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By NATARIO
McKENZIE
Tribune Staff
Reporter
nmckenzie@
hotmail.com

FORMER PLP
Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and ex-
ambulance driver
Tarino Lightbourne
proclaimed their
mnocence in unsworn
statements to the jury
yesterday as the
attempted extortion



“T have been
ridiculed and
ostracised. I have seen
my business gone rock
bottom,” she told the
jury. “Since January I
have not seen a salary.”

Bridgewater told the
jury the ordeal has tak-
en an emotional and
financial toll on her.
She said she has not
been able to work, and
because of a downturn
in her business she has
had to lay off some
staff.

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Lightbourne are doing what was right as

accused of attempting to extort
$25 million from American actor
John Travolta.

The pair chose to make
unsworn statements from where
they stood outside the prisoner’s
dock. Lightbourne also called
one witness in his defence, while
Bridgewater said she did not
intend to call any witnesses.

“T too have been shocked over
some of the evidence that has
come from this case,” Bridgewa-
ter said. “January 22 is a day I
will not forget. It was a day when
my fairly structured and organ-
ised life became a life of decep-
tion and a horrible dream,” she
said.

a citizen of the Bahamas and a
professional,” she said.

Bridgewater said she had
known Lightbourne for 10 years
and they also worked in close
proximity of each other. She
recalled that Lightbourne had
come to her seeking legal advice
after being terminated from his
job. She said he had told her that
since he had given an interview
regarding the death of Jett Tra-
volta, reporters had been calling
him constantly.

Bridgewater said he told her
he had a document they were

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BAY Street stood still yes-
terday as former Deputy
Prime Minister and Parlia-
mentarian Sir Clement
Travelyan Maynard made his
final procession from Parlia-
ment House to Christ Church
Cathedral and ultimately
Eastern Ceremony where he
was laid to rest.

Hundreds of hushed spec-
tators waited on each side of
the downtown stretch to wit-
ness the state funeral service
that commanded the respect
of all present.

Residents and visitors
stood side by side with the
tension only to be broken by
the first rap from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Band,
sending a visible ripple
through the crowds as they
marched.

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Reginald Ferguson said:
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to a fact-finding team’s reports
into the controversial
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre.

Mr McCartney said he
would not give in to The Tri-
bune’'s requests for publica-
tion because he disagrees with
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cles into allegations of abuse
and mistreatment at the facil-
ity.

For months, Mr McCartney
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information - has not followed
through with assurances he
would release the reports to
The Tribune or grant a tour
of the site.

In June, the junior immi-
gration minister said he could
not release the documents
until he had discussed the mat-
ter with his Cabinet col-
leagues. Back in March he
said he had no problems
releasing the reports once he
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By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter
pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net

WHAT was intended
to be a general foreign
affairs update at PLP
headquarters exploded
into an all-out attack on
Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell after he con-
firmed to the gathering
that he intends to chal-
lenge leader Perry
Christie at the party’s
national convention.

Addressing what is
being labeled as a
“group of young PLP
pseudo intellectuals”,
sources within the party
said Mr Mitchell was
confronted on what his

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announce PLP

leadership bid
this morning

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

DR BERNARD Nottage will
formally announce his bid for the
leadership of the Progressive Lib-
eral Party at 1lam today from
his Bain and Grant’s Town con-
stituency office.

Duplicating the dramatic
showdown which took place at
the party’s 1997 convention, both
Dr Nottage and former Prime
Minister Perry Christie will vie
once again for the leadership of
the party.

Joiming them in this battle will

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was acquitted of an assault
charge yesterday.

Father Brown, rector of
St Agnes Anglican
Church, was accused of
choking and slapping a 14-
year-old girl at a church
picnic on Nirvana Beach,
on October 13, 2008.

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who has been out of work for
more than nine months follow-
ing union in-fighting has been
“overwhelmed” by the public
response to her plight.

In a story which appeared in
The Tribune, 29-year-old Krys-
tal Barry told of how she and
her daughter’s standard of liv-
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Krystal (second from left) receive a donation towards Rayven’s
travel to the FOCOL tennis tournament in Freeport later this month
from Simone Beneby (standing far left) and Wayde Watson (stand-
ing on right), Treasurer and President of the Cybots Basketball

Club yesterday at The Tribune.

bystander” who has been
caught up in the middle of
union squabbles, which in Jan-
uary 2009 saw former secretary
general of the union, Anthony
Bain, declare himself president
of the AAAWU instead of
elected president Nelerene
Harding. Ms Barry appealed to
the public for help for her ten-
nis champion daughter Rayven,
11, after she revealed she only
has a few hundred dollars to
sustain them for the foresee-
able future. But on the same
day, The Tribune received
numerous calls and emails
expressing interest in Ms Bar-
ry’s plight and offers of assis-
tance for she and Rayven.

While some came to nothing,
several generous individuals fol-
lowed through on their promis-
es to help the young family, and
yesterday Ms Barry and her
daughter came in to collect
donations made on their behalf.

The included seven full bags
of groceries from a woman who
wished to remain anonymous, a
$100 donation from another
unknown individual, and anoth-
er small donation from Wayde
Watson and Simone Beneby of
Cybots Basketball Club
towards Rayven’s future sport-
ing endeavours.

Yesterday Ms_ Barry
expressed her gratitude for the
donations, telling The Tribune
she was “overwhelmed” and
“eternally grateful to those indi-
viduals who searched their

hearts to assist” but still “dis-
tressed” by the whole episode.

“Tt’s like you have to put
your personal trials and tribu-
lations on the front of the paper
just to get help, and it’s hard to
realise that you have fallen so
far that you have to reach out
to the community for dona-
tions,” she said. Rayven
thanked those who “have given
me and my mother food to
eat.”

“T feel really good about it
because my mother will not
have to go in her wallet and
take money out bit by bit,”
Rayven told The Tribune.

“She isn’t working and she’s
having sad times, and whenev-
er she cried I cried,” she said.

Ms Barry, who claims she has
been denied more than $26,000
in severance payment for her
five years of service at the
union, said that while those
who have refused to pay out
her funds “can be as evil as they
like to her” her greatest fear is
that her academically and ath-
letically inclined daughter will
suffer. Mr Bain has refuted her
claims, saying the union owes
her “nothing” and she was dis-
missed for “poor behaviour.”

Meanwhile, The Department
of Labour says it can’t help her
until it figures out who the real
President of the union is - a
development which has been
stymied by an injunction
obtained by Mr Bain against a
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS





RELEASES

FOLLOWING a front page
story in Monday’s Tribune
detailing our exclusive look
inside the government dog
pound, the Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Fisheries released a
statement about the facility yes-
terday.

Several months ago, when a
student who visited the facility
made allegations of animal cru-
elty and poor conditions, the
ministry said a statement had
been prepared and promised to
issue it shortly, however this
never materialised.

Although it was not con-
firmed by the ministry, the state-
ment released yesterday appears
to be the very one prepared
months ago but never released,
as it addresses the allegations
made by the student, but not
concerns raised in the Tribune’s
recent article; specifically that
there is a severe lack of
resources at the pound, that staff
morale is very low, and condi-
tions are sometimes inhumane.

In addition, certain claims in
the ministry’s statement — for
example that the Humane Soci-
ety routinely visits the pound to
identify dogs suitable for adop-
tion — contradict the content of
our interviews with staff.

Creswell G Sturrup
PERMANENT SECRETARY

ANIMAL Control Unit staff
members reported that an
unidentified gentleman accom-
panied by four preadolescent
males visited the Animal Con-
trol Unit approximately 8.30am
- 9am on July 16, 2009 and pur-
porting to be from the
Bahamas Humane Society and
requesting to be allowed to vis-
it the kennels area of the Ani-
mal Control Unit.

The matter as reported was
investigated and the following
are the results of visit to the
Animal Control Unit and
enquiries of the staff.

Short term storage of animal
carcasses by freezing was
adopted by Animal Control
Unit due to the interval
between refuse collection and
the uncertainty of when sick or
injured animals may expire.
Scheduled euthanasia, by con-
trast, may be undertaken to
coincide with scheduled refuse
removal.

The Animal Control Unit is
intended to provide a place for
the temporary holding of dan-
gerous or savage stray dogs, or
ferocious dogs, or other ani-
mals seized under the Penal
Code or the Dog Licence Act.

Such seized animals are kept
under the conditions and for
the duration as set out in both
governing acts. It is the job of
the veterinary officer attached
to the Animal Control Unit to
determine the health status of
the seized animal and routine-
ly examine detained animals.

In co-operation with the
Animal Control Unit the staff
of the Bahamas Humane Soci-
ety routinely visits the Animal
Control Unit to determine if
any detained animals are well
enough or of suitable tempera-
ment for rescue and subse-
quent adoption. Such animals
are routinely surrendered to
the Bahamas Humane Society.

Animals that are determined
by a veterinary officer to be
too ill or otherwise unsuited
are euthanised after the speci-
fied holding period of 72 hours.

The only exceptions to this
routine are either when the
rightful owner claims the cap-
tured animal or the animal is
identified as an animal consid-
ered by the courts or by a
peace officer as being material
to a matter intended for prose-
cution or a matter before the
courts; in these instances the
duration of custody may be
extended until the decision is
taken to proceed with prose-
cution or not, or until the mat-
ter(s) before the courts are
concluded.

The controlled area may at
any time house seriously ill or
dangerous dogs. The area is not
opened for unauthorised
access.

Animals die; sick or aban-
doned animals are more likely
to die sooner than later. The
presence of a dead animal with-
in the containment area may
occur at any time and is not
necessarily as a result of abuse
or neglect.

The staff of the Animal Con-
trol Unit consists of persons
who are professional and expe-
rienced.

The Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources is con-
fident that the staff perform
their tasks competently and
professional.

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

READERS are invited to
voice their concerns about
abhorrent conditions at the
government dog pound and
compile a list of improvements
to be monitored by The Tri-
bune.

During the first ever media
visit to the Canine Control Unit
enclosure in the Botanical Gar-
dens, Chippingham, last week,
veterinarian Godfrey Springer
invited The Tribune to compile
a list of readers’ most pressing
concerns to present to his supe-
riors at the Department of
Agriculture and Fisheries.

Provided that ministry boss-
es agree to the plan, The Tri-
bune will oversee the progress
towards these goals on month-
ly visits to the pound.

However, Bahamas Humane
Society president Kim Aranha
said improvements began as
soon as the gates were opened
to Tribune reporters on Friday.

In a meeting with Humane
Society staff, Dr Springer
agreed to allow the Humane
Society free access to the pound
to select healthy animals fit
enough for adoption and relo-
cate them to the non-profit
organisation next door.

Animals collected by the
Canine Control Unit are usual-
ly euthanised within days of
being captured, often regard-
less of the state of their health,
to keep stray animals off the
streets.

Dr Springer said: “Our duty
is to do the right thing, so we
are going to try to see how best
we can do this.

“We want to work in collab-
oration with The Tribune so the
public can come up with five
Or Six issues to put to the direc-
tor.

“Tt is our duty to inform, con-
sult and give information, and it
is their duty is to supply the
resources.

“Tf we can work to improve
the organisation and report it to
the permanent secretary and
director we can look at a way
forward.”

The nine staff working at the
pound require more support,
training and education, Dr
Springer asserted.

And dog pound supervisor
Kirkland Glinton said he would
like an additional 15 or 20 staff
to help run the unit.

They also require more
equipment, ranging from vehi-
cles and traps to animal food,
cleaning agents and syringes
used on a daily basis, Dr
Springer said.

There are building repairs
that need to be done, and ani-
mals should be tested for dis-
eases to separate the healthy
from the ill and fuel research.

But all of this would require
funding restricted by the

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department’s budget, Dr
Springer said.

In the meantime he said the
greatest help to the Canine
Control Unit would be more

put down by staff at the government

pound, but was rescued by Humane Society staff .

responsible animal ownership
in the community which could
be enforced by new legislation.

The Bahamas Humane Soci-
ety president said: “Their job

is created by irresponsible dog
owners in this country.

“Half of the dogs picked up
belong to people who can’t be
bothered to care for them prop-
erly, so we are also going to try

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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]

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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UN: Record one billion go hungry

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Parents in some
of Africa’s poorest countries are cutting back
on school, clothes and basic medical care just
to give their children a meal once a day,
experts say. Still, it is not enough.

A record 1 billion people worldwide are
hungry and a new report says the number will
increase if governments do not spend more
on agriculture.

According to the U.N. food agency, which
issued the report, 30 countries now require
emergency aid, including 20 in Africa.

The trend continues despite a goal set by
world leaders nine years ago to cut the number
of hungry people in half by 2015.

“It’s actually a world emergency that calls
for action from both developing and devel-
oped countries,” said Otive Igbuzor, the head
of international campaigns for ActionAid
International.

“We know a child dies every six seconds of
malnutrition,” he said.

Spiraling food prices have added to hard-
ships, especially in the world’s most desperate
countries where the poor could barely afford a
single daily meal to begin with.

The inflated prices — which caused riots
across the globe last year — have stabilized but
remain comparatively high, especially in the
developing world, Jacques Diouf, director gen-
eral of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Orga-
nization, told AP Television News.

In Somalia, ravaged by violence and anarchy
for almost two decades, the monthly expendi-
ture for food and other basic needs for a fam-
ily of six has risen 85 percent in the past two
years, said Grainne Moloney of the Somalia
Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit.

On average, such a family spent $171 in
September this year, compared with $92 for the
same amount of food and other needs in
March 2007, said Moloney, a nutrition expert
for the Horn of Africa nation.

“Families are cutting out the school, cut-
ting out the clothes. A lot of them are going for
cheaper cereals,” said Moloney, adding that
despite those desperate measures, one in five
children in Somalia is acutely malnourished.

Igbuzor said the trend can be seen in impov-
erished countries across Africa.

In Kenya, herders have seen scores of their
animals die and crops have withered because
of drought. Today, 3.8 million people in Kenya
need food aid, up from 2.5 million earlier in the
year.

After worldwide gains in the fight against
hunger in the 1980s and early 1990s, the num-
ber of undernourished people started climbing
in 1995, reaching 1.02 billion this year amid
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report.

The long-term trend is due largely to
reduced aid and private investments ear-
marked for agriculture since the mid 1980s,
the Rome-based agency said in its State of
Food Insecurity report for 2009.

In 1980, 17 percent of aid contributed by
donor countries went to agriculture.

That share was down to 3.8 percent in 2006
and only slightly improved in the last three
years, Diouf said.

“Tn the fight against hunger the focus should
be on increasing food production,” Diouf said.
“It’s common sense ... that agriculture would
be given the priority, but the opposite has hap-
pened.”

The decline may have been caused by low
food prices that discouraged private invest-
ment in agriculture and competition for public
funds from other aid fields, including emer-
gency relief, said FAO economist David Dawe.

Governments and investors may also have
chosen to put their money into other economic
sectors because agriculture’s share of the econ-
omy in some developing countries dropped
as people moved to cities and found work in
industry.

But agriculture still needs sustained invest-
ment to feed people in developing countries,
Dawe said.

The world’s most populous region, Asia and
the Pacific, has the largest number of hungry
people — 642 million — followed by Sub-
Saharan Africa with 265 million.

Diouf said world leaders are starting to
understand that investment in agriculture must
be increased.

He cited the goal set by the Group of Eight
summit in L’Aquila, Italy, in July to raise $20
billion to help farmers in poor countries pro-
duce more — a shift from previous emphasis
on delivering food aid.

However, more investments will be needed
to fulfill pledges like the U.N. Millennium
Development Goals, which aim to halve the
number of those living in hunger and poverty
by 2015, the report said.

The FAO says global food output will have
to increase by 70 percent to feed a projected
population of 9.1 billion in 2050.

To achieve that, poor countries will need
$44 billion in annual agricultural aid, com-
pared with the current $7.9 billion, to increase
access to irrigation systems and modern
machinery as well as build roads and train
farmers.

(This article is by Tom Maliti and Ariel
David of the Associated Press)



Detention Centre:
The truth will
always come out

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

My question is, can the
public handle the truth?
Every allegation that has
been said about the abuse
at the Detention Centre has
been denied by the Govern-
ment.

Bahamians believe the
tales that the director and
minister of state for immi-
gration has put forward to
cover abusive officers and
inhumane conditions in
which detainees have to
abide during their time at
the centre.

According to Christiane
Amanpour “objectivity
doesn’t mean treating all
sides equally. It means giv-
ing, each side a hearing.” All
L ask is to be heard!

After all that has been
said, many people reply by
saying the detainees are just
looking for sympathy and
that is good for them
because they need to go
back home. I want to bring
transparency to this ordeal.

For a matter of fact, the
detainees are beaten, sexu-
ally abused and harassed at
the detention centre ona
regular basis.

They are forced to endure
inhumane conditions that
can cause serious medical
problems. The medical facil-
ity said, to be at the deten-
tion centre is true, but it is
used to store papers and
other garbage instead of it
being used for its purpose. A

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doctor comes in rarely but
his orders are not to pre-
scribe any medicinal prod-
ucts. A play ground is avail-
able, children are not per-
mitted to play there, and the
detainees are fed three times
daily. What is given can
barely fill a child, so imagine
an adult. Visitation is grant-
ed which occurs twice every
week, during that time the
food and clothes brought in
are searched twice before
reaching the detainee.

After visitation a search is
held, by defence force offi-
cers. During this search they
go in the dorms and turn
everything upside down.
During that same time a full
body cavity search is drawn
on the detainees; where
both male and female in
their respective dorms are
asked to take every thing
off, including under wear.

How do I know all this
you ask? I am an eighteen-
year-old Haitian male, born
and raised in the Bahamas.

My mother, sister, broth-
ers and me where captured
and detained by immigra-
tion a month before I had
to sit BGCSE.

I was released three weeks
later and my sister after four
weeks and my mother was
deported along with my two

brothers. It was a lifetime
experience for me as I too
thought it was bogus when
claims of abuse were being
said about some officers at
the detention centre. I wit-
nessed a couple of incidents
where detainees were
abused. The golden rule is
do unto others as you’d have
them do unto you. I surely
hope Bahamians really
believe in the Lord as they
claim to be a Christian
nation, but to me they have
proven that they are not.

I never took anyone for
granted unless they gave me
a reason to. Every word that
some one speaks is not
always true, but the Lord
will take serious action
toward a liar because he
hates those who lie.

It is for that reason I stay
true to myself and others as
I too want one day to enjoy
eternal life with the
Almighty God.

Haitians are treated terri-
bly in this country only
because we are too many
here, which is true. Also
because we do not have a
serious Ambassador who
will stand up for us in the
midst of our problems. I
have given my side, immi-
gration has to been heard,
now they can object to what
has been said.

LOVENCE LOUIMA
Nassau,
October, 2009.

Branville McCartney, a rising star

EDITOR, The Tribune.

A newcomer on the polit-
ical landscape by the name
Branville McCartney, threw
his hat into the political are-
na as the FNM candidate for
the Bamboo Town con-
stituency in the general elec-
tion of May 2007, which he
won hands down. This was
no surprise to those of us
who followed his service to
the Bamboo Town Commu-
nity before and since being
elected as their representa-
tive.

Branville McCartney hit
the ground running, and for
those who have been
observing we saw a neo-
phyte politician and MP,
blossom into a “Statesman”
practically overnight.

¢ He has taken represen-
tation of a constituency and
its constituents to a level
that I dare say equals the

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surpasses the majority of
politicians, past and present.

¢ His outstanding perfor-
mance to date, as Minister
of State responsible for
Immigration; takes Ministe-
rial personal involvement in
their portfolios’ day-to-day
business, to the next level.

¢ There’s a short list of
politicians in the frontline
today who are of Prime
Minister calibre,




and Branville McCartney
is at the top of that list!

¢ I may be a little biased,
because his father, William
“Wilmac” McCartney is one
of the finest men I have had
the honour and privilege to
call friend: Like Father; like
Son!

A A McKINNEY MD,
“AMRA MD”
Nassau,

October, 2009.

MLTR AE TT







EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re: Bahamas listed in top half of the best countries to
live. — Tribune, October 7, 2009.




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Wisdom warns:
against PLP
complacency

FORMER PLP cabinet }
minister Neville Wisdom has }
warned his party that it should }
guard against complacency. Mr }
Wisdom said the fact that the }
contract between the FNM and }
the public is breaking down }
does not mean the PLP will }
automatically inherit the trust }
and support of Bahamians.

“That support and trust }
must be earned,” said the for- }
mer housing minister, who :
gained notoriety after mistak-
enly recording himself plotting }
to block The Tribune from air- }
ing public housing records. }
“The PLP must, in clear and }
concise language and action, }
demonstrate that we are once }
again worthy of their confi- }
dence and trust.” :

Mr Wisdom noted that }
crime, unemployment and ille-
gal immigration are growing, }
while the health care system is }
collapsing, and said Bahami- }
ans are “almost begging the }
PLP to give them good reason }
to once again support and vote ;
for our party.” He said PLPs }
must “offer our egos to the }
alter of sacrifice and demon- }
strate our commitment }
towards the greater good for }
all Bahamians.” }

The former minister urged }
the PLP not to allow its }
upcoming convention to turn }
into a mere “election of offi-
cers”, saying it should rather }
be treated as an opportunity ;
to display the party’s vision and }
platform for the future devel- }
opment of the country.

- American Embassy monitoring
robbery of tourists investigation



THE 11 TOURISTS were robbed
at the 66 steps (above) a popular
historical landmark in Nassau.

BTC privatisation ready to
enter due diligence phase

THE Committee for the Privatisation of the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company Ltd announced that the process continues
to progress with significant interest from prospective parties.

Upon review of the pre-qualification packages submitted in
August, the government said it has narrowed down the list of
interested parties and has invited a select group of potential buy-
ers to participate in the due diligence phase of the privatisation



process.

This phase will provide potential buyers with the opportunity to
review business, financial and legal information, as well as meet
with key executives prior to submitting an economic bid.

Due diligence will be conducted over the next several weeks and
the deadline for bids is currently expected to be the end of Novem-
ber, the committee said in a statement.

“Those who have been invited to this phase were selected by the
government based on information submitted evidencing their suit-
ability in accordance with the required pre-qualification criteria. To
comply with non-disclosure agreements, the identity of parties
invited to participate in the due diligence phase cannot be disclosed

prior to the close of the transaction,’

it said.

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE American Embassy is
monitoring the investigation
into the armed robbery of 11
tourists who were terrorised by
two masked gunmen while
touring the historical 66 steps.

An official at the embassy
said it is routine for the
embassy to be notified by local
authorities whenever an Amer-
ican citizen is involved in a
crime while in foreign territory.

However, because the inci-
dent appears to be isolated —
and not part of a series of
attacks on tourists — the official
does not think it will negatively
affect the country's crime sta-
tus.

"As a matter of practice. . .
When an incident involves
American citizens, in most cas-
es the police notifies the
embassy the next day if they
can unless the American citi-
zen notifies the embassy for
assistance.

“T know that our American
Citizen Services is in contact
with the police trying to find
out the details and I know it's
still being investigated," said
Jeff Dubell, the embassy's polit-
ical, economic and public diplo-
macy chief.

"We monitor crime and that
goes into our decision as to
whether an area should or
should not be placed in a dif-
ferent crime status. But we do
monitor all incidents because
we have a responsibility to US
citizens abroad so they can
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LOCAL NEWS

THE COFFIN carrying the body of Sir Clement Maynard
is carried on Bay Street yesterday.

Sir Clement is laid to rest

FROM page one

demonstrate in a real way our
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toric Christ Church Cathedral
were offset by minimal white
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The service highlighted Sir
Clement’s social and political
achievements, with tributes
from his family as well as
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and Leader of the Oppo-
sition Perry Christie. It was
officiated by eight clergymen,
with Rev Stephen Davies as
the chief celebrant, and the
Right Rev Laish Boyd giving
the sermon.

Senator Allyson Maynard-
Gibson spoke reverently of
childhood memories, as did
her brother Dr Peter May-
nard, referring to the late
leader as “Daddy” and sharing
anecdotes that ultimately
shaped their lives and that of
all their siblings and grand-
children. They each shared at
length about the constant envi-
ronment of love, support and
inclusion that saturated their
lives.

The music was led by organ-
ist Dr Sparkman Ferguson
with a special duet from Sir
Clement’s son David and
granddaughter Tatyanna.

Mr Ingraham gave an offi-
cial tribute on behalf of the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, honoring Sir May-
nard as a ‘fallen champion’
and detailed his political
career highlighting specific
campaigns “It’s Better in The
Bahamas”, The Bahamas Host
Training Programme, The
People-to-People Programme,
Goombay Summer and
National Tourism Achieve-
ment Awards.

“Sir Clement saw to it that
the vast advances derived from
the economic and social bene-
fits of tourism would endure
through the training and
opportunities which were pro-
vided under his leadership for
many Bahamians within the
Ministry of Tourism as well as
the private sector,” said Prime
Minister Ingraham. “It is on
the shoulders of men like Sir
Clement that we stand today.”

Mr Christie said: “Sir
Clement Maynard was one of
the iconic personalities that
graced parliament. He in a
great sense set a standard for
members of parliament in how
they deal with constituents and
what they provide for con-
stituents by using his con-

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

stituents to establish facilities
for the great benefit of the
people he represented.

“He was just one of those
extaordinary impactful per-
sonalities as a Member of Par-
lament. He then had the priv-
eledge of becoming a Minis-
ter of Tourism at a time when
it was necessary for tourism to
become the principal employ-
er for Bahamians, and he
superintended that industry to
a point where thousands of
Bahamians were employed in
relatively lucrative jobs in the
industry.

“He had many firsts in that
industry because he brought
about the recognition that
workers must be trained and
that people who were work-
ing in subsidiary sectors to the
toursim industry should also
be trained. He was able to
take that Ministry of Tourism
and so demonstrate its impor-
tance to the economy of the
Bahamas that it became a
model for other Caribbean
countries to follow.

“So you can see therefore
this lasting and permanent
impact he had. He was extra-
ordinarily loyal to the leader-
ship of his party and he
became the deputy leader and
the deputy prime minister as a
crowning result of his long

3

tenure to our country. He was
a tremendous patriot who
believed in the Bahamas and
who believed in Bahamians.”

After the service, the local-
ly-made pine casket carrying
Sir Clement was carried out
by official pallbearers and then



placed into the official hearse
by acolour party of Police and
Defence Force officers for
interment.

Minister of State denies access
to reports on Detention Centre

FROM page one

“Thave no difficulties in releasing them I just
want to do it the proper way,” he told The
Tribune on March, 17 adding that this should
happen within the “next week”.

Mr McCartney has maintained that the
reports prepared by the group did not vali-
date the allegations made by the detainees,
and previously stated that such claims were
“completely blown out of proportion”.

A diluted report based on the group's find-
ings was presented to the media - who were
denied access to the original documents - in a
press conference held at the Immigration
Department earlier this year. At that time
Immigration officials refuted the claims out-
lined in The Tribune but did not allow access
into the facility for an independent review.

The team - made up of psychologist David
Allen, Social Services Director Melony Zoni-
cle, Archdeacon James Palacious, Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Senior Lieutenant
Frederick Brown and Immigration Director
Jack Thompson - toured the holding facility on
March, 6 and interviewed the detainees housed

there.

Their reports contain their opinions on the
conditions at the facility and recommenda-
tions for possible improvements, The Tribune
understands.

Their tour came after a series of Tribune
articles exposed alleged abuse, beatings, inhu-
mane conditions and employee misconduct at
the Detention Centre.

The detainees who complained of “concen-
tration camp” conditions in February, told
The Tribune there were several aesthetic
improvements to the site since the allegations
were published. Dirty old mattresses were
replaced with new ones, grimy walls were
repainted, blocked toilets were repaired, and
washing machines and dryers were installed for
detainees to wash their clothes, the detainees
claimed.

They also claimed cable televisions have
been set up in the men’s and women’s dorms.

Less than two days after the first allegations
surfaced in The Tribune, Immigration officials
denied the claims. They continue to maintain
that detainees have not been mistreated or
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PASSERS-BY ASSAULT OFFICER WHO STOPPED AT SITE OF ACCIDENT, SAYS POLICE SOURCE

‘Policeman attacked at crash scene
was helping his trapped colleague’

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A POLICE officer attacked by
passers-by at the scene of a car crash
was helping his colleague Alexis Bain,
who was trapped in the wreckage, a
police source said.

Contrary to police reports claiming
WPC Bain was beaten up as she alleged-
ly tried to stop looters from stealing
shopping strewn across the road follow-
ing the accident, The Tribune has
learned WPC Bain was injured in the
crash and Police Constable Jermaine
Knowles was attacked as he tried to help
her.

PC Knowles heard the crash while
driving through the area with his fiancee
and three children, and stopped to offer
assistance.

WPC Bain’s green Honda Accord had
collided with a Honda Domani and a

GMC Envoy around 200 yards from the
junction with Sea Breeze Road at
9.40pm on Monday.

The policewoman, understood to
work for the Central Detective Unit,
was trapped in the wreckage, her body
lying in the road, her head wedged in the
back door.

Conscious

And PC Knowles tried to keep WPC
Bain conscious and still while waiting
for Emergency Medical Services to
attend to her as four men who appeared
to know WPC Bain pulled up in a white
Toyota Windom and accused PC
Knowles of causing the collision.

A source said: “They pulled up and
just started to attack him. One of them
picked up a bumper which came off the
car and hit him in the head with it. They
hit him in the head with bottles and
rocks, and knocked him unconscious.”

PC Knowles’s fiancee and three chil-
dren, aged six, three and two, watched in
horror as the Canine Unit officer
dragged himself under WPC Bain’s car
to avoid further battering of his bruised
and bloodied face.

He was losing consciousness as
observers held back one of the men who
lunged at PC Knowles with two large
rocks, and pinned down two of the men
who were later arrested, according to a
police source.

WPC Bain was removed from the
mangled wreckage of her car using the
‘jaws of life’ and taken to Doctor’s Hos-
pital by ambulance for treatment, along
with PC Knowles who was treated for
lacerations and bruises on his head and
arms, and two broken toes. He was
released from the hospital on Tuesday.

A family of four believed to have
been travelling in the Honda Domani
were also injured in the wreckage. A
young boy broke his hand, his father’s

Alvin Albert Burnett dies aged 85





ALVIN Albert Burnett,
85, formerly of St Andrew,
Jamaica, died at his home in
Westridge Estates on Satur-
day, October 10.

Mr Burnett came to the
Bahamas in 2002, to retire
following a distinguished

Wi Retirement in Bahamas followed
career in Jamaica civil service as an
economist, chief planner, consultant

career in the civil service of
Jamaica as an economist,
chief planner and consultant.

Educated at Munro Col-
lege, Jamaica, and McGill
University, Canada, Mr Bur-
nett began his career in
1965, in the Ministry of
Finance as an Assistant Sec-
retary.

He served many years as
an economist in the Ministry
of Finance and was rapidly
promoted to the post of
senior economist and then
became chief planner for the
social and sectoral planning
division.

This unit became the
National Planning Agency
in the Office of the Prime
Minister in 1972.

Mr Burnett later became
director for Agricultural
Planning in the National

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preparation of the sector
plan as amember of a team
led by noted economist Sr
Arthur Lewis.

Consultant

Following his retirement,
Mr Burnett became a con-
sultant, and his extensive
knowledge was used to
ensure the efficient man-
agement of the Sugar Indus-
try Authority.

Mr Burnett was an elder
and treasurer in the Hope
United Presbyterian Church
in St Andrew.

Additionally, as a Rotari-
an and Free Mason he gave
generously of his time and
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FREEPORT - The mur-
der trial of Edwin Bauld Jr
and Wilfred McPhee Jr is
winding down in the
Supreme Court, with jurors
expected to hear summa-
tions by Acting Justice
Jethro Miller today.

Justice Miller, who is pre-
siding over the trial, dis-
missed jurors on Friday after
closing arguments were sub-
mitted by the prosecution
and defence teams.

He instructed them to
return to court today when
he will give his summing up
of the case. The matter will
then be turned over to the
jury of six men and six
women for deliberation.

Bauld, 26, the son of a
police officer, and McPhee,
26, the son of an immigra-
tion officer, are accused of
the kidnapping, robbery,
and murder of Corporal
Eddison Bain.

Mr Bain’s body was dis-
covered in a shallow ditch
near the Casuarina Bridge
on October 22, 2007. A large
stone was resting on the side
of his face. He was also
bound at the hands and feet.
Pathologist Dr Cornelius
Kachali testified the cause of
death was the result of blunt
force trauma to the head.

The prosecution alleges
that Bauld, the cousin of the
deceased, came up with the
plan to use his girlfriend,
Gahnise Campbell, to lure
Mr Bain to Island Seas
Beach, where he and
McPhee accosted and
robbed him of his vehicle
and ATM bank card.

Bauld and McPhee are
accused of stealing Mr
Bain’s 1999 Honda car and
$4,500 from his Common-
wealth Bank account.

Campbell, the ex-girl-
friend of Bauld, who was ini-
tially charged along Bauld
and McPhee, was a key wit-
ness for the prosecution and
charges against her were
dropped. Police Sergeant
Darrell Rolle, the lead
police investigator, testified
that McPhee and Bauld gave
a police statement, accusing
the other of killing Mr Bain.
Taking the stand in his
defence, McPhee claimed he
never gave a police state-
ment. However, he admitted
he was in on the plan to rob
MrBain, but he did not kill
him. Mr Bain was still alive
when he and Bauld left him
in the hole, he claimed.

He also claimed that
police abused and threat-
ened him while in custody
and denied him the right to
speak with an attorney.

Unlike McPhee, Bauld
chose to remain silent by not
taking the stand in his
defence. Lawyer Mario
Gray represents McPhee,
and K Brian Hanna repre-
sents Bauld. Vernal Collie,
assisted by Erica Kemp, of
the Attorney General’s
Office, are the prosecutors.
The parents of Corporal
Bain have been present in
court since the trial started
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PILOT study

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on this issue.

More than 50 homeless peo-
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extends to Okra Hill and St
Matthew's graveyard. They are
mostly men over 25 years of
age, who are mentally ill, drug
addicts or repeat offenders.
Many have been released from
Fox Hill Prison or Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre, and
some are homeless by choice.

They are attracted to Pot-
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tion — considered the nexus of
homelessness on New Provi-
dence — is the number of
sleeping options.

These range from the tombs
at nearby cemeteries, to derelict
buildings, vendors’ stalls, trail-
ers and boats. But the hub of
activity for the homeless is the
former fish processing plant on
Potters Cay, which was built by
the government in 1982 at a
cost of $3.6 million and has
been derelict for years. It has
become an unmanaged shelter
for the underclass.

"The old building appears
to be the main area for sleep-
ing, storage and sexual activi-
ty,” the report says, adding that
the surveyors were unable to
complete their assessment
"because of the faeces, urine,
garbage, old furniture, rodents
and clothing everywhere. The
odour made breathing very dif-
ficult.”

The police station on Pot-
ters Cay closes at midnight so
there is no security. And the
public toilets are locked at 6
pm, the report says, so they
cannot be used by the home-
less.” Hence the surrounding
water is contaminated and
there are no facilities for
bathing...If this is not properly
handled the repercussions will

be devastating for the entire
population."

Of course, this is not a
uniquely Bahamian problem.
Homelessness has been a long-
standing problem even in rich
countries with fully developed
and well-funded social safety
nets. But it is a relatively finite
problem on New Providence
compared to North America,
where there are hundreds of
thousands of homeless people.

The homeless have not
always been the object of char-
ity. In the 16th century, British
laws punished vagrants with
two years of servitude for the
first offence, and death for the
second. That was one way to
solve the problem. Later, more
enlightened lawmakers set up
workhouses for those unable to
support themselves.

Workhouses

The earliest first hand
account of homelessness in
England was published by Jack
London in 1903. In The People
of the Abyss he described con-
ditions for those living in the
workhouses and streets of the
capital of the British Empire,
who were estimated to number
half a million at the time. They
lived in "a chronic condition of
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As in the Bahamas, Britain's
street people today are mostly
men over 25 with alcohol and
drug addictions, or with mental
health problems. And over the
years the British government
has spent hundreds of millions
to keep people off the street
through outreach and resettle-
ment work, as well as the pro-
vision of shelters and perma-
nent housing.

Although some 120,000 peo-
ple are classified as being legal-
ly homeless in the UK, officials
estimate that less than 500 peo-
ple are sleeping rough on any
given night — out of a popula-
tion of over 61 million. And the
goal is to drive street sleeping
down to zero by 2012. So how
do the British do it?

"The success was largely due
to a very focused and targeted
approach with high-profile cen-
tral leadership, assertive out-
reach to get people in, and
investment in accommodation,
specifically for former rough
sleepers," one report said. "The
Department of Health was
effective in helping to target
the most entrenched people
with severe mental illness.”

In America, the most effec-
tive programme operates just
across the water in Miami-Dade
County. The Community Part-
nership for the Homeless was
set up in 1993 funded by a one
per cent tax on food and bev-
erage sales. It also relies on a
"holistic approach" to help peo-
ple get off the streets. Public
and private sector investment
in this programme has exceed-
ed $300 million over 15 years.

"Help" includes meals,
clothing and temporary hous-
ing, as well as training, case
management, healthcare, drug
treatment and permanent hous-
ing assistance. And the num-
ber of people living on the
streets of Miami has been cut
from 8,000 in 1993 to under a
thousand today. The pro-
gramme has been so successful
that it is now being applied in
cities across the United States.

Meanwhile, here at home
the Ministry of Labour and
Social Development recently
joined with private sector
groups to work out approaches
to homelessness in Nassau.
Those attending the initial
meeting last month included
the president of the Christian
Council, the Commissioner of
Police, the Defence Force
Commodore, representatives of
civic organisations, and public
officers.

"Homelessness is a problem
that our society needs to tackle
urgently before it becomes
unmanageable," State Minister
for Social Development Loret-
ta Butler-Turner told the meet-
ing. "We want your commit-
ment to work with the govern-
ment to address homelessness.
It is a matter which requires the
attention of all of us.”

Currently, services for the
homeless include soup kitchens
operated by churches and char-
ities, and government food sub-
sidies. Recommendations to
deal with the problem include
determining the number of
homeless people on the island,
better coordination of food ser-
vices, provision of temporary
shelters, expansion of low-
income housing, and job train-
ing. Providing accommodation
and food are probably not
insurmountable issues. Health-
care is the biggest challenge. In
a paper for the Organisation of
American States produced last
year, well-known psychiatrist
Dr David Allen offered a
Bahamian perspective on the
contribution of drug abuse to
homelessness and HIV/AIDS
infection.

He traced the problem to a
national epidemic of crack
cocaine unleashed in the 1980s,
associated with already high
levels of alcohol consumption.
That was the period when
Colombian drug lords took
over several islands in the
Bahamas to transship cocaine
to the United States, while our
government looked the other

In 2006 government officials reported 39 squatter villages
throughout New Providence. As many as 300 people — both
Bahamians and immigrants — were said to be living in just one
of these, with no sanitary facilities or police presence whatsoever.
What is being done to address these issues?

way. "As the acute crack
cocaine epidemic started to
wane,” Dr Allen wrote, "push-
ers preyed on mentally ill
patients, creating bizarre syn-
dromes involving vagrancy,
homelessness and sometimes
violence. Many addicts had a
severe psychiatric illness such
as schizophrenia. These are best
treated in an inpatient setting."

Although drug treatment is
provided by groups like Teen
Challenge, The Haven,
Bahamas Association for Social
Health and the Deanery, "the
missing pieces in the consor-
tium of services are compre-
hensive programmes for the
chronically addicted woman
(the broken woman) and tran-
sitional community residences
to enhance re-entry into soci-
ety,” according to Dr Allen.

"There are increasing num-
bers of chronic cocaine users
who also use marijuana and
alcohol. Cognitively impaired,
they tend to be unemployed
and go in and out of prison. A
major concern is that marijuana
has permeated junior and
senior high schools, which has
serious implications for educa-
tion and career development,"
he said.

Drug trafficking has pro-
duced a gun culture that is
directly responsible for the rise
in violent crime we are experi-
encing today: "The drug prob-
lem has a devastating effect on
our value system," Dr Allen
said. "The already challenged
inner city family and commu-
nity has been impacted severe-
ly by violent crime, stealing and
the despair that accompanies
chronic drug use. Children lack
nurture and support...This
destruction is tragic.”

He called for an interna-
tional drug policy think tank to
share technical expertise and
promote a coordinated
approach to the problem. He
also pointed to the need for
better communication between
key players like social workers,
teachers, law enforcement offi-
cers, politicians, medical pro-
fessionals and drug counselors,
as well as the development of
training and work skills during
treatment. You might not know
it, but there already is a nation-
al drug plan that seeks to deal
with these critical issues. In the
early 2000s, the authors of this
plan noted that more than 60
per cent of inmates at Fox Hill
Prison were there for drug-
related offences and a high per-
centage were infected with
HIV/AIDS. Statistics also
showed that 75 per cent of
women with HIV had a history
of drug or alcohol abuse.

A five-year anti-drug plan
was formulated in 2004 with the
help of international agencies
and called for a $3 million bud-
get. It is now being updated by
Captain Godfrey Rolle, the
plan's coordinator at the Min-
istry of National Security. The
goals include development of
complex interdiction, preven-
tion, treatment and rehabilita-
tion services. It is surely a
daunting task.

Perhaps the most frightening
data relating to the homeless
involves the prevalence of
HIV/AIDS infection.

A recent Caribbean study
confirmed that homeless drug
users are at high risk for HIV
infection.

And crack cocaine use and
risky sexual behaviours, both
associated with increased risk
of medical and psychiatric com-
plications, have been described
as common behaviours among
the homeless.

So resettlement support
alone will not be enough to
help these people back into
mainstream society. We need
to find cost-effective ways to
rehabilitate those suffering
from mental illness, drug or
alcohol problems. Then we
need to develop their basic life
skills, and help them reconnect
with social networks away from
the streets. These are difficult,
long-term and costly approach-
es. That's why many experts
believe prevention is the best
means of ensuring a lasting and
sustainable end to the problem
of homelessness. But in the
Bahamas, we also have to con-
sider that the problem is not
strictly confined to the rela-
tively small world of crazy
street people like those living at
Potters Cay.

In 2006 government officials
reported 39 squatter villages
throughout New Providence.
As many as 300 people — both
Bahamians and immigrants —
were said to be living in just
one of these, with no sanitary
facilities or police presence
whatsoever. What is being done
to address these issues?

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of jet-ski rentals is needed

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READERS of our website
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whelmingly in favour of
stricter enforcement of the
laws governing the use and
rental of jet-skis.

Less than 10 per cent of
those who took yesterday’s
online poll said they are satis-
fied with the way the water
sports industry is currently
regulated.

Of the 92 readers who vot-
ed, 61 said the laws need to
be better enforced, 23 said jet
skis should be banned on
Bahamian beaches altogeth-
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from which one man was
lucky to escape with his life. It
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death for locals and tourists
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Commenting on the web-
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NDP opposes the unlicensed sale of real estate

THE National Development Party is sup-
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estate.

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almost always when it's too
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Complain

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nothing about it as an ‘undis-
ciplined’ people who do what
we want, except when we go
to South Florida and are
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environment.

And until a safe site has been
identified, he said, they should
work in shifts to avoid long
hours of exposure to mould in
the Thompson Boulevard
building.

Mr Pinder the fungus started
growing in the Wyndham tow-
er during the three months it
was closed, and may be related
to a leak under repair.

He said: “T have asked if they

will be able to put them in a
different tower, and Dr Hubert
Minnis, who was the acting
Minister of Education in Carl
Bethel’s absence, indicated that
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people on flexi-time because I
don’t want them working for
long hours in the present con-
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son Boulevard.”

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president of external affairs at
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An activist group demanding better condi-
tions at the pound was formed after The Tribune
reported deplorable conditions witnessed by a
14-year-old visitor. The group now has nearly
600 members.

A public meeting will be held at the Bahamas
Humane Society in Chippingham tonight to dis-
cuss concerns about the government dog pound.

Ms Aranha said: “Our immediate concern is
that the animals in there are treated humanely.
We will be making sure they have adequate
food water and shade.

“We now have permission to go in there every
single day to check on the situation and I con-

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intentions would be at the October
21 convention.

According to a PLP insider, when
Mr Mitchell said he was going to run
for the leadership of the party, a seg-
ment of those in attendance almost
“took his head off”.

Shouting out “how dare you” chal-
lenge Mr Christie and going as far as
questioning the MP’s loyalty to the
party, it is claimed Mr Mitchell hit
back by stating that he wasn’t “born
yesterday”.

“He gave as good as he got,” said a
source who witnessed Tuesday night’s proceed-
ings.

He told them that anyone who attacked him
would be attacked likewise, just as hard.”

While the heated exchange of words never
escalated into any physical altercation, it is
believed this incident is a telling sign of what is yet
to come in the party as the battle over the lead-

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Fred Mitchell

ership and deputy leadership positions
heats up.

“At the end of the day there were a
group who raised hell, but there also
were other persons in the room who had
to tell them that it was his (Mr Mitchell’s)
right to run.

“Tf the PLP is a democracy then it has
to act like a democracy. But some in
there were really nasty, saying that If he
yo) ran it was a signal of no confidence in Mr
Christie and all kind of foolishness,” the
source added.

In the race with Mr Mitchell for the
party’s top post will be PLP MP for Bain and
Grants Town Dr Bernard Nottage, PLP newcom-
er Paul Moss, and Mr Christie. In the race for the
deputy leadership post there is the PLP MP for
West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe, PLP MP
for Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay Philip
‘Brave’ Davis, and PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald.

Dr Nottage to announce PLP

be PLP newcomer Paul Moss
who was the first to announce
his intentions to challenge Mr
Christie back in September of
this year.

It is also believed the MP for
Fox Hill Fred Mitchell will like-
wise join Mr Moss and Dr Not-
tage and run against Mr Christie
at the party’s October 21 con-
vention.

During the party’s 1997 con-
vention, Mr Christie was able to
secure a victory over Dr Nottage
with the assistance of the third
candidate, Philip Galanis, who
at that time threw his support
behind Mr Christie.

However, with this upcoming
convention it appears the three
candidates who are seeking the
post that Mr Christie currently
holds have one mission in mind -
the removal of the leader. And
with less than a week to go
before the convention, candi-
dates are already fearful of the
transparency of the elections.

In a letter issued to the chair-
man of the convention, PLP MP
for West End and Bimini Obie
Wilchcombe on October 1, Mr
Moss outlined that he has written
to members of the election com-
mittee requesting a number of
measures be put in place to
ensure the credibility and trans-
parency of the upcoming elec-
tions.

“The fact that you, as conven-
tion chairman, are yourself a can-
didate in those elections has been
cause for protest from your
opponents already,” Mr Moss
said, “so, in my opinion, this
places on you a heavy responsi-

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bility and obligation to do all you
can to ‘shun the very appearance
of evil’ in the election process.

“Though oversight for the
elections is outside your formal
sphere of influence, I share my
requests with you in the hope
that you will advance and sup-
port them should the occasion
present itself.

“T requested as follows, that
the complete lst of
delegates/Stalwart Counselors be
given to each candidate in
advance of Elections, but cer-
tainly no later than October 15
(today); that each candidate be
allowed two agents in the voting
room at any given time; that the
election for Leader be held sep-
arately from the election for oth-
er positions; that voters be
required to show photo identifi-
cation before being allowed to
cast their ballots; that one agent
for each candidate signs or ini-
tials the blank ballots before they
are given to voters; and that a
reputable accounting firm be
used to count the ballots after
voting ends,” Mr Moss said.

In addition to these requests,
Mr Moss also requested that he
be allowed an opportunity to
address stalwarts on the first day
of the convention if only for five
minutes.

While the former Prime Min-
ister Christie still holds a tremen-
dous amount of support within
the hierarchy of the party, there
is a growing movement within
the organization to replace him

as the country continues to cry
out for change. Hearing this call,
Dr Nottage, and other chal-
lengers such as Mr Moss and Mr
Mitchell have put themselves for-
ward as alternatives to the status
quo in an attempt to “take the
party forward”.

However, unlike Mr Moss and
Mr Mitchell, there is a growing
criticism of Dr Nottage even
though the MP has yet to for-
mally announce.

According to supporters of the
incumbent leader, it would be a
grave injustice if Dr Nottage
were to challenge Mr Christie as
it was the leader of the party who
recently welcomed the Bain and
Grant’s Town MP back into the
fold after “years in the wilder-
ness” as the head of the Coalition
for Democratic Reform (CDR).

However, strong supporters
of the doctor counter with claims
that it was in fact Dr Nottage
who encouraged former PLP
leader Sir Lynden Pindling into
allowing Mr Christie to rejoin
the party after he was dismissed
from the PLP Cabinet in 1984
along with Hubert Ingraham
who now sits as the current
Prime Minister.

Running as an independent in
1987 Mr Christie won his seat
again and was invited back into
the PLP in 1990. Serving under
Sir Lynden’s leadership since
then, Mr Christie won the lead-
ership of the party in 1997 and
has remained leader of the PLP
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LOCAL NEWS



Former Cabinet Minister Loftus
Roker backs Davis for PLP deputy

FORMER cabinet minister
Loftus Roker has thrown his
support behind PLP deputy
leadership candidate Philip
“Brave” Davis.

Mr Roker, who served in the
Pindling administration as min-
ister of immigration and became
notorious for his no-nonsense
stance on illegal immigration,
praised Mr Davis as the bridge
to the future for the Progressive
Liberal Party.

association with the PLP from a
young man and I believe his
election as deputy leader would
give the party another chance to
return to its roots and give hope
to the Bahamian people.”

Mr Roker, who is still hugely
popular with the public, joins
deputy prime minister and for-
mer Minister of National Secu-
rity in the Christie administra-
tion, Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt,
who also endorsed Mr Davis for

necting with the public a cor-
nerstone of his campaign and
has told party members they
cannot continue to focus on the
history of the PLP if they intend
to succeed in the future.

So far, Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald and former minister of
tourism and current MP for
West End and Bimini Obie
Wilchcombe have announced
that they will vie for the post
along with Mr Davis at the PLP
national convention on October

FORMER
cabinet min-
ister Loftus
Roker with
PLP deputy
leadership
candidate
Philip ‘Brave’
Davis.

Bain and Grants Town MP
Bernard Nottage is expected to
announce that he will challenge
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Davis because he has a long

the deputy leadership position.
Mr Davis has made recon- 21.

Call for programme to highlight



Child Protection Act legal changes

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunmedia.net

TWO weeks after the government announced it
had brought into force the Child Protection Act,
which provides for increased safeguarding of chil-
dren’s rights, the opposition has called for a public
education programme to highlight the legal changes
this entails.

PLP spokesperson on Social Services and former
minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin MP
called the Act a “significant piece of social legisla-
tion” that is “long overdue” and suggested that
Minister of State for Social Development, Loretta
Butler-Turner, has not done enough to raise aware-
ness of the Act’s provisions.

The Act was brought into force on October 1,
2009.

Some of the important aspects of the legislation
include: increased penalties for those who are found
guilty of child abuse; mandatory reporting of all
forms of abuse of children; a provision for fathers of
children born out of wedlock to pursue access to or
custody of those children and a provision for moth-
ers of children born out of wedlock to pursue main-
tenance for those children up to the age of 18.

By ushering in new protection for children, the
legislation, which was passed in parliament in 2007
under the former PLP administration, harmonizes
Bahamian domestic law as it exists with the provi-
sions of the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child while also bringing under one
umbrella several pieces of legislation pertaining to
children’s rights. The Bahamas ratified the UN
convention in 1991.

Mts Griffin said: “The enforcement of this sig-
nificant piece of social legislation is long overdue
and the government ought to be condemned for
failing to see the importance of it to the care and
protection of our children and the development
and strengthening of families, particularly in view of
the level of social decay all around us today.

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into force in its entirety, (with) absolutely no
amendments as (the government had suggested
there would be).

“Tt is clear that national and international pres-
sure have forced the government’s hand in bringing
this Act into force, but 13 days after the ‘by the way’
announcement in Parliament (by Mrs Butler-Turn-
er, of its coming enforcement on October 1, 2009),
no substantive announcement has been made giv-
ing this matter the kind of attention it deserves.”

The former minister, in noting that the Act was
brought into force “in its entirety, with no amend-
ments” was referring to comments previously made
by Minister Butler Turner when she was asked
why the nearly three year old legislation had not
been brought into force by the current govern-
ment.

Mrs Butler Turner had answered that among
other hindrances to the Act’s enforcement — includ-
ing the fact that the PLP administration did not
draft regulations necessary to effectively administer
the Act — the government would need significant
funding and human resources to effectively enact
the law and therefore may need to amend it or
“phase it in”, given economic challenges.

In this regard, Mrs Griffin called on the govern-
ment to reveal “what has been done at the Depart-
ment of Social Services to provide the structure,
manpower and the resources needed to effectively
enforce the provisions of the CPA.”

The former minister noted that the Act was the
culmination of 12 years of work by governmental
and non-governmental organisations, who she com-
mended for their involvement.

She also paid tribute to children’s rights activist
and long-standing campaigner for the implemen-
tation of the Act, founder of Bahamian Fathers
for Children Everywhere, Clever Duncombe.

Messages left for Mrs Butler-Turner and the
director of Social Services were not returned yes-
terday.

Both were said to be attending the funeral of
Sir Clement Maynard.

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Pleasant Bridgewater

tells of trial ‘ridicule’



FROM page one

interested in and was thinking
about getting money from the
media for it.

She said she he told Light-
bourne he shouldn’t speak to the
media and admonished him to
think about what it would look
like for the Bahamas.

Bridgewater said Light-
bourne told her he was not trying
to hurt the Travoltas but he had
a mortgage to pay and a family to
take care of.

“He never asked me to speak
with Mr Travolta or ask him for
any money. He had the phone
number, he didn’t even have to
come to me,” Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater also told the jury
she had been reluctant to speak
with Michael McDermott, an
attorney for Mr Travolta. She
recalled he had inquired about
the document and asked her to e-
mail a copy but Lightbourne had
instructed her not to do so. She
also recalled that Senator
Allyson Maynard-Gibson subse-
quently called her saying that she
wanted to speak with her regard-
ing a matter concerning Mr
McDermott.

“T said to her from the outset,
Allyson if there is anything I am
doing illegal I don’t want to be a
part of it. I only want to assist
the Travoltas,” she said.

According to Bridgewater,
when she had met her former
senate colleague, Mrs Maynard
—Gibson had told her there was
nothing criminal at that stage and
that she knew she was a person
of integrity.

Bridgewater told the jury she
gave Mrs Maynard-Gibson a
copy of the document despite
her client’s instructions because
she trusted her.

Although Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son had testified that she had
told Bridgewater that what she
was doing was wrong, Bridge-
water told the jury that that was
not true.

Bridgewater said she consid-
ered Mrs Maynard-Gibson to be
a trusted friend and parliamen-
tary colleague. She said she did
not think she would have had
police recording their conversa-
tions.

“T trusted her. I thought she

was a sincere person,” Bridge-
water said.

Bridgewater recalled that on
January 22, while at a meeting
at Universal Distributors,
Freeport, with two potential
clients, police came and arrested
her. She told the jury that con-
trary to the evidence of Sergeant
Deborah Thompson, she did not
tell police she had burned the
refusal of transport document
because she thought the situa-
tion was going to explode.

“T never said that I burned
the document because I thought
the situation was going to
explode. I never thought I would
have been arrested,” she said.
Bridgewater said she had blurted
to police that she had burned the
document because of they had
vigorously interrogated and dis-
respected her and her parents in
their home.

“T never attempted to extort
anything from anybody. All my
life I have tried to help people,”
she said. “T’ll be the first to say I
am no saint but ’'m no devil.”

“T came from humble begin-
nings,” she said, “All I have I
have worked for.” Bridgewater
credited God, her family and
friends with helping her cope
with the ordeal.

“But for the grace of God, I
could have been in Sandilands
or probably worse,” she said.
“ALT was trying to do is what I
thought was right for my country
and to steer Mr Lightbourne in
the right direction,” she said. “I
maintain my 100 per cent inno-
cence. What Allyson, McDer-
mott and the others did to me, I
leave that to God,” Bridgewater
said.

Following her address to the
jury, Bridgewater began to cry
and was embraced by Light-
bourne as she took her seat.

Facing the jury, Lightbourne
said: “On January 2, 2009, I nev-
er questioned God before but I
questioned and asked why I had
to work that morning.”

Lightbourne went on to recall
that he and EMT Derrex Rolle
went to Old Bahama Bay that
morning where they found Jett
Travolta lying on a bathroom
floor with a brown towel around
his waist. Lightbourne said he
smelled alcohol in air and noticed

people trying to perform what
appeared to be CPR on Jett.
Lightbourne said Jett had no
vital signs and he told Dr Fer-
nandez the boy was dead.
According to Lightbourne, Dr
Fernandez told him that he knew
that but they should just take the
boy to the hospital.

Lightbourne said he told the
doctor he did not want to be a
part of ‘any cover up’ and he
overheard a man say ‘do we have
an agreement.’ He said the man
also tapped him on the shoulder
and asked him if he agreed.

Lightbourne said there was a
discussion about whether to take
Jett to the hospital or the air-
port.

He said that he spoke to Mr
Travolta and told them it was
their policy that once they were
in custody of a patient they had
to take them to the hospital.
Lightbourne said Mr Rolle told
him to get a refusal form which
Mr Travolta signed.

Lightbourne told the jury he
later made a copy of the docu-
ment and put the original on file
at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
He said he kept the document
with his collection of celebrity
signatures.

Lightbourne recalled being
approached at the Rand by two
Inside Edition reporters about
doing an interview while at the
hospital on January 4. He told
the jury he contacted his union
representative John Curtis to
inquire on whether he could do
the interview. He said Mr Curtis
called BPSU president John Pin-
der on the matter. Lightbourne
said the men wanted to know
how much he was being paid and
instructed him not to make the
hospital look bad.

He also told the jury that he
had been contacted by a man
claiming to be a representative of
Mr Travolta who said that he
was willing to pay a substantial
sum of money for the document
that the media had been inquir-
ing about.

He said that he informed the
man that he was going to do an
interview with Inside Edition.
He added that the man told him
to make Mr Travolta look good.

“IT was surprised when Ms
Bridgewater got locked up

because as far as I am concerned,
she didn’t do anything wrong,”
Lightbourne said.

He went on to recall his meet-
ing with Mr McDermott on Jan-
uary 19.

“T didn’t feel comfortable. So
Tasked him, ‘Are you recording
me?’ He said ‘No, I don’t do
things like that’,” Lightbourne
said.

He said Mr McDermott kept
insisting he did not want anyone
to know about their meeting.

“T realised the questions he
was saying to me, he was setting
me up. So I say if he going to
play crazy I going to play crazy,
so I told him what he wanted to
hear,” Lightbourne said.

“T didn’t know what extortion
was until I came to this court. As
far as I know I was selling them a
paper with Mr Travolta’s signa-
ture on it,” he said. “In your
deliberations find Ms Bridgewa-
ter not guilty and find me not
guilty,” Lightbourne said.

Lightbourne also told the jury
that health officials had promised
his former co-worker Derrex
Rolle a promotion and a pay
increase if he re-wrote his report
regarding Jett’s death. Light-
bourne said Mr Rolle came to
his home and told him so a week
before the start of the trial.

“Send me and Ms Bridgewa-
ter home to be with our family
and friends,” Lightbourne said.

Both attorney Murrio Ducille
who is representing Bridgewa-
ter, and Carlson Shurland, who is
representing Lightbourne, made
their opening addresses to the
jury yesterday.

“T am using a microscope. I
am still looking for a case but I
don’t see it,” Mr Ducille said.

He told the jury: “You are the
judges of the facts. Her ladyship
is the judge of the law. No one
can tell you how to decide in this
case.

“This case has been well pub-
licised all over the world, not
withstanding that, you deal with
the evidence which you have
heard.”

Mr Ducille told the jury his
client had nothing to prove but
that it was the prosecution who
has to prove her guilt.

“The catalyst of this whole
case is Mr McDermott. Ms


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has been seriously damaged and
I hope to God she is able to
restore it.

“A good reputation is so hard
to build and so easy to destroy.

“This lady’s liberty, her
career, her entire life is in your
hands. We are not here judging
morals, we are dealing with the
law and whether there has been
a breach in the law.”

He noted that Allyson May-
nard-Gibson had testified that
Bridgewater had told her that
her client wanted to give Mr
Travolta the first option to pur-
chase the document he had.

“Where is the threat?” Mr
Ducille asked. “It is clear to see
she has been intorted. She is no
extortionist. Mr McDermott is
the intortioner.” Mr Ducille
said.

Mr Shurland tried to hold
back tears as he made his open-
ing address.

“T sat here and cried tears
for Pleasant. I have known her
for a long time,” he said. Mr
Shurland told the jury that is
client was not an extortionist.

“He might be an opportunist
but he sure isn’t an extortionist.
What’s wrong with Bahamians
seeing opportunities and taking
opportunities?” he asked.

“You seen Mr Travolta he
came here said what he had to
say and hit the road, Jack. At
the end of the day this had noth-
ing to do with extorting money
from John Travolta.

“This is strictly about deceit
and distractions,” Mr Shurland

FORMER PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater

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said.

Marcus Garvey, manager of
the Bahamas Ambulance Ser-
vices company was called yes-
terday as a witness for Light-
bourne.

He recalled that on January
2, he and EMS Selvin Strachan
while in the area of Eight Mile
Rock intercepted the ambu-
lance that had been dispatched
to Old Bahama Bay that morn-
ing. Mr Garvey said he switched
places with Lightbourne who
had been driving the ambulance
carrying Jett’s body. He told the
court that Jett’s body was cold,
his pupils were fully dilated and
lividity had set in. He said Jett
was taken to the Rand Memor-
ial Hospital.

Mr Garvey also told the court
that on January 2, he received a
telephone call and told the man
he was not the person who had
access to the refusal of trans-
port form.

“T told him Mr Tarino Light-
bourne was responsible for that
document and I gave him his
telephone contacts,” Mr Gar-
vey said. He also testified that
reporters from CNN, The New
York Times and Star magazine
had also called him that day.

During cross examination
by lead prosecutor and Director
of Public Prosecutions Bernard
Turner, Mr Garvey was asked
whether he had given an inter-
view to Radaronline.com.

He told the court he had nev-
er given an interview to anyone
regarding that matter, which is
presently before the Public
Health Tribunal.

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Fourteen-island promotional
strategy unveiled by Ministry

PLANS TO HIGHLIGHT THE FAMILY ISLANDS

THE Ministry of Tourism
has unveiled plans on for a
14-island multi-level pro-
motional strategy that will
highlight the Family Islands.

Through its London-
based office, the ministry is
recruiting 42 filmmakers to
produce a short film featur-
ing life on the Family
Islands.

Fourteen will be chosen
to travel to the Bahamas to
produce the short film,
which will be distributed to
audiences around the world.

The islands are: Abaco,
Andros, Eleuthera, Har-
bour Island, San Salvador,
Exuma, Crooked Island,
Inagua, Mayaguana, Long
Island, Cat Island, Bimini,
Grand Bahama and New
Providence.

“The Ministry of Tourism
is always seeking to use
effective media to advance
the reputation of our coun-
try and enhance our profile
as a vacation destination of
choice,” said director gen-
eral, Ministry of Tourism,
Vernice Walkine.

It is expected that these
objectives will be met
through this promotion, she
said.

The challenge is designed
to build “greater aware-



DIRECTOR GENERAL, Ministry
of Tourism, Vernice Walkine

ness” of the Bahamas and
appreciation of the coun-
try’s beauty, particularly in
the United Kingdom.

She noted that there is a
“significant” onshore com-
ponent and that the project
“cannot be successful with-
out the full participation of
Bahamians as consummate
hosts and great information
sources to the filmmakers.”

“Here is our chance, as
Bahamians, to help UK
filmmakers make the best
possible film about the
islands on which we live,

showing the people of the
UK why they should visit
our islands,” said Ms
Walkine.

The price tag for this pro-
ject will be “modest”
according to district sales
manager for the ministry’s
UK office, Giovanni Grant.

“This project will cost the
ministry $250,000 to
$300,000, most of which will
be used for travel and
accommodations for the
filmmakers,” he said. “It’s
a small price to pay for the
potential benefits that we
will reap.”

The movies’ idyllic shots
of the islands will reside
online at the Bahamas’ UK
website which functions as a
24-hour tourist office to give
information and visual
images of the Bahamas to
Internet users.

“The overall goal of the
initiative is to drive traffic
to the bahamas.co.uk web-
site, and ultimately to cause
prospective travellers to
consider one of our islands
for their next holiday
retreat,” said Ms Walkine.

This initiative lines up
with the ministry’s goal of
attracting UK travellers to
the Bahamas in 2009 and
2010, she said.

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soon “endeavour to bring to bear on Haiti a pol-
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would create the political capital necessary to
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mountainside in Haiti during a routine patrol.
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remote area near the village of Pays-Pourri in
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east of Port-au-Prince, the capital. The people
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b See page 18
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009



Reflecting
on the ‘09

Hall of
Famers

THE Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture has
announced its Class of 2009
Hall of Fame inductees.

And scanning the list,
there’s a good cross section
of 15 players and adminis-
trators from a number of
sporting disciplines who are
going to be enshrined into
the National Hall of Fame
on Saturday, October 31.

While all of them are

Wildcats
Sweep the
Swingers

Truckers roll

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

fter the latest

pair of games
on the New
Providence

over Stingrays,

expected to be properly
honoured and recognised
for their respective achieve-

Softball Association
(NPSA) schedule, the men’s
championship series is all set
while half of the women’s
series has been decided.

The Pineapple Air Wild-
cats completed a three-game
sweep over the Bommer
George Swingers with their
third consecutive shutout
last night, winning 13-0 in
the women’s division of the
NPSA.

The Wildcats await the
winner of the Proper Care
Pool Lady Sharks and Sigma
Brackettes semifinal
matchup. The Lady Sharks
lead the series two games to
one.

And in the men’s division,
the Commando Security
Truckers also completed a

ments during the banquet,
let me take this opportunity
to mention some of them as
we take a brief look back at
their careers.

There’s former prime
minister Perry Christie,
who prides himself on
remembering everybody
whenever he gets the
opportunity to remind that
he was one of the best
triple jumpers in the
Bahamas, having secured
the islands’ first interna-
tional medal in that event.

A member of the Valley
Boys junkanoo group,
Christie was one of the
founding members of the
Pioneers Sporting Club. As
a track and field athlete, he

advance to
face Dorsey
Park Boyz in
best-of-seven
champ series

three game sweep of the
Price Waterhouse Stingrays
with an 11-4 victory Tuesday
night at the Blue Hills
Sporting Complex.

The Truckers will advance
to face the Heavylift Dorsey
Park Boyz in the champi-
onship series.



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Senior league officials
attend FIFA referee
training course

ABOUT 12 officials who
call games in the senior soc-
cer league here in New Prov-
idence attended an intensive,
four-day referee training
course.

The FIFA Member Asso-
ciation Referee Course was
conducted September 17-21
as part of the development
programme of the Bahamas
Football Association (BFA).

FIFA referee assistance
programme development
officer Ramesh Ramdhan of
Trinidad and Tobago, FIFA
referee instructor Peter Pren-
dergast of Jamaica and FIFA
referee fitness instructor
Merere Gonzalez of Trinidad
and Tobago joined local
instructor Stan Darville for
the presentation of the course
material.

In attendance at the open-
ing of the course programme
at the Hilton resort were
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Desmond Bannister,
Anton Sealey, president of



DESMOND BANNISTER

tary of the BFA and Pierre
Lafleur, vice president of the
BFA.

Bannister confirmed his
pleasure at the leadership and
direction of the BFA, and
commended the association
for their attention to the men-
toring of referees for the

made two successful trips to
Kingston, Jamaica, for the
West Indies Federation
Games in 1960 and the
Central American and
Caribbean Games in 1962
where he captured a bronze
in the triple jump.

How about Bradley
Cooper, the strongman who
has had some intense bat-
tles with former Cuban
world record holder Luis
Delis, who dominated the
Caribbean before he chose
to retire in 1990 after he
tested positive for banned
substances.

In softball, the late Leon
“Apache” Knowles will
receive his honour posthu-
mously. He was the first
Bahamian to have been
inducted into the Interna-
tional Softball Federation’s
Hall of Fame back in 1987.

He managed the
Bahamas’ first men’s
national team that placed
second in the Central
American and Caribbean
Confederation Tourna-
ment.

Knowles will be joined by
Richard “The Lion-Heart”
Johnson, who two decades
later in 2007 was also
inducted into the ISF’s Hall
of Fame. Johnson was the
premier pitcher in the
country for at least two
decades.

Dr Timothy Barrett is

the Bahamas Football Asso- game. :
: ; : ciation, Fred Lunn, executive He commented on the ore. best ae a his
PMH Foundation Established in May 2002 vice president of the BEA. Se re
i EIR D ET AVETECUETA SECTS, SEE page 17 his athletic prowess as one

Ele LabraayTechcn ot PH



Lady Technicians
defeat COB Caribs

Defenders get victory over Crimestoppers

IT took the Lady Technicians five sets to defeat the COB
Caribs 25-21, 25-17, 19-25, 18-25 and 15-7 in New Providence
Volleyball Association (NPVA) action at the D W Davis gym.

Sharon Whylly led the Lady Techs with seven kills followed

by Sonia Hinsey with five kills.

In a losing effort, Kenisha Thompson led all scorers with 11

kills.

On the men’s side, the Scotiabank Defenders also won over
the Crimestoppers in five tough sets 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25

and 16-14.

Jan “Wire” Pinder and Shedrick Forbes led the Defenders

with 16 and 11 kills respectively.

Leonardo Dean and Carl Rolle led the Crimestoppers with

17 and 13 kills.

League play continued with two games Wednesday night
(Scottsdale Vixens vs The Cougars at 7:30pm and The Saints vs
The Intruders at 8:30pm) but those results were not available

up to press time.

of the premier volleyball
players in the country. He
also was regarded as one of
the top coaches during his
era.

Bobby Issacs was one of
those vintage all-around
players who made a
tremendous impact in just
about every sport he partic-
ipated in, but more specifi-
cally soccer, lawn tennis,
cricket and rugby just to
name a few.

And from one of those
talented brothers clan, the
late Wentworth “Wenty”
Ford will also be honoured
posthumously.

Ford was one of four
Bahamians who played in
Major League Baseball,
having suited up with the
Atlanta Braves as pitcher in
1973 before he was killed in
an automobile accident

SEE page 18

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SPORTS



Sunfish
boats

custom
Ie.

SEVENTY two custom-
made Sunfish boats have
arrived in Nassau ahead of
the International Junior Sun-
fish Championships and the
2009 Sunfish World Champi-
onships which are expected
to kick off on Friday and
Monday respectively.

The boats feature a brilliant
sail boasting the colours of
the Bahamian flag, incorpo-
rating the Bahamas tourism
logo.

On Friday and Saturday,
the world’s top junior sailors
will take to Montagu Harbour
for two days of intense rac-
ing.

The week-long World
Championship sailing is slated
to start 10am Monday with
72 of the Bahamian-inspired
Sunfish boats lined up across
the water.

“Tt’s just a win-win, this
kind of event. For us, it’s pro-
moting sailing and that’s what
we’re all about here, but from
an economic perspective, wel-
coming this many people who
are all bringing value into the
economy is tremendous. We
calculate that these regattas
probably bring about half a
million dollars worth of value
to the economy, which is great
in these challenged economic
times," said Paul Hutton,
chairman of the regatta.

The events are being hosted

by the Nassau Yacht Club
with tremendous logistical
and financial support from the
ministries of tourism and
youth, sports and culture, and
platinum corporate sponsor
Pictet Bank and Trust and
others.

“Having the Sunfish World
Championships come here
exposes so many of our
Bahamian sailors to a differ-
ent side of regatta sailing
because it gives them the
opportunity to sail amongst
the who’s who of Sunfish sail-
ing in the world.

“It also will enable our
junior sailors to better their
skills and prepare them to sail
on a larger scale," said
Michelle McPhee, regatta
officer in the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture.

Eldece Clarke, sports
tourism manager in the Min-
istry of Tourism, said there
will be “residual marketing”
for the Bahamas.

“We at tourism are so excit-
ed to see the design and to
have been a part of it. Not
only will it look awesome
when all those boats are out
on the water this weekend
and next week, but we see
that there will be residual
marketing for the Bahamas
as these boats with our
colours and logo end up all
over the world.”



SHOWN (l-r) are Jeremy Stuby, vice president of Pictet Bank and Trust, Paul Hutton, Michelle
McPhee, Eldece Clarke, sports tourism manager in the Ministry of Tourism and Brent Burrows,
commodore of the Nassau Yacht Club.

Jamaica national
soccer team player
stabbed to death

By HOWARD CAMPBELL
Associated Press Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica
defender Orane Simpson was fatally
stabbed in the violence-wracked Kingston
slum where he was raised, police said

Wednesday.

A brief police statement said the 26-
year-old player, a Jamaica international
since 2005, was killed in Tivoli Gardens, a
sprawling neighbourhood that was the
country’s first government housing pro-

ject.

Simpson was attacked late Tuesday.
There have been no arrests, and police did

Drug and extortion
gangs are blamed for 90

not disclose specifics of the stabbing.
Howard Bell, an administrator with the

Jamaican Football Federation, said the
right back had recently been sidelined with
an injury. He did not provide more details.

Team officials did not immediately

return calls Wednesday.

Simpson also played with the Tivoli Gar-
dens team in the Caribbean island’s

FIFA, from page 16

BFA youth programme and
the valuable service that the
programme provides to the
community at large.

Bannister said the devel-
opment of referees is critical
for the overall development
of the game and encouraged
the referees to press on,
regardless of whether or not
they are liked, but more
importantly because they
ensure the integrity of the
game.

He then issued a challenge
to all of the participants to
continue their education and
learning in their craft and fur-
ther to assist the overall
development of the game by
taking the time to pass on the
information received, not
only in New Providence but
especially in the Family
Islands.

Anton Sealey, president of
the BFA, welcomed the visit-

per cent of the homicides
in Jamaica — 1,611 last
year, about 10 times the
rate in the United States,
relative to population

National Premier League.
He was first called up to the Reggae
Boyz in 2005 for a match against Australia.
Drug and extortion gangs are blamed

for 90 per cent of the homicides in Jamaica

ing instructors to the
Bahamas and thanked them
for assisting in the delivery of
the message.

FIFA RAP development
officer Ramesh Ramdhan
advised that the conduction
of the MA referees course
programme was designed to
change the environment that
exists.

He reiterated the mpor-
tant role that officials play in
the development of the game
in any country and charged
the participants to assist in
the recruitment of new offi-
cials by suggesting “each one
bring one.”

The course ran for four
days with practical sessions
conducted at the BFA
National Centre for Football
Development and theory ses-
sions conducted at the Hilton.

Sessions covered the laws
of the game, application of
the laws of the game, man-

— 1,611 last year, about 10 times the rate in
the United States, relative to population.



management during the
match, fitness for the referee
and a host of other subjects.

The majority of the lectures
were given by Stan Darville,
chairman of the BFA referees
committee, who has attend-
ed FIFA Futuro HT Courses
for Referee Instructors in the
region for the past three
years.

FIFA referee fitness
instructor Merere Gonzalez
conducted the fitness train-
ing segment of the pro-
gramme and fitness testing
for all of the officials.

The course concluded Sep-
tember 20 with brief remarks
from BFA general secretary
Lionel Haven and the course
instructors, followed by a pre-
sentation of certificates to all
those who attended.

The referees are expected
to continue their preparation
until the start of the senior
league later this month.

Scotiabank
Paratise win
Vincent D'Aguilar
Memorial 20/20
tournament

BAHAMAS Cricket
Association executives said
the Vincent D’Aguilar
Memorial 20/20 tourney was
a successful and well-attend-
ed event.

Two of the top teams, the
Dynasty Stars and the Dock-
endale Titans, who were
favourites to capture the
title suffered upsets much
earlier than expected.

The Stars fell to Castrol
Commonwealth, while the
Titans fell to Scotiabank
Paradise.

The two underdog squads
eventually advanced to the
tournament final with Sco-
tiabank winning the tourna-
ment and the cash prize. The
Stars finished in third posi-
tion.

The tournament was
sponsored by Dionisio
D’ Aguilar, whose father
Vincent played cricket with
the St Albans and Westerns
cricket teams during the
1950s and 1960s.

The D’Aguilar family
attended Monday’s matches
and were on hand for the
presentation of the prizes.

Omni Money Transfers
and Payments and Burger
King Restaurants provided
prizes for individual perfor-
mances.

Gregory Taylor, president
of the Bahamas Cricket
Association, presented
International Cricket Coun-
cil medals to Phillip Smith,
Irving Taylor, Sidney
Deveaux, Edmund Lewis,
Paul Thompson, and
Theophilus Fritz, for their
outstanding contribution to
cricket over the past
decades.

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Haynes Oval on Saturday,
October 17.

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Campbell-Brown
named as UNESCO
Champion for Sport

Jamaica’s 200 meters double
Olympic champion Veronica
Campbell-Brown, receives an
award at the 35th Session of the
General Conference of UNESCO
in Paris on Tuesday. Veronica
Campbell-Brown has been
named as UNESCO Champion
for Sport and will join the ranks
of Formula One driver German
Michael Schumacher, Judoka
French David Douillet, ice hockey
player Russian Vyacheslav Feti-
sov and Belgian tennis player
Justin Henin.

(AP Photo: Michel Euler)

Del Potro retires
with right wrist
tendinitis

SHANGHAI (AP) —
US Open champion Juan
Martin del Potro retired
because of right wrist ten-
dinitis while trailing Jurgen

Melzer of Austria 7-5, 2-1
Wednesday at the Shanghai
Masters.

The third-seeded Argen-
tine, who was shaking his
right hand before packing
up his rackets, said that he
had similar wrist tendinitis
this year.

“Tm a little sorry,” Del
Potro said. “It’s a big tour-
nament here in Shanghai,
very important for me. But
if I want to have a good fin-
ish this season, I have to
recover, go home to be in
good shape for the last tour-

naments.”

Del Potro has already
qualified for next month’s
season-ending ATP tourna-
ment in London.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal
and second-seeded Novak
Djokovic also advanced.
Nadal defeated James Blake
6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4 — the sec-
ond straight week in which
the Spaniard needed three
sets to defeat the American.

“Every match is impor-
tant for me now,” Nadal
said. “I had the match under
control, set and a break,
playing really well, that’s
true. I think I deserve to win
the match, because most of
the time, I think I played
better than James.”

US OPEN champion Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina returns to Edouard Roger-Vasselin of
France during their first round match at the Japan Open Championships in Tokyo.

Last week, Nadal beat
Blake 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in the
second round of the China
Open.

Djokovic reached the
third round by beating
Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-
1

“First matches are always
the ones which are trickiest,

especially if you’re playing
against a lower-ranked play-
er who has basically noth-
ing to lose,” said Djokovic,
who is coming off a win in
Beijing last week.

Besides Del Potro, 15th-
seeded Tommy Haas of
Germany also retired from
his match. Haas lost the first

(AP Photo: Itsuo Inouye)

set to German qualifier
Rainer Schuettler 6-4 and
retired with a right shoul-
der injury.

On Tuesday, fourth-seed-
ed Andy Roddick retired
from his match against
Stanislas Wawrinka of
Switzerland with a left knee

injury.

Soccer: More countries
qualify for World Cup

By STUART CONDIE
AP Sports Writer

Switzerland and Slovakia
earned Europe’s last two
automatic berths for next
year’s World Cup on Wednes-
day night, while Argentina
tried to beat out Uruguay and
Ecuador for South America’s
last certain spot in the 32-
nation field.

Costa Rica played at the
already clinched United
States, hoping to stay ahead
of Honduras and gain the
final automatic berth from
North and Central America
and the Caribbean.

Portugal, Greece, Slovenia
and Ukraine finished second
in their groups and joined
Bosnia-Herzegovina, France,
Ireland and Russia in the

European playoffs.

Portugal won its third
straight World Cup qualifier
and advanced to the Euro-
pean playoffs, beating Malta
4-0 Wednesday night as Nani
scored one goal and assisted
on another.

Simao Sabrosa, Miguel
Veloso and Edinho also
scored for Portugal (5-1-4),
which finished second in
Group One with 19 points,
two behind Denmark (6-1-3).
The Danes clinched the auto-
matic berth last weekend.

The eight playoff teams will
be drawn into four pairs on
Monday, and the four win-
ners of home-and-home,
total-goals matches on Nov.
14 and 18 will qualify for next
year’s 32-nation tournament
in South Africa.



Howard looking to find Magic free throw touch

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
Associated Press Writer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando
assistant coach Patrick Ewing stood
underneath the hoop, took the ball after
it swished through the net and passed it
back to Dwight Howard standing at the
free throw line.

“Twenty,” Ewing said, passing the ball
back. The next shot finally clanked. Then
came a grimace and a grunt. “Restart the
count,” Howard called out. This scene
plays out daily for the Magic big man.

The All-Star center has surprisingly
hit as many as 28 straight free throws in
practice during Orlando’s training camp.
The work is all part of his goal to rid his
free-throw woes after missing a costly
pair in the waning seconds in Game 4 of
the NBA finals, a blown opportunity that
still haunts Howard.

“It’s not gone yet. Every day I wake up
and I think about what happened,”
Howard said. “Every day I get a
reminder when | turn on the TV ... first

thing I see is Kobe (Bryant) putting up
the championship sign. You think about
it, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it
since we lost. I put some of the moments
away, but losing something when you’re
so close, it hurts. So you don’t want to go
through that experience again.”
Howard is a dominant presence in the
paint and he attempted more free throws
(849) than any other player last year.
That’s why he has gone to great lengths
trying to solve his problems at the stripe.
Howard spends nights at the Magic’s
practice facility, even inviting friends to
blast music and distract him during shots.
There are days he takes more than 300
free throws and he’s usually the last play-
er to leave the court. “He’s dedicated to
make himself a good free throw shooter,”
point guard Jameer Nelson said.
Practice has never been Howard’s
problem. The games are where it hurts.
He’s a 60 percent career free throw
shooter, a big reason why the Magic often
turned elsewhere for offense in the final
seconds in the playoffs last season. The

finals are where it really stung.

In Game 4, Howard set a finals record
with nine blocked shots, had 16 points
and 21 rebounds. He was putting on a
performance for the ages, then he was
fouled with 11.1 seconds remaining in
the fourth quarter and Orlando ahead
87-84. All he needed was to make one
and the game would likely have been
sealed and the series tied.

He clanked them both. The Lakers ral-
lied. The Magic were eventually elimi-
nated.

“T’m going to be better this season,”
Howard said. “We’re going to be better.
We fell short last season. We just want to
win a championship now.”

Howard isn’t the first All-Star center to
struggle at the line. Shaquille O’Neal and
Wilt Chamberlain stand out the most, a
pair of dominant big men who have six
NBA titles between them, but never
could solve their free-throw stroke.
O’Neal (52 percent) and Chamberlain
(51 percent) rank as some of the worst
free throw shooters in league history.

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Reflecting on the ‘09 Hall of Famers
STUBBS

FROM page 16

here at home.

Another being honoured
posthumously is Anthony
Carroll. Many will remem-
ber the gentle giant who
paraded down Bay Street
as a one-man show during
the junkanoo celebrations.

But Carroll was a dual
legend in bodybuilding,
going all the way to the top
where he excelled as Mr
World, following in the
footsteps of fellow inductee
Kingsley Poitier. And he
also shined under the inter-
national bright lights as an
actor, having starred ina
number of plays and
movies.

And then who could for-
get Errol Bodie, a quiet
individual who developed
the respect and reputation
as being one of the top
track and field coaches in
the country. As a resident
of Grand Bahama, Bodie,
in my opinion, he never
really got the recognition
and opportunity to display
his skills internationally
like his New Providence
counterparts.

Talking about matching
up to their counterparts,
there’s Florence “Flo”
Rolle, who grew up playing
multiple sporting events.
She was so versatile that
she played in softball, vol-
leyball, basketball, track
and field and netball and
she made at least one
national team in just about
every sport.

All of the above, along
with Cliff Wilson, Doyle
Burrows, Glen Wells, Ed
Smith and the late Edwin
“Sir D” Davies should all
been commended for the
recognition they will
receive. There are others
who could have also been
considered, but all of the
above deserve to be induct-
ed in the Class of 2009.

What’s interesting to
note is that during the cele-
brations dubbed National
Sports Heritage Week, the
ministry also intends to
honour members of the
national team that compet-
ed in August this year at
the 12th IAAF World



OPINION

I En
Championships in Athletics
in Berlin, Germany.

The team continued the
rich legacy of the Bahamas
on the international scene
with Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie clinching the
bronze medal in the wom-
en’s 200m and sharing the
silver with team-mates
Sheniqua “Q” Ferguson,
Chandra Sturrup and
Christine Amertil in the 4 x
1 relay.

No specific details on the
celebrations have been
released at yet, but it’s
good that they are being
recognised with some of the
forerunners who set the
pace. It should be a grand
week for sports.

SAY A PRAYER WITH
ME FOR MRC

Normally I wouldn't do
something like this, but I
ask you to join me in offer-
ing prayers for Mr Roger
Carron, husband of The
Tribune’s publisher Eileen
Carron and my former
boss.

When I joined the staff as
a budding young reporter,
Mr Carron took me under
his wings as he sat on the
desk as the sports editor.

Mr C, as he was affec-
tionately called, was very
astute about the presenta-

tion of your story and he
also taught me a valuable
rule in journalism, particu-
larly sports, and that is to
always get both sides of an
argument so that you can
present a balanced report
on the situation.

Even after he left the
desk and up to the time of
his latest illness that result-
ed in him having to under-
go an emergency angioplas-
ty to open a blocked artery
as a result of a heart attack
he suffered on Saturday, he
would always come into the
office and offer his wise
comments on a story or a
sporting event that caught
his attention.

Mr C didn’t just offer his
criticism like so many peo-
ple are quick to do, but he
always provided a solution.
His aim was to get the best
out of your presentation.

I remember one of his
latest inspections came just
before the 12th World Ath-
letics Championships as
veteran sprinters Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie and
Chandra Sturrup were per-
forming as if they were still
in their prime.

Mr C came over to my
desk one day and said
‘Brent, don't forget to keep
interjecting the ages of
those girls. People need to
know how fantastic their
performances are com-
pared to the other girls.’

Over the years, I’ve
learnt quite a bit from Mr
C. I certainly cherish the
opportunity I have to work
with him and would like to
take this opportunity to say
a special thank you for your
role as my mentor and
motivator.

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of trial ridic

Former PLP Senator,
ex-ambulance driver
open their defence

in John Travolta case

By NATARIO
McKENZIE
Tribune Staff
Reporter
nmckenzie@
hotmail.com

FORMER PLP
Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and ex-
ambulance driver
Tarino Lightbourne
proclaimed their
mnocence in unsworn
statements to the jury
yesterday as the
attempted extortion
trial continued.

Bridgewater and
Lightbourne are
accused of attempting to extort
$25 million from American actor
John Travolta.

The pair chose to make
unsworn statements from where
they stood outside the prisoner’s
dock. Lightbourne also called
one witness in his defence, while
Bridgewater said she did not
intend to call any witnesses.

“T too have been shocked over
some of the evidence that has
come from this case,” Bridgewa-
ter said. “January 22 is a day I
will not forget. It was a day when
my fairly structured and organ-
ised life became a life of decep-
tion and a horrible dream,” she
said.



PLEASANT
BRIDGEWATER

“T have been
ridiculed and
ostracised. I have seen
my business gone rock
bottom,” she told the
jury. “Since January I
have not seen a salary.”

Bridgewater told the
jury the ordeal has tak-
en an emotional and
financial toll on her.
She said she has not
been able to work, and
because of a downturn
in her business she has
had to lay off some
staff.

“As far as I am con-
cerned I thought I was
doing what was right as
a citizen of the Bahamas and a
professional,” she said.

Bridgewater said she had
known Lightbourne for 10 years
and they also worked in close
proximity of each other. She
recalled that Lightbourne had
come to her seeking legal advice
after being terminated from his
job. She said he had told her that
since he had given an interview
regarding the death of Jett Tra-
volta, reporters had been calling
him constantly.

Bridgewater said he told her
he had a document they were

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THE COFFIN carrying the
body of Sir Clement Maynard.

By AVA TURNQUEST

BAY Street stood still yes-
terday as former Deputy
Prime Minister and Parlia-
mentarian Sir Clement
Travelyan Maynard made his

ment House to Christ Church
Cathedral and ultimately
Eastern Ceremony where he
was laid to rest.

Hundreds of hushed spec-
tators waited on each side of
the downtown stretch to wit-
ness the state funeral service
that commanded the respect
of all present.

Residents and visitors
stood side by side with the
tension only to be broken by
the first rap from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Band,
sending a visible ripple
through the crowds as they
marched.

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McCartney is denying access
to a fact-finding team’s reports
into the controversial
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre.

Mr McCartney said he
would not give in to The Tri-
bune’'s requests for publica-
tion because he disagrees with
this newspaper's series of arti-
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and mistreatment at the facil-
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Mitchell
bid for PLP
leadership

By PAULG
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter
pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net

WHAT was intended
to be a general foreign
affairs update at PLP
headquarters exploded
into an all-out attack on
Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell after he con-
firmed to the gathering
that he intends to chal-
lenge leader Perry
Christie at the party’s
national convention.

Addressing what is
being labeled as a
“group of young PLP
pseudo intellectuals”,
sources within the party
said Mr Mitchell was
confronted on what his

SEE page 12



Dr Nottage to
announce PLP

leadership bid
this morning

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

DR BERNARD Nottage will
formally announce his bid for the
leadership of the Progressive Lib-
eral Party at 1lam today from
his Bain and Grant’s Town con-
stituency office.

Duplicating the dramatic
showdown which took place at
the party’s 1997 convention, both
Dr Nottage and former Prime
Minister Perry Christie will vie
once again for the leadership of
the party.

Joining them in this battle will

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was acquitted of an assault
charge yesterday.

Father Brown, rector of
St Agnes Anglican
Church, was accused of
choking and slapping a 14-
year-old girl at a church
picnic on Nirvana Beach,
on October 13, 2008.

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Brown on the grounds that
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Grant-Bethell. Her judicial
background is impeccable and a
perfect fit for our multi-faceted

organisation,” said Hannes
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Group.

A seasoned lawyer, she
received her LLB with honours

advice to the govern-
ment in the negotiation of
important bilateral and multi-
lateral treaties.

She has received numerous
appointments during her tenure
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* ‘More than one or two’
bidders interested in BTC,
as due diligence phase
of privatisation starts,
with offers expected
by end-November

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A MEXICAN-headquar-
tered telecoms conglomerate
is among the potential bid-
ders interested in acquiring a
51 per cent stake in the
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC),
sources told Tribune Business
yesterday, with “a select
group of potential buyers”
now invited to commence due
diligence on the company.

Telmex, the company head-
ed by billionaire Carlos Slim,
which has operations in Mex-
ico, Brazil, Argentina and
other Latin American coun-
tries, was said by sources
familiar with the situation to
have had a team of executive
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SEE page 10B

CLICO liquidated $10m
deposit to cover expenses

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CLICO (Bahamas) liqui-
dated a $10 million bank
deposit to generate cash and
help cover $12 million in
operating expenses in the two
months immediately prior to
it being placed under
Supreme Court supervision,
its liquidator has confirmed,
“a further indication that the
company was insolvent”.

Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez, in
his first report to the Supreme
Court as the insurer’s liq-
uidator, said that while the
Bahamas-based term deposit
initially appeared to have
been liquidated to settle poli-
cy surrenders, in reality the
funds were used to meet oper-
ating expenses during its last
two months in operation.

“My review of the compa-
ny’s general ledger for the
period from December 31,
2008, to February 24, 2009,
revealed that the funds were
used to cover daily operating
expenses, commissions paid
to agents and bonuses paid to
agents,” Mr Gomez alleged
in his report.

“The above was a further
indication that the company
was insolvent and not able to
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he largest shareholder in

BISX-listed FOCOL

Holdings yesterday said

the company’s Board of

Directors would not have
sold land to the Christie administra-
tion’s proposed southwestern New
Providence port unless it was acquired
by the Government through compul-
sory acquisition.

Franklyn Wilson, responding to
claims that the Christie administra-
tion’s port location decision was based
partly on rewarding PLP supporters
who owned land in the area, said
FOCOL?’s Board had never discussed
selling the land required for that pro-
ject.

Describing the claims as “a gross
misrepresentation of anything that’s
true”, Mr Wilson also questioned how
FOCOL, as a publicly-traded compa-
ny, could be perceived as “politically
partisan”. Apart from having hundreds
of Bahamian retail investors as share-
holders, he pointed out that the com-
pany’s main shareholders included
both FNM and PLP supporters.

The 2005 Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) for the new port
site, produced by Coastal Systems

* Move to pay $12m costs

International, said that among the
property owners who land had to be
acquired from were New Providence
Development Company and Shell.
FOCOL, through its Sun Oil sub-
sidiary, acquired the assets and oper-
ations of Shell Bahamas in a deal that
closed in early 2006.

“The majority of land is owned by
New Providence Development Com-
pany,” the EJA report said. “The
Bahamas Electricity Corporation also
owns a portion of the land. An addi-
tional small parcel exists on site, for
which ownership has not yet been
determined.

“At the centre of the proposed
entrance corridor, the Shell oil com-
pany is a major landowner, possess-
ing approximately 121,400 square
metres/30 acres.

“Tnitial discussions with the New
Providence Development Company
and Shell Oil Company have resulted
in positive feedback relative to the
acquisition of this land.”

A source familiar with discussions at
the time on the Christie government’s
planned new port, proposed for a site
between BEC’s Clifton Pier plan and
Commonwealth Brewery, said of the
Shell holdings: “That parcel of land
was critical to the port entrance. We
couldn’t get through to the port with-

BAHAMIAN commercial

out that acreage of land.”

The source suggested that, after
acquiring Shell, FOCOL could have
either sold the land to the port to part-
pay for the acquisition, or done a land-
for-equity swap to gain a stake itself in
the project.

This is likely to have been where
claims regarding the port location
being designed to benefit PLP sup-
porters have originated from. Apart
from Mr Wilson, FOCOL’s main
shareholders also include the trust of
former PLP MP, minister and chair-
man, Bradley Roberts.

However, Mr Wilson emphatically
denied such claims yesterday. “Our
directors have never had discussions
about selling the land, and I cannot
imagine that is something the Board
would have done without a compul-
sory acquisition by the Government,”
he told Tribune Business.

“We would have no motivation to
do it. Whatever it is, I can say that.
The directors have never ever dis-
cussed any matter about selling that
property, and I cannot imagine we
would be interested in doing it without
a compulsory acquisition by the Gov-
ernment.”

He added: “There is absolutely no

SEE page 5B



‘a further indication that the
company was insolvent’

had to resort to invested
assets to enable it to fund its
operations.”

Of the $12.018 million paid
out over the period, Mr
Gomez alleged that CLICO
(Bahamas) general ledger
showed some $6.037 million
went to cover operating
expenses. A further $4.415
million went on agent com-
missions, and $1.567 million
on agent bonuses.

As of the July 7, 2009, date
of his report, Mr Gomez said
he had retained some 16 of
CLICO (Bahamas) former
141 staff members to assist
the liquidation, the rest hav-
ing been released on April 15
and given their redundancy
letters.

“At the time of their
release, and to the date of this
report, the company was not
in position to pay severance
amounts,” Mr Gomez
warned. As a result, 18 for-
mer CLICO (Bahamas)
employees had filed trade dis-
putes with the Labour Board

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towards the full launch/imple-
mentation of an Automated
Clearing House (ACH),
senior industry executives told
Tribune Business yesterday,
although key legislative
changes are needed to ensure
the system takes its “true
form”.

While there was “guarded
optimism” that all the tech-
nical issues affecting the ACH
were being worked through,
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John S George
moves to close
Harbour Bay store

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A well-known Bahamian
retailer is continuing to down-
size with the closure of its
Harbour Bay store, its owner
telling Tribune Business yes-
terday that the company was
“really struggling to survive”
amid the ongoing recession.

Andrew Wilson confirmed
that John S George was in the
process of closing its Harbour
Bay operation, although he
was unable to give an exact
date for the closing as the
store was still clearing/selling
off its remaining inventory.

Responding to Tribune
Business’s inquiries, after this
newspaper received several
calls informing it of the clo-
sure, Mr Wilson said: “That’s
right; Harbour Bay is closing
down. I can confirm that.
We’re just really struggling to
survive.”

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Clearing House needs key law amendments

By NEIL HARTNELL

/ ’ ; * Banks ‘making progress’ on ACH electronic
Tribune Business Editor

payments system, and ‘guarded optimism’
technical issues close to being resolved

* But sources say laws need amending to
ensure electronic cheque images can
be accepted as legal tender

* Operational issues also outstanding

cal operational and legal
issues still needed to be
addressed, especially when it
came to ensuring electronic
images of cheques could be
accepted as legal tender.

To enable this to happen,
banking industry sources, who

requested anonymity, said the
Bill of Exchange Act, which
regulates how cheques are
handled and cashed, needed
to be amended by Parliament.

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tion of trusts.

The presentation also
included a summary of other
developments in Canada in
respect of the taxation of
trusts. The luncheon was
sponsored by BSI Trust Cor-
poration (Bahamas).

STEP (Bahamas) also
awarded a scholarship for one
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Bahamas needs
new tax system

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
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THE BAHAMAS must
implement a new tax system,
such as Value Added Tax
(VAT), as the country moves
towards full membership in
the World Trade Organisation
(WTO), the Bahamas Insti-
tute of Chartered Accountants
(BICA) president said yester-
day.

Reece Chipman insisted
that the Bahamas will have to
wean itself off its dependency
on Customs revenues, as new
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can't depend on customs rev-
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said.

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Ethlyn Norton-Coke,
UTECH Jamaica’s legal coun-
sel and compliance officer,
told BICA members about
the benefits and disadvantages
of implementing a VAT sys-
tem, as opposed to an income
tax system.

She maintained that com-

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pliance is of the utmost impor-
tance in any tax system, as
well as proper regulation by
government.

Ms Norton-Coke said a tax
at the point of sale was a far
more manageable system than
an income tax or Customs
duties in terms of the per-
centage of compliant tax pay-
ers.

She said the evasion of Cus-
toms-related taxes plagues not
just Jamaica but many
Caribbean countries that rely
on them

“We really have a compli-
ance problem, but the best
compliance is with VAT,” said
Ms Norton-Coke.

The IMF recently touted
the Bahamas’ fiscal stability,
but suggested that it broaden
its revenue base in order to
decrease its national debt.

In his 2009-2010 budget
contribution, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham suggested
that if the Bahamas were to
implement another source of
revenue collection it would be
a VAT.

“Tt may also be the case that
the revenue base is simply too
narrow, as is repeatedly men-
tioned in IMF reports,” he
said.

“Tf it is necessary to widen
the revenue base, the change
will come by implementing
some form of sales tax to cov-
er deficiencies. For example, a
Value Added tax has been
adopted by over 140 countries
around the world and would
represent a prime candidate
for the Bahamas.”

However, Ms Norton-Coke
revealed that VAT was usual-
ly amuch more successful tax-
ation method in countries with
large manufacturing, whole-
sale and retail sectors. In those
cases, the VAT is “favoured
over the traditional sales tax
because it is charged at each
tier of the consumption
process”.




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While the system it is not
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ton-Coke argued that it was
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“VAT is a broadbased tax
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revenue from customs duties
will decrease. And Mr Ingra-
ham, in his budget contribu-
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country fix the current rev-
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CLICO liquidated $10m
deposit to cover expenses

FROM page 1B

against him, “contesting the
omission of ‘Notice Pay’ from
their redundancy letters”.

The matter, though, has
“been dispensed with” after
Mr Gomez’s attorneys told
Department of Labour offi-
cials at a June 17, 2009, con-
ciliation meeting that the mat-
ter should be deferred
because CLICO (Bahamas)
was in court-supervised liqui-
dation.

“Former staff members of
the company continue to call
me on a regular basis inquir-
ing as to when they would
receive their severance pack-
ages,” Mr Gomez said.

“Some staff members also

met with me on the same mat-
ter. I also received numerous
phone calls and correspon-
dence from attorneys making
representation on behalf of
employees inquiring about
severance packages.”

Mr Gomez said the
Supreme Court had also given
its approval to settle a
$180,000 debt owed by CLI-
CO (Bahamas) to its Trinidad
affiliate, the latter having pro-
vided IT support, accounting
and policy management ser-
vices to the Bahamian com-

pany.

These services had been
rendered under a service
agreement that started in
2008, having previously been
available free, and payments
were outstanding from Janu-

ary 2008, Mr Gomez alleged.

He added that the bill
needed to be paid so that the
liquidation team could obtain
current accounting and policy
administration information,
as CLICO Trinidad was
preparing to discontinue these
services.

“Failure to have access to
essential information, such as
accounting and policy details,
has hindered the progress of
the liquidation,” Mr Gomez
said. “However, since settle-
ment of the outstanding debt
to CLICO Trinidad, we have
had unhindered access to the
system, but challenges remain.

“While the system gener-
ates financial statements and
policy details, we have had to
spend a tremendous amount

of time attempting to organise
and reconcile both the
accounting and policy portfo-
lio records.”

Mr Gomez said he was in
the process of returning 317
policy contracts amended pri-
or to the liquidation, with
some 27 handed back already.
He still had to track down the
other 290 policyholders.

Meanwhile, CLICO
(Bahamas) liquidator has
placed a $360,786 demand let-
ter from FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas),
requesting immediate repay-
ment of outstanding loans to
the company, on his list of
creditors “in the order of its
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mortgages were secured by
life insurance policies issued
by CLICO (Bahamas).

Elsewhere, the liquidator
said he was investigating the
$34 million and $15.5 million
claims submitted by CLICO
Guyana and CLICO Suri-
name respectively.

“My preliminary review of
the documentation suggests
that the policies were not
issued by the company,” Mr
Gomez alleged. “Moreover,
the premiums received by
Guyana and Suriname were
never paid to the company.

“Tt appears that the funds
were directly remitted to bank
accounts in the US. Notwith-
standing this, the premium
proceeds are reflected in the
records as an inter-company
loan.”

Mr Gomez said his team
was also investigating the ben-
eficial ownership of CLICO
Enterprises, the CLICO
(Bahamas) affiliate through
which the majority of the lat-
ter’s investments were made.

A search of CLICO Enter-
prises’ corporate records, he
alleged, had produced annual
returns - filed in September
2007 with the Companies
Registry - showing its share-
holders as Mayco Holdings
and Nardco Holdings. Each
held one share.

holders to be Ellen Serville,
Vanria Greene and Nadia
Richardson. All three were
employees of Serville & Co,
and were acting as nominees,
Mr Gomez claimed.

Some 179 policies, with
paid premiums of $46,038,
were due to be refunded by
CLICO Bahamas because
due diligence on the prospec-
tive policyholders had not
been completed at the liqui-
dation date.

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NOTICE

SHUNFU CLOSE INVESTMENTS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

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Money at Work

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
THURSDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,534.77| CHG -0.47| %CHG -0.03 | YTD -177.59 | YTD % -10.37
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%

WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

52wk-Low Security Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E
1.15 AML Foods Limited 0.127 9.1
9.90 Bahamas Property Fund 0.992 10.8
6.18 Bank of Bahamas 0.244 25.3
0.63 Benchmark -0.877 N/M
3.15 Bahamas Waste 0.078 40.4
2.14 Fidelity Bank 0.055 43.1
10.00 Cable Bahamas 1.406 tA
2.74 Colina Holdings 0.249 11.0
5.26 Commonwealth Bank ($1) 0.419 14.1
1.27 Consolidated Water BDRs 0.111 33.6
1.32 Doctor's Hospital 0.382 5.4
6.60 Famguard 0.420 15.7
8.80 Finco 0.322 28.9
10.29 FirstCaribbean Bank 0.794 13.0
4.95 Focol (S) 0.332 15.0
1.00 Focol Class B Preference 0.000 N/M
0.30 Freeport Concrete 0.035 86
5.49 ICD Utilities 0.407 13.5
9.98 J. S. Johnson 10.09 9.98 -0.11 0.952 10.5
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.180 55.6

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)
52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A FBB17 100.00 0.00 7%
1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C FBB13 100.00 0.00 7%
1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price

7.92 8.42 14.00
2.00 6.25 4.00
0.35 0.40 0.55
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
30.13 31.59 29.00
0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV YTD% Last 12 Months
1.4038 3.72 6.20
2.8990 -1.39 -4.16
1.4892 3.87 5.47
3.0941 -8.61 -13.59
13.1136 3.93 5.87
101.6693 1.10 1.67
96.7398 0.35 -4.18
1.0000 0.00 0.00
9.3399 2.69 -1.41
1.0707 3.38 6.14
1.0319 -0.11 2.05
1.0673 2.89 4.93
MARKET TERMS
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALPHA DELTA INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Previous Close Today's Close
1.15 1.15
10.75 10.75
6.18 6.18
0.63 0.63
3.15 3.16
2.37 2.37
10.00 10.00
2.74 2.74
5.92 5.92
3.74 3.73
2.05 2.05
6.60 6.60
9.30 9.30
10.29 10.29
4.99 4.99
1.00 1.00
0.30 0.30
5.50 5.50

Change
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

-0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00 350
0.00 15,650
0.00 2,000
0.00
0.00
0.00

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

19,879
3,253

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Interest Maturity
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
29 May 2015
52wk-Low Symbol Yield
7.92 Bahamas Supermarkets
6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
0.20 RND Holdings

Weekly Vol. EPS$
-2.246
0.000

0.001

Div $ P/E
0.000
0.480
0.000

Legal Notice

NOTICE
PINTABIAN HOLDINGS CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

29.00 ABDAB
0.40 RND Holdings 261.90 0.00%
NAV Date
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
11-Sep-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
30-Jun-09
30-Jun-09
31-Dec-07
31-Jul-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09

52wk-Low
1.3344
2.8952
1.4119
3.0941
12.3870
100.0000
93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

Fund Name Div $ Yield %
CFAL Bond Fund

CFAL MSI Preferred Fund

CFAL Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund

CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

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

FG Financial Diversified Fund

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
($1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
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THE TRIBUNE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 5B



Key FOCOL investor
denies Port claims

FROM page 1B

reason for FOCOL to be seen
in any partisan political con-
text. It is a public company,
and among its largest share-
holders are very high profile
supporters of both parties.

“There is absolutely no log-
ic in seeing FOCOL as a par-
tisan political company. It has
never been, and never will be.
Sun Oil never has been, and
never can be seen as a parti-
san political company. Look
at the Board, look at the num-
bers, look at every aspect of
it.”

Facility

Arguing that the “ideal port
facility” would consist of
607,000 square metres or 150
acres of port infrastructure

and harbour, Coastal Systems
said that based upon previous

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reports, international cargo is
processed at five locations on
New Providence - three on
Bay Street, and two at
Arawak Cay.

Ideal

To create “an ideal port
structure capable of serving
all cargo needs for New Prov-
idence”, Coastal Systems said
in its report that the south-
western port would need a
360-metre diameter turning
basin; 100 metre-wide
entrance corridor; 3,000 lin-
ear feet of cargo vessel moor-
ing space; water depth of up
to 10 metres; and upland facil-
ities for bulk, break bulk, con-
tainer cargo and a petroleum
cargo offloading terminal.

Coastal Systems conclud-
ed: “Based on the growth pro-
jections for the tourism indus-

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NOTICE is hereby given that VENA SEYMOUR of MARKET
STREET, P.O. BOX N-720, 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 15th day of October,
2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O.

Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

BAHAMAS AGRIBUSINESS

COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED
(VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 105 of the Cooperative Societies Act,

2005 the voluntary liquidation of Bahamas

Agribusiness Cooperative Society Limited has
commenced. All claims against the aforementioned

Cooperative must be submitted to and received by
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 7B

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Bureau needed
for more trust

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE creation of a
Bahamas-based Better Busi-
ness Bureau (BBB) would
increase consumer confidence
in the business community
and cause companies to act
in the best interests of their
employees and clients, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce’s executive director
said yesterday.

Philip Simon said the
Bahamas lacks the structure
to establish an institution such
as a Better Business Bureau,
which exists in the US and
Canada. He added that the
Chamber of Commerce acts
as a Bureau of sorts, but its
reach extends only to its
membership.

In the US and Canada, he
explained that only approved
companies are eligible to
become partners with the Bet-
ter Business Bureau, and are
held to stringent best prac-
tices and standards of trust.

Trust is an essential part of
a Better Business Bureau’s
mission, Mr Simon said, in
addition to creating a com-
munity of trustworthy busi-
nesses, setting standards for
marketplace trust, encourag-
ing and supporting best prac-
tices, celebrating role models
and denouncing substandard
market behaviour.

“Better Business Bureaus
work effectively in the US
because of tax structures and
credible information,” said
Mr Simon. “You can’t get
that in the Bahamas, as you
have to trust the membership
and trust the organisation.”

Mr Simon said there was a
lack of trust in the wider busi-
ness community, and a com-
merce system not conducive
to information sharing and
gathering. “So when com-
plaints are made, you can’t
corroborate that without
being able to verify it,” said

Mr Simon. “You don’t want
to end up in a scandalous,
libellous type of situation.”

While the question of what
could be done for Solomon’s
Mines employees, some of
whom have allegedly not
received pay for more than
five months, prompted the
discussion of Better Business
Bureau’s with Mr Simon, he
said their plight WAS the
responsibility of the Labour
Board.

Mr Simon said the Cham-
ber may mediate a labour dis-
pute with one of its members
if a complaint reaches its
doorstep, but the organisation
can only impose peer pres-
sure. It has no legal or leg-
islative authority to act on

behalf of the employees or
the company.

“We contact those compa-
nies’ chief executives or man-
agers and let them know what
is happening in their busi-
nesses,” said Mr Simon.
“What usually happens, par-
ticularly in our membership, is
they are not aware of the par-
ticular complaint. We act as a
Better Business Bureau.”

He said that in order to
establish a viable Better Busi-
ness Bureau in the Bahamas,
private sector associations,
such as small and medium-
sized business associations,
and the Government must
come together to introduce a
culture of trust and informa-
tion sharing.

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VACANCY NOTICE
MANAGER ITT (HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT)
SANDILANDS REHABILIATION CENTER
Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of

Manager III, Human Resources Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Public
Hospitals Authority.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

° Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management, Public
Administration, Human Resources or equivalent and three (3) years
relevant experience.

Strong interpersonal, networking and negotiation skills; also high-level
analytical, creative and problem solving skills

Be computer literate

Excellent communication skills both oral and written

Job Summary

The Manager III is responsible for assisting with the day to day administration of
human resources transactions and services; to ensure that the Sandilands
rehabilitation Centre human resources policies and procedures, transactions and
services are aligned with the Authority’s business objectives.

The duties will include, but not limited to the following:

1. Probationary Appointments
Confirmations in substantive posts
Promotions and reclassification
Benefits under the Authority’s policies
Benefits under the law, e.g. Employment Act, Pension Act and National
Insurance Act
Employee transfer and secondment
Employee grievances
Disciplinary actions and penalties
Involuntary and voluntary terminations

Liaising with Payrolls Unit with matters relating to salaries adjustments
and financial clearances.

Managing the performance appraisal process for staff within assigned
areas of responsibilities, ensuring that evaluations are ongoing and
appraisal forms are prepared, distributed and reviewed.

“Meeting the needs of advertners
Opportunities will also be given for involvement in human resources
strategic functions such as policies, development, quality improvement
initiatives.

and readers motivates me to do
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ESTHER BARRY The successful applicant will be responsible to the Department Head.

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Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualification and three
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 9B

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Retailer ‘struggling
to survive’

FROM page 1B dancies would result, as the
Harbour Bay store staff -
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being redeployed within John
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nesses. Mr Wilson declined to
comment further.

John S George now consists
of its flagship Palmdale store,
warehouse and head office,
plus its Cable Beach interests.
In the past two years, it has
also closed outlets in Lyford
Cay and on Independence
Drive.

The retailer appears to be
another example of a busi-
ness, already troubled, which
is now struggling to survive a
deep recession. The blame for
that cannot be laid at Mr
Wilson’s door, as John S
George had suffered under
the ill-fated ownership of the
buyout group put together by
Ken Hutton and, in the opin-
ion of many observers, stag-
nated under the ownership
group before that.

Benefit

Without the benefit of
hindsight or a crystal ball, Mr
Wilson’s 2007 purchase of the
business from Mr Hutton’s

= group appears badly timed,
F having taken place just before
the economy lurched into a
full-blown downturn - and
after Mr Wilson had invest-
ed some $1 million in upgrad-
ing John S George.

The retail chain’s staffing
levels have been cut drasti-
cally as a result of the down-
turn, Mr Wilson earlier this
year describing current retail
trading conditions as “the
most challenging since getting
into” the business.

Apart from John S George,
Mr Wilson also owns Quality
Business Centre (QBC), the
Radioshack franchise and a
host of fashion retail formats.
All those outlets, he told Tri-
bune Business earlier this
year, were weathering the
downturn well.

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Hospitals Authority, for a period of one (1) year.

Tender documents, which include instructions to tenderers,
specifications and other relevant information, can be collected
9 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday at The Public Hospitals
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Avenue.

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or package identified as A TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF
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addressed to:

THE CHAIRMAN,
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CORPORATE CENTRE “B”
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P.O. BOX NB8200
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TENDERS ARE TO ARRIVE AT THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. ON November 6", 2009.

A copy of a current business license and a certificate
verifying up to date National Insurance Contributions should
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THE TRIBUNE





Mexican firm eyes BTC bid

FROM page 1B

March/April this year, explor-
ing the feasibility of BTC as a
privatisation target.

“They’ve [Telmex] had
bodies on the ground during
this process,” said one source
familiar with Telmex’s inter-
est. The Mexican-based com-
pany would seemingly be a
good fit for BTC, as it cur-
rently offers fixed-line tele-
coms, Internet, data, hosting
services and Internet Proto-
col (IP) TV - all business lines
that the state-owned incum-
bent is currently in, or seeking
to move into.

The most valuable compo-
nent of BTC is its cellular
monopoly, which according
to the company’s 2007 annual
report accounted for 68 per
cent - more than two-thirds -
of its annual revenues that
year.

Telmex has expertise here,
too, having spun-off its cellu-
lar unit in 2000 to create

America Movil.
Telmex/America Movil’s
interest in BTC and the
Bahamas has been long-
standing, the two entities hav-
ing participated in the failed
2003 privatisation process by
paying a deposit to enter the
‘data room’ and conduct due
diligence on the Bahamian
company back then.

Observers

That was felt by many
observers then to have been a
‘spying mission’, assessing the
Bahamian telecoms market
and how ripe it was for a new
cellular player - the main
interest said to have been
acquiring a cellular licence for
America Movil.

Meanwhile, sources sug-
gested that other players
interested in BTC in included
Digicel (although it is purely a
cellular company to date),
Cable & Wireless and AT&T.
The latter part-owns the

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007

IN THE SUPREME COURT
COMMON LAW AND EQUITY

CLE/qui/00109

ALL THOSE piece parcels or lots of land comprising 9,374 square

Bahamas Cable System with
BTC, which carries the lat-
ter’s traffic, and the Bahamas
would be a natural extension
to its existing Florida pres-
ence.

A spokesman for the BTC
privatisation committee,
which yesterday announced
that the due diligence phase
of BTC’s privatisation had
commenced, said of the num-
ber of bidders: “It is a group.
It is not one or two.”

He added that Citigroup
Global Markets, the company
playing the ‘investment bank-
ing role’ of going out to solic-
it bids for BTC on the Gov-
ernment’s behalf, did not
want the identity of bidders
or their number revealed for
competitive reasons.

However, the spokesman
said the level of interest
shown in BTC to date had
met the Government and Cit-
igroup’s expectations. “The

Government is very pleased
with the level of interest so
far, and the quality of the par-
ties,” he said.

Privatisation

The BTC privatisation
committee said “significant
interest” had been received
so far from potential bidders,
and the Government had
“narrowed down” the lst
from the August pre-qualifi-
cation phase to a “select
group” they had invited to
participate in the due dili-
gence phase. The deadline for
bids is expected to be the end
of November 2009.

“As far as we can see, right
now the bids are expected by
the end of November.
There’ll be a selection process
after that, and then the clos-
ing,” the spokesman said,
adding that he “imagined”
BTC’s privatisation was like-

ly to be completed in early
2010.

That would accord with the
Government’s timescale, since
it is aiming to use the BTC
privatisation proceeds to pay
down debt and narrow an
estimated $200-$300 million
fiscal deficit for its 2009-2010
financial year. Completing the
exercise before June 30 next
year is a clear goal.

It is unclear what purchase
price the Government expects
to realise, although some
close to the situation have
suggested a figure of around



$200 million. It is not known,
though, whether that figure
includes a $30 million divi-
dend the Government plans
to take from BTC prior to pri-
vatisation.

Diligence

The due diligence phase
will allow buyers to enter a
‘Data Room’, where they can
access financial, business and
legal information on BTC.
They will also be able to meet
with key members of BTC
management.

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foot and being Lot Number One (I) and Lot Number Two (2) situate
in Block Number Forty Three (43) in a Subdivision called and known
as “Englerston Subdivision’ situated at the South-Eastern Junction of
Homestead Avenue and Podeleo Street in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas which said piece parcel or lots of land are bounded on the
North by a Road Reservation called and known as Homestead Avenue
and running thereon approximately One hundred and Fourteen and
Sixty Eight hundredths (114.68) feet partially on an acre, on the East
by Lots Number 44 and 43 in the said Subdivision and running thereon
Ninety Eight and Twelve Hundredths (98.12) feet and on the West by
a Road Reservation called and known as Podelec Street and running
thereon Eighty One and Three Hundredths (81.03) feet which said
piece parcels or lots of land have such position, boundaries, shape,
marks and dimensions as are more particularly delineated on the Plan
recorded in the Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan No.3914
N.P.

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles
Act 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of JANE MCPHEE
NOTICE
The Quieting Titles Act, 1

The Petition of JANE MCPHEE of Podoleo Street in the Southern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THOSE piece parcels or lots of land comprising 9,374 square
feet and being Lot Number One (I) and Lot Number Two (2) situate
in Block Number Forty Three (43) in a Subdivision called and known
as “Englerston Subdivision’ situated at the South-Eastern Junction of
Homestead Avenue and Podeleo Street in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas which said piece parcel or lots of land are bounded on
the North by a Road Reservation called and known as Homestead A
venue and running thereon approximately One Hundred and Fourteen
and Sixty Eight Hundredths (114.68) feet partially on an acre, on the
East by Lots Number 44 and 43 in the said Subdivision and running
thereon Ninety Eight and Twelve Hundredths (98.12) feet and on the
West by a Road Reservation called and known as Podeleo Street and
running thereon Eighty One and Three Hundredths (81.03) feet which
said piece parcels or lots of land have such position, boundaries,
shape, marks and dimensions as are more particularly delineated on
the Plan recorded in the Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan
NO.3914 N.P.

Jane Mcphee claims to be the owner of the fee simple estate
in possession of the said pieces or parcels of land free from
encumbrances. And the Petitioner has made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas under Section
3 of the Quieting Titles Act, 1999 to have title to the said pieces
parcels or tracts of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having a Dower or a right to
Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition
shall on before 26th November, A.D., 2009 file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioners or the undersigned a Statement of his
claim in the prescribed from verified by an Affidavit to be tiled therewith.
Failure of any such person te file and serve a Statement of Claim on
or before the 26th November, A.D., 2009 will operate as a bar to such
claim.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected at:

|. The Registry of the Supreme Court.
2. The Chambers of Messrs ROLLE & ROLLE., Attorneys for the
Petitioner.

Dated the 28th day of September, A.D., 2009.
ROLLE & ROLLE
Chambers Seventh Terrace West, Centerville
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner



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NOTICE

BRIGHT JADE HOLDINGS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
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Legal Notice

Notice
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VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
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NOTICE
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IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

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

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 13th
October 2009. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.,
Building 2 Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of
SAILFAST FX FUND LTD. All persons having claims against
the above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 13th
November 2009.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 11B



Asian stocks up amid
China optimism,
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By JEREMIAH MARQUEZ
AP Business Writer

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recovery and oil prices
touched a new high for the
year above $75 a barrel.
Helping lead the region’s
advance were shares in
major technology companies
after US chipmaker Intel
Corp. issued a surprisingly
cheery profit forecast for the
rest of the year. The dollar,
meanwhile, resumed its slide
against the yen and the euro.

Investors

Investors were heartened
by news the slump in Chi-
na’s exports eased in Sep-
tember, a sign global trade
was improving and aiding the
government’s efforts to engi-
neer a stronger turnaround
in the world’s third-largest
economy.

Combined with huge
amounts of easy money freed
up by governments to
rebuild their economies and
companies, growth in China

equities at Baring Asset
Management, which over-
sees more than $9 billion in
assets. “And when there’s so
much liquidity in the system
it will have to go somewhere,
and I think Asia’s markets
will go higher.”

In mainland China, Shang-
hai’s index jumped 62.52
points, or 2.1 per cent, to
2,998.71. Hong Kong’s Hang
Seng rose 292.93 points, or
1.4 per cent, to 21,760.29.

Japan’s market was the
region’s only major loser,
with the Nikkei 225 stock
average shedding 0.2 per
cent to 10,059.76 amid a
stronger yen which hurts
exporters.

Elsewhere, Australia’s
market gained 1.1 per cent,
India’s benchmark added 1.2
per cent and Taiwan’s key
index advanced 1.1 per cent.

Meanwhile, the slumping
dollar sent commodities —
which are largely priced in
dollars and therefore tend to

Oil blew past its previous
2009 high of $75, with a bar-
rel of crude for November
delivery rising 96 cents to
$75.11. The contract added
88 cents overnight.

after six days of gains. The
Nasdaq rose 0.75, or less
than 0.1 per cent, to 2,139.89.

The dollar tanked to 88.96
yen from 89.69 yen. The euro
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Sandals aims to bring 1,500 travel
agents to Bahamas over six weeks

THE Sandals resort chain
is aiming to boost tourism to
the Bahamas by bringing
1,500 travel agents to this
nation over a six-week period
lasting until mid-November,
all spending one night at its
Royal Bahamian Resort &
Spa.

The travel agents are visit-
ing the Bahamas as part of
the resort chain’s MEGA
FAM initiative, launched ear-
lier this year and designed to
familiarise that sector with
what Sandals and this nation
have to offer their clients.

There are 10 different
opportunities for agents to
visit the Sandals Royal
Bahamian Resort. As an
added bonus for agents par-
ticipating in one of the 10
scheduled trips this autumn,
they will have an opportunity
to tour Beaches Turks and
Caicos Resort Villages and
Spa, spending one night in
Turks & Caicos and one night
in the Bahamas.

The trips will originate from
the US east coast and mid-
west, and feature a two-night,
three-day MEGA FAM trip
that includes accommodations
in one of the resort’s luxuri-
ous rooms and an exclusive
Junkanoo dinner party at San-
dals Royal Bahamian’s pri-

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amendments may be some
time away, given the crowded
legislative agenda before Par-
liament and the Cabinet.
Paul McWeeney, Bank of
the Bahamas International’s
managing director, who heads
the Clearing Banks Associa-
tion’s ACH committee, told
Tribune Business when con-
tacted by this newspaper:

vate island, Sandals Cay.

Travel agents will also have
the opportunity to earn Cer-
tified Sandals Specialist (CSS)
certification when they attend
a four-hour training course.
The certification provides
meaningful benefits, includ-
ing marketing tips and tech-
niques; bonus commissions;
and business tools such as co-
branded collateral, websites
and advertising opportunities.

All workshops feature an
in-depth look at the latest
developments across the San-
dals Resorts International
portfolio, including its latest
addition, Sandals Emerald
Bay, and Sandals Resorts’
new partnership with Martha
Stewart Weddings.

Dates for the new MEGA
FAM trip to Sandals Royal
Bahamian include:

October 5 — 7, 2009
Airfare from Chicago
October 8 — 10, 2009
Airfare from Milwaukee
October 19 — 21, 2009
Airfare from Detroit
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“Progress is being made.”

He added that he was
unable to say much more than
that, but alluded to the nec-
essary legislative changes
needed to support the ACH
and bring it into being.

“We have to address the
legislative framework which
supports it,” Mr McWeeney
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involved than the banks.”

Another banking industry
source, more forthcoming on
condition that they remained
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“All that has been going
reasonably well. There is
guarded optimism that from a
technical point of view, we
will be able to reach a con-
clusion and launch. It seems
we are getting there.”

However, the source point-
ed out that apart from tech-
nical issues, the Bahamian
commercial banks also had to
tackle “operational issues”,
such as the ACH’s cost and
what the pricing structure
should be.

Confirming Mr
McWeeney’s assertion that
the outstanding issues went
beyond the clearing banks,
and into the realm of regula-
tors, government and Parlia-
ment, the source said the key
Act to be amended was the
Bill of Exchange Act.

This regulated how cheques
were handled and cashed, and
with the ACH allowing elec-
tronic images of cheques to
be used, the key is to amend
that Act to allow these images
to be accepted as legal ten-
der, Tribune Business under-
stands.

“Quite a few of these things
need to take place before we
can launch the ACH in its
true form,” the banking indus-

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2009, nine chartered flights

try source said.

THE failure to implement
an Automated Clearing
House (ACH) to-date, the
system having promised as far
back as 2003-2004, reared its
head again this week. A for-
mer Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president argued
that its absence had made
“doing business in this coun-
try so prehistoric”, the
nation’s payments and settle-
ments system running exactly
“like it was 100 years ago”.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, who is
also Superwash’s president,
said the failure to deliver tech-
nology to facilitate an elec-
tronic payments system was
effectively holding up the rest
of the business community,
especially when it came to
rolling out a widespread e-
commerce platform.

“It’s good for every single
business,” Mr D’ Aguilar said
of the ACH. “Putting in place
an ACH is the first step to a
cashless society. It’s got to be
cheaper than the process now
of clearing cheques and han-
dling tonnes of cash. It just
makes the fact of doing busi-
ness in this country so prehis-
toric.

“This is 2009. It should be

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gateways brought more than
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Royal Bahamian Spa Resort.

able to be done electronically.
If I want to pay people elec-
tronically, I should be able to.
It just continually delays the
ability of business to operate
in a cashless society.

“Tt would save companies
an enormous amount of mon-
ey if they did not have to hold
on to such tremendous
amounts of cash, and as such
reduce the amount of cash
they have to horde. By not
allowing an ACH, you're still
operating a system where it
takes too long for cheques to
clear and everything is done
manually, like it was 100 years
ago.”

Implementing an ACH
would enable consumers and
businesses to settle transac-
tions in real-time, creating
more certainty and confi-
dence by cutting down on the
quantity of ‘bounced cheques’
and buyer defaults, thus
improving commercial sector
cash flow. Taking cash out of
the system would also lessen
the attractiveness of compa-
nies as armed robbery targets.

The ACH was intended to
replace the current manual
system for settling cheque
transactions, where cheques
drawn on one bank but due to
be deposited at another have
to be taken by armoured car
to a central location where
they are settled by represen-
tatives of the various institu-
tions.

Apart from allowing inter-
bank cheques to be processed
electronically rather than
manually at a cheque clear-
ing facility, the ACH system
would allow direct debits and
credits from accounts, debit
cards and a shared Automat-
ic Teller Machine (ATM) net-
work.

The latter would allow
Bahamians to use their cash
cards at any bank branch. It
would also reduce the time
persons spent in line waiting
to cash and deposit pay
cheques, as they could be
deposited to their account.

Bahamian consumers
would also be able to use
direct debits from their bank
accounts to pay bills such as
cable television and electrici-
ty. The ACH could ultimate-
ly lead to the creation of just
one back office system for the
entire Bahamas. It may also
help develop SWITCH prod-
ucts, where Bahamians could
use their cash cards at any
bank's ATM machine.

A further potential bonus
from the ACH will be the
opening up a whole range of
electronic banking services in
the Bahamas, including its use
in the online purchase of gov-
ernment goods and services.

Ultimately, through mod-
ernising the Bahamian pay-
ments system through elec-
tronic means, it will also
enhance economic and busi-
ness efficiency by settling
transactions quicker, boost-
ing business cash flows.

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What is the Christian stance on
the issue of capital punishment?

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

FTER years of heated debates

and controversy concerning

capital punishment in the
Bahamas, the government is now
preparing to read a death warrant and
send someone to the gallows for the first
time in a decade. But what does the
Bible say about capital punishment?
What is the Christian stance on the
issue?

While many Bahamians may be satisfied that justice
is finally being done, Cephas Ferguson, ex-chaplain at
Her Majesty’s Prison and Bishop at the Church of God
of Prophecy, told Tribune Religion that people should
not be too hasty in urging the authorities to hang mur-
derers.

As a former prison chaplain, Bishop Ferguson said
he has had several experiences with hangings. In some
of these cases, he said, the persons deserved the capi-
tal punishment, while others in his opinion did not.

And with the most recent pro-hanging march staged
on Sunday, he added that Bahamians must look to the
word of God for the answer concerning the questions
on capital punishment.

“People today must study the word of God to get a
concrete understanding of what the Bible says about
capital punishment. The Bible stipulates what should
happen in various instances of crime. The (people)
cannot be so quick to say ‘hang them, hang them’,
because this is a very long process and there must be
patience, prayer and dialogue when dealing with cases
like this,” he said.

Bishop Ferguson said that the word of God holds
the answers to every question on the death penalty, the
only thing necessary is that those in authority examine
it diligently.

“The law must take its course, but there is a great
need for dialogue, study and prayer,” he said.

Bahamians have been criticising and questioning the
judiciary’s ability to bring about swift justice, and
although the decision has finally been made to send
someone to the gallows, Bishop Ferguson said that this
will not stop the rising murder rate in the country.

“General deterrence is a common-sense theory with
the misfortune of being virtually impossible to prove.
In fact, every study but one has documented that exe-
cutions do not deter crime. The one exception has
received much publicity, and much criticism, but has
not been successfully replicated by any other
researcher,” he said.

Although he said he understands that people in this
country are tired of hearing about gruesome murders
on an almost daily basis, he does not want Bahamians
to demand the death of another human being.

“Christians are even demanding the death of mur-
derers, (but) people must keep in mind that while
these individuals are wrong for what they have done, it
be could their family members next, and I am sure they
would not want for their family member to be killed.
As a matter of fact, they might want pity, too,” he said.

Bishop Ferguson said in his opinion not every mur-
der requires the death penalty, and one must keep in
mind that there are many different and complex cir-
cumstances and motivations surrounding each individ-
ual case.

He said his ultimate message is for the people to
allow God to direct and influence their decisions
through prayer, as God should be the final authority in
every situation.

Earlier this week, the Catholic Church in the
Bahamas said that it remains resolute in its opposition
to the death penalty.



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Gymnastics, calisthenics, hysteria,
joyful noises - or even refined chore-
ography not motivated, orchestrated,
instigated, directed and controlled by
the Holy Spirit is an offering to God
with a stench. It is a “Cain Offering.”

| Timothy 4:8(a) - “For bodily exercise
profiteth little: but godliness is prof-

itable unto all things.

Romans 8:8 - “So then, they that are
in the flesh cannot please God.”

A lady wrote a song about giving
God a “crazy” praise. Worship leaders
are often heard encouraging worship-
pers to “give God a crazy praise,” or to
“act/be stupid for God”. Then, a pastor
opined that if two or three men would
“run around the church” (during the
corporate worship time) then the glory
of the Lord would descend. There
apparently was a point being made that
conservative postures of men (who did
not mimic the extreme emotionalism of

DR ALBERT S.

female fellow worshippers) actually
hindered the moving of the Holy Spirit,
or perhaps, the worship.

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary
defines/interprets the word ‘stupid’ to
mean “slow of mind, given to unintelli-
gent decisions or acts, lacking intelli-
gence or reason”; and the word ‘crazy’
to mean “mad, insane, impractical,
etratic, without a design or to an
extreme degree”. Persons using these
words in the context of praising God or
along with the word “praise” (which
involves attributing or expressing of
approval or commendation or bestow-
ing honour and admiration) must be
speaking figuratively, because these

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praise?

two terms together are incompatible,
diametrically opposed, incongruous
and oxymoronic.

Romans 8:8 — unapologetically
declares: “So then, they that are in the
flesh cannot please God!” Then,
Romans 8:5 instructs, “For they that
are after the flesh do mind the things of
the flesh; but they that are after the
Spirit the things of the Spirit.”

Praise and worship is a “spirit thing”
and a “heart thing” - John 4:24, “God is
(a) Spirit, and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in
truth”; Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniqui-
ty in my heart, the Lord will not hear
me...”

So then, they that are in the flesh
cannot please God. That’s the bottom
line. The word to spirit-led worshippers
therefore, is this: Gymnastics, calis-
thenics, hysteria, joyful noises or even
refined choreography not motivated,
orchestrated, instigated, directed and
controlled by the Holy Spirit is an
offering to God with a stench. It is a

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“Cain Offering.”

Of course, I hate to be the one to
break this news. It’s tight, but it’s right!

Genesis 4: 4(b), 7: “And the Lord
had respect unto Abel and to his offer-
ing. But unto Cain and to his offering
he had not respect.

Verse 7: If thou doest well, shalt thou
not be accepted? And if thou doest not
well, sin lieth at the door.”

So let’s be spirit-led and not puppets!
And a word to spirit-led men, based
upon the ‘word of wisdom’ from the
pastor, which I stated above, men, let’s
be ourselves!

¢ Dr Albert S$ Ferguson, JP, is an ordained
minister of the gospel for over 30 years. He
is a “born Jumper” from the stock of the
original “holy rollers” and ancestral roots in
the ‘Jumper Church’ first located on Eneas
Jumper Church Corner, north of Odle
Corner and south of Burial Ground Corner.
Address comments to Dr Ferguson via e-
mail at albertsferguson@gmail.com.

St. Saviour’s Parish hosts its Annual Friends and Family Weekend

AS is tradition every Discovery Day
holiday, the Anglicans of Cat Island
welcomed with open arms the members
of the Cat Island Committee based in
Nassau and Freeport who visited dur-
ing the Annual Friends and Family
Weekend to raise much needed funds
for the upkeep of the island’s 11
churches.

At this time, only five of these once
glorious edifices are operational and
suitable for Sunday morning worship.

Father Chester Burton, priest in-
charge of the Anglican Churches in Cat
Island, expressed his gratitude for this
collaborative effort initiated some 30
years ago.

He said it is a time held sacred in tra-
dition which gives members and well-
wishers of St Saviour's Parish a “golden
opportunity” to liaise with visiting
Anglicans from Nassau, Freeport and
abroad. Father Burton said that Cat
Island is one of the islands in the
Bahamas that has a dwindling popula-
tion and only a fledging economy.

The efforts of the Cat Island
Association are far reaching and the
Annual Friends and Family Weekend is
seen as the single most important
fundraising event in the parish.

On Friday, October 9, before the
grand event, Father Burton waited at
the Arthur's Town Airport, as commit-
tee members from Nassau and

Freeport trickled in.

Final preparations still had to be
made for the upcoming annual church
fair, but first there was a gospel concert
planned for the auditorium of the
Arthur's Town High School — the alma
mater of many of those attending the
event.

The emcee for this event was Church
of God Pastor Madlyn Campbell, and
the coordinators working with the
youth from the Anglican Church were
vestry members Helen Thurston and
Coral Patrice Burton.

Numerous well-wishers and parish-
ioners from other denominations also
performed selections and skits. The
auditorium was packed to capacity and
all in attendance thoroughly enjoyed
the entertainment.

Then on Saturday, October 10 the
Arthur's Town basketball court was a
beehive of activity as members and vis-
itors made last minute preparations for
the fair which would begin at 12noon.

This year’s fair would be like no
other year because during the summer
break St Saviour's Parish acquired
three brand new tents, 75 new folding
chairs and 10 new folding tables. It was
a glorious day as the sun shone down
on fair-goers and the gifts were blessed
by Father Burton.

Persons from all walks of life con-
verged on the fair grounds, trying their

MEMBERS at the church service.

hand at winning one of the coveted
prizes on the hoop la table, while others
enjoyed some of the fine delicacies and
coconut water.

During the evening proceedings,
Bahamian culture icon Edmund Moxey
gave a musical presentation which was
enjoyed by all and proved that Cat
Island was indeed the birthplace for
Rake n’ Scrape music in the Bahamas.

On Sunday, October 11, both visitors
and the Anglican Communion from
Cat Island boarded the two church
buses and took a scenic tour to the set-
tlement of Port Howe, congregating at
the Deep South Movement site for the



Holy Eucharistic Celebration and fam-
ily picnic that started at 1lam.

Father Edward “Rex” Seymour,
assistant priest, celebrated the
Eucharist and Father Burton preached
the sermon, stating: “With mortals it is
impossible and with God all things are
possible.”

Father Burton admonished that we
need to stay committed and connected
to each other in the church.

After the weekend came to a close,
both locals and visitors returned home
with wonderful memories. Many are
already looking forward to next year’s
fair.



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Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ PG 27

The beauty of nature

WHEN last have you made the time
to gaze at the clouds, the moon, or a
flowering plant? There is so much of
God’s glory for us to discover.

On a recent trip abroad, I had the
opportunity to observe multi-coloured
butterflies at very close range, with one
or two settling on my shoulder. We are
not usually that fortunate when we see
them flying in our gardens, but we can
still marvel at the intricacy of their pat-
terns, the difference in speed and flight
movements, and their flowers of
choice.

At the large botanical garden, I was
able to walk among the rose, herb, cac-
tus, bamboo, fern, vine and other gar-
den areas. The path was almost two
miles long as it wound through each
terrain, with waterfalls, water features,

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PALACIOUS

figurines, benches and other attractions
to catch the eye. The highlight was an
orchid show put on by several garden
clubs with pots of profuse blossoms
arranged in sections of one room.

In the museum of Natural History,
there were sections on indigenous peo-
ples of Florida, pre-historic specimens,
underwater scenes and many other
points of interest. Next door was the art
gallery which displayed intercontinen-

He is Faithful

2 Timothy 2:13 - If we believe not, yet he
abideth faithful: for he cannot deny himself.

To paraphrase the above scripture
verse, here is what it would sound like:
Even when we’re unfaithful to God’s
word: He (Yahweh) abideth faithful to
His word for He cannot deny Himself.
Here is what God said to Jeremiah
about Himself and His word in the
book of Jeremiah 1:12b: For I will has-
ten my word to perform it.

As we (the Bahamas) go through
our difficult times of famine and hard-
ship, it is of the utmost importance that
we be mindful of the fact that God is
ever faithful. Over the course of time
we have ignorantly taken our eyes off
God and focused on mankind based
upon the many promises they have
made.

Unlike man, whenever God gives His
word or makes a promise, He faithfully
watches over His word to perform it.

If there was ever a time that we need-
ed to stand upon the word of God, that
time is now.

The revelation or fact that as a nation
we are in a severe spiritual battle has
evaded the religious Christian church;
and its ability to equip the saints to
fight the good fight of faith is lost in the
maze of today’s divisive religion.

As I listen, I am hearing the religious
leaders crying just as much or even
more than those who do not profess
Christianity about how bad or tough
things are.

So, if the leaders are crying, what is




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ALLEN

expected of their followers?

As church leaders, what about
encouraging and demonstrating for the
nation.

1 Timothy 6:12 - Fighting the good
fight of faith - rather than focusing pri-
marily on the incomplete prosperity
gospel. How about teaching the church
2 Timothy 2:3 - Thou therefore endure
hardness, as a good soldier of Yeshuwa
Messiah?

The country’s economic crisis, the
unemployment rate, the murder rate
coupled with an ancient health care sys-
tem and facilities (the Princess
Margaret Hospital and The Rand
Memorial Hospital) along with a
defunct judicial system and a rapidly
deteriorating education system is
enough to cause even a crazy man or
woman to ask ‘what’s going on?’.

I am constantly reiterating that
“nothing happens on the Earth that will
ever catch God off guard or by sur-
prise”, but rather He is constantly look-
ing for a people.

As said in 2 Chronicles 16: 9 - For the
eyes of the Lord run to and fro
throughout the whole earth, to show

tal exhibits, work by women in a home-
less shelter, and other contemporary
works of art.

Sometimes we have to play the
tourist at home to take the time to
enjoy our places of historic and artistic
interest.

Have you done any of the following?
If so, how long has it been that you did
the following?

1. A horse and carriage ride

2. A visit to the Ardastra and

Botanical Gardens

3. A tour of the Educulture Junkanoo

museum, the Pompey Museum,

National Art Gallery, Doongalik Studios

and any of our other art galleries.

4. A leisurely day at the beach

What about the wonder of the

himself strong in the behalf of them
whose heart is perfect toward him.

The Bahamas’ woes and challenges
are nothing more than opportunities
for Yahweh to show our nation that He
alone is God.

For He is preparing a man that will
make up the hedge to stand in the gap
before Him for the Bahamas (Ezekiel
22:30). This man is definitely not one of
the country’s religious leaders who has
financially fattened himself via prosti-
tuting/merchandising the gospel while
the nation deteriorates both spiritually
and morally.

Some years ago, I heard Bishop
Darryl of New Orleans give this
acronym for the word faith - F-For, A-
All, I-I, T- Trust, H-Him.

Remember the opening scripture of
this article: 2 Timothy 2:13, ‘If we
believe not, yet he abideth faithful: for
he cannot deny himself.’

I want to assure you that even though
many of us might have been unfaithful
in various areas of our lives that does
not nullify God’s faithfulness towards
us, therefore we are without excuse for
not being obedient to God’s word.

Religion and religious thinking
would cause a person to make decisions
based upon man’s performances or the
lack thereof. Whereas a relationship
with Father Yahweh via

His only begotten Son, Yeshuwa
Messiah, would be that bridge over
troubled waters that even a disciple
faces. However, to the disciples of

human creation? If you have the
chance to watch people from a polite
distance, marvel at the varied skin
tones, facial features, hair-styles, and
outfits. Discover the magnificence of
the persons created in God’s image
who reside in your own home.
Carefully reflect on the distinct differ-
ences between each personality.

Then look at the mirror and see
another masterpiece. You are a work of
art in the making indeed. Do you treat
yourself as such? Do you believe that
God has great dreams for your life,
even if the greatness is never on public
display? Why not spend more time get-
ting to know the dreamer, the creator,
and the source of all life and beauty.
Discover the glory of our God who
made it all.

Yeshuwa Messiah, be mindful of the
encouraging words of the apostle Paul
to the saint at Ephesus in Ephesians
6:10 - 18.

Keep in mind Ephesians 6: 13 -
Wherefore take unto you the whole
armour of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having
done all, to stand; and 6: 14 - Stand
therefore, having your loins girt about
with truth, and having on the breast-
plate of righteousness.

¢ For questions or comments, contact us
via e-mail:pastormallen@yahoo.com or
telephone number 1-242-441-2021.

Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center
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“Unlike man,
whenever God
gives His word

or makes a
romise, He
faithfully watches
over His word

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ST Christopher's celebrates

ST FRANCIS OF
ASSIS! DAY

T Christopher’s
Church in Lyford
Cay was
packed full on
Sunday, October 4, as
Archdeacon Keith
Cartwright preached
to the animals and
their owners in cele-
bration of St Francis of
Assisi Day.

Close to 50 animals were
packed into the small white
church. There were fish, ham-
sters, cats, kittens, dogs, pup-
pies and even a fresh water
turtle (terrapin). And they all
behaved amazingly well,
Bahamas Humane president
Kim Aranha said.

Whilst the congregation
sung “All things bright and
beautiful, all creatures great
and small”, the animals in
church all sat peacefully as if
they knew that they were in
the presence of God, she said.

Ms Aranha said that she is
so grateful to Archdeacon
Cartwright for holding this
service every year.

“The first one was three
years ago and six animals were
present, now the word is going
around and people are come
from as far as Fox Hill to have
their beloved pets blessed,”
she said.

“It really makes me feel
good because we have to deal
with so much cruelty and sad-
ness at the Bahamas Humane
Society on a regular basis that
it is a good feeling to see
happy and healthy animals
who are well cared for and
loved.” Archdeacon
Cartwright is a keen animal
lover and is on the board of the
Bahamas Humane Society
himself.

“We are delighted how many
people came out to worship
with us,” he said.

“The church was full and the
animals were very peaceful.”

In her address to the congre-
gation Ms Aranha said: “It is a
wonderful thing that today we
are all here to honour and
bless our animals, but we must
remember that today is just
one day in 365 days of the year.
That we remember animals
today is right, but we must use
today as an example of how we
should act and think towards
animals for the rest of the year.

“God painstakingly created
domesticated and wild animals
from the smallest to the very
largest for us to nurture and
protect. Those that we see in
church today are companion
animals, however, we must not
forget the wild animals in this
country and all over the
world.”

In the Bahamas, she said,
there is still so much cruelty
towards animals - “much of it
is through ignorance.”

“This is why the Bahamas
Humane Society has a very
strong and active educational
programme lead by Inspector
Percy Grant who is with us
today. We now have an
approved curriculum in all the
government schools and some
of the private ones, teaching
children about animal care and
respect. We find that these
children go home and teach
their parents. Things are get-
ting better but we have a ways
to go,” she said.

“Please join me in helping
those outside of here, that per-
haps we cannot even see who
endures so much at the hand of
man, help them to live pain
free lives as God meant them
to.”

‘A Blessing of the Animals’
was also led by Father Cooper
in Freeport this year in honour
of the patron saint of animals.
The blessing took place in the
Garden of the Groves and was
organised by the Grand
Bahama Humane Society.

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Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and ex-
ambulance driver
Tarino Lightbourne
proclaimed their
mnocence in unsworn
statements to the jury
yesterday as the
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ridiculed and
ostracised. I have seen
my business gone rock
bottom,” she told the
jury. “Since January I
have not seen a salary.”

Bridgewater told the
jury the ordeal has tak-
en an emotional and
financial toll on her.
She said she has not
been able to work, and
because of a downturn
in her business she has
had to lay off some
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unsworn statements from where
they stood outside the prisoner’s
dock. Lightbourne also called
one witness in his defence, while
Bridgewater said she did not
intend to call any witnesses.

“T too have been shocked over
some of the evidence that has
come from this case,” Bridgewa-
ter said. “January 22 is a day I
will not forget. It was a day when
my fairly structured and organ-
ised life became a life of decep-
tion and a horrible dream,” she
said.

a citizen of the Bahamas and a
professional,” she said.

Bridgewater said she had
known Lightbourne for 10 years
and they also worked in close
proximity of each other. She
recalled that Lightbourne had
come to her seeking legal advice
after being terminated from his
job. She said he had told her that
since he had given an interview
regarding the death of Jett Tra-
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BAY Street stood still yes-
terday as former Deputy
Prime Minister and Parlia-
mentarian Sir Clement
Travelyan Maynard made his
final procession from Parlia-
ment House to Christ Church
Cathedral and ultimately
Eastern Ceremony where he
was laid to rest.

Hundreds of hushed spec-
tators waited on each side of
the downtown stretch to wit-
ness the state funeral service
that commanded the respect
of all present.

Residents and visitors
stood side by side with the
tension only to be broken by
the first rap from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Band,
sending a visible ripple
through the crowds as they
marched.

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to be a general foreign
affairs update at PLP
headquarters exploded
into an all-out attack on
Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell after he con-
firmed to the gathering
that he intends to chal-
lenge leader Perry
Christie at the party’s
national convention.

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being labeled as a
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pseudo intellectuals”,
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formally announce his bid for the
leadership of the Progressive Lib-
eral Party at 1lam today from
his Bain and Grant’s Town con-
stituency office.

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showdown which took place at
the party’s 1997 convention, both
Dr Nottage and former Prime
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picnic on Nirvana Beach,
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DONATION: “Rayven Barry (second from right) and her mother

Krystal (second from left) receive a donation towards Rayven’s
travel to the FOCOL tennis tournament in Freeport later this month
from Simone Beneby (standing far left) and Wayde Watson (stand-
ing on right), Treasurer and President of the Cybots Basketball

Club yesterday at The Tribune.

bystander” who has been
caught up in the middle of
union squabbles, which in Jan-
uary 2009 saw former secretary
general of the union, Anthony
Bain, declare himself president
of the AAAWU instead of
elected president Nelerene
Harding. Ms Barry appealed to
the public for help for her ten-
nis champion daughter Rayven,
11, after she revealed she only
has a few hundred dollars to
sustain them for the foresee-
able future. But on the same
day, The Tribune received
numerous calls and emails
expressing interest in Ms Bar-
ry’s plight and offers of assis-
tance for she and Rayven.

While some came to nothing,
several generous individuals fol-
lowed through on their promis-
es to help the young family, and
yesterday Ms Barry and her
daughter came in to collect
donations made on their behalf.

The included seven full bags
of groceries from a woman who
wished to remain anonymous, a
$100 donation from another
unknown individual, and anoth-
er small donation from Wayde
Watson and Simone Beneby of
Cybots Basketball Club
towards Rayven’s future sport-
ing endeavours.

Yesterday Ms_ Barry
expressed her gratitude for the
donations, telling The Tribune
she was “overwhelmed” and
“eternally grateful to those indi-
viduals who searched their

hearts to assist” but still “dis-
tressed” by the whole episode.

“Tt’s like you have to put
your personal trials and tribu-
lations on the front of the paper
just to get help, and it’s hard to
realise that you have fallen so
far that you have to reach out
to the community for dona-
tions,” she said. Rayven
thanked those who “have given
me and my mother food to
eat.”

“T feel really good about it
because my mother will not
have to go in her wallet and
take money out bit by bit,”
Rayven told The Tribune.

“She isn’t working and she’s
having sad times, and whenev-
er she cried I cried,” she said.

Ms Barry, who claims she has
been denied more than $26,000
in severance payment for her
five years of service at the
union, said that while those
who have refused to pay out
her funds “can be as evil as they
like to her” her greatest fear is
that her academically and ath-
letically inclined daughter will
suffer. Mr Bain has refuted her
claims, saying the union owes
her “nothing” and she was dis-
missed for “poor behaviour.”

Meanwhile, The Department
of Labour says it can’t help her
until it figures out who the real
President of the union is - a
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS





RELEASES

FOLLOWING a front page
story in Monday’s Tribune
detailing our exclusive look
inside the government dog
pound, the Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Fisheries released a
statement about the facility yes-
terday.

Several months ago, when a
student who visited the facility
made allegations of animal cru-
elty and poor conditions, the
ministry said a statement had
been prepared and promised to
issue it shortly, however this
never materialised.

Although it was not con-
firmed by the ministry, the state-
ment released yesterday appears
to be the very one prepared
months ago but never released,
as it addresses the allegations
made by the student, but not
concerns raised in the Tribune’s
recent article; specifically that
there is a severe lack of
resources at the pound, that staff
morale is very low, and condi-
tions are sometimes inhumane.

In addition, certain claims in
the ministry’s statement — for
example that the Humane Soci-
ety routinely visits the pound to
identify dogs suitable for adop-
tion — contradict the content of
our interviews with staff.

Creswell G Sturrup
PERMANENT SECRETARY

ANIMAL Control Unit staff
members reported that an
unidentified gentleman accom-
panied by four preadolescent
males visited the Animal Con-
trol Unit approximately 8.30am
- 9am on July 16, 2009 and pur-
porting to be from the
Bahamas Humane Society and
requesting to be allowed to vis-
it the kennels area of the Ani-
mal Control Unit.

The matter as reported was
investigated and the following
are the results of visit to the
Animal Control Unit and
enquiries of the staff.

Short term storage of animal
carcasses by freezing was
adopted by Animal Control
Unit due to the interval
between refuse collection and
the uncertainty of when sick or
injured animals may expire.
Scheduled euthanasia, by con-
trast, may be undertaken to
coincide with scheduled refuse
removal.

The Animal Control Unit is
intended to provide a place for
the temporary holding of dan-
gerous or savage stray dogs, or
ferocious dogs, or other ani-
mals seized under the Penal
Code or the Dog Licence Act.

Such seized animals are kept
under the conditions and for
the duration as set out in both
governing acts. It is the job of
the veterinary officer attached
to the Animal Control Unit to
determine the health status of
the seized animal and routine-
ly examine detained animals.

In co-operation with the
Animal Control Unit the staff
of the Bahamas Humane Soci-
ety routinely visits the Animal
Control Unit to determine if
any detained animals are well
enough or of suitable tempera-
ment for rescue and subse-
quent adoption. Such animals
are routinely surrendered to
the Bahamas Humane Society.

Animals that are determined
by a veterinary officer to be
too ill or otherwise unsuited
are euthanised after the speci-
fied holding period of 72 hours.

The only exceptions to this
routine are either when the
rightful owner claims the cap-
tured animal or the animal is
identified as an animal consid-
ered by the courts or by a
peace officer as being material
to a matter intended for prose-
cution or a matter before the
courts; in these instances the
duration of custody may be
extended until the decision is
taken to proceed with prose-
cution or not, or until the mat-
ter(s) before the courts are
concluded.

The controlled area may at
any time house seriously ill or
dangerous dogs. The area is not
opened for unauthorised
access.

Animals die; sick or aban-
doned animals are more likely
to die sooner than later. The
presence of a dead animal with-
in the containment area may
occur at any time and is not
necessarily as a result of abuse
or neglect.

The staff of the Animal Con-
trol Unit consists of persons
who are professional and expe-
rienced.

The Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources is con-
fident that the staff perform
their tasks competently and
professional.

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

READERS are invited to
voice their concerns about
abhorrent conditions at the
government dog pound and
compile a list of improvements
to be monitored by The Tri-
bune.

During the first ever media
visit to the Canine Control Unit
enclosure in the Botanical Gar-
dens, Chippingham, last week,
veterinarian Godfrey Springer
invited The Tribune to compile
a list of readers’ most pressing
concerns to present to his supe-
riors at the Department of
Agriculture and Fisheries.

Provided that ministry boss-
es agree to the plan, The Tri-
bune will oversee the progress
towards these goals on month-
ly visits to the pound.

However, Bahamas Humane
Society president Kim Aranha
said improvements began as
soon as the gates were opened
to Tribune reporters on Friday.

In a meeting with Humane
Society staff, Dr Springer
agreed to allow the Humane
Society free access to the pound
to select healthy animals fit
enough for adoption and relo-
cate them to the non-profit
organisation next door.

Animals collected by the
Canine Control Unit are usual-
ly euthanised within days of
being captured, often regard-
less of the state of their health,
to keep stray animals off the
streets.

Dr Springer said: “Our duty
is to do the right thing, so we
are going to try to see how best
we can do this.

“We want to work in collab-
oration with The Tribune so the
public can come up with five
Or Six issues to put to the direc-
tor.

“Tt is our duty to inform, con-
sult and give information, and it
is their duty is to supply the
resources.

“Tf we can work to improve
the organisation and report it to
the permanent secretary and
director we can look at a way
forward.”

The nine staff working at the
pound require more support,
training and education, Dr
Springer asserted.

And dog pound supervisor
Kirkland Glinton said he would
like an additional 15 or 20 staff
to help run the unit.

They also require more
equipment, ranging from vehi-
cles and traps to animal food,
cleaning agents and syringes
used on a daily basis, Dr
Springer said.

There are building repairs
that need to be done, and ani-
mals should be tested for dis-
eases to separate the healthy
from the ill and fuel research.

But all of this would require
funding restricted by the

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In the meantime he said the
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responsible animal ownership
in the community which could
be enforced by new legislation.

The Bahamas Humane Soci-
ety president said: “Their job

is created by irresponsible dog
owners in this country.

“Half of the dogs picked up
belong to people who can’t be
bothered to care for them prop-
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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UN: Record one billion go hungry

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Parents in some
of Africa’s poorest countries are cutting back
on school, clothes and basic medical care just
to give their children a meal once a day,
experts say. Still, it is not enough.

A record 1 billion people worldwide are
hungry and a new report says the number will
increase if governments do not spend more
on agriculture.

According to the U.N. food agency, which
issued the report, 30 countries now require
emergency aid, including 20 in Africa.

The trend continues despite a goal set by
world leaders nine years ago to cut the number
of hungry people in half by 2015.

“It’s actually a world emergency that calls
for action from both developing and devel-
oped countries,” said Otive Igbuzor, the head
of international campaigns for ActionAid
International.

“We know a child dies every six seconds of
malnutrition,” he said.

Spiraling food prices have added to hard-
ships, especially in the world’s most desperate
countries where the poor could barely afford a
single daily meal to begin with.

The inflated prices — which caused riots
across the globe last year — have stabilized but
remain comparatively high, especially in the
developing world, Jacques Diouf, director gen-
eral of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Orga-
nization, told AP Television News.

In Somalia, ravaged by violence and anarchy
for almost two decades, the monthly expendi-
ture for food and other basic needs for a fam-
ily of six has risen 85 percent in the past two
years, said Grainne Moloney of the Somalia
Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit.

On average, such a family spent $171 in
September this year, compared with $92 for the
same amount of food and other needs in
March 2007, said Moloney, a nutrition expert
for the Horn of Africa nation.

“Families are cutting out the school, cut-
ting out the clothes. A lot of them are going for
cheaper cereals,” said Moloney, adding that
despite those desperate measures, one in five
children in Somalia is acutely malnourished.

Igbuzor said the trend can be seen in impov-
erished countries across Africa.

In Kenya, herders have seen scores of their
animals die and crops have withered because
of drought. Today, 3.8 million people in Kenya
need food aid, up from 2.5 million earlier in the
year.

After worldwide gains in the fight against
hunger in the 1980s and early 1990s, the num-
ber of undernourished people started climbing
in 1995, reaching 1.02 billion this year amid
escalating food prices and the global financial

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The long-term trend is due largely to
reduced aid and private investments ear-
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the Rome-based agency said in its State of
Food Insecurity report for 2009.

In 1980, 17 percent of aid contributed by
donor countries went to agriculture.

That share was down to 3.8 percent in 2006
and only slightly improved in the last three
years, Diouf said.

“Tn the fight against hunger the focus should
be on increasing food production,” Diouf said.
“It’s common sense ... that agriculture would
be given the priority, but the opposite has hap-
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The decline may have been caused by low
food prices that discouraged private invest-
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funds from other aid fields, including emer-
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Governments and investors may also have
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ment to feed people in developing countries,
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The world’s most populous region, Asia and
the Pacific, has the largest number of hungry
people — 642 million — followed by Sub-
Saharan Africa with 265 million.

Diouf said world leaders are starting to
understand that investment in agriculture must
be increased.

He cited the goal set by the Group of Eight
summit in L’Aquila, Italy, in July to raise $20
billion to help farmers in poor countries pro-
duce more — a shift from previous emphasis
on delivering food aid.

However, more investments will be needed
to fulfill pledges like the U.N. Millennium
Development Goals, which aim to halve the
number of those living in hunger and poverty
by 2015, the report said.

The FAO says global food output will have
to increase by 70 percent to feed a projected
population of 9.1 billion in 2050.

To achieve that, poor countries will need
$44 billion in annual agricultural aid, com-
pared with the current $7.9 billion, to increase
access to irrigation systems and modern
machinery as well as build roads and train
farmers.

(This article is by Tom Maliti and Ariel
David of the Associated Press)



Detention Centre:
The truth will
always come out

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

My question is, can the
public handle the truth?
Every allegation that has
been said about the abuse
at the Detention Centre has
been denied by the Govern-
ment.

Bahamians believe the
tales that the director and
minister of state for immi-
gration has put forward to
cover abusive officers and
inhumane conditions in
which detainees have to
abide during their time at
the centre.

According to Christiane
Amanpour “objectivity
doesn’t mean treating all
sides equally. It means giv-
ing, each side a hearing.” All
L ask is to be heard!

After all that has been
said, many people reply by
saying the detainees are just
looking for sympathy and
that is good for them
because they need to go
back home. I want to bring
transparency to this ordeal.

For a matter of fact, the
detainees are beaten, sexu-
ally abused and harassed at
the detention centre ona
regular basis.

They are forced to endure
inhumane conditions that
can cause serious medical
problems. The medical facil-
ity said, to be at the deten-
tion centre is true, but it is
used to store papers and
other garbage instead of it
being used for its purpose. A

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doctor comes in rarely but
his orders are not to pre-
scribe any medicinal prod-
ucts. A play ground is avail-
able, children are not per-
mitted to play there, and the
detainees are fed three times
daily. What is given can
barely fill a child, so imagine
an adult. Visitation is grant-
ed which occurs twice every
week, during that time the
food and clothes brought in
are searched twice before
reaching the detainee.

After visitation a search is
held, by defence force offi-
cers. During this search they
go in the dorms and turn
everything upside down.
During that same time a full
body cavity search is drawn
on the detainees; where
both male and female in
their respective dorms are
asked to take every thing
off, including under wear.

How do I know all this
you ask? I am an eighteen-
year-old Haitian male, born
and raised in the Bahamas.

My mother, sister, broth-
ers and me where captured
and detained by immigra-
tion a month before I had
to sit BGCSE.

I was released three weeks
later and my sister after four
weeks and my mother was
deported along with my two

brothers. It was a lifetime
experience for me as I too
thought it was bogus when
claims of abuse were being
said about some officers at
the detention centre. I wit-
nessed a couple of incidents
where detainees were
abused. The golden rule is
do unto others as you’d have
them do unto you. I surely
hope Bahamians really
believe in the Lord as they
claim to be a Christian
nation, but to me they have
proven that they are not.

I never took anyone for
granted unless they gave me
a reason to. Every word that
some one speaks is not
always true, but the Lord
will take serious action
toward a liar because he
hates those who lie.

It is for that reason I stay
true to myself and others as
I too want one day to enjoy
eternal life with the
Almighty God.

Haitians are treated terri-
bly in this country only
because we are too many
here, which is true. Also
because we do not have a
serious Ambassador who
will stand up for us in the
midst of our problems. I
have given my side, immi-
gration has to been heard,
now they can object to what
has been said.

LOVENCE LOUIMA
Nassau,
October, 2009.

Branville McCartney, a rising star

EDITOR, The Tribune.

A newcomer on the polit-
ical landscape by the name
Branville McCartney, threw
his hat into the political are-
na as the FNM candidate for
the Bamboo Town con-
stituency in the general elec-
tion of May 2007, which he
won hands down. This was
no surprise to those of us
who followed his service to
the Bamboo Town Commu-
nity before and since being
elected as their representa-
tive.

Branville McCartney hit
the ground running, and for
those who have been
observing we saw a neo-
phyte politician and MP,
blossom into a “Statesman”
practically overnight.

¢ He has taken represen-
tation of a constituency and
its constituents to a level
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politicians, past and present.

¢ His outstanding perfor-
mance to date, as Minister
of State responsible for
Immigration; takes Ministe-
rial personal involvement in
their portfolios’ day-to-day
business, to the next level.

¢ There’s a short list of
politicians in the frontline
today who are of Prime
Minister calibre,




and Branville McCartney
is at the top of that list!

¢ I may be a little biased,
because his father, William
“Wilmac” McCartney is one
of the finest men I have had
the honour and privilege to
call friend: Like Father; like
Son!

A A McKINNEY MD,
“AMRA MD”
Nassau,

October, 2009.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re: Bahamas listed in top half of the best countries to
live. — Tribune, October 7, 2009.




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Wisdom warns:
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FORMER PLP cabinet }
minister Neville Wisdom has }
warned his party that it should }
guard against complacency. Mr }
Wisdom said the fact that the }
contract between the FNM and }
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does not mean the PLP will }
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and support of Bahamians.

“That support and trust }
must be earned,” said the for- }
mer housing minister, who :
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“The PLP must, in clear and }
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BTC privatisation ready to
enter due diligence phase

THE Committee for the Privatisation of the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company Ltd announced that the process continues
to progress with significant interest from prospective parties.

Upon review of the pre-qualification packages submitted in
August, the government said it has narrowed down the list of
interested parties and has invited a select group of potential buy-
ers to participate in the due diligence phase of the privatisation



process.

This phase will provide potential buyers with the opportunity to
review business, financial and legal information, as well as meet
with key executives prior to submitting an economic bid.

Due diligence will be conducted over the next several weeks and
the deadline for bids is currently expected to be the end of Novem-
ber, the committee said in a statement.

“Those who have been invited to this phase were selected by the
government based on information submitted evidencing their suit-
ability in accordance with the required pre-qualification criteria. To
comply with non-disclosure agreements, the identity of parties
invited to participate in the due diligence phase cannot be disclosed

prior to the close of the transaction,’

it said.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
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THE American Embassy is
monitoring the investigation
into the armed robbery of 11
tourists who were terrorised by
two masked gunmen while
touring the historical 66 steps.

An official at the embassy
said it is routine for the
embassy to be notified by local
authorities whenever an Amer-
ican citizen is involved in a
crime while in foreign territory.

However, because the inci-
dent appears to be isolated —
and not part of a series of
attacks on tourists — the official
does not think it will negatively
affect the country's crime sta-
tus.

"As a matter of practice. . .
When an incident involves
American citizens, in most cas-
es the police notifies the
embassy the next day if they
can unless the American citi-
zen notifies the embassy for
assistance.

“T know that our American
Citizen Services is in contact
with the police trying to find
out the details and I know it's
still being investigated," said
Jeff Dubell, the embassy's polit-
ical, economic and public diplo-
macy chief.

"We monitor crime and that
goes into our decision as to
whether an area should or
should not be placed in a dif-
ferent crime status. But we do
monitor all incidents because
we have a responsibility to US
citizens abroad so they can
make an educated choice," he
said.

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THE COFFIN carrying the body of Sir Clement Maynard
is carried on Bay Street yesterday.

Sir Clement is laid to rest

FROM page one

demonstrate in a real way our
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The service highlighted Sir
Clement’s social and political
achievements, with tributes
from his family as well as
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and Leader of the Oppo-
sition Perry Christie. It was
officiated by eight clergymen,
with Rev Stephen Davies as
the chief celebrant, and the
Right Rev Laish Boyd giving
the sermon.

Senator Allyson Maynard-
Gibson spoke reverently of
childhood memories, as did
her brother Dr Peter May-
nard, referring to the late
leader as “Daddy” and sharing
anecdotes that ultimately
shaped their lives and that of
all their siblings and grand-
children. They each shared at
length about the constant envi-
ronment of love, support and
inclusion that saturated their
lives.

The music was led by organ-
ist Dr Sparkman Ferguson
with a special duet from Sir
Clement’s son David and
granddaughter Tatyanna.

Mr Ingraham gave an offi-
cial tribute on behalf of the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, honoring Sir May-
nard as a ‘fallen champion’
and detailed his political
career highlighting specific
campaigns “It’s Better in The
Bahamas”, The Bahamas Host
Training Programme, The
People-to-People Programme,
Goombay Summer and
National Tourism Achieve-
ment Awards.

“Sir Clement saw to it that
the vast advances derived from
the economic and social bene-
fits of tourism would endure
through the training and
opportunities which were pro-
vided under his leadership for
many Bahamians within the
Ministry of Tourism as well as
the private sector,” said Prime
Minister Ingraham. “It is on
the shoulders of men like Sir
Clement that we stand today.”

Mr Christie said: “Sir
Clement Maynard was one of
the iconic personalities that
graced parliament. He in a
great sense set a standard for
members of parliament in how
they deal with constituents and
what they provide for con-
stituents by using his con-

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

stituents to establish facilities
for the great benefit of the
people he represented.

“He was just one of those
extaordinary impactful per-
sonalities as a Member of Par-
lament. He then had the priv-
eledge of becoming a Minis-
ter of Tourism at a time when
it was necessary for tourism to
become the principal employ-
er for Bahamians, and he
superintended that industry to
a point where thousands of
Bahamians were employed in
relatively lucrative jobs in the
industry.

“He had many firsts in that
industry because he brought
about the recognition that
workers must be trained and
that people who were work-
ing in subsidiary sectors to the
toursim industry should also
be trained. He was able to
take that Ministry of Tourism
and so demonstrate its impor-
tance to the economy of the
Bahamas that it became a
model for other Caribbean
countries to follow.

“So you can see therefore
this lasting and permanent
impact he had. He was extra-
ordinarily loyal to the leader-
ship of his party and he
became the deputy leader and
the deputy prime minister as a
crowning result of his long

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tenure to our country. He was
a tremendous patriot who
believed in the Bahamas and
who believed in Bahamians.”

After the service, the local-
ly-made pine casket carrying
Sir Clement was carried out
by official pallbearers and then



placed into the official hearse
by acolour party of Police and
Defence Force officers for
interment.

Minister of State denies access
to reports on Detention Centre

FROM page one

“Thave no difficulties in releasing them I just
want to do it the proper way,” he told The
Tribune on March, 17 adding that this should
happen within the “next week”.

Mr McCartney has maintained that the
reports prepared by the group did not vali-
date the allegations made by the detainees,
and previously stated that such claims were
“completely blown out of proportion”.

A diluted report based on the group's find-
ings was presented to the media - who were
denied access to the original documents - in a
press conference held at the Immigration
Department earlier this year. At that time
Immigration officials refuted the claims out-
lined in The Tribune but did not allow access
into the facility for an independent review.

The team - made up of psychologist David
Allen, Social Services Director Melony Zoni-
cle, Archdeacon James Palacious, Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Senior Lieutenant
Frederick Brown and Immigration Director
Jack Thompson - toured the holding facility on
March, 6 and interviewed the detainees housed

there.

Their reports contain their opinions on the
conditions at the facility and recommenda-
tions for possible improvements, The Tribune
understands.

Their tour came after a series of Tribune
articles exposed alleged abuse, beatings, inhu-
mane conditions and employee misconduct at
the Detention Centre.

The detainees who complained of “concen-
tration camp” conditions in February, told
The Tribune there were several aesthetic
improvements to the site since the allegations
were published. Dirty old mattresses were
replaced with new ones, grimy walls were
repainted, blocked toilets were repaired, and
washing machines and dryers were installed for
detainees to wash their clothes, the detainees
claimed.

They also claimed cable televisions have
been set up in the men’s and women’s dorms.

Less than two days after the first allegations
surfaced in The Tribune, Immigration officials
denied the claims. They continue to maintain
that detainees have not been mistreated or
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PASSERS-BY ASSAULT OFFICER WHO STOPPED AT SITE OF ACCIDENT, SAYS POLICE SOURCE

‘Policeman attacked at crash scene
was helping his trapped colleague’

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A POLICE officer attacked by
passers-by at the scene of a car crash
was helping his colleague Alexis Bain,
who was trapped in the wreckage, a
police source said.

Contrary to police reports claiming
WPC Bain was beaten up as she alleged-
ly tried to stop looters from stealing
shopping strewn across the road follow-
ing the accident, The Tribune has
learned WPC Bain was injured in the
crash and Police Constable Jermaine
Knowles was attacked as he tried to help
her.

PC Knowles heard the crash while
driving through the area with his fiancee
and three children, and stopped to offer
assistance.

WPC Bain’s green Honda Accord had
collided with a Honda Domani and a

GMC Envoy around 200 yards from the
junction with Sea Breeze Road at
9.40pm on Monday.

The policewoman, understood to
work for the Central Detective Unit,
was trapped in the wreckage, her body
lying in the road, her head wedged in the
back door.

Conscious

And PC Knowles tried to keep WPC
Bain conscious and still while waiting
for Emergency Medical Services to
attend to her as four men who appeared
to know WPC Bain pulled up in a white
Toyota Windom and accused PC
Knowles of causing the collision.

A source said: “They pulled up and
just started to attack him. One of them
picked up a bumper which came off the
car and hit him in the head with it. They
hit him in the head with bottles and
rocks, and knocked him unconscious.”

PC Knowles’s fiancee and three chil-
dren, aged six, three and two, watched in
horror as the Canine Unit officer
dragged himself under WPC Bain’s car
to avoid further battering of his bruised
and bloodied face.

He was losing consciousness as
observers held back one of the men who
lunged at PC Knowles with two large
rocks, and pinned down two of the men
who were later arrested, according to a
police source.

WPC Bain was removed from the
mangled wreckage of her car using the
‘jaws of life’ and taken to Doctor’s Hos-
pital by ambulance for treatment, along
with PC Knowles who was treated for
lacerations and bruises on his head and
arms, and two broken toes. He was
released from the hospital on Tuesday.

A family of four believed to have
been travelling in the Honda Domani
were also injured in the wreckage. A
young boy broke his hand, his father’s

Alvin Albert Burnett dies aged 85





ALVIN Albert Burnett,
85, formerly of St Andrew,
Jamaica, died at his home in
Westridge Estates on Satur-
day, October 10.

Mr Burnett came to the
Bahamas in 2002, to retire
following a distinguished

Wi Retirement in Bahamas followed
career in Jamaica civil service as an
economist, chief planner, consultant

career in the civil service of
Jamaica as an economist,
chief planner and consultant.

Educated at Munro Col-
lege, Jamaica, and McGill
University, Canada, Mr Bur-
nett began his career in
1965, in the Ministry of
Finance as an Assistant Sec-
retary.

He served many years as
an economist in the Ministry
of Finance and was rapidly
promoted to the post of
senior economist and then
became chief planner for the
social and sectoral planning
division.

This unit became the
National Planning Agency
in the Office of the Prime
Minister in 1972.

Mr Burnett later became
director for Agricultural
Planning in the National

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played a pivotal role in the
preparation of the sector
plan as amember of a team
led by noted economist Sr
Arthur Lewis.

Consultant

Following his retirement,
Mr Burnett became a con-
sultant, and his extensive
knowledge was used to
ensure the efficient man-
agement of the Sugar Indus-
try Authority.

Mr Burnett was an elder
and treasurer in the Hope
United Presbyterian Church
in St Andrew.

Additionally, as a Rotari-
an and Free Mason he gave
generously of his time and
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Another two men injured in the
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One of the injured is in critical condi-
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An eye-witness at the scene of the
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“But the really horrific part is that
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FREEPORT - The mur-
der trial of Edwin Bauld Jr
and Wilfred McPhee Jr is
winding down in the
Supreme Court, with jurors
expected to hear summa-
tions by Acting Justice
Jethro Miller today.

Justice Miller, who is pre-
siding over the trial, dis-
missed jurors on Friday after
closing arguments were sub-
mitted by the prosecution
and defence teams.

He instructed them to
return to court today when
he will give his summing up
of the case. The matter will
then be turned over to the
jury of six men and six
women for deliberation.

Bauld, 26, the son of a
police officer, and McPhee,
26, the son of an immigra-
tion officer, are accused of
the kidnapping, robbery,
and murder of Corporal
Eddison Bain.

Mr Bain’s body was dis-
covered in a shallow ditch
near the Casuarina Bridge
on October 22, 2007. A large
stone was resting on the side
of his face. He was also
bound at the hands and feet.
Pathologist Dr Cornelius
Kachali testified the cause of
death was the result of blunt
force trauma to the head.

The prosecution alleges
that Bauld, the cousin of the
deceased, came up with the
plan to use his girlfriend,
Gahnise Campbell, to lure
Mr Bain to Island Seas
Beach, where he and
McPhee accosted and
robbed him of his vehicle
and ATM bank card.

Bauld and McPhee are
accused of stealing Mr
Bain’s 1999 Honda car and
$4,500 from his Common-
wealth Bank account.

Campbell, the ex-girl-
friend of Bauld, who was ini-
tially charged along Bauld
and McPhee, was a key wit-
ness for the prosecution and
charges against her were
dropped. Police Sergeant
Darrell Rolle, the lead
police investigator, testified
that McPhee and Bauld gave
a police statement, accusing
the other of killing Mr Bain.
Taking the stand in his
defence, McPhee claimed he
never gave a police state-
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he was in on the plan to rob
MrBain, but he did not kill
him. Mr Bain was still alive
when he and Bauld left him
in the hole, he claimed.

He also claimed that
police abused and threat-
ened him while in custody
and denied him the right to
speak with an attorney.

Unlike McPhee, Bauld
chose to remain silent by not
taking the stand in his
defence. Lawyer Mario
Gray represents McPhee,
and K Brian Hanna repre-
sents Bauld. Vernal Collie,
assisted by Erica Kemp, of
the Attorney General’s
Office, are the prosecutors.
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Bain have been present in
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age, who are mentally ill, drug
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homelessness on New Provi-
dence — is the number of
sleeping options.

These range from the tombs
at nearby cemeteries, to derelict
buildings, vendors’ stalls, trail-
ers and boats. But the hub of
activity for the homeless is the
former fish processing plant on
Potters Cay, which was built by
the government in 1982 at a
cost of $3.6 million and has
been derelict for years. It has
become an unmanaged shelter
for the underclass.

"The old building appears
to be the main area for sleep-
ing, storage and sexual activi-
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the surveyors were unable to
complete their assessment
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garbage, old furniture, rodents
and clothing everywhere. The
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be devastating for the entire
population."

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problem on New Providence
compared to North America,
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thousands of homeless people.

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always been the object of char-
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two years of servitude for the
first offence, and death for the
second. That was one way to
solve the problem. Later, more
enlightened lawmakers set up
workhouses for those unable to
support themselves.

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capital of the British Empire,
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street people today are mostly
men over 25 with alcohol and
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goal is to drive street sleeping
down to zero by 2012. So how
do the British do it?

"The success was largely due
to a very focused and targeted
approach with high-profile cen-
tral leadership, assertive out-
reach to get people in, and
investment in accommodation,
specifically for former rough
sleepers," one report said. "The
Department of Health was
effective in helping to target
the most entrenched people
with severe mental illness.”

In America, the most effec-
tive programme operates just
across the water in Miami-Dade
County. The Community Part-
nership for the Homeless was
set up in 1993 funded by a one
per cent tax on food and bev-
erage sales. It also relies on a
"holistic approach" to help peo-
ple get off the streets. Public
and private sector investment
in this programme has exceed-
ed $300 million over 15 years.

"Help" includes meals,
clothing and temporary hous-
ing, as well as training, case
management, healthcare, drug
treatment and permanent hous-
ing assistance. And the num-
ber of people living on the
streets of Miami has been cut
from 8,000 in 1993 to under a
thousand today. The pro-
gramme has been so successful
that it is now being applied in
cities across the United States.

Meanwhile, here at home
the Ministry of Labour and
Social Development recently
joined with private sector
groups to work out approaches
to homelessness in Nassau.
Those attending the initial
meeting last month included
the president of the Christian
Council, the Commissioner of
Police, the Defence Force
Commodore, representatives of
civic organisations, and public
officers.

"Homelessness is a problem
that our society needs to tackle
urgently before it becomes
unmanageable," State Minister
for Social Development Loret-
ta Butler-Turner told the meet-
ing. "We want your commit-
ment to work with the govern-
ment to address homelessness.
It is a matter which requires the
attention of all of us.”

Currently, services for the
homeless include soup kitchens
operated by churches and char-
ities, and government food sub-
sidies. Recommendations to
deal with the problem include
determining the number of
homeless people on the island,
better coordination of food ser-
vices, provision of temporary
shelters, expansion of low-
income housing, and job train-
ing. Providing accommodation
and food are probably not
insurmountable issues. Health-
care is the biggest challenge. In
a paper for the Organisation of
American States produced last
year, well-known psychiatrist
Dr David Allen offered a
Bahamian perspective on the
contribution of drug abuse to
homelessness and HIV/AIDS
infection.

He traced the problem to a
national epidemic of crack
cocaine unleashed in the 1980s,
associated with already high
levels of alcohol consumption.
That was the period when
Colombian drug lords took
over several islands in the
Bahamas to transship cocaine
to the United States, while our
government looked the other

In 2006 government officials reported 39 squatter villages
throughout New Providence. As many as 300 people — both
Bahamians and immigrants — were said to be living in just one
of these, with no sanitary facilities or police presence whatsoever.
What is being done to address these issues?

way. "As the acute crack
cocaine epidemic started to
wane,” Dr Allen wrote, "push-
ers preyed on mentally ill
patients, creating bizarre syn-
dromes involving vagrancy,
homelessness and sometimes
violence. Many addicts had a
severe psychiatric illness such
as schizophrenia. These are best
treated in an inpatient setting."

Although drug treatment is
provided by groups like Teen
Challenge, The Haven,
Bahamas Association for Social
Health and the Deanery, "the
missing pieces in the consor-
tium of services are compre-
hensive programmes for the
chronically addicted woman
(the broken woman) and tran-
sitional community residences
to enhance re-entry into soci-
ety,” according to Dr Allen.

"There are increasing num-
bers of chronic cocaine users
who also use marijuana and
alcohol. Cognitively impaired,
they tend to be unemployed
and go in and out of prison. A
major concern is that marijuana
has permeated junior and
senior high schools, which has
serious implications for educa-
tion and career development,"
he said.

Drug trafficking has pro-
duced a gun culture that is
directly responsible for the rise
in violent crime we are experi-
encing today: "The drug prob-
lem has a devastating effect on
our value system," Dr Allen
said. "The already challenged
inner city family and commu-
nity has been impacted severe-
ly by violent crime, stealing and
the despair that accompanies
chronic drug use. Children lack
nurture and support...This
destruction is tragic.”

He called for an interna-
tional drug policy think tank to
share technical expertise and
promote a coordinated
approach to the problem. He
also pointed to the need for
better communication between
key players like social workers,
teachers, law enforcement offi-
cers, politicians, medical pro-
fessionals and drug counselors,
as well as the development of
training and work skills during
treatment. You might not know
it, but there already is a nation-
al drug plan that seeks to deal
with these critical issues. In the
early 2000s, the authors of this
plan noted that more than 60
per cent of inmates at Fox Hill
Prison were there for drug-
related offences and a high per-
centage were infected with
HIV/AIDS. Statistics also
showed that 75 per cent of
women with HIV had a history
of drug or alcohol abuse.

A five-year anti-drug plan
was formulated in 2004 with the
help of international agencies
and called for a $3 million bud-
get. It is now being updated by
Captain Godfrey Rolle, the
plan's coordinator at the Min-
istry of National Security. The
goals include development of
complex interdiction, preven-
tion, treatment and rehabilita-
tion services. It is surely a
daunting task.

Perhaps the most frightening
data relating to the homeless
involves the prevalence of
HIV/AIDS infection.

A recent Caribbean study
confirmed that homeless drug
users are at high risk for HIV
infection.

And crack cocaine use and
risky sexual behaviours, both
associated with increased risk
of medical and psychiatric com-
plications, have been described
as common behaviours among
the homeless.

So resettlement support
alone will not be enough to
help these people back into
mainstream society. We need
to find cost-effective ways to
rehabilitate those suffering
from mental illness, drug or
alcohol problems. Then we
need to develop their basic life
skills, and help them reconnect
with social networks away from
the streets. These are difficult,
long-term and costly approach-
es. That's why many experts
believe prevention is the best
means of ensuring a lasting and
sustainable end to the problem
of homelessness. But in the
Bahamas, we also have to con-
sider that the problem is not
strictly confined to the rela-
tively small world of crazy
street people like those living at
Potters Cay.

In 2006 government officials
reported 39 squatter villages
throughout New Providence.
As many as 300 people — both
Bahamians and immigrants —
were said to be living in just
one of these, with no sanitary
facilities or police presence
whatsoever. What is being done
to address these issues?

What do you think? Send com-
ments to larry@tribunemedia.net

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READERS of our website
tribune.242.com are over-
whelmingly in favour of
stricter enforcement of the
laws governing the use and
rental of jet-skis.

Less than 10 per cent of
those who took yesterday’s
online poll said they are satis-
fied with the way the water
sports industry is currently
regulated.

Of the 92 readers who vot-
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be better enforced, 23 said jet
skis should be banned on
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death for locals and tourists
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Commenting on the web-
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NDP opposes the unlicensed sale of real estate

THE National Development Party is sup-
porting the Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion in its position that only licensed mem-
bers of BREA should be allowed to sell real

estate.

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concerned about unscrupulous Bahamian
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nothing about it as an ‘undis-
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And until a safe site has been
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Mr Pinder the fungus started
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intentions would be at the October
21 convention.

According to a PLP insider, when
Mr Mitchell said he was going to run
for the leadership of the party, a seg-
ment of those in attendance almost
“took his head off”.

Shouting out “how dare you” chal-
lenge Mr Christie and going as far as
questioning the MP’s loyalty to the
party, it is claimed Mr Mitchell hit
back by stating that he wasn’t “born
yesterday”.

“He gave as good as he got,” said a
source who witnessed Tuesday night’s proceed-
ings.

He told them that anyone who attacked him
would be attacked likewise, just as hard.”

While the heated exchange of words never
escalated into any physical altercation, it is
believed this incident is a telling sign of what is yet
to come in the party as the battle over the lead-

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Fred Mitchell

ership and deputy leadership positions
heats up.

“At the end of the day there were a
group who raised hell, but there also
were other persons in the room who had
to tell them that it was his (Mr Mitchell’s)
right to run.

“Tf the PLP is a democracy then it has
to act like a democracy. But some in
there were really nasty, saying that If he
yo) ran it was a signal of no confidence in Mr
Christie and all kind of foolishness,” the
source added.

In the race with Mr Mitchell for the
party’s top post will be PLP MP for Bain and
Grants Town Dr Bernard Nottage, PLP newcom-
er Paul Moss, and Mr Christie. In the race for the
deputy leadership post there is the PLP MP for
West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe, PLP MP
for Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay Philip
‘Brave’ Davis, and PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald.

Dr Nottage to announce PLP

be PLP newcomer Paul Moss
who was the first to announce
his intentions to challenge Mr
Christie back in September of
this year.

It is also believed the MP for
Fox Hill Fred Mitchell will like-
wise join Mr Moss and Dr Not-
tage and run against Mr Christie
at the party’s October 21 con-
vention.

During the party’s 1997 con-
vention, Mr Christie was able to
secure a victory over Dr Nottage
with the assistance of the third
candidate, Philip Galanis, who
at that time threw his support
behind Mr Christie.

However, with this upcoming
convention it appears the three
candidates who are seeking the
post that Mr Christie currently
holds have one mission in mind -
the removal of the leader. And
with less than a week to go
before the convention, candi-
dates are already fearful of the
transparency of the elections.

In a letter issued to the chair-
man of the convention, PLP MP
for West End and Bimini Obie
Wilchcombe on October 1, Mr
Moss outlined that he has written
to members of the election com-
mittee requesting a number of
measures be put in place to
ensure the credibility and trans-
parency of the upcoming elec-
tions.

“The fact that you, as conven-
tion chairman, are yourself a can-
didate in those elections has been
cause for protest from your
opponents already,” Mr Moss
said, “so, in my opinion, this
places on you a heavy responsi-

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bility and obligation to do all you
can to ‘shun the very appearance
of evil’ in the election process.

“Though oversight for the
elections is outside your formal
sphere of influence, I share my
requests with you in the hope
that you will advance and sup-
port them should the occasion
present itself.

“T requested as follows, that
the complete lst of
delegates/Stalwart Counselors be
given to each candidate in
advance of Elections, but cer-
tainly no later than October 15
(today); that each candidate be
allowed two agents in the voting
room at any given time; that the
election for Leader be held sep-
arately from the election for oth-
er positions; that voters be
required to show photo identifi-
cation before being allowed to
cast their ballots; that one agent
for each candidate signs or ini-
tials the blank ballots before they
are given to voters; and that a
reputable accounting firm be
used to count the ballots after
voting ends,” Mr Moss said.

In addition to these requests,
Mr Moss also requested that he
be allowed an opportunity to
address stalwarts on the first day
of the convention if only for five
minutes.

While the former Prime Min-
ister Christie still holds a tremen-
dous amount of support within
the hierarchy of the party, there
is a growing movement within
the organization to replace him

as the country continues to cry
out for change. Hearing this call,
Dr Nottage, and other chal-
lengers such as Mr Moss and Mr
Mitchell have put themselves for-
ward as alternatives to the status
quo in an attempt to “take the
party forward”.

However, unlike Mr Moss and
Mr Mitchell, there is a growing
criticism of Dr Nottage even
though the MP has yet to for-
mally announce.

According to supporters of the
incumbent leader, it would be a
grave injustice if Dr Nottage
were to challenge Mr Christie as
it was the leader of the party who
recently welcomed the Bain and
Grant’s Town MP back into the
fold after “years in the wilder-
ness” as the head of the Coalition
for Democratic Reform (CDR).

However, strong supporters
of the doctor counter with claims
that it was in fact Dr Nottage
who encouraged former PLP
leader Sir Lynden Pindling into
allowing Mr Christie to rejoin
the party after he was dismissed
from the PLP Cabinet in 1984
along with Hubert Ingraham
who now sits as the current
Prime Minister.

Running as an independent in
1987 Mr Christie won his seat
again and was invited back into
the PLP in 1990. Serving under
Sir Lynden’s leadership since
then, Mr Christie won the lead-
ership of the party in 1997 and
has remained leader of the PLP
ever since.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 13



LOCAL NEWS



Former Cabinet Minister Loftus
Roker backs Davis for PLP deputy

FORMER cabinet minister
Loftus Roker has thrown his
support behind PLP deputy
leadership candidate Philip
“Brave” Davis.

Mr Roker, who served in the
Pindling administration as min-
ister of immigration and became
notorious for his no-nonsense
stance on illegal immigration,
praised Mr Davis as the bridge
to the future for the Progressive
Liberal Party.

association with the PLP from a
young man and I believe his
election as deputy leader would
give the party another chance to
return to its roots and give hope
to the Bahamian people.”

Mr Roker, who is still hugely
popular with the public, joins
deputy prime minister and for-
mer Minister of National Secu-
rity in the Christie administra-
tion, Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt,
who also endorsed Mr Davis for

necting with the public a cor-
nerstone of his campaign and
has told party members they
cannot continue to focus on the
history of the PLP if they intend
to succeed in the future.

So far, Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald and former minister of
tourism and current MP for
West End and Bimini Obie
Wilchcombe have announced
that they will vie for the post
along with Mr Davis at the PLP
national convention on October

FORMER
cabinet min-
ister Loftus
Roker with
PLP deputy
leadership
candidate
Philip ‘Brave’
Davis.

Bain and Grants Town MP
Bernard Nottage is expected to
announce that he will challenge
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Child Protection Act legal changes

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunmedia.net

TWO weeks after the government announced it
had brought into force the Child Protection Act,
which provides for increased safeguarding of chil-
dren’s rights, the opposition has called for a public
education programme to highlight the legal changes
this entails.

PLP spokesperson on Social Services and former
minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin MP
called the Act a “significant piece of social legisla-
tion” that is “long overdue” and suggested that
Minister of State for Social Development, Loretta
Butler-Turner, has not done enough to raise aware-
ness of the Act’s provisions.

The Act was brought into force on October 1,
2009.

Some of the important aspects of the legislation
include: increased penalties for those who are found
guilty of child abuse; mandatory reporting of all
forms of abuse of children; a provision for fathers of
children born out of wedlock to pursue access to or
custody of those children and a provision for moth-
ers of children born out of wedlock to pursue main-
tenance for those children up to the age of 18.

By ushering in new protection for children, the
legislation, which was passed in parliament in 2007
under the former PLP administration, harmonizes
Bahamian domestic law as it exists with the provi-
sions of the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child while also bringing under one
umbrella several pieces of legislation pertaining to
children’s rights. The Bahamas ratified the UN
convention in 1991.

Mts Griffin said: “The enforcement of this sig-
nificant piece of social legislation is long overdue
and the government ought to be condemned for
failing to see the importance of it to the care and
protection of our children and the development
and strengthening of families, particularly in view of
the level of social decay all around us today.

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“Tt is clear that national and international pres-
sure have forced the government’s hand in bringing
this Act into force, but 13 days after the ‘by the way’
announcement in Parliament (by Mrs Butler-Turn-
er, of its coming enforcement on October 1, 2009),
no substantive announcement has been made giv-
ing this matter the kind of attention it deserves.”

The former minister, in noting that the Act was
brought into force “in its entirety, with no amend-
ments” was referring to comments previously made
by Minister Butler Turner when she was asked
why the nearly three year old legislation had not
been brought into force by the current govern-
ment.

Mrs Butler Turner had answered that among
other hindrances to the Act’s enforcement — includ-
ing the fact that the PLP administration did not
draft regulations necessary to effectively administer
the Act — the government would need significant
funding and human resources to effectively enact
the law and therefore may need to amend it or
“phase it in”, given economic challenges.

In this regard, Mrs Griffin called on the govern-
ment to reveal “what has been done at the Depart-
ment of Social Services to provide the structure,
manpower and the resources needed to effectively
enforce the provisions of the CPA.”

The former minister noted that the Act was the
culmination of 12 years of work by governmental
and non-governmental organisations, who she com-
mended for their involvement.

She also paid tribute to children’s rights activist
and long-standing campaigner for the implemen-
tation of the Act, founder of Bahamian Fathers
for Children Everywhere, Clever Duncombe.

Messages left for Mrs Butler-Turner and the
director of Social Services were not returned yes-
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Both were said to be attending the funeral of
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Pleasant Bridgewater

tells of trial ‘ridicule’



FROM page one

interested in and was thinking
about getting money from the
media for it.

She said she he told Light-
bourne he shouldn’t speak to the
media and admonished him to
think about what it would look
like for the Bahamas.

Bridgewater said Light-
bourne told her he was not trying
to hurt the Travoltas but he had
a mortgage to pay and a family to
take care of.

“He never asked me to speak
with Mr Travolta or ask him for
any money. He had the phone
number, he didn’t even have to
come to me,” Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater also told the jury
she had been reluctant to speak
with Michael McDermott, an
attorney for Mr Travolta. She
recalled he had inquired about
the document and asked her to e-
mail a copy but Lightbourne had
instructed her not to do so. She
also recalled that Senator
Allyson Maynard-Gibson subse-
quently called her saying that she
wanted to speak with her regard-
ing a matter concerning Mr
McDermott.

“T said to her from the outset,
Allyson if there is anything I am
doing illegal I don’t want to be a
part of it. I only want to assist
the Travoltas,” she said.

According to Bridgewater,
when she had met her former
senate colleague, Mrs Maynard
—Gibson had told her there was
nothing criminal at that stage and
that she knew she was a person
of integrity.

Bridgewater told the jury she
gave Mrs Maynard-Gibson a
copy of the document despite
her client’s instructions because
she trusted her.

Although Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son had testified that she had
told Bridgewater that what she
was doing was wrong, Bridge-
water told the jury that that was
not true.

Bridgewater said she consid-
ered Mrs Maynard-Gibson to be
a trusted friend and parliamen-
tary colleague. She said she did
not think she would have had
police recording their conversa-
tions.

“T trusted her. I thought she

was a sincere person,” Bridge-
water said.

Bridgewater recalled that on
January 22, while at a meeting
at Universal Distributors,
Freeport, with two potential
clients, police came and arrested
her. She told the jury that con-
trary to the evidence of Sergeant
Deborah Thompson, she did not
tell police she had burned the
refusal of transport document
because she thought the situa-
tion was going to explode.

“T never said that I burned
the document because I thought
the situation was going to
explode. I never thought I would
have been arrested,” she said.
Bridgewater said she had blurted
to police that she had burned the
document because of they had
vigorously interrogated and dis-
respected her and her parents in
their home.

“T never attempted to extort
anything from anybody. All my
life I have tried to help people,”
she said. “T’ll be the first to say I
am no saint but ’'m no devil.”

“T came from humble begin-
nings,” she said, “All I have I
have worked for.” Bridgewater
credited God, her family and
friends with helping her cope
with the ordeal.

“But for the grace of God, I
could have been in Sandilands
or probably worse,” she said.
“ALT was trying to do is what I
thought was right for my country
and to steer Mr Lightbourne in
the right direction,” she said. “I
maintain my 100 per cent inno-
cence. What Allyson, McDer-
mott and the others did to me, I
leave that to God,” Bridgewater
said.

Following her address to the
jury, Bridgewater began to cry
and was embraced by Light-
bourne as she took her seat.

Facing the jury, Lightbourne
said: “On January 2, 2009, I nev-
er questioned God before but I
questioned and asked why I had
to work that morning.”

Lightbourne went on to recall
that he and EMT Derrex Rolle
went to Old Bahama Bay that
morning where they found Jett
Travolta lying on a bathroom
floor with a brown towel around
his waist. Lightbourne said he
smelled alcohol in air and noticed

people trying to perform what
appeared to be CPR on Jett.
Lightbourne said Jett had no
vital signs and he told Dr Fer-
nandez the boy was dead.
According to Lightbourne, Dr
Fernandez told him that he knew
that but they should just take the
boy to the hospital.

Lightbourne said he told the
doctor he did not want to be a
part of ‘any cover up’ and he
overheard a man say ‘do we have
an agreement.’ He said the man
also tapped him on the shoulder
and asked him if he agreed.

Lightbourne said there was a
discussion about whether to take
Jett to the hospital or the air-
port.

He said that he spoke to Mr
Travolta and told them it was
their policy that once they were
in custody of a patient they had
to take them to the hospital.
Lightbourne said Mr Rolle told
him to get a refusal form which
Mr Travolta signed.

Lightbourne told the jury he
later made a copy of the docu-
ment and put the original on file
at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
He said he kept the document
with his collection of celebrity
signatures.

Lightbourne recalled being
approached at the Rand by two
Inside Edition reporters about
doing an interview while at the
hospital on January 4. He told
the jury he contacted his union
representative John Curtis to
inquire on whether he could do
the interview. He said Mr Curtis
called BPSU president John Pin-
der on the matter. Lightbourne
said the men wanted to know
how much he was being paid and
instructed him not to make the
hospital look bad.

He also told the jury that he
had been contacted by a man
claiming to be a representative of
Mr Travolta who said that he
was willing to pay a substantial
sum of money for the document
that the media had been inquir-
ing about.

He said that he informed the
man that he was going to do an
interview with Inside Edition.
He added that the man told him
to make Mr Travolta look good.

“IT was surprised when Ms
Bridgewater got locked up

because as far as I am concerned,
she didn’t do anything wrong,”
Lightbourne said.

He went on to recall his meet-
ing with Mr McDermott on Jan-
uary 19.

“T didn’t feel comfortable. So
Tasked him, ‘Are you recording
me?’ He said ‘No, I don’t do
things like that’,” Lightbourne
said.

He said Mr McDermott kept
insisting he did not want anyone
to know about their meeting.

“T realised the questions he
was saying to me, he was setting
me up. So I say if he going to
play crazy I going to play crazy,
so I told him what he wanted to
hear,” Lightbourne said.

“T didn’t know what extortion
was until I came to this court. As
far as I know I was selling them a
paper with Mr Travolta’s signa-
ture on it,” he said. “In your
deliberations find Ms Bridgewa-
ter not guilty and find me not
guilty,” Lightbourne said.

Lightbourne also told the jury
that health officials had promised
his former co-worker Derrex
Rolle a promotion and a pay
increase if he re-wrote his report
regarding Jett’s death. Light-
bourne said Mr Rolle came to
his home and told him so a week
before the start of the trial.

“Send me and Ms Bridgewa-
ter home to be with our family
and friends,” Lightbourne said.

Both attorney Murrio Ducille
who is representing Bridgewa-
ter, and Carlson Shurland, who is
representing Lightbourne, made
their opening addresses to the
jury yesterday.

“T am using a microscope. I
am still looking for a case but I
don’t see it,” Mr Ducille said.

He told the jury: “You are the
judges of the facts. Her ladyship
is the judge of the law. No one
can tell you how to decide in this
case.

“This case has been well pub-
licised all over the world, not
withstanding that, you deal with
the evidence which you have
heard.”

Mr Ducille told the jury his
client had nothing to prove but
that it was the prosecution who
has to prove her guilt.

“The catalyst of this whole
case is Mr McDermott. Ms


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Bridgewater has always led an
exemplary life. Her reputation
has been seriously damaged and
I hope to God she is able to
restore it.

“A good reputation is so hard
to build and so easy to destroy.

“This lady’s liberty, her
career, her entire life is in your
hands. We are not here judging
morals, we are dealing with the
law and whether there has been
a breach in the law.”

He noted that Allyson May-
nard-Gibson had testified that
Bridgewater had told her that
her client wanted to give Mr
Travolta the first option to pur-
chase the document he had.

“Where is the threat?” Mr
Ducille asked. “It is clear to see
she has been intorted. She is no
extortionist. Mr McDermott is
the intortioner.” Mr Ducille
said.

Mr Shurland tried to hold
back tears as he made his open-
ing address.

“T sat here and cried tears
for Pleasant. I have known her
for a long time,” he said. Mr
Shurland told the jury that is
client was not an extortionist.

“He might be an opportunist
but he sure isn’t an extortionist.
What’s wrong with Bahamians
seeing opportunities and taking
opportunities?” he asked.

“You seen Mr Travolta he
came here said what he had to
say and hit the road, Jack. At
the end of the day this had noth-
ing to do with extorting money
from John Travolta.

“This is strictly about deceit
and distractions,” Mr Shurland

FORMER PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater

UPPER LEVEL, T




said.

Marcus Garvey, manager of
the Bahamas Ambulance Ser-
vices company was called yes-
terday as a witness for Light-
bourne.

He recalled that on January
2, he and EMS Selvin Strachan
while in the area of Eight Mile
Rock intercepted the ambu-
lance that had been dispatched
to Old Bahama Bay that morn-
ing. Mr Garvey said he switched
places with Lightbourne who
had been driving the ambulance
carrying Jett’s body. He told the
court that Jett’s body was cold,
his pupils were fully dilated and
lividity had set in. He said Jett
was taken to the Rand Memor-
ial Hospital.

Mr Garvey also told the court
that on January 2, he received a
telephone call and told the man
he was not the person who had
access to the refusal of trans-
port form.

“T told him Mr Tarino Light-
bourne was responsible for that
document and I gave him his
telephone contacts,” Mr Gar-
vey said. He also testified that
reporters from CNN, The New
York Times and Star magazine
had also called him that day.

During cross examination
by lead prosecutor and Director
of Public Prosecutions Bernard
Turner, Mr Garvey was asked
whether he had given an inter-
view to Radaronline.com.

He told the court he had nev-
er given an interview to anyone
regarding that matter, which is
presently before the Public
Health Tribunal.

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Fourteen-island promotional
strategy unveiled by Ministry

PLANS TO HIGHLIGHT THE FAMILY ISLANDS

THE Ministry of Tourism
has unveiled plans on for a
14-island multi-level pro-
motional strategy that will
highlight the Family Islands.

Through its London-
based office, the ministry is
recruiting 42 filmmakers to
produce a short film featur-
ing life on the Family
Islands.

Fourteen will be chosen
to travel to the Bahamas to
produce the short film,
which will be distributed to
audiences around the world.

The islands are: Abaco,
Andros, Eleuthera, Har-
bour Island, San Salvador,
Exuma, Crooked Island,
Inagua, Mayaguana, Long
Island, Cat Island, Bimini,
Grand Bahama and New
Providence.

“The Ministry of Tourism
is always seeking to use
effective media to advance
the reputation of our coun-
try and enhance our profile
as a vacation destination of
choice,” said director gen-
eral, Ministry of Tourism,
Vernice Walkine.

It is expected that these
objectives will be met
through this promotion, she
said.

The challenge is designed
to build “greater aware-



DIRECTOR GENERAL, Ministry
of Tourism, Vernice Walkine

ness” of the Bahamas and
appreciation of the coun-
try’s beauty, particularly in
the United Kingdom.

She noted that there is a
“significant” onshore com-
ponent and that the project
“cannot be successful with-
out the full participation of
Bahamians as consummate
hosts and great information
sources to the filmmakers.”

“Here is our chance, as
Bahamians, to help UK
filmmakers make the best
possible film about the
islands on which we live,

showing the people of the
UK why they should visit
our islands,” said Ms
Walkine.

The price tag for this pro-
ject will be “modest”
according to district sales
manager for the ministry’s
UK office, Giovanni Grant.

“This project will cost the
ministry $250,000 to
$300,000, most of which will
be used for travel and
accommodations for the
filmmakers,” he said. “It’s
a small price to pay for the
potential benefits that we
will reap.”

The movies’ idyllic shots
of the islands will reside
online at the Bahamas’ UK
website which functions as a
24-hour tourist office to give
information and visual
images of the Bahamas to
Internet users.

“The overall goal of the
initiative is to drive traffic
to the bahamas.co.uk web-
site, and ultimately to cause
prospective travellers to
consider one of our islands
for their next holiday
retreat,” said Ms Walkine.

This initiative lines up
with the ministry’s goal of
attracting UK travellers to
the Bahamas in 2009 and
2010, she said.

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Champion
for Sport...
b See page 18
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009



Reflecting
on the ‘09

Hall of
Famers

THE Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture has
announced its Class of 2009
Hall of Fame inductees.

And scanning the list,
there’s a good cross section
of 15 players and adminis-
trators from a number of
sporting disciplines who are
going to be enshrined into
the National Hall of Fame
on Saturday, October 31.

While all of them are

Wildcats
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Truckers roll

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fter the latest

pair of games
on the New
Providence

over Stingrays,

expected to be properly
honoured and recognised
for their respective achieve-

Softball Association
(NPSA) schedule, the men’s
championship series is all set
while half of the women’s
series has been decided.

The Pineapple Air Wild-
cats completed a three-game
sweep over the Bommer
George Swingers with their
third consecutive shutout
last night, winning 13-0 in
the women’s division of the
NPSA.

The Wildcats await the
winner of the Proper Care
Pool Lady Sharks and Sigma
Brackettes semifinal
matchup. The Lady Sharks
lead the series two games to
one.

And in the men’s division,
the Commando Security
Truckers also completed a

ments during the banquet,
let me take this opportunity
to mention some of them as
we take a brief look back at
their careers.

There’s former prime
minister Perry Christie,
who prides himself on
remembering everybody
whenever he gets the
opportunity to remind that
he was one of the best
triple jumpers in the
Bahamas, having secured
the islands’ first interna-
tional medal in that event.

A member of the Valley
Boys junkanoo group,
Christie was one of the
founding members of the
Pioneers Sporting Club. As
a track and field athlete, he

advance to
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champ series

three game sweep of the
Price Waterhouse Stingrays
with an 11-4 victory Tuesday
night at the Blue Hills
Sporting Complex.

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to face the Heavylift Dorsey
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ABOUT 12 officials who
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four-day referee training
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officer Ramesh Ramdhan of
Trinidad and Tobago, FIFA
referee instructor Peter Pren-
dergast of Jamaica and FIFA
referee fitness instructor
Merere Gonzalez of Trinidad
and Tobago joined local
instructor Stan Darville for
the presentation of the course
material.

In attendance at the open-
ing of the course programme
at the Hilton resort were
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Desmond Bannister,
Anton Sealey, president of



DESMOND BANNISTER

tary of the BFA and Pierre
Lafleur, vice president of the
BFA.

Bannister confirmed his
pleasure at the leadership and
direction of the BFA, and
commended the association
for their attention to the men-
toring of referees for the

made two successful trips to
Kingston, Jamaica, for the
West Indies Federation
Games in 1960 and the
Central American and
Caribbean Games in 1962
where he captured a bronze
in the triple jump.

How about Bradley
Cooper, the strongman who
has had some intense bat-
tles with former Cuban
world record holder Luis
Delis, who dominated the
Caribbean before he chose
to retire in 1990 after he
tested positive for banned
substances.

In softball, the late Leon
“Apache” Knowles will
receive his honour posthu-
mously. He was the first
Bahamian to have been
inducted into the Interna-
tional Softball Federation’s
Hall of Fame back in 1987.

He managed the
Bahamas’ first men’s
national team that placed
second in the Central
American and Caribbean
Confederation Tourna-
ment.

Knowles will be joined by
Richard “The Lion-Heart”
Johnson, who two decades
later in 2007 was also
inducted into the ISF’s Hall
of Fame. Johnson was the
premier pitcher in the
country for at least two
decades.

Dr Timothy Barrett is

the Bahamas Football Asso- game. :
: ; : ciation, Fred Lunn, executive He commented on the ore. best ae a his
PMH Foundation Established in May 2002 vice president of the BEA. Se re
i EIR D ET AVETECUETA SECTS, SEE page 17 his athletic prowess as one

Ele LabraayTechcn ot PH



Lady Technicians
defeat COB Caribs

Defenders get victory over Crimestoppers

IT took the Lady Technicians five sets to defeat the COB
Caribs 25-21, 25-17, 19-25, 18-25 and 15-7 in New Providence
Volleyball Association (NPVA) action at the D W Davis gym.

Sharon Whylly led the Lady Techs with seven kills followed

by Sonia Hinsey with five kills.

In a losing effort, Kenisha Thompson led all scorers with 11

kills.

On the men’s side, the Scotiabank Defenders also won over
the Crimestoppers in five tough sets 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25

and 16-14.

Jan “Wire” Pinder and Shedrick Forbes led the Defenders

with 16 and 11 kills respectively.

Leonardo Dean and Carl Rolle led the Crimestoppers with

17 and 13 kills.

League play continued with two games Wednesday night
(Scottsdale Vixens vs The Cougars at 7:30pm and The Saints vs
The Intruders at 8:30pm) but those results were not available

up to press time.

of the premier volleyball
players in the country. He
also was regarded as one of
the top coaches during his
era.

Bobby Issacs was one of
those vintage all-around
players who made a
tremendous impact in just
about every sport he partic-
ipated in, but more specifi-
cally soccer, lawn tennis,
cricket and rugby just to
name a few.

And from one of those
talented brothers clan, the
late Wentworth “Wenty”
Ford will also be honoured
posthumously.

Ford was one of four
Bahamians who played in
Major League Baseball,
having suited up with the
Atlanta Braves as pitcher in
1973 before he was killed in
an automobile accident

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Sunfish
boats

custom
Ie.

SEVENTY two custom-
made Sunfish boats have
arrived in Nassau ahead of
the International Junior Sun-
fish Championships and the
2009 Sunfish World Champi-
onships which are expected
to kick off on Friday and
Monday respectively.

The boats feature a brilliant
sail boasting the colours of
the Bahamian flag, incorpo-
rating the Bahamas tourism
logo.

On Friday and Saturday,
the world’s top junior sailors
will take to Montagu Harbour
for two days of intense rac-
ing.

The week-long World
Championship sailing is slated
to start 10am Monday with
72 of the Bahamian-inspired
Sunfish boats lined up across
the water.

“Tt’s just a win-win, this
kind of event. For us, it’s pro-
moting sailing and that’s what
we’re all about here, but from
an economic perspective, wel-
coming this many people who
are all bringing value into the
economy is tremendous. We
calculate that these regattas
probably bring about half a
million dollars worth of value
to the economy, which is great
in these challenged economic
times," said Paul Hutton,
chairman of the regatta.

The events are being hosted

by the Nassau Yacht Club
with tremendous logistical
and financial support from the
ministries of tourism and
youth, sports and culture, and
platinum corporate sponsor
Pictet Bank and Trust and
others.

“Having the Sunfish World
Championships come here
exposes so many of our
Bahamian sailors to a differ-
ent side of regatta sailing
because it gives them the
opportunity to sail amongst
the who’s who of Sunfish sail-
ing in the world.

“It also will enable our
junior sailors to better their
skills and prepare them to sail
on a larger scale," said
Michelle McPhee, regatta
officer in the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture.

Eldece Clarke, sports
tourism manager in the Min-
istry of Tourism, said there
will be “residual marketing”
for the Bahamas.

“We at tourism are so excit-
ed to see the design and to
have been a part of it. Not
only will it look awesome
when all those boats are out
on the water this weekend
and next week, but we see
that there will be residual
marketing for the Bahamas
as these boats with our
colours and logo end up all
over the world.”



SHOWN (l-r) are Jeremy Stuby, vice president of Pictet Bank and Trust, Paul Hutton, Michelle
McPhee, Eldece Clarke, sports tourism manager in the Ministry of Tourism and Brent Burrows,
commodore of the Nassau Yacht Club.

Jamaica national
soccer team player
stabbed to death

By HOWARD CAMPBELL
Associated Press Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica
defender Orane Simpson was fatally
stabbed in the violence-wracked Kingston
slum where he was raised, police said

Wednesday.

A brief police statement said the 26-
year-old player, a Jamaica international
since 2005, was killed in Tivoli Gardens, a
sprawling neighbourhood that was the
country’s first government housing pro-

ject.

Simpson was attacked late Tuesday.
There have been no arrests, and police did

Drug and extortion
gangs are blamed for 90

not disclose specifics of the stabbing.
Howard Bell, an administrator with the

Jamaican Football Federation, said the
right back had recently been sidelined with
an injury. He did not provide more details.

Team officials did not immediately

return calls Wednesday.

Simpson also played with the Tivoli Gar-
dens team in the Caribbean island’s

FIFA, from page 16

BFA youth programme and
the valuable service that the
programme provides to the
community at large.

Bannister said the devel-
opment of referees is critical
for the overall development
of the game and encouraged
the referees to press on,
regardless of whether or not
they are liked, but more
importantly because they
ensure the integrity of the
game.

He then issued a challenge
to all of the participants to
continue their education and
learning in their craft and fur-
ther to assist the overall
development of the game by
taking the time to pass on the
information received, not
only in New Providence but
especially in the Family
Islands.

Anton Sealey, president of
the BFA, welcomed the visit-

per cent of the homicides
in Jamaica — 1,611 last
year, about 10 times the
rate in the United States,
relative to population

National Premier League.
He was first called up to the Reggae
Boyz in 2005 for a match against Australia.
Drug and extortion gangs are blamed

for 90 per cent of the homicides in Jamaica

ing instructors to the
Bahamas and thanked them
for assisting in the delivery of
the message.

FIFA RAP development
officer Ramesh Ramdhan
advised that the conduction
of the MA referees course
programme was designed to
change the environment that
exists.

He reiterated the mpor-
tant role that officials play in
the development of the game
in any country and charged
the participants to assist in
the recruitment of new offi-
cials by suggesting “each one
bring one.”

The course ran for four
days with practical sessions
conducted at the BFA
National Centre for Football
Development and theory ses-
sions conducted at the Hilton.

Sessions covered the laws
of the game, application of
the laws of the game, man-

— 1,611 last year, about 10 times the rate in
the United States, relative to population.



management during the
match, fitness for the referee
and a host of other subjects.

The majority of the lectures
were given by Stan Darville,
chairman of the BFA referees
committee, who has attend-
ed FIFA Futuro HT Courses
for Referee Instructors in the
region for the past three
years.

FIFA referee fitness
instructor Merere Gonzalez
conducted the fitness train-
ing segment of the pro-
gramme and fitness testing
for all of the officials.

The course concluded Sep-
tember 20 with brief remarks
from BFA general secretary
Lionel Haven and the course
instructors, followed by a pre-
sentation of certificates to all
those who attended.

The referees are expected
to continue their preparation
until the start of the senior
league later this month.

Scotiabank
Paratise win
Vincent D'Aguilar
Memorial 20/20
tournament

BAHAMAS Cricket
Association executives said
the Vincent D’Aguilar
Memorial 20/20 tourney was
a successful and well-attend-
ed event.

Two of the top teams, the
Dynasty Stars and the Dock-
endale Titans, who were
favourites to capture the
title suffered upsets much
earlier than expected.

The Stars fell to Castrol
Commonwealth, while the
Titans fell to Scotiabank
Paradise.

The two underdog squads
eventually advanced to the
tournament final with Sco-
tiabank winning the tourna-
ment and the cash prize. The
Stars finished in third posi-
tion.

The tournament was
sponsored by Dionisio
D’ Aguilar, whose father
Vincent played cricket with
the St Albans and Westerns
cricket teams during the
1950s and 1960s.

The D’Aguilar family
attended Monday’s matches
and were on hand for the
presentation of the prizes.

Omni Money Transfers
and Payments and Burger
King Restaurants provided
prizes for individual perfor-
mances.

Gregory Taylor, president
of the Bahamas Cricket
Association, presented
International Cricket Coun-
cil medals to Phillip Smith,
Irving Taylor, Sidney
Deveaux, Edmund Lewis,
Paul Thompson, and
Theophilus Fritz, for their
outstanding contribution to
cricket over the past
decades.

BCA league play contin-
ues at Windsor Park and
Haynes Oval on Saturday,
October 17.

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Campbell-Brown
named as UNESCO
Champion for Sport

Jamaica’s 200 meters double
Olympic champion Veronica
Campbell-Brown, receives an
award at the 35th Session of the
General Conference of UNESCO
in Paris on Tuesday. Veronica
Campbell-Brown has been
named as UNESCO Champion
for Sport and will join the ranks
of Formula One driver German
Michael Schumacher, Judoka
French David Douillet, ice hockey
player Russian Vyacheslav Feti-
sov and Belgian tennis player
Justin Henin.

(AP Photo: Michel Euler)

Del Potro retires
with right wrist
tendinitis

SHANGHAI (AP) —
US Open champion Juan
Martin del Potro retired
because of right wrist ten-
dinitis while trailing Jurgen

Melzer of Austria 7-5, 2-1
Wednesday at the Shanghai
Masters.

The third-seeded Argen-
tine, who was shaking his
right hand before packing
up his rackets, said that he
had similar wrist tendinitis
this year.

“Tm a little sorry,” Del
Potro said. “It’s a big tour-
nament here in Shanghai,
very important for me. But
if I want to have a good fin-
ish this season, I have to
recover, go home to be in
good shape for the last tour-

naments.”

Del Potro has already
qualified for next month’s
season-ending ATP tourna-
ment in London.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal
and second-seeded Novak
Djokovic also advanced.
Nadal defeated James Blake
6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4 — the sec-
ond straight week in which
the Spaniard needed three
sets to defeat the American.

“Every match is impor-
tant for me now,” Nadal
said. “I had the match under
control, set and a break,
playing really well, that’s
true. I think I deserve to win
the match, because most of
the time, I think I played
better than James.”

US OPEN champion Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina returns to Edouard Roger-Vasselin of
France during their first round match at the Japan Open Championships in Tokyo.

Last week, Nadal beat
Blake 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in the
second round of the China
Open.

Djokovic reached the
third round by beating
Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-
1

“First matches are always
the ones which are trickiest,

especially if you’re playing
against a lower-ranked play-
er who has basically noth-
ing to lose,” said Djokovic,
who is coming off a win in
Beijing last week.

Besides Del Potro, 15th-
seeded Tommy Haas of
Germany also retired from
his match. Haas lost the first

(AP Photo: Itsuo Inouye)

set to German qualifier
Rainer Schuettler 6-4 and
retired with a right shoul-
der injury.

On Tuesday, fourth-seed-
ed Andy Roddick retired
from his match against
Stanislas Wawrinka of
Switzerland with a left knee

injury.

Soccer: More countries
qualify for World Cup

By STUART CONDIE
AP Sports Writer

Switzerland and Slovakia
earned Europe’s last two
automatic berths for next
year’s World Cup on Wednes-
day night, while Argentina
tried to beat out Uruguay and
Ecuador for South America’s
last certain spot in the 32-
nation field.

Costa Rica played at the
already clinched United
States, hoping to stay ahead
of Honduras and gain the
final automatic berth from
North and Central America
and the Caribbean.

Portugal, Greece, Slovenia
and Ukraine finished second
in their groups and joined
Bosnia-Herzegovina, France,
Ireland and Russia in the

European playoffs.

Portugal won its third
straight World Cup qualifier
and advanced to the Euro-
pean playoffs, beating Malta
4-0 Wednesday night as Nani
scored one goal and assisted
on another.

Simao Sabrosa, Miguel
Veloso and Edinho also
scored for Portugal (5-1-4),
which finished second in
Group One with 19 points,
two behind Denmark (6-1-3).
The Danes clinched the auto-
matic berth last weekend.

The eight playoff teams will
be drawn into four pairs on
Monday, and the four win-
ners of home-and-home,
total-goals matches on Nov.
14 and 18 will qualify for next
year’s 32-nation tournament
in South Africa.



Howard looking to find Magic free throw touch

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
Associated Press Writer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando
assistant coach Patrick Ewing stood
underneath the hoop, took the ball after
it swished through the net and passed it
back to Dwight Howard standing at the
free throw line.

“Twenty,” Ewing said, passing the ball
back. The next shot finally clanked. Then
came a grimace and a grunt. “Restart the
count,” Howard called out. This scene
plays out daily for the Magic big man.

The All-Star center has surprisingly
hit as many as 28 straight free throws in
practice during Orlando’s training camp.
The work is all part of his goal to rid his
free-throw woes after missing a costly
pair in the waning seconds in Game 4 of
the NBA finals, a blown opportunity that
still haunts Howard.

“It’s not gone yet. Every day I wake up
and I think about what happened,”
Howard said. “Every day I get a
reminder when | turn on the TV ... first

thing I see is Kobe (Bryant) putting up
the championship sign. You think about
it, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it
since we lost. I put some of the moments
away, but losing something when you’re
so close, it hurts. So you don’t want to go
through that experience again.”
Howard is a dominant presence in the
paint and he attempted more free throws
(849) than any other player last year.
That’s why he has gone to great lengths
trying to solve his problems at the stripe.
Howard spends nights at the Magic’s
practice facility, even inviting friends to
blast music and distract him during shots.
There are days he takes more than 300
free throws and he’s usually the last play-
er to leave the court. “He’s dedicated to
make himself a good free throw shooter,”
point guard Jameer Nelson said.
Practice has never been Howard’s
problem. The games are where it hurts.
He’s a 60 percent career free throw
shooter, a big reason why the Magic often
turned elsewhere for offense in the final
seconds in the playoffs last season. The

finals are where it really stung.

In Game 4, Howard set a finals record
with nine blocked shots, had 16 points
and 21 rebounds. He was putting on a
performance for the ages, then he was
fouled with 11.1 seconds remaining in
the fourth quarter and Orlando ahead
87-84. All he needed was to make one
and the game would likely have been
sealed and the series tied.

He clanked them both. The Lakers ral-
lied. The Magic were eventually elimi-
nated.

“T’m going to be better this season,”
Howard said. “We’re going to be better.
We fell short last season. We just want to
win a championship now.”

Howard isn’t the first All-Star center to
struggle at the line. Shaquille O’Neal and
Wilt Chamberlain stand out the most, a
pair of dominant big men who have six
NBA titles between them, but never
could solve their free-throw stroke.
O’Neal (52 percent) and Chamberlain
(51 percent) rank as some of the worst
free throw shooters in league history.

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Reflecting on the ‘09 Hall of Famers
STUBBS

FROM page 16

here at home.

Another being honoured
posthumously is Anthony
Carroll. Many will remem-
ber the gentle giant who
paraded down Bay Street
as a one-man show during
the junkanoo celebrations.

But Carroll was a dual
legend in bodybuilding,
going all the way to the top
where he excelled as Mr
World, following in the
footsteps of fellow inductee
Kingsley Poitier. And he
also shined under the inter-
national bright lights as an
actor, having starred ina
number of plays and
movies.

And then who could for-
get Errol Bodie, a quiet
individual who developed
the respect and reputation
as being one of the top
track and field coaches in
the country. As a resident
of Grand Bahama, Bodie,
in my opinion, he never
really got the recognition
and opportunity to display
his skills internationally
like his New Providence
counterparts.

Talking about matching
up to their counterparts,
there’s Florence “Flo”
Rolle, who grew up playing
multiple sporting events.
She was so versatile that
she played in softball, vol-
leyball, basketball, track
and field and netball and
she made at least one
national team in just about
every sport.

All of the above, along
with Cliff Wilson, Doyle
Burrows, Glen Wells, Ed
Smith and the late Edwin
“Sir D” Davies should all
been commended for the
recognition they will
receive. There are others
who could have also been
considered, but all of the
above deserve to be induct-
ed in the Class of 2009.

What’s interesting to
note is that during the cele-
brations dubbed National
Sports Heritage Week, the
ministry also intends to
honour members of the
national team that compet-
ed in August this year at
the 12th IAAF World



OPINION

I En
Championships in Athletics
in Berlin, Germany.

The team continued the
rich legacy of the Bahamas
on the international scene
with Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie clinching the
bronze medal in the wom-
en’s 200m and sharing the
silver with team-mates
Sheniqua “Q” Ferguson,
Chandra Sturrup and
Christine Amertil in the 4 x
1 relay.

No specific details on the
celebrations have been
released at yet, but it’s
good that they are being
recognised with some of the
forerunners who set the
pace. It should be a grand
week for sports.

SAY A PRAYER WITH
ME FOR MRC

Normally I wouldn't do
something like this, but I
ask you to join me in offer-
ing prayers for Mr Roger
Carron, husband of The
Tribune’s publisher Eileen
Carron and my former
boss.

When I joined the staff as
a budding young reporter,
Mr Carron took me under
his wings as he sat on the
desk as the sports editor.

Mr C, as he was affec-
tionately called, was very
astute about the presenta-

tion of your story and he
also taught me a valuable
rule in journalism, particu-
larly sports, and that is to
always get both sides of an
argument so that you can
present a balanced report
on the situation.

Even after he left the
desk and up to the time of
his latest illness that result-
ed in him having to under-
go an emergency angioplas-
ty to open a blocked artery
as a result of a heart attack
he suffered on Saturday, he
would always come into the
office and offer his wise
comments on a story or a
sporting event that caught
his attention.

Mr C didn’t just offer his
criticism like so many peo-
ple are quick to do, but he
always provided a solution.
His aim was to get the best
out of your presentation.

I remember one of his
latest inspections came just
before the 12th World Ath-
letics Championships as
veteran sprinters Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie and
Chandra Sturrup were per-
forming as if they were still
in their prime.

Mr C came over to my
desk one day and said
‘Brent, don't forget to keep
interjecting the ages of
those girls. People need to
know how fantastic their
performances are com-
pared to the other girls.’

Over the years, I’ve
learnt quite a bit from Mr
C. I certainly cherish the
opportunity I have to work
with him and would like to
take this opportunity to say
a special thank you for your
role as my mentor and
motivator.

INSIGHT

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behind the news,
read Insight
on Mondays

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Bridgewater



of trial ridic

Former PLP Senator,
ex-ambulance driver
open their defence

in John Travolta case

By NATARIO
McKENZIE
Tribune Staff
Reporter
nmckenzie@
hotmail.com

FORMER PLP
Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and ex-
ambulance driver
Tarino Lightbourne
proclaimed their
mnocence in unsworn
statements to the jury
yesterday as the
attempted extortion
trial continued.

Bridgewater and
Lightbourne are
accused of attempting to extort
$25 million from American actor
John Travolta.

The pair chose to make
unsworn statements from where
they stood outside the prisoner’s
dock. Lightbourne also called
one witness in his defence, while
Bridgewater said she did not
intend to call any witnesses.

“T too have been shocked over
some of the evidence that has
come from this case,” Bridgewa-
ter said. “January 22 is a day I
will not forget. It was a day when
my fairly structured and organ-
ised life became a life of decep-
tion and a horrible dream,” she
said.



PLEASANT
BRIDGEWATER

“T have been
ridiculed and
ostracised. I have seen
my business gone rock
bottom,” she told the
jury. “Since January I
have not seen a salary.”

Bridgewater told the
jury the ordeal has tak-
en an emotional and
financial toll on her.
She said she has not
been able to work, and
because of a downturn
in her business she has
had to lay off some
staff.

“As far as I am con-
cerned I thought I was
doing what was right as
a citizen of the Bahamas and a
professional,” she said.

Bridgewater said she had
known Lightbourne for 10 years
and they also worked in close
proximity of each other. She
recalled that Lightbourne had
come to her seeking legal advice
after being terminated from his
job. She said he had told her that
since he had given an interview
regarding the death of Jett Tra-
volta, reporters had been calling
him constantly.

Bridgewater said he told her
he had a document they were

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THE COFFIN carrying the
body of Sir Clement Maynard.

By AVA TURNQUEST

BAY Street stood still yes-
terday as former Deputy
Prime Minister and Parlia-
mentarian Sir Clement
Travelyan Maynard made his

ment House to Christ Church
Cathedral and ultimately
Eastern Ceremony where he
was laid to rest.

Hundreds of hushed spec-
tators waited on each side of
the downtown stretch to wit-
ness the state funeral service
that commanded the respect
of all present.

Residents and visitors
stood side by side with the
tension only to be broken by
the first rap from the Royal
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sending a visible ripple
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Mr McCartney said he
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bune’'s requests for publica-
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WHAT was intended
to be a general foreign
affairs update at PLP
headquarters exploded
into an all-out attack on
Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell after he con-
firmed to the gathering
that he intends to chal-
lenge leader Perry
Christie at the party’s
national convention.

Addressing what is
being labeled as a
“group of young PLP
pseudo intellectuals”,
sources within the party
said Mr Mitchell was
confronted on what his

SEE page 12



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announce PLP

leadership bid
this morning

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
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DR BERNARD Nottage will
formally announce his bid for the
leadership of the Progressive Lib-
eral Party at 1lam today from
his Bain and Grant’s Town con-
stituency office.

Duplicating the dramatic
showdown which took place at
the party’s 1997 convention, both
Dr Nottage and former Prime
Minister Perry Christie will vie
once again for the leadership of
the party.

Joining them in this battle will

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picnic on Nirvana Beach,
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* ‘More than one or two’
bidders interested in BTC,
as due diligence phase
of privatisation starts,
with offers expected
by end-November

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A MEXICAN-headquar-
tered telecoms conglomerate
is among the potential bid-
ders interested in acquiring a
51 per cent stake in the
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC),
sources told Tribune Business
yesterday, with “a select
group of potential buyers”
now invited to commence due
diligence on the company.

Telmex, the company head-
ed by billionaire Carlos Slim,
which has operations in Mex-
ico, Brazil, Argentina and
other Latin American coun-
tries, was said by sources
familiar with the situation to
have had a team of executive
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SEE page 10B

CLICO liquidated $10m
deposit to cover expenses

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CLICO (Bahamas) liqui-
dated a $10 million bank
deposit to generate cash and
help cover $12 million in
operating expenses in the two
months immediately prior to
it being placed under
Supreme Court supervision,
its liquidator has confirmed,
“a further indication that the
company was insolvent”.

Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez, in
his first report to the Supreme
Court as the insurer’s liq-
uidator, said that while the
Bahamas-based term deposit
initially appeared to have
been liquidated to settle poli-
cy surrenders, in reality the
funds were used to meet oper-
ating expenses during its last
two months in operation.

“My review of the compa-
ny’s general ledger for the
period from December 31,
2008, to February 24, 2009,
revealed that the funds were
used to cover daily operating
expenses, commissions paid
to agents and bonuses paid to
agents,” Mr Gomez alleged
in his report.

“The above was a further
indication that the company
was insolvent and not able to
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

he largest shareholder in

BISX-listed FOCOL

Holdings yesterday said

the company’s Board of

Directors would not have
sold land to the Christie administra-
tion’s proposed southwestern New
Providence port unless it was acquired
by the Government through compul-
sory acquisition.

Franklyn Wilson, responding to
claims that the Christie administra-
tion’s port location decision was based
partly on rewarding PLP supporters
who owned land in the area, said
FOCOL?’s Board had never discussed
selling the land required for that pro-
ject.

Describing the claims as “a gross
misrepresentation of anything that’s
true”, Mr Wilson also questioned how
FOCOL, as a publicly-traded compa-
ny, could be perceived as “politically
partisan”. Apart from having hundreds
of Bahamian retail investors as share-
holders, he pointed out that the com-
pany’s main shareholders included
both FNM and PLP supporters.

The 2005 Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) for the new port
site, produced by Coastal Systems

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International, said that among the
property owners who land had to be
acquired from were New Providence
Development Company and Shell.
FOCOL, through its Sun Oil sub-
sidiary, acquired the assets and oper-
ations of Shell Bahamas in a deal that
closed in early 2006.

“The majority of land is owned by
New Providence Development Com-
pany,” the EJA report said. “The
Bahamas Electricity Corporation also
owns a portion of the land. An addi-
tional small parcel exists on site, for
which ownership has not yet been
determined.

“At the centre of the proposed
entrance corridor, the Shell oil com-
pany is a major landowner, possess-
ing approximately 121,400 square
metres/30 acres.

“Tnitial discussions with the New
Providence Development Company
and Shell Oil Company have resulted
in positive feedback relative to the
acquisition of this land.”

A source familiar with discussions at
the time on the Christie government’s
planned new port, proposed for a site
between BEC’s Clifton Pier plan and
Commonwealth Brewery, said of the
Shell holdings: “That parcel of land
was critical to the port entrance. We
couldn’t get through to the port with-

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out that acreage of land.”

The source suggested that, after
acquiring Shell, FOCOL could have
either sold the land to the port to part-
pay for the acquisition, or done a land-
for-equity swap to gain a stake itself in
the project.

This is likely to have been where
claims regarding the port location
being designed to benefit PLP sup-
porters have originated from. Apart
from Mr Wilson, FOCOL’s main
shareholders also include the trust of
former PLP MP, minister and chair-
man, Bradley Roberts.

However, Mr Wilson emphatically
denied such claims yesterday. “Our
directors have never had discussions
about selling the land, and I cannot
imagine that is something the Board
would have done without a compul-
sory acquisition by the Government,”
he told Tribune Business.

“We would have no motivation to
do it. Whatever it is, I can say that.
The directors have never ever dis-
cussed any matter about selling that
property, and I cannot imagine we
would be interested in doing it without
a compulsory acquisition by the Gov-
ernment.”

He added: “There is absolutely no

SEE page 5B



‘a further indication that the
company was insolvent’

had to resort to invested
assets to enable it to fund its
operations.”

Of the $12.018 million paid
out over the period, Mr
Gomez alleged that CLICO
(Bahamas) general ledger
showed some $6.037 million
went to cover operating
expenses. A further $4.415
million went on agent com-
missions, and $1.567 million
on agent bonuses.

As of the July 7, 2009, date
of his report, Mr Gomez said
he had retained some 16 of
CLICO (Bahamas) former
141 staff members to assist
the liquidation, the rest hav-
ing been released on April 15
and given their redundancy
letters.

“At the time of their
release, and to the date of this
report, the company was not
in position to pay severance
amounts,” Mr Gomez
warned. As a result, 18 for-
mer CLICO (Bahamas)
employees had filed trade dis-
putes with the Labour Board

SEE page 4B



banks are “making progress”
towards the full launch/imple-
mentation of an Automated
Clearing House (ACH),
senior industry executives told
Tribune Business yesterday,
although key legislative
changes are needed to ensure
the system takes its “true
form”.

While there was “guarded
optimism” that all the tech-
nical issues affecting the ACH
were being worked through,
banking industry sources have
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John S George
moves to close
Harbour Bay store

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A well-known Bahamian
retailer is continuing to down-
size with the closure of its
Harbour Bay store, its owner
telling Tribune Business yes-
terday that the company was
“really struggling to survive”
amid the ongoing recession.

Andrew Wilson confirmed
that John S George was in the
process of closing its Harbour
Bay operation, although he
was unable to give an exact
date for the closing as the
store was still clearing/selling
off its remaining inventory.

Responding to Tribune
Business’s inquiries, after this
newspaper received several
calls informing it of the clo-
sure, Mr Wilson said: “That’s
right; Harbour Bay is closing
down. I can confirm that.
We’re just really struggling to
survive.”

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Clearing House needs key law amendments

By NEIL HARTNELL

/ ’ ; * Banks ‘making progress’ on ACH electronic
Tribune Business Editor

payments system, and ‘guarded optimism’
technical issues close to being resolved

* But sources say laws need amending to
ensure electronic cheque images can
be accepted as legal tender

* Operational issues also outstanding

cal operational and legal
issues still needed to be
addressed, especially when it
came to ensuring electronic
images of cheques could be
accepted as legal tender.

To enable this to happen,
banking industry sources, who

requested anonymity, said the
Bill of Exchange Act, which
regulates how cheques are
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THE BAHAMAS must
implement a new tax system,
such as Value Added Tax
(VAT), as the country moves
towards full membership in
the World Trade Organisation
(WTO), the Bahamas Insti-
tute of Chartered Accountants
(BICA) president said yester-
day.

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centage of compliant tax pay-
ers.

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Caribbean countries that rely
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ance problem, but the best
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The IMF recently touted
the Bahamas’ fiscal stability,
but suggested that it broaden
its revenue base in order to
decrease its national debt.

In his 2009-2010 budget
contribution, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham suggested
that if the Bahamas were to
implement another source of
revenue collection it would be
a VAT.

“Tt may also be the case that
the revenue base is simply too
narrow, as is repeatedly men-
tioned in IMF reports,” he
said.

“Tf it is necessary to widen
the revenue base, the change
will come by implementing
some form of sales tax to cov-
er deficiencies. For example, a
Value Added tax has been
adopted by over 140 countries
around the world and would
represent a prime candidate
for the Bahamas.”

However, Ms Norton-Coke
revealed that VAT was usual-
ly amuch more successful tax-
ation method in countries with
large manufacturing, whole-
sale and retail sectors. In those
cases, the VAT is “favoured
over the traditional sales tax
because it is charged at each
tier of the consumption
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She said that in countries
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While the system it is not
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CLICO liquidated $10m
deposit to cover expenses

FROM page 1B

against him, “contesting the
omission of ‘Notice Pay’ from
their redundancy letters”.

The matter, though, has
“been dispensed with” after
Mr Gomez’s attorneys told
Department of Labour offi-
cials at a June 17, 2009, con-
ciliation meeting that the mat-
ter should be deferred
because CLICO (Bahamas)
was in court-supervised liqui-
dation.

“Former staff members of
the company continue to call
me on a regular basis inquir-
ing as to when they would
receive their severance pack-
ages,” Mr Gomez said.

“Some staff members also

met with me on the same mat-
ter. I also received numerous
phone calls and correspon-
dence from attorneys making
representation on behalf of
employees inquiring about
severance packages.”

Mr Gomez said the
Supreme Court had also given
its approval to settle a
$180,000 debt owed by CLI-
CO (Bahamas) to its Trinidad
affiliate, the latter having pro-
vided IT support, accounting
and policy management ser-
vices to the Bahamian com-

pany.

These services had been
rendered under a service
agreement that started in
2008, having previously been
available free, and payments
were outstanding from Janu-

ary 2008, Mr Gomez alleged.

He added that the bill
needed to be paid so that the
liquidation team could obtain
current accounting and policy
administration information,
as CLICO Trinidad was
preparing to discontinue these
services.

“Failure to have access to
essential information, such as
accounting and policy details,
has hindered the progress of
the liquidation,” Mr Gomez
said. “However, since settle-
ment of the outstanding debt
to CLICO Trinidad, we have
had unhindered access to the
system, but challenges remain.

“While the system gener-
ates financial statements and
policy details, we have had to
spend a tremendous amount

of time attempting to organise
and reconcile both the
accounting and policy portfo-
lio records.”

Mr Gomez said he was in
the process of returning 317
policy contracts amended pri-
or to the liquidation, with
some 27 handed back already.
He still had to track down the
other 290 policyholders.

Meanwhile, CLICO
(Bahamas) liquidator has
placed a $360,786 demand let-
ter from FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas),
requesting immediate repay-
ment of outstanding loans to
the company, on his list of
creditors “in the order of its
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some $35 million worth of its
mortgages were secured by
life insurance policies issued
by CLICO (Bahamas).

Elsewhere, the liquidator
said he was investigating the
$34 million and $15.5 million
claims submitted by CLICO
Guyana and CLICO Suri-
name respectively.

“My preliminary review of
the documentation suggests
that the policies were not
issued by the company,” Mr
Gomez alleged. “Moreover,
the premiums received by
Guyana and Suriname were
never paid to the company.

“Tt appears that the funds
were directly remitted to bank
accounts in the US. Notwith-
standing this, the premium
proceeds are reflected in the
records as an inter-company
loan.”

Mr Gomez said his team
was also investigating the ben-
eficial ownership of CLICO
Enterprises, the CLICO
(Bahamas) affiliate through
which the majority of the lat-
ter’s investments were made.

A search of CLICO Enter-
prises’ corporate records, he
alleged, had produced annual
returns - filed in September
2007 with the Companies
Registry - showing its share-
holders as Mayco Holdings
and Nardco Holdings. Each
held one share.

holders to be Ellen Serville,
Vanria Greene and Nadia
Richardson. All three were
employees of Serville & Co,
and were acting as nominees,
Mr Gomez claimed.

Some 179 policies, with
paid premiums of $46,038,
were due to be refunded by
CLICO Bahamas because
due diligence on the prospec-
tive policyholders had not
been completed at the liqui-
dation date.

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NOTICE

SHUNFU CLOSE INVESTMENTS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
THURSDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,534.77| CHG -0.47| %CHG -0.03 | YTD -177.59 | YTD % -10.37
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%

WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

52wk-Low Security Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E
1.15 AML Foods Limited 0.127 9.1
9.90 Bahamas Property Fund 0.992 10.8
6.18 Bank of Bahamas 0.244 25.3
0.63 Benchmark -0.877 N/M
3.15 Bahamas Waste 0.078 40.4
2.14 Fidelity Bank 0.055 43.1
10.00 Cable Bahamas 1.406 tA
2.74 Colina Holdings 0.249 11.0
5.26 Commonwealth Bank ($1) 0.419 14.1
1.27 Consolidated Water BDRs 0.111 33.6
1.32 Doctor's Hospital 0.382 5.4
6.60 Famguard 0.420 15.7
8.80 Finco 0.322 28.9
10.29 FirstCaribbean Bank 0.794 13.0
4.95 Focol (S) 0.332 15.0
1.00 Focol Class B Preference 0.000 N/M
0.30 Freeport Concrete 0.035 86
5.49 ICD Utilities 0.407 13.5
9.98 J. S. Johnson 10.09 9.98 -0.11 0.952 10.5
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.180 55.6

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)
52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A FBB17 100.00 0.00 7%
1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C FBB13 100.00 0.00 7%
1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%

Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price

7.92 8.42 14.00
2.00 6.25 4.00
0.35 0.40 0.55
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
30.13 31.59 29.00
0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV YTD% Last 12 Months
1.4038 3.72 6.20
2.8990 -1.39 -4.16
1.4892 3.87 5.47
3.0941 -8.61 -13.59
13.1136 3.93 5.87
101.6693 1.10 1.67
96.7398 0.35 -4.18
1.0000 0.00 0.00
9.3399 2.69 -1.41
1.0707 3.38 6.14
1.0319 -0.11 2.05
1.0673 2.89 4.93
MARKET TERMS
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALPHA DELTA INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Previous Close Today's Close
1.15 1.15
10.75 10.75
6.18 6.18
0.63 0.63
3.15 3.16
2.37 2.37
10.00 10.00
2.74 2.74
5.92 5.92
3.74 3.73
2.05 2.05
6.60 6.60
9.30 9.30
10.29 10.29
4.99 4.99
1.00 1.00
0.30 0.30
5.50 5.50

Change
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

-0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00 350
0.00 15,650
0.00 2,000
0.00
0.00
0.00

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

19,879
3,253

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Interest Maturity
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
29 May 2015
52wk-Low Symbol Yield
7.92 Bahamas Supermarkets
6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
0.20 RND Holdings

Weekly Vol. EPS$
-2.246
0.000

0.001

Div $ P/E
0.000
0.480
0.000

Legal Notice

NOTICE
PINTABIAN HOLDINGS CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

29.00 ABDAB
0.40 RND Holdings 261.90 0.00%
NAV Date
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
11-Sep-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
30-Jun-09
30-Jun-09
31-Dec-07
31-Jul-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09
31-Aug-09

52wk-Low
1.3344
2.8952
1.4119
3.0941
12.3870
100.0000
93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

Fund Name Div $ Yield %
CFAL Bond Fund

CFAL MSI Preferred Fund

CFAL Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund

CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

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

FG Financial Diversified Fund

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
($1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 5B



Key FOCOL investor
denies Port claims

FROM page 1B

reason for FOCOL to be seen
in any partisan political con-
text. It is a public company,
and among its largest share-
holders are very high profile
supporters of both parties.

“There is absolutely no log-
ic in seeing FOCOL as a par-
tisan political company. It has
never been, and never will be.
Sun Oil never has been, and
never can be seen as a parti-
san political company. Look
at the Board, look at the num-
bers, look at every aspect of
it.”

Facility

Arguing that the “ideal port
facility” would consist of
607,000 square metres or 150
acres of port infrastructure

and harbour, Coastal Systems
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processed at five locations on
New Providence - three on
Bay Street, and two at
Arawak Cay.

Ideal

To create “an ideal port
structure capable of serving
all cargo needs for New Prov-
idence”, Coastal Systems said
in its report that the south-
western port would need a
360-metre diameter turning
basin; 100 metre-wide
entrance corridor; 3,000 lin-
ear feet of cargo vessel moor-
ing space; water depth of up
to 10 metres; and upland facil-
ities for bulk, break bulk, con-
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cargo offloading terminal.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 7B

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Bureau needed
for more trust

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE creation of a
Bahamas-based Better Busi-
ness Bureau (BBB) would
increase consumer confidence
in the business community
and cause companies to act
in the best interests of their
employees and clients, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce’s executive director
said yesterday.

Philip Simon said the
Bahamas lacks the structure
to establish an institution such
as a Better Business Bureau,
which exists in the US and
Canada. He added that the
Chamber of Commerce acts
as a Bureau of sorts, but its
reach extends only to its
membership.

In the US and Canada, he
explained that only approved
companies are eligible to
become partners with the Bet-
ter Business Bureau, and are
held to stringent best prac-
tices and standards of trust.

Trust is an essential part of
a Better Business Bureau’s
mission, Mr Simon said, in
addition to creating a com-
munity of trustworthy busi-
nesses, setting standards for
marketplace trust, encourag-
ing and supporting best prac-
tices, celebrating role models
and denouncing substandard
market behaviour.

“Better Business Bureaus
work effectively in the US
because of tax structures and
credible information,” said
Mr Simon. “You can’t get
that in the Bahamas, as you
have to trust the membership
and trust the organisation.”

Mr Simon said there was a
lack of trust in the wider busi-
ness community, and a com-
merce system not conducive
to information sharing and
gathering. “So when com-
plaints are made, you can’t
corroborate that without
being able to verify it,” said

Mr Simon. “You don’t want
to end up in a scandalous,
libellous type of situation.”

While the question of what
could be done for Solomon’s
Mines employees, some of
whom have allegedly not
received pay for more than
five months, prompted the
discussion of Better Business
Bureau’s with Mr Simon, he
said their plight WAS the
responsibility of the Labour
Board.

Mr Simon said the Cham-
ber may mediate a labour dis-
pute with one of its members
if a complaint reaches its
doorstep, but the organisation
can only impose peer pres-
sure. It has no legal or leg-
islative authority to act on

behalf of the employees or
the company.

“We contact those compa-
nies’ chief executives or man-
agers and let them know what
is happening in their busi-
nesses,” said Mr Simon.
“What usually happens, par-
ticularly in our membership, is
they are not aware of the par-
ticular complaint. We act as a
Better Business Bureau.”

He said that in order to
establish a viable Better Busi-
ness Bureau in the Bahamas,
private sector associations,
such as small and medium-
sized business associations,
and the Government must
come together to introduce a
culture of trust and informa-
tion sharing.

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of

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Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

° Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management, Public
Administration, Human Resources or equivalent and three (3) years
relevant experience.

Strong interpersonal, networking and negotiation skills; also high-level
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Confirmations in substantive posts
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Benefits under the law, e.g. Employment Act, Pension Act and National
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Employee transfer and secondment
Employee grievances
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 9B

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Retailer ‘struggling
to survive’

FROM page 1B dancies would result, as the
Harbour Bay store staff -
believed to number around

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John S George now consists
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In the past two years, it has
also closed outlets in Lyford
Cay and on Independence
Drive.

The retailer appears to be
another example of a busi-
ness, already troubled, which
is now struggling to survive a
deep recession. The blame for
that cannot be laid at Mr
Wilson’s door, as John S
George had suffered under
the ill-fated ownership of the
buyout group put together by
Ken Hutton and, in the opin-
ion of many observers, stag-
nated under the ownership
group before that.

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after Mr Wilson had invest-
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Mexican firm eyes BTC bid

FROM page 1B

March/April this year, explor-
ing the feasibility of BTC as a
privatisation target.

“They’ve [Telmex] had
bodies on the ground during
this process,” said one source
familiar with Telmex’s inter-
est. The Mexican-based com-
pany would seemingly be a
good fit for BTC, as it cur-
rently offers fixed-line tele-
coms, Internet, data, hosting
services and Internet Proto-
col (IP) TV - all business lines
that the state-owned incum-
bent is currently in, or seeking
to move into.

The most valuable compo-
nent of BTC is its cellular
monopoly, which according
to the company’s 2007 annual
report accounted for 68 per
cent - more than two-thirds -
of its annual revenues that
year.

Telmex has expertise here,
too, having spun-off its cellu-
lar unit in 2000 to create

America Movil.
Telmex/America Movil’s
interest in BTC and the
Bahamas has been long-
standing, the two entities hav-
ing participated in the failed
2003 privatisation process by
paying a deposit to enter the
‘data room’ and conduct due
diligence on the Bahamian
company back then.

Observers

That was felt by many
observers then to have been a
‘spying mission’, assessing the
Bahamian telecoms market
and how ripe it was for a new
cellular player - the main
interest said to have been
acquiring a cellular licence for
America Movil.

Meanwhile, sources sug-
gested that other players
interested in BTC in included
Digicel (although it is purely a
cellular company to date),
Cable & Wireless and AT&T.
The latter part-owns the

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007

IN THE SUPREME COURT
COMMON LAW AND EQUITY

CLE/qui/00109

ALL THOSE piece parcels or lots of land comprising 9,374 square

Bahamas Cable System with
BTC, which carries the lat-
ter’s traffic, and the Bahamas
would be a natural extension
to its existing Florida pres-
ence.

A spokesman for the BTC
privatisation committee,
which yesterday announced
that the due diligence phase
of BTC’s privatisation had
commenced, said of the num-
ber of bidders: “It is a group.
It is not one or two.”

He added that Citigroup
Global Markets, the company
playing the ‘investment bank-
ing role’ of going out to solic-
it bids for BTC on the Gov-
ernment’s behalf, did not
want the identity of bidders
or their number revealed for
competitive reasons.

However, the spokesman
said the level of interest
shown in BTC to date had
met the Government and Cit-
igroup’s expectations. “The

Government is very pleased
with the level of interest so
far, and the quality of the par-
ties,” he said.

Privatisation

The BTC privatisation
committee said “significant
interest” had been received
so far from potential bidders,
and the Government had
“narrowed down” the lst
from the August pre-qualifi-
cation phase to a “select
group” they had invited to
participate in the due dili-
gence phase. The deadline for
bids is expected to be the end
of November 2009.

“As far as we can see, right
now the bids are expected by
the end of November.
There’ll be a selection process
after that, and then the clos-
ing,” the spokesman said,
adding that he “imagined”
BTC’s privatisation was like-

ly to be completed in early
2010.

That would accord with the
Government’s timescale, since
it is aiming to use the BTC
privatisation proceeds to pay
down debt and narrow an
estimated $200-$300 million
fiscal deficit for its 2009-2010
financial year. Completing the
exercise before June 30 next
year is a clear goal.

It is unclear what purchase
price the Government expects
to realise, although some
close to the situation have
suggested a figure of around



$200 million. It is not known,
though, whether that figure
includes a $30 million divi-
dend the Government plans
to take from BTC prior to pri-
vatisation.

Diligence

The due diligence phase
will allow buyers to enter a
‘Data Room’, where they can
access financial, business and
legal information on BTC.
They will also be able to meet
with key members of BTC
management.

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foot and being Lot Number One (I) and Lot Number Two (2) situate
in Block Number Forty Three (43) in a Subdivision called and known
as “Englerston Subdivision’ situated at the South-Eastern Junction of
Homestead Avenue and Podeleo Street in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas which said piece parcel or lots of land are bounded on the
North by a Road Reservation called and known as Homestead Avenue
and running thereon approximately One hundred and Fourteen and
Sixty Eight hundredths (114.68) feet partially on an acre, on the East
by Lots Number 44 and 43 in the said Subdivision and running thereon
Ninety Eight and Twelve Hundredths (98.12) feet and on the West by
a Road Reservation called and known as Podelec Street and running
thereon Eighty One and Three Hundredths (81.03) feet which said
piece parcels or lots of land have such position, boundaries, shape,
marks and dimensions as are more particularly delineated on the Plan
recorded in the Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan No.3914
N.P.

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles
Act 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of JANE MCPHEE
NOTICE
The Quieting Titles Act, 1

The Petition of JANE MCPHEE of Podoleo Street in the Southern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THOSE piece parcels or lots of land comprising 9,374 square
feet and being Lot Number One (I) and Lot Number Two (2) situate
in Block Number Forty Three (43) in a Subdivision called and known
as “Englerston Subdivision’ situated at the South-Eastern Junction of
Homestead Avenue and Podeleo Street in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas which said piece parcel or lots of land are bounded on
the North by a Road Reservation called and known as Homestead A
venue and running thereon approximately One Hundred and Fourteen
and Sixty Eight Hundredths (114.68) feet partially on an acre, on the
East by Lots Number 44 and 43 in the said Subdivision and running
thereon Ninety Eight and Twelve Hundredths (98.12) feet and on the
West by a Road Reservation called and known as Podeleo Street and
running thereon Eighty One and Three Hundredths (81.03) feet which
said piece parcels or lots of land have such position, boundaries,
shape, marks and dimensions as are more particularly delineated on
the Plan recorded in the Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan
NO.3914 N.P.

Jane Mcphee claims to be the owner of the fee simple estate
in possession of the said pieces or parcels of land free from
encumbrances. And the Petitioner has made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas under Section
3 of the Quieting Titles Act, 1999 to have title to the said pieces
parcels or tracts of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having a Dower or a right to
Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition
shall on before 26th November, A.D., 2009 file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioners or the undersigned a Statement of his
claim in the prescribed from verified by an Affidavit to be tiled therewith.
Failure of any such person te file and serve a Statement of Claim on
or before the 26th November, A.D., 2009 will operate as a bar to such
claim.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected at:

|. The Registry of the Supreme Court.
2. The Chambers of Messrs ROLLE & ROLLE., Attorneys for the
Petitioner.

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ROLLE & ROLLE
Chambers Seventh Terrace West, Centerville
Nassau, Bahamas
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NOTICE

BRIGHT JADE HOLDINGS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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Notice
GLIDER MANAGEMENT LTD.

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000 the Dissolution of GLIDER MANAGEMENT
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has been issued and the Company has therefore been
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The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 25th
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IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the In-
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dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 13th
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the above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 13th
November 2009.

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Asian stocks up amid
China optimism,
oil above $75

By JEREMIAH MARQUEZ
AP Business Writer

has helped drive Asia’s mar-
kets in the last six months.
“The writing is on the wall:

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Gold traded near an all-time

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omy showed more signs of
recovery and oil prices
touched a new high for the
year above $75 a barrel.
Helping lead the region’s
advance were shares in
major technology companies
after US chipmaker Intel
Corp. issued a surprisingly
cheery profit forecast for the
rest of the year. The dollar,
meanwhile, resumed its slide
against the yen and the euro.

Investors

Investors were heartened
by news the slump in Chi-
na’s exports eased in Sep-
tember, a sign global trade
was improving and aiding the
government’s efforts to engi-
neer a stronger turnaround
in the world’s third-largest
economy.

Combined with huge
amounts of easy money freed
up by governments to
rebuild their economies and
companies, growth in China

equities at Baring Asset
Management, which over-
sees more than $9 billion in
assets. “And when there’s so
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and I think Asia’s markets
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In mainland China, Shang-
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Sandals aims to bring 1,500 travel
agents to Bahamas over six weeks

THE Sandals resort chain
is aiming to boost tourism to
the Bahamas by bringing
1,500 travel agents to this
nation over a six-week period
lasting until mid-November,
all spending one night at its
Royal Bahamian Resort &
Spa.

The travel agents are visit-
ing the Bahamas as part of
the resort chain’s MEGA
FAM initiative, launched ear-
lier this year and designed to
familiarise that sector with
what Sandals and this nation
have to offer their clients.

There are 10 different
opportunities for agents to
visit the Sandals Royal
Bahamian Resort. As an
added bonus for agents par-
ticipating in one of the 10
scheduled trips this autumn,
they will have an opportunity
to tour Beaches Turks and
Caicos Resort Villages and
Spa, spending one night in
Turks & Caicos and one night
in the Bahamas.

The trips will originate from
the US east coast and mid-
west, and feature a two-night,
three-day MEGA FAM trip
that includes accommodations
in one of the resort’s luxuri-
ous rooms and an exclusive
Junkanoo dinner party at San-
dals Royal Bahamian’s pri-

ACH, from 1B

amendments may be some
time away, given the crowded
legislative agenda before Par-
liament and the Cabinet.
Paul McWeeney, Bank of
the Bahamas International’s
managing director, who heads
the Clearing Banks Associa-
tion’s ACH committee, told
Tribune Business when con-
tacted by this newspaper:

vate island, Sandals Cay.

Travel agents will also have
the opportunity to earn Cer-
tified Sandals Specialist (CSS)
certification when they attend
a four-hour training course.
The certification provides
meaningful benefits, includ-
ing marketing tips and tech-
niques; bonus commissions;
and business tools such as co-
branded collateral, websites
and advertising opportunities.

All workshops feature an
in-depth look at the latest
developments across the San-
dals Resorts International
portfolio, including its latest
addition, Sandals Emerald
Bay, and Sandals Resorts’
new partnership with Martha
Stewart Weddings.

Dates for the new MEGA
FAM trip to Sandals Royal
Bahamian include:

October 5 — 7, 2009
Airfare from Chicago
October 8 — 10, 2009
Airfare from Milwaukee
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“Progress is being made.”

He added that he was
unable to say much more than
that, but alluded to the nec-
essary legislative changes
needed to support the ACH
and bring it into being.

“We have to address the
legislative framework which
supports it,” Mr McWeeney
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Another banking industry
source, more forthcoming on
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“All that has been going
reasonably well. There is
guarded optimism that from a
technical point of view, we
will be able to reach a con-
clusion and launch. It seems
we are getting there.”

However, the source point-
ed out that apart from tech-
nical issues, the Bahamian
commercial banks also had to
tackle “operational issues”,
such as the ACH’s cost and
what the pricing structure
should be.

Confirming Mr
McWeeney’s assertion that
the outstanding issues went
beyond the clearing banks,
and into the realm of regula-
tors, government and Parlia-
ment, the source said the key
Act to be amended was the
Bill of Exchange Act.

This regulated how cheques
were handled and cashed, and
with the ACH allowing elec-
tronic images of cheques to
be used, the key is to amend
that Act to allow these images
to be accepted as legal ten-
der, Tribune Business under-
stands.

“Quite a few of these things
need to take place before we
can launch the ACH in its
true form,” the banking indus-

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2009, nine chartered flights

try source said.

THE failure to implement
an Automated Clearing
House (ACH) to-date, the
system having promised as far
back as 2003-2004, reared its
head again this week. A for-
mer Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president argued
that its absence had made
“doing business in this coun-
try so prehistoric”, the
nation’s payments and settle-
ments system running exactly
“like it was 100 years ago”.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, who is
also Superwash’s president,
said the failure to deliver tech-
nology to facilitate an elec-
tronic payments system was
effectively holding up the rest
of the business community,
especially when it came to
rolling out a widespread e-
commerce platform.

“It’s good for every single
business,” Mr D’ Aguilar said
of the ACH. “Putting in place
an ACH is the first step to a
cashless society. It’s got to be
cheaper than the process now
of clearing cheques and han-
dling tonnes of cash. It just
makes the fact of doing busi-
ness in this country so prehis-
toric.

“This is 2009. It should be

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able to be done electronically.
If I want to pay people elec-
tronically, I should be able to.
It just continually delays the
ability of business to operate
in a cashless society.

“Tt would save companies
an enormous amount of mon-
ey if they did not have to hold
on to such tremendous
amounts of cash, and as such
reduce the amount of cash
they have to horde. By not
allowing an ACH, you're still
operating a system where it
takes too long for cheques to
clear and everything is done
manually, like it was 100 years
ago.”

Implementing an ACH
would enable consumers and
businesses to settle transac-
tions in real-time, creating
more certainty and confi-
dence by cutting down on the
quantity of ‘bounced cheques’
and buyer defaults, thus
improving commercial sector
cash flow. Taking cash out of
the system would also lessen
the attractiveness of compa-
nies as armed robbery targets.

The ACH was intended to
replace the current manual
system for settling cheque
transactions, where cheques
drawn on one bank but due to
be deposited at another have
to be taken by armoured car
to a central location where
they are settled by represen-
tatives of the various institu-
tions.

Apart from allowing inter-
bank cheques to be processed
electronically rather than
manually at a cheque clear-
ing facility, the ACH system
would allow direct debits and
credits from accounts, debit
cards and a shared Automat-
ic Teller Machine (ATM) net-
work.

The latter would allow
Bahamians to use their cash
cards at any bank branch. It
would also reduce the time
persons spent in line waiting
to cash and deposit pay
cheques, as they could be
deposited to their account.

Bahamian consumers
would also be able to use
direct debits from their bank
accounts to pay bills such as
cable television and electrici-
ty. The ACH could ultimate-
ly lead to the creation of just
one back office system for the
entire Bahamas. It may also
help develop SWITCH prod-
ucts, where Bahamians could
use their cash cards at any
bank's ATM machine.

A further potential bonus
from the ACH will be the
opening up a whole range of
electronic banking services in
the Bahamas, including its use
in the online purchase of gov-
ernment goods and services.

Ultimately, through mod-
ernising the Bahamian pay-
ments system through elec-
tronic means, it will also
enhance economic and busi-
ness efficiency by settling
transactions quicker, boost-
ing business cash flows.

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What is the Christian stance on
the issue of capital punishment?

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

FTER years of heated debates

and controversy concerning

capital punishment in the
Bahamas, the government is now
preparing to read a death warrant and
send someone to the gallows for the first
time in a decade. But what does the
Bible say about capital punishment?
What is the Christian stance on the
issue?

While many Bahamians may be satisfied that justice
is finally being done, Cephas Ferguson, ex-chaplain at
Her Majesty’s Prison and Bishop at the Church of God
of Prophecy, told Tribune Religion that people should
not be too hasty in urging the authorities to hang mur-
derers.

As a former prison chaplain, Bishop Ferguson said
he has had several experiences with hangings. In some
of these cases, he said, the persons deserved the capi-
tal punishment, while others in his opinion did not.

And with the most recent pro-hanging march staged
on Sunday, he added that Bahamians must look to the
word of God for the answer concerning the questions
on capital punishment.

“People today must study the word of God to get a
concrete understanding of what the Bible says about
capital punishment. The Bible stipulates what should
happen in various instances of crime. The (people)
cannot be so quick to say ‘hang them, hang them’,
because this is a very long process and there must be
patience, prayer and dialogue when dealing with cases
like this,” he said.

Bishop Ferguson said that the word of God holds
the answers to every question on the death penalty, the
only thing necessary is that those in authority examine
it diligently.

“The law must take its course, but there is a great
need for dialogue, study and prayer,” he said.

Bahamians have been criticising and questioning the
judiciary’s ability to bring about swift justice, and
although the decision has finally been made to send
someone to the gallows, Bishop Ferguson said that this
will not stop the rising murder rate in the country.

“General deterrence is a common-sense theory with
the misfortune of being virtually impossible to prove.
In fact, every study but one has documented that exe-
cutions do not deter crime. The one exception has
received much publicity, and much criticism, but has
not been successfully replicated by any other
researcher,” he said.

Although he said he understands that people in this
country are tired of hearing about gruesome murders
on an almost daily basis, he does not want Bahamians
to demand the death of another human being.

“Christians are even demanding the death of mur-
derers, (but) people must keep in mind that while
these individuals are wrong for what they have done, it
be could their family members next, and I am sure they
would not want for their family member to be killed.
As a matter of fact, they might want pity, too,” he said.

Bishop Ferguson said in his opinion not every mur-
der requires the death penalty, and one must keep in
mind that there are many different and complex cir-
cumstances and motivations surrounding each individ-
ual case.

He said his ultimate message is for the people to
allow God to direct and influence their decisions
through prayer, as God should be the final authority in
every situation.

Earlier this week, the Catholic Church in the
Bahamas said that it remains resolute in its opposition
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Gymnastics, calisthenics, hysteria,
joyful noises - or even refined chore-
ography not motivated, orchestrated,
instigated, directed and controlled by
the Holy Spirit is an offering to God
with a stench. It is a “Cain Offering.”

| Timothy 4:8(a) - “For bodily exercise
profiteth little: but godliness is prof-

itable unto all things.

Romans 8:8 - “So then, they that are
in the flesh cannot please God.”

A lady wrote a song about giving
God a “crazy” praise. Worship leaders
are often heard encouraging worship-
pers to “give God a crazy praise,” or to
“act/be stupid for God”. Then, a pastor
opined that if two or three men would
“run around the church” (during the
corporate worship time) then the glory
of the Lord would descend. There
apparently was a point being made that
conservative postures of men (who did
not mimic the extreme emotionalism of

DR ALBERT S.

female fellow worshippers) actually
hindered the moving of the Holy Spirit,
or perhaps, the worship.

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary
defines/interprets the word ‘stupid’ to
mean “slow of mind, given to unintelli-
gent decisions or acts, lacking intelli-
gence or reason”; and the word ‘crazy’
to mean “mad, insane, impractical,
etratic, without a design or to an
extreme degree”. Persons using these
words in the context of praising God or
along with the word “praise” (which
involves attributing or expressing of
approval or commendation or bestow-
ing honour and admiration) must be
speaking figuratively, because these

RELIGION

praise?

two terms together are incompatible,
diametrically opposed, incongruous
and oxymoronic.

Romans 8:8 — unapologetically
declares: “So then, they that are in the
flesh cannot please God!” Then,
Romans 8:5 instructs, “For they that
are after the flesh do mind the things of
the flesh; but they that are after the
Spirit the things of the Spirit.”

Praise and worship is a “spirit thing”
and a “heart thing” - John 4:24, “God is
(a) Spirit, and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in
truth”; Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniqui-
ty in my heart, the Lord will not hear
me...”

So then, they that are in the flesh
cannot please God. That’s the bottom
line. The word to spirit-led worshippers
therefore, is this: Gymnastics, calis-
thenics, hysteria, joyful noises or even
refined choreography not motivated,
orchestrated, instigated, directed and
controlled by the Holy Spirit is an
offering to God with a stench. It is a

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“Cain Offering.”

Of course, I hate to be the one to
break this news. It’s tight, but it’s right!

Genesis 4: 4(b), 7: “And the Lord
had respect unto Abel and to his offer-
ing. But unto Cain and to his offering
he had not respect.

Verse 7: If thou doest well, shalt thou
not be accepted? And if thou doest not
well, sin lieth at the door.”

So let’s be spirit-led and not puppets!
And a word to spirit-led men, based
upon the ‘word of wisdom’ from the
pastor, which I stated above, men, let’s
be ourselves!

¢ Dr Albert S$ Ferguson, JP, is an ordained
minister of the gospel for over 30 years. He
is a “born Jumper” from the stock of the
original “holy rollers” and ancestral roots in
the ‘Jumper Church’ first located on Eneas
Jumper Church Corner, north of Odle
Corner and south of Burial Ground Corner.
Address comments to Dr Ferguson via e-
mail at albertsferguson@gmail.com.

St. Saviour’s Parish hosts its Annual Friends and Family Weekend

AS is tradition every Discovery Day
holiday, the Anglicans of Cat Island
welcomed with open arms the members
of the Cat Island Committee based in
Nassau and Freeport who visited dur-
ing the Annual Friends and Family
Weekend to raise much needed funds
for the upkeep of the island’s 11
churches.

At this time, only five of these once
glorious edifices are operational and
suitable for Sunday morning worship.

Father Chester Burton, priest in-
charge of the Anglican Churches in Cat
Island, expressed his gratitude for this
collaborative effort initiated some 30
years ago.

He said it is a time held sacred in tra-
dition which gives members and well-
wishers of St Saviour's Parish a “golden
opportunity” to liaise with visiting
Anglicans from Nassau, Freeport and
abroad. Father Burton said that Cat
Island is one of the islands in the
Bahamas that has a dwindling popula-
tion and only a fledging economy.

The efforts of the Cat Island
Association are far reaching and the
Annual Friends and Family Weekend is
seen as the single most important
fundraising event in the parish.

On Friday, October 9, before the
grand event, Father Burton waited at
the Arthur's Town Airport, as commit-
tee members from Nassau and

Freeport trickled in.

Final preparations still had to be
made for the upcoming annual church
fair, but first there was a gospel concert
planned for the auditorium of the
Arthur's Town High School — the alma
mater of many of those attending the
event.

The emcee for this event was Church
of God Pastor Madlyn Campbell, and
the coordinators working with the
youth from the Anglican Church were
vestry members Helen Thurston and
Coral Patrice Burton.

Numerous well-wishers and parish-
ioners from other denominations also
performed selections and skits. The
auditorium was packed to capacity and
all in attendance thoroughly enjoyed
the entertainment.

Then on Saturday, October 10 the
Arthur's Town basketball court was a
beehive of activity as members and vis-
itors made last minute preparations for
the fair which would begin at 12noon.

This year’s fair would be like no
other year because during the summer
break St Saviour's Parish acquired
three brand new tents, 75 new folding
chairs and 10 new folding tables. It was
a glorious day as the sun shone down
on fair-goers and the gifts were blessed
by Father Burton.

Persons from all walks of life con-
verged on the fair grounds, trying their

MEMBERS at the church service.

hand at winning one of the coveted
prizes on the hoop la table, while others
enjoyed some of the fine delicacies and
coconut water.

During the evening proceedings,
Bahamian culture icon Edmund Moxey
gave a musical presentation which was
enjoyed by all and proved that Cat
Island was indeed the birthplace for
Rake n’ Scrape music in the Bahamas.

On Sunday, October 11, both visitors
and the Anglican Communion from
Cat Island boarded the two church
buses and took a scenic tour to the set-
tlement of Port Howe, congregating at
the Deep South Movement site for the



Holy Eucharistic Celebration and fam-
ily picnic that started at 1lam.

Father Edward “Rex” Seymour,
assistant priest, celebrated the
Eucharist and Father Burton preached
the sermon, stating: “With mortals it is
impossible and with God all things are
possible.”

Father Burton admonished that we
need to stay committed and connected
to each other in the church.

After the weekend came to a close,
both locals and visitors returned home
with wonderful memories. Many are
already looking forward to next year’s
fair.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009 @ PG 27

The beauty of nature

WHEN last have you made the time
to gaze at the clouds, the moon, or a
flowering plant? There is so much of
God’s glory for us to discover.

On a recent trip abroad, I had the
opportunity to observe multi-coloured
butterflies at very close range, with one
or two settling on my shoulder. We are
not usually that fortunate when we see
them flying in our gardens, but we can
still marvel at the intricacy of their pat-
terns, the difference in speed and flight
movements, and their flowers of
choice.

At the large botanical garden, I was
able to walk among the rose, herb, cac-
tus, bamboo, fern, vine and other gar-
den areas. The path was almost two
miles long as it wound through each
terrain, with waterfalls, water features,

© REV. ANGELA

PALACIOUS

figurines, benches and other attractions
to catch the eye. The highlight was an
orchid show put on by several garden
clubs with pots of profuse blossoms
arranged in sections of one room.

In the museum of Natural History,
there were sections on indigenous peo-
ples of Florida, pre-historic specimens,
underwater scenes and many other
points of interest. Next door was the art
gallery which displayed intercontinen-

He is Faithful

2 Timothy 2:13 - If we believe not, yet he
abideth faithful: for he cannot deny himself.

To paraphrase the above scripture
verse, here is what it would sound like:
Even when we’re unfaithful to God’s
word: He (Yahweh) abideth faithful to
His word for He cannot deny Himself.
Here is what God said to Jeremiah
about Himself and His word in the
book of Jeremiah 1:12b: For I will has-
ten my word to perform it.

As we (the Bahamas) go through
our difficult times of famine and hard-
ship, it is of the utmost importance that
we be mindful of the fact that God is
ever faithful. Over the course of time
we have ignorantly taken our eyes off
God and focused on mankind based
upon the many promises they have
made.

Unlike man, whenever God gives His
word or makes a promise, He faithfully
watches over His word to perform it.

If there was ever a time that we need-
ed to stand upon the word of God, that
time is now.

The revelation or fact that as a nation
we are in a severe spiritual battle has
evaded the religious Christian church;
and its ability to equip the saints to
fight the good fight of faith is lost in the
maze of today’s divisive religion.

As I listen, I am hearing the religious
leaders crying just as much or even
more than those who do not profess
Christianity about how bad or tough
things are.

So, if the leaders are crying, what is




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ALLEN

expected of their followers?

As church leaders, what about
encouraging and demonstrating for the
nation.

1 Timothy 6:12 - Fighting the good
fight of faith - rather than focusing pri-
marily on the incomplete prosperity
gospel. How about teaching the church
2 Timothy 2:3 - Thou therefore endure
hardness, as a good soldier of Yeshuwa
Messiah?

The country’s economic crisis, the
unemployment rate, the murder rate
coupled with an ancient health care sys-
tem and facilities (the Princess
Margaret Hospital and The Rand
Memorial Hospital) along with a
defunct judicial system and a rapidly
deteriorating education system is
enough to cause even a crazy man or
woman to ask ‘what’s going on?’.

I am constantly reiterating that
“nothing happens on the Earth that will
ever catch God off guard or by sur-
prise”, but rather He is constantly look-
ing for a people.

As said in 2 Chronicles 16: 9 - For the
eyes of the Lord run to and fro
throughout the whole earth, to show

tal exhibits, work by women in a home-
less shelter, and other contemporary
works of art.

Sometimes we have to play the
tourist at home to take the time to
enjoy our places of historic and artistic
interest.

Have you done any of the following?
If so, how long has it been that you did
the following?

1. A horse and carriage ride

2. A visit to the Ardastra and

Botanical Gardens

3. A tour of the Educulture Junkanoo

museum, the Pompey Museum,

National Art Gallery, Doongalik Studios

and any of our other art galleries.

4. A leisurely day at the beach

What about the wonder of the

himself strong in the behalf of them
whose heart is perfect toward him.

The Bahamas’ woes and challenges
are nothing more than opportunities
for Yahweh to show our nation that He
alone is God.

For He is preparing a man that will
make up the hedge to stand in the gap
before Him for the Bahamas (Ezekiel
22:30). This man is definitely not one of
the country’s religious leaders who has
financially fattened himself via prosti-
tuting/merchandising the gospel while
the nation deteriorates both spiritually
and morally.

Some years ago, I heard Bishop
Darryl of New Orleans give this
acronym for the word faith - F-For, A-
All, I-I, T- Trust, H-Him.

Remember the opening scripture of
this article: 2 Timothy 2:13, ‘If we
believe not, yet he abideth faithful: for
he cannot deny himself.’

I want to assure you that even though
many of us might have been unfaithful
in various areas of our lives that does
not nullify God’s faithfulness towards
us, therefore we are without excuse for
not being obedient to God’s word.

Religion and religious thinking
would cause a person to make decisions
based upon man’s performances or the
lack thereof. Whereas a relationship
with Father Yahweh via

His only begotten Son, Yeshuwa
Messiah, would be that bridge over
troubled waters that even a disciple
faces. However, to the disciples of

human creation? If you have the
chance to watch people from a polite
distance, marvel at the varied skin
tones, facial features, hair-styles, and
outfits. Discover the magnificence of
the persons created in God’s image
who reside in your own home.
Carefully reflect on the distinct differ-
ences between each personality.

Then look at the mirror and see
another masterpiece. You are a work of
art in the making indeed. Do you treat
yourself as such? Do you believe that
God has great dreams for your life,
even if the greatness is never on public
display? Why not spend more time get-
ting to know the dreamer, the creator,
and the source of all life and beauty.
Discover the glory of our God who
made it all.

Yeshuwa Messiah, be mindful of the
encouraging words of the apostle Paul
to the saint at Ephesus in Ephesians
6:10 - 18.

Keep in mind Ephesians 6: 13 -
Wherefore take unto you the whole
armour of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having
done all, to stand; and 6: 14 - Stand
therefore, having your loins girt about
with truth, and having on the breast-
plate of righteousness.

¢ For questions or comments, contact us
via e-mail:pastormallen@yahoo.com or
telephone number 1-242-441-2021.

Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center
International



“Unlike man,
whenever God
gives His word

or makes a
romise, He
faithfully watches
over His word

to perform it.”
PG 28 ® Thursday, October 15, 2009

ST Christopher's celebrates

ST FRANCIS OF
ASSIS! DAY

T Christopher’s
Church in Lyford
Cay was
packed full on
Sunday, October 4, as
Archdeacon Keith
Cartwright preached
to the animals and
their owners in cele-
bration of St Francis of
Assisi Day.

Close to 50 animals were
packed into the small white
church. There were fish, ham-
sters, cats, kittens, dogs, pup-
pies and even a fresh water
turtle (terrapin). And they all
behaved amazingly well,
Bahamas Humane president
Kim Aranha said.

Whilst the congregation
sung “All things bright and
beautiful, all creatures great
and small”, the animals in
church all sat peacefully as if
they knew that they were in
the presence of God, she said.

Ms Aranha said that she is
so grateful to Archdeacon
Cartwright for holding this
service every year.

“The first one was three
years ago and six animals were
present, now the word is going
around and people are come
from as far as Fox Hill to have
their beloved pets blessed,”
she said.

“It really makes me feel
good because we have to deal
with so much cruelty and sad-
ness at the Bahamas Humane
Society on a regular basis that
it is a good feeling to see
happy and healthy animals
who are well cared for and
loved.” Archdeacon
Cartwright is a keen animal
lover and is on the board of the
Bahamas Humane Society
himself.

“We are delighted how many
people came out to worship
with us,” he said.

“The church was full and the
animals were very peaceful.”

In her address to the congre-
gation Ms Aranha said: “It is a
wonderful thing that today we
are all here to honour and
bless our animals, but we must
remember that today is just
one day in 365 days of the year.
That we remember animals
today is right, but we must use
today as an example of how we
should act and think towards
animals for the rest of the year.

“God painstakingly created
domesticated and wild animals
from the smallest to the very
largest for us to nurture and
protect. Those that we see in
church today are companion
animals, however, we must not
forget the wild animals in this
country and all over the
world.”

In the Bahamas, she said,
there is still so much cruelty
towards animals - “much of it
is through ignorance.”

“This is why the Bahamas
Humane Society has a very
strong and active educational
programme lead by Inspector
Percy Grant who is with us
today. We now have an
approved curriculum in all the
government schools and some
of the private ones, teaching
children about animal care and
respect. We find that these
children go home and teach
their parents. Things are get-
ting better but we have a ways
to go,” she said.

“Please join me in helping
those outside of here, that per-
haps we cannot even see who
endures so much at the hand of
man, help them to live pain
free lives as God meant them
to.”

‘A Blessing of the Animals’
was also led by Father Cooper
in Freeport this year in honour
of the patron saint of animals.
The blessing took place in the
Garden of the Groves and was
organised by the Grand
Bahama Humane Society.

The Tribune

RELIGION



ARCHDEACON Cartwright

~ with terrapin ‘Big Momma’.






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LINDA Gill Aranha and
Patricia Charney



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MEGHAN de Souza with a
tiny kitten in need of ahome. 4



BRUCE Thompson
4 With Shaka and Zulu.




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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 105 No.269THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 89F LOW 76F The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com E N T E R T O W I N T O D A Y ! B U Y A N Y P C M E A L O R M O R E T O R E C E I V E Y O U R S C R A T C H & W I N G A M E C A R D WE ACCEPT: I N S I D E I N S I D E OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAY’STRIBUNE By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune StaffR eporter nmckenzie@ hotmail.com FORMER PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and exambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne p roclaimed their innocence in unsworn statements to the jury yesterday as the attempted extortion trial continued. Bridgewater and Lightbourne are accused of attempting to extort $ 25 million from American actor John Travolta. The pair chose to make unsworn statements from where they stood outside the prisoner’s dock. Lightbourne also called one witness in his defence, while Bridgewater said she did not intend to call any witnesses. “I too have been shocked over some of the evidence that has come from this case,” Bridgewater said. “January 22 is a day I will not forget. It was a day when my fairly structured and organised life became a life of decep tion and a horrible dream,” she said. “I have been ridiculed and ostracised. I have seen my business gone rock bottom,” she told the jury. “Since January I have not seen a salary.” Bridgewater told the jury the ordeal has taken an emotional and financial toll on her. She said she has not been able to work, and because of a downturn in her business she has had to lay off some staff. “As far as I am con cerned I thought I was doing what was right as a citizen of the Bahamas and a professional,” she said. Bridgewater said she had known Lightbourne for 10 years and they also worked in close proximity of each other. She recalled that Lightbourne had come to her seeking legal advice after being terminated from his job. She said he had told her that since he had given an interview regarding the death of Jett Travolta, reporters had been calling him constantly. Bridgewater said he told her he had a document they were Bridgewater tells of trial ‘ridicule’ F or mer PLP Senator , ex-ambulance driver open their defence in John Travolta case By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@ tribunemedia.net WHAT was intended to be a general foreign affairs update at PLP headquarters exploded into an all-out attack on Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell after he con firmed to the gathering that he intends to challenge leader Perry Christie at the party’s national convention. Addressing what is b eing labeled as a “group of young PLP pseudo intellectuals”, sources within the party said Mr Mitchell was confronted on what his Fury over Mitchell bid for PLP leadership SEE page 12 By AVA TURNQUEST BAY Street stood still yesterday as former Deputy Prime Minister and Parlia mentarian Sir Clement Travelyan Maynard made his final procession from Parliament House to Christ Church Cathedral and ultimately Eastern Ceremony where he was laid to rest. Hundreds of hushed spectators waited on each side of the downtown stretch to wit ness the state funeral service that commanded the respect of all present. Residents and visitors stood side by side with the tension only to be broken by the first rap from the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, sending a visible ripple through the crowds as they marched. Police Commissioner Reginald Ferguson said: “Despite the sadness, we are more than pleased to show up in large numbers to SIR CLEMENTMAYNARDISLAIDTOREST THE COFFIN carrying the body of Sir Clement Maynard. SEE page six MINISTER of State for Immigration Branville McCartney is denying access to a fact-finding team’s reports into the controversial Carmichael Road Detention Centre. Mr McCartney said he would not give in to The Tribune's requests for publication because he disagrees with this newspaper's series of arti cles into allegations of abuse and mistreatment at the facil ity. For months, Mr McCartney whose 2007 party manifesto pledges greater transparency and ensuring media access to information has not followed through with assurances he would release the reports to The Tribune or grant a tour of the site. In June, the junior immi gration minister said he could not release the documents until he had discussed the matter with his Cabinet col leagues. Back in March he said he had no problems releasing the reports once he had the "opportunity to pass it by Cabinet”. Minister of State denies access to reports on Detention Centre SEE page six SEE page 14 P LEASANT BRIDGEWATER By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net DR BERNARD Nottage will formally announce his bid for the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party at 11am today from his Bain and Grant’s Town constituency office. Duplicating the dramatic showdown which took place at the party’s 1997 convention, both Dr Nottage and former Prime Minister Perry Christie will vie once again for the leadership of the party. Joining them in this battle will Dr Nottage to announce PLP leadership bid this morning SEE page 12 ANGLICAN Archdea con Ivan Ranfurly Brown was acquitted of an assault charge yesterday. Father Brown, rector of St Agnes Anglican Church, was accused of choking and slapping a 14year-old girl at a church picnic on Nirvana Beach, on October 13, 2008. Magistrate Ancella Williams acquitted Father Brown on the grounds that the charge sheet was not properly signed as his attorney Wayne Munroe had contended. Anglican Archdeacon acquitted of assault Readers’ views invited on dog pound conditions S TORYONPAGETHREE F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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By ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net A DESPAIRING mother w ho has been out of work for more than nine months following union in-fighting has been “overwhelmed” by the public response to her plight. I n a story which appeared in The Tribune, 29-year-old Krystal Barry told of how she and her daughter’s standard of livi ng plunged in the months since she was locked out of her job at the Airport Airline and Allied Workers Union. Director of Labour Harcourt Brown lastw eek called her an “innocent bystander” who has been caught up in the middle of u nion squabbles, which in January 2009 saw former secretary general of the union, Anthony Bain, declare himself president of the AAAWU instead ofe lected president Nelerene Harding. Ms Barry appealed to the public for help for her ten-n is champion daughter Rayven, 11, after she revealed she onlyh as a few hundred dollars to sustain them for the foreseea ble future. But on the same day, The Tribune received numerous calls and emails expressing interest in Ms Barry’s plight and offers of assis-t ance for she and Rayven. While some came to nothing, s everal generous individuals followed through on their promise s to help the young family, and yesterday Ms Barry and her daughter came in to collect donations made on their behalf. The included seven full bags o f groceries from a woman who wished to remain anonymous, a$ 100 donation from another unknown individual, and anoth e r small donation from Wayde Watson and Simone Beneby of Cybots Basketball Club towards Rayven’s future sport ing endeavours. Y esterday Ms Barry expressed her gratitude for thed onations, telling T he Tribune she was “overwhelmed” and eternally grateful to those individuals who searched their hearts to assist” but still “distressed” by the whole episode. It’s like you have to put your personal trials and tribulations on the front of the paper just to get help, and it’s hard to realise that you have fallen sof ar that you have to reach out to the community for donations,” she said. Rayvent hanked those who “have given me and my mother food toe at.” “I feel really good about it b ecause my mother will not have to go in her wallet and take money out bit by bit,” Rayven told The Tribune. “She isn’t working and she’s h aving sad times, and whenever she cried I cried,” she said. M s Barry, who claims she has been denied more than $26,000 i n severance payment for her five years of service at the union, said that while those who have refused to pay out her funds “can be as evil as they l ike to her” her greatest fear is that her academically and ath l etically inclined daughter will suffer. Mr Bain has refuted her c laims, saying the union owes her “nothing” and she was dismissed for “poor behaviour.” Meanwhile, The Department of Labour says it can’t help her u ntil it figures out who the real President of the union is ad evelopment which has been stymied by an injunction o btained by Mr Bain against a June election going ahead. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Jobless mother affected by union squabbles overwhelmed by public response to plight DONATION: “Rayven Barry (second from right Krystal (second from left travel to the FOCOL tennis tournament in Freeport later this month from Simone Beneby (standing far left) and Wayde Watson (standing on right), Treasurer and President of the Cybots Basketball Club yesterday at The Tribune.

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FOLLOWING a front page story in Monday’s Tribune detailing our exclusive look inside the government dog pound, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries released a statement about the facility yesterday. Several months ago, when a student who visited the facility made allegations of animal cruelty and poor conditions, the ministry said a statement had been prepared and promised to issue it shortly, however this never materialised. Although it was not confirmed by the ministry, the statement released yesterday appears to be the very one prepared months ago but never released, as it addresses the allegations made by the student, but not concerns raised in the Tribune’s recent article; specifically that there is a severe lack of resources at the pound, that staff m orale is very low, and conditions are sometimes inhumane. In addition, certain claims in the ministry’s statement – for example that the Humane Society routinely visits the pound to identify dogs suitable for adoption – contradict the content ofour interviews with staff. Creswell G Sturrup PERMANENT SECRETARY ANIMALControl Unit staff members reported that an unidentified gentleman accom panied by four preadolescent m ales visited the Animal Control Unit approximately 8.30am9am on July 16, 2009 and purporting to be from the Bahamas Humane Society and requesting to be allowed to vis it the kennels area of the Ani mal Control Unit. The matter as reported was i nvestigated and the following are the results of visit to the Animal Control Unit and enquiries of the staff. Short term storage of animal carcasses by freezing was adopted by Animal Control Unit due to the interval between refuse collection andt he uncertainty of when sick or injured animals may expire. Scheduled euthanasia, by con trast, may be undertaken to coincide with scheduled refuse removal. The Animal Control Unit is intended to provide a place for the temporary holding of dang erous or savage stray dogs, or ferocious dogs, or other ani mals seized under the Penal Code or the Dog Licence Act. Such seized animals are kept under the conditions and for the duration as set out in both governing acts. It is the job of the veterinary officer attached t o the Animal Control Unit to determine the health status of the seized animal and routinely examine detained animals. In co-operation with the Animal Control Unit the staff of the Bahamas Humane Society routinely visits the Animal Control Unit to determine if any detained animals are well enough or of suitable tempera ment for rescue and subsequent adoption. Such animals are routinely surrendered to the Bahamas Humane Society. Animals that are determined by a veterinary officer to be too ill or otherwise unsuited are euthanised after the speci fied holding period of 72 hours. The only exceptions to this routine are either when the rightful owner claims the captured animal or the animal is identified as an animal considered by the courts or by a peace officer as being material to a matter intended for prose cution or a matter before the courts; in these instances the duration of custody may be extended until the decision is taken to proceed with prose cution or not, or until the matter(s before the courts are concluded. The controlled area may at any time house seriously ill or dangerous dogs. The area is not opened for unauthorised access. Animals die; sick or aban doned animals are more likely to die sooner than later. The presence of a dead animal with in the containment area may occur at any time and is not necessarily as a result of abuse or neglect. The staff of the Animal Con trol Unit consists of persons who are professional and expe rienced. The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is confident that the staff perform their tasks competently and professional. By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net READERS are invited to voice their concerns about abhorrent conditions at the government dog pound and compile a list of improvements to be monitored by The Tribune . During the first ever media visit to the Canine Control Unit enclosure in the Botanical Gardens, Chippingham, last week, veterinarian Godfrey Springer invited The Tribune to compile a list of readers’ most pressing concerns to present to his superiors at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Provided that ministry bosses agree to the plan, The Tribune will oversee the progress towards these goals on monthly visits to the pound. However, Bahamas Humane Society president Kim Aranha said improvements began as soon as the gates were opened to Tribune reporters on Friday. In a meeting with Humane Society staff, Dr Springer agreed to allow the Humane Society free access to the pound to select healthy animals fit enough for adoption and relocate them to the non-profit organisation next door. Animals collected by the Canine Control Unit are usually euthanised within days of being captured, often regardless of the state of their health, to keep stray animals off the streets. Dr Springer said: “Our duty is to do the right thing, so we are going to try to see how best we can do this. “We want to work in collaboration with The Tribune so the public can come up with five or six issues to put to the direc tor. “It is our duty to inform, consult and give information, and it is their duty is to supply the resources. “If we can work to improve the organisation and report it to the permanent secretary and director we can look at a way forward.” The nine staff working at the pound require more support, training and education, Dr Springer asserted. And dog pound supervisor Kirkland Glinton said he would like an additional 15 or 20 staff to help run the unit. They also require more equipment, ranging from vehi cles and traps to animal food, cleaning agents and syringes used on a daily basis, Dr Springer said. There are building repairs that need to be done, and animals should be tested for diseases to separate the healthy from the ill and fuel research. But all of this would require funding restricted by the d epartment’s budget, Dr Springer said. In the meantime he said the greatest help to the Canine Control Unit would be more r esponsible animal ownership in the community which couldbe enforced by new legislation. The Bahamas Humane Society president said: “Their job is created by irresponsible dog owners in this country. “Half of the dogs picked up belong to people who can’t be bothered to care for them properly, so we are also going to try to educate people on the importance of responsible animal ownership. “We are going to try to work C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM $112 81& (0(17 Readers’ views invited on conditions at dog pound MINISTRY RELEASES DOG POUND STATEMENT THIS DOG would have been put down by staff at the government p ound, but was rescued by Humane Society staff . Exclusive Tribune reports lead to changes at facility S EE page 12

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EDITOR, The Tribune. M y question is, can the p ublic handle the truth? Every allegation that has been said about the abuse at the Detention Centre has been denied by the Governm ent. B ahamians believe the tales that the director and minister of state for immigration has put forward to cover abusive officers and inhumane conditions in which detainees have to abide during their time at the centre. According to Christiane Amanpour “objectivity doesn’t mean treating all sides equally. It means giving, each side a hearing.” AllI ask is to be heard! A fter all that has been said, many people reply by s aying the detainees are just looking for sympathy and that is good for them because they need to go back home. I want to bring transparency to this ordeal. For a matter of fact, the d etainees are beaten, sexua lly abused and harassed at the detention centre on a regular basis. T hey are forced to endure i nhumane conditions that can cause serious medical problems. The medical facil ity said, to be at the detent ion centre is true, but it is used to store papers and other garbage instead of it being used for its purpose. A doctor comes in rarely but his orders are not to pres cribe any medicinal produ cts. A play ground is availa ble, children are not permitted to play there, and the detainees are fed three times daily. What is given can b arely fill a child, so imagine an adult. Visitation is grant-e d which occurs twice every week, during that time the food and clothes brought in are searched twice before reaching the detainee. A fter visitation a search is held, by defence force offic ers. During this search they go in the dorms and turn everything upside down.D uring that same time a full b ody cavity search is drawn on the detainees; whereb oth male and female in t heir respective dorms are asked to take every thing off, including under wear. How do I know all this y ou ask? I am an eighteenyear-old Haitian male, born a nd raised in the Bahamas. M y mother, sister, brothe rs and me where captured and detained by immigra tion a month before I had to sit BGCSE. I was released three weeks later and my sister after four weeks and my mother was deported along with my two brothers. It was a lifetime e xperience for me as I too thought it was bogus when c laims of abuse were being said about some officers at t he detention centre. I witnessed a couple of incidents w here detainees were a bused. The golden rule is do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. I surely hope Bahamians really b elieve in the Lord as they claim to be a Christian n ation, but to me they have p roven that they are not. I never took anyone for g ranted unless they gave me a reason to. Every word that s ome one speaks is not always true, but the Lord w ill take serious action toward a liar because he hates those who lie. I t is for that reason I stay true to myself and others as I too want one day to enjoy eternal life with the Almighty God. Haitians are treated terrib ly in this country only b ecause we are too many h ere, which is true. Also because we do not have a serious Ambassador who will stand up for us in the midst of our problems. I have given my side, immi gration has to been heard,n ow they can object to what has been said. LOVENCE LOUIMA Nassau, October, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm Detention Centre: The truth will always come out LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net 5$9<1$1,(6+$ 7+203621 RI EDITOR, The Tribune. A newcomer on the politi cal landscape by the name Branville McCartney, threw his hat into the political arena as the FNM candidate for the Bamboo Town constituency in the general elec t ion of May 2007, which he won hands down. This was n o surprise to those of us who followed his service to the Bamboo Town Commu n ity before and since being elected as their representa tive. Branville McCartney hit the ground running, and for those who have been observing we saw a neophyte politician and MP, blossom into a “Statesman” practically overnight. He has taken representation of a constituency and its constituents to a level that I dare say equals the best, past and present, and surpasses the majority of politicians, past and present. His outstanding performance to date, as Minister of State responsible for Immigration; takes Ministerial personal involvement in their portfolios’ day-to-day b usiness, to the next level. There’s a short list of p oliticians in the frontline today who are of Prime Minister calibre, and Branville McCartney is at the top of that list! I may be a little biased, b ecause his father, William “Wilmac” McCartney is one of the finest men I have had the honour and privilege to call friend: Like Father; like Son! A A McKINNEY MD, AMRA MD” Nassau, October, 2009. Branville McCartney, a rising star EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Bahamas listed in top half of the best countries to live. Tribune, October 7, 2009. We are only ranked at 52nd in the Human Development Report, 2009. Haven’t they heard that it’s better in The Bahamas? KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, October 7, 2009. Isn’t it better in the Bahamas? N AIROBI, Kenya (AP o f Africa’s poorest countries are cutting back on school, clothes and basic medical care just t o give their children a meal once a day, e xperts say. Still, it is not enough. A record 1 billion people worldwide are hungry and a new report says the number will increase if governments do not spend more on agriculture. According to the U.N. food agency, which issued the report, 30 countries now requiree mergency aid, including 20 in Africa. T he trend continues despite a goal set by w orld leaders nine years ago to cut the number of hungry people in half by 2015. “It’s actually a world emergency that calls for action from both developing and developed countries,” said Otive Igbuzor, the head of international campaigns for ActionAid International. We know a child dies every six seconds of malnutrition,” he said. S piraling food prices have added to hard s hips, especially in the world’s most desperate countries where the poor could barely afford a single daily meal to begin with. The inflated prices which caused riots across the globe last year have stabilized but remain comparatively high, especially in the developing world, Jacques Diouf, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Orga nization, told AP Television News. In Somalia, ravaged by violence and anarchy f or almost two decades, the monthly expendi t ure for food and other basic needs for a family of six has risen 85 percent in the past two years, said Grainne Moloney of the Somalia Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit. On average, such a family spent $171 in September this year, compared with $92 for the same amount of food and other needs in March 2007, said Moloney, a nutrition expert for the Horn of Africa nation. “Families are cutting out the school, cutt ing out the clothes. A lot of them are going for c heaper cereals,” said Moloney, adding that despite those desperate measures, one in five children in Somalia is acutely malnourished. Igbuzor said the trend can be seen in impoverished countries across Africa. In Kenya, herders have seen scores of their animals die and crops have withered because of drought. Today, 3.8 million people in Kenya need food aid, up from 2.5 million earlier in the year. After worldwide gains in the fight against hunger in the 1980s and early 1990s, the num ber of undernourished people started climbing in 1995, reaching 1.02 billion this year amid escalating food prices and the global financial m eltdown, the FAO said in its Wednesday r eport. The long-term trend is due largely to r educed aid and private investments earm arked for agriculture since the mid 1980s, the Rome-based agency said in its State of Food Insecurity report for 2009. In 1980, 17 percent of aid contributed by donor countries went to agriculture. That share was down to 3.8 percent in 2006 and only slightly improved in the last threey ears, Diouf said. In the fight against hunger the focus should b e on increasing food production,” Diouf said. “It’s common sense ... that agriculture would be given the priority, but the opposite has happened.” The decline may have been caused by low food prices that discouraged private investment in agriculture and competition for publicf unds from other aid fields, including emergency relief, said FAO economist David Dawe. G overnments and investors may also have c hosen to put their money into other economic sectors because agriculture’s share of the econ omy in some developing countries dropped as people moved to cities and found work in industry. But agriculture still needs sustained investment to feed people in developing countries, Dawe said. The world’s most populous region, Asia and the Pacific, has the largest number of hungryp eople 642 million followed by SubS aharan Africa with 265 million. Diouf said world leaders are starting to understand that investment in agriculture must be increased. He cited the goal set by the Group of Eight summit in L’Aquila, Italy, in July to raise $20 billion to help farmers in poor countries pro duce more a shift from previous emphasis on delivering food aid. However, more investments will be needed t o fulfill pledges like the U.N. Millennium D evelopment Goals, which aim to halve the number of those living in hunger and poverty by 2015, the report said. The FAO says global food output will have to increase by 70 percent to feed a projected population of 9.1 billion in 2050. To achieve that, poor countries will need $44 billion in annual agricultural aid, compared with the current $7.9 billion, to increase access to irrigation systems and modern machinery as well as build roads and train farmers. (This article is by Tom Maliti and Ariel David of the Associated Press) UN: Record one billion go hungry

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THECommittee for the Privatisation of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd announced that the process continuesto progress with significant interest from prospective parties. Upon review of the pre-qualification packages submitted in August, the government said it has narrowed down the list of interested parties and has invited a select group of potential buyers to participate in the due diligence phase of the privatisation process. This phase will provide potential buyers with the opportunity to review business, financial and legal information, as well as meet with key executives prior to submitting an economic bid. Due diligence will be conducted over the next several weeks and the deadline for bids is currently expected to be the end of Novem ber, the committee said in a statement. Those who have been invited to this phase were selected by the government based on information submitted evidencing their suit ability in accordance with the required pre-qualification criteria. To comply with non-disclosure agreements, the identity of parties invited to participate in the due diligence phase cannot be disclosed prior to the close of the transaction,” it said. By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net THE American Embassy is monitoring the investigation into the armed robbery of 11 tourists who were terrorised by two masked gunmen while touring the historical 66 steps. An official at the embassy said it is routine for the embassy to be notified by local authorities whenever an American citizen is involved in a crime while in foreign territory. However, because the incident appears to be isolated – and not part of a series of attacks on tourists – the official does not think it will negatively affect the country's crime status. "As a matter of practice. . . When an incident involves American citizens, in most cases the police notifies the embassy the next day if they can unless the American citizen notifies the embassy for assistance. “I know that our American Citizen Services is in contact with the police trying to findo ut the details and I know it's still being investigated," said Jeff Dubell, the embassy's political, economic and public diplomacy chief. "We monitor crime and that goes into our decision as to whether an area should or should not be placed in a dif ferent crime status. But we do monitor all incidents because we have a responsibility to US citizens abroad so they can make an educated choice," he said. On Sunday, the group arrived in Nassau on a cruise ship and were on a taxi cab tour of the capital's historic sites. Their trip became a nightmare when two masked men approached the group on foot as they viewed the 66 steps. One of the thugs threatened the group with a handgun while the other stole cash and personal items from the visitors at around 11am. Head of the Central Detective Unit Superintendent Elsworth Moss said police were still searching for the two suspects who fled the area on foot. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM American Embassy monitoring robbery of tourists investigation BTC privatisation ready to enter due diligence phase FORMERPLP cabinet minister Neville Wisdom has warned his party that it should guard against complacency. Mr Wisdom said the fact that the contract between the FNM and the public is breaking down does not mean the PLP will automatically inherit the trust and support of Bahamians. “That support and trust must be earned,” said the former housing minister, who gained notoriety after mistakenly recording himself plotting to block The Tribune from airing public housing records. “The PLP must, in clear and concise language and action, demonstrate that we are once again worthy of their confidence and trust.” Mr Wisdom noted that crime, unemployment and illegal immigration are growing, while the health care system is collapsing, and said Bahamians are “almost begging the PLP to give them good reasont o once again support and vote for our party.” He said PLPs must “offer our egos to the alter of sacrifice and demonstrate our commitment towards the greater good for all Bahamians.” The former minister urged the PLP not to allow its upcoming convention to turni nto a mere “election of officers”, saying it should rather b e treated as an opportunity to display the party’s vision and platform for the future development of the country. Wisdom warns against PLP c omplacency THE11 TOURISTS were robbed at the 66 steps (above historical landmark in Nassau.

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s tituents to establish facilities f or the great benefit of the people he represented. “He was just one of those e xtaordinary impactful personalities as a Member of Parliament. He then had the priveledge of becoming a Minist er of Tourism at a time when it was necessary for tourism to become the principal employ e r for Bahamians, and he s uperintended that industry to a point where thousands of Bahamians were employed in relatively lucrative jobs in the i ndustry. “He had many firsts in that i ndustry because he brought about the recognition that workers must be trained and that people who were working in subsidiary sectors to the t oursim industry should also b e trained. He was able to t ake that Ministry of Tourism and so demonstrate its impor tance to the economy of the B ahamas that it became a model for other Caribbean countries to follow. “So you can see therefore t his lasting and permanent impact he had. He was extraordinarily loyal to the leader s hip of his party and he became the deputy leader and the deputy prime minister as ac rowning result of his long t enure to our country. He was a tremendous patriot who believed in the Bahamas and who believed in Bahamians.” A fter the service, the locall y-made pine casket carrying Sir Clement was carried out by official pallbearers and then p laced into the official hearse b y a colour party of Police and Defence Force officers for interment. d emonstrate in a real way our respect for the highest offices that are held in our country.” The tall wooden ceilings and low hanging lights of the historic Christ Church Cathedralwere offset by minimal white f loral decorations. This simplicity was central to Sir Maynard’s memory and was reflected also in the programme, featuring only two pictures. The service highlighted Sir C lement’s social and political a chievements, with tributes from his family as well as Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Leader of the Opposition Perry Christie. It was officiated by eight clergymen,w ith Rev Stephen Davies as t he chief celebrant, and the Right Rev Laish Boyd giving the sermon. Senator Allyson MaynardGibson spoke reverently of childhood memories, as didh er brother Dr Peter Mayn ard, referring to the late leader as “Daddy” and sharing anecdotes that ultimately shaped their lives and that of all their siblings and grandc hildren. They each shared at length about the constant envir onment of love, support and inclusion that saturated their lives. The music was led by organist Dr Sparkman Ferguson with a special duet from Sir C lement’s son David and g randdaughter Tatyanna. M r Ingraham gave an official tribute on behalf of the Commonwealth of theB ahamas, honoring Sir Maynard as a ‘fallen champion’ and detailed his politicalc areer highlighting specific c ampaigns “It’s Better in The Bahamas”, The Bahamas Host Training Programme, The P eople-to-People Programme, Goombay Summer and National Tourism Achieve-m ent Awards. “Sir Clement saw to it that the vast advances derived from the economic and social benefits of tourism would endure t hrough the training and opportunities which were pro v ided under his leadership for many Bahamians within the Ministry of Tourism as well ast he private sector,” said Prime Minister Ingraham. “It is ont he shoulders of men like Sir Clement that we stand today.” M r Christie said: “Sir Clement Maynard was one of the iconic personalities thatg raced parliament. He in a great sense set a standard for members of parliament in how they deal with constituents andw hat they provide for con stituents by using his conC M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C OMPACTCARINFLORIDA ASLOWAS Daily/US$199WeeklyUS$46MIDSIZECARINFLORIDA ASLOWAS Daily/US$229WeeklyUS$49 GREAT FLORIDA SPECIALS!CDW, TAXES & FEESForreservations,aswellasterms&conditions p leasecontactDestinationsat(786245-0520 orat1-800-468-3334.Besuretouseratecode R C1 whenmakingthereservation.Rates includeunlimitedmileageCDW, l ocal/state/airporttaxesandfees.Rates,terms &conditionsaresubjecttochangewithout notice.Ratesincrease$20daily/$100weekly f rom12/15/09to12/31/09.a lamo.com “I have no difficulties in releasing them I just want to do it the proper way,” he told The Tribune on March, 17 adding that this should happen within the “next week”. M r McCartney has maintained that the reports prepared by the group did not validate the allegations made by the detainees,a nd previously stated that such claims were “completely blown out of proportion”. A diluted report based on the group's findi ngs was presented to the media who were d enied access to the original documents in a p ress conference held at the Immigration Department earlier this year. At that time I mmigration officials refuted the claims outlined in The Tribune but did not allow access into the facility for an independent review. T he team made up of psychologist David Allen, Social Services Director Melony Zonicle, Archdeacon James Palacious, RoyalB ahamas Defence Force Senior Lieutenant Frederick Brown and Immigration Director Jack Thompson toured the holding facility on March, 6 and interviewed the detainees housed t here. Their reports contain their opinions on the conditions at the facility and recommendations for possible improvements, The Tribune u nderstands. T heir tour came after a series of T ribune articles exposed alleged abuse, beatings, inhum ane conditions and employee misconduct at the Detention Centre. The detainees who complained of “concentration camp” conditions in February, told The Tribune there were several aesthetic i mprovements to the site since the allegations were published. Dirty old mattresses were r eplaced with new ones, grimy walls were r epainted, blocked toilets were repaired, and washing machines and dryers were installed for d etainees to wash their clothes, the detainees c laimed. They also claimed cable televisions have been set up in the men’s and women’s dorms. L ess than two days after the first allegations s urfaced in T he Tribune , Immigration officials denied the claims. They continue to maintain that detainees have not been mistreated or beaten. Minister of State denies access to reports on Detention Centre F ROM page one THECOFFIN carrying the body of Sir Clement Maynard i s carried on Bay Street yesterday. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Sir Clement is laid to rest FROM page one

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ALVIN Albert Burnett, 85, formerly of St Andrew, Jamaica, died at his home in Westridge Estates on Saturday, October 10. M r Burnett came to the B ahamas in 2002, to retire following a distinguished career in the civil service of Jamaica as an economist, chief planner and consultant. Educated at Munro Col l ege, Jamaica, and McGill University, Canada, Mr Burn ett began his career in 1 965, in the Ministry of Finance as an Assistant Secretary. H e served many years as an economist in the Ministry of Finance and was rapidly promoted to the post of senior economist and then became chief planner for the social and sectoral planning division. This unit became the National Planning Agency i n the Office of the Prime M inister in 1972. Mr Burnett later became director for Agricultural P lanning in the National P lanning Agency, and played a pivotal role in the p reparation of the sector plan as a member of a team led by noted economist Sr Arthur Lewis. Consultant Following his retirement, M r Burnett became a consultant, and his extensive knowledge was used toe nsure the efficient management of the Sugar Indust ry Authority. Mr Burnett was an elder and treasurer in the HopeU nited Presbyterian Church in St Andrew. Additionally, as a Rotari an and Free Mason he gave generously of his time andr esources to the National Literacy Campaign which e volved into the HART programme. H e is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elfriede Hanikel-Burnett; one daughter, Dr Caroline Burnett-Garraway of Nassau;a nd three sons, William of Abu Dhabi, Frederic of Jamaica and Michael of Canada. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A POLICE officer attacked by passers-by at the scene of a car crash was helping his colleague Alexis Bain, who was trapped in the wreckage, ap olice source said. C ontrary to police reports claiming WPC Bain was beaten up as she allegedly tried to stop looters from stealing shopping strewn across the road following the accident, The Tribune has learned WPC Bain was injured in thec rash and Police Constable Jermaine K nowles was attacked as he tried to help her. PC Knowles heard the crash while driving through the area with his fianceeand three children, and stopped to offer assistance. WPC Bain’s green Honda Accord had c ollided with a Honda Domani and a GMC Envoy around 200 yards from the junction with Sea Breeze Road at 9 .40pm on Monday. T he policewoman, understood to work for the Central Detective Unit, was trapped in the wreckage, her bodyl ying in the road, her head wedged in the back door. Conscious A nd PC Knowles tried to keep WPC Bain conscious and still while waiting for Emergency Medical Services to attend to her as four men who appeared t o know WPC Bain pulled up in a white Toyota Windom and accused PC Knowles of causing the collision. A source said: “They pulled up and just started to attack him. One of them picked up a bumper which came off the car and hit him in the head with it. They hit him in the head with bottles and rocks, and knocked him unconscious.” PC Knowles’s fiancee and three children, aged six, three and two, watched in horror as the Canine Unit officer dragged himself under WPC Bain’s car to avoid further battering of his bruised and bloodied face. He was losing consciousness as observers held back one of the men who lunged at PC Knowles with two large rocks, and pinned down two of the men who were later arrested, according to a police source. WPC Bain was removed from the mangled wreckage of her car using the ‘jaws of life’ and taken to Doctor’s Hospital by ambulance for treatment, along with PC Knowles who was treated for lacerations and bruises on his head and arms, and two broken toes. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday. A family of four believed to have been travelling in the Honda Domani were also injured in the wreckage. A young boy broke his hand, his father’s leg was broken and the mother was covered in blood, a witness said. Another two men injured in the smash were lying in the grass on the roadside, and were taken to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH ily in a fleet of ambulances. One of the injured is in critical condition and being treated in the Intensive Care Unit at PMH. An eye-witness at the scene of the crash told The Tribune : “I can’t believe what happened. I’ve never seen anything like that with so many people around and everybody involved transported to the hospital. “But the really horrific part is that you don’t know if you can stop to help somebody without getting injured and it’s sad. “You render some assistance and might end up losing your life as well. That man was beaten in front of his children. It was horrific.” ‘Policeman attacked at crash scene was helping his trapped colleague’ Alvin Albert Burnett dies aged 85 B Y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT – The murder trial of Edwin Bauld Jr and Wilfred McPhee Jr is winding down in the S upreme Court, with jurors e xpected to hear summations by Acting Justice Jethro Miller today. Justice Miller, who is pres iding over the trial, dismissed jurors on Friday after closing arguments were submitted by the prosecution a nd defence teams. H e instructed them to return to court today when he will give his summing up of the case. The matter willt hen be turned over to the jury of six men and six women for deliberation. Bauld, 26, the son of a p olice officer, and McPhee, 26, the son of an immigration officer, are accused of the kidnapping, robbery, and murder of CorporalE ddison Bain. M r Bain’s body was discovered in a shallow ditch near the Casuarina Bridge on October 22, 2007. A larges tone was resting on the side o f his face. He was also bound at the hands and feet. Pathologist Dr Cornelius Kachali testified the cause of d eath was the result of blunt force trauma to the head. The prosecution alleges that Bauld, the cousin of thed eceased, came up with the p lan to use his girlfriend, Gahnise Campbell, to lure Mr Bain to Island Seas Beach, where he and M cPhee accosted and robbed him of his vehiclea nd ATM bank card. Bauld and McPhee are a ccused of stealing Mr Bain’s 1999 Honda car and $4,500 from his Commonwealth Bank account. Campbell, the ex-girlf riend of Bauld, who was ini tially charged along Baulda nd McPhee, was a key witness for the prosecution and c harges against her were dropped. Police Sergeant Darrell Rolle, the lead police investigator, testified that McPhee and Bauld gave a police statement, accusing the other of killing Mr Bain.T aking the stand in his defence, McPhee claimed he n ever gave a police statement. However, he admitted he was in on the plan to rob MrBain, but he did not kill him. Mr Bain was still alive when he and Bauld left him in the hole, he claimed. H e also claimed that police abused and threate ned him while in custody and denied him the right to speak with an attorney. Unlike McPhee, Bauld chose to remain silent by not taking the stand in his defence. Lawyer Mario Gray represents McPhee, and K Brian Hanna repre sents Bauld. Vernal Collie, assisted by Erica Kemp, of the Attorney General’s Office, are the prosecutors. The parents of Corporal Bain have been present in court since the trial started about three weeks ago. P ASSERS BYASSAULTOFFICERWHOSTOPPEDATSITEOFACCIDENT , SAYSPOLICESOURCE n Retirement in Bahamas followed career in Jamaica civil service as an economist, chief planner, consultant Murder trial jurors expected to hear summations today ALVIN ALBERT BURNETT

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A PILOT study o f the Potters Cay area by the Ministry of Labour and Social Developm ent recently provided a snapshot of homelessness in Nassau, focusing renewed attention on this issue. More than 50 homeless peop le live in this area, which extends to Okra Hill and St Matthew's graveyard. They are mostly men over 25 years of a ge, who are mentally ill, drug addicts or repeat offenders. Many have been released from Fox Hill Prison or Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, ands ome are homeless by choice. They are attracted to Potters Cay, the report says, by the availability of gambling, drugs a nd prostitution, as well as the opportunity to earn money from begging and casual labour. Another attraction for this location considered the nexus of homelessness on New Providence is the number of sleeping options. These range from the tombs at nearby cemeteries, to derelict buildings, vendors' stalls, traile rs and boats. But the hub of activity for the homeless is thef ormer fish processing plant on P otters Cay, which was built by t he government in 1982 at a c ost of $3.6 million and has been derelict for years. It has b ecome an unmanaged shelter for the underclass. " The old building appears to be the main area for sleep-i ng, storage and sexual activity," the report says, adding that t he surveyors were unable to complete their assessment "because of the faeces, urine, garbage, old furniture, rodents and clothing everywhere. The o dour made breathing very difficult." T he police station on Potters Cay closes at midnight so there is no security. And the public toilets are locked at 6 pm, the report says, so they c annot be used by the homeless.” Hence the surrounding w ater is contaminated and there are no facilities forb athing...If this is not properly handled the repercussions will be devastating for the entire population." Of course, this is not a uniquely Bahamian problem. Homelessness has been a longstanding problem even in rich countries with fully developed and well-funded social safety n ets. But it is a relatively finite problem on New Providencec ompared to North America, w here there are hundreds of t housands of homeless people. T he homeless have not always been the object of chari ty. In the 16th century, British laws punished vagrants with t wo years of servitude for the first offence, and death for thes econd. That was one way to solve the problem. Later, more e nlightened lawmakers set up workhouses for those unable to support themselves. Workhouses T he earliest first hand account of homelessness in E ngland was published by Jack London in 1903. In The People of the Abyss he described conditions for those living in the workhouses and streets of the capital of the British Empire, who were estimated to number h alf a million at the time. They lived in "a chronic condition ofm isery which is never wiped out," London wrote. As in the Bahamas, Britain's street people today are mostly men over 25 with alcohol and drug addictions, or with mental health problems. And over the years the British government has spent hundreds of millions t o keep people off the street through outreach and resettle-m ent work, as well as the prov ision of shelters and perman ent housing. A lthough some 120,000 people are classified as being legall y homeless in the UK, officials estimate that less than 500 peop le are sleeping rough on any given night out of a popula-t ion of over 61 million. And the goal is to drive street sleeping d own to zero by 2012. So how do the British do it? "The success was largely due to a very focused and targeted approach with high-profile cent ral leadership, assertive outreach to get people in, and i nvestment in accommodation, specifically for former rough sleepers," one report said. "The Department of Health was effective in helping to target t he most entrenched people with severe mental illness." I n America, the most effective programme operates justa cross the water in Miami-Dade County. The Community Part n ership for the Homeless was set up in 1993 funded by a one per cent tax on food and beverage sales. It also relies on a "holistic approach" to help peop le get off the streets. Public and private sector investmenti n this programme has exceeded $300 million over 15 years. " Help" includes meals, clothing and temporary hous ing, as well as training, case management, healthcare, drug treatment and permanent housi ng assistance. And the num ber of people living on thes treets of Miami has been cut from 8,000 in 1993 to under a t housand today. The programme has been so successful that it is now being applied in cities across the United States. Meanwhile, here at home the Ministry of Labour and Social Development recentlyj oined with private sector groups to work out approaches t o homelessness in Nassau. Those attending the initial meeting last month included the president of the Christian Council, the Commissioner of Police, the Defence Force Commodore, representatives of civic organisations, and public officers. "Homelessness is a problem that our society needs to tackle urgently before it becomes unmanageable," State Minister for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner told the meeting. "We want your commit ment to work with the government to address homelessness. It is a matter which requires the attention of all of us." Currently, services for the homeless include soup kitchens operated by churches and charities, and government food subsidies. Recommendations to deal with the problem include determining the number of homeless people on the island, better coordination of food services, provision of temporary shelters, expansion of lowincome housing, and job training. Providing accommodation and food are probably not insurmountable issues. Healthcare is the biggest challenge. In a paper for the Organisation of American States produced last year, well-known psychiatrist Dr David Allen offered a Bahamian perspective on the contribution of drug abuse to homelessness and HIV/AIDS infection. He traced the problem to a national epidemic of crack cocaine unleashed in the 1980s, associated with already high levels of alcohol consumption. That was the period when Colombian drug lords took over several islands in the Bahamas to transship cocaine to the United States, while our government looked the other way. "As the acute crack cocaine epidemic started to wane," Dr Allen wrote, "push-e rs preyed on mentally ill patients, creating bizarre syndromes involving vagrancy, homelessness and sometimes violence. Many addicts had as evere psychiatric illness such as schizophrenia. These are best treated in an inpatient setting." Although drug treatment is p rovided by groups like Teen Challenge, The Haven, Bahamas Association for Social Health and the Deanery, "the missing pieces in the consor-t ium of services are comprehensive programmes for the chronically addicted woman (the broken woman s itional community residences to enhance re-entry into society," according to Dr Allen. "There are increasing numbers of chronic cocaine usersw ho also use marijuana and alcohol. Cognitively impaired, they tend to be unemployed and go in and out of prison. A m ajor concern is that marijuana h as permeated junior and senior high schools, which has s erious implications for education and career development," he said. Drug trafficking has produced a gun culture that isd irectly responsible for the rise in violent crime we are experi-e ncing today: "The drug prob lem has a devastating effect on o ur value system," Dr Allen said. "The already challenged inner city family and community has been impacted severely by violent crime, stealing andt he despair that accompanies chronic drug use. Children lackn urture and support...This destruction is tragic." He called for an interna tional drug policy think tank to share technical expertise and p romote a coordinated approach to the problem. He a lso pointed to the need for better communication between k ey players like social workers, teachers, law enforcement offi cers, politicians, medical pro fessionals and drug counselors, as well as the development of training and work skills during treatment. You might not know it, but there already is a nation al drug plan that seeks to deal w ith these critical issues. In the early 2000s, the authors of this plan noted that more than 60 per cent of inmates at Fox Hill Prison were there for drugrelated offences and a high percentage were infected with HIV/AIDS. Statistics also showed that 75 per cent of w omen with HIV had a history of drug or alcohol abuse. A five-year anti-drug plan was formulated in 2004 with the help of international agencies and called for a $3 million bud get. It is now being updated by C aptain Godfrey Rolle, the plan's coordinator at the Mini stry of National Security. The goals include development of c omplex interdiction, preven tion, treatment and rehabilitation services. It is surely a daunting task. Perhaps the most frightening data relating to the homeless involves the prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection. A recent Caribbean study confirmed that homeless drug users are at high risk for HIV infection. And crack cocaine use and risky sexual behaviours, both associated with increased risk of medical and psychiatric complications, have been described as common behaviours among the homeless. So resettlement support alone will not be enough to help these people back into mainstream society. We need to find cost-effective ways to rehabilitate those suffering from mental illness, drug or alcohol problems. Then we need to develop their basic life skills, and help them reconnect with social networks away from the streets. These are difficult, long-term and costly approaches. That's why many experts believe prevention is the best means of ensuring a lasting and sustainable end to the problem of homelessness. But in the Bahamas, we also have to consider that the problem is not strictly confined to the rela tively small world of crazy street people like those living at Potters Cay. In 2006 government officials reported 39 squatter villages throughout New Providence. As many as 300 people both Bahamians and immigrants were said to be living in just one of these, with no sanitary facilities or police presence whatsoever. What is being done to address these issues? What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.com < http://www.bahamapundit.com/ > C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW CONDOFOR SALESt. Albans Dr. New 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath, 3 Storey Townhouse. Well Appointed Interior Gated Property With Pool.$239,000Bank Financing Available 325-1325 454-2098 or 422-4489 I n 2006 government officials reported 39 squatter villages throughout New Providence. As many as 300 people both B ahamians and immigrants were said to be living in just one o f these, with no sanitary facilities or police presence whatsoever. W hat is being done to address these issues? What are we doing about the homeless?

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READERS of our website tribune.242.com are overwhelmingly in favour of stricter enforcement of the laws governing the use and rental of jet-skis. Less than 10 per cent of those who took yesterday’s online poll said they are satisfied with the way the water sports industry is currently regulated. Of the 92 readers who voted, 61 said the laws need to be better enforced, 23 said jet skis should be banned on Bahamian beaches altogether, while only eight were happy with the status quo. The question was posed following a dangerous jet ski accident on Goodman’s Bay, from which one man was lucky to escape with his life. It was only the latest of many water sports accidents in recent years, which have lead to serious injury and even death for locals and tourists alike. Commenting on the website, Derek Dean said: “Typical of the Bahamas. Laws are likely only the books but never enforced, unless something happens to ‘somebody’ but almost always when it's too late – one more life unnecessarily taken. Complain “We all complain but do nothing about it as an ‘undisciplined’ people who do what we want, except when we go to South Florida and are afraid to even cross the road for fear of getting a ticket for J-walking.” Another commentator, who identified himself as only “Morons as Jet Ski Operat ors”, wrote: “I used to be a tourist to the Bahamas and I am now a resident. I have seen the morons who are either hopped on booze or drugs roaring around on our local beaches, in addition to behaving like pimps towards the women that they attempt to entice onto their jet-skis. “I would place an age restriction on the jet-ski operators. Adult men or women aged between 40 and 45 period. Some of these young Bahamian are morons who drive like idiots in traffic and it's no different for them either riding on a wave or onh ot asphalt.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM LUCKYTOSURVIVE: The man is brought ashore after the accident in Goodman’s Bay Online poll: Tighter control of jet-ski rentals is needed Tribune242.com readers want laws enforced T HE National Development Party is supporting the Bahamas Real Estate Associa tion in its position that only licensed members of BREA should be allowed to sell real estate. H owever, the party said it is also very concerned about unscrupulous Bahamian r eal estate agents and lawyers who know ingly provide clients with invalid or fraudu l ent land titles. “An NDP government, when elected, will solve this problem once and for all on behalf of the Bahamian people,” said the party in a statement. In addition, the party said, the acute shortage of land surveyors has been allowed t o stagnate the development of land, especially the granting of crown land to Bahami ans. The party also noted that there are “many Bahamians who have yet to be paid for landt hat was compulsorily acquired by successive governments of the Bahamas over the years. A ll of these accounts will be settled with the election of an NDP government. We i ntend to repeal all colonial legislation gov erning land in the Bahamas along with the much abused Quieting Titles Act of 1959, replacing them with legislation reflecting a 21st century independent and sovereign Bahamas.” NDP opposes the unlicensed sale of real estate F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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THE Ministry of Education, Y outh and Sports is pressing on with the search for mouldfree offices after their intended relocation to the Wyndham Nassau Resort was stalled by the discovery of mould in one of the towers. President of the Bahamas Public Service Union John Pind er said the ministry may move to another Wyndham tower now that the potentially dangerous fungus has been discovered growing throughout the sixth floor and on part of the fourth floor in the tower which had been considered for the relocation. M ould infestation at the ministry’s current offices on Thompson Boulevard sparked negotiations with Baha Mar over the feasability o f moving staff to one of the disused towers for health reasons. But Mr Pinder, who said he t oured the Cable Beach tower with inspectors last week, said staff should not be relocated to another hazardous working environment. A nd until a safe site has been identified, he said, they should work in shifts to avoid long hours of exposure to mould in t he Thompson Boulevard building. Mr Pinder the fungus started growing in the Wyndham tower during the three months itw as closed, and may be related to a leak under repair. He said: “I have asked if they will be able to put them in a d ifferent tower, and Dr Hubert Minnis, who was the acting Minister of Education in Carl Bethel’s absence, indicated that they would now look at a different tower. “Until they get that tower I’m pushing for them to put people on flexi-time because I d on’t want them working for long hours in the present conditions at their office in Thompson Boulevard.” S ome types of mould can lead to a variety of health problems. If present in large quantities, mould can be extremely hazardous to humans, causinga llergic reactions and respiratory problems. When contacted about the matter a few weeks ago, vice p resident of external affairs at Baha Mar, Robert Sands, told The Tribune he was unaware of the mould claims and said government and the resort wereo nly at the "exploratory stages" in their discussions about a possible rental agreement. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Ministry continues search for mould-free offices Small island states, the effects of climate change, and envir onmental protection are the focus of the 2009 essay contest organised by the Inter-American Developmental Bank and the Bahamas National Trust. All students are asked to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both organisations by writing an essay about the impact of climate change on the environment and the economy. The theme is ‘Environmental sustainability and conservation in the Bahamas: A Vision for the future.’ W ith the support of the Ministry of Education, the contest runs to November 20. “As we are both celebrating our 50th a nniversary this year, we have joined forces given the nature of our work in sustainability and natural resource conservation,”s aid Roscoe Spencer, IDB representative for the Bahamas. Parks T he BNT operates 25 national parks throughout the Bahamas, four of which are in New Providence. It also offers e ducational programmes about ecosystems. “Our national parks are the subject of many educational p rogrammes,” said Portia Sweeting, BNT director of education. “National park visitations and school presentations deliver thec onservation message to 1,000 young people each year. “We are consulting with the Ministry of Education and they a re revising their curriculum to include information and activities surrounding the effects of climate change on small island states.” B y convincing all students from primary school to senior high to make protecting the environment a priority now, the D epartment of Education hopes to embed in them an awareness they will take seriously as adults. The Ministry of Education supports the BNT and IDB essay competition because through it the high school students will develop a more heightened awareness of the importance of the environment,” said Lionel Sands, director of education. “Environmental studies are a part of the curriculum now. “Then they will understand how to protect the environment and how to use it so we don’t lose it.” J unior high winners will receive a laptop computer and iPODs. Senior high winners will receive a Mac computer andi PODs. A desk-top computer is in store for the winning school. Contest focuses on climate change JOHNPINDER PORTIA SWEETING , BNT director of education

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together.” An activist group demanding better conditions at the pound was formed after The Tribune reported deplorable conditions witnessed by a 14-year-old visitor. The group now has nearly 600 members. A public meeting will be held at the Bahamas Humane Society in Chippingham tonight to disc uss concerns about the government dog pound. Ms Aranha said: “Our immediate concern is that the animals in there are treated humanely. We will be making sure they have adequate food water and shade. “We now have permission to go in there every single day to check on the situation and I consider that a very positive step. “We can also go in there and actively weed out the dogs we can find homes for and be much more proactive. “But this is not just something that is just for the Humane Society, this is the people’s project, and there are a lot of people who care and they should be a part of this change.” Ms Aranha encouraged anyone interested in standards at the dog pound to attend the meeting at 6pm tonight. And all readers should send their concerns and priorities for the pound to The Tribune, or email mreynolds@tribunemedia.net or pnunez@tribunemedia.net. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM intentions would be at the October 21 convention. According to a PLP insider, when Mr Mitchell said he was going to run for the leadership of the party, a segment of those in attendance almost “took his head off”. Shouting out “how dare you” challenge Mr Christie and going as far as questioning the MP’s loyalty to the party, it is claimed Mr Mitchell hit back by stating that he wasn’t “born yesterday”. “He gave as good as he got,” said a source who witnessed Tuesday night’s proceedings. “He told them that anyone who attacked him would be attacked likewise, just as hard.” While the heated exchange of words never escalated into any physical altercation, it is believed this incident is a telling sign of what is yet to come in the party as the battle over the leadership and deputy leadership positions heats up. At the end of the day there were a group who raised hell, but there also were other persons in the room who had to tell them that it was his (Mr Mitchell’s right to run. “If the PLP is a democracy then it has to act like a democracy. But some in there were really nasty, saying that If he ran it was a signal of no confidence in MrC hristie and all kind of foolishness,” the source added. In the race with Mr Mitchell for the party’s top post will be PLP MP for Bain and Grants Town Dr Bernard Nottage, PLP newcomer Paul Moss, and Mr Christie. In the race for the deputy leadership post there is the PLP MP for West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe, PLP MP for Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay Philip Brave’ Davis, and PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald. be PLP newcomer Paul Moss who was the first to announce his intentions to challenge Mr Christie back in September of this year. It is also believed the MP for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell will likewise join Mr Moss and Dr Nottage and run against Mr Christie at the party’s October 21 convention. During the party’s 1997 convention, Mr Christie was able to secure a victory over Dr Nottage with the assistance of the third candidate, Philip Galanis, who at that time threw his support behind Mr Christie. However, with this upcoming convention it appears the three candidates who are seeking the post that Mr Christie currently holds have one mission in mind the removal of the leader. And with less than a week to go before the convention, candidates are already fearful of the transparency of the elections. In a letter issued to the chairman of the convention, PLP MP for West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe on October 1, Mr Moss outlined that he has written to members of the election committee requesting a number of measures be put in place to ensure the credibility and transparency of the upcoming elec tions. “The fact that you, as convention chairman, are yourself a can didate in those elections has been cause for protest from your opponents already,” Mr Moss said, “so, in my opinion, this places on you a heavy responsibility and obligation to do all you can to ‘shun the very appearance of evil’ in the election process. “Though oversight for the elections is outside your formal sphere of influence, I share my requests with you in the hope that you will advance and support them should the occasion present itself. “I requested as follows, that the complete list of delegates/Stalwart Counselors be given to each candidate in advance of Elections, but certainly no later than October 15 (today allowed two agents in the voting room at any given time; that the election for Leader be held separately from the election for other positions; that voters be required to show photo identification before being allowed to cast their ballots; that one agent for each candidate signs or initials the blank ballots before they are given to voters; and that a reputable accounting firm be used to count the ballots after voting ends,” Mr Moss said. In addition to these requests, Mr Moss also requested that he be allowed an opportunity to address stalwarts on the first day of the convention if only for five minutes. While the former Prime Minister Christie still holds a tremen dous amount of support within the hierarchy of the party, there is a growing movement within the organization to replace him as the country continues to cry out for change. Hearing this call, Dr Nottage, and other challengers such as Mr Moss and Mr Mitchell have put themselves forward as alternatives to the status quo in an attempt to “take the party forward”. However, unlike Mr Moss and Mr Mitchell, there is a growing criticism of Dr Nottage even though the MP has yet to formally announce. According to supporters of the incumbent leader, it would be a grave injustice if Dr Nottage were to challenge Mr Christie as it was the leader of the party who recently welcomed the Bain and Grant’s Town MP back into the fold after “years in the wilderness” as the head of the Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR However, strong supporters of the doctor counter with claims that it was in fact Dr Nottage who encouraged former PLP leader Sir Lynden Pindling into allowing Mr Christie to rejoin the party after he was dismissed from the PLP Cabinet in 1984 along with Hubert Ingraham who now sits as the current Prime Minister. Running as an independent in 1987 Mr Christie won his seat again and was invited back into the PLP in 1990. Serving under Sir Lynden’s leadership since then, Mr Christie won the leadership of the party in 1997 and has remained leader of the PLP ever since. FROM page one Readers’ views FROM page one Fred Mitchell FREDMITCHELL FROM page one Dr Nottage to announce PLP leadership bid this morning

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FORMER cabinet minister Loftus Roker has thrown his support behind PLP deputy l eadership candidate Philip “Brave” Davis. Mr Roker, who served in the Pindling administration as minister of immigration and became notorious for his no-nonsense stance on illegal immigration, praised Mr Davis as the bridge to the future for the Progressive L iberal Party. He said: “I support Brave Davis because he has a long association with the PLP from a young man and I believe his election as deputy leader would g ive the party another chance to return to its roots and give hope to the Bahamian people.” Mr Roker, who is still hugely popular with the public, joins deputy prime minister and former Minister of National Security in the Christie administration, Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt, w ho also endorsed Mr Davis for the deputy leadership position. Mr Davis has made reconnecting with the public a cornerstone of his campaign and has told party members they c annot continue to focus on the history of the PLP if they intend to succeed in the future. So far, Senator Jerome Fitzgerald and former minister of tourism and current MP for West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe have announced that they will vie for the post a long with Mr Davis at the PLP national convention on October 21. Bain and Grants Town MP Bernard Nottage is expected to announce that he will challenge p arty leader Perry Christie for the reigns of the PLP today. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Former Cabinet Minister Loftus Roker backs Davis for PLP deputy By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunmedia.net TWOweeks after the government announced it had brought into force the Child Protection Act, w hich provides for increased safeguarding of children’s rights, the opposition has called for a public education programme to highlight the legal changes this entails. PLP spokesperson on Social Services and former minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin MP called the Act a “significant piece of social legislation” that is “long overdue” and suggested that Minister of State for Social Development, Loretta Butler-Turner, has not done enough to raise awareness of the Act’s provisions. The Act was brought into force on October 1, 2009. Some of the important aspects of the legislation include: increased penalties for those who are foundguilty of child abuse; mandatory reporting of all forms of abuse of children; a provision for fathers of children born out of wedlock to pursue access to or custody of those children and a provision for mothers of children born out of wedlock to pursue maintenance for those children up to the age of 18. By ushering in new protection for children, the legislation, which was passed in parliament in 2007 under the former PLP administration, harmonizes Bahamian domestic law as it exists with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child while also bringing under one umbrella several pieces of legislation pertaining to children’s rights. The Bahamas ratified the UN convention in 1991. Mrs Griffin said: “The enforcement of this sign ificant piece of social legislation is long overdue and the government ought to be condemned for failing to see the importance of it to the care and protection of our children and the development and strengthening of families, particularly in view of the level of social decay all around us today. “After two and a half years of stop-and-review, the Child Protection Act, 2007 has been brought into force in its entirety, (with amendments as (the government had suggested there would be). “It is clear that national and international pressure have forced the government’s hand in bringing this Act into force, but 13 days after the ‘by the way’ announcement in Parliament (by Mrs Butler-Turner, of its coming enforcement on October 1, 2009), no substantive announcement has been made giving this matter the kind of attention it deserves.” The former minister, in noting that the Act was brought into force “in its entirety, with no amendments” was referring to comments previously made by Minister Butler Turner when she was asked why the nearly three year old legislation had not been brought into force by the current government. Mrs Butler Turner had answered that among other hindrances to the Act’s enforcement – including the fact that the PLP administration did not draft regulations necessary to effectively administer the Act – the government would need significant funding and human resources to effectively enact the law and therefore may need to amend it or “phase it in”, given economic challenges. In this regard, Mrs Griffin called on the govern ment to reveal “what has been done at the Department of Social Services to provide the structure, manpower and the resources needed to effectively enforce the provisions of the CPA.” The former minister noted that the Act was the culmination of 12 years of work by governmental and non-governmental organisations, who she com m ended for their involvement. She also paid tribute to children’s rights activist and long-standing campaigner for the implementation of the Act, founder of Bahamian Fathers for Children Everywhere, Clever Duncombe. Messages left for Mrs Butler-Turner and the director of Social Services were not returned yes terday. Both were said to be attending the funeral of S ir Clement Maynard. Call for programme to highlight Child Protection Act legal changes FORMER cabinet minister LoftusR oker with PLP deputy leadership candidate Philip ‘Brave’ Davis.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM interested in and was thinking about getting money from the media for it. She said she he told Lightbourne he shouldn’t speak to the media and admonished him to think about what it would look like for the Bahamas. Bridgewater said Lightbourne told her he was not trying to hurt the Travoltas but he had a mortgage to pay and a family to take care of. “He never asked me to speak with Mr Travolta or ask him for any money. He had the phone number, he didn’t even have to come to me,” Bridgewater said. Bridgewater also told the jury she had been reluctant to speak with Michael McDermott, an attorney for Mr Travolta. She recalled he had inquired about the document and asked her to email a copy but Lightbourne had instructed her not to do so. She also recalled that Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson subsequently called her saying that she wanted to speak with her regarding a matter concerning Mr McDermott. “I said to her from the outset, Allyson if there is anything I am doing illegal I don’t want to be a part of it. I only want to assist the Travoltas,” she said. According to Bridgewater, when she had met her former senate colleague, Mrs Maynard –Gibson had told her there was nothing criminal at that stage and that she knew she was a person of integrity. Bridgewater told the jury she gave Mrs Maynard-Gibson a copy of the document despite her client’s instructions because she trusted her. Although Mrs Maynard-Gibson had testified that she had told Bridgewater that what she was doing was wrong, Bridgewater told the jury that that was not true. Bridgewater said she considered Mrs Maynard-Gibson to bea trusted friend and parliamen tary colleague. She said she did not think she would have had police recording their conversations. “I trusted her. I thought she was a sincere person,” Bridgewater said. Bridgewater recalled that on January 22, while at a meeting at Universal Distributors, Freeport, with two potential clients, police came and arrested her. She told the jury that contrary to the evidence of Sergeant Deborah Thompson, she did not tell police she had burned the refusal of transport document because she thought the situation was going to explode. “I never said that I burned the document because I thought the situation was going to explode. I never thought I would have been arrested,” she said. Bridgewater said she had blurted to police that she had burned the document because of they had vigorously interrogated and disrespected her and her parents in their home. “I never attempted to extort anything from anybody. All my life I have tried to help people,” she said. “I’ll be the first to say I am no saint but I’m no devil.” “I came from humble beginnings,” she said, “All I have I have worked for.” Bridgewater c redited God, her family and friends with helping her cope with the ordeal. “But for the grace of God, I could have been in Sandilands or probably worse,” she said. “All I was trying to do is what I thought was right for my country and to steer Mr Lightbourne in t he right direction,” she said. “I maintain my 100 per cent innocence. What Allyson, McDermott and the others did to me, I leave that to God,” Bridgewater said. Following her address to the jury, Bridgewater began to cry and was embraced by Lightb ourne as she took her seat. Facing the jury, Lightbourne said: “On January 2, 2009, I nev er questioned God before but I questioned and asked why I had to work that morning.” Lightbourne went on to recall that he and EMT Derrex Rolle went to Old Bahama Bay that morning where they found Jett Travolta lying on a bathroom floor with a brown towel around his waist. Lightbourne said he smelled alcohol in air and noticed people trying to perform what appeared to be CPR on Jett. Lightbourne said Jett had no vital signs and he told Dr Fernandez the boy was dead. According to Lightbourne, Dr Fernandez told him that he knew that but they should just take the boy to the hospital. Lightbourne said he told the doctor he did not want to be a part of ‘any cover up’ and he overheard a man say ‘do we have an agreement.’ He said the man also tapped him on the shoulder and asked him if he agreed. Lightbourne said there was a discussion about whether to take Jett to the hospital or the airport. He said that he spoke to Mr Travolta and told them it was their policy that once they were in custody of a patient they had to take them to the hospital. Lightbourne said Mr Rolle told him to get a refusal form which Mr Travolta signed. Lightbourne told the jury he later made a copy of the document and put the original on file at the Rand Memorial Hospital. He said he kept the document w ith his collection of celebrity signatures. Lightbourne recalled being approached at the Rand by two Inside Edition reporters about doing an interview while at the hospital on January 4. He told the jury he contacted his union representative John Curtis to i nquire on whether he could do the interview. He said Mr Curtis called BPSU president John Pinder on the matter. Lightbourne said the men wanted to know how much he was being paid and instructed him not to make the hospital look bad. He also told the jury that he h ad been contacted by a man claiming to be a representative of Mr Travolta who said that he was willing to pay a substantial sum of money for the document that the media had been inquiring about. He said that he informed the man that he was going to do an interview with Inside Edition. He added that the man told him to make Mr Travolta look good. “I was surprised when Ms Bridgewater got locked up because as far as I am concerned, she didn’t do anything wrong,” Lightbourne said. He went on to recall his meeting with Mr McDermott on January 19. “I didn’t feel comfortable. So I asked him, ‘Are you recording me?’ He said ‘No, I don’t do things like that’,” Lightbourne said. He said Mr McDermott kept insisting he did not want anyone to know about their meeting. “I realised the questions he was saying to me, he was setting me up. So I say if he going to play crazy I going to play crazy, so I told him what he wanted to hear,” Lightbourne said. “I didn’t know what extortion was until I came to this court. As far as I know I was selling them a paper with Mr Travolta’s signature on it,” he said. “In your deliberations find Ms Bridgewater not guilty and find me not guilty,” Lightbourne said. Lightbourne also told the jury that health officials had promised his former co-worker Derrex Rolle a promotion and a pay increase if he re-wrote his report r egarding Jett’s death. Light bourne said Mr Rolle came to his home and told him so a week before the start of the trial. “Send me and Ms Bridgewater home to be with our family and friends,” Lightbourne said. Both attorney Murrio Ducille who is representing Bridgewat er, and Carlson Shurland, who is representing Lightbourne, made their opening addresses to the jury yesterday. “I am using a microscope. I am still looking for a case but I don’t see it,” Mr Ducille said. He told the jury: “You are the judges of the facts. Her ladyship i s the judge of the law. No one can tell you how to decide in this case. “This case has been well pub licised all over the world, not withstanding that, you deal with the evidence which you have heard.” Mr Ducille told the jury his client had nothing to prove but that it was the prosecution who has to prove her guilt. “The catalyst of this whole case is Mr McDermott. Ms Bridgewater has always led an exemplary life. Her reputation has been seriously damaged and I hope to God she is able to restore it. “A good reputation is so hard to build and so easy to destroy. “This lady’s liberty, her career, her entire life is in your hands. We are not here judging morals, we are dealing with the law and whether there has been a breach in the law.” He noted that Allyson Maynard-Gibson had testified that B ridgewater had told her that her client wanted to give Mr Travolta the first option to purchase the document he had. “Where is the threat?” Mr Ducille asked. “It is clear to see she has been intorted. She is no extortionist. Mr McDermott is the intortioner.” Mr Ducille s aid. Mr Shurland tried to hold back tears as he made his opening address. “I sat here and cried tears for Pleasant. I have known her for a long time,” he said. Mr Shurland told the jury that is client was not an extortionist. He might be an opportunist but he sure isn’t an extortionist. What’s wrong with Bahamians seeing opportunities and taking opportunities?” he asked. “You seen Mr Travolta he came here said what he had to say and hit the road, Jack. At the end of the day this had noth-i ng to do with extorting money from John Travolta. “This is strictly about deceit and distractions,” Mr Shurland said. Marcus Garvey, manager of the Bahamas Ambulance Services company was called yesterday as a witness for Lightbourne. He recalled that on January 2, he and EMS Selvin Strachan while in the area of Eight Mile Rock intercepted the ambulance that had been dispatched to Old Bahama Bay that morn ing. Mr Garvey said he switched places with Lightbourne who had been driving the ambulance c arrying Jett’s body. He told the court that Jett’s body was cold, his pupils were fully dilated and lividity had set in. He said Jett was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital. Mr Garvey also told the court that on January 2, he received a telephone call and told the man h e was not the person who had access to the refusal of transport form. “I told him Mr Tarino Lightbourne was responsible for that document and I gave him his telephone contacts,” Mr Garvey said. He also testified that reporters from CNN, The New Y ork Times and Star magazine had also called him that day. During cross examination by lead prosecutor and Director of Public Prosecutions Bernard Turner, Mr Garvey was asked whether he had given an inter view to Radaronline.com. He told the court he had neve r given an interview to anyone regarding that matter, which is presently before the Public Health Tribunal. F ROM page one Pleasant Bridgewater tells of trial ‘ridicule’ FORMERPLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater

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THE Ministry of Tourism h as unveiled plans on for a 1 4-island multi-level prom otional strategy that will highlight the Family Islands. Through its Londonbased office, the ministry is recruiting 42 filmmakers to produce a short film featur-i ng life on the Family Islands. F ourteen will be chosen t o travel to the Bahamas to produce the short film,w hich will be distributed to a udiences around the world. The islands are: Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Harbour Island, San Salvador, Exuma, Crooked Island, Inagua, Mayaguana, Long Island, Cat Island, Bimini, G rand Bahama and New P rovidence. The Ministry of Tourism i s always seeking to use e ffective media to advance t he reputation of our country and enhance our profileas a vacation destination of choice,” said director general, Ministry of Tourism, Vernice Walkine. It is expected that these o bjectives will be met through this promotion, she said. T he challenge is designed t o build “greater aware n ess” of the Bahamas and a ppreciation of the count ry’s beauty, particularly in the United Kingdom. S he noted that there is a “significant” onshore comp onent and that the project “cannot be successful without the full participation of B ahamians as consummate hosts and great information s ources to the filmmakers.” “Here is our chance, as Bahamians, to help UKf ilmmakers make the best possible film about the i slands on which we live, showing the people of the U K why they should visit o ur islands,” said Ms W alkine. The price tag for this project will be “modest” according to district sales manager for the ministry’s UK office, Giovanni Grant. This project will cost the ministry $250,000 to$ 300,000, most of which will b e used for travel and accommodations for thef ilmmakers,” he said. “It’s a small price to pay for the potential benefits that we will reap.” The movies’ idyllic shots of the islands will reside online at the Bahamas’ UK website which functions as a 2 4-hour tourist office to give i nformation and visual i mages of the Bahamas to I nternet users. The overall goal of the i nitiative is to drive traffic to the bahamas.co.uk website, and ultimately to cause prospective travellers to consider one of our islands for their next holiday retreat,” said Ms Walkine. T his initiative lines up with the ministry’s goal of attracting UK travellers to t he Bahamas in 2009 and 2 010, she said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ThursdayOct15th ,09@6PM D o c t o r s H o s p i t a l C o n f e r e n c e R o o m RSVPSeatingisLimited302-4603 DOCTORSHOSPITALDISTINGUISHEDLECTURESERIEST HISMONTHSTOPIC :SCHEDULELECTURESERIES Pleasejoinusasourguesteverythird Thursday of the month for this scintillating seriesofthemostrelevanthealthissues affectingsocietytoday.Purpose:Toeducate thepublicabout the importanthealthissues, presented by distinguished physicians.Screenings:Get your Free Blood Pressure,Cholesterol, and Glucosetesting between 5pm&6pm.RSVP:To ensureavailable seatingPhone: 302-4603LECTURE DATE SPEAKER:Dr.Theodore TurnquestH ematology/Oncology BREASTCANCER October 1509B reast Cancer Dr.Theodore TurnquestNovember 1909Diabetes Mellitus Dr.Judson EneasDecember 1709Stress Dr.Ian Kelly Lecture Sponsored by: Fourteen-island promotional strategy unveiled by Ministry THE long-term stabilisation of Haiti has been and continues to be of crucial interest to the Bahamas, former minister of foreign affairs Fred Mitchell said. He expressed the hope that CARICOM will soon “endeavour to bring to bear on Haiti a pol icy and physical presence that nurtures the environmental, economic and social stability that would create the political capital necessary to sustain national growth and deeper regional integration”. Mr Mitchell was speaking after 11 United Nations peacekeepers were killed last week Fri day when their surveillance plane crashed into a mountainside in Haiti during a routine patrol. Reports confirmed that no-one survived the crash. Local officials said the plane went down in a remote area near the village of Pays-Pourri in the district of Ganthier, a farming region area east of Port-au-Prince, the capital. The people on board were Uruguayans and Jordanians. “At this time I extend condolences on behalf of the opposition PLP in the Bahamas and myself to the UN peacekeeping fraternity; to the native countries of the deceased peace keepers; to their families; and to their comrades in the field,” Mr Mitchell said. Mitc hell: A stable Haiti vital f or the Bahamas Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. P LANSTOHIGHLIGHTTHE F AMILY I SLANDS A PEACEKEEPER inspects the wreckage of the UN plane that crashed in a remote mountain area known as Pays Pouri, near Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic. (AP D IRECTOR GENERAL , Ministry of Tourism, Vernice Walkine

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Reflecting on the Hall of Famers C M Y K C M Y K THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 16 P AGE 18 International sports news... TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T HE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has a nnounced its Class of 2009 H all of Fame inductees. And scanning the list, t here’s a good cross section o f 15 players and administrators from a number of s porting disciplines who are going to be enshrined into t he National Hall of Fame o n Saturday, October 31. While all of them are e xpected to be properly h onoured and recognised for their respective achievements during the banquet,l et me take this opportunity to mention some of them as w e take a brief look back at t heir careers. There’s former prime minister P P e e r r r r y y C C h h r r i i s s t t i i e e , w ho prides himself on remembering everybody whenever he gets theo pportunity to remind that h e was one of the best triple jumpers in theB ahamas, having secured the islands’ first international medal in that event. A member of the Valley Boys junkanoo group, Christie was one of the founding members of theP ioneers Sporting Club. As a track and field athlete, he made two successful trips toK ingston, Jamaica, for the West Indies Federation Games in 1960 and the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1962w here he captured a bronze in the triple jump. How about B B r r a a d d l l e e y y C C o o o o p p e e r r , the strongman who has had some intense battles with former Cubanw orld record holder Luis Delis, who dominated the Caribbean before he chose to retire in 1990 after het ested positive for banned substances. In softball, the late L L e e o o n n A A p p a a c c h h e e K K n n o o w w l l e e s s will receive his honour posthumously. He was the first Bahamian to have been inducted into the International Softball Federation’s Hall of Fame back in 1987. He managed the Bahamas’ first men’s national team that placed second in the Central American and Caribbean Confederation Tourna ment. Knowles will be joined by R R i i c c h h a a r r d d T T h h e e L L i i o o n n H H e e a a r r t t J J o o h h n n s s o o n n , who two decades later in 2007 was also inducted into the ISF’s Hall of Fame. Johnson was the premier pitcher in the country for at least two decades. D D r r T T i i m m o o t t h h y y B B a a r r r r e e t t t t is probably best known for his medical expertise, but he was also remembered for his athletic prowess as one of the premier volleyball players in the country. He also was regarded as one of the top coaches during his era. B B o o b b b b y y I I s s s s a a c c s s was one of those vintage all-around players who made a tremendous impact in just about every sport he participated in, but more specifi cally soccer, lawn tennis, cricket and rugby just to name a few. And from one of those talented brothers clan, the late W W e e n n t t w w o o r r t t h h W W e e n n t t y y F F o o r r d d will also be honoured posthumously. Ford was one of four Bahamians who played in Major League Baseball, having suited up with the Atlanta Braves as pitcher in 1973 before he was killed in an automobile accident S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 8 8 A fter the latest pair of games on the New Providence Softball Association ( NPSA) schedule, the men’s c hampionship series is all set while half of the women’s series has been decided. The Pineapple Air Wild cats completed a three-game sweep over the Bommer George Swingers with their third consecutive shutout last night, winning 13-0 in the women’s division of the NPSA. The Wildcats await the winner of the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks and Sigma Brackettes semifinal matchup. The Lady Sharks lead the series two games to one. And in the men’s division, the Commando Security Truckers also completed a three game sweep of the Price Waterhouse Stingrays with an 11-4 victory Tuesday night at the Blue Hills Sporting Complex. The Truckers will advance to face the Heavylift Dorsey Park Boyz in the champi onship series. Truckers roll over Stingrays, advance to face Dorsey Park Boyz in best-of-seven champ series Wildcats sweep the Swingers ABOUT 12 officials who call games in the senior soccer league here in New Providence attended an intensive, four-day referee training course. The FIFA Member Association Referee Course was conducted September 17-21 as part of the development programme of the Bahamas Football Association (BFA FIFA referee assistance programme development officer Ramesh Ramdhan of Trinidad and Tobago, FIFA referee instructor Peter Prendergast of Jamaica and FIFA referee fitness instructor Merere Gonzalez of Trinidad and Tobago joined local instructor Stan Darville for the presentation of the course material. In attendance at the opening of the course programme at the Hilton resort were Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Desmond Bannister, Anton Sealey, president of the Bahamas Football Asso ciation, Fred Lunn, executive vice president of the BFA, Lionel Haven, general secretary of the BFA and Pierre Lafleur, vice president of the BFA. Bannister confirmed his pleasure at the leadership and direction of the BFA, and commended the association for their attention to the men toring of referees for the game. He commented on the Senior league officials attend FIFA referee training course P INEAPPLE AIR WILDCATS’ M arvelle Miller in action... IT took the Lady Technicians five sets to defeat the COB Caribs 25-21, 25-17, 19-25, 18-25 and 15-7 in New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA Sharon Whylly led the Lady Techs with seven kills followed by Sonia Hinsey with five kills. In a losing effort, Kenisha Thompson led all scorers with 11 kills. On the men’s side, the Scotiabank Defenders also won over the Crimestoppers in five tough sets 23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25 and 16-14. Ian “Wire” Pinder and Shedrick Forbes led the Defenders with 16 and 11 kills respectively. Leonardo Dean and Carl Rolle led the Crimestoppers with 17 and 13 kills. League play continued with two games Wednesday night (Scottsdale Vixens vs The Cougars at 7:30pm and The Saints vs The Intruders at 8:30pm) but those results were not available up to press time. Lady Technicians defeat COB Caribs Defenders get victory over Crimestoppers S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 7 7 DESMOND BANNISTER F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Campbell-Brown named UNESCO Champion for Sport... See page 18

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Jamaica national soccer team player stabbed to death Sunfish boats custom made C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 17 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAHAMAS Cricket Association executives said the Vincent D’Aguilar Memorial 20/20 tourney was a successful and well-attended event. Two of the top teams, the Dynasty Stars and the Dockendale Titans, who were favourites to capture the title suffered upsets much earlier than expected. The Stars fell to Castrol Commonwealth, while the Titans fell to Scotiabank Paradise. The two underdog squads eventually advanced to the tournament final with Scotiabank winning the tournament and the cash prize. The Stars finished in third position. The tournament was sponsored by Dionisio D’Aguilar, whose father Vincent played cricket with the St Albans and Westerns cricket teams during the 1950s and 1960s. The D’Aguilar family attended Monday’s matches and were on hand for the presentation of the prizes. Omni Money Transfers and Payments and Burger King Restaurants provided prizes for individual performances. Gregory Taylor, president of the Bahamas Cricket Association, presented International Cricket Council medals to Phillip Smith, Irving Taylor, Sidney Deveaux, Edmund Lewis, Paul Thompson, and Theophilus Fritz, for their outstanding contribution to cricket over the past decades. BCA league play continues at Windsor Park and Haynes Oval on Saturday, October 17. Scotiabank Paradise win Vincent D’Aguilar Memorial 20/20 tournament SEVENTY two custommade Sunfish boats have arrived in Nassau ahead of the International Junior Sunfish Championships and the 2009 Sunfish World Championships which are expected to kick off on Friday and Monday respectively. The boats feature a brilliant sail boasting the colours of the Bahamian flag, incorporating the Bahamas tourism logo. On Friday and Saturday, the world’s top junior sailors will take to Montagu Harbour for two days of intense racing. The week-long World Championship sailing is slated to start 10am Monday with 72 of the Bahamian-inspired Sunfish boats lined up across the water. “It’s just a win-win, this kind of event. For us, it’s promoting sailing and that’s what we’re all about here, but from an economic perspective, wel coming this many people who are all bringing value into the economy is tremendous. We calculate that these regattas probably bring about half a million dollars worth of value to the economy, which is great in these challenged economic times," said Paul Hutton, chairman of the regatta. The events are being hosted by the Nassau Yacht Club with tremendous logistical and financial support from the ministries of tourism and youth, sports and culture, and platinum corporate sponsor Pictet Bank and Trust and others. “Having the Sunfish World Championships come here exposes so many of our Bahamian sailors to a different side of regatta sailing because it gives them the opportunity to sail amongst the who’s who of Sunfish sailing in the world. “It also will enable our junior sailors to better their skills and prepare them to sail on a larger scale," said Michelle McPhee, regatta officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. Eldece Clarke, sports tourism manager in the Ministry of Tourism, said there will be “residual marketing” for the Bahamas. “We at tourism are so excit ed to see the design and to have been a part of it. Not only will it look awesome when all those boats are out on the water this weekend and next week, but we see that there will be residual marketing for the Bahamas as these boats with our colours and logo end up all over the world.” SHOWN (l-r McPhee, Eldece Clarke, sports tourism manager in the Ministry of Tourism and Brent Burrows, commodore of the Nassau Yacht Club. BFA youth programme and the valuable service that the programme provides to the community at large. Bannister said the devel opment of referees is critical for the overall development of the game and encouraged the referees to press on, regardless of whether or not they are liked, but more importantly because they ensure the integrity of the game. He then issued a challenge to all of the participants to continue their education and learning in their craft and further to assist the overall development of the game by taking the time to pass on the information received, not only in New Providence but especially in the Family Islands. Anton Sealey, president of the BFA, welcomed the visiting instructors to the Bahamas and thanked them for assisting in the delivery of the message. FIFA RAP development officer Ramesh Ramdhan advised that the conduction of the MA referees course programme was designed to change the environment that exists. He reiterated the impor tant role that officials play in the development of the game in any country and charged the participants to assist in the recruitment of new officials by suggesting “each one bring one.” The course ran for four days with practical sessions conducted at the BFA National Centre for Football Development and theory ses sions conducted at the Hilton. Sessions covered the laws of the game, application of the laws of the game, manmanagement during the match, fitness for the referee and a host of other subjects. The majority of the lectures were given by Stan Darville, chairman of the BFA referees committee, who has attended FIFA Futuro III Courses for Referee Instructors in the region for the past three years. FIFA referee fitness instructor Merere Gonzalez conducted the fitness train ing segment of the pro gramme and fitness testing for all of the officials. The course concluded September 20 with brief remarks from BFA general secretary Lionel Haven and the course instructors, followed by a presentation of certificates to all those who attended. The referees are expected to continue their preparation until the start of the senior league later this month. F F I I F F A A , , f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 By HOWARD CAMPBELL Associated Press Writer KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP defender Orane Simpson was fatally stabbed in the violence-wracked Kingston slum where he was raised, police said Wednesday. A brief police statement said the 26year-old player, a Jamaica international since 2005, was killed in Tivoli Gardens, a sprawling neighbourhood that was the country’s first government housing project. Simpson was attacked late Tuesday. There have been no arrests, and police did not disclose specifics of the stabbing. Howard Bell, an administrator with the Jamaican Football Federation, said the right back had recently been sidelined with an injury. He did not provide more details. Team officials did not immediately return calls Wednesday. Simpson also played with the Tivoli Gardens team in the Caribbean island’s National Premier League. He was first called up to the Reggae Boyz in 2005 for a match against Australia. Drug and extortion gangs are blamed for 90 per cent of the homicides in Jamaica 1,611 last year, about 10 times the rate in the United States, relative to population. Drug and extortion gangs are blamed for 90 per cent of the homicides in Jamaica 1,611 last year , about 10 times the rate in the United States, relative to population

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Del Potro retires with right wrist tendinitis Soccer: More countries qualify for World Cup C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 18, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By STUART CONDIE AP Sports Writer Switzerland and Slovakia earned Europe’s last two automatic berths for next year’s World Cup on Wednesday night, while Argentina t ried to beat out Uruguay and Ecuador for South America’s last certain spot in the 32nation field. Costa Rica played at the already clinched UnitedS tates, hoping to stay ahead o f Honduras and gain the final automatic berth from North and Central America and the Caribbean. Portugal, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine finished second in their groups and joinedB osnia-Herzegovina, France, Ireland and Russia in the European playoffs. Portugal won its third straight World Cup qualifier and advanced to the European playoffs, beating Malta 4-0 Wednesday night as Nani scored one goal and assisted on another. Simao Sabrosa, Miguel Veloso and Edinho also scored for Portugal (5-1-4 which finished second in Group One with 19 points, two behind Denmark (6-1-3 The Danes clinched the automatic berth last weekend. The eight playoff teams will be drawn into four pairs on Monday, and the four winners of home-and-home, total-goals matches on Nov. 14 and 18 will qualify for next year’s 32-nation tournament in South Africa. SHANGHAI (AP US Open champion Juan M artin del Potro retired because of right wrist tendinitis while trailing Jurgen Melzer of Austria 7-5, 2-1 W ednesday at the Shanghai Masters. The third-seeded Argentine, who was shaking his right hand before packingu p his rackets, said that he had similar wrist tendinitis this year. “I’m a little sorry,” Del Potro said. “It’s a big tournament here in Shanghai, very important for me. But if I want to have a good finish this season, I have tor ecover, go home to be in good shape for the last tournaments.” Del Potro has already q ualified for next month’s season-ending ATP tournament in London. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal a nd second-seeded Novak Djokovic also advanced. Nadal defeated James Blake 6-2, 6-7 (4 ond straight week in whicht he Spaniard needed three sets to defeat the American. “Every match is important for me now,” Nadal said. “I had the match under control, set and a break, playing really well, that’s true. I think I deserve to win the match, because most oft he time, I think I played better than James.” Last week, Nadal beat Blake 7-5, 6-7 (4s econd round of the China Open. Djokovic reached the t hird round by beating F abio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 61. “First matches are always the ones which are trickiest, especially if you’re playing against a lower-ranked play-e r who has basically nothing to lose,” said Djokovic, who is coming off a win inB eijing last week. B esides Del Potro, 15thseeded Tommy Haas of Germany also retired from his match. Haas lost the first set to German qualifier Rainer Schuettler 6-4 andr etired with a right shoulder injury. On Tuesday, fourth-seede d Andy Roddick retired f rom his match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland with a left knee injury. By ANTONIO GONZALEZ Associated Press Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP a ssistant coach Patrick Ewing stood u nderneath the hoop, took the ball after i t swished through the net and passed it back to Dwight Howard standing at the free throw line. “Twenty,” Ewing said, passing the ball back. The next shot finally clanked. Then came a grimace and a grunt. “Restart thec ount,” Howard called out. This scene plays out daily for the Magic big man. The All-Star center has surprisingly hit as many as 28 straight free throws in practice during Orlando’s training camp. The work is all part of his goal to rid his free-throw woes after missing a costly pair in the waning seconds in Game 4 of the NBA finals, a blown opportunity that still haunts Howard. “It’s not gone yet. Every day I wake up and I think about what happened,” Howard said. “Every day I get a reminder when I turn on the TV ... first t hing I see is Kobe (Bryant t he championship sign. You think about it, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since we lost. I put some of the moments away, but losing something when you’re so close, it hurts. So you don’t want to go through that experience again.” Howard is a dominant presence in the paint and he attempted more free throws (849 That’s why he has gone to great lengths trying to solve his problems at the stripe. Howard spends nights at the Magic’s practice facility, even inviting friends to blast music and distract him during shots. There are days he takes more than 300 free throws and he’s usually the last play er to leave the court. “He’s dedicated to make himself a good free throw shooter,” point guard Jameer Nelson said. Practice has never been Howard’s problem. The games are where it hurts. He’s a 60 percent career free throw shooter, a big reason why the Magic oftent urned elsewhere for offense in the final s econds in the playoffs last season. The f inals are where it really stung. I n Game 4, Howard set a finals record with nine blocked shots, had 16 points and 21 rebounds. He was putting on a performance for the ages, then he was fouled with 11.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Orlando ahead 87-84. All he needed was to make one and the game would likely have been sealed and the series tied. He clanked them both. The Lakers rallied. The Magic were eventually eliminated. “I’m going to be better this season,” Howard said. “We’re going to be better. We fell short last season. We just want to win a championship now.” Howard isn’t the first All-Star center to struggle at the line. Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain stand out the most, a pair of dominant big men who have six NBA titles between them, but never could solve their free-throw stroke. O’Neal (52 percent( 51 percent) rank as some of the worst f ree throw shooters in league history. Howard looking to find Magic free throw touch h ere at home. A nother being honoured posthumously is A A n n t t h h o o n n y y C C a a r r r r o o l l l l . Many will remember the gentle giant who paraded down Bay Street as a one-man show during the junkanoo celebrations. But Carroll was a dual l egend in bodybuilding, g oing all the way to the top where he excelled as MrW orld, following in the footsteps of fellow inductee K K i i n n g g s s l l e e y y P P o o i i t t i i e e r r . And he also shined under the international bright lights as an actor, having starred in a number of plays and movies. And then who could forget E E r r r r o o l l B B o o d d i i e e , a quiet individual who developed the respect and reputation as being one of the top track and field coaches in the country. As a resident of Grand Bahama, Bodie, in my opinion, he never really got the recognition and opportunity to display his skills internationally like his New Providence counterparts. Talking about matching up to their counterparts, there’s F F l l o o r r e e n n c c e e F F l l o o R R o o l l l l e e , who grew up playing multiple sporting events. She was so versatile that she played in softball, volleyball, basketball, track and field and netball and she made at least one national team in just about every sport. All of the above, along with C C l l i i f f f f W W i i l l s s o o n n , , D D o o y y l l e e B B u u r r r r o o w w s s , , G G l l e e n n W W e e l l l l s s , , E E d d S S m m i i t t h h a a n n d d t t h h e e l l a a t t e e E E d d w w i i n n S S i i r r D D D D a a v v i i e e s s should all been commended for the recognition they will receive. There are others who could have also been considered, but all of the above deserve to be inducted in the Class of 2009. What’s interesting to note is that during the cele brations dubbed National Sports Heritage Week, the ministry also intends to honour members of the national team that competed in August this year at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany. The team continued the rich legacy of the Bahamas on the international scene with D D e e b b b b i i e e F F e e r r g g u u s s o o n n M M c c K K e e n n z z i i e e clinching the bronze medal in the women’s 200m and sharing the silver with team-mates S S h h e e n n i i q q u u a a Q Q F F e e r r g g u u s s o o n n , , C C h h a a n n d d r r a a S S t t u u r r r r u u p p a a n n d d C C h h r r i i s s t t i i n n e e A A m m e e r r t t i i l l in the 4 x 1 relay. No specific details on the celebrations have been released at yet, but it’s good that they are being recognised with some of the forerunners who set the pace. It should be a grand week for sports. S S A A Y Y A A P P R R A A Y Y E E R R W W I I T T H H M M E E F F O O R R M M R R C C Normally I wouldn't do something like this, but I ask you to join me in offer ing prayers for Mr Roger Carron, husband of The Tribune’s publisher Eileen Carron and my former boss. When I joined the staff as a budding young reporter, Mr Carron took me under his wings as he sat on the desk as the sports editor. Mr C, as he was affectionately called, was very astute about the presentation of your story and he a lso taught me a valuable r ule in journalism, particularly sports, and that is to a lways get both sides of an a rgument so that you can present a balanced report on the situation. E ven after he left the desk and up to the time ofh is latest illness that resulte d in him having to undergo an emergency angioplasty to open a blocked artery a s a result of a heart attack he suffered on Saturday, he would always come into the office and offer his wise comments on a story or a sporting event that caught his attention. Mr C didn’t just offer his criticism like so many people are quick to do, but he always provided a solution. His aim was to get the best out of your presentation. I remember one of his latest inspections came just before the 12th World Athletics Championships as veteran sprinters Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Chandra Sturrup were performing as if they were still in their prime. Mr C came over to my desk one day and said ‘Brent, don't forget to keep interjecting the ages of those girls. People need to know how fantastic their performances are compared to the other girls.’ Over the years, I’ve learnt quite a bit from Mr C. I certainly cherish the opportunity I have to work with him and would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you for your role as my mentor and motivator. Reflecting on the Hall of Famers F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 OPINION STUBBS I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s US OPEN champion Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina returns to Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France during their first round match at the Japan Open Championships in Tokyo. (AP Photo: Itsuo Inouye Jamaica’s 200 meters double Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, receives an award at the 35th Session of the G eneral Conference of UNESCO in Paris on Tuesday. Veronica Campbell-Brown has been named as UNESCO Champion for Sport and will join the ranks of Formula One driver German Michael Schumacher, Judoka French David Douillet, ice hockey player Russian Vyacheslav Fetisov and Belgian tennis player Justin Henin. (AP Photo: Michel Euler Campbell-Brown named as UNESCO Champion for Sport

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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 105 No.269THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 89F LOW 76F The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com E N T E R T O W I N T O D A Y ! B U Y A N Y P C M E A L O R M O R E T O R E C E I V E Y O U R S C R A T C H & W I N G A M E C A R D WE ACCEPT: I N S I D E I N S I D E OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAY’STRIBUNE By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune StaffR eporter nmckenzie@ hotmail.com FORMER PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and exambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne p roclaimed their innocence in unsworn statements to the jury yesterday as the attempted extortion trial continued. Bridgewater and Lightbourne are accused of attempting to extort $ 25 million from American actor John Travolta. The pair chose to make unsworn statements from where they stood outside the prisoner’s dock. Lightbourne also called one witness in his defence, while Bridgewater said she did not intend to call any witnesses. “I too have been shocked over some of the evidence that has come from this case,” Bridgewater said. “January 22 is a day I will not forget. It was a day when my fairly structured and organised life became a life of decep tion and a horrible dream,” she said. “I have been ridiculed and ostracised. I have seen my business gone rock bottom,” she told the jury. “Since January I have not seen a salary.” Bridgewater told the jury the ordeal has taken an emotional and financial toll on her. She said she has not been able to work, and because of a downturn in her business she has had to lay off some staff. “As far as I am con cerned I thought I was doing what was right as a citizen of the Bahamas and a professional,” she said. Bridgewater said she had known Lightbourne for 10 years and they also worked in close proximity of each other. She recalled that Lightbourne had come to her seeking legal advice after being terminated from his job. She said he had told her that since he had given an interview regarding the death of Jett Travolta, reporters had been calling him constantly. Bridgewater said he told her he had a document they were Bridgewater tells of trial ‘ridicule’ F or mer PLP Senator , ex-ambulance driver open their defence in John Travolta case By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@ tribunemedia.net WHAT was intended to be a general foreign affairs update at PLP headquarters exploded into an all-out attack on Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell after he con firmed to the gathering that he intends to challenge leader Perry Christie at the party’s national convention. Addressing what is b eing labeled as a “group of young PLP pseudo intellectuals”, sources within the party said Mr Mitchell was confronted on what his Fury over Mitchell bid for PLP leadership SEE page 12 By AVA TURNQUEST BAY Street stood still yesterday as former Deputy Prime Minister and Parlia mentarian Sir Clement Travelyan Maynard made his final procession from Parliament House to Christ Church Cathedral and ultimately Eastern Ceremony where he was laid to rest. Hundreds of hushed spectators waited on each side of the downtown stretch to wit ness the state funeral service that commanded the respect of all present. Residents and visitors stood side by side with the tension only to be broken by the first rap from the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, sending a visible ripple through the crowds as they marched. Police Commissioner Reginald Ferguson said: “Despite the sadness, we are more than pleased to show up in large numbers to SIR CLEMENTMAYNARDISLAIDTOREST THE COFFIN carrying the body of Sir Clement Maynard. SEE page six MINISTER of State for Immigration Branville McCartney is denying access to a fact-finding team’s reports into the controversial Carmichael Road Detention Centre. Mr McCartney said he would not give in to The Tribune's requests for publication because he disagrees with this newspaper's series of arti cles into allegations of abuse and mistreatment at the facil ity. For months, Mr McCartney whose 2007 party manifesto pledges greater transparency and ensuring media access to information has not followed through with assurances he would release the reports to The Tribune or grant a tour of the site. In June, the junior immi gration minister said he could not release the documents until he had discussed the matter with his Cabinet col leagues. Back in March he said he had no problems releasing the reports once he had the "opportunity to pass it by Cabinet”. Minister of State denies access to reports on Detention Centre SEE page six SEE page 14 P LEASANT BRIDGEWATER By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net DR BERNARD Nottage will formally announce his bid for the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party at 11am today from his Bain and Grant’s Town constituency office. Duplicating the dramatic showdown which took place at the party’s 1997 convention, both Dr Nottage and former Prime Minister Perry Christie will vie once again for the leadership of the party. Joining them in this battle will Dr Nottage to announce PLP leadership bid this morning SEE page 12 ANGLICAN Archdea con Ivan Ranfurly Brown was acquitted of an assault charge yesterday. Father Brown, rector of St Agnes Anglican Church, was accused of choking and slapping a 14year-old girl at a church picnic on Nirvana Beach, on October 13, 2008. Magistrate Ancella Williams acquitted Father Brown on the grounds that the charge sheet was not properly signed as his attorney Wayne Munroe had contended. Anglican Archdeacon acquitted of assault Readers’ views invited on dog pound conditions S TORYONPAGETHREE F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 20, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FREEPORT, G rand Bahama – The Grand Bahama Port Authority has announced the appointment of Attorney Cheryl GrantBethell as its new general counsel, effective November 2. C alled to the Bar of England and Wales in July 1988, and the Bahamas Bar in September 1988, Mrs Grant-Bethell has more than 20 years of experience in the judicial field. “We are more than pleased t o have someone of the professional calibre as attorney Grant-Bethell. Her judicial background is impeccable and a perfect fit for our multi-faceted organisation,” said Hannes Babak, chairman of the GBPA Group. A seasoned lawyer, she r eceived her LLB with honours from Buckingham U niversity in the UK in 1986, and LLM in commercial and corporate law from the University of London, Kings College, in 1990. She is thoroughly experienced in court r oom advocacy with particular specialty in criminal capital prosecutions, in addition to providing effective representation and advice to the government in the negotiation of important bilateral and multil ateral treaties. She has received numerous appointments during her tenure in the public sector, including serving as acting director of the Financial Intelligence Unit, and representing the Bahamas at a seminar on money-laundering, asset forfeiture and the proc eeds of crime in 2005. A ttorney Cheryl Grant-Bethell a ppointed new General Counsel Cheryl Grant-Bethell

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Key FOCOL investor denies Port claims By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A MEXICAN-headquartered telecoms conglomerate is among the potential bidders interested in acquiring a 51 per cent stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC sources told Tribune Business yesterday, with “a select group of potential buyers” now invited to commence due diligence on the company. Telmex, the company headed by billionaire Carlos Slim, which has operations in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and other Latin American countries, was said by sources familiar with the situation to have had a team of executive in the Bahamas as far back as C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for e rrors and/or omission from the daily report. $4.09 $4.09 $4.00 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B AHAMIAN commercial banks are “making progress” towards the full launch/implementation of an Automated Clearing House (ACH senior industry executives told Tribune Business yesterday,a lthough key legislative changes are needed to ensure the system takes its “true form”. While there was “guarded optimism” that all the tech nical issues affecting the ACH were being worked through, banking industry sources have told this newspaper that critical operational and legal issues still needed to bea ddressed, especially when it c ame to ensuring electronic i mages of cheques could be accepted as legal tender. To enable this to happen, banking industry sources, who requested anonymity, said the Bill of Exchange Act, whichr egulates how cheques are h andled and cashed, needed t o be amended by Parliament. Needless to say, such Clearing House needs key law amendments * Banks ‘making pr og r ess’ on A CH electronic payments system, and ‘guarded optimism’ tec hnical issues close to being resolved * But sources say laws need amending to ensure electronic cheque images can be accepted as legal tender * Operational issues also outstanding S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CLICO (Bahamas dated a $10 million bank deposit to generate cash and help cover $12 million in operating expenses in the two months immediately prior to it being placed under Supreme Court supervision, its liquidator has confirmed, “a further indication that the company was insolvent”. Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez, in his first report to the Supreme Court as the insurer’s liquidator, said that while the Bahamas-based term deposit initially appeared to have been liquidated to settle poli cy surrenders, in reality the funds were used to meet operating expenses during its last two months in operation. “My review of the company’s general ledger for the period from December 31, 2008, to February 24, 2009, revealed that the funds were used to cover daily operating expenses, commissions paid to agents and bonuses paid to agents,” Mr Gomez alleged in his report. “The above was a further indication that the company was insolvent and not able to meet recurring expenses, and had to resort to invested assets to enable it to fund its operations.” Of the $12.018 million paid out over the period, Mr Gomez alleged that CLICO (Bahamas showed some $6.037 million went to cover operating expenses. A further $4.415 million went on agent commissions, and $1.567 million on agent bonuses. As of the July 7, 2009, date of his report, Mr Gomez said he had retained some 16 of CLICO (Bahamas 141 staff members to assist the liquidation, the rest hav ing been released on April 15 and given their redundancy letters. “At the time of their release, and to the date of this report, the company was not in position to pay severance amounts,” Mr Gomez warned. As a result, 18 for mer CLICO (Bahamas employees had filed trade disputes with the Labour Board CLICO liquidated $10m deposit to cover expenses * Move to pay $12m costs ‘a further indication that the company was insolvent’ S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 B B Mexican firm eyes BTC bid * ‘More than one or two’ b idders interested in BTC, as due diligence phase o f privatisation starts, with offers expected by end-November By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A well-known Bahamian retailer is continuing to downsize with the closure of its Harbour Bay store, its owner telling Tribune Business yesterday that the company was “really struggling to survive” amid the ongoing recession. Andrew Wilson confirmed that John S George was in the process of closing its Harbour Bay operation, although he was unable to give an exact date for the closing as the store was still clearing/selling off its remaining inventory. Responding to Tribune Business’s inquiries, after this newspaper received several calls informing it of the closure, Mr Wilson said: “That’s right; Harbour Bay is closing down. I can confirm that. We’re just really struggling to survive.” Retailer is ‘struggling to survive’ John S George moves to close Harbour Bay store S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he largest shareholder in BISX-listed FOCOL Holdings yesterday said the company’s Board of Directors would not have sold land to the Christie administration’s proposed southwestern New Providence port unless it was acquired by the Government through compulsory acquisition. Franklyn Wilson, responding to claims that the Christie administration’s port location decision was based partly on rewarding PLP supporters who owned land in the area, said FOCOL’s Board had never discussed selling the land required for that project. Describing the claims as “a gross misrepresentation of anything that’s true”, Mr Wilson also questioned how FOCOL, as a publicly-traded compa-n y, could be perceived as “politically partisan”. Apart from having hundreds of Bahamian retail investors as share holders, he pointed out that the company’s main shareholders included both FNM and PLP supporters. T he 2005 Environmental Impact A ssessment (EIA site, produced by Coastal Systems International, said that among the property owners who land had to be acquired from were New Providence Development Company and Shell. FOCOL, through its Sun Oil subsidiary, acquired the assets and operations of Shell Bahamas in a deal that closed in early 2006. “The majority of land is owned by New Providence Development Company,” the EIA report said. “The Bahamas Electricity Corporation also owns a portion of the land. An additional small parcel exists on site, for which ownership has not yet been determined. “At the centre of the proposed entrance corridor, the Shell oil company is a major landowner, possessing approximately 121,400 square metres/30 acres. “Initial discussions with the New Providence Development Company and Shell Oil Company have resulted in positive feedback relative to the acquisition of this land.” A source familiar with discussions at the time on the Christie government’s planned new port, proposed for a site between BEC’s Clifton Pier plan and Commonwealth Brewery, said of the Shell holdings: “That parcel of land was critical to the port entrance. We couldn’t get through to the port with out that acreage of land.” The source suggested that, after acquiring Shell, FOCOL could have either sold the land to the port to partpay for the acquisition, or done a landfor-equity swap to gain a stake itself in the project. This is likely to have been where claims regarding the port location being designed to benefit PLP supporters have originated from. Apart from Mr Wilson, FOCOL’s main shareholders also include the trust of former PLP MP, minister and chairman, Bradley Roberts. However, Mr Wilson emphatically denied such claims yesterday. “Our directors have never had discussions about selling the land, and I cannot imagine that is something the Board would have done without a compulsory acquisition by the Government,” he told Tribune Business. “We would have no motivation to do it. Whatever it is, I can say that. The directors have never ever discussed any matter about selling that property, and I cannot imagine we would be interested in doing it without a compulsory acquisition by the Government.” He added: “There is absolutely no S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 B B

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A leading Canadian attorney has given members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP Bahamas an update on current issues affecting that nation’s trust laws. Tony Schweitzer, of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Toronto, gave a presentation that included an overview of recent decisions of the Tax Court of Canada on the taxation of trusts. The presentation also included a summary of other developments in Canada in respect of the taxation of trusts. The luncheon was sponsored by BSI Trust Corporation (Bahamas STEP (Bahamas awarded a scholarship for one module of the STEP Diploma programme in International Trust Management to Ricardo Taylor at the luncheon. STEP-ping it up on Canada trust laws SHOWN (l-rdirectordirectordirector Ceruti (chief executive, BSI Trust Corporation (Bahamas), Tony Schweitzer (partner of Fraser, Milner Casgrain LLP, Toronto, Ontario), Tanya Hanna (STEP Bahamas chairperson), Dianne Bingham (director), Karen Haven (directordirector SHOWN (l-rdirectordirector , Anita Bain (director), Ricardo Taylor (STEP diploma scholarship recipient), Tanya Hanna (STEP chairperson), Dianne Bingham (director), Karen Haven (director), Timothy Colclough (director) INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays

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By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net THE BAHAMAS must implement a new tax system, s uch as Value Added Tax ( VAT), as the country moves towards full membership in the World Trade Organisation (WTO tute of Chartered Accountants ( BICA) president said yesterday. Reece Chipman insisted that the Bahamas will have to wean itself off its dependencyo n Customs revenues, as new rules-based trading regimes e volve and require the elimination of import-based tariffs in line with WTO rules. “The Bahamas should be l ooking at some alternate f orms of revenue because we can't depend on customs revenues as we have been,” he said. Legal Ethlyn Norton-Coke, U TECH Jamaica’s legal couns el and compliance officer, told BICA members about the benefits and disadvantages of implementing a VAT syst em, as opposed to an income tax system. She maintained that compliance is of the utmost importance in any tax system, as well as proper regulation by g overnment. M s Norton-Coke said a tax at the point of sale was a far more manageable system than an income tax or Customs duties in terms of the perc entage of compliant tax paye rs. She said the evasion of Customs-related taxes plagues not just Jamaica but many C aribbean countries that rely o n them “We really have a compliance problem, but the best compliance is with VAT,” said Ms Norton-Coke. The IMF recently touted the Bahamas’ fiscal stability,b ut suggested that it broaden its revenue base in order to decrease its national debt. I n his 2009-2010 budget contribution, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham suggestedt hat if the Bahamas were to implement another source of revenue collection it would bea VAT. “It may also be the case that the revenue base is simply toon arrow, as is repeatedly mentioned in IMF reports,” he said. If it is necessary to widen the revenue base, the change will come by implementing s ome form of sales tax to cov er deficiencies. For example, a Value Added tax has beena dopted by over 140 countries around the world and would represent a prime candidatef or the Bahamas.” However, Ms Norton-Coke revealed that VAT was usual l y a much more successful tax ation method in countries with large manufacturing, whole s ale and retail sectors. In those cases, the VAT is “favoured over the traditional sales tax because it is charged at each tier of the consumption process”. She said that in countries such as India, with a sizable manufacturing sector, VAT is a key source of revenue. W hile the system it is not devoid of corruption, Ms Norton-Coke argued that it was the most efficient method of assuring that the Treasury r eceives the majority of public f unds due. “VAT is a broadbased tax that is conceptually superior in design,” she said. Nations M s Norton-Coke said that as the Bahamas and other nations enter into the WTO, revenue from customs duties will decrease. And Mr Ingraham, in his budget contribution, said: “Compliance is low and more vigorous enforce ment is vital.” However, he suggested this country fix the current rev enue streams before considering the implementation of VAT. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM QFSOJHIU QMVTUBYBOE HSBUVJUJFT"TLBCPVUPVS TQFDJBM#BIBNJBO SPPNSBUFTGSPN5SFBUUIFGBNJMZUPVOEBZ#SVODI BUIFSBUPO/BTTBV#FBDIFTPSU &WFSZVOEBZr/PPOUPQN #JNJOJ.BSLFU'SFFBEVMUTDIJMESFODIJMESFO %PXO)PNFFE#FBOTBOEJDF #BIBNJBOUZMF$IFFTZ .BDBSPOJBOE$IFFTF 4QBOJTIFMMT'SJFE'JTI'JMMFU XJUIQJDZBSUBSBVDF $PODI$IPXEFS 1FBSMTPGUIF#BIBNJBO 4FB(SJMMFE.BIJ.BIJ #BIBNJBO'SJFE$IJDLFO $PODI'SJFEJDF 1JOFBQQMFQTJEF%PXO$BLF (VBWB%VGG #SVODIJODMVEFTPOFHMBTTPGXJOFPSDJEFS 'PSIPUFMSFTFSWBUPODPNOBTTBVXPPE)PUFMTFTPSUTPSMEXJEFr*OD"MMJHIUTFTFS4IFSBUPOBOEJUTMPHPBSFUIFUSBEFNBSLTPG4UBSXPPE)PUFMT 3FTPSUT8PSMEXJEFr*ODrPSJUTBGGJMJBUFT 127,&( Bahamas needs new tax system Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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against him, “contesting the omission of ‘Notice Pay’ from their redundancy letters”. The matter, though, has “been dispensed with” after Mr Gomez’s attorneys told Department of Labour officials at a June 17, 2009, conciliation meeting that the matter should be deferred because CLICO (Bahamas was in court-supervised liqui-dation. “Former staff members of the company continue to callme on a regular basis inquiri ng as to when they would r eceive their severance packa ges,” Mr Gomez said. “Some staff members also met with me on the same matter. I also received numerous phone calls and correspondence from attorneys making representation on behalf of employees inquiring about severance packages.” Mr Gomez said the Supreme Court had also given its approval to settle a$ 180,000 debt owed by CLICO (Bahamas affiliate, the latter having provided IT support, accounting and policy management services to the Bahamian company. These services had been rendered under a service agreement that started in 2008, having previously been available free, and payments were outstanding from January 2008, Mr Gomez alleged. He added that the bill needed to be paid so that the liquidation team could obtain current accounting and policy administration information, as CLICO Trinidad was preparing to discontinue these services. “Failure to have access to e ssential information, such as accounting and policy details, has hindered the progress of the liquidation,” Mr Gomez said. “However, since settlement of the outstanding debt to CLICO Trinidad, we have had unhindered access to the system, but challenges remain. “While the system generates financial statements and policy details, we have had to spend a tremendous amount of time attempting to organise and reconcile both the accounting and policy portfolio records.” Mr Gomez said he was in the process of returning 317 policy contracts amended prior to the liquidation, with some 27 handed back already. He still had to track down theo ther 290 policyholders. Meanwhile, CLICO (Bahamas placed a $360,786 demand letter from FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas requesting immediate repayment of outstanding loans to the company, on his list of creditors “in the order of its ranking”. The bank, Mr Gomez added, was concerned that some $35 million worth of its mortgages were secured by life insurance policies issued by CLICO (Bahamas Elsewhere, the liquidator said he was investigating the $34 million and $15.5 million claims submitted by CLICO Guyana and CLICO Suriname respectively. My preliminary review of the documentation suggests that the policies were not issued by the company,” Mr Gomez alleged. “Moreover, the premiums received by Guyana and Suriname were never paid to the company. “It appears that the funds were directly remitted to bank accounts in the US. Notwithstanding this, the premium proceeds are reflected in the records as an inter-company loan.” Mr Gomez said his team was also investigating the beneficial ownership of CLICO Enterprises, the CLICO (Bahamas which the majority of the latter’s investments were made. A search of CLICO Enterprises’ corporate records, he alleged, had produced annual returns filed in September 2007 with the Companies Registry showing its shareholders as Mayco Holdings and Nardco Holdings. Each held one share. A further search of these entities’ records, the liquidator alleged, found their share holders to be Ellen Serville, Vanria Greene and Nadia Richardson. All three were employees of Serville & Co, and were acting as nominees, Mr Gomez claimed. Some 179 policies, with paid premiums of $46,038, were due to be refunded by CLICO Bahamas becaused ue diligence on the prospective policyholders had not been completed at the liquidation date. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV /HJDORWLFH 1 27,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV CLICO liquidated $10m deposit to cover expenses Share your news The Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning f or improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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reason for FOCOL to be seen in any partisan political context. It is a public company, and among its largest shareholders are very high profile supporters of both parties. “There is absolutely no logic in seeing FOCOL as a partisan political company. It has never been, and never will be. Sun Oil never has been, and never can be seen as a partisan political company. Look at the Board, look at the numbers, look at every aspect of it.” Facility Arguing that the “ideal port facility” would consist of 607,000 square metres or 150 acres of port infrastructure and harbour, Coastal Systemssaid that based upon previous reports, international cargo is processed at five locations on New Providence three on Bay Street, and two at Arawak Cay. Ideal To create “an ideal port structure capable of serving all cargo needs for New Providence”, Coastal Systems said in its report that the southwestern port would need a 360-metre diameter turning basin; 100 metre-wide entrance corridor; 3,000 linear feet of cargo vessel mooring space; water depth of up to 10 metres; and upland facilities for bulk, break bulk, container cargo and a petroleum cargo offloading terminal. Coastal Systems conclude d: “Based on the growth proj ections for the tourism industry and the island’s population, it is apparent that commercial shipping operations will likely need to increase capacity in order to accommodate increased numbers of visitors/inhabitants on New Providence. “Increased commercial shipping operations will require more capacity from New Providence’s ports in order to efficiently process both inbound and outbound cargo. “Spread over approximately 50 acres in downtown Nassau and Arawak Cay, the existing port facilities in Nassau are at or near capacity, with only marginal room for expansion.” C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM www.rdicaribbean.com Recruiting Now for the October 2009 intake 27499 Riverview Center Boulevard, Suite 111, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134 USA • Tel 1 239 444 1730 email info@rdicaribbean.com your goalsCall 1 888 496 6173 (toll free to fast-track your career MBA University of Bradford, University of Sunderland, University of Wales MSc in Public Administration & Development University of Birmingham MSc Marketing & Management University of Bradford MSc Finance, Accounting & Management University of Bradford MSc Information Technology University of Teesside MSc Telecommunications Birmingham City University MSc International Hospitality Management Hallam University Diploma in Management University of Wales (pre-MBA for non-degree holders) University of WalesOnline/distance learning from RDI in the Bahamas Develop your career while studying No attendance requirement • Tutor and student support included Free membership of International Management Academy UNIVERSITY OF WALES University of Wales BA (Hons Business (top up Marketing, Finance, Banking University of Sunderland BA(Hons Business&Management(top up), BA (Hons Financial Management (top up University of Derby BSc (Hons Psychology University of Teesside LLB, BSc (Hons) Business Computing (top up) BSc (Hons Tourism (top up BACHELOR DEGREE COURSES MASTERS F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B Key FOCOL investor denies Port claims

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By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net THE creation of a Bahamas-based Better Business Bureau (BBB increase consumer confidence in the business community and cause companies to act in the best interests of their employees and clients, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s executive director said yesterday. P hilip Simon said the B ahamas lacks the structure t o establish an institution such as a Better Business Bureau, which exists in the US and Canada. He added that the Chamber of Commerce acts as a Bureau of sorts, but its reach extends only to its membership. In the US and Canada, he explained that only approved companies are eligible to become partners with the Bet ter Business Bureau, and are held to stringent best practices and standards of trust. Trust is an essential part of a Better Business Bureau’s mission, Mr Simon said, in addition to creating a community of trustworthy businesses, setting standards for marketplace trust, encouraging and supporting best practices, celebrating role models and denouncing substandard market behaviour. “Better Business Bureaus work effectively in the US because of tax structures and credible information,” said Mr Simon. “You can’t get that in the Bahamas, as youh ave to trust the membership and trust the organisation.” Mr Simon said there was a lack of trust in the wider busi ness community, and a commerce system not conducive to information sharing andg athering. “So when comp laints are made, you can’t corroborate that without being able to verify it,” said Mr Simon. “You don’t want to end up in a scandalous, libellous type of situation.” While the question of what could be done for Solomon’s Mines employees, some of whom have allegedly not received pay for more than five months, prompted the discussion of Better Business Bureau’s with Mr Simon, he said their plight WAS the responsibility of the Labour Board. Mr Simon said the Chamber may mediate a labour dispute with one of its members if a complaint reaches its doorstep, but the organisation can only impose peer pressure. It has no legal or legislative authority to act on behalf of the employees or the company. “We contact those companies’ chief executives or managers and let them know what is happening in their businesses,” said Mr Simon. “What usually happens, particularly in our membership, is they are not aware of the particular complaint. We act as a Better Business Bureau.” He said that in order to establish a viable Better Business Bureau in the Bahamas, private sector associations, such as small and mediumsized business associations, and the Government must come together to introduce a culture of trust and information sharing. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 127,&( Bureau needed for more trust

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However, he said no redundancies would result, as the Harbour Bay store staff believed to number around four or five persons were being redeployed within John S George’s remaining businesses. Mr Wilson declined to comment further. John S George now consists of its flagship Palmdale store, warehouse and head office, plus its Cable Beach interests. In the past two years, it has also closed outlets in Lyford Cay and on Independence Drive. The retailer appears to be another example of a business, already troubled, which is now struggling to survive a deep recession. The blame for that cannot be laid at Mr Wilson’s door, as John S George had suffered under the ill-fated ownership of the buyout group put together by Ken Hutton and, in the opinion of many observers, stagnated under the ownership group before that. Benefit Without the benefit of hindsight or a crystal ball, Mr Wilson’s 2007 purchase of the business from Mr Hutton’s group appears badly timed, having taken place just before the economy lurched into af ull-blown downturn and after Mr Wilson had investe d some $1 million in upgrading John S George. T he retail chain’s staffing levels have been cut drastically as a result of the downturn, Mr Wilson earlier this year describing current retailt rading conditions as “the m ost challenging since getting into” the business. Apart from John S George, Mr Wilson also owns Quality Business Centre (QBC Radioshack franchise and a host of fashion retail formats. All those outlets, he told Tribune Business earlier this year, were weathering the downturn well. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Retailer ‘struggling to survive’ T T o o a a d d v v e e r r t t i i s s e e , , c c a a l l l l 5 5 0 0 2 2 2 2 3 3 7 7 1 1 F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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March/April this year, exploring the feasibility of BTC as a privatisation target. “They’ve [Telmex] had bodies on the ground during this process,” said one source familiar with Telmex’s interest. The Mexican-based company would seemingly be a good fit for BTC, as it currently offers fixed-line telecoms, Internet, data, hosting services and Internet Protocol (IP that the state-owned incumbent is currently in, or seeking to move into. The most valuable component of BTC is its cellular monopoly, which accordingto the company’s 2007 annual report accounted for 68 per cent more than two-thirds of its annual revenues that year. Telmex has expertise here, too, having spun-off its cellular unit in 2000 to create America Movil. Telmex/America Movil’s interest in BTC and the Bahamas has been longstanding, the two entities having participated in the failed 2003 privatisation process by paying a deposit to enter the ‘data room’ and conduct due diligence on the Bahamian company back then. Observers That was felt by many observers then to have been a ‘spying mission’, assessing the Bahamian telecoms market and how ripe it was for a new cellular player the main interest said to have been acquiring a cellular licence for America Movil. Meanwhile, sources suggested that other players interested in BTC in included Digicel (although it is purely a cellular company to date), Cable & Wireless and AT&T. The latter part-owns the Bahamas Cable System with BTC, which carries the latter’s traffic, and the Bahamas would be a natural extension to its existing Florida presence. A spokesman for the BTC privatisation committee, which yesterday announced that the due diligence phase of BTC’s privatisation had commenced, said of the number of bidders: “It is a group. It is not one or two.” He added that Citigroup Global Markets, the company playing the ‘investment banking role’ of going out to solicit bids for BTC on the Government’s behalf, did not want the identity of bidders or their number revealed for competitive reasons. However, the spokesman said the level of interest shown in BTC to date had met the Government and Citi group’s expectations. “The Government is very pleased with the level of interest so far, and the quality of the parties,” he said. Privatisation The BTC privatisation committee said “significant interest” had been received so far from potential bidders, and the Government had “narrowed down” the list from the August pre-qualification phase to a “select group” they had invited to participate in the due diligence phase. The deadline for bids is expected to be the end of November 2009. “As far as we can see, right now the bids are expected by the end of November. There’ll be a selection process after that, and then the closing,” the spokesman said, adding that he “imagined” BTC’s privatisation was likely to be completed in early 2010. That would accord with the Government’s timescale, since it is aiming to use the BTC privatisation proceeds to pay down debt and narrow an estimated $200-$300 million fiscal deficit for its 2009-2010 financial year. Completing the exercise before June 30 next year is a clear goal. It is unclear what purchase price the Government expects to realise, although some close to the situation have suggested a figure of around $200 million. It is not known, though, whether that figure includes a $30 million dividend the Government plans to take from BTC prior to privatisation. Diligence The due diligence phase will allow buyers to enter a ‘Data Room’, where they can access financial, business and legal information on BTC. They will also be able to meet with key members of BTC management. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV / HJDORWLFH 1 27,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI2FWREHU 7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV Mexican firm eyes BTC bid F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y JEREMIAH MARQUEZ AP Business Writer H ONG KONG (AP Asian stock markets rose Wednesday as China’s econo my showed more signs of recovery and oil prices t ouched a new high for the y ear above $75 a barrel. H elping lead the region’s a dvance were shares in m ajor technology companies a fter US chipmaker Intel Corp. issued a surprisingly c heery profit forecast for the r est of the year. The dollar, meanwhile, resumed its slide a gainst the yen and the euro. Investors Investors were heartened by news the slump in Chin a’s exports eased in September, a sign global trade w as improving and aiding the g overnment’s efforts to engineer a stronger turnaround i n the world’s third-largest economy. Combined with huge a mounts of easy money freed up by governments to rebuild their economies andc ompanies, growth in China has helped drive Asia’s markets in the last six months. The writing is on the wall: China’s economy is recovering,” said Henry Chan, Hong K ong-based head of Asian equities at Baring Asset M anagement, which oversees more than $9 billion in a ssets. “And when there’s so much liquidity in the systemi t will have to go somewhere, a nd I think Asia’s markets w ill go higher.” I n mainland China, Shangh ai’s index jumped 62.52 p oints, or 2.1 per cent, to 2,998.71. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 292.93 points, or 1 .4 per cent, to 21,760.29. Japan’s market was the r egion’s only major loser, w ith the Nikkei 225 stock average shedding 0.2 per c ent to 10,059.76 amid a s tronger yen which hurts exporters. Elsewhere, Australia’s market gained 1.1 per cent, India’s benchmark added 1.2 per cent and Taiwan’s keyi ndex advanced 1.1 per cent. Meanwhile, the slumping d ollar sent commodities w hich are largely priced in dollars and therefore tend to rise when the US currency falls surging once again. G old traded near an all-time high of $1,069.6 an ounce. B arrel O il blew past its previous 2009 high of $75, with a barr el of crude for November delivery rising 96 cents to$ 75.11. The contract added 8 8 cents overnight. On Wall Street Tuesday, the Dow fell 14.74, or 0.2 per c ent, to 9,871.06. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3.00, or 0.3 per c ent, to 1,073.19, its first loss after six days of gains. The N asdaq rose 0.75, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 2,139.89. T he dollar tanked to 88.96 yen from 89.69 yen. The euroc limbed to $1.4879 from $ 1.4852. Asian stocks up amid China optimism, oil above $75 0867+$9( *22'$&$5(*,9(5:$17('

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amendments may be some time away, given the crowded legislative agenda before Parliament and the Cabinet. Paul McWeeney, Bank of the Bahamas International’s managing director, who heads the Clearing Banks Association’s ACH committee, told Tribune Business when con tacted by this newspaper: “Progress is being made.” He added that he was unable to say much more than that, but alluded to the nec essary legislative changes needed to support the ACH and bring it into being. “We have to address the legislative framework which supports it,” Mr McWeeney added. “It’s a lot more involved than the banks.” Another banking industry source, more forthcoming on condition that they remained anonymous, said of the ACH: “We are making progress. They’ve had several days of [ACH] testing, doing entire days of transactions and exchanges of information between the banks. “All that has been going reasonably well. There is guarded optimism that from a technical point of view, we will be able to reach a con clusion and launch. It seems we are getting there.” However, the source pointed out that apart from tech nical issues, the Bahamian commercial banks also had to tackle “operational issues”, such as the ACH’s cost and what the pricing structure should be. Confirming Mr McWeeney’s assertion that the outstanding issues went beyond the clearing banks, and into the realm of regulators, government and Parlia ment, the source said the key Act to be amended was the Bill of Exchange Act. This regulated how cheques were handled and cashed, and with the ACH allowing elec tronic images of cheques to be used, the key is to amendt hat Act to allow these images t o be accepted as legal tender, Tribune Business understands. “Quite a few of these things need to take place before we can launch the ACH in its true form,” the banking indus try source said. THE failure to implement an Automated Clearing House (ACH system having promised as far back as 2003-2004, reared its head again this week. A former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president argued that its absence had made “doing business in this country so prehistoric”, the nation’s payments and settle ments system running exactly “like it was 100 years ago”. Dionisio D’Aguilar, who is also Superwash’s president, said the failure to deliver tech nology to facilitate an electronic payments system was effectively holding up the rest of the business community, especially when it came to rolling out a widespread ecommerce platform. “It’s good for every single business,” Mr D’Aguilar said of the ACH. “Putting in place an ACH is the first step to ac ashless society. It’s got to be c heaper than the process now of clearing cheques and handling tonnes of cash. It just makes the fact of doing busi ness in this country so prehistoric. “This is 2009. It should be able to be done electronically. If I want to pay people electronically, I should be able to. It just continually delays the ability of business to operate in a cashless society. “It would save companies an enormous amount of money if they did not have to hold on to such tremendous amounts of cash, and as such reduce the amount of cash they have to horde. By not allowing an ACH, you’re still operating a system where it takes too long for cheques to clear and everything is done manually, like it was 100 years ago.” Implementing an ACH would enable consumers and businesses to settle transac tions in real-time, creating more certainty and confi dence by cutting down on the quantity of ‘bounced cheques’ and buyer defaults, thus improving commercial sector cash flow. Taking cash out oft he system would also lessen t he attractiveness of companies as armed robbery targets. The ACH was intended to replace the current manual system for settling cheque transactions, where cheques drawn on one bank but due to be deposited at another have to be taken by armoured car to a central location where they are settled by representatives of the various institutions. Apart from allowing interbank cheques to be processed electronically rather than manually at a cheque clearing facility, the ACH system would allow direct debits and credits from accounts, debit cards and a shared Automatic Teller Machine (ATM work. The latter would allow Bahamians to use their cash cards at any bank branch. It would also reduce the time persons spent in line waiting to cash and deposit pay cheques, as they could be deposited to their account. Bahamian consumers would also be able to use direct debits from their bank accounts to pay bills such as cable television and electricity. The ACH could ultimate ly lead to the creation of just one back office system for the entire Bahamas. It may also help develop SWITCH products, where Bahamians could use their cash cards at any bank's ATM machine. A further potential bonus from the ACH will be the opening up a whole range of electronic banking services in the Bahamas, including its use in the online purchase of government goods and services. Ultimately, through modernising the Bahamian payments system through electronic means, it will also enhance economic and business efficiency by settling transactions quicker, boost ing business cash flows. A A C C H H , , f f r r o o m m 1 1 B B C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 12B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Sandals resort chain is aiming to boost tourism to the Bahamas by bringing 1,500 travel agents to this nation over a six-week period lasting until mid-November, all spending one night at its Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa. The travel agents are visiting the Bahamas as part of the resort chain’s MEGA FAM initiative, launched earlier this year and designed to familiarise that sector with what Sandals and this nation have to offer their clients. T here are 10 different o pportunities for agents to v isit the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort. As an added bonus for agents participating in one of the 10 scheduled trips this autumn, they will have an opportunity to tour Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, spending one night in Turks & Caicos and one night in the Bahamas. The trips will originate from the US east coast and midw est, and feature a two-night, three-day MEGA FAM trip that includes accommodations in one of the resort’s luxurious rooms and an exclusive Junkanoo dinner party at Sandals Royal Bahamian’s private island, Sandals Cay. Travel agents will also have the opportunity to earn Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS certification when they attend a four-hour training course. The certification provides meaningful benefits, including marketing tips and techniques; bonus commissions; and business tools such as cobranded collateral, websites and advertising opportunities. All workshops feature an in-depth look at the latest developments across the Sandals Resorts International p ortfolio, including its latest a ddition, Sandals Emerald B ay, and Sandals Resorts’ new partnership with Martha Stewart Weddings. Dates for the new MEGA FAM trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian include: O O c c t t o o b b e e r r 5 5 7 7 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m C C h h i i c c a a g g o o O O c c t t o o b b e e r r 8 8 1 1 0 0 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m M M i i l l w w a a u u k k e e e e O O c c t t o o b b e e r r 1 1 9 9 2 2 1 1 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m D D e e t t r r o o i i t t O O c c t t o o b b e e r r 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m N N e e w w Y Y o o r r k k O O c c t t o o b b e e r r 2 2 6 6 2 2 8 8 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m A A t t l l a a n n t t a a O O c c t t o o b b e e r r 2 2 9 9 3 3 1 1 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m P P i i t t t t s s b b u u r r g g h h N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 2 2 4 4 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m B B a a l l t t i i m m o o r r e e N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 6 6 9 9 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m P P h h o o e e n n i i x x N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m M M i i a a m m i i N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 1 1 3 3 1 1 6 6 , , 2 2 0 0 0 0 9 9 A A i i r r f f a a r r e e f f r r o o m m L L o o s s A A n n g g e e l l e e s s In April, May and June 2009, nine chartered flights from major US and Canadian gateways brought more than 1,500 travel agents to Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort. 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Bible capital punishment t he and What is the Christian stance on the issue of capital punishment? The Tribune’s RELIGION SECTION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009 PG 25 By JEFFARAH GIBSON A FTER years of heated debates and controversy concerning capital punishment in the Bahamas, the government is now preparing to read a death warrant and send someone to the gallows for the first time in a decade. But what does the Bible say about capital punishment? What is the Christian stance on the issue? While many Bahamians may be satisfied that justice is finally being done, Cephas Ferguson, ex-chaplain atH er Majesty’s Prison and Bishop at the Church of God of Prophecy, told Tribune Religion that people should not be too hasty in urging the authorities to hang murderers. As a former prison chaplain, Bishop Ferguson said he has had several experiences with hangings. In some of these cases, he said, the persons deserved the capital punishment, while others in his opinion did not. And with the most recent pro-hanging march staged on Sunday, he added that Bahamians must look to the wor d of God for the answer concerning the questions on capital punishment. “People today must study the word of God to get a concrete understanding of what the Bible says about capital punishment. The Bible stipulates what should happen in various instances of crime. The (people cannot be so quick to say ‘hang them, hang them’, because this is a very long process and there must be patience, prayer and dialogue when dealing with cases like this,” he said. Bishop Fer guson said that the word of God holds the answers to every question on the death penalty, the only thing necessary is that those in authority examine it diligently . “The law must take its course, but there is a great need for dialogue, study and prayer,” he said. Bahamians have been criticising and questioning the judiciary’s ability to bring about swift justice, and although the decision has finally been made to send someone to the gallows, Bishop Ferguson said that this will not stop the rising mur der rate in the country. “General deterrence is a common-sense theory with the misfortune of being virtually impossible to prove. In fact, every study but one has documented that executions do not deter crime. The one exception has received much publicity, and much criticism, but has not been successfully replicated by any other researcher,” he said. Although he said he understands that people in this countr y are tired of hearing about gruesome murders on an almost daily basis, he does not want Bahamians to demand the death of another human being. “Christians ar e even demanding the death of mur der ers, (but these individuals are wrong for what they have done, it be could their family members next, and I am sure they would not want for their family member to be killed. As a matter of fact, they might want pity , too,” he said. Bishop Ferguson said in his opinion not every murder requires the death penalty, and one must keep in mind that ther e ar e many dif fer ent and complex cir cumstances and motivations sur r ounding each individ ual case. He said his ultimate message is for the people to allow God to direct and influence their decisions thr ough prayer , as God should be the final authority in ever y situation. Earlier this week, the Catholic Church in the Bahamas said that it remains resolute in its opposition to the death penalty .

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The Tribune PG 26 T hursday, October 15, 2009 RELIGION A stupid praise? Gymnastics, calisthenics, hysteria, joyful noises or even refined choreography not motivated, orchestrated, instigated, directed and controlled by the Holy Spirit is an offering to God with a stench. It is a “Cain Offering.” I Timothy 4:8(a “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things. Romans 8:8 - “So then, they that arein the flesh cannot please God.” A lady wr ote a song about giving God a “crazy” praise. Worship leaders are often heard encouraging worshippers to “give God a crazy praise,” or to “act/be stupid for God”. Then, a pastor opined that if two or three men would “run around the church” (during the corporate worship time) then the glory of the Lor d would descend. There appar ently was a point being made that conservative postures of men (who did not mimic the extr eme emotionalism of f emale fellow worshippers) actually hindered the moving of the Holy Spirit, or perhaps, the worship. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines/interprets the word ‘stupid’ to mean “slow of mind, given to unintelligent decisions or acts, lacking intelligence or reason”; and the word ‘crazy’ to mean “mad, insane, impractical, erratic, without a design or to an extr eme degree”. Persons using these words in the context of praising God or along with the word “praise” (which involves attributing or expressing of approval or commendation or bestowing honour and admiration) must be speaking figuratively , because these two terms together are incompatible, diametrically opposed, incongruousa nd oxymoronic. R omans 8:8 unapologetically declares: “So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God!” Then, Romans 8:5 instructs, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Praise and worship is a “spirit thing” and a “hear t thing” John 4:24, “God is (a must worship him in spirit and in truth”; Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God. That’s the bottom line. The word to spirit-led worshippers therefore, is this: Gymnastics, calisthenics, hysteria, joyful noises or even refined choreography not motivated, orchestrated, instigated, directed and contr olled by the Holy Spirit is an of fering to God with a stench. It is a “Cain Offering.” Of course, I hate to be the one to b reak this news. It’s tight, but it’s right! G enesis 4: 4(b had respect unto Abel and to his offering. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. Verse 7: If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door So let’s be spirit-led and not puppets! And a wor d to spirit-led men, based upon the ‘word of wisdom’ from the pastor, which I stated above, men, let’s be ourselves! Dr Albert S Ferguson, JP, is an ordained minister of the gospel for over 30 years. He is a “born Jumper” from the stock of the original “holy rollers” and ancestral roots in the ‘Jumper Church’ first located on Eneas Jumper Church Corner, north of Odle Corner and south of Burial Ground Corner. Address comments to Dr Ferguson via email at albertsferguson@gmail.com. DR ALBERT S. FERGUSON,JP AS is tradition every Discovery Day holiday, the Anglicans of Cat Island welcomed with open arms the members of the Cat Island Committee based in Nassau and Freeport who visited during the Annual Friends and Family W eekend to raise much needed funds for the upkeep of the island’s 11 churches. At this time, only five of these once glorious edifices ar e operational and suitable for Sunday mor ning worship. Father Chester Burton, priest incharge of the Anglican Churches in Cat Island, expr essed his gratitude for this collaborative ef for t initiated some 30 years ago. He said it is a time held sacred in tradition which gives members and wellwishers of St Saviour's Parish a “golden oppor tunity” to liaise with visiting Anglicans from Nassau, Freeport and abroad. Father Burton said that Cat Island is one of the islands in the Bahamas that has a dwindling popula tion and only a fledging economy. The efforts of the Cat Island Association ar e far r eaching and the Annual Friends and Family W eekend is seen as the single most important fundraising event in the parish. On Friday, October 9, before the grand event, Father Bur ton waited at the Ar thur's Town Airport, as committee members from Nassau and Freeport trickled in. Final preparations still had to be made for the upcoming annual church fair , but first there was a gospel concert planned for the auditorium of the Arthur's Town High School – the alma mater of many of those attending the event. The emcee for this event was Church of God Pastor Madlyn Campbell, and the coor dinators working with the youth fr om the Anglican Church were vestry members Helen Thurston and Coral Patrice Burton. Numer ous well-wishers and parish ioners fr om other denominations also performed selections and skits. The auditorium was packed to capacity and all in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the enter tainment. Then on Satur day, October 10 the Arthur's Town basketball court was a beehive of activity as members and visitors made last minute pr eparations for the fair which would begin at 12noon. This year’s fair would be like no other year because during the summer br eak St Saviour's Parish acquir ed thr ee brand new tents, 75 new folding chairs and 10 new folding tables. It wasa glorious day as the sun shone down on fair-goers and the gifts were blessed by Father Bur ton. Persons fr om all walks of life converged on the fair grounds, trying their hand at winning one of the coveted prizes on the hoop la table, while others enjoyed some of the fine delicacies and coconut water . During the evening proceedings, Bahamian culture icon Edmund Moxey gave a musical pr esentation which was enjoyed by all and pr oved that Cat Island was indeed the birthplace for Rake n’ Scrape music in the Bahamas. On Sunday , October 11, both visitors and the Anglican Communion fr om Cat Island boar ded the two church buses and took a scenic tour to the settlement of Port Howe, congregating at the Deep South Movement site for the Holy Eucharistic Celebration and family picnic that star ted at 11am. Father Edwar d “Rex” Seymour , assistant priest, celebrated the Eucharist and Father Burton preached the sermon, stating: “With mortals it is impossible and with God all things ar e possible.” Father Burton admonished that we need to stay committed and connected to each other in the chur ch. After the weekend came to a close, both locals and visitors r eturned home with wonderful memories. Many are already looking forward to next year’s fair . St. Saviour’s Parish hosts its Annual Friends and Family Weekend MEMBERS at the church service.

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W HEN last have you made the time to gaze at the clouds, the moon, or a flowering plant? There is so much of G od’s glory for us to discover. On a recent trip abroad, I had the opportunity to observe multi-colouredb utterflies at very close range, with one or two settling on my shoulder. We are not usually that fortunate when we see them flying in our gardens, but we can still marvel at the intricacy of their patterns, the difference in speed and flight movements, and their flowers of choice. At the large botanical garden, I was able to walk among the rose, herb, cactus, bamboo, fern, vine and other garden ar eas. The path was almost two miles long as it wound through each terrain, with waterfalls, water features, figurines, benches and other attractions to catch the eye. The highlight was an orchid show put on by several garden clubs with pots of profuse blossoms arranged in sections of one room. In the museum of Natural Histor y, there were sections on indigenous peoples of Florida, pre-historic specimens, underwater scenes and many other points of interest. Next door was the art gallery which displayed intercontinent al exhibits, work by women in a homeless shelter, and other contemporary works of art. S ometimes we have to play the tourist at home to take the time to enjoy our places of historic and artistici nterest. Have you done any of the following? If so, how long has it been that you did the following? 1. A horse and carriage ride 2. A visit to the Ardastra and Botanical Gardens 3. A tour of the Educulture Junkanoo museum, the Pompey Museum, National Art Gallery, Doongalik Studios and any of our other art galleries. 4. A leisurely day at the beach What about the wonder of the h uman creation? If you have the chance to watch people from a polite distance, marvel at the varied skin t ones, facial features, hair-styles, and outfits. Discover the magnificence of the persons created in God’s imagew ho reside in your own home. Carefully reflect on the distinct differences between each personality. Then look at the mirror and see another masterpiece. You are a work of art in the making indeed. Do you treat yourself as such? Do you believe that God has great dreams for your life, even if the greatness is never on public display? Why not spend more time getting to know the dreamer, the creator, and the sour ce of all life and beauty. Discover the glory of our God who made it all. MEDITATION The Tribune T hursday, October 15, 2009 PG 27 RELIGION The beauty of nature REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS He is Faithful 2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: for he cannot deny himself. To paraphrase the above scripture verse, here is what it would sound like: Even when we’re unfaithful to God’s wor d: He (Yahweh) abideth faithful to His wor d for He cannot deny Himself. Here is what God said to Jeremiah about Himself and His word in the book of Jeremiah 1:12b: For I will hasten my wor d to per for m it. As we (the Bahamas ough our difficult times of famine and hardship, it is of the utmost importance that we be mindful of the fact that God is ever faithful. Over the course of timewe have ignorantly taken our eyes off God and focused on mankind based upon the many promises they have made. Unlike man, whenever God gives His word or makes a promise, He faithfully watches over His word to perform it. If ther e was ever a time that we need ed to stand upon the wor d of God, that time is now. The revelation or fact that as a nation we are in a severe spiritual battle has evaded the r eligious Christian chur ch; and its ability to equip the saints to fight the good fight of faith is lost in the maze of today’s divisive religion. As I listen, I am hearing the r eligious leaders cr ying just as much or even more than those who do not profess Christianity about how bad or tough things ar e. So, if the leaders ar e cr ying, what is expected of their followers? As church leaders, what about encouraging and demonstrating for the nation. 1 Timothy 6:12 Fighting the good fight of faith rather than focusing pri marily on the incomplete prosperity gospel. How about teaching the church 2 T imothy 2:3 Thou ther efore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Yeshuwa Messiah? The countr s economic crisis, the unemployment rate, the murder rate coupled with an ancient health car e sys tem and facilities (the Princess Margaret Hospital and The Rand Memorial Hospital) along with a defunct judicial system and a rapidly deteriorating education system is enough to cause even a crazy man or woman to ask ‘what’s going on?’. I am constantly reiterating that “nothing happens on the Ear th that will ever catch God of f guar d or by surprise”, but rather He is constantly looking for a people. As said in 2 Chronicles 16: 9 For the eyes of the Lor d r un to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose hear t is perfect toward him. The Bahamas’ woes and challenges are nothing more than opportunities for Y ahweh to show our nation that He alone is God. For He is preparing a man that will make up the hedge to stand in the gap before Him for the Bahamas (Ezekiel 22:30). This man is definitely not one of the countr s religious leaders who has financially fattened himself via pr osti tuting/mer chandising the gospel while the nation deteriorates both spiritually and morally. Some years ago, I heard Bishop Darryl of New Orleans give this acr onym for the wor d faith F-For , AAll, I-I, T T rust, H-Him. Remember the opening scriptur e of this article: 2 Timothy 2:13, ‘If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: for he cannot deny himself.’ I want to assur e you that even though many of us might have been unfaithful in various ar eas of our lives that does not nullify God’s faithfulness towards us, therefore we are without excuse for not being obedient to God’s word. Religion and r eligious thinking would cause a person to make decisions based upon man’ s per for mances or the lack thereof. Whereas a relationship with Father Yahweh via His only begotten Son, Yeshuwa Messiah, would be that bridge over tr oubled waters that even a disciple faces. However, to the disciples of Yeshuwa Messiah, be mindful of the encouraging wor ds of the apostle Paul to the saint at Ephesus in Ephesians 6:10 18. Keep in mind Ephesians 6: 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day , and having done all, to stand; and 6: 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. For questions or comments, contact us via e-mail:pastormallen@yahoo.com or telephone number 1-242-441-2021. Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center International P AST OR MATTHEW ALLEN Unlike man, whenever God gives His word or makes a promise, He faithfully watches over His word to perform it.

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The Tribune PG28 T hursday, October 15 , 2009 RELIGION S T Christopher’s Church in Lyford Cay was packed full on Sunday, October 4, as Archdeacon Keith Cartwright preached to the animals and their owners in celebration of St Francis of Assisi Day. Close to 50 animals were packed into the small white church. There were fish, hamsters, cats, kittens, dogs, pup pies and even a fr esh water turtle (terrapin behaved amazingly well, Bahamas Humane president Kim Aranha said. Whilst the congregation sung “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small”, the animals in church all sat peacefully as if they knew that they wer e in the presence of God, she said. Ms Aranha said that she is so grateful to Archdeacon Car twright for holding this service every year. “The first one was three years ago and six animals were present, now the word is going ar ound and people are come from as far as Fox Hill to have their beloved pets blessed,” she said. “It r eally makes me feel good because we have to deal with so much cr uelty and sad ness at the Bahamas Humane Society on a regular basis that it is a good feeling to see happy and healthy animals who ar e well cared for and loved.” Archdeacon Car twright is a keen animal lover and is on the boar d of the Bahamas Humane Society himself. e ar e delighted how many people came out to worship with us,” he said. “The church was full and the animals wer e very peaceful.” In her address to the congregation Ms Aranha said: “It is a wonderful thing that today we are all here to honour and bless our animals, but we must remember that today is just one day in 365 days of the year. That we remember animals today is right, but we must use today as an example of how we should act and think towards animals for the rest of the year. “God painstakingly created domesticated and wild animals from the smallest to the very lar gest for us to nur tur e and protect. Those that we see in chur ch today are companion animals, however, we must not for get the wild animals in this country and all over the world.” In the Bahamas, she said, ther e is still so much cruelty towar ds animals - “much of it is through ignorance.” “This is why the Bahamas Humane Society has a ver y strong and active educational pr ogramme lead by Inspector Percy Grant who is with us today . W e now have an approved curriculum in all the government schools and some of the private ones, teaching childr en about animal car e and respect. We find that these children go home and teach their par ents. Things are getting better but we have a ways to go,” she said. “Please join me in helping those outside of her e, that perhaps we cannot even see who endur es so much at the hand of man, help them to live pain free lives as God meant them to.” ‘A Blessing of the Animals’ was also led by Father Cooper in Freeport this year in honour of the patr on saint of animals. The blessing took place in the Gar den of the Groves and was organised by the Grand Bahama Humane Society. ST Christopher’s celebrates ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI DAY ARCHDEACON Cartwright with terrapin 'Big Momma'. MEGHAN de Souza with a tiny kitten in need of a home. LINDA Gill Aranha and Patricia Charney BRUCE Thompson with Shaka and Zulu.