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Olympics star charged
with assault on boy

Andrew Tynes
pleads not guilty

FORMER Olympian and
celebrated Bahamian ath-
lete Andrew Tynes has been
charged with indecently
assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

Tynes appeared at Magis-
trates Court yesterday and
pled not guilty to the charge
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez.

It is alleged that Tynes
assaulted the boy between
August 1 and August 27,
2009, during his capacity as
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Street, appeared visibly
upset as he was led out of
the courtroom. He was
granted $6,000 bail with one
surety.

He was also ordered to
stay away from the com-
plainant and witnesses in
the case.

The 37-year-old track star
is a former national 200
metres record holder and
has represented the coun-
try at the Carifta games,
CAC Championships, Pan
Am Games, World Cham-

SEE page eight

Chinese planning large
scale farming in Abaco

A CHINESE concern is planning to carry out large scale farm-
ing in Abaco.

Edison Key, executive chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), hailed the move as a “tremen-
dous boost” for the agricultural sector.

Mr Key took Yiging Sun, director of the Shandong High-speed
Quila Construction Group, National Stadium Project, and inter-
preter Baoquo Xing on an exploratory tour of what is being
offered in Abaco.

The team also included BAIC general manager Benjamin Rah-
ming, and assistant general manager (agriculture) Arnold Dorsett.

“We enjoyed our visit and we are very satisfied with the land con-
ditions for agricultural development,” said Mr Xing. “You have

SEE page 10

ANDREW TYNES is pictured leaving court yesterday.

President Obama includes Bahamas among
Caribbean countries in major narcotics list

PRESIDENT Barack

| Obama has included the

Bahamas and three other

Caribbean countries in a

major narcotics list present-

ed to the United States
Congress.

Jamaica, Haiti and the
Dominican Republic were
also named on the 2009 list,
along with 16 other coun-
tries around the world
determined to be major pro-
ducers of illicit drugs or key
transit points for the sub-
stances.

The Bahamas is recog-
nised as being a major drug-
transit country because of
its location between drug-
producing nations in South
America and the United
States, and was also includ-
ed in the major narcotics
report last year.

A spokesman for the US
Embassy in Nassau said the
Bahamas government has
also been commended in the
report for its efforts to crack

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town meeting

WITH the people of
Fox Hill caught in the
middle of warring gang
factions, a town meet-
ing was held last night
at St Paul’s Baptist
Church by MP Fred
Mitchell to address this
sharp rise in shootings
in the community.

With people having
been shot, stabbed, and
homes fired upon in
recent weeks, the police
along with other com-
munity leaders were
called upon to address
the audience.

According to police
Inspector Marlon Ful-
ford the majority of
these incidents are tak-
ing place in and around
Johnson, Adderley, and
Reeve’s streets with the
majority of the reports
he said being blamed
on an ongoing feud

SEE page eight



Rigby: Christie
should demand
Wilchcombe steps
down as chair of
PLP convention

FORMER PLP Chair-
man Raynard Rigby has
called on Opposition
leader Perry Christie to
demand that Obie Wil-
chombe step down as chair
of the party's upcoming
convention.

Mr Rigby challenged Mr
Christie to live up to recent
statements he made about
the "consequences" peo-
ple would face if they oper-
ated beyond the rules of
the organisation.

He added that as long as
Mr Christie allowed Mr
Wilchcombe to retain his
position, while running for
the deputy leadership post,
the party would remain
divided.

"I must assume that the
rules which he refers,
whether written or by cus-
tom, address the issue of
transparency, accountabil-
ity and fairness in the elec-
toral process," Mr Rigby
said in a statement yester-
day, referencing comments
Mr Christie made earlier
this week on a radio talk
show.

"He (Mr Christie) must
also assume, rightly, that
those members of the Par-
ty that do not support the
candidacy of Obie Wilch-
combe for deputy leader

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Should the prime minister of the Bahamas he a married man?

LESLIE FRENCH (1)

“In the Bahamas today,
many problems start from the
home with the family structure.
If you want to lead a country,
you should lead by example.
The prime minister, in my
opinion should be married
because he needs to send the
right message.”

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understand what's going on in
the family.”

CARSON HEPBURN, 51,
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prime minister would com-
mand more respect from soci-
ety. You have people depend-
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of responsibility. It makes you
more striving and stronger,
especially if you have children.
This will give you a deeper love
of people and society. An
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 3

LOCAL NEWS

Government responds to
complaints over new school

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT is working on
addressing a litany of complaints from
parents, teachers and staff about the less
than stellar state of the newly-construct-
ed Anatol Rodgers High School.

The school’s parking lot is dotted with
large muddy puddles and pot holes, and
contractors are busy installing drainage
wells — creating an eyesore for both stu-
dents and teachers.

Minister of Education Carl Bethel said
he understands why people are frustrat-
ed over the school's external appearance
but added that government has faced
with circumstances beyond its control.

Mr Bethel said the construction work
was complicated by a discrepancy
between the estimated contract price and
the actual cost of building the school to
fit certain necessary design changes,
which led to cost overruns.

He explained that the additional funds
needed to carry out the repairs had to be
approved by Cabinet before they could
be released.

"At the end of the day it's all been
reviewed by Cabinet which has approved
the extra funding. .. That was one of the
reasons that caused some delay," said
Mr Bethel.

He also explained that the site of the
school — which had already been chosen
when he assumed office in 2007 — is a
low lying plot in southwestern New Prov-
idence prone to flooding.

"Now that the final parameters have
been set, there are some difficulties
because the land, which we met chosen,
is low lying,” he told The Tribune yes-
terday.

Contractors have been drilling on the
site to install new drainage wells. Their
work, coupled with recent rainy weather,
has created the muddy puddles lining

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

the school's parking lot.

He added that contractors have drilled
eight of the 12 wells needed at the school.
He said this process has been hampered
because contractors can only drill on the
weekends, when students are not in
school.

The other four wells will be drilled
over the next several weeks and out-
standing jobs — including pipe and park-
ing lot light installation, and construc-

WORK GOES ON during the school hours Pi Anatol Rodgers High School.

tion of the school's sports facility — are
expected to be completed by January,
2010.

Mr Bethel explained that the school
opened on time this fall semester, in spite
of outstanding aesthetic challenges, to
accommodate the influx of nearly 3,000
new students into the public school sys-
tem.

He also said students of the school —



which first opened its doors in Septem-
ber, 2008 — have performed at above-
average levels.

The cost to build the school was orig-
inally pegged at $8.5 million but design
changes and additional work has pushed
the price-tag to an estimated $14 mil-
lion, Mr Bethel told the media at a press
conference at the school's campus yes-
terday.

Bahamas promotion in Mariah Carey
album features in fashion magazine

IN ADDITION to being showcased to
millions of people around the world in the
booklet of Mariah Carey’s upcoming
album, the Bahamas is also being promot-
ed in the popular fashion magazine Elle.

In the October 2009 edition, the maga-
zine reproduced some of the pages of the
CD’s booklet in the form of a special insert
for its readers.

An entire page in the publication is ded-
icated to promoting a competition to win a
trip to Eleuthera, where the superstar
singer celebrated her wedding to televi-
sion presenter Nick Cannon in May last
year.

In the ad, Eleuthera is named Mariah
Carey’s favourite island in the Bahamas. It
is described as an unspoiled vacation par-
adise with breath-taking beaches and crys-
tal clear turquoise waters.

Elle readers are asked to go to
www.Bahamas.com/Mariah to enter a com-

Jamaican men
get 30 months
for drug charges

TWO Jamaican men were
sentenced to 30 months in
prison after pleading guilty to
charges stemming from the
seizure of nearly half a mil-
lion dollars worth of marijua-
na.

Curtis Marsden, 33, and
Delroy Brown, 44, both of
Jamaica, pleaded guilty on
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The booklet for the album, titled “Mem-
oirs of an Imperfect Angel”, is a co-pro-
duction with Elle Magazine that will fea-
ture advertisements for the Bahamas, Eliz-
abeth Arden and Le Métier De Beauté
cosmetics, Angel pink champagne and Car-
men Steffens shoes from Brazil.

At a cost of $35,000, this new way of
promoting the Bahamas has been hailed as
a “great idea” by former Minister of
Tourism Obie Wilchcombe. The West End
and Bimini MP said he believes the return
on the investment could be significant.

Mariah Carey’s last album sold over
430,000 copies in the first week, and Elle
Magazine said its American edition reach-
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LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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Have a nice day

Applied Materials is one of the most
important U.S. companies you’ve probably
never heard of. It makes the machines that
make the microchips that go inside your
computer. The chip business, though, is
volatile, so in 2004 Mike Splinter, Applied
Materials’ CEO, decided to add a new busi-
ness line to take advantage of the company’s
nanotechnology capabilities — making the
machines that make solar panels. The other
day, Splinter gave me a tour of the compa-
ny’s Silicon Valley facility, culminating with
a visit to its “war room,” where Applied
maintains a real-time global interaction with
all 14 solar panel factories it’s built around
the world in the last two years. I could only
laugh because crying would have been too
embarrassing.

Not a single one is in America.

Let’s see: Five are in Germany, four are in
China, one is in Spain, one is in India, one is
in Italy, one is in Taiwan and one is even in
Abu Dhabi. I suggested a new company
motto for Applied Materials’ solar business:
“Invented here, sold there.”

The reason that all these other countries
are building solar-panel industries today is
because most of their governments have put
in place the three perquisites for growing a
renewable energy industry: 1) any business
or homeowner can generate solar energy;
2) if they decide to do so, the power utility
has to connect them to the grid; and 3) the
utility as to buy the power for a predictable
period at a price that is a no-brainer good
deal for the family or business putting the
solar panels on their rooftop.

Regulatory, price and connectivity cer-
tainty, that is what Germany put in place,
and that explains why Germany now gener-
ates almost half the solar power in the world
today and, as a byproduct, is making itself
the world-center for solar research, engi-
neering, manufacturing and installation.
With more than 50,000 new jobs, the renew-
able energy industry in Germany is now sec-
ond only to its auto industry. One thing that
has never existed in America — with our
fragmented, stop-start solar subsidies — is
certainty of price, connectivity and regulation
on a national basis.

That is why, although consumer demand
for solar power has incrementally increased
here, it has not been enough for anyone to
have Applied Materials — the world’s
biggest solar equipment manufacturer —
build them a new factory in America yet.
So, right now, our federal and state subsidies
for installing solar systems are largely paying
for the cost of importing solar panels made
in China, by Chinese workers, using hi-tech
manufacturing equipment invented in Amer-
ica.

Have a nice day.

“About 95 percent of our solar business is



outside the US.,” said Splinter. “Our biggest
USS. customer is a German-owned company
in Oregon. We sell them pieces of equip-
ment.”

If you read some of the anti-green com-
mentary today, you'll often see sneering ref-
erences to “green jobs.” The phrase is usu-
ally in quotation marks as if it is some kind of
liberal fantasy or closet welfare program
(and as if coal, oil and nuclear don’t get all
kinds of subsidies). Nonsense. In 2008, more
silicon was consumed globally making solar
panels than microchips, said Splinter.

“We are seeing the industrialization of
the solar business,” he added. “In the last 12
months, it has brought us $1.3 billion in rev-
enues. It is hard to build a billion-dollar
business.”

Applied sells its solar-panel factories for
$200 million each. Solar panels can be made
from many different semiconductors, includ-
ing thin film coated onto glass with nan-
otechnology and from crystalline silicon. At
Applied, making these complex machines
requires America’s best, high-paid talent —
people who can work at the intersection of
chemistry, physics and nanotechnology.

If we want to launch a solar industry here,
big-time, we need to offer the kind of long-
term certainty that Germany does or impose
the national requirement on our utilities to
generate solar power as China does or have
the government build giant solar farms, the
way it built the Hoover Dam, and sell the
electricity.

OK, so you don’t believe global warming
is real. I do, but let’s assume it’s not. Here is
what is indisputable: The world is on track to
add another 2.5 billion people by 2050, and
many will be aspiring to live American-like,
high-energy lifestyles. In such a world,
renewable energy — where the variable cost
of your fuel, sun or wind, is zero — will be in
huge demand.

China now understands that. It no longer
believes it can pollute its way to prosperity
because it would choke to death. That is the
most important shift in the world in the last
18 months.

China has decided that clean-tech is going
to be the next great global industry and is
now creating a massive domestic market for
solar and wind, which will give it a great
export platform.

In October, Applied will be opening the
world’s largest solar research center — in
Xian, China.

Gotta go where the customers are. So, if
you like importing oil from Saudi Arabia,
yow’re going to love importing solar panels
from China.

(This article appears courtesy of THOMAS
L. FRIEDMAN
c.2009 New York Times News Service)



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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow us some space in
your most valuable column to
share on a meaningful, enlight-
ening and true story that took
place in Fox Hill just a few days
ago.

We really don’t know who
Karen White was singing to
when she denied being some-
one’s super woman, but we
here in the Fox Hill community
can truly say that Senator Dr
Jacinta Higgs is our “Super
Woman”.

It all started before now, the
president of the New Breed
Sporting Club went out in
search of sponsors for the Fox
Hill summer youth programme.
The response came quickly
from the Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell that there was no mon-
ey to support any programme
of this sort in Fox Hill.

At this time we did not
receive any word from Senator
Higgs only that she was deal-
ing with some historical pro-
ject.

The children were made to
believe that this government
don’t care about them in Fox
Hill and that if they wanted to
be a part of the government
summer programmes they
needed to find their way down
to the sports centre or some
other facility, despite the other
programmes being sponsored
by government as satellite pro-
grammes all over the Bahamas
on a annual basis.

Not being one to give up on
our children and being denied a
sty pin by the ministry of sports
this year, using his club as a
satellite programme for the
people of Fox Hill to have a
sporting venue, Coach Davis
then targeted the private busi-
ness’s in the community. Feel-
ing disappointed in both lead-
ing political party representa-
tives and with a few minor sup-
port and his own finances, his
annual six week programme
started on schedule.

Just when it looked like the
club would have to close early,
the children from the New
Breed Sports Club received a
surprise visit from Mrs Claus
in the person of Senator Jacin-
ta Higgs who paid for the entire
summer programme, including
summer books, club team shirts

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and $700 cash to assist with oth-
er bills that were already accu-
mulated at this time. The chil-
dren were able to have the best
programme in its 12 years of
existence and have yet to
receive any sort of sponsorship
from the MP Minister Fred
Mitchell in cash or otherwise
showing interest in our young
boys in Fox Hill, not even with
an ice cooler for the children
to have cold water.

We have no one to blame but
ourselves.

We voted these strangers in
thinking they would understand
our plight and do well for our
children’s future and turned our
back on our own, may God
help us.

Our Summer programme
came to a successful end and
just when we were about to
part, we got a call from Senator
Higgs who included us to par-
ticipate in the cleaning up of
three of the historical sites (the
ocean/blue holes, Judge Sandi-
lands and Pa Bey home sites) of
the Fox Hill Heritage Tour that
was to be launched on Fox Hill
day in a joint effort with Mrs
Portia Sands of the Fox Hill
Urban Renewal Centre and the
Ministry of Tourism. We gladly
accepted the contract, wow a
chance to be a part of Fox Hill’s
history while making some
money for school supplies. Sen-
ator Higgs you are the best.

To be brief, just before
school opened Senator Higgs
assisted one of Nassau’s top
three basketball guards, a
young Fox Hill boy, live out his
childhood dream in sending
him off to school in the United
States.

This boy is the first person
in his family to go off to any
school in the United States and
in the words of Senator Higgs
she can identify with his excite-
ment seeing that she too was
the first person in her family to
go off to college.

She reminded him that he
will not only be an ambassador
for Fox Hill, but for the
Bahamas and that no matter
what he was to always hold his

head up high with pride.

Sentiments that can only
come from a Senator, Member
of Parliament or Prime Minister
that has walked this path before
identifying with the pain, joy
and accomplishments of a peo-
ple they truly live amongst and
desire to be a servant too.

We don’t know if our MP
Minister Mitchell has to give
an account to the Prime Minis-
ter, but the New Breed Sports
Club placed bleachers on Fox
Hill Park and the bleachers
need a proper roof over it for
shelter from the elements when
hosting outdoor events.

Like other communities, Fox
Hill children deserve some love
from the government as well.
While Senator Higgs can be
seen assisting us Fox Hill con-
stituents even with little back
to school supplies with seem-
ingly little or no help from any
government, our MP is said to
be collecting but neglecting
what is really needed in Fox
Hall.

We have scrapped to make
one of our dreams, the Fox Hill
community Heritage Tour, a
success and hope that both gov-
ernments and Mr Mitchell will
get on board and the Ministry
of Tourism would keep its word
in rendering the necessary sup-
port and assistance as promised.

In closing, on behalf of the
New Breed Sports, all Fox
Hillian’s and proud Bahamians
everywhere we say, thank you
Senator Jacinta Higgs, for all
the love you have given and we
also thank your family, for gen-
erously loaning you to us for
such a time as this, especially
your husband, Mr Higgs.

We hope that the Govern-
ment would see that they have
a gem in you and realise that
we in Fox Hill are daily learn-
ing to appreciate our own and
hope we can some day see they
do as well.

Continue on your steady
course, because He who has
begun a good work in you is
faithful to complete it.

Jacinta, all promotions come
from Jehovah God, have a bless
week.

MINISTER S DAVIS
Nassau,
September, 2009.

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Mitchell still prepared to run for PLP leader

By PAUL G TURNQUEST bid is not a realistic conduct these elections over the last year, and I think __ bility of the party losing funding
Tribune Staff Reporter one and cannot be will determine what that message can go forth. Itis or support if Mr Christie is
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net seen as anything our image is for the just that the internal democracy __ returned as party leader during ert
more than a future in people’s eyes. has to be organised in a way _ the convention, Mr Mitchell said
OPTING not to outright “protest.” “We have to con- where everybody believes it is that it is his view that whoever eR ear Es

declare that he is throwing his
hat in the ring for the party’s top
post at this time, Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell maintains he is still
prepared to run for the leader-
ship of the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP) at the upcoming con-
vention in October.

Noting that there is still “a lot
of time” between now and nom-
ination day, Mr Mitchell told The
Tribune yesterday in an exclu-
sive interview that he wants the
delegates and the public to know
that his running is still very much
a “live issue.”

“Obviously you can’t choose
yourself. You need to know what
kind of support there is for it,
and what direction the party will
take. The leader has made some
statements, so I am examining
those statements to see what the
forward movement of the party
will be,” Mr Mitchell said.

To date, only one candidate,
Paul Moss, has officially launched
his campaign to challenge cur-
rent leader Perry Christie.

While acknowledging that he
fully appreciates the enthusiasm
that Mr Moss brings to the con-
test, Mr Mitchell said that this

“My view is that
someone who is not
in the parliamentary
group can’t realisti-
cally be leader of the
PLP, because he
can’t under the Con-
stitution be leader of
the Opposition. So
what you would see there can
only be a protest of candidacy.
And while I appreciate the enthu-
siasm which he brings to it, I
don’t think there is a realistic pos-
sibility of anything more than a
protest. So it has to be someone
in the parliamentary group in my
view,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said there are any
number of persons within the
party’s parliamentary group who
could be leader. However, with a
party which does not welcome
the idea of change, Mr Mitchell
said he hopes that if there is a
leadership battle it will be over
the different ideas and visions for
the Bahamas’ future.

“The other important point is
that given the way the world has
evolved, the country is looking
at the PLP to see how it conducts
these elections, because how we

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dents. We lost inde-
pendents by 12 per-

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last campaign and that

is the target group in

; viq addition to our target

base that we have to
win over when the next
election takes place. So there is
going to be a very skillful set of
ideas and programmes have to
be put together to be able to
attract the independents and to
keep the base. And it has to be a
very skillful campaign and it has
to be well-funded and focused,”
he said.

There is essentially only little
over a month for a leadership
candidate to launch their cam-
paign and to speak with delegates
around the country. But Mr
Mitchell questioned whether or
not it is even necessary to “cam-
paign”, as all of the prospective
candidates are already “known
quantities” within the party.

“The point is everyone knows
everyone and it is just the com-
peting visions that have to be put
(forward) and there is a long pub-
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offenders is asking the public’s sup-
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Earlier this month, the National
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Turnquest.

The institute aims to serve as a
half-way home with programmes for
post prison/correctional facility
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Founder Troy Clarke, who has an
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As a result of these problems, many
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many become repeat offenders, mis-
takenly believing that it may be better
in prison than in a society that has no
place for them. As proof of this, Her
Majesty’s Prison here in Nassau boasts
of having one of the highest rates of
repeat offenders in the Caribbean.”

The National LEAD Institute, Mr
Clarke said, is requesting prayers,
financial donations, technical support and any
assistance that members of the public can pro-
vide.

“It is our belief that all men fall sooner or lat-
er, but the good ones and the great ones will
always get back up,” he said.

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CLAIMS of violence and
intimidation on the part of
Immigration officers during a
detention exercise in Abaco
sparked a heated debate on
tribune242.com, with several
foreigners expressing outrage
and vowing to never return to
the Bahamas.

The visitors’ angry com-
ments were posted in response
to a story in Tuesday’s Tribune
in which it was claimed that
officers carried cutlasses,
threatened children with guns
and used violence as they
detained at least 165 Haitians
of all ages and separated them
from their families at around
4am on July 30.

Sources told how children
were left behind as their par-
ents were sent to Haiti, and
Bahamians born of Haitian
parents were forced to bid
farewell to relatives and
friends, some of whom had
lived in the Bahamas for
decades.

“Graham Russell” wrote: “I
will not take my holiday in the
Bahamas ever again! The way
you treat people is disgusting
and you will never see any of
my tourist money again. I'm
boycotting the Bahamas and
encouraging my friends and
family to do the same based
on your treatment of Haitians.
You people are terrible.”

A Bahamian calling herself
“Rosemerie” responded, com-
menting that the Immigration
Department has to do “some-
thing about the Haitians”.

She wrote: “These Haitians
have invaded our country and
are taking over. Their vast
numbers will easily outnum-
ber Bahamians in just a few
years. Bahamians better stand
up now for our country or we
severely regret it later on.

“T am tired of seeing
Haitians everywhere you turn
and hearing that Creole all
over the place. This is the
Bahamas, for Bahamians, not
Haiti!!!

“They need to be sent a
clear message: Stay away,
don't come here! Good job
Immigration! And there is no
such thing as Bahamians born
of Haitian parents. You are
what your parents are, no mat-
ter where you born; check the
laws. Bahamians should have
Bahamian blood, not Haitian
running through there veins.
Haitians do not love our coun-
try and are only using it for
there financial gain.”

Her comments sparked a
long response from a com-
mentator who described him-
self as “Esai Ambo, Superior
Court Ambassador”.

Under the title, “Modern
Civilization. We are all human
beings,” he wrote: “Rose-
merie, whatever planet you
are from, you need help. I vis-
ited the Bahamas at least four
times a year; the last time I
was there would be the last
time you'll see my tourist dol-
lar.

“T understand that the laws
of your country need to be
respected, but human rights
and human dignity are at risk
here. The United Nations and
Geneva Convention on
Human Rights need to inves-
tigate the inhuman and cruel
treatment against Haitians in
the Bahamas. The Bahamian
government should be investi-
gated for crimes against
humanity and gross violations
against human rights.”

He said that all democratic
nations must respect the UN
Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, and quoted
several Articles including:

Article 3 — Everyone has the
right to life, liberty and secu-
rity of person.

Article 5 — No one shall be
subjected to torture or to cru-
el, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment.

Article 9 —- No one shall be
subjected to arbitrary arrest,
detention or exile.

Article 14 —- Everyone has
the right to seek and to enjoy
in other countries asylum from
persecution.

Article 15 — Everyone has
the right to a nationality. No
one shall be arbitrarily
deprived of his nationality nor
denied the right to change his
nationality.

He also noted that the
Bahamas Constitution states
that a person born in this
country after July 9, 1973 of
foreign parents is entitled to
apply for citizenship after his
or her 18th birthday.

Another commentator

Claims of violence

by Immigration
officers spark
online debate

wrote: “The Bahamas is the
most cultureless country in the
West Indies / Caribbean.
Haitians / Jamaicans are an
asset to the Bahamas. When-
ever I come to the Bahamas
for business, the Bahamians
are crass, rude, and you get
this sense that they feel they
are owed something .. . for
what? Haitians and Jamaicans
are pleasant, approachable,
WORKING, ethical and have
a rich history.

“Rosemarie, without
Haitians and Jamaicans the
Bahamas would be an over-
priced bush. God forbid that
a Bahamian would have to do
yard work. Imean. .. with the
average student getting Ds
they should all be entitled to
jobs in high finance and man-
agement, right?”

In a tribune242.com poll yes-
terday, readers were asked if
Bahamian authorities should
treat people better during raids
and detention exercises.

More than 100 people
responded, 65 agreeing that,
“Yes, all people deserve
respect”, while 36 said “No,
they shouldn't be here in the
first place”.

Conchy Joe said: “No Doubt
about it, everybody should be
shown respect. The question
is, how much respect was
shown to the officers by these
Haitians as they were being
rounded up? I speak from
experience, Haitians show
great disrespect to Bahamians
in Abaco. If indeed the offi-
cers were inhumane, were they
reacting to the actions of the
people they were trying to cap-
ture? You can't just accept as
fact what Haitians say hap-
pened. They may be trying to
gain sympathy by claiming
abuse.

“My question to Bahamians
is, do you realise what is going
on in our country? There has
been an invasion underway for
decades. The first wave of
Haitians were mild mannered,
hard working people, for the
most part. Those that were
able to stay here have had chil-
dren. Haitians believe in edu-
cation, they make sure their
children get as good an educa-
tion as is possible. By compar-
ison most Bahamian "parents"
don't demand the best from
their children’s schoolwork
because they themselves place
little worth it a good educa-
tion. So we have a situation
where immigrants are quickly
surpassing Bahamians in edu-
cation / employability. The day
is soon coming, if not already
here, when Haitian-Bahami-
ans will be rising to the top
while Bahamians will be forced
to do the very jobs (manual
labour) their forefathers were
allowed to stay here to do.”

Tanya warned that Bahami-
ans “better wake up before we
turn in Haiti”.

“It does not matter to me
what any foreigner says about
we treating Haitians inhu-
manely, this is my Bahamas! I
live here and I see my coun-
try being invaded and taken
over by Haitians. I don't even
recognise this country any-
more. America doesn't want
Haitians over there, so why
should we put up with them
here? Haitians hate Bahami-
ans and want to take over this
country, they will say anything
to make us look bad. Bahami-
ans you better ignore these lib-
eral, bleeding hearts and stand
up for your country, before we
become Little Haiti! How
would you like a Haitian prime
minister? You better watch
out, its coming! It ain’t long
now! Think about that, and
how are they going to treat
Bahamians then.”

Robert P, responded, say-
ing: “I imagine they would
treat us just as bad as we treat
them — and we would deserve
it. This is not about whether
we should let all illegals stay
or whether we should get rid of
them, but HOW we go about
getting rid of them... If we
treat them inhumanely we are
no better than animals and as
such, have no right to claim a
country for ourselves. Humans
populate countries, not cruel
beasts.”

Leo also responded to
Tanya, asking: “What is “Your
Bahamas’? This desperate
search for national identity
when your land is made up of
former loyalists, former slaves,
and immigrants from countries
as diverse as Haiti, Jamaica,
Canada, the UK, and sundry
other countries. There are no

Arawaks left
anymore, last time
I checked, so let's be clear —
nobody has a claim to "own"
this land TO THE EXCLU-
SION OF ALL OTHERS.
Tanya, for "Haitian" why don't
you try a history lesson and
insert ‘former slave’?”

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FROM page one

pionships and the Olympics.

He also co-holds the Bahamian record in the 4x100
metres relay, achieved with teammates Renward Wells,
Dominic Demeritte and Iram Lewis.

After the hearing, Tynes’ attorney Ramona Farquharson
said he intends to aggressively fight the charges against

him.

"He's asked me to convey to the entire Bahamian com-
munity, in particular his family and friends, his former stu-
dents and their parents that he is absolutely innocent of

these charges,"
the courtroom.

Ms Farquharson told the media outside

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prayers and I have been instructed to vigorously defend this

matter.

“He takes very seriously his position and standing in the
community. His role as a role model, he does not take that

lightly.

"He is quite moved and distressed by these charges but
again he is confident that he is going to be victorious," Ms

Farquharson added.

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court on September 21 to fix a trial date.

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accrue to him as long as
he continues as Conven-
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thereby become hard-
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the electoral process was
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The Bahamas set to take part in
International Coastal Cleanup Day

VOLUNTEERS through-
out the Bahamas are prepar-
ing to take part in the Ocean
Conservancy’s 24th Annual
International Coastal Clean-
up Day this Saturday.

International Coastal
Cleanup Day is the world’s
largest one-day volunteer
event aimed at stemming pol-
lution of the marine environ-
ment. Last year, nearly
400,000 volunteers from 100
countries cleared 6.8 million
pounds of trash from oceans
and waterways and recorded
every piece of trash collected.
The initiative started as a
local programme in Texas
and gradually expanded to
include every major body of
water in the world. As such,
it not only makes a powerful
statement about global con-
cern for the environment, it
also empowers local commu-
nities to do something about
pollution.

“Last year record numbers
of volunteers came out to
clean up shorelines and
waterways in the Bahamas
on International Coastal
Clean-up Day,” said Tanya
Moss, education assistant for
Dolphin Encounters on Blue
Lagoon Island and national
coordinator of the initiative
in the Bahamas.

“Volunteers collected
14,431 debris items in New
Providence alone and that is
a tremendous achievement.
This year we have chosen
Bonefish Pond National Park
as the inland waterway to be
cleaned in New Providence.
It is the Bahamas National
Trust’s 50th Anniversary
year and in honour of their
commitment to our environ-
ment our focus will be to
removing debris from one of
the National Parks entrust-
ed to their care.”

Janeen Bullard, parks
planner and community offi-
cer of the BNT, said: “The
Bahamas National Trust has
always supported and partic-
tpated in International Clean-
up Day in the Bahamas.









“We are pleased that
Bonefish Pond National Park
has been chosen as the site
for New Providence. It is an
important marine nursery
area for the island, provid-
ing a protective, nutrient rich
habitat for juvenile stocks of
fish, crawfish, and conch.
This area also supports a
wide variety of waterfowl and
an important variety of
Bahamian flora. The wetland
itself provides critical pro-
tection for storm surges to
communities along New

Providence’s southern
shore.”
International Coastal

Clean-up Day will also take
place on other islands.

In Nassau:

Dolphin Encounters — Pro-
ject BEACH will host Inter-
national Coastal Cleanup
Day on Saturday, September
19, from 9am to 2pm at
Bonefish Pond National Park
— off Cowpen Road.

The public is invited to vol-
unteer and attend. Please
wear closed in shoes, sun-
screen and gardening gloves.

Project BEACH will also
be hosting month-long Beach
Buddies and Project Green
programmes with local stu-
dents.

In Abaco:
Friends of the Environ-
ment, the International



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the Ministry of Tourism
Office in Abaco, have organ-
ised events including beach
clean-ups.

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theme “Keep Grand Bahama
Beautiful”, volunteers will
clean up 12 beaches and
shorelines from 8am to 1pm.
Ministry of Tourism, Sunny
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Caribbean Bottling Company
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for the volunteers. The Min-
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for International Coastal
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Contact Tanya Moss at
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Chinese planning
to do large scale
farming in Abaco

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plenty of farmland and you
have plenty of water.”

A further study of the con-
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relating to the climate and
rainfall which we will supply.
By October they will send in a
team of experts to do a study
of the land and assess the pos-
sibilities.”

This coincides with a BAIC
food production initiative in
Abaco which, he said, has
attracted “a huge interest by
the young people”.

BAIC has already subdi-
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five and ten-acre plots which
are leased out to Bahamians
for farming.

“We are moving in the right
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acreage in Abaco for agriculture.

ABOVE: Yiging Sun, Director, Technical Team (left) and Baoquo
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ager Arnold Dorsett

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Darling undergoes successful surgery

by RENALDO DORSETT
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and well wishes for their sup-
port in the roughest segment
of his career thus far.

Golfing = get prepared

FROM page 15

period, featuring “Best Ball”
and “Alternate Shot” formats.

The pair emerged from a
field of nine golfers who fin-
ished in the top two positions at
a qualifying event hosted by
Lyford Cay Golf Club last this
summer. Turnquest shot a com-
bined score of 151 to lead the
group, while Gorospe shot 154.

Since the qualification more
than two months ago, Turn-
quest and Gorospe have
worked diligently towards the
Nations Cup a qualifier for the
Omega Mission Hills

The event, hosted Septem-
ber 21-25 at the Caracas Coun-
try Club, with spots for the
Omega Mission Hills World
Cup on the line.

Turnquest is a former
Bahamas Professional Golfers
Association National Champi-
on, and has a resume which
includes being a multi junior
national champion, represent-
ing The Bahamas at previous
World Cup event, former mem-
ber of the Hoerman Cup team
and playing on the collegiate
scene for five years.

Goropse is also a former
junior national champion,
Hoerman Cup team member,
former junior college champion
in North Carolina and he has
played for years on the pro cir-
cuit. Both golfers will be mak-
ing their third trip to the World
Cup Qualifying event, and have
previously teamed up in 2007.

Gorospe qualified for the
tournament in 2008 with BPGA
President Chris Lewis.

Turnquest said his third tour-
nament qualification looks to
be the most effective thus far
because of the extended prepa-
ration time the team has head-
ed into the event.

"It was a very good feeling. I
think we have a strong team
this year and for one of the first
times we have time and an
opportunity to practice and ful-
ly prepare ourselves for com-
petition and the preparation
was vital for us ,” he said, "In
the past we have never really
had time to work together
which if crucial because it is a
team event. We get to work on
our games together, develop a
team chemistry, work on how
we compliment each other. One
person can not win and it obvi-
ously has to be a team effort so

Lemon Gorospe

with this time we have to work
together and work on our
weaknesses I think it will make
all the differences in year's
past."

The “Best Ball” format will
record the lowest score from
either team member while the
“Alternate Shot” format will
feature members taking alter-
nate shots with the same ball
until the ball is holed up.

Gorospe who plays on sev-
eral global tours, said the tour-
nament’s format is one that
lends itself to a lengthy prepa-
ration process.

“With this format you need
to get used to playing with the
person you are partnered with,”
he said, “The format is so dif-
ferent we do not play this for-
mat regularly. The alternate
shot is something different he
has to get used to the way I play
the course and I have to do the
same with him so its a benefit
we prepared well in advance. ”

Lewis, President of the
Bahamas Professional Golfers’
Association, said the team will
field the best possible team for
the event.

“These guys are well pre-
pared for this event. Both of

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them have a wealth of experi-
ence so it is not like they are
going into uncharted territory,
they know what to expect and I
think they should perform pret-
ty well,” he said, “Should they
advance to the World Cup it
would be a great accomplish-
ment, they would compete all
of the top countries in the
world at this event.”

Both players gave special
recognition to the team’s spon-
sors for the event, J.S. Johnson,
FML Group of Companies and
FT Consultants/Chartered
Accountants.

Volleyball tournament
to open school
sporting year

by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

With school sports set to
begin in a few weeks, volley-
ball will be the first discipline to
be featured with a highly antic-
ipated pre-season tournament.

The 2nd Annual Tom “The
Bird” Grant High School Invi-
tational Preseason Volleyball
Tournament will open the
school sporting year, scheduled
for September 24-26 at the Sir
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

With the tournament open-
ing during active school days,
play on the Thursday the 24th
and Friday the 25th will begin
at 3:30pm while the final day
will begin at 9am.

The tournament will feature
a total of 10 teams including,
the C.I Gibson Rattlers, Dame
Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins,
R.M Bailey Pacers, Govern-
ment High School Magic, C.V
Bethel Stingrays, and C.C
Sweeting Cobras from the pub-
lic sector and Mt.Carmel Cava-
liers, Teleos Cherubims, St.
John’s Giants and Prince
William Falcons from the pri-
vate sector.

Tournament organizer, Tom
Grant Jr, said the tournament
should feature a high level of
play with teams gearing up for
the regular season.

“This year we are focusing
on the senior division,” he said,
“We are expecting a lot of
progress and we expect to see
alot of exciting and spirited
play. That following Monday is
the start of the volleyball season
in the GSSSA so this would
give teams a good headstart.”

Grant said the tournament
looks to expand in the near
future featuring a greater num-
ber of teams, including those
from the family islands.

“It will have a regular sea-
son and playoff atmosphere
while giving coaches an oppor-
tunity to see what they have
and fine tune anything they
need to for the upcoming sea-
son ahead,” he said, “We would
like to see more schools get
involved, especially more pri-
vate schools and hopefully we
would like to expand to the
family islands so we would have
a better selection of teams to
play.”

The Technical meeting for
the tournament will take place
Tuesday, September 22nd at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.



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SPORTS

Mark Knowles — he keeps
soing, going and going



MARK KNOWLES,
of the Bahamas,
returns a ball to
Lukas Dlouhy, of
the Czech Repub-
lic, and Leander
Paes, of India.
Watching is his
partner Mahesh
Bhupathi. of
India.













By BRENT STUBBS

H EN
American
author and
humorist
Mark Twain penned these
words: “Age is an issue of
mind over matter. If you don’t
mind, it doesn’t matter,” he
must have had his namesake
Mark Knowles in mind.

Knowles, who turned 38 on
September 4, is still playing
as if he’s still in the prime of
his illustrious 20-plus year
rather than going into his twi-
light.

After more than two
decades on the international
scene, the 6-foot-3 right-han-
der seemed to be like the
energizer bunny: He keeps
going and going and going.

When the St. Andrew’s
graduate decided to abandon
a promising collegiate career
with the Bruins at the Uni-
versity of Los Angels at Cali-
fornia (UCLA), he also made
one of the smartest move that
has prolonged his longevity
in the sport.

He decided to concentrate
more on the then less publi-
cized doubles competition
rather than the vigorous sin-
gles competition, which may
not have allowed him to enjoy
the success for as long as he
has.

Today, that move has
enabled him to amass an
incredible resume that stands

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he has achieved:

e Five-time Olympic
Games appearance from 1992
in Barcelona, Spain to 2008
in Beijing, China.

e A 14-year span in 29 ties
in Davis Cup competition for
the Bahamas from 1989-2008
with a total team high 41-32
win-loss record, inclusive of
23-25 in singles and 18-7 in

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doubles as well as the best
team record of 9-5 with Roger
Smith.

e Hosted the Mark
Knowles Celebrity Invita-
tional at Atlantis on Paradise
Island from 2001.

e 2002 Australian Open
Grand Slam title with Daniel
Nestor from Canada.

e ATP Player Council
Member from 2002-2004.

e 2004 US Open Grand
slam title with Daniel Nestor
from Canada.

e 2007 French Open Grand
Slam title with Daniel Nestor
from Canada.

e 2007 Tennis Masters Cup
doubles title with Daniel
Nestor from Canada.

e 2009 Wimbledon Grand
slam mixed doubles title with
Ann-Lena Groenefeld from
Germany.

e A career singles win-loss
record of 42-77.

e Highest singles ranking
of No.96 on June 24, 1996.

e A career doubles record
of 687-328.

e Highest doubles raking of
No.1 on June 24, 2002.

e Career doubles titles — 52.

¢ Current career prize mon-
ey - $6,546,740.00.

e Married to the former
Dawn Davison and the proud
father of two sons, Graham
and Brody.

The only thing missing from
Knowles’ list of achievement
was an individual recognition
from the Bahamas Govern-
ment.

Add the Mark Knowles
Week from September 13-19,
as proclaimed by Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham on
Monday night, along with a
citation from Governor Gen-
eral Arthur D. Hanna at Gov-
ernment House.

All things considered,
whenever Knowles decides
that age does matter over
mind and he calls it quits,
there should be more recog-
nition coming his way.

How about his name on a
monument of national stadi-
um or maybe even a highway
like West Bay Street. If
Tonique Williams-Darling can
get a highway for winning
back-to-back Olympic and
World Championships titles,
Knowles surely could get one
for his achievement.

How about a honor from
the Queen. Sir Mark Knowles
surely sounds good.

Just some food for thought
as we celebrate Mark
Knowles Week.

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World Athletics Final over
the weekend.

Almost a month after their
dreams of winning medals in
their respective events at the
12th IAAF World Champi-
onships in Athletics in Berlin,
Germany in August was
crashed, both Brown and
Sands produced second place
finishes in the year-ending
meet.

In Thessaloniki, Greece,
Brown trailed only world
champion LaShawn Merritt
from the United States in the
men’s 400 metres to collect a
final paycheck of $20,000.

And on the same day,
Sands soared to a second
behind Cuban Arnie David
Girat in the men’s triple jump
to also pick up $20.000.

Both Brown and Sands
could have easily folded up
and retreated to their train-
ing camps in the United
States after missing out on a
spot on the medal podium in
Berlin.

But neither of them wanted
it to end that way. They
regrouped and regained their
composure and were able to
turn things around in Thessa-
loniki. And both have indi-
cated that it has given them
the incentive to go into train-
ing camp with renewed vigor
for the 2010 season that will
include the Commonwealth
Games in India a year from
now.

Hats off as well to veteran
sprinters Chandra Sturrup
and Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie, who continued to
prove that is age is only a
number,’ a quote that was
coined by author Lexi Star-
ling. At age 38 and 33 respec-
tively, Sturrup and Ferguson-
McKenzie withstood the chal-
lenge from their younger foes
and they performed excep-
tionally well again this year.

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all of them to remember.

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Sixteen-year-old Geno Bullard Jr is Canada-bound

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia, net

WHEN Geno Bullard Jr.
completed his successful reign
with the Sparks at St. Thomas

More as multiple primary
school athlete in 2005, he was
projected to emerge into a high
school superstar.

Four years later, Bullard Jr.
has certainly lived up to those
expectations and even more,

holding his own as a Giant for
two years at St. John’s College
before he ended up as a Diplo-
mat the past two years at West-
minster College.

Today, at age 16, Bullard Jr.
will be take a step further in his

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career as he travels all the way
to Canada to join Ripley Col-
lege where he is expected to
continue his athletic pursuits,
particularly basketball.

“When I went from primary
school to high school, I noticed
that the game was quite differ-
ent,” Bullard Jr. pointed out.
“Tn primary school, it was more
fun. When we reached to high
school, we had to step it up
because everybody was coming
for you.

“So you had to play hard
every game because whatever
competition you put out, that
was the competition that was
coming back at you.”

Throughout his tenure in
high school, Bullard Jr. has
been able to excel as a forward
on the junior national team and
he also competed in the long
jump at the BAAA’s Nation-
als.

But what stood out the most
was his achievement in basket-
ball where he was able to
secure a spot on the junior
national team this past summer.

An injury, however, pre-
vented him from making the
kind of impact that he had
anticipated. But Bullard Jr. said
he was quite pleased with his
accomplishments.

“T knew the level was going
to be higher, but when I got
into grade seven, the guys were
able to push me further,”
Bullard Jr. said. “So I think that
was what helped me to get bet-
ter and better each year.”

As he look ahead to the tran-
sition from high school to col-
lege in Canada, Bullard Jr. said
he know that it’s going to get
even more challenging for him.

But he feels as though he’s
ready to “make my country
proud and my country proud.
It’s a big prestigious school in
Canada and they have high
expectations for me, so I will
do my best when I go there.”

Although he’s not ruling out
a professional basketball career
or even possibly a chance to
represent the Bahamas at the
Olympic Games in track and
field, Bullard Jr. said he would
really like to become a Sport-
caster or a Pastry Chef.

Looking back at his career,
Bullard Jr. has credited his
father, Geno Bullard Sr. as the
driving force.

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“My father pushes me every
day and he keep telling me nev-
er to give up in practice,”
Bullard Jr. said. “He keeps
reminding me that if I work
hard, I can be the best athlete
that I can be.”

Bullard Sr. said this is a day
that he longed awaited and now
it’s finally here.

“T know this day was going to
come, so I’ve been preparing
myself,” said Bullard, who had
the opportunity to coach his
son during the last two years.

“Sixteen years I have been
preparing myself. I know this
day was going to come. He now
have to spread his wings and
try to soar to another level.”

Although he will be leaving
one year ahead of graduating
from high school, Bullard Sr
said his son has accomplished
all of the goals that he had set
out as a youngster playing bas-
ketball, soccer and track and
field.

After trying for three years,
Bullard Jr. finally added the
one missing piece to his script, a



Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools’
basketball title.

That came last year when he
and his father made history at
Westminster by winning the
BAISS senior boys title.

As he get set to climb the
ladder in a new horizon in col-
lege, Bullard Sr. said he’s con-
fident that his son will succeed.

“The thing is, he won’t be
new to the environment
because he’s already been to
the school on our college tour,
so he’s familiar with the school,
the administration, the coaching
staff and even the players,”
Bullard Sr. noted.

“So he should feel right at
home. This a brand new situa-
tion for him and he will have
to take his time getting adjusted
to it, but as far as his athletics is
concerned, I’m confident that
the sky is the limit for him.”

Like he did here at St.
Thomas More, St. John’s and
Westminster, Bullard Sr. said
he’s just looking forward to his
son excelling at Ripley College.

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NATION'S CUP, VENEZUELA:






Realy to come

out swinging!

Bahamian duo Keno Turnquest, Lemon
Gorospe vie for World Cup berths

by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

Just days of preparation
remain before a duo of
Bahamian golf pros represent
the country in international
competition, vie for a World
Cup berth.

Keno Turnquest and Lemon

Nation’s Cup, September 19-26
in Caracas, Venezuela.

The Nation’s Cup will fea-
ture 19, two-member teams,
vying for three vacant spots in
the World Cup of Golf,
November 27-30 in Mission
Hills, China.

The tournament will feature
72 holes of golf over a four day

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LOCAL NEWS



‘Love My Body’



DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette and Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis (far right) view local produce at one of the booths erected at the Ministry of Health, Meet-

ing Street. Also shown is Camille Johnson (far left), permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health...

Bahamas marks
Caribbean
Wellness Day

By LINDSAY THOMPSON

THE Bahamas joined the
rest of the Caribbean this past
Saturday in celebrating
Caribbean Wellness Day
under the theme “Love My
Body”.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette officially
opened a wellness fair at the
Ministry of Health, encourag-
ing Bahamians to reduce the
rate of non-communicable dis-
eases through healthy living.

Caribbean Heads of Gov-
ernment, in response to the
“heavy burden” of non-com-
municable diseases on its citi-
zens, issued the Port of Spain
Declaration in September
2007, “Uniting to Stop the
Epidemic of Chronic Non-
Communicable Diseases” and
declared that the second Sat-
urday in September be cele-
brated each year as Caribbean
Wellness Day.

Illnesses such as heart dis-
ease, stroke, cancer and dia-
betes are said to be the leading
causes of premature death
amongst Caribbean people.

Health statistics show that
obesity remains a challenge in
the 31 to 60 year old age
group, where more than 30 per
cent of the population is obese.

“However, measurable
achievements are being made
as well. One only has to look
at the number of people that
are out exercising in the morn-
ings and evenings. Walking is
becoming more common as a
form also by you as individu-
als. You must also remain
committed to reversing these
trends within our nation,” Mr
Symonette said.

The Bahamas and the
region have made progress in
the fight against chronic non-
communicable diseases. More
than 100 Healthy Dozen Clubs
have been formed since the

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A NUMBER of people, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette and Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis (far left) check out one of the booths...

inception of the Healthy
Lifestyles Secretariat in 2005,
he said.

Health fairs are being
offered more frequently by
employers and churches and
other non-governmental agen-
cies.

“We actively seek to
improve the health status of
the population,” Mr Symon-
ette said.

Moreover, in 2001, the
South Beach Health Care
Centre opened and holds a
weekly nutrition clinic for at-
risk obese school children.

The deputy prime minister
encouraged Bahamians to
incorporate some form of
healthy living into their daily
routines by exercising, park-
ing a distance and walking to
their office, cutting back on
unhealthy foods, drinking alco-
hol in moderation, eating
smaller portions and consum-
ing more vegetables and fruits.

The Port of Spain Declara-
tion reinforces the gains made
by the Caribbean Commission
on Health and Development
and the Caribbean Coopera-
tion in Health, the minister
said.

“The Bahamas has forged

strong partnerships to assist in
its fight against chronic non-
communicable diseases. The
Pan American Health Organ-
isation has continued to part-
ner with us in this battle, pro-
viding financial and technical
assistance along the way,” he
said.

Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis also encour-
aged Bahamians to live
healthy lifestyles.

“Many of these diseases
share common risk factors;
combined with uncontrolled
blood pressure, raised blood
sugar and elevated cholesterol,
(they) pose a major threat to
the well-being of our citizens,
resulting in loss of life and dis-
ability during the most pro-
ductive years of life. With
changes in lifestyle, 40 to 80
per cent of these diseases can
be prevented,” he said.

Scores of Bahamians came
in support of the event at the
Ministry of Health on Meet-
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owner is
rejected

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A FINANCIER has lost its
bid to obtain a $27.5 million
summary judgment against
the owner of the Port Lucaya
Marina and Grand Bahama
Yacht Club, plus their princi-
pal investor, the Supreme
Court finding yesterday that
the issues raised required a
single trial before a judge.

Justice Estelle Gray-Evans,
ruling on T. G. Investments’
application for summary judg-
ment against New Hope
Holdings and Danish investor,
Preben Olesen, said the evi-
dence before here “lends sup-
port” to the defendants’ argu-
ment “that there is more to
the matter than simply the
promissory notes” that the
plaintiff had based its appli-
cation on.

Setting out the case, Justice
Gray-Evans recalled how T.
G. Investments, the invest-
ment vehicle for US investor
Tom Gonzalez, had demand-
ed via its September 30, 2008,
statement of claim some
$22.375 million in damages,
plus $2.544 million in interest
on that sum.

Special damages of $2.65
million and interest on that
sum were also being sought
by T. G. Investments, along
with a Supreme Court order
requiring New Hope Hold-
ings to deliver it a first charge
debenture, including a mort-
gage, over its properties and
assets - the two marinas and
Grand Bahama Yacht Club,
plus associated parcels of land
in the area of Freeport known
as the Bell Channel.

TT. G. Investments had sued,
Justice Gray-Evans said, on
the basis that it held two
promissory notes issued to it

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ore than one-third of Nas-
sau Harbour’s dredging
has been completed to
date, a government min-
ister yesterday confirmed to Tribune
Business, adding that the company con-
tracted for the project has “given no indi-
cation that they will not meet” the
November 14, 2009, completion date.

Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of the envi-
ronment, said of the work being per-
formed by Dutch-based Boskalis Inter-
national: “Based on what is coming to
me, they are going extremely well. They
have completed more than one-third of
the actual dredging to date.

“They have experienced some delays
in respect to the volume of debris in the
harbour, and have had to send divers
down to remove tyres, steel. That has
led to some delays, and they have lost
eight hours, but beyond that, though,
they are extremely well organised.

“They can readily make up those eight
hours when working 24 hours a day.
They’re moving at full capacity, and are
very efficient.”

Developer sells 60%

As an example of
this, Dr Deveaux
said Boskalis had
completed dredging
an area in front of
the British Colonial
Hilton’s beach,
where it had to
move much debris
from the ocean
floor. Having accom-
plished this, it then
moved its pipes and
excavation equip-
ment to the area and
dredged it overnight, thus ensuring the
operation did not disrupt incoming cruise
ships and mail boats.

The minister added that Boskalis was
scheduled to “be completed on or around
November 14, and they’ve given no indi-
cation that they will not meet that”.

The Nassau Harbour dredging project
was commenced to widen the turning
basin, so that the port could accommo-
date the world’s largest cruise ship class,
which is just being brought into service by
RoyalCaribbean.

Dr Deveaux added that there was
“nothing to so far indicate we won’t be

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ready” when the Genesis class cruise
ship, the Oasis of the Seas, makes its first
call on Nassau on December 15, 2009.

Boskalis is having to remove some
10,000 cubic yards of fill per day to meet
its completion target, with the excavated
material being taken by pipeline to
Arawak Cay. Some 1.4 million cubic
yards will be used to extend Arawak Cay
1,000 feet to the west, where the new
container shipping terminal will be locat-
ed, with 600,000 cubic yards of fill stored
on the cay itself.

Current arrangements for the Arawak
Cay port will see it owned 40 per cent by
the Government and 40 per cent by the
private sector, with 20 per cent in public
hands via an initial public offering (IPO).
It is understood, though, that the Gov-
ernment and shipping companies - chiefly
the 19 investors that comprise the
Arawak Cay Port Development Com-
pany - have yet to finalise the details of
their Memorandum of Understanding.

Dr Deveaux told Tribune Business
that talks between the shipping compa-
nies and the Government were being
handled by the Prime Minister’s Office,

SEE page 4B

of phase one condos



By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

CAVES Heights revealed
yesterday that it have sold 60
per cent of the units in the
first phase one building for
its condominium develop-
ment atop the caves on West
Bay Street.

Simon Chappell, the pro-
ject’s vice-president, said
interest in the property had
been high, with a balanced
group of Bahamian and for-
eign investors purchasing the
ocean and lake-view condos.

“Agents have been coming
around,” said Mr Chappell.
“There has been a lot of pos-
itive feedback.”

Caves Height has been one
of the few developments in
the Bahamas to moved ahead

Recovery ability ‘diminished’
by excessive costs

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE high cost burden
imposed upon the Bahamian
economy by public sector cor-
porations, and the failure to
align wages with productivi-
ty, will prevent this nation
from rebounding from the
recession as rapidly as others,
a senior accountant told Tri-
bune Business yesterday, as
well as harming long-term
competitiveness.

Raymond Winder, manag-
ing partner at Deloitte &
Touche (Bahamas), said the
Bahamian economy’s ability
to recover rapidly from the
current recession, and com-
pete for foreign direct invest-
ment and tourism, was being
“diminished” daily by a cost
structure that was out of line

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recovery and long-term
competitiveness will be
much reduced in
comparison to others

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and political leadership
to address the issue

with productivity.

The Bahamian economy
was going through a period
similar to the early 1990s
when the world was also
embroiled in recession, and
Mr Winder recalled how he
and other members of the
Government’s Council of
Economic Advisers prepared
a report on the strategies
needed to enhance this
nation’s competitiveness.

“We haven’t done a whole
lot of following through on
some of the strategies that
were recommended,” Mr
Winder told Tribune Busi-
ness, “and we never really
moved to align salaries and
wages with productivity and
efficiency. That was the key
one. That is one of the hall-
marks of a competitive econ-
omy.......

“To get this thing back in
line, we have to hold the line
on wages and salaries, and
become more productive.”

Pointing to the difference
between the Bahamas and US
inflation rates, the latter

SEE page 8B

unfettered, despite the down-
turn in the economy. Mr
Chappell said the poor eco-
nomic conditions caused the
project to slow late last year.

However, he added that
since that period, the project
has moved full steam ahead.

Phase one is expected to be
finished by May 2010, but Mr
Chappell said the developers
will not begin phase two
development before there is
more buyer interest in the
property. He suggested, how-
ever, that it could begin by
year-end 2010.

Caves Heights’ first build-
ing number has only three of
its Capri -tyle condos left for
sale, and five Monaco-style
out of a total 20 units in that
building.

The Capri is a “two bed-
room, two-and-a-half bath-

room condominium offering
1,855 square feet of living
space with a grand master
bedroom suite, an additional
bedroom and large living/din-
ing area with a deep balcony
offering superior views,”
according to the company's
website.

And the Monaco is a
“three bedroom, three-and-
a-half bathroom ocean view
condominium with 2,439
square feet of luxury living
space, including a panoramic,
43 foot balcony overlooking
the ocean”.

Mr Chappell said the pool
decks have already been put
in, and the asphalt for the dri-
ves and parking areas will be
poured in four weeks.

According to him, they are
still awaiting final proposals
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tennis courts.

There has been minimal
protest about the property,
which has been built above
what some consider one of
the more unique natural
attractions in New Provi-
dence.

The natural caves were
formed centuries ago, accord-
ing to geologists, with visitors
and locals alike exploring
them regularly.

Resident became con-
cerned last week when rain
water run off from the devel-
opment created a plume of
milk water in the ocean across
the road from the develop-
ment.

Despite the dissent, Mr
Chappell said the property
has seen an upswing and
increase in foot traffic.

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Central Bank said to want
restructured loans treated
as non-performing for six
months, raising concerns
on bank balance sheet
and earnings impact

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas has been pushing to
standardise how Bahamian
commercial banks treat
restructured loans, wanting
them placed into the non-per-
forming category for six
months, a development
sources said has caused some
concern in the industry.

Tribune Business under-
stands that while no directive,
stipulating that Bahamian
commercial banks ‘must’ treat
restructured loans as non-per-
forming for six months, has
been issued by the Central
Bank, its guidelines do prod
them to adopt such a treat-
ment.

However, informed sources
have told Tribune Business
that the Bahamian commer-
cial banks privately harbour
several concerns regarding
such a move, as it would
impact both their balance
sheets and income statements
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and increasing losses. As a
result, there are fears that it
would act as a disincentive to
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sification applied to restruc-
tured loans, meaning those
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House debate

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government’s Plan-
ning and Subdivisions Bill,
which aims to reform the
planning and development
processes in the Bahamas, will
be debated in Parliament next
month, the minister respon-
sible said yesterday, adding
that the legislation’s provi-
sions would not be made
retroactive.

Dr Earl Deveaux, minister
of the environment, said his
ministry and the Government
had received “very little”
feedback from professionals
who might be impacted by the
new legislation, such as con-
tractors, realtors, attorneys,
architects and engineers.

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ing the last week of Septem-

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ing firms in a bid to obtain
last-minute feedback and see
whether it could be incorpo-
rated in the legislation.

“We received something
from two architect and two
law firms, which we have
been able to address, but very
little has come in in the way of
comment and postings to the
website,” Dr Deveaux told
Tribune Business.”

The Government was due
to meet with one major
Bahamian law firm on the Bill
this week, he said, adding that
the concerns voiced by attor-
neys to date were “primarily
concerned with the effect of
this Bill on Justice Lyons’s
ruling”.

That ruling, connected to
the Oceania Heights subdivi-
sion in Exuma, found that
under the existing 1965 law it
was illegal to sell land in a

subdivision without full gov-
ernment approval.

The new legislation appears
to be codifying this, but Dr
Deveaux said the Govern-
ment had reassured these law
firms that the Bill’s provisions
applied only to new subdivi-
sions proposed after it was
passed into statute, not to
existing ones. Existing subdi-
visions were provided for.

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thing after it takes effect must
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standing,” Dr Deveaux said.
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secure the $22.375 million
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However, T.G. Investments
alleged that New Hope had
defaulted on the principal and
interest payments under the
two notes, and demanded
payment in a letter sent to the
latter and Mr Oelsen on
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T.G Investments further
alleged that Mr Oelsen
induced it to advance a fur-
ther $580,000 in working cap-
ital to fund the business oper-
ations of the Grand Bahama
Yacht Club and Port Lucaya
Marina, and that it was “con-
tinually pressed by creditors’
demands for payments of
[New Hope’s] debts, which
demands it has endeavoured
to meet in the effort to stave
off action by the said credi-
tors”.

However, arguing that the
affair was more complex than
T. G. Investments had let on,
Mr Oelsen and New Hope
countered by arguing that the
notes were part of two sepa-
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argued that the notes did not
fall under the Bills of
Exchange Act, and were
“conditional/contingent” on
their face.

In addition, they alleged
that Mr Gonzalez “had
agreed that repayment of the
loans secured by the notes
would be postponed while he
and his companies, including
[T.G. Investments], had not
procured funding in the sum
of $12 million, which Mr Gon-
zalez had agreed to provide”
to fund New Hope’s opera-
tions.

New Hope and Mr Oelsen
also alleged that Mr Gonzalez
had promised not to make a
demand, or place Ocean
Resort Group into default, for
lack of payment.

“The defendants [New
Hope and Mr Oelsen] con-
tend that the notes form part
of a series of transactions
involving business partners,”
the Supreme Court judgment
said. “They say that this case
is not merely about the notes
but that a vital part involves
an oral agreement, the out-
line of which is embodied in a
letter of understanding,
between Mr Gonzalez,

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$27.5m judgment
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[Duane] Crithfield and [Mr
Oelsen, whereby Mr Gonza-
lez would use his balance
sheet to secure financing in
the sum of $12 million to fund
New Hope’s operations and
development.”

The judgment recorded
that the oral agreement was
intended to bind the three
parties and the companies
they controlled, and “that it
was the failure of Mr Gonza-
lez and/or his companies,
including T. G. Investments,
to provide the $12 million as
promised that resulted in the
first defendant not being able
to make the payments under
the notes.”

Justice Gray-Evans agreed
that New Hope may have an
arguable defence on the issue
of the promissory note, given
that since there was a dispute
over whether it or Ocean
Resort Group should have
made the notes, there were
questions of whether it could
be enforced against New
Hope.

This was the same conclu-
sion that she reached on many
other aspects of the case, lead-
ing her to reject the applica-
tion for summary judgment.

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Harbour Dredge ‘more
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but his understanding was that the share structure and size of
the port’s acreage had been agreed - although he had seen
nothing in writing.

A Traffic Study, Economic and Social Impact Study and
Environmental Impact Study have yet to be completed, with
proposals by architects Lambert Knowles giving life to what
engineering consultants, Halcro, had proposed in relation to the
port’s size and engineering aspects.

“T don’t think there is any major impediment to be over-
come,” Dr Deveaux said.

EQUEST FOR
PROPOSAL

NEWSSTANDS, BOOKS, GIFTS AND

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Nassau Airport

Development Company
Nassau Airport Development Company Limited (NAD) is seeking a Proponent or
Proponents (individual, consortium or joint venture that must include an experienced
newsstand operator) to finance, design, develop, operate and manage three newsstand,
bookstore and convenience shop locations in the new U.S, Departures Terminal currently
under construction at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. These stores will be
world class in operation, design and appearance with a distinctive sense of place’ and
will offer a broad selection of newspapers, magazines, books, sundry & convenience
items and miscellaneous qifts at competitive prices.

CONVENIENCE SHOPS

1 (a) NEWSSTAND/BOOKSTORE/GIFTS in the U.S. Departures lounge
(b) NEWSSTAND KIOSK/COFFEE BAR/BAR in the U.S. Departures Concourse

2 NEWSSTAND /CONVENIENCE STORE/COFFEE BAR in U.S. Check-in,

Locations 1/a) and 1(b] must be bid together, NAD will consider individual proposals for
I{al/(b) and 2 above or combined proposals for all locations,

Mandatory qualifications

i. Proponents must be Bahamian and incorporated in The Bahamas,

ii, Proponents must have operated a similar newsstand/books/aifts facility within
the last three (3) years.

NAD’S goals and objectives are to:

(a) achieve a high standard of excellence and customer service:
(b) offer a mix of concepts that will help to enhance the image of LPIA as a world

class airport;

(c) offer retail and food & beverage choices to passengers at fair prices;
(d) offer a mix of local, regional and national and international brand-name

companies;

(e] develop and design retail facilities that complement the qualities of the new
terminal while recognizing the distinctive spirit, character and sense of place’

of The Bahamas; and
(F) optimize revenue to NAD.

Qualified and interested parties may pick-up the Request for Proposal package at NAD's
offices at the reception desk on the second floor Domestic/International Terminal at
Lynden Pindling International Airport between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, from
September 15th to September 26th, 2009, A mandatory pre-proposal briefing for
those who have picked up packages will be held in the Arawak Lounge at the Airport on
Wednesday, September 30th at 10:00am.



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SHOWN (I-r): Reece Chipman, president of BICA; Gari Chrisie, BICA’s student education committee
member; Remelda Moxey, chair, School of Business at COB; Zelma Wilson, chairperson, BICA’s student

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 5B

education committee; and Margaret Smith, BICA’s student education committee member.

Accountants
visit COB
school chair

THE Bahamas Institute
of Chartered Accountants
(BICA) president, Reece
Chipman, along with
members of the organisa-
tion’s student education
committee, have moved
to enhance the exposure
and knowledge of student
accountants at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas
(COB).

They met with Remelda
Moxey, COB’s School of
Business chair, on Mon-
day to discuss ways in
which both organisations
can work together to
achieve this goal.

BICA members dis-
cussed the quality of the
Accounting programme
offered at the College of
the Bahamas, the creation
of BICA’s young accoun-
tants club, and BICA
assisting in the curriculum
review, as well as students
participating in Accoun-
tants Week this Novem-
ber and becoming part of
the Technical Updates in
the accounting and audit-
ing profession.

BICA also encouraged
the College of the
Bahamas and its account-
ing students with regards
to research and ethics,
and to become think-
tanks in the world of stan-
dard setting for the
accounting and reporting
of financial information.

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Re: Land and Structure,
Step Street & Fox Hill Road

Newly Constructed Two Units Commercial Building

Unit One comprises one office,
customer service section, and one bathroom.

Unit Two is a retail store with an open
floor plan and one bathroom.

Potential Income
Unit One $1,800.00 per month
Unit Two $800.00 per month.

For conditions of sale and any other
information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
@ 502-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit
offer in writing addressed to
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
P. O. Box N-7518 Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before October 9th, 2009

BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK

Cable Beach, West Bay Street,
P.O.Box N-3034
Nassau, Bahamas
Tels 242) 327-5781/327-5793-6
Fans(242) 327-5047, 327-1258
wwwhahamasdevelopmenthank.com

Properties

New Providence

Vacant Int #4
(Six 100")-Joan's Height
Subdivision

Lots #3 & #4, Hlk ee?
(50's 100°] w/fduplex
(1.53259. B)-Forbes St,
Nassau Village
(Appraised Value
$120,000.00)

Vacant lot #147
(10,5575q, f.)-Munnings
Dr & Moy West Ln
Southern Heights Sub
(Appraised Value
$90), (000)

Lot 1.171 acres wyauto
repalrshop & office
2,7 90eq. Bt & vacant
building 9.2009. ft.

Lot #39 (2,500sq. ft.)
wyhse 110459. ft. Blk
FSS hee #4-Lincoln
Bed (Appraised Value
$57,780.00)

Lat (50x 100")
wy building 1,91 2sq. ft-
Deveaux St [Appraised
Valoe $189,000.00)

Larts #29 ke #300,
(50'x1007), Blk a4?
w/building L14isq, ft.-
Matthew &, Nassau
Village (Appraised
Valoe $145,000.00)

Andros

Lot 1{L08 acres w six (6)
bulidings-Pot Cag off
Behring Point Andne
Vacact lot #2, parcel °C"
30,613sq. f.-Swrain's
Point, Mangrove Cay
Andros (Appraised
Vale $125,000.00)

» Parcel ofland (1.493
ecres| w)'6 buildings
[Helens Motel}-Pinders
Mangrove Cay, Andros
(Appraised Value
$275,000.00)

» Beach front bot 400sq,
Ft wy building 2,100sq.
It-Pinders Mangrove
Cay Andros (Appraised
Valec $200,000.00)

» bot 4 d4ebsq. ft. wyduples
1,17 49). ft.-Fresh Creek
Andros [Appraised
Walwe 594,640,090)
Grand Bahama

Lor #20 (17,1 5thsq. fi)
whee 2 00tsq. ft
BIKAS, Sec Az-5ee Gull
Dr, Bahama Reef Yacht
& Comntry Club Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$250,000.00)

» Facent loo ad, Blk A
(14397sq. Ib ]-
Yorkshire Dr, Hahamés
West Replat Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $25,000.00)

TAH Band kaeploner

i) Godge Corara

1802 Deru bts Ack Mack
Derep Track Head

dumall Vesseks

19 (iis) Pibogiaas Speru Peal
[Hidi Dndph

1 (18) Spanich Wells Marine
wil 1 HP Mercury Outboard engines

TA? Double Ade Mack Trail

26, Pertion of Int #64
(15,000sq, ft.J-Front
Murphy Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$29,250.00)

» Lot ass [6,900sq. i)
w/'buikling-Murphy
Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
SUL075,00)

Lot #45 [60's 160")
wy 14 room motel
3900sq. ft-Sanedy Point
Abaco (Appraised
Value $405,700.00)

. Lot A7,1205q, Pi. wy
cottages & 1 storage
bruilditeg ba taligg
4,186%q. [t-Sand Banks
Treasure Cay Abaco
(Appraised Value
$880,302.00)

Flewthera

. Vacant portion of lot #7
(50'e110'}-West [ames
Cistern Eleuthera
(Appraised Value
S18.000.00)

21. Vacant 3 acres of land
siteated Colebrook
Street Dunmore Town
(Harbour [slam]
Eleuthera

Cat island

15. Vacant Lot fl Hk #412
Unat #3 (11,2509. Ft.}-
Henny Ave DMerby Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$65,000.00)

>. Lot 463 0 (100s 50")
baailding:Melson Rd
Painclama Gardens
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$96,000.00)

» Leas? [S021 50")
wi sixplex 2-storey
apartment building &
Church 540g. ft.
Martin Town, Kingrs Sul
Eight Mit Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $211,200.00)

. Lot wil room hotel
§,0OMisg. ft.an 4,99
acres of beach front-
High Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $1,100,000.00)

Y. Vacant lot #13, Blk #59,
Unit #3 (22,7525q. ft.)
45° om camal front-
Dagenham Girele &
Ingrave Or Emerakd Bay
Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$110,000.00)

. Lot #15, Blk #15 Unit 22. Vacant 65 acres of
#3 [40'x125']-Derby land-Arthur's Town, Cat
Sub Grand Bahama island
(Appraised Value . Lot ws 12 room matel
$23,000.00) 1.39 acres-Arthur’s

21. Vacant bot #25, Blk #15 Town Cat Island
(17 B6tsa. ft]= (Appraised Value
Cutwater Ln Shannon $630,000.00)

Country Club Sub Grand Exum

Bahama (Appraised 44. Vacant lot #8 (65, 200sq.

Value $0,000) ft.]-Moas Town Exuma
2. Lot #2 [20,0005q. ft.) (Appraised Value

w balding complex & $110,106.00)

Laundrcmat-Queens 35. Vacant hot #95.

Highway Halmes Rock (B0'x1 22°) Commodore

Commonage Grand Rd Elizabeth Harbour

Rahama (Appraised Est. Exuma (Appraised

Value $178, 200.01) Valoe $45,000.00)

Aber 46. Lat #134 [75x15]

Lot #25 (17,7554q. ft] w/'two storey building

wihse B0Usg. f-#47 George Town, Exuma

Queen Elizabeth Dr (Appraised Value

Marsh Harbour Abaco $460,000.00)

(Appraised Value Long Isard

$212,750.00) 37. Vacant lot 100°“ 200'-

. Vacant lot #6 (2 acres]= Bonacorde area west of
Fox Town Abaco Clarence Town Long
(Appraised Valee Island [Appraised
$50,000.00) Value $30,000.00)

. Lot #51 (15,000sq. ft]
w/building=Murphy
Town Abace
(Appraised Valwe
$102,420.00)















































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* 80 Custom Steel Hull Vessel (Miss Kristy)
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vessel has a new engine requiring installation. And
can be view at Bradford Marine, Grand Bahama

Tht public is Iewited to submit Staled bids marked “Tender” to Bahamas Development Bank, PO, Bow N-2034,
Nassau, Balaras athention Financial Controller, faooed bids will net he accepted or telephone 327-5781 fer
additional information. Please mote that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets should be recelved
by or on September 22, 2009. The Bahamas Development Book reserves the right to reject any or all offers. All

assets are sold as is,



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Banque Privee staffer
passes Series 7 exam



S.A. T. PREPARATION
CLASSES

AT KINGSWAY ACADEMY

Beginning Saturday September 26 through Saturday
December 5, 2009, Kingsway Academy will hold
S.A.T. Preparation Classes from 9:00 a.m. to
12:00 noon culminating in the writing of the S. A. T.

Examination in January. The cost is $250.00 per

A staff accountant at
Banque Privee Edmond
de Rothschild, Michelle
E. Reckley, has passed
the Series 7 exam in the
US after studying with the
Nassau-based Securities
Training Institute (STI).

Ms Albury, STT’s
course administrator,
said: “We are committed
to the development of the
Bahamian capital mar-
kets, in advancing the
Securities Training Insti-
tute as a vital force in fos-

tering the education of
Bahamian financial pro-
fessionals, promoting eth-
ical standards of conduct,
and in establishing pro-
grammes to encourage
continuing professional
development.”

person and includes all materials.

Interested persons are asked to contact the
Business Office at telephone 324-6887 / 324-6269
or the Guidance Conselor at 324-8811 or 324-3409.







DHL JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION:
JOB FAMILY:
RCS CODE:
REPORTS TO:
LOCATION:

Commercial Supervisor
Accounting

L10005

Finance Manager

Country Finance Department or Cluster Office

OVERALL PURPOSE:

Position is responsible for managing the Commercial Finance activities for a country or group oF
countries within the Cluster. Manages Revenue leakage, establishes credit limits and reviews ship-
ments to profile. Supervises the following staff; Billing Analyst, Duties and Vendor Analyst, Ac-
counts Receivable Analyst.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

° Manage the Accounting Commercial activities for a country or group of
countries within the Cluster.

Supervise Billing, Duties, Accounts Receivable and Vendor Analysts.
Prepare and analyze statistics and KPIs for the country/cluster.
Manage customer profiles.

Establish AR Credit limits.

Principal contact for Commercial controller.

Assist with preparation of Customer profitability analysis.

Handle Billing queries from Billing Center.

1st level of approval for Credit notes.

Special projects and ad hoc reports as required.

Provide customers analyses, and review customer data base in term of
discount, and credit

Performs other assignments as required.

Ability to supervise the accounting staff at local station

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
° High school diploma and/or minimal of 5 years applicable experience
° Minimum of 4 years of commercial and accounting experience is required.
. Minimum of 2 years supervisory or management experience leading an
accounting department.
A background in commercial credit and accounting required.
Experience with a major Enterprise Reporting Package (ERP)
Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.
Ability to read and interpret data reports. Ability to understand and per
form data analysis.
PC skills should include the basic suite of MS products, Excel, Access,
Word, Office
Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, this function does
a lot of interfacing with internal and external customers and the Shared

Service Center

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
° Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance, a related field or equivalent
education

Please email resume to;
Romell K. Knowles I
Country Manager
bahamaboiii@hotmail.com

Resumes can be dropped off to DHL Bahamas corporate office — East Bay Street,
Island Traders Building, Nassau Bahamas.

Please be advised only those applicants whose resumes are taken into
consideration will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.





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BUSINESS ee
Recovery ability ‘diminished’ by excessive costs

FROM page 1B

standing at virtually zero with
this nation’s at around 4 per
cent over the last 12 months,
Mr Winder said that in the
Bahamian case “the entire
increase in inflation has been
primarily caused by wages
and salaries”.

While the US had managed



to “hold the line” on wage
increases, and enhanced pro-
ductivity, “we’re going along
as if no adjustments need to
be made”.

With salaries and labour
force productivity out of line,
Mr Winder said the Bahami-
an private sector was “in a
really weak position” when it
came to not only combating
the recession, but also prepar-

Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:







ing for the eventual recovery
and pulling this nation out of
trouble. And this was exacer-
bated by the excessive cost
burden imposed on the busi-
ness sector by the public cor-
porations and utilities.

“We’re not only suffering
from the recession, but are
also suffering from the fact
that our productivity, the lev-
el we’re getting for each dol-
lar put out, is not putting us in
good standing to attract for-
eign direct investment and
tourists once the hotels open
back up,” the Deloitte &
Touche managing partner
said.

The gap between produc-
tivity and wages, and the

impact this had on business
revenues, profits and plan-
ning, meant it would “take
the Bahamas longer to catch
up” with other economies in
the medium and long-term,
as well as in a short-term
recovery.

“Our competitiveness as a
nation, to compete, to attract
foreign direct investment, is
being diminished,” Mr
Winder told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“On a short-term basis we
really have some challenges,
especially when you think that
most of the public sector is
going to be agitating for wage
increases during this period.”

The Bahamas’ inability to

tackle the cost competitive-
ness/productivity issue result-
ed, Mr Winder said, from a
lack of interest and under-
standing among the general
Bahamian population, plus a
lack of political leadership
and will to address the issue.

In addition, the Bahamas
did not have the private and
public sector trade union
leaders who could “demand
that kind of sacrifice” from
their members, when it came
to accepting reduced wages
and lower labour costs in
return for higher productivity.

Mr Winder contrasted the
Bahamas’ trade union model
with that of Singapore’s,
where unions exercised their

influence in co-operation with
that island nation’s govern-
ment, supporting wage
restraint and selling econom-
ic policies to their members
when necessary, as opposed
to strikes and militancy.

And with 90 per cent of the
income generated by Bahami-
an per annum gross domestic
product (GDP) consisting of
wages and salaries, it is not
hard to understand why the
workforce has been hit so
hard by redundancies and lay-
offs. Labour is the major cost
component for most busi-
nesses, and with productivity
out of line with salaries, 1t was
not hard for companies to go
this route.



(a) HALLET LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on September 16, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 15th day of October 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
THE SCEPTRE UK FUND LIMITED (registration number
137,117 B) is in dissolution. Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator
and can be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company
limited, Winterbotham Place, Marlborough & Queen Streets,
PO. Box N-3026, Nassau Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their
names addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before the 17th October, 2009.
J

Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) TABOR MANAGEMENT LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on September 16, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 15th day of October 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2009

LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

KING'S

REAL ESTATE

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Real Estate Agents

Applicants must have:

* Outstanding personality

* Current BREA license

* Minimum 2-years experience
* Proven sales record

Apply to bahamas @ kingsrealty.com
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Information: 394-4397

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, ANGELO BRADELL
BURROWS, intend to change my name to ANGELO
BRADELL ROLLE, 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.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KENOL LOUIS PIERRE of P.O.
Box AB-20541, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, 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 17'" day of September, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIE MARTHE BELLOT
of P.O. Box AB-20554, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO,
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 17'" day of September, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that WILSON AUSTRAL of TREASURE
CAY, ABACO, 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 17'* day of September, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-

7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2009
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/No.00289
Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act of 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THOSE Three (3) parcels
of land totalling 162.177 acres being Grant C-39 and a
portion of Grant C-3 in an area known as Fort Pasture situate
immediately Eastward of Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5
miles West of Williams Town on the island of Little Exuma,
one of the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas.

AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper
NOTICE OF PETITION

Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 2nd day
of September, A.D. 2009.

The Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper, of Forbes Hill
Settlement on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of
The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas, showeth in respect of:

ALL THOSE Three (3) parcels of land totalling 162.177
acres being Grant C-39 and a portion of Grant C-3 in an
area known as Fort Pasture situate immediately Eastward of
Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5 miles West of Williams
Town on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas

The Petitioner, Trevor Andrew Cooper, herein claims to
be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said tracts
of land and has made application to The Supreme Court Of
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said
tracts of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate Of Title to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions of that Act.

Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries shape
marks and dimensions of the said tracts of land may be
inspected during normal office hours at the following places:

(a) The Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street North,
Nassau, Bahamas.

(b) The Chambers of Charles Mackey & Co., BSB House,
West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

(c) The Administrator’s office at George Town, Exuma.

Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower
or right to Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents file at the Registry
of The Supreme Court in the City of Nassau, Bahamas, and
serve on the Petitioner or on his Attorney an Adverse Claim in
the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents shall operate as a
bar to such claim.

DATED THIS 9th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, A.D. 2009
CHARLES MACKEY & CO.
Chambers BSB House
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Petitioner

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Concern over

treatment of
restructured
bank loans

FROM page 1B

a result of the recession - to
meet lower repayments and
lesser obligations.

One banking industry
source, speaking to Tribune
Business on condition of
anonymity, said that while no
directive had been issued by
the Central Bank, the banking
industry regulator had been
“looking at standardising”
how restructured loans were
treated.

“Tt’s something that’s been
brought forward,” one bank-
ing industry source told Tri-
bune Business of the six
month non-performing treat-
ment proposal.

“Some of the banks are
doing exactly what the Cen-
tral Bank is looking for, and
even if loans are restructured
they are not brought current,
being treated as non-per-
forming for six months.

“It’s a more conservative
approach. You’d several
months of experience, that
these people are meeting the
new terms and conditions,
and have the ability to pay.”

Wendy Craigg, the Central
Bank’s governor, could not
be contacted for comment
despite numerous Tribune
Business calls to her office
yesterday. However, she told
this newspaper in a recent
interview that the banking
sector regulator was keeping a
close eye on restructured
loans, and was in regular con-
tact with the banks on the
issue.

However, ‘setting in stone’
how the banks treat restruc-

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tured loans could, according
to one source, “have a phe-
nomenal effect” on banking
balance sheets by increasing
the level of non-performing
loans.

This, in turn, would require
Bahamian commercial banks
to keep an increased level of
capital reserves set aside to
cover potential loan losses,
and increase loss provision
levels - something that will
impact earnings levels.

Such developments, some
have told Tribune Business,
would act as a disincentive for
banks to restructure their bor-
rowers’ existing loans. These
sources also argued that it was
unnecessary to have a pre-
scriptive approach to the
issue, given that Bahamian
commercial banks generally
treated all restructured loans
as non-performing for a peri-
od, until they became confi-
dent that borrowers could
meet their new obligations.

Total non-performing loans
made by Bahamian banks to
the private sector breached
the $500 million mark in July
2009, with the increasing
strain the recession is placing
on businesses and households
exposed by the fact that the
only consumer lending cate-
gory showing growth was debt
consolidation - an almost-$38
million increase since the New
Year.

The Central Bank, in its
monthly economic and finan-
cial developments report for
July, showed a combination
of slumping credit demand
and defaults on existing loans,
as the contracting economy

and rising unemployment
continue to exact a toll, with
$902.5 million commercial
bank loans in arrears.

A further $64.7 million
worth of loans fell into arrears
during July 2009, marking a
7.7 per cent increase in the
number that were past due.
Total loans in arrears, in rela-
tion to the total number of
loans outstanding, increased
by 0.8 per cent to 14.5 per
cent.

Non-performing loans,
those which are more than 90
days past due and regarded
as more critical by the com-
mercial banks, as they have
stopped accruing interest, rose
by $31.3 million or 6.7 per
cent in July. Non-performing
loans now account for 8.1 per
cent of all loans issued by the
Bahamian commercial bank-
ing system.

Meanwhile, loans in the
delinquent category - that is,
31-90 days past due, also
increased by $33.4 million in
July to $401.4 million, taking
those loans to 6.5 per cent of
all credit issued to the private
sector by commercial banks.

The Central Bank said the
July arrears increase was gen-
erated by a $30 million, or 8.2
per cent, hike in mortgage
delinquencies to $396.1 mil-
lion, while commercial loans
in default grew by $28.5 mil-
lion or 14.5 per cent to $224.4
million - likely putting this
over 20 per cent, meaning that
more than one in every five
business loans is in default.

Consumer loans in arrears
increased by$6.3 million, or
2.3 per cent, to $282 million.

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total revenue of US $ 15078.67 million and net cash

flows amounting to US $ 6491.52 million for the
year then ended.

AUDITOR’S REPORT ON THE
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL
STATEMENTS

We have also audited the financial statements of
one of the subsidiary whose financial statements
reflect total assets of US $ 143.93 million as at
31st March 2009, total revenue of US $ 11.24
million and net cash flows amounting to
US $ 6.70 million for the year then ended.

TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
STATE BANK OF INDIA

1. We have examined the attached Consolidated
Balance Sheet of State Bank of India (the Bank),
its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures (the
Group} as at 31st March 2009, and the Consolidated
Profit and Loss Account and the Consolidated
Cash Flow Statement for the year then ended in
which are incorporated the:

We did not audit the financial statements of its
Subsidiaries, Associates and Joint Ventures
whose financial statements reflect total assets of
US $ 65334.98 million as at 31st March 2009, and
total revenue of US $ 7175.67 million and net cash
flows amounting to US § 455.64 million for the
year then ended. These financial statements have
been audited by other auditors whose reports
have been furnished to us, and our opinion,
insofar as it relates to the amounts included in
Tespect of other entities, are based solely on the
report of the other auditors.

Audited accounts of the Bank audited by
14 joint Auditors including us,

Audited accounts of 1 (one) subsidiary audited
by us,

ili, Audited accounts of 25 (twenty five)
subsidiaries, 27 (twenty seven) Associates

and 1 (one) joint venture audited by
other auditors,

We have also relied on the un-audited financial
statements of 2 (two) subsidiarics, 1 (one) associate
and 1 (one) joint venture, whose financial
statements reflect total assets of US $ 633.48
million as at 31st March 2009, total revenue of
US $ 31.94 million and net cash flows amounting
fo US $ 73.54 million for the year then ended.

iv. Accounts of 1 (one) subsidiary for the period
O1st April 2008 to 13th Angust 2008 (the date
of merger of this subsidiary with the Bank)
audited by another auditor, -

Unaudited accounts of 2 (two) subsidiaries,

1 (one) associate and 1 (one) Joint venture,

These Consolidated financial statements are the
responsibility of the Bank's management and have
heen prepared by the management on the basis of
separate financial statements and other financial
information of the different entities in the Group.
Our responsibility is to cxpress an opinion on these
financial statements based on our audit,

We conducted our andit in accordance with
generally accepted auditing standards in India.
These Standards require that we plan and perform
the audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether
the financial statements arc prepared, in all

material aspects in accordance with identified
teporting framework and free of material
misstatements. An audit includes, examining on
a test basis, evidences supporting the amounts
and disclosures in the financial statements, An
audit also includes assessing the accounting
principles used and significant estimates made by
management, as well as evaluating the overall
financial statements. We believe that our audit

provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

We have jointly audited the financial statements
of the Bank along with 13 other joint auditors,

whose financial statements reflect total assets of

We report that the consolidated financial statements

have

been prepared by the Bank's management in

accordance with the requirement of Accounting
Standard 21-Consolidated Financial Statements,
Accounting Standard 23-Accounting for investment

in Associates in Consolidated Financial Statements

and Accounting Standard 27-Financial Reporting
of Interest in Joint Ventures prescribed by the
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the
Tequirements of Reserve Bank of India.

Based on our audit and consideration of report af

other auditors on separate financial statements and

on consideration of the unaudited financial

statements and on the other financial information of

the components, and to the best of our information

and explanations given to us we are of the opinion
that the attached Consolidated Financial Statements,

give

a true and fair view in conformity with the

accounting principles generally accepted in India:

a.

in the case of the Consolidated Balance Sheet
on the state of affairs of the Group as at
31st March 2009;

in the case of the Consolidated Profit and
Loss account of the consolidated profit of the
Group for the year ended on that date; and

in the case of the Consolidated Cash Flow
Statement of the Cash Flows of the Group

US $190148,26 million as at 31st March 2009, and for the year ended on that date

STATE BANK OF INDIA (CONSOLIDATED) BALANCE SHEET AS ON 31st MARCH 2009

(000s omitted)

CAPITAL AND LIABILITIES Schedule As on 31.3.2008 As on 31.3.2008

No. (Current Year} (Previous Year)

US $ US §

Capital 125,174 157,395

Reserves & Surplus

14,147,380 15,105,910

Minority Interest

439,328 505,515

Deposits

199,524,512 193,523,559

Borrowings

12,734,946 16,456,423

Other Liabilities and Provisions 30,289,255 30,300,430

er

TOTAL 257,260,595 256,049,232

ASSETS Schedule As on 31,3,2009 As on 31.3,2008

No. {Current Year) (Previous Year)
ee See i ee ME VIOUS Gal)

US § US $

Cash and Balances with Reserve Bank of India 14,621,661 18,648,369

Balance with banks and money at call & short notice 10,075,045 3,542,164

Investments

73,389,481 68,255,664

Advances

147,942,111 150,354,422

Fixed Assets

1,029,865 1,162,210

Other Assets 10,202,432 14,086,403:

es

257,260,595 256,049,232

Contingent Liabilities 169,693,628

235,735,346

Bills for Collection

9,845,890 6,287,614

PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST MARCH, 2009
(000s omitted)

Schedule Year ended
No. 31.3.2009

Year ended
31.3,2008
US §$ US §

INCOME
Interest earned 18,073,150

4,224,386

17,820,493

Other Income 4,666,748

22,297,536 22,487,241

EXPENDITURE

Interest expended 12,347,489
5,238,904

2,508,251

11,950,160
5,967,904
2,272,857

Operating expenses
Provisions and Contingencies

20,094,644 20,190,921
. PROFIT

Net profit for the year 2,202,892 2,296,320

42,938 62,868
2,159,954 2,233,452

Less: Minority Interest
Group Profit

Add: Brought forward profit
attributable to the group 17,299 29,666
Add: Transfer from General Reserve _ 23

2,177,253 2,263,141

APPROPRIATIONS

Transfer to Statutory Reserves 1,180,392 1,389,192
530,220 455,920
363,003 338,400
61,052 57,759

42,586 21,870

ee

2,177,253 2,263,141

Transfer to Other Reserves
Transfer to Proposed Dividend
Corporate Tax on Dividend

Balance carried over to Balance Sheet

Basic earnings per share 3 4

Diluted earning per share 3 4

Interested parties may obtain a complete copy of the Consolidated Financial Statements from the local office of
the Entity at State Bank Of India, Saffrey Square, Suite 201, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Ministry of National Security and it Key Stakeholders, for
the purpose of monitoring and tracking offenders.

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the RFP, inclusive of the technical requirements, from the
Ministry of National Security, 3rd Floor Churchill
Building Rawson Square, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Proposals should be delivered on or before Friday 25
September, 2009 by 3 p.m. In a sealed envelope
addressed to:

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Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre
West Bay Street

P.O. Box N-3017

Nassau, The Bahamas
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In accordance with the provisions of Regulation
9 of the Civil Aviation (Licensing of Air Services)
Regulations 1976, the Minister responsible for
Aviation hereby publishes the following particulars
of the under-mentioned applicant to operate
scheduled air services to and from The Bahamas.

PARTICULARS OF APPLICATION
1. Application. LEAIR CHARTER SERVICE LTD.
2. Date of first publication: 17th September, 2009
3. Routes: BETWEEN NASSAU ON THE ONE
HAND AND ANDROS TOWN ON THE OTHER.
4. Purpose of services: Passenger, mail and freight.

5. Provisional time table:
NASSAU/ANDROS TOWN

Local Times
0630/0645 Daily
1530/1545 “
0700/0715 “
1600/1615 “

ANDROS TOWN/NASSAU

6. Frequency of flights: See above time-table.

7. Type of Aircraft: EMBRAER-110, CESSNA 402-C &
PIPER AZTECS

Any representation regarding or objection thereto in
accordance with Regulation 10 must be received by the
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Aviation & the
Department of Civil Aviation within fourteen (14) days after

the date of first publication of this Notice.

Signed
HYACINTH PRATT
PERMANENT SECRETARY

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PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, NAWAKO KIKI ROLLE of
STAPLEDON GARDENS, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, intend
to change the name to MAWAKO KIKI ROLLE. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objectionstotheChiefPassportOfficer,P.0.BoxN-742, Nassau, Bahamas
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS = 2008
IN THE SUPREME COURT

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION
BETWEEN

CLE/qui/01038

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate
in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence containing
8,194 square feet situate on the Southern Side of Kelly Lane, 395 feet
West of Johnson Road and bounded NORTHWARDLY by Kelly
Lane and running thereon Seventy and Twenty-six (70.26) feet and
EASTWARDLY by land now or formerly the property of Albertha
Pratt and running thereon One Hundred and Twenty and Twelve
hundredths (120.12) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land now or formerly
the property of Inez Munroe and running thereon Sixty-seven and
Ninety-two hundredths (67.92) feet and WESTWARDLY by land
now or formerly the property of Ida Ferguson and running thereon
One Hundred and Eighteen and Forty-seven hundredths (118.47) feet
which said piece parcel or lot of land has such position shape marks
boundaries and dimensions more particularly described by and
delineated on the said diagram or plan and thereon coloured YELLOW

AND
IN THE MATTER OF THE QUIETING TITLES ACT, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF
GENEVIEVE STRACHAN

NOTICE

The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

The Petition of Genevieve Strachan of Johnson Estates in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of all that piece parcel or
lot of land situate in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence
containing 8,194 square feet situate on the Southern Side of Kelly
Lane, 395 feet West of Johnson Road and bounded NORTHWARDLY
by Kelly Lane and running thereon Seventy and Twenty-six (70.26)
feet and EASTWARDLY by land now or formerly the property of
Albertha Pratt and running thereon One Hundred and Twenty and
Twelve hundredths (120.12) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land now or
formerly the property of Inez Munroe and running thereon Sixty-
seven and Ninety-two hundredths (67.92) feet and WESTWARDLY
by land now or formerly the property of Ida Ferguson and running
thereon One Hundred and Eighteen and Forty-seven hundredths
(118.47) feet which said piece parcel or lot of land has such position
shape marks boundaries and dimensions more particularly described
by and delineated on the said diagram or plan and thereon coloured
YELLOW

Genevieve Strachan claims to be the owner of the fee simple estate
in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described free from
encumbrances and the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have her title to the said tract of land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared
in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons having Dower or
a Right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in
the Petition shall on or before the 4th November, A.D. 2009 file in
the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit
to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a
statement of his claim on or before the 4th November, A.D. 2009 will
operate as a bar to such claim.

Copies of the filed Plan may be inspected at:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building, East
Street North, Nassau, Bahamas;

2. The Chambers of Hope Strachan & Co., attorneys for the
Petitioner, Equity House, Mount Royal Avenue North (Hawkins
Hill), Nassau, Bahamas

Dated this 31st day of August, A.D. 2009

HOPE STRACHAN & CO.
Chambers
Equity House
Mt. Royal Avenue North
(Hawkins Hill)
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

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PG 26 Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pastors of Prayer call
church demolition

“Darkest Day”

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

THE demolishment of
Canaan Baptist Church last
week is being labeled as an
event that marked the “dark-
est day” in the history of the

church in the Bahamas.

Ian Brathwaite, president of the
Pastors Of Prayer-a unit of 15 pastors
from 6 denominations that unite via
teleconferencing to pray for each
other- questions why individuals
“would even fathom to demolish a
house of worship.”

Pastors of Prayer was founded and
organised in 1998 by Bishop Ian
Brathwaite, Pastor of Holy Dove
Baptist Church. The fellowship was
inspired to bring together a group of
pastors who wanted to live holy and
who firmly believed in the uncompro-
mising word of God.”

“By the moral fiber of our nation,
you shouldn’t destroy the church under
any terms,” Mr Brathwaite said. “The
church is known as a place of rescue,
and a safe haven. Something else
could’ve been worked out. We are not
speaking as lawmakers but as the spir-
itual conscience of the Christian nation
were are built on.

The tearing down of the church in
Sir Lynden Pindling Estates came
unexpectedly to his good colleague
Eugene Bastian, pastor of Canaan
Baptist Church, who was phoned dur-
ing the ordeal by a concerned member
that the church was being destroyed,
he said at a recent press conference.

Mr Brathwaite told Tribune Religion
that he has stayed in contact with Mr
Bastian since the incident, and
describes Mr Bastian’s personal
account the morning when he discov-
ered that his church was being reduced
to rubble:

“On the morning of the demolition,
Pastor Bastian said he had just passed
the church at 9.30 that morning. It was
the first time that he had pulled on the
side of the church, and really took in
what God had done through his min-
istry.

“When he got home around 10am,

he received information through a
phone call that somebody came with a
bulldozer and tore down his church.
He was in shock, and drove to the site.
When he got there, he said he started
rubbing his eyes in disbelief--he
thought it was a dream.”

Members of the church and commu-
nity were said to be visibly confused,
disturbed and angered by the move to
destroy their place of worship as they
gathered at the site that afternoon.

It is alleged that the pastor under-
stood the court order but didn’t expect
them to tear it down so quickly.

According to Mr Brathwaite, Mr
Bastian is in good spirits now, and is
“leaving the situation in God’s hands.”

The decision to demolish the church
came out of a ruling by Justice Cheryl
Albury, who found Arawak Homes
Limited to be the rightful owner of lots
on Charles Saunders Highway on
which the church was built in June
2006.

The court found that church pastor
Eugene Bastian had been served with
a writ in August 2006 after Arawak
Homes Ltd took action. But Mr
Bastian told the court he had bought
the land from Jorol Limited before
commencing construction of the
church.

However, Justice Albury found the
defence put forward by Mr Bastian
and members of the church to be
“without merit and unsustainable” in
light of the decisions in Supreme Court
actions that displaced any claim of title
to the church's purported predecessor.

Justice Albury ordered the defen-
dants to cease construction of any
buildings on the lots in Sir Lynden
Pindling Estates.

She further ordered for the build-
ings to be demolished and removed,
for the defendants to be restrained
from entering the lots, to pay the costs
incurred to Arawak Homes Ltd, and
pay damages for trespass in respect of
the lots. Arawak Homes was given
possession of the land with immediate
effect.

For the meantime, members of
Canaan Baptist Church have relocated
above the Great Commission Ministry
on Wulff Road, at Bishop Walter
Hanchell’s invitation.

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issues in The Church
(which still continue
unabated) about the the-
ological support for homosexual practices, ordained leaders who
engage in them, and revisions to the definition and understand-
ing of marriage and partnership.

We have had serious allegations and convictions of sexual
misconduct of various kinds in the settings of church, school,
after-school civic activities, as well as in the home. All of this
makes the world a very unsafe place for too many little ones of
all ages.

Now we have entered a period of intensely emotional debate
about the concept of spousal rape, and the role that law-makers
should be allowed to play in its prevention. We have yet to see
the outcome of all of these discussions.

There also continues the concerns of Christ in culture and
Christ against culture in the form of disagreements over the
more vigorous sexually related movements by some (not all) of
the Junkanoo dancers, and the place of ring play. The documen-
tary on children engaging in ring play, captured on film some
moves that left little to the imagination.

When I want to determine what my comfort level should be
as a Christian when it comes to any of these discussions, I ask
myself: “What do I think Our Lord and Saviour would have to
say if He were present?” Then prayerfully, I seek to discern
God’s will for me as an individual and in my capacity as one
who offers guidance to others.

In order to avoid the temptation of straying too far from our
Great Commission to make disciples for the Lord, The Church
has to remind her people to remain “in the Spirit” as we debate
about things “of the flesh.” Every encounter has the potential of
being a pastoral moment. Every statement makes possible the
pronouncement of a
prophetic word. Each dis-
cussion can broaden the
minds of our people to
engage together in
prayerful theological
reflection where we pause
for God’s guidance rather
than losing our tempers
with one another.

If we use this time as a
time to teach our children
about human rights and
freedoms, about responsi-
bilities and restrictions,
about God’s grace and
mercy, forgiveness and
healing, and about prayer
and praise, then they too
will see God in the midst
of all the struggles. It is
for us to seek to be of
one accord, and in situa-
tions when we fail to do
so, let us agree to dis-
agree until God gives us
clarity.

“In order to avoid
the temptation of
straying foo far from
our Great
Commission to
make disciples for
the Lord, The
Church has to
remind her people
to remain “in the
Spirit” as we
debate about things
“ot the flesh.”



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RELIGION

The Real Pageant

ACCORDING to the Webster
Dictionary the word pageant means: An
elaborate spectacle show or procession.

I don’t want to take anything away
from the recent Miss Universe or Miss
Bahamas pageants, but I have to won-
der what the vision and monetary full-
fillment of our government is as it
relates to pageants.

If the vision and the monetary fulfill-
ment of these pageants were somehow a
small fraction of the vision of our gov-
ernment to 1) help provide gainful
employment for the hurting Bahamian
families, 2) Send a clarion, zero-toler-
ance message to the criminal mind-set;
via swift justice and punishment, and 3)
provide an urgent expediting of a diver-
sified economy then the slogan “It's
Better in the Bahamas” as it relates to
the small Bahamians, would be true.

What the Bahamas is seeing today
and will continue to see in the coming
years, is what I call “Healthy
Distractions.” As good and as promo-
tional as the Miss Universe Beauty
Pageant and the other pageants that will
follow will be for the country, they are
all healthy distractions.

The true beauty of this nation cannot
be found in an event held at the high
priced Atlantis; but rather this beauty is
found within the common people of
whom various governments have failed
miserably.

Do you want to see this government
both (administration and opposition)
tremble in fear and immediately put the
brakes on the country's increasing mur-
der rate and other serious crimes?

Had it been that two or three of these
murders occurred on Paradise Island /
Atlantis where the true leader of both
the present and former government sits,
I can assure you that the prime minister,
the leader of the opposition and the
minister of national security would have
a total different outlook on capital pun-
ishment; and immediately resolve the
judicial mess in the court system.

But then again; for the most part




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ALLEN

these murders and other serious crimes
are being committed against the local
Bahamians and not on Paradise Island.

It seems as if prioritising matters of
national importance that will help in
developing and advancing the grass-
roots is of no urgency to the powers that
be. The deterioration of our once highly
educational system is at an all time low,
the ancient PMH and the Rand hospital
in Freeport will be with us until the Lord
comes; as hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars will continue to be wasted on cos-
metic repairs of these dinosaurs.

As a nation, we are proficient at host-
ing events that paint a beautiful external
picture; meanwhile internally the mass-
es are suffering. When it comes to
investing in and developing our people
to become shakers and movers in the
business world both locally and interna-
tionally our leaders show very little
interest.

Comparing the Bahamas today with
that of the Bahamas of 1960's from a
technology development perspective,
we're like an un-opened gift that's left
under the Christmas tree; whereby all of
our present day leaders are afraid of
opening and assisting in the develop-
ment of the gift. On the other hand, the
foreign investors sees the gifts and
immediately invests time and money in
developing the gifts which yields hun-
dreds / thousands-fold return on their
investment. After some ten to twenty
years of exploiting these gifts; the
investors often move onto other areas
leaving the people crying out to their
powerless governments for justice.

Here's what the Bible doesn’t say:
“Where there is no vision, the leaders
perish” No, but rather here's what it

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 they
area or have won an award. 4
If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your

story.



vision, the people perish:

Listen! The lack of vision by leader-
ship to invest in and help to develop its }
people will by far and large always hurt }
and be detrimental first to the people. }
: "Therefore | say unto you, Take no thought

: : ? for your life, what ye shall eat, or
think. There's an old saying that says }

Every grassroot person in this country is
not as fooled / stupid as our leaders may

“You can fool some of the people some-
time, but you can't fool all the people all
the time”

start a new business in the Bahamas
either at the beginning or somewhere
down the line; one way or another had
to render some kind of favour or kick-
back to the powers that be. Therefore
when it comes to governments standing
up and blatantly defending the rights of
exploited employees by
investors; these thugs / government have
to remain silent or speak under their
breath.

leaders and their friends in high places;

many of these investors have taken their

investments to other countries.

This ancient corrupt practice happens ‘
to be the foundation of which many of }
our existent establishments and systems :

throughout the length and breath of the : ,
? who is over a number of churches resort-

Bahamas were built upon.

Think about this! Why is it that no }
PLP or FNM government is able to }
bring relief to the island of Grand }

Bahama / Freeport?

Watch this!

The BEAST of Grand Bahama (The i

Grand Bahama Port Authority), from bishop say if he had actually shot the
the time of Sir Lynden to this present } YOU8 Man in his yard.

day has financially contaminated the what we open doors to. Another pastor
system, thereby gaining fll authonty | SM at He travels wth a glass under
? asked why, by the person cleaning his car,
: : i he said it is because he was “ a man of
enjoy being swung by eloquent speak- : Gad
ing, compromising politicians, lawyers : 4

and weak religious leaders concerning ce salicseall on: Clee don't believe He can

: protect us, how can we expect anyone
: else to believe God? Simply put we born
? again believers have to get rid of our
? "Plan B" and just trust God. I know that
? can be diffcult (trusting God) when you
? need things to happen and it seems like

(Ain't Long Now, The Storm is Over; : nothing is.

Bahamas’ political, legal and religious

to do as it pleases.
It's a fact that Grand Bahamians

the true future of Grand Bahama; as
their heritage is being stolen and sold
right in their faces.

But then again, their heritage doesn’t
matter to them; for all they really want
is political rhetoric and promises.

It's a Matter of Trust) yeah right !

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says in Prov 29: 18. Where there is no

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what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body,

i what ye shall put on. Is not the life
? more than meat, and the body than rai-
i ment?"

As a people, we may not say much; }
but we do know that every foreign }
investor that is allowed to invest and }

MATT 6:25-33

IN an article some months ago, I

? shared that we as Christians do not really
? "trust" God totally. We put in place,
? "Plan B" just in case God doesn’t work
: out or He takes too long, We have a plan.
? So many of us, if we are honest with our-
? selves will admit that when we take mat-
i ters into our own hands, we mess things
foreign up.
i The Bible tells us that, "It is in God
i? that we live, move and have our being."
? How is it that we think that we can do

Then also there are some foreign }
investors of integrity who refused to }
give into the demands of our corrupt :
? do all things through Christ who gives us

anything in and of ourselves? We per-
suade ourselves that we can do anything
all by ourselves when in actuality, we can

strength and nothing in of ourselves.

I went to a funeral last month and the
bishop said that he had to use his hand-
gun to scare an intruder off his property.
Now there is somethig very wrong with
this picture. How isit that a bishop, a man

ing to a hand gun? Didn't God say cast
your cares upon Him because He cares
for us?

The Bible also tells us that our warfare

? is not carnal. Why is it then that we are
? taking matters into our own hands with

weapons such as guns? What would that

As the church we have to be careful

What example is that for the world? If

Guess what? God ‘gat’ you He always

? did. He has to do what He says He will
? do. God's word can’t return to Him void,
: it has to do what it was set out to do. He
E-mail:pastormallen@yahoo.com or Ph.1- :

? He's always on time.

may not come when you want Him to but



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Communication is the key to passionate lovemaking

A Christian Prospective - PART 1

By REV DR WESLEY L
THOMPSON

Mt Pleasant Green Baptist
Church International

The Law is for the lawless. It is the
responsibility of any civil government to
create and enforce laws for the protection
of its citzens.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 reads, “Knowing
this, that the law is not made for a right-
eous man, but for the lawless and dis-
obedient, for the ungodly and for sin-
ners, for unholy and profane, for mur-
derers of fathers and murderers of
mothers, for manslayers, for whore-
mongers, for them that defile them-
selves with mankind, for men stealers,
for liars, for perjured persons, and if
there be any other thing that is contrary
to sound doctrine;”

Governments are ordained by God.
He sets up and pulls down.

Psalm 75:6-7 reads, “For promotion
cometh neither from the east, nor from
the west, nor from the south. But God
is the judge: He putteth down one, and
sitteth up another.”

Romans 13:1-2 reads, “Let every soul
be subject unto the higher powers. For
there is no power but of God: the pow-
ers that be are ordained by God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the
power, resisteth the ordinance of God:
and they shall receive to themselves
damnation.”

Simply put: let every person be loyal-
ly subject to the governing civil authori-
ties. For there is no authority except
from God (by His permission, His sanc-
tion and those that exist do so by God's
appointment).

Therefore, he that resists and sets
himself up against the authorities
resists what God has appointed and
arranged in divine order. And those
who resist will bring down judgment
upon themselves, receiving the penalty
due them.

Proverbs 8:15 reads, “By me kings
reign, and princes decree justice.”

I believe the Word of God sanctions
the responsibility of a government to
protect its citizens. Amending The
Sexual Offences Act to outlaw marital
rape will enlighten men who think
archaically about their concept of

woman. They look at their wives as
chattel or property.

This law will support Ephesians 5:21:
husbands and wives be subject to one
another out of reverence for Christ (the
Messiah, the Anointed One).

1 Peter 3:7-8 reads, “Likewise, ye
husbands, dwell with them according to
knowledge, giving honor unto the wife,
as unto the weaker vessel, and as being
heirs together of the grace of life; that
your prayers be not hindered. Finally,
be ye all of one mind, having compas-
sion one of another, love as brethren,
be pitiful, be courteous:”

We must not twist 1 Corinthians 7:1-
5 which gives one the legal right to have
sexual intercourse with one’s spouse
with their consent. The husband
should give his wife her conjugal rights,
goodwill, kindness and what is due her
as his wife and likewise the wife to her
husband.

For the wife does not have exclusive
authority and control over her own
body, but the husband has his rights.
Likewise, also the huband does not
have exclusive authority and control
over his body, but the wife has her

rights.

1 Corinthians 7:5 is where the word
‘communication’ is referred to.
“Defraud ye not one the other, except
it be with consent for a time, that ye
may give yourselves to fasting and
prayer; and come together again, that
Satan tempt you not for your inconti-
nency.”

With consent - there are other emer-
gencies that need to be communicated
to your spouse although sexual inter-
course is a marital right.

Forget what you have learned about
sex from locker rooms or association
with friends and relatives. Every cou-
ple should know how to make love in a
way that is honorable and that brings
satisfaction to both the husband and
the wife.

The amendment to The Sexual
Offences Act to outlaw marital rape
calls for communication. The God kind
of love is centered around giving. It
says, I want to please you more than
myself. It is not concerned with its own
selfish interests, motives or agendas.
Love is more concerned with meeting
your spouse's needs than your own.

Torah that survived Holocaust finds home 1 in Miami

MIAMI

RABBI Danny Marmorstein uses the
Yiddish word "bashert" to describe how
a Torah created in 19th-century Eastern
Europe survived the Nazi regime in near-
perfect condition and landed a world
away at his tiny synagogue, according to
the Associated Press.

"Tt means 'meant to be,
this was meant for us."

The 131-year-old Torah is being cele-
brated at Congregation Ahavat Olam for
the first time on Rosh Hashanah, offer-
ing a powerful symbol on the endurance
of the Jewish faith.

The sheepskin scroll was believed to
have been completed in 1878, the date of
the inscription on its wooden handle. The
handle also bears the name of the couple
who donated it to their congregation in
Moravske Budejovice, in what is now the
Czech Republic.

It was kept in a warehouse with other
Torahs and Judaica after Hitler came to
power, coming under the Nazis’ control.
After the Nazis fell, the cache from the
Central Jewish Museum in Prague was
controlled by communists who eventual-
ly sold the scroll and 1,563 others to a
London synagogue in 1963.

That repository, the Memorial Scrolls

om

he said, "and

David Adame/AP Photo

Trust, has given the Torahs to congrega-
tions, museums and other groups as sym-
bols of survival of the faith and a connec-
tion to all the Jews lost during the
Holocaust.

"We've sent them all over the world,"
said Evelyn Friedlander, the London-
based curator of the trust, "and they've
come back to life.”



The scroll came to Miami after
Marmorstein placed the synagogue's
name on a waiting list several years back.
Like all the trust's scrolls, it remains the
property of the London organization, on

indefinite loan to the temple.
Congregations are chosen, in part, based
on their desire to incorporate the scroll
into their worship.

IN THIS Aug. 28, 2009
photo, Steve Andrews,
left center, of
Congregation Ahavat
Olam kisses their newly
obtained Torah as he
passes it to Minda
Feldheim, right, during a
procession to the
Synagogue through the
streets of Miami. Rabbi
Danny Marmorstein uses
the Yiddish word "bash-
ert’ to describe how a
Torah created in 19th-
century Eastern Europe
survived the Nazi regime
in near-perfect condition
and landed a world away
at his tiny synagogue.

At Ahavat Olam, the Torah was wel-
comed last month with a procession from
Marmorstein’s house to the Methodist
church about a mile away where the 100-
member congregation has been renting
space for worship. It was to be read for
the first time and be the subject of the
rabbi's sermon when the congregants cel-
ebrate the Jewish new year on Friday.



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NaRG LOY
TODAY

ST. James
Anglican Church
is shown in
Newport Beach,
Calif.,
Wednesday, Aug.
19, 2009. St.
James Anglican,
in the Diocese of
Los Angeles, is
OyaeMe mea: T
dozen individual
parishes and four
dioceses nation-
wide that voted to
split from the
national church
after the 2003
consecration of
the first openly
gay Episcopal
bishop in New
Hampshire.

Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

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Thursday, September 17, 2009 ® PG 31

‘Christian money
‘guru gets rich
mixing faith, funds

: BRENTWOOD, Tenn.

WITH the economy gasping for life

; last spring, about 1.3 million people
? gathered in 5,600 churches nation-
? wide to behold the nation's leading
? prophet of personal finance.

Televised live from a church in

i Edmond, Okla., Dave Ramsey's
? infomercial-style "Town Hall for
i Hope" was a masterful mix of inspi-
? ration, humor, advice, marketing and
i the Bible from a man dressed in
? jeans, dark jacket and an open-collar
: shirt.

"Hope is a gift of the Holy Spirit,”

? Ramsey told a nationwide audience
i that included the Fox Business
? Network, available in 50 million
i homes. Later: "The Bible says the
? diligent prosper."

At its core, the 90-minute show was

: a millionaire preaching to a strug-
i gling flock, and it raised anew the
? question of whether Ramsey's hugely
? profitable, tax-paying business —
? which he describes as a ministry —
i fits with Jesus’ teachings.

It's a question John Hoffman

: began asking as he immersed himself
iin Ramsey's financial lessons for
? months. He listened on the radio,
? bought books, took Ramsey's finan-
i cial management course at a church
? and paid for a $10-a-month subscrip-
? tion to his Web site.

Hoffman came away from it all

i feeling like Ramsey's intermingling
? of faith and finances was some sort of
? unholy alliance.

"It's not a ministry. To me, it’s an

: insult to the word," said Hoffman,
? who lives near Logan, Kan. "It would
? be nice if it got out of the churches
? and got into the mainstream."

Ramsey doesn't deny mixing reli-

i gion and business, and he doesn't
? apologize for getting rich doing it,
? either. Business is a ministry, he says,
i and good ones prosper by serving
? people the way God wants them to.

"Worship is work-ship, so I don't

: separate work from ministry,”
i? Ramsey said recently at his head-
? quarters in suburban Nashville,
i where he does his syndicated radio
: and cable TV shows. Bible verses,
? crosses and photos of Ramsey deco-
i: rate the building.

In the beginning, as now, Ramsey's

i refrain was similar to the financial
? teachings of John Wesley, who started
i the Methodist movement more than
: 200 years ago: Earn all you can, save
; all you can, give away all you can.





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THIS June 29, 2009 photo shows Gianni Bisoli during an interview in Verona, Italy. Bisoli has accused Verona’'s late bishop, Monsignor Giuseppe Carraro, who is being con-
sidered for beatification, of molesting him on five separate occasions while he was a student at Verona's Provolo Institute for the deaf, which he attended from age 9 to 15.

In the Vatican's

BACKYARD

VERONA, Italy

ITHAPPENED night after night, the
deaf man said, sometimes in the priest's
bedroom, sometimes in the bathroom,
even in the confessional, according to
the Associated Press.

When he was a young boy at a
Catholic-run institute for the deaf,
Alessandro Vantini said, priests sodom-
ized him so relentlessly he came to feel
"as if I were dead." This year, he and
dozens of other former students did
something highly unusual for Italy:
They went public with claims they were
forced to perform sex acts with priests.

For decades, a culture of silence has
surrounded priest abuse in Italy, where
surveys show the church is considered
one of the country’s most respected
institutions. Now, in the Vatican's back-
yard, a movement to air and root out
abusive priests is slowly and fitfully tak-
ing hold.

A yearlong Associated Press tally has
documented 73 cases with allegations of
sexual abuse by priests against minors
over the past decade in Italy, with more
than 235 victims. The tally was com-
piled from local media reports, linked
to by Web sites of victims groups and
blogs. Almost all the cases have come
out in the seven years since the scandal
over Roman Catholic priest abuse
broke in the United States.

The numbers in Italy are still a mere
trickle compared to the hundreds of
cases in the court systems of the United
States and Ireland. And according to
the AP tally, the Italian church has so
far had to pay only a few hundred thou-
sand euros (dollars) in civil damages to
the victims, compared to $2.6 billion in
abuse-related costs for the American
diocese or eurol.1 billion ($1.5 billion)
due to victims in Ireland.

However, the numbers still stand out
in a country where reports of clerical

sex abuse were virtually unknown a
decade ago. They point to an increasing
willingness among the Italian public
and — slowly — within the Vatican
itself to look squarely at a tragedy
where the reported cases may only just
be the tip of the iceberg. The Italian
church will not release the numbers of
cases reported or of court settlements.

The implications of priest abuse loom
large in Italy: with its 50,850 priests in a
nation of 60 million, Italy counts more
priests than all of South America or
Africa. In the United States — where
the Vatican counts 44,700 priests in a
nation of 300 million — more than 4,000
Catholic clergy have been accused of
molesting minors since 1950.

The Italian cases follow much the
same pattern as the U.S. and Irish scan-
dals: Italian prelates often preyed on
poor, physically or mentally disabled,
or drug-addicted youths entrusted to
their care. The deaf students’ speech

impairments, for example, made the
priests’ admonition "never to tell” all
the more easy to enforce.

In this predominantly Roman
Catholic country, the church enjoys
such an exalted status that the pope's
pronouncements frequently top the
evening news, without any critical com-
mentary. Even those with anti-clerical
views acknowledge the important role
the church plays in education, social
services and caring for the poor.

As a result, few dare to criticize it,
including the mainstream independent
and state-run media. In addition,
there's a certain prudishness in small-
town Italy, where one just doesn't
speak about sex, much less sex between
a priest and a child.

"It's a taboo on top of a taboo," said
Jacqueline Monica Magi, who prose-
cuted several pedophilia cases in Italy
before becoming a judge. "This is the
provincialism of Italy."

Breaking the conspiracy of silence,
67 former students from Verona's
Antonio Provolo institute for the deaf
signed a statement alleging that sexual
abuse, pedophilia and corporal punish-
ment occurred at the school from the
1950s to the 1980s at the hands of
priests and brothers of the
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FORMER Olympian and
celebrated Bahamian ath-
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charged with indecently
assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

Tynes appeared at Magis-
trates Court yesterday and
pled not guilty to the charge
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez.

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Street, appeared visibly
upset as he was led out of
the courtroom. He was
granted $6,000 bail with one
surety.

He was also ordered to
stay away from the com-
plainant and witnesses in
the case.

The 37-year-old track star
is a former national 200
metres record holder and
has represented the coun-
try at the Carifta games,
CAC Championships, Pan
Am Games, World Cham-

SEE page eight

Chinese planning large
scale farming in Abaco

A CHINESE concern is planning to carry out large scale farm-
ing in Abaco.

Edison Key, executive chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), hailed the move as a “tremen-
dous boost” for the agricultural sector.

Mr Key took Yiging Sun, director of the Shandong High-speed
Quila Construction Group, National Stadium Project, and inter-
preter Baoquo Xing on an exploratory tour of what is being
offered in Abaco.

The team also included BAIC general manager Benjamin Rah-
ming, and assistant general manager (agriculture) Arnold Dorsett.

“We enjoyed our visit and we are very satisfied with the land con-
ditions for agricultural development,” said Mr Xing. “You have

SEE page 10

ANDREW TYNES is pictured leaving court yesterday.

President Obama includes Bahamas among
Caribbean countries in major narcotics list

PRESIDENT Barack

| Obama has included the

Bahamas and three other

Caribbean countries in a

major narcotics list present-

ed to the United States
Congress.

Jamaica, Haiti and the
Dominican Republic were
also named on the 2009 list,
along with 16 other coun-
tries around the world
determined to be major pro-
ducers of illicit drugs or key
transit points for the sub-
stances.

The Bahamas is recog-
nised as being a major drug-
transit country because of
its location between drug-
producing nations in South
America and the United
States, and was also includ-
ed in the major narcotics
report last year.

A spokesman for the US
Embassy in Nassau said the
Bahamas government has
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WITH the people of
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middle of warring gang
factions, a town meet-
ing was held last night
at St Paul’s Baptist
Church by MP Fred
Mitchell to address this
sharp rise in shootings
in the community.

With people having
been shot, stabbed, and
homes fired upon in
recent weeks, the police
along with other com-
munity leaders were
called upon to address
the audience.

According to police
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these incidents are tak-
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Johnson, Adderley, and
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he said being blamed
on an ongoing feud

SEE page eight



Rigby: Christie
should demand
Wilchcombe steps
down as chair of
PLP convention

FORMER PLP Chair-
man Raynard Rigby has
called on Opposition
leader Perry Christie to
demand that Obie Wil-
chombe step down as chair
of the party's upcoming
convention.

Mr Rigby challenged Mr
Christie to live up to recent
statements he made about
the "consequences" peo-
ple would face if they oper-
ated beyond the rules of
the organisation.

He added that as long as
Mr Christie allowed Mr
Wilchcombe to retain his
position, while running for
the deputy leadership post,
the party would remain
divided.

"I must assume that the
rules which he refers,
whether written or by cus-
tom, address the issue of
transparency, accountabil-
ity and fairness in the elec-
toral process," Mr Rigby
said in a statement yester-
day, referencing comments
Mr Christie made earlier
this week on a radio talk
show.

"He (Mr Christie) must
also assume, rightly, that
those members of the Par-
ty that do not support the
candidacy of Obie Wilch-
combe for deputy leader

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Government responds to
complaints over new school

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT is working on
addressing a litany of complaints from
parents, teachers and staff about the less
than stellar state of the newly-construct-
ed Anatol Rodgers High School.

The school’s parking lot is dotted with
large muddy puddles and pot holes, and
contractors are busy installing drainage
wells — creating an eyesore for both stu-
dents and teachers.

Minister of Education Carl Bethel said
he understands why people are frustrat-
ed over the school's external appearance
but added that government has faced
with circumstances beyond its control.

Mr Bethel said the construction work
was complicated by a discrepancy
between the estimated contract price and
the actual cost of building the school to
fit certain necessary design changes,
which led to cost overruns.

He explained that the additional funds
needed to carry out the repairs had to be
approved by Cabinet before they could
be released.

"At the end of the day it's all been
reviewed by Cabinet which has approved
the extra funding. .. That was one of the
reasons that caused some delay," said
Mr Bethel.

He also explained that the site of the
school — which had already been chosen
when he assumed office in 2007 — is a
low lying plot in southwestern New Prov-
idence prone to flooding.

"Now that the final parameters have
been set, there are some difficulties
because the land, which we met chosen,
is low lying,” he told The Tribune yes-
terday.

Contractors have been drilling on the
site to install new drainage wells. Their
work, coupled with recent rainy weather,
has created the muddy puddles lining

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the school's parking lot.

He added that contractors have drilled
eight of the 12 wells needed at the school.
He said this process has been hampered
because contractors can only drill on the
weekends, when students are not in
school.

The other four wells will be drilled
over the next several weeks and out-
standing jobs — including pipe and park-
ing lot light installation, and construc-

WORK GOES ON during the school hours Pi Anatol Rodgers High School.

tion of the school's sports facility — are
expected to be completed by January,
2010.

Mr Bethel explained that the school
opened on time this fall semester, in spite
of outstanding aesthetic challenges, to
accommodate the influx of nearly 3,000
new students into the public school sys-
tem.

He also said students of the school —



which first opened its doors in Septem-
ber, 2008 — have performed at above-
average levels.

The cost to build the school was orig-
inally pegged at $8.5 million but design
changes and additional work has pushed
the price-tag to an estimated $14 mil-
lion, Mr Bethel told the media at a press
conference at the school's campus yes-
terday.

Bahamas promotion in Mariah Carey
album features in fashion magazine

IN ADDITION to being showcased to
millions of people around the world in the
booklet of Mariah Carey’s upcoming
album, the Bahamas is also being promot-
ed in the popular fashion magazine Elle.

In the October 2009 edition, the maga-
zine reproduced some of the pages of the
CD’s booklet in the form of a special insert
for its readers.

An entire page in the publication is ded-
icated to promoting a competition to win a
trip to Eleuthera, where the superstar
singer celebrated her wedding to televi-
sion presenter Nick Cannon in May last
year.

In the ad, Eleuthera is named Mariah
Carey’s favourite island in the Bahamas. It
is described as an unspoiled vacation par-
adise with breath-taking beaches and crys-
tal clear turquoise waters.

Elle readers are asked to go to
www.Bahamas.com/Mariah to enter a com-

Jamaican men
get 30 months
for drug charges

TWO Jamaican men were
sentenced to 30 months in
prison after pleading guilty to
charges stemming from the
seizure of nearly half a mil-
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abeth Arden and Le Métier De Beauté
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men Steffens shoes from Brazil.

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and Bimini MP said he believes the return
on the investment could be significant.

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Applied Materials is one of the most
important U.S. companies you’ve probably
never heard of. It makes the machines that
make the microchips that go inside your
computer. The chip business, though, is
volatile, so in 2004 Mike Splinter, Applied
Materials’ CEO, decided to add a new busi-
ness line to take advantage of the company’s
nanotechnology capabilities — making the
machines that make solar panels. The other
day, Splinter gave me a tour of the compa-
ny’s Silicon Valley facility, culminating with
a visit to its “war room,” where Applied
maintains a real-time global interaction with
all 14 solar panel factories it’s built around
the world in the last two years. I could only
laugh because crying would have been too
embarrassing.

Not a single one is in America.

Let’s see: Five are in Germany, four are in
China, one is in Spain, one is in India, one is
in Italy, one is in Taiwan and one is even in
Abu Dhabi. I suggested a new company
motto for Applied Materials’ solar business:
“Invented here, sold there.”

The reason that all these other countries
are building solar-panel industries today is
because most of their governments have put
in place the three perquisites for growing a
renewable energy industry: 1) any business
or homeowner can generate solar energy;
2) if they decide to do so, the power utility
has to connect them to the grid; and 3) the
utility as to buy the power for a predictable
period at a price that is a no-brainer good
deal for the family or business putting the
solar panels on their rooftop.

Regulatory, price and connectivity cer-
tainty, that is what Germany put in place,
and that explains why Germany now gener-
ates almost half the solar power in the world
today and, as a byproduct, is making itself
the world-center for solar research, engi-
neering, manufacturing and installation.
With more than 50,000 new jobs, the renew-
able energy industry in Germany is now sec-
ond only to its auto industry. One thing that
has never existed in America — with our
fragmented, stop-start solar subsidies — is
certainty of price, connectivity and regulation
on a national basis.

That is why, although consumer demand
for solar power has incrementally increased
here, it has not been enough for anyone to
have Applied Materials — the world’s
biggest solar equipment manufacturer —
build them a new factory in America yet.
So, right now, our federal and state subsidies
for installing solar systems are largely paying
for the cost of importing solar panels made
in China, by Chinese workers, using hi-tech
manufacturing equipment invented in Amer-
ica.

Have a nice day.

“About 95 percent of our solar business is



outside the US.,” said Splinter. “Our biggest
USS. customer is a German-owned company
in Oregon. We sell them pieces of equip-
ment.”

If you read some of the anti-green com-
mentary today, you'll often see sneering ref-
erences to “green jobs.” The phrase is usu-
ally in quotation marks as if it is some kind of
liberal fantasy or closet welfare program
(and as if coal, oil and nuclear don’t get all
kinds of subsidies). Nonsense. In 2008, more
silicon was consumed globally making solar
panels than microchips, said Splinter.

“We are seeing the industrialization of
the solar business,” he added. “In the last 12
months, it has brought us $1.3 billion in rev-
enues. It is hard to build a billion-dollar
business.”

Applied sells its solar-panel factories for
$200 million each. Solar panels can be made
from many different semiconductors, includ-
ing thin film coated onto glass with nan-
otechnology and from crystalline silicon. At
Applied, making these complex machines
requires America’s best, high-paid talent —
people who can work at the intersection of
chemistry, physics and nanotechnology.

If we want to launch a solar industry here,
big-time, we need to offer the kind of long-
term certainty that Germany does or impose
the national requirement on our utilities to
generate solar power as China does or have
the government build giant solar farms, the
way it built the Hoover Dam, and sell the
electricity.

OK, so you don’t believe global warming
is real. I do, but let’s assume it’s not. Here is
what is indisputable: The world is on track to
add another 2.5 billion people by 2050, and
many will be aspiring to live American-like,
high-energy lifestyles. In such a world,
renewable energy — where the variable cost
of your fuel, sun or wind, is zero — will be in
huge demand.

China now understands that. It no longer
believes it can pollute its way to prosperity
because it would choke to death. That is the
most important shift in the world in the last
18 months.

China has decided that clean-tech is going
to be the next great global industry and is
now creating a massive domestic market for
solar and wind, which will give it a great
export platform.

In October, Applied will be opening the
world’s largest solar research center — in
Xian, China.

Gotta go where the customers are. So, if
you like importing oil from Saudi Arabia,
yow’re going to love importing solar panels
from China.

(This article appears courtesy of THOMAS
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Please allow us some space in
your most valuable column to
share on a meaningful, enlight-
ening and true story that took
place in Fox Hill just a few days
ago.

We really don’t know who
Karen White was singing to
when she denied being some-
one’s super woman, but we
here in the Fox Hill community
can truly say that Senator Dr
Jacinta Higgs is our “Super
Woman”.

It all started before now, the
president of the New Breed
Sporting Club went out in
search of sponsors for the Fox
Hill summer youth programme.
The response came quickly
from the Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell that there was no mon-
ey to support any programme
of this sort in Fox Hill.

At this time we did not
receive any word from Senator
Higgs only that she was deal-
ing with some historical pro-
ject.

The children were made to
believe that this government
don’t care about them in Fox
Hill and that if they wanted to
be a part of the government
summer programmes they
needed to find their way down
to the sports centre or some
other facility, despite the other
programmes being sponsored
by government as satellite pro-
grammes all over the Bahamas
on a annual basis.

Not being one to give up on
our children and being denied a
sty pin by the ministry of sports
this year, using his club as a
satellite programme for the
people of Fox Hill to have a
sporting venue, Coach Davis
then targeted the private busi-
ness’s in the community. Feel-
ing disappointed in both lead-
ing political party representa-
tives and with a few minor sup-
port and his own finances, his
annual six week programme
started on schedule.

Just when it looked like the
club would have to close early,
the children from the New
Breed Sports Club received a
surprise visit from Mrs Claus
in the person of Senator Jacin-
ta Higgs who paid for the entire
summer programme, including
summer books, club team shirts

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and $700 cash to assist with oth-
er bills that were already accu-
mulated at this time. The chil-
dren were able to have the best
programme in its 12 years of
existence and have yet to
receive any sort of sponsorship
from the MP Minister Fred
Mitchell in cash or otherwise
showing interest in our young
boys in Fox Hill, not even with
an ice cooler for the children
to have cold water.

We have no one to blame but
ourselves.

We voted these strangers in
thinking they would understand
our plight and do well for our
children’s future and turned our
back on our own, may God
help us.

Our Summer programme
came to a successful end and
just when we were about to
part, we got a call from Senator
Higgs who included us to par-
ticipate in the cleaning up of
three of the historical sites (the
ocean/blue holes, Judge Sandi-
lands and Pa Bey home sites) of
the Fox Hill Heritage Tour that
was to be launched on Fox Hill
day in a joint effort with Mrs
Portia Sands of the Fox Hill
Urban Renewal Centre and the
Ministry of Tourism. We gladly
accepted the contract, wow a
chance to be a part of Fox Hill’s
history while making some
money for school supplies. Sen-
ator Higgs you are the best.

To be brief, just before
school opened Senator Higgs
assisted one of Nassau’s top
three basketball guards, a
young Fox Hill boy, live out his
childhood dream in sending
him off to school in the United
States.

This boy is the first person
in his family to go off to any
school in the United States and
in the words of Senator Higgs
she can identify with his excite-
ment seeing that she too was
the first person in her family to
go off to college.

She reminded him that he
will not only be an ambassador
for Fox Hill, but for the
Bahamas and that no matter
what he was to always hold his

head up high with pride.

Sentiments that can only
come from a Senator, Member
of Parliament or Prime Minister
that has walked this path before
identifying with the pain, joy
and accomplishments of a peo-
ple they truly live amongst and
desire to be a servant too.

We don’t know if our MP
Minister Mitchell has to give
an account to the Prime Minis-
ter, but the New Breed Sports
Club placed bleachers on Fox
Hill Park and the bleachers
need a proper roof over it for
shelter from the elements when
hosting outdoor events.

Like other communities, Fox
Hill children deserve some love
from the government as well.
While Senator Higgs can be
seen assisting us Fox Hill con-
stituents even with little back
to school supplies with seem-
ingly little or no help from any
government, our MP is said to
be collecting but neglecting
what is really needed in Fox
Hall.

We have scrapped to make
one of our dreams, the Fox Hill
community Heritage Tour, a
success and hope that both gov-
ernments and Mr Mitchell will
get on board and the Ministry
of Tourism would keep its word
in rendering the necessary sup-
port and assistance as promised.

In closing, on behalf of the
New Breed Sports, all Fox
Hillian’s and proud Bahamians
everywhere we say, thank you
Senator Jacinta Higgs, for all
the love you have given and we
also thank your family, for gen-
erously loaning you to us for
such a time as this, especially
your husband, Mr Higgs.

We hope that the Govern-
ment would see that they have
a gem in you and realise that
we in Fox Hill are daily learn-
ing to appreciate our own and
hope we can some day see they
do as well.

Continue on your steady
course, because He who has
begun a good work in you is
faithful to complete it.

Jacinta, all promotions come
from Jehovah God, have a bless
week.

MINISTER S DAVIS
Nassau,
September, 2009.

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Mitchell still prepared to run for PLP leader

By PAUL G TURNQUEST bid is not a realistic conduct these elections over the last year, and I think __ bility of the party losing funding
Tribune Staff Reporter one and cannot be will determine what that message can go forth. Itis or support if Mr Christie is
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net seen as anything our image is for the just that the internal democracy __ returned as party leader during ert
more than a future in people’s eyes. has to be organised in a way _ the convention, Mr Mitchell said
OPTING not to outright “protest.” “We have to con- where everybody believes it is that it is his view that whoever eR ear Es

declare that he is throwing his
hat in the ring for the party’s top
post at this time, Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell maintains he is still
prepared to run for the leader-
ship of the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP) at the upcoming con-
vention in October.

Noting that there is still “a lot
of time” between now and nom-
ination day, Mr Mitchell told The
Tribune yesterday in an exclu-
sive interview that he wants the
delegates and the public to know
that his running is still very much
a “live issue.”

“Obviously you can’t choose
yourself. You need to know what
kind of support there is for it,
and what direction the party will
take. The leader has made some
statements, so I am examining
those statements to see what the
forward movement of the party
will be,” Mr Mitchell said.

To date, only one candidate,
Paul Moss, has officially launched
his campaign to challenge cur-
rent leader Perry Christie.

While acknowledging that he
fully appreciates the enthusiasm
that Mr Moss brings to the con-
test, Mr Mitchell said that this

“My view is that
someone who is not
in the parliamentary
group can’t realisti-
cally be leader of the
PLP, because he
can’t under the Con-
stitution be leader of
the Opposition. So
what you would see there can
only be a protest of candidacy.
And while I appreciate the enthu-
siasm which he brings to it, I
don’t think there is a realistic pos-
sibility of anything more than a
protest. So it has to be someone
in the parliamentary group in my
view,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said there are any
number of persons within the
party’s parliamentary group who
could be leader. However, with a
party which does not welcome
the idea of change, Mr Mitchell
said he hopes that if there is a
leadership battle it will be over
the different ideas and visions for
the Bahamas’ future.

“The other important point is
that given the way the world has
evolved, the country is looking
at the PLP to see how it conducts
these elections, because how we

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dents. We lost inde-
pendents by 12 per-

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last campaign and that

is the target group in

; viq addition to our target

base that we have to
win over when the next
election takes place. So there is
going to be a very skillful set of
ideas and programmes have to
be put together to be able to
attract the independents and to
keep the base. And it has to be a
very skillful campaign and it has
to be well-funded and focused,”
he said.

There is essentially only little
over a month for a leadership
candidate to launch their cam-
paign and to speak with delegates
around the country. But Mr
Mitchell questioned whether or
not it is even necessary to “cam-
paign”, as all of the prospective
candidates are already “known
quantities” within the party.

“The point is everyone knows
everyone and it is just the com-
peting visions that have to be put
(forward) and there is a long pub-
lic record of what has been said

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A NEW organisation which seeks
to rehabilitate ex-convicts and repeat
offenders is asking the public’s sup-
port.

Earlier this month, the National
Leadership, Esteem, Ability, and Dis-
cipline (LEAD) Institute was offi-
cially launched under the patronage
of National Security Minister Tommy
Turnquest.

The institute aims to serve as a
half-way home with programmes for
post prison/correctional facility
inmates.

Founder Troy Clarke, who has an
Associate’s degree in Law and a
Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Jus-
tice, said the institute works on the
premise that everyone deserves a second chance
to correct past mistakes and must be assisted
when the will to reform is present.

“One of the most vexing problems in Bahami-
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rectional facility,” Mr Clarke said.

“Tt is also no secret that ex-convicts
are ostracised because of the stigma
attached to having been imprisoned.
As a result of these problems, many
are disillusioned, angry and embit-
tered. The end product then is that
many become repeat offenders, mis-
takenly believing that it may be better
in prison than in a society that has no
place for them. As proof of this, Her
Majesty’s Prison here in Nassau boasts
of having one of the highest rates of
repeat offenders in the Caribbean.”

The National LEAD Institute, Mr
Clarke said, is requesting prayers,
financial donations, technical support and any
assistance that members of the public can pro-
vide.

“It is our belief that all men fall sooner or lat-
er, but the good ones and the great ones will
always get back up,” he said.

Well-known church leader and best-selling
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CLAIMS of violence and
intimidation on the part of
Immigration officers during a
detention exercise in Abaco
sparked a heated debate on
tribune242.com, with several
foreigners expressing outrage
and vowing to never return to
the Bahamas.

The visitors’ angry com-
ments were posted in response
to a story in Tuesday’s Tribune
in which it was claimed that
officers carried cutlasses,
threatened children with guns
and used violence as they
detained at least 165 Haitians
of all ages and separated them
from their families at around
4am on July 30.

Sources told how children
were left behind as their par-
ents were sent to Haiti, and
Bahamians born of Haitian
parents were forced to bid
farewell to relatives and
friends, some of whom had
lived in the Bahamas for
decades.

“Graham Russell” wrote: “I
will not take my holiday in the
Bahamas ever again! The way
you treat people is disgusting
and you will never see any of
my tourist money again. I'm
boycotting the Bahamas and
encouraging my friends and
family to do the same based
on your treatment of Haitians.
You people are terrible.”

A Bahamian calling herself
“Rosemerie” responded, com-
menting that the Immigration
Department has to do “some-
thing about the Haitians”.

She wrote: “These Haitians
have invaded our country and
are taking over. Their vast
numbers will easily outnum-
ber Bahamians in just a few
years. Bahamians better stand
up now for our country or we
severely regret it later on.

“T am tired of seeing
Haitians everywhere you turn
and hearing that Creole all
over the place. This is the
Bahamas, for Bahamians, not
Haiti!!!

“They need to be sent a
clear message: Stay away,
don't come here! Good job
Immigration! And there is no
such thing as Bahamians born
of Haitian parents. You are
what your parents are, no mat-
ter where you born; check the
laws. Bahamians should have
Bahamian blood, not Haitian
running through there veins.
Haitians do not love our coun-
try and are only using it for
there financial gain.”

Her comments sparked a
long response from a com-
mentator who described him-
self as “Esai Ambo, Superior
Court Ambassador”.

Under the title, “Modern
Civilization. We are all human
beings,” he wrote: “Rose-
merie, whatever planet you
are from, you need help. I vis-
ited the Bahamas at least four
times a year; the last time I
was there would be the last
time you'll see my tourist dol-
lar.

“T understand that the laws
of your country need to be
respected, but human rights
and human dignity are at risk
here. The United Nations and
Geneva Convention on
Human Rights need to inves-
tigate the inhuman and cruel
treatment against Haitians in
the Bahamas. The Bahamian
government should be investi-
gated for crimes against
humanity and gross violations
against human rights.”

He said that all democratic
nations must respect the UN
Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, and quoted
several Articles including:

Article 3 — Everyone has the
right to life, liberty and secu-
rity of person.

Article 5 — No one shall be
subjected to torture or to cru-
el, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment.

Article 9 —- No one shall be
subjected to arbitrary arrest,
detention or exile.

Article 14 —- Everyone has
the right to seek and to enjoy
in other countries asylum from
persecution.

Article 15 — Everyone has
the right to a nationality. No
one shall be arbitrarily
deprived of his nationality nor
denied the right to change his
nationality.

He also noted that the
Bahamas Constitution states
that a person born in this
country after July 9, 1973 of
foreign parents is entitled to
apply for citizenship after his
or her 18th birthday.

Another commentator

Claims of violence

by Immigration
officers spark
online debate

wrote: “The Bahamas is the
most cultureless country in the
West Indies / Caribbean.
Haitians / Jamaicans are an
asset to the Bahamas. When-
ever I come to the Bahamas
for business, the Bahamians
are crass, rude, and you get
this sense that they feel they
are owed something .. . for
what? Haitians and Jamaicans
are pleasant, approachable,
WORKING, ethical and have
a rich history.

“Rosemarie, without
Haitians and Jamaicans the
Bahamas would be an over-
priced bush. God forbid that
a Bahamian would have to do
yard work. Imean. .. with the
average student getting Ds
they should all be entitled to
jobs in high finance and man-
agement, right?”

In a tribune242.com poll yes-
terday, readers were asked if
Bahamian authorities should
treat people better during raids
and detention exercises.

More than 100 people
responded, 65 agreeing that,
“Yes, all people deserve
respect”, while 36 said “No,
they shouldn't be here in the
first place”.

Conchy Joe said: “No Doubt
about it, everybody should be
shown respect. The question
is, how much respect was
shown to the officers by these
Haitians as they were being
rounded up? I speak from
experience, Haitians show
great disrespect to Bahamians
in Abaco. If indeed the offi-
cers were inhumane, were they
reacting to the actions of the
people they were trying to cap-
ture? You can't just accept as
fact what Haitians say hap-
pened. They may be trying to
gain sympathy by claiming
abuse.

“My question to Bahamians
is, do you realise what is going
on in our country? There has
been an invasion underway for
decades. The first wave of
Haitians were mild mannered,
hard working people, for the
most part. Those that were
able to stay here have had chil-
dren. Haitians believe in edu-
cation, they make sure their
children get as good an educa-
tion as is possible. By compar-
ison most Bahamian "parents"
don't demand the best from
their children’s schoolwork
because they themselves place
little worth it a good educa-
tion. So we have a situation
where immigrants are quickly
surpassing Bahamians in edu-
cation / employability. The day
is soon coming, if not already
here, when Haitian-Bahami-
ans will be rising to the top
while Bahamians will be forced
to do the very jobs (manual
labour) their forefathers were
allowed to stay here to do.”

Tanya warned that Bahami-
ans “better wake up before we
turn in Haiti”.

“It does not matter to me
what any foreigner says about
we treating Haitians inhu-
manely, this is my Bahamas! I
live here and I see my coun-
try being invaded and taken
over by Haitians. I don't even
recognise this country any-
more. America doesn't want
Haitians over there, so why
should we put up with them
here? Haitians hate Bahami-
ans and want to take over this
country, they will say anything
to make us look bad. Bahami-
ans you better ignore these lib-
eral, bleeding hearts and stand
up for your country, before we
become Little Haiti! How
would you like a Haitian prime
minister? You better watch
out, its coming! It ain’t long
now! Think about that, and
how are they going to treat
Bahamians then.”

Robert P, responded, say-
ing: “I imagine they would
treat us just as bad as we treat
them — and we would deserve
it. This is not about whether
we should let all illegals stay
or whether we should get rid of
them, but HOW we go about
getting rid of them... If we
treat them inhumanely we are
no better than animals and as
such, have no right to claim a
country for ourselves. Humans
populate countries, not cruel
beasts.”

Leo also responded to
Tanya, asking: “What is “Your
Bahamas’? This desperate
search for national identity
when your land is made up of
former loyalists, former slaves,
and immigrants from countries
as diverse as Haiti, Jamaica,
Canada, the UK, and sundry
other countries. There are no

Arawaks left
anymore, last time
I checked, so let's be clear —
nobody has a claim to "own"
this land TO THE EXCLU-
SION OF ALL OTHERS.
Tanya, for "Haitian" why don't
you try a history lesson and
insert ‘former slave’?”

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He also co-holds the Bahamian record in the 4x100
metres relay, achieved with teammates Renward Wells,
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him.

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lightly.

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again he is confident that he is going to be victorious," Ms

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The Bahamas set to take part in
International Coastal Cleanup Day

VOLUNTEERS through-
out the Bahamas are prepar-
ing to take part in the Ocean
Conservancy’s 24th Annual
International Coastal Clean-
up Day this Saturday.

International Coastal
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400,000 volunteers from 100
countries cleared 6.8 million
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The initiative started as a
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include every major body of
water in the world. As such,
it not only makes a powerful
statement about global con-
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pollution.

“Last year record numbers
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Clean-up Day,” said Tanya
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in the Bahamas.

“Volunteers collected
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Providence alone and that is
a tremendous achievement.
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as the inland waterway to be
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It is the Bahamas National
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year and in honour of their
commitment to our environ-
ment our focus will be to
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the National Parks entrust-
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Bahamas National Trust has
always supported and partic-
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up Day in the Bahamas.









“We are pleased that
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has been chosen as the site
for New Providence. It is an
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habitat for juvenile stocks of
fish, crawfish, and conch.
This area also supports a
wide variety of waterfowl and
an important variety of
Bahamian flora. The wetland
itself provides critical pro-
tection for storm surges to
communities along New

Providence’s southern
shore.”
International Coastal

Clean-up Day will also take
place on other islands.

In Nassau:

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national Coastal Cleanup
Day on Saturday, September
19, from 9am to 2pm at
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— off Cowpen Road.

The public is invited to vol-
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Project BEACH will also
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In Abaco:
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recover from,” Darling said in a
press release following the
injury, “I will undergo surgery
to repair the damage and take
the necessary steps towards a
full recovery. I am confident I
will be able to return next sea-
son with the same speed and
explosiveness you have seen
from me in the past.

The fifth year vet was expected

to come into his own this year,
and had the confidence of the
new coaching staff behind him,
evident in his three consecutive
postseason starts.

After playing sparingly in his
rookie and sophomore seasons
with the Baltimore Ravens,
Darling's play in his third year
sparked interest from franchis-
es around the league.

He caught 18 passes for 326
yards, including a nationally
televised breakout performance
against the Cleveland Browns
when he recorded a career high
four receptions for 107 yards
and one touchdown.

Darling thanked his supporters
and well wishes for their sup-
port in the roughest segment
of his career thus far.

Golfing = get prepared

FROM page 15

period, featuring “Best Ball”
and “Alternate Shot” formats.

The pair emerged from a
field of nine golfers who fin-
ished in the top two positions at
a qualifying event hosted by
Lyford Cay Golf Club last this
summer. Turnquest shot a com-
bined score of 151 to lead the
group, while Gorospe shot 154.

Since the qualification more
than two months ago, Turn-
quest and Gorospe have
worked diligently towards the
Nations Cup a qualifier for the
Omega Mission Hills

The event, hosted Septem-
ber 21-25 at the Caracas Coun-
try Club, with spots for the
Omega Mission Hills World
Cup on the line.

Turnquest is a former
Bahamas Professional Golfers
Association National Champi-
on, and has a resume which
includes being a multi junior
national champion, represent-
ing The Bahamas at previous
World Cup event, former mem-
ber of the Hoerman Cup team
and playing on the collegiate
scene for five years.

Goropse is also a former
junior national champion,
Hoerman Cup team member,
former junior college champion
in North Carolina and he has
played for years on the pro cir-
cuit. Both golfers will be mak-
ing their third trip to the World
Cup Qualifying event, and have
previously teamed up in 2007.

Gorospe qualified for the
tournament in 2008 with BPGA
President Chris Lewis.

Turnquest said his third tour-
nament qualification looks to
be the most effective thus far
because of the extended prepa-
ration time the team has head-
ed into the event.

"It was a very good feeling. I
think we have a strong team
this year and for one of the first
times we have time and an
opportunity to practice and ful-
ly prepare ourselves for com-
petition and the preparation
was vital for us ,” he said, "In
the past we have never really
had time to work together
which if crucial because it is a
team event. We get to work on
our games together, develop a
team chemistry, work on how
we compliment each other. One
person can not win and it obvi-
ously has to be a team effort so

Lemon Gorospe

with this time we have to work
together and work on our
weaknesses I think it will make
all the differences in year's
past."

The “Best Ball” format will
record the lowest score from
either team member while the
“Alternate Shot” format will
feature members taking alter-
nate shots with the same ball
until the ball is holed up.

Gorospe who plays on sev-
eral global tours, said the tour-
nament’s format is one that
lends itself to a lengthy prepa-
ration process.

“With this format you need
to get used to playing with the
person you are partnered with,”
he said, “The format is so dif-
ferent we do not play this for-
mat regularly. The alternate
shot is something different he
has to get used to the way I play
the course and I have to do the
same with him so its a benefit
we prepared well in advance. ”

Lewis, President of the
Bahamas Professional Golfers’
Association, said the team will
field the best possible team for
the event.

“These guys are well pre-
pared for this event. Both of

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them have a wealth of experi-
ence so it is not like they are
going into uncharted territory,
they know what to expect and I
think they should perform pret-
ty well,” he said, “Should they
advance to the World Cup it
would be a great accomplish-
ment, they would compete all
of the top countries in the
world at this event.”

Both players gave special
recognition to the team’s spon-
sors for the event, J.S. Johnson,
FML Group of Companies and
FT Consultants/Chartered
Accountants.

Volleyball tournament
to open school
sporting year

by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

With school sports set to
begin in a few weeks, volley-
ball will be the first discipline to
be featured with a highly antic-
ipated pre-season tournament.

The 2nd Annual Tom “The
Bird” Grant High School Invi-
tational Preseason Volleyball
Tournament will open the
school sporting year, scheduled
for September 24-26 at the Sir
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

With the tournament open-
ing during active school days,
play on the Thursday the 24th
and Friday the 25th will begin
at 3:30pm while the final day
will begin at 9am.

The tournament will feature
a total of 10 teams including,
the C.I Gibson Rattlers, Dame
Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins,
R.M Bailey Pacers, Govern-
ment High School Magic, C.V
Bethel Stingrays, and C.C
Sweeting Cobras from the pub-
lic sector and Mt.Carmel Cava-
liers, Teleos Cherubims, St.
John’s Giants and Prince
William Falcons from the pri-
vate sector.

Tournament organizer, Tom
Grant Jr, said the tournament
should feature a high level of
play with teams gearing up for
the regular season.

“This year we are focusing
on the senior division,” he said,
“We are expecting a lot of
progress and we expect to see
alot of exciting and spirited
play. That following Monday is
the start of the volleyball season
in the GSSSA so this would
give teams a good headstart.”

Grant said the tournament
looks to expand in the near
future featuring a greater num-
ber of teams, including those
from the family islands.

“It will have a regular sea-
son and playoff atmosphere
while giving coaches an oppor-
tunity to see what they have
and fine tune anything they
need to for the upcoming sea-
son ahead,” he said, “We would
like to see more schools get
involved, especially more pri-
vate schools and hopefully we
would like to expand to the
family islands so we would have
a better selection of teams to
play.”

The Technical meeting for
the tournament will take place
Tuesday, September 22nd at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
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SPORTS

Mark Knowles — he keeps
soing, going and going



MARK KNOWLES,
of the Bahamas,
returns a ball to
Lukas Dlouhy, of
the Czech Repub-
lic, and Leander
Paes, of India.
Watching is his
partner Mahesh
Bhupathi. of
India.













By BRENT STUBBS

H EN
American
author and
humorist
Mark Twain penned these
words: “Age is an issue of
mind over matter. If you don’t
mind, it doesn’t matter,” he
must have had his namesake
Mark Knowles in mind.

Knowles, who turned 38 on
September 4, is still playing
as if he’s still in the prime of
his illustrious 20-plus year
rather than going into his twi-
light.

After more than two
decades on the international
scene, the 6-foot-3 right-han-
der seemed to be like the
energizer bunny: He keeps
going and going and going.

When the St. Andrew’s
graduate decided to abandon
a promising collegiate career
with the Bruins at the Uni-
versity of Los Angels at Cali-
fornia (UCLA), he also made
one of the smartest move that
has prolonged his longevity
in the sport.

He decided to concentrate
more on the then less publi-
cized doubles competition
rather than the vigorous sin-
gles competition, which may
not have allowed him to enjoy
the success for as long as he
has.

Today, that move has
enabled him to amass an
incredible resume that stands

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e Five-time Olympic
Games appearance from 1992
in Barcelona, Spain to 2008
in Beijing, China.

e A 14-year span in 29 ties
in Davis Cup competition for
the Bahamas from 1989-2008
with a total team high 41-32
win-loss record, inclusive of
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doubles as well as the best
team record of 9-5 with Roger
Smith.

e Hosted the Mark
Knowles Celebrity Invita-
tional at Atlantis on Paradise
Island from 2001.

e 2002 Australian Open
Grand Slam title with Daniel
Nestor from Canada.

e ATP Player Council
Member from 2002-2004.

e 2004 US Open Grand
slam title with Daniel Nestor
from Canada.

e 2007 French Open Grand
Slam title with Daniel Nestor
from Canada.

e 2007 Tennis Masters Cup
doubles title with Daniel
Nestor from Canada.

e 2009 Wimbledon Grand
slam mixed doubles title with
Ann-Lena Groenefeld from
Germany.

e A career singles win-loss
record of 42-77.

e Highest singles ranking
of No.96 on June 24, 1996.

e A career doubles record
of 687-328.

e Highest doubles raking of
No.1 on June 24, 2002.

e Career doubles titles — 52.

¢ Current career prize mon-
ey - $6,546,740.00.

e Married to the former
Dawn Davison and the proud
father of two sons, Graham
and Brody.

The only thing missing from
Knowles’ list of achievement
was an individual recognition
from the Bahamas Govern-
ment.

Add the Mark Knowles
Week from September 13-19,
as proclaimed by Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham on
Monday night, along with a
citation from Governor Gen-
eral Arthur D. Hanna at Gov-
ernment House.

All things considered,
whenever Knowles decides
that age does matter over
mind and he calls it quits,
there should be more recog-
nition coming his way.

How about his name on a
monument of national stadi-
um or maybe even a highway
like West Bay Street. If
Tonique Williams-Darling can
get a highway for winning
back-to-back Olympic and
World Championships titles,
Knowles surely could get one
for his achievement.

How about a honor from
the Queen. Sir Mark Knowles
surely sounds good.

Just some food for thought
as we celebrate Mark
Knowles Week.

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World Athletics Final over
the weekend.

Almost a month after their
dreams of winning medals in
their respective events at the
12th IAAF World Champi-
onships in Athletics in Berlin,
Germany in August was
crashed, both Brown and
Sands produced second place
finishes in the year-ending
meet.

In Thessaloniki, Greece,
Brown trailed only world
champion LaShawn Merritt
from the United States in the
men’s 400 metres to collect a
final paycheck of $20,000.

And on the same day,
Sands soared to a second
behind Cuban Arnie David
Girat in the men’s triple jump
to also pick up $20.000.

Both Brown and Sands
could have easily folded up
and retreated to their train-
ing camps in the United
States after missing out on a
spot on the medal podium in
Berlin.

But neither of them wanted
it to end that way. They
regrouped and regained their
composure and were able to
turn things around in Thessa-
loniki. And both have indi-
cated that it has given them
the incentive to go into train-
ing camp with renewed vigor
for the 2010 season that will
include the Commonwealth
Games in India a year from
now.

Hats off as well to veteran
sprinters Chandra Sturrup
and Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie, who continued to
prove that is age is only a
number,’ a quote that was
coined by author Lexi Star-
ling. At age 38 and 33 respec-
tively, Sturrup and Ferguson-
McKenzie withstood the chal-
lenge from their younger foes
and they performed excep-
tionally well again this year.

It was definitely a year for
all of them to remember.

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Sixteen-year-old Geno Bullard Jr is Canada-bound

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia, net

WHEN Geno Bullard Jr.
completed his successful reign
with the Sparks at St. Thomas

More as multiple primary
school athlete in 2005, he was
projected to emerge into a high
school superstar.

Four years later, Bullard Jr.
has certainly lived up to those
expectations and even more,

holding his own as a Giant for
two years at St. John’s College
before he ended up as a Diplo-
mat the past two years at West-
minster College.

Today, at age 16, Bullard Jr.
will be take a step further in his

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career as he travels all the way
to Canada to join Ripley Col-
lege where he is expected to
continue his athletic pursuits,
particularly basketball.

“When I went from primary
school to high school, I noticed
that the game was quite differ-
ent,” Bullard Jr. pointed out.
“Tn primary school, it was more
fun. When we reached to high
school, we had to step it up
because everybody was coming
for you.

“So you had to play hard
every game because whatever
competition you put out, that
was the competition that was
coming back at you.”

Throughout his tenure in
high school, Bullard Jr. has
been able to excel as a forward
on the junior national team and
he also competed in the long
jump at the BAAA’s Nation-
als.

But what stood out the most
was his achievement in basket-
ball where he was able to
secure a spot on the junior
national team this past summer.

An injury, however, pre-
vented him from making the
kind of impact that he had
anticipated. But Bullard Jr. said
he was quite pleased with his
accomplishments.

“T knew the level was going
to be higher, but when I got
into grade seven, the guys were
able to push me further,”
Bullard Jr. said. “So I think that
was what helped me to get bet-
ter and better each year.”

As he look ahead to the tran-
sition from high school to col-
lege in Canada, Bullard Jr. said
he know that it’s going to get
even more challenging for him.

But he feels as though he’s
ready to “make my country
proud and my country proud.
It’s a big prestigious school in
Canada and they have high
expectations for me, so I will
do my best when I go there.”

Although he’s not ruling out
a professional basketball career
or even possibly a chance to
represent the Bahamas at the
Olympic Games in track and
field, Bullard Jr. said he would
really like to become a Sport-
caster or a Pastry Chef.

Looking back at his career,
Bullard Jr. has credited his
father, Geno Bullard Sr. as the
driving force.

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“My father pushes me every
day and he keep telling me nev-
er to give up in practice,”
Bullard Jr. said. “He keeps
reminding me that if I work
hard, I can be the best athlete
that I can be.”

Bullard Sr. said this is a day
that he longed awaited and now
it’s finally here.

“T know this day was going to
come, so I’ve been preparing
myself,” said Bullard, who had
the opportunity to coach his
son during the last two years.

“Sixteen years I have been
preparing myself. I know this
day was going to come. He now
have to spread his wings and
try to soar to another level.”

Although he will be leaving
one year ahead of graduating
from high school, Bullard Sr
said his son has accomplished
all of the goals that he had set
out as a youngster playing bas-
ketball, soccer and track and
field.

After trying for three years,
Bullard Jr. finally added the
one missing piece to his script, a



Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools’
basketball title.

That came last year when he
and his father made history at
Westminster by winning the
BAISS senior boys title.

As he get set to climb the
ladder in a new horizon in col-
lege, Bullard Sr. said he’s con-
fident that his son will succeed.

“The thing is, he won’t be
new to the environment
because he’s already been to
the school on our college tour,
so he’s familiar with the school,
the administration, the coaching
staff and even the players,”
Bullard Sr. noted.

“So he should feel right at
home. This a brand new situa-
tion for him and he will have
to take his time getting adjusted
to it, but as far as his athletics is
concerned, I’m confident that
the sky is the limit for him.”

Like he did here at St.
Thomas More, St. John’s and
Westminster, Bullard Sr. said
he’s just looking forward to his
son excelling at Ripley College.

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NATION'S CUP, VENEZUELA:






Realy to come

out swinging!

Bahamian duo Keno Turnquest, Lemon
Gorospe vie for World Cup berths

by RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

Just days of preparation
remain before a duo of
Bahamian golf pros represent
the country in international
competition, vie for a World
Cup berth.

Keno Turnquest and Lemon

Nation’s Cup, September 19-26
in Caracas, Venezuela.

The Nation’s Cup will fea-
ture 19, two-member teams,
vying for three vacant spots in
the World Cup of Golf,
November 27-30 in Mission
Hills, China.

The tournament will feature
72 holes of golf over a four day

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LOCAL NEWS



‘Love My Body’



DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette and Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis (far right) view local produce at one of the booths erected at the Ministry of Health, Meet-

ing Street. Also shown is Camille Johnson (far left), permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health...

Bahamas marks
Caribbean
Wellness Day

By LINDSAY THOMPSON

THE Bahamas joined the
rest of the Caribbean this past
Saturday in celebrating
Caribbean Wellness Day
under the theme “Love My
Body”.

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette officially
opened a wellness fair at the
Ministry of Health, encourag-
ing Bahamians to reduce the
rate of non-communicable dis-
eases through healthy living.

Caribbean Heads of Gov-
ernment, in response to the
“heavy burden” of non-com-
municable diseases on its citi-
zens, issued the Port of Spain
Declaration in September
2007, “Uniting to Stop the
Epidemic of Chronic Non-
Communicable Diseases” and
declared that the second Sat-
urday in September be cele-
brated each year as Caribbean
Wellness Day.

Illnesses such as heart dis-
ease, stroke, cancer and dia-
betes are said to be the leading
causes of premature death
amongst Caribbean people.

Health statistics show that
obesity remains a challenge in
the 31 to 60 year old age
group, where more than 30 per
cent of the population is obese.

“However, measurable
achievements are being made
as well. One only has to look
at the number of people that
are out exercising in the morn-
ings and evenings. Walking is
becoming more common as a
form also by you as individu-
als. You must also remain
committed to reversing these
trends within our nation,” Mr
Symonette said.

The Bahamas and the
region have made progress in
the fight against chronic non-
communicable diseases. More
than 100 Healthy Dozen Clubs
have been formed since the

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A NUMBER of people, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette and Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis (far left) check out one of the booths...

inception of the Healthy
Lifestyles Secretariat in 2005,
he said.

Health fairs are being
offered more frequently by
employers and churches and
other non-governmental agen-
cies.

“We actively seek to
improve the health status of
the population,” Mr Symon-
ette said.

Moreover, in 2001, the
South Beach Health Care
Centre opened and holds a
weekly nutrition clinic for at-
risk obese school children.

The deputy prime minister
encouraged Bahamians to
incorporate some form of
healthy living into their daily
routines by exercising, park-
ing a distance and walking to
their office, cutting back on
unhealthy foods, drinking alco-
hol in moderation, eating
smaller portions and consum-
ing more vegetables and fruits.

The Port of Spain Declara-
tion reinforces the gains made
by the Caribbean Commission
on Health and Development
and the Caribbean Coopera-
tion in Health, the minister
said.

“The Bahamas has forged

strong partnerships to assist in
its fight against chronic non-
communicable diseases. The
Pan American Health Organ-
isation has continued to part-
ner with us in this battle, pro-
viding financial and technical
assistance along the way,” he
said.

Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis also encour-
aged Bahamians to live
healthy lifestyles.

“Many of these diseases
share common risk factors;
combined with uncontrolled
blood pressure, raised blood
sugar and elevated cholesterol,
(they) pose a major threat to
the well-being of our citizens,
resulting in loss of life and dis-
ability during the most pro-
ductive years of life. With
changes in lifestyle, 40 to 80
per cent of these diseases can
be prevented,” he said.

Scores of Bahamians came
in support of the event at the
Ministry of Health on Meet-
ing Street. They were given
first-hand information of
healthy living through the var-
ious booths and sporting drills.
The Royal Bahamas Police
Force Pop Band led the enter-
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marina
owner is
rejected

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A FINANCIER has lost its
bid to obtain a $27.5 million
summary judgment against
the owner of the Port Lucaya
Marina and Grand Bahama
Yacht Club, plus their princi-
pal investor, the Supreme
Court finding yesterday that
the issues raised required a
single trial before a judge.

Justice Estelle Gray-Evans,
ruling on T. G. Investments’
application for summary judg-
ment against New Hope
Holdings and Danish investor,
Preben Olesen, said the evi-
dence before here “lends sup-
port” to the defendants’ argu-
ment “that there is more to
the matter than simply the
promissory notes” that the
plaintiff had based its appli-
cation on.

Setting out the case, Justice
Gray-Evans recalled how T.
G. Investments, the invest-
ment vehicle for US investor
Tom Gonzalez, had demand-
ed via its September 30, 2008,
statement of claim some
$22.375 million in damages,
plus $2.544 million in interest
on that sum.

Special damages of $2.65
million and interest on that
sum were also being sought
by T. G. Investments, along
with a Supreme Court order
requiring New Hope Hold-
ings to deliver it a first charge
debenture, including a mort-
gage, over its properties and
assets - the two marinas and
Grand Bahama Yacht Club,
plus associated parcels of land
in the area of Freeport known
as the Bell Channel.

TT. G. Investments had sued,
Justice Gray-Evans said, on
the basis that it held two
promissory notes issued to it

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ore than one-third of Nas-
sau Harbour’s dredging
has been completed to
date, a government min-
ister yesterday confirmed to Tribune
Business, adding that the company con-
tracted for the project has “given no indi-
cation that they will not meet” the
November 14, 2009, completion date.

Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of the envi-
ronment, said of the work being per-
formed by Dutch-based Boskalis Inter-
national: “Based on what is coming to
me, they are going extremely well. They
have completed more than one-third of
the actual dredging to date.

“They have experienced some delays
in respect to the volume of debris in the
harbour, and have had to send divers
down to remove tyres, steel. That has
led to some delays, and they have lost
eight hours, but beyond that, though,
they are extremely well organised.

“They can readily make up those eight
hours when working 24 hours a day.
They’re moving at full capacity, and are
very efficient.”

Developer sells 60%

As an example of
this, Dr Deveaux
said Boskalis had
completed dredging
an area in front of
the British Colonial
Hilton’s beach,
where it had to
move much debris
from the ocean
floor. Having accom-
plished this, it then
moved its pipes and
excavation equip-
ment to the area and
dredged it overnight, thus ensuring the
operation did not disrupt incoming cruise
ships and mail boats.

The minister added that Boskalis was
scheduled to “be completed on or around
November 14, and they’ve given no indi-
cation that they will not meet that”.

The Nassau Harbour dredging project
was commenced to widen the turning
basin, so that the port could accommo-
date the world’s largest cruise ship class,
which is just being brought into service by
RoyalCaribbean.

Dr Deveaux added that there was
“nothing to so far indicate we won’t be

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ready” when the Genesis class cruise
ship, the Oasis of the Seas, makes its first
call on Nassau on December 15, 2009.

Boskalis is having to remove some
10,000 cubic yards of fill per day to meet
its completion target, with the excavated
material being taken by pipeline to
Arawak Cay. Some 1.4 million cubic
yards will be used to extend Arawak Cay
1,000 feet to the west, where the new
container shipping terminal will be locat-
ed, with 600,000 cubic yards of fill stored
on the cay itself.

Current arrangements for the Arawak
Cay port will see it owned 40 per cent by
the Government and 40 per cent by the
private sector, with 20 per cent in public
hands via an initial public offering (IPO).
It is understood, though, that the Gov-
ernment and shipping companies - chiefly
the 19 investors that comprise the
Arawak Cay Port Development Com-
pany - have yet to finalise the details of
their Memorandum of Understanding.

Dr Deveaux told Tribune Business
that talks between the shipping compa-
nies and the Government were being
handled by the Prime Minister’s Office,

SEE page 4B

of phase one condos



By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

CAVES Heights revealed
yesterday that it have sold 60
per cent of the units in the
first phase one building for
its condominium develop-
ment atop the caves on West
Bay Street.

Simon Chappell, the pro-
ject’s vice-president, said
interest in the property had
been high, with a balanced
group of Bahamian and for-
eign investors purchasing the
ocean and lake-view condos.

“Agents have been coming
around,” said Mr Chappell.
“There has been a lot of pos-
itive feedback.”

Caves Height has been one
of the few developments in
the Bahamas to moved ahead

Recovery ability ‘diminished’
by excessive costs

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE high cost burden
imposed upon the Bahamian
economy by public sector cor-
porations, and the failure to
align wages with productivi-
ty, will prevent this nation
from rebounding from the
recession as rapidly as others,
a senior accountant told Tri-
bune Business yesterday, as
well as harming long-term
competitiveness.

Raymond Winder, manag-
ing partner at Deloitte &
Touche (Bahamas), said the
Bahamian economy’s ability
to recover rapidly from the
current recession, and com-
pete for foreign direct invest-
ment and tourism, was being
“diminished” daily by a cost
structure that was out of line

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to address the issue

with productivity.

The Bahamian economy
was going through a period
similar to the early 1990s
when the world was also
embroiled in recession, and
Mr Winder recalled how he
and other members of the
Government’s Council of
Economic Advisers prepared
a report on the strategies
needed to enhance this
nation’s competitiveness.

“We haven’t done a whole
lot of following through on
some of the strategies that
were recommended,” Mr
Winder told Tribune Busi-
ness, “and we never really
moved to align salaries and
wages with productivity and
efficiency. That was the key
one. That is one of the hall-
marks of a competitive econ-
omy.......

“To get this thing back in
line, we have to hold the line
on wages and salaries, and
become more productive.”

Pointing to the difference
between the Bahamas and US
inflation rates, the latter

SEE page 8B

unfettered, despite the down-
turn in the economy. Mr
Chappell said the poor eco-
nomic conditions caused the
project to slow late last year.

However, he added that
since that period, the project
has moved full steam ahead.

Phase one is expected to be
finished by May 2010, but Mr
Chappell said the developers
will not begin phase two
development before there is
more buyer interest in the
property. He suggested, how-
ever, that it could begin by
year-end 2010.

Caves Heights’ first build-
ing number has only three of
its Capri -tyle condos left for
sale, and five Monaco-style
out of a total 20 units in that
building.

The Capri is a “two bed-
room, two-and-a-half bath-

room condominium offering
1,855 square feet of living
space with a grand master
bedroom suite, an additional
bedroom and large living/din-
ing area with a deep balcony
offering superior views,”
according to the company's
website.

And the Monaco is a
“three bedroom, three-and-
a-half bathroom ocean view
condominium with 2,439
square feet of luxury living
space, including a panoramic,
43 foot balcony overlooking
the ocean”.

Mr Chappell said the pool
decks have already been put
in, and the asphalt for the dri-
ves and parking areas will be
poured in four weeks.

According to him, they are
still awaiting final proposals
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tennis courts.

There has been minimal
protest about the property,
which has been built above
what some consider one of
the more unique natural
attractions in New Provi-
dence.

The natural caves were
formed centuries ago, accord-
ing to geologists, with visitors
and locals alike exploring
them regularly.

Resident became con-
cerned last week when rain
water run off from the devel-
opment created a plume of
milk water in the ocean across
the road from the develop-
ment.

Despite the dissent, Mr
Chappell said the property
has seen an upswing and
increase in foot traffic.

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Central Bank said to want
restructured loans treated
as non-performing for six
months, raising concerns
on bank balance sheet
and earnings impact

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas has been pushing to
standardise how Bahamian
commercial banks treat
restructured loans, wanting
them placed into the non-per-
forming category for six
months, a development
sources said has caused some
concern in the industry.

Tribune Business under-
stands that while no directive,
stipulating that Bahamian
commercial banks ‘must’ treat
restructured loans as non-per-
forming for six months, has
been issued by the Central
Bank, its guidelines do prod
them to adopt such a treat-
ment.

However, informed sources
have told Tribune Business
that the Bahamian commer-
cial banks privately harbour
several concerns regarding
such a move, as it would
impact both their balance
sheets and income statements
- potentially reducing profits
and increasing losses. As a
result, there are fears that it
would act as a disincentive to
restructure loans made to
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came to the accounting clas-
sification applied to restruc-
tured loans, meaning those
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government’s Plan-
ning and Subdivisions Bill,
which aims to reform the
planning and development
processes in the Bahamas, will
be debated in Parliament next
month, the minister respon-
sible said yesterday, adding
that the legislation’s provi-
sions would not be made
retroactive.

Dr Earl Deveaux, minister
of the environment, said his
ministry and the Government
had received “very little”
feedback from professionals
who might be impacted by the
new legislation, such as con-
tractors, realtors, attorneys,
architects and engineers.

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ing firms in a bid to obtain
last-minute feedback and see
whether it could be incorpo-
rated in the legislation.

“We received something
from two architect and two
law firms, which we have
been able to address, but very
little has come in in the way of
comment and postings to the
website,” Dr Deveaux told
Tribune Business.”

The Government was due
to meet with one major
Bahamian law firm on the Bill
this week, he said, adding that
the concerns voiced by attor-
neys to date were “primarily
concerned with the effect of
this Bill on Justice Lyons’s
ruling”.

That ruling, connected to
the Oceania Heights subdivi-
sion in Exuma, found that
under the existing 1965 law it
was illegal to sell land in a

subdivision without full gov-
ernment approval.

The new legislation appears
to be codifying this, but Dr
Deveaux said the Govern-
ment had reassured these law
firms that the Bill’s provisions
applied only to new subdivi-
sions proposed after it was
passed into statute, not to
existing ones. Existing subdi-
visions were provided for.

“The requirements laid
down in the Bill ensure any-
thing after it takes effect must
be in compliance to have legal
standing,” Dr Deveaux said.
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will be considered non-con-
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Mr Oelsen and New Hope
countered by arguing that the
notes were part of two sepa-
rate agreements entered into
by Ocean Resort Group, New
Hope’s parent company. They

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argued that the notes did not
fall under the Bills of
Exchange Act, and were
“conditional/contingent” on
their face.

In addition, they alleged
that Mr Gonzalez “had
agreed that repayment of the
loans secured by the notes
would be postponed while he
and his companies, including
[T.G. Investments], had not
procured funding in the sum
of $12 million, which Mr Gon-
zalez had agreed to provide”
to fund New Hope’s opera-
tions.

New Hope and Mr Oelsen
also alleged that Mr Gonzalez
had promised not to make a
demand, or place Ocean
Resort Group into default, for
lack of payment.

“The defendants [New
Hope and Mr Oelsen] con-
tend that the notes form part
of a series of transactions
involving business partners,”
the Supreme Court judgment
said. “They say that this case
is not merely about the notes
but that a vital part involves
an oral agreement, the out-
line of which is embodied in a
letter of understanding,
between Mr Gonzalez,

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bid against marina
owner rejected

[Duane] Crithfield and [Mr
Oelsen, whereby Mr Gonza-
lez would use his balance
sheet to secure financing in
the sum of $12 million to fund
New Hope’s operations and
development.”

The judgment recorded
that the oral agreement was
intended to bind the three
parties and the companies
they controlled, and “that it
was the failure of Mr Gonza-
lez and/or his companies,
including T. G. Investments,
to provide the $12 million as
promised that resulted in the
first defendant not being able
to make the payments under
the notes.”

Justice Gray-Evans agreed
that New Hope may have an
arguable defence on the issue
of the promissory note, given
that since there was a dispute
over whether it or Ocean
Resort Group should have
made the notes, there were
questions of whether it could
be enforced against New
Hope.

This was the same conclu-
sion that she reached on many
other aspects of the case, lead-
ing her to reject the applica-
tion for summary judgment.

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Harbour Dredge ‘more
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but his understanding was that the share structure and size of
the port’s acreage had been agreed - although he had seen
nothing in writing.

A Traffic Study, Economic and Social Impact Study and
Environmental Impact Study have yet to be completed, with
proposals by architects Lambert Knowles giving life to what
engineering consultants, Halcro, had proposed in relation to the
port’s size and engineering aspects.

“T don’t think there is any major impediment to be over-
come,” Dr Deveaux said.

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PROPOSAL

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Nassau Airport

Development Company
Nassau Airport Development Company Limited (NAD) is seeking a Proponent or
Proponents (individual, consortium or joint venture that must include an experienced
newsstand operator) to finance, design, develop, operate and manage three newsstand,
bookstore and convenience shop locations in the new U.S, Departures Terminal currently
under construction at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. These stores will be
world class in operation, design and appearance with a distinctive sense of place’ and
will offer a broad selection of newspapers, magazines, books, sundry & convenience
items and miscellaneous qifts at competitive prices.

CONVENIENCE SHOPS

1 (a) NEWSSTAND/BOOKSTORE/GIFTS in the U.S. Departures lounge
(b) NEWSSTAND KIOSK/COFFEE BAR/BAR in the U.S. Departures Concourse

2 NEWSSTAND /CONVENIENCE STORE/COFFEE BAR in U.S. Check-in,

Locations 1/a) and 1(b] must be bid together, NAD will consider individual proposals for
I{al/(b) and 2 above or combined proposals for all locations,

Mandatory qualifications

i. Proponents must be Bahamian and incorporated in The Bahamas,

ii, Proponents must have operated a similar newsstand/books/aifts facility within
the last three (3) years.

NAD’S goals and objectives are to:

(a) achieve a high standard of excellence and customer service:
(b) offer a mix of concepts that will help to enhance the image of LPIA as a world

class airport;

(c) offer retail and food & beverage choices to passengers at fair prices;
(d) offer a mix of local, regional and national and international brand-name

companies;

(e] develop and design retail facilities that complement the qualities of the new
terminal while recognizing the distinctive spirit, character and sense of place’

of The Bahamas; and
(F) optimize revenue to NAD.

Qualified and interested parties may pick-up the Request for Proposal package at NAD's
offices at the reception desk on the second floor Domestic/International Terminal at
Lynden Pindling International Airport between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, from
September 15th to September 26th, 2009, A mandatory pre-proposal briefing for
those who have picked up packages will be held in the Arawak Lounge at the Airport on
Wednesday, September 30th at 10:00am.



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member; Remelda Moxey, chair, School of Business at COB; Zelma Wilson, chairperson, BICA’s student

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 5B

education committee; and Margaret Smith, BICA’s student education committee member.

Accountants
visit COB
school chair

THE Bahamas Institute
of Chartered Accountants
(BICA) president, Reece
Chipman, along with
members of the organisa-
tion’s student education
committee, have moved
to enhance the exposure
and knowledge of student
accountants at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas
(COB).

They met with Remelda
Moxey, COB’s School of
Business chair, on Mon-
day to discuss ways in
which both organisations
can work together to
achieve this goal.

BICA members dis-
cussed the quality of the
Accounting programme
offered at the College of
the Bahamas, the creation
of BICA’s young accoun-
tants club, and BICA
assisting in the curriculum
review, as well as students
participating in Accoun-
tants Week this Novem-
ber and becoming part of
the Technical Updates in
the accounting and audit-
ing profession.

BICA also encouraged
the College of the
Bahamas and its account-
ing students with regards
to research and ethics,
and to become think-
tanks in the world of stan-
dard setting for the
accounting and reporting
of financial information.

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MUST SELL

Re: Land and Structure,
Step Street & Fox Hill Road

Newly Constructed Two Units Commercial Building

Unit One comprises one office,
customer service section, and one bathroom.

Unit Two is a retail store with an open
floor plan and one bathroom.

Potential Income
Unit One $1,800.00 per month
Unit Two $800.00 per month.

For conditions of sale and any other
information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
@ 502-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit
offer in writing addressed to
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
P. O. Box N-7518 Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before October 9th, 2009

BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK

Cable Beach, West Bay Street,
P.O.Box N-3034
Nassau, Bahamas
Tels 242) 327-5781/327-5793-6
Fans(242) 327-5047, 327-1258
wwwhahamasdevelopmenthank.com

Properties

New Providence

Vacant Int #4
(Six 100")-Joan's Height
Subdivision

Lots #3 & #4, Hlk ee?
(50's 100°] w/fduplex
(1.53259. B)-Forbes St,
Nassau Village
(Appraised Value
$120,000.00)

Vacant lot #147
(10,5575q, f.)-Munnings
Dr & Moy West Ln
Southern Heights Sub
(Appraised Value
$90), (000)

Lot 1.171 acres wyauto
repalrshop & office
2,7 90eq. Bt & vacant
building 9.2009. ft.

Lot #39 (2,500sq. ft.)
wyhse 110459. ft. Blk
FSS hee #4-Lincoln
Bed (Appraised Value
$57,780.00)

Lat (50x 100")
wy building 1,91 2sq. ft-
Deveaux St [Appraised
Valoe $189,000.00)

Larts #29 ke #300,
(50'x1007), Blk a4?
w/building L14isq, ft.-
Matthew &, Nassau
Village (Appraised
Valoe $145,000.00)

Andros

Lot 1{L08 acres w six (6)
bulidings-Pot Cag off
Behring Point Andne
Vacact lot #2, parcel °C"
30,613sq. f.-Swrain's
Point, Mangrove Cay
Andros (Appraised
Vale $125,000.00)

» Parcel ofland (1.493
ecres| w)'6 buildings
[Helens Motel}-Pinders
Mangrove Cay, Andros
(Appraised Value
$275,000.00)

» Beach front bot 400sq,
Ft wy building 2,100sq.
It-Pinders Mangrove
Cay Andros (Appraised
Valec $200,000.00)

» bot 4 d4ebsq. ft. wyduples
1,17 49). ft.-Fresh Creek
Andros [Appraised
Walwe 594,640,090)
Grand Bahama

Lor #20 (17,1 5thsq. fi)
whee 2 00tsq. ft
BIKAS, Sec Az-5ee Gull
Dr, Bahama Reef Yacht
& Comntry Club Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$250,000.00)

» Facent loo ad, Blk A
(14397sq. Ib ]-
Yorkshire Dr, Hahamés
West Replat Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $25,000.00)

TAH Band kaeploner

i) Godge Corara

1802 Deru bts Ack Mack
Derep Track Head

dumall Vesseks

19 (iis) Pibogiaas Speru Peal
[Hidi Dndph

1 (18) Spanich Wells Marine
wil 1 HP Mercury Outboard engines

TA? Double Ade Mack Trail

26, Pertion of Int #64
(15,000sq, ft.J-Front
Murphy Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$29,250.00)

» Lot ass [6,900sq. i)
w/'buikling-Murphy
Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
SUL075,00)

Lot #45 [60's 160")
wy 14 room motel
3900sq. ft-Sanedy Point
Abaco (Appraised
Value $405,700.00)

. Lot A7,1205q, Pi. wy
cottages & 1 storage
bruilditeg ba taligg
4,186%q. [t-Sand Banks
Treasure Cay Abaco
(Appraised Value
$880,302.00)

Flewthera

. Vacant portion of lot #7
(50'e110'}-West [ames
Cistern Eleuthera
(Appraised Value
S18.000.00)

21. Vacant 3 acres of land
siteated Colebrook
Street Dunmore Town
(Harbour [slam]
Eleuthera

Cat island

15. Vacant Lot fl Hk #412
Unat #3 (11,2509. Ft.}-
Henny Ave DMerby Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$65,000.00)

>. Lot 463 0 (100s 50")
baailding:Melson Rd
Painclama Gardens
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$96,000.00)

» Leas? [S021 50")
wi sixplex 2-storey
apartment building &
Church 540g. ft.
Martin Town, Kingrs Sul
Eight Mit Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $211,200.00)

. Lot wil room hotel
§,0OMisg. ft.an 4,99
acres of beach front-
High Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $1,100,000.00)

Y. Vacant lot #13, Blk #59,
Unit #3 (22,7525q. ft.)
45° om camal front-
Dagenham Girele &
Ingrave Or Emerakd Bay
Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$110,000.00)

. Lot #15, Blk #15 Unit 22. Vacant 65 acres of
#3 [40'x125']-Derby land-Arthur's Town, Cat
Sub Grand Bahama island
(Appraised Value . Lot ws 12 room matel
$23,000.00) 1.39 acres-Arthur’s

21. Vacant bot #25, Blk #15 Town Cat Island
(17 B6tsa. ft]= (Appraised Value
Cutwater Ln Shannon $630,000.00)

Country Club Sub Grand Exum

Bahama (Appraised 44. Vacant lot #8 (65, 200sq.

Value $0,000) ft.]-Moas Town Exuma
2. Lot #2 [20,0005q. ft.) (Appraised Value

w balding complex & $110,106.00)

Laundrcmat-Queens 35. Vacant hot #95.

Highway Halmes Rock (B0'x1 22°) Commodore

Commonage Grand Rd Elizabeth Harbour

Rahama (Appraised Est. Exuma (Appraised

Value $178, 200.01) Valoe $45,000.00)

Aber 46. Lat #134 [75x15]

Lot #25 (17,7554q. ft] w/'two storey building

wihse B0Usg. f-#47 George Town, Exuma

Queen Elizabeth Dr (Appraised Value

Marsh Harbour Abaco $460,000.00)

(Appraised Value Long Isard

$212,750.00) 37. Vacant lot 100°“ 200'-

. Vacant lot #6 (2 acres]= Bonacorde area west of
Fox Town Abaco Clarence Town Long
(Appraised Valee Island [Appraised
$50,000.00) Value $30,000.00)

. Lot #51 (15,000sq. ft]
w/building=Murphy
Town Abace
(Appraised Valwe
$102,420.00)















































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* 80 Custom Steel Hull Vessel (Miss Kristy)
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vessel has a new engine requiring installation. And
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Tht public is Iewited to submit Staled bids marked “Tender” to Bahamas Development Bank, PO, Bow N-2034,
Nassau, Balaras athention Financial Controller, faooed bids will net he accepted or telephone 327-5781 fer
additional information. Please mote that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets should be recelved
by or on September 22, 2009. The Bahamas Development Book reserves the right to reject any or all offers. All

assets are sold as is,



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Banque Privee staffer
passes Series 7 exam



S.A. T. PREPARATION
CLASSES

AT KINGSWAY ACADEMY

Beginning Saturday September 26 through Saturday
December 5, 2009, Kingsway Academy will hold
S.A.T. Preparation Classes from 9:00 a.m. to
12:00 noon culminating in the writing of the S. A. T.

Examination in January. The cost is $250.00 per

A staff accountant at
Banque Privee Edmond
de Rothschild, Michelle
E. Reckley, has passed
the Series 7 exam in the
US after studying with the
Nassau-based Securities
Training Institute (STI).

Ms Albury, STT’s
course administrator,
said: “We are committed
to the development of the
Bahamian capital mar-
kets, in advancing the
Securities Training Insti-
tute as a vital force in fos-

tering the education of
Bahamian financial pro-
fessionals, promoting eth-
ical standards of conduct,
and in establishing pro-
grammes to encourage
continuing professional
development.”

person and includes all materials.

Interested persons are asked to contact the
Business Office at telephone 324-6887 / 324-6269
or the Guidance Conselor at 324-8811 or 324-3409.







DHL JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION:
JOB FAMILY:
RCS CODE:
REPORTS TO:
LOCATION:

Commercial Supervisor
Accounting

L10005

Finance Manager

Country Finance Department or Cluster Office

OVERALL PURPOSE:

Position is responsible for managing the Commercial Finance activities for a country or group oF
countries within the Cluster. Manages Revenue leakage, establishes credit limits and reviews ship-
ments to profile. Supervises the following staff; Billing Analyst, Duties and Vendor Analyst, Ac-
counts Receivable Analyst.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

° Manage the Accounting Commercial activities for a country or group of
countries within the Cluster.

Supervise Billing, Duties, Accounts Receivable and Vendor Analysts.
Prepare and analyze statistics and KPIs for the country/cluster.
Manage customer profiles.

Establish AR Credit limits.

Principal contact for Commercial controller.

Assist with preparation of Customer profitability analysis.

Handle Billing queries from Billing Center.

1st level of approval for Credit notes.

Special projects and ad hoc reports as required.

Provide customers analyses, and review customer data base in term of
discount, and credit

Performs other assignments as required.

Ability to supervise the accounting staff at local station

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
° High school diploma and/or minimal of 5 years applicable experience
° Minimum of 4 years of commercial and accounting experience is required.
. Minimum of 2 years supervisory or management experience leading an
accounting department.
A background in commercial credit and accounting required.
Experience with a major Enterprise Reporting Package (ERP)
Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.
Ability to read and interpret data reports. Ability to understand and per
form data analysis.
PC skills should include the basic suite of MS products, Excel, Access,
Word, Office
Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, this function does
a lot of interfacing with internal and external customers and the Shared

Service Center

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
° Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance, a related field or equivalent
education

Please email resume to;
Romell K. Knowles I
Country Manager
bahamaboiii@hotmail.com

Resumes can be dropped off to DHL Bahamas corporate office — East Bay Street,
Island Traders Building, Nassau Bahamas.

Please be advised only those applicants whose resumes are taken into
consideration will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.


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BUSINESS ee
Recovery ability ‘diminished’ by excessive costs

FROM page 1B

standing at virtually zero with
this nation’s at around 4 per
cent over the last 12 months,
Mr Winder said that in the
Bahamian case “the entire
increase in inflation has been
primarily caused by wages
and salaries”.

While the US had managed



to “hold the line” on wage
increases, and enhanced pro-
ductivity, “we’re going along
as if no adjustments need to
be made”.

With salaries and labour
force productivity out of line,
Mr Winder said the Bahami-
an private sector was “in a
really weak position” when it
came to not only combating
the recession, but also prepar-

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NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:







ing for the eventual recovery
and pulling this nation out of
trouble. And this was exacer-
bated by the excessive cost
burden imposed on the busi-
ness sector by the public cor-
porations and utilities.

“We’re not only suffering
from the recession, but are
also suffering from the fact
that our productivity, the lev-
el we’re getting for each dol-
lar put out, is not putting us in
good standing to attract for-
eign direct investment and
tourists once the hotels open
back up,” the Deloitte &
Touche managing partner
said.

The gap between produc-
tivity and wages, and the

impact this had on business
revenues, profits and plan-
ning, meant it would “take
the Bahamas longer to catch
up” with other economies in
the medium and long-term,
as well as in a short-term
recovery.

“Our competitiveness as a
nation, to compete, to attract
foreign direct investment, is
being diminished,” Mr
Winder told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“On a short-term basis we
really have some challenges,
especially when you think that
most of the public sector is
going to be agitating for wage
increases during this period.”

The Bahamas’ inability to

tackle the cost competitive-
ness/productivity issue result-
ed, Mr Winder said, from a
lack of interest and under-
standing among the general
Bahamian population, plus a
lack of political leadership
and will to address the issue.

In addition, the Bahamas
did not have the private and
public sector trade union
leaders who could “demand
that kind of sacrifice” from
their members, when it came
to accepting reduced wages
and lower labour costs in
return for higher productivity.

Mr Winder contrasted the
Bahamas’ trade union model
with that of Singapore’s,
where unions exercised their

influence in co-operation with
that island nation’s govern-
ment, supporting wage
restraint and selling econom-
ic policies to their members
when necessary, as opposed
to strikes and militancy.

And with 90 per cent of the
income generated by Bahami-
an per annum gross domestic
product (GDP) consisting of
wages and salaries, it is not
hard to understand why the
workforce has been hit so
hard by redundancies and lay-
offs. Labour is the major cost
component for most busi-
nesses, and with productivity
out of line with salaries, 1t was
not hard for companies to go
this route.



(a) HALLET LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on September 16, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 15th day of October 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
THE SCEPTRE UK FUND LIMITED (registration number
137,117 B) is in dissolution. Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator
and can be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company
limited, Winterbotham Place, Marlborough & Queen Streets,
PO. Box N-3026, Nassau Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their
names addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before the 17th October, 2009.
J

Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) TABOR MANAGEMENT LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on September 16, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 15th day of October 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2009

LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

KING'S

REAL ESTATE

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Real Estate Agents

Applicants must have:

* Outstanding personality

* Current BREA license

* Minimum 2-years experience
* Proven sales record

Apply to bahamas @ kingsrealty.com
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Information: 394-4397

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, ANGELO BRADELL
BURROWS, intend to change my name to ANGELO
BRADELL ROLLE, 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.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KENOL LOUIS PIERRE of P.O.
Box AB-20541, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, 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 17'" day of September, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIE MARTHE BELLOT
of P.O. Box AB-20554, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO,
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 17'" day of September, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that WILSON AUSTRAL of TREASURE
CAY, ABACO, 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 17'* day of September, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-

7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2009
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/No.00289
Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act of 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THOSE Three (3) parcels
of land totalling 162.177 acres being Grant C-39 and a
portion of Grant C-3 in an area known as Fort Pasture situate
immediately Eastward of Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5
miles West of Williams Town on the island of Little Exuma,
one of the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas.

AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper
NOTICE OF PETITION

Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 2nd day
of September, A.D. 2009.

The Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper, of Forbes Hill
Settlement on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of
The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas, showeth in respect of:

ALL THOSE Three (3) parcels of land totalling 162.177
acres being Grant C-39 and a portion of Grant C-3 in an
area known as Fort Pasture situate immediately Eastward of
Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5 miles West of Williams
Town on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas

The Petitioner, Trevor Andrew Cooper, herein claims to
be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said tracts
of land and has made application to The Supreme Court Of
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said
tracts of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate Of Title to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions of that Act.

Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries shape
marks and dimensions of the said tracts of land may be
inspected during normal office hours at the following places:

(a) The Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street North,
Nassau, Bahamas.

(b) The Chambers of Charles Mackey & Co., BSB House,
West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

(c) The Administrator’s office at George Town, Exuma.

Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower
or right to Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents file at the Registry
of The Supreme Court in the City of Nassau, Bahamas, and
serve on the Petitioner or on his Attorney an Adverse Claim in
the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents shall operate as a
bar to such claim.

DATED THIS 9th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, A.D. 2009
CHARLES MACKEY & CO.
Chambers BSB House
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Petitioner

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Concern over

treatment of
restructured
bank loans

FROM page 1B

a result of the recession - to
meet lower repayments and
lesser obligations.

One banking industry
source, speaking to Tribune
Business on condition of
anonymity, said that while no
directive had been issued by
the Central Bank, the banking
industry regulator had been
“looking at standardising”
how restructured loans were
treated.

“Tt’s something that’s been
brought forward,” one bank-
ing industry source told Tri-
bune Business of the six
month non-performing treat-
ment proposal.

“Some of the banks are
doing exactly what the Cen-
tral Bank is looking for, and
even if loans are restructured
they are not brought current,
being treated as non-per-
forming for six months.

“It’s a more conservative
approach. You’d several
months of experience, that
these people are meeting the
new terms and conditions,
and have the ability to pay.”

Wendy Craigg, the Central
Bank’s governor, could not
be contacted for comment
despite numerous Tribune
Business calls to her office
yesterday. However, she told
this newspaper in a recent
interview that the banking
sector regulator was keeping a
close eye on restructured
loans, and was in regular con-
tact with the banks on the
issue.

However, ‘setting in stone’
how the banks treat restruc-

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tured loans could, according
to one source, “have a phe-
nomenal effect” on banking
balance sheets by increasing
the level of non-performing
loans.

This, in turn, would require
Bahamian commercial banks
to keep an increased level of
capital reserves set aside to
cover potential loan losses,
and increase loss provision
levels - something that will
impact earnings levels.

Such developments, some
have told Tribune Business,
would act as a disincentive for
banks to restructure their bor-
rowers’ existing loans. These
sources also argued that it was
unnecessary to have a pre-
scriptive approach to the
issue, given that Bahamian
commercial banks generally
treated all restructured loans
as non-performing for a peri-
od, until they became confi-
dent that borrowers could
meet their new obligations.

Total non-performing loans
made by Bahamian banks to
the private sector breached
the $500 million mark in July
2009, with the increasing
strain the recession is placing
on businesses and households
exposed by the fact that the
only consumer lending cate-
gory showing growth was debt
consolidation - an almost-$38
million increase since the New
Year.

The Central Bank, in its
monthly economic and finan-
cial developments report for
July, showed a combination
of slumping credit demand
and defaults on existing loans,
as the contracting economy

and rising unemployment
continue to exact a toll, with
$902.5 million commercial
bank loans in arrears.

A further $64.7 million
worth of loans fell into arrears
during July 2009, marking a
7.7 per cent increase in the
number that were past due.
Total loans in arrears, in rela-
tion to the total number of
loans outstanding, increased
by 0.8 per cent to 14.5 per
cent.

Non-performing loans,
those which are more than 90
days past due and regarded
as more critical by the com-
mercial banks, as they have
stopped accruing interest, rose
by $31.3 million or 6.7 per
cent in July. Non-performing
loans now account for 8.1 per
cent of all loans issued by the
Bahamian commercial bank-
ing system.

Meanwhile, loans in the
delinquent category - that is,
31-90 days past due, also
increased by $33.4 million in
July to $401.4 million, taking
those loans to 6.5 per cent of
all credit issued to the private
sector by commercial banks.

The Central Bank said the
July arrears increase was gen-
erated by a $30 million, or 8.2
per cent, hike in mortgage
delinquencies to $396.1 mil-
lion, while commercial loans
in default grew by $28.5 mil-
lion or 14.5 per cent to $224.4
million - likely putting this
over 20 per cent, meaning that
more than one in every five
business loans is in default.

Consumer loans in arrears
increased by$6.3 million, or
2.3 per cent, to $282 million.

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total revenue of US $ 15078.67 million and net cash

flows amounting to US $ 6491.52 million for the
year then ended.

AUDITOR’S REPORT ON THE
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL
STATEMENTS

We have also audited the financial statements of
one of the subsidiary whose financial statements
reflect total assets of US $ 143.93 million as at
31st March 2009, total revenue of US $ 11.24
million and net cash flows amounting to
US $ 6.70 million for the year then ended.

TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
STATE BANK OF INDIA

1. We have examined the attached Consolidated
Balance Sheet of State Bank of India (the Bank),
its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures (the
Group} as at 31st March 2009, and the Consolidated
Profit and Loss Account and the Consolidated
Cash Flow Statement for the year then ended in
which are incorporated the:

We did not audit the financial statements of its
Subsidiaries, Associates and Joint Ventures
whose financial statements reflect total assets of
US $ 65334.98 million as at 31st March 2009, and
total revenue of US $ 7175.67 million and net cash
flows amounting to US § 455.64 million for the
year then ended. These financial statements have
been audited by other auditors whose reports
have been furnished to us, and our opinion,
insofar as it relates to the amounts included in
Tespect of other entities, are based solely on the
report of the other auditors.

Audited accounts of the Bank audited by
14 joint Auditors including us,

Audited accounts of 1 (one) subsidiary audited
by us,

ili, Audited accounts of 25 (twenty five)
subsidiaries, 27 (twenty seven) Associates

and 1 (one) joint venture audited by
other auditors,

We have also relied on the un-audited financial
statements of 2 (two) subsidiarics, 1 (one) associate
and 1 (one) joint venture, whose financial
statements reflect total assets of US $ 633.48
million as at 31st March 2009, total revenue of
US $ 31.94 million and net cash flows amounting
fo US $ 73.54 million for the year then ended.

iv. Accounts of 1 (one) subsidiary for the period
O1st April 2008 to 13th Angust 2008 (the date
of merger of this subsidiary with the Bank)
audited by another auditor, -

Unaudited accounts of 2 (two) subsidiaries,

1 (one) associate and 1 (one) Joint venture,

These Consolidated financial statements are the
responsibility of the Bank's management and have
heen prepared by the management on the basis of
separate financial statements and other financial
information of the different entities in the Group.
Our responsibility is to cxpress an opinion on these
financial statements based on our audit,

We conducted our andit in accordance with
generally accepted auditing standards in India.
These Standards require that we plan and perform
the audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether
the financial statements arc prepared, in all

material aspects in accordance with identified
teporting framework and free of material
misstatements. An audit includes, examining on
a test basis, evidences supporting the amounts
and disclosures in the financial statements, An
audit also includes assessing the accounting
principles used and significant estimates made by
management, as well as evaluating the overall
financial statements. We believe that our audit

provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

We have jointly audited the financial statements
of the Bank along with 13 other joint auditors,

whose financial statements reflect total assets of

We report that the consolidated financial statements

have

been prepared by the Bank's management in

accordance with the requirement of Accounting
Standard 21-Consolidated Financial Statements,
Accounting Standard 23-Accounting for investment

in Associates in Consolidated Financial Statements

and Accounting Standard 27-Financial Reporting
of Interest in Joint Ventures prescribed by the
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the
Tequirements of Reserve Bank of India.

Based on our audit and consideration of report af

other auditors on separate financial statements and

on consideration of the unaudited financial

statements and on the other financial information of

the components, and to the best of our information

and explanations given to us we are of the opinion
that the attached Consolidated Financial Statements,

give

a true and fair view in conformity with the

accounting principles generally accepted in India:

a.

in the case of the Consolidated Balance Sheet
on the state of affairs of the Group as at
31st March 2009;

in the case of the Consolidated Profit and
Loss account of the consolidated profit of the
Group for the year ended on that date; and

in the case of the Consolidated Cash Flow
Statement of the Cash Flows of the Group

US $190148,26 million as at 31st March 2009, and for the year ended on that date

STATE BANK OF INDIA (CONSOLIDATED) BALANCE SHEET AS ON 31st MARCH 2009

(000s omitted)

CAPITAL AND LIABILITIES Schedule As on 31.3.2008 As on 31.3.2008

No. (Current Year} (Previous Year)

US $ US §

Capital 125,174 157,395

Reserves & Surplus

14,147,380 15,105,910

Minority Interest

439,328 505,515

Deposits

199,524,512 193,523,559

Borrowings

12,734,946 16,456,423

Other Liabilities and Provisions 30,289,255 30,300,430

er

TOTAL 257,260,595 256,049,232

ASSETS Schedule As on 31,3,2009 As on 31.3,2008

No. {Current Year) (Previous Year)
ee See i ee ME VIOUS Gal)

US § US $

Cash and Balances with Reserve Bank of India 14,621,661 18,648,369

Balance with banks and money at call & short notice 10,075,045 3,542,164

Investments

73,389,481 68,255,664

Advances

147,942,111 150,354,422

Fixed Assets

1,029,865 1,162,210

Other Assets 10,202,432 14,086,403:

es

257,260,595 256,049,232

Contingent Liabilities 169,693,628

235,735,346

Bills for Collection

9,845,890 6,287,614

PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST MARCH, 2009
(000s omitted)

Schedule Year ended
No. 31.3.2009

Year ended
31.3,2008
US §$ US §

INCOME
Interest earned 18,073,150

4,224,386

17,820,493

Other Income 4,666,748

22,297,536 22,487,241

EXPENDITURE

Interest expended 12,347,489
5,238,904

2,508,251

11,950,160
5,967,904
2,272,857

Operating expenses
Provisions and Contingencies

20,094,644 20,190,921
. PROFIT

Net profit for the year 2,202,892 2,296,320

42,938 62,868
2,159,954 2,233,452

Less: Minority Interest
Group Profit

Add: Brought forward profit
attributable to the group 17,299 29,666
Add: Transfer from General Reserve _ 23

2,177,253 2,263,141

APPROPRIATIONS

Transfer to Statutory Reserves 1,180,392 1,389,192
530,220 455,920
363,003 338,400
61,052 57,759

42,586 21,870

ee

2,177,253 2,263,141

Transfer to Other Reserves
Transfer to Proposed Dividend
Corporate Tax on Dividend

Balance carried over to Balance Sheet

Basic earnings per share 3 4

Diluted earning per share 3 4

Interested parties may obtain a complete copy of the Consolidated Financial Statements from the local office of
the Entity at State Bank Of India, Saffrey Square, Suite 201, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

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NASSAU/ANDROS TOWN

Local Times
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1600/1615 “

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Any representation regarding or objection thereto in
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the date of first publication of this Notice.

Signed
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PUBLIC NOTICE

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The Public is hereby advised that |, NAWAKO KIKI ROLLE of
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to change the name to MAWAKO KIKI ROLLE. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objectionstotheChiefPassportOfficer,P.0.BoxN-742, Nassau, Bahamas
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS = 2008
IN THE SUPREME COURT

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION
BETWEEN

CLE/qui/01038

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate
in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence containing
8,194 square feet situate on the Southern Side of Kelly Lane, 395 feet
West of Johnson Road and bounded NORTHWARDLY by Kelly
Lane and running thereon Seventy and Twenty-six (70.26) feet and
EASTWARDLY by land now or formerly the property of Albertha
Pratt and running thereon One Hundred and Twenty and Twelve
hundredths (120.12) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land now or formerly
the property of Inez Munroe and running thereon Sixty-seven and
Ninety-two hundredths (67.92) feet and WESTWARDLY by land
now or formerly the property of Ida Ferguson and running thereon
One Hundred and Eighteen and Forty-seven hundredths (118.47) feet
which said piece parcel or lot of land has such position shape marks
boundaries and dimensions more particularly described by and
delineated on the said diagram or plan and thereon coloured YELLOW

AND
IN THE MATTER OF THE QUIETING TITLES ACT, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF
GENEVIEVE STRACHAN

NOTICE

The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

The Petition of Genevieve Strachan of Johnson Estates in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of all that piece parcel or
lot of land situate in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence
containing 8,194 square feet situate on the Southern Side of Kelly
Lane, 395 feet West of Johnson Road and bounded NORTHWARDLY
by Kelly Lane and running thereon Seventy and Twenty-six (70.26)
feet and EASTWARDLY by land now or formerly the property of
Albertha Pratt and running thereon One Hundred and Twenty and
Twelve hundredths (120.12) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land now or
formerly the property of Inez Munroe and running thereon Sixty-
seven and Ninety-two hundredths (67.92) feet and WESTWARDLY
by land now or formerly the property of Ida Ferguson and running
thereon One Hundred and Eighteen and Forty-seven hundredths
(118.47) feet which said piece parcel or lot of land has such position
shape marks boundaries and dimensions more particularly described
by and delineated on the said diagram or plan and thereon coloured
YELLOW

Genevieve Strachan claims to be the owner of the fee simple estate
in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described free from
encumbrances and the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have her title to the said tract of land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared
in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons having Dower or
a Right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in
the Petition shall on or before the 4th November, A.D. 2009 file in
the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit
to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a
statement of his claim on or before the 4th November, A.D. 2009 will
operate as a bar to such claim.

Copies of the filed Plan may be inspected at:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building, East
Street North, Nassau, Bahamas;

2. The Chambers of Hope Strachan & Co., attorneys for the
Petitioner, Equity House, Mount Royal Avenue North (Hawkins
Hill), Nassau, Bahamas

Dated this 31st day of August, A.D. 2009

HOPE STRACHAN & CO.
Chambers
Equity House
Mt. Royal Avenue North
(Hawkins Hill)
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

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PG 26 Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pastors of Prayer call
church demolition

“Darkest Day”

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

THE demolishment of
Canaan Baptist Church last
week is being labeled as an
event that marked the “dark-
est day” in the history of the

church in the Bahamas.

Ian Brathwaite, president of the
Pastors Of Prayer-a unit of 15 pastors
from 6 denominations that unite via
teleconferencing to pray for each
other- questions why individuals
“would even fathom to demolish a
house of worship.”

Pastors of Prayer was founded and
organised in 1998 by Bishop Ian
Brathwaite, Pastor of Holy Dove
Baptist Church. The fellowship was
inspired to bring together a group of
pastors who wanted to live holy and
who firmly believed in the uncompro-
mising word of God.”

“By the moral fiber of our nation,
you shouldn’t destroy the church under
any terms,” Mr Brathwaite said. “The
church is known as a place of rescue,
and a safe haven. Something else
could’ve been worked out. We are not
speaking as lawmakers but as the spir-
itual conscience of the Christian nation
were are built on.

The tearing down of the church in
Sir Lynden Pindling Estates came
unexpectedly to his good colleague
Eugene Bastian, pastor of Canaan
Baptist Church, who was phoned dur-
ing the ordeal by a concerned member
that the church was being destroyed,
he said at a recent press conference.

Mr Brathwaite told Tribune Religion
that he has stayed in contact with Mr
Bastian since the incident, and
describes Mr Bastian’s personal
account the morning when he discov-
ered that his church was being reduced
to rubble:

“On the morning of the demolition,
Pastor Bastian said he had just passed
the church at 9.30 that morning. It was
the first time that he had pulled on the
side of the church, and really took in
what God had done through his min-
istry.

“When he got home around 10am,

he received information through a
phone call that somebody came with a
bulldozer and tore down his church.
He was in shock, and drove to the site.
When he got there, he said he started
rubbing his eyes in disbelief--he
thought it was a dream.”

Members of the church and commu-
nity were said to be visibly confused,
disturbed and angered by the move to
destroy their place of worship as they
gathered at the site that afternoon.

It is alleged that the pastor under-
stood the court order but didn’t expect
them to tear it down so quickly.

According to Mr Brathwaite, Mr
Bastian is in good spirits now, and is
“leaving the situation in God’s hands.”

The decision to demolish the church
came out of a ruling by Justice Cheryl
Albury, who found Arawak Homes
Limited to be the rightful owner of lots
on Charles Saunders Highway on
which the church was built in June
2006.

The court found that church pastor
Eugene Bastian had been served with
a writ in August 2006 after Arawak
Homes Ltd took action. But Mr
Bastian told the court he had bought
the land from Jorol Limited before
commencing construction of the
church.

However, Justice Albury found the
defence put forward by Mr Bastian
and members of the church to be
“without merit and unsustainable” in
light of the decisions in Supreme Court
actions that displaced any claim of title
to the church's purported predecessor.

Justice Albury ordered the defen-
dants to cease construction of any
buildings on the lots in Sir Lynden
Pindling Estates.

She further ordered for the build-
ings to be demolished and removed,
for the defendants to be restrained
from entering the lots, to pay the costs
incurred to Arawak Homes Ltd, and
pay damages for trespass in respect of
the lots. Arawak Homes was given
possession of the land with immediate
effect.

For the meantime, members of
Canaan Baptist Church have relocated
above the Great Commission Ministry
on Wulff Road, at Bishop Walter
Hanchell’s invitation.

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issues in The Church
(which still continue
unabated) about the the-
ological support for homosexual practices, ordained leaders who
engage in them, and revisions to the definition and understand-
ing of marriage and partnership.

We have had serious allegations and convictions of sexual
misconduct of various kinds in the settings of church, school,
after-school civic activities, as well as in the home. All of this
makes the world a very unsafe place for too many little ones of
all ages.

Now we have entered a period of intensely emotional debate
about the concept of spousal rape, and the role that law-makers
should be allowed to play in its prevention. We have yet to see
the outcome of all of these discussions.

There also continues the concerns of Christ in culture and
Christ against culture in the form of disagreements over the
more vigorous sexually related movements by some (not all) of
the Junkanoo dancers, and the place of ring play. The documen-
tary on children engaging in ring play, captured on film some
moves that left little to the imagination.

When I want to determine what my comfort level should be
as a Christian when it comes to any of these discussions, I ask
myself: “What do I think Our Lord and Saviour would have to
say if He were present?” Then prayerfully, I seek to discern
God’s will for me as an individual and in my capacity as one
who offers guidance to others.

In order to avoid the temptation of straying too far from our
Great Commission to make disciples for the Lord, The Church
has to remind her people to remain “in the Spirit” as we debate
about things “of the flesh.” Every encounter has the potential of
being a pastoral moment. Every statement makes possible the
pronouncement of a
prophetic word. Each dis-
cussion can broaden the
minds of our people to
engage together in
prayerful theological
reflection where we pause
for God’s guidance rather
than losing our tempers
with one another.

If we use this time as a
time to teach our children
about human rights and
freedoms, about responsi-
bilities and restrictions,
about God’s grace and
mercy, forgiveness and
healing, and about prayer
and praise, then they too
will see God in the midst
of all the struggles. It is
for us to seek to be of
one accord, and in situa-
tions when we fail to do
so, let us agree to dis-
agree until God gives us
clarity.

“In order to avoid
the temptation of
straying foo far from
our Great
Commission to
make disciples for
the Lord, The
Church has to
remind her people
to remain “in the
Spirit” as we
debate about things
“ot the flesh.”



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RELIGION

The Real Pageant

ACCORDING to the Webster
Dictionary the word pageant means: An
elaborate spectacle show or procession.

I don’t want to take anything away
from the recent Miss Universe or Miss
Bahamas pageants, but I have to won-
der what the vision and monetary full-
fillment of our government is as it
relates to pageants.

If the vision and the monetary fulfill-
ment of these pageants were somehow a
small fraction of the vision of our gov-
ernment to 1) help provide gainful
employment for the hurting Bahamian
families, 2) Send a clarion, zero-toler-
ance message to the criminal mind-set;
via swift justice and punishment, and 3)
provide an urgent expediting of a diver-
sified economy then the slogan “It's
Better in the Bahamas” as it relates to
the small Bahamians, would be true.

What the Bahamas is seeing today
and will continue to see in the coming
years, is what I call “Healthy
Distractions.” As good and as promo-
tional as the Miss Universe Beauty
Pageant and the other pageants that will
follow will be for the country, they are
all healthy distractions.

The true beauty of this nation cannot
be found in an event held at the high
priced Atlantis; but rather this beauty is
found within the common people of
whom various governments have failed
miserably.

Do you want to see this government
both (administration and opposition)
tremble in fear and immediately put the
brakes on the country's increasing mur-
der rate and other serious crimes?

Had it been that two or three of these
murders occurred on Paradise Island /
Atlantis where the true leader of both
the present and former government sits,
I can assure you that the prime minister,
the leader of the opposition and the
minister of national security would have
a total different outlook on capital pun-
ishment; and immediately resolve the
judicial mess in the court system.

But then again; for the most part




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these murders and other serious crimes
are being committed against the local
Bahamians and not on Paradise Island.

It seems as if prioritising matters of
national importance that will help in
developing and advancing the grass-
roots is of no urgency to the powers that
be. The deterioration of our once highly
educational system is at an all time low,
the ancient PMH and the Rand hospital
in Freeport will be with us until the Lord
comes; as hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars will continue to be wasted on cos-
metic repairs of these dinosaurs.

As a nation, we are proficient at host-
ing events that paint a beautiful external
picture; meanwhile internally the mass-
es are suffering. When it comes to
investing in and developing our people
to become shakers and movers in the
business world both locally and interna-
tionally our leaders show very little
interest.

Comparing the Bahamas today with
that of the Bahamas of 1960's from a
technology development perspective,
we're like an un-opened gift that's left
under the Christmas tree; whereby all of
our present day leaders are afraid of
opening and assisting in the develop-
ment of the gift. On the other hand, the
foreign investors sees the gifts and
immediately invests time and money in
developing the gifts which yields hun-
dreds / thousands-fold return on their
investment. After some ten to twenty
years of exploiting these gifts; the
investors often move onto other areas
leaving the people crying out to their
powerless governments for justice.

Here's what the Bible doesn’t say:
“Where there is no vision, the leaders
perish” No, but rather here's what it

The Tribune wants to hear from people

who are making news in their

neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are

raising funds for a good cause,
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vision, the people perish:

Listen! The lack of vision by leader-
ship to invest in and help to develop its }
people will by far and large always hurt }
and be detrimental first to the people. }
: "Therefore | say unto you, Take no thought

: : ? for your life, what ye shall eat, or
think. There's an old saying that says }

Every grassroot person in this country is
not as fooled / stupid as our leaders may

“You can fool some of the people some-
time, but you can't fool all the people all
the time”

start a new business in the Bahamas
either at the beginning or somewhere
down the line; one way or another had
to render some kind of favour or kick-
back to the powers that be. Therefore
when it comes to governments standing
up and blatantly defending the rights of
exploited employees by
investors; these thugs / government have
to remain silent or speak under their
breath.

leaders and their friends in high places;

many of these investors have taken their

investments to other countries.

This ancient corrupt practice happens ‘
to be the foundation of which many of }
our existent establishments and systems :

throughout the length and breath of the : ,
? who is over a number of churches resort-

Bahamas were built upon.

Think about this! Why is it that no }
PLP or FNM government is able to }
bring relief to the island of Grand }

Bahama / Freeport?

Watch this!

The BEAST of Grand Bahama (The i

Grand Bahama Port Authority), from bishop say if he had actually shot the
the time of Sir Lynden to this present } YOU8 Man in his yard.

day has financially contaminated the what we open doors to. Another pastor
system, thereby gaining fll authonty | SM at He travels wth a glass under
? asked why, by the person cleaning his car,
: : i he said it is because he was “ a man of
enjoy being swung by eloquent speak- : Gad
ing, compromising politicians, lawyers : 4

and weak religious leaders concerning ce salicseall on: Clee don't believe He can

: protect us, how can we expect anyone
: else to believe God? Simply put we born
? again believers have to get rid of our
? "Plan B" and just trust God. I know that
? can be diffcult (trusting God) when you
? need things to happen and it seems like

(Ain't Long Now, The Storm is Over; : nothing is.

Bahamas’ political, legal and religious

to do as it pleases.
It's a fact that Grand Bahamians

the true future of Grand Bahama; as
their heritage is being stolen and sold
right in their faces.

But then again, their heritage doesn’t
matter to them; for all they really want
is political rhetoric and promises.

It's a Matter of Trust) yeah right !

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says in Prov 29: 18. Where there is no

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what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body,

i what ye shall put on. Is not the life
? more than meat, and the body than rai-
i ment?"

As a people, we may not say much; }
but we do know that every foreign }
investor that is allowed to invest and }

MATT 6:25-33

IN an article some months ago, I

? shared that we as Christians do not really
? "trust" God totally. We put in place,
? "Plan B" just in case God doesn’t work
: out or He takes too long, We have a plan.
? So many of us, if we are honest with our-
? selves will admit that when we take mat-
i ters into our own hands, we mess things
foreign up.
i The Bible tells us that, "It is in God
i? that we live, move and have our being."
? How is it that we think that we can do

Then also there are some foreign }
investors of integrity who refused to }
give into the demands of our corrupt :
? do all things through Christ who gives us

anything in and of ourselves? We per-
suade ourselves that we can do anything
all by ourselves when in actuality, we can

strength and nothing in of ourselves.

I went to a funeral last month and the
bishop said that he had to use his hand-
gun to scare an intruder off his property.
Now there is somethig very wrong with
this picture. How isit that a bishop, a man

ing to a hand gun? Didn't God say cast
your cares upon Him because He cares
for us?

The Bible also tells us that our warfare

? is not carnal. Why is it then that we are
? taking matters into our own hands with

weapons such as guns? What would that

As the church we have to be careful

What example is that for the world? If

Guess what? God ‘gat’ you He always

? did. He has to do what He says He will
? do. God's word can’t return to Him void,
: it has to do what it was set out to do. He
E-mail:pastormallen@yahoo.com or Ph.1- :

? He's always on time.

may not come when you want Him to but
PG 30 ®@ Thursday, September 17, 2009 RELIGION The Tribune

Communication is the key to passionate lovemaking

A Christian Prospective - PART 1

By REV DR WESLEY L
THOMPSON

Mt Pleasant Green Baptist
Church International

The Law is for the lawless. It is the
responsibility of any civil government to
create and enforce laws for the protection
of its citzens.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 reads, “Knowing
this, that the law is not made for a right-
eous man, but for the lawless and dis-
obedient, for the ungodly and for sin-
ners, for unholy and profane, for mur-
derers of fathers and murderers of
mothers, for manslayers, for whore-
mongers, for them that defile them-
selves with mankind, for men stealers,
for liars, for perjured persons, and if
there be any other thing that is contrary
to sound doctrine;”

Governments are ordained by God.
He sets up and pulls down.

Psalm 75:6-7 reads, “For promotion
cometh neither from the east, nor from
the west, nor from the south. But God
is the judge: He putteth down one, and
sitteth up another.”

Romans 13:1-2 reads, “Let every soul
be subject unto the higher powers. For
there is no power but of God: the pow-
ers that be are ordained by God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the
power, resisteth the ordinance of God:
and they shall receive to themselves
damnation.”

Simply put: let every person be loyal-
ly subject to the governing civil authori-
ties. For there is no authority except
from God (by His permission, His sanc-
tion and those that exist do so by God's
appointment).

Therefore, he that resists and sets
himself up against the authorities
resists what God has appointed and
arranged in divine order. And those
who resist will bring down judgment
upon themselves, receiving the penalty
due them.

Proverbs 8:15 reads, “By me kings
reign, and princes decree justice.”

I believe the Word of God sanctions
the responsibility of a government to
protect its citizens. Amending The
Sexual Offences Act to outlaw marital
rape will enlighten men who think
archaically about their concept of

woman. They look at their wives as
chattel or property.

This law will support Ephesians 5:21:
husbands and wives be subject to one
another out of reverence for Christ (the
Messiah, the Anointed One).

1 Peter 3:7-8 reads, “Likewise, ye
husbands, dwell with them according to
knowledge, giving honor unto the wife,
as unto the weaker vessel, and as being
heirs together of the grace of life; that
your prayers be not hindered. Finally,
be ye all of one mind, having compas-
sion one of another, love as brethren,
be pitiful, be courteous:”

We must not twist 1 Corinthians 7:1-
5 which gives one the legal right to have
sexual intercourse with one’s spouse
with their consent. The husband
should give his wife her conjugal rights,
goodwill, kindness and what is due her
as his wife and likewise the wife to her
husband.

For the wife does not have exclusive
authority and control over her own
body, but the husband has his rights.
Likewise, also the huband does not
have exclusive authority and control
over his body, but the wife has her

rights.

1 Corinthians 7:5 is where the word
‘communication’ is referred to.
“Defraud ye not one the other, except
it be with consent for a time, that ye
may give yourselves to fasting and
prayer; and come together again, that
Satan tempt you not for your inconti-
nency.”

With consent - there are other emer-
gencies that need to be communicated
to your spouse although sexual inter-
course is a marital right.

Forget what you have learned about
sex from locker rooms or association
with friends and relatives. Every cou-
ple should know how to make love in a
way that is honorable and that brings
satisfaction to both the husband and
the wife.

The amendment to The Sexual
Offences Act to outlaw marital rape
calls for communication. The God kind
of love is centered around giving. It
says, I want to please you more than
myself. It is not concerned with its own
selfish interests, motives or agendas.
Love is more concerned with meeting
your spouse's needs than your own.

Torah that survived Holocaust finds home 1 in Miami

MIAMI

RABBI Danny Marmorstein uses the
Yiddish word "bashert" to describe how
a Torah created in 19th-century Eastern
Europe survived the Nazi regime in near-
perfect condition and landed a world
away at his tiny synagogue, according to
the Associated Press.

"Tt means 'meant to be,
this was meant for us."

The 131-year-old Torah is being cele-
brated at Congregation Ahavat Olam for
the first time on Rosh Hashanah, offer-
ing a powerful symbol on the endurance
of the Jewish faith.

The sheepskin scroll was believed to
have been completed in 1878, the date of
the inscription on its wooden handle. The
handle also bears the name of the couple
who donated it to their congregation in
Moravske Budejovice, in what is now the
Czech Republic.

It was kept in a warehouse with other
Torahs and Judaica after Hitler came to
power, coming under the Nazis’ control.
After the Nazis fell, the cache from the
Central Jewish Museum in Prague was
controlled by communists who eventual-
ly sold the scroll and 1,563 others to a
London synagogue in 1963.

That repository, the Memorial Scrolls

om

he said, "and

David Adame/AP Photo

Trust, has given the Torahs to congrega-
tions, museums and other groups as sym-
bols of survival of the faith and a connec-
tion to all the Jews lost during the
Holocaust.

"We've sent them all over the world,"
said Evelyn Friedlander, the London-
based curator of the trust, "and they've
come back to life.”



The scroll came to Miami after
Marmorstein placed the synagogue's
name on a waiting list several years back.
Like all the trust's scrolls, it remains the
property of the London organization, on

indefinite loan to the temple.
Congregations are chosen, in part, based
on their desire to incorporate the scroll
into their worship.

IN THIS Aug. 28, 2009
photo, Steve Andrews,
left center, of
Congregation Ahavat
Olam kisses their newly
obtained Torah as he
passes it to Minda
Feldheim, right, during a
procession to the
Synagogue through the
streets of Miami. Rabbi
Danny Marmorstein uses
the Yiddish word "bash-
ert’ to describe how a
Torah created in 19th-
century Eastern Europe
survived the Nazi regime
in near-perfect condition
and landed a world away
at his tiny synagogue.

At Ahavat Olam, the Torah was wel-
comed last month with a procession from
Marmorstein’s house to the Methodist
church about a mile away where the 100-
member congregation has been renting
space for worship. It was to be read for
the first time and be the subject of the
rabbi's sermon when the congregants cel-
ebrate the Jewish new year on Friday.
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NaRG LOY
TODAY

ST. James
Anglican Church
is shown in
Newport Beach,
Calif.,
Wednesday, Aug.
19, 2009. St.
James Anglican,
in the Diocese of
Los Angeles, is
OyaeMe mea: T
dozen individual
parishes and four
dioceses nation-
wide that voted to
split from the
national church
after the 2003
consecration of
the first openly
gay Episcopal
bishop in New
Hampshire.

Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

RELIGION

Thursday, September 17, 2009 ® PG 31

‘Christian money
‘guru gets rich
mixing faith, funds

: BRENTWOOD, Tenn.

WITH the economy gasping for life

; last spring, about 1.3 million people
? gathered in 5,600 churches nation-
? wide to behold the nation's leading
? prophet of personal finance.

Televised live from a church in

i Edmond, Okla., Dave Ramsey's
? infomercial-style "Town Hall for
i Hope" was a masterful mix of inspi-
? ration, humor, advice, marketing and
i the Bible from a man dressed in
? jeans, dark jacket and an open-collar
: shirt.

"Hope is a gift of the Holy Spirit,”

? Ramsey told a nationwide audience
i that included the Fox Business
? Network, available in 50 million
i homes. Later: "The Bible says the
? diligent prosper."

At its core, the 90-minute show was

: a millionaire preaching to a strug-
i gling flock, and it raised anew the
? question of whether Ramsey's hugely
? profitable, tax-paying business —
? which he describes as a ministry —
i fits with Jesus’ teachings.

It's a question John Hoffman

: began asking as he immersed himself
iin Ramsey's financial lessons for
? months. He listened on the radio,
? bought books, took Ramsey's finan-
i cial management course at a church
? and paid for a $10-a-month subscrip-
? tion to his Web site.

Hoffman came away from it all

i feeling like Ramsey's intermingling
? of faith and finances was some sort of
? unholy alliance.

"It's not a ministry. To me, it’s an

: insult to the word," said Hoffman,
? who lives near Logan, Kan. "It would
? be nice if it got out of the churches
? and got into the mainstream."

Ramsey doesn't deny mixing reli-

i gion and business, and he doesn't
? apologize for getting rich doing it,
? either. Business is a ministry, he says,
i and good ones prosper by serving
? people the way God wants them to.

"Worship is work-ship, so I don't

: separate work from ministry,”
i? Ramsey said recently at his head-
? quarters in suburban Nashville,
i where he does his syndicated radio
: and cable TV shows. Bible verses,
? crosses and photos of Ramsey deco-
i: rate the building.

In the beginning, as now, Ramsey's

i refrain was similar to the financial
? teachings of John Wesley, who started
i the Methodist movement more than
: 200 years ago: Earn all you can, save
; all you can, give away all you can.


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THIS June 29, 2009 photo shows Gianni Bisoli during an interview in Verona, Italy. Bisoli has accused Verona’'s late bishop, Monsignor Giuseppe Carraro, who is being con-
sidered for beatification, of molesting him on five separate occasions while he was a student at Verona's Provolo Institute for the deaf, which he attended from age 9 to 15.

In the Vatican's

BACKYARD

VERONA, Italy

ITHAPPENED night after night, the
deaf man said, sometimes in the priest's
bedroom, sometimes in the bathroom,
even in the confessional, according to
the Associated Press.

When he was a young boy at a
Catholic-run institute for the deaf,
Alessandro Vantini said, priests sodom-
ized him so relentlessly he came to feel
"as if I were dead." This year, he and
dozens of other former students did
something highly unusual for Italy:
They went public with claims they were
forced to perform sex acts with priests.

For decades, a culture of silence has
surrounded priest abuse in Italy, where
surveys show the church is considered
one of the country’s most respected
institutions. Now, in the Vatican's back-
yard, a movement to air and root out
abusive priests is slowly and fitfully tak-
ing hold.

A yearlong Associated Press tally has
documented 73 cases with allegations of
sexual abuse by priests against minors
over the past decade in Italy, with more
than 235 victims. The tally was com-
piled from local media reports, linked
to by Web sites of victims groups and
blogs. Almost all the cases have come
out in the seven years since the scandal
over Roman Catholic priest abuse
broke in the United States.

The numbers in Italy are still a mere
trickle compared to the hundreds of
cases in the court systems of the United
States and Ireland. And according to
the AP tally, the Italian church has so
far had to pay only a few hundred thou-
sand euros (dollars) in civil damages to
the victims, compared to $2.6 billion in
abuse-related costs for the American
diocese or eurol.1 billion ($1.5 billion)
due to victims in Ireland.

However, the numbers still stand out
in a country where reports of clerical

sex abuse were virtually unknown a
decade ago. They point to an increasing
willingness among the Italian public
and — slowly — within the Vatican
itself to look squarely at a tragedy
where the reported cases may only just
be the tip of the iceberg. The Italian
church will not release the numbers of
cases reported or of court settlements.

The implications of priest abuse loom
large in Italy: with its 50,850 priests in a
nation of 60 million, Italy counts more
priests than all of South America or
Africa. In the United States — where
the Vatican counts 44,700 priests in a
nation of 300 million — more than 4,000
Catholic clergy have been accused of
molesting minors since 1950.

The Italian cases follow much the
same pattern as the U.S. and Irish scan-
dals: Italian prelates often preyed on
poor, physically or mentally disabled,
or drug-addicted youths entrusted to
their care. The deaf students’ speech

impairments, for example, made the
priests’ admonition "never to tell” all
the more easy to enforce.

In this predominantly Roman
Catholic country, the church enjoys
such an exalted status that the pope's
pronouncements frequently top the
evening news, without any critical com-
mentary. Even those with anti-clerical
views acknowledge the important role
the church plays in education, social
services and caring for the poor.

As a result, few dare to criticize it,
including the mainstream independent
and state-run media. In addition,
there's a certain prudishness in small-
town Italy, where one just doesn't
speak about sex, much less sex between
a priest and a child.

"It's a taboo on top of a taboo," said
Jacqueline Monica Magi, who prose-
cuted several pedophilia cases in Italy
before becoming a judge. "This is the
provincialism of Italy."

Breaking the conspiracy of silence,
67 former students from Verona's
Antonio Provolo institute for the deaf
signed a statement alleging that sexual
abuse, pedophilia and corporal punish-
ment occurred at the school from the
1950s to the 1980s at the hands of
priests and brothers of the
Congregation for the Company of
Mary.






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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.246THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS, SUN, T-STORM HIGH 90F LOW 79F F ORMER Olympian and celebrated Bahamian athlete Andrew Tynes has beenc harged with indecently assaulting a 16-year-old boy. Tynes appeared at Magistrates Court yesterday andp led not guilty to the charge b efore Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez. It is alleged that Tynes a ssaulted the boy between A ugust 1 and August 27, 2009, during his capacity as a physical education teacher at the C C Sweeting Senior High School. Tynes, of West Bay S treet, appeared visibly upset as he was led out of the courtroom. He wasg ranted $6,000 bail with one surety. He was also ordered to stay away from the com p lainant and witnesses in t he case. The 37-year-old track star is a former national 200m etres record holder and h as represented the country at the Carifta games, CAC Championships, Pan Am Games, World Cham Andrew T ynes pleads not guilty The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FILET-O-FISH www.tribune242.com Olympics star charged with assault on boy ANDREW TYNES is pictured leaving court yesterday. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Fox Hill gang ‘wars’ prompt town meeting W ITH the people of F ox Hill caught in the m iddle of warring gang f actions, a town meeting was held last night at St Paul’s Baptist Church by MP Fred M itchell to address this s harp rise in shootings in the community. W ith people having been shot, stabbed, and homes fired upon in recent weeks, the police along with other community leaders were called upon to address the audience. A ccording to police Inspector Marlon Fulford the majority of t hese incidents are tak ing place in and around Johnson, Adderley, andR eeve’s streets with the m ajority of the reports he said being blamed on an ongoing feud SEE page eight FORMER PLP Chairm an Raynard Rigby has called on Opposition leader Perry Christie to demand that Obie Wilchombe step down as chair of the party's upcoming convention. Mr Rigby challenged Mr Christie to live up to recent statements he made about the "consequences" people would face if they oper ated beyond the rules of the organisation. He added that as long as Mr Christie allowed Mr Wilchcombe to retain his position, while running for the deputy leadership post, the party would remain divided. "I must assume that the rules which he refers, whether written or by cus tom, address the issue of transparency, accountability and fairness in the electoral process," Mr Rigby said in a statement yester day, referencing comments Mr Christie made earlier this week on a radio talk show. "He (Mr Christie also assume, rightly, that those members of the Par ty that do not support the candidacy of Obie Wilchcombe for deputy leader Rigby:Christie should demand Wilchcombe steps down as chair of PLP convention SEE page eight A CHINESE concern is planning to carry out large scale farm ing in Abaco. Edison Key, executive chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC dous boost” for the agricultural sector. Mr Key took Yiqing Sun, director of the Shandong High-speed Quila Construction Group, National Stadium Project, and interpreter Baoquo Xing on an exploratory tour of what is being offered in Abaco. The team also included BAIC general manager Benjamin Rah ming, and assistant general manager (agriculture “We enjoyed our visit and we are very satisfied with the land con ditions for agricultural development,” said Mr Xing. “You have Chinese planning lar ge scale farming in Abaco SEE page eight SEE page 10 PRESIDENT Barack Obama has included the Bahamas and three other Caribbean countries in a major narcotics list present ed to the United States Congress. Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic were also named on the 2009 list, along with 16 other countries around the world determined to be major producers of illicit drugs or key transit points for the sub stances. The Bahamas is recognised as being a major drugtransit country because of its location between drugproducing nations in South America and the United States, and was also includ ed in the major narcotics report last year. A spokesman for the US Embassy in Nassau said the Bahamas government has also been commended in the report for its efforts to crack SEE page eight BARACK OBAMA (AP I N S I D E CLASSIFIEDSTRADER CLASSIFIEDSTRADER CLASSIFIEDSTRADER I N S I D E OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAY’STRIBUNE JOBSAND HELPWANTED L L O O A A D D S S O O F F CARS! CARS! CARS! President Obama includes Bahamas among Caribbean countries in major narcotics list

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LESLIE FRENCH (1 In the Bahamas today, many problems start from the home with the family structure. If you want to lead a country, you should lead by example. The prime minister, in my opinion should be married because he needs to send the right message.” COLMAN DARVILLE, BROKER (2 “Yes, I believe that the prime minister should be married. How can he lead our country without any family experience?” K IKI, 52 (3 “I think anyone running for the top office of prime minister s hould be married, it makes them look more responsible and they'd be sensitive to family issues. A perfect example would be to look at all the scandals surrounding our unmarried politicians. We need someone who has a family and can respond to the needs and u nderstand what's going on in the family.” CARSON HEPBURN, 51, SOLOMON’S MINES (4 “As a married man the prime minister would command more respect from society. You have people dependi ng on you and a greater sense of responsibility. It makes you more striving and stronger, especially if you have children. This will give you a deeper love of people and society. An unmarried man might be thinking ‘Who cares? Its just me’.” W ILLIAMS, 60, TAYLOR INDUSTRIES (5 “I agree because the prime minister should present the image of a stern, firm family man.” SHAWN BUCHANAN, 25 (6 “I wouldn't say it's necessary but it looks better for the community that he’s a married man and has a family.” ISAAC LEON ROKER, 56 (7 “It would show me that he has a sense of responsibility, that he has a family. I think that should be one of the requirements.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NewExtendedBanking Hours Money Centre @ Robin HoodPersonal Loans Savings Accounts Mortgages Visa Cash Card Western Union Asue TM [ Accepts all banks Visa Cards ]Phone CardsProducts & Services Meet Our Team MonFri9:30am7:00pm Saturdays9:00am5:00pm P ictured form (Left to RightJason Ferguson, Operations Manager Shameca Knowles, Personal Banking Ofcer Michelle Bethel, Branch Manager Clarice Gibson, Operations Representative Julie Nixon, Ambassador & Customer Service Representative Should the prime minister of the Bahamas be a married man? T ALK STREET 1 2 3 456 7

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 3 By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENT is working on addressing a litany of complaints from parents, teachers and staff about the less than stellar state of the newly-constructe d Anatol Rodgers High School. T he school’s parking lot is dotted with large muddy puddles and pot holes, and contractors are busy installing drainage wells – creating an eyesore for both students and teachers. M inister of Education Carl Bethel said h e understands why people are frustrate d over the school's external appearance but added that government has faced with circumstances beyond its control. Mr Bethel said the construction work w as complicated by a discrepancy between the estimated contract price and the actual cost of building the school tof it certain necessary design changes, which led to cost overruns. H e explained that the additional funds n eeded to carry out the repairs had to be a pproved by Cabinet before they could b e released. "At the end of the day it's all been reviewed by Cabinet which has approved the extra funding. . . That was one of the r easons that caused some delay," said M r Bethel. H e also explained that the site of the s chool – which had already been chosen when he assumed office in 2007 – is a l ow lying plot in southwestern New Providence prone to flooding. " Now that the final parameters have b een set, there are some difficulties because the land, which we met chosen, is low lying," he told The Tribune yesterday. C ontractors have been drilling on the s ite to install new drainage wells. Their work, coupled with recent rainy weather, h as created the muddy puddles lining the school's parking lot. He added that contractors have drilled eight of the 12 wells needed at the school.H e said this process has been hampered b ecause contractors can only drill on the weekends, when students are not in school. The other four wells will be drilled over the next several weeks and outstanding jobs – including pipe and park i ng lot light installation, and construc tion of the school's sports facility – are expected to be completed by January,2 010. Mr Bethel explained that the school opened on time this fall semester, in spite o f outstanding aesthetic challenges, to accommodate the influx of nearly 3,000 new students into the public school system. H e also said students of the school – which first opened its doors in Septem ber, 2008 – have performed at abovea verage levels. The cost to build the school was originally pegged at $8.5 million but design c hanges and additional work has pushed the price-tag to an estimated $14 million, Mr Bethel told the media at a press conference at the school's campus yes t erday. Government responds to complaints over new school I N ADDITIONto being showcased to millions of people around the world in the booklet of Mariah Carey’s upcoming album, the Bahamas is also being promot e d in the popular fashion magazine Elle. In the October 2009 edition, the magazine reproduced some of the pages of the CD’s booklet in the form of a special insert f or its readers. A n entire page in the publication is dedicated to promoting a competition to win a trip to Eleuthera, where the superstar singer celebrated her wedding to televi sion presenter Nick Cannon in May last year. In the ad, Eleuthera is named Mariah Carey’s favourite island in the Bahamas. It is described as an unspoiled vacation par adise with breath-taking beaches and crys tal clear turquoise waters. Elle readers are asked to go to www.Bahamas.com/Mariah to enter a comp etition to win a five-day trip for two to the Cove hotel in Eleuthera. The booklet for the album, titled “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel”, is a co-pro d uction with Elle Magazine that will fea ture advertisements for the Bahamas, Elizabeth Arden and Le Mtier De Beaut cosmetics, Angel pink champagne and Carm en Steffens shoes from Brazil. A t a cost of $35,000, this new way of promoting the Bahamas has been hailed as a “great idea” by former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe. The West End and Bimini MP said he believes the return on the investment could be significant. Mariah Carey’s last album sold over 430,000 copies in the first week, and Elle Magazine said its American edition reach es 5.1 million readers. The magazine’s October edition is on newsstands now, while the album will be released on September 29. Bahamas pr omotion in Mariah Carey album f eatures in fashion magazine TWO Jamaican men were sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the seizure of nearly half a mil lion dollars worth of marijuana. Curtis Marsden, 33, and Delroy Brown, 44, both of Jamaica, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of conspiracy to posses, conspiracyto import, possession with the intent to supply and importation of 488 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were contained in sacks, packages and buck ets found in bushes not far from the sea in Scrub Hill, Long Island, on May 5, 2008. Following investigations, Marsden and Brown were arrested in Simms, Long Island. The two men had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges and stood trial. On Tuesday, before Magistrate Carolita Bethel delivered her ruling in the matter, both men pleaded guilty to the charges. Marsden and Brown were sentenced to 30 month impris onment each. Jamaican men get 30 months for drug charges W ORK GOES ON d uring the school hours at Anatol Rodgers High School. 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. Hi, Just like to say how happy I am to have you guys online. The pictures are wonderful and the articles are great. I live in Florida and really appreciate being able to read The Tribune online. When I lived home I pur chased the Tribune daily. It is great that readers are given the opportunity to comment on articles. Way to go! Thanks. LONEICE Florida, USA September, 2009. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path (Proverbs: 3:5-6 EDITOR, The Tribune. Please allow us some space in your most valuable column to share on a meaningful, enlight-e ning and true story that took place in Fox Hill just a few days ago. We really don’t know who Karen White was singing to when she denied being someo ne’s super woman, but we here in the Fox Hill community can truly say that Senator Dr J acinta Higgs is our “Super W oman”. It all started before now, the president of the New Breed Sporting Club went out in s earch of sponsors for the Fox Hill summer youth programme. T he response came quickly f rom the Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell that there was no mone y to support any programme of this sort in Fox Hill. At this time we did not r eceive any word from Senator H iggs only that she was deal ing with some historical proj ect. The children were made to believe that this government don’t care about them in Fox Hill and that if they wanted to be a part of the government summer programmes they needed to find their way down to the sports centre or some other facility, despite the other programmes being sponsored by government as satellite pro grammes all over the Bahamas o n a annual basis. Not being one to give up on o ur children and being denied a s ty pin by the ministry of sports this year, using his club as a satellite programme for thep eople of Fox Hill to have a sporting venue, Coach Davis then targeted the private busi n ess’s in the community. Feel ing disappointed in both leading political party representatives and with a few minor support and his own finances, his annual six week programmes tarted on schedule. Just when it looked like the club would have to close early, t he children from the New Breed Sports Club received a surprise visit from Mrs Claus in the person of Senator Jacinta Higgs who paid for the entire summer programme, including summer books, club team shirts and $700 cash to assist with other bills that were already accum ulated at this time. The children were able to have the best programme in its 12 years of e xistence and have yet to receive any sort of sponsorship from the MP Minister Fred M itchell in cash or otherwise showing interest in our young b oys in Fox Hill, not even with an ice cooler for the children to have cold water. We have no one to blame but ourselves. We voted these strangers in t hinking they would understand o ur plight and do well for our children’s future and turned our back on our own, may Godh elp us. Our Summer programme came to a successful end andj ust when we were about to part, we got a call from Senator Higgs who included us to part icipate in the cleaning up of three of the historical sites (the ocean/blue holes, Judge Sandilands and Pa Bey home sites) of the Fox Hill Heritage Tour that was to be launched on Fox Hilld ay in a joint effort with Mrs P ortia Sands of the Fox Hill Urban Renewal Centre and the Ministry of Tourism. We gladlya ccepted the contract, wow a chance to be a part of Fox Hill’s h istory while making some money for school supplies. Sen ator Higgs you are the best. T o be brief, just before school opened Senator Higgs assisted one of Nassau’s top three basketball guards, ay oung Fox Hill boy, live out his childhood dream in sending him off to school in the UnitedS tates. This boy is the first person in his family to go off to any school in the United States and in the words of Senator Higgs she can identify with his excitem ent seeing that she too was the first person in her family to go off to college. S he reminded him that he will not only be an ambassador for Fox Hill, but for the Bahamas and that no matter what he was to always hold his head up high with pride. Sentiments that can only c ome from a Senator, Member of Parliament or Prime Minister that has walked this path before identifying with the pain, joy and accomplishments of a people they truly live amongst and desire to be a servant too. We don’t know if our MP Minister Mitchell has to give a n account to the Prime Minist er, but the New Breed Sports C lub placed bleachers on Fox Hill Park and the bleachers n eed a proper roof over it for shelter from the elements when hosting outdoor events. Like other communities, Fox H ill children deserve some love f rom the government as well. W hile Senator Higgs can be seen assisting us Fox Hill cons tituents even with little back to school supplies with seemi ngly little or no help from any government, our MP is said to be collecting but neglecting what is really needed in FoxH ill. W e have scrapped to make one of our dreams, the Fox Hill community Heritage Tour, a success and hope that both gove rnments and Mr Mitchell will g et on board and the Ministry o f Tourism would keep its word in rendering the necessary support and assistance as promised. In closing, on behalf of the N ew Breed Sports, all Fox Hillian’s and proud Bahamians everywhere we say, thank you Senator Jacinta Higgs, for all the love you have given and wea lso thank your family, for generously loaning you to us for such a time as this, especially your husband, Mr Higgs. We hope that the Govern m ent would see that they have a gem in you and realise that we in Fox Hill are daily learning to appreciate our own and hope we can some day see they d o as well. Continue on your steady course, because He who has begun a good work in you is f aithful to complete it. J acinta, all promotions come from Jehovah God, have a bless week. M INISTER S DAVIS N assau, September, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm A pplied Materials is one of the most important U.S. companies you’ve probably never heard of. It makes the machines that make the microchips that go inside your computer. The chip business, though, is volatile, so in 2004 Mike Splinter, AppliedM aterials’ CEO, decided to add a new business line to take advantage of the company’s n anotechnology capabilities making the machines that make solar panels. The other day, Splinter gave me a tour of the company’s Silicon Valley facility, culminating with a visit to its “war room,” where Applied m aintains a real-time global interaction with all 14 solar panel factories it’s built around t he world in the last two years. I could only laugh because crying would have been too embarrassing. N ot a single one is in America. Let’s see: Five are in Germany, four are in China, one is in Spain, one is in India, one is in Italy, one is in Taiwan and one is even in A bu Dhabi. I suggested a new company motto for Applied Materials’ solar business: “Invented here, sold there.” The reason that all these other countries a re building solar-panel industries today is because most of their governments have put in place the three perquisites for growing a r enewable energy industry: 1) any business or homeowner can generate solar energy; 2) if they decide to do so, the power utility has to connect them to the grid; and 3) the utility has to buy the power for a predictable period at a price that is a no-brainer good deal for the family or business putting thes olar panels on their rooftop. Regulatory, price and connectivity certainty, that is what Germany put in place, and that explains why Germany now genera tes almost half the solar power in the world today and, as a byproduct, is making itself the world-center for solar research, engi-n eering, manufacturing and installation. With more than 50,000 new jobs, the renew able energy industry in Germany is now second only to its auto industry. One thing that has never existed in America with our fragmented, stop-start solar subsidies isc ertainty of price, connectivity and regulation o n a national basis. That is why, although consumer demand for solar power has incrementally increased h ere, it has not been enough for anyone to have Applied Materials the world’s biggest solar equipment manufacturer b uild them a new factory in America yet. S o, right now, our federal and state subsidies for installing solar systems are largely paying for the cost of importing solar panels made in China, by Chinese workers, using hi-tech manufacturing equipment invented in Amer ica. Have a nice day. “About 95 percent of our solar business is o utside the U.S.,” said Splinter. “Our biggest U.S. customer is a German-owned company in Oregon. We sell them pieces of equipment.” If you read some of the anti-green commentary today, you’ll often see sneering ref-e rences to “green jobs.” The phrase is usually in quotation marks as if it is some kind of l iberal fantasy or closet welfare program (and as if coal, oil and nuclear don’t get all kinds of subsidies). Nonsense. In 2008, more silicon was consumed globally making solar p anels than microchips, said Splinter. We are seeing the industrialization of the solar business,” he added. “In the last 12 m onths, it has brought us $1.3 billion in revenues. It is hard to build a billion-dollar business.” A pplied sells its solar-panel factories for $200 million each. Solar panels can be made from many different semiconductors, includ ing thin film coated onto glass with nan-o technology and from crystalline silicon. At Applied, making these complex machines requires America’s best, high-paid talent people who can work at the intersection of c hemistry, physics and nanotechnology. If we want to launch a solar industry here, big-time, we need to offer the kind of longt erm certainty that Germany does or impose the national requirement on our utilities to generate solar power as China does or have the government build giant solar farms, the way it built the Hoover Dam, and sell the electricity. OK, so you don’t believe global warming i s real. I do, but let’s assume it’s not. Here is what is indisputable: The world is on track to add another 2.5 billion people by 2050, and many will be aspiring to live American-like, h igh-energy lifestyles. In such a world, renewable energy where the variable cost of your fuel, sun or wind, is zero will be inh uge demand. China now understands that. It no longer believes it can pollute its way to prosperity because it would choke to death. That is the most important shift in the world in the last 18 months. C hina has decided that clean-tech is going t o be the next great global industry and is now creating a massive domestic market for solar and wind, which will give it a great e xport platform. In October, Applied will be opening the world’s largest solar research center inX ian, China. G otta go where the customers are. So, if you like importing oil from Saudi Arabia, you’re going to love importing solar panels from China. (This article appears courtesy of THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN c.2009 New York Times News Service) Jacinta Higgs is definitely ‘Super Woman’ in Fox Hill LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Have a nice day It’s wonderful to read The Tribune online

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net OPTING not to outright declare that he is throwing his hat in the ring for the party’s top post at this time, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell maintains he is still prepared to run for the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP vention in October. Noting that there is still “a lot of time” between now and nomination day, Mr Mitchell told The Tribune yesterday in an exclusive interview that he wants the delegates and the public to know that his running is still very much a “live issue.” “Obviously you can’t choose yourself. You need to know what kind of support there is for it,and what direction the party will take. The leader has made some statements, so I am examining those statements to see what the forward movement of the party will be,” Mr Mitchell said. To date, only one candidate, Paul Moss, has officially launched his campaign to challenge current leader Perry Christie. While acknowledging that he fully appreciates the enthusiasm that Mr Moss brings to the contest, Mr Mitchell said that this bid is not a realistic one and cannot be seen as anything more than a “protest.” “My view is that s omeone who is not in the parliamentary group can’t realistically be leader of the PLP, because he can’t under the Constitution be leader of the Opposition. So what you would see there can o nly be a protest of candidacy. And while I appreciate the enthusiasm which he brings to it, I don’t think there is a realistic possibility of anything more than a protest. So it has to be someone in the parliamentary group in my view,” he said. Mr Mitchell said there are any number of persons within the party’s parliamentary group who could be leader. However, with a party which does not welcome the idea of change, Mr Mitchell said he hopes that if there is a leadership battle it will be over the different ideas and visions for the Bahamas’ future. “The other important point is that given the way the world has evolved, the country is looking at the PLP to see how it conducts these elections, because how we conduct these elections will determine what our image is for the future in people’s eyes. “We have to connect with independ ents. We lost independents by 12 percentage points in the last campaign and that is the target group in addition to our target base that we have to win over when the next election takes place. So there is g oing to be a very skillful set of ideas and programmes have to be put together to be able to attract the independents and to keep the base. And it has to be a very skillful campaign and it has to be well-funded and focused,” he said. There is essentially only little over a month for a leadership candidate to launch their campaign and to speak with delegates around the country. But Mr Mitchell questioned whether or not it is even necessary to “campaign”, as all of the prospective candidates are already “known quantities” within the party. “The point is everyone knows everyone and it is just the competing visions that have to be put (forward lic record of what has been said over the last year, and I think that message can go forth. It is just that the internal democracy has to be organised in a way where everybody believes it is fair and that applies to every o ffice,” he said. When asked if there is a possibility of the party losing funding or support if Mr Christie is returned as party leader during the convention, Mr Mitchell said that it is his view that whoever the leads the PLP, the party will b e “well organised and well funded.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Mitchell still prepared to run for PLP leader By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – The basket ball facility at the YMCA has been fully restored and will soon be used as the venue for major basketball tournaments on Grand Bahama. The Grand Bahama Port A uthority partnered with Basketball Travellers of the United States in restoring the basketball gymnasium, which was severely damaged by the hurricanes in 2004. Ian Rolle, GBPA president, Neil Holden of Basketball Trav ellers and Karen Pinder-John-s on, executive director of the YMCA, brought brief remarks at a press conference yesterday. Mr Rolle said he hopes that the facility will once again be the venue of choice for basketball tournaments as well as other community events here on the island. “We all are aware that the storms of 2004 com pletely destroyed the basketball facility at the Y, andd uring the month of April we partnered with Bas ketball Travellers to bring life back into this facility,” he said. “As you look around today you can see the benefits of this partnership. We thank Mr Holden and Sean McShane of Basketball Travellers because without their efforts and commitment this would have not been possible.” T he gymnasium has received new basketball flooring, rims, scoreboards and bleachers. This year, Basketball Travellers will bring 12 American teams to Grand Bahama to compete in a major basketball tournament. The company has been bringing teams to the Bahamas for many years. This is its seventh year in Grand Bahama. Mr Holding said Basketball Trav ellers was founded 24 years ago and has been organising tours to the Bahamas for the past 10 years. They have brought 20 to 30 teams to New Providence. The organisation started doing tours to Grand Bahama after a visit to the island seven years ago. Since then, the company has been partnering with the Ministry of Tourism to promote the Junkanoo Jam tournaments abroad. “We came here and loved what we saw and we have been having the tournaments here,” said Mr Holding. GB YMCAbasketball facility fully restored GINGER MOXEY ,president of Port Group Limited, holds court in the YMCA FRED MITCHELL

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Organisation seeks support in bid to rehabilitate ex-convicts C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A NEW organisation which seeks to rehabilitate ex-convicts and repeat offenders is asking the public’s support. Earlier this month, the National Leadership, Esteem, Ability, and Discipline (LEAD cially launched under the patronage of National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest. The institute aims to serve as a half-way home with programmes for post prison/correctional facility inmates. Founder Troy Clarke, who has an Associate’s degree in Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, said the institute works on the premise that everyone deserves a second chance to correct past mistakes and must be assisted when the will to reform is present. “One of the most vexing problems in Bahamian society is our inability to effectively re-integrate and re-socialise those who have paid their debt to society through the penal system. This sad reality leads to the additional suffering of men and women who in many cases have sufficiently suffered in the confines of an overcrowded, and under-resourced correctional facility,” Mr Clarke said. “It is also no secret that ex-convicts are ostracised because of the stigma attached to having been imprisoned. As a result of these problems, many are disillusioned, angry and embittered. The end product then is that many become repeat offenders, mistakenly believing that it may be better in prison than in a society that has no place for them. As proof of this, Her Majesty’s Prison here in Nassau boasts of having one of the highest rates of repeat offenders in the Caribbean.” The National LEAD Institute, Mr Clarke said, is requesting prayers, financial donations, technical support and any assistance that members of the public can provide. “It is our belief that all men fall sooner or later, but the good ones and the great ones will always get back up,” he said. Well-known church leader and best-selling author Dr Myles Munroe has also declared his support for the institute. EVERYONE involved managed to avoid injury after this three car pile-up which took placey esterday. The accident happened at around 4.15pm on Eastern Road. THREE CAR PILE-UP ON EAS TERN R O AD P ENSACOLA, Fla. PERDIDOKey firefighters say t wo Louisiana tourists drowned at Perdido Key beach and 11 swimmers were rescued off PensacolaB each, a ccording to Associated P ress . Authorities say they received a call Tuesday afternoon of swimm ers tangled in the beach’s strong r iptides. Firefighters found a 46year-old man on the shore, but CPR couldn’t revive the man. M eanwhile, Escambia Fire-Rescue Lt. Daniel Akerman says a 62year-old man was found dead andf loating in the Gulf. L ifeguards rescued 11 other swimmers from the rough surf. Reports say the swimmers were n ot injured. T wo tourist swimmers drown at Florida Beach T OMMY TURNQUEST N ATIONAL L EADERSHIP , E STEEM , A BILITY , AND D ISCIPLINE I NSTITUTE

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CLAIMS of violence and intimidation on the part of Immigration officers during a detention exercise in Abaco sparked a heated debate on tribune242.com, with several foreigners expressing outrage and vowing to never return to the Bahamas. The visitors’ angry comments were posted in response to a story in Tuesday’s Tribune in which it was claimed that officers carried cutlasses, threatened children with guns and used violence as they detained at least 165 Haitians of all ages and separated them from their families at around 4am on July 30. Sources told how children were left behind as their parents were sent to Haiti, and Bahamians born of Haitian parents were forced to bid farewell to relatives and friends, some of whom had lived in the Bahamas for decades. “Graham Russell” wrote: “I will not take my holiday in the Bahamas ever again! The wayyou treat people is disgusting and you will never see any ofmy tourist money again. I'm boycotting the Bahamas and encouraging my friends and family to do the same based on your treatment of Haitians. You people are terrible.” A Bahamian calling herself “Rosemerie” responded, commenting that the Immigration Department has to do “something about the Haitians”. She wrote: “These Haitians have invaded our country and are taking over. Their vast numbers will easily outnumber Bahamians in just a few years. Bahamians better stand up now for our country or we severely regret it later on. “I am tired of seeing Haitians everywhere you turnand hearing that Creole all over the place. This is the Bahamas, for Bahamians, not Haiti!!! “They need to be sent a clear message: Stay away, don't come here! Good job Immigration! And there is no such thing as Bahamians born of Haitian parents. You are what your parents are, no mat ter where you born; check the laws. Bahamians should have Bahamian blood, not Haitian running through there veins. Haitians do not love our country and are only using it for there financial gain.” Her comments sparked a long response from a com mentator who described him self as “Esai Ambo, Superior Court Ambassador”. Under the title, “Modern Civilization. We are all human beings,” he wrote: “Rosemerie, whatever planet youare from, you need help. I visited the Bahamas at least four times a year; the last time I was there would be the last time you'll see my tourist dol lar. “I understand that the laws of your country need to be respected, but human rights and human dignity are at risk here. The United Nations and Geneva Convention on Human Rights need to investigate the inhuman and cruel treatment against Haitians in the Bahamas. The Bahamian government should be investi gated for crimes against humanity and gross violations against human rights.” He said that all democratic nations must respect the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and quoted several Articles including: Article 3 – Everyone has the right to life, liberty and secu rity of person. Article 5 – No one shall be subjected to torture or to cru el, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Article 9 – No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. Article 14 – Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. Article 15 – Everyone has the right to a nationality. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nordenied the right to change his nationality. He also noted that the Bahamas Constitution states that a person born in this country after July 9, 1973 of foreign parents is entitled to apply for citizenship after his or her 18th birthday. Another commentator wrote: “The Bahamas is the most cultureless country in the West Indies / Caribbean. Haitians / Jamaicans are an asset to the Bahamas. Whenever I come to the Bahamas for business, the Bahamians are crass, rude, and you get this sense that they feel they are owed something . . . for what? Haitians and Jamaicans are pleasant, approachable, WORKING, ethical and have a rich history. “Rosemarie, without Haitians and Jamaicans the Bahamas would be an overpriced bush. God forbid that a Bahamian would have to do yard work. I mean . . . with the average student getting Ds they should all be entitled to jobs in high finance and management, right?” In a tribune242.com poll yesterday, readers were asked if Bahamian authorities should treat people better during raids and detention exercises. More than 100 people responded, 65 agreeing that, “Yes, all people deserve respect”, while 36 said “No, they shouldn't be here in the first place”. Conchy Joe said: “No Doubt about it, everybody should be shown respect. The question is, how much respect was shown to the officers by these Haitians as they were being rounded up? I speak from experience, Haitians show great disrespect to Bahamiansin Abaco. If indeed the officers were inhumane, were they reacting to the actions of the people they were trying to capture? You can't just accept as fact what Haitians say happened. They may be trying to gain sympathy by claiming abuse. “My question to Bahamians is, do you realise what is going on in our country? There has been an invasion underway for decades. The first wave of Haitians were mild mannered, hard working people, for the most part. Those that were able to stay here have had children. Haitians believe in edu cation, they make sure their children get as good an education as is possible. By compar ison most Bahamian "parents" don't demand the best from their children’s schoolwork because they themselves place little worth it a good education. So we have a situation where immigrants are quickly surpassing Bahamians in edu cation / employability. The day is soon coming, if not already here, when Haitian-Bahami ans will be rising to the top while Bahamians will be forced to do the very jobs (manual labour) their forefathers were allowed to stay here to do.” Tanya warned that Bahamians “better wake up before we turn in Haiti”. “It does not matter to me what any foreigner says about we treating Haitians inhumanely, this is my Bahamas! I live here and I see my country being invaded and taken over by Haitians. I don't even recognise this country anymore. America doesn't want Haitians over there, so why should we put up with them here? Haitians hate Bahamians and want to take over this country, they will say anything to make us look bad. Bahami ans you better ignore these lib eral, bleeding hearts and stand up for your country, before we become Little Haiti! How would you like a Haitian prime minister? You better watch out, its coming! It ain’t long now! Think about that, and how are they going to treat Bahamians then.” Robert P, responded, saying: “I imagine they would treat us just as bad as we treat them – and we would deserve it. This is not about whether we should let all illegals stay or whether we should get rid of them, but HOW we go about getting rid of them . . . If we treat them inhumanely we are no better than animals and as such, have no right to claim a country for ourselves. Humans populate countries, not cruel beasts.” Leo also responded to Tanya, asking: “What is ‘Your Bahamas’? This desperate search for national identity when your land is made up of former loyalists, former slaves, and immigrants from countries as diverse as Haiti, Jamaica, Canada, the UK, and sundry other countries. There are no Arawaks left anymore, last time I checked, so let's be clear – nobody has a claim to "own" this land TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHERS. Tanya, for "Haitian" why don't you try a history lesson and i nsert ‘former slave’?” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM f ntbf 't # &$ %%%! $UH\RXWLUHGRIWUDIF" :RUNLQWKHDOPGDOHDUHD"7 RIIRQWURVH$$ 8QIXUQLVKHGFHQWUDOZDWHU )LUVWODVWSOXVVHFXULW\GHSRVLWf Claims of violence by Immigration officers spark online debate T HECOMMENTS a ppeared on T he Tribune website which can be found at tribune242.com

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Among the concerns are reports that individuals arer andomly firing gunshots in the air, frightening the lawabiding people people who live in the area. Since these initial reports, the police are now searching for a man who many be thec atalyst for much of the shootings in and around the area. He is described as being slim built, clean cut, around6 ft tall, and in his late 20s to early 30s. This suspect, whose name is not being released, is reportedly well known to the police and was recently released from Her Majesty’sP rison. T he public is advised to not approach the suspect as he is said to be armed and dangerous. down on drug-trafficking by working with the US government and Haitian authorities. Under the Foreign Relat ions Authorisation Act, the P resident is required to notify Congress of countries he determines to be major illicit drug-producing countries or major drug-transit countries on an annual basis. B olivia, Brazil, Burma, C olombia,Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Laos, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela are also listed. Of the 20 nations, President Obama said Bolivia,B urma and Venezuala, “failed demonstrably” over the last 12 months, to adhere to international counter-narcotic agreements and take c ounter-narcotic measures set forth in US law. H owever, the Department of State also pointed out that, “a country’s presence on the list does not necessarily reflect its counternarcotics efforts nor does it reflect its cooperation with the United States.” T he designation can reflect a combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to be produced and/or trafficked through a country despite its own best efforts. W hen a country does not l ive up to its obligations under international counternarcotics agreements and conventions, the President determines that the country has, “failed demonstrably.”S uch a designation can lead t o sanctions. In compiling the list, the President may also execute a waiver for listed countries if he determines that continued assistance from the United States is in the national inter-e st of the US. President Obama issued a national interest waiver for Bolivia and Venezuela so the United States may continue to support civil society programs and small communityd evelopment programs in V enezuela, and agricultural development, exchange programs, small enterprise development and police training programs among others in Bolivia. E ven without such a waive r, humanitarian assistance and counter-narcotics assistance may continue. w ill recognise the possible advantages (whether real or fanciful) that may accrue to him as long as he continues as Convent ion Chair and they will t hereby become harde ned in their view that the electoral process was clothed in unfairness andf avouristism. " Given these percept ions and Mr Christie’s s entiments, he must recognise that as leader he must be seen as the ‘unifier’ and therefore should not either engage in or be a party to any act which sends a perception t hat he favours one cand idate to the disadvan tage of the others. Or,t hat one candidate can c onsistently break the r ules of the organisation without fear of penalty. "The same ‘rules’ of t he organisation that Mr Christie speaks, demand that the leader address the obvious conflict that exists with the serving convention chair also running in the election f or the post of deputy l eader.” M r Rigby stressed that h e was not attacking Mr W ilchombe's integrity b ut added that the issue created "the appearance of a conflict of interest". "This appearance of c onflict between duty and self interest in the position of Convention Chairw ill undermine public confidence in the Party as a fair and democratic organisation, as well asr einforce the political p ropaganda that the PLP is a corrupt organisation," said Mr Rigby. " It is always my view and belief that leaders should act at the highest level of accountabilitya nd should always demand transparency and maturity in their political organisations,a nd this must equally apply when it comes to the election of party o ffices. The public must be a ssured that the PLP is prepared to do what is right. On this occasion we have thus far failed. "I trust that the leader would now do what he knows is the right thing and demand for Mr Wilchcombe to relinquish the post of Convention Chair. “This is the right, honourable and decent course that must be taken," said Mr Rigby. p ionships and the Olympics. He also co-holds the Bahamian record in the 4x100 metres relay, achieved with teammates Renward Wells, Dominic Demeritte and Iram Lewis. A fter the hearing, Tynes' attorney Ramona Farquharson said he intends to aggressively fight the charges against him. " He's asked me to convey to the entire Bahamian comm unity, in particular his family and friends, his former stud ents and their parents that he is absolutely innocent of these charges," Ms Farquharson told the media outsidet he courtroom. " He's asking for them to continue to keep him in their prayers and I have been instructed to vigorously defend this matter. “He takes very seriously his position and standing in the community. His role as a role model, he does not take that lightly. "He is quite moved and distressed by these charges but a gain he is confident that he is going to be victorious," Ms F arquharson added. Tynes, who is on administrative leave, will return to c ourt on September 21 to fix a trial date. FROM page one F ox Hill gang ‘wars’ prompt town meeting President Obama includes the Bahamas among Caribbean countries in major narcotics list FROM page one FROM page one Olympics star charged with assault on boy Rigby:Christie should demand W ilchcombe s teps down as chair of PLP convention FROM page one

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VOLUNTEERS throughout the Bahamas are preparing to take part in the Ocean Conservancy’s 24th Annual I nternational Coastal Cleanu p Day this Saturday. International Coastal Cleanup Day is the world’s largest one-day volunteer event aimed at stemming pol-l ution of the marine environm ent. Last year, nearly 4 00,000 volunteers from 100 countries cleared 6.8 million pounds of trash from oceansand waterways and recorded every piece of trash collected.T he initiative started as a l ocal programme in Texas and gradually expanded to include every major body of water in the world. As such, it not only makes a powerful statement about global concern for the environment, it also empowers local commu-n ities to do something about pollution. Last year record numbers o f volunteers came out to c lean up shorelines and waterways in the Bahamas on International Coastal C lean-up Day,” said Tanya Moss, education assistant for Dolphin Encounters on BlueL agoon Island and national c oordinator of the initiative in the Bahamas. “Volunteers collected 14,431 debris items in New Providence alone and that is a tremendous achievement. T his year we have chosen Bonefish Pond National Park as the inland waterway to be cleaned in New Providence. It is the Bahamas National Trust’s 50th Anniversary y ear and in honour of their c ommitment to our environment our focus will be to removing debris from one oft he National Parks entruste d to their care.” Janeen Bullard, parks planner and community offi c er of the BNT, said: “The Bahamas National Trust has always supported and partic i pated in International Cleanup Day in the Bahamas. “We are pleased that Bonefish Pond National Park has been chosen as the site for New Providence. It is an important marine nursery a rea for the island, providing a protective, nutrient rich h abitat for juvenile stocks of fish, crawfish, and conch. This area also supports aw ide variety of waterfowl and an important variety of Bahamian flora. The wetlandi tself provides critical protection for storm surges to communities along New P rovidence’s southern s hore.” I nternational Coastal Clean-up Day will also take p lace on other islands. In Nassau: D olphin Encounters – Proj ect BEACH will host International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 1 9, from 9am to 2pm at Bonefish Pond National Park off Cowpen Road. T he public is invited to volunteer and attend. Please wear closed in shoes, suns creen and gardening gloves. Project BEACH will also be hosting month-long Beach Buddies and Project Green p rogrammes with local stu dents. I n Abaco: F riends of the Environ ment, the International Coastal Clean-up coordinators for Abaco, together with the Ministry of Tourism Office in Abaco, have organised events including beach c lean-ups. I n Grand Bahama: On Saturday, under the theme “Keep Grand BahamaB eautiful”, volunteers will clean up 12 beaches and shorelines from 8am to 1pm.M inistry of Tourism, Sunny Isles Water and Juice, Caribbean Bottling Company ( Bahamas) Ltd, and local g overnment councils are s ponsoring the refreshments for the volunteers. The Mini stry of Tourism Office in Grand Bahama serves as the Grand Bahama coordinatorf or International Coastal C lean-up. All Other Islands C ontact Tanya Moss at Dolphin Encounters for information packets on form i ng your own clean-ups for International Clean-up Day. T he Caribbean Bottling Company which produces Coca-Cola in the Bahamas is the major sponsor of the e vent providing refreshments for volunteers both in Nassau and Grand Bahama.C oke is the global sponsor f or International Coastal Clean-up Day. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Bahamas set to take part in International Coastal Cleanup Day LAST YEAR hundreds of volunteers gathered on several islands in the Bahamas to take part in Intern ational Coastal Clean-up Day. All trash collected was sorted and filed by type. The data was sent to the Ocean Conservancy which tracks global marine debris.

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plenty of farmland and you have plenty of water.” A further study of the conditions in Abaco by agriculture experts is scheduled for next month after which an agreement is to be prepared, h e said. The delegation was shown 10,000 acres of the old sugar plantation properties south of the New Spring City, and 3,000 acres of the former Key and Sawyer/Bahama Star farm in North Abaco. Mr Key said: “They have a sked for certain information r elating to the climate and rainfall which we will supply. By October they will send in a team of experts to do a study of the land and assess the possibilities.” This coincides with a BAIC food production initiative in Abaco which, he said, has a ttracted “a huge interest by the young people”. BAIC has already subdivided thousands of acres into five and ten-acre plots which are leased out to Bahamians for farming. “We are moving in the right direction because the Chinese h ave the technology and they have the expertise,” said Mr Key. “I see this as a very positive step in the right direc tion.” Mr Key also said he is looking forward to this project being the impetus for the construction of canneries and factories in the islands “where w e can start processing food and put the product of The B ahamas on the shelves. This is the beginning”. He said Mr Sun was impressed with the available acreage and the quality of the soil. “This would create a t remendous employment opportunities for Bahamians.” h e said. “We would also be able to produce a lot of the food products we import.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 0DFKLQHU\(QHUJ\/LPLWHG /LPLWHGfWKHDXWKRUL]HG&DWHUSLOODUGHDOHU LQ7KH%DKDPDVLVORRNLQJIRU 7UDLQHH 7HFKQLFLDQ&DQGLGDWHV WR\HDUV ROGIRUHQUROOPHQWLQWKHLUORFDO&DWHUSLOODU 7UDLQLQJ,QVWLWXWH&DQGLGDWHVVKRXOGEH JUDGXDWHRI%79,RUDQHTXLYDOHQWLQVWLWXWLRQ 3UDFWLFDOH[SHULHQFHLQUHSDLULQJGLHVHO HQJLQHVDQGRUHOHFWULFDOHTXLSPHQWLV SOXV6XFFHVVIXOFDQGLGDWHVZLOOEHWUDLQHGLQ0 t ORFDOWUDLQLQJLQVWLWXWHH[SHULHQFHG PHFKDQLFVDQGHOHFWULFLDQV7KHWUDLQLQJ ZLOOEHGRQHLQ1DVVDXZLWKRSSRUWXQLWLHV WRUHORFDWHWR)UHHSRUWRU$EDFR EUDQFKHVXSRQFRPSOHWLRQ3OHDVHDGGUHVVDOOUHVXPHVWR 7KHHUYLFHDQDJHU 1DVVDX%DKDPDV 5HVXPHVFDQDOVREHGURSSHGRII DWWKHUHFHSWLRQLVWGHVNDW PDLQRIFHLQ2DNHV)LHOG5HVXPHV PXVWEHUHFHLYHGQRODWHUWKDQ)ULGD\ 6HSWHPEHUWK 2QO\SHUVRQV EHLQJLQWHUYLHZHGIRUWKLVWUDLQLQJZLOO EHFRQWDFWHG Chinese planning to do large scale farming in Abaco F ROM page one TOP: Chinese officials, Yiqing Sun (right Shandong High-speed Quila Construction Group look at available a creage in Abaco for agriculture. A BOVE: Y iqing Sun, Director, Technical Team (left Xing (right ager Arnold Dorsett Gladstone Thurston /BIS Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their n eighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e 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 shar e your story.

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by RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r dorsett@tribunemedia.net National Football League wide receiver Devard Darling took the first step towards al ong recovery yesterday. Darling underwent successf ul surgery yesterday to repair a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament which left him sidelined for the 2009-10 season. T he fifth year wideout for t he Kansas City Chiefs sustained the injury, August 29th, in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Seattle S eahawks. With the severity of the injury the Chiefs placed Darling on injured reserve list shortly thereafter on Septemb er 1st. It saddens me to say my season has officially come to an end. A torn ACL is a serious injury, but not one I can’t r ecover from,” Darling said in a press release following the injury, “I will undergo surgery to repair the damage and take t he necessary steps towards a f ull recovery. I am confident I will be able to return next season with the same speed and explosiveness you have seenf rom me in the past. The fifth year vet was expected t o come into his own this year, and had the confidence of the new coaching staff behind him, evident in his three consecutive p ostseason starts. A fter playing sparingly in his rookie and sophomore seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Darling's play in his third years parked interest from franchises around the league. H e caught 18 passes for 326 yards, including a nationally televised breakout performance against the Cleveland Browns w hen he recorded a career high f our receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown. Darling thanked his supporters and well wishes for their sup-p ort in the roughest segment of his career thus far. period, featuring “Best Ball” and “Alternate Shot” formats. The pair emerged from a f ield of nine golfers who finished in the top two positions at a qualifying event hosted by Lyford Cay Golf Club last this summer. Turnquest shot a combined score of 151 to lead the group, while Gorospe shot 154. Since the qualification more than two months ago, Turnquest and Gorospe have worked diligently towards the Nations Cup a qualifier for the Omega Mission Hills The event, hosted September 21-25 at the Caracas Country Club, with spots for the Omega Mission Hills WorldC up on the line. T urnquest is a former B ahamas Professional Golfers A ssociation National Champion, and has a resume which i ncludes being a multi junior n ational champion, representing The Bahamas at previous World Cup event, former member of the Hoerman Cup team and playing on the collegiate scene for five years. Goropse is also a former j unior national champion, H oerman Cup team member, f ormer junior college champion in North Carolina and he has played for years on the pro cir c uit. Both golfers will be making their third trip to the World Cup Qualifying event, and have previously teamed up in 2007. Gorospe qualified for the tournament in 2008 with BPGA President Chris Lewis. T urnquest said his third tour n ament qualification looks to b e the most effective thus far because of the extended prepa ration time the team has head ed into the event. "It was a very good feeling. I think we have a strong team this year and for one of the first times we have time and an opportunity to practice and fully prepare ourselves for com p etition and the preparation w as vital for us ,” he said, "In t he past we have never really had time to work together which if crucial because it is a team event. We get to work on our games together, develop a team chemistry, work on how we compliment each other. One person can not win and it obviously has to be a team effort so with this time we have to work together and work on our w eaknesses I think it will make a ll the differences in year's past." The “Best Ball” format will record the lowest score from either team member while the Alternate Shot” format will feature members taking alter nate shots with the same ball u ntil the ball is holed up. G orospe who plays on several global tours, said the tournament’s format is one that l ends itself to a lengthy prepar ation process. “With this format you need to get used to playing with the person you are partnered with,” he said, “The format is so different we do not play this format regularly. The alternate shot is something different he has to get used to the way I playt he course and I have to do the same with him so its a benefit we prepared well in advance. ” Lewis, President of the Bahamas Professional Golfers’ Association, said the team will field the best possible team for the event. “These guys are well prep ared for this event. Both of them have a wealth of experie nce so it is not like they are going into uncharted territory, t hey know what to expect and I think they should perform prett y well,” he said, “Should they advance to the World Cup it would be a great accomplishment, they would compete all of the top countries in the world at this event.” Both players gave special r ecognition to the team’s sponsors for the event, J.S. Johnson,F ML Group of Companies and FT Consultants/Chartered A ccountants. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Golfing duo get prepared FROM page 15 Lemon Gorospe Keno Turnquest Darling undergoes successful surgery by RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net With school sports set to b egin in a few weeks, volleyball will be the first discipline to be featured with a highly anticipated pre-season tournament. The 2nd Annual Tom “The B ird” Grant High School Invitational Preseason Volleyball T ournament will open the school sporting year, scheduled f or September 24-26 at the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. With the tournament opening during active school days, play on the Thursday the 24th and Friday the 25th will begin at 3:30pm while the final day will begin at 9am. The tournament will feature a total of 10 teams including, the C.I Gibson Rattlers, Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins, R.M Bailey Pacers, Government High School Magic, C.V Bethel Stingrays, and C.C Sweeting Cobras from the pub lic sector and Mt.Carmel Cavaliers, Teleos Cherubims, St. John’s Giants and Prince William Falcons from the pri vate sector. Tournament organizer, Tom Grant Jr, said the tournament should feature a high level of play with teams gearing up for the regular season. “This year we are focusing on the senior division,” he said, “We are expecting a lot of progress and we expect to see alot of exciting and spirited play. That following Monday is the start of the volleyball season in the GSSSA so this would give teams a good headstart.” Grant said the tournament looks to expand in the near future featuring a greater number of teams, including those from the family islands. “It will have a regular season and playoff atmosphere while giving coaches an oppor tunity to see what they have and fine tune anything they need to for the upcoming season ahead,” he said, “We would like to see more schools get involved, especially more private schools and hopefully we would like to expand to the family islands so we would have a better selection of teams to play.” The Technical meeting for the tournament will take place Tuesday, September 22nd at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. V olleyball tour nament to open school sporting year

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By BRENT STUBBS W HEN American author and humorist Mark Twain penned these words: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter,” he must have had his namesake Mark Knowles in mind. Knowles, who turned 38 on September 4, is still playing as if he’s still in the prime of his illustrious 20-plus year rather than going into his twilight. After more than two decades on the international scene, the 6-foot-3 right-hander seemed to be like the energizer bunny: He keeps going and going and going. When the St. Andrew’s graduate decided to abandon a promising collegiate career with the Bruins at the University of Los Angels at California (UCLA one of the smartest move that has prolonged his longevity in the sport. He decided to concentrate more on the then less publicized doubles competition rather than the vigorous singles competition, which may not have allowed him to enjoy the success for as long as he has. Today, that move has enabled him to amass an incredible resume that stands out just as much as his figure. Here’s a snap preview of what he has achieved: Five-time Olympic Games appearance from 1992 in Barcelona, Spain to 2008 in Beijing, China. A 14-year span in 29 ties in Davis Cup competition for the Bahamas from 1989-2008 with a total team high 41-32 win-loss record, inclusive of 23-25 in singles and 18-7 in doubles as well as the best team record of 9-5 with Roger Smith. Hosted the Mark Knowles Celebrity Invitational at Atlantis on Paradise Island from 2001. 2002 Australian Open Grand Slam title with Daniel Nestor from Canada. ATP Player Council Member from 2002-2004. 2004 US Open Grand slam title with Daniel Nestor from Canada. 2007 French Open Grand Slam title with Daniel Nestor from Canada. 2007 Tennis Masters Cup doubles title with Daniel Nestor from Canada. 2009 Wimbledon Grand slam mixed doubles title with Ann-Lena Groenefeld from Germany. A career singles win-loss record of 42-77. Highest singles ranking of No.96 on June 24, 1996. A career doubles record of 687-328. Highest doubles raking of No.1 on June 24, 2002. Career doubles titles – 52. Current career prize money $6,546,740.00. Married to the former Dawn Davison and the proud father of two sons, Graham and Brody. The only thing missing from Knowles’ list of achievement was an individual recognition from the Bahamas Government. Add the Mark Knowles Week from September 13-19, as proclaimed by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on Monday night, along with a citation from Governor Gen eral Arthur D. Hanna at Government House. All things considered, whenever Knowles decides that age does matter over mind and he calls it quits, there should be more recognition coming his way. How about his name on a monument of national stadium or maybe even a highway like West Bay Street. If Tonique Williams-Darling can get a highway for winning back-to-back Olympic and World Championships titles, Knowles surely could get one for his achievement. How about a honor from the Queen. Sir Mark Knowles surely sounds good. Just some food for thought as we celebrate Mark Knowles Week. KUDOS TO BROWN AND SANDS I was thrilled to see how Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown and Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands stuck it out and turned things around at the IAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final over the weekend. Almost a month after their dreams of winning medals in their respective events at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany in August was crashed, both Brown and Sands produced second place finishes in the year-ending meet. In Thessaloniki, Greece, Brown trailed only world champion LaShawn Merritt from the United States in the men’s 400 metres to collect a final paycheck of $20,000. And on the same day, Sands soared to a second behind Cuban Arnie David Girat in the men’s triple jump to also pick up $20.000. Both Brown and Sands could have easily folded up and retreated to their training camps in the United States after missing out on a spot on the medal podium in Berlin. But neither of them wanted it to end that way. They regrouped and regained their composure and were able to turn things around in Thessaloniki. And both have indicated that it has given them the incentive to go into training camp with renewed vigor for the 2010 season that will include the Commonwealth Games in India a year from now. Hats off as well to veteran sprinters Chandra Sturrup and Debbie FergusonMcKenzie, who continued to prove that is age is only a number,’ a quote that was coined by author Lexi Star ling. At age 38 and 33 respectively, Sturrup and FergusonMcKenzie withstood the chal lenge from their younger foes and they performed exceptionally well again this year. It was definitely a year for all of them to remember. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 13 38%/,& 12 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Mark Knowles – he keeps going, going and going OPINION STUBBS MARK KNOWLES , of the Bahamas, returns a ball to Lukas Dlouhy, of the Czech Republic, and Leander Paes, of India. Watching is his partner Mahesh Bhupathi. of India.

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By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia,net WHEN Geno Bullard Jr. c ompleted his successful reign w ith the Sparks at St. Thomas More as multiple primary school athlete in 2005, he was projected to emerge into a high s chool superstar. Four years later, Bullard Jr. has certainly lived up to those expectations and even more, holding his own as a Giant for two years at St. John’s College before he ended up as a Diplom at the past two years at Westminster College. Today, at age 16, Bullard Jr. will be take a step further in his career as he travels all the way to Canada to join Ripley College where he is expected to c ontinue his athletic pursuits, particularly basketball. “When I went from primary school to high school, I noticed that the game was quite differ-e nt,” Bullard Jr. pointed out. “In primary school, it was more fun. When we reached to high school, we had to step it up b ecause everybody was coming for you. “So you had to play hard every game because whatever competition you put out, thatw as the competition that was coming back at you.” Throughout his tenure in high school, Bullard Jr. has b een able to excel as a forward on the junior national team and he also competed in the long jump at the BAAA’s Nationals. B ut what stood out the most was his achievement in basketball where he was able to secure a spot on the junior n ational team this past summer. An injury, however, prevented him from making the kind of impact that he had anticipated. But Bullard Jr. said he was quite pleased with his a ccomplishments. “I knew the level was going t o be higher, but when I got into grade seven, the guys werea ble to push me further,” Bullard Jr. said. “So I think that w as what helped me to get better and better each year.” As he look ahead to the trans ition from high school to college in Canada, Bullard Jr. said h e know that it’s going to get even more challenging for him. B ut he feels as though he’s ready to “make my country p roud and my country proud. It’s a big prestigious school in Canada and they have high e xpectations for me, so I will do my best when I go there.” A lthough he’s not ruling out a professional basketball career o r even possibly a chance to represent the Bahamas at the Olympic Games in track and field, Bullard Jr. said he would really like to become a Sportc aster or a Pastry Chef. Looking back at his career, B ullard Jr. has credited his father, Geno Bullard Sr. as the d riving force. “My father pushes me every d ay and he keep telling me never to give up in practice,” B ullard Jr. said. “He keeps reminding me that if I workh ard, I can be the best athlete t hat I can be.” Bullard Sr. said this is a day t hat he longed awaited and now it’s finally here. I know this day was going to come, so I’ve been preparing m yself,” said Bullard, who had the opportunity to coach hiss on during the last two years. “Sixteen years I have been preparing myself. I know thisd ay was going to come. He now have to spread his wings and t ry to soar to another level.” Although he will be leaving o ne year ahead of graduating from high school, Bullard Sr s aid his son has accomplished all of the goals that he had set out as a youngster playing basketball, soccer and track and field. A fter trying for three years, Bullard Jr. finally added the o ne missing piece to his script, a Bahamas Association of Indep endent Secondary Schools’ basketball title. T hat came last year when he and his father made history atW estminster by winning the B AISS senior boys title. As he get set to climb the l adder in a new horizon in col lege, Bullard Sr. said he’s conf ident that his son will succeed. “The thing is, he won’t be n ew to the environment because he’s already been tot he school on our college tour, so he’s familiar with the school, the administration, the coachings taff and even the players,” Bullard Sr. noted. So he should feel right at home. This a brand new situat ion for him and he will have to take his time getting adjusted t o it, but as far as his athletics is concerned, I’m confident that the sky is the limit for him.” Like he did here at St. Thomas More, St. John’s and W estminster, Bullard Sr. said he’s just looking forward to his s on excelling at Ripley College. 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C M Y K C M Y K THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 15 P AGE 13 Mark Knowles just keeps on going TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM b y RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net Just days of preparation r emain before a duo of Bahamian golf pros represent t he country in international competition, vie for a World C up berth. Keno Turnquest and Lemon Gorospe will compete in the N ation’s Cup, September 19-26 in Caracas, Venezuela. T he Nation’s Cup will feature 19, two-member teams, vying for three vacant spots in the World Cup of Golf, November 27-30 in MissionH ills, China. The tournament will feature 7 2 holes of golf over a four day Ready to come out swinging! Lemon Gorospe K eno Turnquest SEE page 12 NATION’SCUP, VENEZUELA: September 19-26 Bahamian duo Keno Turnquest, Lemon Gorospe vie for World Cup berths F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 23 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By LINDSAY THOMPSON THE Bahamas joined the rest of the Caribbean this past Saturday in celebrating Caribbean Wellness Day under the theme “Love My Body”. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette officially opened a wellness fair at the Ministry of Health, encouraging Bahamians to reduce the rate of non-communicable diseases through healthy living. Caribbean Heads of Gov e rnment, in response to the “heavy burden” of non-communicable diseases on its citi zens, issued the Port of Spain Declaration in September 2007, “Uniting to Stop the Epidemic of Chronic NonCommunicable Diseases” and declared that the second Saturday in September be cele brated each year as Caribbean Wellness Day. Illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes are said to be the leading causes of premature death amongst Caribbean people. Health statistics show that obesity remains a challenge in the 31 to 60 year old age group, where more than 30 per cent of the population is obese. “However, measurable achievements are being made as well. One only has to look at the number of people that are out exercising in the morn ings and evenings. Walking is becoming more common as a form also by you as individuals. You must also remain committed to reversing these trends within our nation,” Mr Symonette said. The Bahamas and the region have made progress in the fight against chronic noncommunicable diseases. More than 100 Healthy Dozen Clubs have been formed since the inception of the Healthy Lifestyles Secretariat in 2005, he said. Health fairs are being offered more frequently by employers and churches and other non-governmental agen cies. “We actively seek to improve the health status of the population,” Mr Symonette said. Moreover, in 2001, the South Beach Health Care Centre opened and holds a weekly nutrition clinic for atrisk obese school children. The deputy prime minister encouraged Bahamians to incorporate some form of healthy living into their daily routines by exercising, park ing a distance and walking to their office, cutting back on unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol in moderation, eating smaller portions and consuming more vegetables and fruits. The Port of Spain Declaration reinforces the gains made by the Caribbean Commission on Health and Development and the Caribbean Cooperation in Health, the minister said. “The Bahamas has forged strong partnerships to assist in its fight against chronic noncommunicable diseases. The Pan American Health Organisation has continued to partner with us in this battle, providing financial and technical assistance along the way,” he said. Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis also encouraged Bahamians to live healthy lifestyles. “Many of these diseases share common risk factors; combined with uncontrolled blood pressure, raised blood sugar and elevated cholesterol, (they the well-being of our citizens, resulting in loss of life and disability during the most pro ductive years of life. With changes in lifestyle, 40 to 80 per cent of these diseases can be prevented,” he said. Scores of Bahamians came in support of the event at the Ministry of Health on Meeting Street. They were given first-hand information of healthy living through the var ious booths and sporting drills. The Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band led the entertainment segment. Bahamas marks Car ib bean Wellness Day ‘Love My Body’ A NUMBER of people, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette and Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis (far left DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette and Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis (far right ing Street. Also shown is Camille Johnson (far left Photos by Kris Ingraham/BIS)

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By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor M ore than one-third of Nassau Harbour’s dredging has been completed to d ate, a government minister yesterday confirmed to Tribune Business, adding that the company contracted for the project has “given no indication that they will not meet” the November 14, 2009, completion date. Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of the environment, said of the work being performed by Dutch-based Boskalis International: “Based on what is coming to me, they are going extremely well. They have completed more than one-third of the actual dredging to date. “They have experienced some delays in respect to the volume of debris in the harbour, and have had to send divers down to remove tyres, steel. That has led to some delays, and they have lost eight hours, but beyond that, though, they are extremely well organised. “They can readily make up those eight hours when working 24 hours a day. They’re moving at full capacity, and are very efficient.” As an example of this, Dr Deveaux said Boskalis had completed dredging an area in front of the British Colonial Hilton’s beach, where it had to move much debris from the ocean floor. Having accomplished this, it then moved its pipes and excavation equipment to the area and dredged it overnight, thus ensuring the operation did not disrupt incoming cruise s hips and mail boats. T he minister added that Boskalis was s cheduled to “be completed on or around November 14, and they’ve given no indication that they will not meet that”. The Nassau Harbour dredging project was commenced to widen the turning basin, so that the port could accommodate the world’s largest cruise ship class, which is just being brought into service by RoyalCaribbean. Dr Deveaux added that there was “nothing to so far indicate we won’t be ready” when the Genesis class cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, makes its first call on Nassau on December 15, 2009. Boskalis is having to remove some 10,000 cubic yards of fill per day to meet its completion target, with the excavated material being taken by pipeline to Arawak Cay. Some 1.4 million cubic yards will be used to extend Arawak Cay 1,000 feet to the west, where the new container shipping terminal will be located, with 600,000 cubic yards of fill stored on the cay itself. Current arrangements for the Arawak Cay port will see it owned 40 per cent by the Government and 40 per cent by the private sector, with 20 per cent in public h ands via an initial public offering (IPO I t is understood, though, that the Gove rnment and shipping companies chiefly the 19 investors that comprise the Arawak Cay Port Development Company have yet to finalise the details of their Memorandum of Understanding. Dr Deveaux told Tribune Business that talks between the shipping companies and the Government were being handled by the Prime Minister’s Office, By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE high cost burden imposed upon the Bahamian economy by public sector cor porations, and the failure to align wages with productivi ty, will prevent this nation from rebounding from the recession as rapidly as others, a senior accountant told Tribune Business yesterday, as well as harming long-term competitiveness. Raymond Winder, managing partner at Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas Bahamian economy’s ability to recover rapidly from the current recession, and compete for foreign direct investment and tourism, was being “diminished” daily by a cost structure that was out of line with productivity. The Bahamian economy was going through a period similar to the early 1990s when the world was also embroiled in recession, and Mr Winder recalled how he and other members of the Government’s Council of Economic Advisers prepared a report on the strategies needed to enhance this nation’s competitiveness. “We haven’t done a whole lot of following through on some of the strategies that were recommended,” Mr Winder told Tribune Business, “and we never really moved to align salaries and wages with productivity and efficiency. That was the key one. That is one of the hall marks of a competitive economy....... “To get this thing back in line, we have to hold the line on wages and salaries, and become more productive.” Pointing to the difference between the Bahamas and US inflation rates, the latter C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 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 Recovery ability ‘diminished’ by excessive costs * Failure to align wages with productivity, and public sector cost burden, means Bahamas’ recovery and long-term competitiveness will be much reduced in comparison to others * But nation lacks union and political leadership to address the issue S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 B B C entral Bank said to want r estructured loans treated as non-performing for six months, raising concerns on bank balance sheet and earnings impact By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T HE Central Bank of the B ahamas has been pushing to s tandardise how Bahamian commercial banks treat restructured loans, wanting them placed into the non-performing category for six months, a development sources said has caused some concern in the industry. Tribune Business understands that while no directive, stipulating that Bahamian commercial banks ‘must’ treat restructured loans as non-performing for six months, has been issued by the Central Bank, its guidelines do prod them to adopt such a treatment. However, informed sources have told Tribune Business that the Bahamian commer cial banks privately harbour several concerns regarding such a move, as it would impact both their balance sheets and income statements potentially reducing profits and increasing losses. As a result, there are fears that it would act as a disincentive to restructure loans made to troubled borrowers. Currently, industry sources said the banks were all using “different criteria” when it came to the accounting classification applied to restruc tured loans, meaning those loans and credit advances whose terms had been rewrit ten to enable borrowers struggling with unemploy ment and reduced incomes as Concern over treatment of restructured bank loans S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A FINANCIER has lost its bid to obtain a $27.5 million summary judgment against the owner of the Port Lucaya Marina and Grand Bahama Yacht Club, plus their principal investor, the Supreme Court finding yesterday that the issues raised required a single trial before a judge. Justice Estelle Gray-Evans, ruling on T. G. Investments’ application for summary judgment against New Hope Holdings and Danish investor, Preben Olesen, said the evidence before here “lends support” to the defendants’ argu ment “that there is more to t he matter than simply the p romissory notes” that the plaintiff had based its application on. Setting out the case, Justice Gray-Evans recalled how T. G. Investments, the invest ment vehicle for US investor T om Gonzalez, had demande d via its September 30, 2008, statement of claim some $22.375 million in damages, plus $2.544 million in interest on that sum. Special damages of $2.65 million and interest on that sum were also being sought by T. G. Investments, along with a Supreme Court order requiring New Hope Hold ings to deliver it a first charge debenture, including a mortgage, over its properties and assets the two marinas and Grand Bahama Yacht Club, plus associated parcels of land in the area of Freeport known as the Bell Channel. T. G. Investments had sued, Justice Gray-Evans said, on the basis that it held two promissory notes issued to it $27.5m judgment bid against marina owner is rejected S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B B y CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c robards@tribunemedia.net C AVES Heights revealed yesterday that it have sold 60 p er cent of the units in the first phase one building for i ts condominium development atop the caves on WestB ay Street. Simon Chappell, the proj ect’s vice-president, said interest in the property had been high, with a balanced group of Bahamian and for-e ign investors purchasing the ocean and lake-view condos. “Agents have been coming around,” said Mr Chappell. “There has been a lot of positive feedback.” Caves Height has been one of the few developments in t he Bahamas to moved ahead unfettered, despite the down turn in the economy. Mr Chappell said the poor eco nomic conditions caused the project to slow late last year. However, he added that since that period, the project has moved full steam ahead. Phase one is expected to be finished by May 2010, but Mr Chappell said the developersw ill not begin phase two development before there is more buyer interest in the property. He suggested, how-e ver, that it could begin by year-end 2010. C aves Heights’ first build ing number has only three of its Capri -tyle condos left for sale, and five Monaco-style out of a total 20 units in that building. T he Capri is a “two bedroom, two-and-a-half bath room condominium offering 1,855 square feet of living space with a grand master bedroom suite, an additional bedroom and large living/dining area with a deep balcony offering superior views,” according to the company's website. And the Monaco is a “three bedroom, three-and-a -half bathroom ocean view condominium with 2,439 square feet of luxury living space, including a panoramic,4 3 foot balcony overlooking the ocean”. M r Chappell said the pool decks have already been put in, and the asphalt for the dri ves and parking areas will be poured in four weeks. According to him, they are s till awaiting final proposals form landscaping firms and are preparing to surface their tennis courts. There has been minimal protest about the property, which has been built above what some consider one of the more unique natural attractions in New Providence. The natural caves were formed centuries ago, accord-i ng to geologists, with visitors and locals alike exploring them regularly. Resident became conc erned last week when rain water run off from the develo pment created a plume of milk water in the ocean across the road from the develop ment. Despite the dissent, Mr Chappell said the property h as seen an upswing and increase in foot traffic. Developer sells 60% of phase one condos Harbour Dredge ‘more than one-third complete’ EARL DEVEAUX

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IP Solutions International (IPSI company aiming to deliver a ‘multiple-play’ bundle of services via the Internet, has described a recent round of meetings with supply-side partners in New York as “very successful and highly productive”. “We met with industry pioneers in what is rapidly becoming the new Internet platform protocol, the tech nology driving how we get our news and entertainment, and how we conduct our personal and our business affairs,” said Edison Sumner, IPSI’s president and chief executive. “Those meetings were extremely successful and highly productive.” The meetings related to the architecture and construction of IPSI’s triple-play infrastructure. “What was especially interesting was to see how enthusiastic such major players were about joining forces with IPSI, because they could see the potential immediately of our becoming a regional provider and even beyond,” Mr Sumner added. IPSI unveiled its board of directors, headed by former Governor-General Sir Orville Turnquest, earlier this month. That announcement followed the introduction of legislation that will open up the Bahamian telecoms and communications sector to competition. Days later, directors left for meetings to solidify infrastructural design and construction. Tomorrow, IPSI will unveil its platform to prospective investors and businesses at an exclusive invitation-only meeting at the British Colonial Hilton. In addition to Sir Orville and Mr Sumner, directors of the Nassau-based company include Virginia Damianos, Fritz Stubbs, Gary Hutchens, Brian Quinn and Owen Bethel. The Nassau-based company is set to bundle a total net work of telephone, television, entertainment, gaming, Internet and closed circuit TV services via an Internet protocol platform. Start-up enjoys ‘succesful’ meet with suppliers GlobeComm executives meet with IP Solutions International’s president and chief executive, Edison Sumner. Pictured L to R: Mike Cothill, IPSI consultant; Jonathan Feldman, Globecomm; Mr Sumner; and Richard Beckley, Globecomm. Not pictured: Gary Hutchens, vice-president of IPSI.

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By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Government’s Planning and Subdivisions Bill, which aims to reform the planning and development processes in the Bahamas, will be debated in Parliament next month, the minister responsible said yesterday, adding that the legislation’s provi-sions would not be made retroactive. Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of the environment, said his ministry and the Government had received “very little” feedback from professionals who might be impacted by the new legislation, such as con tractors, realtors, attorneys, architects and engineers. The Ministry of the Environment, he added, was planning a final “call around” during the last week of September to architect and engineering firms in a bid to obtain last-minute feedback and see whether it could be incorporated in the legislation. “We received something from two architect and two law firms, which we have been able to address, but very little has come in in the way of comment and postings to the website,” Dr Deveaux told Tribune Business.” The Government was due to meet with one major Bahamian law firm on the Bill this week, he said, adding thatt he concerns voiced by attorneys to date were “primarily concerned with the effect of this Bill on Justice Lyons’s ruling”. That ruling, connected to the Oceania Heights subdivision in Exuma, found that under the existing 1965 law it was illegal to sell land in a subdivision without full government approval. The new legislation appears to be codifying this, but Dr Deveaux said the Government had reassured these law firms that the Bill’s provisions applied only to new subdivisions proposed after it was passed into statute, not to existing ones. Existing subdivisions were provided for. “The requirements laid down in the Bill ensure anything after it takes effect must be in compliance to have legal standing,” Dr Deveaux said. Those existing subdivisions will be considered non-conforming legal entities.” With the Bill having been tabled in Parliament just after the Budget debate, Dr Deveaux said: “It is scheduled for debate as soon as we complete the Prescription Drug Bill, which is to be the first part of October. “The Prime Minister gave notice to Parliament that the Planning and Subdivisions Bill will be done in October, and that’s what I’m preparing for.” C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM btrt tfb r f r!%* '!$()))!*&*#tffn""bnff ! $ %#&!*&*# !%** Planning Bill set for October House debate 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 Share your news The T ribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps y ou are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning f or impr ovements in the a rea or have won an awar d . I f so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. To advertise, call 502-2371

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by New Hope Holdings, plus a debenture charge that was assigned to it by FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas sory notes were designed to secure the $22.375 million advanced by T. G. Investments to New Hope. However, T.G. Investments alleged that New Hope had defaulted on the principal and interest payments under the two notes, and demanded payment in a letter sent to the latter and Mr Oelsen on August 29, 2008. It also claimed that it had been forced to protect its interest by paying $2 million to FirstCaribbean to cover New Hope’s $1 million overdrawn credit facility, in order to prevent the bank from seizing the Grand Bahama-based assets. T.G Investments further alleged that Mr Oelsen induced it to advance a further $580,000 in working capital to fund the business operations of the Grand Bahama Yacht Club and Port Lucaya Marina, and that it was “continually pressed by creditors’ demands for payments of [New Hope’s] debts, which demands it has endeavoured to meet in the effort to stave off action by the said creditors”. However, arguing that the affair was more complex than T. G. Investments had let on, Mr Oelsen and New Hope countered by arguing that the notes were part of two separate agreements entered into by Ocean Resort Group, New Hope’s parent company. They argued that the notes did not fall under the Bills of Exchange Act, and were “conditional/contingent” on their face. In addition, they alleged that Mr Gonzalez “had agreed that repayment of the loans secured by the notes would be postponed while he and his companies, including [T.G. Investments], had not procured funding in the sum of $12 million, which Mr Gonzalez had agreed to provide” to fund New Hope’s operations. New Hope and Mr Oelsen also alleged that Mr Gonzalez had promised not to make a demand, or place Ocean Resort Group into default, for lack of payment. “The defendants [New Hope and Mr Oelsen] contend that the notes form part of a series of transactions involving business partners,” the Supreme Court judgment said. “They say that this case is not merely about the notes but that a vital part involves an oral agreement, the outline of which is embodied in a letter of understanding, between Mr Gonzalez, [Duane] Crithfield and [Mr Oelsen, whereby Mr Gonzalez would use his balance sheet to secure financing in the sum of $12 million to fund New Hope’s operations and development.” The judgment recorded that the oral agreement was intended to bind the three parties and the companies they controlled, and “that it was the failure of Mr Gonzalez and/or his companies, including T. G. Investments, to provide the $12 million as promised that resulted in the first defendant not being able to make the payments under the notes.” Justice Gray-Evans agreed that New Hope may have an arguable defence on the issue of the promissory note, given that since there was a dispute over whether it or Ocean Resort Group should have made the notes, there were questions of whether it could be enforced against New Hope. This was the same conclusion that she reached on many other aspects of the case, leading her to reject the application for summary judgment. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM $27.5m judgment bid against marina owner rejected Harbour Dredge ‘more than one-third complete’ but his understanding was that the share structure and size of the port’s acreage had been agreed although he had seen nothing in writing. A Traffic Study, Economic and Social Impact Study and Environmental Impact Study have yet to be completed, with proposals by architects Lambert Knowles giving life to what engineering consultants, Halcro, had proposed in relation to the port’s size and engineering aspects. “I don’t think there is any major impediment to be overcome,” Dr Deveaux said. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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T HE Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants ( BICA) president, Reece C hipman, along with members of the organisation’s student education committee, have moved to enhance the exposure and knowledge of student accountants at the College of the Bahamas( COB). They met with Remelda M oxey, COB’s School of B usiness chair, on Mon day to discuss ways in which both organisationsc an work together to achieve this goal. BICA members disc ussed the quality of the A ccounting programme offered at the College oft he Bahamas, the creation of BICA’s young accountants club, and BICAa ssisting in the curriculum r eview, as well as students participating in Accoun tants Week this Novem ber and becoming part of the Technical Updates in the accounting and audit-i ng profession. BICA also encouraged the College of the B ahamas and its account ing students with regards to research and ethics, and to become thinktanks in the world of stan dard setting for the accounting and reporting of financial information. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Accountants visit COB school chair SHOWN (l-r m ember; Remelda Moxey, chair, School of Business at COB; Zelma Wilson, chairperson, BICA’s student education committee; and Margaret Smith, BICA’s student education committee member. Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e 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 shar e your story. INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, r ead Insight on Mondays

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 7B A staff accountant at B anque Privee Edmond d e Rothschild, Michelle E. Reckley, has passed the Series 7 exam in the US after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI Ms Albury, STI’s course administrator,s aid: “We are committed t o the development of the Bahamian capital mar-k ets, in advancing the Securities Training Institute as a vital force in fos t ering the education of B ahamian financial pro fessionals, promoting ethical standards of conduct,a nd in establishing pro grammes to encourage continuing professional d evelopment.” Banque Privee staffer passes Series 7 exam

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standing at virtually zero with this nation’s at around 4 per cent over the last 12 months, Mr Winder said that in the Bahamian case “the entire increase in inflation has been primarily caused by wages and salaries”. While the US had managed to “hold the line” on wage increases, and enhanced productivity, “we’re going along as if no adjustments need to be made”. With salaries and labour force productivity out of line, Mr Winder said the Bahamian private sector was “in a really weak position” when it came to not only combating the recession, but also preparing for the eventual recovery and pulling this nation out of trouble. And this was exacerbated by the excessive cost burden imposed on the business sector by the public corporations and utilities. “We’re not only suffering from the recession, but are also suffering from the fact that our productivity, the level we’re getting for each dollar put out, is not putting us in good standing to attract foreign direct investment and tourists once the hotels open back up,” the Deloitte &T ouche managing partner said. The gap between productivity and wages, and the impact this had on business revenues, profits and planning, meant it would “take the Bahamas longer to catch up” with other economies in the medium and long-term, as well as in a short-term recovery. “Our competitiveness as a nation, to compete, to attract foreign direct investment, is being diminished,” Mr Winder told Tribune Business. “On a short-term basis we really have some challenges, especially when you think thatm ost of the public sector is going to be agitating for wage increases during this period.” The Bahamas’ inability to tackle the cost competitiveness/productivity issue resulted, Mr Winder said, from a lack of interest and understanding among the general Bahamian population, plus a lack of political leadership and will to address the issue. In addition, the Bahamas did not have the private and public sector trade union leaders who could “demand that kind of sacrifice” from their members, when it came to accepting reduced wages and lower labour costs in return for higher productivity. M r Winder contrasted the Bahamas’ trade union model with that of Singapore’s, where unions exercised their influence in co-operation with that island nation’s government, supporting wage restraint and selling economic policies to their members when necessary, as opposed to strikes and militancy. And with 90 per cent of the income generated by Bahamian per annum gross domestic product (GDP wages and salaries, it is not hard to understand why the workforce has been hit so hard by redundancies and layoffs. Labour is the major cost component for most busi-n esses, and with productivity out of line with salaries, it was not hard for companies to go this route. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2009IN THE SUPREME COURTCLE/qui/No.00289Common Law and Equity Division IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act of 1959 AND IN THE MATTER OF ALLTHOSE Three (3 of land totalling 162.177 acres being Grant C-39 and a portion of Grant C-3 in an area known as Fort Pasture situate immediately Eastward of Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5 miles West of Williams Town on the island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas. AND IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper NOTICE OF PETITION Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 2nd day of September, A.D. 2009. The Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper, of Forbes Hill Settlement on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas, showeth in respect of: ALLTHOSE Three (3 acres being Grant C-39 and a portion of Grant C-3 in an area known as Fort Pasture situate immediately Eastward of Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5 miles West of Williams Town on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas The Petitioner, Trevor Andrew Cooper, herein claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said tracts of land and has made application to The Supreme Court Of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said tracts of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certicate Of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of that Act. Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries shape marks and dimensions of the said tracts of land may be inspected during normal ofce hours at the following places: (aThe Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street North, Nassau, Bahamas. (bThe Chambers of Charles Mackey & Co., BSB House, West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas. (cThe Administrators ofce at George Town, Exuma. Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower or right to Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30 after the nal publication of these presents le at the Registry of The Supreme Court in the City of Nassau, Bahamas, and serve on the Petitioner or on his Attorney an Adverse Claim in the prescribed form veried by an Afdavit to be led therewith. Failure of any such person to le and serve an Adverse Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30 after the nal publication of these presents shall operate as a bar to such claim.DATED THIS 9th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, A.D. 2009 CHARLES MACKEY & CO. 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a result of the recession to meet lower repayments and lesser obligations. One banking industry source, speaking to Tribune Business on condition of anonymity, said that while no directive had been issued by the Central Bank, the banking industry regulator had been “looking at standardising” how restructured loans were treated. “It’s something that’s been brought forward,” one banking industry source told Tribune Business of the six month non-performing treatment proposal. “Some of the banks are doing exactly what the Central Bank is looking for, and even if loans are restructured they are not brought current, being treated as non-performing for six months. “It’s a more conservative approach. You’d several months of experience, that these people are meeting the new terms and conditions, and have the ability to pay.” Wendy Craigg, the Central Bank’s governor, could notbe contacted for comment despite numerous Tribune Business calls to her office yesterday. However, she told this newspaper in a recent interview that the banking sector regulator was keeping a close eye on restructured loans, and was in regular con tact with the banks on the issue. However, ‘setting in stone’ how the banks treat restruc tured loans could, according to one source, “have a phenomenal effect” on banking balance sheets by increasing the level of non-performing loans. This, in turn, would require Bahamian commercial banks to keep an increased level of capital reserves set aside to cover potential loan losses, and increase loss provision levels something that will impact earnings levels. Such developments, some have told Tribune Business, would act as a disincentive for banks to restructure their borrowers’ existing loans. These sources also argued that it was unnecessary to have a prescriptive approach to the issue, given that Bahamian commercial banks generally treated all restructured loans as non-performing for a period, until they became confident that borrowers could meet their new obligations. Total non-performing loans made by Bahamian banks to the private sector breached the $500 million mark in July 2009, with the increasing strain the recession is placing on businesses and households exposed by the fact that the only consumer lending category showing growth was debtc onsolidation an almost-$38 m illion increase since the New Year. The Central Bank, in its monthly economic and finan cial developments report for July, showed a combination of slumping credit demanda nd defaults on existing loans, as the contracting economy and rising unemployment continue to exact a toll, with $902.5 million commercial bank loans in arrears. A further $64.7 million worth of loans fell into arrears during July 2009, marking a 7.7 per cent increase in the number that were past due. Total loans in arrears, in relation to the total number of loans outstanding, increased by 0.8 per cent to 14.5 per cent. Non-performing loans, those which are more than 90 days past due and regarded as more critical by the commercial banks, as they have stopped accruing interest, rose by $31.3 million or 6.7 per cent in July. Non-performing loans now account for 8.1 per cent of all loans issued by the Bahamian commercial banking system. Meanwhile, loans in the delinquent category that is, 31-90 days past due, also increased by $33.4 million in July to $401.4 million, taking those loans to 6.5 per cent of all credit issued to the private sector by commercial banks. The Central Bank said the July arrears increase was gen erated by a $30 million, or 8.2 per cent, hike in mortgage delinquencies to $396.1 mil-l ion, while commercial loans i n default grew by $28.5 mil lion or 14.5 per cent to $224.4 million likely putting this over 20 per cent, meaning that more than one in every five business loans is in default. Consumer loans in arrears i ncreased by$6.3 million, or 2.3 per cent, to $282 million. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Interested parties may obtain a complete copy of the Consolidated Financial Statements from the local office of the Entity at State Bank Of India, Saffrey Square, Suite 201, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas. Concern over treatment of restructured bank loans F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MINISTRY OF NATIONAL SECURITY NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP For ELECTRONIC MONITORING (EM (REVISED The Government of The Bahamas is seeking proposals from Vendors/Implementers to provide an Electronic Monitoring (EM Ministry of National Security and it Key Stakeholders, for the purpose of monitoring and tracking offenders. Interested Vendors/Implementers should collect a copy of the RFP, inclusive of the technical requirements, from the Ministry of National Security, 3rd Floor Churchill Building Rawson Square, Nassau, The Bahamas. Proposals should be delivered on or before Friday 25 September, 2009 by 3 p.m. In a sealed envelope addressed to:Chairman Tenders Board Ministry of Finance Cecil Wallace Whiteld Centre West Bay Street P.O. Box N-3017 Nassau, The Bahamas Labelled: RFPHer Majesty’s Prisons Electronic Monitoring Solution All submissions will be opened at 10:00 am on Tuesday 6th October, 2009 at the Tenders Board meeting, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Ministry of Finance, Cable Beach. 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The Tribune The T ribune M y V o i c e , M y N e w s p a p e r ! Thursday, September 17th, 2009

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RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS PG 25The Tribune THURSDAY September 16, 2009

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The Tribune PG 26 Thursday, September 17 , 2009 RELIGION By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter THE demolishment of Canaan Baptist Church last week is being labeled as an event that marked the “darkest day” in the history of the church in the Bahamas. Ian Brathwaite, president of the Pastors Of Prayer-a unit of 15 pastors from 6 denominations that unite via teleconfer encing to pray for each otherquestions why individuals “would even fathom to demolish a house of worship.” Pastors of Prayer was founded and organised in 1998 by Bishop Ian Brathwaite, Pastor of Holy Dove Baptist Church. The fellowship was inspired to bring together a group of pastors who wanted to live holy and who firmly believed in the uncompromising wor d of God.” “By the moral fiber of our nation, you shouldn’t destroy the church under any terms,” Mr Brathwaite said. “The church is known as a place of rescue, and a safe haven. Something else could’ve been worked out. We are not speaking as lawmakers but as the spiritual conscience of the Christian nation were are built on. The tearing down of the church in Sir Lynden Pindling Estates came unexpectedly to his good colleague Eugene Bastian, pastor of Canaan Baptist Chur ch, who was phoned during the ordeal by a concerned member that the chur ch was being destr oyed, he said at a r ecent pr ess confer ence. Mr Brathwaite told Tribune Religion that he has stayed in contact with Mr Bastian since the incident, and describes Mr Bastian’s personal account the mor ning when he discov ered that his church was being reduced to rubble: “On the mor ning of the demolition, Pastor Bastian said he had just passed the chur ch at 9.30 that morning. It was the first time that he had pulled on the side of the church, and really took in what God had done through his ministr y. “When he got home around 10am, h e received information through a phone call that somebody came with a bulldozer and tore down his church.He was in shock, and drove to the site. When he got there, he said he started rubbing his eyes in disbelief--he thought it was a dream.” Members of the church and community were said to be visibly confused, disturbed and angered by the move to destroy their place of worship as they gathered at the site that afternoon. It is alleged that the pastor understood the court order but didn’t expect them to tear it down so quickly. Accor ding to Mr Brathwaite, Mr Bastian is in good spirits now, and is “leaving the situation in God’s hands.” The decision to demolish the church came out of a ruling by Justice Cheryl Albur y, who found Arawak Homes Limited to be the rightful owner of lots on Charles Saunders Highway on which the church was built in June 2006. The cour t found that church pastor Eugene Bastian had been ser ved with a writ in August 2006 after Arawak Homes Ltd took action. But Mr Bastian told the court he had bought the land from Jorol Limited before commencing construction of the church. However, Justice Albury found the defence put forward by Mr Bastian and members of the chur ch to be "without merit and unsustainable" in light of the decisions in Supreme Court actions that displaced any claim of title to the church's purported predecessor. Justice Albury ordered the defendants to cease construction of any buildings on the lots in Sir Lynden Pindling Estates. She fur ther or der ed for the buildings to be demolished and removed, for the defendants to be restrained fr om entering the lots, to pay the costs incurred to Arawak Homes Ltd, and pay damages for trespass in respect of the lots. Arawak Homes was given possession of the land with immediate effect. For the meantime, members of Canaan Baptist Church have relocated above the Great Commission Ministry on W ulf f Road, at Bishop W alter Hanchell’ s invitation. Pastors of Prayer call church demolition “Darkest Day” BISHOP Ian Brathwaite, president/founder of the group ‘Pastors of Prayer’.

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FORthe past few years we have been inundated with sexually related controversies. First, there were issues in The Church (which still continue unabated) about the theological suppor t for homosexual practices, ordained leaders who engage in them, and revisions to the definition and understanding of marriage and partnership. We have had serious allegations and convictions of sexual misconduct of various kinds in the settings of church, school, after-school civic activities, as well as in the home. All of this makes the world a ver y unsafe place for too many little ones of all ages. Now we have entered a period of intensely emotional debate about the concept of spousal rape, and the r ole that law-makers should be allowed to play in its prevention. We have yet to see the outcome of all of these discussions. There also continues the concerns of Christ in culture and Christ against culture in the form of disagreements over the more vigorous sexually related movements by some (not all the Junkanoo dancers, and the place of ring play . The documen tary on children engaging in ring play, captured on film some moves that left little to the imagination. When I want to deter mine what my comfort level should be as a Christian when it comes to any of these discussions, I ask myself: “What do I think Our Lor d and Saviour would have to say if He were present?” Then prayerfully, I seek to discern God’ s will for me as an individual and in my capacity as one who offers guidance to others. In order to avoid the temptation of straying too far from our Gr eat Commission to make disciples for the Lord, The Church has to remind her people to remain “in the Spirit” as we debate about things “of the flesh.” Ever y encounter has the potential of being a pastoral moment. Every statement makes possible the pronouncement of a prophetic word. Each discussion can broaden the minds of our people to engage together in prayer ful theological reflection where we pause for God’ s guidance rather than losing our tempers with one another. If we use this time as a time to teach our children about human rights and fr eedoms, about r esponsibilities and restrictions, about God’s grace and mer cy , for giveness and healing, and about prayer and praise, then they too will see God in the midst of all the struggles. It is for us to seek to be of one accor d, and in situa tions when we fail to do so, let us agree to disagr ee until God gives us clarity . The Tribune Thursday, September 17 , 2009 PG 27 RELIGION In the flesh REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS MEDITATION In order to avoid the temptation of straying too far from our Great Commission to make disciples for the Lord, The Church has to remind her people to remain “in the Spirit” as we debate about things “of the flesh.

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The Tribune Thursday, September 17 , 2009 PG 29 RELIGION ACCORDINGto the Webster Dictionary the word pageant means: An elaborate spectacle show or procession. I don’t want to take anything away from the recent Miss Universe or Miss Bahamas pageants, but I have to wonder what the vision and monetary fullfillment of our government is as it relates to pageants. If the vision and the monetary fulfillment of these pageants were somehow a small fraction of the vision of our government to 1) help provide gainful employment for the hurting Bahamian families, 2) Send a clarion, zero-tolerance message to the criminal mind-set; via swift justice and punishment, and 3) provide an urgent expediting of a diversified economy then the slogan “It's Better in the Bahamas” as it relates to the small Bahamians, would be true. What the Bahamas is seeing today and will continue to see in the coming years, is what I call “Healthy Distractions.” As good and as pr omo tional as the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant and the other pageants that will follow will be for the country, they are all healthy distractions. The true beauty of this nation cannot be found in an event held at the high priced Atlantis; but rather this beauty is found within the common people of whom various gover nments have failed miserably. Do you want to see this government both (administration and opposition tremble in fear and immediately put the brakes on the country's increasing murder rate and other serious crimes? Had it been that two or thr ee of these murders occurred on Paradise Island / Atlantis wher e the tr ue leader of both the pr esent and for mer gover nment sits, I can assure you that the prime minister, the leader of the opposition and the minister of national security would havea total different outlook on capital punishment; and immediately r esolve the judicial mess in the court system. But then again; for the most part these murders and other serious crimes are being committed against the local Bahamians and not on Paradise Island. It seems as if prioritising matters of national importance that will help in developing and advancing the grass roots is of no urgency to the powers that be. The deterioration of our once highly educational system is at an all time low, the ancient PMH and the Rand hospital in Freeport will be with us until the Lord comes; as hundr eds of thousands of dollars will continue to be wasted on cosmetic repairs of these dinosaurs. As a nation, we ar e pr oficient at hosting events that paint a beautiful external picture; meanwhile internally the masses are suffering. When it comes to investing in and developing our people to become shakers and movers in the business world both locally and inter na tionally our leaders show very little interest. Comparing the Bahamas today with that of the Bahamas of 1960's fr om a technology development perspective, we're like an un-opened gift that's left under the Christmas tree; whereby all of our present day leaders are afraid of opening and assisting in the develop ment of the gift. On the other hand, the foreign investors sees the gifts and immediately invests time and money in developing the gifts which yields hun dreds / thousands-fold return on their investment. After some ten to twenty years of exploiting these gifts; the investors often move onto other areas leaving the people cr ying out to their powerless governments for justice. Here's what the Bible doesn’t say: “Wher e ther e is no vision, the leaders perish” No, but rather her e's what it says in Prov 29: 18. Where there is no vision, the people perish: Listen! The lack of vision by leadership to invest in and help to develop its people will by far and large always hurt and be detrimental first to the people. Every grassroot person in this country is not as fooled / stupid as our leaders may think. There's an old saying that says ou can fool some of the people sometime, but you can't fool all the people all the time” As a people, we may not say much; but we do know that every foreign investor that is allowed to invest and star t a new business in the Bahamas either at the beginning or somewhere down the line; one way or another had to render some kind of favour or kickback to the powers that be. Therefore when it comes to governments standing up and blatantly defending the rights of exploited employees by foreign investors; these thugs / government have to r emain silent or speak under their breath. Then also ther e ar e some for eign investors of integrity who refused to give into the demands of our cor r upt leaders and their friends in high places; many of these investors have taken their investments to other countries. This ancient corrupt practice happens to be the foundation of which many of our existent establishments and systems throughout the length and breath of the Bahamas were built upon. Think about this! Why is it that no PLP or FNM government is able to bring r elief to the island of Grand Bahama / Fr eeport? W atch this! The BEAST of Grand Bahama (The Grand Bahama Port Authority), from the time of Sir Lynden to this present day has financially contaminated the Bahamas' political, legal and religious system; ther eby gaining full authority to do as it pleases. It's a fact that Grand Bahamians enjoy being swung by eloquent speak ing, compr omising politicians, lawyers and weak religious leaders concerning the true future of Grand Bahama; as their heritage is being stolen and sold right in their faces. But then again, their heritage doesn’ t matter to them; for all they really want is political rhetoric and promises. (Ain't Long Now , The Stor m is Over; It's a Matter of T r ust) yeah right ! For questions or comments contact us via E-mail:pastormallen@yahoo.com or Ph.1242-441-2021 The Real Pageant PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" MATT 6:25-33 IN an article some months ago, I shared that we as Christians do not really "trust" God totally. We put in place, "Plan B" just in case God doesn’t work out or He takes too long. We have a plan. So many of us, if we are honest with ourselves will admit that when we take matters into our own hands, we mess things up. The Bible tells us that, "It is in God that we live, move and have our being." How is it that we think that we can do anything in and of ourselves? W e per suade ourselves that we can do anything all by ourselves when in actuality, we can do all things thr ough Christ who gives us str ength and nothing in of ourselves. I went to a funeral last month and the bishop said that he had to use his handgun to scar e an intruder off his property. Now ther e is somethig very wrong with this picture. How is it that a bishop, a man who is over a number of churches resorting to a hand gun? Didn't God say cast your cares upon Him because He cares for us? The Bible also tells us that our war far e is not car nal. Why is it then that we ar e taking matters into our own hands with weapons such as guns? What would that bishop say if he had actually shot the young man in his yard. As the church we have to be careful what we open doors to. Another pastor said that he travels with a cutlass under the driver s seat of his car . When he was asked why , by the person cleaning his car , he said it is because he was “ a man of God. What example is that for the world? If we who call on God don't believe He can protect us, how can we expect anyone else to believe God? Simply put we born again believers have to get rid of our "Plan B" and just tr ust God. I know that can be dif fcult (tr usting God) when you need things to happen and it seems like nothing is. Guess what? God ‘gat’ you He always did. He has to do what He says He will do. God's word can’t return to Him void, it has to do what it was set out to do. He may not come when you want Him to but He's always on time. Plan B ALLISON MILLER Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. 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MIAMI RABBI Danny Marmorstein uses the Yiddish word "bashert" to describe how a Torah created in 19th-century Eastern Europe survived the Nazi regime in nearperfect condition and landed a world away at his tiny synagogue, according to the Associated Press . "It means 'meant to be,'" he said, "and this was meant for us." The 131-year-old Torah is being celebrated at Congregation Ahavat Olam for the first time on Rosh Hashanah, offering a powerful symbol on the endurance of the Jewish faith. The sheepskin scroll was believed to have been completed in 1878, the date of the inscription on its wooden handle. The handle also bears the name of the couple who donated it to their congregation in Moravske Budejovice, in what is now the Czech Republic. It was kept in a warehouse with other Torahs and Judaica after Hitler came to power, coming under the Nazis' control. After the Nazis fell, the cache from the Central Jewish Museum in Prague was controlled by communists who eventually sold the scroll and 1,563 others to a London synagogue in 1963. That r epositor y , the Memorial Scr olls T r ust, has given the T orahs to congregations, museums and other groups as symbols of sur vival of the faith and a connection to all the Jews lost during the Holocaust. "W e've sent them all over the world," said Evelyn Friedlander , the Londonbased curator of the trust, "and they've come back to life." The scr oll came to Miami after Marmorstein placed the synagogue's name on a waiting list several years back. Like all the tr ust's scr olls, it r emains the property of the London organization, on indefinite loan to the temple. Congr egations ar e chosen, in par t, based on their desire to incorporate the scroll into their worship. At Ahavat Olam, the T orah was wel comed last month with a procession from Mar morstein's house to the Methodist chur ch about a mile away wher e the 100member congregation has been renting space for worship. It was to be r ead for the first time and be the subject of the rabbi's sermon when the congregants celebrate the Jewish new year on Friday . Torah that survived Holocaust finds home in Miami The Tribune PG 30 Thursday, September 17 , 2009 RELIGION By REV DR WESLEY L T HOMPSON Mt Pleasant Green Baptist Church International The Law is for the lawless. It is the responsibility of any civil government to create and enforce laws for the protection of its citzens. 1 Timothy 1:9-10 reads, “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and dis obedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;” Governments are ordained by God. He sets up and pulls down. Psalm 75:6-7 reads, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and sitteth up another Romans 13:1-2 reads, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they shall receive to themselves damnation.” Simply put: let every person be loyally subject to the governing civil authorities. For there is no authority except from God (by His permission, His sanction and those that exist do so by God's appointment). Therefore, he that resists and sets himself up against the authorities resists what God has appointed and arranged in divine order. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves, receiving the penalty due them. Pr overbs 8:15 reads, “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.” I believe the Word of God sanctions the r esponsibility of a gover nment to protect its citizens. Amending The Sexual Of fences Act to outlaw marital rape will enlighten men who think ar chaically about their concept of woman. They look at their wives as chattel or property. This law will support Ephesians 5:21: husbands and wives be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 1 Peter 3:7-8 reads, “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” W e must not twist 1 Corinthians 7:15 which gives one the legal right to have sexual intercourse with one's spouse with their consent. The husband should give his wife her conjugal rights, goodwill, kindness and what is due her as his wife and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have exclusive authority and contr ol over her own body, but the husband has his rights. Likewise, also the huband does not have exclusive authority and control over his body , but the wife has her rights. 1 Corinthians 7:5 is where the word 'communication' is referred to. “Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency With consent there are other emergencies that need to be communicated to your spouse although sexual intercourse is a marital right. Forget what you have learned about sex from locker rooms or association with friends and r elatives. Every couple should know how to make love in a way that is honorable and that brings satisfaction to both the husband and the wife. The amendment to The Sexual Of fences Act to outlaw marital rape calls for communication. The God kind of love is centered around giving. It says, I want to please you mor e than myself. It is not concerned with its own selfish inter ests, motives or agendas. Love is more concerned with meeting your spouse's needs than your own. A Christian Prospective PART 1 Communication is the key to passionate lovemaking IN THIS Aug. 28, 2009 photo, Steve Andrews, left center, of Congregation Ahavat Olam kisses their newly obtained Torah as he passes it to Minda Feldheim, right, during a procession to the Synagogue through the streets of Miami. Rabbi Danny Marmorstein uses the Yiddish word "bashert" to describe how a Torah created in 19thcentur y Eastern Europe survived the Nazi regime in near-perfect condition and landed a world away at his tiny synagogue. D a v i d A d a m e / A P P h o t o

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The Tribune Thursday, September 17 , 2009 PG 31 RELIGION ST. James Anglican Church is shown in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009. St. James Anglican, in the Diocese of Los Angeles, is one of several dozen individual parishes and four dioceses nation wide that voted to split from the national church after the 2003 consecration of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in New Hampshire. RELIGION TODAY B RENTWOOD,Tenn. WITHthe economy gasping for life last spring, about 1.3 million people gathered in 5,600 churches nationwide to behold the nation's leading prophet of personal finance. Televised live from a church in Edmond, Okla., Dave Ramsey's infomercial-style "Town Hall for Hope" was a masterful mix of inspiration, humor, advice, marketing and the Bible from a man dressed in jeans, dark jacket and an open-collar shir t. "Hope is a gift of the Holy Spirit," Ramsey told a nationwide audience that included the Fox Business Network, available in 50 million homes. Later: "The Bible says the diligent pr osper ." At its core, the 90-minute show was a millionaire preaching to a struggling flock, and it raised anew the question of whether Ramsey's hugely pr ofitable, tax-paying business which he describes as a ministry fits with Jesus' teachings. It's a question John Hoffman began asking as he immersed himself in Ramsey's financial lessons for months. He listened on the radio, bought books, took Ramsey's finan cial management course at a church and paid for a $10-a-month subscription to his Web site. Hoffman came away from it all feeling like Ramsey's intermingling of faith and finances was some sort of unholy alliance. "It's not a ministr y . T o me, it's an insult to the wor d," said Hoffman, who lives near Logan, Kan. "It would be nice if it got out of the churches and got into the mainstream." Ramsey doesn't deny mixing religion and business, and he doesn't apologize for getting rich doing it, either. Business is a ministry, he says, and good ones pr osper by ser ving people the way God wants them to. "Worship is work-ship, so I don't separate work from ministry," Ramsey said recently at his headquar ters in suburban Nashville, where he does his syndicated radio and cable TV shows. Bible verses, cr osses and photos of Ramsey deco rate the building. In the beginning, as now, Ramsey's r efrain was similar to the financial teachings of John W esley , who star ted the Methodist movement more than 200 years ago: Earn all you can, save all you can, give away all you can. Christian money guru gets rich mixing faith, funds J a e C . H o n g / A P P h o t o

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The Tribune PG 32 Thursday, September 17 , 2009 RELIGION VER ONA, Ital y IT HAPPENEDnight after night, the deaf man said, sometimes in the priest's bedr oom, sometimes in the bathr oom, even in the confessional, according to the Associated Press . When he was a young boy at a Catholic-r un institute for the deaf, Alessandro Vantini said, priests sodomized him so relentlessly he came to feel "as if I were dead." This year, he and dozens of other former students did something highly unusual for Italy: They went public with claims they were forced to perform sex acts with priests. For decades, a cultur e of silence has sur r ounded priest abuse in Italy , where surveys show the church is considered one of the country's most respected institutions. Now, in the Vatican's backyard, a movement to air and root out abusive priests is slowly and fitfully tak ing hold. A yearlong Associated Press tally has documented 73 cases with allegations of sexual abuse by priests against minors over the past decade in Italy , with more than 235 victims. The tally was compiled from local media reports, linked to by Web sites of victims groups and blogs. Almost all the cases have come out in the seven years since the scandal over Roman Catholic priest abuse br oke in the United States. The numbers in Italy ar e still a mere trickle compared to the hundreds of cases in the court systems of the United States and Ireland. And according to the AP tally, the Italian church has so far had to pay only a few hundred thousand euros (dollars the victims, compared to $2.6 billion in abuse-r elated costs for the American diocese or euro1.1 billion ($1.5 billion due to victims in Ir eland. However, the numbers still stand out in a country where reports of clerical sex abuse were virtually unknown a decade ago. They point to an incr easing willingness among the Italian public and slowly within the V atican itself to look squarely at a tragedy where the reported cases may only just be the tip of the iceberg. The Italian church will not release the numbers of cases reported or of court settlements. The implications of priest abuse loom lar ge in Italy: with its 50,850 priests in a nation of 60 million, Italy counts mor e priests than all of South America or Africa. In the United States where the Vatican counts 44,700 priests in a nation of 300 million more than 4,000 Catholic clergy have been accused of molesting minors since 1950. The Italian cases follow much the same patter n as the U.S. and Irish scan dals: Italian prelates often preyed on poor , physically or mentally disabled, or drug-addicted youths entrusted to their care. The deaf students' speech impair ments, for example, made the priests' admonition "never to tell" all the mor e easy to enforce. In this predominantly Roman Catholic country, the church enjoys such an exalted status that the pope's pronouncements frequently top the evening news, without any critical commentary. Even those with anti-clerical views acknowledge the impor tant r ole the chur ch plays in education, social services and caring for the poor. As a result, few dare to criticize it, including the mainstream independent and state-run media. In addition, there's a certain prudishness in smalltown Italy, where one just doesn't speak about sex, much less sex betweena priest and a child. "It's a taboo on top of a taboo," said Jacqueline Monica Magi, who prosecuted several pedophilia cases in Italy before becoming a judge. "This is the provincialism of Italy." Breaking the conspiracy of silence, 67 former students from Verona's Antonio Provolo institute for the deaf signed a statement alleging that sexual abuse, pedophilia and corporal punishment occur r ed at the school fr om the 1950s to the 1980s at the hands of priests and brothers of the Congregation for the Company of Mary. In the V atican's BACKYARD THIS June 29, 2009 photo shows Gianni Bisoli during an inter view in Verona, Italy. Bisoli has accused Verona's late bishop, Monsignor Giuseppe Carraro, who is being considered for beatification, of molesting him on five separate occasions while he was a student at Verona's Provolo Institute for the deaf, which he attended from age 9 to 15. L u c a B r u n o A P P h o t o