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By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
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FOUR people, including a baby
girl, burned to death after suspect-
ed arsonists trapped them inside
their home and set fire to the build-
ing.

The bodies of Theresa Brown,
31, a civilian who was employed
with the Royal Bahamas Police
Force, her daughter Kayshala Bod-
ie, 18, grand-daughter, one-year-
old Telair Johnson and neighbour
Savanna Stuart, 18, were found by
investigators.

According to police it appeared
as though the women had attempt-
ed to escape .

Neighbours told The Tribune
they believed the windows and
doors to the house had been nailed
shut by whoever torched the build-
ing.

The tragedy occured at the small
community of Wilson Tract short-
ly after 7am yesterday.

At the scene, fire investigators
found the flames already extin-
guished and then made the grim
discovery.

Crowds of shocked and tearful
onlookers assembled as news of
the tragedy spread. Relatives of
the deceased rushed to the scene
screaming and sobbing in disbelief.

Mrs Brown’s mint green con-
crete was badly damaged inside,
however only the smell of smoke
and a cracked front window hinted
to the horror inside.

Police spokesman ASP Walter
Evans said the blaze and the deaths
are being treated as suspicious.

“Tt is possible the victims died as
a result of smoke inhalation,” he

ONE-YEAR-OLD Telair Johnson
was a victim of the suspected arson
fire. Theresa Brown, 51, Kayshala
Bodie, 18, and Savanna Stuart, 18,
also died. Neighbours told The
Tribune they believed the windows
and doors to the house had been
nailed shut by whoever torched the
building.



said. “At this stage this matter is
being treated as suspicious.”

Investigators are not certain
what started the fire but it is
believed to have started in the front
portion of the house.

Meanwhile family and friends of
the dead told The Tribune of their
anger and grief.

William Brown Jr, the brother
of Theresa Brown, said he taking
his children to school when he
received the news.

“T believe someone did it but we
can’t say. The Lord will give us the
answer, we leave that person to
God,” said Mr Brown.

SEE page 12

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

FAMILY MEMBERS, police officers and onlookers at the scene of
yesterday’s tragedy.





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LOCAL NEWS

Teachers stage sick-out over
alleged mould infestation

US and Cuba talk
about restarting
flireet mail service

HAVANA

CUBA and the United :
States sat down for rare talks }
aimed at re-establishing direct
mail service Thursday, a mod- }
est step toward cooperation }
that caps a bitter week of
recriminations over the exten- }
sion of Washington’s trade }
embargo against the commu- :
nist-run island, according to }

Associated Press.

The Cuban government }
said the two countries dis- }
cussed technical obstacles to }
restart the service — sus- }
pended in 1963 — like how }
mail would be transported, :
methods of payment and :

postal security.

“We are satisfied with ;
developments in this first }
meeting,” said Josefina Vidal }
Ferreiro, director of the For- }
eign Ministry’s North Ameri- }
can Department, who led:
She}
described the talks as “wide-

Cuba’s delegation.

ranging and useful.”

The government said both :
sides agreed on the need to}
hold more discussions in com- }
ing months, but did not give }
any details on where or when }

such talks would be held.

The U.S. delegation was led }
by Bisa Williams, the deputy }
assistant secretary of state for }
Western Hemisphere affairs. }
It was the first time State }
Department officials have }
traveled to Cuba for talks :
since late 2002, Gloria Berbe- }
na, a spokeswoman for the }
USS. Interests Section, which }
Washington maintains here }
instead of an embassy, told }

The Associated Press.

Representatives of the U.S. i
and Cuban postal services }

were also present.

Direct mail service between }
the United States and Cuba }
was suspended in August }
1963, the year after Washing- }
ton imposed its embargo. Let- }
ters sent currently between :
the two nations will arrive — }
eventually, and with a bit of }
luck — but must pass through }

a third country first.

The U.S. first suggested }
restarting direct service back }
in 1999, then repeated the }
offer in 2000, 2002 and 2008. :
Cuba accepted in May, and
formalized its offer to host the }
talks when representatives of i
the two nations met on the ?
sidelines of bilateral migration :
talks held in New York in}

July.

ples.”

soon.

the sanctions.

But some had hoped the }
president would withhold his }
signature — which would have :
been a powerful sign that it }
was time for a new debate on }

bilateral relations.

Two days later, Foreign }
Minister Bruno Rodriguez }
demanded that Washington }
do away with the embargo}
without waiting for anything }
in return, saying his country }
would not make any political }
or policy concessions — no }
matter how small — even in}
the unlikely event the U.S. }
were to meet those demands }

and ends sanctions.

U.S. officials have said for }
months that they would like }
to see the single-party, com- }
munist state accept some }
political, economic or social }
changes, but Rodriguez said }
his country was under no}
obligation to appease Wash- }

ington.

The embargo “‘is unilateral
and should be lifted unilater-

ally,” he said.

The sour rhetoric has been }
a disappointment to those }
who thought Obama’s diplo- }
macy of small steps — of }
which the direct mail talks are }
a part — would push Havana }
to make similar concessions, i
or that Obama would take a }
big political risk and signal a
willingness to end the embar- }

go.

on Cuba.

And the island is still con-

Berbena said the talks
would take all day and be lim-
ited to mail service. She said }
President Barack Obama’s }
administration sees the nego- }
tiations “as a potential avenue }
to improve communication }
between our countries’ peo- }

Those were rare positive }
sentiments in a week of snubs }
that have dimmed hopes for }
a comprehensive break- }
through in relations anytime }

On Monday, Obama signed :
a measure formally extending }
the 47-year-old embargo for }
one year. The move was sym- }
bolic, since it would take an }
act of Congress to legally end :



COMPLAINING of
upper respiratory problems
and other medical condi-
tions, teachers at Uriah
McPhee Primary staged a
massive sick-out yesterday
which resulted in all stu-
dents being sent home.

Claiming there is a
severe mould infestation at
the school on Kemp Road,
teachers said they will not
be returning to the class-
rooms until the situation
has been rectified or an
alternate site has been
secured for them.

“T have never had a sinus
problem or chest problems,
but with this mould I now
always have chest problems
and sinus problems,” com-
plained one teacher.

Another remarked that
she constantly suffers from
migraine headaches while
at the school, a symptom
normally associated with
common mould infesta-
tions such as cladosporium



“Our biggest concern is
that a number of persons
are complaining of
receiving certain types

of illnesses.



President of the Bahamas Public
Service Union John Pinder

and penicillium.

Among other possible
symptoms are asthma,
sinus infections, coughing,
and throat and eye infec-
tions.

Other more dangerous
moulds such as stachy-
botrys, memnoniella, and
aspergillus versicolor can
produce mycotoxins, or air-
borne toxins, which can
cause chronic fatigue, loss

of balance and memory,
irritability, and even diffi-
culty in speaking.

And according to infor-
mation from a host of
online medical websites,
children are reportedly
more susceptible to mould
related illnesses due to the
fact that their lungs and
organs are still developing.

With this in mind, Per-
manent Secretary in the

Ministry of Education
Elma Garraway said that
the claims of a mould infes-
tation at Uriah McPhee
need to be addressed
“immediately.”

“We’re aware of the sta-
tus of the matter. We will
try to fast pace as best we
can once we find areas



where we can relocate
those staff members that
are really experiencing dif-
ficulties, especially in the
upper respiratory system,”
she said.

President of the
Bahamas Public Service
Union John Pinder also
commented on the matter:

“Our biggest concern is
that a number of persons
are complaining of recciv-
ing certain types of illness-
es. We need to remind
them and assure them that
those who are experienc-
ing any type of respirato-
ry illnesses are to make it
known to the ministry so
they can be removed form
this building and trans-
ferred elsewhere to a safer
environment.”

Earlier this week, staff at
the Ministry of Education
on Thompson Boulevard
also complained of suffer-
ing from mould related
symptoms.

Former paramedic claiming wrongful
dismissal: saving lives was my passion

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Former para-
medic Marcus Garvey, who claims
that he was wrongfully dismissed,
says saving lives was more than
his job — it was his passion.

“T never considered my work
as just a job; I took it to heart and
many people here on Grand
Bahama know this.

“T care about people and that is
the only thing I really know; I
loved my job,” said the former
hospital employee of 30 years.

Mr Garvey is one of two para-
medics terminated earlier this year
following the death of 16-year-old
Jett Travolta on Grand Bahama
on January 2. The other, Tarino

Lightbourne, has been charged
along with former senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater with attempted
extortion and conspiracy to extort
$25 million from Jett’s father, Hol-
lywood star John Travolta.

Jett suffered a seizure at his
parents’ home at Old Bahama
Bay in West End. He was trans-
ported by ambulance to the hos-
pital, but was pronounced dead
by doctors.

Health Minister Hubert Min-
nis said he was very concerned
about television interviews given
by hospital employees following
the incident and said he would
deal with any breaches of the hos-
pital’s policy regarding patient
confidentiality.

But Mr Garvey feels that the
minister acted out of haste in fir-

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ing him.

In his termination letter, dated
February 10, the Public Hospitals
Authority made reference to com-
ments by Mr Garvey in a January
4 online report by Radar Maga-
zine (www.radaronline.com).

Mr Garvey admits he appears
in clip, but claims he was secretly
recorded.

“T never denied that it wasn’t
me they saw, but the media have
ways of fixing up things and some
of the voice was not mine,” he
claimed.

The paramedic wants his name
cleared and would also like to be
reinstated or given the four per
cent gratuity he says he is owed
for his years of work.

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Obama’s new missile shield

WASHINGTON — The new plan that
President Barack Obama laid out for a mis-
sile shield against Iran on Thursday turns
Ronald Reagan’s vision of a Stars Wars sys-
tem on its head: Rather than focusing first on
protecting the continental United States, it
shifts the immediate effort to defending
Europe and the Middle East.

It is a long way from the impermeable
shield that Reagan described in glowing
terms in 1983, an announcement that turned
into a diplomatic triumph even while it was
a technological flop. Ever since, missile
defense has always been more about inter-
national politics than about new military
technology.

In the last years of the Cold War, it helped
nudge the Soviets toward agreements that
sharply reduced nuclear arsenals, a process
that Obama hopes to revive at the end of the
year. In the George W. Bush years, it was
about expanding NATO and, under the cov-
er of building anti-missile bases to protect
against North Korean attack, a subtle warn-
ing to China that its power in the Pacific
would not go unchecked.

In the age of Obama, the vision has
descended from the stars to sea level. A
president who was still in college during
Reagan’s famous missile defense speech has
turned a scaled-back version of the technol-
ogy, which would first be based on ships, to
a new mission: Convincing Israel and the
Arab world that Washington is moving
quickly to counter Iran’s influence, even as
it opens direct negotiations with Tehran for
the first time in 30 years.

For Obama, it is a step fraught with some
risk. Within hours of his announcement,
charges were flying that in his first major
confrontation with the Russians, he had
backed down, giving in to Moscow’s oppo-
sition to the Bush plan to place missile
defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic.

“The politics of this was driving him in
the other direction, against appearing to
back down,” said William Perry, who served
as defense secretary in the Clinton adminis-
tration. “But he went with where the tech-
nology is today — and where the threat is
today.”

During last year’s presidential campaign,
missile defense was tricky territory for Oba-
ma. His liberal base was allergic to the very
words. Obama, eager to show that he was
neither a neophyte nor soft on defense,
talked about embracing those technologies
that were “proven and cost-effective.”

Nine months into his presidency, Obama
has begun to describe what that means. He is
not abandoning the two anti-missile bases
built on US. soil in the Bush years, one in
Alaska and one in California. But his aides
— led by the one veteran of the Cold War in
his Cabinet, Defense Secretary Robert M.
Gates — argued Thursday that Iran and
North Korea were taking far longer to devel-

op intercontinental missiles than many
feared a decade ago.

The urgency, they argued, lies in address-
ing a more imminent threat: Iran’s short-
and medium-range missiles.

First among those weapons is the Shahab
III, the missile that can reach Israel and
parts of Europe. It is also the missile that
US., Israeli and European intelligence ser-
vices have charged that Iran hopes to fit
with a nuclear warhead. Iran denies that but
has refused to answer questions from inter-
national inspectors about documents that
appear to link the missile program to its
nuclear efforts.

That standoff has fed the conviction inside
the White House that the Iranian threat
needs to be countered. But officials argued
Thursday that the faster, and surer, way to
accomplish that goal was to scrap Bush’s
plan, which would have based anti-missile
batteries too far from Iran to be useful
against short- and medium-range missiles,
and put them closer to Tehran.

“One of the realities of life is the enemy
gets a vote,” said Gen. James E. Cartwright,
vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

But Obama’s critics argue that while Iran
is rightly a major focus of missile defense, it
is not the only one, and that in dismantling
the Bush plan, the new president is under-
cutting U.S. allies.

“I fear the administration’s decision will
do just that,” Sen. John McCain, Obama’s
Republican rival in last year’s presidential
election, said Thursday, adding that the deci-
sion came “at a time when Eastern Euro-
pean nations are increasingly wary of
renewed Russian adventurism.”

But Obama is betting that over time he
can assuage bruised feelings in Europe. And
he is betting that his credibility will rise in the
Middle East, where he can now argue that
the U.S. missile shield will defend both Israel
and the Arab states, notably Saudi Arabia
and Egypt. There are signs that all of them
may be interested in nuclear capabilities of
their own — especially if they believe the
United States will not stand up to Iran.

But Obama may also be vulnerable to
charges that he could be leaving parts of the
continental United States defenseless if Iran
makes bigger strides with long-range mis-
siles. His critics point to Iran’s launching of
a satellite into space in February. The craft
orbited the Earth for nearly three months,
passing repeatedly over the United States.

“Tran has already demonstrated it has the
capability to develop long-range missiles,”
said Robert Joseph, one of the architects of
Bush’s missile defense strategy, who was
highly critical of Obama’s decision. “They
have both the capability and intention to
move forward.”

(This article is by DAVID E.
SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
c.2009 New York Times News Service)



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EDITOR, The Tribune.

On the evening of August
6, 2009 with great apprecia-
tion and anticipation I
respectfully attended the
Government of The
Bahamas’ Town Meeting to
address the following:

Part 1: Nassau Harbour
Port improvement project and
New Providence road
improvement project.

Part 2: Container Port relo-
cation/ EIA impacts/mitiga-
tion.

Part 3: New Providence
downtown redevelopment
project.

It was evident from the
onset that the town meeting
was poorly planned and poor-
ly executed.

Many of the presentations
were totally irrelevant to the
sentiments being expressed in
the local media and daily
Bahamian dialogue and dis-
cussions.

The size of the room was
very inappropriate and it only
infuriated the already scepti-
cal audience who were barely
able to squeeze themselves
into the little “hot” room.

Was it intentional, poor
planning, or a tactical blun-
der? In any event, it gave the
impression that it was pur-
posely done that way to limit
the public’s attendance and
participation.

Based on observation, and
listening to many comment-
ing in the ebullient audience,
it appears as if the seats were
filled early with government
officials, their supporters,
media personnel, and numer-
ous presenters with no sup-
port to the main critical con-
tentious issue that the public
came seeking information on
principally Part 2. The Con-
tainer Port relocation.

It was also observed by
those attending the meeting
that to ensure the time was
meticulously exhausted and
very limited, some of the irrel-
evant presenters were dis-
combobulated by the heck-
ling as they muddled over
their presentations on issues
that the public already have
accepted and appreciated,
that would be Part 3 and
some of Part 2.

It is not the Nassau Har-
bour Port Improvement Pro-
ject that the public has an
issue with, Bahamians know
that this dredging must be
done as it is required for this
country not only to compete,
but also to protect our cruise
ship superiority and keep in
sync with the changes in the
industry. No disrespect
intended but the Minister of
Tourism and the present
Director General of Tourism
and Aviation along with a few
others should not have been

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on this programme, but at a
separate Town Meeting for
themselves.

Their valuable expensive
time, which the Bahamian
people pay them extremely
well for, could have been
spent on more productive
matters like ensuring all of
the Bahamian people’s mon-
ey that is being spent on Ms
Universe Pageant, brings back
some return as a future invest-
ment for the country as well
as getting more tourists back
into this country, a job which
they have mastered in selling
to the politicians, but not to
the tourists.

Unfortunately, they did
nothing but “window
dressed” their presentation
and “killed precious time” off
the clock in order to divert
attention from the real pur-
pose which the majority of the
Bahamian people came to the
so-called “Town Meeting”
for.

The Director of BEST, who
knows better and is well
aware that the Bahamian peo-
ple know that it takes longer
than five to ten minutes to
present an Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA)
especially one that appears to
have a subterfuge motive and
is under so much public scruti-
ny. Having some degree of
understanding in Project plan-
ning, appraisal, and manage-
ment it is and remains in my
humble opinion that the pre-
sentation of Part 2: Container
Port Relocation/ EIA Impacts
/Mitigation should have been
the only item on this Town
meeting’s agenda.

One such project model,
developed by Goodman and
Love (1979) called The Inte-
grated Project Planning and
Management Cycle illustrated
that a model has four distinct
phases and showed feedback
flows of information and
authority, and policy connec-
tions. The introduction of
feedback was a very impor-
tant contribution because it
introduced the idea that the
process of project planning
could go backward (to
redesign the project if neces-
sary) as well as forward.

But at this stage of this pro-
ject which equates to Project
Implementation (Project
Cycle- Baum 1970) it is truly
criminal to come to the public
at this stage now that the peo-
ple’s resistance accelerated
due to lack of information
and present a story created
through an EJA when mobil-
isation is already completed,
and project execution is in
progress.

Any sensible thinking
Bahamian can only conclude
that they were not considered
a stakeholder in this venture.

If the Bahamian people

were given any respectable
consideration and had the
opportunity to address many
concerns in the public forum,
this project would have been
met with far less resistance
and a lot of questions would
have been appropriately
addressed.

An initial Stakeholder
Analysis, Problem Tree
Analysis or a Logical Frame-
work would have aided in
guiding the initiators of this
project to include one of the
most important components,
the Stakeholders who are the
Bahamian public and not the
identified chosen few.

The activists have a right to
demonstrate and voice their
concerns even though there
are preferred ways to remain
respectful while accomplish-
ing your purpose without
politicising the issue.

The Government has
already showed its hand and
the project is moving forward.

The voices of the many
Bahamians are not being
respected, and our questions
are not being addressed as it
appears to be a political agen-
da with a crafty motive, and
one of appeasement or pay-
back rather than substantive
dialogue to reveal the truth
and do what is in the best
interest of all and not just a
few. Unfortunately and sad
to say it appears that we can-
not leave politics out of any-
thing in this country because
our politicians seem to
become “the experts” once
elected and ignore the real
experts that tell them where
development should take
place, and how to proceed to
mitigate any negative impacts.

The only thing that can
change the direction of the
Container Port Relocation
and some parts of the New
Providence Road Improve-
ment Project that totally dis-
respected some of our citizens
is the people of the Bahamas.

We do not need anymore
“Clown” meetings, lame duck
speeches, waffling politicians
both in Government and
Opposition.

If the Government can pro-
ceed with these projects in
such a manner, it is then evi-
dently clear that the jitneys
can be moved immediately off
Bay Street, the Straw Market
should be finished, the edu-
cational system in our country
could be improved, medicine
should be in the hospital, and
every street light should be
working. If the people of the
Bahamas don’t want these
projects, many shining human
examples exist from around
the world that stopped major
projects for the satisfaction of
a few, just take one example
and any sensible Bahamian
would know exactly what to
do!

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BOSTWICK
Nassau,
August, 2009.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



‘Agenda for change’ within
the PLP set to step up efforts

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sion fund” spearheaded by
Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell
is set to host a 200 person
reception at the Balmoral
Club on October 5, The
Tribune has learned.

The invitation-only
reception is being put on
by some friends of the MP,
who hope to collect dona-
tions for the fund which is
designed to further the
interests of the “agenda for
change” within the PLP.

Mr Mitchell has said the

Million Dollar ‘mission fund’ to
host reception for 200 people

plan is to adopt a multi-
faceted approach to
fundraising, in an effort to
not only assist his cam-
paign but also that of oth-
er PLP hopefuls.

“T really want to be ina
position to assist others

COB students assist in reducing
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STUDENTS of the College
of the Bahamas applied their
knowledge in computer sci-
ence and related disciplines to
help the Passport Office
reduce the backlog of appli-
cations for the new electronic
passports, or e-passports, dur-
ing the summer.

“We thank the College of
the Bahamas students for the
tremendous effort they made
in assisting the data entry unit
during their summer break in
processing some 8,000 files,”
said Donald Cash, undersec-
retary at the Passport Office.

“This effort has reduced the
backlog and has put us in
good standing of achieving the
14 days objective,” he said.

During the summer period
the Passport Office initiated
a shift system, mainly in the
data entry unit, where around
20 students from COB were
hired to process the backlog of
files, under the supervision of
permanent staff.

Employees worked from
7am to 3pm and the COB stu-
dents from 3pm to 10pm.
COB faculty recommended
the students based on their
qualifications.

Traditionally, May to
August is the peak travel peri-
od for Bahamians, whether
they are going on vacations,
off to the college, sporting
events, or travelling for med-
ical reasons. Flight attendants
and pilots also request services
from the Passport Office.

Head of Passport Officer
Franklyn Dames said the head
office usually takes on addi-
tional manpower to assist in
dealing with the heavy volume
during the summer time.

“The COB students did a
tremendous job. They are very
intelligent and were able to
carry out the task set before
them. This shows us the cali-
bre of students we have at
COB,” Mr Dames said.

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THE PASSPORT OFFICE praised the work of COB students during the
summer, resulting in the reduction of a backlog of e-passport applications.
Pictured are COB students Nikera Cartwright, Alyssia Moss, Indera Gib-
son; Franklyn Dames, head of the Passport Office; Mavis Vanderpool,
supervisor; Paul Rolle, COB student, and Donald Cash, undersecretary at

the Passport Office.

computer information systems
major, said it was a “tremen-
dous eye-opening experience”
to have worked at the Pass-
port Office.

He entered information
from the application forms
into the database, such as
name, birth date, nationality,
and other relevant facts as
part of his job description.

Alyssia Moss, also a com-
puter information systems
major, said she saw first hand
the frustration the public
experiences when applying for
an e-passport.

However, she noted that
many times the applicant did
not submit the correct infor-
mation and had to be contact-
ed for verification.

Nikera Cartwright, who is
pursuing a degree in sec-
ondary education, said
although her studies differ
from those of her college
mates, the experience will
assist her in her research.

Indera Gibson said the
experience using the comput-
er will assist in her career in

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accounting. She said the stu-
dents developed a competi-
tion amongst themselves to
ensure they got the job done
in a timely manner.

“Ninety per cent of us
took on the challenge that no
matter what, when we left
here, everything would be
up-to-date,” she said, adding
that they were given more
responsibilities to get the
Freeport applicants
processed.

Supervisor Mavis Vander-
pool, who commended the
COB students on their per-
formance said: “When they
came in I explained the
importance of the work to
them and that the govern-
ment and the public were
depending on them.

“T handed them the ball,
they took it and did an excel-
lent job. They came to work
on time,” she said.

The students said they
gained an “appreciation” for
the process of producing an
e-passport, having had to
apply for one themselves.

who want to run for the
PLP. As I said, I found
that the major problem
(during the last election)
was funding and it is
important for us to get on
top of that issue.

“We have political oppo-
nents who area able to
throw hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars at each of
us during these campaigns,
and we have to be able to
meet that and so I think a
part of the way that we
have to reorganise our-
selves is getting funding
under control,” he said.

As the head of the fund,
the responsibility of decid-
ing which candidates
receive help will ultimate-
ly fall to Mr Mitchell.

According to the MP,
these individuals will be
PLP candidates who sup-
port a “generational
change” and share his
vision for the Bahamas in
2020.

“The PLP is a conserva-
tive organisation and
someone has to put the
case for change and of
course change to what.

“Tt has to be specific and
directed and people have

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to see that it is in their
interest to evolve to be
successful and that is all
we are trying,” he said.

At this time, Mr Mitchell
said, every PLP candidate
for the House of Assem-
bly is worthy of assistance
through the fund.

“My whole point is that
fund raising is an issue and
we need to start and we
must start early and I am
trying to do my bit with
that.

“And I have said, here
are some ideas I think the
party ought to adopt to go
forward into the future.

“And that is the basis
upon which I am hoping to
raise the money and
advance the funding,” he
said.

After the reception at
the Balmoral Club, Mr
Mitchell said, there will be
a Series of private dinners
to raise additional funds
on an ongoing basis until
the next general election,
set for 2012.

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LOCAL NEWS

High bills prompt the GBPC to
look at alternative fuel options

Bahamas Diabetic
Association set to

hold monthly meeting |

THE Bahamas Diabetic!
Association is having its
monthly meeting at the Nurses
Training College, Grosvenor }
Close on Shirley Street ati
2.30pm on Saturday.

All interested persons aaa :
members are invited. The:
guest speaker will be Dr}
Wel'Milya Francis. Light}

refreshments will be served.

Two people injured in

Florida seaplane crash :
WINTER HAVEN, Fla.

AUTHORITIES say two peo- }
ple have been hospitalized after
the small seaplane they were rid- }
ing in crashed into a central Flori- }
da lake, according to Associated

Press.

Thursday morning.

Initial reports indicate the plane :
may have stalled and overturned }
after the front of the plane hit the
water. Authorities were alerted }
to the accident at Lake Otis at :

about 10:30 a.m.

Shannon says rescuers had to}
enter the water and retrieve the }
men from the plane. The names of
the men have not been released. }

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Division

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Duncan says two adult men were }
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appear to be critical injuries

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Until an
alternate fuel source is
utilised, Grand Bahamians
will continue to pay high
electricity bills, said the
Grand Bahama Power
Company (GBPC) which
spent $4.5 million in fuel
costs last month alone.

The GBPC, which nor-
mally spends an average of
$4 million per month on fuel
to supply power to con-
sumers here on the island,
has recently come under fire
over reliability issues, and
among other things, the high
cost of electricity for its cus-
tomers.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, who visited
Grand Bahama last week,
expressed concerns that the
company may have sought
to maximise profits at the

2009
CLE/qui/No.00289

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
(S. 18, O. 1, 16)



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Grand Bahama Power Company
spent $4.5m in fuel costs last month

expense of its distribution
and generation system.

He said he is concerned
that the GBPC has not
“reinvested adequate sums
of money into its generation
and distribution system, and
the company has over the
years taken its profits out in
cash rather than reinvesting
it in its operation.”

He also expressed disap-
pointment over the ineffi-
ciency in power generation
on the island and said that
government is considering
whether to have the power
company regulated by the
Utilities Regulation and
Competition Authority
(URCA).

Speaking at a recent town
meeting, GBPC CEO Excell
Ferrell said the company is
working diligently to
improve reliability of the
system and making efforts
to keep costs low.

However, he said that the
power company incurs sig-
nificant fuel costs which
must be paid to its vendor
within 15 days after deliv-
ery. He pointed out that the
customer will not pay until
35 days later.

“Fuel cost has gone down

in 2009, and our fuel cost
was $4.5 million in August,”
said Mr Ferrell. He noted
that fuels costs make up
about 50 to 60 per cent of
the total price of electricity.

Mr Ferrell said the GBPC
is now looking at alternate
fuel options.

The company, he said, has
commenced with a wind
study to determine if there is
sufficient wind strength on
the island to justify installing
turbines.

He said there are test sites
at five locations from East
Grand Bahama to Dover
Sound and Eight Mile Rock.

“We are also working
with the (Grand Bahama)
Port Authority and Sanita-
tion Services, which owns
the landfill, to burn methane
gas which is created in the
landfills.

“T think the real change
that is going to come to elec-
tricity on this island is by
getting a new fuel source,”
he said.

“Oswald Brown (Freeport
News Editor) wrote an edi-
torial about the need to
bring LNG (liquefied natur-
al gas) to the island. I know
residents are frustrated and

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Local community activist
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PRIME MINISTER Hubert
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He called the company’s
action “insensitive and
unconscionable.”

The company has now
promised that it will cease
from conducting disconnec-
tions on Friday.

Accounts are disconnect-
ed for past due amounts in
excess of $200 or more.
Although accounts become
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billing period, the power
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The GBPC said it will
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for account and billing infor-
mation.

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the disconnect date, their
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contact residents two days
before they are due for dis-
connections.

The GBPC may also con-
sider making payment
atrangements for persons on
a case-by-case basis, the
company said.

Space station crew
grabs new cargo
ship from orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.

A BRAND new Japanese
space station cargo ship arrived at
its destination Thursday, expertly
plucked from orbit by an astro-
naut who toasted the big event
with her crewmates, according to
Associated Press.

Space station resident Nicole
Stott used the robot arm at the
orbiting complex to grab the 18-
ton supply ship as it hovered 30
feet away. The vessel — the first
of its kind — was launched a
week ago from Japan.

It was the first time an
unmanned ship was grabbed from
orbit like this. The older-style
Russian ships actually dock at the
space station. So do Europe’s
freighters.

Mission Control erupted in
applause when the robotic snares
tightened on the vessel 225 miles
above the planet. Stott gave a
double thumbs-up.

“Tt’s a real example of inter-
national cooperation, with a
Japanese vehicle captured by a
Canadian arm with American and
European astronauts, with a safe-
ty guy from Canada, under the
command of a Russian,” said Bel-
gian astronaut Frank De Winne.

The six space station occupants
celebrated by raising specially
decorated foil drink bags with
straws and sipping the water
inside.

“We are so, so happy to have
this beautiful vehicle here with
us now,” Stott told Mission Con-
trol. She said the crew was look-
ing forward to finding all the sur-
prises tucked among the 5 tons
of contents, after opening the
hatch on Friday. First, the astro-
nauts had to anchor the ship onto
the space station early Thursday
evening.

The craft is loaded with food,
laptop computers, atmospheric
studies and a robotic hand. The
hand will supplement the larger
Japanese robot arm that’s already
there.

Japan spent $680 million on
the delivery trip.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 7



The strengthening !

of Port Surveillance
‘has been Key in fight
against A H1N1 virus’

By MATT MAURA

THE further strengthening
of the country’s Port Surveil-
lance Programme has
increased the Bahamas’
national capacity to respond
to the Influenza A H1N1
virus, Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis said Wednes-
day.

Addressing a United
Nations World Tourism
Organisation (UNWTO)
Review and Preparation Exer-
cise on Travel and Tourism
under Pandemic Conditions
Workshop, Dr Minnis said the
surveillance programme is
being supported locally by lab-
oratory capacity through the
Public Hospitals Authority
(PHA), and internationally,
through the Public Health
Agency of Canada, and the
Centre for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) in the
United States.

The Public Health Agency
of Canada and the CDC has
provided the Bahamas with
“much useful information”

novel virus,” he said.

UNWTO is a specialised
agency of the United Nations
and serves as a global forum
for tourism policy issues.

It plays a central and deci-
sive role in promoting the
development of responsible,
sustainable and universally
accessible tourism, paying par-
ticular attention to the inter-
ests of developing countries.

Its membership includes 161
countries and territories and
more than 390 affiliate mem-
bers representing the private
sector, educational institutions,
tourism associations and local
tourism authorities.

Professionals

Dr Minnis said the partner-
ships between the Department
of Public Health, the Public
Hospitals Authority, the
PHAC and the CDC, have led
to healthcare professionals
within the Bahamas — port
Surveillance personnel includ-
ed - being able to identify risks
associated with Influenza A

HIN! early on, which has had
a positive impact on preven-
tion and control activities.

“The capacity to identify
risks early on and to imple-
ment prevention and control
activities at the community
level, (has further been) rein-
forced by the relationship that
has also been developed with a
broad range of agencies with-
in the nation,” Dr Minnis said.

“These relationships include
the travel industry, persons at
international airports and sea-
ports and also those within the
cruise line industry.

“As a result of the strength-
ened guidelines, regionally
agreed guidelines have been
established for the manage-
ment of Influenza H1N1 in
cruise ships which is a vital
component of our tourism
industry,” Dr Minnis added.

The Health Minister said
the ability to respond with
“evidence-based practices” to
the pandemic has further led
to the well-ordered imple-
mentation of a Pandemic
Response Plan within the

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Doctors Hospital and DHDMFF secretary; Barry Rassin (second from right) president of Doctors Hospi-
taland DHDMRF director; Charles Sealy, CEO of Doctors Hospital and DHDMRF director; with Doctors
Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation Scholarship recipients and their representatives.

THE Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foun-
dation recently made scholarship cheque pre-
sentations to 56 students to assist with their
tuition and fees. The scholarships are valued at
more than $100,000.

“With a global economic recession, many
promising Bahamian students are having diffi-
culty realising their dreams of a higher education;
it has become increasingly harder for parents to
meet their financial commitments of providing a
good college education for their children. How-
ever, at a time when education is recognised as
the key to changed lives and a better society,
access for all students should remain a top pri-
ority. And, it has - with the assistance of bene-
factor, the Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin
Foundation,” Doctors Hospital said in a state-
ment.

Michele Rassin, secretary and director for the
Foundation said: “The gifts and donations
received from Doctors Hospital and the ‘Dol-
lars for Scholars’ Fashion Show event proved to
be an investment in the future health of the coun-
try. Each of our recipients holds the distinction of
maintaining the 3.0 GPA requirement of the
Foundation. They are already at the top of their
classes which will guarantee them a spot at the
top of their chosen health related fields. Thanks
to the generosity of donations received, these
bright minds will be able to realise their dreams
and maximise their potential.”

Created in 1999, in honour of the late Dr Mey-

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er Rassin, the Foundation is a philanthropic
mechanism through which individuals, trusts,
foundations, estates, businesses and other organ-
isations may invest in healthcare in the Bahamas.

The Foundation exists to provide scholarships
and financial assistance to persons pursuing edu-
cation in all areas of healthcare. The goal of the
Foundation is to encourage and assist qualified
healthcare workers to realise their dreams.

The following are the most recent Doctors
Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation Award
recipients: Kristin Albury; Randall Albury;
Lakeisha Albury; Dayna Archer; Athena Bain;
Miquela Bethel; Latoya Bowe; Myrez Bosfield;
Japheth Butler-Miller; Alexandra Carey; Nadia
Cumberbatch; Samana Charlton; Teran Clarke;
Craig Cambridge; Tristen Cartwright; Teisha
Deveaux; Ketanna Finlayson; Gerrianne Dorsett;
Lakera Duncombe; Ima Ebong; Martindell Flow-
ers; Michael AC Foulkes; Garry L Greenslade, Jr;
Celeste Gray; Nikita Hamilton; Lakeisha Hep-
burn; Byron Knowles; Sean Knowles; Paige Kel-
ly; Kevin Kemp; Shelby Knowles; Teykia Lewis;
Margo R Lowe; Tamara Mackey; Krista Major;
Delthia McKinney; Scottia Miller; Latoya
Munroe; Amanda Musgrove; Shovon Moss;
Menarvia Nixon; Eudene Noel; Jamia Newbold;
Myrlande Pierre; Amanda Rahming; Kelli Rolle;
Pharez Rolle; Laurel Smith; Melissa L A Sawyer;
Leslie Sealy; Jade-Evette Strachan; Earl Thomp-
son; Andrew Taylor; Lindsey Turnquest, and
Vincina Sweeting.

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between the National Emer-
gency Management Agency
(NEMA), its Emergency
Operations Centre (EOC) and
the Ministry of Health’s Emer-
gency Operations Centre has
allowed for a coordinated
response among those agen-
cies.

“Representation of key
stakeholders such as tourism
and the NEMA EOC has
increased our ability to main-
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United Nations World Tourism Organisation
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Under Pandemic Conditions Workshop on Wed

in the World Tourism Organisation, and Senator Vini
Vanderpool-Wallace, Minister of Tourism and Aviation.

events as they were unfold-
ing,” Dr Minnis said.

“This coordinated response
among governmental and non-
governmental agencies has
reinforced our ability to
respond in a timely manner.

Cooperation

“Through the continued
cooperation between the min-
istries of Tourism and Health,
travel and tourism can contin-



ue to flourish even in the face
of a pandemic,” he said.

Dr Minnis said his ministry
continues to monitor the local,
regional and global situation
with regards to Influenza A
HIN1.

He said their ability to do
so has been strengthened
through adherence to the
International Health Regula-
tions 2005, which came into
effect in June 2007.

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NEMA takes disaster
preparedness message to
Urban Renewal Centres



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disaster

gency Management
Agency (NEMA) has tak-
en its message of pre-
paredness to Urban
Renewal Centres around
New Providence, advising
the elderly in particular to

manager for
the Bahamas
Red Cross,
explains the
functions of the
organisation



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and Grants disaster strikes.

Town Urban Dianna Bullard, centre GHRYSTAL GLINTON, first assistant secretary at NEMA, speaks to senior citizens of the Bain and
Renewal manager for the Bain and — Grants Town Urban Renewal Centre about the Bahamas Preparedness and Response Plan. The meet-
seniors’ Grants Town Urban _ jing took place on Tuesday, September 15, at St Agnes Parish Hall.

meeting on Renewal Centre, said that

Tuesday, it was decided to inform and other necessary items arises with building mate- She said that the purpose
September 15, seniors during their month- with them. rials, temporary facilities, of the Red Cross, which has
at St Agnes ly meeting about the Ms Glinton explained and complete reconstruc- an estimated 119 million
Parish Hall. importance of readiness that many seniors do not tion of destroyed homes _ volunteers worldwide, is to

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during the hurricane sea-
son, which runs from June
1 to November 30.

She said NEMA and its
partners were invited to
inform the seniors at the
various locations of the
shelters around the island
and who to contact once a
storm or hurricane is
approaching.

Chrystal Glinton, first
assistant secretary at
NEMA, said the purpose
of the presentation is to
provide a brief overview of
the Bahamas Preparedness
and Response Plan.

Once a storm is
approaching, NEMA gal-
vanises its emergency sup-
port function groups 72
hours from impact.

Royal Bahamas Defence
Force ships are on standby
and ready to deploy impact
teams to the areas the
Meteorology Office pre-
dicts will be in the storm’s
path, she said.

The seniors were also
advised that should they be
evacuated or relocated to
a Shelter, to take their med-
ication, enough food and
water for about two days

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evacuate their homes main-
ly because they value their
privacy and the need to feel
secure in familiar sur-
roundings.

She said that NEMA and
its partners are ready to
assist whenever the need

following a hurricane.
Pamela Sears-Brown, dis-
aster manager for the
Bahamas Red Cross, urged
the seniors to identify their
needs, which will enable
them to receive assistance
from the organisation.

relieve human suffering in
any form.

Mrs Sears-Brown added
that the Red Cross works
closely with and follows the
directive of NEMA once a
threat of a hurricane is
imminent.

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THE Deep Creek Mid-
dle School (DCMS) in
Eleuthera announced that
the 2009 Bahamas Junior
Certificate (BJC) scores
for its grade nine students
met or exceeded the best
scores in the school’s his-
tory.

BJC highlights include
47 out of 50 total tests tak-
en by ninth grade students
received a passing grade;
62 per cent of all tests tak-
en received either A or B
grades; students received
the highest percentage of
A grades in the school’s
history, and

70 per cent of social
studies scores were an A.

There were no fails
recorded in the five sub-
jects and none of grade
nine students were dis-
couraged from taking any
of exams, the school said.

“[’m extremely proud of
what our students have
been able to accomplish
and the academic growth
that they have demon-
strated during their time
at DCMS,” said Dr Joan-

na Paul, the school’s prin-
cipal.

“We use real world
experiences to teach our
students.

“As a result, they are
able to think critically and
communicate effectively
so that they can use what
they have learned ina
variety of situations. We
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learn the material; we



want our students to learn
how to keep learning.”

Deep Creek Middle
School is an independent
school for seventh to ninth
graders in Eleuthera that
follows the Bahamian
Ministry of Education cur-
riculum.

The school works col-
laboratively with the
Island School and the
Cape Eleuthera Institute.

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Rommel Knowles
seeking prestigious

FROM page 11

will head the delegation that
will also include vice presi-
dent.

More than 100 countries
are expected to participate in
the BSF’s Congress.

“Actually, I thought I
would have retired and gone
into the sunset,” Knowles
quipped.

“But obviously that isn’t the
case.

“So I am looking forward
to the challenge.

“T look forward to sitting
around with the movers and
shakers of softball on the
international scene and look
out for the best interest of our
country and the Caribbean
for that matter.”

Through his election to
office, Knowles said he will
be looking forward to mak-
ing sure that the entire
Caribbean feel the effect of
being apart of the Interna-
tional Softball Federation and
not just a member.

Significant

“It’s quite a significant
event for any Bahamian to sit
on an international body,” he
said.

“So it’s a proud moment to
have a Bahamian sitting at
that level, if I’m successful.

“My driving force, if elect-
ed, will be to bring recogni-
tion to the Caribbean and
give us a chance to really
work with the North Ameri-
can region and the American
Softball Association.”

Knowles said he has
already consulted with the
ASA in providing some assis-
tance to the Bahamas in terms
of facilities as well as technical
arena.

The upcoming CAST Tour-
nament that will be held at
the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex from October 29 to
November 1 will provide the
Bahamas the opportunity to
be able to showcase its talent
here.

The BSF is expected to
field two men and one wom-
an’s team to participate in the
tournament, which is expect-
ed to include at least 6-7 vis-
iting countries, including
Israel and England.

In preparation for the tour-
nament, Knowles said he’s
appealing to the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture to
ensure that the necessary cos-
metic work that is needed to
the stadium will be done in a
timely fashion.



“The bleachers are in dire
need of repair and the have
been that way for quite some
time,” Knowles pointed out..
“They are not conducive to a
safe environment, so I’m very
concerned about.

Facilities

“Obviously the facilities
need some work, but when
you are hosting an interna-
tional tournament, you hope
that they are in an environ-
ment that is second to none.”

Knowles said having the
stadium properly prepared
will definitely go a long way in
ensuring that the visitors have
the best facility possible to
play in.

“T really think it needs to
be looked at,” said Knowles,
who noted that he’s hoping
that the lighting fixtures at the
stadium will also be corrected
because they are not ideal for
the participation of softball at
night.”

In that same vain, Knowles
said he’s also hoping that the
Bahamas Government will



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MEACHER ‘PAIN’ MAJOR pictured in action in this file photo.

FROM page 11

As for Major, who is still in town work-
ing out at the Nassau Stadium, said he’s
just grateful to God for giving him the
opportunity to prove himself again.

“Now I know that the hard work is
going to just started,” he said. “It’s just
going to get harder and harder as I move
a step higher and higher.”

Major, who turns 28 on October 28,
said he felt he outright won the fight
against Clark, who was unable to con-
tinue fighting with two minutes and 14
seconds into the round.

Apparently Clark was first caught with
a blow to the back of his head that
dropped him to his knees. After he was
given a few minutes to recuperate, he
got back up to fight. But a few seconds
later, he and Major tangled and when
the referee advised them to break, Major

begin construction of both the
new national softball and
baseball stadiums, which were
to coincident with the con-
struction of the new national
track and field stadium.

“T speak personally from
the Knowles family that since
the destruction of the
Churchill Tener Knowles Sta-
dium, we have heard nothing
about the reconstruction of
the stadium,” he said.

“T would like to hear some-
thing positive about when the
new stadium will be built,
where and what is the time
frame to have it completed.”

Although he doesn’t speak
for those in baseball, Knowles
said he’s concern that the
same sentiments exist for the
reconstruction of the Andre
Rodgers Baseball Stadium.

“Tjust want to remind peo-
ple that although there’s a lot
of excitement about the con-
struction of the new national
stadium, the softball and base-
ball stadiums were also in the
package and they should
remember us as well,” he
insisted.

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landed a right hand to the jaw that
knocked Clark on his back. The referee
eventually called the bout off and Clark
had to be taken out of the ring on a
stretcher as a precaution. It was ruled a
no contest from an “accidental foul.”

Major’s corner, including Bahamian
trainer Nat Knowles, protested to the
New York Boxing Commission.

“T never worried about it because it
was situation that I had no control over,”
Major said. “But everything has worked
out for the best.”

In a couple of weeks, Major said he
will be returning to Hollywood, Florida
to resume his training with American
trainer Anthony ‘Chills’ Wilson in prepa-
ration for the November 6 bout.

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the hard work, you get a chance to dis-
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“Yama Bahama’ Brennen.

Other than his professional pursuits,
Major said his aim is to give back to the
amateur ranks by working with more of
the younger boxers.

He currently work with Valentino
Knowles, who became the first Bahami-
an to win a bout at the AIBA World
Boxing Championships that was held in
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Getting softball into shape

Wi Federation receive assurances about renovation of
Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex

Hi October 29-November 1 CAST Tournament to feature
at least 6-7 visiting teams, including England and Israel



BAHAMAS SOFTBALL FEDERATION’S Jeffery ‘Beef’ Henfield, assistant treasurer; Janeen White, special assistant; Dorothy Miller, assistant

secretary; Burkett Dorsett, president and Ali Culmer, treasurer.



GEAR UP FOR THE BIG GAME!

HERE IS A CLOSER look at the

state of the bleachers.

We've hada
meeting with
the Ministry

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

W ITH the hosting
of the CAST

Tournament on the horizon,
the Bahamas Softball Feder-
ation is hoping that the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and
Culture will have the
Banker’s Field at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex reno-
vated.

At a press conference yes-
terday at the Banker’s Field at
the Baillou Hills Sports Com-
plex, newly elected president
Burkett Dorsett outlined their
agenda for the remainder of
the year, including the CAST
Tournament that will run
from October 29 to Novem-
ber 1.

“We’ve had a meeting with
the Ministry of Youth, Sports

Awards Banquet where they
will present awards for man-
ager, coach, administrator,
player and even fan of the
year.

“Overall, we are looking
forward to a busy year end-
ing,” Dorsett said.

“But we are hoping to go
full speed in our plans for the
future as we seek the assis-
tance of the veterans to come
forth and help us with the
junior players.”

Over the next four years in
office, Dorsett said they
intend to engage in a vigor-
ous junior programme that
they intend to strengthen and
improve their overall perfor-
mances on the international
scene.

But in the main thing,
Dorsett said the BSF will host
the CAST Tournament here
at the Banker’s Field and the
four other fields at the Baillou

and Culture and they have — Hills Sporting Complex.
assured us that they will have
the renovations to the bleach-
ers, update the bathroom Mandatory

facilities and build a two-sto-
ry scorer’s booth,” Dorsett
said.

BSF treasurer Ali Culmer
said the tournament is not too
far away, so they’re hoping
that the Ministry would make
sure that the renovations are
done in time.

Tournament

The tournament is expected
to feature at least 6-7 visiting
teams, including Israel and
England. The Bahamas will
be represented by two men
and one female team.

Other countries confirmed
are the Turks & Cacios, the
Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico,
Bermuda, Jamaica.

In addition to the CAST
Tournament, the BSF is also
planning to host the annual
Austin Knowles Invitational
High School Tournament as
well as the National Round
Robin Tournament between
October and November.

Having had a chance to vis-
it all of their affiliated Family
Island Associations, Dorsett
said every one with the excep-
tion of Exuma, is currently
playing softball.

“Exuma’s challenge is that
they took their fence down
for repairs and they have not
been able to have it replace as
yet,” he said.

“But they intend to have a
mini series to determine who
will be coming to the national
round robin.”

The Nationals is scheduled
for November 5-8 at Baillou
Hills.

While Dorsett will be in
Venezuela for the Interna-
tional Softball Federation
Congress where immediate
past president Rommel
Knowles will be seeking a vice
president position on the
Americas region, the Knowles
Invitational Tournament for

By next year, Dorsett said
the BSF will make it manda-
tory that only those persons
who are certified will be
allowed to serve as managers
and coaches at the association
level.

To that end, he revealed
that the BSF will be conduct-
ing training sessions for all
coaches and they will also put
on clinics for umpires and
coaches.

“We will make it available
for anybody who is interested,
but in order for them to coach
or manage in the various
leagues in the associations,
they will have to be certified,”
he declared.

The clinics, according to
Dorsett, will also be extended
to the high school system.

“We have been in contact
with the ISF, who will be
sending their technical peo-
ple down to assist us with our
certified coaches here,” he
pointed out.

Godfred ‘Gully’ Burnside,
Sidney ‘Bobby Baylor’ Fer-
nander, Martin ‘Pork’ Bur-
rows and Yvonne ‘Sir Locks’
Lockhart from Grand
Bahama will be utilizing the
expertise they all gained from
the advanced coaching clin-
ics they attended in the past.

“We purpose to do the
same thing for administration
to make sure that the leagues
are also ran properly,”
Dorsett stated.

“So we want to make sure
that everybody step up their
game.”

While softball will not be
included in the 2012 Olympic
Games in London, England,
Dorsett said he was happy to
hear United States president
Brack Obama declare the
Chicago will bid for the host-
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SOFTBALL
Rommel Knowles

seeking prestigious
international post

ROMMEL KNOWLES

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

INSTEAD of riding off in the sunset, former
Bahamas Softball Federation Rommel Knowles will
be seeking another prestigious post, this time on
the international front.

BSF’s president Burkett Dorsett announced yes-
terday that they have decided to nominate Knowles
for the post of vice president of the Americas, a
region under the BSF that will comprise of the
Caribbean and the United States.

“Tve also been in contact with my collegiate
around the North American region and they support
my nomination,” Knowles stressed.

“So we will see what happens, but it’s always a
proud moment when you get a chance to represent
your country on the international level.”

Knowles will travel with the BSF’s delegation to
Venezuela over the period of October 21-26. Dorsett

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BOXING









Major holds onto

lightweight cro

WH Bahamian awarded NABA title
on appeal after ‘no contest’ ruling

WH Promoter says title defence has
been lined up for November 6

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

EACHER

“Pain”

Major was

ecstatic

when he was informed by his

promoter Nick Garone that

he will finally get to hold onto
the NABA lightweight title.

On June 19 at the Conven-

tion Center in Buffalo, New

York, Major’s bid for the

vacant title was stopped

abruptly in the first round

after his opponent American

Michael Clark was unable to

continue fighting because of

an “accidental foul.”

The fight was ruled a no
contest at the time.

Yesterday, Garone
informed The Tribune that
after an appeal, Major was
awarded the title, but he will
defend it on November 6
when his X-Cel Worldwide
Promotions stage their next
professional show.

However, Garone said he
will not release any further
details about the fight for
Major until he has the con-
tract signed from the NABA,
who have elevated Major
from number 15 to No.14 in
their latest rankings.

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LOCAL NEWS

‘Nailed’ in their home
and burned to death

FROM page one

“Tt’s a big loss, all at one
time. It’s shocking. They were
all trying to get out but for
some reason they couldn’t get
out. We’re going to overcome
it but that’s pretty hard right
now.”

Another relative who chose
only to be identified as Win-
ston recalled how he made
the horrific discovery around
7am yesterday.

“Tcame to drop my daugh-
ter off so that she could get
ready for school and I saw the
window black like fire was
there.

“T saw the car outside and I
know if the place was burn
from last night they would
have carried the car. I went
around the back to the win-
dow and I hear music coming

from that way. Then the guy
who lives in the back there,
he came out and I asked him
if he see anybody from there,
he said no. We push the back
door open and I saw three of
them on the floor in the
kitchen. I told him to call 911.
I didn’t look like anyone
knew the place was on fire,”
he said.

This is the third fire related
tragedy in New Providence
this week.

On Sunday, a fire at an
apartment complex claimed
the life of disabled 10-year-
old Jermaine Mackey. The
youngster died after fire dam-
aged their flat on Colony
Close at about 9 am Sunday.
Also at 9pm Sunday, a
woman who had been hospi-
talised since last week for
severe burns has died after a
house fire at Canaan Lane.

VVORLD NEVVS IN BRIEF

ENGLESTON MP Glenys Hanna-Martin (centre)
speaks to a family member of the victims.



ASSOCIATED PRESS



U.S. CANCELS PLANS FOR MISSLE
SHIELD IN EUROPE

President Obama scrapped his predeces-
sor’s proposed anti-ballistic missile shield in
Eastern Europe on Thursday and ordered
instead the deployment of a reconfigured sys-
tem aimed at shooting down short- and medi-
um-range Iranian missiles.

In one of the biggest national security rever-
sals of his young presidency, Obama canceled
former President Bush’s plans to station a
radar facility in the Czech Republic and 10
ground-based interceptors in Poland. Instead,
he plans to deploy smaller interceptors by
2011, first aboard ships and later in Europe,
possibly even in Poland or the Czech Repub-
lic.

ITALY MOVES TOWARD AFGHAN EXIT

A powerful suicide bomb that killed six Ital-
ian soldiers in Kabul on Thursday prompted
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy to
declare that his nation had begun planning to
“bring our young men home as soon as possi-
ble.”

Berlusconi was careful to say that Italy
would not unilaterally withdraw its 3,100
troops from Afghanistan, though he said he
wanted the withdrawal to happen “as quickly
as possible.” But it seemed the strongest
expression yet from a European leader of the
rising doubts about the Afghan mission among
America’s allies.

A top commander for al-Qaida has been
killed in Pakistan by a U.S. missile fired from
a drone, Pakistani intelligence officials said
Thursday.

The officials said the Qaida commander,
Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a drone strike 10
days earlier in the border area of North
Waziristan.

Kashmiri was considered by some intelli-
gence officials to be one of the 10 most want-
ed militants in Pakistan.

Although they said his body had not been
found, agents were sent to his home village,
Bahawalpur, to verify his death.

Somali insurgents mounted a brazen sui-
cide attack against top Somali and African
Union officials meeting on Thursday to plan
a major offensive in Mogadishu, driving two
explosives-laden trucks marked “U.N.” deep
into a fortified base near an airport and det-
onating at a fuel depot and the office of an
American logistics company.

The attack, which suggested that the
insurgents had deeply infiltrated Somali
security forces, killed the second in com-
mand of the AU peacekeeping force and
seriously wounded several other comman-
ders.

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Indonesian commandos raided a suspected
terrorist hideout in central Java, killing
Noordin Muhammad Top, the most-wanted
terrorism suspect in Southeast Asia, security
officials said Thursday.

In recent years, Noordin, an Islamist mili-
tant, had become an almost mythical figure
among both those who sheltered him on the
run and those who pursued him and finally
killed him in a six-hour shootout. While sus-
pected of orchestrating major bombing attacks,
Noordin had repeatedly slipped away from
capture.

YEMEN AIRSTRIKE SAID TO KILL AT
LEAST 80

More than 80 people, including a large num-
ber of civilian refugees, were killed in a gov-
ernment airstrike in northern Yemen on
Wednesday as they sought shelter from a
month-long conflict between the military and
rebel forces, provincial tribal leaders said. The
attack appeared to be the deadliest single
episode in a worsening war between govern-
ment forces and Houthi.

The airstrike occurred in Adi, outside the
rebel-controlled town of Harf Sufyan, where
refugees from the conflict had gathered,
according to tribal figures.

Dozens of people were also wounded in the
attack, they said.

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On the eve of an annual rally in honor of
Palestinians, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard
issued a stern warning Thursday that it would
“fiercely confront” anyone who tried to turn
the occasion into a protest against Iran’s dis-
puted presidential election. The warning ele-
vated tensions surrounding the upcoming ral-
ly, known as Qods Day, after days of clashing
rhetoric from Iran’s opposed political camps.
Opposition supporters have called for a mas-
sive turnout on Friday, saying the traditional
Qods Day message of resistance to injustice is
consonant with their own demands. Conserv-
atives have made clear they will not tolerate
anyone “politicizing” an event meant to hon-
or Palestinian suffering.



Health authorities in British Columbia said
Thursday that a person from Vancouver Island
has died from the swine flu virus. The
announcement came as the Canadian Med-
ical Association Journal reported that the sea-
son’s first pandemic outbreak of swine flu in
Canada is occurring at several remote aborig-
inal communities on Vancouver Island.

The journal did not offer specific numbers
for the outbreak but quoted a physician in
Tofino, B.C., who said that he has treated
“dozens” of people who mainly displayed mild
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Bahamas told: ‘Cease
flagrant flaunting’ of
global copyright laws

* US government reviewing whether
nation meeting intellectual property
rights obligations under trade treaty

* But Cable Bahamas has been ‘highly

successful’ in negotiating commercial
agreements

By NEIL HARTNELL

Jnibune Business Editar. — : ployment rate is likely to have
THE BAHAMAS “must : hit “in the 17 per cent range”,

cease this flagrant flaunting” of i a leading businessman said

international copyright laws : Yesterday, predicting that the

and its US trade treaty obliga- | CConomy was likely to con-

tions through its compulsory { tract by more than the Inter-
cable TV licensing regime, an } national Monetary Fund’s
intellectual property rights }
watchdog has warned, although :
Tribune Business was told that }

much progress had been made }

in tackling the issue.
The International Intellectu-

Recovery Act.

That is the Act that under- :

BEC ‘back pedals’ on

an crawfish and plastics exports }
to enter the US duty-free under
the Caribbean Basin Initiative :

power plant approvals

pins the one-way trade prefer-
ences regime that permits some
$100 million worth of Bahami-

(CBI), and the US Trade Rep-
resentative’s Office already has
the Bahamas under scrutiny.

The IIPA said the US Trade }
Representative’s Office was }
“examining protection and } By NEIL HARTNELL
: Tribune Business Editor
property :
rights/copyright protection, in }

enforcement in the Bahamas”
of intellectual

the context of this nation’s com-
pliance with its CBI obligations.

SEE page four

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reception

Nassau Motor Company spends over
$500,000 to date on expansion, with
‘a little more to go’



By NEIL HARTNELL

tured cars.

put on.

SEE page four

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responsible for errors and/or omission
from the daily report.



THE BAHAMAS’ unem-

(IMF) 4-4.5 per cent negative

growth projection for 2009.
Franklyn Wilson, chairman

of Arawak Homes and Sun-

? shine Holdings, told Tribune

: Business that a fall in living
al Property Alliance (ITPA), an }

umbrella group that represents | consumers meant this reces-

organisations such as the } sion was hurting Bahamians
a4 ae Hee ? more than past ones, with the
merica ( AA), plus the } 66 per cent increase in aver-
music and TV industries, has ; age per capita income since
again urged the US government mid-1990 overshadowed by
to crack down on the Bahamas ; —. liv; é d infl
on the grounds that it has not ; TStTe vile. COsts and: tines
fulfilled its obligations under } on

the Caribbean Basin Economic ;

standards and over-borrowed

Mr Wilson said that while

* Leading businessman says Bahamian economy likely to contract by more than 4.5% IMF
projection, and warns that expanding fsical deficit could be ‘dangerous’
* Current recession ‘more challenging’ and painful, due to living standards drop despite 66%

income rise since mid-1990

* Consumers unable to lead Bahamas out of recession because ‘too leveraged’ on consumer

debt

* Warns politicians not to lead electorate into believing Bahamian recovery ‘inevitable’ once

global economy turns around

the current recession was sim-
ilar to the one that impacted
the Bahamas in the early
1990s around the time of the
Gulf War, a period that was
“very, very bad for the coun-
try”, he added that “this one
is probably a little more chal-
lenging for a variety of rea-
sons”.

He explained: “I believe the
country’s overall standard of
living has been in decline,
notwithstanding that we’ve a
few good years. Look at the
time from mid-1990 to now,

and the standard of living has
been on a steady decline.

“The basic thing, from then
to now, is that while the aver-
age citizen’s per capita income
has gone up by 66 per cent,
during that time the cost of
things that matter to people
has increased by as much
higher percentage.

“Tt’s in that regard that the
average person is worse off. If
you look at housing, the cost
of housing has gone up by
more than 66 per cent
between mid-1990 to now.

Healthcare has gone up by
more between then and now,
the cost of education has gone
up by more than that between
then and now.”

Mr Wilson also warned that
Bahamian consumers were
unable to lead the economy
out of recession through con-
sumption spending, as many
were too highly leveraged -
meaning that their ratio of
debt repayments to income is
too high.

Arguing that the average
Bahamian citizen was spend-



Wilson: Unemployment
now ‘in the

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

7% range’

Franklyn Wilson



ing more than 10 per cent of
his/her income to service
existing consumer loans, Mr

SEE page two





THE BAHAMAS Electrici-

i ty Corporation (BEC) and the
! ) i: Government “appear to be

A key feature of this review }
would be the extent to which the i seek retroactive approval for
Bahamas prevented the re- } construction work already car-

broadcast and transmission of f ried out on the Wilson City

US copyright materials without : power plant, an attorney telling
? Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
:? ham that his clients want the
s } decision to proceed with the

i project “rescinded”.

attempting to back pedal” and

Fred Smith, the Callender’s

i & Co partner representing
? numerous Bahamian and for-
? eign homeowners on Abaco,
? said in a September 16, 2009,
i letter to the Prime Minister, oth-
? er Cabinet ministers and agen-
i? cies dealing with the new BEC
i power plant, asked for confir-
? mation that construction work
: would halt immediately.

He warned that, as Tribune

? Business revealed on Wednes-
i day, his clients wanted to deter-
? mine whether they would chal-
? lenge the ‘decision’ to proceed

? with BEC’s Wilson City power

Tribune Business Editor? plant via Judicial Review in the

: Supreme Court.

NASSAU MOTOR Compa- }
ny (NMC) yesterday said it ; apparent from the September
expected to complete its new } 19 90909. Town Hall meeting on
customer reception office with- : tho power plant that an
in the next three weeks, hav- } “omnibus ‘decision”” to proceed
ing spent just over $500,000 to- with the development had been
date on as expansion designed | tapen although his clients did
to make it more efficient and } oot Know by whom or under
_the place of choice” tor Honda i} hich statutory authority.
and General Motors-manufac- ;

Mr Smith added that it was

“T am instructed that cur-

Rick Lowe, the company’s rently the power plant is under
operations manager, told Tri- } construction. 1am farther
bune Business that it was , istructed that electrical poles,
“probably three weeks away” utility poles and a very broad
from opening its new customer } highway is being constructed
service area, once the furniture from the Abaco Highway to the

was installed and the front door : power plant,” Mr Smith wrote.

“T have personally visited the

He added that rather than site, and can confirm the ongo-

knocking down the current } ing construction aforesaid. My

client reception area, and con- i clients have confirmed that up
verting it into two additional } to today, construction contin-
setvice bays, Mr Lowe said }
Nassau Motor Company had : 1 n,
? Meeting I specifically requested
i Frederick Gottlieb, the chair-

“In addition, at the Town

man of BEC, to state on the
record that the construction was
proceeding on the basis that all
necessary and lawfully required
statutory permits had been
properly applied for, considered
and issued.

“This he was unable to con-
firm, going only so far as to say
‘that to the best of his knowl-
edge’ all such permits had been
issued. This equivocal response
was not satisfactory to my
clients.”

Mr Smith then referred to
comments by Dr Earl Deveaux,
minister of the environment, in
The Tribune on September 15,
2009, in which he said con-
struction on the Wilson City
project had been halted while
BEC waited for the necessary
permits to be approved.

Mr Smith said his clients were
“shocked” by Dr Deveaux’s



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remark that it was not uncom-
mon for government depart-
ments to proceed on construc-
tion projects without having all
the required permits.

Also of concern was the

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* Attorney says clients want
‘decision’ to proceed with
Abaco project rescinded

report that south Abaco’s local
government met to approve
‘retrospective’ applications for
the power plant’s foundation
and floor plans, which were sub-
mitted after work began last
month.

“As it stands now, it appears
that BEC, or the minister,
appear to be attempting to back
pedal and, as stated, retrospec-
tively seeking approval for what
has already occurred,” Mr
Smith wrote, warning that his
clients regarded proceeding
without permits - and obtain-
ing approvals retrospectively -

SEE page five

Downtown Nassau plans
may be ready by year-end

By CHESTER ROBARDS

Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

RENDERINGS depicting what the city of Nassau could
look like after its revitalisation, and draft legislation and
legal outlines for the creation of a Business Improvement
District (BID), could be ready to present to Parliament
by year-end, the Downtown Nassau Partnership’s (DNP)
managing director said yesterday.

Vaughn Roberts, during a luncheon hosted by his organ-
isation, said that by early December a draft of the docu-
ments that would move government to create the BID, an
organisation designed to oversee the day-to-day workings
of downtown Nassau, could be ready for scrutinising by
politicians and private sector partners.

Meanwhile, urban management consultant, Brad Segal,
suggested that the city of Nassau would have to follow
global trends in order to become a successful business and

tourism centre.

According to him, some global trends relevant to the
success of Nassau’s revitalisation are the reduction of vehic-
ular traffic through the city centre, the creation of parking
downtown, the urbanisation of the area and the enticement of
more entrepreneurial investment.

Mr Segal argued that the city of Nassau has vast potential
to be engineered into something exciting, as the best practices

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Wilson: Unemployment
now ‘in the 17% range’

FROM page one

Wilson implied that Bahamian
consumers were ‘maxed out’
just like their US counterparts,
especially in an economy where
unemployment was rising and
incomes falling.

“Consumers are more lever-
aged than in 1990,” Mr Wilson
told Tribune Business. “In my
view, the average consumer is
significantly worse off because
they are more leveraged - too
highly leveraged through these
consumer loans.

“They’ve been borrowing,
borrowing, borrowing, and this
has gone on for a long period
of time.” Many Bahamians
have feasted on cheap credit
for a long time, Mr Wilson
implied, but with banks tight-
ening their lending criteria the
days of easy money have long
evaporated.

Much consumer spending
was fuelled by debt, and in its
absence this critical spending
component of the Bahamian
economy has been sharply
reduced.

Mr Wilson pointed out that
the reduction in consumer
spending had numerous knock-
on effects, such as reduced
retail sales and imports, which
translated into lower govern-
ment revenues.

Warning that the Govern-
ment’s increased spending, at a
time when revenues were
sharply reduced, could be
“dangerous” for the Bahamas
and propel it into an unsus-
tainable national debt/fiscal
deficit position, Mr Wilson cau-
tioned that global economic
recovery would not necessarily
translate into a Bahamian one.

“Our problems go far
beyond global economic
forces,” he told Tribune Busi-
ness. “I would discourage polit-
ical leaders from continuing to
convey a sense that the
Bahamas’ economic recovery
is automatic or inevitable as
soon as the global economy
turns around. There’s a slight
disconnect between the two.”

As evidence of this, he point-
ed to the fact that the index
measuring the weighted value
of shares on the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX) had fallen
by 11 per cent for 2009 to-date,
whereas other global stock
markets had risen, the Dow
Jones Industrial Average
increasing by 10 per cent and
the UK’s FTSE up 13 per cent.

While Mr Wilson’s analysis
may have omitted BISX’s spe-
cific problems, he told Tribune
Business that he was “particu-
larly concerned by our declin-
ing social capital”.

This referred not only to the
Bahamas’ physical infrastruc-
ture, but the social interactions
between people and institu-
tions. Implying that increasing
social discord threatened to
undermine the economy, Mr
Wilson said: “What this reces-
sion is driving home is that sep-
arating the economy from the
social reality and institutions
of this country is a huge mis-
take.

“We can’t isolate economic
recovery from major and
increasing concerns about
crime and deterioration in fam-
ily life. We will not solve our
economic problems without
solving the problem of social
capital. Our social capital is in
decline, and it has not just start-

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ed. It has been in decline for
many years now.”

Mr Wilson added that the
Bahamian judicial system was
also in urgent need of reform,
bemoaning “the terrible state
of our judiciary”, and its seem-
ing inability to rapidly process
cases and deliver justice in an
appropriate timeframe.

“It’s a humungous problem,
for both criminal and civil mat-
ters,” he added.

And with the Bahamian
economy still contracting, the
Arawak Homes chairman said
he “would not be surprised” if
the negative growth was more
than the IMF’s 4-4.5 per cent
projection for 2009.

As for unemployment, Mr
Wilson said: “Whatever they
said it was in May. I’m almost
positive you could add several
points to that now. If it was 14
per cent in May, I would say
that it’s in the 17 per cent range
now.”

He recalled a Council of
Economic Advisers report in
1990-1991, which advised the
Government of the day to rein
in a fsiacl deficit that was
expanding then. The Council,
chaired by John Kenning, and
which included Sir William
Allen, recommended increas-
ing taxes by 10 per cent and
reducing government spending
by a similar percentage.

Mr Wilson said the Coun-
cil’s conclusions were as rele-
vant now as they were then,
yet no one was offering this
advice at a time when the Gov-
ernment was borrowing $373
million to cover the 2008-2009
fiscal deficit.

“Today, we’re talking about
the Government spending
more, and that could be dan-
gerous,” Mr Wilson said.

While Arawak Homes had
seen a “significant” fall in
demand for new homes, he
added that the company was
“developing new and different
strategies to weather the
storm”, and it had been aided
by the decision of some poten-
tial buyers to move on deals
based on the fact that prices
would not fall as low as they
have now.

Book Signing Announcement for:

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published by Vantage Press, Inc.

On Saturday, September 19th, 2009 at Logos, Harbour Bay.

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Location:
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Time:
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Purpose of The Meeting:

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families chgose to deal with the problems that confront them.

The book emphasizes culture; history, and business acumen, and
Se Le
provides an interesting setting upon which creativity and
progression evolve.

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Odessa Gardens, Palmdale,
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THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 3B



US INES
Tax evasion threat is ‘grant standing’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

DEMANDS that interna-
tional financial centres and their
institutions be barred from
accessing the US and interna-
tional financial systems if they
‘fail’ to aid the fight against tax
evasion, while currently “polit-
ical grand standing”, is an issue
that the Bahamas will have to
guard against because it may
become the reality in five to
seven years time.

Michael Paton, a former
Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB) chairman, told
Tribune Business that while the
likes of Carl Levin, the Demo-
cratic Senator who chairs the
permanent investigations sub-
committee, were pushing for
such enforcement action, there
was not enough international
support to make that happen
in the short-term.

Mr Levin this week argued
that Tax Information Exchange
Agreements (TIEAs), of the
nature the Bahamas signed with
the US in 2002 and will sign

with Monaco today, were inef-
fective in the fight against tax
evasion because they only man-
dated states to hand over infor-
mation if a specific taxpayer
was identified.

Instead, Mr Levin appears to
be pushing President Barack
Obama and his administration
to widen TIEAs into an all-
encompassing ‘fishing expedi-
tion’ net, demanding details on
all US clients from internation-
al financial centres and their
institutions. He seems to have
been encouraged by the deal
reached with UBS and the
Swiss government, whereby the
bank has agreed to hand over
to the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice (IRS) details on 5,000 US
account holders.

However, Mr Paton said of
Mr Levin’s plans: “I don’t see
how you can do that to a coun-
try that the US has a TIEA
with”, meaning the Bahamas.

The Lennox Paton partner
added: “At this point, I think
it’s political grandstanding. As
long as we’re seen to implement
requests that come in, there

shouldn’t be a problem. How
we implement and administer
TIEAs is how we’re going to
be judged.”

While Mr Levin and his con-
temporaries were looking to
raise tension and create anxi-
ety by moving to “criminalise
tax evasion”, Mr Paton said the
concept had yet to win univer-
sal acceptance, with most focus
currently on agreeing the
OECD’s model for tax infor-
mation exchange.

“It might happen in five to
seven years’ time, but it’s just
being floated,” Mr Paton told
Tribune Business of Mr Lev-
in’s plans. “It’s always going to
be an issue, and we’re going to
have to watch it, since people
are suggesting it will be the way
to g0.”

However, Paul Moss, the
recently-announced PLP lead-
ership candidate who runs his
own financial services business,
Dominion Management, told
Tribune Business that the
Bahamas had “not yet learnt
what the rules are” that the G-
20/0ECD are seeking to

impose.

Again urging that the
Bahamas look to negotiate
double taxation agreements
with European, North Ameri-
can and Latin American states,
and impose a minimal 2-4 per
cent tax on its financial sector
clients, Mr Moss added: “We











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Santander

have to realise they are not
going to let up. The Bahamas
has to look in a different direc-
tion.

“The rules have changed and
we have to understand that we
can sign as many TIEAs as we
want, but they will not stop. We
have to really get our heads out

of the sand, be forward thinking
and get ahead of the curve.

“Tf the Bahamas is seen to
be ahead of the curve, we will
be the beneficiaries of major
business coming to our shores.
What clients don’t want is to
be in a jurisdiction facing scruti-
ny and high tax rates.”

SANTANDER BANK & TRUST LTD











has an immediate vacancy for a

CREDIT RISK MANAGER

Applicants must hold the following:






- Bachelors in Business Administration or related degree

- Minimum of 10 years experience in Private Banking with 5 years directly in the area

of Credit Risk.

LYFORD CAY, E.P. TAYLOR DR.
“Eattage Lat With Private Beach
FOR SALE

Great investment opportunity in a safe environment.
Best price ever on E. P. Taylor Drive!
Exclusively offered by Mario Carey Realty at US:$1.5 million

Web Listing # 8377

Mario A. Carey, CRS, CIPS, CLHMS
Mario Carey Realty

Applicants should also be capable of the following:

Management and servicing of loan portfolios involving Spanish lending officers
and clients, liaison with other group units.

. Good organizational and planning skills.

. Effective management and supervision of Credit Risk Department.

. Excellent communications skills in both English and Spanish essential.

. Be proficient in all Microsoft Office applications.

Applications in writing with details of education and experience should be addressed
to the Human Resources Manager, P.O. Box N-1682, Nassau, Bahamas not later than

Tel:242-677-825 | Cell: 357-7013 October 9, 2009,

info@mariocareyrealty.com
www.mariocareyrea -cOomM

WINDING BAY

ABACO, BAHAMAS

A RITZ-CARLTON’ MANAGED CLUB

Multi-Unit General Manager

Position Summary

The “Multi-Unit General Manager” function is the primary strategic business
leader of seven (7) business entities spread between two locations in Jupiter,
Florida AND Abaco, Bahamas.

Position oversees the development and implementation of club strategies
and ensures implementation of the brand service strategy and brand initiatives.

The position ensures that the clubs’ operations meet the brand’s target
customer needs, maximizes associate satisfaction and focuses on growing
revenues and the overall financial performance of all departments. As the
leader of both properties’ Guidance Teams, M-UGM develops and implements
Club-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed
the needs and expectations of the brand’s target customer and associates and.
provides a return on investment to the owners and the Company.

Expected Contributions

* Energizes the Gold Standards of the Company and ensures brand
initiatives are implemented to meet or exceed member, employee and
financial expectations. Continuously challenges the team to improve
operations, and ensures compliance with brand standards to protect
brand integrity.
Leverages synergies among both properties to maximize market
penetration, operational excellence, and overall business performance.
Selects, develops and retains a diverse leadership team capable of
delivering the expected performance contributions and with growth
potential, and holds others accountable for doing the same. Leads the
guidance team and leverages additional corporate and regional resources
to develop and implement destination club-wide strategies that are
aligned with the company’s Key Success Factors. Facilitates talent
development and leverages opportunities to share and maximize talent
among the Areas Clubs and Residences.
Focuses the team on delivering services and products to meet or exceed
owner expectations, create owner loyalty, and grow market share. Builds
relationships with key customers.

Qualifications
* 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant

Management, or related major
15+ years of progressive experience in private club industry with
exposure to multiple disciplines
Prior General Manager or equivalent experience in a luxury market
environment
Property Management certifications required by the State of Florida
Prior multi-property oversight preferred

Skills & Knowledge

* Leadership - Visible, proactive, personally involved leader with excellent
organizational skills, capable of providing focused leadership and
contributing to establish the club and residences prominent position
within the market. A well-developed capability for strategic decision-
making and a track record of proven results in the areas of customer
satisfaction, operational excellence, employee satisfaction, revenue and
profit.
Financial Acumen - Business savvy leader with demonstrated financial
acumen, capable of providing strong P&L results oriented financial
leadership.
Operations - Excellent sense of product and service quality, a passion
for excellence and an understanding of the sophisticated needs of the
luxury customer. Creative and innovative operations leadership, capable
of delivering products and services that will differentiate the clubs and
residences in the region’s luxury residential market.
Governance - Property Management designations or certifications
required by the State of Florida are required. Responsible for Rules
and Enforcement, Property Maintenance, Services Communications,
Finances, Administration, Asset Protection and assistance with Policy
Development all in accordance with local and state statutes.

Director of Operations

Position Summary
Functions as the strategic business leader of food and beverage/culinary
operations and acts as General Manager in his/her absence. Areas of

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responsibility include: Front Office, Business Centre, Recreation/Fitness
Department, Retail/Gift Shops, Housekeeping, Food and Beverage/Culinary
and Event Management. Position oversees the development and
implementation of departmental strategies and ensures implementation of
the brand service strategy and brand initiatives. The position ensures that
food and beverage/culinary operations meet the brand’s target customer
needs, maximizes associate satisfaction, focuses on growing revenues and
the overall financial performance of the departments. As a member of the
Guidance Team, develops and implements hotel-wide strategies that deliver
products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the
brand’s target customer and associates and provides a return on investment
to the owners and Ritz-Carlton.

Responsibilities

¢ Demonstrating Leadership

¢ Achieving Goals

¢ Exceeding Customer Expectations

* Improving Profit

* Maintaining Balance Between Profit and Service Satisfaction
* Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

* Destination Club and Residential Management

Qualifications
¢ 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant
Management, or related major
* 5 years experience in executive management position in a five star
resort
* Ritz-Carlton Hotel or Destination Club experience preferred

Skills & Knowledge

* Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes
for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer
needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and daily
evaluation of existing customer satisfaction measurement processes.
Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will
be spent and available resources utilized to get the work done and daily
accounting for these expenditures.
Analytical/Critical Thinking - The ability to gather and organize
information using a logical and systematic process; recognize patterns
and relationships in complex data; examine data to identify implications,
problems and draw appropriate conclusions; generate alternative solutions
to problems; evaluate strengths, weaknesses and consequences of
alternative solutions and approaches to solving problems.
Applied Business Knowledge - Understanding market dynamics involved
in running a private membership club under development, enterprise
level objectives and important aspects of ultra-luxury club / resort
business to accurately diagnose strengths and weaknesses, anticipate
opportunities and risks, identify issues, and develop strategies and plans.
Aligning individual and team actions with strategies and plans to drive
business results.

Pastry Chef

Position Summary

Create and maintain a positive work environment through coaching and leading
staff while establishing creative and exciting menu products, both appetizing and
visually appealing. Work and maintain good working relationships with other
work areas. Meet with meeting planners and social catering event coordinators
to develop personalized dessert products. Direct, train and monitor performance
of Pastry staff. Maintain organization, cleanliness and sanitation of work areas
and equipment.

Essential Job Functions

* Train, coach, lead and hold Pastry team accountable to the job functions
listed below. Meet daily to review assignments, schedules, anticipated
business levels, employee performance issues and other information
pertinent to job performance.
Maintain and strictly abide by sanitation/health regulations and the
hotel’s food safety program requirements. Ensure all Pastry employees
maintain food handlers’ certification.
Meet with Executive Chef to review assignments, anticipated business
levels, changes and other information pertinent to the job performance

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on a daily basis.

Prepare and assign production and prep work for Pastry staff to complete;
review priorities.

Communicate additions or changes to the assignments as they arise
throughout the shift. Identify situations, which compromise the
department's standards and delegate these tasks.

Prepare amenity orders for room service in accordance with specified
requirements and hotel standards.

Prepare all dishes following recipes and yield guides, according to Ritz-
Carlton standards.

Monitor performance of Pastry staff and ensure all procedures are
completed to the department standards

Assist Pastry staff wherever required to ensure excellent service to
guests.

Ensure all Pastry staff assignments are completed before they leave
work area.

Review status of work and follow-up actions required with the Executive
Chef before leaving.

Qualifications, Skills & Knowledge
* Certification of culinary training or apprenticeship.
* 5 years experience in F&B leadership position at a luxury club, hotel
or restaurant.
¢ Knowledge of food and beverage cost controls.
« Ability to plan and develop menus and recipes.

Director of Sales

Position Summary

Designing, implementing and continuously evaluating all sales processes;
Maintaining content and direction on Training and Motivation of Sales
Leadership and Field Sales Force; Developing and maintaining visibility
over Sales Standards and Accountability Measures; Providing related sales
input to New Site Feasibility and Business Planning Processes

Essential Job Functions

¢ Monitor and evaluate sales processes while maintaining visibility over
daily sales progress against budgets

* Create and implement specific sales and marketing field operations
best practices, policies and guidelines

* Create and implement structured sales presentation training and sales
executive evaluation
Develop sales management training programs as well as create system
succession strategy to identify/groom key sales professionals
Insure performance management is implemented and maintained
consistently across the system
Review all sales related assumptions in the feasibility process, ensuring
strategic and operational reasonableness, comparability among PEPS,
budgets, forecasts and LRP
Provide Brand with product and business development recommendations.
Relate information regarding competitive tactics and products.

Qualifications, Skills & Knowledge
College degree
Minimum of ten years in the vacation ownership industry
Minimum of five years ownership sales and sales management experience
Strong verbal and written communications skills; ability to communicate
effectively with senior management
Experience in designing products, processes, policies and training
manuals
Ritz Carlton Club experience preferred

Please send resume to the attention of:
Director of Human Resources
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
P.O. Box AB-20571
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Bahamas

OR

Email: Freddie Munnings@ritzcarlton.com
Deadline for applications is Friday, September 25, 2009



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THE TRIBUNE









































































NOTICE

SHAMBALLA MANAGEMENT LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, SHAMBALLA MANAGEMENT LIMITED
is in dissolution as of September 14, 2009.

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

the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

Extended by Orders dated 19th day of November A.D., 2008 and 29th day of June A.D., 2009
pursuant € CguBE FRSC) 1978.
ji 2407/CLE/gen/ Cds

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Common Law and Equit: DAVE RASA 5 BAHAMAS
BETWEEN
WILLIAM THOMAS JACKSON
Plaintiff
AND
SIDNEY GEORGE GLINTON
Defendant

ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God, Queen of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas and of her other realms and
territories, Head of the Commonwealth,

SIDNEY GEORGE GLINTON
No. 56 Soldier Road
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

WE COMMAND YOU that within Fourteen days after service of
this writ on you, inclusive of the day of such service, you
do cause an appearance to be entered for you in an action
at the suit of WILLIAM THOMAS JACKSON of West 302 North 921
Maple Avenue, Waukesha Wisconsin, U.S.A. whose address for
service is Messrs. Halsbury Chambers, Halsbury Commercial
Center, Suite 1, Village Road, North P. ©. Box N-979,

And take notice that in default of your so doing the
Plaintiff may proceed therein, and Judgment may be given in
your absence.

WITNESS, the Honourable Sir Burton Hall

Our,Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas the

Ae day of Ou in tne year of Our Lord Two Thousand
and Seven. nS

N.B.- This Writ may not be served more than 12 calendar months
after the above dates unless renewed by Order of the Court.

DIRECTIONS FOR ENTERING APPEARANCE

The Defendant may enter an Appearance personally or by
attorney either by handing in the appropriate forms, duly
completed, at the Registry of the Supreme Court, Public
Square, in the City of Nassau in the Island of New
Providence, or by sending them to that office by post.

If the Defendant enters an Appearance he must also deliver a
Defence to the attorney for the Plaintiff within fourteen (14)
days from the last day of the time limited for entering an
Appearance, unless such time is extended by the Court or a Judge,
otherwise Judgment may be entered against him without notice,
unless he has in the meantime been served with a Summons for
Judgment .

GENERALLY INDORSED WRIT
The Plaintiff’s claim is for the following:

(1) Damages for personal injury and loss arising out of
a road traffic accident occurring on the 10â„¢
December, 2004 in the vicinity of Sbarro’s
Restaurant on West Bay Street; which said accident
was caused by the negligence of the Defendant;

Interest pursuant to the Civil Procedure (Award of
Interest) Act, 1992;

Costs; and

And such further or other relief as the Court deems
just.

Dated 29" day of January, A.D., 2007

HALSBURY CHAMBERS
Chambers

Suite 1

Village Road North
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Plaintiff

FROM page one

permission.

The ITPA said: “For almost a
decade, the Bahamas has main-
tained, both in law and in prac-
tice, a Berne-incompatible com-
pulsory licence in its 1998 Copy-
right Act that it has applied to
premium pay television pro-
gramming.”

While amendments had been

Copyright

passed to the Act in 2004 to deal
with this issue, the IIPA said
they had never come into force,
its reference to Berne meaning
the World Intellectual Property
Organisation (WIPO).

In a clear reference to Cable
Bahamas, the IIPA said: “As a
result, local cable operators

Motor dealer

FROM page one

decided to place its transmission room and staff lunch area in the
existing structure.

“We’re moving them to where the existing reception office is,”
Mr Lowe said of the two facilities. “Instead of knocking it down and
making two more bays, we will move them temporarily until we
decide whether we’re going ahead with Phase IIT.”

He added that Nassau Motor Company could also potentially
leave the transmission room and lunch area there, rather than
proceed with the initial plans, “killing two birds with one stone”.

With the firm having spent just over $500,000 to date on its
expansion, and “a little more to go”, Mr Lowe acknowledged that
investing during a recession was always risky.

“Tt sure is,” he added, “but you’ve got to remain hopeful things
will turn around. Customers have to service vehicles, and hopefully
we will be the place of choice for Honda, Chevrolet and Cadillac
owners.”

He told Tribune Business that Nassau Motor Company had
experienced no fall-off in demand for vehicle servicing as a result
of the recession, the only recent decline having resulted from the
company’s expansion project, with customers placed on a three-
week as opposed to one-week wait.

“T think it will be a bit more convenient for our customers,” Mr
Lowe told Tribune Business of the new customer service centre.
“Rather than having to traipse through cars running back and
forth, there will be a nice area for them to sit in. It will be a little
more convenient.

“We’re getting on with the paving, the levelling off of the
ground. I think our customers will like it. When they come in, it will
be more customer friendly.”

He added that Nassau Motor Company hoped to initiate a pro-
gramme where clients in a hurry could have their vehicles serviced
in a short period of time, “getting them in and out as fast as pos-
sible. It’s something General Motors and Honda continually
stress”.

As for the six bays with hydraulic lifts that Nassau Motor Com-
pany had installed some five months to go as part of the first
phase expansion, Mr Lowe said: “They’ve been wonderful. It
makes the technicians’ lives a lot easier. They don’t have to jack the
car up by hand or put a jack stand under each corner.”

Primary Duties:

¢ Recording of journal entries

¢ Handling accounts payable functions
e Preparing submission for franchisors
e Preparation of bank reconciliations

¢ Preparing financial statements

e Establishing & monitoring internal controls

Qualifications:

Applicants should possess Bachelors degree in
Accounting, at least 5 years experience, knowledge
of retail/food accounting, be proficient in Quickbooks,
Excel and other MS Office applications. Must be able
to multi-task, work with minimum supervision and
possess a high level of integrity and professionalism.

Fax application/resume to 394-4938
Deadline for applications: Sept 25, 2009

ROYAL FIDELITY

Money at Work

COLONIAL

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
THURSDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,534.77| CHG -0.47| %CHG -0.03 | YTD -177.59 | YTD % -10.37
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

S2wk-Hi 52wk-Low
1.15
9.90
6.18
0.63
3.15
2.14
10.00
2.74
5.26
1.27
1.32
6.60
8.80
10.29
4.95
1.00
0.30
5.49
9.98
10.00

Security
AML Foods Limited 1.15
Bahamas Property Fund 10.75
Bank of Bahamas 6.18
Benchmark 0.63
Bahamas Waste 3.15
Fidelity Bank 2.37
Cable Bahamas 10.00
Colina Holdings 2.74
Commonwealth Bank ($1) S82
Consolidated Water BDRs 3.74
Doctor's Hospital 2.05
Famguard 6.60
Finco 9.30
FirstCaribbean Bank 10.29
Focol (S$) 4.99
Focol Class B Preference 1.00
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate

0.30
5.50
10.09
10.00

Previous Close Today's Close

EPS $
0.127
0.992
0.244

-0.877
0.078
0.055
1.406

Change Div $
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
-0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00 350
0.00 15,650
0.00 2,000
0.00
0.00
0.00
-0.11
0.00

Daily Vol.
1.15
10.75
6.18
0.63
3.15
2.37
10.00
2.74
5.92
3.73
2.05
6.60
9.30
10.29
4.99
1.00
0.30
5.50
9.98
10.00

0.249
0.419
0.111
0.382
0.420
0.322
0.794
0.332
0.000
0.035
0.407
0.952
0.180

19,879
3,253

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

52wk-Hi_ _52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

Security
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Last Sale

Change Daily Vol. Interest
0.00 t%
0.00 Prime + 1.75%
0.00 T%
0.00 Prime + 1.75%

100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
29 May 2015

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities

Bid $
¢.92
2.00
0.35

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

Ask $

Last Price
14.00
4.00
0.55

EPS $ Div $ P/E
0.000 N/M
0.480 N/M

0.000 256.6

Weekly Vol.
8.42
6.25
0.40

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

29.00 ABDAB
0.40 RND Holdings

30.13
0.45

31.59

29.00
0.55

0.000
0.000

9.03

0.55 261.90

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

52wk-Low

1.3344
2.8952
1.4119
3.0941

12.3870

100.0000

93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & 1 Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

NAV
1.4033
2.8990
1.4892
3.0941

13.1136
101.6693
96.7398
1.0000
9.3399
1.0707
1.0319
1.0673

YTD%

Last 12 Months
5.20
-4.16
5.47
-13.59
5.87
1.67
-4.18
0.00
-1.41
5.14
2.05
4.93

Div $ Yield % NAV Date
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
11-Sep-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
30-Jun-09
30-Jun-09
31-Dec-07
31-Jul-09

3.72
-1.39
3.87
-8.61
3.93
1.10
0.35
0.00
2.69
3.38
-0.11
2.89

31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09

MARKET TERMS

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

52wWkcHi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

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

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

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

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

PIE - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

(S41) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask § - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

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retransmit premium US pay tele-
vision programming, without
authorisation, causing harm to
US companies in this sector.

“This flagrant flaunting of
both international rules (Berne)
and its bilateral intellectual prop-
erty rights obligations (CBI)
must cease immediately. This
activity also violates the WIPO
Trade Related Intellectual Prop-
erty Rights (TRIPS) agreement,
although the Bahamas is one of
the very few countries that is not
yet a WTO member.

“Its WTO accession process
has been moving very slowly
and, at last report, a working
party has not yet been formed.”

As ever, the situation is more
complex than the IPA is letting
on. Anthony Butler, Cable
Bahamas’ president, yesterday
said that while the BISX-listed
firm had been “highly success-
ful” in reaching commercial
agreements with some pro-
gramme rights holders, the issue
dated back some 30 years - to
when the US satellite footprint
for English-speaking countries
first came over the Bahamas.

Mr Butler said Cable
Bahamas had first raised the
issue when it won its then-exclu-
sive 15-year cable TV franchise,
as “for 30 years the satellite foot-
print has been over the
Bahamas, and Bahamians have
been watching US programming.
The Bahamas receives via satel-
lite the footprint of US pro-
gramming, and we have been for
30 years”.

Explaining that the issue pre-
dated Cable Bahamas’ existence,
Mr Butler said the company
needed to be able to show these
programmes to provide a com-
petitive, attractive package for

Bahamian consumers.

The company has been
working with the Registrar
General’s Department, the
Bahamian Embassy in Wash-
ington and the US Embassy in
Nassau - the latter providing a
route into the US Trade Rep-
resentative’s Office - in a bid to
achieve commercial agree-
ments with the copyright and
programming rights holders.

Under a 2000 agreement, the
US Trade Representative’s
Office was supposed to encour-
age the MPAA and the likes
of its individual members to
enter into commercial agree-
ments with Cable Bahamas, in
return for this nation amending
its compulsory licensing regime
via the 2004 Act amendment.
Yet while the Bahamas
believes it has fulfilled its side
of the bargain, it privately
believes the US has to hold up
its end.

The crux of the problem is
that the Bahamas and rest of
the English-speaking
Caribbean are seen as too small
a market by many of the pro-
gramming rights holders, mak-
ing them disinclined to nego-
tiate commercial arrangements
with Cable Bahamas.

Their distribution and roy-
alty rights do not allow them
to broadcast outside the US,
and the legal fees and other
costs required to change these
agreements would exceed the
revenues gained from a small
market such as this nation.

Yet Tribune Business under-
stands that Cable Bahamas has
enjoyed some success to date,
the main holdouts being the
likes of HBO and the premi-
um movie channels.

NOTICE

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RENE TELLE of

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CR-56766 NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 18° day of September, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box

N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Downtown Nassau plans

may be ready by year-end

FROM page one

from working models - mainly
throughout the US - are
infused in the redevelopment
of the city.

He said the city has viable
raw material that retail devel-
opers are looking for to change
Nassau into a suburban shop-
ping centre.

“From an organisational
and infrastructural standpoint,
you're starting from scratch,”
said Mr Segal.

“Tt seems like they (govern-
ment) are all focused on doing
something downtown that is
enduring, lasting and mean-
ingful. So, you may be behind
the starting line, but you have
the opportunity to move quick-
ly and make some big differ-
ences.”

He added that the public
and private partnership
charged with moving the revi-
talisation effort forward had a
golden opportunity to get the
Ingraham administration sign
off on the BID, which will then
have autonomous jurisdiction
over the city’s future develop-
ment.

The director-general of
tourism and co-chair of the

DNP, Vernice Walkine, said
the Bahamas has been trying
to change the look and feel of
its capital for over 15 years,
only making a material effort
in the past two to three.

With government attempt-
ing to lure more cruise lines to
Nassau’s ports, the revitalisa-
tion of the city centre is cru-
cial to selling the Bahamian
product.

Mr Segal said his travels
throughout the city have con-
vinced him that the present
product is far below its poten-
tial.

“When those people get off
that boat someone has to man-
age that experience. You don’t
have a managed experience
today,” he said. “People get
off that boat and it’s crazy. It’s
intimidating, it’s not unpleas-
ant. I get offers for 20 taxi rides
to Atlantis.”

According to him, the down-
town experience has to be
packaged for all visitors in
order to drive the allure away
from the now more popular
Marina Village on Paradise
Island.

Some merchants who hold
retail space in both downtown
Nassau and Paradise Island
have seen sales pom Par-

adise Island, while Nassau’s
sales remain flat or have
declined.

“You're missing a lot of the
tourism market that you have,
but haven’t necessarily pack-
aged,” said Mr Segal.

He insisted the city of Nas-
sau create a merchandising
plan for the area in order to
make it more competitive.

While a more pedestrian-
friendly Bay Street was an inte-
gral part of the city’s revitali-
sation plan, so was the effort to
move the congested bus ter-
minal and manage parking in
the area.

There has been vast specu-
lation on the timeframe for the
city’s improvement. Minister
of the Environment, Earl
Deveaux, suggested it could
take as much as 40 years to
complete.

However, general consensus
suggests cities are an ongoing
project, Ms Walkine stating:
“Everything happens in its
time.”

Mr Segal asserted that the
beginning stages of any revi-
talisation project are slow, but
added that the private sector
and government being nearer
to closing a deal on the BID
is a positive sign of progress.





BEC ‘back pedals’ on
power plant approvals

FROM page one

was unlawful.

“My clients are of the view
that BEC ought to stop any fur-
ther work at the site and on the
highway, and should proceed to
properly make applications to
the relevant statutory and min-
isterial authorities,” he said.

And Mr Smith added: “In
my clients’ view, this is the sin-
gle greatest expenditure on
public works in the history of
the Abacos, which will have a
great and long-lasting impact
on the economy, on tourism,
on the environment, on prop-
erty owners, on energy bills, on

health and safety issues and,
generally, the future of the
Abacos.

“My clients consider that
before embarking on this pro-
ject there ought to have been
widespread consultation con-
ducted in a transparent,
accountable and democratic
manner.

“Not only should there have
been informative town meet-
ings, but any and all applica-
tions should have been made
with adequate and meaningful
opportunities provided in the
permitting processes for inter-
ested parties to make their con-
tribution to the extent that any

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LOCATION:

OVERALL PURPOSE:

Commercial Supervisor
Accounting

L 10005

Finance Manager

Country Finance Department or Cluster Office

of their interests may have been
affected.

“Although the project has
been commenced, it is only at
its very infancy, and my clients
consider that the opportunity
still remains to begin the
process afresh by rescinding
the “decision’.”

On behalf of his clients, Mr
Smith requested that the Gov-
ernment provide copies of all
permit applications made, and
copies of those which may
have been issued to date. He
warned that a Judicial Review
application may be made to
quash those already given.

Mr Smith also requested
copies of the Environmental
Impact Assessments (EIAs)
and Environmental Manage-
ment Plan prepared for the
Wilson City power plant, plus
copies of Crown Grants and
related agreements.

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.

oe TIES 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.
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Handle Billing queries from Billing Center.
1st level of approval for Credit notes.
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discount, and credit

Performs other assignments as required.

Ability to supervise the accounting staff at local station

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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.
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PC skills should include the basic suite of MS products, Excel, Access,

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BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK
Cable Beach, West Bay Street,
P.O. Box N-3034
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel:(242) 327-5780/327-5793-6
Fax:(242) 327-5047, 327-1258
www.bahamasdevelopmentbank.com

Properties

New Providence

Vacant lot #64
(50’x100’)-Joan’s Height
Subdivision

Lots #3 & #4, Blk #47
(50’x100’) w/duplex
(1,532sq. ft.)-Forbes St,
Nassau Village
(Appraised Value
$120,000.00)

Vacant lot #147
(10,557sq. ft.)-Munnings
Dr & Roy West Ln
Southern Heights Sub
(Appraised Value
$90,000.00)

Lot 1.171 acres w/auto
repair shop & office
2,790sq. ft. & vacant
building 9,200sq. ft.

Lot #39 (2,500sq. ft.)
w/hse 1,104scq. ft. Blk
#35 hse #64-Lincoln
Blvd (Appraised Value
$57,780.00)

Lot (50’x100’)
w/building 1,912sq. ft.-
Deveaux St (Appraised
Value $189,000.00)

Lots #29 & #30,
(50’x100’), Blk #47
w/building 1,140sq. ft.-
Matthew St, Nassau
Village (Appraised
Value $145,000.00)

Andros
Lot 10.08 acres w/six (6)
buildings-Pot Cay off
Behring Point Andros
Vacant lot #2, parcel “C”
30,613sq. ft.-Swain’s
Point, Mangrove Cay
Andros (Appraised
Value $125,000.00)

. Parcel of land (1.493
acres) w/6 buildings
(Helens Motel)-Pinders
Mangrove Cay, Andros
(Appraised Value
$275,000.00)

. Beach front lot 9,000sq.
Ft. w/building 2,100sq.
ft-Pinders Mangrove
Cay Andros (Appraised
Value $200,000.00)

. Lot 4,344sq, ft. w/duplex
1,174sq. ft.-Fresh Creek
Andros (Appraised
Value $94,640.00)
Grand Bahama
Lot #20 (17,150sq. ft.)

w/hse 2,000sq. ft.
Blk#8, Sec #2-Sea Gull
Dr, Bahama Reef Yacht
& Country Club Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$280,000.00)

. Vacant lot #39, Blk #9
(14,397sq. ft.)-
Yorkshire Dr, Bahamia
West Replat Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $25,000.00)

Portion of lot #69
(15,000sq. ft.)-Front St
Murphy Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$29,250.00)

. Lot #55 (6,900sq. ft.)
w/building-Murphy
Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$82,075.00)

. Lot #45 (60’x160’)
w/14 room motel
3,900sgq. ft.-Sandy Point
Abaco (Appraised
Value $485,700.00)

. Lot 87,120sq. Ft. w/4
cottages & 1 storage
building totaling
4,186sq. ft.-Sand Banks
Treasure Cay Abaco
(Appraised Value
$880,308.00)

Eleuthera

. Vacant portion of lot #7
(50’x110’)-West James
Cistern Eleuthera
(Appraised Value
$18,000.00)

. Vacant 3 acres of land
situated Colebrook
Street Dunmore Town
(Harbour Island)
Eleuthera

Cat Island

. Vacant 6.5 acres of
land-Arthur’s Town, Cat
Island

. Lot w/12 room motel
1.39 acres-Arthur’s
Town Cat Island
(Appraised Value
$630,000.00)

Exuma
34.Vacant lot #8 (65,200sq.
ft.)-Moss Town Exuma
(Appraised Value
$110,188.00)
35.Vacant lot #95
(80’x122’) Commodore
Rd Elizabeth Harbour
Est. Exuma (Appraised
Value $45,000.00)
36.Lot #134 (75’x85’)
w/two storey building

George Town, Exuma

(Appraised Value

$468,000.00)

Long Island
37.Vacant lot 100’x200’-
Bonacorde area west of
Clarence Town Long
Island ($Appraised
Value $30,000.00)

15. Vacant Lot #8 Blk #12 26.
Unit #3 (11,250sq. ft.)-
Henny Ave Derby Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$65,000.00)

. Lot #43 B (100’x150')
building-Nelson Rd
Poinciana Gardens
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$96,000.00)

. Lot #37 (50'x150’)
w/sixplex 2-storey
apartment building &
Church 5,400sq. ft.-
Martin Town, Kings Sub
Eight Mile Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $211,200.00)

. Lot w/10 room hotel
5,000sq. ft. on 4.99
acres of beach front-
High Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $1,100,000.00)

. Vacant lot #13, Blk #59,
Unit #3 (22,752sq. ft.)
45’ on canal front-
Dagenham Circle &
Ingrave Dr Emerald Bay
Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$110,000.00)

. Lot #15, Blk #15 Unit
#3 (90'x125’)-Derby
Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$23,000.00)

. Vacant lot #25, Blk #15
(17,866sq. ft.)-
Cutwater Ln Shannon
Country Club Sub Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $38,000.00)

. Lot #2 (20,000sq. ft.)
w/building complex &
Laundromat-Queens
Highway Holmes Rock
Commonage Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $178,600.00)

Abaco

. Lot #25 (17,755sq. ft.)
w/hse 800sq. ft-#47
Queen Elizabeth Dr
Marsh Harbour Abaco
(Appraised Value
$212,750.00)

. Vacant lot #6 (2 acres)-
Fox Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$50,000.00)

. Lot #51 (15,000sq. ft.)
w/building-Murphy
Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$102,420.00)

ASSETS

Vehicles

1996 Ford Explorer 1997 Dodge Stratus

Sas pe ea S ‘
1989 Ford L8000 Drill Truck 1987 Ford L8000 Boom Truck

(Green)

1982 Double Axle Mack 1992 Double Axle Mack Trail
Dump Truck Head

a"

21’ (1974) Seacraft Vessel
w/140 HP Yamaha Outboard engine

20° (1996) Robolo Vessel w/115
HP Envinrude Outboard engine

Large Vessel(s)

jem 25 te
19’ (1989) Fiberglass Sports Vessel
(Hull Only)

68’ (1989) Longliner/Trawler_ 40’ Vessel Great Harbour Cay
Vessel (Sweet Dreams) Beam 18’.5”,
Depth 5’.5” Cummins Engine

19’ (1998) Spanish Wells Marine
w/115 HP Mercury Outboard engine

ther els - Ph Not Availabl
= 80’ Custom Steel Hull Vessel (Miss Kristy)
= 122’ Single Screw Steel Hull (1960) MV Lisa J Ill,
vessel has a new engine requiring installation. And
can be view at Bradford Marine, Grand Bahama

The public is invited to submit Sealed bids marked "Tender" to Bahamas Development Bank, P.O. Box N-3034,
Nassau, Bahamas attention Financial Controller, faxed bids will not be accepted or telephone 327-5780 for
additional information. Please note that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets should be received
by or on September 22, 2009. The Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to reject any or all offers. All
assets are sold as is.

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and burned
lo death

Third fire-related
tragedy this week

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

FOUR people, including a baby
girl, burned to death after suspect-
ed arsonists trapped them inside
their home and set fire to the build-
ing.

The bodies of Theresa Brown,
31, a civilian who was employed
with the Royal Bahamas Police
Force, her daughter Kayshala Bod-
ie, 18, grand-daughter, one-year-
old Telair Johnson and neighbour
Savanna Stuart, 18, were found by
investigators.

According to police it appeared
as though the women had attempt-
ed to escape .

Neighbours told The Tribune
they believed the windows and
doors to the house had been nailed
shut by whoever torched the build-
ing.

The tragedy occured at the small
community of Wilson Tract short-
ly after 7am yesterday.

At the scene, fire investigators
found the flames already extin-
guished and then made the grim
discovery.

Crowds of shocked and tearful
onlookers assembled as news of
the tragedy spread. Relatives of
the deceased rushed to the scene
screaming and sobbing in disbelief.

Mrs Brown’s mint green con-
crete was badly damaged inside,
however only the smell of smoke
and a cracked front window hinted
to the horror inside.

Police spokesman ASP Walter
Evans said the blaze and the deaths
are being treated as suspicious.

“Tt is possible the victims died as
a result of smoke inhalation,” he

ONE-YEAR-OLD Telair Johnson
was a victim of the suspected arson
fire. Theresa Brown, 51, Kayshala
Bodie, 18, and Savanna Stuart, 18,
also died. Neighbours told The
Tribune they believed the windows
and doors to the house had been
nailed shut by whoever torched the
building.



said. “At this stage this matter is
being treated as suspicious.”

Investigators are not certain
what started the fire but it is
believed to have started in the front
portion of the house.

Meanwhile family and friends of
the dead told The Tribune of their
anger and grief.

William Brown Jr, the brother
of Theresa Brown, said he taking
his children to school when he
received the news.

“T believe someone did it but we
can’t say. The Lord will give us the
answer, we leave that person to
God,” said Mr Brown.

SEE page 12

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

FAMILY MEMBERS, police officers and onlookers at the scene of
yesterday’s tragedy.





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LOCAL NEWS

Teachers stage sick-out over
alleged mould infestation

US and Cuba talk
about restarting
flireet mail service

HAVANA

CUBA and the United :
States sat down for rare talks }
aimed at re-establishing direct
mail service Thursday, a mod- }
est step toward cooperation }
that caps a bitter week of
recriminations over the exten- }
sion of Washington’s trade }
embargo against the commu- :
nist-run island, according to }

Associated Press.

The Cuban government }
said the two countries dis- }
cussed technical obstacles to }
restart the service — sus- }
pended in 1963 — like how }
mail would be transported, :
methods of payment and :

postal security.

“We are satisfied with ;
developments in this first }
meeting,” said Josefina Vidal }
Ferreiro, director of the For- }
eign Ministry’s North Ameri- }
can Department, who led:
She}
described the talks as “wide-

Cuba’s delegation.

ranging and useful.”

The government said both :
sides agreed on the need to}
hold more discussions in com- }
ing months, but did not give }
any details on where or when }

such talks would be held.

The U.S. delegation was led }
by Bisa Williams, the deputy }
assistant secretary of state for }
Western Hemisphere affairs. }
It was the first time State }
Department officials have }
traveled to Cuba for talks :
since late 2002, Gloria Berbe- }
na, a spokeswoman for the }
USS. Interests Section, which }
Washington maintains here }
instead of an embassy, told }

The Associated Press.

Representatives of the U.S. i
and Cuban postal services }

were also present.

Direct mail service between }
the United States and Cuba }
was suspended in August }
1963, the year after Washing- }
ton imposed its embargo. Let- }
ters sent currently between :
the two nations will arrive — }
eventually, and with a bit of }
luck — but must pass through }

a third country first.

The U.S. first suggested }
restarting direct service back }
in 1999, then repeated the }
offer in 2000, 2002 and 2008. :
Cuba accepted in May, and
formalized its offer to host the }
talks when representatives of i
the two nations met on the ?
sidelines of bilateral migration :
talks held in New York in}

July.

ples.”

soon.

the sanctions.

But some had hoped the }
president would withhold his }
signature — which would have :
been a powerful sign that it }
was time for a new debate on }

bilateral relations.

Two days later, Foreign }
Minister Bruno Rodriguez }
demanded that Washington }
do away with the embargo}
without waiting for anything }
in return, saying his country }
would not make any political }
or policy concessions — no }
matter how small — even in}
the unlikely event the U.S. }
were to meet those demands }

and ends sanctions.

U.S. officials have said for }
months that they would like }
to see the single-party, com- }
munist state accept some }
political, economic or social }
changes, but Rodriguez said }
his country was under no}
obligation to appease Wash- }

ington.

The embargo “‘is unilateral
and should be lifted unilater-

ally,” he said.

The sour rhetoric has been }
a disappointment to those }
who thought Obama’s diplo- }
macy of small steps — of }
which the direct mail talks are }
a part — would push Havana }
to make similar concessions, i
or that Obama would take a }
big political risk and signal a
willingness to end the embar- }

go.

on Cuba.

And the island is still con-

Berbena said the talks
would take all day and be lim-
ited to mail service. She said }
President Barack Obama’s }
administration sees the nego- }
tiations “as a potential avenue }
to improve communication }
between our countries’ peo- }

Those were rare positive }
sentiments in a week of snubs }
that have dimmed hopes for }
a comprehensive break- }
through in relations anytime }

On Monday, Obama signed :
a measure formally extending }
the 47-year-old embargo for }
one year. The move was sym- }
bolic, since it would take an }
act of Congress to legally end :



COMPLAINING of
upper respiratory problems
and other medical condi-
tions, teachers at Uriah
McPhee Primary staged a
massive sick-out yesterday
which resulted in all stu-
dents being sent home.

Claiming there is a
severe mould infestation at
the school on Kemp Road,
teachers said they will not
be returning to the class-
rooms until the situation
has been rectified or an
alternate site has been
secured for them.

“T have never had a sinus
problem or chest problems,
but with this mould I now
always have chest problems
and sinus problems,” com-
plained one teacher.

Another remarked that
she constantly suffers from
migraine headaches while
at the school, a symptom
normally associated with
common mould infesta-
tions such as cladosporium



“Our biggest concern is
that a number of persons
are complaining of
receiving certain types

of illnesses.



President of the Bahamas Public
Service Union John Pinder

and penicillium.

Among other possible
symptoms are asthma,
sinus infections, coughing,
and throat and eye infec-
tions.

Other more dangerous
moulds such as stachy-
botrys, memnoniella, and
aspergillus versicolor can
produce mycotoxins, or air-
borne toxins, which can
cause chronic fatigue, loss

of balance and memory,
irritability, and even diffi-
culty in speaking.

And according to infor-
mation from a host of
online medical websites,
children are reportedly
more susceptible to mould
related illnesses due to the
fact that their lungs and
organs are still developing.

With this in mind, Per-
manent Secretary in the

Ministry of Education
Elma Garraway said that
the claims of a mould infes-
tation at Uriah McPhee
need to be addressed
“immediately.”

“We’re aware of the sta-
tus of the matter. We will
try to fast pace as best we
can once we find areas



where we can relocate
those staff members that
are really experiencing dif-
ficulties, especially in the
upper respiratory system,”
she said.

President of the
Bahamas Public Service
Union John Pinder also
commented on the matter:

“Our biggest concern is
that a number of persons
are complaining of recciv-
ing certain types of illness-
es. We need to remind
them and assure them that
those who are experienc-
ing any type of respirato-
ry illnesses are to make it
known to the ministry so
they can be removed form
this building and trans-
ferred elsewhere to a safer
environment.”

Earlier this week, staff at
the Ministry of Education
on Thompson Boulevard
also complained of suffer-
ing from mould related
symptoms.

Former paramedic claiming wrongful
dismissal: saving lives was my passion

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Former para-
medic Marcus Garvey, who claims
that he was wrongfully dismissed,
says saving lives was more than
his job — it was his passion.

“T never considered my work
as just a job; I took it to heart and
many people here on Grand
Bahama know this.

“T care about people and that is
the only thing I really know; I
loved my job,” said the former
hospital employee of 30 years.

Mr Garvey is one of two para-
medics terminated earlier this year
following the death of 16-year-old
Jett Travolta on Grand Bahama
on January 2. The other, Tarino

Lightbourne, has been charged
along with former senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater with attempted
extortion and conspiracy to extort
$25 million from Jett’s father, Hol-
lywood star John Travolta.

Jett suffered a seizure at his
parents’ home at Old Bahama
Bay in West End. He was trans-
ported by ambulance to the hos-
pital, but was pronounced dead
by doctors.

Health Minister Hubert Min-
nis said he was very concerned
about television interviews given
by hospital employees following
the incident and said he would
deal with any breaches of the hos-
pital’s policy regarding patient
confidentiality.

But Mr Garvey feels that the
minister acted out of haste in fir-

COG DARING

ing him.

In his termination letter, dated
February 10, the Public Hospitals
Authority made reference to com-
ments by Mr Garvey in a January
4 online report by Radar Maga-
zine (www.radaronline.com).

Mr Garvey admits he appears
in clip, but claims he was secretly
recorded.

“T never denied that it wasn’t
me they saw, but the media have
ways of fixing up things and some
of the voice was not mine,” he
claimed.

The paramedic wants his name
cleared and would also like to be
reinstated or given the four per
cent gratuity he says he is owed
for his years of work.

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sole provider for my family,” he
said.

Mr Garvey noted that he has
spent many years saving lives in
the Grand Bahama community.

“Tt is hurtful to know that no
one from the Grand Bahama
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Obama’s new missile shield

WASHINGTON — The new plan that
President Barack Obama laid out for a mis-
sile shield against Iran on Thursday turns
Ronald Reagan’s vision of a Stars Wars sys-
tem on its head: Rather than focusing first on
protecting the continental United States, it
shifts the immediate effort to defending
Europe and the Middle East.

It is a long way from the impermeable
shield that Reagan described in glowing
terms in 1983, an announcement that turned
into a diplomatic triumph even while it was
a technological flop. Ever since, missile
defense has always been more about inter-
national politics than about new military
technology.

In the last years of the Cold War, it helped
nudge the Soviets toward agreements that
sharply reduced nuclear arsenals, a process
that Obama hopes to revive at the end of the
year. In the George W. Bush years, it was
about expanding NATO and, under the cov-
er of building anti-missile bases to protect
against North Korean attack, a subtle warn-
ing to China that its power in the Pacific
would not go unchecked.

In the age of Obama, the vision has
descended from the stars to sea level. A
president who was still in college during
Reagan’s famous missile defense speech has
turned a scaled-back version of the technol-
ogy, which would first be based on ships, to
a new mission: Convincing Israel and the
Arab world that Washington is moving
quickly to counter Iran’s influence, even as
it opens direct negotiations with Tehran for
the first time in 30 years.

For Obama, it is a step fraught with some
risk. Within hours of his announcement,
charges were flying that in his first major
confrontation with the Russians, he had
backed down, giving in to Moscow’s oppo-
sition to the Bush plan to place missile
defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic.

“The politics of this was driving him in
the other direction, against appearing to
back down,” said William Perry, who served
as defense secretary in the Clinton adminis-
tration. “But he went with where the tech-
nology is today — and where the threat is
today.”

During last year’s presidential campaign,
missile defense was tricky territory for Oba-
ma. His liberal base was allergic to the very
words. Obama, eager to show that he was
neither a neophyte nor soft on defense,
talked about embracing those technologies
that were “proven and cost-effective.”

Nine months into his presidency, Obama
has begun to describe what that means. He is
not abandoning the two anti-missile bases
built on US. soil in the Bush years, one in
Alaska and one in California. But his aides
— led by the one veteran of the Cold War in
his Cabinet, Defense Secretary Robert M.
Gates — argued Thursday that Iran and
North Korea were taking far longer to devel-

op intercontinental missiles than many
feared a decade ago.

The urgency, they argued, lies in address-
ing a more imminent threat: Iran’s short-
and medium-range missiles.

First among those weapons is the Shahab
III, the missile that can reach Israel and
parts of Europe. It is also the missile that
US., Israeli and European intelligence ser-
vices have charged that Iran hopes to fit
with a nuclear warhead. Iran denies that but
has refused to answer questions from inter-
national inspectors about documents that
appear to link the missile program to its
nuclear efforts.

That standoff has fed the conviction inside
the White House that the Iranian threat
needs to be countered. But officials argued
Thursday that the faster, and surer, way to
accomplish that goal was to scrap Bush’s
plan, which would have based anti-missile
batteries too far from Iran to be useful
against short- and medium-range missiles,
and put them closer to Tehran.

“One of the realities of life is the enemy
gets a vote,” said Gen. James E. Cartwright,
vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

But Obama’s critics argue that while Iran
is rightly a major focus of missile defense, it
is not the only one, and that in dismantling
the Bush plan, the new president is under-
cutting U.S. allies.

“I fear the administration’s decision will
do just that,” Sen. John McCain, Obama’s
Republican rival in last year’s presidential
election, said Thursday, adding that the deci-
sion came “at a time when Eastern Euro-
pean nations are increasingly wary of
renewed Russian adventurism.”

But Obama is betting that over time he
can assuage bruised feelings in Europe. And
he is betting that his credibility will rise in the
Middle East, where he can now argue that
the U.S. missile shield will defend both Israel
and the Arab states, notably Saudi Arabia
and Egypt. There are signs that all of them
may be interested in nuclear capabilities of
their own — especially if they believe the
United States will not stand up to Iran.

But Obama may also be vulnerable to
charges that he could be leaving parts of the
continental United States defenseless if Iran
makes bigger strides with long-range mis-
siles. His critics point to Iran’s launching of
a satellite into space in February. The craft
orbited the Earth for nearly three months,
passing repeatedly over the United States.

“Tran has already demonstrated it has the
capability to develop long-range missiles,”
said Robert Joseph, one of the architects of
Bush’s missile defense strategy, who was
highly critical of Obama’s decision. “They
have both the capability and intention to
move forward.”

(This article is by DAVID E.
SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
c.2009 New York Times News Service)



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EDITOR, The Tribune.

On the evening of August
6, 2009 with great apprecia-
tion and anticipation I
respectfully attended the
Government of The
Bahamas’ Town Meeting to
address the following:

Part 1: Nassau Harbour
Port improvement project and
New Providence road
improvement project.

Part 2: Container Port relo-
cation/ EIA impacts/mitiga-
tion.

Part 3: New Providence
downtown redevelopment
project.

It was evident from the
onset that the town meeting
was poorly planned and poor-
ly executed.

Many of the presentations
were totally irrelevant to the
sentiments being expressed in
the local media and daily
Bahamian dialogue and dis-
cussions.

The size of the room was
very inappropriate and it only
infuriated the already scepti-
cal audience who were barely
able to squeeze themselves
into the little “hot” room.

Was it intentional, poor
planning, or a tactical blun-
der? In any event, it gave the
impression that it was pur-
posely done that way to limit
the public’s attendance and
participation.

Based on observation, and
listening to many comment-
ing in the ebullient audience,
it appears as if the seats were
filled early with government
officials, their supporters,
media personnel, and numer-
ous presenters with no sup-
port to the main critical con-
tentious issue that the public
came seeking information on
principally Part 2. The Con-
tainer Port relocation.

It was also observed by
those attending the meeting
that to ensure the time was
meticulously exhausted and
very limited, some of the irrel-
evant presenters were dis-
combobulated by the heck-
ling as they muddled over
their presentations on issues
that the public already have
accepted and appreciated,
that would be Part 3 and
some of Part 2.

It is not the Nassau Har-
bour Port Improvement Pro-
ject that the public has an
issue with, Bahamians know
that this dredging must be
done as it is required for this
country not only to compete,
but also to protect our cruise
ship superiority and keep in
sync with the changes in the
industry. No disrespect
intended but the Minister of
Tourism and the present
Director General of Tourism
and Aviation along with a few
others should not have been

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on this programme, but at a
separate Town Meeting for
themselves.

Their valuable expensive
time, which the Bahamian
people pay them extremely
well for, could have been
spent on more productive
matters like ensuring all of
the Bahamian people’s mon-
ey that is being spent on Ms
Universe Pageant, brings back
some return as a future invest-
ment for the country as well
as getting more tourists back
into this country, a job which
they have mastered in selling
to the politicians, but not to
the tourists.

Unfortunately, they did
nothing but “window
dressed” their presentation
and “killed precious time” off
the clock in order to divert
attention from the real pur-
pose which the majority of the
Bahamian people came to the
so-called “Town Meeting”
for.

The Director of BEST, who
knows better and is well
aware that the Bahamian peo-
ple know that it takes longer
than five to ten minutes to
present an Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA)
especially one that appears to
have a subterfuge motive and
is under so much public scruti-
ny. Having some degree of
understanding in Project plan-
ning, appraisal, and manage-
ment it is and remains in my
humble opinion that the pre-
sentation of Part 2: Container
Port Relocation/ EIA Impacts
/Mitigation should have been
the only item on this Town
meeting’s agenda.

One such project model,
developed by Goodman and
Love (1979) called The Inte-
grated Project Planning and
Management Cycle illustrated
that a model has four distinct
phases and showed feedback
flows of information and
authority, and policy connec-
tions. The introduction of
feedback was a very impor-
tant contribution because it
introduced the idea that the
process of project planning
could go backward (to
redesign the project if neces-
sary) as well as forward.

But at this stage of this pro-
ject which equates to Project
Implementation (Project
Cycle- Baum 1970) it is truly
criminal to come to the public
at this stage now that the peo-
ple’s resistance accelerated
due to lack of information
and present a story created
through an EJA when mobil-
isation is already completed,
and project execution is in
progress.

Any sensible thinking
Bahamian can only conclude
that they were not considered
a stakeholder in this venture.

If the Bahamian people

were given any respectable
consideration and had the
opportunity to address many
concerns in the public forum,
this project would have been
met with far less resistance
and a lot of questions would
have been appropriately
addressed.

An initial Stakeholder
Analysis, Problem Tree
Analysis or a Logical Frame-
work would have aided in
guiding the initiators of this
project to include one of the
most important components,
the Stakeholders who are the
Bahamian public and not the
identified chosen few.

The activists have a right to
demonstrate and voice their
concerns even though there
are preferred ways to remain
respectful while accomplish-
ing your purpose without
politicising the issue.

The Government has
already showed its hand and
the project is moving forward.

The voices of the many
Bahamians are not being
respected, and our questions
are not being addressed as it
appears to be a political agen-
da with a crafty motive, and
one of appeasement or pay-
back rather than substantive
dialogue to reveal the truth
and do what is in the best
interest of all and not just a
few. Unfortunately and sad
to say it appears that we can-
not leave politics out of any-
thing in this country because
our politicians seem to
become “the experts” once
elected and ignore the real
experts that tell them where
development should take
place, and how to proceed to
mitigate any negative impacts.

The only thing that can
change the direction of the
Container Port Relocation
and some parts of the New
Providence Road Improve-
ment Project that totally dis-
respected some of our citizens
is the people of the Bahamas.

We do not need anymore
“Clown” meetings, lame duck
speeches, waffling politicians
both in Government and
Opposition.

If the Government can pro-
ceed with these projects in
such a manner, it is then evi-
dently clear that the jitneys
can be moved immediately off
Bay Street, the Straw Market
should be finished, the edu-
cational system in our country
could be improved, medicine
should be in the hospital, and
every street light should be
working. If the people of the
Bahamas don’t want these
projects, many shining human
examples exist from around
the world that stopped major
projects for the satisfaction of
a few, just take one example
and any sensible Bahamian
would know exactly what to
do!

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BOSTWICK
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August, 2009.

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LOCAL NEWS



‘Agenda for change’ within
the PLP set to step up efforts

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THE million dollar “mis-
sion fund” spearheaded by
Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell
is set to host a 200 person
reception at the Balmoral
Club on October 5, The
Tribune has learned.

The invitation-only
reception is being put on
by some friends of the MP,
who hope to collect dona-
tions for the fund which is
designed to further the
interests of the “agenda for
change” within the PLP.

Mr Mitchell has said the

Million Dollar ‘mission fund’ to
host reception for 200 people

plan is to adopt a multi-
faceted approach to
fundraising, in an effort to
not only assist his cam-
paign but also that of oth-
er PLP hopefuls.

“T really want to be ina
position to assist others

COB students assist in reducing
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STUDENTS of the College
of the Bahamas applied their
knowledge in computer sci-
ence and related disciplines to
help the Passport Office
reduce the backlog of appli-
cations for the new electronic
passports, or e-passports, dur-
ing the summer.

“We thank the College of
the Bahamas students for the
tremendous effort they made
in assisting the data entry unit
during their summer break in
processing some 8,000 files,”
said Donald Cash, undersec-
retary at the Passport Office.

“This effort has reduced the
backlog and has put us in
good standing of achieving the
14 days objective,” he said.

During the summer period
the Passport Office initiated
a shift system, mainly in the
data entry unit, where around
20 students from COB were
hired to process the backlog of
files, under the supervision of
permanent staff.

Employees worked from
7am to 3pm and the COB stu-
dents from 3pm to 10pm.
COB faculty recommended
the students based on their
qualifications.

Traditionally, May to
August is the peak travel peri-
od for Bahamians, whether
they are going on vacations,
off to the college, sporting
events, or travelling for med-
ical reasons. Flight attendants
and pilots also request services
from the Passport Office.

Head of Passport Officer
Franklyn Dames said the head
office usually takes on addi-
tional manpower to assist in
dealing with the heavy volume
during the summer time.

“The COB students did a
tremendous job. They are very
intelligent and were able to
carry out the task set before
them. This shows us the cali-
bre of students we have at
COB,” Mr Dames said.

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THE PASSPORT OFFICE praised the work of COB students during the
summer, resulting in the reduction of a backlog of e-passport applications.
Pictured are COB students Nikera Cartwright, Alyssia Moss, Indera Gib-
son; Franklyn Dames, head of the Passport Office; Mavis Vanderpool,
supervisor; Paul Rolle, COB student, and Donald Cash, undersecretary at

the Passport Office.

computer information systems
major, said it was a “tremen-
dous eye-opening experience”
to have worked at the Pass-
port Office.

He entered information
from the application forms
into the database, such as
name, birth date, nationality,
and other relevant facts as
part of his job description.

Alyssia Moss, also a com-
puter information systems
major, said she saw first hand
the frustration the public
experiences when applying for
an e-passport.

However, she noted that
many times the applicant did
not submit the correct infor-
mation and had to be contact-
ed for verification.

Nikera Cartwright, who is
pursuing a degree in sec-
ondary education, said
although her studies differ
from those of her college
mates, the experience will
assist her in her research.

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experience using the comput-
er will assist in her career in

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tion amongst themselves to
ensure they got the job done
in a timely manner.

“Ninety per cent of us
took on the challenge that no
matter what, when we left
here, everything would be
up-to-date,” she said, adding
that they were given more
responsibilities to get the
Freeport applicants
processed.

Supervisor Mavis Vander-
pool, who commended the
COB students on their per-
formance said: “When they
came in I explained the
importance of the work to
them and that the govern-
ment and the public were
depending on them.

“T handed them the ball,
they took it and did an excel-
lent job. They came to work
on time,” she said.

The students said they
gained an “appreciation” for
the process of producing an
e-passport, having had to
apply for one themselves.

who want to run for the
PLP. As I said, I found
that the major problem
(during the last election)
was funding and it is
important for us to get on
top of that issue.

“We have political oppo-
nents who area able to
throw hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars at each of
us during these campaigns,
and we have to be able to
meet that and so I think a
part of the way that we
have to reorganise our-
selves is getting funding
under control,” he said.

As the head of the fund,
the responsibility of decid-
ing which candidates
receive help will ultimate-
ly fall to Mr Mitchell.

According to the MP,
these individuals will be
PLP candidates who sup-
port a “generational
change” and share his
vision for the Bahamas in
2020.

“The PLP is a conserva-
tive organisation and
someone has to put the
case for change and of
course change to what.

“Tt has to be specific and
directed and people have

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to see that it is in their
interest to evolve to be
successful and that is all
we are trying,” he said.

At this time, Mr Mitchell
said, every PLP candidate
for the House of Assem-
bly is worthy of assistance
through the fund.

“My whole point is that
fund raising is an issue and
we need to start and we
must start early and I am
trying to do my bit with
that.

“And I have said, here
are some ideas I think the
party ought to adopt to go
forward into the future.

“And that is the basis
upon which I am hoping to
raise the money and
advance the funding,” he
said.

After the reception at
the Balmoral Club, Mr
Mitchell said, there will be
a Series of private dinners
to raise additional funds
on an ongoing basis until
the next general election,
set for 2012.

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LOCAL NEWS

High bills prompt the GBPC to
look at alternative fuel options

Bahamas Diabetic
Association set to

hold monthly meeting |

THE Bahamas Diabetic!
Association is having its
monthly meeting at the Nurses
Training College, Grosvenor }
Close on Shirley Street ati
2.30pm on Saturday.

All interested persons aaa :
members are invited. The:
guest speaker will be Dr}
Wel'Milya Francis. Light}

refreshments will be served.

Two people injured in

Florida seaplane crash :
WINTER HAVEN, Fla.

AUTHORITIES say two peo- }
ple have been hospitalized after
the small seaplane they were rid- }
ing in crashed into a central Flori- }
da lake, according to Associated

Press.

Thursday morning.

Initial reports indicate the plane :
may have stalled and overturned }
after the front of the plane hit the
water. Authorities were alerted }
to the accident at Lake Otis at :

about 10:30 a.m.

Shannon says rescuers had to}
enter the water and retrieve the }
men from the plane. The names of
the men have not been released. }

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Division

Winter Haven Fire Depart-
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Duncan says two adult men were }
transported to Lakeland Region-
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appear to be critical injuries

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Until an
alternate fuel source is
utilised, Grand Bahamians
will continue to pay high
electricity bills, said the
Grand Bahama Power
Company (GBPC) which
spent $4.5 million in fuel
costs last month alone.

The GBPC, which nor-
mally spends an average of
$4 million per month on fuel
to supply power to con-
sumers here on the island,
has recently come under fire
over reliability issues, and
among other things, the high
cost of electricity for its cus-
tomers.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, who visited
Grand Bahama last week,
expressed concerns that the
company may have sought
to maximise profits at the

2009
CLE/qui/No.00289

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
(S. 18, O. 1, 16)



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Grand Bahama Power Company
spent $4.5m in fuel costs last month

expense of its distribution
and generation system.

He said he is concerned
that the GBPC has not
“reinvested adequate sums
of money into its generation
and distribution system, and
the company has over the
years taken its profits out in
cash rather than reinvesting
it in its operation.”

He also expressed disap-
pointment over the ineffi-
ciency in power generation
on the island and said that
government is considering
whether to have the power
company regulated by the
Utilities Regulation and
Competition Authority
(URCA).

Speaking at a recent town
meeting, GBPC CEO Excell
Ferrell said the company is
working diligently to
improve reliability of the
system and making efforts
to keep costs low.

However, he said that the
power company incurs sig-
nificant fuel costs which
must be paid to its vendor
within 15 days after deliv-
ery. He pointed out that the
customer will not pay until
35 days later.

“Fuel cost has gone down

in 2009, and our fuel cost
was $4.5 million in August,”
said Mr Ferrell. He noted
that fuels costs make up
about 50 to 60 per cent of
the total price of electricity.

Mr Ferrell said the GBPC
is now looking at alternate
fuel options.

The company, he said, has
commenced with a wind
study to determine if there is
sufficient wind strength on
the island to justify installing
turbines.

He said there are test sites
at five locations from East
Grand Bahama to Dover
Sound and Eight Mile Rock.

“We are also working
with the (Grand Bahama)
Port Authority and Sanita-
tion Services, which owns
the landfill, to burn methane
gas which is created in the
landfills.

“T think the real change
that is going to come to elec-
tricity on this island is by
getting a new fuel source,”
he said.

“Oswald Brown (Freeport
News Editor) wrote an edi-
torial about the need to
bring LNG (liquefied natur-
al gas) to the island. I know
residents are frustrated and

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Local community activist
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power company for con-
ducting disconnection exer-
cises on Fridays and leaving
residents without power
over the weekend.



PRIME MINISTER Hubert
Ingraham, who visited Grand
Bahama last week, expressed
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of its distribution and genera-
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so that residents can call in
for account and billing infor-
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grabs new cargo
ship from orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.

A BRAND new Japanese
space station cargo ship arrived at
its destination Thursday, expertly
plucked from orbit by an astro-
naut who toasted the big event
with her crewmates, according to
Associated Press.

Space station resident Nicole
Stott used the robot arm at the
orbiting complex to grab the 18-
ton supply ship as it hovered 30
feet away. The vessel — the first
of its kind — was launched a
week ago from Japan.

It was the first time an
unmanned ship was grabbed from
orbit like this. The older-style
Russian ships actually dock at the
space station. So do Europe’s
freighters.

Mission Control erupted in
applause when the robotic snares
tightened on the vessel 225 miles
above the planet. Stott gave a
double thumbs-up.

“Tt’s a real example of inter-
national cooperation, with a
Japanese vehicle captured by a
Canadian arm with American and
European astronauts, with a safe-
ty guy from Canada, under the
command of a Russian,” said Bel-
gian astronaut Frank De Winne.

The six space station occupants
celebrated by raising specially
decorated foil drink bags with
straws and sipping the water
inside.

“We are so, so happy to have
this beautiful vehicle here with
us now,” Stott told Mission Con-
trol. She said the crew was look-
ing forward to finding all the sur-
prises tucked among the 5 tons
of contents, after opening the
hatch on Friday. First, the astro-
nauts had to anchor the ship onto
the space station early Thursday
evening.

The craft is loaded with food,
laptop computers, atmospheric
studies and a robotic hand. The
hand will supplement the larger
Japanese robot arm that’s already
there.

Japan spent $680 million on
the delivery trip.

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The strengthening !

of Port Surveillance
‘has been Key in fight
against A H1N1 virus’

By MATT MAURA

THE further strengthening
of the country’s Port Surveil-
lance Programme has
increased the Bahamas’
national capacity to respond
to the Influenza A H1N1
virus, Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis said Wednes-
day.

Addressing a United
Nations World Tourism
Organisation (UNWTO)
Review and Preparation Exer-
cise on Travel and Tourism
under Pandemic Conditions
Workshop, Dr Minnis said the
surveillance programme is
being supported locally by lab-
oratory capacity through the
Public Hospitals Authority
(PHA), and internationally,
through the Public Health
Agency of Canada, and the
Centre for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) in the
United States.

The Public Health Agency
of Canada and the CDC has
provided the Bahamas with
“much useful information”

novel virus,” he said.

UNWTO is a specialised
agency of the United Nations
and serves as a global forum
for tourism policy issues.

It plays a central and deci-
sive role in promoting the
development of responsible,
sustainable and universally
accessible tourism, paying par-
ticular attention to the inter-
ests of developing countries.

Its membership includes 161
countries and territories and
more than 390 affiliate mem-
bers representing the private
sector, educational institutions,
tourism associations and local
tourism authorities.

Professionals

Dr Minnis said the partner-
ships between the Department
of Public Health, the Public
Hospitals Authority, the
PHAC and the CDC, have led
to healthcare professionals
within the Bahamas — port
Surveillance personnel includ-
ed - being able to identify risks
associated with Influenza A

HIN! early on, which has had
a positive impact on preven-
tion and control activities.

“The capacity to identify
risks early on and to imple-
ment prevention and control
activities at the community
level, (has further been) rein-
forced by the relationship that
has also been developed with a
broad range of agencies with-
in the nation,” Dr Minnis said.

“These relationships include
the travel industry, persons at
international airports and sea-
ports and also those within the
cruise line industry.

“As a result of the strength-
ened guidelines, regionally
agreed guidelines have been
established for the manage-
ment of Influenza H1N1 in
cruise ships which is a vital
component of our tourism
industry,” Dr Minnis added.

The Health Minister said
the ability to respond with
“evidence-based practices” to
the pandemic has further led
to the well-ordered imple-
mentation of a Pandemic
Response Plan within the

about the characteristics of the

Bahamas.

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Bethel (centre), DHDMRF president; Michele Rassin, (third from right), vice-president of operations at
Doctors Hospital and DHDMFF secretary; Barry Rassin (second from right) president of Doctors Hospi-
taland DHDMRF director; Charles Sealy, CEO of Doctors Hospital and DHDMRF director; with Doctors
Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation Scholarship recipients and their representatives.

THE Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foun-
dation recently made scholarship cheque pre-
sentations to 56 students to assist with their
tuition and fees. The scholarships are valued at
more than $100,000.

“With a global economic recession, many
promising Bahamian students are having diffi-
culty realising their dreams of a higher education;
it has become increasingly harder for parents to
meet their financial commitments of providing a
good college education for their children. How-
ever, at a time when education is recognised as
the key to changed lives and a better society,
access for all students should remain a top pri-
ority. And, it has - with the assistance of bene-
factor, the Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin
Foundation,” Doctors Hospital said in a state-
ment.

Michele Rassin, secretary and director for the
Foundation said: “The gifts and donations
received from Doctors Hospital and the ‘Dol-
lars for Scholars’ Fashion Show event proved to
be an investment in the future health of the coun-
try. Each of our recipients holds the distinction of
maintaining the 3.0 GPA requirement of the
Foundation. They are already at the top of their
classes which will guarantee them a spot at the
top of their chosen health related fields. Thanks
to the generosity of donations received, these
bright minds will be able to realise their dreams
and maximise their potential.”

Created in 1999, in honour of the late Dr Mey-

YOO? CORAICTION

er Rassin, the Foundation is a philanthropic
mechanism through which individuals, trusts,
foundations, estates, businesses and other organ-
isations may invest in healthcare in the Bahamas.

The Foundation exists to provide scholarships
and financial assistance to persons pursuing edu-
cation in all areas of healthcare. The goal of the
Foundation is to encourage and assist qualified
healthcare workers to realise their dreams.

The following are the most recent Doctors
Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation Award
recipients: Kristin Albury; Randall Albury;
Lakeisha Albury; Dayna Archer; Athena Bain;
Miquela Bethel; Latoya Bowe; Myrez Bosfield;
Japheth Butler-Miller; Alexandra Carey; Nadia
Cumberbatch; Samana Charlton; Teran Clarke;
Craig Cambridge; Tristen Cartwright; Teisha
Deveaux; Ketanna Finlayson; Gerrianne Dorsett;
Lakera Duncombe; Ima Ebong; Martindell Flow-
ers; Michael AC Foulkes; Garry L Greenslade, Jr;
Celeste Gray; Nikita Hamilton; Lakeisha Hep-
burn; Byron Knowles; Sean Knowles; Paige Kel-
ly; Kevin Kemp; Shelby Knowles; Teykia Lewis;
Margo R Lowe; Tamara Mackey; Krista Major;
Delthia McKinney; Scottia Miller; Latoya
Munroe; Amanda Musgrove; Shovon Moss;
Menarvia Nixon; Eudene Noel; Jamia Newbold;
Myrlande Pierre; Amanda Rahming; Kelli Rolle;
Pharez Rolle; Laurel Smith; Melissa L A Sawyer;
Leslie Sealy; Jade-Evette Strachan; Earl Thomp-
son; Andrew Taylor; Lindsey Turnquest, and
Vincina Sweeting.

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He said the “interface”
between the National Emer-
gency Management Agency
(NEMA), its Emergency
Operations Centre (EOC) and
the Ministry of Health’s Emer-
gency Operations Centre has
allowed for a coordinated
response among those agen-
cies.

“Representation of key
stakeholders such as tourism
and the NEMA EOC has
increased our ability to main-
tain communication about the



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MINISTER OF HEALTH Dr Hubert Minnis (at
delivered the keynote address during the open
United Nations World Tourism Organisation
Review and Preparation Exercise on Travel and
Under Pandemic Conditions Workshop on Wed

in the World Tourism Organisation, and Senator Vini
Vanderpool-Wallace, Minister of Tourism and Aviation.

events as they were unfold-
ing,” Dr Minnis said.

“This coordinated response
among governmental and non-
governmental agencies has
reinforced our ability to
respond in a timely manner.

Cooperation

“Through the continued
cooperation between the min-
istries of Tourism and Health,
travel and tourism can contin-



ue to flourish even in the face
of a pandemic,” he said.

Dr Minnis said his ministry
continues to monitor the local,
regional and global situation
with regards to Influenza A
HIN1.

He said their ability to do
so has been strengthened
through adherence to the
International Health Regula-
tions 2005, which came into
effect in June 2007.

“They have helped tremen-
dously,” Dr Minnis said.



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gency Management
Agency (NEMA) has tak-
en its message of pre-
paredness to Urban
Renewal Centres around
New Providence, advising
the elderly in particular to

manager for
the Bahamas
Red Cross,
explains the
functions of the
organisation



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and Grants disaster strikes.

Town Urban Dianna Bullard, centre GHRYSTAL GLINTON, first assistant secretary at NEMA, speaks to senior citizens of the Bain and
Renewal manager for the Bain and — Grants Town Urban Renewal Centre about the Bahamas Preparedness and Response Plan. The meet-
seniors’ Grants Town Urban _ jing took place on Tuesday, September 15, at St Agnes Parish Hall.

meeting on Renewal Centre, said that

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during the hurricane sea-
son, which runs from June
1 to November 30.

She said NEMA and its
partners were invited to
inform the seniors at the
various locations of the
shelters around the island
and who to contact once a
storm or hurricane is
approaching.

Chrystal Glinton, first
assistant secretary at
NEMA, said the purpose
of the presentation is to
provide a brief overview of
the Bahamas Preparedness
and Response Plan.

Once a storm is
approaching, NEMA gal-
vanises its emergency sup-
port function groups 72
hours from impact.

Royal Bahamas Defence
Force ships are on standby
and ready to deploy impact
teams to the areas the
Meteorology Office pre-
dicts will be in the storm’s
path, she said.

The seniors were also
advised that should they be
evacuated or relocated to
a Shelter, to take their med-
ication, enough food and
water for about two days

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privacy and the need to feel
secure in familiar sur-
roundings.

She said that NEMA and
its partners are ready to
assist whenever the need

following a hurricane.
Pamela Sears-Brown, dis-
aster manager for the
Bahamas Red Cross, urged
the seniors to identify their
needs, which will enable
them to receive assistance
from the organisation.

relieve human suffering in
any form.

Mrs Sears-Brown added
that the Red Cross works
closely with and follows the
directive of NEMA once a
threat of a hurricane is
imminent.

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THE Deep Creek Mid-
dle School (DCMS) in
Eleuthera announced that
the 2009 Bahamas Junior
Certificate (BJC) scores
for its grade nine students
met or exceeded the best
scores in the school’s his-
tory.

BJC highlights include
47 out of 50 total tests tak-
en by ninth grade students
received a passing grade;
62 per cent of all tests tak-
en received either A or B
grades; students received
the highest percentage of
A grades in the school’s
history, and

70 per cent of social
studies scores were an A.

There were no fails
recorded in the five sub-
jects and none of grade
nine students were dis-
couraged from taking any
of exams, the school said.

“[’m extremely proud of
what our students have
been able to accomplish
and the academic growth
that they have demon-
strated during their time
at DCMS,” said Dr Joan-

na Paul, the school’s prin-
cipal.

“We use real world
experiences to teach our
students.

“As a result, they are
able to think critically and
communicate effectively
so that they can use what
they have learned ina
variety of situations. We
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learn the material; we



want our students to learn
how to keep learning.”

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School is an independent
school for seventh to ninth
graders in Eleuthera that
follows the Bahamian
Ministry of Education cur-
riculum.

The school works col-
laboratively with the
Island School and the
Cape Eleuthera Institute.

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Rommel Knowles
seeking prestigious

FROM page 11

will head the delegation that
will also include vice presi-
dent.

More than 100 countries
are expected to participate in
the BSF’s Congress.

“Actually, I thought I
would have retired and gone
into the sunset,” Knowles
quipped.

“But obviously that isn’t the
case.

“So I am looking forward
to the challenge.

“T look forward to sitting
around with the movers and
shakers of softball on the
international scene and look
out for the best interest of our
country and the Caribbean
for that matter.”

Through his election to
office, Knowles said he will
be looking forward to mak-
ing sure that the entire
Caribbean feel the effect of
being apart of the Interna-
tional Softball Federation and
not just a member.

Significant

“It’s quite a significant
event for any Bahamian to sit
on an international body,” he
said.

“So it’s a proud moment to
have a Bahamian sitting at
that level, if I’m successful.

“My driving force, if elect-
ed, will be to bring recogni-
tion to the Caribbean and
give us a chance to really
work with the North Ameri-
can region and the American
Softball Association.”

Knowles said he has
already consulted with the
ASA in providing some assis-
tance to the Bahamas in terms
of facilities as well as technical
arena.

The upcoming CAST Tour-
nament that will be held at
the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex from October 29 to
November 1 will provide the
Bahamas the opportunity to
be able to showcase its talent
here.

The BSF is expected to
field two men and one wom-
an’s team to participate in the
tournament, which is expect-
ed to include at least 6-7 vis-
iting countries, including
Israel and England.

In preparation for the tour-
nament, Knowles said he’s
appealing to the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture to
ensure that the necessary cos-
metic work that is needed to
the stadium will be done in a
timely fashion.



“The bleachers are in dire
need of repair and the have
been that way for quite some
time,” Knowles pointed out..
“They are not conducive to a
safe environment, so I’m very
concerned about.

Facilities

“Obviously the facilities
need some work, but when
you are hosting an interna-
tional tournament, you hope
that they are in an environ-
ment that is second to none.”

Knowles said having the
stadium properly prepared
will definitely go a long way in
ensuring that the visitors have
the best facility possible to
play in.

“T really think it needs to
be looked at,” said Knowles,
who noted that he’s hoping
that the lighting fixtures at the
stadium will also be corrected
because they are not ideal for
the participation of softball at
night.”

In that same vain, Knowles
said he’s also hoping that the
Bahamas Government will



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MEACHER ‘PAIN’ MAJOR pictured in action in this file photo.

FROM page 11

As for Major, who is still in town work-
ing out at the Nassau Stadium, said he’s
just grateful to God for giving him the
opportunity to prove himself again.

“Now I know that the hard work is
going to just started,” he said. “It’s just
going to get harder and harder as I move
a step higher and higher.”

Major, who turns 28 on October 28,
said he felt he outright won the fight
against Clark, who was unable to con-
tinue fighting with two minutes and 14
seconds into the round.

Apparently Clark was first caught with
a blow to the back of his head that
dropped him to his knees. After he was
given a few minutes to recuperate, he
got back up to fight. But a few seconds
later, he and Major tangled and when
the referee advised them to break, Major

begin construction of both the
new national softball and
baseball stadiums, which were
to coincident with the con-
struction of the new national
track and field stadium.

“T speak personally from
the Knowles family that since
the destruction of the
Churchill Tener Knowles Sta-
dium, we have heard nothing
about the reconstruction of
the stadium,” he said.

“T would like to hear some-
thing positive about when the
new stadium will be built,
where and what is the time
frame to have it completed.”

Although he doesn’t speak
for those in baseball, Knowles
said he’s concern that the
same sentiments exist for the
reconstruction of the Andre
Rodgers Baseball Stadium.

“Tjust want to remind peo-
ple that although there’s a lot
of excitement about the con-
struction of the new national
stadium, the softball and base-
ball stadiums were also in the
package and they should
remember us as well,” he
insisted.

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landed a right hand to the jaw that
knocked Clark on his back. The referee
eventually called the bout off and Clark
had to be taken out of the ring on a
stretcher as a precaution. It was ruled a
no contest from an “accidental foul.”

Major’s corner, including Bahamian
trainer Nat Knowles, protested to the
New York Boxing Commission.

“T never worried about it because it
was situation that I had no control over,”
Major said. “But everything has worked
out for the best.”

In a couple of weeks, Major said he
will be returning to Hollywood, Florida
to resume his training with American
trainer Anthony ‘Chills’ Wilson in prepa-
ration for the November 6 bout.

“T’m always excited because after all of
the hard work, you get a chance to dis-
play your skills,” Major said. “So I want

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which is to become a world champion.”

This weekend, Major will travel with
Fred Sturrup to be a part of the Festival
in honour of the late boxing great Gemeo
“Yama Bahama’ Brennen.

Other than his professional pursuits,
Major said his aim is to give back to the
amateur ranks by working with more of
the younger boxers.

He currently work with Valentino
Knowles, who became the first Bahami-
an to win a bout at the AIBA World
Boxing Championships that was held in
Mlian, Italy earlier this month.

“However, we will be able to get ama-
teur boxing going in all of the Family
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Getting softball into shape

Wi Federation receive assurances about renovation of
Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex

Hi October 29-November 1 CAST Tournament to feature
at least 6-7 visiting teams, including England and Israel



BAHAMAS SOFTBALL FEDERATION’S Jeffery ‘Beef’ Henfield, assistant treasurer; Janeen White, special assistant; Dorothy Miller, assistant

secretary; Burkett Dorsett, president and Ali Culmer, treasurer.



GEAR UP FOR THE BIG GAME!

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state of the bleachers.

We've hada
meeting with
the Ministry

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

W ITH the hosting
of the CAST

Tournament on the horizon,
the Bahamas Softball Feder-
ation is hoping that the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and
Culture will have the
Banker’s Field at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex reno-
vated.

At a press conference yes-
terday at the Banker’s Field at
the Baillou Hills Sports Com-
plex, newly elected president
Burkett Dorsett outlined their
agenda for the remainder of
the year, including the CAST
Tournament that will run
from October 29 to Novem-
ber 1.

“We’ve had a meeting with
the Ministry of Youth, Sports

Awards Banquet where they
will present awards for man-
ager, coach, administrator,
player and even fan of the
year.

“Overall, we are looking
forward to a busy year end-
ing,” Dorsett said.

“But we are hoping to go
full speed in our plans for the
future as we seek the assis-
tance of the veterans to come
forth and help us with the
junior players.”

Over the next four years in
office, Dorsett said they
intend to engage in a vigor-
ous junior programme that
they intend to strengthen and
improve their overall perfor-
mances on the international
scene.

But in the main thing,
Dorsett said the BSF will host
the CAST Tournament here
at the Banker’s Field and the
four other fields at the Baillou

and Culture and they have — Hills Sporting Complex.
assured us that they will have
the renovations to the bleach-
ers, update the bathroom Mandatory

facilities and build a two-sto-
ry scorer’s booth,” Dorsett
said.

BSF treasurer Ali Culmer
said the tournament is not too
far away, so they’re hoping
that the Ministry would make
sure that the renovations are
done in time.

Tournament

The tournament is expected
to feature at least 6-7 visiting
teams, including Israel and
England. The Bahamas will
be represented by two men
and one female team.

Other countries confirmed
are the Turks & Cacios, the
Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico,
Bermuda, Jamaica.

In addition to the CAST
Tournament, the BSF is also
planning to host the annual
Austin Knowles Invitational
High School Tournament as
well as the National Round
Robin Tournament between
October and November.

Having had a chance to vis-
it all of their affiliated Family
Island Associations, Dorsett
said every one with the excep-
tion of Exuma, is currently
playing softball.

“Exuma’s challenge is that
they took their fence down
for repairs and they have not
been able to have it replace as
yet,” he said.

“But they intend to have a
mini series to determine who
will be coming to the national
round robin.”

The Nationals is scheduled
for November 5-8 at Baillou
Hills.

While Dorsett will be in
Venezuela for the Interna-
tional Softball Federation
Congress where immediate
past president Rommel
Knowles will be seeking a vice
president position on the
Americas region, the Knowles
Invitational Tournament for

By next year, Dorsett said
the BSF will make it manda-
tory that only those persons
who are certified will be
allowed to serve as managers
and coaches at the association
level.

To that end, he revealed
that the BSF will be conduct-
ing training sessions for all
coaches and they will also put
on clinics for umpires and
coaches.

“We will make it available
for anybody who is interested,
but in order for them to coach
or manage in the various
leagues in the associations,
they will have to be certified,”
he declared.

The clinics, according to
Dorsett, will also be extended
to the high school system.

“We have been in contact
with the ISF, who will be
sending their technical peo-
ple down to assist us with our
certified coaches here,” he
pointed out.

Godfred ‘Gully’ Burnside,
Sidney ‘Bobby Baylor’ Fer-
nander, Martin ‘Pork’ Bur-
rows and Yvonne ‘Sir Locks’
Lockhart from Grand
Bahama will be utilizing the
expertise they all gained from
the advanced coaching clin-
ics they attended in the past.

“We purpose to do the
same thing for administration
to make sure that the leagues
are also ran properly,”
Dorsett stated.

“So we want to make sure
that everybody step up their
game.”

While softball will not be
included in the 2012 Olympic
Games in London, England,
Dorsett said he was happy to
hear United States president
Brack Obama declare the
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SOFTBALL
Rommel Knowles

seeking prestigious
international post

ROMMEL KNOWLES

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

INSTEAD of riding off in the sunset, former
Bahamas Softball Federation Rommel Knowles will
be seeking another prestigious post, this time on
the international front.

BSF’s president Burkett Dorsett announced yes-
terday that they have decided to nominate Knowles
for the post of vice president of the Americas, a
region under the BSF that will comprise of the
Caribbean and the United States.

“Tve also been in contact with my collegiate
around the North American region and they support
my nomination,” Knowles stressed.

“So we will see what happens, but it’s always a
proud moment when you get a chance to represent
your country on the international level.”

Knowles will travel with the BSF’s delegation to
Venezuela over the period of October 21-26. Dorsett

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BOXING









Major holds onto

lightweight cro

WH Bahamian awarded NABA title
on appeal after ‘no contest’ ruling

WH Promoter says title defence has
been lined up for November 6

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia. net

EACHER

“Pain”

Major was

ecstatic

when he was informed by his

promoter Nick Garone that

he will finally get to hold onto
the NABA lightweight title.

On June 19 at the Conven-

tion Center in Buffalo, New

York, Major’s bid for the

vacant title was stopped

abruptly in the first round

after his opponent American

Michael Clark was unable to

continue fighting because of

an “accidental foul.”

The fight was ruled a no
contest at the time.

Yesterday, Garone
informed The Tribune that
after an appeal, Major was
awarded the title, but he will
defend it on November 6
when his X-Cel Worldwide
Promotions stage their next
professional show.

However, Garone said he
will not release any further
details about the fight for
Major until he has the con-
tract signed from the NABA,
who have elevated Major
from number 15 to No.14 in
their latest rankings.

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LOCAL NEWS

‘Nailed’ in their home
and burned to death

FROM page one

“Tt’s a big loss, all at one
time. It’s shocking. They were
all trying to get out but for
some reason they couldn’t get
out. We’re going to overcome
it but that’s pretty hard right
now.”

Another relative who chose
only to be identified as Win-
ston recalled how he made
the horrific discovery around
7am yesterday.

“Tcame to drop my daugh-
ter off so that she could get
ready for school and I saw the
window black like fire was
there.

“T saw the car outside and I
know if the place was burn
from last night they would
have carried the car. I went
around the back to the win-
dow and I hear music coming

from that way. Then the guy
who lives in the back there,
he came out and I asked him
if he see anybody from there,
he said no. We push the back
door open and I saw three of
them on the floor in the
kitchen. I told him to call 911.
I didn’t look like anyone
knew the place was on fire,”
he said.

This is the third fire related
tragedy in New Providence
this week.

On Sunday, a fire at an
apartment complex claimed
the life of disabled 10-year-
old Jermaine Mackey. The
youngster died after fire dam-
aged their flat on Colony
Close at about 9 am Sunday.
Also at 9pm Sunday, a
woman who had been hospi-
talised since last week for
severe burns has died after a
house fire at Canaan Lane.

VVORLD NEVVS IN BRIEF

ENGLESTON MP Glenys Hanna-Martin (centre)
speaks to a family member of the victims.



ASSOCIATED PRESS



U.S. CANCELS PLANS FOR MISSLE
SHIELD IN EUROPE

President Obama scrapped his predeces-
sor’s proposed anti-ballistic missile shield in
Eastern Europe on Thursday and ordered
instead the deployment of a reconfigured sys-
tem aimed at shooting down short- and medi-
um-range Iranian missiles.

In one of the biggest national security rever-
sals of his young presidency, Obama canceled
former President Bush’s plans to station a
radar facility in the Czech Republic and 10
ground-based interceptors in Poland. Instead,
he plans to deploy smaller interceptors by
2011, first aboard ships and later in Europe,
possibly even in Poland or the Czech Repub-
lic.

ITALY MOVES TOWARD AFGHAN EXIT

A powerful suicide bomb that killed six Ital-
ian soldiers in Kabul on Thursday prompted
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy to
declare that his nation had begun planning to
“bring our young men home as soon as possi-
ble.”

Berlusconi was careful to say that Italy
would not unilaterally withdraw its 3,100
troops from Afghanistan, though he said he
wanted the withdrawal to happen “as quickly
as possible.” But it seemed the strongest
expression yet from a European leader of the
rising doubts about the Afghan mission among
America’s allies.

A top commander for al-Qaida has been
killed in Pakistan by a U.S. missile fired from
a drone, Pakistani intelligence officials said
Thursday.

The officials said the Qaida commander,
Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a drone strike 10
days earlier in the border area of North
Waziristan.

Kashmiri was considered by some intelli-
gence officials to be one of the 10 most want-
ed militants in Pakistan.

Although they said his body had not been
found, agents were sent to his home village,
Bahawalpur, to verify his death.

Somali insurgents mounted a brazen sui-
cide attack against top Somali and African
Union officials meeting on Thursday to plan
a major offensive in Mogadishu, driving two
explosives-laden trucks marked “U.N.” deep
into a fortified base near an airport and det-
onating at a fuel depot and the office of an
American logistics company.

The attack, which suggested that the
insurgents had deeply infiltrated Somali
security forces, killed the second in com-
mand of the AU peacekeeping force and
seriously wounded several other comman-
ders.

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Indonesian commandos raided a suspected
terrorist hideout in central Java, killing
Noordin Muhammad Top, the most-wanted
terrorism suspect in Southeast Asia, security
officials said Thursday.

In recent years, Noordin, an Islamist mili-
tant, had become an almost mythical figure
among both those who sheltered him on the
run and those who pursued him and finally
killed him in a six-hour shootout. While sus-
pected of orchestrating major bombing attacks,
Noordin had repeatedly slipped away from
capture.

YEMEN AIRSTRIKE SAID TO KILL AT
LEAST 80

More than 80 people, including a large num-
ber of civilian refugees, were killed in a gov-
ernment airstrike in northern Yemen on
Wednesday as they sought shelter from a
month-long conflict between the military and
rebel forces, provincial tribal leaders said. The
attack appeared to be the deadliest single
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ment forces and Houthi.

The airstrike occurred in Adi, outside the
rebel-controlled town of Harf Sufyan, where
refugees from the conflict had gathered,
according to tribal figures.

Dozens of people were also wounded in the
attack, they said.

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On the eve of an annual rally in honor of
Palestinians, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard
issued a stern warning Thursday that it would
“fiercely confront” anyone who tried to turn
the occasion into a protest against Iran’s dis-
puted presidential election. The warning ele-
vated tensions surrounding the upcoming ral-
ly, known as Qods Day, after days of clashing
rhetoric from Iran’s opposed political camps.
Opposition supporters have called for a mas-
sive turnout on Friday, saying the traditional
Qods Day message of resistance to injustice is
consonant with their own demands. Conserv-
atives have made clear they will not tolerate
anyone “politicizing” an event meant to hon-
or Palestinian suffering.



Health authorities in British Columbia said
Thursday that a person from Vancouver Island
has died from the swine flu virus. The
announcement came as the Canadian Med-
ical Association Journal reported that the sea-
son’s first pandemic outbreak of swine flu in
Canada is occurring at several remote aborig-
inal communities on Vancouver Island.

The journal did not offer specific numbers
for the outbreak but quoted a physician in
Tofino, B.C., who said that he has treated
“dozens” of people who mainly displayed mild
symptoms.

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Bahamas told: ‘Cease
flagrant flaunting’ of
global copyright laws

* US government reviewing whether
nation meeting intellectual property
rights obligations under trade treaty

* But Cable Bahamas has been ‘highly

successful’ in negotiating commercial
agreements

By NEIL HARTNELL

Jnibune Business Editar. — : ployment rate is likely to have
THE BAHAMAS “must : hit “in the 17 per cent range”,

cease this flagrant flaunting” of i a leading businessman said

international copyright laws : Yesterday, predicting that the

and its US trade treaty obliga- | CConomy was likely to con-

tions through its compulsory { tract by more than the Inter-
cable TV licensing regime, an } national Monetary Fund’s
intellectual property rights }
watchdog has warned, although :
Tribune Business was told that }

much progress had been made }

in tackling the issue.
The International Intellectu-

Recovery Act.

That is the Act that under- :

BEC ‘back pedals’ on

an crawfish and plastics exports }
to enter the US duty-free under
the Caribbean Basin Initiative :

power plant approvals

pins the one-way trade prefer-
ences regime that permits some
$100 million worth of Bahami-

(CBI), and the US Trade Rep-
resentative’s Office already has
the Bahamas under scrutiny.

The IIPA said the US Trade }
Representative’s Office was }
“examining protection and } By NEIL HARTNELL
: Tribune Business Editor
property :
rights/copyright protection, in }

enforcement in the Bahamas”
of intellectual

the context of this nation’s com-
pliance with its CBI obligations.

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tured cars.

put on.

SEE page four

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



THE BAHAMAS’ unem-

(IMF) 4-4.5 per cent negative

growth projection for 2009.
Franklyn Wilson, chairman

of Arawak Homes and Sun-

? shine Holdings, told Tribune

: Business that a fall in living
al Property Alliance (ITPA), an }

umbrella group that represents | consumers meant this reces-

organisations such as the } sion was hurting Bahamians
a4 ae Hee ? more than past ones, with the
merica ( AA), plus the } 66 per cent increase in aver-
music and TV industries, has ; age per capita income since
again urged the US government mid-1990 overshadowed by
to crack down on the Bahamas ; —. liv; é d infl
on the grounds that it has not ; TStTe vile. COsts and: tines
fulfilled its obligations under } on

the Caribbean Basin Economic ;

standards and over-borrowed

Mr Wilson said that while

* Leading businessman says Bahamian economy likely to contract by more than 4.5% IMF
projection, and warns that expanding fsical deficit could be ‘dangerous’
* Current recession ‘more challenging’ and painful, due to living standards drop despite 66%

income rise since mid-1990

* Consumers unable to lead Bahamas out of recession because ‘too leveraged’ on consumer

debt

* Warns politicians not to lead electorate into believing Bahamian recovery ‘inevitable’ once

global economy turns around

the current recession was sim-
ilar to the one that impacted
the Bahamas in the early
1990s around the time of the
Gulf War, a period that was
“very, very bad for the coun-
try”, he added that “this one
is probably a little more chal-
lenging for a variety of rea-
sons”.

He explained: “I believe the
country’s overall standard of
living has been in decline,
notwithstanding that we’ve a
few good years. Look at the
time from mid-1990 to now,

and the standard of living has
been on a steady decline.

“The basic thing, from then
to now, is that while the aver-
age citizen’s per capita income
has gone up by 66 per cent,
during that time the cost of
things that matter to people
has increased by as much
higher percentage.

“Tt’s in that regard that the
average person is worse off. If
you look at housing, the cost
of housing has gone up by
more than 66 per cent
between mid-1990 to now.

Healthcare has gone up by
more between then and now,
the cost of education has gone
up by more than that between
then and now.”

Mr Wilson also warned that
Bahamian consumers were
unable to lead the economy
out of recession through con-
sumption spending, as many
were too highly leveraged -
meaning that their ratio of
debt repayments to income is
too high.

Arguing that the average
Bahamian citizen was spend-



Wilson: Unemployment
now ‘in the

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

7% range’

Franklyn Wilson



ing more than 10 per cent of
his/her income to service
existing consumer loans, Mr

SEE page two





THE BAHAMAS Electrici-

i ty Corporation (BEC) and the
! ) i: Government “appear to be

A key feature of this review }
would be the extent to which the i seek retroactive approval for
Bahamas prevented the re- } construction work already car-

broadcast and transmission of f ried out on the Wilson City

US copyright materials without : power plant, an attorney telling
? Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
:? ham that his clients want the
s } decision to proceed with the

i project “rescinded”.

attempting to back pedal” and

Fred Smith, the Callender’s

i & Co partner representing
? numerous Bahamian and for-
? eign homeowners on Abaco,
? said in a September 16, 2009,
i letter to the Prime Minister, oth-
? er Cabinet ministers and agen-
i? cies dealing with the new BEC
i power plant, asked for confir-
? mation that construction work
: would halt immediately.

He warned that, as Tribune

? Business revealed on Wednes-
i day, his clients wanted to deter-
? mine whether they would chal-
? lenge the ‘decision’ to proceed

? with BEC’s Wilson City power

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ny (NMC) yesterday said it ; apparent from the September
expected to complete its new } 19 90909. Town Hall meeting on
customer reception office with- : tho power plant that an
in the next three weeks, hav- } “omnibus ‘decision”” to proceed
ing spent just over $500,000 to- with the development had been
date on as expansion designed | tapen although his clients did
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and General Motors-manufac- ;

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“T am instructed that cur-

Rick Lowe, the company’s rently the power plant is under
operations manager, told Tri- } construction. 1am farther
bune Business that it was , istructed that electrical poles,
“probably three weeks away” utility poles and a very broad
from opening its new customer } highway is being constructed
service area, once the furniture from the Abaco Highway to the

was installed and the front door : power plant,” Mr Smith wrote.

“T have personally visited the

He added that rather than site, and can confirm the ongo-

knocking down the current } ing construction aforesaid. My

client reception area, and con- i clients have confirmed that up
verting it into two additional } to today, construction contin-
setvice bays, Mr Lowe said }
Nassau Motor Company had : 1 n,
? Meeting I specifically requested
i Frederick Gottlieb, the chair-

“In addition, at the Town

man of BEC, to state on the
record that the construction was
proceeding on the basis that all
necessary and lawfully required
statutory permits had been
properly applied for, considered
and issued.

“This he was unable to con-
firm, going only so far as to say
‘that to the best of his knowl-
edge’ all such permits had been
issued. This equivocal response
was not satisfactory to my
clients.”

Mr Smith then referred to
comments by Dr Earl Deveaux,
minister of the environment, in
The Tribune on September 15,
2009, in which he said con-
struction on the Wilson City
project had been halted while
BEC waited for the necessary
permits to be approved.

Mr Smith said his clients were
“shocked” by Dr Deveaux’s



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report that south Abaco’s local
government met to approve
‘retrospective’ applications for
the power plant’s foundation
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mitted after work began last
month.

“As it stands now, it appears
that BEC, or the minister,
appear to be attempting to back
pedal and, as stated, retrospec-
tively seeking approval for what
has already occurred,” Mr
Smith wrote, warning that his
clients regarded proceeding
without permits - and obtain-
ing approvals retrospectively -

SEE page five

Downtown Nassau plans
may be ready by year-end

By CHESTER ROBARDS

Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

RENDERINGS depicting what the city of Nassau could
look like after its revitalisation, and draft legislation and
legal outlines for the creation of a Business Improvement
District (BID), could be ready to present to Parliament
by year-end, the Downtown Nassau Partnership’s (DNP)
managing director said yesterday.

Vaughn Roberts, during a luncheon hosted by his organ-
isation, said that by early December a draft of the docu-
ments that would move government to create the BID, an
organisation designed to oversee the day-to-day workings
of downtown Nassau, could be ready for scrutinising by
politicians and private sector partners.

Meanwhile, urban management consultant, Brad Segal,
suggested that the city of Nassau would have to follow
global trends in order to become a successful business and

tourism centre.

According to him, some global trends relevant to the
success of Nassau’s revitalisation are the reduction of vehic-
ular traffic through the city centre, the creation of parking
downtown, the urbanisation of the area and the enticement of
more entrepreneurial investment.

Mr Segal argued that the city of Nassau has vast potential
to be engineered into something exciting, as the best practices

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PRICE WATERHOUSE COPERS

Is Seeking
A Corporate Services Supervisor

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

Company Incorporations

Formation of Foundations

Company Continuations

Voluntary Liquidations

Mergers/Consolidations

Drafting and vetting Contracts and Agreements

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

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

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

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

ALL MEMBERS of

Bahama Islands Resorts & Casinos
Cooperative Credit Union (BIRCCCU) Limited
Are Urged To Attend The
Special Called Meeting

Date:

Wilson: Unemployment
now ‘in the 17% range’

FROM page one

Wilson implied that Bahamian
consumers were ‘maxed out’
just like their US counterparts,
especially in an economy where
unemployment was rising and
incomes falling.

“Consumers are more lever-
aged than in 1990,” Mr Wilson
told Tribune Business. “In my
view, the average consumer is
significantly worse off because
they are more leveraged - too
highly leveraged through these
consumer loans.

“They’ve been borrowing,
borrowing, borrowing, and this
has gone on for a long period
of time.” Many Bahamians
have feasted on cheap credit
for a long time, Mr Wilson
implied, but with banks tight-
ening their lending criteria the
days of easy money have long
evaporated.

Much consumer spending
was fuelled by debt, and in its
absence this critical spending
component of the Bahamian
economy has been sharply
reduced.

Mr Wilson pointed out that
the reduction in consumer
spending had numerous knock-
on effects, such as reduced
retail sales and imports, which
translated into lower govern-
ment revenues.

Warning that the Govern-
ment’s increased spending, at a
time when revenues were
sharply reduced, could be
“dangerous” for the Bahamas
and propel it into an unsus-
tainable national debt/fiscal
deficit position, Mr Wilson cau-
tioned that global economic
recovery would not necessarily
translate into a Bahamian one.

“Our problems go far
beyond global economic
forces,” he told Tribune Busi-
ness. “I would discourage polit-
ical leaders from continuing to
convey a sense that the
Bahamas’ economic recovery
is automatic or inevitable as
soon as the global economy
turns around. There’s a slight
disconnect between the two.”

As evidence of this, he point-
ed to the fact that the index
measuring the weighted value
of shares on the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX) had fallen
by 11 per cent for 2009 to-date,
whereas other global stock
markets had risen, the Dow
Jones Industrial Average
increasing by 10 per cent and
the UK’s FTSE up 13 per cent.

While Mr Wilson’s analysis
may have omitted BISX’s spe-
cific problems, he told Tribune
Business that he was “particu-
larly concerned by our declin-
ing social capital”.

This referred not only to the
Bahamas’ physical infrastruc-
ture, but the social interactions
between people and institu-
tions. Implying that increasing
social discord threatened to
undermine the economy, Mr
Wilson said: “What this reces-
sion is driving home is that sep-
arating the economy from the
social reality and institutions
of this country is a huge mis-
take.

“We can’t isolate economic
recovery from major and
increasing concerns about
crime and deterioration in fam-
ily life. We will not solve our
economic problems without
solving the problem of social
capital. Our social capital is in
decline, and it has not just start-

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ed. It has been in decline for
many years now.”

Mr Wilson added that the
Bahamian judicial system was
also in urgent need of reform,
bemoaning “the terrible state
of our judiciary”, and its seem-
ing inability to rapidly process
cases and deliver justice in an
appropriate timeframe.

“It’s a humungous problem,
for both criminal and civil mat-
ters,” he added.

And with the Bahamian
economy still contracting, the
Arawak Homes chairman said
he “would not be surprised” if
the negative growth was more
than the IMF’s 4-4.5 per cent
projection for 2009.

As for unemployment, Mr
Wilson said: “Whatever they
said it was in May. I’m almost
positive you could add several
points to that now. If it was 14
per cent in May, I would say
that it’s in the 17 per cent range
now.”

He recalled a Council of
Economic Advisers report in
1990-1991, which advised the
Government of the day to rein
in a fsiacl deficit that was
expanding then. The Council,
chaired by John Kenning, and
which included Sir William
Allen, recommended increas-
ing taxes by 10 per cent and
reducing government spending
by a similar percentage.

Mr Wilson said the Coun-
cil’s conclusions were as rele-
vant now as they were then,
yet no one was offering this
advice at a time when the Gov-
ernment was borrowing $373
million to cover the 2008-2009
fiscal deficit.

“Today, we’re talking about
the Government spending
more, and that could be dan-
gerous,” Mr Wilson said.

While Arawak Homes had
seen a “significant” fall in
demand for new homes, he
added that the company was
“developing new and different
strategies to weather the
storm”, and it had been aided
by the decision of some poten-
tial buyers to move on deals
based on the fact that prices
would not fall as low as they
have now.

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US INES
Tax evasion threat is ‘grant standing’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

DEMANDS that interna-
tional financial centres and their
institutions be barred from
accessing the US and interna-
tional financial systems if they
‘fail’ to aid the fight against tax
evasion, while currently “polit-
ical grand standing”, is an issue
that the Bahamas will have to
guard against because it may
become the reality in five to
seven years time.

Michael Paton, a former
Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB) chairman, told
Tribune Business that while the
likes of Carl Levin, the Demo-
cratic Senator who chairs the
permanent investigations sub-
committee, were pushing for
such enforcement action, there
was not enough international
support to make that happen
in the short-term.

Mr Levin this week argued
that Tax Information Exchange
Agreements (TIEAs), of the
nature the Bahamas signed with
the US in 2002 and will sign

with Monaco today, were inef-
fective in the fight against tax
evasion because they only man-
dated states to hand over infor-
mation if a specific taxpayer
was identified.

Instead, Mr Levin appears to
be pushing President Barack
Obama and his administration
to widen TIEAs into an all-
encompassing ‘fishing expedi-
tion’ net, demanding details on
all US clients from internation-
al financial centres and their
institutions. He seems to have
been encouraged by the deal
reached with UBS and the
Swiss government, whereby the
bank has agreed to hand over
to the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice (IRS) details on 5,000 US
account holders.

However, Mr Paton said of
Mr Levin’s plans: “I don’t see
how you can do that to a coun-
try that the US has a TIEA
with”, meaning the Bahamas.

The Lennox Paton partner
added: “At this point, I think
it’s political grandstanding. As
long as we’re seen to implement
requests that come in, there

shouldn’t be a problem. How
we implement and administer
TIEAs is how we’re going to
be judged.”

While Mr Levin and his con-
temporaries were looking to
raise tension and create anxi-
ety by moving to “criminalise
tax evasion”, Mr Paton said the
concept had yet to win univer-
sal acceptance, with most focus
currently on agreeing the
OECD’s model for tax infor-
mation exchange.

“It might happen in five to
seven years’ time, but it’s just
being floated,” Mr Paton told
Tribune Business of Mr Lev-
in’s plans. “It’s always going to
be an issue, and we’re going to
have to watch it, since people
are suggesting it will be the way
to g0.”

However, Paul Moss, the
recently-announced PLP lead-
ership candidate who runs his
own financial services business,
Dominion Management, told
Tribune Business that the
Bahamas had “not yet learnt
what the rules are” that the G-
20/0ECD are seeking to

impose.

Again urging that the
Bahamas look to negotiate
double taxation agreements
with European, North Ameri-
can and Latin American states,
and impose a minimal 2-4 per
cent tax on its financial sector
clients, Mr Moss added: “We











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have to realise they are not
going to let up. The Bahamas
has to look in a different direc-
tion.

“The rules have changed and
we have to understand that we
can sign as many TIEAs as we
want, but they will not stop. We
have to really get our heads out

of the sand, be forward thinking
and get ahead of the curve.

“Tf the Bahamas is seen to
be ahead of the curve, we will
be the beneficiaries of major
business coming to our shores.
What clients don’t want is to
be in a jurisdiction facing scruti-
ny and high tax rates.”

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CREDIT RISK MANAGER

Applicants must hold the following:






- Bachelors in Business Administration or related degree

- Minimum of 10 years experience in Private Banking with 5 years directly in the area

of Credit Risk.

LYFORD CAY, E.P. TAYLOR DR.
“Eattage Lat With Private Beach
FOR SALE

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Best price ever on E. P. Taylor Drive!
Exclusively offered by Mario Carey Realty at US:$1.5 million

Web Listing # 8377

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Mario Carey Realty

Applicants should also be capable of the following:

Management and servicing of loan portfolios involving Spanish lending officers
and clients, liaison with other group units.

. Good organizational and planning skills.

. Effective management and supervision of Credit Risk Department.

. Excellent communications skills in both English and Spanish essential.

. Be proficient in all Microsoft Office applications.

Applications in writing with details of education and experience should be addressed
to the Human Resources Manager, P.O. Box N-1682, Nassau, Bahamas not later than

Tel:242-677-825 | Cell: 357-7013 October 9, 2009,

info@mariocareyrealty.com
www.mariocareyrea -cOomM

WINDING BAY

ABACO, BAHAMAS

A RITZ-CARLTON’ MANAGED CLUB

Multi-Unit General Manager

Position Summary

The “Multi-Unit General Manager” function is the primary strategic business
leader of seven (7) business entities spread between two locations in Jupiter,
Florida AND Abaco, Bahamas.

Position oversees the development and implementation of club strategies
and ensures implementation of the brand service strategy and brand initiatives.

The position ensures that the clubs’ operations meet the brand’s target
customer needs, maximizes associate satisfaction and focuses on growing
revenues and the overall financial performance of all departments. As the
leader of both properties’ Guidance Teams, M-UGM develops and implements
Club-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed
the needs and expectations of the brand’s target customer and associates and.
provides a return on investment to the owners and the Company.

Expected Contributions

* Energizes the Gold Standards of the Company and ensures brand
initiatives are implemented to meet or exceed member, employee and
financial expectations. Continuously challenges the team to improve
operations, and ensures compliance with brand standards to protect
brand integrity.
Leverages synergies among both properties to maximize market
penetration, operational excellence, and overall business performance.
Selects, develops and retains a diverse leadership team capable of
delivering the expected performance contributions and with growth
potential, and holds others accountable for doing the same. Leads the
guidance team and leverages additional corporate and regional resources
to develop and implement destination club-wide strategies that are
aligned with the company’s Key Success Factors. Facilitates talent
development and leverages opportunities to share and maximize talent
among the Areas Clubs and Residences.
Focuses the team on delivering services and products to meet or exceed
owner expectations, create owner loyalty, and grow market share. Builds
relationships with key customers.

Qualifications
* 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant

Management, or related major
15+ years of progressive experience in private club industry with
exposure to multiple disciplines
Prior General Manager or equivalent experience in a luxury market
environment
Property Management certifications required by the State of Florida
Prior multi-property oversight preferred

Skills & Knowledge

* Leadership - Visible, proactive, personally involved leader with excellent
organizational skills, capable of providing focused leadership and
contributing to establish the club and residences prominent position
within the market. A well-developed capability for strategic decision-
making and a track record of proven results in the areas of customer
satisfaction, operational excellence, employee satisfaction, revenue and
profit.
Financial Acumen - Business savvy leader with demonstrated financial
acumen, capable of providing strong P&L results oriented financial
leadership.
Operations - Excellent sense of product and service quality, a passion
for excellence and an understanding of the sophisticated needs of the
luxury customer. Creative and innovative operations leadership, capable
of delivering products and services that will differentiate the clubs and
residences in the region’s luxury residential market.
Governance - Property Management designations or certifications
required by the State of Florida are required. Responsible for Rules
and Enforcement, Property Maintenance, Services Communications,
Finances, Administration, Asset Protection and assistance with Policy
Development all in accordance with local and state statutes.

Director of Operations

Position Summary
Functions as the strategic business leader of food and beverage/culinary
operations and acts as General Manager in his/her absence. Areas of

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responsibility include: Front Office, Business Centre, Recreation/Fitness
Department, Retail/Gift Shops, Housekeeping, Food and Beverage/Culinary
and Event Management. Position oversees the development and
implementation of departmental strategies and ensures implementation of
the brand service strategy and brand initiatives. The position ensures that
food and beverage/culinary operations meet the brand’s target customer
needs, maximizes associate satisfaction, focuses on growing revenues and
the overall financial performance of the departments. As a member of the
Guidance Team, develops and implements hotel-wide strategies that deliver
products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the
brand’s target customer and associates and provides a return on investment
to the owners and Ritz-Carlton.

Responsibilities

¢ Demonstrating Leadership

¢ Achieving Goals

¢ Exceeding Customer Expectations

* Improving Profit

* Maintaining Balance Between Profit and Service Satisfaction
* Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

* Destination Club and Residential Management

Qualifications
¢ 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant
Management, or related major
* 5 years experience in executive management position in a five star
resort
* Ritz-Carlton Hotel or Destination Club experience preferred

Skills & Knowledge

* Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes
for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer
needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and daily
evaluation of existing customer satisfaction measurement processes.
Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will
be spent and available resources utilized to get the work done and daily
accounting for these expenditures.
Analytical/Critical Thinking - The ability to gather and organize
information using a logical and systematic process; recognize patterns
and relationships in complex data; examine data to identify implications,
problems and draw appropriate conclusions; generate alternative solutions
to problems; evaluate strengths, weaknesses and consequences of
alternative solutions and approaches to solving problems.
Applied Business Knowledge - Understanding market dynamics involved
in running a private membership club under development, enterprise
level objectives and important aspects of ultra-luxury club / resort
business to accurately diagnose strengths and weaknesses, anticipate
opportunities and risks, identify issues, and develop strategies and plans.
Aligning individual and team actions with strategies and plans to drive
business results.

Pastry Chef

Position Summary

Create and maintain a positive work environment through coaching and leading
staff while establishing creative and exciting menu products, both appetizing and
visually appealing. Work and maintain good working relationships with other
work areas. Meet with meeting planners and social catering event coordinators
to develop personalized dessert products. Direct, train and monitor performance
of Pastry staff. Maintain organization, cleanliness and sanitation of work areas
and equipment.

Essential Job Functions

* Train, coach, lead and hold Pastry team accountable to the job functions
listed below. Meet daily to review assignments, schedules, anticipated
business levels, employee performance issues and other information
pertinent to job performance.
Maintain and strictly abide by sanitation/health regulations and the
hotel’s food safety program requirements. Ensure all Pastry employees
maintain food handlers’ certification.
Meet with Executive Chef to review assignments, anticipated business
levels, changes and other information pertinent to the job performance

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on a daily basis.

Prepare and assign production and prep work for Pastry staff to complete;
review priorities.

Communicate additions or changes to the assignments as they arise
throughout the shift. Identify situations, which compromise the
department's standards and delegate these tasks.

Prepare amenity orders for room service in accordance with specified
requirements and hotel standards.

Prepare all dishes following recipes and yield guides, according to Ritz-
Carlton standards.

Monitor performance of Pastry staff and ensure all procedures are
completed to the department standards

Assist Pastry staff wherever required to ensure excellent service to
guests.

Ensure all Pastry staff assignments are completed before they leave
work area.

Review status of work and follow-up actions required with the Executive
Chef before leaving.

Qualifications, Skills & Knowledge
* Certification of culinary training or apprenticeship.
* 5 years experience in F&B leadership position at a luxury club, hotel
or restaurant.
¢ Knowledge of food and beverage cost controls.
« Ability to plan and develop menus and recipes.

Director of Sales

Position Summary

Designing, implementing and continuously evaluating all sales processes;
Maintaining content and direction on Training and Motivation of Sales
Leadership and Field Sales Force; Developing and maintaining visibility
over Sales Standards and Accountability Measures; Providing related sales
input to New Site Feasibility and Business Planning Processes

Essential Job Functions

¢ Monitor and evaluate sales processes while maintaining visibility over
daily sales progress against budgets

* Create and implement specific sales and marketing field operations
best practices, policies and guidelines

* Create and implement structured sales presentation training and sales
executive evaluation
Develop sales management training programs as well as create system
succession strategy to identify/groom key sales professionals
Insure performance management is implemented and maintained
consistently across the system
Review all sales related assumptions in the feasibility process, ensuring
strategic and operational reasonableness, comparability among PEPS,
budgets, forecasts and LRP
Provide Brand with product and business development recommendations.
Relate information regarding competitive tactics and products.

Qualifications, Skills & Knowledge
College degree
Minimum of ten years in the vacation ownership industry
Minimum of five years ownership sales and sales management experience
Strong verbal and written communications skills; ability to communicate
effectively with senior management
Experience in designing products, processes, policies and training
manuals
Ritz Carlton Club experience preferred

Please send resume to the attention of:
Director of Human Resources
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
P.O. Box AB-20571
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Bahamas

OR

Email: Freddie Munnings@ritzcarlton.com
Deadline for applications is Friday, September 25, 2009



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NOTICE

SHAMBALLA MANAGEMENT LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, SHAMBALLA MANAGEMENT LIMITED
is in dissolution as of September 14, 2009.

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

the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

Extended by Orders dated 19th day of November A.D., 2008 and 29th day of June A.D., 2009
pursuant € CguBE FRSC) 1978.
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Common Law and Equit: DAVE RASA 5 BAHAMAS
BETWEEN
WILLIAM THOMAS JACKSON
Plaintiff
AND
SIDNEY GEORGE GLINTON
Defendant

ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God, Queen of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas and of her other realms and
territories, Head of the Commonwealth,

SIDNEY GEORGE GLINTON
No. 56 Soldier Road
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

WE COMMAND YOU that within Fourteen days after service of
this writ on you, inclusive of the day of such service, you
do cause an appearance to be entered for you in an action
at the suit of WILLIAM THOMAS JACKSON of West 302 North 921
Maple Avenue, Waukesha Wisconsin, U.S.A. whose address for
service is Messrs. Halsbury Chambers, Halsbury Commercial
Center, Suite 1, Village Road, North P. ©. Box N-979,

And take notice that in default of your so doing the
Plaintiff may proceed therein, and Judgment may be given in
your absence.

WITNESS, the Honourable Sir Burton Hall

Our,Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas the

Ae day of Ou in tne year of Our Lord Two Thousand
and Seven. nS

N.B.- This Writ may not be served more than 12 calendar months
after the above dates unless renewed by Order of the Court.

DIRECTIONS FOR ENTERING APPEARANCE

The Defendant may enter an Appearance personally or by
attorney either by handing in the appropriate forms, duly
completed, at the Registry of the Supreme Court, Public
Square, in the City of Nassau in the Island of New
Providence, or by sending them to that office by post.

If the Defendant enters an Appearance he must also deliver a
Defence to the attorney for the Plaintiff within fourteen (14)
days from the last day of the time limited for entering an
Appearance, unless such time is extended by the Court or a Judge,
otherwise Judgment may be entered against him without notice,
unless he has in the meantime been served with a Summons for
Judgment .

GENERALLY INDORSED WRIT
The Plaintiff’s claim is for the following:

(1) Damages for personal injury and loss arising out of
a road traffic accident occurring on the 10â„¢
December, 2004 in the vicinity of Sbarro’s
Restaurant on West Bay Street; which said accident
was caused by the negligence of the Defendant;

Interest pursuant to the Civil Procedure (Award of
Interest) Act, 1992;

Costs; and

And such further or other relief as the Court deems
just.

Dated 29" day of January, A.D., 2007

HALSBURY CHAMBERS
Chambers

Suite 1

Village Road North
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Plaintiff

FROM page one

permission.

The ITPA said: “For almost a
decade, the Bahamas has main-
tained, both in law and in prac-
tice, a Berne-incompatible com-
pulsory licence in its 1998 Copy-
right Act that it has applied to
premium pay television pro-
gramming.”

While amendments had been

Copyright

passed to the Act in 2004 to deal
with this issue, the IIPA said
they had never come into force,
its reference to Berne meaning
the World Intellectual Property
Organisation (WIPO).

In a clear reference to Cable
Bahamas, the IIPA said: “As a
result, local cable operators

Motor dealer

FROM page one

decided to place its transmission room and staff lunch area in the
existing structure.

“We’re moving them to where the existing reception office is,”
Mr Lowe said of the two facilities. “Instead of knocking it down and
making two more bays, we will move them temporarily until we
decide whether we’re going ahead with Phase IIT.”

He added that Nassau Motor Company could also potentially
leave the transmission room and lunch area there, rather than
proceed with the initial plans, “killing two birds with one stone”.

With the firm having spent just over $500,000 to date on its
expansion, and “a little more to go”, Mr Lowe acknowledged that
investing during a recession was always risky.

“Tt sure is,” he added, “but you’ve got to remain hopeful things
will turn around. Customers have to service vehicles, and hopefully
we will be the place of choice for Honda, Chevrolet and Cadillac
owners.”

He told Tribune Business that Nassau Motor Company had
experienced no fall-off in demand for vehicle servicing as a result
of the recession, the only recent decline having resulted from the
company’s expansion project, with customers placed on a three-
week as opposed to one-week wait.

“T think it will be a bit more convenient for our customers,” Mr
Lowe told Tribune Business of the new customer service centre.
“Rather than having to traipse through cars running back and
forth, there will be a nice area for them to sit in. It will be a little
more convenient.

“We’re getting on with the paving, the levelling off of the
ground. I think our customers will like it. When they come in, it will
be more customer friendly.”

He added that Nassau Motor Company hoped to initiate a pro-
gramme where clients in a hurry could have their vehicles serviced
in a short period of time, “getting them in and out as fast as pos-
sible. It’s something General Motors and Honda continually
stress”.

As for the six bays with hydraulic lifts that Nassau Motor Com-
pany had installed some five months to go as part of the first
phase expansion, Mr Lowe said: “They’ve been wonderful. It
makes the technicians’ lives a lot easier. They don’t have to jack the
car up by hand or put a jack stand under each corner.”

Primary Duties:

¢ Recording of journal entries

¢ Handling accounts payable functions
e Preparing submission for franchisors
e Preparation of bank reconciliations

¢ Preparing financial statements

e Establishing & monitoring internal controls

Qualifications:

Applicants should possess Bachelors degree in
Accounting, at least 5 years experience, knowledge
of retail/food accounting, be proficient in Quickbooks,
Excel and other MS Office applications. Must be able
to multi-task, work with minimum supervision and
possess a high level of integrity and professionalism.

Fax application/resume to 394-4938
Deadline for applications: Sept 25, 2009

ROYAL FIDELITY

Money at Work

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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
THURSDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,534.77| CHG -0.47| %CHG -0.03 | YTD -177.59 | YTD % -10.37
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%
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8.80
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Security
AML Foods Limited 1.15
Bahamas Property Fund 10.75
Bank of Bahamas 6.18
Benchmark 0.63
Bahamas Waste 3.15
Fidelity Bank 2.37
Cable Bahamas 10.00
Colina Holdings 2.74
Commonwealth Bank ($1) S82
Consolidated Water BDRs 3.74
Doctor's Hospital 2.05
Famguard 6.60
Finco 9.30
FirstCaribbean Bank 10.29
Focol (S$) 4.99
Focol Class B Preference 1.00
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate

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

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1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

Security
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Last Sale

Change Daily Vol. Interest
0.00 t%
0.00 Prime + 1.75%
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0.00 Prime + 1.75%

100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
29 May 2015

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities

Bid $
¢.92
2.00
0.35

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

Ask $

Last Price
14.00
4.00
0.55

EPS $ Div $ P/E
0.000 N/M
0.480 N/M

0.000 256.6

Weekly Vol.
8.42
6.25
0.40

Colina Over-The-Counter Securities

29.00 ABDAB
0.40 RND Holdings

30.13
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29.00
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0.000
0.000

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52wk-Low

1.3344
2.8952
1.4119
3.0941

12.3870

100.0000

93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & 1 Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

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2.8990
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96.7398
1.0000
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1.0707
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1.0673

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Div $ Yield % NAV Date
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31-Aug-09
11-Sep-09
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31-Dec-07
31-Jul-09

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MARKET TERMS

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

52wWkcHi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

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

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

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

PIE - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

(S41) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask § - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS § - A company’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

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

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retransmit premium US pay tele-
vision programming, without
authorisation, causing harm to
US companies in this sector.

“This flagrant flaunting of
both international rules (Berne)
and its bilateral intellectual prop-
erty rights obligations (CBI)
must cease immediately. This
activity also violates the WIPO
Trade Related Intellectual Prop-
erty Rights (TRIPS) agreement,
although the Bahamas is one of
the very few countries that is not
yet a WTO member.

“Its WTO accession process
has been moving very slowly
and, at last report, a working
party has not yet been formed.”

As ever, the situation is more
complex than the IPA is letting
on. Anthony Butler, Cable
Bahamas’ president, yesterday
said that while the BISX-listed
firm had been “highly success-
ful” in reaching commercial
agreements with some pro-
gramme rights holders, the issue
dated back some 30 years - to
when the US satellite footprint
for English-speaking countries
first came over the Bahamas.

Mr Butler said Cable
Bahamas had first raised the
issue when it won its then-exclu-
sive 15-year cable TV franchise,
as “for 30 years the satellite foot-
print has been over the
Bahamas, and Bahamians have
been watching US programming.
The Bahamas receives via satel-
lite the footprint of US pro-
gramming, and we have been for
30 years”.

Explaining that the issue pre-
dated Cable Bahamas’ existence,
Mr Butler said the company
needed to be able to show these
programmes to provide a com-
petitive, attractive package for

Bahamian consumers.

The company has been
working with the Registrar
General’s Department, the
Bahamian Embassy in Wash-
ington and the US Embassy in
Nassau - the latter providing a
route into the US Trade Rep-
resentative’s Office - in a bid to
achieve commercial agree-
ments with the copyright and
programming rights holders.

Under a 2000 agreement, the
US Trade Representative’s
Office was supposed to encour-
age the MPAA and the likes
of its individual members to
enter into commercial agree-
ments with Cable Bahamas, in
return for this nation amending
its compulsory licensing regime
via the 2004 Act amendment.
Yet while the Bahamas
believes it has fulfilled its side
of the bargain, it privately
believes the US has to hold up
its end.

The crux of the problem is
that the Bahamas and rest of
the English-speaking
Caribbean are seen as too small
a market by many of the pro-
gramming rights holders, mak-
ing them disinclined to nego-
tiate commercial arrangements
with Cable Bahamas.

Their distribution and roy-
alty rights do not allow them
to broadcast outside the US,
and the legal fees and other
costs required to change these
agreements would exceed the
revenues gained from a small
market such as this nation.

Yet Tribune Business under-
stands that Cable Bahamas has
enjoyed some success to date,
the main holdouts being the
likes of HBO and the premi-
um movie channels.

NOTICE

NOTICE

is hereby given that

RENE TELLE of

187 EMERALD CIRCLE, TREASURE COVE, P.O. BOX
CR-56766 NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 18° day of September, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box

N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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a 2
Downtown Nassau plans

may be ready by year-end

FROM page one

from working models - mainly
throughout the US - are
infused in the redevelopment
of the city.

He said the city has viable
raw material that retail devel-
opers are looking for to change
Nassau into a suburban shop-
ping centre.

“From an organisational
and infrastructural standpoint,
you're starting from scratch,”
said Mr Segal.

“Tt seems like they (govern-
ment) are all focused on doing
something downtown that is
enduring, lasting and mean-
ingful. So, you may be behind
the starting line, but you have
the opportunity to move quick-
ly and make some big differ-
ences.”

He added that the public
and private partnership
charged with moving the revi-
talisation effort forward had a
golden opportunity to get the
Ingraham administration sign
off on the BID, which will then
have autonomous jurisdiction
over the city’s future develop-
ment.

The director-general of
tourism and co-chair of the

DNP, Vernice Walkine, said
the Bahamas has been trying
to change the look and feel of
its capital for over 15 years,
only making a material effort
in the past two to three.

With government attempt-
ing to lure more cruise lines to
Nassau’s ports, the revitalisa-
tion of the city centre is cru-
cial to selling the Bahamian
product.

Mr Segal said his travels
throughout the city have con-
vinced him that the present
product is far below its poten-
tial.

“When those people get off
that boat someone has to man-
age that experience. You don’t
have a managed experience
today,” he said. “People get
off that boat and it’s crazy. It’s
intimidating, it’s not unpleas-
ant. I get offers for 20 taxi rides
to Atlantis.”

According to him, the down-
town experience has to be
packaged for all visitors in
order to drive the allure away
from the now more popular
Marina Village on Paradise
Island.

Some merchants who hold
retail space in both downtown
Nassau and Paradise Island
have seen sales pom Par-

adise Island, while Nassau’s
sales remain flat or have
declined.

“You're missing a lot of the
tourism market that you have,
but haven’t necessarily pack-
aged,” said Mr Segal.

He insisted the city of Nas-
sau create a merchandising
plan for the area in order to
make it more competitive.

While a more pedestrian-
friendly Bay Street was an inte-
gral part of the city’s revitali-
sation plan, so was the effort to
move the congested bus ter-
minal and manage parking in
the area.

There has been vast specu-
lation on the timeframe for the
city’s improvement. Minister
of the Environment, Earl
Deveaux, suggested it could
take as much as 40 years to
complete.

However, general consensus
suggests cities are an ongoing
project, Ms Walkine stating:
“Everything happens in its
time.”

Mr Segal asserted that the
beginning stages of any revi-
talisation project are slow, but
added that the private sector
and government being nearer
to closing a deal on the BID
is a positive sign of progress.





BEC ‘back pedals’ on
power plant approvals

FROM page one

was unlawful.

“My clients are of the view
that BEC ought to stop any fur-
ther work at the site and on the
highway, and should proceed to
properly make applications to
the relevant statutory and min-
isterial authorities,” he said.

And Mr Smith added: “In
my clients’ view, this is the sin-
gle greatest expenditure on
public works in the history of
the Abacos, which will have a
great and long-lasting impact
on the economy, on tourism,
on the environment, on prop-
erty owners, on energy bills, on

health and safety issues and,
generally, the future of the
Abacos.

“My clients consider that
before embarking on this pro-
ject there ought to have been
widespread consultation con-
ducted in a transparent,
accountable and democratic
manner.

“Not only should there have
been informative town meet-
ings, but any and all applica-
tions should have been made
with adequate and meaningful
opportunities provided in the
permitting processes for inter-
ested parties to make their con-
tribution to the extent that any

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JOB FAMILY:
RCS CODE:
REPORTS TO:

LOCATION:

OVERALL PURPOSE:

Commercial Supervisor
Accounting

L 10005

Finance Manager

Country Finance Department or Cluster Office

of their interests may have been
affected.

“Although the project has
been commenced, it is only at
its very infancy, and my clients
consider that the opportunity
still remains to begin the
process afresh by rescinding
the “decision’.”

On behalf of his clients, Mr
Smith requested that the Gov-
ernment provide copies of all
permit applications made, and
copies of those which may
have been issued to date. He
warned that a Judicial Review
application may be made to
quash those already given.

Mr Smith also requested
copies of the Environmental
Impact Assessments (EIAs)
and Environmental Manage-
ment Plan prepared for the
Wilson City power plant, plus
copies of Crown Grants and
related agreements.

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.

oe TIES 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

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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:
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education

Please email resume to;
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Country Manager

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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
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BAHAMAS DEVELOPMENT BANK
Cable Beach, West Bay Street,
P.O. Box N-3034
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel:(242) 327-5780/327-5793-6
Fax:(242) 327-5047, 327-1258
www.bahamasdevelopmentbank.com

Properties

New Providence

Vacant lot #64
(50’x100’)-Joan’s Height
Subdivision

Lots #3 & #4, Blk #47
(50’x100’) w/duplex
(1,532sq. ft.)-Forbes St,
Nassau Village
(Appraised Value
$120,000.00)

Vacant lot #147
(10,557sq. ft.)-Munnings
Dr & Roy West Ln
Southern Heights Sub
(Appraised Value
$90,000.00)

Lot 1.171 acres w/auto
repair shop & office
2,790sq. ft. & vacant
building 9,200sq. ft.

Lot #39 (2,500sq. ft.)
w/hse 1,104scq. ft. Blk
#35 hse #64-Lincoln
Blvd (Appraised Value
$57,780.00)

Lot (50’x100’)
w/building 1,912sq. ft.-
Deveaux St (Appraised
Value $189,000.00)

Lots #29 & #30,
(50’x100’), Blk #47
w/building 1,140sq. ft.-
Matthew St, Nassau
Village (Appraised
Value $145,000.00)

Andros
Lot 10.08 acres w/six (6)
buildings-Pot Cay off
Behring Point Andros
Vacant lot #2, parcel “C”
30,613sq. ft.-Swain’s
Point, Mangrove Cay
Andros (Appraised
Value $125,000.00)

. Parcel of land (1.493
acres) w/6 buildings
(Helens Motel)-Pinders
Mangrove Cay, Andros
(Appraised Value
$275,000.00)

. Beach front lot 9,000sq.
Ft. w/building 2,100sq.
ft-Pinders Mangrove
Cay Andros (Appraised
Value $200,000.00)

. Lot 4,344sq, ft. w/duplex
1,174sq. ft.-Fresh Creek
Andros (Appraised
Value $94,640.00)
Grand Bahama
Lot #20 (17,150sq. ft.)

w/hse 2,000sq. ft.
Blk#8, Sec #2-Sea Gull
Dr, Bahama Reef Yacht
& Country Club Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$280,000.00)

. Vacant lot #39, Blk #9
(14,397sq. ft.)-
Yorkshire Dr, Bahamia
West Replat Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $25,000.00)

Portion of lot #69
(15,000sq. ft.)-Front St
Murphy Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$29,250.00)

. Lot #55 (6,900sq. ft.)
w/building-Murphy
Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$82,075.00)

. Lot #45 (60’x160’)
w/14 room motel
3,900sgq. ft.-Sandy Point
Abaco (Appraised
Value $485,700.00)

. Lot 87,120sq. Ft. w/4
cottages & 1 storage
building totaling
4,186sq. ft.-Sand Banks
Treasure Cay Abaco
(Appraised Value
$880,308.00)

Eleuthera

. Vacant portion of lot #7
(50’x110’)-West James
Cistern Eleuthera
(Appraised Value
$18,000.00)

. Vacant 3 acres of land
situated Colebrook
Street Dunmore Town
(Harbour Island)
Eleuthera

Cat Island

. Vacant 6.5 acres of
land-Arthur’s Town, Cat
Island

. Lot w/12 room motel
1.39 acres-Arthur’s
Town Cat Island
(Appraised Value
$630,000.00)

Exuma
34.Vacant lot #8 (65,200sq.
ft.)-Moss Town Exuma
(Appraised Value
$110,188.00)
35.Vacant lot #95
(80’x122’) Commodore
Rd Elizabeth Harbour
Est. Exuma (Appraised
Value $45,000.00)
36.Lot #134 (75’x85’)
w/two storey building

George Town, Exuma

(Appraised Value

$468,000.00)

Long Island
37.Vacant lot 100’x200’-
Bonacorde area west of
Clarence Town Long
Island ($Appraised
Value $30,000.00)

15. Vacant Lot #8 Blk #12 26.
Unit #3 (11,250sq. ft.)-
Henny Ave Derby Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$65,000.00)

. Lot #43 B (100’x150')
building-Nelson Rd
Poinciana Gardens
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$96,000.00)

. Lot #37 (50'x150’)
w/sixplex 2-storey
apartment building &
Church 5,400sq. ft.-
Martin Town, Kings Sub
Eight Mile Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $211,200.00)

. Lot w/10 room hotel
5,000sq. ft. on 4.99
acres of beach front-
High Rock Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $1,100,000.00)

. Vacant lot #13, Blk #59,
Unit #3 (22,752sq. ft.)
45’ on canal front-
Dagenham Circle &
Ingrave Dr Emerald Bay
Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$110,000.00)

. Lot #15, Blk #15 Unit
#3 (90'x125’)-Derby
Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
$23,000.00)

. Vacant lot #25, Blk #15
(17,866sq. ft.)-
Cutwater Ln Shannon
Country Club Sub Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $38,000.00)

. Lot #2 (20,000sq. ft.)
w/building complex &
Laundromat-Queens
Highway Holmes Rock
Commonage Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $178,600.00)

Abaco

. Lot #25 (17,755sq. ft.)
w/hse 800sq. ft-#47
Queen Elizabeth Dr
Marsh Harbour Abaco
(Appraised Value
$212,750.00)

. Vacant lot #6 (2 acres)-
Fox Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$50,000.00)

. Lot #51 (15,000sq. ft.)
w/building-Murphy
Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
$102,420.00)

ASSETS

Vehicles

1996 Ford Explorer 1997 Dodge Stratus

Sas pe ea S ‘
1989 Ford L8000 Drill Truck 1987 Ford L8000 Boom Truck

(Green)

1982 Double Axle Mack 1992 Double Axle Mack Trail
Dump Truck Head

a"

21’ (1974) Seacraft Vessel
w/140 HP Yamaha Outboard engine

20° (1996) Robolo Vessel w/115
HP Envinrude Outboard engine

Large Vessel(s)

jem 25 te
19’ (1989) Fiberglass Sports Vessel
(Hull Only)

68’ (1989) Longliner/Trawler_ 40’ Vessel Great Harbour Cay
Vessel (Sweet Dreams) Beam 18’.5”,
Depth 5’.5” Cummins Engine

19’ (1998) Spanish Wells Marine
w/115 HP Mercury Outboard engine

ther els - Ph Not Availabl
= 80’ Custom Steel Hull Vessel (Miss Kristy)
= 122’ Single Screw Steel Hull (1960) MV Lisa J Ill,
vessel has a new engine requiring installation. And
can be view at Bradford Marine, Grand Bahama

The public is invited to submit Sealed bids marked "Tender" to Bahamas Development Bank, P.O. Box N-3034,
Nassau, Bahamas attention Financial Controller, faxed bids will not be accepted or telephone 327-5780 for
additional information. Please note that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets should be received
by or on September 22, 2009. The Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to reject any or all offers. All
assets are sold as is.

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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.247FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS, T-STORM HIGH 90F LOW 79F N E W S S EEPAGETWO S EEPAGETHREE S EEPAGEFIVE The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FILET-O-FISH www.tribune242.com ‘Nailed’ in their home and bur ned to death By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n mckenzie@tribunemedia.net FOUR people, including a baby g irl, burned to death after suspecte d arsonists trapped them inside their home and set fire to the build ing. T he bodies of Theresa Brown, 51, a civilian who was employed with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, her daughter Kayshala Bod ie, 18, grand-daughter, one-yearold Telair Johnson and neighbour Savanna Stuart, 18, were found by investigators. According to police it appeared as though the women had attempted to escape . Neighbours told The Tribune they believed the windows and doors to the house had been nailed shut by whoever torched the build ing. The tragedy occured at the small community of Wilson Tract shortly after 7am yesterday. At the scene, fire investigators f ound the flames already extinguished and then made the grim discovery. Crowds of shocked and tearful onlookers assembled as news of the tragedy spread. Relatives of the deceased rushed to the scene screaming and sobbing in disbelief. Mrs Brown’s mint green concrete was badly damaged inside, however only the smell of smoke and a cracked front window hinted to the horror inside. Police spokesman ASP Walter Evans said the blaze and the deaths are being treated as suspicious. “It is possible the victims died as a result of smoke inhalation,” he said. “At this stage this matter is b eing treated as suspicious.” Investigators are not certain what started the fire but it is believed to have started in the front portion of the house. Meanwhile family and friends of the dead told The Tribune of their anger and grief. William Brown Jr, the brother of Theresa Brown, said he taking his children to school when he received the news. “I believe someone did it but we can’t say. The Lord will give us the answer, we leave that person to God,” said Mr Brown. Third fire-related tragedy this week SEE page 12 ONE-YEAR-OLD Telair Johnson was a victim of the suspected arsonf ire. Theresa Brown, 51, Kayshala Bodie, 18, and Savanna Stuart, 18, also died. Neighbours told The Tribune they believed the windows a nd doors to the house had been nailed shut by whoever torched the building. FOURDIEINSUSPECTEDARSONATTACK Group takes concrete steps to rebuild Baptist church Teachers stage sick-out over alleged mould infestation ‘Agenda f or change’ w ithin the PLP set to step up efforts BIGNEWS INSIDE TODAY TRIBUNE FAMILYMEMBERS , police officers and onlookers at the scene of yesterday’s tragedy. POLICE gather evidence from the scene yesterday. 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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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Former paramedic Marcus Garvey, who claims t hat he was wrongfully dismissed, says saving lives was more than his job – it was his passion. “I never considered my work as just a job; I took it to heart and many people here on Grand Bahama know this. “I care about people and that is the only thing I really know; Il oved my job,” said the former hospital employee of 30 years. Mr Garvey is one of two para medics terminated earlier this year following the death of 16-year-old Jett Travolta on Grand Bahama on January 2. The other, Tarino Lightbourne, has been charged along with former senator Pleasant Bridgewater with attempted extortion and conspiracy to extort $25 million from Jett’s father, Hol lywood star John Travolta. Jett suffered a seizure at his parents’ home at Old Bahama Bay in West End. He was transported by ambulance to the hos pital, but was pronounced dead by doctors. H ealth Minister Hubert Minnis said he was very concerned about television interviews given by hospital employees following the incident and said he would deal with any breaches of the hospital’s policy regarding patient confidentiality. But Mr Garvey feels that the m inister acted out of haste in firing him. In his termination letter, dated February 10, the Public Hospitals Authority made reference to comments by Mr Garvey in a January4 online report by Radar Magazine (www.radaronline.com Mr Garvey admits he appears in clip, but claims he was secretly recorded. “I never denied that it wasn’t me they saw, but the media havew ays of fixing up things and some of the voice was not mine,” he claimed. The paramedic wants his name cleared and would also like to be reinstated or given the four per cent gratuity he says he is owed for his years of work. “My character has been d estroyed and it has been hard finding a job. My wife is now the sole provider for my family,” he said. Mr Garvey noted that he has spent many years saving lives in the Grand Bahama community. “It is hurtful to know that no one from the Grand Bahama Health Services management team stood up for me. They know that I was one of the most versa tile employees there,” he said. During the two hurricanes I was out in the storm saving lives and rescuing people in West Grand Bahama. I was in water up to my neck and helped saved 15 children from a house that was underwater. “I have plaques of the many accomplishments and I would have loved to retire graciously andI think it is unfair to have been disgraced and wrongfully dis missed,” he said. Mr Garvey claims he tried to seek assistance from Labour Department, only to be turned away. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM COMPLAINING of u pper respiratory problems and other medical conditions, teachers at Uriah McPhee Primary staged a massive sick-out yesterday which resulted in all stud ents being sent home. C laiming there is a s evere mould infestation at the school on Kemp Road,t eachers said they will not b e returning to the classr ooms until the situation h as been rectified or an a lternate site has been secured for them. “I have never had a sinus p roblem or chest problems, but with this mould I now always have chest problems and sinus problems,” comp lained one teacher. Another remarked that she constantly suffers from m igraine headaches while a t the school, a symptom n ormally associated with common mould infesta-t ions such as cladosporium and penicillium. Among other possible s ymptoms are asthma, s inus infections, coughing, a nd throat and eye infect ions. O ther more dangerous m oulds such as stachybotrys, memnoniella, and aspergillus versicolor can produce mycotoxins, or airborne toxins, which can cause chronic fatigue, loss of balance and memory, irritability, and even diffic ulty in speaking. A nd according to infor m ation from a host of o nline medical websites, c hildren are reportedly m ore susceptible to mould related illnesses due to the fact that their lungs and organs are still developing. With this in mind, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education E lma Garraway said that t he claims of a mould infestation at Uriah McPhee need to be addressed “immediately.” “We’re aware of the status of the matter. We will try to fast pace as best we c an once we find areas where we can relocate t hose staff members that are really experiencing difficulties, especially in the upper respiratory system,” she said. President of the B ahamas Public Service U nion John Pinder also c ommented on the matter: “Our biggest concern is t hat a number of persons a re complaining of receivi ng certain types of illnesse s. We need to remind t hem and assure them that those who are experiencing any type of respirato-r y illnesses are to make it known to the ministry so they can be removed form this building and transf erred elsewhere to a safer environment.” Earlier this week, staff at t he Ministry of Education o n Thompson Boulevard a lso complained of suffering from mould relateds ymptoms. Former paramedic claiming wrongful dismissal:saving lives was my passion Teachers stage sick-out over alleged mould infestation O O u u r r b b i i g g g g e e s s t t c c o o n n c c e e r r n n i i s s t t h h a a t t a a n n u u m m b b e e r r o o f f p p e e r r s s o o n n s s a a r r e e c c o o m m p p l l a a i i n n i i n n g g o o f f r r e e c c e e i i v v i i n n g g c c e e r r t t a a i i n n t t y y p p e e s s o o f f i i l l l l n n e e s s s s e e s s . . President of the Bahamas Public Service Union John Pinder HAVANA CUBAand the United S tates sat down for rare talks aimed at re-establishing direct mail service Thursday, a modest step toward cooperation that caps a bitter week of recriminations over the extension of Washington’s trade embargo against the communist-run island, according to Associated Press. The Cuban government said the two countries discussed technical obstacles to restart the service suspended in 1963 like how mail would be transported, methods of payment and postal security. “We are satisfied with developments in this first meeting,” said Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, director of the Foreign Ministry’s North American Department, who led Cuba’s delegation. She described the talks as “wideranging and useful.” The government said both sides agreed on the need to hold more discussions in coming months, but did not give any details on where or when such talks would be held. The U.S. delegation was led by Bisa Williams, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs. I t was the first time State Department officials have traveled to Cuba for talks since late 2002, Gloria Berbena, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Interests Section, which Washington maintains here instead of an embassy, told The Associated Press. R epresentatives of the U.S. and Cuban postal services were also present. Direct mail service between the United States and Cuba was suspended in August 1963, the year after Washington imposed its embargo. Let ters sent currently betweent he two nations will arrive eventually, and with a bit of luck but must pass through a third country first. The U.S. first suggested restarting direct service back in 1999, then repeated the offer in 2000, 2002 and 2008. Cuba accepted in May, andf ormalized its offer to host the talks when representatives of the two nations met on the sidelines of bilateral migration talks held in New York in July. Berbena said the talks would take all day and be limited to mail service. She saidP resident Barack Obama’s administration sees the nego tiations “as a potential avenue to improve communication between our countries’ peoples.” Those were rare positive sentiments in a week of snubs that have dimmed hopes for a comprehensive breakthrough in relations anytime soon. On Monday, Obama signed a measure formally extending the 47-year-old embargo for one year. The move was symbolic, since it would take an act of Congress to legally end the sanctions. But some had hoped the president would withhold his signature which would have been a powerful sign that it was time for a new debate on bilateral relations. Two days later, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez demanded that Washington do away with the embargo without waiting for anything in return, saying his country would not make any political or policy concessions no matter how small even in the unlikely event the U.S. were to meet those demands and ends sanctions. U.S. officials have said for months that they would like to see the single-party, com munist state accept some political, economic or social changes, but Rodriguez said his country was under no obligation to appease Wash ington. The embargo “is unilateral and should be lifted unilaterally,” he said. The sour rhetoric has been a disappointment to those who thought Obama’s diplomacy of small steps of which the direct mail talks are a part would push Havana to make similar concessions, or that Obama would take a big political risk and signal a willingness to end the embargo. Robert Pastor, a longtime foreign policy adviser on hemispheric affairs and pro fessor at American University in Washington, said Obama has too much on his plate domestically and internationally to expend political capital on Cuba. And the island is still conUS and Cuba talk about restarting direct mail service GARBAGE DUMPING GARBAGE is pictured strewn along this track in the South Beach area. Dumping of garbage at road sides is an ongoing problem in New Providence with several areas affected. Felip Major /Tribune staff

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EDITOR, The Tribune. On the evening of August 6, 2009 with great appreciation and anticipation I respectfully attended the Government of The Bahamas’ Town Meeting to address the following: Part 1 : Nassau Harbour Port improvement project and New Providence road improvement project. Part 2: Container Port relocation/ EIA impacts/mitigation. Part 3 : New Providence d owntown redevelopment project. It was evident from the onset that the town meeting was poorly planned and poorly executed. Many of the presentations were totally irrelevant to the sentiments being expressed in the local media and daily Bahamian dialogue and discussions. The size of the room was v ery inappropriate and it only infuriated the already sceptic al audience who were barely a ble to squeeze themselves into the little “hot” room. Was it intentional, poor planning, or a tactical blun der? In any event, it gave the impression that it was purposely done that way to limit the public’s attendance and participation. Based on observation, and listening to many commenting in the ebullient audience, it appears as if the seats were filled early with government officials, their supporters, media personnel, and numer ous presenters with no sup port to the main critical contentious issue that the public came seeking information on principally Part 2. The Container Port relocation. It was also observed by those attending the meeting that to ensure the time was meticulously exhausted and very limited, some of the irrel evant presenters were discombobulated by the heckling as they muddled over their presentations on issues that the public already have accepted and appreciated, that would be Part 3 and some of Part 2. It is not the Nassau Harbour Port Improvement Pro ject that the public has an issue with, Bahamians know that this dredging must be done as it is required for this country not only to compete, but also to protect our cruise ship superiority and keep in sync with the changes in the industry. No disrespect intended but the Minister of Tourism and the present Director General of Tourism and Aviation along with a few others should not have been on this programme, but at a separate Town Meeting for themselves. Their valuable expensive time, which the Bahamian people pay them extremely well for, could have been spent on more productive matters like ensuring all of the Bahamian people’s money that is being spent on Ms Universe Pageant, brings back some return as a future investment for the country as well a s getting more tourists back i nto this country, a job which they have mastered in selling to the politicians, but not to the tourists. Unfortunately, they did nothing but “window dressed” their presentation and “killed precious time” off the clock in order to divert attention from the real purpose which the majority of the Bahamian people came to the so-called “Town Meeting” f or. T he Director of BEST, who k nows better and is well aware that the Bahamian people know that it takes longer than five to ten minutes to present an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA especially one that appears to have a subterfuge motive and is under so much public scrutiny. Having some degree of understanding in Project plan ning, appraisal, and management it is and remains in my humble opinion that the pre sentation of Part 2: Container Port Relocation/ EIA Impacts /Mitigation should have been the only item on this Town meeting’s agenda. One such project model, developed by Goodman and Love (1979 grated Project Planning and Management Cycle illustrated that a model has four distinct phases and showed feedback flows of information and authority, and policy connections. The introduction of feedback was a very important contribution because it introduced the idea that the process of project planning could go backward (to redesign the project if neces sary) as well as forward. But at this stage of this project which equates to Project Implementation (Project CycleBaum 1970) it is truly criminal to come to the public at this stage now that the people’s resistance accelerated due to lack of information and present a story created through an EIA when mobilisation is already completed, and project execution is in progress. Any sensible thinking Bahamian can only conclude that they were not considered a stakeholder in this venture. If the Bahamian people were given any respectable consideration and had the opportunity to address many concerns in the public forum, this project would have been met with far less resistance and a lot of questions would have been appropriately addressed. An initial Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Tree Analysis or a Logical Framework would have aided in guiding the initiators of this project to include one of the most important components, the Stakeholders who are theB ahamian public and not the identified chosen few. The activists have a right to demonstrate and voice their concerns even though there are preferred ways to remain respectful while accomplishing your purpose without politicising the issue. The Government has already showed its hand and the project is moving forward. The voices of the many B ahamians are not being respected, and our questions a re not being addressed as it a ppears to be a political agen da with a crafty motive, and one of appeasement or payback rather than substantive dialogue to reveal the truth and do what is in the best interest of all and not just a few. Unfortunately and sad to say it appears that we cannot leave politics out of anything in this country because our politicians seem to become “the experts” once elected and ignore the real experts that tell them where development should take place, and how to proceed to mitigate any negative impacts. The only thing that can change the direction of the Container Port Relocation and some parts of the New Providence Road Improvement Project that totally disrespected some of our citizens is the people of the Bahamas. We do not need anymore “Clown” meetings, lame duck speeches, waffling politicians both in Government and Opposition. If the Government can proceed with these projects in such a manner, it is then evi dently clear that the jitneys can be moved immediately off Bay Street, the Straw Market should be finished, the edu cational system in our country could be improved, medicine should be in the hospital, and every street light should be working. If the people of the Bahamas don’t want these projects, many shining human examples exist from around the world that stopped major projects for the satisfaction of a few, just take one example and any sensible Bahamian would know exactly what to do! ANTHONY U BOSTWICK Nassau, August, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 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 W ASHINGTON The new plan that President Barack Obama laid out for a missile shield against Iran on Thursday turns Ronald Reagan’s vision of a Stars Wars syst em on its head: Rather than focusing first on protecting the continental United States, it shifts the immediate effort to defending Europe and the Middle East. I t is a long way from the impermeable shield that Reagan described in glowingt erms in 1983, an announcement that turned into a diplomatic triumph even while it was a technological flop. Ever since, missile defense has always been more about international politics than about new military technology. In the last years of the Cold War, it helped n udge the Soviets toward agreements that sharply reduced nuclear arsenals, a processt hat Obama hopes to revive at the end of the year. In the George W. Bush years, it was a bout expanding NATO and, under the cover of building anti-missile bases to protect a gainst North Korean attack, a subtle warn ing to China that its power in the Pacific would not go unchecked. In the age of Obama, the vision has descended from the stars to sea level. A p resident who was still in college during Reagan’s famous missile defense speech hast urned a scaled-back version of the technology, which would first be based on ships, to a new mission: Convincing Israel and the Arab world that Washington is moving quickly to counter Iran’s influence, even as it opens direct negotiations with Tehran for the first time in 30 years. F or Obama, it is a step fraught with some risk. Within hours of his announcement,c harges were flying that in his first major confrontation with the Russians, he had b acked down, giving in to Moscow’s oppo sition to the Bush plan to place missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic. “The politics of this was driving him in the other direction, against appearing to b ack down,” said William Perry, who served as defense secretary in the Clinton adminis-t ration. “But he went with where the technology is today and where the threat is t oday.” During last year’s presidential campaign, missile defense was tricky territory for Obama. His liberal base was allergic to the very words. Obama, eager to show that he was neither a neophyte nor soft on defense, talked about embracing those technologies that were “proven and cost-effective.” Nine months into his presidency, Obama has begun to describe what that means. He is not abandoning the two anti-missile bases built on U.S. soil in the Bush years, one in Alaska and one in California. But his aides led by the one veteran of the Cold War in his Cabinet, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates argued Thursday that Iran and North Korea were taking far longer to develo p intercontinental missiles than many feared a decade ago. The urgency, they argued, lies in addressing a more imminent threat: Iran’s shorta nd medium-range missiles. First among those weapons is the Shahab III, the missile that can reach Israel and parts of Europe. It is also the missile thatU .S., Israeli and European intelligence services have charged that Iran hopes to fitw ith a nuclear warhead. Iran denies that but has refused to answer questions from intern ational inspectors about documents that appear to link the missile program to its nuclear efforts. That standoff has fed the conviction inside the White House that the Iranian threatn eeds to be countered. But officials argued Thursday that the faster, and surer, way toa ccomplish that goal was to scrap Bush’s plan, which would have based anti-missile b atteries too far from Iran to be useful against shortand medium-range missiles, a nd put them closer to Tehran. “One of the realities of life is the enemy gets a vote,” said Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But Obama’s critics argue that while Iran i s rightly a major focus of missile defense, it is not the only one, and that in dismantlingt he Bush plan, the new president is undercutting U.S. allies. I fear the administration’s decision will do just that,” Sen. John McCain, Obama’s Republican rival in last year’s presidential election, said Thursday, adding that the deci sion came “at a time when Eastern Europ ean nations are increasingly wary of renewed Russian adventurism.” B ut Obama is betting that over time he can assuage bruised feelings in Europe. And h e is betting that his credibility will rise in the Middle East, where he can now argue that the U.S. missile shield will defend both Israel and the Arab states, notably Saudi Arabia and Egypt. There are signs that all of them m ay be interested in nuclear capabilities of their own especially if they believe theU nited States will not stand up to Iran. But Obama may also be vulnerable to c harges that he could be leaving parts of the continental United States defenseless if Iran makes bigger strides with long-range missiles. His critics point to Iran’s launching ofa satellite into space in February. The craft orbited the Earth for nearly three months, passing repeatedly over the United States. “Iran has already demonstrated it has the capability to develop long-range missiles,” said Robert Joseph, one of the architects of Bush’s missile defense strategy, who was highly critical of Obama’s decision. “They have both the capability and intention to move forward.” (This article is by DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD c.2009 New York Times News Service) Town meeting poorly planned, poorly executed LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Obama’s new missile shield For Rente premier choice for serious business”1,550 sq.ft.$5,425.00 p. month incl. CAM fees 1,056 sq.ft.$3,432.00 p. month incl. CAM feesContact Mr. Simon Chappell on 327 1575 or 477-7610Email: simon@cavesheights.comCaves Village Professional Turn Key Office Suites

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T HE million dollar “mission fund” spearheaded by Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell is set to host a 200 person reception at the Balmoral Club on October 5, The Tribune has learned. T he invitation-only reception is being put on by some friends of the MP, who hope to collect donations for the fund which is designed to further the interests of the “agenda for change” within the PLP. Mr Mitchell has said the plan is to adopt a multifaceted approach to fundraising, in an effort to n ot only assist his camp aign but also that of other PLP hopefuls. I really want to be in a p osition to assist others who want to run for the PLP. As I said, I found that the major problem ( during the last election) w as funding and it is important for us to get on t op of that issue. We have political opponents who area able to t hrow hundreds of thous ands of dollars at each of u s during these campaigns, and we have to be able tom eet that and so I think a p art of the way that we have to reorganise ourselves is getting funding under control,” he said. As the head of the fund, the responsibility of deciding which candidates r eceive help will ultimatel y fall to Mr Mitchell. A ccording to the MP, t hese individuals will be P LP candidates who supp ort a “generational change” and share his vision for the Bahamas in 2020. “The PLP is a conservative organisation and someone has to put the c ase for change and of course change to what. “It has to be specific and d irected and people have to see that it is in their interest to evolve to be successful and that is all w e are trying,” he said. A t this time, Mr Mitchell said, every PLP candidate f or the House of Assemb ly is worthy of assistance through the fund. My whole point is that f und raising is an issue and w e need to start and we must start early and I amt rying to do my bit with t hat. “And I have said, here are some ideas I think the party ought to adopt to go forward into the future. “And that is the basis upon which I am hoping to r aise the money and a dvance the funding,” he s aid. A fter the reception at t he Balmoral Club, Mr M itchell said, there will be a series of private dinners to raise additional funds on an ongoing basis until the next general election, set for 2012. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ‘Agenda for change’ within the PLP set to step up efforts STUDENTS of the College of the Bahamas applied their knowledge in computer sci-e nce and related disciplines to h elp the Passport Office reduce the backlog of applications for the new electronic passports, or e-passports, during the summer. “We thank the College of t he Bahamas students for the tremendous effort they made in assisting the data entry unit during their summer break in processing some 8,000 files,” said Donald Cash, undersecr etary at the Passport Office. This effort has reduced the backlog and has put us in good standing of achieving the1 4 days objective,” he said. During the summer period the Passport Office initiated a shift system, mainly in the d ata entry unit, where around 20 students from COB were hired to process the backlog off iles, under the supervision of permanent staff. Employees worked from 7am to 3pm and the COB stu d ents from 3pm to 10pm. COB faculty recommended the students based on their q ualifications. Traditionally, May to August is the peak travel peri o d for Bahamians, whether they are going on vacations, off to the college, sporting events, or travelling for med i cal reasons. Flight attendants and pilots also request services from the Passport Office. H ead of Passport Officer Franklyn Dames said the head office usually takes on addi t ional manpower to assist in dealing with the heavy volume during the summer time. “The COB students did a t remendous job. They are very intelligent and were able to c arry out the task set before them. This shows us the cali-bre of students we have at COB,” Mr Dames said. COB student Paul Rolle, a c omputer information systems major, said it was a “tremen dous eye-opening experience” t o have worked at the Passp ort Office. He entered information from the application formsi nto the database, such as name, birth date, nationality, and other relevant facts asp art of his job description. Alyssia Moss, also a computer information systems major, said she saw first hand t he frustration the public experiences when applying for an e-passport. However, she noted that many times the applicant did not submit the correct infor m ation and had to be contact ed for verification. Nikera Cartwright, who is p ursuing a degree in secondary education, said although her studies differ from those of her college mates, the experience will assist her in her research. Indera Gibson said the experience using the comput er will assist in her career in a ccounting. She said the students developed a competi tion amongst themselves to e nsure they got the job done i n a timely manner. “Ninety per cent of us took on the challenge that nom atter what, when we left here, everything would be up-to-date,” she said, addingt hat they were given more responsibilities to get the Freeport applicants processed. S upervisor Mavis Vanderpool, who commended the COB students on their per formance said: “When they came in I explained the importance of the work tot hem and that the govern ment and the public were depending on them. I handed them the ball, they took it and did an excellent job. They came to work on time,” she said. The students said they gained an “appreciation” for the process of producing an e-passport, having had to apply for one themselves. ASPIRING female and male models are invited to take part in a local casting call by Mode Iles, producers of the Islands of the W orld Fashion Week. T he casting call will b e held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Nassau from 9am to 4pm on Saturday. Prospective models attending the event are required to bring a photo portfolio, a passport or driver’sl icence photo ID and two changes of clothing one casual ando ne swimwear. This year’s Island’s of the World Fashion Week showcase is s cheduled for November 4 8. As part of the event ’s grand finale, Mode Iles in conjunction w ith Models242 International is sponsoring the Muse Model S earch Competition. The competition is e xpected to draw potential models from all over the C aribbean. The two winners will e ach walk away with $10,000 and other prizes, and title ofF emale and Male Muse of the Year. Local casting call for aspiring male and female models COB students assist in reducing backlog of e-passport production THE PASSPORT OFFICE praised the work of COB students during the summer, resulting in the reduction of a backlog of e-passport applications. Pictured are COB students Nikera Cartwright, Alyssia Moss, Indera Gib son; Franklyn Dames, head of the Passport Office; Mavis Vanderpool, supervisor; Paul Rolle, COB student, and Donald Cash, undersecretary at the Passport Office. K r i s I n g r a h a m / B I S Million Dollar ‘mission fund’ to host reception for 200 people FRED MITCHELL

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B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Until an alternate fuel source isu tilised, Grand Bahamians will continue to pay high electricity bills, said the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPCs pent $4.5 million in fuel c osts last month alone. The GBPC, which normally spends an average of$ 4 million per month on fuel to supply power to cons umers here on the island, has recently come under fire over reliability issues, anda mong other things, the high cost of electricity for its cust omers. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who visitedG rand Bahama last week, expressed concerns that the company may have sought to maximise profits at the expense of its distribution and generation system. H e said he is concerned that the GBPC has not “reinvested adequate sums of money into its generation and distribution system, and the company has over they ears taken its profits out in cash rather than reinvesting it in its operation.” H e also expressed disappointment over the ineffic iency in power generation on the island and said that government is consideringw hether to have the power company regulated by the U tilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA S peaking at a recent town meeting, GBPC CEO Excell F errell said the company is working diligently to improve reliability of thes ystem and making efforts to keep costs low. However, he said that the power company incurs significant fuel costs whichm ust be paid to its vendor within 15 days after delivery. He pointed out that the c ustomer will not pay until 35 days later. “Fuel cost has gone down in 2009, and our fuel cost was $4.5 million in August,”s aid Mr Ferrell. He noted that fuels costs make up about 50 to 60 per cent of the total price of electricity. Mr Ferrell said the GBPC is now looking at alternatef uel options. The company, he said, has commenced with a winds tudy to determine if there is sufficient wind strength on t he island to justify installing turbines. He said there are test sites a t five locations from East Grand Bahama to Dover S ound and Eight Mile Rock. “We are also working with the (Grand BahamaP ort Authority and Sanitation Services, which owns t he landfill, to burn methane gas which is created in the landfills. I think the real change that is going to come to electricity on this island is by getting a new fuel source,” he said. Oswald Brown (Freeport News Editor) wrote an editorial about the need to b ring LNG (liquefied natural gas) to the island. I know residents are frustrated and I know it is difficult, but Grand Bahama needs tob ecome what it can be and we have to get another fuel source,” said Mr Ferrell. Local community activist Troy Garvey criticised the power company for con-d ucting disconnection exercises on Fridays and leaving residents without powero ver the weekend. He called the company’s action “insensitive andu nconscionable.” The company has now promised that it will cease from conducting disconnections on Friday. A ccounts are disconnected for past due amounts in excess of $200 or more. Although accounts become past due 21 days after the billing period, the powerc ompany conducts physical disconnections 30 days after that date. T he GBPC said it will soon implement an interactive voice response systems o that residents can call in for account and billing inform ation. Residents will be able to access their last payment,t he disconnect date, their meter reading and power u sage. The system will also contact residents two days before they are due for dis-c onnections. The GBPC may also cons ider making payment arrangements for persons on a case-by-case basis, the c ompany said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Harbour Bay Harbour Bay Extra 5% OFF sale items For Privileged Card Holders & Corporate Partners Sale ends the 30th of September COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2009I N 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. Chambers BSB House West Bay Street Nassau, Bahamas Attorney for the Petitioner (S. 18, O. 1, 16 High bills prompt the GBPCto look at alternative fuel options THE Bahamas Diabetic Association is having its monthly meeting at the NursesT rainingCollege, Grosvenor Close on Shirley Street at 2.30pm on Saturday. All interested persons and m embers are invited. The guest speaker will be Dr Wel'Milya Francis. Light refreshments will be served. Bahamas Diabetic A ssociation set to hold monthly meeting WINTER HAVEN, Fla. A UTHORITIESsay two people have been hospitalized after the small seaplane they were riding in crashed into a central Flori-d a lake, a ccording to Associated Press. Winter Haven Fire Department Deputy Chief Shannon D uncan says two adult men were t ransported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with what appear to be critical injuries Thursday morning. I nitial reports indicate the plane may have stalled and overturned after the front of the plane hit the water. Authorities were alerted t o the accident at Lake Otis at about 10:30 a.m. S hannon says rescuers had to enter the water and retrieve them en from the plane. The names of the men have not been released. Two people injured in Florida seaplane crash Grand Bahama Power Company spent $4.5m in fuel costs last month PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham, who visited Grand Bahama last week, expressedc oncerns that the company m ay have sought to maximise profits at the expense o f its distribution and genera tion system. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A BRANDnew Japanese s pace station cargo ship arrived at its destination Thursday, expertly p lucked from orbit by an astro naut who toasted the big event with her crewmates, according to Associated Press. Space station resident Nicole S tott used the robot arm at the orbiting complex to grab the 18t on supply ship as it hovered 30 feet away. The vessel the first o f its kind was launched a week ago from Japan. It was the first time an unmanned ship was grabbed from orbit like this. The older-style Russian ships actually dock at the space station. So do Europe’s freighters. Mission Control erupted in a pplause when the robotic snares tightened on the vessel 225 miles above the planet. Stott gave a double thumbs-up. “It’s a real example of international cooperation, with a Japanese vehicle captured by a Canadian arm with American and European astronauts, with a safety guy from Canada, under the command of a Russian,” said Bel gian astronaut Frank De Winne. The six space station occupants celebrated by raising specially decorated foil drink bags with straws and sipping the water inside. “We are so, so happy to have this beautiful vehicle here with us now,” Stott told Mission Con trol. She said the crew was looking forward to finding all the surprises tucked among the 5 tons of contents, after opening the hatch on Friday. First, the astro nauts had to anchor the ship onto the space station early Thursday evening. The craft is loaded with food, laptop computers, atmospheric studies and a robotic hand. The hand will supplement the larger Japanese robot arm that’s already there. Japan spent $680 million on the delivery trip. Space station crew grabs new cargo ship fr om orbit

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By MATT MAURA THE further strengthening of the country’s Port Surveillance Programme has increased the Bahamas’ national capacity to respond to the Influenza A H1N1 virus, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said Wednesday. Addressing a United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO Review and Preparation Exercise on Travel and Tourism under Pandemic Conditions Workshop, Dr Minnis said the surveillance programme is being supported locally by laboratory capacity through the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA through the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC United States. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the CDC has provided the Bahamas with “much useful information” about the characteristics of the novel virus,” he said. UNWTO is a specialised agency of the United Nations and serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues. It plays a central and decisive role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, paying particular attention to the interests of developing countries. Its membership includes 161 countries and territories and more than 390 affiliate members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. Professionals Dr Minnis said the partnerships between the Department of Public Health, the Public Hospitals Authority, the PHAC and the CDC, have led to healthcare professionals within the Bahamas – port Surveillance personnel included being able to identify risks associated with Influenza A H1N1 early on, which has had a positive impact on prevention and control activities. “The capacity to identify risks early on and to implement prevention and control activities at the community level, (has further been forced by the relationship that has also been developed with a broad range of agencies within the nation,” Dr Minnis said. “These relationships include the travel industry, persons at international airports and seaports and also those within the cruise line industry. “As a result of the strengthened guidelines, regionally agreed guidelines have been established for the management of Influenza H1N1 in cruise ships which is a vital component of our tourism industry,” Dr Minnis added. The Health Minister said the ability to respond with “evidence-based practices” to the pandemic has further led to the well-ordered implementation of a Pandemic Response Plan within the Bahamas. He said the “interface” between the National Emerg ency Management Agency (NEMA Operations Centre (EOC the Ministry of Health’s Emergency Operations Centre has allowed for a coordinated response among those agencies. “Representation of key s takeholders such as tourism and the NEMA EOC has increased our ability to maintain communication about the events as they were unfolding,” Dr Minnis said. This coordinated response among governmental and nongovernmental agencies has reinforced our ability to respond in a timely manner. Cooperation “Through the continued cooperation between the ministries of Tourism and Health, travel and tourism can continue to flourish even in the face of a pandemic,” he said. D r Minnis said his ministry continues to monitor the local, regional and global situation with regards to Influenza A H1N1. He said their ability to do so has been strengthened through adherence to the International Health Regulat ions 2005, which came into effect in June 2007. “They have helped tremendously,” Dr Minnis said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foun dation recently made scholarship cheque presentations to 56 students to assist with their tuition and fees. The scholarships are valued at more than $100,000. “With a global economic recession, many promising Bahamian students are having difficulty realising their dreams of a higher education; it has become increasingly harder for parents to meet their financial commitments of providing a good college education for their children. How ever, at a time when education is recognised as the key to changed lives and a better society, access for all students should remain a top priority. And, it has with the assistance of benefactor, the Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation,” Doctors Hospital said in a state ment. Michele Rassin, secretary and director for the Foundation said: “The gifts and donations received from Doctors Hospital and the ‘Dollars for Scholars’ Fashion Show event proved to be an investment in the future health of the country. Each of our recipients holds the distinction of maintaining the 3.0 GPA requirement of the Foundation. They are already at the top of their classes which will guarantee them a spot at the top of their chosen health related fields. Thanks to the generosity of donations received, these bright minds will be able to realise their dreams and maximise their potential.” Created in 1999, in honour of the late Dr Meyer Rassin, the Foundation is a philanthropic mechanism through which individuals, trusts, foundations, estates, businesses and other organ isations may invest in healthcare in the Bahamas. The Foundation exists to provide scholarships and financial assistance to persons pursuing education in all areas of healthcare. The goal of the Foundation is to encourage and assist qualified healthcare workers to realise their dreams. The following are the most recent Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation Award recipients : Kristin Albury; Randall Albury; Lakeisha Albury; Dayna Archer; Athena Bain; Miquela Bethel; Latoya Bowe; Myrez Bosfield; Japheth Butler-Miller; Alexandra Carey; Nadia Cumberbatch; Samana Charlton; Teran Clarke; Craig Cambridge; Tristen Cartwright; Teisha Deveaux; Ketanna Finlayson; Gerrianne Dorsett; Lakera Duncombe; Ima Ebong; Martindell Flowers; Michael AC Foulkes; Garry L Greenslade, Jr; Celeste Gray; Nikita Hamilton; Lakeisha Hepburn; Byron Knowles; Sean Knowles; Paige Kel ly; Kevin Kemp; Shelby Knowles; Teykia Lewis; Margo R Lowe; Tamara Mackey; Krista Major; Delthia McKinney; Scottia Miller; Latoya Munroe; Amanda Musgrove; Shovon Moss; Menarvia Nixon; Eudene Noel; Jamia Newbold; Myrlande Pierre; Amanda Rahming; Kelli Rolle; Pharez Rolle; Laurel Smith; Melissa L A Sawyer; Leslie Sealy; Jade-Evette Strachan; Earl Thompson; Andrew Taylor; Lindsey Turnquest, and Vincina Sweeting. DOCTORS HOSPITAL DR MEYER RASSIN FOUNDATION PRESENTS OVER $100,000 WORTH OF SCHOLARSHIPS The strengthening of Port Surveillance ‘has been key in fight against A H1N1 virus’ MINISTER OF HEALTH Dr Hubert Minnis (at podium delivered the keynote address during the opening of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO Review and Preparation Exercise on Travel and Tourism Under Pandemic Conditions Workshop on Wednesday in New Providence. Pictured to the minister’s left are Dr Dirk Glaesser; head of the Risk and Crisis Management Section in the World Tourism Organisation, and Senator Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Minister of Tourism and Aviation. PICTURED L-R, FRONT ROW: Paul Haven, DHDMRF director; Lisa Humes, DHDMRF director; Dr Keva Bethel (centrethird from right Doctors Hospital and DHDMRF secretary; Barry Rassin (second from right t al and DHDMRF director; Charles Sealy, CEO of Doctors Hospital and DHDMRF director; with Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation Scholarship recipients and their representatives.

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By LINDSAY THOMPSON THE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA en its message of prep aredness to Urban R enewal Centres around N ew Providence, advising the elderly in particular to be prepared in the event a disaster strikes. Dianna Bullard, centre m anager for the Bain and Grants Town Urban R enewal Centre, said that i t was decided to inform s eniors during their monthly meeting about thei mportance of readiness d uring the hurricane season, which runs from June1 to November 30. She said NEMA and its partners were invited to inform the seniors at the various locations of the s helters around the island and who to contact once a s torm or hurricane is a pproaching. Chrystal Glinton, first a ssistant secretary at NEMA, said the purpose of the presentation is to provide a brief overview of the Bahamas Preparednessa nd Response Plan. Once a storm is a pproaching, NEMA galvanises its emergency support function groups 72 h ours from impact. Royal Bahamas Defence F orce ships are on standby and ready to deploy impact teams to the areas the M eteorology Office predicts will be in the storm’sp ath, she said. T he seniors were also advised that should they be evacuated or relocated toa shelter, to take their med i cation, enough food and water for about two days a nd other necessary items w ith them. Ms Glinton explained t hat many seniors do not e vacuate their homes mainl y because they value their privacy and the need to feels ecure in familiar sur r oundings. She said that NEMA and its partners are ready to assist whenever the need a rises with building mater ials, temporary facilities, and complete reconstruct ion of destroyed homes f ollowing a hurricane. P amela Sears-Brown, disaster manager for theB ahamas Red Cross, urged t he seniors to identify their needs, which will enable them to receive assistance from the organisation. S he said that the purpose o f the Red Cross, which has an estimated 119 million v olunteers worldwide, is to r elieve human suffering in a ny form. Mrs Sears-Brown added t hat the Red Cross works c losely with and follows the directive of NEMA once a threat of a hurricane is imminent. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEMA takes disaster preparedness message to Urban Renewal Centres CHRYSTAL GLINTON , first assistant secretary at NEMA, speaks to senior citizens of the Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal Centre about the Bahamas Preparedness and Response Plan. The meet-i ng took place on Tuesday, September 15, at St Agnes Parish Hall. THE Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS Eleuthera announced that the 2009 Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC for its grade nine students m et or exceeded the best scores in the school’s his tory. B JC highlights include 4 7 out of 50 total tests tak e n by ninth grade students received a passing grade; 62 per cent of all tests tak-e n received either A or B grades; students received the highest percentage ofA grades in the school’s h istory, and 70 per cent of social studies scores were an A. There were no fails r ecorded in the five subjects and none of grade nine students were dis c ouraged from taking any o f exams, the school said. “I’m extremely proud of what our students have been able to accomplisha nd the academic growth that they have demonstrated during their time at DCMS,” said Dr Joanna Paul, the school’s principal. We use real world experiences to teach our students. As a result, they are able to think critically and communicate effectively so that they can use whatt hey have learned in a v ariety of situations. We don’t want students to just learn the material; we want our students to learn how to keep learning.” D eep Creek Middle School is an independent school for seventh to ninthg raders in Eleuthera that follows the Bahamian Ministry of Education cur riculum. T he school works coll aboratively with the Island School and the Cape Eleuthera Institute. ELEUTHERA SCHOOL GRADUATES ACHIEVE HIGH MARKS P AMELA S EARSBROWN , disaster manager forthe Bahamas RedCross, explainsthef unctions of the organisation duringthe monthly Bain andGrants TownUrban R enewal s eniors’ meeting on Tuesday, September 15, at St Agnes Parish Hall. K r i s I n g r a h a m / B I S

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will head the delegation that will also include vice president. More than 100 countries are expected to participate in the BSF’s Congress. “Actually, I thought I would have retired and gone into the sunset,” Knowles quipped. “But obviously that isn’t the case. “So I am looking forward to the challenge. “I look forward to sitting around with the movers and shakers of softball on the international scene and look o ut for the best interest of our country and the Caribbean for that matter.” Through his election to office, Knowles said he will be looking forward to mak ing sure that the entire Caribbean feel the effect of being apart of the International Softball Federation andnot just a member. Signif icant “It’s quite a significant event for any Bahamian to sit on an international body,” hesaid. “So it’s a proud moment to have a Bahamian sitting at that level, if I’m successful. “My driving force, if elected, will be to bring recognition to the Caribbean and give us a chance to really work with the North American region and the American Softball Association.” Knowles said he has already consulted with the ASA in providing some assis tance to the Bahamas in terms of facilities as well as technical arena. The upcoming CAST Tournament that will be held at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex from October 29 to November 1 will provide the Bahamas the opportunity to be able to showcase its talent here. The BSF is expected to field two men and one woman’s team to participate in the tournament, which is expect-ed to include at least 6-7 visiting countries, including Israel and England. In preparation for the tour nament, Knowles said he’s appealing to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to ensure that the necessary cos metic work that is needed to the stadium will be done in a timely fashion. “The bleachers are in dire need of repair and the have been that way for quite some time,” Knowles pointed out.. “They are not conducive to a safe environment, so I’m very concerned about. Facilities “Obviously the facilities need some work, but when you are hosting an interna tional tournament, you hopet hat they are in an environ ment that is second to none.” Knowles said having the stadium properly prepared will definitely go a long way in ensuring that the visitors have t he best facility possible to play in. “I really think it needs to be looked at,” said Knowles, who noted that he’s hoping that the lighting fixtures at the stadium will also be corrected because they are not ideal for the participation of softball at night.” In that same vain, Knowles said he’s also hoping that the Bahamas Government will begin construction of both the n ew national softball and baseball stadiums, which were to coincident with the con struction of the new national track and field stadium. “I speak personally from the Knowles family that since the destruction of the Churchill Tener Knowles Sta dium, we have heard nothing about the reconstruction of the stadium,” he said. “I would like to hear something positive about when the new stadium will be built, where and what is the time frame to have it completed.” Although he doesn’t speak for those in baseball, Knowles said he’s concern that the same sentiments exist for the reconstruction of the Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium. “I just want to remind people that although there’s a lot of excitement about the construction of the new national stadium, the softball and base ball stadiums were also in the package and they should remember us as well,” he insisted. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 9 G E Electronic Room Style+ # AEQ08#AEQ10#AEQ12A You’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM As for Major, who is still in town working out at the Nassau Stadium, said he’s just grateful to God for giving him the opportunity to prove himself again. “Now I know that the hard work is going to just started,” he said. “It’s just going to get harder and harder as I move a step higher and higher.” Major, who turns 28 on October 28, said he felt he outright won the fight against Clark, who was unable to continue fighting with two minutes and 14 seconds into the round. Apparently Clark was first caught with a blow to the back of his head that dropped him to his knees. After he was given a few minutes to recuperate, he got back up to fight. But a few seconds later, he and Major tangled and when the referee advised them to break, Major landed a right hand to the jaw that k nocked Clark on his back. The referee eventually called the bout off and Clark had to be taken out of the ring on a stretcher as a precaution. It was ruled a no contest from an “accidental foul.” Major’s corner, including Bahamian trainer Nat Knowles, protested to the New York Boxing Commission. “I never worried about it because it was situation that I had no control over,” Major said. “But everything has worked out for the best.” In a couple of weeks, Major said he will be returning to Hollywood, Florida to resume his training with American trainer Anthony ‘Chills’ Wilson in preparation for the November 6 bout. “I’m always excited because after all of the hard work, you get a chance to display your skills,” Major said. “So I want to stay focused, stay strong and use my p otential to achieve my ultimate goal, which is to become a world champion.” This weekend, Major will travel with Fred Sturrup to be a part of the Festival in honour of the late boxing great Gemeo ‘Yama Bahama’ Brennen. Other than his professional pursuits, Major said his aim is to give back to the amateur ranks by working with more of the younger boxers. He currently work with Valentino Knowles, who became the first Bahamian to win a bout at the AIBA World Boxing Championships that was held in Mlian, Italy earlier this month. “However, we will be able to get amateur boxing going in all of the Family Islands,” Major said. “That is why I’m working with the Pan American Sports Association.” ‘Pain’ Major holds onto lightweight title MEACHER ‘PAIN’ MAJOR pictured in action in this file photo. MEACHER ‘PAIN’ MAJOR FROM page 11 R R o o m m m m e e l l K K n n o o w w l l e e s s s s e e e e k k i i n n g g p p r r e e s s t t i i g g i i o o u u s s i i n n t t e e r r n n a a t t i i o o n n a a l l p p o o s s t t FROM page 11

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We’ve had a meeting with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and they have assured us that they will have the renovations to the bleachers, update the bathroom facilities and build a two-story scor er’s booth. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PAGE 10, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS SOFTBALL HERE IS A CLOSER look at the state of the bleachers. BSF EXECUTIVES discuss the condition of the bleachers. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net W ITH the hosting of the CAST Tournament on the horizon, the Bahamas Softball Federation is hoping that the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will have the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex renovated. A t a press conference yesterday at the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sports Complex, newly elected president Burkett Dorsett outlined their agenda for the remainder of the year, including the CAST Tournament that will run from October 29 to November 1. “We’ve had a meeting with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and they have assured us that they will have the renovations to the bleach e rs, update the bathroom facilities and build a two-story scorer’s booth,” Dorsett said. B SF treasurer Ali Culmer s aid the tournament is not too far away, so they’re hoping that the Ministry would make sure that the renovations are done in time. Tournament The tournament is expected to feature at least 6-7 visiting teams, including Israel and England. The Bahamas will be represented by two men and one female team. Other countries confirmed are the Turks & Cacios, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Jamaica. In addition to the CAST Tournament, the BSF is also planning to host the annual Austin Knowles Invitational High School Tournament as well as the National Round Robin Tournament between October and November. Having had a chance to vis it all of their affiliated Family Island Associations, Dorsett said every one with the exception of Exuma, is currently playing softball. “Exuma’s challenge is that they took their fence down for repairs and they have not been able to have it replace as yet,” he said. “But they intend to have a mini series to determine who will be coming to the national round robin.” The Nationals is scheduled for November 5-8 at Baillou Hills. While Dorsett will be in Venezuela for the Interna tional Softball Federation Congress where immediate past president Rommel Knowles will be seeking a vice president position on the Americas region, the Knowles Invitational Tournament for High Schools will take place. Kelly Smith and Leroy Thompson will be in charge of coordinating the tournament, which will be celebrat ing its 10th year of existence for former Eleuthera native Austin Knowles, better known as the Godfather of the sport in the country. “We expect a record number of schools to participate,” Dorsett projected. The BSF will then culmi nate the year by hosting an Awards Banquet where they will present awards for manager, coach, administrator, player and even fan of the year. “Overall, we are looking f orward to a busy year ending,” Dorsett said. “But we are hoping to go full speed in our plans for the future as we seek the assistance of the veterans to come forth and help us with the junior players.” Over the next four years in office, Dorsett said they intend to engage in a vigorous junior programme that they intend to strengthen and improve their overall performances on the international s cene. But in the main thing, Dorsett said the BSF will host the CAST Tournament here at the Banker’s Field and the four other fields at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Mandatory By next year, Dorsett said the BSF will make it mandatory that only those persons who are certified will be allowed to serve as managers and coaches at the association level. To that end, he revealed that the BSF will be conducting training sessions for all coaches and they will also put on clinics for umpires and coaches. “We will make it available for anybody who is interested, but in order for them to coach or manage in the various leagues in the associations, they will have to be certified,” he declared. The clinics, according to Dorsett, will also be extended to the high school system. “We have been in contact with the ISF, who will be sending their technical peo ple down to assist us with our certified coaches here,” he pointed out. Godfred ‘Gully’ Burnside, Sidney ‘Bobby Baylor’ Fernander, Martin ‘Pork’ Bur rows and Yvonne ‘Sir Locks’ L ockhart from Grand Bahama will be utilizing the expertise they all gained from the advanced coaching clin ics they attended in the past. “We purpose to do the same thing for administration to make sure that the leagues are also ran properly,” Dorsett stated. “So we want to make sure that everybody step up their game.” While softball will not be included in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, Dorsett said he was happy to hear United States president Brack Obama declare the Chicago will bid for the hosting of the 2016 Olympics. If the US are successful, Dorsett said he’s confident that they will ensure that both softball and baseball is put back on the agenda of sporting disciplines contested. “I think one of the reasons the two sports have been excluded from 2012 because they say it’s too costly to organize,” Dorsett said. “They even want to drop the roster from 15 to 12 and that just won’t work. “It’s almost impossible to have 12 players for a game.” Getting softball into shape BAHAMASSOFTBALLFEDERATION’S Jeffery ‘Beef’ Henfield, assistant treasurer; Janeen White, special assistant; Dorothy Miller, assistant secretary; Burkett Dorsett, president and Ali Culmer, treasurer. Federation receive assurances about renovation of Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex October 29-November 1 CAST Tournament to feature at least 6-7 visiting teams, including England and Israel Burkett Dorsett

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R R o o m m m m e e l l K K n n o o w w l l e e s s s s e e e e k k i i n n g g p p r r e e s s t t i i g g i i o o u u s s i i n n t t e e r r n n a a t t i i o o n n a a l l p p o o s s t t C M Y K C M Y K FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 I NSIDE Getting softball into shape TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net M EACHER ‘Pain’ Major was ecstatic when he was informed by his promoter Nick Garone that he will finally get to hold onto the NABA lightweight title. On June 19 at the Convention Center in Buffalo, New York, Major’s bid for the vacant title was stopped abruptly in the first round after his opponent American Michael Clark was unable to continue fighting because of an “accidental foul.” The fight was ruled a no contest at the time. Yesterday, Garone informed The Tribune that after an appeal, Major was awarded the title, but he will defend it on November 6 when his X-Cel Worldwide Promotions stage their next professional show. However, Garone said he will not release any further details about the fight for Major until he has the contract signed from the NABA, who have elevated Major from number 15 to No.14 in their latest rankings. Major holds onto lightweight crown By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net INSTEAD of riding off in the sunset, former Bahamas Softball Federation Rommel Knowles will be seeking another prestigious post, this time on the international front. BSF’s president Burkett Dorsett announced yesterday that they have decided to nominate Knowles for the post of vice president of the Americas, a region under the BSF that will comprise of the Caribbean and the United States. “I’ve also been in contact with my collegiate around the North American region and they support my nomination,” Knowles stressed. “So we will see what happens, but it’s always a proud moment when you get a chance to represent your country on the international level.” Knowles will travel with the BSF’s delegation to Venezuela over the period of October 21-26. Dorsett TITLEHOLDER: Meacher ‘Pain’ Major ROMMEL KNOWLES SOFTBALL B OXING Bahamian awarded NABA title on appeal after ‘no contest’ ruling Promoter says title defence has been lined up for November 6 SEE page nine SEE page nine

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM “It’s a big loss, all at one time. It’s shocking. They werea ll trying to get out but for some reason they couldn’t get out. We’re going to overcome it but that’s pretty hard right now.” Another relative who chose only to be identified as Wins ton recalled how he made the horrific discovery around 7am yesterday. came to drop my daughter off so that she could get ready for school and I saw the window black like fire was there. “I saw the car outside and I know if the place was burn from last night they would have carried the car. I went around the back to the win-d ow and I hear music coming from that way. Then the guy who lives in the back there, he came out and I asked him if he see anybody from there, he said no. We push the backd oor open and I saw three of them on the floor in the kitchen. I told him to call 911.I didn’t look like anyone knew the place was on fire,” he said. T his is the third fire related t ragedy in New Providence this week. On Sunday, a fire at an apartment complex claimed the life of disabled 10-yearold Jermaine Mackey. They oungster died after fire damaged their flat on Colony Close at about 9 am Sunday. Also at 9pm Sunday, a woman who had been hospitalised since last week for severe burns has died after ah ouse fire at Canaan Lane. ‘Nailed’ in their home and burned to death FROM page one ENGLESTON MP Glenys Hanna-Martin (centre speaks to a family member of the victims. U .S. CANCELS PLANS FOR MISSLE S HIELD IN EUROPE P resident Obama scrapped his predecessor’s proposed anti-ballistic missile shield in Eastern Europe on Thursday and ordered i nstead the deployment of a reconfigured syst em aimed at shooting down shortand medium-range Iranian missiles. I n one of the biggest national security reversals of his young presidency, Obama canceled former President Bush’s plans to station a radar facility in the Czech Republic and 10 ground-based interceptors in Poland. Instead, h e plans to deploy smaller interceptors by 2011, first aboard ships and later in Europe, p ossibly even in Poland or the Czech Republ ic. IT ALY MOVES TOWARD AFGHAN EXIT A powerful suicide bomb that killed six Ital ian soldiers in Kabul on Thursday prompted P rime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy to declare that his nation had begun planning to “bring our young men home as soon as possi ble.” B erlusconi was careful to say that Italy would not unilaterally withdraw its 3,100 troops from Afghanistan, though he said he wanted the withdrawal to happen “as quicklya s possible.” But it seemed the strongest expression yet from a European leader of the rising doubts about the Afghan mission among A merica’s allies. U .S. STRIKE KILLS QAIDA COMMANDER, P AKISTAN SAYS A top commander for al-Qaida has been killed in Pakistan by a U.S. missile fired from a drone, Pakistani intelligence officials said T hursday. T he officials said the Qaida commander, Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a drone strike 10 d ays earlier in the border area of North Waziristan. Kashmiri was considered by some intelligence officials to be one of the 10 most wanted militants in Pakistan. A lthough they said his body had not been found, agents were sent to his home village, B ahawalpur, to verify his death. SUICIDE ATTACK STRIKES AFRICAN UNION BASE IN SOMALIA Somali insurgents mounted a brazen suicide attack against top Somali and African Union officials meeting on Thursday to plana major offensive in Mogadishu, driving two explosives-laden trucks marked “U.N.” deep into a fortified base near an airport and deto nating at a fuel depot and the office of an American logistics company. The attack, which suggested that the i nsurgents had deeply infiltrated Somali s ecurity forces, killed the second in com mand of the AU peacekeeping force and seriously wounded several other comman d ers. I NDONESIAN POLICE SAY TERRORIST M ASTERMIND IS DEAD I ndonesian commandos raided a suspected terrorist hideout in central Java, killing Noordin Muhammad Top, the most-wanted t errorism suspect in Southeast Asia, security o fficials said Thursday. In recent years, Noordin, an Islamist milit ant, had become an almost mythical figure among both those who sheltered him on the run and those who pursued him and finally killed him in a six-hour shootout. While suspected of orchestrating major bombing attacks, N oordin had repeatedly slipped away from capture. YEMEN AIRSTRIKE SAID TO KILL AT L EAST 80 More than 80 people, including a large number of civilian refugees, were killed in a government airstrike in northern Yemen on Wednesday as they sought shelter from am onth-long conflict between the military and rebel forces, provincial tribal leaders said. The attack appeared to be the deadliest single e pisode in a worsening war between govern ment forces and Houthi. The airstrike occurred in Adi, outside the r ebel-controlled town of Harf Sufyan, where r efugees from the conflict had gathered, according to tribal figures. Dozens of people were also wounded in the a ttack, they said. I RANIAN GUARDS CAUTION WOULD-BE P ROTESTERS O n the eve of an annual rally in honor of Palestinians, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard issued a stern warning Thursday that it would fiercely confront” anyone who tried to turn t he occasion into a protest against Iran’s disputed presidential election. The warning elev ated tensions surrounding the upcoming rally, known as Qods Day, after days of clashing rhetoric from Iran’s opposed political camps. Opposition supporters have called for a massive turnout on Friday, saying the traditional Q ods Day message of resistance to injustice is consonant with their own demands. Conserv a tives have made clear they will not tolerate a nyone “politicizing” an event meant to honor Palestinian suffering. SWINE FLU DEATH IN CANADA Health authorities in British Columbia said Thursday that a person from Vancouver Islandh as died from the swine flu virus. The announcement came as the Canadian Med ical Association Journal reported that the seas on’s first pandemic outbreak of swine flu in Canada is occurring at several remote aboriginal communities on Vancouver Island. T he journal did not offer specific numbers f or the outbreak but quoted a physician in Tofino, B.C., who said that he has treated “dozens” of people who mainly displayed milds ymptoms. WORLD NEWSINBRIEF A SSOCIATEDPRESS

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By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor THE BAHAMAS Electricit y Corporation (BEC Government “appear to be attempting to back pedal” and s eek retroactive approval for construction work already car ried out on the Wilson City power plant, an attorney telling Prime Minister Hubert Ingra ham that his clients want the decision to proceed with the project “rescinded”. Fred Smith, the Callender’s & Co partner representing numerous Bahamian and fore ign homeowners on Abaco, said in a September 16, 2009,l etter to the Prime Minister, oth er Cabinet ministers and agencies dealing with the new BEC power plant, asked for confirmation that construction work would halt immediately. He warned that, as Tribune Business revealed on Wednesday, his clients wanted to deter mine whether they would chal lenge the ‘decision’ to proceed with BEC’s Wilson City power plant via Judicial Review in the Supreme Court. Mr Smith added that it was apparent from the September 10, 2009, Town Hall meeting on the power plant that an “omnibus ‘decision’” to proceed with the development had been taken, although his clients did not know by whom or under which statutory authority. “I am instructed that currently the power plant is under construction. I am further instructed that electrical poles, utility poles and a very broad highway is being constructed from the Abaco Highway to the power plant,” Mr Smith wrote. “I have personally visited the site, and can confirm the ongo ing construction aforesaid. My clients have confirmed that up to today, construction contin ues......... “In addition, at the Town Meeting I specifically requested Frederick Gottlieb, the chairman of BEC, to state on the record that the construction was proceeding on the basis that all necessary and lawfully required statutory permits had been properly applied for, considered and issued. “This he was unable to confirm, going only so far as to say ‘that to the best of his knowl edge’ all such permits had been issued. This equivocal response was not satisfactory to my clients.” Mr Smith then referred to comments by Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of the environment, in The Tribune on September 15, 20o9, in which he said construction on the Wilson City project had been halted while BEC waited for the necessary permits to be approved. Mr Smith said his clients were “shocked” by Dr Deveaux’s r emark that it was not uncom mon for government departments to proceed on construc tion projects without having all the required permits. A lso of concern was the r eport that south Abaco’s local government met to approve ‘retrospective’ applications for the power plant’s foundation and floor plans, which were sub mitted after work began last month. “As it stands now, it appears that BEC, or the minister, appear to be attempting to back pedal and, as stated, retrospectively seeking approval for what has already occurred,” Mr Smith wrote, warning that hisc lients regarded proceeding without permits and obtaining approvals retrospectively By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE BAHAMAS’unemployment rate is likely to have hit “in the 17 per cent range”,a leading businessman said y esterday, predicting that the e conomy was likely to contract by more than the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF growth projection for 2009. Franklyn Wilson, chairman o f Arawak Homes and Suns hine Holdings, told Tribune Business that a fall in living standards and over-borrowed c onsumers meant this reces sion was hurting Bahamians more than past ones, with the6 6 per cent increase in average per capita income since mid-1990 overshadowed by rising living costs and inflation. Mr Wilson said that while the current recession was simi lar to the one that impacted t he Bahamas in the early 1990s around the time of the G ulf War, a period that was “very, very bad for the country”, he added that “this one is probably a little more challenging for a variety of reas ons”. He explained: “I believe the c ountry’s overall standard of l iving has been in decline, notwithstanding that we’ve a few good years. Look at the time from mid-1990 to now, and the standard of living has b een on a steady decline. The basic thing, from then to now, is that while the avera ge citizen’s per capita income has gone up by 66 per cent, during that time the cost of things that matter to people has increased by as much h igher percentage. “It’s in that regard that the a verage person is worse off. If y ou look at housing, the cost of housing has gone up by more than 66 per cent between mid-1990 to now. Healthcare has gone up by m ore between then and now, t he cost of education has gone up by more than that between t hen and now.” Mr Wilson also warned that Bahamian consumers were unable to lead the economy out of recession through cons umption spending, as many were too highly leveraged m eaning that their ratio of d ebt repayments to income is too high. Arguing that the average Bahamian citizen was spending more than 10 per cent of his/her income to service e xisting consumer loans, Mr C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.25 $4.14 $4.26 collegebefore you know itSALES OFFICES: NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET I www.famguardbahamas.comcall us today at 396-1355 A SUBSIDIARY OF A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating customized investment options guaranteed minimum interest rates exible accumulation periodall of the above invest in an annuity * Leading businessman says Bahamian economy likely to contract by more than 4.5% IMF projection, and warns that expanding fsical deficit could be ‘dangerous’ * Current recession ‘more challenging’ and painful, due to living standards drop despite 66% income rise since mid-1990 * Consumers unable to lead Bahamas out of recession because ‘too leveraged’ on consumer debt * Warns politicians not to lead electorate into believing Bahamian recovery ‘inevitable’ once g lobal economy turns around Wilson: Unemployment now ‘in the 17% range’ Franklyn Wilson Fred Smith SEE page two SEE page five * US government reviewing whether nation meeting intellectual property rights obligations under trade treaty * But Cable Bahamas has been ‘highly successful’ in negotiating commercial agreements By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE BAHAMAS “must cease this flagrant flaunting” of international copyright laws and its US trade treaty obliga-t ions through its compulsory cable TV licensing regime, an intellectual property rights watchdog has warned, although Tribune Business was told thatmuch progress had been made in tackling the issue. The International Intellectua l Property Alliance (IIPA umbrella group that represents organisations such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA music and TV industries, has again urged the US government to crack down on the Bahamas on the grounds that it has not f ulfilled its obligations under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act. That is the Act that underpins the one-way trade preferences regime that permits some $100 million worth of Bahamian crawfish and plastics exports to enter the US duty-free undert he Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI resentative’s Office already has the Bahamas under scrutiny. The IIPA said the US Trade Representative’s Office was “examining protection and enforcement in the Bahamas” of intellectual property rights/copyright protection, in the context of this nation’s compliance with its CBI obligations. A key feature of this review would be the extent to which the Bahamas prevented the rebroadcast and transmission of US copyright materials without B ahamas told: ‘Cease flagrant flaunting’ ofglobal copyright laws SEE page four Nassau Motor Company spends over $500,000 to date on expansion, with ‘a little more to go’ By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor NASSAU MOTOR Compa ny (NMC expected to complete its new customer reception office with in the next three weeks, having spent just over $500,000 todate on as expansion designed to make it more efficient and “the place of choice” for Honda and General Motors-manufac tured cars. Rick Lowe, the company’s operations manager, told Tri bune Business that it was “probably three weeks away” from opening its new customer service area, once the furniture was installed and the front door put on. He added that rather than knocking down the current client reception area, and con verting it into two additional service bays, Mr Lowe said Nassau Motor Company had Motor dealer eyes 3-week finish for itsr eception SEE page four By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c robards@tribunemedia.net Downtown Nassau plans may be ready by year -end RENDERINGS depicting what the city of Nassau could look like after its revitalisation, and draft legislation and legal outlines for the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID by year-end, the Downtown Nassau Partnership’s (DNP managing director said yesterday. Vaughn Roberts, during a luncheon hosted by his organ isation, said that by early December a draft of the documents that would move government to create the BID, an organisation designed to oversee the day-to-day workings of downtown Nassau, could be ready for scrutinising by politicians and private sector partners. Meanwhile, urban management consultant, Brad Segal, s uggested that the city of Nassau would have to follow global trends in order to become a successful business and tourism centre. According to him, some global trends relevant to the success of Nassau’s revitalisation are the reduction of vehicular traffic through the city centre, the creation of parking downtown, the urbanisation of the area and the enticement of more entrepreneurial investment. Mr Segal argued that the city of Nassau has vast potential to be engineered into something exciting, as the best practices SEE page five BEC ‘back pedals’ on power plant approvals * Attorney says clients want ‘decision’ to proceed with Abaco project rescinded

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM W ilson implied that Bahamian consumers were ‘maxed out’ just like their US counterparts, especially in an economy where u nemployment was rising and incomes falling. “Consumers are more leveraged than in 1990,” Mr Wilson told Tribune Business. “In my view, the average consumer is significantly worse off because they are more leveraged too highly leveraged through thesec onsumer loans. “They’ve been borrowing, borrowing, borrowing, and this has gone on for a long periodo f time.” Many Bahamians have feasted on cheap credit for a long time, Mr Wilson implied, but with banks tightening their lending criteria the days of easy money have long e vaporated. Much consumer spending was fuelled by debt, and in its absence this critical spending component of the Bahamian economy has been sharply reduced. Mr Wilson pointed out that the reduction in consumer spending had numerous knockon effects, such as reduced retail sales and imports, which t ranslated into lower government revenues. Warning that the Government’s increased spending, at a time when revenues were sharply reduced, could be dangerous” for the Bahamas and propel it into an unsustainable national debt/fiscal deficit position, Mr Wilson cautioned that global economic recovery would not necessarily translate into a Bahamian one. “Our problems go far beyond global economic f orces,” he told Tribune Business. “I would discourage political leaders from continuing to convey a sense that the B ahamas’ economic recovery is automatic or inevitable as soon as the global economy turns around. There’s a slightd isconnect between the two.” As evidence of this, he pointed to the fact that the index measuring the weighted value of shares on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX by 11 per cent for 2009 to-date,w hereas other global stock markets had risen, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increasing by 10 per cent and the UK’s FTSE up 13 per cent. While Mr Wilson’s analysis may have omitted BISX’s specific problems, he told Tribune B usiness that he was “particularly concerned by our declining social capital”. This referred not only to the B ahamas’ physical infrastructure, but the social interactions between people and institutions. Implying that increasing social discord threatened to undermine the economy, Mr Wilson said: “What this recess ion is driving home is that separating the economy from the social reality and institutions of this country is a huge mist ake. “We can’t isolate economic recovery from major and increasing concerns aboutc rime and deterioration in family life. We will not solve oure conomic problems without solving the problem of social capital. Our social capital is in decline, and it has not just start ed. It has been in decline for many years now.” M r Wilson added that the Bahamian judicial system was also in urgent need of reform, bemoaning “the terrible state o f our judiciary”, and its seeming inability to rapidly process cases and deliver justice in an appropriate timeframe. It’s a humungous problem, for both criminal and civil matters,” he added. And with the Bahamian economy still contracting, the Arawak Homes chairman said he “would not be surprised” if the negative growth was moret han the IMF’s 4-4.5 per cent projection for 2009. As for unemployment, Mr Wilson said: “Whatever they said it was in May. I’m almost positive you could add several points to that now. If it was 14 per cent in May, I would say t hat it’s in the 17 per cent range now.” He recalled a Council of Economic Advisers report in1 990-1991, which advised the Government of the day to rein in a fsiacl deficit that was expanding then. The Council, chaired by John Kenning, and which included Sir William Allen, recommended increasi ng taxes by 10 per cent and reducing government spending by a similar percentage. Mr Wilson said the Counc il’s conclusions were as relevant now as they were then, yet no one was offering this advice at a time when the Gov e rnment was borrowing $373 million to cover the 2008-2009f iscal deficit. “Today, we’re talking about the Government spending more, and that could be dan g erous,” Mr Wilson said. While Arawak Homes had s een a “significant” fall in demand for new homes, he added that the company was “developing new and different strategies to weather the storm”, and it had been aided by the decision of some poten tial buyers to move on deals based on the fact that prices would not fall as low as they have now. Wilson: Unemployment now ‘in the 17% rang FROM page one Share your news The Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhapsy ou are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the a rea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 a nd share your story.

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B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor DEMANDSthat international financial centres and their i nstitutions be barred from accessing the US and international financial systems if they ‘fail’ to aid the fight against tax e vasion, while currently “political grand standing”, is an issue that the Bahamas will have to guard against because it mayb ecome the reality in five to seven years time. Michael Paton, a former Bahamas Financial Services B oard (BFSB Tribune Business that while the likes of Carl Levin, the Democratic Senator who chairs the permanent investigations sub-committee, were pushing for such enforcement action, there was not enough international support to make that happen in the short-term. Mr Levin this week argued that Tax Information Exchange A greements (TIEAs nature the Bahamas signed with the US in 2002 and will sign with Monaco today, were ineffective in the fight against tax evasion because they only mand ated states to hand over information if a specific taxpayer was identified. Instead, Mr Levin appears to b e pushing President Barack Obama and his administration to widen TIEAs into an allencompassing ‘fishing expedition’ net, demanding details on all US clients from international financial centres and their institutions. He seems to have been encouraged by the deal reached with UBS and the Swiss government, whereby the bank has agreed to hand over to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS account holders. However, Mr Paton said of Mr Levin’s plans: “I don’t see how you can do that to a country that the US has a TIEA with”, meaning the Bahamas. The Lennox Paton partner added: “At this point, I think it’s political grandstanding. As long as we’re seen to implement requests that come in, there shouldn’t be a problem. How we implement and administer TIEAs is how we’re going to b e judged.” While Mr Levin and his contemporaries were looking to raise tension and create anxi-e ty by moving to “criminalise tax evasion”, Mr Paton said the concept had yet to win universal acceptance, with most focus currently on agreeing the OECD’s model for tax information exchange. “It might happen in five to seven years’ time, but it’s just being floated,” Mr Paton told Tribune Business of Mr Levin’s plans. “It’s always going to be an issue, and we’re going to have to watch it, since people are suggesting it will be the way to go.” However, Paul Moss, the recently-announced PLP leadership candidate who runs his own financial services business, Dominion Management, told Tribune Business that the Bahamas had “not yet learnt what the rules are” that the G20/OECD are seeking to impose. Again urging that the Bahamas look to negotiate d ouble taxation agreements with European, North American and Latin American states, and impose a minimal 2-4 perc ent tax on its financial sector clients, Mr Moss added: “We have to realise they are not going to let up. The Bahamas has to look in a different direct ion. “The rules have changed and we have to understand that we can sign as many TIEAs as wew ant, but they will not stop. We have to really get our heads out of the sand, be forward thinking and get ahead of the curve. “If the Bahamas is seen to b e ahead of the curve, we will be the beneficiaries of major business coming to our shores. What clients don’t want is tob e in a jurisdiction facing scrutiny and high tax rates.” C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM btrt tfr f r!%* '!$()))!*&*#tffn""bnff !$ %#&!*&*# !%** Tax evasion threat is ‘grant standing’

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p ermission. The IIPA said: “For almost a decade, the Bahamas has maintained, both in law and in practice, a Berne-incompatible compulsory licence in its 1998 Copyright Act that it has applied to premium pay television programming.” W hile amendments had been passed to the Act in 2004 to deal with this issue, the IIPA said t hey had never come into force, its reference to Berne meaning the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO In a clear reference to Cable B ahamas, the IIPA said: “As a result, local cable operators retransmit premium US pay telev ision programming, without authorisation, causing harm to US companies in this sector. “This flagrant flaunting of both international rules (Bernea nd its bilateral intellectual property rights obligations (CBI must cease immediately. This activity also violates the WIPO T rade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS although the Bahamas is one of the very few countries that is not yet a WTO member. Its WTO accession process has been moving very slowly and, at last report, a working party has not yet been formed.” A s ever, the situation is more complex than the IIPA is letting on. Anthony Butler, Cable Bahamas’ president, yesterday said that while the BISX-listedf irm had been “highly successful” in reaching commercial agreements with some programme rights holders, the issue d ated back some 30 years to when the US satellite footprint for English-speaking countries first came over the Bahamas. Mr Butler said Cable B ahamas had first raised the issue when it won its then-exclusive 15-year cable TV franchise, as “for 30 years the satellite footp rint has been over the Bahamas, and Bahamians have been watching US programming. T he Bahamas receives via satell ite the footprint of US programming, and we have been for 3 0 years”. Explaining that the issue pred ated Cable Bahamas’ existence, Mr Butler said the companyn eeded to be able to show these programmes to provide a comp etitive, attractive package for Bahamian consumers. T he company has been working with the Registrar General’s Department, the Bahamian Embassy in Washington and the US Embassy inN assau the latter providing a route into the US Trade Representative’s Office in a bid to achieve commercial agreem ents with the copyright and programming rights holders. Under a 2000 agreement, the US Trade Representative’s Office was supposed to encour-a ge the MPAA and the likes of its individual members to enter into commercial agreements with Cable Bahamas, in r eturn for this nation amending its compulsory licensing regime via the 2004 Act amendment. Yet while the Bahamas believes it has fulfilled its sideo f the bargain, it privately believes the US has to hold up its end. The crux of the problem is t hat the Bahamas and rest of the English-speaking Caribbean are seen as too small a market by many of the programming rights holders, mak-i ng them disinclined to negotiate commercial arrangements with Cable Bahamas. Their distribution and roya lty rights do not allow them to broadcast outside the US, and the legal fees and other c osts required to change these a greements would exceed the revenues gained from a small m arket such as this nation. Yet Tribune Business under s tands that Cable Bahamas has enjoyed some success to date,t he main holdouts being the likes of HBO and the premiu m movie channels. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICE is hereby given that RENE TELLE of 187 EMERALD CIRCLE, TREASURE COVE, P.O. BOX CR-56766 NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS , is applying to the M inister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/n aturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18th day of September, 2009 to the Minister r esponsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE 1 27,&( 6 +$0%$//$$1$*(0(17/,0,7('9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQ 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ RIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV 6+$0%$//$0$1$*(0(17/,0,7(' LVLQGLVVROXWLRQDVRI 6HSWHPEHU ,QWHUQDWLRQDO/LTXLGDWRU6HUYLFHVVLWXDWHGDW 5HJHQW6WUHHW3%R[%HOL]H&LW\%HOL]HLV WKH/LTXLGDWRU $7 BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB C C o o p p y y r r i i g g h h t t F ROM page one decided to place its transmission room and staff lunch area in the existing structure. “We’re moving them to where the existing reception office is,” M r Lowe said of the two facilities. “Instead of knocking it down and making two more bays, we will move them temporarily until we decide whether we’re going ahead with Phase III.” He added that Nassau Motor Company could also potentially l eave the transmission room and lunch area there, rather than proceed with the initial plans, “killing two birds with one stone”. With the firm having spent just over $500,000 to date on its expansion, and “a little more to go”, Mr Lowe acknowledged that investing during a recession was always risky. It sure is,” he added, “but you’ve got to remain hopeful things will turn around. Customers have to service vehicles, and hopefully we will be the place of choice for Honda, Chevrolet and Cadillac owners.” H e told Tribune Business that Nassau Motor Company had experienced no fall-off in demand for vehicle servicing as a result of the recession, the only recent decline having resulted from the c ompany’s expansion project, with customers placed on a threew eek as opposed to one-week wait. “I think it will be a bit more convenient for our customers,” Mr L owe told Tribune Business of the new customer service centre. “Rather than having to traipse through cars running back and f orth, there will be a nice area for them to sit in. It will be a little more convenient. We’re getting on with the paving, the levelling off of the ground. I think our customers will like it. When they come in, it will b e more customer friendly.” He added that Nassau Motor Company hoped to initiate a programme where clients in a hurry could have their vehicles serviced in a short period of time, “getting them in and out as fast as possible. It’s something General Motors and Honda continuallys tress”. As for the six bays with hydraulic lifts that Nassau Motor Comp any had installed some five months to go as part of the first phase expansion, Mr Lowe said: “They’ve been wonderful. It makes the technicians’ lives a lot easier. They don’t have to jack the car up by hand or put a jack stand under each corner.” FROM page one Motor dealer

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM was unlawful. “My clients are of the view that BEC ought to stop any further work at the site and on the highway, and should proceed to properly make applications to the relevant statutory and ministerial authorities,” he said. A nd Mr Smith added: “In my clients’ view, this is the sing le greatest expenditure on p ublic works in the history of the Abacos, which will have a great and long-lasting impact on the economy, on tourism, on the environment, on prop erty owners, on energy bills, on h ealth and safety issues and, g enerally, the future of the Abacos. My clients consider that before embarking on this project there ought to have been widespread consultation con ducted in a transparent, accountable and democratic manner. “Not only should there have been informative town meeti ngs, but any and all applicat ions should have been made with adequate and meaningful opportunities provided in the p ermitting processes for inter e sted parties to make their con tribution to the extent that any of their interests may have been affected. “Although the project has been commenced, it is only at its very infancy, and my clients consider that the opportunitys till remains to begin the process afresh by rescinding the ‘decision’.” On behalf of his clients, Mr Smith requested that the Government provide copies of all permit applications made, and copies of those which may have been issued to date. He warned that a Judicial Reviewa pplication may be made to quash those already given. M r Smith also requested c opies of the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs and Environmental Manage ment Plan prepared for the Wilson City power plant, plus copies of Crown Grants and related agreements. from working models mainly throughout the US are infused in the redevelopment o f the city. He said the city has viable raw material that retail developers are looking for to change Nassau into a suburban shopping centre. “From an organisational and infrastructural standpoint, you’re starting from scratch,” said Mr Segal. “It seems like they (governm ent) are all focused on doing something downtown that is enduring, lasting and meaningful. So, you may be behind the starting line, but you have the opportunity to move quickly and make some big differences.” He added that the public and private partnership charged with moving the revi-t alisation effort forward had a golden opportunity to get the Ingraham administration sign off on the BID, which will then have autonomous jurisdiction over the city’s future development. The director-general of tourism and co-chair of the DNP, Vernice Walkine, said the Bahamas has been trying to change the look and feel of its capital for over 15 years, only making a material effort in the past two to three. With government attempting to lure more cruise lines to Nassau’s ports, the revitalisation of the city centre is cruc ial to selling the Bahamian product. Mr Segal said his travels throughout the city have convinced him that the present product is far below its potential. “When those people get off that boat someone has to manage that experience. You don’t have a managed experience today,” he said. “People get off that boat and it’s crazy. It’s intimidating, it’s not unpleas ant. I get offers for 20 taxi rides to Atlantis.” According to him, the downtown experience has to be packaged for all visitors in o rder to drive the allure away f rom the now more popular M arina Village on Paradise Island. Some merchants who hold retail space in both downtown Nassau and Paradise Island have seen sales growthon Paradise Island, while Nassau’s sales remain flat or have declined. “You’re missing a lot of the tourism market that you have, but haven’t necessarily packaged,” said Mr Segal. He insisted the city of Nassau create a merchandising plan for the area in order to m ake it more competitive. While a more pedestrianfriendly Bay Street was an integral part of the city’s revitalisation plan, so was the effort to move the congested bus terminal and manage parking in the area. There has been vast speculation on the timeframe for the city’s improvement. Minister of the Environment, Earl Deveaux, suggested it could take as much as 40 years to complete. However, general consensus suggests cities are an ongoing project, Ms Walkine stating: “Everything happens in its t ime.” M r Segal asserted that the b eginning stages of any revitalisation project are slow, but added that the private sector and government being nearer to closing a deal on the BID is a positive sign of progress. Downtown Nassau plans may be ready by year-end BEC ‘back pedals’ on power plant approvals F ROM page one FROM page one

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ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA SAN SAL V ADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather . T emperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDO Low: 76F/24C Low: 76F/24C Low: 78F/26C Low: 78F/26C Low: 79 F/26 C Low: 80F/27C Low: 79 F/26 C Low: 77 F/25 C High: 90F/32C High: 90F/32C High: 90 F/32 C High: 89 F/32 C High: 90F/32C High: 90 F/32C High: 90F/32C Low: 78F/26C High: 89F/32C Low: 77 F/25 C High: 92F/33C RAGGED ISLAND Low: 72F/22C High: 91 F/33 C Low: 78F/26C High: 88 F/31 Low: 74F/23C High: 89F/32C Low: 74 F/23C High: 90F/32C Low: 75 F/24 C High: 92F/33C Low: 75 F/24 C High: 90F/32C Low: 73 F/23 C High: 89F/32C Low: 75F/24C High: 91 F/33 C Low: 75F/24C High: 92F/33C High: 89 F/32 C FREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI TH ETRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 TH , 2009, PAGE 7B THE WEATHER REPORT 5-D AY F ORECAST Variable clouds with a thunderstorm. Partly cloudy.Variably cloudy, t-storms; breezy. Variable clouds, t-storms; breezy. Some sun with a t-storm possible. High: 90 Low: 79 High: 89 High: 89 High: 89 A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel Partly sunny, a t-storm possible. High: 89 Low: 80 Low: 80 Low: 80 AccuWeather RealFeel 99F T he exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature i s an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and e levation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 90F 100-86F 98-83F 96-85F 95-88F Low: 80 TODAYTONIGHTSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAY A LMANAC High ..................................................90F/32C Low ....................................................78F/26C Normal high ......................................88F/31C Normal low ........................................75F/24C Last year's high .................................. 89 F/32C Last year's low .................................. 77 F/25C As of 2 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Year to date ................................................29.87" Normal year to date ....................................35.33" Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation S UN AND M OON T IDESFOR N ASSAU New First Full Last Sep. 18 Sep. 26Oct. 4Oct. 11 Sunrise . . . . . . 6:57 a.m. Sunset . . . . . . . 7:11 p.m. Moonrise . . . . . 6:40 a.m. Moonset . . . . . 6:57 p.m. Today Saturday Sunday Monday HighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 6:53 a.m.3.612:45 a.m.0.0 7:15 p.m.3.51:10 p.m.0.0 7:41 a.m.3.71:31 a.m.0.0 8:01 p.m.3.42:01 p.m.0.0 8:28 a.m.3.72:15 a.m.0.0 8:47 p.m.3.22:50 p.m.0.1 9:15 a.m.3.62:58 a.m.0.0 9:32 p.m.3.03:38 p.m.0.3 W ORLD C ITIES Acapulco93/3379/26pc92/3378/25pc Amsterdam66/1852/11pc70/2154/12s Ankara, Turkey77/2550/10s72/2246/7r Athens85/2970/21s82/2768/20s Auckland64/1758/14s65/1855/12r Bangkok92/3379/26pc91/3278/25s Barbados86/3078/25sh87/3077/25pc Barcelona73/2261/16pc73/2261/16s Beijing82/2763/17pc64/1752/11r Beirut79/2672/22s78/2571/21pc Belgrade73/2261/16sh77/2555/12sh Berlin72/2250/10s74/2354/12s Bermuda86/3080/26pc84/2876/24t Bogota66/1847/8t67/1946/7c Brussels72/2254/12pc75/2355/12s Budapest75/2354/12sh77/2552/11pc Buenos Aires61/1646/7r63/1739/3pc Cairo96/3576/24s93/3371/21s Calcutta91/3284/28sh91/3283/28t Calgary75/2346/7s74/2339/3c Cancun90/3275/23t90/3274/23t Caracas82/2773/22t83/2872/22t Casablanca76/2459/15s76/2459/15pc Copenhagen63/1749/9pc63/1753/11s Dublin63/1748/8pc64/1748/8pc Frankfurt75/2355/12c77/2552/11pc Geneva 72/22 56/13 pc 70/2154/12s Halifax 66/18 48/8 pc 61/16 43/6 pc Havana 90/32 73/22 t 88/31 72/22 pc Helsinki 55/12 46/7pc63/1748/8pc Hong Kong 93/33 82/27 s 93/33 81/27s Islamabad 104/40 74/23 s 109/42 73/22 s Istanbul75/2366/18s71/2164/17pc Jerusalem 79/26 62/16t83/2863/17pc Johannesburg 68/2046/7pc72/2249/9s Kingston 84/2875/23t88/3179/26r Lima73/2259/15pc71/2158/14pc London70/2155/12pc68/2054/12r Madrid72/2252/11pc70/2150/10pc Manila87/3077/25t86/3077/25r Mexico City73/2255/12t73/2255/12t Monterrey90/3272/22t90/3272/22t Montreal61/1643/6sh63/1743/6s Moscow54/1237/2sh52/1143/6pc Munich74/2349/9sh76/2455/12s Nairobi88/3157/13pc88/3156/13pc New Delhi 99/3781/27s99/3781/27s Oslo63/1746/7c61/1645/7pc Paris75/2357/13pc73/2255/12pc Prague 70/21 44/6 pc 70/21 49/9 s Rio de Janeiro88/3177/25pc94/3474/23s Riyadh103/3975/23s103/3975/23s Rome 77/25 59/15 s 81/27 63/17 t St. Thomas87/3078/25sh88/3178/25s San Juan77/2544/6s76/2447/8pc San Salvador 86/30 70/21 t 87/30 73/22 t Santiago 70/2145/7pc75/2348/8pc Santo Domingo88/3173/22t85/2973/22r Sao Paulo 88/31 67/19 pc 85/29 58/14t Seoul84/2863/17pc77/2552/11s Stockholm 61/16 47/8 pc 64/17 47/8 pc Sydney 73/22 57/13 pc80/2651/10s Taipei91/3280/26pc85/2976/24pc T okyo 77/25 66/18 sh 76/24 63/17 c T oronto 66/1845/7pc64/1744/6s Trinidad100/3770/21s79/2664/17t V ancouver 73/22 57/13 pc 66/1851/10r Vienna 73/2258/14sh70/2157/13pc W arsaw 66/18 44/6 s 61/16 45/7 s Winnipeg 80/26 59/15 s 80/2659/15s H ighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C T odaySaturday Weather (Ws -sunny, pc -partly cloudy, c -cloudy, sh -showers, t -thunderstorms, r -rain, sf -snow flurries, sn -snow, i -ice, Prcp-precipitation, Tr -trace T ODAY ' S U.S. F ORECAST M ARINE F ORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. NASSAU FREEPORT ABACO Today:SE at 7-14 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles85F Saturday:E at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles85F Today:E at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles85F Saturday:E at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles85F Today:SE at 4-8 Knots2-4 Feet5 Miles84F Saturday:ENE at 8-16 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles84F U.S. C ITIES Albuquerque73/2255/12t77/2556/13t Anchorage59/1546/7pc56/1346/7pc Atlanta80/2668/20r83/2868/20r Atlantic City76/2454/12pc72/2247/8s Baltimore80/2658/14pc74/2351/10s Boston76/2451/10pc67/1949/9s Buffalo68/2047/8pc65/1843/6s Charleston, SC81/2770/21t84/2870/21t Chicago76/2455/12s73/2253/11pc Cleveland74/2351/10pc69/2050/10s Dallas81/2766/18c86/3066/18pc Denver82/2748/8pc82/2751/10s Detroit76/2451/10s71/2150/10s Honolulu89/3176/24s88/3175/23s Houston88/3170/21pc90/3270/21pc HighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C HighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C HighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C T odaySaturday TodaySaturdayTodaySaturday Indianapolis80/2657/13pc76/2459/15pc Jacksonville88/3172/22t89/3171/21t Kansas City80/2655/12s80/2658/14c Las Vegas100/3773/22s100/3777/25s Little Rock76/2466/18r82/2766/18r Los Angeles86/3064/17pc90/3266/18s Louisville82/2765/18pc81/2765/18c Memphis78/2570/21r83/2869/20r Miami90/3279/26t91/3278/25t Minneapolis80/2659/15s79/2658/14pc Nashville80/2666/18sh81/2767/19r New Orleans86/3073/22t88/3174/23t New York78/2561/16pc68/2056/13s Oklahoma City80/2659/15pc78/2559/15pc Orlando90/3276/24t90/3274/23t Philadelphia78/2559/15pc73/2253/11s Phoenix 100/37 79/26 pc 98/3679/26pc Pittsburgh76/2453/11pc74/2352/11s Portland, OR 84/2861/16pc71/2151/10c Raleigh-Durham 79/26 66/18 c 79/26 65/18 c St. Louis82/2763/17s77/2564/17r Salt Lake City 86/30 62/16 s 87/3061/16s San Antonio 88/31 67/19 pc 89/31 68/20 pc San Diego76/2466/18pc78/2565/18pc San Francisco 78/25 57/13 s 82/2757/13pc Seattle75/2357/13pc67/1951/10r T allahassee 87/3070/21t89/3171/21t T ampa 90/32 76/24 t 91/32 75/23t Tucson91/3270/21s92/3369/20pc W ashington, DC 80/26 61/16pc73/2254/12pc UV I NDEX T ODAY T he higher the A ccuWeather UV Index T M n umber, the greater the need for eye and skin protection. 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