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Challenge will ‘make
or break’ St Cecilia
nomination hopeful’s
political career

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

IN WHAT will be the make or break
moment of his political career, The Tribune
has confirmed that PLP leadership contender
Paul Moss will officially launch his campaign
for leader of the party on September 22.

Having canvassed stalwart councillors
throughout Grand Bahama, and New Provi-
dence, sources close to Mr Moss claim that

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Anglican Archdeacon ‘told police
girl in assault case slapped him’

ANGLICAN Archdeacon
Ivan Ranfurly Brown told
police that the female com-
plainant in his assault case
slapped him while at a church
picnic last October.

Inspector Craig Stubbs told
the court yesterday that
Father Brown had declined
to give a written statement,
but gave an oral statement of
his account of what took place
at the church picnic.

Father Brown, the rector

‘16

of St Agnes Anglican Church,
is accused of physically
assaulting a 14-year-old girl
on October 13, 2008 while at a
church picnic on Nirvana
Beach.

Inspector Stubbs told the
court that Father Brown said
that there were a number of
male outsiders on the beach
that day and he had to physi-
cally remove one of them

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

body, say medics.

as “critical.”

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

More job layoffs
on Grand Bahama

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A HOTELIER on Grand
Bahama chalked up the most
recent round of layoffs on that
island after government reject-
ed a proposal that he claimed
would have kept people in
their jobs.

When contacted for com-
ment yesterday, Tourism Min-
ister Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace was sorry about the
lay-offs but explained that
government was not in a posi-
tion to bail-out every company
experiencing financial chal-
lenges.

Andrew Barnett, vice presi-
dent and general manager of
the Best Western Castaways
Resort in Freeport, said the
property was forced to let go
about one third of its employ-
ees — effective September, 20
— as it struggles with shrink-

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A WOMAN is fighting for her life after
an early morning blaze destroyed her home.
The 36-year-old victim has second and
third degree burns on 80 per cent of her
Last night her condition was described

Emergency services were alerted to the

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Neighbours drove the woman to Princess
Margaret Hospital where she is being treat-

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ed in the Intensive Care Unit.
Police, who are trying to find the cause of
the fire, have not yet released any further

It’s not known if the woman was home

alone at the time of the fire, but there are

reports that her fiance helped her escape

the flames.

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Concerns that run-off from development

could be affecting the environment

ENVIRONMENTAL-
ISTS are concerned that
the run-off from the Caves
Point development during
hard rain could be harm-
ing the marine environ-
ment.

A worried citizen for-
warded photos of a “river
of mud” flowing from the
high-end residential devel-

opment on West Bay Street
down to the beach oppo-
site. From there, it drained
out into the sea and spread,
forming a thick cloud on
the surface of the water.
The source said: “This
happens every time we
have heavy rain and

SEE page two



Bishop

Fraser

retrial
resumes

By NATARIO
McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@
tribunemedia.net

SEMEN was found on
the carpet of the church
office of Bishop Earl
Randy Fraser several
prosecution witnesses tes-
tified yesterday.

Fraser, who is on
$10,000 bail, is accused of
having a sexual relation-
ship with a 16-year-old
girl between July 2005
and February 2006. The
retrial resumed yesterday
before Magistrate Car-
olita Bethel in Court 8,
Bank Lane.

When the matter

SEE page 12



School security officer
accused of indecent
assault of students

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

TEN prosecution witnesses
testified in the trial of a high
school security officer accused
of indecent assault of eight stu-
dents at the North Eleuthera
High School yesterday.

School administrators and
several alleged victims
appeared in magistrate's court
on Harbour Island and testi-
fied against Adrian White, 39,
of Airport Road, Eleuthera,
according to Sergeant God-
frey Brennen who prosecuted
the case.

The matter, heard before

SEE page 12

Universal Distributors
‘operations never stopped
during eviction attempt

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The man-
agement of Universal Distrib-
utors said that its operations
never stopped as the eviction
attempt by the landlords was
quickly resolved.

Robert Lewis, general man-
ager, issued a statement on
Thursday in reference to the
lock-out of Universal Distribu-
tors employees on Wednesday.

He advised the general pub-
lic that the company’s opera-
tions continue as usual.

“Yesterday morning, Sep-
tember 9, business operations

SEE page 12





NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS? LEADING NEWSPAPER





PAGE 2, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009

THE TRIBUNE



Concerns that run-off

Infrastructural

projects to create
almost 400 jobs

ALMOST 400 new jobs are expected to be
created in Abaco and Grand Bahama with
the construction of new government com-
plexes.

Government in conjunction with the
National Insurance Board (NIB) has initiated
the pre-qualification process for construction
of new complexes on those islands.

Approximately 200 construction jobs are
pegged for the Grand Bahama complex, with
approximately 180 construction jobs ear-
marked for Abaco.

Construction

Funded by the NIB, the construction of
the government complexes complements oth-
er major infrastructural projects throughout
the country, including the redevelopment of
the Lynden Pindling International Airport
and the New Providence Road Improvement
Project.

Pre-qualification requests to contractors
were advertised on Wednesday for bidding
on the Grand Bahama complex and in late
August for the Marsh Harbour, Abaco facili-
ly

The $17 million, approximately 65,000 sq ft

Freeport complex, designed by Donald Dean }
of the Architects Incorporated, will house the ;
Customs and Immigration Departments, Edu- }
cation, the Passport Office and Data Process-

ing

and the Post Office.

Contractors wishing to bid on the Marsh ;
Harbour complex were to collect pre-qualifi- ;
cation documents from NIB’s Clifford Darling }
Complex, Baillou Hill Road in Nassau by }
Wednesday, and submit the signed and sealed }
documents to the NIB office on or before 12 }

noon on Tuesday, September 15.

Documents for bidding on the Freeport ;
complex can be collected from the Nassau }
office or NIB’s Freeport Office, Mall Drive, }
until September 16, and should be returned to }
the respective offices on or before 12 noon on }

Wednesday, September 23.

The $19 million, approximately 50,000 sq ft :
Marsh Harbour complex, designed by Bruce }
Lafleur of Bruce Lafleur and Associates, will }
house major government offices and depart- }
ments, including the Prime Minister’s Office, ;
the Ministry of Finance and the Public Trea- }
sury, Business Licence and Real Property Tax, }
the National Insurance Board, Tourism, Cus- }
toms and Immigration, Magistrate’s Courts, }

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nobody seems to be aware or interested.”

After seeing the photos, Bahamas Reef
Environment Educational Foundation
(BREEF) executive director Casuarina
McKinney said this kind of run-off is “very
damaging” to the marine environment, par-
ticularly to sensitive ecosystems such sea-
grass beds and coral reefs.

“Coral reefs in particular are dependent
on clear water to thrive and support fish-
eries, tourism and the reef’s function as a
barrier to protect islands from storm surges,”
she said.

“Buffers of native plants along the coast-
line serve to protect land from the sea during
storm events, and they also help block the
run-off of sediment into the sea. In many
places, this vegetative buffer has been
removed to make way for roads and build-
ings. The impact beyond the scope of the
actual development is often not visible until
we experience the sort of heavy rains that we
have had in the past few days.

“There is a clear need for better land use
practices that will restrict clear-cutting of
trees on land. This can be done by limiting
the clear-cutting to the footprint of the build-



THE ‘RIVER OF MUD’ flowing from the high-end
residential development.

ing only, rather than clearing the entire lot,
and enforcing these mandates.

“BREEF is certainly very concerned about
the amount of land-clearing along the coast.”

ReEarth president Sam Duncombe said
all developers of coastline projects should be
made to build retaining walls and pave roads
before work starts.

Mrs Duncombe said she knows of several
areas along West Bay Street where this “silt-
ing” is occurring every time it rains.

“This is directly affecting the seven-mile
barrier reef which runs along the western
coastline. Silt smothers the reefs communi-
ties off shore, destroys the reefs, which pro-
tect the shoreline from storm surges affect-
ing the coastline, and in this case the roads
adjacent to the shoreline.”

The Tribune contacted Caves Point Devel-
opment in connection with the matter a few
minutes before 5pm yesterday. An employ-
ee said the only person able to speak on the
matter had left for the day, but could be
contacted for comment today.
















































FUNERAL SERVICE FOR

Mlwitet Mle Lewie Cogpet

42, of Raleigh, North Carolina and formerly of Forbes Hill, Litthe
Exuma will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2004; 11i0a.m at
Church of God of Prophecy, 1200 5, State Street, North Carolina
USA. CHliciating. will be Bixhaw Roosevelt Ashford, Bishop
Solomon L. Huns, Bishop Cervin McKinnon, Bishop Usekah

B, Cooper Se, 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 who knew and loved Pastor Cooper (aka “Ms. Baby"),
including:

Ome Sater: Emmaline Taylor of Long Island, Bahamas.

Eight Sons: Sidney (& Nora] of Nassau Bahamas, Dr,
Roland (& Dr. Afua Boaten Cooper) of Atlanta
Genrgin, Bishop Uszziah (& Minister Aphiradite) at
New Jersey, Eulon (& Betty) of Chicage, Trevor (&
Arlene) of Exurma; George (& Synthia) of Nassau,
arial 1. Chester Cooper (& Cecillia}) of Nassau,
Balas.

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 ot West Palm

Beach, Fl, Mary Cooper and Sharkute ( & Dwight)
Young of Raleigh MoC., Dorcas (& Alvin) Johnson of
Nassau, Bahamas and Sylvia € ‘ooper of Nashville TN.
Predeceased Chikiren: Maxine Turner, Princess Cooper
and Truman (Cooper Sr, predeceased her,

Grand Children including: Jacqueline, Shavaughn &
Sherman Musgrove, Prince & Dr, Shauna Cooper, Ueziah
Ir., D'Angelo, Llewellyn & Andrometa Cooper, Diandrea
White, SPC Leavander (& Nicole) and De Ashlee Checks,
Adam & Arlett Johnson, Stacy Wilder (8 Joseph},
Trushell, Truman Ir., Priscilla, Trevor Jr., Tremella,
Gabria, Hanna, & Brianah Cooper, Raquel & Romeka
Young and 1. Chelsea Cooper. Numerous others
including: Carl, Cheryl, Malvese, Yvette and Citi
Cooper, Pam fohnson, Barron, Fenton, Anthony,

Cory, Deon, Owen, Vanessa Cooper; Lillian

Cooper, Marina, Linda, Esther, May. Deborah,

Zelmac, Michelle, Deloris, Tony, Eleanor,

leffrey Turner, Marilyn, Christine, Mivia

(& Aishop Raymond Wells), Alma, Latoya

and Tiffany Knowles; Curlene, Cheneake,

Sindea, Kendra, Charles, Anthony, Arthur

amd Cordell Wallace,

Numerous Great-Grand Children incloding:

Tanisha (Deshay), Adriyel, Micajah (Jayden),

“ion, Zachary, Deshannun, Brooklyn, and Ariania.

Sisters-In-Laws: Dolly Cooper, Beatrice and

Lenor Gib.

Nieces and Nephews: Including Alfred, Herbert, David,

John, Simeon, Alan, and Hilton Taylor; Annamae Taylor,

Caneiyn Ferguson, Kati Toote, Benjamin and Samuel Moss: Eric

‘Taylor, Rev. farses, Jeremiah and Rebecca Sweeting; Livingstone Bodie,

Philip and Howard Taylor, Robert Musgrove, Geneva Stubbs, Hazel Watkins,

Susan Ferguson, Violet Taylor, “Lil Rose Bell, Della Ferguson, Winifred Turnquest,
Walter Burrows, Unamae Taylor Bethel, Melson Taylor, Lucille Brown, Roselyn Taylor,
Barbara Sweeting, Natalie Sweeting and Christine Taylor.

Pastor Cooper was equally loved by a host of other relatives & friends, including,
Cheryl Ranger & family. Zelma Nixon, Rev. Irene Coakley, Rev. Dr. Reuben Cooper.
Pastor Herbert Taylor 1] & family of Georgetown Exuma, The Saunders family of
Exuma, The Edgecombe Family, and the Community of Deadman's Cay Long Island,
The Cooper, Sears, Bullard, Bridgewater, Clarke, Ferguson, Dames & Morley families
of Exuma. The entire Island of Exuma and the Church of Good of Prophecy family in
the Bahamas and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Special Thanks: To the entire medical team at Holy Name Hospital. Bergenfield, NJ
especially Or. Karen Lee. Also Sister Mary and the entire tear at Compassionate Care
Hospice, jersey City, NI. Also the entire medical team in Raleigh, NC who ensured
that mam received the bers possible Care over ine VEdrs.

Many thanks to our many friends & colleagues who offered prayers, condolences and
kind gestures during this time of our bereavement.

Friends may pay their last respects at Lori Chappells Funeral Home GPL,
1500 Garner Rd, Suite A, Raleigh, NC, 27610.

Doctors Hospital specialist
to give Swine Flu update

DR SHEENA ANTONIO,
internal medicine specialist and
a clinical director at Doctors
Hospital with responsibility for
the Medical Surgical Unit, will
update Bahamians on H1N1,
commonly known as swine flu,
during the Bank of the
Bahamas (BOB) Medline
Health Expo on Saturday at the
Sheraton, Cable Beach.

“With schools recently
resuming, the concern about
HIN1 swine flu has skyrocket-
ed. With that in mind, we want-
ed to add a presentation to our
extensive programme on health
matters and we are very grateful
to Doctors Hospital for answer-
ing the call and inviting Dr
Antonio, who is well-informed
and well-respected within the
medical community where she
practices both privately and rep-
resents the hospital to update
the public,” said Vaughn
Delaney, deputy managing
director of BOB.

The bank, which recently
introduced the medical payment
solution, BOB Medline Visa, is
sponsoring the event, bringing
together leading physicians, sur-
geons and medical experts from
the Bahamas and South Florida.

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The talk on the HIN1 virus is
expected to be a hot topic,
according to Mr Delaney.

“Officials at the Centres for
Disease Control (CDC) in the
US have predicted that up to
half the population of the US
could contract the swine flu in
the coming year and somewhere
between 30,000 and 90,000 per-
sons are expected to die from
it,” said Mr Delaney.

“Those are very alarming fig-
ures. We feel it is very impor-
tant that we make as many
Bahamians as possible aware of
what they can do to protect
themselves and their families,
and people also want the latest
information on when a vaccine
is likely to be available in the
Bahamas.”

The presentation on swine
flu will take place in the Shera-
ton’s Independence Ballroom
at 10.30am.

Other presentations include
Dr Daniel Shedid of the Cleve-
land Clinic Florida speaking on
spinal stenosis, diagnosis and
minimally invasive treatment at
11.15am.

At the same time, in a dif-
ferent room, Dr Judith Hurley
of the University of Miami
Health Systems will address
breast cancer in the Bahamas.

At 12.15pm, there are pre-
sentations by Dr Barry Russell
of the Bahamas Orthodontic
Centre, who will discuss the new
Damon system that is revolu-
tionising orthodontics, and by
Dr Juan Bolivar of the Miami
Children’s Hospital, discussing
cardiology.

“There is also very keen
interest in the new Da Vinci
Robotic Surgery technique, so
we are extremely pleased that
we have three experts from
Broward General Medical Cen-
tre presenting on that topic at
1.45pm,” said Mr Delaney.

At the same time, in another
private area, local expert Dr
Robin Roberts, a leading figure
in the fight against prostate can-
cer, will speak on men’s health.

At 2.45pm, there will be pre-
sentations by Dr Conville
Brown, founder of the Medical
Pavilion, home of the Heart
Centre and the Cancer Centre
Bahamas, will address the topic
of the healthy heart, and Mr
Michael Thorpe of the South
Florida-based CMI South will
address magnetic imaging
(MRI).

The last presentation of the
day titled “It is important to
know your numbers” will be
conducted by Dr Teresa Iribar-
ren of Baptist Health South
Florida.

More than 40 booths will
offer health and wellness infor-
mation, “literally on subjects
from head to toe,” said Mr
Delaney.

There also will be free blood
pressure, cholesterol and BMI
(body mass index) screenings,
a blood drive and numerous
giveaways, including two free
weekend stays at the luxurious
Opera Suites and Marina on
Biscayne Bay in Miami. The
Expo is open to the public with-
out charge from 10am to
4.30pm.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



Attempted armed

robhery victim's

family appeal for

blood donations

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net_}

THE family of the man }
shot in an attempted armed
robbery of Dean’s Building :
Supplies on Saturday after- }
noon are appealing to any- :
one who can donate blood }
to visit Doctors Hospital as :
he is in “dire need” of fresh

supplies.

Alexander Dean, 23, was }
shot in the abdomen and the :
back when a dread-locked }
gunman and an accomplice :
burst into Mr Dean’s family- ;
run hardware store on Park- }
gate Road and demanded }

cash.

around 3pm.

Mr Dean had to undergo }
spinal surgery as a result of :
the wound in his back.
While he is now in stable :
condition, doctors warned }

that he could be crippled.

The bullet in his abdomen
is scheduled to be removed ;

today.

assistance from the public.

Police press liaison offi- }
cer Walter Evans said: “We :
are seeking the help of resi- }
dents in the area or anyone }
who may have been passing
the Parkgate Road area and :
noticed two men running, to ;
contact us at telephone }
numbers 919, 502-9991, 322- }
3816, or call Crime Stoppers :

on 328-TIPS (8477).”

Assistant Superintendent :
Evans said the dreadlocked }
gunman was wearing a:
white shirt and blue jeans. :

No description of the sec- : :
: unveiled to the press its new-

ond man was provided.

The shooting came a little } : ;
over two weeks after moth- } for the country’s murder vic-
er of three Wendy Bullard :
was brutally gunned down }
in front of her place of work. :

Ms Bullard, 34, was shot }
in the face when two:
masked men held up 21st :
Century Steel Welding Lim- }
ited off Royal Palm Street, :
just several yards south of

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! respect, the sanctity of life
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Church.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



The men fled the store on
foot after the shooting at :

Police are hunting the two
criminals and calling for ;



Infant discovered
alone in locked van

By AVA TURNQUEST

A CROWD gathered yester-
day afternoon when a security
guard discovered an infant alone
in a locked van in the parking
lot of the Town Centre Mall’s
Cost Rite entrance.

Top Class chief of security
Darren Stubbs said that he was
horrified when he discovered a
young baby dangling out of a
rear-facing car seat in the pas-
senger seat of what he described
as a gray Astro van.

He was making his rounds
when he noticed that the vehicle
was on, but appeared to be emp-
ty. Upon closer inspection, he
noticed what appeared to be a
baby boy screaming inside.

"The car seat was in an awk-
ward position," Mr Stubbs said,
"the baby was strapped in but
his lower body was hanging out
to the side with his upper body
still secured in the seat.”

Mr Stubbs immediately radioed his control
centre, which asked the information desk to make
an announcement over the PA based on infor-
mation gathered from the vehicle's registration

sticker.

Mr Stubbs said he did not remember to get
the plate number, however, because he was so

focused on rescuing the baby.

The control centre made an emergency call to
the police, while Mr Stubbs worked frantically to

find a way inside the van.

"All doors were locked except for the back
hatch; I climbed in through there and unlocked
the doors. After I took the baby out I gave him to
a woman that had been assisting me.”

Mr Stubbs and concerned customers then wait-

Murder victims
TWEE)
UMC

By AVA TURNQUEST

THE New Covenant Bap-
tist Church yesterday

ly constructed memorial wall

tims.

Bishop Simeon Hall,
senior pastor of the church,
said the wall and its promi-
nent location — facing Inde-
pendence Drive — will serve
as a physical reminder to the

public of those killed through

acts of violence, “forcing
everyone to acknowledge,

death.”

"By posting the names of
murdered persons we will
hopefully achieve three
things; we'd like to commis-
erate with their families,
underscore the precious gift
of life, and we pray that the

wall will impose on viewers,
possibly deterring someone

from committing murder,”
he said.

Construction of the wall
cost around $1,500 — money
the church considers well
Spent.

The seven sq ft concrete

wall will be able to hold the

names of 100 victims on each
side along with the dates of
their deaths.

Bishop Hall said he is con-
fident that the wall will play a
significant part in highlight-
ing the tragedy of murder in
the Bahamas.

"It can be said that for



TOP CLASS chief of security
Darren Stubbs explains to a
Tribune reporter how he dealt with
the situation yesterday.

ed for what he estimates to be
about 30 to 45 minutes before a
woman who appeared to be in
her early 40s, assisted by a pack-
ing employee, came out of the
mall carrying groceries.

"She went to the vehicle, then
after noticing the baby wasn't
there, she immediately started
back toward the store. It was at
this time that the lady holding
the baby and I were approach-
ing her.”

The lady explained that she
had just run into the store for
some mayonnaise, Mr Stubbs
said, adding however that he
noticed she had more than a few
groceries with her.

When questioned further, the
woman reportedly stated that
there was no one who could
mind the child for her.

Mr Stubbs said that he began
to lecture the woman sternly
about the dangers of leaving a
baby in a vehicle, but she wanted

to leave the scene as quickly as possible.

He said she left shortly before the police
arrived on the scene.

Mr Stubbs said that what disturbed him most

about the incident was that the back hatch of the

van was left open.
"Many women leave their handbags in the car

or their doors open in this parking lot, and there

are a lot of vagrants and undesirables that just
wait and search cars or even break in," he warned.

“Luckily I was making my rounds at the time;

BISHOP SIMEON HALL of the
New Covenant Baptist Church
stands at the wall.

every murder there can be
up to 150 affected persons,"
he said.

Bishop Hall said his time
spent chairing the National
Advisory Council on Crime
was a huge influence on his
fervor for this project.

He said he laments the fact
that Bahamians have become
desensitised to murder and
often disassociate themselves
from the victims and persons
affected.

The New Covenant Bap-
tist Church invites the public
to attend the official unveil-
ing of the wall on Sunday,
September 27, at 1.15pm
after their morning service.
At that time the church will
have affixed the current list
of victims and constructed a
sign that will sit atop the wall.

Families of murder victims
are encouraged to send in the
names of their loved one so
that they can be added to the
wall at no cost to them, space
permitting.

The murder count cur-
rently stands at 57 for the
year.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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

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Bitter opposition faces Obama

ATLANTA — You could learn near-
ly as much about the health care reform
situation in Congress by just watching
President Obama’s speech to the com-
bined House and Senate as by listening
to it.

Not that the president fell short. He
clearly lined out what is in and what is
not in the proposals supported by the
administration — separating the wheat
from the summer’s accumulation of
chaff, the wild lies, Internet rumours
and manufactured misinformation.

He made a strong case not only for
the economic necessity for reform but
also for the moral imperative to pro-
vide decent health coverage for all
Americans and to protect consumers
from insurance company abuses and the
bankruptcy that too often results from
serious illness.

Obama continued as well to hold the
way open to compromise if proposals
put forward in its name would accom-
plish the broad reforms that are essential
if America’s overly costly, underper-
forming health system is to be put aright
for the long run and not just patched
up a bit here and there to keep it from
immediate collapse.

But the TV cameras showed what the
president is up against — a Congress
not just deeply sundered along party
lines but an opposition so bitter that
one of its members heckled Obama as if
the president were a lounge act in a low-
rent nightclub.

We are accustomed from watching
State of the Union addresses to seeing
the members of a president’s party often
cheer while members of the other party
sit mute. OK. That goes with a two-par-
ty system.

But even Obama’s call for repairs that
many Republicans themselves have
called for — making health insurance
available to persons now disqualified
by actually needing it, protecting policy
holders from being dumped by their
insurers for daring to fall seriously ill

— drew no GOP recognition. Cameras
panning the Republican muster caught
frequent sneers and forlorn headshakes.
At moments when the president’s
address seemed strongest, House Minor-
ity Leader John Boehner of Ohio
looked like a soured hangman whose
victim had been snatched away by
reprieve.

Republicans cheered only when Oba-
ma said he would carry out his prede-
cessor’s plan to let selected states test
various schemes for holding down mal-
practice lawsuits and arguably exces-
sive awards. Tort reform has long been
a GOP enthusiasm, not because the
costs are a major cause of rising health
costs — they aren’t, though they can be
killers for individual physicians — but as
a step toward broadly shielding corpo-
rations from liability awards.

It has been plain for weeks that the
Republican leadership decided early on
that their party’s prospects would be
best served by strangling the Obama
presidency in its infancy and to do that
by promoting misinformation and incit-
ing confusion to prevent health care
reform.

The GOP’s poor-me lamentations of
bipartisanship tendered and rejected
are belied by the party’s abandonment
even of proposals from its own members
— sensible end-of-life planning between
patients and their doctors, health care
co-ops instead of a public plan — once
Democrats accept them or even show
interest.

Perhaps President Obama will have
inspired a few Republicans to give the
plain national interest a second thought.
We'll see. If not, hope he at least
retrieved enough of a wavering public
from its capture by hysterics shouting
“socialism” and scaring Medicare
patients with lies so that Democrats will
be stiffened to do the job on their own.

(This article was written by Tom
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Business is advised to
“brace” for an increase of 2 per
cent on the payroll tax (aka
income tax). The tax rate in
2010 is slated to rise to 10.8 per
cent. The wage ceiling rises
from $400 to $600.

An example of the effect of
the increases on a small com-
pany with three employees fol-
lows:

At the current tax rate of
8.8 per cent on wages with the
cap at $400 per week the tax is
$5,500 per annum. When the
wage ceiling is raised from $400
to $600 and the tax rate
increased to 10.8 per cent the
annual combined payment to
NIB becomes $10,100 per
annum; an 84 per cent
increase!

Such an increase will have
unintended harmful conse-
quences. Most Bahamian busi-
nesses have already been lay-
ing-off employees in line with
falling income. The growing
numbers of unemployed will
join the line-up for Unemploy-
ment Insurance, the pro-
gramme government enacted
earlier this year in a fit of unsus-
tainable altruism.

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The tax increase coupled
with the Unemployment Bene-
fits programme sets in motion a
vicious cycle of tax increases to
support the newly unemployed
whose numbers increase as a
consequence of the previous
tax increase.

Does this make sense? Well
yes, if a welfare state is a
desired end, and government
expansion the means to the
end. The unemployed are non-
contributors. Increasing unem-
ployment results in a decrease
in contributions to NIB. There-
fore a tax increase that leads to
job loss undermines the objec-
tive of the increase intended to
guarantee the viability of the
Fund in the future.

To increase taxes in a slow-
ing economy takes resources
from producers when they are
needed most. In the best of
times taxes are disincentives for
economic expansion, in the
worst of times they are destruc-
tive to businesses struggling to
survive.

The NIB Fund as a ready
source for government bor-
rowing is a kind of candy store
to indulge the government’s
sweet tooth for spending. Per-
haps the “ready” money
explains ridiculous amounts
spent on projects like the
$36,000 for each of 6 round-
abouts for the Beauty Pageant
— if the numbers reported in the
press are correct.

Out of debt out of danger is
an old proverb that says it all. It
applies to personal debt as well
as to the liabilities of business
and government. The danger
to the value of the Bahamian
Dollar by the growing debt
affects everyone and cannot be
ignored. Tax rates and policies
that increase costs undermine
businesses the major source of
income needed to reduce the
debt. Business is advised to
“brace” itself for tax increases
yet government exempts itself
from responsible actions that
would have made a tax increase
unnecessary. There is some-
thing tragically wrong with that.

THE NASSAU
INSTITUTE
Nassau,
September 9, 2009.

It’s time to honour cultural icon Kayla
Lockhart-Edwards in a meaningful way

EDITOR, The Tribune.

What are we waiting for? Kayla Lockhart-
Edwards, a cultural icon has passed for a while
now and many still have sadness in their hearts
for the great loss experienced. We have lost a
magnificent human being. What are we going to
do to celebrate this beautiful, extraordinarily tal-
ented lady who always spoke positive things and
who was the epitome of a professional enter-

tainer par excellence.

It is no secret that Kayla has made invaluable
contributions to the Bahamas locally and inter-
nationally. She has distinguished herself in the
field of culture that will be hard to surpass. She
influenced many to enter the field of music and
theatre who have also gone on to become giants

in their own right.

oured in a significant way. How come nothing has
been discussed yet towards this end?

I believe that the singular honour should be to
rename the Centre For the performing Arts, The
Kayla Lockhart-Edwards Centre for the Per-
forming Arts. This is the least that could be done
for a lady who has given her life toward making
the Bahamas a better place through her perfor-
mances as a TV producer, conductor, song writer,
soloist, performer, ambassador, international

artist, mentor and friend to many. Who else can

lay claim to so many achievements in one life-
time. Kayla was a national treasure.

We usually drag our feet with everything, but
egos aside, bureaucracy aside, let us do the right
thing. This needs no consultation. There should
be an overwhelming groundswell of support for

this idea. At least it should clear our consciences.

Kayla was a class act and has set the bar so high

that it would be hard for anyone to equal her
performance in musicals and many onstage per-
formances. She has done sufficient to be hon-

Nassau,

IVOINE W INGRAHAM

September, 2009.

Rising food prices are a serious concern

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Food prices are rising a lot
faster than what the Depart-
ment of Statistics seems to be
able to report and it certainly
has to be a serious concern as in
the US their food prices are
declining.

I shop around — simply the
highest priced group of stores is
City Meat — next is Solomon’s
Super Centre then Robin Hood
and the cheapest on average is
Super Value Food Stores.

Both City Meat and Super
Value give stamps so there is a
balancing to an extent there but
City Meat is streets more
expensive.

Why is bread going up and
up? Why is aluminum foil going
up and up? Why is there such a

difference on meat prices and
bananas, as common as
bananas?

All prices should have come
down as BEC is far from as
high as last summer but that
does not show in the prices?

It seems no longer retailers
need to price items or that
seems to what is allowed at the
scanning stores so if you don’t
check the prices carefully you
can be over-charged. I did not
hear that Consumer Affairs has
dropped this requirement?
Remember the lowest price is
the only price you can be
charged.

I read today in The Tribune
about City Meat and their
financing; I must sigh here as
it really has been going on for a
long time. When is this charade

seemingly going to stop and
stop finally with full disclosure?
Why does the Board of Direc-
tors refuse to publish their
annual reports? What has their
external auditors got to do with
them finding new equity financ-
ing?

The 20 per cent that you
report surely that is simply the
required input from their exist-
ing shareholders and the other
80 per cent is still unresolved
but they are asking RBC to
provide? RBC has either said
yes or refused as it is too risky it
Is as simple as that — why is
City Meat not being transpar-
ent?

SHEPARD SMITH
Nassau,
August 24, 2009.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS

New US Ambassador

praises the Bahamas

NEWLY sworn-in United
States Ambassador to the



Bahamas Nicole Avant
praised the country for the
role it plays in helping the US
protect its “third border.”

“In the area of regional
security, the Bahamas plays a
critical role in working togeth-
er with us to monitor and pro-
tect our third border. There is
no better example of multi-
agency, multi-national coop-
eration than the success of
Operation Bahamas Turks and
Caicos — OPBAT - which has
for 25 years significantly
reduced the deadly flow of ille-
gal drugs through the
Bahamas and ultimately to our
children in the United States,”
she said.

Ms Avant was sworn in as
the 13th US Ambassador to
the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas by US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton in Wash-
ington, DC, on Wednesday.

Ms Avant is expected to
present her letters of credence
to Governor General Arthur
Hanna in October.

Confidence

In her swearing in remarks,
Ms Avant thanked President
Barack Obama for his contin-
ued faith and confidence in
her. She said that she is hon-
oured to have the opportunity
to serve in the Bahamas and
advance the existing close and
mutually beneficial partner-
ship.

Ms Avant noted that
beyond the geographic prox-
imity, the US and the
Bahamas share a commitment
to democratic ideals, the rule
of law and strategic interests
that span issues of regional
security, economic and social
progress, energy security and
stewardship of the environ-
ment.

She said that this strong
relationship has been
described by the leaders of
both nations as “excellent.”
Her mission, she said, is to
keep it that way.

Ms Avant said that from an
early age she has benefitted
from the wonderful influence
of her parents, entertainment
industry legend Clarence
Avant and philanthropist,



The — following

Ms. Arnette Rahming

Jacqueline Avant. Their pas-
sion for philanthropy, politics
and culture left an indelible
mark upon her.

Her parents, she said, have
instilled in her and her broth-
er, Alex, the importance of
using their talents to learn, to
mentor, to uplift and to serve -
in any way possible.

She said that she has strived
to follow in their footsteps and
eagerly awaits the opportunity
to apply the lessons she has
learned; service to ideals and
principles; service on behalf of
the economically disadvan-
taged and children in need.

Ms Avant has worked tire-
lessly to mobilise and engage
the younger generation
towards greater charitable and
political involvement. She said
she is committed to and pas-
sionate about children and
ensuring that the less fortu-
nate and disabled are given
every opportunity for educa-
tion and equal access to mean-
ingful employment.

Most recently, Ms Avant
served as vice-president of
Interior Music Publishing and
Avant Garde Music Publish-
ing (1998-2009) and was the
Southern California Finance
Co-Chairwoman of the Barack
Obama Presidential Cam-
paign.

In her professional capacity,
Ms Avant served as an acade-
mic counsellor at the Neigh-
borhood Academic Initiative,
a University of Southern Cali-
fornia mentorship programme
for high school students that
provided full academic schol-
arships as well as daily guid-
ance and direction in social
behavior and responsibility.

For a number of years, Ms
Avant actively served as a
board member for the follow-
ing organisations: Best Bud-
dies International, a global vol-
unteer movement that creates
opportunities for one-to-one
friendships, integrated employ-
ment and leadership develop-
ment for people with intellec-
tual and developmental dis-
abilities; The Bogart Pediatric
Research Programme, which
raises vital funds to support
early stage pediatric cancer
research at the Bogart labora-
tories located at Children’s
Hospital Los Angeles.

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Activists call on government to
‘improve dog pound conditions

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

ANIMAL rights activists are
calling on the government to
improve “horrific” conditions
at the dog pound and invest in
canine control services.

Former president of Animals
Require Kindness (ARK) Jane

i Mather told The Tribune how

ARK worked with the pound
to train staff in compassionate

care and euthanising of animals,
; but the standard of practices

declined when ARK backed
out.

Ms Mather, current president
of Advocates for Animal
Rights, said: “When I first went
in there it was such a horrific
situation that I contacted the
government and asked if we
could get these guys trained.

“There was a dog there with
half its face blown off, which
they left until Friday to
euthanise.

“They would put puppies to
sleep in front of their mother,
and then put her to sleep on top
of them. They were euthanis-
ing one puppy they left the nee-
dle in the heart, while it was
alive, to answer the phone.

“And then they would load
all the dead dogs into the back
of a truck on Fridays and dump
them at the government land-
fill.”

ARK provided traps, med-
ication, staff uniforms and more
to help improve the state of the

pound, and Ms Mather went
; with a group of staff from the

Canine Control Unit to a similar
unit in Broward County, Flori-
da, where they learned how to
catch, handle and euthanise ani-
mals in a humane way.

When a consultant from

Broward County visited the
} pound in Nassau in 1993 he said

he was “shocked and truly dis-
turbed” by the conditions there,
and ranked it as the “worst” he
had seen in the 18 years he had

: worked in the field.

Ms Mather said: “When I was
there it was okay, but as soon as
somebody stopped going the

CONCERNS have been raised over “lie ofo}e) ait

place reverted back to its old
ways, and they wouldn’t let me
in anymore.

“They don’t catch the dogs
that really need to be caught,
it’s other people that do that.
These are the ones that are easy
to catch so it’s no big deal.

“It really needs to be dealt
with.”

Poor conditions at the pound
were highlighted by a young vis-
itor to the site last month.

14-year-old Kirsh Duncombe
was so horrified by the way ani-
mals are treated at the pound,
he wrote to The Tribune to
make public the horror of see-
ing a dead dog locked in a cage
with a live one, animals starved
of food and water and unsani-
tary conditions.

Tribune staff then visited the
pound in the Botanical Gar-
dens, Chippingham Road, but
were refused entry, and the
Department of Agriculture and
Marine Resources has still not

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given Tribune staff permission
to tour the pound.

Agriculture Minister Larry
Cartwright said: “It’s normally
off limits because they bring in
dogs from the streets who could





have all sorts of diseases.”

He maintains the 14-year-old
schoolboy and his group had
“bragged” their way in “under
false pretenses” as they said
they were working for the
Bahamas Humane Society next
door.

A statement was due to be
released by the Department last
week, but had still not been
received before press time yes-
terday.

Mr Cartwright said: “Once
the statement has been issued I
am sure the understanding pub-
lic will realise that it’s not a
tourist attraction, it’s not a place
where you can take anybody.

“It’s cleaned on a daily basis
but it needs some minor repairs
and cleaning up, and IJ think it
would be naive of us to say that
everything is in tip-top shape
because it’s not, we are human
beings working there. .. need I
say more?”

Mr Cartwright said he would
inquire about allowing Tribune
staff permission to tour the
pound.

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FORMER Parliamentarian
Claudius Leander Minnis,
hailed as "an outstanding no-
nonsense son of the Bahamian
soil” who loved his family, God
and church, was laid to rest on
Wednesday.

The three-hour state-recog-
nised funeral services at St
Barnabas Anglican Church,
conducted by Fathers Michael
Maragh and Carlton Turner,
drew hundreds of mourners
from across the social and polit-
ical spectrum.

The service reflected on the
life of Mr Minnis in special trib-
utes, music led by St Barnabas
Senior Choir, prayers and scrip-
ture readings.

Governor General Arthur
Hanna said, “all of us of what-
ever political persuasion know
of the valuable contribution of
Mr Leander Minnis to our peo-
ple and our homeland and are
particularly saddened by his
passing.”

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham described Mr Minnis
as a “good and decent man."

He said Mr Minnis was
among those crusaders who
made a “significant contribu-
tion to the movement for
Majority Rule in the Bahamas”
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THE CASKET T bearing the body of former Parliamentarian Leader Minnis is taken by official pallbearers to

Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

and country well.

“He also contributed signifi-
cantly to his political party in
and out of season and gained
the respect of his colleagues as
well as those on the other side
of the political divide.

“A successful businessman
who entered the political arena,
Mr Minnis earned a reputation
for trustworthiness and was
made a trustee of the Progres-
sive Liberal Party,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

Following the service, offi-
cial pallbearers and a colour
party of Police and Defence
Forces officers placed the cas-
ket bearing Mr Minnis’ body
into the official hearse and pro-
ceeded to Lakeview Memorial
Gardens Mausoleum for inter-
ment.

Mr Minnis was appointed to
the Senate in October 1973 and
made chairman of the Town
Planning Committee.

In 1977, he was elected
Member of Parliament for the

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A SPECIAL memorial for James
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known British radio personality,
will be held today at 6.30pm at the
Holy Cross Anglican Church in
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Mr Klass, who spent most of his
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SC McPherson: a bright
light on a hill of despair

YOUNG MAN’S VIEW
|

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

Champions do not become
champions when they win the
event, but in the hours, weeks,
months and years they spend
preparing for it. The victorious
performance itself is merely the
demonstration of their champi-
onship character.

— T. Alan Armstrong—an
excerpt from last week’s edi-
tion of SC McPherson newslet-
ter to teachers “From the prin-
cipal’s desk.”

LAST Friday, I bid farewell
to my comrades at the SC
McPherson Junior High school
as I departed the school and my
beloved students to pursue my
law studies. Today, with all of
the issues facing the educational
system, SC McPherson contin-
ues to stand out as a bright light
on a hill of despair.

It is unambiguous to state
that the pursuit of a tertiary edu-
cation is not only a path to fur-
ther enlightenment, but also to
advanced qualifications and a
greater sense of self and aware-
ness about our societies.

Growing up as a youngster in
the Bahamas (Long Island), I
took a keen interest in the law,

ADRIAN

deciding at a tender age that
practising law would ultimately
be my career path, particularly as
the intricacies of the law, its val-
ue to organized and democratic
societies and the importance of
the law and the administration
of justice to settling disputes, con-
fronting the criminal element and
ensuring the integrity of business
and society at large. Beyond
these elements, the practice of
law also has other benefits, such
as producing prosperous citizens,
who may venture into businesses
and create jobs during these
tough economic times and who
may also positively contribute to
the political, social and judicial
strengthening of a developing
nation such as the Bahamas.
That being said, I have hardly
slept since Monday, as the study
of law is an extremely arduous,
sleepless undertaking that has a
heavy workload and requires
extensive research and reading.
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and where, like all teachers at all
other schools throughout the
country, I was confronted with
the everyday struggles that edu-
cators face, the task of courting
certain students who regularly
fail to complete homework to
embrace their after school assign-
ments, and the encumbrance of
some parents who refuse to
invest a minute in their children’s
advancement.

In 2005, I began my journey in
education by completing my
teaching practice and certifica-
tion at SC McPherson. Upon
being hired as a public servant, I
was posted to the LW Young
Junior High school. Although I
made lifelong friends at LW
Young and had fulfilling experi-
ences, I requested a transfer to
SC McPherson, as I was relocat-
ing to western New Providence
and had desired to continue
under the tutelage of Mrs
Antoinette Storr (then principal)
with whom I had developed a
good relationship. Mrs Storr,
then the school’s very progres-
sive principal had also requested
my return, and was foremost in
ensuring that I attained the coop-
eration and reassurance that I
would need to pass teaching
practice with flying colours. I did
just that—earning an A! While
completing my teaching practice
exercise at SC, Mrs Storr and her
administration and staff went
above and beyond to ensure that
I was not hampered and that I
had all the supplies and neces-
sary paraphernalia needed to
excel.

Upon my return to SC as a
member of staff, I realised that
the hardworking teachers had
cultivated a positive school cli-
mate, and that the institution was
a pilot school for much of the
Ministry of Education’s (MOE)

initiatives. Furthermore, the prin-
cipal and teaching staff had insti-
tuted a summer and after-school
programme to attend to the
remedial needs of slower stu-
dents.

Although Mrs Storr has now
retired from the public service
and moved on to become a vice-
principal at St John’s College and
proprietor of a state-of-the-art
pre-school in Pinewood
(Shalom), what enticed me to SC
was what I’ve come to appreciate
as “Storr’s policy.” As a stern
disciplinarian, she constantly
patrolled the campus (with a
cane) and consistently encour-
aged students to succeed. I also
came to admire her hard-line
approach to fostering parental
involvement in instances such as
those when parents did not col-
lect their children’s report cards
and were nudged to do so as she
refused to permit students to
attend classes unless the report
cards were collected—and that
approach quickly yielded results.

SC McPherson’s new princi-
pal, Mrs Dorothy Kemp, has also
brought an innovative, technol-
ogy savvy approach to conduct-
ing school affairs and keeping
teachers informed of school
activities, MOE promotional
exercises and so on.

Although SC is today faced
with having to accommodate
throngs of students—some 1400,
particularly in these rough eco-
nomic times when many parents
are withdrawing their children
from private institutions—SC
McPherson’s teachers continue
to aspire to offer first-class edu-
cation that has become synony-
mous with the institution.
Frankly, everyone seems to want
to send their child to SC these
days!

It must also be noted that sev-
eral of the brightest students pro-
duced by SC McPherson have
been lured away from the public
school system—upon complet-
ing grade nine—by scholarships
offered by private schools such as
St Andrews. Credit for much of
the top grades at schools such as
St Andrews in next year’s nation-
al exams must be given to SC

McPherson’s hardworking fac-
ulty, who nurtured and laid the
foundation for these students and
also exposed them to effective
teaching and reading method-
ologies.

Today, the administration and
teachers at this outstanding
school continue to dig in their
shallow pockets and make per-
sonal sacrifices to ensure that
their students have lunch and/or
the basic resources to function
in a classroom.

In the wake of my traffic acci-
dent and subsequent eye surgery
earlier this year, many of SC
McPherson’s teachers and stu-
dents rendered unfaltering sup-
port, whether by diligently and
caringly visiting me as I recuper-
ated, writing wonderful get-well
notes, sending gifts and fruit bas-
kets and/or tirelessly substitut-
ing for me in my absence. I thank
you all!

In most schools, the school
population is divided into various
groupings known as houses.
When I left for law school, I was
the year head/house coordinator
for “Wahoo House”—for whom
I will keep my fingers crossed in
hopes that they win most of the
school’s events this year. And, I
will always be rooting for SC
McPherson from the sidelines.

Moreover, most importantly,
I would like to thank and bid
farewell to the best, most out-
spoken and driven department
at SC McPherson—the social

studies department, of which I
was a part. Special note must be
made of the members of this very
industrious department—wise
and assiduous Ms Ceyola Coak-
ley, diligent Ms Paula Clarke,
well organised Ms Brickell
Brown, tenacious and unswerv-
ing Ms Kayren Belle, determined
Ms Valerie Henriquez and viva-
cious Ms Andrea Wilson-Pierre.
Special thanks must also be
extended to hardworking Ms Vil-
liane Deal, who left the depart-
ment during the summer to join
the staff at LW Young.

As an educator, I hope that I
have left a positive indelible
mark and served as a facilitator
in assisting my students with their
interpretation of the processes
of change in our society as well as
other societies around the globe.

It is my belief that I have
helped my wonderful students
to define themselves as dutiful
citizens who are capable of con-
tributing to the development of
their society over time.

Teaching has furnished me
with an abundance of great
memories and thought-provok-
ing experiences, and I hope to
continue to give back and teach
our nation’s youth. SC McPher-
son’s school song proclaims “SC
school we love you, we'll always
love you”, and no doubt, I will
always love and treasure the
time—the minor struggles and
the many highpoints—I experi-
enced in shark (mascot) territory.

More job layoffs on Grand Bahama

FROM page one

ing occupancy rates and tries to reduce

losses.

He also claimed that the hotel —
which he said is 100 per cent Bahamian
owned — was denied government assis-
tance that would have allowed the prop-
erty to maintain staffing levels.

Now, 20 more hospitality workers are
set to join the growing unemployment
line, dealing another blow to Grand
Bahama's already weakened economy.

"We put a proposal before the gov-
ernment, as they had assisted many of
the foreign owned hotels and they chose



not to assist us and we have to do what Nase Ves
we have to do," Mr Barnett told The Tri-
bune during a telephone interview from his office in Grand
Bahama yesterday.

He claimed that the hotel's proposal would save the govern-
ment more money than it would have to give out in unemploy-
ment assistance to the 20 persons who were laid off.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that while government was not
able to accept the hotel's proposal, it had assisted the Best
Western hotel in the past.

"A large number of people make proposals to government
when they have these circumstances and unfortunately it's
impossible for government to provide assistance to everybody to
the degree that they ask (but) Mr Barnett certainly knows that
we have assisted him in the past, in a whole number of areas,"
said the minister.

Grand Bahama's tourism sector has limped through several
hurricanes in the last few years, but has been crippled by the
worldwide financial crisis, which struck last year.

Said Mr Barnett: "This (the current situation) is extreme
compared to previous years. We saw declines ever since the
three hurricanes came our way, but when the economy in the
United States began to fail we felt the domino effect of that.

"This is the slowest it's been. For the 30 years I've been here
we've never had to lay of employees — of course we had to make
adjustments in schedules — but we never had to lay off employ-
ees for economic reasons," said Mr Barnett.

He explained that the 118-room property in downtown
Freeport — which caters mostly to business travellers — was
dealing with a significant fall off as many international compa-
nies cut back on unnecessary expenditure.

"People just don't have the funds to travel, we're a downtown
hotel so we do more corporate business and so they are saying
instead of travelling we're going to do conference calls."

The resort is also grappling with dwindling domestic tourism
numbers, a cornerstone of its market.

"We used to get a lot of people coming from Abaco on stay-
overs to go to the Discovery Cruise — all of that has been drop-
ping off. People just are not working, so it's these things they
have to cut back on."

Best Western currently employs 60 persons. This number will
be reduced to 40 on September 20.

The Department of Statistics recently noted that unemploy-
ment in the Bahamas jumped from 8.7 per cent last year to 14.2
per cent this year, the highest rate recorded since the early
1990s.

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SPORTS



BSF Fall calendar

FROM page 10

Christine Edmonds NP
Marvell Miller NP

Candice Smith NP

Latoya Johnson EX (Exuma)
Treke Bowleg AND (Andros
Vesna Laing GB

Pitching Coach — Spurgeon
Johnson
Trainer — Lenny Newton

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Workout Squad 2009
Bahamas Parrots

Head of Delegation — Baylor
Fernander

Head Coach — Aaron Adderley

Coaches — Delano Cartwright
/ Anthony Huyler

Ken Wood NP (New Provi-
dence)

Alcott Forbes NP
Eugene Pratt NP
Lynden Richardson GB
(Grand Bahama)

Darren Stevens NP
Thomas Davis NP
Ricardo Rolle GB
Aneko Knowles GB
Alec Rolle NP

Geron Sands NP
Desmond Rolle GB
Godfrey Burnside Jr. NP
Rickey Rolle GB
Sherman Ferguson NP
Lamar Waktins NP
Michale Thompson NP
Greg Burrows Jr. NP
Hosea Hilton ELEU
(Eleuthera)

James Clarke NP
Martin Burrows Jr. NP
Horation Green NP
Cardinal Gilbert NP
Byron Ferguson NP
Charles Carroll LI (Long
Island)

Raynaldo Russell GB
Carlos Pratt LI

Andrea Bethell ELEU
Tod Thompson AB(Abaco)

Pitching Coach — Brian Neeley

Trainer — Alphonso Pratt

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Workout Squad 2009
Bahama Marlins

Head of Delegation — Andy
Deal

(Manager)

Coaches — Martin Burrows
Sr. / Neville “Hammer”
Cartwirght

Freddie Conish NP (New
Providence)

Edney Bethel NP

Pedro Marcello LI (Long
Island)

Philip Culmer NP

Van Johnson NP
Dwayne Mackey NP
Marvin Wood NP
Angelo Dillette NP
Teran Wood NP

William Rutherford AB (Abaco)

Mario Ford NP

Lamount Charlow NP
Renaldo Rolle GB (Grand
Bahama)

Prescott Wilson GB
Jamico Sands GB

Larry Russell Jr. GB
Greg Gardiner EX (Exuma)
Jamal Johnson NP
Ramon Storr NP

Jamal Ferguson NP
Garfield Bethel NP
Desmond Dean GB
Christopher Russell AND
(Andros)

Julian Pratt LI

Lester Wallace ELEU
(Eleuthera)

Kenny Rolle AB

Orlando McPhee NP

Pitching Coach — Leroy
Thompson
Trainer - Alphonso “Chick-
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Head Coach — Perry Seymour

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J eter ties

Gehrig for |
Yankees
hit record

NEW YORK
Associated Press

DEREK JETER peeked
down at third base and saw
a huge patch of green grass.
There it is, he thought, a per-
fect opportunity to break out
of that slump.

So, he took advantage of
it. Jeter began the night with
a surprising bunt single —
and didn’t stop hitting until
he tied Lou Gehrig.

With three hits on Wednes-
day, Jeter matched the New
York Yankees record of
2,721, a mark Gehrig held by
himself for more than 70
years.

“Tt’s just kind of mind-bog-
gling to have my name next
to his,” Jeter said on the field
during a postgame television
interview pumped over the
Yankee Stadium public
address system.

New York rallied past the
Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on a
three-run homer by pinch-hit-
ter Jorge Posada in the eighth
inning. The comeback victory
made it easier for Jeter to
enjoy his accomplishment —
he tied Gehrig with a sev-
enth-inning single off rookie
starter Jeff Niemann.

“Tm happy that I was able
to do it here at home,” Jeter
said. “We had so many spe-
cial moments across the
street. Hopefully this is the
first of many memorable
moments here at the new sta-
dium.”

Moments after Posada’s
homer, Jeter received a
booming ovation as he
stepped to the plate in the
eighth with a chance to break

the record. He walked
against reliever Grant Bal-
four, bringing a loud chorus
of boos from the crowd.

The Yankees are off
Thursday. Jeter gets his next
chance to set the mark Friday
night at home against Balti-
more.

“IT wish we were playing
tomorrow,” he said.

Shut down by Niemann
most of the night, the Yan-
kees finished a four-game
sweep and sent the AL
champion Rays to their
eighth consecutive loss. It’s
their longest skid since drop-
ping eight straight in July
2007.

Already on their feet in
anticipation, fans at Yankee
Stadium let loose with a roar
when Jeter’s sharp grounder
inside the first-base line got
by a diving Chris Richard in
the seventh.

Jeter’s parents, watching
from an upstairs box between
home plate and first base,
raised their arms and
exclaimed in excitement. The
ball was saved for Jeter as a
souvenir.

“T felt proud. I got goose
bumps,” said Posada, one of
Jeter’s best buddies. “It was a
perfect moment.”

Jeter took off his helmet
and twice waved it to the
crowd of 45,848 during an
ovation that lasted about 2
minutes. Rays players and
coaches clapped as Jeter
stood at first base.

“Pm very happy for him,”
Tampa Bay manager Joe
Maddon said. “He carries
himself in a manner that’s
worthy of passing Gehrig.”

NEW YORK Yankees’
Derek Jeter hits a single
during the seventh
inning of a baseball
game against the Tam-
pa Bay Rays on
Wednesday, Sept. 9,
2009, at Yankee Stadi-
um in New York. The
hit tied Jeter with Lou
Gehrig for most hits by
a Yankee.

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SPORTS

BSF prepares for
the ‘busy season’

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Softball Federation looks to
begin implementation of its short term and
long term goals to benefit the future of the
local game and strengthen its profile on the
international stage.

The BSF is preparing for the fall section of
its calendar year in what federation execu-
tives call the "busy season.”

The most pressing matter on the upcoming
calendar is the selection of both Men's and
Ladies’ National teams to represent the coun-
try at the upcoming CAST tournament, sched-
uled for October 29th to November 1st here in
the capital.

The Federation will hold a special meeting
tonight for workout squad participants with
regards to the selection process and also plans
for the further development of the tourna-
ment.

Burket Dorsett, BSF President, outlined the
highlights of the upcoming calendar for the
Federation which features several local and
regional tournaments and concludes with an
appearance at the International Softball Fed-
eration Congress.

"The BSF will be experiencing a very busy
season in the upcoming months and it is an
exciting time for the players, fans and we in the
administration. We begin with the National
Slow Pitch Championships set for Grand
Bahama either the first weekend in October or
for the Discovery Day weekend for those
islands that play slow pitch in various cate-
gories men's, ladies and co-eds. The next event
on the calendar will be the Austin "Kingsnake"
Knowles tournament for senior boys and girls

(1) Austin Knowles High School Tournament
(for senior boys and girls) October 22nd — 24th

(2) CAST Tournament

(for men and ladies) Oct. 29th — Nov. 1st
Jamaica, Cayman Island, Turks Island,
Belize, Israel, England, Bahamas,
Bermuda (host in Nassau Bahamas)

(3) IFS Congress
(host in Venezuela) October 21st - 26th

(4) 2009 Round Robin Tournament
(host in Nassau, Bahamas)

Men and Ladies November 5th — 8th
Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma,
Long Island, Bimini, Grand Bahama,
New Providence.

LADIES NATIONAL TEAM

Workout Squad 2009

Bahamas Flamingos

Head of Delegation — Jenny Dotson

Head Coach — Stephen Beneby

Coaches — Gary Johnson / Yvonne Lockhart








during the mid term brak for local schools," he
said, "This tournament is of the utmost impor-
tance to the BSF because it highlights the
future talent of the country in a competitive
format and assist the overall development of
the game while providing an opportunity for
young athletes to showcase their talents. Long
Island has been a dominant factor in these
championships over the last few years, how-
ever, Eleuthera made their presence felt win-
ning both titles last year and promises to return
to defend their titles. The following weekend,
October 29th- Nov will be the CAST tourna-
ment, an international venture for the BSF. We
already have confirmation from the Cayman
Islands, Belize, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos,
Bermuda, USVI and have also began talks
with teams from Israel and England which
have expressed interest. Following that will
be the National Round Robin Championship
where champions of member associations will
descend upon New Providence vying for a
national crown."

Dorsett said the year will conclude with an
appearance at the ISF Congress which should
have a direct impact on the Bahamas and its
stake in regional softball.

"We will then take part in the ISF Congress.
This edition will be held in Venezuela with
more than 110 countries taking place. This is an
election year for the ISF and in addition an
additional VP post will be added for the Eng-
lish speaking Caribbean,” he said. "The ISF
has stated they will realign and the Bahamas
will be placed in the Americas region, thus
creating the necessity for the post. The IFS
has also confirmed that the CAC Games will
be held in Puerto Rico in July of 2010. The
men's national team will have at least two
trips of very important tournaments we need to
take part in."

Mary Sweeting NP (New Providence)
Thena Johnson NP

Sharneel Symonette NP

Deserie Coakley NP

Alexandria Taylor NP

Lona Maxis GB (Grand Bahama)
Shavette Taylor NP

Tara Evans GB

Tasheena Pinder GB

Jeanean Wallace NP

Debbie McClure NP

Alverne Hall GB

Neressa Seymour NP

Christine Hanna GB

Antonia Simmons NP

Kesha Pratt NP

Dawn Forbes NP

Zella Syminette NP

Nerissa Lockhard GB

Latoya Brown GB

Brendina Mcphee LI (Long Island)
Avis Bethel ELEU. (Eleuthera)

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still recovering from an injured right ring
finger that he got jammed in an elevator
at the Tennis Center and required nine
stitches.

But he admitted that with the title on
the line, there’s no need to worry about
the pain he’s experiencing.

“Tt’s a little bit awkward, but it’s not
bothering me at all,” Knowles said. “It’s
still wrapped up in a cushion, but I’m
felling great out there.

“Tm not feeling much pain, so at this
stage, it’s not a factor. I’m not worried
about it. ’'m just trying to concentrate
on going out there and getting the job
done.”

If they are successful in winning, it
would be the second time that Knowles
has captured the US Open. He did it in
2004 with his former long-time partner
Daniel Nestor.

For 35-year-old Bhupathi, this will be
his third appearance in the US Open
Final. In 1999, he and Paes were the run-
ners-up and in 2002, he and Mirnyi
secured the title.

While there’s been a lot said about the
two former Indian partners (Bhupathi
and Paes) playing on the opposite side
of the court, Knowles said it’s not really a
big issue because they are now playing
Davis Cup together.

“A lot of that (dissension between the
two of them), are in the past,” Knowles
said. “It’s obviously a big match for both
teams and we both want to win the Grand
Slam.”

As far as Knowles is concerned, it was-
mt as bad a bitter break-up like the one he
and Nestor had in 2007 just before he
and Bhupathi formed their new partner-
ship.

Win or lose, Knowles will be return-
ing home with his family on Sunday and
will be honoured by the Bahamas gov-
ernment for teaming up with Anna-Lena
Groenefeld from Germany to win the
mixed doubles Grand Slam title at Wim-
bledon in July.

No doubt, Knowles would like to add
this US Open title to the celebrations
when he goes to Government House on
Monday for a luncheon at 1 pm.

Bahamas Supply Agencies back Darling

FROM page 11

ing the Bahamas at the World Men Bodybuilding
Championships in Doha, Qatar from November
2-5.

“The federation does not have the funding to
get the whole team to the CAC Championships
this year, for whatever reason. It was not made
clear to us,” Darling said.

“So thanks to Prolab, I will be able to go to the
CAC and the World Championships in Novem-
ber. Every year, for ten years, I do the CAC try-
ing to get my pro card and this year is no differ-
ence. Now that Ihave the backing from Prolab, I
will try my hardest.”

Going into the championships, Darling said
he feel like he’s in the right frame of mind and
condition to be able to compete for the overall
title.

But his only wish is that the organisers of the
championships will once again administer the
mandatory drug testing, which they’ve failed to do
so over the last three years.

“The last drug testing was done in 2007 in
Bermuda. There was no drug testing last year,”
said Darling, of the championships that was held

here.

“T bring that up to say that if an overall cham-
pion is chosen and he is tested positive, the run-
ner-up does not automatically get the pro card.”

However, Darling said he will be lobbying for
the runner-up to step up and receive the pro
card, if the eventual champion is tested positive.

“Tm training hard, I’m very disciplined with my
diet and this year, I really feel that this is going to
be my year,” Darling projected. “So I’m going to
go out there and give it my best shot.”

Like Darling, reportedly five other athletes
have indicated that they too are in the process of
securing their own personal sponsorship in order
for them to compete.

Darling, a fitness instructor at the Royal
Bahamas Defense Force, trains at Bally Total
Fitness Center. The Center’s assistant manager
Yolanda Barr said they are very pleased to have
the champion as a member of their club.

“It’s also good for the members to interact
with someone of his status,” Barr said.

As for his sponsorship by Prolab and Natrol,
Barr said it’s another plus because they supply the
products in their shop and with Darling using
them, it will only encourage the members to do so
as well.



Bahamas Bodybuilding Federation hit by economic woes

FROM page 11

to seek their own sponsorship
in the event that the federa-
tion doesn’t secure the neces-
sary funding in time.

“We’ve never had any prob-
lems with the Ministry. They
have been very good to us in
the past,” Sumner said. “But
unfortunately this year, they
said to us that the funds are
not available right now.

“They told us that the funds
won't be available until next
month. But we are supposed
to go away this month. So
that’s the dilemma that we are
faced with right now.”

The Bahamas have captured
the championship title for the
past three years and Sumner
said it would really be a shame
if they are not in a position to
go to Grenada and defend the
title.

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team from New Providence
are national male and female
champions James ‘Jay’ Darling
and Donna Williams, Ray-
mond Tucker, Faye Rolle, Paul
‘Mighty Mouse’ Wilson, Teddy
Gray and Keshelle Mackey.

And from Grand Bahama,
those named are the husband
and wife combo of Desmond
and Charnice Bain, Timica
Stubbs and Petra Brice.

Dereck Bullard is the man-
ager and the coaches are
Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears and
Trevor Bethel from Grand
Bahama.

“T’ve been in constant con-
versation with the Ministry’s
Permanent Secretary, Archie
Nairn, and he is working to try
and get something resolved by
now and September 18.”

So far, Darling has publicly
announced that he has secured
a sponsorship from Prolab and
Natrol through the Bahamas

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Sumner said they are
encouraging all athletes to go
ahead and secure their own
sponsorship if they can because
although they have never been
in this predicament before, he’s
confident that they will get
something worked out.

Over the summer, the
Bahamas Volleyball Federa-
tion had to wait until the
eleventh hour before their men
and women national teams
were able to travel to the qual-
ifying rounds of the 2010 FIVA.
World Cup because of a lack
of funds.

However, in both instances,
the Ministry of Sports and
BTC stepped up and assured
that the teams were able to
travel.

Sumner said he was hoping
that corporate Bahamas would
step up and assist the federa-
tion before it was too late.

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

MARK Knowles and Mahesh
Bhupathi are back in familiar waters,
playing together in their second
Grand Slam men’s doubles final for
the year.

The number three seeded
Bahamian-Indian combo will pair
up against the fourth seeded tam of
Lukas Dloughy of the Czech Repub-
lic and Leander Paes of India.

The match is scheduled for noon
today and Knowles indicated that
they are hoping not to let the title
slip away from them like it did in
January when they fell short against
the American identical twin brothers

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Team makes second doubles



Bob and Mike Bryan.

“We lost a tough one in Australia,
but right now we’re playing great
tennis,” said Knowles after they
swept the No.5 team of Max Mirnyi
of Belarus and Andy Ram from
Israel 6-4, 6-2 in Wednesday’s semi-
final.

“T think we played our best match
in the tournament (in the semifinal)
and we know that we have to play
even better in the final (today). But
we’re looking forward to it. We
know it’s a lot of fun to be ina
Grand Slam final.”



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Bahamas
Supply Agencies
back Darling

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WHILE the Bahamas Body-
building and Fitness Federation
is scrapping to raise funds,
men’s national champion James
‘Jay’ Darling has sealed a sig-
nificant sponsorship deal.

On Wednesday, Darling
signed a deal with Bahamas
Supply Agencies Limited for a
sponsorship under the joint
banner of Prolab and Natrol
that will ensure that he travels
to the Central American and
Caribbean Championships at
the end of the month.

The federation was hoping
to send a full team to defend
its title at the championships
on September 30, but most of
the competitors are being
forced to come up with their
own funding to be able to com-
pete.

Yesterday, Bahamas Supply
Agencies Ltd general manag-
er Simon Cooper said they
were so pleased with the per-
formances of Darling that they
have decided for the first time
to throw their support behind
him.

“We got a favourable
response,” said Cooper, about
Darling’s resume that was sent
to their international company



Bahamas Botybuilding Federation
hit hy economic woes

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Bodybuild-
ing and Fitness Federation is
the latest national federation
to get hit by the economic bug.

Federation president Dan-
ny Sumner said they are hard
pressed to come up with some
$19,500 by September 18 to
send an 11-member team off
to defend their title at the Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
Bodybuilding Championships.

The championships is sched-
uled for September 30 in St.
George’s. Grenada, but Sum-
ner said September 18 is the
actual deadline for them to

for consideration.

“So that in mind, we were
able to go ahead and provide
the necessary sponsorship,
which will enable him to go on
to compete in the international
events and hopefully this time
he will be able to get his pro
card.”

Cooper, who attended the
press conference with Wendell
Gardiner, Bahamas Supply
Agencies Ltd sales manager,
said they developed a chem-
istry with Darling from the
break and that was the main
reason why they sponsored
him.

For Darling, who has repre-
sented the country for the past
20 years, the sponsorship came
just in the nick of time, consid-
ering the economic climate that
the federation is experiencing
right now.

“T will definitely represent
them with all good intentions
and to the best of my ability,”
he said. “Being one of the first
athletes being given this oppor-
tunity, I want to be the best
example for other athletes to
follow in the future.”

While the CAC Champi-
onships is immediate on Dar-
ling’s agenda, the dominant
middleweight champion also
has his sights set on represent-

SEE page 10

complete all of their travel
arrangements.

“The situation is right now
we haven’t received any grant
from the Ministry (Youth,
Sports and Culture),” Sumner
said yesterday. “But the team
is still intact. We just need the
funds.

“Once we can get that, we
will be able to take the team.
Hopefully sometime will work
out for them, so I want to them
to stay together.”

Sumner said they are also
appealing to the general public
to come forth and assist in their
financial vows. He said he’s
also encouraging the athletes

SEE page 10

The winning team will split
$420,000, while the losing team will
share $210,000, but Knowles said
they don’t want to be in the same
position they ended up in Australia.

“This is what you play the game
for,” said the 38-year-old Knowles.
“It’s a really exciting opportunity,
one that we’re really looking for-
ward too and I have a good feeling
that we will go out there and give it
our best shot.”

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Bishop Fraser retrial resumes |

FROM page one

began yesterday, however,
Fraser was without an attor-
ney and told the court that he
had been informed that his
lawyer Wayne Munroe was
engaged in the trial of Father
Ranfurly Brown. Magistrate
Bethel, however, proceeded
with the matter, recalling Cor-
poral Sheria King.

Fraser was asked whether
he wished to cross-exam the
witness and replied that he pre-
ferred that his attorney did so.

The prosecution then called
Detective Sergeant Mark Bar-
rett who told the court that on
April 12, 2006, he was at the
Central Detective Unit when
Fraser in the presence of his
attorney was placed under
arrest and informed that he
was suspected of having unlaw-
ful intercourse with a female
minor. He further testified that
around 7.40pm, he and a team
of officers went with Fraser to
Pilgrim Baptist Temple, St
James Road. There, he said, a
search was conducted and a
number of suspected semen
stains were found.

“They were pointed out to
Bishop Fraser who appeared
to be very shocked,” Sergeant
Barrett said. He told the court
that at the scene he later col-
lected a cellular phone, Com-
paq laptop, a CPU and assort-
ed discs. Sergeant Barrett tes-
tified that sometime around
10.20 that night, he and the
other officers went to Fraser’s
home. He said that while there,

a search was conducted of
Fraser’s bedroom and two
VHS tapes with pornography
were seized. Attempting to
cross-exam the witness, Fras-
er said that he had been
informed by police that what
had been pointed out to him
in his office was bodily fluid.
Sergeant Barrett said that to
his recollection Fraser was told
that it was semen. Fraser then
asked the magistrate what
options he had in terms of legal
representation. Magistrate
Bethel informed him that if he
felt that his lawyer had aban-
doned him and he wished to
seek other counsel the court
would grant him leave to do
so.

Following a brief adjourn-
ment, Fraser informed the
court that Mr Munroe was
seeking to have the matter
stood down for half an hour.

An aunt of the complainant
told the court yesterday that
on Palm Sunday 2006, while at
home getting ready for church,
she received a phone call from
her two sisters. She said that
as a result, she went to Pilgrim
Baptist Temple but was not
immediately allowed entry
because she was informed by
the attendants that there was a
confrontation going on. She
said that eventually she was
allowed inside the church and
met members of her family in
Fraser’s office.

She told the court that
Fraser’s wife asked her not to
take the matter any further
saying that they would do any-
thing to get the matter

Lightning strikes causes
Queen’s Highway outage

AS A result of a lightning strike on the distribution system,
the Grand Bahama Power Company experienced an outage in
the commercial area of Queen’s Highway yesterday.

The company announced that Grand Bahama Power crews
immediately addressed the issue and worked diligently to
resolve the problem. Power was fully restored to all affected

areas within two hours.

“The Grand Bahama Power Company remains committed
to providing reliable and dependable electric service to our val-
ued customers and apologises for any inconvenience caused,”

said a company statement.

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resolved. The woman told he

court that her sister — the com- i
plainant’s mother — slapped }
Fraser several times, asking }
him why he had done what he :
had done to her daughter. The }
woman told the court that the }
voice-mail messages that Fras- }
er allegedly sent her niece were }
played for everyone in the }
office to hear. She told the }
court that Fraser’s wife agreed }
that it was her husband’s voice }

in the messages.

The witness told the court :
that she recalled Fraser saying }
that he wanted to perform oral

sex on her niece.

Lead prosecutor Franklyn }
Williams told the court that the }
Crown does not have the cel- }
lular phone on which the voice }
messages were stored. He said }
every effort had been made to }

track it down.

The witness under cross- }
examination by Mr Munroe }
told the court that her sister }
had kept the cellular phone but ;
the messages were recorded on
a tape, which had been handed }
over to CDU. She also claimed }
under cross-examination that :
Fraser did call her niece by }
name in messages pertaining }
to meeting her at places like }

the mall or going out.

Detective Corporal Shavon }
Dames told the court that she }
went as an observer with a }
team of officers who searched }
Fraser’s office at Pilgrim Bap- }
tist Temple and his home. She }
told the court that luminol was }
used at Fraser’s church office :
and a number of semen stains }
were found. She said that those }

pieces of carpet were cut out.

She also told the court that
she videotaped an interview }
with Fraser at CDU that lasted }
from 10.45 am to 6pm on April ;
13. She told the court that }
Wellington Olander — Fraser’s }
attorney at the time — and }
Reverend Dr William Thomp- }
son were also present. Detec- }
tive Inspector Matthew Edge- :
combe told the court he was }
present when Fraser was inter- }
viewed. Inspector Edgecombe
also told the court that he was }
present when search warrants }
were executed on Fraser’s }

church office and his home.

Moss sets date for PLP leadership bid

FROM page one

emboldened by the growing dissent amongst
PLPs to see a “real change” in the direction of

the party.

“The country wants change. And not just
change for change sake, but a generational
change. The group that was there before had
their time and did nothing with it.
PLP’s can ill afford another term
in Opposition, and that is the dri-
ving force behind Mr Moss’ cam-

paign,” the source said.

Having it be known that he will
win the party’s leadership once
again at its upcoming national con-
vention on October 18, former
Prime Minister Perry Christie said
that anyone who seeks to chal-
lenge him would be engaging in

an exercise in “futility.”

Additionally, sources within the
PLP have also claimed that there
is amovement within the party to
“politically destroy” anyone who
would seek to challenge the
leader. This they claim would be
carried out by denying persons
nominations to run in their various con-
stituencies, or by placing political pressure on
a member by denying them a posting if and
when the party were to become the govern-

ment.

While this warning may discourage some
from entering the fray, Mr Moss has reportedly
paid little attention to it and has already held
“private and unofficial” discussions with a
number of “high profile” PLPs who also seek
a change in the party’s leadership.

Additionally, it is also believed that Mr
Moss’ singular campaign has given “courage”



PLP LEADER
Perry Christie

parency.”

to a number of PLP parliamentarians who
would also seek to challenge Mr Christie for
the leadership of the party. These names, it is
reported, could include, but are not limited
to PLP MP for Bain and Grants Town Dr
Bernard Nottage, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell,
Fort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears,
and former chairman Raynard
Rigby.

Mr Moss’ announcement comes
after a very contentious meeting
at PLP headquarters on Wednes-
day night when the party decided
to continue with deputy-leader
hopeful Obie Wilchcombe as chair-
man of its national convention.

Initially concerns were raised by
members within the party, includ-
ing former chairman Raynard Rig-
by who challenged Mr Wilch-
combe to step down from chairing
the convention as he plans to run
for a party post.

Mr Rigby claimed that the West
End and Bimini MP clearly “does
not understand the principles of
conflict of interests and fairness and trans-

“He appears not to recognise the percep-
tions that are created by continuing to serve in
the capacity of convention chair.” He said that
in his opinion “these are matters that go 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, I know one
when I see one and so does the public. The
present facts surely satisfy the test,” he said.

School security officer

FROM page one

Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez, was adjourned to
November, 5 when more pros-
ecution witnesses are expected
to be called.

The defendant, who was
said to be emotional during
parts of the witnesses’ testi-
mony, was represented by
legal counsel.

White was arraigned on
related charges before Chief
Magistrate Gomez in June and
pleaded not guilty to the
charges.

Prosecutors allege that

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White inappropriately touched
two 14-year-old girls in Janu-
ary and that he committed the
same offence against a 16-
year-old girl the following
month.

Additionally another 16-
year-old girl accused White of
indecently assaulting her in
April.

While in May, a 14-year-old
girl accused White of the same
offence.

Prosecutors also alleged that

White indecently assaulted a
16-year-old girl from Novem-
ber 2008 until May 2009.

White is also accused of
indecently assaulting a 17-
year-old girl from January
until May and the indecent
assault of a 15-year-old in Jan-
uary and May.

The defendant has been
placed on administrative leave
by the Department of Educa-
tion pending the outcome of
the trial.

Anglican Archdeacon

FROM page one

from the beach because he had found a condom wrapper. He
told the court that Father Brown said that he told a group of
girls to leave the area and go to where the other church mem-

bers were. All left except one.

According to Inspector Stubbs, Father Brown said that he
touched the girl’s shoulder and told her to leave. Father Brown
told Inspector Stubbs that that was when the young girl turned
around and slapped him. While trying to prevent her from
fighting him they both fell to the ground and other church
members had to come and separate them Inspector Stubbs

told the court.

Father Brown’s lawyer Wayne Munroe submitted to the
court that the complaint filed was not valid. Mr Munroe said
that there was no signature by the Commissioner of Police or
the Officer who took the complaint.

The case was adjourned to October 1. The trial is being
heard before Magistrate Ancella Williams in court 6, Parliament

Street.

FROM page one

were briefly interrupted due to
an eviction attempt by the land-
lord, International Distributors
Limited/Dupuch & Turnquest
Law firm which proved to be
premature and was quickly
resolved,” said Mr Lewis.

“Universal Distributors
(UD) never stopped opera-
tions, the doors were never
locked and we continued to
serve our customers through-
out the day as usual.”

Mr Lewis said that UD, as
with any other new company,
has its share of challenges,
especially in these difficult eco-
nomic times.

He said they must structure
and restructure the operations
to survive, but they are com-
mitted to ensuring the success
of the business.

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$200,000. They have disputed
the sum they owe.

Mr Lewis said that Mr
Wilchcombe and Ms Bridge-
water are shareholders but
have turned over operations to
an extremely capable staff.

“We thank them and our
other shareholders for their
continued support.

“We have a great team run-
ning the business and will do
all they can to offer efficient
and professional service to its
customers, both locally and
internationally,” he said.

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retail distribution company. It
also offers services of ware-
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THE MINISTER respon-
sible for the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC)
yesterday warned that any-
one powering their proper-
ties or businesses through
alternative energy sources
should stay within the law.

Phenton Neymour,
responding to yesterday’s
Tribune Business article
entitled Business owner
close to escaping BEC
through $35k solar invest-
ment, said there are regula-
tions in place regarding pri-
vate power generation that
should be adhered to.

According to Mr Ney-
mour, those who retrofit
their home or office power
supply with an alternative
energy source should take
care not to adversely impact
any BEC assets.

He said he had not heard
of Sure Alarm’s move to
solar power, but the Gov-
ernment was reviewing the
regulatory framework for
the energy sector "with a
view for allowing indepen-
dent power producers".

Owner of Sure Alarms,
Graham Weatherford, told
Tribune Business that he
was close to being com-
pletely power independent
and off BEC's grid, via the
installation of a
$35,000 solar-powered elec-
tric system currently capa-
ble of running everything in
his store except the air con-
ditioners.

Mr Neymour said he had
mentioned several times that
the Bahamas could move
more towards the use of
solar power, namely the use
of solar water heaters.

The Government had also
sought to encourage the use
of this method of power
generation by allowing the
importation of solar panels
and their peripherals to be

duty free.
However, the Bahamas
Electricity Act

states: “Except with the
approval of the Minister,
and in conformity with any
conditions to which any such
approval may be made sub-
ject, no person other than
the Corporation shall install
or operate in New Provi-

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Retail chain eyes five 30 crops to
figure security spend

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Super Value’s president
and owner yesterday told Tri-
bune Business he would have
to spend between $50,000-
$55,000 to acquire new cam-
era equipment for four stores,
his chain having previously
lost $5 million per year to
theft, as spiralling crime levels
hit business costs and further
reduce shrivelling bottom
lines.

Rupert Roberts said that as
a result of a customer being
robbed of her hand bag in the
parking lot of Super Value’s
Cable Beach store last week-
end, the 11-store supermar-
ket chain had ordered more
camera equipment to moni-
tor the outside of the store,
in addition to hiring extra
security guards to secure the
parking lot.

“After this incident, just for
four large stores, the DVR
(digital video recorder) costs
$10,000” before freight and

Bahamas urged to
guard against TIEA
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Brian Moree

* Senior attorney says
Bahamas must include
provision endorsing this
nation’s tax
transparency/information
exchange regime to
prevent ‘grey list’ vote

* Also calls for Bahamas to
guarantee ‘market access’
via agreements

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas must
include a provision in all Tax
Information Exchange
Agreements (TIEAs) that
requires the other party to
endorse this nation’s attain-
ment of global transparen-
cy/information exchange
standards, a senior attorney
urged yesterday, in order to
eliminate the possibility of
a ‘double-cross’.

Brian Moree, senior part-
ner at McKinney, Bancroft
& Hughes, told a Bahamas
Society of Trust and Estate
Practitioners (STEP) lun-
cheon that such a clause was
essential to prevent a nation
from enjoying the benefits
of a TIEA with the
Bahamas, only to then rec-
ommend that this nation be
‘listed’ for failing to meet
the G-20/OECD tax trans-
parency and information
standards.

Mr Moree said that while
the Bahamas’ commitment
to meeting the G-20/OECD

SEE page 6B

MB Super Value aims to enhance consumer
safety and reduce theft losses that
previously stood at $5m per year

WH Crime causing ‘double whammy’
impact for business costs and bottom line

duty is paid, Mr Roberts told
Tribune Business.

He added that with a cost
of $500 per camera, and 10
needed for each of the four
stores, once duty and freight
were factored in there, the
cost to Super Value of the
additional security cameras
was in the range of $50,000-
$55,000.

To give an idea of the like-
ly increase in security guard
costs, the Super Value presi-
dent added that it cost $275
per shift to hire a security
guard, and there were three
eight-hour shifts in a 24-hour
period.

“Tt has to come off of the
bottom line, and the bottom
line will get thinner, but we
have to do what we have to
do in this day and age,” Mr
Roberts told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“Crime is on the rise.
They’re sitting on the blocks,
drinking and smoking. The
break-ins, the theft is really
increasing and it’s taking too
much of our time to protect
the business, protect the
assets and chase the thieves. It
is taking up a considerable

SEE page 4B

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reduce the

$580m food
import bill

By CHESTER ROBARDS

Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

The Department of Agriculture’s senior marketing
manager yesterday said he has identified 30 crops that
can be sustainably developed by the Bahamas, while
pegging this country’s food bill at $580 million.

Leslie Minns told the Bahamas Agro Tourism Sym-
posium that the Bahamas began to lose its agricul-
tural producers back in 1978, and argued that ‘beefing
up’ the farming industry was the only way to prevent
the loss of substantial foreign exchange reserves on

imported food.

Mr Minns said the Bahamas, per annum, imports 16
million pounds of swine at a cost of $20 million; four
million pounds of mutton at $6.7 million; and 1.3 mil-
lion pounds of beef costing $1.7 million.

Yet Bahamian farmers produce 0.36 million pounds
of pork at a value of $0.8 million; 0.07 million pounds
of mutton valued at $0.1 million; and .01 million
pounds of beef valued at $0.06 million.

SEE page 6B



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Wealth increase gives Bahamas

Bahamas must ‘swim,
not sink’ via new clients

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas’ internation-
al financial services industry
will have to “swim, not sink”
through targeting and servic-
ing an entirely new client base
from emerging economies in
Asia and Latin America, a
London-based QC argued
yesterday, with the sector’s
traditional customer base set
to be squeezed by their home
country governments.

Julian Malins QC, address-
ing a Bahamas Society of
Trust and Estate Practition-
ers (STEP) luncheon yester-
day, on the proposal that the
Bahamian financial services
industry ‘faced extinction’,

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industry must target
China, Russia, Brazil,
India and emerging
markets, and ‘forget’
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The Bahamas has “real
opportunities for growth” in its
financial services industry pro-
vided it can meet market needs
through tax-compliant products
and services, a senior attorney
said yesterday, with total assets
controlled by its target client
base forecast to increase by 28.3
per cent between now and
2012-2013.

Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, addressing a Bahamas
Society of Trust and Estate
Practitioners (STEP) luncheon
yesterday, pointed to the fact
that total assets controlled by
the world’s 8.6 million high-net

‘The industry we have
10 years from now
will not be the
industry we have today’

worth, and ultra-high net worth,
individuals would increase from
$37.8 trillion to $48.5 trillion
over the next three-four years
to justify his argument that the
Bahamian financial services
industry did not face extinction.

Disputing the argument by
London-based QC, Julian
Malins, that the Bahamian
financial services industry was
threatened with extinction, Mr
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NOTICE

ALEXANDER INVEST & TRADE INC.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act. 2000
ALEXANDER INVEST & TRADE INC. is in dissolution as
of September 8, 2009.

Demosthenes Mavrellis of 284 Arch. Makarios III Ave., Fortuna
Court, Block B, 3rd Floor, Flat 32, 3105 Limassol, Cyprus 1s
the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE
LANSTER DEVELOPMENT INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the Intemational Business Companies Act.
2000, LANSTER DEVELOPMENT INC. is in
dissolution as of July 27, 2009.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize 1s the
Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR



New media player
ames its Board



SEATED, LEFT TO RIGHT: Edison Sumner, former Governor-General Sir Orville A. Turnquest, Virginia Damianos. Standing left to right, Fritz
Stubbs, Gary Hutchens, Brian Quinn and Owen Bethel.

A Bahamas-based compa-
ny planning to offer a ‘triple
play’ solution featuring news
and entertainment has taken
another step towards its
launch, naming a board of
directors that has a former
Governor-General as its
chairman.

Sir Orville Turnquest has
been named chairman of IP
Solutions International, the
firm aiming to provide a com-
plete bundling of IPTV, com-
munications and entertain-
ment services via an Internet

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protocol platform.

The directors include Bri-
an Quinn, immediate past
director-general, Internation-
al Institute of Communica-
tions, London, and former
chief executive of what is now
Reuters TV; Virginia Dami-
anos, vice-president, Dami-
anos Sotheby’s International
Realty and a director of the
Bahamas Real Estate Asso-
ciation; Fritz Stubbs, presi-
dent, Orange Creek Devel-
opment Company; Owen
Bethel, president and manag-
ing director, the Montaque
Group,; Edison Sumner,

director and chief operating
officer, Montaque Group; and
Gary Hutchens, who will
serve as vice-president and
chief operating officer of IPSI.

Sir Orville Turnquest said
IP Solutions’ services will
enable business to operate
more smoothly and increase
public sector cost-effective-
ness.

“The opportunities for real-
time communications deliv-
ery over the Internet are
almost endless, and the
advantages so tremendous
that they will forever change

NOTICE
RADIO-REVEIL CORP.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, RADIO-REVEIL CORP. is in dissolution as of

July 29, 2009.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the

Liquidator.

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how we do business,” said the
chairman. ”IP Solutions’ inno-
vation will range from a sim-
ple phone call to a neighbour
to the ability to participate in
court proceedings from a
remote location, potentially
eliminating the need for per-
sons held on remand to be
bussed through traffic on busy
streets to court, reducing risk,
heightening safety and con-
serving valuable human
resources.”

Mr Sumner, who as presi-
dent and chief executive of
IPSI has played an integral
role in the company’s two-
year preparation for launch,
echoed Sir Orville’s projec-
tions about practical applica-
tions of innovative services.

“We are extremely excited
about the prospects of being
first out of the gate as the
world of how television news,
telephone calls, movies, video
and gaming are brought to
you changes in the Bahamas,”
he said. “The country is on
the brink of nothing short of a
revolution in communications
and we are proud to be lead-
ing that revolution.”

Mr Sumner hinted at two
pending significant IPSI con-
tracts, one with a large resort
development and the other
with a major entertainment
entity.

The curtain is expected to
be lifted on the services with a
demonstration at a prospec-
tive investors’ meeting Sep-
tember 17. That meeting is by
invitation only.

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Hotels brand farmer
buying fears a ‘myth’

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

The Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation’s (BHA) president
yesterday said it was a
“myth” that this nation’s
hotels and tourism-oriented
restaurants were not pur-
chasing whatever locally-
grown produce they can,
although problems abound
in the relationship between
farmers and the industry.

Robert Sands, speaking to
an audience attending the
Bahamas Agro Tourism
Symposium, said all
Bahamian hotels that par-
ticipated in a regional spend-
ing survey in 2006 expressed
a desire to purchase
Bahamian-produced agri-
cultural products.

Mr Sands said the report
outlined factors that imped-
ed direct commerce between
farmers and hotel pur-
chasers, including availabil-
ity of demanded produce,
quality, pricing, packaging,
reliability, logistics, shipping
patterns and convenience.

However, he said a few
small relationships have
been successfully cultivated.
“A number of producers
have demonstrated success
already in linking agricul-
ture with tourism,” said Mr
Sands.

“The facts show that there
are already some hotels and
tourism-oriented restaurants
which are purchasing what-
ever they can through local
producers.

“There is no question in
my mind that demand exists
for locally-grown produce,
but we must be cognisant
that there are a myriad of
supply and demand side
challenges which have not
allowed us to realise our
potential.”

Mr Sands outlined six
major hurdles to the mass
purchase of locally-grown
goods.

He said consistency in
availability remains a con-
stant concern for hotel pur-
chasers, as the industry
needs to plan in advance,
thereby needing to be kept
abreast of the amount and
quality of produce that will
be available from Bahamian
farmers.

Contingency plans for the
procurement of staple prod-
ucts should be discussed
between hotel and farmer,
so that there will be a "back
up plan to guarantee deliv-
ery from another source"
should there be an unfore-
seen shortage for any rea-
son.

According to Mr Sands,
produce suppliers should
organise themselves without
relying on government for
their coordination, while
also creating a similar bond
with hotel purchasers and
executive chefs.

He said growers should
have consistency in product
quality, as price points for

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local produce demand "a
good product". He suggest-
ed farmers then strive to
make their price point more
competitive due to competi-
tion that is able to mass pro-
duce.

Mr Sands argued that
above all, both sectors
should communicate more
effectively.

“As an industry we don’t
really know what produce is
available at what time of
year, and for how long,” he
said.

Deputy general manager
at the Bahamas Agricultur-
al and Industrial Corpora-
tion (BAIC), Don Major,
said his team has been pro-
moting an increase in the
number of farmers and low
cost land for lease, especial-

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In Voluntary Liquidation

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138(4) of the International Business Companies Acct.
2000, LAISA LTD. is in dissolution as of July 27,

2009.

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Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Acct.
2000, METPORT PROPERTY S.A. is in dissolution
as of July 27, 2009.

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Retail chain eyes five figure security spend

FROM page 1B

amount of our time and ener-
gy. It is really on the increase.

“What we lose used to be
up to $5 million........ As a
result of the incident on Sat-
urday at Cable Beach, we’ve
already ordered more camera
equipment for the outside.
We've just about covered
every inch of the store inside,
but we’re unable to cover
every square inch of the park-
ing lot.”

Mr Roberts added: “Any-

thing that’s cost effective [in
terms of security], we’re just
going to have to do. We have
security in the store, which
every 20 minutes patrols out-
side the store, but it’s come
to the point where we have
to have security inside and
outside.”

Bahamian businesses are
thus being faced with a vicious
circle, where operating costs
are being increased - and bot-
tom lines further shrunk or
losses expanded - by having
to pay for extra security mea-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that REHANA RAMLOCHAN
SINGH of #77 DEFENDER AVENUE, CHESAPEAKE
SUBDIVISION, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, 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 4th day of SEPTEMBER,
2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-/7147, Freeport, Bahamas.




















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of P.O. Box CR-12833, Nassau, Bahamas intends to
change my name to ROLAND SANDS. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ULTRAFLIGHT CORP.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

AREA MODE LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GRATEFUL HEART LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

sures while stuck in a reces-
sion. Of course, that same
recession is helping to further
fuel crime.

Khaalis Rolle, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce’s
president, told Tribune Busi-
ness that he was “very con-
cerned” about the impact ris-
ing crime levels was having
on the business community,
especially the seeming surge
in armed robberies of compa-
nies in recent weeks.

He added that it was no
secret that a bad economy fre-

quently led to rising crime lev-
els, and said: “It’s having a lot
of impact. People are afraid,
they’re cautious, and this now
calls for a rise in operating
costs.

“You have to hire addi-
tional security. You have to
do far more than in the past
to ensure your business, your
people, are secure. People are
having to invest in security
systems.”

Mr Rolle added: “I was
speaking to someone earlier
this morning, and they said

they were having to move
money by armoured car.
Before, they moved deposits
by themselves. Because of the
increase in levels of crime,
they’ve now invested in
armoured car services.
“They’re not moving large
deposits, but people believe
the only way they can demon-
strate a level of security is by
employing armoured car ser-
vices to make people think
twice about robbing them.
But there’s a significant cost
associated with the business

now.

“The cost for small busi-
nesses 1s ridiculous, but these
are the measures people have
to employ. They have to
employ physical security
around the clock, when in the
past they would have done so
for half a day. This is a double
whammy, for lack of a better
expression, and the more you
increase security, the bolder
criminals become, the more
daring they become.”

Minister warns: ‘Stay within law
On alternative energy supply’

FROM page 1B

dence any generating station
with a generating capacity
exceeding 250 kilowatts.”
This was “provided that
the prohibition imposed by
this section shall not apply
to any stand-by generating
plant, which is used only for
the supply of energy in case
of the failure of the energy
supply by the Corporation
or other emergency. The
Minister shall not refuse his
approval under this section
for the installation or oper-
ation of any generating sta-
tion by any person in any

case in which the energy
required by such person can-
not be supplied or cannot
be supplied within a reason-
able time by the Corpora-
tion.

“Any person who installs
or operates or permits the
operation of any generating
station in contravention of
the provisions of this section
shall be guilty of an offence
and shall be liable on sum-
mary conviction to a fine of
$3,000 and, in the case of a
continuing offense, to a fur-
ther penalty of $150 for each
day that the offense contin-
ues.”

President and chief exec-
utive of Wind Sun Water
Company, Elton Smith,
argued that this part of the
Act asserts private citizens
can generate their own pow-
er as “the average 2,400
square foot household only
needs approximately 6 to
8kw to operate properly
(including air-conditioning).
The vast majority of
Bahamian homes can do this
today quite legally”.

He and other advocates
for alternative energy then
suggest that due to the high
number of power outages
experienced, and damage to

property as a result of
brownouts from the BEC
power interruptions, one can
be completely justified in
choosing to outfit a house
or a business with “clean”
power.

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Legal Notice

NOTICE

OHM HOLDINGS LTD.
IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

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

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 9th
September 2009. David Thain of Amer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.,
Building 2 Caves Village, PO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of
OHM HOLDINGS LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 9th
October 2009.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

LOUVRE VENTURES INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ASHDOWN VALLEY INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

BALZERS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ACOMA VALLEY CORP.

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(a) The name of ACOMA VALLEY CORP. has been restored to the register.

(b) The Certificate of Dissolution dated the 19th February 2009 has been
cancelled.

(c) ACOMA VALLEY CORP. is deemed never to have been struck off the
register.

(d) ACOMA VALLEY CORP. is deemed at all times to have continued in
existence and to have been authorized to conduct business in accordance
with its Memorandum and Articles of Association notwithstanding the
purported dissolution of the company.

(e) The costs of the publications in the Gazette are to be borne and paid by
ACOMA VALLEY CORP.

(f) The Plaintiffs do pay to the Attorney General the costs of this application.

First Directorships Limited
(Director of ACOMA VALLEY CORP)

Second Directorships Limited
(Director of ACOMA VALLEY CORP)

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Bahamas must ‘swim, not sink’ via new clients

FROM page 1B

intensifying assault being mounted on inter-
national financial centres by the US and
European governments, born out of a
desire to maximise tax revenues and meet
public demands for increased public spend-
ing to improve services such as health and
education.

“Tt is the aim of the US, European and
Canadian governments to make the use of
offshore financial centres and low tax juris-
dictions, by the citizens and corporations of
those countries, so unattractive as to make
use of them non-viable,” Mr Malins said.

“This is entirely due to the need to raise
tax income for expenditure in their home
states. I am almost afraid to suggest there is
nothing you can do about this problem.”

However, the London-based QC did hint
at a survival strategy for the Bahamas, one
that would involve a shift from its tradi-
tional US, European and Canadian client
base to one heavily reliant on high net and
ultra high net worth individuals and families
based in emerging economies.

Among those he cited were Brazil, Nige-
ria, Russia, India and China, and the
Bahamas would be aided in this by the cur-
rent “global shift in wealth from North
America, the US, Canada and Europe to
the Far East, especially China and India”.

With China a “huge potential market”,
Mr Malins told the luncheon: “If you can
provide new services to these markets, you
will swim, not sink, but swim with an entire-
ly new client base and prosper in that way.”

He explained that the twin trends, of

Wealth increase gives Bahamas
‘real chance for growth’

America and Europe becoming relatively
poorer, and the desire of industrialised
country governments to, as they saw it,
recoup tax revenues being lost to interna-
tional financial centres, in a desperate effort
to plug home Budget deficits and meet tax-
payer demands for more public spending
and improved services, were driving the
assault on nations such as the Bahamas.
The German government, for example, had
estimated that $400 billion was held outside
the country by its citizens.

In a bid to uncover these assets, it had
obtained account details on clients of a
major Liechtenstein-based financial ser-
vices provider, passing on the information
to the US and other tax authorities.

“That is an exact example of the kind
of step that governments will be taking in
the next decade or so,” Mr Malins said,
adding that some of the steps governments
and tax authorities were taking would have
been “considered absolutely incredible” 10
years ago.

Then there was the case where UBS, the
bank headquartered in Switzerland, “the
absolute gold standard of banking secrecy”,
had been forced to hand over account
details to the US Internal Revenue Ser-
vice.

The Swiss had “succumbed” to pressure,
and were now preparing to abolish their
traditional banking secrecy.

“We’re now talking money, and every
weapon available to governments has start-
ed to be deployed to raise money from cit-
izens and corporations that happen to have
assets and money in low tax jurisdictions,”

Mr Malins said. “For the reasons I have
given, it is my suggestion to you that we in
the Bahamas, as in other jurisdictions, face
an absolute onslaught from these govern-
ments.”

Resistance from the likes of Switzerland,
Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, he argued,
was likely to ultimately prove futile given
that all were surrounded by European
nations leading the tax revenues drive.

And competitors such as the Cayman
Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands,
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man were
unlikely to cause a fuss, given their status as
British dependencies.

“Here in the Bahamas we are so close to
the US, and so closely tied into the US,
that there is no real prospect of holding
on to secrecy for US citizens and corpora-
tions,” Mr Malins said.

“That’s a fact of life for the financial ser-
vices industry here.

“The attractiveness goes for the deposi-
tors, settlors and corporations that have
companies in low tax jurisdictions to organ-
ise arrangements for the sale and importa-
tion of goods”, minimising their home
country taxes.

Urging the Bahamian financial services
industry to “forget” US and European
clients, Mr Malins added: “The conse-
quences over the next 10 years are that
new business from the US and Europe will
collapse, and existing customers will depart
back to their home states or go to new
financial centres in the Middle East and
Far East.”

NOTICE

GREATFUTURE LIMITED

NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION BAHRAIN
LIMITED

NOTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
BAHRAIN LIMITED in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 8th
day of September, 2009 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said Company is Carol G. Gray of
16945 Northchase Drive, Houston, Texas 77060.

Dated the 9th day of September, 2009.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY

MANAGEMENT

co. LTD.

Attorneys for the above-named
Company















NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION BAHRAIN LIMITED

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-
named Company are required to send particulars thereof to
the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before 2nd day of October, A.D., 2009. In default thereof they
will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the
Liquidator.

FROM page 1B

there was “an enormous mar-
ket” for the services provided
by international financial cen-
tres, one that was growing.

“The financial services indus-
try in the Bahamas is far from
extinction,” Mr Moree said.
“There are real opportunities
for growth. We have to address
some issues.... address trends
in the market, and given the
importance of the industry, and
that there will always be heavy
tax burdens [in industrialised
countries] and there will always
be wealthy people, if we can
provide the right product
together with the right service
in a competitive environment,
the industry is secured.”

However, Mr Moree
acknowledged that the Bahami-
an financial services industry’s
current business model and
client base would look differ-
ent in 10 years’ time.

“The industry we have 10
years from now will not be the
industry we have today,” the
attorney added. “There is a
very secure future for the indus-
try, but we have to continue to
be innovative, continue to
change and respond to the mar-
ketplace. That will involve the
loss of some of our existing
clients, and the retention of new
clients.”

Mr Moree described the
notion that the Bahamas’ finan-
cial services centre faced
‘extinction’ in the face of indus-
trialised countries’ determina-
tion to regain lost tax revenue
as a “hyperbolic conclusion”,
and said this initiative would
only increase demand for the
products and services provid-
ed by international financial
centres.

The fact that the US and
European countries were
increasing their tax burdens,
rather than reducing them, was
“only going to benefit” the
Bahamas, he explained, pro-
vided this nation could develop
products and structures that
were tax compliant with clients’
home country tax rules.

And Mr Moree described as
“an oxymoron” the notion that
industrialised countries’ attacks
on international financial cen-
tres would cost the Bahamas
business, because to believe
“tax driven issues” were their
prime attraction was “to mis-
understand what the financial
services industry is all about”.

The Bahamas was not seek-
ing business connected to tax
evasion and tax avoidance, the
senior McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes partner said, its busi-
ness model having changed in
favour of clients looking for tax
deferral or mitigation products,
and to protect assets from polit-
ical turmoil at home.

Mr Moree said he was confi-
dent the Bahamas could adapt
because it had shown the nec-
essary “innovation, creativity
and flexibility” to survive in the
face of OECD and Financial
Action Task Force (FATF) led
attacks before.

And international financial
services centres such as the
Bahamas also played a key role
in supporting jobs in OECD
countries, Mr Moree said, sup-
porting international financial
structures and arrangements
and mitigating/eliminating
political risk associated with
investing in certain countries.

They played a key role in
supporting the global financial
system’s liquidity, he said, act-
ing as a “pass through” for
investments made into major

industrialised countries such as
the US. And the Bahamas and
its peers had also played a key
role in backing the global eco-
nomic recovery, Mr Moree said,
helping to clean up problems
caused by securitisations and
taking toxic assets off the bal-
ance sheets of troubled compa-
nies.

International financial cen-
tres thus played a key role in
the allocation of capital, Mr
Moree added, and they had
also helped to spur global tax
competition and a lower of cor-
porate tax rates internationally.

Generally, he said tax rev-
enue-to-GDP ratios had
increased as corporate tax rates
had come down.

“The market will always have
a need for us, and the only lim-
itation on this industry is our-
selves,” Mr Moree added.

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N OTIC EIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows: Dated the 9th day of September ,A.D., 2009.

(a) GREATFUTURE LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000. Carol G. Gray

Liquidator
16945 Northchase Drive

Houston, TEXAS 77060

NOTICE

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 09"
September 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Mr Paul Evans of

Helvetia Court, South Esplanade, St Peter Port, Guernsey,
GY1 4EE.

Dated this 11° day of September A. D. 2009



Mr Paul Evans
Liquidator

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
Knowles must deliver the same to the Manager,
ScotiaBank (Bahamas) Limited, Paradise Island,
Nassau on or before the 15th day of October, A.D.
2009.

McKINNEY, BANCROFT & HUGHES
Attorneys for Jason S. Knowles

the only child of the late
Franklin Eugene Knowles

(S.9, 11, 14)

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Legal Notice

NOTICE

RASDANOI CORP.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator

is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)
















Legal Notice

NOTICE

AVALANCHE HILLS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GREEN TONES & SHADES INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

DUDLEY PINTO INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.



us
30 crops to
reduce the
S580m food
import bill

FROM page 1B

Mr Minns argued that the Bahamas, if it increased the land
available for farming, could produce 30 crops for local con-
sumption and possible export.

He identified onion, Irish potatoes, lettuce, tomato, carrot,
cabbage, sweet pepper, hot pepper, pigeon peas and cooking
thyme as the top 10 crops out of the 30 suggested for farm-
ing.

According to Mr Minns, the Bahamas saw a 58 per cent
decline in the number of farmers from 1978 to 1994, and a
further 46 per cent decline form 1994 to 2006.

Diminishing

However, during the period 1978 to 1994, the number of
crops farmed by a diminishing number of farmers rose by 340
per cent, and between 1994 and 2006 by 22.7 per cent.

Mr Minns said he found a discrepancy with the Depart-
ment of Statistics’ total food import value, which it placed at
$401 million in 2007. However, he assessed the true number
to be closer to $580 million.

He argued that the Bahamas’ only way to eliminate the

loss of such substantial foreign reserves was to beef up its
agricultural sector, which includes the farming of livestock.



Legal Notice

NOTICE

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY RAINY DAY INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

KIRKENES RIVERS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ROYAL = FIDELITY

Money ot Work

Bahamas urged to guard
agjainst TIEA doutle-cross

FROM page 1B

minimum standard of 12 TEIAs by year-end “does not
spell the end of the industry”, this nation had to “be smart”
about how it negotiated these agreements and “look for
some sort of reciprocal benefit” from the major industrialised
countries it signed treaties with.

“The mere fact of signing this TIEA should be an endorse-
ment of our transparency regime, and where we have accept-
ed information exchange,” Mr Moree said.

“We should not have a situation where countries sign a
TIEA with us, then complain about the lack of transparen-

cy.”
Clause

The senior attorney said the provision of a clause in any
TIEA signed by the Bahamas, requiring the other side to
endorse its tax transparency and information exchange
regime as having met global standards, “was an important
issue to address as part of these treaties”.

“We can’t have a situation where an OECD country signs
a TIEA with us, then votes to put us on a ‘grey list’ or
‘black list’,” Mr Moree said.

“Fundamentally, if we’re going to have a TIEA, we ought
to have some guarantee that they won’t take the benefits of
the TIEA and then say we’re not compliant and put us ona
‘grey list’ or ‘black list’.”

Mr Moree added that, with all TIEAs it entered, the
Bahamas should also seek “some guarantee of market
access” rights with its partner countries.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

EMMEN BANJO CORP.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

SH INVESTMENT LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

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Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +
52wk-Low Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

ABDAB
RND Holdings

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund

1.3344
2.8952
1.4105
3.0941
12.3870
100.0000
93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

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

CFAL Global Equity Fund

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

FG Financial Diversified Fund

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

ghted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Cu ted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 6/6/2007
(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

Previous Close
1.15
11.00
6.25
0.63
3.15
2.37
10.00
2.74
5.42
3.75
2.03
6.60
8.80
10.30
5.12
1.00
0.30
5.50
10.09
10.00

Symbol
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Today's Close
1.15
11.00
6.25
0.63
3.15
2.37
10.00
2.74
5.94
3.76
2.03
6.60
8.80
10.30
5.12

Change Daily Vol.
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.52
0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

EPS $
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

Div $

1.00
0.30
5.50
10.09
10.00
Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
0.00 7%
0.00 Prime + 1.75%
0.00 7%
Prime + 1.75%

100.00
100.00
100.00

100.00 0.00

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities

Bid $
7.92
2.00
0.35

Ask $
8.42
6.25
0.40

Last Price
14.00
4.00
0.55

Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

30.13
0.45

31.59
0.55

29.00
0.55

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

NAV
1.4038
2.8990
1.4880
3.0941

13.1136
101.6693
96.7398
1.0000
9.3399
1.0707
1.0319
1.0673

YTD% Last 12 Months
5.20
-4.16
5.49
-13.59
5.87
1.67
4.18
0.00
-1.41
5.14
2.05
4.93

Div $
3.72
-1.39
3.79
-8.61
3.93
1.10
0.35
0.00
2.69
3.38
-0.11
2.89

MARKET TERMS

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying 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

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29 May 2015

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31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09



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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 105 No.241FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDY, T-STORM HIGH 89F LOW 79F B U S I N E S S S EEBUSINESSFRONT S P O R T S Retail chain eyes five figure security spend SEEPAGEELEVEN Knowles and B hupathi in final By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net IN WHAT will be the make or break moment of his political career, The Tribune h as confirmed that PLP leadership contender Paul Moss will officially launch his campaign for leader of the party on September 22. H aving canvassed stalwart councillors throughout Grand Bahama, and New Providence, sources close to Mr Moss claim thatt he St Cecilia nomination hopeful has been Challenge will ‘make or break’ St Cecilia nomination hopeful’s political career The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FILET-O-FISH www.tribune242.com Bishop Fraser retrial resumes B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@ tribunemedia.net SEMEN was found on the carpet of the church office of Bishop Earl R andy Fraser several prosecution witnesses testified yesterday. Fraser, who is on $10,000 bail, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl between July 2005 and February 2006. Ther etrial resumed yesterday before Magistrate Car olita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane. When the matter By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A WOMAN is fighting for her life after an early morning blaze destroyed her home. The 36-year-old victim has second and third degree burns on 80 per cent of her body, say medics. Last night her condition was described as “critical.” Emergency services were alerted to the blaze in Canaan Lane, off Shirley Street, at around 1am. Neighbours drove the woman to Princess Margaret Hospital where she is being treat ed in the Intensive Care Unit. Police, who are trying to find the cause of the fire, have not yet released any further information. It’s not known if the woman was home alone at the time of the fire, but there are reports that her fiance helped her escape the flames. W OMAN FIGHT S F OR LIFE AFTER HOME BL AZE THEBLAZE destroyed the home in Canaan Lane. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f ENVIRONMENTALISTS are concerned that the run-off from the Caves Point development during hard rain could be harm ing the marine environment. A worried citizen for warded photos of a “river of mud” flowing from the high-end residential development on West Bay Street down to the beach oppo site. From there, it drained out into the sea and spread, forming a thick cloud on the surface of the water. The source said: “This happens every time we have heavy rain and Concerns that run-off from development could be affecting the environment SEE page two THE MUD formed a thick cloud on the surface of the water. SEE page 12 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – The man agement of Universal Distributors said that its operations never stopped as the eviction attempt by the landlords was quickly resolved. Robert Lewis, general manager, issued a statement on Thursday in reference to the lock-out of Universal Distributors employees on Wednesday. He advised the general public that the company’s operations continue as usual. “Yesterday morning, September 9, business operations Universal Distributors ‘operations never stopped’ during eviction attempt SEE page 12 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net TEN prosecution witnesses t estified in the trial of a high school security officer accused of indecent assault of eight students at the North Eleuthera H igh School yesterday. School administrators and several alleged victims appeared in magistrate's court on Harbour Island and testified against Adrian White, 39, of Airport Road, Eleuthera, according to Sergeant God frey Brennen who prosecuted the case. The matter, heard before School security officer accused of indecent assault of students SEE page 12 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A HOTELIER on Grand Bahama chalked up the most recent round of layoffs on that island after government rejected a proposal that he claimed would have kept people in their jobs. When contacted for com ment yesterday, Tourism Minister Vincent VanderpoolWallace was sorry about the lay-offs but explained that government was not in a posi tion to bail-out every company experiencing financial challenges. Andrew Barnett, vice presi dent and general manager of the Best Western Castaways Resort in Freeport, said the property was forced to let go about one third of its employees effective September, 20 as it struggles with shrinkMore job layoffs on Grand Bahama SEE page eight Moss sets date for PLPleadership bid SEE page 12 ANGLICAN Archdeacon Ivan Ranfurly Brown told police that the female complainant in his assault case slapped him while at a church picnic last October. Inspector Craig Stubbs told the court yesterday that Father Brown had declined to give a written statement, but gave an oral statement of his account of what took place at the church picnic. Father Brown, the rector of St Agnes Anglican Church, is accused of physically assaulting a 14-year-old girl on October 13, 2008 while at a church picnic on Nirvana Beach. Inspector Stubbs told the court that Father Brown said that there were a number of male outsiders on the beach that day and he had to physi cally remove one of them Anglican Archdeacon ‘told police girl in assault case slapped him’ SEE page 12 BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E 3 0 c r o p s t o r e d u c e t h e $ 5 8 0 m f o o d i m p o r t b i l l C M Y K C M Y K S E C T I O N B b u s i n e s s @ t r i b u n e m e d i a . n e t F R I D A Y , S E P T E M B E R 1 1 , 2 0 0 9 T H E T R I B U N E $ 4 . 2 5 $ 4 . 1 6 $ 4 . 2 6 2 4 / 7 c u s t o m e r r e s p o n s e t e a m C o m p r e h e n s i v e n e t w o r k o f l o c a l a n d o v e r s e a s p r o v i d e r s I n t e r n a t i o n a l p a t i e n t s u p p o r t C h o i c e o f b e n e t o p t i o n sa l l o f t h e a b o v e g r e a t c u s t o m e r s e r v i c es t a r t s w i t h t e a m w o r k A D I V I S I O N O F S A L E S O F F I C E S : N A S S A U I F R E E P O R T I A B A C O I E L E U T H E R A I E X U M A I C O R P O R A T E C E N T R E : E A S T B A Y S T R E E T I w w w . f a m g u a r d b a h a m a s . c o mc a l l u s t o d a y a t 3 9 6 1 3 0 0 B y N E I L H A R T N E L L T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s E d i t o r T h e B a h a m a s i n t e r n a t i o n a l f i n a n c i a l s e r v i c e s i n d u s t r y w i l l h a v e t o s w i m , n o t s i n k t h r o u g h t a r g e t i n g a n d s e r v i c i n g a n e n t i r e l y n e w c l i e n t b a s e f r o m e m e r g i n g e c o n o m i e s i n A s i a a n d L a t i n A m e r i c a , a L o n d o n b a s e d Q C a r g u e d y e s t e r d a y , w i t h t h e s e c t o r s t r a d i t i o n a l c u s t o m e r b a s e s e t t o b e s q u e e z e d b y t h e i r h o m e c o u n t r y g o v e r n m e n t s . 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D i s p u t i n g t h e a r g u m e n t b y L o n d o n b a s e d Q C , J u l i a n M a l i n s , t h a t t h e B a h a m i a n f i n a n c i a l s e r v i c e s i n d u s t r y w a s t h r e a t e n e d w i t h e x t i n c t i o n , M r M o r e e s a i d t h e d a t a s h o w e d W e a l t h i n c r e a s e g i v e s B a h a m a s r e a l c h a n c e f o r g r o w t h T h e i n d u s t r y w e h a v e 1 0 y e a r s f r o m n o w w i l l n o t b e t h e i n d u s t r y w e h a v e t o d a y S E E p a g e 5 B F O C U S O N I N T E R N A T I O N A L F I N A N C I A L S E R V I C E S I N D U S T R YB y N E I L H A R T N E L L T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s E d i t o r T h e B a h a m a s m u s t i n c l u d e a p r o v i s i o n i n a l l T a x I n f o r m a t i o n E x c h a n g e A g r e e m e n t s ( T I E A s ) t h a t r e q u i r e s t h e o t h e r p a r t y t o e n d o r s e t h i s n a t i o n s a t t a i n m e n t o f g l o b a l t r a n s p a r e n c y / i n f o r m a t i o n e x c h a n g e s t a n d a r d s , a s e n i o r a t t o r n e y u r g e d y e s t e r d a y , i n o r d e r t o e l i m i n a t e t h e p o s s i b i l i t y o f a d o u b l e c r o s s . B r i a n M o r e e , s e n i o r p a r t n e r a t M c K i n n e y , B a n c r o f t & H u g h e s , t o l d a B a h a m a s S o c i e t y o f T r u s t a n d E s t a t e P r a c t i t i o n e r s ( S T E P ) l u n c h e o n t h a t s u c h a c l a u s e w a s e s s e n t i a l t o p r e v e n t a n a t i o n f r o m e n j o y i n g t h e b e n e f i t s o f a T I E A w i t h t h e B a h a m a s , o n l y t o t h e n r e c o m m e n d t h a t t h i s n a t i o n b e l i s t e d f o r f a i l i n g t o m e e t t h e G 2 0 / O E C D t a x t r a n s p a r e n c y a n d i n f o r m a t i o n s t a n d a r d s . M r M o r e e s a i d t h a t w h i l e t h e B a h a m a s c o m m i t m e n t t o m e e t i n g t h e G 2 0 / O E C D B a h a m a s u r g e d t o g u a r d a g a i n s t T I E A d o u b l e c r o s s B y C H E S T E R R O B A R D S B u s i n e s s R e p o r t e r c r o b a r d s @ t r i b u n e m e d i a . n e t T h e D e p a r t m e n t o f A g r i c u l t u r e s s e n i o r m a r k e t i n g m a n a g e r y e s t e r d a y s a i d h e h a s i d e n t i f i e d 3 0 c r o p s t h a t c a n b e s u s t a i n a b l y d e v e l o p e d b y t h e B a h a m a s , w h i l e p e g g i n g t h i s c o u n t r y s f o o d b i l l a t $ 5 8 0 m i l l i o n . L e s l i e M i n n s t o l d t h e B a h a m a s A g r o T o u r i s m S y m p o s i u m t h a t t h e B a h a m a s b e g a n t o l o s e i t s a g r i c u l t u r a l p r o d u c e r s b a c k i n 1 9 7 8 , a n d a r g u e d t h a t b e e f i n g u p t h e f a r m i n g i n d u s t r y w a s t h e o n l y w a y t o p r e v e n t t h e l o s s o f s u b s t a n t i a l f o r e i g n e x c h a n g e r e s e r v e s o n i m p o r t e d f o o d . M r M i n n s s a i d t h e B a h a m a s , p e r a n n u m , i m p o r t s 1 6 m i l l i o n p o u n d s o f s w i n e a t a c o s t o f $ 2 0 m i l l i o n ; f o u r m i l l i o n p o u n d s o f m u t t o n a t $ 6 . 7 m i l l i o n ; a n d 1 . 3 m i l l i o n p o u n d s o f b e e f c o s t i n g $ 1 . 7 m i l l i o n . Y e t B a h a m i a n f a r m e r s p r o d u c e 0 . 3 6 m i l l i o n p o u n d s o f p o r k a t a v a l u e o f $ 0 . 8 m i l l i o n ; 0 . 0 7 m i l l i o n p o u n d s o f m u t t o n v a l u e d a t $ 0 . 1 m i l l i o n ; a n d . 0 1 m i l l i o n p o u n d s o f b e e f v a l u e d a t $ 0 . 0 6 m i l l i o n . S E E p a g e 6 B B r i a n M o r e e * S e n i o r a t t o r n e y s a y s B a h a m a s m u s t i n c l u d e p r o v i s i o n e n d o r s i n g t h i s n a t i o n s t a x t r a n s p a r e n c y / i n f o r m a t i o n e x c h a n g e r e g i m e t o p r e v e n t g r e y l i s t v o t e * A l s o c a l l s f o r B a h a m a s t o g u a r a n t e e m a r k e t a c c e s s v i a a g r e e m e n t sS E E p a g e 6 B B y N E I L H A R T N E L L T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s E d i t o r S u p e r V a l u e s p r e s i d e n t a n d o w n e r y e s t e r d a y t o l d T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s h e w o u l d h a v e t o s p e n d b e t w e e n $ 5 0 , 0 0 0 $ 5 5 , 0 0 0 t o a c q u i r e n e w c a m e r a e q u i p m e n t f o r f o u r s t o r e s , h i s c h a i n h a v i n g p r e v i o u s l y l o s t $ 5 m i l l i o n p e r y e a r t o t h e f t , a s s p i r a l l i n g c r i m e l e v e l s h i t b u s i n e s s c o s t s a n d f u r t h e r r e d u c e s h r i v e l l i n g b o t t o m l i n e s . R u p e r t R o b e r t s s a i d t h a t a s a r e s u l t o f a c u s t o m e r b e i n g r o b b e d o f h e r h a n d b a g i n t h e p a r k i n g l o t o f S u p e r V a l u e s C a b l e B e a c h s t o r e l a s t w e e k e n d , t h e 1 1 s t o r e s u p e r m a r k e t c h a i n h a d o r d e r e d m o r e c a m e r a e q u i p m e n t t o m o n i t o r t h e o u t s i d e o f t h e s t o r e , i n a d d i t i o n t o h i r i n g e x t r a s e c u r i t y g u a r d s t o s e c u r e t h e p a r k i n g l o t . A f t e r t h i s i n c i d e n t , j u s t f o r f o u r l a r g e s t o r e s , t h e D V R ( d i g i t a l v i d e o r e c o r d e r ) c o s t s $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 b e f o r e f r e i g h t a n d d u t y i s p a i d , M r R o b e r t s t o l d T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s . H e a d d e d t h a t w i t h a c o s t o f $ 5 0 0 p e r c a m e r a , a n d 1 0 n e e d e d f o r e a c h o f t h e f o u r s t o r e s , o n c e d u t y a n d f r e i g h t w e r e f a c t o r e d i n t h e r e , t h e c o s t t o S u p e r V a l u e o f t h e a d d i t i o n a l s e c u r i t y c a m e r a s w a s i n t h e r a n g e o f $ 5 0 , 0 0 0 $ 5 5 , 0 0 0 . T o g i v e a n i d e a o f t h e l i k e l y i n c r e a s e i n s e c u r i t y g u a r d c o s t s , t h e S u p e r V a l u e p r e s i d e n t a d d e d t h a t i t c o s t $ 2 7 5 p e r s h i f t t o h i r e a s e c u r i t y g u a r d , a n d t h e r e w e r e t h r e e e i g h t h o u r s h i f t s i n a 2 4 h o u r p e r i o d . I t h a s t o c o m e o f f o f t h e b o t t o m l i n e , a n d t h e b o t t o m l i n e w i l l g e t t h i n n e r , b u t w e h a v e t o d o w h a t w e h a v e t o d o i n t h i s d a y a n d a g e , M r R o b e r t s t o l d T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s . C r i m e i s o n t h e r i s e . T h e y r e s i t t i n g o n t h e b l o c k s , d r i n k i n g a n d s m o k i n g . T h e b r e a k i n s , t h e t h e f t i s r e a l l y i n c r e a s i n g a n d i t s t a k i n g t o o m u c h o f o u r t i m e t o p r o t e c t t h e b u s i n e s s , p r o t e c t t h e a s s e t s a n d c h a s e t h e t h i e v e s . I t i s t a k i n g u p a c o n s i d e r a b l e R e t a i l c h a i n e y e s f i v e f i g u r e s e c u r i t y s p e n d S u p e r V a l u e a i m s t o e n h a n c e c o n s u m e r s a f e t y a n d r e d u c e t h e f t l o s s e s t h a t p r e v i o u s l y s t o o d a t $ 5 m p e r y e a r C r i m e c a u s i n g d o u b l e w h a m m y i m p a c t f o r b u s i n e s s c o s t s a n d b o t t o m l i n e S E E p a g e 4 B B y C H E S T E R R O B A R D S B u s i n e s s R e p o r t e r c r o b a r d s @ t r i b u n e m e d i a . n e t T H E M I N I S T E R r e s p o n s i b l e f o r t h e B a h a m a s E l e c t r i c i t y C o r p o r a t i o n ( B E C ) y e s t e r d a y w a r n e d t h a t a n y o n e p o w e r i n g t h e i r p r o p e r t i e s o r b u s i n e s s e s t h r o u g h a l t e r n a t i v e e n e r g y s o u r c e s s h o u l d s t a y w i t h i n t h e l a w . P h e n t o n N e y m o u r , r e s p o n d i n g t o y e s t e r d a y s T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s a r t i c l e e n t i t l e d B u s i n e s s o w n e r c l o s e t o e s c a p i n g B E C t h r o u g h $ 3 5 k s o l a r i n v e s t m e n t , s a i d t h e r e a r e r e g u l a t i o n s i n p l a c e r e g a r d i n g p r i v a t e p o w e r g e n e r a t i o n t h a t s h o u l d b e a d h e r e d t o . A c c o r d i n g t o M r N e y m o u r , t h o s e w h o r e t r o f i t t h e i r h o m e o r o f f i c e p o w e r s u p p l y w i t h a n a l t e r n a t i v e e n e r g y s o u r c e s h o u l d t a k e c a r e n o t t o a d v e r s e l y i m p a c t a n y B E C a s s e t s . H e s a i d h e h a d n o t h e a r d o f S u r e A l a r m s m o v e t o s o l a r p o w e r , b u t t h e G o v e r n m e n t w a s r e v i e w i n g t h e r e g u l a t o r y f r a m e w o r k f o r t h e e n e r g y s e c t o r " w i t h a v i e w f o r a l l o w i n g i n d e p e n d e n t p o w e r p r o d u c e r s " . O w n e r o f S u r e A l a r m s , G r a h a m W e a t h e r f o r d , t o l d T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s t h a t h e w a s c l o s e t o b e i n g c o m p l e t e l y p o w e r i n d e p e n d e n t a n d o f f B E C ' s g r i d , v i a t h e i n s t a l l a t i o n o f a $ 3 5 , 0 0 0 s o l a r p o w e r e d e l e c t r i c s y s t e m c u r r e n t l y c a p a b l e o f r u n n i n g e v e r y t h i n g i n h i s s t o r e e x c e p t t h e a i r c o n d i t i o n e r s . M r N e y m o u r s a i d h e h a d m e n t i o n e d s e v e r a l t i m e s t h a t t h e B a h a m a s c o u l d m o v e m o r e t o w a r d s t h e u s e o f s o l a r p o w e r , n a m e l y t h e u s e o f s o l a r w a t e r h e a t e r s . T h e G o v e r n m e n t h a d a l s o s o u g h t t o e n c o u r a g e t h e u s e o f t h i s m e t h o d o f p o w e r g e n e r a t i o n b y a l l o w i n g t h e i m p o r t a t i o n o f s o l a r p a n e l s a n d t h e i r p e r i p h e r a l s t o b e d u t y f r e e . 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DR SHEENA ANTONIO, internal medicine specialist and a clinical director at Doctors Hospital with responsibility for the Medical Surgical Unit, will update Bahamians on H1N1, commonly known as swine flu, during the Bank of the Bahamas (BOB Health Expo on Saturday at the Sheraton, Cable Beach. “With schools recently resuming, the concern about H1N1 swine flu has skyrocket ed. With that in mind, we wanted to add a presentation to our extensive programme on health matters and we are very grateful to Doctors Hospital for answering the call and inviting Dr Antonio, who is well-informed and well-respected within the medical community where she practices both privately and represents the hospital to update the public,” said Vaughn Delaney, deputy managing director of BOB. The bank, which recently introduced the medical payment solution, BOB Medline Visa, is sponsoring the event, bringing together leading physicians, surgeons and medical experts from the Bahamas and South Florida. The talk on the H1N1 virus is expected to be a hot topic, according to Mr Delaney. “Officials at the Centres for Disease Control (CDC US have predicted that up to half the population of the US could contract the swine flu in the coming year and somewhere between 30,000 and 90,000 persons are expected to die from it,” said Mr Delaney. “Those are very alarming fig ures. We feel it is very impor tant that we make as many Bahamians as possible aware of what they can do to protect themselves and their families, and people also want the latest information on when a vaccine is likely to be available in the Bahamas.” The presentation on swine flu will take place in the Sheraton’s Independence Ballroom at 10.30am. Other presentations include Dr Daniel Shedid of the Cleve land Clinic Florida speaking on spinal stenosis, diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment at 11.15am. At the same time, in a different room, Dr Judith Hurley of the University of Miami Health Systems will address breast cancer in the Bahamas. At 12.15pm, there are presentations by Dr Barry Russell of the Bahamas Orthodontic Centre, who will discuss the new Damon system that is revolu tionising orthodontics, and by Dr Juan Bolivar of the Miami Children’s Hospital, discussing cardiology. “There is also very keen interest in the new Da Vinci Robotic Surgery technique, so we are extremely pleased that we have three experts from Broward General Medical Cen tre presenting on that topic at 1.45pm,” said Mr Delaney. At the same time, in another private area, local expert Dr Robin Roberts, a leading figure in the fight against prostate can cer, will speak on men’s health. At 2.45pm, there will be pre sentations by Dr Conville Brown, founder of the Medical Pavilion, home of the Heart Centre and the Cancer Centre Bahamas, will address the topic of the healthy heart, and Mr Michael Thorpe of the South Florida-based CMI South will address magnetic imaging (MRI The last presentation of the day titled “It is important to know your numbers” will be conducted by Dr Teresa Iribar ren of Baptist Health South Florida. More than 40 booths will offer health and wellness information, “literally on subjects from head to toe,” said Mr Delaney. There also will be free blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI (body mass index a blood drive and numerous giveaways, including two free weekend stays at the luxurious Opera Suites and Marina on Biscayne Bay in Miami. The Expo is open to the public without charge from 10am to 4.30pm. ALMOST 400 new jobs are expected to be created in Abaco and Grand Bahama with the construction of new government complexes. G overnment in conjunction with the National Insurance Board (NIB the pre-qualification process for constructionof new complexes on those islands. Approximately 200 construction jobs are pegged for the Grand Bahama complex, with approximately 180 construction jobs earmarked for Abaco. Construction Funded by the NIB, the construction of the government complexes complements oth-er major infrastructural projects throughout t he country, including the redevelopment of t he Lynden Pindling International Airport a nd the New Providence Road Improvement Project. P re-qualification requests to contractors were advertised on Wednesday for bidding on the Grand Bahama complex and in lateA ugust for the Marsh Harbour, Abaco facility. The $17 million, approximately 65,000 sq ft Freeport complex, designed by Donald Dean of the Architects Incorporated, will house the Customs and Immigration Departments, Education, the Passport Office and Data Processi ng. The $19 million, approximately 50,000 sq ft Marsh Harbour complex, designed by Bruce Lafleur of Bruce Lafleur and Associates, will house major government offices and departments, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Public Treasury, Business Licence and Real Property Tax, the National Insurance Board, Tourism, Customs and Immigration, Magistrate’s Courts, and the Post Office. Contractors wishing to bid on the Marsh H arbour complex were to collect pre-qualification documents from NIB’s Clifford Darling C omplex, Baillou Hill Road in Nassau by Wednesday, and submit the signed and sealed documents to the NIB office on or before 12 noon on Tuesday, September 15. Documents for bidding on the Freeport c omplex can be collected from the Nassau office or NIB’s Freeport Office, Mall Drive, u ntil September 16, and should be returned to the respective offices on or before 12 noon on Wednesday, September 23. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM nobody seems to be aware or interested.” After seeing the photos, Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation( BREEF) executive director Casuarina M cKinney said this kind of run-off is “very damaging” to the marine environment, particularly to sensitive ecosystems such seagrass beds and coral reefs. “Coral reefs in particular are dependent on clear water to thrive and support fish-e ries, tourism and the reef’s function as a b arrier to protect islands from storm surges,” she said. “Buffers of native plants along the coastline serve to protect land from the sea during storm events, and they also help block the r un-off of sediment into the sea. In many places, this vegetative buffer has been removed to make way for roads and build-i ngs. The impact beyond the scope of the actual development is often not visible until we experience the sort of heavy rains that weh ave had in the past few days. There is a clear need for better land use practices that will restrict clear-cutting of trees on land. This can be done by limitingt he clear-cutting to the footprint of the build ing only, rather than clearing the entire lot, and enforcing these mandates. “BREEF is certainly very concerned about the amount of land-clearing along the coast.” ReEarth president Sam Duncombe said a ll developers of coastline projects should be made to build retaining walls and pave roads before work starts. Mrs Duncombe said she knows of several areas along West Bay Street where this “silting” is occurring every time it rains. “This is directly affecting the seven-mile b arrier reef which runs along the western coastline. Silt smothers the reefs communit ies off shore, destroys the reefs, which protect the shoreline from storm surges affecting the coastline, and in this case the roads adjacent to the shoreline.” The Tribune contacted Caves Point Development in connection with the matter a few minutes before 5pm yesterday. An employ e e said the only person able to speak on the matter had left for the day, but could be contacted for comment today. Infrastructural projects to create almost 400 jobs Doctors Hospital specialist to give Swine Flu update THE ‘RIVER OF MUD’ flowing from the high-end residential development. Concerns that run-off from development could be affecting the environment FROM page one

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By AVA TURNQUEST T HE New Covenant Bap tist Church yesterday unveiled to the press its newly constructed memorial wallf or the country’s murder vic tims. Bishop Simeon Hall, senior pastor of the church,s aid the wall and its prominent location facing Inde pendence Drive will serve a s a physical reminder to the p ublic of those killed through acts of violence, “forcing everyone to acknowledge, appreciate, and most of allr espect, the sanctity of life and the permanence of death.” "By posting the names of murdered persons we will hopefully achieve three things; we'd like to commise rate with their families, u nderscore the precious gift of life, and we pray that the wall will impose on viewers, possibly deterring someone from committing murder,” he said. Construction of the wall cost around $1,500 money the church considers well spent. The seven sq ft concrete wall will be able to hold the names of 100 victims on each side along with the dates of their deaths. Bishop Hall said he is con fident that the wall will play a significant part in highlighting the tragedy of murder in the Bahamas. "It can be said that for every murder there can be up to 150 affected persons," he said. B ishop Hall said his time s pent chairing the National Advisory Council on Crime was a huge influence on his fervor for this project. He said he laments the fact that Bahamians have become desensitised to murder and often disassociate themselves from the victims and persons affected. The New Covenant Baptist Church invites the public to attend the official unveil ing of the wall on Sunday, September 27, at 1.15pm after their morning service. At that time the church will have affixed the current list of victims and constructed a sign that will sit atop the wall. Families of murder victims are encouraged to send in the names of their loved one so that they can be added to the wall at no cost to them, space permitting. The murder count cur rently stands at 57 for the year. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5(: By AVA TURNQUEST A CROWDgathered yesterday afternoon when a security guard discovered an infant alone in a locked van in the parking lot of the Town Centre Mall’s Cost Rite entrance. Top Class chief of security Darren Stubbs said that he was horrified when he discovered a young baby dangling out of a rear-facing car seat in the passenger seat of what he described as a gray Astro van. He was making his rounds when he noticed that the vehicle was on, but appeared to be empty. Upon closer inspection, he noticed what appeared to be a baby boy screaming inside. "The car seat was in an awkward position," Mr Stubbs said, "the baby was strapped in but his lower body was hanging out to the side with his upper body still secured in the seat." Mr Stubbs immediately radioed his control centre, which asked the information desk to make an announcement over the PA based on information gathered from the vehicle's registration sticker. Mr Stubbs said he did not remember to get the plate number, however, because he was so focused on rescuing the baby. The control centre made an emergency call to the police, while Mr Stubbs worked frantically to find a way inside the van. "All doors were locked except for the back hatch; I climbed in through there and unlocked the doors. After I took the baby out I gave him to a woman that had been assisting me." Mr Stubbs and concerned customers then waited for what he estimates to be about 30 to 45 minutes before a woman who appeared to be in her early 40s, assisted by a packing employee, came out of the mall carrying groceries. "She went to the vehicle, then after noticing the baby wasn't there, she immediately started back toward the store. It was at this time that the lady holding the baby and I were approaching her.” The lady explained that she had just run into the store for some mayonnaise, Mr Stubbs said, adding however that he noticed she had more than a few groceries with her. When questioned further, the woman reportedly stated that there was no one who could mind the child for her. Mr Stubbs said that he began to lecture the woman sternly about the dangers of leaving a baby in a vehicle, but she wanted to leave the scene as quickly as possible. He said she left shortly before the police arrived on the scene. Mr Stubbs said that what disturbed him most about the incident was that the back hatch of the van was left open. "Many women leave their handbags in the car or their doors open in this parking lot, and there are a lot of vagrants and undesirables that just wait and search cars or even break in," he warned. “Luckily I was making my rounds at the time; it’s so sad to think what would have happened had I not discovered the child." Mr Stubbs said he gave police officers a statement in relation to the matter, and they assured him they would investigate further. Infant discovered alone in locked van By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net T HE family of the man shot in an attempted armed robbery of Dean’s Building Supplies on Saturday afternoon are appealing to anyone who can donate blood t o visit Doctors Hospital as h e is in “dire need” of fresh supplies. Alexander Dean, 23, was shot in the abdomen and the b ack when a dread-locked g unman and an accomplice b urst into Mr Dean’s familyrun hardware store on Parkgate Road and demanded cash. The men fled the store on foot after the shooting at around 3pm. M r Dean had to undergo s pinal surgery as a result of the wound in his back. W hile he is now in stable c ondition, doctors warned t hat he could be crippled. The bullet in his abdomen is scheduled to be removedt oday. Police are hunting the two criminals and calling for assistance from the public. Police press liaison officer Walter Evans said: “We are seeking the help of resid ents in the area or anyone w ho may have been passing t he Parkgate Road area and noticed two men running, toc ontact us at telephone n umbers 919, 502-9991, 3223816, or call Crime Stoppers on 328-TIPS (8477 Assistant Superintendent E vans said the dreadlocked gunman was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.N o description of the second man was provided. The shooting came a little over two weeks after moth er of three Wendy Bullardw as brutally gunned down in front of her place of work. Ms Bullard, 34, was shot in the face when two masked men held up 21st Century Steel Welding Lim ited off Royal Palm Street, j ust several yards south of S t George's Anglican Church. Attempted armed robbery victim’s family appeal for blood donations TOP CLASS chief of security Darren Stubbsexplains to a Tribune reporter how he dealt with the situation yesterday. T i m C l a r k e B ISHOP SIMEON HALL o f the New Covenant Baptist Church stands at the wall. Murder victims memorial wall officially unveiled Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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EDITOR, The Tribune . B usiness is advised to “brace” for an increase of 2 per cent on the payroll tax (aka income tax). The tax rate in2 010 is slated to rise to 10.8 per cent. The wage ceiling rises from $400 to $600. An example of the effect of t he increases on a small comp any with three employees follows: At the current tax rate of 8.8 per cent on wages with thec ap at $400 per week the tax is $5,500 per annum. When the wage ceiling is raised from $400 to $600 and the tax rate i ncreased to 10.8 per cent the a nnual combined payment to NIB becomes $10,100 per annum; an 84 per cent increase! S uch an increase will have unintended harmful consequences. Most Bahamian businesses have already been laying-off employees in line with falling income. The growingn umbers of unemployed will join the line-up for Unemploy-m ent Insurance, the programme government enacted e arlier this year in a fit of unsustainable altruism. The tax increase coupled w ith the Unemployment Benef its programme sets in motion a vicious cycle of tax increases to support the newly unemployed whose numbers increase as a c onsequence of the previous tax increase. Does this make sense? Well yes, if a welfare state is a d esired end, and government expansion the means to the end. The unemployed are noncontributors. Increasing unemp loyment results in a decrease in contributions to NIB. Therefore a tax increase that leads to job loss undermines the objective of the increase intended tog uarantee the viability of the Fund in the future. To increase taxes in a slowing economy takes resources from producers when they are needed most. In the best oft imes taxes are disincentives for economic expansion, in thew orst of times they are destruc tive to businesses struggling to s urvive. The NIB Fund as a ready s ource for government borr owing is a kind of candy store to indulge the government’s sweet tooth for spending. Perhaps the “ready” moneye xplains ridiculous amounts spent on projects like the $36,000 for each of 6 roundabouts for the Beauty Pageant if the numbers reported in the p ress are correct. Out of debt out of danger is an old proverb that says it all. It applies to personal debt as wella s to the liabilities of business and government. The danger to the value of the Bahamian Dollar by the growing debt a ffects everyone and cannot be i gnored. Tax rates and policies that increase costs undermine businesses the major source of income needed to reduce thed ebt. Business is advised to “brace” itself for tax increases yet government exempts itself from responsible actions that would have made a tax increase unnecessary. There is some-t hing tragically wrong with that. T HE NASSAU INSTITUTE N assau, September 9, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 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 A TLANTA You could learn nearly as much about the health care reform situation in Congress by just watchingP resident Obama’s speech to the combined House and Senate as by listening t o it. Not that the president fell short. He clearly lined out what is in and what isn ot in the proposals supported by the administration separating the wheat from the summer’s accumulation of c haff, the wild lies, Internet rumours and manufactured misinformation. He made a strong case not only for t he economic necessity for reform but also for the moral imperative to pro v ide decent health coverage for all Americans and to protect consumers from insurance company abuses and theb ankruptcy that too often results from serious illness. O bama continued as well to hold the way open to compromise if proposals put forward in its name would accom p lish the broad reforms that are essential if America’s overly costly, underperforming health system is to be put aright for the long run and not just patched up a bit here and there to keep it fromi mmediate collapse. But the TV cameras showed what the president is up against a Congress not just deeply sundered along party lines but an opposition so bitter thato ne of its members heckled Obama as if the president were a lounge act in a lowrent nightclub. W e are accustomed from watching State of the Union addresses to seeing the members of a president’s party often c heer while members of the other party sit mute. OK. That goes with a two-party system. But even Obama’s call for repairs that many Republicans themselves have called for making health insurance available to persons now disqualified by actually needing it, protecting policy holders from being dumped by their insurers for daring to fall seriously ill drew no GOP recognition. Cameras panning the Republican muster caught frequent sneers and forlorn headshakes.A t moments when the president’s address seemed strongest, House Minori ty Leader John Boehner of Ohio looked like a soured hangman whose victim had been snatched away byr eprieve. Republicans cheered only when Obama said he would carry out his predec essor’s plan to let selected states test various schemes for holding down mal practice lawsuits and arguably excess ive awards. Tort reform has long been a GOP enthusiasm, not because the c osts are a major cause of rising health costs they aren’t, though they can be killers for individual physicians but asa step toward broadly shielding corporations from liability awards. I t has been plain for weeks that the Republican leadership decided early on that their party’s prospects would beb est served by strangling the Obama presidency in its infancy and to do that by promoting misinformation and incit ing confusion to prevent health care reform. T he GOP’s poor-me lamentations of bipartisanship tendered and rejected are belied by the party’s abandonmenteven of proposals from its own members sensible end-of-life planning between p atients and their doctors, health care co-ops instead of a public plan once Democrats accept them or even showi nterest. Perhaps President Obama will have inspired a few Republicans to give the p lain national interest a second thought. We’ll see. If not, hope he at least retrieved enough of a wavering public from its capture by hysterics shouting “socialism” and scaring Medicare patients with lies so that Democrats will be stiffened to do the job on their own. (This article was written by Tom Teepen of Cox Newspapers c.2009). Business as usual? Not so LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Bitter opposition faces Obama EDITOR, The Tribune. W hat are we waiting for? Kayla LockhartEdwards, a cultural icon has passed for a while n ow and many still have sadness in their hearts for the great loss experienced. We have lost a magnificent human being. What are we going to do to celebrate this beautiful, extraordinarily talented lady who always spoke positive things and w ho was the epitome of a professional entertainer par excellence. I t is no secret that Kayla has made invaluable contributions to the Bahamas locally and inter n ationally. She has distinguished herself in the field of culture that will be hard to surpass. She influenced many to enter the field of music and theatre who have also gone on to become giants in their own right. K ayla was a class act and has set the bar so high that it would be hard for anyone to equal her p erformance in musicals and many onstage per formances. She has done sufficient to be hon oured in a significant way. How come nothing has been discussed yet towards this end? I believe that the singular honour should be to rename the Centre For the performing Arts, The K ayla Lockhart-Edwards Centre for the Per forming Arts. This is the least that could be done for a lady who has given her life toward making the Bahamas a better place through her performances as a TV producer, conductor, song writer, s oloist, performer, ambassador, international artist, mentor and friend to many. Who else canl ay claim to so many achievements in one lifetime. Kayla was a national treasure. W e usually drag our feet with everything, but egos aside, bureaucracy aside, let us do the right thing. This needs no consultation. There should be an overwhelming groundswell of support for this idea.At least it should clear our consciences. IVOINE W INGRAHAM N assau, September, 2009. It’s time to honour cultural icon Kayla Lockhart-Edwards in a meaningful way EDITOR, The Tribune. Food prices are rising a lot faster than what the Depart ment of Statistics seems to be a ble to report and it certainly has to be a serious concern as in the US their food prices are declining. I shop around simply the highest priced group of stores is City Meat next is Solomon’s Super Centre then Robin Hood and the cheapest on average is Super Value Food Stores. Both City Meat and Super Value give stamps so there is a balancing to an extent there but City Meat is streets more expensive. Why is bread going up and up? Why is aluminum foil going up and up? Why is there such a difference on meat prices and bananas, as common as bananas? All prices should have come down as BEC is far from as h igh as last summer but that does not show in the prices? It seems no longer retailers need to price items or that seems to what is allowed at the scanning stores so if you don’t check the prices carefully you can be over-charged. I did not hear that Consumer Affairs has dropped this requirement? Remember the lowest price is the only price you can be charged. I read today in The Tribune about City Meat and their financing; I must sigh here as it really has been going on for a long time. When is this charade seemingly going to stop and stop finally with full disclosure? Why does the Board of Direc tors refuse to publish their annual reports? What has their e xternal auditors got to do with them finding new equity financing? The 20 per cent that you report surely that is simply the required input from their existing shareholders and the other 80 per cent is still unresolved but they are asking RBC to provide? RBC has either said yes or refused as it is too risky it is as simple as that why is City Meat not being transpar ent? SHEPARD SMITH Nassau, August 24, 2009. Rising food prices are a serious concern

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net ANIMAL rights activists are calling on the government to improve “horrific” conditions at the dog pound and invest in canine control services. Former president of Animals Require Kindness (ARK Mather told The Tribune how ARK worked with the pound to train staff in compassionate care and euthanising of animals, but the standard of practices declined when ARK backed out. Ms Mather, current president of Advocates for Animal Rights, said: “When I first went in there it was such a horrific situation that I contacted theg overnment and asked if we could get these guys trained. “There was a dog there with half its face blown off, which they left until Friday to euthanise. “They would put puppies to sleep in front of their mother, and then put her to sleep on top of them. They were euthanising one puppy they left the nee-d le in the heart, while it was alive, to answer the phone. And then they would load all the dead dogs into the back o f a truck on Fridays and dump them at the government landfill.” ARK provided traps, medication, staff uniforms and more to help improve the state of the pound, and Ms Mather went with a group of staff from the Canine Control Unit to a similar unit in Broward County, Flori da, where they learned how to catch, handle and euthanise animals in a humane way. When a consultant from Broward County visited the pound in Nassau in 1993 he said he was “shocked and truly disturbed” by the conditions there, and ranked it as the “worst” he had seen in the 18 years he had worked in the field. Ms Mather said: “When I was there it was okay, but as soon as somebody stopped going the place reverted back to its old ways, and they wouldn’t let me in anymore. “They don’t catch the dogs that really need to be caught, it’s other people that do that. These are the ones that are easy to catch so it’s no big deal. “It really needs to be dealt with.” Poor conditions at the pound were highlighted by a young visitor to the site last month. 14-year-old Kirsh Duncombe was so horrified by the way ani mals are treated at the pound, he wrote to The Tribune to make public the horror of seeing a dead dog locked in a cage with a live one, animals starved of food and water and unsanitary conditions. Tribune staff then visited the pound in the Botanical Gar dens, Chippingham Road, but were refused entry, and the Department of Agriculture and Marine Resources has still not given Tribune staff permission to tour the pound. Agriculture Minister Larry Cartwright said: “It’s normally off limits because they bring in dogs from the streets who could have all sorts of diseases.” He maintains the 14-year-old schoolboy and his group had “bragged” their way in “under false pretenses” as they said they were working for the Bahamas Humane Society next door. A statement was due to be released by the Department last week, but had still not been received before press time yesterday. Mr Cartwright said: “Once the statement has been issued I am sure the understanding publ ic will realise that it’s not a t ourist attraction, it’s not a place w here you can take anybody. “It’s cleaned on a daily basis but it needs some minor repairs and cleaning up, and I think it would be naive of us to say that everything is in tip-top shape because it’s not, we are human beings working there. . . need I say more?” Mr Cartwright said he would inquire about allowing Tribune staff permission to tour the pound. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 2 0 0 9 H i l t o n H o s p i t a l i t y I n c .Forreservations:32233013029000reservations.nassau@hi lton.comfacebook.com/HiltonNassau Relax in our newly renovated rooms for only$99*per nightplus taxes*Valid through September 30, 2009Single occupancy, Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights only ($109 for double occupancy room Bahamian residents only Turn your weekends into aMini Vacationat the British Colonial Hilton //%'(*5(( &5(',7&$5'6$&&(37(' ALBERTHA MILLER Pinder’s Point Freeport, GB ANITA L BURROWS Matthew Town, Inagua ANTONIA LESBOTT P. O. Box SS-5481 New Bight Cat Island BRENDA ADDERLEY CLAUDE LESBOTT P. O. Box SS-5481 New Bight Cat Island CYRIL WILLIAMS I Yellow Elder Gardens 2 CYRIL WILLIAMS II Yellow Elder Gardens 2 DWAYNE DORSETTE EDNA DEAN P. O. Box N-4912 IAN TRECO P. O. Box N-3693 JASON SAUNDERS Prince Charles Drive JENNIFER TRECO P. O. Box N-3693 KEVA FAWKES Matthew Town, Inagua KOVAN SMITH P. O. Box CB-11825The following individuals are asked tocontact Ms. Arnette Rahming (356-8328or Ms. Shamara Farquharson (356-8456LEANDRA PINDER Matthew Town, Inagua MERVIN SMITH P. O. Box CB-11825 MIRIAM NAOMI INGRAHAM P. O. Box N-7905 NASHLAWN CURTIS NESHA JASMINE L CULMER P. O. Box SS-5818 NIKITA CURTIS OLIVIA GAITOR P. O. Box N-5359 PHILIPPA, INGRAHAM P. O. Box N-7905 RENDAL COLEBY P. O. Box N-8672 SANSCHIA CULMER P. O. Box SS-5818 STAFFORD MILLER Pinder’s Point Freeport, GB STEPHEN FAWKES Matthew Town, Inagua VICTORIA SAUNDERS Prince Charles Drive WELLINGTON DORSETTE WILFRED GAITOR P. O. Box N-5359 CONCERNS have been raised over the dog pound. N EWLY sworn-in United States Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant praised the country for the role it plays in helping the US p rotect its “third border.” In the area of regional security, the Bahamas plays a critical role in working together with us to monitor and prot ect our third border. There is n o better example of multiagency, multi-national cooperation than the success of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos – OPBAT which has for 25 years significantly reduced the deadly flow of illegal drugs through the Bahamas and ultimately to our children in the United States,” s he said. Ms Avant was sworn in as the 13th US Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Ms Avant is expected to present her letters of credence to Governor General Arthur H anna in October. Confidence In her swearing in remarks, M s Avant thanked President B arack Obama for his continued faith and confidence in her. She said that she is honoured to have the opportunity to serve in the Bahamas anda dvance the existing close and m utually beneficial partnership. M s Avant noted that beyond the geographic proximity, the US and the Bahamas share a commitment to democratic ideals, the rule of law and strategic interests that span issues of regional security, economic and socialp rogress, energy security and stewardship of the environ-m ent. She said that this strong relationship has beend escribed by the leaders of both nations as “excellent.” Her mission, she said, is to keep it that way. Ms Avant said that from an e arly age she has benefitted from the wonderful influence of her parents, entertainment industry legend Clarence Avant and philanthropist, J acqueline Avant. Their passion for philanthropy, politics and culture left an indelible mark upon her. H er parents, she said, have instilled in her and her brother, Alex, the importance of u sing their talents to learn, to m entor, to uplift and to serve in any way possible. She said that she has strived to follow in their footsteps and eagerly awaits the opportunity to apply the lessons she has learned; service to ideals andp rinciples; service on behalf of the economically disadvantaged and children in need. Ms Avant has worked tirel essly to mobilise and engage the younger generation towards greater charitable and p olitical involvement. She said s he is committed to and passionate about children and ensuring that the less fortu-n ate and disabled are given every opportunity for education and equal access to meaningful employment. M ost recently, Ms Avant served as vice-president of Interior Music Publishing and Avant Garde Music Publishing (1998-2009S outhern California Finance Co-Chairwoman of the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign. In her professional capacity, Ms Avant served as an acade mic counsellor at the Neigh b orhood Academic Initiative, a University of Southern California mentorship programme for high school students thatp rovided full academic scholarships as well as daily guida nce and direction in social behavior and responsibility. For a number of years, Ms Avant actively served as a b oard member for the following organisations: Best Budd ies International, a global vol unteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-onef riendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellec tual and developmental disabilities; The Bogart Pediatric Research Programme, which raises vital funds to support early stage pediatric cancer r esearch at the Bogart laboratories located at Children’s H ospital Los Angeles. New USAmbassador praises the Bahamas Activists call on government to improve dog pound conditions

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By KATHRYN CAMPBELL FORMERParliamentarian Claudius Leander Minnis, hailed as "an outstanding nononsense son of the Bahamian soil” who loved his family, God and church, was laid to rest on Wednesday. The three-hour state-recognised funeral services at St Barnabas Anglican Church, conducted by Fathers Michael Maragh and Carlton Turner, drew hundreds of mourners from across the social and political spectrum. The service reflected on the life of Mr Minnis in special tributes, music led by St Barnabas Senior Choir, prayers and scripture readings. Governor General Arthur Hanna said, “all of us of whatever political persuasion know of the valuable contribution of Mr Leander Minnis to our peo ple and our homeland and are particularly saddened by his passing.” Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham described Mr Minnis as a “good and decent man." He said Mr Minnis was among those crusaders who made a “significant contribu tion to the movement for Majority Rule in the Bahamas” and who served his constituents and country well. “He also contributed signific antly to his political party in and out of season and gained the respect of his colleagues as well as those on the other side of the political divide. “A successful businessman who entered the political arena, Mr Minnis earned a reputation for trustworthiness and was m ade a trustee of the Progressive Liberal Party,” Mr Ingraham said. Following the service, official pallbearers and a colour party of Police and Defence Forces officers placed the casket bearing Mr Minnis’ body into the official hearse and proceeded to Lakeview Memorial Gardens Mausoleum for interment. Mr Minnis was appointed to the Senate in October 1973 and made chairman of the Town Planning Committee. In 1977, he was elected Member of Parliament for the Bamboo Town constituency and served for two consecutive t erms. He was a founding member of the Bahamas Trade Union Congress and a member of the S talwart Council of the Progressive Liberal Party. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahamians pay tribute to Claudius Leander Minnis I NTERNATIONAL Coastal Clean-Up Day will be held n ext Saturday, September 19, in Nassau, Abaco and Grand B ahama. The Bahamas National Trust (BNT who can to come out and support this global effort in theB ahamas. Bonefish Pond National Park was chosen in New Providence as the location to support the national parks and in honour of the BNT’s 50th anniversary. “We ask all those who are coming out to please wear enclosed shoes, use sunscreen and bring gardening gloves,” the BNT said. Coastal clean-up efforts in Nassau, Abaco, Grand Bahama THE CASKET bearing the body of former Parliamentarian Leader Minnis is taken by official pallbearers to L akeview Memorial Gardens. Patrick Hanna /BIS B y REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporter A SPECIAL memorial for James K lass, a Bahamian-born, wellknown British radio personality,w ill be held today at 6.30pm at the H oly Cross Anglican Church in N assau. Mr Klass, who spent most of his youth in New Providence, died at t he age of 44 at the Royal Hospital in Liverpool on July 12. The radio host and DJ, who f riends say was devoted to his wife Kelly and their six children, was best known for presenting the show ‘Upfront’ which aired on BBC 1 Merseyside Radio. H undreds of mourners gathered at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral to say goodbye to the radio presenter at a funer a l service on July 17. “James has been gone so long, and sometimes people lose track of those they know,” said Carlotta Klass, the deceased’s mother. “We want his friends and family to know of his passing a nd to come out and honour him (today Mr Klass completed his primary and secondary education a t St John’s College in Nassau. In 1981, as a teenager, he returned to England, to be with his parents Carlotta and George Klass (now deceasedT here, he completed his studies in journalism and media. H e was an accomplished MC and DJ, performing through out England and Ireland. His European performances under the name of ‘MC Jam’ t ook him to places such as Russia, Germany, Holland and Lithuania. This October marks Black History month in England, where Mr Klass will posthumously be given an award named in his honour. He also won a Black Achievers’ Award and the neighborhood community award. Memorial for Bahamian-born, British radio personality J AMES KLASS

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By ADRIAN GIBSON ajbahama@hotmail.com Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character. T. Alan Armstrongan excerpt from last week’s edition of SC McPherson newsletter to teachers “From the principal’s desk.” LAST Friday, I bid farewell to my comrades at the SC McPherson Junior High school as I departed the school and my beloved students to pursue my law studies. Today, with all of the issues facing the educational system, SC McPherson continues to stand out as a bright light on a hill of despair. It is unambiguous to state that the pursuit of a tertiary education is not only a path to further enlightenment, but also to advanced qualifications and a greater sense of self and awareness about our societies. Growing up as a youngster in the Bahamas (Long Island took a keen interest in the law, deciding at a tender age that practising law would ultimately be my career path, particularly as the intricacies of the law, its value to organized and democratic societies and the importance of the law and the administration of justice to settling disputes, confronting the criminal element and ensuring the integrity of business and society at large. Beyond these elements, the practice of law also has other benefits, such as producing prosperous citizens, who may venture into businesses and create jobs during these tough economic times and who may also positively contribute to the political, social and judicial strengthening of a developing nation such as the Bahamas. That being said, I have hardly slept since Monday, as the study of law is an extremely arduous, sleepless undertaking that has a heavy workload and requires extensive research and reading. I had a truly heralding experience in my years in education, particularly at SC McPherson where I spent most of my time and where, like all teachers at all other schools throughout the country, I was confronted with the everyday struggles that educators face, the task of courting certain students who regularly fail to complete homework to embrace their after school assignments, and the encumbrance of some parents who refuse to invest a minute in their children’s advancement. In 2005, I began my journey in education by completing my teaching practice and certification at SC McPherson. Upon being hired as a public servant, I was posted to the LW Young Junior High school. Although I made lifelong friends at LW Young and had fulfilling experiences, I requested a transfer to SC McPherson, as I was relocating to western New Providence and had desired to continue under the tutelage of Mrs Antoinette Storr (then principal with whom I had developed a good relationship. Mrs Storr, then the school’s very progres sive principal had also requested my return, and was foremost in ensuring that I attained the cooperation and reassurance that I would need to pass teaching practice with flying colours. I did just thatearning an A! While completing my teaching practice exercise at SC, Mrs Storr and her administration and staff went above and beyond to ensure that I was not hampered and that I had all the supplies and necessary paraphernalia needed to excel. Upon my return to SC as a member of staff, I realised that the hardworking teachers had cultivated a positive school climate, and that the institution wasa pilot school for much of the Ministry of Education’s (MOE initiatives. Furthermore, the principal and teaching staff had instituted a summer and after-school programme to attend to the remedial needs of slower students. Although Mrs Storr has now retired from the public service and moved on to become a viceprincipal at St John’s College and proprietor of a state-of-the-art pre-school in Pinewood (Shalom was what I’ve come to appreciate as “Storr’s policy.” As a stern disciplinarian, she constantly patrolled the campus (with a cane) and consistently encour aged students to succeed. I also came to admire her hard-line approach to fostering parentali nvolvement in instances such as those when parents did not collect their children’s report cards and were nudged to do so as she refused to permit students to attend classes unless the reportc ards were collectedand that approach quickly yielded results. S C McPherson’s new principal, Mrs Dorothy Kemp, has also brought an innovative, technology savvy approach to conducting school affairs and keeping teachers informed of school activities, MOE promotionale xercises and so on. Although SC is today faced with having to accommodate throngs of studentssome 1400, particularly in these rough eco nomic times when many parents are withdrawing their children from private institutionsSC McPherson’s teachers continue to aspire to offer first-class edu cation that has become synonymous with the institution. Frankly, everyone seems to want to send their child to SC these days! It must also be noted that sev eral of the brightest students produced by SC McPherson have been lured away from the public school systemupon complet ing grade nineby scholarships offered by private schools such as St Andrews. Credit for much of the top grades at schools such as St Andrews in next year’s national exams must be given to SC McPherson’s hardworking faculty, who nurtured and laid the foundation for these students and also exposed them to effective teaching and reading methodologies. Today, the administration and teachers at this outstanding school continue to dig in their shallow pockets and make personal sacrifices to ensure that their students have lunch and/or the basic resources to function in a classroom. In the wake of my traffic accident and subsequent eye surgery earlier this year, many of SC McPherson’s teachers and stu dents rendered unfaltering support, whether by diligently and caringly visiting me as I recuper-a ted, writing wonderful get-well notes, sending gifts and fruit baskets and/or tirelessly substituting for me in my absence. I thank you all! In most schools, the school p opulation is divided into various groupings known as houses. W hen I left for law school, I was the year head/house coordinator for “Wahoo House”for whomI will keep my fingers crossed in hopes that they win most of the school’s events this year. And, I will always be rooting for SCM cPherson from the sidelines. Moreover, most importantly, I would like to thank and bid farewell to the best, most outspoken and driven department at SC McPhersonthe social studies department, of which I was a part. Special note must be made of the members of this very industrious departmentwise and assiduous Ms Ceyola Coakley, diligent Ms Paula Clarke, well organised Ms Brickell Brown, tenacious and unswerving Ms Kayren Belle, determined Ms Valerie Henriquez and vivacious Ms Andrea Wilson-Pierre. Special thanks must also be extended to hardworking Ms Villiane Deal, who left the department during the summer to join the staff at LW Young. As an educator, I hope that I have left a positive indelible mark and served as a facilitator in assisting my students with their interpretation of the processeso f change in our society as well as other societies around the globe. It is my belief that I have helped my wonderful students to define themselves as dutiful citizens who are capable of con-t ributing to the development of their society over time. T eaching has furnished me with an abundance of great memories and thought-provoking experiences, and I hope to continue to give back and teach our nation’s youth. SC McPherson’s school song proclaims “SCs chool we love you, we’ll always love you”, and no doubt, I will always love and treasure the timethe minor struggles and the many highpointsI experi enced in shark (mascot C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 8, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM For Rente premier choice for serious business”1,550 sq.ft.$5,425.00 p. month incl. CAM fees 1,056 sq.ft.$3,432.00 p. month incl. CAM feesContact Mr. Simon Chappell on 327 1575 or 477-7610Email: simon@cavesheights.comCaves Village Professional Turn Key Office Suites Harbour Bay Harbour Bay Extra 5% OFF sale items For Privileged Card Holders & Corporate Partners SCMcPherson:a bright light on a hill of despair Y OUNG M AN S V IEW ADRIANGIBSON ing occupancy rates and tries to reduce losses. He also claimed that the hotel which he said is 100 per cent Bahamian o wned was denied government assis tance that would have allowed the property to maintain staffing levels. Now, 20 more hospitality workers are set to join the growing unemployment line, dealing another blow to Grand Bahama's already weakened economy. "We put a proposal before the government, as they had assisted many of t he foreign owned hotels and they chose not to assist us and we have to do what we have to do," Mr Barnett told The Tri bune during a telephone interview from his office in Grand Bahama yesterday. He claimed that the hotel's proposal would save the government more money than it would have to give out in unemployment assistance to the 20 persons who were laid off. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that while government was not a ble to accept the hotel's proposal, it had assisted the Best Western hotel in the past. "A large number of people make proposals to government when they have these circumstances and unfortunately it's impossible for government to provide assistance to everybody to the degree that they ask (but we have assisted him in the past, in a whole number of areas," said the minister. Grand Bahama's tourism sector has limped through several h urricanes in the last few years, but has been crippled by the worldwide financial crisis, which struck last year. Said Mr Barnett: "This (the current situation compared to previous years. We saw declines ever since the three hurricanes came our way, but when the economy in the United States began to fail we felt the domino effect of that. "This is the slowest it's been. For the 30 years I've been here we've never had to lay of employees of course we had to make adjustments in schedules but we never had to lay off employees for economic reasons," said Mr Barnett. He explained that the 118-room property in downtown Freeport which caters mostly to business travellers was dealing with a significant fall off as many international compa nies cut back on unnecessary expenditure. "People just don't have the funds to travel, we're a downtown hotel so we do more corporate business and so they are saying instead of travelling we're going to do conference calls." The resort is also grappling with dwindling domestic tourism numbers, a cornerstone of its market. "We used to get a lot of people coming from Abaco on stayovers to go to the Discovery Cruise all of that has been drop ping off. People just are not working, so it's these things they have to cut back on." Best Western currently employs 60 persons. This number will be reduced to 40 on September 20. The Department of Statistics recently noted that unemployment in the Bahamas jumped from 8.7 per cent last year to 14.2 per cent this year, the highest rate recorded since the early 1990s. More job layoffs on Grand Bahama FROM page one VANDERPOOL-WALLACE

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW YORK Associated Press DEREK JETER peeked down at third base and saw a huge patch of green grass. There it is, he thought, a perfect opportunity to break out of that slump. So, he took advantage of it. Jeter began the night witha surprising bunt single and didn’t stop hitting until he tied Lou Gehrig. With three hits on Wednes day, Jeter matched the New York Yankees record of 2,721, a mark Gehrig held by himself for more than 70 years. “It’s just kind of mind-bog gling to have my name next to his,” Jeter said on the field during a postgame television interview pumped over the Yankee Stadium public address system. New York rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on a three-run homer by pinch-hitter Jorge Posada in the eighth inning. The comeback victory made it easier for Jeter to enjoy his accomplishment he tied Gehrig with a seventh-inning single off rookie starter Jeff Niemann. “I’m happy that I was able to do it here at home,” Jeter said. “We had so many spe cial moments across the street. Hopefully this is the first of many memorable moments here at the new stadium.” Moments after Posada’s homer, Jeter received a booming ovation as he stepped to the plate in the eighth with a chance to break the record. He walked against reliever Grant Bal four, bringing a loud chorus of boos from the crowd. The Yankees are off Thursday. Jeter gets his next chance to set the mark Friday night at home against Baltimore. “I wish we were playing tomorrow,” he said. Shut down by Niemann most of the night, the Yankees finished a four-game sweep and sent the ALc hampion Rays to their e ighth consecutive loss. It’s their longest skid since dropping eight straight in July 2007. Already on their feet in anticipation, fans at Yankee Stadium let loose with a roarw hen Jeter’s sharp grounder inside the first-base line got by a diving Chris Richard in the seventh. Jeter’s parents, watching from an upstairs box between home plate and first base, raised their arms and exclaimed in excitement. The ball was saved for Jeter as a souvenir. “I felt proud. I got goose bumps,” said Posada, one of Jeter’s best buddies. “It was a perfect moment.” Jeter took off his helmet and twice waved it to the crowd of 45,848 during an ovation that lasted about 2 minutes. Rays players and coaches clapped as Jeter stood at first base. “I’m very happy for him,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “He carries himself in a manner that’s worthy of passing Gehrig.” Jeter ties Gehrig for Yankees hit record NEW YORK Yankees' Derek Jeter hits a single during the seventhi nning of a baseball g ame against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Yankee Stadi-u m in New York. The h it tied Jeter with Lou Gehrig for most hits by a Yankee. B i l l K o s t r o u n / A P P h o t o Christine Edmonds NP Marvell Miller NP Candice Smith NP Latoya Johnson EX (Exuma Treke Bowleg AND (Andros Vesna Laing GB Pitching Coach – Spurgeon Johnson Trainer – Lenny Newton MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM Workout Squad 2009 Bahamas Parrots Head of Delegation – Baylor Fernander Head Coach – Aaron Adderley Coaches – Delano Cartwright / Anthony Huyler Ken Wood NP (New Providence) Alcott Forbes NP Eugene Pratt NP Lynden Richardson GB (Grand Bahama Darren Stevens NP Thomas Davis NP Ricardo Rolle GB Aneko Knowles GB Alec Rolle NP Geron Sands NP Desmond Rolle GB Godfrey Burnside Jr. NP Rickey Rolle GB Sherman Ferguson NP Lamar Waktins NP Michale Thompson NP Greg Burrows Jr. NP Hosea Hilton ELEU (Eleuthera James Clarke NP Martin Burrows Jr. NP Horation Green NP Cardinal Gilbert NP Byron Ferguson NP Charles Carroll LI (Long Island) Raynaldo Russell GB Carlos Pratt LI Andrea Bethell ELEU Tod Thompson AB(Abaco Pitching Coach – Brian Neeley Trainer – Alphonso Pratt MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM Workout Squad 2009 Bahama Marlins Head of Delegation – Andy Deal Head Coach – Perry Seymour (Manager Coaches – Martin BurrowsS r. / Neville “Hammer” C artwirght Freddie Conish NP (New Providence) Edney Bethel NP Pedro Marcello LI (Long Island)P hilip Culmer NP Van Johnson NP Dwayne Mackey NP Marvin Wood NP Angelo Dillette NP Teran Wood NP William Rutherford AB (Abaco Mario Ford NP Lamount Charlow NP Renaldo Rolle GB (Grand Bahama) Prescott Wilson GB Jamico Sands GB Larry Russell Jr. GB Greg Gardiner EX (Exuma Jamal Johnson NP Ramon Storr NP Jamal Ferguson NP Garfield Bethel NP Desmond Dean GB Christopher Russell AND (Andros Julian Pratt LI Lester Wallace ELEU (Eleuthera Kenny Rolle AB Orlando McPhee NP Pitching Coach – Leroy Thompson Trainer – Alphonso “Chicken” Albury BSF Fall calendar F ROM page 10

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still recovering from an injured right ring finger that he got jammed in an elevator at the Tennis Center and required nine stitches. But he admitted that with the title on the line, there’s no need to worry about the pain he’s experiencing. “It’s a little bit awkward, but it’s not bothering me at all,” Knowles said. “It’s still wrapped up in a cushion, but I’m felling great out there. “I’m not feeling much pain, so at this stage, it’s not a factor. I’m not worried about it. I’m just trying to concentrate on going out there and getting the job done.” If they are successful in winning, it would be the second time that Knowles has captured the US Open. He did it in 2004 with his former long-time partner Daniel Nestor. For 35-year-old Bhupathi, this will be his third appearance in the US Open Final. In 1999, he and Paes were the runners-up and in 2002, he and Mirnyi secured the title. While there’s been a lot said about the two former Indian partners (Bhupathi and Paes) playing on the opposite side of the court, Knowles said it’s not really a big issue because they are now playing Davis Cup together. “A lot of that (dissension between the two of them), are in the past,” Knowles said. “It’s obviously a big match for both teams and we both want to win the Grand Slam.” As far as Knowles is concerned, it wasn’t as bad a bitter break-up like the one he and Nestor had in 2007 just before he and Bhupathi formed their new partnership. Win or lose, Knowles will be returning home with his family on Sunday and will be honoured by the Bahamas government for teaming up with Anna-Lena Groenefeld from Germany to win the mixed doubles Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July. No doubt, Knowles would like to add this US Open title to the celebrations when he goes to Government House on Monday for a luncheon at 1 pm. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM to seek their own sponsorship i n the event that the federat ion doesn’t secure the neces sary funding in time. “We’ve never had any prob lems with the Ministry. They have been very good to us in the past,” Sumner said. “But unfortunately this year, theys aid to us that the funds are not available right now. “They told us that the funds won’t be available until next month. But we are supposed to go away this month. So that’s the dilemma that we are faced with right now.” The Bahamas have captured the championship title for the past three years and Sumner said it would really be a shame if they are not in a position to go to Grenada and defend the title. Among those named to the team from New Providence are national male and female champions James ‘Jay’ Darling and Donna Williams, Ray mond Tucker, Faye Rolle, Paul ‘Mighty Mouse’ Wilson, Teddy Gray and Keshelle Mackey. And from Grand Bahama, those named are the husband and wife combo of Desmond and Charnice Bain, Timica Stubbs and Petra Brice. Dereck Bullard is the manager and the coaches are Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears and Trevor Bethel from Grand Bahama. “I’ve been in constant conversation with the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Archie Nairn, and he is working to try and get something resolved by now and September 18.” So far, Darling has publicly announced that he has secured a sponsorship from Prolab and Natrol through the Bahamas Supply Limited. Sumner said they are encouraging all athletes to go ahead and secure their own sponsorship if they can because although they have never been in this predicament before, he’s confident that they will get something worked out. Over the summer, the Bahamas Volleyball Federa tion had to wait until the eleventh hour before their men and women national teams were able to travel to the qual ifying rounds of the 2010 FIVA World Cup because of a lack of funds. However, in both instances, the Ministry of Sports and BTC stepped up and assured that the teams were able to travel. Sumner said he was hoping that corporate Bahamas would step up and assist the federa tion before it was too late. Bahamas Bodybuilding Federation hit by economic woes i ng the Bahamas at the World Men Bodybuilding Championships in Doha, Qatar from November 2-5. “The federation does not have the funding to get the whole team to the CAC Championships this year, for whatever reason. It was not made clear to us,” Darling said. So thanks to Prolab, I will be able to go to the CAC and the World Championships in November. Every year, for ten years, I do the CAC trying to get my pro card and this year is no difference. Now that I have the backing from Prolab, I will try my hardest.” Going into the championships, Darling said he feel like he’s in the right frame of mind and c ondition to be able to compete for the overall title. But his only wish is that the organisers of the championships will once again administer the mandatory drug testing, which they’ve failed to do so over the last three years. “The last drug testing was done in 2007 in Bermuda. There was no drug testing last year,” said Darling, of the championships that was held here. I bring that up to say that if an overall champion is chosen and he is tested positive, the runn er-up does not automatically get the pro card.” However, Darling said he will be lobbying for the runner-up to step up and receive the pro card, if the eventual champion is tested positive. “I’m training hard, I’m very disciplined with my diet and this year, I really feel that this is going to be my year,” Darling projected. “So I’m going to go out there and give it my best shot.” Like Darling, reportedly five other athletes have indicated that they too are in the process of securing their own personal sponsorship in orderf or them to compete. Darling, a fitness instructor at the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, trains at Bally Total Fitness Center. The Center’s assistant manager Y olanda Barr said they are very pleased to have the champion as a member of their club. “It’s also good for the members to interact with someone of his status,” Barr said. As for his sponsorship by Prolab and Natrol, Barr said it’s another plus because they supply the products in their shop and with Darling usingt hem, it will only encourage the members to do so as well. Bahamas Supply Agencies back Darling Noon showdown for Knowles and Bhupathi FROM page 11 F ROM page 11 FROM page 11 By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net THEBahamas Softball Federation looks to begin implementation of its short term and long term goals to benefit the future of the local game and strengthen its profile on the international stage. The BSF is preparing for the fall section of its calendar year in what federation executives call the "busy season." The most pressing matter on the upcoming calendar is the selection of both Men's and Ladies’ National teams to represent the country at the upcoming CAST tournament, scheduled for October 29th to November 1st here in the capital. The Federation will hold a special meeting tonight for workout squad participants with regards to the selection process and also plans for the further development of the tournament. Burket Dorsett, BSF President, outlined the highlights of the upcoming calendar for the Federation which features several local and regional tournaments and concludes with an appearance at the International Softball Federation Congress. "The BSF will be experiencing a very busy season in the upcoming months and it is an exciting time for the players, fans and we in the administration. We begin with the National Slow Pitch Championships set for Grand Bahama either the first weekend in October or for the Discovery Day weekend for those islands that play slow pitch in various cate gories men's, ladies and co-eds. The next event on the calendar will be the Austin "Kingsnake" Knowles tournament for senior boys and girls during the mid term brak for local schools," he said, "This tournament is of the utmost importance to the BSF because it highlights the future talent of the country in a competitive format and assist the overall development of the game while providing an opportunity for young athletes to showcase their talents. Long Island has been a dominant factor in these championships over the last few years, however, Eleuthera made their presence felt winning both titles last year and promises to return to defend their titles. The following weekend, October 29thNov will be the CAST tournament, an international venture for the BSF. We already have confirmation from the Cayman Islands, Belize, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Bermuda, USVI and have also began talks with teams from Israel and England which have expressed interest. Following that will be the National Round Robin Championship where champions of member associations will descend upon New Providence vying for a national crown." Dorsett said the year will conclude with an appearance at the ISF Congress which should have a direct impact on the Bahamas and its stake in regional softball. "We will then take part in the ISF Congress. This edition will be held in Venezuela with more than 110 countries taking place. This is an election year for the ISF and in addition an additional VP post will be added for the English speaking Caribbean," he said. "The ISF has stated they will realign and the Bahamas will be placed in the Americas region, thus creating the necessity for the post. The IFS has also confirmed that the CAC Games will be held in Puerto Rico in July of 2010. The men's national team will have at least two trips of very important tournaments we need to take part in." BSF prepares for the ‘busy season’ (1 Austin Knowles High School Tournament (for senior boys and girls (2 CAST Tournament (for men and ladies Jamaica, Cayman Island, Turks Island, Belize, Israel, England, Bahamas, Bermuda (host in Nassau Bahamas (3 IFS Congress (host in Venezuela (4 2009 Round Robin Tournament (host in Nassau, Bahamas Men and Ladies November 5th – 8th Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Bimini, Grand Bahama, New Providence. LADIES NATIONAL TEAM Workout Squad 2009 Bahamas Flamingos Head of Delegation – Jenny Dotson Head Coach – Stephen Beneby Coaches – Gary Johnson / Yvonne Lockhart Mary Sweeting NP (New Providence Thena Johnson NP Sharneel Symonette NP Deserie Coakley NP Alexandria Taylor NP Lona Maxis GB (Grand Bahama Shavette Taylor NP Tara Evans GB Tasheena Pinder GB Jeanean Wallace NP Debbie McClure NP Alverne Hall GB Neressa Seymour NP Christine Hanna GB Antonia Simmons NP Kesha Pratt NP Dawn Forbes NP Zella Syminette NP Nerissa Lockhard GB Latoya Brown GB Brendina Mcphee LI (Long Island Avis Bethel ELEU. (Eleuthera BSF FALL CALENDAR SEE page nine

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C M Y K C M Y K FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 I NSIDE International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net MARK Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi are back in familiar waters, playing together in their second Grand Slam men’s doubles final for the year. The number three seeded Bahamian-Indian combo will pair up against the fourth seeded tam of Lukas Dloughy of the Czech Republic and Leander Paes of India. The match is scheduled for noon today and Knowles indicated that they are hoping not to let the title slip away from them like it did in January when they fell short against the American identical twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan. “We lost a tough one in Australia, but right now we’re playing great tennis,” said Knowles after they swept the No.5 team of Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Andy Ram from Israel 6-4, 6-2 in Wednesday’s semifinal. “I think we played our best match in the tournament (in the semifinal and we know that we have to play even better in the final (today we’re looking forward to it. We know it’s a lot of fun to be in a Grand Slam final.” The winning team will split $420,000, while the losing team will share $210,000, but Knowles said they don’t want to be in the same position they ended up in Australia. “This is what you play the game for,” said the 38-year-old Knowles. “It’s a really exciting opportunity, one that we’re really looking forward too and I have a good feeling that we will go out there and give it our best shot.” Going into the match, Knowles is Noon showdown today for Knowles, Bhupathi Team makes second doubles G rand Slam appearance for the year By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net WHILE the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation is scrapping to raise funds, men’s national champion James ‘Jay’ Darling has sealed a sig nificant sponsorship deal. On Wednesday, Darling signed a deal with Bahamas Supply Agencies Limited for a sponsorship under the joint banner of Prolab and Natrol that will ensure that he travels to the Central American and Caribbean Championships at the end of the month. The federation was hoping to send a full team to defend its title at the championships on September 30, but most of the competitors are being forced to come up with their own funding to be able to com pete. Yesterday, Bahamas Supply Agencies Ltd general manag er Simon Cooper said they were so pleased with the per formances of Darling that they have decided for the first time to throw their support behind him. “We got a favourable response,” said Cooper, about D arling’s resume that was sent to their international company for consideration. “So that in mind, we were able to go ahead and provide the necessary sponsorship, which will enable him to go on t o compete in the international events and hopefully this time he will be able to get his pro card.” Cooper, who attended the press conference with Wendell Gardiner, Bahamas Supply Agencies Ltd sales manager, said they developed a chemi stry with Darling from the break and that was the main reason why they sponsored him. For Darling, who has repre sented the country for the past 20 years, the sponsorship came just in the nick of time, considering the economic climate that the federation is experiencingr ight now. “I will definitely represent them with all good intentions and to the best of my ability,”h e said. “Being one of the first athletes being given this opportunity, I want to be the best example for other athletes to follow in the future.” While the CAC Championships is immediate on Darl ing’s agenda, the dominant middleweight champion also has his sights set on representBahamas Supply Agencies back Darling By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Bodybuild ing and Fitness Federation is the latest national federation to get hit by the economic bug. Federation president Danny Sumner said they are hard pressed to come up with some $19,500 by September 18 to send an 11-member team off to defend their title at the Cen tral American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships. The championships is scheduled for September 30 in St. George’s. Grenada, but Sumner said September 18 is the actual deadline for them to complete all of their travel arrangements. “The situation is right now we haven’t received any grant from the Ministry (Youth, Sports and Culture),” Sumner said yesterday. “But the team is still intact. We just need the funds. “Once we can get that, we will be able to take the team. Hopefully sometime will work out for them, so I want to them to stay together.” Sumner said they are also appealing to the general public to come forth and assist in their financial vows. He said he’s also encouraging the athletes Bahamas Bodybuilding Federation hit by economic woes SEE page 10 SEE page 10 S EE page 10 Mark Knowles serves as Mahesh Bhupathi waits in the foreground at the US Open. SIMON COOPER, general manager of Bahamas S upply A gencies Ltd., b odybuilder James Darling, Yolanda Barr, assistant manager at Bally FitnessC enter and Wendell Gardiner, sales manager at Bahamas Supply Agencies Ltd.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM COOL JETTINGENJOYATRIPTOFORTLAUDERDALEORLANDOORNEWYORK WITHUPTADEBITCARD PURCHASEANYDUNKIN’DONUTSCOLDBEVERAGE*TOENTER* EXCLUDESALLBOTTLEDBEVERAGES Certain restrictions apply. Visit www.dunkinbahamas.com for details. ENTER To Win Round-trip Flights on emboldened by the growing dissent amongst PLPs to see a “real change” in the direction of the party. “The country wants change. And not just change for change sake, but a generational change. The group that was there before had their time and did nothing with it. PLP’s can ill afford another term in Opposition, and that is the driving force behind Mr Moss’ campaign,” the source said. Having it be known that he will win the party’s leadership once again at its upcoming national convention on October 18, former Prime Minister Perry Christie said that anyone who seeks to challenge him would be engaging in an exercise in “futility.” Additionally, sources within the PLP have also claimed that there is a movement within the party to “politically destroy” anyone who would seek to challenge the leader. This they claim would be carried out by denying persons nominations to run in their various constituencies, or by placing political pressure on a member by denying them a posting if and when the party were to become the government. While this warning may discourage some from entering the fray, Mr Moss has reportedly paid little attention to it and has already held “private and unofficial” discussions with a number of “high profile” PLPs who also seek a change in the party’s leadership. Additionally, it is also believed that Mr Moss’ singular campaign has given “courage” to a number of PLP parliamentarians who would also seek to challenge Mr Christie for the leadership of the party. These names, it is reported, could include, but are not limited to PLP MP for Bain and Grants Town Dr Bernard Nottage, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, F ort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears, a nd former chairman Raynard R igby. Mr Moss’ announcement comes after a very contentious meeting at PLP headquarters on Wednesday night when the party decided to continue with deputy-leader hopeful Obie Wilchcombe as chairman of its national convention. Initially concerns were raised by members within the party, including former chairman Raynard Rigby who challenged Mr Wilchcombe to step down from chairing t he convention as he plans to run for a party post. Mr Rigby claimed 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 recognise the perceptions that are created by continuing to serve in the capacity of convention chair.” He said that in his opinion “these are matters that go 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, I know one when I see one and so does the public. The present facts surely satisfy the test,” he said. from the beach because he had found a condom wrapper. He told the court that Father Brown said that he told a group of girls to leave the area and go to where the other church members were. All left except one. According to Inspector Stubbs, Father Brown said that he touched the girl’s shoulder and told her to leave. Father Brown told Inspector Stubbs that that was when the young girl turned around and slapped him. While trying to prevent her from fighting him they both fell to the ground and other church members had to come and separate them Inspector Stubbs told the court. Father Brown’s lawyer Wayne Munroe submitted to the court that the complaint filed was not valid. Mr Munroe said that there was no signature by the Commissioner of Police or the Officer who took the complaint. The case was adjourned to October 1. The trial is being heard before Magistrate Ancella Williams in court 6, Parliament Street. began yesterday, however, Fraser was without an attorney and told the court that he h ad been informed that his lawyer Wayne Munroe was engaged in the trial of Father Ranfurly Brown. Magistrate Bethel, however, proceeded w ith the matter, recalling Corporal Sheria King. Fraser was asked whether he wished to cross-exam thew itness and replied that he preferred that his attorney did so. The prosecution then called Detective Sergeant Mark Barr ett who told the court that on April 12, 2006, he was at the Central Detective Unit when Fraser in the presence of his attorney was placed undera rrest and informed that he was suspected of having unlawful intercourse with a female minor. He further testified that a round 7.40pm, he and a team of officers went with Fraser to Pilgrim Baptist Temple, St James Road. There, he said, a search was conducted and an umber of suspected semen stains were found. “They were pointed out to Bishop Fraser who appeared to be very shocked,” Sergeant Barrett said. He told the court that at the scene he later collected a cellular phone, Comp aq laptop, a CPU and assorted discs. Sergeant Barrett test ified that sometime around 10.20 that night, he and the o ther officers went to Fraser’s h ome. He said that while there, a search was conducted of F raser’s bedroom and two VHS tapes with pornography were seized. Attempting to cross-exam the witness, Fraser said that he had beeni nformed by police that what had been pointed out to him in his office was bodily fluid. Sergeant Barrett said that to h is recollection Fraser was told that it was semen. Fraser then asked the magistrate what options he had in terms of legal representation. MagistrateB ethel informed him that if he felt that his lawyer had abandoned him and he wished to seek other counsel the court w ould grant him leave to do so. Following a brief adjournment, Fraser informed the court that Mr Munroe wass eeking to have the matter stood down for half an hour. An aunt of the complainant told the court yesterday that o n Palm Sunday 2006, while at home getting ready for church, she received a phone call from her two sisters. She said that as a result, she went to PilgrimB aptist Temple but was not immediately allowed entry because she was informed by the attendants that there was a c onfrontation going on. She s aid that eventually she was a llowed inside the church and m et members of her family in F raser’s office. She told the court that F raser’s wife asked her not to take the matter any further s aying that they would do anything to get the matter resolved. The woman told the c ourt that her sister – the complainant’s mother slapped Fraser several times, asking him why he had done what he had done to her daughter. Thew oman told the court that the voice-mail messages that Fraser allegedly sent her niece were played for everyone in the o ffice to hear. She told the court that Fraser’s wife agreed that it was her husband’s voice in the messages. The witness told the court t hat she recalled Fraser saying that he wanted to perform oral sex on her niece. Lead prosecutor Franklyn W illiams told the court that the Crown does not have the cellular phone on which the voice messages were stored. He said every effort had been made tot rack it down. The witness under crossexamination by Mr Munroe told the court that her sister h ad kept the cellular phone but the messages were recorded on a tape, which had been handed over to CDU. She also claimed under cross-examination thatF raser did call her niece by name in messages pertaining to meeting her at places like the mall or going out. D etective Corporal Shavon D ames told the court that she w ent as an observer with a t eam of officers who searched F raser’s office at Pilgrim Baptist Temple and his home. She t old the court that luminol was used at Fraser’s church office a nd a number of semen stains were found. She said that thosep ieces of carpet were cut out. She also told the court that s he videotaped an interview with Fraser at CDU that lasted from 10.45 am to 6pm on April 13. She told the court that Wellington Olander Fraser’sa ttorney at the time and Reverend Dr William Thomps on were also present. Detec tive Inspector Matthew Edgecombe told the court he was present when Fraser was interviewed. Inspector Edgecombe a lso told the court that he was present when search warrantsw ere executed on Fraser’s church office and his home. Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez, was adjourned to November, 5 when more prosecution witnesses are expected to be called. The defendant, who was said to be emotional during parts of the witnesses’ testimony, was represented by legal counsel. White was arraigned on related charges before Chief Magistrate Gomez in June and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Prosecutors allege that White inappropriately touched two 14-year-old girls in January and that he committed the same offence against a 16year-old girl the following month. Additionally another 16year-old girl accused White of indecently assaulting her in April. While in May, a 14-year-old girl accused White of the same offence. Prosecutors also alleged that White indecently assaulted a 16-year-old girl from November 2008 until May 2009. White is also accused of indecently assaulting a 17year-old girl from January until May and the indecent assault of a 15-year-old in Jan uary and May. The defendant has been placed on administrative leave by the Department of Education pending the outcome of the trial. were briefly interrupted due to an eviction attempt by the landlord, International Distributors Limited/Dupuch & Turnquest Law firm which proved to be premature and was quickly resolved,” said Mr Lewis. “Universal Distributors (UD tions, the doors were never locked and we continued to serve our customers through out the day as usual.” Mr Lewis said that UD, as with any other new company, has its share of challenges, especially in these difficult economic times. He said they must structure and restructure the operations to survive, but they are com mitted to ensuring the success of the business. According to reports, West End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe and former senator Pleasant Bridgewater, who are business partners in the joint venture, were said to be struggling to avoid being locked out for allegedly failing to pay the rent for at least two months. Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater are said to owe the landlord, Florida-based Associated Grocers, close to $200,000. They have disputed the sum they owe. Mr Lewis said that Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater are shareholders but have turned over operations to an extremely capable staff. “We thank them and our other shareholders for their continued support. “We have a great team running the business and will do all they can to offer efficient and professional service to its customers, both locally and internationally,” he said. Universal Distributors is an import/export wholesale and retail distribution company. It also offers services of warehousing, ship agent, ship chandler and soon will be in manufacturing. Universal Distributors is open to the Bahamian and international public. Bishop Fraser retrial resumes FROM page one Moss sets date for PLPleadership bid AS A result of a lightning strike on the distribution system, the Grand Bahama Power Company experienced an outage in the commercial area of Queen’s Highway yesterday. T he company announced that Grand Bahama Power crews immediately addressed the issue and worked diligently to resolve the problem. Power was fully restored to all affected areas within two hours. “The Grand Bahama Power Company remains committed to providing reliable and dependable electric service to our val ued customers and apologises for any inconvenience caused,” said a company statement. Lightning strikes causes Queen’s Highway outage FROM page one Universal Distributors FROM page one Anglican Archdeacon F ROM page one School security officer F ROM page one PLPLEADER Perry Christie

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30 crops to reduce the $580m food import bill C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 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 24/7 customer response team Comprehensive network of local and overseas providers International patient support Choice of benet optionsall of the above great customer servicestartswithteamwork A DIVISION OF A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating SALES OFFICES: NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET I www.famguardbahamas.comcall us today at 396-1300 By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Bahamas’ international financial services industry will have to “swim, not sink” through targeting and servicing an entirely new client base f rom emerging economies in Asia and Latin America, a L ondon-based QC argued yesterday, with the sector’s traditional customer base set to be squeezed by their home country governments. Julian Malins QC, address ing a Bahamas Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP day, on the proposal that the Bahamian financial services industry ‘faced extinction’, argued that the world was wit nessing “the last days of the English-speaking or Euro pean-centred offshore centres o r low-tax jurisdictions”. He based this notion on the Bahamas must ‘swim, not sink’ via new clients London-based QC says nation’s financial industry must target China, Russia, Brazil, India and emerging markets, and ‘forget’ US and Europe SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas has “real o pportunities for growth” in its financial services industry prov ided it can meet market needs through tax-compliant products a nd services, a senior attorney said yesterday, with total assets c ontrolled by its target client base forecast to increase by 28.3 per cent between now and 2012-2013. Brian Moree, senior partner a t McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, addressing a BahamasS ociety of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP y esterday, pointed to the fact that total assets controlled by the world’s 8.6 million high-net worth, and ultra-high net worth, individuals would increase from $37.8 trillion to $48.5 trillion over the next three-four years to justify his argument that the Bahamian financial services industry did not face extinction. D isputing the argument by London-based QC, Julian Malins, that the Bahamian financial services industry was threatened with extinction, Mr Moree said the data showed Wealth increase gives Bahamas eal chance for gr owth’ ‘The industry we have 10 years from now will not be the industry we have today’ SEE page 5B F OCUS ON INTERN ATIONALFINANCIALSERVICESINDUSTRY By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas must include a provision in all Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs requires the other party to endorse this nation’s attain ment of global transparency/information exchange standards, a senior attorney urged yesterday, in order to eliminate the possibility of a ‘double-cross’. Brian Moree, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, told a Bahamas Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP cheon that such a clause was essential to prevent a nation from enjoying the benefits of a TIEA with the Bahamas, only to then recommend that this nation be ‘listed’ for failing to meet the G-20/OECD tax transparency and information standards. Mr Moree said that while the Bahamas’ commitment to meeting the G-20/OECD Bahamas ur ged to guar d against TIEA double-cr oss By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net The Department of Agriculture’s senior marketing manager yesterday said he has identified 30 crops that can be sustainably developed by the Bahamas, whilep egging this country’s food bill at $580 million. Leslie Minns told the Bahamas Agro Tourism Symposium that the Bahamas began to lose its agricultural producers back in 1978, and argued that ‘beefing up’ the farming industry was the only way to prevent the loss of substantial foreign exchange reserves on imported food. Mr Minns said the Bahamas, per annum, imports 16 million pounds of swine at a cost of $20 million; four million pounds of mutton at $6.7 million; and 1.3 million pounds of beef costing $1.7 million. Yet Bahamian farmers produce 0.36 million pounds of pork at a value of $0.8 million; 0.07 million pounds o f mutton valued at $0.1 million; and .01 million p ounds of beef valued at $0.06 million. SEE page 6B Brian Moree * Senior attorney says Bahamas must include provision endorsing this nation’s tax transparency/information exchange regime to prevent ‘grey list’ vote * Also calls for Bahamas to guarantee ‘market access’ via agreements SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Super Value’s president and owner yesterday told Tribune Business he would have to spend between $50,000$55,000 to acquire new camera equipment for four stores, his chain having previously lost $5 million per year to theft, as spiralling crime levels hit business costs and further reduce shrivelling bottom lines. Rupert Roberts said that as a result of a customer being robbed of her hand bag in the parking lot of Super Value’s Cable Beach store last weekend, the 11-store supermarket chain had ordered more camera equipment to monitor the outside of the store, in addition to hiring extra security guards to secure the parking lot. “After this incident, just for f our large stores, the DVR (digital video recorder $10,000” before freight and duty is paid, Mr Roberts told T ribune Business. H e added that with a cost of $500 per camera, and 10 needed for each of the four stores, once duty and freight were factored in there, the cost to Super Value of the additional security cameras was in the range of $50,000$55,000. To give an idea of the likely increase in security guard costs, the Super Value president added that it cost $275 p er shift to hire a security g uard, and there were three eight-hour shifts in a 24-hour period. “It has to come off of the b ottom line, and the bottom l ine will get thinner, but we have to do what we have to do in this day and age,” Mr Roberts told Tribune Business . “Crime is on the rise. They’re sitting on the blocks, drinking and smoking. The break-ins, the theft is really increasing and it’s taking too much of our time to protect the business, protect the assets and chase the thieves. It i s taking up a considerable Retail chain eyes five figure security spend Super Value aims to enhance consumer safety and reduce theft losses that previously stood at $5m per year C rime causing ‘double whammy’ i mpact for business costs and bottom line SEE page 4B B y CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net THE MINISTER respons ible for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC yesterday warned that any-o ne powering their properties or businesses through a lternative energy sources should stay within the law. P henton Neymour, responding to yesterday’s Tribune Business articlee ntitled B usiness owner close to escaping BEC t hrough $35k solar invest ment, said there are regula tions in place regarding priv ate power generation that should be adhered to. According to Mr Neymour, those who retrofit their home or office powers upply with an alternative energy source should take care not to adversely impact any BEC assets. He said he had not heard o f Sure Alarm’s move to solar power, but the Government was reviewing ther egulatory framework for the energy sector "with a view for allowing independent power producers". Owner of Sure Alarms, Graham Weatherford, told Tribune Business that hew as close to being completely power independent and off BEC's grid, via the installation of a $35,000solar-powered electric system currently capable of running everything in his store except the air conditioners. Mr Neymour said he had mentioned several times that the Bahamas could move more towards the use of solar power, namely the use of solar water heaters. The Government had also sought to encourage the use of this method of power generation by allowing the importation of solar panels and their peripherals to be duty free. However, the Bahamas Electricity Act states:“Except with the approval of the Minister, and in conformity with any conditions to which any such approval may be made sub ject, no person other than the Corporation shall install or operate in New Provi Minister warns: ‘Stay within law on alternative energy supply’ Phenton Neymour SEE page 4B

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A Bahamas-based compa ny planning to offer a ‘triple play’ solution featuring news and entertainment has taken another step towards its launch, naming a board of directors that has a former Governor-General as its chairman. Sir Orville Turnquest has been named chairman of IP Solutions International, the firm aiming to provide a com plete bundling of IPTV, com munications and entertainment services via an Internet protocol platform. The directors include Brian Quinn, immediate past director-general, Internation al Institute of Communica tions, London, and former chief executive of what is now Reuters TV; Virginia Damianos, vice-president, Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty and a director of the Bahamas Real Estate Association; Fritz Stubbs, presi dent, Orange Creek Devel opment Company; Owen Bethel, president and manag ing director, the Montaque Group,; Edison Sumner, director and chief operating officer, Montaque Group; and Gary Hutchens, who will serve as vice-president and chief operating officer of IPSI. Sir Orville Turnquest said IP Solutions’ services will enable business to operate more smoothly and increase public sector cost-effectiveness. “The opportunities for realtime communications deliv ery over the Internet are almost endless, and the advantages so tremendous that they will forever change how we do business,” said the chairman. ”IP Solutions’ innovation will range from a simple phone call to a neighbour to the ability to participate in court proceedings from a remote location, potentially eliminating the need for persons held on remand to be bussed through traffic on busy streets to court, reducing risk, heightening safety and conserving valuable human resources.” Mr Sumner, who as president and chief executive of IPSI has played an integral role in the company’s twoyear preparation for launch, echoed Sir Orville’s projections about practical applications of innovative services. “We are extremely excited about the prospects of being first out of the gate as thew orld of how television news, telephone calls, movies, video and gaming are brought to you changes in the Bahamas,” he said. “The country is on the brink of nothing short of a revolution in communicationsa nd we are proud to be leadi ng that revolution.” M r Sumner hinted at two pending significant IPSI contracts, one with a large resort development and the other with a major entertainment entity. The curtain is expected to be lifted on the services with a demonstration at a prospective investors’ meeting September 17. That meeting is by invitation only. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 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 NOTICEALEXANDER INVEST & TRADE INC.I n Voluntary Liquidation N otice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 1 38(4Business Companies Act. 2000 A LEXANDER INVEST& TRADE INC. is in dissolution as o f September 8, 2009. D emosthenes Mavrellis of 284 Arch. Makarios III Ave., Fortuna C ourt, Block B, 3rd Floor, Flat 32, 3105 Limassol, Cyprus is t he Liquidator. LIQUIDATOR_____________________ New media player names its Board SEATED, LEFT TO RIGHT: Edison Sumner, former Governor-General Sir Orville A. Turnquest, Virginia Damianos. Standing left to right, Fritz Stubbs, Gary Hutchens, Brian Quinn and Owen Bethel.

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By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net The Bahamas Hotel Association’s (BHA yesterday said it was a myth” that this nation’s h otels and tourism-oriented restaurants were not purchasing whatever locally-g rown produce they can, although problems abound i n the relationship between farmers and the industry. Robert Sands, speaking to a n audience attending the Bahamas Agro Tourism S ymposium, said all Bahamian hotels that participated in a regional spend-i ng survey in 2006 expressed a desire to purchase B ahamian-produced agricultural products. Mr Sands said the report o utlined factors that impeded direct commerce between farmers and hotel pur-c hasers, including availability of demanded produce, q uality, pricing, packaging, reliability, logistics, shipping patterns and convenience. H owever, he said a few small relationships haveb een successfully cultivated. number of producers h ave demonstrated success already in linking agriculture with tourism,” said MrS ands. “The facts show that there are already some hotels and tourism-oriented restaurants which are purchasing what-e ver they can through local producers. “There is no question in my mind that demand exists for locally-grown produce,b ut we must be cognisant that there are a myriad of supply and demand side challenges which have not allowed us to realise ourp otential.” Mr Sands outlined six major hurdles to the massp urchase of locally-grown goods. He said consistency in availability remains a con stant concern for hotel pur c hasers, as the industry needs to plan in advance,t hereby needing to be kept abreast of the amount and quality of produce that willbe available from Bahamian farmers. Contingency plans for the procurement of staple products should be discussed between hotel and farmer, so that there will be a "back up plan to guarantee delivery from another source" should there be an unforeseen shortage for any reason. According to Mr Sands, produce suppliers should organise themselves without relying on government for their coordination, while also creating a similar bond with hotel purchasers and executive chefs. He said growers should have consistency in product quality, as price points for local produce demand "a good product". He suggested farmers then strive tom ake their price point more competitive due to competition that is able to mass produce. Mr Sands argued that above all, both sectors should communicate moree ffectively. “As an industry we don’t r eally know what produce is available at what time of year, and for how long,” hes aid. Deputy general manager a t the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corpora-t ion (BAIC said his team has been prom oting an increase in the number of farmers and low cost land for lease, especially in Andros. He said BAIC had also adopted the role of marketing agents in order to push Bahamian produce into the marketplace for consumption. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM btrt tfr f r!%* &'!$()))!*&*#tffn""bnff ! $ %#&!*&*# !%** Hotels brand farmer buying fears a ‘myth’ Robert Sands Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s

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It is really on the increase. “What we lose used to be up to $5 million........ As a result of the incident on Saturday at Cable Beach, we’ve already ordered more camera equipment for the outside. We’ve just about covered every inch of the store inside, but we’re unable to cover every square inch of the parking lot.” Mr Roberts added: “Anything that’s cost effective [in terms of security], we’re just going to have to do. We have security in the store, which every 20 minutes patrols outside the store, but it’s come to the point where we have to have security inside and outside.” Bahamian businesses are thus being faced with a vicious circle, where operating costs are being increased and bottom lines further shrunk or losses expanded by having to pay for extra security measures while stuck in a recession. Of course, that same recession is helping to further fuel crime. Khaalis Rolle, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s president, told Tribune Business that he was “very concerned” about the impact rising crime levels was having on the business community, especially the seeming surge in armed robberies of companies in recent weeks. He added that it was no secret that a bad economy frequently led to rising crime levels, and said: “It’s having a lot of impact. People are afraid, they’re cautious, and this now calls for a rise in operating costs. “You have to hire additional security. You have to do far more than in the past to ensure your business, your people, are secure. People are having to invest in security systems.” Mr Rolle added: “I was speaking to someone earlier this morning, and they said they were having to move money by armoured car. Before, they moved deposits by themselves. Because of the increase in levels of crime, they’ve now invested in armoured car services. “They’re not moving large deposits, but people believe the only way they can demonstrate a level of security is by employing armoured car services to make people think twice about robbing them. But there’s a significant cost associated with the business now. “The cost for small businesses is ridiculous, but these are the measures people have to employ. They have to employ physical security around the clock, when in the past they would have done so for half a day. This is a double whammy, for lack of a better expression, and the more you increase security, the bolder criminals become, the more daring they become.” F ROM page 1B Minister warns: ‘Stay within law on alternative energy supply’ dence any generating station with a generating capacitye xceeding 250 kilowatts.” This was “provided that the prohibition imposed byt his section shall not apply to any stand-by generating p lant, which is used only for the supply of energy in case of the failure of the energys upply by the Corporation or other emergency. The M inister shall not refuse his approval under this section for the installation or oper-a tion of any generating station by any person in any case in which the energy required by such person can-n ot be supplied or cannot be supplied within a reasona ble time by the Corporation. “Any person who installs o r operates or permits the operation of any generating s tation in contravention of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of an offencea nd shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $3,000 and, in the case of a continuing offense, to a further penalty of $150 for eachd ay that the offense continues.” President and chief executive of Wind Sun WaterC ompany, Elton Smith, argued that this part of the A ct asserts private citizens can generate their own power as “the average 2,400s quare foot household only needs approximately 6 to 8 kw to operate properly (including air-conditioning The vast majority ofB ahamian homes can do this today quite legally”. He and other advocates for alternative energy then suggest that due to the highn umber of power outages experienced, and damage to property as a result of brownouts from the BECp ower interruptions, one can be completely justified in c hoosing to outfit a house or a business with “clean” power. F ROM page 1B I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s

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t here was “an enormous market” for the services providedb y international financial cen tres, one that was growing. The financial services industry in the Bahamas is far from extinction,” Mr Moree said. There are real opportunities for growth. We have to addresss ome issues.... address trends in the market, and given the i mportance of the industry, and that there will always be heavy tax burdens [in industrialised countries] and there will always be wealthy people, if we can p rovide the right product together with the right servicei n a competitive environment, the industry is secured.” H owever, Mr Moree acknowledged that the Bahami an financial services industry’s current business model and client base would look differ e nt in 10 years’ time. “The industry we have 10 y ears from now will not be the industry we have today,” the a ttorney added. “There is a very secure future for the indus try, but we have to continue to be innovative, continue to change and respond to the mar k etplace. That will involve the loss of some of our existing c lients, and the retention of new clients.” M r Moree described the notion that the Bahamas’ finan c ial services centre faced ‘extinction’ in the face of industrialised countries’ determination to regain lost tax revenuea s a “hyperbolic conclusion”, and said this initiative would only increase demand for the products and services provid ed by international financial c entres. The fact that the US and European countries were increasing their tax burdens, rather than reducing them, was “only going to benefit” the Bahamas, he explained, provided this nation could develop products and structures that were tax compliant with clients’ home country tax rules. And Mr Moree described as “an oxymoron” the notion that industrialised countries’ attacks on international financial cen tres would cost the Bahamas business, because to believe “tax driven issues” were their prime attraction was “to misunderstand what the financial services industry is all about”. The Bahamas was not seeking business connected to tax evasion and tax avoidance, the senior McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes partner said, its business model having changed in favour of clients looking for tax deferral or mitigation products, and to protect assets from political turmoil at home. Mr Moree said he was confi dent the Bahamas could adapt because it had shown the necessary “innovation, creativity and flexibility” to survive in the face of OECD and Financial Action Task Force (FATF attacks before. And international financial services centres such as the Bahamas also played a key rolein supporting jobs in OECD countries, Mr Moree said, supporting international financial structures and arrangements and mitigating/eliminating political risk associated with investing in certain countries. They played a key role in supporting the global financial system’s liquidity, he said, acting as a “pass through” for investments made into major industrialised countries such as t he US. And the Bahamas and its peers had also played a key r ole in backing the global economic recovery, Mr Moree said,h elping to clean up problems caused by securitisations and t aking toxic assets off the balance sheets of troubled companies. I nternational financial centres thus played a key role in t he allocation of capital, Mr Moree added, and they had a lso helped to spur global tax competition and a lower of corporate tax rates internationally. Generally, he said tax revenue-to-GDP ratios had i ncreased as corporate tax rates had come down. The market will always have a need for us, and the only lim i tation on this industry is ourselves,” Mr Moree added. intensifying assault being mounted on international financial centres by the US and European governments, born out of a desire to maximise tax revenues and meet p ublic demands for increased public spendi ng to improve services such as health and education. “It is the aim of the US, European and Canadian governments to make the use of offshore financial centres and low tax jurisdictions, by the citizens and corporations of those countries, so unattractive as to make u se of them non-viable,” Mr Malins said. “This is entirely due to the need to raise tax income for expenditure in their home states. I am almost afraid to suggest there is nothing you can do about this problem.” However, the London-based QC did hint at a survival strategy for the Bahamas, one t hat would involve a shift from its traditional US, European and Canadian client base to one heavily reliant on high net and ultra high net worth individuals and families based in emerging economies. Among those he cited were Brazil, Nigeria, Russia, India and China, and the B ahamas would be aided in this by the current “global shift in wealth from North America, the US, Canada and Europe to the Far East, especially China and India”. With China a “huge potential market”, Mr Malins told the luncheon: “If you can provide new services to these markets, you w ill swim, not sink, but swim with an entire ly new client base and prosper in that way.” H e explained that the twin trends, of America and Europe becoming relatively poorer, and the desire of industrialisedc ountry governments to, as they saw it, recoup tax revenues being lost to internat ional financial centres, in a desperate effort to plug home Budget deficits and meet taxpayer demands for more public spending and improved services, were driving the assault on nations such as the Bahamas.T he German government, for example, had estimated that $400 billion was held outside the country by its citizens. In a bid to uncover these assets, it had obtained account details on clients of am ajor Liechtenstein-based financial services provider, passing on the information to the US and other tax authorities. “That is an exact example of the kind of step that governments will be taking in the next decade or so,” Mr Malins said, adding that some of the steps governments a nd tax authorities were taking would have been “considered absolutely incredible” 10 years ago. Then there was the case where UBS, the bank headquartered in Switzerland, “the absolute gold standard of banking secrecy”, had been forced to hand over account details to the US Internal Revenue Service. The Swiss had “succumbed” to pressure, a nd were now preparing to abolish their traditional banking secrecy. We’re now talking money, and every weapon available to governments has started to be deployed to raise money from citizens and corporations that happen to have a ssets and money in low tax jurisdictions,” Mr Malins said. “For the reasons I have g iven, it is my suggestion to you that we in the Bahamas, as in other jurisdictions, face an absolute onslaught from these governments.” Resistance from the likes of Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, he argued, was likely to ultimately prove futile givent hat all were surrounded by European nations leading the tax revenues drive. And competitors such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man wereu nlikely to cause a fuss, given their status as British dependencies. “Here in the Bahamas we are so close to the US, and so closely tied into the US, that there is no real prospect of holdingo n to secrecy for US citizens and corporations,” Mr Malins said. “That’s a fact of life for the financial services industry here. “The attractiveness goes for the depositors, settlors and corporations that have companies in low tax jurisdictions to organise arrangements for the sale and importa-t ion of goods”, minimising their home country taxes. Urging the Bahamian financial services industry to “forget” US and European clients, Mr Malins added: “The consequences over the next 10 years are that new business from the US and Europe will collapse, and existing customers will depart back to their home states or go to new financial centres in the Middle East and F ar East.”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•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ahamas must ‘swim, not sink’ via new clients F ROM page 1B Wealth increase gives Bahamas ‘real chance for growth’ FROM page 1B

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Mr Minns argued that the Bahamas, if it increased the land available for farming, could produce 30 crops for local consumption and possible export. He identified onion, Irish potatoes, lettuce, tomato, carrot, cabbage, sweet pepper, hot pepper, pigeon peas and cooking thyme as the top 10 crops out of the 30 suggested for farming. According to Mr Minns, the Bahamas saw a 58 per cent decline in the number of farmers from 1978 to 1994, and a further 46 per cent decline form 1994 to 2006. Diminishing However, during the period 1978 to 1994, the number of crops farmed by a diminishing number of farmers rose by 340 per cent, and between 1994 and 2006 by 22.7 per cent. Mr Minns said he found a discrepancy with the Department of Statistics’ total food import value, which it placed at $401 million in 2007. However, he assessed the true number to be closer to $580 million. He argued that the Bahamas’ only way to eliminate the loss of such substantial foreign reserves was to beef up its agricultural sector, which includes the farming of livestock. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.811.15AML Foods Limited1.151.150.000.1270.0009.10.00% 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% 14.2010.00Cable Bahamas10.0010.000.001.4060.2507.12.50% 2.882.74Colina Holdings2.742.740.000.2490.04011.01.46% 7 .505.26Commonwealth Bank (S1)5.425.940.521,0500.4190.30014.25.05% 3.851.27Consolidated Water BDRs3.753.760.010.1110.05233.91.38% 2.851.32Doctor's Hospital2.032.030.000.3820.0805.33.94% 8 .206.60Famguard6.606.600.000.4200.24015.73.64% 12.508.80Finco8.808.800.000.3220.52027.35.91% 1 1.7110.30FirstCaribbean 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% 12.0010.09J. 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. 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100000 100000 FidelitBkNote13(SeriC)+ FBB13 10000 000 THURSDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2009BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,533.09| CHG 26.31| %CHG 1.75 | YTD -179.27 | YTD % -10.47BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)Maturity 19 October 2017 7 % Prime + 1.75% 7% BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: 30May2013 W WW.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) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceWeekly Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 14.607.92Bahamas Supermarkets7.928.4214.00-2.2460.000N/M0.00% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref2.006.254.000.0000.480N/M7.80% 0.540.20RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 MonthsDiv $Yield % 1.40381.3344CFAL Bond Fund1.40383.725.20 3.03502.8952CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.8990-1.39-4.16 1.48671.4105CFAL Money Market Fund1.48803.795.49 3.60903.0941Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund3.0941-8.61-13.59 13.048412.3870Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.11363.935.87 101.6693100.0000CFAL Global Bond Fund101.66931.101.67 100.960093.1992CFAL Global Equity Fund96.73980.35-4.18 1.00001.0000CFAL High Grade Bond Fund1.00000.000.00 9.40759.0775Fidelity International Investment Fund9.33992.69-1.41 1.07071.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.07073.385.14 1.03641.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.0319-0.112.05 1.06731.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.06732.894.93 BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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We should not have a situation where countries sign a TIEA with us, then complain about the lack of transparency.” Clause T he senior attorney said the provision of a clause in any TIEA signed by the Bahamas, requiring the other side to endorse its tax transparency and information exchanger egime as having met global standards, “was an important issue to address as part of these treaties”. We can’t have a situation where an OECD country signs a TIEA with us, then votes to put us on a ‘grey list’ or ‘black list’,” Mr Moree said. Fundamentally, if we’re going to have a TIEA, we ought to have some guarantee that they won’t take the benefits of the TIEA and then say we’re not compliant and put us on a grey list’ or ‘black list’.” Mr Moree added that, with all TIEAs it entered, the B ahamas should also seek “some guarantee of market access” rights with its partner countries. F ROM page 1B

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ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA SAN SAL V ADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather . T emperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDO Low: 74F/23C Low: 75F/24C Low: 76F/24C Low: 76F/24C Low: 78 F/26 C Low: 80F/27C Low: 79 F/26 C Low: 80 F/27 C High: 88F/31C High: 88F/31C High: 88 F/31 C High: 87 F/31 C High: 88F/31C High: 88 F/31C High: 89F/32C Low: 80F/27C High: 89F/32C Low: 80 F/27 C High: 89F/32C RAGGED ISLAND Low: 74F/23C High: 90 F/32 C Low: 80F/27C High: 90 F/32 Low: 76F/24C High: 86F/30C Low: 79 F/26C High: 88F/31C Low: 79 F/26 C High: 91F/33C Low: 78 F/26 C High: 90F/32C Low: 77 F/25 C High: 90F/32C Low: 77F/25C High: 93 F/34 C Low: 79F/26C High: 88F/31C High: 88 F/31 C FREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 TH , 2009, PAGE 9B THE WEATHER REPORT 5-D AY F ORECAST Partly cloudy, a heavy thunderstorm. Partly cloudy with a thunderstorm. Sunny intervals with a thunderstorm. Partly sunny, a t-storm possible. Partly sunny with a shower possible. High: 89 Low: 79 High: 90 High: 88 High: 88 A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel Times of clouds and sun. High: 89 Low: 79 Low: 79 Low: 79 AccuWeather RealFeel 108F T he exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature i s an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and e levation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. 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BIEL

: In final





Moss sets date for

PLP lealler'siiip Did

Challenge will ‘make
or break’ St Cecilia
nomination hopeful’s
political career

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

IN WHAT will be the make or break
moment of his political career, The Tribune
has confirmed that PLP leadership contender
Paul Moss will officially launch his campaign
for leader of the party on September 22.

Having canvassed stalwart councillors
throughout Grand Bahama, and New Provi-
dence, sources close to Mr Moss claim that

the St Cecilia nomination hopeful has been |

SEE page 12

PY occa

Anglican Archdeacon ‘told police
girl in assault case slapped him’

ANGLICAN Archdeacon
Ivan Ranfurly Brown told
police that the female com-
plainant in his assault case
slapped him while at a church
picnic last October.

Inspector Craig Stubbs told
the court yesterday that
Father Brown had declined
to give a written statement,
but gave an oral statement of
his account of what took place
at the church picnic.

Father Brown, the rector

‘16

of St Agnes Anglican Church,
is accused of physically
assaulting a 14-year-old girl
on October 13, 2008 while at a
church picnic on Nirvana
Beach.

Inspector Stubbs told the
court that Father Brown said
that there were a number of
male outsiders on the beach
that day and he had to physi-
cally remove one of them

SEE page 12

4dr)





See Seale

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

body, say medics.

as “critical.”

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

More job layoffs
on Grand Bahama

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A HOTELIER on Grand
Bahama chalked up the most
recent round of layoffs on that
island after government reject-
ed a proposal that he claimed
would have kept people in
their jobs.

When contacted for com-
ment yesterday, Tourism Min-
ister Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace was sorry about the
lay-offs but explained that
government was not in a posi-
tion to bail-out every company
experiencing financial chal-
lenges.

Andrew Barnett, vice presi-
dent and general manager of
the Best Western Castaways
Resort in Freeport, said the
property was forced to let go
about one third of its employ-
ees — effective September, 20
— as it struggles with shrink-

SEE page eight

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
A WOMAN is fighting for her life after
an early morning blaze destroyed her home.
The 36-year-old victim has second and
third degree burns on 80 per cent of her
Last night her condition was described

Emergency services were alerted to the

~

blaze in Canaan Lane, off Shirley Street, at [|

around lam.

ER HOME BLAZE

Neighbours drove the woman to Princess
Margaret Hospital where she is being treat-

information.

ed in the Intensive Care Unit.
Police, who are trying to find the cause of
the fire, have not yet released any further

It’s not known if the woman was home

alone at the time of the fire, but there are

reports that her fiance helped her escape

the flames.

oe



Tt: mn ate a thick eet on the surface of the water.

Concerns that run-off from development

could be affecting the environment

ENVIRONMENTAL-
ISTS are concerned that
the run-off from the Caves
Point development during
hard rain could be harm-
ing the marine environ-
ment.

A worried citizen for-
warded photos of a “river
of mud” flowing from the
high-end residential devel-

opment on West Bay Street
down to the beach oppo-
site. From there, it drained
out into the sea and spread,
forming a thick cloud on
the surface of the water.
The source said: “This
happens every time we
have heavy rain and

SEE page two



Bishop

Fraser

retrial
resumes

By NATARIO
McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@
tribunemedia.net

SEMEN was found on
the carpet of the church
office of Bishop Earl
Randy Fraser several
prosecution witnesses tes-
tified yesterday.

Fraser, who is on
$10,000 bail, is accused of
having a sexual relation-
ship with a 16-year-old
girl between July 2005
and February 2006. The
retrial resumed yesterday
before Magistrate Car-
olita Bethel in Court 8,
Bank Lane.

When the matter

SEE page 12



School security officer
accused of indecent
assault of students

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

TEN prosecution witnesses
testified in the trial of a high
school security officer accused
of indecent assault of eight stu-
dents at the North Eleuthera
High School yesterday.

School administrators and
several alleged victims
appeared in magistrate's court
on Harbour Island and testi-
fied against Adrian White, 39,
of Airport Road, Eleuthera,
according to Sergeant God-
frey Brennen who prosecuted
the case.

The matter, heard before

SEE page 12

Universal Distributors
‘operations never stopped
during eviction attempt

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The man-
agement of Universal Distrib-
utors said that its operations
never stopped as the eviction
attempt by the landlords was
quickly resolved.

Robert Lewis, general man-
ager, issued a statement on
Thursday in reference to the
lock-out of Universal Distribu-
tors employees on Wednesday.

He advised the general pub-
lic that the company’s opera-
tions continue as usual.

“Yesterday morning, Sep-
tember 9, business operations

SEE page 12





NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS? LEADING NEWSPAPER


PAGE 2, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009

THE TRIBUNE



Concerns that run-off

Infrastructural

projects to create
almost 400 jobs

ALMOST 400 new jobs are expected to be
created in Abaco and Grand Bahama with
the construction of new government com-
plexes.

Government in conjunction with the
National Insurance Board (NIB) has initiated
the pre-qualification process for construction
of new complexes on those islands.

Approximately 200 construction jobs are
pegged for the Grand Bahama complex, with
approximately 180 construction jobs ear-
marked for Abaco.

Construction

Funded by the NIB, the construction of
the government complexes complements oth-
er major infrastructural projects throughout
the country, including the redevelopment of
the Lynden Pindling International Airport
and the New Providence Road Improvement
Project.

Pre-qualification requests to contractors
were advertised on Wednesday for bidding
on the Grand Bahama complex and in late
August for the Marsh Harbour, Abaco facili-
ly

The $17 million, approximately 65,000 sq ft

Freeport complex, designed by Donald Dean }
of the Architects Incorporated, will house the ;
Customs and Immigration Departments, Edu- }
cation, the Passport Office and Data Process-

ing

and the Post Office.

Contractors wishing to bid on the Marsh ;
Harbour complex were to collect pre-qualifi- ;
cation documents from NIB’s Clifford Darling }
Complex, Baillou Hill Road in Nassau by }
Wednesday, and submit the signed and sealed }
documents to the NIB office on or before 12 }

noon on Tuesday, September 15.

Documents for bidding on the Freeport ;
complex can be collected from the Nassau }
office or NIB’s Freeport Office, Mall Drive, }
until September 16, and should be returned to }
the respective offices on or before 12 noon on }

Wednesday, September 23.

The $19 million, approximately 50,000 sq ft :
Marsh Harbour complex, designed by Bruce }
Lafleur of Bruce Lafleur and Associates, will }
house major government offices and depart- }
ments, including the Prime Minister’s Office, ;
the Ministry of Finance and the Public Trea- }
sury, Business Licence and Real Property Tax, }
the National Insurance Board, Tourism, Cus- }
toms and Immigration, Magistrate’s Courts, }

from development

ONC Moremi cece rnte
the environment

FROM page one

nobody seems to be aware or interested.”

After seeing the photos, Bahamas Reef
Environment Educational Foundation
(BREEF) executive director Casuarina
McKinney said this kind of run-off is “very
damaging” to the marine environment, par-
ticularly to sensitive ecosystems such sea-
grass beds and coral reefs.

“Coral reefs in particular are dependent
on clear water to thrive and support fish-
eries, tourism and the reef’s function as a
barrier to protect islands from storm surges,”
she said.

“Buffers of native plants along the coast-
line serve to protect land from the sea during
storm events, and they also help block the
run-off of sediment into the sea. In many
places, this vegetative buffer has been
removed to make way for roads and build-
ings. The impact beyond the scope of the
actual development is often not visible until
we experience the sort of heavy rains that we
have had in the past few days.

“There is a clear need for better land use
practices that will restrict clear-cutting of
trees on land. This can be done by limiting
the clear-cutting to the footprint of the build-



THE ‘RIVER OF MUD’ flowing from the high-end
residential development.

ing only, rather than clearing the entire lot,
and enforcing these mandates.

“BREEF is certainly very concerned about
the amount of land-clearing along the coast.”

ReEarth president Sam Duncombe said
all developers of coastline projects should be
made to build retaining walls and pave roads
before work starts.

Mrs Duncombe said she knows of several
areas along West Bay Street where this “silt-
ing” is occurring every time it rains.

“This is directly affecting the seven-mile
barrier reef which runs along the western
coastline. Silt smothers the reefs communi-
ties off shore, destroys the reefs, which pro-
tect the shoreline from storm surges affect-
ing the coastline, and in this case the roads
adjacent to the shoreline.”

The Tribune contacted Caves Point Devel-
opment in connection with the matter a few
minutes before 5pm yesterday. An employ-
ee said the only person able to speak on the
matter had left for the day, but could be
contacted for comment today.
















































FUNERAL SERVICE FOR

Mlwitet Mle Lewie Cogpet

42, of Raleigh, North Carolina and formerly of Forbes Hill, Litthe
Exuma will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2004; 11i0a.m at
Church of God of Prophecy, 1200 5, State Street, North Carolina
USA. CHliciating. will be Bixhaw Roosevelt Ashford, Bishop
Solomon L. Huns, Bishop Cervin McKinnon, Bishop Usekah

B, Cooper Se, 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 who knew and loved Pastor Cooper (aka “Ms. Baby"),
including:

Ome Sater: Emmaline Taylor of Long Island, Bahamas.

Eight Sons: Sidney (& Nora] of Nassau Bahamas, Dr,
Roland (& Dr. Afua Boaten Cooper) of Atlanta
Genrgin, Bishop Uszziah (& Minister Aphiradite) at
New Jersey, Eulon (& Betty) of Chicage, Trevor (&
Arlene) of Exurma; George (& Synthia) of Nassau,
arial 1. Chester Cooper (& Cecillia}) of Nassau,
Balas.

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 ot West Palm

Beach, Fl, Mary Cooper and Sharkute ( & Dwight)
Young of Raleigh MoC., Dorcas (& Alvin) Johnson of
Nassau, Bahamas and Sylvia € ‘ooper of Nashville TN.
Predeceased Chikiren: Maxine Turner, Princess Cooper
and Truman (Cooper Sr, predeceased her,

Grand Children including: Jacqueline, Shavaughn &
Sherman Musgrove, Prince & Dr, Shauna Cooper, Ueziah
Ir., D'Angelo, Llewellyn & Andrometa Cooper, Diandrea
White, SPC Leavander (& Nicole) and De Ashlee Checks,
Adam & Arlett Johnson, Stacy Wilder (8 Joseph},
Trushell, Truman Ir., Priscilla, Trevor Jr., Tremella,
Gabria, Hanna, & Brianah Cooper, Raquel & Romeka
Young and 1. Chelsea Cooper. Numerous others
including: Carl, Cheryl, Malvese, Yvette and Citi
Cooper, Pam fohnson, Barron, Fenton, Anthony,

Cory, Deon, Owen, Vanessa Cooper; Lillian

Cooper, Marina, Linda, Esther, May. Deborah,

Zelmac, Michelle, Deloris, Tony, Eleanor,

leffrey Turner, Marilyn, Christine, Mivia

(& Aishop Raymond Wells), Alma, Latoya

and Tiffany Knowles; Curlene, Cheneake,

Sindea, Kendra, Charles, Anthony, Arthur

amd Cordell Wallace,

Numerous Great-Grand Children incloding:

Tanisha (Deshay), Adriyel, Micajah (Jayden),

“ion, Zachary, Deshannun, Brooklyn, and Ariania.

Sisters-In-Laws: Dolly Cooper, Beatrice and

Lenor Gib.

Nieces and Nephews: Including Alfred, Herbert, David,

John, Simeon, Alan, and Hilton Taylor; Annamae Taylor,

Caneiyn Ferguson, Kati Toote, Benjamin and Samuel Moss: Eric

‘Taylor, Rev. farses, Jeremiah and Rebecca Sweeting; Livingstone Bodie,

Philip and Howard Taylor, Robert Musgrove, Geneva Stubbs, Hazel Watkins,

Susan Ferguson, Violet Taylor, “Lil Rose Bell, Della Ferguson, Winifred Turnquest,
Walter Burrows, Unamae Taylor Bethel, Melson Taylor, Lucille Brown, Roselyn Taylor,
Barbara Sweeting, Natalie Sweeting and Christine Taylor.

Pastor Cooper was equally loved by a host of other relatives & friends, including,
Cheryl Ranger & family. Zelma Nixon, Rev. Irene Coakley, Rev. Dr. Reuben Cooper.
Pastor Herbert Taylor 1] & family of Georgetown Exuma, The Saunders family of
Exuma, The Edgecombe Family, and the Community of Deadman's Cay Long Island,
The Cooper, Sears, Bullard, Bridgewater, Clarke, Ferguson, Dames & Morley families
of Exuma. The entire Island of Exuma and the Church of Good of Prophecy family in
the Bahamas and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Special Thanks: To the entire medical team at Holy Name Hospital. Bergenfield, NJ
especially Or. Karen Lee. Also Sister Mary and the entire tear at Compassionate Care
Hospice, jersey City, NI. Also the entire medical team in Raleigh, NC who ensured
that mam received the bers possible Care over ine VEdrs.

Many thanks to our many friends & colleagues who offered prayers, condolences and
kind gestures during this time of our bereavement.

Friends may pay their last respects at Lori Chappells Funeral Home GPL,
1500 Garner Rd, Suite A, Raleigh, NC, 27610.

Doctors Hospital specialist
to give Swine Flu update

DR SHEENA ANTONIO,
internal medicine specialist and
a clinical director at Doctors
Hospital with responsibility for
the Medical Surgical Unit, will
update Bahamians on H1N1,
commonly known as swine flu,
during the Bank of the
Bahamas (BOB) Medline
Health Expo on Saturday at the
Sheraton, Cable Beach.

“With schools recently
resuming, the concern about
HIN1 swine flu has skyrocket-
ed. With that in mind, we want-
ed to add a presentation to our
extensive programme on health
matters and we are very grateful
to Doctors Hospital for answer-
ing the call and inviting Dr
Antonio, who is well-informed
and well-respected within the
medical community where she
practices both privately and rep-
resents the hospital to update
the public,” said Vaughn
Delaney, deputy managing
director of BOB.

The bank, which recently
introduced the medical payment
solution, BOB Medline Visa, is
sponsoring the event, bringing
together leading physicians, sur-
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expected to be a hot topic,
according to Mr Delaney.

“Officials at the Centres for
Disease Control (CDC) in the
US have predicted that up to
half the population of the US
could contract the swine flu in
the coming year and somewhere
between 30,000 and 90,000 per-
sons are expected to die from
it,” said Mr Delaney.

“Those are very alarming fig-
ures. We feel it is very impor-
tant that we make as many
Bahamians as possible aware of
what they can do to protect
themselves and their families,
and people also want the latest
information on when a vaccine
is likely to be available in the
Bahamas.”

The presentation on swine
flu will take place in the Shera-
ton’s Independence Ballroom
at 10.30am.

Other presentations include
Dr Daniel Shedid of the Cleve-
land Clinic Florida speaking on
spinal stenosis, diagnosis and
minimally invasive treatment at
11.15am.

At the same time, in a dif-
ferent room, Dr Judith Hurley
of the University of Miami
Health Systems will address
breast cancer in the Bahamas.

At 12.15pm, there are pre-
sentations by Dr Barry Russell
of the Bahamas Orthodontic
Centre, who will discuss the new
Damon system that is revolu-
tionising orthodontics, and by
Dr Juan Bolivar of the Miami
Children’s Hospital, discussing
cardiology.

“There is also very keen
interest in the new Da Vinci
Robotic Surgery technique, so
we are extremely pleased that
we have three experts from
Broward General Medical Cen-
tre presenting on that topic at
1.45pm,” said Mr Delaney.

At the same time, in another
private area, local expert Dr
Robin Roberts, a leading figure
in the fight against prostate can-
cer, will speak on men’s health.

At 2.45pm, there will be pre-
sentations by Dr Conville
Brown, founder of the Medical
Pavilion, home of the Heart
Centre and the Cancer Centre
Bahamas, will address the topic
of the healthy heart, and Mr
Michael Thorpe of the South
Florida-based CMI South will
address magnetic imaging
(MRI).

The last presentation of the
day titled “It is important to
know your numbers” will be
conducted by Dr Teresa Iribar-
ren of Baptist Health South
Florida.

More than 40 booths will
offer health and wellness infor-
mation, “literally on subjects
from head to toe,” said Mr
Delaney.

There also will be free blood
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(body mass index) screenings,
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LOCAL NEWS



Attempted armed

robhery victim's

family appeal for

blood donations

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net_}

THE family of the man }
shot in an attempted armed
robbery of Dean’s Building :
Supplies on Saturday after- }
noon are appealing to any- :
one who can donate blood }
to visit Doctors Hospital as :
he is in “dire need” of fresh

supplies.

Alexander Dean, 23, was }
shot in the abdomen and the :
back when a dread-locked }
gunman and an accomplice :
burst into Mr Dean’s family- ;
run hardware store on Park- }
gate Road and demanded }

cash.

around 3pm.

Mr Dean had to undergo }
spinal surgery as a result of :
the wound in his back.
While he is now in stable :
condition, doctors warned }

that he could be crippled.

The bullet in his abdomen
is scheduled to be removed ;

today.

assistance from the public.

Police press liaison offi- }
cer Walter Evans said: “We :
are seeking the help of resi- }
dents in the area or anyone }
who may have been passing
the Parkgate Road area and :
noticed two men running, to ;
contact us at telephone }
numbers 919, 502-9991, 322- }
3816, or call Crime Stoppers :

on 328-TIPS (8477).”

Assistant Superintendent :
Evans said the dreadlocked }
gunman was wearing a:
white shirt and blue jeans. :

No description of the sec- : :
: unveiled to the press its new-

ond man was provided.

The shooting came a little } : ;
over two weeks after moth- } for the country’s murder vic-
er of three Wendy Bullard :
was brutally gunned down }
in front of her place of work. :

Ms Bullard, 34, was shot }
in the face when two:
masked men held up 21st :
Century Steel Welding Lim- }
ited off Royal Palm Street, :
just several yards south of

's Anegli ;
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Church.

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from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
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The men fled the store on
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Infant discovered
alone in locked van

By AVA TURNQUEST

A CROWD gathered yester-
day afternoon when a security
guard discovered an infant alone
in a locked van in the parking
lot of the Town Centre Mall’s
Cost Rite entrance.

Top Class chief of security
Darren Stubbs said that he was
horrified when he discovered a
young baby dangling out of a
rear-facing car seat in the pas-
senger seat of what he described
as a gray Astro van.

He was making his rounds
when he noticed that the vehicle
was on, but appeared to be emp-
ty. Upon closer inspection, he
noticed what appeared to be a
baby boy screaming inside.

"The car seat was in an awk-
ward position," Mr Stubbs said,
"the baby was strapped in but
his lower body was hanging out
to the side with his upper body
still secured in the seat.”

Mr Stubbs immediately radioed his control
centre, which asked the information desk to make
an announcement over the PA based on infor-
mation gathered from the vehicle's registration

sticker.

Mr Stubbs said he did not remember to get
the plate number, however, because he was so

focused on rescuing the baby.

The control centre made an emergency call to
the police, while Mr Stubbs worked frantically to

find a way inside the van.

"All doors were locked except for the back
hatch; I climbed in through there and unlocked
the doors. After I took the baby out I gave him to
a woman that had been assisting me.”

Mr Stubbs and concerned customers then wait-

Murder victims
TWEE)
UMC

By AVA TURNQUEST

THE New Covenant Bap-
tist Church yesterday

ly constructed memorial wall

tims.

Bishop Simeon Hall,
senior pastor of the church,
said the wall and its promi-
nent location — facing Inde-
pendence Drive — will serve
as a physical reminder to the

public of those killed through

acts of violence, “forcing
everyone to acknowledge,

death.”

"By posting the names of
murdered persons we will
hopefully achieve three
things; we'd like to commis-
erate with their families,
underscore the precious gift
of life, and we pray that the

wall will impose on viewers,
possibly deterring someone

from committing murder,”
he said.

Construction of the wall
cost around $1,500 — money
the church considers well
Spent.

The seven sq ft concrete

wall will be able to hold the

names of 100 victims on each
side along with the dates of
their deaths.

Bishop Hall said he is con-
fident that the wall will play a
significant part in highlight-
ing the tragedy of murder in
the Bahamas.

"It can be said that for



TOP CLASS chief of security
Darren Stubbs explains to a
Tribune reporter how he dealt with
the situation yesterday.

ed for what he estimates to be
about 30 to 45 minutes before a
woman who appeared to be in
her early 40s, assisted by a pack-
ing employee, came out of the
mall carrying groceries.

"She went to the vehicle, then
after noticing the baby wasn't
there, she immediately started
back toward the store. It was at
this time that the lady holding
the baby and I were approach-
ing her.”

The lady explained that she
had just run into the store for
some mayonnaise, Mr Stubbs
said, adding however that he
noticed she had more than a few
groceries with her.

When questioned further, the
woman reportedly stated that
there was no one who could
mind the child for her.

Mr Stubbs said that he began
to lecture the woman sternly
about the dangers of leaving a
baby in a vehicle, but she wanted

to leave the scene as quickly as possible.

He said she left shortly before the police
arrived on the scene.

Mr Stubbs said that what disturbed him most

about the incident was that the back hatch of the

van was left open.
"Many women leave their handbags in the car

or their doors open in this parking lot, and there

are a lot of vagrants and undesirables that just
wait and search cars or even break in," he warned.

“Luckily I was making my rounds at the time;

BISHOP SIMEON HALL of the
New Covenant Baptist Church
stands at the wall.

every murder there can be
up to 150 affected persons,"
he said.

Bishop Hall said his time
spent chairing the National
Advisory Council on Crime
was a huge influence on his
fervor for this project.

He said he laments the fact
that Bahamians have become
desensitised to murder and
often disassociate themselves
from the victims and persons
affected.

The New Covenant Bap-
tist Church invites the public
to attend the official unveil-
ing of the wall on Sunday,
September 27, at 1.15pm
after their morning service.
At that time the church will
have affixed the current list
of victims and constructed a
sign that will sit atop the wall.

Families of murder victims
are encouraged to send in the
names of their loved one so
that they can be added to the
wall at no cost to them, space
permitting.

The murder count cur-
rently stands at 57 for the
year.

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had I not discovered the child."

Mr Stubbs said he gave police officers a state-
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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

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Bitter opposition faces Obama

ATLANTA — You could learn near-
ly as much about the health care reform
situation in Congress by just watching
President Obama’s speech to the com-
bined House and Senate as by listening
to it.

Not that the president fell short. He
clearly lined out what is in and what is
not in the proposals supported by the
administration — separating the wheat
from the summer’s accumulation of
chaff, the wild lies, Internet rumours
and manufactured misinformation.

He made a strong case not only for
the economic necessity for reform but
also for the moral imperative to pro-
vide decent health coverage for all
Americans and to protect consumers
from insurance company abuses and the
bankruptcy that too often results from
serious illness.

Obama continued as well to hold the
way open to compromise if proposals
put forward in its name would accom-
plish the broad reforms that are essential
if America’s overly costly, underper-
forming health system is to be put aright
for the long run and not just patched
up a bit here and there to keep it from
immediate collapse.

But the TV cameras showed what the
president is up against — a Congress
not just deeply sundered along party
lines but an opposition so bitter that
one of its members heckled Obama as if
the president were a lounge act in a low-
rent nightclub.

We are accustomed from watching
State of the Union addresses to seeing
the members of a president’s party often
cheer while members of the other party
sit mute. OK. That goes with a two-par-
ty system.

But even Obama’s call for repairs that
many Republicans themselves have
called for — making health insurance
available to persons now disqualified
by actually needing it, protecting policy
holders from being dumped by their
insurers for daring to fall seriously ill

— drew no GOP recognition. Cameras
panning the Republican muster caught
frequent sneers and forlorn headshakes.
At moments when the president’s
address seemed strongest, House Minor-
ity Leader John Boehner of Ohio
looked like a soured hangman whose
victim had been snatched away by
reprieve.

Republicans cheered only when Oba-
ma said he would carry out his prede-
cessor’s plan to let selected states test
various schemes for holding down mal-
practice lawsuits and arguably exces-
sive awards. Tort reform has long been
a GOP enthusiasm, not because the
costs are a major cause of rising health
costs — they aren’t, though they can be
killers for individual physicians — but as
a step toward broadly shielding corpo-
rations from liability awards.

It has been plain for weeks that the
Republican leadership decided early on
that their party’s prospects would be
best served by strangling the Obama
presidency in its infancy and to do that
by promoting misinformation and incit-
ing confusion to prevent health care
reform.

The GOP’s poor-me lamentations of
bipartisanship tendered and rejected
are belied by the party’s abandonment
even of proposals from its own members
— sensible end-of-life planning between
patients and their doctors, health care
co-ops instead of a public plan — once
Democrats accept them or even show
interest.

Perhaps President Obama will have
inspired a few Republicans to give the
plain national interest a second thought.
We'll see. If not, hope he at least
retrieved enough of a wavering public
from its capture by hysterics shouting
“socialism” and scaring Medicare
patients with lies so that Democrats will
be stiffened to do the job on their own.

(This article was written by Tom
Teepen of Cox Newspapers - c.2009).



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Business as
usual? Not so

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Business is advised to
“brace” for an increase of 2 per
cent on the payroll tax (aka
income tax). The tax rate in
2010 is slated to rise to 10.8 per
cent. The wage ceiling rises
from $400 to $600.

An example of the effect of
the increases on a small com-
pany with three employees fol-
lows:

At the current tax rate of
8.8 per cent on wages with the
cap at $400 per week the tax is
$5,500 per annum. When the
wage ceiling is raised from $400
to $600 and the tax rate
increased to 10.8 per cent the
annual combined payment to
NIB becomes $10,100 per
annum; an 84 per cent
increase!

Such an increase will have
unintended harmful conse-
quences. Most Bahamian busi-
nesses have already been lay-
ing-off employees in line with
falling income. The growing
numbers of unemployed will
join the line-up for Unemploy-
ment Insurance, the pro-
gramme government enacted
earlier this year in a fit of unsus-
tainable altruism.

LETTERS

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The tax increase coupled
with the Unemployment Bene-
fits programme sets in motion a
vicious cycle of tax increases to
support the newly unemployed
whose numbers increase as a
consequence of the previous
tax increase.

Does this make sense? Well
yes, if a welfare state is a
desired end, and government
expansion the means to the
end. The unemployed are non-
contributors. Increasing unem-
ployment results in a decrease
in contributions to NIB. There-
fore a tax increase that leads to
job loss undermines the objec-
tive of the increase intended to
guarantee the viability of the
Fund in the future.

To increase taxes in a slow-
ing economy takes resources
from producers when they are
needed most. In the best of
times taxes are disincentives for
economic expansion, in the
worst of times they are destruc-
tive to businesses struggling to
survive.

The NIB Fund as a ready
source for government bor-
rowing is a kind of candy store
to indulge the government’s
sweet tooth for spending. Per-
haps the “ready” money
explains ridiculous amounts
spent on projects like the
$36,000 for each of 6 round-
abouts for the Beauty Pageant
— if the numbers reported in the
press are correct.

Out of debt out of danger is
an old proverb that says it all. It
applies to personal debt as well
as to the liabilities of business
and government. The danger
to the value of the Bahamian
Dollar by the growing debt
affects everyone and cannot be
ignored. Tax rates and policies
that increase costs undermine
businesses the major source of
income needed to reduce the
debt. Business is advised to
“brace” itself for tax increases
yet government exempts itself
from responsible actions that
would have made a tax increase
unnecessary. There is some-
thing tragically wrong with that.

THE NASSAU
INSTITUTE
Nassau,
September 9, 2009.

It’s time to honour cultural icon Kayla
Lockhart-Edwards in a meaningful way

EDITOR, The Tribune.

What are we waiting for? Kayla Lockhart-
Edwards, a cultural icon has passed for a while
now and many still have sadness in their hearts
for the great loss experienced. We have lost a
magnificent human being. What are we going to
do to celebrate this beautiful, extraordinarily tal-
ented lady who always spoke positive things and
who was the epitome of a professional enter-

tainer par excellence.

It is no secret that Kayla has made invaluable
contributions to the Bahamas locally and inter-
nationally. She has distinguished herself in the
field of culture that will be hard to surpass. She
influenced many to enter the field of music and
theatre who have also gone on to become giants

in their own right.

oured in a significant way. How come nothing has
been discussed yet towards this end?

I believe that the singular honour should be to
rename the Centre For the performing Arts, The
Kayla Lockhart-Edwards Centre for the Per-
forming Arts. This is the least that could be done
for a lady who has given her life toward making
the Bahamas a better place through her perfor-
mances as a TV producer, conductor, song writer,
soloist, performer, ambassador, international

artist, mentor and friend to many. Who else can

lay claim to so many achievements in one life-
time. Kayla was a national treasure.

We usually drag our feet with everything, but
egos aside, bureaucracy aside, let us do the right
thing. This needs no consultation. There should
be an overwhelming groundswell of support for

this idea. At least it should clear our consciences.

Kayla was a class act and has set the bar so high

that it would be hard for anyone to equal her
performance in musicals and many onstage per-
formances. She has done sufficient to be hon-

Nassau,

IVOINE W INGRAHAM

September, 2009.

Rising food prices are a serious concern

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Food prices are rising a lot
faster than what the Depart-
ment of Statistics seems to be
able to report and it certainly
has to be a serious concern as in
the US their food prices are
declining.

I shop around — simply the
highest priced group of stores is
City Meat — next is Solomon’s
Super Centre then Robin Hood
and the cheapest on average is
Super Value Food Stores.

Both City Meat and Super
Value give stamps so there is a
balancing to an extent there but
City Meat is streets more
expensive.

Why is bread going up and
up? Why is aluminum foil going
up and up? Why is there such a

difference on meat prices and
bananas, as common as
bananas?

All prices should have come
down as BEC is far from as
high as last summer but that
does not show in the prices?

It seems no longer retailers
need to price items or that
seems to what is allowed at the
scanning stores so if you don’t
check the prices carefully you
can be over-charged. I did not
hear that Consumer Affairs has
dropped this requirement?
Remember the lowest price is
the only price you can be
charged.

I read today in The Tribune
about City Meat and their
financing; I must sigh here as
it really has been going on for a
long time. When is this charade

seemingly going to stop and
stop finally with full disclosure?
Why does the Board of Direc-
tors refuse to publish their
annual reports? What has their
external auditors got to do with
them finding new equity financ-
ing?

The 20 per cent that you
report surely that is simply the
required input from their exist-
ing shareholders and the other
80 per cent is still unresolved
but they are asking RBC to
provide? RBC has either said
yes or refused as it is too risky it
Is as simple as that — why is
City Meat not being transpar-
ent?

SHEPARD SMITH
Nassau,
August 24, 2009.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS

New US Ambassador

praises the Bahamas

NEWLY sworn-in United
States Ambassador to the



Bahamas Nicole Avant
praised the country for the
role it plays in helping the US
protect its “third border.”

“In the area of regional
security, the Bahamas plays a
critical role in working togeth-
er with us to monitor and pro-
tect our third border. There is
no better example of multi-
agency, multi-national coop-
eration than the success of
Operation Bahamas Turks and
Caicos — OPBAT - which has
for 25 years significantly
reduced the deadly flow of ille-
gal drugs through the
Bahamas and ultimately to our
children in the United States,”
she said.

Ms Avant was sworn in as
the 13th US Ambassador to
the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas by US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton in Wash-
ington, DC, on Wednesday.

Ms Avant is expected to
present her letters of credence
to Governor General Arthur
Hanna in October.

Confidence

In her swearing in remarks,
Ms Avant thanked President
Barack Obama for his contin-
ued faith and confidence in
her. She said that she is hon-
oured to have the opportunity
to serve in the Bahamas and
advance the existing close and
mutually beneficial partner-
ship.

Ms Avant noted that
beyond the geographic prox-
imity, the US and the
Bahamas share a commitment
to democratic ideals, the rule
of law and strategic interests
that span issues of regional
security, economic and social
progress, energy security and
stewardship of the environ-
ment.

She said that this strong
relationship has been
described by the leaders of
both nations as “excellent.”
Her mission, she said, is to
keep it that way.

Ms Avant said that from an
early age she has benefitted
from the wonderful influence
of her parents, entertainment
industry legend Clarence
Avant and philanthropist,



The — following

Ms. Arnette Rahming

Jacqueline Avant. Their pas-
sion for philanthropy, politics
and culture left an indelible
mark upon her.

Her parents, she said, have
instilled in her and her broth-
er, Alex, the importance of
using their talents to learn, to
mentor, to uplift and to serve -
in any way possible.

She said that she has strived
to follow in their footsteps and
eagerly awaits the opportunity
to apply the lessons she has
learned; service to ideals and
principles; service on behalf of
the economically disadvan-
taged and children in need.

Ms Avant has worked tire-
lessly to mobilise and engage
the younger generation
towards greater charitable and
political involvement. She said
she is committed to and pas-
sionate about children and
ensuring that the less fortu-
nate and disabled are given
every opportunity for educa-
tion and equal access to mean-
ingful employment.

Most recently, Ms Avant
served as vice-president of
Interior Music Publishing and
Avant Garde Music Publish-
ing (1998-2009) and was the
Southern California Finance
Co-Chairwoman of the Barack
Obama Presidential Cam-
paign.

In her professional capacity,
Ms Avant served as an acade-
mic counsellor at the Neigh-
borhood Academic Initiative,
a University of Southern Cali-
fornia mentorship programme
for high school students that
provided full academic schol-
arships as well as daily guid-
ance and direction in social
behavior and responsibility.

For a number of years, Ms
Avant actively served as a
board member for the follow-
ing organisations: Best Bud-
dies International, a global vol-
unteer movement that creates
opportunities for one-to-one
friendships, integrated employ-
ment and leadership develop-
ment for people with intellec-
tual and developmental dis-
abilities; The Bogart Pediatric
Research Programme, which
raises vital funds to support
early stage pediatric cancer
research at the Bogart labora-
tories located at Children’s
Hospital Los Angeles.

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‘improve dog pound conditions

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

ANIMAL rights activists are
calling on the government to
improve “horrific” conditions
at the dog pound and invest in
canine control services.

Former president of Animals
Require Kindness (ARK) Jane

i Mather told The Tribune how

ARK worked with the pound
to train staff in compassionate

care and euthanising of animals,
; but the standard of practices

declined when ARK backed
out.

Ms Mather, current president
of Advocates for Animal
Rights, said: “When I first went
in there it was such a horrific
situation that I contacted the
government and asked if we
could get these guys trained.

“There was a dog there with
half its face blown off, which
they left until Friday to
euthanise.

“They would put puppies to
sleep in front of their mother,
and then put her to sleep on top
of them. They were euthanis-
ing one puppy they left the nee-
dle in the heart, while it was
alive, to answer the phone.

“And then they would load
all the dead dogs into the back
of a truck on Fridays and dump
them at the government land-
fill.”

ARK provided traps, med-
ication, staff uniforms and more
to help improve the state of the

pound, and Ms Mather went
; with a group of staff from the

Canine Control Unit to a similar
unit in Broward County, Flori-
da, where they learned how to
catch, handle and euthanise ani-
mals in a humane way.

When a consultant from

Broward County visited the
} pound in Nassau in 1993 he said

he was “shocked and truly dis-
turbed” by the conditions there,
and ranked it as the “worst” he
had seen in the 18 years he had

: worked in the field.

Ms Mather said: “When I was
there it was okay, but as soon as
somebody stopped going the

CONCERNS have been raised over “lie ofo}e) ait

place reverted back to its old
ways, and they wouldn’t let me
in anymore.

“They don’t catch the dogs
that really need to be caught,
it’s other people that do that.
These are the ones that are easy
to catch so it’s no big deal.

“It really needs to be dealt
with.”

Poor conditions at the pound
were highlighted by a young vis-
itor to the site last month.

14-year-old Kirsh Duncombe
was so horrified by the way ani-
mals are treated at the pound,
he wrote to The Tribune to
make public the horror of see-
ing a dead dog locked in a cage
with a live one, animals starved
of food and water and unsani-
tary conditions.

Tribune staff then visited the
pound in the Botanical Gar-
dens, Chippingham Road, but
were refused entry, and the
Department of Agriculture and
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Agriculture Minister Larry
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have all sorts of diseases.”

He maintains the 14-year-old
schoolboy and his group had
“bragged” their way in “under
false pretenses” as they said
they were working for the
Bahamas Humane Society next
door.

A statement was due to be
released by the Department last
week, but had still not been
received before press time yes-
terday.

Mr Cartwright said: “Once
the statement has been issued I
am sure the understanding pub-
lic will realise that it’s not a
tourist attraction, it’s not a place
where you can take anybody.

“It’s cleaned on a daily basis
but it needs some minor repairs
and cleaning up, and IJ think it
would be naive of us to say that
everything is in tip-top shape
because it’s not, we are human
beings working there. .. need I
say more?”

Mr Cartwright said he would
inquire about allowing Tribune
staff permission to tour the
pound.

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nonsense son of the Bahamian
soil” who loved his family, God
and church, was laid to rest on
Wednesday.

The three-hour state-recog-
nised funeral services at St
Barnabas Anglican Church,
conducted by Fathers Michael
Maragh and Carlton Turner,
drew hundreds of mourners
from across the social and polit-
ical spectrum.

The service reflected on the
life of Mr Minnis in special trib-
utes, music led by St Barnabas
Senior Choir, prayers and scrip-
ture readings.

Governor General Arthur
Hanna said, “all of us of what-
ever political persuasion know
of the valuable contribution of
Mr Leander Minnis to our peo-
ple and our homeland and are
particularly saddened by his
passing.”

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham described Mr Minnis
as a “good and decent man."

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among those crusaders who
made a “significant contribu-
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Majority Rule in the Bahamas”
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THE CASKET T bearing the body of former Parliamentarian Leader Minnis is taken by official pallbearers to

Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

and country well.

“He also contributed signifi-
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and out of season and gained
the respect of his colleagues as
well as those on the other side
of the political divide.

“A successful businessman
who entered the political arena,
Mr Minnis earned a reputation
for trustworthiness and was
made a trustee of the Progres-
sive Liberal Party,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

Following the service, offi-
cial pallbearers and a colour
party of Police and Defence
Forces officers placed the cas-
ket bearing Mr Minnis’ body
into the official hearse and pro-
ceeded to Lakeview Memorial
Gardens Mausoleum for inter-
ment.

Mr Minnis was appointed to
the Senate in October 1973 and
made chairman of the Town
Planning Committee.

In 1977, he was elected
Member of Parliament for the

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Memorial for Bahamian-born,

British radio personality

By REUBEN SHEARER
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A SPECIAL memorial for James
Klass, a Bahamian-born, well-
known British radio personality,
will be held today at 6.30pm at the
Holy Cross Anglican Church in
Nassau.

Mr Klass, who spent most of his
youth in New Providence, died at
the age of 44 at the Royal Hospital
in Liverpool on July 12.

The radio host and DJ, who
friends say was devoted to his wife
Kelly and their six children, was
best known for presenting the show jum
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“James has been gone so long, and sometimes people
lose track of those they know,” said Carlotta Klass, the
deceased’s mother.

“We want his friends and family to know of his passing
and to come out and honour him (today).”

Mr Klass completed his primary and secondary education
at St John’s College in Nassau.

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with his parents Carlotta and George Klass (now deceased).
There, he completed his studies in journalism and media.

He was an accomplished MC and DJ, performing through-
out England and Ireland.

His European performances under the name of ‘MC Jam’
took him to places such as Russia, Germany, Holland and
Lithuania.

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SC McPherson: a bright
light on a hill of despair

YOUNG MAN’S VIEW
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By ADRIAN GIBSON
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Champions do not become
champions when they win the
event, but in the hours, weeks,
months and years they spend
preparing for it. The victorious
performance itself is merely the
demonstration of their champi-
onship character.

— T. Alan Armstrong—an
excerpt from last week’s edi-
tion of SC McPherson newslet-
ter to teachers “From the prin-
cipal’s desk.”

LAST Friday, I bid farewell
to my comrades at the SC
McPherson Junior High school
as I departed the school and my
beloved students to pursue my
law studies. Today, with all of
the issues facing the educational
system, SC McPherson contin-
ues to stand out as a bright light
on a hill of despair.

It is unambiguous to state
that the pursuit of a tertiary edu-
cation is not only a path to fur-
ther enlightenment, but also to
advanced qualifications and a
greater sense of self and aware-
ness about our societies.

Growing up as a youngster in
the Bahamas (Long Island), I
took a keen interest in the law,

ADRIAN

deciding at a tender age that
practising law would ultimately
be my career path, particularly as
the intricacies of the law, its val-
ue to organized and democratic
societies and the importance of
the law and the administration
of justice to settling disputes, con-
fronting the criminal element and
ensuring the integrity of business
and society at large. Beyond
these elements, the practice of
law also has other benefits, such
as producing prosperous citizens,
who may venture into businesses
and create jobs during these
tough economic times and who
may also positively contribute to
the political, social and judicial
strengthening of a developing
nation such as the Bahamas.
That being said, I have hardly
slept since Monday, as the study
of law is an extremely arduous,
sleepless undertaking that has a
heavy workload and requires
extensive research and reading.
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and where, like all teachers at all
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country, I was confronted with
the everyday struggles that edu-
cators face, the task of courting
certain students who regularly
fail to complete homework to
embrace their after school assign-
ments, and the encumbrance of
some parents who refuse to
invest a minute in their children’s
advancement.

In 2005, I began my journey in
education by completing my
teaching practice and certifica-
tion at SC McPherson. Upon
being hired as a public servant, I
was posted to the LW Young
Junior High school. Although I
made lifelong friends at LW
Young and had fulfilling experi-
ences, I requested a transfer to
SC McPherson, as I was relocat-
ing to western New Providence
and had desired to continue
under the tutelage of Mrs
Antoinette Storr (then principal)
with whom I had developed a
good relationship. Mrs Storr,
then the school’s very progres-
sive principal had also requested
my return, and was foremost in
ensuring that I attained the coop-
eration and reassurance that I
would need to pass teaching
practice with flying colours. I did
just that—earning an A! While
completing my teaching practice
exercise at SC, Mrs Storr and her
administration and staff went
above and beyond to ensure that
I was not hampered and that I
had all the supplies and neces-
sary paraphernalia needed to
excel.

Upon my return to SC as a
member of staff, I realised that
the hardworking teachers had
cultivated a positive school cli-
mate, and that the institution was
a pilot school for much of the
Ministry of Education’s (MOE)

initiatives. Furthermore, the prin-
cipal and teaching staff had insti-
tuted a summer and after-school
programme to attend to the
remedial needs of slower stu-
dents.

Although Mrs Storr has now
retired from the public service
and moved on to become a vice-
principal at St John’s College and
proprietor of a state-of-the-art
pre-school in Pinewood
(Shalom), what enticed me to SC
was what I’ve come to appreciate
as “Storr’s policy.” As a stern
disciplinarian, she constantly
patrolled the campus (with a
cane) and consistently encour-
aged students to succeed. I also
came to admire her hard-line
approach to fostering parental
involvement in instances such as
those when parents did not col-
lect their children’s report cards
and were nudged to do so as she
refused to permit students to
attend classes unless the report
cards were collected—and that
approach quickly yielded results.

SC McPherson’s new princi-
pal, Mrs Dorothy Kemp, has also
brought an innovative, technol-
ogy savvy approach to conduct-
ing school affairs and keeping
teachers informed of school
activities, MOE promotional
exercises and so on.

Although SC is today faced
with having to accommodate
throngs of students—some 1400,
particularly in these rough eco-
nomic times when many parents
are withdrawing their children
from private institutions—SC
McPherson’s teachers continue
to aspire to offer first-class edu-
cation that has become synony-
mous with the institution.
Frankly, everyone seems to want
to send their child to SC these
days!

It must also be noted that sev-
eral of the brightest students pro-
duced by SC McPherson have
been lured away from the public
school system—upon complet-
ing grade nine—by scholarships
offered by private schools such as
St Andrews. Credit for much of
the top grades at schools such as
St Andrews in next year’s nation-
al exams must be given to SC

McPherson’s hardworking fac-
ulty, who nurtured and laid the
foundation for these students and
also exposed them to effective
teaching and reading method-
ologies.

Today, the administration and
teachers at this outstanding
school continue to dig in their
shallow pockets and make per-
sonal sacrifices to ensure that
their students have lunch and/or
the basic resources to function
in a classroom.

In the wake of my traffic acci-
dent and subsequent eye surgery
earlier this year, many of SC
McPherson’s teachers and stu-
dents rendered unfaltering sup-
port, whether by diligently and
caringly visiting me as I recuper-
ated, writing wonderful get-well
notes, sending gifts and fruit bas-
kets and/or tirelessly substitut-
ing for me in my absence. I thank
you all!

In most schools, the school
population is divided into various
groupings known as houses.
When I left for law school, I was
the year head/house coordinator
for “Wahoo House”—for whom
I will keep my fingers crossed in
hopes that they win most of the
school’s events this year. And, I
will always be rooting for SC
McPherson from the sidelines.

Moreover, most importantly,
I would like to thank and bid
farewell to the best, most out-
spoken and driven department
at SC McPherson—the social

studies department, of which I
was a part. Special note must be
made of the members of this very
industrious department—wise
and assiduous Ms Ceyola Coak-
ley, diligent Ms Paula Clarke,
well organised Ms Brickell
Brown, tenacious and unswerv-
ing Ms Kayren Belle, determined
Ms Valerie Henriquez and viva-
cious Ms Andrea Wilson-Pierre.
Special thanks must also be
extended to hardworking Ms Vil-
liane Deal, who left the depart-
ment during the summer to join
the staff at LW Young.

As an educator, I hope that I
have left a positive indelible
mark and served as a facilitator
in assisting my students with their
interpretation of the processes
of change in our society as well as
other societies around the globe.

It is my belief that I have
helped my wonderful students
to define themselves as dutiful
citizens who are capable of con-
tributing to the development of
their society over time.

Teaching has furnished me
with an abundance of great
memories and thought-provok-
ing experiences, and I hope to
continue to give back and teach
our nation’s youth. SC McPher-
son’s school song proclaims “SC
school we love you, we'll always
love you”, and no doubt, I will
always love and treasure the
time—the minor struggles and
the many highpoints—I experi-
enced in shark (mascot) territory.

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ing occupancy rates and tries to reduce

losses.

He also claimed that the hotel —
which he said is 100 per cent Bahamian
owned — was denied government assis-
tance that would have allowed the prop-
erty to maintain staffing levels.

Now, 20 more hospitality workers are
set to join the growing unemployment
line, dealing another blow to Grand
Bahama's already weakened economy.

"We put a proposal before the gov-
ernment, as they had assisted many of
the foreign owned hotels and they chose



not to assist us and we have to do what Nase Ves
we have to do," Mr Barnett told The Tri-
bune during a telephone interview from his office in Grand
Bahama yesterday.

He claimed that the hotel's proposal would save the govern-
ment more money than it would have to give out in unemploy-
ment assistance to the 20 persons who were laid off.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that while government was not
able to accept the hotel's proposal, it had assisted the Best
Western hotel in the past.

"A large number of people make proposals to government
when they have these circumstances and unfortunately it's
impossible for government to provide assistance to everybody to
the degree that they ask (but) Mr Barnett certainly knows that
we have assisted him in the past, in a whole number of areas,"
said the minister.

Grand Bahama's tourism sector has limped through several
hurricanes in the last few years, but has been crippled by the
worldwide financial crisis, which struck last year.

Said Mr Barnett: "This (the current situation) is extreme
compared to previous years. We saw declines ever since the
three hurricanes came our way, but when the economy in the
United States began to fail we felt the domino effect of that.

"This is the slowest it's been. For the 30 years I've been here
we've never had to lay of employees — of course we had to make
adjustments in schedules — but we never had to lay off employ-
ees for economic reasons," said Mr Barnett.

He explained that the 118-room property in downtown
Freeport — which caters mostly to business travellers — was
dealing with a significant fall off as many international compa-
nies cut back on unnecessary expenditure.

"People just don't have the funds to travel, we're a downtown
hotel so we do more corporate business and so they are saying
instead of travelling we're going to do conference calls."

The resort is also grappling with dwindling domestic tourism
numbers, a cornerstone of its market.

"We used to get a lot of people coming from Abaco on stay-
overs to go to the Discovery Cruise — all of that has been drop-
ping off. People just are not working, so it's these things they
have to cut back on."

Best Western currently employs 60 persons. This number will
be reduced to 40 on September 20.

The Department of Statistics recently noted that unemploy-
ment in the Bahamas jumped from 8.7 per cent last year to 14.2
per cent this year, the highest rate recorded since the early
1990s.

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BSF Fall calendar

FROM page 10

Christine Edmonds NP
Marvell Miller NP

Candice Smith NP

Latoya Johnson EX (Exuma)
Treke Bowleg AND (Andros
Vesna Laing GB

Pitching Coach — Spurgeon
Johnson
Trainer — Lenny Newton

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Workout Squad 2009
Bahamas Parrots

Head of Delegation — Baylor
Fernander

Head Coach — Aaron Adderley

Coaches — Delano Cartwright
/ Anthony Huyler

Ken Wood NP (New Provi-
dence)

Alcott Forbes NP
Eugene Pratt NP
Lynden Richardson GB
(Grand Bahama)

Darren Stevens NP
Thomas Davis NP
Ricardo Rolle GB
Aneko Knowles GB
Alec Rolle NP

Geron Sands NP
Desmond Rolle GB
Godfrey Burnside Jr. NP
Rickey Rolle GB
Sherman Ferguson NP
Lamar Waktins NP
Michale Thompson NP
Greg Burrows Jr. NP
Hosea Hilton ELEU
(Eleuthera)

James Clarke NP
Martin Burrows Jr. NP
Horation Green NP
Cardinal Gilbert NP
Byron Ferguson NP
Charles Carroll LI (Long
Island)

Raynaldo Russell GB
Carlos Pratt LI

Andrea Bethell ELEU
Tod Thompson AB(Abaco)

Pitching Coach — Brian Neeley

Trainer — Alphonso Pratt

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Workout Squad 2009
Bahama Marlins

Head of Delegation — Andy
Deal

(Manager)

Coaches — Martin Burrows
Sr. / Neville “Hammer”
Cartwirght

Freddie Conish NP (New
Providence)

Edney Bethel NP

Pedro Marcello LI (Long
Island)

Philip Culmer NP

Van Johnson NP
Dwayne Mackey NP
Marvin Wood NP
Angelo Dillette NP
Teran Wood NP

William Rutherford AB (Abaco)

Mario Ford NP

Lamount Charlow NP
Renaldo Rolle GB (Grand
Bahama)

Prescott Wilson GB
Jamico Sands GB

Larry Russell Jr. GB
Greg Gardiner EX (Exuma)
Jamal Johnson NP
Ramon Storr NP

Jamal Ferguson NP
Garfield Bethel NP
Desmond Dean GB
Christopher Russell AND
(Andros)

Julian Pratt LI

Lester Wallace ELEU
(Eleuthera)

Kenny Rolle AB

Orlando McPhee NP

Pitching Coach — Leroy
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Trainer - Alphonso “Chick-
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Head Coach — Perry Seymour

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NEW YORK
Associated Press

DEREK JETER peeked
down at third base and saw
a huge patch of green grass.
There it is, he thought, a per-
fect opportunity to break out
of that slump.

So, he took advantage of
it. Jeter began the night with
a surprising bunt single —
and didn’t stop hitting until
he tied Lou Gehrig.

With three hits on Wednes-
day, Jeter matched the New
York Yankees record of
2,721, a mark Gehrig held by
himself for more than 70
years.

“Tt’s just kind of mind-bog-
gling to have my name next
to his,” Jeter said on the field
during a postgame television
interview pumped over the
Yankee Stadium public
address system.

New York rallied past the
Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on a
three-run homer by pinch-hit-
ter Jorge Posada in the eighth
inning. The comeback victory
made it easier for Jeter to
enjoy his accomplishment —
he tied Gehrig with a sev-
enth-inning single off rookie
starter Jeff Niemann.

“Tm happy that I was able
to do it here at home,” Jeter
said. “We had so many spe-
cial moments across the
street. Hopefully this is the
first of many memorable
moments here at the new sta-
dium.”

Moments after Posada’s
homer, Jeter received a
booming ovation as he
stepped to the plate in the
eighth with a chance to break

the record. He walked
against reliever Grant Bal-
four, bringing a loud chorus
of boos from the crowd.

The Yankees are off
Thursday. Jeter gets his next
chance to set the mark Friday
night at home against Balti-
more.

“IT wish we were playing
tomorrow,” he said.

Shut down by Niemann
most of the night, the Yan-
kees finished a four-game
sweep and sent the AL
champion Rays to their
eighth consecutive loss. It’s
their longest skid since drop-
ping eight straight in July
2007.

Already on their feet in
anticipation, fans at Yankee
Stadium let loose with a roar
when Jeter’s sharp grounder
inside the first-base line got
by a diving Chris Richard in
the seventh.

Jeter’s parents, watching
from an upstairs box between
home plate and first base,
raised their arms and
exclaimed in excitement. The
ball was saved for Jeter as a
souvenir.

“T felt proud. I got goose
bumps,” said Posada, one of
Jeter’s best buddies. “It was a
perfect moment.”

Jeter took off his helmet
and twice waved it to the
crowd of 45,848 during an
ovation that lasted about 2
minutes. Rays players and
coaches clapped as Jeter
stood at first base.

“Pm very happy for him,”
Tampa Bay manager Joe
Maddon said. “He carries
himself in a manner that’s
worthy of passing Gehrig.”

NEW YORK Yankees’
Derek Jeter hits a single
during the seventh
inning of a baseball
game against the Tam-
pa Bay Rays on
Wednesday, Sept. 9,
2009, at Yankee Stadi-
um in New York. The
hit tied Jeter with Lou
Gehrig for most hits by
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BSF prepares for
the ‘busy season’

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Softball Federation looks to
begin implementation of its short term and
long term goals to benefit the future of the
local game and strengthen its profile on the
international stage.

The BSF is preparing for the fall section of
its calendar year in what federation execu-
tives call the "busy season.”

The most pressing matter on the upcoming
calendar is the selection of both Men's and
Ladies’ National teams to represent the coun-
try at the upcoming CAST tournament, sched-
uled for October 29th to November 1st here in
the capital.

The Federation will hold a special meeting
tonight for workout squad participants with
regards to the selection process and also plans
for the further development of the tourna-
ment.

Burket Dorsett, BSF President, outlined the
highlights of the upcoming calendar for the
Federation which features several local and
regional tournaments and concludes with an
appearance at the International Softball Fed-
eration Congress.

"The BSF will be experiencing a very busy
season in the upcoming months and it is an
exciting time for the players, fans and we in the
administration. We begin with the National
Slow Pitch Championships set for Grand
Bahama either the first weekend in October or
for the Discovery Day weekend for those
islands that play slow pitch in various cate-
gories men's, ladies and co-eds. The next event
on the calendar will be the Austin "Kingsnake"
Knowles tournament for senior boys and girls

(1) Austin Knowles High School Tournament
(for senior boys and girls) October 22nd — 24th

(2) CAST Tournament

(for men and ladies) Oct. 29th — Nov. 1st
Jamaica, Cayman Island, Turks Island,
Belize, Israel, England, Bahamas,
Bermuda (host in Nassau Bahamas)

(3) IFS Congress
(host in Venezuela) October 21st - 26th

(4) 2009 Round Robin Tournament
(host in Nassau, Bahamas)

Men and Ladies November 5th — 8th
Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma,
Long Island, Bimini, Grand Bahama,
New Providence.

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Workout Squad 2009

Bahamas Flamingos

Head of Delegation — Jenny Dotson

Head Coach — Stephen Beneby

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during the mid term brak for local schools," he
said, "This tournament is of the utmost impor-
tance to the BSF because it highlights the
future talent of the country in a competitive
format and assist the overall development of
the game while providing an opportunity for
young athletes to showcase their talents. Long
Island has been a dominant factor in these
championships over the last few years, how-
ever, Eleuthera made their presence felt win-
ning both titles last year and promises to return
to defend their titles. The following weekend,
October 29th- Nov will be the CAST tourna-
ment, an international venture for the BSF. We
already have confirmation from the Cayman
Islands, Belize, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos,
Bermuda, USVI and have also began talks
with teams from Israel and England which
have expressed interest. Following that will
be the National Round Robin Championship
where champions of member associations will
descend upon New Providence vying for a
national crown."

Dorsett said the year will conclude with an
appearance at the ISF Congress which should
have a direct impact on the Bahamas and its
stake in regional softball.

"We will then take part in the ISF Congress.
This edition will be held in Venezuela with
more than 110 countries taking place. This is an
election year for the ISF and in addition an
additional VP post will be added for the Eng-
lish speaking Caribbean,” he said. "The ISF
has stated they will realign and the Bahamas
will be placed in the Americas region, thus
creating the necessity for the post. The IFS
has also confirmed that the CAC Games will
be held in Puerto Rico in July of 2010. The
men's national team will have at least two
trips of very important tournaments we need to
take part in."

Mary Sweeting NP (New Providence)
Thena Johnson NP

Sharneel Symonette NP

Deserie Coakley NP

Alexandria Taylor NP

Lona Maxis GB (Grand Bahama)
Shavette Taylor NP

Tara Evans GB

Tasheena Pinder GB

Jeanean Wallace NP

Debbie McClure NP

Alverne Hall GB

Neressa Seymour NP

Christine Hanna GB

Antonia Simmons NP

Kesha Pratt NP

Dawn Forbes NP

Zella Syminette NP

Nerissa Lockhard GB

Latoya Brown GB

Brendina Mcphee LI (Long Island)
Avis Bethel ELEU. (Eleuthera)

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still recovering from an injured right ring
finger that he got jammed in an elevator
at the Tennis Center and required nine
stitches.

But he admitted that with the title on
the line, there’s no need to worry about
the pain he’s experiencing.

“Tt’s a little bit awkward, but it’s not
bothering me at all,” Knowles said. “It’s
still wrapped up in a cushion, but I’m
felling great out there.

“Tm not feeling much pain, so at this
stage, it’s not a factor. I’m not worried
about it. ’'m just trying to concentrate
on going out there and getting the job
done.”

If they are successful in winning, it
would be the second time that Knowles
has captured the US Open. He did it in
2004 with his former long-time partner
Daniel Nestor.

For 35-year-old Bhupathi, this will be
his third appearance in the US Open
Final. In 1999, he and Paes were the run-
ners-up and in 2002, he and Mirnyi
secured the title.

While there’s been a lot said about the
two former Indian partners (Bhupathi
and Paes) playing on the opposite side
of the court, Knowles said it’s not really a
big issue because they are now playing
Davis Cup together.

“A lot of that (dissension between the
two of them), are in the past,” Knowles
said. “It’s obviously a big match for both
teams and we both want to win the Grand
Slam.”

As far as Knowles is concerned, it was-
mt as bad a bitter break-up like the one he
and Nestor had in 2007 just before he
and Bhupathi formed their new partner-
ship.

Win or lose, Knowles will be return-
ing home with his family on Sunday and
will be honoured by the Bahamas gov-
ernment for teaming up with Anna-Lena
Groenefeld from Germany to win the
mixed doubles Grand Slam title at Wim-
bledon in July.

No doubt, Knowles would like to add
this US Open title to the celebrations
when he goes to Government House on
Monday for a luncheon at 1 pm.

Bahamas Supply Agencies back Darling

FROM page 11

ing the Bahamas at the World Men Bodybuilding
Championships in Doha, Qatar from November
2-5.

“The federation does not have the funding to
get the whole team to the CAC Championships
this year, for whatever reason. It was not made
clear to us,” Darling said.

“So thanks to Prolab, I will be able to go to the
CAC and the World Championships in Novem-
ber. Every year, for ten years, I do the CAC try-
ing to get my pro card and this year is no differ-
ence. Now that Ihave the backing from Prolab, I
will try my hardest.”

Going into the championships, Darling said
he feel like he’s in the right frame of mind and
condition to be able to compete for the overall
title.

But his only wish is that the organisers of the
championships will once again administer the
mandatory drug testing, which they’ve failed to do
so over the last three years.

“The last drug testing was done in 2007 in
Bermuda. There was no drug testing last year,”
said Darling, of the championships that was held

here.

“T bring that up to say that if an overall cham-
pion is chosen and he is tested positive, the run-
ner-up does not automatically get the pro card.”

However, Darling said he will be lobbying for
the runner-up to step up and receive the pro
card, if the eventual champion is tested positive.

“Tm training hard, I’m very disciplined with my
diet and this year, I really feel that this is going to
be my year,” Darling projected. “So I’m going to
go out there and give it my best shot.”

Like Darling, reportedly five other athletes
have indicated that they too are in the process of
securing their own personal sponsorship in order
for them to compete.

Darling, a fitness instructor at the Royal
Bahamas Defense Force, trains at Bally Total
Fitness Center. The Center’s assistant manager
Yolanda Barr said they are very pleased to have
the champion as a member of their club.

“It’s also good for the members to interact
with someone of his status,” Barr said.

As for his sponsorship by Prolab and Natrol,
Barr said it’s another plus because they supply the
products in their shop and with Darling using
them, it will only encourage the members to do so
as well.



Bahamas Bodybuilding Federation hit by economic woes

FROM page 11

to seek their own sponsorship
in the event that the federa-
tion doesn’t secure the neces-
sary funding in time.

“We’ve never had any prob-
lems with the Ministry. They
have been very good to us in
the past,” Sumner said. “But
unfortunately this year, they
said to us that the funds are
not available right now.

“They told us that the funds
won't be available until next
month. But we are supposed
to go away this month. So
that’s the dilemma that we are
faced with right now.”

The Bahamas have captured
the championship title for the
past three years and Sumner
said it would really be a shame
if they are not in a position to
go to Grenada and defend the
title.

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team from New Providence
are national male and female
champions James ‘Jay’ Darling
and Donna Williams, Ray-
mond Tucker, Faye Rolle, Paul
‘Mighty Mouse’ Wilson, Teddy
Gray and Keshelle Mackey.

And from Grand Bahama,
those named are the husband
and wife combo of Desmond
and Charnice Bain, Timica
Stubbs and Petra Brice.

Dereck Bullard is the man-
ager and the coaches are
Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears and
Trevor Bethel from Grand
Bahama.

“T’ve been in constant con-
versation with the Ministry’s
Permanent Secretary, Archie
Nairn, and he is working to try
and get something resolved by
now and September 18.”

So far, Darling has publicly
announced that he has secured
a sponsorship from Prolab and
Natrol through the Bahamas

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Sumner said they are
encouraging all athletes to go
ahead and secure their own
sponsorship if they can because
although they have never been
in this predicament before, he’s
confident that they will get
something worked out.

Over the summer, the
Bahamas Volleyball Federa-
tion had to wait until the
eleventh hour before their men
and women national teams
were able to travel to the qual-
ifying rounds of the 2010 FIVA.
World Cup because of a lack
of funds.

However, in both instances,
the Ministry of Sports and
BTC stepped up and assured
that the teams were able to
travel.

Sumner said he was hoping
that corporate Bahamas would
step up and assist the federa-
tion before it was too late.

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

MARK Knowles and Mahesh
Bhupathi are back in familiar waters,
playing together in their second
Grand Slam men’s doubles final for
the year.

The number three seeded
Bahamian-Indian combo will pair
up against the fourth seeded tam of
Lukas Dloughy of the Czech Repub-
lic and Leander Paes of India.

The match is scheduled for noon
today and Knowles indicated that
they are hoping not to let the title
slip away from them like it did in
January when they fell short against
the American identical twin brothers

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Team makes second doubles



Bob and Mike Bryan.

“We lost a tough one in Australia,
but right now we’re playing great
tennis,” said Knowles after they
swept the No.5 team of Max Mirnyi
of Belarus and Andy Ram from
Israel 6-4, 6-2 in Wednesday’s semi-
final.

“T think we played our best match
in the tournament (in the semifinal)
and we know that we have to play
even better in the final (today). But
we’re looking forward to it. We
know it’s a lot of fun to be ina
Grand Slam final.”



2009

Bahamas
Supply Agencies
back Darling

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WHILE the Bahamas Body-
building and Fitness Federation
is scrapping to raise funds,
men’s national champion James
‘Jay’ Darling has sealed a sig-
nificant sponsorship deal.

On Wednesday, Darling
signed a deal with Bahamas
Supply Agencies Limited for a
sponsorship under the joint
banner of Prolab and Natrol
that will ensure that he travels
to the Central American and
Caribbean Championships at
the end of the month.

The federation was hoping
to send a full team to defend
its title at the championships
on September 30, but most of
the competitors are being
forced to come up with their
own funding to be able to com-
pete.

Yesterday, Bahamas Supply
Agencies Ltd general manag-
er Simon Cooper said they
were so pleased with the per-
formances of Darling that they
have decided for the first time
to throw their support behind
him.

“We got a favourable
response,” said Cooper, about
Darling’s resume that was sent
to their international company



Bahamas Botybuilding Federation
hit hy economic woes

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Bodybuild-
ing and Fitness Federation is
the latest national federation
to get hit by the economic bug.

Federation president Dan-
ny Sumner said they are hard
pressed to come up with some
$19,500 by September 18 to
send an 11-member team off
to defend their title at the Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
Bodybuilding Championships.

The championships is sched-
uled for September 30 in St.
George’s. Grenada, but Sum-
ner said September 18 is the
actual deadline for them to

for consideration.

“So that in mind, we were
able to go ahead and provide
the necessary sponsorship,
which will enable him to go on
to compete in the international
events and hopefully this time
he will be able to get his pro
card.”

Cooper, who attended the
press conference with Wendell
Gardiner, Bahamas Supply
Agencies Ltd sales manager,
said they developed a chem-
istry with Darling from the
break and that was the main
reason why they sponsored
him.

For Darling, who has repre-
sented the country for the past
20 years, the sponsorship came
just in the nick of time, consid-
ering the economic climate that
the federation is experiencing
right now.

“T will definitely represent
them with all good intentions
and to the best of my ability,”
he said. “Being one of the first
athletes being given this oppor-
tunity, I want to be the best
example for other athletes to
follow in the future.”

While the CAC Champi-
onships is immediate on Dar-
ling’s agenda, the dominant
middleweight champion also
has his sights set on represent-

SEE page 10

complete all of their travel
arrangements.

“The situation is right now
we haven’t received any grant
from the Ministry (Youth,
Sports and Culture),” Sumner
said yesterday. “But the team
is still intact. We just need the
funds.

“Once we can get that, we
will be able to take the team.
Hopefully sometime will work
out for them, so I want to them
to stay together.”

Sumner said they are also
appealing to the general public
to come forth and assist in their
financial vows. He said he’s
also encouraging the athletes

SEE page 10

The winning team will split
$420,000, while the losing team will
share $210,000, but Knowles said
they don’t want to be in the same
position they ended up in Australia.

“This is what you play the game
for,” said the 38-year-old Knowles.
“It’s a really exciting opportunity,
one that we’re really looking for-
ward too and I have a good feeling
that we will go out there and give it
our best shot.”

Going into the match, Knowles is

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Bishop Fraser retrial resumes |

FROM page one

began yesterday, however,
Fraser was without an attor-
ney and told the court that he
had been informed that his
lawyer Wayne Munroe was
engaged in the trial of Father
Ranfurly Brown. Magistrate
Bethel, however, proceeded
with the matter, recalling Cor-
poral Sheria King.

Fraser was asked whether
he wished to cross-exam the
witness and replied that he pre-
ferred that his attorney did so.

The prosecution then called
Detective Sergeant Mark Bar-
rett who told the court that on
April 12, 2006, he was at the
Central Detective Unit when
Fraser in the presence of his
attorney was placed under
arrest and informed that he
was suspected of having unlaw-
ful intercourse with a female
minor. He further testified that
around 7.40pm, he and a team
of officers went with Fraser to
Pilgrim Baptist Temple, St
James Road. There, he said, a
search was conducted and a
number of suspected semen
stains were found.

“They were pointed out to
Bishop Fraser who appeared
to be very shocked,” Sergeant
Barrett said. He told the court
that at the scene he later col-
lected a cellular phone, Com-
paq laptop, a CPU and assort-
ed discs. Sergeant Barrett tes-
tified that sometime around
10.20 that night, he and the
other officers went to Fraser’s
home. He said that while there,

a search was conducted of
Fraser’s bedroom and two
VHS tapes with pornography
were seized. Attempting to
cross-exam the witness, Fras-
er said that he had been
informed by police that what
had been pointed out to him
in his office was bodily fluid.
Sergeant Barrett said that to
his recollection Fraser was told
that it was semen. Fraser then
asked the magistrate what
options he had in terms of legal
representation. Magistrate
Bethel informed him that if he
felt that his lawyer had aban-
doned him and he wished to
seek other counsel the court
would grant him leave to do
so.

Following a brief adjourn-
ment, Fraser informed the
court that Mr Munroe was
seeking to have the matter
stood down for half an hour.

An aunt of the complainant
told the court yesterday that
on Palm Sunday 2006, while at
home getting ready for church,
she received a phone call from
her two sisters. She said that
as a result, she went to Pilgrim
Baptist Temple but was not
immediately allowed entry
because she was informed by
the attendants that there was a
confrontation going on. She
said that eventually she was
allowed inside the church and
met members of her family in
Fraser’s office.

She told the court that
Fraser’s wife asked her not to
take the matter any further
saying that they would do any-
thing to get the matter

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The company announced that Grand Bahama Power crews
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resolve the problem. Power was fully restored to all affected

areas within two hours.

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resolved. The woman told he

court that her sister — the com- i
plainant’s mother — slapped }
Fraser several times, asking }
him why he had done what he :
had done to her daughter. The }
woman told the court that the }
voice-mail messages that Fras- }
er allegedly sent her niece were }
played for everyone in the }
office to hear. She told the }
court that Fraser’s wife agreed }
that it was her husband’s voice }

in the messages.

The witness told the court :
that she recalled Fraser saying }
that he wanted to perform oral

sex on her niece.

Lead prosecutor Franklyn }
Williams told the court that the }
Crown does not have the cel- }
lular phone on which the voice }
messages were stored. He said }
every effort had been made to }

track it down.

The witness under cross- }
examination by Mr Munroe }
told the court that her sister }
had kept the cellular phone but ;
the messages were recorded on
a tape, which had been handed }
over to CDU. She also claimed }
under cross-examination that :
Fraser did call her niece by }
name in messages pertaining }
to meeting her at places like }

the mall or going out.

Detective Corporal Shavon }
Dames told the court that she }
went as an observer with a }
team of officers who searched }
Fraser’s office at Pilgrim Bap- }
tist Temple and his home. She }
told the court that luminol was }
used at Fraser’s church office :
and a number of semen stains }
were found. She said that those }

pieces of carpet were cut out.

She also told the court that
she videotaped an interview }
with Fraser at CDU that lasted }
from 10.45 am to 6pm on April ;
13. She told the court that }
Wellington Olander — Fraser’s }
attorney at the time — and }
Reverend Dr William Thomp- }
son were also present. Detec- }
tive Inspector Matthew Edge- :
combe told the court he was }
present when Fraser was inter- }
viewed. Inspector Edgecombe
also told the court that he was }
present when search warrants }
were executed on Fraser’s }

church office and his home.

Moss sets date for PLP leadership bid

FROM page one

emboldened by the growing dissent amongst
PLPs to see a “real change” in the direction of

the party.

“The country wants change. And not just
change for change sake, but a generational
change. The group that was there before had
their time and did nothing with it.
PLP’s can ill afford another term
in Opposition, and that is the dri-
ving force behind Mr Moss’ cam-

paign,” the source said.

Having it be known that he will
win the party’s leadership once
again at its upcoming national con-
vention on October 18, former
Prime Minister Perry Christie said
that anyone who seeks to chal-
lenge him would be engaging in

an exercise in “futility.”

Additionally, sources within the
PLP have also claimed that there
is amovement within the party to
“politically destroy” anyone who
would seek to challenge the
leader. This they claim would be
carried out by denying persons
nominations to run in their various con-
stituencies, or by placing political pressure on
a member by denying them a posting if and
when the party were to become the govern-

ment.

While this warning may discourage some
from entering the fray, Mr Moss has reportedly
paid little attention to it and has already held
“private and unofficial” discussions with a
number of “high profile” PLPs who also seek
a change in the party’s leadership.

Additionally, it is also believed that Mr
Moss’ singular campaign has given “courage”



PLP LEADER
Perry Christie

parency.”

to a number of PLP parliamentarians who
would also seek to challenge Mr Christie for
the leadership of the party. These names, it is
reported, could include, but are not limited
to PLP MP for Bain and Grants Town Dr
Bernard Nottage, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell,
Fort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears,
and former chairman Raynard
Rigby.

Mr Moss’ announcement comes
after a very contentious meeting
at PLP headquarters on Wednes-
day night when the party decided
to continue with deputy-leader
hopeful Obie Wilchcombe as chair-
man of its national convention.

Initially concerns were raised by
members within the party, includ-
ing former chairman Raynard Rig-
by who challenged Mr Wilch-
combe to step down from chairing
the convention as he plans to run
for a party post.

Mr Rigby claimed that the West
End and Bimini MP clearly “does
not understand the principles of
conflict of interests and fairness and trans-

“He appears not to recognise the percep-
tions that are created by continuing to serve in
the capacity of convention chair.” He said that
in his opinion “these are matters that go 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, I know one
when I see one and so does the public. The
present facts surely satisfy the test,” he said.

School security officer

FROM page one

Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez, was adjourned to
November, 5 when more pros-
ecution witnesses are expected
to be called.

The defendant, who was
said to be emotional during
parts of the witnesses’ testi-
mony, was represented by
legal counsel.

White was arraigned on
related charges before Chief
Magistrate Gomez in June and
pleaded not guilty to the
charges.

Prosecutors allege that

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two 14-year-old girls in Janu-
ary and that he committed the
same offence against a 16-
year-old girl the following
month.

Additionally another 16-
year-old girl accused White of
indecently assaulting her in
April.

While in May, a 14-year-old
girl accused White of the same
offence.

Prosecutors also alleged that

White indecently assaulted a
16-year-old girl from Novem-
ber 2008 until May 2009.

White is also accused of
indecently assaulting a 17-
year-old girl from January
until May and the indecent
assault of a 15-year-old in Jan-
uary and May.

The defendant has been
placed on administrative leave
by the Department of Educa-
tion pending the outcome of
the trial.

Anglican Archdeacon

FROM page one

from the beach because he had found a condom wrapper. He
told the court that Father Brown said that he told a group of
girls to leave the area and go to where the other church mem-

bers were. All left except one.

According to Inspector Stubbs, Father Brown said that he
touched the girl’s shoulder and told her to leave. Father Brown
told Inspector Stubbs that that was when the young girl turned
around and slapped him. While trying to prevent her from
fighting him they both fell to the ground and other church
members had to come and separate them Inspector Stubbs

told the court.

Father Brown’s lawyer Wayne Munroe submitted to the
court that the complaint filed was not valid. Mr Munroe said
that there was no signature by the Commissioner of Police or
the Officer who took the complaint.

The case was adjourned to October 1. The trial is being
heard before Magistrate Ancella Williams in court 6, Parliament

Street.

FROM page one

were briefly interrupted due to
an eviction attempt by the land-
lord, International Distributors
Limited/Dupuch & Turnquest
Law firm which proved to be
premature and was quickly
resolved,” said Mr Lewis.

“Universal Distributors
(UD) never stopped opera-
tions, the doors were never
locked and we continued to
serve our customers through-
out the day as usual.”

Mr Lewis said that UD, as
with any other new company,
has its share of challenges,
especially in these difficult eco-
nomic times.

He said they must structure
and restructure the operations
to survive, but they are com-
mitted to ensuring the success
of the business.

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$200,000. They have disputed
the sum they owe.

Mr Lewis said that Mr
Wilchcombe and Ms Bridge-
water are shareholders but
have turned over operations to
an extremely capable staff.

“We thank them and our
other shareholders for their
continued support.

“We have a great team run-
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all they can to offer efficient
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customers, both locally and
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By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE MINISTER respon-
sible for the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC)
yesterday warned that any-
one powering their proper-
ties or businesses through
alternative energy sources
should stay within the law.

Phenton Neymour,
responding to yesterday’s
Tribune Business article
entitled Business owner
close to escaping BEC
through $35k solar invest-
ment, said there are regula-
tions in place regarding pri-
vate power generation that
should be adhered to.

According to Mr Ney-
mour, those who retrofit
their home or office power
supply with an alternative
energy source should take
care not to adversely impact
any BEC assets.

He said he had not heard
of Sure Alarm’s move to
solar power, but the Gov-
ernment was reviewing the
regulatory framework for
the energy sector "with a
view for allowing indepen-
dent power producers".

Owner of Sure Alarms,
Graham Weatherford, told
Tribune Business that he
was close to being com-
pletely power independent
and off BEC's grid, via the
installation of a
$35,000 solar-powered elec-
tric system currently capa-
ble of running everything in
his store except the air con-
ditioners.

Mr Neymour said he had
mentioned several times that
the Bahamas could move
more towards the use of
solar power, namely the use
of solar water heaters.

The Government had also
sought to encourage the use
of this method of power
generation by allowing the
importation of solar panels
and their peripherals to be

duty free.
However, the Bahamas
Electricity Act

states: “Except with the
approval of the Minister,
and in conformity with any
conditions to which any such
approval may be made sub-
ject, no person other than
the Corporation shall install
or operate in New Provi-

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Retail chain eyes five 30 crops to
figure security spend

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Super Value’s president
and owner yesterday told Tri-
bune Business he would have
to spend between $50,000-
$55,000 to acquire new cam-
era equipment for four stores,
his chain having previously
lost $5 million per year to
theft, as spiralling crime levels
hit business costs and further
reduce shrivelling bottom
lines.

Rupert Roberts said that as
a result of a customer being
robbed of her hand bag in the
parking lot of Super Value’s
Cable Beach store last week-
end, the 11-store supermar-
ket chain had ordered more
camera equipment to moni-
tor the outside of the store,
in addition to hiring extra
security guards to secure the
parking lot.

“After this incident, just for
four large stores, the DVR
(digital video recorder) costs
$10,000” before freight and

Bahamas urged to
guard against TIEA
llouble-cross



Brian Moree

* Senior attorney says
Bahamas must include
provision endorsing this
nation’s tax
transparency/information
exchange regime to
prevent ‘grey list’ vote

* Also calls for Bahamas to
guarantee ‘market access’
via agreements

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas must
include a provision in all Tax
Information Exchange
Agreements (TIEAs) that
requires the other party to
endorse this nation’s attain-
ment of global transparen-
cy/information exchange
standards, a senior attorney
urged yesterday, in order to
eliminate the possibility of
a ‘double-cross’.

Brian Moree, senior part-
ner at McKinney, Bancroft
& Hughes, told a Bahamas
Society of Trust and Estate
Practitioners (STEP) lun-
cheon that such a clause was
essential to prevent a nation
from enjoying the benefits
of a TIEA with the
Bahamas, only to then rec-
ommend that this nation be
‘listed’ for failing to meet
the G-20/OECD tax trans-
parency and information
standards.

Mr Moree said that while
the Bahamas’ commitment
to meeting the G-20/OECD

SEE page 6B

MB Super Value aims to enhance consumer
safety and reduce theft losses that
previously stood at $5m per year

WH Crime causing ‘double whammy’
impact for business costs and bottom line

duty is paid, Mr Roberts told
Tribune Business.

He added that with a cost
of $500 per camera, and 10
needed for each of the four
stores, once duty and freight
were factored in there, the
cost to Super Value of the
additional security cameras
was in the range of $50,000-
$55,000.

To give an idea of the like-
ly increase in security guard
costs, the Super Value presi-
dent added that it cost $275
per shift to hire a security
guard, and there were three
eight-hour shifts in a 24-hour
period.

“Tt has to come off of the
bottom line, and the bottom
line will get thinner, but we
have to do what we have to
do in this day and age,” Mr
Roberts told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“Crime is on the rise.
They’re sitting on the blocks,
drinking and smoking. The
break-ins, the theft is really
increasing and it’s taking too
much of our time to protect
the business, protect the
assets and chase the thieves. It
is taking up a considerable

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reduce the

$580m food
import bill

By CHESTER ROBARDS

Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

The Department of Agriculture’s senior marketing
manager yesterday said he has identified 30 crops that
can be sustainably developed by the Bahamas, while
pegging this country’s food bill at $580 million.

Leslie Minns told the Bahamas Agro Tourism Sym-
posium that the Bahamas began to lose its agricul-
tural producers back in 1978, and argued that ‘beefing
up’ the farming industry was the only way to prevent
the loss of substantial foreign exchange reserves on

imported food.

Mr Minns said the Bahamas, per annum, imports 16
million pounds of swine at a cost of $20 million; four
million pounds of mutton at $6.7 million; and 1.3 mil-
lion pounds of beef costing $1.7 million.

Yet Bahamian farmers produce 0.36 million pounds
of pork at a value of $0.8 million; 0.07 million pounds
of mutton valued at $0.1 million; and .01 million
pounds of beef valued at $0.06 million.

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Wealth increase gives Bahamas

Bahamas must ‘swim,
not sink’ via new clients

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas’ internation-
al financial services industry
will have to “swim, not sink”
through targeting and servic-
ing an entirely new client base
from emerging economies in
Asia and Latin America, a
London-based QC argued
yesterday, with the sector’s
traditional customer base set
to be squeezed by their home
country governments.

Julian Malins QC, address-
ing a Bahamas Society of
Trust and Estate Practition-
ers (STEP) luncheon yester-
day, on the proposal that the
Bahamian financial services
industry ‘faced extinction’,

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Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas has “real
opportunities for growth” in its
financial services industry pro-
vided it can meet market needs
through tax-compliant products
and services, a senior attorney
said yesterday, with total assets
controlled by its target client
base forecast to increase by 28.3
per cent between now and
2012-2013.

Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, addressing a Bahamas
Society of Trust and Estate
Practitioners (STEP) luncheon
yesterday, pointed to the fact
that total assets controlled by
the world’s 8.6 million high-net

‘The industry we have
10 years from now
will not be the
industry we have today’

worth, and ultra-high net worth,
individuals would increase from
$37.8 trillion to $48.5 trillion
over the next three-four years
to justify his argument that the
Bahamian financial services
industry did not face extinction.

Disputing the argument by
London-based QC, Julian
Malins, that the Bahamian
financial services industry was
threatened with extinction, Mr
Moree said the data showed

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In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act. 2000
ALEXANDER INVEST & TRADE INC. is in dissolution as
of September 8, 2009.

Demosthenes Mavrellis of 284 Arch. Makarios III Ave., Fortuna
Court, Block B, 3rd Floor, Flat 32, 3105 Limassol, Cyprus 1s
the Liquidator.

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LANSTER DEVELOPMENT INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the Intemational Business Companies Act.
2000, LANSTER DEVELOPMENT INC. is in
dissolution as of July 27, 2009.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
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Liquidator.

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SEATED, LEFT TO RIGHT: Edison Sumner, former Governor-General Sir Orville A. Turnquest, Virginia Damianos. Standing left to right, Fritz
Stubbs, Gary Hutchens, Brian Quinn and Owen Bethel.

A Bahamas-based compa-
ny planning to offer a ‘triple
play’ solution featuring news
and entertainment has taken
another step towards its
launch, naming a board of
directors that has a former
Governor-General as its
chairman.

Sir Orville Turnquest has
been named chairman of IP
Solutions International, the
firm aiming to provide a com-
plete bundling of IPTV, com-
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protocol platform.

The directors include Bri-
an Quinn, immediate past
director-general, Internation-
al Institute of Communica-
tions, London, and former
chief executive of what is now
Reuters TV; Virginia Dami-
anos, vice-president, Dami-
anos Sotheby’s International
Realty and a director of the
Bahamas Real Estate Asso-
ciation; Fritz Stubbs, presi-
dent, Orange Creek Devel-
opment Company; Owen
Bethel, president and manag-
ing director, the Montaque
Group,; Edison Sumner,

director and chief operating
officer, Montaque Group; and
Gary Hutchens, who will
serve as vice-president and
chief operating officer of IPSI.

Sir Orville Turnquest said
IP Solutions’ services will
enable business to operate
more smoothly and increase
public sector cost-effective-
ness.

“The opportunities for real-
time communications deliv-
ery over the Internet are
almost endless, and the
advantages so tremendous
that they will forever change

NOTICE
RADIO-REVEIL CORP.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, RADIO-REVEIL CORP. is in dissolution as of

July 29, 2009.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the

Liquidator.

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how we do business,” said the
chairman. ”IP Solutions’ inno-
vation will range from a sim-
ple phone call to a neighbour
to the ability to participate in
court proceedings from a
remote location, potentially
eliminating the need for per-
sons held on remand to be
bussed through traffic on busy
streets to court, reducing risk,
heightening safety and con-
serving valuable human
resources.”

Mr Sumner, who as presi-
dent and chief executive of
IPSI has played an integral
role in the company’s two-
year preparation for launch,
echoed Sir Orville’s projec-
tions about practical applica-
tions of innovative services.

“We are extremely excited
about the prospects of being
first out of the gate as the
world of how television news,
telephone calls, movies, video
and gaming are brought to
you changes in the Bahamas,”
he said. “The country is on
the brink of nothing short of a
revolution in communications
and we are proud to be lead-
ing that revolution.”

Mr Sumner hinted at two
pending significant IPSI con-
tracts, one with a large resort
development and the other
with a major entertainment
entity.

The curtain is expected to
be lifted on the services with a
demonstration at a prospec-
tive investors’ meeting Sep-
tember 17. That meeting is by
invitation only.

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Hotels brand farmer
buying fears a ‘myth’

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

The Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation’s (BHA) president
yesterday said it was a
“myth” that this nation’s
hotels and tourism-oriented
restaurants were not pur-
chasing whatever locally-
grown produce they can,
although problems abound
in the relationship between
farmers and the industry.

Robert Sands, speaking to
an audience attending the
Bahamas Agro Tourism
Symposium, said all
Bahamian hotels that par-
ticipated in a regional spend-
ing survey in 2006 expressed
a desire to purchase
Bahamian-produced agri-
cultural products.

Mr Sands said the report
outlined factors that imped-
ed direct commerce between
farmers and hotel pur-
chasers, including availabil-
ity of demanded produce,
quality, pricing, packaging,
reliability, logistics, shipping
patterns and convenience.

However, he said a few
small relationships have
been successfully cultivated.
“A number of producers
have demonstrated success
already in linking agricul-
ture with tourism,” said Mr
Sands.

“The facts show that there
are already some hotels and
tourism-oriented restaurants
which are purchasing what-
ever they can through local
producers.

“There is no question in
my mind that demand exists
for locally-grown produce,
but we must be cognisant
that there are a myriad of
supply and demand side
challenges which have not
allowed us to realise our
potential.”

Mr Sands outlined six
major hurdles to the mass
purchase of locally-grown
goods.

He said consistency in
availability remains a con-
stant concern for hotel pur-
chasers, as the industry
needs to plan in advance,
thereby needing to be kept
abreast of the amount and
quality of produce that will
be available from Bahamian
farmers.

Contingency plans for the
procurement of staple prod-
ucts should be discussed
between hotel and farmer,
so that there will be a "back
up plan to guarantee deliv-
ery from another source"
should there be an unfore-
seen shortage for any rea-
son.

According to Mr Sands,
produce suppliers should
organise themselves without
relying on government for
their coordination, while
also creating a similar bond
with hotel purchasers and
executive chefs.

He said growers should
have consistency in product
quality, as price points for

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local produce demand "a
good product". He suggest-
ed farmers then strive to
make their price point more
competitive due to competi-
tion that is able to mass pro-
duce.

Mr Sands argued that
above all, both sectors
should communicate more
effectively.

“As an industry we don’t
really know what produce is
available at what time of
year, and for how long,” he
said.

Deputy general manager
at the Bahamas Agricultur-
al and Industrial Corpora-
tion (BAIC), Don Major,
said his team has been pro-
moting an increase in the
number of farmers and low
cost land for lease, especial-

NOTICE

LAISA LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Acct.
2000, LAISA LTD. is in dissolution as of July 27,

2009.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Acct.
2000, METPORT PROPERTY S.A. is in dissolution
as of July 27, 2009.

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Retail chain eyes five figure security spend

FROM page 1B

amount of our time and ener-
gy. It is really on the increase.

“What we lose used to be
up to $5 million........ As a
result of the incident on Sat-
urday at Cable Beach, we’ve
already ordered more camera
equipment for the outside.
We've just about covered
every inch of the store inside,
but we’re unable to cover
every square inch of the park-
ing lot.”

Mr Roberts added: “Any-

thing that’s cost effective [in
terms of security], we’re just
going to have to do. We have
security in the store, which
every 20 minutes patrols out-
side the store, but it’s come
to the point where we have
to have security inside and
outside.”

Bahamian businesses are
thus being faced with a vicious
circle, where operating costs
are being increased - and bot-
tom lines further shrunk or
losses expanded - by having
to pay for extra security mea-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that REHANA RAMLOCHAN
SINGH of #77 DEFENDER AVENUE, CHESAPEAKE
SUBDIVISION, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, 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 4th day of SEPTEMBER,
2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-/7147, Freeport, Bahamas.




















PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, ROLAND FERGUSON
of P.O. Box CR-12833, Nassau, Bahamas intends to
change my name to ROLAND SANDS. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ULTRAFLIGHT CORP.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

AREA MODE LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GRATEFUL HEART LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

sures while stuck in a reces-
sion. Of course, that same
recession is helping to further
fuel crime.

Khaalis Rolle, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce’s
president, told Tribune Busi-
ness that he was “very con-
cerned” about the impact ris-
ing crime levels was having
on the business community,
especially the seeming surge
in armed robberies of compa-
nies in recent weeks.

He added that it was no
secret that a bad economy fre-

quently led to rising crime lev-
els, and said: “It’s having a lot
of impact. People are afraid,
they’re cautious, and this now
calls for a rise in operating
costs.

“You have to hire addi-
tional security. You have to
do far more than in the past
to ensure your business, your
people, are secure. People are
having to invest in security
systems.”

Mr Rolle added: “I was
speaking to someone earlier
this morning, and they said

they were having to move
money by armoured car.
Before, they moved deposits
by themselves. Because of the
increase in levels of crime,
they’ve now invested in
armoured car services.
“They’re not moving large
deposits, but people believe
the only way they can demon-
strate a level of security is by
employing armoured car ser-
vices to make people think
twice about robbing them.
But there’s a significant cost
associated with the business

now.

“The cost for small busi-
nesses 1s ridiculous, but these
are the measures people have
to employ. They have to
employ physical security
around the clock, when in the
past they would have done so
for half a day. This is a double
whammy, for lack of a better
expression, and the more you
increase security, the bolder
criminals become, the more
daring they become.”

Minister warns: ‘Stay within law
On alternative energy supply’

FROM page 1B

dence any generating station
with a generating capacity
exceeding 250 kilowatts.”
This was “provided that
the prohibition imposed by
this section shall not apply
to any stand-by generating
plant, which is used only for
the supply of energy in case
of the failure of the energy
supply by the Corporation
or other emergency. The
Minister shall not refuse his
approval under this section
for the installation or oper-
ation of any generating sta-
tion by any person in any

case in which the energy
required by such person can-
not be supplied or cannot
be supplied within a reason-
able time by the Corpora-
tion.

“Any person who installs
or operates or permits the
operation of any generating
station in contravention of
the provisions of this section
shall be guilty of an offence
and shall be liable on sum-
mary conviction to a fine of
$3,000 and, in the case of a
continuing offense, to a fur-
ther penalty of $150 for each
day that the offense contin-
ues.”

President and chief exec-
utive of Wind Sun Water
Company, Elton Smith,
argued that this part of the
Act asserts private citizens
can generate their own pow-
er as “the average 2,400
square foot household only
needs approximately 6 to
8kw to operate properly
(including air-conditioning).
The vast majority of
Bahamian homes can do this
today quite legally”.

He and other advocates
for alternative energy then
suggest that due to the high
number of power outages
experienced, and damage to

property as a result of
brownouts from the BEC
power interruptions, one can
be completely justified in
choosing to outfit a house
or a business with “clean”
power.

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NOTICE

OHM HOLDINGS LTD.
IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

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

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 9th
September 2009. David Thain of Amer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.,
Building 2 Caves Village, PO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of
OHM HOLDINGS LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 9th
October 2009.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

LOUVRE VENTURES INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

ASHDOWN VALLEY INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

BALZERS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ACOMA VALLEY CORP.

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(a) The name of ACOMA VALLEY CORP. has been restored to the register.

(b) The Certificate of Dissolution dated the 19th February 2009 has been
cancelled.

(c) ACOMA VALLEY CORP. is deemed never to have been struck off the
register.

(d) ACOMA VALLEY CORP. is deemed at all times to have continued in
existence and to have been authorized to conduct business in accordance
with its Memorandum and Articles of Association notwithstanding the
purported dissolution of the company.

(e) The costs of the publications in the Gazette are to be borne and paid by
ACOMA VALLEY CORP.

(f) The Plaintiffs do pay to the Attorney General the costs of this application.

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(Director of ACOMA VALLEY CORP)

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Bahamas must ‘swim, not sink’ via new clients

FROM page 1B

intensifying assault being mounted on inter-
national financial centres by the US and
European governments, born out of a
desire to maximise tax revenues and meet
public demands for increased public spend-
ing to improve services such as health and
education.

“Tt is the aim of the US, European and
Canadian governments to make the use of
offshore financial centres and low tax juris-
dictions, by the citizens and corporations of
those countries, so unattractive as to make
use of them non-viable,” Mr Malins said.

“This is entirely due to the need to raise
tax income for expenditure in their home
states. I am almost afraid to suggest there is
nothing you can do about this problem.”

However, the London-based QC did hint
at a survival strategy for the Bahamas, one
that would involve a shift from its tradi-
tional US, European and Canadian client
base to one heavily reliant on high net and
ultra high net worth individuals and families
based in emerging economies.

Among those he cited were Brazil, Nige-
ria, Russia, India and China, and the
Bahamas would be aided in this by the cur-
rent “global shift in wealth from North
America, the US, Canada and Europe to
the Far East, especially China and India”.

With China a “huge potential market”,
Mr Malins told the luncheon: “If you can
provide new services to these markets, you
will swim, not sink, but swim with an entire-
ly new client base and prosper in that way.”

He explained that the twin trends, of

Wealth increase gives Bahamas
‘real chance for growth’

America and Europe becoming relatively
poorer, and the desire of industrialised
country governments to, as they saw it,
recoup tax revenues being lost to interna-
tional financial centres, in a desperate effort
to plug home Budget deficits and meet tax-
payer demands for more public spending
and improved services, were driving the
assault on nations such as the Bahamas.
The German government, for example, had
estimated that $400 billion was held outside
the country by its citizens.

In a bid to uncover these assets, it had
obtained account details on clients of a
major Liechtenstein-based financial ser-
vices provider, passing on the information
to the US and other tax authorities.

“That is an exact example of the kind
of step that governments will be taking in
the next decade or so,” Mr Malins said,
adding that some of the steps governments
and tax authorities were taking would have
been “considered absolutely incredible” 10
years ago.

Then there was the case where UBS, the
bank headquartered in Switzerland, “the
absolute gold standard of banking secrecy”,
had been forced to hand over account
details to the US Internal Revenue Ser-
vice.

The Swiss had “succumbed” to pressure,
and were now preparing to abolish their
traditional banking secrecy.

“We’re now talking money, and every
weapon available to governments has start-
ed to be deployed to raise money from cit-
izens and corporations that happen to have
assets and money in low tax jurisdictions,”

Mr Malins said. “For the reasons I have
given, it is my suggestion to you that we in
the Bahamas, as in other jurisdictions, face
an absolute onslaught from these govern-
ments.”

Resistance from the likes of Switzerland,
Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, he argued,
was likely to ultimately prove futile given
that all were surrounded by European
nations leading the tax revenues drive.

And competitors such as the Cayman
Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands,
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man were
unlikely to cause a fuss, given their status as
British dependencies.

“Here in the Bahamas we are so close to
the US, and so closely tied into the US,
that there is no real prospect of holding
on to secrecy for US citizens and corpora-
tions,” Mr Malins said.

“That’s a fact of life for the financial ser-
vices industry here.

“The attractiveness goes for the deposi-
tors, settlors and corporations that have
companies in low tax jurisdictions to organ-
ise arrangements for the sale and importa-
tion of goods”, minimising their home
country taxes.

Urging the Bahamian financial services
industry to “forget” US and European
clients, Mr Malins added: “The conse-
quences over the next 10 years are that
new business from the US and Europe will
collapse, and existing customers will depart
back to their home states or go to new
financial centres in the Middle East and
Far East.”

NOTICE

GREATFUTURE LIMITED

NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION BAHRAIN
LIMITED

NOTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
BAHRAIN LIMITED in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 8th
day of September, 2009 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said Company is Carol G. Gray of
16945 Northchase Drive, Houston, Texas 77060.

Dated the 9th day of September, 2009.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY

MANAGEMENT

co. LTD.

Attorneys for the above-named
Company















NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION BAHRAIN LIMITED

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-
named Company are required to send particulars thereof to
the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before 2nd day of October, A.D., 2009. In default thereof they
will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the
Liquidator.

FROM page 1B

there was “an enormous mar-
ket” for the services provided
by international financial cen-
tres, one that was growing.

“The financial services indus-
try in the Bahamas is far from
extinction,” Mr Moree said.
“There are real opportunities
for growth. We have to address
some issues.... address trends
in the market, and given the
importance of the industry, and
that there will always be heavy
tax burdens [in industrialised
countries] and there will always
be wealthy people, if we can
provide the right product
together with the right service
in a competitive environment,
the industry is secured.”

However, Mr Moree
acknowledged that the Bahami-
an financial services industry’s
current business model and
client base would look differ-
ent in 10 years’ time.

“The industry we have 10
years from now will not be the
industry we have today,” the
attorney added. “There is a
very secure future for the indus-
try, but we have to continue to
be innovative, continue to
change and respond to the mar-
ketplace. That will involve the
loss of some of our existing
clients, and the retention of new
clients.”

Mr Moree described the
notion that the Bahamas’ finan-
cial services centre faced
‘extinction’ in the face of indus-
trialised countries’ determina-
tion to regain lost tax revenue
as a “hyperbolic conclusion”,
and said this initiative would
only increase demand for the
products and services provid-
ed by international financial
centres.

The fact that the US and
European countries were
increasing their tax burdens,
rather than reducing them, was
“only going to benefit” the
Bahamas, he explained, pro-
vided this nation could develop
products and structures that
were tax compliant with clients’
home country tax rules.

And Mr Moree described as
“an oxymoron” the notion that
industrialised countries’ attacks
on international financial cen-
tres would cost the Bahamas
business, because to believe
“tax driven issues” were their
prime attraction was “to mis-
understand what the financial
services industry is all about”.

The Bahamas was not seek-
ing business connected to tax
evasion and tax avoidance, the
senior McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes partner said, its busi-
ness model having changed in
favour of clients looking for tax
deferral or mitigation products,
and to protect assets from polit-
ical turmoil at home.

Mr Moree said he was confi-
dent the Bahamas could adapt
because it had shown the nec-
essary “innovation, creativity
and flexibility” to survive in the
face of OECD and Financial
Action Task Force (FATF) led
attacks before.

And international financial
services centres such as the
Bahamas also played a key role
in supporting jobs in OECD
countries, Mr Moree said, sup-
porting international financial
structures and arrangements
and mitigating/eliminating
political risk associated with
investing in certain countries.

They played a key role in
supporting the global financial
system’s liquidity, he said, act-
ing as a “pass through” for
investments made into major

industrialised countries such as
the US. And the Bahamas and
its peers had also played a key
role in backing the global eco-
nomic recovery, Mr Moree said,
helping to clean up problems
caused by securitisations and
taking toxic assets off the bal-
ance sheets of troubled compa-
nies.

International financial cen-
tres thus played a key role in
the allocation of capital, Mr
Moree added, and they had
also helped to spur global tax
competition and a lower of cor-
porate tax rates internationally.

Generally, he said tax rev-
enue-to-GDP ratios had
increased as corporate tax rates
had come down.

“The market will always have
a need for us, and the only lim-
itation on this industry is our-
selves,” Mr Moree added.

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N OTIC EIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows: Dated the 9th day of September ,A.D., 2009.

(a) GREATFUTURE LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000. Carol G. Gray

Liquidator
16945 Northchase Drive

Houston, TEXAS 77060

NOTICE

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 09"
September 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Mr Paul Evans of

Helvetia Court, South Esplanade, St Peter Port, Guernsey,
GY1 4EE.

Dated this 11° day of September A. D. 2009



Mr Paul Evans
Liquidator

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
Knowles must deliver the same to the Manager,
ScotiaBank (Bahamas) Limited, Paradise Island,
Nassau on or before the 15th day of October, A.D.
2009.

McKINNEY, BANCROFT & HUGHES
Attorneys for Jason S. Knowles

the only child of the late
Franklin Eugene Knowles

(S.9, 11, 14)

aaa
POSITION AVAILABLE

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT - PRIVATE BANKING

Applications are invited from persons for the position
of Assistant Vice-President, Private Banking

* Do you travel to the Family Islands, U.S. and/or other international

destinations more than once per month?
* Do you normally arrive ‘just in time’ for your flight at the airport?
* Are you tired of wasting time trying to find a parking place at the

airport?

you answered yes to any of the above, than BirPark is for you. Membership includes:

+ Easy, hassie free parting and easy access to and from the tenminals

+ Guaranteed parking space in the Short Term lot

+ Easy pass card ingress and egress to and from parking

+ Aseparate exit for BizParkers--no waiting in parking exit lines

* Electronic fee collection charged per use against a pre-authorized major credit card
+ $200 annual mambership

* $15 flat rate per 24 hours when used (versus $30 regular short term rate)

Sign up today for guaranteed, fast, convenient, trouble free airport
parking. Download your application form at www,nas.bs
Click on BizPark. Applications are also available at NAD's office.

NAD wil be accepting up fo 100 applications on a fins! come basis starting al am on
September 14th 2009. Applications should be dropped off at the reception at NAD's
offices, 2nd Floor Domestic‘intemational Terminal across from Royal Bank of Canada or
faved to the number on the application form.



Job Summary

The Candidate must have an established international
client base with the proven ability to generate new client
relationships and develop the client base in line with the
Bank’s products and services.

Responsibilities

* Develop and introduce new business in line with the
institution’s established policies and procedures

¢ Perform necessary client administrative duties and promote
established products and services

¢ Have a sound working knowledge of The Bahamas’ KYC
and AML requirements

¢ Assist with communication and translation of foreign
correspondence

* Provide and /or communicate investment services /
mandates to clients

¢ Travel will be required

Qualifications/Requirements:
¢ Prior experience in marketing in the financial services
environment for a minimum of eight years is expected.
* Knowledge and experience in the private banking and
investments is required
* Must have established clientele
¢ Must be fluent in English and French.
Nagsau Airport Development Company Remuneration is commensurate with experience.
Lynden Pindling Intemational Airport
Ph: (242) 47-0208 | Fax: (22) a2
P.O. Box AP 69229, Nassau, Bahamas
Email: feedhacki@nas.bs

Interested persons may apply by submitting
resumes by e-mail to
bsa.resume@gmail.com
reference

“Assistant Vice President Private Banking”
on or before Friday, 18" September, 2009.

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Legal Notice

NOTICE

RASDANOI CORP.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator

is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)
















Legal Notice

NOTICE

AVALANCHE HILLS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GREEN TONES & SHADES INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

DUDLEY PINTO INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.



us
30 crops to
reduce the
S580m food
import bill

FROM page 1B

Mr Minns argued that the Bahamas, if it increased the land
available for farming, could produce 30 crops for local con-
sumption and possible export.

He identified onion, Irish potatoes, lettuce, tomato, carrot,
cabbage, sweet pepper, hot pepper, pigeon peas and cooking
thyme as the top 10 crops out of the 30 suggested for farm-
ing.

According to Mr Minns, the Bahamas saw a 58 per cent
decline in the number of farmers from 1978 to 1994, and a
further 46 per cent decline form 1994 to 2006.

Diminishing

However, during the period 1978 to 1994, the number of
crops farmed by a diminishing number of farmers rose by 340
per cent, and between 1994 and 2006 by 22.7 per cent.

Mr Minns said he found a discrepancy with the Depart-
ment of Statistics’ total food import value, which it placed at
$401 million in 2007. However, he assessed the true number
to be closer to $580 million.

He argued that the Bahamas’ only way to eliminate the

loss of such substantial foreign reserves was to beef up its
agricultural sector, which includes the farming of livestock.



Legal Notice

NOTICE

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY RAINY DAY INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

KIRKENES RIVERS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 8th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ROYAL = FIDELITY

Money ot Work

Bahamas urged to guard
agjainst TIEA doutle-cross

FROM page 1B

minimum standard of 12 TEIAs by year-end “does not
spell the end of the industry”, this nation had to “be smart”
about how it negotiated these agreements and “look for
some sort of reciprocal benefit” from the major industrialised
countries it signed treaties with.

“The mere fact of signing this TIEA should be an endorse-
ment of our transparency regime, and where we have accept-
ed information exchange,” Mr Moree said.

“We should not have a situation where countries sign a
TIEA with us, then complain about the lack of transparen-

cy.”
Clause

The senior attorney said the provision of a clause in any
TIEA signed by the Bahamas, requiring the other side to
endorse its tax transparency and information exchange
regime as having met global standards, “was an important
issue to address as part of these treaties”.

“We can’t have a situation where an OECD country signs
a TIEA with us, then votes to put us on a ‘grey list’ or
‘black list’,” Mr Moree said.

“Fundamentally, if we’re going to have a TIEA, we ought
to have some guarantee that they won’t take the benefits of
the TIEA and then say we’re not compliant and put us ona
‘grey list’ or ‘black list’.”

Mr Moree added that, with all TIEAs it entered, the
Bahamas should also seek “some guarantee of market
access” rights with its partner countries.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

EMMEN BANJO CORP.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

SH INVESTMENT LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

KS

FG CAPITAL

MARKETS
BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

=

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
THURSDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,533.09] CHG 26.31| %CHG 1.75 | YTD -179.27 | YTD % -10.47
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

VALERIANA LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 10th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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

52wk-Low

1.15

10.00
6.25
0.63
3.15
2.14

10.00
2.74
5.26
1.27
1.32
6.60
8.80

10.30
4.95

Securit y
AML Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)}
Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate

1.00
0.30
5.49
10.09
10.00

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

52wk-Hi_ 52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

Securit
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +
52wk-Low Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

ABDAB
RND Holdings

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund

1.3344
2.8952
1.4105
3.0941
12.3870
100.0000
93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

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

CFAL Global Equity Fund

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

FG Financial Diversified Fund

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

ghted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Cu ted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 6/6/2007
(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

Previous Close
1.15
11.00
6.25
0.63
3.15
2.37
10.00
2.74
5.42
3.75
2.03
6.60
8.80
10.30
5.12
1.00
0.30
5.50
10.09
10.00

Symbol
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Today's Close
1.15
11.00
6.25
0.63
3.15
2.37
10.00
2.74
5.94
3.76
2.03
6.60
8.80
10.30
5.12

Change Daily Vol.
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.52
0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

EPS $
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

Div $

1.00
0.30
5.50
10.09
10.00
Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
0.00 7%
0.00 Prime + 1.75%
0.00 7%
Prime + 1.75%

100.00
100.00
100.00

100.00 0.00

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities

Bid $
7.92
2.00
0.35

Ask $
8.42
6.25
0.40

Last Price
14.00
4.00
0.55

Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

30.13
0.45

31.59
0.55

29.00
0.55

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

NAV
1.4038
2.8990
1.4880
3.0941

13.1136
101.6693
96.7398
1.0000
9.3399
1.0707
1.0319
1.0673

YTD% Last 12 Months
5.20
-4.16
5.49
-13.59
5.87
1.67
4.18
0.00
-1.41
5.14
2.05
4.93

Div $
3.72
-1.39
3.79
-8.61
3.93
1.10
0.35
0.00
2.69
3.38
-0.11
2.89

MARKET TERMS

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying 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

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19 October 2022
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29 May 2015

P/E

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



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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11Th, 2009, PAGE 9B

INSURANCE MANAGEMENT

FA (BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS
Marine FORECAST





















Today Saturday WINDS WAVES VISIBILITY WATER TEMPS.
High = Low W High Low W WASSAU Today: SSW at 10-20 Knots 1-2 Feet 10 Miles 86° F
F/C F/C F/C F/C Saturday: SSW at 10-20 Knots 1-2 Feet 10 Miles 86° F
Acapulco 93/33 79/26 pe 90/32 77/25 t FREEPORT Today: SSW at 10-20 Knots 2-4 Feet 10 Miles 86° F
Amsterdam 70/21 52/11 pe 68/20 50/10 pe Saturday: _ SSW at 10-20 Knots 2-4 Feet 10 Miles 86°F
Ankara, Turkey 79/23 56/13 ¢ 70/21 50/10 t ABACO Today: SW at 10-20 Knots 3-6 Feet 4 Miles 85° F
Athens 76/24 66/18 sh 81/27 68/20 pe Saturday: SW at 10-20 Knots 3-6 Feet 10 Miles 85° F
Auckland 62/16 54/12 + 616 54/12 +
Bangkok 93/33 79/26 sh 92/33 79/26 r
Barbados 86/30 78/25 sh 86/30 77/25 sh
Barcelona 84/28 63/17 pc 75/23 64/17 s DE OF i
Beijing 86/30 61/16 s 84/28 57/13 pc
Beirut 78/25 74/23 s 78/25 73/22 pc
Belgrade 73/22 60/15 pc 82/27 60/15 pc
Berlin 73/22 52/11 pe 68/20 50/10 c
Bermuda 84/28 78/25 t 84/28 78/25 t
Bogota 69/20 40/4 pc 68/20 41/5 pc = Billings
Brussels 72/22 49/9 pc 63/17 51/10 pc
Budapest 83/28 63/17 c 81/27 57/13 s
Buenos Aires 63/17 43/6 s 66/18 46/7 s
Cairo 97/36 72/22 s 96/35 72/22 s Denver.
Calcutta 94/34 84/28 sh 94/34 85/29 sh 78/46
Calgary 68/20 44/6 s 72/22 «45/7 s
Cancun 90/32 75/23 pc 88/31 77/25 t
Caracas 82/27 73/22 pc 84/28 72/22 t
Casablanca 84/28 68/20 pc 85/29 66/18 pc
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Dublin 63/17 46/7 pc 6116 45/7 s
Frankfurt 71/21 51/10 pe 71/21 52/11 ¢
Geneva 75/23 53/11 s 72/22 50/10 s
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Havana 88/31 72/22 t 88/31 73/22 sh Showers Miami
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Moscow 68/20 48/8 pc 66/18 48/8 sh
Munich 71/21 51/10 sh 6116 47/8 c
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Santiago 72/22 45/7 s 75/23 48/8 s
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Sao Paulo 73/22 62/16 c 79/26 62/16 t =
Seoul 72/22 59/15 pe 80/26 54/12 s Nobody does it better.
Stockholm 66/18 48/8 pc 64/17 50/10 pc
Sydney 73/22 55/12 s 81/27 59/15 s
Taipei 92/33 79/26 s 91/32 79/26 pc
Toronto 68/20 55/12 pc 72/22 59/15 pc st Fart Ra Kea 7
Trinidad 81/27 63/17 pc 84/28 64/17 s nes RES & AGENTS
Vancouver 71/21 57/13 s 70/21 57/13 s Hew Providence / Grand | | | Euuma
Vienna 75/23 58/14 c 71/21 56/13 pe
Warsaw 74/23 58/14 pc 68/20 51/10 c Wet (2A) SS « La anncheseedhnash i haechaae alae sin handhant
Winnipeg 70/21 54/12 + 75/23 55/12 ¢

Weather (W): s-sunny, pe-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunder-
storms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice, Prcp- precipitation, Tr-trace