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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

FIRE ripped through the
luxury adult playground of
Nygard Cay yesterday caus-
ing millions of dollars in dam-
age.

As firefighters worked to
dampen down the embers and
clear the wreckage, investiga-
tors would not divulge how
the huge blaze was started.
Arson and electrical problems
are not being considered at
this time.

The fire is believed to have
started shortly before 4am in
the northeast section of the
private resort. It quickly
spread to the southwest area
of the property.

Police last night could not
say which areas were damaged
in the fire, however it is sus-
pected that the 22-bedroom
treehouse style living area was
untouched while the resort's
disco and restaurant were
destroyed.

Director of Fire Services
Jeffrey Deleveaux could not
put a dollar value on the
wreckage except to estimate
that "it would be millions of
dollars in damage."

By yesterday afternoon fire-
fighters had wrestled the blaze
down to smouldering embers
but one unit was expected to
remain at the site until this
morning extinguishing remain-

ing "hot spots”.

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Nobel laureate gives hint at what
to expect in upcoming speeches

By AVA TURNQUEST

NOBEL laureate Derek
Walcott met with the press
at the College of the
Bahamas campus bookstore
yesterday along with event
coordinators, giving the
small crowd present a hint
of what to expect at his two
speaking engagements, the
Anatol Rodgers Memorial
Lecture Series and the Con-
struction Seminar Group's

Construction Seminar 2009.
The press conference was
split in half to allow both
events’ coordinators an
opportunity to address the
press and offer their appre-
ciation to Mr Walcott for
accepting their invitation.
This is the writer's first
visit to the Bahamas and he
commented fondly of its
beauty, which he'd previ-
ously only enjoyed in pho-
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“It is a great pleasure,”
said Mr Walcott, “any invi-
tation of this kind from any-
where in the Caribbean is
always acceptable to me and
delightful.

“The Caribbean, as it
develops, becomes more
complicated, a lot of ques-
tions arise. Questions of
race, questions of economy,
and I’ve seen it change con-

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Immigration
stages raid on
Paradise Island

THE Department of
Immigration conducted
another successful raid on
Paradise Island yesterday
netting 20 suspected illegal
migrants.

According to Immigration
Director Jack Thompson,
officers received certain
information through their
Immigration “hot line” and
as a result conducted search-
es throughout the island.

While unable to pinpoint
exactly where the operations
were conducted, he revealed
that 15 Haitian men, four
Haitian women, and one
Mexican were taken in for
questioning by Immigration
officials.

Mr Thompson: “We do
these things every day. The
enforcement unit of the
Immigration Department is
on a continual basis visiting
job sites, construction sites,
restaurants seeking to find
these persons who are here
illegally.”

Noting how there is a

SEE page 14

‘Looming holiday
season’ could be
reason for spate of
armed robberies

By AVA TURNQUEST

POLICE suspect that the
looming holiday season is the
reason for the rash of armed
robberies committed in the
capital since Saturday.

With 532 reported armed
robberies in the country up
to August of this year — and
the number climbing daily —
a top cop in RBPF yesterday
warned the public to be on
the lookout for possible dan-
ger and to take steps to min-
imise their vulnerability.

Three armed robberies
were reported in the capital
on Tuesday night within a
time span of less than two
hours added to the spate of
similar crimes reported over
the last few days.

Around 10.46 pm Tuesday,
three masked men entered
Chicos Bar and Night Club

SEE page 14

IN Wednesday's issue
of The Tribune in the
article ‘Friend of Bren-
ton Smith told police:
you just shot an innocent

man’ it was incorrectly
reported that Chairman
of the Police Staff Asso-
ciation Inspector Bradley

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THE BLAZE rages in Nygard Cay in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Property owner and Cana-
dian fashion mogul Peter
Nygard was said to be out of
the country. However a source
close to his family said the
multi-millionaire was expected
to return to New Providence
sometime yesterday.

This week, Mr Nygard was
in the United States celebrat-
ing the opening of his flagship
store in New York's Times
Square.

The source added that his
daughter, Bianca, was at
Nygard Cay yesterday, how-
ever attempts to reach both
of them for comment proved
fruitless.

Up to press time, firefight-
ers had not gained access to
certain areas to properly
assess the damage because
they were still barred by
flames.

Police received word of the
fire at 3.56am yesterday. The
raging flames were visible to
boaters and residents near
Jaws Beach yesterday morn-
ing and lept higher than the
nearby palm trees.

A unit from the Lyford
Cay fire station was the first to
respond to the blaze at the six-
acre property located in the
exclusive gated community
and followed by public fire-
men.

"We responded with three
units and a crew of 11 officers.
On arrival we met the north-
east and the southwest section
fully engulfed in flames. We
proceeded to attack the fire
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trol. The fire is not extin-
guished as yet — it's under
control — we are mopping up
some hot spots," Mr Dele-
veaux said yesterday.

"Because of the material
used in the construction it
really prevented the fire from
spreading quickly. The mix of
concrete, mesh wire and steel
prevent the fire from spread-
ing rapidly throughout the
entire area,” he said, adding
that firefighters were still
being assisted by personnel
from the Lyford Cay fire sta-
tion.

As for the cause of the fire,
Mr Deleveaux remained
tightlipped: "We have an idea
(of the cause of the fire) but
we won't like to say now
because the investigation is
still in its preliminary stage."

When pressed on whether
the fire was set intentionally or
started because of faulty elec-
trical wiring, he said: "We
have ruled out electrical
(problems) at this
time...From our investigations
now at this point we're not
considering arson."

Access in and out of the gat-
ed community was more
restricted yesterday as officers
battled the fire, The Tribune
understands.

Mr Nygard built the private
luxury “Robinson Crusoe
playground" in 1987, accord-
ing to nygardcay.com. This
lush property sports replicas
of Mayan Temples, private
tennis and volleyball courts,
beaches, pools, a nightclub,
state-of-the-art home theatre,
and more than 20 themed
cabanas for Mr Nygard and
his guests, the website adds.

Recently it was revealed
that Mr Nygard had plans to
expand the resort to include a
suspended cable bedroom that
lowers into the ocean, swim-
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Businessman
puts video of
robbers online

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

A LOCAL businessman
is using the internet as a tool
in his quest to catch two
young thieves who robbed
his store — with a close-up
and clear video of the per-
petrators spreading like
wildfire through cyberspace.

On the video, captured by
a high-quality security cam-
era that was trained on the
front door of the store, two
men — both appearing to be
in their late teens or early
20s — are seen about to com-
mit the robbery that would
later net them between $600
and $1,000 in cell phones
from the Mobile Cell Phone
store on Village Road, oppo-
site Master Technicians.

The incident occurred on
Sunday morning, November
8, at around 2am.

One young man seen in
the footage is wearing a grey
hooded sweatshirt pulled
over his head, baggy below
knee-length camouflage car-
go pants and white socks
with flip-flop sandals over
them.

The other is wearing what
appears to be a grey or
green long sleeved sweat-
shirt, jeans and black sneak-
ers. He has a shaved head
and what looks to be several
scars on his scalp.

Totally unaware that they
are being captured on cam-
era, one of the two
unmasked men — wearing
the sweatshirt and jeans —
works vigorously with a
crowbar to pry open the
security door on the front of
the store while the other
keeps watch, sitting behind a
pillar nearby as cars whizz
past.

Although not seen on the
video, The Tribune under-
stands that once they
removed the barred security
door, the pair set off the
alarm, and raided the store
for just a few minutes before
fleeing.

Since it was uploaded to
the internet two days ago
and posted and re-posted on
the social networking site
Facebook, the video of the
robbery has been viewed
almost 400 times.

Tony Hosey, who has
operated from that location
for around a year, said he
got the idea to put the video
on the internet - via
videosharing site
Youtube.com — when he
realised this would ensure
rapid circulation, increasing
the chances that the culprits
would be identified.

‘A lot of times businesses
will print a picture and put it
up in the back room, not get
it out there. Sometimes the
images are as clear as day
but they’re not being circu-
lated. ZNS can only put it
on for a short period of time,
but over the internet you can
get it out there a lot more,”
said Mr Hosey.

His efforts via email and
Facebook represent the first
time that the incident was
brought to public attention,

Family of Bahamian soldier killed in
Iraq moved to tears by

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE WIDOW and daugh-
ter of a Bahamian soldier who
lost his life in Iraq received a
display of military medals
earned by Private First Class
Norman Darling at a ceremony
held by the Our Fallen Heroes
Foundation in the United
States this week.

Amy Prince, and her daugh-
ter Camryn, nine, were moved
to tears by the gesture made
by Our Fallen Heroes Founda-
tion at an informal ceremony in
Winter Haven, Florida, on
Monday.

Pic Darling, 29, had spent
just three months in Iraq, serv-
ing as a medic with the US mil-
itary in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom, when he was
killed by a suicide bomber out-
side Baghdad on April 29,
2004.

The brave soldier was one
of eight soldiers from the
Army’s Fourth Battalion, 27th
Field Artillery Regiment,
First Armoured Division,
based in Baumholder, Ger-
many — all killed in the car
bombing.

The troop had been on a dis-
mounted improvised explosive
devise sweep patrol when a
vehicle driven by a suicide

as

Private First Class Norman Darling

bomber approached and deto-
nated a bomb.

Pfc Darling’s family have
received a number of honours
since his untimely death and is
credited with saving the lives
of two soldiers during his short
service.

As Our Fallen Heroes Foun-
dation vice president Ted Rus-
sell presented a display of mil-
itary medals to Camryn, who
was three when her father died,
he explained the meaning of
his honours.

Pfc Darling has been award-
ed the Bronze Star for valour,
the Purple Heart for sacrific-



ing his life, the National
Defence Service Medal, the
Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal and two
ribbons — the Army Service
Ribbon and the Overseas Ser-
vice Ribbon.

He also posthumously
received a certificate of US cit-
izenship.

Mr Russell told Pfc Darling’s
only child: “We’re very proud
of your dad’s service. This is
our way of telling you we are
proud.

“The medals symbolise the
fact that he served honorably
and the fact he received the
two medals at the top (Bronze
Star and Purple Heart) recog-
nise his valour and his sacrifice
— the fact that he died for what
he believed in.”

Camryn was also given the
flag that had draped her
father’s casket before his full
military burial at Bourne
National Cemetery in Cape
Cod, Massachusetts.

Her mother said: “This all
being in his honour, I can't
even explain it.

“Tt's amazing how many peo-
ple do care and they don't for-
get.”

Ms Prince and Camryn, who
live in Davenport, Florida,
were residents of Middleboro,
Massachusetts at the time of
Pfc Darling’s death.

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as police did not report the
matter to the media.

Yesterday crime scene
officer Paul Adderley admit-
ted that he has yet to pick
up a copy of the video,
although Mr Hosey has
offered it to police.

However, Mr Adderley
added that once he obtains
the footage, the police plan
to make still shots which
they can circulate to the
press.

The burglary comes as the
number of crimes in the cap-
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While robberies that did not
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police reported six armed
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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.

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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A new day has dawned in the Bahamas

DURING his speech at the FNM’s ban-
quet that closed his party’s convention on
Saturday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
made it clear that his government “governed
for the benefit” of all Bahamians and that,
although he understood their cries, the idea
of taking contracts from PLPs to give to
FNMs ran “counter to our own beliefs and
cannot be accommodated.”

Speaking in Gun Point, Ragged Island,
this weekend Mr Ingraham returned to this
theme. He said that political influence would
be removed from the process of tendered
contracts as too much of the public’s money
had been wasted over the years on contrac-
tors who failed to perform.

He admitted that during his party’s recent-
ly ended convention he “caught a lot of hell
from some of my delegates, who felt that
they should have been given the jobs because
the PLPs got the jobs while they were in
office.”

He replied that he was trying to change
the way things were done in the Bahamas,
explaining that that was why this year most of
the country’s school busing contracts were
advertised and persons were invited to come
forward and bid on the contract.

There was scandal after scandal during
the PLP’s tenure of office, particularly as
regards school busing.

Persons, mainly on some of the Family
Islands, who had invested heavily in their
buses, found their businesses pulled from
under them when the PLP came to power.
Obviously, these little businessmen belonged
to the wrong political party and so —
although no fault could be found with their
performance — their contacts were trans-
ferred to a PLP supporter. Many FNM’s suf-
fered financial ruin because of this. And,
although Mr Ingraham understood how their
“concerns originated” and acknowledged
that the PLP frequently discriminated against
FNMs in the award of contracts or in their
hiring practices, he made it clear that he was
different. He said he could not give his sup-
porters “a commitment to only hire FNMs or
to only grant contracts to FNMs when we
are in charge.”

“Still,” he said, “I fully appreciate that in
our effort to be fair we cannot dispropor-
tionately hire PLPs to fill vacancies or to win
contracts if and when new opportunities arise
on our watch.

“And, it cannot be right that advantages
gained by supporters of our opponents during
their terms in office should be used to block
opportunities for our own supporters to ben-
efit from opportunities for employment or
for award of contracts when such opportuni-
ties arise on our watch.

“And so I commit that to the extent
possible we will seek to make adjustments to
past and present practice.”

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This is an albatross that has hung around
Mr Ingraham’s neck from the day he assumed
the leadership of the FNM.

Having been nurtured in the PLP, there
were those in the FNM who persisted in the
suspicion that Mr Ingraham, when he became
FNM prime minister, was protecting his
“PLP” buddies by not removing them and
making way for an FNM supporter. They
gave no consideration to the competence of
the proposed FNM replacement. Their atti-
tude was the attitude of Junior Rolle who
told the 1984 Commission of Inquiry into
drugs that in his view “membership in a polit-
ical party only made sense when it provided
financial or material benefit.”

Rolle saw nothing immoral in political
patronage. Said the Commissioners: “In his
(Rolle’s) opinion membership in the ruling
party (PLP) gave him and other PLP mem-
bers entitlement to financial and other con-
siderations.”

Some of the FNM did not understand that
the practice of the Pindling administration
had cost this country millions upon millions of
dollars.

Cronyism, and persons occupying posi-
tions and receiving contracts for which they
had no qualifications has kept this country
classified as Third World.

This debate goes way back. In an interview
with

Al Burt of The Miami Herald in January,
1974, Mr Pindling (as he then was) said that
if “two bids came in (on a government job or
project) of more or less comparable size,
they didn’t necessarily have to be equal, and
the one was from a PLP who hadn’t had the
opportunity before, he would have gotten
that opportunity.”

There was no question as to whether that
PLP had the qualifications, experience, or
even tools to do the job — all he had to be
was Bahamian, black and PLP.

Many jobs were either never completed,
poorly executed, or tripled in contract over-
runs.

This country suffered and suffered badly —
and we are still suffering today from badly
paved roads and poorly executed projects.

All that is to change. From now on gov-
ernment projects will be put out to tender,
qualifications required will be listed and only
those who meet those qualifications will be
considered. In future neither party member-
ship, nor a letter from a person’s “represen-
ter” —member of parliament — will get past
the door.

“We have wasted too much money in this
country over the years giving contracts out to
persons who messed up on the job,” said the
Prime Minister.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I read with interest the
comments made by Mr
Adrian Gibson, “Young
Man’s View” — Tuesday,
November 10.

First, let me commend Mr
Gibson for exemplifying the
kind of young man that I’ve
worked tirelessly to support
and proud to see emerge in
our country — educated,
intelligent and intrepid
enough to hold elected and
public officials accountable.

However, I must respond
to the comments and accu-
sations made in his column.

Mr Gibson and I con-
versed at the Free National
Movement convention, at
which time we discussed his
grading of my performance
as a minister and as a mem-
ber of parliament.

My only intention then
was to determine the
grounds upon which such
grades were based.

Onlookers sought to
defend me against Mr Gib-
son, yet in no way did the
situation escalate as I sought
to ensure that order was
kept.

T applaud Mr Gibson and
others for their annual
assessments of my parlia-
mentary colleagues and I. It
keeps us on our toes.

No one is able to please
all persons all the time.

Yet, my record as a cabi-
net minister and member of
parliament (on which I
stand), speaks for itself, as
outlined in my contributions
to the 2009/2010 Budget
Debate and posted on the
Free National Movement’s
website.

At the constituency level,
I continue to work on behalf
of those who elected me to
office. Recently, during the
debate on the Town Plan-
ning and Subdivision Bill, I
agitated for a private devel-
oper — who dug up Bacardi
Road in order to connect
their private subdivision to a
sewer system in the area — to
make the necessary repairs.

Unfortunately, stories like
these (which directly impact

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our constituents) are all too
often overlooked by the
mainstream media.

This particular story was
not carried by either The
Tribune or The Nassau
Guardian, giving the impres-
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our constituents’ needs. I
remain steadfastly commit-
ted to serving the people of
Golden Isles now and
beyond the next general
election.

Thank you for affording
me this space in your paper.

CHARLES MAYNARD
Member of Parliament
for Golden Isles

Nassau,

November 10, 2009.

A figment of the imagination






EDITOR, The Tribune.

The race for chairmanship of the Free National Move-
ment must have caused quite a stir.

Apart from the PLP salivating at the thought of a
“wrecking showdown” for the position of chairman,
many have dishonestly tried to create a picture that was
only a figment in their own warped imagination.

The events leading up to the nomination of chairman
was nothing unusual other than “politics at its best”.

The details of the events is not important, other than to
say that after consulting with my God, my wife and a
trusted friend and advisor, I decided to remove ego and
selfishness from the equation and to make the decision
that was in the best interest of the FNM and the country.

Therefore I did not have to consult any other human


















being.

Tam “extremely comfortable” with the decision, and
no amount of strange scenario played out in anyone’s
mind could change what in fact did happen.

I would like to apologize to the PLP for disappointing
them. I knew that they were praying for something neg-








ative from this convention.

What is most interesting is that immediately after
the nomination for chairman was closed, two female
reporters came to me requesting an interview of which I
quickly agreed. I followed them to the foyer, while stop-
ping briefly to greet friends and supporters along the
way. When we got to the foyer I was then surrounded by
other reporters and photographers, one being a Cable
Bahamas videographer. The interview lasted for five











minutes.

Interestingly, I read in The Tribune that I had to be
consoled. The Insight column of Monday even elabo-
rated. Well Cable Bahamas had a camera rolling all dur-
ing the interview, how come they did not show that insa-






tiable clip in their news cast.

I am flabbergasted how any reporter who was not
present could print a story and was not there to in fact see
it for themselves, especially if it was to save face. This can-
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Bahamian and two Jamaicans

charged over major drug seizure

i lem forced a helicopter to
? make an emergency landing
i during a training flight this
i week, according to Associat-
i ed Press.

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A BAHAMIAN man and two
Jamaican men charged in connection
with a major drug seizure on a cay
in the Exumas were arraigned in a
Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Andre Perez Kikivarakis, 35, of
Mayfield Park, Grand Bahama; Jef-
frey Howna McIntyre, 25, of Duke
Street, Kingston, Jamaica; and
Antony Louis Gouie, 30, of Spanish
Town, Jamaica, appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita
Bethel in Court Eight, Bank Lane
yesterday on drug charges.

The men are accused of conspir-
ing to import marijuana, conspiracy
to possess marijuana, importation of
marijuana and possession of 20 bales
of marijuana with intent to supply.

The drugs, which were reported to
weigh 711 pounds and have a street
value of $638,000, were seized on Lit-

New Sandals resort could employ 400

PRIME MINISTER
Hubert Ingraham said he
expects the new Sandals
Resort in Exuma to be very
successful, adding that more
than 400 persons are expect-
ed to be employed at the
property once construction is
complete.

Mr Ingraham, with a dele-
gation of Cabinet ministers,
visited the former Four Sea-
sons Resort following his vis-
it to Acklins and Ragged
Island on Monday.

The Prime Minister said:
“We expect the hotel to be
ready for January 22 or there-
abouts; they’ve got over 100
or 150 men working on the
job on the construction side.
When the place is finished,
we expect more than 400 peo-

tle Cistern Cay on November 9.

Kikivarakis is also accused of
deceiving two police officers by
telling them that his name is Alexan-
der Perez Rolle. Kikivarakis initially
pleaded guilty to the deceit charge,
but after consulting with his attorney
Roger Gomez Jr, decided to change
his plea.

Kikivarakis and McIntyre pleaded
not guilty to the drug charges while
Gouie pleaded guilty, informing the
court that he had an explanation.

Travelled

The prosecutor Inspector Ercell
Dorsette told the court that around
8.30am on November 9, a team of
officers travelled to Little Cistern
Cay where they saw Gouie.

He said the officers told the
accused that he was suspected of
being in possession of illegal drugs. A
short distance away, they discovered

20 bales of marijuana.

Gouie, according to the prosecu-
tor, told police that he had been left
on the cay to watch the drugs by
some Bahamians. He told police that
in three weeks prior, while in
Jamaica, he had been approached by
aman named Jeff who told him about
the plan to ship the drugs to the
Bahamas.

Arrested

Gouie also allegedly told police
that Jeff and some other persons left
him on the cay after claiming they
were going to get food, and that he
was looking for shellfish to eat when
the officers arrested him.

Gouie told Magistrate Bethel yes-
terday that he knew that the drugs
were on the boat when he left
Jamaica and that the plan was to take
the drugs to Freeport.

Magistrate Bethel expressed con-



cern that Gouie had pleaded guilty to
the conspiracy charges as he had
admitted that although he knew the
drugs were on the boat, he had simply
been catching a ride to the Bahamas.

The magistrate asked Gouie to
consult with attorney Wallace Rolle,
who appeared as a friend of the court.

After speaking with Gouie, Mr
Rolle indicated to the court that
based on what he had been told, he
wanted another opportunity to speak
with the accused.

McIntyre told the court yesterday
that he had been beaten while in
police custody.

Magistrate Bethel ordered that he
be seen by a doctor at Her Majesty’s
Prison.

The case has been adjourned to
November 18 at 2pm for a bail hear-
ing. As the men were about to be
escorted out of the courtroom, Kiki-
varakis asked the magistrate if he
could be remanded to Sandilands as
he was tired of jail.

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ple to be employed.

“They have been inter-
viewed and they will be
selected,” he said. “We
expect this to be a very suc-
cessful operation; we are very
pleased that Sandals has
decided to come here to buy
the property. We know (San-
dals owner) Mr Butch Stew-
art. He is also doing a devel-
opment at Fowl Cay in the
Exumas, which is going to be
avery upscale, boutique facil-
ity.”

Mr Ingraham pointed out
that there will be additional
airlift coming into Exuma,
through the support of the
Ministry of Tourism, to
ensure that the property has a
“reasonable level of occu-
pancy at all times.”

PICTURED FROM LEFT ARE Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant and
Environment Minister Earl Deveaux on Monday as they observe work on the largest pool in the Caribbean.

Regarding Sandals, the
prime minister indicated that
the new owners are likely to
have better control over costs
compared to the previous
operators, because they both
own and manage the Exuma
property.

“Tt is not a question of hav-
ing a management contract
and someone else owning it,”
Mr Ingraham explained. “So
everything is theirs ... it
speaks to the stability of their
operation, it speaks to San-
dals’ worldwide network of
advertising and promotion.

“They are going to eventu-
ally have the marina open
(and) they have got the golf
course.”

Hotel manager Teresa
Alfonzo noted that the
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UN helicopter

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landing in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

UN. PEACEKEFPERS in
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Mission spokeswoman

? Sophie Boutaud de la Combe
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EDICAL

services

available to

Bahamians
vary wildly in both standard
and cost between Nassau and
the United States, but many
of those in need of surgery
and scans have yet to take
advantage of services offered
by the country’s closest neigh-
bour.

Cuba is renowned for its
excellent medical training and
high standards of healthcare
services, and just as cutting
edge technology and biotech-
nology is emerging from the
communist island nation,
some of the world’s best doc-
tors are also based in Cuba.

Specialist hospitals
sprawled throughout Havana
and subsequent Cuban towns
and cities are designed to
meet the healthcare needs of
the 11 million strong popula-
tion which boasts one of the
world’s longest life expectan-
cies.

And the top consultants
providing services at these
hospitals also work with for-
eigners in search of treatment
from Cuban experts.

The Clinica Central Cira
Garcia, a friendly 43 room
hospital in a quiet-tree lined
street of suburban Havana,
opened to patients from
around the world in the 1980s
and is now solely dedicated
to the service of international
patients. Its staff of around
60 specialist doctors based at
the hospital are assisted by
around 100 collaborators
from Cuba’s specialist clinics.
All are required to have at
least 10 years experience in
their specialty before work-

HEALTHY NEIGHBOUR:

Many Bahamians don’t take advantage of
the excellent healthcare services offered
by the country’s closest neighbour



Fr,

CIRA GARCIA HOSPITAL orthpaedic surgeon



Dr Ernesto Fleites Mar-

rero, medical director Maria Antonieta Gonzalez Piloto, and public rela-
tions officer Leyanis Garay Hurtado.

ing among the hospital’s per-
manent staff, which include
three of the country’s top doc-
tors in neurosurgery, aesthet-
ic surgery and maxillofacial
surgery.

The three are so accom-
plished in their fields they
have been made presidents of
national scientific organisa-
tions by virtue of their knowl-
edge and skill in brain
surgery, cosmetic surgery and
surgery to correct a spectrum
of injuries and diseases caus-
ing defects in the head, neck,
face and jaw, respectively.

They also work among
Cuba’s leading specialists in
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said Cira Garcia’s orthopaedic
and traumatology specialist
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Dr Fleites studied medicine
for six years at university lev-
el before specialising in the
study of orthopaedics and
traumatology for a further
four years, and then going on
to take a special surgery
course at a Havana hospital,
and training at a hospital in
Italy.

He then went on to spe-
cialise in spinal surgery on a
fellowship in Mexico in 2003,
while another member of his
team specialised in hand
surgery. Dr Fleites said: “This
is not a university hospital.
All surgery and surgical pro-
cedures done here are done
by specialists and not by stu-
dents.

“All of our doctors have
worked in Europe, Mexico
and Argentina to gain experi-
ence just to work here, and
some of the doctors based
here are professors from the
clinic teaching at other hos-
pitals. They are some of
Cuba’s finest doctors.”

Orthopaedic surgery is one
of the chief electives Bahami-
ans receive at Cira Garcia, in
addition to neurosurgery, cos-
metic surgery, dental surgery,
CAT scans and medical
check-ups.

There were three Bahami-
an patients receiving treat-
ment when The Tribune visit-
ed the hospital last week, and
two had spinal surgery, while
another was there for a med-
ical check-up as part of a
rehabilitation programme.

Hospital medical director
Maria Antonieta Gonzalez
Piloto said the majority of
Bahamian patients are drawn



BAHAMIAN PATIENT Nehemiah
Rolle, 82, of Nassau, went to Cira
Garcia Hospital for a brain scan.

to Cira Garcia on the recom-
mendation of friends and rel-
atives who have received
treatment at the hospital, as
well as by the competitive
prices.

Although the number of
Bahamian patients going to
Cuba for treatment has fallen
since the Cuban government
imposed a 20 per cent tax on
the conversion of the US dol-
lar to the Cuban peso, Ms
Gonzalez said Cuban prices
are still favourable in com-
parison with private health-
care services in the Bahamas
and the United States.

She said: “It is very easy for
Bahamian patients to be
assisted by medical specialists
in our clinic in the fields they
require, so despite the fact
that the US currency has been
taxed in our country, our
prices are still very competi-
tive in relation to the Ameri-
can health service which is the
alternative most Bahamians
will have used in the past.”

Hospital staff say the
homey atmosphere and high
level of personal attention
provided at Cira Garcia also
encourages Bahamian
patients to return and recom-
mend the hospital to their
friends. The hospital’s public
relations officer Leyanis
Garay Hurtado © said:
“Bahamian and Caribbean
people are very close in our
way of life, and it has been
said usually by Bahamian
patients that they find it easy
to communicate with Cuban
doctors at the clinic, and we
are open to communication
with them to meet their
needs.”

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Cuba's renowned medical care

FROM page six

Patient Nehemiah Rolle, 82, from Nassau, returned to Cira
Garcia last week for a brain scan and rehabilitation treatment
following a serious car accident in May last year.

He said: “My health means more to me than anything else,
and I love Cuba. I have been here about 18 times to visit, and
so it made sense for me to have medical treatment here too.”

Dr Fleites performed spinal surgery on Georgetown, Exuma
resident Nelson Burrows, 57, last week.

Mr Burrows chose Cira Garcia after spending four months in
Florida, paying high prices to see consultants he did not trust to
perform surgery on his two herniated discs.

He made his first trip to Cuba three weeks before his surgery
to devise a medical plan with doctors and vacationed in the area
for four days prior to his surgery last Tuesday.

Mr Burrows said: “There are a lot of people from Exuma who
have had surgery here, and I heard a lot of stories about Cuba,
the US and the Bahamas, but I got the recommendation to
come here.”

Dr Fleites added: “Bahamian patients are very well treated
here, they are very friendly and get very close to the Cuban
staff, and then it becomes something familiar, so after the
patient is satisfied he brings his friends and his family and his
relatives.

Friendly

“Even those who could afford treatment in the United States
sometimes prefer to be assisted at the clinic arguing that the
treatment is better and the atmosphere is more friendly.”

Patients from all over Latin America and the Caribbean
also go to Cira Garcia for elective surgery, and it is the prima-
ry hospital for Cuba’s high volume of tourists from Europe and
Canada who find themselves in need of emergency treatment.

While the range of services on offer is broad, space is limit-
ed to just 37 private rooms, three rooms in the Intensive Care
Unit and three in Intermediate Care, as well as four operating
theatres, and two rooms for minor surgeries.

Patients and visitors can arrange to have a private room, or
a suite complete with a bathroom, sitting room and fridge,
when agreeing their medical programme with hospital staff.

And those with medical insurance plans can arrange to have
the cost of their treatment paid for by informing their insurance
company and having them contact the Cuban agency Asistur.
Patients can then take advantage of hospital services without
having to pay, depending on their coverage, although some
insurance companies with US capital prefer for the patient to
pay by cash or credit card, and then claim the expenses from
the company, because of the trade embargo imposed on
Cuba by the United States.

Havanatur, in East Bay Street, Nassau, arranges medical
tourism visits to Cira Garcia in Havana and will arrange accom-
modation and transportation to assist patients’ needs.

Head of Havanatur in Nassau, Pedro Vilches, is planning a
medical exhibition later this month to be attended by Dr Fleites
and another Cuban specialist, however the date has yet to be
confirmed. He invited Bahamians interested in pursuing the
option of medical treatment in Havana to visit the Havanatur
office where they can speak to a medical expert every Tuesday
and Thursday. Bahamian medical professionals warn patients
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announced the temporary pe
creation project at the FN
convention this month

even stop to lend a helping
hand to people begging on
the streets, or help the single
mother to pay her light bills
or put food on the table for
her and her children.”

She said: “With the holi-
days coming up people need
to feel that they would have
empowered themselves in
some small way to provide
food and shelter for their
family. While the govern-
ment cannot help every-
body, at least 10 families in
each constituency would feel
some sort of empowerment.
I know what it is to have a
child and not know where
the food is coming from to
feed her, or how I would
buy her pampers and clothes
for her to wear and some-
one gave me a hand up. I
got a job paying me $75, I
went to BTVI, then got a
better job. I then took night
classes and finally was able
to join the police force and
then went to COB and now
I have my BSC. All people
need is a chance — no, not
everyone will change, but if

this proposal could change
the life of one family then it
would have been a success.
People who have never been
there — I mean really down
and out — would disagree,
but live long enough and
you might just know what it
means to get a helping hand

up.”
Cushy

John Abrahams agreed,
adding: “I'd bet that most
persons that voted ‘no’ all
have nice cushy jobs, and
are thinking that those in
need are not doing enough
or not trying hard enough
to secure work, when in fact
the downtrodden are trying,
but simply can't find work
because there are no jobs
for which they are skilled.
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lies?”

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rowed money should be

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for temporary minimum wage jobs

invested in projects that
yield a return that con-
tributes to survivability of
the nation, eg training in
farming which would direct-
ly assist the individual to
feed himself, and reduce the
need for imported food that
we cannot afford since our
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When the temporary work
now proposed is over, what
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is not another unsustainable
and minimal contributing
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Theodore Cooper said:
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people about the benefits in
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politically motivated. “The
programme was announced
at a convention to drum up
support and distract from
the fact that the government
has no solution, no plan for
the way forward,” he said.

According to Education
Advocate, the money should
be spent on students, espe-
cially in light of the discon-
tinuation of the Student
Loan Programme.

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money to spend on only
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Gaming reform group
wants meeting with govt

THE Bahamas Gaming
Reform Committee is
seeking a meeting with
government to present a
specific action plan for the
reform of gaming laws
across the country.

BGR said it has taken
the initiative of contacting
lawmakers, academics, and
lottery and gaming tech-
nology developers in
Canada and the United
States to determine their
willingness to work with
the government to facili-
tate the establishment of
a regulated gaming net-
work — which would,
among other things, allow
Bahamians to gamble.

Issue

Committee chairperson
Sidney Strachan said: “The
government is doing little
to nothing about this issue
and part of the problem is
ineptness.

“Essentially, they don’t
seem to know what to do.
We see their pathetic
efforts as a dismal fail-
ure.”

BGR said it had antici-
pated that by now, some
comprehensive plan to
advance and modernise

the “backwards gaming
laws” would have been
created.

Mr Strachan noted that
Minister of Tourism Vin-
cent Vanderpool-Wallace
stated publicly that a
review was underway and
a public statement of the
results would be made.

He said this was months
ago, yet this statement has
not materialised.

BGR has estimated that

a national gaming network
would gross between $60
and $100 million annual-
ly, create more than a
1,000 jobs for Bahamians
and bolster the govern-
ment’s treasury by as
much as $30 million a
year.

Government is missing
out on this much needed
revenue while illegal local
gaming is not only flourish-
ing but expanding, the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
now says 4,000 swine flu deaths in US

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or more Americans likely have died from swine
flu — about four times the estimate they’ve been
using, according to Associated Press.

The new, higher figure was first reported by

The New York Times.

It includes deaths caused by complications
related to swine flu, including pneumonia and

bacterial infections.

Until now, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention had conservatively put the U.S.
swine flu death count at more than 1,000. Officials
said this week they’re working on an even more

accurate calculation.



group pointed out.

“We are extremely
embarrassed by regular
calls from residents, includ-
ing second home owners,
as to the status of the pro-
posed amendment to the
Gaming Act” said Mr Stra-
chan. “To delay further is
irresponsible and serves
only to thrust the Bahamas,
as a tourist based economy,
further behind the compe-
tition and more advanced
gaming jurisdictions like
Florida.”

BGR said it hopes the
government finds the will
to resolve this situation
immediately to avoid fur-
ther national and interna-
tional embarrassment over
“hypocritical, discriminato-
ry, antiquated gaming laws”
and uncontrollable illegal
gambling.

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siderably from when I began
as a young writer, but I think
I’ve seen it change for the
better.”

The writer spoke candidly
to the small gathering,
repeatedly filling the book-
store with spontaneous
bursts of laughter from his
audience, a pleasant surprise
against such an esteemed
legacy.

Born in St. Lucia, Wind-
ward Islands, in the West
Indies in 1930, Derek Wal-
cott's work has accumulat-
ed a wealth of international
credit both before and after
his Nobel Prize in Literature
in 1992.

Slavery is a common
theme in Mr Walcott's work,
and it can be assumed that
this is largely due to Mr Wal-
cott's family having descend-
ed from slaves in the West
Indies. At the press confer-
ence when asked of his long-
term inspiration he respond-
ed candidly "women."

Though met with immedi-
ate laughter, Mr Walcott
continued his point by illus-
trating for his audience, the
constant role of “women” in
writers of not only his back-
ground and era.

“The old thing about the
muse being a woman is very
understandable. Whether
you’re a man or a boy I think
the female principle in poet-
ry is undeniable. The influ-
ence of mothers on writers is
well known. So I’m kidding
but I’m also not kidding.
This is not one of the rea-
sons why I write at all but
when I say women I really
mean it in terms of the muse.

“The black beauty — the
muse of the Caribbean is
something that took my gen-
eration a long, long time to
acknowledge. Take the aver-
age black girl who was beau-
tiful in the 40s, when I began
to write seriously, and the
self-contempt that was
taught to a girl like that, that
developed and encouraged
inferiority was something
that a writer would be fight-
ing for. Not only a woman
writer, I mean the recogni-
tion not only of physical
beauty but the validity of the
prescience of the being. The
woman is a principle that I
think is universal for poetry

DEREK WALCOTT

anywhere in the Caribbean.
This struggle of self-recog-
nition is something that I
have always had at the back
of my head I guess when I’m
writing.

“Somebody once asked
me who do I write for, in the
case of my plays I write fora
very big fat woman sitting in
the back of the theatre
laughing like hell. That is my
muse.”



LECTURE SERIES

Chair of the School of
English Studies at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas and
coordinator of the lecture
series Dr Majorie Brooks-
Jones said: "It is truly an
honour for the College to
have Nobel Laureate Derek
Walcott as our special guest
for this year's Anatol
Rodgers Memorial Lecture
Series.

"One of the most prolific

writers of our time, Walcott
represents the very best of
Caribbean artistry, intellec-
tual achievement and cul-
ture."

The college promises that
tonight's lecture on ‘Art,
Politics and Caribbean Cul-
ture’ will take those attend-
ing on a “cultural journey,”
attracting “literary and cul-
tural enthusiasts from the
college and the wider com-
munity.”

The Anatol Rodgers
Memorial Lecture Series will
be held at the College of the
Bahamas tonight at 7
o'clock. There will be a book
signing immediately follow-
ing. The College of the
Bahamas encourages the
public to attend this free
event.

CONSTRUCTION
SEMINAR

The CSG Construction
Seminar 2009 will focus on
“The Impact of Foreign
Direct Investment on the
Development of the
Caribbean” at which Mr
Walcott will deliver the
keynote address.

The seminar seeks to
explore the constant issue of
whether or not “foreign
direct investment is a viable
and sustainable strategy for
the development of the
Caribbean.”

The organization was rep-
resented by Mrs Lelawattee
Manoo-Rahming, who
immediately answered the

Irish priest freed in
Philippines after 31 days

DUBLIN

AN IRISH Catholic priest kidnapped in the Philippines a
month ago has been freed unharmed and neither country
paid any ransom, Irish and Filipino authorities announced
Wednesday night, according to Associated Press.

Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said the Rev. Michael

Sinnott “displayed great forbearance ...

difficult health.”

in spite of his age and

“He is clearly a man of great resilience, strength and
courage and we wish him well as he seeks to recover from
such a trying ordeal,” said Irish President Mary McAleese,
who called Sinnott’s freedom the answer to the shared
prayers of millions in both countries.

And Prime Minister Brian Cowen said the government
would help the 79-year-old priest enjoy “a speedy reunion

with his family and friends.”

Six armed men abducted the 79-year-old priest Oct. 11
from his missionary home on the southern Philippine island
of Mindanao, escaped by speedboat, and took him into the

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‘Government-run
hospitals and clinics
consume a quarter
billion dollars a year’

EFORE the
1920s, people
didn't give
much thought
to healthcare. You could die
from infectious diseases like
cholera or from "natural"
causes, and medical technol-
ogy was so poor that most
patients were treated at home.

In fact, the chief cost asso-
ciated with illness in earlier
times was the lack of pay
when sick people couldn't
work. But all that changed
after the Second World War,
when two sharply different
approaches were taken in
Britain and the United States
to deal with the rapid growth
of medical technology and
costs.

The British set up a
National Health Service in
1948, in the belief that uni-
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not afford care. The publicly-

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taxes, with services free to
everyone at the point of use.

In America, doctors and
hospitals had set up pre-paid
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and Blue Shield well before
the war, and their success
encouraged commercial insur-
ers to move into the market.
Since wartime controls pre-
vented employers from using
wages to compete for labour,
companies began offering
insurance plans as benefits.
After the war this employ-
er-based system of health cov-
erage was promoted by gov-
ernment tax exemptions. And
today about 84 per cent of
Americans are covered by
some kind of company plan.
The poor and elderly are cov-
ered by public plans (Medic-
aid and Medicare) that were
introduced in 1965.

American

6) ur system resembles
the American

approach. Historically, gov-
ernment was the main health-
care provider, with the
Princess Margaret Hospital
starting out as a poorhouse in
the 19th century. But with
rapid private sector expansion
after the war, half the popu-
lation is now covered by
health insurance while the
other half relies on tax-funded
facilities.

Government-run hospitals
and clinics consume a quar-
ter billion dollars a year, and
hundreds of millions more are
needed to build new hospitals
and make other capital
improvements as the popula-
tion grows and demand for
new medical technology
increases.

This funding dilemma has
led successive governments
(going back to the 1970s when
National Insurance was
launched) to dream about a
universal health system fund-
ed by payroll taxes. A plan
was introduced in 1989 but
never implemented, and a
new plan was formulated dur-
ing the Christie administra-
tion, with enabling legislation
passed just before the last
election in the face of serious
doubts about sustainability.

The present government
has balked at implementing
such a comprehensive plan at
a single stroke— pointing out
that free medical care is
already available to school-
children, civil servants, the
indigent and pensioners.
According to Health Minis-
ter Dr Hubert Minnis, the pri-
ority must be to strengthen
the existing system, while
placing much more emphasis
on preventive care and edu-
cation.

It may be helpful to view
our health reforms in the con-

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text of the debate that has
been raging in the US ever
since Barack Obama was
elected a year ago. The goal
of reform in the US is to
ensure coverage for the 40
million Americans without
insurance, to prevent insurers
from denying coverage
because of pre-existing con-
ditions, to cap out-of-pocket
expenses and to help low-
income earners buy insurance.

Soaring healthcare costs
are also cited as a key reason
why reform is being pursued,
as well as why it is being
opposed so vociferously. And
we should not lightly brush
these concerns aside. Health
costs in the US (the only rich
country without universal cov-
erage) were 16 per cent of
GDP in 2007, compared to 10
per cent in Canada and 8.4
per cent in Britain. Yet
despite this heavy spending,
health outcomes in the US are
below OECD averages.

A recent article in the
Economist magazine reported
that: "On the most basic met-
ric of life expectancy at birth,
Britain (79.1 years) outscores
America (77.8). A similar sto-
ry emerged from a study in
2006 that used direct mea-
sures to compare the health
of middle-aged people: the
Americans were sicker than
the English...A 2008 study
that compared death-rates for
treatable illnesses among the
under-75s, placed Britain sixth
among 19 advanced countries,
with America coming last."

The Economist concluded
that, while America offers
very good clinical care, too
many people lack cover or
fret about losing it. And while
the British cover everyone at
a much lower total cost,
patients have less clout and
wait longer for treatment. In
short, both countries need
reforms to bring about better
and cheaper care.

Worse

B ahamian health out-
comes are worse

than those in either the US
or the UK. The CIA’s projec-
tions for 2009 infant mortality
(www.cia.gov/library/publica-
tions/the-world-
factbook/rankorder/2091 rank.
html) rank the Bahamas as
93rd in the world — behind
most Caribbean countries, as
well as a whole host of much
poorer countries. And the
estimate for life expectancy
at birth is only 66 years.
Despite these results, the
Bahamas spends about 7 per
cent of GDP on healthcare.

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Clearly, we need better val-
ue for our healthcare dollars,
and at the same time we must
be careful not to dig ourselves
into a financial hole we can't
get out of. A massive expan-
sion of our grossly inefficient
public sector combined with
decisions that are driven by
politics are the quickest way
to fall into that trap.

This was borne out in a
2007 study by Health Cana-
da of our proposed NHI plan.
That report said costs had
been underestimated and the
plan would likely be unsus-
tainable because it promised
universal access to a broad
range of benefits with no
point of service charges in the
public sector — a more ambi-
tious programme than any
OECD country had attempt-
ed.

Lessons

[hee are lessons to be
learned in this regard
from the introduction of
Medicare and Medicaid in the
US in the face of bitter oppo-
sition from doctors, drug com-
panies and the insurance
industry during the 1960s.
President Lyndon Johnson's
point man at the time was
health secretary Joseph Cali-
fano, who had some interest-
ing things to say recently
about the current healthcare
debate.

Califano acknowledged
that policymakers in the 1960s
had vastly underestimated the
rising cost of medical tech-
nology, as well as the extra-
ordinary leap in life expectan-
cy. And he concluded that the
best way to curb costs today
"is to put as much profit in
prevention as there is in
acute care, and to put finan-
cial gain and pain into how
individuals take (or don't
take) care of themselves."

That seems to be the track
we are on now in the
Bahamas. According to Dr
Minnis, the goal is to realign
medical spending and priori-
ties to promote healthy
lifestyles. The fact is that most
of our healthcare challenges
are lifestyle diseases. Cancer,
AIDS, diabetes, stroke, heart
attack and kidney failure top
the list of modern medical
problems in the Bahamas —
and they all are largely pre-
ventable with education, diet
and medication.

In his address to parlia-
ment on the drug plan, Dr
Minnis described the impact
of these chronic diseases on
the public health system:
"Today, 60 per cent of our
population dies from chronic
diseases, 48.5 per cent of our
medical wards are occupied
by patients with chronic dis-
eases, our emergency rooms
are bombarded by patients
suffering from chronic dis-
eases. All this will be
addressed with our soon-to-
be-introduced national drug
plan.”

Initially, this plan will cov-
er senior citizens for pre-
scription drugs to treat arthri-
tis, asthma, breast cancer, dia-
betes, glaucoma, high choles-
terol, hypertension, heart dis-
ease, major depression,

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Immigration
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FROM page one

process by which non-Bahamians can obtain the req-
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process in the proper fashion.

“This is a country of laws. Every week we meet to
review applications for work permits. There is no need
for persons to go about it illegally. The laws are there
and we want the employers to also follow the correct
procedures,” he said.

Currently these 20 individuals who have been appre-
hended by Immigration will be interviewed and
processed to determine if any work permits have ever
been granted to them.

“The way the system works,” Mr Thompson said,
“4s that we are going to check our records and find out
if they were issued permits to work.

“And if they were not issued permits to work and
they were not authorised to work then they will be
detained and we will have to see them out of the coun-
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spate of armed robberies

FROM page one

on Baillou Road and Vesey
Street. The thieves bran-
dished handguns, demanded
cash and left the bar with an
undermined amount of cash
from the establishment and
the money of two patrons.

The bandits escaped in an
unknown direction.

Minutes later, around 11.15
pm, an anonymous caller con-
tacted the police and reported
an armed robbery at Blue
Berry Hill, Fox Hill. Police
responded and spoke with a
male resident who reported
that while driving up to his
residence, two masked men

armed with handguns,
approached him and took his
silver Honda Accord license
plate number 215216.

The men fled in an
unknown direction. Police are
investigating.

Sometime around 11.51 pm
Tuesday, police received
information that the Pitt
Restaurant and Lounge,
Augusta Street was robbed.
An employee of the restau-
rant told police that two
masked males, armed with
handguns entered the estab-
lishment demanding cash.

"The employee gave the
men an undetermined
amount of cash. Additionally
the men took an undeter-

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a patron. The men fled the
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Chrislyn Skippings.

In an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Assistant
Commissioner Raymond Gib-
son revealed that this trend
may be directly linked to the
material-fueled season.

Though it is too early to tell
whether or not the resurgence
of “petty crime” will dictate
the holiday season, ACP Gib-
son said that the police have
definitely taken note of the
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“There has been a history
of increased criminal activity
during the holiday season,
particularly armed robberies,”
said Asst Commissioner Gib-
son.

“This is a pattern of behav-
iour that we are aware of, and
we are taking every step nec-
essary to reduce occurrences.”

The spree started on Sat-
urday with a total of four
armed robberies, one of
which involved shooting.
Since then reported armed
theft has averaged two to
three robberies per day, with
assailants targeting solitary
individuals and small stores
regardless of the hour.

Mr Gibson warned the pub-
lic to take heed of their sur-
roundings and not to make
themselves susceptible to
what they term “opportunistic
crime” at the hands of des-
perate bandits.

“Most of the robberies are
considered to be petty street
robberies which are essen-
tially crimes of opportunity.

“Whenever somebody with
bad intentions is in an area,
if he sees someone whom he
thinks he can rob and get
away — he will take the
chance," Mr Gibson said.

“The public needs to be
aware especially if they’re
going home in the evenings
to always take note of their
surroundings and to call the
police at the first sign of sus-
picious activity.”

Just after midnight on Sat-
urday, culprits armed with
handguns pretending to be
police officers entered a bar
on Armstrong and
Dowdeswell Street, in Nas-
sau.

Correction to story

FROM page one

Sands was the other officer
on the scene with Detective
Corporal Kelsie Munroe the
night Brenton Smith was
shot.

The Tribune would like to
clarify that the although the
other officer mentioned was
identified in the courtroom

as officer Sands, the staff
association head is in no way
involved in the shooting.
Yesterday Inspector
Sands told The Tribune he
remained at Det Munroe's
side at the inquest proceed-
ings in his capacity as Staff
Association President and
not because he is an inter-
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HURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12,



A BIG RED MACHINE player pitches the ball...

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Kudos to Major
for being a role
model in our

society...
See page 16

Defeat St Andrew’s
Hurricanes 10-2

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

ehind the bats
of arguably one
of the most
potent junior
boys lineups in
recent memory, the St
Augustine’s Big Red Machine
exploded late to take game
one of the BAISS junior boys’
softball championship series.

The Big Red Machine won
10-2 over the St Andrew’s
Hurricanes yesterday at Free-
dom Farm Field in the first
game of the best of three
series.

Clinging to a slim 4-2 mar-
gin heading into the bottom
of the fourth inning, SAC pro-
duced a game-high six run
inning to take a commanding
lead and hold on for the win.

Anthony Romer, Blair Sey-
mour, and lead off man
Lucious Fox each singled in
the fourth to load the bases

Knowles, Bhupathi lose in
2nd round of Paris Masters

BAHAMIAN tennis ace
Mark Knowles and his Indian
doubles partner Mahesh Bhu-
pathi have lost their second-
round match on the ATP
World Tour in France.

On the hard, indoor surface
yesterday at the Paris Mas-
ters, the No.3 seeds were
defeated by Simon Aspelin of
Sweden and Paul Hanley of
Australia 6-4, 6-7 (6), 10-7
tiebreak.

Also, top-ranked Roger
Federer was beaten by
Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

Federer lost 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-
4. The 15-time Grand Slam
champion has never been fur-
ther than the quarterfinals at
the Paris Masters.

Benneteau aced his first
match point and fell to the
floor in tears. He is next
scheduled to play countryman
Gael Monfils.

Knowles and Bhupathi
have clinched the No.3 spot
in the Masters Tournament
in London, England, which is
slated to begin on November
22.

Going into the year-ending
tournament, the duo trail

MARK KNOWLES (left0 AND MAHESH BHUPATHI

Knowles’ former Canadian
partner Daniel Nestor and his
new partner Nenad Zimonjic
as the top seeds, followed by
American identical twin
brothers Bob and Mike
Bryan.

Last week as Bhupathi took
a much-needed break,
Knowles teamed up with
Michael Llodra of France
where they reached the quar-
ter-final at the Valencia Open



(AP Photo)

500 in Spain.

And in February, Knowles
also teamed up with Ameri-
can Mardy Fish to win in
Memphis, Tennessee, and he
and American Andy Roddick
got into the final of the
Shanghai Open in Beijing,
China, in October.

In 2007, before he and
Nestor split up, they teamed
up to win their only World
doubles title.

SAC junior girls get
victory over Saints

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

IN a five-inning game that
stretched more than two and
a half hours, the St
Augustine’s College junior
girls joined their male coun-
terparts in taking game one
of their respective BAISS
Championship series.

The Big Red Machine ran
away with a high score to take
game one 25-15 over the
Kingsway Academy Saints.

SAC’s scoring flurry began
at the game’s outset with sev-
en runs in the top half of the
first inning, courtesy of a

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grand slam in the park home-
run, and a string of singles
which gave them a seven run
lead.

The defending champions
improved on that effort with
14 runs in the second.

Each member of the Big
Red Machine lineup crossed
the plate in a game filled with
errors and miscues.

Ciara Bonamy, Tiara Dele-
veaux and Rena Mortimer
each finished with four runs
apiece, while Dominique Bur-
rows and Jada Saunders fin-
ished with three each.

The Saints put up a valiant
effort after facing a seeming-
ly insurmountable 21-4 deficit

after two innings.

A two RBI double by
Racheal Albury highlighted
an eight run inning for her
team which brought the Saints
within 10 runs, 21-12.

Despite control problems
from Bonamy at the mound,
the Big Red Machine’s lead
proved to be a big enough
cushion with a few added runs
late in the game.

Santish Brown led the
Saints with four runs and two
RBI, Megan Russell finished
with three runs while Kiwana
Rolle and Albury each added
three. Game two is set for
today with the Saints facing
elimination.

for power hitting shortstop
Anfernie Seymour.

Seymour did not disappoint
with runners in scoring posi-
tion as he belted a double
down the right field line which
plated Romer and B Sey-
mour.

Byron Murray extended
the Big Red Machine lead to
seven on the very next pitch
with a mammoth three run
home run to straight-away
centerfield which gave his
team a 9-2 lead.

Shannon Johnson scored
the team’s final run of the
game with his RBI double
which scored pitcher Arien
Seymour.

The Hurricanes rally fell

short in the top of the fifth at
just a single run, an RBI dou-
ble by Joe Lockhart.

Anfernie Seymour, the
league’s most consistent hitter
of the course of the season,
placed SAC on the score-
board first in the bottom of
the opening inning.

He hit an RBI double
which plated Isaacs and came
back in the third inning to
blast a solo home run.

SAC led 3-0 after two
innings before the Hurricanes
came alive at the plate.

Pitcher Ashton Butler pro-
vided his own run support
with a home-run to center-
field to place his team on the
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Butler finished 2-3 with two
runs and at the mound deliv-
ered four strikeouts.

Hurricanes’ first baseman
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ly with a double to left field
that turned into an eventual in
the park home run after a pair
of fielding errors by the Big
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Kudos to Major for being a role model in our society

By BRENT STUBBS

I HAD an interesting inter-
view with Meacher 'Pain'
Major on his return home
from Buffalo, New York,
where he lost his NABA
lightweight title on Saturday
night.

Major, 28, came home to
recuperate and he was just as
upbeat as he was before he
left for the 10-round bout
against American Dorin
Spivey.

The crafty veteran Spivey
stopped Major in the fourth
round at the Convention Cen-
ter after he unleashed a flurry
of punches to secure the win.

In his interview, Major
could have come up with all
kinds of excuses. But he just
indicated that he was faced
with a big test and he was
taught a valuable lesson.

Although he admitted that
he was slightly hampered by
the flu, Major noted that he
will not allow his performance
to keep him down.

He has vowed to return big-
ger and better next year as he
continues his quest for a shot
at a world boxing title in the

future.

One of the things he's look-
ing at is dropping down to the
super featherweight division
where the weight limit is 130
pounds.

Sounds like torture. It's not
considering that Major
weighed in at 131 for Satur-
day's bout. He was right on
the borderline.

Despite his age, Major still
has a bright future ahead of
him. He's under contract with
the American based X-Cel
Worldwide and his training
base is in Hollywood, Flori-
da.

He's in the right environ-
ment where he can get all of
the support he needs to pro-
pel him to the next level. It’s
just unfortunate that he suf-
fered a setback on Saturday.

But Major is one of those
level headed individuals who
I'm sure will rebound from
his ordeal. He's focused, but
he's also committed and ded-
icated to the cause.

On top of that, Major is one
of those individuals who has
not just concentrated on him-
self. He's deeply rooted in his
community in Kemp Road.

Olympia Morris-Evans Softball
Classic continues on weekend

AFTER taking a

three-week break because of the

Bahamas Softball Federation’s series of tournaments, the
Baptist Sports Council is scheduled to be back in action on
Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

The BSC will be using three of the softball fields to con-
tinue their 2009 Olympia Morris-Evans Softball Classic
with competition in all three divisions. Here’s a look at the

schedule of games on tap:
Field One

10am - St Paul’s vs Faith United (Co-ed)
11:30am - Calvary Bible vs Faith United (M)
lpm - Temple Fellowship vs St Mark’s (M)
2:30pm - Faith United vs St Mark’s (Co-ed)

Field Two

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11:30am - Temple Fellowship vs St. John’s (17)
lpm - Calvary Deliverance vs Macedonia (M)
2:30pm - St John’s vs Macedonia (17)

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10am - Ebenezer vs Salem (Co-ed)

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Not only has he started an
amateur boxing programme
where he's teaching some of
the youngsters about the
sport, but he holds an annual
Back-to-School drive and a
Christmas party.

All of the events are a part
of Major's bid to give back to
the people who have been
there for him in the good and
bad times in his profession.
Not bad for a competitor who
is still looking for that big pay-
day and a possible world title
fight.

Major may have learnt a
boxing lesson on Saturday.
But he has been doing more
than he can to teach others
about the rules of life. Kudos
to Major for being the role
model that he is in our soci-
ety.

WOMEN HONOURED

THE New Providence
Women's Basketball Associ-
ation should be commended
for taking the time out to hon-
our some of the legends of
the game.

On Saturday as the associ-

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ation is slated to open its new
season, a number of the pio-
neers are expected to recog-
nised by the newly elected
board for the role they all
played in the growth and
development of the sport.

It's good to see some of our
organisations take the time to
bridge the gap between the
old and the new players who
have played in their particular
sport.

Too many times, our young
players may have only heard
of some of the legends, but
may not have seen them in
person because they are no
longer a part of the organisa-
tion.

So taking the time out just
before the start of the season
is a good opportunity to say to
some of the stewards who are
still alive, we haven't forgot-
ten you and we appreciate
what you've done for the
game.

Not everybody will get a
chance to have their names
inked on a national stadium
or a street sign. Only a select
few will. Not all of them will
even get to be inducted into a

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Hall of Fame. That's also set
aside for a select few.

But inviting them out to
receive a small recognition
when you have the new young
and future stars on display is
priceless. The NPWBA
should be commended for the
gesture.

BSF NATIONALS

THE Bahamas Softball
Federation hosted another
National Round Robin
Championships over the
weekend at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.

While the tournament did-
n't attract all of the affiliated
island associations, some of
whom didn't have a league
this year because of the eco-
nomic problems facing the
country, those who shared up
made it one of the most com-
petitive round robin tourneys.

With only three teams
entered in the women’s divi-
sion, the tournament came
down to a showdown between
Grand Bahama and New
Providence.

And in the end, the Pineap-
ple Air Wildcats proved to be
just a little stronger than the
Bahamasair Flyers from
Grand Bahama when it
counted the most, winning 2-
1 in the best-of-three cham-
pionship series.

But in the final stats pro-
duced by the team headed by
Rozina Taylor, the Flyers
dominated the majority of the
individual categories.

As for the men, the Com-
mando Security Truckers
came around at the right time
to secure the title in the one-
game championship over the
Grand Bahama _ Elnet
Mariners.

However, the individual
categories were almost even-
ly matched between the
Truckers, Mariners and the
surprising Abaco's Turtles.

If those performances are
any indication, the BSF
should be able to field two
versatile teams made up of
players across the Bahamas
for the national teams that are
heading to the CAC Cham-
pionships next year. We will

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OPINION

have to wait and see the out-
come
TRACK DILEMMA

WHILE the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations (BAAA) | is
embroiled in a heated elec-
tion campaign, there's a sign
that there are a number of
athletes who are eager to
compete.

On Saturday at Fort Char-
lotte, hundreds of athletes,
whether they are going to
remain in the sport or just use
it as a workout session for
other sports, turned out to
participate in the CH Reeves
Cross Country Champi-
onships.

The good thing is candi-
dates for both sides of the
election campaign were in
attendance. So no one had to
tell them how important it is
for the electorate to come up
with the best possible team to
represent the association for
the next three years.

With the elections sched-
uled for next Saturday, it's
hoped that whoever is elected
will take note and ensure that
the trend continues because
there are many aspiring ath-
letes who need to benefit
from good representation.

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How should we treat the nation’s health ills?

FROM page 12

prostate cancer and psychosis.
It is unclear whether all
seniors will be covered or only
NIB pensioners (about 70 per
cent of the total), but the
drugs will be available from
private pharmacies as well as
from government dispen-
saries. Patients will be regis-
tered, educated and tracked
to ensure that they are man-
aging their diseases properly.

According to Etoile Pin-
der, a Bahamian health econ-
omist who was a technical
advisor to the NHI Commis-
sion, the proposed drug plan
is not a bad idea "if it is the
first step towards a broader
plan. We know there is a large
under-consumption of phar-
maceuticals in the Bahamas,
which probably leads to some
of our very bad indicators
with regards to diabetes,
hypertension, etc. But giving
chronic disease patients drugs,
without paying for medical
tests or doctor's exams or
lifestyle advice, will have very
little effect in most cases."

Most doctors agree that
there is a critical need for pre-
ventive care in the Bahamas.
Regular checkups and seeing
a doctor early can mean the
difference between stage 1 or
stage 3 breast cancer, or help
those suffering from cardio-
vascular diseases to avoid
strokes and heart attacks.
Acute care patients require
more expensive treatments
and have lower survival rates.

There has been a lot of talk
about prevention and educa-
tion, and the original NHI
plan allocated well over $5
million to such programmes,
but we have yet to hear the
hard details of Dr Minnis’
proposals, and it is unclear
where the money is coming
from to finance them. Some
argue that we should sharply
tax alcohol and tobacco and
make excessive drinking and
obesity as socially out-of-step
as smoking is today.

And then there is the
whole issue of accountability
within both the public and pri-
vate health systems. No gov-
ernment has had the gump-
tion to deal with this difficult
issue, but it should form a key

part of any health reform
package. In the public sector,
the Ministry of Health gets
the financing, provides the
services and regulates itself.

In the private sector, both
doctors and hospitals are
largely unregulated and
accountable only to them-
selves.

In the 1950s there was no
alternative to the govern-
ment's redevelopment and
operation of the Princess
Margaret Hospital. But today
the situation is markedly dif-
ferent, and we have to ask
why the government should
be spending hundreds of mil-
lions of scarce public funds to
build and operate hospitals.
The Ministry of Health should
be a regulatory body that
manages the private sector
and provides public services
only where necessary.

Both public and private
systems have their virtues and
their faults, but the choice
does not have to lie between
the British National Health

Service or the American
employer-based system.
There are insurance-based
systems in Europe that also
provide universal coverage.
In Switzerland and the
Netherlands, for example,
everyone has to have health
insurance and every patient
is guaranteed cover by the
state if they cannot afford it.

The French model of com-
pulsory insurance for all, with
both public and private
providers, is ranked by the
World Health Organisation
as the most efficient health
service in the world. France
spends 11 per cent of its GDP
on health; yet its infant mor-
tality rate, life expectancy and
mortality rate for cardio-vas-
cular illness are all better than
either the United States or
Britain.

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Water Corp unlikely
to pay $6.2m debt
until the Budget

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CONSOLIDATED Water,
the BISX-listed reverse osmo-
sis supplier, has indicated it
believes the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation will be
unable to pay down the $6.2
million debt it owes to the
company until the Govern-
ment passes its 2010-2011
Budget - something that will
not happen for at least anoth-
er six to seven months.

In a conference call with
Wall Street analysts to discuss
the company’s third quarter
results, David Sasnett, Con-
solidated Water’s chief finan-
cial officer, said the debt owed
by the Water & Sewerage
Corporation was largely
responsible for the $11.575
million in accounts receiv-
ables contained on its balance
sheet as at September 30,
2009.

This nevertheless repre-
sented a 16.8 per cent decline
in the $13.911 million in
accounts receivables con-
tained on Consolidated
Water’s balance sheet at 2008
year-end, and Mr Sasnett con-
firmed that the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation was now

paying the company $1.2 mil-
lion per month for water sup-
plied by it - roughly match-
ing the monthly billing
amount.

This, Mr Sasnett said, was
an effort to keep the Water
& Sewerage Corporation’s
accounts receivables in check,
although it would not make
a dent in the $6.2 million bal-
ance owed to Consolidated
Water as at September 30,
2009, a balance that increased
by $1.5 million in the third
quarter.

Indicating that Consolidat-
ed Water was holding out lit-
tle hope that the $6.2 million
balance would be paid down
any time soon, Mr Sasnett
told Wall Street analysts: “We
would hope that in 2010,
when they pass the Budget,
that they [the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation] will be
able to pay the additional
monies and keep the receiv-
ables balance current.”

As revealed by Tribune
Business, Consolidated Water
warned this week in its 10-Q
filing with the Securities &
Exchange Commission (SEC)
that if the Water & Sewerage

SEE page 4B

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targets ‘top of pile’



By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE merger of two
Bahamian real estate firms
will enable them to target the
“high-end market more so
than before” and enable the
company to “rise to the top
of the pile”, the president of
the enlarged entity told Tri-
bune Business yesterday.

Mike Lightbourn, president
of Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty, said the merger
with Bahamas Waterfront
Properties had from a work-
ing perspective reunited him
and his son, Colin, and togeth-
er they planned to launch a
number of initiatives that
were real estate-related.

Although declining to state
what their plans were, Mr
Lightbourn said Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty,
with his son returning as man-
aging director, would seek to
leverage the brand, support
and tools provided by the
Coldwell Banker franchise to
expand into “other areas” of
the Bahamian real estate mar-
ket.

“We felt it was the right
time; the timing was right to
merge,” Mr Lightbourn told
Tribune Business. “He’s [Col-
in] great at doing projects. He

Coldwell Banker Lightbourn
Realty to target high end
market ‘more so than
before’, after deal
reunites father and son

put together the South Ocean
Estates project out west, and
other things like that he
enjoys doing.

“We’re physically together
now, but there are a bunch of
other things we are putting
into place as we speak.
There’ll be other areas that
we’ll be headed into that are
real estate related.”

He added: “We’re going to
use the tools available to us
through Coldwell banker.
We’re going to pick out what
we think works best in our
market, and offer new oppor-
tunities. We hope to rise to
the top of the pile.”

The merger has added four
new Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA) licensed
sales agents to the existing
team of 20 at Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty, as
well as two property man-
agers, and Mr Lightbourn said
“a lot of physical work in the
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capital by year-end

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ahamas First

General Insur-

ance Company

will pass the

“important
milestone” of $50 million in
capital by year-end, its presi-
dent and chief executive said
yesterday, adding that the
general insurer now had a
“much superior balance sheet
capital position”.

Patrick Ward told Tribune
Business that Bahamas First
General Insurance Company,
the main subsidiary of
Bahamas First Holdings, was
“tracking better than 2008”
when it came to its bottom
line net income for 2009,
although the swing in the
unrealised value of its invest-
ment portfolio remained a
concern largely due to its sub-
stantial holdings of Com-
monwealth Bank stock.

Referring to comments by
A. M. Best, the international
insurance credit rating agency,
about the general insurer’s
“superior capitalisation”, Mr
Ward said: “By the end of



* Bahamas First in ‘much superior balance sheet
capital position’ by hitting ‘important milestone’
* Firm’s bottom line profitability and operational

results ‘tracking better’ than 2008

* In line with expectations of 5% gross premium drop

2009, the capital of Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany will be in excess of $50
million, and the risk profile
we have on the books will not
be significantly different from
the year before.

“We will have a much more
superior balance sheet capi-
tal position that we had the
year before. That’s an impor-
tant milestone for us to have,
$50 million in capital.

“We have followed a strat-
egy in the last two to three
years of increasing Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany’s capital by not sending
any monies to the parent via
dividends. That, with good
results, has allowed us to build
up the capital of Bahamas
First General to the level we
enjoy today.”

Bahamas First General
Insurance Company’s 2008
year-end balance sheet
showed it had total share-
holder equity capital of
$47.572 million, implying that
this is likely to increase by at
least $2.5 million this finan-
cial year.

And Mr Ward said the
company’s financial perfor-
mance for year-to-date was
ahead of 2008, when Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany sustained an 86.4 per
cent decline in net income to
$1.656 million, almost entire-
ly due to a $12 million swing
into the red on the unrealised
losses suffered on its equity
portfolio.

“We’re tracking better than
2008 in terms of bottom line
profitability,” Mr Ward told

Tribune Business. “The core
operational results are ahead
of where we were last year.”

He added, though, that
while the company was
“watching very carefully” the
performance of its investment
portfolio, “even that is not
overshadowing the core
results on underwriting”.

Mr Ward said Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany was also “probably
tracking very close to” the
expected 5 per cent decline
in gross premiums written in
2009, adding: “If we’re lucky,
we could be a little bit ahead,
but we expect we’re tracking
in line with expectations.”

As for 2010, the Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-

SEE page 10B

Banking ‘surprise’ at consumer
loan arrears reduction

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BANKING executives yes-
terday expressed surprise at
the $2.7 million reduction in
consumer loan arrears during
September 2009, while all oth-
er lending categories moved
in the opposite direction, one
suggesting that the improve-
ment may be related to the
fact personal credit is rela-
tively easier to restructure.

Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief execu-
tive, said there had been no
change in the Bahamian econ-

* Ease of restructuring consumer loans cited as one reason
for $2.7m fall in arrears value in September 2009
* Loan deterioration set to ‘bottom out’ in 2010

omy’s basic fundamentals to
support the 0.9 per cent
reduction in the cumulative
value of consumer loan
arrears to $293.5 million dur-
ing September, and suggested
this possibly highlighted why
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas wanted “consistent
reporting” on restructured
loans.

“T have no idea. I’m just
surprised,” said Mr Sunderji,

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Bahamian economy has actu-
ally improved. What we might
be seeing in there is that con-

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a few rotting piles remain of
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Clifton’s heritage is
no stroll in the park

by Richard Coulson

Further down the road,
hard work has been done to
excavate and expose the
Great House of the Wylly
Plantation and the stone cot-
tages of the slave settlement,
but the restoration has been
minimal and the buildings sat
forlornly without any visitors
visible all the days I passed
by. The former Carriage
House has been converted
into an attractive Gift Shop,
with a few interesting displays
and local items for sale, but
it is shut on weekends — sure-
ly a perverse policy for a pub-
lic park whose citizens are at
work or school every week
day.

These facilities plus the
Park office and wardens’
quarters, together with trail
entrances, are served by the
pristine South parking lot,
which was slightly better pop-
ulated — as many as five cars.

As for interest in local ecol-
ogy, when I often walked the
few yards from Jaws Beach
to the lovely pond in the pre-
served wetland zone, with
three observatory boardwalks
and handsome illustrations of
herons, egrets and coots, I was
the solitary observer. Cover-
ing the two-mile Arawak Trail
that fringes the entire Point
on a beautiful Sunday, I met
exactly three Bahamian hik-
ers — plus a friendly Park war-
den, who told me that guided
tours are only given only
Monday-Friday because
they’re “ intended mainly for
tourists” (!). Fact is, it’s a pret-
ty boring bush path, with few
sea views. Neither it nor the
Coppice Trail cutting diago-
nally through the forest dis-
play any signs to identify the
surrounding trees, vines and
shrubs. A billboard near Flip-
per Beach illustrates a
Lucayan village, but there’s
no physical evidence or arti-
facts to hold one’s interest.

Strangely, the Park does
not take advantage of its high-
est elevation by creating what
could be a spectacular out-
look over the sea-side cliffs.
The legendary Stone Steps,
descending to the rocky shore
under an arch, are so steep
and narrow that, lacking any
hand rails, they can be navi-
gated only by the foolhardy.
Worse, the Authority’s own
publicity creates historical fic-
tion. Both the sign at the site
and the guidebook designed
for Bahamian school children
relate the myths that “during
the plantation era, these Steps
served as a gateway between
Clifton and the rest of the
world... across them passed
the first slaves from Africa
and the last cotton exported
to Europe”. These undocu-
mented fables ignore the hard
evidence that the Steps were,
in fact, dug in connection with
a film production in 1916, an
adaptation of “20,000 Leagues
under the Sea.”

Clearly, Bahamians
find the most popular attrac-
tions of the whole Park to be
the swimming, snorkeling and
boating activities available at
the still unimproved Jaws
Beach. In the present state of
development, it’s a good ques-
tion how large a fraction of
our population, outside the
occasional organised school
groups and National Trust
expeditions, will make the
long drive west to appreciate
the cultural and ecological
offerings of the Park.

The Great House and slave
quarters alone are hardly
worth a lengthy tour. There’s
no food or drink offered any-
where (except sodas and can-
dy at the Gift Shop); no play-
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tables with umbrellas; no
music to be heard; no films,
performances or pageants by
natives in period costumes;
no advertised festivals or lec-
tures. There’s no sign of the
promised tramway, and no
tour schedules are displayed.
Much of the Park is “under
construction” like its website,
whose “News” section alertly
displays a September 2005
press release as its latest item,
and is blank under “Tours
dates for 2009”.

I raised some of these issues
with the pleasant people who
staff the Park office. Many
improvements, I was told, are
“in development” and, under-
standably, “depend on fund-
ing”. Aye, “funding” — there’s
the rub! Where’s it to come
from? The Authority is a cor-
porate body created by
statute in 2004 after the Gov-
ernment agreed to pay $19
million to the late Nancy
Oakes to acquire 208 acres of
Clifton Point, and probably a
few million more was need-
ed for the subsequent ameni-
ties, including the parking lots
and clean-up of unsightly
garbage along the shore-line.

These capital costs were
funded with a $24 million
issue of “Clifton Heritage
Authority” bonds. With a
Government guarantee, prin-
cipal and interest are a direct
burden on the Treasury, since
the Authority has no earnings
of its own. All its require-
ments are met by Govern-
ment subsidies and occasion-
al gifts such as the recent
$10,000 donation from BTC.
Eventually, the Authority
should earn enough to pay at
least part of its running costs.
But how, in the absence of
entrance fees? A possible
source would be parking
charges at the two big lots,
where toll booths are already
built. But Bahamians won’t
start using the lots unless the
expensive improvements are
already in place — the usual
financial dilemma.

One doubts that there was
any careful planning about
continuing expenses, particu-
larly the big new budget items
needed to make the Park an
attractive going concern. It
was simply another project
with a political agenda,
backed by our well-inten-
tioned but unrealistic culture
mavens, including the do-
gooder foreign organisations
that give us advice but don’t
understand Bahamian reali-
ties. Now, with Government
expenditures stretched to the
limit in the face of growing
deficits, hard-headed Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
may decide that the worthy
but non-essential Park impos-
es drains on the Treasury that
the state simply cannot
afford. He won’t close it
down, but may quietly tell the
visionary chairperson, Sena-
tor Dr Jacinta Higgs, that
funding for all the hoped-for
improvements must be put off
to the distant future, if ever.

To become viable, the Park
needs to have a publicity cam-
paign (it’s not listed with tour
operators) and a vigorous
membership drive to provide
consistent donations. Since its
activities overlap with the
Bahamas National Trust, per-
haps the best solution would
be to merge with the Trust,
whose energetic leadership
and long list of loyal mem-
bers might find a way to pay
for the Park’s aspirations and
bring its dreams to reality.
Even New York’s famous
Central Park had serious
problems until the privately-
funded Central Parks Con-
servancy took over the Park’s
management from the city
government, now financing
most of the operating budget.
Without some similar answer,
Bahamians will continue to
swim at Jaws Beach but the
Clifton parking lots will
sprout more weeds than cars.
A national park that can nei-
ther pay its own way nor win
popularity with its citizens
does not have a bright future.

NB: CI was unable to inter-
view Senator Higgs, who can-
celled a scheduled meeting).

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$1.5m investment’s
expanding ‘Patch’

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE Prickle Patch has
expanded after eight years in
business with a $1.5 million
investment in the construc-
tion of a new building, open-
ing the door to additional ser-
vices and offerings, the own-
ers told Tribune Business yes-
terday.

Agnes Kemp said she fig-
ured it was time to expand
her home decor business,
which took off in 2001 at a
2,000 square foot store in the
Summer Winds Plaza off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway. She and her hus-
band, Barry Kemp, seven
years after opening, then bid
on a plot of land where they
would later expand the busi-
ness.

Now, with 6,500 more
square feet to stock, Mrs
Kemp takes yearly trips to
China, Indonesia and the US
to purchase the rarities The
Prickle Patch offers.

The business, which
employs six full-time workers
(and is hiring), is the sub-
sidiary of Mr Kemp’s busi-
ness, Quick Welding.

According to the Kemps,

The Prickle Patch’s parent
company began under a pine
tree in Abaco through odd
welding jobs, and has grown
into a petroleum construction
business with clients across
the Caribbean.

And with the parent com-
pany in the construction busi-
ness, the Prickle Patch’s new
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway location was erected
with in-house labour.

Mr and Mrs Kemp’s chil-
dren have also moved into the
business and have spun off
businesses at the new site.

One daughter is opening a
beauty salon and spa only feet
from the Prickle Patch, and
the family hopes to open a
deli and rent out several office
spaces to complete the com-
plex, all under the umbrella
of Kemps Company of Invest-

ment.

With two fully stocked
floors, the Prickle Patch has
expanded its range of items
which, according to Mrs
Kemp, has been well received
by the public since the store’s
opening three weeks ago. She
touts her store as the most
unique home decor store on
the island, with many coun-
tries represented in the prod-
ucts she sells.

While her clientele is pre-
dominantly women, about 85
per cent, the store carries
myriad articles that would
appeal to men, with displays
arranged just for them.

“Women keep the econo-
my going,” said Mr Kemp.

Mrs Kemp said she would
like to begin selling some
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Role reversal for Germany’s fiscal prudence stance

By NELSON D
SCHWARTZ and

JUDY DEMPSEY
c.2009 New York Times
News Service

IT HAS come to this: Ger-
many will almost certainly
have a bigger budget deficit
next year than Italy will.

Traditionally, Germany is
the Continent’s keeper of fis-
cal rectitude, perpetually fret-
ting that the Italians and oth-
er free-spending southern
Europeans are about to
undermine the euro and
rekindle inflation by not
reducing their red ink.

But in 2010, the Germany
deficit is expected to total 6.5
per cent of its gross domestic
product, while the Italian
budget gap is forecast at 6.2
per cent of GDP, according
to Deutsche Bank.

“There is something really
odd going on here, with Italy
being more prudent, Spain
getting more serious and
even the French talking
about pension cuts,” said
Gilles Moec of Deutsche
Bank. “Germany is the odd
one out.”

It is more than a matter of
role reversal.

The German shift under-
scores just how profoundly
the economic and political
situation has changed in
Berlin, as well as how des-
perate Chancellor Angela
Merkel is to restore growth in
Europe’s largest economy as
she begins her second term.

Given the long-standing
aversion to borrowing and
spending that has shaped
German fiscal policy since
the great hyperinflation of
the Weimar era during the
1920s, Merkel and her new
finance minister, Wolfgang
Schaeuble, have set off a
fierce debate by proposing to
cut taxes by 24 billion euro,
or $35.9 billion, in 2010 and
2011, rather than immediate-
ly attack the country’s pro-
jected budget gap.

“T want us to do everything
we can to create the condi-
tions for new, stronger

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growth,” Merkel said Tues-
day, laying out her agenda in
a speech before the Bun-
destag in Berlin. “Without
growth, there will be no
investment. Without growth,
no jobs. Without growth, no
money for education. With-
out growth, no help for the
weak.”

Cutting taxes now and bal-
ancing budgets later is a high-
wire act for all politicians, of
course, and the new German
government is divided even
within its own ranks over the
wisdom of lowering taxes to
stimulate the economy.

Sign

But it is a sign of just how
painful the recession has
been across the Continent,
especially Germany, that offi-
cials in Berlin and elsewhere
in Europe are so reluctant to
reduce borrowing anytime
soon because of the risk of
harming the incipient recov-
ery.
Like Germany, much of
Europe is struggling with
how to gradually withdraw
economic stimulus efforts
without compounding still-
rising unemployment or
throwing their economies
back into recession.

The terms of the treaty
that created the euro curren-

cy are supposed to limit each
country’s deficit to no more
than three per cent of its
GDP. None of the 16 coun-
tries that use the euro are
expected to meet that goal
soon, however, with the typ-
ical budget deficit projected
to reach a record 6.9 per cent
of GDP next year, according
to the European Commis-
sion.

On Wednesday, the com-
mission is expected to give
Germany, France and Spain
until 2013 to return their bud-
get gaps to below three per
cent.

But it is not clear whether
any of them can achieve that
goal. For Merkel, who stren-
uously opposed a Europe-
wide stimulus package dur-
ing the depth of the financial
crisis last year, the change of
approach has been difficult
to accept.

“Germany has been a kind
of symbol for Europe of cau-
tion and prudence when it
comes to spending,” said
Alfred Boss, an economist
and specialist in German pol-
itics at the Kiel Institute for
the World Economy, who
added that Berlin’s new pro-
posals “are not typically Ger-
man.”

“There seems to be a kind
of attitude that the tax cuts
will finance themselves,” he

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an attitude prevailing in the
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seems to be stronger in the
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started echoing the supply-
side arguments propounded
by former President Ronald
Reagan and his economists
in Washington in the 1980s
and carried forward by the
Republican Party ever since.

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coffers are empty we need
fair taxes to jump-start the
economic engine so that
more money flows into state
coffers,” the head of the Free
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postgraduate qualification, which will normally be a master’s degree.

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and include:

(a) approved air fare to the United Kingdom by the most direct and
economical route and return on expiry of the scholarship (a scholar’s
dependents are not eligible);

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month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan

area)

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applicable;

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normally exceed one economy class return airfare to the fieldwork

location;

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husband and wife are residing together at the same address in the
United Kingdom. It is not paid when a husband or wife of the scholar
is also a recipient of an award. For such married couples accompanied
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 7B

Retailers move to
tame the crowds

By STEPHANIE
ROSENBLOOM

c.2009 New York Times
News Service

A YEAR after an unruly
crowd trampled a worker to
death at a Wal-Mart store,
America’s retailers are
preparing for another Black
Friday, the blockbuster shop-
ping day after Thanksgiving.
Along with offering $300 lap-
tops and $99 navigation
devices, stores are planning
new safety measures to make
sure the festive day does not
take another deadly turn.

Last year, frenzied shop-
pers at a Wal-Mart in Valley
Stream, N.Y., trampled
Jdimytai Damour, a tempo-
rary store employee who died
soon afterward. To prevent
any repeat, Wal-Mart has
sharply changed how it
intends to manage the crowds.

That new plan, developed
by experts who have wran-
gled throngs at events like the
Super Bowl and_ the
Olympics, will affect how cus-
tomers approach and enter
the stores, shop, check out
and exit. Each store will have
its own customized plan. The
hope is for an orderly Black
Friday, a seemingly incongru-
ous notion.

The most significant change
at Wal-Mart is that the major-
ity of its discount stores (as
opposed to its Supercenters)
will open Thanksgiving morn-
ing at 6 a.m. and stay open
through Friday evening. Last
year, those stores closed on
Thanksgiving evening and
reopened early Friday morn-
ing. By keeping the stores
open for 24 hours, Wal-Mart
is hoping for a steady flow of
shoppers instead of mammoth
crowds swelling outside its
stores in the wee hours of Fri-
day.

In another new twist this
year, shoppers at Wal-Mart
will not have to sprint toward
a pile of flat-screen televisions
and scuffle with one another

your goals

to get one. Rather, customers
will be able to enter the store
at any time and line up at
merchandise displays for the
must-have items on their lists.
When the products go on sale
Friday at 5 a.m., employees
will supervise the lines, giv-
ing shoppers the merchandise
in the order in which they
joined the line until the
goods are out of stock.

(Only a small percentage
of stores will not be open 24
hours; most Wal-Mart Super-
centers are already open 24
hours.)

Another problem in the
past was the bottleneck at
store entrances. Like many
big-box retailers, Wal-Mart
does not have multiple
entrances and exits to spread
around customer traffic. So
this year it will put workers
in front of its stores to direct
customers and keep them
moving.

“We are committed to
looking for ways to make our
stores even safer for our cus-
tomers and associates this hol-
iday season,” said David
Tovar, a spokesman for Wal-
Mart, adding that the retailer
was “confident our customers
can look forward to a safe and
enjoyable shopping experi-
ence at Wal-Mart.”

Aggressive shoppers are
common the day after
Thanksgiving. So crowd con-
trol plans, which vary by
retailer, are critical. And they
are especially important now,
given the economy. Newly
frugal consumers want more
for less, and stores plan to
drum up sales with stunning
deals.

This year, for the first time,
the National Retail Federa-
tion created a comprehensive
set of guidelines for crowd
control at stores. The guide-
lines note that special mark-
downs and historically low
discounts have led to larger
crowds. “Retailers are very
much trying to make them-
selves stand out in an envi-

ronment like this,” Ellen
Davis, a spokeswoman for the
industry group, said in a con-
ference call this week. But she
added that “retailers need to
understand that many of these
sales and promotional peri-
ods might draw customers
who are more insistent about
getting a good deal.”

The federation said retail-
ers were performing dress
rehearsals with their employ-
ees. Some stores plan to serve
drinks to shoppers, or offer
entertainment while they are
in line, to maintain calm.
Also, the stores say that cre-
ating a rapport with cus-
tomers makes news of sell-
outs and long lines more
palatable.

Peter Conway, general
manager of a Best Buy in
Westbury, N.Y., has made a
habit of arriving at his store at
7 p.m. Thanksgiving night to
chat with shoppers lined up
outside.

“Pm outside talking with
my customers, just getting to
know them, seeing what
they’re there for,” he said.
“Pm very clear with them:
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For years, Best Buy has
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teams of workers into the
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ets for its so-called door-
busters — popular items like
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ets are given out about 3 a.m.
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one ticket for each door-
buster item they intend to
buy.

“They know if they have a
ticket, they’re guaranteed
they have that product,” Con-
way said. “It creates ease of
mind.”

To keep shoppers from
running aimlessly around its
stores, Best Buy employees
hand out maps, and they
mark popular items with col-
ored balloons that can be seen
from anywhere in the store.

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LOAN, from page 1B

sumer loans are smaller, they
are much easier to restruc-
ture, and if restructured banks
can categorise them as cur-
rent. You reduce non-accrual
loans in that category.”

In contrast, the total value
of mortgage loan arrears

increased by $25.6 million or
5.9 per cent to $461.9 million
during September 2009,
according to the Central
Bank, while commercial loans
past due rose by $13.1 million
or 5.7 per cent to $243.6 mil-
lion.

“Mortgage loans are much




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NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any

more difficult to restructure.
You can’t refinance it; it’s too
expensive,” Mr Sunderji
explained. “They are work-
outs. Mortgage loans stay in
the same category for many,
many months.” This is usual-
ly until the borrowers find
new jobs, and their income
levels and ability to meet
obligations recovers.

Consumer loans could be
restructured in “a heartbeat”,
via refinancing and the charg-
ing of a bank fee.

“T don’t think fundamen-
tally those are good loans
because they got restruc-
tured,” Mr Sunderji told Tri-
bune Business, “and I think
the Central Bank may have a
view on this, with regard to
how banks report restruc-
tured loans.”

T. B. Donaldson, Com-
monwealth Bank’s chairman,
also told this newspaper yes-
terday that he was unable to
explain definitively why con-
sumer loan arrears had fall-
en slightly in September.

He added that one possi-
bility was that, with lay-offs
and redundancies, especially
in the hotel sector, having lev-
elled-off since late 2008, per-
sonal loan defaults and their
restructuring may have “bot-
tomed out”.

“Tn a sense, it’s a very good
sign, because if that is hap-
pening the worst could soon
be over,” Mr Donaldson told
Tribune Business.

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However, Mr Sunderji took
a slightly more pessimistic
view, saying that loan arrears
numbers for the Bahamian
commercial banking sector as
a whole would continue to
“deteriorate” until the wider
economy started to recover,
something not expected to
occur until late 2010 at the
earliest.

While the loan arrears fig-
ures “should become stable
at some point”, the Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief execu-




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tive said this was also not like-
ly to happen until late 2010.

“We are all very focused on
keeping non-performing loans
as low as possible, assisting
clients as best we can, restruc-
turing loans and waiting for
the economy to recover.
There is nothing much we can
do, as jobs won’t be created
overnight,” he added.

“The economy is still trou-
bled, people are still under-
employed, incomes are down,
so nothing has materially
changed in the economy.
[Loan arrears] stability is
going to be driven by recov-
ery, which depends on the US
recovery.

“T think 20910 will see us
bottom out, and hopefully we
will see some recovery. I don’t
think there’s going to be as
large and dramatic lay-offs as
we had in 2008 and 2009. I
can’t see another 1,000 people
being laid-off.

“That’s not to say incomes
aren’t being squeezed, and we
will remain a troubled econo-
my until such time as a sus-
tained recovery takes place in
the US. Baha Mar will help
us, of course. Economic
recovery will take place at
some point in time; the ques-

tion is: When? In the mean-
time, we have to do the best
we can.”

A key concern is whether
any more major economic
shocks, either external or
internal, will impact the
Bahamian economy. Mr Sun-
derji identified one potential
problem as the continued
pressure the G-20/OECD and
their individual member states
were exerting on the
Bahamas’ international finan-
cial centre, and on financial
institutions to exit this juris-
diction.

He questioned whether, in
the face of such pressure,
some institutions would
decide to scale down their
presence in the Bahamas or
follow BNP Paribas’s exam-
ple and exit altogether.

While US gross domestic
product (GDP) had grown
during the third quarter, Mr
Sunderji and others have
questioned whether this
recovery will be sustained,
since it largely appears to
have been driven by the Oba-
ma administration’s stimulus
programme. Many initiatives
in this programme are not
being continued past that
quarter.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 9B



Weak Florida energy savings goal ditched

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
(AP) — The Florida Public
Service Commission on Tues-
day rejected proposed ener-
gy conservation goals that
environmentalists had called
too weak.

Commissioners said a pro-
posal drawn by their own staff
fell short of what’s needed to
prod Floridians into saving
more energy. The panel asked
staffers to return with a new
recommendation December
1.

The rejected proposal
would have let major electric
utilities keep most current
standards while expanding
education programs for con-
sumers. It also would have
required utilities to spend
$12.2 million on rebates for
customers who purchase solar
water heaters.

Staffers recommended
against stronger requirements
because that could lead to
higher rates. Environmental-
ists argue such rate increases
would be relatively small but
bills would be lower because
consumers would be using less
power.

“We’re all very conscious
of the financial burdens that
are on the consumers but if
we don’t move forward and
instead keep the status quo,
we'll just never get there,”
said Commissioner Nancy
Argenziano.

The commission is required
to review the energy conser-
vation goals for the state’s
major utilities every five
years.

Staffers argued it would be
wrong to force utilities to
spend money on incentives to
convince consumers to do
things like buy energy effi-
cient light bulbs or appliances
because they’d likely do that
on their own.

Commissioner Nathan
Skop criticized that, saying
the state needed to come up
with more “robust” goals.
Skop said staffers instead
offered proposals designed to
do “everything” the utilities
wanted.

Susan Glickman, a consul-
tant for the Natural
Resources Defense Council
and Southern Alliance for
Clean Energy, called the com-

mission’s decision is a very
positive step.

Utility representatives
declined to criticize the deci-
sion. “We’ve been in the busi-
ness of helping customers
save energy and money for
more than a quarter of a cen-
tury,” said Progress Energy
Florida spokesman Tim Lel-
jedal. “Whatever the goal, we
will continue putting cus-
tomers in the best position to
save.”

Florida Power & Light Co.
spokesman Mayco Villafana
said the state’s largest elec-
tric utility looked forward to
the staff’s new recommenda-
tions.

“We operate the number
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The goals also would apply
to Tampa Electric Co., Gulf
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why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
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Persons/companies submitting Tenders are invited to be
present for the Tender opening on Tuesday, 24 November,
2009, at 10:00am at the meeting of the Tenders Board at
the Ministry of Finance.

The Ministry of Finance reserves the right to reject any or
all Tenders.

Signed:
BARBARA A . BURROWS (Mrs.)
PERMANENT SECRETARY

The Ministry Of Labour And Social Development

INVITATION FOR TENDERS

Tender For The Provision Of Security Services For
The Simpson Penn Centre For Boys

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development invites
Tenders from interested Companies to provide security
services for the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys, Fox Hill
Road, Nassau, The Bahamas.

All persons/companies are invited to collect the Tender
Document between the hours of 10:00am to 4:00pm
Monday through Friday from:

Simpson Penn Centre for Boys

Fox Hill Road

Nassau, N.P.,

The Bahamas

Telephone Nos.: 324-2025/324-1740

All Tenders are to be submitted in triplicate (3 copies) in
a sealed envelope marked “TENDER FOR SECURITY
SERVICES FOR SIMPSON PENN CENTRE FOR
BOYS” and addressed to:

Chairman

The Tenders Board

c/o Financial Secretary

Ministry of Finance

Cecil Wallace Whitfied Centre (3rd Floor)
P.O. Box N-3017

Nassau, N.P.,

The Bahamas

Telephone No.: 327-1530

The deadline for submission of Tenders is Friday, 20
November, 2009 at 5:00pm.

Persons/companies submitting Tenders are invited to be
present for the Tender opening on Tuesday, 24 November,
2009 at 10:00am at the meeting of the Tenders Board at
the Ministry of Finance.

The Ministry of Finance reserves the right to reject
any or all Tenders.

Signed:
BARBARA A. BURROWS (Mrs.)
PERMANENT SECRETARY





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FROM page 1B

pany chief executive added that the
company was anticipating a year “that
resembles elements of what we expe-
rienced this year”.

He explained: “I think economic
activity will be flat in the first half of
the year, and if we see any improve-
ment it will be in the second half of
the year.”

Commenting on A. M. Best’s deci-
sion to renew its top financial strength
and issuer credit rating, Mr Ward told
Tribune Business: “It’s extremely
important, because we regard it as an
independent assessment by an estab-
lished entity in the insurance com-
munity of the financial strength and
claims paying ability of Bahamas First
General Insurance Company.”

He added that it was also “a valu-
able indicator” for clients to show that
Bahamas First General Insurance
Company would be around for the
short and long-term.

In its analysis, A. M. Best said: “The
ratings are based on Bahamas First
General Insurance Company's con-
tinued solid capitalisation, favourable
operating performance and estab-
lished presence in the Bahamian mar-
ket. These factors are supported by
the company’s conservative catastro-
phe programme, underwriting con-
trols, local market expertise and
enhanced risk management.

"Historically, Bahamas First Hold-
ings has contributed capital to
Bahamas First General Insurance
Company to support growth initia-
tives and to enhance its capital posi-
tion.

"A.M. Best expects that Bahamas
First Holdings will continue to sup-
port Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company with additional capital
contributions, allowing Bahamas First
General Insurance Company to main-
tain the level of risk-adjusted capital-
isation necessary for its rating level."

A. M. Best added: "These positive
factors are somewhat offset by
Bahamas First General Insurance
Company's geographic concentration
and subsequent exposure to hurricane
activity. However, this concern is mit-
igated by Bahamas First General
Insurance Company's strong reinsur-
ance programme with prominent rein-
surance companies. The programme
reduces Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company's net probable maxi-
mum loss to a manageable level, but
substantially increases operating costs.
Furthermore, Bahamas First General
Insurance Company faces increased
competition from indigenous and out-
side companies seeking market
share."

Auditors ‘obliged’ to report
directly adverse findings

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN auditors will have
a “statutory obligation” to directly
report findings of material defi-
ciencies and qualified audit opin-
ions/statements to the Securities
Commission, overriding their duty
of confidentiality to their clients.

Addressing a Bahamas Institute
of Chartered Accountants (BICA)
seminar, Mechelle Martinborough,
the Securities Commission’s in-
house legal counsel and secretary,
said that under the proposed
reforms to the Securities Industry
Act and its accompanying regula-
tions, auditors would “have an
obligation under the legislation to
come to the Commission directly” if

they saw material deficiencies in
the financial statements of one of its
licensees, or qualified an audit opin-
ion.

BICA had argued that its mem-
bers had an obligation of confiden-
tiality to their audit clients, but Ms
Martinborough said: “The Com-
mission’s position is that this is a
contractual standard, and one that
the Commission can legislate you
out of if the present draft is accept-
ed as is.”

She added that the capital mar-
kets and investment funds regulator
“feels very strongly” about the need
to impose a statutory obligation on
Bahamian auditors to report direct-
ly to it, to “ensure we’re kept
abreast of problems in the indus-
try”.

Elsewhere, Ms Martinborough
said the Securities Commission had
moved to amend requirements that
BICA members also conduct annu-
al compliance audits of its licensees,
as well as verifying their financial
statements.

Compliance

Now, compliance audits would
“only be required on an ‘as needed’
basis”, Ms Martinborough said,
acknowledging that the Securities
Commission would have to craft
rules and guidelines to govern this
area.

BICA, she acknowledged, had
argued for this amendment because
it felt the cost of conducting both
compliance and financial state-

ments audits would be “prohibitive
for most industry participants and
public companies”.

Ms Martinborough also moved
to allay concerns BICA members
had about allowing foreign audi-
tors in to audit Bahamian compa-
nies, telling the seminar that provi-
sions allowing overseas auditors to
come in related only to foreign
issuers who came to the Bahamas
to issue shares.

While International Financial
Reporting Standards (IFRS) had
been prescribed as the accounting
standards to be used for audits, the
Securities Commission had not
come to a final decision on this, and
it “anticipates” that other recog-
nised accounting standards could
be used in some circumstances.

Government told to quit TIEA ‘skylarking’

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE OPPOSITION PLP yesterday urged the
Government to quit “skylarking” over the sign-
ing of more Tax Information Exchange Agree-
ments (TIEA) needed to get the Bahamas off
the Organisation for Economic Co-Operaiton
and Development’s (OECD) ‘grey list’.

Member of Parliament for Fox Hill and Oppo-
sition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Fred Mitchell, said the FNM government should
settle the 12 TIEAs it needs to escape the
OECD list, arguing that it should stop accusing
the PLP of failing to safeguard the financial ser-
vices industry because these demands were not
made of the Bahamas when it was in office.

While the Government has moved on sign-
ing TIEAs, one having recently been signed
with the UK, the PLP accused it of “dithering
and skylarking” on the signing of more.

“The Bahamas Government needs to act with
dispatch to settle the remaining agreements for
tax information exchange that appear to be vital
to the survival of the financial services sector

in the Bahamas,” said Mr Mitchell.

In the latest bout of political mudslinging, Mr
Mitchell berated the FNM for implying that it
was his party’s responsibility to begin the signing
process. However, as he revealed, the urgency of
signing on to 12 TIEAs was made strictly clear
by the OCED only this year.

Reject

“We reject unequivocally the attempt by the
FNM at its recent convention, through its min-
ister of state, to blame the PLP for TIEAs not
being signed or for not initiating further agree-
ments. The minister knows better,” Mr Mitchell
continued.

“The fact is that the sector did not require
TIEAs as the standard while the PLP was in
office.

“Tt was the position of the sector and the Goy-
ernment and the previous FNM administration
that there would only be one TIBA signed, and
that was with the United States, because our
failure to sign at that time threatened our tourist
business.

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changed within the last year and on the FNM’s
watch. Once the standard changed, it was there-
fore the FNM administration’s obligation to get
on with it and not dither and skylark in settling
the agreements, and not try to fool the Bahami-
an people about their dithering over it.”

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said recent-
ly that the Bahamas should be in a position to
begin formally signing off on those TIEAs by the
end of this month, with a view to concluding all
of them by the end of the year. So far, each
technical agreement has been initialed "as evi-
dence of our having agreed them,” added the
Prime Minister.

The Bahamas has concluded TIEAs with the
US and, more recently, Monaco and San Mari-
no.
However, Mr Mitchell suggested the Gov-
ernment move much faster, as countries in the
Caribbean have.

“Other countries in the region, such as Bermu-
da and Cayman, have concluded with dispatch
the agreements,” he said.

“The Bahamas Government must stop trying
to excuse their skylarking behavior and get on
with it.”

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Women hotel
workers injured.
more than men

By STEVEN
GREENHOUSE

c.2009 New York Times
News Service

A NEW study of workers
at 50 hotels in the United
States found that women
were 50 per cent more likely
to be injured than men, and
that Hispanic women had an
injury rate two-thirds higher
than their white female coun-
terparts.

The study, which will be
published in January in The
American Journal of Indus-
trial Medicine, said the injury
rate was higher for female
hotel employees because
they worked disproportion-
ately as housekeepers, which
is the most injury-prone hotel
job.

According to the study,
housekeepers have a 7.9 per
cent injury rate each year, 50
per cent higher than for all
hotel workers and twice the
rate for all workers in the
United States.

Other academic studies
have concluded that house-
keepers have a high injury

rate because they do repeti-
tive tasks, lift heavy mat-
tresses and work rapidly to
clean a dozen or more
rooms.

The study found that His-
panic housekeepers had the
highest injury rate — 10.6 per
cent a year — compared with
6.3 per cent for white house-
keepers, 5.5 for black house-
keepers and 7.3 per cent for
Asian housekeepers.

The study did not specu-
late why the injury rate was
so much higher for Hispanic
housekeepers, but several
experts said the reasons
could include their smaller
stature or that managers
gave them heavier work-
loads.

Hispanic and Asian men
were 1.5 times more likely to
be injured than white men,
the study found. Men dis-
proportionately hold hotel
jobs as banquet servers,
cooks and dishwashers.

“These alarming results
raise many questions as to
why injury rates are so high
for women, and Hispanic and
Asian workers in the hotel

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) SQUARE MARQUIS LTD. is in dissolution:

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) VERNAL INC, is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) LAQUINTON LIMITED. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 16th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

”

sector,” said, Dr. Susan
Buchanan, lead author of the
article and a professor at the
University of Illinois at
Chicago School of Public
Health.

The study, “Occupational
Injury Disparities in the US
Hotel Industry,” was first
presented on Monday at the
annual meeting of the Amer-
ican Public Health Associa-
tion in Philadelphia. The
study focused on 50 union-
ized properties and examined
2,865 injuries over a three-
year span.

The study found the high-



est injury rate for house-
keepers was at the Hyatt
chain, at 10.4 per cent, and
lowest at the Hilton chain, at
5.47 per cent, for house-
keepers. Hyatt did not
respond to inquiries about
its injury rate.

“This study is stunning evi-
dence of the unequal impact
of injuries in the hotel indus-
try, and it calls into question
whether discriminatory
workplace practices play a
role,” said John W Wilhelm,
president of Unite Here, the
union representing hotel
workers.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ERNEST KNOWLES JR. of
MARATHON ESTATES, P.0.BOX FH-14127 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 12" day
of NOVEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.















NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) ALOFT INVESTMENT LTD. is in
dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE |

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) GATHERING EAGLES LTD. is in
dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) YONGFEI INC. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 21ST day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

PKF BAHAMAS

Qualified and Trainee Accountants Required

The Nassau office of PFK, an International Accounting Firm, seeks to
recruit the following:

(1) Professional qualified persons with recognized accounting
qualifications. They must be eligible for membership in The Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accountants and must have at least two (2) or
three (3) years post qualification experience. Only Bahamains need
apply. Preference will be given to applicants with proven audit and
assurance experience.

(2) Trainees with an accounting degree and eligible to write a profes-
sional examination. Only Bahamians need to apply.

In all cases, salary and benefits subject to negotiation.

Apply in writing to Human Resources Partner, PKF.
P.O. Box N-8335, Nassau Bahamas.

NOTICE |

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) NUCLEOTIDE LIMITED is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR



NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) CUTCHEON LID. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 15th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) BOCCATADARIA LTD. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) ZORBRATEC INC. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 16th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

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Senators propose sweeping
Federal Reserve reforms

By ANNE FLAHERTY
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Senate Democrats on Tues-
day proposed stripping the
Federal Reserve of its super-
visory powers and creating
instead three new federal
agencies to police banks, pro-
tect consumers and disman-
tle failing institutions.

The 1,136-page bill,
released by Senate Banking
Committee Chairman Chris
Dodd, would represent a sig-

nificant shift in power in fed-
eral oversight of the U.S. mar-
ket. The Fed has been a dom-
inant figure in managing the
economy, although many law-
makers blame the central
bank for not doing enough to
prevent last year’s crisis.

“We saw over the last num-
ber of years when (the Fed)
took on consumer protection
responsibilities and the regu-
lation of bank holding com-
panies, it was an abysmal fail-
ure,” said Dodd, a Connecti-
cut Democrat.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO
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The Board of Directors of Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas) Ltd., would like to
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a

the awards ceremony held on 23 October 2009.

We are proud of you and wish you continued success throughout your
career, from the Board of Directors and your colleagues.

Dodd’s proposal prompted
cheers from consumer advo-
cates and other Democrats,
including Sen. Mark Warner,
D-Va., an influential moder-
ate who said swift action was
necessary to prevent future
government bailouts of big
banks.

“Never again should the
American taxpayers have to
hear about too big to fail,’
where the American taxpayer
has to pick up the slack,”
Warner said.

But the financial industry
quickly pushed back.

The bill “would produce
conflicts among regulators,
undermine the state-char-
tered banking system and
impose extensive new regu-
latory burdens on those banks
that had nothing to do with
creating the financial crisis,”
said Edward Yingling, presi-
dent of the American
Bankers Association.

While Republicans were
expected to oppose much of
the bill, Sen. Bob Corker, a
Tennessee Republican on
Dodd’s committee, issued a





statement setting an opti-
mistic tone.

“T’m more hopeful than I
was a few weeks ago that we
will be able to come up with a
bipartisan bill,” said Corker,
who has worked closely with
Warner on banking issues.

Points

Among the top points of
contention is Dodd’s desire
to create a Consumer Finan-
cial Protection Agency to pro-
tect consumers taking out
home loans or using credit
cards against predatory lend-
ing and surprise interest rate
hikes.

Republicans and industry
officials say that creating
another bureaucracy will
make it harder for banks to
do business and would limit
the availability of credit.

Other provisions in Dod-
d’s bill would:

— Consolidate federal
supervision of banks under a
“Financial Institutions Regu-
latory Administration.”

— Abolish the Office of the

Comptroller of the Currency
and the Office of Thrift
Supervision, and strip the
Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation and the Fed of
their bank supervision duties.

— Create an “Agency for
Financial Stability” that
would enforce new rules and
dismantle complex financial
firms if they threaten the
broader economy.

— Regulate privately trad-
ed derivatives, hedge funds
and other private pools of
capital so that regulators have
a sense of how much risk is
being assumed by financial
firms.

— Impose new rules on
investment rating agencies.

— Limit the Fed’s ability
to provide emergency loans
to mostly healthy institutions,
instead of failing firms.

The Senate Banking Com-
mittee was expected to take
up the legislation next week
and vote by early December.
Dodd said he expects to need
Republican support to get the
bill through Congress and
that he remains optimistic

consensus could be reached.

The bill will also have to be
reconciled with the House
version.

Rep. Barney Frank, chair-
man of the House Financial
Services Committee, said he
expects a floor vote in
December on his proposal.

Like Dodd, Frank wants to
strip the Fed of its consumer
protection powers and create
a separate agency dedicated
to the mission.

Both House and Senate
bills also would limit the Fed’s
ability to provide emergency
loans and create a council of
regulators to monitor the
risks posed by large financial
firms.

But the House bill wouldn’t
consolidate federal banking
supervision and would ulti-
mately put the Fed in charge
of enforcing new require-
ments for large and influential
firms.

Frank said Dodd’s
announcement on Tuesday
confirmed that “we are mov-
ing in the same direction” and
will enact legislation soon.

Merged realty firm targets ‘top of pile’

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to accommodate them.

Adding that the merger
would also help Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty in
the Family Islands, Mr Light-
bourn said: “We’re heading
for the high end of the mar-
ket, more so than before. Col-
in’s going to be really spear-
heading that.

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“My son has been in real
estate since the mid-1990s. He
started out with me, and then
went to work to at Ocean
Club Estates. When he was
ready to come back to me, we
did not have any physical
space, so he went on his
own....”

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estate activity measured by
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were down due to the global
recession, Mr Lightbourn the
Bahamian market for prop-
erties valued up to $500,000-
$600,000 had held up pretty
well.

“There are less people able
to buy, but the supply is not
that great, and that’s what is
keeping prices up,” he added.
“Supply and demand are the
two most important things,
and then there’s location,
location, location.

“The best island right now
is this island [New Provi-
dence]. More Bahamians live
here, more non-Bahamians
live here, so there are more
potential customers on this
island than any other.”

Although the Bahamian
real estate market was in its
traditional lull prior to the
Thanksgiving Holiday period,
which usually marked the
start of a returning influx of
potential wealthy US real
estate buyers, Mr Lightbourn
said the stock market crash
and credit crunch meant they
would be fewer in number.

“We've got to fight a little
harder to get them,” Mr
Lightbourn told Tribune
Business. “These situations
create Opportunities, and
there are opportunities out
there for people who can buy
with their own funds or get
the banks to lend to them.”

However, he said some in
the Bahamian real estate
industry were unused to fight-
ing for business, having
become steeped in “the easy
way”, resulting in the loss of
some realtors from the sec-
tor.

However, the Bahamas’
marinas and businesses that
relied on the boating/yacht-
ing market were not faring
well, Mr Lightbourn telling
Tribune Business that a Flori-
da-based friend of his, who
worked in the boating fore-
closure business, had
informed him he was running
out of space to store all the
vessels he had seized in fore-
closure proceedings. This
means the Bahamas’ boating
market is unlikely to return
any time soon.

“We need the US to pick
up, tourism to pick up. All of
those things,” Mr Lightbourn
said. “Everyone’s pointing to
next year, so we’ll have to
wait and see.”

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‘Damien -The Leper’
comes to the Bahamas

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

T’S not often that you

hear of a big name in

show business following
a special calling in the

church.

But after his lucrative career in
theatre, Edward Danylo Evanko
did just that. He entered the
Pontifical Beda College in Rome,
where he completed his academic
and spiritual formation, and was
ordained a priest in 2005.

And now he is bringing his
famous play ‘Damien - The Leper’
- chronicling the life of Father
Jozef De Veuster who was recently
made a saint by the Pope - to the
Bahamas.

The Canadian actor of Ukrainian
descent, famous for captivating
audiences in Canada, Rome,
London, the United States and
Australia, is the star of the one-
man performance which will debut
in the Bahamas on November 19.

Father Evanko has had recurring
roles in the television show ‘Ryan’s
Hope’ and starred in Sweene
Todd with Jean Stapleton in 1989.
His debut on Broadway earned
him a Theatre World Award and a
host of other accolades. Over the
years, he has recorded Broadway
albums for Capitol, RCA, Decca
and Destiny Records.

He also appeared in performanc-
es at the Rainbow Stage, the
Stratford Festival and the English
and Welsh National Operas.

But after more than 40 years of
acting, Father Evanko had a
change of heart and decided to fol-
low a calling to the ministry, start-
ing with his post-secondary educa-
tion at the University of Manitoba,
followed by his attendance at the
Pontifical Beda College in Rome.

“You don’t just decide to become
a priest,” Father Evanko told
Tibune Religion. “It is something
that happens, and you either
respond to it or decide not to
respond to it.”

He said he can’t count the num-
ber of times that persons have
asked him “why”.

‘Damien - The Leper’ has
toured all around the world, and
was most recently staged in Rome
at St Peter’s Priscilla on the last day
of the Canonisation of Blessed
Damien by Pope Benedict XVI on
October 11, 2009.

The staging of the one-person



Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo

A TAPESTRY depicting Father Damien, born as Jozef De Veuster, hangs from the
St Peter Basilica facade during a canonisation ceremony in St Peter's square at the
Vatican on October 11, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI gave the Roman Catholic church
five new saints, with Rafael Arnaiz Baron, Francisco Coll y Guitart, Zygmunt
Szczesny Felinski, Father Damien, born as Jozef De Veuster, and Marie de la Croix
(Jeanne) Jugan.

play, depicting the life-story of St
Damien, the most recent canonised
saint of the Roman Catholic
Church, will be shown in Long
Island and New Providence as part
of the culminating activities of the
year-long 75th anniversary celebra-
tion of St Joseph’s Church.

The play chronicles the life of the
19th century Belgian Roman
Catholic priest Jozef De Veuster,
who took the religious name of
Damien and left his native land of
Belgium to work among the lepers
in Molokai, Hawau.

The play opens with Father

Damien relating his own funeral on
the Island of Molokai, “the most
useless piece of land imaginable” -
the place that had become the
dumping ground for the “living
dead” as lepers were referred to in
past centuries.

Father Damien lived among the
lepers for 16 years and built
churches, homes and coffins as well
as dug graves for the lepers.
Eventually becoming a vital figure
in the colony, he contracted leprosy
in 1892 and died there on April 15,

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God, that ye may
be able to with-
stand in the evil
day, and having
done all, to stand." ! ee ae
- Ephesians 6:13 ict, PP GARASTO RIC EIN IB ROW

THE days that we currently live in are profoundly evil and
oppressive. I heard a preacher use a scripture that I hadn't
heard anyone preach in a long time. It is good to revisit rele-
vant scriptures when there is a desperate need for

them. While listening to this preacher's sermon he repeat-
ed the word “all” to make a point.

The final time he said it, it was said with much intensity and
it made me think what is the “all” that he was talking about
that we need to do in order to stand in the evil of the present
days that we live in. In the scriptures that follow Ephesians =r
6:13, it tells of the tools that we ail need in order i stand. : bab) i VONNIE BATE 5

I thought, "we have the tools, so what accompanies the IEASTOR RUJER MAINE, WATKI NS 4
tools that God has given us to stand with?" '

What is the, “all” that this preacher was talking about?

After much pondering, this is the “all” that I came up with:
First and foremost we are to love God with all our might and
serve Him and live.

We have to love others when we want to hate. Not only
love, but love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

We have to forgive when our flesh wants stay angry and
doesn’t want to forgive. We have to build up people when
there are only thoughts of tearing them down.

We have to speak life rather than death. The Bible tells us
that life and death is in the power of the tongue.

We have to be our brother's keeper. Which means we have |
to look out for others as we do for ourselves.

We have to walk away when your flesh wants to stay and
fight. We have to show God when we want to act on our emo-
tions in a manner that will not glorify God.

Wives have to submit to their husbands. Husbands have to
love their wives as Christ loves the church and gave himself
for it.

Parents have to raise their children in the fear and admis-
sion of the Lord. Children have obey their parents

in the Lord, it is the righteous thing to do.

We have to pray without ceasing and fast that we obtain the
power of God.

We have to do the "all" that we were righteously taught to
do.

After we have done that and whatever else God has

instructed us in our individual lives to do, then we are able
to stand in these dark and evil days after having done "all".

Tam so grateful to God that He is a merciful and an under-

standing God. I say that because He won't ask us to do any- 7 3 ra a HA “La VEST GENER ATION
thing that He Himself has not given us the » ; i
power to do. The word of God tells us that we can do all — h _ } _KEVAN Mc KENZIE
things through Christ who strengthens us. JOAN LOCK HART, -ULMER
So whatever He asks us to do we can to do it because He -.

has made it possible for us to do. I know it is not always easy
to stand and follow God in every situation, circumstance and
in every relationship that we have.

Nevertheless, it is not impossible if we do it in God's
strength and not our own strength.

Let's do the “all” that God requires of us so that we may bag ee) tee ee | eee
able to stand in these last and evil days. -

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PG 26 ® Thursday, Novmber 12, 2009 RELIGION

THE gospel music group, The
Rahming Brothers, paid a cour-
tesy call on Governor Arthur
Hanna at Government House in
2007. From left are Bennett
Rahming, Prince Rahming, Rev
William Rahming, the Governor
General, James Rahming,
Christopher Rahming and
Clarence Rahming Jr. The group
presented the Governor General
with copies of their CDs "What
Will | Leave Behind" and "Keep
on Walking’.

3rd Annual
Women’s Conference
Mrs. Debora Elliott - Hostess

“Conquering the Battle of the Mind”
November 19 — November 21, 2009
British Colonial Hilton Hotel — Victoria Room
Anastasia Hanna
Thursday, November 19 -7:30pm

Pastor Shameka Morley

Saturday, November 21-9:Mlam

Shantell Sturrup
Friday, Neveesber 20-7: 30pm

Health Fair: Blood Pressure check and Blood Sugar testing
Saturday, November 21, 8:00-9:00am

Luncheon: Tickets $40.00
Saturday, November 21, 12:00-3:lpm
Contact:
P.O. Box N-8701
Nassau, Bahamas
email: DaughtersOfLight@yahoo.com





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Tim Aylen/BIS Photo

Gospel group hosts
tribute concert

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

THE Gospel singing sensation, The
Rahming Brothers, will pay a musical
tribute to the first ladies of the Bahamas
at an elegant dinner party to be held at
the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on
November 27.

The acapella gospel group, consisting
of six talented brothers, said they want
to give tribute to the women who have
been behind the scenes all these years.

They are especially honouring
Delores Ingraham, wife of Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham; Bernadette
Christie, wife of former Prime Minister
Perry Christie, and Beryl Hanna, the
late wife of Governor General Arthur
Hanna.

James Rahming, president of the
group, explained that their desire is to
not only give appreciation to these
women for their contributions they
have made to the Bahamas at large, but
also to be the first to put on a show of
this magnitude.

“The whole idea of a musical tribute
and dinner was born from a desire to go
beyond just a musical concert, which we
have hosted for the past four years. Our
vision is to offer a gift of singing in a
more meaningful way while also giving
God all honour, glory, and praise,” he
said. The event will also serve the pur-
pose of commemorating their fifth
anniversary as a singing group.

Prior to the actual concert and dinner
party, the group will also host a musical
extravaganza where they will collabo-
rate with a number of gifted Bahamian
artists to perform a selection of folk
songs.

Mr Rahming said there has been sig-
nificant support for the event from all
corners of the community.

“We have already received over-
whelming support for the event and we

envision large outpouring numbers as
the event nears,” he said.

In addition to entertaining the guests,
the tribute concert will also give back to
the community, as part of the proceeds
from ticket sales will go towards charity.

“Not only are we proud to host this
event, but we are also excited as this
will be the first for us on such a large
scale. Part of the proceeds of this event
will aid a charity group of the first
ladies’ choice. Each lady has selected
her choice of charity which are the
Salvation Army and the Centre for the
Deaf,” he said.

The Rahming Brothers began
singing together has a group five years
ago.

They officially became a group when
they were asked by a friend to perform
at a family membet’s funeral service.

Ever since that day they have been
entertaining crowds both at home and
abroad. They have travelled through-
out the Bahamas and the United
States.

In 2008, they entered a gospel quar-
tet competition in Nashville,
Tennessee, and emerged second over-
all out of 28 contestants.

They were also the 2008 recipient of
the Caribbean Gospel Marlin Awards
for Traditional Vocal Performance of
the Year for their song “Bring Them
In”.

The brothers have released three
albums so far, entitled “What Will I
Leave Behind” - which is dedicated in
loving memory to their parents Bishop
Clarence and Rosalee Rahming;
“Keep On Walking” and “God
Specialises”, which encourages listen-
ers to increase their faith.

The members of the group are Rev
William Rahming, Christopher
Rahming, Bennett Rahming, Clarence
Rahming Jr and Prince Rahming.



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St George's hols
GOth Anniversary Ball

A YEAR of activities surrounding the celebrations of the
60th Anniversary of the Dedication of St George’s Anglican
Church came to a glittering end recently when the parish held
its 60th Anniversary Ball.

Among those attending the formal event were Governor
General Arthur Hanna, Bishop of the Diocese Rev Laish Boyd
and Mrs Boyd, and Assistant Bishops of the Diocese
Archbishop Drexel Gomez and Bishop Gilbert Thompson with
their wives.

The parish used this occasion to honour six long-serving
members including Brenda Robinson-Archer, Jewel Pierre,
Elaine Deveaux, Corinne Fountain, Roscow Davies and Basil
Sands.

(L-R) BISHOP Laish Boyd; Roscow Davies; Jewel Pierre; Governor General Arthur Hanna; Corinne Music for the occasion was provided by the Royal Bahamas
Fountain; Elaine Deveaux; Basil Sands, and Father G Kingsley Knowles, rector of St George's Church. Defence Force Pop Band.

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The Letters of Anglican Bishop

John Dauglish 1879 - 1952

The Rev R C Streatfield asks the
question, “How has the war affected
Nassau?”

His letter of September
describes the changes:

1941

During the winter of 1940-41, there
has been little on the surface to mark
the change that has really taken place.
The sun has continued to illuminate the
vivid colours of the land and sea, and to
shine on the thronging visitors whose
presence has brought unusual prosper-
ity to the colony. Nevertheless,
although in this remote spot growth of
war-consciousness began slowly, it
increased apace, accelerated not a little
by the arrival of many English mothers
and children last September. The Red
Cross is enthusiastically supported and
numerous committees have worked
tirelessly both in Nassau and Out
Islands to raise funds for the war effort
from amongst all sections of the com-
munity. Now that many families have
sent their sons to help England and
elsewhere, the war news is followed
with renewed and personal interest

A ‘call to prayer’ was issued in 1940
and all denominations conducted daily
prayers at 12 noon on the Library
Green under the Tamarind tree - but
attendance has now shrunk to the faith-
ful few.

The four National Days of Prayer
were marked by special services in the
Cathedral, attended by the Governor
and officials, the Volunteer Defence
Force, Police and large congregations
of citizens and visitors.

On ordinary Sundays, too, there has
been a considerable increase in atten-
dance and collections, which include
218 pounds for war charities.

It is true that during the last season
the hope that HRH the Duke and the

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Duchess of Windsor might be present
attracted many number of visitors, but
church-going has also improved
amongst Nassauvians.

The Duke and the Duchess of
Windsor are very popular. Frequently
American visitors inspecting the
Cathedral would ask the Verger,
“Where do the Duke and the Duchess
of Windsor sit?” On being shown the
Governor’s pew, they would proudly sit
themselves in it for a few minutes and
then go happily away. I used to think
that this was a kind of souvenir hunting
but two women called me after seeing
the Cathedral told me that they had
offered a special prayer for the Duke
and Duchess. After that I felt that I had
misjudged our American friends, for
others may have done the same.

The Cathedral Choir has been great-
ly strengthened by eight trebles recruit-
ed from Belmont School.

The renovations planned for the
Cathedral have been postponed
because of the war.

Tam glad that the Cathedral is shoul-
dering part of the responsibility for Out
Island work, especially as we cannot
get support from England on its previ-
ous generous scale because of the war.

October 6, 1941 - Letter from the
Bishop (John Dauglish, Nassau)

This is the first hurricane that has
hit Nassau since I have been here, and
the first I have experienced. It is an
awesome business, as the house

shakes, and the wind screams around
and about it. Addington House still
stands but the garden is a sad
state...trees terribly battered.

December 1941 - Letter from the
Bishop (John Dauglish, Nassau)

Though we have had plenty rain
during the summer in Nassau, the
colony as a whole has suffered from
serious drought, and much of the
maize crop was lost.

Grand Bahama and Abaco by G H
Brooks

Both Grand Bahama and Abaco are
covered by pine forests, and what land
there is for farming is of poor quality.
Population of Grand Bahama is less
than 1,500 and Abaco less than 3,500.

Up to three years ago only occupa-
tion for Grand Bahama was sponging.

Abaco has shipbuilding, smack fish-
ing, sponging and farming, also a lum-
ber mill was in production, lately
crawfishing has taken the place of
sponging for some.

The Grand Bahama Packing
Company has built a canning factory
at West End, Grand Bahama and this
winter from October to March will be
the second season.

At Grand Bahama all the people
are coloured except a few white peo-
ple at West End connected with the
factory. At Abaco most are white.

The people of both parishes are
intensely interested in the war, and
praying and working for victory in any
way they can. The people are most
lovable and are on the whole very
loyal and faithful to the church. They
are always ready to give their labour
free when the church needs scrubbing,
whitewashing or weeding. Even when
times are hard they support and give

‘Damien -The Leper’ comes to the Bahamas

FROM page 24

1889.
The play is set up very simply, it’s
just Father Evanko and a chair.
“It’s a memory play,” he said,
“that goes back aa forth in time.

You just have to imagine.

“Vm bringing you out of yourself
and taking you to a new place imag-
inatively. It should be uplifting and
moving, because the life of St
Damien is something wonderful to
behold,” Father Evanko said.

“Here is someone who has given
his life for the church, and you don’t
get to be a saint by sitting in your
parlor. You have to make a differ-
ence in the world.”

Screenings of the play will begin
in Long Island on Thursday,

collection. Times are hard for those
who cannot crawfish. Often adults as
well as children have no clothes to
come to church or attend school in;
and all the homes are bare. Most of
the children are undernourished and
often there is very little for them to
eat except what they can get from the
sea.

We are grateful to Duchess of
Windsor for gifts of milk and cod liver
oil, and to friends in Nassau for chil-
dren’s clothing.

March 1942 - Letter from the Bishop
(John Dauglish, Nassau)

Three miles from Rock Sound, Mr
(Arthur Vining) Davis has 600 acres
of land being developed — experimen-
tal farming with modern scientific
methods and equipment. These farms
employ between 300 and 400
Bahamians, chiefly from Rock Sound
and Tarpum Bay and quite a few from
Nassau and other Out Islands. Mr
Davis plans to build a modern school
at Rock Sound and converting a pres-
ent residence into a hospital.

September 1942 - Bishop of Nassau
elected.

Right Rev Spence Burton will
replace Dauglish after 10 years out-
standing influence in the Colony.
Burton was born in Cincinnati 1881.
He is a man of great personal charm
as well as great devotion. This will
provide a happy link with the
Episcopalian Church of America,
whose Bishop was enthusiastic that
Burton might be a liaison officer
between English and American
Diocese in the West Indies.

December 1942: Bishop Burton was
enthroned as 9th Bishop of Nassau.

November 19 at 7pm, and in New
Providence on Friday, November 20
in the newly completed parish cen-
tre at St Joseph’s Church at 7pm.

In Long Island, tickets may be
obtained by contacting Father
Patrick Fanning at Sts Peter and
Paul Catholic Church at telephone
number 337-3802. In New
Providence, tickets are available at
St Joseph’s Rectory or call 323-5993.



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RELIGION

It’s that time again!

IT’S that time of the year, the
approaching Christmas season and New
Year’s is when Bahamians are most vul-
nerable, especially the gullible political
and religious ones.

Here’s a difficult pill for me to swal-
low, but Pve got to accept the facts for
what they are, which is that Bahamians
are suckers for bad treatment,

With that being the case, the leaders
of our country’s two most influential
systems (politics and religion), despite
all of their rhetoric, will never seek to
truly empowerment the masses.

Why is this? It’s because the empow-
erment of a people by their leaders will
result in the severing of a dependen-
cy/hand-out relationship.

This distorted relationship is one of
control and manipulation which both
today’s politicians and religious leaders
have come to master.

From the political perspective:

The politicians knows exactly which
buttons to push in order to prime the
pumps of their political junkies. Both
prime ministers, former and present,
have done an excellent job in selling
their supposedly bitter rivalry to the
naive Bahamian public, whereas noth-
ing could be further from the truth.

The absence of wisdom and a frac-
tured common sense by the politically
driven Bahamian public prohibits them
from understanding that the leaders of
both major political parties are the left
and right wing of the same bird and
agenda.

Sir Lynden enjoyed his 25 years rule
as prime minister and now his two polit-
ical sons, the rabbit and the farmer, or
better still, Old Sitting Bull and the
Rock of Gibraltar, have also share 25
years - as one will take 15 years and the
other 10 years.

The old bait and hook tactic never
fails, and rest assured that Sir Lynden
was proficient at using this tactic.
Whenever governance and accountabil-
ity was being questioned or there was a
cry of the people leading up to a gener-
al election, like clockwork one could
expect to see an African slave movie
like “Roots” or “Sounder” showing on
ZNS, that would bait and hook the
grassroots, and in a matter of days the
people were at ease and lured back to
sleep.

Say what you wish about Sir Lynden,
whether you liked him or not, this man
was strategist who knew his people.

I’m led to believe that Sir Lynden
truly understood the spirit of Ronnie
Butler’s song, “I know them long time,
them people are mine.”

Unfortunately the people-to-people
skills of Sir Lynden seem to have evad-
ed his two political sons, whose primary




PASTOR
MATTHEW
ALLEN

focus and goal is the securing of their 25
years, which requires the assistance of
their die-hard supporters, but yet has
nothing to do with the empowerment of
Bahamians.

The Bahamas is at least three to four
generations away from seeing the kind
of governance that would truly seek to
empower its people, thereby giving
truth to the slogan “It’s Better in the
Bahamas”.

The religious perspective :

Today’s church can’t speak with an
effective, authoritative voice on the
above mentioned national issues due to
the fact that the church leadership is so
contaminated by two strongholds - one,
compromised, politically motivated
religious leaders, and two, fame and
fortune -seeking religious leaders who
have perfected their craft of merchan-
dising the gospel.

These are but a few reasons why our
wayward young men and women on the
streets stay away from the church and
find more comfort in gangs. These
young people are no fools as they’re
able to see phoniness from miles away.

Today’s church offers religion and
uses the Bible to convey its religious
beliefs that ultimately promote the
bishop, apostle, doctor, pastor,
etceteras, which the young people see
as pimps in the pulpit. Whereas the
gangs offer these same young men and
women a bonding relationship which
they accept and are committed to.

As we embark upon the Christmas
season and crossing over into a New
Year, the financial fleecing/raping of
church congregations will be at an all-
time high.

I’m convinced that not only have
today’s religious leaders missed the
bulls-eye, but are not even close to the
dart board when it comes to the concept
and principles of Shepherd and
Sheepfold.

Erroneous religious teachings via the
misappropriation of God’s word has
resulted in today’s shepherds (religious
leaders) prospering and living high on
the hill, while the sheepfold (church
members) live a life of poverty in the
valley.

One need not be a spiritual guru to
understand that something is drastically
wrong with today’s shepherd-sheep
relationship. For even in nature the

sheep is a shepherd’s most pride posses-
sion of which he cares for at all cost.

Here are some characteristics of a
good shepherd:

1. A good shepherd (pastor) is one
that would go without or deny himself
for the sake of the sheepfold.

2. A good shepherd (pastor) is known
by the condition of his sheep and not by
his bank accounts, the size house he
lives in or the type vehicle he drives.

3. A good shepherd (pastor) is one
that would not fleece (financially rape)
the sheep for he knows that rough
weather (difficult times) are ahead, and
its during these times that the sheep’s
wool (money) is of the utmost impor-
tance to them.

King David paints a clear picture of a
shepherd’s provisional care for the

Thursday, November 12, 2009 ® PG 29



sheepfold in the 23rd Psalm:

Watch this!

Psalm 23:1: The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want. 23:2: He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: he leadeth
me beside the still waters. 23:3: He
restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name's
sake.

Then here’s what Yeshuwa said: John
10:11: Lam the good shepherd: the good
shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

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

Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen

Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center
International



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Abaco Joe

Recollections of a devout man

By CANISHKA ALEXANDER

URING the past

week, Joseph

Sawyer, who goes
by the name “Abaco Joe”,
sat down to gather his

thoughts and reflect on his
life in North Abaco.

It’s been a long road for this devout
man, who has ties to St John’s Anglican
Church and Full Gospel Assembly.
Different denominations altogether,
yes, but all connected to the same God.

He makes his living as a taxi driver.
As a diabetic, one of his legs was recent-
ly amputated, but that has not slowed
him down. In fact, he seems more ener-
gised than ever.

Mr Sawyer was born on March 26,
1941. It was the same year as the attack
on Pearl Harbour, but as he pointed
out, that’s another story. His place of
birth was Cooper’s Town, a settlement
in North Abaco, which is just 42 miles
north of the traffic light in Marsh
Harbour. His parents are Wilton and
Marion Sawyer of Cooper’s Town and
South Side, Abaco, respectively.

“And I thank God for mama, who
taught me how to pray, and Papa
Wilton, who taught me how to fish. He
said to me ‘follow me and I will show
you how to live.’ And he did. But now
I’m listening to the man who said ‘fol-
low me, and I will make you a fisher of
men, and He is no other than Jesus
Christ, the son of the true and living
God’,” Mr Sawyer said.

Mr Sawyer said his maternal grandfa-
ther was Albert Bootle Sr. He described
Albert Bootle as a great man of the sea.
Mr Bootle operated a mail boat in
Nassau and then Green Turtle Cay. He
was also a fisherman and a farmer on
High Cay and Spanish Cay.

“This is just part one on Papa Al,” Mr
Sawyer promised. “Albert Bootle - a
great man!”

With that said, he switched his focus
to Joseph Sawyer, his paternal grandfa-
ther.

“My grandfather was a great man and
a good father from South Side, Abaco.
From the settlements of Rocky
Harbour to Cornish Town to Bluff
Point, and then after the 1929 and 1932
hurricanes, Par Joe played an important
role in helping to move people to high-
er ground. This was how Murphy Town

and Dundas Town were established,”
he explained.

“Par Joe, as he was known in the
community, was a good fisherman and
also a farmer. There was fishing back
then and sponging — what I call the good
old days. He also was a good Methodist,
and he was a lay minister. He was a
lover — that is because God is love. And
now abideth faith, hope and love, but
the greatest of these is love. Read the
entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13.”

Mr Sawyer also reflected on the his-
tory of Cooper’s Town.

“Why was the settlement called
Cooper’s Town? The first name that
comes to my remembrance is the old
man Sammy or Samuel Cooper, and
the one that I can remember and
worked with during my time as Board
of Works member for many years,” he
recalled.

Mr Sawyer said the Board of Works
is equivalent to our modern-day local
government system.

He also served as PTA president for
many years, assisting with the building
of the community library with help
from Dr Courtney Brown of Treasure
Cay, who is now deceased.

“God bless him (Dr Brown) and his
family, especially one of his daughters
(Roxanne M Warren), who was the
architect. She still lives in New York
and is a mutual friend of mine,” Mr
Sawyer said.

“Then I reasoned that Cooper’s
Town should have electricity and light,
and that was when Sunrise Power Co
Ltd was born. Three of us owned the
company - I, Mr Joseph Swain, Mr
Ronald Bootleand Mr Alvin Sawyer,
who was the operator of the power sta-
tion.

Mr (Alvin) Sawyer is now deceased;
may his soul rest in peace. The master
says well done thy good and faithful
servant.”

Mr Sawyer and Alvin Sawyer organ-
ised the collection of garbage in
Cooper’s Town, and Alvin’s son Mario
still performs that service in the com-
munity today.

“Keep up the good work Mario. God
bless you as you serve the Lord and
your community,” Mr Sawyer said
encouragingly.

“Now for the northern end of
Cooper’s Town, which is called Bootle
Town, home to the Albert Bootle gen-
eration.

“Let me leave something else with
you, Cooper’s Town. The following

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Joseph ‘Abaco Joe’ Sawyer

family names are prominent in
Cooper’s Town: Bootle, Cooper,
Sawyer, William, Rolle, Russell,
Cornish and Cox. Most of the people
who live in Fire Road carry the name
McIntosh. The name should be
changed to ‘McIntosh Village’. I sup-
pose some day we will be able to put
things in the true perspective,” Mr
Sawyer said.

“Bishop Wright and family. He is a
great man of God, and doing a good
work along with Pastor Bullard and
family. Let’s visit the McIntosh family
again, and the name that comes to
mind is Rev Jackson McIntosh, the
administrator who is striving for excel-
lence. Also Rev Leslie Cornish and
family. In Fire Road and Cooper’s



Town, you have Rev George Rolle and
family.”

“Let’s go back to Crown Haven
where the family names are Russell,
Rolle, Burrows, Thomas and Butler -
common names found in this little
Abaco settlement. Heading south
toward Fox Town are the Parkers, the
Russells, the Wells, the McIntoshes, and
the Thompsons — Uncle Reg’s family.

“In Mount Hope, there are the
Currys, McIntoshs and Rolles. In Wood
Cay, the name McIntosh dominates the
area. Then there are the Currys, the
Mills, whom Uncle Charles is related to,
and the Saunders — Uncle Willie’s crew.
In Cedar Harbour, there are Dr Allen
Mills’ family and the family of Pastor
Samuel Mills,” Mr Sawyer concluded.



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Asset or Liability

By PATRICIA PRATT

AS believers’ in the body of Christ,
we were chosen by God to become dis-
ciples of truth and integrity, whose pri-
mary purpose is to go forth into the
world to win the souls of the lost as
well as teach the good news of the
Lord.

Our lives should reflect God so
much so that people looking in from
the outside should want to know more
about the God we serve.

We should show love and display a
peaceful attitude. In the midst of every
situation God should be glorified, we
should be of a calm spirit and always
surround ourselves with positive things
and people, we should be people of the
word, strong in faith not wavering in
our beliefs, with a firm foundation
which is Jesus the Christ.

We have done such a great job at
faking Christianity that we almost
believe we can out-smart God, as well
as non-believers.

We have become liars in church as
well as people of double standards, liv-
ing one life on Sunday and for the rest
of the week we fit in with the most
popular crowd, group or persons who
tend to have the strongest influence
over our lives.

We have become so anointed and
spiritual we don’t want to submit to the
leadership God has placed over our
lives.

We are arrogant and believe that
there is not fault in us, but we deceive
ourselves. See 1 John 1:8: “If we say we

Cat Island cultural

LAST Saturday morning one of the
country’s cultural greats was eulogised
and interred in Woodlawn Gardens,
Soldier Road.

Avis Armbrister, a Cat Islander by
birth and more particularly, an
‘Arthurstownian’, was saluted for her
greatness and yeoman service she per-
formed for the Anglican Church in Cat
Island and St Andrew’s, as well as for the
talents she displayed in the wider com-
munity with her cultural skits and musical
talents which led her and best friend
Almeda Campbell to the Smithsonian
Festival in Washington, DC, some years
ago.

Mrs Armbrister was the widow of
Catechist John Armbrister who died in
August 2008. In a home-going service fit
for a head of state, Anglicans and mem-
bers of the Armbrister family turned out
in droves at St Gregory’s Church on

have not sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.” For we have all
sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

Many of us in the body of Christ
have become a liability to the kingdom
of God rather than an asset.

We have destroyed what little
chance many have had to become fol-
lowers of Christ based on our lifestyles
and lack of good Christian conduct.

Our attitudes, the gossiping, our
back-biting spirits, our unfaithfulness
and our inability to stay on the right
track has crippled many.

Others have not even considered
God because of some of us.

When as believers we should have
contact with the ungodly and not be
contaminated.

However, their influence over us
appears to be stronger than our influ-
ence over them.

We ourselves are not pure or holy,
but want to preach it.

We say one thing with our mouths
but our hearts are far from God, our
lives should line up to the word of God
and we should practice what we
preach.

Some of the most popular questions
asked in today’s society are:

Why are all the night clubs full as
well as the bars and street corners and
the churches empty? And why is there
a lack of respect for the house of God
and His people? Where is the fear of
God in man?

Have non-believers become so
immune to God and the church as a
result of what they see being birthed

icon laid to rest

Carmichael Road.

Father Julian Campbell, godson of the
deceased and a Cat Island native who is
now serving in the Diocese of North
Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, was the
chief celebrant, and his older brother,
Father Sebastian Campbell, in his sermon
said those who are now left behind must
reflect on the life and the legacy of Mama
Avis in offering their untiring service to
God, country and man.

Father Chester Burton, Father
Timothy Eldon, Father Hugh Bartlett,
Father Bradley Miller, Father Kingsley
Knowles and Canon Warren Rolle also
assisted in the service.

Mama Avis was described as a woman
who displayed many strong attributes and
exemplified what every member should
offer their God, priest and church in
terms of true laudable service, not seek-
ing any personal fame or remuneration.

on the inside. Have we contributed to
this outbreak?

Like any typical person if you see a
Christian doing the things that are con-
trary to the word of God on a daily
basis, but on Sunday they are in church
speaking in tongues and going through
the motions, you will tell yourself that
it’s cheaper to stay where you are even
though staying in sin will cause you
your salvation.

We have to be very careful who we
reflect and what we allow to come out
of our mouths, it may cost us some-
one’s life.

The Bible says in Proverbs 11:30,
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of
life and he that winneth souls is wise.”

But who really cares about winning
souls anymore, many of us are con-
sumed with self and could careless
about anyone else.

We point fingers and blame it on the
pastors or evangelists, when in all actu-
ality we were all called at one point or
another to do the work of an evangel-
ist.

This can be put into effect while we
are on our jobs, in the food store, on
the bus or the line at the bank, we
should always have a word in our spir-
its to share with someone.

Some believers claim to have a dis-
cerning spirit, it’s amazing though
because as well as they say they can
discern the times they have trouble
knowing when someone is on the verge
of suicide, murder, adultery, in desper-
ate need of a hot meal, a word of hope

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or a hug with the assurance that God is
still in control. What a selfish genera-
tion.

Jehovah is concerned about all of us,
He does not put us in groups or church
cliques, and He does not love us or do
more for us based on how we look or
what we have, God looks on the inside,
He looks at our heart.

God is calling his church back to a
place where we are more concerned
about His agenda and not our own.

God requires a people who will
stand in the gap for one another, for
the nation, a people who will see
wrong being done and not just turn the
other way but will stand up for what is
right, stand up for holiness and right-
eousness with our fear and doubt even
if it costs us our lives.

A people who are willing to win the
lost at any cost; people who are not
worried about being cursed at or
embarrassed; people who just love him
enough to step up with the God kind of
faith to speak life in the midst of some-
one’s dead situation.

I admonish you today saints, to sur-
render to God, surrender your hearts
and not your garments, to put your all
at the altar of sacrifice and let Him
have His way.

You see there is safety in the house
of the Lord, there is love, and sanity
there is hope and joy beyond all meas-
ure. God wants to take care of us and
prove to us how sweet it is to trust in
Him. God wants to change us and
make us whole because if we do it we
will mess it up and do it half way, but
God wants to complete us. When you
hear the voice of God calling you soft-
ly harden not your hearts and invite
Him in, He will change you for the bet-
ter.

Until next time, may the peace of the
Lord be with you.



PICTURED is the coffin of Mrs. Avis Armbrister at her funeral service at St Gregory’s
Church on Carmichael Road.



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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.293THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SHOWERS ANDT-STORM HIGH 82F LOW 70F The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION FRI. NOV. 20 McHAPPY DAY 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: Fire rips through resort By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net FIRE ripped through the luxury adult playground of Nygard Cay yesterday causing millions of dollars in dam age. As firefighters worked to dampen down the embers and clear the wreckage, investigators would not divulge how the huge blaze was started. Arson and electrical problems are not being considered at this time. The fire is believed to have started shortly before 4am in the northeast section of the private resort. It quickly spread to the southwest area of the property. Police last night could not s ay which areas were damaged in the fire, however it is sus pected that the 22-bedroom t reehouse style living area was untouched while the resort's disco and restaurant wered estroyed. Director of Fire Services Jeffrey Deleveaux could not put a dollar value on the wreckage except to estimate that "it would be millions of dollars in damage." By yesterday afternoon firefighters had wrestled the blaze down to smouldering embers but one unit was expected to remain at the site until this morning extinguishing remaining "hot spots". SEE page two THEFIRE burns yesterday morning at Nygard Cay.M i k e L i g h t b o u r n T HE Department of I mmigration conducted a nother successful raid on P aradise Island yesterday n etting 20 suspected illegal m igrants. According to Immigration Director Jack Thompson, officers received certain information through their Immigration “hot line” and as a result conducted searche s throughout the island. While unable to pinpoint exactly where the operations w ere conducted, he revealed t hat 15 Haitian men, four Haitian women, and one Mexican were taken in for questioning by Immigrationo fficials. Mr Thompson: “We do these things every day. Thee nforcement unit of the Immigration Department is on a continual basis visiting job sites, construction sites,r estaurants seeking to find t hese persons who are here illegally.” Noting how there is a Department of Immigration stages raid on Paradise Island SEE page 14 By AVA TURNQUEST NOBEL laureate Derek Walcott met with the press at the College of the Bahamas campus bookstore yesterday along with event coordinators, giving the small crowd present a hint of what to expect at his two speaking engagements, the Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture Series and the Construction Seminar Group's Construction Seminar 2009. The press conference was split in half to allow both events’ coordinators an opportunity to address the press and offer their appreciation to Mr Walcott for accepting their invitation. This is the writer's first visit to the Bahamas and he commented fondly of its beauty, which he'd previ ously only enjoyed in photographs and paintings. “It is a great pleasure,” said Mr Walcott, “any invi tation of this kind from any where in the Caribbean is always acceptable to me and delightful. “The Caribbean, as it develops, becomes more complicated, a lot of ques tions arise. Questions of race, questions of economy, and I’ve seen it change con Nobel laureate gives hint at what to expect in upcoming speeches SEE page 11 IN Wednesday's issue of The Tribune in the article 'Friend of Bren ton Smith told police: you just shot an innocent man' it was incorrectly reported that Chairman of the Police Staff Asso ciation Inspector Bradley CORRECTION SEE page 14 By A VA TURNQUEST POLICE suspect that the looming holiday season is the reason for the rash of armed robberies committed in the capital since Saturday. With 532 reported armed robberies in the country up to August of this year and the number climbing daily a top cop in RBPF yesterday warned the public to be on the lookout for possible dan ger and to take steps to minimise their vulnerability. Three armed robberies were reported in the capital on Tuesday night within a time span of less than two hours added to the spate of similar crimes reported over the last few days. Around 10.46 pm Tuesday, three masked men entered Chicos Bar and Night Club ‘Looming holiday season’ could be reason for spate of armed robberies SEE page 14 I N S I D E SEENEWSSECTIONPAGETHREE I N S I D E OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAY’STRIBUNE Family of Bahamian soldier killed in Iraq moved to tears by medals gesture DAMAGE TONYGARDCAYEXPECTEDTOCOSTMILLIONS P h o t o c o u r t e s y S t u a r t s C o v e T HE SMOULDERING r emains of the fire damaged area of Nygard Cay. The huge blaze started around 4am yesterday.

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Property owner and Cana dian fashion mogul Peter N ygard was said to be out of the country. However a source close to his family said the m ulti-millionaire was expected to return to New Providence sometime yesterday. This week, Mr Nygard was i n the United States celebrating the opening of his flagship store in New York's Times S quare. The source added that his daughter, Bianca, was atN ygard Cay yesterday, how e ver attempts to reach both of them for comment proved fruitless. U p to press time, firefight ers had not gained access to certain areas to properly a ssess the damage because they were still barred by flames. Police received word of the f ire at 3.56am yesterday. The raging flames were visible to boaters and residents nearJ aws Beach yesterday morning and lept higher than the nearby palm trees. A unit from the Lyford C ay fire station was the first to respond to the blaze at the sixacre property located in thee xclusive gated community and followed by public firemen. "We responded with three units and a crew of 11 officers. On arrival we met the northeast and the southwest section fully engulfed in flames. We proceeded to attack the fire and we brought it under control. The fire is not extinguished as yet it's under control we are mopping up s ome hot spots," Mr Delev eaux said yesterday. "Because of the material used in the construction itr eally prevented the fire from spreading quickly. The mix of concrete, mesh wire and steel prevent the fire from spread i ng rapidly throughout the entire area," he said, adding that firefighters were still b eing assisted by personnel from the Lyford Cay fire sta tion. A s for the cause of the fire, M r Deleveaux remained tightlipped: "We have an idea (of the cause of the firew e won't like to say now because the investigation is still in its preliminary stage." W hen pressed on whether the fire was set intentionally or started because of faulty electrical wiring, he said: "We h ave ruled out electrical (problems timeFrom our investigationsn ow at this point we're not considering arson." Access in and out of the gate d community was more restricted yesterday as officers battled the fire, The Tribuneu nderstands. Mr Nygard built the private luxury "Robinson Crusoe playground" in 1987, accord ing to nygardcay.com. This lush property sports replicas of Mayan Temples, private tennis and volleyball courts, beaches, pools, a nightclub, state-of-the-art home theatre, and more than 20 themed cabanas for Mr Nygard and his guests, the website adds. Recently it was revealed that Mr Nygard had plans to expand the resort to include a suspended cable bedroom that lowers into the ocean, swimming with the dolphins or allow guests to visit the prop erty's $2 million shark tank. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM P AGE 2, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE FROM page one Huge blaze at Nygard Cay THEBLAZE rages in Nygard Cay in the early hours of Wednesday morning. SMOKESURROUNDS Nygard Cay after the fire was extinguished.Photo: Stuart’s Cove FIREFIGHTERS work on the remains of the blaze yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff SMOKEFROM the smouldering remainsof the blaze. 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 MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net THE WIDOW and daughter of a Bahamian soldier who lost his life in Iraq received a display of military medals earned by Private First Class Norman Darling at a ceremony held by the Our Fallen Heroes Foundation in the United States this week. Amy Prince, and her daughter Camryn, nine, were moved to tears by the gesture made by Our Fallen Heroes Foundation at an informal ceremony in Winter Haven, Florida, on Monday. Pfc Darling, 29, had spent just three months in Iraq, serving as a medic with the US military in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, when he was killed by a suicide bomber outside Baghdad on April 29, 2004. The brave soldier was one of eight soldiers from the Army’s Fourth Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, First Armoured Division, based in Baumholder, Germany – all killed in the car bombing. The troop had been on a dismounted improvised explosive devise sweep patrol when a vehicle driven by a suicide bomber approached and detonated a bomb. Pfc Darling’s family have received a number of honours since his untimely death and is credited with saving the lives of two soldiers during his short service. As Our Fallen Heroes Foundation vice president Ted Russell presented a display of military medals to Camryn, who was three when her father died, he explained the meaning of his honours. Pfc Darling has been awarded the Bronze Star for valour, the Purple Heart for sacrificing his life, the National Defence Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and twor ibbons – the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He also posthumously received a certificate of US citizenship. Mr Russell told Pfc Darling’s only child: “We’re very proud of your dad’s service. This iso ur way of telling you we are proud. “The medals symbolise the fact that he served honorably and the fact he received the two medals at the top (Bronze Star and Purple Heart) recognise his valour and his sacrifice the fact that he died for what h e believed in.” Camryn was also given the flag that had draped her father’s casket before his full military burial at Bourne National Cemetery in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her mother said: “This all b eing in his honour, I can't even explain it. “It's amazing how many peo ple do care and they don't forget.” Ms Prince and Camryn, who live in Davenport, Florida,w ere residents of Middleboro, Massachusetts at the time of P fc Darling’s death. His parents Sidney and Madlyn Darling live in the Bahamas. They were presented with a Scroll of Valour at am emorial service for their son at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road on Remembrance Day in November 2004. The Our Fallen Heroes Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 to provide support to families of those who lost their lives serving in military operationss ince September 11, 2001. Support comes in the form of gift cards for gasoline and food, school supplies, Christmas presents, emergency home repairs and outings. By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter A LOCALbusinessman is using the internet as a tool in his quest to catch two young thieves who robbed his store – with a close-upand clear video of the perpetrators spreading like wildfire through cyberspace. On the video, captured by a high-quality security camera that was trained on the front door of the store, two men – both appearing to be in their late teens or early 20s – are seen about to commit the robbery that would later net them between $600 and $1,000 in cell phones from the Mobile Cell Phone store on Village Road, opposite Master Technicians. The incident occurred on Sunday morning, November8, at around 2am. One young man seen in the footage is wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head, baggy below knee-length camouflage cargo pants and white socks with flip-flop sandals over them. The other is wearing what appears to be a grey or green long sleeved sweatshirt, jeans and black sneakers. He has a shaved head and what looks to be several scars on his scalp. Totally unaware that they are being captured on camera, one of the two unmasked men – wearing the sweatshirt and jeans – works vigorously with a crowbar to pry open the security door on the front of the store while the other keeps watch, sitting behind a pillar nearby as cars whizz past. Although not seen on the video, The Tribune under stands that once they removed the barred security door, the pair set off the alarm, and raided the store for just a few minutes before fleeing. Since it was uploaded to the internet two days agoand posted and re-posted on the social networking site Facebook, the video of the robbery has been viewed almost 400 times. Tony Hosey, who has operated from that location for around a year, said hegot the idea to put the video on the internet – via videosharing site Youtube.com – when he realised this would ensure rapid circulation, increasing the chances that the culprits would be identified. “A lot of times businesses will print a picture and put itup in the back room, not get it out there. Sometimes the images are as clear as day but they’re not being circu lated. ZNS can only put it on for a short period of time, but over the internet you can get it out there a lot more,” said Mr Hosey. His efforts via email and Facebook represent the first time that the incident was brought to public attention, as police did not report the matter to the media. Yesterday crime scene officer Paul Adderley admitted that he has yet to pickup a copy of the video, although Mr Hosey has offered it to police. However, Mr Adderley added that once he obtains the footage, the police plan to make still shots which they can circulate to the press. The burglary comes as the number of crimes in the capital continues to escalate. While robberies that did not involve weapons have not been reported to the press, police reported six armed robberies from Friday to Sunday, six more on Mon day alone and three on Tuesday. Officer Adderley said police have no leads in the Mobile Cell Phone store robbery as yet. Those with relevant information can reach Officer Adderley at the Fox Hill Police Station at 324-6330. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PRIME MINISTER HUBERT I NGRAHAM a nd his wife Delores at Government House yesterday paying their r espects to the late Beryl Hann a, wife of Governor General A rthur Hanna. Her funeral will be held on Friday. Businessman puts video of robbers online PMANDWIFEDELORESPAYRESPECTSTOBERYLHANNA Peter Ramsay /BIS Family of Bahamian soldier killed in Iraq moved to tears by medals gesture Private First Class Norman Darling

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E DITOR, The Tribune. I read with interest the comments made by Mr Adrian Gibson, “Young Man’s View” – Tuesday, November 10. F irst, let me commend Mr Gibson for exemplifying the kind of young man that I’ve worked tirelessly to supporta nd proud to see emerge in our country – educated, intelligent and intrepide nough to hold elected and public officials accountable. However, I must respond to the comments and accu sations made in his column. Mr Gibson and I conv ersed at the Free National Movement convention, at which time we discussed his g rading of my performance as a minister and as a memb er of parliament. M y only intention then was to determine the g rounds upon which such grades were based. Onlookers sought to defend me against Mr Gib-s on, yet in no way did the situation escalate as I sought t o ensure that order was k ept. I applaud Mr Gibson and o thers for their annual assessments of my parliamentary colleagues and I. It keeps us on our toes. N o one is able to please a ll persons all the time. Yet, my record as a cabin et minister and member of parliament (on which I stand), speaks for itself, as outlined in my contributions to the 2009/2010 Budget Debate and posted on the Free National Movement’s website. At the constituency level, I continue to work on behalf of those who elected me to office. Recently, during the debate on the Town Planning and Subdivision Bill, I agitated for a private devel oper – who dug up Bacardi Road in order to connect their private subdivision to a sewer system in the area – to make the necessary repairs. Unfortunately, stories like these (which directly impact our constituents) are all too o ften overlooked by the m ainstream media. This particular story was n ot carried by either T he Tribune or The Nassau G uardian , giving the impression that ministers like m yself are not in tune with o ur constituents’ needs. I remain steadfastly commit-t ed to serving the people of G olden Isles now and beyond the next general e lection. Thank you for affording me this space in your paper. CHARLES MAYNARD Member of Parliamentf or Golden Isles Nassau, N ovember 10, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE D URING his speech at the FNM’s banquet that closed his party’s convention on Saturday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham made it clear that his government “governed f or the benefit” of all Bahamians and that, although he understood their cries, the idea o f taking contracts from PLPs to give to FNMs ran “counter to our own beliefs and cannot be accommodated.” Speaking in Gun Point, Ragged Island, this weekend Mr Ingraham returned to thist heme. He said that political influence would be removed from the process of tenderedc ontracts as too much of the public’s money had been wasted over the years on contract ors who failed to perform. He admitted that during his party’s recent ly ended convention he “caught a lot of hell from some of my delegates, who felt that they should have been given the jobs becauset he PLPs got the jobs while they were in office.” H e replied that he was trying to change the way things were done in the Bahamas, e xplaining that that was why this year most of the country’s school busing contracts were advertised and persons were invited to come forward and bid on the contract. There was scandal after scandal during t he PLP’s tenure of office, particularly as regards school busing. P ersons, mainly on some of the Family Islands, who had invested heavily in their b uses, found their businesses pulled from under them when the PLP came to power. Obviously, these little businessmen belonged to the wrong political party and so although no fault could be found with their p erformance their contacts were transferred to a PLP supporter. Many FNM’s suff ered financial ruin because of this. And, although Mr Ingraham understood how their concerns originated” and acknowledged that the PLP frequently discriminated against FNMs in the award of contracts or in their hiring practices, he made it clear that he was different. He said he could not give his supporters “a commitment to only hire FNMs or to only grant contracts to FNMs when we are in charge.” “Still,” he said, “I fully appreciate that in o ur effort to be fair we cannot disproportionately hire PLPs to fill vacancies or to win contracts if and when new opportunities arise on our watch. “And, it cannot be right that advantages gained by supporters of our opponents during their terms in office should be used to block opportunities for our own supporters to benefit from opportunities for employment or for award of contracts when such opportuni ties arise on our watch. “And so I commit that to the extent possible we will seek to make adjustments to past and present practice.” T his is an albatross that has hung around Mr Ingraham’s neck from the day he assumed the leadership of the FNM. Having been nurtured in the PLP, there w ere those in the FNM who persisted in the suspicion that Mr Ingraham, when he became F NM prime minister, was protecting his “PLP” buddies by not removing them and making way for an FNM supporter. They gave no consideration to the competence of the proposed FNM replacement. Their atti t ude was the attitude of Junior Rolle who told the 1984 Commission of Inquiry intod rugs that in his view “membership in a polit ical party only made sense when it provided f inancial or material benefit.” Rolle saw nothing immoral in political patronage. Said the Commissioners: “In his (Rolle’s party (PLPb ers entitlement to financial and other considerations.” S ome of the FNM did not understand that the practice of the Pindling administration h ad cost this country millions upon millions of dollars. Cronyism, and persons occupying positions and receiving contracts for which they had no qualifications has kept this country c lassified as Third World. This debate goes way back. In an interview w ith Al Burt of The Miami Herald in January, 1 974, Mr Pindling (as he then was if “two bids came in (on a government job or project) of more or less comparable size, they didn’t necessarily have to be equal, and the one was from a PLP who hadn’t had the o pportunity before, he would have gotten that opportunity.” T here was no question as to whether that PLP had the qualifications, experience, or e ven tools to do the job all he had to be was Bahamian, black and PLP. Many jobs were either never completed, poorly executed, or tripled in contract overruns. This country suffered and suffered badly and we are still suffering today from badly paved roads and poorly executed projects. All that is to change. From now on gov e rnment projects will be put out to tender, qualifications required will be listed and only those who meet those qualifications will be considered. In future neither party member ship, nor a letter from a person’s “representer” member of parliament will get past the door. “We have wasted too much money in this country over the years giving contracts out to persons who messed up on the job,” said the Prime Minister. At last a new day of responsibility in handling the public finances in the Bahamas has dawned a day long overdue. The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm Minister responds to columnist’s accusations LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net A new day has dawned in the Bahamas E DITOR, The Tribune. The race for chairmanship of the Free National Movem ent must have caused quite a stir. Apart from the PLP salivating at the thought of a wrecking showdown” for the position of chairman, many have dishonestly tried to create a picture that was only a figment in their own warped imagination. The events leading up to the nomination of chairman was nothing unusual other than “politics at its best”. The details of the events is not important, other than to s ay that after consulting with my God, my wife and a trusted friend and advisor, I decided to remove ego and selfishness from the equation and to make the decisiont hat was in the best interest of the FNM and the country. Therefore I did not have to consult any other human b eing. I am “extremely comfortable” with the decision, and no amount of strange scenario played out in anyone’sm ind could change what in fact did happen. I would like to apologize to the PLP for disappointing t hem. I knew that they were praying for something neg ative from this convention. What is most interesting is that immediately after t he nomination for chairman was closed, two female reporters came to me requesting an interview of which I quickly agreed. I followed them to the foyer, while stop ping briefly to greet friends and supporters along the way. When we got to the foyer I was then surrounded byo ther reporters and photographers, one being a Cable Bahamas videographer. The interview lasted for five minutes. Interestingly, I read in The Tribune that I had to be consoled. The Insight column of Monday even elaborated. Well Cable Bahamas had a camera rolling all during the interview, how come they did not show that insa-t iable clip in their news cast. I am flabbergasted how any reporter who was not present could print a story and was not there to in fact see it for themselves, especially if it was to save face. This can not be right and I am surprised. IVOINE W. INGRAHAM Nassau, November 17, 2009. A figment of the imagination

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PRIME MINISTER H ubert Ingraham said he expects the new Sandals R esort in Exuma to be very successful, adding that more t han 400 persons are expected to be employed at the property once construction is complete. Mr Ingraham, with a delegation of Cabinet ministers, visited the former Four Seasons Resort following his visit to Acklins and Ragged Island on Monday. The Prime Minister said: “We expect the hotel to be ready for January 22 or thereabouts; they’ve got over 100or 150 men working on the job on the construction side. When the place is finished,we expect more than 400 people to be employed. “They have been inter viewed and they will be selected,” he said. “We expect this to be a very successful operation; we are very pleased that Sandals hasdecided to come here to buy the property. We know (San dals owner) Mr Butch Stew art. He is also doing a devel opment at Fowl Cay in the Exumas, which is going to bea very upscale, boutique facility.” Mr Ingraham pointed out that there will be additional airlift coming into Exuma, through the support of the Ministry of Tourism, to ensure that the property has a “reasonable level of occupancy at all times.” Regarding Sandals, the prime minister indicated that the new owners are likely to have better control over costs compared to the previous operators, because they both own and manage the Exuma property. “It is not a question of having a management contract and someone else owning it,” Mr Ingraham explained. “So everything is theirs it speaks to the stability of their operation, it speaks to San dals’ worldwide network of advertising and promotion. “They are going to eventually have the marina open (and course.” Hotel manager Teresa Alfonzo noted that the Caribbean’s largest pool, the Infinity Pool, is currently under construction at the property. Three restaurants are also being added. The 183-room Sandals resort will offer all-butler service, and has good bookings so far, Ms Alfonzo noted. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM New Sandals resort could employ 400 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A BAHAMIAN man and two Jamaican men charged in connection with a major drug seizure on a cay in the Exumas were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Andre Perez Kikivarakis, 35, of Mayfield Park, Grand Bahama; Jeffrey Howna McIntyre, 25, of Duke Street, Kingston, Jamaica; and Antony Louis Gouie, 30, of Spanish Town, Jamaica, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court Eight, Bank Lane yesterday on drug charges. The men are accused of conspiring to import marijuana, conspiracy to possess marijuana, importation of marijuana and possession of 20 bales of marijuana with intent to supply. The drugs, which were reported to weigh 711 pounds and have a street value of $638,000, were seized on Little Cistern Cay on November 9. Kikivarakis is also accused of deceiving two police officers by telling them that his name is Alexander Perez Rolle. Kikivarakis initially pleaded guilty to the deceit charge, but after consulting with his attorney Roger Gomez Jr, decided to change his plea. Kikivarakis and McIntyre pleaded not guilty to the drug charges while Gouie pleaded guilty, informing the court that he had an explanation. Travelled The prosecutor Inspector Ercell Dorsette told the court that around 8.30am on November 9, a team of officers travelled to Little Cistern Cay where they saw Gouie. He said the officers told the accused that he was suspected of being in possession of illegal drugs. A short distance away, they discovered 20 bales of marijuana. Gouie, according to the prosecutor, told police that he had been left on the cay to watch the drugs by some Bahamians. He told police that in three weeks prior, while in Jamaica, he had been approached bya man named Jeff who told him about the plan to ship the drugs to the Bahamas. Arrested Gouie also allegedly told police that Jeff and some other persons left him on the cay after claiming they were going to get food, and that he was looking for shellfish to eat when the officers arrested him. Gouie told Magistrate Bethel yesterday that he knew that the drugs were on the boat when he left Jamaica and that the plan was to take the drugs to Freeport. Magistrate Bethel expressed concern that Gouie had pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charges as he had admitted that although he knew the drugs were on the boat, he had simply been catching a ride to the Bahamas. The magistrate asked Gouie to consult with attorney Wallace Rolle, who appeared as a friend of the court. After speaking with Gouie, Mr Rolle indicated to the court that based on what he had been told, he wanted another opportunity to speak with the accused. McIntyre told the court yesterday that he had been beaten while in police custody. Magistrate Bethel ordered that he be seen by a doctor at Her Majesty’s Prison. The case has been adjourned to November 18 at 2pm for a bail heari ng. As the men were about to be e scorted out of the courtroom, Kikivarakis asked the magistrate if he could be remanded to Sandilands as he was tired of jail. Bahamian and two Jamaicans charged over major drug seizure P ICTURED FROM LEFT ARE P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant and Environment Minister Earl Deveaux on Monday as they observe work on the largest pool in the Caribbean. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti U.N. PEACEKEEPERSin Haiti say a mechanical problem forced a helicopter to make an emergency landing during a training flight this week, according to Associated Press. Mission spokeswoman S ophie Boutaud de la Combe says a crowd gathered around the helicopter in the southern town of Faucher hoping that it was carrying food. Peacekeepers fired at least one warning shot to disperse the crowd as they waited for a repair crew, Boutaud de la C ombe said Tuesday. A Haitian man struck in the arm by the cartridge from a warning shot was treated for a minor injury. Boutaud de la Combe said none of the six peacekeepers aboard were injured in the landing around 1 a.m. Tuesd ay. The helicopter was repaired on site and returned later to the capital, Port-auPrince. U N helicopter makes emergency landing in Haiti

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net M EDICAL services available to Bahamians vary wildly in both standard and cost between Nassau and the United States, but many of those in need of surgery and scans have yet to take advantage of services offered by the country’s closest neighbour. Cuba is renowned for its excellent medical training and h igh standards of healthcare s ervices, and just as cutting e dge technology and biotechnology is emerging from the communist island nation, some of the world’s best doctors are also based in Cuba. Specialist hospitals sprawled throughout Havana and subsequent Cuban towns and cities are designed to meet the healthcare needs of the 11 million strong population which boasts one of the world’s longest life expectancies. And the top consultants providing services at these hospitals also work with foreigners in search of treatment from Cuban experts. The Clinica Central Cira Garcia, a friendly 43 room hospital in a quiet-tree lined street of suburban Havana, opened to patients from around the world in the 1980s and is now solely dedicated to the service of international patients. Its staff of around 60 specialist doctors based at the hospital are assisted by around 100 collaborators from Cuba’s specialist clinics.A ll are required to have at least 10 years experience in their specialty before work ing among the hospital’s permanent staff, which include three of the country’s top doctors in neurosurgery, aesthetic surgery and maxillofacial surgery. T he three are so accomplished in their fields they have been made presidents of national scientific organisations by virtue of their knowledge and skill in brain surgery, cosmetic surgery ands urgery to correct a spectrum of injuries and diseases causing defects in the head, neck, face and jaw, respectively. They also work among Cuba’s leading specialists in urology and orthopaedics,s aid Cira Garcia’s orthopaedic a nd traumatology specialist Dr Ernesto Fleites Marrero. Orthopaedics Dr Fleites studied medicine for six years at university level before specialising in the study of orthopaedics and traumatology for a further four years, and then going on to take a special surgery course at a Havana hospital, and training at a hospital in Italy. He then went on to spe cialise in spinal surgery on a fellowship in Mexico in 2003, while another member of his team specialised in hand surgery. Dr Fleites said: “This is not a university hospital. All surgery and surgical procedures done here are done by specialists and not by stu dents. “All of our doctors have worked in Europe, Mexico and Argentina to gain experi ence just to work here, and some of the doctors based here are professors from the clinic teaching at other hos pitals. They are some of Cuba’s finest doctors.” Orthopaedic surgery is one of the chief electives Bahami ans receive at Cira Garcia, in addition to neurosurgery, cos metic surgery, dental surgery, CAT scans and medical check-ups. There were three Bahamian patients receiving treatment when The Tribune visited the hospital last week, and two had spinal surgery, while another was there for a medical check-up as part of a rehabilitation programme. Hospital medical director Maria Antonieta Gonzalez Piloto said the majority of Bahamian patients are drawn to Cira Garcia on the recommendation of friends and relatives who have received treatment at the hospital, as well as by the competitive prices. Although the number of Bahamian patients going toC uba for treatment has fallen since the Cuban government imposed a 20 per cent tax on the conversion of the US dollar to the Cuban peso, Ms Gonzalez said Cuban prices are still favourable in comparison with private health care services in the Bahamas and the United States. She said: “It is very easy for Bahamian patients to be assisted by medical specialists in our clinic in the fields they require, so despite the fact that the US currency has been taxed in our country, our prices are still very competitive in relation to the Ameri can health service which is the alternative most Bahamians will have used in the past.” Hospital staff say the homey atmosphere and high level of personal attention provided at Cira Garcia also encourages Bahamian patients to return and recom mend the hospital to their friends. The hospital’s public relations officer Leyanis Garay Hurtado said: “Bahamian and Caribbean people are very close in our way of life, and it has been said usually by Bahamian patients that they find it easy to communicate with Cuban doctors at the clinic, and we are open to communication with them to meet their needs.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Come and join us to discover how the best school can bring out the best in your child Rigorous International Baccalaureate academics and success in Bahamian examinations State of the art technology Small class sizes; 7:1 student/faculty ratio Diverse international & Bahamian student body Financial aid available (for qualifying Bahamians & Permanent ResidentsFor further information, please contact : Mrs. Rose-Marie Taylor Admissions Director Email: rtaylor@lcis.bs ~ Telephone : 362 4774 x245MAKE THE CHOICE OF A LIFETIME OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, 18th November, 2009 5:30-7:00pmExuma Meeting Room, British Colonial Hilton www.lcis.bs HEALTHYNEIGHBOUR: Cuba’s renowned medical care CIRA GARCIA HOSPITAL orthpaedic surgeon Dr Ernesto Fleites Mar rero, medical director Maria Antonieta Gonzalez Piloto, and public relations officer Leyanis Garay Hurtado. Many Bahamians don’t take advantage of the excellent healthcare services offered by the country’s closest neighbour CIRA GARCIA HOSPITAL , Havana, Cuba. DR ERNESTO FLEITES MARRERO in the orthopaedic doctors office at Cira Garcia Hospital. SEE page seven BAHAMIAN PATIENT Nehemiah Rolle, 82, of Nassau, went to Cira Garcia Hospital for a brain scan.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC challenges faced by some of its Commercial Customers. In this regard BEC has introduced a Collections Programme to assist Commercial Customers. Commercial Customers whose electricity supplies have been disconnected or whose electricity supplies are subject to disconnection are invited to make an arrangement to have their electricity restored or to avoid disconnection. This policy requires that customers pay 10% of the arrears or their last month’s bill, whichever is the greater, and enter into an agreement to repay the remaining balance over the next two years – all new billings must also be kept current. It should also be noted that all company documents required for commercial accounts should be “in good order”. For further details please contact the Customer Services Department. 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He said: “My health means more to me than anything else, and I love Cuba. I have been here about 18 times to visit, and so it made sense for me to have medical treatment here too.” Dr Fleites performed spinal surgery on Georgetown, Exuma resident Nelson Burrows, 57, last week. Mr Burrows chose Cira Garcia after spending four months in Florida, paying high prices to see consultants he did not trust to perform surgery on his two herniated discs. He made his first trip to Cuba three weeks before his surgery to devise a medical plan with doctors and vacationed in the area f or four days prior to his surgery last Tuesday. M r Burrows said: “There are a lot of people from Exuma who h ave had surgery here, and I heard a lot of stories about Cuba, the US and the Bahamas, but I got the recommendation to come here.” Dr Fleites added: “Bahamian patients are very well treated here, they are very friendly and get very close to the Cuban staff, and then it becomes something familiar, so after the patient is satisfied he brings his friends and his family and his relatives. F riendly “Even those who could afford treatment in the United States sometimes prefer to be assisted at the clinic arguing that the treatment is better and the atmosphere is more friendly.” Patients from all over Latin America and the Caribbean a lso go to Cira Garcia for elective surgery, and it is the primary hospital for Cuba’s high volume of tourists from Europe and Canada who find themselves in need of emergency treatment. While the range of services on offer is broad, space is limited to just 37 private rooms, three rooms in the Intensive Care Unit and three in Intermediate Care, as well as four operating theatres, and two rooms for minor surgeries. Patients and visitors can arrange to have a private room, or a suite complete with a bathroom, sitting room and fridge, when agreeing their medical programme with hospital staff. And those with medical insurance plans can arrange to have the cost of their treatment paid for by informing their insurance company and having them contact the Cuban agency Asistur. P atients can then take advantage of hospital services without h aving to pay, depending on their coverage, although some insurance companies with US capital prefer for the patient to pay by cash or credit card, and then claim the expenses from the company, because of the trade embargo imposed on Cuba by the United States. Havanatur, in East Bay Street, Nassau, arranges medical tourism visits to Cira Garcia in Havana and will arrange accommodation and transportation to assist patients’ needs. Head of Havanatur in Nassau, Pedro Vilches, is planning a medical exhibition later this month to be attended by Dr Fleites and another Cuban specialist, however the date has yet to be confirmed. He invited Bahamians interested in pursuing the option of medical treatment in Havana to visit the Havanatur office where they can speak to a medical expert every Tuesday and Thursday. Bahamian medical professionals warn patients to always get a second opinion when considering surgery and to ensure both doctors and hospitals meet international stan dards before committing to treatment. F ROM page six A SITTING ROOM in the patients ward at Cira Garcia Hospital. PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER Leyanis Garay Hurtado shows one of the private suites complete with an extra twin bed, small dining table, television, bathroom, and sitting room fitted with a fridge and second television A DOCTOR demonstrates equipment in the Intensive Care Unit. DEPARTMENTS at the Cira Garcia Hospital. FRIENDLY staff greet visitors to the Cira Garcia Hospital in Havana.

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Tribune readers are split o n whether the government i s justified in borrowing millions to create temporary minimum wage jobs for about 2,500 people. In one of the closest trib une242.com polls to date, 70 readers agreed that the project is worthwhile, as “people need work to support their families”, while 70d isagreed, saying they feel t he money “should be spent on programmes that could help far more people.” A ccording to L ady Bowe, those who reject the gove rnment’s plan are probably the sort who “would not even stop to lend a helping h and to people begging on the streets, or help the single mother to pay her light bills or put food on the table for her and her children.” She said: “With the holid ays coming up people need to feel that they would have empowered themselves ins ome small way to provide food and shelter for their f amily. While the government cannot help everybody, at least 10 families ine ach constituency would feel some sort of empowerment. I know what it is to have a child and not know where the food is coming from tof eed her, or how I would buy her pampers and clothes f or her to wear and someone gave me a hand up. I got a job paying me $75, Iw ent to BTVI, then got a better job. I then took night classes and finally was able to join the police force and then went to COB and nowI have my BSC. All people need is a chance – no, not everyone will change, but if this proposal could change t he life of one family then it would have been a success. People who have never been there – I mean really down and out – would disagree, but live long enough andy ou might just know what it means to get a helping hand up.” Cushy John Abrahams agreed, adding: “I'd bet that mostp ersons that voted ‘no’ all have nice cushy jobs, and a re thinking that those in need are not doing enough or not trying hard enought o secure work, when in fact the downtrodden are trying, b ut simply can't find work because there are no jobs for which they are skilled.H ow would fortunate people feel if they had no money to care for their families?” However, Dexter Johnson s aid he feels that: “Borrowed money should be invested in projects that y ield a return that cont ributes to survivability of the nation, eg training in farming which would directly assist the individual to feed himself, and reduce then eed for imported food that we cannot afford since our dollar earnings are down. When the temporary work now proposed is over, whatw ill that person do? He still w ill need to eat – the answer is not another unsustainable and minimal contributingt emporary job.” Theodore Cooper said: This and every government I have seen seems to keep coming up with these tem-p orary solutions. I would like to see some long time g oals for my country. Yes, it takes time to achieve cer-t ain things, but educate the people about the benefits in t he long run. If we teach our people the importance of an education I think we wouldh ave more productivity.” Meanwhile, Kristopher s aid he suspects the plan is politically motivated. “The programme was announceda t a convention to drum up support and distract from t he fact that the government has no solution, no plan for the way forward,” he said. A ccording to E ducation Advocate , the money should b e spent on students, espe cially in light of the discon tinuation of the Student Loan Programme. “How is it that we have m oney to spend on only 2,500 unemployed people and we don't have it to spend on the vast number of children moving hope l essly through our dilapidat ed school system?” the reader asked. 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TRIBUNE242.COM POLL Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced the temporary job creation project at the FNM’s convention this month

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T HE Bahamas-based Danguillecourt Project has prod uced ‘Islands of the Sun’, a spectacularly illustrated tour t hrough the ecosystems of the central Bahamas – from the hilltops to the depths of the ocean. The book functions as an i nformative reference volume as well as a majestic work of a rt, with photography and painted illustrations bringing tol ife the unique and diverse plants and animals of the Exum a Cays. It will be unveiled at an official launch at Doongalik Stu dios in Marina Village, Paradise Island, on Friday, November 1 3. The culmination of a threeyear effort, every chapter in the b ook features a different habi tat, showcasing the wondrous a nd bizarre organisms that make their homes in this tropical island idyll. Remarkable colour photographs depict a range of life from orchids and r ock iguanas to sea slugs and reef sharks. A ccompanying text informs the reader about the flora andf auna, including their cultural value as food or medicine. E very chapter opens with a two-page landscape painting of the selected habitat and its denizens, and each chapter additionally features a ‘special f ocus’ section dedicated to a plant or animal of particular i nterest. This is a landmark publicat ion both from an artistic and a scientific point of view, as Bahamas-specific volumes are rare. Co-authored by two young B ahamians, John A Thompson and Nikita Shiel-Rolle, the s cope of the imagery and infor mative text set this book apart –a n unprecedented fusion of science and art that will fascinate a nd educate young and old alike. All proceeds from ‘Islands of the Sun’ will directly support the environmental and educa t ional programmes of the nonprofit Danguillecourt Project, s uch as Young Bahamian Marine Scientists’ after-school c lubs, workshops, and summer camps. The project was founded in 2007 with the goal of promoting awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the unique B ahamian environment through education, research a nd art. See tomorrow’s Tribune for a n interview with author and artist John A Thompson and m ore images from Islands of the Sun C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Unprecedented book offers window into Bahamian natural history NIKITA SHIEL-ROLLE hard at work, and (below ‘Islands of the Sun – A tribute to the Northern Exuma Cays’ to be launched in Marina Village on Friday

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Bahamas Gaming Reform Committee is seeking a meeting with government to present as pecific action plan for the reform of gaming laws across the country. BGR said it has taken the initiative of contactingl awmakers, academics, and l ottery and gaming technology developers in Canada and the UnitedS tates to determine their willingness to work with the government to facili-t ate the establishment of a regulated gaming netw ork – which would, among other things, allow Bahamians to gamble. Issue Committee chairperson S idney Strachan said: “The government is doing little t o nothing about this issue and part of the problem is ineptness. Essentially, they don’t seem to know what to do. W e see their pathetic efforts as a dismal failure.” B GR said it had anticipated that by now, some comprehensive plan to advance and modernise t he “backwards gaming laws” would have been c reated. Mr Strachan noted that Minister of Tourism Vin-c ent Vanderpool-Wallace stated publicly that a r eview was underway and a public statement of the results would be made. H e said this was months ago, yet this statement has not materialised. BGR has estimated that a national gaming network would gross between $60 a nd $100 million annually, create more than a 1,000 jobs for Bahamiansa nd bolster the government’s treasury by as m uch as $30 million a year. Government is missing o ut on this much needed revenue while illegal local gaming is not only flourishing but expanding, the g roup pointed out. “We are extremely e mbarrassed by regular calls from residents, including second home owners,a s to the status of the proposed amendment to the G aming Act” said Mr Strachan. “To delay further is irresponsible and serveso nly to thrust the Bahamas, as a tourist based economy, further behind the competition and more advanced gaming jurisdictions like Florida.” B GR said it hopes the government finds the will t o resolve this situation immediately to avoid further national and interna-t ional embarrassment over “hypocritical, discriminatory, antiquated gaming laws” and uncontrollable illegal gambling. Gaming reform group wants meeting with govt A TLANTA F EDERALhealth officials now say that 4,000 or more Americans likely have died from swine f lu about four times the estimate they’ve been using, according to Associated Press. The new, higher figure was first reported by The New York Times. I t includes deaths caused by complications related to swine flu, including pneumonia andb acterial infections. Until now, the Centers for Disease Control a nd Prevention had conservatively put the U.S. swine flu death count at more than 1,000. Officials said this week they’re working on an even more accurate calculation. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says 4,000 swine flu deaths in US Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhapsy ou are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the a rea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986a nd share your story.

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siderably from when I began a s a young writer, but I think I’ve seen it change for the better.” The writer spoke candidly to the small gathering, r epeatedly filling the bookstore with spontaneous bursts of laughter from his audience, a pleasant surprise against such an esteemed legacy. B orn in St. Lucia, Windw ard Islands, in the West Indies in 1930, Derek Walc ott's work has accumulated a wealth of international credit both before and afterh is Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. S lavery is a common theme in Mr Walcott's work, and it can be assumed thatt his is largely due to Mr Walcott's family having descende d from slaves in the West Indies. At the press conference when asked of his long-t erm inspiration he responded candidly "women." Though met with immediate laughter, Mr Walcott continued his point by illus-t rating for his audience, the constant role of “women” in writers of not only his back-g round and era. “The old thing about the m use being a woman is very understandable. Whether y ou’re a man or a boy I think the female principle in poet ry is undeniable. The influe nce of mothers on writers is well known. So I’m kidding b ut I’m also not kidding. This is not one of the rea sons why I write at all but w hen I say women I really mean it in terms of the muse. “The black beauty the muse of the Caribbean is something that took my gen e ration a long, long time to acknowledge. Take the average black girl who was beau tiful in the 40s, when I began to write seriously, and thes elf-contempt that was taught to a girl like that, that developed and encouraged inferiority was something that a writer would be fight-i ng for. Not only a woman writer, I mean the recogni tion not only of physical b eauty but the validity of the prescience of the being. The woman is a principle that I t hink is universal for poetry a nywhere in the Caribbean. This struggle of self-recognition is something that Ih ave always had at the back of my head I guess when I’m w riting. “Somebody once asked me who do I write for, in thec ase of my plays I write for a very big fat woman sitting in t he back of the theatre laughing like hell. That is my muse.” LECTURE SERIES C hair of the School of English Studies at the Col l ege of the Bahamas and coordinator of the lecture series Dr Majorie Brooks-J ones said: "It is truly an honour for the College to h ave Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott as our special guest for this year's AnatolR odgers Memorial Lecture Series. "One of the most prolific writers of our time, Walcott represents the very best of Caribbean artistry, intellectual achievement and cul-t ure." The college promises that tonight's lecture on 'Art, Politics and Caribbean Culture' will take those attend-i ng on a “cultural journey,” attracting “literary and cultural enthusiasts from the college and the wider com-m unity.” The Anatol Rodgers M emorial Lecture Series will be held at the College of the Bahamas tonight at 7o ’clock. There will be a book signing immediately following. The College of theB ahamas encourages the public to attend this free e vent. CONSTRUCTION S EMINAR T he CSG Construction Seminar 2009 will focus on “The Impact of ForeignD irect Investment on the Development of the C aribbean” at which Mr Walcott will deliver the keynote address. T he seminar seeks to explore the constant issue of whether or not “foreign direct investment is a viable and sustainable strategy fort he development of the Caribbean.” The organization was repr esented by Mrs Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming, who i mmediately answered the obvious question: “What does a Nobel prize winner for Literature have to do with Construction?” Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott is not only a literary giant but also an advocate for the Caribbean’s economic, political and sociald evelopment,” explained Mrs Manoo-Rahming. “As an advocate for sustainable development, MrW alcott has strong views on the effects of foreign direct i nvestment on the development of the Caribbean.” Construction Seminar 2 009 will be held at the College of the Bahamas Culinary and Hospitality Man-a gement Lecture Theatre tomorrow from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. For more information contact the College of the Bahamas at 302-4304 or the Construction SeminarG roup at 362-1717 or 3278916. This is the first time the Bahamas has ever hosted a Nobel laureate. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 3URGXFWV:LOO%HQDOH)RUWLFNHWLQIRUPDWLRQFRQWDFW Nobel laureate gives hint at what to expect in upcoming speeches Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps y ou are raising funds for a g ood cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award.I f so, call us on 322-1986 a nd share your story. DUBLIN AN IRISH Catholic priest kidnapped in the Philippines a month ago has been freed unharmed and neither country paid any ransom, Irish and Filipino authorities announced Wednesday night, according to Associated Press. Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said the Rev. Michael Sinnott “displayed great forbearance ... in spite of his age and difficult health.” “He is clearly a man of great resilience, strength and courage and we wish him well as he seeks to recover from such a trying ordeal,” said Irish President Mary McAleese, who called Sinnott’s freedom the answer to the shared prayers of millions in both countries. And Prime Minister Brian Cowen said the government would help the 79-year-old priest enjoy “a speedy reunion with his family and friends.” Six armed men abducted the 79-year-old priest Oct. 11 from his missionary home on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, escaped by speedboat, and took him into the jungle. Irish priest fr eed in Philippines after 31 days F ROM page one DEREK WALCOTT

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B EFORE the 1920s, people didn't give much thought to healthcare. You could die from infectious diseases like cholera or from "natural" causes, and medical technology was so poor that most patients were treated at home. In fact, the chief cost associated with illness in earlier times was the lack of pay when sick people couldn't work. But all that changed after the Second World War, when two sharply different approaches were taken in Britain and the United States to deal with the rapid growth of medical technology and costs. The British set up a National Health Service in 1948, in the belief that universal access to healthcare w as part of the structure of a c ivilized society. Prior to this, hospitals were operated by local governments or charities and many people could not afford care. The publiclyo wned NHS is financed by t axes, with services free to everyone at the point of use. In America, doctors and hospitals had set up pre-paid health plans called Blue Cross a nd Blue Shield well before t he war, and their success encouraged commercial insurers to move into the market. Since wartime controls prevented employers from using wages to compete for labour, companies began offering insurance plans as benefits. After the war this employer-based system of health coverage was promoted by government tax exemptions. And today about 84 per cent of Americans are covered by some kind of company plan. The poor and elderly are covered by public plans (Medicaid and Medicare) that were i ntroduced in 1965. American O ur system resembles the American approach. Historically, government was the main healthcare provider, with the Princess Margaret Hospitals tarting out as a poorhouse in the 19th century. But with rapid private sector expansion after the war, half the popu lation is now covered by health insurance while the other half relies on tax-funded facilities. Government-run hospitals and clinics consume a quarter billion dollars a year, and hundreds of millions more are needed to build new hospitals and make other capital improvements as the popula tion grows and demand for new medical technology increases. This funding dilemma has led successive governments (going back to the 1970s when National Insurance was launched) to dream about a universal health system fund ed by payroll taxes. A plan was introduced in 1989 but never implemented, and a new plan was formulated during the Christie administra tion, with enabling legislation passed just before the last election in the face of serious doubts about sustainability. The present government has balked at implementing such a comprehensive plan at a single stroke pointing out that free medical care is already available to schoolchildren, civil servants, the indigent and pensioners. According to Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, the pri ority must be to strengthen the existing system, while placing much more emphasis on preventive care and education. It may be helpful to view our health reforms in the cont ext of the debate that has b een raging in the US ever since Barack Obama was elected a year ago. The goal of reform in the US is to ensure coverage for the 40 million Americans without insurance, to prevent insurers from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions, to cap out-of-pocket expenses and to help lowincome earners buy insurance. Soaring healthcare costs are also cited as a key reason why reform is being pursued, as well as why it is being opposed so vociferously. And we should not lightly brush t hese concerns aside. Health costs in the US (the only rich c ountry without universal coverage) were 16 per cent of GDP in 2007, compared to 10 per cent in Canada and 8.4 per cent in Britain. Yet d espite this heavy spending, h ealth outcomes in the US are below OECD averages. A recent article in the Economist magazine reported that: "On the most basic met ric of life expectancy at birth, Britain (79.1 yearsA merica (77.8 ry emerged from a study in 2006 that used direct measures to compare the health of middle-aged people: the Americans were sicker than the English...A 2008 study that compared death-rates for treatable illnesses among the under-75s, placed Britain sixth among 19 advanced countries, with America coming last." The Economist concluded that, while America offers very good clinical care, too many people lack cover or fret about losing it. And while the British cover everyone at a much lower total cost, patients have less clout and wait longer for treatment. In short, both countries need reforms to bring about better and cheaper care. Worse B ahamian health outcomes are worse than those in either the US or the UK. The CIA’s projec tions for 2009 infant mortality (www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-worldfactbook/rankorder/2091rank. html) rank the Bahamas as 93rd in the world behind most Caribbean countries, as well as a whole host of much poorer countries. And the estimate for life expectancy at birth is only 66 years. Despite these results, the Bahamas spends about 7 per cent of GDP on healthcare. Clearly, we need better value for our healthcare dollars, and at the same time we must be careful not to dig ourselves into a financial hole we can't get out of. A massive expansion of our grossly inefficient public sector combined with decisions that are driven by politics are the quickest way to fall into that trap. This was borne out in a 2007 study by Health Canada of our proposed NHI plan. That report said costs had been underestimated and the plan would likely be unsustainable because it promised universal access to a broad range of benefits with no point of service charges in the public sector a more ambitious programme than any OECD country had attempted. Lessons T here are lessons to be learned in this regard from the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the US in the face of bitter opposition from doctors, drug companies and the insurance industry during the 1960s. President Lyndon Johnson's point man at the time was health secretary Joseph Califano, who had some interest ing things to say recently about the current healthcare debate. Califano acknowledged that policymakers in the 1960s had vastly underestimated the rising cost of medical tech nology, as well as the extra ordinary leap in life expectan cy. And he concluded that the best way to curb costs today "is to put as much profit in prevention as there is in acute care, and to put financial gain and pain into how individuals take (or don't take) care of themselves." That seems to be the track we are on now in the Bahamas. According to Dr Minnis, the goal is to realignm edical spending and priorities to promote healthy lifestyles. The fact is that most of our healthcare challenges are lifestyle diseases. Cancer, AIDS, diabetes, stroke, heart attack and kidney failure topt he list of modern medical p roblems in the Bahamas and they all are largely preventable with education, diet and medication. In his address to parliament on the drug plan, Dr Minnis described the impact of these chronic diseases on the public health system: "Today, 60 per cent of our population dies from chronic diseases, 48.5 per cent of our medical wards are occupied by patients with chronic diseases, our emergency rooms are bombarded by patients suffering from chronic dis eases. All this will be addressed with our soon-tobe-introduced national drug plan." Initially, this plan will cover senior citizens for pre scription drugs to treat arthritis, asthma, breast cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, high choles terol, hypertension, heart disease, major depression, C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %URPHODLGV$GDHQLXPV 3DOPDQGPRU 51&$6($1$*(5 &DUHDQDJHPHQWHWZRUN& DUH0DQDJHPHQW1HWZRUNLVDQLQWHUQDWLRQDOPHGLFDOFRVWFRQWDLQPHQWFRPSDQ\EDVHG LQ1DVVDX&01SDUWRI(XURS$VVLVWDQFHJOREDOFRPSDQ\LVVHHNLQJWRHQJDJHVXLWDEO\ TXDOLILHGSHUVRQIRUWKHIROORZLQJQHZO\FUHDWHGSRVLWLRQLQDVVDX (VVHQWLDO'XWLHV 0 HGLFDOO\PDQDJHDSDWLHQWVFDUHZLWKLQWKHFRQWH[WRIWKHLUROLF\FRYHUDJH D QGHQVXUHERWKPD[LPXPFRVWFRQWDLQPHQWDQGTXDOLW\RIVHUYLFHDQGFDUH 3URYLGHFDULQJDQGSURIHVVLRQDOVXSSRUWWRSDWLHQWVDQGWKHLUIDPLOLHV ( QVXUHVWURQJH[HFXWLRQDVZHOODVVWURQJUHODWLRQVKLSVZLWKH[WHUQDOSDUWQHUV ( QVXUHVHDPOHVVDQGSURIHVVLRQDOFRPPXQLFDWLRQZLWKDQGVXSSRUWIRUKHDOWK 3URYLGHUVLQRUGHUWRIDFLOLWDWHDSSURSULDWHPHGLFDOPDQDJHPHQWZLWKLQWKH K HDOWKLQVXUDQFHSURFHVV 5HTXLUHPHQWV $ OLFHQVHGHJLVWHUHGXUVHZLWKLQWHUQDWLRQDOPHGLFDOH[SHULHQFH \HDUVRIVWURQJFOLQLFDODVVHVVPHQWDQGWUHDWPHQWH[SHULHQFHSUHIHUDEO\ LQDKRVSLWDOVHWWLQJ ,I\RXDUHLQWHUHVWHGLQDSSO\LQJ\RXUNQRZOHGJHDQGH[SHULHQFHZLWKJURZLQJRUJDQL]DWLRQ D QGPHHWWKHUHTXLUHPHQWVIRUHLWKHURIWKHDERYHOLVWHGSRVLWLRQVSOHDVHDSSO\YLDHPDLOWR + <3(5/,1.PDLOWRKU#FPQJOREDOFRP KU#FPQJOREDOFRP OLVWLQJWKHSRVLWLRQLQWKHWLWOHRI WKHHPDLOQO\DSSOLFDQWVVHOHFWHGIRUDQLQWHUYLHZZLOOEHFRQWDFWHG SEE page 19 How should we treat the nation’s health system ills? 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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM process by which non-Bahamians can obtain the requisite permits to work and live in the Bahamas, Mr Thompson petitioned these individuals to go about thep rocess in the proper fashion. “This is a country of laws. Every week we meet to review applications for work permits. There is no need for persons to go about it illegally. The laws are there and we want the employers to also follow the correctp rocedures,” he said. Currently these 20 individuals who have been apprehended by Immigration will be interviewed and processed to determine if any work permits have everb een granted to them. “The way the system works,” Mr Thompson said, is that we are going to check our records and find out i f they were issued permits to work. “And if they were not issued permits to work and t hey were not authorised to work then they will be detained and we will have to see them out of the country,” he said. on Baillou Road and Vesey Street. The thieves brandished handguns, demanded cash and left the bar with an undermined amount of cash from the establishment and the money of two patrons. The bandits escaped in an unknown direction. Minutes later, around 11.15 pm, an anonymous caller contacted the police and reported an armed robbery at Blue Berry Hill, Fox Hill. Police responded and spoke with a male resident who reported that while driving up to his residence, two masked men armed with handguns, approached him and took his silver Honda Accord license plate number 215216. The men fled in an unknown direction. Police are investigating. Sometime around 11.51 pm Tuesday, police received information that the Pitt Restaurant and Lounge, Augusta Street was robbed. An employee of the restaurant told police that two masked males, armed with handguns entered the establishment demanding cash. "The employee gave the men an undetermined amount of cash. Additionally the men took an undetermined amount of cash from a patron. The men fled the area on foot, in an unknown direction," said Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings. In an interview with The Tribune yesterday, Assistant Commissioner Raymond Gibson revealed that this trend may be directly linked to the material-fueled season. Though it is too early to tell whether or not the resurgence of “petty crime” will dictate the holiday season, ACP Gibson said that the police have definitely taken note of the apparent trend and preventative measures such as increased police visibility are in place. “There has been a history of increased criminal activity during the holiday season, particularly armed robberies,” said Asst Commissioner Gibson. “This is a pattern of behaviour that we are aware of, and we are taking every step necessary to reduce occurrences.” The spree started on Saturday with a total of four armed robberies, one of which involved shooting. Since then reported armed theft has averaged two to three robberies per day, with assailants targeting solitary individuals and small stores regardless of the hour. Mr Gibson warned the public to take heed of their surroundings and not to make themselves susceptible to what they term “opportunistic crime” at the hands of desperate bandits. “Most of the robberies are considered to be petty street robberies which are essentially crimes of opportunity. “Whenever somebody with b ad intentions is in an area, i f he sees someone whom he t hinks he can rob and get away he will take the chance," Mr Gibson said. “The public needs to be aware especially if they’re going home in the evenings to always take note of theirs urroundings and to call the police at the first sign of suspicious activity.” Just after midnight on Saturday, culprits armed with handguns pretending to be police officers entered a bar on Armstrong and Dowdeswell Street, in Nas sau. S ands was the other officer on the scene with Detective C orporal Kelsie Munroe the night Brenton Smith was shot. T he Tribune would like to clarify that the although the other officer mentioned was identified in the courtroom as officer Sands, the staff association head is in no way involved in the shooting. Y esterday Inspector Sands told The Tribune he remained at Det Munroe'ss ide at the inquest proceed ings in his capacity as Staff Association President andn ot because he is an inter ested party in the case. Correction to story FROM page one ‘Looming holiday season’ could be reason for spate of armed robberies HAITI'S NEW PRIME MINISTER Jean-Max Bellerive (center Michele Pierre-Louis while Haiti's President Rene Preval, right, looks on during Bellerive's swearing-in ceremony at the national palace in Port-au-Prince yesterday.(AP HAITI’SNEWPMSWORNIN Department of Immigration stages raid on PI FROM page one F ROM page one

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BAHAMIAN tennis ace Mark Knowles and his Indian doubles partner Mahesh Bhu pathi have lost their secondround match on the ATP World Tour in France. On the hard, indoor surface yesterday at the Paris Masters, the No.3 seeds were defeated by Simon Aspelin of Sweden and Paul Hanley of Australia 6-4, 6-7 (6 tiebreak. Also, top-ranked Roger Federer was beaten by Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Federer lost 3-6, 7-6 (4 4. The 15-time Grand Slam champion has never been further than the quarterfinals at the Paris Masters. Benneteau aced his first match point and fell to the floor in tears. He is next scheduled to play countryman Gael Monfils. Knowles and Bhupathi have clinched the No.3 spot in the Masters Tournament in London, England, which is slated to begin on November 22. Going into the year-ending tournament, the duo trail Knowles’ former Canadian partner Daniel Nestor and his new partner Nenad Zimonjic as the top seeds, followed by American identical twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan. Last week as Bhupathi took a much-needed break, Knowles teamed up with Michael Llodra of France where they reached the quarter-final at the Valencia Open 500 in Spain. And in February, Knowles also teamed up with American Mardy Fish to win in Memphis, Tennessee, and he and American Andy Roddick got into the final of the Shanghai Open in Beijing, China, in October. In 2007, before he and Nestor split up, they teamed up to win their only World doubles title. By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net B ehind the bats of arguably one of the most potent junior boys lineups in recent memory, the St Augustine’s Big Red Machine exploded late to take game one of the BAISS junior boys’ softball championship series. The Big Red Machine won 10-2 over the St Andrew’s Hurricanes yesterday at Free dom Farm Field in the first game of the best of three series. Clinging to a slim 4-2 mar gin heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, SAC pro duced a game-high six run inning to take a commanding lead and hold on for the win. Anthony Romer, Blair Seymour, and lead off man Lucious Fox each singled in the fourth to load the bases for power hitting shortstop Anfernie Seymour. Seymour did not disappoint with runners in scoring position as he belted a double down the right field line which plated Romer and B Seymour. Byron Murray extended t he Big Red Machine lead to seven on the very next pitch with a mammoth three run home run to straight-away centerfield which gave his team a 9-2 lead. Shannon Johnson scored the team’s final run of the game with his RBI double which scored pitcher Arien Seymour. The Hurricanes rally fell short in the top of the fifth at just a single run, an RBI double by Joe Lockhart. Anfernie Seymour, the league’s most consistent hitter of the course of the season, placed SAC on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the opening inning. H e hit an RBI double which plated Isaacs and came back in the third inning to blast a solo home run. SAC led 3-0 after two innings before the Hurricanes came alive at the plate. Pitcher Ashton Butler provided his own run support with a home-run to centerfield to place his team on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning. Butler finished 2-3 with two runs and at the mound delivered four strikeouts. Hurricanes’ first baseman Jamie Lavin followed shortly with a double to left field that turned into an eventual in the park home run after a pairo f fielding errors by the Big Red Machine. Seymour finished 3-3 with two runs and four RBI, Mur ray was 1-3 with the one run and three RBI, Isaacs was 2-3 with two runs, while Arien Seymour was 2-3 with two runs and at the mound deliv ered four strikeouts. Game two is scheduled for 4pm today. C M Y K C M Y K THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 15 P AGES 17 & 18 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM K udos to Major for being a role model in ours ociety... See page 16 Big Red Machine take game one Def eat St Andres Hurricanes 10-2 Knowles, Bhupathi lose in 2nd round of Paris Masters T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f A BIG RED MACHINE p layer pitches the ball... MARK KNOWLES (left0 AND MAHESH BHUPATHI (AP Photo By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net IN a five-inning game that stretched more than two and a half hours, the St Augustine’s College junior girls joined their male coun terparts in taking game one of their respective BAISS Championship series. The Big Red Machine ran away with a high score to take game one 25-15 over the Kingsway Academy Saints. SAC’s scoring flurry began at the game’s outset with seven runs in the top half of the first inning, courtesy of a grand slam in the park homerun, and a string of singles which gave them a seven run lead. The defending champions improved on that effort with 14 runs in the second. Each member of the Big Red Machine lineup crossed the plate in a game filled with errors and miscues. Ciara Bonamy, Tiara Deleveaux and Rena Mortimer each finished with four runs apiece, while Dominique Burrows and Jada Saunders finished with three each. The Saints put up a valiant effort after facing a seeming ly insurmountable 21-4 deficit after two innings. A two RBI double by Racheal Albury highlighted an eight run inning for her team which brought the Saints within 10 runs, 21-12. Despite control problems from Bonamy at the mound, the Big Red Machine’s lead proved to be a big enough cushion with a few added runs late in the game. Santish Brown led the Saints with four runs and two RBI, Megan Russell finished with three runs while Kiwana Rolle and Albury each added three. Game two is set for today with the Saints facing elimination. SAC junior girls get victory over Saints

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By BRENT STUBBS I HAD an interesting interview with Meacher 'Pain' Major on his return home from Buffalo, New York, where he lost his NABA lightweight title on Saturday night. Major, 28, came home to recuperate and he was just as upbeat as he was before he left for the 10-round bout against American Dorin Spivey. The crafty veteran Spivey stopped Major in the fourth round at the Convention Center after he unleashed a flurry of punches to secure the win. In his interview, Major could have come up with all kinds of excuses. But he just indicated that he was faced with a big test and he was taught a valuable lesson. Although he admitted that he was slightly hampered by the flu, Major noted that he will not allow his performance to keep him down. He has vowed to return bigger and better next year as he continues his quest for a shot at a world boxing title in the future. One of the things he's looking at is dropping down to the super featherweight division where the weight limit is 130 pounds. Sounds like torture. It's not considering that Major weighed in at 131 for Saturday's bout. He was right on the borderline. Despite his age, Major still has a bright future ahead of him. He's under contract with the American based X-Cel Worldwide and his training base is in Hollywood, Florida. He's in the right environment where he can get all of the support he needs to propel him to the next level. It's just unfortunate that he suffered a setback on Saturday. But Major is one of those level headed individuals who I'm sure will rebound from his ordeal. He's focused, but he's also committed and dedicated to the cause. On top of that, Major is one of those individuals who has not just concentrated on himself. He's deeply rooted in his community in Kemp Road. Not only has he started an amateur boxing programme where he's teaching some of the youngsters about the sport, but he holds an annual Back-to-School drive and a Christmas party. All of the events are a part of Major's bid to give back to the people who have been there for him in the good and bad times in his profession. Not bad for a competitor who is still looking for that big payday and a possible world title fight. Major may have learnt a boxing lesson on Saturday. But he has been doing more than he can to teach others about the rules of life. Kudos to Major for being the role model that he is in our society. W W O O M M E E N N H H O O N N O O U U R R E E D D THE New Providence Women's Basketball Association should be commended for taking the time out to honour some of the legends of the game. O n Saturday as the associ ation is slated to open its new season, a number of the pioneers are expected to recognised by the newly elected board for the role they all played in the growth and development of the sport. It's good to see some of our organisations take the time to bridge the gap between the old and the new players who have played in their particular sport. Too many times, our young players may have only heard of some of the legends, but may not have seen them in person because they are no longer a part of the organisation. So taking the time out just before the start of the season is a good opportunity to say to some of the stewards who are still alive, we haven't forgot ten you and we appreciate w hat you've done for the game. Not everybody will get a chance to have their names inked on a national stadium or a street sign. Only a select few will. Not all of them wille ven get to be inducted into a Hall of Fame. That's also set aside for a select few. But inviting them out to receive a small recognition when you have the new young and future stars on display is priceless. The NPWBA should be commended for the gesture. B B S S F F N N A A T T I I O O N N A A L L S S THE Bahamas Softball Federation hosted another National Round Robin Championships over the weekend at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. While the tournament didn't attract all of the affiliated island associations, some of whom didn't have a league this year because of the economic problems facing the country, those who shared up made it one of the most competitive round robin tourneys. With only three teams entered in the women’s division, the tournament came down to a showdown between Grand Bahama and New Providence. And in the end, the Pineapple Air Wildcats proved to be just a little stronger than the Bahamasair Flyers from Grand Bahama when it counted the most, winning 21 in the best-of-three championship series. But in the final stats produced by the team headed by Rozina Taylor, the Flyers dominated the majority of the individual categories. As for the men, the Commando Security Truckers came around at the right time to secure the title in the onegame championship over the Grand Bahama Elnet Mariners. However, the individual categories were almost evenly matched between the Truckers, Mariners and the surprising Abaco's Turtles. If those performances are any indication, the BSF should be able to field two versatile teams made up of players across the Bahamas for the national teams that are heading to the CAC Championships next year. We will have to wait and see the outcome. T T R R A A C C K K D D I I L L E E M M M M A A WHILE the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA embroiled in a heated election campaign, there's a sign that there are a number of athletes who are eager to compete. On Saturday at Fort Charlotte, hundreds of athletes, whether they are going to remain in the sport or just use it as a workout session for other sports, turned out to participate in the CH Reeves Cross Country Championships. T he good thing is candid ates for both sides of the election campaign were in attendance. So no one had to tell them how important it is for the electorate to come up with the best possible team to represent the association for the next three years. W ith the elections sched uled for next Saturday, it's hoped that whoever is elected will take note and ensure that the trend continues because there are many aspiring ath letes who need to benefit from good representation. C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM OPINION STUBBS MEACHER ‘PAIN’ MAJOR Kudos to Major for being a role model in our society Olympia Morris-Evans Softball Classic continues on weekend AFTER taking a three-week break because of the Bahamas Softball Federation’s series of tournaments, the Baptist Sports Council is scheduled to be back in action on Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The BSC will be using three of the softball fields to continue their 2009 Olympia Morris-Evans Softball Classic with competition in all three divisions. Here’s a look at the schedule of games on tap: F F i i e e l l d d O O n n e e 1 0am St Paul’s vs Faith United (Co-ed 11:30am Calvary Bible vs Faith United (M 1pm Temple Fellowship vs St Mark’s (M 2:30pm Faith United vs St Mark’s (Co-ed F F i i e e l l d d T T w w o o 10am St John’s vs Temple Fellowship (Co-ed 11:30am Temple Fellowship vs St. John’s (171 pm Calvary Deliverance vs Macedonia (M 2 :30pm St John’s vs Macedonia (17 F F i i e e l l d d T T h h r r e e e e 10am Ebenezer vs Salem (Co-ed 11:30am Golden Gates vs Mt Carey (M 1pm Transfiguration vs Golden Gates (17 2:30pm Salem vs St Paul’s (M

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prostate cancer and psychosis. It is unclear whether all seniors will be covered or only NIB pensioners (about 70 per cent of the total), but the drugs will be available from private pharmacies as well as from government dispensaries. Patients will be registered, educated and tracked to ensure that they are managing their diseases properly. According to Etoile Pinder, a Bahamian health economist who was a technical advisor to the NHI Commission, the proposed drug plan is not a bad idea "if it is the first step towards a broader plan. We know there is a large under-consumption of pharmaceuticals in the Bahamas, which probably leads to some of our very bad indicators with regards to diabetes, hypertension, etc. But giving chronic disease patients drugs, without paying for medical tests or doctor's exams or lifestyle advice, will have very little effect in most cases." Most doctors agree that there is a critical need for preventive care in the Bahamas. Regular checkups and seeinga doctor early can mean the difference between stage 1 or stage 3 breast cancer, or help those suffering from cardiovascular diseases to avoid strokes and heart attacks. Acute care patients require more expensive treatments and have lower survival rates. There has been a lot of talk about prevention and education, and the original NHI plan allocated well over $5 million to such programmes, but we have yet to hear the hard details of Dr Minnis' proposals, and it is unclearwhere the money is coming from to finance them. Some argue that we should sharplytax alcohol and tobacco and make excessive drinking and obesity as socially out-of-step as smoking is today. And then there is the whole issue of accountability within both the public and private health systems. No government has had the gump-t ion to deal with this difficult i ssue, but it should form a key part of any health reform p ackage. In the public sector, the Ministry of Health gets the financing, provides the services and regulates itself. In the private sector, both doctors and hospitals are largely unregulated and accountable only to themselves. In the 1950s there was no alternative to the government's redevelopment and operation of the Princess Margaret Hospital. But today the situation is markedly different, and we have to ask why the government should be spending hundreds of millions of scarce public funds to build and operate hospitals. The Ministry of Health should be a regulatory body that manages the private sector and provides public services only where necessary. Both public and private systems have their virtues and their faults, but the choice does not have to lie between the British National Health Service or the American e mployer-based system. There are insurance-based systems in Europe that also provide universal coverage. In Switzerland and the Netherlands, for example, everyone has to have health insurance and every patient is guaranteed cover by the state if they cannot afford it. The French model of compulsory insurance for all, with both public and private providers, is ranked by the World Health Organisation as the most efficient health service in the world. France spends 11 per cent of its GDP on health; yet its infant mortality rate, life expectancy and mortality rate for cardio-vascular illness are all better than either the United States or Britain. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Do You Want to Maximize Your Weight Loss Plan Do You Want Maximum Results From a Dietary SupplementTRYSLIMAX BOTANICALWEIGHT LOSS SYSTEM Botanical Gel Caps specially formulated to absorb faster. Works safely and effectively especially with persons who suffer from hypertension, high blood pressure and similar ailments. Do You Want More Results From Your Diet Plan Do You Want More ‘WEIGHT LOSS’ & Not Just ‘MONEY LOSS’TRYSLIMOR ALL NATURALWEIGHT LOSS CAPSULEAll Natural Supplement Capsules designed to help you lose weight FASTER, SAFER & BETTER than before. Great results without any side effects. Also Available in Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, (Spanish Wells, Harbour Island), Exuma, Freeport Grand Bahama, Long Island, Mayaguana etc.. DISTRIBUTED BY: FOUR J’S ENTERPRISE *242-394-8626*Email: fourjsenterprise@yahoo.com or shop online at: www.shopbvm.comGETYOURS TODAY!!!! How should we treat the nation’s health ills? F ROM page 12

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 20, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NYGARDCAYFIRE THECHARRED REMAINS of an area of Nygard Cay burned in Wednesday morning’s fire. SEEPAGESONE ANDTWO

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By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CONSOLIDATED Water, the BISX-listed reverse osmosis supplier, has indicated it believes the Water & Sewerage Corporation will be unable to pay down the $6.2 million debt it owes to the c ompany until the Governm ent passes its 2010-2011 Budget something that will not happen for at least another six to seven months. In a conference call with Wall Street analysts to discuss the company’s third quarter results, David Sasnett, Consolidated Water’s chief financial officer, said the debt owedby the Water & Sewerage Corporation was largely responsible for the $11.575 million in accounts receivables contained on its balance sheet as at September 30, 2009. This nevertheless represented a 16.8 per cent decline in the $13.911 million in accounts receivables con tained on Consolidated Water’s balance sheet at 2008 year-end, and Mr Sasnett con firmed that the Water & Sew erage Corporation was now paying the company $1.2 million per month for water supplied by it roughly matchi ng the monthly billing a mount. This, Mr Sasnett said, was an effort to keep the Water & Sewerage Corporation’s accounts receivables in check, although it would not make a dent in the $6.2 million balance owed to Consolidated Water as at September 30, 2009, a balance that increased by $1.5 million in the third quarter. Indicating that Consolidated Water was holding out little hope that the $6.2 million balance would be paid down any time soon, Mr Sasnett told Wall Street analysts: “We w ould hope that in 2010, w hen they pass the Budget, that they [the Water & Sewerage Corporation] will be able to pay the additional monies and keep the receivables balance current.” As revealed by Tribune B usiness, Consolidated Water warned this week in its 10-Q filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC that if the Water & Sewerage C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.17 $4.25 $4.25 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor BANKING executives yesterday expressed surprise at the $2.7 million reduction in consumer loan arrears during September 2009, while all oth er lending categories moved in the opposite direction, one suggesting that the improve ment may be related to the fact personal credit is rela tively easier to restructure. Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas tive, said there had been no change in the Bahamian economy’s basic fundamentals to support the 0.9 per cent reduction in the cumulative value of consumer loan arrears to $293.5 million during September, and suggested this possibly highlighted why the Central Bank of the Bahamas wanted “consistent reporting” on restructured loans. “I have no idea. I’m just surprised,” said Mr Sunderji, when asked by Tribune Business why consumer loan arrears had seen a modest fall, “which is one reason why the Central Bank wants consistent reporting. “I don’t think fundamentally that the state of the Bahamian economy has actually improved. What we might be seeing in there is that conBanking ‘surprise’ at consumer loan arrears reduction * Ease of restructuring consumer loans cited as one reason for $2.7m fall in arrears value in September 2009 * Loan deterioration set to ‘bottom out’ in 2010 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE merger of two Bahamian real estate firms will enable them to target the “high-end market more sot han before” and enable the company to “rise to the top of the pile”, the president of the enlarged entity told Tribune Business yesterday. Mike Lightbourn, president of Coldwell Banker Light bourn Realty, said the merger with Bahamas Waterfront Properties had from a working perspective reunited him and his son, Colin, and together they planned to launch a number of initiatives that were real estate-related. Although declining to state what their plans were, Mr Lightbourn said Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty, with his son returning as managing director, would seek to leverage the brand, support and tools provided by the Coldwell Banker franchise to expand into “other areas” of the Bahamian real estate market. “We felt it was the right time; the timing was right to merge,” Mr Lightbourn told Tribune Business. “He’s [Colin] great at doing projects. He put together the South Ocean Estates project out west, and other things like that he enjoys doing. We’re physically together now, but there are a bunch of other things we are putting into place as we speak. There’ll be other areas that we’ll be headed into that are real estate related.” He added: “We’re going to use the tools available to us through Coldwell banker. We’re going to pick out what we think works best in our market, and offer new opportunities. We hope to rise to the top of the pile.” The merger has added four new Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA sales agents to the existing team of 20 at Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty, as well as two property managers, and Mr Lightbourn said “a lot of physical work in the office” was being carried out Mer ged r ealty fir m targets ‘top of pile’ S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 B B Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty to target high end market ‘more so than before’, after deal reunites father and son Water Corp unlikely to pay $6.2m debt until the Budget By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B ahamas First General Insurance Company will pass the “important milestone” of $50 million in capital by year-end, its president and chief executive saidy esterday, adding that the general insurer now had a “much superior balance sheet capital position”. Patrick Ward told Tribune Business that Bahamas First General Insurance Company, the main subsidiary of Bahamas First Holdings, was “tracking better than 2008” when it came to its bottom line net income for 2009, although the swing in the u nrealised value of its investm ent portfolio remained a concern largely due to its substantial holdings of Commonwealth Bank stock. Referring to comments by A. M. Best, the international insurance credit rating agency, about the general insurer’s “superior capitalisation”, Mr Ward said: “By the end of 2009, the capital of Bahamas First General Insurance Company will be in excess of $50 million, and the risk profilew e have on the books will not be significantly different from the year before. “We will have a much more superior balance sheet capital position that we had the year before. That’s an important milestone for us to have, $50 million in capital. “We have followed a strategy in the last two to three years of increasing Bahamas First General Insurance Com pany’s capital by not sending a ny monies to the parent via d ividends. That, with good results, has allowed us to build up the capital of Bahamas First General to the level we enjoy today.” Bahamas First General Insurance Company’s 2008 year-end balance sheet showed it had total share-h older equity capital of $47.572 million, implying that this is likely to increase by at least $2.5 million this financial year. And Mr Ward said the company’s financial performance for year-to-date was ahead of 2008, when Bahamas First General Insurance Company sustained an 86.4 per cent decline in net income to $1.656 million, almost entire ly due to a $12 million swing i nto the red on the unrealised l osses suffered on its equity portfolio. “We’re tracking better than 2008 in terms of bottom line profitability,” Mr Ward told Tribune Business. “The core operational results are ahead of where we were last year.” He added, though, that w hile the company was “watching very carefully” the performance of its investment portfolio, “even that is not overshadowing the core results on underwriting”. Mr Ward said Bahamas First General Insurance Company was also “probably tracking very close to” the expected 5 per cent decline in gross premiums written in 2009, adding: “If we’re lucky, we could be a little bit ahead,b ut we expect we’re tracking i n line with expectations.” As for 2010, the Bahamas First General Insurance ComInsurer to hit $50m capital by year-end * Bahamas First in ‘much superior balance sheet c apital position’ by hitting ‘important milestone’ * Firs bottom line profitability and operational results ‘tracking better’ than 2008 * In line with expectations of 5% gross premium drop S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 B B

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A FEW days’ recent strolling through the CliftonH eritage National Park prov ided a sharp antidote to the grand opening ceremony last April, and revealed a distressing truth: the Park is one of those well-meaning but fuzzy ideas that without ratio-n al planning have a hard time surviving in our tough competitive world. I recall the stormy public meeting nearly 10 years ago that caused the withdrawal of a foreign development group p lanning a typical gated resort c ommunity on the Point. Perry Christie’s government then bought the land and created the Clifton Heritage Authority, embodying the principle of “Bahamian land for Bahamians”. That’s a fine principle, d eserving full respect. The only trouble is: Where are the Bahamians? In the course ofc hecking out the Park over several sunny weekends and weekdays, here’s what If ound. On the busiest holiday a bout 50 cars jammed the r oad down to Jaws Beach, with families enjoying the s hort sandy strip. But the Authority has done nothing to make it nice for them justa few rotting piles remain of t he dock destroyed in a longpast hurricane, the concrete boat ramp is incomplete, the beach is unswept and no picnic tables or benches are provided. I saw no beach wardena nd found the door to the toilet facilities always locked. Just down the highway, the v ast asphalt North parking lot o ne day held a single car, oth er days none. Bulldozed from t he bush, it was designed to serve Jaws Beach, but lacking a direct path to the shore nobody uses it. Further down the road, h ard work has been done to excavate and expose theG reat House of the Wylly Plantation and the stone cottages of the slave settlement, b ut the restoration has been m inimal and the buildings sat forlornly without any visitors v isible all the days I passed by. The former Carriage House has been converted into an attractive Gift Shop, with a few interesting displays a nd local items for sale, but it is shut on weekends – surel y a perverse policy for a publ ic park whose citizens are at work or school every week day. These facilities plus the P ark office and wardens’ q uarters, together with trail entrances, are served by the p ristine South parking lot, which was slightly better popu lated – as many as five cars. A s for interest in local ecolo gy, when I often walked the f ew yards from Jaws Beach to the lovely pond in the preserved wetland zone, with three observatory boardwalks and handsome illustrations ofh erons, egrets and coots, I was the solitary observer. Coveri ng the two-mile Arawak Trail t hat fringes the entire Point on a beautiful Sunday, I met exactly three Bahamian hik-e rs – plus a friendly Park ward en, who told me that guided tours are only given only Monday-Friday becauset hey’re “ intended mainly for tourists” (! ty boring bush path, with few s ea views. Neither it nor the Coppice Trail cutting diagonally through the forest dis play any signs to identify the s urrounding trees, vines and shrubs. A billboard near Flipper Beach illustrates a Lucayan village, but there’s no physical evidence or artifacts to hold one’s interest. Strangely, the Park does n ot take advantage of its highest elevation by creating what could be a spectacular out l ook over the sea-side cliffs. The legendary Stone Steps, descending to the rocky shore under an arch, are so steep and narrow that, lacking any hand rails, they can be navi gated only by the foolhardy. Worse, the Authority’s own publicity creates historical fiction. Both the sign at the site and the guidebook designed for Bahamian school children relate the myths that “during the plantation era, these Steps served as a gateway between Clifton and the rest of the world across them passed the first slaves from Africa and the last cotton exported to Europe”. These undocumented fables ignore the hard evidence that the Steps were, in fact, dug in connection witha film production in 1916, an adaptation of ,000 Leagues under the Sea.” Clearly, Bahamians find the most popular attractions of the whole Park to be the swimming, snorkeling and boating activities available at the still unimproved Jaws Beach. In the present state of development, it’s a good question how large a fraction of our population, outside the occasional organised school groups and National Trust expeditions, will make the long drive west to appreciate the cultural and ecological offerings of the Park. The Great House and slave quarters alone are hardly worth a lengthy tour. There’s no food or drink offered any where (except sodas and can dy at the Gift Shop); no play grounds for children; no tables with umbrellas; no music to be heard; no films,p erformances or pageants by n atives in period costumes; no advertised festivals or lectures. There’s no sign of the promised tramway, and no tour schedules are displayed. Much of the Park is “underc onstruction” like its website, whose “News” section alertly displays a September 2005 press release as its latest item, and is blank under “Tours dates for 2009”. I raised some of these issues w ith the pleasant people who s taff the Park office. Many improvements, I was told, are “in development” and, understandably, “depend on funding”. Aye, “funding” – there’s the rub! Where’s it to come from? The Authority is a corporate body created bys tatute in 2004 after the Government agreed to pay $19 million to the late NancyO akes to acquire 208 acres of Clifton Point, and probably a few million more was need-e d for the subsequent amenit ies, including the parking lots a nd clean-up of unsightly garbage along the shore-line. T hese capital costs were funded with a $24 million issue of “Clifton HeritageA uthority” bonds. With a G overnment guarantee, principal and interest are a direct burden on the Treasury, since the Authority has no earnings of its own. All its requirements are met by Govern m ent subsidies and occasional gifts such as the recent $10,000 donation from BTC. E ventually, the Authority s hould earn enough to pay at least part of its running costs. B ut how, in the absence of entrance fees? A possible source would be parking charges at the two big lots,w here toll booths are already built. But Bahamians won’t start using the lots unless the expensive improvements are already in place – the usual financial dilemma. One doubts that there was a ny careful planning about continuing expenses, particu larly the big new budget items n eeded to make the Park an a ttractive going concern. It was simply another project with a political agenda, b acked by our well-intentioned but unrealistic culture mavens, including the do-g ooder foreign organisations that give us advice but don’t understand Bahamian reali t ies. Now, with Government expenditures stretched to the limit in the face of growing deficits, hard-headed PrimeM inister Hubert Ingraham may decide that the worthy but non-essential Park imposes drains on the Treasury that the state simply cannot afford. He won’t close it down, but may quietly tell the visionary chairperson, Sena tor Dr Jacinta Higgs, that funding for all the hoped-for improvements must be put off to the distant future, if ever. To become viable, the Park needs to have a publicity campaign (it’s not listed with tour operators) and a vigorous membership drive to provide consistent donations. Since its activities overlap with the Bahamas National Trust, perhaps the best solution would be to merge with the Trust, whose energetic leadership and long list of loyal members might find a way to pay for the Park’s aspirations and bring its dreams to reality. Even New York’s famous Central Park had serious problems until the privatelyfunded Central Parks Conservancy took over the Park’s management from the city government, now financing most of the operating budget. Without some similar answer, Bahamians will continue to swim at Jaws Beach but the Clifton parking lots will sprout more weeds than cars.A national park that can neither pay its own way nor win popularity with its citizens does not have a bright future. NB: (I was unable to inter view Senator Higgs, who can celled a scheduled meeting). 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By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net THE Prickle Patch has expanded after eight years in business with a $1.5 million investment in the construction of a new building, opening the door to additional serv ices and offerings, the owne rs told Tribune Business yest erday. Agnes Kemp said she figured it was time to expandher home decor business, which took off in 2001 at a 2,000 square foot store in the Summer Winds Plaza off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. She and her husband, Barry Kemp, seven years after opening, then bid on a plot of land where they would later expand the business. Now, with 6,500 more square feet to stock, Mrs Kemp takes yearly trips to China, Indonesia and the USto purchase the rarities The Prickle Patch offers. The business, which employs six full-time workers (and is hiring sidiary of Mr Kemp’s busi ness, Quick Welding. According to the Kemps, The Prickle Patch’s parent company began under a pine tree in Abaco through odd welding jobs, and has grown into a petroleum construction business with clients across the Caribbean. And with the parent company in the construction business, the Prickle Patch’s new Tonique Williams-Darling Highway location was erected with in-house labour. Mr and Mrs Kemp’s children have also moved into the business and have spun off businesses at the new site. One daughter is opening a b eauty salon and spa only feet from the Prickle Patch, and the family hopes to open a deli and rent out several office spaces to complete the complex, all under the umbrella of Kemps Company of Investment. With two fully stocked floors, the Prickle Patch has expanded its range of items which, according to Mrs Kemp, has been well received by the public since the store’s opening three weeks ago. She touts her store as the most unique home decor store on the island, with many countries represented in the products she sells. While her clientele is predominantly women, about 85 per cent, the store carries myriad articles that would appeal to men, with displays a rranged just for them. “Women keep the economy going,” said Mr Kemp. Mrs Kemp said she would like to begin selling some local artwork, but feels there is a lack of interest in Bahamian products. According to Mrs Kemp, the economic downturn had no real effect on store sales and did not slow construction of the building. Mr and Mrs Kemp now work side by side in an office that houses both the Prickle Patch and Quick Welding. Their new building is slated to be dedicated to their parents in a ceremony this Saturday. “We want this to be a legacy for our kids,” said Mrs Kemp. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM To the Valued Clients of Atlantic Medical Insurance Colonial Pension Services (Bahamas Nassau Insurance Brokers & Agents Security & General Insurance Company Please be advised that our offices will close at 4:00 pm on Friday, November 13th, 2009 and will re-open as normal on Monday, November 16th, 2009. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. PUBLIC NOTICE $1.5m investment’s expanding ‘Patch’ 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 To advertise in The Tribune the #1 newspaper in circulation, just call 502-2371 today!

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Corporation did not maintain timely payments to it or increase the sums involved, its Bahamian subsidiary would lack the liquidity/cash flow needed to finance its operations. If such a scenario came to pass, although Consolidated Water gave no indication that it would, then the company’s Blue Hills reverse osmosis plant which supplies the bulk of New Providence’s daily water with some seven million gallons per day might have to reduce its output or cease production altogether. C onsolidated Water said: “Consolidated Water (Bahamas ables from the Water & Sewerage Corporation were approximately $6.2 million as of September 30, 2009. “We believe that the accounts receivable from the Water & Sewerage Corporation are fully collectible, and therefore have not provided any allowance for possible non-payment of these receivables as of September 30, 2009.” Osmosis Yet the BISX-listed reverse osmosis supplier added: “We have been informed by these representatives that while the Water & Sewerage Corporation expects to pay us approximately $1.2 million each month, which approximates Consolidated Water (Bahamas to Water & Sewerage Corporation, the Water & Sewerage Corporation will continue to be in arrears on its payments to Consolidated Water (Bahamas of 2009. “Consolidated Water (Bahamas tially all of its revenues from its contract with the Water & Sewerage Corporation and is dependent upon timely coll ection of its accounts receivable to fund its operations. “If the Water & Sewerage Corporation does not maintain the timeliness and/or increase the amounts of its payments to Consolidated Water (Bahamas sidiary may not have sufficient liquidity to adequately fund its operations. Supplies “If this occurs, Consolidated Water (Bahamas required to decrease the amount of water it supplies the Water & Sewerage Corporation to the minimum required amount under the contract or, if liquidity problems become too severe, cease its production of water altogether. Such developments could have a material adverse effect on our results of operation and financial position.” Elsewhere, Rick McTaggart, Consolidated Water’s chief executive, told analysts that the company felt there was “room for further margin improvements” in its bulk water operations, due to effi ciency upgrades at its Blue Hills and Windsor reverse osmosis plants in Nassau. These efficiency improvements, he said, had already resulted in lower operating costs in Consolidated Water’s Bahamian operations. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM N O T I C Ein preparation for the upcoming annual general meeting of the bahamas agricultural producers association (bapa for november 2009, we take this opportunity to encourage all our members and those persons wishing to become members to come into the ofce, 8th terrace, collins avenue and renew, or complete, membership applications to become nancial in order to participate fully in the meeting. the association is now developing forward momentum and you must be nancial if you wish to participate in, or benet fully from the programmes that are currently planned for its future.Signed: Irwin G. Stubbs President Dated: October 26, 2009 “The Bahamas First Agribusiness Organization” THE INSURANCE COMMISSION OF THE BAHAMASRequest for ProposalsExternal Audit ServicesThe newly formed Insurance Commission of The Bahamas (a statutory corporation) is seeking proposals for the provision of external audit services in respect of its nancial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards for the period ended December 31, 2009. For further information and to request the supplemental information, please contact: Superintendent of Insurance T he Insurance Commission of The Bahamas Email: oric@bahamas.gov.bs Phone 328-1068 Proposal Submission:PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL TENDER DOCUMENTS – External Audit Services SUPERINTENDENT The Insurance Commission of The Bahamas 3rd Floor Charlotte House Charlotte & Shirley Street Nassau, BahamasDeadline:Friday 20 November 2009 at 12:00 Noon The Commission reserves the right to accept or reject all tenders (Issue Date – 11 November 2009) Water Corp unlikely to pay $6.2m debt until the Budget 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 a rea or have won an a ward. 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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By NELSON D SCHWARTZ and J UDY DEMPSEY c.2009 New York TimesNews Service IT HAS come to this: Germany will almost certainly have a bigger budget deficit n ext year than Italy will. T raditionally, Germany is the Continent’s keeper of fiscal rectitude, perpetually fretting that the Italians and other free-spending southern Europeans are about to undermine the euro and rekindle inflation by not reducing their red ink. But in 2010, the Germany deficit is expected to total 6.5p er cent of its gross domestic product, while the Italian budget gap is forecast at 6.2 per cent of GDP, accordingto Deutsche Bank. There is something really odd going on here, with Italy being more prudent, Spaing etting more serious and even the French talking about pension cuts,” said Gilles Moec of Deutsche Bank. “Germany is the odd one out.” It is more than a matter of r ole reversal. The German shift underscores just how profoundlythe economic and political situation has changed in Berlin, as well as how desperate Chancellor Angela Merkel is to restore growth in Europe’s largest economy as she begins her second term. G iven the long-standing aversion to borrowing and spending that has shaped German fiscal policy since the great hyperinflation ofthe Weimar era during the 1 920s, Merkel and her new finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, have set off a fierce debate by proposing to cut taxes by 24 billion euro,or $35.9 billion, in 2010 and 2011, rather than immediate ly attack the country’s projected budget gap. “I want us to do everything w e can to create the conditions for new, stronger growth,” Merkel said Tuesday, laying out her agenda ina speech before the Bundestag in Berlin. “Withoutg rowth, there will be no investment. Without growth, no jobs. Without growth, no money for education. Without growth, no help for the weak.” Cutting taxes now and bala ncing budgets later is a highwire act for all politicians, of course, and the new German government is divided even within its own ranks over the wisdom of lowering taxes to stimulate the economy. Sign But it is a sign of just how painful the recession has been across the Continent, especially Germany, that officials in Berlin and elsewherei n Europe are so reluctant to reduce borrowing anytime soon because of the risk of harming the incipient recovery. Like Germany, much of Europe is struggling withh ow to gradually withdraw economic stimulus efforts without compounding still-r ising unemployment or throwing their economies back into recession. The terms of the treaty that created the euro currency are supposed to limit each country’s deficit to no more than three per cent of its GDP. None of the 16 coun-t ries that use the euro are expected to meet that goal soon, however, with the typical budget deficit projected to reach a record 6.9 per cent of GDP next year, according to the European Commis-s ion. On Wednesday, the commission is expected to give Germany, France and Spain until 2013 to return their budget gaps to below three per cent. B ut it is not clear whether any of them can achieve that goal. For Merkel, who strenuously opposed a Europewide stimulus package during the depth of the financial crisis last year, the change of approach has been difficultt o accept. “Germany has been a kind of symbol for Europe of caution and prudence when it comes to spending,” said Alfred Boss, an economist and specialist in German pol-i tics at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, who added that Berlin’s new pro-p osals “are not typically German.” “There seems to be a kind of attitude that the tax cuts will finance themselves,” he argued. “It’s nonsense. It’s an attitude prevailing in the U.S., but this kind of thinking seems to be stronger in then ew government.” Prominent Indeed, a few prominent German politicians have started echoing the supplyside arguments propounded by former President RonaldR eagan and his economists in Washington in the 1980s and carried forward by the Republican Party ever since. “Particularly because the coffers are empty we need fair taxes to jump-start the economic engine so that more money flows into statec offers,” the head of the Free Democratic Party, Guido Westerwelle, said in an interview with the German newspaper Bild. 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Along with offering $300 laptops and $99 navigation devices, stores are planning new safety measures to make sure the festive day does not take another deadly turn. Last year, frenzied shoppers at a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., trampled Jdimytai Damour, a temporary store employee who died soon afterward. To prevent any repeat, Wal-Mart has sharply changed how it intends to manage the crowds. That new plan, developed by experts who have wrangled throngs at events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics, will affect how customers approach and enter the stores, shop, check out and exit. Each store will have its own customized plan. The hope is for an orderly Black Friday, a seemingly incongruous notion. The most significant change at Wal-Mart is that the majority of its discount stores (as opposed to its Supercenters) will open Thanksgiving morning at 6 a.m. and stay open through Friday evening. Last year, those stores closed on Thanksgiving evening and reopened early Friday morning. By keeping the stores open for 24 hours, Wal-Mart is hoping for a steady flow of shoppers instead of mammoth crowds swelling outside its stores in the wee hours of Fri day. In another new twist this year, shoppers at Wal-Mart will not have to sprint towarda pile of flat-screen televisions and scuffle with one another to get one. Rather, customers will be able to enter the store at any time and line up at merchandise displays for the must-have items on their lists. When the products go on sale Friday at 5 a.m., employees will supervise the lines, giving shoppers the merchandise in the order in which they joined the line until the goods are out of stock. (Only a small percentage of stores will not be open 24 hours; most Wal-Mart Supercenters are already open 24 hours.) Another problem in the past was the bottleneck at store entrances. Like many big-box retailers, Wal-Mart does not have multiple entrances and exits to spread around customer traffic. So this year it will put workers in front of its stores to direct customers and keep them moving. “We are committed to looking for ways to make our stores even safer for our customers and associates this holiday season,” said David Tovar, a spokesman for WalMart, adding that the retailer was “confident our customers can look forward to a safe and enjoyable shopping experience at Wal-Mart.” Aggressive shoppers are common the day after Thanksgiving. So crowd control plans, which vary by retailer, are critical. And they are especially important now, given the economy. Newly frugal consumers want more for less, and stores plan to drum up sales with stunning deals. This year, for the first time, the National Retail Federa tion created a comprehensive set of guidelines for crowd control at stores. The guidelines note that special markdowns and historically low discounts have led to larger crowds. “Retailers are very much trying to make themselves stand out in an envi ronment like this,” Ellen Davis, a spokeswoman for the industry group, said in a conference call this week. But she added that “retailers need to understand that many of these sales and promotional periods might draw customers who are more insistent about getting a good deal.” The federation said retailers were performing dress rehearsals with their employees. Some stores plan to serve drinks to shoppers, or offer entertainment while they are in line, to maintain calm. Also, the stores say that creating a rapport with customers makes news of sellouts and long lines more palatable. Peter Conway, general manager of a Best Buy in Westbury, N.Y., has made a habit of arriving at his store at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving night to chat with shoppers lined up outside. “I’m outside talking with my customers, just getting to know them, seeing what they’re there for,” he said. “I’m very clear with them: ‘There’s not going to be any running.”’ For years, Best Buy has controlled crowds by sending teams of workers into the parking lots to distribute tickets for its so-called doorbusters popular items like digital cameras and laptops at exceedingly low prices. Tick ets are given out about 3 a.m. and each customer is allowed one ticket for each doorbuster item they intend to buy. “They know if they have a ticket, they’re guaranteed they have that product,” Con way said. “It creates ease of mind.” To keep shoppers from running aimlessly around its stores, Best Buy employees hand out maps, and they mark popular items with colored balloons that can be seen from anywhere in the store. 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sumer loans are smaller, they are much easier to restructure, and if restructured banks can categorise them as current. You reduce non-accrual loans in that category.” In contrast, the total value of mortgage loan arrears increased by $25.6 million or 5.9 per cent to $461.9 million during September 2009, according to the Central Bank, while commercial loans past due rose by $13.1 million or 5.7 per cent to $243.6 million. “Mortgage loans are much more difficult to restructure. You can’t refinance it; it’s too expensive,” Mr Sunderji explained. “They are workouts. Mortgage loans stay in the same category for many, many months.” This is usually until the borrowers find new jobs, and their income levels and ability to meet obligations recovers. Consumer loans could be restructured in “a heartbeat”, via refinancing and the charging of a bank fee. “I don’t think fundamentally those are good loans because they got restructured,” Mr Sunderji told Tribune Business, “and I think the Central Bank may have a view on this, with regard to how banks report restructured loans.” T. B. Donaldson, Commonwealth Bank’s chairman, also told this newspaper yesterday that he was unable to explain definitively why consumer loan arrears had fallen slightly in September. He added that one possibility was that, with lay-offs and redundancies, especially in the hotel sector, having levelled-off since late 2008, personal loan defaults and their restructuring may have “bottomed out”. “In a sense, it’s a very good sign, because if that is happening the worst could soon be over,” Mr Donaldson told Tribune Business. View However, Mr Sunderji took a slightly more pessimistic view, saying that loan arrears numbers for the Bahamian commercial banking sector as a whole would continue to “deteriorate” until the wider economy started to recover, something not expected to occur until late 2010 at the earliest. While the loan arrears figures “should become stable at some point”, the Fidelity Bank (Bahamas tive said this was also not likely to happen until late 2010. “We are all very focused on keeping non-performing loans as low as possible, assisting clients as best we can, restructuring loans and waiting for the economy to recover. There is nothing much we can do, as jobs won’t be created overnight,” he added. “The economy is still troubled, people are still underemployed, incomes are down, so nothing has materially changed in the economy. [Loan arrears] stability is going to be driven by recovery, which depends on the US recovery. “I think 20910 will see us bottom out, and hopefully we will see some recovery. I don’t think there’s going to be as large and dramatic lay-offs as we had in 2008 and 2009. I can’t see another 1,000 people being laid-off. “That’s not to say incomes aren’t being squeezed, and we will remain a troubled economy until such time as a sustained recovery takes place in the US. Baha Mar will help us, of course. Economic recovery will take place at some point in time; the question is: When? In the meantime, we have to do the best we can.” A key concern is whether any more major economic shocks, either external or internal, will impact the Bahamian economy. Mr Sunderji identified one potential problem as the continued pressure the G-20/OECD and their individual member states were exerting on the Bahamas’ international financial centre, and on financial institutions to exit this jurisdiction. He questioned whether, in the face of such pressure, some institutions would decide to scale down their presence in the Bahamas or follow BNP Paribas’s example and exit altogether. While US gross domestic product (GDP during the third quarter, Mr Sunderji and others have questioned whether this recovery will be sustained, since it largely appears to have been driven by the Obama administration’s stimulus programme. Many initiatives in this programme are not being continued past that quarter. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IS SEEKING CANDIDATES THATARE PERFORMANCEDRIVEN TO JOIN OUR EXPANDING, DYNAMIC TEAM FOR THE POSITION OFLAB TECHNICIANRequirements: Lab Supervisor Caribbean Bottling Co. (Bah. P.O. Box N-1123 Nassau, Bahamas. or by Email to: cbclab@cbcbahamas.com Caribbean Bottling Co. (Bahamas L L O O A A N N , , f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP Service Commission on Tuesday rejected proposed energy conservation goals that environmentalists had called too weak. Commissioners said a proposal drawn by their own staff fell short of what’s needed to prod Floridians into savingmore energy. The panel asked staffers to return with a new recommendation December 1. The rejected proposal would have let major electric utilities keep most current standards while expanding education programs for consumers. It also would have required utilities to spend $12.2 million on rebates for customers who purchase solar water heaters. Staffers recommended against stronger requirements because that could lead to higher rates. Environmentalists argue such rate increases would be relatively small but bills would be lower because consumers would be using less power. “We’re all very conscious of the financial burdens that are on the consumers but if we don’t move forward and instead keep the status quo, we’ll just never get there,” said Commissioner Nancy Argenziano. The commission is required to review the energy conservation goals for the state’s major utilities every five years. Staffers argued it would be wrong to force utilities to spend money on incentives to convince consumers to do things like buy energy efficient light bulbs or appliances because they’d likely do that on their own. Commissioner Nathan Skop criticized that, saying the state needed to come up with more “robust” goals. Skop said staffers instead offered proposals designed to do “everything” the utilities wanted. Susan Glickman, a consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, called the commission’s decision is a very positive step. Utility representatives declined to criticize the decision. “We’ve been in the business of helping customers save energy and money for more than a quarter of a century,” said Progress Energy Florida spokesman Tim Leljedal. “Whatever the goal, we will continue putting customers in the best position to save.” Florida Power & Light Co. spokesman Mayco Villafana said the state’s largest electric utility looked forward to the staff’s new recommendations. “We operate the number one energy efficiency program in the country and have the lowest bill in the state of Florida,” Villafana said. The goals also would apply to Tampa Electric Co., Gulf Power Co., Florida Public Utilities Co., the Orlando Utilities Commission and Jacksonville’s JEA utility. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM KHUOOH\#EHOOVRXWKQHW %2;,1*'$<$1'(:<($5'$<<6 7KH&DELQHW2IFHZLVKHVWRDGYLVHWKHJHQHUDOSXEOLF RIWKHGHFLVLRQVWDNHQWKH*RYHUQPHQWZLWKUHJDUGWR WKH%R[LQJ'D\DQG1HZ
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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM pany chief executive added that the company was anticipating a year “that resembles elements of what we experienced this year”. He explained: “I think economic activity will be flat in the first half of the year, and if we see any improvement it will be in the second half of the year.” Commenting on A. M. Best’s decision to renew its top financial strength and issuer credit rating, Mr Ward told Tribune Business: “It’s extremely important, because we regard it as an independent assessment by an established entity in the insurance community of the financial strength and claims paying ability of Bahamas First General Insurance Company.” He added that it was also “a valuable indicator” for clients to show that Bahamas First General Insurance Company would be around for the short and long-term. In its analysis, A. M. Best said: “The ratings are based on Bahamas First General Insurance Company's continued solid capitalisation, favourable operating performance and established presence in the Bahamian market. These factors are supported by the company's conservative catastrophe programme, underwriting controls, local market expertise and enhanced risk management. "Historically, Bahamas First Holdings has contributed capital to Bahamas First General Insurance Company to support growth initiatives and to enhance its capital position. "A.M. Best expects that Bahamas First Holdings will continue to support Bahamas First General Insur ance Company with additional capital contributions, allowing Bahamas First General Insurance Company to main tain the level of risk-adjusted capitalisation necessary for its rating level." A. M. Best added: "These positive factors are somewhat offset by Bahamas First General Insurance Company's geographic concentration and subsequent exposure to hurricane activity. However, this concern is mit i gated by Bahamas First General Insurance Company's strong reinsur ance programme with prominent reinsurance companies. The programme reduces Bahamas First General Insurance Company's net probable maxi mum loss to a manageable level, but s ubstantially increases operating costs. F urthermore, Bahamas First General Insurance Company faces increased competition from indigenous and outside companies seeking market share." By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor BAHAMIAN auditors will have a “statutory obligation” to directly report findings of material deficiencies and qualified audit opinions/statements to the Securities Commission, overriding their duty of confidentiality to their clients. Addressing a Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA seminar, Mechelle Martinborough, the Securities Commission’s inhouse legal counsel and secretary, said that under the proposed reforms to the Securities Industry Act and its accompanying regulations, auditors would “have an obligation under the legislation to c ome to the Commission directly” if t hey saw material deficiencies in the financial statements of one of its licensees, or qualified an audit opinion. BICA had argued that its members had an obligation of confidentiality to their audit clients, but Ms Martinborough said: “The Commission’s position is that this is a contractual standard, and one that the Commission can legislate you out of if the present draft is accepted as is.” S he added that the capital markets and investment funds regulator “feels very strongly” about the need to impose a statutory obligation on Bahamian auditors to report directly to it, to “ensure we’re kept abreast of problems in the industry”. E lsewhere, Ms Martinborough said the Securities Commission had moved to amend requirements that BICA members also conduct annual compliance audits of its licensees, as well as verifying their financial statements. C ompliance Now, compliance audits would “only be required on an ‘as needed’ basis”, Ms Martinborough said, acknowledging that the Securities Commission would have to craft rules and guidelines to govern this area. BICA, she acknowledged, had a rgued for this amendment because i t felt the cost of conducting both compliance and financial statem ents audits would be “prohibitive for most industry participants and public companies”. Ms Martinborough also moved to allay concerns BICA members had about allowing foreign auditors in to audit Bahamian companies, telling the seminar that provisions allowing overseas auditors to come in related only to foreign issuers who came to the Bahamas to issue shares. While International Financial R eporting Standards (IFRS been prescribed as the accounting standards to be used for audits, the Securities Commission had not come to a final decision on this, and it “anticipates” that other recognised accounting standards could be used in some circumstances. Auditors ‘obliged’ to report directly adverse findings By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net THE OPPOSITION PLP yesterday urged the Government to quit “skylarking” over the signing of more Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA the Organisation for Economic Co-Operaiton and Development’s (OECD Member of Parliament for Fox Hill and Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Fred Mitchell, said the FNM government should settle the 12 TIEAs it needs to escape the OECD list, arguing that it should stop accusing the PLP of failing to safeguard the financial ser vices industry because these demands were not made of the Bahamas when it was in office. While the Government has moved on sign ing TIEAs, one having recently been signed with the UK, the PLP accused it of “dithering and skylarking” on the signing of more. “The Bahamas Government needs to act with dispatch to settle the remaining agreements for tax information exchange that appear to be vital to the survival of the financial services sector in the Bahamas,” said Mr Mitchell. In the latest bout of political mudslinging, Mr Mitchell berated the FNM for implying that it was his party’s responsibility to begin the signing process. However, as he revealed, the urgency of signing on to 12 TIEAs was made strictly clear by the OCED only this year. Reject We reject unequivocally the attempt by the FNM at its recent convention, through its minister of state, to blame the PLP for TIEAs not being signed or for not initiating further agreements.The minister knows better,” Mr Mitchell continued. “The fact is that the sector did not require TIEAs as the standard while the PLP was in office. “It was the position of the sector and the Government and the previous FNM administration that there would only be one TIEA signed, and that was with the United States, because our failure to sign at that time threatened our tourist business. “The standard for a well-regulated jurisdiction changed within the last year and on the FNM’s watch.Once the standard changed, it was therefore the FNM administration’s obligation to get on with it and not dither and skylark in settling the agreements, and not try to fool the Bahamian people about their dithering over it.” Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said recently that the Bahamas should be in a position to begin formally signing off on those TIEAs by the end of this month, with a view to concluding allo f them by the end of the year. So far, each technical agreement has been initialed "as evidence of our having agreed them," added the Prime Minister. The Bahamas has concluded TIEAs with the US and, more recently, Monaco and San Marino. H owever, Mr Mitchell suggested the Gov ernment move much faster, as countries in the Caribbean have. “Other countries in the region, such as Bermuda and Cayman, have concluded with dispatch the agreements,” he said. “The Bahamas Government must stop trying t o excuse their skylarking behavior and get on w ith it.” Government told to quit TIEA ‘skylarking’ F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B

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LIQUIDATOR NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4ab and (cAct, 2000, notice is hereby given that:(aZORBRATEC INC. is indissolution; (bThe date of commencement of the dissolution is the 16th day of October, A.D., 2009 and (c East Bay St. C.B. Strategy Ltd. LIQUIDATOR By STEVEN G REENHOUSE c.2009 New York Times News Service A NEW study of workers a t 50 hotels in the United States found that women w ere 50 per cent more likely to be injured than men, and that Hispanic women had ani njury rate two-thirds higher t han their white female counterparts. The study, which will be p ublished in January in The American Journal of Industrial Medicine, said the injuryr ate was higher for female hotel employees because they worked disproportion a tely as housekeepers, which is the most injury-prone hotel j ob. A ccording to the study, housekeepers have a 7.9 per cent injury rate each year, 50p er cent higher than for all hotel workers and twice the rate for all workers in the United States. Other academic studies have concluded that housek eepers have a high injury rate because they do repetitive tasks, lift heavy mattresses and work rapidly to clean a dozen or more rooms. T he study found that Hispanic housekeepers had the h ighest injury rate 10.6 per cent a year compared with 6.3 per cent for white housek eepers, 5.5 for black housek eepers and 7.3 per cent for Asian housekeepers. T he study did not specul ate why the injury rate was so much higher for Hispanich ousekeepers, but several e xperts said the reasons could include their smaller s tature or that managers gave them heavier workl oads. H ispanic and Asian men w ere 1.5 times more likely to be injured than white men, the study found. Men disproportionately hold hotel j obs as banquet servers, cooks and dishwashers. “These alarming results raise many questions as to w hy injury rates are so high for women, and Hispanic and Asian workers in the hotel sector,” said, Dr. Susan Buchanan, lead author of the article and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public H ealth. The study, “Occupational I njury Disparities in the US Hotel Industry,” was first presented on Monday at the a nnual meeting of the Ameri can Public Health Association in Philadelphia. Thes tudy focused on 50 unioni zed properties and examined 2,865 injuries over a three-y ear span. T he study found the high est injury rate for housekeepers was at the Hyatt chain, at 10.4 per cent, and lowest at the Hilton chain, at 5.47 per cent, for housek eepers. Hyatt did not respond to inquiries about i ts injury rate. “This study is stunning evidence of the unequal impact o f injuries in the hotel indust ry, and it calls into question whether discriminatoryw orkplace practices play a r ole,” said John W Wilhelm, president of Unite Here, theu nion representing hotel w orkers. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4ab a nd (cAct, 2000, notice is hereby given that:(aALOFT INVESTMENT LTD. is in dissolution; (bThe date of commencement of the dissolution is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and (c East Bay St. C.B. Strategy Ltd. LIQUIDATOR NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4ab and (cAct, 2000, notice is hereby given that:(aGATHERING EAGLES LTD. is in dissolution; (bThe date of commencement of the dissolution is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and (c East Bay St. C.B. Strategy Ltd. 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to accommodate them. Adding that the merger would also help Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty in the Family Islands, Mr Light bourn said: “We’re heading for the high end of the market, more so than before. Colin’s going to be really spearheading that. “My son has been in real estate since the mid-1990s. He started out with me, and then went to work to at Ocean Club Estates. When he wasr eady to come back to me, we did not have any physical space, so he went on his own....” Meanwhile, while real estate activity measured by both sales and dollar volumes were down due to the global recession, Mr Lightbourn the Bahamian market for properties valued up to $500,000$600,000 had held up prettyw ell. “There are less people able to buy, but the supply is not that great, and that’s what is keeping prices up,” he added. “Supply and demand are the two most important things,a nd then there’s location, location, location. “The best island right now is this island [New Providence]. More Bahamians live here, more non-Bahamians live here, so there are more potential customers on this island than any other.” Although the Bahamian real estate market was in its traditional lull prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday period, which usually marked the start of a returning influx of potential wealthy US real estate buyers, Mr Lightbourn said the stock market crash and credit crunch meant they would be fewer in number. “We’ve got to fight a little harder to get them,” Mr Lightbourn told Tribune Business. “These situations create opportunities, and there are opportunities out there for people who can buy with their own funds or get the banks to lend to them.” However, he said some in the Bahamian real estate industry were unused to fight ing for business, having become steeped in “the easy way”, resulting in the loss of some realtors from the sector. However, the Bahamas’ marinas and businesses that relied on the boating/yachting market were not faring well, Mr Lightbourn telling Tribune Business that a Florida-based friend of his, who worked in the boating foreclosure business, had informed him he was running out of space to store all the vessels he had seized in foreclosure proceedings. This means the Bahamas’ boating market is unlikely to return any time soon. “We need the US to pick up, tourism to pick up. All of those things,” Mr Lightbourn said. “Everyone’s pointing to next year, so we’ll have to wait and see.” By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer W ASHINGTON (AP Senate Democrats on Tues-day proposed stripping the Federal Reserve of its super-v isory powers and creating instead three new federal agencies to police banks, protect consumers and dismantle failing institutions. The 1,136-page bill, released by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris D odd, would represent a significant shift in power in fede ral oversight of the U.S. market. The Fed has been a dominant figure in managing the economy, although many lawm akers blame the central bank for not doing enough to prevent last year’s crisis. “We saw over the last numb er of years when (the Fed took on consumer protection responsibilities and the regulation of bank holding companies, it was an abysmal fail-u re,” said Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat. Dodd’s proposal prompted c heers from consumer advocates and other Democrats, including Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., an influential modera te who said swift action was necessary to prevent future government bailouts of big banks. Never again should the American taxpayers have to hear about ’too big to fail,’ where the American taxpayer has to pick up the slack,”W arner said. But the financial industry quickly pushed back. The bill “would produce conflicts among regulators, undermine the state-chartered banking system and impose extensive new regulatory burdens on those bankst hat had nothing to do with creating the financial crisis,” s aid Edward Yingling, presi dent of the American Bankers Association. While Republicans were e xpected to oppose much of the bill, Sen. Bob Corker, a T ennessee Republican on Dodd’s committee, issued a statement setting an optim istic tone. “I’m more hopeful than I was a few weeks ago that we will be able to come up with a b ipartisan bill,” said Corker, who has worked closely with Warner on banking issues. Points Among the top points of contention is Dodd’s desire to create a Consumer Finan-c ial Protection Agency to protect consumers taking out home loans or using credit cards against predatory lending and surprise interest rate hikes. Republicans and industry officials say that creating another bureaucracy willm ake it harder for banks to do business and would limit t he availability of credit. Other provisions in Dodd’s bill would: Consolidate federal s upervision of banks under a “Financial Institutions Regul atory Administration.” Abolish the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency a nd the Office of Thrift Supervision, and strip the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Fed of t heir bank supervision duties. Create an “Agency for Financial Stability” that would enforce new rules and d ismantle complex financial firms if they threaten the broader economy. Regulate privately traded derivatives, hedge fundsa nd other private pools of capital so that regulators have a sense of how much risk is being assumed by financial firms. Impose new rules on investment rating agencies. Limit the Fed’s ability to provide emergency loanst o mostly healthy institutions, instead of failing firms. T he Senate Banking Com mittee was expected to take up the legislation next week and vote by early December.D odd said he expects to need Republican support to get the b ill through Congress and that he remains optimistic consensus could be reached. T he bill will also have to be reconciled with the House version. Rep. Barney Frank, chairm an of the House Financial Services Committee, said he expects a floor vote in December on his proposal. L ike Dodd, Frank wants to strip the Fed of its consumer protection powers and create a separate agency dedicated to the mission. B oth House and Senate bills also would limit the Fed’s ability to provide emergency loans and create a council of regulators to monitor the risks posed by large financial firms. But the House bill wouldn’t consolidate federal bankings upervision and would ultimately put the Fed in charge o f enforcing new require ments for large and influential firms. Frank said Dodd’s a nnouncement on Tuesday confirmed that “we are movi ng in the same direction” and will enact legislation soon. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 14B, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CREDITAGRICOLE SUISSE (BAHAMASTD.CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. IVANHOE SANDSManaging Director2009 Financial Services Industry Excellence AwardsThe Board of Directors of Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas congratulate Mr. Ivanhoe Sands for being chosen as the Executive of the Year at the awards ceremony held on 23 October 2009.We are proud of you and wish you continued success throughout your career, from the Board of Directors and your colleagues. Senators propose sweeping Federal Reserve reforms Merged realty firm targets ‘top of pile’ F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B Share your news The Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are m aking news in their neighbourhoods. 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By REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporter I T’S not often that you hear of a big name in show business following a special calling in the church. But after his lucrative career in theatre, Edward Danylo Evanko did just that. He enter ed the Pontifical Beda College in Rome, wher e he completed his academic and spiritual formation, and was ordained a priest in 2005. And now he is bringing his famous play ‘Damien The Leper’ chronicling the life of Father Jozef De Veuster who was recently made a saint by the Pope to the Bahamas. The Canadian actor of Ukrainian descent, famous for captivating audiences in Canada, Rome, London, the United States and Australia, is the star of the oneman performance which will debut in the Bahamas on November 19. Father Evanko has had recurring roles in the television show ‘Ryan’s Hope’ and star r ed in Sweeney T odd with Jean Stapleton in 1989. His debut on Broadway earned him a Theatre World Award and a host of other accolades. Over the years, he has r ecor ded Br oadway albums for Capitol, RCA, Decca and Destiny Recor ds. He also appeared in performances at the Rainbow Stage, the Stratford Festival and the English and Welsh National Operas. But after more than 40 years of acting, Father Evanko had a change of hear t and decided to follow a calling to the ministry, starting with his post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba, followed by his attendance at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. ou don’t just decide to become a priest,” Father Evanko told T ribune Religion . “It is something that happens, and you eitherr espond to it or decide not to respond to it.” He said he can’t count the number of times that persons have asked him “why”. ‘Damien The Leper’ has tour ed all ar ound the world, and was most r ecently staged in Rome at St Peter’s Priscilla on the last day of the Canonisation of Blessed Damien by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009. The staging of the one-person play , depicting the life-stor y of St Damien, the most r ecent canonised saint of the Roman Catholic Church, will be shown in Long Island and New Providence as part of the culminating activities of the year-long 75th anniversary celebration of St Joseph’s Church. The play chr onicles the life of the 19th century Belgian Roman Catholic priest Jozef De V euster , who took the r eligious name of Damien and left his native land of Belgium to work among the lepers in Molokai, Hawaii. The play opens with Father Damien r elating his own funeral on the Island of Molokai, “the most useless piece of land imaginable” the place that had become the dumping ground for the “living dead” as lepers wer e referred to in past centuries. Father Damien lived among the lepers for 16 years and built churches, homes and coffins as well as dug graves for the lepers. Eventually becoming a vital figur e in the colony , he contracted leprosy in 1892 and died there on April 15, ‘Damien -The Leper’ comes to the Bahamas The Tribune’s RELIGION SECTION THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 PG 24 A T APESTR Y depicting Father Damien, born as Jozef De V euster , hangs from the St Peter Basilica facade during a canonisation ceremony in St Peter's square at the Vatican on October 11, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI gave the Roman Catholic church five new saints, with Rafael Arnaiz Baron, Francisco Coll y Guitart, Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski, Father Damien, born as Jozef De V euster , and Marie de la Croix (Jeanne A l e s s a n d r a T a r a n t i n o / A P P h o t o SEE page 28

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The Tribune T hursday, November 12 , 2009 PG 25 RELIGION Having done all "Wherefore take u nto you the w hole amour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil d ay, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:13 THE days that we currently live in are profoundly evil and oppressive. I heard a preacher use a scripture that I hadn't heard anyone preach in a long time. It is good to revisit relevant scriptures when there is a desperate need for them. While listening to this preacher's sermon he repeated the word "all" to make a point. The final time he said it, it was said with much intensity and it made me think what is the "all" that he was talking about that we need to do in order to stand in the evil of the present days that we live in. In the scriptures that follow Ephesians 6:13, it tells of the tools that we would need in order to stand. I thought, "we have the tools, so what accompanies the tools that God has given us to stand with?" What is the, "all" that this preacher was talking about? After much pondering, this is the “all” that I came up with: First and foremost we are to love God with all our might and ser ve Him and live. We have to love others when we want to hate. Not only love, but love our neighbour as we love ourselves. We have to forgive when our flesh wants stay angry and doesn’ t want to for give. W e have to build up people when there are only thoughts of tearing them down. We have to speak life rather than death. The Bible tells us that life and death is in the power of the tongue. W e have to be our brother's keeper. Which means we have to look out for others as we do for ourselves. We have to walk away when your flesh wants to stay and fight. W e have to show God when we want to act on our emo tions in a manner that will not glorify God. Wives have to submit to their husbands. Husbands have to love their wives as Christ loves the chur ch and gave himself for it. Parents have to raise their children in the fear and admission of the Lord. Children have obey their parents in the Lor d, it is the righteous thing to do. We have to pray without ceasing and fast that we obtain the power of God. W e have to do the "all" that we wer e righteously taught to do. After we have done that and whatever else God has instr ucted us in our individual lives to do, then we ar e able to stand in these dark and evil days after having done "all". I am so grateful to God that He is a mer ciful and an understanding God. I say that because He won't ask us to do anything that He Himself has not given us the power to do. The wor d of God tells us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. So whatever He asks us to do we can to do it because He has made it possible for us to do. I know it is not always easy to stand and follow God in every situation, circumstance and in ever y r elationship that we have. Never theless, it is not impossible if we do it in God's strength and not our own strength. Let's do the "all" that God requires of us so that we may able to stand in these last and evil days. ALLISON MILLER

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON THE Gospel singing sensation, The Rahming Brothers, will pay a musical tribute to the first ladies of the Bahamas at an elegant dinner party to be held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on November 27. The a capella gospel gr oup, consisting of six talented brothers, said they want to give tribute to the women who have been behind the scenes all these years. They are especially honouring Delor es Ingraham, wife of Prime Minister Huber t Ingraham; Bernadette Christie, wife of former Prime Minister Perry Christie, and Beryl Hanna, the late wife of Governor General Arthur Hanna. James Rahming, president of the group, explained that their desire is to not only give appr eciation to these women for their contributions they have made to the Bahamas at large, but also to be the first to put on a show of this magnitude. “The whole idea of a musical tribute and dinner was bor n from a desire to go beyond just a musical concert, which we have hosted for the past four years. Our vision is to offer a gift of singing in a more meaningful way while also giving God all honour, glory, and praise,” he said. The event will also ser ve the pur pose of commemorating their fifth anniversar y as a singing group. Prior to the actual concert and dinner party, the group will also host a musical extravaganza where they will collaborate with a number of gifted Bahamian ar tists to per form a selection of folk songs. Mr Rahming said ther e has been sig nificant suppor t for the event from all cor ners of the community . e have already received overwhelming support for the event and we envision large outpouring numbers as the event nears,” he said. In addition to entertaining the guests, the tribute concert will also give back to the community, as part of the proceeds fr om ticket sales will go towards charity. “Not only ar e we pr oud to host this event, but we are also excited as this will be the first for us on such a lar ge scale. Par t of the pr oceeds of this event will aid a charity group of the first ladies’ choice. Each lady has selected her choice of charity which are the Salvation Army and the Centre for the Deaf,” he said. The Rahming Brothers began singing together has a group five years ago. They officially became a group when they were asked by a friend to perform at a family member’s funeral service. Ever since that day they have been enter taining crowds both at home and abroad. They have travelled throughout the Bahamas and the United States. In 2008, they entered a gospel quartet competition in Nashville,T ennessee, and emer ged second overall out of 28 contestants. They wer e also the 2008 recipient of the Caribbean Gospel Marlin Awards for Traditional Vocal Performance of the Y ear for their song “Bring Them In”. The brothers have released three albums so far , entitled “What W ill I Leave Behind” which is dedicated in loving memory to their parents Bishop Clarence and Rosalee Rahming; “Keep On W alking” and “God Specialises”, which encourages listeners to incr ease their faith. The members of the group are Rev W illiam Rahming, Christopher Rahming, Bennett Rahming, Clar ence Rahming Jr and Prince Rahming. The Tribune PG 26 Thursday, Novmber 12 , 2009 RELIGION THE gospel music group, The R ahming Brothers, paid a courtesy call on Governor Arthur Hanna at Government House in 2007. From left are Bennett R ahming, Prince Rahming, Rev William Rahming, the Governor General, James Rahming, C hristopher Rahming and Clarence Rahming Jr. The group presented the Governor General w ith copies of their CDs "What W ill I Leave Behind" and "Keep on Walking". Gospel group hosts tribute concert T i m A y l e n / B I S P h o t o

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The Tribune Thursday, November 12 , 2009 PG 27 RELIGION A YEAR of activities surrounding the celebrations of the 6 0th Anniversary of the Dedication of St George’s Anglican C hurch came to a glittering end recently when the parish held i ts 60th Anniversary Ball. A mong those attending the formal event were Governor General Arthur Hanna, Bishop of the Diocese Rev Laish Boyd and Mrs Boyd, and Assistant Bishops of the Diocese A rchbishop Drexel Gomez and Bishop Gilbert Thompson with t heir wives. T he parish used this occasion to honour six long-serving members including Brenda Robinson-Archer, Jewel Pierre, Elaine Deveaux, Corinne Fountain, Roscow Davies and Basil Sands. Music for the occasion was pr ovided by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Pop Band. St George’s holds 60th Anniversary Ball (L-R BISHOP Laish Boyd; Roscow Davies; Jewel Pierre; Governor General Arthur Hanna; Corinne Fountain; Elaine Deveaux; Basil Sands, and Father G Kingsley Knowles, rector of St George's Church.

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THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS The Tribune PG 28 Thursday, November 12 , 2009 RELIGION The Letters of Anglican Bishop John Dauglish 1879 1952 T he Rev R C Streatfield asks the question, “How has the war affected Nassau?” His letter of September 1941 describes the changes: During the winter of 1940-41, there has been little on the surface to mark the change that has really taken place. The sun has continued to illuminate the vivid colours of the land and sea, and to shine on the thr onging visitors whose presence has brought unusual prosperity to the colony. Nevertheless, although in this remote spot growth of war-consciousness began slowly, it increased apace, accelerated not a little by the ar rival of many English mothers and children last September. The Red Cr oss is enthusiastically suppor ted and numer ous committees have worked tirelessly both in Nassau and Out Islands to raise funds for the war ef for t from amongst all sections of the community . Now that many families have sent their sons to help England and elsewhere, the war news is followed with r enewed and personal inter est A ‘call to prayer’ was issued in 1940 and all denominations conducted daily prayers at 12 noon on the Library Gr een under the T amarind tree but attendance has now shrunk to the faithful few. The four National Days of Prayer wer e marked by special ser vices in the Cathedral, attended by the Gover nor and officials, the Volunteer Defence For ce, Police and large congregations of citizens and visitors. On or dinary Sundays, too, there has been a considerable increase in attendance and collections, which include 218 pounds for war charities. It is tr ue that during the last season the hope that HRH the Duke and the Duchess of Windsormight be present attracted many number of visitors, but church-going has also improved amongst Nassauvians. The Duke and the Duchess of Windsorare very popular. Frequently American visitors inspecting the Cathedral would ask the Verger, “Wher e do the Duke and the Duchess of Windsorsit?” On being shown the Gover nor s pew, they would proudly sit themselves in it for a few minutes and then go happily away. I used to think that this was a kind of souvenir hunting but two women called me after seeing the Cathedral told me that they had offered a special prayer for the Duke and Duchess.After that I felt that I had misjudged our American friends, for others may have done the same. The Cathedral Choir has been gr eatly strengthened by eight trebles recruited from Belmont School. The renovations planned for the Cathedral have been postponed because of the war . I am glad that the Cathedral is shouldering part of the responsibility for Out Island work, especially as we cannot get suppor t fr om England on its previous generous scale because of the war. October 6, 1941 Letter from the Bishop (John Dauglish, Nassau This is the first hur ricane that has hit Nassau since I have been here, and the first I have experienced. It is an awesome business, as the house s hakes, and the wind screams around and about it. Addington House still stands but the garden is a sad statetrees terribly battered. December 1941 Letter from the Bishop (John Dauglish, Nassau Though we have had plenty rain during the summer in Nassau, the colony as a whole has suffered from serious drought, and much of the maize cr op was lost. Grand Bahama and Abaco by G H Brooks Both Grand Bahama and Abaco are covered by pine forests, and what land ther e is for far ming is of poor quality . Population of Grand Bahama is less than 1,500 and Abaco less than 3,500. Up to thr ee years ago only occupa tion for Grand Bahama was sponging. Abaco has shipbuilding, smack fish ing, sponging and farming, also a lumber mill was in pr oduction, lately crawfishing has taken the place of sponging for some. The Grand Bahama Packing Company has built a canning factory at West End, Grand Bahama and this winter from October to March will be the second season. At Grand Bahama all the people are coloured except a few white people at West End connected with the factor y . At Abaco most ar e white. The people of both parishes ar e intensely interested in the war, and praying and working for victor y in any way they can. The people ar e most lovable and ar e on the whole very loyal and faithful to the church. They are always ready to give their labour fr ee when the chur ch needs scr ubbing, whitewashing or weeding. Even when times are hard they support and give c ollection. Times are hard for those who cannot crawfish. Often adults as well as children have no clothes to come to church or attend school in; and all the homes are bare. Most of the children are undernourished and often there is very little for them to eat except what they can get from the sea. We are grateful to Duchess of Windsor for gifts of milk and cod liver oil, and to friends in Nassau for chil dren’s clothing. March 1942 Letter from the Bishop (John Dauglish, Nassau Three miles from Rock Sound, Mr (Ar thur V ining) Davis has 600 acr es of land being developed – experimental far ming with moder n scientific methods and equipment. These far ms employ between 300 and 400 Bahamians, chiefly fr om Rock Sound and Tarpum Bay and quite a few from Nassau and other Out Islands. Mr Davis plans to build a modern school at Rock Sound and converting a present r esidence into a hospital. September 1942 Bishop of Nassau elected. Right Rev Spence Bur ton will replace Dauglish after 10 years outstanding influence in the Colony. Burton was born in Cincinnati 1881. He is a man of gr eat personal char m as well as gr eat devotion. This will provide a happy link with the Episcopalian Chur ch of America, whose Bishop was enthusiastic that Bur ton might be a liaison officer between English and American Diocese in the West Indies. December 1942: Bishop Bur ton was enthroned as 9th Bishop of Nassau. JIM LAWLOR Part 51 1889. The play is set up very simply, it’s just Father Evanko and a chair. s a memor y play,” he said, “that goes back and for th in time. You just have to imagine. “I’m bringing you out of yourself and taking you to a new place imag inatively . It should be uplifting and moving, because the life of St Damien is something wonder ful to behold,” Father Evanko said. “Here is someone who has given his life for the church, and you don’t get to be a saint by sitting in your parlor . Y ou have to make a dif ference in the world.” Scr eenings of the play will begin in Long Island on Thursday, November 19 at 7pm, and in New Providence on Friday, November 20 in the newly completed parish cen tr e at St Joseph’s Church at 7pm. In Long Island, tickets may be obtained by contacting Father Patrick Fanning at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church at telephone number 337-3802. In New Providence, tickets are available at St Joseph’ s Rector y or call 323-5993. ‘Damien -The Leper’ comes to the Bahamas FROM page 24

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The Tribune T hursday, November 12 , 2009 PG 29 RELIGION It’s that time again! I T’S that time of the year, the approaching Christmas season and New Year’s is when Bahamians are most vulnerable, especially the gullible political and religious ones. Here’s a difficult pill for me to swall ow, but I’ve got to accept the facts for what they are, which is that Bahamians are suckers for bad treatment, With that being the case, the leaders o f our country’s two most influential systems (politics and religion all of their rhetoric, will never seek to truly empowerment the masses. Why is this? It’s because the empowerment of a people by their leaders will result in the severing of a dependency/hand-out relationship. This distorted relationship is one of control and manipulation which both today’s politicians and religious leaders have come to master. From the political perspective: The politicians knows exactly which buttons to push in order to prime the pumps of their political junkies. Both prime ministers, former and present, have done an excellent job in selling their supposedly bitter rivalry to the na•ve Bahamian public, whereas nothing could be further from the truth. The absence of wisdom and a frac tured common sense by the politically driven Bahamian public pr ohibits them from understanding that the leaders of both major political parties are the left and right wing of the same bird and agenda. Sir L ynden enjoyed his 25 years rule as prime minister and now his two political sons, the rabbit and the farmer, or better still, Old Sitting Bull and the Rock of Gibraltar , have also shar e 25 years as one will take 15 years and the other 10 years. The old bait and hook tactic never fails, and r est assur ed that Sir L ynden was pr oficient at using this tactic. Whenever governance and accountability was being questioned or there was a cr y of the people leading up to a gener al election, like clockwork one could expect to see an African slave movie like “Roots” or “Sounder” showing on ZNS, that would bait and hook the grassr oots, and in a matter of days the people were at ease and lured back to sleep. Say what you wish about Sir Lynden, whether you liked him or not, this man was strategist who knew his people. I’m led to believe that Sir Lynden tr uly understood the spirit of Ronnie Butler’s song, “I know them long time, them people ar e mine.” Unfortunately the people-to-people skills of Sir L ynden seem to have evad ed his two political sons, whose primary f ocus and goal is the securing of their 25 years, which requires the assistance of their die-hard supporters, but yet has nothing to do with the empowerment of Bahamians. The Bahamas is at least three to four generations away from seeing the kind of governance that would truly seek to empower its people, thereby giving truth to the slogan “It‘s Better in the Bahamas”. The religious perspective : Today’s church can’t speak with an effective, authoritative voice on the above mentioned national issues due to the fact that the church leadership is so contaminated by two strongholds one, compr omised, politically motivated r eligious leaders, and two, fame and for tune -seeking r eligious leaders who have per fected their craft of merchandising the gospel. These ar e but a few reasons why our wayward young men and women on the streets stay away from the church and find mor e comfor t in gangs. These young people are no fools as they’re able to see phoniness from miles away. Today’s church offers religion and uses the Bible to convey its religious beliefs that ultimately promote the bishop, apostle, doctor, pastor, etceteras, which the young people see as pimps in the pulpit. Whereas the gangs of fer these same young men and women a bonding relationship which they accept and ar e committed to. As we embark upon the Christmas season and cr ossing over into a New Year, the financial fleecing/raping of chur ch congr egations will be at an alltime high. I’m convinced that not only have today’s religious leaders missed the bulls-eye, but are not even close to the dar t board when it comes to the concept and principles of Shepher d and Sheepfold. Erroneous religious teachings via the misappr opriation of God’s word has resulted in today’s shepherds (religious leaders) pr ospering and living high on the hill, while the sheepfold (church members) live a life of poverty in the valley. One need not be a spiritual gur u to understand that something is drastically wrong with today’s shepherd-sheep r elationship. For even in natur e the sheep is a shepher s most pride possession of which he cares for at all cost. Her e are some characteristics of a good shepherd: 1. A good shepher d (pastor that would go without or deny himself for the sake of the sheepfold. 2. A good shepherd (pastor by the condition of his sheep and not by his bank accounts, the size house he lives in or the type vehicle he drives. 3. A good shepher d (pastor that would not fleece (financially rape the sheep for he knows that r ough weather (difficult times its during these times that the sheep’ s wool (money tance to them. King David paints a clear picture of a shepherd’s provisional care for the sheepfold in the 23r d Psalm: Watch this! Psalm 23:1: The Lor d is my shepherd; I shall not want. 23:2: He maketh me to lie down in gr een pastur es: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 23:3: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Then here’s what Yeshuwa said: John 10:11: I am the good shepherd: the good shepher d giveth his life for the sheep. For questions or comments contact us via e-mail at pastormallen@yahoo.com or telephone number 1-242-441-2021 Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center International PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN

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The Tribune PG 30 T hursday, November 12 , 2009 RELIGION By CANISHKA ALEXANDER D URING the past week, Joseph Sawyer, who goes by the name “Abaco Joe”, sat down to gather his thoughts and reflect on his life in North Abaco. It’s been a long road for this devout man, who has ties to St John’s Anglican Church and Full Gospel Assembly. Different denominations altogether, yes, but all connected to the same God. He makes his living as a taxi driver. As a diabetic, one of his legs was recent-ly amputated, but that has not slowed him down. In fact, he seems mor e ener gised than ever . Mr Sawyer was born on March 26, 1941. It was the same year as the attack on Pearl Harbour , but as he pointed out, that’s another story. His place of bir th was Cooper’s Town, a settlement in North Abaco, which is just 42 miles north of the traffic light in Marsh Harbour . His parents are Wilton and Marion Sawyer of Cooper’s Town and South Side, Abaco, respectively. “And I thank God for mama, who taught me how to pray, and Papa Wilton, who taught me how to fish. He said to me ‘follow me and I will show you how to live.’ And he did. But now I’m listening to the man who said ‘fol low me, and I will make you a fisher of men, and He is no other than Jesus Christ, the son of the tr ue and living God’,” Mr Sawyer said. Mr Sawyer said his maternal grandfather was Albert Bootle Sr. He described Alber t Bootle as a gr eat man of the sea. Mr Bootle operated a mail boat in Nassau and then Green Turtle Cay. He was also a fisherman and a farmer on High Cay and Spanish Cay. “This is just par t one on Papa Al,” Mr Sawyer pr omised. “Albert Bootle a great man!” With that said, he switched his focus to Joseph Sawyer , his pater nal grandfa ther . “My grandfather was a great man and a good father from South Side, Abaco. From the settlements of Rocky Harbour to Cor nish T own to Bluf f Point, and then after the 1929 and 1932 hurricanes, Par Joe played an importantr ole in helping to move people to higher gr ound. This was how Murphy T own and Dundas Town were established,” he explained. Par Joe, as he was known in the community, was a good fisherman and also a farmer. There was fishing back then and sponging – what I call the good old days. He also was a good Methodist, and he was a lay minister. He was a lover – that is because God is love. And now abideth faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. Read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13.” Mr Sawyer also reflected on the histor y of Cooper’s Town. “Why was the settlement called Cooper’s Town? The first name that comes to my remembrance is the old man Sammy or Samuel Cooper, and the one that I can remember and worked with during my time as Board of W orks member for many years,” he r ecalled. Mr Sawyer said the Boar d of Works is equivalent to our moder n-day local gover nment system. He also ser ved as PTA president for many years, assisting with the building of the community librar y with help from Dr Courtney Brown of Treasure Cay, who is now deceased. “God bless him (Dr Br own) and his family, especially one of his daughters (Roxanne M Warren), who was the architect. She still lives in New York and is a mutual friend of mine,” Mr Sawyer said. “Then I reasoned that Cooper’s Town should have electricity and light, and that was when Sunrise Power Co Ltd was bor n. Thr ee of us owned the company I, Mr Joseph Swain, Mr Ronald Bootleand Mr Alvin Sawyer, who was the operator of the power station. Mr (Alvin may his soul rest in peace. The master says well done thy good and faithful servant.” Mr Sawyer and Alvin Sawyer or gan ised the collection of garbage in Cooper’s Town, and Alvin’s son Mario still per forms that service in the community today . “Keep up the good work Mario. God bless you as you serve the Lord and your community,” Mr Sawyer said encouragingly . “Now for the nor ther n end of Cooper’s Town, which is called Bootle Town, home to the Albert Bootle generation. “Let me leave something else with you, Cooper’s Town. The following family names are prominent in Cooper s Town: Bootle, Cooper, Sawyer , W illiam, Rolle, Russell, Cor nish and Cox. Most of the people who live in Fire Road carry the name McIntosh. The name should be changed to ‘McIntosh Village’. I suppose some day we will be able to put things in the true perspective,” Mr Sawyer said. “Bishop Wright and family. He is a gr eat man of God, and doing a good work along with Pastor Bullard and family. Let’s visit the McIntosh family again, and the name that comes to mind is Rev Jackson McIntosh, the administrator who is striving for excel lence. Also Rev Leslie Cornish and family . In Fir e Road and Cooper’s Town, you have Rev George Rolle and family s go back to Cr own Haven wher e the family names are Russell, Rolle, Burrows, Thomas and Butler common names found in this little Abaco settlement. Heading south towar d Fox T own are the Parkers, the Russells, the Wells, the McIntoshes, and the Thompsons – Uncle Reg’ s family . “In Mount Hope, there are the Cur r ys, McIntoshs and Rolles. In Wood Cay, the name McIntosh dominates the area. Then there are the Currys, the Mills, whom Uncle Charles is r elated to, and the Saunders – Uncle Willie’s crew. In Cedar Harbour , there are Dr Allen Mills’ family and the family of Pastor Samuel Mills,” Mr Sawyer concluded. Abaco Joe Recollections of a devout man Joseph ‘Abaco Joe’ Sawyer

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The Tribune PG 32 T hursday, November 12 , 2009 RELIGION By PATRICIA PRATT A S believers’ in the body of Christ, we were chosen by God to become disciples of truth and integrity, whose pri-m ary purpose is to go forth into the world to win the souls of the lost as well as teach the good news of theL ord. Our lives should reflect God so much so that people looking in from the outside should want to know more about the God we serve. We should show love and display a peaceful attitude. In the midst of every situation God should be glorified, we should be of a calm spirit and always surround ourselves with positive things and people, we should be people of the word, strong in faith not wavering in our beliefs, with a firm foundation which is Jesus the Christ. We have done such a great job at faking Christianity that we almost believe we can out-smart God, as well as non-believers. We have become liars in church as well as people of double standar ds, living one life on Sunday and for the rest of the week we fit in with the most popular crowd, group or persons who tend to have the strongest influence over our lives. We have become so anointed and spiritual we don’ t want to submit to the leadership God has placed over our lives. W e are arrogant and believe that ther e is not fault in us, but we deceive ourselves. See 1 John 1:8: “If we say we have not sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” For we have alls inned and fallen short of God’s glory. M any of us in the body of Christ have become a liability to the kingdom of God rather than anasset. W e have destroyed what little chance many have had to become followers of Christ based on our lifestylesa nd lack of good Christian conduct. Our attitudes, the gossiping, our back-biting spirits, our unfaithfulness and our inability to stay on the right track has crippled many. Others have not even consider ed God because of some of us. When as believers we should have contact with the ungodly and not be contaminated. However, their influence over us appears to be stronger than our influence over them. We ourselves are not pure or holy, but want to preach it. We say one thing with our mouths but our hear ts are far from God, our lives should line up to the wor d of God and we should practice what we preach. Some of the most popular questions asked in today’s society are: Why ar e all the night clubs full as well as the bars and street corners and the chur ches empty? And why is ther e a lack of respect for the house of God and His people? Where is the fear of God in man? Have non-believers become so immune to God and the chur ch as a result of what they see being birthed on the inside. Have we contributed to this outbreak? L ike any typical person if you see a C hristian doing the things that are contrary to the word of God on a daily basis, but on Sunday they are in churchs peaking in tongues and going through the motions, you will tell yourself that it’s cheaper to stay where you are event hough staying in sin will cause you your salvation. We have to be very careful who we reflect and what we allow to come out of our mouths, it may cost us someone’ s life. The Bible says in Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he that winneth souls is wise.” But who really cares about winning souls anymore, many of us are consumed with self and could careless about anyone else. We point fingers and blame it on the pastors or evangelists, when in all actuality we wer e all called at one point or another to do the work of an evangel ist. This can be put into effect while we ar e on our jobs, in the food stor e, on the bus or the line at the bank, we should always have a wor d in our spir its to share with someone. Some believers claim to have a dis cerning spirit, it’s amazing though because as well as they say they can discern the times they have trouble knowing when someone is on the ver ge of suicide, mur der, adultery, in desperate need of a hot meal, a word of hope or a hug with the assurance that God is still in control. What a selfish generat ion. Jehovah is concerned about all of us, He does not put us in groups or churchc liques, and He does not love us or do m ore for us based on how we look or what we have, God looks on the inside, He looks at our heart. God is calling his church back to a place where we are more concerned about His agenda and not our own. G od requires a people who will stand in the gap for one another, for the nation, a people who will see wrong being done and not just turn the o ther way but will stand up for what is right, stand up for holiness and righteousness with our fear and doubt even if it costs us our lives. A people who are willing to win the lost at any cost; people who are not worried about being cursed at or embarrassed; people who just love him enough to step up with the God kind of faith to speak life in the midst of someone’s dead situation. I admonish you today saints, to surrender to God, surrender your hearts and not your gar ments, to put your all at the altar of sacrifice and let Him have His way . You see there is safety in the house of the Lor d, ther e is love, and sanity there is hope and joy beyond all measure. God wants to take care of us and prove to us how sweet it is to trust in Him. God wants to change us and make us whole because if we do it we will mess it up and do it half way , but God wants to complete us. When you hear the voice of God calling you softly harden not your hearts and invite Him in, He will change you for the bet ter . Until next time, may the peace of the Lord be with you. Asset or Liability LAST Satur day morning one of the countr s cultural greats was eulogised and inter red in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road. Avis Armbrister, a Cat Islander by bir th and mor e particularly, an ‘Ar thurstownian’, was saluted for her gr eatness and yeoman ser vice she performed for the Anglican Church in Cat Island and St Andrew’s, as well as for the talents she displayed in the wider com munity with her cultural skits and musical talents which led her and best friend Almeda Campbell to the Smithsonian Festival in Washington, DC, some years ago. Mrs Armbrister was the widow of Catechist John Armbrister who died in August 2008. In a home-going service fit for a head of state, Anglicans and mem bers of the Ar mbrister family turned out in dr oves at St Gregory’s Church on Car michael Road. Father Julian Campbell, godson of the deceased and a Cat Island native who is now ser ving in the Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, was the chief celebrant, and his older br other , Father Sebastian Campbell, in his ser mon said those who ar e now left behind must reflect on the life and the legacy of Mama Avis in offering their untiring service to God, countr y and man. Father Chester Bur ton, Father Timothy Eldon, Father Hugh Bartlett, Father Bradley Miller, Father Kingsley Knowles and Canon Warren Rolle also assisted in the ser vice. Mama Avis was described as a woman who displayed many strong attributes and exemplified what every member should of fer their God, priest and chur ch in ter ms of true laudable service, not seeking any personal fame or r emuneration. 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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

FIRE ripped through the
luxury adult playground of
Nygard Cay yesterday caus-
ing millions of dollars in dam-
age.

As firefighters worked to
dampen down the embers and
clear the wreckage, investiga-
tors would not divulge how
the huge blaze was started.
Arson and electrical problems
are not being considered at
this time.

The fire is believed to have
started shortly before 4am in
the northeast section of the
private resort. It quickly
spread to the southwest area
of the property.

Police last night could not
say which areas were damaged
in the fire, however it is sus-
pected that the 22-bedroom
treehouse style living area was
untouched while the resort's
disco and restaurant were
destroyed.

Director of Fire Services
Jeffrey Deleveaux could not
put a dollar value on the
wreckage except to estimate
that "it would be millions of
dollars in damage."

By yesterday afternoon fire-
fighters had wrestled the blaze
down to smouldering embers
but one unit was expected to
remain at the site until this
morning extinguishing remain-

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By AVA TURNQUEST

NOBEL laureate Derek
Walcott met with the press
at the College of the
Bahamas campus bookstore
yesterday along with event
coordinators, giving the
small crowd present a hint
of what to expect at his two
speaking engagements, the
Anatol Rodgers Memorial
Lecture Series and the Con-
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split in half to allow both
events’ coordinators an
opportunity to address the
press and offer their appre-
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THE Department of
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another successful raid on
Paradise Island yesterday
netting 20 suspected illegal
migrants.

According to Immigration
Director Jack Thompson,
officers received certain
information through their
Immigration “hot line” and
as a result conducted search-
es throughout the island.

While unable to pinpoint
exactly where the operations
were conducted, he revealed
that 15 Haitian men, four
Haitian women, and one
Mexican were taken in for
questioning by Immigration
officials.

Mr Thompson: “We do
these things every day. The
enforcement unit of the
Immigration Department is
on a continual basis visiting
job sites, construction sites,
restaurants seeking to find
these persons who are here
illegally.”

Noting how there is a

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‘Looming holiday
season’ could be
reason for spate of
armed robberies

By AVA TURNQUEST

POLICE suspect that the
looming holiday season is the
reason for the rash of armed
robberies committed in the
capital since Saturday.

With 532 reported armed
robberies in the country up
to August of this year — and
the number climbing daily —
a top cop in RBPF yesterday
warned the public to be on
the lookout for possible dan-
ger and to take steps to min-
imise their vulnerability.

Three armed robberies
were reported in the capital
on Tuesday night within a
time span of less than two
hours added to the spate of
similar crimes reported over
the last few days.

Around 10.46 pm Tuesday,
three masked men entered
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THE BLAZE rages in Nygard Cay in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Property owner and Cana-
dian fashion mogul Peter
Nygard was said to be out of
the country. However a source
close to his family said the
multi-millionaire was expected
to return to New Providence
sometime yesterday.

This week, Mr Nygard was
in the United States celebrat-
ing the opening of his flagship
store in New York's Times
Square.

The source added that his
daughter, Bianca, was at
Nygard Cay yesterday, how-
ever attempts to reach both
of them for comment proved
fruitless.

Up to press time, firefight-
ers had not gained access to
certain areas to properly
assess the damage because
they were still barred by
flames.

Police received word of the
fire at 3.56am yesterday. The
raging flames were visible to
boaters and residents near
Jaws Beach yesterday morn-
ing and lept higher than the
nearby palm trees.

A unit from the Lyford
Cay fire station was the first to
respond to the blaze at the six-
acre property located in the
exclusive gated community
and followed by public fire-
men.

"We responded with three
units and a crew of 11 officers.
On arrival we met the north-
east and the southwest section
fully engulfed in flames. We
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control — we are mopping up
some hot spots," Mr Dele-
veaux said yesterday.

"Because of the material
used in the construction it
really prevented the fire from
spreading quickly. The mix of
concrete, mesh wire and steel
prevent the fire from spread-
ing rapidly throughout the
entire area,” he said, adding
that firefighters were still
being assisted by personnel
from the Lyford Cay fire sta-
tion.

As for the cause of the fire,
Mr Deleveaux remained
tightlipped: "We have an idea
(of the cause of the fire) but
we won't like to say now
because the investigation is
still in its preliminary stage."

When pressed on whether
the fire was set intentionally or
started because of faulty elec-
trical wiring, he said: "We
have ruled out electrical
(problems) at this
time...From our investigations
now at this point we're not
considering arson."

Access in and out of the gat-
ed community was more
restricted yesterday as officers
battled the fire, The Tribune
understands.

Mr Nygard built the private
luxury “Robinson Crusoe
playground" in 1987, accord-
ing to nygardcay.com. This
lush property sports replicas
of Mayan Temples, private
tennis and volleyball courts,
beaches, pools, a nightclub,
state-of-the-art home theatre,
and more than 20 themed
cabanas for Mr Nygard and
his guests, the website adds.

Recently it was revealed
that Mr Nygard had plans to
expand the resort to include a
suspended cable bedroom that
lowers into the ocean, swim-
ming with the dolphins or
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Businessman
puts video of
robbers online

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

A LOCAL businessman
is using the internet as a tool
in his quest to catch two
young thieves who robbed
his store — with a close-up
and clear video of the per-
petrators spreading like
wildfire through cyberspace.

On the video, captured by
a high-quality security cam-
era that was trained on the
front door of the store, two
men — both appearing to be
in their late teens or early
20s — are seen about to com-
mit the robbery that would
later net them between $600
and $1,000 in cell phones
from the Mobile Cell Phone
store on Village Road, oppo-
site Master Technicians.

The incident occurred on
Sunday morning, November
8, at around 2am.

One young man seen in
the footage is wearing a grey
hooded sweatshirt pulled
over his head, baggy below
knee-length camouflage car-
go pants and white socks
with flip-flop sandals over
them.

The other is wearing what
appears to be a grey or
green long sleeved sweat-
shirt, jeans and black sneak-
ers. He has a shaved head
and what looks to be several
scars on his scalp.

Totally unaware that they
are being captured on cam-
era, one of the two
unmasked men — wearing
the sweatshirt and jeans —
works vigorously with a
crowbar to pry open the
security door on the front of
the store while the other
keeps watch, sitting behind a
pillar nearby as cars whizz
past.

Although not seen on the
video, The Tribune under-
stands that once they
removed the barred security
door, the pair set off the
alarm, and raided the store
for just a few minutes before
fleeing.

Since it was uploaded to
the internet two days ago
and posted and re-posted on
the social networking site
Facebook, the video of the
robbery has been viewed
almost 400 times.

Tony Hosey, who has
operated from that location
for around a year, said he
got the idea to put the video
on the internet - via
videosharing site
Youtube.com — when he
realised this would ensure
rapid circulation, increasing
the chances that the culprits
would be identified.

‘A lot of times businesses
will print a picture and put it
up in the back room, not get
it out there. Sometimes the
images are as clear as day
but they’re not being circu-
lated. ZNS can only put it
on for a short period of time,
but over the internet you can
get it out there a lot more,”
said Mr Hosey.

His efforts via email and
Facebook represent the first
time that the incident was
brought to public attention,

Family of Bahamian soldier killed in
Iraq moved to tears by

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE WIDOW and daugh-
ter of a Bahamian soldier who
lost his life in Iraq received a
display of military medals
earned by Private First Class
Norman Darling at a ceremony
held by the Our Fallen Heroes
Foundation in the United
States this week.

Amy Prince, and her daugh-
ter Camryn, nine, were moved
to tears by the gesture made
by Our Fallen Heroes Founda-
tion at an informal ceremony in
Winter Haven, Florida, on
Monday.

Pic Darling, 29, had spent
just three months in Iraq, serv-
ing as a medic with the US mil-
itary in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom, when he was
killed by a suicide bomber out-
side Baghdad on April 29,
2004.

The brave soldier was one
of eight soldiers from the
Army’s Fourth Battalion, 27th
Field Artillery Regiment,
First Armoured Division,
based in Baumholder, Ger-
many — all killed in the car
bombing.

The troop had been on a dis-
mounted improvised explosive
devise sweep patrol when a
vehicle driven by a suicide

as

Private First Class Norman Darling

bomber approached and deto-
nated a bomb.

Pfc Darling’s family have
received a number of honours
since his untimely death and is
credited with saving the lives
of two soldiers during his short
service.

As Our Fallen Heroes Foun-
dation vice president Ted Rus-
sell presented a display of mil-
itary medals to Camryn, who
was three when her father died,
he explained the meaning of
his honours.

Pfc Darling has been award-
ed the Bronze Star for valour,
the Purple Heart for sacrific-



ing his life, the National
Defence Service Medal, the
Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal and two
ribbons — the Army Service
Ribbon and the Overseas Ser-
vice Ribbon.

He also posthumously
received a certificate of US cit-
izenship.

Mr Russell told Pfc Darling’s
only child: “We’re very proud
of your dad’s service. This is
our way of telling you we are
proud.

“The medals symbolise the
fact that he served honorably
and the fact he received the
two medals at the top (Bronze
Star and Purple Heart) recog-
nise his valour and his sacrifice
— the fact that he died for what
he believed in.”

Camryn was also given the
flag that had draped her
father’s casket before his full
military burial at Bourne
National Cemetery in Cape
Cod, Massachusetts.

Her mother said: “This all
being in his honour, I can't
even explain it.

“Tt's amazing how many peo-
ple do care and they don't for-
get.”

Ms Prince and Camryn, who
live in Davenport, Florida,
were residents of Middleboro,
Massachusetts at the time of
Pfc Darling’s death.

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A new day has dawned in the Bahamas

DURING his speech at the FNM’s ban-
quet that closed his party’s convention on
Saturday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
made it clear that his government “governed
for the benefit” of all Bahamians and that,
although he understood their cries, the idea
of taking contracts from PLPs to give to
FNMs ran “counter to our own beliefs and
cannot be accommodated.”

Speaking in Gun Point, Ragged Island,
this weekend Mr Ingraham returned to this
theme. He said that political influence would
be removed from the process of tendered
contracts as too much of the public’s money
had been wasted over the years on contrac-
tors who failed to perform.

He admitted that during his party’s recent-
ly ended convention he “caught a lot of hell
from some of my delegates, who felt that
they should have been given the jobs because
the PLPs got the jobs while they were in
office.”

He replied that he was trying to change
the way things were done in the Bahamas,
explaining that that was why this year most of
the country’s school busing contracts were
advertised and persons were invited to come
forward and bid on the contract.

There was scandal after scandal during
the PLP’s tenure of office, particularly as
regards school busing.

Persons, mainly on some of the Family
Islands, who had invested heavily in their
buses, found their businesses pulled from
under them when the PLP came to power.
Obviously, these little businessmen belonged
to the wrong political party and so —
although no fault could be found with their
performance — their contacts were trans-
ferred to a PLP supporter. Many FNM’s suf-
fered financial ruin because of this. And,
although Mr Ingraham understood how their
“concerns originated” and acknowledged
that the PLP frequently discriminated against
FNMs in the award of contracts or in their
hiring practices, he made it clear that he was
different. He said he could not give his sup-
porters “a commitment to only hire FNMs or
to only grant contracts to FNMs when we
are in charge.”

“Still,” he said, “I fully appreciate that in
our effort to be fair we cannot dispropor-
tionately hire PLPs to fill vacancies or to win
contracts if and when new opportunities arise
on our watch.

“And, it cannot be right that advantages
gained by supporters of our opponents during
their terms in office should be used to block
opportunities for our own supporters to ben-
efit from opportunities for employment or
for award of contracts when such opportuni-
ties arise on our watch.

“And so I commit that to the extent
possible we will seek to make adjustments to
past and present practice.”

first Baptist Church

This is an albatross that has hung around
Mr Ingraham’s neck from the day he assumed
the leadership of the FNM.

Having been nurtured in the PLP, there
were those in the FNM who persisted in the
suspicion that Mr Ingraham, when he became
FNM prime minister, was protecting his
“PLP” buddies by not removing them and
making way for an FNM supporter. They
gave no consideration to the competence of
the proposed FNM replacement. Their atti-
tude was the attitude of Junior Rolle who
told the 1984 Commission of Inquiry into
drugs that in his view “membership in a polit-
ical party only made sense when it provided
financial or material benefit.”

Rolle saw nothing immoral in political
patronage. Said the Commissioners: “In his
(Rolle’s) opinion membership in the ruling
party (PLP) gave him and other PLP mem-
bers entitlement to financial and other con-
siderations.”

Some of the FNM did not understand that
the practice of the Pindling administration
had cost this country millions upon millions of
dollars.

Cronyism, and persons occupying posi-
tions and receiving contracts for which they
had no qualifications has kept this country
classified as Third World.

This debate goes way back. In an interview
with

Al Burt of The Miami Herald in January,
1974, Mr Pindling (as he then was) said that
if “two bids came in (on a government job or
project) of more or less comparable size,
they didn’t necessarily have to be equal, and
the one was from a PLP who hadn’t had the
opportunity before, he would have gotten
that opportunity.”

There was no question as to whether that
PLP had the qualifications, experience, or
even tools to do the job — all he had to be
was Bahamian, black and PLP.

Many jobs were either never completed,
poorly executed, or tripled in contract over-
runs.

This country suffered and suffered badly —
and we are still suffering today from badly
paved roads and poorly executed projects.

All that is to change. From now on gov-
ernment projects will be put out to tender,
qualifications required will be listed and only
those who meet those qualifications will be
considered. In future neither party member-
ship, nor a letter from a person’s “represen-
ter” —member of parliament — will get past
the door.

“We have wasted too much money in this
country over the years giving contracts out to
persons who messed up on the job,” said the
Prime Minister.

At last a new day of responsibility in han-
dling the public finances in the Bahamas has
dawned — a day long overdue.



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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I read with interest the
comments made by Mr
Adrian Gibson, “Young
Man’s View” — Tuesday,
November 10.

First, let me commend Mr
Gibson for exemplifying the
kind of young man that I’ve
worked tirelessly to support
and proud to see emerge in
our country — educated,
intelligent and intrepid
enough to hold elected and
public officials accountable.

However, I must respond
to the comments and accu-
sations made in his column.

Mr Gibson and I con-
versed at the Free National
Movement convention, at
which time we discussed his
grading of my performance
as a minister and as a mem-
ber of parliament.

My only intention then
was to determine the
grounds upon which such
grades were based.

Onlookers sought to
defend me against Mr Gib-
son, yet in no way did the
situation escalate as I sought
to ensure that order was
kept.

T applaud Mr Gibson and
others for their annual
assessments of my parlia-
mentary colleagues and I. It
keeps us on our toes.

No one is able to please
all persons all the time.

Yet, my record as a cabi-
net minister and member of
parliament (on which I
stand), speaks for itself, as
outlined in my contributions
to the 2009/2010 Budget
Debate and posted on the
Free National Movement’s
website.

At the constituency level,
I continue to work on behalf
of those who elected me to
office. Recently, during the
debate on the Town Plan-
ning and Subdivision Bill, I
agitated for a private devel-
oper — who dug up Bacardi
Road in order to connect
their private subdivision to a
sewer system in the area — to
make the necessary repairs.

Unfortunately, stories like
these (which directly impact

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our constituents) are all too
often overlooked by the
mainstream media.

This particular story was
not carried by either The
Tribune or The Nassau
Guardian, giving the impres-
sion that ministers like
myself are not in tune with





our constituents’ needs. I
remain steadfastly commit-
ted to serving the people of
Golden Isles now and
beyond the next general
election.

Thank you for affording
me this space in your paper.

CHARLES MAYNARD
Member of Parliament
for Golden Isles

Nassau,

November 10, 2009.

A figment of the imagination






EDITOR, The Tribune.

The race for chairmanship of the Free National Move-
ment must have caused quite a stir.

Apart from the PLP salivating at the thought of a
“wrecking showdown” for the position of chairman,
many have dishonestly tried to create a picture that was
only a figment in their own warped imagination.

The events leading up to the nomination of chairman
was nothing unusual other than “politics at its best”.

The details of the events is not important, other than to
say that after consulting with my God, my wife and a
trusted friend and advisor, I decided to remove ego and
selfishness from the equation and to make the decision
that was in the best interest of the FNM and the country.

Therefore I did not have to consult any other human


















being.

Tam “extremely comfortable” with the decision, and
no amount of strange scenario played out in anyone’s
mind could change what in fact did happen.

I would like to apologize to the PLP for disappointing
them. I knew that they were praying for something neg-








ative from this convention.

What is most interesting is that immediately after
the nomination for chairman was closed, two female
reporters came to me requesting an interview of which I
quickly agreed. I followed them to the foyer, while stop-
ping briefly to greet friends and supporters along the
way. When we got to the foyer I was then surrounded by
other reporters and photographers, one being a Cable
Bahamas videographer. The interview lasted for five











minutes.

Interestingly, I read in The Tribune that I had to be
consoled. The Insight column of Monday even elabo-
rated. Well Cable Bahamas had a camera rolling all dur-
ing the interview, how come they did not show that insa-






tiable clip in their news cast.

I am flabbergasted how any reporter who was not
present could print a story and was not there to in fact see
it for themselves, especially if it was to save face. This can-
not be right and I am surprised.







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Bahamian and two Jamaicans

charged over major drug seizure

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By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A BAHAMIAN man and two
Jamaican men charged in connection
with a major drug seizure on a cay
in the Exumas were arraigned in a
Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Andre Perez Kikivarakis, 35, of
Mayfield Park, Grand Bahama; Jef-
frey Howna McIntyre, 25, of Duke
Street, Kingston, Jamaica; and
Antony Louis Gouie, 30, of Spanish
Town, Jamaica, appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita
Bethel in Court Eight, Bank Lane
yesterday on drug charges.

The men are accused of conspir-
ing to import marijuana, conspiracy
to possess marijuana, importation of
marijuana and possession of 20 bales
of marijuana with intent to supply.

The drugs, which were reported to
weigh 711 pounds and have a street
value of $638,000, were seized on Lit-

New Sandals resort could employ 400

PRIME MINISTER
Hubert Ingraham said he
expects the new Sandals
Resort in Exuma to be very
successful, adding that more
than 400 persons are expect-
ed to be employed at the
property once construction is
complete.

Mr Ingraham, with a dele-
gation of Cabinet ministers,
visited the former Four Sea-
sons Resort following his vis-
it to Acklins and Ragged
Island on Monday.

The Prime Minister said:
“We expect the hotel to be
ready for January 22 or there-
abouts; they’ve got over 100
or 150 men working on the
job on the construction side.
When the place is finished,
we expect more than 400 peo-

tle Cistern Cay on November 9.

Kikivarakis is also accused of
deceiving two police officers by
telling them that his name is Alexan-
der Perez Rolle. Kikivarakis initially
pleaded guilty to the deceit charge,
but after consulting with his attorney
Roger Gomez Jr, decided to change
his plea.

Kikivarakis and McIntyre pleaded
not guilty to the drug charges while
Gouie pleaded guilty, informing the
court that he had an explanation.

Travelled

The prosecutor Inspector Ercell
Dorsette told the court that around
8.30am on November 9, a team of
officers travelled to Little Cistern
Cay where they saw Gouie.

He said the officers told the
accused that he was suspected of
being in possession of illegal drugs. A
short distance away, they discovered

20 bales of marijuana.

Gouie, according to the prosecu-
tor, told police that he had been left
on the cay to watch the drugs by
some Bahamians. He told police that
in three weeks prior, while in
Jamaica, he had been approached by
aman named Jeff who told him about
the plan to ship the drugs to the
Bahamas.

Arrested

Gouie also allegedly told police
that Jeff and some other persons left
him on the cay after claiming they
were going to get food, and that he
was looking for shellfish to eat when
the officers arrested him.

Gouie told Magistrate Bethel yes-
terday that he knew that the drugs
were on the boat when he left
Jamaica and that the plan was to take
the drugs to Freeport.

Magistrate Bethel expressed con-



cern that Gouie had pleaded guilty to
the conspiracy charges as he had
admitted that although he knew the
drugs were on the boat, he had simply
been catching a ride to the Bahamas.

The magistrate asked Gouie to
consult with attorney Wallace Rolle,
who appeared as a friend of the court.

After speaking with Gouie, Mr
Rolle indicated to the court that
based on what he had been told, he
wanted another opportunity to speak
with the accused.

McIntyre told the court yesterday
that he had been beaten while in
police custody.

Magistrate Bethel ordered that he
be seen by a doctor at Her Majesty’s
Prison.

The case has been adjourned to
November 18 at 2pm for a bail hear-
ing. As the men were about to be
escorted out of the courtroom, Kiki-
varakis asked the magistrate if he
could be remanded to Sandilands as
he was tired of jail.

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ple to be employed.

“They have been inter-
viewed and they will be
selected,” he said. “We
expect this to be a very suc-
cessful operation; we are very
pleased that Sandals has
decided to come here to buy
the property. We know (San-
dals owner) Mr Butch Stew-
art. He is also doing a devel-
opment at Fowl Cay in the
Exumas, which is going to be
avery upscale, boutique facil-
ity.”

Mr Ingraham pointed out
that there will be additional
airlift coming into Exuma,
through the support of the
Ministry of Tourism, to
ensure that the property has a
“reasonable level of occu-
pancy at all times.”

PICTURED FROM LEFT ARE Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant and
Environment Minister Earl Deveaux on Monday as they observe work on the largest pool in the Caribbean.

Regarding Sandals, the
prime minister indicated that
the new owners are likely to
have better control over costs
compared to the previous
operators, because they both
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EDICAL

services

available to

Bahamians
vary wildly in both standard
and cost between Nassau and
the United States, but many
of those in need of surgery
and scans have yet to take
advantage of services offered
by the country’s closest neigh-
bour.

Cuba is renowned for its
excellent medical training and
high standards of healthcare
services, and just as cutting
edge technology and biotech-
nology is emerging from the
communist island nation,
some of the world’s best doc-
tors are also based in Cuba.

Specialist hospitals
sprawled throughout Havana
and subsequent Cuban towns
and cities are designed to
meet the healthcare needs of
the 11 million strong popula-
tion which boasts one of the
world’s longest life expectan-
cies.

And the top consultants
providing services at these
hospitals also work with for-
eigners in search of treatment
from Cuban experts.

The Clinica Central Cira
Garcia, a friendly 43 room
hospital in a quiet-tree lined
street of suburban Havana,
opened to patients from
around the world in the 1980s
and is now solely dedicated
to the service of international
patients. Its staff of around
60 specialist doctors based at
the hospital are assisted by
around 100 collaborators
from Cuba’s specialist clinics.
All are required to have at
least 10 years experience in
their specialty before work-

HEALTHY NEIGHBOUR:

Many Bahamians don’t take advantage of
the excellent healthcare services offered
by the country’s closest neighbour



Fr,

CIRA GARCIA HOSPITAL orthpaedic surgeon



Dr Ernesto Fleites Mar-

rero, medical director Maria Antonieta Gonzalez Piloto, and public rela-
tions officer Leyanis Garay Hurtado.

ing among the hospital’s per-
manent staff, which include
three of the country’s top doc-
tors in neurosurgery, aesthet-
ic surgery and maxillofacial
surgery.

The three are so accom-
plished in their fields they
have been made presidents of
national scientific organisa-
tions by virtue of their knowl-
edge and skill in brain
surgery, cosmetic surgery and
surgery to correct a spectrum
of injuries and diseases caus-
ing defects in the head, neck,
face and jaw, respectively.

They also work among
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Orthopaedics

Dr Fleites studied medicine
for six years at university lev-
el before specialising in the
study of orthopaedics and
traumatology for a further
four years, and then going on
to take a special surgery
course at a Havana hospital,
and training at a hospital in
Italy.

He then went on to spe-
cialise in spinal surgery on a
fellowship in Mexico in 2003,
while another member of his
team specialised in hand
surgery. Dr Fleites said: “This
is not a university hospital.
All surgery and surgical pro-
cedures done here are done
by specialists and not by stu-
dents.

“All of our doctors have
worked in Europe, Mexico
and Argentina to gain experi-
ence just to work here, and
some of the doctors based
here are professors from the
clinic teaching at other hos-
pitals. They are some of
Cuba’s finest doctors.”

Orthopaedic surgery is one
of the chief electives Bahami-
ans receive at Cira Garcia, in
addition to neurosurgery, cos-
metic surgery, dental surgery,
CAT scans and medical
check-ups.

There were three Bahami-
an patients receiving treat-
ment when The Tribune visit-
ed the hospital last week, and
two had spinal surgery, while
another was there for a med-
ical check-up as part of a
rehabilitation programme.

Hospital medical director
Maria Antonieta Gonzalez
Piloto said the majority of
Bahamian patients are drawn



BAHAMIAN PATIENT Nehemiah
Rolle, 82, of Nassau, went to Cira
Garcia Hospital for a brain scan.

to Cira Garcia on the recom-
mendation of friends and rel-
atives who have received
treatment at the hospital, as
well as by the competitive
prices.

Although the number of
Bahamian patients going to
Cuba for treatment has fallen
since the Cuban government
imposed a 20 per cent tax on
the conversion of the US dol-
lar to the Cuban peso, Ms
Gonzalez said Cuban prices
are still favourable in com-
parison with private health-
care services in the Bahamas
and the United States.

She said: “It is very easy for
Bahamian patients to be
assisted by medical specialists
in our clinic in the fields they
require, so despite the fact
that the US currency has been
taxed in our country, our
prices are still very competi-
tive in relation to the Ameri-
can health service which is the
alternative most Bahamians
will have used in the past.”

Hospital staff say the
homey atmosphere and high
level of personal attention
provided at Cira Garcia also
encourages Bahamian
patients to return and recom-
mend the hospital to their
friends. The hospital’s public
relations officer Leyanis
Garay Hurtado © said:
“Bahamian and Caribbean
people are very close in our
way of life, and it has been
said usually by Bahamian
patients that they find it easy
to communicate with Cuban
doctors at the clinic, and we
are open to communication
with them to meet their
needs.”

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Patient Nehemiah Rolle, 82, from Nassau, returned to Cira
Garcia last week for a brain scan and rehabilitation treatment
following a serious car accident in May last year.

He said: “My health means more to me than anything else,
and I love Cuba. I have been here about 18 times to visit, and
so it made sense for me to have medical treatment here too.”

Dr Fleites performed spinal surgery on Georgetown, Exuma
resident Nelson Burrows, 57, last week.

Mr Burrows chose Cira Garcia after spending four months in
Florida, paying high prices to see consultants he did not trust to
perform surgery on his two herniated discs.

He made his first trip to Cuba three weeks before his surgery
to devise a medical plan with doctors and vacationed in the area
for four days prior to his surgery last Tuesday.

Mr Burrows said: “There are a lot of people from Exuma who
have had surgery here, and I heard a lot of stories about Cuba,
the US and the Bahamas, but I got the recommendation to
come here.”

Dr Fleites added: “Bahamian patients are very well treated
here, they are very friendly and get very close to the Cuban
staff, and then it becomes something familiar, so after the
patient is satisfied he brings his friends and his family and his
relatives.

Friendly

“Even those who could afford treatment in the United States
sometimes prefer to be assisted at the clinic arguing that the
treatment is better and the atmosphere is more friendly.”

Patients from all over Latin America and the Caribbean
also go to Cira Garcia for elective surgery, and it is the prima-
ry hospital for Cuba’s high volume of tourists from Europe and
Canada who find themselves in need of emergency treatment.

While the range of services on offer is broad, space is limit-
ed to just 37 private rooms, three rooms in the Intensive Care
Unit and three in Intermediate Care, as well as four operating
theatres, and two rooms for minor surgeries.

Patients and visitors can arrange to have a private room, or
a suite complete with a bathroom, sitting room and fridge,
when agreeing their medical programme with hospital staff.

And those with medical insurance plans can arrange to have
the cost of their treatment paid for by informing their insurance
company and having them contact the Cuban agency Asistur.
Patients can then take advantage of hospital services without
having to pay, depending on their coverage, although some
insurance companies with US capital prefer for the patient to
pay by cash or credit card, and then claim the expenses from
the company, because of the trade embargo imposed on
Cuba by the United States.

Havanatur, in East Bay Street, Nassau, arranges medical
tourism visits to Cira Garcia in Havana and will arrange accom-
modation and transportation to assist patients’ needs.

Head of Havanatur in Nassau, Pedro Vilches, is planning a
medical exhibition later this month to be attended by Dr Fleites
and another Cuban specialist, however the date has yet to be
confirmed. He invited Bahamians interested in pursuing the
option of medical treatment in Havana to visit the Havanatur
office where they can speak to a medical expert every Tuesday
and Thursday. Bahamian medical professionals warn patients
to always get a second opinion when considering surgery and to
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announced the temporary pe
creation project at the FN
convention this month

even stop to lend a helping
hand to people begging on
the streets, or help the single
mother to pay her light bills
or put food on the table for
her and her children.”

She said: “With the holi-
days coming up people need
to feel that they would have
empowered themselves in
some small way to provide
food and shelter for their
family. While the govern-
ment cannot help every-
body, at least 10 families in
each constituency would feel
some sort of empowerment.
I know what it is to have a
child and not know where
the food is coming from to
feed her, or how I would
buy her pampers and clothes
for her to wear and some-
one gave me a hand up. I
got a job paying me $75, I
went to BTVI, then got a
better job. I then took night
classes and finally was able
to join the police force and
then went to COB and now
I have my BSC. All people
need is a chance — no, not
everyone will change, but if

this proposal could change
the life of one family then it
would have been a success.
People who have never been
there — I mean really down
and out — would disagree,
but live long enough and
you might just know what it
means to get a helping hand

up.”
Cushy

John Abrahams agreed,
adding: “I'd bet that most
persons that voted ‘no’ all
have nice cushy jobs, and
are thinking that those in
need are not doing enough
or not trying hard enough
to secure work, when in fact
the downtrodden are trying,
but simply can't find work
because there are no jobs
for which they are skilled.
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invested in projects that
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tributes to survivability of
the nation, eg training in
farming which would direct-
ly assist the individual to
feed himself, and reduce the
need for imported food that
we cannot afford since our
dollar earnings are down.
When the temporary work
now proposed is over, what
will that person do? He still
will need to eat — the answer
is not another unsustainable
and minimal contributing
temporary job.”

Theodore Cooper said:
“This and every government
I have seen seems to keep
coming up with these tem-
porary solutions. I would
like to see some long time
goals for my country. Yes,
it takes time to achieve cer-
tain things, but educate the
people about the benefits in
the long run. If we teach our
people the importance of an
education I think we would
have more productivity.”

Meanwhile, Kristopher
said he suspects the plan is
politically motivated. “The
programme was announced
at a convention to drum up
support and distract from
the fact that the government
has no solution, no plan for
the way forward,” he said.

According to Education
Advocate, the money should
be spent on students, espe-
cially in light of the discon-
tinuation of the Student
Loan Programme.

“How is it that we have
money to spend on only
2,900 unemployed people
and we don't have it to
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‘Islands of the Sun — A tribute to the Northern Exuma Cays’ to be launched in Marina Village on Friday

Mieren ai
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natural history

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The book functions as an
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as well as a majestic work of
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plants and animals of the Exu-
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It will be unveiled at an offi-
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THE Bahamas Gaming
Reform Committee is
seeking a meeting with
government to present a
specific action plan for the
reform of gaming laws
across the country.

BGR said it has taken
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laws” would have been
created.

Mr Strachan noted that
Minister of Tourism Vin-
cent Vanderpool-Wallace
stated publicly that a
review was underway and
a public statement of the
results would be made.

He said this was months
ago, yet this statement has
not materialised.

BGR has estimated that

a national gaming network
would gross between $60
and $100 million annual-
ly, create more than a
1,000 jobs for Bahamians
and bolster the govern-
ment’s treasury by as
much as $30 million a
year.

Government is missing
out on this much needed
revenue while illegal local
gaming is not only flourish-
ing but expanding, the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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FEDERAL health officials now say that 4,000
or more Americans likely have died from swine
flu — about four times the estimate they’ve been
using, according to Associated Press.

The new, higher figure was first reported by

The New York Times.

It includes deaths caused by complications
related to swine flu, including pneumonia and

bacterial infections.

Until now, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention had conservatively put the U.S.
swine flu death count at more than 1,000. Officials
said this week they’re working on an even more

accurate calculation.



group pointed out.

“We are extremely
embarrassed by regular
calls from residents, includ-
ing second home owners,
as to the status of the pro-
posed amendment to the
Gaming Act” said Mr Stra-
chan. “To delay further is
irresponsible and serves
only to thrust the Bahamas,
as a tourist based economy,
further behind the compe-
tition and more advanced
gaming jurisdictions like
Florida.”

BGR said it hopes the
government finds the will
to resolve this situation
immediately to avoid fur-
ther national and interna-
tional embarrassment over
“hypocritical, discriminato-
ry, antiquated gaming laws”
and uncontrollable illegal
gambling.

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Nobel laureate gives hint at wha
to expect in upcoming speeches

FROM page one

siderably from when I began
as a young writer, but I think
I’ve seen it change for the
better.”

The writer spoke candidly
to the small gathering,
repeatedly filling the book-
store with spontaneous
bursts of laughter from his
audience, a pleasant surprise
against such an esteemed
legacy.

Born in St. Lucia, Wind-
ward Islands, in the West
Indies in 1930, Derek Wal-
cott's work has accumulat-
ed a wealth of international
credit both before and after
his Nobel Prize in Literature
in 1992.

Slavery is a common
theme in Mr Walcott's work,
and it can be assumed that
this is largely due to Mr Wal-
cott's family having descend-
ed from slaves in the West
Indies. At the press confer-
ence when asked of his long-
term inspiration he respond-
ed candidly "women."

Though met with immedi-
ate laughter, Mr Walcott
continued his point by illus-
trating for his audience, the
constant role of “women” in
writers of not only his back-
ground and era.

“The old thing about the
muse being a woman is very
understandable. Whether
you’re a man or a boy I think
the female principle in poet-
ry is undeniable. The influ-
ence of mothers on writers is
well known. So I’m kidding
but I’m also not kidding.
This is not one of the rea-
sons why I write at all but
when I say women I really
mean it in terms of the muse.

“The black beauty — the
muse of the Caribbean is
something that took my gen-
eration a long, long time to
acknowledge. Take the aver-
age black girl who was beau-
tiful in the 40s, when I began
to write seriously, and the
self-contempt that was
taught to a girl like that, that
developed and encouraged
inferiority was something
that a writer would be fight-
ing for. Not only a woman
writer, I mean the recogni-
tion not only of physical
beauty but the validity of the
prescience of the being. The
woman is a principle that I
think is universal for poetry

DEREK WALCOTT

anywhere in the Caribbean.
This struggle of self-recog-
nition is something that I
have always had at the back
of my head I guess when I’m
writing.

“Somebody once asked
me who do I write for, in the
case of my plays I write fora
very big fat woman sitting in
the back of the theatre
laughing like hell. That is my
muse.”



LECTURE SERIES

Chair of the School of
English Studies at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas and
coordinator of the lecture
series Dr Majorie Brooks-
Jones said: "It is truly an
honour for the College to
have Nobel Laureate Derek
Walcott as our special guest
for this year's Anatol
Rodgers Memorial Lecture
Series.

"One of the most prolific

writers of our time, Walcott
represents the very best of
Caribbean artistry, intellec-
tual achievement and cul-
ture."

The college promises that
tonight's lecture on ‘Art,
Politics and Caribbean Cul-
ture’ will take those attend-
ing on a “cultural journey,”
attracting “literary and cul-
tural enthusiasts from the
college and the wider com-
munity.”

The Anatol Rodgers
Memorial Lecture Series will
be held at the College of the
Bahamas tonight at 7
o'clock. There will be a book
signing immediately follow-
ing. The College of the
Bahamas encourages the
public to attend this free
event.

CONSTRUCTION
SEMINAR

The CSG Construction
Seminar 2009 will focus on
“The Impact of Foreign
Direct Investment on the
Development of the
Caribbean” at which Mr
Walcott will deliver the
keynote address.

The seminar seeks to
explore the constant issue of
whether or not “foreign
direct investment is a viable
and sustainable strategy for
the development of the
Caribbean.”

The organization was rep-
resented by Mrs Lelawattee
Manoo-Rahming, who
immediately answered the

Irish priest freed in
Philippines after 31 days

DUBLIN

AN IRISH Catholic priest kidnapped in the Philippines a
month ago has been freed unharmed and neither country
paid any ransom, Irish and Filipino authorities announced
Wednesday night, according to Associated Press.

Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said the Rev. Michael

Sinnott “displayed great forbearance ...

difficult health.”

in spite of his age and

“He is clearly a man of great resilience, strength and
courage and we wish him well as he seeks to recover from
such a trying ordeal,” said Irish President Mary McAleese,
who called Sinnott’s freedom the answer to the shared
prayers of millions in both countries.

And Prime Minister Brian Cowen said the government
would help the 79-year-old priest enjoy “a speedy reunion

with his family and friends.”

Six armed men abducted the 79-year-old priest Oct. 11
from his missionary home on the southern Philippine island
of Mindanao, escaped by speedboat, and took him into the

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Derek Walcott is not only a
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In fact, the chief cost asso-
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times was the lack of pay
when sick people couldn't
work. But all that changed
after the Second World War,
when two sharply different
approaches were taken in
Britain and the United States
to deal with the rapid growth
of medical technology and
costs.

The British set up a
National Health Service in
1948, in the belief that uni-
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everyone at the point of use.

In America, doctors and
hospitals had set up pre-paid
health plans called Blue Cross

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and Blue Shield well before
the war, and their success
encouraged commercial insur-
ers to move into the market.
Since wartime controls pre-
vented employers from using
wages to compete for labour,
companies began offering
insurance plans as benefits.
After the war this employ-
er-based system of health cov-
erage was promoted by gov-
ernment tax exemptions. And
today about 84 per cent of
Americans are covered by
some kind of company plan.
The poor and elderly are cov-
ered by public plans (Medic-
aid and Medicare) that were
introduced in 1965.

American

6) ur system resembles
the American

approach. Historically, gov-
ernment was the main health-
care provider, with the
Princess Margaret Hospital
starting out as a poorhouse in
the 19th century. But with
rapid private sector expansion
after the war, half the popu-
lation is now covered by
health insurance while the
other half relies on tax-funded
facilities.

Government-run hospitals
and clinics consume a quar-
ter billion dollars a year, and
hundreds of millions more are
needed to build new hospitals
and make other capital
improvements as the popula-
tion grows and demand for
new medical technology
increases.

This funding dilemma has
led successive governments
(going back to the 1970s when
National Insurance was
launched) to dream about a
universal health system fund-
ed by payroll taxes. A plan
was introduced in 1989 but
never implemented, and a
new plan was formulated dur-
ing the Christie administra-
tion, with enabling legislation
passed just before the last
election in the face of serious
doubts about sustainability.

The present government
has balked at implementing
such a comprehensive plan at
a single stroke— pointing out
that free medical care is
already available to school-
children, civil servants, the
indigent and pensioners.
According to Health Minis-
ter Dr Hubert Minnis, the pri-
ority must be to strengthen
the existing system, while
placing much more emphasis
on preventive care and edu-
cation.

It may be helpful to view
our health reforms in the con-

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text of the debate that has
been raging in the US ever
since Barack Obama was
elected a year ago. The goal
of reform in the US is to
ensure coverage for the 40
million Americans without
insurance, to prevent insurers
from denying coverage
because of pre-existing con-
ditions, to cap out-of-pocket
expenses and to help low-
income earners buy insurance.

Soaring healthcare costs
are also cited as a key reason
why reform is being pursued,
as well as why it is being
opposed so vociferously. And
we should not lightly brush
these concerns aside. Health
costs in the US (the only rich
country without universal cov-
erage) were 16 per cent of
GDP in 2007, compared to 10
per cent in Canada and 8.4
per cent in Britain. Yet
despite this heavy spending,
health outcomes in the US are
below OECD averages.

A recent article in the
Economist magazine reported
that: "On the most basic met-
ric of life expectancy at birth,
Britain (79.1 years) outscores
America (77.8). A similar sto-
ry emerged from a study in
2006 that used direct mea-
sures to compare the health
of middle-aged people: the
Americans were sicker than
the English...A 2008 study
that compared death-rates for
treatable illnesses among the
under-75s, placed Britain sixth
among 19 advanced countries,
with America coming last."

The Economist concluded
that, while America offers
very good clinical care, too
many people lack cover or
fret about losing it. And while
the British cover everyone at
a much lower total cost,
patients have less clout and
wait longer for treatment. In
short, both countries need
reforms to bring about better
and cheaper care.

Worse

B ahamian health out-
comes are worse

than those in either the US
or the UK. The CIA’s projec-
tions for 2009 infant mortality
(www.cia.gov/library/publica-
tions/the-world-
factbook/rankorder/2091 rank.
html) rank the Bahamas as
93rd in the world — behind
most Caribbean countries, as
well as a whole host of much
poorer countries. And the
estimate for life expectancy
at birth is only 66 years.
Despite these results, the
Bahamas spends about 7 per
cent of GDP on healthcare.

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Clearly, we need better val-
ue for our healthcare dollars,
and at the same time we must
be careful not to dig ourselves
into a financial hole we can't
get out of. A massive expan-
sion of our grossly inefficient
public sector combined with
decisions that are driven by
politics are the quickest way
to fall into that trap.

This was borne out in a
2007 study by Health Cana-
da of our proposed NHI plan.
That report said costs had
been underestimated and the
plan would likely be unsus-
tainable because it promised
universal access to a broad
range of benefits with no
point of service charges in the
public sector — a more ambi-
tious programme than any
OECD country had attempt-
ed.

Lessons

[hee are lessons to be
learned in this regard
from the introduction of
Medicare and Medicaid in the
US in the face of bitter oppo-
sition from doctors, drug com-
panies and the insurance
industry during the 1960s.
President Lyndon Johnson's
point man at the time was
health secretary Joseph Cali-
fano, who had some interest-
ing things to say recently
about the current healthcare
debate.

Califano acknowledged
that policymakers in the 1960s
had vastly underestimated the
rising cost of medical tech-
nology, as well as the extra-
ordinary leap in life expectan-
cy. And he concluded that the
best way to curb costs today
"is to put as much profit in
prevention as there is in
acute care, and to put finan-
cial gain and pain into how
individuals take (or don't
take) care of themselves."

That seems to be the track
we are on now in the
Bahamas. According to Dr
Minnis, the goal is to realign
medical spending and priori-
ties to promote healthy
lifestyles. The fact is that most
of our healthcare challenges
are lifestyle diseases. Cancer,
AIDS, diabetes, stroke, heart
attack and kidney failure top
the list of modern medical
problems in the Bahamas —
and they all are largely pre-
ventable with education, diet
and medication.

In his address to parlia-
ment on the drug plan, Dr
Minnis described the impact
of these chronic diseases on
the public health system:
"Today, 60 per cent of our
population dies from chronic
diseases, 48.5 per cent of our
medical wards are occupied
by patients with chronic dis-
eases, our emergency rooms
are bombarded by patients
suffering from chronic dis-
eases. All this will be
addressed with our soon-to-
be-introduced national drug
plan.”

Initially, this plan will cov-
er senior citizens for pre-
scription drugs to treat arthri-
tis, asthma, breast cancer, dia-
betes, glaucoma, high choles-
terol, hypertension, heart dis-
ease, major depression,

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Department of
Immigration
stages raid on PI

FROM page one

process by which non-Bahamians can obtain the req-
uisite permits to work and live in the Bahamas, Mr
Thompson petitioned these individuals to go about the
process in the proper fashion.

“This is a country of laws. Every week we meet to
review applications for work permits. There is no need
for persons to go about it illegally. The laws are there
and we want the employers to also follow the correct
procedures,” he said.

Currently these 20 individuals who have been appre-
hended by Immigration will be interviewed and
processed to determine if any work permits have ever
been granted to them.

“The way the system works,” Mr Thompson said,
“4s that we are going to check our records and find out
if they were issued permits to work.

“And if they were not issued permits to work and
they were not authorised to work then they will be
detained and we will have to see them out of the coun-
try,” he said.

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spate of armed robberies

FROM page one

on Baillou Road and Vesey
Street. The thieves bran-
dished handguns, demanded
cash and left the bar with an
undermined amount of cash
from the establishment and
the money of two patrons.

The bandits escaped in an
unknown direction.

Minutes later, around 11.15
pm, an anonymous caller con-
tacted the police and reported
an armed robbery at Blue
Berry Hill, Fox Hill. Police
responded and spoke with a
male resident who reported
that while driving up to his
residence, two masked men

armed with handguns,
approached him and took his
silver Honda Accord license
plate number 215216.

The men fled in an
unknown direction. Police are
investigating.

Sometime around 11.51 pm
Tuesday, police received
information that the Pitt
Restaurant and Lounge,
Augusta Street was robbed.
An employee of the restau-
rant told police that two
masked males, armed with
handguns entered the estab-
lishment demanding cash.

"The employee gave the
men an undetermined
amount of cash. Additionally
the men took an undeter-

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mined amount of cash from
a patron. The men fled the
area on foot, in an unknown
direction," said Sergeant
Chrislyn Skippings.

In an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Assistant
Commissioner Raymond Gib-
son revealed that this trend
may be directly linked to the
material-fueled season.

Though it is too early to tell
whether or not the resurgence
of “petty crime” will dictate
the holiday season, ACP Gib-
son said that the police have
definitely taken note of the
apparent trend and preventa-
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“There has been a history
of increased criminal activity
during the holiday season,
particularly armed robberies,”
said Asst Commissioner Gib-
son.

“This is a pattern of behav-
iour that we are aware of, and
we are taking every step nec-
essary to reduce occurrences.”

The spree started on Sat-
urday with a total of four
armed robberies, one of
which involved shooting.
Since then reported armed
theft has averaged two to
three robberies per day, with
assailants targeting solitary
individuals and small stores
regardless of the hour.

Mr Gibson warned the pub-
lic to take heed of their sur-
roundings and not to make
themselves susceptible to
what they term “opportunistic
crime” at the hands of des-
perate bandits.

“Most of the robberies are
considered to be petty street
robberies which are essen-
tially crimes of opportunity.

“Whenever somebody with
bad intentions is in an area,
if he sees someone whom he
thinks he can rob and get
away — he will take the
chance," Mr Gibson said.

“The public needs to be
aware especially if they’re
going home in the evenings
to always take note of their
surroundings and to call the
police at the first sign of sus-
picious activity.”

Just after midnight on Sat-
urday, culprits armed with
handguns pretending to be
police officers entered a bar
on Armstrong and
Dowdeswell Street, in Nas-
sau.

Correction to story

FROM page one

Sands was the other officer
on the scene with Detective
Corporal Kelsie Munroe the
night Brenton Smith was
shot.

The Tribune would like to
clarify that the although the
other officer mentioned was
identified in the courtroom

as officer Sands, the staff
association head is in no way
involved in the shooting.
Yesterday Inspector
Sands told The Tribune he
remained at Det Munroe's
side at the inquest proceed-
ings in his capacity as Staff
Association President and
not because he is an inter-
ested party in the case.

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HURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12,



A BIG RED MACHINE player pitches the ball...

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Kudos to Major
for being a role
model in our

society...
See page 16

Defeat St Andrew’s
Hurricanes 10-2

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

ehind the bats
of arguably one
of the most
potent junior
boys lineups in
recent memory, the St
Augustine’s Big Red Machine
exploded late to take game
one of the BAISS junior boys’
softball championship series.

The Big Red Machine won
10-2 over the St Andrew’s
Hurricanes yesterday at Free-
dom Farm Field in the first
game of the best of three
series.

Clinging to a slim 4-2 mar-
gin heading into the bottom
of the fourth inning, SAC pro-
duced a game-high six run
inning to take a commanding
lead and hold on for the win.

Anthony Romer, Blair Sey-
mour, and lead off man
Lucious Fox each singled in
the fourth to load the bases

Knowles, Bhupathi lose in
2nd round of Paris Masters

BAHAMIAN tennis ace
Mark Knowles and his Indian
doubles partner Mahesh Bhu-
pathi have lost their second-
round match on the ATP
World Tour in France.

On the hard, indoor surface
yesterday at the Paris Mas-
ters, the No.3 seeds were
defeated by Simon Aspelin of
Sweden and Paul Hanley of
Australia 6-4, 6-7 (6), 10-7
tiebreak.

Also, top-ranked Roger
Federer was beaten by
Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

Federer lost 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-
4. The 15-time Grand Slam
champion has never been fur-
ther than the quarterfinals at
the Paris Masters.

Benneteau aced his first
match point and fell to the
floor in tears. He is next
scheduled to play countryman
Gael Monfils.

Knowles and Bhupathi
have clinched the No.3 spot
in the Masters Tournament
in London, England, which is
slated to begin on November
22.

Going into the year-ending
tournament, the duo trail

MARK KNOWLES (left0 AND MAHESH BHUPATHI

Knowles’ former Canadian
partner Daniel Nestor and his
new partner Nenad Zimonjic
as the top seeds, followed by
American identical twin
brothers Bob and Mike
Bryan.

Last week as Bhupathi took
a much-needed break,
Knowles teamed up with
Michael Llodra of France
where they reached the quar-
ter-final at the Valencia Open



(AP Photo)

500 in Spain.

And in February, Knowles
also teamed up with Ameri-
can Mardy Fish to win in
Memphis, Tennessee, and he
and American Andy Roddick
got into the final of the
Shanghai Open in Beijing,
China, in October.

In 2007, before he and
Nestor split up, they teamed
up to win their only World
doubles title.

SAC junior girls get
victory over Saints

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

IN a five-inning game that
stretched more than two and
a half hours, the St
Augustine’s College junior
girls joined their male coun-
terparts in taking game one
of their respective BAISS
Championship series.

The Big Red Machine ran
away with a high score to take
game one 25-15 over the
Kingsway Academy Saints.

SAC’s scoring flurry began
at the game’s outset with sev-
en runs in the top half of the
first inning, courtesy of a

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which gave them a seven run
lead.

The defending champions
improved on that effort with
14 runs in the second.

Each member of the Big
Red Machine lineup crossed
the plate in a game filled with
errors and miscues.

Ciara Bonamy, Tiara Dele-
veaux and Rena Mortimer
each finished with four runs
apiece, while Dominique Bur-
rows and Jada Saunders fin-
ished with three each.

The Saints put up a valiant
effort after facing a seeming-
ly insurmountable 21-4 deficit

after two innings.

A two RBI double by
Racheal Albury highlighted
an eight run inning for her
team which brought the Saints
within 10 runs, 21-12.

Despite control problems
from Bonamy at the mound,
the Big Red Machine’s lead
proved to be a big enough
cushion with a few added runs
late in the game.

Santish Brown led the
Saints with four runs and two
RBI, Megan Russell finished
with three runs while Kiwana
Rolle and Albury each added
three. Game two is set for
today with the Saints facing
elimination.

for power hitting shortstop
Anfernie Seymour.

Seymour did not disappoint
with runners in scoring posi-
tion as he belted a double
down the right field line which
plated Romer and B Sey-
mour.

Byron Murray extended
the Big Red Machine lead to
seven on the very next pitch
with a mammoth three run
home run to straight-away
centerfield which gave his
team a 9-2 lead.

Shannon Johnson scored
the team’s final run of the
game with his RBI double
which scored pitcher Arien
Seymour.

The Hurricanes rally fell

short in the top of the fifth at
just a single run, an RBI dou-
ble by Joe Lockhart.

Anfernie Seymour, the
league’s most consistent hitter
of the course of the season,
placed SAC on the score-
board first in the bottom of
the opening inning.

He hit an RBI double
which plated Isaacs and came
back in the third inning to
blast a solo home run.

SAC led 3-0 after two
innings before the Hurricanes
came alive at the plate.

Pitcher Ashton Butler pro-
vided his own run support
with a home-run to center-
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Kudos to Major for being a role model in our society

By BRENT STUBBS

I HAD an interesting inter-
view with Meacher 'Pain'
Major on his return home
from Buffalo, New York,
where he lost his NABA
lightweight title on Saturday
night.

Major, 28, came home to
recuperate and he was just as
upbeat as he was before he
left for the 10-round bout
against American Dorin
Spivey.

The crafty veteran Spivey
stopped Major in the fourth
round at the Convention Cen-
ter after he unleashed a flurry
of punches to secure the win.

In his interview, Major
could have come up with all
kinds of excuses. But he just
indicated that he was faced
with a big test and he was
taught a valuable lesson.

Although he admitted that
he was slightly hampered by
the flu, Major noted that he
will not allow his performance
to keep him down.

He has vowed to return big-
ger and better next year as he
continues his quest for a shot
at a world boxing title in the

future.

One of the things he's look-
ing at is dropping down to the
super featherweight division
where the weight limit is 130
pounds.

Sounds like torture. It's not
considering that Major
weighed in at 131 for Satur-
day's bout. He was right on
the borderline.

Despite his age, Major still
has a bright future ahead of
him. He's under contract with
the American based X-Cel
Worldwide and his training
base is in Hollywood, Flori-
da.

He's in the right environ-
ment where he can get all of
the support he needs to pro-
pel him to the next level. It’s
just unfortunate that he suf-
fered a setback on Saturday.

But Major is one of those
level headed individuals who
I'm sure will rebound from
his ordeal. He's focused, but
he's also committed and ded-
icated to the cause.

On top of that, Major is one
of those individuals who has
not just concentrated on him-
self. He's deeply rooted in his
community in Kemp Road.

Olympia Morris-Evans Softball
Classic continues on weekend

AFTER taking a

three-week break because of the

Bahamas Softball Federation’s series of tournaments, the
Baptist Sports Council is scheduled to be back in action on
Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

The BSC will be using three of the softball fields to con-
tinue their 2009 Olympia Morris-Evans Softball Classic
with competition in all three divisions. Here’s a look at the

schedule of games on tap:
Field One

10am - St Paul’s vs Faith United (Co-ed)
11:30am - Calvary Bible vs Faith United (M)
lpm - Temple Fellowship vs St Mark’s (M)
2:30pm - Faith United vs St Mark’s (Co-ed)

Field Two

10am - St John’s vs Temple Fellowship (Co-ed)
11:30am - Temple Fellowship vs St. John’s (17)
lpm - Calvary Deliverance vs Macedonia (M)
2:30pm - St John’s vs Macedonia (17)

Field Three

10am - Ebenezer vs Salem (Co-ed)

11:30am - Golden Gates vs Mt Carey (M)
lpm - Transfiguration vs Golden Cass (17)
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Not only has he started an
amateur boxing programme
where he's teaching some of
the youngsters about the
sport, but he holds an annual
Back-to-School drive and a
Christmas party.

All of the events are a part
of Major's bid to give back to
the people who have been
there for him in the good and
bad times in his profession.
Not bad for a competitor who
is still looking for that big pay-
day and a possible world title
fight.

Major may have learnt a
boxing lesson on Saturday.
But he has been doing more
than he can to teach others
about the rules of life. Kudos
to Major for being the role
model that he is in our soci-
ety.

WOMEN HONOURED

THE New Providence
Women's Basketball Associ-
ation should be commended
for taking the time out to hon-
our some of the legends of
the game.

On Saturday as the associ-

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ation is slated to open its new
season, a number of the pio-
neers are expected to recog-
nised by the newly elected
board for the role they all
played in the growth and
development of the sport.

It's good to see some of our
organisations take the time to
bridge the gap between the
old and the new players who
have played in their particular
sport.

Too many times, our young
players may have only heard
of some of the legends, but
may not have seen them in
person because they are no
longer a part of the organisa-
tion.

So taking the time out just
before the start of the season
is a good opportunity to say to
some of the stewards who are
still alive, we haven't forgot-
ten you and we appreciate
what you've done for the
game.

Not everybody will get a
chance to have their names
inked on a national stadium
or a street sign. Only a select
few will. Not all of them will
even get to be inducted into a

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Hall of Fame. That's also set
aside for a select few.

But inviting them out to
receive a small recognition
when you have the new young
and future stars on display is
priceless. The NPWBA
should be commended for the
gesture.

BSF NATIONALS

THE Bahamas Softball
Federation hosted another
National Round Robin
Championships over the
weekend at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.

While the tournament did-
n't attract all of the affiliated
island associations, some of
whom didn't have a league
this year because of the eco-
nomic problems facing the
country, those who shared up
made it one of the most com-
petitive round robin tourneys.

With only three teams
entered in the women’s divi-
sion, the tournament came
down to a showdown between
Grand Bahama and New
Providence.

And in the end, the Pineap-
ple Air Wildcats proved to be
just a little stronger than the
Bahamasair Flyers from
Grand Bahama when it
counted the most, winning 2-
1 in the best-of-three cham-
pionship series.

But in the final stats pro-
duced by the team headed by
Rozina Taylor, the Flyers
dominated the majority of the
individual categories.

As for the men, the Com-
mando Security Truckers
came around at the right time
to secure the title in the one-
game championship over the
Grand Bahama _ Elnet
Mariners.

However, the individual
categories were almost even-
ly matched between the
Truckers, Mariners and the
surprising Abaco's Turtles.

If those performances are
any indication, the BSF
should be able to field two
versatile teams made up of
players across the Bahamas
for the national teams that are
heading to the CAC Cham-
pionships next year. We will

STUBBS



OPINION

have to wait and see the out-
come
TRACK DILEMMA

WHILE the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations (BAAA) | is
embroiled in a heated elec-
tion campaign, there's a sign
that there are a number of
athletes who are eager to
compete.

On Saturday at Fort Char-
lotte, hundreds of athletes,
whether they are going to
remain in the sport or just use
it as a workout session for
other sports, turned out to
participate in the CH Reeves
Cross Country Champi-
onships.

The good thing is candi-
dates for both sides of the
election campaign were in
attendance. So no one had to
tell them how important it is
for the electorate to come up
with the best possible team to
represent the association for
the next three years.

With the elections sched-
uled for next Saturday, it's
hoped that whoever is elected
will take note and ensure that
the trend continues because
there are many aspiring ath-
letes who need to benefit
from good representation.

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How should we treat the nation’s health ills?

FROM page 12

prostate cancer and psychosis.
It is unclear whether all
seniors will be covered or only
NIB pensioners (about 70 per
cent of the total), but the
drugs will be available from
private pharmacies as well as
from government dispen-
saries. Patients will be regis-
tered, educated and tracked
to ensure that they are man-
aging their diseases properly.

According to Etoile Pin-
der, a Bahamian health econ-
omist who was a technical
advisor to the NHI Commis-
sion, the proposed drug plan
is not a bad idea "if it is the
first step towards a broader
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little effect in most cases."

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ventive care in the Bahamas.
Regular checkups and seeing
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difference between stage 1 or
stage 3 breast cancer, or help
those suffering from cardio-
vascular diseases to avoid
strokes and heart attacks.
Acute care patients require
more expensive treatments
and have lower survival rates.

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about prevention and educa-
tion, and the original NHI
plan allocated well over $5
million to such programmes,
but we have yet to hear the
hard details of Dr Minnis’
proposals, and it is unclear
where the money is coming
from to finance them. Some
argue that we should sharply
tax alcohol and tobacco and
make excessive drinking and
obesity as socially out-of-step
as smoking is today.

And then there is the
whole issue of accountability
within both the public and pri-
vate health systems. No gov-
ernment has had the gump-
tion to deal with this difficult
issue, but it should form a key

part of any health reform
package. In the public sector,
the Ministry of Health gets
the financing, provides the
services and regulates itself.

In the private sector, both
doctors and hospitals are
largely unregulated and
accountable only to them-
selves.

In the 1950s there was no
alternative to the govern-
ment's redevelopment and
operation of the Princess
Margaret Hospital. But today
the situation is markedly dif-
ferent, and we have to ask
why the government should
be spending hundreds of mil-
lions of scarce public funds to
build and operate hospitals.
The Ministry of Health should
be a regulatory body that
manages the private sector
and provides public services
only where necessary.

Both public and private
systems have their virtues and
their faults, but the choice
does not have to lie between
the British National Health

Service or the American
employer-based system.
There are insurance-based
systems in Europe that also
provide universal coverage.
In Switzerland and the
Netherlands, for example,
everyone has to have health
insurance and every patient
is guaranteed cover by the
state if they cannot afford it.

The French model of com-
pulsory insurance for all, with
both public and private
providers, is ranked by the
World Health Organisation
as the most efficient health
service in the world. France
spends 11 per cent of its GDP
on health; yet its infant mor-
tality rate, life expectancy and
mortality rate for cardio-vas-
cular illness are all better than
either the United States or
Britain.

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Water Corp unlikely
to pay $6.2m debt
until the Budget

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CONSOLIDATED Water,
the BISX-listed reverse osmo-
sis supplier, has indicated it
believes the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation will be
unable to pay down the $6.2
million debt it owes to the
company until the Govern-
ment passes its 2010-2011
Budget - something that will
not happen for at least anoth-
er six to seven months.

In a conference call with
Wall Street analysts to discuss
the company’s third quarter
results, David Sasnett, Con-
solidated Water’s chief finan-
cial officer, said the debt owed
by the Water & Sewerage
Corporation was largely
responsible for the $11.575
million in accounts receiv-
ables contained on its balance
sheet as at September 30,
2009.

This nevertheless repre-
sented a 16.8 per cent decline
in the $13.911 million in
accounts receivables con-
tained on Consolidated
Water’s balance sheet at 2008
year-end, and Mr Sasnett con-
firmed that the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation was now

paying the company $1.2 mil-
lion per month for water sup-
plied by it - roughly match-
ing the monthly billing
amount.

This, Mr Sasnett said, was
an effort to keep the Water
& Sewerage Corporation’s
accounts receivables in check,
although it would not make
a dent in the $6.2 million bal-
ance owed to Consolidated
Water as at September 30,
2009, a balance that increased
by $1.5 million in the third
quarter.

Indicating that Consolidat-
ed Water was holding out lit-
tle hope that the $6.2 million
balance would be paid down
any time soon, Mr Sasnett
told Wall Street analysts: “We
would hope that in 2010,
when they pass the Budget,
that they [the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation] will be
able to pay the additional
monies and keep the receiv-
ables balance current.”

As revealed by Tribune
Business, Consolidated Water
warned this week in its 10-Q
filing with the Securities &
Exchange Commission (SEC)
that if the Water & Sewerage

SEE page 4B

Court ue inant wet

targets ‘top of pile’



By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE merger of two
Bahamian real estate firms
will enable them to target the
“high-end market more so
than before” and enable the
company to “rise to the top
of the pile”, the president of
the enlarged entity told Tri-
bune Business yesterday.

Mike Lightbourn, president
of Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty, said the merger
with Bahamas Waterfront
Properties had from a work-
ing perspective reunited him
and his son, Colin, and togeth-
er they planned to launch a
number of initiatives that
were real estate-related.

Although declining to state
what their plans were, Mr
Lightbourn said Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty,
with his son returning as man-
aging director, would seek to
leverage the brand, support
and tools provided by the
Coldwell Banker franchise to
expand into “other areas” of
the Bahamian real estate mar-
ket.

“We felt it was the right
time; the timing was right to
merge,” Mr Lightbourn told
Tribune Business. “He’s [Col-
in] great at doing projects. He

Coldwell Banker Lightbourn
Realty to target high end
market ‘more so than
before’, after deal
reunites father and son

put together the South Ocean
Estates project out west, and
other things like that he
enjoys doing.

“We’re physically together
now, but there are a bunch of
other things we are putting
into place as we speak.
There’ll be other areas that
we’ll be headed into that are
real estate related.”

He added: “We’re going to
use the tools available to us
through Coldwell banker.
We’re going to pick out what
we think works best in our
market, and offer new oppor-
tunities. We hope to rise to
the top of the pile.”

The merger has added four
new Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA) licensed
sales agents to the existing
team of 20 at Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty, as
well as two property man-
agers, and Mr Lightbourn said
“a lot of physical work in the
office” was being carried out

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ahamas First

General Insur-

ance Company

will pass the

“important
milestone” of $50 million in
capital by year-end, its presi-
dent and chief executive said
yesterday, adding that the
general insurer now had a
“much superior balance sheet
capital position”.

Patrick Ward told Tribune
Business that Bahamas First
General Insurance Company,
the main subsidiary of
Bahamas First Holdings, was
“tracking better than 2008”
when it came to its bottom
line net income for 2009,
although the swing in the
unrealised value of its invest-
ment portfolio remained a
concern largely due to its sub-
stantial holdings of Com-
monwealth Bank stock.

Referring to comments by
A. M. Best, the international
insurance credit rating agency,
about the general insurer’s
“superior capitalisation”, Mr
Ward said: “By the end of



* Bahamas First in ‘much superior balance sheet
capital position’ by hitting ‘important milestone’
* Firm’s bottom line profitability and operational

results ‘tracking better’ than 2008

* In line with expectations of 5% gross premium drop

2009, the capital of Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany will be in excess of $50
million, and the risk profile
we have on the books will not
be significantly different from
the year before.

“We will have a much more
superior balance sheet capi-
tal position that we had the
year before. That’s an impor-
tant milestone for us to have,
$50 million in capital.

“We have followed a strat-
egy in the last two to three
years of increasing Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany’s capital by not sending
any monies to the parent via
dividends. That, with good
results, has allowed us to build
up the capital of Bahamas
First General to the level we
enjoy today.”

Bahamas First General
Insurance Company’s 2008
year-end balance sheet
showed it had total share-
holder equity capital of
$47.572 million, implying that
this is likely to increase by at
least $2.5 million this finan-
cial year.

And Mr Ward said the
company’s financial perfor-
mance for year-to-date was
ahead of 2008, when Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany sustained an 86.4 per
cent decline in net income to
$1.656 million, almost entire-
ly due to a $12 million swing
into the red on the unrealised
losses suffered on its equity
portfolio.

“We’re tracking better than
2008 in terms of bottom line
profitability,” Mr Ward told

Tribune Business. “The core
operational results are ahead
of where we were last year.”

He added, though, that
while the company was
“watching very carefully” the
performance of its investment
portfolio, “even that is not
overshadowing the core
results on underwriting”.

Mr Ward said Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany was also “probably
tracking very close to” the
expected 5 per cent decline
in gross premiums written in
2009, adding: “If we’re lucky,
we could be a little bit ahead,
but we expect we’re tracking
in line with expectations.”

As for 2010, the Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-

SEE page 10B

Banking ‘surprise’ at consumer
loan arrears reduction

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BANKING executives yes-
terday expressed surprise at
the $2.7 million reduction in
consumer loan arrears during
September 2009, while all oth-
er lending categories moved
in the opposite direction, one
suggesting that the improve-
ment may be related to the
fact personal credit is rela-
tively easier to restructure.

Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief execu-
tive, said there had been no
change in the Bahamian econ-

* Ease of restructuring consumer loans cited as one reason
for $2.7m fall in arrears value in September 2009
* Loan deterioration set to ‘bottom out’ in 2010

omy’s basic fundamentals to
support the 0.9 per cent
reduction in the cumulative
value of consumer loan
arrears to $293.5 million dur-
ing September, and suggested
this possibly highlighted why
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas wanted “consistent
reporting” on restructured
loans.

“T have no idea. I’m just
surprised,” said Mr Sunderji,

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Bahamian economy has actu-
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be seeing in there is that con-

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Bahamians? In the course of
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weekdays, here’s what I
found. On the busiest holiday
about 50 cars jammed the
road down to Jaws Beach,
with families enjoying the
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Authority has done nothing
to make it nice for them - just
a few rotting piles remain of
the dock destroyed in a long-
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boat ramp is incomplete, the
beach is unswept and no pic-
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vided. I saw no beach warden
and found the door to the toi-
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the bush, it was designed to
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Clifton’s heritage is
no stroll in the park

by Richard Coulson

Further down the road,
hard work has been done to
excavate and expose the
Great House of the Wylly
Plantation and the stone cot-
tages of the slave settlement,
but the restoration has been
minimal and the buildings sat
forlornly without any visitors
visible all the days I passed
by. The former Carriage
House has been converted
into an attractive Gift Shop,
with a few interesting displays
and local items for sale, but
it is shut on weekends — sure-
ly a perverse policy for a pub-
lic park whose citizens are at
work or school every week
day.

These facilities plus the
Park office and wardens’
quarters, together with trail
entrances, are served by the
pristine South parking lot,
which was slightly better pop-
ulated — as many as five cars.

As for interest in local ecol-
ogy, when I often walked the
few yards from Jaws Beach
to the lovely pond in the pre-
served wetland zone, with
three observatory boardwalks
and handsome illustrations of
herons, egrets and coots, I was
the solitary observer. Cover-
ing the two-mile Arawak Trail
that fringes the entire Point
on a beautiful Sunday, I met
exactly three Bahamian hik-
ers — plus a friendly Park war-
den, who told me that guided
tours are only given only
Monday-Friday because
they’re “ intended mainly for
tourists” (!). Fact is, it’s a pret-
ty boring bush path, with few
sea views. Neither it nor the
Coppice Trail cutting diago-
nally through the forest dis-
play any signs to identify the
surrounding trees, vines and
shrubs. A billboard near Flip-
per Beach illustrates a
Lucayan village, but there’s
no physical evidence or arti-
facts to hold one’s interest.

Strangely, the Park does
not take advantage of its high-
est elevation by creating what
could be a spectacular out-
look over the sea-side cliffs.
The legendary Stone Steps,
descending to the rocky shore
under an arch, are so steep
and narrow that, lacking any
hand rails, they can be navi-
gated only by the foolhardy.
Worse, the Authority’s own
publicity creates historical fic-
tion. Both the sign at the site
and the guidebook designed
for Bahamian school children
relate the myths that “during
the plantation era, these Steps
served as a gateway between
Clifton and the rest of the
world... across them passed
the first slaves from Africa
and the last cotton exported
to Europe”. These undocu-
mented fables ignore the hard
evidence that the Steps were,
in fact, dug in connection with
a film production in 1916, an
adaptation of “20,000 Leagues
under the Sea.”

Clearly, Bahamians
find the most popular attrac-
tions of the whole Park to be
the swimming, snorkeling and
boating activities available at
the still unimproved Jaws
Beach. In the present state of
development, it’s a good ques-
tion how large a fraction of
our population, outside the
occasional organised school
groups and National Trust
expeditions, will make the
long drive west to appreciate
the cultural and ecological
offerings of the Park.

The Great House and slave
quarters alone are hardly
worth a lengthy tour. There’s
no food or drink offered any-
where (except sodas and can-
dy at the Gift Shop); no play-
grounds for children; no



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tables with umbrellas; no
music to be heard; no films,
performances or pageants by
natives in period costumes;
no advertised festivals or lec-
tures. There’s no sign of the
promised tramway, and no
tour schedules are displayed.
Much of the Park is “under
construction” like its website,
whose “News” section alertly
displays a September 2005
press release as its latest item,
and is blank under “Tours
dates for 2009”.

I raised some of these issues
with the pleasant people who
staff the Park office. Many
improvements, I was told, are
“in development” and, under-
standably, “depend on fund-
ing”. Aye, “funding” — there’s
the rub! Where’s it to come
from? The Authority is a cor-
porate body created by
statute in 2004 after the Gov-
ernment agreed to pay $19
million to the late Nancy
Oakes to acquire 208 acres of
Clifton Point, and probably a
few million more was need-
ed for the subsequent ameni-
ties, including the parking lots
and clean-up of unsightly
garbage along the shore-line.

These capital costs were
funded with a $24 million
issue of “Clifton Heritage
Authority” bonds. With a
Government guarantee, prin-
cipal and interest are a direct
burden on the Treasury, since
the Authority has no earnings
of its own. All its require-
ments are met by Govern-
ment subsidies and occasion-
al gifts such as the recent
$10,000 donation from BTC.
Eventually, the Authority
should earn enough to pay at
least part of its running costs.
But how, in the absence of
entrance fees? A possible
source would be parking
charges at the two big lots,
where toll booths are already
built. But Bahamians won’t
start using the lots unless the
expensive improvements are
already in place — the usual
financial dilemma.

One doubts that there was
any careful planning about
continuing expenses, particu-
larly the big new budget items
needed to make the Park an
attractive going concern. It
was simply another project
with a political agenda,
backed by our well-inten-
tioned but unrealistic culture
mavens, including the do-
gooder foreign organisations
that give us advice but don’t
understand Bahamian reali-
ties. Now, with Government
expenditures stretched to the
limit in the face of growing
deficits, hard-headed Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
may decide that the worthy
but non-essential Park impos-
es drains on the Treasury that
the state simply cannot
afford. He won’t close it
down, but may quietly tell the
visionary chairperson, Sena-
tor Dr Jacinta Higgs, that
funding for all the hoped-for
improvements must be put off
to the distant future, if ever.

To become viable, the Park
needs to have a publicity cam-
paign (it’s not listed with tour
operators) and a vigorous
membership drive to provide
consistent donations. Since its
activities overlap with the
Bahamas National Trust, per-
haps the best solution would
be to merge with the Trust,
whose energetic leadership
and long list of loyal mem-
bers might find a way to pay
for the Park’s aspirations and
bring its dreams to reality.
Even New York’s famous
Central Park had serious
problems until the privately-
funded Central Parks Con-
servancy took over the Park’s
management from the city
government, now financing
most of the operating budget.
Without some similar answer,
Bahamians will continue to
swim at Jaws Beach but the
Clifton parking lots will
sprout more weeds than cars.
A national park that can nei-
ther pay its own way nor win
popularity with its citizens
does not have a bright future.

NB: CI was unable to inter-
view Senator Higgs, who can-
celled a scheduled meeting).

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 3B





$1.5m investment’s
expanding ‘Patch’

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE Prickle Patch has
expanded after eight years in
business with a $1.5 million
investment in the construc-
tion of a new building, open-
ing the door to additional ser-
vices and offerings, the own-
ers told Tribune Business yes-
terday.

Agnes Kemp said she fig-
ured it was time to expand
her home decor business,
which took off in 2001 at a
2,000 square foot store in the
Summer Winds Plaza off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway. She and her hus-
band, Barry Kemp, seven
years after opening, then bid
on a plot of land where they
would later expand the busi-
ness.

Now, with 6,500 more
square feet to stock, Mrs
Kemp takes yearly trips to
China, Indonesia and the US
to purchase the rarities The
Prickle Patch offers.

The business, which
employs six full-time workers
(and is hiring), is the sub-
sidiary of Mr Kemp’s busi-
ness, Quick Welding.

According to the Kemps,

The Prickle Patch’s parent
company began under a pine
tree in Abaco through odd
welding jobs, and has grown
into a petroleum construction
business with clients across
the Caribbean.

And with the parent com-
pany in the construction busi-
ness, the Prickle Patch’s new
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway location was erected
with in-house labour.

Mr and Mrs Kemp’s chil-
dren have also moved into the
business and have spun off
businesses at the new site.

One daughter is opening a
beauty salon and spa only feet
from the Prickle Patch, and
the family hopes to open a
deli and rent out several office
spaces to complete the com-
plex, all under the umbrella
of Kemps Company of Invest-

ment.

With two fully stocked
floors, the Prickle Patch has
expanded its range of items
which, according to Mrs
Kemp, has been well received
by the public since the store’s
opening three weeks ago. She
touts her store as the most
unique home decor store on
the island, with many coun-
tries represented in the prod-
ucts she sells.

While her clientele is pre-
dominantly women, about 85
per cent, the store carries
myriad articles that would
appeal to men, with displays
arranged just for them.

“Women keep the econo-
my going,” said Mr Kemp.

Mrs Kemp said she would
like to begin selling some
local artwork, but feels there
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timely payments to it or
increase the sums involved,
its Bahamian subsidiary
would lack the liquidity/cash
flow needed to finance its
operations.

If such a scenario came to
pass, although Consolidated
Water gave no indication that
it would, then the company’s
Blue Hills reverse osmosis
plant - which supplies the bulk
of New Providence’s daily
water with some seven mil-
lion gallons per day - might
have to reduce its output or
cease production altogether.

Consolidated Water said:
“Consolidated Water

(Bahamas) accounts receiv-
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erage Corporation were
approximately $6.2 million as
of September 30, 2009.

“We believe that the
accounts receivable from the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion are fully collectible, and
therefore have not provided
any allowance for possible
non-payment of these receiv-
ables as of September 30,
2009.”

Osmosis

Yet the BISX-listed reverse
osmosis supplier added: “We
have been informed by these
representatives that while the

Water & Sewerage Corpora-
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of 2009.

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its contract with the Water &
Sewerage Corporation and is
dependent upon timely col-
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able to fund its operations.

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cease its production of water
altogether. Such develop-
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of operation and financial
position.”

Elsewhere, Rick McTag-
gart, Consolidated Water’s
chief executive, told analysts
that the company felt there
was “room for further mar-
gin improvements” in its bulk
water operations, due to effi-
ciency upgrades at its Blue
Hills and Windsor reverse
osmosis plants in Nassau.

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ments, he said, had already
resulted in lower operating
costs in Consolidated Water’s
Bahamian operations.

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Role reversal for Germany’s fiscal prudence stance

By NELSON D
SCHWARTZ and

JUDY DEMPSEY
c.2009 New York Times
News Service

IT HAS come to this: Ger-
many will almost certainly
have a bigger budget deficit
next year than Italy will.

Traditionally, Germany is
the Continent’s keeper of fis-
cal rectitude, perpetually fret-
ting that the Italians and oth-
er free-spending southern
Europeans are about to
undermine the euro and
rekindle inflation by not
reducing their red ink.

But in 2010, the Germany
deficit is expected to total 6.5
per cent of its gross domestic
product, while the Italian
budget gap is forecast at 6.2
per cent of GDP, according
to Deutsche Bank.

“There is something really
odd going on here, with Italy
being more prudent, Spain
getting more serious and
even the French talking
about pension cuts,” said
Gilles Moec of Deutsche
Bank. “Germany is the odd
one out.”

It is more than a matter of
role reversal.

The German shift under-
scores just how profoundly
the economic and political
situation has changed in
Berlin, as well as how des-
perate Chancellor Angela
Merkel is to restore growth in
Europe’s largest economy as
she begins her second term.

Given the long-standing
aversion to borrowing and
spending that has shaped
German fiscal policy since
the great hyperinflation of
the Weimar era during the
1920s, Merkel and her new
finance minister, Wolfgang
Schaeuble, have set off a
fierce debate by proposing to
cut taxes by 24 billion euro,
or $35.9 billion, in 2010 and
2011, rather than immediate-
ly attack the country’s pro-
jected budget gap.

“T want us to do everything
we can to create the condi-
tions for new, stronger

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growth,” Merkel said Tues-
day, laying out her agenda in
a speech before the Bun-
destag in Berlin. “Without
growth, there will be no
investment. Without growth,
no jobs. Without growth, no
money for education. With-
out growth, no help for the
weak.”

Cutting taxes now and bal-
ancing budgets later is a high-
wire act for all politicians, of
course, and the new German
government is divided even
within its own ranks over the
wisdom of lowering taxes to
stimulate the economy.

Sign

But it is a sign of just how
painful the recession has
been across the Continent,
especially Germany, that offi-
cials in Berlin and elsewhere
in Europe are so reluctant to
reduce borrowing anytime
soon because of the risk of
harming the incipient recov-
ery.
Like Germany, much of
Europe is struggling with
how to gradually withdraw
economic stimulus efforts
without compounding still-
rising unemployment or
throwing their economies
back into recession.

The terms of the treaty
that created the euro curren-

cy are supposed to limit each
country’s deficit to no more
than three per cent of its
GDP. None of the 16 coun-
tries that use the euro are
expected to meet that goal
soon, however, with the typ-
ical budget deficit projected
to reach a record 6.9 per cent
of GDP next year, according
to the European Commis-
sion.

On Wednesday, the com-
mission is expected to give
Germany, France and Spain
until 2013 to return their bud-
get gaps to below three per
cent.

But it is not clear whether
any of them can achieve that
goal. For Merkel, who stren-
uously opposed a Europe-
wide stimulus package dur-
ing the depth of the financial
crisis last year, the change of
approach has been difficult
to accept.

“Germany has been a kind
of symbol for Europe of cau-
tion and prudence when it
comes to spending,” said
Alfred Boss, an economist
and specialist in German pol-
itics at the Kiel Institute for
the World Economy, who
added that Berlin’s new pro-
posals “are not typically Ger-
man.”

“There seems to be a kind
of attitude that the tax cuts
will finance themselves,” he

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new government.”

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started echoing the supply-
side arguments propounded
by former President Ronald
Reagan and his economists
in Washington in the 1980s
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009, PAGE 7B

Retailers move to
tame the crowds

By STEPHANIE
ROSENBLOOM

c.2009 New York Times
News Service

A YEAR after an unruly
crowd trampled a worker to
death at a Wal-Mart store,
America’s retailers are
preparing for another Black
Friday, the blockbuster shop-
ping day after Thanksgiving.
Along with offering $300 lap-
tops and $99 navigation
devices, stores are planning
new safety measures to make
sure the festive day does not
take another deadly turn.

Last year, frenzied shop-
pers at a Wal-Mart in Valley
Stream, N.Y., trampled
Jdimytai Damour, a tempo-
rary store employee who died
soon afterward. To prevent
any repeat, Wal-Mart has
sharply changed how it
intends to manage the crowds.

That new plan, developed
by experts who have wran-
gled throngs at events like the
Super Bowl and_ the
Olympics, will affect how cus-
tomers approach and enter
the stores, shop, check out
and exit. Each store will have
its own customized plan. The
hope is for an orderly Black
Friday, a seemingly incongru-
ous notion.

The most significant change
at Wal-Mart is that the major-
ity of its discount stores (as
opposed to its Supercenters)
will open Thanksgiving morn-
ing at 6 a.m. and stay open
through Friday evening. Last
year, those stores closed on
Thanksgiving evening and
reopened early Friday morn-
ing. By keeping the stores
open for 24 hours, Wal-Mart
is hoping for a steady flow of
shoppers instead of mammoth
crowds swelling outside its
stores in the wee hours of Fri-
day.

In another new twist this
year, shoppers at Wal-Mart
will not have to sprint toward
a pile of flat-screen televisions
and scuffle with one another

your goals

to get one. Rather, customers
will be able to enter the store
at any time and line up at
merchandise displays for the
must-have items on their lists.
When the products go on sale
Friday at 5 a.m., employees
will supervise the lines, giv-
ing shoppers the merchandise
in the order in which they
joined the line until the
goods are out of stock.

(Only a small percentage
of stores will not be open 24
hours; most Wal-Mart Super-
centers are already open 24
hours.)

Another problem in the
past was the bottleneck at
store entrances. Like many
big-box retailers, Wal-Mart
does not have multiple
entrances and exits to spread
around customer traffic. So
this year it will put workers
in front of its stores to direct
customers and keep them
moving.

“We are committed to
looking for ways to make our
stores even safer for our cus-
tomers and associates this hol-
iday season,” said David
Tovar, a spokesman for Wal-
Mart, adding that the retailer
was “confident our customers
can look forward to a safe and
enjoyable shopping experi-
ence at Wal-Mart.”

Aggressive shoppers are
common the day after
Thanksgiving. So crowd con-
trol plans, which vary by
retailer, are critical. And they
are especially important now,
given the economy. Newly
frugal consumers want more
for less, and stores plan to
drum up sales with stunning
deals.

This year, for the first time,
the National Retail Federa-
tion created a comprehensive
set of guidelines for crowd
control at stores. The guide-
lines note that special mark-
downs and historically low
discounts have led to larger
crowds. “Retailers are very
much trying to make them-
selves stand out in an envi-

ronment like this,” Ellen
Davis, a spokeswoman for the
industry group, said in a con-
ference call this week. But she
added that “retailers need to
understand that many of these
sales and promotional peri-
ods might draw customers
who are more insistent about
getting a good deal.”

The federation said retail-
ers were performing dress
rehearsals with their employ-
ees. Some stores plan to serve
drinks to shoppers, or offer
entertainment while they are
in line, to maintain calm.
Also, the stores say that cre-
ating a rapport with cus-
tomers makes news of sell-
outs and long lines more
palatable.

Peter Conway, general
manager of a Best Buy in
Westbury, N.Y., has made a
habit of arriving at his store at
7 p.m. Thanksgiving night to
chat with shoppers lined up
outside.

“Pm outside talking with
my customers, just getting to
know them, seeing what
they’re there for,” he said.
“Pm very clear with them:
“There’s not going to be any
running.”

For years, Best Buy has
controlled crowds by sending
teams of workers into the
parking lots to distribute tick-
ets for its so-called door-
busters — popular items like
digital cameras and laptops at
exceedingly low prices. Tick-
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one ticket for each door-
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buy.

“They know if they have a
ticket, they’re guaranteed
they have that product,” Con-
way said. “It creates ease of
mind.”

To keep shoppers from
running aimlessly around its
stores, Best Buy employees
hand out maps, and they
mark popular items with col-
ored balloons that can be seen
from anywhere in the store.

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sumer loans are smaller, they
are much easier to restruc-
ture, and if restructured banks
can categorise them as cur-
rent. You reduce non-accrual
loans in that category.”

In contrast, the total value
of mortgage loan arrears

increased by $25.6 million or
5.9 per cent to $461.9 million
during September 2009,
according to the Central
Bank, while commercial loans
past due rose by $13.1 million
or 5.7 per cent to $243.6 mil-
lion.

“Mortgage loans are much




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NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any

more difficult to restructure.
You can’t refinance it; it’s too
expensive,” Mr Sunderji
explained. “They are work-
outs. Mortgage loans stay in
the same category for many,
many months.” This is usual-
ly until the borrowers find
new jobs, and their income
levels and ability to meet
obligations recovers.

Consumer loans could be
restructured in “a heartbeat”,
via refinancing and the charg-
ing of a bank fee.

“T don’t think fundamen-
tally those are good loans
because they got restruc-
tured,” Mr Sunderji told Tri-
bune Business, “and I think
the Central Bank may have a
view on this, with regard to
how banks report restruc-
tured loans.”

T. B. Donaldson, Com-
monwealth Bank’s chairman,
also told this newspaper yes-
terday that he was unable to
explain definitively why con-
sumer loan arrears had fall-
en slightly in September.

He added that one possi-
bility was that, with lay-offs
and redundancies, especially
in the hotel sector, having lev-
elled-off since late 2008, per-
sonal loan defaults and their
restructuring may have “bot-
tomed out”.

“Tn a sense, it’s a very good
sign, because if that is hap-
pening the worst could soon
be over,” Mr Donaldson told
Tribune Business.

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However, Mr Sunderji took
a slightly more pessimistic
view, saying that loan arrears
numbers for the Bahamian
commercial banking sector as
a whole would continue to
“deteriorate” until the wider
economy started to recover,
something not expected to
occur until late 2010 at the
earliest.

While the loan arrears fig-
ures “should become stable
at some point”, the Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief execu-




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ly to happen until late 2010.

“We are all very focused on
keeping non-performing loans
as low as possible, assisting
clients as best we can, restruc-
turing loans and waiting for
the economy to recover.
There is nothing much we can
do, as jobs won’t be created
overnight,” he added.

“The economy is still trou-
bled, people are still under-
employed, incomes are down,
so nothing has materially
changed in the economy.
[Loan arrears] stability is
going to be driven by recov-
ery, which depends on the US
recovery.

“T think 20910 will see us
bottom out, and hopefully we
will see some recovery. I don’t
think there’s going to be as
large and dramatic lay-offs as
we had in 2008 and 2009. I
can’t see another 1,000 people
being laid-off.

“That’s not to say incomes
aren’t being squeezed, and we
will remain a troubled econo-
my until such time as a sus-
tained recovery takes place in
the US. Baha Mar will help
us, of course. Economic
recovery will take place at
some point in time; the ques-

tion is: When? In the mean-
time, we have to do the best
we can.”

A key concern is whether
any more major economic
shocks, either external or
internal, will impact the
Bahamian economy. Mr Sun-
derji identified one potential
problem as the continued
pressure the G-20/OECD and
their individual member states
were exerting on the
Bahamas’ international finan-
cial centre, and on financial
institutions to exit this juris-
diction.

He questioned whether, in
the face of such pressure,
some institutions would
decide to scale down their
presence in the Bahamas or
follow BNP Paribas’s exam-
ple and exit altogether.

While US gross domestic
product (GDP) had grown
during the third quarter, Mr
Sunderji and others have
questioned whether this
recovery will be sustained,
since it largely appears to
have been driven by the Oba-
ma administration’s stimulus
programme. Many initiatives
in this programme are not
being continued past that
quarter.

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Weak Florida energy savings goal ditched

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
(AP) — The Florida Public
Service Commission on Tues-
day rejected proposed ener-
gy conservation goals that
environmentalists had called
too weak.

Commissioners said a pro-
posal drawn by their own staff
fell short of what’s needed to
prod Floridians into saving
more energy. The panel asked
staffers to return with a new
recommendation December
1.

The rejected proposal
would have let major electric
utilities keep most current
standards while expanding
education programs for con-
sumers. It also would have
required utilities to spend
$12.2 million on rebates for
customers who purchase solar
water heaters.

Staffers recommended
against stronger requirements
because that could lead to
higher rates. Environmental-
ists argue such rate increases
would be relatively small but
bills would be lower because
consumers would be using less
power.

“We’re all very conscious
of the financial burdens that
are on the consumers but if
we don’t move forward and
instead keep the status quo,
we'll just never get there,”
said Commissioner Nancy
Argenziano.

The commission is required
to review the energy conser-
vation goals for the state’s
major utilities every five
years.

Staffers argued it would be
wrong to force utilities to
spend money on incentives to
convince consumers to do
things like buy energy effi-
cient light bulbs or appliances
because they’d likely do that
on their own.

Commissioner Nathan
Skop criticized that, saying
the state needed to come up
with more “robust” goals.
Skop said staffers instead
offered proposals designed to
do “everything” the utilities
wanted.

Susan Glickman, a consul-
tant for the Natural
Resources Defense Council
and Southern Alliance for
Clean Energy, called the com-

mission’s decision is a very
positive step.

Utility representatives
declined to criticize the deci-
sion. “We’ve been in the busi-
ness of helping customers
save energy and money for
more than a quarter of a cen-
tury,” said Progress Energy
Florida spokesman Tim Lel-
jedal. “Whatever the goal, we
will continue putting cus-
tomers in the best position to
save.”

Florida Power & Light Co.
spokesman Mayco Villafana
said the state’s largest elec-
tric utility looked forward to
the staff’s new recommenda-
tions.

“We operate the number
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The goals also would apply
to Tampa Electric Co., Gulf
Power Co., Florida Public
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why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
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the Boxing Day Holiday. Consequently, Saturday, 26th
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this time.

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The Ministry Of Labour And Social Development

INVITATION FOR TENDERS

Tender For The Provision Of Security Services For
The Willie Mae Pratt Centre For Girls

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development invites
Tenders from interested Companies to provide security
services for the Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls, Fox Hill
Road, Nassau, The Bahamas.

All persons/companies are invited to collect the Tender
Document between the hours of 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday
through Friday from:

Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls
Fox Hill Road

Nassau, N.P.,

The Bahamas

Telephone Nos.: 324-1375/324-3809

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a sealed envelope marked “TENDER FOR SECURITY
SERVICES FOR WILLIE MAE PRATT CENTRE
FOR GIRLS” and addressed to:

Chairman

The Tenders Board

c/o Financial Secretary

Ministry of Finance

Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre (3rd Floor)
P.O. Box N 3017

Nassau, N.P.,

The Bahamas

Telephone No.: 327-1530

The deadline for submission of Tenders is Friday, 20
November, 2009, at 5:00pm.

Persons/companies submitting Tenders are invited to be
present for the Tender opening on Tuesday, 24 November,
2009, at 10:00am at the meeting of the Tenders Board at
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The Ministry of Finance reserves the right to reject any or
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Signed:
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The Ministry of Labour and Social Development invites
Tenders from interested Companies to provide security
services for the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys, Fox Hill
Road, Nassau, The Bahamas.

All persons/companies are invited to collect the Tender
Document between the hours of 10:00am to 4:00pm
Monday through Friday from:

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Fox Hill Road

Nassau, N.P.,

The Bahamas

Telephone Nos.: 324-2025/324-1740

All Tenders are to be submitted in triplicate (3 copies) in
a sealed envelope marked “TENDER FOR SECURITY
SERVICES FOR SIMPSON PENN CENTRE FOR
BOYS” and addressed to:

Chairman

The Tenders Board

c/o Financial Secretary

Ministry of Finance

Cecil Wallace Whitfied Centre (3rd Floor)
P.O. Box N-3017

Nassau, N.P.,

The Bahamas

Telephone No.: 327-1530

The deadline for submission of Tenders is Friday, 20
November, 2009 at 5:00pm.

Persons/companies submitting Tenders are invited to be
present for the Tender opening on Tuesday, 24 November,
2009 at 10:00am at the meeting of the Tenders Board at
the Ministry of Finance.

The Ministry of Finance reserves the right to reject
any or all Tenders.

Signed:
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FROM page 1B

pany chief executive added that the
company was anticipating a year “that
resembles elements of what we expe-
rienced this year”.

He explained: “I think economic
activity will be flat in the first half of
the year, and if we see any improve-
ment it will be in the second half of
the year.”

Commenting on A. M. Best’s deci-
sion to renew its top financial strength
and issuer credit rating, Mr Ward told
Tribune Business: “It’s extremely
important, because we regard it as an
independent assessment by an estab-
lished entity in the insurance com-
munity of the financial strength and
claims paying ability of Bahamas First
General Insurance Company.”

He added that it was also “a valu-
able indicator” for clients to show that
Bahamas First General Insurance
Company would be around for the
short and long-term.

In its analysis, A. M. Best said: “The
ratings are based on Bahamas First
General Insurance Company's con-
tinued solid capitalisation, favourable
operating performance and estab-
lished presence in the Bahamian mar-
ket. These factors are supported by
the company’s conservative catastro-
phe programme, underwriting con-
trols, local market expertise and
enhanced risk management.

"Historically, Bahamas First Hold-
ings has contributed capital to
Bahamas First General Insurance
Company to support growth initia-
tives and to enhance its capital posi-
tion.

"A.M. Best expects that Bahamas
First Holdings will continue to sup-
port Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company with additional capital
contributions, allowing Bahamas First
General Insurance Company to main-
tain the level of risk-adjusted capital-
isation necessary for its rating level."

A. M. Best added: "These positive
factors are somewhat offset by
Bahamas First General Insurance
Company's geographic concentration
and subsequent exposure to hurricane
activity. However, this concern is mit-
igated by Bahamas First General
Insurance Company's strong reinsur-
ance programme with prominent rein-
surance companies. The programme
reduces Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company's net probable maxi-
mum loss to a manageable level, but
substantially increases operating costs.
Furthermore, Bahamas First General
Insurance Company faces increased
competition from indigenous and out-
side companies seeking market
share."

Auditors ‘obliged’ to report
directly adverse findings

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN auditors will have
a “statutory obligation” to directly
report findings of material defi-
ciencies and qualified audit opin-
ions/statements to the Securities
Commission, overriding their duty
of confidentiality to their clients.

Addressing a Bahamas Institute
of Chartered Accountants (BICA)
seminar, Mechelle Martinborough,
the Securities Commission’s in-
house legal counsel and secretary,
said that under the proposed
reforms to the Securities Industry
Act and its accompanying regula-
tions, auditors would “have an
obligation under the legislation to
come to the Commission directly” if

they saw material deficiencies in
the financial statements of one of its
licensees, or qualified an audit opin-
ion.

BICA had argued that its mem-
bers had an obligation of confiden-
tiality to their audit clients, but Ms
Martinborough said: “The Com-
mission’s position is that this is a
contractual standard, and one that
the Commission can legislate you
out of if the present draft is accept-
ed as is.”

She added that the capital mar-
kets and investment funds regulator
“feels very strongly” about the need
to impose a statutory obligation on
Bahamian auditors to report direct-
ly to it, to “ensure we’re kept
abreast of problems in the indus-
try”.

Elsewhere, Ms Martinborough
said the Securities Commission had
moved to amend requirements that
BICA members also conduct annu-
al compliance audits of its licensees,
as well as verifying their financial
statements.

Compliance

Now, compliance audits would
“only be required on an ‘as needed’
basis”, Ms Martinborough said,
acknowledging that the Securities
Commission would have to craft
rules and guidelines to govern this
area.

BICA, she acknowledged, had
argued for this amendment because
it felt the cost of conducting both
compliance and financial state-

ments audits would be “prohibitive
for most industry participants and
public companies”.

Ms Martinborough also moved
to allay concerns BICA members
had about allowing foreign audi-
tors in to audit Bahamian compa-
nies, telling the seminar that provi-
sions allowing overseas auditors to
come in related only to foreign
issuers who came to the Bahamas
to issue shares.

While International Financial
Reporting Standards (IFRS) had
been prescribed as the accounting
standards to be used for audits, the
Securities Commission had not
come to a final decision on this, and
it “anticipates” that other recog-
nised accounting standards could
be used in some circumstances.

Government told to quit TIEA ‘skylarking’

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

THE OPPOSITION PLP yesterday urged the
Government to quit “skylarking” over the sign-
ing of more Tax Information Exchange Agree-
ments (TIEA) needed to get the Bahamas off
the Organisation for Economic Co-Operaiton
and Development’s (OECD) ‘grey list’.

Member of Parliament for Fox Hill and Oppo-
sition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Fred Mitchell, said the FNM government should
settle the 12 TIEAs it needs to escape the
OECD list, arguing that it should stop accusing
the PLP of failing to safeguard the financial ser-
vices industry because these demands were not
made of the Bahamas when it was in office.

While the Government has moved on sign-
ing TIEAs, one having recently been signed
with the UK, the PLP accused it of “dithering
and skylarking” on the signing of more.

“The Bahamas Government needs to act with
dispatch to settle the remaining agreements for
tax information exchange that appear to be vital
to the survival of the financial services sector

in the Bahamas,” said Mr Mitchell.

In the latest bout of political mudslinging, Mr
Mitchell berated the FNM for implying that it
was his party’s responsibility to begin the signing
process. However, as he revealed, the urgency of
signing on to 12 TIEAs was made strictly clear
by the OCED only this year.

Reject

“We reject unequivocally the attempt by the
FNM at its recent convention, through its min-
ister of state, to blame the PLP for TIEAs not
being signed or for not initiating further agree-
ments. The minister knows better,” Mr Mitchell
continued.

“The fact is that the sector did not require
TIEAs as the standard while the PLP was in
office.

“Tt was the position of the sector and the Goy-
ernment and the previous FNM administration
that there would only be one TIBA signed, and
that was with the United States, because our
failure to sign at that time threatened our tourist
business.

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changed within the last year and on the FNM’s
watch. Once the standard changed, it was there-
fore the FNM administration’s obligation to get
on with it and not dither and skylark in settling
the agreements, and not try to fool the Bahami-
an people about their dithering over it.”

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said recent-
ly that the Bahamas should be in a position to
begin formally signing off on those TIEAs by the
end of this month, with a view to concluding all
of them by the end of the year. So far, each
technical agreement has been initialed "as evi-
dence of our having agreed them,” added the
Prime Minister.

The Bahamas has concluded TIEAs with the
US and, more recently, Monaco and San Mari-
no.
However, Mr Mitchell suggested the Gov-
ernment move much faster, as countries in the
Caribbean have.

“Other countries in the region, such as Bermu-
da and Cayman, have concluded with dispatch
the agreements,” he said.

“The Bahamas Government must stop trying
to excuse their skylarking behavior and get on
with it.”

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Women hotel
workers injured.
more than men

By STEVEN
GREENHOUSE

c.2009 New York Times
News Service

A NEW study of workers
at 50 hotels in the United
States found that women
were 50 per cent more likely
to be injured than men, and
that Hispanic women had an
injury rate two-thirds higher
than their white female coun-
terparts.

The study, which will be
published in January in The
American Journal of Indus-
trial Medicine, said the injury
rate was higher for female
hotel employees because
they worked disproportion-
ately as housekeepers, which
is the most injury-prone hotel
job.

According to the study,
housekeepers have a 7.9 per
cent injury rate each year, 50
per cent higher than for all
hotel workers and twice the
rate for all workers in the
United States.

Other academic studies
have concluded that house-
keepers have a high injury

rate because they do repeti-
tive tasks, lift heavy mat-
tresses and work rapidly to
clean a dozen or more
rooms.

The study found that His-
panic housekeepers had the
highest injury rate — 10.6 per
cent a year — compared with
6.3 per cent for white house-
keepers, 5.5 for black house-
keepers and 7.3 per cent for
Asian housekeepers.

The study did not specu-
late why the injury rate was
so much higher for Hispanic
housekeepers, but several
experts said the reasons
could include their smaller
stature or that managers
gave them heavier work-
loads.

Hispanic and Asian men
were 1.5 times more likely to
be injured than white men,
the study found. Men dis-
proportionately hold hotel
jobs as banquet servers,
cooks and dishwashers.

“These alarming results
raise many questions as to
why injury rates are so high
for women, and Hispanic and
Asian workers in the hotel

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) SQUARE MARQUIS LTD. is in dissolution:

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) VERNAL INC, is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) LAQUINTON LIMITED. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 16th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

”

sector,” said, Dr. Susan
Buchanan, lead author of the
article and a professor at the
University of Illinois at
Chicago School of Public
Health.

The study, “Occupational
Injury Disparities in the US
Hotel Industry,” was first
presented on Monday at the
annual meeting of the Amer-
ican Public Health Associa-
tion in Philadelphia. The
study focused on 50 union-
ized properties and examined
2,865 injuries over a three-
year span.

The study found the high-



est injury rate for house-
keepers was at the Hyatt
chain, at 10.4 per cent, and
lowest at the Hilton chain, at
5.47 per cent, for house-
keepers. Hyatt did not
respond to inquiries about
its injury rate.

“This study is stunning evi-
dence of the unequal impact
of injuries in the hotel indus-
try, and it calls into question
whether discriminatory
workplace practices play a
role,” said John W Wilhelm,
president of Unite Here, the
union representing hotel
workers.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ERNEST KNOWLES JR. of
MARATHON ESTATES, P.0.BOX FH-14127 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 12" day
of NOVEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.















NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) ALOFT INVESTMENT LTD. is in
dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE |

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) GATHERING EAGLES LTD. is in
dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) YONGFEI INC. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 21ST day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

PKF BAHAMAS

Qualified and Trainee Accountants Required

The Nassau office of PFK, an International Accounting Firm, seeks to
recruit the following:

(1) Professional qualified persons with recognized accounting
qualifications. They must be eligible for membership in The Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accountants and must have at least two (2) or
three (3) years post qualification experience. Only Bahamains need
apply. Preference will be given to applicants with proven audit and
assurance experience.

(2) Trainees with an accounting degree and eligible to write a profes-
sional examination. Only Bahamians need to apply.

In all cases, salary and benefits subject to negotiation.

Apply in writing to Human Resources Partner, PKF.
P.O. Box N-8335, Nassau Bahamas.

NOTICE |

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) NUCLEOTIDE LIMITED is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR



NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) CUTCHEON LID. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 15th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) BOCCATADARIA LTD. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) ZORBRATEC INC. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 16th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR

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Senators propose sweeping
Federal Reserve reforms

By ANNE FLAHERTY
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Senate Democrats on Tues-
day proposed stripping the
Federal Reserve of its super-
visory powers and creating
instead three new federal
agencies to police banks, pro-
tect consumers and disman-
tle failing institutions.

The 1,136-page bill,
released by Senate Banking
Committee Chairman Chris
Dodd, would represent a sig-

nificant shift in power in fed-
eral oversight of the U.S. mar-
ket. The Fed has been a dom-
inant figure in managing the
economy, although many law-
makers blame the central
bank for not doing enough to
prevent last year’s crisis.

“We saw over the last num-
ber of years when (the Fed)
took on consumer protection
responsibilities and the regu-
lation of bank holding com-
panies, it was an abysmal fail-
ure,” said Dodd, a Connecti-
cut Democrat.

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Dodd’s proposal prompted
cheers from consumer advo-
cates and other Democrats,
including Sen. Mark Warner,
D-Va., an influential moder-
ate who said swift action was
necessary to prevent future
government bailouts of big
banks.

“Never again should the
American taxpayers have to
hear about too big to fail,’
where the American taxpayer
has to pick up the slack,”
Warner said.

But the financial industry
quickly pushed back.

The bill “would produce
conflicts among regulators,
undermine the state-char-
tered banking system and
impose extensive new regu-
latory burdens on those banks
that had nothing to do with
creating the financial crisis,”
said Edward Yingling, presi-
dent of the American
Bankers Association.

While Republicans were
expected to oppose much of
the bill, Sen. Bob Corker, a
Tennessee Republican on
Dodd’s committee, issued a





statement setting an opti-
mistic tone.

“T’m more hopeful than I
was a few weeks ago that we
will be able to come up with a
bipartisan bill,” said Corker,
who has worked closely with
Warner on banking issues.

Points

Among the top points of
contention is Dodd’s desire
to create a Consumer Finan-
cial Protection Agency to pro-
tect consumers taking out
home loans or using credit
cards against predatory lend-
ing and surprise interest rate
hikes.

Republicans and industry
officials say that creating
another bureaucracy will
make it harder for banks to
do business and would limit
the availability of credit.

Other provisions in Dod-
d’s bill would:

— Consolidate federal
supervision of banks under a
“Financial Institutions Regu-
latory Administration.”

— Abolish the Office of the

Comptroller of the Currency
and the Office of Thrift
Supervision, and strip the
Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation and the Fed of
their bank supervision duties.

— Create an “Agency for
Financial Stability” that
would enforce new rules and
dismantle complex financial
firms if they threaten the
broader economy.

— Regulate privately trad-
ed derivatives, hedge funds
and other private pools of
capital so that regulators have
a sense of how much risk is
being assumed by financial
firms.

— Impose new rules on
investment rating agencies.

— Limit the Fed’s ability
to provide emergency loans
to mostly healthy institutions,
instead of failing firms.

The Senate Banking Com-
mittee was expected to take
up the legislation next week
and vote by early December.
Dodd said he expects to need
Republican support to get the
bill through Congress and
that he remains optimistic

consensus could be reached.

The bill will also have to be
reconciled with the House
version.

Rep. Barney Frank, chair-
man of the House Financial
Services Committee, said he
expects a floor vote in
December on his proposal.

Like Dodd, Frank wants to
strip the Fed of its consumer
protection powers and create
a separate agency dedicated
to the mission.

Both House and Senate
bills also would limit the Fed’s
ability to provide emergency
loans and create a council of
regulators to monitor the
risks posed by large financial
firms.

But the House bill wouldn’t
consolidate federal banking
supervision and would ulti-
mately put the Fed in charge
of enforcing new require-
ments for large and influential
firms.

Frank said Dodd’s
announcement on Tuesday
confirmed that “we are mov-
ing in the same direction” and
will enact legislation soon.

Merged realty firm targets ‘top of pile’

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to accommodate them.

Adding that the merger
would also help Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty in
the Family Islands, Mr Light-
bourn said: “We’re heading
for the high end of the mar-
ket, more so than before. Col-
in’s going to be really spear-
heading that.

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“My son has been in real
estate since the mid-1990s. He
started out with me, and then
went to work to at Ocean
Club Estates. When he was
ready to come back to me, we
did not have any physical
space, so he went on his
own....”

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were down due to the global
recession, Mr Lightbourn the
Bahamian market for prop-
erties valued up to $500,000-
$600,000 had held up pretty
well.

“There are less people able
to buy, but the supply is not
that great, and that’s what is
keeping prices up,” he added.
“Supply and demand are the
two most important things,
and then there’s location,
location, location.

“The best island right now
is this island [New Provi-
dence]. More Bahamians live
here, more non-Bahamians
live here, so there are more
potential customers on this
island than any other.”

Although the Bahamian
real estate market was in its
traditional lull prior to the
Thanksgiving Holiday period,
which usually marked the
start of a returning influx of
potential wealthy US real
estate buyers, Mr Lightbourn
said the stock market crash
and credit crunch meant they
would be fewer in number.

“We've got to fight a little
harder to get them,” Mr
Lightbourn told Tribune
Business. “These situations
create Opportunities, and
there are opportunities out
there for people who can buy
with their own funds or get
the banks to lend to them.”

However, he said some in
the Bahamian real estate
industry were unused to fight-
ing for business, having
become steeped in “the easy
way”, resulting in the loss of
some realtors from the sec-
tor.

However, the Bahamas’
marinas and businesses that
relied on the boating/yacht-
ing market were not faring
well, Mr Lightbourn telling
Tribune Business that a Flori-
da-based friend of his, who
worked in the boating fore-
closure business, had
informed him he was running
out of space to store all the
vessels he had seized in fore-
closure proceedings. This
means the Bahamas’ boating
market is unlikely to return
any time soon.

“We need the US to pick
up, tourism to pick up. All of
those things,” Mr Lightbourn
said. “Everyone’s pointing to
next year, so we’ll have to
wait and see.”

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‘Damien -The Leper’
comes to the Bahamas

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

T’S not often that you

hear of a big name in

show business following
a special calling in the

church.

But after his lucrative career in
theatre, Edward Danylo Evanko
did just that. He entered the
Pontifical Beda College in Rome,
where he completed his academic
and spiritual formation, and was
ordained a priest in 2005.

And now he is bringing his
famous play ‘Damien - The Leper’
- chronicling the life of Father
Jozef De Veuster who was recently
made a saint by the Pope - to the
Bahamas.

The Canadian actor of Ukrainian
descent, famous for captivating
audiences in Canada, Rome,
London, the United States and
Australia, is the star of the one-
man performance which will debut
in the Bahamas on November 19.

Father Evanko has had recurring
roles in the television show ‘Ryan’s
Hope’ and starred in Sweene
Todd with Jean Stapleton in 1989.
His debut on Broadway earned
him a Theatre World Award and a
host of other accolades. Over the
years, he has recorded Broadway
albums for Capitol, RCA, Decca
and Destiny Records.

He also appeared in performanc-
es at the Rainbow Stage, the
Stratford Festival and the English
and Welsh National Operas.

But after more than 40 years of
acting, Father Evanko had a
change of heart and decided to fol-
low a calling to the ministry, start-
ing with his post-secondary educa-
tion at the University of Manitoba,
followed by his attendance at the
Pontifical Beda College in Rome.

“You don’t just decide to become
a priest,” Father Evanko told
Tibune Religion. “It is something
that happens, and you either
respond to it or decide not to
respond to it.”

He said he can’t count the num-
ber of times that persons have
asked him “why”.

‘Damien - The Leper’ has
toured all around the world, and
was most recently staged in Rome
at St Peter’s Priscilla on the last day
of the Canonisation of Blessed
Damien by Pope Benedict XVI on
October 11, 2009.

The staging of the one-person



Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo

A TAPESTRY depicting Father Damien, born as Jozef De Veuster, hangs from the
St Peter Basilica facade during a canonisation ceremony in St Peter's square at the
Vatican on October 11, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI gave the Roman Catholic church
five new saints, with Rafael Arnaiz Baron, Francisco Coll y Guitart, Zygmunt
Szczesny Felinski, Father Damien, born as Jozef De Veuster, and Marie de la Croix
(Jeanne) Jugan.

play, depicting the life-story of St
Damien, the most recent canonised
saint of the Roman Catholic
Church, will be shown in Long
Island and New Providence as part
of the culminating activities of the
year-long 75th anniversary celebra-
tion of St Joseph’s Church.

The play chronicles the life of the
19th century Belgian Roman
Catholic priest Jozef De Veuster,
who took the religious name of
Damien and left his native land of
Belgium to work among the lepers
in Molokai, Hawau.

The play opens with Father

Damien relating his own funeral on
the Island of Molokai, “the most
useless piece of land imaginable” -
the place that had become the
dumping ground for the “living
dead” as lepers were referred to in
past centuries.

Father Damien lived among the
lepers for 16 years and built
churches, homes and coffins as well
as dug graves for the lepers.
Eventually becoming a vital figure
in the colony, he contracted leprosy
in 1892 and died there on April 15,

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God, that ye may
be able to with-
stand in the evil
day, and having
done all, to stand." ! ee ae
- Ephesians 6:13 ict, PP GARASTO RIC EIN IB ROW

THE days that we currently live in are profoundly evil and
oppressive. I heard a preacher use a scripture that I hadn't
heard anyone preach in a long time. It is good to revisit rele-
vant scriptures when there is a desperate need for

them. While listening to this preacher's sermon he repeat-
ed the word “all” to make a point.

The final time he said it, it was said with much intensity and
it made me think what is the “all” that he was talking about
that we need to do in order to stand in the evil of the present
days that we live in. In the scriptures that follow Ephesians =r
6:13, it tells of the tools that we ail need in order i stand. : bab) i VONNIE BATE 5

I thought, "we have the tools, so what accompanies the IEASTOR RUJER MAINE, WATKI NS 4
tools that God has given us to stand with?" '

What is the, “all” that this preacher was talking about?

After much pondering, this is the “all” that I came up with:
First and foremost we are to love God with all our might and
serve Him and live.

We have to love others when we want to hate. Not only
love, but love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

We have to forgive when our flesh wants stay angry and
doesn’t want to forgive. We have to build up people when
there are only thoughts of tearing them down.

We have to speak life rather than death. The Bible tells us
that life and death is in the power of the tongue.

We have to be our brother's keeper. Which means we have |
to look out for others as we do for ourselves.

We have to walk away when your flesh wants to stay and
fight. We have to show God when we want to act on our emo-
tions in a manner that will not glorify God.

Wives have to submit to their husbands. Husbands have to
love their wives as Christ loves the church and gave himself
for it.

Parents have to raise their children in the fear and admis-
sion of the Lord. Children have obey their parents

in the Lord, it is the righteous thing to do.

We have to pray without ceasing and fast that we obtain the
power of God.

We have to do the "all" that we were righteously taught to
do.

After we have done that and whatever else God has

instructed us in our individual lives to do, then we are able
to stand in these dark and evil days after having done "all".

Tam so grateful to God that He is a merciful and an under-

standing God. I say that because He won't ask us to do any- 7 3 ra a HA “La VEST GENER ATION
thing that He Himself has not given us the » ; i
power to do. The word of God tells us that we can do all — h _ } _KEVAN Mc KENZIE
things through Christ who strengthens us. JOAN LOCK HART, -ULMER
So whatever He asks us to do we can to do it because He -.

has made it possible for us to do. I know it is not always easy
to stand and follow God in every situation, circumstance and
in every relationship that we have.

Nevertheless, it is not impossible if we do it in God's
strength and not our own strength.

Let's do the “all” that God requires of us so that we may bag ee) tee ee | eee
able to stand in these last and evil days. -

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PG 26 ® Thursday, Novmber 12, 2009 RELIGION

THE gospel music group, The
Rahming Brothers, paid a cour-
tesy call on Governor Arthur
Hanna at Government House in
2007. From left are Bennett
Rahming, Prince Rahming, Rev
William Rahming, the Governor
General, James Rahming,
Christopher Rahming and
Clarence Rahming Jr. The group
presented the Governor General
with copies of their CDs "What
Will | Leave Behind" and "Keep
on Walking’.

3rd Annual
Women’s Conference
Mrs. Debora Elliott - Hostess

“Conquering the Battle of the Mind”
November 19 — November 21, 2009
British Colonial Hilton Hotel — Victoria Room
Anastasia Hanna
Thursday, November 19 -7:30pm

Pastor Shameka Morley

Saturday, November 21-9:Mlam

Shantell Sturrup
Friday, Neveesber 20-7: 30pm

Health Fair: Blood Pressure check and Blood Sugar testing
Saturday, November 21, 8:00-9:00am

Luncheon: Tickets $40.00
Saturday, November 21, 12:00-3:lpm
Contact:
P.O. Box N-8701
Nassau, Bahamas
email: DaughtersOfLight@yahoo.com





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Gospel group hosts
tribute concert

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

THE Gospel singing sensation, The
Rahming Brothers, will pay a musical
tribute to the first ladies of the Bahamas
at an elegant dinner party to be held at
the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on
November 27.

The acapella gospel group, consisting
of six talented brothers, said they want
to give tribute to the women who have
been behind the scenes all these years.

They are especially honouring
Delores Ingraham, wife of Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham; Bernadette
Christie, wife of former Prime Minister
Perry Christie, and Beryl Hanna, the
late wife of Governor General Arthur
Hanna.

James Rahming, president of the
group, explained that their desire is to
not only give appreciation to these
women for their contributions they
have made to the Bahamas at large, but
also to be the first to put on a show of
this magnitude.

“The whole idea of a musical tribute
and dinner was born from a desire to go
beyond just a musical concert, which we
have hosted for the past four years. Our
vision is to offer a gift of singing in a
more meaningful way while also giving
God all honour, glory, and praise,” he
said. The event will also serve the pur-
pose of commemorating their fifth
anniversary as a singing group.

Prior to the actual concert and dinner
party, the group will also host a musical
extravaganza where they will collabo-
rate with a number of gifted Bahamian
artists to perform a selection of folk
songs.

Mr Rahming said there has been sig-
nificant support for the event from all
corners of the community.

“We have already received over-
whelming support for the event and we

envision large outpouring numbers as
the event nears,” he said.

In addition to entertaining the guests,
the tribute concert will also give back to
the community, as part of the proceeds
from ticket sales will go towards charity.

“Not only are we proud to host this
event, but we are also excited as this
will be the first for us on such a large
scale. Part of the proceeds of this event
will aid a charity group of the first
ladies’ choice. Each lady has selected
her choice of charity which are the
Salvation Army and the Centre for the
Deaf,” he said.

The Rahming Brothers began
singing together has a group five years
ago.

They officially became a group when
they were asked by a friend to perform
at a family membet’s funeral service.

Ever since that day they have been
entertaining crowds both at home and
abroad. They have travelled through-
out the Bahamas and the United
States.

In 2008, they entered a gospel quar-
tet competition in Nashville,
Tennessee, and emerged second over-
all out of 28 contestants.

They were also the 2008 recipient of
the Caribbean Gospel Marlin Awards
for Traditional Vocal Performance of
the Year for their song “Bring Them
In”.

The brothers have released three
albums so far, entitled “What Will I
Leave Behind” - which is dedicated in
loving memory to their parents Bishop
Clarence and Rosalee Rahming;
“Keep On Walking” and “God
Specialises”, which encourages listen-
ers to increase their faith.

The members of the group are Rev
William Rahming, Christopher
Rahming, Bennett Rahming, Clarence
Rahming Jr and Prince Rahming.
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St George's hols
GOth Anniversary Ball

A YEAR of activities surrounding the celebrations of the
60th Anniversary of the Dedication of St George’s Anglican
Church came to a glittering end recently when the parish held
its 60th Anniversary Ball.

Among those attending the formal event were Governor
General Arthur Hanna, Bishop of the Diocese Rev Laish Boyd
and Mrs Boyd, and Assistant Bishops of the Diocese
Archbishop Drexel Gomez and Bishop Gilbert Thompson with
their wives.

The parish used this occasion to honour six long-serving
members including Brenda Robinson-Archer, Jewel Pierre,
Elaine Deveaux, Corinne Fountain, Roscow Davies and Basil
Sands.

(L-R) BISHOP Laish Boyd; Roscow Davies; Jewel Pierre; Governor General Arthur Hanna; Corinne Music for the occasion was provided by the Royal Bahamas
Fountain; Elaine Deveaux; Basil Sands, and Father G Kingsley Knowles, rector of St George's Church. Defence Force Pop Band.

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The Letters of Anglican Bishop

John Dauglish 1879 - 1952

The Rev R C Streatfield asks the
question, “How has the war affected
Nassau?”

His letter of September
describes the changes:

1941

During the winter of 1940-41, there
has been little on the surface to mark
the change that has really taken place.
The sun has continued to illuminate the
vivid colours of the land and sea, and to
shine on the thronging visitors whose
presence has brought unusual prosper-
ity to the colony. Nevertheless,
although in this remote spot growth of
war-consciousness began slowly, it
increased apace, accelerated not a little
by the arrival of many English mothers
and children last September. The Red
Cross is enthusiastically supported and
numerous committees have worked
tirelessly both in Nassau and Out
Islands to raise funds for the war effort
from amongst all sections of the com-
munity. Now that many families have
sent their sons to help England and
elsewhere, the war news is followed
with renewed and personal interest

A ‘call to prayer’ was issued in 1940
and all denominations conducted daily
prayers at 12 noon on the Library
Green under the Tamarind tree - but
attendance has now shrunk to the faith-
ful few.

The four National Days of Prayer
were marked by special services in the
Cathedral, attended by the Governor
and officials, the Volunteer Defence
Force, Police and large congregations
of citizens and visitors.

On ordinary Sundays, too, there has
been a considerable increase in atten-
dance and collections, which include
218 pounds for war charities.

It is true that during the last season
the hope that HRH the Duke and the

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sas

Duchess of Windsor might be present
attracted many number of visitors, but
church-going has also improved
amongst Nassauvians.

The Duke and the Duchess of
Windsor are very popular. Frequently
American visitors inspecting the
Cathedral would ask the Verger,
“Where do the Duke and the Duchess
of Windsor sit?” On being shown the
Governor’s pew, they would proudly sit
themselves in it for a few minutes and
then go happily away. I used to think
that this was a kind of souvenir hunting
but two women called me after seeing
the Cathedral told me that they had
offered a special prayer for the Duke
and Duchess. After that I felt that I had
misjudged our American friends, for
others may have done the same.

The Cathedral Choir has been great-
ly strengthened by eight trebles recruit-
ed from Belmont School.

The renovations planned for the
Cathedral have been postponed
because of the war.

Tam glad that the Cathedral is shoul-
dering part of the responsibility for Out
Island work, especially as we cannot
get support from England on its previ-
ous generous scale because of the war.

October 6, 1941 - Letter from the
Bishop (John Dauglish, Nassau)

This is the first hurricane that has
hit Nassau since I have been here, and
the first I have experienced. It is an
awesome business, as the house

shakes, and the wind screams around
and about it. Addington House still
stands but the garden is a sad
state...trees terribly battered.

December 1941 - Letter from the
Bishop (John Dauglish, Nassau)

Though we have had plenty rain
during the summer in Nassau, the
colony as a whole has suffered from
serious drought, and much of the
maize crop was lost.

Grand Bahama and Abaco by G H
Brooks

Both Grand Bahama and Abaco are
covered by pine forests, and what land
there is for farming is of poor quality.
Population of Grand Bahama is less
than 1,500 and Abaco less than 3,500.

Up to three years ago only occupa-
tion for Grand Bahama was sponging.

Abaco has shipbuilding, smack fish-
ing, sponging and farming, also a lum-
ber mill was in production, lately
crawfishing has taken the place of
sponging for some.

The Grand Bahama Packing
Company has built a canning factory
at West End, Grand Bahama and this
winter from October to March will be
the second season.

At Grand Bahama all the people
are coloured except a few white peo-
ple at West End connected with the
factory. At Abaco most are white.

The people of both parishes are
intensely interested in the war, and
praying and working for victory in any
way they can. The people are most
lovable and are on the whole very
loyal and faithful to the church. They
are always ready to give their labour
free when the church needs scrubbing,
whitewashing or weeding. Even when
times are hard they support and give

‘Damien -The Leper’ comes to the Bahamas

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1889.
The play is set up very simply, it’s
just Father Evanko and a chair.
“It’s a memory play,” he said,
“that goes back aa forth in time.

You just have to imagine.

“Vm bringing you out of yourself
and taking you to a new place imag-
inatively. It should be uplifting and
moving, because the life of St
Damien is something wonderful to
behold,” Father Evanko said.

“Here is someone who has given
his life for the church, and you don’t
get to be a saint by sitting in your
parlor. You have to make a differ-
ence in the world.”

Screenings of the play will begin
in Long Island on Thursday,

collection. Times are hard for those
who cannot crawfish. Often adults as
well as children have no clothes to
come to church or attend school in;
and all the homes are bare. Most of
the children are undernourished and
often there is very little for them to
eat except what they can get from the
sea.

We are grateful to Duchess of
Windsor for gifts of milk and cod liver
oil, and to friends in Nassau for chil-
dren’s clothing.

March 1942 - Letter from the Bishop
(John Dauglish, Nassau)

Three miles from Rock Sound, Mr
(Arthur Vining) Davis has 600 acres
of land being developed — experimen-
tal farming with modern scientific
methods and equipment. These farms
employ between 300 and 400
Bahamians, chiefly from Rock Sound
and Tarpum Bay and quite a few from
Nassau and other Out Islands. Mr
Davis plans to build a modern school
at Rock Sound and converting a pres-
ent residence into a hospital.

September 1942 - Bishop of Nassau
elected.

Right Rev Spence Burton will
replace Dauglish after 10 years out-
standing influence in the Colony.
Burton was born in Cincinnati 1881.
He is a man of great personal charm
as well as great devotion. This will
provide a happy link with the
Episcopalian Church of America,
whose Bishop was enthusiastic that
Burton might be a liaison officer
between English and American
Diocese in the West Indies.

December 1942: Bishop Burton was
enthroned as 9th Bishop of Nassau.

November 19 at 7pm, and in New
Providence on Friday, November 20
in the newly completed parish cen-
tre at St Joseph’s Church at 7pm.

In Long Island, tickets may be
obtained by contacting Father
Patrick Fanning at Sts Peter and
Paul Catholic Church at telephone
number 337-3802. In New
Providence, tickets are available at
St Joseph’s Rectory or call 323-5993.
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RELIGION

It’s that time again!

IT’S that time of the year, the
approaching Christmas season and New
Year’s is when Bahamians are most vul-
nerable, especially the gullible political
and religious ones.

Here’s a difficult pill for me to swal-
low, but Pve got to accept the facts for
what they are, which is that Bahamians
are suckers for bad treatment,

With that being the case, the leaders
of our country’s two most influential
systems (politics and religion), despite
all of their rhetoric, will never seek to
truly empowerment the masses.

Why is this? It’s because the empow-
erment of a people by their leaders will
result in the severing of a dependen-
cy/hand-out relationship.

This distorted relationship is one of
control and manipulation which both
today’s politicians and religious leaders
have come to master.

From the political perspective:

The politicians knows exactly which
buttons to push in order to prime the
pumps of their political junkies. Both
prime ministers, former and present,
have done an excellent job in selling
their supposedly bitter rivalry to the
naive Bahamian public, whereas noth-
ing could be further from the truth.

The absence of wisdom and a frac-
tured common sense by the politically
driven Bahamian public prohibits them
from understanding that the leaders of
both major political parties are the left
and right wing of the same bird and
agenda.

Sir Lynden enjoyed his 25 years rule
as prime minister and now his two polit-
ical sons, the rabbit and the farmer, or
better still, Old Sitting Bull and the
Rock of Gibraltar, have also share 25
years - as one will take 15 years and the
other 10 years.

The old bait and hook tactic never
fails, and rest assured that Sir Lynden
was proficient at using this tactic.
Whenever governance and accountabil-
ity was being questioned or there was a
cry of the people leading up to a gener-
al election, like clockwork one could
expect to see an African slave movie
like “Roots” or “Sounder” showing on
ZNS, that would bait and hook the
grassroots, and in a matter of days the
people were at ease and lured back to
sleep.

Say what you wish about Sir Lynden,
whether you liked him or not, this man
was strategist who knew his people.

I’m led to believe that Sir Lynden
truly understood the spirit of Ronnie
Butler’s song, “I know them long time,
them people are mine.”

Unfortunately the people-to-people
skills of Sir Lynden seem to have evad-
ed his two political sons, whose primary




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MATTHEW
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focus and goal is the securing of their 25
years, which requires the assistance of
their die-hard supporters, but yet has
nothing to do with the empowerment of
Bahamians.

The Bahamas is at least three to four
generations away from seeing the kind
of governance that would truly seek to
empower its people, thereby giving
truth to the slogan “It’s Better in the
Bahamas”.

The religious perspective :

Today’s church can’t speak with an
effective, authoritative voice on the
above mentioned national issues due to
the fact that the church leadership is so
contaminated by two strongholds - one,
compromised, politically motivated
religious leaders, and two, fame and
fortune -seeking religious leaders who
have perfected their craft of merchan-
dising the gospel.

These are but a few reasons why our
wayward young men and women on the
streets stay away from the church and
find more comfort in gangs. These
young people are no fools as they’re
able to see phoniness from miles away.

Today’s church offers religion and
uses the Bible to convey its religious
beliefs that ultimately promote the
bishop, apostle, doctor, pastor,
etceteras, which the young people see
as pimps in the pulpit. Whereas the
gangs offer these same young men and
women a bonding relationship which
they accept and are committed to.

As we embark upon the Christmas
season and crossing over into a New
Year, the financial fleecing/raping of
church congregations will be at an all-
time high.

I’m convinced that not only have
today’s religious leaders missed the
bulls-eye, but are not even close to the
dart board when it comes to the concept
and principles of Shepherd and
Sheepfold.

Erroneous religious teachings via the
misappropriation of God’s word has
resulted in today’s shepherds (religious
leaders) prospering and living high on
the hill, while the sheepfold (church
members) live a life of poverty in the
valley.

One need not be a spiritual guru to
understand that something is drastically
wrong with today’s shepherd-sheep
relationship. For even in nature the

sheep is a shepherd’s most pride posses-
sion of which he cares for at all cost.

Here are some characteristics of a
good shepherd:

1. A good shepherd (pastor) is one
that would go without or deny himself
for the sake of the sheepfold.

2. A good shepherd (pastor) is known
by the condition of his sheep and not by
his bank accounts, the size house he
lives in or the type vehicle he drives.

3. A good shepherd (pastor) is one
that would not fleece (financially rape)
the sheep for he knows that rough
weather (difficult times) are ahead, and
its during these times that the sheep’s
wool (money) is of the utmost impor-
tance to them.

King David paints a clear picture of a
shepherd’s provisional care for the

Thursday, November 12, 2009 ® PG 29



sheepfold in the 23rd Psalm:

Watch this!

Psalm 23:1: The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want. 23:2: He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: he leadeth
me beside the still waters. 23:3: He
restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name's
sake.

Then here’s what Yeshuwa said: John
10:11: Lam the good shepherd: the good
shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

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Abaco Joe

Recollections of a devout man

By CANISHKA ALEXANDER

URING the past

week, Joseph

Sawyer, who goes
by the name “Abaco Joe”,
sat down to gather his

thoughts and reflect on his
life in North Abaco.

It’s been a long road for this devout
man, who has ties to St John’s Anglican
Church and Full Gospel Assembly.
Different denominations altogether,
yes, but all connected to the same God.

He makes his living as a taxi driver.
As a diabetic, one of his legs was recent-
ly amputated, but that has not slowed
him down. In fact, he seems more ener-
gised than ever.

Mr Sawyer was born on March 26,
1941. It was the same year as the attack
on Pearl Harbour, but as he pointed
out, that’s another story. His place of
birth was Cooper’s Town, a settlement
in North Abaco, which is just 42 miles
north of the traffic light in Marsh
Harbour. His parents are Wilton and
Marion Sawyer of Cooper’s Town and
South Side, Abaco, respectively.

“And I thank God for mama, who
taught me how to pray, and Papa
Wilton, who taught me how to fish. He
said to me ‘follow me and I will show
you how to live.’ And he did. But now
I’m listening to the man who said ‘fol-
low me, and I will make you a fisher of
men, and He is no other than Jesus
Christ, the son of the true and living
God’,” Mr Sawyer said.

Mr Sawyer said his maternal grandfa-
ther was Albert Bootle Sr. He described
Albert Bootle as a great man of the sea.
Mr Bootle operated a mail boat in
Nassau and then Green Turtle Cay. He
was also a fisherman and a farmer on
High Cay and Spanish Cay.

“This is just part one on Papa Al,” Mr
Sawyer promised. “Albert Bootle - a
great man!”

With that said, he switched his focus
to Joseph Sawyer, his paternal grandfa-
ther.

“My grandfather was a great man and
a good father from South Side, Abaco.
From the settlements of Rocky
Harbour to Cornish Town to Bluff
Point, and then after the 1929 and 1932
hurricanes, Par Joe played an important
role in helping to move people to high-
er ground. This was how Murphy Town

and Dundas Town were established,”
he explained.

“Par Joe, as he was known in the
community, was a good fisherman and
also a farmer. There was fishing back
then and sponging — what I call the good
old days. He also was a good Methodist,
and he was a lay minister. He was a
lover — that is because God is love. And
now abideth faith, hope and love, but
the greatest of these is love. Read the
entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13.”

Mr Sawyer also reflected on the his-
tory of Cooper’s Town.

“Why was the settlement called
Cooper’s Town? The first name that
comes to my remembrance is the old
man Sammy or Samuel Cooper, and
the one that I can remember and
worked with during my time as Board
of Works member for many years,” he
recalled.

Mr Sawyer said the Board of Works
is equivalent to our modern-day local
government system.

He also served as PTA president for
many years, assisting with the building
of the community library with help
from Dr Courtney Brown of Treasure
Cay, who is now deceased.

“God bless him (Dr Brown) and his
family, especially one of his daughters
(Roxanne M Warren), who was the
architect. She still lives in New York
and is a mutual friend of mine,” Mr
Sawyer said.

“Then I reasoned that Cooper’s
Town should have electricity and light,
and that was when Sunrise Power Co
Ltd was born. Three of us owned the
company - I, Mr Joseph Swain, Mr
Ronald Bootleand Mr Alvin Sawyer,
who was the operator of the power sta-
tion.

Mr (Alvin) Sawyer is now deceased;
may his soul rest in peace. The master
says well done thy good and faithful
servant.”

Mr Sawyer and Alvin Sawyer organ-
ised the collection of garbage in
Cooper’s Town, and Alvin’s son Mario
still performs that service in the com-
munity today.

“Keep up the good work Mario. God
bless you as you serve the Lord and
your community,” Mr Sawyer said
encouragingly.

“Now for the northern end of
Cooper’s Town, which is called Bootle
Town, home to the Albert Bootle gen-
eration.

“Let me leave something else with
you, Cooper’s Town. The following

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Joseph ‘Abaco Joe’ Sawyer

family names are prominent in
Cooper’s Town: Bootle, Cooper,
Sawyer, William, Rolle, Russell,
Cornish and Cox. Most of the people
who live in Fire Road carry the name
McIntosh. The name should be
changed to ‘McIntosh Village’. I sup-
pose some day we will be able to put
things in the true perspective,” Mr
Sawyer said.

“Bishop Wright and family. He is a
great man of God, and doing a good
work along with Pastor Bullard and
family. Let’s visit the McIntosh family
again, and the name that comes to
mind is Rev Jackson McIntosh, the
administrator who is striving for excel-
lence. Also Rev Leslie Cornish and
family. In Fire Road and Cooper’s



Town, you have Rev George Rolle and
family.”

“Let’s go back to Crown Haven
where the family names are Russell,
Rolle, Burrows, Thomas and Butler -
common names found in this little
Abaco settlement. Heading south
toward Fox Town are the Parkers, the
Russells, the Wells, the McIntoshes, and
the Thompsons — Uncle Reg’s family.

“In Mount Hope, there are the
Currys, McIntoshs and Rolles. In Wood
Cay, the name McIntosh dominates the
area. Then there are the Currys, the
Mills, whom Uncle Charles is related to,
and the Saunders — Uncle Willie’s crew.
In Cedar Harbour, there are Dr Allen
Mills’ family and the family of Pastor
Samuel Mills,” Mr Sawyer concluded.
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RELIGION

Asset or Liability

By PATRICIA PRATT

AS believers’ in the body of Christ,
we were chosen by God to become dis-
ciples of truth and integrity, whose pri-
mary purpose is to go forth into the
world to win the souls of the lost as
well as teach the good news of the
Lord.

Our lives should reflect God so
much so that people looking in from
the outside should want to know more
about the God we serve.

We should show love and display a
peaceful attitude. In the midst of every
situation God should be glorified, we
should be of a calm spirit and always
surround ourselves with positive things
and people, we should be people of the
word, strong in faith not wavering in
our beliefs, with a firm foundation
which is Jesus the Christ.

We have done such a great job at
faking Christianity that we almost
believe we can out-smart God, as well
as non-believers.

We have become liars in church as
well as people of double standards, liv-
ing one life on Sunday and for the rest
of the week we fit in with the most
popular crowd, group or persons who
tend to have the strongest influence
over our lives.

We have become so anointed and
spiritual we don’t want to submit to the
leadership God has placed over our
lives.

We are arrogant and believe that
there is not fault in us, but we deceive
ourselves. See 1 John 1:8: “If we say we

Cat Island cultural

LAST Saturday morning one of the
country’s cultural greats was eulogised
and interred in Woodlawn Gardens,
Soldier Road.

Avis Armbrister, a Cat Islander by
birth and more particularly, an
‘Arthurstownian’, was saluted for her
greatness and yeoman service she per-
formed for the Anglican Church in Cat
Island and St Andrew’s, as well as for the
talents she displayed in the wider com-
munity with her cultural skits and musical
talents which led her and best friend
Almeda Campbell to the Smithsonian
Festival in Washington, DC, some years
ago.

Mrs Armbrister was the widow of
Catechist John Armbrister who died in
August 2008. In a home-going service fit
for a head of state, Anglicans and mem-
bers of the Armbrister family turned out
in droves at St Gregory’s Church on

have not sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.” For we have all
sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

Many of us in the body of Christ
have become a liability to the kingdom
of God rather than an asset.

We have destroyed what little
chance many have had to become fol-
lowers of Christ based on our lifestyles
and lack of good Christian conduct.

Our attitudes, the gossiping, our
back-biting spirits, our unfaithfulness
and our inability to stay on the right
track has crippled many.

Others have not even considered
God because of some of us.

When as believers we should have
contact with the ungodly and not be
contaminated.

However, their influence over us
appears to be stronger than our influ-
ence over them.

We ourselves are not pure or holy,
but want to preach it.

We say one thing with our mouths
but our hearts are far from God, our
lives should line up to the word of God
and we should practice what we
preach.

Some of the most popular questions
asked in today’s society are:

Why are all the night clubs full as
well as the bars and street corners and
the churches empty? And why is there
a lack of respect for the house of God
and His people? Where is the fear of
God in man?

Have non-believers become so
immune to God and the church as a
result of what they see being birthed

icon laid to rest

Carmichael Road.

Father Julian Campbell, godson of the
deceased and a Cat Island native who is
now serving in the Diocese of North
Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, was the
chief celebrant, and his older brother,
Father Sebastian Campbell, in his sermon
said those who are now left behind must
reflect on the life and the legacy of Mama
Avis in offering their untiring service to
God, country and man.

Father Chester Burton, Father
Timothy Eldon, Father Hugh Bartlett,
Father Bradley Miller, Father Kingsley
Knowles and Canon Warren Rolle also
assisted in the service.

Mama Avis was described as a woman
who displayed many strong attributes and
exemplified what every member should
offer their God, priest and church in
terms of true laudable service, not seek-
ing any personal fame or remuneration.

on the inside. Have we contributed to
this outbreak?

Like any typical person if you see a
Christian doing the things that are con-
trary to the word of God on a daily
basis, but on Sunday they are in church
speaking in tongues and going through
the motions, you will tell yourself that
it’s cheaper to stay where you are even
though staying in sin will cause you
your salvation.

We have to be very careful who we
reflect and what we allow to come out
of our mouths, it may cost us some-
one’s life.

The Bible says in Proverbs 11:30,
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of
life and he that winneth souls is wise.”

But who really cares about winning
souls anymore, many of us are con-
sumed with self and could careless
about anyone else.

We point fingers and blame it on the
pastors or evangelists, when in all actu-
ality we were all called at one point or
another to do the work of an evangel-
ist.

This can be put into effect while we
are on our jobs, in the food store, on
the bus or the line at the bank, we
should always have a word in our spir-
its to share with someone.

Some believers claim to have a dis-
cerning spirit, it’s amazing though
because as well as they say they can
discern the times they have trouble
knowing when someone is on the verge
of suicide, murder, adultery, in desper-
ate need of a hot meal, a word of hope

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or a hug with the assurance that God is
still in control. What a selfish genera-
tion.

Jehovah is concerned about all of us,
He does not put us in groups or church
cliques, and He does not love us or do
more for us based on how we look or
what we have, God looks on the inside,
He looks at our heart.

God is calling his church back to a
place where we are more concerned
about His agenda and not our own.

God requires a people who will
stand in the gap for one another, for
the nation, a people who will see
wrong being done and not just turn the
other way but will stand up for what is
right, stand up for holiness and right-
eousness with our fear and doubt even
if it costs us our lives.

A people who are willing to win the
lost at any cost; people who are not
worried about being cursed at or
embarrassed; people who just love him
enough to step up with the God kind of
faith to speak life in the midst of some-
one’s dead situation.

I admonish you today saints, to sur-
render to God, surrender your hearts
and not your garments, to put your all
at the altar of sacrifice and let Him
have His way.

You see there is safety in the house
of the Lord, there is love, and sanity
there is hope and joy beyond all meas-
ure. God wants to take care of us and
prove to us how sweet it is to trust in
Him. God wants to change us and
make us whole because if we do it we
will mess it up and do it half way, but
God wants to complete us. When you
hear the voice of God calling you soft-
ly harden not your hearts and invite
Him in, He will change you for the bet-
ter.

Until next time, may the peace of the
Lord be with you.



PICTURED is the coffin of Mrs. Avis Armbrister at her funeral service at St Gregory’s
Church on Carmichael Road.