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Former president
criticises organisation

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A FEUD has broken out
within the Bahamas Christian
Council over the position tak-
en by leader Rev Patrick Paul
on the proposed amendment
to outlaw marital rape.

Former Council president
and outspoken social activist
Bishop Simeon Hall released
astatement yesterday criticis-
ing the organisation for its
apparent failure to seek con-
sensus on the issue.

The Christian Council, the
largest religious federation in
the country, expressed its
rejection of government's
attempt to make it illegal for a

husband to force sex on his
wife on Thursday, after the
Catholic Archdiocese, the
Bahamas Conference of the
Methodist Church and the
Seventh-Day Adventist
Church had already expressed
their support for governmen-
t's proposal.

Bishop Hall, who presided
over the Christian Council in
1999 and 2000, expressed his
disappointment at the sus-
pected failure of council lead-
ers to consult others before
taking a controversial stance
on marital rape and creating a
division both within the organ-
isation and the Church.

In a statement released to

SEE page eight

Concerns raised over recent
approvals of crown land

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

AS THE House of Assembly’s Select Committee continues
its work looking into the disposition of all crown land grants,
concerns have been raised over recent approvals issued since
August and whether or not a new “transparent” system has tru-
ly been implemented at the Department of Lands and Surveys.

On July 20, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham pledged his gov-

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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net



A MAN was remand-
ed to Her Majesty’s
Prison yesterday after
being arraigned in Mag-
istrate’s Court on a mur-
der charge.

Police have charged
30-year-old Jamar Atiba
Munnings with the mur-
der of Mario Rahming.

Munnings, who is rep-
resented by attorney
Stanley Rolle, is accused
of intentionally causing
Mr Rahming’s death on
Saturday, August 29.
Appearing before Chief
Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Court One,
Bank Lane, he was not
required to enter a plea
to the murder charge.

SEE page eight

RECENTLY implemented
regulations that placed a ban
on the harvesting and sale of
turtles will turn hard-working
Bahamians into "criminals,"

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

Grand Bahama Shipyard.

SEE page eight

“Debt?

Claim that turtle ban will turn
Bahamians into ‘criminals’

FREEPORT - Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes has approved a strike vote for the
Grand Bahama Port Authority Workers
Union, which is calling for the reinstate-
ment of two union shop stewards at the

Mr Foulkes told the media in Grand

according to those who oppose
the ban.

Opponents argue that by
removing the option for impov-
erished residents of the family
islands to occasionally eat turtle
meat government also will be

SEE page eight

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Dr Nottage to
‘launch leadership
campaign during
PLP convention’

By PAULG
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Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net



UNLIKE his colleagues
PLP MP for Bain and
Grant’s Town Dr Bernard
Nottage is reportedly set to
launch his campaign for the
leadership of the party not
months before the conven-
tion, but rather during the
party’s convention in Octo-
ber of this year.

With two candidates
already declaring their
interest in the deputy lead-

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PM weighs in
on student sex
Clause atdition to
teachers contract

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham has
weighed in on the debate over
the student sex clause that gov-
ernment wants to attach to the
contract of teachers.

Mr Ingraham noted that gov-
ernment has asked all teachers
to acknowledge in writing that
they understand his adminis-
tration’s zero tolerance stance
on child molestation. He also
acknowledged that the
Bahamas Union of Teachers
has asked its members not to
sign the clause, but said this is
of no importance.

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where I really don't feel as
though they represented the
workers at all. I really can't
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of just reactive, I think a lot of
confusion could be avoided.
Sometimes the personal aspi-
rations of union executives
conflict with their duties.”
Hillwood Smith, 29,
unemployed

"T personally believe that a
union is like a double-edged
sword. They are based on
great ideals built to protect
and support its members,
securing them jobs or bene-
fits. At times though I find
their methods bordering on
the extreme, too often when-
ever there is a problem a lot of
unions immediately resort to
the sick-out tactic. I think that
there should be some com-
mon ground, as union leaders
they should be able to orches-
trate negotiations in a
reserved manner."

Mrs. Rolle, PMH employee

"I must admit I am a little
disappointed with unions at
the moment. It seems as
though, with the current state
of economy, fees are only
going up and with no real
increase to the amount of ben-
efits engendered. I would have
hoped that seeing as there is
no coverage increase, they
would have waited until work-
ers received their salary
increases. Prices are going up
everywhere, but our wages are
staying the same, sometimes
Tjust don't feel as though the
unions share our common
interest."

Michael Thompson, 58

“T think just by looking at
what's going on with the Hotel
Union, they're not being rep-
resented properly. I mean just
look at what excuses they’re

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giving about the union and the
bank accounts — that should-
n't be happening.”

Russ Owens, 50,

Trucking Industry

"I'm self-employed so I don't
have any first-hand experience
in any union, but from what
I've seen basically unions
suck. They make me ashamed
and they should be
embarassed simply because
they can't seem to get it
together. They can't sit down
to a table and come to any
amicable agreement on any-
thing and that's bad for the
entire country, all the in-house
fighting is ridiculous."
Ministry of Works
Employee (Physical Plant)

"Tam not happy with union
politics at this time. My rea-
sons being our union had told
us that we will receive funds
during the month of October,
right now feedback from our
representatives is looking as
if this will be put off even fur-
ther. So basically we are just
being put on the back burn-
er. We haven't received any
salary increments so we're
doing all the work and not get-
ting paid for it.”

Jacintha Charlton, 49,
Bus No. 286

"A lot of people are losing
their jobs and as representa-
tives of the workers they
should be giving some kind of
response or call to action-
and quite frankly at this time
it appears as if they're doing
nothing.

“With the global economy in
this state, every action is cru-
cial and they should be doing
more to represent the people
and fulfil their commitment."

Govt ‘at least a month
away’ from decision on
change to gambling laws

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

TOURISM stakeholders keen
for “radical change” to the
nation’s gambling laws and regu-
lations will have to wait at least a
month longer to find out if gov-
ernment is likely to implement its
recommendations, according to
Tourism Minister Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace.

A committee comprised of peo-
ple from the tourism industry and



government officials formed to review the proposals put forward
by the Bahamas Hotel Association in conjunction with the Casino
Association in early April this year was initially scheduled to
report back by the end of August.

But yesterday Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that the intervening
distraction of the Miss Universe Pageant, along with vacations
taken by some of the Committee’s members, now leads him to
believe it will likely not make its views known before the end of this
month.

The committee was formed after the BHA made a presentation
to Government earlier this year that called for a major overhaul of
the regulatory framework governing the casino industry, considered
signficantly outdated by most tourism stakeholders, including Mr
Sands, Kerzner International (Bahamas) President George
Markantonis and Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian.

Mr Sands told The Tribune in March 2009 that “radical change”
was needed soon if The Bahamas is to maintain a competitive
edge against other popular gaming destinations — in particular,
Florida, which this Summer changed its laws to facilitate an all-out
expansion of gaming in the nearby State as a means of raising
much needed revenue in tough times.

Among the recommendations made to the Government by the
BHA at that time were that a wider variety of people in The
Bahamas be allowed to gamble, that different types of games be
permitted and that regulations that slow the pace of business in
Bahamian casinos be adjusted.

Yesterday Gaming Board Secretary Bernard K Bonamy said his
department has already reported back to Government on the pro-
posals and suggested that by and large it would not stand in the way
of their implementation. He said that as far as the Gaming Board
is concerned, it is now up to the Minister of Tourism whether the
recommendations made by tourism stakeholders be implemented.

“There are some things which we could do but there are some
things which depend on the Minister relaxing the rules,” he said.

Insofar as the recommendation that a wider variety of people be
allowed to gamble, Mr Bonamy said “that’s again with the minis-
ter.” He said the Gaming Board has “no opinion on it.”

Meanwhile, the Secretary said the Gaming Board is not against
allowing the introduction of new types of games in casinos “so long
as they are part and parcel of what’s happening in similar juris-
diction and the Board can have a look at it.”

He agreed that certain regulations do make it “very difficult” for
casino operators to do business at a competitive pace.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said he expects the Committee will
have to meet twice more before it can conclude its discussions on
the issue.

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LOCAL NEWS



O Tourism

13 per

cent drop
in visitor
numbers

THE Bahamas had one of
the sharpest declines in visitor
numbers in the region during
the first half of the year, the
Caribbean Tourism Organisa-
tion said.

According to the CTO’s
statistics, tourist numbers are
down by 15 per cent.

In Antigua and Barbuda
visitor numbers dropped by
13 per cent and Barbados
recorded a nine per cent
decrease.

The Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation’s Mid-Year Economic
Review and Tourism Outlook
Survey released in July found
a significant decline in busi-
ness activity during the first
six months of 2009.

And more than three out of
four hoteliers, 77 per cent,
anticipate revenue will be
down for the remaining six
months of the year.

When asked their outlook
for 2010, 30 per cent reported
a negative outlook, 53 per
cent a fair outlook and 17 per
cent a positive outlook.

Proactive

According to the survey,
most hoteliers have respond-
ed to the recession's pressures
and have taken a proactive
stance to reduce costs and
maximize
revenue, as
90 per cent
of hotels
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adjustments
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In addi-
tion, 87 per
cent of hote-
liers have
reduced
their average
daily room
rate, with
two-thirds
putting in
place “value-added” market-
ing programmes.

Two-thirds (67 per cent) of
the hoteliers have also put in
place energy efficiency mea-
sures, including timers, low
wattage lighting, solar water
heaters, staff-led practical
energy conservation measures
and a range of other initia-
tives.

Bahamas Hotel Association
president Robert Sands said:
“Our industry is packed with
exceptional people with the
professionalism and commit-
ment to providing stellar ser-
vice.

“All hands need to be on
deck in this regard, as our rep-
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TENNIS ACE CALLS TRIBUNE TO RUBBISH ‘BAHAMAS NIGHTMARE’ CLAIM

Hewitt fires
verbal volley at /
magazine story

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

INTERNATIONAL tennis ace Lleyton
Hewitt last night slammed an Australian
magazine’s claim that his wife is living a
“Bahamas nightmare.”

After Bahamians reacted angrily to the
publication’s claim that he and his wife are
living a life of fear in a “poverty-stricken”
Bahamas, Mr Hewitt assured them that his
family had nothing to do with the story.

In an exclusive interview with The Tri-
bune, the former world number one tennis
player hit out at the Australian tabloids,
saying their stories claiming to be based
on insider information about him and his
wife Bec are simply “fabrications.”

The Old Fort Bay resident said he was
just as angry as the many Bahamians who
commented on the “Women’s Day” web-
site when he heard about how the article
had linked him and his wife to a less than
rosy portrayal of his new home.

Now the 28-year-old says he wants to
set the record straight — assuring Bahami-
ans that he and Bec, 26, have only good
things to say about The Bahamas.

“Any story about us in any of those mag-
azines is absolute rubbish and it’s not com-
ing from us whatsoever,” said Mr Hewitt,
who personally telephoned The Tribune to
make his views known.

Contrary to the article’s claim that his
wife lives a life of loneliness and fear of



“Any story about us
in any of those
magazines is
absolute rubbish and
it’s not coming from
us whatsoever.”



rampant crime, the tennis player said the
young couple have had “nothing but fan-
tastic experiences” during the eight to nine
months they have lived here, having made
many new friends.

Relished

Meanwhile, Mr Hewitt said he has rel-
ished the opportunity relocating with his
family to The Bahamas has provided him to
play tennis with the islands’ best.

“Not only have I been able to hit with
and hang out with Mark Knowles, but I’ve
been hitting with younger Davis Cup play-
ers like Marvin Rolle who plays for The
Bahamas. So I’ve been having a lot of fun
with the locals here and I’d prefer the truth
to come out rather than all the fabricated
stories.

LLEYTON HEWITT
serves to top seeded

Roger Federer of
Switzerland during
the US Open on
September 5, 2009.

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“We've made great friends over here,
everyone’s been so friendly and we feel so
safe. For us it’s a fantastic place to raise a
young family and we’re having a lot of fun,”
added Hewitt.

The tennis ace, who just returned to The
Bahamas after playing in the U.S. Open
tennis tournament — where he lost to
world number one Roger Federer on Sat-
urday — said that part of the reason the
couple chose New Providence to make their
home with their two children was because
they felt it would allow them some respite
from the glare of the tabloid media in Aus-
tralia, who love to follow their every move.

“At the end of the day if our faces are on
the front page of these magazines then
they’re going to sell and most of the time
we just blow it off. But obviously when we
come to a new country and we’re living
here and everything’s fantastic and every-
one’s treating us well we don’t want to be
perceived in a totally different situation
than it is and put a negative spin on it,”
said the tennis pro.

With a banner headline “Becs Bahamas
Nightmare” Women’s Day claimed that
Mr Hewitt’s wife Bec “wants out” of The
Bahamas because she is lonely and afraid,
given rampant crime levels and “abject
poverty.”

The story alleged that a photo of Mrs
Hewitt leaving her Bahamas home showed
her with a “look of fear” on her face
because of her experience here and warn-
ings from her neighbours.

Order that registration of
embattled union be revoked



By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

REGISTRAR of Trade
Unions Harcourt Brown has
ordered that the registration of
the embattled Bahamas Com-
mercial Stores, Supermarket
and Warehouse Workers Union
be revoked.

Mr Brown also warned union
executives that he plans to for-
ward the matter to the Attor-
ney General's Office "for pros-
ecution."

According to a letter dated
July 13, 2009 - bearing Mr
Brown's signature — as of Sep-
tember 30, the union's registra-
tion will be terminated.

According to the letter,
addressed to union president
Elgin Douglas, the decision was
made because “the union has
despite the notices from the
Registrar of Trade Unions in
correspondences dated the 18
and 24 of February ... wilfully
refused to hold nominations and
elections of executive officers
for approximately 24 years.

The letter continues: "The

union has wilfully refused to
provide the Registrar of Trade
Unions with (an) audited finan-
cial statement pursuant to sec-
tion 30(2) and (3) of the Indus-
trial Relations Act for the peri-
od 2007-2008 and/or the finan-
cial statements provided by the
union were not in compliance
with the Act pursuant to sec-
tion 30(2).”

"Further be advised that
effective immediately the Reg-
istrar of Trade Unions will also
be forwarding the matter to the
Office of the Attorney General
for prosecution pursuant to sec-
tion 30(5)," the letter contin-
ued. In March, Mr Brown — who
is also the director of labour —
accused Mr Douglas of not hav-
ing held a democratic election
since the 1980s and of failing to
give a proper account of the
union’s finances.

The director has said the
department is “convinced

beyond a shadow of a doubt”
that there has never been a
properly conducted election in
the union and accused Mr Dou-
glas of “electing himself every
three years” to head the organ-

isation. The Bahamas Com-
mercial Stores, Supermarket
and Warehouse Workers Union
represents employees from
companies such as Furniture
Plus, Coca Cola, Purity Bakery,
Caribbean Bottling Company
and City Meat, among others.

“Members have complained
to us that they have never, ever
participated or been allowed to
participate in the affairs of their
union. Remember, these are
people who are paying dues,”
Mr Brown had said previously.

But Mr Douglas denied these
claims, calling Mr Brown’s
assertions “absolute rubbish”
and suggesting that he lacks
supporting evidence. Mr Dou-
glas has claimed he remained
president since taking over in
1988 because he has a strong
base of support among mem-
bers.

He said the union had an
election in August, 2008 and
that the results are “good for
three years.”

He has also claimed Mr
Brown has personal reasons for
wanting him out of the union's
top spot. Attempts to reach Mr

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By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

THE man convicted of
killing the daughter of veteran
broadcaster Steve McKinney
had his life sentence affirmed
by the Court of Appeal yes-
terday.

Michael Byron Simmons,
25, also known as Kaz, was
convicted of manslaughter for
the 2007 stabbing death of
Trevonne McKinney, 22, after
pleading guilty to the charge.

The victim died in hospital
after being stabbed multiple
times in Wilson Tract on Sun-
day, March 4 of that year.

Simmons was sentenced to
life imprisonment in July 2008
by Senior Supreme Court Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs.

Abandoning

He had sought to appeal
both his conviction and sen-
tence, however his attorney
Wayne Munroe said yesterday
that as a matter of law, Sim-
mons is abandoning his
appeal against the conviction,
as he had pleaded guilty to
manslaughter.

Simmons also abandoned
his appeal against the life sen-
tence.

Court of Appeal President
Dame Joan Sawyer noted that
the court could, by varying
the sentence, increase it.

In June, the appellate court
quashed the death sentence of
Roger Watson for the 2007
shooting death of 12-year-old
Eddison Curtis Johnson.

The Court of Appeal resen-
tenced Watson to 50 years
imprisonment, setting aside
the death penalty and substi-
tuting a conviction for
manslaughter. The Court of
Appeal yesterday dismissed
Simmons’ appeals against his
conviction and sentence.
Accompanying Dame Joan
Sawyer on the bench were
Justices Hartman Longley and
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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Rift over Obama school speech

WASHINGTON — The furor over Presi-
dent Barack Obama's start-of-school speech
to the nation's students — challenging them
to work hard, earn good grades and stay in
school — typifies the country's widening rift
over politics and social issues.

It's certainly an unwelcome distraction
as the president prepares to address both
houses of Congress and the nation Wednes-
day about his embattled attempt to over-
haul the health care system, which has taken
a hammering from Republicans and some
middle-of-the-road Democrats.

Dating back to his campaign for presi-
dent, some Obama opponents have tried to
paint him as a "socialist." Since winning the
White House, the attacks have continued
over his attempts to invigorate the tumbling
economy with a $787 billion stimulus.

Far-right critics now charge that Obama
would use his back-to-school remarks Tues-
day to indoctrinate youngsters into his
alleged "socialist" agenda.

Fox News Channel commentators
Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck have been
prominent in attacking the speech. Florida
Republican party chairman Jim Greer said
he was “absolutely appalled that taxpayer
dollars are being used to spread President
Obama's socialist ideology."

Even Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of
Minnesota, a moderate and potential presi-
dential contender in 2012, said Obama's
speech was "uninvited" and raises questions
of content and motive.

Many school districts have decided not to
show Obama's speech, partly in response to
concerns from parents.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called
that "just silly" during a Sunday television
interview. He said the text of the speech
would be on the White House Web site
Monday and that watching the address was
voluntary.

Opponents to the president's school mes-
sage latched onto a lesson plan, since amend-
ed, the department sent out asking students
to write letters "about what they can do to
help the president." Duncan said that
referred to Obama's "goal of having the
highest percent of college graduates by
2020."

The secretary noted: "We just clarified
that to say ‘write a letter about your own
goals and what you're going to do to achieve
those goals.’ So again it's really about per-
sonal responsibility and being accountable,
setting real goals and having the work ethic
to see them through.”

While the White House dealt with that
controversy, Obama's environmental advis-
er resigned under fire for inflammatory state-
ments made before he joined the adminis-
tration.

Van Jones "understood that he was going
to get in the way" of Obama's agenda, White
House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sun-

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day. Jones, who specialized in environmen-
tally friendly "green jobs" with the White
House Council on Environmental Quality,
was linked to efforts suggesting a govern-
ment role in the Sept. 11 attacks and to
derogatory comments about Republicans.
Fox's Beck was one of Jones’ leading detrac-
tors.

Some Obama critics are sparing no efforts
to diminish his presidency — piling on such
distractions as he prepares for the critical
health care address — hoping that a defeat
of the overhaul, a signature campaign
promise, will tarnish his administration. That,
the thinking goes, could open the way for
Republicans to make a comeback in next
year's midterm elections after their shatter-
ing defeat by the Obama juggernaut in 2008.

Obama took office vowing to change the
tenor in Washington, to seek bipartisanship
as he worked through his reform agenda.
So far he's had no success with that course.

Switching tactics at the eight-month mark
in his four-year term would mark a turning
point for a president elected by an unusual-
ly wide margin. But Obama has seen public
opinion poll numbers shrink considerably
among independents and those who have
been turned against his legislative agenda
by the relentless criticism from the conserv-
ative right.

(This article is written by Steven R Hurst of

the Associated Press).
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Obama urges youth
to study hard

If so-called conservative Americans —
presumably Republicans — are too dumb
to appreciate the principles that President
Obama is trying to inculcate in American
students in his speech today, we hope that
Bahamian teachers will make certain that
his words get to every Bahamian student so
that each of them will understand the impor-
tance of education and their responsibility to
themselves to put in the hard work to obtain
it.

As the President told his nation’s students
at the end of the day they can have the most
dedicated teachers, the most supportive par-
ents, and the best schools in the world, but
none of it will matter unless they fulfil their
responsibilities.

“Unless you show up to those schools;
pay attention to those teachers; listen to
your parents, grandparents and other adults;
and put in the hard work it takes to suc-
ceed” you “can’t drop out of school and just
drop into a good job.”

“You’ve got to work for it and train for it
and learn for it,” he said.

And if this is what some Americans see as
subversive, then we need more of this type of
subversion to put this confused and irre-
sponsible world back on its axis.



The dynamics
of sexual abuse

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I did not want to share my
family story with the public
because it involves intimate
aspects of my late Mother's
conjugal life and the memory
of her abuse is still very painful.
After hearing and reading the
Bahamas Christian Council's
statement on the amendment
of the Sexual Offences Act, I
decided to overcome my reti-
cence and share part of this sto-
ry with the public in the hope to
engage, educate, sensitize, and
help persons understand the
dynamics of domestic violence
and sexual abuse.

The Valleray family is con-
sidered the “bourgeoisie” of
Martinique. My mother, Mar-
guerite, was an educated and
trained teacher who eventually
became the first female to hold
ministerial credential in the
Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Local church historians record-
ed my mother's accomplish-
ment as the most successful
evangelist who baptized, in her
time, more persons than any
male minister (except for her
two sons, Guy and Joel). Her
engineer father was the first
person to own a vehicle in
French Guyana. My father,
Gerard, was an articulate, intel-
ligent brigadier police officer
whose father travelled through-
out Europe as a colonel in the
French army. Were they alive
today, they would have been
87 and 95 years, respectively.

I was about eight years old
when I got sick with the
measles. Wanting to protect my
siblings, Mom quarantined me
from them by allowing me to
sleep on a cot in her bedroom.
Because of the terrible physical,
emotional, and sexual abuse
she suffered at my father's
hand, she developed angina.
One night, while I was still
sleeping in her bedroom, Mom
got her regular chest pain and
as usual placed the prescribed
tablet under her tongue to
relieve it. Dad came home
drunk and in spite of my pres-
ence in the bedroom, demand-
ed sex of Mom. I could hear
and see everything. Because
Mom did not consent, he used
his fist to beat her into submis-
sion and then raped her in my
presence.

The landlord's house was
next to ours and one of their
windows looked right into my
parents’ bedroom through its
own window. My father, in his
drunken stupor, did not care
that their bedroom window was
wide open when he demanded
sex. Mom suffered the indigni-
ty of being raped multiple times
while the landlord's daughter
looked on from that window
into theirs. Later on in life, she
told us how terribly ashamed
she was that the neighbour had
witnessed this sexual abuse and
that she could not hold up her
head when she saw the neigh-
bours.

After Mom's death in 2001,
my then 59-year old eldest
brother, Guy, recounted how

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To this day, he cannot eat
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My father used his police
gun to terrorize Mom and his
family. Mom reported the mat-
ter to his superior. Finally, his
superior, Commandant
N'Guyen, took the gun away
from him. He then purchased a
butcher's knife to replace the
gun and threatened to kill Mom
with it. I vividly recall that
night. All of us experienced
sheer terror. The fear of Mom
dying at my father's hand was
real and part of our daily lives.

My 50-year-old youngest
brother, Ralph, recently wrote
an article for the “Union des
Femmes,” an association of
women whose goal is to combat
domestic violence in Mar-
tinique. What follows is a trans-
lation of an excerpt from his
article.

“A child, I was, until my
thirteenth birthday, the power-
less witness of such a wave of
violence! I keep a bitter and
smarting memory of the suffer-
ing we endured and an eternal
love for my mother who died
December 2001. Imagine, a lit-
tle boy for whom time stops: a
gun is held to his mother's face,
at a distance of less than a
meter, by his father with his
7.65 loaded with all its bullets! I
had to wait until I was 43 years
of age when, in the office of a
psychoanalyst, I could remem-
ber the positive side of my
father, the calm and excellent
man he could be when he did
not drink like the inveterate
drunkard he was! That day, I
cried all the tears my body
could produce! When my
father died in 1974, at the age of
59 of a heart attack, I remem-
ber discovering his remains at
Clarac (hospital) and saying:
‘This is good!’ I was 16 years
old.”

The most remarkable part
of this story is that Mom had
related the abuse she suffered
to the pastor and the elders of
the church. They came home
to visit Mom and told her it was
her duty as a Christian wife to
submit to her husband and to
forgive him. They never did
anything to hold my father
accountable for his terrible
actions. Isn't that the same kind
of talk we heard recently from
the president of the Bahamas
Christian Council? You do not
appease a lion by throwing vic-
tims in its cage. “This is what
the Sovereign Lord says: I am
against the shepherds and will
hold them accountable for my
flock. I will remove them from
tending the flock so that the
shepherds can no longer feed
themselves. I will rescue my
flock from their mouths, and it
will no longer be food for
them” Ezekiel 34:10.

“T hate divorce, says the
Lord God of Israel, and a man
who covereth himself with vio-

lence as well as with his gar-
ment says the Lord Almighty”
Malachi 2:16. What God hates,
he punishes. These so-called
preachers of righteousness
should not pervert God's Word
and picture Him as one who
would condone or overlook
violence against another human
being in marriage. Violence
against any human being is con-
trary to God's principle of love
and equity. “Love does no
harm to its neighbour. There-
fore love is the fulfilment of the
law” Romans 13:10. Forcing
another human being to have
sex violates the most intimate
and vulnerable aspect of per-
sonhood. It is immoral and a
criminal offence. All criminal
acts should be punishable by
law, whether or not they occur
in marriage. The Apostle Paul
rightly says that only those who
break the law should fear the
punishment meted out by the
law. “We also know that law is
made not for the righteous but
for lawbreakers and rebels, the
ungodly and sinful, the unholy
and irreligious; for those who
kill their fathers or mothers, for
murderers” 1 Timothy 1:9.

According to the president
of the Bahamas Christian
Council, marriage is a contract
and consent is given for sex
when one enters into it, as
though there is no time in mar-
riage when consent can be legit-
imately and reasonably with-
held. It seems that once a
woman is married, she loses her
right to say “no.” A married
woman in a wholesome mar-
riage can legitimately say no to
sexual relations with her hus-
band when she is ill, is disabled
by painful and heavy menstru-
ation, suffers from sheer
exhaustion from assuming all
or most of the household
responsibilities, and when her
hormones play tricks on her
during pregnancy and she can
no longer tolerate sexual inter-
course.

A menopausal married
woman has the right to say no
when a dry and thinning vagina
caused by a drop in estrogen
makes sexual intercourse
extremely painful. A married
woman in an abusive relation-
ship has the right to say no to
an adulterous husband who
sleeps around and comes home
loaded with sexually transmit-
ted infections, when he tries to
impose on her offensive sexual
practices, or when he uses sex
as a weapon to control and
humiliate her.

A just society enacts laws
that protect all its citizens
regardless of marital status,
especially the helpless, weak,
and vulnerable. I implore the
Bahamas Government to be
courageous and to pass the
amendment to the Sexual
Offences Act.

T also urge women who have
suffered sexual abuse to have
the audacity to share their sto-
ries (anonymously if needs be)
and thus ensure the passing of
this amendment.

Annick M.Valleray Brennen
Nassau,
September 5, 2009

The ‘family’ has been destroyed for years

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her infant child. This is why people live with such anger. This is why
we have an alarming birth rate to single mothers. And the list
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Mathematics materials add up for minister

Anti-Chavez TV
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CARACAS, Venezuela ;

A LEADING television }
channel aligned with Venezue- }
la's opposition said Monday }
that it could be shut down }
amid a new investigation of }
alleged violations of broad- }
casting laws, according to }

Associated Press.

Globovision TV — the last }
major channel on Venezuela's }
regular airwaves strongly crit- }
ical of President Hugo Chavez }
— has been formally notified }
of the investigation by the }
telecommunications commis- }

sion.

lose its broadcasting license.

Ina statement, the commis- }
sion said the 24-hour news }
channel violated broadcasting :
rules by airing text messages }
that "allude to violent acts," }
including a coup attempt }
against Chavez. Globovision }
also allegedly sought "pro- }
mote public protests, which }
could generate a climate of }
tension and nervousness in the :

population,” it said.

Opponents accuse Chavez }
of cracking down on dissent }
by silencing the media, noting ;
that his government shut }
down 32 radio stations and }
two small television stations }
last month. Diosdado Cabello, :
president of the telecommu- }
nications commission, said last}
week that another 29 radio }
stations “will soon leave" the ;

airwaves.

"There's a clear strategy to }
control the flow of informa- }
tion and restrict criticism," said }
Carlos Lauria of the New }
York-based Committee to }
Protect Journalists. "It's aimed :
at building a communication- :

al hegemony for the state."

Hundreds of radio stations :
still broadcast in Venezuela, }
and many are critical of the }

government.

But Globovision has been }
the last remaining staunchly :
anti-Chavez channel on regu- }
lar television since 2007, when }
the government refused to }
renew the license of RCTV — }
another opposition-aligned :

TV station.

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Trainers to deliver the Baharmahost Certification
Programme throughout The Islands of The Bahamas
with effect from January, 2010.

Ana Cristina Nunez, }
Globovision's legal adviser, }
said the channel could soon }
be shutdown for 72 hours or }

THE Department of Edu-
cation presented Minister of
Education Carl Bethel with a
package containing mathe-
matics materials which includ-
ed Bahamian play money,
flashcards and posters.

Dr Joan Rolle, education
officer for Primary Schools,
teamed up with Anna Stra-
chan, vice- principal of Tem-
ple Christian Primary, to pro-
duce mathematics manipula-
tives for students. Both
expressed the desire to see
Bahamian materials in the
schools, so that students could
more readily identify with their
culture and country.

Dr Rolle explained that she
approached the Central Bank
regarding the idea, and got
their guidance and permission
for the facsimile money.

She explained that the mate-
rials, which could be used to
foster cooperative learning and
discussions on mathematical
concepts and ideas, can be inte-
grated across the curriculum
in subjects such as social stud-
ies, science, music and geogra-
phy.

Dr Rolle said that the
Department of Education
intends to use the Bahamian
materials in all public schools.

Minister Bethel expressed
his thanks to all who assisted in

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The minister said that having
the native and materials would
give educators the opportunity
to reinforce civic and social
virtues that are important to
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Mr Bethel lauded the col-
laboration between the public
and private sector in this ven-
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one for the children of the
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ROTARY CLUB OF NASSAU CELEBRATES WORLD LITERACY DAY

TODAY is World Literacy Day and the
Rotary Club of Nassau is observing the event
with a discussion on the importance of liter-
acy for the future of the Bahamas’ work-
force.

Literacy is a major issue in the Bahamas,
with a huge number of children leaving school
with only rudimentary reading skills and a
large body of adults in the population also at
low levels, or unable to read at all.

Nassau Rotary Club members, first vice-
president Raquel Wallace and director
LaPaige Gardiner, have been doing their part
to assist with improving reading skills, a focus
of the club’s for the past few years.

After initial training with the National Lit-
eracy Service, Ms Wallace and Ms Gardiner
were assigned their students.

Ms Wallace said that some of the students
that she has encountered through the Nation-
al Literacy Services come to her not being
able to complete application forms or read
newspapers.

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Ms Gardiner said she had a student whose
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Both commented on the great feeling of
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their students made progress. Each student
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the individual, their reading level and their
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Former BCC president
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FORMER Christian Coun-
cil president Bishop John
Humes decided to weigh in
on the marital rape amend-
ment by entering the fray on
tribune242.com.

Responding to the website’s
poll, which asked what readers
thought of the Christian
Council’s rejection of the
amendment, Bishop Humes
said the Church of God, of
which he is the Admuinistra-
tive Bishop, agrees with the
Council’s stance.

He said: “While many of
the major denominations sup-
port this Bill, the Church of
God feels that this Bill in its
current form cannot be sup-
ported by us.

“While I feel that some
wives are abused and even
forced by their husbands to
have sex, they are already cov-
ered by the Domestic Vio-
lence Act.

“If a man is faithful to his
marriage covenant and vows
and does not have extra-mar-
ital affairs, the wife should
oblige him, otherwise you may
cause the man to resort to
adultery.

“On the other hand if a
man is unfaithful, the wife has
all right to protect herself
from her unfaithful spouse
and should he force her, then
she has all right to cry afoul or
rape.

“Then there is the case
when a man is a sex maniac
and the woman may be tried —
this is abuse and should be
reported. These are the two
cases that may support this
bill, but to cry rape is foolish
and could have lasting effect
on a good marriage. A wife
must know that she has made
acommitment to her husband
to HAVE or to HOLD, when
he is OLD. The man deserves
to go into his garden when he
or she needs.

“Then the sentence is out-
rageous — a man could rape a
child and get six years, but if
he rapes his wife could get life.
What next? The Church of
God believes in the sanctity
of marriage and if we are
faithful to each other then a
wife will look forward in hav-
ing sex with her husband.

“T speak as one who has
over 33 years under my belt
with five children and three
grands. This is not only Bible,
book and science — I speak
from experience.

“Marriage is honorable and
the bed is undefiled. If you
keep yourself only to your
wife you will not have STDs
or STIs for the bed is unde-
filed and you do not need to
run around for your wife has
everything that the other
women have and it is all yours.

“Trust (that) marriage is
good and is of God — if it is
between a man and woman
and only between them.”

Some readers quickly took
issue with what Bishop
Humes had to say.

Responding to the bishop’s
complaint about the length of
possible sentences the amend-

child abuse,

“Voltaire”

depraved.

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ment would allow in cases of
marital rape, compared to
“Rik Skagneti”
wrote: “Sir, this argument has
nothing to do with the law on
marital rape but on the sen-
tencing policies of our courts.
Life is a fitting sentence for
ANYONE convicted of rape.
“You also claim that a wife
who does not want to have
sex could drive her man to
adultery. So, what happened
to love, honour and obey ...
the marriage vows? To love
your partner, honour your
partner and obey the sanctity
of marriage? Bishop, stop
finding excuses for dishon-
ourable men,
respecting the women.”
said: “Bishop
Humes, you seem to talk in
very conditional terms - IF a
husband respects the marriage
covenant, IF we are faithful
to each other, et cetera. We
could make similar comments
about IF people decided not
to rob each other, and IF
young men rejected violence.
“The point is that the law is
not created to affect the law
abiding, but rather those who
break the law. The Bill tar-
gets husbands who ARE will-
ing to force sex on their wives.
These are not healthy mar-
riages in the first place, and
opposing this Bill will not
make them healthy marriages.
“At the same time, if a man
and a woman ARE faithful
and respectful of the marriage
covenant, what makes you
think that all of a sudden, the
woman would start to lie on
their husbands? This seems
like a very misogynistic stance
which views women as

and start

“You say that ‘crying rape’
can ruin a good marriage.
Bishop Humes if a woman is
crying rape — whether she is
telling the truth or being spite-
ful — there is something very,
very wrong with that marriage
in the first place.

“Oh, and the law is needed
because the Domestic Vio-
lence Act does not cover all
instances of rape within a mar-
riage — ie cases where explicit
violence is not involved.”

At the end of his statement,
Bishop Humes congratulated
The Tribune on its new web- cil.
site, which he described as

“Tt is the best I have seen in
any part of the Bahamas,
Caribbean and the USA.
Kudos to you and the team,”

THE majority of readers
who participated in the lat-
est tribune242.com poll said
they disagree with the Chris-
tian Council’s rejection of the
government’s efforts to make
marital rape illegal.

Readers were asked if they
agree with the Christian
Council or with Catholics,
Methodists and Seventh-Day
Adventists, who have all
embraced the government’s
efforts to amend the Sexual
Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act.

In all, 116 persons took
part in the poll, 33 siding with
the Christian Council and 83
with the other church groups.

The issue also sparked
heated debate on the website
over the weekend.

“Dick Funke” said: “When
a woman says ‘no’, or for that
fact a man, ‘no’ means ‘no’.
Rape is a crime in a marriage
just as it is outside a union.”

“E Albury” said he some-
times wonders “how some-
one who can call themselves
Christian could think of a
woman as a thing. I know
that it is hard to understand
this but this is not a fact of,
‘Honey not tonight I have a
headache’, but a man forcibly
taking something that is not
his. If the law doesn't pass
maybe there will be more
women baking ‘sweet potato
pies’ for the husband who
takes what is not his.

Decision

“Rock of Ages” said: “ If
the subject matter weren't so
serious, the Christian Coun-
cil's decision would be laugh-
able.

Those who oppose this law
have the affront to think of
themselves as being Christ-
ian.”

“Anthony Brice” said he is
not at all surprised by the
stance of the Christian Coun-

“They have been getting it
wrong for along time. Don't
expect that they will start
now,” he said.

“Leo Thompson” added:
“Husbands are to love their
wives as Christ loves the

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Readers disagree with
the Christian Council’s
stance on marital rape

church. Love doesn't seek to
have its own way.”

According to “S Burrows”,
the Christian Council is “a
joke”.

“They always seem to have
it wrong when it comes to
issues in our society,” the
reader said. “Just stick to
what you do best, demand-
ing tithes from the poor peo-
ple, who in most cases will
never live as extravagantly
are you all do.”

“A” commented: “This
country is not a theocracy.
Who cares what they think?
All they have ever done is
obstruct human progress and
basic human rights. They
need to come out and be pas-
sionate about child abuse,
and other horrendous acts
performed in this country
every day, not pander to the
ego of a group of immature
men who think that it is their
right to enslave and harass
women.

“Bahamian men think rela-
tionships are big competi-
tions and that the govern-
ment is handing women the
upper hand on them.

“Bottom line, if men
respect and love their wives
as they should, this law will
not frighten them and they
have nothing to worry about.
Only the rogues are making
the most noise because they
will now be forced to treat
their women with respect.

“Chandia Farrington” said:
“One of the vows a person
makes at the altar of their
wedding ceremony is to ‘have
and to hold for better and for
worse’. While I do agree that
sex was made for marriage, I
disagree with the Christian
Council's opinion — and I'm a
Baptist. What they are essen-
tially saying is, if my husband
is promiscuous and I know (
and choose to stay with him
because of the above men-
tioned vow) and he wants to
be intimate, I must say yes.
This should not be, as he is
putting my life at risk to
many incurable diseases, and
this is not right.

“What a shame” said: “I
can't even pretend to be sur-
prised that this group of men

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have made this statement.
Why don't they speak out on
social ills that really affect
people in this country? They
are so irrelevant and out of
touch. I can't believe any
would remain a part of any of
their congregations.”

Those who agree with the
Christian Council also had
their say, and became
involved in a lively back-and-
forth with other readers.

Bible

“J James” said he under-
stands the Council’s perspec-
tive. “The Bible clearly states
that when a man and a
woman become a married
couple their bodies are no
longer their own, their bodies
becomes their spouses own.
So if a husband wants to be
intimate, the wife has no
right to deny him and vice
versa unless they agree on it.

“Tam only 17-years-old
and I understand that when I
get married I will be making
a vow to love, cherish and
hold, in sickness and in
health, for richer, poorer,
better or worse, till death do
us part.

“This means that if my hus-
band cheats I can leave him
but if I decide to stay then
no matter what, I have to
continue my wifely duties
unless of course abuse is
involved.

“Rape cannot happen in a
marriage relationship but
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the rights and wrongs of mar-
riage before they get married.
This is supposed to be a
Christian Nation.

“T don’t see how ignoring
what the Word of God has
to say about issues is being
Christ-Like.”

“Conchy Joe” said: “If any-
one can, please tell me how
an innocent man can prove
the sex he had with his wife
was consensual! How? If
nobody can, then this law
cannot work!

“If I, as an innocent man
have no way to prove my
innocence, then this law dis-
criminates against me as a
man.

“A woman can prove that
she had sex with her husband
through DNA.

“How does she prove that
it was rape? ... Every case
brought to trial will be his
word against hers... A mar-
ried woman who is being
raped by her husband should
carry him to counselling. If
he won't go then leave him!
The only people who stand
to gain from this bill are the
lawyers.”

“Anthony Taylor” asked:
“Tf the wife forbids the mari-
tal act, isn't that a form of
violence as well? Isn't that
an unnatural violation against
the husband? Shouldn't that
be outlawed?

“How far will the govern-
ment enter the bedrooms of
Bahamians?”

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Minister approves strike Claim turtle ban will turn Bahamians into ‘criminals’
vote for GBPA union | —

FROM page one

Bahama on Sunday that not
much progress was made
during the past weeks
between management and
the union at the conciliation
meetings held at the Labour
Department in Freeport.

“T have approved a strike
vote for the GBPAWU for
September 17, and it will
take place between 9am-
5pm at the Department of
Labour,” he said.

“We will continue to have
conciliation talks with the
union and management at
the shipyard. We think that
as long we can keep those
parties at the table there is a
possibility of bringing reso-
lution to the problem.”

The union claims that
management wrongfully dis-
missed shop stewards Sime-
on Richardson and Eudencil
McPhee when they refused
to accept additional time-off
without pay.

GBPAWU has threat-
ened to strike if manage-
ment does not reinstate the
men. An official request for
a strike vote was made to
the Minister of Labour a few
weeks ago when talks with
management were unsuc-
cessful.

The union is also con-
cerned about the large num-
bers of foreign workers
employed at the shipyard.
Of the 750 persons
employed at the shipyard,

320 are Bahamians.

Minister Foulkes stated
that the Bahamian workers
currently account for 40 per
cent of the total workforce
at the shipyard.

“T understand that two
new ships just came in yes-
terday (Saturday) and the
foreign component might
increase, but it is seasonal,”
he said.

Mr Foulkes stated that
government is trying to get
more Bahamians trained in
the shipyard industry.

The Grand Bahama Ship-
yard is the largest ship care
facility in the region.

In March, the shipyard
experienced one of its
busiest periods. During that
time, the facility also
acquired its third dock at a
cost of $60 million.

However, business
declined significantly in
May forcing management
to reduce its expatriate
workforce and enter into
arrangements with union
representatives for “rolling”
or temporary lay-offs for its
Bahamian workers.

According to union offi-
cials, Bahamian workers
had initially taken 13 days
off without pay to assist the
company when business
was slow.

Carl Gustaf-Rotkirch,
chairman and CEO,
expects that business will
pick up from mid-Septem-
ber up until beginning of
Spring.

FROM page one

taking food out of people's
mouths.

"Although it's a regulation
that's supposedly aimed at stop-
ping over-fishing — that's not
really the issue. Turtles are a
tiny, tiny portion of what's land-
ed in the Bahamas but it's
food resource in island com-
munities where people basical-
ly (survive by) augmenting their
diet off what they catch from
the sea," said attorney Andrew
Allen, a long-standing oppo-
nent of the turtle ban.

"So it is an issue for those
Bahamians, criminalising tradi-
tional Bahamian behaviour, it
goes way beyond the ban,” he
added, telling The Tribune that
many persons have told him
they will continue to eat turtle
meat despite the regulations.

Mr Abner Pinder, adminis-
trator of the small fishing com-
munity of Spanish Wells, com-
pared local turtle harvesting to
whaling practices in Alaska.

"Whaling is outlawed in
many parts of the world but



Eskimos are still allowed to eat
it because it's a tradition.

"It's criminal that somebody
in Acklins Island or Mayaguana
— with the economy the way it
is — they've been eating turtle
for all of their lives and they
can't eat turtle anymore? Who's
going to give them food in the
place of it?" asked Mr Pinder.

"All (the regulation) is going
to do is make criminals of hon-
est, hardworking people," he
added.

The men are agitating gov-
ernment to consider imposing
controls on turtle harvesting
similar to current bonefishing
regulations instead of a com-

plete ban.

"The measures that we have
to protect bonefish are thor-
oughly supported in the
Bahamians still eat
bonefish on a personal scale but
nobody has the audacity to say
nobody can ever taste it again.
At the same time we don't trade
in it, it's not permitted to cap-
ture for resale or commercial
purposes and all that,” said Mr
Allen.

Currently it is illegal to buy or
sell bonefish and to fish for
them using a net.

A newly formed association
— comprised of fishermen from
New Providence, the family
islands and vendors at Potter's
Cay dock — is canvassing the
community in hopes of gather-
ing support to push for a rever-
sal of government's position.

They want to ensure that the
regulations do not become law.

They are suggesting that gov-
ernment control of commercial
harvesting and the slaughter of
turtles, which is "enough to
address the needs of both envi-
ronmentalism and humanity.”



In less than a week the group
has already gathered over 200
signatures from New Provi-
dence with more expected from
the family islands, Mr Allen
said.

The association's interim
executives are: Dwayne ‘Tall
Boy’ Bastian, president; Keith
Carroll, vice-president; Henry
Bannister, treasurer; Adrian
Laroda, secretary, with eight
other trustees.

Those willing to sign the peti-
tion can visit Mr Henry Bannis-
ter's stall at the eastern side of
Potter's Cay or call him at 434-
9559.

After a lengthy campaign by
animal rights activists and envi-
ronmentalists, Government
enacted regulations that came
into effect on September 1 that
outlawed catching, possessing,
buying and selling sea turtles.

Prior to the September 1 ban,
there was a closed season on
harvesting any turtle between
April 1 and July 31 each year,
and rules relative to which type
and size of turtle could be har-
vested at other times.

Man charged with murder

FROM page one

According to reports, Mr Rahming, a 45-year-old resident
of Bamboo Town, was at home when he was shot several
times in the back by a lone gunman. He died in hospital a
short time later.

Munnings, of South Beach, was also arraigned yesterday
on a deceit charge.

It is alleged that on Thursday, September 3, he deceived
Detective Sergeant 1902 Thompson with intent to evade
the requirements of the law. He pleaded not guilty to the
charge.

The case was adjourned to September 15, with the accused
remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.

PM weighs in on student sex clause addition to teachers’ contract

FROM page one

“From the government’s point of view,
it does not matter whether you sign it or
not; we just want you to know that it is
fact.

“Tf you want to sign to acknowledge
that you know it, or if you don’t want to
sign, that is up to you — but that is the
policy we are going to follow,” he said.

Mr Ingraham said government is
aggressively dealing with allegations of
child molestation in public schools.

“We have now asked teachers in the
school system to become aware that alle-
gations of child molestation, if shown to
be true, will result in their dismissal from
the public service of the Bahamas, in
additional to whatever criminal charges
there may be,” he said.

Mr Ingraham said that a teacher was
removed about two weeks ago from a
senior high school in New Providence
over alleged child molestation allega-
tions.

He noted that allegations made against
the teacher (in Nassau) were speedily
investigated and the teacher was
removed.

“Tf you are engaged in that activity we
don’t want you around the children of

FROM page one

the press yesterday, Bishop
Hall said: “It is unfortunate

the Bahamas,” Mr Ingraham said.

On Grand Bahama, three teachers
have been removed from the Eight Mile
Rock High School this year over alleged
complaints of child molestation and sex-
ual misconduct with students.

Andre Birbal, 46, is wanted by police
for questioning in connection with alle-
gations of unnatural sexual intercourse
with two former male students of Eight
Mile Rock High.

Birbal, a native of Trinidad, was arrest-
ed in New York on May 3 after fleeing
the country in February when police
investigations were launched into com-
plaints filed by the two former students.

He is now awaiting extradition to the
Bahamas.

Since then, the Ministry of Education
has implemented new measures con-
cerning its hiring of teachers.

All new teachers will now be vetted
by police and safety committees have
been established at all public schools.

A Select Committee in the House of
Assembly was also appointed to investi-
gate child molestation allegations.

Mr Ingraham indicated that his gov-
ernment would consider recommenda-
tions of the committee, which still has
yet to come forward.

“T don’t look forward to very much

Christian Council

“T was surprised that we had

together?”

coming from the House Select Commit-
tee, but to the extent to which they can
come forward with recommendations
would be wonderful and considered by
the government.

“In the meantime, the government is
aggressively dealing with allegations of
child molestation,” he said.

When asked about the establishment
of a Sexual Offenders Registry in the
Bahamas, Mr Ingraham said that there
has been no demand by the various
committees or groups associated with
child sexual abuse cases.

“T don’t know whether a case has
been made for a registry, I have not
heard from the various agencies that
deal with this,” he said.

“Dr Patterson and those have a com-
mittee that has made lots of recom-
mendations to the government over the
years which the government has accept-
ed, and that is not one of the sugges-
tions they have made so far.

“T am not sure there is a demand for it
in society and we will take account of
whatever recommendations come for-
ward, but at the moment it does not
appear to be a demand coming from
persons who are very much involved in
that kind of activity in the society,” he
said.

rape to only be possible
between two persons who are
not married to each other.”
Rev Paul suggested that
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that the Bahamas Christian
Council did not seek consen-
sus on the proposed Marital
Rape Amendment issue.

“A divided church is not
helpful to a broken and divid-
ed Bahamas.

“The present administration
seems intent on following
small factions and the exclu-
sion of established groups.”

In an interview with The
Tribune the senior pastor at
New Covenant Baptist
Church, in the East West
Highway, added: “The point
I wish to make is not for or
against the bill, but that we
should have been able to get a
greater consensus before this
statement was made, and it
appears to me that the presi-
dent may not have ordered a
consensus.

different groups taking differ-
ent positions on the issue. We
have to pay greater attention
to the established churches,
whether we like it or not.

“We cannot seem to be
divided on national issues, we
should at least seek a majority,
and J am not sure that was
done.

“As past president of the
council Iam disappointed as I
don’t know that the president
or administration sought con-
sensus.

“As a result the church
again is divided so it diminish-
es the credibility of the body of
Christ and the Christian
church.

“How can a divided Church
speak to a divided, hurting and
despairing community, if we
cannot find ways to talk

If passed, the proposed
amendment to the Sexual
Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act would make a man
subject to imprisonment any-
where from seven years to life
for having sex with his wife
without her consent.

However, Rev Paul said the
council feels a man should
only be prosecuted for having
sex with his wife if there is vio-
lence involved. He added that
even when force is used, a hus-
band should not be incarcer-
ated for the first offence, but
rather subjected to “rehabili-
tative steps.”

The council also objects to
the words “who is not his
spouse” being deleted from
the definition of rape, as the
government proposes, “there-
by leaving it as is and allowing

“an estranged spouse” should
be referred to as “spousal
abuse” or “aggravated spousal
abuse,” rather than rape.

He said council members
had raised a number of con-
cerns about the proposed
amendment, including
whether it will be used as “a
means of spite” by wives, and
whether proper checks and
balances be created “to ensure
that unfounded claims are not
made.”

The official Christian Coun-
cil statement also said pastors
are concerned about the
extent to which government
should impinge upon “things
that are sacred and intimate.”

The Tribune was not able
to reach Rev Paul for com-
ment before press time yes-

Reverend Father Crosley N.

Walkine will officiate and

interment will be in St. Anne's Cemetery, Fox Hill Road,
Nassau.

Mrs. Pinder is predeceased by her parents, Alexander C.
Knowles Sr., and Agnes L, Knowles and her brother, James
F. Knowles, She is survived by her husband, Jefferson Wilham
Pinder; two sons, William Craig Pinder of Ely, England and
Richard Perry Pinder of Nassau; a granddaughter, Alice
Johnson; brothers, Alex, Emerick, Patrick, Geoffrey and
Charlton Knowles; sisters, Ruby Collins, Doris Anderson,
Yvonne Knowles, Deborah Knowles and Julianna Green;
uncle, Hilbert B, Pinder; brothers-in-law, Richard Anderson
Sr, James Green and David Pinder; sisters-in-law, Joan Pinder,
shirley, Amarylis, Brenda, Rosa and Linda Knowles, other
relatives and friends including Ruth Moushabeck, Mike and
Marsha Stewart, Robert and Linda Brown, Claire Brown,
Johnny Brown and Mary Knowles, Julia and Steve Matti,
Joanne and Thirey Lamare, Ray and Flora Claridge, Mary
Lou and Cedric Saunders, Doreen Kemp, Lon Dawson, Joan
Albury, Cora and Morton Carey, Patou Regent, many nephews
and nieces and other relatives and frends too many to mention,

With special thanks to Shirley Knowles, Amarylis Knowles,
Delores Rolle, Wellington King and Cynthia Taylor who
assisted so much during her illness.

Also, a special thanks to Dr. John Lunn and his entire staff

and to the Nurses at Doctors Hospital, Nassau,

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cancer
Society of The Bahamas, P-O, Box §.5, 6539, Nassau or to
St. Anne’s Anglican Church, PO. Box N, 1569, Nassau in
memory of Mrs. Ethelyn Virginia "Jean" Pinder.

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Crown land approvals

FROM page one

ernment’s support in modernizing
Lands and Surveys with a view to cor-
recting a number of deficiencies that
have plagued this governmental enti-
ty.

Amongst the government’s recently
installed programmes was the crown
land management system that is
designed to create a work flow man-
agement system that will permit the
tracking of applications for crown land
from date of receipt to final determi-
nation.

However, since the Prime Minister’s
address, reports have reached The Tri-
bune that questionable land approvals
have been pushed forward for deter-
mination — jumping thousands of oth-
ers that have yet to meet final approval
by the Minister or the Permanent Sec-
retary.

Therefore, sources within the depart-
ment continue to ask for full disclosure
on all crown grants being sought since
July 21.

Additionally, it is being requested
the names of persons seeking crown
grants since this date and whether or
not they are employees of the depart-
ment or children of employees at Lands
and Surveys.

In his address, Prime Minister Ingra-
ham acknowledged that while it is not
illegal for persons employed at the
Department of Lands and Surveys or
their children to apply for and be grant-
ed crown land, “the potential for con-
flicts of interest and preferential con-
sideration” is great.

Therefore, he said, consideration of
applications by officers and members of
their families should be the subject to
“far greater scrutiny” than that of appli-
cations from the general public.

“Tt is expected and required that pub-
lic officers will not make or participate
in a decision relating to the exercise of
an official power, duty or function. It is
expected and required that no public
office will use information that is not
available to the general public and is
obtained in his or her position as a pub-
lic servant, to promote or seek to pro-
mote his or her or another person’s pri-
vate interests or that of the public offi-
cer’s relatives and friend’s private inter-
est.

“Similarly, no public officer, in exer-
cising their official power, duty or
function, is supposed to give prefer-
ential treatment to any persons or
organization or their representatives.
And no public officer may seek to
influence a decision or another per-
son in order to promote or seek to
promote his or her or another per-
son’s private interests or that of the
public officer’s relatives and friends’
private interest,” he said.

In any event, Mr Ingraham said to
avoid any and all doubt where there is
the potential for a conflict of interest,
public officers are expected, “indeed
required, to declare such potential to
the Department of Public Service”.

Attempts to reach the Minister of
Lands, Byran Woodside for comment
proved fruitless, and all efforts to
reach the permanent secretary at the
ministry were unsuccessful up to press
time last night.

terday.

Dr Nottage

FROM page one

ership of the party, sources within the PLP
maintain that there likely will be as many as
three persons who will challenge party leader
Perry Christie for the party’s top post.

These names, it is reported, will include
social activist and PLP newcomer Paul Moss,
Dr Nottage, and possibly former chairman
Raynard Rigby.

According to sources deep within the PLP,
Dr Nottage has already started to campaign in
Grand Bahama and Andros, as the MP seeks
to discern the level of his support amongst
stalwart councillors around the islands.
Reportedly utilising surrogates to relay the
MP’s message, Dr Nottage is allegedly gaining
invaluable feedback ahead of the party’s con-
vention which could be used to bolster his
campaign in the weeks and months ahead.

Unlike his other would-be challengers who
have been very vocal about their wishes to
one day take over the reins of the party from
Mr Christie, Dr Nottage has remained quiet.

However, sources close to the MP worry
that this manoeuvre could hurt their candi-
date’s chances if he fails to openly campaign
and reintroduce himself to that ever growing
swing-vote.

With a history that extends decades within
the PLP, Dr Nottage has distinguished himself
among the party as a “no-nonsense” individ-
ual, who is seen by many of his colleagues to
possess a methodical approach to governance.

“His time has come, but it is ultimately up
to him whether he will push for that position
at convention or not,” the source added.

Slated for October 18, the PLP’s conven-
tion, which is scheduled to run for three days,
is being billed as the most important conven-
tion the party has had in decades.

With all positions becoming available at
that time, it is expected that there will be a
challenge for the chairmanship, deputy leader,
and leader position.



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By ANDREW DAMPF
AP Sports Writer

RIETI, Italy (AP) — Asafa Powell ran the
100 meters in 9.99 seconds into a strong head-
wind on Sunday at the Rieti Grand Prix, on the
same track where the Jamaican star set a then-
world record of 9.74 two years ago.

Powell was hoping to improve on his season
best of 9.84 that got him third at last month's
world championships in Berlin, when fellow
Jamaican Usain Bolt set the current world
record of 9.58.

Powell's fellow Jamaican and training part-
ner Nesta Carter was the runner-up in 10.08
and Simeon Williamson of Britain crossed
third in 10.18.

The wind registered minus 1.5 meters.

Clijsters’
comeback

"It was a very strong
wind," Powell said.
"When I saw the wind
blowing today I was
like, 'It's not going to
be a fast race.""

There was also a
headwind for the semi-
finals, which Powell
led in 10.12 despite
slowing down before
the finish. In 2007,
Powell set his record
in the semifinals.

Powell believes he
can still challenge Bolt.

"To be running these fast times is outstand-
ing. He really needs some strong competition

POWELL



— he's running 9.5 — so we need to get there
too to put on a good show,” Powell said.
"Before, I was the man to beat. Now I have
someone in front of me, so I really have to
push myself.”

Powell now will return to his in-season train-
ing base in northern Italy to prepare for the
season finals in Greece.

Another member of Powell's training group,
Olympic and recently crowned world champi-
on Shelly Ann Fraser, won the women's 100 in
11.18 — into a headwind of 2.4.

Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson
was the runner-up in 11.37 and Gloria Asum-
nu of the United States was third in 11.52.

Kerron Stewart, the Olympic and world sil-
ver medallist in the 100, won the 200 in 22.62,
with Berlin 400 runner-up Shericka Williams

crossing second in 22.69.

American sprinter Wallace Spearmon won
the men's 200 in 20.27 after placing sixth in the
100.

In perhaps the outstanding performance of
the night, David Rudisha of Kenya clocked 1
minute, 42.01 seconds in the 800 to break Sam-
my Koskei's 25-year-old African record of
1:42.28 and register the best performance of
the year at the distance.

The 20-year-old Rudisha was eliminated in
the semifinals at the worlds last month on a
cold and rainy evening.

"Thad problems with the cold, so it's good to
know that I'm in form," Rudisha said.

Berlin runner-up Alfred Kirwa Yego was
again second, in 1:42.67, and world champion
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi crossed third in 1:42.86.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —

talk of town
at US Open

By EDDIE PELLS
AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) —
When the Grand Slams roll
around, the best stories often
revolve around the prospect
of Williams vs. Williams,
Maria Sharapova, maybe
even a possible breakthrough
by No. 1 Dinara Safina.

All those options have van-
ished from the US Open,
replaced in large part by the
potential of Kim Clisters, the
former No. 1 who now brings
her baby to work.

Clijsters defeated No. 3
Venus Williams on Sunday,
6-0, 0-6, 6-4, leaving Venus’
sister, Serena, as the only top-
five player left in a draw that
was turned upside down in
Week 1 by upsets, comeback
stories and the youth move-
ment.

“Tt’s still kind of hard to
believe,” Clijsters said. “But
then again, I’m not trying to
get carried away with it all.”

But the door is open for the
2005 champion, on the come-
back after a two-year hiatus
during which she gave up ten-
nis to have a baby.

The baby, 18-month-old
Jada, is a regular up in the
players’ lounge and Clijsters is
looking like she might be a
fixture on the tour again.

She’s a threat this week
based on the strength of her
own play, and also thanks to
the other surprises that went
down over a wild first week at
Flushing Meadows.

—Safina went home frus-
trated after a third-round loss,
meaning the quest for her first
major title will have to wait
until next year.

—Sharapova is gone, too,
courtesy of 17-year-old
Melanie Oudin, whose fourth-
round match was scheduled
for Monday.



—No. 5 Jelena Jankovic
lost earlier in the week and
No. 7 Vera Zvonareva blew
six match points Sunday to
join all the others seeded in
single digits on the sidelines.

In early action Monday,
Kateryna Bondarenko put a
6-0, 6-0 thumping on Gisela
Dulko to advance to the quar-
terfinals in a section of the
draw that doesn’t have any
seeded players left.

On the men’s side, No. 12
Robin Soderling, who upset
Rafael Nadal en route to the
French Open final, advanced
to his first US Open quarter-
final when eighth-seeded
Nikolay Davydenko retired
with a leg injury at the start of
the fourth set.

One of the few things that
has gone to form on the wom-
en’s side has been the play of
No. 2 Serena Williams, who
advanced easily with a 6-0, 6-
2 victory over No. 22 Daniela
Hantuchova.

Serena, trying for her third
major of the year, has not
been challenged yet in this
tournament.

“T just want to keep this lev-
el and just stay focused,” she
said.

Even if she does, the
Williams-Williams semifinal
that seemed all but carved
into the bracket before this
tournament began could now
easily wind up Clijsters-
Williams.

Given the way she played
against Venus, who’s to say
Clijsters can’t be a threat to
Serena, as well?

“With the kind of training
that she’s put in, I knew this
wasn’t just for fun,” said Cli-
jsters’ husband, Brian Lynch,
an American who ended his
professional basketball career
in Belgium when she decid-
ed to unretire. “She was try-
ing to make something hap-

pen here.”
When she was at her peak,
Clijsters was one of the few

players who had the mobility
and power to hang with the
Williamses. The whole pack-

KIM CLIJSTERS, of Belgium, celebrates her 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Venus Williams, of the United States, in the fourth round of the
US Open tournament in New York Sunday...

(AP Photo: Amy Sancetta)

The owner of the Memphis
Grizzlies and the team's staff
are meeting with Allen Iverson
as the sides move closer to a
deal bringing the veteran guard
to a very young team.

Iverson said on Twitter on
Sunday night he was meeting
with the owner and staff Mon-
day and that he wanted to help
the Grizzlies develop a winner.
The meeting was in Atlanta,
where Iverson has been work-
ing out this offseason.

The Grizzlies confirmed the
meeting but declined to com-
ment further.



age was on display Sunday in
Arthur Ashe Stadium.

They got off to an awkward
start, trading 6-0 sets in a rar-
ity — the first time players
have exchanged bagels in a
Grand Slam since the 1998
French Open — but then set-
tled in to a back-and-forth
third, in which Clijsters came
out ahead.

Clisters grabbed an early
break for a 3-1 lead, then
served out the match from
there, though it was anything
but routine.

She fell behind 0-30 on her
serve at 5-4, but just kept
banging away. She got it to
30-40, then hit a shot deep
into the corner that Williams
couldn’t handle. She forced
an error at deuce with anoth-
er deep groundstroke, then
skidded a service winner off
the line on the backhand side
for the win.

She became the first female
wild-card entrant to reach the
US Open quarterfinals and
could become the first
unseeded player to make the
Open final since 1997, when
Venus did it. She has no
world ranking yet because she
hasn’t played enough tourna-
ments since she came back.

When the latest match was

(AP Photo)

over, Venus Williams con-
ceded that a knee injury she
suffered in the first round,
which required heavy tape,
might have hindered her
efforts.

“T wasn’t able to play 100
per cent,” she said.

Nor was Nadal, the head-
liner on the men’s side Sun-
day.

He overcame a 10-minute
medical break for an injury
to his stomach muscles to
defeat 32nd-seeded Nicolas
Almagro, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

Nadal missed Wimbledon
with sore knees, and now
must deal with injured abs
that first cropped up last
month in Cincinnati.

“T don’t want to talk about
injuries,” Nadal said. “Sorry.
No, no, I am a little bit tired
to talk about injuries. I am
here to try my best every
day.”

No. 2 Andy Murray also
advanced with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
victory over American Tay-
lor Dent.

And while the women’s
draw has gone haywire, the
men’s is going to form — in
an historic way: This marks
the first time 14 of the top 16
seeds have advanced to the
fourth round of the US Open.

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7 Knowles playing
well into Open

quarters despite
injured finger



MARK KNOWLES and Mahesh Bhupathi are now into the quarterfinal of the final Grand Slam Tournament of the year. They easily moved
on yesterday in Flushing Meadows, New York, with an identical 6-4, 6-4 sweep over Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei and Dudi Sela of Israel...
(AP Photo)

Olympic boxing
Weight categories
altered for 2012

MILAN (AP) — The Inter-
national Boxing Association
has reduced the number of
men's weight categories from
11 to 10 for the 2012 London
Olympics.

The move was made Mon-
day to accommodate women's
boxing at the games, which
the IOC Executive Board
unanimously agreed on last
month. The IOC would not
allow the AIBA to add to its
total number of boxers.

At the 2008 Beijing Games,
there were 286 boxers — all
male. In London the total will
remain the same but there
will be 250 male boxers and
36 female boxers.

To decrease the number of
men, the AIBA condensed its
four lightest weight categories
into three.

The new categories will
apply to all AIBA events
starting in September 2010.

The decisions were made
during a meeting of the
AIBA Executive Committee
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Russia, Greece win openers

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Defend-
ing champion Russia pulled away late to
beat Latvia 81-68 Monday on the opening
day of the European basketball champi-
onship, and Greece routed Macedonia
86-54.

Russia, which only has three players
from the team that upset Spain to win
the title in 2007, led from the start and
then held off a late challenge from Latvia
behind 24 points and 9 rebounds from
American-born Kelly McCarty and 22
points from point guard Sergey Bykov.

Latvia cut Russia's lead to 65-63 with
4:08 to play on a pair of free throws from
Kaspars Kambala before the Russians
closed with a 16-5 run.

France joined Russia atop Group B
with its 70-65 win over Germany. San
Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker scored
11 of his game-high 19 points in the last
2:38 to carry the French down the stretch.

Germany sorely missed its NBA star,
Dirk Nowitzki. The Dallas Mavericks
forward led all scorers at the 2007 cham-
pionships with 24 points per game, but
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has
refused to allow him to play in the tour-
nament.

Greece, the 2005 European champi-
on, jumped to an 18-5 lead in the first
five minutes to open the tournament with
an easy win over Macedonia.

Point guard Vassilis Spanoulis led

LATVIAN fans can be seen during European
Basketball Championships group B match
between Russia and Latvia in northern Poland
yesterday...

(AP Photo: Darko Vojinovic)

Greece with 17 points, and center Yannis
Bourousis chipped in with 11 points and
8 rebounds.

"We didn't really know them and we'd
heard that they could cause us trouble,”
Bourousis said. "But in the game, we
started strong and stayed that way
throughout."

Also, Croatia beat Israel 86-79 in
Group A, host Poland beat Bulgaria 90-
78 in Group D, Slovenia defeated Britain
72-59 in Group C.

In other group matches later Monday,
Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol led
world champion Spain against Serbia in
their Group C opener as the Spaniards
look for their first European title. Also,
Lithuania played Turkey.

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DESPITE nursing an
injured right ring finger,
Bahamian tennis ace Mark
Knowles is playing at a very
high level with his Indian
doubles partner, Mahesh
Bhupathi, at the US Open.

The No.3 seeded team are
now into the quarterfinal of
the final Grand Slam Tour-
nament of the year. They eas-
ily moved on yesterday in
Flushing Meadows, New
York, with an identical 6-4,
6-4 sweep over Yen-Hsun Lu
of Taipei and Dudi Sela of
Israel.

“It was a good win. We
played well,” said Knowles in
an interview with The Tri-
bune. “Obviously, it was a
goods winning matches with
nine stitches in my right ring
finger.

“T really toughed it out and
we’re playing very well. So
it’s good to be playing in the
second week of the Grand
Slam.”

Losing the battle in aces (4-
3), double faults (5-1) and
unforced errors (14-9) to Lu
and Sela, Knowles and Bhu-
pathi won where it counted
the most with the winning
percentage on Ist serve (74-
64), winning % on 2nd serve
(50-38), winners (including
Service) 26-24, Receiving
points won (48-43), break
point conversions (83-60) and
total points won (65-50).

Asked if he’s surprised at
the level that they are play-
ing, Knowles quickly noted:
“No, ’'m not surprised. We
had a great summer and we
are confident that we belong
here.

“T know the injury has been
painful, but it hasn’t taken
away from the way we’re
playing. We’re in the quar-
terfinal. So we’re right there
with the rest of the teams. We
just have to rise our game to
another level.”

Knowles and Bhupathi will
now prepare for their quar-
ters match-up against the
team of Ivan Ljubicic of
Croatia and Michael Lloda
of France.

Their match is scheduled
for today.

“Tt’s a tricky team because
Lloda is a great doubles play-
er and Lyjubicic is a former

number three singles player
in the world,” Knowles
reflected.

“We don’t know that much
about them as a team, but we
know about them individual-
ly. So I think it’s important
for us to focus on our game
and just play loose and go for
it.”

If they are successful,
Knowles and Bhupathi will
get a chance to play in the
semifinal against either the
No.5 team of Max Mirnyi of
Belarus and Andy Ram of
Israel or the No.2 team of
Daniel Nestor of Canada and
Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.

“All of the top teams are
still in and that is what you
want to see,” Knowles point-
ed out. “Everyone is playing
well and you want to beat the
best team, regardless of who
you are playing.

“This is the Grand Slam
and so we just have to focus
on our game and try to get
the job done.”

The final is set for Friday.

Knowles was hoping to go
for another title in the mixed
doubles, but he and his Ger-
man partner Anna-Lena
Groenefeld were knocked
out in identical scores of 6-3,
6-3 by Knowles’ former part-
ner Zi Yan of China and
Mariusz Fyrstenberg of
Poland.

“Tt’s unfortunate that we
lost. I wasn’t able to go 100
percentage,” said Knowles,
who felt the pain of the
injured finger he sustained
when it got caught in the door
of the elevator at the Tennis
Center last Tuesday.

“T thought we had a good
draw and could have easily
won the title. But having to
play every day and then the
mixed doubles final on Thurs-
day and the men’s doubles on
Friday, it was going to be
tough, but I think it’s good
that we lost so I can focus on
the doubles.”

Knowles and Groenefeld
were the winners of the Wim-
bledon Grand Slam title in
July. But he and Bhupathi are
still looking for their first
men’s Grand Slam title this
year.

They came close when they
finished as runners-up to
American identical twin
brothers Bob and Mike
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Showdown with No. 2 rank

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

s the International Amateur Athletic Fed-

eration’s VIB Bank World Athletics Final

approaches, Leevan “Superman” Sands

goes as the number two ranked competi-
tor in the men’s triple jump.

Sands, who celebrated his 28th birthday two days
before he just missed out on a medal last month at
the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in
Berlin, Germany, is hoping that he will continue the
success he recently achieved.

“T feel as if my season is just starting,” said Sands as
the season is just about completed. “As the season is
coming to an end, I’m just getting better and better.
That’s how I feel. So I’m really looking forward to a top
two in the World Athletic Final.”

On Sunday, Sands picked up a much needed victory
at the Rieti 2009 IAAF Grand Prix Meet in Italy with
a leap of 16.77 metres or 55-feet, 01/4-inches to boost his
confidence as he prepares for the Athletics Final show-
down this weekend in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Since 2002, Sands has made the top list with the
exception of 2006 when he was suspended by the
TAAF. But the best performance he has done at the
year-ending meet was fifth.

Sands has accumulated a total of 60 points in five
meets to trail leader Arnie David Girat of Cuba, who
also had five meets and is just two points ahead of
Sands to lead the field that includes Worlds gold and
Olympic silver medallist Philiips Idowu of Great
Britain, who is third with 56 points and silver and
Olympic gold medallist Nelson Evora, who is sixth
with 38 points.

Cuban Alexis Copello, who nipped Sands by four
centimeters for the bronze in Berlin, is listed at No. 9
with 23 points, but he is also expected to be a part of the
field in Thessaloniki this weekend.

“T’m in good shape right now,” Sands stated. “I could
tell by the way I jumped yesterday (Sunday). We had a
negative 2.5 head wind, so it was a pretty decent jump
because it was competing in a hurricane.

“So I think [’m right on form. I think if they jump far,
I will be right up there with them. I am ready to jump
far.”

Sands said despite coming off a light injury during the
season, his off-season preparation is what has given
him the impetus to be able to maintain his competi-
tiveness through the long, grueling season.

“Right now, ’m not doing as much work. It’s just
more maintenance now and that is what is paying off for
me,” he insisted. “So I’m pleased with where I’m at.”

On Sunday, with only four jumps rather than the
usual six in the major meets, Sands said he got off toa
shaky start, turning in his season low of 16.08 before he
stepped it up on his second jump to take the lead for
good.

“From there, everybody was around 16.5 and 16.4,”
he pointed out. “So I think it was a good series of
jumps, even though we had a good head wind.

“T think if I can get a good series of jumps this week-
end, I should be in a good position to finish in the top

The triple jump is being billed as a rematch between
Idowu and Evora, but Sands is hoping to spoil all of
that.

Like the World Athletics Finals in Berlin, there will
be a whole lot of money distributed to the winners. A
total prize purse of $3,020,000 will be paid out by the
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MOUNTROIS,
Haiti

A mudslide set off by several hours of heavy
rain swept into at least 32 houses and shacks
made of tin, concrete and dirt walls early Mon-
day, killing at least one person in this Haitian
beach town, according to Associated Press.

Civil protection chief Marie-Alta Jean-Bap-

tiste said two other people were missing, while
residents put the number at four.

Haiti is extremely vulnerable to floods and
mudslides because of widespread deforesta-
tion and erosion.

The Caribbean country, the Western Hemi-
sphere's poorest, was pounded by four tropical
storms last year, but the 2009 hurricane season
has been relatively light so far.

A MAN WADES 53 through milla in bourtioly Haiti, Monday, Sept 7, 2009. A mudslide set off a several hours
of heavy rain swept into a beach town early Monday, killing at least one person.

AP Photos/Ramon Espinosa

MAN RESTS in front of houses flooded with mud in Mountrois, Haiti, Monday, Sept. 7, 2009.

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Mexico's point man in the drug war resigned
Monday in a Cabinet shakeup that raised ques-
tions on whether the government's strategy
to crack down on brutal gangs will change
course, according to Associated Press.

Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora
did not give a reason for his resignation, saying
only in his farewell speech that "we have done
a lot to clean the house,” referring to his efforts
to combat rampant police and government
corruption.

His resignation was one of three announced
by President Felipe Calderon. Agriculture Sec-
retary Alberto Cardenas and the director of
the oil monopoly, Petroleos Mexicanos, Jesus
Reyes Heroles, also gave up their posts.

Medina-Mora's campaign against corrup-
tion led to the arrest of several mayors and
high-ranking law enforcement officials in the
last year. Among them was his subordinate,
former drug czar Noe Ramirez, who was
arrested for allegedly taking at least $450,000
from a member of a drug cartel in exchange for
passing on information about police opera-
tions.

The attorney general was highly praised by
U.S. law enforcement officials. A top U.S.
police source in Mexico said there was no evi-
dence Medina-Mora was involved in corrup-
tion. The official insisted on not being quoted
by name for fear of being targeted by drug
cartels.

Calderon named Medina-Mora to lead his
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"His professionalism, his commitment and
loyalty to Mexico have been crucial in pushing
forward the modernization and the cleaning of
the justice department and in hitting hard
organized crime like we have done,” Calderon
said Monday.

Cabinet changes at midterm are not unusu-
al in Mexico. Calderon, whose term runs to late
2012, gave no explanation for the three resig-
nations, although there had been rumors for
some time that Medina-Mora would be leav-
ing. He will be assigned to an unspecified for-
eign post.

Calderon said he will nominate lawyer
Arturo Chavez to replace Medina-Mora, say-
ing Chavez "has wide experience in law and
specifically in combatting organized crime."
Chavez was not present at the ceremony and
his nomination must be ratified by the Senate.

The president indicated the war on drug
gangs won't stop. But the fight has drawn crit-
icism, with 13,500 people killed in drug-relat-
ed violence since the government offensive
began, and some experts wondered if the gov-
ernment might be considering new approach-
es.

Jose Luis Pineyro, a drug expert at Mexico's
National Autonomous University, said the
departure of Medina-Mora could indicate
some change in the government's tactics in
the drug fight, which have sparked bloody
reprisal attacks by cartels.

"Perhaps this change in the AG office could
be an attempt to change the anti-crime strate-
gy and adopt a tactic that a lot of my col-
leagues have suggested,” Pineyro said. "As
long as there is a lack of attention to attacking
the financial nerve center and property of
organized crime, you're not going to make
progress."

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OECD: Bahamas
Must deliver to
block hank flight

Global private banking
consolidation ‘a real
threat’ to Bahamian
financial industry

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

NUMEROUS financial insti-
tutions may reconsider whether
to remain in the Bahamas if this
nation fails to deliver on its
commitments and deadlines for
escaping the G-20/OECD ‘grey
list’, a senior attorney has
warned, since this could
“undermine confidence in the
market”.

Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, said that while the
Government’s public commit-
ment to meeting the G-
20/OECD tax transparency and
information standards by year-
end had “weathered the worst
of the storm” in the short-term,
achieving that target was key -
especially when it came to influ-
encing ‘head office’ perceptions
of the Bahamas.

For it is the global head
offices of financial institutions
which make many of the key
decisions for their subsidiaries,
including those in the Bahamas,
deciding which nations to base
their operations in.

Mr Moree warned that, if the
Bahamas failed to deliver on
its G-20/OECD commitments,
head offices - especially those in
leading OECD countries, such
as France and Germany - might
view this nation in a negative
light and decide to move oper-
ations to a jurisdiction on the
so-called ‘white list’.

Such trends were likely to be
exacerbated by impending con-
solidation in the global private
banking industry, something
the McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes senior partner
described as “a real danger for
us in our jurisdiction”.

“T think the most important
point is that the Government
has foreshadowed its intent to
put in place the required num-
ber of Tax Information
Exchange Agreements [12] in
order to satisfy the criteria for
getting on the ‘white list’,” Mr
Moree told Tribune Business.

“That being the case, I think
it has mitigated the negative
impact of being on the ‘grey

SEE page 2B

Bad loans to exceed $1bn

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

otal loan delinquencies in the
Bahamas will breach the $1
billion mark “for sure”, a
senior banking executive told
Tribune Business yesterday, warning
that the more than-$500 million non-
performing loan statistic was “not the
worst” and deterioration in credit qual-
ity would continue as the recession and
unemployment bit deeper.

Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) chief executive, said the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas’ monthly
report on economic and financial devel-
opments for July, which pegged non-
performing and non-accrual loans at
more than $500 million and $900 mil-
lion respectively, was worrying but not
unexpected in the banking sector.

“It is very concerning, but we actually
expected that to happen,” Mr Sunderji
told Tribune Business, “and we expect it
to get worse. This is not the worst sta-
tistic. We expect the deterioration to
continue to grow - certainly for the next
nine-odd months - before it stabilises,
and that’s assuming there are no more
lay-offs. If there are, the deterioration
will continue.”

While it was hard to forecast how bad
the deterioration in private sector cred-
it quality would get, there is some $6.51
billion in outstanding private sector cred-
it, meaning loans to businesses, house-
holds and individuals.

With non-accrual loans, those more
than 31 days past due, having reached
$902.5 million or 14.5 per cent of the
total at end-July 2009, Mr Sunderji told

Chamber
chief: Avoid
‘extreme

CLIENTS of a former

* Delinquencies set to breach that barrier ‘for
sure’, with credit demand down around 40%
* Banking sector liquidity still strong
at near $300m, with external reserves
‘just shy’ of $650m at end-August

ANWER SUNDERJI

Tribune Business: “I think we will go
past the $1 billion mark, for sure. It’s
hard to predict, but certainly if the econ-
omy remains weak it could get there.”

The Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) chief
executive said credit demand in the
Bahamas was down “by around 40 per
cent”, as Bahamians curbed and cut back
on their spending, which had tradition-
ally been fuelled by borrowing.

In addition, “not a lot of people were
qualifying to borrow, and the banks are
being a lot more conservative and cau-
tious”. Both these factors, Mr Sunderji,
were resulting in a decline in consumer
borrowing and lending.

He added that there had been “quite
a dramatic increase” in debt consolida-
tion, which had grown by almost $38
million during the 2009 first half, as
Bahamians restructured their finances
to “be more in tune with the new reali-
ty”, reducing debt repayments and free
up cash flow.

“We will see continued demand for
the consolidation of loans,” Mr Sunder-
ji told Tribune Business. “Bahamians
are not borrowing any more, and are
amortising existing loans. People are not
deleveraging by paying down existing
loans, because they do not have the
cash.”

Meanwhile, Wendy Craigg, the Cen-

SEE page 2B



$2.63m client asset freeze order ended

By NEIL HARTNELL

* Liquidator says move ‘exceptionally good outcome’ for clients
Tribune Business Editor

* Attorney General agrees to remove restraint orders on Dominion
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Canada exporter

* Nation’s exporters
quadruple first quarter
year-over-year trade
with Canada to $10.8m,
generating positive
trade balance

* Canadian imports to
Bahamas increase by 32%
per annum between 1999-
2008, and could overtake
Trinidad as Canada’s key
regional market by 2014

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CANADIAN exports to the
Bahamas have expanded by 32
per cent per annum in the 10
years between 1999 and 2008, a
paper by the Caribbean
Regional Negotiating Machin-
ery (CRNM) has revealed, with
this nation on pace to overtake
Trinidad & Tobago as Canada’s
main CARICOM export mar-
ket by 2014.

A briefing paper prepared
by the CRNM’s Lincoln Price,
as part of the upcoming talks
between the Bahamas/CARI-
COM and Canada on a new
trade agreement to replace the

SEE page 2B

impact’ from
NIB rate rise

Wants ‘thorough dialogue’
on proposed 2% increase to
avoid ‘something disastrous’

for business community,
as could mean difference
between survival and
death in recession

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce’s president yester-
day called for the National
Insurance Board (NIB) to
“thoroughly” discuss the pro-
posed 2 per cent increase in
contribution rates with the pri-
vate sector, in order to prevent
“any extreme impact” on busi-
nesses in an environment where
many are already going under.

Khaalis Rolle told Tribune
Business that it was possible to
“make the argument that the
timing is wrong” in relation to
the planned NIB contribution
rate increase from 8.8 per cent

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$2.63 million worth of assets
after the Attorney General
agreed to remove an order that
has frozen them for three-and-
a-half years, following the mon-
ey laundering charges and con-
viction imposed on the firm’s
principal.

Clifford Culmer, the BDO
Mann Judd accountant and
partner, who is the liquidator
for former Bahamas-based bro-
ker/dealer Dominion Invest-
ments (Nassau), said that fol-
lowing negotiations with the

punishment for money laundering conviction

Attorney General, the nation’s
chief legal officer had agreed
to discharge two restraining
orders that had frozen all client
assets as of January 31, 2006.
This agreement was approved
by the Supreme Court on
August 14, 2009.

Instead, the Attorney Gen-
eral agreed that a restraining
order simply be imposed on the
assets Mr Culmer was holding
for Martin Tremblay, the for-
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Bahamas ‘most dynamic’ Carib-Canada exporter

FROM page 1B

CaribCan accord, detailed how
significant securing new and
existing trade preferences could
be for this nation, both from an
import and export perspective.

From an export perspective,
the Bahamas’ exports to Cana-
da more than quadrupled in the
2009 first quarter year-over-
year, rising from $2.6 million in
the same period in 2008 to
$10.8 million this year. This
positioned the Bahamas as one
of the few CARICOM nations
to enjoy growth in its Canadian
export market despite the
worldwide recession.

The CRNM paper said: “The
Bahamas is the most dynamic
CARICOM = merchandise
exporter between the 2008 first
quarter and 2009 first quarter,
almost quadrupling its exports
during this period.

“This favourable perfor-
mance is largely the result of
large shipments of heterocyclic
compounds containing pyrimi-
dine ring etc. Rock lobster and

grapefruit shipments also con-
tinue, even though both have
declined marginally in the first
quarter of 2009 compared to
2008.”

This again hints at both the
value and potential of achieving
the correct trade terms with
Canada in the upcoming nego-
tiations, a process both the
Government and the private
sector need to be thinking
about.

As for Canadian imports
coming into the Bahamas, the
CRNM paper said this nation
had consistently been among
Canada’s top five CARICOM
region markets, alongside
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago,
Haiti and Barbados.

The paper said: “Between
1999 and 2008, Canadian
exporters have been very ‘bull-
ish’ on exploring trade with the
Bahamas, with exports to the
Bahamas expanding by 32 per
cent annually.

“This dynamism in export-
ing to the Bahamas has been
the main driving force behind

the general trade expansion, as
most other CARICOM
economies experienced growth
rates which were below the 12.4
per cent regional growth rate.

“Based on this current
growth trend, the Bahamas
could overtake Trinidad &
Tobago by 2014 as Canada’s
main export market in CARI-
COM.”

While Canadian exports to
CARICOM declined by 35 per
cent during the 2009 first quar-
ter, falling from $229 million to
$149 million, the Bahamas
remained among the top five
markets and was one of four
countries to see growth in its
Canadian imports.

These rose from $10.4 mil-
lion in 2008 to $10.7 million this
year, again showing the value
and potential from agreeing the
rules of trade between the
Bahamas and Canada. Canadi-
an companies and investors
seem to see this as a key mar-
ket, and this nation could do
with some direct foreign invest-
ment.

Bad loans to
exceed Silbn

FROM page 1B

tral Bank of the Bahamas governor, yesterday
told Tribune Business that commercial bank-
ing system liquidity, meaning excess cash in
the system, remained relatively robust at
around $300 million at end-August, some $89

million ahead of the 2008 year-end position.

And foreign exchange reserves, aided by
the decline in credit and import demand,
were “just shy of $650 million” at the end of
August 2009. Due to the recession and rising
unemployment, Mrs Craigg said the banking
sector regulator did not anticipate “any strong
surge in consumer demand” in the run-up to
Christmas, as it had in previous years, mean-
ing the foreign reserves were likely to end
2009 in a stronger position than 2008 due to

the reduced pressure.

Mrs Craigg also backed Mr Sunderji’s
analysis, telling Tribune Business: “We expect
the non-performing loans will increase some-

what further.”

She added that the Central Bank was close-
ly scrutinising the commercial bank asset

the industry.

quality situation, having instigated enhanced
reporting requirements, particularly for
restructured loans and the monitoring of non-
performing loans.

However, the Central Bank governor said
the regulator had no doubts about the
Bahamian commercial banking sector’s abil-
ity, and those of its individual banks, to
weather the storm, as their key capital ratios
were “well above the prudent minimum” for

The Central Bank had advised the banks to
conduct their own internal stress tests to
assess capital adequacy, Mrs Craigg said, and
told them to take a proactive approach on
loan loss provisioning.

The latter involved “not just taking a view

tomorrow”.

on the current situation, but looking ahead
because conditions have deteriorated, and
the provisions you have today may not suffice



Chamber chief: Avoid ‘extreme impact’ from NIB rate rise

FROM page 1B

to 10.8 per cent, with many
businesses likely to the rise -
intended to finance an expan-
sion of the social security pro-
gramme’s benefits package - as
equivalent to an additional tax
on the private sector.

Many economists argue that
increasing taxes on business
during a recession is the last
thing a government should do,
given that it will likely produce
an increase in unemployment
and business failures, and Mr
Rolle said NIB needed to be
“very conscious” of the fact that
the private sector was going
through “very difficult eco-
nomic times”.

“Many businesses are failing,
and any additional costs that
add to operating expenses will
have an impact,” Mr Rolle told
Tribune Business. “That has to
be thoroughly discussed with
the business community to
ensure they do not do some-
thing that would be extremely
disastrous for the business com-
munity.

“Some discussions should be
held to ensure we don’t end up
in a situation where there’s an
extreme impact on business. A
2 per cent rate rise might not be
a large increase in terms of
monetary value, but for some
businesses that might mean the
difference between break even
and ‘red lining’ it. We need to
consider the impact, and have
some discussions to see what
the effects might be.”

Algernon Cargill, NIB’s
director, told Tribune Business
last week that increases of 1 per
cent each in NIB’s contribution
rate were needed to fund the
unemployment benefit scheme,
plus the Government’s pre-
scription drug programme for
communicable diseases. This
will take the current 8.8 per
cent NIB contribution rate to
10.8 per cent.

Mr Rolle said he and the
business community were not
opposed to the NIB rate
increase, which is likely to take
effect in early 2010, but he
added: “It may take 1 per cent
to fund the unemployment ben-
efit, but you might create

unemployment on the other
side, because some businesses
are operating on a shoestring
Budget, for want of a better
term, and that increase is com-
ing ata very difficult period for
businesses in the Bahamas. All
things have to be considered.”

Mr Rolle added that “wider
consultations” on the proposed
NIB contribution rate rise
would take place in the busi-
ness community, and there
would then be communications
with NIB - either directly to Mr
Cargill, or through the Cham-
ber’s own representative on the
NIB Board, Winston Rolle.

The cost of funding both new
benefits is likely to be split
50/50 between employer and
employee, meaning that the
employee contribution split will
rise from the current 3.4 per
cent to 4.4 per cent, while the
employer’s contribution rate
will increase to 6.4 per cent.

Mr Cargill told Tribune Busi-
ness that the increases were
“likely to come next year”,
although the exact timing of
their implementation would be
left to the Cabinet.

He said: “We have no final
confirmed date. That’s up to
the minister. We are recom-
mending early next year, so we
are advising businesses to bud-
get for increased rates in 2010.”

However, he added: “This
10.8 per cent contribution rate
is still significantly below other
[social security] programmes in
the region. Barbados has a 17
per cent contribution rate.”

Meanwhile, NIB yesterday
disclosed some of the other 25
amendments to its operations
that Tribune Business detailed
last week.

These include:

* Changing the method used
to calculate Retirement/Inva-
lidity Benefit to one that uses
wages over the best five, rather
than three years, thus ensuring
a better relationship between

contributions made and pen-
sions received.

* Change the wage ceiling
for pensionable civil servants
to that of all other contributors.

* Include in insurable wages
gratuities and tips that are paid
as part of regular wages for
workers in the hospitality sec-
tor.

* Remove the limit on earn-
ings for someone in receipt of
Retirement Benefit.

* Introduce triennial auto-
matic indexation of pensions
and grants with adjustments
linked to price increases.

* Provide for the payment of
both Retirement/Invalidity ben-
efit and Survivors benefit where
an insured may be otherwise
entitled to both.

* Introduce a Survivors

Grant equivalent to one year’s
pension, payable to widowed
spouses who do not qualify for
a Survivors pension either
because of their age or lack of
dependents.

* For Sickness and Materni-
ty benefit, require that the per-
son must have been employed
on the day of or prior to onset
of illness, and reduce the wait-
ing days for Unemployment
benefit to three days.

* Extend coverage for all
benefits, except Unemployment
Benefit, to all self-employed
persons and adjust the contri-
bution rate for all self-
employed persons to 8.8 per
cent.

* Allow Invalidity Assistance
to be payable from age one.

* Establish stricter means test
for Assistances.

OECD: Bahamas must deliver to block bank flight

FROM page 1B

no control over.

“Consolidation is a real danger for us in our

list’, particularly when most of our competitors
are off that list and on the ‘white list’, because the
market will take some comfort that we will short-
ly get off that list.

“T think that has prevented any significant
diminution of business and the possibility of cer-
tain businesses deciding to consolidate offshore
and move to other jurisdictions.”

Yet Mr Moree added: “Having said that, I
believe it’s very important to get ourselves off the
‘grey list’ in the timeframe announced by the
Government. I understand they intend to com-
plete the TIEAs by year’s end, but if there is
any significant delay in that it could undermine
confidence in the market in our ability and will-
ingness to bring [our commitments| into force.

“We have weathered the fallout from being
on the ‘grey list’ without any discernible loss of
business, but I know of many institutions doing
business in this country and they, through their
head offices, will not be prepared to continue
doing business as normal if we do not satisfacto-
rily get off the ‘grey list’ and on to the ‘white
list’.

“We moved just in time to mitigate the fallout,
we have weathered the worst of the storm, and
now must deliver on our commitments.”

Influencing financial institution head office
perceptions of the Bahamas was critical, Mr
Moree said, not only in relation to the G-
20/OECD initiative but also when it came to
dealing with global consolidation in the private
wealth management industry - a process that,
when it began, the Bahamas would have almost

jurisdiction, and we have to be very careful when
we go through this period of consolidation, which
will happen regardless of what we do,” Mr Moree
said.

As major multinational institutions looked to
potentially consolidate their operations in a par-
ticular region into just one or two offices, a
process driven by the need to reduce costs, boost
efficiencies and achieve economies of scale, Mr
Motee said it was even more critical for the
Bahamas to attain the ‘white list’ status attained
by many competitors.

If the Bahamas was to lose out in the consoli-
dation process, Mr Moree said “the consequences
are very serious”, both from a direct and indirect
employment perspective, loss of government rev-
enues, a decline in incomes and wealth levels,
and a reduction in the frequency with money
circulated in the Bahamian economy.

“There is a knock on effect that has the poten-
tial to adversely impact a number of Bahami-
ans, and that is why the continued survival and
growth of financial services is important at a
national level, not only to those people working
in the industry,” Mr Moree told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“We've got to understand that when it comes
to business and the delivery of service, we have
got to be more efficient and productive, and can’t
use the excuse that on an island the pace of life is
slower, and things get done in their own time.

“We’re going to have to embrace change, deliv-
er a higher level of productivity and service that
demonstrates an ability to adapt.”

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Application are available at the Authority’s office South West Road
Clifton Cay and should be submitted along with resume by 4pm
14 September, 200.
Telephone contact 462-3121 or 362-6729

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in Grand Bahama, on or before 12:00 Noon on September 23, 2009.





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IDB approves
$150,000 grant to
aid NAFCO training
programme

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE INTER-AMERICAN
Development Bank (IDB) has
approved a $150,000 non-
refundable grant to aid the
North Abaco Fisheries Co-
operative (NAFCO) in an 18-
month fishing and business
development training pro-
gramme, Tribune Business
learned yesterday.

The Cooperative’s chairman,
Leon Pinder, said though there
are still more steps to work
through with the IDB before
the first disbursement of the
grant, the training initiative
could begin as early as next
week.

It is hoped that this initiative
will allow north Abaco fisher-
men to have greater presence

on the seafood trading front,
develop good business man-
agement skills and inherit envi-
ronmentally-friendly fishing
techniques.

“The overall objective is to
help the fishing operators in
North Abaco to consolidate
their presence in the export
market,” said NAFCO's pro-
gramme plan.

"In pursuit of this objective,
the project will involve inter-
ventions that target the
enabling environment, the insti-
tutional capacity of NAFCO
and the individual fishing oper-
ators.”

According to NAFCO’s plan,
its objective is to provide tech-
nical support for planned infra-
structure development pro-
grammes.

Mr Pinder told this paper
recently that the co-operative

LEGAL NOTICE

is building a fish house, fish pro-
cessing plant and marine shop
in order to provide the fisher-
men with necessary equipment
“and get to the point where we
can export our own fish to max-
imise the income”.

The programme will be avail-
able to members of the co-
operative as well as potential
members.

The Inter-American Institute
for Cooperation on Agriculture
(ICA) was recruited by NAF-
CO to conduct the 18-month
training programme, through
association with the IBD and
the Bahamas Cooperative
League.

NAFCO was responsible for
$65,000 of the $215,000 cost of
the initiative.

Fishermen involved in the
programme will undergo entre-
preneurial training to strength-
en their individual business
skills, while institutional
strengthening seminars will
“provide support for the devel-
opment of producer cluster,
which will help individual fish-
ermen to improve their market
penetration”.

programme is essential to the
sector's future, and the future
of the fishermen at large.

“Once the IDB does the
training and we are already to
belt course on our building,
then we'll move on to the phase
where we can get a local loan
from the other cooperatives
like the credit union,” Mr Pin-
der said.

“We will need more funding
to get where we want to get,
but that won't be done until we
have the technical training that
is provided from the IDB.”

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 3B

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that BOSNEL BRUTUS of
MARKET STREET, 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 1st September, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

NOTICE

is hereby given that the

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Association Limited will be held at
The Pavilion at Saffron Hill Subdivision on
West Bay Street on Thursday the 10th day of
September 2009 at 6:30pm.

Should you need further information kindly contact
325-6666 or 325-8905.

Dated the 1st day of September, A.D., 2009

With The Compliments Of:-
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Owners Association
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Mr Pinder said recently that
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(a) UIE SERVICES LIMITED is in dissolution;

(b) the date of commencement of the dissolution is
September 1, 2009;

(c) the name of the Liquidator is Alison J. Treco, FT
Consultants Ltd.,One Montague Place, East Bay
Street, P.O. Box N-3932, Nassau, Bahamas

BAHAMAS FIRST

Balance Sheet as at December 31, 2008

FURTHER NOTICE is hereby given that the
Creditors of the abovenamed Company are required
on or before the 9th day of October, 2009, to send
their names and addresses, with particulars of their
debts or claims, and the names and addresses of their
Attorneys (if any), to the Liquidator, Alison Treco,
c/o FT Consultants Ltd., P.O. Box N-3932, Nassau,
Bahamas.

2008 2007

ASSETS

Dated this 8th day of September, A. D. 2009

Alison J. Treco
Liquidator

NOTICE

In the Estate of DARNELL AMY
DEVEAUX, late of Sea Breeze Lane in the
Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Civil
Servant, Deceased.

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 Friday, the 25th
day of September, A.D. 2009, after which
date 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.

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

DUPUCH & TURNQUEST & CO.
Chambers
308 East Bay Street
P. O. Box N-8181
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Administratrix



Cash

Term deposits

Invesiments

Tradé accounts receivable

Sundry receivables and prepayments
Receivabla from reinsurers

Interest receivable

Deferrad commission costs

Unpaid claims recoverable from reinsurers
Deferred reinsurance premiums
Deferred reinsurance cost
Receivables from related companies
Property and equipment

Intangible asset

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
LIABILITIES:

Payable to reinsurers
Uneamed commission income
Uneamed prem ivms

Bank overdraft

Payable to agents and brokers
Accrued liabilities

Unpaid claims

EQUITY:

Share capital
Contributed surplus
General reserve
Revaluation surplus
Retained earnings
Total equity

TOTAL

Approved an behalf of the Board af Directors: >

4 full copy af the Company's financial statements are available on the Company's website www. bahamasfirst.com

$ 3,061,929
3,671,036
18,342,800
22,617,378
692,983

92,922
6,995,985
11,099,148
28,665,409
o,f 8F 991
23,582,108
2,029,929
2,692,559

9127,532,266

§ 3,415,600
6,750,135
42,674,996
4,089,092
8,915
2,292,066
20,729,176

79,959,980

7,500,000
14,100,000
3,500,000
1,269,265
21,203,018
47 572 286

3

6,513,378
3,479,529
21,265,010
20,742,672
T46746
235,213
91,331
7,009,654
10,670,394
26,627,559
4,035,334
23,293 948
2,044,192
2,692,559

$129,949,519

$

14,225,843
5,839,199
42 686,985

466,983
1,462,020
19,352,292

64,033,322

7,500,000
14,100,000
3,500,000
1,269,268

19,546,929

45,916,197

$127,.532,266 $129.949.519

Chairman

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00510

Whereas VIRGINIA CAPRON BAIN of Sunshine Park, Southern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of MERTHEREEN DEAN a.k.a. MERTHEREEN F.
DEAN a.k.a. MERTHEREEN DEAN-PICKSTOCK late of Sunshine Park,
Southern District, New Providence, The Bahamas, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00511

Whereas SHANNELLE SMITH of the Western District, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of
Power of Attorney for GERALDINE M. HALL has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of JOHN LEROY HALL late of 311 Beacon Point Lane, Grover,
St Louis,Missouri, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00512

Whereas SIR WILLIAM CLIFFORD ALLEN of Olde Fort Bay, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters
of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of DAVID LAFLEUR late
of Saint Anne’s, Fox Hill, Eastern District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00515

Whereas JUANITA BEATRICE KNOWLES of the City of Freeport of Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by
Deed of Power of Attorney for CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY KNOWLES
AND AMANDA CHRISTINA KNOWLES, the lawful children has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of RAYMOND RONALD KNOWLES a.k.a.
RAYMOND “PANCHO” KNOWLES late of the Settlement of Mangrove
Bush on the Island of Long Island, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar

PROBATE DIVISION
10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00514

IN THE ESTATE OF DORIS STEWARD, late of Flat 1 Charlton Manor
Charlton Manor Drive in the Town of Knaresborough in the County of North
Yorkshire in England, deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by HARRY BRACTON SANDS, of Skyline Drive in the
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate in the above estate granted to SUSAN
LINDA STEWARD, the Executrix and Trustee, by the District Probate Registry
of the High Court of Justice at Newcastle Upon Tyne in England of America, on
the 25th day of June, 2009.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) REGISTRAR



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FROM page 1B

Investments’ clients, Mr Cul-
mer said that as a result of his
successful negotiations: “There
is no longer any restriction on
the ability of the liquidator to
release the customers’ assets to
them, no need for any disclo-
sure of the customers’ financial
information or records whatso-
ever, and no question of there
being any settlement from the
customers’ assets of the
$220,000 forfeiture order made
against Mr Tremblay.”

Mr Culmer described the
Attorney General’s agreement
to remove the asset freezing
orders as “an exceptionally
good outcome”, adding that he
was now working to verify
which assets belonged to each
client, before he applied to the
Supreme Court to release them
to the beneficial owners.

By negotiating the agree-
ment with the Attorney Gen-
eral, Mr Culmer has also been
able to avoid legal costs that
would have resulted if he had to
ask the Supreme Court to over-
turn the restraining orders.
These costs would have had to
be paid by Dominion Invest-
ments’ clients from the assets
that the company held on their
behalf.

The court-imposed restraint
orders, which were granted on
January 31, 2006, and May 2,
2006, had been left in place fol-
lowing Mr Tremblay’s convic-
tion because he has yet to pay
the $220,000 confiscation order

an
$2.63m client asset
freeze order ended

to the US authorities. Both
orders were obtained by the
Attorney General’s Office,
upon the request of the US Jus-
tice Department.

In his previous report to the
Supreme Court on Dominion
Investments’ liquidation, Mr
Culmer said he felt “very
strongly that the very least” Mr
Tremblay could do for his for-
mer clients was to settle the
Confiscation Order.

“The liquidator is particular-
ly concerned to secure the
release of the assets in the
Bahamas from the Restraint
Orders, and the return thereof
to their beneficial owners with-
out any disclosure of the iden-
tity of those beneficial owners
or the source of their funds,”
Mr Culmer said then.

“The liquidator has, to date,
been unable to release the
assets held in the Bahamas to
the beneficial owners thereof
due to the Restraint Orders
that remain in place, but as set
out above he is presently taking
steps to address this.”

Mr Culmer added in his pre-
vious liquidator’s report that
he had been able to protect the
confidentiality, and identities,
of Dominion Investments’
clients.

“Of course, a quick, simple
and effective solution, which
would avoid the costs of the
further litigation of the liq-
uidator’s application to dis-
charge the Restraint Orders,
which would pose no risk to the
confidentiality of the customers’

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, HORATIO LEWIS
STRACHAN of P.O. Box EE-16764, Nassau, Bahamas

intends to change my name to HORATIO RAY
FLOWERS. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of

publication of this notice.



affairs, and which would enable
the immediate release of the
customer’s funds from the
Restraint Orders, would be for
Martin Tremblay to pay the
$220,000 Confiscation Order,”
Mr Culmer said then.

“The liquidator feels very
strongly that the very least Mar-
tin Tremblay should do is gar-
ner his resources and settle the
amount of the Confiscation
Order so that customers’ assets
can thereby be released to them
without further delay.”

The liquidator had already
secured the removal of a Cana-
dian Restraint Order, imposed
by regulators in that country,
on Dominion Investments’
client assets there on April 10,
2008. The Canadian assets have
since been released to their
beneficial owners.

Following the $220,000 for-
feiture order made against Mr
Tremblay in the US, the courts
there amended it on August 11,
2008, providing that his rights,
title and interest in Dominion
Investments’ accounts frozen
in the Bahamas now vest in the
US government.

Mr Tremblay had challenged
that order on the grounds that
the assets concerned belonged
to Dominion Investments’
chents, not himself, but this was
rejected by the US courts.

The US court order is specif-
ically seeking to gain control of
assets held in five accounts in
the name of Dominion Invest-
ments at three separate
Bahamas-based banks.

They are:

Account Numbers 400-506-
2 and 500-303-3 at the Royal
Bank of Canada in Nassau

Account Numbers 1376890
and 1376920 at Barclays Bank
(likely FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank Bahamas) in Nas-
sau Account Number
101wa3581930 at Ferrier Lullin
(now Julius Baer) in Nassau

¢ There is no suggestion that
any of these financial institu-
tions have done anything wrong
in relation to the Tremblay situ-
ation.

) Bank of The Bahamas

WY INTERNATIONAL

Bank of The Bahamas wishes to
advise our valued customers that our
Card Centre numbers have changed
for all Prepaid, Credit and Medline

Card holders.

Please note that the new numbers

are.

Local: 242-396-6010
International: 1-877-204-5110 toll Free
Family Island: 1-242-300-0111 tol Free

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1000 MEN TO WALK FOR

PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

When it comes to a your
car, you ensure that every-
thing is in good order, and
functioning. You know when
to get a wheel alignment,
when to change the oil, and
go out of the way to fix your
car problems no matter the
cost. In the same vein, taking
care of your body is just as
important, and even more so
than your vehicle. But for
many men, priorities are out
of order. One local health
club is trying to change
men’s mentality toward their
health, with a strong focus on

prostate cancer awareness.
Their mission: to encourage men

to have regular checkups rather

than but place the more crucial



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THE little darlings are back in
school and that is a reminder that
the vegetable season can get under-
way. In many ways the vegetable
growing season in The Bahamas
mirrors the school year. They both
start in September and by Decem-
ber results are expected. The second
term from January to Easter is the
most productive time, and the third
term is for consolidation and finals.
Then a two month hiatus and off
we go again.

Vegetables are best grown in fair-
ly small lots no wider than a dining
table but about twice the length.
These dimensions allow you to
plant and reap without placing a
foot within your growing area, leav-
ing the

ground nicely aerated. I like to
add a bag or two of topsoil and
commercial cow manure to the old
soil and work it in with a little fer-
tiliser.

There are three main types of fer-
tiliser: granular, time-release, and
soluble (or liquid). Granular fer-
tiliser is usually bought in large con-
tainers or sacks and is the cheap-
est overall. That said, salt build-up
over the years could harm your gar-
den in the end. Time- release fer-
tilisers usually resemble little
spheres. These leave no



health matters are on the back-burn-
er of their minds which can lead to
life-threatening complications if
neglected for so long.

In partnership with the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas, US TOO (a
support group for prostate cancer) is
holding a 1,000-Man Walk for
prostate cancer awareness on Sat-
urday, September 12 at 6am. The
main objective of the event, accord-
ing to Valentine Maura, senior
leader of the US TOO chapter in
the Bahamas, is to put the onus on
men taking care of themselves so
that they can live long, healthy pro-
ductive lives.

From political figures to the
everyday Bahamian, the event is
expected to attract men from all
walks of life, followed by prostate
screenings conducted by oncologists
at a low cost of $20.

This year the support group
expects a significant increase in par-
ticipants, hoping to have an impres-
sive 1,000 men examined. Last year,
770 plus men were examined, and
450 were examined in 2007.

salt residue and once applied can
last for weeks. The package will tell
you that you only have to apply the
fertiliser once every 3 or 4 months.
I always cut the advertised time in
half. Liquid or soluble

fertilisers are applied with the use
of a hose and an applicator is need-
ed. This is the most expensive
method of fertilising your garden
but is very effective if applied every
week.

The vegetables we grow can be
divided into 60-90-120 day crops.
Read your seed package carefully.
Some tomatoes are advertised to
produce in 60 days but that time is
calculated from transplant, so add
another 30 days.

Sixty-day crops include spinach,
English peas, Swiss chard, snap
beans, and some summer squash.
Most vegetables are 90-day crops
like tomatoes, peppers, cabbages,
corn, beets, cucumbers and some
winter

squash. 120-day crops include cal-
abaza pumpkin, winter squash,
onions, carrots and fennel.

Most vegetables can be started
in September but others are best
left until the middle of October:
English peas, spinach, kohlrabi,
Swiss chard and bunching onions.
The classic vegetable garden lay-

Many doctors acknowledge that
prostate screenings hold the stigma
of being uncomfortable describing it
as “10 seconds of an awkward situa-
tion that can improve your lifetime.”

Prostate screening by a private
doctor can cost around $80. With
the discount in price, Mr Maura
hopes men will "have no strong
enough reason to cop out."

The route will start at the Cancer
Caring Centre, on to Collins
Avenue, down Shirley Street and
Elizabeth Avenue, then Rawson
Square, ending at Arawak Cay.

US TOO is making special plans
to create an atmosphere of ease and
relaxation in the waiting areas of
the prostate screenings at the vari-
ous clinics. Tapings of NFL Monday
Night Football games, and movies
will be shown.

Doctors agree that early detec-
tion is vital to saving lives.

Premier resorts like Sandals,
Wyndham and other household
companies are lending their support
to the campaign. "They see the
necessity in addressing the health

out consists of raised rows two or
three feet apart. That is fine in
Kansas but very wasteful in The
Bahamas. Try to get as much out
of your garden as possible by grow-
ing

your vegetables in grids or blocks
rather than rows. A simple calcula-
tion involving the size of a mature
plant will give you the spacing
required. For carrots, it would be
three inches apart; for cabbages,
twelve inches.

Keep your vegetables coming.
Pick them as soon as they are close
to ripening as this will encourage
greater production. When your veg-

problems that their workers have,
in keeping them alive and well to
maximise their tenure in the work-
place,” Mr Maura said.

He added: “When you’re talking
about transmissions or tuning up a
car, the guy will say, you can get the
car tuned up for $30 now, or you
can let it run but you have to pay me
$300 or $3,000 if you need trans-
mission work.

"You would go the extra end to
ensure that your car is in order, so
why not make this investment for
your health and well-being.”

Prostate screenings will also be
conducted the week following the
walk at local clinics across the island
on these dates and venues: Satur-
day September 12 at the Cancer
Caring Centre in Centreville; Tues-
day September 15 at Elizabeth
Estates Clinic; Tuesday September
22 at Flamingo Gardens Clinic;
Thursday, September 24 at South
Beach Clinic; Tuesday September
29 at Flemming St Clinic; and final-
ly on Saturday October 3 at South
Beach Clinic.

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Some of the risk factors
for prostate cancer are as
follows:

1.Age- prostate cancer is
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get older.

2. Race- Black males are
more likely to develop
prostate cancer than white
males. Black males are
also more likely to die of
prostate cancer than white
MEN Se

3. Family History of
Prostate Cancer- A man
whose father, brother, or
son has had prostate can-
cer has a higher than-aver-
age risk of developing
prostate cancer.

**Other potential risk factors include
alcohol consumption, vitamin or
mineral interactions, and other

dietary habits.

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etables are halfway to maturity, sow
seeds for a successive crop.

Keep this going throughout the
year and one small garden could
give you hundreds of dollars-worth
of vegetables.

Grow the most expensive of veg-
etables. Green peppers are cheap
and readily available. Yellow, red
and orange peppers are expensive
and take no more effort to grow.
Regular onions are inexpensive and

always available while bunching
onions are pricey. Fennel and
kohlrabi are almost impossible to
buy, so grow your own if you like
them.

By the way, if you grow cherry
tomatoes, keep them out of your
main vegetable garden. Find a small
fertile area where they can grow
singly. Some cherry tomatoes pro-
duce plants that cover a vast area
and would swallow up your regu-
lar garden.

And don’t forget to grow herbs.
The vegetables you grow will be
greatly enhanced by freshly-picked
herbs. Many herbs are perennials
and stay around for years with little
care.

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What is great sex?

When we first become
sexually active, and enter
the adult world of sexual
emotions, we believe that
this is as good as it gets.
We grow up believing that
we should just know how
to 'do it' and that every-
thing is meant to come to
us naturally.

Our young minds are flooded with
feelings of passion, love and sexual
desire for our love interest, and we
walk around in a euphoric state. Then
things change, the sparkle loses its
shine and the whole thing fades away.
We question if it was that great then
why could it not survive? Why was
that not enough to maintain the pas-

sion? Is ‘hot’ or ‘sizzling’ sex not the
same as ‘great sex'? Is there more to

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of free health screenings,
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blood pressure, blood sugar,
weight screening, and
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sex than we first thought?

Many theorise but few are bold
enough to define ‘great sex’ as they
recognise and respect the individu-
alism of each couple. Looking in at a
couple, and judging their satisfaction
level, is unproductive because what is
great for one would not be enough
for another. Clinical research shows
us that even for committed couples,
who consider themselves ‘normal and
healthy’, about 50 per cent of sex is
mediocare.

When we start to think how many

factors have to be aligned for two
people to be ‘in sync’, on any given
day, it is surprising that the numbers
are even as high as they are. Satis-
faction levels vary because, although
we may not feel sexual desire at that
particular moment, we recognise the
importance of maintaining a close
intimate bond.

Knowing all of this, it is still inter-
esting for us to consider, what may be
important to experience 'great sex’.
Without a doubt the number one fac-
tor is ‘being present in the moment.’
This means all senses awakened and
ready to respond. It also means being
emotionally and spiritually connected
throughout the experience. The mind
has to be focused and all outside dis-
tractions removed.

For women, in particular, deep pas-
sionate kissing elevates arousal and is
an essential magical element for great
sex. The importance of being true to
one’s self and being able to relax and

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free of all inhibitions. This liberated
state allows an increased level of com-
munication and produces a desire to
give more than we get. The saying
‘the more you give the more you get
in return’ rings true. This level of
emotional and sexual intimacy
extends to all forms of expression,
both verbal and non verbal, and
allows experimentation with out fear
or repercussions. It is an atmosphere
of a 'safe playground’ that allows the
losing of inhibitions.

You may consider all of these fac-
tors as being ‘good sex’ but there
seems to be a defining moment when
everything transcends reality. Tran-
scendence is a heightened altered
state, physically, emotionally and spir-
itually.

It is that sense of peace, high, ‘out
of body experience’, or ‘trance like
state’. Comparisons are even made
between highly spiritual and religious
experiences. Once we experience it
we then understand the difference
between ‘good’ and ‘great sex’.

On reading this you may have flash
backs to specific instances when you
have felt that exceptional sexual expe-
rience and moments of ecstasy. Mem-

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ories of a particular setting, person,
time and deep connection give us all
hope that there is more to this whole
sex thing. But for those who have not
had such an experience take note of
the essential ingredients and add your
own. Nothing is text book and we all
need to explore the magic and mys-
tery of our own sexuality.

Raising our expectations each time
will often help us focus on the ulti-
mate experience. If your sex life is a
little ‘ho-hum’ then know that it is
possible to turn things around, reduce
unsatisfactory sex and increase the
times of ‘great sex.’ Our minds ulti-
mately control us and opening them
wide to new concepts can change our
lives and happiness.

¢ Margaret Bain is an Individual and
Couples Relationship Therapist. She is
a Registered Nurse and a Certified
Clinical Sex Therapist. Call for an
appointment- Relate Bahamas at 364-
7230, or email
relatebahamas@yahoo.com
orwww.relatebahamas. blogspot.com.
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By REUBEN SHEARER
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OBESITY, hypertension, heart disease, dia-
betes, kidney failure, cancer, asthma and arthri-
tis all chronic non-communicable diseases,
(CNCDs)-are seriously affecting the quality
of life and economic status of individuals and
families in The Bahamas.

In the past, CNCDs were prevalent primar-
ily among older adults in the Bahamas. How-
ever, it now appears that they are affecting a
wider range of Bahamians, including youth,
and are the leading causes of illness and dis-
ability.

CARICOM health officials, since 2007,
have declared the second Saturday in Sep-
tember as Caribbean Wellness Day and this
year’s event will be observed on September 12
under the theme: “Love that Body,”

The Ministry of Health has planned an “All
Day Mega Health Extravaganza,” starting
11am prompt ‘til 6pm on the grounds of the
ministry’s complex at the juncture of Augusta,
Delancy and Meeting Streets.

Dr Yasmin Williams-Robinson, chairper-
son for Caribbean Wellness Day in the
Bahamas said that her planning team “is hop-
ing to engage the public to come and enjoy var-

ious aspects of wellness whether it be through
physical exercise or sampling the healthy eats
that will be provided.”

The Mega Health Extravaganza will involve
demonstrations of various physical activities,
such as salsa dancing, a step show, Karate,
marching bands, and other activities.

For adults attending the event, there will
be an array of free health screenings, including
blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sug-
ar, weight screening, and healthy food demon-
strations. For the children there will be a ful-
ly supervised bouncing castle, and in the late
afternoon everyone will be able to get their
“bodies in motion” to the rhythmic beat of
the One Family Junkanoo rush out.

There will also be booths organised by var-
ious gyms, spas and wholesalers featuring spe-
cial give-aways throughout the day, and a
“punchboard” where patrons, for a minimum
donation, will be eligible to try for a variety of
food prizes.

The Ministry of Health is doing their own in-
house set of activities each day this week, lead-
ing up to Saturday’s extravaganza. Yester-
day was “Drink 8 glasses of water,” today is
“Eat a Fruit,” Wednesday is “Get into the
Gym,” Thursday is “Walk after Work,” and
Friday- “Get up and Move.”

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minutes to create a pto- |
file of what they are look- :
ing for and then select }
persons based on those }
requirements. Clients pay }

$100 for a four month }

membership fee.”

She explained that dur- }
ing that time clients can }
get to know the other per- }
son and develop a bond :

with them.

“The reason that we do }
a4 month membership is }
because we want our:
clients to develop mean- }
ingful relationships and it :
may take that long to do }
that. If people don’t find :
a match in that time, they :
can always meet someone }
else. We try to keep it }
based on compatibility ;
and moral values and not }

the physical.”

However she pointed }
out that if a match is not }
made, the client can come }
back and meet someone }

else.

“ Some people may see

two or three people a:
month, others don’t want :
to go out with more with }



“The reason that
we doa 4
month member-
ship is because
we want our
clients to devel-
op meaningful
relationships and
it may take that
long to do that.
It people don’t
find a match in
that time, they
can always meet
someone else.
We try to keep
it based on
compatibility
and moral values
and not the
physical.”

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than one person at a time,
so it really depends on the :

individual.”

“Also we are complete-
ly discrete, when I leave :

work, I take my clients’

files with me so it is com- }

pletely

confidential. }

When we first came up
with the idea of the com- }
pany, we were a little hes- }
itant because we felt that :
some Bahamians would }
not be that liberal, but :
things are evolving and }

there has

been ani

increase in online dating }
and persons willing to }

post their photos on line,
so it works.”

Inspired by the success

of the business to date,

Mr and Moore are host-
ing their company’s first :
singles event this Satur-
day- something they say :
will be “ a magical night :

to remember.

The event will be a sin- }
gles wine tasting on 2009 :
at Curly's Café, Cable }
beach next to Sandals. :
The official sponsor for ;
the event is Bristol Wines ;
and spirits. Other spon- }
sors are Starbucks, Logos }
book store and Hollis }
Spa. The event promises }
to be a fun and exciting }
one with free giveaways, :
dating games, wine and }

food all night long.

Tickets for the event }
are $20 and are sold at :
Soul Mates dating service, }
Bay Street in the Shop- :
pers Haven on Bay com- }

plex.

Mrs Darville Moore

said the response to the :
event has been phenome- }
nal with the company :
almost selling out of tick- }

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Today we will try to be a veterinary
dentist and educate you the concerned
pet owner on the proper ways of main-
taining good oral health of your dog.

We all know that teeth are the bony
growths on the jaws and are found
inside of the mouth. They are used to
capture, kill and prepare food for eat-
ing, and as tools of defence.

Almost without exception, puppies
are born without teeth. The milk teeth
or decidious teeth begin to appear at
about 3 weeks. By 6-8 weeks, a puppy
will have a full set of twenty- eight
teeth. Puppies do not have molars and
their milk teeth will remain for only 3-
7 months. Beginning at 3 months, the
milk teeth are replaced by permanent
teeth. By 7 months, a puppy should
have all their adult teeth, 42 to be
exact. By knowing eruption dates of
teeth a veterinarian can approximate
the exact age of your pet.

There are 4 types of teeth in a dog,
incisors, canines, pre-molars and
molars. The incisors are used to rip or
tear meat from a bone and to groom
themselves. Canine teeth are used to
capture and hold objects and prey. The
pre-molars and molars in the rear of
the jaw are sharp, triangular teeth that
include the carnassial teeth that are
characteristic of meat eaters. They
work like scissors to shear flesh and
crush bone. The flattened molars are
designed to crush vegetable foods and
bone.

Normally, the roots of baby teeth are
reabsorbed as the adult teeth take their
place. When this fails to happen, and
the baby teeth don’t fall out, the dogs
may appear to have a double set of
teeth. Retained baby teeth should be
extracted, so that permanent teeth will
have room to grow. Toy breeds tend
to have many retained teeth. Some-
times a crowded mouth pushes teeth
out of alignment resulting in a maloc-
clusion and poor dental hygiene.

When the mouth is closed, the lower



canine teeth are normally situated in
front of the upper canines, the upper
incisors overlap the lower and the
upper pre-molar points to fit into the
spaces between lower pre-molars. Mal-
occlusion refers to the abnormal bite
when the mouth is closed. An incor-
rect bite causes breeders more concern
than any other mouth problem. Most
malocclusion is heredity, resulting from
genetic factors that control the rate of
growth of the upper and lower jaws.

Over shot (prognathism) occurs when
the upper jaw protrudes beyond the
lower jaw. Under shot bite (brachtig-
natism) is the reverse of the overshot
bite. It is considered normal in certain
breeds like the bulldog and the pug.

In my practice, periodontal (gum)
disease, is one of the most common
problems seen. It occurs in two forms -
gingivitis; a reversible inflammation of
the gums and periodontitis, an inflam-
mation of the deeper structures sup-
porting the teeth.

Gingivitis develops when bacteria
builds up between the teeth and gum



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our dog

OVER shot
(prognathism)
occurs when
the upper jaw
protrudes
beyond the
lower jaw.
Under shot
bite (brachtig-
natism) is the
reverse of the
overshot bite.
It is consid-

| ered normal in
certain breeds
like the bulldog
and the pug.

leading to irritation, inflammation and
bleeding. The edges of healthy gums
fit tightly around the teeth. Dental cal-
culus or tartar is composed of minerals,
food particles bacteria and other organ-
ic materials. When it is soft it is called
plaque, when it is hard it is called cal-
culus.

Clinical signs of gingivitis are bad
breath. The gums appear red and
swollen and bleed easily when touched.
Treatment is to clean the teeth by ultra-
sonic scaling and polishing to remove
all plaque and calculus. For optimum
results, the dog should be heavily sedat-
ed or anesthetised.

Periodontitis is a continuation of gin-
givitis. As the gum infection attacks
the cementum and periodontal mem-
brane, the roots become infected then
the teeth begin to loosen and eventu-
ally they detach and fallout. This is a
painful process and we advise you to
seek veterinary assistance in correct-
ing this painful problem. This can cause
aggressive, moody, tendencies of your
beloved dog.

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BOB MEDLINE HEALTH EXPO ANNOUNCED - Bank of The Bahamas today unveiled plans for a major health and wellness expo this Saturday at the Sheraton,
Cable Beach, with free screenings, demonstrations, giveaways and the most current medical information presented by leading medical experts from The
Bahamas and South Florida. Pictured at the press conference l-r, Dr Barry Russell, Bahamas Orthodontic Center, who is set to speak on the procedures that are
revolutionising orthodontics, Vaughn Delaney, Deputy Managing Director, Bank of The Bahamas and Dr Conville Brown, founder of The Medical Pavilion, who is
addressing the topic of the healthy heart. More than 40 medical or lifestyle-related facilities or businesses will be represented at the Expo that runs from 10 am
to 4.30 pm. It is free to the public.

Bank of The Bahamas announces
major health & wellness expo

BANK of The Bahamas
will host a day-long health
and wellness expo with top
medical, fitness and nutri-
tion experts, including lead-
ing surgeons, physicians and
other professionals from
The Bahamas and South
Florida, on September 12.

“We at Bank of The
Bahamas are very excited
about bringing the first ever
BOB MEDLINE Health &
Wellness Expo to the
Bahamian public, free of
charge and with the variety
of experts, presentations
and demonstrations
designed to provide answers

to almost any question
someone might have about
their health or the health of
a loved one,” said Vaughn
Delaney, deputy managing
director, Information Tech-
nology and Human
Resources and one of the
driving forces behind the
recently-launched BOB
MEDLINE VISA.

“Some of the most
respected and best-known
surgeons and physicians
from leading South Florida
health care facilities along
with leaders in health care
from The Bahamas will dis-
cuss issues ranging from

spinal stenosis to orthodon-
tics revolutionised. Other
topics include breast cancer,
da Vinci robotic surgery and
solid advice on how to main-
tain a healthy heart.

There will also be free
screenings for blood pres-
sure and cholesterol and
free makeovers.

The bank introduced the
special purpose credit card
dubbed “your prescription
for health” last month.

Participants in the BOB
Health and Wellness Expo
include Baptist Health South
Florida, Broward General
Hospital, The Medical Pavil-

ion Bahamas, Cleveland
Clinic Florida, Doctors Hos-
pital, Miami Children’s Hos-
pital, University of Miami
Health Systems, CMI South,
Opera Suites and Marina,
Bahamas Diabetic Associa-
tion, Bahamas Family Plan-
ning, Bahamas Heart Asso-
ciation, Bahamas Neurolog-
ical Center, Bahamas Ortho-
dontic Centre, Bahamas
Plastic Surgery and Laser
Arts Center for Esthetics,
Bally Total Fitness, The
Cancer Society, Center for
Specialized Dentistry, Foot
& Ankle Institute/Walk-in
Clinic, Impressions Dental,

Jemi Health and Wellness,
John Bull, Mystical Fitness,
Prescription Parlour Phar-
macy, Providence Rehabili-
tation Centre, Subway, The
Skin Centre & West Bay
Dental.

The one day event will be
held at the Sheraton Cable
Beach Resort, Saturday
September 12 from 10am to
4.30pm. There is no charge
and partners are offering
numerous giveaways, includ-
ing two weekend stays at
Opera Suites and Marina on
Biscayne Bay. For more
information contact 396-
6010.

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Former president
criticises organisation

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A FEUD has broken out
within the Bahamas Christian
Council over the position tak-
en by leader Rev Patrick Paul
on the proposed amendment
to outlaw marital rape.

Former Council president
and outspoken social activist
Bishop Simeon Hall released
astatement yesterday criticis-
ing the organisation for its
apparent failure to seek con-
sensus on the issue.

The Christian Council, the
largest religious federation in
the country, expressed its
rejection of government's
attempt to make it illegal for a

husband to force sex on his
wife on Thursday, after the
Catholic Archdiocese, the
Bahamas Conference of the
Methodist Church and the
Seventh-Day Adventist
Church had already expressed
their support for governmen-
t's proposal.

Bishop Hall, who presided
over the Christian Council in
1999 and 2000, expressed his
disappointment at the sus-
pected failure of council lead-
ers to consult others before
taking a controversial stance
on marital rape and creating a
division both within the organ-
isation and the Church.

In a statement released to

SEE page eight

Concerns raised over recent
approvals of crown land

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

AS THE House of Assembly’s Select Committee continues
its work looking into the disposition of all crown land grants,
concerns have been raised over recent approvals issued since
August and whether or not a new “transparent” system has tru-
ly been implemented at the Department of Lands and Surveys.

On July 20, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham pledged his gov-

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A MAN was remand-
ed to Her Majesty’s
Prison yesterday after
being arraigned in Mag-
istrate’s Court on a mur-
der charge.

Police have charged
30-year-old Jamar Atiba
Munnings with the mur-
der of Mario Rahming.

Munnings, who is rep-
resented by attorney
Stanley Rolle, is accused
of intentionally causing
Mr Rahming’s death on
Saturday, August 29.
Appearing before Chief
Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Court One,
Bank Lane, he was not
required to enter a plea
to the murder charge.

SEE page eight

RECENTLY implemented
regulations that placed a ban
on the harvesting and sale of
turtles will turn hard-working
Bahamians into "criminals,"

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

Grand Bahama Shipyard.

SEE page eight

“Debt?

Claim that turtle ban will turn
Bahamians into ‘criminals’

FREEPORT - Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes has approved a strike vote for the
Grand Bahama Port Authority Workers
Union, which is calling for the reinstate-
ment of two union shop stewards at the

Mr Foulkes told the media in Grand

according to those who oppose
the ban.

Opponents argue that by
removing the option for impov-
erished residents of the family
islands to occasionally eat turtle
meat government also will be

SEE page eight

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UNLIKE his colleagues
PLP MP for Bain and
Grant’s Town Dr Bernard
Nottage is reportedly set to
launch his campaign for the
leadership of the party not
months before the conven-
tion, but rather during the
party’s convention in Octo-
ber of this year.

With two candidates
already declaring their
interest in the deputy lead-

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PM weighs in
on student sex
Clause atdition to
teachers contract

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham has
weighed in on the debate over
the student sex clause that gov-
ernment wants to attach to the
contract of teachers.

Mr Ingraham noted that gov-
ernment has asked all teachers
to acknowledge in writing that
they understand his adminis-
tration’s zero tolerance stance
on child molestation. He also
acknowledged that the
Bahamas Union of Teachers
has asked its members not to
sign the clause, but said this is
of no importance.

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Dept. of the Auditor General

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where I really don't feel as
though they represented the
workers at all. I really can't
speak unequivocally, but I feel
that in certain scenarios the
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of just reactive, I think a lot of
confusion could be avoided.
Sometimes the personal aspi-
rations of union executives
conflict with their duties.”
Hillwood Smith, 29,
unemployed

"T personally believe that a
union is like a double-edged
sword. They are based on
great ideals built to protect
and support its members,
securing them jobs or bene-
fits. At times though I find
their methods bordering on
the extreme, too often when-
ever there is a problem a lot of
unions immediately resort to
the sick-out tactic. I think that
there should be some com-
mon ground, as union leaders
they should be able to orches-
trate negotiations in a
reserved manner."

Mrs. Rolle, PMH employee

"I must admit I am a little
disappointed with unions at
the moment. It seems as
though, with the current state
of economy, fees are only
going up and with no real
increase to the amount of ben-
efits engendered. I would have
hoped that seeing as there is
no coverage increase, they
would have waited until work-
ers received their salary
increases. Prices are going up
everywhere, but our wages are
staying the same, sometimes
Tjust don't feel as though the
unions share our common
interest."

Michael Thompson, 58

“T think just by looking at
what's going on with the Hotel
Union, they're not being rep-
resented properly. I mean just
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bank accounts — that should-
n't be happening.”

Russ Owens, 50,

Trucking Industry

"I'm self-employed so I don't
have any first-hand experience
in any union, but from what
I've seen basically unions
suck. They make me ashamed
and they should be
embarassed simply because
they can't seem to get it
together. They can't sit down
to a table and come to any
amicable agreement on any-
thing and that's bad for the
entire country, all the in-house
fighting is ridiculous."
Ministry of Works
Employee (Physical Plant)

"Tam not happy with union
politics at this time. My rea-
sons being our union had told
us that we will receive funds
during the month of October,
right now feedback from our
representatives is looking as
if this will be put off even fur-
ther. So basically we are just
being put on the back burn-
er. We haven't received any
salary increments so we're
doing all the work and not get-
ting paid for it.”

Jacintha Charlton, 49,
Bus No. 286

"A lot of people are losing
their jobs and as representa-
tives of the workers they
should be giving some kind of
response or call to action-
and quite frankly at this time
it appears as if they're doing
nothing.

“With the global economy in
this state, every action is cru-
cial and they should be doing
more to represent the people
and fulfil their commitment."

Govt ‘at least a month
away’ from decision on
change to gambling laws

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

TOURISM stakeholders keen
for “radical change” to the
nation’s gambling laws and regu-
lations will have to wait at least a
month longer to find out if gov-
ernment is likely to implement its
recommendations, according to
Tourism Minister Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace.

A committee comprised of peo-
ple from the tourism industry and



government officials formed to review the proposals put forward
by the Bahamas Hotel Association in conjunction with the Casino
Association in early April this year was initially scheduled to
report back by the end of August.

But yesterday Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that the intervening
distraction of the Miss Universe Pageant, along with vacations
taken by some of the Committee’s members, now leads him to
believe it will likely not make its views known before the end of this
month.

The committee was formed after the BHA made a presentation
to Government earlier this year that called for a major overhaul of
the regulatory framework governing the casino industry, considered
signficantly outdated by most tourism stakeholders, including Mr
Sands, Kerzner International (Bahamas) President George
Markantonis and Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian.

Mr Sands told The Tribune in March 2009 that “radical change”
was needed soon if The Bahamas is to maintain a competitive
edge against other popular gaming destinations — in particular,
Florida, which this Summer changed its laws to facilitate an all-out
expansion of gaming in the nearby State as a means of raising
much needed revenue in tough times.

Among the recommendations made to the Government by the
BHA at that time were that a wider variety of people in The
Bahamas be allowed to gamble, that different types of games be
permitted and that regulations that slow the pace of business in
Bahamian casinos be adjusted.

Yesterday Gaming Board Secretary Bernard K Bonamy said his
department has already reported back to Government on the pro-
posals and suggested that by and large it would not stand in the way
of their implementation. He said that as far as the Gaming Board
is concerned, it is now up to the Minister of Tourism whether the
recommendations made by tourism stakeholders be implemented.

“There are some things which we could do but there are some
things which depend on the Minister relaxing the rules,” he said.

Insofar as the recommendation that a wider variety of people be
allowed to gamble, Mr Bonamy said “that’s again with the minis-
ter.” He said the Gaming Board has “no opinion on it.”

Meanwhile, the Secretary said the Gaming Board is not against
allowing the introduction of new types of games in casinos “so long
as they are part and parcel of what’s happening in similar juris-
diction and the Board can have a look at it.”

He agreed that certain regulations do make it “very difficult” for
casino operators to do business at a competitive pace.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said he expects the Committee will
have to meet twice more before it can conclude its discussions on
the issue.

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13 per

cent drop
in visitor
numbers

THE Bahamas had one of
the sharpest declines in visitor
numbers in the region during
the first half of the year, the
Caribbean Tourism Organisa-
tion said.

According to the CTO’s
statistics, tourist numbers are
down by 15 per cent.

In Antigua and Barbuda
visitor numbers dropped by
13 per cent and Barbados
recorded a nine per cent
decrease.

The Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation’s Mid-Year Economic
Review and Tourism Outlook
Survey released in July found
a significant decline in busi-
ness activity during the first
six months of 2009.

And more than three out of
four hoteliers, 77 per cent,
anticipate revenue will be
down for the remaining six
months of the year.

When asked their outlook
for 2010, 30 per cent reported
a negative outlook, 53 per
cent a fair outlook and 17 per
cent a positive outlook.

Proactive

According to the survey,
most hoteliers have respond-
ed to the recession's pressures
and have taken a proactive
stance to reduce costs and
maximize
revenue, as
90 per cent
of hotels
have made
adjustments
to reduce
their labour
costs.

In addi-
tion, 87 per
cent of hote-
liers have
reduced
their average
daily room
rate, with
two-thirds
putting in
place “value-added” market-
ing programmes.

Two-thirds (67 per cent) of
the hoteliers have also put in
place energy efficiency mea-
sures, including timers, low
wattage lighting, solar water
heaters, staff-led practical
energy conservation measures
and a range of other initia-
tives.

Bahamas Hotel Association
president Robert Sands said:
“Our industry is packed with
exceptional people with the
professionalism and commit-
ment to providing stellar ser-
vice.

“All hands need to be on
deck in this regard, as our rep-
utation can help pull us out of
this sooner than later. Word
of mouth is the best form of
marketing.”



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Hewitt fires
verbal volley at /
magazine story

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

INTERNATIONAL tennis ace Lleyton
Hewitt last night slammed an Australian
magazine’s claim that his wife is living a
“Bahamas nightmare.”

After Bahamians reacted angrily to the
publication’s claim that he and his wife are
living a life of fear in a “poverty-stricken”
Bahamas, Mr Hewitt assured them that his
family had nothing to do with the story.

In an exclusive interview with The Tri-
bune, the former world number one tennis
player hit out at the Australian tabloids,
saying their stories claiming to be based
on insider information about him and his
wife Bec are simply “fabrications.”

The Old Fort Bay resident said he was
just as angry as the many Bahamians who
commented on the “Women’s Day” web-
site when he heard about how the article
had linked him and his wife to a less than
rosy portrayal of his new home.

Now the 28-year-old says he wants to
set the record straight — assuring Bahami-
ans that he and Bec, 26, have only good
things to say about The Bahamas.

“Any story about us in any of those mag-
azines is absolute rubbish and it’s not com-
ing from us whatsoever,” said Mr Hewitt,
who personally telephoned The Tribune to
make his views known.

Contrary to the article’s claim that his
wife lives a life of loneliness and fear of



“Any story about us
in any of those
magazines is
absolute rubbish and
it’s not coming from
us whatsoever.”



rampant crime, the tennis player said the
young couple have had “nothing but fan-
tastic experiences” during the eight to nine
months they have lived here, having made
many new friends.

Relished

Meanwhile, Mr Hewitt said he has rel-
ished the opportunity relocating with his
family to The Bahamas has provided him to
play tennis with the islands’ best.

“Not only have I been able to hit with
and hang out with Mark Knowles, but I’ve
been hitting with younger Davis Cup play-
ers like Marvin Rolle who plays for The
Bahamas. So I’ve been having a lot of fun
with the locals here and I’d prefer the truth
to come out rather than all the fabricated
stories.

LLEYTON HEWITT
serves to top seeded

Roger Federer of
Switzerland during
the US Open on
September 5, 2009.

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“We've made great friends over here,
everyone’s been so friendly and we feel so
safe. For us it’s a fantastic place to raise a
young family and we’re having a lot of fun,”
added Hewitt.

The tennis ace, who just returned to The
Bahamas after playing in the U.S. Open
tennis tournament — where he lost to
world number one Roger Federer on Sat-
urday — said that part of the reason the
couple chose New Providence to make their
home with their two children was because
they felt it would allow them some respite
from the glare of the tabloid media in Aus-
tralia, who love to follow their every move.

“At the end of the day if our faces are on
the front page of these magazines then
they’re going to sell and most of the time
we just blow it off. But obviously when we
come to a new country and we’re living
here and everything’s fantastic and every-
one’s treating us well we don’t want to be
perceived in a totally different situation
than it is and put a negative spin on it,”
said the tennis pro.

With a banner headline “Becs Bahamas
Nightmare” Women’s Day claimed that
Mr Hewitt’s wife Bec “wants out” of The
Bahamas because she is lonely and afraid,
given rampant crime levels and “abject
poverty.”

The story alleged that a photo of Mrs
Hewitt leaving her Bahamas home showed
her with a “look of fear” on her face
because of her experience here and warn-
ings from her neighbours.

Order that registration of
embattled union be revoked



By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

REGISTRAR of Trade
Unions Harcourt Brown has
ordered that the registration of
the embattled Bahamas Com-
mercial Stores, Supermarket
and Warehouse Workers Union
be revoked.

Mr Brown also warned union
executives that he plans to for-
ward the matter to the Attor-
ney General's Office "for pros-
ecution."

According to a letter dated
July 13, 2009 - bearing Mr
Brown's signature — as of Sep-
tember 30, the union's registra-
tion will be terminated.

According to the letter,
addressed to union president
Elgin Douglas, the decision was
made because “the union has
despite the notices from the
Registrar of Trade Unions in
correspondences dated the 18
and 24 of February ... wilfully
refused to hold nominations and
elections of executive officers
for approximately 24 years.

The letter continues: "The

union has wilfully refused to
provide the Registrar of Trade
Unions with (an) audited finan-
cial statement pursuant to sec-
tion 30(2) and (3) of the Indus-
trial Relations Act for the peri-
od 2007-2008 and/or the finan-
cial statements provided by the
union were not in compliance
with the Act pursuant to sec-
tion 30(2).”

"Further be advised that
effective immediately the Reg-
istrar of Trade Unions will also
be forwarding the matter to the
Office of the Attorney General
for prosecution pursuant to sec-
tion 30(5)," the letter contin-
ued. In March, Mr Brown — who
is also the director of labour —
accused Mr Douglas of not hav-
ing held a democratic election
since the 1980s and of failing to
give a proper account of the
union’s finances.

The director has said the
department is “convinced

beyond a shadow of a doubt”
that there has never been a
properly conducted election in
the union and accused Mr Dou-
glas of “electing himself every
three years” to head the organ-

isation. The Bahamas Com-
mercial Stores, Supermarket
and Warehouse Workers Union
represents employees from
companies such as Furniture
Plus, Coca Cola, Purity Bakery,
Caribbean Bottling Company
and City Meat, among others.

“Members have complained
to us that they have never, ever
participated or been allowed to
participate in the affairs of their
union. Remember, these are
people who are paying dues,”
Mr Brown had said previously.

But Mr Douglas denied these
claims, calling Mr Brown’s
assertions “absolute rubbish”
and suggesting that he lacks
supporting evidence. Mr Dou-
glas has claimed he remained
president since taking over in
1988 because he has a strong
base of support among mem-
bers.

He said the union had an
election in August, 2008 and
that the results are “good for
three years.”

He has also claimed Mr
Brown has personal reasons for
wanting him out of the union's
top spot. Attempts to reach Mr

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THE man convicted of
killing the daughter of veteran
broadcaster Steve McKinney
had his life sentence affirmed
by the Court of Appeal yes-
terday.

Michael Byron Simmons,
25, also known as Kaz, was
convicted of manslaughter for
the 2007 stabbing death of
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tuting a conviction for
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Rift over Obama school speech

WASHINGTON — The furor over Presi-
dent Barack Obama's start-of-school speech
to the nation's students — challenging them
to work hard, earn good grades and stay in
school — typifies the country's widening rift
over politics and social issues.

It's certainly an unwelcome distraction
as the president prepares to address both
houses of Congress and the nation Wednes-
day about his embattled attempt to over-
haul the health care system, which has taken
a hammering from Republicans and some
middle-of-the-road Democrats.

Dating back to his campaign for presi-
dent, some Obama opponents have tried to
paint him as a "socialist." Since winning the
White House, the attacks have continued
over his attempts to invigorate the tumbling
economy with a $787 billion stimulus.

Far-right critics now charge that Obama
would use his back-to-school remarks Tues-
day to indoctrinate youngsters into his
alleged "socialist" agenda.

Fox News Channel commentators
Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck have been
prominent in attacking the speech. Florida
Republican party chairman Jim Greer said
he was “absolutely appalled that taxpayer
dollars are being used to spread President
Obama's socialist ideology."

Even Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of
Minnesota, a moderate and potential presi-
dential contender in 2012, said Obama's
speech was "uninvited" and raises questions
of content and motive.

Many school districts have decided not to
show Obama's speech, partly in response to
concerns from parents.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called
that "just silly" during a Sunday television
interview. He said the text of the speech
would be on the White House Web site
Monday and that watching the address was
voluntary.

Opponents to the president's school mes-
sage latched onto a lesson plan, since amend-
ed, the department sent out asking students
to write letters "about what they can do to
help the president." Duncan said that
referred to Obama's "goal of having the
highest percent of college graduates by
2020."

The secretary noted: "We just clarified
that to say ‘write a letter about your own
goals and what you're going to do to achieve
those goals.’ So again it's really about per-
sonal responsibility and being accountable,
setting real goals and having the work ethic
to see them through.”

While the White House dealt with that
controversy, Obama's environmental advis-
er resigned under fire for inflammatory state-
ments made before he joined the adminis-
tration.

Van Jones "understood that he was going
to get in the way" of Obama's agenda, White
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House Council on Environmental Quality,
was linked to efforts suggesting a govern-
ment role in the Sept. 11 attacks and to
derogatory comments about Republicans.
Fox's Beck was one of Jones’ leading detrac-
tors.

Some Obama critics are sparing no efforts
to diminish his presidency — piling on such
distractions as he prepares for the critical
health care address — hoping that a defeat
of the overhaul, a signature campaign
promise, will tarnish his administration. That,
the thinking goes, could open the way for
Republicans to make a comeback in next
year's midterm elections after their shatter-
ing defeat by the Obama juggernaut in 2008.

Obama took office vowing to change the
tenor in Washington, to seek bipartisanship
as he worked through his reform agenda.
So far he's had no success with that course.

Switching tactics at the eight-month mark
in his four-year term would mark a turning
point for a president elected by an unusual-
ly wide margin. But Obama has seen public
opinion poll numbers shrink considerably
among independents and those who have
been turned against his legislative agenda
by the relentless criticism from the conserv-
ative right.

(This article is written by Steven R Hurst of

the Associated Press).
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Obama urges youth
to study hard

If so-called conservative Americans —
presumably Republicans — are too dumb
to appreciate the principles that President
Obama is trying to inculcate in American
students in his speech today, we hope that
Bahamian teachers will make certain that
his words get to every Bahamian student so
that each of them will understand the impor-
tance of education and their responsibility to
themselves to put in the hard work to obtain
it.

As the President told his nation’s students
at the end of the day they can have the most
dedicated teachers, the most supportive par-
ents, and the best schools in the world, but
none of it will matter unless they fulfil their
responsibilities.

“Unless you show up to those schools;
pay attention to those teachers; listen to
your parents, grandparents and other adults;
and put in the hard work it takes to suc-
ceed” you “can’t drop out of school and just
drop into a good job.”

“You’ve got to work for it and train for it
and learn for it,” he said.

And if this is what some Americans see as
subversive, then we need more of this type of
subversion to put this confused and irre-
sponsible world back on its axis.



The dynamics
of sexual abuse

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I did not want to share my
family story with the public
because it involves intimate
aspects of my late Mother's
conjugal life and the memory
of her abuse is still very painful.
After hearing and reading the
Bahamas Christian Council's
statement on the amendment
of the Sexual Offences Act, I
decided to overcome my reti-
cence and share part of this sto-
ry with the public in the hope to
engage, educate, sensitize, and
help persons understand the
dynamics of domestic violence
and sexual abuse.

The Valleray family is con-
sidered the “bourgeoisie” of
Martinique. My mother, Mar-
guerite, was an educated and
trained teacher who eventually
became the first female to hold
ministerial credential in the
Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Local church historians record-
ed my mother's accomplish-
ment as the most successful
evangelist who baptized, in her
time, more persons than any
male minister (except for her
two sons, Guy and Joel). Her
engineer father was the first
person to own a vehicle in
French Guyana. My father,
Gerard, was an articulate, intel-
ligent brigadier police officer
whose father travelled through-
out Europe as a colonel in the
French army. Were they alive
today, they would have been
87 and 95 years, respectively.

I was about eight years old
when I got sick with the
measles. Wanting to protect my
siblings, Mom quarantined me
from them by allowing me to
sleep on a cot in her bedroom.
Because of the terrible physical,
emotional, and sexual abuse
she suffered at my father's
hand, she developed angina.
One night, while I was still
sleeping in her bedroom, Mom
got her regular chest pain and
as usual placed the prescribed
tablet under her tongue to
relieve it. Dad came home
drunk and in spite of my pres-
ence in the bedroom, demand-
ed sex of Mom. I could hear
and see everything. Because
Mom did not consent, he used
his fist to beat her into submis-
sion and then raped her in my
presence.

The landlord's house was
next to ours and one of their
windows looked right into my
parents’ bedroom through its
own window. My father, in his
drunken stupor, did not care
that their bedroom window was
wide open when he demanded
sex. Mom suffered the indigni-
ty of being raped multiple times
while the landlord's daughter
looked on from that window
into theirs. Later on in life, she
told us how terribly ashamed
she was that the neighbour had
witnessed this sexual abuse and
that she could not hold up her
head when she saw the neigh-
bours.

After Mom's death in 2001,
my then 59-year old eldest
brother, Guy, recounted how

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My father used his police
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butcher's knife to replace the
gun and threatened to kill Mom
with it. I vividly recall that
night. All of us experienced
sheer terror. The fear of Mom
dying at my father's hand was
real and part of our daily lives.

My 50-year-old youngest
brother, Ralph, recently wrote
an article for the “Union des
Femmes,” an association of
women whose goal is to combat
domestic violence in Mar-
tinique. What follows is a trans-
lation of an excerpt from his
article.

“A child, I was, until my
thirteenth birthday, the power-
less witness of such a wave of
violence! I keep a bitter and
smarting memory of the suffer-
ing we endured and an eternal
love for my mother who died
December 2001. Imagine, a lit-
tle boy for whom time stops: a
gun is held to his mother's face,
at a distance of less than a
meter, by his father with his
7.65 loaded with all its bullets! I
had to wait until I was 43 years
of age when, in the office of a
psychoanalyst, I could remem-
ber the positive side of my
father, the calm and excellent
man he could be when he did
not drink like the inveterate
drunkard he was! That day, I
cried all the tears my body
could produce! When my
father died in 1974, at the age of
59 of a heart attack, I remem-
ber discovering his remains at
Clarac (hospital) and saying:
‘This is good!’ I was 16 years
old.”

The most remarkable part
of this story is that Mom had
related the abuse she suffered
to the pastor and the elders of
the church. They came home
to visit Mom and told her it was
her duty as a Christian wife to
submit to her husband and to
forgive him. They never did
anything to hold my father
accountable for his terrible
actions. Isn't that the same kind
of talk we heard recently from
the president of the Bahamas
Christian Council? You do not
appease a lion by throwing vic-
tims in its cage. “This is what
the Sovereign Lord says: I am
against the shepherds and will
hold them accountable for my
flock. I will remove them from
tending the flock so that the
shepherds can no longer feed
themselves. I will rescue my
flock from their mouths, and it
will no longer be food for
them” Ezekiel 34:10.

“T hate divorce, says the
Lord God of Israel, and a man
who covereth himself with vio-

lence as well as with his gar-
ment says the Lord Almighty”
Malachi 2:16. What God hates,
he punishes. These so-called
preachers of righteousness
should not pervert God's Word
and picture Him as one who
would condone or overlook
violence against another human
being in marriage. Violence
against any human being is con-
trary to God's principle of love
and equity. “Love does no
harm to its neighbour. There-
fore love is the fulfilment of the
law” Romans 13:10. Forcing
another human being to have
sex violates the most intimate
and vulnerable aspect of per-
sonhood. It is immoral and a
criminal offence. All criminal
acts should be punishable by
law, whether or not they occur
in marriage. The Apostle Paul
rightly says that only those who
break the law should fear the
punishment meted out by the
law. “We also know that law is
made not for the righteous but
for lawbreakers and rebels, the
ungodly and sinful, the unholy
and irreligious; for those who
kill their fathers or mothers, for
murderers” 1 Timothy 1:9.

According to the president
of the Bahamas Christian
Council, marriage is a contract
and consent is given for sex
when one enters into it, as
though there is no time in mar-
riage when consent can be legit-
imately and reasonably with-
held. It seems that once a
woman is married, she loses her
right to say “no.” A married
woman in a wholesome mar-
riage can legitimately say no to
sexual relations with her hus-
band when she is ill, is disabled
by painful and heavy menstru-
ation, suffers from sheer
exhaustion from assuming all
or most of the household
responsibilities, and when her
hormones play tricks on her
during pregnancy and she can
no longer tolerate sexual inter-
course.

A menopausal married
woman has the right to say no
when a dry and thinning vagina
caused by a drop in estrogen
makes sexual intercourse
extremely painful. A married
woman in an abusive relation-
ship has the right to say no to
an adulterous husband who
sleeps around and comes home
loaded with sexually transmit-
ted infections, when he tries to
impose on her offensive sexual
practices, or when he uses sex
as a weapon to control and
humiliate her.

A just society enacts laws
that protect all its citizens
regardless of marital status,
especially the helpless, weak,
and vulnerable. I implore the
Bahamas Government to be
courageous and to pass the
amendment to the Sexual
Offences Act.

T also urge women who have
suffered sexual abuse to have
the audacity to share their sto-
ries (anonymously if needs be)
and thus ensure the passing of
this amendment.

Annick M.Valleray Brennen
Nassau,
September 5, 2009

The ‘family’ has been destroyed for years

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CARACAS, Venezuela ;

A LEADING television }
channel aligned with Venezue- }
la's opposition said Monday }
that it could be shut down }
amid a new investigation of }
alleged violations of broad- }
casting laws, according to }

Associated Press.

Globovision TV — the last }
major channel on Venezuela's }
regular airwaves strongly crit- }
ical of President Hugo Chavez }
— has been formally notified }
of the investigation by the }
telecommunications commis- }

sion.

lose its broadcasting license.

Ina statement, the commis- }
sion said the 24-hour news }
channel violated broadcasting :
rules by airing text messages }
that "allude to violent acts," }
including a coup attempt }
against Chavez. Globovision }
also allegedly sought "pro- }
mote public protests, which }
could generate a climate of }
tension and nervousness in the :

population,” it said.

Opponents accuse Chavez }
of cracking down on dissent }
by silencing the media, noting ;
that his government shut }
down 32 radio stations and }
two small television stations }
last month. Diosdado Cabello, :
president of the telecommu- }
nications commission, said last}
week that another 29 radio }
stations “will soon leave" the ;

airwaves.

"There's a clear strategy to }
control the flow of informa- }
tion and restrict criticism," said }
Carlos Lauria of the New }
York-based Committee to }
Protect Journalists. "It's aimed :
at building a communication- :

al hegemony for the state."

Hundreds of radio stations :
still broadcast in Venezuela, }
and many are critical of the }

government.

But Globovision has been }
the last remaining staunchly :
anti-Chavez channel on regu- }
lar television since 2007, when }
the government refused to }
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THE Department of Edu-
cation presented Minister of
Education Carl Bethel with a
package containing mathe-
matics materials which includ-
ed Bahamian play money,
flashcards and posters.

Dr Joan Rolle, education
officer for Primary Schools,
teamed up with Anna Stra-
chan, vice- principal of Tem-
ple Christian Primary, to pro-
duce mathematics manipula-
tives for students. Both
expressed the desire to see
Bahamian materials in the
schools, so that students could
more readily identify with their
culture and country.

Dr Rolle explained that she
approached the Central Bank
regarding the idea, and got
their guidance and permission
for the facsimile money.

She explained that the mate-
rials, which could be used to
foster cooperative learning and
discussions on mathematical
concepts and ideas, can be inte-
grated across the curriculum
in subjects such as social stud-
ies, science, music and geogra-
phy.

Dr Rolle said that the
Department of Education
intends to use the Bahamian
materials in all public schools.

Minister Bethel expressed
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and noted that the similarity
of the play money to real mon-
ey would invite much discus-
sion among students, as they
examined its different features.

The minister said that having
the native and materials would
give educators the opportunity
to reinforce civic and social
virtues that are important to
shaping a child’s character.



Mr Bethel lauded the col-
laboration between the public
and private sector in this ven-
ture as being a most positive
one for the children of the
Bahamas.

ROTARY CLUB OF NASSAU CELEBRATES WORLD LITERACY DAY

TODAY is World Literacy Day and the
Rotary Club of Nassau is observing the event
with a discussion on the importance of liter-
acy for the future of the Bahamas’ work-
force.

Literacy is a major issue in the Bahamas,
with a huge number of children leaving school
with only rudimentary reading skills and a
large body of adults in the population also at
low levels, or unable to read at all.

Nassau Rotary Club members, first vice-
president Raquel Wallace and director
LaPaige Gardiner, have been doing their part
to assist with improving reading skills, a focus
of the club’s for the past few years.

After initial training with the National Lit-
eracy Service, Ms Wallace and Ms Gardiner
were assigned their students.

Ms Wallace said that some of the students
that she has encountered through the Nation-
al Literacy Services come to her not being
able to complete application forms or read
newspapers.

“And usually by the time we’ve gone

through the material they are more func-
tional. I should note, however, that it takes a
lot of courage for people to admit that they
cannot read and to enroll in the programme.
The programme requires you to dedicate two
hours per week for tutoring and you can
assign homework and spend time going over
the work. Some of the students have the goal
of going to get their high school diploma,
take police entrance exams, etc,” she said.

Ms Gardiner said she had a student whose
mother and sister were also in the pro-
gramme.

Both commented on the great feeling of
satisfaction and achievement they had when
their students made progress. Each student
can take about a year or more depending on
the individual, their reading level and their
commitment level.

Later this month Ms Wallace and Ms Gar-
diner will both be part of a group who will be
honoured by Governor General Arthur Han-
na for their work with the National Literacy
Service.

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Former BCC president
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FORMER Christian Coun-
cil president Bishop John
Humes decided to weigh in
on the marital rape amend-
ment by entering the fray on
tribune242.com.

Responding to the website’s
poll, which asked what readers
thought of the Christian
Council’s rejection of the
amendment, Bishop Humes
said the Church of God, of
which he is the Admuinistra-
tive Bishop, agrees with the
Council’s stance.

He said: “While many of
the major denominations sup-
port this Bill, the Church of
God feels that this Bill in its
current form cannot be sup-
ported by us.

“While I feel that some
wives are abused and even
forced by their husbands to
have sex, they are already cov-
ered by the Domestic Vio-
lence Act.

“If a man is faithful to his
marriage covenant and vows
and does not have extra-mar-
ital affairs, the wife should
oblige him, otherwise you may
cause the man to resort to
adultery.

“On the other hand if a
man is unfaithful, the wife has
all right to protect herself
from her unfaithful spouse
and should he force her, then
she has all right to cry afoul or
rape.

“Then there is the case
when a man is a sex maniac
and the woman may be tried —
this is abuse and should be
reported. These are the two
cases that may support this
bill, but to cry rape is foolish
and could have lasting effect
on a good marriage. A wife
must know that she has made
acommitment to her husband
to HAVE or to HOLD, when
he is OLD. The man deserves
to go into his garden when he
or she needs.

“Then the sentence is out-
rageous — a man could rape a
child and get six years, but if
he rapes his wife could get life.
What next? The Church of
God believes in the sanctity
of marriage and if we are
faithful to each other then a
wife will look forward in hav-
ing sex with her husband.

“T speak as one who has
over 33 years under my belt
with five children and three
grands. This is not only Bible,
book and science — I speak
from experience.

“Marriage is honorable and
the bed is undefiled. If you
keep yourself only to your
wife you will not have STDs
or STIs for the bed is unde-
filed and you do not need to
run around for your wife has
everything that the other
women have and it is all yours.

“Trust (that) marriage is
good and is of God — if it is
between a man and woman
and only between them.”

Some readers quickly took
issue with what Bishop
Humes had to say.

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complaint about the length of
possible sentences the amend-

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ment would allow in cases of
marital rape, compared to
“Rik Skagneti”
wrote: “Sir, this argument has
nothing to do with the law on
marital rape but on the sen-
tencing policies of our courts.
Life is a fitting sentence for
ANYONE convicted of rape.
“You also claim that a wife
who does not want to have
sex could drive her man to
adultery. So, what happened
to love, honour and obey ...
the marriage vows? To love
your partner, honour your
partner and obey the sanctity
of marriage? Bishop, stop
finding excuses for dishon-
ourable men,
respecting the women.”
said: “Bishop
Humes, you seem to talk in
very conditional terms - IF a
husband respects the marriage
covenant, IF we are faithful
to each other, et cetera. We
could make similar comments
about IF people decided not
to rob each other, and IF
young men rejected violence.
“The point is that the law is
not created to affect the law
abiding, but rather those who
break the law. The Bill tar-
gets husbands who ARE will-
ing to force sex on their wives.
These are not healthy mar-
riages in the first place, and
opposing this Bill will not
make them healthy marriages.
“At the same time, if a man
and a woman ARE faithful
and respectful of the marriage
covenant, what makes you
think that all of a sudden, the
woman would start to lie on
their husbands? This seems
like a very misogynistic stance
which views women as

and start

“You say that ‘crying rape’
can ruin a good marriage.
Bishop Humes if a woman is
crying rape — whether she is
telling the truth or being spite-
ful — there is something very,
very wrong with that marriage
in the first place.

“Oh, and the law is needed
because the Domestic Vio-
lence Act does not cover all
instances of rape within a mar-
riage — ie cases where explicit
violence is not involved.”

At the end of his statement,
Bishop Humes congratulated
The Tribune on its new web- cil.
site, which he described as

“Tt is the best I have seen in
any part of the Bahamas,
Caribbean and the USA.
Kudos to you and the team,”

THE majority of readers
who participated in the lat-
est tribune242.com poll said
they disagree with the Chris-
tian Council’s rejection of the
government’s efforts to make
marital rape illegal.

Readers were asked if they
agree with the Christian
Council or with Catholics,
Methodists and Seventh-Day
Adventists, who have all
embraced the government’s
efforts to amend the Sexual
Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act.

In all, 116 persons took
part in the poll, 33 siding with
the Christian Council and 83
with the other church groups.

The issue also sparked
heated debate on the website
over the weekend.

“Dick Funke” said: “When
a woman says ‘no’, or for that
fact a man, ‘no’ means ‘no’.
Rape is a crime in a marriage
just as it is outside a union.”

“E Albury” said he some-
times wonders “how some-
one who can call themselves
Christian could think of a
woman as a thing. I know
that it is hard to understand
this but this is not a fact of,
‘Honey not tonight I have a
headache’, but a man forcibly
taking something that is not
his. If the law doesn't pass
maybe there will be more
women baking ‘sweet potato
pies’ for the husband who
takes what is not his.

Decision

“Rock of Ages” said: “ If
the subject matter weren't so
serious, the Christian Coun-
cil's decision would be laugh-
able.

Those who oppose this law
have the affront to think of
themselves as being Christ-
ian.”

“Anthony Brice” said he is
not at all surprised by the
stance of the Christian Coun-

“They have been getting it
wrong for along time. Don't
expect that they will start
now,” he said.

“Leo Thompson” added:
“Husbands are to love their
wives as Christ loves the

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Readers disagree with
the Christian Council’s
stance on marital rape

church. Love doesn't seek to
have its own way.”

According to “S Burrows”,
the Christian Council is “a
joke”.

“They always seem to have
it wrong when it comes to
issues in our society,” the
reader said. “Just stick to
what you do best, demand-
ing tithes from the poor peo-
ple, who in most cases will
never live as extravagantly
are you all do.”

“A” commented: “This
country is not a theocracy.
Who cares what they think?
All they have ever done is
obstruct human progress and
basic human rights. They
need to come out and be pas-
sionate about child abuse,
and other horrendous acts
performed in this country
every day, not pander to the
ego of a group of immature
men who think that it is their
right to enslave and harass
women.

“Bahamian men think rela-
tionships are big competi-
tions and that the govern-
ment is handing women the
upper hand on them.

“Bottom line, if men
respect and love their wives
as they should, this law will
not frighten them and they
have nothing to worry about.
Only the rogues are making
the most noise because they
will now be forced to treat
their women with respect.

“Chandia Farrington” said:
“One of the vows a person
makes at the altar of their
wedding ceremony is to ‘have
and to hold for better and for
worse’. While I do agree that
sex was made for marriage, I
disagree with the Christian
Council's opinion — and I'm a
Baptist. What they are essen-
tially saying is, if my husband
is promiscuous and I know (
and choose to stay with him
because of the above men-
tioned vow) and he wants to
be intimate, I must say yes.
This should not be, as he is
putting my life at risk to
many incurable diseases, and
this is not right.

“What a shame” said: “I
can't even pretend to be sur-
prised that this group of men

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have made this statement.
Why don't they speak out on
social ills that really affect
people in this country? They
are so irrelevant and out of
touch. I can't believe any
would remain a part of any of
their congregations.”

Those who agree with the
Christian Council also had
their say, and became
involved in a lively back-and-
forth with other readers.

Bible

“J James” said he under-
stands the Council’s perspec-
tive. “The Bible clearly states
that when a man and a
woman become a married
couple their bodies are no
longer their own, their bodies
becomes their spouses own.
So if a husband wants to be
intimate, the wife has no
right to deny him and vice
versa unless they agree on it.

“Tam only 17-years-old
and I understand that when I
get married I will be making
a vow to love, cherish and
hold, in sickness and in
health, for richer, poorer,
better or worse, till death do
us part.

“This means that if my hus-
band cheats I can leave him
but if I decide to stay then
no matter what, I have to
continue my wifely duties
unless of course abuse is
involved.

“Rape cannot happen in a
marriage relationship but
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Christian Nation.

“T don’t see how ignoring
what the Word of God has
to say about issues is being
Christ-Like.”

“Conchy Joe” said: “If any-
one can, please tell me how
an innocent man can prove
the sex he had with his wife
was consensual! How? If
nobody can, then this law
cannot work!

“If I, as an innocent man
have no way to prove my
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it was rape? ... Every case
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violence as well? Isn't that
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the husband? Shouldn't that
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Minister approves strike Claim turtle ban will turn Bahamians into ‘criminals’
vote for GBPA union | —

FROM page one

Bahama on Sunday that not
much progress was made
during the past weeks
between management and
the union at the conciliation
meetings held at the Labour
Department in Freeport.

“T have approved a strike
vote for the GBPAWU for
September 17, and it will
take place between 9am-
5pm at the Department of
Labour,” he said.

“We will continue to have
conciliation talks with the
union and management at
the shipyard. We think that
as long we can keep those
parties at the table there is a
possibility of bringing reso-
lution to the problem.”

The union claims that
management wrongfully dis-
missed shop stewards Sime-
on Richardson and Eudencil
McPhee when they refused
to accept additional time-off
without pay.

GBPAWU has threat-
ened to strike if manage-
ment does not reinstate the
men. An official request for
a strike vote was made to
the Minister of Labour a few
weeks ago when talks with
management were unsuc-
cessful.

The union is also con-
cerned about the large num-
bers of foreign workers
employed at the shipyard.
Of the 750 persons
employed at the shipyard,

320 are Bahamians.

Minister Foulkes stated
that the Bahamian workers
currently account for 40 per
cent of the total workforce
at the shipyard.

“T understand that two
new ships just came in yes-
terday (Saturday) and the
foreign component might
increase, but it is seasonal,”
he said.

Mr Foulkes stated that
government is trying to get
more Bahamians trained in
the shipyard industry.

The Grand Bahama Ship-
yard is the largest ship care
facility in the region.

In March, the shipyard
experienced one of its
busiest periods. During that
time, the facility also
acquired its third dock at a
cost of $60 million.

However, business
declined significantly in
May forcing management
to reduce its expatriate
workforce and enter into
arrangements with union
representatives for “rolling”
or temporary lay-offs for its
Bahamian workers.

According to union offi-
cials, Bahamian workers
had initially taken 13 days
off without pay to assist the
company when business
was slow.

Carl Gustaf-Rotkirch,
chairman and CEO,
expects that business will
pick up from mid-Septem-
ber up until beginning of
Spring.

FROM page one

taking food out of people's
mouths.

"Although it's a regulation
that's supposedly aimed at stop-
ping over-fishing — that's not
really the issue. Turtles are a
tiny, tiny portion of what's land-
ed in the Bahamas but it's
food resource in island com-
munities where people basical-
ly (survive by) augmenting their
diet off what they catch from
the sea," said attorney Andrew
Allen, a long-standing oppo-
nent of the turtle ban.

"So it is an issue for those
Bahamians, criminalising tradi-
tional Bahamian behaviour, it
goes way beyond the ban,” he
added, telling The Tribune that
many persons have told him
they will continue to eat turtle
meat despite the regulations.

Mr Abner Pinder, adminis-
trator of the small fishing com-
munity of Spanish Wells, com-
pared local turtle harvesting to
whaling practices in Alaska.

"Whaling is outlawed in
many parts of the world but



Eskimos are still allowed to eat
it because it's a tradition.

"It's criminal that somebody
in Acklins Island or Mayaguana
— with the economy the way it
is — they've been eating turtle
for all of their lives and they
can't eat turtle anymore? Who's
going to give them food in the
place of it?" asked Mr Pinder.

"All (the regulation) is going
to do is make criminals of hon-
est, hardworking people," he
added.

The men are agitating gov-
ernment to consider imposing
controls on turtle harvesting
similar to current bonefishing
regulations instead of a com-

plete ban.

"The measures that we have
to protect bonefish are thor-
oughly supported in the
Bahamians still eat
bonefish on a personal scale but
nobody has the audacity to say
nobody can ever taste it again.
At the same time we don't trade
in it, it's not permitted to cap-
ture for resale or commercial
purposes and all that,” said Mr
Allen.

Currently it is illegal to buy or
sell bonefish and to fish for
them using a net.

A newly formed association
— comprised of fishermen from
New Providence, the family
islands and vendors at Potter's
Cay dock — is canvassing the
community in hopes of gather-
ing support to push for a rever-
sal of government's position.

They want to ensure that the
regulations do not become law.

They are suggesting that gov-
ernment control of commercial
harvesting and the slaughter of
turtles, which is "enough to
address the needs of both envi-
ronmentalism and humanity.”



In less than a week the group
has already gathered over 200
signatures from New Provi-
dence with more expected from
the family islands, Mr Allen
said.

The association's interim
executives are: Dwayne ‘Tall
Boy’ Bastian, president; Keith
Carroll, vice-president; Henry
Bannister, treasurer; Adrian
Laroda, secretary, with eight
other trustees.

Those willing to sign the peti-
tion can visit Mr Henry Bannis-
ter's stall at the eastern side of
Potter's Cay or call him at 434-
9559.

After a lengthy campaign by
animal rights activists and envi-
ronmentalists, Government
enacted regulations that came
into effect on September 1 that
outlawed catching, possessing,
buying and selling sea turtles.

Prior to the September 1 ban,
there was a closed season on
harvesting any turtle between
April 1 and July 31 each year,
and rules relative to which type
and size of turtle could be har-
vested at other times.

Man charged with murder

FROM page one

According to reports, Mr Rahming, a 45-year-old resident
of Bamboo Town, was at home when he was shot several
times in the back by a lone gunman. He died in hospital a
short time later.

Munnings, of South Beach, was also arraigned yesterday
on a deceit charge.

It is alleged that on Thursday, September 3, he deceived
Detective Sergeant 1902 Thompson with intent to evade
the requirements of the law. He pleaded not guilty to the
charge.

The case was adjourned to September 15, with the accused
remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.

PM weighs in on student sex clause addition to teachers’ contract

FROM page one

“From the government’s point of view,
it does not matter whether you sign it or
not; we just want you to know that it is
fact.

“Tf you want to sign to acknowledge
that you know it, or if you don’t want to
sign, that is up to you — but that is the
policy we are going to follow,” he said.

Mr Ingraham said government is
aggressively dealing with allegations of
child molestation in public schools.

“We have now asked teachers in the
school system to become aware that alle-
gations of child molestation, if shown to
be true, will result in their dismissal from
the public service of the Bahamas, in
additional to whatever criminal charges
there may be,” he said.

Mr Ingraham said that a teacher was
removed about two weeks ago from a
senior high school in New Providence
over alleged child molestation allega-
tions.

He noted that allegations made against
the teacher (in Nassau) were speedily
investigated and the teacher was
removed.

“Tf you are engaged in that activity we
don’t want you around the children of

FROM page one

the press yesterday, Bishop
Hall said: “It is unfortunate

the Bahamas,” Mr Ingraham said.

On Grand Bahama, three teachers
have been removed from the Eight Mile
Rock High School this year over alleged
complaints of child molestation and sex-
ual misconduct with students.

Andre Birbal, 46, is wanted by police
for questioning in connection with alle-
gations of unnatural sexual intercourse
with two former male students of Eight
Mile Rock High.

Birbal, a native of Trinidad, was arrest-
ed in New York on May 3 after fleeing
the country in February when police
investigations were launched into com-
plaints filed by the two former students.

He is now awaiting extradition to the
Bahamas.

Since then, the Ministry of Education
has implemented new measures con-
cerning its hiring of teachers.

All new teachers will now be vetted
by police and safety committees have
been established at all public schools.

A Select Committee in the House of
Assembly was also appointed to investi-
gate child molestation allegations.

Mr Ingraham indicated that his gov-
ernment would consider recommenda-
tions of the committee, which still has
yet to come forward.

“T don’t look forward to very much

Christian Council

“T was surprised that we had

together?”

coming from the House Select Commit-
tee, but to the extent to which they can
come forward with recommendations
would be wonderful and considered by
the government.

“In the meantime, the government is
aggressively dealing with allegations of
child molestation,” he said.

When asked about the establishment
of a Sexual Offenders Registry in the
Bahamas, Mr Ingraham said that there
has been no demand by the various
committees or groups associated with
child sexual abuse cases.

“T don’t know whether a case has
been made for a registry, I have not
heard from the various agencies that
deal with this,” he said.

“Dr Patterson and those have a com-
mittee that has made lots of recom-
mendations to the government over the
years which the government has accept-
ed, and that is not one of the sugges-
tions they have made so far.

“T am not sure there is a demand for it
in society and we will take account of
whatever recommendations come for-
ward, but at the moment it does not
appear to be a demand coming from
persons who are very much involved in
that kind of activity in the society,” he
said.

rape to only be possible
between two persons who are
not married to each other.”
Rev Paul suggested that
forcing sexual intercourse on

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that the Bahamas Christian
Council did not seek consen-
sus on the proposed Marital
Rape Amendment issue.

“A divided church is not
helpful to a broken and divid-
ed Bahamas.

“The present administration
seems intent on following
small factions and the exclu-
sion of established groups.”

In an interview with The
Tribune the senior pastor at
New Covenant Baptist
Church, in the East West
Highway, added: “The point
I wish to make is not for or
against the bill, but that we
should have been able to get a
greater consensus before this
statement was made, and it
appears to me that the presi-
dent may not have ordered a
consensus.

different groups taking differ-
ent positions on the issue. We
have to pay greater attention
to the established churches,
whether we like it or not.

“We cannot seem to be
divided on national issues, we
should at least seek a majority,
and J am not sure that was
done.

“As past president of the
council Iam disappointed as I
don’t know that the president
or administration sought con-
sensus.

“As a result the church
again is divided so it diminish-
es the credibility of the body of
Christ and the Christian
church.

“How can a divided Church
speak to a divided, hurting and
despairing community, if we
cannot find ways to talk

If passed, the proposed
amendment to the Sexual
Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act would make a man
subject to imprisonment any-
where from seven years to life
for having sex with his wife
without her consent.

However, Rev Paul said the
council feels a man should
only be prosecuted for having
sex with his wife if there is vio-
lence involved. He added that
even when force is used, a hus-
band should not be incarcer-
ated for the first offence, but
rather subjected to “rehabili-
tative steps.”

The council also objects to
the words “who is not his
spouse” being deleted from
the definition of rape, as the
government proposes, “there-
by leaving it as is and allowing

“an estranged spouse” should
be referred to as “spousal
abuse” or “aggravated spousal
abuse,” rather than rape.

He said council members
had raised a number of con-
cerns about the proposed
amendment, including
whether it will be used as “a
means of spite” by wives, and
whether proper checks and
balances be created “to ensure
that unfounded claims are not
made.”

The official Christian Coun-
cil statement also said pastors
are concerned about the
extent to which government
should impinge upon “things
that are sacred and intimate.”

The Tribune was not able
to reach Rev Paul for com-
ment before press time yes-

Reverend Father Crosley N.

Walkine will officiate and

interment will be in St. Anne's Cemetery, Fox Hill Road,
Nassau.

Mrs. Pinder is predeceased by her parents, Alexander C.
Knowles Sr., and Agnes L, Knowles and her brother, James
F. Knowles, She is survived by her husband, Jefferson Wilham
Pinder; two sons, William Craig Pinder of Ely, England and
Richard Perry Pinder of Nassau; a granddaughter, Alice
Johnson; brothers, Alex, Emerick, Patrick, Geoffrey and
Charlton Knowles; sisters, Ruby Collins, Doris Anderson,
Yvonne Knowles, Deborah Knowles and Julianna Green;
uncle, Hilbert B, Pinder; brothers-in-law, Richard Anderson
Sr, James Green and David Pinder; sisters-in-law, Joan Pinder,
shirley, Amarylis, Brenda, Rosa and Linda Knowles, other
relatives and friends including Ruth Moushabeck, Mike and
Marsha Stewart, Robert and Linda Brown, Claire Brown,
Johnny Brown and Mary Knowles, Julia and Steve Matti,
Joanne and Thirey Lamare, Ray and Flora Claridge, Mary
Lou and Cedric Saunders, Doreen Kemp, Lon Dawson, Joan
Albury, Cora and Morton Carey, Patou Regent, many nephews
and nieces and other relatives and frends too many to mention,

With special thanks to Shirley Knowles, Amarylis Knowles,
Delores Rolle, Wellington King and Cynthia Taylor who
assisted so much during her illness.

Also, a special thanks to Dr. John Lunn and his entire staff

and to the Nurses at Doctors Hospital, Nassau,

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cancer
Society of The Bahamas, P-O, Box §.5, 6539, Nassau or to
St. Anne’s Anglican Church, PO. Box N, 1569, Nassau in
memory of Mrs. Ethelyn Virginia "Jean" Pinder.

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Crown land approvals

FROM page one

ernment’s support in modernizing
Lands and Surveys with a view to cor-
recting a number of deficiencies that
have plagued this governmental enti-
ty.

Amongst the government’s recently
installed programmes was the crown
land management system that is
designed to create a work flow man-
agement system that will permit the
tracking of applications for crown land
from date of receipt to final determi-
nation.

However, since the Prime Minister’s
address, reports have reached The Tri-
bune that questionable land approvals
have been pushed forward for deter-
mination — jumping thousands of oth-
ers that have yet to meet final approval
by the Minister or the Permanent Sec-
retary.

Therefore, sources within the depart-
ment continue to ask for full disclosure
on all crown grants being sought since
July 21.

Additionally, it is being requested
the names of persons seeking crown
grants since this date and whether or
not they are employees of the depart-
ment or children of employees at Lands
and Surveys.

In his address, Prime Minister Ingra-
ham acknowledged that while it is not
illegal for persons employed at the
Department of Lands and Surveys or
their children to apply for and be grant-
ed crown land, “the potential for con-
flicts of interest and preferential con-
sideration” is great.

Therefore, he said, consideration of
applications by officers and members of
their families should be the subject to
“far greater scrutiny” than that of appli-
cations from the general public.

“Tt is expected and required that pub-
lic officers will not make or participate
in a decision relating to the exercise of
an official power, duty or function. It is
expected and required that no public
office will use information that is not
available to the general public and is
obtained in his or her position as a pub-
lic servant, to promote or seek to pro-
mote his or her or another person’s pri-
vate interests or that of the public offi-
cer’s relatives and friend’s private inter-
est.

“Similarly, no public officer, in exer-
cising their official power, duty or
function, is supposed to give prefer-
ential treatment to any persons or
organization or their representatives.
And no public officer may seek to
influence a decision or another per-
son in order to promote or seek to
promote his or her or another per-
son’s private interests or that of the
public officer’s relatives and friends’
private interest,” he said.

In any event, Mr Ingraham said to
avoid any and all doubt where there is
the potential for a conflict of interest,
public officers are expected, “indeed
required, to declare such potential to
the Department of Public Service”.

Attempts to reach the Minister of
Lands, Byran Woodside for comment
proved fruitless, and all efforts to
reach the permanent secretary at the
ministry were unsuccessful up to press
time last night.

terday.

Dr Nottage

FROM page one

ership of the party, sources within the PLP
maintain that there likely will be as many as
three persons who will challenge party leader
Perry Christie for the party’s top post.

These names, it is reported, will include
social activist and PLP newcomer Paul Moss,
Dr Nottage, and possibly former chairman
Raynard Rigby.

According to sources deep within the PLP,
Dr Nottage has already started to campaign in
Grand Bahama and Andros, as the MP seeks
to discern the level of his support amongst
stalwart councillors around the islands.
Reportedly utilising surrogates to relay the
MP’s message, Dr Nottage is allegedly gaining
invaluable feedback ahead of the party’s con-
vention which could be used to bolster his
campaign in the weeks and months ahead.

Unlike his other would-be challengers who
have been very vocal about their wishes to
one day take over the reins of the party from
Mr Christie, Dr Nottage has remained quiet.

However, sources close to the MP worry
that this manoeuvre could hurt their candi-
date’s chances if he fails to openly campaign
and reintroduce himself to that ever growing
swing-vote.

With a history that extends decades within
the PLP, Dr Nottage has distinguished himself
among the party as a “no-nonsense” individ-
ual, who is seen by many of his colleagues to
possess a methodical approach to governance.

“His time has come, but it is ultimately up
to him whether he will push for that position
at convention or not,” the source added.

Slated for October 18, the PLP’s conven-
tion, which is scheduled to run for three days,
is being billed as the most important conven-
tion the party has had in decades.

With all positions becoming available at
that time, it is expected that there will be a
challenge for the chairmanship, deputy leader,
and leader position.



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By ANDREW DAMPF
AP Sports Writer

RIETI, Italy (AP) — Asafa Powell ran the
100 meters in 9.99 seconds into a strong head-
wind on Sunday at the Rieti Grand Prix, on the
same track where the Jamaican star set a then-
world record of 9.74 two years ago.

Powell was hoping to improve on his season
best of 9.84 that got him third at last month's
world championships in Berlin, when fellow
Jamaican Usain Bolt set the current world
record of 9.58.

Powell's fellow Jamaican and training part-
ner Nesta Carter was the runner-up in 10.08
and Simeon Williamson of Britain crossed
third in 10.18.

The wind registered minus 1.5 meters.

Clijsters’
comeback

"It was a very strong
wind," Powell said.
"When I saw the wind
blowing today I was
like, 'It's not going to
be a fast race.""

There was also a
headwind for the semi-
finals, which Powell
led in 10.12 despite
slowing down before
the finish. In 2007,
Powell set his record
in the semifinals.

Powell believes he
can still challenge Bolt.

"To be running these fast times is outstand-
ing. He really needs some strong competition

POWELL



— he's running 9.5 — so we need to get there
too to put on a good show,” Powell said.
"Before, I was the man to beat. Now I have
someone in front of me, so I really have to
push myself.”

Powell now will return to his in-season train-
ing base in northern Italy to prepare for the
season finals in Greece.

Another member of Powell's training group,
Olympic and recently crowned world champi-
on Shelly Ann Fraser, won the women's 100 in
11.18 — into a headwind of 2.4.

Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson
was the runner-up in 11.37 and Gloria Asum-
nu of the United States was third in 11.52.

Kerron Stewart, the Olympic and world sil-
ver medallist in the 100, won the 200 in 22.62,
with Berlin 400 runner-up Shericka Williams

crossing second in 22.69.

American sprinter Wallace Spearmon won
the men's 200 in 20.27 after placing sixth in the
100.

In perhaps the outstanding performance of
the night, David Rudisha of Kenya clocked 1
minute, 42.01 seconds in the 800 to break Sam-
my Koskei's 25-year-old African record of
1:42.28 and register the best performance of
the year at the distance.

The 20-year-old Rudisha was eliminated in
the semifinals at the worlds last month on a
cold and rainy evening.

"Thad problems with the cold, so it's good to
know that I'm in form," Rudisha said.

Berlin runner-up Alfred Kirwa Yego was
again second, in 1:42.67, and world champion
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi crossed third in 1:42.86.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —

talk of town
at US Open

By EDDIE PELLS
AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) —
When the Grand Slams roll
around, the best stories often
revolve around the prospect
of Williams vs. Williams,
Maria Sharapova, maybe
even a possible breakthrough
by No. 1 Dinara Safina.

All those options have van-
ished from the US Open,
replaced in large part by the
potential of Kim Clisters, the
former No. 1 who now brings
her baby to work.

Clijsters defeated No. 3
Venus Williams on Sunday,
6-0, 0-6, 6-4, leaving Venus’
sister, Serena, as the only top-
five player left in a draw that
was turned upside down in
Week 1 by upsets, comeback
stories and the youth move-
ment.

“Tt’s still kind of hard to
believe,” Clijsters said. “But
then again, I’m not trying to
get carried away with it all.”

But the door is open for the
2005 champion, on the come-
back after a two-year hiatus
during which she gave up ten-
nis to have a baby.

The baby, 18-month-old
Jada, is a regular up in the
players’ lounge and Clijsters is
looking like she might be a
fixture on the tour again.

She’s a threat this week
based on the strength of her
own play, and also thanks to
the other surprises that went
down over a wild first week at
Flushing Meadows.

—Safina went home frus-
trated after a third-round loss,
meaning the quest for her first
major title will have to wait
until next year.

—Sharapova is gone, too,
courtesy of 17-year-old
Melanie Oudin, whose fourth-
round match was scheduled
for Monday.



—No. 5 Jelena Jankovic
lost earlier in the week and
No. 7 Vera Zvonareva blew
six match points Sunday to
join all the others seeded in
single digits on the sidelines.

In early action Monday,
Kateryna Bondarenko put a
6-0, 6-0 thumping on Gisela
Dulko to advance to the quar-
terfinals in a section of the
draw that doesn’t have any
seeded players left.

On the men’s side, No. 12
Robin Soderling, who upset
Rafael Nadal en route to the
French Open final, advanced
to his first US Open quarter-
final when eighth-seeded
Nikolay Davydenko retired
with a leg injury at the start of
the fourth set.

One of the few things that
has gone to form on the wom-
en’s side has been the play of
No. 2 Serena Williams, who
advanced easily with a 6-0, 6-
2 victory over No. 22 Daniela
Hantuchova.

Serena, trying for her third
major of the year, has not
been challenged yet in this
tournament.

“T just want to keep this lev-
el and just stay focused,” she
said.

Even if she does, the
Williams-Williams semifinal
that seemed all but carved
into the bracket before this
tournament began could now
easily wind up Clijsters-
Williams.

Given the way she played
against Venus, who’s to say
Clijsters can’t be a threat to
Serena, as well?

“With the kind of training
that she’s put in, I knew this
wasn’t just for fun,” said Cli-
jsters’ husband, Brian Lynch,
an American who ended his
professional basketball career
in Belgium when she decid-
ed to unretire. “She was try-
ing to make something hap-

pen here.”
When she was at her peak,
Clijsters was one of the few

players who had the mobility
and power to hang with the
Williamses. The whole pack-

KIM CLIJSTERS, of Belgium, celebrates her 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Venus Williams, of the United States, in the fourth round of the
US Open tournament in New York Sunday...

(AP Photo: Amy Sancetta)

The owner of the Memphis
Grizzlies and the team's staff
are meeting with Allen Iverson
as the sides move closer to a
deal bringing the veteran guard
to a very young team.

Iverson said on Twitter on
Sunday night he was meeting
with the owner and staff Mon-
day and that he wanted to help
the Grizzlies develop a winner.
The meeting was in Atlanta,
where Iverson has been work-
ing out this offseason.

The Grizzlies confirmed the
meeting but declined to com-
ment further.



age was on display Sunday in
Arthur Ashe Stadium.

They got off to an awkward
start, trading 6-0 sets in a rar-
ity — the first time players
have exchanged bagels in a
Grand Slam since the 1998
French Open — but then set-
tled in to a back-and-forth
third, in which Clijsters came
out ahead.

Clisters grabbed an early
break for a 3-1 lead, then
served out the match from
there, though it was anything
but routine.

She fell behind 0-30 on her
serve at 5-4, but just kept
banging away. She got it to
30-40, then hit a shot deep
into the corner that Williams
couldn’t handle. She forced
an error at deuce with anoth-
er deep groundstroke, then
skidded a service winner off
the line on the backhand side
for the win.

She became the first female
wild-card entrant to reach the
US Open quarterfinals and
could become the first
unseeded player to make the
Open final since 1997, when
Venus did it. She has no
world ranking yet because she
hasn’t played enough tourna-
ments since she came back.

When the latest match was

(AP Photo)

over, Venus Williams con-
ceded that a knee injury she
suffered in the first round,
which required heavy tape,
might have hindered her
efforts.

“T wasn’t able to play 100
per cent,” she said.

Nor was Nadal, the head-
liner on the men’s side Sun-
day.

He overcame a 10-minute
medical break for an injury
to his stomach muscles to
defeat 32nd-seeded Nicolas
Almagro, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

Nadal missed Wimbledon
with sore knees, and now
must deal with injured abs
that first cropped up last
month in Cincinnati.

“T don’t want to talk about
injuries,” Nadal said. “Sorry.
No, no, I am a little bit tired
to talk about injuries. I am
here to try my best every
day.”

No. 2 Andy Murray also
advanced with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
victory over American Tay-
lor Dent.

And while the women’s
draw has gone haywire, the
men’s is going to form — in
an historic way: This marks
the first time 14 of the top 16
seeds have advanced to the
fourth round of the US Open.

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MARK KNOWLES and Mahesh Bhupathi are now into the quarterfinal of the final Grand Slam Tournament of the year. They easily moved
on yesterday in Flushing Meadows, New York, with an identical 6-4, 6-4 sweep over Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei and Dudi Sela of Israel...
(AP Photo)

Olympic boxing
Weight categories
altered for 2012

MILAN (AP) — The Inter-
national Boxing Association
has reduced the number of
men's weight categories from
11 to 10 for the 2012 London
Olympics.

The move was made Mon-
day to accommodate women's
boxing at the games, which
the IOC Executive Board
unanimously agreed on last
month. The IOC would not
allow the AIBA to add to its
total number of boxers.

At the 2008 Beijing Games,
there were 286 boxers — all
male. In London the total will
remain the same but there
will be 250 male boxers and
36 female boxers.

To decrease the number of
men, the AIBA condensed its
four lightest weight categories
into three.

The new categories will
apply to all AIBA events
starting in September 2010.

The decisions were made
during a meeting of the
AIBA Executive Committee
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Russia, Greece win openers

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Defend-
ing champion Russia pulled away late to
beat Latvia 81-68 Monday on the opening
day of the European basketball champi-
onship, and Greece routed Macedonia
86-54.

Russia, which only has three players
from the team that upset Spain to win
the title in 2007, led from the start and
then held off a late challenge from Latvia
behind 24 points and 9 rebounds from
American-born Kelly McCarty and 22
points from point guard Sergey Bykov.

Latvia cut Russia's lead to 65-63 with
4:08 to play on a pair of free throws from
Kaspars Kambala before the Russians
closed with a 16-5 run.

France joined Russia atop Group B
with its 70-65 win over Germany. San
Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker scored
11 of his game-high 19 points in the last
2:38 to carry the French down the stretch.

Germany sorely missed its NBA star,
Dirk Nowitzki. The Dallas Mavericks
forward led all scorers at the 2007 cham-
pionships with 24 points per game, but
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has
refused to allow him to play in the tour-
nament.

Greece, the 2005 European champi-
on, jumped to an 18-5 lead in the first
five minutes to open the tournament with
an easy win over Macedonia.

Point guard Vassilis Spanoulis led

LATVIAN fans can be seen during European
Basketball Championships group B match
between Russia and Latvia in northern Poland
yesterday...

(AP Photo: Darko Vojinovic)

Greece with 17 points, and center Yannis
Bourousis chipped in with 11 points and
8 rebounds.

"We didn't really know them and we'd
heard that they could cause us trouble,”
Bourousis said. "But in the game, we
started strong and stayed that way
throughout."

Also, Croatia beat Israel 86-79 in
Group A, host Poland beat Bulgaria 90-
78 in Group D, Slovenia defeated Britain
72-59 in Group C.

In other group matches later Monday,
Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol led
world champion Spain against Serbia in
their Group C opener as the Spaniards
look for their first European title. Also,
Lithuania played Turkey.

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DESPITE nursing an
injured right ring finger,
Bahamian tennis ace Mark
Knowles is playing at a very
high level with his Indian
doubles partner, Mahesh
Bhupathi, at the US Open.

The No.3 seeded team are
now into the quarterfinal of
the final Grand Slam Tour-
nament of the year. They eas-
ily moved on yesterday in
Flushing Meadows, New
York, with an identical 6-4,
6-4 sweep over Yen-Hsun Lu
of Taipei and Dudi Sela of
Israel.

“It was a good win. We
played well,” said Knowles in
an interview with The Tri-
bune. “Obviously, it was a
goods winning matches with
nine stitches in my right ring
finger.

“T really toughed it out and
we’re playing very well. So
it’s good to be playing in the
second week of the Grand
Slam.”

Losing the battle in aces (4-
3), double faults (5-1) and
unforced errors (14-9) to Lu
and Sela, Knowles and Bhu-
pathi won where it counted
the most with the winning
percentage on Ist serve (74-
64), winning % on 2nd serve
(50-38), winners (including
Service) 26-24, Receiving
points won (48-43), break
point conversions (83-60) and
total points won (65-50).

Asked if he’s surprised at
the level that they are play-
ing, Knowles quickly noted:
“No, ’'m not surprised. We
had a great summer and we
are confident that we belong
here.

“T know the injury has been
painful, but it hasn’t taken
away from the way we’re
playing. We’re in the quar-
terfinal. So we’re right there
with the rest of the teams. We
just have to rise our game to
another level.”

Knowles and Bhupathi will
now prepare for their quar-
ters match-up against the
team of Ivan Ljubicic of
Croatia and Michael Lloda
of France.

Their match is scheduled
for today.

“Tt’s a tricky team because
Lloda is a great doubles play-
er and Lyjubicic is a former

number three singles player
in the world,” Knowles
reflected.

“We don’t know that much
about them as a team, but we
know about them individual-
ly. So I think it’s important
for us to focus on our game
and just play loose and go for
it.”

If they are successful,
Knowles and Bhupathi will
get a chance to play in the
semifinal against either the
No.5 team of Max Mirnyi of
Belarus and Andy Ram of
Israel or the No.2 team of
Daniel Nestor of Canada and
Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.

“All of the top teams are
still in and that is what you
want to see,” Knowles point-
ed out. “Everyone is playing
well and you want to beat the
best team, regardless of who
you are playing.

“This is the Grand Slam
and so we just have to focus
on our game and try to get
the job done.”

The final is set for Friday.

Knowles was hoping to go
for another title in the mixed
doubles, but he and his Ger-
man partner Anna-Lena
Groenefeld were knocked
out in identical scores of 6-3,
6-3 by Knowles’ former part-
ner Zi Yan of China and
Mariusz Fyrstenberg of
Poland.

“Tt’s unfortunate that we
lost. I wasn’t able to go 100
percentage,” said Knowles,
who felt the pain of the
injured finger he sustained
when it got caught in the door
of the elevator at the Tennis
Center last Tuesday.

“T thought we had a good
draw and could have easily
won the title. But having to
play every day and then the
mixed doubles final on Thurs-
day and the men’s doubles on
Friday, it was going to be
tough, but I think it’s good
that we lost so I can focus on
the doubles.”

Knowles and Groenefeld
were the winners of the Wim-
bledon Grand Slam title in
July. But he and Bhupathi are
still looking for their first
men’s Grand Slam title this
year.

They came close when they
finished as runners-up to
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Showdown with No. 2 rank

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

s the International Amateur Athletic Fed-

eration’s VIB Bank World Athletics Final

approaches, Leevan “Superman” Sands

goes as the number two ranked competi-
tor in the men’s triple jump.

Sands, who celebrated his 28th birthday two days
before he just missed out on a medal last month at
the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in
Berlin, Germany, is hoping that he will continue the
success he recently achieved.

“T feel as if my season is just starting,” said Sands as
the season is just about completed. “As the season is
coming to an end, I’m just getting better and better.
That’s how I feel. So I’m really looking forward to a top
two in the World Athletic Final.”

On Sunday, Sands picked up a much needed victory
at the Rieti 2009 IAAF Grand Prix Meet in Italy with
a leap of 16.77 metres or 55-feet, 01/4-inches to boost his
confidence as he prepares for the Athletics Final show-
down this weekend in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Since 2002, Sands has made the top list with the
exception of 2006 when he was suspended by the
TAAF. But the best performance he has done at the
year-ending meet was fifth.

Sands has accumulated a total of 60 points in five
meets to trail leader Arnie David Girat of Cuba, who
also had five meets and is just two points ahead of
Sands to lead the field that includes Worlds gold and
Olympic silver medallist Philiips Idowu of Great
Britain, who is third with 56 points and silver and
Olympic gold medallist Nelson Evora, who is sixth
with 38 points.

Cuban Alexis Copello, who nipped Sands by four
centimeters for the bronze in Berlin, is listed at No. 9
with 23 points, but he is also expected to be a part of the
field in Thessaloniki this weekend.

“T’m in good shape right now,” Sands stated. “I could
tell by the way I jumped yesterday (Sunday). We had a
negative 2.5 head wind, so it was a pretty decent jump
because it was competing in a hurricane.

“So I think [’m right on form. I think if they jump far,
I will be right up there with them. I am ready to jump
far.”

Sands said despite coming off a light injury during the
season, his off-season preparation is what has given
him the impetus to be able to maintain his competi-
tiveness through the long, grueling season.

“Right now, ’m not doing as much work. It’s just
more maintenance now and that is what is paying off for
me,” he insisted. “So I’m pleased with where I’m at.”

On Sunday, with only four jumps rather than the
usual six in the major meets, Sands said he got off toa
shaky start, turning in his season low of 16.08 before he
stepped it up on his second jump to take the lead for
good.

“From there, everybody was around 16.5 and 16.4,”
he pointed out. “So I think it was a good series of
jumps, even though we had a good head wind.

“T think if I can get a good series of jumps this week-
end, I should be in a good position to finish in the top

The triple jump is being billed as a rematch between
Idowu and Evora, but Sands is hoping to spoil all of
that.

Like the World Athletics Finals in Berlin, there will
be a whole lot of money distributed to the winners. A
total prize purse of $3,020,000 will be paid out by the
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MOUNTROIS,
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A mudslide set off by several hours of heavy
rain swept into at least 32 houses and shacks
made of tin, concrete and dirt walls early Mon-
day, killing at least one person in this Haitian
beach town, according to Associated Press.

Civil protection chief Marie-Alta Jean-Bap-

tiste said two other people were missing, while
residents put the number at four.

Haiti is extremely vulnerable to floods and
mudslides because of widespread deforesta-
tion and erosion.

The Caribbean country, the Western Hemi-
sphere's poorest, was pounded by four tropical
storms last year, but the 2009 hurricane season
has been relatively light so far.

A MAN WADES 53 through milla in bourtioly Haiti, Monday, Sept 7, 2009. A mudslide set off a several hours
of heavy rain swept into a beach town early Monday, killing at least one person.

AP Photos/Ramon Espinosa

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tions on whether the government's strategy
to crack down on brutal gangs will change
course, according to Associated Press.

Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora
did not give a reason for his resignation, saying
only in his farewell speech that "we have done
a lot to clean the house,” referring to his efforts
to combat rampant police and government
corruption.

His resignation was one of three announced
by President Felipe Calderon. Agriculture Sec-
retary Alberto Cardenas and the director of
the oil monopoly, Petroleos Mexicanos, Jesus
Reyes Heroles, also gave up their posts.

Medina-Mora's campaign against corrup-
tion led to the arrest of several mayors and
high-ranking law enforcement officials in the
last year. Among them was his subordinate,
former drug czar Noe Ramirez, who was
arrested for allegedly taking at least $450,000
from a member of a drug cartel in exchange for
passing on information about police opera-
tions.

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U.S. law enforcement officials. A top U.S.
police source in Mexico said there was no evi-
dence Medina-Mora was involved in corrup-
tion. The official insisted on not being quoted
by name for fear of being targeted by drug
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loyalty to Mexico have been crucial in pushing
forward the modernization and the cleaning of
the justice department and in hitting hard
organized crime like we have done,” Calderon
said Monday.

Cabinet changes at midterm are not unusu-
al in Mexico. Calderon, whose term runs to late
2012, gave no explanation for the three resig-
nations, although there had been rumors for
some time that Medina-Mora would be leav-
ing. He will be assigned to an unspecified for-
eign post.

Calderon said he will nominate lawyer
Arturo Chavez to replace Medina-Mora, say-
ing Chavez "has wide experience in law and
specifically in combatting organized crime."
Chavez was not present at the ceremony and
his nomination must be ratified by the Senate.

The president indicated the war on drug
gangs won't stop. But the fight has drawn crit-
icism, with 13,500 people killed in drug-relat-
ed violence since the government offensive
began, and some experts wondered if the gov-
ernment might be considering new approach-
es.

Jose Luis Pineyro, a drug expert at Mexico's
National Autonomous University, said the
departure of Medina-Mora could indicate
some change in the government's tactics in
the drug fight, which have sparked bloody
reprisal attacks by cartels.

"Perhaps this change in the AG office could
be an attempt to change the anti-crime strate-
gy and adopt a tactic that a lot of my col-
leagues have suggested,” Pineyro said. "As
long as there is a lack of attention to attacking
the financial nerve center and property of
organized crime, you're not going to make
progress."

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OECD: Bahamas
Must deliver to
block hank flight

Global private banking
consolidation ‘a real
threat’ to Bahamian
financial industry

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

NUMEROUS financial insti-
tutions may reconsider whether
to remain in the Bahamas if this
nation fails to deliver on its
commitments and deadlines for
escaping the G-20/OECD ‘grey
list’, a senior attorney has
warned, since this could
“undermine confidence in the
market”.

Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, said that while the
Government’s public commit-
ment to meeting the G-
20/OECD tax transparency and
information standards by year-
end had “weathered the worst
of the storm” in the short-term,
achieving that target was key -
especially when it came to influ-
encing ‘head office’ perceptions
of the Bahamas.

For it is the global head
offices of financial institutions
which make many of the key
decisions for their subsidiaries,
including those in the Bahamas,
deciding which nations to base
their operations in.

Mr Moree warned that, if the
Bahamas failed to deliver on
its G-20/OECD commitments,
head offices - especially those in
leading OECD countries, such
as France and Germany - might
view this nation in a negative
light and decide to move oper-
ations to a jurisdiction on the
so-called ‘white list’.

Such trends were likely to be
exacerbated by impending con-
solidation in the global private
banking industry, something
the McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes senior partner
described as “a real danger for
us in our jurisdiction”.

“T think the most important
point is that the Government
has foreshadowed its intent to
put in place the required num-
ber of Tax Information
Exchange Agreements [12] in
order to satisfy the criteria for
getting on the ‘white list’,” Mr
Moree told Tribune Business.

“That being the case, I think
it has mitigated the negative
impact of being on the ‘grey

SEE page 2B

Bad loans to exceed $1bn

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

otal loan delinquencies in the
Bahamas will breach the $1
billion mark “for sure”, a
senior banking executive told
Tribune Business yesterday, warning
that the more than-$500 million non-
performing loan statistic was “not the
worst” and deterioration in credit qual-
ity would continue as the recession and
unemployment bit deeper.

Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) chief executive, said the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas’ monthly
report on economic and financial devel-
opments for July, which pegged non-
performing and non-accrual loans at
more than $500 million and $900 mil-
lion respectively, was worrying but not
unexpected in the banking sector.

“It is very concerning, but we actually
expected that to happen,” Mr Sunderji
told Tribune Business, “and we expect it
to get worse. This is not the worst sta-
tistic. We expect the deterioration to
continue to grow - certainly for the next
nine-odd months - before it stabilises,
and that’s assuming there are no more
lay-offs. If there are, the deterioration
will continue.”

While it was hard to forecast how bad
the deterioration in private sector cred-
it quality would get, there is some $6.51
billion in outstanding private sector cred-
it, meaning loans to businesses, house-
holds and individuals.

With non-accrual loans, those more
than 31 days past due, having reached
$902.5 million or 14.5 per cent of the
total at end-July 2009, Mr Sunderji told

Chamber
chief: Avoid
‘extreme

CLIENTS of a former

* Delinquencies set to breach that barrier ‘for
sure’, with credit demand down around 40%
* Banking sector liquidity still strong
at near $300m, with external reserves
‘just shy’ of $650m at end-August

ANWER SUNDERJI

Tribune Business: “I think we will go
past the $1 billion mark, for sure. It’s
hard to predict, but certainly if the econ-
omy remains weak it could get there.”

The Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) chief
executive said credit demand in the
Bahamas was down “by around 40 per
cent”, as Bahamians curbed and cut back
on their spending, which had tradition-
ally been fuelled by borrowing.

In addition, “not a lot of people were
qualifying to borrow, and the banks are
being a lot more conservative and cau-
tious”. Both these factors, Mr Sunderji,
were resulting in a decline in consumer
borrowing and lending.

He added that there had been “quite
a dramatic increase” in debt consolida-
tion, which had grown by almost $38
million during the 2009 first half, as
Bahamians restructured their finances
to “be more in tune with the new reali-
ty”, reducing debt repayments and free
up cash flow.

“We will see continued demand for
the consolidation of loans,” Mr Sunder-
ji told Tribune Business. “Bahamians
are not borrowing any more, and are
amortising existing loans. People are not
deleveraging by paying down existing
loans, because they do not have the
cash.”

Meanwhile, Wendy Craigg, the Cen-

SEE page 2B



$2.63m client asset freeze order ended

By NEIL HARTNELL

* Liquidator says move ‘exceptionally good outcome’ for clients
Tribune Business Editor

* Attorney General agrees to remove restraint orders on Dominion
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* Nation’s exporters
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year-over-year trade
with Canada to $10.8m,
generating positive
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* Canadian imports to
Bahamas increase by 32%
per annum between 1999-
2008, and could overtake
Trinidad as Canada’s key
regional market by 2014

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CANADIAN exports to the
Bahamas have expanded by 32
per cent per annum in the 10
years between 1999 and 2008, a
paper by the Caribbean
Regional Negotiating Machin-
ery (CRNM) has revealed, with
this nation on pace to overtake
Trinidad & Tobago as Canada’s
main CARICOM export mar-
ket by 2014.

A briefing paper prepared
by the CRNM’s Lincoln Price,
as part of the upcoming talks
between the Bahamas/CARI-
COM and Canada on a new
trade agreement to replace the

SEE page 2B

impact’ from
NIB rate rise

Wants ‘thorough dialogue’
on proposed 2% increase to
avoid ‘something disastrous’

for business community,
as could mean difference
between survival and
death in recession

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce’s president yester-
day called for the National
Insurance Board (NIB) to
“thoroughly” discuss the pro-
posed 2 per cent increase in
contribution rates with the pri-
vate sector, in order to prevent
“any extreme impact” on busi-
nesses in an environment where
many are already going under.

Khaalis Rolle told Tribune
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“make the argument that the
timing is wrong” in relation to
the planned NIB contribution
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$2.63 million worth of assets
after the Attorney General
agreed to remove an order that
has frozen them for three-and-
a-half years, following the mon-
ey laundering charges and con-
viction imposed on the firm’s
principal.

Clifford Culmer, the BDO
Mann Judd accountant and
partner, who is the liquidator
for former Bahamas-based bro-
ker/dealer Dominion Invest-
ments (Nassau), said that fol-
lowing negotiations with the

punishment for money laundering conviction

Attorney General, the nation’s
chief legal officer had agreed
to discharge two restraining
orders that had frozen all client
assets as of January 31, 2006.
This agreement was approved
by the Supreme Court on
August 14, 2009.

Instead, the Attorney Gen-
eral agreed that a restraining
order simply be imposed on the
assets Mr Culmer was holding
for Martin Tremblay, the for-
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Bahamas ‘most dynamic’ Carib-Canada exporter

FROM page 1B

CaribCan accord, detailed how
significant securing new and
existing trade preferences could
be for this nation, both from an
import and export perspective.

From an export perspective,
the Bahamas’ exports to Cana-
da more than quadrupled in the
2009 first quarter year-over-
year, rising from $2.6 million in
the same period in 2008 to
$10.8 million this year. This
positioned the Bahamas as one
of the few CARICOM nations
to enjoy growth in its Canadian
export market despite the
worldwide recession.

The CRNM paper said: “The
Bahamas is the most dynamic
CARICOM = merchandise
exporter between the 2008 first
quarter and 2009 first quarter,
almost quadrupling its exports
during this period.

“This favourable perfor-
mance is largely the result of
large shipments of heterocyclic
compounds containing pyrimi-
dine ring etc. Rock lobster and

grapefruit shipments also con-
tinue, even though both have
declined marginally in the first
quarter of 2009 compared to
2008.”

This again hints at both the
value and potential of achieving
the correct trade terms with
Canada in the upcoming nego-
tiations, a process both the
Government and the private
sector need to be thinking
about.

As for Canadian imports
coming into the Bahamas, the
CRNM paper said this nation
had consistently been among
Canada’s top five CARICOM
region markets, alongside
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago,
Haiti and Barbados.

The paper said: “Between
1999 and 2008, Canadian
exporters have been very ‘bull-
ish’ on exploring trade with the
Bahamas, with exports to the
Bahamas expanding by 32 per
cent annually.

“This dynamism in export-
ing to the Bahamas has been
the main driving force behind

the general trade expansion, as
most other CARICOM
economies experienced growth
rates which were below the 12.4
per cent regional growth rate.

“Based on this current
growth trend, the Bahamas
could overtake Trinidad &
Tobago by 2014 as Canada’s
main export market in CARI-
COM.”

While Canadian exports to
CARICOM declined by 35 per
cent during the 2009 first quar-
ter, falling from $229 million to
$149 million, the Bahamas
remained among the top five
markets and was one of four
countries to see growth in its
Canadian imports.

These rose from $10.4 mil-
lion in 2008 to $10.7 million this
year, again showing the value
and potential from agreeing the
rules of trade between the
Bahamas and Canada. Canadi-
an companies and investors
seem to see this as a key mar-
ket, and this nation could do
with some direct foreign invest-
ment.

Bad loans to
exceed Silbn

FROM page 1B

tral Bank of the Bahamas governor, yesterday
told Tribune Business that commercial bank-
ing system liquidity, meaning excess cash in
the system, remained relatively robust at
around $300 million at end-August, some $89

million ahead of the 2008 year-end position.

And foreign exchange reserves, aided by
the decline in credit and import demand,
were “just shy of $650 million” at the end of
August 2009. Due to the recession and rising
unemployment, Mrs Craigg said the banking
sector regulator did not anticipate “any strong
surge in consumer demand” in the run-up to
Christmas, as it had in previous years, mean-
ing the foreign reserves were likely to end
2009 in a stronger position than 2008 due to

the reduced pressure.

Mrs Craigg also backed Mr Sunderji’s
analysis, telling Tribune Business: “We expect
the non-performing loans will increase some-

what further.”

She added that the Central Bank was close-
ly scrutinising the commercial bank asset

the industry.

quality situation, having instigated enhanced
reporting requirements, particularly for
restructured loans and the monitoring of non-
performing loans.

However, the Central Bank governor said
the regulator had no doubts about the
Bahamian commercial banking sector’s abil-
ity, and those of its individual banks, to
weather the storm, as their key capital ratios
were “well above the prudent minimum” for

The Central Bank had advised the banks to
conduct their own internal stress tests to
assess capital adequacy, Mrs Craigg said, and
told them to take a proactive approach on
loan loss provisioning.

The latter involved “not just taking a view

tomorrow”.

on the current situation, but looking ahead
because conditions have deteriorated, and
the provisions you have today may not suffice



Chamber chief: Avoid ‘extreme impact’ from NIB rate rise

FROM page 1B

to 10.8 per cent, with many
businesses likely to the rise -
intended to finance an expan-
sion of the social security pro-
gramme’s benefits package - as
equivalent to an additional tax
on the private sector.

Many economists argue that
increasing taxes on business
during a recession is the last
thing a government should do,
given that it will likely produce
an increase in unemployment
and business failures, and Mr
Rolle said NIB needed to be
“very conscious” of the fact that
the private sector was going
through “very difficult eco-
nomic times”.

“Many businesses are failing,
and any additional costs that
add to operating expenses will
have an impact,” Mr Rolle told
Tribune Business. “That has to
be thoroughly discussed with
the business community to
ensure they do not do some-
thing that would be extremely
disastrous for the business com-
munity.

“Some discussions should be
held to ensure we don’t end up
in a situation where there’s an
extreme impact on business. A
2 per cent rate rise might not be
a large increase in terms of
monetary value, but for some
businesses that might mean the
difference between break even
and ‘red lining’ it. We need to
consider the impact, and have
some discussions to see what
the effects might be.”

Algernon Cargill, NIB’s
director, told Tribune Business
last week that increases of 1 per
cent each in NIB’s contribution
rate were needed to fund the
unemployment benefit scheme,
plus the Government’s pre-
scription drug programme for
communicable diseases. This
will take the current 8.8 per
cent NIB contribution rate to
10.8 per cent.

Mr Rolle said he and the
business community were not
opposed to the NIB rate
increase, which is likely to take
effect in early 2010, but he
added: “It may take 1 per cent
to fund the unemployment ben-
efit, but you might create

unemployment on the other
side, because some businesses
are operating on a shoestring
Budget, for want of a better
term, and that increase is com-
ing ata very difficult period for
businesses in the Bahamas. All
things have to be considered.”

Mr Rolle added that “wider
consultations” on the proposed
NIB contribution rate rise
would take place in the busi-
ness community, and there
would then be communications
with NIB - either directly to Mr
Cargill, or through the Cham-
ber’s own representative on the
NIB Board, Winston Rolle.

The cost of funding both new
benefits is likely to be split
50/50 between employer and
employee, meaning that the
employee contribution split will
rise from the current 3.4 per
cent to 4.4 per cent, while the
employer’s contribution rate
will increase to 6.4 per cent.

Mr Cargill told Tribune Busi-
ness that the increases were
“likely to come next year”,
although the exact timing of
their implementation would be
left to the Cabinet.

He said: “We have no final
confirmed date. That’s up to
the minister. We are recom-
mending early next year, so we
are advising businesses to bud-
get for increased rates in 2010.”

However, he added: “This
10.8 per cent contribution rate
is still significantly below other
[social security] programmes in
the region. Barbados has a 17
per cent contribution rate.”

Meanwhile, NIB yesterday
disclosed some of the other 25
amendments to its operations
that Tribune Business detailed
last week.

These include:

* Changing the method used
to calculate Retirement/Inva-
lidity Benefit to one that uses
wages over the best five, rather
than three years, thus ensuring
a better relationship between

contributions made and pen-
sions received.

* Change the wage ceiling
for pensionable civil servants
to that of all other contributors.

* Include in insurable wages
gratuities and tips that are paid
as part of regular wages for
workers in the hospitality sec-
tor.

* Remove the limit on earn-
ings for someone in receipt of
Retirement Benefit.

* Introduce triennial auto-
matic indexation of pensions
and grants with adjustments
linked to price increases.

* Provide for the payment of
both Retirement/Invalidity ben-
efit and Survivors benefit where
an insured may be otherwise
entitled to both.

* Introduce a Survivors

Grant equivalent to one year’s
pension, payable to widowed
spouses who do not qualify for
a Survivors pension either
because of their age or lack of
dependents.

* For Sickness and Materni-
ty benefit, require that the per-
son must have been employed
on the day of or prior to onset
of illness, and reduce the wait-
ing days for Unemployment
benefit to three days.

* Extend coverage for all
benefits, except Unemployment
Benefit, to all self-employed
persons and adjust the contri-
bution rate for all self-
employed persons to 8.8 per
cent.

* Allow Invalidity Assistance
to be payable from age one.

* Establish stricter means test
for Assistances.

OECD: Bahamas must deliver to block bank flight

FROM page 1B

no control over.

“Consolidation is a real danger for us in our

list’, particularly when most of our competitors
are off that list and on the ‘white list’, because the
market will take some comfort that we will short-
ly get off that list.

“T think that has prevented any significant
diminution of business and the possibility of cer-
tain businesses deciding to consolidate offshore
and move to other jurisdictions.”

Yet Mr Moree added: “Having said that, I
believe it’s very important to get ourselves off the
‘grey list’ in the timeframe announced by the
Government. I understand they intend to com-
plete the TIEAs by year’s end, but if there is
any significant delay in that it could undermine
confidence in the market in our ability and will-
ingness to bring [our commitments| into force.

“We have weathered the fallout from being
on the ‘grey list’ without any discernible loss of
business, but I know of many institutions doing
business in this country and they, through their
head offices, will not be prepared to continue
doing business as normal if we do not satisfacto-
rily get off the ‘grey list’ and on to the ‘white
list’.

“We moved just in time to mitigate the fallout,
we have weathered the worst of the storm, and
now must deliver on our commitments.”

Influencing financial institution head office
perceptions of the Bahamas was critical, Mr
Moree said, not only in relation to the G-
20/OECD initiative but also when it came to
dealing with global consolidation in the private
wealth management industry - a process that,
when it began, the Bahamas would have almost

jurisdiction, and we have to be very careful when
we go through this period of consolidation, which
will happen regardless of what we do,” Mr Moree
said.

As major multinational institutions looked to
potentially consolidate their operations in a par-
ticular region into just one or two offices, a
process driven by the need to reduce costs, boost
efficiencies and achieve economies of scale, Mr
Motee said it was even more critical for the
Bahamas to attain the ‘white list’ status attained
by many competitors.

If the Bahamas was to lose out in the consoli-
dation process, Mr Moree said “the consequences
are very serious”, both from a direct and indirect
employment perspective, loss of government rev-
enues, a decline in incomes and wealth levels,
and a reduction in the frequency with money
circulated in the Bahamian economy.

“There is a knock on effect that has the poten-
tial to adversely impact a number of Bahami-
ans, and that is why the continued survival and
growth of financial services is important at a
national level, not only to those people working
in the industry,” Mr Moree told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“We've got to understand that when it comes
to business and the delivery of service, we have
got to be more efficient and productive, and can’t
use the excuse that on an island the pace of life is
slower, and things get done in their own time.

“We’re going to have to embrace change, deliv-
er a higher level of productivity and service that
demonstrates an ability to adapt.”

Clifton Heritage National Park
CLIFTON HERITAGE AUTHORITY

South West Bay Road * P.O. Box SP-63846
Nassau. Bahamas
Tel: (242) 362-4386 of 1(242) 362-3121 or
Fax: 362-5017

Email: park.clifton@ yahoo.com

Employment Opportunity

The Clifton Heritage Authority is seeking the services of an individual to
fill the position of Managing Director in accordance with Section 14 of the
Clifton Heritage Authority Act 2004,

The individual would be required to provide executive leadership,
supervision and direction to units of the Clifton Heritage Authority's
affice and the Heritage Park, while ensuring the research and promotion
of its historical, cultural resources.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Responsible for the implementation of policies, programs and goals and
objectives for the efficient management of the Clifton Heritage Authority.
Ensures the development and implementation of a strategic plan for the
management of the Clifton Heritage Park ensuring that accepted operating
standards and practices are employed.

Coordinate and supervise all activities related to safety issues, best
environment practices, and all matters related to the preservation of historic
structures and conservation of natural resources at the park
Serve ad Principal Advisor to the Clifton Heritage Authonty Board on
matters and issues relative to the maintenance and upkeep of the park
Oversee and coordinate all public and private use of facilities and
recreational spaces at the Clifton Heritage Authority Park and establish user
lees,
Liaise with other government, non-government, regional and international
agencies to explore opportunities to promote the sustainable development
and management of the Clifton Heritage Authority Park.
Direct and coordinate the employment of staff, develop and implement
opening policies, standards and procedures to ensure performance and
maintain a stable working environment
Conduct periodic assessments of facilities and infrastructure and
recommend improvements or repairs as necessary,
Prepare and submit a monthly report to the Board of Directors on the
operations of the Authority,
Liaise with the Marketing and Public Relations officer maternal for the
promotion of the Clifton Heritage Park.
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The National Insurance Board

of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Request for Contractors Pre-Qualification

The National Insurance Board (NIB) is seeking to pre-qualify contractors to bid on
works to construct a Government Complex in Freeport, Grand Bahama; the project
1s a joint venture of NIB and The Bahamas Government. Contractors must be in
compliance with the National Insurance Act (social security programme), and in
good standing with the relevant Government agencies,

Pre-qualification documents may be collected from the Security Booth at NIB’s
Clifford Darling Complex, Blue Hill Road, or from NIB"s Freeport Local Office, on
The Mall, Freeport, Grand Bahama, from September 8 to Seprember 16, 2009,

* A minimum of a graduate degree in Administration or discipline, and for 10
years expenence in an administrative discipline.
Application are available at the Authority’s office South West Road
Clifton Cay and should be submitted along with resume by 4pm
14 September, 200.
Telephone contact 462-3121 or 362-6729

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Pre-Qualification documents should be signed, sealed and returned to the Security
Booth, Clittord Darling Complex in New Providence or to the Freeport Local Office
in Grand Bahama, on or before 12:00 Noon on September 23, 2009.


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IDB approves
$150,000 grant to
aid NAFCO training
programme

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE INTER-AMERICAN
Development Bank (IDB) has
approved a $150,000 non-
refundable grant to aid the
North Abaco Fisheries Co-
operative (NAFCO) in an 18-
month fishing and business
development training pro-
gramme, Tribune Business
learned yesterday.

The Cooperative’s chairman,
Leon Pinder, said though there
are still more steps to work
through with the IDB before
the first disbursement of the
grant, the training initiative
could begin as early as next
week.

It is hoped that this initiative
will allow north Abaco fisher-
men to have greater presence

on the seafood trading front,
develop good business man-
agement skills and inherit envi-
ronmentally-friendly fishing
techniques.

“The overall objective is to
help the fishing operators in
North Abaco to consolidate
their presence in the export
market,” said NAFCO's pro-
gramme plan.

"In pursuit of this objective,
the project will involve inter-
ventions that target the
enabling environment, the insti-
tutional capacity of NAFCO
and the individual fishing oper-
ators.”

According to NAFCO’s plan,
its objective is to provide tech-
nical support for planned infra-
structure development pro-
grammes.

Mr Pinder told this paper
recently that the co-operative

LEGAL NOTICE

is building a fish house, fish pro-
cessing plant and marine shop
in order to provide the fisher-
men with necessary equipment
“and get to the point where we
can export our own fish to max-
imise the income”.

The programme will be avail-
able to members of the co-
operative as well as potential
members.

The Inter-American Institute
for Cooperation on Agriculture
(ICA) was recruited by NAF-
CO to conduct the 18-month
training programme, through
association with the IBD and
the Bahamas Cooperative
League.

NAFCO was responsible for
$65,000 of the $215,000 cost of
the initiative.

Fishermen involved in the
programme will undergo entre-
preneurial training to strength-
en their individual business
skills, while institutional
strengthening seminars will
“provide support for the devel-
opment of producer cluster,
which will help individual fish-
ermen to improve their market
penetration”.

programme is essential to the
sector's future, and the future
of the fishermen at large.

“Once the IDB does the
training and we are already to
belt course on our building,
then we'll move on to the phase
where we can get a local loan
from the other cooperatives
like the credit union,” Mr Pin-
der said.

“We will need more funding
to get where we want to get,
but that won't be done until we
have the technical training that
is provided from the IDB.”

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 3B

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that BOSNEL BRUTUS of
MARKET STREET, 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 1st September, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

NOTICE

is hereby given that the

CLOT LN ID OU

for the Saffron Hill Property Owners
Association Limited will be held at
The Pavilion at Saffron Hill Subdivision on
West Bay Street on Thursday the 10th day of
September 2009 at 6:30pm.

Should you need further information kindly contact
325-6666 or 325-8905.

Dated the 1st day of September, A.D., 2009

With The Compliments Of:-
Saffron Hill Property
Owners Association
Limited



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NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4)
of The International Business Companies Act,
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Mr Pinder said recently that
Mario A. Carey, CRS, CIPS, CLHMS

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area have long been branded
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(a) UIE SERVICES LIMITED is in dissolution;

(b) the date of commencement of the dissolution is
September 1, 2009;

(c) the name of the Liquidator is Alison J. Treco, FT
Consultants Ltd.,One Montague Place, East Bay
Street, P.O. Box N-3932, Nassau, Bahamas

BAHAMAS FIRST

Balance Sheet as at December 31, 2008

FURTHER NOTICE is hereby given that the
Creditors of the abovenamed Company are required
on or before the 9th day of October, 2009, to send
their names and addresses, with particulars of their
debts or claims, and the names and addresses of their
Attorneys (if any), to the Liquidator, Alison Treco,
c/o FT Consultants Ltd., P.O. Box N-3932, Nassau,
Bahamas.

2008 2007

ASSETS

Dated this 8th day of September, A. D. 2009

Alison J. Treco
Liquidator

NOTICE

In the Estate of DARNELL AMY
DEVEAUX, late of Sea Breeze Lane in the
Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Civil
Servant, Deceased.

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 Friday, the 25th
day of September, A.D. 2009, after which
date 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.

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

DUPUCH & TURNQUEST & CO.
Chambers
308 East Bay Street
P. O. Box N-8181
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Administratrix



Cash

Term deposits

Invesiments

Tradé accounts receivable

Sundry receivables and prepayments
Receivabla from reinsurers

Interest receivable

Deferrad commission costs

Unpaid claims recoverable from reinsurers
Deferred reinsurance premiums
Deferred reinsurance cost
Receivables from related companies
Property and equipment

Intangible asset

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
LIABILITIES:

Payable to reinsurers
Uneamed commission income
Uneamed prem ivms

Bank overdraft

Payable to agents and brokers
Accrued liabilities

Unpaid claims

EQUITY:

Share capital
Contributed surplus
General reserve
Revaluation surplus
Retained earnings
Total equity

TOTAL

Approved an behalf of the Board af Directors: >

4 full copy af the Company's financial statements are available on the Company's website www. bahamasfirst.com

$ 3,061,929
3,671,036
18,342,800
22,617,378
692,983

92,922
6,995,985
11,099,148
28,665,409
o,f 8F 991
23,582,108
2,029,929
2,692,559

9127,532,266

§ 3,415,600
6,750,135
42,674,996
4,089,092
8,915
2,292,066
20,729,176

79,959,980

7,500,000
14,100,000
3,500,000
1,269,265
21,203,018
47 572 286

3

6,513,378
3,479,529
21,265,010
20,742,672
T46746
235,213
91,331
7,009,654
10,670,394
26,627,559
4,035,334
23,293 948
2,044,192
2,692,559

$129,949,519

$

14,225,843
5,839,199
42 686,985

466,983
1,462,020
19,352,292

64,033,322

7,500,000
14,100,000
3,500,000
1,269,268

19,546,929

45,916,197

$127,.532,266 $129.949.519

Chairman

qf

Director



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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00510

Whereas VIRGINIA CAPRON BAIN of Sunshine Park, Southern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of MERTHEREEN DEAN a.k.a. MERTHEREEN F.
DEAN a.k.a. MERTHEREEN DEAN-PICKSTOCK late of Sunshine Park,
Southern District, New Providence, The Bahamas, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00511

Whereas SHANNELLE SMITH of the Western District, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of
Power of Attorney for GERALDINE M. HALL has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of JOHN LEROY HALL late of 311 Beacon Point Lane, Grover,
St Louis,Missouri, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00512

Whereas SIR WILLIAM CLIFFORD ALLEN of Olde Fort Bay, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters
of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of DAVID LAFLEUR late
of Saint Anne’s, Fox Hill, Eastern District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00515

Whereas JUANITA BEATRICE KNOWLES of the City of Freeport of Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by
Deed of Power of Attorney for CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY KNOWLES
AND AMANDA CHRISTINA KNOWLES, the lawful children has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of RAYMOND RONALD KNOWLES a.k.a.
RAYMOND “PANCHO” KNOWLES late of the Settlement of Mangrove
Bush on the Island of Long Island, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar

PROBATE DIVISION
10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00514

IN THE ESTATE OF DORIS STEWARD, late of Flat 1 Charlton Manor
Charlton Manor Drive in the Town of Knaresborough in the County of North
Yorkshire in England, deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by HARRY BRACTON SANDS, of Skyline Drive in the
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate in the above estate granted to SUSAN
LINDA STEWARD, the Executrix and Trustee, by the District Probate Registry
of the High Court of Justice at Newcastle Upon Tyne in England of America, on
the 25th day of June, 2009.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) REGISTRAR



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FROM page 1B

Investments’ clients, Mr Cul-
mer said that as a result of his
successful negotiations: “There
is no longer any restriction on
the ability of the liquidator to
release the customers’ assets to
them, no need for any disclo-
sure of the customers’ financial
information or records whatso-
ever, and no question of there
being any settlement from the
customers’ assets of the
$220,000 forfeiture order made
against Mr Tremblay.”

Mr Culmer described the
Attorney General’s agreement
to remove the asset freezing
orders as “an exceptionally
good outcome”, adding that he
was now working to verify
which assets belonged to each
client, before he applied to the
Supreme Court to release them
to the beneficial owners.

By negotiating the agree-
ment with the Attorney Gen-
eral, Mr Culmer has also been
able to avoid legal costs that
would have resulted if he had to
ask the Supreme Court to over-
turn the restraining orders.
These costs would have had to
be paid by Dominion Invest-
ments’ clients from the assets
that the company held on their
behalf.

The court-imposed restraint
orders, which were granted on
January 31, 2006, and May 2,
2006, had been left in place fol-
lowing Mr Tremblay’s convic-
tion because he has yet to pay
the $220,000 confiscation order

an
$2.63m client asset
freeze order ended

to the US authorities. Both
orders were obtained by the
Attorney General’s Office,
upon the request of the US Jus-
tice Department.

In his previous report to the
Supreme Court on Dominion
Investments’ liquidation, Mr
Culmer said he felt “very
strongly that the very least” Mr
Tremblay could do for his for-
mer clients was to settle the
Confiscation Order.

“The liquidator is particular-
ly concerned to secure the
release of the assets in the
Bahamas from the Restraint
Orders, and the return thereof
to their beneficial owners with-
out any disclosure of the iden-
tity of those beneficial owners
or the source of their funds,”
Mr Culmer said then.

“The liquidator has, to date,
been unable to release the
assets held in the Bahamas to
the beneficial owners thereof
due to the Restraint Orders
that remain in place, but as set
out above he is presently taking
steps to address this.”

Mr Culmer added in his pre-
vious liquidator’s report that
he had been able to protect the
confidentiality, and identities,
of Dominion Investments’
clients.

“Of course, a quick, simple
and effective solution, which
would avoid the costs of the
further litigation of the liq-
uidator’s application to dis-
charge the Restraint Orders,
which would pose no risk to the
confidentiality of the customers’

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, HORATIO LEWIS
STRACHAN of P.O. Box EE-16764, Nassau, Bahamas

intends to change my name to HORATIO RAY
FLOWERS. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of

publication of this notice.



affairs, and which would enable
the immediate release of the
customer’s funds from the
Restraint Orders, would be for
Martin Tremblay to pay the
$220,000 Confiscation Order,”
Mr Culmer said then.

“The liquidator feels very
strongly that the very least Mar-
tin Tremblay should do is gar-
ner his resources and settle the
amount of the Confiscation
Order so that customers’ assets
can thereby be released to them
without further delay.”

The liquidator had already
secured the removal of a Cana-
dian Restraint Order, imposed
by regulators in that country,
on Dominion Investments’
client assets there on April 10,
2008. The Canadian assets have
since been released to their
beneficial owners.

Following the $220,000 for-
feiture order made against Mr
Tremblay in the US, the courts
there amended it on August 11,
2008, providing that his rights,
title and interest in Dominion
Investments’ accounts frozen
in the Bahamas now vest in the
US government.

Mr Tremblay had challenged
that order on the grounds that
the assets concerned belonged
to Dominion Investments’
chents, not himself, but this was
rejected by the US courts.

The US court order is specif-
ically seeking to gain control of
assets held in five accounts in
the name of Dominion Invest-
ments at three separate
Bahamas-based banks.

They are:

Account Numbers 400-506-
2 and 500-303-3 at the Royal
Bank of Canada in Nassau

Account Numbers 1376890
and 1376920 at Barclays Bank
(likely FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank Bahamas) in Nas-
sau Account Number
101wa3581930 at Ferrier Lullin
(now Julius Baer) in Nassau

¢ There is no suggestion that
any of these financial institu-
tions have done anything wrong
in relation to the Tremblay situ-
ation.

) Bank of The Bahamas

WY INTERNATIONAL

Bank of The Bahamas wishes to
advise our valued customers that our
Card Centre numbers have changed
for all Prepaid, Credit and Medline

Card holders.

Please note that the new numbers

are.

Local: 242-396-6010
International: 1-877-204-5110 toll Free
Family Island: 1-242-300-0111 tol Free

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By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

When it comes to a your
car, you ensure that every-
thing is in good order, and
functioning. You know when
to get a wheel alignment,
when to change the oil, and
go out of the way to fix your
car problems no matter the
cost. In the same vein, taking
care of your body is just as
important, and even more so
than your vehicle. But for
many men, priorities are out
of order. One local health
club is trying to change
men’s mentality toward their
health, with a strong focus on

prostate cancer awareness.
Their mission: to encourage men

to have regular checkups rather

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school and that is a reminder that
the vegetable season can get under-
way. In many ways the vegetable
growing season in The Bahamas
mirrors the school year. They both
start in September and by Decem-
ber results are expected. The second
term from January to Easter is the
most productive time, and the third
term is for consolidation and finals.
Then a two month hiatus and off
we go again.

Vegetables are best grown in fair-
ly small lots no wider than a dining
table but about twice the length.
These dimensions allow you to
plant and reap without placing a
foot within your growing area, leav-
ing the

ground nicely aerated. I like to
add a bag or two of topsoil and
commercial cow manure to the old
soil and work it in with a little fer-
tiliser.

There are three main types of fer-
tiliser: granular, time-release, and
soluble (or liquid). Granular fer-
tiliser is usually bought in large con-
tainers or sacks and is the cheap-
est overall. That said, salt build-up
over the years could harm your gar-
den in the end. Time- release fer-
tilisers usually resemble little
spheres. These leave no



health matters are on the back-burn-
er of their minds which can lead to
life-threatening complications if
neglected for so long.

In partnership with the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas, US TOO (a
support group for prostate cancer) is
holding a 1,000-Man Walk for
prostate cancer awareness on Sat-
urday, September 12 at 6am. The
main objective of the event, accord-
ing to Valentine Maura, senior
leader of the US TOO chapter in
the Bahamas, is to put the onus on
men taking care of themselves so
that they can live long, healthy pro-
ductive lives.

From political figures to the
everyday Bahamian, the event is
expected to attract men from all
walks of life, followed by prostate
screenings conducted by oncologists
at a low cost of $20.

This year the support group
expects a significant increase in par-
ticipants, hoping to have an impres-
sive 1,000 men examined. Last year,
770 plus men were examined, and
450 were examined in 2007.

salt residue and once applied can
last for weeks. The package will tell
you that you only have to apply the
fertiliser once every 3 or 4 months.
I always cut the advertised time in
half. Liquid or soluble

fertilisers are applied with the use
of a hose and an applicator is need-
ed. This is the most expensive
method of fertilising your garden
but is very effective if applied every
week.

The vegetables we grow can be
divided into 60-90-120 day crops.
Read your seed package carefully.
Some tomatoes are advertised to
produce in 60 days but that time is
calculated from transplant, so add
another 30 days.

Sixty-day crops include spinach,
English peas, Swiss chard, snap
beans, and some summer squash.
Most vegetables are 90-day crops
like tomatoes, peppers, cabbages,
corn, beets, cucumbers and some
winter

squash. 120-day crops include cal-
abaza pumpkin, winter squash,
onions, carrots and fennel.

Most vegetables can be started
in September but others are best
left until the middle of October:
English peas, spinach, kohlrabi,
Swiss chard and bunching onions.
The classic vegetable garden lay-

Many doctors acknowledge that
prostate screenings hold the stigma
of being uncomfortable describing it
as “10 seconds of an awkward situa-
tion that can improve your lifetime.”

Prostate screening by a private
doctor can cost around $80. With
the discount in price, Mr Maura
hopes men will "have no strong
enough reason to cop out."

The route will start at the Cancer
Caring Centre, on to Collins
Avenue, down Shirley Street and
Elizabeth Avenue, then Rawson
Square, ending at Arawak Cay.

US TOO is making special plans
to create an atmosphere of ease and
relaxation in the waiting areas of
the prostate screenings at the vari-
ous clinics. Tapings of NFL Monday
Night Football games, and movies
will be shown.

Doctors agree that early detec-
tion is vital to saving lives.

Premier resorts like Sandals,
Wyndham and other household
companies are lending their support
to the campaign. "They see the
necessity in addressing the health

out consists of raised rows two or
three feet apart. That is fine in
Kansas but very wasteful in The
Bahamas. Try to get as much out
of your garden as possible by grow-
ing

your vegetables in grids or blocks
rather than rows. A simple calcula-
tion involving the size of a mature
plant will give you the spacing
required. For carrots, it would be
three inches apart; for cabbages,
twelve inches.

Keep your vegetables coming.
Pick them as soon as they are close
to ripening as this will encourage
greater production. When your veg-

problems that their workers have,
in keeping them alive and well to
maximise their tenure in the work-
place,” Mr Maura said.

He added: “When you’re talking
about transmissions or tuning up a
car, the guy will say, you can get the
car tuned up for $30 now, or you
can let it run but you have to pay me
$300 or $3,000 if you need trans-
mission work.

"You would go the extra end to
ensure that your car is in order, so
why not make this investment for
your health and well-being.”

Prostate screenings will also be
conducted the week following the
walk at local clinics across the island
on these dates and venues: Satur-
day September 12 at the Cancer
Caring Centre in Centreville; Tues-
day September 15 at Elizabeth
Estates Clinic; Tuesday September
22 at Flamingo Gardens Clinic;
Thursday, September 24 at South
Beach Clinic; Tuesday September
29 at Flemming St Clinic; and final-
ly on Saturday October 3 at South
Beach Clinic.

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seeds for a successive crop.

Keep this going throughout the
year and one small garden could
give you hundreds of dollars-worth
of vegetables.

Grow the most expensive of veg-
etables. Green peppers are cheap
and readily available. Yellow, red
and orange peppers are expensive
and take no more effort to grow.
Regular onions are inexpensive and

always available while bunching
onions are pricey. Fennel and
kohlrabi are almost impossible to
buy, so grow your own if you like
them.

By the way, if you grow cherry
tomatoes, keep them out of your
main vegetable garden. Find a small
fertile area where they can grow
singly. Some cherry tomatoes pro-
duce plants that cover a vast area
and would swallow up your regu-
lar garden.

And don’t forget to grow herbs.
The vegetables you grow will be
greatly enhanced by freshly-picked
herbs. Many herbs are perennials
and stay around for years with little
care.

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What is great sex?

When we first become
sexually active, and enter
the adult world of sexual
emotions, we believe that
this is as good as it gets.
We grow up believing that
we should just know how
to 'do it' and that every-
thing is meant to come to
us naturally.

Our young minds are flooded with
feelings of passion, love and sexual
desire for our love interest, and we
walk around in a euphoric state. Then
things change, the sparkle loses its
shine and the whole thing fades away.
We question if it was that great then
why could it not survive? Why was
that not enough to maintain the pas-

sion? Is ‘hot’ or ‘sizzling’ sex not the
same as ‘great sex'? Is there more to

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sex than we first thought?

Many theorise but few are bold
enough to define ‘great sex’ as they
recognise and respect the individu-
alism of each couple. Looking in at a
couple, and judging their satisfaction
level, is unproductive because what is
great for one would not be enough
for another. Clinical research shows
us that even for committed couples,
who consider themselves ‘normal and
healthy’, about 50 per cent of sex is
mediocare.

When we start to think how many

factors have to be aligned for two
people to be ‘in sync’, on any given
day, it is surprising that the numbers
are even as high as they are. Satis-
faction levels vary because, although
we may not feel sexual desire at that
particular moment, we recognise the
importance of maintaining a close
intimate bond.

Knowing all of this, it is still inter-
esting for us to consider, what may be
important to experience 'great sex’.
Without a doubt the number one fac-
tor is ‘being present in the moment.’
This means all senses awakened and
ready to respond. It also means being
emotionally and spiritually connected
throughout the experience. The mind
has to be focused and all outside dis-
tractions removed.

For women, in particular, deep pas-
sionate kissing elevates arousal and is
an essential magical element for great
sex. The importance of being true to
one’s self and being able to relax and

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free of all inhibitions. This liberated
state allows an increased level of com-
munication and produces a desire to
give more than we get. The saying
‘the more you give the more you get
in return’ rings true. This level of
emotional and sexual intimacy
extends to all forms of expression,
both verbal and non verbal, and
allows experimentation with out fear
or repercussions. It is an atmosphere
of a 'safe playground’ that allows the
losing of inhibitions.

You may consider all of these fac-
tors as being ‘good sex’ but there
seems to be a defining moment when
everything transcends reality. Tran-
scendence is a heightened altered
state, physically, emotionally and spir-
itually.

It is that sense of peace, high, ‘out
of body experience’, or ‘trance like
state’. Comparisons are even made
between highly spiritual and religious
experiences. Once we experience it
we then understand the difference
between ‘good’ and ‘great sex’.

On reading this you may have flash
backs to specific instances when you
have felt that exceptional sexual expe-
rience and moments of ecstasy. Mem-

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ories of a particular setting, person,
time and deep connection give us all
hope that there is more to this whole
sex thing. But for those who have not
had such an experience take note of
the essential ingredients and add your
own. Nothing is text book and we all
need to explore the magic and mys-
tery of our own sexuality.

Raising our expectations each time
will often help us focus on the ulti-
mate experience. If your sex life is a
little ‘ho-hum’ then know that it is
possible to turn things around, reduce
unsatisfactory sex and increase the
times of ‘great sex.’ Our minds ulti-
mately control us and opening them
wide to new concepts can change our
lives and happiness.

¢ Margaret Bain is an Individual and
Couples Relationship Therapist. She is
a Registered Nurse and a Certified
Clinical Sex Therapist. Call for an
appointment- Relate Bahamas at 364-
7230, or email
relatebahamas@yahoo.com
orwww.relatebahamas. blogspot.com.
She is also available for speaking
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your professional skin thera-
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specific food intake.

Myth 3: Sunscreens increase
oil production and feed acne
bacteria.

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including oil control and min-
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set for September 12

By REUBEN SHEARER
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OBESITY, hypertension, heart disease, dia-
betes, kidney failure, cancer, asthma and arthri-
tis all chronic non-communicable diseases,
(CNCDs)-are seriously affecting the quality
of life and economic status of individuals and
families in The Bahamas.

In the past, CNCDs were prevalent primar-
ily among older adults in the Bahamas. How-
ever, it now appears that they are affecting a
wider range of Bahamians, including youth,
and are the leading causes of illness and dis-
ability.

CARICOM health officials, since 2007,
have declared the second Saturday in Sep-
tember as Caribbean Wellness Day and this
year’s event will be observed on September 12
under the theme: “Love that Body,”

The Ministry of Health has planned an “All
Day Mega Health Extravaganza,” starting
11am prompt ‘til 6pm on the grounds of the
ministry’s complex at the juncture of Augusta,
Delancy and Meeting Streets.

Dr Yasmin Williams-Robinson, chairper-
son for Caribbean Wellness Day in the
Bahamas said that her planning team “is hop-
ing to engage the public to come and enjoy var-

ious aspects of wellness whether it be through
physical exercise or sampling the healthy eats
that will be provided.”

The Mega Health Extravaganza will involve
demonstrations of various physical activities,
such as salsa dancing, a step show, Karate,
marching bands, and other activities.

For adults attending the event, there will
be an array of free health screenings, including
blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sug-
ar, weight screening, and healthy food demon-
strations. For the children there will be a ful-
ly supervised bouncing castle, and in the late
afternoon everyone will be able to get their
“bodies in motion” to the rhythmic beat of
the One Family Junkanoo rush out.

There will also be booths organised by var-
ious gyms, spas and wholesalers featuring spe-
cial give-aways throughout the day, and a
“punchboard” where patrons, for a minimum
donation, will be eligible to try for a variety of
food prizes.

The Ministry of Health is doing their own in-
house set of activities each day this week, lead-
ing up to Saturday’s extravaganza. Yester-
day was “Drink 8 glasses of water,” today is
“Eat a Fruit,” Wednesday is “Get into the
Gym,” Thursday is “Walk after Work,” and
Friday- “Get up and Move.”

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get to know the other per- }
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with them.

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because we want our:
clients to develop mean- }
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may take that long to do }
that. If people don’t find :
a match in that time, they :
can always meet someone }
else. We try to keep it }
based on compatibility ;
and moral values and not }

the physical.”

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out that if a match is not }
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we want our
clients to devel-
op meaningful
relationships and
it may take that
long to do that.
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find a match in
that time, they
can always meet
someone else.
We try to keep
it based on
compatibility
and moral values
and not the
physical.”

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Today we will try to be a veterinary
dentist and educate you the concerned
pet owner on the proper ways of main-
taining good oral health of your dog.

We all know that teeth are the bony
growths on the jaws and are found
inside of the mouth. They are used to
capture, kill and prepare food for eat-
ing, and as tools of defence.

Almost without exception, puppies
are born without teeth. The milk teeth
or decidious teeth begin to appear at
about 3 weeks. By 6-8 weeks, a puppy
will have a full set of twenty- eight
teeth. Puppies do not have molars and
their milk teeth will remain for only 3-
7 months. Beginning at 3 months, the
milk teeth are replaced by permanent
teeth. By 7 months, a puppy should
have all their adult teeth, 42 to be
exact. By knowing eruption dates of
teeth a veterinarian can approximate
the exact age of your pet.

There are 4 types of teeth in a dog,
incisors, canines, pre-molars and
molars. The incisors are used to rip or
tear meat from a bone and to groom
themselves. Canine teeth are used to
capture and hold objects and prey. The
pre-molars and molars in the rear of
the jaw are sharp, triangular teeth that
include the carnassial teeth that are
characteristic of meat eaters. They
work like scissors to shear flesh and
crush bone. The flattened molars are
designed to crush vegetable foods and
bone.

Normally, the roots of baby teeth are
reabsorbed as the adult teeth take their
place. When this fails to happen, and
the baby teeth don’t fall out, the dogs
may appear to have a double set of
teeth. Retained baby teeth should be
extracted, so that permanent teeth will
have room to grow. Toy breeds tend
to have many retained teeth. Some-
times a crowded mouth pushes teeth
out of alignment resulting in a maloc-
clusion and poor dental hygiene.

When the mouth is closed, the lower



canine teeth are normally situated in
front of the upper canines, the upper
incisors overlap the lower and the
upper pre-molar points to fit into the
spaces between lower pre-molars. Mal-
occlusion refers to the abnormal bite
when the mouth is closed. An incor-
rect bite causes breeders more concern
than any other mouth problem. Most
malocclusion is heredity, resulting from
genetic factors that control the rate of
growth of the upper and lower jaws.

Over shot (prognathism) occurs when
the upper jaw protrudes beyond the
lower jaw. Under shot bite (brachtig-
natism) is the reverse of the overshot
bite. It is considered normal in certain
breeds like the bulldog and the pug.

In my practice, periodontal (gum)
disease, is one of the most common
problems seen. It occurs in two forms -
gingivitis; a reversible inflammation of
the gums and periodontitis, an inflam-
mation of the deeper structures sup-
porting the teeth.

Gingivitis develops when bacteria
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OVER shot
(prognathism)
occurs when
the upper jaw
protrudes
beyond the
lower jaw.
Under shot
bite (brachtig-
natism) is the
reverse of the
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It is consid-

| ered normal in
certain breeds
like the bulldog
and the pug.

leading to irritation, inflammation and
bleeding. The edges of healthy gums
fit tightly around the teeth. Dental cal-
culus or tartar is composed of minerals,
food particles bacteria and other organ-
ic materials. When it is soft it is called
plaque, when it is hard it is called cal-
culus.

Clinical signs of gingivitis are bad
breath. The gums appear red and
swollen and bleed easily when touched.
Treatment is to clean the teeth by ultra-
sonic scaling and polishing to remove
all plaque and calculus. For optimum
results, the dog should be heavily sedat-
ed or anesthetised.

Periodontitis is a continuation of gin-
givitis. As the gum infection attacks
the cementum and periodontal mem-
brane, the roots become infected then
the teeth begin to loosen and eventu-
ally they detach and fallout. This is a
painful process and we advise you to
seek veterinary assistance in correct-
ing this painful problem. This can cause
aggressive, moody, tendencies of your
beloved dog.

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BOB MEDLINE HEALTH EXPO ANNOUNCED - Bank of The Bahamas today unveiled plans for a major health and wellness expo this Saturday at the Sheraton,
Cable Beach, with free screenings, demonstrations, giveaways and the most current medical information presented by leading medical experts from The
Bahamas and South Florida. Pictured at the press conference l-r, Dr Barry Russell, Bahamas Orthodontic Center, who is set to speak on the procedures that are
revolutionising orthodontics, Vaughn Delaney, Deputy Managing Director, Bank of The Bahamas and Dr Conville Brown, founder of The Medical Pavilion, who is
addressing the topic of the healthy heart. More than 40 medical or lifestyle-related facilities or businesses will be represented at the Expo that runs from 10 am
to 4.30 pm. It is free to the public.

Bank of The Bahamas announces
major health & wellness expo

BANK of The Bahamas
will host a day-long health
and wellness expo with top
medical, fitness and nutri-
tion experts, including lead-
ing surgeons, physicians and
other professionals from
The Bahamas and South
Florida, on September 12.

“We at Bank of The
Bahamas are very excited
about bringing the first ever
BOB MEDLINE Health &
Wellness Expo to the
Bahamian public, free of
charge and with the variety
of experts, presentations
and demonstrations
designed to provide answers

to almost any question
someone might have about
their health or the health of
a loved one,” said Vaughn
Delaney, deputy managing
director, Information Tech-
nology and Human
Resources and one of the
driving forces behind the
recently-launched BOB
MEDLINE VISA.

“Some of the most
respected and best-known
surgeons and physicians
from leading South Florida
health care facilities along
with leaders in health care
from The Bahamas will dis-
cuss issues ranging from

spinal stenosis to orthodon-
tics revolutionised. Other
topics include breast cancer,
da Vinci robotic surgery and
solid advice on how to main-
tain a healthy heart.

There will also be free
screenings for blood pres-
sure and cholesterol and
free makeovers.

The bank introduced the
special purpose credit card
dubbed “your prescription
for health” last month.

Participants in the BOB
Health and Wellness Expo
include Baptist Health South
Florida, Broward General
Hospital, The Medical Pavil-

ion Bahamas, Cleveland
Clinic Florida, Doctors Hos-
pital, Miami Children’s Hos-
pital, University of Miami
Health Systems, CMI South,
Opera Suites and Marina,
Bahamas Diabetic Associa-
tion, Bahamas Family Plan-
ning, Bahamas Heart Asso-
ciation, Bahamas Neurolog-
ical Center, Bahamas Ortho-
dontic Centre, Bahamas
Plastic Surgery and Laser
Arts Center for Esthetics,
Bally Total Fitness, The
Cancer Society, Center for
Specialized Dentistry, Foot
& Ankle Institute/Walk-in
Clinic, Impressions Dental,

Jemi Health and Wellness,
John Bull, Mystical Fitness,
Prescription Parlour Phar-
macy, Providence Rehabili-
tation Centre, Subway, The
Skin Centre & West Bay
Dental.

The one day event will be
held at the Sheraton Cable
Beach Resort, Saturday
September 12 from 10am to
4.30pm. There is no charge
and partners are offering
numerous giveaways, includ-
ing two weekend stays at
Opera Suites and Marina on
Biscayne Bay. For more
information contact 396-
6010.

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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 Volume: 105 No.238TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDY, T-STORMS HIGH 87F LOW 78F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION N E W S Soul searching SEESTORYONPAGETHREE Hewitt fires verbal volley at magazine story By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A FEUD has broken out within the Bahamas Christian Council over the position tak en by leader Rev Patrick Paul on the proposed amendment to outlaw marital rape. Former Council president and outspoken social activist Bishop Simeon Hall releaseda statement yesterday criticis ing the organisation for its apparent failure to seek con sensus on the issue. The Christian Council, the largest religious federation in the country, expressed its rejection of government's attempt to make it illegal for a husband to force sex on his wife on Thursday, after the Catholic Archdiocese, the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church had already expressed their support for governmen t's proposal. Bishop Hall, who presided over the Christian Council in 1999 and 2000, expressed his disappointment at the suspected failure of council lead ers to consult others before taking a controversial stance on marital rape and creating a division both within the organisation and the Church. In a statement released to The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FILET-O-FISH www.tribune242.com Christian Council in rape law feud Former president criticises organisation SEE page eight Dr Nottage to ‘launch leadership campaign during PLP convention’ By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter p turnquest@ tribunemedia.net UNLIKE his colleagues P LP MP for Bain and Grant’s Town Dr Bernard Nottage is reportedly set to launch his campaign for the leadership of the party not months before the conven tion, but rather during the p arty’s convention in October of this year. W ith two candidates already declaring their i nterest in the deputy lead SEE page eight By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net AS THEHouse of Assembly’s Select Committee continues its work looking into the disposition of all crown land grants, concerns have been raised over recent approvals issued since August and whether or not a new “transparent” system has tru ly been implemented at the Department of Lands and Surveys. On July 20, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham pledged his govConcerns raised over recent approvals of crown land SEE page eight By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@ tribunemedia.net A MAN was remand ed to Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday after being arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on a murder charge. Police have charged 30-year-old Jamar Atiba Munnings with the murder of Mario Rahming. Munnings, who is represented by attorney Stanley Rolle, is accused of intentionally causing Mr Rahming’s death on Saturday, August 29. Appearing before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, he was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge. MAN CHAR GED WITH MURDER 30-YEAR-OLD Jamar Munnings leaving court yesterday. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page eight By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has weighed in on the debate over the student sex clause that government wants to attach to the contract of teachers. Mr Ingraham noted that government has asked all teachers to acknowledge in writing that they understand his administration’s zero tolerance stance on child molestation. He also acknowledged that the Bahamas Union of Teachers has asked its members not to sign the clause, but said this is of no importance. PM weighs in on student sex clause addition to teachers contract SEE page eight By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Labour Minister Dion Foulkes has approved a strike vote for the Grand Bahama Port Authority Workers Union, which is calling for the reinstatement of two union shop stewards at the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Mr Foulkes told the media in Grand Minister approves strike vote for the GBPA union SEE page eight By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net RECENTLY implemented regulations that placed a ban on the harvesting and sale of turtles will turn hard-working Bahamians into "criminals," according to those who oppose the ban. Opponents argue that by removing the option for impoverished residents of the family islands to occasionally eat turtle meat government also will be Claim that turtle ban will turn Bahamians into ‘criminals’ SEE page eight DION FOULKES

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Michael Saunders, 51, Attorney "Not at this stage because they seem embroiled in internal disputes. When these things happen the needs and desires of the workers are not being addressed." M. Ferguson, 35, Dept. of the Auditor General "I've witnessed one incident where I really don't feel as t hough they represented the w orkers at all. I really can't s peak unequivocally, but I feel that in certain scenarios the unions discourage civil meetings and encourage extremities like sick-outs, not taking everything into consideration. If greater emphasis is placed on proactive solutions instead of just reactive, I think a lot of confusion could be avoided. Sometimes the personal aspirations of union executives conflict with their duties." Hillwood Smith, 29, unemployed "I personally believe that a union is like a double-edged sword. They are based on great ideals built to protect and support its members, s ecuring them jobs or benef its. At times though I find t heir methods bordering on the extreme, too often whenever there is a problem a lot of unions immediately resort to the sick-out tactic. I think that there should be some common ground, as union leaders they should be able to orchestrate negotiations in a reserved manner." Mrs. Rolle, PMH employee "I must admit I am a little disappointed with unions at the moment. It seems as though, with the current state of economy, fees are only going up and with no real increase to the amount of ben efits engendered. I would have hoped that seeing as there is no coverage increase, they would have waited until workers received their salary increases. Prices are going up everywhere, but our wages are staying the same, sometimesI just don't feel as though the unions share our common interest." Michael Thompson,58 “I think just by looking at what's going on with the Hotel Union, they're not being rep resented properly. I mean just look at what excuses they’re giving about the union and the bank accounts that shouldn't be happening.” Russ Owens, 50, Trucking Industry "I'm self-employed so I don't have any first-hand experience in any union, but from what I've seen basically unions suck. They make me ashamed and they should be embarassed simply because they can't seem to get it t ogether. They can't sit down t o a table and come to any a micable agreement on anything and that's bad for the entire country, all the in-house fighting is ridiculous." Ministry of Works Employee (Physical Plant "I am not happy with union politics at this time. My reasons being our union had told us that we will receive funds during the month of October, right now feedback from our representatives is looking as if this will be put off even further. So basically we are just being put on the back burner. We haven't received any salary increments so we're doing all the work and not getting paid for it." Jacintha Charlton, 49, Bus No. 286 "A lot of people are losing their jobs and as representa tives of the workers they should be giving some kind of response or call to actionand quite frankly at this time it appears as if they're doing nothing. “With the global economy in this state, every action is crucial and they should be doing more to represent the people and fulfil their commitment." C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Are unions serving their purpose? By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net TOURISM stakeholders keen for “radical change” to the nation’s gambling laws and regulations will have to wait at least a month longer to find out if government is likely to implement its recommendations, according to Tourism Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace. A committee comprised of people from the tourism industry and government officials formed to review the proposals put forward by the Bahamas Hotel Association in conjunction with the Casino Association in early April this year was initially scheduled to report back by the end of August. But yesterday Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that the intervening distraction of the Miss Universe Pageant, along with vacations taken by some of the Committee’s members, now leads him to believe it will likely not make its views known before the end of this month. The committee was formed after the BHA made a presentation to Government earlier this year that called for a major overhaul of the regulatory framework governing the casino industry, considered signficantly outdated by most tourism stakeholders, including Mr Sands, Kerzner International (Bahamas Markantonis and Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian. Mr Sands told The Tribune in March 2009 that “radical change” was needed soon if The Bahamas is to maintain a competitive edge against other popular gaming destinations in particular, Florida, which this Summer changed its laws to facilitate an all-out expansion of gaming in the nearby State as a means of raising much needed revenue in tough times. Among the recommendations made to the Government by the BHA at that time were that a wider variety of people in The Bahamas be allowed to gamble, that different types of games be permitted and that regulations that slow the pace of business in Bahamian casinos be adjusted. Yesterday Gaming Board Secretary Bernard K Bonamy said his department has already reported back to Government on the pro posals and suggested that by and large it would not stand in the way of their implementation. He said that as far as the Gaming Board is concerned, it is now up to the Minister of Tourism whether the recommendations made by tourism stakeholders be implemented. “There are some things which we could do but there are some things which depend on the Minister relaxing the rules,” he said. Insofar as the recommendation that a wider variety of people be allowed to gamble, Mr Bonamy said “that’s again with the minister.” He said the Gaming Board has “no opinion on it.” Meanwhile, the Secretary said the Gaming Board is not against allowing the introduction of new types of games in casinos “so long as they are part and parcel of what’s happening in similar jurisdiction and the Board can have a look at it.” He agreed that certain regulations do make it “very difficult” for casino operators to do business at a competitive pace. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said he expects the Committee will have to meet twice more before it can conclude its discussions on the issue. F OR the past few weeks there has been q uite a bit of disagreements in various unions. In the wake of controversy spawned by the new sex clause for t eachers and another round of hotel layoffs, The Tribune took to the streets yesterday to find out how Bahamians feel about unions. Are they really serving their purpose, and representing the workers? T ALK STREET MICHAEL SAUNDERS HILLWOOD SMITH MRS ROLLE MICHAEL THOMPSON MINISTRY EMPLOYEE M FERGUSON J ACINTHA CHARLTON Govt ‘at least a month away’ from decision on change to gambling laws VANDERPOOL-WALLACE

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By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net REGISTRAR of Trade Unions Harcourt Brown has o rdered that the registration of the embattled Bahamas Com m ercial Stores, Supermarket and Warehouse Workers Union b e revoked. Mr Brown also warned union executives that he plans to forward the matter to the Attor ney General's Office "for prose cution." According to a letter dated J uly 13, 2009 – bearing Mr Brown's signature – as of Sep t ember 30, the union's registration will be terminated. According to the letter, addressed to union president Elgin Douglas, the decision was made because "the union has despite the notices from theR egistrar of Trade Unions in correspondences dated the 18 and 24 of February wilfully refused to hold nominations and elections of executive officersf or approximately 24 years. The letter continues: "The union has wilfully refused to p rovide the Registrar of Trade Unions with (an cial statement pursuant to sec tion 30(23 trial Relations Act for the perio d 2007-2008 and/or the financial statements provided by theu nion were not in compliance with the Act pursuant to sect ion 30(2 "Further be advised that effective immediately the Reg istrar of Trade Unions will also be forwarding the matter to the O ffice of the Attorney General for prosecution pursuant to sec-t ion 30(5 ued. In March, Mr Brown – who i s also the director of labour – accused Mr Douglas of not hav ing held a democratic election since the 1980s and of failing to give a proper account of the union’s finances. The director has said the department is “convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt” that there has never been a properly conducted election in the union and accused Mr Dou glas of “electing himself every three years” to head the organisation. The Bahamas Comm ercial Stores, Supermarket and Warehouse Workers Union represents employees from companies such as Furniture Plus, Coca Cola, Purity Bakery, C aribbean Bottling Company and City Meat, among others. Members have complained to us that they have never, ever p articipated or been allowed to participate in the affairs of their union. Remember, these are people who are paying dues,” Mr Brown had said previously. B ut Mr Douglas denied these claims, calling Mr Brown’sa ssertions “absolute rubbish” and suggesting that he lacks s upporting evidence. Mr Dou glas has claimed he remained president since taking over in 1988 because he has a strong base of support among members. He said the union had an election in August, 2008 and that the results are “good for three years.” He has also claimed Mr Brown has personal reasons for wanting him out of the union's top spot. Attempts to reach Mr Brown – who is said to be out of o ffice for the week – and Mr Douglas were unsuccessful up to press time. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net I NTERNATIONAL tennis ace Lleyton H ewitt last night slammed an Australian magazine’s claim that his wife is living a Bahamas nightmare.” After Bahamians reacted angrily to the publication’s claim that he and his wife are living a life of fear in a “poverty-stricken” Bahamas, Mr Hewitt assured them that his family had nothing to do with the story. In an exclusive interview with The Tribune , the former world number one tennis player hit out at the Australian tabloids, saying their stories claiming to be based on insider information about him and his wife Bec are simply “fabrications.” T he Old Fort Bay resident said he was j ust as angry as the many Bahamians who commented on the “Women’s Day” website when he heard about how the article had linked him and his wife to a less than rosy portrayal of his new home. N ow the 28-year-old says he wants to s et the record straight assuring Bahamia ns that he and Bec, 26, have only good t hings to say about The Bahamas. Any story about us in any of those maga zines is absolute rubbish and it’s not coming from us whatsoever,” said Mr Hewitt, who personally telephoned The Tribune to make his views known. C ontrary to the article’s claim that his w ife lives a life of loneliness and fear of rampant crime, the tennis player said the young couple have had “nothing but fantastic experiences” during the eight to nine months they have lived here, having made m any new friends. Relished M eanwhile, Mr Hewitt said he has rel ished the opportunity relocating with his family to The Bahamas has provided him to play tennis with the islands’ best. “Not only have I been able to hit with a nd hang out with Mark Knowles, but I’ve b een hitting with younger Davis Cup playe rs like Marvin Rolle who plays for The B ahamas. So I’ve been having a lot of fun w ith the locals here and I’d prefer the truth to come out rather than all the fabricated stories. “We’ve made great friends over here, everyone’s been so friendly and we feel so s afe. For us it’s a fantastic place to raise a y oung family and we’re having a lot of fun,” added Hewitt. The tennis ace, who just returned to The Bahamas after playing in the U.S. Open tennis tournament where he lost to world number one Roger Federer on Saturday said that part of the reason the c ouple chose New Providence to make their h ome with their two children was because they felt it would allow them some respite from the glare of the tabloid media in Australia, who love to follow their every move. “At the end of the day if our faces are on the front page of these magazines then they’re going to sell and most of the time we just blow it off. But obviously when we come to a new country and we’re living here and everything’s fantastic and every-o ne’s treating us well we don’t want to be perceived in a totally different situation than it is and put a negative spin on it,” said the tennis pro. With a banner headline “Becs Bahamas Nightmare” Women’s Day claimed that Mr Hewitt’s wife Bec “wants out” of The Bahamas because she is lonely and afraid, g iven rampant crime levels and “abject poverty.” The story alleged that a photo of Mrs Hewitt leaving her Bahamas home showed her with a “look of fear” on her face b ecause of her experience here and warnings from her neighbours. Hewitt fires verbal volley at magazine story THE Bahamas had one of t he sharpest declines in visitor n umbers in the region during the first half of the year, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation said. A ccording to the CTO’s statistics, tourist numbers are down by 15 per cent. In Antigua and Barbuda v isitor numbers dropped by 1 3 per cent and Barbados recorded a nine per cent decrease. The Bahamas Hotel Associa tion’s Mid-Year Economic Review and Tourism Outlook Survey released in July found a significant decline in busin ess activity during the first s ix months of 2009. And more than three out of four hoteliers, 77 per cent,a nticipate revenue will be down for the remaining sixm onths of the year. When asked their outlook f or 2010, 30 per cent reported a negative outlook, 53 per cent a fair outlook and 17 per cent a positive outlook. Proactive According to the survey, m ost hoteliers have responded to the recession's pressures a nd have taken a proactive stance to reduce costs and m aximize revenue, as 90 per cent of hotels have made a djustments to reduce t heir labour costs. I n addition, 87 per c ent of hote liers have reduced their average daily room r ate, with two-thirdsp utting in place “value-added” market i ng programmes. Two-thirds (67 per cent the hoteliers have also put in place energy efficiency mea sures, including timers, low w attage lighting, solar water heaters, staff-led practicale nergy conservation measures and a range of other initia t ives. Bahamas Hotel Association president Robert Sands said: “Our industry is packed with exceptional people with the p rofessionalism and commitment to providing stellar ser v ice. “All hands need to be on deck in this regard, as our reputation can help pull us out of this sooner than later. Wordo f mouth is the best form of marketing.” 15 per cent drop in visitor numbers By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n mckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE man convicted of killing the daughter of veteran broadcaster Steve McKinney h ad his life sentence affirmed by the Court of Appeal yesterday. Michael Byron Simmons, 2 5, also known as Kaz, was convicted of manslaughter for the 2007 stabbing death of Trevonne McKinney, 22, after pleading guilty to the charge. T he victim died in hospital after being stabbed multiple times in Wilson Tract on Sunday, March 4 of that year. S immons was sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2008 by Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs. Abandoning He had sought to appeal both his conviction and sent ence, however his attorney Wayne Munroe said yesterday that as a matter of law, Simmons is abandoning his appeal against the conviction,a s he had pleaded guilty to manslaughter. S immons also abandoned his appeal against the life sent ence. Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer noted that the court could, by varying the sentence, increase it. I n June, the appellate court quashed the death sentence ofR oger Watson for the 2007 shooting death of 12-year-old E ddison Curtis Johnson. The Court of Appeal resent enced Watson to 50 years imprisonment, setting aside the death penalty and substituting a conviction for manslaughter. The Court of A ppeal yesterday dismissed Simmons’ appeals against his c onviction and sentence. Accompanying Dame Joan S awyer on the bench were Justices Hartman Longley and Christopher Blackman. Man convicted of killing broadcaster’s daughter has sentence affirmed Order that registration of embattled union be revoked LLEYTON HEWITT serves to top seeded Roger Federer ofS witzerland during the US Open on September 5, 2009. ( A P Photo / P aul J. Bereswill ) Tourism R Robert Sands T E NNISACECALLS T R IBUNETORUBBISH A HAMASNIGHTMARE C LAIM “Any story about us in any of those magazines is absolute rubbish and it’s not coming from us whatsoever

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I did not want to share my family story with the public because it involves intimate aspects of my late Mother's conjugal life and the memory of her abuse is still very painful. After hearing and reading the Bahamas Christian Council's statement on the amendment of the Sexual Offences Act, I decided to overcome my retic ence and share part of this story with the public in the hope to engage, educate, sensitize, and help persons understand the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The Valleray family is considered the “bourgeoisie” of M artinique. My mother, Marguerite, was an educated and trained teacher who eventually b ecame the first female to hold ministerial credential in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Local church historians record-e d my mother's accomplishm ent as the most successful evangelist who baptized, in hert ime, more persons than any male minister (except for her two sons, Guy and Joel). Her engineer father was the firstp erson to own a vehicle in F rench Guyana. My father, G erard, was an articulate, intelligent brigadier police officer whose father travelled throughout Europe as a colonel in theF rench army. Were they alive today, they would have been 8 7 and 95 years, respectively. I was about eight years old when I got sick with the measles. Wanting to protect my s iblings, Mom quarantined me from them by allowing me to sleep on a cot in her bedroom.B ecause of the terrible physical, emotional, and sexual abuse she suffered at my father'sh and, she developed angina. One night, while I was still sleeping in her bedroom, Mom got her regular chest pain anda s usual placed the prescribed tablet under her tongue to relieve it. Dad came home drunk and in spite of my pres ence in the bedroom, demand e d sex of Mom. I could hear and see everything. Because Mom did not consent, he used his fist to beat her into submission and then raped her in my presence. The landlord's house was n ext to ours and one of their windows looked right into my parents' bedroom through itso wn window. My father, in his drunken stupor, did not care that their bedroom window wasw ide open when he demanded sex. Mom suffered the indigni ty of being raped multiple times while the landlord's daughter looked on from that window into theirs. Later on in life, she told us how terribly ashamed she was that the neighbour had witnessed this sexual abuse and that she could not hold up her head when she saw the neighbours. After Mom's death in 2001, my then 59-year old eldest brother, Guy, recounted how as a lad, he used to come home and find my mother naked and unconscious on the floor, in a p ool of blood, with the lentils burning in the pot on the stove.To this day, he cannot eat lentils. M y father used his police gun to terrorize Mom and his family. Mom reported the matter to his superior. Finally, his superior, Commandant N'Guyen, took the gun away from him. He then purchased a butcher's knife to replace the gun and threatened to kill Mom w ith it. I vividly recall that night. All of us experienced sheer terror. The fear of Mom dying at my father's hand was real and part of our daily lives. My 50-year-old youngest brother, Ralph, recently wrote a n article for the “Union des F emmes,” an association of women whose goal is to combat d omestic violence in Martinique. What follows is a transl ation of an excerpt from his article. “A child, I was, until my t hirteenth birthday, the powerl ess witness of such a wave of v iolence! I keep a bitter and smarting memory of the sufferi ng we endured and an eternal love for my mother who died D ecember 2001. Imagine, a little boy for whom time stops: a gun is held to his mother's face, at a distance of less than a meter, by his father with his 7 .65 loaded with all its bullets! I had to wait until I was 43 years o f age when, in the office of a psychoanalyst, I could remem b er the positive side of my father, the calm and excellent man he could be when he did not drink like the inveterate drunkard he was! That day, I cried all the tears my body could produce! When my f ather died in 1974, at the age of 59 of a heart attack, I remem b er discovering his remains at Clarac (hospital ' This is good!' I was 16 years old.” The most remarkable part of this story is that Mom had related the abuse she suffered t o the pastor and the elders of the church. They came homet o visit Mom and told her it was her duty as a Christian wife to s ubmit to her husband and to forgive him. They never did anything to hold my father accountable for his terrible actions. Isn't that the same kind o f talk we heard recently from the president of the BahamasC hristian Council? You do not appease a lion by throwing vict ims in its cage. “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feedt hemselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them” Ezekiel 34:10. “I hate divorce, says the Lord God of Israel, and a man who covereth himself with violence as well as with his garm ent says the Lord Almighty” Malachi 2:16. What God hates, he punishes. These so-called preachers of righteousness should not pervert God's Word and picture Him as one who would condone or overlook violence against another human being in marriage. Violence against any human being is contrary to God's principle of love and equity. “Love does no h arm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law Romans 13:10. Forcing another human being to have sex violates the most intimate and vulnerable aspect of personhood. It is immoral and a criminal offence. All criminal a cts should be punishable by law, whether or not they occur in marriage. The Apostle Paul r ightly says that only those who break the law should fear the punishment meted out by the law. “We also know that law ism ade not for the righteous but f or lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholya nd irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers” 1 Timothy 1:9. According to the president o f the Bahamas Christian C ouncil, marriage is a contract a nd consent is given for sex when one enters into it, as though there is no time in marriage when consent can be legit-i mately and reasonably withheld. It seems that once a w oman is married, she loses her right to say “no.” A married woman in a wholesome marriage can legitimately say no to s exual relations with her husband when she is ill, is disabled by painful and heavy menstru a tion, suffers from sheer exhaustion from assuming all or most of the householdr esponsibilities, and when her hormones play tricks on her during pregnancy and she can no longer tolerate sexual inter c ourse. A menopausal married woman has the right to say no when a dry and thinning vagina caused by a drop in estrogenm akes sexual intercourse extremely painful. A married woman in an abusive relationship has the right to say no to an adulterous husband who sleeps around and comes home loaded with sexually transmit-t ed infections, when he tries to impose on her offensive sexual practices, or when he uses sexa s a weapon to control and humiliate her. A just society enacts laws t hat protect all its citizens regardless of marital status, especially the helpless, weak, and vulnerable. I implore the Bahamas Government to be courageous and to pass the amendment to the Sexual Offences Act. I also urge women who have suffered sexual abuse to have the audacity to share their stories (anonymously if needs be and thus ensure the passing of this amendment. Annick M.Valleray Brennen Nassau, September 5, 2009 C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 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 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON The furor over President Barack Obama's start-of-school speech to the nation's students challenging them t o work hard, earn good grades and stay in school typifies the country's widening rift over politics and social issues. It's certainly an unwelcome distraction a s the president prepares to address both houses of Congress and the nation Wednes-d ay about his embattled attempt to overhaul the health care system, which has taken a hammering from Republicans and some middle-of-the-road Democrats. Dating back to his campaign for president, some Obama opponents have tried to paint him as a "socialist." Since winning theW hite House, the attacks have continued over his attempts to invigorate the tumblinge conomy with a $787 billion stimulus. Far-right critics now charge that Obama w ould use his back-to-school remarks Tuesday to indoctrinate youngsters into his a lleged "socialist" agenda. Fox News Channel commentators Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck have been prominent in attacking the speech. Florida Republican party chairman Jim Greer said h e was "absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President O bama's socialist ideology." Even Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of M innesota, a moderate and potential presidential contender in 2012, said Obama's speech was "uninvited" and raises questions of content and motive. Many school districts have decided not to s how Obama's speech, partly in response to concerns from parents. E ducation Secretary Arne Duncan called that "just silly" during a Sunday television i nterview. He said the text of the speech would be on the White House Web site Monday and that watching the address was voluntary. Opponents to the president's school mes s age latched onto a lesson plan, since amended, the department sent out asking students t o write letters "about what they can do to help the president." Duncan said that r eferred to Obama's "goal of having the highest percent of college graduates by 2020." The secretary noted: "We just clarified that to say 'write a letter about your own g oals and what you're going to do to achieve those goals.' So again it's really about pers onal responsibility and being accountable, setting real goals and having the work ethic t o see them through." W hile the White House dealt with that controversy, Obama's environmental advise r resigned under fire for inflammatory statements made before he joined the administ ration. Van Jones "understood that he was going to get in the way" of Obama's agenda, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday. Jones, who specialized in environmentally friendly "green jobs" with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, w as linked to efforts suggesting a govern ment role in the Sept. 11 attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans. Fox's Beck was one of Jones' leading detrac-t ors. Some Obama critics are sparing no efforts t o diminish his presidency piling on such distractions as he prepares for the critical h ealth care address hoping that a defeat of the overhaul, a signature campaign promise, will tarnish his administration. That, the thinking goes, could open the way for Republicans to make a comeback in nexty ear's midterm elections after their shattering defeat by the Obama juggernaut in 2008. O bama took office vowing to change the tenor in Washington, to seek bipartisanship a s he worked through his reform agenda. So far he's had no success with that course. S witching tactics at the eight-month mark in his four-year term would mark a turning point for a president elected by an unusually wide margin. But Obama has seen public opinion poll numbers shrink considerably a mong independents and those who have been turned against his legislative agenda b y the relentless criticism from the conserv ative right. ( T his article is written by Steven R Hurst of the Associated Press). Obama urges youth to study har d I fso-called conservative Americans presumably Republicans are too dumb to appreciate the principles that President Obama is trying to inculcate in American students in his speech today, we hope that B ahamian teachers will make certain that his words get to every Bahamian student so t hat each of them will understand the importance of education and their responsibility to t hemselves to put in the hard work to obtain it. As the President told his nation’s students at the end of the day they can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive par e nts, and the best schools in the world, but none of it will matter unless they fulfil their r esponsibilities. “Unless you show up to those schools; p ay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to suc-c eed’’ you “can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job.” You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it,” he said. And if this is what some Americans see as subversive, then we need more of this type of subversion to put this confused and irre sponsible world back on its axis. The dynamics of sexual abuse LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Rift over Obama school speech EDITOR, The Tribune. In response to the proposed marital rape amendment, the Christian Council states that “if we destroy the family, society will experience utter chaos.” Take a look around, the “family” has been destroyed for years. This is why we live in utter chaos today. This is why two young men cannot resolve a conflict without one pulling out a knife or gun and killing the other. This is why a man can murder a mother holding her infant child. This is why people live with such anger. This is why we have an alarming birth rate to single mothers. And the list goes on We have lost a whole generation, and now we are up in arms over this proposed law. JEROME R PINDER Nassau, September 4, 2009. The ‘family’ has been destroyed for years

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM TODAY is World Literacy Day and the Rotary Club of Nassau is observing the event with a discussion on the importance of literacy for the future of the Bahamas’ workforce. Literacy is a major issue in the Bahamas, with a huge number of children leaving school with only rudimentary reading skills and a large body of adults in the population also at low levels, or unable to read at all. Nassau Rotary Club members, first vicepresident Raquel Wallace and director LaPaige Gardiner, have been doing their part to assist with improving reading skills, a focus of the club’s for the past few years. After initial training with the National Literacy Service, Ms Wallace and Ms Gardiner were assigned their students. Ms Wallace said that some of the students that she has encountered through the Nation a l Literacy Services come to her not being able to complete application forms or read newspapers. “And usually by the time we’ve gone through the material they are more functional. I should note, however, that it takes a lot of courage for people to admit that they cannot read and to enroll in the programme. The programme requires you to dedicate two hours per week for tutoring and you can assign homework and spend time going over the work. Some of the students have the goal of going to get their high school diploma, take police entrance exams, etc,” she said. Ms Gardiner said she had a student whose mother and sister were also in the programme. Both commented on the great feeling of satisfaction and achievement they had when their students made progress. Each student can take about a year or more depending on the individual, their reading level and their commitment level. Later this month Ms Wallace and Ms Gar d iner will both be part of a group who will be honoured by Governor General Arthur Hanna for their work with the National Literacy Service. THE Department of Educ ation presented Minister of Education Carl Bethel with a package containing mathematics materials which included Bahamian play money, flashcards and posters. Dr Joan Rolle, education officer for Primary Schools, teamed up with Anna Strachan, viceprincipal of Temple Christian Primary, to produce mathematics manipulatives for students. Bothe xpressed the desire to see Bahamian materials in thes chools, so that students could more readily identify with their culture and country. Dr Rolle explained that she approached the Central Bankr egarding the idea, and got their guidance and permission for the facsimile money. She explained that the materials, which could be used to foster cooperative learning and discussions on mathematical concepts and ideas, can be inte-g rated across the curriculum i n subjects such as social stud ies, science, music and geography. D r Rolle said that the D epartment of Education i ntends to use the Bahamian materials in all public schools. M inister Bethel expressed his thanks to all who assisted in b ringing the initiative to fruition, including the Central Bank, and the printing comp any. He said that the materials w ould greatly enhance learning a nd instruction in mathematics, and noted that the similarity of the play money to real mone y would invite much discussion among students, as theye xamined its different features. T he minister said that having the native and materials would give educators the opportunity t o reinforce civic and social virtues that are important tos haping a child’s character. M r Bethel lauded the collaboration between the public and private sector in this vent ure as being a most positive one for the children of theB ahamas. Mathematics materials add up for minister F ROMLEFT: D r Joan Rolle; Elma Garraway; Education Minister Carl Bethel, Lionel Sands and Leanora Archer FROM L EFT: Rotarians Raquel Wallace and LaPaige Gardiner. ROTARY CLUB OF NASSAU CELEBRATES WORLD LITERACY DAY CARACAS, Venezuela A LEADINGtelevision channel aligned with Venezuela's opposition said Monday that it could be shut down amid a new investigation of alleged violations of broadcasting laws, according to Associated Press. Globovision TV the last major channel on Venezuela's regular airwaves strongly critical of President Hugo Chavez has been formally notified of the investigation by the telecommunications commission. Ana Cristina Nunez, Globovision's legal adviser, said the channel could soon be shutdown for 72 hours or lose its broadcasting license. In a statement, the commission said the 24-hour news channel violated broadcasting rules by airing text messages that "allude to violent acts," including a coup attempt against Chavez. Globovision also allegedly sought "promote public protests, which could generate a climate of tension and nervousness in the population," it said. Opponents accuse Chavez of cracking down on dissent by silencing the media, noting that his government shut down 32 radio stations and two small television stations last month. Diosdado Cabello, president of the telecommunications commission, said last week that another 29 radio stations "will soon leave" the airwaves. "There's a clear strategy to control the flow of informa-tion and restrict criticism," said Carlos Lauria of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. "It's aimed at building a communication al hegemony for the state." Hundreds of radio stations still broadcast in Venezuela, and many are critical of the government. 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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE majority of readers w ho participated in the latest tribune242.com poll said they disagree with the Christian Council’s rejection of the government’s efforts to make marital rape illegal. R eaders were asked if they agree with the Christian C ouncil or with Catholics, Methodists and Seventh-Day Adventists, who have all e mbraced the government’s e fforts to amend the Sexual O ffences and Domestic Viol ence Act. In all, 116 persons took p art in the poll, 33 siding with the Christian Council and 83 with the other church groups. T he issue also sparked h eated debate on the website o ver the weekend. “Dick Funke” said: “When a woman says ‘no’, or for that fact a man, ‘no’ means ‘no’. Rape is a crime in a marriagej ust as it is outside a union.” “E Albury” said he sometimes wonders “how someone who can call themselves Christian could think of a woman as a thing. I know t hat it is hard to understand this but this is not a fact of, ‘Honey not tonight I have a headache’, but a man forciblyt aking something that is not his. If the law doesn't pass maybe there will be more w omen baking ‘sweet potato pies’ for the husband who takes what is not his. Decision “Rock of Ages” said: “ If t he subject matter weren't so serious, the Christian Coun cil's decision would be laugha ble. Those who oppose this law have the affront to think oft hemselves as being Christian.” “Anthony Brice” said he is not at all surprised by the s tance of the Christian Coun cil. “They have been getting it w rong for along time. Don't expect that they will start now,” he said. Leo Thompson” added: “Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Love doesn't seek to h ave its own way.” According to “S Burrows”, the Christian Council is “a joke”. “They always seem to have it wrong when it comes toi ssues in our society,” the reader said. “Just stick to w hat you do best, demanding tithes from the poor people, who in most cases will n ever live as extravagantly a re you all do.” A” commented: “This c ountry is not a theocracy. Who cares what they think? A ll they have ever done is obstruct human progress and basic human rights. Theyn eed to come out and be pass ionate about child abuse, a nd other horrendous acts performed in this country every day, not pander to the ego of a group of immature men who think that it is theirr ight to enslave and harass women. “Bahamian men think relationships are big competitions and that the government is handing women the u pper hand on them. “Bottom line, if men respect and love their wives as they should, this law willn ot frighten them and they have nothing to worry about. Only the rogues are making t he most noise because they will now be forced to treat their women with respect. Chandia Farrington” said: One of the vows a person makes at the altar of their wedding ceremony is to ‘havea nd to hold for better and for worse’. While I do agree that sex was made for marriage, Id isagree with the Christian Council's opinion – and I'm a Baptist. What they are essentially saying is, if my husbandi s promiscuous and I know ( and choose to stay with him because of the above men-t ioned vow) and he wants to be intimate, I must say yes. This should not be, as he is putting my life at risk tom any incurable diseases, and this is not right. “What a shame” said: “I can't even pretend to be surprised that this group of men h ave made this statement. W hy don't they speak out on social ills that really affect people in this country? Theya re so irrelevant and out of touch. I can't believe any would remain a part of any of t heir congregations.” T hose who agree with the Christian Council also had their say, and became i nvolved in a lively back-andforth with other readers. Bible J James” said he unders tands the Council’s perspec tive. “The Bible clearly states that when a man and aw oman become a married couple their bodies are no longer their own, their bodiesb ecomes their spouses own. So if a husband wants to be intimate, the wife has no right to deny him and vicev ersa unless they agree on it. “I am only 17-years-old and I understand that when I get married I will be making a vow to love, cherish and hold, in sickness and inh ealth, for richer, poorer, better or worse, till death do us part. “This means that if my hus band cheats I can leave him but if I decide to stay then no matter what, I have to continue my wifely duties unless of course abuse is i nvolved. “Rape cannot happen in a marriage relationship but abuse can and abuse is puni shable. People really need t o read the Bible’s view on the rights and wrongs of marriage before they get married.T his is supposed to be a Christian Nation. “I don’t see how ignoring w hat the Word of God has t o say about issues is being Christ-Like.” “Conchy Joe” said: “If anyo ne can, please tell me how an innocent man can prove the sex he had with his wife was consensual! How? If n obody can, then this law cannot work! “If I, as an innocent man h ave no way to prove my innocence, then this law dis criminates against me as a m an. “A woman can prove that she had sex with her husband through DNA. How does she prove that it was rape? . . . Every case brought to trial will be his w ord against hers . . . A mar ried woman who is being raped by her husband shouldc arry him to counselling. If he won't go then leave him! The only people who stand to gain from this bill are the lawyers.” “Anthony Taylor” asked: “If the wife forbids the mari-t al act, isn't that a form of violence as well? Isn't that an unnatural violation againstt he husband? Shouldn't that be outlawed? “How far will the govern ment enter the bedrooms of Bahamians?” Readers disagree with the Christian Council’s stance on marital rape F ORMER Christian Council president Bishop John Humes decided to weigh in on the marital rape amendment by entering the fray on tribune242.com. Responding to the website’s poll, which asked what readers thought of the Christian C ouncil’s rejection of the amendment, Bishop Humes said the Church of God, of which he is the Administrative Bishop, agrees with the Council’s stance. He said: “While many of the major denominations support this Bill, the Church of G od feels that this Bill in its current form cannot be supported by us. “While I feel that some wives are abused and even forced by their husbands to have sex, they are already covered by the Domestic Violence Act. If a man is faithful to his marriage covenant and vows and does not have extra-marital affairs, the wife should oblige him, otherwise you may cause the man to resort to adultery. “On the other hand if a man is unfaithful, the wife has all right to protect herself from her unfaithful spouse and should he force her, then she has all right to cry afoul or rape. “Then there is the case when a man is a sex maniac and the woman may be tried – this is abuse and should be reported. These are the two cases that may support this bill, but to cry rape is foolish and could have lasting effecton a good marriage. A wife must know that she has madea commitment to her husband to HAVE or to HOLD, when he is OLD. The man deserves to go into his garden when he or she needs. “Then the sentence is out rageous – a man could rape ac hild and get six years, but if he rapes his wife could get life. What next? The Church of God believes in the sanctity of marriage and if we are faithful to each other then a wife will look forward in hav ing sex with her husband. “I speak as one who has o ver 33 years under my belt with five children and three grands. This is not only Bible, book and science – I speak from experience. “Marriage is honorable and the bed is undefiled. If you keep yourself only to your wife you will not have STDs or STIs for the bed is unde filed and you do not need to run around for your wife has everything that the other women have and it is all yours. “Trust (that good and is of God – if it is between a man and woman and only between them.” Some readers quickly took issue with what Bishop Humes had to say. Responding to the bishop’s complaint about the length of possible sentences the amendment would allow in cases of marital rape, compared to child abuse, “Rik Skagneti” wrote: “Sir, this argument has nothing to do with the law on marital rape but on the sentencing policies of our courts. Life is a fitting sentence for ANYONE convicted of rape. “You also claim that a wife who does not want to have sex could drive her man to adultery. So, what happened to love, honour and obey ... the marriage vows? To love your partner, honour your partner and obey the sanctity of marriage? Bishop, stop finding excuses for dishonourable men, and start respecting the women.” “Voltaire” said: “Bishop H umes, you seem to talk in very conditional terms IF a husband respects the marriage covenant, IF we are faithful to each other, et cetera. We could make similar comments about IF people decided not to rob each other, and IF young men rejected violence. The point is that the law is not created to affect the law abiding, but rather those who break the law. The Bill targets husbands who ARE will ing to force sex on their wives. These are not healthy marriages in the first place, and opposing this Bill will not make them healthy marriages. “At the same time, if a man and a woman ARE faithful and respectful of the marriage covenant, what makes you think that all of a sudden, the woman would start to lie on their husbands? This seems like a very misogynistic stance which views women as depraved. “You say that ‘crying rape’ can ruin a good marriage. Bishop Humes if a woman is crying rape – whether she is telling the truth or being spiteful – there is something very, very wrong with that marriage in the first place. “Oh, and the law is needed because the Domestic Vio lence Act does not cover all instances of rape within a mar riage – ie cases where explicit violence is not involved.” At the end of his statement, Bishop Humes congratulated The Tribune on its new website, which he described as “top class”. “It is the best I have seen in any part of the Bahamas, Caribbean and the USA. Kudos to you and the team,” he wrote. Former BCC president weighs in on debate BISHOP JOHN HUMES TRIBUNE POLL RESULTS THE POLL appeared on The Tribune’s website – tribune242.com 33 side with the BCC, 83 with other church groups

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t he press yesterday, Bishop Hall said: “It is unfortunate that the Bahamas Christian C ouncil did not seek consen sus on the proposed Marital Rape Amendment issue. A divided church is not h elpful to a broken and divid ed Bahamas. “The present administration s eems intent on following small factions and the exclusion of established groups.” I n an interview with T he Tribune the senior pastor at New Covenant BaptistC hurch, in the East West Highway, added: “The pointI wish to make is not for or against the bill, but that we should have been able to get a greater consensus before this statement was made, and it appears to me that the president may not have ordered a consensus. I was surprised that we had different groups taking different positions on the issue. Weh ave to pay greater attention to the established churches, whether we like it or not. “We cannot seem to be divided on national issues, we should at least seek a majority, and I am not sure that was done. “As past president of the council I am disappointed as Id on’t know that the president or administration sought consensus. As a result the church again is divided so it diminishes the credibility of the body of Christ and the Christian church. “How can a divided Church speak to a divided, hurting and despairing community, if we cannot find ways to talk t ogether?” If passed, the proposed amendment to the SexualO ffences and Domestic Vio lence Act would make a man subject to imprisonment anywhere from seven years to life for having sex with his wife without her consent. However, Rev Paul said the council feels a man should only be prosecuted for having sex with his wife if there is vio-l ence involved. He added that even when force is used, a husband should not be incarcer-a ted for the first offence, but rather subjected to “rehabilitative steps.” The council also objects to the words “who is not his spouse” being deleted from the definition of rape, as the government proposes, “there by leaving it as is and allowing r ape to only be possible between two persons who are not married to each other.” Rev Paul suggested that f orcing sexual intercourse on “an estranged spouse” should be referred to as “spousal a buse” or “aggravated spousal abuse,” rather than rape. He said council members h ad raised a number of conc erns about the proposed amendment, including whether it will be used as “am eans of spite” by wives, and whether proper checks and balances be created “to ensure that unfounded claims are not m ade.” The official Christian Council statement also said pastorsa re concerned about the extent to which government should impinge upon “things that are sacred and intimate.” The Tribune was not able to reach Rev Paul for comment before press time yes terday. ernment’s support in modernizing Lands and Surveys with a view to correcting a number of deficiencies that have plagued this governmental entity. Amongst the government’s recently installed programmes was the crown land management system that is designed to create a work flow management system that will permit the tracking of applications for crown land from date of receipt to final determination. However, since the Prime Minister’s address, reports have reached The Tri bune that questionable land approvals have been pushed forward for determination jumping thousands of oth ers that have yet to meet final approval by the Minister or the Permanent Secretary. Therefore, sources within the department continue to ask for full disclosure on all crown grants being sought since July 21. Additionally, it is being requested the names of persons seeking crown grants since this date and whether or not they are employees of the depart ment or children of employees at Lands and Surveys. In his address, Prime Minister Ingra ham acknowledged that while it is not illegal for persons employed at the Department of Lands and Surveys or their children to apply for and be grant ed crown land, “the potential for con flicts of interest and preferential consideration” is great. Therefore, he said, consideration of applications by officers and members of their families should be the subject to “far greater scrutiny” than that of appli cations from the general public. “It is expected and required that public officers will not make or participate in a decision relating to the exercise of an official power, duty or function. It is expected and required that no public office will use information that is not available to the general public and is obtained in his or her position as a public servant, to promote or seek to promote his or her or another person’s private interests or that of the public offi cer’s relatives and friend’s private inter est. “Similarly, no public officer, in exer cising their official power, duty or function, is supposed to give preferential treatment to any persons or organization or their representatives. And no public officer may seek to influence a decision or another per son in order to promote or seek to promote his or her or another per son’s private interests or that of the public officer’s relatives and friends’ private interest,” he said. In any event, Mr Ingraham said to avoid any and all doubt where there is the potential for a conflict of interest, public officers are expected, “indeed required, to declare such potential to the Department of Public Service”. Attempts to reach the Minister of Lands, Byran Woodside for comment proved fruitless, and all efforts to reach the permanent secretary at the ministry were unsuccessful up to press time last night. According to reports, Mr Rahming, a 45-year-old resident of Bamboo Town, was at home when he was shot several t imes in the back by a lone gunman. He died in hospital a short time later. Munnings, of South Beach, was also arraigned yesterday on a deceit charge. I t is alleged that on Thursday, September 3, he deceived Detective Sergeant 1902 Thompson with intent to evade the requirements of the law. He pleaded not guilty to the c harge. The case was adjourned to September 15, with the accused remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. ership of the party, sources within the PLP maintain that there likely will be as many as three persons who will challenge party leader Perry Christie for the party’s top post. These names, it is reported, will include social activist and PLP newcomer Paul Moss, Dr Nottage, and possibly former chairman Raynard Rigby. According to sources deep within the PLP, Dr Nottage has already started to campaign in Grand Bahama and Andros, as the MP seeks to discern the level of his support amongst stalwart councillors around the islands. Reportedly utilising surrogates to relay the MP’s message, Dr Nottage is allegedly gaining invaluable feedback ahead of the party’s con vention which could be used to bolster his campaign in the weeks and months ahead. Unlike his other would-be challengers who have been very vocal about their wishes to one day take over the reins of the party from Mr Christie, Dr Nottage has remained quiet. However, sources close to the MP worry that this manoeuvre could hurt their candidate’s chances if he fails to openly campaign and reintroduce himself to that ever growing swing-vote. With a history that extends decades within the PLP, Dr Nottage has distinguished himself among the party as a “no-nonsense” individ ual, who is seen by many of his colleagues to possess a methodical approach to governance. “His time has come, but it is ultimately up to him whether he will push for that position at convention or not,” the source added. Slated for October 18, the PLP’s conven tion, which is scheduled to run for three days, is being billed as the most important convention the party has had in decades. With all positions becoming available at that time, it is expected that there will be a challenge for the chairmanship, deputy leader, and leader position. taking food out of people's mouths. "Although it's a regulation that's supposedly aimed at stopping over-fishing that's not really the issue. Turtles are a tiny, tiny portion of what's landed in the Bahamas but it's a food resource in island communities where people basically (survive by diet off what they catch from the sea," said attorney Andrew Allen, a long-standing opponent of the turtle ban. "So it is an issue for those Bahamians, criminalising traditional Bahamian behaviour, it goes way beyond the ban," he added, telling The Tribune that many persons have told him they will continue to eat turtle meat despite the regulations. Mr Abner Pinder, administrator of the small fishing community of Spanish Wells, compared local turtle harvesting to whaling practices in Alaska. "Whaling is outlawed in many parts of the world but Eskimos are still allowed to eat it because it's a tradition. "It's criminal that somebody in Acklins Island or Mayaguana with the economy the way it is they've been eating turtle for all of their lives and they can't eat turtle anymore? Who's going to give them food in the place of it?" asked Mr Pinder. "All (the regulation to do is make criminals of honest, hardworking people," he added. The men are agitating government to consider imposing controls on turtle harvesting similar to current bonefishing regulations instead of a complete ban. "The measures that we have to protect bonefish are thoroughly supported in the Bahamas Bahamians still eat bonefish on a personal scale but nobody has the audacity to say nobody can ever taste it again. At the same time we don't trade in it, it's not permitted to capture for resale or commercial purposes and all that," said Mr Allen. Currently it is illegal to buy or sell bonefish and to fish for them using a net. A newly formed association comprised of fishermen from New Providence, the family islands and vendors at Potter's Cay dock is canvassing the community in hopes of gathering support to push for a reversal of government's position. They want to ensure that the regulations do not become law. They are suggesting that government control of commercial harvesting and the slaughter of turtles, which is "enough to address the needs of both environmentalism and humanity." In less than a week the group has already gathered over 200 signatures from New Providence with more expected from the family islands, Mr Allen said. The association's interim executives are: Dwayne 'Tall Boy' Bastian, president; Keith Carroll, vice-president; Henry Bannister, treasurer; Adrian Laroda, secretary, with eight other trustees. Those willing to sign the petition can visit Mr Henry Bannister's stall at the eastern side of Potter's Cay or call him at 4349559. After a lengthy campaign by animal rights activists and environmentalists, Government enacted regulations that came into effect on September 1 that outlawed catching, possessing, buying and selling sea turtles. Prior to the September 1 ban, there was a closed season on harvesting any turtle between April 1 and July 31 each year, and rules relative to which type and size of turtle could be harvested at other times. Bahama on Sunday that not m uch progress was made during the past weeks between management and the union at the conciliation meetings held at the Labour Department in Freeport. “I have approved a strike v ote for the GBPAWU for September 17, and it will take place between 9am-5pm at the Department of Labour,” he said. “We will continue to have c onciliation talks with the u nion and management at the shipyard. We think that as long we can keep those parties at the table there is a possibility of bringing resolution to the problem.” T he union claims that m anagement wrongfully dismissed shop stewards Simeo n Richardson and Eudencil McPhee when they refused t o accept additional time-off w ithout pay. GBPAWU has threatened to strike if management does not reinstate the m en. An official request for a strike vote was made to t he Minister of Labour a few w eeks ago when talks with management were unsucc essful. T he union is also conc erned about the large numb ers of foreign workers employed at the shipyard. Of the 750 persons employed at the shipyard, 320 are Bahamians. Minister Foulkes stated that the Bahamian workersc urrently account for 40 per cent of the total workforcea t the shipyard. “I understand that two new ships just came in yesterday (Saturday foreign component mighti ncrease, but it is seasonal,” he said. M r Foulkes stated that government is trying to get more Bahamians trained in the shipyard industry. The Grand Bahama Shipy ard is the largest ship care facility in the region. In March, the shipyard experienced one of its busiest periods. During that time, the facility also acquired its third dock at a c ost of $60 million. However, business d eclined significantly in May forcing management to reduce its expatriate w orkforce and enter into a rrangements with union r epresentatives for “rolling” or temporary lay-offs for its Bahamian workers. According to union officials, Bahamian workersh ad initially taken 13 days off without pay to assist the c ompany when business w as slow. Carl Gustaf-Rotkirch, chairman and CEO, e xpects that business will p ick up from mid-September up until beginning of Spring. “From the government’s point of view, it does not matter whether you sign it or not; we just want you to know that it is fact. “If you want to sign to acknowledge that you know it, or if you don’t want to sign, that is up to you – but that is the policy we are going to follow,” he said. Mr Ingraham said government is aggressively dealing with allegations of child molestation in public schools. “We have now asked teachers in the school system to become aware that allegations of child molestation, if shown to be true, will result in their dismissal from the public service of the Bahamas, in additional to whatever criminal charges there may be,” he said. Mr Ingraham said that a teacher was removed about two weeks ago from a senior high school in New Providence over alleged child molestation allega tions. He noted that allegations made against the teacher (in Nassau investigated and the teacher was removed. “If you are engaged in that activity we don’t want you around the children of the Bahamas,” Mr Ingraham said. On Grand Bahama, three teachers have been removed from the Eight Mile Rock High School this year over alleged complaints of child molestation and sexual misconduct with students. Andre Birbal, 46, is wanted by police for questioning in connection with allegations of unnatural sexual intercourse with two former male students of Eight Mile Rock High. Birbal, a native of Trinidad, was arrested in New York on May 3 after fleeing the country in February when police investigations were launched into complaints filed by the two former students. He is now awaiting extradition to the Bahamas. Since then, the Ministry of Education has implemented new measures concerning its hiring of teachers. All new teachers will now be vetted by police and safety committees have been established at all public schools. A Select Committee in the House of Assembly was also appointed to investigate child molestation allegations. Mr Ingraham indicated that his government would consider recommendations of the committee, which still has yet to come forward. “I don’t look forward to very much coming from the House Select Committee, but to the extent to which they can come forward with recommendations would be wonderful and considered by the government. “In the meantime, the government is aggressively dealing with allegations of child molestation,” he said. When asked about the establishment of a Sexual Offenders Registry in the Bahamas, Mr Ingraham said that there has been no demand by the various committees or groups associated with child sexual abuse cases. “I don’t know whether a case has been made for a registry, I have not heard from the various agencies that deal with this,” he said. “Dr Patterson and those have a committee that has made lots of recommendations to the government over the years which the government has accepted, and that is not one of the suggestions they have made so far. “I am not sure there is a demand for it in society and we will take account of whatever recommendations come forward, but at the moment it does not appear to be a demand coming from persons who are very much involved in that kind of activity in the society,” he said. F ROM page one Man charged with murder Minister approves strike vote for GBPA union FROM page one Claim turtle ban will turn Bahamians into ‘criminals’ FROM page one Crown land approvals FROM page one Dr Nottage FROM page one FROM page one Chr istian Council PM weighs in on student sex clause addition to teachers’ contract FROM page one

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By EDDIE PELLS A P National Writer NEW YORK (AP When the Grand Slams roll a round, the best stories often revolve around the prospect of Williams vs. Williams, M aria Sharapova, maybe even a possible breakthrough by No. 1 Dinara Safina. A ll those options have van i shed from the US Open, replaced in large part by the potential of Kim Clijsters, thef ormer No. 1 who now brings her baby to work. Clijsters defeated No. 3 Venus Williams on Sunday, 6-0, 0-6, 6-4, leaving Venus’ sister, Serena, as the only topfive player left in a draw that w as turned upside down in Week 1 by upsets, comeback stories and the youth movement. “It’s still kind of hard to believe,” Clijsters said. “But then again, I’m not trying to get carried away with it all.” But the door is open for the 2 005 champion, on the comeback after a two-year hiatus d uring which she gave up tennis to have a baby. The baby, 18-month-old Jada, is a regular up in the players’ lounge and Clijsters is looking like she might be a fixture on the tour again. She’s a threat this week based on the strength of her own play, and also thanks to the other surprises that went down over a wild first week at Flushing Meadows. Safina went home frus trated after a third-round loss, meaning the quest for her first major title will have to wait until next year. Sharapova is gone, too, courtesy of 17-year-old Melanie Oudin, whose fourthround match was scheduled for Monday. No. 5 Jelena Jankovic l ost earlier in the week and No. 7 Vera Zvonareva blew s ix match points Sunday to join all the others seeded in single digits on the sidelines. I n early action Monday, Kateryna Bondarenko put a 6-0, 6-0 thumping on GiselaD ulko to advance to the quar terfinals in a section of the draw that doesn’t have any seeded players left. O n the men’s side, No. 12 Robin Soderling, who upset Rafael Nadal en route to the F rench Open final, advanced to his first US Open quarter final when eighth-seeded N ikolay Davydenko retired w ith a leg injury at the start of the fourth set. One of the few things that h as gone to form on the women’s side has been the play of No. 2 Serena Williams, whoa dvanced easily with a 6-0, 62 victory over No. 22 Daniela Hantuchova. Serena, trying for her third m ajor of the year, has not been challenged yet in this tournament. I just want to keep this level and just stay focused,” she said. Even if she does, the Williams-Williams semifinal that seemed all but carved into the bracket before this tournament began could now easily wind up ClijstersWilliams. Given the way she played against Venus, who’s to say Clijsters can’t be a threat to Serena, as well? “With the kind of training that she’s put in, I knew this wasn’t just for fun,” said Clijsters’ husband, Brian Lynch, an American who ended his professional basketball career in Belgium when she decided to unretire. “She was try ing to make something hap pen here.” When she was at her peak, Clijsters was one of the few players who had the mobility and power to hang with the Williamses. The whole pack age was on display Sunday in Arthur Ashe Stadium. They got off to an awkward start, trading 6-0 sets in a rarity the first time players have exchanged bagels in a Grand Slam since the 1998 French Open but then settled in to a back-and-forth third, in which Clijsters came out ahead. Clijsters grabbed an early break for a 3-1 lead, then served out the match from there, though it was anything but routine. She fell behind 0-30 on her serve at 5-4, but just kept banging away. She got it to 30-40, then hit a shot deep into the corner that Williams couldn’t handle. She forced an error at deuce with another deep groundstroke, then skidded a service winner off the line on the backhand side for the win. She became the first female wild-card entrant to reach the US Open quarterfinals and could become the first unseeded player to make the Open final since 1997, when Venus did it. She has no world ranking yet because she hasn’t played enough tournaments since she came back. When the latest match was over, Venus Williams conceded that a knee injury she suffered in the first round, which required heavy tape, might have hindered her efforts. “I wasn’t able to play 100 per cent,” she said. Nor was Nadal, the headliner on the men’s side Sunday. He overcame a 10-minute medical break for an injury to his stomach muscles to defeat 32nd-seeded Nicolas Almagro, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. Nadal missed Wimbledon with sore knees, and now must deal with injured abs that first cropped up last month in Cincinnati. “I don’t want to talk about injuries,” Nadal said. “Sorry. No, no, I am a little bit tired to talk about injuries. I am here to try my best every day.” No. 2 Andy Murray also advanced with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over American Taylor Dent. And while the women’s draw has gone haywire, the men’s is going to form in an historic way: This marks the first time 14 of the top 16 seeds have advanced to the fourth round of the US Open. By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer RIETI, Italy (AP 1 00 meters in 9.99 seconds into a strong headwind on Sunday at the Rieti Grand Prix, on the s ame track where the Jamaican star set a thenworld record of 9.74 two years ago. Powell was hoping to improve on his season best of 9.84 that got him third at last month's world championships in Berlin, when fellowJ amaican Usain Bolt set the current world r ecord of 9.58. Powell's fellow Jamaican and training partner Nesta Carter was the runner-up in 10.08 a nd Simeon Williamson of Britain crossed third in 10.18. T he wind registered minus 1.5 meters. " It was a very strong wind," Powell said. "When I saw the wind blowing today I was like, 'It's not going to be a fast race.'" There was also a headwind for the semif inals, which Powell led in 10.12 despite slowing down before the finish. In 2007, Powell set his recordi n the semifinals. Powell believes he can still challenge Bolt. "To be running these fast times is outstanding. He really needs some strong competition he's running 9.5 so we need to get there too to put on a good show," Powell said. "Before, I was the man to beat. Now I have someone in front of me, so I really have to push myself." Powell now will return to his in-season training base in northern Italy to prepare for the season finals in Greece. A nother member of Powell's training group, Olympic and recently crowned world champion Shelly Ann Fraser, won the women's 100 in 11.18 into a headwind of 2.4. Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson w as the runner-up in 11.37 and Gloria Asumnu of the United States was third in 11.52. Kerron Stewart, the Olympic and world silver medallist in the 100, won the 200 in 22.62, with Berlin 400 runner-up Shericka Williams c rossing second in 22.69. American sprinter Wallace Spearmon won the men's 200 in 20.27 after placing sixth in the 100. In perhaps the outstanding performance of the night, David Rudisha of Kenya clocked 1 minute, 42.01 seconds in the 800 to break Sammy Koskei's 25-year-old African record of 1 :42.28 and register the best performance of the year at the distance. The 20-year-old Rudisha was eliminated in the semifinals at the worlds last month on a cold and rainy evening. " I had problems with the cold, so it's good to know that I'm in form," Rudisha said. Berlin runner-up Alfred Kirwa Yego was again second, in 1:42.67, and world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi crossed third in 1:42.86. C M Y K C M Y K I NTERNATIONAL SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Powell clocks 9.99 despite headwind at Rieti POWELL Clijsters’ comeback talk of town at US Open KIM CLIJSTERS , of Belgium, celebrates her 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Venus Williams, of the United States, in the fourth round of the US Open tournament in New York Sunday... (AP Photo: Amy Sancetta Grizzlies owner meets with AI MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP T he owner of the Memphis Grizzlies and the team's staff are meeting with Allen Iverson a s the sides move closer to a d eal bringing the veteran guard t o a very young team. Iverson said on Twitter on S unday night he was meeting with the owner and staff Monday and that he wanted to helpt he Grizzlies develop a winner. T he meeting was in Atlanta, w here Iverson has been working out this offseason. The Grizzlies confirmed the meeting but declined to comment further. ( ( A A P P P P h h o o t t o o ) )

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Knowles playing well into Open quarters despite injured finger C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS P AGE 10, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MILAN (AP n ational Boxing Association has reduced the number of m en's weight categories from 1 1 to 10 for the 2012 London Olympics. T he move was made Monday to accommodate women's boxing at the games, which the IOC Executive Board unanimously agreed on lastm onth. The IOC would not allow the AIBA to add to its total number of boxers. At the 2008 Beijing Games, there were 286 boxers all male. In London the total will r emain the same but there w ill be 250 male boxers and 36 female boxers. To decrease the number of m en, the AIBA condensed its four lightest weight categories into three. T he new categories will apply to all AIBA events starting in September 2010. T he decisions were made d uring a meeting of the AIBA Executive Committee Bureau in Milan during thew orld championships. Olympic boxing weight categories altered for 2012 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net D ESPITE nursing an injured right ring finger, Bahamian tennis ace MarkK nowles is playing at a very high level with his Indian doubles partner, Mahesh Bhupathi, at the US Open. The No.3 seeded team are now into the quarterfinal oft he final Grand Slam Tourn ament of the year. They easily moved on yesterday in Flushing Meadows, New Y ork, with an identical 6-4, 6-4 sweep over Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei and Dudi Sela of Israel. “It was a good win. We played well,” said Knowles in a n interview with T he Tribune . “Obviously, it was a g oods winning matches with n ine stitches in my right ring f inger. “I really toughed it out and we’re playing very well. So it’s good to be playing in the second week of the Grand S lam.” Losing the battle in aces (43 ), double faults (5-1) and u nforced errors (14-9 a nd Sela, Knowles and Bhu pathi won where it counted t he most with the winning percentage on 1st serve (7464), winning % on 2nd serve (50-38), winners (including S ervice) 26-24, Receiving p oints won (48-43 p oint conversions (83-60 t otal points won (65-50 Asked if he’s surprised at the level that they are play ing, Knowles quickly noted: “No, I’m not surprised. We had a great summer and wea re confident that we belong h ere. I know the injury has been painful, but it hasn’t taken away from the way we’re playing. We’re in the quar terfinal. So we’re right there with the rest of the teams. We just have to rise our game to another level.” K nowles and Bhupathi will n ow prepare for their quar ters match-up against the team of Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia and Michael Lloda of France. Their match is scheduled for today. “It’s a tricky team because L loda is a great doubles play e r and Ljubicic is a former number three singles player i n the world,” Knowles reflected. We don’t know that much about them as a team, but we know about them individually. So I think it’s important for us to focus on our gamea nd just play loose and go for it.” I f they are successful, Knowles and Bhupathi will get a chance to play in thes emifinal against either the N o.5 team of Max Mirnyi of B elarus and Andy Ram of I srael or the No.2 team of Daniel Nestor of Canada and N enad Zimonjic of Serbia. All of the top teams are still in and that is what you want to see,” Knowles point e d out. “Everyone is playing w ell and you want to beat the b est team, regardless of who y ou are playing. “This is the Grand Slam a nd so we just have to focus o n our game and try to get the job done.” The final is set for Friday.K nowles was hoping to go f or another title in the mixed d oubles, but he and his Germ an partner Anna-Lena Groenefeld were knocked o ut in identical scores of 6-3, 6 -3 by Knowles’ former partner Zi Yan of China and Mariusz Fyrstenberg ofP oland. It’s unfortunate that we l ost. I wasn’t able to go 100 p ercentage,” said Knowles, who felt the pain of the injured finger he sustained when it got caught in the door of the elevator at the Tennis Center last Tuesday. I thought we had a good d raw and could have easily w on the title. But having to p lay every day and then the mixed doubles final on Thursday and the men’s doubles on Friday, it was going to be tough, but I think it’s good that we lost so I can focus ont he doubles.” K nowles and Groenefeld w ere the winners of the Wim bledon Grand Slam title in J uly. But he and Bhupathi are still looking for their first men’s Grand Slam title this year. They came close when they f inished as runners-up to A merican identical twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in January at the Aust ralian Open. INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays MARK KNOWLES and Mahesh Bhupathi are now into the quarterfinal of the final Grand Slam Tournament of the year. They easily moved o n yesterday in Flushing Meadows, New York, with an identical 6-4, 6-4 sweep over Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei and Dudi Sela of Israel... (AP Photo WARSAW, Poland (AP i ng champion Russia pulled away late to beat Latvia 81-68 Monday on the opening d ay of the European basketball championship, and Greece routed Macedonia 86-54. R ussia, which only has three players f rom the team that upset Spain to win t he title in 2007, led from the start and t hen held off a late challenge from Latvia behind 24 points and 9 rebounds from A merican-born Kelly McCarty and 22 points from point guard Sergey Bykov. Latvia cut Russia's lead to 65-63 with 4 :08 to play on a pair of free throws from K aspars Kambala before the Russians c losed with a 16-5 run. France joined Russia atop Group B with its 70-65 win over Germany. San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the last2 :38 to carry the French down the stretch. Germany sorely missed its NBA star, Dirk Nowitzki. The Dallas Mavericks forward led all scorers at the 2007 championships with 24 points per game, but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has r efused to allow him to play in the tournament. Greece, the 2005 European champi on, jumped to an 18-5 lead in the first f ive minutes to open the tournament with an easy win over Macedonia. Point guard Vassilis Spanoulis led Greece with 17 points, and center Yannis B ourousis chipped in with 11 points and 8 rebounds. "We didn't really know them and we'd h eard that they could cause us trouble," B ourousis said. "But in the game, we started strong and stayed that way throughout." A lso, Croatia beat Israel 86-79 in Group A, host Poland beat Bulgaria 9078 in Group D, Slovenia defeated Britain7 2-59 in Group C. I n other group matches later Monday, Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol led w orld champion Spain against Serbia in their Group C opener as the Spaniards look for their first European title. Also, Lithuania played Turkey. Russia, Greece win openers LATVIAN fans can be seen during European Basketball Championships group B match between Russia and Latvia in northern Poland y esterday... (AP Photo: Darko Vojinovic

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C M Y K C M Y K TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 PAGE 9 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Powell clocks 9.99 despite headwind... S ee page 9B Leevan springs into the final showdown with No. 2 rank By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net A s the International Amateur Athletic Fed e ration’s VTB Bank World Athletics Final approaches, Leevan “Superman” Sands g oes as the number two ranked competitor in the men’s triple jump. Sands, who celebrated his 28th birthday two days before he just missed out on a medal last month at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in B erlin, Germany, is hoping that he will continue the success he recently achieved. I feel as if my season is just starting,” said Sands as the season is just about completed. “As the season is coming to an end, I’m just getting better and better. That’s how I feel. So I’m really looking forward to a top t wo in the World Athletic Final.” On Sunday, Sands picked up a much needed victory at the Rieti 2009 IAAF Grand Prix Meet in Italy witha leap of 16.77 metres or 55-feet, 01/4-inches to boost his c onfidence as he prepares for the Athletics Final show down this weekend in Thessaloniki, Greece. S ince 2002, Sands has made the top list with the exception of 2006 when he was suspended by the IAAF. But the best performance he has done at the year-ending meet was fifth. S ands has accumulated a total of 60 points in five meets to trail leader Arnie David Girat of Cuba, who also had five meets and is just two points ahead of Sands to lead the field that includes Worlds gold and Olympic silver medallist Philiips Idowu of Great Britain, who is third with 56 points and silver and Olympic gold medallist Nelson Evora, who is sixth with 38 points. Cuban Alexis Copello, who nipped Sands by four centimeters for the bronze in Berlin, is listed at No. 9 with 23 points, but he is also expected to be a part of thef ield in Thessaloniki this weekend. “I’m in good shape right now,” Sands stated. “I could tell by the way I jumped yesterday (Sunday negative 2.5 head wind, so it was a pretty decent jump because it was competing in a hurricane. “So I think I’m right on form. I think if they jump far, I will be right up there with them. I am ready to jump far.” Sands said despite coming off a light injury during the season, his off-season preparation is what has given him the impetus to be able to maintain his competi tiveness through the long, grueling season. “Right now, I’m not doing as much work. It’s just more maintenance now and that is what is paying off for me,” he insisted. “So I’m pleased with where I’m at.” On Sunday, with only four jumps rather than the usual six in the major meets, Sands said he got off to a shaky start, turning in his season low of 16.08 before he stepped it up on his second jump to take the lead for good. “From there, everybody was around 16.5 and 16.4,” he pointed out. “So I think it was a good series of jumps, even though we had a good head wind. “I think if I can get a good series of jumps this weekend, I should be in a good position to finish in the top two.” The triple jump is being billed as a rematch between Idowu and Evora, but Sands is hoping to spoil all of that. Like the World Athletics Finals in Berlin, there will be a whole lot of money distributed to the winners. A total prize purse of $3,020,000 will be paid out by the IAAF. The list states $30,000 for first, $20,000 for second, $12,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth, $5,000 for fifth, $4,000 for sixth, $3,000 for seventh and $2,000 for eighth. BAHAMIAN LEEVAN SANDS jumps to win the triple jump at the IAAF Grand Prix in Rieti, central Italy, on Sunday, September 6, 2009. With the heartbreaking performance of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics behind him, Sands came back to soar to a big victory yes terday as he prepares for the IAAF World Athletic Final this weekend. He cleared 16.77 metres or 55-feet, 01/4-inches to snatch first place. His winning leap came on the second of his four attempts... R i c c a r d o D e L u c a / A P

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C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM COOL JETTINGENJOYATRIPTOFORTLAUDERDALEORLANDOORNEWYORK WITHUPTADEBITCARD PURCHASEANYDUNKIN’DONUTSCOLDBEVERAGE*TOENTER* EXCLUDESALLBOTTLEDBEVERAGES Certain restrictions apply. Visit www.dunkinbahamas.com for details. ENTER To Win Round-trip Flights on OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ MEXICO CITY Mexico's point man in the drug war resigned Monday in a Cabinet shakeup that raised questions on whether the government's strategy to crack down on brutal gangs will change course, according to Associated Press . Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora did not give a reason for his resignation, saying only in his farewell speech that "we have done a lot to clean the house," referring to his efforts to combat rampant police and government corruption. His resignation was one of three announced by President Felipe Calderon. Agriculture Secretary Alberto Cardenas and the director of the oil monopoly, Petroleos Mexicanos, Jesus Reyes Heroles, also gave up their posts. Medina-Mora's campaign against corruption led to the arrest of several mayors and high-ranking law enforcement officials in the last year. Among them was his subordinate, former drug czar Noe Ramirez, who was arrested for allegedly taking at least $450,000 from a member of a drug cartel in exchange for passing on information about police opera tions. The attorney general was highly praised by U.S. law enforcement officials. A top U.S. police source in Mexico said there was no evidence Medina-Mora was involved in corruption. The official insisted on not being quoted by name for fear of being targeted by drug cartels. Calderon named Medina-Mora to lead his drug war after taking office in December 2006, shortly before he launched his crackdown on organized crime by sending soldiers and federal police to Mexico's drug hotspots. "His professionalism, his commitment and loyalty to Mexico have been crucial in pushing forward the modernization and the cleaning of the justice department and in hitting hard organized crime like we have done," Calderon said Monday. Cabinet changes at midterm are not unusual in Mexico. Calderon, whose term runs to late 2012, gave no explanation for the three resignations, although there had been rumors for some time that Medina-Mora would be leaving. He will be assigned to an unspecified foreign post. Calderon said he will nominate lawyer Arturo Chavez to replace Medina-Mora, say ing Chavez "has wide experience in law and specifically in combatting organized crime." Chavez was not present at the ceremony and his nomination must be ratified by the Senate. The president indicated the war on drug gangs won't stop. But the fight has drawn criticism, with 13,500 people killed in drug-relat ed violence since the government offensive began, and some experts wondered if the gov ernment might be considering new approaches. Jose Luis Pineyro, a drug expert at Mexico's National Autonomous University, said the departure of Medina-Mora could indicate some change in the government's tactics in the drug fight, which have sparked bloody reprisal attacks by cartels. "Perhaps this change in the AG office could be an attempt to change the anti-crime strategy and adopt a tactic that a lot of my colleagues have suggested," Pineyro said. "As long as there is a lack of attention to attacking the financial nerve center and property of organized crime, you're not going to make progress." A ROOSTER walks on top of mud in Mountrois, Haiti, Monday, Sept. 7, 2009. MOUNTROIS, Haiti A mudslide set off by several hours of heavy rain swept into at least 32 houses and shacks made of tin, concrete and dirt walls early Monday, killing at least one person in this Haitian beach town, according to Associated Press . Civil protection chief Marie-Alta Jean-Bapt iste said two other people were missing, while residents put the number at four. Haiti is extremely vulnerable to floods and mudslides because of widespread deforestation and erosion. The Caribbean country, the Western Hemisphere's poorest, was pounded by four tropical storms last year, but the 2009 hurricane season has been relatively light so far. 1 killed in Haiti mudslide after few hours of rain AP Photos /Ramon Espinosa A MAN WADES through mud in Mountrois, Haiti, Monday, Sept. 7, 2009. A mudslide set off by several hours of heavy rain swept into a beach town early Monday, killing at least one person. A MAN RESTS in front of houses flooded with mud in Mountrois, Haiti, Monday, Sept. 7, 2009. Point man in Mexico's war on drug cartels resigns

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C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.27 $4.16 $4.26 &$+ # &% %.+%*&)#.&) %$&$') * %*. +" %*&% !+&-**-*& %++*&'*-* ##. +b )+%+**&,)$&&),)&$$&%)&). + &'%***&% +* + &% + **$ %#$$#'&""!(! "'()$!'($!)!trrf f B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CLIENTS of a former Bahamas-based financial insti tution will likely soon recover $2.63 million worth of assets a fter the Attorney General agreed to remove an order that h as frozen them for three-anda-half years, following the mone y laundering charges and con viction imposed on the firm’s principal. Clifford Culmer, the BDO Mann Judd accountant and p artner, who is the liquidator for former Bahamas-based brok er/dealer Dominion Investments (Nassau lowing negotiations with the Attorney General, the nation’s chief legal officer had agreed t o discharge two restraining orders that had frozen all client a ssets as of January 31, 2006. This agreement was approved by the Supreme Court on August 14, 2009. Instead, the Attorney General agreed that a restraining order simply be imposed on the assets Mr Culmer was holding for Martin Tremblay, the former Dominion Investments principal who is presently serving a four-year sentence for m oney laundering in a US jail. The US authorities have l evied a $220,000 confiscation order against Mr Tremblay, which they want him to pay, and the new freezing order will also apply to “residual assets” of Dominion Investments that he may be entitled to. In his update to Dominion $2.63m client asset freeze order ended * Liquidator says move ‘exceptionally good outcome’ for clients * Attorney General agrees to remove restraint orders on Dominion I nvestments, even though former principal yet to pay $220,000 punishment for money laundering conviction S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 B B G lobal private banking consolidation ‘a real t hreat’ to Bahamian f inancial industry By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor N UMEROUS financial instit utions may reconsider whether to remain in the Bahamas if this n ation fails to deliver on its commitments and deadlines for e scaping the G-20/OECD ‘grey list’, a senior attorney has w arned, since this could “undermine confidence in the m arket”. Brian Moree, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, said that while the Government’s public commit m ent to meeting the G20/OECD tax transparency and i nformation standards by yearend had “weathered the worst o f the storm” in the short-term, achieving that target was key especially when it came to influencing ‘head office’ perceptions of the Bahamas. F or it is the global head offices of financial institutions w hich make many of the key decisions for their subsidiaries, i ncluding those in the Bahamas, deciding which nations to base their operations in. Mr Moree warned that, if the Bahamas failed to deliver on i ts G-20/OECD commitments, head offices especially those in l eading OECD countries, such as France and Germany might v iew this nation in a negative light and decide to move operations to a jurisdiction on the so-called ‘white list’. Such trends were likely to be e xacerbated by impending consolidation in the global private banking industry, something the McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes senior partner described as “a real danger for us in our jurisdiction”. “I think the most important point is that the Government has foreshadowed its intent to put in place the required number of Tax Information Exchange Agreements [12] in order to satisfy the criteria for getting on the ‘white list’,” Mr Moree told Tribune Business. “That being the case, I think it has mitigated the negative impact of being on the ‘grey OECD: Bahamas must deliver to block bank flight BRIAN MOREE S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 B B W ants ‘thorough dialogue’ on proposed 2% increase to avoid ‘something disastrous’ for business community, as could mean difference between survival and death in recession By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas Chamber of C ommerce’s president yesterday called for the National Insurance Board (NIB “thoroughly” discuss the proposed 2 per cent increase in contribution rates with the private sector, in order to prevent “any extreme impact” on busi nesses in an environment where many are already going under. Khaalis Rolle told Tribune Business that it was possible to “make the argument that the timing is wrong” in relation to the planned NIB contribution rate increase from 8.8 per cent Chamber chief: Avoid ‘extreme impact’ from NIB rate rise S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 B B * Nation’s exporters quadruple first quarter y ear-over-year trade with Canada to $10.8m, generating positive t rade balance * Canadian imports to Bahamas increase by 32% p er annum between 19992008, and could overtake Trinidad as Canada’s key r egional market by 2014 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CANADIAN exports to the B ahamas have expanded by 32 per cent per annum in the 10 y ears between 1999 and 2008, a paper by the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM this nation on pace to overtakeT rinidad & Tobago as Canada’s main CARICOM export mar-k et by 2014. A briefing paper prepared b y the CRNM’s Lincoln Price, as part of the upcoming talks b etween the Bahamas/CARICOM and Canada on a new trade agreement to replace the Bahamas ‘most dynamic’ CaribCanada exporter S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 B B Bad loans to exceed $1bn B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T otal loan delinquencies in the B ahamas will breach the $1 b illion mark “for sure”, a senior banking executive told Tribune Business yesterday, warning that the more than-$500 million non-p erforming loan statistic was “not the worst” and deterioration in credit quality would continue as the recession and unemployment bit deeper. A nwer Sunderji, Fidelity Bank ( Bahamas) chief executive, said the Central Bank of the Bahamas’ monthly report on economic and financial develo pments for July, which pegged nonperforming and non-accrual loans at m ore than $500 million and $900 million respectively, was worrying but not unexpected in the banking sector. “It is very concerning, but we actually expected that to happen,” Mr Sunderjit old Tribune Business, “and we expect it to get worse. This is not the worst sta-t istic. We expect the deterioration to continue to grow certainly for the next n ine-odd months before it stabilises, and that’s assuming there are no more lay-offs. If there are, the deterioration will continue.” While it was hard to forecast how bad t he deterioration in private sector credit quality would get, there is some $6.51 b illion in outstanding private sector credit, meaning loans to businesses, house-h olds and individuals. With non-accrual loans, those more t han 31 days past due, having reached $902.5 million or 14.5 per cent of the total at end-July 2009, Mr Sunderji told Tribune Business: “I think we will go p ast the $1 billion mark, for sure. It’s hard to predict, but certainly if the econ o my remains weak it could get there.” The Fidelity Bank (Bahamas e xecutive said credit demand in the Bahamas was down “by around 40 per cent”, as Bahamians curbed and cut back on their spending, which had traditionally been fuelled by borrowing. I n addition, “not a lot of people were qualifying to borrow, and the banks are being a lot more conservative and cautious”. Both these factors, Mr Sunderji, were resulting in a decline in consumerb orrowing and lending. He added that there had been “quite a dramatic increase” in debt consolidation, which had grown by almost $38 m illion during the 2009 first half, as Bahamians restructured their finances to “be more in tune with the new reality”, reducing debt repayments and free up cash flow. We will see continued demand for the consolidation of loans,” Mr Sunder-j i told Tribune Business. “Bahamians are not borrowing any more, and are a mortising existing loans. People are not deleveraging by paying down existing loans, because they do not have the cash.” Meanwhile, Wendy Craigg, the Cen * Delinquencies set to breach that barrier ‘for sure’, with credit demand down around 40% * Banking sector liquidity still strong a t near $300m, with external reserves ‘just shy’ of $650m at end-August ANWER SUNDERJI S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 B B

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t o 10.8 per cent, with many businesses likely to the rise i ntended to finance an expansion of the social security programme’s benefits package as equivalent to an additional tax on the private sector. M any economists argue that increasing taxes on businessd uring a recession is the last thing a government should do, g iven that it will likely produce an increase in unemployment and business failures, and Mr Rolle said NIB needed to be “very conscious” of the fact that the private sector was going through “very difficult econ omic times”. “Many businesses are failing, a nd any additional costs that add to operating expenses will h ave an impact,” Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. “That has to be thoroughly discussed with the business community to ensure they do not do somet hing that would be extremely disastrous for the business com-m unity. Some discussions should be held to ensure we don’t end up i n a situation where there’s an extreme impact on business. A 2 per cent rate rise might not be a large increase in terms of m onetary value, but for some businesses that might mean the d ifference between break even and ‘red lining’ it. We need to consider the impact, and have s ome discussions to see what the effects might be.” A lgernon Cargill, NIB’s director, told Tribune Businessl ast week that increases of 1 per cent each in NIB’s contribution r ate were needed to fund the unemployment benefit scheme, plus the Government’s pres cription drug programme for communicable diseases. Thisw ill take the current 8.8 per cent NIB contribution rate to 1 0.8 per cent. Mr Rolle said he and the business community were not opposed to the NIB rate increase, which is likely to take e ffect in early 2010, but he added: “It may take 1 per centt o fund the unemployment benefit, but you might create u nemployment on the other side, because some businesses a re operating on a shoestring Budget, for want of a better t erm, and that increase is coming at a very difficult period forb usinesses in the Bahamas. All things have to be considered.” M r Rolle added that “wider consultations” on the proposed NIB contribution rate rise w ould take place in the business community, and there w ould then be communications with NIB either directly to MrC argill, or through the Cham ber’s own representative on the N IB Board, Winston Rolle. The cost of funding both new benefits is likely to be split 5 0/50 between employer and employee, meaning that thee mployee contribution split will rise from the current 3.4 per c ent to 4.4 per cent, while the employer’s contribution rate will increase to 6.4 per cent. Mr Cargill told Tribune Business that the increases were likely to come next year”, although the exact timing oft heir implementation would be left to the Cabinet. H e said: “We have no final confirmed date. That’s up to t he minister. We are recommending early next year, so we a re advising businesses to budget for increased rates in 2010.” H owever, he added: “This 10.8 per cent contribution rate i s still significantly below other [social security] programmes in the region. Barbados has a 17 p er cent contribution rate.” Meanwhile, NIB yesterday d isclosed some of the other 25 amendments to its operationst hat Tribune Business detailed last week. T hese include: * Changing the method used to calculate Retirement/Inval idity Benefit to one that uses wages over the best five, rathert han three years, thus ensuring a better relationship between c ontributions made and pensions received. * Change the wage ceiling f or pensionable civil servants to that of all other contributors. * Include in insurable wages gratuities and tips that are paid a s part of regular wages for workers in the hospitality sector. * Remove the limit on earnings for someone in receipt of R etirement Benefit. * Introduce triennial autom atic indexation of pensions and grants with adjustments l inked to price increases. * Provide for the payment of both Retirement/Invalidity bene fit and Survivors benefit where an insured may be otherwisee ntitled to both. * Introduce a Survivors G rant equivalent to one year’s pension, payable to widowed s pouses who do not qualify for a Survivors pension either b ecause of their age or lack of dependents. * For Sickness and Materni ty benefit, require that the pers on must have been employed on the day of or prior to onset of illness, and reduce the waiti ng days for Unemployment benefit to three days. * Extend coverage for all benefits, except UnemploymentB enefit, to all self-employed persons and adjust the contrib ution rate for all selfemployed persons to 8.8 per cent. * Allow Invalidity Assistance to be payable from age one. * Establish stricter means test for Assistances. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM OECD: Bahamas must deliver to block bank flight list’, particularly when most of our competitors a re off that list and on the ‘white list’, because the market will take some comfort that we will shortly get off that list. “I think that has prevented any significant diminution of business and the possibility of certain businesses deciding to consolidate offshore and move to other jurisdictions.” Y et Mr Moree added: “Having said that, I believe it’s very important to get ourselves off the grey list’ in the timeframe announced by the Government. I understand they intend to complete the TIEAs by year’s end, but if there is any significant delay in that it could undermine confidence in the market in our ability and willingness to bring [our commitments[ into force. “We have weathered the fallout from being on the ‘grey list’ without any discernible loss of business, but I know of many institutions doing business in this country and they, through their head offices, will not be prepared to continue doing business as normal if we do not satisfacto rily get off the ‘grey list’ and on to the ‘white list’. “We moved just in time to mitigate the fallout, we have weathered the worst of the storm, and now must deliver on our commitments.” Influencing financial institution head office perceptions of the Bahamas was critical, Mr Moree said, not only in relation to the G20/OECD initiative but also when it came to dealing with global consolidation in the private wealth management industry a process that, when it began, the Bahamas would have almost no control over. Consolidation is a real danger for us in our jurisdiction, and we have to be very careful when we go through this period of consolidation, which will happen regardless of what we do,” Mr Moree said. A s major multinational institutions looked to potentially consolidate their operations in a par t icular region into just one or two offices, a process driven by the need to reduce costs, boost e fficiencies and achieve economies of scale, Mr Moree said it was even more critical for the Bahamas to attain the ‘white list’ status attained by many competitors. If the Bahamas was to lose out in the consoli d ation process, Mr Moree said “the consequences are very serious”, both from a direct and indirect e mployment perspective, loss of government rev enues, a decline in incomes and wealth levels, a nd a reduction in the frequency with money circulated in the Bahamian economy. There is a knock on effect that has the poten tial to adversely impact a number of Bahamians, and that is why the continued survival and growth of financial services is important at an ational level, not only to those people working in the industry,” Mr Moree told Tribune Busi ness. “We’ve got to understand that when it comes to business and the delivery of service, we have got to be more efficient and productive, and can’t use the excuse that on an island the pace of life is slower, and things get done in their own time. “We’re going to have to embrace change, deliver a higher level of productivity and service that demonstrates an ability to adapt.” F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B Chamber chief: Avoid ‘extreme impact’ from NIB rate rise F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B Bahamas ‘most dynamic’ Carib-Canada exporter CaribCan accord, detailed how significant securing new and existing trade preferences could be for this nation, both from ani mport and export perspective. From an export perspective, the Bahamas’ exports to Canada more than quadrupled in the 2 009 first quarter year-overyear, rising from $2.6 million in the same period in 2008 to $10.8 million this year. This positioned the Bahamas as oneo f the few CARICOM nations to enjoy growth in its Canadian export market despite the worldwide recession. T he CRNM paper said: “The Bahamas is the most dynamic CARICOM merchandise exporter between the 2008 first quarter and 2009 first quarter,a lmost quadrupling its exports during this period. “This favourable performance is largely the result of l arge shipments of heterocyclic compounds containing pyrimidine ring etc. Rock lobster and g rapefruit shipments also continue, even though both have declined marginally in the first quarter of 2009 compared to 2008.” T his again hints at both the value and potential of achieving the correct trade terms with Canada in the upcoming negot iations, a process both the Government and the private sector need to be thinking about. As for Canadian imports c oming into the Bahamas, the CRNM paper said this nation had consistently been among Canada’s top five CARICOM r egion markets, alongside Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and Barbados. The paper said: “Between 1999 and 2008, Canadiane xporters have been very ‘bullish’ on exploring trade with the Bahamas, with exports to the Bahamas expanding by 32 per c ent annually. “This dynamism in exporting to the Bahamas has been the main driving force behind t he general trade expansion, as most other CARICOM economies experienced growth rates which were below the 12.4 per cent regional growth rate. Based on this current growth trend, the Bahamas could overtake Trinidad & Tobago by 2014 as Canada’s m ain export market in CARICOM.” While Canadian exports to CARICOM declined by 35 per cent during the 2009 first quar-t er, falling from $229 million to $149 million, the Bahamas remained among the top five markets and was one of four c ountries to see growth in its Canadian imports. These rose from $10.4 million in 2008 to $10.7 million this year, again showing the valuea nd potential from agreeing the rules of trade between the Bahamas and Canada. Canadian companies and investors s eem to see this as a key market, and this nation could do with some direct foreign investment. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B Bad loans to exceed $1bn tral Bank of the Bahamas governor, yesterday told Tribune Business that commercial banki ng system liquidity, meaning excess cash in the system, remained relatively robust at around $300 million at end-August, some $89 million ahead of the 2008 year-end position. And foreign exchange reserves, aided by t he decline in credit and import demand, were “just shy of $650 million” at the end of August 2009. Due to the recession and rising unemployment, Mrs Craigg said the banking s ector regulator did not anticipate “any strong surge in consumer demand” in the run-up to Christmas, as it had in previous years, meaning the foreign reserves were likely to end 2009 in a stronger position than 2008 due tot he reduced pressure. Mrs Craigg also backed Mr Sunderji’s analysis, telling Tribune Business: “We expect the non-performing loans will increase somew hat further.” She added that the Central Bank was closely scrutinising the commercial bank asset q uality situation, having instigated enhanced reporting requirements, particularly for restructured loans and the monitoring of nonperforming loans. However, the Central Bank governor said t he regulator had no doubts about the Bahamian commercial banking sector’s ability, and those of its individual banks, to weather the storm, as their key capital ratios w ere “well above the prudent minimum” for the industry. The Central Bank had advised the banks to conduct their own internal stress tests to assess capital adequacy, Mrs Craigg said, andt old them to take a proactive approach on loan loss provisioning. The latter involved “not just taking a view on the current situation, but looking ahead b ecause conditions have deteriorated, and the provisions you have today may not suffice tomorrow”. 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 CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c robards@tribunemedia.net THE INTER-AMERICAN Development Bank (IDBa pproved a $150,000 nonrefundable grant to aid the North Abaco Fisheries Cooperative (NAFCO m onth fishing and business d evelopment training programme, Tribune Business learned yesterday. T he Cooperative’s chairman, Leon Pinder, said though there a re still more steps to work through with the IDB before the first disbursement of the grant, the training initiative could begin as early as nextw eek. It is hoped that this initiative w ill allow north Abaco fisher men to have greater presence on the seafood trading front, d evelop good business management skills and inherit environmentally-friendly fishing techniques. “The overall objective is to h elp the fishing operators in North Abaco to consolidate their presence in the export market,” said NAFCO's prog ramme plan. "In pursuit of this objective, the project will involve interv entions that target the e nabling environment, the institutional capacity of NAFCO a nd the individual fishing operators.” A ccording to NAFCO’s plan, its objective is to provide tech-n ical support for planned infra structure development prog rammes. Mr Pinder told this paper recently that the co-operative is building a fish house, fish proc essing plant and marine shop in order to provide the fishermen with necessary equipment “and get to the point where we can export our own fish to max-i mise the income”. The programme will be available to members of the cooperative as well as potential m embers. The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture ( IICA) was recruited by NAFC O to conduct the 18-month training programme, through a ssociation with the IBD and the Bahamas Cooperative L eague. NAFCO was responsible for $ 65,000 of the $215,000 cost of the initiative. F ishermen involved in the programme will undergo entrepreneurial training to strengthen their individual business skills, while institutionals trengthening seminars will “provide support for the devel-o pment of producer cluster, which will help individual fishermen to improve their market penetration”. Mr Pinder said recently that f ishermen in the North Abaco area have long been brandeda s uneducated and notoriously bad at managing their fishing r evenues. He said that, gener ally, most fishermen do not complete high school, so the programme is essential to the s ector's future, and the future of the fishermen at large. “Once the IDB does the training and we are already to belt course on our building,t hen we'll move on to the phase where we can get a local loan from the other cooperatives like the credit union,” Mr Pind er said. “We will need more funding to get where we want to get, b ut that won't be done until we h ave the technical training that is provided from the IDB.” C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM btrt tfr f r !%* '!$() ))!*&*#tffn""bnff ! $ %#&!*&*# !%** 1 27,&(LVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDW %261(/%58786RI 0$5.(7675((71$66$8%$+$0$6 LVDSSO\LQJWR WKH0LQLVWHUUHVSRQVLEOHIRU1DWLRQDOLW\DQG&LWL]HQVKLSIRUU HJLVWUDWLRQQDWXUDOL]DWLRQDVFLWL]HQRI7KH%DKDPDVDQG WKDWDQ\SHUVRQZKRNQRZVDQ\UHDVRQZK\UHJLVWUDWLRQ QDWXUDOL]DWLRQVKRXOGQRWEHJUDQWHGVKRXOGVHQGZULWWHQD QGVLJQHGVWDWHPHQWRIWKHIDFWVZLWKLQWZHQW\HLJKWGD\V IURPWKH 6HSWHPEHU WR WKH 0LQLVWHUUHVSRQVLEOH IRUQDWLRQDOLW\DQG&LWL]HQVKLS3%R[1DVVDX% DKDPDV127,&( IDB approves $150,000 grant to aid NAFCO training programme

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Investments’ clients, Mr Culm er said that as a result of his successful negotiations: “There is no longer any restriction on the ability of the liquidator to release the customers’ assets tot hem, no need for any disclosure of the customers’ financial information or records whatsoever, and no question of there b eing any settlement from the customers’ assets of the $220,000 forfeiture order made against Mr Tremblay.” Mr Culmer described the Attorney General’s agreement to remove the asset freezing orders as “an exceptionally good outcome”, adding that he w as now working to verify which assets belonged to each client, before he applied to the Supreme Court to release them to the beneficial owners. By negotiating the agreement with the Attorney General, Mr Culmer has also been able to avoid legal costs that would have resulted if he had toa sk the Supreme Court to overturn the restraining orders.T hese costs would have had to be paid by Dominion Investm ents’ clients from the assets that the company held on their behalf. The court-imposed restraint orders, which were granted onJ anuary 31, 2006, and May 2, 2006, had been left in place fol-l owing Mr Tremblay’s convic tion because he has yet to pay t he $220,000 confiscation order to the US authorities. Both orders were obtained by the Attorney General’s Office,u pon the request of the US Justice Department. In his previous report to the Supreme Court on Dominion I nvestments’ liquidation, Mr Culmer said he felt “very strongly that the very least” Mr Tremblay could do for his former clients was to settle theC onfiscation Order. “The liquidator is particularly concerned to secure the release of the assets in the B ahamas from the Restraint Orders, and the return thereof to their beneficial owners without any disclosure of the identity of those beneficial ownerso r the source of their funds,” Mr Culmer said then. “The liquidator has, to date, been unable to release the a ssets held in the Bahamas to the beneficial owners thereof due to the Restraint Orders that remain in place, but as set o ut above he is presently taking steps to address this.” M r Culmer added in his previous liquidator’s report that h e had been able to protect the confidentiality, and identities,o f Dominion Investments’ clients. Of course, a quick, simple and effective solution, which would avoid the costs of the further litigation of the liquidator’s application to dis c harge the Restraint Orders, which would pose no risk to thec onfidentiality of the customers’ affairs, and which would enable the immediate release of the customer’s funds from theR estraint Orders, would be for Martin Tremblay to pay the $220,000 Confiscation Order,” Mr Culmer said then. The liquidator feels very strongly that the very least Martin Tremblay should do is garner his resources and settle the amount of the ConfiscationO rder so that customers’ assets can thereby be released to them without further delay.” The liquidator had already s ecured the removal of a Canadian Restraint Order, imposed by regulators in that country, on Dominion Investments’ client assets there on April 10,2 008. The Canadian assets have since been released to their beneficial owners. Following the $220,000 forf eiture order made against Mr Tremblay in the US, the courts there amended it on August 11, 2008, providing that his rights, t itle and interest in Dominion Investments’ accounts frozen i n the Bahamas now vest in the US government. M r Tremblay had challenged that order on the grounds thatt he assets concerned belonged to Dominion Investments’ c lients, not himself, but this was rejected by the US courts. The US court order is specifically seeking to gain control of assets held in five accounts int he name of Dominion Investments at three separateB ahamas-based banks. They are: Account Numbers 400-5062 and 500-303-3 at the Royal Bank of Canada in Nassau A ccount Numbers 1376890 and 1376920 at Barclays Bank( likely FirstCaribbean International Bank Bahamas) in Nas s au Account Number 101wa3581930 at Ferrier Lullin (now Julius Baer There is no suggestion that any of these financial institut ions have done anything wrong in relation to the Tremblay situ a tion. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM www.BankBahamas.comBank of The Bahamas wishes to advise our valued customers that our Card Centre numbers have changed for all Prepaid, Credit and Medline Card holders. Please note that the new numbers are: NOTICELocal: 242-396-6010 International: 1-877-204-5110 Toll FreeFamily Island: 1-242-300-0111 Toll Free 7 KH3XEOLFLVKHUHE\DGYLVHGWKDW +25$7,2/(:,6 675$&+$1 RI3%R[1DVVDX%DKDPDV L QWHQGVWRFKDQJHQDPHWR +25$7,25$< )/2:(56 ,IWKHUHDUHDQ\REMHFWLRQVWRWKLVFKDQJH R QDPH'HHG3ROO\RXPD\ZULWHVXFKREMHFWLRQV WRWKH&KLHI3DVVSRUW2IFHU31DVVDX % DKDPDVQRODWHUWKDQWKLUW\GD\VDIWHUWKHGDWHRI SXEOLFDWLRQRIWKLVQRWLFH $2.63m client asset freeze order ended F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA SAN SAL V ADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather . T emperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDO Low: 73F/23C Low: 75F/24C Low: 75F/24C Low: 78F/26C Low: 78 F/26 C Low: 78F/26C Low: 78 F/26 C Low: 78 F/26 C High: 90F/32C High: 91F/33C High: 89 F/32 C High: 88 F/31 C High: 89F/32C High: 88 F/31C High: 87F/31C Low: 80F/27C High: 90F/32C Low: 80 F/27 C High: 90F/32C RAGGED ISLAND Low: 74F/23C High: 88 F/31 C Low: 79F/26C High: 89 F/32 Low: 76F/24C High: 87F/31C Low: 76 F/24C High: 90F/32C Low: 76 F/24 C High: 92F/33C Low: 77 F/25 C High: 89F/32C Low: 74 F/23 C High: 90F/32C Low: 77F/25C High: 92 F/33 C Low: 76F/24C High: 89F/32C High: 86 F/30 C FREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 08 TH , 2009, PAGE 11B THE WEATHER REPORT 5-D AY F ORECAST Mainly cloudy with thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, a couple of t-storms. Mostly cloudy, a t-storm; breezy. Partly sunny, a t-storm possible. High: 87 Low: 78 High: 87 High: 86 High: 88 A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel Sunshine with a shower or t-storm. High: 89 Low: 77 Low: 77 Low: 76 AccuWeather RealFeel 94F T he exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature i s an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and e levation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 85F 101-79F 88-82F 96-83F 97-80F Low: 75 TODAYTONIGHTWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY A LMANAC High ..................................................88F/31C Low ....................................................75F/24C Normal high ......................................88F/31C Normal low ........................................75F/24C Last year's high .................................. 89 F/32C Last year's low .................................. 77 F/25C As of 2 p.m. yesterday ..................................1.90" Year to date ................................................27.20" Normal year to date ....................................32.97" Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation S UN AND M OON T IDESFOR N ASSAU Last New First Full Sep. 11 Sep. 18Sep. 26Oct. 4 Sunrise . . . . . . 6:53 a.m. Sunset . . . . . . . 7:21 p.m. Moonrise . . . . 9:37 p.m. Moonset . . . . 10:24 a.m. Today Wednesday Thursday Friday HighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 10:42 a.m.3.14:22 a.m.0.2 11:02 p.m.2.65:03 p.m.0.4 11:26 a.m.3.15:02 a.m.0.3 11:47 p.m.2.55:52 p.m.0.5 12:17 p.m.3.15:47 a.m.0.3 -----6:48 p.m.0.6 12:40 a.m.2.46:41 a.m.0.4 1:17 p.m.3.07:51 p.m.0.6 W ORLD C ITIES Acapulco90/3277/25t93/3379/26pc Amsterdam73/2263/17pc70/2157/13c Ankara, Turkey81/2756/13pc77/2552/11c Athens77/2564/17pc79/2668/20sh Auckland61/1643/6s59/1548/8pc Bangkok91/3281/27t91/3279/26t Barbados86/3078/25pc86/3077/25s Barcelona83/2862/16pc75/2364/17s Beijing79/2661/16pc81/2755/12pc Beirut88/3177/25s79/2673/22s Belgrade76/2455/12s77/2560/15pc Berlin77/2562/16pc82/2759/15pc Bermuda83/2876/24sh85/2974/23s Bogota68/2044/6sh68/2041/5c Brussels79/2659/15pc77/2557/13pc Budapest77/2554/12s79/2657/13s Buenos Aires52/1137/2pc55/1236/2s Cairo97/3672/22s95/3572/22s Calcutta86/3077/25r86/3079/26t Calgary63/1739/3s65/1846/7pc Cancun91/3275/23pc90/3272/22pc Caracas84/2872/22t82/2774/23t Casablanca89/3172/22s86/3070/21pc Copenhagen71/2161/16c76/2452/11pc Dublin64/1752/11r64/1750/10pc Frankfurt82/2755/12pc84/2859/15pc Geneva 81/27 52/11 s 78/2551/10s Halifax 73/22 50/10 pc 64/17 51/10 s Havana 90/32 70/21 t 88/31 72/22 r Helsinki 63/17 55/12sh66/1854/12pc Hong Kong 93/33 84/28 s 91/32 82/27s Islamabad 103/39 72/22 s 102/38 71/21 s Istanbul77/2567/19sh74/2366/18r Jerusalem 84/28 62/16s83/2862/16s Johannesburg 76/2450/10s79/2652/11s Kingston 88/3179/26t89/3179/26sh Lima72/2257/13pc70/2157/13pc London79/2655/12pc73/2252/11pc Madrid88/3163/17pc86/3061/16pc Manila82/2777/25r84/2877/25r Mexico City73/2255/12t73/2255/12t Monterrey90/3272/22t89/3170/21t Montreal77/2557/13s72/2255/12s Moscow68/2050/10pc72/2252/11pc Munich77/2545/7s77/2548/8s Nairobi85/2955/12pc85/2955/12pc New Delhi 91/3277/25t86/3075/23r Oslo63/1752/11r66/1845/7pc Paris82/2759/15pc82/2761/16pc Prague 76/24 51/10 s 77/25 52/11 pc Rio de Janeiro93/3378/25s84/2871/21s Riyadh113/4586/30s111/4384/28s Rome 81/27 59/15 s 81/27 61/16 s St. Thomas89/3178/25pc88/3180/26sh San Juan54/1234/1c63/1735/1s San Salvador 90/32 70/21 t 88/31 73/22 pc Santiago 57/1332/0pc59/1537/2s Santo Domingo90/3275/23pc86/3073/22sh Sao Paulo 80/26 64/17 t 74/23 62/16t Seoul79/2661/16s77/2563/17s Stockholm 68/20 52/11 pc 72/22 50/10 pc Sydney 70/21 50/10 s68/2046/7pc Taipei94/3479/26pc91/3277/25pc T okyo 81/27 70/21 c 79/26 70/21 pc T oronto 74/2357/13t72/2257/13pc Trinidad97/3672/22s90/3263/17pc V ancouver 63/17 55/12 pc 67/1954/12r Vienna 77/2555/12s73/2259/15s W arsaw 73/22 48/8 s 72/22 52/11 pc Winnipeg 77/25 53/11 r 74/2350/10s H ighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C T odayWednesday Weather (Ws -sunny, pc -partly cloudy, c -cloudy, sh -showers, t -thunderstorms, r -rain, sf -snow flurries, sn -snow, i -ice, Prcp-precipitation, Tr -trace T ODAY ' S U.S. F ORECAST M ARINE F ORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. NASSAU FREEPORT ABACO Today:SE at 5-10 Knots0-2 Feet7-10 Miles86F Wednesday:E at 5-10 Knots0-2 Feet7-10 Miles86F Today:SE at 5-10 Knots0-2 Feet7-10 Miles85F Wednesday:E at 5-10 Knots0-2 Feet7-10 Miles85F Today:SE at 5-10 Knots0-2 Feet7-10 Miles81F Wednesday:E at 5-10 Knots0-2 Feet7-10 Miles82F U.S. C ITIES Albuquerque86/3064/17t87/3063/17t Anchorage60/1549/9r61/1649/9sh Atlanta88/3167/19pc85/2967/19pc Atlantic City74/2363/17r75/2362/16r Baltimore75/2364/17r74/2364/17r Boston79/2662/16pc68/2055/12pc Buffalo72/2259/15t77/2559/15pc Charleston, SC86/3068/20pc87/3067/19pc Chicago78/2556/13pc80/2658/14pc Cleveland74/2360/15t79/2663/17pc Dallas94/3473/22pc96/3572/22s Denver86/3054/12t81/2755/12pc Detroit77/2562/16t81/2763/17pc Honolulu88/3176/24s89/3176/24s Houston93/3372/22pc94/3472/22t HighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C HighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C HighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C T odayWednesday TodayWednesdayTodayWednesday Indianapolis82/2762/16t82/2763/17pc Jacksonville89/3168/20pc91/3271/21pc Kansas City86/3063/17pc86/3065/18pc Las Vegas99/3776/24s100/3775/23pc Little Rock90/3268/20pc90/3269/20pc Los Angeles81/2764/17pc84/2864/17pc Louisville84/2865/18t85/2963/17pc Memphis90/3271/21pc91/3270/21pc Miami89/3178/25t88/3178/25t Minneapolis80/2664/17pc77/2560/15t Nashville86/3063/17t88/3162/16pc New Orleans88/3173/22t89/3173/22t New York77/2565/18c72/2262/16r Oklahoma City90/3266/18pc92/3368/20pc Orlando90/3273/22t89/3173/22t Philadelphia76/2463/17r72/2263/17r Phoenix 100/37 81/27 pc 101/3881/27pc Pittsburgh74/2358/14t78/2560/15pc Portland, OR 78/2552/11s78/2558/14pc Raleigh-Durham 80/26 64/17 c 80/26 64/17 c St. Louis85/2965/18pc87/3067/19pc Salt Lake City 84/28 56/13 s 88/3160/15s San Antonio 91/32 73/22 pc 93/33 73/22 pc San Diego75/2366/18pc77/2567/19pc San Francisco 75/23 57/13 pc 79/2657/13pc Seattle69/2052/11pc68/2056/13c T allahassee 90/3266/18pc93/3369/20t T ampa 91/32 75/23 t 91/32 75/23t Tucson95/3572/22t93/3373/22pc W ashington, DC 76/24 64/17r73/2265/18r UV I NDEX T ODAY T he higher the A ccuWeather UV Index T M n umber, the greater the need for eye and skin protection. 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G REEN SCENE By Gardener Jack C M Y K C M Y K HEALTH PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e THE little darlings are back in school and that is a reminder that the vegetable season can get underway. In many ways the vegetable growing season in The Bahamas mirrors the school year. They both start in September and by December results are expected. The second term from January to Easter is the most productive time, and the third term is for consolidation and finals. Then a two month hiatus and off we go again. Vegetables are best grown in fair ly small lots no wider than a dining table but about twice the length. These dimensions allow you to plant and reap without placing a foot within your growing area, leaving the ground nicely aerated. I like to add a bag or two of topsoil and commercial cow manure to the old soil and work it in with a little fertiliser. There are three main types of fer tiliser: granular, time-release, and soluble (or liquid tiliser is usually bought in large containers or sacks and is the cheapest overall. That said, salt build-up over the years could harm your gar den in the end. Timerelease fertilisers usually resemble little spheres. These leave no salt residue and once applied can last for weeks. The package will tell you that you only have to apply the fertiliser once every 3 or 4 months.I always cut the advertised time in half. Liquid or soluble fertilisers are applied with the use of a hose and an applicator is need ed. This is the most expensive method of fertilising your garden but is very effective if applied every week. The vegetables we grow can be divided into 60-90-120 day crops. Read your seed package carefully. Some tomatoes are advertised to produce in 60 days but that time is calculated from transplant, so add another 30 days. Sixty-day crops include spinach, English peas, Swiss chard, snap beans, and some summer squash. Most vegetables are 90-day crops like tomatoes, peppers, cabbages, corn, beets, cucumbers and some winter squash. 120-day crops include calabaza pumpkin, winter squash, onions, carrots and fennel. Most vegetables can be started in September but others are best left until the middle of October: English peas, spinach, kohlrabi, Swiss chard and bunching onions. The classic vegetable garden lay out consists of raised rows two or three feet apart. That is fine in Kansas but very wasteful in The Bahamas. Try to get as much out of your garden as possible by grow ing your vegetables in grids or blocks rather than rows. A simple calculation involving the size of a mature plant will give you the spacing required. For carrots, it would be three inches apart; for cabbages, twelve inches. Keep your vegetables coming. Pick them as soon as they are close to ripening as this will encourage greater production. When your vegetables are halfway to maturity, sow seeds for a successive crop. Keep this going throughout the year and one small garden could give you hundreds of dollars-worth of vegetables. Grow the most expensive of vegetables. Green peppers are cheap and readily available. Yellow, red and orange peppers are expensive and take no more effort to grow. Regular onions are inexpensive and always available while bunching onions are pricey. Fennel and kohlrabi are almost impossible to buy, so grow your own if you like them. By the way, if you grow cherry tomatoes, keep them out of your main vegetable garden. Find a small fertile area where they can grow singly. Some cherry tomatoes pro duce plants that cover a vast area and would swallow up your regular garden. And don’t forget to grow herbs. The vegetables you grow will be greatly enhanced by freshly-picked herbs. Many herbs are perennials and stay around for years with little care. j.hardy@coralwave.com Carambola is in season now and isa refreshing thirst quencher . By REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporter When it comes to a your c ar, you ensure that everything is in good order, and f unctioning. You know when t o get a wheel alignment, w hen to change the oil, and g o out of the way to fix your car problems no matter the cost. In the same vein, taking care of your body is just as important, and even more so t han your vehicle. But for m any men, priorities are out o f order. One local health club is trying to change men’s mentality toward their healt h , with a strong focus on p rostate cancer awareness. Their mission: to encourage men to have regular checkups rather than but place the more crucial health matters are on the back-burner of their minds which can lead to life-threatening complications if neglected for so long. In partnership with the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, US TOO (a support group for prostate cancer) is holding a 1,000-Man Walk for prostate cancer awareness on Saturday, September 12 at 6am. The main objective of the event, according to Valentine Maura, senior leader of the US TOO chapter in the Bahamas, is to put the onus on men taking care of themselves so that they can live long, healthy productive lives. From political figures to the everyday Bahamian, the event is expected to attract men from all walks of life, followed by prostate screenings conducted by oncologists at a low cost of $20. T his year the support group expects a significant increase in participants, hoping to have an impressive 1,000 men examined. Last year, 770 plus men were examined, and 450 were examined in 2007. Many doctors acknowledge that prostate screenings hold the stigma of being uncomfortable describing it as seconds of an awkward situation that can improve your lifetime.” Prostate screening by a private doctor can cost around $80. With the discount in price, Mr Maura hopes men will "have no strong enough reason to cop out." The route will start at the Cancer Caring Centre, on to Collins Avenue, down Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue, then Rawson Square, ending at Arawak Cay. US TOO is making special plans to create an atmosphere of ease and relaxation in the waiting areas of the prostate screenings at the various clinics. Tapings of NFL Monday Night Football games, and movies will be shown. Doctors agree that early detect ion is vital to saving lives. Premier resorts like Sandals, Wyndham and other household companies are lending their support to the campaign. "They see the necessity in addressing the health problems that their workers have, in keeping them alive and well to maximise their tenure in the workplace," Mr Maura said. He added: “When you’re talking about transmissions or tuning up a car, the guy will say, you can get the car tuned up for $30 now, or you can let it run but you have to pay me $300 or $3,000 if you need transmission work. "You would go the extra end to ensure that your car is in order, so why not make this investment for your health and well-being." Prostate screenings will also be conducted the week following the walk at local clinics across the island on these dates and venues: Saturday September 12 at the Cancer Caring Centre in Centreville; Tuesday September 15 at Elizabeth Estates Clinic; Tuesday September2 2 at Flamingo Gardens Clinic; Thursday, September 24 at South Beach Clinic; Tuesday September 29 at Flemming St Clinic; and final ly on Saturday October 3 at South Beach Clinic. 1000 MEN TO WALK FOR PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS health Some of the risk factors f or prostate cancer are as follows: 1. Ageprostate cancer is rarely seen in men younger than 50 years old. T he chance of prostate c ancer increases as men g et older. 2. RaceBlack males are more likely to develop p rostate cancer than white males. Black males area lso more likely to die of p rostate cancer than white m ales. 3. Family History of P rostate CancerA man whose father, brother, ors on has had prostate can cer has a higher than-aver-a ge risk of developing prostate cancer. **Other potential risk factors include alcohol consumption, vitamin or mineral interactions, and other dietary habits. (source: www.healingwell.com PROSTATE CANCER RISK FACTORS Fennel is expensive and hard to obtain from stores, so why not grow your own? Start of the vegetable season

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When we first become sexually active, and enter t he adult world of sexual emotions, we believe that this is as good as it gets. W e grow up believing that we should just know how to 'do it' and that everyt hing is meant to come to us naturally. Our young minds are flooded with f eelings of passion, love and sexual desire for our love interest, and we w alk around in a euphoric state. Then things change, the sparkle loses its shine and the whole thing fades away. We question if it was that great then why could it not survive? Why was that not enough to maintain the passion? Is 'hot' or 'sizzling' sex not the same as 'great sex'? Is there more to sex than we first thought? Many theorise but few are bold enough to define 'great sex' as they recognise and respect the individualism of each couple. Looking in at a couple, and judging their satisfaction level, is unproductive because what is great for one would not be enough for another. Clinical research showsu s that even for committed couples, who consider themselves 'normal and healthy', about 50 per cent of sex is mediocare. When we start to think how many factors have to be aligned for two p eople to be 'in sync', on any given d ay, it is surprising that the numbers a re even as high as they are. Satisfaction levels vary because, although we may not feel sexual desire at that particular moment, we recognise the importance of maintaining a close intimate bond. Knowing all of this, it is still interesting for us to consider, what may be important to experience 'great sex'. Without a doubt the number one factor is 'being present in the moment.' This means all senses awakened and ready to respond. It also means being emotionally and spiritually connected throughout the experience. The mind has to be focused and all outside distractions removed. For women, in particular, deep passionate kissing elevates arousal and is an essential magical element for great sex. The importance of being true to one’s self and being able to relax and free of all inhibitions. This liberated state allows an increased level of communication and produces a desire to give more than we get. The saying 'the more you give the more you get in return' rings true. This level of emotional and sexual intimacy extends to all forms of expression, both verbal and non verbal, and allows experimentation with out fear or repercussions. It is an atmosphere of a 'safe playground' that allows the losing of inhibitions. You may consider all of these factors as being 'good sex' but there seems to be a defining moment when everything transcends reality. Transcendence is a heightened altered state, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is that sense of peace, high, 'out of body experience', or 'trance like state'. Comparisons are even made between highly spiritual and religious experiences. Once we experience it we then understand the difference between 'good' and 'great sex'. On reading this you may have flash backs to specific instances when you have felt that exceptional sexual experience and moments of ecstasy. Memories of a particular setting, person, time and deep connection give us all hope that there is more to this whole sex thing. But for those who have not had such an experience take note of the essential ingredients and add your own. Nothing is text book and we all need to explore the magic and mystery of our own sexuality. Raising our expectations each time will often help us focus on the ultimate experience. If your sex life is a little 'ho-hum' then know that it is possible to turn things around, reduce unsatisfactory sex and increase the times of 'great sex.' Our minds ultimately control us and opening them wide to new concepts can change our lives and happiness. Margaret Bain is an Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist. She isa Registered Nurse and a Certified Clinical Sex Therapist. Call for an appointmentRelate Bahamas at 3647230, oremail relatebahamas@yahoo.com orwww.relatebahamas.blogspot.com. S he is also available for speaking e ngagements. L OVING RELATIONSHIPS C M Y K C M Y K HEALTH THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM What is great sex? B y MAGGIE BAIN There's no shortage of myths when it comes to acne. Cutt hrough the rumors and understand the facts to furt her your understanding of how to keep skin clear. M yth 1 : A blackhead is actually dirt inside the pore. FALSE! Blackheads, known as open comedones, are simply whiteheads that haver eached the skin's surface, triggering oxidisation upon contact with air. Oxidisation makes the comedone change/darken in color (thinkh ow an apple turns brown after it's been cut). M yth 2 : Sugary, refined foods contribute to acne. T his is actually a misinterpretation these foods don't directly cause acne, but they do feed the breeding ground for acne by exacerbating sebum production. Speak toy our professional skin thera pist to find out if your oil prod uction is being triggered by specific food intake. M yth 3 : Sunscreens increase oil production and feed acne bacteria. FALSE. Speak with your professional skin therapist aboutn ew, sophisticated formulations that provide sun protection with skin care benefits, including oil control and minimisation of bacteria. Myth 4 : Stay away from fabric softeners.T RUE! Try to stay away from use of fabric softeners on s heets and pillowcases. Beef lard and fragrance are the main ingredients, and they'll coat your skin! Do your laundry habits affect your skin? By SARAH BEEK By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter OBESITY,hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, cancer, asthma and arthritis all chronic non-communicable diseases, (CNCDs of life and economic status of individuals and families in The Bahamas. In the past, CNCDs were prevalent primar ily among older adults in the Bahamas. However, it now appears that they are affecting a wider range of Bahamians, including youth, and are the leading causes of illness and disability. CARICOM health officials, since 2007, have declared the second Saturday in September as Caribbean Wellness Day and this year’s event will be observed on September 12 under the theme: “Love that Body,” The Ministry of Health has planned an “All Day Mega Health Extravaganza,” starting 11am prompt ‘til 6pm on the grounds of the ministry’s complex at the juncture of Augusta, Delancy and Meeting Streets. Dr Yasmin Williams-Robinson, chairperson for Caribbean Wellness Day in the Bahamas said that her planning team “is hop ing to engage the public to come and enjoy various aspects of wellness whether it be through physical exercise or sampling the healthy eats that will be provided.” The Mega Health Extravaganza will involve demonstrations of various physical activities, such as salsa dancing, a step show, karate, marching bands, and other activities. For adults attending the event, there will be an array of free health screenings, including blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight screening, and healthy food demonstrations. For the children there will be a ful ly supervised bouncing castle, and in the late afternoon everyone will be able to get their “bodies in motion” to the rhythmic beat of the One Family Junkanoo rush out. There will also be booths organised by various gyms, spas and wholesalers featuring spe cial give-aways throughout the day, and a “punchboard” where patrons, for a minimum donation, will be eligible to try for a variety of food prizes. The Ministry of Health is doing their own inhouse set of activities each day this week, leading up to Saturday’s extravaganza. Yesterday was “Drink 8 glasses of water,” today is “Eat a Fruit,” Wednesday is “Get into the Gym,” Thursday is “Walk after Work,” and Friday- “Get up and Move.” Caribbean Wellness Day set for September 12 FOR adults attending the event, there will be an array of free health screenings, including blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight screening, and healthy food demonstrations.

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Today we will try to be a veterinary dentist and educate you the concerned pet owner on the proper ways of maintaining good oral health of your dog. We all know that teeth are the bony growths on the jaws and are found inside of the mouth. They are used to capture, kill and prepare food for eating, and as tools of defence. Almost without exception, puppies are born without teeth. The milk teeth or decidious teeth begin to appear at about 3 weeks. By 6-8 weeks, a puppy will have a full set of twentyeight teeth. Puppies do not have molars and their milk teeth will remain for only 3-7 months. Beginning at 3 months, the milk teeth are replaced by permanent teeth. By 7 months, a puppy should have all their adult teeth, 42 to be exact. By knowing eruption dates of teeth a veterinarian can approximate the exact age of your pet. There are 4 types of teeth in a dog, incisors, canines, pre-molars and molars. The incisors are used to rip or tear meat from a bone and to groom themselves. Canine teeth are used to capture and hold objects and prey. The pre-molars and molars in the rear of the jaw are sharp, triangular teeth that include the carnassial teeth that are characteristic of meat eaters. They work like scissors to shear flesh and crush bone. The flattened molars are designed to crush vegetable foods and bone. Normally, the roots of baby teeth are reabsorbed as the adult teeth take their place. When this fails to happen, and the baby teeth don’t fall out, the dogs may appear to have a double set of teeth. Retained baby teeth should be extracted, so that permanent teeth will have room to grow. Toy breeds tend to have many retained teeth. Sometimes a crowded mouth pushes teeth out of alignment resulting in a maloc c lusion and poor dental hygiene. W hen the mouth is closed, the lower c anine teeth are normally situated in front of the upper canines, the upper incisors overlap the lower and the upper pre-molar points to fit into the spaces between lower pre-molars. Malocclusion refers to the abnormal bite when the mouth is closed. An incorrect bite causes breeders more concern than any other mouth problem. Most malocclusion is heredity, resulting from genetic factors that control the rate of growth of the upper and lower jaws. Over shot (prognathism the upper jaw protrudes beyond the lower jaw. Under shot bite (brachtignatism) is the reverse of the overshot bite. It is considered normal in certain breeds like the bulldog and the pug. In my practice, periodontal (gum disease, is one of the most common problems seen. It occurs in two forms gingivitis; a reversible inflammation of the gums and periodontitis, an inflammation of the deeper structures supporting the teeth. Gingivitis develops when bacteria builds up between the teeth and gum l eading to irritation, inflammation and bleeding. The edges of healthy gums fit tightly around the teeth. Dental calculus or tartar is composed of minerals, food particles bacteria and other organic materials. When it is soft it is called plaque, when it is hard it is called calculus. Clinical signs of gingivitis are bad breath. The gums appear red and swollen and bleed easily when touched. Treatment is to clean the teeth by ultrasonic scaling and polishing to remove all plaque and calculus. For optimum results, the dog should be heavily sedated or anesthetised. Periodontitis is a continuation of gingivitis. As the gum infection attacks the cementum and periodontal mem brane, the roots become infected then the teeth begin to loosen and eventually they detach and fallout. This is a painful process and we advise you to seek veterinary assistance in correcting this painful problem. This can cause aggressive, moody, tendencies of your beloved dog. C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM m inutes to create a prof ile of what they are looking for and then select persons based on those requirements. Clients pay $100 for a four monthm embership fee.” She explained that during that time clients cang et to know the other pers on and develop a bond with them. The reason that we do a 4 month membership is because we want ourc lients to develop meaningful relationships and it m ay take that long to do that. If people don’t find a match in that time, they c an always meet someone else. We try to keep it b ased on compatibility and moral values and not the physical.” H owever she pointed out that if a match is not m ade, the client can come back and meet someone else. Some people may see two or three people a month, others don’t wantt o go out with more with than one person at a time, so it really depends on the individual.” “Also we are completely discrete, when I leave work, I take my clients’ files with me so it is completely confidential. When we first came up with the idea of the company, we were a little hes itant because we felt that some Bahamians would not be that liberal, but things are evolving and there has been an increase in online dating and persons willing to post their photos on line, so it works.” Inspired by the success of the business to date, Mr and Moore are host ing their company’s first singles event this Saturdaysomething they say will be “ a magical nightto remember. The event will be a sin gles wine tasting on 2009 at Curly's Caf, Cable beach next to Sandals. The official sponsor for the event is Bristol Winesand spirits. Other spon sors are Starbucks, Logos book store and Hollis Spa. The event promises to be a fun and exciting one with free giveaways, dating games, wine and food all night long. Tickets for the event are $20 and are sold at Soul Mates dating service,Bay Street in the Shoppers Haven on Bay com plex. Mrs Darville Moore said the response to the event has been phenome nal with the company almost selling out of tick ets already. Soul searching FROM page 12 Maintenance of teeth and gums of your dog B y D R BASIL SANDS The reason that we do a 4 m onth membership is because we want our clients to develop meaningful relationships and it may take that long to do that. If people don’ t find a match in that time, they can always meet someone else. We try to keep it based on compatibility and moral values and not the physical. O meka DarvilleMoore BANK of The Bahamas will host a day-long health and wellness expo with top medical, fitness and nutrition experts, including lead ing surgeons, physicians and other professionals from The Bahamas and South Florida, on September 12. “We at Bank of The Bahamas are very excited about bringing the first ever BOB MEDLINE Health & Wellness Expo to the Bahamian public, free of charge and with the variety of experts, presentations and demonstrations designed to provide answers to almost any question someone might have about their health or the health of a loved one,” said Vaughn Delaney, deputy managing director, Information Technology and Human Resources and one of the driving forces behind the recently-launched BOB MEDLINE VISA. “Some of the most respected and best-known surgeons and physicians from leading South Florida health care facilities along with leaders in health care from The Bahamas will discuss issues ranging from spinal stenosis to orthodontics revolutionised. Other topics include breast cancer, da Vinci robotic surgery and solid advice on how to main tain a healthy heart. There will also be free screenings for blood pressure and cholesterol and free makeovers. The bank introduced the special purpose credit card dubbed “your prescription for health” last month. Participants in the BOB Health and Wellness Expo include Baptist Health South Florida, Broward General Hospital, The Medical Pavilion Bahamas, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Doctors Hos pital, Miami Children's Hospital, University of Miami Health Systems, CMI South, Opera Suites and Marina, Bahamas Diabetic Associa tion, Bahamas Family Planning, Bahamas Heart Association, Bahamas Neurological Center, Bahamas Ortho dontic Centre, Bahamas Plastic Surgery and Laser Arts Center for Esthetics, Bally Total Fitness, The Cancer Society, Center for Specialized Dentistry, Foot & Ankle Institute/Walk-in Clinic, Impressions Dental, Jemi Health and Wellness, John Bull, Mystical Fitness, Prescription Parlour Pharmacy, Providence Rehabilitation Centre, Subway, The Skin Centre & West Bay Dental. The one day event will be held at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Saturday September 12 from 10am to 4.30pm. There is no charge and partners are offering numerous giveaways, includ ing two weekend stays at Opera Suites and Marina on Biscayne Bay. For more information contact 3966010. BOB MEDLINE HEALTH EXPO ANNOUNCED Bank of The Bahamas today unveiled plans for a major health and wellness expo this Saturday at the Sheraton, Cable Beach, with free screenings, demonstrations, giveaways and the most current medical information presented by leading medical experts from The Bahamas and South Florida. Pictured at the press conference l-r, Dr Barry Russell, Bahamas Orthodontic Center, who is set to speak on the procedures that are revolutionising orthodontics, Vaughn Delaney, Deputy Managing Director, Bank of The Bahamas and Dr Conville Brown, founder of The Medical Pavilion, who is addressing the topic of the healthy heart. More than 40 medical or lifestyle-related facilities or businesses will be represented at the Expo that runs from 10 am to 4.30 pm. It is free to the public. W e l l i n g t o n C h e a / D P & A P h o t o Bank of The Bahamas announces major health & wellness expo OVER shot (prognathism occurs when the upper jaw protrudes beyond the l ower jaw. Under shot bite (brachtignatism) is the reverse of the overshot bite. It is considered normal in certain breeds like the bulldog and the pug.

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C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONC HEALTH: Body and mind T UESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL T ribune Features Editor L ooking for that perfect soulmate, someone you can share not just a f e w casual dat es but a lif e t ime wit h, then look no further than Soul Mates dating service, the Christian match mak er com pan y whic h seeks t o con n ect their clients with potential marr iage par tners. In a recent interview with Tribune Woman Omeka DarvilleMoore, who founded the company along with her husband Philip, explained that the service is for thoses erious minded individuals who are looking for meaningful, long term relationships and possible marriage. Mr and Mrs Moore both feel that it is their c alling to bring positive change in the lives of many people out there who are searching for love. Mr and Mrs Moore say they both know the hardship of dating, because before they founde ach other they always knew in their hearts that they hadn't met their soul mate. Finding the right mate requires patience, an openh eart and an open mind they added. They both commented that they have been c onfronted with challenges in regards to very picky clients. They have found that although some clients come to them for help, they still h ave a warped perception of what a good mate is. Many focus on looks, material wealth or what another can do for them. After, bringing those clients back to reality, they eventually find a suitablem atch and soon find that those things become insignificant. S oul Mates is very selective in who they accept and will not match casual dates, intimate encounters or same sex couples. Theirs tandards, the couple added are very high and they recently had to dismiss a client who did not follow the rules and guidelines of the com pany. “The average age of our female clients is a bout 30 and the average age for males is around 40, I have found that persons that age are really serious and know exactly what they are looking for, but we have also had persons ranging in age from 21-65.” T he company operates like the much advertised Eharmonyusing detailed profiles of individuals to match clients based on compatibility. “We sit down with the client for about 20-30 Dating Service to host their first singles event! Soul SEARCHING SEE page 10 Soul Mates dating service is a Christian match maker company which seeks to connect their clients with potential marriage partners.