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PLP SENATOR Allyson Maynard-Gibson testified yester-
day that she consented to police tapping her office telephone to
record any conversation she had with former Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater.

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DEATH OF POLICE OFFICER EDISON BAIN
Murder trial jurors see blood-stained stone

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A huge blood-stained stone,
found resting on the head of murdered police
officer Eddison Bain, was wheeled into the
Supreme Court on a trolley Tuesday as the
lead police investigator testified.

Jurors in the murder trial of Edwin Bauld Jr

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and Wilfred McPhee Jr looked on in shock as
two police officers from the Scenes of Crime
Section brought the stone about 3ft x 3ft into
the courtroom.

Gasps could be heard as the heavy stone
made a loud thud as it was put on the court-
room floor. The mother of Corporal Bain wept
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authorities in connection
with the money laundering
allegations made against
him in the United States,
The Tribune has learned.
It has been suggested
that a subsidiary of Callen-
ders & Co, Mr Cam-
bridge’s former law firm,

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Three missing
hoaters found

THREE boaters
believed to be missing at
sea in the Bahamas were
found safe and well near
Abaco yesterday.

The United States Coast
Guard had been searching
for the missing men who
were on board the overdue
Flying Pig. And the
Bahamas Air and Sea Res-
cue Association (BASRA)

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McNeil application
hearing adjourned

A HEARING for an
application on behalf of
murder accused Troyniko
McNeil has been adjourned
for a date to be fixed, his
attorney Murrio Ducille
said yesterday.

Senior Justice Anita
Allen had set November 4
as the "tentative" date for
the start of the retrial of
Troyniko McNeil who is
accused of murdering

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PLP convention
schedule cut

THE Progressive Liberal
Party has cut its convention
schedule by two days due
to the current economic
conditions, The Tribune
understands.

The dates for the highly-
anticipated conference
were reduced from five
days to three, with the
meeting now being held on
October 21 to 23.

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FAMILIES OF MURDER VICTIMS EXPECTED TO DEMONSTRATE OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT TODAY

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son - who believe he was mur-
dered and blame police for mis-
handling the investigation into
his death - will also be present
at today's demonstration.

Brenton’s father Hector
Smith told The Tribune yester-
day: “Every month we plan to
keep Brenton in the forefront of
people's minds because some-
one needs to answer (for his
death).”

"So we decided to stand out-
side parliament and make our
case.”

18, was shot by a police officer
shortly before 8pm on July 9 as
he and a friend walked through
a popular short-cut in the Kemp
Road area used by many to get
to the nearby foodstore on Vil-
lage Road. He died at the scene.

Moments before, police had
been chasing suspected armed
robbers who held up a cashier at
the supermarket.

Police have said that they do
not suspect that Brenton was in
the store at the time of the rob-
bery, while the family maintain
he was an innocent pedestrian
caught in the wrong place at the
wrong time.

A few weeks after his death,
the police released a statement
admitting that the teenager was

Lord, but there are so many
things that need to happen in
our country. Instead of taking
$10 million to fix the roads, let's
take $10 million and fix the jus-
tice system," said Mr Smith, ref-
erencing the government's
recent spending on the national
road improvement project.

The Smith family plans to set
up a foundation in Brenton’s
name to help troubled young
men to have a better future.

The family also wants to part-
ner with anyone who has lost a
loved one in a homicide. They
can be contacted through the
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BAHAMAS HOTEL CATERING AND ALLIED WORKERS UNION: Flection of new executive team

Hotel union members go to polls

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Many members of the 5,000
plus strong Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied Workers
Union who cast their vote for
anew executive team yester-
day said they hope the new
president will spend “less time
in court” and more time look-
ing after the membership.

Up to press time yesterday
it was not known which team
of would-be union executives
won yesterday’s vote,
although all of the voters this
newspaper spoke with happi-
ly declared their support for
Nicole Martin’s “A-Team” as
they waited in line to cast
their ballots.

Four teams were vying for
top positions in the country’s
biggest union: the “A-Team”
led by Ms Martin, who were
victorious in the May 28, 2009
election but later ejected after
the results were declared null
and void based on irregulari-
ties in the nomination process;
“Team Deliverance” headed
by former first vice President
Kirk Wilson, whose court
action resulted in the ousting
of Ms Wilson; “Team
Redemption”, led by Sidney
Rolle; and Tyrone Butler’s
“M-Group”.

Incumbent President Roy
Colebrooke and Secretary
General Leo Douglas, who
temporarily regained the reins

Plea for new president to spend more time looking after membership

of the union on July 31 after
Ms Martin’s team were forced
to step down following a court
order by Justice Jon Isaacs,
declined to offer again for
leadership, likely given the
fact that they only received
270 votes in the May election.

The major traffic, rowdi-
ness and overcrowding prob-
lems that characterised the
May election were not repli-
cated as members of the
5,000-plus strong union were
spread between various loca-
tions: BHCAWU Headquar-
ters at Worker’s House on
Harrold Road, Bahamas
Communication and Public
Officers Union (BCPOU)

PM gives
Crier
high debt

WITH the possibility of gov-
ernment debt rising well beyond
50 per cent of the country’s
GDP before the global eco-
nomic crisis ends, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham told the
Conference of Americas yes-
terday that the Bahamas is com-
mitted to retreating with “all
deliberate haste” from high
debt as soon as the economy
begins to grow again.

Mr Ingraham said the
Bahamas will also move swiftly
to create “even more headroom
to see us through the next
inevitable downturn on the
assumption that no miracle eco-
nomic model will emerge to rel-
egate economic cycles to the
dustbin of history.”

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ing challenges and political sta-
bility” in Coral Gables, Flori-
da, the prime minister said the
Bahamas’ economic growth
went into negative territory in
2008, and there it remains.

Unemployment is again on
the rise and is now estimated to
be higher than 14 per cent.

“In the face of growing
unemployment, decelerating
private sector credit and falling
foreign direct investment, poli-
cy-makers in an extremely open
small economy have relatively
little room for manoeuvre.

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cal discipline that we earlier
established as our principal
macro-economic strategy



Hall on Farrington Road and
the National Centre for Per-
forming Arts on Shirley
Street.

Results

Polling stations were due
to close at 6pm yesterday,
with preliminary results
expected by around 9 or
10pm and a definitive out-
come by the early hours of
this morning.

Sandra, a 39-year-old food
and beverage worker at the
Sheraton Nassau Beach
Resort, said she would be vot-
ing for Ms Martin “because

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afforded some small headroom
and we availed ourselves of it,”
he said.

Mr Ingraham said the gov-
ernment was able to ease the
economic hardship on the most
vulnerable while maintaining
the public sector’s level of
employment and recurrent
spending.

“And we did this without
adding to the tax burden of the
private sector which was itself a
victim of the economic weak-
ness,” he said.

Looking forward, the prime
minister said countries must
clearly learn from the lessons
of the present crisis.

“These lessons indicate the
following: We must make an

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“There are a lot of single
mums in the union and she
can relate to us better,” she
said.

Stephen Douglas, a house-
keeping worker at the Wynd-
ham hotel, was equally enthu-
siastic in his support for Ms
Martin.

“T feel right now we need a
change and Nicole is the
change. I voted before for her
and I’m voting again. Her
whole outlook is different.
She’s for the people, the
underdog, everybody. I like
that,” he told The Tribune.

Christopher Lamm, a Sher-
aton employee, said the team
he voted for in the May elec-
tion are not running this time,
and consequently he too
intended to vote for Ms Mar-
tin.

“Pm on vacation but I just
came down to do the right
thing. I’m voting for the A-
team. I want the union to stop
all this fighting and court
appearances — they’ve been
spending too much time in
court,” he said.

Meanwhile, Phillip Rolle, a
landscaping employee at the
Lyford Cay Club, would not
reveal who he was voting for
but said he feels strongly that
the union has not been act-

PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham talks to Miami Herald Business
about the Bahamian economy.



honest assessment of the risks
posed to our global economic
and financial systems and avoid
placing blame where it is not
due; we must have a better
means of assessing and respond-
ing to systemic risk in the glob-
al financial architecture and one
that demonstrates equity in call-
ing all economies, those of the
developed and developing
world, into account.

“We must promote greater
equity in the international
development process so as to
make the prospects for sus-
tained growth of the world
economy more enduring and
wide-spread, and we must better
co-ordinate global resources in
order to maximise use. This is
especially true with respect to
those resources channelled by
the multilateral lending and aid
agencies,” he said.

ing “in the best interest of the
people”.

“T would like to see the new
union team get together and
fight for the hotel people
rather than fighting with each
other,” he said.

recently in calls for legal
action over the disbursement
of almost $700,000 allegedly
authorised by certain union
executives in August against
the wishes of others.
Incumbent union President
Mr Colebrooke said yester-
day that “bringing stability”
back to the organisation and
building the membership’s

For more than two years,
the union has been rocked by
serious infighting and disputes
over funds — culminating

confidence in its representa-
tion should be a “very impor-
tant” focus for whichever
team is elected.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE





The Tribune Limited

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

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

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Peering at the future

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A whoop went
up in the classroom and the teenagers
became giddy when they realised that the
man and woman being escorted to the front
of the room were Bill and Melinda Gates.

“Ohmigod!” shrieked one girl, her eyes
and mouth wide with astonishment.

“Are you the real Bill Gates?” asked
another.

The Gateses were in the Algebra 1 class at
West Charlotte High School (a venerable,
mostly black institution that over the decades
has reached academic highs and touched
ignominious lows) to learn, not teach. They
have been travelling the country trying to see
for themselves what really works and what
has gone haywire in public education in the
United States.

Visiting classrooms is like peering into
the nation’s future. Right now the view is
somewhat frightening. American youth drop
out of high school at an average of one every
26 seconds. Only about a third of those who
graduate are prepared to move on to a four-
year college. And in the savage economic
downturn that has gripped the United States
for the better part of the past two years,
retrenchment in public schools and colleges
is widespread.

For a country that once led the world in
educating its citizens, we are now moving
decidedly in the wrong direction. As Bill
Gates points out: “Our performance at every
level — primary and secondary school
achievement, high school graduation, col-
lege entry, college completion — is drop-
ping against the rest of the world.”

This has consequences. As Melinda Gates
notes: “America’s long history of upward
mobility is in danger.”

The Gateses are co-chairs of the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s
largest philanthropic organisation. They are
investing billions of dollars and much of
their considerable energy in an effort to
spark not just change but a transformation in
the way American youngsters are educat-
ed.

It’s an overwhelming challenge, and not all
of their early efforts have borne fruit. Edu-
cating children in the U.S. means engaging
issues like poverty and homelessness, racial
and ethnic transformations and entrenched,
outdated ways of doing things. But the Gate-
ses seem determined to master this issue
and do what they can to help reverse the
current dismal trends.

As they met over two days with students,
teachers, administrators and community col-
lege executives in Charlotte and Raleigh-
Durham, the intensity of their focus and
concentration was striking.

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“You can read about all of this stuff,” Bill
Gates told me, “but it’s important to come
out and see it, to spend time talking with
the people involved, and to visit the bad
schools as well as the good schools if you
really want to understand and make a dif-
ference.”

The issues can be maddeningly complex.
There are school districts in which much of
the population is aging and predominantly
white and the taxpayers are less than enthu-
siastic about supporting a school population
that is largely poor and black or Hispanic.
There are schools trying desperately to raise
their test scores, an important measure of
accountability, while at the same time trying
to keep poor and struggling youngsters from
dropping out — the very youngsters who
are often a drag on overall test scores.

But the many challenges will have to be
met and overcome if the United States is to
maintain a successful society. The Ameri-
can work force is becoming increasingly
black and Hispanic, and a two-year or four-
year college credential has become a pre-
requisite to a middle-class standard of living.
With that in mind, it’s not difficult to see
how disastrous it is to have nearly 50 per
cent of minority kids dropping out of school
before they even get a high school diploma.

“It is so important,” said Melinda Gates,
“to get all of the children educated.”

The Gateses are committed, but they need
so many more to follow their lead.

I’m not sure how or why so many Amer-
icans over the past few decades took their
eyes off the critical importance of educa-
tion as the pathway to personal and soci-
etal success. In their book, “The Race
Between Education and Technology,” the
Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and
Lawrence F. Katz pointed out that educa-
tional attainment in the U.S. “was excep-
tionally rapid and continuous for the first
three-quarters of the 20th century.” And
then, foolishly, we applied the brakes and
advancement “slowed considerably for
young adults beginning in the 1970s and for
the overall labour force by the early 1980s.”

If you don’t think we’re paying a price
for this, just look around.

A student in the Algebra I class at West
Charlotte High summed up the matter
cogently when she said to the Gateses, in a
voice that was not the least amused: “People
seem to think it’s cool to be stupid. But it’s
not.”

Bahamians take note.

(This article was written by Bob Herbert -
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Why are we
destroying
‘our’ ancient
casuarina trees?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I think it is safe to say that no
one alive today can remember
when the majestic casuarina
trees along Saunders Beach and
West Bay Street were planted.
These trees may not be indige-
nous to the Bahamas but they
have been there longer than all
of us. Does this not, of itself,
give them the right to remain?

I come to the defense of the
casuarina of West Bay Street
as an artist. I appreciate their
beauty and the height they add
to our landscapes and
seascapes. They have been the
subject and the background of
many of my paintings of Saun-
ders Beach and West Bay
Street. Imagine, for a moment,
that there were no casuarina
trees along our shoreline — not
a pretty picture since most of
our “indigenous” trees seldom
grow very tall. Furthermore at
this point in our history can we
really tell which trees are really
“indigenous” to the Bahamas?
What difference does it really
make since they all contribute
to our bio-diversity.

I have fond memories of
painting along Saunders Beach
and enjoying not only the shade
of these great trees but also
their melody as gentle breezes
whistled through their pine nee-
dles. Nevertheless, some
authorities claim that these 100-
plus-year-old trees are invasive.

Pray tell, what harm are they
really doing to our environ-
ment? It is so easy to destroy
these giants but what can we
replace them with? Might I
remind you that we have lost
many magnificent specimens of
the silk cotton trees in Nassau
and Grants Town because we
were insensitive to their histor-
ical, cultural and aesthetic val-
ue.

Trees are so significant to
human environment that even
the bible makes reference to
“the Big trees of Mamre” in
Abraham’s time (Genesis
13:18) and the “Cedars of
Lebanon” (Isaiah 2:13).

Rather than trying to eradi-
cate the casuarina trees, would
it not be more constructive to
see how they can be utilised?
Casuarina hard wood is excel-
lent for construction and furni-
ture making. Island school in
Cape Eleuthera has some beau-
tiful examples of this. Roddy
Pinder of Spanish Wells has
made many fine ornamental
works with casuarina wood.

Why was the destruction of
our public heritage allowed?
Was there much debate of this
matter? These trees belong to
all of us.

I now live in Eleuthera
where I heard some mention
of it recently on the “Crissy

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bruction” was about. When I
visited Nassau last week, high
on my list of things to do was to
find out what had happened. I
couldn’t believe my eyes. I was
shocked to see the western end
of Saunders Beach! It was as if
a hurricane had ravaged the
area. Then I noticed numbers
on the remaining casuarinas on
the eastern end...I hope after
seeing the folly and the disaster
to the west a moratorium was
placed on any further chopping
by our “Bahamian out-of-con-
trol buzz saw.”

In the USA and many other
countries of the world, trees are
so valued that you need a spe-
cial permit to cut down a tree in
your own yard, much less ones
in public spaces.

Even if an argument could
be made that the casuarina
species is invasive, would it not
be the course of wisdom to con-
trol the ones that are “out of
place” and let remain the giants
that have for so long, made
such a valuable contribution to
our landscape? Remember
once destroyed they can never
be replaced,

Furthermore, it is costing a
great deal of money to cut
down and truck away the tons
of debris. Surely we can find
more creative ways to boost
employment.

It is of note that the casuari-
na are used extensively as
hedges along Current Road in
Eleuthera, where I live. I have a
beautiful casuarina hedge along
my driveway and two large
ones that provide welcome
shade during afternoon gather-

ings, In 20 years I have not seen
the needles damage any of my
plants that grow under them
such as pomegranate, passion
fruit, adeanas just to mention
a few. As a matter of fact, I
would have lost much of my
soil to erosion during the many
hurricanes that have hit
Eleuthera since “Andrew” in
1992 were it not for the root
structure of my faithful casuar-
inas.

Rather than focus on any
negative feature of our casuar-
inas let us consider some of
their positive attributes.

1) Most beaches in the
Bahamas would be devoid of
shade without the sprawling
umbrella of the casuarina’s
branches.

2) The artistic beauty and
the perspective in our land-
scapes would be lessened with-
out the casuarinas.

3) We want to enhance the
beauty of our tourism product
not mutilate it.

4) These fast growing trees
have many advantages — just
google “casuarinas” on the
internet and you will be
amazed.

CONCLUSION.

As a Bahamian artist I
appeal to whoever is the
authority behind the chain
saw....stop! Examine what has
been destroyed so far. Has any-
thing worthwhile been accom-
plished? It is so easy to destroy.
I am saddened by the wanton
destruction of those stately
ancient casuarinas along Saun-
ders Beach and West Bay
Street. Let us as Bahamians
preserve what is beautiful in
our country not just for our-
selves and our visitors but for
future generations as well.

EDDIE MINNIS
Eleuthera,
September 25, 2009.

The Chinese know we are easily bought

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re: So how does China benefit from its relationship with
Bahamas. — Tribune September 23, 2009

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lunch.” However, what China hopes to gain from The Bahamas
in return for all the love and friendship being lavished upon us,
is that we will stand by China geopolitically (eg at the UN and
other world fora) in years to come. The Chinese, like our
Cuban friends, are well aware that we are easily bought.

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Nassau,

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DAY TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE



‘Sex abuse victims need more protection’

Appeal for end to
marital rape debate

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

TO MARK the third annual Day to End
Sexual Violence, advocates gathered to
take a stand against rape, sexual abuse and
violence, and to call for an end to the mar-
ital rape law debate still raging in the com-
munity.

Representatives of the Crisis Centre and
other advocates and supporters of the
movement stood in solidarity at a press
conference held in the Eastern Cemetery,
Dowdeswell Street, to demand greater pro-
tection for all victims of sexual abuse
throughout the Bahamas and the
Caribbean. This year, the event highlighted
the hot-button issue of marital rape and
Terry Miller, executive director of the
Bahamas Association for Social Health
(BASH), implored all Bahamians to con-
demn sexual violence in all its forms by
showing support for the amendment to the
Sexual Offences Act proposed by Minister
of Labour and Social Development Loret-
ta Butler-Turner in July.

The Bahamas Christian Council has
opposed the amendment — which would
make it illegal for a husband to rape his
wife —- while the Roman Catholic church
expressed support of it.

Mr Miller said it is time for those on
both sides of the argument to bring delib-
erations to an end.

Just as Crisis Centre director Sandra
Dean-Patterson has agreed to look at
increasing penalties for false rape allega-
tions to protect men, those opposing the
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sexual violence against all women, Mr
Miller said.

“Every individual, whether they are ina
marriage or not, has the right to say no,
and a man never has the right to physical-
ly violate his wife.

“T don’t think we should spend another
month arguing on this issue; this is a non-
issue and we need to move on.

“As males we have no right to force our-
selves upon a lady, married or not,” he
said. His sentiments were echoed by King-
dom Women in Business founding member
Charlene Paul, who emphasised the con-
nection between violence against women
and children and the degeneration of soci-
ety. She said: “If we have a large proportion
of our women being abused as victims of
sexual violence, how do we expect these
individuals to lead normal lives and rear
children in a confident way?

“A society that does not protect, pro-
vide, nurture and care for its women and
children is a breeding ground for a future
generation that is dysfunctional.”

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

Their views were supported by Erica
Morris of The Bahamas Against Sexual
Violence and Abuse; musician Berkley
VanByrd; Miss Teen Bahamas Shamika
Rolle; PLP MP for Fort Charlotte Alfred
Sears and a team of advocates including
Bahamian singer Terneille “‘TaDa’ Bur-
rows. Those in attendance dressed in black
for the solemn event, which was held in a
cemetery to symbolise that acts of sexual
violence are akin to attempted murder of
the spirit, regardless of the relationship
between the victim and the perpetrator.

Ms Dean-Patterson said: “We know all
too well that sexual violence is a deadly
business. Sexual violence has nothing to
do with the sexual activity taking place
between consenting men and women inside
or outside of the marriage.

“This is just one example of the misin-
formation that has permeated the current
debate. Sexual violence has everything to
do with rage, violence, power and control.
It violates the dignity and humanity of
every individual it touches.”

Crisis Centre calls for criminal justice system changes

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A NUMBER of changes to
the criminal justice system were
called for by the Crisis Centre
yesterday as it commemorated
the Day to End Sexual Vio-
lence.

Director of the non-profit
counselling service centre Dr
Sandra Dean-Patterson high-
lighted the need for systematic
changes to help protect victims
of sexual abuse in a country
where the incidence of sexual
crime far exceeds the world-
wide average.

The United Nations recorded
133 rapes per 100,000 people
in the Bahamas in 2007, com-
pared to an average of 15 per
100,000 worldwide.

In the decade leading up to
1999 there were 3,000 individu-
als in the Bahamas who report-
ed crimes of a sexual nature,
Dr Patterson said. She com-
pared this to the number of sex
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have been 4,114 reported rapes
so far this decade, including 80
rapes reported this year, as well
as 26 attempted rapes, 174 inci-
dents of unlawful sex with
someone under 16, and 15 cas-
es of incest.

Dr Patterson said: “I am sure
if you went to the prison you
would find there is around the
same number of sex offenders.

“The reality is that persons
who are sexually violent do not
get convicted or go to prison, so
as long as you can walk around
and commit offences without
consequences there is no reason
to stop doing it. And it is the
women and children who are
predominantly victims in this.”

Speaking out with support-
ers on the Day to End Sexual
Violence, the Crisis Centre
called for:

¢ A Voluntary Bill of Indict-
ment in sexual offence trials

¢ Establishment of a court
specifically for sexual offences

¢ The use of plea bargaining
in selected cases

¢ Implementation of a sexual
offender police registry and
supervision orders for released
offenders

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as offences sexual touching and
grooming to allow for special
protection for children

¢ Creation of sex offender
treatment programmes in
prison and in probation reha-
bilitation services.

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Files record the history of the
Bahamas National Trust Retreat

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cal Garden) contain some 3,000
papers, 2,400 photos, 2,000 pic-
tures and 36 drawings - includ-
ing a record of all known palm
genera.

Arthur's files date from the
1930s to his death in 1977.
Some of the photos were used
in a 1959 publication on Palms
of the World, as well as in his
own book, Supplement to
Palms of the World.

Files

The files were donated to
Fairchild by Margaret in 1980.

And before he died, Arthur
bequeathed the Retreat itself
to the BNT to ensure its preser-
vation as a botanic garden,
although Margaret continued
to live there until her death 10
years later. Grand Bahama Port
Authority principal Sir Jack
Hayward helped fund the
BNT's acquisition, and the new
headquarters were officially
opened by Prince Philip, the
BNT’s royal patron, in 1985.

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became a national park - one
of 25 protected areas managed
by the BNT from Abaco and
Grand Bahama in the north, to
Inagua in the south. These
reserves contain a representa-
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systems and natural resources,
and they are considered by
experts to be of critical value
for both tourism and conserva-
tion.

Coppice, such as that pre-
served in the Retreat garden,
is the name given to the dense,
narrow-stemmed thickets of
mixed hardwood vegetation
that provide habitat for
Bahamian bromeliads, birds,
snakes, crabs and lizards.

Early settlers removed the



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teachers, and
researchers.



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mahogany, braziletto and
cedar) and cleared much of the
remainder for agriculture.

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today is the most diverse land
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with hundreds of species per
acre. The plants are well adapt-
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provide food and shelter for
wildlife, shade and beauty for
people, and help to prevent soil
erosion.

The Retreat has a daily traf-
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asts, students, teachers, and
researchers.

A committee of volunteer
horticulturalists now cares for
the hundred or more exotic
palms that flourish amidst an
excellent collection of native
hardwoods such as horseflesh,
madeira, gum elemi, logwood,
and tamarind.

Nature trails wind their way
through the coppice affording a
glimpse of a wide range of
migratory and native birds as
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fundraising events are held
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the Christmas Jollification in
November.

The Langlois’ ramshackle
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FROM page one

also will be looked at by local regulators, as
they seek to determine if any anti-money laun-
dering laws or regulations were violated.
However, there is nothing to suggest this
subsidiary, its law firm parent or other staff
have done anything wrong in relation to the a
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The review is being conducted by the Inspec-

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Murder trial jurors see blood-stained stone

FROM page one

Police Sergeant 1843 Dar-
rell Rolle pointed out his ini-
tials and the blood stains on
the stone, which he and
another officer lifted off their
dead colleague on the evening
of October 22, 2007.

Bauld and McPhee are
accused of the murder, kid-
napping, and robbery of
Police Corporal Bain. Bain’s
body was found in a ditch
near the Casuarinas Bridge.
His hands and feet were
bound.

Sgt Rolle said he was
attached to the Serious
Crimes Section of the Central
Detective Unit on October 21
when he received certain
information and a Common-
wealth Bank bank book in the
name of Eddison Bain.

He told jurors that Edwin
Bauld Jr, a suspect in the mat-
ter, came to the Central
Detective Unit on October 22
in a burgundy coloured
Oldsmobile Olero.

Mr Rolle said he informed
Bauld that he was a suspect in
the kidnapping of Corporal
Bain and cautioned him.

Sgt Rolle conducted a
search of the vehicle and col-
lected a white NY Yankees
cap and white T-shirt and
handed them over to Corpo-
ral Ferguson.

He said sometime around
3.15am on October 22 offi-
cers discovered the green
Honda Accord car that was
driven by Bain in the parking
lot of Imperial Gardens.

Rolle said he interviewed
Bauld sometime around
8.45pm in the presence of

Chief Inspector Bonamy.

Sgt Rolle said Bauld told
him that he and his friend,
Wilfred McPhee, had robbed
Bain. He said his friend stran-
gled Bain and threw him in a
hole over the Bridge.

He said that he never
threatened, forced or induced
Bauld. Sgt Rolle said Bauld
had indicated to them that he
did not want a lawyer present.

Sgt Rolle said Bauld told
him that he wanted to show
them where the hole was
because Bain was his cousin
and that he was hurting.

Rolle said Bauld directed
them to a dirt road about
700ft off Casuarinas Drive,
where he pointed to a hole.

After instructing officers to
photograph the hole, Rolle
said he removed branches and
rocks from the hole.

He saw a male lying face
up in the hole. He and anoth-
er officer lifted a large stone
that was resting on the side
of the face.

Sgt Rolle said the hands of
the deceased were bound with
some wires and the legs were
bound with a black belt. The
body was removed by morti-
cians at Restview Memorial
Mortuary around 11.35pm
and taken to Rand Memorial
Hospital.

Sgt Rolle returned to the
Central Detective Unit
around midnight on October
23. He said Bauld agreed to
give a police statement. He
told the court that the process
started around 12.45am and
ended around 4am.

Rolle said he asked Bauld if
he wanted to take a break or
have something to eat, but he

said no.

In the 16-page statement,
Bauld gave details of how he
had persuaded his girlfriend,
Gahnise Campbell, to lure
Bain to an area near Island
Seas, where he and McPhee
waited for them.

In the statement, Bauld said
they asked Bain for money,
but he only had $15. He said
that McPhee threatened to
kill Bain who then told them
he had some money on his
account. They took Bain’s
card, tied him up, and put him
the trunk.

Bauld told Rolle that they
went to Commonwealth Bank
and withdrew $1,500 from
Bain’s ATM card. They then
went to an area over the
bridge, where McPhee took
a wire and strangled Bain.

Rolle said Bauld told them
that Bain had told them he
would not report the matter,
but McPhee did not believe
him.

Testimony was also given
by DNA expert Kevin Nog-
ginger, of DNA Lab Interna-
tional. He said he had
received several items from
police, including a cutting
from a shirt and a hat, two
items they swabbed, and a ref-
erence standard form from
Bauld and McPhee.

He said he found the DNA
of two individuals on the shirt.
Most of the DNA matched
Bauld, he said. Bauld’s DNA
was also found on a hat.

The trial resumes on
Wednesday. K Brian Hanna
represents Bauld and Mario
Gray represents McPhee.
Acting Justice Jethro Miller
presides over the case.

Three missing boaters found

FROM page one

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boaters to lookout for the 46-
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crew members of The Flying
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quickly responded by radio,
explaining how they were
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who had told him that the
document could be useful to
show that Mr Travolta had
denied his son Jett medical
treatment. Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son said that Bridgewater also
told her that her client had
been contacted by other
media persons such as, Ger-
aldo Rivera, Larry King, Gre-
ta Van Susteren, Inside Edi-
tion, Time Magazine, as well
as someone from the United
Kingdom.

Lightbourne said that the
foreign media wanted to
know the nature of the docu-
ment so they could make an
assessment as to its value. Mrs
Maynard-Gibson testified that
Bridgewater told her that
Lightbourne felt that the doc-
ument was worth $25 million
and that Mr Travolta did not
want to have his name tar-
nished in the media. Bridge-
water told her that the docu-
ment was not on file at the
Rand Memorial Hospital and
that her client had kept it
because he realised that he
had a celebrity’s signature.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
that she was shown copies of
the document which consisted
of two dispatcher’s reports
and a refusal of treatment
form.

According to Mrs May-
nard-Gibson, Lightbourne
had told Bridgewater that on
January 2, a code 15 had gone
out, indicating that the patient
had suffered from lacerations
and was bleeding. Light-
bourne had told Bridgewater
that when he arrived at Old
Bahama Bay, two police offi-
cers had escorted him to the
Travoltas’ condo where he
met at least seven people,
including Dr Fernandez who
was tending to Jett. Jett, he
was told had suffered a
seizure, hit his head and fallen
unconscious. Dr Fernandez
had ordered that Jett be take
to the hospital. Travolta, how-
ever, wanted Jett to be taken
to the airport. Lightbourne
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what it meant, Mrs Maynard-
Gibson told the court.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
she asked Bridgewater
whether she could have copies
of the documents and Bridge-
water responded by saying
that her client had not given
her consent to do so. She said
that Bridgewater gave her a
copy because she was a col-
league, but said that she could
not give them to her client,
Mr Travolta.

She told the court that
back in Nassau, she had a
meeting with lawyers in her
office, including attorney
Michael McDermott on Jan-
uary 17, informing them of
the situation. Mrs Maynard-
Gibson said that after that
meeting she phoned Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,
then Attorney General and
Senator Michael Barnett as
well as Senior Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Marvin
Dames. Mrs Maynard-Gibson
said that the following day she
had a meeting with several
lawyers at her chambers as
well as Senior Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Dames
and ASP Ricardo Taylor. She
told the court that she gave
police a copy of the document
that Bridgewater had given
her and consented to having

any conversation she had with
Bridgewater taped. She told
the court that after she
phoned Bridgewater, she lis-
tened to the tape and signed
it.

During cross-examination
by attorney Murrio Ducille
who represents Bridgewater,
she admitted that she was the
one who initiated the conver-
sation with Bridgewater and
did not inform her that it was
being taped. She also admit-
ted that up to January 17 she
had had no conversation with
Mr Travolta and that Bridge-
water had personally made no
demands for money from Mr
Travolta by threats and that
she did not inform Bridgewa-
ter that the conversation was
being taped. Mrs Maynard-
Gibson is expected to be
recalled this morning.

Also taking the witness
stand yesterday were Inspec-
tor Sean Saunders and
Sergeant Dale Strachan.
Inspector Saunders told the
court that on January 20, he
and three other officers went
to the hotel room of attorney
Michael McDermott at the
Sheraton, Cable Beach. Mr
McDermott, he said, gave
consent to having audio and
video recording devices set up
in his hotel room (328).
Inspector Saunders said that
he and the other officers mon-
itored the room from the
adjacent room. He said that
sometime around 9.20 am Mr
McDermott left the hotel
room and returned shortly
thereafter with a man he iden-
tified in court as Tarino Light-
bourne. Inspector Saunders
said that the meeting lasted
about 40 minutes after which
Lightbourne and Mr McDer-
mott left the hotel room.

During cross-examination
by Mr Ducille, he admitted
that Bridgewater had no
knowledge that she was being
taped. However, he did not
call it “deception” as Mr
Ducille had suggested. When
asked by Mr Ducille whether
he and the officers had autho-
risation by the Commissioner

of Police under Section 5 of
the Listening Devices Act to
conduct the covert operation,
Inspector Saunders replied,
“No.”

Inspector Saunders also
admitted that he did not hear
Ms Bridgewater make any
demand for money, nor did
he recall hearing McDermott
say that he came to buy
silence. During cross-exami-
nation by attorney Carlson
Shurland, who represents
Lightbourne, Inspector Saun-
ders said that police conduct-
ed the covert operation under
Section 2 of the Listening
Devices Act after getting the
consent for Mr McDermott.

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Dale Strachan, who heads
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‘Pleasant.’ Sergeant Strachan
told the court that on Janu-
ary 24, he and ASP Ricardo
Taylor interviewed Light-
bourne in Freeport in the
presence of his attorney, Mr
Shurland. The interview was
video recorded he said. He
said that Lightbourne refused
to sign the interview and
video tape. Lightbourne
refused to answer the majori-
ty of the questions Sergeant
Strachan said. He recalled,
however, that one of the ques-
tions Lightbourne did answer
was whether he knew Mr
McDermott. Lightbourne, he
said, denied knowing Mr
McDermott.

The case resumes today at
10am before senior Justice
Anita Allen.

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LOCAL NEWS

Christopher Esfakis death: serious
public interest issues unresolved

BY LARRY SMITH

[ue serious public
interest issues raised
by the unexpected death of
42-year-old Christopher
Esfakis — the son of one of
Nassau's legendary GPs — at
Doctors Hospital seven years
ago remain unresolved,
despite multiple attempts to
have them addressed.

These matters relate to the
delivery of healthcare to all
Bahamians and are separate
and apart from the personal
liability issue surrounding the
death itself. That is tied up in
a civil suit filed by Esfakis'’
widow, Lisa, against the hos-
pital and six doctors in 2003.
It is still before the court.

But before we look at what
the public interest is, here's a
brief summary of events to
date in this multifaceted case:

A few months after Esfakis
died in April 2002, his family
began questioning the med-
ical treatment he had received
(on the advice of concerned
doctors). Following a review
of the case by local and for-
eign experts, the family
launched several initiatives to
have the matter investigated.

Hospitals Board

In June 2004 a complaint
was filed with the Hospitals
and Healthcare Facilities
Board, which did not respond.
Although the board was later
directed to investigate by for-
mer health minister Dr Mar-
cus Bethel, it has so far
declined to do so — at one
point suggesting the com-
plaint should be dropped
because the patient was dead.

The Hospitals Board was
created in 1998 to license pri-
vate healthcare facilities.
Although the law requires
annual reporting to parlia-
ment, the board has done so
only twice in its 11-year his-
tory. Its second report was
tabled in December 2008 and
has a section dealing with the
Esfakis case, which complains
about the board being "bad-
gered" and "ridiculed" over
the matter. It also calls for the
introduction of extensive hos-
pital regulations "which do
not now exist."

This report noted that the
Attorney-General's office had
recommended an investiga-
tion of the Esfakis case, and
the board's own legal com-
mittee had called for the



“,.. any legal matter becomes auto-

matically weaker as time goes on —

not to mention more costly. And if a
relatively affluent family with exten-
sive legal and medical connections
finds it difficult to pursue a complaint
such as this, what can the average citi-

zen expect?”



appointment of an inspector
to determine whether or not
Doctors Hospital had "prop-
erly addressed" issues arising
from the death. The board
collected $238,000 in license
fees in 2007, proudly claim-
ing it was “almost self-sus-
taining."

Coroner's Inquest

In August 2004 the
deceased's sister (who is a
lawyer) began asking the
coroner's office for an
inquest, which finally began
in January 2007 — more than
four years after the death. In
early 2008, the coroner ruled
that death was due to "natur-
al causes with a substantive
and significant contribution
of medical neglect", but a few
months later the principal
doctor involved sued for a
judicial review of the verdict.

Chief Justice Sir Burton
Hall then overturned the ver-
dict on a technicality (unre-
lated to the evidence) and
ordered a new inquest. But
since he did not sign or pro-
vide reasons for his order, one
could not be scheduled and
there were no grounds to
appeal. Shortly before leav-
ing to take up a foreign post-
ing, Sir Burton signed the
order and it is expected that a
new inquest will now be
scheduled.

Medical Council

In May 2008 a formal com-
plaint against the doctors
involved in the treatment of
Christopher Esfakis was made

Application hearing adjourned

FROM page one

handbag designer Harl Tay-
lor. That date, however, has
been set pending the outcome
of the application by Mr
Ducille to have the judge
recuse herself from hearing
the retrial. The hearing of the
application had been set for
yesterday, however, Senior
Justice Allen is now presid-
ing over the trial of former
PLP Senator Pleasant Bridge-
water and former ambulance
driver Tarino Lightbourne.
McNeil, 22, remains on
remand at Her Majesty's

FROM page one

member, the decision to
shorten the convention was
voted on last week by the
PLP council.

"T think the decision was
made because to host it for
five days was more expensive
than three days, and in these
economic times people are
looking to cut back,” said the
party member.

Recently, political
observers speculated that par-
ty leader Perry Christie would
have lobbied for the conven-
tion to be shortened, in order
to reduce the time would-be
opponents could canvass the
hundreds of PLP stalwarts in
town for the meeting. Paul
Moss, the only man who has
officially come forth to chal-
lenge the incumbent leader,
said the change was econom-
ically driven and not a politi-
cal ploy. He said he was not
worried about having less
time to rally support with vot-
ers, when contacted by The
Tribune yesterday.

"I'm not concerned about

Prison as he awaits the retrial.
He is accused of causing the
death of 37-year-old Harl
Taylor between Saturday,
November 17, and Sunday,
November 18, 2008, while
being concerned with another.
The well known designer was
found dead in his bedroom at
Mountbatten House on West
Hill Street with multiple stab
wounds.

A broken knife was found
on his bed. McNeil has plead-
ed not guilty to the murder
charge and stated that he did
not kill Mr Taylor.

He has been denied bail
four times.

it. I think that canvassing is
going on now," said the attor-
ney who has never been elect-
ed to public office. The
response has been phenome-
nal, I believe that we are
doing extremely well. People
have gravitated toward us.
They like our message and we
should see the rewards come
the end of October."

Aside from Mr Moss, it is
unclear who else will oppose
Mr Christie for the PLP's top
post. However, it is speculat-
ed that Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell, Bain and Grants
Town MP Dr Bernard Not-
tage and Fort Charlotte MP
Alfred Sears are all gunning
for the job. Meantime, the
position of deputy leader
within the PLP is shaping up
to be a hotly-contested race
among West End and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe, Cat
Island and San Salvador MP
Philip “Brave” Davis and
Senator Jerome Fitzgerald.

to the Bahamas Medical
Council, which initially
refused to deal with the mat-
ter. But the council reconsid-
ered and eventually referred
the matter to a disciplinary
tribunal in accordance with
the Medical Act.

Although the council was
created 35 years ago to regu-
late and license doctors, it
appears this is the first time
such a tribunal has been
formed. But the disciplinary
proceeding was stalled earlier
this year when the principal
doctor involved in the com-
plaint filed for judicial review
of the council's decision to
refer the matter to a tribunal.
And he subsequently
obtained an injunction from
the chief justice barring the
Medical Council from pro-
ceeding “until a final judicial
determination has been
arrived at."

The injunction included a
gag order preventing the
council from "discussing the
facts and matters surround-
ing this action, and the com-
plaint, to third parties” on
pain of imprisonment and
confiscation of assets. This
leaves open the question of
when the judicial review
applied for by the doctor will
be scheduled by the new
attorney-general (Brent
Symonette) or chief justice
(Michael Barnett).

So that's where things
stand right now. The public
interest issues are best sum-
marised by a petition to the
prime minister that has been
floated on the Internet by

Bahamas Patient Advocacy,
a group formed by the
deceased's sister, Leandra
Esfakis. It calls for "account-
ability under the law for citi-
zens accessing the healthcare
sector", meaning the investi-
gation of complaints against
healthcare providers, togeth-
er with steps to address any
failings that may be uncov-
ered as a result.

Hospital Board Issues

It is pretty clear that only
continuous publicity and pres-
sure from the deceased's sis-
ter forced the Hospital Board
to produce the first two
"annual" reports in its 11-year
history — even though the
second report spends a lot of
time whining about how the
board should not have to
investigate or act on any com-
plaint, as it has a statutory
duty to do.

Experts also point out that
there is no proper legal defi-
nition for a hospital in the
Bahamas. Such facilities are
currently described as build-
ings "where beds are avail-
able" for sick people. But this
definition does not include a
central legal entity that is
responsible and accountable
for the medical services pro-
vided under its roof. In other
words, it should be the med-
ical services that are licensed
— and not just the building.

The board's most recent
annual report proposes
changes to the law that would
seriously weaken its authority
as an oversight body, by
removing the provision for
investigation of complaints,
eliminating the need for facil-
ities to provide notifications
of deaths, and reducing penal-
ties for failure to comply with
licensing requirements.

But the report also pro-
posed a new and extensive set
of hospital regulations, relat-
ing to governance, reporting,
planning, administration, end-
of-life policies, staffing and
record-keeping among others.
Therefore, the board is say-
ing it wants to give up its
oversight responsibility, while
at the same time asking for a
dramatic increase in the reg-
ulatory requirements for pri-
vate healthcare facilities.

Coroner's Inquest Issues

If a new inquest is ordered,
the matter will have to be

heard from scratch — despite
the fact that the last inquest
took 15 months to complete
and absorbed a good deal of
the court’s time, apart from
the time of the 20 witnesses
involved. It is also possible
that the witnesses who were
available previously may not
be available for the next
inquest, for any number of
reasons.

Also, at present the Coro-
ner has no power to direct a
statutory body such as the
Hospital Board or the Med-
ical Council to address issues
of medical competence or
public health and safety that
lie at the heart of this case (a
transcript of the original
inquest can be found at
www.bahamaspatientadvoca-

cy.org
patientadvocacy.org> ).
The Bahamas Coroner’s

Act was passed a century ago,
and no amendments or regu-
lations have been made since.
The equivalent British law
was last revised in 1988 and it
authorizes the coroner, at the
conclusion of an inquest, to
refer matters to the appropri-
ate statutory authority. At
present only the deceased's
family can make a complaint
to such authorities in the
Bahamas, and this exposes
them to a lengthy legal and
costly process as well as pos-
sible retaliation.

This means that few com-
plaints are made and the kind
of negligence that can lead to
the death of patients is unlike-
ly to ever be investigated or
remedied. There is currently a
backlog of unheard inquests,
and the long delays represent
a failure to meet the needs of
many bereaved families. The
former attorney-general
promised a review of the
Coroner's Act before resign-
ing to become chief justice,
but there has been no indica-
tion of what amendments are
being considered and in what
timeframe.

It seems clear to me that
the Coroner's Court should
be the citizen's watchdog
when it comes to investigating
abuse of power. That's
because we all have a right
not to be unlawfully deprived
of our life. This scrutiny is
even more critical when a cit-
izen dies in the custody of the
state or a hospital, where it is
likely that only the police offi-
cers or hospital staff are
aware of all the facts that led

to the death.

And in order to provide
this protection, an inquest
verdict of manslaughter
against a police officer, or
anyone else, needs to proceed
in the Supreme Court, and
not lie buried in the Attor-
ney-General's office. And sys-
tem failures at hospitals need
to be dealt with expeditiously.

Medical Council Issues

The question here is, when
will the judicial review appli-
cation from the principal doc-
tor involved in the complaint
be scheduled by the courts?
If there is substantial delay,
he will have won de facto
immunity from investigation
by the Medical Council.

With no hearing date, and
thus no determination of the
claim against the council, the
injunction could remain in
place indefinitely — an extra-
ordinary situation according
to legal experts from other
common law jurisdictions.
This means that a doctor
could be licensed without
evaluation, despite outstand-
ing complaints. Officially, the
council takes no position on
the matter, but says the com-
plaint is still alive. Accord-
ing to Dr Duane Sands, "the
council continues to respond
to the various issues that have
arisen as this meanders
through the labyrinth of our
judicial system. The matter
remains very much active."

But if a judge can shut
down the Medical Council by
order, and the Hospital Board
refuses to act, and the Coro-
ner has no power to direct
authorities to address issues
raised by an inquest or refer
matters to the Supreme
Court, then a potential bot-
tom line civil rights protec-
tion — that of criminal sanc-
tion — is effectively removed.

Finally, any legal matter
becomes automatically weak-
er as time goes on — not to
mention more costly. And if a
relatively affluent family with
extensive legal and medical
connections finds it difficult
to pursue a complaint such as
this, what can the average cit-
izen expect?

What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
dia.net

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Women’s softball

icon receives award




MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Desmond Ban-
nister can be seen with women’s softball icon Lenamae Knowles
and members of the Red Bay’s Westerners. She got the award
on September 26 for her “generous support and commitment
to the growth and development of sports in the Bahamas.”
Almost 15 school teams were expected to take part in the first
annual North and Central Andros Back-to-School Basketball
Classic and Basketball Court Commissioning Ceremony in
Red Bay, Andros, which was held over the course of three
weekends.
Photo by Patrice A Johnson

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Vincent Lloyd Ferguson, 71

of Stapledon Gardens, will
be held on Thursday,
October 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
at St. Francis Xavier
Cathedral on West Street.
Officiating will be Fr.
Kenneth Forbes, Monsignor
Preston Moss and other
clergy of the Archdiocese.
Interment will follow in the
Catholic Cemetery on Tyler
Street, Chippingham.
A Vigil service will be held
on Tuesday, September 29,
2009, at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road.
Officiating will be Deacon Jeffrey Lloyd.

He is survived by wife, Mary; daughter, Anne Marie;
son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Danielle;
grandchildren, Kylie and Caden; brothers, Rupert
Ferguson (Pamela), Claude Linden, Kermit and Anthony
Williams; sisters, Ena Deleveaux, Erma Williams, Parnell
Barker, Donna Williams and Lynn Wright; aunt, Louise
Thomas; cousins, Hazel Edgecombe, Robert Taylor,
Linell Reid, Pauline Petty and Angie Butler; in-laws,
Lorraine Blaylock, Lawrence Blaylock (Irene), Susan
Blaylock, Wally Blaylock (Bonnie), Nancy Liebert
(David), Jean Hockman (Don), David Blaylock (Karen),
Marnie Ebensperger (Marvin), Marcia Kwiecinski
(Steve), Daniel Blaylock (Jackie), Richard Blaylock
(Jeni). His extended family includes the many
descendants of David and Jestina Storr of San Salvador.

The list of persons for whom he was a surrogate father,
mentor, counsellor and friend would be too long to print.
His love for his country, his loyalty to his Catholic faith
and its mission of social justice, his courage in the face
of opposition and his respect for the sanctity of human
life inspired and affected the lives of numerous
individuals throughout the Bahamas who now mourn
his passing.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street, from 10am - 6pm on Wednesday
and on Thursday from 9am-12noon and at the church
from 1pm until service time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory
to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, P.O. Box SS
6539, Nassau, Bahamas.



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Golden Gates, Macedonia
and Temple Fellowship are
victorious on opening day

THE Baptist Sports Coun-
cil kicked off its 2009 Olympia
Morris-Evans Softball Clas-
sic on the Wholesalers Field
Saturday at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.

Three games were played
with Ebenezer and Mt Carey
making their debut into the
league with completely dif-
ferent results on the losing
end.

While Ebenezer got
blanked 10-0 by Golden
Gates in the co-ed match-up,
Mt Carey got nipped 11-10-
by Macedonia in the men’s
encounter.

The only other game
played saw defending cham-
pions Temple Fellowship pre-
vail with a 10-8 triumph over
runners-up Macedonia in a
rematch of last year’s 17-and-
under finals. Here’s a sum-
mary of the games played:

Golden Gates 10,
Ebenezer 0

Cardinal Gilbert gave up
two hits and allowed two oth-
er batters to get on base, but
each time Golden Gates came
up with the defence that did-
n’t allow Ebenezer to score a
run.

Batting around the clock in
the bottom of the first inning,
Golden Gates put eight runs
on the scoreboard and they
were never challenged.

Ramon Johnson had a two-
run home run and a RBI dou-
ble and Culbert ‘Buster’
Evans had a two-run single in
the spurt before they got two
more runs in the second, high-
lighted by Nicola Major’s RBI
single. Adrian Miller and
Shavaro Miller had the two
hits in the loss.

Baptist
Sports
Council
Schedule

Here’s the schedule of
games on tap for Satur-
day:

Field One

10am — Temple Fel-
lowship vs Transfigura-
tion (17)

Noon — Calvary Bible
vs St Mark’s (M)

lpm — Calvary Deliv-
erance vs Salem (M)

2pm — Transfiguration
vs Temple Fellowship
(M)

3pm — Temple Fellow-
ship vs Ebenezer (Co-ed)

Field Two

10am — Macedonia vs
Golden Gates (17)
liam St Paul’s vs Salem
(Co-ed)
Noon — Golden Gates
vs Macedonia (Co-ed)
lpm — Mt Carey vs St
Paul’s (M)
2pm — Macedonia vs
Golden Gates (M)



Macedonia 11,
Mt Carey 10

Tim Clarke opened the bot-
tom of the fifth with a triple
and scampered home on Ray
Johnson’s run-producing RBI
single that stopped the game.

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exciting played during the day
and the score seesawed until it
was tied at 10-10 going into
the fifth.

Johnson finished with a 3-
for-4 day, including a three-
run home run. He had a total
of six RBI and scored two
runs. Clarke was 2-for-4 with
two runs scored.

Rev Delton Ellis helped out
by going 2-for-2 with a RBI
and three runs scored and
winning pitcher Burlington
Moss helped his own cause
with a 2-for-3 day with two
RBI.

Losing pitcher Baccus
Rolle and Felipé Major both
had a two-run double; N’Ko-
mo Ferguson was 2-for-4 with
two RBIs and Owen Rolle
and Kareem Hanna scored
four and three runs respec-
tively.

Temple Fellowship 10,
Macedonia 8

With only two innings in
which they scored, Temple
Fellowship put six on the
scoreboard in the bottom of
the third and four more in the
fourth to secure the win.

Kareem Miller went 2-for-3
with two runs batted in and
scored as many times to lead
Temple Fellowship. Ashton
Butler, Brashawn White and
Denzil Bethel all went 1-for-3
with a RBI, scoring twice.

Zach Rahming picked up
the win and Crandon Wallace
was tagged with the loss.

Wallace also helped his
own cause with a solo home
run, while Patrick Adderley
and Quinton Wallace had two
and one RBI respectively on a
triple each and they also
scored a run.

Liverpool falls,
Bara wins in the
Champions League

By ROB HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

TEENAGE forward Ste-
van Jovetic scored twice, lead-
ing Fiorentina over Liverpool
2-0 Tuesday night in the

European Champions
League.
Defending champion

Barcelona rebounded from an
opening tie at Inter to win 2-0
over Visiting Dynamo Kiev on
goals by Lionel Messi and
Pedro Rodriguez.

Inter played the last 30 min-
utes a man short following
Mario Balotelli’s ejection in
a 1-1 tie at Russia’s Rubin
Kazan.

Arsenal relied on late goals
from Robin van Persie and
Andrei Arshavin scored late
goals in a 2-0 victory over vis-
iting Olympakios.

At Florence, the 19-year-
old Jovetic took a pass from
Cristiano Zanetti and slid the
ball past goalkeeper Pepe
Reina in the 28th minute,
then redirected in a shot from
Juan Vargas nine minutes lat-
er.

“Everyone is disappointed,
but at this level every team is
a good team,” Liverpool man-
ager Rafa Benitez said.

“We were not the best in
any part of the pitch. We
knew that they were a good
team — very organised, good
on the counterattack — and
we were giving the ball away
all the time and giving them
chances.”

Volleyball
Association
gives awards

to outstanding
‘08 performers

THE New Providence Vol-
leyball Association (NPVA)
has presented awards to the
outstanding performers of the
2008 season. The list is as fol-
lows:

Championship Teams
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Championship Runners-Up
Johnson's Lady

Truckers (F)

Technicians (M)

Pennant Winners
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Pennant Runners-Up
Johnson's Lady
Truckers (F)
DaBasement (M)

Coach of the Year
Joseph “Joe Moe” Smith
DeVince Smith
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Championship MVP
Laval Sands

Tan “Wire” Pinder
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Pennant Winners MVP
Cheryse Rolle
Sherwaine Arthurs
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

All Star MVP -
Scorers Select

Edrica McPhee

Tan “Wire” Pinder
Lady Truckers (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Best Scorer

Keneisha Thompson
Tan “Wire” Pinder
Lady Hornets (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Best Spiker

Cheryse Rolle

Tan “Wire” Pinder
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Best Blocker
Anastasia Moultrie
Glen Rolle

C.O.B. Caribs (F)
Intruders (M)

Best Server

Margaret Albury
DeVince Smith
Johnson's Lady
Truckers (F)

Scotia Defenders (M)
Jackie Conyers
Scottsdale Vixens (F)

Best Receiver
Rebecca Moss
Glen Rolle

Lady Truckers (F)
Intruders (M)

Best Setter
Shevaughn Woodside
Elvis Reckley

Lady Truckers (F)
Technicians (M)

Best Diggers
Rebecca Moss
Tony Simon

Lady Truckers (F)
DaBasement (M)

Best Libero
Rebecca Moss
Jamille Ferguson
Lady Truckers (F)
Open System
Crimestoppers (M)

Rookie of the Year
Ramond Farrington
To be announced (F)

College Of The Bahamas
Most Improved
Latondra Brown

Roni Lexidor

Scottsdale Vixens (F)
DaBasement (M)

Wa
Schedule

THE New Providence
Volleyball Association
opened its 2009 season on
Sunday at the DW Davis
Gymnasium.

Action is expected to
resume tonight with the
following games on tap:

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Miller, ‘Fish’ to represent Bahamas at Olympic congress

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

hen the International

Olympic Committee

hosts its 121st IOC

Session & XIII
Olympic Congress next month in
Copenhagen, the Bahamas will be
among the 200-plus countries par-
ticipating.

Part one of the session is slated
to run October 1-2, followed by the
Congress October 3-5, wrapping up
with part two October 7-9.

Bahamas Olympic Association
president Wellington Miller and sec-
retary general Rommel ‘Fish’
Knowles are expected to make their
first representation to the congress
since they were elected to office.

Coach Cleare says
IAAF seminar ‘went

pretty good’

They are scheduled to leave town
today.

Among the topics to be discussed
and the decisions to be made is the
hosting of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Presentations will be made by the
organising committees from Chica-
go, USA, Tokyo, Japan, Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil and Madrid, Spain, all
of whom are bidding to host the
games held every four years.

“This one seemed to be keenly
contested, all four countries are mak-
ing a mad dash to get the nod,”
Miller said. “The United States is
going all out. The President of the
United States, Barack Obama, is fly-
ing to Copenhagen. I don’t know if
he’s going to be campaigning with
his wife, Michelle, or he’s just going
to be there for moral support, but he
is going to show that the govern-

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER imparting some of
his knowledge on the coaches
in St Kitts & Nevis, George
Cleare said he’s eager to get
back into his elite coaching
programme here.

Earlier this month, Cleare
joined Craig Connor of St
Kitts in the International
Amateur Athletic Federa-
tion’s IAAF) Coaches Edu-
cation and Certification
(CECS) Level 1 course.

The course was organised
by the Nevis Amateur Ath-
letic Association (NAAA) in
conjunction with the Depart-
ment of Education, the Min-
istry of Sports, the St Kitts-
Nevis Amateur Athletic
Association and the St Kitts-
Nevis National Olympic
Committee.

Cleare, an IAAF Level 1
lecturer, said the 10-day sem-
inar was quite informative.

“Everything went pretty
good. I was pleased with the
performance of myself and
my co-lecturer,” Cleare said.
“We were able to focus basi-
cally on the education of the
coaches and the physical edu-
cation teachers.

“T think that was the most
important part of it. We were
not just working with active
coaches, but physical educa-
tion teachers within the
school system, so that itself
should strengthen their ath-
letic programme.”

During their daily sessions
that took place on the cricket
pitch used for the track facil-
ity as well in Nevis, Cleare
said they talked a lot about
the methodology of the sport.

“The whole course encom-
passed the basic fundamen-
tals where we taught every
event that is down in athlet-
ics,” he reflected. “But we
also went beyond that as we
also dealt with a number of
nutritional issues.

“We also dealt with the
physiological part of dealing
with athletes and we also
dealt with how to structure
training programmes proper-
ly. So it was very informative
and very educational.”

From the sessions, Cleare
said he learnt a lot more
about the sport and he hopes
to implement this into his elite
programme that he currently
operates here at home.

“Scientifically, we informed
them that there are research-
es being done all the time
where we try to minimise
what the athletes are doing,
so that they end up having
less injuries,” Cleare said.

The course, according to
Cleare, brought him back to
reality because “sometimes
you only concentrate on the
success of the athletes and
you don’t take the time out
to reflect on what exactly it
is that you are doing.

“So this gives me an oppor-
tunity to impart my knowl-
edge to some of the local



coaches and regionally based
on this course, I have gotten
some really good reviews and
I’m looking forward to work-
ing with a few more countries
in terms of helping them to
further develop their pro-
grammes, their teachers and
their coaches.”

Grateful for the exposure
and the pay cheque that he
received, Cleare said he’s
even more motivated to
improve his coaching skills so

GEORGE CLEARE

that he can become the best
coach he can be in the future.

“There are a number of
coaching seminars that I’m
looking forward to attend-
ing,” Cleare said. “Plus there
are some personal seminars
that I attend myself.

“So [Pm really looking at
ways that I can find other
avenues that I can help to
develop the country from a
national prospective and I’m
hoping that we can put on
some of these courses local-
ly.”

One of the things that
Cleare said he hopes to see is
asimilar training camp set up
here, similar to the one that is
staged in Jamaica where
Usain Bolt is the focal point.

“But that is something that
will have to take a combined
effort from the BAAA, the
Ministry of Sports and the
Olympic Association to make
sure that we make it attrac-
tive for the elite athletes to
want to come home and
train,” he said.

Having trained a few of the
rising young stars like Sheni-
qua *‘Q’ Ferguson, who won
the World Junior Champi-
onships’ 200 metre title and
got a bronze in the 100 before
she went on to make both the
Olympic Games and World
Championships teams, Cleare
said that’s proof enough that
it can be done.

He said he will make it a
point to continue to develop
more of the elite athletes here
at home in the future. He not-
ed that he’s presently working
with such athletes as hurdler
Ednol Rolle and the Rigby
twin sisters, Tamara and
Tavara, who are making their
comeback.

“We're going there with an
open mind because this is
our first time there in this
kind of atmosphere, so we
are eager to see exactly what
will happen over there.”

— Wellington Miller

ment is behind the United States
Olympic Committee.”

While the Bahamas will join all of
the other participating countries to
cast one vote each, Miller declined to
indicate which country they will be
backing for the hosting of the games.

“We are not leaning towards any

country. We’re going there with an
open mind because this is our first
time there in this kind of atmos-
phere, so we are eager to see exact-
ly what will happen over there,” he
said.

“Everybody is clamping down,
sending us all kind of information
about their bid. So it’s going to be
very interesting to see how the vote
comes out.”

At the completion of the IOC
Congress, Miller is scheduled to
head to New Delhi, India, on Octo-
ber 6 for the hosting of the Com-
monwealth Games Congress. He is
expected to be joined by one of his
vice presidents, Roy Colebrooke, for
another seven days.

The XIX Commonwealth Games
is set to be held in New Delhi Sep-
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gress, the representatives from all
of the countries will get a chance to
inspect all of the sporting facilities,
hotel accommodations, the trans-
portation and everything else per-
taining to the games.

“We are going to make sure that
they have everything on track,”
Miller said. “They were having some
problems, but they say they have
everything on track now.”

Following the completion of the
two important sessions, Miller said
he will return home to start the
preparation for the two major inter-
national games that will be held over
the next three years.

While the XIX Commonwealth
Games are set for next year, the
Olympic Games is scheduled to take
place July 27 to August 12, 2012, in
London, England.

The ‘Choo
Choo’ train
is stopped!

ADONIS Stevenson
(left) knocks down Jer-
maine “Choo Choo”
Mackey, of the Bahamas,
during the fourth round
of their WBC Interna-
tional match on Friday,
September 25, 2009 in
Montreal. Stevenson won
the title with a fifth
round TKO.

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Regulators probe
Cambridge claims

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian
financial ser-
vices regulators
yesterday con-
firmed they are
investigating the
money launder-
ing allegations
made against
attorney Sidney
Cambridge to
determine
whether this nation’s laws
have been violated, warning
that the claims “pose a poten-
tial threat” to the financial
services industry’s integrity
and reputation.

The Inspector of Financial
and Corporate Services
Providers, and the Compli-
ance Commission, issued a
statement affirming they had
started a review of the alle-
gations made against Mr
Cambridge, who resigned as a
Callenders & Co partner and
PLP treasurer, in the indict-
ment handed down against
him by the US Attorney’s
Office for the Southern Dis-
trict of Florida.

The focus will be whether



CAMBRIDGE

* Securities Commission
chief: ‘We have to be
in a position to
enforce our laws’

* Review aims to
substantiate allegations
and see if Bahamian
anti- money laundering
laws broken

* Supervisors warn US
allegations ‘pose a
potential threat’ to
financial sector’s
integrity and reputation

any Bahamian anti-money
laundering laws and regula-
tions have been violated, the
regulators’ main interest
being to maintain the
Bahamas’ reputation and
integrity as a blue chip cen-
tre for international and
financial business.

Tribune Business under-
stands that the review will
also centre on the Callenders
& Co subsidiary, licensed by

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Hotels suffer “weaker than
expected’ September

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THERE “is no question”
that September, traditionally
the softest month of the
tourism season, was “weaker
than expected” for the resort
industry, the Bahamas Hotel
Association’s president said
yesterday, who has written to
banks and utility companies
urging them to work with
resort properties experienc-
ing increasing cash flow dif-
ficulties.

Robert Sands said that even
accounting for the impact of
the global recession, Septem-
ber had “not been as buoy-
ant as expected” by Bahami-
an resorts, and the softness
experienced by some hotel
properties during the first six
months of 2009 - the period
they rely on for profits to car-
ry them through to year-end -
meant “many of the cost sav-
ing measures which have been
put in place by businesses
may simply not be enough”.

“There’s no question that
it’s been weaker than expect-
ed, taking into account closed
hotel room inventory that is
off line, weaker group book-
ings and the fact we’ve had
no threat of hurricanes per
se,” Mr Sands told Tribune
Business.

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* Sector president warns
Bahamas hotels facing
‘unprecedented period
of depleted cash flow’

* Urges banks and utilities
to be lenient on industry
to ensure properties
remain open, as some
cost-savings measures
‘may simply not
be enough’

mind that it’s been weaker
than expected from a
stopover visitor perspective.
There’s certainly been some
growth on the cruise side, but
stopovers have not been as
buoyant as expected. That is
true.”

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday con-
firmed that while total visitor
arrivals to July 2009 were up
year-over-year by 4.2 per
cent, the higher spending
stopover segment, which gen-
erates the bulk of tourist
spending, was down by 13.7
per cent.

And, with many Bahamas-
based hotel properties having
failed to produce the profits

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Airport costs
only 5-10%
above rivals

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE REDESIGNED Lyn-
den Pindling International
Airport (LPIA) will be one
of the most complicated ter-
minals in the Caribbean when
completed, , the Nassau Air-
port Development Company
(NAD) president and chief
executive said yesterday, but
will still be cost competitive
at only 5-10 per cent above

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Health insurers incur
up to 40% claims rise

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ahamas-based health insur-

ers have seen up to a 40 per

cent increase in medical

claims over 2008 figures, Tri-
bune Business was told, with all carriers
said to have experienced rises described
as “substantial” and “notable”.

Patricia Hermanns, president and chief
executive of FamGuard Corporation, the
BISX-listed parent of Family Guardian,
told Tribune Business: “We certainly
have seen an increase in our claims. That
is definite. There is an increase in claims,
both for us and the industry as well.

“Tt’s a notable increase in our case.
We saw it actually start to peak in the
second quarter, and it’s substantially up
for us. This is an across-the-board
increase in claims for the industry.”

Ms Hermanns told Tribune Business

that while Family Guardian had expect-
ed an increase in claims due to the
growth of its BahamaHealth client base,
the company had “seen a slightly
stronger growth in our claims in the last
six months than portfolio growth.

“That indicates to us our volume of
claims has increased,” she explained,
Family Guardian’s policyholder benefits
having increased by 30 per cent during
the 2009 first quarter due to the rise in
health claims.

While Ms Hermanns said she was
unable to give a precise percentage figure
for the rise in medical claims, as the
expansion of the customer base would
also have to be factored in and stripped
out, “it’s been a notable increase above
the growth experienced in premiums and
the customer base. It’s higher than we
would normally expect to see, over and
above normal claims”.

Another health insurance industry

source told Tribune Business that some
carriers had seen an increase of up to 40
per cent year-over-year in medical insur-
ance claims.

“Our claims are way up there,” said
the source, requesting anonymity. “It’s
substantial in this business. It’s straight
across the board, and all companies are
experiencing it. We’ve never seen it like
this before.”

The source and Ms Hermanns said it
was “hard to say” why Bahamas-based
health insurance carriers had experienced
such a substantial increase in medical
insurance claims in 2009, although insur-
ers were seeing clients take longer and
more frequent hospital stays.

“The longer they stay in hospital, the
bigger the bill is, and many of the claims
are local ones,” one health insurance
industry source said.

SEE page 5B

Cable targets $0.6m from box rentals by year-end

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CABLE Bahamas believes
its digital TV set-top box
rental initiative will generate
$0.6 million in annualised rev-
enues by year-end 2009, hav-
ing increased by more than
$250,000 in the 12 months to
June 30, 2009.

In his 2009 second quarter
letter to the company’s share-
holders, chairman Brendan
Paddick said that for the first
half, the BISX-listed utility’s
cable TV revenues had grown

by just 1 per cent to $22.3 mil-
lion, as hard-pressed con-
sumers sought to save mon-
ey by dropping some premi-
um services.

“Of this amount, the com-
pany’s digital set-top box
rental initiative yielded
encouraging positive growth,
moving from $41,000 at the
end of the second quarter of
2008 to over $300,000 as at
June 30, 2009,” Mr Paddick
wrote.

“Based on this positive
trend, it is expected that
rental revenues, on an annu-

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Sales claims must be backed by proof

To claim or not to claim?
That is the question.

A lot of sales persons claim
they or their company can do
dis and dat. Some people will
stretch the claim, promising
what cannot be delivered.
Some claim what they should
not and put themselves and
their company in a jam, just to
get asale. Some will stretch a
claim just a little bit and cre-

ate more work for themselves.

So the question is: Should a
sales person claim at all? The
answer is yes, but only what
can be delivered.

If you claim it,

then prove it!

Very simply put: If you
claim you can reduce costs by
30 per cent or increase sales
by 30 per cent, boost compa-

ny morale or build a high tech
office on the moon for your
client, then prove it. Other-
wise, “dog eat ya lunch”, as
they say.

If you tell your potential
client product X will produce
500 copies a second, that’s
great. You can promise the
world, but you’d better be
able to prove it. If product X
or company X can do what

you claim, there is nothing
better than backing it up.
After you have made your
claim, follow up with a previ-
ous client who has experi-
enced what you have claimed.
You can do this in various
ways.

One way is with a letter
that the client has written for
you, a testimonial or, better
yet, which invites the poten-
tial client (with previous per-
mission of, course) to visit a
business or person who is cur-
rently experiencing your
product or service. Let them
see for themselves. Let them
experience the ride, kick the
tyres, go for a test drive, run
five hundred copies a second.

Nothing is more reassuring
to someone than experienc-
ing the claim. If you can’t

Promotional

Marketing



back up your claim, then
don’t claim at all.

However, before any of this
is done, I hope you have
found out what the prospect
wants — where their mind is,
what’s on it, and why they
invited you in. Oh, you
begged to get in? That means
trouble. We’ll have to deal
with that one in the next post.

All of these marketing
strategies are certain to keep
your business on top during
these challenging economic
times. Have a productive and

profitable week!

Remember: “THOSE
WHO MARKET WILL
MAKE IT “*

NB: Scott Farrington is
president of SunTee
EmbroidMe, a promotional
and marketing company spe-
cialising in uniforms, embroi-
dery, silk screen printing and
promotional products. Estab-
lished over 27 years ago, Sun-
Tee EmbroidMe has assisted
Bahamian businesses from
various industries in market-
ing themselves.

Readers can contact Mr
Farrington at SunTee
EmbroidMe on East Shirley
Street, or by e-mail at
scott@sun-tee.com or by tele-
phone at 242-393-3104.

Airport costs only
5-10% above rivals

FROM page 1B

competing hubs.

Craig Richmond said with the US pre-clear-
ance facility, and the domestic and interna-
tional departures lounges interfaced with a
$26 million baggage system, LPIA will be on
of the most modern and complex airports with-
in a 2,500 mile circle.

He said the new airport was expected to
start seeing a return on investment as early
as 2013, following the opening of the new US
departure terminal and completion of the rede-
velopment of what will have been the old US
departure lounge.

The costly baggage system will have state-of-
the-art security features, which will be scruti-
nised and evaluated by the US-based Trans-
portation Safety Administration (TSA), the
body that has been providing screening and
security for airports across the US following
the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Speaking at the Rotary Club of Nassau’s
weekly luncheon, Mr Richmond suggested the
new airport’s design will allow for a more flu-
id transfer between US arrivals and domestic
departures, though the onus will be on local air
carriers to affix schedules convenient to incom-
ing international passengers.

In keeping with the Bahamas’ commitment
to become more energy efficient, NAD has
incorporated an uber efficient air manage-
ment system using a subterranean cooling sys-
tem, which will use ground level air diffusers
throughout the airport terminal.

According to Mr Richmond, the airport will
also collect and store rainwater through a col-
lection system built into the structure’s roof.
Water collected will be used for flushing toilets
and other non-potable applications.

He lamented that because of the enormous
power needs of an airport, alternative energy
sources will not be used to supply power. How-
ever, Mr Richmond is certain the high effi-
ciency cooling system will subsidise some ener-
gy costs in the long run.

NAD recently released several Requests
for Proposal (RFP) for food and beverage
vendors for the new US departure lounge.

Mr Richmond said the company has
received numerous responses to the RFPs,
which will be assessed by a panel. Vendors
could be chosen as early as next month.

He said that a main contractor has been
chosen for the development, who has since
released RFPs for sub-contractors for the pro-
ject. “I think Bahamians will be very proud
when we are done,” said Mr Richmond.

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By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

FLIGHT connections to
the Family Islands could
become a lot easier in the
near future for international
visitors, as well as the pur-
chase of tickets from Bahami-
an charter airlines, the Minis-
ter of Tourism and Aviation
said, as almost 400,000 more
airline seats will be added to
the country’s airlift capacity
by next year.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace said it has traditionally
been difficult for visitors and
Bahamians alike to access the
Family Islands due to high
costs and inefficiencies at the
airport and at local airlines.

According to Mr Vander-
pool-Wallace, Bahamian car-



Vanderpool-Wallace

through the Lynden Pindling
International Airport (LPIA)
to the Family Islands.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said this has always been a
technical quagmire for pas-
sengers wishing to commute
to the Family Islands through

forced to overnight in Nas-
sau.

According to him and Nas-
sau Airport Development
Company (NAD) executives,
the redevelopment of the air-
port will make inter-island
connections through Nassau
more accessible and more
comfortable.

Though international trav-
ellers will have to claim their
luggage and clear Bahamas
Customs before boarding a
flight to the Family Islands,
check-in will become more
fluid through the new system
designed by the Ministry of
Tourism. The experience will
be more visually pleasing than
the current domestic depar-
ture lounge and Bahamian
airline check-in desks.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said his ministry also hopes

flights, hotels and ground
transportation all on one web-
site, and through a one-time
payment process.

The Ministry of Tourism
has been successful in luring
WestJet to the Bahamas, tap-
ping one of the few global
markets that has not been
severely affected by the eco-
nomic downturn. Canadians
have been continuing to trav-
el in numbers throughout the
economic crisis.

American Eagle is sched-
uled to begin two daily flights
to Marsh Harbour, while Air-
tran and Condor out of Ger-
many are beginning new ser-
vice to New Providence by
year end.




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riers that supply direct airlift
to the wider Bahamas have
been relatively invisible to

LPIA, due to the arrange-
ment of inter-island flight
times. Visitors typically were

to introduce packages to the
Family Islands that will allow
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would-be visitors interested
in bypassing New Providence
en route to the Family
Islands.

He insisted that the tech-
nology is available to allow
visitors to purchase travel
straight through to the island
of their choice, via one Inter-
net portal and in a one-time
purchase.

The Ministry of Tourism is
therefore working on a sys-
tem that will allow travellers
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The Risk Manager is responsible for administering and managing the Bank’s
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procedures to identify and manage threats to the achievement of the
organizational or business objectives. Risk Manager contributes to business
decisions through the measurement and comparison of risks.

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organization while complying with regulatory bodies standards and best
practices;
Performing risk assessments which involves managing the process of
analyzing upside and downside risks as well as identifying, describing
and estimating the quantitative and qualitative risks affecting the
business;
Educates and trains the leadership, staff and business associates as to the
risk management program, and their respective responsibilities in
carrying out execution of such;
Leads, facilitates and advises units and departments in designing risk
management programs;
Collects, evaluates, and maintain data relative to fraud, irregularities and
operational errors;
Investigates and analyzes root causes, patterns or trends that could result
in operational losses;
Performing risk evaluations which involves developing and
implementing systems, policies, and procedures for the identification,
collection and analysis of risk related information, that is comparing
estimated risks with risk criteria established by the organization;
Actively participates in or facilitates committees related to risk
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Serves as organization liaison with insurance companies and some
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00560

Whereas CASTELLA MERCIANA BOWLEG,, of No. 14 Richard’s
Court, Oakes Field, in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate of EARLE
A BOWLEG late of No. 14 Richard’s Court, Oakesfield, in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00562

Whereas KYLE ALBURY, of the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
ARLENE MARGARET ALBURY late of Trinity Way, Stapledon
Gardens in the Western District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00563

Whereas EMMA BRAYNEN (nee) FERGUSON, of Seven Hills
in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of MICHAEL MITCHELL, late of St Barts Road,
Golden Gates No. 2 in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

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

NICOYA NEILLY
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00564

Whereas NEVILLE B. WILCHOMBE II, of Chancery House, The
Mall, in the City of Freeport in the Island of Grand Bahama, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
with the Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of ZBIGNIEW
EMILIAN MAZUREK late of 437 Golden Isles Drive in the City
of Hallandale, in the State of Florida, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, PAGE 5B

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Health insurers incur

up to 40% claims rise

Some insurance industry
executives spoken to by Tri-
bune Business questioned
whether the recession had
caused an increase in stress-
related illnesses, and whether
the prospect of lay-offs had
induced some employees fac-
ing termination to rapidly
seek medical treatment
before they lost their group
health insurance coverage.

“With companies that are
laying staff off, people given a
month’s notice get everything

done that they need to do,”
one insurance industry source
said. “If they know they’re
being laid off at the end of
the month, they’ll do every-
thing they’ve got to do.”

Ms Hermanns, meanwhile,
said that while it was difficult
to pinpoint a reason for the
increased medical claims, such
rises “tend to be cyclical in
any event”.

She added that Family
Guardian was focused on pro-
viding a high quality of med-

NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY ALLONCE of #70
ANGELFISH STREET, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for

Nationality and Citizenship,

for registration/naturalization

as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship,

P.O.Box N-7147,

Freeport, Bahamas.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
CAPITAL HOTELS LIMITED is in dissolution. Alrena
Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted at The Winter-
botham Trust Company Limited, Winterbotham Place, Marl-
borough & Queen Streets, P.O. Box N-3026, Nassau Bahamas.
All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the 28th October,

2009

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ical care to its clients, helping
them to manage costs and
strengthening the relationship
with its medical industry part-
ners, such as doctors and
pharmacies.

The insurer was also set to
implement this year disease
management programmes to
deal with the likes of diabetes
and cancer, and is launching a
lifestyle management initia-
tive aimed at tackling obesity.

Cable targets
$0.6m from
box rentals
by year-end

Caribbean Crossings and
Maxil Communications
showed an impressive 13 per
cent increase, reaching $6.8
million, compared to $5.8 mil-
lion for the same period of
2008.”

For the 2009 first half, Mr
Paddick said Cable Bahamas
had invested $9.2 million in
capital expenditures, most of
it spent on its new Freeport
office complex and HFC and
broadband network infra-
structure.

Confirming that Cable
Bahamas was in “the early
planning” of a video-on-
demand service, Mr Paddick
said the company’s initiatives
“will result in a more robust
network, improved system
performance, increased band-
width, improved customer sat-
isfaction and new product
offerings and revenue
streams”.

While the “economic skies
may have been grey”, Mr
Paddick said total dividends
distributed to Cable
Bahamas’ shareholders dur-
ing the first six months had
increased year-over-year by
16 per cent to $2.8 million,
representing 19 per cent of
total net income.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

A major financial institution with both commercial and private banking
operations, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the position of:

APPLICATION SUPPORT TECHNICIAN

Core Responsibilities:

Provides support and maintenance of core applications and database

infrastructure.

Assist with application and reports development within the company as

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Assists with documentation and maintenance of technical standards and

operations.

Troubleshoots system and application problems, including server related

issues.

Reviews and tests technologies for potential purchase by researching
computer industry information.
Interfaces with all staff and IT vendors in carrying out duties.

Performs application installations and configurations, preventative
maintenance and repairs.
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Ability to consult Management and developers regarding application
software performance and use.
Analytical and problem-solving skills to assess issues and technical
information, examine alternatives, and use judgment to provide reasoned

recommendations.

Must be a Team player and possess the ability to work in a demanding

environment.

Ability to communicate and document clearly and effectively required.
Must be open to new technology and ability to problem solve in support
of the network and central database systems.
Bachelor of Science degree in a computer-related field, industry standard
network certifications required, plus two (2) or more years of proven
network systems experience.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifi-
cations; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life insurance; pension

scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than October 6, 2009 to:

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SSS ee ES
Regulators probe Cambridge claims

the Inspector of Financial and
Corporate Services Providers,
which handles the law firm’s
corporate services business.

One source told Tribune
Business that this subsidiary
“will receive the brunt of reg-
ulators’ attention”, given that
the activities allegedly
engaged in by Mr Cambridge
supposedly took place under
its umbrella. There is nothing
to suggest this subsidiary, its
law firm parent or other staff
have done anything wrong in
relation to the allegations
against Mr Cambridge.

With the Compliance Com-
mission, which is responsible
for enforcing certain aspects
of the anti-money laundering
regime, the Inspector will first
seek to determine whether
the allegations against Mr
Cambridge can be substanti-
ated, sources said, before it
launches any full-blown inves-
tigation.

Hillary Deveaux, the Secu-
rities Commission’s executive
director, who acts as the
Inspector of Financial and
Corporate Services Providers,
declined to comment on the
specifics of the allegations
against Mr Cambridge or the

investigation.

However, he did tell Tri-
bune Business: “We have to
be in a position to demon-
strate we can enforce our leg-
islation. It’s extremely impor-
tant that we are seen to be
dealing with these matters.

“We have to be in a posi-
tion to enforce our laws, so
that if our laws have been vio-
lated, regardless of what’s
happening outside the juris-
diction, who can bring to
account those who have
allegedly violated our laws.”

The regulators, in their
statement yesterday, said:
“The implications of the alle-
gations against Mr Cambridge
pose a potential threat to that
good reputation, the conse-
quences of which are far-
reaching.”

The US District Attorney’s
Office for south Florida has
charged Mr Cambridge with
knowingly laundering hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars
in proceeds from a fictitious
European-based investment
fraud, following a ‘sting’ oper-
ation perpetrated by the Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation
(FBI).

“On or about November

Legal Notice

NOTICE
EVERQUEST CORPORATION

ees

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of EVERQUEST CORPORATION has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-

sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



NT
NAD

Nassau Airport



23, 2007, at Nassau, Bahamas,
defendant Cambridge was
told by an undercover agent
that the funds came from a
‘Ponzi’ scheme,” the indict-
ment alleged.

Funds

“After acknowledging his
understanding of the pur-
ported source of the funds,
defendant Cambridge
instructed undercover agents
how to launder the proceeds
in the Bahamas.”

Mr Cambridge is under-
stood to vehemently deny the
allegations against him, and
has hired attorneys both in
the US and the Bahamas to
defend himself against those
charges.

Hotels suffer ‘weaker than expected’

FROM page 1B

and cash flow during the first
half of the year that they tra-
ditionally rely on to carry
them through the softer lat-
ter half, Mr Sands confirmed
he had written on his mem-
bers’ behalf to utility firms
and banks, urging them to
work with troubled proper-
ties to keep their doors open.

Calling on Bahamian hotels
to work out payment plans
with banks, utility companies
and their vendors, the BHA
president said: “Many of the
cost-savings measures which
have been put in place by
businesses may simply not be
enough. Typically, our hotels
and tourism-related business-
es rely on a healthy core six
months of stronger business
activity to carry them through
the lean months, particularly
September, October and
November.

“Visitor arrivals, occupan-
cies and revenues during our
traditionally stronger months
was far below the normal. As
a consequence, many of our
members find themselves in
a position of significantly
reduced cash flow over these
coming months.”

On average, room revenues
for the year-to-date have been
down 20 per cent on 2008
comparatives, and Mr Sands
said he had written to the
Bahamas Telecommunica-



Tribune Business under-
stands, though, that the
review by Bahamian regula-
tors will seek to determine
whether Mr Cambridge filed
a suspicious transaction report
(STR) once the “source of
funds” from the fictitious
fraud was revealed to him,
something he is obligated to
do under the Financial Trans-
actions Reporting Act.

Since the charges against
Mr Cambridge were revealed,
several legal sources have told
Tribune Business that the
allegations against him appear
not “to stack up” or “pass the
smell test”. Some have told
this newspaper that, based on
past experience, FBI agents
involved in such “sting” oper-
ations frequently either exag-

tions Company (BTC),
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC), Water & Sew-
erage Corporation, Grand
Bahama Power Company,
Cable Bahamas and the banks
to appraise them of the situa-
tion.

Letter

In his September 22, 2008,
letter to Kevin Basden, BEC’s
general manager, the BHA
president wrote: “While we
recognise fully the responsi-
bility which every business
has in meeting their financial
obligations, we recognise that
hard decisions must be made
by hotels and tourism-relat-
ed businesses through the end
of the year with regard to
expenditures and managing
operating costs.

“Concurrently, we know
that it is only good business
on your part to work with
businesses during these diffi-
cult times to help see them
through.”

Mr Sands asked BEC to
work with BHA members on
“payment plans and other
arrangements as many go
through an unprecedented
period of depleted cash flow.
Of course, this assumes a
good faith effort on the part
of the business in recognising
their obligations to you”.

And the BHA president

gerate or make things up.

In particular, several
sources questioned why, as
the indictment alleged, Mr
Cambridge only accepted
$2,000 as payment for sup-
posedly laundering the funds.
Given that he was allegedly
taking a huge risk that could
threaten his very career if
uncovered, they suggested he
would have demanded a
much higher fee.

The US attorney’s office’s
indictment alleged that on
November 23, 2007, Mr Cam-
bridge told the FBI agent he
received $2,000, not $1,000,
for laundering the money, and
the same day gave him a
$399,000 cheque to deposit
into a bank account at First-
Caribbean International Bank

added that while the
Bahamas’ competitive data
indicated that this nation was
“holding up well” compared
to many rivals in the world
and the Caribbean, “hotels
and tourism-related business-
es are in a highly vulnerable
state”.

“We are all in this together
and, by working together, we
will help to minimise business
closures and position our-
selves to take advantage of
the opportunities which the
future will certainly present,”
the BHA president wrote.

Mr Sands told Tribune
Business that the BHA had
been urged, especially by
some of its medium-sized and
small member properties, to
write to the utility companies,
government corporations and
banks to ensure these entities
were fully appraised of the
sector’s concerns as it went
through “some distressing
times”.

He added that the utilities
and banks were prepared to
meet with BHA member
resorts on an individual,
“case-by-case” basis to work
out arrangements if they were

(Bahamas).

Judging by the indictment,
at least, Mr Cambridge
appears to have played no
further significant part in the
alleged money laundering
scheme once told about the
source of the funds.

In the Bahamas, this
nation’s anti-money launder-
ing regime includes the Pro-
ceeds of Crime Act, the
Financial Intelligence Unit
Act, the Financial Transac-
tions Reporting Act and the
Financial and Corporate Ser-
vices Providers Act. The
Compliance Commission is
the anti-money laundering
supervisor for financial insti-
tutions that are not part of
the banking, securities, insur-
ance and gaming industries.

September



needed.

While the Bahamian
tourism industry’s recovery,
and that of the wider econo-
my, depended on US eco-
nomic indicators such as
unemployment and consumer
confidence, Mr Sands said the
sector, in conjunction with the
Ministry of Tourism, had
embarked on “aggressive”
marketing strategies to ensure
“the Bahamas is still beating
the drum in the marketplace”.

There had been “tremen-
dous growth” in tourism
arrivals from Canada, Mr
Sands added, the Bahamas’
main problem being that its
core market, the US, which
accounted for 85 per cent of
visitors, “is the one hurting
the most”.

“This is cyclical, it will not
last for ever and we have to
weather the storm,” Mr Sands
said, adding that the 2009
fourth quarter would be “a
challenge” with group book-
ings down anywhere between
25-30 per cent.

“T think the only thing we
can say is that we see the lev-
el of the decline diminishing,”
the BHA president added.

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The Public is hereby advised that
CHARLOTTE STREET, NASSAU,
to change my name

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BAHAMAS, _ intend

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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX BELLOTTE of DUMPING
GROUND CORNER, P.O. BOX GT-2423, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 30‘ day of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
FRENCHIN VILLAS INC.

——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of FRENCHIN VILLAS INC, has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ONE SANDYPORT PLAZA
West Bay Street

www fohoamasrealty. bs
waw cbrichardellis.cam

RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE

1,042 - 2,264 sq. ft.

Ample Parking

Immediate Occupancy

For more information call 376-0000

BAHAMAS REALTY tto

COMMERCIAL
ln cheek with:

CBRE

CB RICHARD ELLIS

HAVIGATING A MEW WORLD

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

Legal Notice

NOTICE
JABREAH VENTURES INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of JABREAH VENTURES INC, has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HYLANE POINTE LTD.

—

e

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of HYLANE POINTE LTD. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the

Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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LEGAL NOTICE
EM OPPORTUNITIES BOND FUND, INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given in pursuance of Section 138 of the
International Business Companies Act, 2000 (as amended) that
the Directors of the above-named company by Resolution passed
onthe 17th day of September 2009 resolved that the company be
wound up voluntarily forthwith and that the Liquidator is Mr. Bennet
R. Atkinson of Ronald Atkinson & Co., Chartered Accountants,
Marron House, Virginia and Augusta Streets, P.O. Box N-8326,
Nassau, Bahamas.

All persons having claims against the above-named company are
requested to submit particulars of such claims and proofs thereof
in writing to the Liquidator, Mr. Bennet R. Atkinson, Marron House,
Virginia and Augusta Streets, P.O. Box N-8326, Nassau, Bahamas,
no later than the 31st day of October 2009, after which date the
books will be closed and the assets of the company distributed.

Dated the 29th day of September 2009.

Bennet R. Atkinson
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PANEMA MOUNTAIN CORP.
—
é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of PANEMA MOUNTAIN CORP. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
PRIME NOVIUS INC.

—o—

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of PRIME NOVIUS INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the

Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

WHEN it comes to dinnertime fare,
many people like to stick with the famil-
lar - meat, potatoes, rice and maybe a
vegetable or two. After all, this way is
tried and true, easy to prepare and filling.

But for those diners looking to escape
from the ordinary hum drum of the stan-
dard supper and give their taste buds a
surprise, I suggest trying something a lit-
tle racy tonight: tofu.

That's right, I said tofu, the other four-
letter word that sends the minds of most
meat-eaters into a tailspin of confusion.

This versatile ingredient made from
the extracted curd of soybeans is chock-
full of protein. Tofu absorbs whatever
seasoning is applied to it and is perfect for
marinades. It can be used in a main dish,
chopped and sprinkled over salads or
pasta, sliced in a sandwich or blended to
make delicious smoothies. You can even
use silken tofu in place of eggs in your
favourite desserts. I dare you to do that
with chicken!

Tofu is normally found in the refriger-
ated aisle of your supermarket's produce
section and usually comes in a little plas-
tic carton filled with water. You can also
find silken tofu in vacuum-sealed boxes
on your foodstore's shelves or in Asian
markets - make sure to check the car-
ton's expiration date.

While I understand the initial hesita-
tion to trade in a slab of meat for a mys-
terious, beige block I challenge you to
take a chance on the unknown. Your
palate, and your waistband, will thank
you!

Here are some easy recipes to get you
started:

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1 block firm or extra-firm tofu
2-4 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil

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‘Taste

Press and drain the tofu (place tofu block
on cutting board between two layers paper
towels. Place another layer of towels on top
and lightly press tofu. Place a heavy bowl or
pan on top of tofu to drain remaining water
and let sit for 15 minutes).

Slice or cube the tofu into one inch thick
pieces. Heat the oil over medium-high heat,
then add the tofu pieces. Fry, uncovered
and undisturbed, until golden brown. This
will take at least 7 minutes, so don't check
until then. Turn each piece and repeat. Serve
immediately.

Tasty with peanut sauce over noodles.
Has a nice chewy/crunchy texture.

Serves 2. (tofu-recipe.com)

CURRY TOFU

1 small onion

1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1 pound firm tofu, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

4 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup of raisins (optional)

salt to taste

Press and drain tofu, set aside. Dice onion
into fine pieces. In a large heavy skillet over
medium heat, mix coconut milk, brown sug-
ar, curry powder, ginger, and chili paste.
Bring to a boil. Stir tofu, tomatoes, yellow
pepper, mushrooms, and finely chopped
onion into the skillet. Cover, and cook 5
minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in basil.
Season with salt. Stir in raisins and contin-
ue cooking five minutes, or until vegetables
are cooked but crisp. Wonderful over Jas-
mine rice. Serves four to six. (Adapted from
allrecipes.com)

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1 (10.5 ounce) package extra-firm light
tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons cider vinegar

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 cup sliced onion, separated into rings

1 cup julienne-cut red bell pepper

1 cup julienne-cut zucchini

1/2 cup corn, black bean and roasted red
pepper salsa

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 (8-inch) fat-free tortillas

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cup low-fat sour cream

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey
Jack cheese

Place tofu in a shallow dish. Sprinkle with
cumin, chili powder, cinnamon and vine-
gar. Toss gently to coat; set aside. Heat oil in
large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add
onion; sauté for 2 minutes. Add bell pepper
and zucchini; sauté for 4 minutes. Stir in
tofu mix, salsa and salt; cook for 2 min-
utes, stirring occasionally. Remove from
heat.

Warm tortillas according to package direc-
tions. Spoon about 3/4 cup tofu mix down
center of each tortilla. Top with 1 table-
spoon each of green onions, sour cream
and cheese; roll up. Serves four. (tofu-
recipe.com)

PEN Ua

5 green onions, minced

6 or 8 cloves garlic, minced

1 package firm tofu, well-drained, sliced
and marinated in soy sauce

1 cup fresh basil, chopped

1 teaspoon crushed chili pepper sauce

1 teaspoon soy sauce

cooked brown rice

Cook onions and garlic in a little oil or
water or stock or vinegar until tender. Add
marinated tofu and cook another 5-10 min-
utes. Stir in basil, chili pepper sauce and soy
sauce and heat through. Serve over brown
rice. (tofu-recipe.com)

MU:

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEXLOUIS JEAN of WHITE LANE, OFF
MACKEY STREET, P.O. BOX $S-5312, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
Statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 23” day
of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOVA DISCOVERY INC.
a
-

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of NOVA DISCOVERY INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

TRESMO GARDEN INC.
—
é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of TRESMO GARDEN INC, has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE is hereby given that ESACHAR CESAR of FOX HILL,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of

The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/

naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed

Statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 23° day of
September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,

P(). Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

OCTOSTONE INC.
— H—

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of OCTOSTONE INC, has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOBLE OVERSEAS LTD.
—
é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of NOBLE OVERSEAS LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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D.V.D postcards capture the
beautiful islands of the
Bahamas on a series of slide
shows, showing the hot spot,
attractions and beautiful
scenery.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDEN CREST INVESTMENT
. HOLDINGS LTD.
“T am also making a

Junkanoo DVD and a : 4 —
Junkanoo booklet, and this
will make Junkanoo very dif-
ferent. This however is a little
different from the DVD
booklets, since the DVD
booklets are mainly targeted
to tourists. The Junkanoo
DVD is not only for tourists,
but also for the die hard
Junkanoo fans.” he said

He says that the Junkanoo
DVD will display every aspect
of the Junkanoo parade, and
with the help of technology,
he will incorporate digital
effects to the graphics.

The DVD’s, volumes 1 -19,
will be released on the
November 1.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GOLDEN CREST INVESTMENT
HOLGINGS LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of

Dissolution has been issued and the Company has there-

fore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





By JEFFARAH GIBSON

rick Darling,

says that the

idea for his
new business venture-
creating DVD post-
cards was sparked
on a trip to San Sal-

vador.

“The idea of putting the
Bahamas on a disc came
when I was coming back from
San Salvador in 2006. I over-
heard a couple on the plane.
The male visitor was telling
the female that the Bahamas
was so beautiful that he
wished he could take it all
home on a disc, and surpris-
ingly it was on the 7 o’clock
news. There was a report that
tourists wanted to purchase
authentic souvenirs at an
affordable price” he said.

Mr Darling’s interest was
peaked and he started making
the postcards which include
the history, the government,
calendar of events, attractions,
recreational activities and
photographs of the islands.

“IT went to work almost
immediately, creating the first
one of twenty-one volumes
and then adding the Bahamas
DVD booklet and discount
coupon. This allows tourists
to take the Bahamas home
with them as a collection sou-
venir,” he said.

The DVD postcard is
accompanied by the DVD
booklet, that gives other gen-
eral information about the
islands and gives the visitor
discounts that they can use on
their next visit to the coun-
try.

“The best part of purchas-
ing the DVD postcard is that
visitors get discounts and
coupons to come back to the
Bahamas on our all inclusive
Bahamas vacation ticket.
Ground transportation to and
from the airport will be pro-
vided, hotel reservations,
food, and a gift certificate is
also included”, he said.

Because most tourists
think that Nassau is the entire
the Bahamas, the DVD will
show them the other beautiful
islands and cays that make up
this archipelago which will
hopefully encourage them to
visit the other islands.

There are 19 DVD post-
card volumes, with each vol-
ume depicting a different
island. So far Mr Darling has
covered Grand Bahama,
Bimini, Eleuthera, Andros,
Abaco, San Salvador, Cat
Island, and Exuma. Next on
his list are Acklins, Crooked
Island, Mayaguana, Great
Inagua, and Little Inagua.

Apart from the DVD post-
cards, Mr Darling is also cre-
ating a Junkanoo DVD,
showing parades from previ-
ous years.

The National Insurance Board

of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Notice to Vendots

Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GYROSCOPE LIMITED (SAC) is in dissolution under the provisions of
the International Business Companies Act 200.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 11, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
General.

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 11th day of September 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.
August 12, 2009
ALISA RICHARDSON

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

Legal Notice

NOTICE

LA GLANESTRASS INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of LA GLANESTRASS INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KBOTO LIMITED

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f

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of KBOTO LIMITED has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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The National Insurance Board (NIB) ts preparing to make payments to vendors by direct
bank deposits. To facilitate this, the NIB 1s requesting that vendors provide the necessary
banking information. Forms will be distributed to vendors for completion. If you do not
receive one, please contact us at one of the following to obtain a copy of the form:

1. APBankinginfo@nib-bahamas.com
2. Telephone No.: (242) 502-1838, or
3. Collect a Form from any New Providence NIB Local Office

The NIB requests the cooperation of all vendors as we seek to provide mote efficient service.
Allinformation will be treated as strictly confidential.



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1. The ladies of the Zonta
Club of New Providence will
host their first Hat Show
and Tea Party at Govern-
ment House on Sunday,
October 4 at 3 pm. Tickets
for the event are $30 with
part proceeds going toward
the Sister Sister Cancer
Support Group. Guests are
asked to park in the lower
grounds of Government
House.




2.The Sine Nomine
Singers will perform at the
National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas on Sunday Octo-
ber 4 at 3pm. The group
was formed in 2002 by
JoAnne Connaughton and is
now an eight person harmo-
ny. The members of the
group are Bonny Byfield,
CMON aMiMm er Merlannlcle
Linda Osborn,Cairo Roche,
Bill Eyk, Felipe Itturalde and
Carlos Thomas. The group
performs several times a
year in concert and at pri-
vate functions particularly
during Lent, Adent and
Christmas . The group’s
repertoire ranges from
Medieval to Renaissance,
Amer ele UMS UEC UR
Brazilian and English folk
songs.

Tickets are $10 and
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gallery. They may be pur-
chased in advance at the
NAGB.

3. The Positive Vibe
Youth Concert will be held
on Friday, October 2 at the
Diplomat Centre.

This highly anticipated
event is being hosted by The
Ministry of Youth, Sports &
Culture and will serve as the
kick off event for National
Youth Month 2009 which is
held in October of each
year. Last year the Ministry
hosted a similar event called
Gospel Jam.

Some of the country's top
gospel artists will be per-
forming including Christian
Massive, Ricardo Clarke, DJ
Counsellor, Mr Beeds, Mr
Lynx, Manifest, Landlord,
Najie Dunn, Solo, Jay Arie
and Ovacomma, Shaback,
Avalanchee, Mr J and Edi-
son Sumner and Voices of
Praise.

Gospel Soca sensation
and two time Marlin Award
winner Nigel Lewis along
with his band Sound Mind.

Positive Vibe Youth Con-
cert is being held in con-
junction with Total Youth
Church (TYC) and 101.9 Joy
FM and is being co-spon-
sored by Faith Life Book and
Music Center. The concert
will begin at 7.30pm and is
free to all. For additional
information contact the
Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture at 502-0601.




4. The Alliance Francaise
French Cine Club will pre-
sent ‘Deux Freres’ an adven-
ture film by Jean Jacques
Annand, Guy Pearce, Jean
Claude Dreyfus and Philip-
pine Leroy-Beaulieu at the
British Colonial Hilton on
Friday, October 2 at 6.30 pm
in the Windsor A room.
Donation: $5. See:
www.afbahamas.org. The
clic mn aS
www.imdb.com/video/scree
nplayvi2670527257/
Reserve your seat by calling
302-5141 between 9 am -
12.30 pm.

5. The Rotary Club of
Southeast Nassau presents
the second annual Evening
of Jazz, Art and Wine under
the stars at Fort Charlotte
this Friday, October 2 at
7.30 pm. Artists include:
Malcolm Rae, Livingston
Pratt, Jonathan Bethel and
Heino Schmid as well as
Barbara Jesubatham with
her straw designer hand-
bags. Music is provided by
Adrian D'Aguilar and
friends. There is also food
sampling. Proceeds are
donated to various charities.
Tickets are $50 and can be

purchased at the 2 outlets of

Post Boxes Etc., downtown
and in the Westridge Shop-
ping Plaza, Cable Beach as
well as at the event.

THE PRODUCERS of ‘Head Held
High’ (from L to R) Calvin ‘Mas-
tr_C' Parker,’ ‘Acapella,’ and

Amaeleo ‘Cortez’ Carey.





YoungStar Music Group



Amaeleo ‘Cortez’ Carey

THE PRODUCERS of YMG promote ‘Head Held High’ on ‘Bahama Hot Ones.’
(100 Jamz)

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By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

LAST year, Tribune Enter-
tainment introduced young
Amaeleo 'Cortez' Carey- a
recent high school grad with
big dreams, and great ambi-
tion to fulfill them. At the
time, he had just made his
splash on the Bahamian
music scene with a three-song
demo album. In the inter-
view, he aspired to form a
record label someday, and
expressed a deep passion to
show the music world to what

the Bahamas has to offer.

Today, that dream has become a real-
ity. YoungStar Music Group has been
formed by Cortez and eleven young per-
sons between the ages of 17-24. YMG
has since debuted two singles on the air-
waves: ‘I'm A Star’ and most recently-
"Head Held High,’ which is available on
iTunes to download. The songs lit up
the airwaves on More 94 FM, 106.5 Star
FM, and Cool 96 FM early this year.

Sherard ‘Savio’ Campbell, Colette
‘Belle Parker’, Stevaughn ‘Acapella’
Hepburn, and Chavez 'Big Vezy' Parker,
Colette Parker, Sherard Campbell, Gia
and Jenna are the group's existing mem-
bers. Cortez is the ceo of YMG, and
has a passion to take music to another
level. To him, music isn’t just lyrics
placed haphazardly to a beat, but the
reflection or expression of the everyday
human struggle.

Got clouds in the sky, with my head
held high
Ain't no looking down with my head



held high

Gotta swallow the mountain of pride
with my head held high

Gotta keep pushing my head held
high

P’'m immune to the pain

Thick flesh my wounds deep

Things change, the looks seem bright
as if | used bleach

The group lays a feel-good track
about self motivation and ridding your-
self of negative people to achieve your
dreams sending positive vibes with
uplifting lyrics. Thinking higher seems
to be a recurring theme in their songs.

The single is a collaboration of the
two rappers - Calvin and Cortez. Both
came from musical families that
encouraged them to reach new heights
in the music arena. Cortez's uncle is
Pat Carey, lead guitarist of Bahamen,
and his cousin, highly acclaimed
recording artist “Christopher Carey’
aka Sketch produced their most recent
single, which has unique, catchy words.
Both men advised Cortez and his group
that they can be among the greatest
Bahamian artists, regardless of their
youth.

Last September, the group released
their single 'I'm a Star’ which lit up
the airwaves. The feel good anthem of
motivational words is an eclectic mix of
hip-hop and rap flavours.

Everyone in the group plays a musi-
cal instrument, Cortez said. Acoustic
guitar, piano, drum sets, tenor and alto
saxophone, and the tuba are all used
to relay their unique sound. The group
has high hopes to expand enterprise as
much as possible, performing at local
events, restaurants, and on local TV
shows.

They plan to release their first mix-
tape with 12 tracks, next year according
to the group's publicist Latoya Moncur.

She told Tribune Entertainment that
YMG has a lot more new music to
come which they hope will be hit sin-
gles. “Head Held High” is sure to be
reflective of that. Ms Moncur said they
have already set their sights on expos-
ing the world to what the Bahamas has
to offer.

And while people may see the
group's youth as a disadvantage, YMG
believes that it is actually a blessing. As
far as they're concerned, starting at
such a young age affords them more
time to develop as artists. So, when
they are well into their twenties, they
will already be accomplished artists,
rather than just beginning to make a
name for themselves.

In the mean time, music lovers will
be able to get a hold of YMG's debut
album by next year. If you keep your
ears tuned to local radio stations, you
may hear their name and sound long
before the album drops.

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of The Bahamas on Frederick
St. ‘Only the Strong Survive,’
‘Story,’ and ‘Ruben’s’ are a
few of the works featured in
the exhibit.

Each painting is constructed on a
large scale canvas, and some are accent-
ed with bright red material that encour-
age the spectator to decode its meaning
and are designed to trigger an emotional
response.

The paintings by Mr Schmid are
derived from life-like figures. He
described one of his pieces, which fea-
tures three vivid human-like figures side
by side. “In this particular instance, I
abstract them to present a particular
motion,” Mr Schmid said. He added:
cel hee not literal people, they are

b 5) highly metaphorical.
piece by J > ae His counterpart, John Cox told Tri-
fe Dune Art that it took him two months to
put his pieces together. “I hope my
work triggers an emotional response,
and causes viewers to think.”

“African Symbol,” is particularly
striking; it’s an acryllic collage of pat-
terns stuck on it.

All of Mr Cox’s paintings have power-
ful red-like fixtures juxtaposed next to
them. He explained that he “wanted to
have a visual device, a segue from the
conditions that are going on in the paint-
ing.”

The exhibit is on display until Friday,
October 2.








‘Persevere’
by John Cox.




‘African Symbol’
by John Cox.







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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 105 No.257WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SOMESUN, T-STORM POSSIBLE HIGH 87F LOW 76F F E A T U R E S SEE ‘THEARTS’ SECTION S P O R T S Striking art SEEPAGEELEVEN Exhibition Coach pleased with the IAAF seminar Maynard-Gibson says she approved secret recording of phone conversations with Opposition colleague The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FILET-O-FISH www.tribune242.com Try our Big Breakfast Sandwich I N S I D E SEEPAGENINE Larry Smith’s Tough Call By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net PLP SENATOR Allyson Maynard-Gibson testified yesterday that she consented to police tapping her office telephone to record any conversation she had with former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater. Mrs Maynard-Gibson, managing partner in the law firm Gibson and Co, Shirley Street, which represents Hollywood celebrity John Travolta, 55, said yesterday that she went to Freeport, Grand Bahama on January 14 to speak with Bridgewater. According to Mrs Maynard-Gibson during a meeting in Bridgewater’s law office, Bridge water told her that her client Tarino Lightbourne was the first to arrive on the scene at Old Bahama Bay on January 2 and was in possession of the original document signed SEE page eight PLP Senator ‘agreed to Bridgewater tap’ A HEARING for an application on behalf of murder accused Troyniko McNeil has been adjourned for a date to be fixed, his attorney Murrio Ducille said yesterday. Senior Justice Anita Allen had set November 4 as the "tentative" date for the start of the retrial of Troyniko McNeil who is accused of murdering McNeil application hearing adjourned THREE boaters believed to be missing at sea in the Bahamas were found safe and well near Abaco yesterday. The United States Coast Guard had been searching for the missing men who were on board the overdue Flying Pig. And the Bahamas Air and Sea Res cue Association (BASRA Thr ee missing boaters found THE Progressive Liberal Party has cut its convention schedule by two days due to the current economic conditions, The Tribune understands. The dates for the highlyanticipated conference were reduced from five days to three, with the meeting now being held on October 21 to 23. According to a party PLP convention schedule cut TRAVOLTA TRIAL: WEEK T WO PLP SENATOR Allyson Maynard-Gibson took the stand in court yesterday. PHOTO: Tim Clarke By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – A huge blood-stained stone, found resting on the head of murdered police officer Eddison Bain, was wheeled into the Supreme Court on a trolley Tuesday as the lead police investigator testified. Jurors in the murder trial of Edwin Bauld Jr and Wilfred McPhee Jr looked on in shock as two police officers from the Scenes of Crime Section brought the stone about 3ft x 3ft into the courtroom. Gasps could be heard as the heavy stone made a loud thud as it was put on the courtroom floor. The mother of Corporal Bain wept quietly. Murder trial jurors see blood-stained stone DEATH OFPOLICEOFFICER EDDISON BAIN SEE page seven SEE page seven SEE page nine SEE page nine FORMER PLP treasurer Sidney Cambridge(pictured) is now under investigation by Bahamian authorities in connection with the money laundering allegations made against him in the United States, The Tribune has learned. It has been suggested that a subsidiary of Callenders & Co, Mr Cambridge’s former law firm, Bahamas probe into Cambridge SEE page seven PLEASANT BRIDGEWATER

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net FAMILIES of murder victims are expected to demons trate outside of parliament this morning to urge law makers to fix the ailing justice system. The group will be led by the b ereaved family of slain teenager Brenton Smith, who are also pushing for a speedy Coroner's I nquest into the boy's death. The protesters also want speedier criminal trials and more thorough police investigationsi nto homicide cases. Relatives of Preston Ferguson who believe he was murd ered and blame police for mishandling the investigation into his death will also be present at today's demonstration. B renton’s father Hector S mith told T he Tribune y esterd ay: “Every month we plan to keep Brenton in the forefront of people's minds because some one needs to answer (for his death).” "So we decided to stand outs ide parliament and make our case.” I t is believed that Brenton, 18, was shot by a police officers hortly before 8pm on July 9 as he and a friend walked through a popular short-cut in the Kemp Road area used by many to get to the nearby foodstore on Village Road. He died at the scene. Moments before, police had b een chasing suspected armed robbers who held up a cashier att he supermarket. Police have said that they do n ot suspect that Brenton was in the store at the time of the rob b ery, while the family maintain he was an innocent pedestrian caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. A few weeks after his death, t he police released a statement admitting that the teenager was shot by a police-issued service weapon. What happens next will be determined by the outcome of a coroner's inquiry, however, a date for an inquest h as not yet been set. Mr Smith said until then his family, a close-knit clan that has b een torn apart with grief since the boy was shot, cannot remain silent. "Brenton really is our c atalyst he has inspired us. We k now he is all well with the Lord, but there are so many t hings that need to happen in our country. Instead of taking $10 million to fix the roads, let's take $10 million and fix the justice system," said Mr Smith, refe rencing the government's recent spending on the national road improvement project. T he Smith family plans to set up a foundation in Brenton’s name to help troubled young m en to have a better future. The family also wants to partner with anyone who has lost a loved one in a homicide. They can be contacted through the website www.thebrentonfoundation.com or at facebook.com/brent onhectorsmith. ‘Fix our ailing justice system’ MURIEL RAHMING, the mother of Mario Rahming, shows the Minister of National Security the name of her son on the wall. F AMILY AND FRIENDS o f Brenton Hector Smith hold up pictures of their loved one. F A MILIESOFMURDERVICTIMSEXPECTEDTODEMONSTRATEOUTSIDEPARLIAMENTTODAY F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f P RESTONFERGUSON “Every month we plan to keep Brenton i n the forefront of p eople's minds b ecause someone n eeds to answer (for his death).” H ector Smith

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WITH the possibility of government debt rising well beyond 50 per cent of the country’s GDP before the global eco nomic crisis ends, Prime Minist er Hubert Ingraham told the Conference of Americas yes terday that the Bahamas is com mitted to retreating with “all deliberate haste” from high debt as soon as the economy begins to grow again. M r Ingraham said the Bahamas will also move swiftly t o create “even more headroom to see us through the next i nevitable downturn on the assumption that no miracle economic model will emerge to relegate economic cycles to the dustbin of history.” Addressing the annual con ference, held this year under the t heme “After the crisis: emerg ing challenges and political stab ility” in Coral Gables, Flori da, the prime minister said the Bahamas’ economic growth went into negative territory in 2008, and there it remains. Unemployment is again on the rise and is now estimated to be higher than 14 per cent. “In the face of growing unemployment, decelerating private sector credit and falling foreign direct investment, policy-makers in an extremely open small economy have relatively little room for manoeuvre. “Fortunately for us, the fiscal discipline that we earlier established as our principal macro-economic strategy a fforded some small headroom and we availed ourselves of it,” h e said. Mr Ingraham said the government was able to ease the economic hardship on the most vulnerable while maintaining the public sector’s level of employment and recurrent spending. “And we did this without adding to the tax burden of the private sector which was itself a victim of the economic weakness,” he said. Looking forward, the prime minister said countries must clearly learn from the lessons of the present crisis. “These lessons indicate the following: We must make an honest assessment of the risks posed to our global economic and financial systems and avoid placing blame where it is not due; we must have a better m eans of assessing and respond ing to systemic risk in the glob al financial architecture and one that demonstrates equity in call ing all economies, those of the developed and developing world, into account. We must promote greater equity in the international d evelopment process so as to make the prospects for sust ained growth of the world economy more enduring and wide-spread, and we must better co-ordinate global resources in order to maximise use. This is especially true with respect to those resources channelled by the multilateral lending and aid agencies,” he said. By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net Many members of the 5,000 plus strong Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union who cast their vote for a new executive team yesterday said they hope the new president will spend “less time in court” and more time looking after the membership. Up to press time yesterday it was not known which team of would-be union executives won yesterday’s vote, although all of the voters this n ewspaper spoke with happily declared their support for Nicole Martin’s “A-Team” as they waited in line to castt heir ballots. F our teams were vying for top positions in the country’s biggest union: the “A-Team” led by Ms Martin, who were victorious in the May 28, 2009 election but later ejected after the results were declared null and void based on irregulari-t ies in the nomination process; Team Deliverance” headed by former first vice President Kirk Wilson, whose court action resulted in the ousting of Ms Wilson; “Team Redemption”, led by Sidney Rolle; and Tyrone Butler’s “M-Group”. Incumbent President Roy Colebrooke and Secretary General Leo Douglas, who temporarily regained the reins of the union on July 31 after Ms Martin’s team were forced to step down following a court order by Justice Jon Isaacs, declined to offer again for leadership, likely given the fact that they only received 270 votes in the May election. The major traffic, rowdiness and overcrowding problems that characterised the May election were not replicated as members of the 5,000-plus strong union were s pread between various loca t ions: BHCAWU Headquarters at Worker’s House on Harrold Road, Bahamas Communication and Public Officers Union (BCPOU Hall on Farrington Road and the National Centre for Performing Arts on Shirley Street. Results Polling stations were due to close at 6pm yesterday, with preliminary results expected by around 9 or 10pm and a definitive outcome by the early hours of this morning. Sandra, a 39-year-old food and beverage worker at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, said she would be voting for Ms Martin “because you’ve got to give a woman a chance.” “There are a lot of single mums in the union and she can relate to us better,” she said. Stephen Douglas, a housekeeping worker at the Wyndham hotel, was equally enthusiastic in his support for Ms Martin. “I feel right now we need a change and Nicole is the change. I voted before for her and I’m voting again. Her whole outlook is different. She’s for the people, the underdog, everybody. I like that,” he told The Tribune. Christopher Lamm, a Sheraton employee, said the team he voted for in the May election are not running this time, and consequently he too intended to vote for Ms Mart in. “I’m on vacation but I just came down to do the right thing. I’m voting for the Ateam. I want the union to stop all this fighting and court appearances – they’ve been spending too much time in court,” he said. Meanwhile, Phillip Rolle, a landscaping employee at the Lyford Cay Club, would not reveal who he was voting for b ut said he feels strongly that the union has not been acting “in the best interest of the people”. “I would like to see the new union team get together and fight for the hotel people rather than fighting with each other,” he said. For more than two years, the union has been rocked by serious infighting and disputes over funds – culminating recently in calls for legal action over the disbursement of almost $700,000 allegedly authorised by certain union executives in August against the wishes of others. Incumbent union President Mr Colebrooke said yesterday that “bringing stability” back to the organisation and building the membership’s confidence in its representation should be a “very important” focus for whichever team is elected. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. I think it is safe to say that no one alive today can remember when the majestic casuarina trees along Saunders Beach and West Bay Street were planted. These trees may not be indigenous to the Bahamas but they have been there longer than all o f us. Does this not, of itself, give them the right to remain? I come to the defense of the casuarina of West Bay Street as an artist. I appreciate their beauty and the height they add to our landscapes and seascapes. They have been the s ubject and the background of many of my paintings of Saund ers Beach and West Bay Street. Imagine, for a moment,t hat there were no casuarina t rees along our shoreline not a pretty picture since most of o ur “indigenous” trees seldom grow very tall. Furthermore at t his point in our history can we really tell which trees are really indigenous” to the Bahamas? What difference does it reallym ake since they all contribute to our bio-diversity. I have fond memories of painting along Saunders Beach and enjoying not only the shade o f these great trees but also their melody as gentle breezes w histled through their pine nee dles. Nevertheless, some a uthorities claim that these 100plus-year-old trees are invasive. Pray tell, what harm are they really doing to our environment? It is so easy to destroy these giants but what can we replace them with? Might I r emind you that we have lost many magnificent specimens oft he silk cotton trees in Nassau and Grants Town because we w ere insensitive to their histor ical, cultural and aesthetic value. Trees are so significant to human environment that even t he bible makes reference to “the Big trees of Mamre” inA braham’s time (Genesis 13:18) and the “Cedars of L ebanon” (Isaiah 2:13 Rather than trying to eradicate the casuarina trees, would it not be more constructive to see how they can be utilised? C asuarina hard wood is excellent for construction and furni-t ure making. Island school in Cape Eleuthera has some beaut iful examples of this. Roddy Pinder of Spanish Wells has made many fine ornamental works with casuarina wood. Why was the destruction of our public heritage allowed? Was there much debate of thism atter? These trees belong to all of us. I now live in Eleuthera where I heard some mention of it recently on the “Crissy Love Show.” I was eager to see f or myself what all the “combruction” was about. When I visited Nassau last week, high on my list of things to do was to find out what had happened. I c ouldn’t believe my eyes. I was shocked to see the western end of Saunders Beach! It was as if a hurricane had ravaged the a rea. Then I noticed numbers o n the remaining casuarinas on the eastern endI hope after seeing the folly and the disaster to the west a moratorium was placed on any further choppingb y our “Bahamian out-of-control buzz saw.” I n the USA and many other countries of the world, trees are s o valued that you need a special permit to cut down a tree in your own yard, much less ones in public spaces. Even if an argument could b e made that the casuarina species is invasive, would it not be the course of wisdom to control the ones that are “out of p lace” and let remain the giants that have for so long, made such a valuable contribution to our landscape? Remember once destroyed they can never b e replaced, Furthermore, it is costing a g reat deal of money to cut down and truck away the tons o f debris. Surely we can find more creative ways to boost employment. It is of note that the casuarina are used extensively as hedges along Current Road in Eleuthera, where I live. I have a beautiful casuarina hedge along my driveway and two large o nes that provide welcome shade during afternoon gatherings, In 20 years I have not seen t he needles damage any of my plants that grow under them such as pomegranate, passion fruit, adeanas just to mentiona few. As a matter of fact, I would have lost much of my soil to erosion during the many hurricanes that have hit Eleuthera since “Andrew” in 1 992 were it not for the root structure of my faithful casuarinas. Rather than focus on any negative feature of our casuarinas let us consider some of their positive attributes. 1) Most beaches in the B ahamas would be devoid of shade without the sprawling u mbrella of the casuarina’s branches. 2 ) The artistic beauty and t he perspective in our lands capes would be lessened witho ut the casuarinas. 3) We want to enhance the b eauty of our tourism product not mutilate it. 4 ) These fast growing trees have many advantages justg oogle “casuarinas” on the internet and you will be a mazed. CONCLUSION. As a Bahamian artist I a ppeal to whoever is the authority behind the chain s aw.stop! Examine what has been destroyed so far. Has anyt hing worthwhile been accom plished? It is so easy to destroy.I am saddened by the wanton destruction of those stately ancient casuarinas along Saunders Beach and West Bay Street. Let us as Bahamians p reserve what is beautiful in our country not just for our s elves and our visitors but for future generations as well. EDDIE MINNIS Eleuthera, September 25, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm CHARLOTTE, N.C. A whoop went u p in the classroom and the teenagers became giddy when they realised that them an and woman being escorted to the front of the room were Bill and Melinda Gates. Ohmigod!” shrieked one girl, her eyes and mouth wide with astonishment. “Are you the real Bill Gates?” asked another. The Gateses were in the Algebra 1 class at W est Charlotte High School (a venerable, mostly black institution that over the decadesh as reached academic highs and touched ignominious lows) to learn, not teach. They h ave been travelling the country trying to see for themselves what really works and what has gone haywire in public education in the United States. Visiting classrooms is like peering into the nation’s future. Right now the view is somewhat frightening. American youth drop o ut of high school at an average of one every 26 seconds. Only about a third of those who g raduate are prepared to move on to a fouryear college. And in the savage economic d ownturn that has gripped the United States for the better part of the past two years, retrenchment in public schools and colleges is widespread. For a country that once led the world in e ducating its citizens, we are now moving decidedly in the wrong direction. As BillG ates points out: “Our performance at every level primary and secondary school a chievement, high school graduation, col lege entry, college completion is drop ping against the rest of the world.” This has consequences. As Melinda Gates notes: “America’s long history of upward m obility is in danger.” The Gateses are co-chairs of the Bill and M elinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic organisation. They are i nvesting billions of dollars and much of their considerable energy in an effort to spark not just change but a transformation in the way American youngsters are educat ed. I t’s an overwhelming challenge, and not all of their early efforts have borne fruit. Educ ating children in the U.S. means engaging issues like poverty and homelessness, racial and ethnic transformations and entrenched, outdated ways of doing things. But the Gate s es seem determined to master this issue and do what they can to help reverse the current dismal trends. As they met over two days with students, teachers, administrators and community college executives in Charlotte and RaleighDurham, the intensity of their focus and concentration was striking. “You can read about all of this stuff,” Bill G ates told me, “but it’s important to come out and see it, to spend time talking witht he people involved, and to visit the bad schools as well as the good schools if you r eally want to understand and make a difference.” The issues can be maddeningly complex. There are school districts in which much of the population is aging and predominantlyw hite and the taxpayers are less than enthusiastic about supporting a school populationt hat is largely poor and black or Hispanic. There are schools trying desperately to raise t heir test scores, an important measure of accountability, while at the same time trying to keep poor and struggling youngsters from dropping out the very youngsters who are often a drag on overall test scores. But the many challenges will have to be met and overcome if the United States is to m aintain a successful society. The American work force is becoming increasinglyb lack and Hispanic, and a two-year or fouryear college credential has become a prer equisite to a middle-class standard of living. With that in mind, it’s not difficult to see how disastrous it is to have nearly 50 per cent of minority kids dropping out of school before they even get a high school diploma. It is so important,” said Melinda Gates, “to get all of the children educated.” T he Gateses are committed, but they need so many more to follow their lead. I ’m not sure how or why so many Amer icans over the past few decades took their eyes off the critical importance of educa tion as the pathway to personal and soci etal success. In their book, “The RaceB etween Education and Technology,” the Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and L awrence F. Katz pointed out that educa tional attainment in the U.S. “was except ionally rapid and continuous for the first three-quarters of the 20th century.” And then, foolishly, we applied the brakes and advancement “slowed considerably for young adults beginning in the 1970s and for t he overall labour force by the early 1980s.” If you don’t think we’re paying a price f or this, just look around. A student in the Algebra I class at West Charlotte High summed up the matter cogently when she said to the Gateses, in av oice that was not the least amused: “People seem to think it’s cool to be stupid. But it’s not.” ____ Bahamians take note. ____ (This article was written by Bob Herbert c.2009 New York Times News Service). Why are we destroying ‘our’ ancient casuarina trees? LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Peering at the future EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: So how does China benefit from its relationship with Bahamas. Tribune September 23, 2009 T he writer reminds us that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” However, what China hopes to gain from The Bahamas in return for all the love and friendship being lavished upon us, is that we will stand by China geopolitically (eg at the UN and other world fora) in years to come. The Chinese, like our Cuban friends, are well aware that we are easily bought. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, September 24, 2009. The Chinese know we ar e easily bought

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A NUMBER of changes to t he criminal justice system were called for by the Crisis Centre yesterday as it commemorated the Day to End Sexual Violence. D irector of the non-profit counselling service centre Dr S andra Dean-Patterson high lighted the need for systematic c hanges to help protect victims of sexual abuse in a country where the incidence of sexual crime far exceeds the worldwide average. The United Nations recorded 133 rapes per 100,000 people in the Bahamas in 2007, com pared to an average of 15 per 1 00,000 worldwide. In the decade leading up to 1999 there were 3,000 individu als in the Bahamas who reported crimes of a sexual nature, Dr Patterson said. She compared this to the number of sex offenders convicted and serving prison time – a lowly 150. A nd it seems sexual violence is still hugely prevalent as there h ave been 4,114 reported rapes so far this decade, including 80 r apes reported this year, as well as 26 attempted rapes, 174 incidents of unlawful sex with someone under 16, and 15 cases of incest. D r Patterson said: “I am sure if you went to the prison you w ould find there is around the same number of sex offenders. The reality is that persons who are sexually violent do not get convicted or go to prison, so as long as you can walk around and commit offences without consequences there is no reason to stop doing it. And it is the women and children who are predominantly victims in this.” S peaking out with supporters on the Day to End Sexual Violence, the Crisis Centre called for: A Voluntary Bill of Indictment in sexual offence trials Establishment of a court s pecifically for sexual offences The use of plea bargaining i n selected cases Implementation of a sexual o ffender police registry and supervision orders for released o ffenders Legislation to incorporate as offences sexual touching and grooming to allow for special protection for children Creation of sex offender treatment programmes in p rison and in probation reha bilitation services. T he proposals won support from Kingdom Women in Business, the Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH Bahamas Against Sexual Vio lence and Child Abuse, and PLP MP Alfred Sears. Mr Sears e xplained how it is important for people in the community to d o what they can to eliminate sexual abuse by mentoring child ren who are at risk. Dr Patterson said that anyone who wishes to volunteer in their community should call the Crisis Centre on 328-0922 or log o n to the Crisis Centre website www.bahamascrisiscentre.org. By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net TO MARK the third annual Day to End S exual Violence, advocates gathered to take a stand against rape, sexual abuse and violence, and to call for an end to the marital rape law debate still raging in the community. R epresentatives of the Crisis Centre and other advocates and supporters of the movement stood in solidarity at a press conference held in the Eastern Cemetery, D owdeswell Street, to demand greater protection for all victims of sexual abuse throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean. This year, the event highlighted the hot-button issue of marital rape and Terry Miller, executive director of the Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH d emn sexual violence in all its forms by showing support for the amendment to the S exual Offences Act proposed by Minister o f Labour and Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner in July. T he Bahamas Christian Council has opposed the amendment – which would m ake it illegal for a husband to rape his wife while the Roman Catholic church e xpressed support of it. Mr Miller said it is time for those on b oth sides of the argument to bring deliberations to an end. Just as Crisis Centre director Sandra Dean-Patterson has agreed to look at increasing penalties for false rape allega-t ions to protect men, those opposing the law must recognise the need to condemn s exual violence against all women, Mr Miller said. “Every individual, whether they are in a marriage or not, has the right to say no,a nd a man never has the right to physically violate his wife. “I don’t think we should spend another month arguing on this issue; this is a nonissue and we need to move on. As males we have no right to force ours elves upon a lady, married or not,” he said. His sentiments were echoed by Kingdom Women in Business founding member Charlene Paul, who emphasised the conn ection between violence against women and children and the degeneration of society. She said: “If we have a large proportion of our women being abused as victims ofs exual violence, how do we expect these i ndividuals to lead normal lives and rear children in a confident way? “A society that does not protect, provide, nurture and care for its women and c hildren is a breeding ground for a future generation that is dysfunctional.” T heir views were supported by Erica Morris of The Bahamas Against Sexual Violence and Abuse; musician Berkley VanByrd; Miss Teen Bahamas ShamikaR olle; PLP MP for Fort Charlotte Alfred Sears and a team of advocates including Bahamian singer Terneille ‘TaDa’ Burrows. Those in attendance dressed in black for the solemn event, which was held in ac emetery to symbolise that acts of sexual v iolence are akin to attempted murder of the spirit, regardless of the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator. Ms Dean-Patterson said: “We know all t oo well that sexual violence is a deadly business. Sexual violence has nothing to do with the sexual activity taking place between consenting men and women insideo r outside of the marriage. This is just one example of the misinformation that has permeated the current debate. Sexual violence has everything to do with rage, violence, power and control. I t violates the dignity and humanity of every individual it touches.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ‘Sex abuse victims need more protection’ DAYTOENDSEXUALVIOLENCE SPEAKING UPFORVICTIMS: Advoctates and supporters of the Crisis Centre. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Appeal for end to marital rape debate Crisis Centr e calls for criminal justice system changes

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IN 1925, the property where the Bahamas National Trust h eadquarters are now located on Village Road was a wilderness of old growth coppice extending from a sparsely populated country road draped by ancient logwood and wild tamarind trees. B ahamian Margaret Thompson and her fianc Arthur Langlois a junior civil servant recently arrived from the Channel Islands acquired 10 acres of this wilderness for 5,000 pounds sterling from a Vermont family who had built a r amshackle winter retreat there i n 1899. The original garden in front of the house contained a variety of local hardwoods, three large ficus trees and a handful of palms. As Margaret was to write in her diary years later, t he palms included coconut t rees, a Hog Palm, a Fish-Tail Palm, two Queen Palms, and five Royal Palms some of which can still be seen today. "To us at that time," Margaret wrote, "these few varieties of palms comprised a col-l ection and was later to be the s timulus for us to collect and g row as many kinds of palms as possible although it was not u ntil 1930 that Arthur decided he wished to introduce new and interesting trees and palms into the garden." That was the origin of the Retreat, an 11-acre woodland oasis in the heart of New Providence that now contains one o f the world's largest private collections of rare palms. What began as a newly-wed fancy d eveloped into a respected life's w ork of studying, photograph ing, collecting and growing often very rare trees. The Langlois' made several e xpeditions to Central Ameri ca, the Caribbean, Madagascar and the South Pacific, to col l ect and photograph exotic palms. They hobnobbed with the likes Dr David Fairchild, founder of Fairchild Tropical G arden in Florida; well-known palm botanist Harold E Moore, and Dent Smith, founder of the International Palm Society. I n addition to Margaret's carefully compiled and illustrated diary of the history of the Retreat over many decades, her husband's archives (which a re held at the Fairchild Tropical Garden) contain some 3,000p apers, 2,400 photos, 2,000 pic tures and 36 drawings includi ng a record of all known palm genera. Arthur's files date from the 1930s to his death in 1977. Some of the photos were used i n a 1959 publication on Palms of the World , as well as in his o wn book, Supplement t o Palms of the World . F iles The files were donated to Fairchild by Margaret in 1980. And before he died, Arthur b equeathed the Retreat itself to the BNT to ensure its preserv ation as a botanic garden, although Margaret continued t o live there until her death 10 years later. Grand Bahama Port Authority principal Sir Jack Hayward helped fund the BNT's acquisition, and the new headquarters were officially opened by Prince Philip, the BNT’s royal patron, in 1985. At that time, the Retreat b ecame a national park one of 25 protected areas managed by the BNT from Abaco and Grand Bahama in the north, to Inagua in the south. These reserves contain a representative selection of Bahamian ecosystems and natural resources, and they are considered by experts to be of critical value for both tourism and conservation. Coppice, such as that pre served in the Retreat garden, is the name given to the dense, narrow-stemmed thickets of mixed hardwood vegetation that provide habitat for Bahamian bromeliads, birds, snakes, crabs and lizards. Early settlers removed the m ost durable species (such as mahogany, braziletto andc edar) and cleared much of the remainder for agriculture. But the regrowth coppice of today is the most diverse land eco-system in the Bahamas, w ith hundreds of species per acre. The plants are well adapt e d to Bahamian conditions, provide food and shelter for w ildlife, shade and beauty for people, and help to prevent soil erosion. The Retreat has a daily traffic of tourists, garden enthusia sts, students, teachers, and researchers. A committee of volunteer horticulturalists now cares for t he hundred or more exotic palms that flourish amidst an excellent collection of native hardwoods such as horseflesh, madeira, gum elemi, logwood, a nd tamarind. Nature trails wind their way t hrough the coppice affording a glimpse of a wide range of m igratory and native birds as well as the palms and native vegetation themselves. Guided and self-guided tours are avail able. The BNT offers a variety of programmes and services for school children and adults at the Retreat, and two major fundraising events are held t here each year the Art and Wine Festival in October, and t he Christmas Jollification in November. The Langlois' ramshackle homestead now houses the BNT executive offices, a research library, a small shop and a pavillion for outdoor events. Written by Larry Smith, Media Enterprises Ltd, for the Bahamas National Trust. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM From a wilderness to a woodland oasis ... Files record the history of the Bahamas National Trust Retreat THE HEADQUARTERS of the BNT on Village Road. The property was once a wilderness of old growth coppice. Now the Retreat, boasting many exotic palms, has a daily traffic of tourists, garden enthusiasts, students, teachers, and researchers.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Please call Crystal Pintard (396-2148) Alexander Burrows AlexisRoberts Almina Hanna Alvin Cunningham Andrew Thompson Angela Neymour Arlington Brice Bernice Culmer Beverly M ather Bradford Wildgoose Cecil G ray Cravaughn M cKay Cyril Gibson Danielle Davis Danny Toussaint Daphnie Saunders Douglas Smith Ellis Miller Elvis Bullard Isadell Howells Jerome Pinder Latoya Cargill Gray Loretta Hart Lynn Woodside-Sands Mandi Pedican Philip Hinzey Roland Clarke Roosevelt Burrows Ruth Williams Ruthesa Glendera Dean Selle Julie Brindle Sherry Armaly Hall Terrence King Vanria Johnson Vilna Adderley Vincent Grant The following Government Employees are asked to contact the respective representatives at ColinaImperial Insurance Ltd: Alma Clarke Anthony Rolle Anthony Fawkes Bettrah Belanda Mitchell Bridgette Neely Carl Rudolph Johnson Charlene Dawkins-Bevans Cheryl Bowe-Moss Clarence Rolle Cleaver W. Robinson Cordero Farrington Coresa Deveaux Cynthia Wilson Dedrick Storr Derek Nottage Desmond Pinder Douglas Richards Francina Scott Francis Clarke Frederica Hamilton Fredie Smith George Bruney Gloria Estella Rolle Jasmar Higgs Jewel A. Mcphee John A. Webb Kardeo Heild Kevin Remond Culmer Kirkwood Campbell Laytoya Cargill-Gray Leila Wood Lorenzo M. Carroll Malriae Lauree Ferguson Mavis Vanderpool Melissa Evans Michael White Melonie Adderley Mervalette L. Dean Mervin Dean Mervin J. Dean Michael Duvalier Muriel Johnson Natashia Andrews Pamela Taylor Petre Darwin Curry Philip Turner Raymond Butler Reginald Taylor Rhonda Gibson Samuel A Gay Shanita G. Rolle Stubbs Shannon Akira Butterfield Shannon Akira Butterfield Sharon Creary Sharon Hanna Sheniqua Brennen-Curry Shorn Douglas Gibson Solomon Rolle Sonia Smith Stanley Wood Stephen D. Moss Theresa Cooper Tina Samantha O Brien Trevor Mcneil Basden Valentino Gay Velma Cox Veronica Samuel Virginia P. Culmer Woodside Wayde Russell William Mckenzie Zenovia Marie Coakley Mills Please call Charmaine Parker (396-2152) Police Sergeant 1843 Darrell Rolle pointed out his initials and the blood stains on the stone, which he and another officer lifted off their dead colleague on the evening of October 22, 2007. Bauld and McPhee are accused of the murder, kidnapping, and robbery of Police Corporal Bain. Bain’s body was found in a ditch near the Casuarinas Bridge. His hands and feet were bound. Sgt Rolle said he was attached to the Serious Crimes Section of the Central Detective Unit on October 21 when he received certain information and a Commonwealth Bank bank book in the name of Eddison Bain. He told jurors that Edwin Bauld Jr, a suspect in the matter, came to the Central Detective Unit on October 22 in a burgundy coloured Oldsmobile Olero. Mr Rolle said he informed Bauld that he was a suspect in the kidnapping of Corporal Bain and cautioned him. Sgt Rolle conducted a search of the vehicle and collected a white NY Yankees cap and white T-shirt and handed them over to Corporal Ferguson. He said sometime around 3.15am on October 22 offi cers discovered the green Honda Accord car that was driven by Bain in the parking lot of Imperial Gardens. Rolle said he interviewed Bauld sometime around 8.45pm in the presence of Chief Inspector Bonamy. Sgt Rolle said Bauld told him that he and his friend, Wilfred McPhee, had robbed Bain. He said his friend strangled Bain and threw him in a hole over the Bridge. H e said that he never threatened, forced or induced Bauld. Sgt Rolle said Bauld had indicated to them that he did not want a lawyer present. Sgt Rolle said Bauld told him that he wanted to show them where the hole was because Bain was his cousin and that he was hurting. Rolle said Bauld directed them to a dirt road about 700ft off Casuarinas Drive, where he pointed to a hole. After instructing officers to photograph the hole, Rolle said he removed branches and rocks from the hole. He saw a male lying face up in the hole. He and another officer lifted a large stone that was resting on the side of the face. Sgt Rolle said the hands of the deceased were bound with some wires and the legs were bound with a black belt. The body was removed by morticians at Restview Memorial Mortuary around 11.35pm and taken to Rand Memorial Hospital. Sgt Rolle returned to the Central Detective Unit around midnight on October 23. He said Bauld agreed to give a police statement. He told the court that the process started around 12.45am and ended around 4am. Rolle said he asked Bauld if he wanted to take a break or have something to eat, but he said no. In the 16-page statement, Bauld gave details of how he had persuaded his girlfriend, Gahnise Campbell, to lure Bain to an area near Island Seas, where he and McPheew aited for them. In the statement, Bauld said they asked Bain for money, but he only had $15. He said that McPhee threatened to kill Bain who then told them he had some money on his account. They took Bain’s card, tied him up, and put him the trunk. Bauld told Rolle that they went to Commonwealth Bank and withdrew $1,500 from Bain’s ATM card. They then went to an area over the bridge, where McPhee took a wire and strangled Bain. Rolle said Bauld told them that Bain had told them he would not report the matter, but McPhee did not believe him. Testimony was also given by DNA expert Kevin Nog ginger, of DNA Lab International. He said he had received several items from police, including a cutting from a shirt and a hat, two items they swabbed, and a reference standard form from Bauld and McPhee. He said he found the DNA of two individuals on the shirt. Most of the DNA matched Bauld, he said. Bauld’s DNA was also found on a hat. The trial resumes on Wednesday. K Brian Hanna represents Bauld and Mario Gray represents McPhee. Acting Justice Jethro Miller presides over the case. Murder trial jurors see blood-stained stone F ROM page one Bahamas probe into Cambridge also will be looked at by local regulators, as they seek to determine if any anti-money laundering laws or regulations were violated. However, there is nothing to suggest this subsidiary, its law firm parent or other staff have done anything wrong in relation to the allegations against Mr Cambridge. The review is being conducted by the Inspector of Financial and Corporate Services Providers and the Compliance Commission in an effort to protect the Bahamas’ reputation as a centre for international financial business. This follows the handing down of an indictment against Mr Cambridge by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. See Tribune Business for full story. F ROM page one Three missing boaters found issued a marine broadcast yesterday morning urging boaters to lookout for the 46foot sailing vessel. However crew members of The Flying Pig heard the broadcast and quickly responded by radio, explaining how they were anchored off Abaco because of bad weather. A friend of Skip Gundlach, the 65-year-old owner of the Flying Pig, reported the crew missing around 4.30 pm on Monday after he stopped receiving location messages from the vessel's satellite messenger service, according to a news report. The boaters were on their way to Spanish Cay from Georgia and had briefly stopped in Lake Worth, Florida, on Sunday before they continued their sail to the Bahamas, The Palm Beach Post reported. FROM page one

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by Mr Travolta which could be detrimental to him. According to Mrs MaynardGibson, Bridgewater said that her client wanted to give Mr Travolta the first option to purchase the document. According to Mrs Maynard-Gibson, Bridgewater told her that she had warned her client that what he was doing was wrong and that it would be detrimental to the Bahamas. She said that Bridgewater told her that her client said that he had already been suspended from work for 30 days and had nothing to lose. According to Mrs Maynard-Gibson, Bridgewater said that her client claimed that the document showed that Mr Travolta either wanted his son dead, was negligent in seeking supervision for his son who was autistic, or was negligent in seeking treatment for his son. According to Mrs Maynard-Gibson, Bridgewater told her that her client had been in contact with a female reporter from the US media who had told him that the document could be useful to show that Mr Travolta had denied his son Jett medical treatment. Mrs Maynard-Gibson said that Bridgewater also told her that her client had been contacted by other media persons such as, Geraldo Rivera, Larry King, Greta Van Susteren, Inside Edition, Time Magazine, as well as someone from the United Kingdom. Lightbourne said that the foreign media wanted to know the nature of the document so they could make an assessment as to its value. Mrs Maynard-Gibson testified that Bridgewater told her that Lightbourne felt that the document was worth $25 million and that Mr Travolta did not want to have his name tarnished in the media. Bridgewater told her that the document was not on file at the Rand Memorial Hospital and that her client had kept it because he realised that he had a celebrity’s signature. Mrs Maynard-Gibson said that she was shown copies of the document which consisted of two dispatcher’s reports and a refusal of treatment form. According to Mrs Maynard-Gibson, Lightbourne had told Bridgewater that on January 2, a code 15 had gone out, indicating that the patient had suffered from lacerations and was bleeding. Lightbourne had told Bridgewater that when he arrived at Old Bahama Bay, two police officers had escorted him to the Travoltas’ condo where he met at least seven people, including Dr Fernandez who was tending to Jett. Jett, he was told had suffered a seizure, hit his head and fallen unconscious. Dr Fernandez had ordered that Jett be take to the hospital. Travolta, however, wanted Jett to be taken to the airport. Lightbourne told Travolta about the document which he signed and was satisfied that he understood what it meant, Mrs MaynardGibson told the court. Mrs Maynard-Gibson said she asked Bridgewater whether she could have copies of the documents and Bridgewater responded by saying that her client had not given her consent to do so. She said that Bridgewater gave her a copy because she was a col league, but said that she could not give them to her client, Mr Travolta. She told the court that back in Nassau, she had a meeting with lawyers in her office, including attorney Michael McDermott on January 17, informing them of the situation. Mrs MaynardGibson said that after that meeting she phoned Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, then Attorney General and Senator Michael Barnett as well as Senior Assistant Com missioner of Police Marvin Dames. Mrs Maynard-Gibson said that the following day she had a meeting with several lawyers at her chambers as well as Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Dames and ASP Ricardo Taylor. She told the court that she gave police a copy of the document that Bridgewater had given her and consented to having any conversation she had with Bridgewater taped. She told the court that after she phoned Bridgewater, she listened to the tape and signed it. During cross-examination by attorney Murrio Ducille who represents Bridgewater, she admitted that she was the one who initiated the conversation with Bridgewater and did not inform her that it was being taped. She also admitted that up to January 17 she had had no conversation with Mr Travolta and that Bridgewater had personally made no demands for money from Mr Travolta by threats and that she did not inform Bridgewater that the conversation was being taped. Mrs MaynardGibson is expected to be recalled this morning. Also taking the witness stand yesterday were Inspector Sean Saunders and Sergeant Dale Strachan. Inspector Saunders told the court that on January 20, he and three other officers went to the hotel room of attorney Michael McDermott at the Sheraton, Cable Beach. Mr McDermott, he said, gave consent to having audio and video recording devices set up in his hotel room (328 Inspector Saunders said that he and the other officers monitored the room from the adjacent room. He said that sometime around 9.20 am Mr McDermott left the hotel room and returned shortly thereafter with a man he identified in court as Tarino Lightbourne. Inspector Saunders said that the meeting lasted about 40 minutes after which Lightbourne and Mr McDer mott left the hotel room. During cross-examination by Mr Ducille, he admitted that Bridgewater had no knowledge that she was being taped. However, he did not call it “deception” as Mr Ducille had suggested. When asked by Mr Ducille whether he and the officers had authorisation by the Commissioner of Police under Section 5 of the Listening Devices Act to conduct the covert operation, Inspector Saunders replied, Inspector Saunders also admitted that he did not hear Ms Bridgewater make any demand for money, nor did he recall hearing McDermott say that he came to buy silence. During cross-examination by attorney Carlson Shurland, who represents Lightbourne, Inspector Saunders said that police conducted the covert operation under Section 2 of the Listening Devices Act after getting the consent for Mr McDermott. Detective Sergeant 1492 Dale Strachan, who heads the technical section of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, said that on January 18 he and two senior officers went to the law office of PLP Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson. He told the court that Mrs Maynard-Gibson gave them permission to attach an audio recording device to her telephone. He said that Mrs Maynard-Gibson made a phone call and a voice-mail came on, prompting her to leave a message. After that call, he said that she made another call and spoke to a female who identified herself as ‘Pleasant.’ Sergeant Strachan told the court that on January 24, he and ASP Ricardo Taylor interviewed Lightbourne in Freeport in the presence of his attorney, Mr Shurland. The interview was video recorded he said. He said that Lightbourne refused to sign the interview and video tape. Lightbourne refused to answer the majori ty of the questions Sergeant Strachan said. He recalled, however, that one of the ques tions Lightbourne did answer was whether he knew Mr McDermott. Lightbourne, he said, denied knowing Mr McDermott. The case resumes today at 10am before senior Justice Anita Allen. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY NETWORK OPERATIONS TECHNICIAN Core Responsibilities: Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Institutional.leadership@gmail.com PLP Senator ‘agreed to Bridgewater tap’ FROM page one FORMER PARAMEDIC Tarino Ligthbourne leaves court yesterday.

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member, the decision to shorten the convention was voted on last week by the PLP council. "I think the decision was made because to host it for five days was more expensive than three days, and in these economic times people are looking to cut back," said the party member. Recently, political observers speculated that party leader Perry Christie would have lobbied for the conven tion to be shortened, in order to reduce the time would-be opponents could canvass the hundreds of PLP stalwarts in town for the meeting. Paul Moss, the only man who has officially come forth to challenge the incumbent leader, said the change was econom ically driven and not a political ploy. He said he was not worried about having less time to rally support with vot ers, when contacted by The Tribune yesterday. "I'm not concerned about it. I think that canvassing is going on now," said the attor ney who has never been elect ed to public office. The response has been phenomenal, I believe that we are doing extremely well. People have gravitated toward us. They like our message and we should see the rewards come the end of October." Aside from Mr Moss, it is unclear who else will oppose Mr Christie for the PLP's top post. However, it is speculat ed that Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, Bain and Grants Town MP Dr Bernard Not tage and Fort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears are all gunning for the job. Meantime, the position of deputy leader within the PLP is shaping up to be a hotly-contested race among West End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe, Cat Island and San Salvador MP Philip “Brave” Davis and Senator Jerome Fitzgerald. handbag designer Harl Taylor. That date, however, has been set pending the outcome of the application by Mr Ducille to have the judge recuse herself from hearing the retrial. The hearing of the application had been set for yesterday, however, Senior Justice Allen is now presiding over the trial of former PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and former ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne. McNeil, 22, remains on remand at Her Majesty's Prison as he awaits the retrial. He is accused of causing the death of 37-year-old Harl Taylor between Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18, 2008, while being concerned with another. The well known designer was found dead in his bedroom at Mountbatten House on West Hill Street with multiple stab wounds. A broken knife was found on his bed. McNeil has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and stated that he did not kill Mr Taylor. He has been denied bail four times. BY LARRY SMITH T HE serious public interest issues raised by the unexpected death of 42-year-old Christopher Esfakis the son of one of Nassau's legendary GPs at Doctors Hospital seven yearsa go remain unresolved, despite multiple attempts to have them addressed. These matters relate to the delivery of healthcare to all Bahamians and are separate and apart from the personal liability issue surrounding the death itself. That is tied up in a civil suit filed by Esfakis' widow, Lisa, against the hospital and six doctors in 2003. It is still before the court. But before we look at what the public interest is, here's a brief summary of events to date in this multifaceted case: A few months after Esfakis died in April 2002, his family began questioning the medical treatment he had received (on the advice of concerned doctors). Following a review of the case by local and foreign experts, the family launched several initiatives toh ave the matter investigated. Hospitals Board In June 2004 a complaint was filed with the Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities Board, which did not respond. Although the board was later directed to investigate by former health minister Dr Marcus Bethel, it has so far declined to do so at one point suggesting the complaint should be dropped because the patient was dead. T he Hospitals Board was created in 1998 to license private healthcare facilities. Although the law requires annual reporting to parliam ent, the board has done so only twice in its 11-year his tory. Its second report was tabled in December 2008 and has a section dealing with the Esfakis case, which complains about the board being "bad gered" and "ridiculed" over the matter. It also calls for the introduction of extensive hos pital regulations "which do not now exist." This report noted that the Attorney-General's office had recommended an investiga tion of the Esfakis case, and the board's own legal com mittee had called for the appointment of an inspector to determine whether or not Doctors Hospital had "properly addressed" issues arising from the death. The board collected $238,000 in license f ees in 2007, proudly claiming it was "almost self-sustaining." Coroner's Inquest In August 2004 the deceased's sister (who is a lawyer) began asking the coroner's office for an inquest, which finally began in January 2007 more than four years after the death. In e arly 2008, the coroner ruled that death was due to "natural causes with a substantive and significant contribution of medical neglect", but a few months later the principal doctor involved sued for a judicial review of the verdict. Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall then overturned the verdict on a technicality (unre lated to the evidence) and ordered a new inquest. But since he did not sign or provide reasons for his order, one c ould not be scheduled and there were no grounds to appeal. Shortly before leaving to take up a foreign posting, Sir Burton signed the order and it is expected that a new inquest will now be scheduled. Medical Council In May 2008 a formal com plaint against the doctors involved in the treatment of Christopher Esfakis was made to the Bahamas Medical Council, which initiallyr efused to deal with the matter. But the council reconsidered and eventually referred the matter to a disciplinary tribunal in accordance with the Medical Act. Although the council was created 35 years ago to regulate and license doctors, it appears this is the first time such a tribunal has beenf ormed. But the disciplinary proceeding was stalled earlier this year when the principal doctor involved in the complaint filed for judicial review of the council's decision to refer the matter to a tribunal. And he subsequently obtained an injunction from the chief justice barring the Medical Council from proceeding "until a final judicial determination has been arrived at." The injunction included a gag order preventing the council from "discussing the facts and matters surround ing this action, and the complaint, to third parties" on p ain of imprisonment and confiscation of assets. This leaves open the question of when the judicial review applied for by the doctor will be scheduled by the new attorney-general (Brent Symonette) or chief justice (Michael Barnett So that's where things stand right now. The public interest issues are best summarised by a petition to the prime minister that has been floated on the Internet by Bahamas Patient Advocacy, a group formed by the deceased's sister, Leandra Esfakis. It calls for "accountability under the law for citizens accessing the healthcare sector", meaning the investigation of complaints against healthcare providers, together with steps to address any failings that may be uncovered as a result. Hospital Board Issues It is pretty clear that only continuous publicity and pressure from the deceased's sister forced the Hospital Board to produce the first two "annual" reports in its 11-year history even though the second report spends a lot of time whining about how the board should not have to investigate or act on any complaint, as it has a statutory duty to do. Experts also point out that there is no proper legal definition for a hospital in the Bahamas. Such facilities are currently described as buildings "where beds are available" for sick people. But this definition does not include a central legal entity that is responsible and accountable for the medical services provided under its roof. In other words, it should be the medical services that are licensed and not just the building. The board's most recent annual report proposes changes to the law that would seriously weaken its authority as an oversight body, by removing the provision for investigation of complaints, eliminating the need for facilities to provide notifications of deaths, and reducing penalties for failure to comply with licensing requirements. But the report also proposed a new and extensive set of hospital regulations, relating to governance, reporting,p lanning, administration, endof-life policies, staffing and record-keeping among others. Therefore, the board is saying it wants to give up its oversight responsibility, while at the same time asking for a dramatic increase in the regulatory requirements for private healthcare facilities. Coroner's Inquest Issues If a new inquest is ordered, the matter will have to be heard from scratch despite the fact that the last inquest took 15 months to complete and absorbed a good deal of the court’s time, apart from the time of the 20 witnesses involved. It is also possible that the witnesses who were available previously may not be available for the next inquest, for any number of reasons. Also, at present the Coroner has no power to direct a statutory body such as the Hospital Board or the Medical Council to address issues of medical competence or public health and safety that lie at the heart of this case (a transcript of the original inquest can be found at www.bahamaspatientadvocacy.org ). The Bahamas Coroner’s Act was passed a century ago, and no amendments or regulations have been made since. The equivalent British law was last revised in 1988 and it authorizes the coroner, at the conclusion of an inquest, to refer matters to the appropriate statutory authority. At present only the deceased's family can make a complaint to such authorities in the Bahamas, and this exposes them to a lengthy legal and costly process as well as possible retaliation. This means that few complaints are made and the kind of negligence that can lead to the death of patients is unlike ly to ever be investigated or remedied. There is currently a backlog of unheard inquests, and the long delays represent a failure to meet the needs of many bereaved families. The former attorney-general promised a review of the Coroner's Act before resigning to become chief justice, but there has been no indication of what amendments are being considered and in whatt imeframe. It seems clear to me that the Coroner's Court should be the citizen's watchdog when it comes to investigating abuse of power. That's because we all have a right not to be unlawfully deprived of our life. This scrutiny is even more critical when a citizen dies in the custody of the state or a hospital, where it is likely that only the police officers or hospital staff are aware of all the facts that led to the death. And in order to provide this protection, an inquest verdict of manslaughter against a police officer, or anyone else, needs to proceed in the Supreme Court, and not lie buried in the Attorney-General's office. And system failures at hospitals need to be dealt with expeditiously. Medical Council Issues T he question here is, when w ill the judicial review applic ation from the principal doctor involved in the complaint be scheduled by the courts? If there is substantial delay, he will have won de facto immunity from investigation by the Medical Council. With no hearing date, and thus no determination of the claim against the council, the injunction could remain in place indefinitely an extraordinary situation according to legal experts from other common law jurisdictions. This means that a doctor could be licensed without evaluation, despite outstanding complaints. Officially, the council takes no position on the matter, but says the complaint is still alive. According to Dr Duane Sands, "the council continues to respond to the various issues that havea risen as this meanders through the labyrinth of our judicial system. The matter remains very much active." But if a judge can shut down the Medical Council by order, and the Hospital Boardr efuses to act, and the Coron er has no power to direct authorities to address issues raised by an inquest or refer matters to the Supreme Court, then a potential bot tom line civil rights protection that of criminal sanc t ion is effectively removed. Finally, any legal matter becomes automatically weak er as time goes on not to mention more costly. And if a relatively affluent family with extensive legal and medical connections finds it difficult to pursue a complaint such as this, what can the average citizen expect? What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribuneme dia.net Or visit www.bahamapun dit.com C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Christopher Esfakis death: serious public interest issues unresolved ... any legal matter becomes autom atically weaker as time goes on not to mention more costly. And if a relatively affluent family with extens ive legal and medical connections f inds it difficult to pursue a complaint s uch as this, what can the average citizen expect?” Application hearing adjourned FROM page one Schedule cut FROM page one

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T HE Baptist Sports Coun c il kicked off its 2009 Olympia Morris-Evans Softball Class ic on the Wholesalers Field Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Three games were played with Ebenezer and Mt Carey m aking their debut into the league with completely dif f erent results on the losing e nd. While Ebenezer got blanked 10-0 by Golden Gates in the co-ed match-up, M t Carey got nipped 11-10b y Macedonia in the men’s encounter. T he only other game played saw defending champ ions Temple Fellowship pre vail with a 10-8 triumph over runners-up Macedonia in a rematch of last year’s 17-and-u nder finals. Here’s a summary of the games played: Golden Gates 10, E benezer 0 Cardinal Gilbert gave up t wo hits and allowed two oth er batters to get on base, but each time Golden Gates cameu p with the defence that didn ’t allow Ebenezer to score a run. Batting around the clock in t he bottom of the first inning, Golden Gates put eight runs on the scoreboard and they were never challenged. R amon Johnson had a tworun home run and a RBI double and Culbert ‘Buster’E vans had a two-run single in the spurt before they got two more runs in the second, highlighted by Nicola Major’s RBI single. Adrian Miller and Shavaro Miller had the two hits in the loss. Macedonia 11, Mt Carey 10 Tim Clarke opened the bot tom of the fifth with a triple and scampered home on Ray Johnson’s run-producing RBI single that stopped the game. The game was the most e xciting played during the day a nd the score seesawed until it was tied at 10-10 going into t he fifth. Johnson finished with a 3for-4 day, including a threerun home run. He had a total of six RBI and scored two r uns. Clarke was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. R ev Delton Ellis helped out b y going 2-for-2 with a RBI and three runs scored and winning pitcher Burlington Moss helped his own cause w ith a 2-for-3 day with two R BI. Losing pitcher Baccus R olle and Felip Major both had a two-run double; N’Kom o Ferguson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Owen Rolle and Kareem Hanna scored four and three runs respec-t ively. Temple Fellowship 10, Macedonia 8 With only two innings in which they scored, Temple F ellowship put six on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third and four more in thef ourth to secure the win. K areem Miller went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and scored as many times to leadT emple Fellowship. Ashton Butler, Brashawn White and Denzil Bethel all went 1-for-3 with a RBI, scoring twice. Z ach Rahming picked up the win and Crandon Wallace was tagged with the loss. W allace also helped his own cause with a solo home run, while Patrick Adderley and Quinton Wallace had two and one RBI respectively on a triple each and they also scored a run. Women’s softball icon receives award Volleyball Association gives awards to outstanding performers T HE New Providence Voll eyball Association (NPVA has presented awards to the outstanding performers of the 2008 season. The list is as follows: C hampionship Teams S cottsdale Vixens (F Scotia Defenders (M Championship Runners-Up Johnson's Lady Truckers (F T echnicians (M Pennant Winners Scottsdale Vixens (F Scotia Defenders (M Pennant Runners-Up Johnson's Lady Truckers (F DaBasement (M Coach of the Year J oseph “Joe Moe” Smith DeVince Smith Scottsdale Vixens (FS cotia Defenders (M Championship MVP L aval Sands I an “Wire” Pinder Scottsdale Vixens (F Scotia Defenders (M Pennant Winners MVP Cheryse Rolle S herwaine Arthurs S cottsdale Vixens (F Scotia Defenders (M All Star MVP Scorers Select Edrica McPhee I an “Wire” Pinder Lady Truckers (F Scotia Defenders (M B est Scorer Keneisha Thompson Ian “Wire” PinderL ady Hornets(F Scotia Defenders (M B est Spiker Cheryse Rolle Ian “Wire” Pinder Scottsdale Vixens (FS cotia Defenders (M Best Blocker A nastasia Moultrie Glen Rolle C.O.B. Caribs (FI ntruders (M Best Server Margaret Albury D eVince Smith Johnson's Lady Truckers (FS cotia Defenders (M Jackie Conyers Scottsdale Vixens (F Best Receiver Rebecca Moss Glen Rolle Lady Truckers (F Intruders (M Best Setter Shevaughn Woodside Elvis Reckley Lady Truckers (F Technicians (M Best Diggers Rebecca Moss Tony Simon Lady Truckers (F DaBasement (M Best Libero Rebecca Moss Jamille Ferguson Lady Truckers (F Open System Crimestoppers (M Rookie of the Year Ramond Farrington To be announced (F College Of The Bahamas Most Improved Latondra Brown Roni Lexidor Scottsdale Vixens (F DaBasement (M C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS P AGE 10, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE New Providence Volleyball Association opened its 2009 season on Sunday at the DW Davis Gymnasium. Action is expected to resume tonight with the following games on tap: 7:30pm – COB vs Lady Hornets (L 8:30pm Crimestoppers vs Intruders (M NPV A Schedule M INISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Desmond Bann ister can be seen with women’s softball icon Lenamae Knowles and members of the Red Bay’s Westerners. She got the award on September 26 for her “generous support and commitment to the growth and development of sports in the Bahamas.” Almost 15 school teams were expected to take part in the first a nnual North and Central Andros Back-to-School Basketball C lassic and Basketball Court Commissioning Ceremony in R ed Bay, Andros, which was held over the course of three weekends. Photo by Patrice A Johnson Olympia Morris-Evans Softball Classic Golden Gates, Macedonia and Temple Fellowship are victorious on opening day Baptist Sports Council Schedule Here’s the schedule of g ames on tap for Saturd ay: Field One 1 0am – Temple Fellowship vs Transfiguration (17 N oon – Calvary Bible v s St Mark’s (M 1pm – Calvary Deliv erance vs Salem (M 2 pm – Transfiguration vs Temple Fellowship (M 3 pm – Temple Fellow ship vs Ebenezer (Co-ed Field Two 1 0am – Macedonia vs Golden Gates (17 11am St Paul’s vs Salem ( Co-ed) Noon – Golden Gates vs Macedonia (Co-ed 1 pm – Mt Carey vs St Paul’s (M 2pm – Macedonia vs Golden Gates (M Liverpool falls, Bara wins in the Champions League By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer TEENAGE forward Ste van Jovetic scored twice, leading Fiorentina over Liverpool 2-0 Tuesday night in the European Champions League. Defending champion Barcelona rebounded from an opening tie at Inter to win 2-0 over visiting Dynamo Kiev on goals by Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez. Inter played the last 30 minutes a man short following Mario Balotelli’s ejection ina 1-1 tie at Russia’s Rubin Kazan. Arsenal relied on late goals from Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin scored late goals in a 2-0 victory over visiting Olympakios. At Florence, the 19-yearold Jovetic took a pass from Cristiano Zanetti and slid the ball past goalkeeper Pepe Reina in the 28th minute, then redirected in a shot from Juan Vargas nine minutes later. “Everyone is disappointed, but at this level every team is a good team,” Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said. “We were not the best in any part of the pitch. We knew that they were a good team very organised, good on the counterattack and we were giving the ball away all the time and giving them chances.”

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C M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net W hen the International Olympic Committee hosts its 121st IOCS ession & XIII Olympic Congress next month in Copenhagen, the Bahamas will be among the 200-plus countries participating. P art one of the session is slated to run October 1-2, followed by the Congress October 3-5, wrapping up w ith part two October 7-9. Bahamas Olympic Association president Wellington Miller and sec r etary general Rommel ‘Fish’ K nowles are expected to make their first representation to the congress since they were elected to office. They are scheduled to leave town today. Among the topics to be discussed and the decisions to be made is the hosting of the 2016 Olympic Games. P resentations will be made by the organising committees from Chicago, USA, Tokyo, Japan, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Madrid, Spain, all of whom are bidding to host theg ames held every four years. “This one seemed to be keenly contested, all four countries are making a mad dash to get the nod,” Miller said. “The United States is going all out. The President of theU nited States, Barack Obama, is flying to Copenhagen. I don’t know if h e’s going to be campaigning with his wife, Michelle, or he’s just going to be there for moral support, but he i s going to show that the governm ent is behind the United States O lympic Committee.” While the Bahamas will join all of t he other participating countries to cast one vote each, Miller declined to indicate which country they will be backing for the hosting of the games. “We are not leaning towards any country. We’re going there with an open mind because this is our first time there in this kind of atmosphere, so we are eager to see exactly what will happen over there,” he s aid. “Everybody is clamping down, sending us all kind of information about their bid. So it’s going to be very interesting to see how the votec omes out.” At the completion of the IOC Congress, Miller is scheduled to head to New Delhi, India, on October 6 for the hosting of the Commonwealth Games Congress. He ise xpected to be joined by one of his vice presidents, Roy Colebrooke, for a nother seven days. The XIX Commonwealth Games is set to be held in New Delhi Sept ember 3-14, 2010, and at the Congress, the representatives from all of the countries will get a chance to inspect all of the sporting facilities, hotel accommodations, the transportation and everything else pert aining to the games. “We are going to make sure that they have everything on track,” Miller said. “They were having some problems, but they say they havee verything on track now.” Following the completion of the two important sessions, Miller said he will return home to start the preparation for the two major international games that will be held overt he next three years. While the XIX Commonwealth G ames are set for next year, the Olympic Games is scheduled to take place July 27 to August 12, 2012, in L ondon, England. Miller, ‘Fish’ to represent Bahamas at Olympic congress Women’s softball icon receives award... S ee page 10 The ‘Choo Choo’ train is stopped! ADONIS Stevenson ( left) knocks down Jerm aine “Choo Choo” Mackey, of the Bahamas, during the fourth roundo f their WBC International match on Friday, September 25, 2009 in M ontreal. Stevenson won the title with a fifth round TKO. R yan Remiorz/AP By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net A FTER imparting some of his knowledge on the coaches in St Kitts & Nevis, George C leare said he’s eager to get back into his elite coaching programme here. E arlier this month, Cleare j oined Craig Connor of St Kitts in the International Amateur Athletic Federa t ion’s (IAAF c ation and Certification (CECS The course was organised by the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (NAAA conjunction with the Depart m ent of Education, the Ministry of Sports, the St KittsNevis Amateur Athletic Association and the St KittsNevis National Olympic Committee. Cleare, an IAAF Level 1 l ecturer, said the 10-day sem inar was quite informative. “Everything went pretty g ood. I was pleased with the performance of myself and my co-lecturer,” Cleare said. We were able to focus basic ally on the education of the coaches and the physical edu cation teachers. “I think that was the most important part of it. We were not just working with active coaches, but physical education teachers within the school system, so that itself should strengthen their ath letic programme.” During their daily sessions that took place on the cricket pitch used for the track facility as well in Nevis, Cleare said they talked a lot about the methodology of the sport. “The whole course encompassed the basic fundamen tals where we taught every event that is down in athletics,” he reflected. “But we also went beyond that as we also dealt with a number of nutritional issues. “We also dealt with the physiological part of dealing with athletes and we also dealt with how to structure training programmes proper ly. So it was very informative and very educational.” From the sessions, Cleare said he learnt a lot more about the sport and he hopes to implement this into his elite programme that he currently operates here at home. “Scientifically, we informed them that there are research-es being done all the time where we try to minimisewhat the athletes are doing, so that they end up having less injuries,” Cleare said. The course, according to Cleare, brought him back to reality because “sometimes you only concentrate on the success of the athletes andyou don’t take the time out to reflect on what exactly it is that you are doing. “So this gives me an oppor tunity to impart my knowl edge to some of the local c oaches and regionally based on this course, I have gotten some really good reviews and I ’m looking forward to worki ng with a few more countries in terms of helping them to further develop their prog rammes, their teachers and their coaches.” Grateful for the exposure a nd the pay cheque that he r eceived, Cleare said he’s even more motivated to improve his coaching skills so that he can become the best coach he can be in the future. “There are a number of coaching seminars that I’m looking forward to attending,” Cleare said. “Plus there are some personal seminars that I attend myself. “So I’m really looking at ways that I can find other avenues that I can help to develop the country from a national prospective and I’m hoping that we can put on some of these courses locally.” One of the things that Cleare said he hopes to see is a similar training camp set up here, similar to the one that is staged in Jamaica where Usain Bolt is the focal point. “But that is something that will have to take a combined effort from the BAAA, the Ministry of Sports and the Olympic Association to make sure that we make it attractive for the elite athletes to want to come home and train,” he said. Having trained a few of the rising young stars like Sheni qua ‘Q’ Ferguson, who won the World Junior Championships’ 200 metre title and got a bronze in the 100 before she went on to make both the Olympic Games and World Championships teams, Cleare said that’s proof enough that it can be done. He said he will make it a point to continue to develop more of the elite athletes here at home in the future. He not ed that he’s presently working with such athletes as hurdler Ednol Rolle and the Rigby twin sisters, Tamara and Tavara, who are making their comeback. Coach Cleare says IAAF seminar ‘went pretty good’ GEORGE CLEARE e’re going there with an o pen mind because this is our first time there in this kind of atmosphere, so we are eager to see exactly what will happen over there.” Wellington Miller

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By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor B ahamas-based health insure rs have seen up to a 40 per c ent increase in medical claims over 2008 figures, Tribune Business was told, with all carriers said to have experienced rises described a s “substantial” and “notable”. Patricia Hermanns, president and chief e xecutive of FamGuard Corporation, the B ISX-listed parent of Family Guardian, told Tribune Business: “We certainly have seen an increase in our claims. That i s definite. There is an increase in claims, b oth for us and the industry as well. It’s a notable increase in our case. We saw it actually start to peak in the s econd quarter, and it’s substantially up for us. This is an across-the-board increase in claims for the industry.” M s Hermanns told Tribune Business t hat while Family Guardian had expected an increase in claims due to the growth of its BahamaHealth client base, the company had “seen a slightly stronger growth in our claims in the lasts ix months than portfolio growth. “That indicates to us our volume of claims has increased,” she explained, F amily Guardian’s policyholder benefits h aving increased by 30 per cent during the 2009 first quarter due to the rise in health claims. While Ms Hermanns said she was unable to give a precise percentage figure for the rise in medical claims, as thee xpansion of the customer base would also have to be factored in and stripped out, “it’s been a notable increase above the growth experienced in premiums and the customer base. It’s higher than we would normally expect to see, over and a bove normal claims”. A nother health insurance industry s ource told Tribune Business that some carriers had seen an increase of up to 40 per cent year-over-year in medical insurance claims. “Our claims are way up there,” said t he source, requesting anonymity. “It’s substantial in this business. It’s straight across the board, and all companies are e xperiencing it. We’ve never seen it like t his before.” The source and Ms Hermanns said it was “hard to say” why Bahamas-based health insurance carriers had experienced such a substantial increase in medical insurance claims in 2009, although insur e rs were seeing clients take longer and more frequent hospital stays. “The longer they stay in hospital, the bigger the bill is, and many of the claims are local ones,” one health insurance industry source said. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B ahamian f inancial serv ices regulators yesterday confirmed they are investigating them oney laundering allegations made against attorney Sidney Cambridge to d etermine w hether this nation’s laws h ave been violated, warning that the claims “pose a poten tial threat” to the financial s ervices industry’s integrity and reputation. T he Inspector of Financial a nd Corporate Services P roviders, and the Compliance Commission, issued a statement affirming they had s tarted a review of the allegations made against Mr Cambridge, who resigned as aC allenders & Co partner and PLP treasurer, in the indictment handed down against him by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. The focus will be whether a ny Bahamian anti-money l aundering laws and regula tions have been violated, the r egulators’ main interest being to maintain theB ahamas’ reputation and i ntegrity as a blue chip centre for international and financial business. Tribune Business unders tands that the review will a lso centre on the Callenders & Co subsidiary, licensed by B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor C ABLE Bahamas believes its digital TV set-top box rental initiative will generate $0.6 million in annualised rev-e nues by year-end 2009, hav ing increased by more than $250,000 in the 12 months to J une 30, 2009. In his 2009 second quarter letter to the company’s shareholders, chairman Brendan P addick said that for the first half, the BISX-listed utility’s cable TV revenues had grown b y just 1 per cent to $22.3 million, as hard-pressed con sumers sought to save mone y by dropping some premium services. “Of this amount, the com p any’s digital set-top box rental initiative yielded encouraging positive growth,m oving from $41,000 at the e nd of the second quarter of 2008 to over $300,000 as at June 30, 2009,” Mr Paddickw rote. Based on this positive trend, it is expected that rental revenues, on an annu a lised basis, will yield in excess of $0.6 million by the end of 2009.” W hile cable TV revenue growth may have remained essentially flat, there was bet t er news for Cable Bahamas when it came to the broadband Internet top-line. S ubscribers to its Coralw ave brand of products broke through the 43,000 barrier by the end of the 2009 secondq uarter, with Internet rev e nues increasing by 7.3 per cent year-over-year from $12.2 million in 2008 to $13.1 m illion at June 30, 2009. With Cable Bahamas hav ing upgraded its IP network w ith new infrastructures, Mr Paddick said: “It is anticipated that these programmes will c ontinue to assist manage ment in harvesting operational efficiency gainst hroughout the entire organis ation, eventually translating into improved profitability. “The combined year-tod ate data and disaster recov e ry services revenues from C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.16 $4.14 $4.17 Regulators probe Cambridge claims By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor THERE “is no question” that September, traditionallyt he softest month of the t ourism season, was “weaker than expected” for the resort industry, the Bahamas HotelA ssociation’s president said yesterday, who has written to banks and utility companies u rging them to work with r esort properties experiencing increasing cash flow dif ficulties. R obert Sands said that even accounting for the impact of the global recession, September had “not been as buoy ant as expected” by Bahamian resorts, and the softness experienced by some hotel p roperties during the first six months of 2009 the period they rely on for profits to car ry them through to year-end meant “many of the cost saving measures which have been put in place by businesses may simply not be enough”. “There’s no question that it’s been weaker than expect ed, taking into account closed hotel room inventory that is off line, weaker group book ings and the fact we’ve had no threat of hurricanes per se,” Mr Sands told Tribune Business. “There’s no question in my m ind that it’s been weaker than expected from a stopover visitor perspective. There’s certainly been some g rowth on the cruise side, but stopovers have not been as buoyant as expected. That is true.” Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday con firmed that while total visitor arrivals to July 2009 were up year-over-year by 4.2 per cent, the higher spending stopover segment, which generates the bulk of tourist spending, was down by 13.7 per cent. And, with many Bahamasbased hotel properties having failed to produce the profits Hotels suffer ‘weaker than e xpected’ September C C a a b b l l e e t t a a r r g g e e t t s s $ $ 0 0 . . 6 6 m m f f r r o o m m b b o o x x r r e e n n t t a a l l s s b b y y y y e e a a r r e e n n d d By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net THE REDESIGNED Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA of the most complicated terminals in the Caribbean when completed, , the Nassau Air port Development Company (NAD executive said yesterday, but will still be cost competitive at only 5-10 per cent above Airport costs only 5-10% above rivals SEE page 2B SEE page 6B SEE page 5B S EE page 5B S EE page 6B * Sector president warns Bahamas hotels facing ‘unprecedented period o f depleted cash flow’ * Urges banks and utilities t o be lenient on industry to ensure properties remain open, as some cost-savings measures ‘may simply not be enough’ * Securities Commission chief: ‘We have to be i n a position to e nforce our laws’ * Review aims to substantiate allegations and see if Bahamian a ntimoney laundering l aws broken * Supervisors warn US allegations ‘pose a p otential threat’ to f inancial sector’s integrity and reputation CAMBRIDGE Health insurers incur up to 40% claims rise

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To claim or not to claim? T hat is the question. A lot of sales persons claim they or their company can do dis and dat. Some people will stretch the claim, promising what cannot be delivered. Some claim what they shouldnot and put themselves and t heir company in a jam, just to get a sale. Some will stretch a claim just a little bit and create more work for themselves. S o the question is: Should a s ales person claim at all? The answer is yes, but only what can be delivered. If you claim it, then prove it! Very simply put: If you c laim you can reduce costs by 30 per cent or increase sales by 30 per cent, boost company morale or build a high tech o ffice on the moon for your c lient, then prove it. Otherwise, “dog eat ya lunch”, as they say. If you tell your potential client product X will produce 500 copies a second, that’s great. You can promise thew orld, but you’d better be able to prove it. If product X or company X can do what you claim, there is nothing b etter than backing it up. A fter you have made your claim, follow up with a previous client who has experienced what you have claimed. You can do this in various ways. One way is with a letter t hat the client has written for you, a testimonial or, better yet, which invites the potential client (with previous permission of, course) to visit a b usiness or person who is currently experiencing your p roduct or service. Let them see for themselves. Let them experience the ride, kick the tyres, go for a test drive, run five hundred copies a second. Nothing is more reassuring to someone than experiencing the claim. If you can’t back up your claim, then don’t claim at all. However, before any of this i s done, I hope you have f ound out what the prospect wants – where their mind is, what’s on it, and why they invited you in. Oh, you begged to get in? That means trouble. We’ll have to deal w ith that one in the next post. A ll of these marketing strategies are certain to keep your business on top during these challenging economic times. Have a productive and profitable week! R emember: “THOSE WHO MARKET WILL MAKE IT “ NB: Scott Farrington is president of SunTee EmbroidMe, a promotionala nd marketing company specialising in uniforms, embroidery, silk screen printing and promotional products. Established over 27 years ago, SunT ee EmbroidMe has assisted Bahamian businesses from v arious industries in marketing themselves. Readers can contact Mr Farrington at SunTee EmbroidMe on East Shirley Street, or by e-mail at scott@sun-tee.com or by telephone at 242-393-3104. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Sales claims must be backed by proof Promotional Marketing by Scott Farrington Airport costs only 5-10% above rivals c ompeting hubs. Craig Richmond said with the US pre-clearance facility, and the domestic and international departures lounges interfaced with a $ 26 million baggage system, LPIA will be on o f the most modern and complex airports within a 2,500 mile circle. He said the new airport was expected to s tart seeing a return on investment as early as 2013, following the opening of the new US departure terminal and completion of the redev elopment of what will have been the old US d eparture lounge. T he costly baggage system will have state-ofthe-art security features, which will be scrutin ised and evaluated by the US-based Trans portation Safety Administration (TSA body that has been providing screening and s ecurity for airports across the US following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Speaking at the Rotary Club of Nassau’s w eekly luncheon, Mr Richmond suggested the new airport’s design will allow for a more fluid transfer between US arrivals and domestic departures, though the onus will be on local airc arriers to affix schedules convenient to incoming international passengers. I n keeping with the Bahamas’ commitment to become more energy efficient, NAD has incorporated an uber efficient air manage-m ent system using a subterranean cooling system, which will use ground level air diffusers throughout the airport terminal. According to Mr Richmond, the airport will also collect and store rainwater through a collection system built into the structure’s roof. Water collected will be used for flushing toiletsa nd other non-potable applications. He lamented that because of the enormous power needs of an airport, alternative energy sources will not be used to supply power. However, Mr Richmond is certain the high efficiency cooling system will subsidise some energ y costs in the long run. N AD recently released several Requests for Proposal (RFP vendors for the new US departure lounge. M r Richmond said the company has received numerous responses to the RFPs, which will be assessed by a panel. Vendors c ould be chosen as early as next month. He said that a main contractor has been chosen for the development, who has sincer eleased RFPs for sub-contractors for the proj ect. “I think Bahamians will be very proud when we are done,” said Mr Richmond. FROM page 1B

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By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net F LIGHT connections to the Family Islands could become a lot easier in the n ear future for international v isitors, as well as the pur chase of tickets from Bahamian charter airlines, the Minister of Tourism and Aviation s aid, as almost 400,000 more airline seats will be added to t he country’s airlift capacity b y next year. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace said it has traditionally b een difficult for visitors and B ahamians alike to access the F amily Islands due to high costs and inefficiencies at the a irport and at local airlines. According to Mr Vanderpool-Wallace, Bahamian car-r iers that supply direct airlift t o the wider Bahamas have b een relatively invisible to would-be visitors interested in bypassing New Providence en route to the Family Islands. H e insisted that the technology is available to allow visitors to purchase travel s traight through to the island of their choice, via one Internet portal and in a one-timep urchase. T he Ministry of Tourism is therefore working on a system that will allow travellerst o purchase airlift online that will include a connection through the Lynden Pindling I nternational Airport (LPIA t o the Family Islands. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said this has always been at echnical quagmire for passengers wishing to commute to the Family Islands through L PIA, due to the arrangem ent of inter-island flight times. Visitors typically were forced to overnight in Nassau. A ccording to him and Nass au Airport Development Company (NAD the redevelopment of the airport will make inter-island connections through Nassaum ore accessible and more comfortable. Though international trave llers will have to claim their l uggage and clear Bahamas Customs before boarding a flight to the Family Islands, check-in will become more fluid through the new system designed by the Ministry ofT ourism. The experience will be more visually pleasing than the current domestic departure lounge and Bahamian airline check-in desks. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace s aid his ministry also hopes t o introduce packages to the Family Islands that will allow would-be visitors to book flights, hotels and ground transportation all on one web-s ite, and through a one-time p ayment process. The Ministry of Tourism has been successful in luring WestJet to the Bahamas, tap ping one of the few global m arkets that has not been severely affected by the economic downturn. Canadians h ave been continuing to trave l in numbers throughout the economic crisis. American Eagle is scheduled to begin two daily flights to Marsh Harbour, while Airtran and Condor out of Ger m any are beginning new service to New Providence by year end. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM btrt tfr f r!%* '!$()))!*&*# tffn""bnff !$ %#&!*&*# !%** EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Core Responsibilities: Job Requirements: Or via email to: institutional.leadership@gmail.com FOR SALE60 tonne packaged Air Conditioning Unit 18yrs old 7”width 6”height 33’length Can be viewed at Carl G. Treco Construction 120 Mackey Street South All offers will be considered!302-9875 The Public is hereby advised that I, ALLEN PIERREFELIX of the Island of New Providence intend to change m y name from ALLEN PIERRE-FELIX to MUSLIM ALI PIERRE-FELIX If there are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections t o the PUBLIC NOTICE I NTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL Family Island connection ease targeted V anderpool-Wallace

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S ome insurance industry e xecutives spoken to by Tribune Business questioned whether the recession had caused an increase in stressrelated illnesses, and whethert he prospect of lay-offs had i nduced some employees facing termination to rapidly seek medical treatment before they lost their group health insurance coverage. “With companies that are l aying staff off, people given a month’s notice get everything d one that they need to do,” o ne insurance industry source said. “If they know they’re being laid off at the end of the month, they’ll do everything they’ve got to do.” M s Hermanns, meanwhile, s aid that while it was difficult to pinpoint a reason for the increased medical claims, such rises “tend to be cyclical in any event”. She added that Family G uardian was focused on providing a high quality of medi cal care to its clients, helping t hem to manage costs and strengthening the relationship with its medical industry partners, such as doctors and pharmacies. T he insurer was also set to i mplement this year disease management programmes to deal with the likes of diabetes and cancer, and is launching a lifestyle management initiative aimed at tackling obesity. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY APPLICATION SUPPORTTECHNICIAN Core Responsibilities: Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Institutional.leadership@gmail.com Cable targets $0.6m from box rentals by year-end Caribbean Crossings and Maxil Communications showed an impressive 13 per cent increase, reaching $6.8 million, compared to $5.8 million for the same period of2 008.” For the 2009 first half, Mr Paddick said Cable Bahamash ad invested $9.2 million in capital expenditures, most of it spent on its new Freeporto ffice complex and HFC and b roadband network infrastructure. Confirming that Cable B ahamas was in “the early planning” of a video-ondemand service, Mr Paddicks aid the company’s initiatives will result in a more robust network, improved system performance, increased bandwidth, improved customer satisfaction and new product offerings and revenues treams”. While the “economic skies may have been grey”, Mr Paddick said total dividends d istributed to Cable Bahamas’ shareholders dur ing the first six months had i ncreased year-over-year by 16 per cent to $2.8 million, representing 19 per cent oft otal net income. Health insurers incur up to 40% claims rise

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the Inspector of Financial and Corporate Services Providers, which handles the law firm’s corporate services business. One source told Tribune Business that this subsidiary will receive the brunt of regulators’ attention”, given that the activities allegedly engaged in by Mr Cambridge supposedly took place under its umbrella. There is nothing t o suggest this subsidiary, its l aw firm parent or other staff have done anything wrong in relation to the allegations against Mr Cambridge. With the Compliance Commission, which is responsiblef or enforcing certain aspects o f the anti-money laundering regime, the Inspector will first seek to determine whether the allegations against Mr Cambridge can be substantiated, sources said, before itl aunches any full-blown invest igation. H illary Deveaux, the Secur ities Commission’s executive d irector, who acts as the I nspector of Financial and C orporate Services Providers, declined to comment on the s pecifics of the allegations a gainst Mr Cambridge or the investigation. However, he did tell Tribune Business: “We have to be in a position to demonstrate we can enforce our legislation. It’s extremely impor-t ant that we are seen to be dealing with these matters. “We have to be in a position to enforce our laws, so that if our laws have been violated, regardless of what’s h appening outside the jurisd iction, who can bring to account those who have allegedly violated our laws.” The regulators, in their statement yesterday, said: “The implications of the alle-g ations against Mr Cambridge p ose a potential threat to that good reputation, the consequences of which are farreaching.” The US District Attorney’s Office for south Florida hasc harged Mr Cambridge with k nowingly laundering hund reds of thousands of dollars i n proceeds from a fictitious E uropean-based investment f raud, following a ‘sting’ opera tion perpetrated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI). On or about November 23, 2007, at Nassau, Bahamas, defendant Cambridge was told by an undercover agent that the funds came from a ‘Ponzi’ scheme,” the indictment alleged. Funds “After acknowledging his understanding of the purported source of the funds, d efendant Cambridge i nstructed undercover agents how to launder the proceeds in the Bahamas.” Mr Cambridge is understood to vehemently deny the allegations against him, andh as hired attorneys both in t he US and the Bahamas to defend himself against those charges. Tribune Business understands, though, that the review by Bahamian regulators will seek to determine whether Mr Cambridge filed a suspicious transaction report ( STR) once the “source of funds” from the fictitious fraud was revealed to him, something he is obligated to do under the Financial Transactions Reporting Act. S ince the charges against M r Cambridge were revealed, several legal sources have told Tribune Business that the allegations against him appear not “to stack up” or “pass the smell test”. Some have toldt his newspaper that, based on p ast experience, FBI agents involved in such “sting” operations frequently either exaggerate or make things up. In particular, several sources questioned why, as the indictment alleged, Mr Cambridge only accepted $2,000 as payment for sup-p osedly laundering the funds. Given that he was allegedly taking a huge risk that could threaten his very career if uncovered, they suggested he would have demanded a m uch higher fee. T he US attorney’s office’s indictment alleged that on November 23, 2007, Mr Cambridge told the FBI agent he received $2,000, not $1,000, for laundering the money, andt he same day gave him a $ 399,000 cheque to deposit into a bank account at FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas Judging by the indictment, at least, Mr Cambridge appears to have played no further significant part in the alleged money launderings cheme once told about the source of the funds. In the Bahamas, this nation’s anti-money laundering regime includes the Proceeds of Crime Act, the F inancial Intelligence Unit A ct, the Financial Transactions Reporting Act and the Financial and Corporate Services Providers Act. The Compliance Commission is the anti-money launderings upervisor for financial instit utions that are not part of the banking, securities, insurance and gaming industries. a nd cash flow during the first h alf of the year that they traditionally rely on to carry them through the softer latt er half, Mr Sands confirmed h e had written on his members’ behalf to utility firms a nd banks, urging them to work with troubled properties to keep their doors open. Calling on Bahamian hotels to work out payment plans w ith banks, utility companies and their vendors, the BHA p resident said: “Many of the cost-savings measures which have been put in place by businesses may simply not be enough. Typically, our hotels a nd tourism-related businesse s rely on a healthy core six m onths of stronger business a ctivity to carry them through the lean months, particularly S eptember, October and N ovember. “Visitor arrivals, occupan cies and revenues during our t raditionally stronger months was far below the normal. Asa consequence, many of our members find themselves ina position of significantly reduced cash flow over these coming months.” O n average, room revenues for the year-to-date have been down 20 per cent on 2008 comparatives, and Mr Sands s aid he had written to the Bahamas Telecommunica t ions Company (BTC B ahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC erage Corporation, Grand B ahama Power Company, Cable Bahamas and the banks to appraise them of the situa-t ion. Letter In his September 22, 2008, letter to Kevin Basden, BEC’s general manager, the BHAp resident wrote: “While we recognise fully the responsibility which every business has in meeting their financial obligations, we recognise that hard decisions must be made by hotels and tourism-relat e d businesses through the end of the year with regard to expenditures and managingo perating costs. Concurrently, we know that it is only good business on your part to work withb usinesses during these diffi cult times to help see them through.” M r Sands asked BEC to work with BHA members on “payment plans and other arrangements as many go t hrough an unprecedented period of depleted cash flow. Of course, this assumes a g ood faith effort on the part of the business in recognising their obligations to you”. A nd the BHA president a dded that while the B ahamas’ competitive data indicated that this nation was “holding up well” compared t o many rivals in the world and the Caribbean, “hotels and tourism-related business-e s are in a highly vulnerable s tate”. “We are all in this together and, by working together, we will help to minimise business closures and position ourselves to take advantage oft he opportunities which the future will certainly present,” the BHA president wrote. Mr Sands told Tribune Business that the BHA had been urged, especially by some of its medium-sized ands mall member properties, to write to the utility companies, government corporations andb anks to ensure these entities w ere fully appraised of the sector’s concerns as it went through “some distressingt imes”. He added that the utilities and banks were prepared tom eet with BHA member resorts on an individual, “case-by-case” basis to work out arrangements if they were n eeded. W hile the Bahamian tourism industry’s recovery, and that of the wider econom y, depended on US eco nomic indicators such as unemployment and consumerc onfidence, Mr Sands said the s ector, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, had embarked on “aggressive” marketing strategies to ensure “the Bahamas is still beating the drum in the marketplace”. T here had been “tremendous growth” in tourism arrivals from Canada, Mr Sands added, the Bahamas’ main problem being that its core market, the US, which accounted for 85 per cent ofv isitors, “is the one hurting the most”. “This is cyclical, it will not l ast for ever and we have to w eather the storm,” Mr Sands said, adding that the 2009 fourth quarter would be “ac hallenge” with group book ings down anywhere between 25-30 per cent. I think the only thing we can say is that we see the lev el of the decline diminishing,” the BHA president added. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Legal NoticeNOTICE JABREAH VENTURES INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofJABREAH VENTURES INC.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICE EVERQUEST CORPORATIONNotice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofE VERQUESTCORPORATIONhas been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.A RGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICE HYLANE POINTE LTD.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofHYLANE POINTE LTD.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICE FRENCHIN VILLAS INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofFRENCHIN VILLAS INC.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX BELLOTTE of DUMPING GROUND CORNER, P.O. BOX GT-2423, NASSAU, BAHAMAS , is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization shouldnot be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30th day of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE 7(1$-9$/(17,12 +8
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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: 63F/17C Low: 65F/18C Low: 70F/21C Low: 72F/22C Low: 74 F/23 C Low: 77F/25C Low: 77 F/25 C Low: 75 F/24 C High: 84F/29C High: 84F/29C High: 88 F/31 C High: 87 F/31 C High: 88F/31C High: 88 F/31C High: 88F/31C Low: 77F/25C High: 88F/31C Low: 78 F/26 C High: 90F/32C RAGGED ISLAND Low: 74F/23C High: 90 F/32 C Low: 77F/25C High: 89 F/32 Low: 75F/24C High: 88F/31C Low: 76 F/24C High: 89F/32C Low: 77 F/25 C High: 93F/34C Low: 77 F/25 C High: 90F/32C Low: 75 F/24 C High: 92F/33C Low: 76F/24C High: 94 F/34 C Low: 78F/26C High: 90F/32C High: 87 F/31 C FREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 TH , 2009, PAGE 11B THE WEATHER REPORT 5-D AY F ORECAST Periods of sun with a thunderstorm. Partly cloudy with a thunderstorm. Partly sunny; a shower or t-storm. Mostly sunny with a stray t-storm. Some sun with a t-storm possible. High: 88 Low: 77 High: 88 High: 86 High: 87 A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel Partly sunny; maybe a t-storm. High: 87 Low: 78 Low: 77 Low: 77 AccuWeather RealFeel 101F 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. 86F 97-81F 99-82F 101-82F 97-81F Low: 79 TODAYTONIGHTTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY A LMANAC High ..................................................88F/31C Low ....................................................79F/26C Normal high ......................................87F/30C Normal low ........................................74F/23C Last year's high .................................. 91 F/33C Last year's low .................................. 75 F/24C As of 2 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.01" Year to date ................................................31.41" Normal year to date ....................................38.16" Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation S UN AND M OON T IDESFOR N ASSAU Full Last New First Oct. 4 Oct. 11Oct. 18Oct. 25 Sunrise . . . . . . 7:02 a.m. Sunset . . . . . . . 6:58 p.m. Moonrise . . . . 4:48 p.m. Moonset . . . . . 3:44 a.m. Today Thursday Friday Saturday HighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 4:43 a.m.2.710:53 a.m.1.0 5:03 p.m.2.911:24 p.m.0.9 5:26 a.m.2.811:38 a.m.0.9 5:44 p.m.3.0----6:06 a.m.3.012:00 a.m.0.7 6:22 p.m.3.012:20 p.m.0.7 6:44 a.m.3.212:35 a.m.0.6 6:59 p.m.3.01:01 p.m.0.6 W ORLD C ITIES Acapulco91/3277/25pc91/3279/26pc Amsterdam66/1850/10c63/1750/10c Ankara, Turkey73/2243/6s73/2245/7s Athens82/2767/19s81/2764/17pc Auckland58/1453/11r62/1658/14c Bangkok90/3275/23t89/3177/25t Barbados86/3077/25pc86/3078/25pc Barcelona75/2363/17pc75/2364/17pc Beijing75/2359/15pc77/2554/12pc Beirut74/2369/20s76/2469/20s Belgrade71/2155/12s80/2658/14s Berlin62/1645/7sh56/1341/5pc Bermuda81/2770/21s78/2572/22pc Bogota69/2041/5pc69/2042/5c Brussels67/1950/10sh63/1745/7c Budapest72/2252/11c75/2348/8c Buenos Aires61/1645/7pc63/1743/6pc Cairo88/3168/20c88/3168/20s Calcutta93/3382/27s96/3582/27pc Calgary49/926/-3sh50/1028/-2s Cancun91/3273/22pc90/3271/21t Caracas83/2873/22t83/2873/22t Casablanca80/2665/18s78/2562/16s Copenhagen58/1448/8pc56/1343/6sh Dublin61/1646/7pc57/1345/7pc Frankfurt66/1852/11pc61/1641/5sh Geneva 71/21 49/9 s 71/2147/8s Halifax 64/17 50/10 pc 64/17 48/8 pc Havana 91/32 72/22 t 88/31 69/20 t Helsinki 48/8 36/2sh50/1034/1sh Hong Kong 82/27 79/26 r 84/28 79/26r Islamabad 108/42 69/20 s 106/41 68/20 s Istanbul76/2462/16s77/2563/17s Jerusalem 75/23 56/13s76/2456/13s Johannesburg 72/2250/10c77/2552/11pc Kingston 88/3178/25s88/3179/26r Lima75/2361/16pc75/2360/15pc London68/2052/11pc64/1748/8pc Madrid77/2554/12t77/2556/13pc Manila86/3077/25r88/3177/25sh Mexico City77/2557/13t77/2557/13t Monterrey93/3372/22pc97/3673/22pc Montreal54/1243/6sh54/1241/5c Moscow48/836/2r54/1239/3r Munich62/1649/9pc63/1744/6pc Nairobi86/3056/13s85/2957/13c New Delhi 93/3377/25s97/3674/23s Oslo50/1036/2sh50/1036/2pc Paris72/2252/11s68/2048/8pc Prague 62/16 50/10 sh 62/16 42/5 sh Rio de Janeiro69/2062/16sh71/2170/21c Riyadh100/3769/20s100/3770/21s Rome 77/25 59/15 s 75/23 61/16 r St. Thomas88/3180/26pc88/3179/26sh San Juan72/2241/5s79/2646/7s San Salvador 86/30 73/22 t 86/30 73/22 t Santiago 66/1841/5pc73/2246/7s Santo Domingo85/2973/22sh84/2873/22sh Sao Paulo 59/15 57/13 r 64/17 60/15sh Seoul81/2756/13pc79/2656/13s Stockholm 52/11 37/2 sh 48/8 36/2 c Sydney 82/27 54/12 s90/3250/10s Taipei86/3077/25sh85/2977/25r T okyo 70/21 64/17 c 76/24 68/20 c T oronto 54/1245/7c56/1343/6pc Trinidad84/2864/17pc92/3366/18s V ancouver 57/13 50/10 c 59/1549/9r Vienna 66/1854/12c68/2051/10pc W arsaw 55/12 42/5 s 54/12 38/3 sh Winnipeg 59/15 41/5 pc 56/1339/3r H ighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C T odayThursday 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:W at 7-14 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles85F Thursday:W at 7-14 Knots0-1 Feet10 Miles85F Today:W at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles86F Thursday:W at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles86F Today:W at 7-14 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles84F Thursday:WSW at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles84F U.S. C ITIES Albuquerque84/2852/11c69/2044/6s Anchorage49/937/2sh50/1036/2s Atlanta74/2353/11s77/2559/15s Atlantic City66/1843/6pc66/1846/7s Baltimore66/1845/7pc68/2044/6s Boston62/1646/7pc64/1747/8pc Buffalo54/1241/5c56/1342/5c Charleston, SC78/2555/12s80/2661/16s Chicago60/1541/5s65/1850/10r Cleveland58/1437/2c62/1644/6pc Dallas86/3074/23pc90/3259/15t Denver73/2238/3t54/1233/0sh Detroit61/1639/3pc64/1747/8pc Honolulu88/3175/23pc88/3175/23pc Houston87/3073/22pc88/3172/22pc HighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C HighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C HighLowWHighLowW F/CF/CF/CF/C T odayThursday TodayThursdayTodayThursday Indianapolis67/1946/7s70/2154/12pc Jacksonville80/2655/12s82/2762/16s Kansas City76/2462/16s72/2246/7t Las Vegas80/2656/13s80/2658/14s Little Rock80/2660/15s80/2659/15t Los Angeles78/2558/14pc88/3158/14s Louisville70/2149/9s76/2460/15s Memphis78/2559/15s79/2661/16pc Miami88/3174/23t89/3175/23t Minneapolis65/1847/8s57/1346/7r Nashville72/2249/9s78/2558/14s New Orleans82/2767/19s86/3072/22s New York62/1652/11pc62/1651/10pc Oklahoma City85/2968/20pc80/2651/10t Orlando84/2863/17s86/3067/19s Philadelphia65/1848/8pc65/1850/10s Phoenix 98/36 68/20 s 92/3365/18s Pittsburgh60/1541/5c63/1745/7pc Portland, OR 63/1749/9c64/1751/10c Raleigh-Durham 73/22 46/7 s 74/23 54/12 s St. Louis72/2258/14s75/2354/12c Salt Lake City 56/13 35/1 sh 54/1238/3s San Antonio 88/31 75/23 pc 91/32 71/21 pc San Diego73/2258/14pc81/2761/16s San Francisco 69/20 51/10 s 77/2554/12s Seattle60/1550/10c60/1549/9c T allahassee 82/2750/10s86/3057/13s T ampa 84/28 65/18 pc 83/28 68/20s Tucson96/3565/18s91/3258/14s W ashington, DC 70/21 49/9pc71/2154/12s 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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By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net WHEN it comes to dinnertime fare, many people like to stick with the familiar meat, potatoes, rice and maybe av egetable or two. After all, this way is tried and true, easy to prepare and filling. But for those diners looking to escape from the ordinary hum drum of the stan-d ard supper and give their taste buds a s urprise, I suggest trying something a little racy tonight: tofu. That's right, I said tofu, the other fourl etter word that sends the minds of most meat-eaters into a tailspin of confusion. T his versatile ingredient made from t he extracted curd of soybeans is chockfull of protein. Tofu absorbs whatever seasoning is applied to it and is perfect form arinades. It can be used in a main dish, chopped and sprinkled over salads orp asta, sliced in a sandwich or blended to m ake delicious smoothies. You can even u se silken tofu in place of eggs in your favourite desserts. I dare you to do that with chicken! T ofu is normally found in the refrigerated aisle of your supermarket's produce section and usually comes in a little plas-t ic carton filled with water. You can also f ind silken tofu in vacuum-sealed boxes on your foodstore's shelves or in Asian markets make sure to check the carton's expiration date. While I understand the initial hesitation to trade in a slab of meat for a mys-t erious, beige block I challenge you to take a chance on the unknown. Your palate, and your waistband, will thank you! H ere are some easy recipes to get you started: FRIED TOFU 1 block firm or extra-firm tofu 2-4 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil P ress and drain the tofu (place tofu block o n cutting board between two layers paper towels. Place another layer of towels on top and lightly press tofu. Place a heavy bowl or pan on top of tofu to drain remaining water and let sit for 15 minutes). Slice or cube the tofu into one inch thick p ieces. Heat the oil over medium-high heat, t hen add the tofu pieces. Fry, uncovered and undisturbed, until golden brown. This will take at least 7 minutes, so don't check until then. Turn each piece and repeat. Servei mmediately. T asty with peanut sauce over noodles. Has a nice chewy/crunchy texture. Serves 2. (tofu-recipe.com CURRY TOFU 1 s mall onion 1 (14 ounce can light coconut milk 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger 1 pound firm tofu, cut into 3/4 inch cubes 4 R oma (plum 1 y ellow bell pepper, thinly sliced 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1 /4 cup o f raisins (optional salt to taste P ress and drain tofu, set aside. Dice onion i nto fine pieces. In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, mix coconut milk, brown sugar, curry powder, ginger, and chili paste. B ring to a boil. Stir tofu, tomatoes, yellow pepper, mushrooms, and finely chopped onion into the skillet. Cover, and cook 5m inutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in basil. S eason with salt. Stir in raisins and contin ue cooking five minutes, or until vegetables a re cooked but crisp. Wonderful over Jasmine rice. Serves four to six. (Adapted from allrecipes.com) TEX -MEX T OFU BURRIT O S 1 (10.5 ounce p ackage extra-firm light tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon2 teaspoons cider vinegar 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 cup sliced onion, separated into rings 1 cup julienne-cut red bell pepper 1 cup julienne-cut zucchini 1/2 cup corn, black bean and roasted red pepper salsa 1 /4 teaspoon salt 4 (8-inch 1 /4 cup sliced green onions 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese P lace tofu in a shallow dish. Sprinkle with cumin, chili powder, cinnamon and vinegar. Toss gently to coat; set aside. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; saut for 2 minutes. Add bell pepper a nd zucchini; saut for 4 minutes. Stir in t ofu mix, salsa and salt; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from h eat. W arm tortillas according to package directions. Spoon about 3/4 cup tofu mix down center of each tortilla. Top with 1 tablespoon each of green onions, sour cream a nd cheese; roll up. Serves four. (tofurecipe.com) BASIL TOFU 5 green onions, minced 6 or 8 cloves garlic, minced 1 package firm tofu, well-drained, sliced a nd marinated in soy sauce 1 cup fresh basil, chopped 1 teaspoon crushed chili pepper sauce 1 teaspoon soy sauce cooked brown rice Cook onions and garlic in a little oil or water or stock or vinegar until tender. Add m arinated tofu and cook another 5-10 min utes. Stir in basil, chili pepper sauce and soy sauce and heat through. Serve over brown rice. (tofu-recipe.com C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICE is hereby given that ESACHAR CESAR of FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS , is applying to the Minister responsible for N ationality 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 23rd day of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX LOUIS JEAN of WHITE LANE, OFF M ACKEYSTREET, P.O. BOX SS-5312, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization s hould not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 23rdday of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and C itizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE Legal NoticeNOTICE OCTOSTONE INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofOCTOSTONE INC.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICE PANEMA MOUNTAIN CORP.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofPANEMAMOUNTAIN CORP.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICE NOVA DISCOVERY INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofNOVADISCOVERYINC.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICE NOBLE OVERSEAS LTD.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofNOBLE OVERSEAS LTD.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICE TRESMO GARDEN INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofTRESMO GARDEN INC.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICE PRIME NOVIUS INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofPRIME NOVIUS INC.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator T h e T r i b u n e THE VEGETARIAN VOICE T OFU IS m ade from the extracted curd of s oybeans is chock-full of protein.

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C M Y K C M Y K TASTE T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The National Insurance Board The National Insurance Board The National Insurance Board The National Insurance Board The National Insurance Boardof the Commonwealth of The Bahamas The National Insurance Board (NIB bank deposits.To facilitate this, the NIB is requesting that vendors provide the necessary banking information. Forms will be distributed to vendors for completion. If you do not receive one, please contact us at one of the following to obtain a copy of the form: 1.APBankinginfo@nib-bahamas.com 2.Telephone No.: (242 3.Collect a Form from any New Providence NIB Local Office The NIB requests the cooperation of all vendors as we seek to provide more efficient service. All information will be treated as strictly confidential. Notice to Vendors Legal NoticeNOTICE KBOTO LIMITEDNotice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofKBOTO LIMITEDhas been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICE GOLDEN CREST INVESTMENT HOLDINGS LTD.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofGOLDEN CRESTINVESTMENT HOLGINGS LTD.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator T h e T r i b u n e B y JEFFARAH GIBSON E r ick Darling, says that the idea for his n ew business venturec r eating DVD postcards was sparked on a trip to San Salvador. The idea of putting the B ahamas on a disc came w hen I was coming back from San Salvador in 2006. I overheard a couple on the plane. The male visitor was telling t he female that the Bahamas was so beautiful that he w ished he could take it all home on a disc, and surprisingly it was on the 7 o’clock news. There was a report that tourists wanted to purchase a uthentic souvenirs at an a ffordable price” he said. M r Darling’s interest was p eaked and he started making the postcards which include t he history, the government, calendar of events, attractions,r ecreational activities and p hotographs of the islands. “I went to work almost immediately, creating the first one of twenty-one volumes a nd then adding the Bahamas DVD booklet and discount coupon. This allows touristst o take the Bahamas home w ith them as a collection sou venir,” he said. The DVD postcard is a ccompanied by the DVD b ooklet, that gives other gen eral information about the islands and gives the visitor discounts that they can use on their next visit to the coun try. The best part of purchasing the DVD postcard is that visitors get discounts and coupons to come back to the B ahamas on our all inclusive Bahamas vacation ticket. Ground transportation to and from the airport will be provided, hotel reservations,f ood, and a gift certificate is also included”, he said. B ecause most tourists think that Nassau is the entire the Bahamas, the DVD will show them the other beautiful islands and cays that make up this archipelago which will hopefully encourage them to visit the other islands. There are 19 DVD post card volumes, with each vol ume depicting a different island. So far Mr Darling has covered Grand Bahama, Bimini, Eleuthera, Andros, Abaco, San Salvador, Cat Island, and Exuma. Next on his list are Acklins, Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Great Inagua, and Little Inagua. Apart from the DVD postcards, Mr Darling is also cre ating a Junkanoo DVD, showing parades from previous years. Digital Paradise am also making a Junkanoo DVD and a Junkanoo booklet, and this will make Junkanoo very different. This however is a little different from the DVD booklets, since the DVD booklets are mainly targeted to tourists. The Junkanoo DVD is not only for tourists, but also for the die hard Junkanoo fans.” he said He says that the Junkanoo DVD will display every aspectof the Junkanoo parade, and with the help of technology,he will incorporate digital effects to the graphics. The DVD’s, volumes 1 -19, will be released on the November 1. D.V.D postcards capture the beautiful islands of the Bahamas on a series of slide shows, showing the hot spot, attractions and beautiful scenery.

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By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter L AST year, T ribune Entertainment introduced young Amaeleo 'Cortez' Careya recent high school grad with big dreams, and great ambition t o fulf ill t hem. A t t he time, he had just made his splash on t h e Bahamian music scene wit h a t hr ee-song demo album. In the interview, he aspired to form ar ecord label someday, and expressed a deep passion to show the music world to what t h e Bahamas has to offer. Today, that dream has become a real ity. YoungStar Music Group has been formed by Cortez and eleven young per s ons between the ages of 17-24. YMG has since debuted two singles on the air waves: 'I'm A Star' and most recently-' Head Held High,' which is available on iTunes to download. The songs lit up the airwaves on More 94 FM, 106.5 StarF M, and Cool 96 FM early this year. Sherard 'Savio' Campbell, Colette 'Belle Parker', Stevaughn 'Acapella'H epburn, and Chavez 'Big Vezy' Parker, Colette Parker, Sherard Campbell, Gia and Jenna are the group's existing mem bers. Cortez is the ceo of YMG, and has a passion to take music to another level. To him, music isn’t just lyrics placed haphazardly to a beat, but the reflection or expression of the everyday human struggle. Got clouds in the sky, with my head held high Ain't no looking down with my head held high Gotta swallow the mountain of pridew ith my head held high Gotta keep pushing my head held h igh I ’m immune to the pain Thick flesh my wounds deep Things change, the looks seem bright a s if I used bleach T he group lays a feel-good track about self motivation and ridding yourself of negative people to achieve your dreams sending positive vibes with u plifting lyrics. Thinking higher seems to be a recurring theme in their songs. T he single is a collaboration of the t wo rappers Calvin and Cortez. Both came from musical families that e ncouraged them to reach new heights in the music arena. Cortez's uncle isP at Carey, lead guitarist of Bahamen, a nd his cousin, highly acclaimed recording artist ‘Christopher Carey’ a ka Sketch produced their most recent single, which has unique, catchy words. B oth men advised Cortez and his group t hat they can be among the greatest B ahamian artists, regardless of their y outh. Last September, the group released their single 'I'm a Star' which lit up the airwaves. The feel good anthem of motivational words is an eclectic mix of h ip-hop and rap flavours. Everyone in the group plays a musi cal instrument, Cortez said. Acoustic g uitar, piano, drum sets, tenor and alto saxophone, and the tuba are all used to relay their unique sound. The grouph as high hopes to expand enterprise as much as possible, performing at local events, restaurants, and on local TV shows. T hey plan to release their first mixtape with 12 tracks, next year according to the group's publicist Latoya Moncur. S he told T ribune Entertainment t hat YMG has a lot more new music to come which they hope will be hit sin gles. “Head Held High” is sure to ber eflective of that. Ms Moncur said they have already set their sights on expos ing the world to what the Bahamas has to offer. And while people may see the group's youth as a disadvantage, YMG believes that it is actually a blessing. As f ar as they're concerned, starting at such a young age affords them more time to develop as artists. So, when they are well into their twenties, they will already be accomplished artists, rather than just beginning to make a name for themselves. In the mean time, music lovers will be able to get a hold of YMG's debut album by next year. If you keep your ears tuned to local radio stations, you may hear their name and sound long before the album drops. C M Y K C M Y K ARTS PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1. The ladies of the Zonta Club of New Providence will h ost their first Hat Show a nd Tea Party at Government House on Sunday,O ctober 4 at 3 pm. Tickets for the event are $30 with part proceeds going toward the Sister Sister Cancer Support Group. Guests are asked to park in the lower grounds of Government House. 2. The Sine Nomine Singers will perform at the N ational Art Gallery of the B ahamas on Sunday Octob er 4 at 3pm. The group was formed in 2002 byJ oAnne Connaughton and is n ow an eight person harmony. The members of the group are Bonny Byfield, Cara Christie, Pia Farmer,L inda Osborn,Cairo Roche, Bill Eyk, Felipe Itturalde and Carlos Thomas. The group p erforms several times a y ear in concert and at private functions particularly d uring Lent, Adent and C hristmas . The group’s repertoire ranges from M edieval to Renaissance, E arly Baroque, Bahamian, B razilian and English folk s ongs. T ickets are $10 and include full entrance to the gallery. They may be pur-c hased in advance at the N AGB. 3. The Positive Vibe Y outh Concert will be held on Friday, October 2 at the Diplomat Centre. This highly anticipated e vent is being hosted by The M inistry of Youth, Sports & Culture and will serve as the kick off event for National Youth Month 2009 which is held in October of eachy ear. Last year the Ministry hosted a similar event called Gospel Jam. Some of the country's top g ospel artists will be per forming including ChristianM assive, Ricardo Clarke, DJ C ounsellor, Mr Beeds, Mr Lynx, Manifest, Landlord, Najie Dunn, Solo, Jay Arie a nd Ovacomma, Shaback, A valanchee, Mr J and Edison Sumner and Voices of Praise. Gospel Soca sensation and two time Marlin Award winner Nigel Lewis alongw ith his band Sound Mind. Positive Vibe Youth Concert is being held in con junction with Total Youth Church (TYC FM and is being co-sponsored by Faith Life Book and Music Center. The concert will begin at 7.30pm and is free to all. For additional information contact the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture at 502-0601. 4. The Alliance Francaise French Cine Club will present ‘Deux Freres’ an adventure film by Jean Jacques Annand, Guy Pearce, Jean Claude Dreyfus and Philip pine Leroy-Beaulieu at the British Colonial Hilton on Friday, October 2 at 6.30 pm in the Windsor A room. Donation: $5. See: www.afbahamas.org. The trailer link is www.imdb.com/video/scree nplay/vi2670527257/ Reserve your seat by calling 302-5141 between 9 am 12.30 pm. 5. The Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau presents the second annual Evening of Jazz, Art and Wine under the stars at Fort Charlotte this Friday, October 2 at 7.30 pm. Artists include: Malcolm Rae, Livingston Pratt, Jonathan Bethel and Heino Schmid as well as Barbara Jesubatham with her straw designer hand bags. Music is provided by Adrian D'Aguilar and friends. There is also food sampling. Proceeds are donated to various charities. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the 2 outlets of Post Boxes Etc., downtown and in the Westridge Shop ping Plaza, Cable Beach as well as at the event. things 2 DO Y m . G . . YoungStar Music Group THE PRODUCERS of 'Head Held High' (from L to Rt r_C' Parker,' 'Acapella,' and A maeleo 'Cortez' Carey. THE PRODUCERS of YMG promote 'Head Held High' on 'Bahama Hot Ones.' (100 Jamz Amaeleo 'Cortez' Carey

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C M Y K C M Y K I N S I D E Digital Paradise See page nine WEDNESDAY,SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 The vegetarian voice See page eight B y REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter H eino Sc hmid and John Co x have collaborated once again to produce a str i king e xhibition, featured in t he lobb y of the Central Bank of The Bahamas on F r ederick St. ‘Only the Strong Survive,’ tory,’ and ‘Ruben’s’ are a f ew of the works featured in the exhibit. Each painting is constructed on a large scale canvas, and some are accented with bright red material that encourage the spectator to decode its meaning and are designed to trigger an emotional response. T he paintings by Mr Schmid are derived from life-like figures. He described one of his pieces, which fea tures three vivid human-like figures side by side. “In this particular instance, I abstract them to present a particular motion,” Mr Schmid said. He added: “They’re not literal people, they are highly metaphorical.” His counterpart, John Cox told Tribune Art that it took him two months to put his pieces together. “I hope my work triggers an emotional response, and causes viewers to think.” “African Symbol,” is particularly striking; it’s an acryllic collage of pat terns stuck on it. All of Mr Cox’s paintings have powerful red-like fixtures juxtaposed next to them. He explained that he “wanted to have a visual device, a segue from the conditions that are going on in the painting.” The exhibit is on display until Friday, October 2. PHYSI ALC ABSTRATIONSC The Tribune SECTIONB A abstract piece that r epresents Jesus and his crucifixion . AN abstract piece by John Cox. ‘Persevere’ by John Cox. A PIECE by Heino Schmid featuring three life-like figures. ‘African Symbol’ by John Cox.


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record any conversation she had with former Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater.

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A huge blood-stained stone,
found resting on the head of murdered police
officer Eddison Bain, was wheeled into the
Supreme Court on a trolley Tuesday as the
lead police investigator testified.

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two police officers from the Scenes of Crime
Section brought the stone about 3ft x 3ft into
the courtroom.

Gasps could be heard as the heavy stone
made a loud thud as it was put on the court-
room floor. The mother of Corporal Bain wept
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The Tribune has learned.
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that a subsidiary of Callen-
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Three missing
hoaters found

THREE boaters
believed to be missing at
sea in the Bahamas were
found safe and well near
Abaco yesterday.

The United States Coast
Guard had been searching
for the missing men who
were on board the overdue
Flying Pig. And the
Bahamas Air and Sea Res-
cue Association (BASRA)

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McNeil application
hearing adjourned

A HEARING for an
application on behalf of
murder accused Troyniko
McNeil has been adjourned
for a date to be fixed, his
attorney Murrio Ducille
said yesterday.

Senior Justice Anita
Allen had set November 4
as the "tentative" date for
the start of the retrial of
Troyniko McNeil who is
accused of murdering

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PLP convention
schedule cut

THE Progressive Liberal
Party has cut its convention
schedule by two days due
to the current economic
conditions, The Tribune
understands.

The dates for the highly-
anticipated conference
were reduced from five
days to three, with the
meeting now being held on
October 21 to 23.

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son - who believe he was mur-
dered and blame police for mis-
handling the investigation into
his death - will also be present
at today's demonstration.

Brenton’s father Hector
Smith told The Tribune yester-
day: “Every month we plan to
keep Brenton in the forefront of
people's minds because some-
one needs to answer (for his
death).”

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side parliament and make our
case.”

18, was shot by a police officer
shortly before 8pm on July 9 as
he and a friend walked through
a popular short-cut in the Kemp
Road area used by many to get
to the nearby foodstore on Vil-
lage Road. He died at the scene.

Moments before, police had
been chasing suspected armed
robbers who held up a cashier at
the supermarket.

Police have said that they do
not suspect that Brenton was in
the store at the time of the rob-
bery, while the family maintain
he was an innocent pedestrian
caught in the wrong place at the
wrong time.

A few weeks after his death,
the police released a statement
admitting that the teenager was

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things that need to happen in
our country. Instead of taking
$10 million to fix the roads, let's
take $10 million and fix the jus-
tice system," said Mr Smith, ref-
erencing the government's
recent spending on the national
road improvement project.

The Smith family plans to set
up a foundation in Brenton’s
name to help troubled young
men to have a better future.

The family also wants to part-
ner with anyone who has lost a
loved one in a homicide. They
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LOCAL NEWS



BAHAMAS HOTEL CATERING AND ALLIED WORKERS UNION: Flection of new executive team

Hotel union members go to polls

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Many members of the 5,000
plus strong Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied Workers
Union who cast their vote for
anew executive team yester-
day said they hope the new
president will spend “less time
in court” and more time look-
ing after the membership.

Up to press time yesterday
it was not known which team
of would-be union executives
won yesterday’s vote,
although all of the voters this
newspaper spoke with happi-
ly declared their support for
Nicole Martin’s “A-Team” as
they waited in line to cast
their ballots.

Four teams were vying for
top positions in the country’s
biggest union: the “A-Team”
led by Ms Martin, who were
victorious in the May 28, 2009
election but later ejected after
the results were declared null
and void based on irregulari-
ties in the nomination process;
“Team Deliverance” headed
by former first vice President
Kirk Wilson, whose court
action resulted in the ousting
of Ms Wilson; “Team
Redemption”, led by Sidney
Rolle; and Tyrone Butler’s
“M-Group”.

Incumbent President Roy
Colebrooke and Secretary
General Leo Douglas, who
temporarily regained the reins

Plea for new president to spend more time looking after membership

of the union on July 31 after
Ms Martin’s team were forced
to step down following a court
order by Justice Jon Isaacs,
declined to offer again for
leadership, likely given the
fact that they only received
270 votes in the May election.

The major traffic, rowdi-
ness and overcrowding prob-
lems that characterised the
May election were not repli-
cated as members of the
5,000-plus strong union were
spread between various loca-
tions: BHCAWU Headquar-
ters at Worker’s House on
Harrold Road, Bahamas
Communication and Public
Officers Union (BCPOU)

PM gives
Crier
high debt

WITH the possibility of gov-
ernment debt rising well beyond
50 per cent of the country’s
GDP before the global eco-
nomic crisis ends, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham told the
Conference of Americas yes-
terday that the Bahamas is com-
mitted to retreating with “all
deliberate haste” from high
debt as soon as the economy
begins to grow again.

Mr Ingraham said the
Bahamas will also move swiftly
to create “even more headroom
to see us through the next
inevitable downturn on the
assumption that no miracle eco-
nomic model will emerge to rel-
egate economic cycles to the
dustbin of history.”

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theme “After the crisis: emerg-
ing challenges and political sta-
bility” in Coral Gables, Flori-
da, the prime minister said the
Bahamas’ economic growth
went into negative territory in
2008, and there it remains.

Unemployment is again on
the rise and is now estimated to
be higher than 14 per cent.

“In the face of growing
unemployment, decelerating
private sector credit and falling
foreign direct investment, poli-
cy-makers in an extremely open
small economy have relatively
little room for manoeuvre.

“Fortunately for us, the fis-
cal discipline that we earlier
established as our principal
macro-economic strategy



Hall on Farrington Road and
the National Centre for Per-
forming Arts on Shirley
Street.

Results

Polling stations were due
to close at 6pm yesterday,
with preliminary results
expected by around 9 or
10pm and a definitive out-
come by the early hours of
this morning.

Sandra, a 39-year-old food
and beverage worker at the
Sheraton Nassau Beach
Resort, said she would be vot-
ing for Ms Martin “because

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afforded some small headroom
and we availed ourselves of it,”
he said.

Mr Ingraham said the gov-
ernment was able to ease the
economic hardship on the most
vulnerable while maintaining
the public sector’s level of
employment and recurrent
spending.

“And we did this without
adding to the tax burden of the
private sector which was itself a
victim of the economic weak-
ness,” he said.

Looking forward, the prime
minister said countries must
clearly learn from the lessons
of the present crisis.

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following: We must make an

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“There are a lot of single
mums in the union and she
can relate to us better,” she
said.

Stephen Douglas, a house-
keeping worker at the Wynd-
ham hotel, was equally enthu-
siastic in his support for Ms
Martin.

“T feel right now we need a
change and Nicole is the
change. I voted before for her
and I’m voting again. Her
whole outlook is different.
She’s for the people, the
underdog, everybody. I like
that,” he told The Tribune.

Christopher Lamm, a Sher-
aton employee, said the team
he voted for in the May elec-
tion are not running this time,
and consequently he too
intended to vote for Ms Mar-
tin.

“Pm on vacation but I just
came down to do the right
thing. I’m voting for the A-
team. I want the union to stop
all this fighting and court
appearances — they’ve been
spending too much time in
court,” he said.

Meanwhile, Phillip Rolle, a
landscaping employee at the
Lyford Cay Club, would not
reveal who he was voting for
but said he feels strongly that
the union has not been act-

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about the Bahamian economy.



honest assessment of the risks
posed to our global economic
and financial systems and avoid
placing blame where it is not
due; we must have a better
means of assessing and respond-
ing to systemic risk in the glob-
al financial architecture and one
that demonstrates equity in call-
ing all economies, those of the
developed and developing
world, into account.

“We must promote greater
equity in the international
development process so as to
make the prospects for sus-
tained growth of the world
economy more enduring and
wide-spread, and we must better
co-ordinate global resources in
order to maximise use. This is
especially true with respect to
those resources channelled by
the multilateral lending and aid
agencies,” he said.

ing “in the best interest of the
people”.

“T would like to see the new
union team get together and
fight for the hotel people
rather than fighting with each
other,” he said.

recently in calls for legal
action over the disbursement
of almost $700,000 allegedly
authorised by certain union
executives in August against
the wishes of others.
Incumbent union President
Mr Colebrooke said yester-
day that “bringing stability”
back to the organisation and
building the membership’s

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Peering at the future

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A whoop went
up in the classroom and the teenagers
became giddy when they realised that the
man and woman being escorted to the front
of the room were Bill and Melinda Gates.

“Ohmigod!” shrieked one girl, her eyes
and mouth wide with astonishment.

“Are you the real Bill Gates?” asked
another.

The Gateses were in the Algebra 1 class at
West Charlotte High School (a venerable,
mostly black institution that over the decades
has reached academic highs and touched
ignominious lows) to learn, not teach. They
have been travelling the country trying to see
for themselves what really works and what
has gone haywire in public education in the
United States.

Visiting classrooms is like peering into
the nation’s future. Right now the view is
somewhat frightening. American youth drop
out of high school at an average of one every
26 seconds. Only about a third of those who
graduate are prepared to move on to a four-
year college. And in the savage economic
downturn that has gripped the United States
for the better part of the past two years,
retrenchment in public schools and colleges
is widespread.

For a country that once led the world in
educating its citizens, we are now moving
decidedly in the wrong direction. As Bill
Gates points out: “Our performance at every
level — primary and secondary school
achievement, high school graduation, col-
lege entry, college completion — is drop-
ping against the rest of the world.”

This has consequences. As Melinda Gates
notes: “America’s long history of upward
mobility is in danger.”

The Gateses are co-chairs of the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s
largest philanthropic organisation. They are
investing billions of dollars and much of
their considerable energy in an effort to
spark not just change but a transformation in
the way American youngsters are educat-
ed.

It’s an overwhelming challenge, and not all
of their early efforts have borne fruit. Edu-
cating children in the U.S. means engaging
issues like poverty and homelessness, racial
and ethnic transformations and entrenched,
outdated ways of doing things. But the Gate-
ses seem determined to master this issue
and do what they can to help reverse the
current dismal trends.

As they met over two days with students,
teachers, administrators and community col-
lege executives in Charlotte and Raleigh-
Durham, the intensity of their focus and
concentration was striking.

OE ae

“You can read about all of this stuff,” Bill
Gates told me, “but it’s important to come
out and see it, to spend time talking with
the people involved, and to visit the bad
schools as well as the good schools if you
really want to understand and make a dif-
ference.”

The issues can be maddeningly complex.
There are school districts in which much of
the population is aging and predominantly
white and the taxpayers are less than enthu-
siastic about supporting a school population
that is largely poor and black or Hispanic.
There are schools trying desperately to raise
their test scores, an important measure of
accountability, while at the same time trying
to keep poor and struggling youngsters from
dropping out — the very youngsters who
are often a drag on overall test scores.

But the many challenges will have to be
met and overcome if the United States is to
maintain a successful society. The Ameri-
can work force is becoming increasingly
black and Hispanic, and a two-year or four-
year college credential has become a pre-
requisite to a middle-class standard of living.
With that in mind, it’s not difficult to see
how disastrous it is to have nearly 50 per
cent of minority kids dropping out of school
before they even get a high school diploma.

“It is so important,” said Melinda Gates,
“to get all of the children educated.”

The Gateses are committed, but they need
so many more to follow their lead.

I’m not sure how or why so many Amer-
icans over the past few decades took their
eyes off the critical importance of educa-
tion as the pathway to personal and soci-
etal success. In their book, “The Race
Between Education and Technology,” the
Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and
Lawrence F. Katz pointed out that educa-
tional attainment in the U.S. “was excep-
tionally rapid and continuous for the first
three-quarters of the 20th century.” And
then, foolishly, we applied the brakes and
advancement “slowed considerably for
young adults beginning in the 1970s and for
the overall labour force by the early 1980s.”

If you don’t think we’re paying a price
for this, just look around.

A student in the Algebra I class at West
Charlotte High summed up the matter
cogently when she said to the Gateses, in a
voice that was not the least amused: “People
seem to think it’s cool to be stupid. But it’s
not.”

Bahamians take note.

(This article was written by Bob Herbert -
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Why are we
destroying
‘our’ ancient
casuarina trees?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I think it is safe to say that no
one alive today can remember
when the majestic casuarina
trees along Saunders Beach and
West Bay Street were planted.
These trees may not be indige-
nous to the Bahamas but they
have been there longer than all
of us. Does this not, of itself,
give them the right to remain?

I come to the defense of the
casuarina of West Bay Street
as an artist. I appreciate their
beauty and the height they add
to our landscapes and
seascapes. They have been the
subject and the background of
many of my paintings of Saun-
ders Beach and West Bay
Street. Imagine, for a moment,
that there were no casuarina
trees along our shoreline — not
a pretty picture since most of
our “indigenous” trees seldom
grow very tall. Furthermore at
this point in our history can we
really tell which trees are really
“indigenous” to the Bahamas?
What difference does it really
make since they all contribute
to our bio-diversity.

I have fond memories of
painting along Saunders Beach
and enjoying not only the shade
of these great trees but also
their melody as gentle breezes
whistled through their pine nee-
dles. Nevertheless, some
authorities claim that these 100-
plus-year-old trees are invasive.

Pray tell, what harm are they
really doing to our environ-
ment? It is so easy to destroy
these giants but what can we
replace them with? Might I
remind you that we have lost
many magnificent specimens of
the silk cotton trees in Nassau
and Grants Town because we
were insensitive to their histor-
ical, cultural and aesthetic val-
ue.

Trees are so significant to
human environment that even
the bible makes reference to
“the Big trees of Mamre” in
Abraham’s time (Genesis
13:18) and the “Cedars of
Lebanon” (Isaiah 2:13).

Rather than trying to eradi-
cate the casuarina trees, would
it not be more constructive to
see how they can be utilised?
Casuarina hard wood is excel-
lent for construction and furni-
ture making. Island school in
Cape Eleuthera has some beau-
tiful examples of this. Roddy
Pinder of Spanish Wells has
made many fine ornamental
works with casuarina wood.

Why was the destruction of
our public heritage allowed?
Was there much debate of this
matter? These trees belong to
all of us.

I now live in Eleuthera
where I heard some mention
of it recently on the “Crissy

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Love Show.” I was eager to see
for myself what all the “com-
bruction” was about. When I
visited Nassau last week, high
on my list of things to do was to
find out what had happened. I
couldn’t believe my eyes. I was
shocked to see the western end
of Saunders Beach! It was as if
a hurricane had ravaged the
area. Then I noticed numbers
on the remaining casuarinas on
the eastern end...I hope after
seeing the folly and the disaster
to the west a moratorium was
placed on any further chopping
by our “Bahamian out-of-con-
trol buzz saw.”

In the USA and many other
countries of the world, trees are
so valued that you need a spe-
cial permit to cut down a tree in
your own yard, much less ones
in public spaces.

Even if an argument could
be made that the casuarina
species is invasive, would it not
be the course of wisdom to con-
trol the ones that are “out of
place” and let remain the giants
that have for so long, made
such a valuable contribution to
our landscape? Remember
once destroyed they can never
be replaced,

Furthermore, it is costing a
great deal of money to cut
down and truck away the tons
of debris. Surely we can find
more creative ways to boost
employment.

It is of note that the casuari-
na are used extensively as
hedges along Current Road in
Eleuthera, where I live. I have a
beautiful casuarina hedge along
my driveway and two large
ones that provide welcome
shade during afternoon gather-

ings, In 20 years I have not seen
the needles damage any of my
plants that grow under them
such as pomegranate, passion
fruit, adeanas just to mention
a few. As a matter of fact, I
would have lost much of my
soil to erosion during the many
hurricanes that have hit
Eleuthera since “Andrew” in
1992 were it not for the root
structure of my faithful casuar-
inas.

Rather than focus on any
negative feature of our casuar-
inas let us consider some of
their positive attributes.

1) Most beaches in the
Bahamas would be devoid of
shade without the sprawling
umbrella of the casuarina’s
branches.

2) The artistic beauty and
the perspective in our land-
scapes would be lessened with-
out the casuarinas.

3) We want to enhance the
beauty of our tourism product
not mutilate it.

4) These fast growing trees
have many advantages — just
google “casuarinas” on the
internet and you will be
amazed.

CONCLUSION.

As a Bahamian artist I
appeal to whoever is the
authority behind the chain
saw....stop! Examine what has
been destroyed so far. Has any-
thing worthwhile been accom-
plished? It is so easy to destroy.
I am saddened by the wanton
destruction of those stately
ancient casuarinas along Saun-
ders Beach and West Bay
Street. Let us as Bahamians
preserve what is beautiful in
our country not just for our-
selves and our visitors but for
future generations as well.

EDDIE MINNIS
Eleuthera,
September 25, 2009.

The Chinese know we are easily bought

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re: So how does China benefit from its relationship with
Bahamas. — Tribune September 23, 2009

The writer reminds us that “there’s no such thing as a free
lunch.” However, what China hopes to gain from The Bahamas
in return for all the love and friendship being lavished upon us,
is that we will stand by China geopolitically (eg at the UN and
other world fora) in years to come. The Chinese, like our
Cuban friends, are well aware that we are easily bought.

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LOCAL NEWS



DAY TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE



‘Sex abuse victims need more protection’

Appeal for end to
marital rape debate

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

TO MARK the third annual Day to End
Sexual Violence, advocates gathered to
take a stand against rape, sexual abuse and
violence, and to call for an end to the mar-
ital rape law debate still raging in the com-
munity.

Representatives of the Crisis Centre and
other advocates and supporters of the
movement stood in solidarity at a press
conference held in the Eastern Cemetery,
Dowdeswell Street, to demand greater pro-
tection for all victims of sexual abuse
throughout the Bahamas and the
Caribbean. This year, the event highlighted
the hot-button issue of marital rape and
Terry Miller, executive director of the
Bahamas Association for Social Health
(BASH), implored all Bahamians to con-
demn sexual violence in all its forms by
showing support for the amendment to the
Sexual Offences Act proposed by Minister
of Labour and Social Development Loret-
ta Butler-Turner in July.

The Bahamas Christian Council has
opposed the amendment — which would
make it illegal for a husband to rape his
wife —- while the Roman Catholic church
expressed support of it.

Mr Miller said it is time for those on
both sides of the argument to bring delib-
erations to an end.

Just as Crisis Centre director Sandra
Dean-Patterson has agreed to look at
increasing penalties for false rape allega-
tions to protect men, those opposing the
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sexual violence against all women, Mr
Miller said.

“Every individual, whether they are ina
marriage or not, has the right to say no,
and a man never has the right to physical-
ly violate his wife.

“T don’t think we should spend another
month arguing on this issue; this is a non-
issue and we need to move on.

“As males we have no right to force our-
selves upon a lady, married or not,” he
said. His sentiments were echoed by King-
dom Women in Business founding member
Charlene Paul, who emphasised the con-
nection between violence against women
and children and the degeneration of soci-
ety. She said: “If we have a large proportion
of our women being abused as victims of
sexual violence, how do we expect these
individuals to lead normal lives and rear
children in a confident way?

“A society that does not protect, pro-
vide, nurture and care for its women and
children is a breeding ground for a future
generation that is dysfunctional.”

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

Their views were supported by Erica
Morris of The Bahamas Against Sexual
Violence and Abuse; musician Berkley
VanByrd; Miss Teen Bahamas Shamika
Rolle; PLP MP for Fort Charlotte Alfred
Sears and a team of advocates including
Bahamian singer Terneille “‘TaDa’ Bur-
rows. Those in attendance dressed in black
for the solemn event, which was held in a
cemetery to symbolise that acts of sexual
violence are akin to attempted murder of
the spirit, regardless of the relationship
between the victim and the perpetrator.

Ms Dean-Patterson said: “We know all
too well that sexual violence is a deadly
business. Sexual violence has nothing to
do with the sexual activity taking place
between consenting men and women inside
or outside of the marriage.

“This is just one example of the misin-
formation that has permeated the current
debate. Sexual violence has everything to
do with rage, violence, power and control.
It violates the dignity and humanity of
every individual it touches.”

Crisis Centre calls for criminal justice system changes

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A NUMBER of changes to
the criminal justice system were
called for by the Crisis Centre
yesterday as it commemorated
the Day to End Sexual Vio-
lence.

Director of the non-profit
counselling service centre Dr
Sandra Dean-Patterson high-
lighted the need for systematic
changes to help protect victims
of sexual abuse in a country
where the incidence of sexual
crime far exceeds the world-
wide average.

The United Nations recorded
133 rapes per 100,000 people
in the Bahamas in 2007, com-
pared to an average of 15 per
100,000 worldwide.

In the decade leading up to
1999 there were 3,000 individu-
als in the Bahamas who report-
ed crimes of a sexual nature,
Dr Patterson said. She com-
pared this to the number of sex
offenders convicted and serv-



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And it seems sexual violence
is still hugely prevalent as there
have been 4,114 reported rapes
so far this decade, including 80
rapes reported this year, as well
as 26 attempted rapes, 174 inci-
dents of unlawful sex with
someone under 16, and 15 cas-
es of incest.

Dr Patterson said: “I am sure
if you went to the prison you
would find there is around the
same number of sex offenders.

“The reality is that persons
who are sexually violent do not
get convicted or go to prison, so
as long as you can walk around
and commit offences without
consequences there is no reason
to stop doing it. And it is the
women and children who are
predominantly victims in this.”

Speaking out with support-
ers on the Day to End Sexual
Violence, the Crisis Centre
called for:

¢ A Voluntary Bill of Indict-
ment in sexual offence trials

¢ Establishment of a court
specifically for sexual offences

¢ The use of plea bargaining
in selected cases

¢ Implementation of a sexual
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supervision orders for released
offenders

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treatment programmes in
prison and in probation reha-
bilitation services.

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for people in the community to
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wishes to volunteer in their
community should call the Cri-
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are held at the Fairchild Tropi-
cal Garden) contain some 3,000
papers, 2,400 photos, 2,000 pic-
tures and 36 drawings - includ-
ing a record of all known palm
genera.

Arthur's files date from the
1930s to his death in 1977.
Some of the photos were used
in a 1959 publication on Palms
of the World, as well as in his
own book, Supplement to
Palms of the World.

Files

The files were donated to
Fairchild by Margaret in 1980.

And before he died, Arthur
bequeathed the Retreat itself
to the BNT to ensure its preser-
vation as a botanic garden,
although Margaret continued
to live there until her death 10
years later. Grand Bahama Port
Authority principal Sir Jack
Hayward helped fund the
BNT's acquisition, and the new
headquarters were officially
opened by Prince Philip, the
BNT’s royal patron, in 1985.

At that time, the Retreat
became a national park - one
of 25 protected areas managed
by the BNT from Abaco and
Grand Bahama in the north, to
Inagua in the south. These
reserves contain a representa-
tive selection of Bahamian eco-
systems and natural resources,
and they are considered by
experts to be of critical value
for both tourism and conserva-
tion.

Coppice, such as that pre-
served in the Retreat garden,
is the name given to the dense,
narrow-stemmed thickets of
mixed hardwood vegetation
that provide habitat for
Bahamian bromeliads, birds,
snakes, crabs and lizards.

Early settlers removed the



THE HEADQUARTERS of
the BNT on Village Road.
The property was once a
wilderness of old growth
coppice. Now the Retreat,
boasting many exotic
palms, has a daily traffic
of tourists, garden
enthusiasts, students,
teachers, and
researchers.



most durable species (such as
mahogany, braziletto and
cedar) and cleared much of the
remainder for agriculture.

But the regrowth coppice of
today is the most diverse land
eco-system in the Bahamas,
with hundreds of species per
acre. The plants are well adapt-
ed to Bahamian conditions,
provide food and shelter for
wildlife, shade and beauty for
people, and help to prevent soil
erosion.

The Retreat has a daily traf-
fic of tourists, garden enthusi-
asts, students, teachers, and
researchers.

A committee of volunteer
horticulturalists now cares for
the hundred or more exotic
palms that flourish amidst an
excellent collection of native
hardwoods such as horseflesh,
madeira, gum elemi, logwood,
and tamarind.

Nature trails wind their way
through the coppice affording a
glimpse of a wide range of
migratory and native birds as
well as the palms and native
vegetation themselves. Guided
and self-guided tours are avail-
able.

The BNT offers a variety of
programmes and services for
school children and adults at
the Retreat, and two major
fundraising events are held
there each year - the Art and
Wine Festival in October, and
the Christmas Jollification in
November.

The Langlois’ ramshackle
homestead now houses the
BNT executive offices, a
research library, a small shop
and a pavillion for outdoor
events.

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Media Enterprises Ltd, for the
Bahamas National Trust.

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also will be looked at by local regulators, as
they seek to determine if any anti-money laun-
dering laws or regulations were violated.
However, there is nothing to suggest this
subsidiary, its law firm parent or other staff
have done anything wrong in relation to the a
allegations against Mr Cambridge. :
The review is being conducted by the Inspec-

tor of Financial and Corporate Services
Providers and the Compliance Commission

ness.

in an effort to protect the Bahamas’ reputation
as a centre for international financial busi-

This follows the handing down of an indict-
ment against Mr Cambridge by the US Attor-
ney’s Office for the Southern District of Flori-

e See Tribune Business for full story.

Murder trial jurors see blood-stained stone

FROM page one

Police Sergeant 1843 Dar-
rell Rolle pointed out his ini-
tials and the blood stains on
the stone, which he and
another officer lifted off their
dead colleague on the evening
of October 22, 2007.

Bauld and McPhee are
accused of the murder, kid-
napping, and robbery of
Police Corporal Bain. Bain’s
body was found in a ditch
near the Casuarinas Bridge.
His hands and feet were
bound.

Sgt Rolle said he was
attached to the Serious
Crimes Section of the Central
Detective Unit on October 21
when he received certain
information and a Common-
wealth Bank bank book in the
name of Eddison Bain.

He told jurors that Edwin
Bauld Jr, a suspect in the mat-
ter, came to the Central
Detective Unit on October 22
in a burgundy coloured
Oldsmobile Olero.

Mr Rolle said he informed
Bauld that he was a suspect in
the kidnapping of Corporal
Bain and cautioned him.

Sgt Rolle conducted a
search of the vehicle and col-
lected a white NY Yankees
cap and white T-shirt and
handed them over to Corpo-
ral Ferguson.

He said sometime around
3.15am on October 22 offi-
cers discovered the green
Honda Accord car that was
driven by Bain in the parking
lot of Imperial Gardens.

Rolle said he interviewed
Bauld sometime around
8.45pm in the presence of

Chief Inspector Bonamy.

Sgt Rolle said Bauld told
him that he and his friend,
Wilfred McPhee, had robbed
Bain. He said his friend stran-
gled Bain and threw him in a
hole over the Bridge.

He said that he never
threatened, forced or induced
Bauld. Sgt Rolle said Bauld
had indicated to them that he
did not want a lawyer present.

Sgt Rolle said Bauld told
him that he wanted to show
them where the hole was
because Bain was his cousin
and that he was hurting.

Rolle said Bauld directed
them to a dirt road about
700ft off Casuarinas Drive,
where he pointed to a hole.

After instructing officers to
photograph the hole, Rolle
said he removed branches and
rocks from the hole.

He saw a male lying face
up in the hole. He and anoth-
er officer lifted a large stone
that was resting on the side
of the face.

Sgt Rolle said the hands of
the deceased were bound with
some wires and the legs were
bound with a black belt. The
body was removed by morti-
cians at Restview Memorial
Mortuary around 11.35pm
and taken to Rand Memorial
Hospital.

Sgt Rolle returned to the
Central Detective Unit
around midnight on October
23. He said Bauld agreed to
give a police statement. He
told the court that the process
started around 12.45am and
ended around 4am.

Rolle said he asked Bauld if
he wanted to take a break or
have something to eat, but he

said no.

In the 16-page statement,
Bauld gave details of how he
had persuaded his girlfriend,
Gahnise Campbell, to lure
Bain to an area near Island
Seas, where he and McPhee
waited for them.

In the statement, Bauld said
they asked Bain for money,
but he only had $15. He said
that McPhee threatened to
kill Bain who then told them
he had some money on his
account. They took Bain’s
card, tied him up, and put him
the trunk.

Bauld told Rolle that they
went to Commonwealth Bank
and withdrew $1,500 from
Bain’s ATM card. They then
went to an area over the
bridge, where McPhee took
a wire and strangled Bain.

Rolle said Bauld told them
that Bain had told them he
would not report the matter,
but McPhee did not believe
him.

Testimony was also given
by DNA expert Kevin Nog-
ginger, of DNA Lab Interna-
tional. He said he had
received several items from
police, including a cutting
from a shirt and a hat, two
items they swabbed, and a ref-
erence standard form from
Bauld and McPhee.

He said he found the DNA
of two individuals on the shirt.
Most of the DNA matched
Bauld, he said. Bauld’s DNA
was also found on a hat.

The trial resumes on
Wednesday. K Brian Hanna
represents Bauld and Mario
Gray represents McPhee.
Acting Justice Jethro Miller
presides over the case.

Three missing boaters found

FROM page one

issued a marine broadcast yes-
terday morning urging
boaters to lookout for the 46-
foot sailing vessel. However
crew members of The Flying
Pig heard the broadcast and
quickly responded by radio,
explaining how they were
anchored off Abaco because
of bad weather.

A friend of Skip Gundlach,
the 65-year-old owner of the

Flying Pig, reported the crew
missing around 4.30 pm on
Monday after he stopped
receiving location messages
from the vessel's satellite mes-
senger service, according toa
news report.

The boaters were on their
way to Spanish Cay from
Georgia and had briefly
stopped in Lake Worth, Flori-
da, on Sunday before they
continued their sail to the
Bahamas, The Palm Beach
Post reported.

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reporter from the US media
who had told him that the
document could be useful to
show that Mr Travolta had
denied his son Jett medical
treatment. Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son said that Bridgewater also
told her that her client had
been contacted by other
media persons such as, Ger-
aldo Rivera, Larry King, Gre-
ta Van Susteren, Inside Edi-
tion, Time Magazine, as well
as someone from the United
Kingdom.

Lightbourne said that the
foreign media wanted to
know the nature of the docu-
ment so they could make an
assessment as to its value. Mrs
Maynard-Gibson testified that
Bridgewater told her that
Lightbourne felt that the doc-
ument was worth $25 million
and that Mr Travolta did not
want to have his name tar-
nished in the media. Bridge-
water told her that the docu-
ment was not on file at the
Rand Memorial Hospital and
that her client had kept it
because he realised that he
had a celebrity’s signature.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
that she was shown copies of
the document which consisted
of two dispatcher’s reports
and a refusal of treatment
form.

According to Mrs May-
nard-Gibson, Lightbourne
had told Bridgewater that on
January 2, a code 15 had gone
out, indicating that the patient
had suffered from lacerations
and was bleeding. Light-
bourne had told Bridgewater
that when he arrived at Old
Bahama Bay, two police offi-
cers had escorted him to the
Travoltas’ condo where he
met at least seven people,
including Dr Fernandez who
was tending to Jett. Jett, he
was told had suffered a
seizure, hit his head and fallen
unconscious. Dr Fernandez
had ordered that Jett be take
to the hospital. Travolta, how-
ever, wanted Jett to be taken
to the airport. Lightbourne
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satisfied that he understood
what it meant, Mrs Maynard-
Gibson told the court.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
she asked Bridgewater
whether she could have copies
of the documents and Bridge-
water responded by saying
that her client had not given
her consent to do so. She said
that Bridgewater gave her a
copy because she was a col-
league, but said that she could
not give them to her client,
Mr Travolta.

She told the court that
back in Nassau, she had a
meeting with lawyers in her
office, including attorney
Michael McDermott on Jan-
uary 17, informing them of
the situation. Mrs Maynard-
Gibson said that after that
meeting she phoned Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,
then Attorney General and
Senator Michael Barnett as
well as Senior Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Marvin
Dames. Mrs Maynard-Gibson
said that the following day she
had a meeting with several
lawyers at her chambers as
well as Senior Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Dames
and ASP Ricardo Taylor. She
told the court that she gave
police a copy of the document
that Bridgewater had given
her and consented to having

any conversation she had with
Bridgewater taped. She told
the court that after she
phoned Bridgewater, she lis-
tened to the tape and signed
it.

During cross-examination
by attorney Murrio Ducille
who represents Bridgewater,
she admitted that she was the
one who initiated the conver-
sation with Bridgewater and
did not inform her that it was
being taped. She also admit-
ted that up to January 17 she
had had no conversation with
Mr Travolta and that Bridge-
water had personally made no
demands for money from Mr
Travolta by threats and that
she did not inform Bridgewa-
ter that the conversation was
being taped. Mrs Maynard-
Gibson is expected to be
recalled this morning.

Also taking the witness
stand yesterday were Inspec-
tor Sean Saunders and
Sergeant Dale Strachan.
Inspector Saunders told the
court that on January 20, he
and three other officers went
to the hotel room of attorney
Michael McDermott at the
Sheraton, Cable Beach. Mr
McDermott, he said, gave
consent to having audio and
video recording devices set up
in his hotel room (328).
Inspector Saunders said that
he and the other officers mon-
itored the room from the
adjacent room. He said that
sometime around 9.20 am Mr
McDermott left the hotel
room and returned shortly
thereafter with a man he iden-
tified in court as Tarino Light-
bourne. Inspector Saunders
said that the meeting lasted
about 40 minutes after which
Lightbourne and Mr McDer-
mott left the hotel room.

During cross-examination
by Mr Ducille, he admitted
that Bridgewater had no
knowledge that she was being
taped. However, he did not
call it “deception” as Mr
Ducille had suggested. When
asked by Mr Ducille whether
he and the officers had autho-
risation by the Commissioner

of Police under Section 5 of
the Listening Devices Act to
conduct the covert operation,
Inspector Saunders replied,
“No.”

Inspector Saunders also
admitted that he did not hear
Ms Bridgewater make any
demand for money, nor did
he recall hearing McDermott
say that he came to buy
silence. During cross-exami-
nation by attorney Carlson
Shurland, who represents
Lightbourne, Inspector Saun-
ders said that police conduct-
ed the covert operation under
Section 2 of the Listening
Devices Act after getting the
consent for Mr McDermott.

Detective Sergeant 1492
Dale Strachan, who heads
the technical section of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force,
said that on January 18 he and
two senior officers went to the
law office of PLP Senator
Allyson Maynard-Gibson. He
told the court that Mrs May-
nard-Gibson gave them per-
mission to attach an audio
recording device to her tele-
phone. He said that Mrs May-
nard-Gibson made a phone
call and a voice-mail came on,
prompting her to leave a
message. After that call, he
said that she made another
call and spoke to a female
who identified herself as
‘Pleasant.’ Sergeant Strachan
told the court that on Janu-
ary 24, he and ASP Ricardo
Taylor interviewed Light-
bourne in Freeport in the
presence of his attorney, Mr
Shurland. The interview was
video recorded he said. He
said that Lightbourne refused
to sign the interview and
video tape. Lightbourne
refused to answer the majori-
ty of the questions Sergeant
Strachan said. He recalled,
however, that one of the ques-
tions Lightbourne did answer
was whether he knew Mr
McDermott. Lightbourne, he
said, denied knowing Mr
McDermott.

The case resumes today at
10am before senior Justice
Anita Allen.

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Christopher Esfakis death: serious
public interest issues unresolved

BY LARRY SMITH

[ue serious public
interest issues raised
by the unexpected death of
42-year-old Christopher
Esfakis — the son of one of
Nassau's legendary GPs — at
Doctors Hospital seven years
ago remain unresolved,
despite multiple attempts to
have them addressed.

These matters relate to the
delivery of healthcare to all
Bahamians and are separate
and apart from the personal
liability issue surrounding the
death itself. That is tied up in
a civil suit filed by Esfakis'’
widow, Lisa, against the hos-
pital and six doctors in 2003.
It is still before the court.

But before we look at what
the public interest is, here's a
brief summary of events to
date in this multifaceted case:

A few months after Esfakis
died in April 2002, his family
began questioning the med-
ical treatment he had received
(on the advice of concerned
doctors). Following a review
of the case by local and for-
eign experts, the family
launched several initiatives to
have the matter investigated.

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In June 2004 a complaint
was filed with the Hospitals
and Healthcare Facilities
Board, which did not respond.
Although the board was later
directed to investigate by for-
mer health minister Dr Mar-
cus Bethel, it has so far
declined to do so — at one
point suggesting the com-
plaint should be dropped
because the patient was dead.

The Hospitals Board was
created in 1998 to license pri-
vate healthcare facilities.
Although the law requires
annual reporting to parlia-
ment, the board has done so
only twice in its 11-year his-
tory. Its second report was
tabled in December 2008 and
has a section dealing with the
Esfakis case, which complains
about the board being "bad-
gered" and "ridiculed" over
the matter. It also calls for the
introduction of extensive hos-
pital regulations "which do
not now exist."

This report noted that the
Attorney-General's office had
recommended an investiga-
tion of the Esfakis case, and
the board's own legal com-
mittee had called for the



“,.. any legal matter becomes auto-

matically weaker as time goes on —

not to mention more costly. And if a
relatively affluent family with exten-
sive legal and medical connections
finds it difficult to pursue a complaint
such as this, what can the average citi-

zen expect?”



appointment of an inspector
to determine whether or not
Doctors Hospital had "prop-
erly addressed" issues arising
from the death. The board
collected $238,000 in license
fees in 2007, proudly claim-
ing it was “almost self-sus-
taining."

Coroner's Inquest

In August 2004 the
deceased's sister (who is a
lawyer) began asking the
coroner's office for an
inquest, which finally began
in January 2007 — more than
four years after the death. In
early 2008, the coroner ruled
that death was due to "natur-
al causes with a substantive
and significant contribution
of medical neglect", but a few
months later the principal
doctor involved sued for a
judicial review of the verdict.

Chief Justice Sir Burton
Hall then overturned the ver-
dict on a technicality (unre-
lated to the evidence) and
ordered a new inquest. But
since he did not sign or pro-
vide reasons for his order, one
could not be scheduled and
there were no grounds to
appeal. Shortly before leav-
ing to take up a foreign post-
ing, Sir Burton signed the
order and it is expected that a
new inquest will now be
scheduled.

Medical Council

In May 2008 a formal com-
plaint against the doctors
involved in the treatment of
Christopher Esfakis was made

Application hearing adjourned

FROM page one

handbag designer Harl Tay-
lor. That date, however, has
been set pending the outcome
of the application by Mr
Ducille to have the judge
recuse herself from hearing
the retrial. The hearing of the
application had been set for
yesterday, however, Senior
Justice Allen is now presid-
ing over the trial of former
PLP Senator Pleasant Bridge-
water and former ambulance
driver Tarino Lightbourne.
McNeil, 22, remains on
remand at Her Majesty's

FROM page one

member, the decision to
shorten the convention was
voted on last week by the
PLP council.

"T think the decision was
made because to host it for
five days was more expensive
than three days, and in these
economic times people are
looking to cut back,” said the
party member.

Recently, political
observers speculated that par-
ty leader Perry Christie would
have lobbied for the conven-
tion to be shortened, in order
to reduce the time would-be
opponents could canvass the
hundreds of PLP stalwarts in
town for the meeting. Paul
Moss, the only man who has
officially come forth to chal-
lenge the incumbent leader,
said the change was econom-
ically driven and not a politi-
cal ploy. He said he was not
worried about having less
time to rally support with vot-
ers, when contacted by The
Tribune yesterday.

"I'm not concerned about

Prison as he awaits the retrial.
He is accused of causing the
death of 37-year-old Harl
Taylor between Saturday,
November 17, and Sunday,
November 18, 2008, while
being concerned with another.
The well known designer was
found dead in his bedroom at
Mountbatten House on West
Hill Street with multiple stab
wounds.

A broken knife was found
on his bed. McNeil has plead-
ed not guilty to the murder
charge and stated that he did
not kill Mr Taylor.

He has been denied bail
four times.

it. I think that canvassing is
going on now," said the attor-
ney who has never been elect-
ed to public office. The
response has been phenome-
nal, I believe that we are
doing extremely well. People
have gravitated toward us.
They like our message and we
should see the rewards come
the end of October."

Aside from Mr Moss, it is
unclear who else will oppose
Mr Christie for the PLP's top
post. However, it is speculat-
ed that Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell, Bain and Grants
Town MP Dr Bernard Not-
tage and Fort Charlotte MP
Alfred Sears are all gunning
for the job. Meantime, the
position of deputy leader
within the PLP is shaping up
to be a hotly-contested race
among West End and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe, Cat
Island and San Salvador MP
Philip “Brave” Davis and
Senator Jerome Fitzgerald.

to the Bahamas Medical
Council, which initially
refused to deal with the mat-
ter. But the council reconsid-
ered and eventually referred
the matter to a disciplinary
tribunal in accordance with
the Medical Act.

Although the council was
created 35 years ago to regu-
late and license doctors, it
appears this is the first time
such a tribunal has been
formed. But the disciplinary
proceeding was stalled earlier
this year when the principal
doctor involved in the com-
plaint filed for judicial review
of the council's decision to
refer the matter to a tribunal.
And he subsequently
obtained an injunction from
the chief justice barring the
Medical Council from pro-
ceeding “until a final judicial
determination has been
arrived at."

The injunction included a
gag order preventing the
council from "discussing the
facts and matters surround-
ing this action, and the com-
plaint, to third parties” on
pain of imprisonment and
confiscation of assets. This
leaves open the question of
when the judicial review
applied for by the doctor will
be scheduled by the new
attorney-general (Brent
Symonette) or chief justice
(Michael Barnett).

So that's where things
stand right now. The public
interest issues are best sum-
marised by a petition to the
prime minister that has been
floated on the Internet by

Bahamas Patient Advocacy,
a group formed by the
deceased's sister, Leandra
Esfakis. It calls for "account-
ability under the law for citi-
zens accessing the healthcare
sector", meaning the investi-
gation of complaints against
healthcare providers, togeth-
er with steps to address any
failings that may be uncov-
ered as a result.

Hospital Board Issues

It is pretty clear that only
continuous publicity and pres-
sure from the deceased's sis-
ter forced the Hospital Board
to produce the first two
"annual" reports in its 11-year
history — even though the
second report spends a lot of
time whining about how the
board should not have to
investigate or act on any com-
plaint, as it has a statutory
duty to do.

Experts also point out that
there is no proper legal defi-
nition for a hospital in the
Bahamas. Such facilities are
currently described as build-
ings "where beds are avail-
able" for sick people. But this
definition does not include a
central legal entity that is
responsible and accountable
for the medical services pro-
vided under its roof. In other
words, it should be the med-
ical services that are licensed
— and not just the building.

The board's most recent
annual report proposes
changes to the law that would
seriously weaken its authority
as an oversight body, by
removing the provision for
investigation of complaints,
eliminating the need for facil-
ities to provide notifications
of deaths, and reducing penal-
ties for failure to comply with
licensing requirements.

But the report also pro-
posed a new and extensive set
of hospital regulations, relat-
ing to governance, reporting,
planning, administration, end-
of-life policies, staffing and
record-keeping among others.
Therefore, the board is say-
ing it wants to give up its
oversight responsibility, while
at the same time asking for a
dramatic increase in the reg-
ulatory requirements for pri-
vate healthcare facilities.

Coroner's Inquest Issues

If a new inquest is ordered,
the matter will have to be

heard from scratch — despite
the fact that the last inquest
took 15 months to complete
and absorbed a good deal of
the court’s time, apart from
the time of the 20 witnesses
involved. It is also possible
that the witnesses who were
available previously may not
be available for the next
inquest, for any number of
reasons.

Also, at present the Coro-
ner has no power to direct a
statutory body such as the
Hospital Board or the Med-
ical Council to address issues
of medical competence or
public health and safety that
lie at the heart of this case (a
transcript of the original
inquest can be found at
www.bahamaspatientadvoca-

cy.org
patientadvocacy.org> ).
The Bahamas Coroner’s

Act was passed a century ago,
and no amendments or regu-
lations have been made since.
The equivalent British law
was last revised in 1988 and it
authorizes the coroner, at the
conclusion of an inquest, to
refer matters to the appropri-
ate statutory authority. At
present only the deceased's
family can make a complaint
to such authorities in the
Bahamas, and this exposes
them to a lengthy legal and
costly process as well as pos-
sible retaliation.

This means that few com-
plaints are made and the kind
of negligence that can lead to
the death of patients is unlike-
ly to ever be investigated or
remedied. There is currently a
backlog of unheard inquests,
and the long delays represent
a failure to meet the needs of
many bereaved families. The
former attorney-general
promised a review of the
Coroner's Act before resign-
ing to become chief justice,
but there has been no indica-
tion of what amendments are
being considered and in what
timeframe.

It seems clear to me that
the Coroner's Court should
be the citizen's watchdog
when it comes to investigating
abuse of power. That's
because we all have a right
not to be unlawfully deprived
of our life. This scrutiny is
even more critical when a cit-
izen dies in the custody of the
state or a hospital, where it is
likely that only the police offi-
cers or hospital staff are
aware of all the facts that led

to the death.

And in order to provide
this protection, an inquest
verdict of manslaughter
against a police officer, or
anyone else, needs to proceed
in the Supreme Court, and
not lie buried in the Attor-
ney-General's office. And sys-
tem failures at hospitals need
to be dealt with expeditiously.

Medical Council Issues

The question here is, when
will the judicial review appli-
cation from the principal doc-
tor involved in the complaint
be scheduled by the courts?
If there is substantial delay,
he will have won de facto
immunity from investigation
by the Medical Council.

With no hearing date, and
thus no determination of the
claim against the council, the
injunction could remain in
place indefinitely — an extra-
ordinary situation according
to legal experts from other
common law jurisdictions.
This means that a doctor
could be licensed without
evaluation, despite outstand-
ing complaints. Officially, the
council takes no position on
the matter, but says the com-
plaint is still alive. Accord-
ing to Dr Duane Sands, "the
council continues to respond
to the various issues that have
arisen as this meanders
through the labyrinth of our
judicial system. The matter
remains very much active."

But if a judge can shut
down the Medical Council by
order, and the Hospital Board
refuses to act, and the Coro-
ner has no power to direct
authorities to address issues
raised by an inquest or refer
matters to the Supreme
Court, then a potential bot-
tom line civil rights protec-
tion — that of criminal sanc-
tion — is effectively removed.

Finally, any legal matter
becomes automatically weak-
er as time goes on — not to
mention more costly. And if a
relatively affluent family with
extensive legal and medical
connections finds it difficult
to pursue a complaint such as
this, what can the average cit-
izen expect?

What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
dia.net

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Women’s softball

icon receives award




MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Desmond Ban-
nister can be seen with women’s softball icon Lenamae Knowles
and members of the Red Bay’s Westerners. She got the award
on September 26 for her “generous support and commitment
to the growth and development of sports in the Bahamas.”
Almost 15 school teams were expected to take part in the first
annual North and Central Andros Back-to-School Basketball
Classic and Basketball Court Commissioning Ceremony in
Red Bay, Andros, which was held over the course of three
weekends.
Photo by Patrice A Johnson

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Vincent Lloyd Ferguson, 71

of Stapledon Gardens, will
be held on Thursday,
October 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
at St. Francis Xavier
Cathedral on West Street.
Officiating will be Fr.
Kenneth Forbes, Monsignor
Preston Moss and other
clergy of the Archdiocese.
Interment will follow in the
Catholic Cemetery on Tyler
Street, Chippingham.
A Vigil service will be held
on Tuesday, September 29,
2009, at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road.
Officiating will be Deacon Jeffrey Lloyd.

He is survived by wife, Mary; daughter, Anne Marie;
son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Danielle;
grandchildren, Kylie and Caden; brothers, Rupert
Ferguson (Pamela), Claude Linden, Kermit and Anthony
Williams; sisters, Ena Deleveaux, Erma Williams, Parnell
Barker, Donna Williams and Lynn Wright; aunt, Louise
Thomas; cousins, Hazel Edgecombe, Robert Taylor,
Linell Reid, Pauline Petty and Angie Butler; in-laws,
Lorraine Blaylock, Lawrence Blaylock (Irene), Susan
Blaylock, Wally Blaylock (Bonnie), Nancy Liebert
(David), Jean Hockman (Don), David Blaylock (Karen),
Marnie Ebensperger (Marvin), Marcia Kwiecinski
(Steve), Daniel Blaylock (Jackie), Richard Blaylock
(Jeni). His extended family includes the many
descendants of David and Jestina Storr of San Salvador.

The list of persons for whom he was a surrogate father,
mentor, counsellor and friend would be too long to print.
His love for his country, his loyalty to his Catholic faith
and its mission of social justice, his courage in the face
of opposition and his respect for the sanctity of human
life inspired and affected the lives of numerous
individuals throughout the Bahamas who now mourn
his passing.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street, from 10am - 6pm on Wednesday
and on Thursday from 9am-12noon and at the church
from 1pm until service time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory
to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, P.O. Box SS
6539, Nassau, Bahamas.



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Golden Gates, Macedonia
and Temple Fellowship are
victorious on opening day

THE Baptist Sports Coun-
cil kicked off its 2009 Olympia
Morris-Evans Softball Clas-
sic on the Wholesalers Field
Saturday at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.

Three games were played
with Ebenezer and Mt Carey
making their debut into the
league with completely dif-
ferent results on the losing
end.

While Ebenezer got
blanked 10-0 by Golden
Gates in the co-ed match-up,
Mt Carey got nipped 11-10-
by Macedonia in the men’s
encounter.

The only other game
played saw defending cham-
pions Temple Fellowship pre-
vail with a 10-8 triumph over
runners-up Macedonia in a
rematch of last year’s 17-and-
under finals. Here’s a sum-
mary of the games played:

Golden Gates 10,
Ebenezer 0

Cardinal Gilbert gave up
two hits and allowed two oth-
er batters to get on base, but
each time Golden Gates came
up with the defence that did-
n’t allow Ebenezer to score a
run.

Batting around the clock in
the bottom of the first inning,
Golden Gates put eight runs
on the scoreboard and they
were never challenged.

Ramon Johnson had a two-
run home run and a RBI dou-
ble and Culbert ‘Buster’
Evans had a two-run single in
the spurt before they got two
more runs in the second, high-
lighted by Nicola Major’s RBI
single. Adrian Miller and
Shavaro Miller had the two
hits in the loss.

Baptist
Sports
Council
Schedule

Here’s the schedule of
games on tap for Satur-
day:

Field One

10am — Temple Fel-
lowship vs Transfigura-
tion (17)

Noon — Calvary Bible
vs St Mark’s (M)

lpm — Calvary Deliv-
erance vs Salem (M)

2pm — Transfiguration
vs Temple Fellowship
(M)

3pm — Temple Fellow-
ship vs Ebenezer (Co-ed)

Field Two

10am — Macedonia vs
Golden Gates (17)
liam St Paul’s vs Salem
(Co-ed)
Noon — Golden Gates
vs Macedonia (Co-ed)
lpm — Mt Carey vs St
Paul’s (M)
2pm — Macedonia vs
Golden Gates (M)



Macedonia 11,
Mt Carey 10

Tim Clarke opened the bot-
tom of the fifth with a triple
and scampered home on Ray
Johnson’s run-producing RBI
single that stopped the game.

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exciting played during the day
and the score seesawed until it
was tied at 10-10 going into
the fifth.

Johnson finished with a 3-
for-4 day, including a three-
run home run. He had a total
of six RBI and scored two
runs. Clarke was 2-for-4 with
two runs scored.

Rev Delton Ellis helped out
by going 2-for-2 with a RBI
and three runs scored and
winning pitcher Burlington
Moss helped his own cause
with a 2-for-3 day with two
RBI.

Losing pitcher Baccus
Rolle and Felipé Major both
had a two-run double; N’Ko-
mo Ferguson was 2-for-4 with
two RBIs and Owen Rolle
and Kareem Hanna scored
four and three runs respec-
tively.

Temple Fellowship 10,
Macedonia 8

With only two innings in
which they scored, Temple
Fellowship put six on the
scoreboard in the bottom of
the third and four more in the
fourth to secure the win.

Kareem Miller went 2-for-3
with two runs batted in and
scored as many times to lead
Temple Fellowship. Ashton
Butler, Brashawn White and
Denzil Bethel all went 1-for-3
with a RBI, scoring twice.

Zach Rahming picked up
the win and Crandon Wallace
was tagged with the loss.

Wallace also helped his
own cause with a solo home
run, while Patrick Adderley
and Quinton Wallace had two
and one RBI respectively on a
triple each and they also
scored a run.

Liverpool falls,
Bara wins in the
Champions League

By ROB HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

TEENAGE forward Ste-
van Jovetic scored twice, lead-
ing Fiorentina over Liverpool
2-0 Tuesday night in the

European Champions
League.
Defending champion

Barcelona rebounded from an
opening tie at Inter to win 2-0
over Visiting Dynamo Kiev on
goals by Lionel Messi and
Pedro Rodriguez.

Inter played the last 30 min-
utes a man short following
Mario Balotelli’s ejection in
a 1-1 tie at Russia’s Rubin
Kazan.

Arsenal relied on late goals
from Robin van Persie and
Andrei Arshavin scored late
goals in a 2-0 victory over vis-
iting Olympakios.

At Florence, the 19-year-
old Jovetic took a pass from
Cristiano Zanetti and slid the
ball past goalkeeper Pepe
Reina in the 28th minute,
then redirected in a shot from
Juan Vargas nine minutes lat-
er.

“Everyone is disappointed,
but at this level every team is
a good team,” Liverpool man-
ager Rafa Benitez said.

“We were not the best in
any part of the pitch. We
knew that they were a good
team — very organised, good
on the counterattack — and
we were giving the ball away
all the time and giving them
chances.”

Volleyball
Association
gives awards

to outstanding
‘08 performers

THE New Providence Vol-
leyball Association (NPVA)
has presented awards to the
outstanding performers of the
2008 season. The list is as fol-
lows:

Championship Teams
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Championship Runners-Up
Johnson's Lady

Truckers (F)

Technicians (M)

Pennant Winners
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Pennant Runners-Up
Johnson's Lady
Truckers (F)
DaBasement (M)

Coach of the Year
Joseph “Joe Moe” Smith
DeVince Smith
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Championship MVP
Laval Sands

Tan “Wire” Pinder
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Pennant Winners MVP
Cheryse Rolle
Sherwaine Arthurs
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

All Star MVP -
Scorers Select

Edrica McPhee

Tan “Wire” Pinder
Lady Truckers (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Best Scorer

Keneisha Thompson
Tan “Wire” Pinder
Lady Hornets (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Best Spiker

Cheryse Rolle

Tan “Wire” Pinder
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Best Blocker
Anastasia Moultrie
Glen Rolle

C.O.B. Caribs (F)
Intruders (M)

Best Server

Margaret Albury
DeVince Smith
Johnson's Lady
Truckers (F)

Scotia Defenders (M)
Jackie Conyers
Scottsdale Vixens (F)

Best Receiver
Rebecca Moss
Glen Rolle

Lady Truckers (F)
Intruders (M)

Best Setter
Shevaughn Woodside
Elvis Reckley

Lady Truckers (F)
Technicians (M)

Best Diggers
Rebecca Moss
Tony Simon

Lady Truckers (F)
DaBasement (M)

Best Libero
Rebecca Moss
Jamille Ferguson
Lady Truckers (F)
Open System
Crimestoppers (M)

Rookie of the Year
Ramond Farrington
To be announced (F)

College Of The Bahamas
Most Improved
Latondra Brown

Roni Lexidor

Scottsdale Vixens (F)
DaBasement (M)

Wa
Schedule

THE New Providence
Volleyball Association
opened its 2009 season on
Sunday at the DW Davis
Gymnasium.

Action is expected to
resume tonight with the
following games on tap:

e 7:30pm — COB vs
Lady Hornets (L)

¢ 8:30pm Crimestoppers
vs Intruders (M)


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Miller, ‘Fish’ to represent Bahamas at Olympic congress

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

hen the International

Olympic Committee

hosts its 121st IOC

Session & XIII
Olympic Congress next month in
Copenhagen, the Bahamas will be
among the 200-plus countries par-
ticipating.

Part one of the session is slated
to run October 1-2, followed by the
Congress October 3-5, wrapping up
with part two October 7-9.

Bahamas Olympic Association
president Wellington Miller and sec-
retary general Rommel ‘Fish’
Knowles are expected to make their
first representation to the congress
since they were elected to office.

Coach Cleare says
IAAF seminar ‘went

pretty good’

They are scheduled to leave town
today.

Among the topics to be discussed
and the decisions to be made is the
hosting of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Presentations will be made by the
organising committees from Chica-
go, USA, Tokyo, Japan, Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil and Madrid, Spain, all
of whom are bidding to host the
games held every four years.

“This one seemed to be keenly
contested, all four countries are mak-
ing a mad dash to get the nod,”
Miller said. “The United States is
going all out. The President of the
United States, Barack Obama, is fly-
ing to Copenhagen. I don’t know if
he’s going to be campaigning with
his wife, Michelle, or he’s just going
to be there for moral support, but he
is going to show that the govern-

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER imparting some of
his knowledge on the coaches
in St Kitts & Nevis, George
Cleare said he’s eager to get
back into his elite coaching
programme here.

Earlier this month, Cleare
joined Craig Connor of St
Kitts in the International
Amateur Athletic Federa-
tion’s IAAF) Coaches Edu-
cation and Certification
(CECS) Level 1 course.

The course was organised
by the Nevis Amateur Ath-
letic Association (NAAA) in
conjunction with the Depart-
ment of Education, the Min-
istry of Sports, the St Kitts-
Nevis Amateur Athletic
Association and the St Kitts-
Nevis National Olympic
Committee.

Cleare, an IAAF Level 1
lecturer, said the 10-day sem-
inar was quite informative.

“Everything went pretty
good. I was pleased with the
performance of myself and
my co-lecturer,” Cleare said.
“We were able to focus basi-
cally on the education of the
coaches and the physical edu-
cation teachers.

“T think that was the most
important part of it. We were
not just working with active
coaches, but physical educa-
tion teachers within the
school system, so that itself
should strengthen their ath-
letic programme.”

During their daily sessions
that took place on the cricket
pitch used for the track facil-
ity as well in Nevis, Cleare
said they talked a lot about
the methodology of the sport.

“The whole course encom-
passed the basic fundamen-
tals where we taught every
event that is down in athlet-
ics,” he reflected. “But we
also went beyond that as we
also dealt with a number of
nutritional issues.

“We also dealt with the
physiological part of dealing
with athletes and we also
dealt with how to structure
training programmes proper-
ly. So it was very informative
and very educational.”

From the sessions, Cleare
said he learnt a lot more
about the sport and he hopes
to implement this into his elite
programme that he currently
operates here at home.

“Scientifically, we informed
them that there are research-
es being done all the time
where we try to minimise
what the athletes are doing,
so that they end up having
less injuries,” Cleare said.

The course, according to
Cleare, brought him back to
reality because “sometimes
you only concentrate on the
success of the athletes and
you don’t take the time out
to reflect on what exactly it
is that you are doing.

“So this gives me an oppor-
tunity to impart my knowl-
edge to some of the local



coaches and regionally based
on this course, I have gotten
some really good reviews and
I’m looking forward to work-
ing with a few more countries
in terms of helping them to
further develop their pro-
grammes, their teachers and
their coaches.”

Grateful for the exposure
and the pay cheque that he
received, Cleare said he’s
even more motivated to
improve his coaching skills so

GEORGE CLEARE

that he can become the best
coach he can be in the future.

“There are a number of
coaching seminars that I’m
looking forward to attend-
ing,” Cleare said. “Plus there
are some personal seminars
that I attend myself.

“So [Pm really looking at
ways that I can find other
avenues that I can help to
develop the country from a
national prospective and I’m
hoping that we can put on
some of these courses local-
ly.”

One of the things that
Cleare said he hopes to see is
asimilar training camp set up
here, similar to the one that is
staged in Jamaica where
Usain Bolt is the focal point.

“But that is something that
will have to take a combined
effort from the BAAA, the
Ministry of Sports and the
Olympic Association to make
sure that we make it attrac-
tive for the elite athletes to
want to come home and
train,” he said.

Having trained a few of the
rising young stars like Sheni-
qua *‘Q’ Ferguson, who won
the World Junior Champi-
onships’ 200 metre title and
got a bronze in the 100 before
she went on to make both the
Olympic Games and World
Championships teams, Cleare
said that’s proof enough that
it can be done.

He said he will make it a
point to continue to develop
more of the elite athletes here
at home in the future. He not-
ed that he’s presently working
with such athletes as hurdler
Ednol Rolle and the Rigby
twin sisters, Tamara and
Tavara, who are making their
comeback.

“We're going there with an
open mind because this is
our first time there in this
kind of atmosphere, so we
are eager to see exactly what
will happen over there.”

— Wellington Miller

ment is behind the United States
Olympic Committee.”

While the Bahamas will join all of
the other participating countries to
cast one vote each, Miller declined to
indicate which country they will be
backing for the hosting of the games.

“We are not leaning towards any

country. We’re going there with an
open mind because this is our first
time there in this kind of atmos-
phere, so we are eager to see exact-
ly what will happen over there,” he
said.

“Everybody is clamping down,
sending us all kind of information
about their bid. So it’s going to be
very interesting to see how the vote
comes out.”

At the completion of the IOC
Congress, Miller is scheduled to
head to New Delhi, India, on Octo-
ber 6 for the hosting of the Com-
monwealth Games Congress. He is
expected to be joined by one of his
vice presidents, Roy Colebrooke, for
another seven days.

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of the countries will get a chance to
inspect all of the sporting facilities,
hotel accommodations, the trans-
portation and everything else per-
taining to the games.

“We are going to make sure that
they have everything on track,”
Miller said. “They were having some
problems, but they say they have
everything on track now.”

Following the completion of the
two important sessions, Miller said
he will return home to start the
preparation for the two major inter-
national games that will be held over
the next three years.

While the XIX Commonwealth
Games are set for next year, the
Olympic Games is scheduled to take
place July 27 to August 12, 2012, in
London, England.

The ‘Choo
Choo’ train
is stopped!

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(left) knocks down Jer-
maine “Choo Choo”
Mackey, of the Bahamas,
during the fourth round
of their WBC Interna-
tional match on Friday,
September 25, 2009 in
Montreal. Stevenson won
the title with a fifth
round TKO.

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Regulators probe
Cambridge claims

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian
financial ser-
vices regulators
yesterday con-
firmed they are
investigating the
money launder-
ing allegations
made against
attorney Sidney
Cambridge to
determine
whether this nation’s laws
have been violated, warning
that the claims “pose a poten-
tial threat” to the financial
services industry’s integrity
and reputation.

The Inspector of Financial
and Corporate Services
Providers, and the Compli-
ance Commission, issued a
statement affirming they had
started a review of the alle-
gations made against Mr
Cambridge, who resigned as a
Callenders & Co partner and
PLP treasurer, in the indict-
ment handed down against
him by the US Attorney’s
Office for the Southern Dis-
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* Review aims to
substantiate allegations
and see if Bahamian
anti- money laundering
laws broken

* Supervisors warn US
allegations ‘pose a
potential threat’ to
financial sector’s
integrity and reputation

any Bahamian anti-money
laundering laws and regula-
tions have been violated, the
regulators’ main interest
being to maintain the
Bahamas’ reputation and
integrity as a blue chip cen-
tre for international and
financial business.

Tribune Business under-
stands that the review will
also centre on the Callenders
& Co subsidiary, licensed by

SEE page 6B

Hotels suffer “weaker than
expected’ September

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THERE “is no question”
that September, traditionally
the softest month of the
tourism season, was “weaker
than expected” for the resort
industry, the Bahamas Hotel
Association’s president said
yesterday, who has written to
banks and utility companies
urging them to work with
resort properties experienc-
ing increasing cash flow dif-
ficulties.

Robert Sands said that even
accounting for the impact of
the global recession, Septem-
ber had “not been as buoy-
ant as expected” by Bahami-
an resorts, and the softness
experienced by some hotel
properties during the first six
months of 2009 - the period
they rely on for profits to car-
ry them through to year-end -
meant “many of the cost sav-
ing measures which have been
put in place by businesses
may simply not be enough”.

“There’s no question that
it’s been weaker than expect-
ed, taking into account closed
hotel room inventory that is
off line, weaker group book-
ings and the fact we’ve had
no threat of hurricanes per
se,” Mr Sands told Tribune
Business.

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Bahamas hotels facing
‘unprecedented period
of depleted cash flow’

* Urges banks and utilities
to be lenient on industry
to ensure properties
remain open, as some
cost-savings measures
‘may simply not
be enough’

mind that it’s been weaker
than expected from a
stopover visitor perspective.
There’s certainly been some
growth on the cruise side, but
stopovers have not been as
buoyant as expected. That is
true.”

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday con-
firmed that while total visitor
arrivals to July 2009 were up
year-over-year by 4.2 per
cent, the higher spending
stopover segment, which gen-
erates the bulk of tourist
spending, was down by 13.7
per cent.

And, with many Bahamas-
based hotel properties having
failed to produce the profits

SEE page 6B

Airport costs
only 5-10%
above rivals

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE REDESIGNED Lyn-
den Pindling International
Airport (LPIA) will be one
of the most complicated ter-
minals in the Caribbean when
completed, , the Nassau Air-
port Development Company
(NAD) president and chief
executive said yesterday, but
will still be cost competitive
at only 5-10 per cent above

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ahamas-based health insur-

ers have seen up to a 40 per

cent increase in medical

claims over 2008 figures, Tri-
bune Business was told, with all carriers
said to have experienced rises described
as “substantial” and “notable”.

Patricia Hermanns, president and chief
executive of FamGuard Corporation, the
BISX-listed parent of Family Guardian,
told Tribune Business: “We certainly
have seen an increase in our claims. That
is definite. There is an increase in claims,
both for us and the industry as well.

“Tt’s a notable increase in our case.
We saw it actually start to peak in the
second quarter, and it’s substantially up
for us. This is an across-the-board
increase in claims for the industry.”

Ms Hermanns told Tribune Business

that while Family Guardian had expect-
ed an increase in claims due to the
growth of its BahamaHealth client base,
the company had “seen a slightly
stronger growth in our claims in the last
six months than portfolio growth.

“That indicates to us our volume of
claims has increased,” she explained,
Family Guardian’s policyholder benefits
having increased by 30 per cent during
the 2009 first quarter due to the rise in
health claims.

While Ms Hermanns said she was
unable to give a precise percentage figure
for the rise in medical claims, as the
expansion of the customer base would
also have to be factored in and stripped
out, “it’s been a notable increase above
the growth experienced in premiums and
the customer base. It’s higher than we
would normally expect to see, over and
above normal claims”.

Another health insurance industry

source told Tribune Business that some
carriers had seen an increase of up to 40
per cent year-over-year in medical insur-
ance claims.

“Our claims are way up there,” said
the source, requesting anonymity. “It’s
substantial in this business. It’s straight
across the board, and all companies are
experiencing it. We’ve never seen it like
this before.”

The source and Ms Hermanns said it
was “hard to say” why Bahamas-based
health insurance carriers had experienced
such a substantial increase in medical
insurance claims in 2009, although insur-
ers were seeing clients take longer and
more frequent hospital stays.

“The longer they stay in hospital, the
bigger the bill is, and many of the claims
are local ones,” one health insurance
industry source said.

SEE page 5B

Cable targets $0.6m from box rentals by year-end

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CABLE Bahamas believes
its digital TV set-top box
rental initiative will generate
$0.6 million in annualised rev-
enues by year-end 2009, hav-
ing increased by more than
$250,000 in the 12 months to
June 30, 2009.

In his 2009 second quarter
letter to the company’s share-
holders, chairman Brendan
Paddick said that for the first
half, the BISX-listed utility’s
cable TV revenues had grown

by just 1 per cent to $22.3 mil-
lion, as hard-pressed con-
sumers sought to save mon-
ey by dropping some premi-
um services.

“Of this amount, the com-
pany’s digital set-top box
rental initiative yielded
encouraging positive growth,
moving from $41,000 at the
end of the second quarter of
2008 to over $300,000 as at
June 30, 2009,” Mr Paddick
wrote.

“Based on this positive
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Subscribers to its Coral-
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Sales claims must be backed by proof

To claim or not to claim?
That is the question.

A lot of sales persons claim
they or their company can do
dis and dat. Some people will
stretch the claim, promising
what cannot be delivered.
Some claim what they should
not and put themselves and
their company in a jam, just to
get asale. Some will stretch a
claim just a little bit and cre-

ate more work for themselves.

So the question is: Should a
sales person claim at all? The
answer is yes, but only what
can be delivered.

If you claim it,

then prove it!

Very simply put: If you
claim you can reduce costs by
30 per cent or increase sales
by 30 per cent, boost compa-

ny morale or build a high tech
office on the moon for your
client, then prove it. Other-
wise, “dog eat ya lunch”, as
they say.

If you tell your potential
client product X will produce
500 copies a second, that’s
great. You can promise the
world, but you’d better be
able to prove it. If product X
or company X can do what

you claim, there is nothing
better than backing it up.
After you have made your
claim, follow up with a previ-
ous client who has experi-
enced what you have claimed.
You can do this in various
ways.

One way is with a letter
that the client has written for
you, a testimonial or, better
yet, which invites the poten-
tial client (with previous per-
mission of, course) to visit a
business or person who is cur-
rently experiencing your
product or service. Let them
see for themselves. Let them
experience the ride, kick the
tyres, go for a test drive, run
five hundred copies a second.

Nothing is more reassuring
to someone than experienc-
ing the claim. If you can’t

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back up your claim, then
don’t claim at all.

However, before any of this
is done, I hope you have
found out what the prospect
wants — where their mind is,
what’s on it, and why they
invited you in. Oh, you
begged to get in? That means
trouble. We’ll have to deal
with that one in the next post.

All of these marketing
strategies are certain to keep
your business on top during
these challenging economic
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FROM page 1B

competing hubs.

Craig Richmond said with the US pre-clear-
ance facility, and the domestic and interna-
tional departures lounges interfaced with a
$26 million baggage system, LPIA will be on
of the most modern and complex airports with-
in a 2,500 mile circle.

He said the new airport was expected to
start seeing a return on investment as early
as 2013, following the opening of the new US
departure terminal and completion of the rede-
velopment of what will have been the old US
departure lounge.

The costly baggage system will have state-of-
the-art security features, which will be scruti-
nised and evaluated by the US-based Trans-
portation Safety Administration (TSA), the
body that has been providing screening and
security for airports across the US following
the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Speaking at the Rotary Club of Nassau’s
weekly luncheon, Mr Richmond suggested the
new airport’s design will allow for a more flu-
id transfer between US arrivals and domestic
departures, though the onus will be on local air
carriers to affix schedules convenient to incom-
ing international passengers.

In keeping with the Bahamas’ commitment
to become more energy efficient, NAD has
incorporated an uber efficient air manage-
ment system using a subterranean cooling sys-
tem, which will use ground level air diffusers
throughout the airport terminal.

According to Mr Richmond, the airport will
also collect and store rainwater through a col-
lection system built into the structure’s roof.
Water collected will be used for flushing toilets
and other non-potable applications.

He lamented that because of the enormous
power needs of an airport, alternative energy
sources will not be used to supply power. How-
ever, Mr Richmond is certain the high effi-
ciency cooling system will subsidise some ener-
gy costs in the long run.

NAD recently released several Requests
for Proposal (RFP) for food and beverage
vendors for the new US departure lounge.

Mr Richmond said the company has
received numerous responses to the RFPs,
which will be assessed by a panel. Vendors
could be chosen as early as next month.

He said that a main contractor has been
chosen for the development, who has since
released RFPs for sub-contractors for the pro-
ject. “I think Bahamians will be very proud
when we are done,” said Mr Richmond.

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FLIGHT connections to
the Family Islands could
become a lot easier in the
near future for international
visitors, as well as the pur-
chase of tickets from Bahami-
an charter airlines, the Minis-
ter of Tourism and Aviation
said, as almost 400,000 more
airline seats will be added to
the country’s airlift capacity
by next year.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace said it has traditionally
been difficult for visitors and
Bahamians alike to access the
Family Islands due to high
costs and inefficiencies at the
airport and at local airlines.

According to Mr Vander-
pool-Wallace, Bahamian car-



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through the Lynden Pindling
International Airport (LPIA)
to the Family Islands.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said this has always been a
technical quagmire for pas-
sengers wishing to commute
to the Family Islands through

forced to overnight in Nas-
sau.

According to him and Nas-
sau Airport Development
Company (NAD) executives,
the redevelopment of the air-
port will make inter-island
connections through Nassau
more accessible and more
comfortable.

Though international trav-
ellers will have to claim their
luggage and clear Bahamas
Customs before boarding a
flight to the Family Islands,
check-in will become more
fluid through the new system
designed by the Ministry of
Tourism. The experience will
be more visually pleasing than
the current domestic depar-
ture lounge and Bahamian
airline check-in desks.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said his ministry also hopes

flights, hotels and ground
transportation all on one web-
site, and through a one-time
payment process.

The Ministry of Tourism
has been successful in luring
WestJet to the Bahamas, tap-
ping one of the few global
markets that has not been
severely affected by the eco-
nomic downturn. Canadians
have been continuing to trav-
el in numbers throughout the
economic crisis.

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uled to begin two daily flights
to Marsh Harbour, while Air-
tran and Condor out of Ger-
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visitors to purchase travel
straight through to the island
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purchase.

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Intimate knowledge of AML/KY C, as well as other regulatory guidelines
Knowledge of local banking laws, including requirements of The Central
Bank of The Bahamas
Substantive experience providing team leadership in a fast-paced
environment
Strong supervisory and analytical skills are essential.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Must possess strong time management and organizational skills.

All offers will be
considered!

302-9875

Benefits include: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with
work experience and qualifications.

Interested persons should apply no later than October 6, 2009 to:

Or via email to: institutional.leadership@ gmail.com

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00560

Whereas CASTELLA MERCIANA BOWLEG,, of No. 14 Richard’s
Court, Oakes Field, in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate of EARLE
A BOWLEG late of No. 14 Richard’s Court, Oakesfield, in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00562

Whereas KYLE ALBURY, of the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
ARLENE MARGARET ALBURY late of Trinity Way, Stapledon
Gardens in the Western District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00563

Whereas EMMA BRAYNEN (nee) FERGUSON, of Seven Hills
in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of MICHAEL MITCHELL, late of St Barts Road,
Golden Gates No. 2 in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

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

NICOYA NEILLY
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT

PROBATE DIVISION

1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00564

Whereas NEVILLE B. WILCHOMBE II, of Chancery House, The
Mall, in the City of Freeport in the Island of Grand Bahama, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
with the Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of ZBIGNIEW
EMILIAN MAZUREK late of 437 Golden Isles Drive in the City
of Hallandale, in the State of Florida, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



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Health insurers incur

up to 40% claims rise

Some insurance industry
executives spoken to by Tri-
bune Business questioned
whether the recession had
caused an increase in stress-
related illnesses, and whether
the prospect of lay-offs had
induced some employees fac-
ing termination to rapidly
seek medical treatment
before they lost their group
health insurance coverage.

“With companies that are
laying staff off, people given a
month’s notice get everything

done that they need to do,”
one insurance industry source
said. “If they know they’re
being laid off at the end of
the month, they’ll do every-
thing they’ve got to do.”

Ms Hermanns, meanwhile,
said that while it was difficult
to pinpoint a reason for the
increased medical claims, such
rises “tend to be cyclical in
any event”.

She added that Family
Guardian was focused on pro-
viding a high quality of med-

NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY ALLONCE of #70
ANGELFISH STREET, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for

Nationality and Citizenship,

for registration/naturalization

as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship,

P.O.Box N-7147,

Freeport, Bahamas.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
CAPITAL HOTELS LIMITED is in dissolution. Alrena
Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted at The Winter-
botham Trust Company Limited, Winterbotham Place, Marl-
borough & Queen Streets, P.O. Box N-3026, Nassau Bahamas.
All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the 28th October,

2009

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ical care to its clients, helping
them to manage costs and
strengthening the relationship
with its medical industry part-
ners, such as doctors and
pharmacies.

The insurer was also set to
implement this year disease
management programmes to
deal with the likes of diabetes
and cancer, and is launching a
lifestyle management initia-
tive aimed at tackling obesity.

Cable targets
$0.6m from
box rentals
by year-end

Caribbean Crossings and
Maxil Communications
showed an impressive 13 per
cent increase, reaching $6.8
million, compared to $5.8 mil-
lion for the same period of
2008.”

For the 2009 first half, Mr
Paddick said Cable Bahamas
had invested $9.2 million in
capital expenditures, most of
it spent on its new Freeport
office complex and HFC and
broadband network infra-
structure.

Confirming that Cable
Bahamas was in “the early
planning” of a video-on-
demand service, Mr Paddick
said the company’s initiatives
“will result in a more robust
network, improved system
performance, increased band-
width, improved customer sat-
isfaction and new product
offerings and revenue
streams”.

While the “economic skies
may have been grey”, Mr
Paddick said total dividends
distributed to Cable
Bahamas’ shareholders dur-
ing the first six months had
increased year-over-year by
16 per cent to $2.8 million,
representing 19 per cent of
total net income.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

A major financial institution with both commercial and private banking
operations, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the position of:

APPLICATION SUPPORT TECHNICIAN

Core Responsibilities:

Provides support and maintenance of core applications and database

infrastructure.

Assist with application and reports development within the company as

required

Assists with documentation and maintenance of technical standards and

operations.

Troubleshoots system and application problems, including server related

issues.

Reviews and tests technologies for potential purchase by researching
computer industry information.
Interfaces with all staff and IT vendors in carrying out duties.

Performs application installations and configurations, preventative
maintenance and repairs.
Executes, coordinates and assists in the implementation of new

technologies.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the AS400 and Windows Operating systems required.
Experience with ATM and POS hardware.
Knowledge of credit card processing and experience working with
branded networks (VISA, Mastercard, AMEX etc) a plus.

Ability to consult Management and developers regarding application
software performance and use.
Analytical and problem-solving skills to assess issues and technical
information, examine alternatives, and use judgment to provide reasoned

recommendations.

Must be a Team player and possess the ability to work in a demanding

environment.

Ability to communicate and document clearly and effectively required.
Must be open to new technology and ability to problem solve in support
of the network and central database systems.
Bachelor of Science degree in a computer-related field, industry standard
network certifications required, plus two (2) or more years of proven
network systems experience.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifi-
cations; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life insurance; pension

scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than October 6, 2009 to:

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Regulators probe Cambridge claims

the Inspector of Financial and
Corporate Services Providers,
which handles the law firm’s
corporate services business.

One source told Tribune
Business that this subsidiary
“will receive the brunt of reg-
ulators’ attention”, given that
the activities allegedly
engaged in by Mr Cambridge
supposedly took place under
its umbrella. There is nothing
to suggest this subsidiary, its
law firm parent or other staff
have done anything wrong in
relation to the allegations
against Mr Cambridge.

With the Compliance Com-
mission, which is responsible
for enforcing certain aspects
of the anti-money laundering
regime, the Inspector will first
seek to determine whether
the allegations against Mr
Cambridge can be substanti-
ated, sources said, before it
launches any full-blown inves-
tigation.

Hillary Deveaux, the Secu-
rities Commission’s executive
director, who acts as the
Inspector of Financial and
Corporate Services Providers,
declined to comment on the
specifics of the allegations
against Mr Cambridge or the

investigation.

However, he did tell Tri-
bune Business: “We have to
be in a position to demon-
strate we can enforce our leg-
islation. It’s extremely impor-
tant that we are seen to be
dealing with these matters.

“We have to be in a posi-
tion to enforce our laws, so
that if our laws have been vio-
lated, regardless of what’s
happening outside the juris-
diction, who can bring to
account those who have
allegedly violated our laws.”

The regulators, in their
statement yesterday, said:
“The implications of the alle-
gations against Mr Cambridge
pose a potential threat to that
good reputation, the conse-
quences of which are far-
reaching.”

The US District Attorney’s
Office for south Florida has
charged Mr Cambridge with
knowingly laundering hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars
in proceeds from a fictitious
European-based investment
fraud, following a ‘sting’ oper-
ation perpetrated by the Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation
(FBI).

“On or about November

Legal Notice

NOTICE
EVERQUEST CORPORATION

ees

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of EVERQUEST CORPORATION has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-

sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



NT
NAD

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23, 2007, at Nassau, Bahamas,
defendant Cambridge was
told by an undercover agent
that the funds came from a
‘Ponzi’ scheme,” the indict-
ment alleged.

Funds

“After acknowledging his
understanding of the pur-
ported source of the funds,
defendant Cambridge
instructed undercover agents
how to launder the proceeds
in the Bahamas.”

Mr Cambridge is under-
stood to vehemently deny the
allegations against him, and
has hired attorneys both in
the US and the Bahamas to
defend himself against those
charges.

Hotels suffer ‘weaker than expected’

FROM page 1B

and cash flow during the first
half of the year that they tra-
ditionally rely on to carry
them through the softer lat-
ter half, Mr Sands confirmed
he had written on his mem-
bers’ behalf to utility firms
and banks, urging them to
work with troubled proper-
ties to keep their doors open.

Calling on Bahamian hotels
to work out payment plans
with banks, utility companies
and their vendors, the BHA
president said: “Many of the
cost-savings measures which
have been put in place by
businesses may simply not be
enough. Typically, our hotels
and tourism-related business-
es rely on a healthy core six
months of stronger business
activity to carry them through
the lean months, particularly
September, October and
November.

“Visitor arrivals, occupan-
cies and revenues during our
traditionally stronger months
was far below the normal. As
a consequence, many of our
members find themselves in
a position of significantly
reduced cash flow over these
coming months.”

On average, room revenues
for the year-to-date have been
down 20 per cent on 2008
comparatives, and Mr Sands
said he had written to the
Bahamas Telecommunica-



Tribune Business under-
stands, though, that the
review by Bahamian regula-
tors will seek to determine
whether Mr Cambridge filed
a suspicious transaction report
(STR) once the “source of
funds” from the fictitious
fraud was revealed to him,
something he is obligated to
do under the Financial Trans-
actions Reporting Act.

Since the charges against
Mr Cambridge were revealed,
several legal sources have told
Tribune Business that the
allegations against him appear
not “to stack up” or “pass the
smell test”. Some have told
this newspaper that, based on
past experience, FBI agents
involved in such “sting” oper-
ations frequently either exag-

tions Company (BTC),
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC), Water & Sew-
erage Corporation, Grand
Bahama Power Company,
Cable Bahamas and the banks
to appraise them of the situa-
tion.

Letter

In his September 22, 2008,
letter to Kevin Basden, BEC’s
general manager, the BHA
president wrote: “While we
recognise fully the responsi-
bility which every business
has in meeting their financial
obligations, we recognise that
hard decisions must be made
by hotels and tourism-relat-
ed businesses through the end
of the year with regard to
expenditures and managing
operating costs.

“Concurrently, we know
that it is only good business
on your part to work with
businesses during these diffi-
cult times to help see them
through.”

Mr Sands asked BEC to
work with BHA members on
“payment plans and other
arrangements as many go
through an unprecedented
period of depleted cash flow.
Of course, this assumes a
good faith effort on the part
of the business in recognising
their obligations to you”.

And the BHA president

gerate or make things up.

In particular, several
sources questioned why, as
the indictment alleged, Mr
Cambridge only accepted
$2,000 as payment for sup-
posedly laundering the funds.
Given that he was allegedly
taking a huge risk that could
threaten his very career if
uncovered, they suggested he
would have demanded a
much higher fee.

The US attorney’s office’s
indictment alleged that on
November 23, 2007, Mr Cam-
bridge told the FBI agent he
received $2,000, not $1,000,
for laundering the money, and
the same day gave him a
$399,000 cheque to deposit
into a bank account at First-
Caribbean International Bank

added that while the
Bahamas’ competitive data
indicated that this nation was
“holding up well” compared
to many rivals in the world
and the Caribbean, “hotels
and tourism-related business-
es are in a highly vulnerable
state”.

“We are all in this together
and, by working together, we
will help to minimise business
closures and position our-
selves to take advantage of
the opportunities which the
future will certainly present,”
the BHA president wrote.

Mr Sands told Tribune
Business that the BHA had
been urged, especially by
some of its medium-sized and
small member properties, to
write to the utility companies,
government corporations and
banks to ensure these entities
were fully appraised of the
sector’s concerns as it went
through “some distressing
times”.

He added that the utilities
and banks were prepared to
meet with BHA member
resorts on an individual,
“case-by-case” basis to work
out arrangements if they were

(Bahamas).

Judging by the indictment,
at least, Mr Cambridge
appears to have played no
further significant part in the
alleged money laundering
scheme once told about the
source of the funds.

In the Bahamas, this
nation’s anti-money launder-
ing regime includes the Pro-
ceeds of Crime Act, the
Financial Intelligence Unit
Act, the Financial Transac-
tions Reporting Act and the
Financial and Corporate Ser-
vices Providers Act. The
Compliance Commission is
the anti-money laundering
supervisor for financial insti-
tutions that are not part of
the banking, securities, insur-
ance and gaming industries.

September



needed.

While the Bahamian
tourism industry’s recovery,
and that of the wider econo-
my, depended on US eco-
nomic indicators such as
unemployment and consumer
confidence, Mr Sands said the
sector, in conjunction with the
Ministry of Tourism, had
embarked on “aggressive”
marketing strategies to ensure
“the Bahamas is still beating
the drum in the marketplace”.

There had been “tremen-
dous growth” in tourism
arrivals from Canada, Mr
Sands added, the Bahamas’
main problem being that its
core market, the US, which
accounted for 85 per cent of
visitors, “is the one hurting
the most”.

“This is cyclical, it will not
last for ever and we have to
weather the storm,” Mr Sands
said, adding that the 2009
fourth quarter would be “a
challenge” with group book-
ings down anywhere between
25-30 per cent.

“T think the only thing we
can say is that we see the lev-
el of the decline diminishing,”
the BHA president added.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that
CHARLOTTE STREET, NASSAU,
to change my name

HUYLER of
BAHAMAS, _ intend

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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX BELLOTTE of DUMPING
GROUND CORNER, P.O. BOX GT-2423, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 30‘ day of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
FRENCHIN VILLAS INC.

——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of FRENCHIN VILLAS INC, has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ONE SANDYPORT PLAZA
West Bay Street

www fohoamasrealty. bs
waw cbrichardellis.cam

RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE

1,042 - 2,264 sq. ft.

Ample Parking

Immediate Occupancy

For more information call 376-0000

BAHAMAS REALTY tto

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CBRE

CB RICHARD ELLIS

HAVIGATING A MEW WORLD

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

Legal Notice

NOTICE
JABREAH VENTURES INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of JABREAH VENTURES INC, has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HYLANE POINTE LTD.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of HYLANE POINTE LTD. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the

Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE
EM OPPORTUNITIES BOND FUND, INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given in pursuance of Section 138 of the
International Business Companies Act, 2000 (as amended) that
the Directors of the above-named company by Resolution passed
onthe 17th day of September 2009 resolved that the company be
wound up voluntarily forthwith and that the Liquidator is Mr. Bennet
R. Atkinson of Ronald Atkinson & Co., Chartered Accountants,
Marron House, Virginia and Augusta Streets, P.O. Box N-8326,
Nassau, Bahamas.

All persons having claims against the above-named company are
requested to submit particulars of such claims and proofs thereof
in writing to the Liquidator, Mr. Bennet R. Atkinson, Marron House,
Virginia and Augusta Streets, P.O. Box N-8326, Nassau, Bahamas,
no later than the 31st day of October 2009, after which date the
books will be closed and the assets of the company distributed.

Dated the 29th day of September 2009.

Bennet R. Atkinson
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PANEMA MOUNTAIN CORP.
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é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of PANEMA MOUNTAIN CORP. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
PRIME NOVIUS INC.

—o—

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of PRIME NOVIUS INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the

Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

WHEN it comes to dinnertime fare,
many people like to stick with the famil-
lar - meat, potatoes, rice and maybe a
vegetable or two. After all, this way is
tried and true, easy to prepare and filling.

But for those diners looking to escape
from the ordinary hum drum of the stan-
dard supper and give their taste buds a
surprise, I suggest trying something a lit-
tle racy tonight: tofu.

That's right, I said tofu, the other four-
letter word that sends the minds of most
meat-eaters into a tailspin of confusion.

This versatile ingredient made from
the extracted curd of soybeans is chock-
full of protein. Tofu absorbs whatever
seasoning is applied to it and is perfect for
marinades. It can be used in a main dish,
chopped and sprinkled over salads or
pasta, sliced in a sandwich or blended to
make delicious smoothies. You can even
use silken tofu in place of eggs in your
favourite desserts. I dare you to do that
with chicken!

Tofu is normally found in the refriger-
ated aisle of your supermarket's produce
section and usually comes in a little plas-
tic carton filled with water. You can also
find silken tofu in vacuum-sealed boxes
on your foodstore's shelves or in Asian
markets - make sure to check the car-
ton's expiration date.

While I understand the initial hesita-
tion to trade in a slab of meat for a mys-
terious, beige block I challenge you to
take a chance on the unknown. Your
palate, and your waistband, will thank
you!

Here are some easy recipes to get you
started:

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1 block firm or extra-firm tofu
2-4 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil

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‘Taste

Press and drain the tofu (place tofu block
on cutting board between two layers paper
towels. Place another layer of towels on top
and lightly press tofu. Place a heavy bowl or
pan on top of tofu to drain remaining water
and let sit for 15 minutes).

Slice or cube the tofu into one inch thick
pieces. Heat the oil over medium-high heat,
then add the tofu pieces. Fry, uncovered
and undisturbed, until golden brown. This
will take at least 7 minutes, so don't check
until then. Turn each piece and repeat. Serve
immediately.

Tasty with peanut sauce over noodles.
Has a nice chewy/crunchy texture.

Serves 2. (tofu-recipe.com)

CURRY TOFU

1 small onion

1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1 pound firm tofu, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

4 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup of raisins (optional)

salt to taste

Press and drain tofu, set aside. Dice onion
into fine pieces. In a large heavy skillet over
medium heat, mix coconut milk, brown sug-
ar, curry powder, ginger, and chili paste.
Bring to a boil. Stir tofu, tomatoes, yellow
pepper, mushrooms, and finely chopped
onion into the skillet. Cover, and cook 5
minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in basil.
Season with salt. Stir in raisins and contin-
ue cooking five minutes, or until vegetables
are cooked but crisp. Wonderful over Jas-
mine rice. Serves four to six. (Adapted from
allrecipes.com)

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1 (10.5 ounce) package extra-firm light
tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons cider vinegar

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 cup sliced onion, separated into rings

1 cup julienne-cut red bell pepper

1 cup julienne-cut zucchini

1/2 cup corn, black bean and roasted red
pepper salsa

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 (8-inch) fat-free tortillas

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cup low-fat sour cream

1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey
Jack cheese

Place tofu in a shallow dish. Sprinkle with
cumin, chili powder, cinnamon and vine-
gar. Toss gently to coat; set aside. Heat oil in
large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add
onion; sauté for 2 minutes. Add bell pepper
and zucchini; sauté for 4 minutes. Stir in
tofu mix, salsa and salt; cook for 2 min-
utes, stirring occasionally. Remove from
heat.

Warm tortillas according to package direc-
tions. Spoon about 3/4 cup tofu mix down
center of each tortilla. Top with 1 table-
spoon each of green onions, sour cream
and cheese; roll up. Serves four. (tofu-
recipe.com)

PEN Ua

5 green onions, minced

6 or 8 cloves garlic, minced

1 package firm tofu, well-drained, sliced
and marinated in soy sauce

1 cup fresh basil, chopped

1 teaspoon crushed chili pepper sauce

1 teaspoon soy sauce

cooked brown rice

Cook onions and garlic in a little oil or
water or stock or vinegar until tender. Add
marinated tofu and cook another 5-10 min-
utes. Stir in basil, chili pepper sauce and soy
sauce and heat through. Serve over brown
rice. (tofu-recipe.com)

MU:

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEXLOUIS JEAN of WHITE LANE, OFF
MACKEY STREET, P.O. BOX $S-5312, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
Statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 23” day
of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOVA DISCOVERY INC.
a
-

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of NOVA DISCOVERY INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

TRESMO GARDEN INC.
—
é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of TRESMO GARDEN INC, has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE is hereby given that ESACHAR CESAR of FOX HILL,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of

The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/

naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed

Statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 23° day of
September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,

P(). Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

OCTOSTONE INC.
— H—

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of OCTOSTONE INC, has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOBLE OVERSEAS LTD.
—
é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of NOBLE OVERSEAS LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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D.V.D postcards capture the
beautiful islands of the
Bahamas on a series of slide
shows, showing the hot spot,
attractions and beautiful
scenery.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDEN CREST INVESTMENT
. HOLDINGS LTD.
“T am also making a

Junkanoo DVD and a : 4 —
Junkanoo booklet, and this
will make Junkanoo very dif-
ferent. This however is a little
different from the DVD
booklets, since the DVD
booklets are mainly targeted
to tourists. The Junkanoo
DVD is not only for tourists,
but also for the die hard
Junkanoo fans.” he said

He says that the Junkanoo
DVD will display every aspect
of the Junkanoo parade, and
with the help of technology,
he will incorporate digital
effects to the graphics.

The DVD’s, volumes 1 -19,
will be released on the
November 1.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GOLDEN CREST INVESTMENT
HOLGINGS LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of

Dissolution has been issued and the Company has there-

fore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





By JEFFARAH GIBSON

rick Darling,

says that the

idea for his
new business venture-
creating DVD post-
cards was sparked
on a trip to San Sal-

vador.

“The idea of putting the
Bahamas on a disc came
when I was coming back from
San Salvador in 2006. I over-
heard a couple on the plane.
The male visitor was telling
the female that the Bahamas
was so beautiful that he
wished he could take it all
home on a disc, and surpris-
ingly it was on the 7 o’clock
news. There was a report that
tourists wanted to purchase
authentic souvenirs at an
affordable price” he said.

Mr Darling’s interest was
peaked and he started making
the postcards which include
the history, the government,
calendar of events, attractions,
recreational activities and
photographs of the islands.

“IT went to work almost
immediately, creating the first
one of twenty-one volumes
and then adding the Bahamas
DVD booklet and discount
coupon. This allows tourists
to take the Bahamas home
with them as a collection sou-
venir,” he said.

The DVD postcard is
accompanied by the DVD
booklet, that gives other gen-
eral information about the
islands and gives the visitor
discounts that they can use on
their next visit to the coun-
try.

“The best part of purchas-
ing the DVD postcard is that
visitors get discounts and
coupons to come back to the
Bahamas on our all inclusive
Bahamas vacation ticket.
Ground transportation to and
from the airport will be pro-
vided, hotel reservations,
food, and a gift certificate is
also included”, he said.

Because most tourists
think that Nassau is the entire
the Bahamas, the DVD will
show them the other beautiful
islands and cays that make up
this archipelago which will
hopefully encourage them to
visit the other islands.

There are 19 DVD post-
card volumes, with each vol-
ume depicting a different
island. So far Mr Darling has
covered Grand Bahama,
Bimini, Eleuthera, Andros,
Abaco, San Salvador, Cat
Island, and Exuma. Next on
his list are Acklins, Crooked
Island, Mayaguana, Great
Inagua, and Little Inagua.

Apart from the DVD post-
cards, Mr Darling is also cre-
ating a Junkanoo DVD,
showing parades from previ-
ous years.

The National Insurance Board

of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Notice to Vendots

Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GYROSCOPE LIMITED (SAC) is in dissolution under the provisions of
the International Business Companies Act 200.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 11, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
General.

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 11th day of September 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.
August 12, 2009
ALISA RICHARDSON

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

Legal Notice

NOTICE

LA GLANESTRASS INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of LA GLANESTRASS INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KBOTO LIMITED

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f

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of KBOTO LIMITED has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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The National Insurance Board (NIB) ts preparing to make payments to vendors by direct
bank deposits. To facilitate this, the NIB 1s requesting that vendors provide the necessary
banking information. Forms will be distributed to vendors for completion. If you do not
receive one, please contact us at one of the following to obtain a copy of the form:

1. APBankinginfo@nib-bahamas.com
2. Telephone No.: (242) 502-1838, or
3. Collect a Form from any New Providence NIB Local Office

The NIB requests the cooperation of all vendors as we seek to provide mote efficient service.
Allinformation will be treated as strictly confidential.



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1. The ladies of the Zonta
Club of New Providence will
host their first Hat Show
and Tea Party at Govern-
ment House on Sunday,
October 4 at 3 pm. Tickets
for the event are $30 with
part proceeds going toward
the Sister Sister Cancer
Support Group. Guests are
asked to park in the lower
grounds of Government
House.




2.The Sine Nomine
Singers will perform at the
National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas on Sunday Octo-
ber 4 at 3pm. The group
was formed in 2002 by
JoAnne Connaughton and is
now an eight person harmo-
ny. The members of the
group are Bonny Byfield,
CMON aMiMm er Merlannlcle
Linda Osborn,Cairo Roche,
Bill Eyk, Felipe Itturalde and
Carlos Thomas. The group
performs several times a
year in concert and at pri-
vate functions particularly
during Lent, Adent and
Christmas . The group’s
repertoire ranges from
Medieval to Renaissance,
Amer ele UMS UEC UR
Brazilian and English folk
songs.

Tickets are $10 and
aLeHOLeeM Ul ela yaecale smn COM tal =
gallery. They may be pur-
chased in advance at the
NAGB.

3. The Positive Vibe
Youth Concert will be held
on Friday, October 2 at the
Diplomat Centre.

This highly anticipated
event is being hosted by The
Ministry of Youth, Sports &
Culture and will serve as the
kick off event for National
Youth Month 2009 which is
held in October of each
year. Last year the Ministry
hosted a similar event called
Gospel Jam.

Some of the country's top
gospel artists will be per-
forming including Christian
Massive, Ricardo Clarke, DJ
Counsellor, Mr Beeds, Mr
Lynx, Manifest, Landlord,
Najie Dunn, Solo, Jay Arie
and Ovacomma, Shaback,
Avalanchee, Mr J and Edi-
son Sumner and Voices of
Praise.

Gospel Soca sensation
and two time Marlin Award
winner Nigel Lewis along
with his band Sound Mind.

Positive Vibe Youth Con-
cert is being held in con-
junction with Total Youth
Church (TYC) and 101.9 Joy
FM and is being co-spon-
sored by Faith Life Book and
Music Center. The concert
will begin at 7.30pm and is
free to all. For additional
information contact the
Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture at 502-0601.




4. The Alliance Francaise
French Cine Club will pre-
sent ‘Deux Freres’ an adven-
ture film by Jean Jacques
Annand, Guy Pearce, Jean
Claude Dreyfus and Philip-
pine Leroy-Beaulieu at the
British Colonial Hilton on
Friday, October 2 at 6.30 pm
in the Windsor A room.
Donation: $5. See:
www.afbahamas.org. The
clic mn aS
www.imdb.com/video/scree
nplayvi2670527257/
Reserve your seat by calling
302-5141 between 9 am -
12.30 pm.

5. The Rotary Club of
Southeast Nassau presents
the second annual Evening
of Jazz, Art and Wine under
the stars at Fort Charlotte
this Friday, October 2 at
7.30 pm. Artists include:
Malcolm Rae, Livingston
Pratt, Jonathan Bethel and
Heino Schmid as well as
Barbara Jesubatham with
her straw designer hand-
bags. Music is provided by
Adrian D'Aguilar and
friends. There is also food
sampling. Proceeds are
donated to various charities.
Tickets are $50 and can be

purchased at the 2 outlets of

Post Boxes Etc., downtown
and in the Westridge Shop-
ping Plaza, Cable Beach as
well as at the event.

THE PRODUCERS of ‘Head Held
High’ (from L to R) Calvin ‘Mas-
tr_C' Parker,’ ‘Acapella,’ and

Amaeleo ‘Cortez’ Carey.





YoungStar Music Group



Amaeleo ‘Cortez’ Carey

THE PRODUCERS of YMG promote ‘Head Held High’ on ‘Bahama Hot Ones.’
(100 Jamz)

with radio personality Randy C.

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By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

LAST year, Tribune Enter-
tainment introduced young
Amaeleo 'Cortez' Carey- a
recent high school grad with
big dreams, and great ambi-
tion to fulfill them. At the
time, he had just made his
splash on the Bahamian
music scene with a three-song
demo album. In the inter-
view, he aspired to form a
record label someday, and
expressed a deep passion to
show the music world to what

the Bahamas has to offer.

Today, that dream has become a real-
ity. YoungStar Music Group has been
formed by Cortez and eleven young per-
sons between the ages of 17-24. YMG
has since debuted two singles on the air-
waves: ‘I'm A Star’ and most recently-
"Head Held High,’ which is available on
iTunes to download. The songs lit up
the airwaves on More 94 FM, 106.5 Star
FM, and Cool 96 FM early this year.

Sherard ‘Savio’ Campbell, Colette
‘Belle Parker’, Stevaughn ‘Acapella’
Hepburn, and Chavez 'Big Vezy' Parker,
Colette Parker, Sherard Campbell, Gia
and Jenna are the group's existing mem-
bers. Cortez is the ceo of YMG, and
has a passion to take music to another
level. To him, music isn’t just lyrics
placed haphazardly to a beat, but the
reflection or expression of the everyday
human struggle.

Got clouds in the sky, with my head
held high
Ain't no looking down with my head



held high

Gotta swallow the mountain of pride
with my head held high

Gotta keep pushing my head held
high

P’'m immune to the pain

Thick flesh my wounds deep

Things change, the looks seem bright
as if | used bleach

The group lays a feel-good track
about self motivation and ridding your-
self of negative people to achieve your
dreams sending positive vibes with
uplifting lyrics. Thinking higher seems
to be a recurring theme in their songs.

The single is a collaboration of the
two rappers - Calvin and Cortez. Both
came from musical families that
encouraged them to reach new heights
in the music arena. Cortez's uncle is
Pat Carey, lead guitarist of Bahamen,
and his cousin, highly acclaimed
recording artist “Christopher Carey’
aka Sketch produced their most recent
single, which has unique, catchy words.
Both men advised Cortez and his group
that they can be among the greatest
Bahamian artists, regardless of their
youth.

Last September, the group released
their single 'I'm a Star’ which lit up
the airwaves. The feel good anthem of
motivational words is an eclectic mix of
hip-hop and rap flavours.

Everyone in the group plays a musi-
cal instrument, Cortez said. Acoustic
guitar, piano, drum sets, tenor and alto
saxophone, and the tuba are all used
to relay their unique sound. The group
has high hopes to expand enterprise as
much as possible, performing at local
events, restaurants, and on local TV
shows.

They plan to release their first mix-
tape with 12 tracks, next year according
to the group's publicist Latoya Moncur.

She told Tribune Entertainment that
YMG has a lot more new music to
come which they hope will be hit sin-
gles. “Head Held High” is sure to be
reflective of that. Ms Moncur said they
have already set their sights on expos-
ing the world to what the Bahamas has
to offer.

And while people may see the
group's youth as a disadvantage, YMG
believes that it is actually a blessing. As
far as they're concerned, starting at
such a young age affords them more
time to develop as artists. So, when
they are well into their twenties, they
will already be accomplished artists,
rather than just beginning to make a
name for themselves.

In the mean time, music lovers will
be able to get a hold of YMG's debut
album by next year. If you keep your
ears tuned to local radio stations, you
may hear their name and sound long
before the album drops.

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70/21
54/12
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50/10
43/6
67/19
53/11
75/23
77/25
63/17
59/15
69/20
55/12
45/7
70/21
41/5
50/10
52/11
45/7
68/20
82/27
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73/22
65/18
48/8
46/7
52/11
49/9
50/10
72/22
36/2
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69/20
62/16
56/13
50/10
78/25
61/16
52/11
54/12
77/25
57/13
72/22
43/6
36/2
49/9
56/13
77/25
36/2
52/11
50/10
62/16
69/20
59/15
80/26
41/5
73/22
41/5
73/22
57/13
56/13
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62/16
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86/30
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76/24
80/26
56/13
78/25
69/20
63/17
75/23
63/17
88/31
96/35
50/10
90/32
83/28
78/25
56/13
57/13
61/16
71/21
64/17
88/31
50/10
84/28
106/41
77/25
76/24
77/25
88/31
75/23
64/17
77/25
88/31
77/25
97/36
54/12
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63/17
85/29
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68/20
62/16
71/21
100/37
75/23
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79/26
86/30
73/22
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64/17
54/12
69/20
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45/7
48/8
43/6
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73/22
62/16
43/6
45/7
41/5
47/8
48/8
69/20
34/1
79/26
68/20
63/17
56/13
52/11
79/26
60/15
48/8
56/13
77/25
57/13
73/22
41/5
39/3
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74/23
36/2
48/8
42/5
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striking exhibition, featured in | jesus and his
the lobby of the Central Bank crucifixion.




of The Bahamas on Frederick
St. ‘Only the Strong Survive,’
‘Story,’ and ‘Ruben’s’ are a
few of the works featured in
the exhibit.

Each painting is constructed on a
large scale canvas, and some are accent-
ed with bright red material that encour-
age the spectator to decode its meaning
and are designed to trigger an emotional
response.

The paintings by Mr Schmid are
derived from life-like figures. He
described one of his pieces, which fea-
tures three vivid human-like figures side
by side. “In this particular instance, I
abstract them to present a particular
motion,” Mr Schmid said. He added:
cel hee not literal people, they are

b 5) highly metaphorical.
piece by J > ae His counterpart, John Cox told Tri-
fe Dune Art that it took him two months to
put his pieces together. “I hope my
work triggers an emotional response,
and causes viewers to think.”

“African Symbol,” is particularly
striking; it’s an acryllic collage of pat-
terns stuck on it.

All of Mr Cox’s paintings have power-
ful red-like fixtures juxtaposed next to
them. He explained that he “wanted to
have a visual device, a segue from the
conditions that are going on in the paint-
ing.”

The exhibit is on display until Friday,
October 2.








‘Persevere’
by John Cox.




‘African Symbol’
by John Cox.







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