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Senior PLPs in
lockout threat

Wilchcombe, Bridgewater
have allegedly failed to
pay rent for business

WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe and
former senator Pleasant
Bridgewater were said to be
struggling to avoid being
locked out of their joint-ven-
ture business last night for
allegedly failing to pay the
rent for at least two months.

Sources told Tribune Busi-
ness that for the moment
they managed to stop the
landlord from changing the
locks by promising to make a
payment before the close of
the business day yesterday.

Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater are said to owe the landlord,
Florida-based Associated Grocers, close to $200,000.

Sources have claimed Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater have
disputed the sum they owe.

This could not come at a more inconvenient time for the pair. Mr
Wilchcombe is set to chair the PLP’s national convention next
month and has just announced his bid for the deputy leadership post.

Ms Bridgewater, meanwhile, is due to appear in court later this
month to answer charges in connection with an alleged attempt to
extort money from Hollywood actor John Travolta following the
death of his son.

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Meeting to decide if Wilchcombe will

continue as PLP convention chairman

THE question of whether
PLP MP Obie Wilchcombe
will continue as chairman of
the party’s national conven-
tion was expected to be decid-
ed at a special leadership
meeting held last night at PLP
Headquarters, The Tribune

has learned.

According to sources with-
in the party, this special meet-
ing will also deal with the role
of a well-known PLP sup-
porter who is alleged to be a

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Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Business
Association yesterday called
on police to make all crimes
against companies public so
others in the commercial
sector can be on guard
against violent attacks.

The group also urged all
businesses that were victims
of crime to release the infor-
mation to police to provide
accurate statistics.

"Criminals have taken
lawlessness up an ante and
we and our employees are
now soft targets as we come
face to face with these gun-
wielding bandits," said a
statement released by the
BBA yesterday.

"We cannot allow the
scourge of crime that is

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Former EMS worker claims
wrongful dismissal from
Rand Memorial Hospital

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Former
EMS worker Marcus Gar-
vey — one of two para-
medics in an ambulance that
transported John Travolta’s
son to the Rand Memorial
Hospital — is claiming that
he was wrongfully terminat-
ed by the hospital.

Garvey, who had worked
at the hospital for the past 30
years, said his dismissal has

400,000 decline in
airport passengers

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

through the airport, were down
ten per cent in the same period.

However, at the same time,
the number of employment
opportunities at the airport has
expanded as the Nassau Airport
Development company (NAD)
has pumped $19 million into
redeveloping the airport in the
last two years.

According to NAD Vice
President of Airport Develop-

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NASSAU’S Lynden Pindling
International Airport saw a
decline of 300,000 passengers
during the last financial year as
the economic downturn caused
the total number of travellers
passing through its gates to fall
to 3.1 million.

US. passengers, who account
for 68 per cent of the traffic

16-year-old shot while
waiting at bus stop

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy had to be bandaged and rushed to hospi-
talin an ambulance yesterday afternoon after being shot while wait-
ing at a bus stop near the Mall at Marathon.

At around 3pm, as crowds of school children filled the area short-
ly after their schools closed for the day, police said the young man
reportedly was standing near the bus stop when a man with dread-
locks pulled up and shot him in the upper right thigh.

The gunman, described as being of dark complexion, and driving
a burgundy coloured Nissan Maxima, then sped away.

The 16-year-old, who police say is not a student, is now in stable
condition in hospital. No motive for the attack has yet been suggested.

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left him “physically and
mentally” stressed. He has
not found employment since
being dismissed earlier this
year.

“T have given the Rand 30
years of dedicated service,
from a volunteer until I
became a full-time employ-
ee, beginning as a mortuary
assistant and was later trans-
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Nominations
for hotel union
elections on
September 15

By NATARIO McKENZIE
i Tribune Staff Reporter
: nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

NOMINATIONS for the

hotel union elections will be
? held on September 15 The
: Tribune has learned.

The new nomination date

i was confirmed following a
i board meeting of the union’s
i Executive Council yesterday,
? according to First Vice Presi-
i dent Kirk Wilson. On Mon-
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i President of the Bahamas
? Hotel Catering and Allied
i Workers Union BHCAWU,
i convene a meeting of the
i Executive Council to set the
? new nomination date. All per-
? sons wishing to nominate to
? run for union offices on the
i agreed Election Day may do
? so, the ruling stated. Justice
i Adderley had directed that

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YouTube video explains
‘true cost of Bunker C’

Activism group Clean Power Abaco uses website to raise concerns over BEC plan

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ernment'’s alleged lack of trans-
parency and local considera-
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activism group Clean Power
Abaco has released a video on
Youtube that seeks to explain
the “true cost of Bunker C".

With nearly 6,000 hits since
its upload on Monday, Sep-
tember 6, Clean Power Abaco
is spreading awareness of its
disagreement with BEC's plan
to construct and implement the
Number Six Fuel Oil (Bunker
C) Power Plant in Wilson City,
Abaco.

The video, titled "Bunker C
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bines research with video
footage of BEC's plant site and
local flora and fauna scenes.

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to petroleum products that are
less volatile than gasoline and
are burned in heaters such as
furnaces or boilers. There are
different types of fuel oil with
the major distinction being
whether they are distillate,
meaning there are no residual
components, or residual.

The use of the substance
Bunker C, also called resid or
furnace oil, though cheaper in
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seven minutes long, was created
as a reaction to the wealth of
negative research on Bunker C
and the frustration of residents
over not being informed about
the decision.

"Nobody knew anything
about this until people started
asking about the huge road
plowed through the coppice
and pine forest," said Mr
McCoy. "Then people started
asking questions, and BEC kept
ducking, trying to keep every-
one in the dark. This video is a
reaction to that, and to a ton
of research that many people
have been doing on the issue.
There's lots of info out there
about Fuel Oil Number Six
(Bunker C) and it all makes
BEC look irresponsible."

Environment

The video demystifies a lot
of industry jargon surrounding
Bunker C so that the average
citizen can understand its impli-
cations. Clean Power Abaco is
not only concerned about the
plant’s affect on the environ-
ment but also the quality of life
of all inhabitants, especially
BEC workers.

Mr McCoy also commented
on the island's current infra-
structure, stating that often
power outages are a result of
incorrect wiring rather than
load sharing.

BEC will be holding a town
meeting tonight to address
Abaconians and interested par-
ties, shedding some light on
their operations and allowing
feedback. Since the corpora-
tion released its plans to the
public, there has been a varied
response ranging from concern
and fear to outright disgust.

"As a Bahamian, I can at
least say that I am completely
embarrassed and ashamed by
this," said Mr McCoy. The
whole thing, from planning,
through secrecy, to location, to
the type of fuel being used is
totally disgusting, and shows
complete lack of transparency
in government, as well as a total
lack of planning.”

This meeting will be the first
one held by BEC and there is
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lion plant raises not only envi-
ronmental issues but also con-
cerns about how government is
funding the project.

Mr McCoy hopes that with
the international exposure
gained from the Youtube video,
the government will be pres-
sured to respond.

"I think government will sim-
ply ignore local opposition, as
they always have. But we have
gotten emails from people who
are trying to get pressure on
Man B&W in Germany, and
are trying to get the story on
German television, the BBC,
Current Channel and other
European and American out-
lets.

Among the many who have
written letters to the govern-
ment, Dr Frank Boyce, a med-
ical practitioner in Marsh Har-
bour for 25 years, summarizes
his concerns in three parts:
"...the use of this fuel, the pro-
posed site of the generator, and
commitment to use of fossil
fuels into the foreseeable
future."

"The cost and magnitude of
this project suggests commit-
ment to this oil-fired power
production," wrote Dr Boyce.
"In this time of economic slow
down, concern for the environ-
ment, rapid development of
alternative energy, and the
unpredictable cost and supply
of petroleum products, this plan
seems regressive and unstable."

Another group, Friends of
the Environment, has written
letters and hosted meetings to
inform people about the plant
and its consequences. Though
committed to continuing their
efforts, most are discouraged
by lack of government
response. Most feel the deci-
sion is set in stone.

Since their first letter in
March, 2007 when the plant
was originally proposed for
Snake Cay, Friends executive
director Kristin Williams says
they have repeatedly asked for
someone to come and meet
with the community.

"They should at the very
least inform us about what has
been going on. We feel that it is
tantamount that the people
have a forum to express their
concerns."

"T'm not an energy expert,"
admitted Ms Williams, "and it
is important to realise that
Friends is not against a power
plant. We recognise and wel-
come the need for increased
energy in Abaco. But there has
to be another way, I feel that
we have the ability to do some-
thing really progressive."

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Woman warns shoppers after

robbery outside supermarket

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A WOMAN who was knocked
to the ground and robbed of her
handbag outside Super Value in
Cable Beach is warning other
shoppers to beware.

Rosemarie Herzog, 55, of Poin-
ciana Avenue, Saunders Beach,
said the car park was nearly full
when she parked in a space near
the road at around noon on Sat-
urday.

As she was standing at the
back of her car, taking reusable
shopping bags from the trunk, a
dark blue car pulled up silently
behind her and a young man
opened the door to grab Mrs Her-
zog’s bag from her shoulder and
push her to the ground. By the
time Mrs Herzog had come to
her senses, the car was speeding
out of the parking lot, she said.

The loyal Super Value cus-
tomer told The Tribune: “I want
to warn other people, especially
women with handbags, to be care-
ful, because I think they might
have been waiting in the parking
lot for the right moment.

“T didn’t hear the car, I didn’t

Teen suspected of
armed robbery
habhed hy police

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

QUICK responding officers
nabbed a teenager suspected of
holding up a cashier at a Texa-
co gas station on Fire Trail
Road early yesterday morning.

Police said the armed robber
posed as a customer, left the
store, then returned to rob the
cashier before escaping with an
undetermined amount of mon-
ey.

| atthes employee who saw
the incident unfold called the
police. Officers on patrol from
the Cable Beach police station
got the call, and moments after
the robbery spotted a 16-year-
old male suspect in a bushy
area off a track road, near the
service station.

"Around 1.30 this morning a
man entered the Texaco on
Fire Trail Road and Faith
Avenue north — he purchased
a pack of biscuits and left. He
returned to purchase a soda
and it was at this point when
he produced a weapon
demanding cash from the
employee and stole an unde-
termined amount of cash from
the register,” press liaison offi-
cer Asst Supt Walter Evans
said.

Police did not disclose what
type of weapon was used in the
robbery.

"Officers immediately
responded and found a man fit-
ting the description given - he
was at the rear (of the station),
in the southern area of where
the gas station was, he was
caught with a quantity of cash
found on him," Mr Evans said.

Police believe the suspect
acted with an accomplice, but
up to press time had not made
any subsequent arrests.

Mr Evans credited the arrest
to the employee's call and the
quick response from patrolling
officers.

"These are two essential
components (to solving) mat-
ters of crime, early notification
and quick response," he said.

The suspect is expected to be
arraigned in court on related
charges as early as today.

The robbery is the latest in a
series of attacks on local busi-
nesses.

On Tuesday, 44-year-old
Nelson Goodman, who worked
at Bertha's Go-Go Ribs take-
away on Poinciana Avenue,
was shot dead outside the shop
shortly after midnight.

Police suspect Goodman was
shot during a robbery attempt.

Last week a dread-locked
gunman shot 23-year-old Alex
Dean inside his family's hard-
ware store on Parkgate Road
during a brazen daylight armed
robbery attempt.

Mr Dean underwent surgery
for bullet wounds to his back.

About two weeks earlier,
mother-of-three Wendy Bullard
was gunned down and killed in
front of her work place. Ms
Bullard, 34, was shot in the face
as two masked men held up
21st Century Steel Welding on
Royal Palm Street, just yards
away from St Gregory's Angli-
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see it, and no one was outside at
the time so no one saw anything.
They just came up behind me,
grabbed my bag and pushed me
without even getting out of the
car.”

Mrs Herzog had her car keys in
her hand so was able to drive
home before going to the Cable
Beach Police Station with her
husband Michael Herzog, and
then on to Super Value to report
the crime to staff.

Mrs Herzog said: “The store
manager was not there and we
spoke to a young lady. She was
really not interested in what is
happening to customers. She
could not even say sorry, and she
needs urgent training in how to
deal with customers!”

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apologised for the incident and
offered Mrs Herzog compensa-
tion, she said.

However, she asked Mr
Roberts to instead put the money
towards improving security at the
store. She is concerned security
guards are too busy helping peo-
ple with water bottles inside the
store instead of ensuring cus-
tomers are safe as they go to and
from their cars. Mr Roberts told
her he would look into getting
another security camera and
ensuring there are security staff
outside the store at all times, she
said.

“The economy is down, things
are getting worse, and these
things are happening more and
more, that is our concern,” Mrs
Herzog said.

“T want to warn people to look

around when they do their shop-
ping. You don’t expect that to
happen when you go shopping
on a busy Saturday, and I know
it’s not a big thing, but if it hap-
pens more and more people will
not feel safe anymore.

“T was lucky that nothing else
happened. I lost personal things,
keys, my cell phone, and I have
bruises on one leg, but I didn’t
get seriously hurt.

“T have just been left with a
bad feeling, and for me, I am not
carrying any more handbags.
There are things that you may
need with you, but now I go with
my husband and he takes the
money.”

Super Value manager Mr
Roberts did not return calls from
The Tribune before press time
yesterday.



WATER SPILLS over onto the sidewalks of Bay Street yesterday. Heavy rain in the morning caused flood-
ing in the capital with both motorists and pedestrians affected.

Jamaican man’s permanent
residency application halted

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE Immigration Depart-
ment has halted a permanent res-
idency application submitted by a
Jamaican man after his wife told
The Tribune how he abandoned
his family days after submitting
his final paperwork.

The 33-year-old Harbour
Island woman claims her 27-year-
old husband of five years left her
and their two young children, one
who has special needs, in Febru-
ary, and has failed to provide the
family with any financial support.

She wrote to the Immigration
Department requesting the can-
cellation of her husband’s appli-
cation, and made several phone
calls, only to be ignored, she said.

When the woman, who does
not want to be named, found out
her estranged husband’s applica-
tion had been approved last
month she called The Tribune,
prompting a public a response
from the Immigration Depart-
ment.

Immigration officials maintain
the application had been
approved in July pending receipt
of passport photos, a police cer-
tificate and payment.

But in view of the complaint
the department “is not minded
to proceed with the issuance of

the permanent residency”.

A public statement issued by
Immigration reads: “The depart-
ment acted responsibly and effi-
ciently in processing this appli-
cation and nothing untoward
occurred.

“In fact, the department
should be commended for expe-
ditiously executing the couple’s
request.”

According to the department,
the Jamaican man was granted a
work permit after their marriage
in January 2004, and the Bahami-
an woman applied for his resi-
dent spousal permit in Novem-
ber 2004.

A general work permit was
approved for the Jamaican in
March 2005, and in April 2006 a
resident spousal permit was
approved.

The permit expired in January
2009, and the couple submitted
documents in support of a per-
manent residency application in
March.

The department maintains a
letter was sent to the wife in July
informing her that her husband’s
application had been approved
and must be accepted within a
year.

The application process had
already begun when the wom-
an’s cancellation request was
received in June, the department
claims.

The statement reads: “The un-
named lady had no need to see
Minister for Immigration
Branville McCartney as her case
was of an administrative matter.

“Further, the Department has
a cadre of capable, competent
and outstanding officers to deal
with the day-to-day issues.

“Scores of Bahamians visit our
headquarters requesting spousal
permits, permanent residency
and citizenship certificates within
days of marriage.

“On the other hand, the
department is faced with numer-
ous complaints requesting can-
cellation of application and revo-
cation of permits for many rea-
sons.

“The department is also faced
with a number of spouses who
reverse their requests from time
to time.

“While the department
remains empathetic towards
marriages with marital problems
and issues, it is not obliged to
engage in personal disputes as
such matters are heard before
the court.

“However, the department is
committed to ensure that all mar-
riages involving foreign nation-
als are subsisting.”

The woman and her husband
are due to appear in court this
month to agree a legal separa-
tion.

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NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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Alarmed by America’s absurd alarmists

DAYTON, Ohio — Ronald Reagan could
have said it, but Barack Obama did, to
America’s schoolchildren on the day after
Labour Day:

“What you look like, where you come
from, how much money you have, what
you’ve got going on at home — that’s no
excuse for neglecting your homework or
having a bad attitude ... That’s no excuse for
not trying.

“Here in America, you write your own
destiny. You make your own future...

“T know that sometimes you get the sense
from TV that you can be rich and successful
without any hard work — that your ticket to
success is through rapping or basketball or
being a reality TV star, when chances are
youre not going to be any of those things...

“The story of America isn’t about peo-
ple who quit when things got tough. It’s
about people who kept going, who tried
harder, who loved their country too much to
do anything less than their best.”

How is it possible that the very conserva-
tive people who didn’t want their children to
see President Obama’s speech to school-
children didn’t know that 1t would be a con-
servative speech? How could they not have
known that it would celebrate the accessi-
bility of the American dream when pursued
diligently? He has always talked this way.

How is it possible they imagined that he
would use the occasion to promote his
“socialist” agenda?

The calls to schools from anxious parents
did not arise from newspaper or television
stories saying the president would deliver a
back-to-school speech. They arose because
alarms went up on talk radio, talk televi-
sion and conservative Internet sites. Alarms
about political content, about indoctrina-
tion. Said one Fox television commentator,
“This is what Chairman Mao did.”

Some people say the Obama offence was
not just the desire to give the speech, but a
suggestion that went out from the Depart-
ment of Education. DOE proposed that
schools have students write about how to
“help the president.”

But that suggestion could easily be
ignored. Educators write lesson plans. This
one had an unfortunate phrase. Big deal.

Yet the superintendent of schools in
Springboro, in suburban Dayton, said Friday
that so many complaints were coming in

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about the speech that “I’m getting absolute-
ly nothing else done.”

All around the suburbs, superintendents
and principals were meeting about what to
do. In some places around Ohio, that process
continued into this week, when last week’s
decisions were modified. Meanwhile, there
was no great fuss in Dayton. So maybe the
speech ended up reaching the youth the
president had most in mind: those from poor
and troubled neighbourhoods and families,
those facing the hardest struggles, from
places where dropout rates are highest.

Still, there’s a problem to be paused over
here: political inanity of a special degree.

Some commentators have said that the
automatic hostility in some circles to all
things Obama is like the same attitude in
other quarters to all things Bush in the years
before 2009.

Well, yes, there was a certain mania about
that, a certain obsessiveness. But when did it
result in something as bizarre as this: people
calling school offices all over the country to
object to the unobjectionable, to politicize
the most nonpolitical work of a president?

Liberals complained when the first Presi-
dent Bush gave a similar speech. But there
was nothing like this.

Hardly anybody complained that Presi-
dent George W. Bush turned out to be in a
public school on 9/11 (he went to many
schools to promote his education agenda)
or that Dan Quayle was campaigning in a
public school when he misspelled potato.

The special force at work today is the
right-wing propaganda machine in the
media. More skilled than ever, after decades
of honing, it relentlessly delivers the message
that the Democrats are not simply mistaken,
but corrupt, evil, manipulative, extreme,
anti-American, hateful and particularly con-
temptuous of you (the listener) and your
values. That’s the context in which listen-
ers develop preposterous fears about the
most innocuous event. They are primed to
believe just about anything.

One has to wonder what it will take to
make them start to wonder about the sources
of their information. How many absurd
alarms about death squads and birth certifi-
cates — and speeches?

(This article was written by Martin Gottlieb
— c.2009 Cox Newspapers).



can help through prayer.”

An open

letter to
Carl Bethel

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please print this open letter
to Education Minister Carl
Bethel.

Dear Minister

It is with deep concern that
I write this letter to you. Jam
the parent of a 6th grade stu-
dent currently enrolled in the
government system. In June,
after having successfully com-
pleting grade 5, my child
together with his classmates
were dismissed (with awards
and certificates in hand
rewarding such successful
completion) to enjoy the
summer holidays.

This now having been the
second week since classes
resumed, I contacted the
school and spoke with the
Principal to determine when
the book list for Grade 6 will
be issued and was advised
that no book list will be issued
for this year’s Grade 6 class.
To my surprise, I was further
advised that due to the fact
that the children have not yet
completed the workbooks
purchased for Grade 5 level,
such books will now be used
for this school year.

I then queried if whether
this would “put the students
back a grade level, given that
they will still be using books
allocated for the previous”
and was met with the blunt
response of “what do you
think?” The Principal went
further and stated that “it
made no sense to purchase
books for the Grade 6 level
just because the parents can
afford it, because the students

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have not mastered the skills
for the Grade 5 level. I
remind you that it was these
same students that were
awarded for successfully com-
pleting Grade 5 at the end of
the school year.

Now totally bewildered, as
you can well imagine, I
queried as to why these books
were not used and whose
responsibility it is that the stu-
dents did not use the books
and was met with the
response of “it doesn’t mat-
ter whose fault it is, the fact is
the children did not complete
the books and as such would
have to use them for Grade
6.” Needless to say that these
students are now at a disad-
vantage and will have to sit
the GLAT exam next year!

Mr. Minister, when I
attended school, if I was not
successful in completing a par-
ticular grade level, I was not
allowed to move forward.
And while I do not wish to
point fingers as to who to
blame, surely the children can
not teach themselves and are
therefore not responsible for
not having completed the
work.

I also wish to point out to
you, Mr. Minister, that this
current Grade 6 class of which
I speak, is the very same class
that scored the highest scores
on the island when they sat
the GLAT exams at the 3rd

grade level and awarded by
you for scoring the highest in
the Rigby Read Programme
at the 4th Grade level. The
question then begs to be
asked, “Who dropped the
ball?”

The scriptures states that
we ought to train up a child in
the way he should go and
when he is old he will not
depart from it. What this
charge is focused on by soci-
ety to the parent/child rela-
tionship, the same ought also
to be used in the church as
well as in the schools.

With the kind of attitude I
was met with and if this Prin-
cipal is any example of what
our nation’s children are
faced with in the government
system, it is no wonder, Mr.
Minister, why our current
grade average is a D!

If children are not stimu-
lated and encouraged with
proper guidance at the pri-
mary level, most of them no
doubt become disillusioned
and unconcerned which evi-
dently results in the current
predicament we are faced
with today.

Tencourage you, Mr. Min-
ister, in all your efforts
because I think that you are
one of the few Ministers who
is actually working and there-
fore beg you to look into this
matter.

DENISE DORSETT
(parent)

Nassau,

September 8, 2009.

Trumping the Miss Universe judges

EDITOR, The Tribune.

This excerpt from page six
of the September 4, 2009 edi-
tion of The New York Post
under the byline Richard
Johnson seems worthy of
note/summary:

The Donald a pageant pick-
er

DONALD Trump is such
a hands-on boss, he person-
ally helps pick six of the 15
finalists in the Miss Universe
pageant each year — because
the preliminary judges often
overlook the most beautiful

contestants.

Trump has owned the
beauty contest since 1997, but
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girls in alphabetical order,”
Schwandt said.

“(Trump) basically walks
by and has an assistant who
takes notes on all the girls.
And it’s just kind of common
knowledge that he picks six
of the top 15 single-handed-
ly.”

Trump is said to have
inserted himself into the judg-
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year after year that his
favourites weren’t making the
cut.

In a statement released by
the Miss Universe Organisa-
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“When I bought Miss Uni-
verse 12 years ago it was a
sick puppy. Now the Miss
Universe contest is seen in
over 180 countries around the
world and the ratings are

through the roof and that’s
because of beautiful women.
I’m not changing a thing.”

In the same statement,
pageant officials said, “A sep-
arate panel of judges, intro-
duced live at the Finals tele-
cast, is solely responsible for
the selection of the Top 10,
Top 5, and the ultimate win-
ner of the pageant.

“This system has been in
place since 2005 and has
always been fully disclosed to
the contestants, their direc-
tors, the judges and the view-
ing audience.”

Viewers must have been
too dazzled to pay attention.
On August 23, when Stefania
Fernandez, Miss Venezuela,
was crowned Miss Universe
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Bahamas, the telecast had the
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Bahamas set for more
tourists from China

By LINDSAY THOMPSON

THE Bahamas can expect
increased tourist arrivals from
China and Southeast Asia as
aresult of last week's visit by
Wu Bangguo, Chairman of
the Standing Committee of
the National People’s Con-
gress of the People’s Repub-
lic of China, Ambassador
Elma Campbell said.

Chairman Wu left Sunday
after a three-day official visit
to the Bahamas.

“We are hopeful that by
the promotion of the
Bahamas in China through
various events that this will
benefit us in that we will see
more tourists from China and
Southeast Asia coming to the
Bahamas,” said Ms Camp-
bell, the Bahamas' Ambas-
sador to China.

Travel survey experts pre-
dict that the number of Chi-
nese travelling abroad will
increase by 10 to 15 per cent
annually. By 2010, more than
56 million Chinese are
expected to travel abroad.

“For the benefit of the
Bahamian public, the Chinese
were very enthusiastic about
this visit,” said Ms Campbell.

Chairman Wu Bangguo
described his official visit to
the Bahamas as successful
and rewarding.

This sentiment was echoed
by Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette.

“Tt’s been a very success-
ful trip,” said Mr Symonette,
who headed the governmen-
t’s delegation during the four-
day visit.

“We signed several agree-
ments with regard to road-
work, investments and tech-
nical cooperation.

"We have deepened our
relationship. The chairman
told us that he had a very
enjoyable and rewarding trip
and has gained an extensive
knowledge about the
Bahamas. He looks forward
welcoming us to China when
we go to Expo 2010.”

Signed was an investment
promotion and protection
agreement to address the



DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette says goodbye to Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Stand-
ing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s

Republic of China, on Sunday.

conditions for creating, stim-
ulating, encouraging, pro-
moting, improving and pro-
tecting investments by
Bahamian and Chinese
investors in each other’s
countries.

Also signed were a frame-
work agreement for the loan
through the Chinese Exim
Bank for the Airport High-
way Project and an agree-
ment on economic and tech-
nical cooperation directed
exclusively toward the con-
struction of the national sta-
dium.

Delegation

After leaving the Bahamas,
Chairman Wu and his dele-
gation headed to Washing-
ton, DC, to meet with the
American government.
Before coming to the
Bahamas, he visited Cuba.

In preparation for the visit
to the Bahamas, the Embassy
in Beijing ensured that all
concerns from China were
passed on to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Nassau.

Since July 2008, the
Embassy has been responsi-
ble for issuing Bahamian
visas to persons travelling to
the Bahamas.

That function was previ-
ously performed by the

Bahamas High Commission
in London. Applications are
now processed in a much
shorter time.

At least 150 visas have
been issued for Chinese con-
struction workers on the
national stadium project, said
Ms Campbell.

The Embassy in Beijing is
also working with the Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs and
the Chinese government
regarding the Shanghai Expo
2010, which will showcase
Caribbean culture and way
of life.

“Tt promises to be a grand
expo and we hope that we
will do ourselves proud as we
showcase he Bahamas," said
Ms Campbell.

"Of course our benefits
would be in tourism and fur-
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FROM LEFT: Francesca Rahming, Phylese Hanna and Christo-
pher Fernander at the Blue Mountain Peak.

GGYA participants climb

Jamaica’s Blue Mountain.

CLIMBING one of the
highest mountains in the
Caribbean was quite an
experience for ten Gover-
nor-General’s Youth
Award (GGYA) partici-
pants and leaders who
attended the recent
Caribbean Award Sub-
Regional Council Adven-
turous Journey (CASC)
held in Jamaica.

Discovering that “no task
is unreachable”, the group
trekked up the 7,400 ft high
Blue Mountain Peak.

The entire ‘gold adven-
turous journey’ took four
days and three nights with
one day hiking from Abby
Green to the mountain
peak. Other notable places
visited on the adventurous
journey were Mavis Bank,
Penlyne Castle and Clydes-
dale National Forest Park.

Before starting out, the
CASC participants were
involved in training courses
for four days at the Louise
Bennet-Coverley All-Age
School located in Gordon
Town.

They also had to perform
daily duties at base camp
such as kitchen detail, envi-
ronmental, administration
and security.

All gold participants had
to complete the required
gold residential project that

took place at the Mustard
Seed Home for Disabled }

Children.

Along with the groups’
assessors and supervisors,
they painted the buildings,

landscaped the grounds and

read to the children.

In addition to the :
Bahamas, other countries }
represented at CASC were }
Belize, Barbados, Guyana,
St Lucia, St Vincent and }
the Grenadines, Bermuda, }
Dominica, Antigua and }
Barbuda, Trinidad and :
Tobago, Suriname, Brazil }

and Jamaica.

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Bullard; Francesca Rah- }
ming; Ricardo Stubbs; }
Phylese Hanna; Koreh }
King; Arvis Mortimer; }
Orson Mortimer; Christo- :
pher Fernander and Anna }

Martin.

Other events held prior }
to the CASC Adventurous }
Journey were the Americas :
Region Conference, CASC }
annual general meeting and
Mono School of Business }
Strategic Planning work- }

shop.

for Young People.

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Thousands sign petition
against plant expansion

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Thou-
sands of residents of west
Grand Bahama have signed
a petition opposing the pro-
posed expansion of the
Bahama Rock plant.

The Grand Bahama
Committee for Concerned
Residents (GBCCR) is urg-
ing the government not to
grant Bahama Rock owner
Martin Marietta approval
to cross Warren Levarity
Highway, near the settle-
ment of Eight Mile Rock.

They fear that drilling,
blasting and excavation of
land in this area, which is
on the north shore of the
island, would be detrimen-
tal to both the environment
and the quality of life of
families in Eight Mile Rock
and Queens Cove.

Gail Woon, a member of
GBCCR, said the petition
was delivered on Monday
to Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux.

Ms Woon said it appears
that the plant’s activities are
spreading to the other side
of the highway even though
Minister Deveaux promised
that government would
meet with the residents
before any further permits
were granted to the compa-

ny.

“If the company has been
approved, the government
needs to make a formal
announcement to the vot-
ers of Eight Mile Rock,
Grand Bahama, so that we

can make a decision,” she
said.
MM Bahama Rock mines

and exports aggregate prod-
ucts. The plant is located

Princess Margaret Hospital

ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

PUBLIC
NOTICE!

IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE OUR PATIENT
SERVICES AT THE PRINCESS MARGARET

HOSPITAL.

RENOVATIONS TO THE ENTRANCE

WE WILL

UNDERGO
AND

TRIAGE AREA OF THE ACCIDENT &
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.v

WE ASK THAT PERSONS VISITING THE

DEPARTMENT

ENTER THROUGH

THE

PHARMACY DEPARTMENT ENTRANCE AND
ONWARD THROUGH THE
ENTRANCE OF THE ORTHOPEDIC CLINIC.

CONTINUE

MANAGEMENT APOLOGIZES
INCONVENIENCE CAUSED AND ASK THAT
THE PUBLIC COOPERATE WITH US DURING
THIS TIME.

SIGNED: MANAGEMENT

FOR ANY

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on Warren J
Levarity High-
way, but has
acquired land for
further expan-
sion.

A few years
ago, Eight Mile
Rock residents
claimed _ that
blasting exercises
conducted by the
company caused
structural damage
to their homes.

They also com-
plained that the

noise level was a nuisance.



THE PETITION was
delivered to Environ-
ment Minister Earl
Deveaux (above) and
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham.



ings, residents
remained strong-
ly opposed to the
project.

Ms Woon said
the GBCCR has
demanded that
the Environmen-
tal Impact Assess-
ment (EIA)
report for the
proposed expan-
sion be made
available to the
public as soon as
possible.

She noted that

Minister Deveaux

Although the company promised last November

held a series of town meet-

when he met with residents

OIC ROIKOMr KOK YeO RO) wile
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A POLICE officer accused of raping a 15-year-old girl
who was locked up at the Central police station is still on
administrative leave pending the results of a police probe
into the allegations, according to head of the Central Detec-
tive Unit Superintendent Elsworth Moss.

Refusing to release any details about the case, Supt Moss

said the matter is still under active investigation.
When asked when or if the officer would be charged in
connection with the allegations, Mr Moss said he could not

speculate.

The teen accused the officer of raping her while she was
being held at the Central Police Station in early August.
She had been placed in police custody after her parents
rendered her uncontrollable.
The girl claimed the officer sexually assaulted her while
she was detained in a holding cell.
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year, influenced by the coun-
try's current socio-economic
state, they proposed an essay
competition.

"We really don't have the
means to provide a centre for
the children during the sum-
mer so we try and offer them
competitions like this to
encourage them to get
involved academically and be
constructive while out of
school," said Barbara
Donathan-Henderson, secre-
tary of the Killarney Con-
stituency Association.

The competition was divided
into three age categories, 5-8
years, 9-12 years, and 13-18
years; with the last two groups
sharing the same question. The
topic for the 5-8 years category
was, "In a country filled with
crime and lawlessness, what
does it mean to be decent?"

The 9-18 years topic was:
"What can I do for my coun-
try?"

Speech

Killarney MP and Minister
of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
chose this year's theme
inspired by President John F
Kennedy's iconic "Ask not
what your country can do for
you" speech, hoping to invoke
the message of "What can I
do?" in his constituency's
youth.

The response from students
was overwhelming and the
judges were impressed with the
quality of essays presented
from both the private and pub-
lic school students.

Winners included Hannah
Thompson, 13; Lex Fountain,
10, and Nick Fountain, 7.

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The judges were also
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Rashad Ferguson, 17, and Ash-
ley McClain, 12.

"We thought the topics cho-
sen this year to be very timely
given the apparent deteriora-
tion of our educational and
social standards in the
Bahamas," said Dr Minnis.

"Right now we are focusing
on whatever can be done to
encourage students towards
education and constructive
activities,” he said.

"Most of us today would
have been descendants of
poverty and our parents
wouldn't have been able to
leave us any financial inheri-
tance. However, they were
determined to foster in us prin-
ciples and ideals that would
engender a desire to seek out
and achieve higher education.
We shouldn't deviate from the
foundation and traditions of
the past. Perhaps we need to
go back to those ideals and in
doing this build a better
nation.”

The competition was judged
by two Killarney residents, Dr
Wendy Stuart, a practicing
dentist, and Telvena Coakley,
a former teacher. Both women
responded to the call for vol-
unteers by the Killarney Con-
stituency Office during the
competition.

"I was very impressed with
the quality of essays received,
especially with the negative




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"It was very encouraging to
feel as though not all is lost for
this generation. Another posi-
tive aspect was that there was
no distinction between public
school and private school
entries. The essays and the
depth of ideas presented with-
in them were really inspiring."

Leaders

"T think this is a great idea
and would really like to
encourage our leaders to put
on more constructive and
developmental activities for
our youth especially during
holidays," said Ms Coakley.

“The essays I reviewed were
not only strong technically, but
presented a wealth of insight
into the concerns of that demo-
graphic. I was very pleased
with the depth of the essays
and it gives me hope to know
that if they continue along this
path the future will be very
rewarding."

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LOCAL NEWS



Call for all crimes

against companies
to be made public

FROM page one

seemingly gripping this nation to continue. A zero tolerance
approach must be upheld and those found guilty should not get
a slap on the wrist and be sent back into the public without some
kind of proven reform.

"We urge all businesses to report crimes so that we can
have a real statistic on how serious this situation has become.
We are living in a time when those who refuse to work or
cannot find work in this tough economy move from stealing
a few dollars and items to showing total disregard for human
life by killing people who don’t give them enough money or
move fast enough when emptying a cash register for them,"
said the statement.

Philip Simon, executive director of the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce, said small businesses must invest in proper
security and foster a good relationship with area police to
ward of such attacks.

"We have to urge people to act upon this concern and
not wait for something to happen. There are business crime
watches that are being established where they have seg-
mented areas of New Providence for crime watch similar to
the neighbourhood crime watch. The more that we establish
this and implement CCTV (closed circuit tv) as a collective
effort the better we may be," he said.

Meanwhile, the Chamber's president Khaalis Rolle
stressed that there was a need for significant investment in
the country's educational system to uplift at risk youth who
may be headed for a life of crime.

"The business community will become targets anytime
an economy is bad and people don’t have options, they are
out of jobs, they will begin to target where the money is
and businesses are the easy targets," he told The Tribune
when asked for his opinion on the recent attacks on busi-
nesses.

"We keep relying on the government to do it but obviously
that model hasn’t worked because it’s getting progressively
worse so we now need to take more responsibility.”

Recently a string of employees were shot on company
premises by armed robbers looking for quick cash.

On Tuesday 44-year-old Nelson Goodman was shot out-
side Bertha's Go-Go Ribs around midnight, shortly after
the shop closed. Police suspect robbery was the motive for
the killing. Goodman reportedly handled the company’s
cash after hours.

Last week, 23-year-old Alex Dean was shot inside his
family's hardware store on Parkgate Road during a brazen
daylight armed robbery attempt. Mr Dean underwent surgery
for bullet wounds to his back and was in desperate need of
blood. The gunman and his accomplice fled the scene on foot.

About two weeks earlier, mother-of-three Wendy Bullard
was gunned down in front of her work place. Ms Bullard, 34,
was shot in the face as two masked men held up 21st Century
Steel Welding on Royal Palm Street, just yards away from St
Gregory's Anglican Church.

Yesterday police reported that a Texaco service station was
robbed by an armed man around 1.30 am by a young man
who first posed as a customer. The suspect, a 16-year-old boy,
was nabbed by police moments after the robbery.

He is expected to be charged sometime today.

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the nomination day be on or
before Tuesday, September 15.
The new hotel union elections
are slated for September 29.

Mr Wilson, who is vying for
the union’s presidency, told The
Tribune that his team and sup-
porters are ready.

“The members who support-
ed Team Deliverance always
stood ready, that’s why you had
a number of persons during the
May 28 elections who didn’t
vote because Team Deliverance
wasn’t there. Now they have an
opportunity to cast their votes
and you will see them come out
in large numbers to support
Team Deliverance,” Mr Wilson
told The Tribune yesterday.

“The executive council sub-
mitted a simple process to the
President and the General Sec-
retary and we will wait to see if
they use it. We have already
submitted it, I think that is the
wish of the majority of the coun-
cil and we feel as though that is
a simple process,” Mr Wilson
said.

Nicole Martin, who is vying

Nominations

for the presidency once again
told The Tribune that she and
her team have never stopped
campaigning.

“T have been campaigning
before the last election, so it’s
not a matter of me and my team
needing time to campaign
because we never really stopped.
When the election was over we
campaigned by virtue of doing
our work. We are still out there
campaigning nonetheless,” Ms
Martin said.

In his recent ruling, Justice
Adderley has also ordered that,
“no member dissipate the assets
of the Union except to pay the
unions normal on-going com-
mitments in the ordinary course
of business or amounts already
to be paid by the court and the
proper officers namely Leo
Douglas, Basil McKenzie, Kay-
la Bodie and or Ian Neely,
trustees sign the cheques when
requested by the president nec-
essary to make the required pay-
ments.”

Former EMS worker

suspended on January 5 on half pay for 30 days. After returning to
work, he was given two letters — one suspending him for an addi-
tional 10 days and the other, a letter of dismissal.

Following the death of 16-year-old Jett Travolta on January 2 on
Grand Bahama, Mr Garvey and Tarino Lightbourne were seen in
an interview on international television.

Lightbourne, 46, and lawyer Pleasant Bridgewater have been
charged with extortion and conspiracy to extort $25 million from
Hollywood actor John Travolta, who has a private home in West

End.

Health Minister Hubert Minnis said the ministry would deal
with those employees who might have breached the hospital’s pol-
icy regarding patient confidentiality.

Mr Garvey feels that the minister acted in haste. “I am a victim
and a lot of things were hidden and covered up and the public will
know the truth because it will be revealed,” he said.

Since his dismissal, Mr Garvey said he went to the Labour
Department for assistance regarding the situation, but has been

turned away.

“T was told that because the hospital is a government agency and
the labour department is a government agency that they could not
assist me and that I would have to seek assistance from an attorney,”

he said.

Garvey said he is entitled to 4 per cent of his salary. According to
the ambulance driver, he was a good employee who received var-
ious certification and awards during his employment at the Rand.

He said he loved his job and would like to be reinstated.

Mr Garvey said he has written a letter to the Prime Minister and
has spoken to a number of ministers on Grand Bahama to speak to
the Minister of Health when his attempts to speak with the minis-
ter were unsuccessful. Community activist Troy Garvey said the dis-
missal was unjust. Mr Garvey said it is unfair to penalise someone
twice for the same the matter. He claims that the 10-day suspension
letter and dismissal letter that was given to Garvey on the same day
for the same matter is in breach of labour laws.

“We are seeking reinstatement for Mr Garvey because it was a
matter that was dealt with unjustly,” he said.

Before the BHCAWU’s May
28 elections, there were two
nomination meetings that took
place —- one on May 4 and the
other on May 11 — but contro-
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could not agree on which one
was constituted by law. That led
to a successful challenge by Mr
Wilson to have the May 28 elec-

tions declared “null and void.”
That forced Ms Martin — the
union’s first woman president
— to step down. It is expected
that when the voting process
proceeds, the register used for
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SPORTS

‘Tt would be good’ to have
track meet in new stadium

OVER the weekend, it
was confirmed that the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations has put
in a bid to host the Carifta
Games in 2011 to coincide
with the opening of the new
national stadium.

The Chinese government
has indicated that they are
working feverishly to speed
up the construction of the
stadium for the yearly Easter
holiday weekend top region-
al junior track and field
meet.

If successful, it will be the
seventh time that the
Bahamas has played host to
the games, the last coming in
2002.

But with the new stadium
that will be named in honour
of ailing legendary sprinter
Thomas A Robinson, it is
hoped that the Bahamas will
also at least be able put on
an Area Permit Meeting that
qualifies for the World Ath-
letics Tour.

There are four athletes
who will be competing this
weekend at the IAAF/VTB
Bank World Athletics Final
in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Out of that field, the two
veteran sprinters - Chandra
Sturrup and Debbie Fergu-
son-McKenzie - are now in
the twilight of their careers
with Sturrup indicating that
her future could come to an
end next year, while Fergu-
son-McKenzie said she’s
leaning towards at least one
more Olympic Games in
London, England, in 2012.

It would be good if the
Bahamas could at least have
a meet, even if it’s just a
regional one, for the senior
athletes to display their skills
against some of their coun-
terparts before their careers
are done.

The athletes have all been
inspired by Robinson, who
served as the pioneer for ath-
letics in the Bahamas. And
I’m sure that he too would
probably like to see some of
the athletes who came up
through the ranks after him
on center stage in the new
stadium.

Obviously, it will cost a lot
of money to put on such an
event, especially in these
tough economic times. But it
just means that the BAAA,
which will go to the polls to
elect a new executive board
in November, will have their
work cut out for them.

These difficult economic
times also means that the
Ministry of Sports will not

STUBBS



OPINION

have the lavish celebrations
that they’ve had in the past
to honour the 24-member
team from the IAAF’s 12th
World Championships in
Athletics.

The Bahamas won two
medals at the championships,
thanks to the bronze from
Ferguson-McKenzie in the
200 metres and her teaming
up with Sheniqua ‘Q’ Fergu-
son, Sturrup and Christine
Amertil to take the silver in
the 4x 100 relay.

Minister Desmond Bannis-
ter said there will be some
form of celebration, but he
couldn’t elaborate until Cab-
inet had approved the plans.

So we just have to wait and
see what is going to be done.

KUDOS TO KNOWLES

WHETHER or not they
will go on to win their first
Grand Slam title together,
Mark Knowles and Mahesh
Bhupathi have put their best
foot forward.

Considering the fact that
Knowles has encountered his
share of problems, having
had his right ring finger
sliced by an elevator and
needing nine stitches to
repair it, he has held up well
with Bhupathi.

Knowles, the venerable
professional who has repre-
sented the Bahamas on the
international scene since
1992, has captured a career
52 titles and played in 40 oth-
er finals.

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York, in 2004 and the French
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Knowles, who just turned
38 on September 4, has
enjoyed an illustrious career
and will be getting some
more of his just rewards from
the Bahamian government
when he’s honoured during a
dinner at Government
House on September 13.

He has been honoured for
adding the Wimbledon
mixed doubles title he shared
with German Anna-Lena
Groenefeld in July to his
already stacked résumé.

Although it may not be a
grand affair, Knowles said
any recognition that he
receives from the Bahamian
people will be cherished. ’'m
sure that he will enjoy going
to Government House, the
equivalent to athletes going
to the White House in the
United States to celebrate
their achievements.

WELCOME BACK

FORBES

HATS off to Alfred
Forbes.

After sitting around and
watching the Government
Secondary Schools Sports
Association go through its
administrative vows, Forbes
has been returned as the
president. He will now serve
for the next two years.

Forbes, a physical educa-
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president for a 10-year peri-
od, from 1993-2003.

He was replaced by Edna
Forbes, who eventually was
removed from office by a
vote of no confidence in
2008. First vice president
Trevor Grant stepped up and
resumed the role as presi-
dent.

But he didn’t last too long,
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year.

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Meeting to decide if Obie

Wilchcombe will continue as
PLP convention chairman

FROM page one

part of Mr Wilchcombe’s
camp and reportedly utilising
the resources at PLP Head-
quarters to promote the MP’s
campaign.

This special meeting comes
at a most embarrassing time
for the Grand Bahama MP
who is facing a significant
struggle in his home town
where he is reportedly on the
verge of being locked out of
his recently opened business,
Associated Grocers (see
Business Section for complete
story) for lack of payment.

Having recently launched
his candidacy for the deputy
leadership of the PLP, Mr
Wilchcombe can ill-afford
another scandal as the much
publicised and anticipated
“alleged extortion” case
involving former PLP Sena-
tor Pleasant Bridgewater and
US Hollywood actor John
Travolta is expected to begin
later this month.

Political pundits suggest

that the timing of this case
could very well spell the end
of Mr Wilchcombe’s political
career as the MP is expected
to testify in the case as a pros-
ecution witness.

Mr Wilchcombe has also
had a recent public war of
words with former PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby
who raised the same issue of
the MP being the chairman
of the convention and still
running for the deputy lead-
er’s post.

Mr Rigby charged that the
West End and Bimini MP
clearly “does not understand
the principles of conflict of
interests and fairness and
transparency.”

“He appears not to recog-
nise the perceptions that are
created by continuing to
serve in the capacity of Con-
vention Chair.”

Mr Rigby said that in his
opinion these are matters that
go to the issue of one’s fit-
ness to serve and character.

“Even though Mr Wilch-

combe may not be able to
define what a conflict is; I
know one when I see one and
so does the public. The pre-
sent facts surely satisfy the
test.

“Tt must also follow that if,
in Mr Wilchcombe’s own
words, at 50 years he does not
have the experience to serve
as leader he must also not be
competent to serve as the
party’s deputy.

“His election to the post
would in fact take the PLP
backwards.

“T have one agenda. And
that is to serve the best inter-
ests of the PLP and to ensure
that we ready the Party to
fight and win the next gener-
al election.

“Tf this course is one that
does not sit well with the likes
of Mr Wilchcombe, so be it. I
will not be deterred in this
effort,” he said.

Attempts to reach Mr
Wilchcombe for comment
were unsuccessful up to press
time yesterday.

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82, of Raleigh, North Carolina and formerly of Porbes Hill, Little
Exurna will be held on Saturday, Septernber 12, 200%; 11:00. al
Church of God of Prophecy, 12005. State Street, North Carolina
USA. Ofhciating will be Bishop Roosevelt Ashford, Bishop
Soloman L. Hues, Bishop Cervin McKinnon, Bishop Uriah

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and loving memories will always linger in the hearts of all

those whe knew and loved Pastor Cooper (aka “Ms, Baby"),
including:

One Sister: Ermaline Taylor of Long Island, Bahamas.

Eight Sons: Sidney (& Nora} of Nassau Rahamas, Dr,
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Georgia, Bishop Uzelah (& Minister Aphrodite) of
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and | Chester Cooper (& Cecilia) of Nassau,

Fahamas,

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Minister

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Wallace of Nassau Bahamas, Minister Delphine
{ & Pastor Rodney) Musgrove of West Palm
Beach, Fl, Mary Cooper and Sharlotte ( 8 Dwight)

Young of Raleigh NC.

. Dorcas (& Alvin) Johnson af

Nassau, Bahamas and Sylvia Cooper of Nashville TN.
Predeceased Children: Maxine Tumer, Princess ¢ OOper
and Truman Cooper Sr. predeceased her.

Grand Children inclading: Jacqueline, Shavaughn 4
Sherman Musgrove, Prince & Dr. Shawna € Oper, Lxziah
Ir, Angelo, Llewellyn & Andrometa Cooper, Diandrea
White, SPC Leavander (8 Nicole) and De Ashlee Checks.
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Cory, Dean, Qwen, Vanessa Cooper; Lillian
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“clmac, Michelle, Deloris, Tony, Eleanor,

letirey Turner, Marilyn, Christine, Olivia

(& Bishop Raymond Wells), Alma, Lataya

and Tiffany Knowles; Curlene, Cheneake,

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and Cordell Wallace.

Numerous Great-Grand Children including:
Taneisha (Deshay), Adriyel, Micajah (Jayden),
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Sisters-In-Laws: Dolly Cooper, Beatrice amd

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Nieces and Nephews: Including Altred, Herbert, David,
John, Simeon, Allan, and Hilton Taylor; Annamae Taylor,

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Pastor Cooper wae equally loved by a host of other relatives & friends, including,

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on business model
reform prospects

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE “win-
dow is clos-
ing” on the |,
opportunity
the Bahamas
has to “refine
our business
model” and
remain a
competitive
international
financial ser-
vices centre, a senior attorney
has told Tribune Business,
with “much work and
resolve” still needed to make
this happen.

Brian Moree, senior part-
ner at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, said the Bahamas



BRIAN MOREE

Bahamas has ‘long

way to go’ to ensure
financial sector's long-
term survival, and must
‘stop running itself as if
it were a big country’

“does not have the luxury of
time” in making much-need-
ed changes to its supporting
infrastructure and legislative
environment, given the
advances made by competi-
tive jurisdictions.

“There are lots of things we
have to do. The general

SEE page 2B

NIB reforms short on
covernance amendments

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

REFORMS limiting the
directions a minister can give
the National Insurance
Board’s (NIB) directors to
policy only, and other recom-
mendations to enhance good
governance, were made in the
eighth actuarial report on the
Fund but appear to have been
excluded from the 25 amend-
ments approved by the Gov-
ernment.

The report, compiled by
NIB’s in-house actuary Derek
Osborne, emphasized that
“poor governance practices”
had affected many aspects of
NIB’s performance during its
36-year history, and this was
one reason why he had rec-
ommended against increasing
NIB contribution rates in the
short-term.

A little-noticed part of the
eighth actuarial review, con-

* Actuarial report
urged limitations on
minister’s ability to give
directions to Board

* ‘Poor governance
practices’ one
reason why actuary
recommended
against contribution
rate increase

ducted in 2006, said: “For
many of NIB’s 33 years, prac-
tices that were not in confor-
mance with the National
Insurance Act and general
public expectations have led
to sub-par outcomes in many
areas.”

The report listed, as exam-

SEE page 9B

Bahamas-based insurer
falls into $38m insolvency

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN insurance
regulators yesterday moved
to mop up another mess
caused by the financial col-
lapse of Trinidad-based CL
Financial, placing another of
its Bahamian-registered affil-
jates into the care of a judicial
manager after its 2008 year-
end accounts revealed it was
insolvent to the tune of $38
million.

The Insurance Commission
has successfully petitioned
that Juan Lopez, of KPMG
Restructuring, be appointed
as the judicial manager for
Bahamas-registered British
American Insurance Compa-
ny Ltd, a CL Financial affili-
ate that is not related in any
way to British American
Financial, the former British
American Insurance Compa-



* Regulator appoints
receiver for British
American Insurance
Company Ltd, as $948m
in liabilities exceed
$910m in assets

* Company not connected
in any way to British
American Financial,
and has no Bahamian
policyholders,
clients or business

ny of the Bahamas.

And, while registered in the
Bahamas, British American
Insurance Company Ltd
wrote no business here, and
has no Bahamian policyhold-
ers or clients, meaning the
impact of its slide into
receivership will not impact
this nation’s economy. The
company instead operated
across much of the remainder
of the Caribbean.

In an affidavit to support
the petition, Lennox McCart-
ney, the Insurance Commis-
sioner, said British American
Insurance Company Ltd’s
unaudited statements for the
financial year ended Decem-
ber 31, 2008, showed it had
total assets of almost $910
million and liabilities of
around $948 million, produc-
ing a $38 million solvency
deficiency.

In addition, Mr McCartney
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contender
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PLP’s
deputy
leader post and a politi-
cal colleague were said |
last night to be hanging
on to their Grand
Bahama-based business
venture by their finger-
tips, after they managed
to stave off - for the
moment - being locked out by their land-
lord for alleged non-payment of rent.
Obie Wilchcombe, the MP for West
End and Bimini, and Pleasant Bridge-
water, the former PLP MP and Senator,
were up to press time said to be scram-
bling to pay some of the rent owed to

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* Lock-out and inventory seizure stayed, at least for part of yesterday,
as duo aim to pay part of $200,000 owed by close of business

* Two months’ rent, plus insurance premiums,
said to be owed, although this in dispute

Florida-based grocery wholesaler, Asso-
ciated Grocers, which yesterday morning
sent a team to its warehouse property to
change the locks and seize inventory to
make good the sum owed.

Sources with knowledge of the situa-
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condition of anonymity, told this news-
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Accountants discuss issues with minister

THE Bahamas Institute of Chartered
Accountants (BICA) council members have
met with the minister of state for finance to
discuss several issues, including Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) and
the Bahamas’ removal from the G-20/OECD

‘grey list’.

‘open door’ communication policy with the
Ministry of Finance, and spoke to Zhivargo
Laing on the planned amendments to the
Securities Industry Act, the Business Licence
Act and the Financial Administration and

MODEL, from 1B

answer is that we have to
refine our business model to
meet the needs of the mar-
ketplace,” Mr Moree told Tri-
bune Business.

“Given the pace at which
business is moving and the
world is moving generally, the
time period is short. The win-
dow is closing, particularly
given what is happening in
other jurisdictions.

“T’'d be guessing if I said we
have one, two, three years,
but we don’t have the luxury
of time. There’s probably no
fixed period of time after
which you could says it’s all
over for us. But we don’t have
a lot of time, because of what
the competition are doing and
the pace of business today.”

Given that the Bahamas
had “a long way to go”, not
only to bolster its competitive
position but also in enhanc-
ing its attractiveness for
investors and attracting new
business to these shores, Mr
Moree said “resolve at all lev-
els” would needed to get this
nation where it had to go.

“There’s a growing aware-
ness of what needs to be
done, and one has seen some
encouraging signs recently in
that regard, in the halls of
government, to do these
things,” he added. “That’s
encouraging, but we still have
a long way to go.

“We have to develop a pol-
icy that is going to allow us
to be attractive, competitive
and a well-regulated interna-
tional financial centre on the
one hand and, at the same
time, continue to attract busi-

Audit Act.

The accountants also reiterated their desire
to amend and reform the Public Accoun-
tants Act, through changes to the licensing
and registration of accounting firms, and
these companies’ ability to be incorporated

with Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) sta-
BICA’s members also discussed having an tus.

the Bahamas.

ness and ensure that people
will be able to conduct busi-
ness in an environment that
is not overly bureaucratic and
so expensive.”

Among the issues the
Bahamas needed to tackle,
Mr Moree said, were cost
containment, becoming more
competitive, upgrading its
technology platform to ensure
this was comparable with any
other jurisdiction, expanding
its legislation and delivering
a full product menu, and
implementing an Immigration
policy that was flexible
enough to allow financial
institutions to hire essential
personnel.

“We also need to address
quality of life issues that affect
the desirability of coming to
the Bahamas,” Mr Moree told
Tribune Business, citing the
spiralling crime problem, and
improving infrastructure such
as the roads and airport.

“We’ve got to make sure
we, generally speaking, are a
high quality, attractive place
to do business...... We have to
be much more dynamic and
agile in addressing the needs
of the marketplace.”

To do this, Mr Moree said
the Government had to “stop
running the Bahamas like it’s
a big country”.

While he was “reasonably
optimistic” that, given the
proper resources and com-
mitment of all stakeholders,
the Bahamas could secure the
long-term future of its inter-
national financial services
industry, the senior attorney
added: “What I sometimes
worry about is whether we

Mr Laing was also told that the Institute of
Chartered Accountants CAC) conference
will be held in the Bahamas between June 17-
19, 2010, with some 1,000 delegates visiting

can translate the rhetoric into
action, and whether we can
leverage the Bahamas in a
way to exploit our strengths.

“We must stop running the
Bahamas like it’s a big coun-
try. We are not a big country.
We are a small country. We
need to leverage our small-
ness, and make it our advan-
tage by being more agile and
responsive to what is a
dynamic industry.

“We must stop running the
ship of state as if it were a
large country, like the UK,
France and the US. We must
learn to take advantage of the
fact that we are small and
leverage it to our advantage.
That requires a major reform
in government.”

By running the Bahamas as
if it were a major country, it
was suffering from the same
problems as major countries,
such as heavy bureaucracy
and inefficiency in decision-
making, Mr Moree added,
ensuring this nation was get-
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worlds”.

“We have to reduce the
response time to market
forces, the time we take to
develop products,” he said.
“We take too long to address
regulatory and legislative
issues, and take too long to
respond to market forces gen-
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The global recession, Mr
Moree added, was “precisely
the time” the Bahamas should
look at implementing far-
reaching structural reforms,
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port columns for the $198
million phase one develop-
ment of its new US depar-
ture terminal, its vice-presi-
dent of airport development
said yesterday, the company
having recenly introduced a
new parking scheme for fre-
quent business travellers
called BizPark.

Stewart Steeves, speaking
at a luncheon hosted by the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce and the CFA Society
of the Bahamas, said phase
one of the airport develop-
ment is moving faster than
expected and should be com-



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facility via a $2 million lug-
gae handling system, which
shold be installed by autumn
2012.

The new domestic and
international departure ter-
minals are scheduled to be
completed by autumn 2013.

There are also plans for
1.23 million square feet of
asphalt apron rehabilitation,
scheduled to take place over
the three phases.

Spent

To date, NAD has spent
more than $11 million on
capital imporvements at Lyn-
den Pindling International
Airport (LPIA), including
new and upgraded wash-
rooms, roof repairs, new bag-
gage systems and baggage
carousels, and parking lot

improvements.

NAD’s new BizPark fea-
ture is expected to create a
cashless parking system for
frequent travellers.

According to Mr Steeves,
yearly memebership fees for
parking will be debited
directly from the memeber’s
credit card.

The new US departure
lounge is expected to feature
more than 30 vendors, such
as retailers and restaurants,
when the facility is complete,
while during the construc-
tion phase more than 400
workers will be employed,
three-quarters of that labour
being Bahamian.

NAD secured $265 million
in financing for phase one of
the project in March of this
year, with a total of 16
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British American Insur-
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“management-related prob-
lems”, Mr McCartney
added, with all its directors
having resigned as of June
30, 2009, and no replace-
ments appointed since then.

A number of restrictions
had also been imposed on
British American Insurance
Company Ltd’s operations
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due to the company’s
“financial difficulties”.

Therefore, Mr McCartney
successfully argued for the
judicial manager’s appoint-
ment to safeguard the com-
pany’s assets, telling Tribune
Business yesterday: “The
regional regulators and gov-
ernments in the region
would like an opportunity to
maybe recapitalise the com-
pany and continue as a
going concern in the
region.”

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pletion of the new US depar-
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that the duo’s business has
failed to pay insurance pre-
miums for the building since
February 2009.

Neither Mr Wilchcombe
nor Ms Bridgewater returned
Tribune Business’s calls seek-
ing comment on the matter
before press time, despite
detailed messages being left
at the former’s Nassau home
and the latter’s Freeport law
office.

However, a source told Tri-
bune Business: “Associated
Grocers has sent a crew down

there and locked them [Mr
Wilchcombe and Ms Bridge-
water] out.”

That proved, following sub-
sequent Tribune Business
checks, to be only partially
accurate, this newspaper con-
firming that while locksmiths
and security guards had been
sent to the warehouse on
Associated Grocers’ behalf,
they had held off from chang-
ing the locks after Ms Bridge-
water promised to pay at least
part of the rent owed by close
of business yesterday. Tribune
Business was unable to estab-
lish whether this had actually
happened.

NOTICE

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will hold a very important meeting at R.M. Bailey School
September 14 at 7p.m. for the selection of boats for North
Eleuthera Regatta. All boat owners/member are asked to

attend.

NOTICE

IN THE MATTER of the Estate of Franklin
Eugene Knowles late of the Eastern District
in the Island of New Providence, deceased

Pursuant to Section 50 of the Supreme Court Act,
1996 Notice is hereby given that any person having
a claim against the Estate of the late Franklin Eugene
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ScotiaBank (Bahamas) Limited, Paradise Island,
Nassau on or before the 15th day of October, A.D.

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“Associated Grocers are
down there with a security
team and locksmiths, but
they’re holding off because
they’ve been offered two
months’ rent and the balance
in 14 days,” another source
confirmed. “If they don’t get
their two months’ rent, the
lock-out will continue. They
have to see Associated Gro-
cers are serious.”

Also understood to be pre-
sent at the scene, and accom-
panying the locksmiths and
attorneys from Nelson’s, were
some attorneys from Dupuch
& Turnquest, the Bahamian
law firm that represents Asso-
ciated Grocers. However,
Dupuch & Turnquest
declined to comment when
contacted by Tribune Busi-
ness, although the telephone
lines between their office and
Ms Bridgewater’s were said
to be humming yesterday with
contacts between the two par-
ties.

Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater are understood
to be disputing the sum Asso-
ciated Grocers is claiming
they owe, but the Florida-
based company is said to have
grown increasingly frustrated

by their alleged failure to
respond to its demand letters,
seeking immediate payment.

The timing of the episode is
likely to be somewhat embar-
rassing for Mr Wilchcombe,
given that he has just
announced his bid to become
the PLP’s deputy leader. “It’s
a whole embarrassment,” one
source told Tribune Business.
“He’s had the building for
nine months, and it has got
very little inventory in it.”

The timing is also not good
for Ms Bridgewater, coming
directly before her scheduled
trial over the alleged attempt
to extort money from Holly-
wood actor John Travolta fol-
lowing the death of his son.
This is likely to be another
headache.

Associated Grocers had
been attempting to sell its
Freeport warehouse, which
cost $8 million to construct,
for a price understood to be
around $12 million. In the
absence of buyers, though, it
eventually did the lease deal
with Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater, who told Tri-
bune Business earlier this
year that some 30 persons had
been hired to operate it.

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Government moves on
power plant concerns

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 5B





By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE GOVERNMENT is
moving to address a number
of emissions concerns asso-
ciated with dated equipment
at BEC power plants
throughout the Family
Islands, the minister of state
for the environment said
yesterday, as environmental
activists rail against the erec-
tion of anew Abaco power
facility.

Phenton Neymour, speak-
ing to Tribune Business,
sought to dispel some of the
concerns about the pro-
posed Wilson City power

plant that have been circu-
lating. A group has pro-
duced a short documentary
about the construction of
the plant and its possible
environmental impact,
which they have circulated
on the Internet.

Concerns

One of the group’s main
concerns is the proposed use
of Bunker C fuel oil to run
the Wilson City power plan-
t's turbines. They believe
the fuel will produce much
more dense carbon emis-
sions than other fuels, while
increasing the chance of acid
rain over the islands of the

Bahamas.

They also suggested that
oil spills in this area could
affect a marine park pro-
posed for an area nearby, as
well as affect the subter-
ranean aquifer.

Mr Neymour asserted that
the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation has always used
Bunker C fuel oil in New
Providence, and insisted that
the Wilson City plant will
adopt the most stringent
environmental practices.

“This is a new plant, in
which environmental proce-
dures and processes will be
put in place,” he said. “I am
extremely disappointed that
these individuals would have
taken the approach that they
have.”

Mr Neymour contended



PHENTON NEYMOUR

that the Government would
have considered renewable
energy sources if they had
been viable for Abaco.

He suggested the problem
with renewable energy
sources at present is that
“the sun does not shine 24
hours and the wind does not
blow all the time”.

The Government has
arranged a town hall meet-
ing for today in Marsh Har-
bour, Abaco, to discuss the
plant with the residents.

Plant

The Wilson City plant is
to supply power to residents
of north, central andsouth
Abaco, and was strategically
placed at Wilson City in
order to make distribution

throughout the island more
efficient.

Cheaper

According to Mr Ney-
mour, the cheaper Bunker C
fuel oil will also produce
savings for the residents of
Abaco and reduce govern-
ment/BEC’s dependency on
oil in the long run.

“That’s why we are
proposing to use it in Abaco
because Abaco is the largest
Family Island distribution
facility,” he said. “It will
produce at a lower cost for
Abaco, lowering the overall
cost of fuels for the
Bahamas. We are doing this
in order to lower the fuel
surcharge for all Bahami-

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IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law & Equity Division

2009/CLE/gen/qui/01193

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that STACY MOSS OF DURHAM
STREET, NASSAU, THE 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 83RD day of SEPTEMBER, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ROLAND ANDREW BRYAN
of JOHNSON ROAD ESTATES, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,

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IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
comprising Eight hundred and Fifty-nine thousandths (.859) of
an acre situate on the Southern side of Haynes Avenue in the
Settlement of Governor’s Harbour in the Island of Eleuthera.

AND
IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Jan A. Gray and Ellen
M. Gray
NOTICE OF PETITION

The Petition of IAN A. GRAY AND ELLEN M. GRAY of
Ontario, Canada in respect of:-

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“ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate on the Southern
side of Haynes Avenue in the Settlement of Governor’s Harbour
in the Island of Eleuthera comprising Eight hundred and Fifty-
nine thousandths (.859) of an acre and which said parcel of
land is bounded on the NORTHNORTHEAST by Haynes
Avenue and running thereon Fifteen and Forty-one hundredths
(15.41) feet on the NORTHEAST by Buccaneer Hill said to
be the property of Tanya Melich-Crone and running thereon
One hundred and Forty-nine and Ninety-three hundredths
(149.43) feet on the NORTHWEST by the said Buccaneer Hill
and running thereon Twenty-four and Ninety-four hundredths
(24.94) feet on the NORTHEAST by the said Buccaneer Hill
and by land said to be the property of Paul Petty and running
thereon Fifty-eight and Seventy-eight hundredths (58.78) feet
and One hundred and Nine and Fifty-eight hundredths (109.58)
feet respectively on the SOUTHEAST by a chain-linked
fence separating it from the property of the said Paul Petty and
running thereon One hundred and Forty-three and Eighty-one
hundredths (143.81) feet on the SOUTHWEST again by the
property of the said Paul Petty and by the property of Bishop
Clifford and Velma Petty and running thereon Seventy-four
and Twenty-seven hundredths (74.27) feet and Eighty-nine
and Thirty-four hundredths (89.34) feet respectively on
the SOUTHEAST by the property of the said Bishop and
Velma Petty and running thereon Twenty-five and Forty-one
hundredths (25.41) feet on the SOUTHWEST by the property
of Pamela Moss and Trevor Pyfrom and running thereon in
total Seventy-nine and Twenty hundredths (79.20) feet on the
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running thereon Nineteen and Thirty-nine hundredths (19.39)
feet and on the NORTH and WEST by the property of the
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Sixty-eight and Forty-one hundredths (68.41) feet and which
said parcel of land has such position shape marks boundaries
and dimensions as are shown on the plan filed herein which is
recorded in the Department of Lands and Surveys as “Plan No.

is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
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IAN A. GRAY AND ELLEN M. GRAY claim to be the

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31-Jul-08
31-Aug-09
28-Aug-09
31-Jul-09

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund

1.3320
2.8952
1.4105
3.1031
12.3870
100.0000
93.1992

1.4005
2.8990
1.4867
3.1143
13.0484
101.6693
96.7398

3.48
-1.39
3.70
-8.01
3.41
1.10
0.35
0.00
2.69
2.59

31-Jul-09
30-Jun-09
30-Jun-09
31-Dec-07
31-Jul-09
31-Jul-09
31-Jul-09
31-Jul-09

Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

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

FG Financial Diversified Fund

1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

1.0000
9.3399
1.0663
1.0215 -1.11
1.0611 2.29
MARKET TERMS

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company’s reported earings per share for the last 12 mths

NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

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

Dated the 26" day of August, A.D., 2009

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

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

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

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

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

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

McKINNEY, BANCROFT & HUGHES
Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioners

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
KS1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

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has successfully completed the
Canadian Securities Course
(CSC) after studying with the
Nassau-based Securities
Training Institute (STI).

Ms Albury, STI’s course
administrator, said: “STI pre-
sents a timely and progressive
study programme that greatly
assists students in their under-
standing of financial products
and services, which is neces-
sary to compete in the global
financial market.”

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Business owner close to escaping BEC through $35k solar investment

FROM page 1B

$5,000.

According to Mr Weather-
ford, the solar power system
can supply clean, uninter-
rupted power to homes and
businesses, reducing the need
for voltage regulators and bat-
tery back-up systems, which
often put a strain on motor-




run equipment and pull their
own amperage in order to
operate.

Since supplying his office
with solar power, Mr Weath-
erford has removed several
of his regulators.

“T was spending five-and-
a-half amps 24 hours per day
non-stop. That’s a lot of load

just to clean up my electrici-
ty,” he said. “All this equip-
ment burns 4 amps, so I was
spending more than I burn to
clean the power.”

Mr Weatherford said a
brownout, which is a partial
blackout, almost cost him his
store after the fluctuation
caused electrical systems in
his air conditioning to catch
fire.

“Bahamians know about

brownout, trust me. Every-
thing in their houses gets
burned up,” he said.

Now, with the sun produc-
ing power during the day and
a 22-battery backup system
recharged in two hours, after
losing 20 per cent of its power
during the night, Sure Alarms
could be fully power inde-
pendent, but for the air con-
ditioning.

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Whereas the Directors have determined that after the
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for reinvestment in the business,

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administration

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extending his solar panels
across the length of his prop-
erty in order to fully produce
“green” energy.

However, he added that
solar panels have a half-life
of about 20 years, while the
batteries which produce pow-
er during the night have a life
of about 15 years.

Mr Weatherford suggested
that purchasing more batter-
ies than a system needs in the
beginning will allow the own-
er to expand the system in the
future when more load is
needed, and also put less
strain on the batteries when
the system is not collecting
sunlight.

He argued that these sys-
tems will, in the future, pre-
sent business opportunities
for many Bahamians as
households switch to this
alternative energy source.

Mr Weatherford is current-
ly converting his home to
solar power in order to
decrease his BEC electricity
usage and become more envi-

ronmentally friendly.

Government has laboured
over its national energy poli-
cy, which is currently explor-
ing alternative energy sources,
while continuing to build fuel
oil-burning electricity plants.
And while according to law
it is illegal to operate a home
or business without an elec-
tricity meter, the former
Christie administration
removed the customs duty on
solar panels to encourage
their use.

Minister of State for the
environment, Phenton Ney-
mour, said on the use of solar
and wind energy: “The sun
does not shine 24 hours and
the wind does not blow all the
time.”

However, Mr Weather-
ford's model seems to be
working for him, for the
moment. And many have
been waiting for the moment
when a business or residen-
tial user challenges the BEC
electricity supply model cur-
rently enshrined in law.

The offices of the Public
Workers’ Co-operative Credit

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on Friday, September 11th,
2009, due to the annual Statf

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Remuneration is commensurate with experience.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 9B



NIB, from 1B

ples of this, NIB’s relatively
low compliance rates and
“excessive administrative
costs”; the fact the insurable
wage ceiling had only been
increased twice in 36 years;
and that “pension increases
and mass employee hiring
that coincides with general
elections”.

Poor governance, the
report said, had also resulted
in some 75 per cent of NIB’s
investments being made in
government, and government
agency, securities, while NIB
funds had been used “for pur-
poses other than prescribed
in legislation”.

“The National Insurance
Board is not a department of

government,” the eighth actu-
arial review said. “Instead, it
is a body corporate, managed
by a Board over what a min-
ister has parliamentary over-
sight..

“As a result, the role of the
minister regarding the affairs
of the National Insurance
Board is very limited. Since
inception, however, ministers
have often exerted greater
influence over Board affairs
than is provided for by the
National Insurance Act.”

As a result, the report rec-
ommended that Section seven
of the NIB Act be amended
to limit the directions the
responsible minister can give
to NIB’s Board to policy only,
rather than the wide-ranging
brief the minister has now.

However, the official state-
ment that NIB put out on the

25 amendments that the Gov-
ernment has approved, and
which it hopes will go before
Parliament before year-end,
appeared relatively light when
it came to addressing gover-
nance issues - there was prac-
tically no mention of them,
even though they formed a
key (and, some would say,
central) part of Mr Osborne’s
report.

The eighth actuarial report
also identified another aspect
of problems associated with
political involvement in NIB
decision-making, namely the
reluctance of policymakers to
enact reforms that might be
painful for some, and poten-
tially cost even a small minor-
ity of votes in future general
elections.

Pointing to the fact that no
recommendations from the

2005 Social Security Reform
Commission had been enact-
ed, even though the Christie
government had accepted its
findings in April 2007, the
eighth actuarial review said:
“It is important that govern-
ments consider and act upon
the recommendations made
in periodic actuarial reviews,
as population and socio-eco-
nomic changes lead to new
social and financial challenges
to which National Insurance
should respond.

“And, with financial sus-
tainability being a major con-
cern, changes aimed at reduc-
ing long-term costs should be
made sooner rather than later,
as such changes often take
several years before any
noticeable financial impact is
realised.”

Mr Osborne’s review added

that there were “significant
risks” associated with an
immediate increase in the
NIB contribution rate, which
currently stands at 8.8 per
cent, split 3.4/5.4 between
employee and employer
respectively. And some of
these were linked to gover-
nanice issues.

“Firstly, generating addi-
tional income may provide
opportunities for inappropri-
ate investments, the granting
of excessive pension adjust-
ments and increases to admin-
istrative costs,” the report
warned.

“Also, with increasing
annual surpluses, suitable
investment vehicles will have
to be found. A larger Fund,
which has difficulty finding
investment opportunities,
could therefore open itself to

demands from government
and quasi-government agen-
cies to borrow funds at below
market rates.”

The Government’s fiscal
deficit, debt position and the
overall health of the public
finances have deteriorated
sharply since the eighth actu-
arial report was written, but
Mr Osborne also warned
then: “The primary risk to the
National Insurance Fund of
further lending to the Gov-
ernment lies in the possibility
of government not being able
to liquidate bonds on or
before their maturity dates,
should funds be needed to
meet pension expenditure.

“With the above risks and
the potential for poor gover-
nance practices, a rate
increase is not recommended
now.”

PriceywWERHOUSE(GOPERS

Is Seeking
A Corporate Services Supervisor

Applicants should be Bahamian and have at least three (3) years practical expenence in
the following areas:

Company Incorporations

Formation of Foundations

Company Continuations

Voluntary Liquidations

Mergers/Consolidations

Drafting and vetting Contracts and Agreements

Business License Applications including requirements of the Grand Bahama Port
Aulhority Limited

Fligible candidates should also be familiar with the Financial and Corporate Service
Providers Act and hold either an LLB or a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration
and or Finance. Compensation and benelits to be paid commensurate with experience

Resumes along with copies of your credentials should be sent to P.O. Box N - 3910,
Nassau, The Bahamas. Attention: Corporate Services Leader no later than Friday,
September 25, 2009,

Purchaser/Assistant Manager

There is a vacancy for the position of Purchaser/Assistant Manager
in Saveco Trading Company.

The successful applicant will have following responsibilities

¢ Responsible for re-ordering of regular merchandise

¢ Sourcing of new goods and product lines

* Monitoring of Stock Movement and Inventory Control

* Play a Supervisory and Administrative Role in Organisation

The Applicant, if selected, will be expected to do the following:

¢ Maintain optimum inventory levels through timely purchasing
¢ Improve Stock Turn Ratios

Applications must meet the following qualifications in order to
be considered:

¢ Must hold 1st Degree in Business or Related Field
(e.g. marketing/Finance)

¢ Must be Microsoft Word and Excel Proficient (2003 or 2007)

* Must be able to work flexible hours, including late nights,
weekends and some holidays

¢ Must have an understanding of the process of costing
merchandise

¢ Must have flexibility to travel

¢ Must have good interpersonal and negotiating skills
-3 years prior work experience in the same or similar field,
and knowledge of shipping and customs logistics, would be
an asset.

Applications should be submitted TYPED with C.V. (résumé)
enclosed to:

The Human Resources Manager
Saveco Trading Co. Ltd
Taylor Street, Nassau
The Bahamas
Applications can also be emailed to hr.saveco@bashco.net

The Deadline for applications is September 18th, 2009.

fa
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The National Insurance Board

of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Request for Contractors Pre-Qualification

The National Insurance Board (NIB) 1s seeking to pre-qualify contractors to bid on
works to construct a Government Complex in Freeport, Grand Bahama; the project
is a joint venture of NIB and The Bahamas Government. Contractors must be in
compliance with the National Insurance Act (social security programme), and in
aood standing with the relevant Government agencies,

Pre-qualitfication documents may be collected from the Security Booth at NIB’s
Clittord Darling Complex, Blue Hill Road, or from NIB's Freeport Local Office, on
The Mall, Freeport, Grand Bahama, from September § to September 16, 2009.

Pre-Qualification documents should be signed, sealed and returned to che Security
Booth, Clifford Darling Complex in New Providence or to the Freeport Local Office
in Grand Bahama, on or before 12:00 Noon on September 23, 2009,

Clifton Heritage National Park
CLIFTON HERITAGE AUTHORITY

South West Bay Road + P.O. Box SP-63846
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 1(242) 362-4386 or 1(242) 362-5121 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 will be required to provide executive leadership, supervi-
sion and direction for the various units of the Clifton Heritage Authority
and the Heritage Park, while facilitating the research and promotion of its
historical and 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 satety and security, best
environment practices, and all matters related to the preservation of the
historic structures and the conservation of natural resources at the Park
Serves as a key 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 al the Clifton Heritage Authonty Park, including
rationalization and collection of wser fees.
Liaise with other government, non-government, regional and intemational
agencies to explore opportunities to promote the sustainable development
and management of the Clifton Heritage Authority and Park,
Direct and coordinate the employment of staff, develop and implement
opening policies, standards and procedures to ensure perlormance and
maintain a stable working environnrent.
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 Board, consultants and marketing and public relations staff
on the development of material and efforts for the promotion of the Park.

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* Aminimum of a graduate degree in administration or discipline relevant
to the Park’s operation, and /or 10 years experience in a senior administra-
tive capacity,

Applications are available at the Authority's office, South West Road, Clif-
ton Cay and should be submitted along with resume by 4pm, 14 September,
2M,

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BEC chief to
address new
power plant

THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation’s (BEC) general
manager is set to address the
Abaco Business Outlook con-
ference on the power produc-
er’s renewable energy drive,
plus its proposed power plant
at Wilson City.

Kevin Basden, who has
been BEC’s general manag-
er since 2004, gained a BsC
degree in electrical power
from Oklahoma State Uni-
versity, and has studied man-
agement training at both Har-
vard Business School and the
Wharton School of Business
in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Michael Bray-
nen, the director of marine
resources at the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources, will address the
conference on Abaco-related
marine resource issues.

Mr Braynen was educated
at the Government High
School in Nassau, University
of the West Indies in Jamaica,
University of Washington in
the US and Humberside Col-
lege in the UK.

He has worked at the
Department of Marine
Resources since 1975, and
previously held the positions
of deputy director, assistant
director, manager of the fish
landing complex, senior fish-
eries officer, fisheries officer
and fisheries superintendent.

The seminar’s keynote
speaker is Senator Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, minis-
ter of tourism and aviation.
Other speakers include Eric
Carey, executive director,
Bahamas National Trust;
Algernon Cargill, director,

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THOSE in need of spiritual upliftment can look
forward to the debut of up and coming gospel
group Ultimate Choice who will release their
first single “Step into His love" in a matter of
days.

The nine member group has high hopes for the song's suc-
cess, and expects it "to light up the airwaves.”

Though Ultimate Choice has been around for three years,
this will be their first song release. “The song is original, and is
a breath of fresh air,” Myrtle Pinder, lead vocalist of the group
said yesterday.

Speaking to Tribune Features, she predicted that the song will
have “a profound impact” on listeners.

“Tf we have love in our hearts, we wouldn’t have so much
crime. I hope that this song will touch lives and draw people
closer to Christ.We started recording last year,” she explained,
adding: “the editing process has been a long one, but it has paid
off.”

The single is diverse in sound, infused with an eclectic mix of
reggae, and southern gospel flavour.

Group members: Myrtle Pinder, Thomas Newton, Patrick
Bodie, Crystal Miller, Shandie Mackey, Kayetta Brown,
Dwayne Knowles, Joam Occes and Sofy Rolle said they are
very excited about this recent project.

The song sends a simple message about salvation, and in the
main chorus gives an appeal to accept Christ, a decision Mr
Bodie said is life's "ultimate choice." The chorus says:

"Step into his love

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now. If we want to have a holy nation and walk in integrity of
heart and uprightness, we need Jesus Christ on the throne of
our hearts. This is truly made possible by the power of the
Holy Spirit guiding and guarding us.

As you consider this passage, respond to the following
questions:

What does integrity of heart mean to you?

What does it mean to walk in integrity of heart?

How does this desire shape your daily walk?

In what situations are you less than upright?

What can you do to rectify this?

If this type of approach to life is our organising principle
then we have to move from thinking to action: "What good is
it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no
deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is

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action affects the future of our country. We still have much to
learn about the downfall that comes from false pride, greed,
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RELIGION

2009 ® PG 27



Roman Catholic Pioneers:
Bishop Bernard Kevenhoerster

IN 1903, Father Theodore
Kevenhoerster OSB was sent to the
Bahamas and stationed at Sacred
Heart Church, Nassau. Unfortunately,
he was a consumptive and died within
two years - the first Benedictine to die
in the Bahamas. Twenty four years
later his brother Father Bernard
Kevenhoerster came as Prior and even-
tually the first Catholic Bishop of the
Bahamas.

John Kevenhoerster was born in
Germany on November 1, 1869 but in
his early youth his parents migrated to
Minneapolis, USA. After receiving his
early education at St Joseph's
Parochial School, he studied at St
John's University and then entered the
Benedictine novitiate, taking the reli-
gious name Bernard. He took his vows
in 1892 and was the assistant to the
Master of Novices until he received his
Holy Orders in 1896.

Father Bernard taught at the St
John's University but also held impor-
tant positions as student chaplain,
Moderator of the Alexian Literary
Society and Rector of the Seminary. In
1907, Father Bernard, Vice Rector St
John's University became Prior and
later pastor at St Anselm's New York
(which included the eastern mission
and the Bahamas). In his long tenure
he greatly assisted the Bahamas mis-
sion from a distance.

In late 1929, Father Bernard came to
the Bahamas where he became Vicar
Forane and Superior to the
Benedictines in charge of local mis-
sions. However despite this position he
asked Father Bonaventure to place him
in strategic positions so he could be of
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lepers, prison, hospitals and assistant at
St Francis Xaviers. He took masses,
gave sermons and taught classes to con-
verts. He won the favour of the chil-
dren and Governor Sir Bede Clifford
started attending church regularly.

On Sunday, February 7, 1932,
Monsignor Bernard Kevenhoerster
was solemnly installed as the first
Prefect Apostolic of the Bahamas by
his Eminence Cardinal Hayes,
Archbishop of New York on behalf of
the Holy See. The Bahamas were now
detached from the Diocese of New
York and became a distinct ecclesiasti-
cal unit under the direction of the
Congregation of Propaganda (the
department of the pontifical adminis-
tration charged with the spread of
Catholicism and with the regulation of
ecclesiastic affairs in non-Catholic
countries). However, the Bahamas con-
tinued to be under the care of the
Benedictines of St John's Abbey.
Monsignor Bernard now had jurisdic-
tion of a bishop and was entitled to
wear the episcopal insignia - and St
Francis Xavier's became a cathedral!
The next year in New York Monsignor
Hayes was elevated and consecrated to
Vicar Apostolate.

Cardinal Hayes paid tribute to
Monsignor Bernard: “ ....(he)
endeared himself to New York by his

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He's the saviour from above

After all he's done for you

It's the least that you can do

With your heart and mind and
soul

Let him take complete control

See his death was not in vain

Cause he's coming back again"

The song has a catchy tune, and
can be heard on Spirit 92.5 FM, Joy
101.9 FM and ZNS 107.9 FM.

Patrick Bodie is the producer of
the group, Kevin Butler is the man-
ager, and the song writer is Thomas
Newton.

According to Mr Bodie, there are
tentative plans to debut their offi-
cial album sometime next summer.

priestly and pastoral zeal. We are confi-
dent that under this wise and devoted
shepherd the faith will prosper and
flourish.” A prophecy that proved to be
true!

From 1933 to 1949, Bishop Bernard
advanced Catholicism in the Bahamas
through his kindness and interest in the
poor and needy. Each year he made a
begging trip to the USA to collect
funds to be used in the building of
Parish Schools. The Catholic popula-
tion in 1929 was 3,200 out of a total of
55,000. By 1943, the Catholic popula-
tion doubled to 7,122 and the 1954
Government census showed 13,054
Catholics from a total of 83,060.

Bishop Bernard had appointed and
worked alongside Father Bonaventure
to build up the church; together they
established more convents and a sister-
hood on the islands. Abbot Alcuin con-
tinued to send more missionaries from
St John's Abbey - the result was praise
from the Congregation of the
Propagation of Faith as the Bahamas
mission was one of the best in the
entire mission field of the Church. And
the new Bishop encouraged musician
Father Quentin Arnold Dittberner to
establish Boy Scouts and Cubs in five
churches, which led to the formation of
a bugle, fife and drum band assisted by
Roderic Sims - the 40 member band
played in processions and wedding
feasts adding greatly to the prestige of
the Catholic Church. Another success-
ful venture that started under Bishop
Bernard was sports activities.

Father Marcian Peters spotted two
good cricket players and asked them to
start the nucleus of a cricket team - this
team branched out into track, soccer,

baseball, softball and basketball the
sport that keeps Father Marcian's
name alive today, the High School
Marcian Peter's Tournament.

It should be remembered that Father
Bernard came to the Bahamas at the
age of sixty. In all his twenty years in
the Bahamas he was plagued by poor
health, weak spells, digestive and eye
trouble but overcame all that by perse-
verance and a dogged spirit which
inspired all who came in contact with
him. But Bishop Bernard could also
become discouraged and had periods
of depression brought on by problems
and difficulties. On December 6, 1931,
after an exhausting collecting tour in
New York he wrote:

“St Nicholas - oh what a fine day
here in Nassau....Here I was finished
at 10 o'clock and an ideal Nassau
early winter day - so calm - restful and
peaceful - flowers and green - in all
one exclaims, 'how good is God!' Last
Sunday I had to preach nine times
starting at 6 am and finishing at 12.30
- raw, disagreeable and everybody
seeming sad and dejected and I had
been sick to my stomach for ten days.”

In the last two years of his life Bishop
Bernard's health was fragile and he suf-
fered several bad strokes. The doctors
told him to slow down and rest but he
insisted on visiting parishes and
encouraging the building of the St
Augustine's Monastery and College.
He celebrated his eightieth birthday in
November then died peacefully in the
Priory on December 9, 1949.

Thousands viewed his remains as he
lay in state in Bungalow Dunmore; the
final field mass, attended by thousands,
was held at a temporary altar set up on
the basketball court in the Priory
grounds and officiated by many leaders
of the church followed by a half mile
procession to the cemetery.

The whole island was grief stricken
at the death of this ‘black bishop with a
white skin', who retained the humble
heart of a monk and followed the Holy
Rule: To hold oneself aloof from
worldly ways. He was 'a great priest
who in his days pleased God and was
found just’.

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RELIGION

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Students urged to THINK BIG

THE Restoration Kingdom
Ministries AG Family has dubbed the
month of September as education
month vowing to help increase the
national grade average from a D toa
C B by working with one family at a
time.

At the church’s recent Back to
School service, two books were given
to members, Gifted Hands and
THINK BIG both written by
renowned neurosurgeon Dr Ben
Carson and students were given
school supplies.

At the service held on August 31,
Pastor Cleveland Wells encouraged
students to enter the new year using
the acronym for THINK BIG as out-
lined in Dr Carson’s book. The letters
stand for -talent, honesty insight nice
knowledge, books, in-depth learning
and God.

Students were told that returning
to the classroom, requires, a new
mind set or new way of thinking.
“The old way of thinking must be
changed. To do so requires, recognis-
ing that everyone has talent. Talents
are given by God to work with. Each
individual determines

what his or her outcome will be by
their decision to use or not to use
their talent,” Pastor Wells said.

Students, who would like to have a
“well done” at the end of the school
year, must determine within them-
selves to work hard and use the talent
given to them by God.

Examples given of using talent and
the end results were Albert Einstein,
Alexander Graham Bell and Dr
Carson.

Honesty still remains the best poli-
cy today Pastor Wells added. As an
example, the students were given an
example from the book where Dr
Carson said that he had a cheating
colleague in college who ended up
not being accepted into medical
school.

Additionally, Pastor Wells said hav-
ing insight into your future is impera-
tive. What insight

really means is to give attention to
older persons as they offer advice for
various situations. These persons
would have experienced the situation
already, and would have the knowl-
edge to give counsel. Pastor Wells
reminded the students of the old
Bahamian adage, “you make your
bed hard, you lay in it hard.”

The students were also encouraged
to be nice to be people whether it be
by being cordial to each other, assist-
ing their teachers or just saying good
morning.

Pastor Wells told the youth that
knowledge is a very important key in
succeeding in life.

“The people perish for lack of
knowledge and what you don’t know
can hurt you,” he said.

He further pointed out that an indi-
vidual must read books. Pastor Wells,
said that Dr Carson stated that if his
possessions were taken away, having

knowledge could help him to replen-
ish them and that reading can help an
individual acquire skills. Students
need to study for a lifetime and not
just for an exam he urged.

The final letter in Think Big is God
and Pastor Wells said that whatever
the students do, they must put God
first in their lives so that they can
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Wilchcombe, Bridgewater
have allegedly failed to
pay rent for business

WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe and
former senator Pleasant
Bridgewater were said to be
struggling to avoid being
locked out of their joint-ven-
ture business last night for
allegedly failing to pay the
rent for at least two months.

Sources told Tribune Busi-
ness that for the moment
they managed to stop the
landlord from changing the
locks by promising to make a
payment before the close of
the business day yesterday.

Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater are said to owe the landlord,
Florida-based Associated Grocers, close to $200,000.

Sources have claimed Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater have
disputed the sum they owe.

This could not come at a more inconvenient time for the pair. Mr
Wilchcombe is set to chair the PLP’s national convention next
month and has just announced his bid for the deputy leadership post.

Ms Bridgewater, meanwhile, is due to appear in court later this
month to answer charges in connection with an alleged attempt to
extort money from Hollywood actor John Travolta following the
death of his son.

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Meeting to decide if Wilchcombe will

continue as PLP convention chairman

THE question of whether
PLP MP Obie Wilchcombe
will continue as chairman of
the party’s national conven-
tion was expected to be decid-
ed at a special leadership
meeting held last night at PLP
Headquarters, The Tribune

has learned.

According to sources with-
in the party, this special meet-
ing will also deal with the role
of a well-known PLP sup-
porter who is alleged to be a

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THE Bahamas Business
Association yesterday called
on police to make all crimes
against companies public so
others in the commercial
sector can be on guard
against violent attacks.

The group also urged all
businesses that were victims
of crime to release the infor-
mation to police to provide
accurate statistics.

"Criminals have taken
lawlessness up an ante and
we and our employees are
now soft targets as we come
face to face with these gun-
wielding bandits," said a
statement released by the
BBA yesterday.

"We cannot allow the
scourge of crime that is

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Former
EMS worker Marcus Gar-
vey — one of two para-
medics in an ambulance that
transported John Travolta’s
son to the Rand Memorial
Hospital — is claiming that
he was wrongfully terminat-
ed by the hospital.

Garvey, who had worked
at the hospital for the past 30
years, said his dismissal has

400,000 decline in
airport passengers

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

through the airport, were down
ten per cent in the same period.

However, at the same time,
the number of employment
opportunities at the airport has
expanded as the Nassau Airport
Development company (NAD)
has pumped $19 million into
redeveloping the airport in the
last two years.

According to NAD Vice
President of Airport Develop-

SEE page 10

NASSAU’S Lynden Pindling
International Airport saw a
decline of 300,000 passengers
during the last financial year as
the economic downturn caused
the total number of travellers
passing through its gates to fall
to 3.1 million.

US. passengers, who account
for 68 per cent of the traffic

16-year-old shot while
waiting at bus stop

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy had to be bandaged and rushed to hospi-
talin an ambulance yesterday afternoon after being shot while wait-
ing at a bus stop near the Mall at Marathon.

At around 3pm, as crowds of school children filled the area short-
ly after their schools closed for the day, police said the young man
reportedly was standing near the bus stop when a man with dread-
locks pulled up and shot him in the upper right thigh.

The gunman, described as being of dark complexion, and driving
a burgundy coloured Nissan Maxima, then sped away.

The 16-year-old, who police say is not a student, is now in stable
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left him “physically and
mentally” stressed. He has
not found employment since
being dismissed earlier this
year.

“T have given the Rand 30
years of dedicated service,
from a volunteer until I
became a full-time employ-
ee, beginning as a mortuary
assistant and was later trans-
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years.”



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Nominations
for hotel union
elections on
September 15

By NATARIO McKENZIE
i Tribune Staff Reporter
: nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

NOMINATIONS for the

hotel union elections will be
? held on September 15 The
: Tribune has learned.

The new nomination date

i was confirmed following a
i board meeting of the union’s
i Executive Council yesterday,
? according to First Vice Presi-
i dent Kirk Wilson. On Mon-
? day, Justice Neville Adderley
i? ordered that Roy Colebrooke,
i President of the Bahamas
? Hotel Catering and Allied
i Workers Union BHCAWU,
i convene a meeting of the
i Executive Council to set the
? new nomination date. All per-
? sons wishing to nominate to
? run for union offices on the
i agreed Election Day may do
? so, the ruling stated. Justice
i Adderley had directed that

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YouTube video explains
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Activism group Clean Power Abaco uses website to raise concerns over BEC plan

BY AVA TURNQUEST

FUELED by BEC and gov-
ernment'’s alleged lack of trans-
parency and local considera-
tion, newly formed local
activism group Clean Power
Abaco has released a video on
Youtube that seeks to explain
the “true cost of Bunker C".

With nearly 6,000 hits since
its upload on Monday, Sep-
tember 6, Clean Power Abaco
is spreading awareness of its
disagreement with BEC's plan
to construct and implement the
Number Six Fuel Oil (Bunker
C) Power Plant in Wilson City,
Abaco.

The video, titled "Bunker C
at Wilson City, Abaco” com-
bines research with video
footage of BEC's plant site and
local flora and fauna scenes.

The term “fuel oil” is given
to petroleum products that are
less volatile than gasoline and
are burned in heaters such as
furnaces or boilers. There are
different types of fuel oil with
the major distinction being
whether they are distillate,
meaning there are no residual
components, or residual.

The use of the substance
Bunker C, also called resid or
furnace oil, though cheaper in
cost, has sparked global con-
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is definitely not the last. The
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individuals knit together by
their strong disapproval of the
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seven minutes long, was created
as a reaction to the wealth of
negative research on Bunker C
and the frustration of residents
over not being informed about
the decision.

"Nobody knew anything
about this until people started
asking about the huge road
plowed through the coppice
and pine forest," said Mr
McCoy. "Then people started
asking questions, and BEC kept
ducking, trying to keep every-
one in the dark. This video is a
reaction to that, and to a ton
of research that many people
have been doing on the issue.
There's lots of info out there
about Fuel Oil Number Six
(Bunker C) and it all makes
BEC look irresponsible."

Environment

The video demystifies a lot
of industry jargon surrounding
Bunker C so that the average
citizen can understand its impli-
cations. Clean Power Abaco is
not only concerned about the
plant’s affect on the environ-
ment but also the quality of life
of all inhabitants, especially
BEC workers.

Mr McCoy also commented
on the island's current infra-
structure, stating that often
power outages are a result of
incorrect wiring rather than
load sharing.

BEC will be holding a town
meeting tonight to address
Abaconians and interested par-
ties, shedding some light on
their operations and allowing
feedback. Since the corpora-
tion released its plans to the
public, there has been a varied
response ranging from concern
and fear to outright disgust.

"As a Bahamian, I can at
least say that I am completely
embarrassed and ashamed by
this," said Mr McCoy. The
whole thing, from planning,
through secrecy, to location, to
the type of fuel being used is
totally disgusting, and shows
complete lack of transparency
in government, as well as a total
lack of planning.”

This meeting will be the first
one held by BEC and there is
much to discuss. The $90 mil-

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lion plant raises not only envi-
ronmental issues but also con-
cerns about how government is
funding the project.

Mr McCoy hopes that with
the international exposure
gained from the Youtube video,
the government will be pres-
sured to respond.

"I think government will sim-
ply ignore local opposition, as
they always have. But we have
gotten emails from people who
are trying to get pressure on
Man B&W in Germany, and
are trying to get the story on
German television, the BBC,
Current Channel and other
European and American out-
lets.

Among the many who have
written letters to the govern-
ment, Dr Frank Boyce, a med-
ical practitioner in Marsh Har-
bour for 25 years, summarizes
his concerns in three parts:
"...the use of this fuel, the pro-
posed site of the generator, and
commitment to use of fossil
fuels into the foreseeable
future."

"The cost and magnitude of
this project suggests commit-
ment to this oil-fired power
production," wrote Dr Boyce.
"In this time of economic slow
down, concern for the environ-
ment, rapid development of
alternative energy, and the
unpredictable cost and supply
of petroleum products, this plan
seems regressive and unstable."

Another group, Friends of
the Environment, has written
letters and hosted meetings to
inform people about the plant
and its consequences. Though
committed to continuing their
efforts, most are discouraged
by lack of government
response. Most feel the deci-
sion is set in stone.

Since their first letter in
March, 2007 when the plant
was originally proposed for
Snake Cay, Friends executive
director Kristin Williams says
they have repeatedly asked for
someone to come and meet
with the community.

"They should at the very
least inform us about what has
been going on. We feel that it is
tantamount that the people
have a forum to express their
concerns."

"T'm not an energy expert,"
admitted Ms Williams, "and it
is important to realise that
Friends is not against a power
plant. We recognise and wel-
come the need for increased
energy in Abaco. But there has
to be another way, I feel that
we have the ability to do some-
thing really progressive."

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Woman warns shoppers after

robbery outside supermarket

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A WOMAN who was knocked
to the ground and robbed of her
handbag outside Super Value in
Cable Beach is warning other
shoppers to beware.

Rosemarie Herzog, 55, of Poin-
ciana Avenue, Saunders Beach,
said the car park was nearly full
when she parked in a space near
the road at around noon on Sat-
urday.

As she was standing at the
back of her car, taking reusable
shopping bags from the trunk, a
dark blue car pulled up silently
behind her and a young man
opened the door to grab Mrs Her-
zog’s bag from her shoulder and
push her to the ground. By the
time Mrs Herzog had come to
her senses, the car was speeding
out of the parking lot, she said.

The loyal Super Value cus-
tomer told The Tribune: “I want
to warn other people, especially
women with handbags, to be care-
ful, because I think they might
have been waiting in the parking
lot for the right moment.

“T didn’t hear the car, I didn’t

Teen suspected of
armed robbery
habhed hy police

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

QUICK responding officers
nabbed a teenager suspected of
holding up a cashier at a Texa-
co gas station on Fire Trail
Road early yesterday morning.

Police said the armed robber
posed as a customer, left the
store, then returned to rob the
cashier before escaping with an
undetermined amount of mon-
ey.

| atthes employee who saw
the incident unfold called the
police. Officers on patrol from
the Cable Beach police station
got the call, and moments after
the robbery spotted a 16-year-
old male suspect in a bushy
area off a track road, near the
service station.

"Around 1.30 this morning a
man entered the Texaco on
Fire Trail Road and Faith
Avenue north — he purchased
a pack of biscuits and left. He
returned to purchase a soda
and it was at this point when
he produced a weapon
demanding cash from the
employee and stole an unde-
termined amount of cash from
the register,” press liaison offi-
cer Asst Supt Walter Evans
said.

Police did not disclose what
type of weapon was used in the
robbery.

"Officers immediately
responded and found a man fit-
ting the description given - he
was at the rear (of the station),
in the southern area of where
the gas station was, he was
caught with a quantity of cash
found on him," Mr Evans said.

Police believe the suspect
acted with an accomplice, but
up to press time had not made
any subsequent arrests.

Mr Evans credited the arrest
to the employee's call and the
quick response from patrolling
officers.

"These are two essential
components (to solving) mat-
ters of crime, early notification
and quick response," he said.

The suspect is expected to be
arraigned in court on related
charges as early as today.

The robbery is the latest in a
series of attacks on local busi-
nesses.

On Tuesday, 44-year-old
Nelson Goodman, who worked
at Bertha's Go-Go Ribs take-
away on Poinciana Avenue,
was shot dead outside the shop
shortly after midnight.

Police suspect Goodman was
shot during a robbery attempt.

Last week a dread-locked
gunman shot 23-year-old Alex
Dean inside his family's hard-
ware store on Parkgate Road
during a brazen daylight armed
robbery attempt.

Mr Dean underwent surgery
for bullet wounds to his back.

About two weeks earlier,
mother-of-three Wendy Bullard
was gunned down and killed in
front of her work place. Ms
Bullard, 34, was shot in the face
as two masked men held up
21st Century Steel Welding on
Royal Palm Street, just yards
away from St Gregory's Angli-
can Church.

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see it, and no one was outside at
the time so no one saw anything.
They just came up behind me,
grabbed my bag and pushed me
without even getting out of the
car.”

Mrs Herzog had her car keys in
her hand so was able to drive
home before going to the Cable
Beach Police Station with her
husband Michael Herzog, and
then on to Super Value to report
the crime to staff.

Mrs Herzog said: “The store
manager was not there and we
spoke to a young lady. She was
really not interested in what is
happening to customers. She
could not even say sorry, and she
needs urgent training in how to
deal with customers!”

She then wrote to Super Value
manager Rupert Roberts who

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apologised for the incident and
offered Mrs Herzog compensa-
tion, she said.

However, she asked Mr
Roberts to instead put the money
towards improving security at the
store. She is concerned security
guards are too busy helping peo-
ple with water bottles inside the
store instead of ensuring cus-
tomers are safe as they go to and
from their cars. Mr Roberts told
her he would look into getting
another security camera and
ensuring there are security staff
outside the store at all times, she
said.

“The economy is down, things
are getting worse, and these
things are happening more and
more, that is our concern,” Mrs
Herzog said.

“T want to warn people to look

around when they do their shop-
ping. You don’t expect that to
happen when you go shopping
on a busy Saturday, and I know
it’s not a big thing, but if it hap-
pens more and more people will
not feel safe anymore.

“T was lucky that nothing else
happened. I lost personal things,
keys, my cell phone, and I have
bruises on one leg, but I didn’t
get seriously hurt.

“T have just been left with a
bad feeling, and for me, I am not
carrying any more handbags.
There are things that you may
need with you, but now I go with
my husband and he takes the
money.”

Super Value manager Mr
Roberts did not return calls from
The Tribune before press time
yesterday.



WATER SPILLS over onto the sidewalks of Bay Street yesterday. Heavy rain in the morning caused flood-
ing in the capital with both motorists and pedestrians affected.

Jamaican man’s permanent
residency application halted

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE Immigration Depart-
ment has halted a permanent res-
idency application submitted by a
Jamaican man after his wife told
The Tribune how he abandoned
his family days after submitting
his final paperwork.

The 33-year-old Harbour
Island woman claims her 27-year-
old husband of five years left her
and their two young children, one
who has special needs, in Febru-
ary, and has failed to provide the
family with any financial support.

She wrote to the Immigration
Department requesting the can-
cellation of her husband’s appli-
cation, and made several phone
calls, only to be ignored, she said.

When the woman, who does
not want to be named, found out
her estranged husband’s applica-
tion had been approved last
month she called The Tribune,
prompting a public a response
from the Immigration Depart-
ment.

Immigration officials maintain
the application had been
approved in July pending receipt
of passport photos, a police cer-
tificate and payment.

But in view of the complaint
the department “is not minded
to proceed with the issuance of

the permanent residency”.

A public statement issued by
Immigration reads: “The depart-
ment acted responsibly and effi-
ciently in processing this appli-
cation and nothing untoward
occurred.

“In fact, the department
should be commended for expe-
ditiously executing the couple’s
request.”

According to the department,
the Jamaican man was granted a
work permit after their marriage
in January 2004, and the Bahami-
an woman applied for his resi-
dent spousal permit in Novem-
ber 2004.

A general work permit was
approved for the Jamaican in
March 2005, and in April 2006 a
resident spousal permit was
approved.

The permit expired in January
2009, and the couple submitted
documents in support of a per-
manent residency application in
March.

The department maintains a
letter was sent to the wife in July
informing her that her husband’s
application had been approved
and must be accepted within a
year.

The application process had
already begun when the wom-
an’s cancellation request was
received in June, the department
claims.

The statement reads: “The un-
named lady had no need to see
Minister for Immigration
Branville McCartney as her case
was of an administrative matter.

“Further, the Department has
a cadre of capable, competent
and outstanding officers to deal
with the day-to-day issues.

“Scores of Bahamians visit our
headquarters requesting spousal
permits, permanent residency
and citizenship certificates within
days of marriage.

“On the other hand, the
department is faced with numer-
ous complaints requesting can-
cellation of application and revo-
cation of permits for many rea-
sons.

“The department is also faced
with a number of spouses who
reverse their requests from time
to time.

“While the department
remains empathetic towards
marriages with marital problems
and issues, it is not obliged to
engage in personal disputes as
such matters are heard before
the court.

“However, the department is
committed to ensure that all mar-
riages involving foreign nation-
als are subsisting.”

The woman and her husband
are due to appear in court this
month to agree a legal separa-
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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Alarmed by America’s absurd alarmists

DAYTON, Ohio — Ronald Reagan could
have said it, but Barack Obama did, to
America’s schoolchildren on the day after
Labour Day:

“What you look like, where you come
from, how much money you have, what
you’ve got going on at home — that’s no
excuse for neglecting your homework or
having a bad attitude ... That’s no excuse for
not trying.

“Here in America, you write your own
destiny. You make your own future...

“T know that sometimes you get the sense
from TV that you can be rich and successful
without any hard work — that your ticket to
success is through rapping or basketball or
being a reality TV star, when chances are
youre not going to be any of those things...

“The story of America isn’t about peo-
ple who quit when things got tough. It’s
about people who kept going, who tried
harder, who loved their country too much to
do anything less than their best.”

How is it possible that the very conserva-
tive people who didn’t want their children to
see President Obama’s speech to school-
children didn’t know that 1t would be a con-
servative speech? How could they not have
known that it would celebrate the accessi-
bility of the American dream when pursued
diligently? He has always talked this way.

How is it possible they imagined that he
would use the occasion to promote his
“socialist” agenda?

The calls to schools from anxious parents
did not arise from newspaper or television
stories saying the president would deliver a
back-to-school speech. They arose because
alarms went up on talk radio, talk televi-
sion and conservative Internet sites. Alarms
about political content, about indoctrina-
tion. Said one Fox television commentator,
“This is what Chairman Mao did.”

Some people say the Obama offence was
not just the desire to give the speech, but a
suggestion that went out from the Depart-
ment of Education. DOE proposed that
schools have students write about how to
“help the president.”

But that suggestion could easily be
ignored. Educators write lesson plans. This
one had an unfortunate phrase. Big deal.

Yet the superintendent of schools in
Springboro, in suburban Dayton, said Friday
that so many complaints were coming in

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about the speech that “I’m getting absolute-
ly nothing else done.”

All around the suburbs, superintendents
and principals were meeting about what to
do. In some places around Ohio, that process
continued into this week, when last week’s
decisions were modified. Meanwhile, there
was no great fuss in Dayton. So maybe the
speech ended up reaching the youth the
president had most in mind: those from poor
and troubled neighbourhoods and families,
those facing the hardest struggles, from
places where dropout rates are highest.

Still, there’s a problem to be paused over
here: political inanity of a special degree.

Some commentators have said that the
automatic hostility in some circles to all
things Obama is like the same attitude in
other quarters to all things Bush in the years
before 2009.

Well, yes, there was a certain mania about
that, a certain obsessiveness. But when did it
result in something as bizarre as this: people
calling school offices all over the country to
object to the unobjectionable, to politicize
the most nonpolitical work of a president?

Liberals complained when the first Presi-
dent Bush gave a similar speech. But there
was nothing like this.

Hardly anybody complained that Presi-
dent George W. Bush turned out to be in a
public school on 9/11 (he went to many
schools to promote his education agenda)
or that Dan Quayle was campaigning in a
public school when he misspelled potato.

The special force at work today is the
right-wing propaganda machine in the
media. More skilled than ever, after decades
of honing, it relentlessly delivers the message
that the Democrats are not simply mistaken,
but corrupt, evil, manipulative, extreme,
anti-American, hateful and particularly con-
temptuous of you (the listener) and your
values. That’s the context in which listen-
ers develop preposterous fears about the
most innocuous event. They are primed to
believe just about anything.

One has to wonder what it will take to
make them start to wonder about the sources
of their information. How many absurd
alarms about death squads and birth certifi-
cates — and speeches?

(This article was written by Martin Gottlieb
— c.2009 Cox Newspapers).



can help through prayer.”

An open

letter to
Carl Bethel

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please print this open letter
to Education Minister Carl
Bethel.

Dear Minister

It is with deep concern that
I write this letter to you. Jam
the parent of a 6th grade stu-
dent currently enrolled in the
government system. In June,
after having successfully com-
pleting grade 5, my child
together with his classmates
were dismissed (with awards
and certificates in hand
rewarding such successful
completion) to enjoy the
summer holidays.

This now having been the
second week since classes
resumed, I contacted the
school and spoke with the
Principal to determine when
the book list for Grade 6 will
be issued and was advised
that no book list will be issued
for this year’s Grade 6 class.
To my surprise, I was further
advised that due to the fact
that the children have not yet
completed the workbooks
purchased for Grade 5 level,
such books will now be used
for this school year.

I then queried if whether
this would “put the students
back a grade level, given that
they will still be using books
allocated for the previous”
and was met with the blunt
response of “what do you
think?” The Principal went
further and stated that “it
made no sense to purchase
books for the Grade 6 level
just because the parents can
afford it, because the students

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have not mastered the skills
for the Grade 5 level. I
remind you that it was these
same students that were
awarded for successfully com-
pleting Grade 5 at the end of
the school year.

Now totally bewildered, as
you can well imagine, I
queried as to why these books
were not used and whose
responsibility it is that the stu-
dents did not use the books
and was met with the
response of “it doesn’t mat-
ter whose fault it is, the fact is
the children did not complete
the books and as such would
have to use them for Grade
6.” Needless to say that these
students are now at a disad-
vantage and will have to sit
the GLAT exam next year!

Mr. Minister, when I
attended school, if I was not
successful in completing a par-
ticular grade level, I was not
allowed to move forward.
And while I do not wish to
point fingers as to who to
blame, surely the children can
not teach themselves and are
therefore not responsible for
not having completed the
work.

I also wish to point out to
you, Mr. Minister, that this
current Grade 6 class of which
I speak, is the very same class
that scored the highest scores
on the island when they sat
the GLAT exams at the 3rd

grade level and awarded by
you for scoring the highest in
the Rigby Read Programme
at the 4th Grade level. The
question then begs to be
asked, “Who dropped the
ball?”

The scriptures states that
we ought to train up a child in
the way he should go and
when he is old he will not
depart from it. What this
charge is focused on by soci-
ety to the parent/child rela-
tionship, the same ought also
to be used in the church as
well as in the schools.

With the kind of attitude I
was met with and if this Prin-
cipal is any example of what
our nation’s children are
faced with in the government
system, it is no wonder, Mr.
Minister, why our current
grade average is a D!

If children are not stimu-
lated and encouraged with
proper guidance at the pri-
mary level, most of them no
doubt become disillusioned
and unconcerned which evi-
dently results in the current
predicament we are faced
with today.

Tencourage you, Mr. Min-
ister, in all your efforts
because I think that you are
one of the few Ministers who
is actually working and there-
fore beg you to look into this
matter.

DENISE DORSETT
(parent)

Nassau,

September 8, 2009.

Trumping the Miss Universe judges

EDITOR, The Tribune.

This excerpt from page six
of the September 4, 2009 edi-
tion of The New York Post
under the byline Richard
Johnson seems worthy of
note/summary:

The Donald a pageant pick-
er

DONALD Trump is such
a hands-on boss, he person-
ally helps pick six of the 15
finalists in the Miss Universe
pageant each year — because
the preliminary judges often
overlook the most beautiful

contestants.

Trump has owned the
beauty contest since 1997, but
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telecast and we line up all the
girls in alphabetical order,”
Schwandt said.

“(Trump) basically walks
by and has an assistant who
takes notes on all the girls.
And it’s just kind of common
knowledge that he picks six
of the top 15 single-handed-
ly.”

Trump is said to have
inserted himself into the judg-
ing after being disappointed
year after year that his
favourites weren’t making the
cut.

In a statement released by
the Miss Universe Organisa-
tion, Trump responded:
“When I bought Miss Uni-
verse 12 years ago it was a
sick puppy. Now the Miss
Universe contest is seen in
over 180 countries around the
world and the ratings are

through the roof and that’s
because of beautiful women.
I’m not changing a thing.”

In the same statement,
pageant officials said, “A sep-
arate panel of judges, intro-
duced live at the Finals tele-
cast, is solely responsible for
the selection of the Top 10,
Top 5, and the ultimate win-
ner of the pageant.

“This system has been in
place since 2005 and has
always been fully disclosed to
the contestants, their direc-
tors, the judges and the view-
ing audience.”

Viewers must have been
too dazzled to pay attention.
On August 23, when Stefania
Fernandez, Miss Venezuela,
was crowned Miss Universe
2009 at the Atlantis in the
Bahamas, the telecast had the
top ratings for total viewers
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Bahamas set for more
tourists from China

By LINDSAY THOMPSON

THE Bahamas can expect
increased tourist arrivals from
China and Southeast Asia as
aresult of last week's visit by
Wu Bangguo, Chairman of
the Standing Committee of
the National People’s Con-
gress of the People’s Repub-
lic of China, Ambassador
Elma Campbell said.

Chairman Wu left Sunday
after a three-day official visit
to the Bahamas.

“We are hopeful that by
the promotion of the
Bahamas in China through
various events that this will
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Bahamas,” said Ms Camp-
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expected to travel abroad.

“For the benefit of the
Bahamian public, the Chinese
were very enthusiastic about
this visit,” said Ms Campbell.

Chairman Wu Bangguo
described his official visit to
the Bahamas as successful
and rewarding.

This sentiment was echoed
by Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette.

“Tt’s been a very success-
ful trip,” said Mr Symonette,
who headed the governmen-
t’s delegation during the four-
day visit.

“We signed several agree-
ments with regard to road-
work, investments and tech-
nical cooperation.

"We have deepened our
relationship. The chairman
told us that he had a very
enjoyable and rewarding trip
and has gained an extensive
knowledge about the
Bahamas. He looks forward
welcoming us to China when
we go to Expo 2010.”

Signed was an investment
promotion and protection
agreement to address the



DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette says goodbye to Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Stand-
ing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s

Republic of China, on Sunday.

conditions for creating, stim-
ulating, encouraging, pro-
moting, improving and pro-
tecting investments by
Bahamian and Chinese
investors in each other’s
countries.

Also signed were a frame-
work agreement for the loan
through the Chinese Exim
Bank for the Airport High-
way Project and an agree-
ment on economic and tech-
nical cooperation directed
exclusively toward the con-
struction of the national sta-
dium.

Delegation

After leaving the Bahamas,
Chairman Wu and his dele-
gation headed to Washing-
ton, DC, to meet with the
American government.
Before coming to the
Bahamas, he visited Cuba.

In preparation for the visit
to the Bahamas, the Embassy
in Beijing ensured that all
concerns from China were
passed on to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Nassau.

Since July 2008, the
Embassy has been responsi-
ble for issuing Bahamian
visas to persons travelling to
the Bahamas.

That function was previ-
ously performed by the

Bahamas High Commission
in London. Applications are
now processed in a much
shorter time.

At least 150 visas have
been issued for Chinese con-
struction workers on the
national stadium project, said
Ms Campbell.

The Embassy in Beijing is
also working with the Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs and
the Chinese government
regarding the Shanghai Expo
2010, which will showcase
Caribbean culture and way
of life.

“Tt promises to be a grand
expo and we hope that we
will do ourselves proud as we
showcase he Bahamas," said
Ms Campbell.

"Of course our benefits
would be in tourism and fur-
ther trade with China and
southeast Asia,” she said.

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FROM LEFT: Francesca Rahming, Phylese Hanna and Christo-
pher Fernander at the Blue Mountain Peak.

GGYA participants climb

Jamaica’s Blue Mountain.

CLIMBING one of the
highest mountains in the
Caribbean was quite an
experience for ten Gover-
nor-General’s Youth
Award (GGYA) partici-
pants and leaders who
attended the recent
Caribbean Award Sub-
Regional Council Adven-
turous Journey (CASC)
held in Jamaica.

Discovering that “no task
is unreachable”, the group
trekked up the 7,400 ft high
Blue Mountain Peak.

The entire ‘gold adven-
turous journey’ took four
days and three nights with
one day hiking from Abby
Green to the mountain
peak. Other notable places
visited on the adventurous
journey were Mavis Bank,
Penlyne Castle and Clydes-
dale National Forest Park.

Before starting out, the
CASC participants were
involved in training courses
for four days at the Louise
Bennet-Coverley All-Age
School located in Gordon
Town.

They also had to perform
daily duties at base camp
such as kitchen detail, envi-
ronmental, administration
and security.

All gold participants had
to complete the required
gold residential project that

took place at the Mustard
Seed Home for Disabled }

Children.

Along with the groups’
assessors and supervisors,
they painted the buildings,

landscaped the grounds and

read to the children.

In addition to the :
Bahamas, other countries }
represented at CASC were }
Belize, Barbados, Guyana,
St Lucia, St Vincent and }
the Grenadines, Bermuda, }
Dominica, Antigua and }
Barbuda, Trinidad and :
Tobago, Suriname, Brazil }

and Jamaica.

Participants included Pre- }
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Bullard; Francesca Rah- }
ming; Ricardo Stubbs; }
Phylese Hanna; Koreh }
King; Arvis Mortimer; }
Orson Mortimer; Christo- :
pher Fernander and Anna }

Martin.

Other events held prior }
to the CASC Adventurous }
Journey were the Americas :
Region Conference, CASC }
annual general meeting and
Mono School of Business }
Strategic Planning work- }

shop.

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Thousands sign petition
against plant expansion

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Thou-
sands of residents of west
Grand Bahama have signed
a petition opposing the pro-
posed expansion of the
Bahama Rock plant.

The Grand Bahama
Committee for Concerned
Residents (GBCCR) is urg-
ing the government not to
grant Bahama Rock owner
Martin Marietta approval
to cross Warren Levarity
Highway, near the settle-
ment of Eight Mile Rock.

They fear that drilling,
blasting and excavation of
land in this area, which is
on the north shore of the
island, would be detrimen-
tal to both the environment
and the quality of life of
families in Eight Mile Rock
and Queens Cove.

Gail Woon, a member of
GBCCR, said the petition
was delivered on Monday
to Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux.

Ms Woon said it appears
that the plant’s activities are
spreading to the other side
of the highway even though
Minister Deveaux promised
that government would
meet with the residents
before any further permits
were granted to the compa-

ny.

“If the company has been
approved, the government
needs to make a formal
announcement to the vot-
ers of Eight Mile Rock,
Grand Bahama, so that we

can make a decision,” she
said.
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and exports aggregate prod-
ucts. The plant is located

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on Warren J
Levarity High-
way, but has
acquired land for
further expan-
sion.

A few years
ago, Eight Mile
Rock residents
claimed _ that
blasting exercises
conducted by the
company caused
structural damage
to their homes.

They also com-
plained that the

noise level was a nuisance.



THE PETITION was
delivered to Environ-
ment Minister Earl
Deveaux (above) and
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham.



ings, residents
remained strong-
ly opposed to the
project.

Ms Woon said
the GBCCR has
demanded that
the Environmen-
tal Impact Assess-
ment (EIA)
report for the
proposed expan-
sion be made
available to the
public as soon as
possible.

She noted that

Minister Deveaux

Although the company promised last November

held a series of town meet-

when he met with residents

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year, influenced by the coun-
try's current socio-economic
state, they proposed an essay
competition.

"We really don't have the
means to provide a centre for
the children during the sum-
mer so we try and offer them
competitions like this to
encourage them to get
involved academically and be
constructive while out of
school," said Barbara
Donathan-Henderson, secre-
tary of the Killarney Con-
stituency Association.

The competition was divided
into three age categories, 5-8
years, 9-12 years, and 13-18
years; with the last two groups
sharing the same question. The
topic for the 5-8 years category
was, "In a country filled with
crime and lawlessness, what
does it mean to be decent?"

The 9-18 years topic was:
"What can I do for my coun-
try?"

Speech

Killarney MP and Minister
of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
chose this year's theme
inspired by President John F
Kennedy's iconic "Ask not
what your country can do for
you" speech, hoping to invoke
the message of "What can I
do?" in his constituency's
youth.

The response from students
was overwhelming and the
judges were impressed with the
quality of essays presented
from both the private and pub-
lic school students.

Winners included Hannah
Thompson, 13; Lex Fountain,
10, and Nick Fountain, 7.

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"We thought the topics cho-
sen this year to be very timely
given the apparent deteriora-
tion of our educational and
social standards in the
Bahamas," said Dr Minnis.

"Right now we are focusing
on whatever can be done to
encourage students towards
education and constructive
activities,” he said.

"Most of us today would
have been descendants of
poverty and our parents
wouldn't have been able to
leave us any financial inheri-
tance. However, they were
determined to foster in us prin-
ciples and ideals that would
engender a desire to seek out
and achieve higher education.
We shouldn't deviate from the
foundation and traditions of
the past. Perhaps we need to
go back to those ideals and in
doing this build a better
nation.”

The competition was judged
by two Killarney residents, Dr
Wendy Stuart, a practicing
dentist, and Telvena Coakley,
a former teacher. Both women
responded to the call for vol-
unteers by the Killarney Con-
stituency Office during the
competition.

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the quality of essays received,
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"It was very encouraging to
feel as though not all is lost for
this generation. Another posi-
tive aspect was that there was
no distinction between public
school and private school
entries. The essays and the
depth of ideas presented with-
in them were really inspiring."

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"T think this is a great idea
and would really like to
encourage our leaders to put
on more constructive and
developmental activities for
our youth especially during
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“The essays I reviewed were
not only strong technically, but
presented a wealth of insight
into the concerns of that demo-
graphic. I was very pleased
with the depth of the essays
and it gives me hope to know
that if they continue along this
path the future will be very
rewarding."

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LOCAL NEWS



Call for all crimes

against companies
to be made public

FROM page one

seemingly gripping this nation to continue. A zero tolerance
approach must be upheld and those found guilty should not get
a slap on the wrist and be sent back into the public without some
kind of proven reform.

"We urge all businesses to report crimes so that we can
have a real statistic on how serious this situation has become.
We are living in a time when those who refuse to work or
cannot find work in this tough economy move from stealing
a few dollars and items to showing total disregard for human
life by killing people who don’t give them enough money or
move fast enough when emptying a cash register for them,"
said the statement.

Philip Simon, executive director of the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce, said small businesses must invest in proper
security and foster a good relationship with area police to
ward of such attacks.

"We have to urge people to act upon this concern and
not wait for something to happen. There are business crime
watches that are being established where they have seg-
mented areas of New Providence for crime watch similar to
the neighbourhood crime watch. The more that we establish
this and implement CCTV (closed circuit tv) as a collective
effort the better we may be," he said.

Meanwhile, the Chamber's president Khaalis Rolle
stressed that there was a need for significant investment in
the country's educational system to uplift at risk youth who
may be headed for a life of crime.

"The business community will become targets anytime
an economy is bad and people don’t have options, they are
out of jobs, they will begin to target where the money is
and businesses are the easy targets," he told The Tribune
when asked for his opinion on the recent attacks on busi-
nesses.

"We keep relying on the government to do it but obviously
that model hasn’t worked because it’s getting progressively
worse so we now need to take more responsibility.”

Recently a string of employees were shot on company
premises by armed robbers looking for quick cash.

On Tuesday 44-year-old Nelson Goodman was shot out-
side Bertha's Go-Go Ribs around midnight, shortly after
the shop closed. Police suspect robbery was the motive for
the killing. Goodman reportedly handled the company’s
cash after hours.

Last week, 23-year-old Alex Dean was shot inside his
family's hardware store on Parkgate Road during a brazen
daylight armed robbery attempt. Mr Dean underwent surgery
for bullet wounds to his back and was in desperate need of
blood. The gunman and his accomplice fled the scene on foot.

About two weeks earlier, mother-of-three Wendy Bullard
was gunned down in front of her work place. Ms Bullard, 34,
was shot in the face as two masked men held up 21st Century
Steel Welding on Royal Palm Street, just yards away from St
Gregory's Anglican Church.

Yesterday police reported that a Texaco service station was
robbed by an armed man around 1.30 am by a young man
who first posed as a customer. The suspect, a 16-year-old boy,
was nabbed by police moments after the robbery.

He is expected to be charged sometime today.

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the nomination day be on or
before Tuesday, September 15.
The new hotel union elections
are slated for September 29.

Mr Wilson, who is vying for
the union’s presidency, told The
Tribune that his team and sup-
porters are ready.

“The members who support-
ed Team Deliverance always
stood ready, that’s why you had
a number of persons during the
May 28 elections who didn’t
vote because Team Deliverance
wasn’t there. Now they have an
opportunity to cast their votes
and you will see them come out
in large numbers to support
Team Deliverance,” Mr Wilson
told The Tribune yesterday.

“The executive council sub-
mitted a simple process to the
President and the General Sec-
retary and we will wait to see if
they use it. We have already
submitted it, I think that is the
wish of the majority of the coun-
cil and we feel as though that is
a simple process,” Mr Wilson
said.

Nicole Martin, who is vying

Nominations

for the presidency once again
told The Tribune that she and
her team have never stopped
campaigning.

“T have been campaigning
before the last election, so it’s
not a matter of me and my team
needing time to campaign
because we never really stopped.
When the election was over we
campaigned by virtue of doing
our work. We are still out there
campaigning nonetheless,” Ms
Martin said.

In his recent ruling, Justice
Adderley has also ordered that,
“no member dissipate the assets
of the Union except to pay the
unions normal on-going com-
mitments in the ordinary course
of business or amounts already
to be paid by the court and the
proper officers namely Leo
Douglas, Basil McKenzie, Kay-
la Bodie and or Ian Neely,
trustees sign the cheques when
requested by the president nec-
essary to make the required pay-
ments.”

Former EMS worker

suspended on January 5 on half pay for 30 days. After returning to
work, he was given two letters — one suspending him for an addi-
tional 10 days and the other, a letter of dismissal.

Following the death of 16-year-old Jett Travolta on January 2 on
Grand Bahama, Mr Garvey and Tarino Lightbourne were seen in
an interview on international television.

Lightbourne, 46, and lawyer Pleasant Bridgewater have been
charged with extortion and conspiracy to extort $25 million from
Hollywood actor John Travolta, who has a private home in West

End.

Health Minister Hubert Minnis said the ministry would deal
with those employees who might have breached the hospital’s pol-
icy regarding patient confidentiality.

Mr Garvey feels that the minister acted in haste. “I am a victim
and a lot of things were hidden and covered up and the public will
know the truth because it will be revealed,” he said.

Since his dismissal, Mr Garvey said he went to the Labour
Department for assistance regarding the situation, but has been

turned away.

“T was told that because the hospital is a government agency and
the labour department is a government agency that they could not
assist me and that I would have to seek assistance from an attorney,”

he said.

Garvey said he is entitled to 4 per cent of his salary. According to
the ambulance driver, he was a good employee who received var-
ious certification and awards during his employment at the Rand.

He said he loved his job and would like to be reinstated.

Mr Garvey said he has written a letter to the Prime Minister and
has spoken to a number of ministers on Grand Bahama to speak to
the Minister of Health when his attempts to speak with the minis-
ter were unsuccessful. Community activist Troy Garvey said the dis-
missal was unjust. Mr Garvey said it is unfair to penalise someone
twice for the same the matter. He claims that the 10-day suspension
letter and dismissal letter that was given to Garvey on the same day
for the same matter is in breach of labour laws.

“We are seeking reinstatement for Mr Garvey because it was a
matter that was dealt with unjustly,” he said.

Before the BHCAWU’s May
28 elections, there were two
nomination meetings that took
place —- one on May 4 and the
other on May 11 — but contro-
versy arose as council members
could not agree on which one
was constituted by law. That led
to a successful challenge by Mr
Wilson to have the May 28 elec-

tions declared “null and void.”
That forced Ms Martin — the
union’s first woman president
— to step down. It is expected
that when the voting process
proceeds, the register used for
the May 28 elections would be
used again, allowing for some
6,000 union members to partic-
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SPORTS

‘Tt would be good’ to have
track meet in new stadium

OVER the weekend, it
was confirmed that the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations has put
in a bid to host the Carifta
Games in 2011 to coincide
with the opening of the new
national stadium.

The Chinese government
has indicated that they are
working feverishly to speed
up the construction of the
stadium for the yearly Easter
holiday weekend top region-
al junior track and field
meet.

If successful, it will be the
seventh time that the
Bahamas has played host to
the games, the last coming in
2002.

But with the new stadium
that will be named in honour
of ailing legendary sprinter
Thomas A Robinson, it is
hoped that the Bahamas will
also at least be able put on
an Area Permit Meeting that
qualifies for the World Ath-
letics Tour.

There are four athletes
who will be competing this
weekend at the IAAF/VTB
Bank World Athletics Final
in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Out of that field, the two
veteran sprinters - Chandra
Sturrup and Debbie Fergu-
son-McKenzie - are now in
the twilight of their careers
with Sturrup indicating that
her future could come to an
end next year, while Fergu-
son-McKenzie said she’s
leaning towards at least one
more Olympic Games in
London, England, in 2012.

It would be good if the
Bahamas could at least have
a meet, even if it’s just a
regional one, for the senior
athletes to display their skills
against some of their coun-
terparts before their careers
are done.

The athletes have all been
inspired by Robinson, who
served as the pioneer for ath-
letics in the Bahamas. And
I’m sure that he too would
probably like to see some of
the athletes who came up
through the ranks after him
on center stage in the new
stadium.

Obviously, it will cost a lot
of money to put on such an
event, especially in these
tough economic times. But it
just means that the BAAA,
which will go to the polls to
elect a new executive board
in November, will have their
work cut out for them.

These difficult economic
times also means that the
Ministry of Sports will not

STUBBS



OPINION

have the lavish celebrations
that they’ve had in the past
to honour the 24-member
team from the IAAF’s 12th
World Championships in
Athletics.

The Bahamas won two
medals at the championships,
thanks to the bronze from
Ferguson-McKenzie in the
200 metres and her teaming
up with Sheniqua ‘Q’ Fergu-
son, Sturrup and Christine
Amertil to take the silver in
the 4x 100 relay.

Minister Desmond Bannis-
ter said there will be some
form of celebration, but he
couldn’t elaborate until Cab-
inet had approved the plans.

So we just have to wait and
see what is going to be done.

KUDOS TO KNOWLES

WHETHER or not they
will go on to win their first
Grand Slam title together,
Mark Knowles and Mahesh
Bhupathi have put their best
foot forward.

Considering the fact that
Knowles has encountered his
share of problems, having
had his right ring finger
sliced by an elevator and
needing nine stitches to
repair it, he has held up well
with Bhupathi.

Knowles, the venerable
professional who has repre-
sented the Bahamas on the
international scene since
1992, has captured a career
52 titles and played in 40 oth-
er finals.

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Wimbledon, Knowles and his
former partner Daniel
Nestor of Canada has won
the three other Grand Slams
- Australian Open in Mel-
bourne in 2002, the US Open
in Flushing Meadows, New
York, in 2004 and the French
Open in 2007.

Knowles, who just turned
38 on September 4, has
enjoyed an illustrious career
and will be getting some
more of his just rewards from
the Bahamian government
when he’s honoured during a
dinner at Government
House on September 13.

He has been honoured for
adding the Wimbledon
mixed doubles title he shared
with German Anna-Lena
Groenefeld in July to his
already stacked résumé.

Although it may not be a
grand affair, Knowles said
any recognition that he
receives from the Bahamian
people will be cherished. ’'m
sure that he will enjoy going
to Government House, the
equivalent to athletes going
to the White House in the
United States to celebrate
their achievements.

WELCOME BACK

FORBES

HATS off to Alfred
Forbes.

After sitting around and
watching the Government
Secondary Schools Sports
Association go through its
administrative vows, Forbes
has been returned as the
president. He will now serve
for the next two years.

Forbes, a physical educa-
tion teacher at C I Gibson
Secondary School, served as
president for a 10-year peri-
od, from 1993-2003.

He was replaced by Edna
Forbes, who eventually was
removed from office by a
vote of no confidence in
2008. First vice president
Trevor Grant stepped up and
resumed the role as presi-
dent.

But he didn’t last too long,
bowing out during the end of
the basketball season this
year.

An interim committee,
headed by Lenora Conyers,
eventually completed the
season.

No doubt, Forbes sat idly
on the sidelines watching and
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Meeting to decide if Obie

Wilchcombe will continue as
PLP convention chairman

FROM page one

part of Mr Wilchcombe’s
camp and reportedly utilising
the resources at PLP Head-
quarters to promote the MP’s
campaign.

This special meeting comes
at a most embarrassing time
for the Grand Bahama MP
who is facing a significant
struggle in his home town
where he is reportedly on the
verge of being locked out of
his recently opened business,
Associated Grocers (see
Business Section for complete
story) for lack of payment.

Having recently launched
his candidacy for the deputy
leadership of the PLP, Mr
Wilchcombe can ill-afford
another scandal as the much
publicised and anticipated
“alleged extortion” case
involving former PLP Sena-
tor Pleasant Bridgewater and
US Hollywood actor John
Travolta is expected to begin
later this month.

Political pundits suggest

that the timing of this case
could very well spell the end
of Mr Wilchcombe’s political
career as the MP is expected
to testify in the case as a pros-
ecution witness.

Mr Wilchcombe has also
had a recent public war of
words with former PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby
who raised the same issue of
the MP being the chairman
of the convention and still
running for the deputy lead-
er’s post.

Mr Rigby charged that the
West End and Bimini MP
clearly “does not understand
the principles of conflict of
interests and fairness and
transparency.”

“He appears not to recog-
nise the perceptions that are
created by continuing to
serve in the capacity of Con-
vention Chair.”

Mr Rigby said that in his
opinion these are matters that
go to the issue of one’s fit-
ness to serve and character.

“Even though Mr Wilch-

combe may not be able to
define what a conflict is; I
know one when I see one and
so does the public. The pre-
sent facts surely satisfy the
test.

“Tt must also follow that if,
in Mr Wilchcombe’s own
words, at 50 years he does not
have the experience to serve
as leader he must also not be
competent to serve as the
party’s deputy.

“His election to the post
would in fact take the PLP
backwards.

“T have one agenda. And
that is to serve the best inter-
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that we ready the Party to
fight and win the next gener-
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“Tf this course is one that
does not sit well with the likes
of Mr Wilchcombe, so be it. I
will not be deterred in this
effort,” he said.

Attempts to reach Mr
Wilchcombe for comment
were unsuccessful up to press
time yesterday.

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Mliuitet Mie Lewiie Cogper

82, of Raleigh, North Carolina and formerly of Porbes Hill, Little
Exurna will be held on Saturday, Septernber 12, 200%; 11:00. al
Church of God of Prophecy, 12005. State Street, North Carolina
USA. Ofhciating will be Bishop Roosevelt Ashford, Bishop
Soloman L. Hues, Bishop Cervin McKinnon, Bishop Uriah

A, Cooper Sr. and Pastor Herbert Taylor. Interment will

follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens, Raleigh, NC, Cherished
and loving memories will always linger in the hearts of all

those whe knew and loved Pastor Cooper (aka “Ms, Baby"),
including:

One Sister: Ermaline Taylor of Long Island, Bahamas.

Eight Sons: Sidney (& Nora} of Nassau Rahamas, Dr,
Roland (& Dr Afua Boaten Cooper) of Atlanta
Georgia, Bishop Uzelah (& Minister Aphrodite) of
New Jersey, Eulon (& Betty) of Chicago, Trevor (8
Arlene) of Exurma; George (& Synthia} of Mastau,
and | Chester Cooper (& Cecilia) of Nassau,

Fahamas,

Eleven Daughters: Francina Cooper and

Berdimac Gordon of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl;

Minister

Priscilla Knowles and Marjorie (& Harcourt)

Wallace of Nassau Bahamas, Minister Delphine
{ & Pastor Rodney) Musgrove of West Palm
Beach, Fl, Mary Cooper and Sharlotte ( 8 Dwight)

Young of Raleigh NC.

. Dorcas (& Alvin) Johnson af

Nassau, Bahamas and Sylvia Cooper of Nashville TN.
Predeceased Children: Maxine Tumer, Princess ¢ OOper
and Truman Cooper Sr. predeceased her.

Grand Children inclading: Jacqueline, Shavaughn 4
Sherman Musgrove, Prince & Dr. Shawna € Oper, Lxziah
Ir, Angelo, Llewellyn & Andrometa Cooper, Diandrea
White, SPC Leavander (8 Nicole) and De Ashlee Checks.
Adam & Aqlett Johnson, Stacy Wilder (8 Joseph a

Trushell, Truman Jn, Priscilla, Trevor fr,

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Young and 1, Chelsea Cooper. Numercus others
including: Carl, Cheryl, Malvese, Yvette and GiGi
Cooper, Pam Johnson, Barron, Penton, Anthony,
Cory, Dean, Qwen, Vanessa Cooper; Lillian
Cooper, Marina, Linda, Esther, May, Detxerah,
“clmac, Michelle, Deloris, Tony, Eleanor,

letirey Turner, Marilyn, Christine, Olivia

(& Bishop Raymond Wells), Alma, Lataya

and Tiffany Knowles; Curlene, Cheneake,

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and Cordell Wallace.

Numerous Great-Grand Children including:
Taneisha (Deshay), Adriyel, Micajah (Jayden),
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Sisters-In-Laws: Dolly Cooper, Beatrice amd

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Nieces and Nephews: Including Altred, Herbert, David,
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Taylor, Rev, James, [eremiah and Rebecca Sweeting: Livingstone Bodie,

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on business model
reform prospects

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE “win-
dow is clos-
ing” on the |,
opportunity
the Bahamas
has to “refine
our business
model” and
remain a
competitive
international
financial ser-
vices centre, a senior attorney
has told Tribune Business,
with “much work and
resolve” still needed to make
this happen.

Brian Moree, senior part-
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Bahamas has ‘long

way to go’ to ensure
financial sector's long-
term survival, and must
‘stop running itself as if
it were a big country’

“does not have the luxury of
time” in making much-need-
ed changes to its supporting
infrastructure and legislative
environment, given the
advances made by competi-
tive jurisdictions.

“There are lots of things we
have to do. The general

SEE page 2B

NIB reforms short on
covernance amendments

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

REFORMS limiting the
directions a minister can give
the National Insurance
Board’s (NIB) directors to
policy only, and other recom-
mendations to enhance good
governance, were made in the
eighth actuarial report on the
Fund but appear to have been
excluded from the 25 amend-
ments approved by the Gov-
ernment.

The report, compiled by
NIB’s in-house actuary Derek
Osborne, emphasized that
“poor governance practices”
had affected many aspects of
NIB’s performance during its
36-year history, and this was
one reason why he had rec-
ommended against increasing
NIB contribution rates in the
short-term.

A little-noticed part of the
eighth actuarial review, con-

* Actuarial report
urged limitations on
minister’s ability to give
directions to Board

* ‘Poor governance
practices’ one
reason why actuary
recommended
against contribution
rate increase

ducted in 2006, said: “For
many of NIB’s 33 years, prac-
tices that were not in confor-
mance with the National
Insurance Act and general
public expectations have led
to sub-par outcomes in many
areas.”

The report listed, as exam-

SEE page 9B

Bahamas-based insurer
falls into $38m insolvency

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN insurance
regulators yesterday moved
to mop up another mess
caused by the financial col-
lapse of Trinidad-based CL
Financial, placing another of
its Bahamian-registered affil-
jates into the care of a judicial
manager after its 2008 year-
end accounts revealed it was
insolvent to the tune of $38
million.

The Insurance Commission
has successfully petitioned
that Juan Lopez, of KPMG
Restructuring, be appointed
as the judicial manager for
Bahamas-registered British
American Insurance Compa-
ny Ltd, a CL Financial affili-
ate that is not related in any
way to British American
Financial, the former British
American Insurance Compa-



* Regulator appoints
receiver for British
American Insurance
Company Ltd, as $948m
in liabilities exceed
$910m in assets

* Company not connected
in any way to British
American Financial,
and has no Bahamian
policyholders,
clients or business

ny of the Bahamas.

And, while registered in the
Bahamas, British American
Insurance Company Ltd
wrote no business here, and
has no Bahamian policyhold-
ers or clients, meaning the
impact of its slide into
receivership will not impact
this nation’s economy. The
company instead operated
across much of the remainder
of the Caribbean.

In an affidavit to support
the petition, Lennox McCart-
ney, the Insurance Commis-
sioner, said British American
Insurance Company Ltd’s
unaudited statements for the
financial year ended Decem-
ber 31, 2008, showed it had
total assets of almost $910
million and liabilities of
around $948 million, produc-
ing a $38 million solvency
deficiency.

In addition, Mr McCartney
said the Insurance Commis-
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for the
PLP’s
deputy
leader post and a politi-
cal colleague were said |
last night to be hanging
on to their Grand
Bahama-based business
venture by their finger-
tips, after they managed
to stave off - for the
moment - being locked out by their land-
lord for alleged non-payment of rent.
Obie Wilchcombe, the MP for West
End and Bimini, and Pleasant Bridge-
water, the former PLP MP and Senator,
were up to press time said to be scram-
bling to pay some of the rent owed to

WILCHCOMBE

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* Obie Wilchcombe and Pleasant Bridgewater's venture in trouble, after
locksmiths for Associated Grocers landlord turn up at warehouse

* Lock-out and inventory seizure stayed, at least for part of yesterday,
as duo aim to pay part of $200,000 owed by close of business

* Two months’ rent, plus insurance premiums,
said to be owed, although this in dispute

Florida-based grocery wholesaler, Asso-
ciated Grocers, which yesterday morning
sent a team to its warehouse property to
change the locks and seize inventory to
make good the sum owed.

Sources with knowledge of the situa-
tion, speaking to Tribune Business on
condition of anonymity, told this news-
paper that Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater’s venture, which had
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landlord close to $200,000.

Included in this sum, the sources said,
was two months’ rent at $65,000 per
month, plus penalties for late payment,
taking this amount to around a $140,000
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SEE page 4B

Business owner
close to escaping
BEC through
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investment

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE OWNER of Sure
Alarms yesterday said he was
close to pulling his business
completely off BEC’s power
grid, via the installation of a
$35,000 solar-powered electric
system currently capable of
running everything but the air
conditioners.

Graham Weatherford told
Tribune Business that the sys-
tem, if built to its full capacity,
could save his business $1,000
per month and thus pay itself
off in just under three years.

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Accountants discuss issues with minister

THE Bahamas Institute of Chartered
Accountants (BICA) council members have
met with the minister of state for finance to
discuss several issues, including Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) and
the Bahamas’ removal from the G-20/OECD

‘grey list’.

‘open door’ communication policy with the
Ministry of Finance, and spoke to Zhivargo
Laing on the planned amendments to the
Securities Industry Act, the Business Licence
Act and the Financial Administration and

MODEL, from 1B

answer is that we have to
refine our business model to
meet the needs of the mar-
ketplace,” Mr Moree told Tri-
bune Business.

“Given the pace at which
business is moving and the
world is moving generally, the
time period is short. The win-
dow is closing, particularly
given what is happening in
other jurisdictions.

“T’'d be guessing if I said we
have one, two, three years,
but we don’t have the luxury
of time. There’s probably no
fixed period of time after
which you could says it’s all
over for us. But we don’t have
a lot of time, because of what
the competition are doing and
the pace of business today.”

Given that the Bahamas
had “a long way to go”, not
only to bolster its competitive
position but also in enhanc-
ing its attractiveness for
investors and attracting new
business to these shores, Mr
Moree said “resolve at all lev-
els” would needed to get this
nation where it had to go.

“There’s a growing aware-
ness of what needs to be
done, and one has seen some
encouraging signs recently in
that regard, in the halls of
government, to do these
things,” he added. “That’s
encouraging, but we still have
a long way to go.

“We have to develop a pol-
icy that is going to allow us
to be attractive, competitive
and a well-regulated interna-
tional financial centre on the
one hand and, at the same
time, continue to attract busi-

Audit Act.

The accountants also reiterated their desire
to amend and reform the Public Accoun-
tants Act, through changes to the licensing
and registration of accounting firms, and
these companies’ ability to be incorporated

with Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) sta-
BICA’s members also discussed having an tus.

the Bahamas.

ness and ensure that people
will be able to conduct busi-
ness in an environment that
is not overly bureaucratic and
so expensive.”

Among the issues the
Bahamas needed to tackle,
Mr Moree said, were cost
containment, becoming more
competitive, upgrading its
technology platform to ensure
this was comparable with any
other jurisdiction, expanding
its legislation and delivering
a full product menu, and
implementing an Immigration
policy that was flexible
enough to allow financial
institutions to hire essential
personnel.

“We also need to address
quality of life issues that affect
the desirability of coming to
the Bahamas,” Mr Moree told
Tribune Business, citing the
spiralling crime problem, and
improving infrastructure such
as the roads and airport.

“We’ve got to make sure
we, generally speaking, are a
high quality, attractive place
to do business...... We have to
be much more dynamic and
agile in addressing the needs
of the marketplace.”

To do this, Mr Moree said
the Government had to “stop
running the Bahamas like it’s
a big country”.

While he was “reasonably
optimistic” that, given the
proper resources and com-
mitment of all stakeholders,
the Bahamas could secure the
long-term future of its inter-
national financial services
industry, the senior attorney
added: “What I sometimes
worry about is whether we

Mr Laing was also told that the Institute of
Chartered Accountants CAC) conference
will be held in the Bahamas between June 17-
19, 2010, with some 1,000 delegates visiting

can translate the rhetoric into
action, and whether we can
leverage the Bahamas in a
way to exploit our strengths.

“We must stop running the
Bahamas like it’s a big coun-
try. We are not a big country.
We are a small country. We
need to leverage our small-
ness, and make it our advan-
tage by being more agile and
responsive to what is a
dynamic industry.

“We must stop running the
ship of state as if it were a
large country, like the UK,
France and the US. We must
learn to take advantage of the
fact that we are small and
leverage it to our advantage.
That requires a major reform
in government.”

By running the Bahamas as
if it were a major country, it
was suffering from the same
problems as major countries,
such as heavy bureaucracy
and inefficiency in decision-
making, Mr Moree added,
ensuring this nation was get-
ting “the worst of both
worlds”.

“We have to reduce the
response time to market
forces, the time we take to
develop products,” he said.
“We take too long to address
regulatory and legislative
issues, and take too long to
respond to market forces gen-
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The global recession, Mr
Moree added, was “precisely
the time” the Bahamas should
look at implementing far-
reaching structural reforms,
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million phase one develop-
ment of its new US depar-
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new parking scheme for fre-
quent business travellers
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Bahamas Chamber of Com-
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of the Bahamas, said phase
one of the airport develop-
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There are also plans for
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To date, NAD has spent
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carousels, and parking lot

improvements.

NAD’s new BizPark fea-
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frequent travellers.

According to Mr Steeves,
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as retailers and restaurants,
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while during the construc-
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failed to pay insurance pre-
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February 2009.

Neither Mr Wilchcombe
nor Ms Bridgewater returned
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before press time, despite
detailed messages being left
at the former’s Nassau home
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However, a source told Tri-
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Grocers has sent a crew down

there and locked them [Mr
Wilchcombe and Ms Bridge-
water] out.”

That proved, following sub-
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and security guards had been
sent to the warehouse on
Associated Grocers’ behalf,
they had held off from chang-
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“Associated Grocers are
down there with a security
team and locksmiths, but
they’re holding off because
they’ve been offered two
months’ rent and the balance
in 14 days,” another source
confirmed. “If they don’t get
their two months’ rent, the
lock-out will continue. They
have to see Associated Gro-
cers are serious.”

Also understood to be pre-
sent at the scene, and accom-
panying the locksmiths and
attorneys from Nelson’s, were
some attorneys from Dupuch
& Turnquest, the Bahamian
law firm that represents Asso-
ciated Grocers. However,
Dupuch & Turnquest
declined to comment when
contacted by Tribune Busi-
ness, although the telephone
lines between their office and
Ms Bridgewater’s were said
to be humming yesterday with
contacts between the two par-
ties.

Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater are understood
to be disputing the sum Asso-
ciated Grocers is claiming
they owe, but the Florida-
based company is said to have
grown increasingly frustrated

by their alleged failure to
respond to its demand letters,
seeking immediate payment.

The timing of the episode is
likely to be somewhat embar-
rassing for Mr Wilchcombe,
given that he has just
announced his bid to become
the PLP’s deputy leader. “It’s
a whole embarrassment,” one
source told Tribune Business.
“He’s had the building for
nine months, and it has got
very little inventory in it.”

The timing is also not good
for Ms Bridgewater, coming
directly before her scheduled
trial over the alleged attempt
to extort money from Holly-
wood actor John Travolta fol-
lowing the death of his son.
This is likely to be another
headache.

Associated Grocers had
been attempting to sell its
Freeport warehouse, which
cost $8 million to construct,
for a price understood to be
around $12 million. In the
absence of buyers, though, it
eventually did the lease deal
with Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater, who told Tri-
bune Business earlier this
year that some 30 persons had
been hired to operate it.

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Government moves on
power plant concerns

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 5B





By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE GOVERNMENT is
moving to address a number
of emissions concerns asso-
ciated with dated equipment
at BEC power plants
throughout the Family
Islands, the minister of state
for the environment said
yesterday, as environmental
activists rail against the erec-
tion of anew Abaco power
facility.

Phenton Neymour, speak-
ing to Tribune Business,
sought to dispel some of the
concerns about the pro-
posed Wilson City power

plant that have been circu-
lating. A group has pro-
duced a short documentary
about the construction of
the plant and its possible
environmental impact,
which they have circulated
on the Internet.

Concerns

One of the group’s main
concerns is the proposed use
of Bunker C fuel oil to run
the Wilson City power plan-
t's turbines. They believe
the fuel will produce much
more dense carbon emis-
sions than other fuels, while
increasing the chance of acid
rain over the islands of the

Bahamas.

They also suggested that
oil spills in this area could
affect a marine park pro-
posed for an area nearby, as
well as affect the subter-
ranean aquifer.

Mr Neymour asserted that
the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation has always used
Bunker C fuel oil in New
Providence, and insisted that
the Wilson City plant will
adopt the most stringent
environmental practices.

“This is a new plant, in
which environmental proce-
dures and processes will be
put in place,” he said. “I am
extremely disappointed that
these individuals would have
taken the approach that they
have.”

Mr Neymour contended



PHENTON NEYMOUR

that the Government would
have considered renewable
energy sources if they had
been viable for Abaco.

He suggested the problem
with renewable energy
sources at present is that
“the sun does not shine 24
hours and the wind does not
blow all the time”.

The Government has
arranged a town hall meet-
ing for today in Marsh Har-
bour, Abaco, to discuss the
plant with the residents.

Plant

The Wilson City plant is
to supply power to residents
of north, central andsouth
Abaco, and was strategically
placed at Wilson City in
order to make distribution

throughout the island more
efficient.

Cheaper

According to Mr Ney-
mour, the cheaper Bunker C
fuel oil will also produce
savings for the residents of
Abaco and reduce govern-
ment/BEC’s dependency on
oil in the long run.

“That’s why we are
proposing to use it in Abaco
because Abaco is the largest
Family Island distribution
facility,” he said. “It will
produce at a lower cost for
Abaco, lowering the overall
cost of fuels for the
Bahamas. We are doing this
in order to lower the fuel
surcharge for all Bahami-

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law & Equity Division

2009/CLE/gen/qui/01193

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that STACY MOSS OF DURHAM
STREET, NASSAU, THE 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 83RD day of SEPTEMBER, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ROLAND ANDREW BRYAN
of JOHNSON ROAD ESTATES, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,

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IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
comprising Eight hundred and Fifty-nine thousandths (.859) of
an acre situate on the Southern side of Haynes Avenue in the
Settlement of Governor’s Harbour in the Island of Eleuthera.

AND
IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Jan A. Gray and Ellen
M. Gray
NOTICE OF PETITION

The Petition of IAN A. GRAY AND ELLEN M. GRAY of
Ontario, Canada in respect of:-

Bi By Bahamas Business

“ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate on the Southern
side of Haynes Avenue in the Settlement of Governor’s Harbour
in the Island of Eleuthera comprising Eight hundred and Fifty-
nine thousandths (.859) of an acre and which said parcel of
land is bounded on the NORTHNORTHEAST by Haynes
Avenue and running thereon Fifteen and Forty-one hundredths
(15.41) feet on the NORTHEAST by Buccaneer Hill said to
be the property of Tanya Melich-Crone and running thereon
One hundred and Forty-nine and Ninety-three hundredths
(149.43) feet on the NORTHWEST by the said Buccaneer Hill
and running thereon Twenty-four and Ninety-four hundredths
(24.94) feet on the NORTHEAST by the said Buccaneer Hill
and by land said to be the property of Paul Petty and running
thereon Fifty-eight and Seventy-eight hundredths (58.78) feet
and One hundred and Nine and Fifty-eight hundredths (109.58)
feet respectively on the SOUTHEAST by a chain-linked
fence separating it from the property of the said Paul Petty and
running thereon One hundred and Forty-three and Eighty-one
hundredths (143.81) feet on the SOUTHWEST again by the
property of the said Paul Petty and by the property of Bishop
Clifford and Velma Petty and running thereon Seventy-four
and Twenty-seven hundredths (74.27) feet and Eighty-nine
and Thirty-four hundredths (89.34) feet respectively on
the SOUTHEAST by the property of the said Bishop and
Velma Petty and running thereon Twenty-five and Forty-one
hundredths (25.41) feet on the SOUTHWEST by the property
of Pamela Moss and Trevor Pyfrom and running thereon in
total Seventy-nine and Twenty hundredths (79.20) feet on the
NORTHWEST by the property of the said Trevor Pyfrom and
running thereon Nineteen and Thirty-nine hundredths (19.39)
feet and on the NORTH and WEST by the property of the
Estate of David Sweeting and running thereon in several courses
Eighteen and Twenty-nine hundredths (18.29) feet, Six and
Two hundredths (6.02) feet, Seventy-nine and Fifty hundredths
(79.50) feet, Eleven and Sixty-one hundredths (11.61) feet and
Sixty-eight and Forty-one hundredths (68.41) feet and which
said parcel of land has such position shape marks boundaries
and dimensions as are shown on the plan filed herein which is
recorded in the Department of Lands and Surveys as “Plan No.

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 3°° day of September, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box
N-831, Nassau, Bahamas.

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TUESDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,510.69] GHG -16.82] %CHG -1.10 | YTD -201.67 | YTD %
FINDEX: GLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%
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52wk-Low Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $

-11.78

IAN A. GRAY AND ELLEN M. GRAY claim to be the

owners in fee simple in possession of the said land free from

Securit y Previous Close Today's Close

encumbrances and has made application to the Supreme Court
in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas under Section 3 of The
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have their title to the said land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in
accordance with the provisions of the said Act.A plan of the
said land may be inspected during normal office hours in the
following places:The Registry of the Supreme Court in the
said City of Nassau;The Chambers of McKinney, Bancroft
& Hughes, Mareva House, 4 George Street in the City of
Nassau, Attorneys for the Petitioners; and The office of the
Administrator at Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera.

Notice is hereby given that any persons having dower or a
right of dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on or before the 20" day of October, 2009
file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the

1.15
10.00
6.25
0.63
3.15
2.14
10.18
2.74
5.26
1.27
1.32
6.60
9.30
10.30
4.95
1.00
0.30
5.49
10.09
10.00
52wk-Hi__52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

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

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

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

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

1.15
11.00
6.25
0.63
3.15
2.37
11.00
2.74
5.49
3.69
2.03
6.60
9.30
10.30
5.12
1.00
0.30
5.50
10.09
10.00

Symbol
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

1.15
11.00
6.25
0.63
3.15
2.37
10.50
2.74
5.26
3.68
2.03
6.60
9.30
10.30
5.12
1.00
0.30
5.50
10.09
10.00

Last Sale
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

-0.50

0.00

-0.23
-0.01

Change

0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
Last Price
14.00

52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

RND Holdings

7.92
2.00
0.35

8.42
6.25
0.40

4.00
0.55

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
29.00

ABDAB
RND Holdings

30.13 31.59
0.45 0.55

0.55

0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

Weekly Vol.

0.127
0.992
0.244
-0.877
0.078
0.055
1.406
0.249
0.419
0.111
0.382
0.420
0.322
0.794
0.332
0.000
0.035
0.407
0.952
0.180
ases)
Interest
7%
Prime + 1.75%

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

7%
10 Prime + 1.75%

EPS $
-2.246
0.000
0.001

Div $
0.000
0.480
0.000

P/E

N/M
256.6

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

9.03
261.90

undersigned a statement of their claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such
person to file and serve a statement of his claim on or before the
said 20" day of | October, A.D., 2009 will operate as a bar to
such claim.

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

NAV YTID% Last_12 Months
5.15
4.16
5.40
-12.43
5.84
1.67
-4.18
0.00
-1.41
6.63
2.15
6.11

Div $ Yield % NAV Date
31-Jul-08
31-Aug-09
28-Aug-09
31-Jul-09

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund

1.3320
2.8952
1.4105
3.1031
12.3870
100.0000
93.1992

1.4005
2.8990
1.4867
3.1143
13.0484
101.6693
96.7398

3.48
-1.39
3.70
-8.01
3.41
1.10
0.35
0.00
2.69
2.59

31-Jul-09
30-Jun-09
30-Jun-09
31-Dec-07
31-Jul-09
31-Jul-09
31-Jul-09
31-Jul-09

Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

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

FG Financial Diversified Fund

1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

1.0000
9.3399
1.0663
1.0215 -1.11
1.0611 2.29
MARKET TERMS

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company’s reported earings per share for the last 12 mths

NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

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

Dated the 26" day of August, A.D., 2009

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

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

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

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

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

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

McKINNEY, BANCROFT & HUGHES
Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioners

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
KS1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

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THE Bahamas Financial
Services Board’s (BFSB) pro-
ject officer, Venetia Gilbert,
has successfully completed the
Canadian Securities Course
(CSC) after studying with the
Nassau-based Securities
Training Institute (STI).

Ms Albury, STI’s course
administrator, said: “STI pre-
sents a timely and progressive
study programme that greatly
assists students in their under-
standing of financial products
and services, which is neces-
sary to compete in the global
financial market.”

Ms Gilbert is pictured
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Business owner close to escaping BEC through $35k solar investment

FROM page 1B

$5,000.

According to Mr Weather-
ford, the solar power system
can supply clean, uninter-
rupted power to homes and
businesses, reducing the need
for voltage regulators and bat-
tery back-up systems, which
often put a strain on motor-




run equipment and pull their
own amperage in order to
operate.

Since supplying his office
with solar power, Mr Weath-
erford has removed several
of his regulators.

“T was spending five-and-
a-half amps 24 hours per day
non-stop. That’s a lot of load

just to clean up my electrici-
ty,” he said. “All this equip-
ment burns 4 amps, so I was
spending more than I burn to
clean the power.”

Mr Weatherford said a
brownout, which is a partial
blackout, almost cost him his
store after the fluctuation
caused electrical systems in
his air conditioning to catch
fire.

“Bahamians know about

brownout, trust me. Every-
thing in their houses gets
burned up,” he said.

Now, with the sun produc-
ing power during the day and
a 22-battery backup system
recharged in two hours, after
losing 20 per cent of its power
during the night, Sure Alarms
could be fully power inde-
pendent, but for the air con-
ditioning.

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regarding

DIVIDEND DECLARATION

Whereas there are sufficient funds to provide a cash dividend
to the shareholders of Doctors Hospital Health System, and

Whereas the Directors have determined that after the
payment of such dividends the Company will be able to meet
all of its continuing obligations and provide adequate funds

for reinvestment in the business,

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors has
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extending his solar panels
across the length of his prop-
erty in order to fully produce
“green” energy.

However, he added that
solar panels have a half-life
of about 20 years, while the
batteries which produce pow-
er during the night have a life
of about 15 years.

Mr Weatherford suggested
that purchasing more batter-
ies than a system needs in the
beginning will allow the own-
er to expand the system in the
future when more load is
needed, and also put less
strain on the batteries when
the system is not collecting
sunlight.

He argued that these sys-
tems will, in the future, pre-
sent business opportunities
for many Bahamians as
households switch to this
alternative energy source.

Mr Weatherford is current-
ly converting his home to
solar power in order to
decrease his BEC electricity
usage and become more envi-

ronmentally friendly.

Government has laboured
over its national energy poli-
cy, which is currently explor-
ing alternative energy sources,
while continuing to build fuel
oil-burning electricity plants.
And while according to law
it is illegal to operate a home
or business without an elec-
tricity meter, the former
Christie administration
removed the customs duty on
solar panels to encourage
their use.

Minister of State for the
environment, Phenton Ney-
mour, said on the use of solar
and wind energy: “The sun
does not shine 24 hours and
the wind does not blow all the
time.”

However, Mr Weather-
ford's model seems to be
working for him, for the
moment. And many have
been waiting for the moment
when a business or residen-
tial user challenges the BEC
electricity supply model cur-
rently enshrined in law.

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Workers’ Co-operative Credit

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NIB, from 1B

ples of this, NIB’s relatively
low compliance rates and
“excessive administrative
costs”; the fact the insurable
wage ceiling had only been
increased twice in 36 years;
and that “pension increases
and mass employee hiring
that coincides with general
elections”.

Poor governance, the
report said, had also resulted
in some 75 per cent of NIB’s
investments being made in
government, and government
agency, securities, while NIB
funds had been used “for pur-
poses other than prescribed
in legislation”.

“The National Insurance
Board is not a department of

government,” the eighth actu-
arial review said. “Instead, it
is a body corporate, managed
by a Board over what a min-
ister has parliamentary over-
sight..

“As a result, the role of the
minister regarding the affairs
of the National Insurance
Board is very limited. Since
inception, however, ministers
have often exerted greater
influence over Board affairs
than is provided for by the
National Insurance Act.”

As a result, the report rec-
ommended that Section seven
of the NIB Act be amended
to limit the directions the
responsible minister can give
to NIB’s Board to policy only,
rather than the wide-ranging
brief the minister has now.

However, the official state-
ment that NIB put out on the

25 amendments that the Gov-
ernment has approved, and
which it hopes will go before
Parliament before year-end,
appeared relatively light when
it came to addressing gover-
nance issues - there was prac-
tically no mention of them,
even though they formed a
key (and, some would say,
central) part of Mr Osborne’s
report.

The eighth actuarial report
also identified another aspect
of problems associated with
political involvement in NIB
decision-making, namely the
reluctance of policymakers to
enact reforms that might be
painful for some, and poten-
tially cost even a small minor-
ity of votes in future general
elections.

Pointing to the fact that no
recommendations from the

2005 Social Security Reform
Commission had been enact-
ed, even though the Christie
government had accepted its
findings in April 2007, the
eighth actuarial review said:
“It is important that govern-
ments consider and act upon
the recommendations made
in periodic actuarial reviews,
as population and socio-eco-
nomic changes lead to new
social and financial challenges
to which National Insurance
should respond.

“And, with financial sus-
tainability being a major con-
cern, changes aimed at reduc-
ing long-term costs should be
made sooner rather than later,
as such changes often take
several years before any
noticeable financial impact is
realised.”

Mr Osborne’s review added

that there were “significant
risks” associated with an
immediate increase in the
NIB contribution rate, which
currently stands at 8.8 per
cent, split 3.4/5.4 between
employee and employer
respectively. And some of
these were linked to gover-
nanice issues.

“Firstly, generating addi-
tional income may provide
opportunities for inappropri-
ate investments, the granting
of excessive pension adjust-
ments and increases to admin-
istrative costs,” the report
warned.

“Also, with increasing
annual surpluses, suitable
investment vehicles will have
to be found. A larger Fund,
which has difficulty finding
investment opportunities,
could therefore open itself to

demands from government
and quasi-government agen-
cies to borrow funds at below
market rates.”

The Government’s fiscal
deficit, debt position and the
overall health of the public
finances have deteriorated
sharply since the eighth actu-
arial report was written, but
Mr Osborne also warned
then: “The primary risk to the
National Insurance Fund of
further lending to the Gov-
ernment lies in the possibility
of government not being able
to liquidate bonds on or
before their maturity dates,
should funds be needed to
meet pension expenditure.

“With the above risks and
the potential for poor gover-
nance practices, a rate
increase is not recommended
now.”

PriceywWERHOUSE(GOPERS

Is Seeking
A Corporate Services Supervisor

Applicants should be Bahamian and have at least three (3) years practical expenence in
the following areas:

Company Incorporations

Formation of Foundations

Company Continuations

Voluntary Liquidations

Mergers/Consolidations

Drafting and vetting Contracts and Agreements

Business License Applications including requirements of the Grand Bahama Port
Aulhority Limited

Fligible candidates should also be familiar with the Financial and Corporate Service
Providers Act and hold either an LLB or a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration
and or Finance. Compensation and benelits to be paid commensurate with experience

Resumes along with copies of your credentials should be sent to P.O. Box N - 3910,
Nassau, The Bahamas. Attention: Corporate Services Leader no later than Friday,
September 25, 2009,

Purchaser/Assistant Manager

There is a vacancy for the position of Purchaser/Assistant Manager
in Saveco Trading Company.

The successful applicant will have following responsibilities

¢ Responsible for re-ordering of regular merchandise

¢ Sourcing of new goods and product lines

* Monitoring of Stock Movement and Inventory Control

* Play a Supervisory and Administrative Role in Organisation

The Applicant, if selected, will be expected to do the following:

¢ Maintain optimum inventory levels through timely purchasing
¢ Improve Stock Turn Ratios

Applications must meet the following qualifications in order to
be considered:

¢ Must hold 1st Degree in Business or Related Field
(e.g. marketing/Finance)

¢ Must be Microsoft Word and Excel Proficient (2003 or 2007)

* Must be able to work flexible hours, including late nights,
weekends and some holidays

¢ Must have an understanding of the process of costing
merchandise

¢ Must have flexibility to travel

¢ Must have good interpersonal and negotiating skills
-3 years prior work experience in the same or similar field,
and knowledge of shipping and customs logistics, would be
an asset.

Applications should be submitted TYPED with C.V. (résumé)
enclosed to:

The Human Resources Manager
Saveco Trading Co. Ltd
Taylor Street, Nassau
The Bahamas
Applications can also be emailed to hr.saveco@bashco.net

The Deadline for applications is September 18th, 2009.

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The National Insurance Board

of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Request for Contractors Pre-Qualification

The National Insurance Board (NIB) 1s seeking to pre-qualify contractors to bid on
works to construct a Government Complex in Freeport, Grand Bahama; the project
is a joint venture of NIB and The Bahamas Government. Contractors must be in
compliance with the National Insurance Act (social security programme), and in
aood standing with the relevant Government agencies,

Pre-qualitfication documents may be collected from the Security Booth at NIB’s
Clittord Darling Complex, Blue Hill Road, or from NIB's Freeport Local Office, on
The Mall, Freeport, Grand Bahama, from September § to September 16, 2009.

Pre-Qualification documents should be signed, sealed and returned to che Security
Booth, Clifford Darling Complex in New Providence or to the Freeport Local Office
in Grand Bahama, on or before 12:00 Noon on September 23, 2009,

Clifton Heritage National Park
CLIFTON HERITAGE AUTHORITY

South West Bay Road + P.O. Box SP-63846
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 1(242) 362-4386 or 1(242) 362-5121 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 will be required to provide executive leadership, supervi-
sion and direction for the various units of the Clifton Heritage Authority
and the Heritage Park, while facilitating the research and promotion of its
historical and 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 satety and security, best
environment practices, and all matters related to the preservation of the
historic structures and the conservation of natural resources at the Park
Serves as a key 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 al the Clifton Heritage Authonty Park, including
rationalization and collection of wser fees.
Liaise with other government, non-government, regional and intemational
agencies to explore opportunities to promote the sustainable development
and management of the Clifton Heritage Authority and Park,
Direct and coordinate the employment of staff, develop and implement
opening policies, standards and procedures to ensure perlormance and
maintain a stable working environnrent.
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 Board, consultants and marketing and public relations staff
on the development of material and efforts for the promotion of the Park.

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* Aminimum of a graduate degree in administration or discipline relevant
to the Park’s operation, and /or 10 years experience in a senior administra-
tive capacity,

Applications are available at the Authority's office, South West Road, Clif-
ton Cay and should be submitted along with resume by 4pm, 14 September,
2M,

Telephone contact 362-5121 of 362-6729



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THE Bahamas Electricity
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manager is set to address the
Abaco Business Outlook con-
ference on the power produc-
er’s renewable energy drive,
plus its proposed power plant
at Wilson City.

Kevin Basden, who has
been BEC’s general manag-
er since 2004, gained a BsC
degree in electrical power
from Oklahoma State Uni-
versity, and has studied man-
agement training at both Har-
vard Business School and the
Wharton School of Business
in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Michael Bray-
nen, the director of marine
resources at the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources, will address the
conference on Abaco-related
marine resource issues.

Mr Braynen was educated
at the Government High
School in Nassau, University
of the West Indies in Jamaica,
University of Washington in
the US and Humberside Col-
lege in the UK.

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Department of Marine
Resources since 1975, and
previously held the positions
of deputy director, assistant
director, manager of the fish
landing complex, senior fish-
eries officer, fisheries officer
and fisheries superintendent.

The seminar’s keynote
speaker is Senator Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, minis-
ter of tourism and aviation.
Other speakers include Eric
Carey, executive director,
Bahamas National Trust;
Algernon Cargill, director,

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health, and Anne Albury,
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By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter



THOSE in need of spiritual upliftment can look
forward to the debut of up and coming gospel
group Ultimate Choice who will release their
first single “Step into His love" in a matter of
days.

The nine member group has high hopes for the song's suc-
cess, and expects it "to light up the airwaves.”

Though Ultimate Choice has been around for three years,
this will be their first song release. “The song is original, and is
a breath of fresh air,” Myrtle Pinder, lead vocalist of the group
said yesterday.

Speaking to Tribune Features, she predicted that the song will
have “a profound impact” on listeners.

“Tf we have love in our hearts, we wouldn’t have so much
crime. I hope that this song will touch lives and draw people
closer to Christ.We started recording last year,” she explained,
adding: “the editing process has been a long one, but it has paid
off.”

The single is diverse in sound, infused with an eclectic mix of
reggae, and southern gospel flavour.

Group members: Myrtle Pinder, Thomas Newton, Patrick
Bodie, Crystal Miller, Shandie Mackey, Kayetta Brown,
Dwayne Knowles, Joam Occes and Sofy Rolle said they are
very excited about this recent project.

The song sends a simple message about salvation, and in the
main chorus gives an appeal to accept Christ, a decision Mr
Bodie said is life's "ultimate choice." The chorus says:

"Step into his love

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Be sure to read Tribune Religion next week, when staff
photographer Felipé Major resumes his popular feature-
Church Of The Week. Mr Major will capture the beauty of a

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establish your royal

throne over Israel forever, as | promised David your father
when | said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of
Israel.'(1 Kings 9: 4-5).

THIS was a promise for then and it is God’s promise for
now. If we want to have a holy nation and walk in integrity of
heart and uprightness, we need Jesus Christ on the throne of
our hearts. This is truly made possible by the power of the
Holy Spirit guiding and guarding us.

As you consider this passage, respond to the following
questions:

What does integrity of heart mean to you?

What does it mean to walk in integrity of heart?

How does this desire shape your daily walk?

In what situations are you less than upright?

What can you do to rectify this?

If this type of approach to life is our organising principle
then we have to move from thinking to action: "What good is
it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no
deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is

without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ® “Team Efforts”
"Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does

nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same Kitchen Cabinets
way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is 5
dead."(James 2:14-17) bg Travertine

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liability?

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action affects the future of our country. We still have much to
learn about the downfall that comes from false pride, greed,
gluttony, deceit, infidelity, and dishonesty. We each can do
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RELIGION

2009 ® PG 27



Roman Catholic Pioneers:
Bishop Bernard Kevenhoerster

IN 1903, Father Theodore
Kevenhoerster OSB was sent to the
Bahamas and stationed at Sacred
Heart Church, Nassau. Unfortunately,
he was a consumptive and died within
two years - the first Benedictine to die
in the Bahamas. Twenty four years
later his brother Father Bernard
Kevenhoerster came as Prior and even-
tually the first Catholic Bishop of the
Bahamas.

John Kevenhoerster was born in
Germany on November 1, 1869 but in
his early youth his parents migrated to
Minneapolis, USA. After receiving his
early education at St Joseph's
Parochial School, he studied at St
John's University and then entered the
Benedictine novitiate, taking the reli-
gious name Bernard. He took his vows
in 1892 and was the assistant to the
Master of Novices until he received his
Holy Orders in 1896.

Father Bernard taught at the St
John's University but also held impor-
tant positions as student chaplain,
Moderator of the Alexian Literary
Society and Rector of the Seminary. In
1907, Father Bernard, Vice Rector St
John's University became Prior and
later pastor at St Anselm's New York
(which included the eastern mission
and the Bahamas). In his long tenure
he greatly assisted the Bahamas mis-
sion from a distance.

In late 1929, Father Bernard came to
the Bahamas where he became Vicar
Forane and Superior to the
Benedictines in charge of local mis-
sions. However despite this position he
asked Father Bonaventure to place him
in strategic positions so he could be of
use. He wanted to be chaplain for the



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lepers, prison, hospitals and assistant at
St Francis Xaviers. He took masses,
gave sermons and taught classes to con-
verts. He won the favour of the chil-
dren and Governor Sir Bede Clifford
started attending church regularly.

On Sunday, February 7, 1932,
Monsignor Bernard Kevenhoerster
was solemnly installed as the first
Prefect Apostolic of the Bahamas by
his Eminence Cardinal Hayes,
Archbishop of New York on behalf of
the Holy See. The Bahamas were now
detached from the Diocese of New
York and became a distinct ecclesiasti-
cal unit under the direction of the
Congregation of Propaganda (the
department of the pontifical adminis-
tration charged with the spread of
Catholicism and with the regulation of
ecclesiastic affairs in non-Catholic
countries). However, the Bahamas con-
tinued to be under the care of the
Benedictines of St John's Abbey.
Monsignor Bernard now had jurisdic-
tion of a bishop and was entitled to
wear the episcopal insignia - and St
Francis Xavier's became a cathedral!
The next year in New York Monsignor
Hayes was elevated and consecrated to
Vicar Apostolate.

Cardinal Hayes paid tribute to
Monsignor Bernard: “ ....(he)
endeared himself to New York by his

Ultimate Choice steps into His love

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He's the saviour from above

After all he's done for you

It's the least that you can do

With your heart and mind and
soul

Let him take complete control

See his death was not in vain

Cause he's coming back again"

The song has a catchy tune, and
can be heard on Spirit 92.5 FM, Joy
101.9 FM and ZNS 107.9 FM.

Patrick Bodie is the producer of
the group, Kevin Butler is the man-
ager, and the song writer is Thomas
Newton.

According to Mr Bodie, there are
tentative plans to debut their offi-
cial album sometime next summer.

priestly and pastoral zeal. We are confi-
dent that under this wise and devoted
shepherd the faith will prosper and
flourish.” A prophecy that proved to be
true!

From 1933 to 1949, Bishop Bernard
advanced Catholicism in the Bahamas
through his kindness and interest in the
poor and needy. Each year he made a
begging trip to the USA to collect
funds to be used in the building of
Parish Schools. The Catholic popula-
tion in 1929 was 3,200 out of a total of
55,000. By 1943, the Catholic popula-
tion doubled to 7,122 and the 1954
Government census showed 13,054
Catholics from a total of 83,060.

Bishop Bernard had appointed and
worked alongside Father Bonaventure
to build up the church; together they
established more convents and a sister-
hood on the islands. Abbot Alcuin con-
tinued to send more missionaries from
St John's Abbey - the result was praise
from the Congregation of the
Propagation of Faith as the Bahamas
mission was one of the best in the
entire mission field of the Church. And
the new Bishop encouraged musician
Father Quentin Arnold Dittberner to
establish Boy Scouts and Cubs in five
churches, which led to the formation of
a bugle, fife and drum band assisted by
Roderic Sims - the 40 member band
played in processions and wedding
feasts adding greatly to the prestige of
the Catholic Church. Another success-
ful venture that started under Bishop
Bernard was sports activities.

Father Marcian Peters spotted two
good cricket players and asked them to
start the nucleus of a cricket team - this
team branched out into track, soccer,

baseball, softball and basketball the
sport that keeps Father Marcian's
name alive today, the High School
Marcian Peter's Tournament.

It should be remembered that Father
Bernard came to the Bahamas at the
age of sixty. In all his twenty years in
the Bahamas he was plagued by poor
health, weak spells, digestive and eye
trouble but overcame all that by perse-
verance and a dogged spirit which
inspired all who came in contact with
him. But Bishop Bernard could also
become discouraged and had periods
of depression brought on by problems
and difficulties. On December 6, 1931,
after an exhausting collecting tour in
New York he wrote:

“St Nicholas - oh what a fine day
here in Nassau....Here I was finished
at 10 o'clock and an ideal Nassau
early winter day - so calm - restful and
peaceful - flowers and green - in all
one exclaims, 'how good is God!' Last
Sunday I had to preach nine times
starting at 6 am and finishing at 12.30
- raw, disagreeable and everybody
seeming sad and dejected and I had
been sick to my stomach for ten days.”

In the last two years of his life Bishop
Bernard's health was fragile and he suf-
fered several bad strokes. The doctors
told him to slow down and rest but he
insisted on visiting parishes and
encouraging the building of the St
Augustine's Monastery and College.
He celebrated his eightieth birthday in
November then died peacefully in the
Priory on December 9, 1949.

Thousands viewed his remains as he
lay in state in Bungalow Dunmore; the
final field mass, attended by thousands,
was held at a temporary altar set up on
the basketball court in the Priory
grounds and officiated by many leaders
of the church followed by a half mile
procession to the cemetery.

The whole island was grief stricken
at the death of this ‘black bishop with a
white skin', who retained the humble
heart of a monk and followed the Holy
Rule: To hold oneself aloof from
worldly ways. He was 'a great priest
who in his days pleased God and was
found just’.

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Students urged to THINK BIG

THE Restoration Kingdom
Ministries AG Family has dubbed the
month of September as education
month vowing to help increase the
national grade average from a D toa
C B by working with one family at a
time.

At the church’s recent Back to
School service, two books were given
to members, Gifted Hands and
THINK BIG both written by
renowned neurosurgeon Dr Ben
Carson and students were given
school supplies.

At the service held on August 31,
Pastor Cleveland Wells encouraged
students to enter the new year using
the acronym for THINK BIG as out-
lined in Dr Carson’s book. The letters
stand for -talent, honesty insight nice
knowledge, books, in-depth learning
and God.

Students were told that returning
to the classroom, requires, a new
mind set or new way of thinking.
“The old way of thinking must be
changed. To do so requires, recognis-
ing that everyone has talent. Talents
are given by God to work with. Each
individual determines

what his or her outcome will be by
their decision to use or not to use
their talent,” Pastor Wells said.

Students, who would like to have a
“well done” at the end of the school
year, must determine within them-
selves to work hard and use the talent
given to them by God.

Examples given of using talent and
the end results were Albert Einstein,
Alexander Graham Bell and Dr
Carson.

Honesty still remains the best poli-
cy today Pastor Wells added. As an
example, the students were given an
example from the book where Dr
Carson said that he had a cheating
colleague in college who ended up
not being accepted into medical
school.

Additionally, Pastor Wells said hav-
ing insight into your future is impera-
tive. What insight

really means is to give attention to
older persons as they offer advice for
various situations. These persons
would have experienced the situation
already, and would have the knowl-
edge to give counsel. Pastor Wells
reminded the students of the old
Bahamian adage, “you make your
bed hard, you lay in it hard.”

The students were also encouraged
to be nice to be people whether it be
by being cordial to each other, assist-
ing their teachers or just saying good
morning.

Pastor Wells told the youth that
knowledge is a very important key in
succeeding in life.

“The people perish for lack of
knowledge and what you don’t know
can hurt you,” he said.

He further pointed out that an indi-
vidual must read books. Pastor Wells,
said that Dr Carson stated that if his
possessions were taken away, having

knowledge could help him to replen-
ish them and that reading can help an
individual acquire skills. Students
need to study for a lifetime and not
just for an exam he urged.

The final letter in Think Big is God
and Pastor Wells said that whatever
the students do, they must put God
first in their lives so that they can
have success.



Pictured at top - students
recieve school supplies for
the new school year. Bottom
left and right Pastor Wells
presents Camille Bowleg

and Lewis Burns Jr with a
copy of Dr Ben Carson’s
book Gifted Hands.




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Sources have claimed Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater have disputed the sum they owe. This could not come at a more inconvenient time for the pair. Mr Wilchcombe is set to chair the PLP’s national convention next month and has just announced his bid for the deputy leadership post. Ms Bridgewater, meanwhile, is due to appear in court later this month to answer charges in connection with an alleged attempt to extort money from Hollywood actor John Travolta following the death of his son. SEE TRIBUNE BUSINESS FOR FULL STORY The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FILET-O-FISH www.tribune242.com I N S I D E OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAY’STRIBUNE Senior PLPs in lockout threat Wilchcombe, Bridgewater have allegedly failed to pay rent for business W ILCHCOMBE B RIDGEWATER THE question of whether PLP MP Obie Wilchcombe will continue as chairman of the party’s national convention was expected to be decid ed at a special leadership meeting held last night at PLP Headquarters, The Tribune has learned. According to sources within the party, this special meeting will also deal with the role of a well-known PLP sup porter who is alleged to be a Meeting to decide if Wilchcombe will continue as PLP convention chairman SEE page 15 MOTORISTS TRAWL through the flooded streets of the capital yesterday after New Providence was drenched by heavy morning rain. The downpour was extreme enough to force water onto some parts of the sidewalk (see page three F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f HEA VYRAINLASHESTHESTREETSOFNEWPROVIDENCE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Former EMS worker Marcus Garvey one of two para medics in an ambulance that transported John Travolta’s son to the Rand Memorial Hospital is claiming that he was wrongfully terminat ed by the hospital. Garvey, who had worked at the hospital for the past 30 years, said his dismissal has left him “physically and mentally” stressed. He has not found employment since being dismissed earlier thisy ear. “I have given the Rand 30 y ears of dedicated service, from a volunteer until I became a full-time employ ee, beginning as a mortuary assistant and was later transferred to the EMS Department, where I served for 17 years.” Mr Garvey was initially Former EMS worker claims wrongful dismissal from Rand Memorial Hospital SEE page nine A 16-YEAR-OLDboy had to be bandaged and rushed to hospital in an ambulance yesterday afternoon after being shot while waiting at a bus stop near the Mall at Marathon. At around 3pm, as crowds of school children filled the area short ly after their schools closed for the day, police said the young man reportedly was standing near the bus stop when a man with dread locks pulled up and shot him in the upper right thigh. The gunman, described as being of dark complexion, and driving a burgundy coloured Nissan Maxima, then sped away. The 16-year-old, who police say is not a student, is now in stable condition in hospital. No motive for the attack has yet been suggested. 16-year-old shot while waiting at bus stop By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net NASSAU’S Lynden Pindling International Airport saw a decline of 300,000 passengers during the last financial year as the economic downturn caused the total number of travellers passing through its gates to fall to 3.1 million. U.S. passengers, who account for 68 per cent of the traffic through the airport, were down ten per cent in the same period. However, at the same time, the number of employment opportunities at the airport has expanded as the Nassau Airport Development company (NAD has pumped $19 million into redeveloping the airport in the last two years. According to NAD Vice President of Airport Develop300,000 decline in airport passengers SEE page 10 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Business Association yesterday called on police to make all crimes against companies public so others in the commercial sector can be on guard against violent attacks. The group also urged all businesses that were victims of crime to release the information to police to provide accurate statistics. "Criminals have taken lawlessness up an ante and we and our employees are now soft targets as we come face to face with these gunwielding bandits," said a statement released by the BBA yesterday. "We cannot allow the scourge of crime that is Call for all crimes against companies to be made public SEE page nine By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net NOMINATIONS for the hotel union elections will be held on September 15 The Tribune has learned. The new nomination date was confirmed following a board meeting of the union’s Executive Council yesterday, according to First Vice President Kirk Wilson. On Mon day, Justice Neville Adderley ordered that Roy Colebrooke, President of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union BHCAWU, convene a meeting of the Executive Council to set the new nomination date. All persons wishing to nominate to run for union offices on the agreed Election Day may do so, the ruling stated. Justice Adderley had directed that Nominations for hotel union elections on September 15 SEE page nine

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BY AVA TURNQUEST F UELED by BEC and government's alleged lack of transparency and local consideration, newly formed locala ctivism group Clean Power Abaco has released a video on Youtube that seeks to explain the “true cost of Bunker C". W ith nearly 6,000 hits since i ts upload on Monday, September 6, Clean Power Abaco is spreading awareness of its disagreement with BEC's plant o construct and implement the Number Six Fuel Oil (Bunker C) Power Plant in Wilson City, Abaco. T he video, titled "Bunker C a t Wilson City, Abaco" combines research with video footage of BEC's plant site and local flora and fauna scenes. T he term “fuel oil” is given to petroleum products that are less volatile than gasoline and are burned in heaters such as furnaces or boilers. There are different types of fuel oil witht he major distinction being whether they are distillate,m eaning there are no residual components, or residual. T he use of the substance Bunker C, also called resid or furnace oil, though cheaper in cost, has sparked global controversy due to its high level of toxicity and the wealth of docu mented research detailing its negative effects on both plants a nd animals. This is Clean Power Abaco's f irst foray into activism but representative Matt McCoy said iti s definitely not the last. The g roup is a loose collection of individuals knit together byt heir strong disapproval of the plant. T he video, which is less than seven minutes long, was created a s a reaction to the wealth of negative research on Bunker C a nd the frustration of residents over not being informed about t he decision. "Nobody knew anything a bout this until people started a sking about the huge road plowed through the coppicea nd pine forest," said Mr McCoy. "Then people started a sking questions, and BEC kept ducking, trying to keep every o ne in the dark. This video is a reaction to that, and to a tono f research that many people have been doing on the issue. There's lots of info out therea bout Fuel Oil Number Six (Bunker C B EC look irresponsible." En vir onment The video demystifies a lot o f industry jargon surrounding Bunker C so that the average citizen can understand its implications. Clean Power Abaco is not only concerned about the p lant’s affect on the environment but also the quality of life o f all inhabitants, especially BEC workers. M r McCoy also commented on the island's current infra structure, stating that often power outages are a result of incorrect wiring rather than l oad sharing. BEC will be holding a town m eeting tonight to address Abaconians and interested part ies, shedding some light on their operations and allowing feedback. Since the corpora tion released its plans to the public, there has been a varied r esponse ranging from concern and fear to outright disgust. " As a Bahamian, I can at least say that I am completely e mbarrassed and ashamed by this," said Mr McCoy. The whole thing, from planning, through secrecy, to location, to the type of fuel being used ist otally disgusting, and shows complete lack of transparency i n government, as well as a total lack of planning." This meeting will be the first one held by BEC and there is much to discuss. The $90 million plant raises not only envir onmental issues but also concerns about how government is f unding the project. Mr McCoy hopes that with t he international exposure gained from the Youtube video,t he government will be pres s ured to respond. "I think government will simp ly ignore local opposition, as they always have. But we have g otten emails from people who are trying to get pressure on M an B&W in Germany, and are trying to get the story onG erman television, the BBC, Current Channel and other European and American out-l ets. Among the many who have w ritten letters to the government, Dr Frank Boyce, a med i cal practitioner in Marsh Har bour for 25 years, summarizes h is concerns in three parts: "...the use of this fuel, the proposed site of the generator, and commitment to use of fossil fuels into the foreseeable f uture." "The cost and magnitude of t his project suggests commit ment to this oil-fired power p roduction," wrote Dr Boyce. "In this time of economic slow down, concern for the environment, rapid development of alternative energy, and the u npredictable cost and supply of petroleum products, this plan s eems regressive and unstable." Another group, Friends of t he Environment, has written letters and hosted meetings to inform people about the plant and its consequences. Though committed to continuing their e fforts, most are discouraged by lack of government r esponse. Most feel the deci sion is set in stone. S ince their first letter in March, 2007 when the plant was originally proposed for Snake Cay, Friends executive director Kristin Williams sayst hey have repeatedly asked for someone to come and meet w ith the community. "They should at the very least inform us about what has been going on. We feel that it is tantamount that the people have a forum to express their concerns." "I'm not an energy expert," admitted Ms Williams, "and it is important to realise that Friends is not against a power plant. We recognise and wel come the need for increased energy in Abaco. But there has to be another way, I feel that we have the ability to do some thing really progressive." C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Dunkin’ time ALL THE timeCustomer Loyalty CardU se the Card... Earn Free Dunkin’Itsallabouttherewards.Itsallaboutyou.Itsthebestof Dunkinforourverybestcustomers.ActivateyourDunkin DonutsCustomerLoyaltyCardat www.dunkinbahamas.com , thenuseitatparticipatinglocationsandstartearningrewards.EARN DOUBLE POINTS WHEN YOU USE YOUR CARD FROM SEPTSTTTH EARNPOINTFOREVERSPENTRedeem your points at participating Dunkin’ Bahamas locations. Visit www.Dunkinbahamas.com tolearnmore,reviewtheprogramand c onditions,andactivateyourDunkin DonutsCustomerLoyaltyCard. YouTube video explains ‘true cost of Bunker C’ SITEOFCONTROVERSY: Bunker C at Wilson City, Abaco. Activism group Clean Power Abaco uses website to raise concerns over BEC plan

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net THE Immigration Depart ment has halted a permanent res idency application submitted by a Jamaican man after his wife told The Tribune how he abandoned his family days after submitting his final paperwork. The 33-year-old Harbour Island woman claims her 27-yearold husband of five years left her and their two young children, one who has special needs, in February, and has failed to provide the family with any financial support. She wrote to the Immigration Department requesting the can cellation of her husband’s application, and made several phone calls, only to be ignored, she said. When the woman, who does not want to be named, found out her estranged husband’s application had been approved last month she called The Tribune, prompting a public a response from the Immigration Depart ment. Immigration officials maintain the application had been approved in July pending receipt of passport photos, a police cer tificate and payment. But in view of the complaint the department “is not minded to proceed with the issuance of the permanent residency”. A public statement issued by Immigration reads: “The department acted responsibly and effi ciently in processing this appli cation and nothing untoward occurred. “In fact, the department should be commended for expe ditiously executing the couple’s request.” According to the department, the Jamaican man was granted a work permit after their marriage in January 2004, and the Bahami an woman applied for his resident spousal permit in Novem ber 2004. A general work permit was approved for the Jamaican in March 2005, and in April 2006 a resident spousal permit was a pproved. The permit expired in January 2 009, and the couple submitted documents in support of a per manent residency application in March. The department maintains a letter was sent to the wife in July informing her that her husband’s a pplication had been approved and must be accepted within a year. The application process had already begun when the wom an’s cancellation request was received in June, the department claims. The statement reads: “The unnamed lady had no need to see Minister for Immigration Branville McCartney as her case was of an administrative matter. “Further, the Department has a cadre of capable, competent and outstanding officers to deal with the day-to-day issues. “Scores of Bahamians visit our headquarters requesting spousal permits, permanent residency and citizenship certificates within days of marriage. “On the other hand, the department is faced with numerous complaints requesting can cellation of application and revocation of permits for many reasons. “The department is also faced with a number of spouses who r everse their requests from time to time. While the department remains empathetic towards marriages with marital problems and issues, it is not obliged to engage in personal disputes as such matters are heard before the court. However, the department is committed to ensure that all marriages involving foreign nationals are subsisting.” The woman and her husband are due to appear in court this month to agree a legal separa tion. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A WOMAN who was knocked to the ground and robbed of her handbag outside Super Value in Cable Beach is warning other shoppers to beware. Rosemarie Herzog, 55, of Poinciana Avenue, Saunders Beach, said the car park was nearly full when she parked in a space near the road at around noon on Saturday. As she was standing at the back of her car, taking reusable shopping bags from the trunk, a dark blue car pulled up silently behind her and a young man opened the door to grab Mrs Herzog’s bag from her shoulder and push her to the ground. By the time Mrs Herzog had come to her senses, the car was speeding out of the parking lot, she said. The loyal Super Value customer told The Tribune : “I want to warn other people, especiallywomen with handbags, to be careful, because I think they mighthave been waiting in the parking lot for the right moment. “I didn’t hear the car, I didn’t see it, and no one was outside at the time so no one saw anything. They just came up behind me, grabbed my bag and pushed me without even getting out of the car.” M rs Herzog had her car keys in her hand so was able to drive home before going to the Cable Beach Police Station with her husband Michael Herzog, and then on to Super Value to report the crime to staff. Mrs Herzog said: “The store manager was not there and we s poke to a young lady. She was really not interested in what is happening to customers. She could not even say sorry, and she needs urgent training in how to deal with customers!” She then wrote to Super Value manager Rupert Roberts who apologised for the incident and offered Mrs Herzog compensation, she said. However, she asked Mr Roberts to instead put the money towards improving security at the s tore. She is concerned security guards are too busy helping people with water bottles inside the store instead of ensuring customers are safe as they go to and from their cars. Mr Roberts told her he would look into getting another security camera and ensuring there are security staff o utside the store at all times, she said. “The economy is down, things are getting worse, and these things are happening more and more, that is our concern,” Mrs Herzog said. “I want to warn people to look around when they do their shopping. You don’t expect that to happen when you go shopping on a busy Saturday, and I know it’s not a big thing, but if it happens more and more people will n ot feel safe anymore. “I was lucky that nothing else happened. I lost personal things, keys, my cell phone, and I have bruises on one leg, but I didn’t get seriously hurt. “I have just been left with a bad feeling, and for me, I am not carrying any more handbags. T here are things that you may need with you, but now I go with my husband and he takes the money.” Super Value manager Mr Roberts did not return calls from The Tribune before press time yesterday. Woman warns shoppers after robbery outside supermarket J amaican man’ s per manent r esidency application halted B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net QUICK responding officers nabbed a teenager suspected of holding up a cashier at a Texa-c o gas station on Fire Trail Road early yesterday morning. P olice said the armed robber posed as a customer, left the store, then returned to rob the cashier before escaping with an undetermined amount of mon ey. Another employee who saw the incident unfold called the police. Officers on patrol from the Cable Beach police station got the call, and moments after the robbery spotted a 16-year-old male suspect in a bushy area off a track road, near the service station. "Around 1.30 this morning a man entered the Texaco on Fire Trail Road and Faith A venue north he purchased a pack of biscuits and left. He returned to purchase a soda and it was at this point when he produced a weapon demanding cash from the employee and stole an undetermined amount of cash from the register," press liaison offic er Asst Supt Walter Evans said. Police did not disclose what type of weapon was used in the robbery. "Officers immediately responded and found a man fit ting the description given he was at the rear (of the station i n the southern area of where the gas station was, he was caught with a quantity of cash found on him," Mr Evans said. Police believe the suspect acted with an accomplice, but up to press time had not made any subsequent arrests. Mr Evans credited the arrest to the employee's call and the quick response from patrolling officers. "These are two essential components (to solving ters of crime, early notification and quick response," he said. The suspect is expected to be arraigned in court on related charges as early as today. The robbery is the latest in a series of attacks on local busi nesses. On Tuesday, 44-year-old Nelson Goodman, who worked at Bertha's Go-Go Ribs takeaway on Poinciana Avenue, was shot dead outside the shop shortly after midnight. Police suspect Goodman was shot during a robbery attempt. Last week a dread-locked gunman shot 23-year-old Alex Dean inside his family's hard ware store on Parkgate Road during a brazen daylight armed robbery attempt. Mr Dean underwent surgery for bullet wounds to his back. About two weeks earlier, mother-of-three Wendy Bullard was gunned down and killed in front of her work place. Ms Bullard, 34, was shot in the face as two masked men held up 21st Century Steel Welding on Royal Palm Street, just yards away from St Gregory's Anglican Church. Teen suspected of ar med robbery nabbed by police FLOODINGHITSBAYSTREET WATERSPILLS over onto the sidewalks of Bay Street yesterday. Heavy rain in the morning caused flooding in the capital with both motorists and pedestrians affected. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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EDITOR, The Tribune. This excerpt from page six of the September 4, 2009 edition of The New York Post under the byline Richard J ohnson seems worthy of note/summary: The Donald a pageant pick e r DONALD Trump is such a hands-on boss, he personally helps pick six of the 15 finalists in the Miss Universe pageant each year because the preliminary judges often overlook the most beautiful contestants. Trump has owned the beauty contest since 1997, but his involvement as a judge came to light this week when the pageant’s choreographer for the past four years, Michael Schwandt, was inter viewed by the Web site Guanabee.com. “At all the shows, (Trump p ops up the day before the telecast and we line up all the girls in alphabetical order,” Schwandt said. “(Trump by and has an assistant who takes notes on all the girls. And it’s just kind of common knowledge that he picks six of the top 15 single-handedl y.” Trump is said to have inserted himself into the judg ing after being disappointed year after year that his favourites weren’t making the cut. In a statement released by the Miss Universe Organisation, Trump responded: “When I bought Miss Universe 12 years ago it was a sick puppy. Now the Miss Universe contest is seen in over 180 countries around the world and the ratings are through the roof and that’s because of beautiful women. I’m not changing a thing.” In the same statement, pageant officials said, “A separate panel of judges, intro duced live at the Finals telecast, is solely responsible for the selection of the Top 10, Top 5, and the ultimate win ner of the pageant. This system has been in place since 2005 and has always been fully disclosed to the contestants, their direc tors, the judges and the viewing audience.” Viewers must have been too dazzled to pay attention. On August 23, when Stefan’a Fernndez, Miss Venezuela, was crowned Miss Universe 2009 at the Atlantis in the Bahamas, the telecast had the top ratings for total viewers in its time period. SIMON ARTZI Nassau, September, 2009. EDITOR, The Tribune . P lease print this open letter to Education Minister Carl Bethel. Dear Minister It is with deep concern that I write this letter to you. I am the parent of a 6th grade student currently enrolled in the government system. In June, after having successfully completing grade 5, my child together with his classmates were dismissed (with awards and certificates in hand rewarding such successful completion) to enjoy the summer holidays. This now having been the second week since classes resumed, I contacted the school and spoke with the Principal to determine when the book list for Grade 6 will be issued and was advised that no book list will be issued for this year’s Grade 6 class. To my surprise, I was further advised that due to the fact that the children have not yet completed the workbooks purchased for Grade 5 level, such books will now be used for this school year. I then queried if whether this would “put the students back a grade level, given that they will still be using books allocated for the previous” and was met with the blunt response of “what do you think?” The Principal wentf urther and stated that “it made no sense to purchase books for the Grade 6 level just because the parents can afford it, because the students have not mastered the skills for the Grade 5 level. I remind you that it was these same students that were awarded for successfully completing Grade 5 at the end of the school year. Now totally bewildered, as you can well imagine, I queried as to why these books were not used and whose r esponsibility it is that the stud ents did not use the books a nd was met with the response of “it doesn’t matter whose fault it is, the fact is the children did not complete the books and as such would have to use them for Grade 6.” Needless to say that these students are now at a disadvantage and will have to sit the GLAT exam next year! Mr. Minister, when I attended school, if I was not successful in completing a particular grade level, I was not allowed to move forward. And while I do not wish to point fingers as to who to blame, surely the children can not teach themselves and are therefore not responsible for not having completed the work. I also wish to point out to you, Mr. Minister, that this current Grade 6 class of whichI speak, is the very same class that scored the highest scores on the island when they sat the GLAT exams at the 3rd grade level and awarded by you for scoring the highest in the Rigby Read Programme at the 4th Grade level. The question then begs to be asked, “Who dropped the ball?” The scriptures states that we ought to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. What this charge is focused on by society to the parent/child relationship, the same ought also to be used in the church as well as in the schools. With the kind of attitude I was met with and if this Principal is any example of what our nation’s children are f aced with in the government system, it is no wonder, Mr. Minister, why our currentg rade average is a D! If children are not stimulated and encouraged with proper guidance at the primary level, most of them no doubt become disillusioned and unconcerned which evid ently results in the current predicament we are faced with today. I encourage you, Mr. Minister, in all your efforts b ecause I think that you are one of the few Ministers who is actually working and there fore beg you to look into this matter. DENISE DORSETT ( parent) Nassau, September 8, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm DAYTON, Ohio Ronald Reagan could have said it, but Barack Obama did, to America’s schoolchildren on the day after Labour Day: What you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, whaty ou’ve got going on at home that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or h aving a bad attitude That’s no excuse for not trying. “Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future “I know that sometimes you get the sense f rom TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work that your ticket to s uccess is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are y ou’re not going to be any of those things “The story of America isn’t about peo ple who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.” How is it possible that the very conservat ive people who didn’t want their children to see President Obama’s speech to school c hildren didn’t know that it would be a conservative speech? How could they not have k nown that it would celebrate the accessi bility of the American dream when pursued diligently? He has always talked this way. How is it possible they imagined that he would use the occasion to promote his socialist” agenda? The calls to schools from anxious parents d id not arise from newspaper or television stories saying the president would deliver a b ack-to-school speech. They arose because alarms went up on talk radio, talk televi sion and conservative Internet sites. Alarms about political content, about indoctrination. Said one Fox television commentator, This is what Chairman Mao did.” Some people say the Obama offence was n ot just the desire to give the speech, but a suggestion that went out from the Depart ment of Education. DOE proposed that schools have students write about how to “help the president.” B ut that suggestion could easily be ignored. Educators write lesson plans. This o ne had an unfortunate phrase. Big deal. Yet the superintendent of schools in S pringboro, in suburban Dayton, said Friday that so many complaints were coming in about the speech that “I’m getting absolutely nothing else done.” All around the suburbs, superintendents and principals were meeting about what tod o. In some places around Ohio, that process continued into this week, when last week’sd ecisions were modified. Meanwhile, there was no great fuss in Dayton. So maybe the s peech ended up reaching the youth the president had most in mind: those from poor and troubled neighbourhoods and families, those facing the hardest struggles, from places where dropout rates are highest. S till, there’s a problem to be paused over here: political inanity of a special degree. S ome commentators have said that the automatic hostility in some circles to all t hings Obama is like the same attitude in other quarters to all things Bush in the years before 2009. Well, yes, there was a certain mania about that, a certain obsessiveness. But when did it result in something as bizarre as this: people calling school offices all over the country to o bject to the unobjectionable, to politicize the most nonpolitical work of a president? L iberals complained when the first President Bush gave a similar speech. But there w as nothing like this. Hardly anybody complained that President George W. Bush turned out to be in a public school on 9/11 (he went to many schools to promote his education agenda) o r that Dan Quayle was campaigning in a public school when he misspelled potato. T he special force at work today is the right-wing propaganda machine in the m edia. More skilled than ever, after decades of honing, it relentlessly delivers the message that the Democrats are not simply mistaken, but corrupt, evil, manipulative, extreme, anti-American, hateful and particularly con t emptuous of you (the listener values. That’s the context in which listen e rs develop preposterous fears about the most innocuous event. They are primed to believe just about anything. One has to wonder what it will take to make them start to wonder about the sourceso f their information. How many absurd alarms about death squads and birth certifi c ates and speeches? ( This article was written by Martin Gottlieb c.2009 Cox Newspapers). An open letter to Carl Bethel LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Alarmed by America’s absurd alarmists Trumping the Miss Universe judges

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By LINDSAY THOMPSON THE Bahamas can expect i ncreased tourist arrivals from China and Southeast Asia as a result of last week's visit by Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, Ambassador Elma Campbell said. C hairman Wu left Sunday after a three-day official visit to the Bahamas. “We are hopeful that by the promotion of the Bahamas in China through various events that this will benefit us in that we will see m ore tourists from China and Southeast Asia coming to the Bahamas,” said Ms Camp-b ell, the Bahamas' Ambass ador to China. Travel survey experts pred ict that the number of Chinese travelling abroad will increase by 10 to 15 per cent annually. By 2010, more than 5 6 million Chinese are e xpected to travel abroad. “For the benefit of the Bahamian public, the Chinesew ere very enthusiastic about this visit,” said Ms Campbell. Chairman Wu Bangguo d escribed his official visit to t he Bahamas as successful and rewarding. This sentiment was echoed b y Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette. It’s been a very successf ul trip," said Mr Symonette, w ho headed the government’s delegation during the fourd ay visit. “We signed several agreements with regard to road-w ork, investments and technical cooperation. "We have deepened our r elationship. The chairman told us that he had a very enjoyable and rewarding trip and has gained an extensive k nowledge about the Bahamas. He looks forward welcoming us to China when w e go to Expo 2010.” Signed was an investment promotion and protectiona greement to address the conditions for creating, stimu lating, encouraging, promoting, improving and prot ecting investments by B ahamian and Chinese i nvestors in each other’s c ountries. Also signed were a framew ork agreement for the loan through the Chinese Exim Bank for the Airport High-w ay Project and an agreement on economic and techn ical cooperation directed exclusively toward the construction of the national stadium. Delegation A fter leaving the Bahamas, Chairman Wu and his delegation headed to Washing-t on, DC, to meet with the American government. Before coming to the B ahamas, he visited Cuba. In preparation for the visit to the Bahamas, the Embassy in Beijing ensured that allc oncerns from China were passed on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nassau. Since July 2008, the Embassy has been responsible for issuing Bahamianv isas to persons travelling to t he Bahamas. That function was previ ously performed by the Bahamas High Commission i n London. Applications are now processed in a much s horter time. A t least 150 visas have b een issued for Chinese cons truction workers on the national stadium project, said M s Campbell. The Embassy in Beijing is also working with the Min-i stry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese government r egarding the Shanghai Expo 2010, which will showcase Caribbean culture and way of life. “It promises to be a grand e xpo and we hope that we will do ourselves proud as we showcase he Bahamas," saidM s Campbell. "Of course our benefits would be in tourism and furt her trade with China and s outheast Asia,” she said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahamas set for more tourists from China Derek Smith /BIS WU Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, waves goodbye as he left Nassau for the US on Sunday. D EPUTY PRIME MINISTER a nd Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette says goodbye to Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, on Sunday.

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT – Thous ands of residents of west Grand Bahama have signeda petition opposing the proposed expansion of the Bahama Rock plant. The Grand Bahama C ommittee for Concerned R esidents (GBCCR i ng the government not to g rant Bahama Rock owner Martin Marietta approval to cross Warren LevarityH ighway, near the settlement of Eight Mile Rock. They fear that drilling, blasting and excavation of l and in this area, which is on the north shore of the island, would be detriment al to both the environment and the quality of life of f amilies in Eight Mile Rock a nd Queens Cove. Gail Woon, a member of G BCCR, said the petition was delivered on Monday t o Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Environment Minister Earl Deveaux. M s Woon said it appears that the plant’s activities are s preading to the other side of the highway even though Minister Deveaux promised t hat government would meet with the residents b efore any further permits were granted to the company. If the company has been approved, the government needs to make a formala nnouncement to the vot ers of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, so that we can make a decision,” shes aid. M M Bahama Rock mines and exports aggregate prod ucts. The plant is located o n Warren J Levarity Highway, but has acquired land for further expansion. A few years a go, Eight Mile R ock residents c laimed that blasting exercises conducted by the company caused s tructural damage t o their homes. T hey also comp lained that the n oise level was a nuisance. A lthough the company held a series of town meeti ngs,residents remained strongly opposed to the project. 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The entire ‘gold adventurous journey’ took four d ays and three nights with o ne day hiking from Abby G reen to the mountain peak. Other notable places visited on the adventurousj ourney were Mavis Bank, Penlyne Castle and Clydesdale National Forest Park. Before starting out, the CASC participants were involved in training courses for four days at the Louise B ennet-Coverley All-Age S chool located in Gordon Town. They also had to perform d aily duties at base camp s uch as kitchen detail, envi ronmental, administration and security. All gold participants had t o complete the required gold residential project that took place at the Mustard Seed Home for Disabled Children. A long with the groups’ a ssessors and supervisors, t hey painted the buildings, l andscaped the grounds and r ead to the children. I n addition to the Bahamas, other countries represented at CASC were Belize, Barbados, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda, Dominica, Antigua and B arbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Brazil and Jamaica. P articipants included Prec ious Thompson; Shavardo B ullard; Francesca Rahming; Ricardo Stubbs; Phylese Hanna; KorehK ing; Arvis Mortimer; Orson Mortimer; Christopher Fernander and Anna Martin. Other events held prior to the CASC Adventurous Journey were the Americas R egion Conference, CASC a nnual general meeting and Mono School of Business Strategic Planning work-s hop. T he Bahamas Award Programme is apart of the Americas region, and a full member of the Interna t ional Award Association for Young People. GGYAparticipants climb Jamaica’s Blue Mountain FROMLEFT: Francesca Rahming, Phylese Hanna and Christopher Fernander at the Blue Mountain Peak. Thousands sign petition against plant expansion A POLICE officer accused of raping a 15-year-old girl w ho was locked up at the Central police station is still on administrative leave pending the results of a police probe into the allegations, according to head of the Central Detect ive Unit Superintendent Elsworth Moss. R efusing to release any details about the case, Supt Moss said the matter is still under active investigation. W hen asked when or if the officer would be charged in connection with the allegations, Mr Moss said he could not speculate. The teen accused the officer of raping her while she was being held at the Central Police Station in early August. S he had been placed in police custody after her parents rendered her uncontrollable. T he girl claimed the officer sexually assaulted her while s he was detained in a holding cell. The officer turned himself into police in late August. Police officer accused of rape still on administrative leave THE PETITION was delivered to Environment Minister Earl Deveaux(above Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.

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TO ENCOURAGEyoung people to take an interest in academics, the Killarney Constituency Association hosted an essay competition as part of its summer activities. The association annually hosts a summer competition geared towards encouraging and facilitating postive educational outlets for the youth in the their constituency. This year, influenced by the country's current socio-economic state, they proposed an essay competition. "We really don't have the means to provide a centre for the children during the summer so we try and offer them competitions like this to encourage them to get involved academically and be constructive while out of school," said Barbara Donathan-Henderson, secretary of the Killarney Constituency Association. The competition was divided into three age categories, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-18 years; with the last two groups sharing the same question. The topic for the 5-8 years category was, "In a country filled with crime and lawlessness, what does it mean to be decent?" The 9-18 years topic was: "What can I do for my country?" Speech Killarney MP and Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis chose this year's theme inspired by President John F Kennedy's iconic "Ask not what your country can do for you" speech, hoping to invoke the message of "what can I do?"in his constituency's youth. The response from students was overwhelming and the judges were impressed with the quality of essays presented from both the private and public school students. W inners included Hannah Thompson, 13; Lex Fountain, 10, and Nick Fountain, 7. Both Hannah and Lex received computers, and Nick won a bicycle, all donated by the community. The judges were also impressed with submissions by Rashad Ferguson, 17, and Ashley McClain, 12. "We thought the topics chosen this year to be very timely given the apparent deterioration of our educational and social standards in the Bahamas," said Dr Minnis. "Right now we are focusing on whatever can be done to encourage students towards education and constructive activities,” he said. "Most of us today would have been descendants of poverty and our parents wouldn't have been able to leave us any financial inheritance. However, they were determined to foster in us principles and ideals that would engender a desire to seek out and achieve higher education. We shouldn't deviate from the foundation and traditions of the past. Perhaps we need to go back to those ideals and in doing this build a better nation." The competition was judged by two Killarney residents, Dr Wendy Stuart, a practicing dentist, and Telvena Coakley,a formerteacher. Both women responded to the call for volunteers by the Killarney Constituency Office during the competition. "I was very impressed with the quality of essays received, especially with the negative BJC results," said Dr Stuart. "It was very encouraging to f eel as though not all is lost for this generation. Another positive aspect was that there was no distinction between public school and private school entries. The essays and the depth of ideas presented within them were really inspiring." Leaders "I think this is a great idea and would really like to encourage our leaders to put on more constructive and developmental activities for our youth especially during holidays," said Ms Coakley. “The essays I reviewed were n ot only strong technically, but presented a wealth of insight into the concerns of that demographic. I was very pleased with the depth of the essays and it gives me hope to know that if they continue along this path the future will be very rewarding." 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the nomination day be on or before Tuesday, September 15. The new hotel union elections a re slated for September 29. Mr Wilson, who is vying for the union’s presidency, told The Tribune that his team and supporters are ready. “The members who supported Team Deliverance always stood ready, that’s why you had a number of persons during the May 28 elections who didn’t vote because Team Deliverance wasn’t there. Now they have an opportunity to cast their votes and you will see them come out in large numbers to support Team Deliverance,” Mr Wilson told The Tribune yesterday. “The executive council submitted a simple process to the President and the General Secretary and we will wait to see if they use it. We have already submitted it, I think that is the wish of the majority of the council and we feel as though that isa simple process,” Mr Wilson said. N icole Martin, who is vying for the presidency once again told TheTribune that she and her team have never stopped campaigning. “I have been campaigning before the last election, so it’s not a matter of me and my team needing time to campaign because we never really stopped. When the election was over we campaigned by virtue of doing our work. We are still out there campaigning nonetheless,” Ms Martin said. In his recent ruling, Justice Adderley has also ordered that, “no member dissipate the assets of the Union except to pay the unions normal on-going commitments in the ordinary course of business or amounts already to be paid by the court and the proper officers namely Leo Douglas, Basil McKenzie, Kayla Bodie and or Ian Neely, trustees sign the cheques when requested by the president necessary to make the required payments.” Before the BHCAWU’s May 28 elections, there were two nomination meetings that took place – one on May 4 and the other on May 11 – but controversy arose as council members could not agree on which one was constituted by law. That led to a successful challenge by Mr Wilson to have the May 28 elections declared “null and void.” That forced Ms Martin the union’s first woman president to step down. It is expected that when the voting process proceeds, the register used for the May 28 elections would be used again, allowing for some 6,000 union members to participate. 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Box N-4728 Nassau, Bahamas Applications must be received by 10 September 2009. seemingly gripping this nation to continue. A zero tolerance approach must be upheld and those found guilty should not get a slap on the wrist and be sent back into the public without some kind of proven reform. "We urge all businesses to report crimes so that we can have a real statistic on how serious this situation has become. We are living in a time when those who refuse to work or cannot find work in this tough economy move from stealinga few dollars and items to showing total disregard for human life by killing people who don’t give them enough money or move fast enough when emptying a cash register for them," said the statement. Philip Simon, executive director of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, said small businesses must invest in proper security and foster a good relationship with area police to ward of such attacks. "We have to urge people to act upon this concern and not wait for something to happen. There are business crime watches that are being established where they have segmented areas of New Providence for crime watch similar to the neighbourhood crime watch. The more that we establish this and implement CCTV (closed circuit tv effort the better we may be," he said. Meanwhile, the Chamber's president Khaalis Rolle stressed that there was a need for significant investment in the country's educational system to uplift at risk youth who may be headed for a life of crime. "The business community will become targets anytime an economy is bad and people don’t have options, they are out of jobs, they will begin to target where the money is and businesses are the easy targets," he told The Tribune when asked for his opinion on the recent attacks on businesses. "We keep relying on the government to do it but obviously that model hasn’t worked because it’s getting progressively worse so we now need to take more responsibility." Recently a string of employees were shot on company premises by armed robbers looking for quick cash. On Tuesday 44-year-old Nelson Goodman was shot outside Bertha's Go-Go Ribs around midnight, shortly after the shop closed. Police suspect robbery was the motive for the killing. Goodman reportedly handled the company’s cash after hours. Last week, 23-year-old Alex Dean was shot inside his family's hardware store on Parkgate Road during a brazen daylight armed robbery attempt. Mr Dean underwent surgery for bullet wounds to his back and was in desperate need of blood. The gunman and his accomplice fled the scene on foot. About two weeks earlier, mother-of-three Wendy Bullard was gunned down in front of her work place. Ms Bullard, 34, was shot in the face as two masked men held up 21st Century Steel Welding on Royal Palm Street, just yards away from St Gregory's Anglican Church. Yesterday police reported that a Texaco service station was robbed by an armed man around 1.30 am by a young manwho first posed as a customer. The suspect, a 16-year-old boy, was nabbed by police moments after the robbery. He is expected to be charged sometime today. suspended on January 5 on half pay for 30 days. After returning to work, he was given two letters one suspending him for an addit ional 10 days and the other, a letter of dismissal. Following the death of 16-year-old Jett Travolta on January 2 on Grand Bahama, Mr Garvey and Tarino Lightbourne were seen in an interview on international television. Lightbourne, 46, and lawyer Pleasant Bridgewater have been charged with extortion and conspiracy to extort $25 million from Hollywood actor John Travolta, who has a private home in West End. Health Minister Hubert Minnis said the ministry would deal with those employees who might have breached the hospital’s poli cy regarding patient confidentiality. Mr Garvey feels that the minister acted in haste. “I am a victim and a lot of things were hidden and covered up and the public will know the truth because it will be revealed,” he said. Since his dismissal, Mr Garvey said he went to the Labour Department for assistance regarding the situation, but has been turned away. “I was told that because the hospital is a government agency and the labour department is a government agency that they could not a ssist me and that I would have to seek assistance from an attorney,” he said. Garvey said he is entitled to 4 per cent of his salary. According to the ambulance driver, he was a good employee who received various certification and awards during his employment at the Rand. He said he loved his job and would like to be reinstated. Mr Garvey said he has written a letter to the Prime Minister and has spoken to a number of ministers on Grand Bahama to speak to the Minister of Health when his attempts to speak with the minist er were unsuccessful. Community activist Troy Garvey said the dismissal was unjust. Mr Garvey said it is unfair to penalise someone twice for the same the matter. He claims that the 10-day suspension letter and dismissal letter that was given to Garvey on the same day for the same matter is in breach of labour laws. “We are seeking reinstatement for Mr Garvey because it was a matter that was dealt with unjustly,” he said. Call for all crimes against companies to be made public FROM page one FROM page one Nominations Former EMS worker

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OVER the weekend, it was confirmed that the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has put in a bid to host the Carifta Games in 2011 to coincide with the opening of the new national stadium. The Chinese government h as indicated that they are working feverishly to speed up the construction of the stadium for the yearly Easter holiday weekend top region-al junior track and field meet. If successful, it will be the seventh time that the Bahamas has played host to the games, the last coming in 2002. But with the new stadium that will be named in honour of ailing legendary sprinter Thomas A Robinson, it is hoped that the Bahamas will also at least be able put on an Area Permit Meeting that qualifies for the World Ath-l etics Tour. There are four athletes who will be competing this weekend at the IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, Greece. Out of that field, the two veteran sprinters Chandra Sturrup and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie are now in the twilight of their careers with Sturrup indicating that her future could come to an end next year, while Ferguson-McKenzie said she’s leaning towards at least one more Olympic Games in London, England, in 2012. It would be good if the Bahamas could at least have a meet, even if it’s just a regional one, for the senior athletes to display their skillsa gainst some of their counterparts before their careers a re done. The athletes have all been inspired by Robinson, who served as the pioneer for ath-l etics in the Bahamas. And I’m sure that he too would probably like to see some of the athletes who came up through the ranks after him on center stage in the new stadium. Obviously, it will cost a lot of money to put on such ane vent, especially in these tough economic times. But it j ust means that the BAAA, which will go to the polls to elect a new executive board in November, will have their w ork cut out for them. These difficult economic times also means that the M inistry of Sports will not have the lavish celebrations that they’ve had in the past to honour the 24-member team from the IAAF’s 12th World Championships in A thletics. The Bahamas won two medals at the championships, thanks to the bronze from Ferguson-McKenzie in the 200 metres and her teaming up with Sheniqua ‘Q’ Fergu-s on, Sturrup and Christine Amertil to take the silver in the 4 x 100 relay. Minister Desmond Bannister said there will be some form of celebration, but he couldn’t elaborate until Cabinet had approved the plans. So we just have to wait and see what is going to be done. K K U U D D O O S S T T O O K K N N O O W W L L E E S S W HETHER or not they will go on to win their first G rand Slam title together, Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi have put their best foot forward. Considering the fact that Knowles has encountered his share of problems, having had his right ring finger sliced by an elevator and needing nine stitches to repair it, he has held up wellw ith Bhupathi. Knowles, the venerable p rofessional who has represented the Bahamas on the i nternational scene since 1992, has captured a career 52 titles and played in 40 oth er finals. E xcept for the prestigious Wimbledon, Knowles and his former partner Daniel Nestor of Canada has won the three other Grand Slams Australian Open in Melbourne in 2002, the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York, in 2004 and the French Open in 2007. K nowles, who just turned 38 on September 4, has enjoyed an illustrious career and will be getting some more of his just rewards from the Bahamian government when he’s honoured during a dinner at Government House on September 13. He has been honoured for adding the Wimbledon mixed doubles title he shared with German Anna-Lena Groenefeld in July to his already stacked rsum. Although it may not be a grand affair, Knowles said any recognition that he receives from the Bahamian people will be cherished. I’ms ure that he will enjoy going to Government House, the equivalent to athletes going to the White House in the United States to celebrate their achievements. W W E E L L C C O O M M E E B B A A C C K K F F O O R R B B E E S S HATS off to Alfred Forbes. After sitting around and watching the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association go through its administrative vows, Forbes has been returned as the president. He will now serve for the next two years. Forbes, a physical educa tion teacher at C I Gibson Secondary School, served as president for a 10-year peri-o d, from 1993-2003. He was replaced by Edna F orbes, who eventually was removed from office by a vote of no confidence in 2008. First vice presidentT revor Grant stepped up and resumed the role as president. But he didn’t last too long, bowing out during the end of the basketball season this year. An interim committee, headed by Lenora Conyers,e ventually completed the season. N o doubt, Forbes sat idly on the sidelines watching and waiting for a call to return to power. Now he’s back at the helm and has promised to restore some credibility to the executive level. He got the overwhelming support from all 15 registered schools at the elections held on Monday at R M Bailey when he and his entire slate of officers were elected u nopposed. It’s definitely a good start in the right direction for Forbes. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM OPINION STUBBS ‘It would be good’ to have track meet in new stadium

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By ROBERT MILLWARD AP Soccer Writer WEMBLEY, England (AP the World Cup in style, outplaying Croatia 5-1 Wednesday night as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard scored two goals each. Although England needed only a point to guarantee a p lace in next year's tournam ent in South Africa, it took a comfortable early lead. Lampard made an eighthminute penalty kick after Aaron Lennon was brought down inside the penalty area by Josip Simunic, and Gerrard made it 2-0 in the 18th with a 5-yard header from the far post in the 18th. Lampard added a third goal in the 59th and Gerrard boosted the lead to 4-0 on another header in the 66th. Eduardo da Silva cut the gap in the 71st from close range after goalkeeper Robert Green saved his header, but Wayne Rooney scored the final goal in the 77th after goalkeeper Vedran Runje passed straight to him. Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham entered in the 80th minute. Beckham has 114 international appearances, 11 behind the English record held by goalkeeper Peter Shilton. England (8-0 two games to spare and became the second European nation to qualify for next year's 32-nation field after the Netherlands. Two years ago, Croatia (5-2-2 England from European Championship qualifying with a 3-2 victory at Wembley on the final day. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM England beats Croatia to reach World Cup F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s FRANK LAMPARD (2nd left goalkeeper, Vedran Runje, 12, during World Cup Group 6 qualifying match between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium in London, yesterday. England won the match 5-1. (AP Photo:Tim Hales

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM p art of Mr Wilchcombe’s camp and reportedly utilising the resources at PLP Headquarters to promote the MP’s campaign. T his special meeting comes a t a most embarrassing time f or the Grand Bahama MP who is facing a significant struggle in his home town where he is reportedly on the verge of being locked out of his recently opened business,A ssociated Grocers (see Business Section for complete story) for lack of payment. Having recently launched h is candidacy for the deputy l eadership of the PLP, Mr W ilchcombe can ill-afford another scandal as the much p ublicised and anticipated alleged extortion” case involving former PLP Senat or Pleasant Bridgewater and US Hollywood actor John T ravolta is expected to begin later this month. P olitical pundits suggest that the timing of this case could very well spell the endo f Mr Wilchcombe’s political c areer as the MP is expected to testify in the case as a prosecution witness. Mr Wilchcombe has also had a recent public war of words with former PLPc hairman Raynard Rigby who raised the same issue of the MP being the chairman of the convention and still running for the deputy leader’s post. Mr Rigby charged that the W est End and Bimini MP c learly “does not understand the principles of conflict of interests and fairness and transparency.” “He appears not to recognise the perceptions that are created by continuing to serve in the capacity of Con-v ention Chair.” Mr Rigby said that in his opinion these are matters thatg o to the issue of one’s fitness to serve and character. “Even though Mr Wilchcombe may not be able to define what a conflict is; Ik now one when I see one and s o does the public. The present facts surely satisfy the test. “It must also follow that if, in Mr Wilchcombe’s own words, at 50 years he does noth ave the experience to serve as leader he must also not be competent to serve as the party’s deputy. “His election to the post would in fact take the PLP backwards. I have one agenda. And t hat is to serve the best interests of the PLP and to ensure that we ready the Party to fight and win the next general election. “If this course is one that does not sit well with the likes of Mr Wilchcombe, so be it. Iw ill not be deterred in this effort,” he said. Attempts to reach Mr W ilchcombe for comment were unsuccessful up to press time yesterday. Meeting to decide if Obie Wilchcombe will continue as PLP convention chairman FROM page one

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By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor BAHAMIAN insurance regulators yesterday moved to mop up another mess caused by the financial collapse of Trinidad-based CL Financial, placing another of its Bahamian-registered affil iates into the care of a judicial manager after its 2008 yearend accounts revealed it was insolvent to the tune of $38 million. The Insurance Commission has successfully petitioned that Juan Lopez, of KPMG Restructuring, be appointed as the judicial manager for Bahamas-registered British American Insurance Compa-ny Ltd, a CL Financial affiliate that is not related in any way to British American Financial, the former British American Insurance Company of the Bahamas. And, while registered in the Bahamas, British American Insurance Company Ltd wrote no business here, and has no Bahamian policyholders or clients, meaning the impact of its slide into receivership will not impact this nation’s economy. The company instead operated across much of the remainder of the Caribbean. In an affidavit to support the petition, Lennox McCartney, the Insurance Commis sioner, said British American Insurance Company Ltd’s unaudited statements for the financial year ended December 31, 2008, showed it had total assets of almost $910 million and liabilities of around $948 million, producing a $38 million solvency deficiency. In addition, Mr McCartney said the Insurance Commission confirmed that as at June 25, 2009, British American By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A contender for the PLP’s deputy leader post and a political colleague were said last night to be hanging on to their Grand Bahama-based business venture by their fingertips, after they managed to stave off for the moment being locked out by their land lord for alleged non-payment of rent. Obie Wilchcombe, the MP for West End and Bimini, and Pleasant Bridgewater, the former PLP MP and Senator, were up to press time said to be scrambling to pay some of the rent owed to Florida-based grocery wholesaler, Associated Grocers, which yesterday morning sent a team to its warehouse property to change the locks and seize inventory to make good the sum owed. Sources with knowledge of the situation, speaking to Tribune Business on condition of anonymity, told this newspaper that Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater’s venture, which had planned to duplicate the distribution business model originally developed for the 86,000 square foot warehouse by Associated Grocers, owed their Florida landlord close to $200,000. Included in this sum, the sources said, was two months’ rent at $65,000 per month, plus penalties for late payment, taking this amount to around a $140,000 total. Tribune Business also understands By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE “window is closing” on the opportunity the Bahamas has to “refine our business model” and remain a competitive international financial services centre, a senior attorney has told Tribune Business, w ith “much work and r esolve” still needed to make t his happen. Brian Moree, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, said the Bahamas “does not have the luxury of time” in making much-needed changes to its supporting infrastructure and legislative environment, given the a dvances made by competit ive jurisdictions. There are lots of things we have to do. The general C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report. $4.25 $4.16 $4.26 ‘Window closing’ on business model reform prospects Bahamas has ‘long way to go’ to ensure financial sector’s longterm survival, and must ‘stop running itself as if it were a big country’ BRIAN MOREE S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor R EFORMS limiting the d irections a minister can give the National Insurance Board’s (NIB policy only, and other recommendations to enhance good governance, were made in the eighth actuarial report on the Fund but appear to have been excluded from the 25 amendments approved by the Gov ernment. The report, compiled by NIB’s in-house actuary Derek Osborne, emphasized that “poor governance practices” had affected many aspects of NIB’s performance during its 36-year history, and this was one reason why he had recommended against increasing NIB contribution rates in the short-term. A little-noticed part of the eighth actuarial review, conducted in 2006, said: “For many of NIB’s 33 years, prac tices that were not in conformance with the National Insurance Act and general public expectations have led to sub-par outcomes in manya reas.” The report listed, as exam NIB reforms short on governance amendments * Actuarial report urged limitations onm inister’ s ability to give directions to Board * ‘Poor governance practices’ one reason why actuary recommended against contribution rate increase S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 B B F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f WILCHCOMBE PLP deputy contender faces business lock-out * Obie Wilchcombe and Pleasant Bridgewater’s venture in trouble, after l ocksmiths for Associated Grocers landlord turn up at warehouse * Lock-out and inventory seizure stayed, at least for part of yesterday, a s duo aim to pay part of $200,000 owed by close of business * Two months’ rent, plus insurance premiums, said to be owed, although this in dispute By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net THE OWNER of Sure Alarms yesterday said he was close to pulling his business completely off BEC’s power grid, via the installation of a $35,000 solar-powered electric system currently capable of running everything but the air conditioners. Graham Weatherford told Tribune Business that the sys tem, if built to its full capacity, could save his business $1,000 per month and thus pay itself off in just under three years. He added that an average home could be outfitted with a solar powered system for just Business owner close to escaping BEC through $35k solar investment GRAHAM WEATHERFORD , owner of Sure Alarms, beside solar-powered electric system... Bahamas-based insurer falls into $38m insolvency S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 B B * Regulator appoints receiver for British American Insurance Company Ltd, as $948m in liabilities exceed $910m in assets * Company not connected in any way to British American Financial, and has no Bahamian policyholders, clients or business

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Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas To reach us on or before October 2nd , 2009For further information, please contact us at 502-0929, 356-1685 or 356-1608DEVELOPMENT FOR SALE THE Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA met with the minister of state for finance to discuss several issues, including Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs the Bahamas’ removal from the G-20/OECD ‘grey list’. BICA’s members also discussed having an ‘open door’ communication policy with the Ministry of Finance, and spoke to Zhivargo Laing on the planned amendments to the Securities Industry Act, the Business Licence Act and the Financial Administration and Audit Act. The accountants also reiterated their desire to amend and reform the Public Accountants Act, through changes to the licensing and registration of accounting firms, and these companies’ ability to be incorporated with Limited Liability Partnership (LLP tus. Mr Laing was also told that the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAC will be held in the Bahamas between June 1719, 2010, with some 1,000 delegates visiting the Bahamas. answer is that we have to refine our business model to meet the needs of the marketplace,” Mr Moree told Tribune Business. “Given the pace at which business is moving and the world is moving generally, the time period is short. The window is closing, particularly given what is happening in other jurisdictions. “I’d be guessing if I said we have one, two, three years, but we don’t have the luxury of time. There’s probably no fixed period of time after which you could says it’s all over for us. But we don’t have a lot of time, because of what the competition are doing and the pace of business today.” Given that the Bahamas had “a long way to go”, not only to bolster its competitive position but also in enhancing its attractiveness for investors and attracting new business to these shores, Mr Moree said “resolve at all levels” would needed to get this nation where it had to go. “There’s a growing awareness of what needs to be done, and one has seen some encouraging signs recently in that regard, in the halls of government, to do these things,” he added. “That’s encouraging, but we still havea long way to go. “We have to develop a policy that is going to allow ust o be attractive, competitive and a well-regulated international financial centre on the one hand and, at the same time, continue to attract business and ensure that people will be able to conduct business in an environment that is not overly bureaucratic and so expensive.” Among the issues the Bahamas needed to tackle, Mr Moree said, were cost containment, becoming more c ompetitive, upgrading its t echnology platform to ensure this was comparable with any other jurisdiction, expanding its legislation and deliveringa full product menu, and implementing an Immigration policy that was flexible enough to allow financial institutions to hire essential personnel. “We also need to address quality of life issues that affect the desirability of coming to the Bahamas,” Mr Moree told Tribune Business, citing the spiralling crime problem, and improving infrastructure such as the roads and airport. We’ve got to make sure w e, generally speaking, are a high quality, attractive place to do business...... We have to be much more dynamic and agile in addressing the needs of the marketplace.” To do this, Mr Moree said t he Government had to “stop running the Bahamas like it’sa big country”. While he was “reasonably optimistic” that, given the proper resources and com mitment of all stakeholders, t he Bahamas could secure the long-term future of its international financial services industry, the senior attorney added: “What I sometimes worry about is whether we can translate the rhetoric into action, and whether we can leverage the Bahamas in a way to exploit our strengths. “We must stop running the Bahamas like it’s a big country. We are not a big country. We are a small country. We need to leverage our smalln ess, and make it our advant age by being more agile and responsive to what is a dynamic industry. “We must stop running the ship of state as if it were a large country, like the UK, France and the US. We must learn to take advantage of the fact that we are small and leverage it to our advantage. That requires a major reform in government.” By running the Bahamas as if it were a major country, it was suffering from the same problems as major countries, such as heavy bureaucracy and inefficiency in decisionm aking, Mr Moree added, e nsuring this nation was getting “the worst of both worlds”. “We have to reduce the response time to market forces, the time we take to develop products,” he said. We take too long to address regulatory and legislative issues, and take too long to respond to market forces generally.” The global recession, Mr Moree added, was “preciselyt he time” the Bahamas should look at implementing farreaching structural reforms, positioning its economy to exploit the recovery when it came. M M O O D D E E L L , , f f r r o o m m 1 1 B B

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B y CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c robards@tribunemedia.net THE NASSAU Airport Development (NAD p any has begun to pour support columns for the $198 million phase one developm ent of its new US departure terminal, its vice-presid ent of airport development said yesterday, the company having recenly introduced a new parking scheme for freq uent business travellers c alled BizPark. Stewart Steeves, speaking a t a luncheon hosted by the B ahamas Chamber of Comm erce and the CFA Society o f the Bahamas, said phase o ne of the airport developm ent is moving faster than expected and should be completed by Spring 2011. A ccording to Mr Steeves, imediatley following completion of the new US depar ture facility, the old terminal will be transformed into a n ew state-of-the-art arrival facility via a $2 million lugg ae handling system, which s hold be installed by autumn 2012. T he new domestic and i nternational departure terminals are scheduled to be c ompleted by autumn 2013. T here are also plans for 1.23 million square feet of asphalt apron rehabilitation,s cheduled to take place over the three phases. Spent T o date, NAD has spent m ore than $11 million on c apital imporvements at Lynd en Pindling International A irport (LPIA n ew and upgraded washrooms, roof repairs, new bagg age systems and baggage carousels, and parking lot improvements. N AD’s new BizPark feat ure is expected to create a cashless parking system for f requent travellers. A ccording to Mr Steeves, yearly memebership fees for p arking will be debited d irectly from the memeber’s credit card. The new US departure l ounge is expected to feature more than 30 vendors, such as retailers and restaurants,w hen the facility is complete, w hile during the construct ion phase more than 400 workers will be employed,t hree-quarters of that labour b eing Bahamian. NAD secured $265 million i n financing for phase one of the project in March of this y ear, with a total of 16 investors buying into it. I I N N S S U U R R E E R R , , f f r r o o m m 1 1 B B C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM $119per person per night plus tax and gratuitiesAsk about our special Bahamian room rates fromTreat the family to Sunday Brunch at Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort Every Sunday, Noon to 4pm Bimini Market$28$14Freeadultschildren children 12 & under5 & underDown-Home Red Beans and Rice Bahamian-Style Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese Spanish Wells Fried Fish Fillet with Spicy Tartar Sauce Conch Chowder Pearls of the Bahamian Sea-Grilled Mahi Mahi Bahamian Fried Chicken Conch-Fried Rice Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Guava Duff Brunch includes one glass of wine or ciderSundayAfternoonsare BetterwhenShared For hotel reservations call 327-6000 or visit sheraton.com/nassau Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. SheratonanditslogoarethetrademarksofStarwoodHotels& ResortsWorldwide,Inc.,oritsaffiliates. 09SHCB244-TRIBUNE_9-10.indd 1 9/8/09 1:44 PM btrt tfr f r!%* '!$() ))!*&*# tffn""bnff !$ %#&!*&*# !%** 303SHIRLEYSTREET|POBOXN-492 NASSAU,NEWPROVIDENCE|THEBAHAMAS t2423283500|f2423288008|www.gsolegal.com !"#%&'()+"#,#'-./0)1)#20"30/&,/11)*#+4)(('#*(/+#2/. #$%&'())*+,-.*-/0-# (1223 1/,/&,..&3(603117 #0,#308 9#3:/(/;)<#1/,3.-).*/.=#.)#.*# 8 June 25, 2009, British American Insurance Company Ltd had unpaid claims in 10 eastern Caribbean states totalling $91.65 million, “which it has to the present been unable to raise the necessary liquidity to pay”. British American Insurance Company Ltd also had “management-related problems”, Mr McCartney added, with all its directors having resigned as of June 30, 2009, and no replacements appointed since then. A number of restrictions had also been imposed on British American Insurance Company Ltd’s operations as of December 23, 2008, due to the company’s “financial difficulties”. Therefore, Mr McCartney successfully argued for the judicial manager’s appointment to safeguard the company’s assets, telling Tribune Business yesterday: “The r egional regulators and gove rnments in the region w ould like an opportunity to maybe recapitalise the company and continue as a going concern in the region.” Airport development ahead of schedule

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that the duo’s business has failed to pay insurance premiums for the building since February 2009. Neither Mr Wilchcombe nor Ms Bridgewater returned Tribune Business’s calls seeking comment on the matter before press time, despite detailed messages being left at the former’s Nassau home and the latter’s Freeport law office. However, a source told Tribune Business: “Associated Grocers has sent a crew down there and locked them [Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater] out.” That proved, following subsequent Tribune Business checks, to be only partially accurate, this newspaper confirming that while locksmiths and security guards had been s ent to the warehouse on A ssociated Grocers’ behalf, t hey had held off from changing the locks after Ms Bridgewater promised to pay at least part of the rent owed by close of business yesterday. Tribune Business was unable to establish whether this had actually happened. “Associated Grocers are down there with a security team and locksmiths, but they’re holding off because they’ve been offered two months’ rent and the balance in 14 days,” another source confirmed. “If they don’t get their two months’ rent, the l ock-out will continue. They h ave to see Associated Groc ers are serious.” Also understood to be present at the scene, and accompanying the locksmiths and attorneys from Nelson’s, were some attorneys from Dupuch& Turnquest, the Bahamian law firm that represents Associated Grocers. However, Dupuch & Turnquest declined to comment when contacted by Tribune Business, although the telephone l ines between their office and Ms Bridgewater’s were said to be humming yesterday with contacts between the two parties. Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater are understood to be disputing the sum Associated Grocers is claiming they owe, but the Floridabased company is said to have grown increasingly frustrated by their alleged failure to respond to its demand letters, seeking immediate payment. The timing of the episode is likely to be somewhat embarrassing for Mr Wilchcombe, given that he has just announced his bid to become the PLP’s deputy leader. “It’s a whole embarrassment,” one s ource told Tribune Business. He’s had the building for nine months, and it has got very little inventory in it.” The timing is also not good for Ms Bridgewater, coming directly before her scheduled trial over the alleged attempt to extort money from Hollywood actor John Travolta following the death of his son. This is likely to be another headache. Associated Grocers had b een attempting to sell its Freeport warehouse, which cost $8 million to construct, for a price understood to be around $12 million. In the absence of buyers, though, it eventually did the lease deal with Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater, who told Tribune Business earlier this year that some 30 persons had been hired to operate it. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINIESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNE 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 PLP deputy contender faces business lock-out 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 crobards@tribunemedia.net THE GOVERNMENT is moving to address a number of emissions concerns associated with dated equipment at BEC power plants throughout the Family Islands, the minister of state for the environment said yesterday, as environmental activists rail against the erection of a new Abaco power facility. Phenton Neymour, speaking to Tribune Business, sought to dispel some of the concerns about the proposed Wilson City power plant that have been circulating. A group has produced a short documentary a bout the construction of the plant and its possible environmental impact, which they have circulated on the Internet. Concerns One of the group’s main concerns is the proposed use of Bunker C fuel oil to run the Wilson City power plant's turbines. They believe the fuel will produce much more dense carbon emissions than other fuels, while increasing the chance of acid rain over the islands of the Bahamas. They also suggested that oil spills in this area could a ffect a marine park proposed for an area nearby, as well as affect the subterranean aquifer. Mr Neymour asserted that the Bahamas Electricity Corporation has always used Bunker C fuel oil in New Providence, and insisted that the Wilson City plant will adopt the most stringent environmental practices. “This is a new plant, in which environmental procedures and processes will be put in place,” he said. “I am extremely disappointed that these individuals would have taken the approach that they have.” Mr Neymour contended that the Government would have considered renewable energy sources if they had b een viable for Abaco. He suggested the problem with renewable energy sources at present is that “the sun does not shine 24 hours and the wind does not blow all the time”. The Government has arranged a town hall meeting for today in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, to discuss the plant with the residents. Plant The Wilson City plant is to supply power to residents of north, central andsouth Abaco, and was strategically placed at Wilson City in order to make distribution throughout the island more efficient. Cheaper According to Mr Neymour, the cheaper Bunker C fuel oil will also produce savings for the residents of Abaco and reduce government/BEC’s dependency on oil in the long run. “That’s why we are proposing to use it in Abaco because Abaco is the largest Family Island distribution facility,” he said. “It will produce at a lower cost for Abaco, lowering the overall cost of fuels for the Bahamas. We are doing this in order to lower the fuel surcharge for all Bahamians.” C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 .811.15Abaco Markets1.151.150.000.1270.0009.10.00% 11.8010.00Bahamas Property Fund11.0011.000.000.9920.20011.11.82% 9.306.25Bank of Bahamas6.256.250.000.2440.26025.64.16%0 .890.63Benchmark0.630.630.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3 .493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.0780.09040.42.86% 2.372.14Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 14.2010.18Cable Bahamas11.0010.50-0.501,0001.4060.2507.52.38% 2 .882.74Colina Holdings2.742.740.000.2490.04011.01.46% 7.505.26Commonwealth Bank (S1)5.495.26-0.2328,1490.4190.30012.65.70% 3.851.27Consolidated Water BDRs3.693.68-0.010.1110.05233.21.41%2 .851.32Doctor's Hospital2.032.030.000.3820.0805.33.94% 8 .206.60Famguard6.606.600.000.4200.24015.73.64% 12.509.30Finco9.309.300.000.3220.52028.95.59% 11.7110.30FirstCaribbean Bank10.3010.300.000.7940.35013.03.40%5 .534.95Focol (S)5.125.120.000.3320.15015.42.93% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 0.450.30Freeport Concrete0.300.300.000.0350.0008.60.00% 9.025.49ICD Utilities5.505.500.000.4070.50013.59.09%1 2.0010.09J. S. Johnson10.0910.090.000.9520.64010.66.34% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1800.00055.60.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1 000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100000 100000 FidelitBkNote13(SeriC)+ FBB13 10000 000 TUESDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 2009BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,510.69| CHG -16.82| %CHG -1.10 | YTD -201.67 | YTD % -11.78BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)Maturity 1 9 October 2017 7 % Prime + 1.75% 7% BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: 30May2013 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 InterestFINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31% 1000 . 00 1000 . 00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100 . 00 0 . 00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.0010 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceWeekly Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 14.607.92Bahamas Supermarkets7.928.4214.00-2.2460.000N/M0.00% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref2.006.254.000.0000.480N/M7.80% 0.540.20RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 MonthsDiv $Yield % 1.40051.3320CFAL Bond Fund1.40053.485.15 3.03502.8952CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.8990-1.39-4.16 1.48671.4105CFAL Money Market Fund1.48673.705.40 3.60903.1031Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund3.1143-8.01-12.43 13.048412.3870Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.04843.415.84 101.6693100.0000CFAL Global Bond Fund101.66931.101.67 100.960093.1992CFAL Global Equity Fund96.73980.35-4.18 1.00001.0000CFAL High Grade Bond Fund1.00000.000.00 9.40759.0775Fidelity International Investment Fund9.33992.69-1.41 1.06631.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.06632.596.63 1.03641.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.0215-1.112.15 1.06111.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.06112.296.11 BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB ject officer, Venetia Gilbert, has successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI Ms Albury, STI’s course administrator, said: “STI presents a timely and progressive study programme that greatly assists students in their understanding of financial products and services, which is necessary to compete in the global financial market.” Ms Gilbert is pictured above. BFSB officer passes securities course INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays

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$5,000. According to Mr Weatherford, the solar power system can supply clean, uninterrupted power to homes and businesses, reducing the need for voltage regulators and battery back-up systems, which often put a strain on motorrun equipment and pull their own amperage in order to operate. Since supplying his office with solar power, Mr Weatherford has removed several of his regulators. “I was spending five-anda-half amps 24 hours per day n on-stop. That’s a lot of load just to clean up my electricity,” he said. “All this equipment burns 4 amps, so I was spending more than I burn to clean the power.” Mr Weatherford said a brownout, which is a partial blackout, almost cost him his store after the fluctuation c aused electrical systems in h is air conditioning to catch f ire. “Bahamians know about brownout, trust me. Everything in their houses gets burned up,” he said. Now, with the sun producing power during the day anda 22-battery backup system recharged in two hours, after losing 20 per cent of its power during the night, Sure Alarms c ould be fully power indep endent, but for the air cond itioning. Mr Weatherford said he is extending his solar panels across the length of his property in order to fully produce “green” energy. However, he added that solar panels have a half-life of about 20 years, while the batteries which produce power during the night have a life o f about 15 years. M r Weatherford suggested t hat purchasing more batteries than a system needs in the beginning will allow the owner to expand the system in the future when more load is needed, and also put less strain on the batteries when the system is not collecting sunlight. He argued that these systems will, in the future, present business opportunities for many Bahamians as h ouseholds switch to this alternative energy source. Mr Weatherford is currently converting his home to solar power in order to decrease his BEC electricity usage and become more environmentally friendly. Government has laboured over its national energy policy, which is currently exploring alternative energy sources, while continuing to build fuel oil-burning electricity plants. And while according to law it is illegal to operate a home o r business without an elect ricity meter, the former C hristie administration removed the customs duty on solar panels to encourage their use. Minister of State for the environment, Phenton Neymour, said on the use of solar and wind energy: “The sun does not shine 24 hours and the wind does not blow all the time.” However, Mr Weatherford's model seems to be w orking for him, for the moment. And many have been waiting for the moment when a business or residential user challenges the BEC electricity supply model currently enshrined in law. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICE NOTICETOSHAREHOLDERSOFTOSHAREHOLDERSOFDoctorsHospitalHealthSystemregardingDIVIDENDDECLARATIONWhereastherearesufficientfundstoprovideacashdividend totheshareholdersofDoctorsHospitalHealthSystem,and WhereastheDirectorshavedeterminedthatafterthe paymentofsuchdividendstheCompanywillbeabletomeet allofitscontinuingobligationsandprovideadequatefunds forreinvestmentinthebusiness, NoticeisherebygiventhattheBoardofDirectorshas declaredadividendof$0.02persharetobepaidto shareholdersofrecordonSeptember17,2009.Thepayment dateshallbeSeptember30,2009. 326,7,21$9$,/$%/($66,67$179,&((6,'(17$7(%$1.,1*$SSOLFDWLRQVDUHLQYLWHGIURPSHUVRQVIRUWKHSRVLWLRQ RI$VVLVWDQW9LFHUHVLGHQWULYDWH%DQNLQJ-REXPPDU\7 KH&DQGLGDWHPXVWKDYHDQHVWDEOLVKHGLQWHUQDWLRQDO FOLHQWEDVHZLWKWKHSURYHQDELOLW\WRJHQHUDWHQHZFOLHQW U HODWLRQVKLSVDQGGHYHORSWKHFOLHQWEDVHLQOLQHZLWKWKH %DQNVSURGXFWVDQGVHUYLFHV5HVSRQVLELOLWLHV'HYHORSDQGLQWURGXFHQHZEXVLQHVVLQOLQHZLWKWKH LQVWLWXWLRQVHVWDEOLVKHGSROLFLHVDQGSURFHGXUHV HUIRUPQHFHVVDU\FOLHQWDGPLQLVWUDWLYHGXWLHVDQGSURPRWH HVWDEOLVKHGSURGXFWVDQGVHUYLFHV +DYHDVRXQGZRUNLQJNQRZOHGJHRI7KH%DKDPDV $0/UHTXLUHPHQWV $VVLVWZLWKFRPPXQLFDWLRQDQGWUDQVODWLRQRIIRUHLJQ FRUUHVSRQGHQFH URYLGHDQGRUFRPPXQLFDWHLQYHVWPHQWVHUYLFHV PDQGDWHVWRFOLHQWV 7UDYHOZLOOEHUHTXLUHG4XDOLFDWLRQV•HTXLUHPHQWVULRUH[SHULHQFHLQPDUNHWLQJLQWKHQDQFLDOVHUYLFHV HQYLURQPHQWIRUDPLQLPXPRIHLJKW\HDUVLVH[SHFWHG .QRZOHGJHDQGH[SHULHQFHLQWKHSULYDWHEDQNLQJDQG LQYHVWPHQWVLVUHTXLUHG XVWKDYHHVWDEOLVKHGFOLHQWHOH XVWEHXHQWLQ(QJOLVKDQG 5HPXQHUDWLRQLVFRPPHQVXUDWHZLWKH[SHULHQFH,QWHUHVWHGSHUVRQVPD\DSSO\E\VXEPLWWLQJ UHVXPHVE\HPDLOWR EVDUHVXPH#JPDLOFRP UHIHUHQFH $VVLVWDQW9LFHUHVLGHQWULYDWH%DQNLQJ RQRUEHIRUH)ULGD\WKHSWHPEHU Business owner close to escaping BEC through $35k solar investment F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ples of this, NIB’s relatively low compliance rates and “excessive administrative costs”; the fact the insurable wage ceiling had only been i ncreased twice in 36 years; a nd that “pension increases a nd mass employee hiring that coincides with general elections”. Poor governance, the report said, had also resulted in some 75 per cent of NIB’s investments being made in government, and government agency, securities, while NIB funds had been used “for purposes other than prescribed in legislation”. “The National Insurance B oard is not a department of government,” the eighth actuarial review said. “Instead, it is a body corporate, managed by a Board over what a minister has parliamentary oversight.. “As a result, the role of the minister regarding the affairs of the National Insurance Board is very limited. Since inception, however, ministers have often exerted greater influence over Board affairs than is provided for by the National Insurance Act.” A s a result, the report reco mmended that Section seven o f the NIB Act be amended to limit the directions the responsible minister can give to NIB’s Board to policy only, rather than the wide-ranging brief the minister has now. However, the official statement that NIB put out on the 25 amendments that the Government has approved, and which it hopes will go before Parliament before year-end, appeared relatively light when it came to addressing governance issues there was practically no mention of them, even though they formed a key (and, some would say, central) part of Mr Osborne’s report. The eighth actuarial report also identified another aspect of problems associated with p olitical involvement in NIB d ecision-making, namely the r eluctance of policymakers to enact reforms that might be painful for some, and potentially cost even a small minority of votes in future general elections. Pointing to the fact that no recommendations from the 2005 Social Security Reform Commission had been enacted, even though the Christie government had accepted its findings in April 2007, the eighth actuarial review said: “It is important that governments consider and act upon the recommendations made in periodic actuarial reviews, as population and socio-economic changes lead to new social and financial challenges to which National Insurance should respond. And, with financial sust ainability being a major conc ern, changes aimed at reducing long-term costs should be made sooner rather than later, as such changes often take several years before any noticeable financial impact is realised.” Mr Osborne’s review added that there were “significant risks” associated with an immediate increase in the NIB contribution rate, which currently stands at 8.8 per cent, split 3.4/5.4 between employee and employer respectively. And some of these were linked to governance issues. “Firstly, generating additional income may provide opportunities for inappropriate investments, the granting of excessive pension adjustm ents and increases to admini strative costs,” the report w arned. “Also, with increasing annual surpluses, suitable investment vehicles will have to be found. A larger Fund, which has difficulty finding investment opportunities, could therefore open itself to demands from government and quasi-government agencies to borrow funds at below market rates.” The Government’s fiscal deficit, debt position and the overall health of the public finances have deteriorated sharply since the eighth actuarial report was written, but Mr Osborne also warned then: “The primary risk to the National Insurance Fund of further lending to the Government lies in the possibility o f government not being able t o liquidate bonds on or b efore their maturity dates, should funds be needed to meet pension expenditure. “With the above risks and the potential for poor governance practices, a rate increase is not recommended now.” N N I I B B , , f f r r o o m m 1 1 B B

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THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC manager is set to address the Abaco Business Outlook conference on the power producer’s renewable energy drive, plus its proposed power plant at Wilson City. Kevin Basden, who has been BEC’s general manager since 2004, gained a BsC degree in electrical power from Oklahoma State University, and has studied management training at both Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Michael Braynen, the director of marine resources at the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, will address the conference on Abaco-related marine resource issues. Mr Braynen was educated at the Government High School in Nassau, University of the West Indies in Jamaica, University of Washington in the US and Humberside College in the UK. H e has worked at the Department of Marine Resources since 1975, and previously held the positions of deputy director, assistant director, manager of the fish landing complex, senior fish e ries officer, fisheries officer and fisheries superintendent. The seminar’s keynote speaker is Senator Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, minister of tourism and aviation. Other speakers include EricC arey, executive director, B ahamas National Trust; Algernon Cargill, director, National Insurance Board; Isaac Collie, lawyer and econ omist; I. Chester Cooper, president and chief executive, British American Financial; Rev Lennie Etienne, president of Abaco Farmers Cooperative Society; Dr Pearl McMillan, director of public health, and Anne Albury, vision speaker. Abaco Business Outlook is a one-day seminar coordinated by The Counsellors. The seminar, in its sixth year, is themed Renewed Optimism: Embracing New Opportunities. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 12B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BEC chief to address new power plant K EVIN BASDEN M ICHAEL BRAYNEN

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The Tribune PG 24 Thursday, September 10 , 2009 RELIGION RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS Pg. 24 The Tribune THURSDAY September 10, 2009

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The Tribune T hursday, September 10 , 2009 PG 25 RELIGION By REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporter THOSE in need of spir itual uplif tment can look forward to the debut of up and coming gospel group Ultimate Choice who will release theirf irst single “Step into His love" in a matter of days. The nine member group has high hopes for the song's success, and expects it "to light up the air waves." Though Ultimate Choice has been around for three years, this will be their first song release. “The song is original, and isa breath of fresh air,” Myrtle Pinder, lead vocalist of the group said yesterday. Speaking to Tribune Features , she predicted that the song will have “a pr ofound impact” on listeners. “If we have love in our hearts, we wouldn’t have so much crime. I hope that this song will touch lives and draw people closer to Christ.W e star ted r ecor ding last year ,” she explained, adding: “the editing process has been a long one, but it has paid off.” The single is diverse in sound, infused with an eclectic mix of reggae, and southern gospel flavour. Group members: Myrtle Pinder, Thomas Newton, Patrick Bodie, Cr ystal Miller, Shandie Mackey, Kayetta Brown, Dwayne Knowles, Joam Occes and Sofy Rolle said they are very excited about this recent project. The song sends a simple message about salvation, and in the main chor us gives an appeal to accept Christ, a decision Mr Bodie said is life's "ultimate choice." The chorus says: " Step into his love Ultimate Choice steps into His love ULTIMATE Choice launches their new single Step Into His Love. SEE page 27

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The Tribune PG 26 Thursday, September 10 , 2009 RELIGION Be sure to read Tribune Religion next week, when staff photographer Felip Major resumes his popular featureChurch Of The Week. Mr Major will capture the beauty of a new church every week. If you would like your church featured, please e-mail us at features@tribunemedia.net. Teaching the nation " As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.' (1 Kings 9: 4-5 THISwas a promise for then and it is God’s promise for now. If we want to have a holy nation and walk in integrity of hear t and uprightness, we need Jesus Christ on the thr one of our hear ts. This is tr uly made possible by the power of the Holy Spirit guiding and guarding us. As you consider this passage, respond to the following questions: What does integrity of hear t mean to you? What does it mean to walk in integrity of heart? How does this desire shape your daily walk? In what situations are you less than upright? What can you do to r ectify this? If this type of approach to life is our organising principle then we have to move fr om thinking to action:"What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep war m and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way , faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."(James 2:14-17 If we want to shape a holy nation then we have to model holiness in the loving treatment of others. Children who live with violence, easily learn to be violent. Children who live with kindness are more likely to follow suit. Are you a person of faithful action? What motivates you to act? Ar e you an asset to our national jour ney to holiness or a liability? Let us ponder each day how our every thought, word and action affects the future of our country. We still have much to learn about the downfall that comes from false pride, greed, gluttony, deceit, infidelity, and dishonesty. We each can do more to teach by example, by words of encouragement, sharing past experiences and praying for God’ s ongoing r evela tion. REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS MEDITATION INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays CHURCH OF THE WEEK RETURNS

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THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS The Tribune Thursday, September 10 , 2009 PG 27 RELIGION IN1903, Father Theodore Kevenhoerster OSB was sent to the Bahamas and stationed at Sacred Heart Church, Nassau. Unfortunately,he was a consumptive and died within two years the first Benedictine to die in the Bahamas. T wenty four years later his brother Father Bernard Kevenhoerster came as Prior and eventually the first Catholic Bishop of the Bahamas. John Kevenhoerster was born in Ger many on November 1, 1869 but in his early youth his parents migrated to Minneapolis, USA. After receiving his early education at St Joseph's Parochial School, he studied at St John's University and then entered the Benedictine novitiate, taking the religious name Bernard. He took his vows in 1892 and was the assistant to the Master of Novices until he r eceived his Holy Orders in 1896. Father Bernard taught at the St John's University but also held important positions as student chaplain, Moderator of the Alexian Literar y Society and Rector of the Seminary. In 1907, Father Bernard, Vice Rector St John's University became Prior and later pastor at St Anselm's New Y ork (which included the easter n mission and the Bahamas). In his long tenure he gr eatly assisted the Bahamas mis sion fr om a distance. In late 1929, Father Bernard came to the Bahamas where he became Vicar Forane and Superior to the Benedictines in charge of local missions. However despite this position he asked Father Bonaventure to place him in strategic positions so he could be of use. He wanted to be chaplain for the lepers, prison, hospitals and assistant at St Francis Xaviers. He took masses, gave ser mons and taught classes to converts. He won the favour of the children and Governor Sir Bede Clifford star ted attending church regularly. On Sunday, February 7, 1932, Monsignor Bernard Kevenhoerster was solemnly installed as the first Prefect Apostolic of the Bahamas by his Eminence Cardinal Hayes, Ar chbishop of New Y ork on behalf of the Holy See. The Bahamas were now detached from the Diocese of NewY ork and became a distinct ecclesiastical unit under the dir ection of the Congr egation of Pr opaganda (the department of the pontifical administration char ged with the spr ead of Catholicism and with the regulation of ecclesiastic affairs in non-Catholic countries). However , the Bahamas continued to be under the care of the Benedictines of St John's Abbey . Monsignor Bernard now had jurisdiction of a bishop and was entitled to wear the episcopal insignia and St Francis Xavier's became a cathedral! The next year in New York Monsignor Hayes was elevated and consecrated toV icar Apostolate. Cardinal Hayes paid tribute to Monsignor Ber nar d: “..(he endear ed himself to New Y ork by his priestly and pastoral zeal. We are confident that under this wise and devoted shepherd the faith will prosper and flourish.” A prophecy that proved to be true! From 1933 to 1949, Bishop Bernard advanced Catholicism in the Bahamas through his kindness and interest in the poor and needy. Each year he made a begging trip to the USA to collect funds to be used in the building of Parish Schools. The Catholic population in 1929 was 3,200 out of a total of 55,000. By 1943, the Catholic population doubled to 7,122 and the 1954 Gover nment census showed 13,054 Catholics from a total of 83,060. Bishop Bernard had appointed and worked alongside Father Bonaventure to build up the church; together they established more convents and a sisterhood on the islands. Abbot Alcuin con tinued to send more missionaries from St John's Abbey the result was praise from the Congregation of the Pr opagation of Faith as the Bahamas mission was one of the best in the entire mission field of the Church. And the new Bishop encouraged musician Father Quentin Arnold Dittberner to establish Boy Scouts and Cubs in five chur ches, which led to the formation of a bugle, fife and drum band assisted by Roderic Sims the 40 member band played in pr ocessions and wedding feasts adding greatly to the prestige of the Catholic Church. Another successful venture that started under Bishop Bernard was sports activities. Father Mar cian Peters spotted two good cricket players and asked them to start the nucleus of a cricket team this team branched out into track, soccer , baseball, softball and basketball the sport that keeps Father Marcian's name alive today, the High School Marcian Peter's Tournament. It should be remembered that Father Bernard came to the Bahamas at the age of sixty. In all his twenty years in the Bahamas he was plagued by poor health, weak spells, digestive and eye trouble but overcame all that by perseverance and a dogged spirit which inspired all who came in contact with him. But Bishop Bernard could also become discouraged and had periods of depression brought on by problems and difficulties. On December 6, 1931, after an exhausting collecting tour in New York he wrote: “St Nicholas oh what a fine day here in Nassau.Here I was finished at 10 o'clock and an ideal Nassau early winter day so calm restful and peaceful flowers and green in all one exclaims, 'how good is God!' Last Sunday I had to pr each nine times starting at 6 am and finishing at 12.30 raw, disagreeable and everybody seeming sad and dejected and I had been sick to my stomach for ten days.” In the last two years of his life Bishop Bernard's health was fragile and he suffered several bad strokes. The doctors told him to slow down and rest but he insisted on visiting parishes and encouraging the building of the St Augustine's Monastery and College. He celebrated his eightieth birthday in November then died peacefully in the Prior y on December 9, 1949. Thousands viewed his remains as he lay in state in Bungalow Dunmore; the final field mass, attended by thousands, was held at a temporar y altar set up on the basketball cour t in the Priory grounds and officiated by many leaders of the chur ch followed by a half mile pr ocession to the cemeter y . The whole island was grief stricken at the death of this 'black bishop with a white skin', who retained the humble heart of a monk and followed the Holy Rule: T o hold oneself aloof fr om worldly ways. He was 'a great priest who in his days pleased God and was found just'. Roman Catholic Pioneers: Bishop Bernard Kevenhoerster JIM LAWLOR He's the saviour from above After all he's done for you It's the least that you can do With your heart and mind and soul Let him take complete contr ol See his death was not in vain Cause he's coming back again" The song has a catchy tune, and can be hear d on Spirit 92.5 FM, Joy 101.9 FM and ZNS 107.9 FM. 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THERestoration Kingdom Ministries AG Family has dubbed the month of September as education month vowing to help increase the national grade average from a D to aC B by working with one family at a time. At the churchs recent Back to School service, two books were givento members, Gifted Hands and THINK BIG both written by renowned neurosurgeon Dr Ben Carson and students were given school supplies. At the service held on August 31, Pastor Cleveland W ells encouraged students to enter the new year using the acronym for THINK BIG as outlined in Dr Carson’s book. The letters stand for -talent, honesty insight nice knowledge, books, in-depth learning and God. Students were told that returning to the classroom, requires, a new mind set or new way of thinking. “The old way of thinking must be changed. T o do so r equir es, recognising that everyone has talent. Talents ar e given by God to work with. Each individual determines what his or her outcome will be by their decision to use or not to use their talent,” Pastor Wells said. Students, who would like to have a “well done” at the end of the school year, must determine within themselves to work hard and use the talent given to them by God. Examples given of using talent and the end r esults wer e Alber t Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell and Dr Carson. Honesty still r emains the best poli cy today Pastor W ells added. As an example, the students were given an example from the book where Dr Carson said that he had a cheating colleague in college who ended up not being accepted into medical school. Additionally, Pastor Wells said having insight into your futur e is impera tive. What insight really means is to give attention to older persons as they offer advice for various situations. These persons would have experienced the situation alr eady , and would have the knowledge to give counsel. Pastor Wells reminded the students of the old Bahamian adage, “you make your bed har d, you lay in it har d.” The students were also encouraged to be nice to be people whether it be by being cordial to each other, assisting their teachers or just saying good mor ning. Pastor W ells told the youth that knowledge is a very important key in succeeding in life. “The people perish for lack of knowledge and what you don’ t know can hurt you,” he said. He further pointed out that an individual must read books. Pastor Wells, said that Dr Carson stated that if his possessions were taken away, having knowledge could help him to r eplen ish them and that reading can help an individual acquire skills. Students need to study for a lifetime and not just for an exam he ur ged. The final letter in Think Big is God and Pastor Wells said that whatever the students do, they must put God first in their lives so that they can have success. Students urged to THINK BIG The Tribune PG 28 Thursday, September 10 , 2009 RELIGION Pictured at top students recieve school supplies for the new school year. Bottom left and right Pastor Wells presents Camille Bowleg and Lewis Burns Jr with a copy of Dr Ben Carson’s book Gifted Hands.