury, stating
that there had been no
threat or demand.

“Whatever error she
(Bridgewater) may have
made was not criminal and
yet she finds herself sitting
here,” Mr Ducille said.

“The quality of the evi-
dence is such that this young
lady should have never been
here,” he said.

“The prosecution has
failed miserably in their
efforts to destroy this lady,”
Mr Ducille said. He also told
the jury that Bridgewater
was a victim in the case.

Lightbourne’s attorney
Carlson Shurland, in his
closing address to the jury,
described attorney Michael
McDermott as a pathologi-
cal liar and said his client
has been vilified in the
media.

“The facts will show and

macy in October, 2006 and
obtained the drugs Xanax,
Valium and klonopin for a
patient named Charlene
Underwood. Valium and
klonopin also were implicated
in Smith’s overdose death.

The prosecution maintains
Underwood was a pseudo-
nym used for Smith, and they
called to the stand a woman
by that name who once did
business with Eroshevich.

The judge, expressing impa-
tience at the length of the
hearing, hustled her on and
off the stand and told prose-
cutors to begin moving their
case along.

A hospital psychiatrist who
treated Smith for drug depen-
dency concluded two days on
the stand saying the former
Playmate fit the legal defini-
tion of an addict.

However, under question-
ing by a judge, Dr. Nathalie
Maullin said she never used
the words “addict” or “addic-
tion” when discussing the
celebrity model’s problems
with her, Kapoor and Stern.

Defence attorneys attack
credibility of key witness

demonstrate unequivocally
that Tarino Lightbourne
never committed a crime
and should be acquitted of
the charges,” Mr Shurland
said.

“What the evidence in this
case will show is that Tarino
Lightbourne was manipu-
lated conned and he is the
victim,” Mr Shurland told
the jury.

“You are not here to solve
a mystery. You are here to
determine whether the pros-
ecution has enough believ-
able evidence to prove its
case,” he said.

Mr Shurland told the jury
the media had been seeking
out his client for informa-
tion.

“Tarino had something to
sell and they wanted to buy
it. Does that make him an
extortionist?” he asked. “It
makes him an opportunist.”

Mr Shurland told the jury
the prosecution had failed
to prove its case.

Senior Justice Allen is
expected to sum up the case
today and then the jury will
deliberate.

Attorney General

FROM page one

his law firm’s website.

In 2000, Mr Delaney,
who also holds the title of
global managing director of
Higgs and Johnson’s overall
operations in The Bahamas
and the Cayman Islands,
advised the government
from a private sector per-
spective on issues surround-
ing the adaptation of legis-
lation governing the finan-
cial services sector follow-
ing the “black listing” of
The Bahamas by the
Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Develop-
ment (OECD).

Aside from serving as a
senator at the behest of
FNM leader Tommy Turn-
quest for two years from
2005 to 2007, Mr Delaney
has offered his expertise as
Chair of the Bahamas
Trade Commission (at posi-
tion he presently holds), a
lecturer at the College of
the Bahamas in the early
1990s, Director of the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board, the National Insur-
ance Board and the Nation-
al Youth Advisory Com-
mittee.

Deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette is han-
dling the Attorney General
portfolio at present as the
substantive AG. When
queried yesterday on the
possibility of Mr Delaney
being formally appointed to
the position, Mr Symonette
said he “can’t comment on
that”.

President of the
Bahamas Bar Association
Ruth Bowe Darville said
she has not been consulted
on the question of who will
be offered the AG job and
declined to offer any fur-
ther comment. Phone mes-
sages and emails sent to Mr
Delaney yesterday were not
returned.















Before leaving the stand,
Maullin said she once asked
Kapoor if he thought Smith
was addicted.

She said he chuckled and
mentioned she had problems
with alcohol.

The charging document in
the case states that Stern,
Kapoor and Eroshevich “act-
ed with knowledge that Anna
Nicole Smith was an addict.”
Prosecutors are trying to
prove the defendants had that
knowledge.

Maullin, who treated Smith
during a brief hospital stay
when she was pregnant in
April, 2006, was quizzed by
Superior Court Judge Robert
J. Perry on the addiction
issue.

“She was never trying to
get high?” he asked.

“T never thought she was
trying to get high. I think she
wanted to tune out,” the psy-
chiatrist said.

The preliminary hearing
will be recessed Wednesday, a
mandated state furlough day
for the court system.

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aS

Var

Molina (COL) IFT
Touring coach for Europe
and South America con-
ducted a three day tennis
training for 14 of our top
junior tennis players this
past weekend Oct. 16-18,
at the National Tennis
Centre.

Ivan Molina played on

the ATP professional Tour and was ranked as high as #22 in

the world.

He as being travelling with juniors ranked in the top 50

since 1987.

The High Performance Tennis Training Camp was orga-

nized by Bradley Bain of Brajaxba Tennis.

Molina worked with the players on their stroke production
helping each of them with making slight adjustment so their

strokes could be more efficient and effective.

Consistency

He worked with their consistency of hitting balls high and
deep to the baseline while at the same time working on setting

up before hitting the ball.

He spent time working with them on understanding the
geometry of the court, so that the kids would know what shot

to hit base on their position on the court.

He emphasised the need for each of them to add some
variety in their game, so that when competing they would use
different types of shots to gain the advantage over their

opponents.

Local juniors participating in the camp were Alexis
Roberts, Jamaal Hoyte, Brezile Hamilton, Jody Turnquest,
Dirnaj Saunders, Sheriffe Rahming, Danielle Thompson,
Nicoy Rolle, Treajh Ferguson, Erin Strachan, Christian

Cargill, Justin Roberts, and Micheal Wallace.

Molina noted that he was happy for the opportunity to
work with such a talented group and the he was happy to
share his knowledge with them to help their game improve so
that they could be more competitive at the next level.



Sunshine
Insurance to
serve as lead
organiser
and sponsor

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

FOR the first time since the
Central American and
Caribbean Championships in
1985, the Bahamas will host a
fully-fledged marathon.

Franklyn Wilson, chairman
of Sunshine Insurance,
announced yesterday that his
company has agreed to serve
as the lead organiser and
sponsor for Marathon
Bahamas 2010.

The 26-mile event is sched-
uled for Sunday, February 14,
starting at 6 a.m.

“Marathon Bahamas will
bring together runners from
aroun d the Bahamas and
every effort will be made to
encourage participation from
persons outside of the
Bahamas,” Wilson said.

“Marathon Bahamas is
conceived to be an annual
event and in an effort to
encourage continuity through
time and efficiency of execu-
tion, a separate non-profit
legal entity has been creat-
ed.”

Joining Wilson on the
board of directors are the fol-
lowing:

From tourism — Robert
‘Sandy’ Sands, president of

Fifty-two swimmers compete in SK Open Water race

With beautiful blue skies and aqua sea some 52
swimmers competed in the 5K Open Water race
at Old Fort Bay. The event was hosted by Swift
Swimming and sponsored by orthaheel,
Holowesko Partners, and Lyford Cay Real
Estate. The overall winner representing The
Barracuda Swim Club was Matthew Lowe in a
time of 1:10.35. Matthew swam in the 13 to 17 age
group division. The top female finisher repre-
senting Swift Swimming was Christy Winner in a
time of 1:19.05. Christy swam in the 18 & over age
group division.

The triangular course of approximately one
mile allowed for relays with each swimmer com-
peting a mile each. Two swimmers representing
masters swimming in the US were Dake Gonza-
lez and Todd Cooper who finished first and sec-
ond respectively in the 18 & over age group with
times of 1:18.46 and 1:21.03. All other swimmers
were registered with the Bahamas Swimming
Federation. The majority of the swimmers rep-
resented the Masters Programme of Swift Swim-
ming.

While many of the age group swimmers from
the local clubs did not compete, the open water
event still produced some exciting match ups.
Zach Moses who swam in the 12 & under age
group actually had the second fastest time over-
allin winning his age division in 1: 13.57.

Abigail Lowe also competing in the 12 & under
division was the second fastest female overall as
she won her age division in 1:22.34. The top lady
in the 13 to 17 age group was Hannah Coyle

Sports

TRACK
MASTERS MEETING

THE Masters Track Association will hold a
meeting on Thursday at 7 pm in the Conference
Room of the Ministry of Education. All persons
interested in joing the association are invited to
attend.

The meeting will be chaired by president Fos-
ter Dorsett.

BASKETBALL
NPBA MEETING

ALL coaches and Clubs will be hosting a
mandatory rules seminar/clinic at the Albury
Sayle Primary School. The sessions got started
yesterday and will run through Thursday.

All persons desirous of sitting on the bench
during the NPBA season must attend and com-
plete the sessions.

Also, the deadline for Fees and Rosters have
pasted and this will serve as the final reminder for
the submission of the same.

The association also announced that the pre-
season exhibition games are schedule for Friday
and Saturday. Please contact president Keith
Smith, or Commissioner Elsworth Pickstock for
further details.

BASKETBALL
NPABO HEADING TO ANDROS

THE New Providence Association of Basket-

who had the third fastest female time in 1:22.56.
Others who received trophies for top three fin-
ishes in their respective age groups were Anibal
Hernandez who was second in the 13 to 17 age
group with the third overall fastest time in 1:16.17
followed by Donovan Higgs in 1:34.00. Versatile
triathlon athlete Mark Holowesko was third in
the 18 & over age group in 1: 21.63. Doran Reed
and Kaitlyn Kemp finished second and third
respectively in the 12 & under female division
with times of 1:37.54 and 1:38.21. Shaunte Moss
finished second in the 13 to 17 female division in
1: 28.46. Rounding out the 18 & over female age
group division was Amy Smith and April Savage
(nee Knowles) respectively in times of 1:25.21
and 1: 28.43.

The oldest and youngest swimmers to finish
the course were Percy Knowles (78) with a relay
split of 41.29 and Liam Holowesko (9) with a
relay split of 38.45. Both swimmers received a
special crystal glass trophy.

The top relays competing the SK course were
as follows: First place- Christy Winner, Katie
Izmirlian, and Liz Parkinson in 1:20.30. Second
place —- April Savage, Mark Davies, and Anna
Greene in 1:24.23. Third place — Chris Illing,
Peter Wagner, and Matthew Witney in 1:24.37.
Fourth place — Dale Winner, Harry Winner, and
Sean Nottage in 1:26.34

Mr. Bradlie Goian, manager of the Old Fort
Bay Restaurant did a great job of hosting the
event at the Old Fort Bay site with its beautiful
beach.

ball Officials (NPABO) will be dispatching a
delegation to officiate the games of the South
Andros High School 12th Annual Basketball
Tournament that is scheduled to be held this
weekend at the South Andros High School courts
in Kemps Bay, Andros.

It is hoped that with the NPABO's participa-
tion that the school is assisted in attaining its
motto: 'Climbing Higher Toward Success’. The
travelling contingent will be comprised of Sharon
Storr, Secretary of the NPABO, who will serve as
Chief of Mission; Warren Butler, Vice President;
James Dawkins and Gregory 'Pepper' Clarke.

This effort is in keeping with the Association's
goal and aim of assisting community projects
that provide programs to promote and develop
young people in the sport of basketball.

In fact, NPABO will be holding a clinic on
Sunday at the Emerald Palms Resort from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. to complement the weekend. The
fundamental aspects of officiating will highlight-
ed. For this one day session, Warren Butler will
serve as the Clinician;

Sharon Storr as the Assistant Clinician with
Clarke and Dawkins performing the duties of
Spotters. It is hoped that it is an interactive affair
with a stress on rules enforcement.

This four man officiating crew was a part of the
recently held 'In-House Program’ of the New
Providence Association of Basketball Officials,
their challenge will be to implement the new lev-
el called for in refereeing.

It is anticipated that they will leave an impact
on the games themselves and in the classroom for
the South Andros people.



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Bahamas on track to
host 2010 marathon

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

—_———

FRANKLYN WILSON, flanked by board members, makes formal announcement for Bahamas Marathon

2010.

the Bahamas hotel Associa-
tion; Ed Fields, senior vice
president in charge of public
relations of Kerzner Interna-
tional and Janet Johnson of
the Ministry of Tourism.

From one of the Road
Runners Club - Roadmasters
- Yolanda Deveaux.

From athletics - Pauline
Davis-Thompson, a member
of the IAAF and Alpheus
‘Hawk’ Finlayson, a past
member of the IAAF and
past president of the BAAA.

From finance — Geoff
Andrews, a partner at
Deloitte & Touché.

And from medicine and
health - Dr. Beverton Moxey
and Charles Sealey, president
of Doctor’s Hospital.

Also Frank ‘Pancho’ Rah-
ming will serve as the race
director and Veronica Dun-

canson as chief operations
officer.

Other members from Sun-
shine Insurance are Brian
Moodie, Shelly Wilson, Keith
Bell and Kyron Strachan.

While the date has been set,
Wilson said they are still look-
ing at designing a route that is
consciously being designed to
showcase the beauty of New
Providence.

And to ensure a greater
participation of people, Wil-
son said they will offer a full
marathon, a half marathon
and a relay marathon, which
is designed for a group of
friends, families, clubs,
Churches, businesses or
schools to participate.

“Every effort shall be made
to differentiate Marathon
Bahamas from all others,”
Wilson pointed out. “This will

result in entrepreneurial
opportunities for all who sell
and/or promote products or
services which reflect the
essence of the Bahamas.”

Registration forms and
sponsorship packages will be
available on Monday, Novem-
ber 2 and maybe collected
from both Sunshine Insurance
offices on Shirley Street and
Blue Hill Road.

“There will also be numer-
ous volunteer jobs and we will
be advising the public on
these and other marathon
related matters we proceed,”
Wilson said.

Also speaking at the press
conference were Yolanda
Deveaux, Janet Johnson, Ed
Fields, Frank Rahming,
Alpheus Finlayson and Dr.
Beverton Moxey.

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2009 WORLD SUNFISH CHAMPIONSHIPS /N PHOTOS

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FROM page 11

Janeen Wallace went 2-for-5
with a run scored on a solo in-
the-park home run; Cleo
Symonette had a perfect 3-for-
3 night with two runs; Keisha
Pratt had a solo in-the-parker
and Vanetta Nairn was 2-for-4
with a RBI. Shonell Symonette
went the distance, giving up
eight hits for the loss.

Truckers 6,
Dorsey Park Boyz 4:

Trailing 4-3 going into the
bottom of the sixth inning,
Commando Security produced
three runs to seal the deal to
go up 2-0 in the series.

Julian Collie came through
with a one-out two-run triple
and he came home on an error
as the Truckers went on to put
the game out of reach for the
Dorsey Park Boyz.

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The Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion (BGF) has announced that
five scholarships have been
awarded to deserving junior
golfers from the proceeds of its
Fred Higgs Memorial Golf
Scholarship Fund.

The names of the scholarship
recipients are; Eugenie Adder-
ley, Charley Buttler, Alena
Hutcheson, Kyle King and
D’Andrielle Robinson. Each
recipient will receive a $2,000
scholarship for the year 2009.

Established in 1996, the
Scholarship Fund seeks to pro-
vide financial assistance for
Bahamian junior golfers to con-
tinue their education and finan-
cial assistance for programs
which support junior golf in the
Bahamas. The fund was named
as a memorial to Fred Higgs,
who was one of the founders
of the BGF and served as its
President for ten years. Fred
was also the founder of the
Caribbean Golf Association
and served as its founding Pres-
ident. Since its inception, major
funding for the scholarship pro-
gram has been derived from
proceeds of the annual Kerzner
International/Fred Higgs golf
tournament.

It is the intention of the
Scholarship Committee, which
is chaired by Rory Higgs, son of
the late Fred Higgs, to increase
the fund raising efforts so that
Bahamian Junior Golfers may
benefit from more frequent and
substantial scholarships.

The annual Kerzner/Higgs
Golf Tournament takes place
at the Ocean Club Golf Course
on November 8, 2009. All
golfers are encouraged to con-
tinue their support for this wor-
thy cause.

Mike Santis
presents
‘New Vision’

FROM page 11

sport because all of the candi-
dates have been involved for a
number of years.

“T look at this team as the
best team that can be offered
for service to the BAAA at this
time without question,” he said.

Stuart, a former vice presi-
dent, said each candidate have
a proven track record in the
sport and they have the
strength in business, manage-
ment and administration need-
ed to take the BAAA to the
next level.

Holding up a copy of their
platform that will outline their
promises when they regain the
administration of the BAAA,
Stuart said they intend to be
governed by that mandate.

“We bring something that no
one else has and we are pas-
sionate about what we will do,”
he said. “We have the interest
of the athletes at heart and we
are very committed to helping
and improving our coaches.”

Seymour, who came in from
Grand Bahama, said he was
asked to join the state and he
was proud to do so because
more representation is needed,
not only for Grand Bahama,
but the Family Islands.

“T saw this as being a step
forward in the right direction. I
saw the plans that was unfolded
here some time back and I
think it’s spot on,” Seymour
said.

“T think it’s going to be very
difficult to get all of these
things, but if we are focussed, I
think we can achieve much of
which we plan to do.”

Experience

Finlayson, a former public
relations officer and president
since 1971, said the team has
the experience and passion and
energy to be able to think out
of the box.

“We need to think out of the
box to get to where we need to
get too,” he insisted. “One of
the most significant thing about
this team is that in the last year
or so, is that they enjoy being
together and when you enjoy
being together, you gel and do
the things that people normally
don’t do to succeed.”

Finlayson said all of the
coaches will be very proud of
the things that they have on the
agenda. For Charlton, the only
woman on their slate, said her
wealth of knowledge and an
advocate for transparency and
accountability will make a dif-
ference.

“The key thing is that as a
team, there is a lot of synergy
and there’s a lot of passion,”
she said. “But the one thing
that drives us is the athletes.

“Tf there’s no athletes, there
would be no need for any of us,
so we must put the athletes
first. That is our vision and once
we do that, everything else will
fall into place.”

And Munnings, the most
recent active athlete on the
slate, said he was trying to
remain an elite athlete, but for
a long time he was encouraged
to become a part of the execu-
tive board of the BAAA.

“The time is right for me. ’'m
no longer an elite athlete, but
I’m still very well involved in
the sport,” said Munnings, who
is competing as a masters com-
petitor and coaching the
younger athletes as well.

“T’ve seen the plan, which is
designed for the new BAAA
and I’m excited about the
prospect of what can be
achieved. Soccer has set a very
high standard for all sports to
follow and I think from the plan
that I’ve seen, once we stick to
it, the stack holders will be very
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CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Wildcats,

Truckers
hold off
rallies

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

THE Pineapple Air Wildcats and the Commando Security
Truckers both held off strong rallies from the Proper Care Pool
Lady Sharks and the Heavy Lift Dorsey Park Boyz to control
their respective New Providence Softball Association’s cham-
pionship series.

In the ladies’ opener on Monday night on the Banker’s
Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, the Wildcats
stopped the Lady Sharks’ comeback in the bottom of the sev-
enth for a 7-6 victory to snatch a 2-0 lead in the series that will
continue tonight at 7 p.m.

The Truckers, on the other hand, will also take a 2-0 lead in
their men’s series tonight after they secured a 6-4 win in the
feature contest.

After their close encounter with the Lady Sharks in game
two, Wildcats’ shortstop Christine Edmonds-Cooper said they
will definitely have to step up their game when they play
game three tonight.

“The performance wasn’t up to par. I believe that we could
have done better than we did. If we did, could have scored
more runs than we did,” she stated.

Close

“But we played like a high school team tonight. The next
game on Wednesday, I know that we will definitely play the
way we are capable of playing and not make it as close as it
was.”

Pineapple Air produced five runs in the top of the sixth
inning to take a 7-4 lead, thanks to consecutive RBI singles
from Jeanette Hilton, Linda Knowles and Candice Smith after
Marvelle Miller was intentionally walked with one out.

But Proper Care refused to roll over and play dead. They
made one last gallant attempt in the seventh to put two more
runs on the scoreboard before they left two more runners
stranded on base, resulting in another tough loss in the series.

Hilton finished with a perfect 3-for-3 day with two RBI, scor-
ing a run to lead the Wildcats, who got 13 hits with just a
strike out from ace Mary ‘Cruise’ Edgecombe-Sweeting in
the win on the mound.

SEE page ten



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21,

2009





BAHAMAS ASSOCIATION OF ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS: ELECTION CAMPAIGN

The New Vision

Wi Mike Sands presents plan for improved track and field programme
HB New slate of ‘visionary’ officers is introduced at press conference

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemeda.net

NE month

before the elec-

tions are held,

Mike Sands
presented the “New Vision”
plan that he and his slate of offi-
cers intend to campaign in a bid
to be returned to power in the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations.

Sands, who was ousted by a
‘vote of no confidence’ last
year, said he’s much more
focussed on “restoring the
integrity” of the BAAA and his
team will help to develop the
“vision” for a new and
improved track and field pro-
gramme.

At a press conference yes-
terday in front of the construc-
tion site for the new national
stadium, Sands presented his
Visionary team.

They include Sherwin Stuart
as first vice president; Grand
Bahamian Felix Seymour as
second vice president; Laura
Charlton as treasurer; Alpheus
‘Hawk’ Finlayson as public
relations officer; Tim Munnings
as secretary general; Don Turn-
quest as assistant secretary;
Rupert Gardiner as technical
director; Bernard Newbold as
statistician and Foster Dorsett
and Linda Thompson, both as
special projects officers.

‘Failed’

When asked why he decided
to seek another three-year term
after he was removed from
office, Sands said it was felt that
the BAAA’s current pro-
gramme has “failed drastically
and the present administration
has not demonstrated effec-
tively to run the affairs of the
association.

“T have heeded the call from
a number of persons, including
coaches, council members, ath-
letes, officials and friends, espe-
cially the athletes, whom I am
in constant contact with on a
very regular daily basics.”

Unlike his past administra-
tion, Sands said being so close
to what was going on, he was
“overshadowed” by seeing
some things.

“Being away from it to a cer-
tain extend, has given me a bet-
ter clarity of vision to see some
things that I did not see in the
beginning or in the past and
now I have a renewed clarity
of vision to ensure that the pro-
gramme in the BAAA continue
to grow from strength to
strength.”

As for the team assembled,
Sands said they have the expe-
rience and knowledge of the

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Ibany’s developers
yesterday said they
were “cautiously
optimistic” that pre-

* Some 800 construction workers now employed on site, with numbers expected to ‘peak above 1,000 in New Year’

sales targets allow-

ing them to “roll seamlessly” into
the project’s Phase I] next summer
would be achieved, telling Tribune
Business that some 800 workers
were now working on the $400 mil-
lion first phase.

Christopher Anand, the $1.4 bil-
lion Albany Golf & Beach Resort’s
managing partner, said the develop-
ers were “gunning for a finish next
summer” on the project’s first phase,
which includes the hotel component,
marina, all amenities and key infra-
structure, and while the timescale is
“going to be a little tight, we think
we will get there”.

The construction workforce was
expected to “peak above 1,000 in

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A MAJOR Bahamian law firm yesterday said it was “confi-
dent” it will be able to compete with the major British Virgin
Island (BVI) law firms in “one or two years”, having unveiled
a barrister of 10 years standing as the managing partner for its

new office in that jurisdiction.

Brian Simms, a Lennox Paton partner and the firm’s head of
litigation, in announcing the appointment of Scott Cruick-
shank as its BVI managing partner, urged other Bahamian
law firms to look at overseas expansion as a means of better sell-
ing this jurisdiction and its financial services products to exist-
ing/potential international clients.

“We've said for years that Bahamian firms should get out and
compete,” Mr Simms told Tribune Business. “The difficulty
Bahamian firms have are that there are resource issues, both
capital and human, in opening in other jurisdictions.”

While Bahamian law practices were specialised legal ser-
vices businesses, Mr Simms pointed out that companies from
rival offshore jurisdictions had been able to leverage other
parts of their businesses, such as trusts and trust administration,

to facilitate their global growth.

“They have a greater depth of resources,” Mr Simms said.
“Nevertheless, the Bahamian firms can match any legal services

those firms can provide.”

Overseas expansion, he added, would allow Bahamian law
firms to “hedge against catastrophe in any particular jurisdic-
tion”, such as a country being unable to escape the G-20/OECD

‘grey list’.

In addition, with their

SEE page 4B

Just 45 per cent of CLICO
liabilities in Bahamas

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas accounted
for just 45.5 per cent of CLI-
CO (Bahamas) $123.188 mil-
lion policy liabilities at 2008
year-end, according to the
insolvent insurer’s external
actuarial consultant, although
this jurisdiction accounted for
the lion’s share of issued poli-
cies.

The March 18, 2009, actu-
arial report by Paul Ngai, of
Prescience Insurance Consul-
tants and Actuaries, found
that the Bahamas accounted
for 76.8 per cent of CLICO

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(Bahamas) total issued poli-
cies at year-end 2008, or some
38,654 out of 50,341.

The actuarial report, tabled
as part of the report filed with
the Supreme Court by CLI-
CO (Bahamas) liquidator
Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez,
found that the company had
some 15,488 premium paying
individual life insurance poli-
cies in the Bahamas, generat-
ing $5.211 million in annual
premium revenue. The sum
insured was $500.876 million.

When paid-up and extend-
ed term life insurance policies
were factored in, CLICO
(Bahamas) was discovered to
have 17,298 life insurance
policies in total, the sum
insured increasing marginally
to $506.98 million.

On the individual accident
and sickness, or medical insur-
ance side, CLICO (Bahamas)
was said to have 11,230 poli-
cies in force in the Bahamas
as at December 31, 2008, just
under two months before the
company was placed under
Supreme Court supervision.
Annual premium revenues
were $3.161 million.

CLICO (Bahamas) had
also issued some 2,724 annu-
ity policies in the Bahamas,
generating $4.771 million in
annual premium payments
from individuals, according to
the actuarial report.

In total, CLICO (Bahamas)

SEE page 3B



* Developers confident they can meet summer 2010 opening target, with 40 per cent of Phase I lots sold
* ‘Cautiously optimistic’ of enough pre-sales interest to ‘roll seamlessly’ into Phase II, featuring over $1bn in sales
* 300-400 persons to be hired when Albany goes operational

the New Year”, Mr Anand said, a
potentially welcome dent - however
modest - in a national unemploy-
ment rate likely to now be approach-
ing 20 per cent.

He added that when completed in
summer 2010, some $400 million
would have been invested into
Albany’s first phase construction.
Apart from the construction of 40
cottages, this phase also involves 100
lots, “of which 40 are already sold”.

“The hotel is well under construc-
tion, and all the amenities have got
roofs on,” Mr Anand told Tribune
Business. “Every aspect of the
amenities are construction, and we

have 30 cottages under construction,
many of which have roofs, windows
and tiles on. The infrastructure work
is going on at good speed.”

The Albany managing partner
said floating concrete docks were
due to be installed in the marina “in
the next month”, with high-end lux-
ury yachts already able to enter and
exit the facility through the entrance
channel.

As for development’s golf course,
it was “almost all shaped”, with
grassing of all 18 holes due to be
completed by Christmas. “They’ll

SEE page 6B

Fiscal position ‘out of whack for some time’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas’ fiscal and
national debt position “will
be out of whack for some
time to come”, a former
finance minister said yester-
day, adding that it was not
advisable to engage in foreign
currency borrowing to sup-
port this nation’s external
reserves because it could cre-
ate repayment difficulties.

James Smith, minister of
state for finance in the for-
mer Christie administration,
told Tribune Business that
Moody’s decision to down-
grade the Bahamas’ B$-
denominated bonds from
their previous Al rating to
A3 should not have been a
surprise to any observers.

“Let’s put it this way,” he
explained. “I believe it should
have been an expectation on

potentially become burden-

Ex-finance minister argues against foreign currency
borrowing to prop up external reserves

our part, given the depth of
the recession we’ve been
going through for the past
years.” Those who had not
expected such an action by a
Wall Street credit rating
agency such as Moody’s had
now received a “reality
check”.

The Bahamas’ main macro-
economic indicators, Mr
Smith said, such as its nation-
al debt-to-gross domestic
product (GDP) ratio; its fiscal
deficit; tourism arrivals and
spending; and foreign direct
investment were all trending
in the wrong direction as a
direct result of the overall
economic downturn, making
some kind of ratings action
inevitable.

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had changed the Bahamas’
sovereign risk profile, Mr
Smith told Tribune Business,
with investors wanting greater
compensation for investing in
government bonds because
“the risk has gone up much
more”.

The Bahamas, he added,
had already gone past the 40
per cent debt-to-GDP ratio
regarded by key international
institutions, such as the Inter-
national Monetary Fund
(IMF), the rating agencies and
the Inter-American Develop-
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With the Bahamian fiscal
position already headed into
“troubled waters”, Mr Smith
said: “We’re headed that way
and can’t deny that, and that
has to be reflected in a change
in our risk profile in the rat-
ings. We might have seen the
worst of it [the recession], but
I think our fiscal affairs will be
out of whack for quite some
time.”

The now-CFAL chairman
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need to carefully assess sev-
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quantity of debt it held, “the
trajectory we’re on”, and the
difference between recurrent
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Just 45 per cent

of CLICO liabilities
in the Bahamas



FROM page 1B

had some 31,252 individual
policies in effect in the
Bahamas at year-end 2008,
producing cumulative premi-
um revenues of $13.144 mil-
lion. On the group side, the
company had issued some
7,402 group policies, produc-
ing premium revenues of
$1.825 million.

By far the bulk of CLICO
(Bahamas) liabilities, accord-
ing to the actuarial report,
were tied up in the annuity
policies issued by its Turks &
Caicos branch, which totalled
some $60.161 million.

However, CLICO
(Bahamas) current liability
position is likely to have
altered significantly since that
actuarial review was per-
formed.

Mr Gomez, in his first
report to the Supreme Court
on the CLICO (Bahamas) liq-
uidation, said the company’s
policy portfolio may have
shrunk by 15-20 per cent since
the insolvent insurer was
placed under Supreme Court
supervision on February 24,
2009, with some 1,807 policies
and $20.995 million worth of
insurance cancelled up to July
7 this year.

Mr Gomez said many
health and medical policies
had been cancelled because
the policyholders continued
to be rejected by Bahamian
medical practitioners and ser-
vice providers despite the fact
claims were still being settled.

He added that while a June
17, 2009, Supreme Court
order had allowed the liq-
uidator to pay claims up to

$5,000 per claim for emer-
gency medical expenses, and
$10,000 per claim for death
benefits, “this limitation was
not well received by medical
policyholders with serious
medical conditions” whose
policies were not covered by
CLICO (Bahamas) reinsur-
ance agreement with Bupa.

“There are approximately
four major medical policy-
holders terminally ill, whose
policies are not covered under
the reinsurance agreement,
with pending claims for med-
ical services totalling approx-
imately $500,000,” Mr Gomez
disclosed, adding that he was
discussing with attorneys the
best way to assist them.

“Medical policyholders
continue to experience rejec-
tions from medical service
providers, particularly local
service providers,” the liq-
uidator added. “This has
resulted in the cancellation of
many policies. However,
claims submitted to the com-
pany’s business offices are
being processed as received.”

He added that the policy
portfolio was also being
impacted by “misinforma-
tion” given to policyholders,
while former CLICO
(Bahamas) agents now
employed at other insurance
carriers were moving to entice
their former clients to follow
them.

“We estimate that there
may be a decrease in the port-
folio of approximately 15-20
per cent,” Mr Gomez warned.
“However, this cannot be
confirmed until the account-
ing has been brought up to
date.”

As at July 7, there were still
some 28,215 CLICO
(Bahamas) policies in force,
covering a $4.09 billion sum
assured. There were some
10,297 medical and 15,892 life
policies in force, accounting
for $2.088 billion and $1.992
billion in sums assured respec-
tively.

But during the four-plus
months since the insurer was
petitioned into liquidation,
some 1,807 policies - 182
annuities, 843 pensions, 676
life and 106 medical - had
been cancelled.

Some $15.086 million of the
$20.995 million sum cancelled
related to annuities, with pen-
sions accounting for $5.466
million worth.

Mr Gomez said 31 death
policy payments, totalling
$150,249, were made since
CLICO (Bahamas) went into
liquidation. Some 170 med-
ical claims were awaiting adju-
dication, along with $588,120
worth of claims made through
the insurer’s overseas med-
ical claims clearing house,
Olympus. Some four death
claims, worth $40,000, also
awaited adjudication.

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provision of financial services, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the position
of:

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The Manager - Payment Card Centre will provide focus and leadership for a unit
providing a suite of Visa based products and service offerings. The Manager will be
responsible for the development, harmonization and implementation of policies and
procedures that are in accordance and compliant with Visa By-Laws, Visa International
and Domestic Operating Regulations. Critical understanding of client agreements,
products, systems and services is a necessity. The position will work closely with
internal and external partners to ensure appropriate communication flow and sustained
management of the business relationship as a functional member of the Banking
Operations division. The Manager will also provide day to day supervision for a unit
staffed by 15 persons.

Core Responsibilities:
Provide leadership to teams, define scope, develop and manage project plans and
unit budgets
Direct activities, objectives, associated risk, change and control processes and
cross departmental efforts
Develop and execute customized account plans to increase volume and market
share within the local market
Continuously review client/merchant landscape and recommend, develop and
implement new and creative approaches to growing the product business
Assist marketing in product development and the launching of new products
which expand penetration
Work closely with Merchant Services to understand all aspects of offers being
sold to merchant clients
Develop and understand the client’s business including payment strategy across
all product platforms
Provides supervision to the customer service functions within the Centre to ensure
effectiveness and high degree of customer satisfaction and issue resolution
Promotes a strong sense of urgency and accountability to drive and achieve
departmental goals and objectives

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Knowledge of Banking laws, including requirements of The Central Bank of The
Bahamas.
Proven problem solving and organizational skills.
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Proven project management skills,
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Benefits include: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with work
experience and qualifications. Interested persons should apply no later than October
23, 2009 to:
Email: hr.apply@bankbahamas.com
or fax to: 242-323-2637

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Law firm ‘confident’ over BVI expansion

FROM page 1B

“stronger allegiance” to the
Bahamas, law firms head-
quartered in this nation would
be better able to sell the juris-
diction and its products.
Often, law firms based in oth-
er jurisdictions guided clients
and their advisers away from
the Bahamas.

“As Bahamian firms get
out in the market they will,
through their other offices,
promote and inform clients
and potential clients as to
what services are offered and

the level of professionalism
that exists in the Bahamas,”
Mr Simms said.

Announcing Mr Cruick-
shank’s appointment and the
formal opening of Lennox
Paton’s BVI office, Mr Simms
added: “The BVI office has
therefore begun its market-
ing campaign to let our client
base know we are open in
BVI for business.

“The response so far has
been very positive, and the
firm’s clients who use BVI
companies and structures
have been sending work to

BVI.

“We expect we will be able
to grow the BVI office, which
at the moment is very small,
and feel that in one or two
years we will be able to com-
pete in BVI with the major
law firms in that jurisdiction.”

Mr Simms said that unlike
its London office, which only
provided advice on Bahamian
law, the BVI would be the
first Lennox Paton overseas
office to offer “legal services
of a different law other than
Bahamian law.

“This should be an expan-

sion of the work base in the
office, not only providing
Bahamian advice but BVI
advice. Although the world is
in recession, we feel there is
sufficient room in BVI for the
office to succeed. We expect it
to enhance our reputation,
and it will be another step in
our efforts to be a global off-
shore firm.”

Mr Simms said BVI was
chosen as the second location
for Lennox Paton’s interna-
tional expansion because its
legislative structure was simi-
lar to the Bahamas.

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NOTICE

In the Estate of SHERVIN McDIAL
BURROWS late of Nassau East North
in the Eastern District of the Island of
New Providence, ane of the Islands in
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Electrician, Deceased.

A well established business within New
Providence is in search of an Inventory
Control Manager. Inquires must be
able to organize and set up an easy
manageable inventory control system
that includes monitoring and organizing
Building & Hardware and Plumbing
& Electrical Supplies. The successful
a must posses the following
Skills

The propanent shall be fully resporuble tor the desagn and

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technobogies

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1:00pm, Thursday October 1st, 2009 AbkWers mesting

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NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims or demands against
the above-named Estate are requested
to send the same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before Monday
the 30th day of November, A.D. 2009
after which the Administratrix will proceed
to distribute the assets of the deceased
among the persons entitled thereto having
regard only to the claims of which the
undersigned shall then have had notice.

Contact: TRAC BRISBY
Costracts and Proourcasont Manager
Pb (245) FOO. RE | Fase (260) 7TH?
PO Raw AP 19299, Yseeau Flsharven
Env rac brishy fase bes

Be able to:

* Track and follow-up on all shipment
from Suppliers.

* Receive and validate all shipped
items.

: Organize a comprehensive store
delivery system.

* Organize and/or Improve items
location on the sales floor area.

* Maintain a proper data base so
that management and staff have an
accurate record of all In-stock items

« Manage inventory control staff.



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2008
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/0 1845

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel
of lot of land containing approximately
2 acres situate in the vicinity of Murphy
Town-approximately three (3) miles
westward of Marsh Harbour on the

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are
Se requested to make full settlement on or

AND before the date hereinbefore mentioned.
IM THE MATTER of the Quisting Titles Act, 1959
AND

The successful applicant must have
a minimum of 3-5 years inventory
and stock taking experience. He/she
must be familiar with the Microsoft
word & excel software. Warehouse
management and Stock taking training
with certificates would be desired.

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Colin Baltron
Archer and Marjorie Louise Archer

NOTICE OF PETITION

TAKE NOTICE that Colin Baltron Archer and
Marjorie Louise Archer both of the Island of
New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas (hereinafter
collectively called “the Petitioners’) claim to be
the owners in long, exclusive and undisturbed
possession of the said piece, parcel or lot
of land containing approximately two acres
situate approximately three miles westward of
Marsh Harbour on the Island Abaco, one of the
Bahama Islands and have made application to
the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
Tides Act, 1959 to have their tide to the said
piece, parcel or lot of land investigated and
the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions
of the said Act. Copies of the filed Plan may be
inspected during normal working hours at :-

DUPUCH & TURNQUEST & CO.
Chambers

308 East Bay Street

P.O. Box N-8181

Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Executrix

Salary would be based on qualifications
and experience.

Interested applicants are asked to
apply through the following address:

The President
Re: Inventory Control Manager
P.0.Box N-7143

MARKETING MANAGER Nassau, Bahamas

Bahamas Supermarkets Limited operates a leading
supermarket chain in The Bahamas, As a market leader,
the Company prides itselfon delivering premier service
through tts City Market supermarkets, having a strong
commitment to its customers, associates and community.





An opportunity for a Marketing Manager in New Provi-
dence to join this market leader has arisen.

To our valued customers...

Reporting to the CEO, the successful applicant will have
Previous experience in implementing strategies, growing
market share and analyzing the marker and competition
to implement marketing strategies.

a. The Registry of the Supreme Court,
hier _ ae Street
orth, Nassau, The Bahamas.
#Â¥ The dAlbenas Agency Ltd.
b. The Office of the Administrator, Don
Mackey Boulevard, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, The Bahamas.

Key responsibilities and selection criteria include:

» Ability to analyze information to support consumer
initiatives and business planning

» Developing and implementing strategic marketing and
commercial plans
Ensure the achievement of agreed sales and gross profit
tairgels
Lead advertising and communication agencies on all
aspects of brand communication
Controlling advertising and promotional expenses
Highly flexible and mobile and prepared to work
evenings and weekends as required
Motivate, train and ensure that associates and outside
Contractors are able to implement marketing strategies
Ability to develop and execute Marketing plans
University degree in Marketing or Business Adminis
tration

» Work independently, making quick decisions while
working under pressure
Have good communication {verbal and written) and
interpersonal skills

» Highly tunctional computer skills with extensive
knowledge of Microsoft applications

will be closed
for inventory on
Frida iy, October 23, 2009.

c. Hall & Hall, Chambers, 2nd Terrace
West, Collins Avenue, Nassau, The
Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that if you have any
dower or rights to dower or an adverse claim
or claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before the 30th day of Novernber, A. D.,
2009 file in the Supreme Court in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence
aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of your claim in the
prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith together with a plan of the area
claimed and an abstract of title to the said
area claimed by you,

We will open again jor business
on Monday, October 26, 2007

Failure by you to file and serve a statement at 7:30am.

of your claim on or before the 30th day of
November A. D., 2009 will operate as a bar
to such claim.

Dated this 19th day of October, 2009

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

We apologise to our customers

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

jor any IMCOMVEMIENCE.
Peer hn ay Te Se ca

Hall & Hall

Chambers

2nd Terrace West, Collins Avenue
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attorney for the Petitioners

Gily qualified applicants will be contacted
No tereplane ingiities please

City Markl,

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Fiscal position
‘out of whack
for some time’

FROM page 1B

increased foreign currency
borrowing, Mr Smith said
there were potential down-
side risks to this, warning that
it was “not advisable to bump
up the foreign reserves
through borrowing, because
all yow’re doing is balance of
payments support lending”.

Arguing that this was effec-
tively a “stop gap measure”,
the former finance minister
questioned its effectiveness,
given that the recession would
produce a self-correcting
monetary policy mechanism
where limited credit creation
and import demand resulted
in a restricted foreign curren-
cy outflow. This would offset
the reduced tourism and for-
eign direct investment inflows,
thereby protecting the exter-
nal reserves.

Mr Smith said foreign cur-
rency borrowing during a

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recession to bolster the exter-
nal reserves was “not a good
thing” for the Bahamas,
because if tourism and for-
eign direct investment flows
did not return quickly - or in
the same quantity - there
could be difficulty in repay-
ing the foreign currency debt.

Explaining its decision to
downgrade the Bahamas’
local currency bond rating,
Moody’s said it partly reflect-
ed the fact this nation’s debt-
to-GDP ratio was anticipat-
ed to increase by 15 percent-
age points in the three years
to 2010.

“The erosion of the coun-
try’s main debt metrics, with
debt-to-GDP projected to
reach close to 50 per cent by

2010, from 35 per cent in
2007, further justify the A3 as
the appropriate level for both
bond ratings,” Moody’s said.

“Long-term growth lower
than that of its rating peers
also weighed on the decision
to align the bond ratings at
A3. The Bahamas’ two main
industries, tourism and finan-
cial services, have been
impacted by the world crisis
and will find it difficult to
recover strongly in the near
future.”

Moody’s kept the outlook
on all the Bahamas’ sovereign
credit ratings as ‘stable’, and
reaffirmed the Aal country
ceiling for foreign currency
bonds and A3 country ceiling
for bank deposits.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

SAILFAST FX FUND LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the In-
ternational Business Companies Act 2000 SAILFAST FX LTD. is in

dissolution.

The Date of the

Commencement of dissolution was 13th

October 2009. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.,
Building 2 Caves Village, PO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of
SAILFAST FX FUND LTD. All persons having claims against
the above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 13th

November 2009.

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ANSBACHER
BAHAMAS

Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited, a specialist in private banking, fiduciary services
and wealth management has an opening for the position of

Risk and Compliance Officer

The successful candidate will:

* Have responsibility for promoting, monitoring and maintaining the bank's strategic
risk management framework and compliance policies to ensure compliance with

regulatory requirements

Monitor and investigate departmental risk reviews

Act as a source of information and enforcement on risk and compliance matters,

policies and procedures

Assist in monitoring credit, market and operational risk positions and the bank's

key risk indicators in accordance with approved risk policies

identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk throughout the bank,
and develop and implement corrective action plans for resolution of problematic

issues

Safeguard the bank from any possible reputation damage and protect and enhance
the reputation of the bank

Assist in report preparation and data compilation as required

Carry out such other risk management and compliance related duties as may be

required

Qualifications:

Minimum of three (3) years of compliance and/or financial risk experience

Four (4) year college degree required
8400 Certification or other relevant professional qualification would be an asset

Strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills

Strong computer and database management skills

Organizational and project management skills with the ability to multi-task

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please send all resumes to the attention of:

Hurnan Resource Manager

Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited

P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 325-0524

E-mail: hrmanager@ansbacher.bs

Deadline for all applications by hand, fax or e-mail is Friday October 23, 2009

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EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd

Client Support Officer

EFG International
EFG International is a global private banking group headquartered in Switzerland,
offering private banking and asset management services. EFG Intemational’s private
banking businesses currently operate in 55 locations in over 30 countries, with circa
2,400 employees.

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd continues to expand as evidenced by its new
premises at Lyford Cay. EFG Bahamas has over 40 experienced professionals and
offers a full range of solutions for wealthy clients around the globe, EFG's unique
corporate culture attracts the most entrepreneurial and most experienced
professionals in the industry. To learn more, please visit www.efgintemational.com

We are looking for a professional with business experience dealing with high net
worth clients and companies. Specifically, we require a professional fluent in Franch,
English and Spanish to deal with the existing client base. The candidate must
possess knowledge of administrative frontline duties, follow up on trade executions,
deal with telephone enquiries, prepare client visits, organize business travel, the
ability to monitor profit centre costs and retrocession payments, The interview will be
conducted in French.

Preference will be given to a candidate with a university or college degree. Computer
literacy is required with proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products.

EFG offers an attractive compensation plan that includes salary, bonus and benefits.
Salary will be determined by experience, and qualifications.

Only qualified professionals should submit applications by 6th November 2009 to:

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Lid
Human Resources

Centre of Commerce, 2 Floor

1 Bay Street

P.O. Box $8 6289

Nassau, The Bahamas

Fax (242) 502-5487

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Albany ‘gunning for tight’
$400m Phase I completion

FROM page 1B

be finishing in the next six
weeks from the grassing per-
spective,” Mr Anand said,
adding that some holes were
likely to be completed and
ready for play by the holiday
season. The entire course was
set to be finished by

March/April 2010.

Despite the recession and
global credit crunch, which
have impacted both the
wealth and debt financing

abilities of Albany’s prospec-
tive high-end real estate pur-
chasers, Mr Anand said the
developers were still seeing
“very strong interest” as they
headed into the winter/Christ-
mas selling period.

“Things have actually been
pretty good on that front,” Mr
Anand said. “We’ve had 10
sales since April, and we’re
seeing very strong interest
going into our selling sea-
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Bahamas has huge appeal for
people seeking to escape cold-
er climes.”

Summer was not a strong
real estate sales period for the
Bahamas generally, Mr
Anand explained, as it was
more difficult to entice
prospective clients away from
the warm weather in their
home countries.

Pointing out that the “signs
are encouraging”, the Albany
managing partner said he was
cautiously optimistic “if the
world has put itself back
together”, and was “quite
looking forward to this forth-
coming season.

“People are going to be
blown away when they’ve
seen what has happened. It’s
not such a leap of faith,” said
Mr Anand, explaining that
the ‘bricks and mortar’ con-
struction and the sight of
buildings going vertical could

only increase buyer confi-
dence that Albany was deliv-
ering what it had promised,
thereby creating fertile
ground for more sales.

The 565-acre project has
also been aided by the fact
that most other Bahamas-
based development projects
of a similar nature, and many
in the Caribbean, have been
stalled by the recession/cred-
it crunch, thus reducing the
competition for high net-
worth real estate buyers.

Mr Anand told Tribune
Business the developers had
already been “seeing some
real interest in Phase IT”, and
added: “It’s our goal, provid-
ed we have some level of suc-
cess with pre-sales, which
we’re optimistic about, to go
into Phase II next summer.
We will seamlessly roll into
Phase II from the first phase.”

The Phase IT construction

will largely be centred around
Albany’s marina, and involve
100 units whose sales prices
will collectively fetch more
than $1 billion. Its start, Mr
Anand added, would likely
simulate a “whole new wave
of hiring” by Bahamian con-
tractors engaged to build it.
Albany’s managing partner
said the project would “prob-
ably start” Job Fairs for full-
time posts in the develop-
ment’s operations by Febru-
ary/March 2010, with some
300-400 direct jobs created
when the first phase opened.
Apart from the marina and
golf course, Mr Anand said
the first phase construction
would also produce complet-
ed amenities including a spa,
tennis courts, fitness centre,
water park, family restaurant,
adult’s and children’s lounges,
and all the infrastructure and

back office needed for the
hotel operations.

He attributed Albany’s
ability to keep moving, while
many other projects had
stalled, to the “unusually high
percentage of equity” in the
project that had been invested
by the company’s sharehold-
ers. Apart from world-
renowned golfers Tiger
Woods and Ernie Els, these
also include the Tavistock
Group, the vehicle through
which Lyford Cay-based bil-
lionaire Joe Lewis makes his
worldwide investments, and
Mr Lewis’s business partner,
Terry White.

Mr Anand said the quality
of the project’s shareholders
had been backed by the 80
families who purchased real
estate at Albany as part of the
development’s Founders Pro-
gramme.



PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, BETTYANN REQUEL
MORLEY of ISABELLA BLVD., P.O. BOX SS-
6522, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, intend to change my
name to BRIANNA REQUEL MORLEY. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE
MATCHAPLIN LTD.
Bahamas International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

MU

NOTICE is hereby given that PHANUEL LOUIMA of
Pinewood Gardens, P.O. BOX GT-2914 NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 21stday of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF SYLVIA ROBERTS late
of Kensington Gardens, Soldier Road in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, De-
ceased.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the In-
ternational Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), MATCHAP-
LIN LTD. is in dissolution. Robert C. Muffly is the Liquidator and
can be contacted at c/o Becker Glynn Melamed & Muffly LLP,
299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171. All persons having claims

against the above-named company are required to send their names

NOTICE

TROISMA LIMITED

NOTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator
before 18th November, 2009.

ALA (a
Robert C Muffly
Liquidator

TROISMA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 19th
October, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted
to and registered by the Registrar General.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims or demands against the above-
named Estate are requested to send the same duly
certified to the undersigned on or _ before
Friday the 6th day of November 2009 after which
the Personal Representatives will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Deceased among the
persons entitled thereto having regard only to the
claims of which the Personal Representatives shall
then have had notice.

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE
EUROSHORE OVERSEAS LIMITED
International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust
Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 21st day of October, A. D. 2009



Credit Suisse Trust Limited
a a Liquidator

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), EURO-
SHORE OVERSEAS LIMITED is in dissolution. PANAMERI-
CAN MANAGEMENT SERVICES (BAHAMAS) LTD. is the
Liquidator and can be contacted at Marlborough & Queen Street, PO.
Box N-10429, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against
the above-named company are required to send their names addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 18th
November, 2009.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are requested
to make full settlement on or before the date

hereinbefore mentioned. NOTICE
CASH, FOUNTAIN
Attorneys-at-Law
P.O.Box N-476
Armstrong Street
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Personal Representatives

JADE ELEPHANT LIMITED

NOTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

cscs tate a (a)
PANAMERICAN MANAGEMENT
SERVICES (BAHAMAS) LTT.
Liguidlanse

JADE ELEPHANT LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 20th
October, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to
and registered by the Registrar General.

. FG CAPITAL MARKETS

BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES The Liquidator of the said company is Manex Limited, The

Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau,
Bahamas

ROYAL FIDELITY

Mioemeey at Work

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
TUESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,491.36 | CHG -0.01 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -221.00 | YTD % -12.91
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%

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

52wk-Low Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $
1.03 0.00
9.90 0.00
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2.14 0.00
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Dated this 21st day of October, A. D. 2009

Securit y
AML Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank ($1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S$)
Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson 9.95 9.95 0.00
Premier Real Estate 10.06 10.00 0.00

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Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

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2.37 2.37
9.93
2.72
5.83
3.03
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0.322
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Manex Limited
Liquidator

9.33
2.72
5.26
1.27
1.32
6.28
8.80
10.00
4.11

9.93
tS
5.83
3.02
2.05
6.28
9.30
10.00
4.11

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10.00
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Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)

KLEIN PROPERTIES S.A.

1.60
0.27
5.49
9.35
10.00

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FBB17
FBB22
FBB13 100.00
FBB15 100.00 0.00
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price
7.92 842 14.00
2.00 6.25 4.00
0.35 C40 0.55
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
30.13 31.59 29.00
0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV YTD% Last_12 Months
5.20
-6.75
5.18
-13.59
5.86
Sie
2.76
0.00
5.88
5.30
CO.22
4.54

160.00
100.00

19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
Prime + 1.75% 29 May 2015

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

Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E

ABDAB
RND Holdings

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 of the International Business Companies Act No. 45
of 2000, KLEIN PROPERTIES S.A., has been dissolved
and struck off the Register according to the Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 29th day
of September, 2009.

Fund Name Div $
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund

CFAL Money Market Fund

1.3344
2.8952
1.4210

1.4038
2.8300
1.4946

3.72
-3.75
4.25
-8.61
4.42
3.10

31-Aug-09
30-Sep-09
9-Oct-09
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12.3870
100.0000
99.4177
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000

Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund

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1.0000
10.5884
1.0757
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EPS § - A company's reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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n last 52 weeks
ighted price for daily volume
d price for daily volume
rom day ta day
traded today

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of 12 Bell Lane, Gibraltar
Liquidator

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DIV $ - Dividends
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eS



Chocol-Art Shoppe has something
oween

special in store for Ha

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

HALLOWEEN is almost
upon us and that means it’s
time for trick-or-treating -
emphasis on the treating.

At the Chocol-Art
Shoppe, a gourmet store
that specialises in hand-
made chocolates, they are
creating something special
for the Halloween season
this year.

To say that the hand-
made chocolates are good is
without a doubt an under-
statement. The chocolate
treats, formed in shapes of
popular Halloween motifs,
are freshly made and melt in
your mouth.

Chocolatiere Jenny Pierre
of the Chocol-Art Shoppe
told Tribune Taste that they
wanted to do something
very different this year,
something that would make
kids say “Mummy, I want
this”.

“We are making some of
the same things we made for
last year’s harvest festival, as
we call it, this year. But I
wanted to make the choco-
lates a little different, some-
thing more enticing than
usual,” she said.

Ms Pierre is referring to
the store’s new chocolate
masks, which include the
likenesses of the action hero
Spiderman and the famous
ogre Shrek.

They are made out of milk
chocolate and are large
enough to cover a child’s
face.

And although the masks
on display at the shop are
made out of regular milk
chocolate, customers can
make their own selections as
to the flavours and colours
they want their treats to be
made with.

“At the store we have on
display the chocolate masks
that are only made out of
regular milk chocolate. We
do this because some people
don’t like all of the different
flavours, so we allow them
to make their own selec-
tions. If they want their
Shrek or Spiderman made
with the green, red, and blue
details we can do it,” she
said.

The process to create
these edible art pieces is
quite intriguing, and even
though it is a very “nick-
picky” procedure, Ms Pierre
said it is a labour of love.

To get the shape of the
character, a mask is used to
make a mold, and then a
heat vacuum is used to suc-
tion the chocolate. But
before the molding is com-
pleted the flavours must be
mixed into the chocolate
first.

Along with the detailed
chocolate masks, the
Chocol-Art Shoppe is also
offering chocolate cats,
pumpkins and bags along
with other tasty treats.

“The chocolate pumpkin
will be made out of either

white or milk chocolate, but
like I said before, it is what-
ever flavour the customer
wants,” she said.

The edible chocolate bags,
delightful creations, are
about four inches to five
inches long, and Ms Pierre
said that they are great for
party favours.

And have you ever heard
of “prapples”? This is the
newest edition in the can-
died apples department, and
the Chocol-Art Shoppe is
reinventing their flavours,
making them even more
delicious than before.

“These are not the regular
candied apples. It’s praline
are not so smooth, but they
are clear and can be any
colour. However, the ones
on display will follow an
orange theme,” she said.

Since the store opened its
doors about two years ago
the response from the cus-
tomers has been very
favourable, Ms Pierre said.

People have been patron-
ising their shop regularly
especially during times like
Valentine’s Day, Halloween
and Christmas.

“We have had pretty good
response from our cus-
tomers all the time. They
always compliment us on the
way our chocolates are
made. What I do think
makes our customers satis-
fied is the taste of our
chocolates and the fact that
they are made to order, so
they are fresh,” she said.

The Chocol-Art Shoppe is
located in the Mount Royal
Plaza. For more information
call 356-4449.



THE CHOCOLATE TREATS,
formed in the shapes of popular
Halloween motifs, are freshly
made and melt in your mouth...

Photos courtesy of the

Chocol-Art Shoppe





Best of Bahamian food and music
at BASRA ‘Evening of Elegance’

By REUBEN SHEARER

Tribune Features Reporter

THE créme de la créme in

Bahamian cuisine and music will be
featured at the Bahamas Air-Sea
Rescue Association’s (BASRA)
‘Evening of Elegance’ on Novem-
ber 7.

BASRA’s annual fundraiser nor-
mally takes the form of an evening
ball, but this year’s event has evolved
to become an upscale Bahamian
extravaganza like no other, organis-
ers said. The event will start at
7.30pm sharp, and promises to be
an exciting evening of mixing, min-
gling, dancing and dining under the
stars at the Old Fort Bay Club.

Carolyn Caley, BASRA event
committee chair, told Tribune Enter-
tainment the plans were revamped
because people were looking for
something a little different this year.

An incredible line-up of enter-
tainment includes performers such as
Peanuts Taylor, Daddy Long Legs,

Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association revamps

its annual fundraising event to offer
first-class cuisine and entertainment

MoJo from Elvina’s in Gregory
Town, Eleuthera, and the Long
Island Connection.

Ms Caley said that the idea is to
have the guests be entertained from
the moment they arrive until the
time they leave.

“People seem to be so down at
the moment because of the reces-
sion, so it’s important that we ensure
that they have fun this time around.

“We want them not to come out
of obligation, but because they want
to have fun,” she said.

An array of amazing foods will
also be prepared by culinary artist
Jared Forbes, who served as per-
sonal chef to former US Ambas-

sador to the Bahamas John Rood.

“Chef Jared has put an amazing
menu together. We’ve asked him to
have a Bahamian thread running
through all the foods. He’s incorpo-
rating Bahamian-themed ingredients
in the dishes, like guinep mayon-
naise,” she said.

Grouper

Grouper ceviche is a featured dish
on the extensive menu. You heard
right, not grouper and peas n’ rice,
but grouper ceviche, which we hear
is absolutely delightful. This fish
medley is served with fruit and veg-
etables that will tantalise your taste



buds and leave you wanting more.

“Cocktail bars will be set up all
around the party for persons to buy
drinks. Hors d’oeuvres will be passed
around at the beginning of the
evening,” Ms Carey said. And wine
will be served with dinner all evening
long.

International cheeses, an array of
salads, sushi, pasta, and cooked
meats will all be on offer on the
night.

There is a sushi bar by the pool, a
seafood buffet, a carvery showcasing
local delicacies such as Andros roast
pork loin with apple chutney and
tropical fruit salsa, and of course, a
tasty dessert selection.

Miss Bahamas International
Amanda Appleyard will draw the
tickets for the raffle in which prizes
such as a stay at Kamalame Cay in
Andros, Bahamas Fast Ferries tick-
ets to any destination, and vouchers
for Coin of the Realm and Brass and
Leather stores can be won.

The door prize is two round-trip
business class tickets to London
courtesy of American Airlines.

Tickets for the extravaganza are
available at BASRA headquarters;
International Merchant Bank; Dami-
anos Sotheby’s International Realty;
and Lyford Cay Sotheby’s Interna-
tional Realty at a price of $150.

BASRA is the Bahamas’ only vol-
unteer rescue service, whose sole
purpose is saving the lives of dis-
tressed seamen or airmen.

They are ready to help 24 hours a
day, and carry out their rescues at no
cost. Financial donations are an
important part of the contributions
that BASRA depends on to main-
tain its service to the Bahamas.

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ENTERTAINMENT





© Old School Thursday

This Thursday, October 22, is ‘Old School
Thursday’ at the Marley Resort. Relax, wine
and dine to the rhythm and feeling of “One
Love and One Heart.” If you love those old
school hits by Michael Jackson, Bob Marley,
Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie and all the leg-
ends, then the Marley Resort and Spa is the
place to be.

The Marley's Boutique Showcase is from
7pm to 9.30pm; the dinner show will be from
8pm to 10pm.

° The Business of Art in the Bahamas

The issues forum “The Business of Art in
the Bahamas” will be held this Thursday at
7pm at the National Art Gallery on West
and West Hill Streets.

Art is many things, but there is a business
side to it that somehow is not fully acknowl-
edged. Has the market changed in recent
years? What is the relationship between
gallery and artists today? What is needed in
order to move forward? These issues and
more will be addressed by a panel including
Pam Burnside, John Cox, Jay Koment, Anto-
nius Roberts and Heino Smith.

Call 328-5800/1 or visit the website at
www.nagb.org.bs for information.

e Ardastra Gardens workshop for chil-
dren

Ardastra Gardens and Zoo presents “All
About...” - a series of educational work-
shops/seminars designed especially for chil-
dren between the ages of 5-12 years. One
Saturday each month experts at Ardastra
will feature a new and exciting topic.

For the month of October it’s all about
the enrichment. Kelly Hobbs, curator of
Ardastra will define animal enrichment and
explain its importance to animals in captivi-
ty. Participants will get the opportunity to
administer some enrichment to animals in
the Ardastra family.

There is a registration fee per child and
closes one day prior to the workshop. To
register please contact Phillippa Moss as
phillippa@ardastra.com or at 323-5806. This
month’s workshop will be held from 10am to
12noon on Saturday, October 24.

® First All Ceramic Exhibition

Local ceramicists and potters will get the
opportunity to show off their artistry in the
‘First All Ceramics Exhibition’ which pays
homage to Denis Knight. The exhibition is
open from October 23 to November 13 at
Popopstudios located on Dunmore Avenue
in Chippingham.

One of the goals of the exhibition is show
that three dimensional work is just as impor-
tant as canvas work. The artists taking part in
the show include Jessica Colebrooke; Mary
Deveaux; Jansu Pottery; Andret John; Max
Taylor; Imogene Walkine; Kelly Knowles;
Neko Meicholas; Sue Bennett-Williams; Kat-
rina Cartwright; Tamara Russell, and Nicole
Sweeting.

e The Devil and Jacinta

The College of the Bahamas Performing
Arts Centre presents “The Devil and Jacin-
ta” by Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o
from October 29-31.

The central character of the play is Jacin-
ta Warringa, an unemployed single mother,
who flees Nairobi after a failed relationship
and after being fired by her boss because
she would not accept his sexual advances.
Riding through the countryside at night by
bus on her way to her hometown, she meets
a peculiar band of strangers, all of whom are
headed to a feast in a cave of all places; a
feast being held in honour of the greatest
thieves and robbers in the town. Jacinta,
despite her fears, attends this feast and there
meets a fate some would find hard to believe.

The play was written by Ngugi wa
Thiong’o as a condemnation of politics and
society in post-colonial Kenya while he was
detained in prison in 1977. He was jailed by
then Vice-President of Kenya Daniel arap
Moi because of the hard hitting message of
his play “Ngaahika Ndeenda” (I Will Marry
When I Want). While detained he wrote
“Devil on the Cross” on prison-issued toilet
paper. Tickets for the play will be on sale in
the SES Room, A97. The play stars current
English majors Gerren Bethel and Cherilyn
Rahming as well as COB alum and former
English major Emille Hunt, among others.
Visit http://repbahamas.yolasite.com for
more information.

e Rain

The internationally acclaimed Bahamian
movie “Rain” by Maria Govan will be shown
for one night only at the Regency Theatre in
Grand Bahama this Friday, October 23, at
8pm. The proceeds from the event will ben-
efit the Grand Bahama Children’s Home.

The admission fee includes wine, hors
d’oeuvres and fine chocolates. Tickets are
available at Seventeen Shop in downtown
Freeport; Zorba’s Greek Restaurant in Port
Lucaya; Wide World Travel located in the
Insurance Management Building, and at La
Belle Beauty Salon on West Atlantic Dri-
ve. The stars of the film will be there and are
hoping for a fantastic turn-out in support of
the young Bahamian filmmaker.

e Islands of the World Fashion Week

The highly anticipated Islands of the
World Fashion Week will be held from
November 4-8 and people may currently pur-
chase tickets online or after the November 2
in person at the box office at the Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach.

Online ticket purchases must be collected
from the box office on or before the day of
the event, bringing the purchase confirmation
e-mail, a photo ID, and the credit card which
was used in order to collect your tickets. For
further information or assistance, contact
242-356-6133.

- Thursday, November 5, at 6pm - Runway
1: Guest designer Leanne Marshall

- Friday, November 6, at 6pm - Runway 2:
Guest designer Henry Jackson

- Saturday, November 7, at 5pm - Run-
way 3: Designer Murielle Leconte — Haiti

Runway 4 at 6pm: Guest designer: B
Michael (includes after party)

- Complete Fashionista Event Pass avail-
able

The ultimate Halloween party

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

hat makes a great

Halloween party?

Great food, great

music, great deco-
rations and of course a “spook-
tacular” venue. With all this in
mind you should be able to plan
the ultimate Halloween party that
will rival all parties to come this
season.

But before you begin spending
any unnecessary money, the first
thing you might want to consider
is your budget. This is probably
the most vital part of your party
planning, Natalie Appleyard, dec-
orator and event planner at Wild-
flowers, told Tribune Entertain-
ment.

“You must allot how much
money you are going to spend for
food, how much you are going to
spend on music, how much you
intend to spend on your venue,”
she said.

After you have determined the
amount of money you are willing

to spend on the preparation of
the party, you can choose a theme
for the event.

Decide whether your party will
be a costume party or a regular
Halloween party. You don’t want
half of your guests showing up in
Halloween costumes and the oth-
er half without costumes, Ms
Appleyard said.

This is also good time to decide
on a venue, since the venue of the
party and the theme go hand-in-
hand.

“Be sure to have a back-up plan
if you decide to have your party
outdoors. The weather pattern
can shift unexpectedly,” she said.

To get the Halloween feel, you
can choose a venue like an old
spooky house decorated in cob-
webs, pumpkins, and infamous
characters from popular horror
films like Saw, Scream, or Hal-
loween, or you can have the party
in your backyard, adding all of
the ghostly details and decora-
tions. This will surely set the tone
of your party, she said.

Depending on the kind of party
you are having, you should choose
the type of food that is served.

If you are having a sit-down
dinner it would be best to have
different courses.

“Tf you are having a dinner par-
ty then you should make arrange-
ments for course meals. Now, if
the party is a costume party then
it is best to have finger foods,
because I don’t think a person
who attends your party all dressed
up in a Frankenstein costume will
be happy about sitting down all
night in their costume not able to
move around,” she said.

The food can also be prepared
in Halloween motifs that add to
the theme.

No party is a party without
music. But what music is best suit-
ed the scariest night of the year?
How about Michael Jackson’s
“Thriller”, a suggestion made by
Ms Appleyard.

“The first song that should be
played at the Halloween party is
*Thriller’. It is the universal theme

song of Halloween. You cannot
have a Halloween party without
playing Thriller. Then, other Hal-
loween selections can be played as
well at the party,” she said.

To make your party even more
enjoyable, you can also have your
guests participate in various activ-
ities.

“Activities are always a great
idea for any Halloween party.
You can have activities like the
best costume contest, the most
original costume contest, or a con-
test for the best thriller dance imi-
tation,” she said.

After every detail of your party
is planned perfectly, you can begin
with the invitations. To cut costs,
an alternative to sending out invi-
tations is to simply call your fam-
ily and friends and let them pass
the message on. Or you could post
an announcement on social net-
working sites like Facebook and
Twitter.

In no time your guests will be
well aware of your party and get-
ting ready to boogie!

NCity to drop first music video for ‘Like Me’

THE Bahamian girl group NCity is getting
ready to release what is being touted as one of
the most anticipated music videos of the year.

The up and coming group will be premiering
their very first music video for the track “Like
Me” on November 1.

The release party will be held at Club
Uptown in Nassau on October 30.

The video was shot by Farreno Ferguson
aka FDot for iKonz Media and features a
guest appearance by singer TaDa who per-
forms alongside NCity members Believe and
Skyy.

The video also features two of the top
Bahamian dance crews, Swifz Crew and Juice
Unit, and Los Angeles-based choreographer
Nonny Price, who has worked with many inter-
national acts and performed at the Grammy’s.

The song “Like Me”, which was produced
by Christopher “Sketch” Carey, is a sexy and
sassy song, uplifting and fun at the same time.
It is a club tune to dance to and in terms of its
lyrics it is a song that calls out to everyone
who has ever been told that they could never
do what they wanted.

“Like Me” was shot on location in Nassau.
The first shoot was at the Builders Mall where
a warehouse was turned in to a club scene and
the second location, for the studio shots, was at
FAM Records.

The concept for the video was to create a
high energy, sexy and fun scenery. The video
starts with Skyy and Believe pulling up to the
club where a crowd of fans has gathered. The
girls look fabulous, sophisticated and sexy, so
some of the girls in the crowd, the ‘haters’ aka
H Crew, give NCity the evil eye as they think
the duo are flirting with the men there.

Believe and Skyy then enter the club accom-

Believe (left) and Skyy of the hip hop duo NCity...

panied by their respective dates. The H Crew
try to make a move on the girls’ dates and
there is an altercation. Nonetheless, the party
continues and NCity perform in the club along-
side TaDa. The crowd enjoys the performance
and has a great time.

NCity said they are very excited about their
first music video and even though “it was a bit
nerve-wracking, everything went smooth.”

The group suffered some minor setbacks
during shooting, having to endure a power cut
while shooting the club scene. Nevertheless,
everyone had fun at the shoot, the dancers
offered an excellent performance as did the
choreographer, stylists and everyone else



involved, the group said.

NCity said they would like to thank every-
one who made this video possible.

“This experience has been life-changing and
we could not have done it without you all.
Thanks to FDot for actually taking the project
on and putting up with us; Mark Roberts for
letting us use his warehouse and totally taking
over his property.

“TaDa, Dash and Kenny; Erin, our stylist,
we love you. Renae Brown and Shekia Light-
bourne - hair and makeup they had us on
point. But last but surely not least, the H Crew
- Tuesday, Heike and Cina - for the long
hours.”

BNT Wine and Art Festival on Saturday

TASTE a selection of exquis-
ite wines while you feast your eyes
on the work of dozens of artists at
the 19th Annual Bahamas Nation-
al Trust (BNT) Wine and Art Fes-
tival, set for this coming Satur-
day.

Sunny tracts through the
Retreat, the Village Road head-
quarters for the BNT, will be lined
with art rivalling the surrounding
world famous collection of palms.

Rusty Scates, wine director of
Bristol Wines and Spirits, the
event’s major annual sponsor,
said: “Last year we had a magnif-
icent turn-out to taste our 53
wines, including numerous very
knowledgeable visitors and an
encouraging number of young
Bahamians keen to learn the plea-
sures of wine and the foods they
compliment.”

This year’s visiting suppliers
include Alan Riviere, Chateau
D’Esclans & Sacha Lichine
Wines; Chris Jones, Folie A Deux
Winery (Menage a Trois Wines);
Maximilian Valles, Trivento, and
Devon Larking,

StagsLeap/Beringer/Lindemans.

The event will also feature the
works of 42 artists in a variety of
styles. New artists to the festival
include Sabrina Lightbourne;
Mullings;

Marco Tamara

a



“WORLD’S BEST Rosé” — Acclaimed by many as makers of the “World’s best Rosé”, the Chateau D’Esclans,
exhibited and poured their 2007 Whispering Angel to appreciative patrons at the 18th Annual Bahamas National
Trust Wine and Arts Festival last year. Visiting from France, was company representative Shannon Benoist, seen pour-
ing ‘a taste’ to Bahamian pharmacy technician Domonique Sinclair.

Cartwright; Alan J Pratt; Shakila
Stubbs; Laurell Burrows; Lisa
MaLu; Trevor Tucker; Peter Otim
Angole; Scott Roberts; Del Fox-
ton; Jason Kushel, and Terranique
Miller.

A silent auction will be held at



YOUNG ARTIST MAKES A SALE — Faith Rae, seven-year-old Queens College
Student and granddaughter of well-known artist Malcolm Rae, was the
youngest artist exhibiting last year at the 18th Annual Bahamas National Trust
Wine and Arts Festival. She is pictured pointing to her water colour donkey,
which she sold to PS Advertising and Public Relations executive Keith Parker.

(Photos by Keith Parker/PS News/Features)

the members preview on Friday,
with the artists each donating a
piece of their work.

The sparkling star of the 19th
Wine and Art Festival is Martini
Rossi Brut Rose.

Mr Scates advises that the oth-
er 53 featured wines will come
from Mondavi; Bonterra; Triven-
to; Concha Y Toro; Lindemans;
Boschendal; Georges Duboeuf;
Stag’s Leap; Souverain; Bogeda
Protos; Marques de Caceras;
Cesari; Chateau D’Esclans; Gra-
ham Beck; Beringer; Chateau St
Jean; Ravenswood; Folie a Deux;
Jekel; Sonoma Cutrer; Matua;
Rosemount Estates; Penfolds;
Charles Baker; Henry of Pelham;
Sauvion et Fils; Chateau Meaume;
Chateau Lamonthe; Domaines
Sacha Lichine; Martini, and Rossi.

Festival patrons will be able to
purchase or order wines at a spe-
cial price at the event for pickup
at the Bristol Wines warehouse
the following week.

Mr Scates said he will once
again be holding a be holding a
food and wine pairing seminar at

1pm, so patrons are encouraged to
come early.

“All the wines will be poured
by staff members of Bristol Wines
and Spirits who look forward to
this event and quite a few of them
have developed an appreciation
for wine,” he said.

Lynn Gape, education officer
for the BNT, said: “We are
delighted to have additional spon-
sorship this year from Kings Real-
ty and Gourmet Market, Caves
Village.

This event is one of our major
fund-raising events each year and
although we know the economy
generally is down, we look for-
ward to a great turn-out so that
the numerous National Trust pro-
jects can proceed.”

The Festival will be held from
for 12noon to 6pm on Saturday.

There is an admission fee for
the public and BNT members,
with accompanied children under
12 free.

All admission is in aid of the
BNT. Parking is available across
the road at Queen’s College.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, PAGE 11B



ARTS

Who will be ‘Redefining the Portrait’ winner?

By REUBEN SHEARER
Features Reporter

he dream of becoming the
next ‘big thing’ on the
local art scene will be
more tangible for one
young artist tonight after he or she is
declared the winner of the Central
Bank’s 26th Annual Art Competi-
tion and Exhibition’s open category.

Under the theme “Redefining the
Portrait,” this year’s selection for the
open category - on display at the bank
until October 30 - focused on the clas-
sical style of painting a subject from the
shoulders up, where the face and its
expression are the predominant fea-
ture.

To qualify, participants had to be
Bahamian, 18 years or older, and not
registered in secondary school.

The winner will be announced fol-
lowing a special wine reception at 6pm
in the foyer of the bank at the Market
Street entrance. The overall winner
will be presented a $7,000 cash prize
simply called ‘The Central Bank
Award.’

It is the Central Bank’s hope that
the $7,000 will be viewed as direct
funding for future art projects by
developing artists.

With this in mind, the winner of
the Central Bank Award will be invit-
ed to the CBOB Art Gallery for a
solo exhibition at their discretion.

The Central Bank of the Bahamas
Competition and Exhibition began
25 years ago when a small group of
artists, curators and art enthusiasts
came together out of a desire to
impact the Bahamian art scene.

Tribune Arts featured some of the
artists’ works two weeks ago. The
response was so overwhelming, we
decided to feature more pieces.

Included in the exhibit are about 50
pieces by numerous artists. The
pieces vary in style and theme, some
incorporate unusual materials to pre-
sent a unique vision.

Competitors submitted one piece of

STRUGGLE by Jonathan Delaney



REDEFINING THE PORTRAIT by Kevin Rolle...

work in the categories of sculpture,
drawing, painting, print, collage, and
other pictorial presentation forms.

Thinking that his first piece didn’t
fit the exhibit’s theme, artist Jonathan
Delaney opted to enter another one
of his works in the competition.

The 18-year-old created his piece
‘Struggle’ in a little over three days,
but almost didn’t submit this painting,
which depicts a black slave child with
piercing eyes.

Describing the message behind his
art, he said:

“Everybody feels the struggle, not
only the adults but children, and
everybody is always moving forward
and trying to forget the past.”

A College of the Bahamas art
major, Jonathan said he wanted to

remind black people of their African
roots.

Dry brush and wet techniques were
used to bring out the bright brown
hues and tones of ‘Struggle’, which
stands tall on a big canvas.

Veteran artist Lemero Wright is
the painter behind ‘State of Mind’,
an abstract piece featuring a brown
skinned woman with city buildings
etched into her afro.

Lemero has entered the exhibition
nine consecutive times since 2000,
and has captured the second place
spot several times. He has received
numerous honourable mentions for
his work.

The idea that sparked the creation
of ‘State of Mind’ came about during
a random pastime, Lemero said.

PORTRAIT of Michael by Dylan Rapillard

“T was looking at a magazine and I
came across a face. It looked so pecu-
liar so I tried to draw some buildings
in her hair. It represents a woman at
her conscious state, where she may be
thinking of something, in deep
thought.”

Danderia Bethel entered the com-
petition for the first time this year.
Her piece, ‘Patriarch’, illustrates the
gravity of a father’s role in the life
of his son.

She worked on this piece, which
incorporates denim as a material, for
two weeks. “It speaks about men
being the start of generations,” she
said. The face of a man is plastered
on the baby’s pants, and the face of a
baby on the man’s pants.

“This contrast represents boys
growing into men and men being the
Key to passing on their manhood to
the younger ones,” she said.

“To start off with, I was looking
for a different medium instead of the
typical canvas. The clothes came to
my mind because of the texture. I
used denim because I liked the tex-
ture of it.”

When people look at the piece,
Danderia said she wants them to
understand that men are the struc-
ture of society.

“They carry a lot of weight and
they are the producers of the next
generation, so their role is very
important,” she said.



STATE OF MIND by Lemero Wright

For Matthew Wildgoose, helping
Bahamians to appreciate their own
arts and talent is the motive behind
his painting of Ronnie Butler.

“T was working along the theme of
Bahamian icons. And I thought
who'd be better to paint than Ronnie
Butler? He is a very iconic figure.”

Matthew painted a portrait of the
singer performing on-stage last year
in his signature look - black sun-
glasses and black attire.

“For this new piece I wanted to
depict him as a man, with all the
imperfections,” he said.

Before he started on the piece,
Matthew arranged to take some shots
of the entertainer.

“T wanted to make it larger than
life, because that’s the kind of person
Ronnie Butler is to me.”

And the final product seems to
have achieved this goal. The untitled
piece shows an aged Butler, up close
and personal, staring off into space,
with a pensive look on his face.

Matthew says he wants Bahami-
ans to realise the importance of
knowing more about their own musi-
cians, before they begin to appreciate
foreign performers.

For successful artists, this compe-
tition will serve as an introduction
for them to the Bahamian art scene,
and the exposure they will get will
be invaluable for their future endeav-
ours.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21,

2009

NGity to drop
first music
video for
‘Like Me’

See page ten

Chocol-Art Shoppe
has something special
in store for Halloween



See page nine

The Tribune SECTION C e

‘Drawing awareness to
OUr Mangrove SWaMmps

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

rtists in the

Bahamas

often extend

a generous

hand in giv-

ing back to the community,

but for local pencil artist Kim

Smith, also known as K
Smith, this is the norm.

This year, he has created a

special piece for the Bahamas

‘Empty Bowls’
on a mission to
feed the hungry

By REUBEN SHEARER
Features Reporter

MARRYING the arts with
the mission to feed the hungry
is the goal of the ‘Empty
Bowls’ organisation’s
Bahamian chapter.

In early March, Empty
Bowls and the Salvation
Army celebrated the First
Annual Charity Drive and
Art Fair at the College of the
Bahamas. A crowd of nearly
5,000 people participated in
the event.

Next year, they’re hoping
to top this year’s event, and
they are seeking public sup-
port for their upcoming pre-
events.

Special efforts have been
made to have a patio sale this
Saturday, October 24, at the
West Ridge Shopping Centre
(Super Value parking lot on
Cable Beach).

Committee members have
donated items for the patio
sale, which will take place
from 8am to 12pm.

Last year, the National
Children’s Choir, the Mighty
Beacons, and local artist
TaDa performed at the event.

“Bowls made out of clay,
wood, and paper-maché, are
sold at the event for $5 to $25,
and persons use it to eat out
of,” Joann Behagg, Empty
Bowls chairperson told Tri-
bune Arts.

Ms Behagg is asking for the
support of those who can par-
ticipate in the sale, and hopes
that it will yield even more
funds than the last one.

Members of the Empty
Bowls committee presented
a $5,000 cheque to the Salva-
tion Army last March.

Empty Bowls is an interna-
tional project led by artists,
art students, and art organi-
sations who aim to fight
hunger around the world.

The organisation allows
participating artists and
groups to create and donate
bowls, then serve a simple
meal to individuals who pur-
chase the bowls.

National Trust’s 19th Annual
Wine and Arts Festival and
is donating a percentage of
his earnings from the sales of
the drawing to the Trust.

The piece, entitled “Man-
grove Tranquility”, is a
detailed depiction of a man-
grove swamp’s reflection on
water.

Mr Smith told Tribune Art
that the idea behind the art
work is to bring awareness to
the environmental threats to
the mangroves in the
Bahamas.

And while he believes that
this piece will go down as one
of his greatest works, he said
the passion and motivation
needed to complete it did not
come easy.

“Tt was a little struggle find-
ing the passion for this piece.
Tt took me about three days to
line the drawing. I had no pas-
sion to do the piece,” he said.

But his passion ignited after
the painting began to take
form.

“After I put a little bit more
work into the drawing the
three dimensional quality
began to take shape. This
somehow sparked my enthu-
siasm and I felt excited to
complete the piece,” he said.

Mr Smith said he spent a
total of five hours per day on
the piece, and always kept in
mind that his painting was for
a very worthy cause. He was
compelled to donate a por-
tion of his earnings to the
BNT as it will go towards



K SMITH working on ‘Mangrove Tranquility’ — a coloured pencil drawing...

maintaining the National
Bonefish Park. “This is very
special because the park is
also a mangrove swamp and I
want people to recognise the
mangrove swamps for what
they are,” he said.

The painting will be on sale
at the Wine and Art Festival
to be held this coming Satur-
day at the Retreat on Village
Road.

Fifteen per cent of the earn-
ings from the original drawing
and 10 per cent from the
sales of the limited edition
prints of “Mangrove Tran-
quility” will be donated to the
BNT for the National Bone-
fish Park.

Mr Smith has in the past
also made contributions to the
National Art Gallery, the
Bahamas Red Cross Society,
rotary functions and many
other organisations.

While he is a benevolent
artist, he said before he makes
a contribution he must agree
with the cause.

“T am very selective when
donating to an organisation.
When donating, I must
believe in the cause first. Now
if it has something to do with
children I would most defi-
nitely donate. For me donat-
ing is a way of giving back and
it makes me feel good that I
am in the position to make
meaningful contributions to
our country,” he said.

(See Page 10 for details
about the BNT’s 19th Annual
Wine and Art Festival)

Remembering Amos Ferguson, ‘the Picasso of Nassau’

By REUBEN SHEARER
Features Reporter

ONE of the most significant artists
the Bahamas has ever seen has died.
Taking in all that his legacy includes,
there is no doubt that we have cer-
tainly lost a national treasure in Amos
Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson was known by the art
world at large as one of the most sig-
nificant outsider or ‘primitive’ artists
ever, and earlier this year was dubbed
by the New York Times as "the Picas-
so of Nassau.”

Erica James, director and chief cura-
tor of the National Art Gallery, knew
Mr Ferguson personally and described
him as a “dynamo,” and a very spiri-
tual and passionate man who lived
transparently.

“Tf he didn’t like you, he’d let you
know,” she told Tribune Art.

Broadly categorised as “outsider art”
or “art brut” (raw art), Mr Ferguson’s
work embodied a sense of cultural free-
dom, devoid of competition or social
promotion. Working from his home on
Exuma Street, renamed Amos Fergu-
son Street in his honour in 2005, Mr
Ferguson was a renowned intuitive
artist and storyteller that painted “by
faith and not by sight”, often turning to
the bible for inspiration — as he would
tell those curious about his methodol-



POLICE BAND by Government House by Amos Ferguson...
(Photo courtesy of the National Art Gallery)

ogy.
Negotiations are now underway to
acquire the home of Mr Ferguson,

which houses an extensive art collec-
tion.
And Ms James said: “We want to

have permanent installation of his
work in the gallery.”

Although described by the New York
Times as “the Picasso of Nassau”, Mr
Ferguson faced seemingly resolute
obscurity in the Bahamas.

Mr Ferguson started as a house
painter and said he didn’t take his talent
seriously until his nephew told him
about a dream he had - a dream in
which God told his nephew that his
uncle had a talent he wasn’t using.

Mr Ferguson was a devout Christian
and many believe that it was his infalli-
ble faith that lent him the courage and
vision to fully explore and develop his
unique and distinctive style.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham,
reflecting on Mr Ferguson’s legacy said
Mr Ferguson is perhaps our country’s
most successful artist with works in pri-
vate collections and galleries around
the world.

Dionisio D' Aguilar, whose father
was an ardent collector of 50 of the late
artist’s works, called Mr Ferguson the
“father of Bahamian art.”

Mr Ferguson’s paintings can go for
up to $10,000, and persons from coun-
tries around the world own a piece
his art.

Additionally, his pieces, which are
characterised by child-like figures, can
be found in the Smithsonian Institute
in Washington, DC.