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The Tribune

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BAHAMAS EDITION

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009

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EX-land HOSS In
Secrecy row

MP hits out at former
permanent secretary
for questioning ‘leaks’

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

AN EXPLOSIVE session of
the House of Assembly’s Select
Committee on Crown land yes-
terday saw the former Perma-
nent Secretary in the Depart-
ment of Lands and Surveys
being chastised by FNM MP
Kenyatta Gibson for question-
ing if any secrecy laws were bro-
ken by The Tribune in their
investigations into the scandal.

After already giving a dam-
aging testimony admitting he
was directly involved in the
application and granting process
of 15 acres of Crown land for his
brother and son, Ronald
Thompson also sought to sug-
gest that his family’s applica-
tions was not fast-tracked,
although it spent less than four
months in the system from
application to final approval.

While Mr Thompson’s fami-



FNM MP Kenyatta Gibson (above)
took the former Permanent Sec-
retary in the Department of Lands
and Surveys Ronald Thompson to
task yesterday during the House
of Assembly’s Select Committee
on Crown Land meeting.

ly had applied for 25 acres, Mr
Thompson revealed they were
only awarded 15 by the under
secretary Audley Greaves as he

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have investor Viktor Kozeny
committed into custody

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

INVESTOR Viktor Kozeny was back in the Court of
Appeal yesterday as prosecutors seek to reverse a judge’s
decision and have the financier committed into custody.

Kozeny, 46, had been held at Her Majesty’s Prison
since his arrest at his Lyford Cay residence on October
5, 2005, but was released in April, 2007, on $300,000
bail by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.

Czech-born Kozeny is wanted by US authorities to
face charges of bribery and money laundering. Prose-
cutors claim he is the driving force behind a multi-million
bribery scheme which sought to corrupt Azerbaijan offi-
cials as well as conspiring to violate the US Foreign

Corrupt Practices Act.

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MEMBERS. OF ROOTS junkanoo group celebrated with students of St Andrew’s after the school’s ‘three-peat’ victory in the Bahamas
Association of Independent Secondary Schools senior boys softball championships.

Police ‘confident’ of catching
men who robbed 18 tourists

POLICE are confident of
catching the shotgun-toting
thugs who robbed 18 cruise
ship passengers on an eco-
tour of Earth Village.

Officers working the case
believe they will solve the
case before the Christmas
holidays.

Last Wednesday, a man
was arrested and questioned
in connection with the rob-
bery. He was later released
without charge.

In the meantime, investi-
gators are following strong
leads on the case, said
Superintendent Elsworth

Moss, Head of the Central
Detective Unit.

"We have no one arrested
at this time, but we plan to
make arrests soon as we get
the information we need.
We are still able to follow
up some leads we hope we
can solve," he told The Tri-
bune yesterday.

Supt Moss said police do
not have a composite sketch
of the two suspects because
most of the victims left the
country the same day they
were robbed. He added that

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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A TEENAGER is helping
police with their inquiries into
the fatal stabbing of a deaf
man.

The youth, whose exact age
has not been released but he
is under 18, was being ques-
tioned yesterday over the
attack which left 23-year-old
Rauol Bullard dead.

Police suspect the killing
may have been an act of retal-
iation.

Supt Elsworth Moss, Head
of the Central Detective Unit,

said: "There was an alterca-
tion, a fight, in front of the
victim's residence. I'm told
that his mother had run the
chaps, told them to stop mis-
behaving and to get from in
the front of her house.

“They moved on and short-
ly after that Mr Bullard left
to go to the store. The guys
must have known him or
recognised him, and they
attacked him.”

According to police reports,
it was around 3.30pm last Fri-
day when Mr Bullard was
accosted by a gang of teen

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LOCAL NEWS

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Avenue and Firetrail Road on Sunday, fleeing with an unde-
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POLICE are investigat-

? ing the theft of a computer
ben ae 5.25pm. : : : fo the Supreme Couns
An employee of the service station reported seeing a man Law Library which contains
wearing “light coloured clothing with a black scarf over his face” information about the

entering the establishment armed with a gun. court’s cases and files.
A “The man took an undetermined amount of cash and fled on Officers told The Tribune
foot in an unknown direction. Police are investigating,” Sergeant they suspect the theft may

” a, Chrislyn Skippings said. have been an inside job.

fa

' Ms.

An employee of the
library noticed that the com-
puter was missing when she
arrived at work shortly after
9am yesterday and report-
ed the matter to police.

According to officer-in-
charge of the Central Police
Station, Chief Superinten-
dent Glenn Miller, there
were no signs of forced
entry at the two main
entrances to the library in
Saffrey Square on Bank
Lane. However, police say
they found evidence which
suggests that the door of the
library assistant's office —
where the computer was
stored — may have been
tampered with.

Said CSP Miller: "There
was no sign of a break-in at
the main entrance doors,
both downstairs and
upstairs.

"The main entrance, the
door was locked. They used
the key to get in and when
they got inside they discov-
ered that the computer was
missing. There seemed to be
some signs that someone
might have picked the lock
to get into the library assis-
tant's office where the com-
puter was allegedly taken
from,” he said.

Mr Miller said nothing
else appeared to be missing
from the premises.

No suspects were being
held by police up to press
time last night, but Mr
Miller said investigators
believe the culprit may be
an employee or someone
else with access to the
library's Keys.

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LOCAL NEWS



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ECRETARY Ronald ene

before the House of Assembly’s Select Committee on Crown Land.

Ex-land boss in
‘secrecy row

FROM page one

“must have” felt that 25 acres
was “too much” — despite the
fact that Mr Thompson had
brought the matter to the
attention of the former
Prime

Christie.

While the applications of
other persons have been left
to wallow in the DLS, Mr
Thompson maintained the
only reason his brother and
son’s file was handled so
quickly was because they
had “all the necessary infor-
mation” required in it when
the application was first sub-
mitted.

However, when pressed
by the chairman of the
Committee Fred Mitchell on
the controversial sale of
Crown land in Forbes Hill,
Exuma, Mr Thompson had
no details to offer as he had
no recollection of the trans-
action and brought no doc-
umentation with him to
bring any clarity to the dis-
cussions.

With Mr Thompson hav-
ing been appointed as the
Permanent Secretary in the
Department of Lands and
surveys in mid- 2002, and
the application for his
brother and son’s land being
granted in June 2002, FNM
MP Charles Maynard said
the perception appears to
be that one of Mr Thomp-
son’s first acts was to secure
land for his family.

Having done little to
exonerate himself from the
day’s proceedings, Mr
Thompson opened a ques-
tion to the floor as to how
The Tribune was able to
gain access to its informa-
tion for its series of exclu-
sive stories on Crown land.

“When I joined the ser-
vice you had to sign a secre-
cy clause,” Mr Thompson
said.

“Someone leaked the
information. Is that being
looked at?”

Somewhat taken aback,
Mr Maynard said all the
information revealed in The
Tribune’s articles was public
information.

Minister Perry



Mr Thompson said, how-

ever. that there may have :

been some information
included in The Tribune’s
stories relating to his broth-
er and son’s deal that was
not in the public domain. In

an effort to clarify, a copy
of the articles was provided ;

to him during the session

and yet the Permanent Sec-
retary could not identify }
exactly to which portion of ;

the story he was referring.

“But you are asking for i
action on matters that }

should have been confiden-

tial in your eyes and you are

saying they were exposed,”

Mr Gibson inquired. “You

must know what that infor-
mation is. Tell us what it is.”

Mr Thompson: “I seem to
recall that there had to be }

a leak from the files.”
However, Mr Gibson
interrupted Mr Thompson

and continued with his com- :

ments.

“For my part I don’t
believe there should be any }

information regarding some-
one trying to obtain Crown

land by way of lease or by
way of grant that should be }
secret and held from the }

general public.
“Tt is the people’s land.

They are entitled to know :
whatever is involved in that :
application process in my }
mind’s eye. I really would }
not be interested in any }
punitive action in that }

regard,” he said.

Mr Thompson: “My only
objection is that it might set }

a precedent.”

“Tf it sets the precedent
that the entire system is now }

exposed and open and

transparent that is the i
precedent that I want,” Mr :

Gibson thundered.

“But with all due respect, }
I do not understand how :
anybody could suggest that }
any information with regard }

to a Crown land application
should be a secret. That’s

the problem! That is proba-
bly one of the reasons why }
we are here today. 1am just }

amazed that the suggestion

was made with all due

respect, sir.”

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY’S SELECT COMMITTEE

Former official and wife made
separate applications for land

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

THE FORMER chief
housing officer in the
Department of Lands and
Surveys suggested yesterday
that he had no idea his wife
had applied for an acre of
Crown land on the island for
which he had sole responsi-
bility during his time at the
department.

Continuing hearings at
Police Headquarters yester-
day, the House of Assem-
bly’s Select Committee on
Crown Land heard from for-
mer permanent secretary
Ronald Thompson, former
housing officer Christopher
Russell, realtor Andre Lee
and tax attorney Ryan Pin-
der.

Addressing the committee
after Mr Thompson, Mr
Russell said that during his
time at the DLS, he too had
applied for an acre of Crown
land separate and apart from
the acre his wife had applied
for in Blackwood, Abaco.

However, unlike his wife
Christine’s, his application
has not been approved as
yet. In fact, when questioned
by FNM MP Charles May-
nard, he said he could not
recall whether or not the two
applications were made
around the same time.

“So your wife did it pri-
vately and you did yours pri-
vately.

“She went and applied
almost behind your back?”
Mr Maynard asked.

Repeatedly pushing for
clarity on the matter, Mr
Maynard asked the former
housing officer when exactly
he was made aware that his
wife had applied for a piece
of Crown land.

“Well, she applied like
everybody else and the
application was processed
and it was submitted to the
office of the PM. At the time
I was responsible for the
island of Abaco,” Mr Rus-
sell answered.

Mr Maynard: “So you saw
it as you were doing your
regular cross work, you saw
your wife’s name on an
application?”

Mr Russell:
right.”

Perhaps the most interest-
ing revelation came when
Mr Maynard asked the for-
mer DLS employee about
the intended use of the land
for which his wife had
applied.

Mr Russell: “Her applica-
tion was for a retirement
home.”

“That is

FORMER CHIEF HOUSING OFFI-
CER Christopher Russell gives
testimony before the land’s com-
mittee at the Paul Farquharson
Conference Centre yesterday.

Mr Russell: “The same
thing.”

Mr Maynard: “So ya’ll
didn’t discuss this prior to
that? So if ya’ll had gotten
two grants ya’ll would have
built two separate retire-
ment homes?”

Mr Russell: “Why not?”

When asked, Mr Russell
confirmed that he and his
wife are still together.

Addressing the committee
next was the realtor Andre
Lee who handled the listing
for the sale of four beach
front lots on the island of
Exuma for relatives of the
former DLS director Tex
Turnquest — which had been
granted outright for less than
$2,500 each, and each sold
for more than $550,000 to
foreigners.

While admitting that these
were perhaps the quickest
sales he ever made in his 22-
year career, Mr Lee said he
believes this was the only
Crown land that he has ever
had a hand in selling.

He also revealed that he
was paid a commission of
five per cent, or some
$25,000 per lot for each of
the sales, which were bro-
kered through Dilly Crab
Reality in Exuma.

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THE TOWNE CENTRE MALL yesterday denied that the
shooting of an off duty police officer and his friend on Saturday
took place on their premises.

The mall claims that “according to mall security and con-
firmed police reports this misfortune did not happen on our
premises.”

However, in a police report on the matter it was stated that
the off duty officer, who has been unofficially identified as
Corporal Andrews of the police’s Internal Security Division,
was shot along with another man as they stood next to a vehi-
cle in the parking lot of the Towne Centre Mall.

The report read: “Some time around 8.15pm on Saturday,
November 28, 2009 police received information of gun shots in
the area of Towne Centre Mall.

“Police responded and information revealed, two men, one
of whom was an off duty police officer, while standing near their
vehicle, in the parking lot of Towne Centre Mall, were
approached by two males in a 2004, Nissan Maxima.

“One of the males who was wearing a ski mask and dark
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vehicle and opened fire on the two males.

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police officer, was shot to the right leg, left knee, and right arm.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR



The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
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LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

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

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Bahamas Handbook celebrates 50 years

IT IS NOT OFTEN — if ever— that we
have recommended a Christmas gift in this
column. However, Christmas is near and a
book has just arrived on our desk that we dence, followed by the ’80s referred to as
would highly recommend for Santa’s stock- the “best and worst of times” — it was a
ing. period when an economic recovery was over-

It is the beautifully printed and designed shadowed by a drug scandal and political
fiftieth anniversary edition of Bahamas turmoil.

Handbook. And then comes the 1990s, described as

One hundred of its 736 pages includes the decade of high-tech progress. Also it
highlights of the last five decades of the marked the end of the 25-year reign of the
Bahamian story in words and in pictures. PLP under the late Sir Lynden Pindling and

Started 50 years ago by Etienne Dupuch, the ushering in of the Ingraham era and the
Jr, and his late wife, Sylvia Perfetti Dupuch FNM
of Connecticut, the book — always a must
on the reading list of any official being trans-
ferred to the Bahamas — has grown and
changed in many ways.

As the books says, the young publishers,
then in their twenties “wanted to produce a
first class publication of interest to anyone
who lives, works, does business, invests,
vacations or retires in the Bahamas. It is
designed as well to support the twin pillars of
the Bahamian economy: tourism and finan-
cial services. But beyond that the Dupuches
wanted to help Bahamians and non-Bahami-
ans alike appreciate the rich tapestry of the
islands’ culture and its tumultuous 500-year
history. It’s a fascinating story: the creation
of a vibrant and independent nation from a
string of low-lying islands scattered across
the turquoise waters of the Great Bahama
Bank.”

Of course, the book has its usual and use-
ful detailed information section on almost
any topic that one would want to know
about the Bahamas, whether it be a tourist
looking for accommodation or an investor
wanting to know more about the island’s
investment policy, how to form a company,
or enter property transactions — in other
words good solid advice from health to set-
tling down in the Bahamas. It is also an
excellent information guide for Bahamians
on almost anything one would want to know
— 189 pages of information devoted to New
Providence and the Out Islands, and anoth-
er 59 pages exclusively on Freeport and
Lucaya.

There’s an article on the unforgettable
1960s when the Bahamas enjoyed a golden
age of tourism and witnessed 10 years of
political turmoil. It was in 1962 that US Pres-
ident John F Kennedy, Britain’s Harold
Macmillan and Canada’s John Diefenbaker
of Canada held their summit meeting at

Lyford Cay in what became known as the
Nassau Talks.
The 1970s was the decade of indepen-

There are many feature stories inter-
spersed with interesting vignettes of people
and events throughout Bahamian history.

It is not generally known that Woodes
Rogers, the Bahamas’ first Royal governor,
who was noted for suppressing the pirates —
conducting a public hanging to press his
point — was himself foisted high by an angry
governor’s wife who grabbed him by his coat
lapels and lifted him from the floor.

According to late historian, Dr Paul
Albury — “The Story of the Bahamas” —
Governor George Phenney’s wife was a mill-
stone around his neck. Dr Albury describes
her as a “hard-mouthed, ambitious woman,
who dominated and abused everyone she
encountered. She monopolized both the
export trade, charging the inhabitants exor-
bitant prices for what she sold and often
neglecting to pay for what she bought.”

The Handbook takes the Phenney story
of the 1700s a step further. Describing the
madam as a “holy terror”, it tells the story of
when Rogers returned to the Bahamas for a
second tour of duty to replace Phenney, the
latter pleaded with him to detain his wife
so that he could escape to England and with-
out her knowledge start divorce proceed-
ings. When she found out, she confronted
Rogers at Government House. As he
descended the stairs, Rogers “found Mrs
Phenney’s distorted face suddenly inches
from his own as she seized the lapels of his
coat and screamed her frenzied wrath at
him. “You gaol bird! I swear to you Rogers,
if you dare to order my arrest Pll have you
hauled back to England to face another term
in prison’ ...She gave the governot’s shoul-
ders a powerful push so that Rogers had to
grasp the bannister to prevent himself from
falling.”

This edition has something for everyone
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Disturbed.
by number
of excluded

beaches

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am a concerned citizen
of the Bahamas, who is dis-
turbed by the number of
excluded beaches.

Investors from all over the
world have bought land near
beaches and also decided to
block off the access to the
beach.

On top of just small
investors buying land near
beaches there are over 47
main hotels and resorts in
the Bahamas.

That considers the miles
of sea view making excluded
beaches.

I can understand them
putting up walls or fences to
protect their property but
not closing off more of the
land around them than paid
for.

When since did the gov-
ernment start selling beach-
es? Need I remind you, that
the Bahamas is yes a nation
of freedom however also a

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nation of rule and regula-
tions?

The law does not retain a
person’s rights to the beach.
However the existing high
water mark law protects the
lives of the people.

Director of Parks and Sci-
ence Liaison at the Bahamas
National Trust emphasized
that beach access for
Bahamians is essential. I
came across a newspaper
article dated November 24,
2005 when the Hon. Perry
Christie noticed and had a
concern for dwindling beach
access.

I raised this issue over
Sunday dinner all of my rel-
atives and family members
agree that there are too
many beaches that Bahami-
ans don’t have access too.
They expressed concern

over what would happen
during public holidays when
Bahamians traditionally
flock to the beach.

On behalf of the con-
cerned citizens of the
Bahamas I request that
there be full access to all
beaches in the Bahamas.

I request that there be a
law in place that can help
the birthright of the
Bahamian people.

It is fair enough to say that
the private developments,
especially in Nassau, are eat-
ing up access to what little
beaches are left.

Mr Ingraham for the safe-
ty of the generations to
come, the 60 persons with
whom I have come in con-
tact with on this matter,
request that the people
regain full access to the
beaches of the Bahamas.

JOSHUA WELLS
Student,
November, 2009

Here is my solution to
the criminal madness

EDITOR, The Tribune.

We, peace-loving Bahamians; are mad.
We have to stop this criminal madness in

our country.

Here is the solution. Times like this

require harsh measures:

1) Hang 'em high. We have to eliminate
these punks and hoodlums from society.

Do whatever it takes to enforce the law
relative to hanging, but it must be done.

3) Automatic jail sentence plus heavy
fine for all those found with an unlicensed

firearm..

tion.

2) Flog 'em without mercy — all those

convicted of serious crimes...Having
received the cat-o-nine tail once they will

never, ever want it again.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Nassau,

The sellers and dealers of these illegal
firearms will be subjected to flogging along
with jail time and flogging.

These are serious times we face and if
the crime situation does not improve this
government is sure to lose the next elec-

HENRY ROLLE

November 23, 2009.

AM NTT
think we are stupid?

One must wonder whether Government really feels
we are stupid or the public has no means to research —
I ask this because of the tabling of the Amendments to
the Arbitration Act of 1888 and the flowery statements
from both sides of Parliament as to this proposal.

The Bahamas is so late on this that it is laughable — in
2009 there were some 109 other national jurisdictions
which had Arbitration Laws and Arbitration facilities

operating.

Historically the International Court based in The
Hague was the place where parties sought appropriate
judgments, this I believe was established in 1899 ,

Here we are proposing this new aspect of our Judicial
infrastructure and we can’t adequately deal with petty
crime at the Magistrate's Court level.

A lot of mention of the importance in the tabling in the
House yesterday was related to the importance of this
new Bill and Maritime Law — if a ship is registered
under the Bahamian flag but insured at Lloyd’s of Lon-
don where do you think a disputing party will go for
arbitration? Certainly I suggest not The Bahamas?

ABRAHAM MOSS
Nassau,
November, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

News reports out of the
US are suggesting that
women should take a mam-
mogram every other year
rather than annually.

I plead with any woman
whose family has past expe-
rience with breast cancer to
continue your annual mam-
mogram regime because it
will save your life even if
you have to do without
something to afford it.

Now we read that the civ-
il service is to recruit per-

sons with criminal records.
What a negative message
this is going to send when
the last thing we need is to
rationalise, seemingly, that
we don’t need checks and
balance when the govern-
ment employs people.
What next? Why don’t
you give the criminals the

key to the safe?

And as for the
Afghanistan swearing- in of
the president.....

Well it seems the leaders
of the west do not under-
stand how to send messages

Impressed
by Passport
Office

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would like to say that I
was very impressed today
when I visited the Passport
Office to apply for a new e-
passport.

The office was very organ-
ised and the employees were
very polite and efficient and
the service was very quick.

T arrived at the office at
9am and was leaving at
9.30am having completed
with my application.

I think the minister in
charge of the passport office
should be praised for his
efforts to up-grade the ser-
vice of the passport office
considering all the negative
criticism he previously
received.

JUST A THOUGHT
Nassau,
November 23, 2009.

Women with a family history of breast cancer
should continue their annual mammograms

to corrupt leaders.

For the sake of any sense
just why did the Western
Ambassadors line-up and
give credence to the corrupt
Afghanistan President at his
inaugural recently?

If they did not attend
surely they would have sent
the right message?

Boy this soft-socialism
approach to resolving prob-
lems is catching! What next?

W THOMPSON
Nassau,
November, 2009.



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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



MOVE TO LINK SOUTH WESTERN ISLAND TO REST OF WORLD

Ragged Islanders’ joy
at $14m investment

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net



RAGGED Islanders cele-
brated a $14 million investment
to link the isolated south west-
ern island to the rest of the
Bahamas and the world by air,
land and sea.

Cabinet ministers travelled
to the island as contracts were
signed to resurface the runway
at Duncan Town airport and
the five mile stretch of rocky
road from the airport to Gun
Point where a new dock will be
established.

Ragged Islanders have been
calling out for development
since booming trade with Cuba
and Haiti dried up in the 1960s.
Mailboats and commercial ves-
sels can no longer venture
down the shallow and narrow
canal dredged in the early 1960s
to Duncan Town and the air-
port runaway has fallen into
such disrepair since its con-
struction in the late 1990s that
many pilots now refuse to fly
there. But the development,
paid for with a $4,851,000 grant
from the European Union and
the Bahamas government pay-
ing the remaining $9,430,515.78,
promises a brighter future for
Ragged Island and its 60 inhab-
itants,

Knowles Construction and
Development Company will
carry out all works within the
next 12 months.

The 3,850 ft airport runway
will be resurfaced, damaged
areas replaced, new shoulders
and swales established by July,
according to the contract fund-
ed with $735,000 from the
European Union’s ninth Euro-

pean Development Fund and
$904, 259.58 from the Bahamas
government. The $9,212,916.10
construction of Gun Point dock,
pier, ramp and breakwater will
be paid for with $3,675,000
from the European Union and
$5,537,916.10 from the
Bahamas government.

And the $3,339,340.10 recon-
struction of Gun Point Road
along the length of the island
from the airport to the dock
will be completed at a
$2,898,340.10 cost to govern-
ment and $441,000 cost to the
European Union.

Reconstruction of the large-
ly unsurfaced road will also
entail the upgrade of water dis-
tribution in Duncan Town as a
reverse osmosis system will be
installed to supply drinking
water. And Emile Knowles of
Knowles Construction and
Development Company said he
aims to finish the work ahead of
time. Minister of Public Works
Neko Grant said: “These pro-
jects all complement each other
and will further strengthen
internal and external trans-
portation and communication

Celelirates

se

By AVA TURNQUEST

FLUSHED with pride from
their “three-peat” victory in the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools
senior boys softball champi-
onships, St Andrews honoured
student athletes in a special
assembly complete with a
junkanoo rush out by the Roots
yesterday.

The assembly, attended by
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture Permanent Secretary
Archie Nairn and Minister of
Education Carl Bethel, cele-
brated the athletic achieve-
ments of all softball teams and
members of the under 17 girls
national soccer team.

Mr Nairn commended the
athletes, saying they have dis-
proved critics who claim that
the International Baccalaure-
ate accredited school has only
one sport — soccer.

He challenged the athletes
to exhibit the same level of
sportsmanship required on the
field in their academic and
social endeavours, maintaining
character at all times.

Education Minister Carl
Bethel, who also spoke briefly
at the assembly, noted that his
alma mater has made great
strides in athletics since he
attended the school.

He encouraged the students
to remain focused on their stud-
ies and seek to explore and



MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND MARINE RESOURCES and MP for
Long Island and Ragged Island Larry Cartwright speaks in Gun Point.

THE DUNCAN Town Airport.

links, thereby increasing the
potential for enhanced eco-
nomic activity on this island.”

The project will provide 50
jobs to Bahamians, including
Ragged Island residents, over
the next year and open up the
economy for Ragged Island by
facilitating trade.

Docking facilities will allow
mailboats, trade ships and Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) vessels to stop at the
island and provide safe harbour
for those fishing in the abun-
dant waters.

Dawning

Ragged Island native Senator
David Thompson said the
investment in infrastructure
marks the dawning of a new
golden age for the Ragged
Island chain.

He added: “Although we are
small in numbers here on the
island there are thousands of
us across the country who will
be looking at this transforma-
tion and coming back home to
be a part of the new golden age
for Ragged Island.”

Minister of Tourism and Avi-
ation Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, whose roots are also in
Ragged Island, said the devel-
opment helps maximise the
potential of the entire Bahamas
where there are more airports
per capita than in any other
country.

He said: “So much time and
energy and effort have been
focused on the development of
Nassau and Paradise Island as
opposed to the rest of the
Bahamas and this is a commit-
ment for us to develop the
totality of what the Bahamas
has to offer.

“There is no country any-
where in this region that has
the kind of assets we have for
development, and we are just
beginning to recognise it, but
it’s crucial to have the infra-

enjoy every opportunity afford-
ed them at an institution with a
history of producing outstand-
ing alumni. St Andrews has
won 15 of the 36 league cham-
pionships in softball, basket-
ball, volleyball, and soccer in
the 2008/2009 season and the
beginning of the 2009/2010 sea-
son — competing in 24 champi-
onship games.



structure for air transportation
in place for people who want
to take advantage of what we
have to offer here.”

In addition to aiding tourism
and the fishing industry, Minis-
ter of National Security Tommy
Turnquest said the investment
in the new dock will greatly
assist the Defence Force as it
works to protect the Bahamas’
aquatic borders by decentralis-
ing its 26 vessels.

The RBDF will soon be able
to expand its presence already
established in Inagua, Abaco,
Grand Bahama and Exuma to
guard the Great Bahama Bank
from a dock at Gun Point.

Mr Turnquest said: “Much
of the crime we see starts on
our seas; illegal drugs, arms
trafficking, human trafficking
or poaching marine resources.

“This docking facility will be
a critical aspect of the Defence
Force’s mission moving for-
ward.”

Ragged Island residents told
The Tribune they had hoped
for the existing canal to be
dredged in order to bring trade
directly to Duncan Town, but
Minister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux said such a move
would greatly harm the local
eco-system as it would disturb
the vast network of mangroves
housing nurseries for fish and
crawfish. The development will
link Ragged Island with other
islands and still protect its abun-
dant fishing grounds, Mr
Deveaux said.

He added: “This is the least
impact we could make on the
environment to do what is
needed in Ragged Island.”

Ragged Island resident Ver-
va Vernica Wallace, 81, said: “I
have lived here all my life and I
have seen a lot of changes, now
I’m proud to hear what can
happen.”

And Anglican church minis-
ter Daniel Wallace added:
“This is long overdue and we
are very grateful.”

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improve Shirley Street

ROADWORKS to improve Shirley
Street are ongoing this week after 400 feet
of sewerage pipes were replaced in front of
the Princess Margaret Hospital.

The project to smooth the heavily pot-
holed road began at the junction with
Frederick Street and is moving east, Min-
istry of Works director Gordon Major
said. He anticipates repaving will have
been completed between Frederick Street
and Elizabeth Avenue by the end of the
year, and continue in 2010.

In the process of repaving workers are
repairing leaky sewage pipes beneath

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near the Princess Margaret Hospital began
last week Thursday and was completed
on Friday.

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junction of Shirley and Deveaux Street,
outside The Tribune’s offices.

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Earl Deveaux
replies to ‘gross
incompetence’
allegation

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

ENVIRONMENT Min-
ister Earl Deveaux has hit
back at a political attack
over the BEC takeover of
the Morton Salt power plant
in Inagua.

In response to Progressive
Liberal Party (PLP) chair-
man Bradley Roberts’s
claims that Mr Deveaux and
Minister of State Phenton
Neymour exhibited gross
incompetence in managing
the changeover of the power
plant from Morton Salt to
BEC, Mr Deveaux sought
to clarify the facts.

He said Mr Roberts was
wrong to say government
had incurred millions of dol-
lars in losses for BEC since
last December as BEC did
not take over the running of
the plant until October of
this year.

Mr Roberts alleged
Inagua residents had not
received electricity bills for
nearly a year and could not
be expected to pay them
now, meaning a huge loss
for BEC.

But Mr Deveaux said
billing by BEC did not begin
until October, and up until
then, the plant remained the
responsibility of Morton
Salt.

The minister was unable
to respond to Mr Roberts’
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Family of seven-year-old
girl seeks public assistance

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

THE family of seven-year-old Tenia Cash is
pleading with the public to assist them in raising
$80,000 to finance medical bills that they expect
to incur in a matter of weeks.

Speaking with The Tribune, the girl’s mother,
Chariene Cash, said the seven-year-old has been
diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a malignant
cancer of the bone.

On the children’s ward north at the Princess
Margaret Hospital, Tenia is undergoing the rec-
ommended treatment by local doctors which
includes rounds of chemotherapy and an opera-
tion to amputate her leg.

“Tt makes me feel helpless as a parent consid-
ering the options I have right now,” Ms Cash
said. “She'll be confined to a wheel chair or
crutches for the rest of her life.”

The family is reviewing alternative options,
leaving amputation as their last resort.

Doctors in Miami have reviewed Tenia’s case,
and have said they can save Tenia’s leg with a
limb-sparing procedure.

Limb-sparing involves cutting out the tumour,
taking out the bone and replacing it with a pros-
thesis. Unlike many surgical procedures for
malignant bone tumours, it gives the child a
chance to keep the limb in which a tumour is
located.

However, financing such an alternative oper-
ation is costly. Doctors have quoted the proce-
dure to cost between the ball-park figure of
$65,000 to $80,000.

Medical bills are accumulating, and Ms Cash is
requesting the general public to make donations
to the “Tenia Cash medical fund’, at the Royal
Bank of Canada; account number: 7205628.

Tenia’s health woes began when her mother
started noticing swelling and pain symptoms in
the upper thigh.

The pain from the tumour comes on strong in
the night, and unlike cancer at other sites, pain is
the symptom most noticeable in bone cancer
because of the rigidity of bony tissues which can-
not expand when pressed on by
an invading tumour.

Tenia’s leg is visibly swollen.
According to her mother, they
dismissed the aches as a sprain
or growing pains, which is the
typical resolve in most parents’
minds who have children affect-
ed by bone cancer. Tenia bore
these early symptoms of pain in
her leg for a couple of months.

“We didn’t feel there was
something to worry about,”
Chariene Cash said.

Soon Tenia developed a limp
in her walk, and the gymnast
wasn’t “jumping the way she
used to and moving around nor-
mally.” Swelling and fever
accompanied the ache which
was affecting the lower limbs,
causing unexplained stumbling.

“T looked at the leg and one
was noticeably bigger above the
knee,” Ms Cash said.

This was the turning point and
enough reason to arrange a doc-
tor’s visit.

After a series of X-rays and
other tests, doctors discovered
that Tenia had cancer cells in
the area of her knee.

Without treatment, the can-



TENIA CASH performs a
gymnastics routine.

cer will spread to other areas of
her body, but with chemothera-
py and surgery, her chances of
survival look good.

Research shows that present-
day amputees usually return to
normal ability very quickly, but
Ms Cash prefers to wait out for
asecond opinion from Canadian
doctors. However, financing
such an alternative operation is
costly.

The third grade student of
Sadie Curtis Primary School is
described as “very outgoing and
friendly” by friends and family.
“Tt would mean the world to see
‘Tenia back to normal,” Ms Cash
said. “I feel helpless, like some-
how I have failed her.”

“But there’s nothing God
can’t do,” she explained. “We
look forward to seeing her being
healthy again.”

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Tenia Cash’s medical bills will
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Minister calls for
collaboration in
‘War on Terror’

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NATIONAL SECURITY MINISTER Tommy Turnquest addressing regional national security officials.

INTERNATIONAL co-operation in criminal
matters and the sharing of intelligence and special
investigative techniques are critical to the war
on national, regional and global terrorism, Min-
ister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said.

Addressing regional national security officials
attending a major anti-terror workshop which
opened last week Tuesday in New Providence,
Mr Turnquest said international co-operation is
the only way to stamp out terrorism.

Sponsored by the United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Inter-
American Committee on Terrorism (CICTE),
the four-day workshop examined the legal frame-
work and mechanisms for international co-oper-
ation in the fight against terrorism.

The Bahamas currently serves as vice-chair of
CICTE and will assume the role of chair in March
2010. Mr Turnquest said Bahamian officials are
“deeply concerned” about the indiscriminate
nature of terrorism, even though the country has
not been directly impacted.

“We only need to reflect on the disastrous
9/11 terror attacks on the United States to appre-
ciate how such acts can reverberate around the
world and throw the economies of neighboring
countries into crisis,” Mr Turnquest said.

He said the country’s proactive approach to the
fighting terrorism is exemplified by the fact that



officials from three key national security and law
enforcement branches — the Police, Defence
Force and the Department of Customs, are in
attendance. The minister said their participation
is a reflection of the “network” local national
security and law enforcement officials are seek-
ing to develop to combat terrorism.

Policing

Mr Turnquest said the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force, the country’s maritime law
enforcement agency charged with policing its
seas and protecting its porous borders, has had an
Anti-Terrorism Unit since 2007.

“The mandate of this unit is to suppress and
combat terrorism acts within the Bahamas terri-
tory,” he said. The Royal Bahamas Police Force,
through its Financial Intelligence Unit, is charged
with receiving, analysing, obtaining and dissem-
ination of information on proceeds derived from
offences under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Other
counter-terrorism measures have been put in
place by the police force.

“The Department of Customs implements rec-
ommendations of the World Customs Organi-
sation to counter terrorism,” Mr Turnquest
added.

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speaks of global economic woes ny

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham (pictured
above) delivered the keynote address at the
Commonwealth Business Forum dinner in
Trinidad last week Wednesday, ahead of the
Caribbean Heads of Government Meeting.

Taking place a few days ahead of CHOGM,
the meetings provide an opportunity for this
attending to contribute on key policies and rec-
ommendations which will be presented to the
heads of government meeting.

With this year’s focus on “Partnering for a
More Equitable and Sustainable Future” being
a timely topic in any set of circumstances, Prime
Minister Ingraham said it is especially so at this
time as the world confronts the effects of a
global economic meltdown.

“While the immediate challenge facing the
global community is to secure a meaningful
recovery from what has been one of the worst
international economic and financial crises of
our time, the longer term challenge is to ensure
sustainable growth that aids in the eradication
of global poverty and conserves the planet’s
resources for future generation. This is a tall
order in any circumstance but particularly
daunting in the face of current events,” the
prime minister said.

Unemployment

Adding that there is little doubt that emerg-
ing out of this global economic crisis, the world
will have to come to experience a “new nor-
mal” including a new level of sustained unem-
ployment, Mr Ingraham said that by changing
economic behaviour and altered institutions
will produce a different environment in which
we must all operate.

“Our task was not made easier by the fact
that in the midst of the global economic and
financial meltdown, the second pillar of our
economy, the international financial services
sector, came under renewed attack from the
OECD and G20 developed countries who
tagged, wrongly we believe, international finan-
cial services centres as responsible, in whole
or in part, for the global economic and financial
crisis.

“If we are to accept that it is ‘the responsi-
bility of all economies, rich and poor, as part-
ners in building a sustainable and balanced
global economy in which the benefits of eco-
nomic growth are broadly and equitably
shared’, then the lessons taught by the present
crisis must lead inter alia to the following:

“An honest assessment of the risks posed to
our global economic and financial systems and
avoid placing blame where it is not due; A bet-
ter means of assessing and responding to sys-
temic risk in the global financial architecture —
one that demonstrates equity in calling all

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“There is no longer any
credible debate about the
reality of global warming.”

economies, those of the developed and devel-
oping world, into account; Promote greater
equity in the international development process
so as to make the prospects for sustained growth
of the world economy more enduring and wide-
spread; and better coordinate global resources
in order to maximize use; this is especially true
with respect to those resources channeled by the
multilateral lending and aid agencies.”

However, the Prime Minister said that no
useful consideration of a sustainable future can
occur without the recognition that one of the
issues bearing most profoundly upon that future
is the matter of global warming or climate
change.

“There is no longer any credible debate about
the reality of global warming. The United
Nations’ International Panel on Climate change
has concluded that ‘global warming is a reality
and has almost certainly been caused by recent
human activity.’ Climate Change is fundamen-
tally a sustainable development challenge which
goes well beyond the matter of environmental
protection to embrace both economic and social
development.

“The point I wish to make here is that glob-
al warming has already begun to take its toll.
Even as I speak, a basic agreement still has to be
reached. Options for climate change financing
still have to be determined. The final round of
preparatory talks in Barcelona for the upcom-
ing Copenhagen Conference in December
intended to agree a new international frame-
work has revealed deep divisions and has indi-
cated that a basic agreement is unlikely to be
achieved in Copenhagen.

“While there appears to be broad recognition
of the urgent necessity for strong action, still the
level of commitment to such action varies con-
siderably between the key participants and con-
tinues to be elusive. But as it is recognized as so
essential to a sustainable future, it seems that
every cooperative effort should be taken to
press forward on the initiatives for action.

“T do not pretend that the issues confronting
us are simple or easy to resolve. I hope, how-
ever, that the Special Session on Climate
Change which our Chairman will convene on
Friday of this week will permit us to hear the
perspective of a number of our non-Common-
wealth colleagues before reviewing and seeking
to arrive at a consensus on at least some of the
most critical issues we must deal with on the Cli-
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LOCAL NEWS



China to reduce carbon dioxide :

emissions by 40 to 45 per cent

CHINA’S State Council
announced Thursday that Chi-
na is going to reduce the inten-
sity of carbon dioxide emissions
per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40
to 45 per cent compared to the
level of 2005.

This is "a voluntary action"
taken by the Chinese govern-
ment “based on our own
national conditions" and “is a
major contribution to the glob-
al effort in tackling climate
change," the State Council said.

In a meeting presided over
by Premier Wen Jiabao
Wednesday, the State Council
reviewed a national task plan
addressing climate change.

A press statement released
Thursday said the index of car-
bon dioxide emissions cuts,
announced for the first time by
China, would be "a binding
goal" to be incorporated into
China's medium and long-term
national social and economic
development plans.

New measures would be for-
mulated to audit, monitor and
assess its implementation, said
the statement.

Qi Jianguo, an economic
and environmental policy
researcher at the Chinese
Academy of Social Sciences,
told Xinhua that the targets
would put "great pressure" on
China's development.

"In 2020, the country's GDP
will at least double that of now,
so will the emissions of green-
house gases (GHG). But the
required reduction of emissions
intensity by 40 to 45 per cent
in 2020 compared with the lev-
el of 2005 means the emissions
of GHG in 2020 has to be
roughly the same as emissions
now," he said.

Qi, a quantitative economist
who studies links between the
economy and climate change,
said as the world's largest devel-
oping country, China would
face a great challenge.

In order to achieve the tar-
get, more effort must be made
besides strictly abiding by the
principle of "energy-saving and
emissions reductions," he said.

The government would
devote major efforts to devel-
oping renewable and nuclear
energies to ensure the con-
sumption of non-fossil-fuel
power accounted for 15 per
cent of the country's total pri-
mary energy consumption by
2020, said the State Council
statement.

More trees would be planted
and the country's forest area
would increase by 40 million
hectares and forest volume by
1.3 billion cubic meters from
the levels of 2005.

The State Council said that
as a responsible developing
nation, China advocated global
concerted efforts in addressing
climate change "through prag-
matic and effective interna-
tional cooperation."

The Chinese cabinet reiter-
ated the principled stand for

implementation of the United
Nations Framework Conven-
tion on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Pro-
tocol.

Both the UNFCCC principle
of "common but differentiated
responsibilities" and the Bali
Roadmap should be observed,
the State Council said.

The UNFCCC and the
Kyoto Protocol should be car-
ried out in a comprehensive,
effective and lasting way, and
emissions alleviation, adapta-
tion, technological transfer and
financial support should be
coordinated in a comprehen-
sive way to help bring about
positive results for the upcom-
ing UN Climate Change Con-
ference in December in Copen-
hagen, the State Council said.

"Appropriate handling of
the climate change issue is of
vital interest to China's social
and economic development and
people's fundamental interests,
as well as the welfare of all the
people in the world and the
world's long-term develop-
ment," the State Council said
in the statement.

China faced mounting pres-
sure and difficulties in devel-
oping its national economy and
improving people's living stan-
dards as the country's industri-
alization and urbanization
accelerated, said the statement.

Given the country's huge
population, prominent eco-
nomic structural problems,
coal-dominated energy con-
sumption structure, and increas-
ing demand for energy, the gov-
ernment needed to make stren-
uous efforts to realise those tar-
gets, said the statement.

The government was
required to take into account
both immediate and long-term
interests while achieving coor-
dinated development of its
economy and the cause of envi-
ronmental protection, said the
statement.

Coping with climate change
should be a major strategy for
the national economic and
social development, said the
statement.

More funding would be
invested into the research,
development and industrializa-
tion of technologies for energy
saving, and into energy effi-
ciency, clean coal development,
renewable energies, advanced
nuclear energies, and carbon
capture and storage.

Laws, regulations and stan-
dards would be formulated and
fiscal, taxation, pricing and
financial measures would be
introduced to manage and
monitor the implementation of
those laws and regulations, said
the statement.

The State Council also said
China would expand coopera-
tion with foreign countries in
raising its capacity to cope with
climate change and import low-
carbon and environment-
friendly technologies.

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many of them did not get a good
look at the bandits because they were
ordered to lay on the ground.

The attack took place at about
12.15pm on November 16. A group
of cruise passengers were on a Seg-
way tour of BASH's Earth Village

when two armed

approached.

The thugs tied up the Bahamian
tour guide with the first group and

gunmen

fired.

ordered the passengers to the ground
before robbing them of money, pass-
ports, cell phones, credit cards and
personal items. A second group of
visitors approached and were also
robbed at gunpoint.

Police said a Bahamian woman
was gun-butted to the head during
the attack, adding that no shots were

However, this was disputed by

(above) when two armed gunmen approached.

Police ‘confident’

many of the disgruntled victims, who |
claimed a shot had been fired into

the ground by one of the thugs about |

tims.

Tours.

two feet away from one of the vic-

The passengers were part of two
separate tour groups from Disney
Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean.

The cruise lines have suspended
their tours with Caribbean Segway

BASH's Executive Director Terry

Miller has plans to beef up security of

the 170-acre property.



Prosecutors seeking to have investor
Viktor Kozeny committed into custody

FROM page one

The Act makes it an
offence to offer to pay, or to
pay, foreign government offi-
cials to gain or retain busi-
ness. Since its 1998 amend-
ment, the act also applies to
foreign establishments and
persons who intend to do the
same while in the US. If
extradited to the US, he
could face a jail sentence of
up to 25 years.

Alan Jones, QC, who
appeared with Assistant
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Franklyn Williams and
attorney Loren Klein, sub-
mitted to the appellate court
yesterday that Senior Justice
Isaacs had erred when he
discharged Kozeny, and that
the order of Magistrate Car-
olita Bethel should be
restored.

Magistrate Bethel had
approved Kozeny’s extradi-
tion, however his attorneys
had brought a habeas corpus
application before Senior
Justice Isaacs who subse-
quently ruled against the
extradition request. The
judge had cited that the

offences for which US
authorities sought his extra-
dition were not extradition
offences and found that
there had been an abuse of
process because US authori-
ties had failed to disclose cer-
tain material information.

Mr Jones noted yesterday
that Kozeny is accused of
bribing senior government
officials of the former Soviet
republic of Azerbaijan with
vast sums of money in an
effort to gain an unfair
advantage during the priva-
tization of the state-owned
oil company SOCAR in the
early 1990s.

He also told the court that
Kozeny had directed others
to purchase privatization
vouchers on behalf of his
companies Oily Rock and
Minaret. These vouchers, he
said, were purchased using
vast sums of cash that were
flown into Azerbaijan on
Kozeny’s private jet and
chartered planes. Mr Jones
noted that Kozeny, who has
resided in the Bahamas since
1995, has several passports
as well as a pilot’s license.

Mr Jones argued that the
offences for which Kozeny

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is being sought for extradi-
tion to the US do amount to
offences under Bahamian
law. Mr Jones contended
that although Kozeny’s
defence had alleged “bad
faith” and an abuse of
process by US authorities,
the allegations amounted to
nothing.

Clive Nicholls, QC, who,
with attorney Philip Davis,
appeared for Kozeny, yes-
terday argued it was imper-

missible for US authorities
to seek to justify Kozeny’s
detention on grounds other
than those already deter-
mined by Magistrate Bethel.
Mr Nicholls also argued that
the request for Kozeny’s
extradition should fail as the
offences he is accused of
amount to trans-national
bribery which is not an
offence in the Bahamas. The
appeal hearing continues
today.

Teen held in connection with
fatal stabbing of deaf man

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thugs, one of whom stabbed him in his neck.

A short time earlier, the same group of boys was embroiled
in an altercation outside the victim's home on Peach Street.
The victim's mother scolded the boys for their behaviour and
asked them to leave her property. Police believe Mr Bullard
was not a part of the first altercation.

The group left and the victim's mother sent him to a near-
by shop, however Mr Bullard was attacked before he could get
more than 100 yards away from his home.

Despite his injury, Mr Bullard was able to return home
where he collapsed. He was taken to hospital by ambulance
and died about three hours later.

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unsung

A chance to showcase the
good citizens of the Bahamas

THEY are the mainstay
of the community, those
special people who give up
their precious time to help
those in need ... yet seek
no reward.

Caring only for the well-
being of others, they don't
ask for money or favours.
Neither do they go out of
their way for celebrity.
Theirs is a total selfless act
of kindness.

We at The Tribune
think it's about time we
celebrated the fact that
there are so many ordi-
nary people who do their
bit to make someone else's
life a little easier. They are
our Unsung Heroes.

That person may be a
carer, looking after the
young, the elderly or the
infirm.

Your unsung hero might
be a role model. For

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example, someone who
gives up their time to
coach young people in
sports.

The unsung hero may
be someone, young or
elderly, who is coura-
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or disability.

It may be a good friend
or neighbour who has
helped you out in times of
trouble.

Someone who has a kind
heart or a good ear for lis-
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the welfare of her patients
above all else.

Your unsung hero
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“Tell us, and the nation,
who your unsung heroes
are."

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In your nomination put
your name and contact
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also details of where we
can contact your hero.

people who put their com-
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Tribune managing edi-
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around us, and the good
for one reason or another
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TOP LEFT: PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingra-
ham (left) with Prime Minister of India Dr Man-
mohan Singh at the 2009 Commonwealth Heads
of Government Meeting, held in Port of Spain,
Trinidad from November 27 - 29 in Port of
Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

ABOVE: PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, David
Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados, and
Stephenson Kind, Prime Minister of St Lucia at
CHOGM.

TOP RIGHT: RALPH GONSALVES, Prime Min-
ister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, left, and
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham share a joke at
CHOGM.

LEFT: PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham
chats with Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma
and his wife Babli.

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Senior Sports Reporter
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here’s a saying
that all good
things must come
to an end. Yester-
day, the defending Catholic
Diocesan Primary Schools

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basketball champions St
Bede’s Crushers found that
out the painful way against
the St Cecilia’s Strikers.
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the Crushers left with a
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avenge their only defeat of
the season. They are now
tied with identical 7-1 win-
loss records, splitting their
head-to-head match-up, as
the regular season starts to
wind down.

“This team is gradually
maturing,” said St Cecilia’s
coach Leo Delaney.
“They’re not exactly where I
want them to be, but gradu-
ally they’re getting there.

“But with the home court
advantage, I just knew that
we had an opportunity to
pull it off. Once we kept it
close, anything was possible.”

The difference in the game
came when St Bede’s lost
center Gregory Cooper to
five fouls early in the fourth
quarter with the Crushers
holding a commanding 23-15
lead.

Once he left, the Crushers
didn’t have anybody to con-
tain Steven Humes. Then
late in the period, Delaney
inserted Lenford Powell,
who provided a double
threat as the twin towers
went to work.

“T felt really good. Now I
know we have a chance to
win the championship,” said
Powell, who was more con-
cerned about the rest of the
season than this victory.

But Powell admitted that
once Cooper went out, he
knew that when he got into
the game, he would have
been able to make an impact.

After going scoreless when
he started in the first quarter,
Powell came back into the
game in the fourth and he
contributed eight points to
help spark their come-from-
behind win.

Humes, who added five
points in the period, finished
with seven, while Ivoine
Ingraham managed to break
loose for 11 before he fouled
out with the Strikers trailing
28-20. Tyreke Colebrooke
chipped in with five.

Kyle ‘Flash’ Turnquest
canned a game high 16
points, Malik Jones had 10,
Cooper helped out with four
and Cooper contributed
three in a losing effort.

“We missed a couple of
lay-ups,” said a disappoint-
ed Turnquest, who noted
that they intend to come



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St CECILIA’S STRIKERS celebrate yesterday
after beating the defending Catholic Diocesan
Primary Schools basketball champions St
Bede’s Crushers 37-36 as the regular season
starts to wind down...

Strikers win by one!





DEFENDING Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools basketball champions St Bede’s Crushers can be seen
in action against the St Cecilia’s Strikers yesterday...

back and avenge the loss
whenever they meet again.

More than likely that
won’t come until the best-of-
three championship series as
the two teams are poised to
end up in the top two spots
when the regular season is
completed on December 9.

St Bede’s head coach Don-
nie Culmer said they will
take the loss in stride and
rebound because they knew
exactly what went wrong.
“They can’t beat us. We will
be back. Gregory fouled out.
But I should have checked
the book when he had the
four fouls,” Culmer said.

“IT should have sat him
down and bring him back.
That was the problem. This
was his day because Kyle
was having an off day again.

He missed too many lay-
ups.”

When Cooper fouled out,
Culmer said it took away a
lot of their momentum.
“We're going to be shaken
up by this loss,” he said. “We
will be back.”

Although they trailed 5-0
at the end of the first quarter
and 12-9 at the half, the
Strikers made a gallant
comeback to cut the deficit
to 17-13 at the end of the
third.

Both teams increased the
tempo of the game in the
fourth and made it an excit-
ing contest the rest of the
way. At one point, the
Crushers queried the score
when they felt they should
have gone up 36-35, but the
scorebook had them behind

SEE photo spread on page 14

35-34. That may have been
the difference in the score as
the Strikers never relin-
quished the lead again.

St Bede’s will get a chance
to redeem themselves when
they travel to Xaviers on
Monday to face the Giants
before they close out at
home against the St Fran-
cis/Joseph Shockers.

St Cecilia’s, on the other
hand, will travel to play Our
Lady’s Blue Flames on
Wednesday and then con-
clude at home on Monday
against the St Thomas More
Sparks.

The sudden death playoff
is set for December 11 at
Loyola Hall and the best-of-
three final is slated to begin
December 14 at the same
venue.





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Celebrity tennis
exhibition has
new ‘hit with
the pros’ twist

ORGANISERS of the
ninth annual Mark Knowles
Celebrity Tennis Invitational
have added an additional
interactive experience for
junior tennis players during
the weekend of fun-filled
activities.

And two of many tennis
stars — German Anna-Lena
Groenefeld and American
Jared Palmer (former No.1
doubles player and Wimble-
don doubles champion) — slat-
ed to take part are scheduled
to arrive in the Bahamas
today. The event starts Fri-
day with a Pro-Am at Atlantis
and exhibition at the Nation-
al Tennis Center at 3pm Sat-
urday.

Groenefeld partnered with
Knowles to win the Wimble-
don mixed doubles champi-
onship title this year. The duo
will face off with Martin
Damm & Olga Savchuk as
part of the exhibition.

The Bahamas Lawn Ten-
nis Association (BLTA) and
the organisers have selected
several of the Bahamas’
promising young juniors to
hit a few tennis balls with the
professional players during a
“hit with the pros” session
immediately following Satur-
day’s exhibition at National
Tennis Centre.

The BLTA has announced
that juniors Phillip Major of
Andros, Julio Valdz of Grand
Bahama and Dylan Walker
of Eleuthera will be coming
to New Providence to watch
the exhibition and play with
the pros.

BLTA president Stephen
Turnquest said they wanted
to include some representa-
tion from islands other than
New Providence because so
often they get neglected due
to travel expenses and other
issues.

Said Walker, a 12-year-old
student of Central Eleuthera
High School who has been
playing tennis since he was
five years old.

“Thank you for the invita-
tion to participate in the Mark
Knowles Kids Tennis Day
Camp. I am very excited to
have been given the oppor-
tunity to attend,” said Walk-
er.

“T feel that this is an oppor-
tunity for me to improve my
performance in tennis and
sharpen my skills. I am excit-
ed to meet Mark Knowles
and his exciting group of
world class pros. It means a
lot to me to be given the
Opportunity to come to Nas-
sau.

“On the island of Eleuthera
I receive very limited play
here as there is no one to hit
with except for my mom and
recently with Mr Wesley
Rolle. I rarely get the oppor-
tunity to play in a lot of tour-
naments because of the
expense. I feel this camp will
motivate me to achieve one
of my goals of playing tennis
professionally.”

Thirteen-year-old Philip
Major had this to say: “I am
really excited to attend this
year’s camp. It will help me to
improve and get better in
footwork and technique to
better my game. I am very
grateful that I was chosen,”
said Major, who attends
North Andros High School.

“T get to see Mark and
these pros up close and
maybe get a tip or two to
improve my own serve and
forearm. I will be motivated
to play better tennis.”

Julio Valdz, a 13-year-old
student of St George’s High
School, has been playing ten-
nis for nine years.

“Tt will be a great experi-





DYLAN WALKER is thrilled about
the opportunity to take part in
the hit with the pros session...

ence seeing tennis pros play
and it will give me incentive
to do better,” he said. “Mark
Knowles is like the best dou-
bles player in the world and
it’s like a dream come true
for me to be face-to-face with
ATP top single and doubles
players.”

In Nassau, the selection
process is underway with the
most promising juniors from
various tennis professionals,
such as Kim O’Kelley and
Robbie Isaacs.

The “Hit with the Pros”
session is scheduled to start
at 4:30pm for about 30 min-
utes and will give the juniors a
taste of sharing the tennis
court with these legends of
the game.

Knowles said that he thinks
it is extremely important to
encourage junior players and
to let them see close up the
techniques that are common
to all the best players in the
world.

He said that he was fortu-
nate as a young child to be
able to see Bjorn Borg, Vitas
Geruliatis, Fred Stolle and
Rod Laver and many others
when they played in tourna-
ments held at the Nassau
Beach Hotel. Knowles said
that this certainly inspired
him to try and emulate them.

Tickets are now on sale at
the National Tennis Centre,
the Atlantis Tennis Centre,
the Village Squash Club, the
Lyford Cay School and H G
Christie.

The proceeds of the event
will go to aid local children’s
charities such as the Cancer
Society, the Sassoon
(Bahamas) Foundation for
Pediatric Heart Care, Special
Olympics, the Association for
the Physically Disabled, the
Chance Foundation and the
Mark Knowles Tennis Schol-
arship Fund.

To date, over $400,000 has
been distributed to various
charities. The aim this year is
to increase total donations to
$500,000.

The major sponsors to date
include Atlantis Resort &
Casino, Lombard Odier Dari-
er Hentsch Private Bank &
Trust, Pictet Bank & Trust
Ltd, Serenity Point, Abaco,
The Balmoral, the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism, Ameri-
can Airlines, the Bank of the
Bahamas, Everkey Global
Fund, Templeton Global
Advisors, Odyssey Aviation,
H 3 O

TheBahamasWeekly.com and
the Ministry of Youth Sports
& Culture.

The Mark Knowles
Celebrity Tennis Invitational
is a charity event that has
been hosted by Knowles since
2001. The event is held in
December at the National
Tennis Centre in Nassau
(New Providence), Bahamas.
For further details, visit:

www.markknowles

tennis.com

GROENEFELD partnered with Knowles to win the Wimbledon mixed
doubles championship title this year...



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DESMOND BANNISTER, minister of youth, sports and culture, speaks during the commissioning ceremony...

Track stadium named
in Olympian’s honour

THE track and field facility
at North Andros High School,
which reportedly has a strong
athletic programme, has been
named in honour of Carl
Oliver — the island’s only
Olympian.

In 1996, Oliver was a two-
time member of the Bahamas
men’s 4x400m relay team that
competed in Atlanta, Geor-
gia, and finished seventh in
the final. And in 2000 in Sid-
ney, Australia, the team won
bronze.

Desmond Bannister, min-
ister of youth, sports and cul-
ture, attended the commis-
sioning service in Nicholls
Town last Friday. He said the
facility will be consistent with
the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.

The new mondo surface of
the track is being built by
Emile Knowles of Knowles
Construction Services and it is
expected to be completed
within the next six weeks.

The Grand Bahama Sports
Complex is also being re-con-
structed with a new mondo
surface and is expected to be
ready when the track and
field season kicks off in Janu- — BRIAN CLEARE, sports co-ordinator for North Andros, gives Minister Bannister and other officials
ary. a tour of the new track and field facility...

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SPORTS

Crushers vs Strikers... jie

sq Comets 75-47
ss on the road

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net








WITH a relatively new
cast of characters, the reign-
ing BAISS senior boys cham-
pions racked up another ear-
ly season win on their quest
for an elusive three-peat.

The Westminster College
Diplomats overpowered the
Queen’s College Comets for
an effortless 75-47 win on the
road yesterday.

With five scorers in dou-
ble figures, led by Adrian
Sherman who came off the
bench to finish with 16
points, the Diplomats’ bal-
anced scoring attack and
consistent activity on defence
were too much for the
Comets to handle as the
Diplomats remained unde-
feated on the year.

Early foul trouble was
prevalent in the opening
quarter as both teams were
in the bonus just five min-
utes into the game.

Trips to the foul line and a
slow pace to the game paid
dividends for the Comets as
they kept in striking distance
early on.

A layup by Eleazor John-
son trimmed it to 11-8 with
less than two minutes left to
play in the quarter.

With the starters in foul
trouble and the Diplomats’
reserves having to carry the
load, the defending champi-
ons led 18-10 after the first
quarter.

In the second, the Diplo-
mats’ advantage doubled due
to a stifling defence which
allowed just one field goal in
the quarter.

Shaquille Bain gave West-
minster its first double fig-
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loss as the Strikers took advantage of their home court to Dee a eee geal

the Diplomats which put the
avenge their only defeat of the season. They are tied with game all but out of reach.
identical 7-1 win-loss records, splitting their head-to-head Bain, who finished with 12
match-up, as the regular season starts to wind down... points, was forced to sit with
four early fouls but reserve
guard Buscar Panza was able
to fill the void and lead the
team on both ends of the
floor.

With nearly four minutes
elapsed in the quarter, Devin
Carey scored the Comets’
first point in the quarter with
one of two from the free
throw line.

Sherman dominated the
interior on both ends of the
floor as the Comets strug-
gled to match his physical
play.

He came up with what
seemed like every other
loose ball or rebound and
lived at the free throw line,
forcing the Comets’ bigmen
into foul trouble. He scored
eight of his 16 points in the
quarter and gave the Diplo-
mats a number of second
shot opportunities.

Panza gave the Diplomats
a 34-11 lead on a drive to the
lane just before Johnson,
who finished with 21 points,
scored the Comets only bas-
ket of the quarter with 33
seconds remaining.

Westminster led 34-15 at
the half.

Sherman opened the third
with much of the same, dom-
inance in the point as his ear-
ly basket sparked an 8-2 run

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TUESDAY,

DECEMBER 1,

‘Holed up’ for 24 hours in my firm

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

he owner of

MAC Consul-

tants could spend

$5,000 fortifying

his business after
he was forced to ‘hole up’ in
his office for almost 24 hours
over the weekend until police
responded to his 919 emergency
call following a break-in.

John Laramore told Tribune
Business that after discovering
his store had been broken into,
he called police in the area to
investigate the robbery, and
decided to stay overnight at his
business to await police and
protect his investment.

However, no police came,
and during the course of the
night he had to watch a man
hurl a rock through the window
of his vehicle, which was parked
outside, in an attempt to steal
the battery. Still, no officers
came to the scene of his already
reported robbery or this latest
incident.

It was not until Mr Laramore
made a call to a friend, who
promptly e-mailed officers in
the upper echelons of the police
force, that help arrived after
what bordered on two days.

According to Mr Laramore,
a swarm of police arrived at
Clarawill House on Carmichael
Road, presumably after the e-
mail was received, and prompt-
ly dealt with his matter. He said
the high-ranking officer also

* Businessman forced to endure 24-hour wait for police
help after break-in that cost business $1,300
* Now faced with having to spend $5,000 on new alarm system
and other upgrades, after watching criminal break into van
* Police only respond after friend sends e-mail to senior officer
*‘T don’t know if we (business people) have any other

choice’ except to by guns for protection

came to the scene to apologise
for the lack of police response.

The robbery cost Mr
Laramore more than $1,300 in
lost merchandise, and the dam-
age to his vehicle will result in
so-far undetermined repairs.
And, due to what he considers
a substandard alarm system, he
is now forced to spend another
$1,600 dollars out-of-pocket for
a new alarm company.

According to Mr Laramore,
he has also been forced to
insure his stock in case of future
break-ins, which could drive the
total spend to secure his prop-
erty up to almost $5,000.

He said the thieves that hit
his store around 1.30am last Fri-
day morning got away with sev-
eral iPods, leaving the more
expensive Mac computers
behind.

“It could have been worse,”
said Mr Laramore. He said he
may have lost his car battery to
the second thief had it not been
bolted down.

According to him, he was sat-
isfied with the effort from the

Court of Appeal ‘failure’ is
criticised by Privy Council

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Privy Council has criti-
cised the Court of Appeal for
“a failure of the judicial
process” in not providing writ-
ten reasons for its decision in
a case related to a long-running
dispute over a 92-acre tract of
land off Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling Highway, finding one of
the parties was “justifiably
aggrieved” to be lift in the dark
over his possessory title claim.

The UK-based court, the
highest authority in the
Bahamian judicial system, said
the Court of Appeal’s failure
to provide written reasons for
its decision in a case brought
by Kenneth Higgs Snr, against
Leshelmaryas Investment Com-
pany and Annamae Woodside,
had “raised questions” as to its
intentions and left several issues
relating to legal matters sur-
rounding the land dispute unre-
solved.

The Privy Council, in its
judgment, noted that when its
Judicial Committee gave Mr
Higgs special leave to appeal
the appellate court’s ruling on
December 2, 2008, “a direction
was given that written reasons
be provided by the Court of
Appeal for its September 4,
2007, ruling”.

“The Board [Privy Council]
regret to say that there has
been no response by the Court

of Appeal to that direction,”
the judgment said, adding that
the Privy Council had been pro-
vided with a note of the court’s
oral judgment by the attorney
for Mr Higgs.

However, this did not answer
several questions raised, and
the Privy Council said: “The
Board regret that they find it
necessary to repeat that it is the
duty of every court, and partic-
ularly every appellate court, to
give reasons for their decisions
unless relieved by the parties
from that obligation.

“To leave parties in doubt as
to why their contentions have
not been accepted is a failure of
the judicial process. Mr Higgs
was entitled to be told whether
his evidence about possessory
acts in relation to [the disputed
land] from 1970 to 2002 was
accepted and, if it was, why his
possessory title claim was
rejected.”

In the initial Supreme Court
action, then-Justice Jeanne
Thompson had rejected Mr
Higgs’s claim to possessory title
of the land, which the judgment
called ‘Tract A’, due to a Sep-
tember 16, 1987, “incident” and
“confrontations on the land”
between Mr Higgs and a Mr
Leslie Miller. It is not known
whether the Mr Miller referred
to is the former PLP MP,
although he owns substantial

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police when they finally arrived,
but lamented that it should
have never taken the time it
did, nor the e-mail to a senior
officer, for them to respond.

Now, Mr Laramore is con-
cerned that he also needs to
purchase a gun to protect his
business, something he said he
has never wanted to do.

“T don’t know if we [business
people] have any other choice,”
he said.

Businessmen and women
have raised concerns about the
rising crime rate they believe
is connected with the contract-
ing economy.

President of the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce,
Khaalis Rolle, said recently that
crime remains a serious con-
cern for businesses in the
Bahamas, “particularly when it
extends beyond the normal
armed robbery”.

Mr Rolle has spoken on the
issue of crime in the Bahamas
in several forums, and remains
desperate to find a solution.

“T don't know where to start

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with this,” he said. “I have said
my piece a million times. From
the business community, the
best thing we can do in the
short term is to secure our busi-
nesses and properties as best
we can while we look for a long
term solution.

“It is something that has to
be addressed and the solution
isn't an easy one.”

Mr Rolle said he is not con-
vinced that the typical alarm
system provides the robust
security that most businesses
need. However, he said they
are not to be discounted as an
immediate deterrent.

According to him, the crimi-
nal mind is often just as sharp
as the mind that dreamt up the
security system, which is its
major flaw.

“The development of crimi-
nal behavior takes on a new life
almost on a daily basis,” Mr
Rolle said. “They manage their
activities around systems that
are limited in scope and limited
in their ability to change to
meet the criminal behavior.”

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Business Reporter

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A BAHAMIAN jewellery vendor turned around an-
almost $60,000 outlay on her own store in only two months,
and is celebrating a one-year anniversary in mid-December
in the midst of one of the deepest global recessions ever

seen.

Chelsie Maura, owner of A Divine Design, said despite a
slow summer this year, sales have been good, and with the
Christmas season here, she expects them to get better.

A young entrepreneur, Ms Maura began selling European
jewellery door-to-door when she left her job as a Spanish
teacher at St Augustine’s College, after being diagnosed with
Myasthenia Gravis, a debilitating muscle disease.

According to her, she was always involved in art and
decided she would produce jewellery from precious and
semi-precious stones, selling them door-to-door at banks and

insurance companies.

After months of selling the jewellery, Ms Maura had
obtained so much inventory and had such a high demand for
her products that she was forced to open a store.

In December 2008, she renovated a small store on Bay
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“We use no inferior stones,” said Ms Maura.

With the interchangeable clasp system a staple at A
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She imports all her

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Just 28% of BISX’s $2.89b market cap in public’s hands

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

LESS than one-third, or just
over 28 per cent, of the
Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange’s (BISX) total
market capitalisation is in ‘tru-
ly public’ hands, Tribune Busi-
ness confirmed yesterday, with
analysts expressing concern that
the extent of majority share-
holder control was retarding
“ownership diversity” in the
Bahamian capital markets and
wider economy.

Keith Davies, BISX’s chief
executive, yesterday confirmed
to Tribune Business that as at
September 30, 2009, some $810
million out of BISX’s total
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cent quarter-over-quarter.

FBB ‘s total expenses

The Bahamian Stock Market

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE

ed in six out of the 24 listed an increase of 73,265 shares, by $0.12 tosee its stock close for the quarter were $9.6 SYNOD ERIE eee
securities, of which three compared to the previous _ the week at $5.62. million, a slight increase
FamGuard Corporation — of $50,000 or 0.5 per cent in Z %
(FAM) also declined dur- compared to the same Te ee . oe
a ing the week, withitsshare period in the previous BOB $5.90 $- 0 22.77%
International Markets vic: cropping $0.10 ona year. BPF $10.75. $ 0 8.90%
volume of 1,200 to close The expense category BSL $10.06 $- 0 -1.28%
the week at $6.40. with the highest percent- BWL $3.15 $. 0 0.00%
OR Eee Rates age change was FBB's Cap $10.00 S$ 0 28.72%
Weekly % Change BOND MARKET provision for loan losses, — @py, $5.62 $-0.12 70.515 4 9.71%
Investors traded $70,000 — which totalled $773,000, Gy, $2.72 $- . 1.258 3.89%
CAD$ 0.9404 0.60 (par value), worth of increasing by $344,000 or CIB $9.87 $- 0 is 5508
GBP 1.6464 -0.30 Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) 45 per cent quarter-over- CwCR $2.66 $0.09 0 18.22%
EUR 1.4964 0.65 Series D Notes Due in quarter. DHS $2.55 $. 0 0.00%
2015 (FBB15). fe FAM __ $6.40 $-0.10 1,200 -17.95%
> - ,
Commodities COMPANY NEWS 2009, were $279 million Bae ee : a ae
Weekly % Change Fidelity Bank and $244 million respec- FCL $4.75 $- 3.292 8.12%
(Bahamas) (FBB) released _ tively, compared to $272. ACTRB $1.00 $- 0 0.00%
Crude Oil $76.05 -2.16 its unaudited financial million and $240 million FIN $9.29 $-0.01 2.500 21.74%
Gold $1,175.50 2.16 statements for the quarter at year-end December 31, ICD $5.59 $- ny 8 81%
ended September 30, 2009. 2008. IST $9.95 $- 0 -10.36%
FBB reported net income The movement in assets PRE $10 00 ie 0 0.00%
International Stock Market Indexes: of $1.1 million, compared — and liabilities was due pri- i j
to $832,000 for the same marily to higher mort-
oO nine-month period last ages and loans, plus cus-
Mico sy) Je Chance year, representing an eer deposits, fine record- Dividend Notes: AGM Notice:
DJIA 10.309.92 -0.08 increase of $281,000 or 34 ed by the bank. Bank of the Bahamas Bahamas Supermarkets
S & P500 1.08727 0:38 per cent. Earnings per share (EPS) (BOB) declared a dividend announced that its AGM
ASDAQ 7138.44 035 Net interest income increased by $0.01 quarter- of $0.16 pershare, payableon meeting will be held on
See 9, 08 iL 59 ‘i ie 38 reported in the quarter was —_ over-quarter to stand at $0.04. December 15 to all ordinary December 3, 2009, at 6pm at

$6.6 million, up $456,000
or 7.4 per cent, compared

at September 30, 2009.

shareholders of record date
December 8, 2009.

the Hilton Hotel.

Just 28% of BISX’s $2.89b market cap in public’s hands

FROM page 1B

to come to market and retain a
controlling interest - control of
management and shareholder
voting rights. The whole market
is concentrated through the
shareholdings.

“Certainly, for its [the capital
markets] future development,
it needs to have a broad base
for its ownership and, by exten-
sion, the economy.”

With such a substantial
amount of BISX’s market cap-
italisation controlled by major-

ity or controlling investor
groups, Mr Kerr said one con-
sequence of this ownership con-
centration was liquidity - the
willingness of buyers and sellers
to interact and trade.

BISX has been plagued by
liquidity issues since inception,
and Mr Kerr conceded that one
consequence of ownership con-
centration was that “it leaves
you thinly traded”. With major
institutional investors unable
to acquire the stock they want-
ed because majority investors

were staying put, the market
was frequently being left to the
smaller retail players, with
trades of only several hundred
shares.

“The institutional traders are
unable to change, control or
accumulate large chunks of
companies in rapid fashion.
That has to be accomplished
over a significant period of
time. It’s obvious a limit.
There’s not enough in float at
the time the value is right, and
the attractive price may soon

go,” Mr Kerr told Tribune
Business.

He acknowledged that this
“inhibits the market”, and left
major institutional investors
unable to “influence what goes
on in these companies in terms
of management and decision-
making, because they have lim-
ited shareholding percentages”.

As Tribune Business report-
ed last week, perhaps the most
egregious example of this in the
Bahamian capital markets is
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Bank (Bahamas), which is the
largest stock on BISX by mar-
ket capitalisation and accounts
for over 40 per cent of the mar-
ket, yet less than 5 per cent is in
the hands of Bahamian public
investors.

The remainder is owned by
its FirstCaribbean parent in
Barbados which, in turn, is con-
trolled by Canadian-based
CIBC.

Other companies where
there is a large majority share-
holder, or controlling group of
investors, are (non-BISX list-
ed) Bahamas Supermarkets (78
per cent in the hands of BSL
Holdings), and Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas), with some 75 per
cent in the parent’s hands. In
the case of FINCO, 75 per cent
also remains in the hands of
Royal Bank of Canada, while
over 50 per cent of ICD Utili-
ties is controlled by Emera.

Among those with a more
diversified shareholder base are
AML Foods, Commonwealth
Bank and Cable Bahamas
(once Columbus Communica-
tions is bought out).

Capital markets in most
developed countries tend to
frown on public companies
where one large shareholder,
or group of controlling
investors, control the majority
of the stock, with investors shy-
ing away from them.

Mr Kerr said the Bahamas
was no different, adding: “Ana-
lysts and smart money would
want to be concerned about
shareholdings that are concen-

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holders. That’s a universal con-
cern.”

As the Bahamian capital
markets matured, and investors
became more sophisticated, Mr
Kerr said majority control of a
public company by a small
investor group would become
“a significant issue” when com-
ing to market.

“In the past, it was not such
an issue, but going forward, yes.
We all mature as investors, and
the public will want to see less
of a controlling interest after
the issuance of shares, and
more in the marketplace,” Mr
Kerr told Tribune Business.

Mr Davies last week said he
had long argued that BISX-list-
ed companies, and any plan-
ning to float via a future IPO,
should make a greater percent-
age of their shares available to
Bahamian institutional and
retail investors, fostering
greater wealth creation and a
more diverse ownership of this
nation’s economy.

“It is my view and opinion
that a larger percentage of com-
panies should be made avail-
able, and sold when they are
able,” Mr Davies told Tribune
Business. “I said that many
years ago, and I hold to that.

“T find it difficult to believe
that anyone going public now
will find it easy to sell such a
small percentage, as there is a
much more knowledgeable
investing public and they are
unwilling to accept such a large
percentage of control.”

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UK ‘mimicking’ leads
to labour dispute woe

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A LEADING leading
labour attorney yesterday
welcomed the approach of
Morton Salt’s new German
owner to resolve all labour
disputes “in-house”, telling
Tribune Business the current
Labour Board-Industrial Tri-
bunal route for solving such
matters was fraught with
problems.

Obie Ferguson, president
of the Trades Union Congress
(TUC) and head of his own
law firm, told this newspaper
that while the Labour Board
was billed as a “conciliation”
forum that attempted to rec-
oncile employer and employ-
ee, it was really acting as a
“mediator”, yet lacked the
authority to force the parties
into a settlement.

“In the Bahamas, what we
call conciliation is really medi-
ation, and if you start off
wrong on anything, you won’t
end up right,” Mr Ferguson
said.

“The Labour Board is
viewed as a conciliator, when
it is a mediator. The Labour
Board, as a conciliator, does
not have the authority to
cause parties to make agree-
ments when it is really acting
as a mediator. When you sit
there, the person covering the
issue does not have the
authority to deal with it.”

Mr Ferguson said that if
employers and employees
were going to resolve their
disputes, they would do so
without having to go to the
Labour Board. He described
the current “conciliation”
process as “a waste of money”
for both employer and

* Leading attorney says Labour Board lacks authority

to act as mediator and impose settlements
* Tribunal problems also cited in call for ‘system upgrade’
* Morton Salt deal completed, and new

German owner’s approach welcomed

employee if no resolution was
forthcoming, adding that he
had urged the Government
repeatedly to “upgrade the
system”.

Elsewhere, Mr Ferguson
told Tribune Business that the
Bahamas needed a process
that placed labour disputes,
which were in danger of
degenerating into strike
action, on the “fast track”
before the Industrial Tribunal.

Such a process existed in
the UK, where industrial dis-
putes were given “priority”,
and Mr Ferguson said one
problem stemmed from the
fact that the Bahamas “mim-
ics UK rules, but not the
whole of it, and consequent-
ly we have all these industrial
actions.

“Tt seems to me that if we
want to find ways to effi-
ciently deal with matters we
should look to the mother
country. You make the nec-
essary adjustments on the
basis that the foundation is
sound.

“What we have here is a
Tribunal, by definition, that
is not able to deal with dis-
putes. It takes several months
to file, and then takes one to

four years before you get a
hearing. That’s not produc-
tive, and that’s why I welcome
the Morton Salt approach to
solving it in-house.”

The Inagua-based salt pro-
duction facility’s takeover by
German-based K + S was
completed on October 1,
2009, and the new owners had
informed Mr Ferguson of
their desire to work with the
union representing the major-
ity of the company’s line
workers, and their approach
to doing so, in writing.

The TUC president said
another weakness in the
Bahamian system was that the
Industrial Tribunal was not a
court of law, but a quasi-judi-
cial body, and it was unable to
adjudicate on criminal mat-
ters. Industrial issues fell into
the criminal preserve if there
was “a failure to treat it as a
negotiation”.

The end-result, Mr Fergu-
son said, was that the “system
gets clogged”, to the frustra-
tion of employer, union and
employee.

He added: “We have out-
grown the system, and have
called on the Minister of
Labour to deal with it. The

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FROM page 1B

stones from a distributor in Europe, often pur-
chasing boulders and having them custom-cut
and shaped, then shipped, to her store. She is
one of the few local distributors of Venetian
Glass, an elaborate and skillfully made glass



object blown in Italy.

Ms Maura spends as much on her merchandise

as she does on marketing, and with two television
advertisements and several newspaper adver-

tisements to precede her store-wide sale begin-
ning this Thursday, she expects a better than
average holiday season.

“God has truly blessed me,” she said.

Ms Maura said word-of-mouth has thus far

been her largest traffic driver, and she expects

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system is not where it ought
to be. The way it’s structured
now, it can take anywhere
from 12 months to three-four
years to get a matter heard
and adjudicated at the Indus-
trial Tribunal.”

Mr Ferguson cited as a case
in point the dispute involving
the Port Authority union
workers in Grand Bahama,
who had voted in favour of
industrial action, and the min-
ister had refused to issue a
certificate to acknowledge the
vote had been taken.

Mr Ferguson said the Min-
ister had referred the matter
to the Industrial Tribunal, but
the latter did not have the
power to deal with the matter
because the certification of
the strike vote had not been
issued.

The TUC president added
that these situations were
causing “uncertainty” on the
labour side of the equation,
and resolving them would
reduce industrial disputes to a
level that was “marginal”.

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Court of Appeal ‘failure’ is criticised by Privy Council

FROM page 1B

landholdings in the same area
off Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway.

The September incident
referred to the Higgs family’s
opposition to surveyors con-
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Tract A, in response to an
application for the land’s parti-
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boundaries of scrub vegetation,
was allegedly overturned by
bulldozers and then surrounded
by or buried beneath (descrip-
tions differ) mounds of earth.”
Yet the Privy Council noted
that the land confrontations
between Mr Higgs and Mr
Miller took place in the early
1990s, more than 20 years after
a Certificate of Title to the land
was granted, while the Septem-
ber 1987 “incident” could, if Mr
Higgs was able to sustain a pos-
sessory title claim, have been
construed as a re-entry or
resumption of documentary
title rights by the owner.
These issues were not
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said Mr Higgs’s first ground of
appeal - that the Supreme
Court had made no findings of
fact with regard to his posses-
sory title claim - were also not
explored by the Court of
Appeal.

The Privy Council found: “It
may reasonably be thought that
the Court of Appeal, by remit-
ting the case to the Supreme
Court for Leshel's partition
application to be re-examined,
impliedly dismissed Mr Higgs’
appeal on the possessory title
issue. After all, if that part of
the appeal were allowed, there
would be nothing to remit.

“But parties are entitled to
have their appeals dealt with in
express terms and, if dismissed,
to know the reasons for that
dismissal. The Court of
Appeal's treatment of the
appeal has left Mr Higgs justi-
fiably aggrieved.”

Tracing the origins of the dis-
pute, in which Mr Higgs is rep-
resenting the estate of his late
mother Clotilda Higgs, the
Privy Council said they lay in
the division of the 92.33 acre
tract of land between the chil-
dren and grandchildren of All-
iday Adderley.

A Bahamian company, Nas-
sauvian Ltd, ultimately
acquired a 25 per cent share in
the land on January 6, 1964,
obtaining a Certificate of Title
in February 1970 following a
protracted court battle with the

adverse possessory title claims
of Clotilda Higgs and one of
her brothers.

Nassauvian Ltd ultimately
sold its 1/4 share in the land to
an entity called Group Three
Ltd on June 28, 1990, which
then sold this to Leshelmaryas
Investment Company on Jan-
uary 14, 2002.

It was Nassauvian Ltd who
had attempted to survey the
boundaries of Tract A, in a bid
to agree a division of it with the
other owners, leading to the
September 1987 incident and a
subsequent court action in
which the Higgs family were
prevented by injunction from
interfering with the surveying.
The Supreme Court also reaf-
firmed Nassauvian Ltd’s title
toa 1/4 share in Tract A.

Then, Leshelmaryas Invest-
ment Company, applied on July
19, 2002, under the Partition
Act for a Supreme Court Order
that Tract A be partitioned
among its various owners. It
also sought an Order granting it
28.85 acres, or a 1/4 share in
Tract A, or, in the alternative
an order for Tract A’s sale and
the distribution of the proceeds
of the sale among the owners.

Mr Higgs and his mother,
Clotilda’s, estate, filed and
defence and counterclaim
asserting that they had posses-
sory title over the whole of
Tract A, denying Leshelmaryas
Investment Company’s claim

to any title interest.

Mr Higgs appealed to the
Privy Council on the grounds
that no reasons for his action’s
dismissal had been given by the
Court of Appeal, and “that no
sufficient findings of fact” were
made by the Supreme Court.

However, the Privy Council
said his appeal on these
grounds was “bound to fail”,
due to the 1987 court action
confirming Nassauvian Ltd’s
Certificate of Title. To obtain
good adverse possessory title,
a party needs to have an unin-
terrupted 20-year period in
adverse possession, and the
1987 date splits both the 1970
court ruling and the 2002
Leshelmaryas Investment Com-
pany action.

Ultimately, the Court of
Appeal ruled that Mr Higgs’s
possessory title appeal was dis-
missed, but that the Court of
Appeal was correct in setting
aside the award of specific
parcels to Leshelmaryas Invest-
ment Company, Annamae
Woodside and Clotilda’s estate.

The Privy Council ruled that
the partition action should be
remitted to the Supreme Court
for a re-hearing, during which

Mr Higgs could argue that he
and the estate had established
possessory title to the other
parcels of Tract A other than
that owned by Leshelmaryas
Investment Company.

“Unless the tenants in com-
mon entitled to shares in Tract
A can agree upon a partition
of the land, it seems to the
Board, as at present advised,
that a sale of Tract A anda
division of the proceeds of sale
is likely to be inevitable,” the
Privy Council ruled.

“If Clotilda'’s executors can
succeed in satisfying the judge
before whom the remitted
action is heard that they have
acquired by their possessory
acts over Tract A the rights of
their co-tenants in common
other than Leshel, their indi-
vidual share will have increased
from 1/12 to 3/4.

“It would be reasonable to
expect that they and Leshel
could agree upon a division of
the land. If they cannot agree, it
appears to the Board -
although this does not of course
bind the judge — the sensible
course would be to direct a sale
by auction with both parties at
liberty to bid.”

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
NO. 45 OF 2000

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE of GUSTAVOUS BERKLEY
ROLLE late of the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate are required to send their
names, addresses and particulars of the same certified
in writing to the undersigned on or before the 11th day
December A. D., 2009, and if required, prove such debts
or claims, or in default be excluded from any distribution;
after the above date the assets will be distributed having
regard only to the proved debts or claims of which the
Administrator shall have had Notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
before the aforementioned date.

MICHAEL A. DEAN & CO.,
Attorneys for the Executrix
Alvernia Court, 94 Dowdeswell Street
P.O. Box N-3114
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And the AIDS Foundation of the
Bahamas in conjunction with the
Resource Committee at the AIDS
Centre and the Ministry of Educa-
tion have organised a number of
events to commemorate the day.

A human red ribbon, in the shape
of the well-known symbol for the
fight against AIDS, will be formed
on Rawson Square today by vol-
unteers and students from a num-
ber of schools including Temple
Christian School; H O Nash School;
R M Bailey High School; C W
Sawyer Primary School; Oakes
Field Primary School; Albury Sayle
Primary School; Christian Heritage
School, and Woodcock Primary
School.

This has been an annual event
for a number of years, and its pri-
mary goal is to assist in increasing
awareness of HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS Foundation also host-
ed a fun-run-walk last Saturday.
Participants started at Arawak Cay
and completed three different
routes.

Additionally, the “Know Your
Status” photo exhibition at Doon-
galik Studios, as well as an art com-
petition dealing with the topic of
HIV/AIDS was held last week.

end.

All proceeds were donated to the
AIDS Foundation to assist in fund-
ing the Outreach Centre for ado-
lescents who are living with HIV
and AIDS, education and aware-
ness projects, lab equipment, and
assisting patients from the Family
Islands.

This comes at a time when the
number of new HIV cases in the
Bahamas is set to increase.

From January to April 2009, 57
more people were added to the list
of people infected with the virus in
the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, during the same peri-
od, 42 people with HIV saw their
disease progress to the critical
AIDS stage of the illness, resulting
in 22 deaths during those four
months.

"If we multiply 57 times four, we
get 228. That would be more than
we had last year. We'll have to see
how things pan out," said Dr Perry
Gomez, director of the National
AIDS Programme.

World AIDS Day is observed on
December 1 each year and serves
the purpose of bringing to light the
AIDS pandemic. Governments,
communities and foundations all
over world have been dedicated to
waging war against the disease by
encouraging individuals who are
sexual active to get tested.

There have also been extensive
efforts made to remove the stigma



And as has become tradition,
Colinalmperial hosted the 16th
annual Red Ribbon Ball last week-

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awareness of the sexually-transmitted fatal disease.

Rise in flu vaccinations due to Swine flu scare

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

SWINE flu has made head-
lines around the world, and
while the Bahamas hasn’t
experienced any severe out-
breaks, the H1N1 virus has led
to locals getting seasonal flu
shots like never before.

“Bahamians generally wait
for disasters, and very few of
them have gotten the flu shot
over the years. But the swine
flu has truly opened the eyes
of Bahamians to health risks
and healthcare,” said Health
Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

“(The virus) has brought
negativity in the amount of
deaths that have happened as
aresult of complications, but it
has brought some positives as
well.”

Bahamians are becoming a
lot more hygienic and cog-
nisant of health risks as a result
of the virus, Dr Minnis told
Tribune Health.

In the Bahamas, persons can
receive the yearly seasonal flu
shots at government clinics at
no charge to them.

In Dr Minnis’ constituency
of Killarney, over 100 persons
were recently injected with the
vaccine, administered by the
Health Minister himself.

“We would recommend that
all Bahamians as much as pos-
sible receive the regular flu
shot because it’s a seasonal
thing,” he said.

“The flu shot would
decrease the chances of you
receiving the flu.”

There is a misconception
that the seasonal flu vaccine
gives you the flu virus. But the
vaccine cannot give persons
the flu because it does not con-
tain the live virus.

Sometimes there can be side
effects that are flu-like, but
they are usually gone within
24 to 48 hours.

While there have been no
deaths caused by the flu local-
ly, Dr Minnis advises that it is
best to be prepared at all
times. Around the world,
between 250,000 and 500,000
people die annually as a result
of flu complications.

The older population is
more prone to complications
from the regular flu, while the
HIN1 strain of the influenza
virus has caused the deaths of
many young people.

There also seems to be a
greater mortality rate in preg-
nant women who are infected
with the swine flu, but doctors
are still stumped as to why this
is the case.

As it concerns swine flu
shots, it is anticipated that the
Bahamas will receive vaccina-
tions to protect up to a quarter
of a million people.

The swine flu shots come
through the World Health
Organisation (WHO), which
will ensure the safety of the
vaccination.

“We were hoping the swine
flu shot would’ve been avail-
able this month,” Dr Minnis
told Tribune Health. “We are
in constant communication
with the WHO because we are
dealing with the worldwide
epidemic.”

“In the meantime, we would
still be very vigilant of the
swine flu H1NI1 virus and be
sure that our population takes
the necessary precautions. We
recommend that all Bahami-
ans be protected,” said Dr
Minnis.

“When (the vaccine) is
available we will make the
announcements so that
Bahamians can come into gov-
ernment clinics to get the vac-
cination,” he said.

But Dr Minnis emphasised
that it is still important to get
the regular flu shots.

“Not only does the flu make
you feel bad, but the flu forces
you to be off from work for at
least a week. That has a
greater impact on the eco-
nomic situation within the
workplace. On some jobs
there may be only two indi-
viduals employed. Imagine if
both have the flu, and realise
the kind of implications that
has on that business,” he said.

General practitioners said
that because of the swine flu,
they expect that the seasonal
flu may be worse this year
than in previous years.

And due to the focus on

swine flu, there has been a
decrease in supply of regular
flu vaccines.

An insider at Nassau Agen-
cies told Tribune Health that
they would like to order more
face masks, which would help
protect people from the flu,
but government has not
reduced or removed the high
duty fee of 45 per cent on the
item.

“Tf there is an epidemic of
swine flu this year, we’re
screwed and we will be caught
with our pants down,” said
Barbara Donathan of Nassau
Agencies Ltd.

“We brought a few in, but
have not ordered any others
because government has not
removed the duty. By the time
it is shipped, and duty is added,
it’s more than double,” she
said.

Lowe’s Wholesale Drug
Agency normally gets their flu
medication on time, but this
year they were unable to order
their regular quantity of the
GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine.

“We haven’t been able to
get the quantity that we’ve
been trying to get,” Caroll
Sands, director of pharmaceu-
tical sales at Lowe’s Whole-
sale, told Tribune Health.

“I know (suppliers) are con-
centrating a lot on the swine
flu vaccine.”

According to Mr Sands, the
company he orders the vac-
cines from is temporarily out
of the vaccine.

Flu season starts in October
and begins to peak in Novem-
ber, continuing on through
April. There are only three
drug companies that manu-
facture the flu vaccine -
Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and
Novartis.

Children in general are at
risk. Anyone over the age of
50 is encouraged to get the
injection. And people who
work in nursing homes and in
the health care profession are
also urged to get vaccinated.

“People over 50 and diabet-
ics tend to be more keen on
getting it because they realise
they are in that group who are
susceptible,” Ms Donathan
said.



Miguel Tovar/AP Photo

ANURSE receives a swine flu vaccine at a hospital in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Mexico
City started Thursday with the vaccination program for health workers.

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The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award - A call for nominations

THE Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
is one of the most respected
charitable organisations in the
Bahamas. Since its formation
in 1961, the Foundation has
seen many changes in the
treatment and prevention of
heart disease and heart con-
ditions.

As an organisation, the
Foundation seeks to recognise
and honour those who have
sought to touch the lives of
others.

Each year, the Sir Victor
Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart
Foundation offers the Lady
Sassoon “Golden Heart
Award” at the Annual Heart
Ball. This award was initiat-
ed by the Foundation in 1968
to applaud and give recogni-
tion to individuals who have
selflessly given of themselves
to promote human welfare
and dignity, thus making life
better for their fellow men.

The Golden Heart Award
for 2008 will be presented at
the 46th annual Heart Ball,
scheduled to be held on Feb-
ruary 13, 2010 at the Shera-
ton Nassau Beach Resort.

Interested persons are invit-
ed to submit a nomination, to

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THE FOUNDATION last week jump-started its fundraising activities with the 4th Annual Heart Ball Committee Tea Party and Fashion Show under
the theme “Tea Around The Universe” at Government House.

be accompanied by a letter or
statement explaining why the
person recommended should
receive the award.
Nominations are to be sub-

mitted to:

The Golden Heart Award
Committee; PO Box N-8189
Nassau, the Bahamas.

Alternatively, submissions

can be hand-delivered to
Grosham Property, Cable
Beach. This is the office site
for the Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation.

The deadline for nomina-
tions is January 15, 2010.

For more details call 327-
0806.

The Foundation last week

jump-started its fundraising
activities with the 4th Annual
Heart Ball Committee Tea
Party and Fashion Show
under the theme “Tea
Around The Universe” at
Government House.

This fun-filled afternoon of
elegance consisted of a fashion
show, a hat parade and a table
decorating contest. Teas were
provided by the Mikerlene
Munroe of Island Rose and
Beth Stuart of Beth’s Kitchen.

The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
is a non-profit organisation
that assists children with the
treatment of heart disease and
educates Bahamians about
heart care. The Foundation
runs primarily on a voluntary
and contributory basis. As
such, 97 per cent of the funds
received go directly to the
treatment of heart disease in
children and the remaining
three per cent or less cover
the cost of administration. The
Foundation has two major
arms to help it fulfill its goals:
The Bahamas Heart Associa-
tion (the educational arm) and
the Heart Ball Committee
(the fundraising arm).

(CY LOVING RELATIONSHIPS

What does soul searching mean?

MANY of us have lazy, less pro-
ductive or in fact totally wasted days.
Days where the clock ticks by and
seconds of our life just slip away.
We tell ourselves that we deserve it
because our bodies and minds need
to rest and recharge. Modern day
life can be exhausting and many of
us have difficulty keeping on top of
things.

For others, however, life may
seem meaningless and without direc-
tion. For them, the days seem long
and empty. Not recognising that
those moments can never be
retrieved means that we lose sight
of the significance of living.

It is often only after facing death
or dying, that we come to appreciate
the value and inevitability of death.

Sayings such as, ‘we are only here
once’ and ‘we only have one life to
live’ become more poignant.

People who live to recount near
death experiences often talk about



‘an awakening’ or ‘seeing the light’.

There has been a great deal of dis-
cussion on the meaning of the light
and each survivor defends their
interpretation.

However, all usually talk about
the peace, calm and recognising a
familiar part of our true self.

But does that mean that we all
have to wait for that cliff-hanging
moment to uncover the very core of
who we are?

One interpretation of this ‘awak-
ening’ is seeing our soul. Perhaps
unveiled for the first time and
detached from past experiences,

thoughts and emotions. Our soul is
the very essence of who we are and
in fact it is our true identity. It
remains unchanged from birth and
waits for us to reconnect. It is sad
to think that many of us will com-
plete our lives without fully knowing
this part of ourselves.

All too often today we are con-
sumed by reacting to our thoughts,
instincts and emotions.

As a result, our living conscious-
ness forms a protective shell around
our soul and a divide takes place.
This is because we spend so much
time analysing and basing our lives
on past experience.

How many times have we been
ashamed of something we have done
and explain it away by saying ‘well
you know that really isn’t me ...’ or
‘that’s really not like him...’.

Surely this means that we are
aware of our true self, but just not
intimately in tune with it. Experi-

ence and wisdom are important but
by placing too much emphasis on
them we fail to fully immerse our-
selves in life.

Knowing these things, we can con-
tinue on our self-discovery and soul
searching. Individuals who work
hard, evolve and uncover their true
selves. They find meaning and pur-
pose in life and this in turn helps
them to overcome painful and trau-
matic situations. The road to your
soul is in your growing knowledge of
love.

Ways to accomplish this is by
looking inward and spending quali-
ty time meditating, praying or doing
yoga. This will take time to learn as
we have to shut off all conscious
thoughts and move inward.

Alternatively, we can discover our
natural self through doing selfless
acts of kindness.

Whatever you choose you will be
amazed to find that you have an infi-



nite capacity for giving and receiving
love. It will shine and glow from you
and people will be drawn to you.
Souls will touch souls and you will
discover a whole new dimension to
your relationships.

Since none of us know the time
of our death, it is vital that we appre-
ciate every moment of our lives.
Learning to stretch our hearts by
loving ourselves and others makes
for a very fulfilling life. Keep your
eyes on the big picture and remem-
ber that the most important things in
life are love, health and happiness.

¢ Margaret Bain is an individual and
couples relationship therapist. She is a
registered nurse and a certified clinical
sex therapist. For appointments call
364-7230 or e-mail her at relateba-
hamas@yahoo.com or www.relateba-
hamas. blogspot.com. She is also
available for speaking engagements.

@r

GREEN SCENE

Wonderful December

DECEMBER is a wonder-
ful month for home garden-
ers. There is no mowing to do,
except maybe a little trim so
the lawn looks good for
Christmas.

The earliest tomatoes
should be turning ripe and
other vegetables such as string
beans, beets, chard and
spinach are at their initial
peak.

The weather allows for
comfortable conditions when
working in the garden and the
poinsettias are coming into
colour. A wonderful month
indeed.

We must not allow the
pleasure of reaping ripe toma-
toes to blind us to the fact this
will be our only tomato har-
vest unless we plant more
seeds. I like to plant more
tomato seeds in a different
area when the first set have
flowered. You should get
about four crops from succes-
sive sowing and this will keep
you in tomatoes quite hand-
somely.

Sweet peppers should last
through the year but egg-
plants often need one extra
sowing to ensure good-sized
fruits. Snap beans should be
sown at monthly intervals
while green peas have a max-
imum of two productive har-
vests.

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tomatoes, peppers, eggplants
or potatoes in the same place
we are inviting nematodes to
share our produce with us.

Nematodes, or celworms,
are microscopic organisms
that are attracted to certain
plants. When their numbers
are sufficient they block the
tissue of the root system and
the plant dies of starvation
and lack of water.

The best solution is pre-
vention.

Instead of tomatoes fol-
lowing tomatoes, plant mem-
bers of the cabbage family or
the cucumber family. The
nematodes that attack toma-
toes do not attack other veg-
etables.

If you no option but to
grow two sets of tomatoes in
the same ground, ensure that
you cover the garden with
clear plastic in June or July
and keep it there until Sep-
tember. This helps kill nema-
todes and is very effective.

There are no nematode
killers on sale to the public so
we must be very careful and
rotate our crops assiduously.

If your Christmas
flowerbeds are not up to stan-
dard you may have to

visit the nursery and buy
sets of established plants.

New Guinea impatiens
takes more sun than regular
impatiens and lasts longer.

Even when not flowering, the
variegated ones look colour-
ful.

December is the beginning
of the kalanchoe flowering
season.

Kalanchoe comes in an
amazing array of colours and
can be grown in part shade or
full sun. It will flower until
well after Easter when, being
a perennial, it will lose its
flowers but retain its fleshy
leaves. Next November or
December it will flower again.

Even those gardeners who
have poinsettias are likely to
pick up one or two potted
poinsettias for indoor deco-
rations.

Choose a plant that is
upright and healthy. The per-
fect plant will be two and a
half times taller than it is
wide; there should be no
green edges to the colourful
bracts, there should be no fall-
en leaves or evidence that
lower leaves have been picked
off, and the real flowers,
which are yellow, should be
green or red tipped.

If there are signs of pollen it
means the plant is heading
towards maturity and unlike-
ly to last long in a pristine
state.

Time for dessert, and what
better than strawberries. The
strawberry season in Florida
was late this year due to

NEW Guinea
Impatiens
have the
added
appeal of
variegated
leaves.

unseasonably warm weather
in early autumn. Nurseries
have plants now and they will
produce almost instantly.
Freshly picked strawberries
are far better flavoured than
those that have travelled, and
strawberries grown in the gar-



den rarely make it back to the
house.

There is a quickening of
excitement throughout the
month of December, climax-
ing at Christmas. If you plant-
ed at the right time there
should be several vegetables



By Gardener Jack

on your Christmas season
menus that came from your
own garden.

¢ For more information or
questions e-mail Gardener Jack
at j. hardy@coralwave.com

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Bahamian woman elected Master of
the Bench at Middle Temple in London

BERTHA Cooper-
Rousseau, a Bahami-
an attorney-atlaw
called to the Bar of
England and Wales
and the Bahamas
Bar, had already had
a long and very suc-
cessful career in the
legal profession
when she was highly

honoured once more.

Last month, Ms Cooper-
Rousseau was called as Mas-
ter of the Bench last month
at the Honourable Society of
the Middle Temple in United
Kingdom.

Middle Temple is one of the
four Inns of Court in England
and Wales that have the right
to call men and women to the
Bar. The position of Bencher
or Master of the Bench con-
ferred on Ms Cooper-
Rousseau by Middle Temple
is granted to persons elected
in recognition of the contri-
bution they have made as a
barrister to the life of the Inn
or to the law.

Speaking before other Mas-
ters of the Bench and the
High Commissioner of the
Bahamas Paul Farquharson
following acceptance of her
Bench Call by the Master
Treasurer of Middle Temple
Sir George Newman, Ms
Cooper-Rousseau shared her



vision of the Bahamas as, "a
competitive international arbi-
tration centre” and a country
that she hopes will develop "a
vibrant and feasible renew-
able energy sector.”

Members of the Royal
Family, distinguished jurists
from other countries and non-
members of the legal profes-
sion that have distinguished
themselves in their careers
may also be elected as
Benchers. For example, in
July 2009, Prince William was
appointed a Royal Bencher.
Having been called to the
Bench, Ms Cooper-Rousseau
will be recognised as a senior
member of an Inn of court in
England and Wales, and is a
position she will hold for life.

Ms Cooper-Rousseau was
among a distinguished group
elected as Benchers, which
included Professor Carol Har-
low QC, Bailiff of Jersey;
Michael Birt; Professor Stu-
art Bridge; the Lord Guthrie;
the Commonwealth Deputy-
Secretary General Masekgoa
Masire-Mwamba; Dame Pro-
fessor Jean Thompson, and
Professor Kate Malleson.

Ms Cooper-Rousseau came
to a career in the law follow-
ing education and training in
France. In Paris, she studied
French at the Sorbonne and
obtained Bachelor and Mas-
ters Degrees in International
Relations at L'Institut d'E-
tude des Relations Interna-
tionales.



Sweet, sweet

Lullaby

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

FASHION — conscious
moms-to-be can often be
heard complaining about how
frustrating they find the task
of searching for stylish cloth-
ing and accessories for them-
selves and their baby.

But that’s all about to
change. A new store on
Rosetta Street named “Lul-
laby” is seeking to bring the
newest in baby fashions and
other items to Bahamians.

‘Lullaby’ is the brain child
of co-owners Earla and
Eugene Rahming and Cara
Seymour, all family members
who have embarked on this
business venture with high
hopes.

The store opened is doors
last Friday, and the owners
are preparing for the grand
opening this coming Saturday.

Earla Rahming spoke with
Tribune Woman about what
sparked the idea behind ‘Lul-
laby’.

“T have been a buyer for
several years, and before I
had my baby I would go out
shopping for baby clothing
but couldn’t find anything. I
said, ‘I must not be the only
person who feels this way.’

“Basically my family and I
just wanted something to call
our own, so we opened the
store” she said.

With her eye for detail,
fashion trends and value for
money, she went on a mission
to bring “stylish back” for the
modern mother and her baby.

“We focus more on the
classical children clothing like
smock and christening dresses
for girls and rompers for boys.
We also have a diva diaper
bag. This is for the more styl-

She also undertook studies
in Maritime Law at L'Univer-
site de Bretagne Occidentale
in Brest, France. An engage-
ment at as maritime officer in
the Maritime Division of the
Bahamas High Commission
in London, followed.

In 1991, Ms Cooper-
Rousseau obtained an LLB
Degree from the University
of London, following which
she successfully completed the
Bar.

She obtained a pupilage
with James Dingemans, QC,
at I Crown Row, now 3 Hare
Court, where she is today a
Door Tenant. As a Door Ten-
ant, she is a barrister granted
permission to join the Cham-
bers of James Guthrie QC,
and work with them from
premises outside the cham-
bers themselves.

In the Bahamas, Ms Coop-
er-Rousseau established the
Chambers of Rousseau and
Cooper in 1999. The firm's
primary concentration is in
commercial and business Law.
Ms Cooper-Rousseau's prac-
tice frequently requires her to
work with lawyers in other
jurisdictions on multi-juris-
dictional matters ranging from
trusts, tracing and fraud to
corporate governance and reg-
ulatory issues.

To help prepare her for
aspects of the legal services
she renders, Ms Cooper-
Rousseau successfully com-
pleted the Financial Industry

ish mother because she can
carry it around and it doesn’t
look at all like a diaper bag,”
she said.

According to Mrs Rah-
ming, the baby clothes they
sell are unique, yet simple,
reasonably priced and of a
good quality.

The decision to open the
store took a leap of faith on
part of the Rahming family,
especially in the midst of an
economic downturn. But
these entrepreneurs have no
regrets.

“People said to us on many
occasions, “You guys think it
is a good idea to open a cloth-
ing store in the middle of a
recession?’.

“Tt was something that we
prayed about and up to this
day we have no regrets. We
have seen doors open for us,
and the truth about the situa-
tion is you will never know
what something is like until
you try it,” she said.

As they usher in the
Christmas season, the three
store owners expect to greet
even more customers who
are looking for that special
gift for their newest family
member.

Regulatory Authority (FIN-
RA) 7.

Ms Cooper-Rousseau is a
member of the Bahamas
Association of Securities
Dealers, and served as the
Association’s vice-president
in 2009.

She is also an associate
member of The Chartered
Institute of Arbitrators; chair
and founding member of the
Chartered Institute of Arbi-
trators Caribbean Branch -
the Bahamas Chapter; mem-
ber of the Bahamas Middle
Temple Society (BMTS); the
Connecticut Maritime Asso-
ciation and the US-Azerbai-
jan Chamber of Commerce.

Fully committed to the Bar,
Ms Cooper-Rousseau is keen
to work with BMTS and the
Bahamas Bar Association on
the implementation of manda-
tory continuing education for
members of the Bahamas Bar.

Ms Cooper-Rousseau said
that she was particularly
pleased that her call was by
Sir George Newman, who is
presently Justice Newman of
the Bahamas Court of
Appeal.

She accepted her call on
behalf of her fellow Bahami-
ans who are Members of Mid-
dle Temple. Ms Cooper-
Rousseau said that she con-
siders her achievement an
indication of what Bahamians
can achieve and the depth of
talent in the law and other
areas in her country.

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Ms Cooper-Rousseau is the
daughter of the Rev Dr
Reuben E Cooper, Sr, and
Florence Edgecombe Coop-
er, both deceased. She is the
mother of two daughters,
Alexandra and Veronique.

The Honourable Society of

Middle Temple extended best
wishes to Ms Cooper-
Rousseau on her Bench Call,
and for continued success, and
in the contribution she is mak-
ing to the further develop-
ment of the legal profession
in the Bahamas.

“LULLABY” offers a selection of simple yet classic baby clothing for the fashion concious

mother.



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she said she couldn’t exist without it.

After the accident, Ms Adderley
admits she was “angry with God”
and went through some serious
struggles with her faith.

“T figured I had always been a
pretty nice person. And because I
had everything, the kind of job I
wanted, my own beautiful home, we
were travelling the world and plan-

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ning on having children, but then
here was this change when my hus-
band left.

“T was hideous, all my hair was
shaved off. I had a scar on my neck.
I had wires wound in my head, and
through all this pain I kept thinking
how could this happen to me?”

Attempting to battle her situation
by praying for a miracle didn’t help.

“T didn’t want anything to do with
God,” she said, “because I thought
this isn’t the kind of God I would
want to be in a relationship with.”

However, over time, she was able

to forgive her ex-husband for leav-
ing.
“I came to the realisation that for-
giveness wasn’t about my ex-hus-
band. It was about healing me,” she
said.

“In forgiving my husband, I began
to focus my wholeness internally.
My work and my purpose is to do
God’s will.”

Now at the age of 60, Ms Adder-
ley is still open to the idea of mar-
riage. But she believes that it takes a
very strong and competent man to
“come up to someone like me and

ask me out.”

She said her independence may
discourage some men from asking
her out. Men may see her assertive-
ness, self-assuredness, and may ques-
tion why they should talk to her, she
said.

Still, Ms Adderley said she under-
stands that it is not easy for a man to
show interest in her.

“T think I’m a gift to a man,” said
Ms Adderley. “I’m independent and
not needy, I have my own home, I
drive, and I’m great at making deci-
sions.”

“Men need to understand that dis-
abled women are extremely inde-
pendent because if they don’t take
care of themselves, no one will do it
for them,” she said.

Ms Adderley said she wouldn’t
marry a man who has a disability.

“T like to travel and do things, and
both of us can’t be handicapped for
that to happen as often as I would
like.”

To any interested persons who
encounter her and may feel reluc-
tant to approach her, Ms Adderley
says, “just come up and talk.”





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ALK into Iris Adderley’s office at

the Disability Affairs Division in

Centreville and you may easily miss
the fact that she’s in an electric wheelchair.

Competence, intelligence,
and beauty radiated from her
during Tribune Woman’s
introduction to Ms Adderley.

And that’s exactly what she
wants persons to notice when
they meet her - her personal-
ity and professionalism, not
her wheelchair.

She is a psychologist and a
consultant for the Disability
Affairs Division in the Social
Services Office.

Early on in our interview
she corrects my language,
requesting that I use the term
‘persons with disabilities’
instead of ‘disabled persons.’

I adhered to that request in
this piece.

Twenty-seven years ago,
when she was in her thirties,
Ms Adderley was involved in
a life-altering car accident.

The most serious injury was
to her spinal cord which made
her a quadriplegic. (Quadri-
plegia is paralysis caused by
illness or injury that results in
the partial or total loss of use
of all of a person’s limbs.)

After spending a month in
the acute intensive care unit,



two months in regular inten-
sive care and 18 months in a
rehabilitation centre, she
slowly recuperated from the
accident.

She had also sustained
extensive injuries to her face,
and plastic surgeons had to
do reconstructive surgery on
her face, implanting several
medical plates to restore her
features.

Ms Adderley said after the
accident she was no longer a
“showpiece” in her own or
her husband’s eyes.

Her husband could not deal
with the challenges and left
her two years after the acci-
dent.

It’s not unusual that cou-
ples divorce after one partner
suffers a disabling condition.

“Statistically, about 80 per
cent of marriages fail,” Ms
Adderley said.

“Women have a tendency
to stay in the relationship,
men have a tendency to exit
the marriage.”

Before the accident, Ms
Adderley did a lot of model-
ling, as well as television and

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IRIS Adderley was the first runner-up in the Miss Texas
Wheelchair competition. “A gentleman who was selling
wheelchairs asked me to enter, and | didn’t want to,” she
said. “After the accident, | didn’t feel attractive anymore.
But he convinced me to enter, and I’m glad | did. It made
me realise that | wasn’t a bad looking girl, and it made

me alot more sure of myself.”

radio work.

“T was 5’8” and with heels I
was 671”. When I walked into
a room I automatically got
attention.”

“Coming home in 24-hour
nursing care, all (my husband)
saw was probably having to
take care of a wife for the rest
of his life. What disappointed
me was that he should’ve
known what type of person I
was, that if anyone was going
to beat this, it would’ve been
me.”

At this point in the inter-
view, she cleared her throat
and used her stiffened fingers
to pick up a cup of coffee,
mocha flavour. It’s one of her
favorites.

“But (my husband’s) leav-
ing was a blessing in disguise,”



she continued.

Ms Adderley’s husband left
her while they were living in
the United States.

“T had no choice but to
fight. ’m convinced that I
wouldn’t be where I am today
if he had stayed,” she said.

Soon after she began her
psychology studies, while
working full-time.

Nevertheless, the divorce
was still a difficult to process
to go through.

As part of her studies, Ms
Adderley had to conduct a
survey in which she used
questions regarding able-bod-
ied men dating women with
disabilities. She said she did it
because she couldn’t believe
she would have difficulty dat-
ing.

“man TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 .

“What amazed me was to
see that respondees thought
women with disabilities
wouldn’t be interested in sex.”

The other question she
asked was whether the survey
participants would date some-
one who has a physical dis-
ability - the response was
overwhelmingly ‘no’.

But despite what the sur-
vey said, getting dates was
never a huge problem for Ms
Adderley, that is while she
still lived in the US.

Professionally she also suc-
ceeded, quickly soaring to the
top and becoming a member
of the Mayor’s Council for
Multiculturalism in Carroll-
ton, Texas.

“T was able to buy a house
in the US, and it was all about
what I brought to the table.
When I wanted to go to
places it was never about my
disability.”

In 2000, she returned to
Nassau, and things changed.

Back in the Bahamas, she
soon realised that she couldn’t
access buildings as easily as
in the US.

“IT come home and I see
that I’m not respected for my
brains, that bothers me.”

Sometimes a simple activity
like shopping can be daunt-
ing to persons with a disabili-
ty like Ms Adderley’s.

“You don’t want to be the
centre of everybody’s atten-
tion,” she said. “There are
many buildings that we can’t
access.”

And adults with disabilities
don’t want to be forced to
have to ask for help. It’s
“demeaning” and takes their
away dignity, she said.

While there are now new
ramps at certain buildings and
other small provisions being
made, Ms Adderley said that
the government simply isn’t
doing enough.

Ms Adderley and the
Bahamas National Council
for the Disabled have been
petitioning the government to
pass legislation to protect
their rights and privileges for
a long time now.

Most women in the
Bahamas fight for equal treat-
ment in their jobs and equal



pay, but women with a dis-
ability, Ms Adderley said, find
themselves fighting to even
get hired.

“My hands may not work,
my body may not look like
everyone else’s, and I may
walk with a limp.”

Even though she is fully
qualified, Ms Adderley said
employers may not consider
her for a position, discrimi-
nating against her because she
has a disability.

“On the phone, you are
going to talk to the ‘real Iris’,”
she said. “But when you see
me, you may think that’s not
what I was expecting, or ask
“how do I handle this?”

She tells persons who find
themselves in such a situation
to simply ask what they can
do to help.

Ms Adderley has a presen-
tation next week and she
showed me how she folds the
document pages in different
ways so that once she is talk-
ing to the audience, she does-
n’t have to look down. She
uses felt-tip pens as are much
easier for her to write with.

Little things like this are all
part of creating effective ways
to make things simpler.

Whenever Social Services
Minister Loretta Butler-Turn-
er has a speaking engagement
on the topic of disability, Ms
Adderley reviews her speech.

Before coming to work in
the mornings, Ms Adderley
said it takes her two hours to
get dressed.

To demonstrate how she
manages to dress herself, she
showed Tribune Woman a
metallic contraption that she
calls a “button holder.”

The device is used to but-
ton and zip her clothing.

“T always tell persons I have
a disability but I want to be
able to compete equally,” she
said.

Being a person who was
used to being active and inde-
pendent, it was hard to face
the challenges that her dis-
ability brought with it. But
while she struggled physically,
her faith grew stronger, and

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net AN EXPLOSIVEsession of the House of Assembly’s Select Committee on Crown land yesterday saw the former Permanent Secretary in the Department of Lands and Surveys being chastised by FNM MP Kenyatta Gibson for questioning if any secrecy laws were bro-ken by The Tribune in their investigations into the scandal. After already giving a damaging testimony admitting he was directly involved in the application and granting process of 15 acres of Crown land for his brother and son, Ronald Thompson also sought to sug gest that his family’s applications was not fast-tracked, although it spent less than four months in the system from application to final approval. While Mr Thompson’s fami ly had applied for 25 acres, Mr Thompson revealed they were only awarded 15 by the under secretary Audley Greaves as he 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: 106 No.9TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND PLEASANT HIGH 83F LOW 73F I N S I D E I N S I D E FOURSECTIONSINTODAY’STRIBUNE The govt’s jury list published inside The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com Ex-land boss in ‘secr ecy’ row MP hits out at former permanent secretary for questioning ‘leaks’ UNSUNGHEROES PRIDEOFTHEBAHAMAS A CHANCE TO SHOWCASE THE GOOD CITIZENS OF THE NATION SEE page thr ee By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net I NVESTOR Viktor Kozeny was back in the Court of A ppeal yesterday as prosecutors seek to reverse a judge’s decision and have the financier committed into custody. Kozeny, 46, had been held at Her Majesty’s Prison s ince his arrest at his Lyford Cay residence on October 5, 2005, but was released in April, 2007, on $300,000 bail by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs. C zech-born Kozeny is wanted by US authorities to f ace charges of bribery and money laundering. Prosecutors claim he is the driving force behind a multi-million bribery scheme which sought to corrupt Azerbaijan offic ials as well as conspiring to violate the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prosecutors seeking to have investor Viktor Kozeny committed into custody S EE page 10 STANDREWINARUSHTOCELEBRATE POLICE are confident of catching the shotgun-toting thugs who robbed 18 cruise ship passengers on an ecotour of Earth Village. Officers working the case believe they will solve the case before the Christmas holidays. Last Wednesday, a man was arrested and questioned in connection with the rob bery. He was later released without charge. In the meantime, investigators are following strong leads on the case, said Superintendent Elsworth Moss, Head of the Central Detective Unit. "We have no one arrested at this time, but we plan to make arrests soon as we get the information we need. We are still able to follow up some leads we hope we can solve," he told The Tri bune yesterday. Supt Moss said police do not have a composite sketch of the two suspects because most of the victims left the country the same day they were robbed. He added that Police ‘confident’ of catching men who robbed 18 tourists SEE page 10 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A TEENAGER is helping police with their inquiries into the fatal stabbing of a deaf man. The youth, whose exact age has not been released but he is under 18, was being questioned yesterday over the attack which left 23-year-old Rauol Bullard dead. Police suspect the killing may have been an act of retal iation. Supt Elsworth Moss, Head of the Central Detective Unit, said: "There was an alterca tion, a fight, in front of the victim's residence. I'm told that his mother had run the chaps, told them to stop misbehaving and to get from in the front of her house. “They moved on and short ly after that Mr Bullard left to go to the store. The guys must have known him or recognised him, and they attacked him." According to police reports, it was around 3.30pm last Fri day when Mr Bullard was accosted by a gang of teen T een held in connection with fatal stabbing of deaf man SEE page 10 PLEASE N OTETHAT, DUETO TECHNIC ALISSUES, THEREWILLBE N O USATODAY INTODAYTRIBUNE. MEMBERS OF ROOTS junkanoo group celebrated with students of St Andrew’s after the school’s ‘three-peat’ victory in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools senior boys softball championships. SEE PAGE FIVE Tim Clarke /Tribune staff FNM MP Kenyatta Gibson (above took the former Permanent Sec retary in the Department of Lands and Surveys Ronald Thompson to task yesterday during the House of Assembly’s Select Committee on Crown Land meeting.

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“must have” felt that 25 acres was “too much” despite the fact that Mr Thompson had brought the matter to the attention of the former Prime Minister Perry Christie. While the applications of other persons have been left to wallow in the DLS, Mr Thompson maintained the only reason his brother and son’s file was handled so quickly was because they had “all the necessary information” required in it when the application was first sub mitted. However, when pressed by the chairman of the Committee Fred Mitchell on the controversial sale of Crown land in Forbes Hill, Exuma, Mr Thompson hadno details to offer as he had no recollection of the transaction and brought no documentation with him to bring any clarity to the discussions. With Mr Thompson having been appointed as the Permanent Secretary in the Department of Lands and surveys in mid2002, and the application for his brother and son’s land being granted in June 2002, FNM MP Charles Maynard said the perception appears to be that one of Mr Thomp son’s first acts was to secure land for his family. Having done little to exonerate himself from the day’s proceedings, Mr Thompson opened a question to the floor as to how The Tribune was able to gain access to its information for its series of exclu sive stories on Crown land. “When I joined the ser vice you had to sign a secrecy clause,” Mr Thompson said. “Someone leaked the information. Is that being looked at?” Somewhat taken aback, Mr Maynard said all the information revealed in The Tribune’s articles was public information. Mr Thompson said, however. that there may have been some information included in The Tribune’s stories relating to his brother and son’s deal that was not in the public domain. In an effort to clarify, a copy of the articles was provided to him during the session and yet the Permanent Secretary could not identify exactly to which portion of the story he was referring. “But you are asking for action on matters that should have been confidential in your eyes and you are saying they were exposed,” Mr Gibson inquired. “You must know what that information is. Tell us what it is.” Mr Thompson: “I seem to recall that there had to be a leak from the files.” However, Mr Gibson interrupted Mr Thompson and continued with his comments. “For my part I don’t believe there should be any information regarding some one trying to obtain Crown land by way of lease or by way of grant that should be secret and held from the general public. “It is the people’s land. They are entitled to know whatever is involved in that application process in my mind’s eye. I really would not be interested in any punitive action in that regard,” he said. Mr Thompson: “My only objection is that it might set a precedent.” “If it sets the precedent that the entire system is now exposed and open and transparent that is the precedent that I want,” Mr Gibson thundered. “But with all due respect, I do not understand how anybody could suggest that any information with regard to a Crown land application should be a secret. That’s the problem! That is probably one of the reasons why we are here today. I am just amazed that the suggestion was made with all due respect, sir.” B y PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE FORMER chief housing officer in the Department of Lands and Surveys suggested yesterday that he had no idea his wife had applied for an acre of Crown land on the island for which he had sole responsibility during his time at thed epartment. Continuing hearings at Police Headquarters yesterday, the House of Assembly’s Select Committee on Crown Land heard from for-m er permanent secretary Ronald Thompson, former h ousing officer Christopher R ussell, realtor Andre Lee and tax attorney Ryan Pinder. Addressing the committee a fter Mr Thompson, Mr Russell said that during his t ime at the DLS, he too had a pplied for an acre of Crown land separate and apart from t he acre his wife had applied f or in Blackwood, Abaco. H owever, unlike his wife C hristine’s, his application has not been approved as y et. In fact, when questioned by FNM MP Charles Maynard, he said he could notr ecall whether or not the two applications were made a round the same time. “So your wife did it privately and you did yours privately. “She went and applied a lmost behind your back?” Mr Maynard asked. Repeatedly pushing for c larity on the matter, Mr Maynard asked the former housing officer when exactlyh e was made aware that his wife had applied for a piece of Crown land. “Well, she applied like e verybody else and the application was processed and it was submitted to the o ffice of the PM. At the time I was responsible for the island of Abaco,” Mr Rus s ell answered. M r Maynard: “So you saw it as you were doing your regular cross work, you sawy our wife’s name on an application?” Mr Russell: “That is right.” P erhaps the most interest ing revelation came when Mr Maynard asked the for-m er DLS employee about the intended use of the land for which his wife hada pplied. Mr Russell: “Her application was for a retirement home.” Mr Maynard: “And the purpose of your application? Mr Russell: “The same thing.” M r Maynard: “So ya’ll d idn’t discuss this prior to t hat? So if ya’ll had gotten two grants ya’ll would have b uilt two separate retirement homes?” Mr Russell: “Why not?”W hen asked, Mr Russell c onfirmed that he and his wife are still together. A ddressing the committee n ext was the realtor Andre Lee who handled the listing for the sale of four beachf ront lots on the island of Exuma for relatives of the former DLS director Tex T urnquest – which had been granted outright for less than $2,500 each, and each sold for more than $550,000 to f oreigners. While admitting that these were perhaps the quickests ales he ever made in his 22year career, Mr Lee said he believes this was the onlyC rown land that he has ever had a hand in selling. He also revealed that he was paid a commission off ive per cent, or some $25,000 per lot for each of the sales, which were bro k ered through Dilly Crab Reality in Exuma. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Former official and wife made separate applications for land FORMER CHIEF HOUSING OFFIC ER C hristopher Russell gives testimony before the land’s committee at the Paul FarquharsonC onference Centre yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff THE TOWNE CENTRE MALLyesterday denied that the shooting of an off duty police officer and his friend on Saturday took place on their premises. The mall claims that “according to mall security and confirmed police reports this misfortune did not happen on our premises.” However, in a police report on the matter it was stated that the off duty officer, who has been unofficially identified as Corporal Andrews of the police’s Internal Security Division, was shot along with another man as they stood next to a vehi cle in the parking lot of the Towne Centre Mall. The report read: “Some time around 8.15pm on Saturday, November 28, 2009 police received information of gun shots in the area of Towne Centre Mall. “Police responded and information revealed, two men, one of whom was an off duty police officer, while standing near their vehicle, in the parking lot of Towne Centre Mall, were approached by two males in a 2004, Nissan Maxima. “One of the males who was wearing a ski mask and dark clothing, alleged to be armed with a firearm, came out of the vehicle and opened fire on the two males. “One male was shot in the left foot, the other, an off duty police officer, was shot to the right leg, left knee, and right arm. “Both men were taken to hospital via private vehicle. The male shot in the left foot was discharged from hospital, the oth er remains in stable condition at the hospital. Police are inves tigating.” The Town Centre Mall denies shooting took place on premises H O USEOF A S SEMBLY S S E LECT C O MMITTEE FROM page one FORMER PERMANENT SECRETARY Ronald Thompson testifies before the House of Assembly’s Select Committee on Crown Land. Ex-land boss in ‘secrecy’ row

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E DITOR, The Tribune. I am a concerned citizen of the Bahamas, who is dist urbed by the number of e xcluded beaches. Investors from all over the w orld have bought land near b eaches and also decided to block off the access to the beach. O n top of just small investors buying land near b eaches there are over 47 m ain hotels and resorts in the Bahamas. T hat considers the miles of sea view making excluded beaches. I can understand them putting up walls or fences to protect their property but not closing off more of the land around them than paid f or. When since did the gov e rnment start selling beache s? Need I remind you, that the Bahamas is yes a nation of freedom however also a nation of rule and regulat ions? T he law does not retain a person’s rights to the beach. However the existing high water mark law protects the lives of the people. Director of Parks and Science Liaison at the Bahamas N ational Trust emphasized that beach access for Bahamians is essential. Ic ame across a newspaper a rticle dated November 24, 2 005 when the Hon. Perry Christie noticed and had a concern for dwindling beach access. I raised this issue over S unday dinner all of my relatives and family members agree that there are too m any beaches that Bahamians don’t have access too. They expressed concern o ver what would happen d uring public holidays when Bahamians traditionally flock to the beach. O n behalf of the conc erned citizens of the Bahamas I request that t here be full access to all b eaches in the Bahamas. I request that there be a law in place that can helpt he birthright of the Bahamian people. I t is fair enough to say that t he private developments, especially in Nassau, are eati ng up access to what little beaches are left. Mr Ingraham for the safet y of the generations to come, the 60 persons with whom I have come in contact with on this matter, request that the people r egain full access to the beaches of the Bahamas. J OSHUA WELLS Student, November, 2009 C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm IT IS NOT OFTEN if ever that we h ave recommended a Christmas gift in this column. However, Christmas is near and ab ook has just arrived on our desk that we would highly recommend for Santa’s stocki ng. It is the beautifully printed and designed fiftieth anniversary edition of Bahamas Handbook. One hundred of its 736 pages includes h ighlights of the last five decades of the Bahamian story in words and in pictures. S tarted 50 years ago by Etienne Dupuch, Jr, and his late wife, Sylvia Perfetti Dupuch of Connecticut, the book always a must on the reading list of any official being transferred to the Bahamas has grown and c hanged in many ways. As the books says, the young publishers, t hen in their twenties “wanted to produce a first class publication of interest to anyone w ho lives, works, does business, invests, vacations or retires in the Bahamas. It is designed as well to support the twin pillars of the Bahamian economy: tourism and financial services. But beyond that the Dupuches w anted to help Bahamians and non-Bahamians alike appreciate the rich tapestry of the i slands’ culture and its tumultuous 500-year history. It’s a fascinating story: the creation o f a vibrant and independent nation from a string of low-lying islands scattered across the turquoise waters of the Great Bahama Bank.” Of course, the book has its usual and use f ul detailed information section on almost any topic that one would want to know a bout the Bahamas, whether it be a tourist looking for accommodation or an investor w anting to know more about the island’s investment policy, how to form a company, or enter property transactions in other words good solid advice from health to set tling down in the Bahamas. It is also an excellent information guide for Bahamians on almost anything one would want to know 189 pages of information devoted to New Providence and the Out Islands, and another 59 pages exclusively on Freeport and Lucaya. T here’s an article on the unforgettable 1960s when the Bahamas enjoyed a golden a ge of tourism and witnessed 10 years of political turmoil. It was in 1962 that US President John F Kennedy, Britain’s Harold Macmillan and Canada’s John Diefenbaker of Canada held their summit meeting at Lyford Cay in what became known as the N assau Talks. The 1970s was the decade of independ ence, followed by the s referred to as the “best and worst of times” it was a p eriod when an economic recovery was overshadowed by a drug scandal and political turmoil. And then comes the 1990s, described as the decade of high-tech progress. Also itm arked the end of the 25-year reign of the PLP under the late Sir Lynden Pindling and t he ushering in of the Ingraham era and the FNM. There are many feature stories interspersed with interesting vignettes of people and events throughout Bahamian history. I t is not generally known that Woodes Rogers, the Bahamas’ first Royal governor,w ho was noted for suppressing the pirates conducting a public hanging to press his p oint was himself foisted high by an angry governor’s wife who grabbed him by his coat lapels and lifted him from the floor. According to late historian, Dr Paul Albury “The Story of the Bahamas” G overnor George Phenney’s wife was a millstone around his neck. Dr Albury describes h er as a “hard-mouthed, ambitious woman, who dominated and abused everyone she e ncountered. She monopolized both the export trade, charging the inhabitants exor bitant prices for what she sold and often neglecting to pay for what she bought.” The Handbook takes the Phenney story o f the 1700s a step further. Describing the madam as a “holy terror”, it tells the story of w hen Rogers returned to the Bahamas for a second tour of duty to replace Phenney, the l atter pleaded with him to detain his wife so that he could escape to England and with out her knowledge start divorce proceedings. When she found out, she confronted Rogers at Government House. As he descended the stairs, Rogers “found Mrs Phenney’s distorted face suddenly inchesf rom his own as she seized the lapels of his coat and screamed her frenzied wrath at him. ‘You gaol bird! I swear to you Rogers, if you dare to order my arrest I’ll have youh auled back to England to face another term in prison’ She gave the governor’s shoul d ers a powerful push so that Rogers had to grasp the bannister to prevent himself from falling.” This edition has something for everyone all in all it is interesting reading. Disturbed by number of excluded beaches LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Bahamas Handbook celebrates 50 years EDITOR, The Tribune. We, peace-loving Bahamians; are mad. We have to stop this criminal madness in o ur country. Here is the solution. Times like this require harsh measures: 1) Hang 'em high. We have to eliminate t hese punks and hoodlums from society. Do whatever it takes to enforce the law r elative to hanging, but it must be done. 2) Flog 'em without mercy all those convicted of serious crimes...Having received the cat-o-nine tail once they will never, ever want it again. 3) Automatic jail sentence plus heavy fine for all those found with an unlicensed firearm.. The sellers and dealers of these illegal firearms will be subjected to flogging along with jail time and flogging. These are serious times we face and if t he crime situation does not improve this g overnment is sure to lose the next election. HENRY ROLLE Nassau, November 23, 2009. Here is my solution to the criminal madness EDITOR, The Tribune. One must wonder whether Government really feels we are stupid or the public has no means to research I ask this because of the tabling of the Amendments to the Arbitration Act of 1888 and the flowery statements from both sides of Parliament as to this proposal. The Bahamas is so late on this that it is laughable in 2009 there were some 109 other national jurisdictions which had Arbitration Laws and Arbitration facilities operating. Historically the International Court based in The Hague was the place where parties sought appropriate judgments, this I believe was established in 1899 . Here we are proposing this new aspect of our Judicial infrastructure and we can’t adequately deal with petty crime at the Magistrate's Court level. A lot of mention of the importance in the tabling in the House yesterday was related to the importance of this new Bill and Maritime Law if a ship is registered under the Bahamian flag but insured at Lloyd’s of Lon don where do you think a disputing party will go for arbitration? Certainly I suggest not The Bahamas? ABRAHAM MOSS Nassau, November, 2009. Does Government really think we are stupid? EDITOR, The Tribune. I would like to say that I was very impressed today when I visited the Passport Office to apply for a new epassport. The office was very organised and the employees were very polite and efficient and the service was very quick. I arrived at the office at 9am and was leaving at 9.30am having completed with my application. I think the minister in charge of the passport office should be praised for his efforts to up-grade the ser vice of the passport office considering all the negative criticism he previously received. JUST A THOUGHT Nassau, November 23, 2009. Impressed by Passport Office EDITOR, The Tribune. News reports out of the US are suggesting that women should take a mammogram every other year rather than annually. I plead with any woman whose family has past experience with breast cancer to continue your annual mam mogram regime because it will save your life even if you have to do without something to afford it. Now we read that the civ il service is to recruit per sons with criminal records. What a negative message this is going to send when the last thing we need is to rationalise, seemingly, that we don’t need checks and balance when the government employs people. What next? Why don’t you give the criminals the key to the safe? And as for the Afghanistan swearingin of the president..... Well it seems the leaders of the west do not under stand how to send messages to corrupt leaders. For the sake of any sense just why did the Western Ambassadors line-up and give credence to the corrupt Afghanistan President at his inaugural recently? If they did not attend surely they would have sent the right message? Boy this soft-socialism approach to resolving problems is catching! What next? W THOMPSON Nassau, November, 2009. W W o o m m e e n n w w i i t t h h a a f f a a m m i i l l y y h h i i s s t t o o r r y y o o f f b b r r e e a a s s t t c c a a n n c c e e r r s s h h o o u u l l d d c c o o n n t t i i n n u u e e t t h h e e i i r r a a n n n n u u a a l l m m a a m m m m o o g g r r a a m m s s

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By AVA TURNQUEST FLUSHED with pride from their “three-peat” victory in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools senior boys softball championships, St Andrews honoured student athletes in a special assembly complete with a junkanoo rush out by the Roots yesterday. The assembly, attended by Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Permanent Secretary Archie Nairn and Minister of Education Carl Bethel, celebrated the athletic achieve ments of all softball teams and members of the under 17 girls national soccer team. Mr Nairn commended the athletes, saying they have disproved critics who claim that the International Baccalaure-ate accredited school has only one sport – soccer. He challenged the athletes to exhibit the same level of sportsmanship required on the field in their academic and social endeavours, maintaining character at all times. Education Minister Carl Bethel, who also spoke briefly at the assembly, noted that his alma mater has made great strides in athletics since he attended the school. He encouraged the students to remain focused on their studies and seek to explore and enjoy every opportunity afforded them at an institution with a history of producing outstand ing alumni. St Andrews has won 15 of the 36 league championships in softball, basket ball, volleyball, and soccer in the 2008/2009 season and the beginning of the 2009/2010 sea son – competing in 24 championship games. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t!"!&! " '*$&., *,& .b' "' %$&*,'"''$-"!"* ,b"$&!$"$" n n b f r f r r t ( + % ' +#n bf *$& &.$"$".$,&'*ffb(#%(%!)%r)&" St Andrews celebrates ‘thr ee-peat’ MINISTER OF EDUCATION Carl Bethel speaks to students of St Andrews on their student athletes day celebration. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net RAGGED Islanders celebrated a $14 million investment to link the isolated south western island to the rest of the B ahamas and the world by air, l and and sea. C abinet ministers travelled to the island as contracts were signed to resurface the runway at Duncan Town airport and the five mile stretch of rocky road from the airport to Gun Point where a new dock will be established. Ragged Islanders have been c alling out for development s ince booming trade with Cuba and Haiti dried up in the 1960s. Mailboats and commercial vessels can no longer venture down the shallow and narrow canal dredged in the early 1960s to Duncan Town and the airport runaway has fallen into such disrepair since its con s truction in the late 1990s that m any pilots now refuse to fly there. But the development, paid for with a $4,851,000 grant from the European Union andt he Bahamas government payi ng the remaining $9,430,515.78, promises a brighter future for Ragged Island and its 60 inhabi tants. Knowles Construction and Development Company will c arry out all works within the next 12 months. The 3,850 ft airport runway will be resurfaced, damageda reas replaced, new shoulders a nd swales established by July, according to the contract fund ed with $735,000 from the European Union’s ninth European Development Fund and$ 994,259.58 from the Bahamas government. The $9,212,916.10 construction of Gun Point dock, pier, ramp and breakwater will be paid for with $3,675,000 from the European Union and$ 5,537,916.10 from the Bahamas government. And the $3,339,340.10 reconstruction of Gun Point Road along the length of the islandf rom the airport to the dock will be completed at a $2,898,340.10 cost to govern ment and $441,000 cost to the European Union. Reconstruction of the large l y unsurfaced road will also entail the upgrade of water dis tribution in Duncan Town as a reverse osmosis system will be installed to supply drinkingw ater. And Emile Knowles of K nowles Construction and Development Company said he aims to finish the work ahead of time. Minister of Public Works Neko Grant said: “These pro j ects all complement each other a nd will further strengthen internal and external transportation and communication links, thereby increasing the potential for enhanced economic activity on this island.” The project will provide 50 j obs to Bahamians, including Ragged Island residents, over the next year and open up the economy for Ragged Island byf acilitating trade. D ocking facilities will allow mailboats, trade ships and Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF i sland and provide safe harbour for those fishing in the abundant waters. Dawning Ragged Island native Senator D avid Thompson said the investment in infrastructure marks the dawning of a new golden age for the Ragged Island chain. H e added: “Although we are s mall in numbers here on the island there are thousands of us across the country who will be looking at this transformation and coming back home to be a part of the new golden age for Ragged Island.” Minister of Tourism and Avi ation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, whose roots are also in Ragged Island, said the devel o pment helps maximise the p otential of the entire Bahamas w here there are more airports per capita than in any other country. He said: “So much time and e nergy and effort have been f ocused on the development of Nassau and Paradise Island as opposed to the rest of the Bahamas and this is a commitment for us to develop the totality of what the Bahamash as to offer. There is no country anywhere in this region that has the kind of assets we have for development, and we are just beginning to recognise it, buti t’s crucial to have the infrastructure for air transportation i n place for people who want to take advantage of what we h ave to offer here.” I n addition to aiding tourism and the fishing industry, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said the investment i n the new dock will greatly assist the Defence Force as it works to protect the Bahamas’ aquatic borders by decentralis-i ng its 26 vessels. T he RBDF will soon be able to expand its presence already established in Inagua, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Exuma to g uard the Great Bahama Bank from a dock at Gun Point. M r Turnquest said: “Much of the crime we see starts on o ur seas; illegal drugs, arms trafficking, human trafficking or poaching marine resources. “This docking facility will be a critical aspect of the Defence F orce’s mission moving forward.” R agged Island residents told The Tribune they had hoped f or the existing canal to be dredged in order to bring trade directly to Duncan Town, but Minister of the Environment Earl Deveaux said such a move w ould greatly harm the local eco-system as it would disturb t he vast network of mangroves housing nurseries for fish and c rawfish. The development will link Ragged Island with other islands and still protect its abundant fishing grounds, Mr Deveaux said. H e added: “This is the least impact we could make on the e nvironment to do what is needed in Ragged Island.” R agged Island resident Ver va Vernica Wallace, 81, said: “I have lived here all my life and Ih ave seen a lot of changes, now I’m proud to hear what can h appen.” And Anglican church minist er Daniel Wallace added: “This is long overdue and we a re very grateful.” Ragged Islanders’ joy at $14m investment MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND MARINE RESOURCES and MP for Long Island and Ragged Island Larry Cartwright speaks in Gun Point. THE DUNCAN Town Airport. M O VETOLINKSOUTHWESTERNISLANDTORESTOFWORLD

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM “Ask for business insurance from a company that measures up to the job”Security & General is a local company with international credentials offering the benefits of business experience at home and overseas,as a member of Colonial Group International.Group companies have helped customers with over $300 million of hurricane-related claims since 2000.Group savings and administrative efficiencies benefit customers too with the best products at the best possible price,from a company where people come first.CALL 326-7100 for an agent or visit www.cgigroup.bm SECURITY & GENERAL INSURANCE CO.LTD. Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue,P.O.Box N-3540 Nassau Tel.326-7100 www.cgigroup.bmA member of Colonial Group International:Insurance,Health,Pensions,Life Business Insurance Security & General Insurance is rated A-(Excellentby AM Best. By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl Deveaux has hit back at a political attack over the BEC takeover of the Morton Salt power plant in Inagua. In response to Progressive Liberal Party (PLP man Bradley Roberts’s claims that Mr Deveaux and M inister of State Phenton Neymour exhibited gross incompetence in managing the changeover of the power p lant from Morton Salt to BEC, Mr Deveaux sought to clarify the facts. He said Mr Roberts was wrong to say government had incurred millions of dollars in losses for BEC since last December as BEC didn ot take over the running of the plant until October of this year. Mr Roberts alleged I nagua residents had not r eceived electricity bills for nearly a year and could not be expected to pay them now, meaning a huge loss for BEC. But Mr Deveaux said billing by BEC did not begin until October, and up until then, the plant remained the responsibility of Morton Salt. The minister was unable to respond to Mr Roberts’ claims before they appeared in The Tribune yesterday as h e only returned from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in T rinidad late Sunday night. Approved Mr Deveaux said the PLP administration approved the takeover of the Morton Salt plant when Mr Roberts was chairman of the PLP in 2004, nearly three years before the Free National Movement (FNM to power. Infrastructure on the island was then destroyed by Hurricane Ike in September last year and BEC had to repair and replace damaged areas of the plant. However, Morton Salt retained responsibility for the monitoring of the plant and billing until BEC officially took the reigns in October this year, the minister said. He said: “Prior to that Morton Salt was responsible and Morton Salt should have been paid up until then. Having now put in meters and reconciled the accounts, BEC is now responsible for bill payment in Inagua.” Minister hits back at Bradley Roberts over BEC takeover of power plant ROADWORKS to improve Shirley Street are ongoing this week after 400 feet of sewerage pipes were replaced in front of the Princess Margaret Hospital. The project to smooth the heavily potholed road began at the junction with Frederick Street and is moving east, Ministry of Works director Gordon Major said. He anticipates repaving will have been completed between Frederick Street and Elizabeth Avenue by the end of the year, and continue in 2010. In the process of repaving workers are repairing leaky sewage pipes beneath Shirley Street. The replacement of pipes near the Princess Margaret Hospital began last week Thursday and was completed on Friday. Yesterday, work was taking place at the junction of Shirley and Deveaux Street, outside The Tribune’s offices. Such repair works will continue throughout the repaving project, as the clay sewage pipes installed in 1927 are now riddled with faults and leaks. Video camera equipment was used to identify the areas in need of repair and replacement with PVC fittings. Roadworks under way to improve Shirley Street MOTORISTS endure huge snarl-ups while roadworks are carried out in Shirley Street. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f POLITICALROW: Morton Salt facility BRADLEYROBERTS PHENTON NEYMOUR EARL DEVEAUX Earl Deveaux replies to ‘gross incompetence’ allegation

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By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net THE family of seven-year-old Tenia Cash is pleading with the public to assist them in raising $80,000 to finance medical bills that they expect to incur in a matter of weeks. Speaking with The Tribune , the girl’s mother, Chariene Cash, said the seven-year-old has been diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a malignant cancer of the bone. On the children’s ward north at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Tenia is undergoing the rec-o mmended treatment by local doctors which i ncludes rounds of chemotherapy and an operat ion to amputate her leg. It makes me feel helpless as a parent conside ring the options I have right now,” Ms Cash s aid. “She’ll be confined to a wheel chair or c rutches for the rest of her life.” T he family is reviewing alternative options, l eaving amputation as their last resort. D octors in Miami have reviewed Tenia’s case, a nd have said they can save Tenia’s leg with a l imb-sparing procedure. L imb-sparing involves cutting out the tumour, t aking out the bone and replacing it with a prosthesis. Unlike many surgical procedures for m alignant bone tumours, it gives the child a c hance to keep the limb in which a tumour is l ocated. However, financing such an alternative opera tion is costly. Doctors have quoted the procedure to cost between the ball-park figure of $65,000 to $80,000. Medical bills are accumulating, and Ms Cash is r equesting the general public to make donations to the ‘Tenia Cash medical fund’, at the Royal B ank of Canada; account number: 7205628. T enia’s health woes began when her mother s tarted noticing swelling and pain symptoms in t he upper thigh. T he pain from the tumour comes on strong in t he night, and unlike cancer at other sites, pain is t he symptom most noticeable in bone cancer b ecause of the rigidity of bony tissues which cann ot expand when pressed on by an invading tumour. Tenia’s leg is visibly swollen. According to her mother, they d ismissed the aches as a sprain or growing pains, which is the typical resolve in most parents’ m inds who have children affecte d by bone cancer. Tenia bore these early symptoms of pain inh er leg for a couple of months. “We didn’t feel there was s omething to worry about,” C hariene Cash said. Soon Tenia developed a limp in her walk, and the gymnast w asn’t “jumping the way she used to and moving around nor mally.” Swelling and fever accompanied the ache which was affecting the lower limbs, causing unexplained stumbling. “I looked at the leg and one was noticeably bigger above the k nee,” Ms Cash said. This was the turning point and e nough reason to arrange a doct or’s visit. After a series of X-rays and other tests, doctors discovered t hat Tenia had cancer cells in t he area of her knee. W ithout treatment, the cancer will spread to other areas of her body, but with chemothera py and surgery, her chances of survival look good. Research shows that presentday amputees usually return to normal ability very quickly, butMs Cash prefers to wait out for a second opinion from Canadian doctors. However, financing such an alternative operation is costly. The third grade student of Sadie Curtis Primary School is described as “very outgoing and friendly” by friends and family. “It would mean the world to see Tenia back to normal,” Ms Cash said. “I feel helpless, like some how I have failed her.” “But there’s nothing God can’t do,” she explained. “We look forward to seeing her being healthy again.” A steak out to raise funds for Tenia Cash’s medical bills will be held at RM Bailey park on Saturday, December 5, startingat noon. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Family of seven-year-old girl seeks public assistance TENIA CASH hospitalized in the children’s ward at PMH. TENIA CASH performs a gymnastics routine.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM I NTERNATIONAL co-operation in criminal matters and the sharing of intelligence and special investigative techniques are critical to the waron national, regional and global terrorism, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said. A ddressing regional national security officials a ttending a major anti-terror workshop which opened last week Tuesday in New Providence, Mr Turnquest said international co-operation is the only way to stamp out terrorism. S ponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC American Committee on Terrorism (CICTE the four-day workshop examined the legal frame work and mechanisms for international co-opera tion in the fight against terrorism. T he Bahamas currently serves as vice-chair of CICTE and will assume the role of chair in March 2010. Mr Turnquest said Bahamian officials are “deeply concerned” about the indiscriminaten ature of terrorism, even though the country has not been directly impacted. “We only need to reflect on the disastrous 9/11 terror attacks on the United States to appreciate how such acts can reverberate around thew orld and throw the economies of neighboring c ountries into crisis,” Mr Turnquest said. He said the country’s proactive approach to the fighting terrorism is exemplified by the fact that o fficials from three key national security and law enforcement branches – the Police, Defence Force and the Department of Customs, are ina ttendance. The minister said their participation is a reflection of the “network” local national security and law enforcement officials are seeki ng to develop to combat terrorism. Policing Mr Turnquest said the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the country’s maritime law e nforcement agency charged with policing its seas and protecting its porous borders, has had an Anti-Terrorism Unit since 2007. “The mandate of this unit is to suppress and combat terrorism acts within the Bahamas territory,” he said. The Royal Bahamas Police Force, t hrough its Financial Intelligence Unit, is charged with receiving, analysing, obtaining and dissemination of information on proceeds derived fromo ffences under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Other counter-terrorism measures have been put in place by the police force. The Department of Customs implements reco mmendations of the World Customs Organi sation to counter terrorism,” Mr Turnquest added. Minister calls for collaboration in ar on Terror’ PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham (pictured above) delivered the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum dinner in T rinidad last week Wednesday, ahead of the C aribbean Heads of Government Meeting. Taking place a few days ahead of CHOGM, the meetings provide an opportunity for this attending to contribute on key policies and reco mmendations which will be presented to the heads of government meeting. With this year’s focus on “Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future” being a timely topic in any set of circumstances, Prime M inister Ingraham said it is especially so at this time as the world confronts the effects of a global economic meltdown. “While the immediate challenge facing the g lobal community is to secure a meaningful recovery from what has been one of the worst international economic and financial crises of our time, the longer term challenge is to ensure s ustainable growth that aids in the eradication o f global poverty and conserves the planet’s resources for future generation. This is a tall order in any circumstance but particularly daunting in the face of current events,” the p rime minister said. Unemplo yment A dding that there is little doubt that emerging out of this global economic crisis, the world will have to come to experience a “new normal” including a new level of sustained unem-p loyment, Mr Ingraham said that by changing e conomic behaviour and altered institutions will produce a different environment in which we must all operate. “Our task was not made easier by the fact t hat in the midst of the global economic and financial meltdown, the second pillar of our economy, the international financial services sector, came under renewed attack from theO ECD and G20 developed countries who t agged, wrongly we believe, international financial services centres as responsible, in whole or in part, for the global economic and financial crisis. If we are to accept that it is ‘the responsi bility of all economies, rich and poor, as part n ers in building a sustainable and balanced global economy in which the benefits of econ omic growth are broadly and equitably shared’, then the lessons taught by the present crisis must lead inter alia to the following: “An honest assessment of the risks posed to our global economic and financial systems and a void placing blame where it is not due; A bet ter means of assessing and responding to sys-t emic risk in the global financial architecture one that demonstrates equity in calling all economies, those of the developed and develo ping world, into account; Promote greater equity in the international development process so as to make the prospects for sustained growth of the world economy more enduring and widespread; and better coordinate global resourcesi n order to maximize use; this is especially true with respect to those resources channeled by the multilateral lending and aid agencies.” However, the Prime Minister said that no u seful consideration of a sustainable future can occur without the recognition that one of the issues bearing most profoundly upon that future is the matter of global warming or climate change. There is no longer any credible debate about the reality of global warming. The United Nations’ International Panel on Climate change has concluded that ‘global warming is a reality a nd has almost certainly been caused by recent human activity.’ Climate Change is fundamentally a sustainable development challenge which g oes well beyond the matter of environmental protection to embrace both economic and social development. “The point I wish to make here is that global warming has already begun to take its toll.E ven as I speak, a basic agreement still has to be reached. Options for climate change financings till have to be determined. The final round of preparatory talks in Barcelona for the upcomi ng Copenhagen Conference in December intended to agree a new international framework has revealed deep divisions and has indicated that a basic agreement is unlikely to be achieved in Copenhagen. While there appears to be broad recognition of the urgent necessity for strong action, still thel evel of commitment to such action varies considerably between the key participants and con tinues to be elusive. But as it is recognized as so essential to a sustainable future, it seems that every cooperative effort should be taken to p ress forward on the initiatives for action. “I do not pretend that the issues confronting u s are simple or easy to resolve. I hope, however, that the Special Session on Climate C hange which our Chairman will convene on Friday of this week will permit us to hear the perspective of a number of our non-Commonwealth colleagues before reviewing and seeking to arrive at a consensus on at least some of the most critical issues we must deal with on the Climate Change front,” he said. In keynote address, Ingraham speaks of global economic woes NATIONALSECURITYMINISTER Tommy Turnquest addressing regional national security officials. C OMMONWEALTH BUSINESS FORUM DINNER IN TRINIDAD “There is no longer any credible debate about the reality of global warming.”

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Act makes it an offence to offer to pay, or to pay, foreign government offi cials to gain or retain busi ness. Since its 1998 amendment, the act also applies to foreign establishments and persons who intend to do the same while in the US. If extradited to the US, he could face a jail sentence of up to 25 years. Alan Jones, QC, who appeared with Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Franklyn Williams and attorney Loren Klein, submitted to the appellate court yesterday that Senior Justice Isaacs had erred when he discharged Kozeny, and thatt he order of Magistrate Car o lita Bethel should be restored. Magistrate Bethel had approved Kozeny’s extradi tion, however his attorneys had brought a habeas corpus application before Senior J ustice Isaacs who subsequently ruled against the extradition request. The judge had cited that the offences for which US authorities sought his extradition were not extradition offences and found that there had been an abuse of process because US authori ties had failed to disclose certain material information. Mr Jones noted yesterday that Kozeny is accused of bribing senior government officials of the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan with vast sums of money in an effort to gain an unfair advantage during the privatization of the state-owned oil company SOCAR in the early 1990s. He also told the court that Kozeny had directed others to purchase privatization vouchers on behalf of his companies Oily Rock and Minaret. These vouchers, he said, were purchased using vast sums of cash that were flown into Azerbaijan on Kozeny’s private jet and chartered planes. Mr Jones noted that Kozeny, who has resided in the Bahamas since 1995, has several passports as well as a pilot’s license. Mr Jones argued that the offences for which Kozeny is being sought for extradition to the US do amount to offences under Bahamian law. Mr Jones contended that although Kozeny’s defence had alleged “bad faith” and an abuse of process by US authorities, the allegations amounted to nothing. Clive Nicholls, QC, who, with attorney Philip Davis, appeared for Kozeny, yesterday argued it was impermissible for US authorities to seek to justify Kozeny’s detention on grounds other than those already determined by Magistrate Bethel. Mr Nicholls also argued that the request for Kozeny’s extradition should fail as the offences he is accused of amount to trans-national bribery which is not an offence in the Bahamas. The appeal hearing continues today. thugs, one of whom stabbed him in his neck. A short time earlier, the same group of boys was embroiled in an altercation outside the victim's home on Peach Street. The victim's mother scolded the boys for their behaviour and asked them to leave her property. Police believe Mr Bullardw as not a part of the first altercation. The group left and the victim's mother sent him to a nearby shop, however Mr Bullard was attacked before he could get more than 100 yards away from his home. Despite his injury, Mr Bullard was able to return home where he collapsed. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and died about three hours later. CHINA’S State Council announced Thursday that Chi-na is going to reduce the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions p er unit of GDP in 2020 by 40 to 45 per cent compared to the level of 2005. This is "a voluntary action" taken by the Chinese government "based on our own national conditions" and "is a major contribution to the global effort in tackling climate c hange," the State Council said. In a meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao Wednesday, the State Council reviewed a national task plan addressing climate change. A press statement released Thursday said the index of carbon dioxide emissions cuts, a nnounced for the first time by China, would be "a binding goal" to be incorporated into China's medium and long-term national social and economic development plans. New measures would be formulated to audit, monitor and assess its implementation, said t he statement. Qi Jianguo, an economic and environmental policy researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, t old Xinhua that the targets would put "great pressure" on China's development. "In 2020, the country's GDP will at least double that of now,s o will the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGr equired reduction of emissions intensity by 40 to 45 per cent i n 2020 compared with the level of 2005 means the emissions of GHG in 2020 has to be roughly the same as emissions now," he said. Q i, a quantitative economist who studies links between the e conomy and climate change, said as the world's largest develo ping country, China would face a great challenge. In order to achieve the tar get, more effort must be made besides strictly abiding by the p rinciple of "energy-saving and emissions reductions," he said. T he government would devote major efforts to develo ping renewable and nuclear energies to ensure the consumption of non-fossil-fuel power accounted for 15 per cent of the country's total primary energy consumption by 2020, said the State Council s tatement. More trees would be planted a nd the country's forest area would increase by 40 million hectares and forest volume by1.3 billion cubic meters from the levels of 2005. The State Council said that as a responsible developing n ation, China advocated global concerted efforts in addressing c limate change "through pragmatic and effective interna tional cooperation." The Chinese cabinet reiterated the principled stand for implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC t ocol. Both the UNFCCC principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" and the Bali Roadmap should be observed, the State Council said. The UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol should be carried out in a comprehensive, e ffective and lasting way, and emissions alleviation, adaptation, technological transfer and financial support should be coordinated in a comprehensive way to help bring about positive results for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in December in Copenh agen, the State Council said. "Appropriate handling of the climate change issue is of vital interest to China's social and economic development and people's fundamental interests, as well as the welfare of all the people in the world and the world's long-term developm ent," the State Council said in the statement. China faced mounting pressure and difficulties in devel oping its national economy and i mproving people's living standards as the country's industrialization and urbanization accelerated, said the statement. Given the country's huge p opulation, prominent economic structural problems,c oal-dominated energy consumption structure, and increasi ng demand for energy, the government needed to make strenuous efforts to realise those targets, said the statement. The government was r equired to take into account both immediate and long-termi nterests while achieving coordinated development of its e conomy and the cause of envi ronmental protection, said the statement. Coping with climate change should be a major strategy for t he national economic and social development, said thes tatement. More funding would be i nvested into the research, development and industrialization of technologies for energy saving, and into energy effi ciency, clean coal development, renewable energies, advanced nuclear energies, and carbon c apture and storage. Laws, regulations and stand ards would be formulated and fiscal, taxation, pricing and financial measures would be introduced to manage and monitor the implementation of those laws and regulations, said the statement. T he State Council also said China would expand cooperat ion with foreign countries in raising its capacity to cope with climate change and import lowcarbon and environmentfriendly technologies. China to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 to 45 per cent FROM page one T een held in connection with fatal stabbing of deaf man FROM page one Prosecutors seeking to have investor Viktor Kozeny committed into custody many of them did not get a good look at the bandits because they were ordered to lay on the ground. The attack took place at about 12.15pm on November 16. A group of cruise passengers were on a Segway tour of BASH's Earth Village when two armed gunmen approached. The thugs tied up the Bahamian tour guide with the first group and ordered the passengers to the ground before robbing them of money, passports, cell phones, credit cards and personal items. A second group of visitors approached and were alsor obbed at gunpoint. Police said a Bahamian woman was gun-butted to the head during the attack, adding that no shots were fired. However, this was disputed by many of the disgruntled victims, who claimed a shot had been fired into the ground by one of the thugs about two feet away from one of the victims. The passengers were part of two separate tour groups from Disney Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. The cruise lines have suspended their tours with Caribbean Segway Tours. BASH's Executive Director Terry Miller has plans to beef up security of the 170-acre property. FROM page one Police ‘confident’ T HE group of cruise passengers were on a Segway tour of BASH's Earth Village (above

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCALNEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THEY are the mainstay of the community, those special people who give up their precious time to help those in need ... yet seek no reward. Caring only for the wellb eing of others, they don't a sk for money or favours. N either do they go out of t heir way for celebrity. T heirs is a total selfless act o f kindness. We at The Tribune t hink it's about time we c elebrated the fact that t here are so many ordin ary people who do their bit to make someone else's life a little easier. They are our Unsung Heroes. That person may be a carer, looking after the young, the elderly or the i nfirm. Y our unsung hero might be a role model. For example, someone who gives up their time toc oach young people in sports. T he unsung hero may be someone, young or elderly, who is courag eously fighting an illness or disability. It may be a good friend o r neighbour who has helped you out in times of t rouble. Someone who has a kind heart or a good ear for list ening. I t may be a teacher who g oes that extra mile for a p upil, or a nurse who puts t he welfare of her patients above all else. Your unsung hero might even be a group of people who put their comm unity first. T ribune managing edit or John Fleet said: "All t oo often we read about t he bad things which go on a round us, and the good for one reason or another gets put to one side. "Now is the time to s howcase the good citizens o f The Bahamas. Tell us, and the nation, w ho your unsung heroes are." To nominate your unsung hero, either write, o r email, saying why he or s he is deserving of praise. I n your nomination put y our name and contact telephone number, and also details of where we can contact your hero. PRIDEOFTHEBAHAMAS unsung hero? who is your M AYBE YOUR UNSUNG HERO i s a teacher, neighbour or a doctor. Write to let us know. A chance to showcase the good citizens of the Bahamas MARK YOUR ENVELOPE "UNSUNG HEROES" AND DROP IT IN AT THE TRIBUNE RECEPTION DESK OR EMAIL YOUR DETAILS TO TRIBUNE@TRIBUNEMEDIA.NET Let's celebrate the good people of our community. TOPLEFT:PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham (left mohan Singh at the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad from November 27 29 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. ABOVE: PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, David Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados, and Stephenson Kind, Prime Minister of St Lucia at CHOGM. TOPRIGHT:RALPH GONSALVES , Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, left, and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham share a joke at CHOGM. LEFT: PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham chats with Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and his wife Babli. Photos: Commonwealth Secretariat PRIME MINISTER AT THE 2009 COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING

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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net T here’s a saying that all good things must come to an end. Yester day, the defending Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools basketball champions St Bede’s Crushers found that out the painful way against the St Cecilia’s Strikers. Heading into St Cecilia’s with an unblemished record, the Crushers left with a heartbreaking 37-36 loss as the Strikers took advantage of their home court to avenge their only defeat of the season. They are now tied with identical 7-1 winloss records, splitting their head-to-head match-up, as the regular season starts to wind down. “This team is gradually maturing,” said St Cecilia’s coach Leo Delaney. “They’re not exactly where I want them to be, but gradu ally they’re getting there. “But with the home court advantage, I just knew that we had an opportunity to pull it off. Once we kept it close, anything was possible.” The difference in the game came when St Bede’s lost center Gregory Cooper to five fouls early in the fourth quarter with the Crushers holding a commanding 23-15 lead. Once he left, the Crushers didn’t have anybody to contain Steven Humes. Then late in the period, Delaney inserted Lenford Powell, who provided a double threat as the twin towers went to work. “I felt really good. Now I know we have a chance to win the championship,” said Powell, who was more concerned about the rest of the season than this victory. But Powell admitted that once Cooper went out, he knew that when he got into the game, he would have been able to make an impact. After going scoreless when he started in the first quarter, Powell came back into the game in the fourth and he contributed eight points to help spark their come-frombehind win. Humes, who added five points in the period, finished with seven, while Ivoine Ingraham managed to break loose for 11 before he fouled out with the Strikers trailing 28-20. Tyreke Colebrooke chipped in with five. Kyle ‘Flash’ Turnquest canned a game high 16 points, Malik Jones had 10, Cooper helped out with four and Cooper contributed three in a losing effort. “We missed a couple of lay-ups,” said a disappointed Turnquest, who noted that they intend to come back and avenge the loss whenever they meet again. More than likely that won’t come until the best-ofthree championship series as the two teams are poised to end up in the top two spots when the regular season is completed on December 9. St Bede’s head coach Donnie Culmer said they will take the loss in stride and rebound because they knew exactly what went wrong. “They can’t beat us. We will be back. Gregory fouled out. But I should have checked the book when he had the four fouls,” Culmer said. “I should have sat him down and bring him back. That was the problem. This was his day because Kyle was having an off day again. He missed too many layups.” When Cooper fouled out, Culmer said it took away a lot of their momentum. “We’re going to be shaken up by this loss,” he said. “We will be back.” Although they trailed 5-0 at the end of the first quarter and 12-9 at the half, the Strikers made a gallant comeback to cut the deficit to 17-13 at the end of the third. Both teams increased the tempo of the game in the fourth and made it an excit ing contest the rest of the way. At one point, the Crushers queried the score when they felt they should have gone up 36-35, but the scorebook had them behind 35-34. That may have been the difference in the score as the Strikers never relin quished the lead again. St Bede’s will get a chance to redeem themselves when they travel to Xaviers on Monday to face the Giants before they close out at home against the St Francis/Joseph Shockers. St Cecilia’s, on the other hand, will travel to play Our Lady’s Blue Flames on Wednesday and then conclude at home on Monday against the St Thomas More Sparks. The sudden death playoff is set for December 11 at Loyola Hall and the best-ofthree final is slated to begin December 14 at the same venue. C M Y K C M Y K TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 12 P AGE 13 Track stadium named in Olympian’s honour... TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM St CECILIA’S STRIKERS celebrate yesterday after beating the defending Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools basketball champions St Bede’s Crushers 37-36 as the regular season starts to wind down... DEFENDING Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools basketball champions St Bede’s Crushers can be seen in action against the St Cecilia’s Strikers yesterday... SEE photo spread on page 14 P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Celebrity tennis exhibition has new ‘hit with the pros’ twist... See page 14 Strikers win by one!

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Track stadium named in Olympian’s honour C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE track and field facility at North Andros High School, which reportedly has a strong athletic programme, has been named in honour of Carl Oliver – the island’s only Olympian. In 1996, Oliver was a twot ime member of the Bahamas men’s 4x400m relay team that competed in Atlanta, Geor gia, and finished seventh in the final. And in 2000 in Sidney, Australia, the team won bronze. D esmond Bannister, min i ster of youth, sports and culture, attended the commissioning service in Nicholls Town last Friday. He said the facility will be consistent with the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The new mondo surface of the track is being built by Emile Knowles of Knowles Construction Services and it is expected to be completed within the next six weeks. The Grand Bahama Sports Complex is also being re-con structed with a new mondo surface and is expected to be ready when the track and field season kicks off in January. Grand Bahama Sports Complex also getting new mondo surface DESMOND BANNISTER , minister of youth, sports and culture, speaks during the commissioning ceremony... P h o t o s b y P a t r i c k H a n n a / B I S BRIAN CLEARE , sports co-ordinator for North Andros, gives Minister Bannister and other officials a tour of the new track and field facility... ORGANISERS of the ninth annual Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational have added an additional i nteractive experience for junior tennis players during the weekend of fun-filled activities. A nd two of many tennis stars – German Anna-Lena Groenefeld and American Jared Palmer (former No.1 doubles player and Wimbledon doubles champion) – slated to take part are scheduled to arrive in the Bahamas today. The event starts Friday with a Pro-Am at Atlantis and exhibition at the Nationa l Tennis Center at 3pm Saturday. Groenefeld partnered with Knowles to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles champi o nship title this year. The duo w ill face off with Martin Damm & Olga Savchuk as part of the exhibition. The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTAt he organisers have selected several of the Bahamas’ promising young juniors to hit a few tennis balls with the professional players during a “hit with the pros” sessioni mmediately following Saturday’s exhibition at National T ennis Centre. The BLTA has announced t hat juniors Phillip Major of Andros, Julio Valdz of Grand B ahama and Dylan Walker of Eleuthera will be coming t o New Providence to watch the exhibition and play witht he pros. BLTA president Stephen Turnquest said they wanted to include some representa t ion from islands other than New Providence because so often they get neglected due to travel expenses and other issues. Said Walker, a 12-year-old s tudent of Central Eleuthera High School who has been playing tennis since he was five years old. “Thank you for the invita tion to participate in the Mark Knowles Kids Tennis Day Camp. I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to attend,” said Walker. “I feel that this is an opportunity for me to improve my performance in tennis and sharpen my skills. I am excited to meet Mark Knowles and his exciting group of world class pros. It means a lot to me to be given the opportunity to come to Nassau. “On the island of Eleuthera I receive very limited play here as there is no one to hit with except for my mom and recently with Mr Wesley Rolle. I rarely get the oppor tunity to play in a lot of tournaments because of the expense. I feel this camp will motivate me to achieve one of my goals of playing tennis professionally.” Thirteen-year-old Philip Major had this to say: “I am really excited to attend this year’s camp. It will help me to improve and get better in footwork and technique to better my game. I am very grateful that I was chosen,” said Major, who attends North Andros High School. “I get to see Mark and these pros up close and maybe get a tip or two to improve my own serve and forearm. I will be motivated to play better tennis.” Julio Valdz, a 13-year-old student of St George’s High School, has been playing ten nis for nine years. “It will be a great experience seeing tennis pros play and it will give me incentivet o do better,” he said. “Mark Knowles is like the best doub les player in the world and it’s like a dream come truef or me to be face-to-face with ATP top single and doubles players.” In Nassau, the selection p rocess is underway with the most promising juniors fromv arious tennis professionals, such as Kim O’Kelley and Robbie Isaacs. The “Hit with the Pros” s ession is scheduled to start at 4:30pm for about 30 minutes and will give the juniors a taste of sharing the tennis court with these legends of the game. Knowles said that he thinks it is extremely important to encourage junior players and to let them see close up the techniques that are common to all the best players in the world. H e said that he was fortu nate as a young child to be able to see Bjorn Borg, Vitas Geruliatis, Fred Stolle andR od Laver and many others when they played in tournam ents held at the Nassau Beach Hotel. Knowles said that this certainly inspired him to try and emulate them. T ickets are now on sale at the National Tennis Centre, t he Atlantis Tennis Centre, the Village Squash Club, the L yford Cay School and H G Christie. T he proceeds of the event will go to aid local children’s charities such as the Cancer Society, the Sassoon ( Bahamas) Foundation for Pediatric Heart Care, Special Olympics, the Association for the Physically Disabled, the Chance Foundation and the Mark Knowles Tennis Schol arship Fund. To date, over $400,000 has been distributed to various charities. The aim this year is to increase total donations to $500,000. The major sponsors to date include Atlantis Resort & Casino, Lombard Odier Dari er Hentsch Private Bank & Trust, Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd, Serenity Point, Abaco, The Balmoral, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, American Airlines, the Bank of the Bahamas, Everkey Global Fund, Templeton Global Advisors, Odyssey Aviation, H3O, TheBahamasWeekly.com and the Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture. The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational is a charity event that has been hosted by Knowles since 2001. The event is held in December at the National Tennis Centre in Nassau (New Providence For further details, visit: www.markknowles tennis.com Celebrity tennis exhibition has new ‘hit with the pros’ twist DYLAN WALKER is thrilled about t he opportunity to take part in the hit with the pros session... GROENEFELD partnered with Knowles to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles championship title this year...

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Diplomats overpower Comets 75-47 on the road Crushers vs Strikers... C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 14, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f DEFENDING Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools basketball champions St Bede’s Crushers can be seen in action against the St Cecilia’s Strikers. The Crushers had a heartbreaking 37-36 loss as the Strikers took advantage of their home court to avenge their only defeat of the season. They are tied with identical 7-1 win-loss records, splitting their head-to-head match-up, as the regular season starts to wind down... B y RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net WITH a relatively new cast of characters, the reigni ng BAISS senior boys champions racked up another early season win on their quest for an elusive three-peat. The Westminster College Diplomats overpowered the Queen’s College Comets for an effortless 75-47 win on the r oad yesterday. With five scorers in double figures, led by AdrianS herman who came off the bench to finish with 16 p oints, the Diplomats’ balanced scoring attack andc onsistent activity on defence w ere too much for the Comets to handle as the D iplomats remained undef eated on the year. E arly foul trouble was p revalent in the opening q uarter as both teams were i n the bonus just five minu tes into the game. T rips to the foul line and a slow pace to the game paid d ividends for the Comets as they kept in striking distancee arly on. A layup by Eleazor Johnson trimmed it to 11-8 withl ess than two minutes left to p lay in the quarter. With the starters in foul trouble and the Diplomats’ r eserves having to carry the load, the defending champi o ns led 18-10 after the first q uarter. In the second, the Diplomats’ advantage doubled due t o a stifling defence which allowed just one field goal in the quarter. S haquille Bain gave West m inster its first double fig ure lead with a driving layup t o make the score 21-10 on t he opening possession. His basket sparked a 14-1 run for the Diplomats which put the game all but out of reach. Bain, who finished with 12 p oints, was forced to sit with four early fouls but reserve guard Buscar Panza was ablet o fill the void and lead the team on both ends of the f loor. W ith nearly four minutes elapsed in the quarter, Devin Carey scored the Comets’ first point in the quarter with one of two from the free throw line. S herman dominated the i nterior on both ends of the floor as the Comets struggled to match his physical play. He came up with what seemed like every other loose ball or rebound and lived at the free throw line, forcing the Comets’ bigmen into foul trouble. He scored eight of his 16 points in the quarter and gave the Diplomats a number of second shot opportunities. Panza gave the Diplomats a 34-11 lead on a drive to the lane just before Johnson, who finished with 21 points, scored the Comets only basket of the quarter with 33 seconds remaining. Westminster led 34-15 at the half. Sherman opened the third with much of the same, dominance in the point as his early basket sparked an 8-2 run for the Diplomats. The lead ballooned to as much as 23 when a layup by Thomas Mackey made it 4320 with 5:03 left to play in the quarter. The Comets enjoyed their highest scoring quarter of the game with 18 points, but also gave up 18 points and failed to decrease the deficit as the Diplomats led 52-23 heading into the final period. The fourth quarter was all Diplomats as they outscored the Comets by nine in the quarter and led by as much as 30. Mackey and Shaquille Fer nander also reached double figures for the Diplomats as each finished with 15 points, while Brian Rose added 13. Diplomats head coach Geno Bullard said he expects his team to reclaim their throne atop the BAISS standings at year’s end, despite the new cast of characters.

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Store achieves sparkling $60k outlay returns B y CHESTER ROBARDS B usiness Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net T he owner of M AC Consultants could spend $5,000 fortifying his business after h e was forced to ‘hole up’ in h is office for almost 24 hours over the weekend until police responded to his 919 emergency call following a break-in. J ohn Laramore told Tribune Business that after discovering his store had been broken into, he called police in the area to investigate the robbery, and decided to stay overnight at hisb usiness to await police and protect his investment. H owever, no police came, and during the course of the n ight he had to watch a man hurl a rock through the window of his vehicle, which was parked outside, in an attempt to steal the battery. Still, no officersc ame to the scene of his already reported robbery or this latesti ncident. It was not until Mr Laramore m ade a call to a friend, who promptly e-mailed officers in t he upper echelons of the police force, that help arrived after what bordered on two days. According to Mr Laramore, a swarm of police arrived at C larawill House on Carmichael Road, presumably after the e-m ail was received, and promptly dealt with his matter. He said t he high-ranking officer also came to the scene to apologise for the lack of police response. The robbery cost Mr Laramore more than $1,300 in lost merchandise, and the dam age to his vehicle will result in so-far undetermined repairs. And, due to what he considersa substandard alarm system, he is now forced to spend another$ 1,600 dollars out-of-pocket for a new alarm company. A ccording to Mr Laramore, he has also been forced to insure his stock in case of future break-ins, which could drive the total spend to secure his prop-e rty up to almost $5,000. He said the thieves that hit h is store around 1.30am last Fri day morning got away with several iPods, leaving the more expensive Mac computers behind. It could have been worse,” said Mr Laramore. He said he m ay have lost his car battery to the second thief had it not been b olted down. According to him, he was sat isfied with the effort from the police when they finally arrived, but lamented that it should have never taken the time it did, nor the e-mail to a senior officer, for them to respond. Now, Mr Laramore is concerned that he also needs to purchase a gun to protect hisb usiness, something he said he has never wanted to do. I don’t know if we [business people] have any other choice,” h e said. Businessmen and women have raised concerns about the rising crime rate they believe is connected with the contract-i ng economy. President of the Bahamas C hamber of Commerce, Khaalis Rolle, said recently that crime remains a serious concern for businesses in the Bahamas, “particularly when it e xtends beyond the normal armed robbery”. M r Rolle has spoken on the issue of crime in the Bahamas i n several forums, and remains desperate to find a solution. “I don't know where to start with this,” he said. “I have said my piece a million times. From the business community, the best thing we can do in the short term is to secure our busi nesses and properties as best we can while we look for a long term solution. It is something that has to be addressed and the solutioni sn't an easy one.” Mr Rolle said he is not conv inced that the typical alarm system provides the robust security that most businesses need. However, he said they are not to be discounted as ani mmediate deterrent. According to him, the crimin al mind is often just as sharp as the mind that dreamt up the security system, which is its major flaw. “The development of crimin al behavior takes on a new life almost on a daily basis,” Mr R olle said. “They manage their activities around systems that a re limited in scope and limited in their ability to change to meet the criminal behavior.” C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for e rrors and/or omission from the daily report. $4.20 $4.13 $4.25 n $%$$ !$$"$"%" ##$'#")(&"" "&#n"$ #$"$""" f'$"#$&$# %#" #%$'$&"r"n'#'$b " )##' $!%-("(-"( ',")' *+%&$%+$%##)$ (-&'nnnnbf PrimeIncomeFund B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Privy Council has criti cised the Court of Appeal for “a failure of the judicial process” in not providing writ t en reasons for its decision in a case related to a long-running d ispute over a 92-acre tract of land off Tonique Williams-Darl ing Highway, finding one of the parties was “justifiably aggrieved” to be lift in the dark over his possessory title claim. The UK-based court, the h ighest authority in the Bahamian judicial system, said t he Court of Appeal’s failure to provide written reasons for i ts decision in a case brought by Kenneth Higgs Snr, against L eshelmaryas Investment Company and Annamae Woodside, had “raised questions” as to its intentions and left several issues relating to legal matters surrounding the land dispute unre solved. The Privy Council, in its judgment, noted that when its Judicial Committee gave Mr Higgs special leave to appeal the appellate court’s ruling on December 2, 2008, “a direction was given that written reasons be provided by the Court of Appeal for its September 4, 2007, ruling”. “The Board [Privy Council] regret to say that there has been no response by the Court o f Appeal to that direction,” the judgment said, adding that t he Privy Council had been provided with a note of the court’s oral judgment by the attorney for Mr Higgs. However, this did not answer s everal questions raised, and the Privy Council said: “The B oard regret that they find it necessary to repeat that it is the d uty of every court, and particularly every appellate court, to give reasons for their decisions unless relieved by the parties from that obligation. “To leave parties in doubt as to why their contentions haven ot been accepted is a failure of the judicial process. Mr Higgs was entitled to be told whether his evidence about possessorya cts in relation to [the disputed land] from 1970 to 2002 was a ccepted and, if it was, why his possessory title claim was rejected.” In the initial Supreme Court action, then-Justice Jeanne Thompson had rejected Mr Higgs’s claim to possessory title of the land, which the judgment called ‘Tract A’, due to a Sep tember 16, 1987, “incident” and “confrontations on the land” between Mr Higgs and a Mr Leslie Miller. It is not known whether the Mr Miller referred to is the former PLP MP, although he owns substantial Court of Appeal ‘failure’ is cr iticised b y Pr ivy Council By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor LESS than one-third, or just o ver 28 per cent, of the Bahamas International Securit ies Exchange’s (BISX market capitalisation is in ‘tru ly public’ hands, Tribune Busi ness confirmed yesterday, with analysts expressing concern that t he extent of majority shareholder control was retarding ownership diversity” in the Bahamian capital markets and w ider economy. Keith Davies, BISX’s chief executive, yesterday confirmed to Tribune Business that as at September 30, 2009, some $810 m illion out of BISX’s total $2.89 billion market capitalisation was in the hands of Bahamian retail and institutional investors, as opposed to just one controlling sharehold er or group of shareholders. A s a percentage, that works out to just 28.04 per cent of BISX-traded stocks being owned by ordinary Bahamians, or institutions such as pension funds and insurance companies. In short, it indicates that the capital markets and BISX’s launch in 2000 have only achieved limited wealth cre ation and diversity to date in the Bahamian economy’s ownership, even though this repre sents a significant advance on what was there before. Kenwood Kerr, chief executive at Providence Advisors, said it would be “good” if f uture initial public offerings (IPOs shareholders retaining a less than 50 per cent stake after coming to market. He explained that a major factor behind the lack of own ership diversity in BISX-listed stocks was that, prior to the exchange’s creation, “those companies have been allowed Just 28% of BISX’ s $2.89b market cap in public’ s hands S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 B B Concer n that major i ty contr ol r etar d ing ‘o wner ship d iversity’ in Bahamian capital markets and economy ‘Holed up’ for 24 hours in my firm * Businessman forced to endure 24-hour wait for police help after break-in that cost business $1,300 * Now faced with having to spend $5,000 on new alarm system and other upgrades, after watching criminal break into van * Police only respond after friend sends e-mail to senior officer * ‘I don’t know if we (business peopleve any other choice’ except to by guns for protection By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net A BAHAMIAN jewellery vendor turned around analmost $60,000 outlay on her own store in only two months, and is celebrating a one-year anniversary in mid-December i n the midst of one of the deepest global recessions ever s een. Chelsie Maura, owner of A Divine Design, said despite a slow summer this year, sales have been good, and with the Christmas season here, she expects them to get better. A young entrepreneur, Ms Maura began selling European jewellery door-to-door when she left her job as a Spanish teacher at St Augustine’s College, after being diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a debilitating muscle disease. According to her, she was always involved in art and decided she would produce jewellery from precious ands emi-precious stones, selling them door-to-door at banks and insurance companies. A fter months of selling the jewellery, Ms Maura had obtained so much inventory and had such a high demand for h er products that she was forced to open a store. In December 2008, she renovated a small store on Bay Street, just one block east of Victoria Avenue, and set up her own business. There, she expanded to include jewellery cleaning, and a cquired the equipment to drill the semi-precious and precious stones in-house. H er jewellery lines include a wide array of stones, including pyrite (fools gold l aces to which almost any of the shaped stones can be attached through an innovative clasp system are available in v arious types of gold and rope. “We use no inferior stones,” said Ms Maura. With the interchangeable clasp system a staple at A Divine Design, Ms Maura essentially becomes a consul tant, assisting her customers in choosing the best stone for t heir taste, occasion or new necklace. S he imports all her S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B

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to come to market and retain a controlling interest control of m anagement and shareholder voting rights. The whole market i s concentrated through the shareholdings. Certainly, for its [the capital markets] future development, i t needs to have a broad base for its ownership and, by exten sion, the economy.” With such a substantial amount of BISX’s market cap i talisation controlled by majori ty or controlling investor groups, Mr Kerr said one con-s equence of this ownership con centration was liquidity the willingness of buyers and sellers to interact and trade. BISX has been plagued by l iquidity issues since inception, and Mr Kerr conceded that onec onsequence of ownership concentration was that “it leaves y ou thinly traded”. With major institutional investors unable to acquire the stock they wanted because majority investors w ere staying put, the market was frequently being left to thes maller retail players, with trades of only several hundred shares. “The institutional traders are unable to change, control or a ccumulate large chunks of companies in rapid fashion.T hat has to be accomplished over a significant period of t ime. It’s obvious a limit. There’s not enough in float at the time the value is right, and the attractive price may soon g o,” Mr Kerr told Tribune Business. H e acknowledged that this “inhibits the market”, and left major institutional investors unable to “influence what goes on in these companies in terms o f management and decisionmaking, because they have lim i ted shareholding percentages”. As Tribune Business report e d last week, perhaps the most egregious example of this in the Bahamian capital markets is FirstCaribbean International B ank (Bahamas largest stock on BISX by mar-k et capitalisation and accounts for over 40 per cent of the market, yet less than 5 per cent is in the hands of Bahamian public investors. T he remainder is owned by its FirstCaribbean parent inB arbados which, in turn, is controlled by Canadian-based C IBC. Other companies where there is a large majority shareholder, or controlling group of investors, are (non-BISX liste d) Bahamas Supermarkets (78 per cent in the hands of BSLH oldings), and Fidelity Bank (Bahamas c ent in the parent’s hands. In the case of FINCO, 75 per cent also remains in the hands of Royal Bank of Canada, while over 50 per cent of ICD Utili t ies is controlled by Emera. Among those with a more d iversified shareholder base are AML Foods, Commonwealth B ank and Cable Bahamas (once Columbus Communica tions is bought out). Capital markets in most developed countries tend to f rown on public companies where one large shareholder,o r group of controlling investors, control the majority o f the stock, with investors shying away from them. M r Kerr said the Bahamas was no different, adding: “Ana l ysts and smart money would want to be concerned about s hareholdings that are concent rated in a small group of shareholders. That’s a universal con-c ern.” As the Bahamian capital markets matured, and investors became more sophisticated, Mr Kerr said majority control of a p ublic company by a small investor group would become a significant issue” when coming to market. In the past, it was not such an issue, but going forward, yes. We all mature as investors, and the public will want to see less of a controlling interest after t he issuance of shares, and more in the marketplace,” MrK err told Tribune Business. Mr Davies last week said he h ad long argued that BISX-listed companies, and any plan ning to float via a future IPO, should make a greater percentage of their shares available to B ahamian institutional and retail investors, fostering g reater wealth creation and a more diverse ownership of this n ation’s economy. “It is my view and opinion that a larger percentage of companies should be made avail able, and sold when they area ble,” Mr Davies told Tribune Business. “I said that manyy ears ago, and I hold to that. “I find it difficult to believe t hat anyone going public now will find it easy to sell such a s mall percentage, as there is a much more knowledgeable i nvesting public and they are unwilling to accept such a large p ercentage of control.” C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RoyalFidelity Capital Markets IT WAS a moderate week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors traded in six out of the 24 listed securities, of which three declined and three remained unchanged. E E Q Q U U I I T T Y Y M M A A R R K K E E T T A total of 78,765 shares changed hands, representing an increase of 73,265 shares, compared to the previous week's trading volume of 5,500 shares. Commonwealth Bank (CBL and the lead decliner, trading 70,515 shares and declining by $0.12 to see its stock close the week at $5.62. FamGuard Corporation (FAM ing the week, with its share price dropping $0.10 on a volume of 1,200 to close the week at $6.40. B B O O N N D D M M A A R R K K E E T T Investors traded $70,000 (par value Fidelity Bank (Bahamas Series D Notes Due in 2015 (FBB15 C C O O M M P P A A N N Y Y N N E E W W S S Fidelity Bank (BahamasFBB its unaudited financial statements for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. FBB reported net income of $1.1 million, compared to $832,000 for the same nine-month period last year, representing an increase of $281,000 or 34 per cent. Net interest income reported in the quarter was $6.6 million, up $456,000 or 7.4 per cent, compared to the 2008 third quarter, while non-interest income of $4.1 million declined by about $125,000 or 3 per cent quarter-over-quarter. FBB ‘s total expenses for the quarter were $9.6 million, a slight increase of $50,000 or 0.5 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year. The expense category with the highest percentage change was FBB's provision for loan losses, which totalled $773,000, increasing by $344,000 or 45 per cent quarter-overquarter. Total assets and liabilities as at September 30, 2009, were $279 million and $244 million respectively, compared to $272 million and $240 million at year-end December 31, 2008. The movement in assets and liabilities was due primarily to higher mortgages and loans, plus cus tomer deposits, being recorded by the bank. Earnings per share (EPS increased by $0.01 quarterover-quarter to stand at $0.04 at September 30, 2009. D D i i v v i i d d e e n n d d N N o o t t e e s s : : Bank of the Bahamas (BOB of $0.16 per share, payable on December 15 to all ordinary shareholders of record date December 8, 2009. A A G G M M N N o o t t i i c c e e : : Bahamas Supermarkets announced that its AGM meeting will be held on December 3, 2009, at 6pm at the Hilton Hotel. ROYAL FIDELITY MARKETWRAP The Bahamian Stock Market B B I I S S X X C C L L O O S S I I N N G G C C H H A A N N G G E E V V O O L L U U M M E E Y Y T T D D P P R R I I C C E E S S Y Y M M B B O O L L P P R R I I C C E E C C H H A A N N G G E E AML$1.17 $-0-31.58% BBL$0.63 $-0-4.55% BOB$5.90 $-0-22.77% BPF$10.75 $-0-8.90% BSL$10.06 $-0-1.28% BWL$3.15 $-00.00% CAB$10.00$-0-28.72% CBL$5.62 $-0.12 70,515-19.71% CHL$2.72 $-1,258-3.89% CIB$9.87 $-0-5.55% CWCB$2.66 $0.09018.22% DHS$2.55 $-00.00% FAM$6.40 $-0.101,200-17.95% FBB$2.37 $-00.00% FCC$0.27 $-0-10.00% FCL$4.75 $-3,292-8.12% FCLB$1.00 $-00.00% FIN$9.29$-0.012,500-21.74% ICD$5.59 $-0-8.81% JSJ$9.95 $-0-10.36% PRE$10.00 $-00.00% International Markets F F O O R R E E X X R R a a t t e e s s W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e C C A A D D $ $ 0 .94040.60 G G B B P P 1 .6464-0.30 E E U U R R 1.49640.65 C C o o m m m m o o d d i i t t i i e e s s W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e C C r r u u d d e e O O i i l l $76.05-2.16 G G o o l l d d $1,175.502.16 I I n n t t e e r r n n a a t t i i o o n n a a l l S S t t o o c c k k M M a a r r k k e e t t I I n n d d e e x x e e s s : : W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e D D J J I I A A 10,309.92-0.08 S S & & P P 5 5 0 0 0 0 1 ,087.27-0.38 N N A A S S D D A A Q Q 2,138.44-0.35 N N i i k k k k e e i i 9,081.52-4.38 Just 28% of BISX’s $2.89b market cap in public’s hands 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 NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A LEADING leading labour attorney yesterday welcomed the approach of Morton Salt’s new German owner to resolve all labour disputes “in-house”, telling Tribune Business the current Labour Board-Industrial Tribunal route for solving such matters was fraught with problems. Obie Ferguson, president o f the Trades Union Congress ( TUC) and head of his own law firm, told this newspaper that while the Labour Boardwas billed as a “conciliation” forum that attempted to reconcile employer and employee, it was really acting as a “mediator”, yet lacked the authority to force the parties into a settlement. “In the Bahamas, what we call conciliation is really mediation, and if you start off wrong on anything, you won’t end up right,” Mr Fergusonsaid. “The Labour Board is viewed as a conciliator, when it is a mediator. The Labour Board, as a conciliator, does not have the authority to cause parties to make agreements when it is really actingas a mediator. When you sit there, the person covering the issue does not have the authority to deal with it.” Mr Ferguson said that if employers and employees were going to resolve their disputes, they would do so without having to go to the Labour Board. He described the current “conciliation” process as “a waste of money” for both employer and employee if no resolution was forthcoming, adding that he had urged the Government repeatedly to “upgrade the system”. Elsewhere, Mr Ferguson told Tribune Business that the Bahamas needed a process that placed labour disputes, which were in danger of degenerating into strike action, on the “fast track” before the Industrial Tribunal. Such a process existed in the UK, where industrial disputes were given “priority”, and Mr Ferguson said one problem stemmed from the fact that the Bahamas “mimics UK rules, but not the whole of it, and consequently we have all these industrial actions. “It seems to me that if we want to find ways to efficiently deal with matters we should look to the mother country. You make the necessary adjustments on the basis that the foundation is sound. “What we have here is a Tribunal, by definition, that is not able to deal with disputes. It takes several monthst o file, and then takes one to four years before you get a hearing. That’s not productive, and that’s why I welcome the Morton Salt approach to solving it in-house.” The Inagua-based salt production facility’s takeover by German-based K + S was completed on October 1, 2009, and the new owners had informed Mr Ferguson of their desire to work with the union representing the majority of the company’s line workers, and their approach to doing so, in writing. The TUC president said another weakness in the Bahamian system was that the Industrial Tribunal was not a court of law, but a quasi-judicial body, and it was unable to adjudicate on criminal matters. Industrial issues fell into the criminal preserve if there was “a failure to treat it as a negotiation”. The end-result, Mr Ferguson said, was that the “system gets clogged”, to the frustra tion of employer, union and employee. He added: “We have outgrown the system, and have called on the Minister ofL abour to deal with it. The system is not where it ought to be. The way it’s structured now, it can take anywhere from 12 months to three-four years to get a matter heard and adjudicated at the Industrial Tribunal.” Mr Ferguson cited as a case in point the dispute involving the Port Authority union workers in Grand Bahama, who had voted in favour of industrial action, and the minister had refused to issue a certificate to acknowledge the vote had been taken. Mr Ferguson said the Minister had referred the matter to the Industrial Tribunal, but the latter did not have the power to deal with the matter because the certification of the strike vote had not been issued. The TUC president added that these situations were causing “uncertainty” on the labour side of the equation, and resolving them would reduce industrial disputes to a level that was “marginal”. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM UK ‘mimicking’ leads to labour dispute woe Store achieves sparkling $60k outlay returns s tones from a distributor in Europe, often pur chasing boulders and having them custom-cut a nd shaped, then shipped, to her store. She is one of the few local distributors of Venetian Glass, an elaborate and skillfully made glass object blown in Italy. Ms Maura spends as much on her merchandise a s she does on marketing, and with two television advertisements and several newspaper adver t isements to precede her store-wide sale begin ning this Thursday, she expects a better than a verage holiday season. “God has truly blessed me,” she said. Ms Maura said word-of-mouth has thus far been her largest traffic driver, and she expects much more of the same into the New Year. * Leading attorney says Labour Board lacks authority to act as mediator and impose settlements * Tribunal problems also cited in call for ‘system upgrade’ * Morton Salt deal completed, and new German owner’s approach welcomed F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B 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

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landholdings in the same area o ff Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. The September incident referred to the Higgs family’s opposition to surveyors con-d ucting a boundary survey of Tract A, in response to an application for the land’s partition. T he Privy Council judgment recalled: “This opposition resulted in a considerable disturbance on or near Tract A taking place. Police were sum-m oned. A tractor, brought on to the site by the surveyors in order to clear the Tract A boundaries of scrub vegetation, was allegedly overturned byb ulldozers and then surrounded by or buried beneath (descriptions differ) mounds of earth.” Yet the Privy Council noted t hat the land confrontations between Mr Higgs and Mr Miller took place in the early 1990s, more than 20 years after a Certificate of Title to the land w as granted, while the September 1987 “incident” could, if Mr Higgs was able to sustain a possessory title claim, have been c onstrued as a re-entry or resumption of documentary title rights by the owner. These issues were not explored, and the Privy Council said Mr Higgs’s first ground of appeal that the SupremeC ourt had made no findings of fact with regard to his possessory title claim were also not explored by the Court of A ppeal. The Privy Council found: “It may reasonably be thought that the Court of Appeal, by remitting the case to the SupremeC ourt for Leshel's partition application to be re-examined, impliedly dismissed Mr Higgs' appeal on the possessory title i ssue. After all, if that part of the appeal were allowed, there would be nothing to remit. “But parties are entitled to have their appeals dealt with ine xpress terms and, if dismissed, to know the reasons for that dismissal. The Court of Appeal's treatment of the a ppeal has left Mr Higgs justifiably aggrieved.” Tracing the origins of the dispute, in which Mr Higgs is representing the estate of his latem other Clotilda Higgs, the Privy Council said they lay in the division of the 92.33 acre tract of land between the child ren and grandchildren of Alliday Adderley. A Bahamian company, Nass auvian Ltd, ultimately a cquired a 25 per cent share in the land on January 6, 1964, o btaining a Certificate of Title in February 1970 following a p rotracted court battle with the adverse possessory title claims of Clotilda Higgs and one ofh er brothers. Nassauvian Ltd ultimately sold its 1/4 share in the land to an entity called Group Three L td on June 28, 1990, which then sold this to Leshelmaryas Investment Company on January 14, 2002. It was Nassauvian Ltd who h ad attempted to survey the boundaries of Tract A, in a bid to agree a division of it with the other owners, leading to the S eptember 1987 incident and a subsequent court action in which the Higgs family were prevented by injunction from interfering with the surveying.T he Supreme Court also reaffirmed Nassauvian Ltd’s title to a 1/4 share in Tract A. Then, Leshelmaryas Investm ent Company, applied on July 19, 2002, under the Partition Act for a Supreme Court Order that Tract A be partitioned among its various owners. Ita lso sought an Order granting it 28.85 acres, or a 1/4 share in Tract A, or, in the alternative an order for Tract A’s sale and t he distribution of the proceeds of the sale among the owners. Mr Higgs and his mother, C lotilda’s, estate, filed and d efence and counterclaim asserting that they had possess ory title over the whole of Tract A, denying Leshelmaryas I nvestment Company’s claim to any title interest. Mr Higgs appealed to the P rivy Council on the grounds that no reasons for his action’s dismissal had been given by the Court of Appeal, and “that no s ufficient findings of fact” were made by the Supreme Court. However, the Privy Council said his appeal on these grounds was “bound to fail”,d ue to the 1987 court action confirming Nassauvian Ltd’s Certificate of Title. To obtain good adverse possessory title, a party needs to have an uninterrupted 20-year period in adverse possession, and the 1987 date splits both the 1970 court ruling and the 2002L eshelmaryas Investment Company action. Ultimately, the Court of Appeal ruled that Mr Higgs’s p ossessory title appeal was dismissed, but that the Court of Appeal was correct in setting aside the award of specific parcels to Leshelmaryas Invest-m ent Company, Annamae Woodside and Clotilda’s estate. The Privy Council ruled that the partition action should be r emitted to the Supreme Court for a re-hearing, during which Mr Higgs could argue that he and the estate had establishedp ossessory title to the other parcels of Tract A other than that owned by Leshelmaryas Investment Company. Unless the tenants in common entitled to shares in Tract A can agree upon a partition of the land, it seems to the Board, as at present advised,t hat a sale of Tract A and a division of the proceeds of sale is likely to be inevitable,” the Privy Council ruled. If Clotilda's executors can succeed in satisfying the judge before whom the remitted action is heard that they have acquired by their possessorya cts over Tract A the rights of their co-tenants in common other than Leshel, their individual share will have increased f rom 1/12 to 3/4. “It would be reasonable to expect that they and Leshel could agree upon a division of the land. 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TODAY, under the theme Universal Access and Human Rights”, countries all over the world will observe World AIDS Day. A nd the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas in conjunction with the Resource Committee at the AIDSC entre and the Ministry of Education have organised a number of e vents to commemorate the day. A human red ribbon, in the shape of the well-known symbol for thef ight against AIDS, will be formed on Rawson Square today by volunteers and students from a num-b er of schools including Temple Christian School; H O Nash School; R M Bailey High School; C W Sawyer Primary School; Oakes Field Primary School; Albury SayleP rimary School; Christian Heritage School, and Woodcock Primary School. T his has been an annual event for a number of years, and its pri mary goal is to assist in increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS. The AIDS Foundation also host e d a fun-run-walk last Saturday. Participants started at Arawak Cay and completed three different routes. Additionally, the “Know Your S tatus” photo exhibition at Doon galik Studios, as well as an art competition dealing with the topic ofH IV/AIDS was held last week. And as has become tradition, C olinaImperial hosted the 16th annual Red Ribbon Ball last week e nd. All proceeds were donated to the AIDS Foundation to assist in fund-i ng the Outreach Centre for adolescents who are living with HIV a nd AIDS, education and awareness projects, lab equipment, and assisting patients from the FamilyI slands. This comes at a time when the n umber of new HIV cases in the Bahamas is set to increase. From January to April 2009, 57 m ore people were added to the list of people infected with the virus in the Bahamas. Meanwhile, during the same period, 42 people with HIV saw theird isease progress to the critical AIDS stage of the illness, resulting in 22 deaths during those fourm onths. "If we multiply 57 times four, we g et 228. That would be more than we had last year. We'll have to see how things pan out," said Dr PerryG omez, director of the National AIDS Programme. W orld AIDS Day is observed on December 1 each year and serves the purpose of bringing to light theA IDS pandemic. Governments, communities and foundations all over world have been dedicated to w aging war against the disease by encouraging individuals who are sexual active to get tested. There have also been extensive efforts made to remove the stigmaa ssociated with HIV/AIDS. For more information go to www.worldaidscampaign.org. C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e Continuing the fight against AIDS By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net SWINE flu has made headlines around the world, and while the Bahamas hasn’t experienced any severe outbreaks, the H1N1 virus has led to locals getting seasonal flu shots like never before. “Bahamians generally wait for disasters, and very few of them have gotten the flu shot over the years. But the swine flu has truly opened the eyes of Bahamians to health risks and healthcare,” said Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. “(The virus negativity in the amount of deaths that have happened as a result of complications, but it has brought some positives as well.” Bahamians are becoming a lot more hygienic and cognisant of health risks as a result of the virus, Dr Minnis told Tribune Health. In the Bahamas, persons can receive the yearly seasonal flu shots at government clinics at no charge to them. In Dr Minnis’ constituency of Killarney, over 100 persons were recently injected with the vaccine, administered by the Health Minister himself. “We would recommend that all Bahamians as much as possible receive the regular flu shot because it’s a seasonal thing,” he said. “The flu shot would decrease the chances of you receiving the flu.” There is a misconception that the seasonal flu vaccine gives you the flu virus. But the vaccine cannot give persons the flu because it does not con tain the live virus. Sometimes there can be side effects that are flu-like, but they are usually gone within 24 to 48 hours. While there have been no deaths caused by the flu locally, Dr Minnis advises that it is best to be prepared at all times. Around the world, between 250,000 and 500,000 people die annually as a result of flu complications. The older population is more prone to complications from the regular flu, while the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus has caused the deaths of many young people. There also seems to be a greater mortality rate in pregnant women who are infected with the swine flu, but doctors are still stumped as to why this is the case. As it concerns swine flu shots, it is anticipated that the Bahamas will receive vaccinations to protect up to a quarter of a million people. The swine flu shots come through the World Health Organisation (WHO will ensure the safety of the vaccination. “We were hoping the swine flu shot would’ve been available this month,” Dr Minnis told Tribune Health . “We are in constant communication with the WHO because we are dealing with the worldwide epidemic.” “In the meantime, we would still be very vigilant of the swine flu H1N1 virus and be sure that our population takes the necessary precautions. We recommend that all Bahamians be protected,” said Dr Minnis. “When (the vaccine available we will make the announcements so that Bahamians can come into government clinics to get the vaccination,” he said. But Dr Minnis emphasised that it is still important to get the regular flu shots. “Not only does the flu make you feel bad, but the flu forces you to be off from work for at least a week. That has a greater impact on the economic situation within the workplace. On some jobs there may be only two individuals employed. Imagine if both have the flu, and realise the kind of implications that has on that business,” he said. General practitioners said that because of the swine flu, they expect that the seasonal flu may be worse this year than in previous years. And due to the focus on swine flu, there has been a decrease in supply of regular flu vaccines. An insider at Nassau Agen cies told Tribune Health that they would like to order more face masks, which would help protect people from the flu, but government has not reduced or removed the high duty fee of 45 per cent on the item. “If there is an epidemic of swine flu this year, we’re screwed and we will be caught with our pants down,” said Barbara Donathan of Nassau Agencies Ltd. “We brought a few in, but have not ordered any others because government has not removed the duty. By the time it is shipped, and duty is added, it’s more than double,” she said. Lowe’s Wholesale Drug Agency normally gets their flu medication on time, but this year they were unable to order their regular quantity of the GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine. “We haven’t been able to get the quantity that we’ve been trying to get,” Caroll Sands, director of pharmaceu tical sales at Lowe’s Wholesale, told Tribune Health. “I know (suppliers centrating a lot on the swine flu vaccine.” According to Mr Sands, the company he orders the vaccines from is temporarily out of the vaccine. Flu season starts in October and begins to peak in November, continuing on through April. There are only three drug companies that manufacture the flu vaccine Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis. Children in general are at risk. Anyone over the age of 50 is encouraged to get the injection. And people who work in nursing homes and in the health care profession are also urged to get vaccinated. “People over 50 and diabetics tend to be more keen on getting it because they realise they are in that group who are susceptible,” Ms Donathan said. Rise in flu vaccinations due to Swine flu scare A NURSE receives a swine flu vaccine at a hospital in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Mexico City started Thursday with the vaccination program for health workers. AN AID worker carries a red ribbon, the international symbol for AIDS awareness, during an AIDS awareness cam p aign in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. World AIDS day will be marked on Tuesday, Dec. 1, to increase awareness of the sexually-transmitted fatal disease. Miguel Tovar/ AP Photo Lee Jin-man/ AP Photo health

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DECEMBER is a wonder ful month for home gardeners. There is no mowing to do, except maybe a little trim so the lawn looks good for Christmas. The earliest tomatoes should be turning ripe and other vegetables such as string beans, beets, chard andspinach are at their initial peak. The weather allows for comfortable conditions when working in the garden and the poinsettias are coming into colour. A wonderful month indeed. We must not allow the pleasure of reaping ripe tomatoes to blind us to the fact this will be our only tomato harvest unless we plant more seeds. I like to plant more tomato seeds in a different area when the first set have flowered. You should get about four crops from succes sive sowing and this will keep you in tomatoes quite handsomely. Sweet peppers should last through the year but eggplants often need one extra sowing to ensure good-sized fruits. Snap beans should be sown at monthly intervals while green peas have a maximum of two productive harvests. If we grow a second crop of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants or potatoes in the same place we are inviting nematodes to share our produce with us. Nematodes, or eelworms, are microscopic organisms that are attracted to certain plants. When their numbers are sufficient they block the tissue of the root system and the plant dies of starvation and lack of water. The best solution is prevention. Instead of tomatoes following tomatoes, plant members of the cabbage family or the cucumber family. The nematodes that attack toma toes do not attack other vegetables. If you no option but to grow two sets of tomatoes in the same ground, ensure that you cover the garden with clear plastic in June or July and keep it there until September. This helps kill nema todes and is very effective. There are no nematode killers on sale to the public so we must be very careful and rotate our crops assiduously. If your Christmas flowerbeds are not up to stan dard you may have to visit the nursery and buy sets of established plants. New Guinea impatiens takes more sun than regular impatiens and lasts longer. Even when not flowering, the variegated ones look colourful. December is the beginning of the kalanchoe flowering season. Kalanchoe comes in an amazing array of colours and can be grown in part shade or full sun. It will flower until well after Easter when, being a perennial, it will lose its flowers but retain its fleshy leaves. Next November or December it will flower again. Even those gardeners who have poinsettias are likely to pick up one or two potted poinsettias for indoor deco rations. Choose a plant that is upright and healthy. The perfect plant will be two and a half times taller than it is wide; there should be no green edges to the colourful bracts, there should be no fallen leaves or evidence that lower leaves have been picked off, and the real flowers, which are yellow, should be green or red tipped. If there are signs of pollen it means the plant is heading towards maturity and unlike ly to last long in a pristine state. Time for dessert, and what better than strawberries. The strawberry season in Florida was late this year due to u nseasonably warm weather i n early autumn. Nurseries have plants now and they will produce almost instantly. Freshly picked strawberries are far better flavoured than those that have travelled, and strawberries grown in the gard en rarely make it back to the h ouse. There is a quickening of excitement throughout the month of December, climax ing at Christmas. If you plant ed at the right time there should be several vegetables o n your Christmas season m enus that came from your own garden. For more information or questions e-mail Gardener Jack at j.hardy@coralwave.com MANY of us have lazy, less productive or in fact totally wasted days. Days where the clock ticks by and seconds of our life just slip away. We tell ourselves that we deserve it because our bodies and minds needto rest and recharge. Modern day life can be exhausting and many ofus have difficulty keeping on top of things. For others, however, life may seem meaningless and without direction. For them, the days seem longand empty. Not recognising that those moments can never be retrieved means that we lose sight of the significance of living. It is often only after facing death or dying, that we come to appreciate the value and inevitability of death. Sayings such as, ‘we are only here once’ and ‘we only have one life to live’ become more poignant. People who live to recount near death experiences often talk about ‘an awakening’ or ‘seeing the light’. There has been a great deal of discussion on the meaning of the light and each survivor defends their interpretation. However, all usually talk about the peace, calm and recognising a familiar part of our true self. But does that mean that we all have to wait for that cliff-hanging moment to uncover the very core of who we are? One interpretation of this ‘awak ening’ is seeing our soul. Perhaps unveiled for the first time and detached from past experiences, thoughts and emotions. Our soul is the very essence of who we are and in fact it is our true identity. It remains unchanged from birth and waits for us to reconnect. It is sad to think that many of us will complete our lives without fully knowing this part of ourselves. All too often today we are consumed by reacting to our thoughts, instincts and emotions. As a result, our living consciousness forms a protective shell around our soul and a divide takes place. This is because we spend so much time analysing and basing our lives on past experience. How many times have we been ashamed of something we have done and explain it away by saying ‘well you know that really isn’t me ’ or ‘that’s really not like him’. Surely this means that we are aware of our true self, but just not intimately in tune with it. Experi ence and wisdom are important but by placing too much emphasis on them we fail to fully immerse ourselves in life. Knowing these things, we can continue on our self-discovery and soul searching. Individuals who work hard, evolve and uncover their true selves. They find meaning and purpose in life and this in turn helps them to overcome painful and traumatic situations. The road to your soul is in your growing knowledge of love. Ways to accomplish this is by looking inward and spending quali ty time meditating, praying or doing yoga. This will take time to learn as we have to shut off all conscious thoughts and move inward. Alternatively, we can discover our natural self through doing selfless acts of kindness. Whatever you choose you will be amazed to find that you have an infi nite capacity for giving and receiving love. It will shine and glow from you and people will be drawn to you. Souls will touch souls and you will discover a whole new dimension to your relationships. Since none of us know the time of our death, it is vital that we appre ciate every moment of our lives. Learning to stretch our hearts by loving ourselves and others makes for a very fulfilling life. Keep your eyes on the big picture and remem ber that the most important things in life are love, health and happiness. Margaret Bain is an individual and couples relationship therapist. She is a registered nurse and a certified clinical sex therapist. For appointments call 364-7230 or e-mail her at relatebahamas@yahoo.com or www.relateba hamas.blogspot.com. She is also available for speaking engagements. C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas is one of the most respected charitable organisations in the Bahamas. Since its formation in 1961, the Foundation has seen many changes in the treatment and prevention of heart disease and heart conditions. As an organisation, the Foundation seeks to recognise and honour those who have sought to touch the lives of others. Each year, the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas Foundation offers the Lady Sassoon “Golden Heart Award” at the Annual Heart Ball. This award was initiated by the Foundation in 1968 to applaud and give recognition to individuals who have selflessly given of themselvesto promote human welfare and dignity, thus making life better for their fellow men. The Golden Heart Award for 2008 will be presented at the 46th annual Heart Ball, scheduled to be held on February 13, 2010 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Interested persons are invited to submit a nomination, to be accompanied by a letter or statement explaining why the person recommended should receive the award. Nominations are to be submitted to: The Golden Heart Award Committee; PO Box N-8189 Nassau, the Bahamas. Alternatively, submissions can be hand-delivered to Grosham Property, Cable Beach. This is the office site for the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2010. For more details call 3270806. The Foundation last week jump-started its fundraising activities with the 4th Annual Heart Ball Committee Tea Party and Fashion Show under the theme Tea Around The Universe” at Government House. This fun-filled afternoon of elegance consisted of a fashion show, a hat parade and a table decorating contest. Teas were provided by the Mikerlene Munroe of Island Rose and Beth Stuart of Beth’s Kitchen. The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas is a non-profit organisation that assists children with the treatment of heart disease and educates Bahamians about heart care. The Foundation runs primarily on a voluntary and contributory basis. As such, 97 per cent of the funds received go directly to the treatment of heart disease in children and the remaining three per cent or less cover the cost of administration. The Foundation has two major arms to help it fulfill its goals: The Bahamas Heart Association (the educational arm the Heart Ball Committee (the fundraising arm The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award A call for nominations L OVING RELATIONSHIPS By MAGGIE BAIN What does soul searching mean? GREEN SCENE By Gardener Jack Wonderful December NEW Guinea Impatiens have the added appeal of variegated leaves. THE FOUNDATION last week jump-started its fundraising activities with the 4th Annual Heart Ball Committee Tea Party and Fashion Show under the theme Tea Around The Universe” at Government House.

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C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JEFFARAH GIBSON FASHION conscious moms-to-be can often be heard complaining about how frustrating they find the task of searching for stylish clothing and accessories for them selves and their baby. But that’s all about to change. A new store on Rosetta Street named “Lullaby” is seeking to bring the newest in baby fashions and other items to Bahamians. ‘Lullaby’ is the brain child of co-owners Earla and Eugene Rahming and Cara Seymour, all family members who have embarked on this business venture with high hopes. The store opened is doors last Friday, and the owners are preparing for the grand opening this coming Saturday. Earla Rahming spoke with Tribune Woman about what sparked the idea behind ‘Lullaby’. “I have been a buyer for several years, and before I had my baby I would go out shopping for baby clothing but couldn’t find anything. I said, ‘I must not be the only person who feels this way.’ “Basically my family and I just wanted something to call our own, so we opened the store” she said. With her eye for detail, fashion trends and value for money, she went on a mission to bring “stylish back” for the modern mother and her baby. “We focus more on the classical children clothing like smock and christening dresses for girls and rompers for boys. We also have a diva diaper bag. This is for the more styl ish mother because she can carry it around and it doesn’t look at all like a diaper bag,” she said. According to Mrs Rahming, the baby clothes they sell are unique, yet simple, reasonably priced and of a good quality. The decision to open the store took a leap of faith on part of the Rahming family, especially in the midst of an economic downturn. But these entrepreneurs have no regrets. “People said to us on many occasions, ‘You guys think it is a good idea to open a clothing store in the middle of a recession?’. “It was something that we prayed about and up to this day we have no regrets. We have seen doors open for us, and the truth about the situation is you will never know what something is like until you try it,” she said. As they usher in the Christmas season, the three store owners expect to greet even more customers who are looking for that special gift for their newest family member. Sweet, sweet Lullaby B ERTHA CooperRousseau, a Bahamian attorney-at-law c alled to the Bar of England and Wales and the BahamasB ar, had already had a long and very successful career in the l egal profession when she was highly honoured once more. Last month, Ms CooperRousseau was called as Master of the Bench last month at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in United Kingdom. Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court in England and Wales that have the right to call men and women to the Bar. The position of Bencher or Master of the Bench conferred on Ms CooperRousseau by Middle Temple i s granted to persons elected i n recognition of the contrib ution they have made as a barrister to the life of the Inn or to the law. Speaking before other Masters of the Bench and the High Commissioner of the Bahamas Paul Farquharson following acceptance of her Bench Call by the Master Treasurer of Middle Temple Sir George Newman, Ms Cooper-Rousseau shared her vision of the Bahamas as, "a competitive international arbitration centre" and a country that she hopes will develop "a vibrant and feasible renewable energy sector.” Members of the Royal Family, distinguished jurists from other countries and nonmembers of the legal profession that have distinguished themselves in their careers may also be elected as Benchers. For example, in July 2009, Prince William was appointed a Royal Bencher. Having been called to the Bench, Ms Cooper-Rousseau will be recognised as a senior member of an Inn of court in England and Wales, and is a position she will hold for life. Ms Cooper-Rousseau was among a distinguished group elected as Benchers, which included Professor Carol Harlow QC, Bailiff of Jersey; Michael Birt; Professor Stuart Bridge; the Lord Guthrie; the Commonwealth DeputySecretary General Masekgoa Masire-Mwamba; Dame Professor Jean Thompson, and Professor Kate Malleson. Ms Cooper-Rousseau came to a career in the law following education and training in France. In Paris, she studied French at the Sorbonne and obtained Bachelor and Masters Degrees in International Relations at L'Institut d'Etude des Relations lnternationales. She also undertook studies in Maritime Law at L'Universite de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France. An engagement at as maritime officer in the Maritime Division of the Bahamas High Commission in London, followed. In 1991, Ms CooperRousseau obtained an LLB Degree from the University of London, following which she successfully completed the Bar. She obtained a pupilage with James Dingemans, QC, at I Crown Row, now 3 Hare Court, where she is today a Door Tenant. As a Door Tenant, she is a barrister granted permission to join the Chambers of James Guthrie QC, and work with them from premises outside the chambers themselves. In the Bahamas, Ms Cooper-Rousseau established the Chambers of Rousseau and Cooper in 1999. The firm's primary concentration is in commercial and business Law. Ms Cooper-Rousseau's practice frequently requires her to work with lawyers in other jurisdictions on multi-jurisdictional matters ranging from trusts, tracing and fraud to corporate governance and regulatory issues. To help prepare her for aspects of the legal services she renders, Ms CooperRousseau successfully completed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) 7. Ms Cooper-Rousseau is a member of the Bahamas Association of Securities Dealers, and served as the Association’s vice-president in 2009. She is also an associate member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; chair and founding member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Caribbean Branch the Bahamas Chapter; member of the Bahamas Middle Temple Society (BMTS Connecticut Maritime Association and the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce. Fully committed to the Bar, Ms Cooper-Rousseau is keen to work with BMTS and the Bahamas Bar Association on the implementation of manda tory continuing education for members of the Bahamas Bar. Ms Cooper-Rousseau said that she was particularly pleased that her call was by Sir George Newman, who is presently Justice Newman of the Bahamas Court of Appeal. She accepted her call on behalf of her fellow Bahamians who are Members of Middle Temple. Ms CooperRousseau said that she considers her achievement an indication of what Bahamians can achieve and the depth of talent in the law and other areas in her country. Ms Cooper-Rousseau is the daughter of the Rev Dr Reuben E Cooper, Sr, and Florence Edgecombe Cooper, both deceased. She is the mother of two daughters, Alexandra and Veronique. The Honourable Society of Middle Temple extended best wishes to Ms CooperRousseau on her Bench Call, and for continued success, and in the contribution she is mak ing to the further development of the legal profession in the Bahamas. Bahamian woman elected Master of the Bench at Middle Temple in London Bertha Cooper “LULLABY” offers a selection of simple yet classic baby clothing for the fashion concious mother. she said she couldn’t exist without it. After the accident, Ms Adderley admits she was “angry with God” and went through some serious struggles with her faith. “I figured I had always been a pretty nice person. And because I had everything, the kind of job I wanted, my own beautiful home, we were travelling the world and planning on having children, but then here was this change when my husband left. “I was hideous, all my hair was shaved off. I had a scar on my neck. I had wires wound in my head, and through all this pain I kept thinking how could this happen to me?” Attempting to battle her situation by praying for a miracle didn’t help. “I didn’t want anything to do with God,” she said, “because I thought this isn’t the kind of God I would want to be in a relationship with.” However, over time, she was able to forgive her ex-husband for leav ing. “I came to the realisation that forgiveness wasn’t about my ex-hus band. It was about healing me,” she said. “In forgiving my husband, I began to focus my wholeness internally. My work and my purpose is to do God’s will.” Now at the age of 60, Ms Adderley is still open to the idea of marriage. But she believes that it takes a very strong and competent man to “come up to someone like me and ask me out.” She said her independence may discourage some men from asking her out. Men may see her assertive ness, self-assuredness, and may question why they should talk to her, she said. Still, Ms Adderley said she understands that it is not easy for a man to show interest in her. “I think I’m a gift to a man,” said Ms Adderley. “I’m independent and not needy, I have my own home, I drive, and I’m great at making decisions.” “Men need to understand that dis abled women are extremely independent because if they don’t take care of themselves, no one will do it for them,” she said. Ms Adderley said she wouldn’t marry a man who has a disability. “I like to travel and do things, and both of us can’t be handicapped for that to happen as often as I would like.” To any interested persons who encounter her and may feel reluc tant to approach her, Ms Adderley says, “just come up and talk.” Standing tall FROM page 10

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radio work. “I was 5” and with heels I was 6”. When I walked into a room I automatically got attention.” “Coming home in 24-hour nursing care, all (my husband saw was probably having to take care of a wife for the rest of his life. What disappointed me was that he should’ve known what type of person I was, that if anyone was going to beat this, it would’ve been me.” At this point in the interview, she cleared her throat and used her stiffened fingers to pick up a cup of coffee, mocha flavour. It’s one of her favorites. “But (my husband’s ing was a blessing in disguise,” she continued. Ms Adderley’s husband left her while they were living in the United States. “I had no choice but to fight. I’m convinced that I wouldn’t be where I am today if he had stayed,” she said. Soon after she began her psychology studies, while working full-time. Nevertheless, the divorce was still a difficult to process to go through. As part of her studies, Ms Adderley had to conduct a survey in which she used questions regarding able-bod ied men dating women with disabilities. She said she did it because she couldn’t believe she would have difficulty dat ing. “What amazed me was to see that respondees thought women with disabilities wouldn’t be interested in sex.” The other question she asked was whether the survey participants would date someone who has a physical dis ability the response was overwhelmingly ‘no’. But despite what the sur vey said, getting dates was n ever a huge problem for Ms A dderley, that is while she still lived in the US. Professionally she also succeeded, quickly soaring to the top and becoming a member of the Mayor’s Council for Multiculturalism in Carroll t on, Texas. “I was able to buy a house in the US, and it was all about what I brought to the table. When I wanted to go to places it was never about my disability.” In 2000, she returned to Nassau, and things changed. Back in the Bahamas, she soon realised that she couldn’t access buildings as easily as in the US. “I come home and I see that I’m not respected for my brains, that bothers me.” Sometimes a simple activity like shopping can be daunting to persons with a disability like Ms Adderley’s. “You don’t want to be the centre of everybody’s atten tion,” she said. “There are many buildings that we can’t access.” And adults with disabilities don’t want to be forced to have to ask for help. It’s “demeaning” and takes their away dignity, she said. While there are now new ramps at certain buildings and other small provisions being made, Ms Adderley said that the government simply isn’t doing enough. Ms Adderley and the Bahamas National Council for the Disabled have been petitioning the government to pass legislation to protect their rights and privileges fora long time now. Most women in the Bahamas fight for equal treatment in their jobs and equal pay, but women with a disability, Ms Adderley said, find themselves fighting to even get hired. “My hands may not work, my body may not look like everyone else’s, and I may walk with a limp.” Even though she is fully qualified, Ms Adderley said employers may not consider her for a position, discrimi n ating against her because she h as a disability. “On the phone, you are going to talk to the ‘real Iris’,” she said. “But when you see me, you may think that’s not what I was expecting, or ask “how do I handle this?” S he tells persons who find themselves in such a situation to simply ask what they can do to help. Ms Adderley has a presentation next week and she showed me how she folds the document pages in different ways so that once she is talking to the audience, she doesn’t have to look down. She uses felt-tip pens as are much easier for her to write with. Little things like this are all part of creating effective ways to make things simpler. Whenever Social Services Minister Loretta Butler-Turner has a speaking engagement on the topic of disability, Ms Adderley reviews her speech. Before coming to work in the mornings, Ms Adderley said it takes her two hours to get dressed. To demonstrate how she manages to dress herself, she showed Tribune Woman a metallic contraption that she calls a “button holder.” The device is used to but ton and zip her clothing. “I always tell persons I have a disability but I want to be able to compete equally,” she said. Being a person who was used to being active and independent, it was hard to face the challenges that her dis ability brought with it. But while she struggled physically, her faith grew stronger, and C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONB HEALTH: Body and mind T UESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net W ALK into Iris Adderley’s office at the Disability Affairs Division in Centr e ville and y ou ma y easily miss the fact that she’s in an electric wheelchair. Competence, intelligence, and beauty radiated from her during Tribune Woman’s introduction to Ms Adderley. And that’s exactly what she wants persons to notice when they meet her her personality and professionalism, not her wheelchair. She is a psychologist and a consultant for the Disability Affairs Division in the Social Services Office. Early on in our interview she corrects my language, requesting that I use the term ‘persons with disabilities’ instead of ‘disabled persons.’ I adhered to that request in this piece. Twenty-seven years ago, when she was in her thirties, Ms Adderley was involved in a life-altering car accident. The most serious injury was to her spinal cord which made her a quadriplegic. (Quadriplegia is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all of a person’s limbs.) After spending a month in the acute intensive care unit, two months in regular intensive care and 18 months in a rehabilitation centre, she slowly recuperated from the accident. She had also sustained extensive injuries to her face, and plastic surgeons had to do reconstructive surgery on her face, implanting several medical plates to restore her features. Ms Adderley said after the accident she was no longer a “showpiece” in her own or her husband’s eyes. Her husband could not deal with the challenges and left her two years after the accident. It’s not unusual that couples divorce after one partner suffers a disabling condition. “Statistically, about 80 per cent of marriages fail,” Ms Adderley said. “Women have a tendency to stay in the relationship, men have a tendency to exit the marriage.” Before the accident, Ms Adderley did a lot of modelling, as well as television and ll A T Standing IRIS ADDERLEY: “I will not be defined by my disability, it’s only a small part of who I am.” IRIS Adderley was the first runner-up in the Miss Texas Wheelchair competition. “A gentleman who was selling wheelchairs asked me to enter, and I didn’t want to,” she said. “After the accident, I didn’t feel attractive anymore. But he convinced me to enter, and I’m glad I did. It made me realise that I wasn’t a bad looking girl, and it made me a lot more sure of myself.” SEE page eight


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Secrecy row

MP hits out at former
permanent secretary
for questioning ‘leaks’

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

AN EXPLOSIVE session of
the House of Assembly’s Select
Committee on Crown land yes-
terday saw the former Perma-
nent Secretary in the Depart-
ment of Lands and Surveys
being chastised by FNM MP
Kenyatta Gibson for question-
ing if any secrecy laws were bro-
ken by The Tribune in their
investigations into the scandal.

After already giving a dam-
aging testimony admitting he
was directly involved in the
application and granting process
of 15 acres of Crown land for his
brother and son, Ronald
Thompson also sought to sug-
gest that his family’s applica-
tions was not fast-tracked,
although it spent less than four
months in the system from
application to final approval.

While Mr Thompson’s fami-



FNM MP Kenyatta Gibson (above)
took the former Permanent Sec-
retary in the Department of Lands
and Surveys Ronald Thompson to
task yesterday during the House
of Assembly’s Select Committee
on Crown Land meeting.

ly had applied for 25 acres, Mr
Thompson revealed they were
only awarded 15 by the under
secretary Audley Greaves as he

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By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

INVESTOR Viktor Kozeny was back in the Court of
Appeal yesterday as prosecutors seek to reverse a judge’s
decision and have the financier committed into custody.

Kozeny, 46, had been held at Her Majesty’s Prison
since his arrest at his Lyford Cay residence on October
5, 2005, but was released in April, 2007, on $300,000
bail by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.

Czech-born Kozeny is wanted by US authorities to
face charges of bribery and money laundering. Prose-
cutors claim he is the driving force behind a multi-million
bribery scheme which sought to corrupt Azerbaijan offi-
cials as well as conspiring to violate the US Foreign

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MEMBERS. OF ROOTS junkanoo group celebrated with students of St Andrew’s after the school’s ‘three-peat’ victory in the Bahamas
Association of Independent Secondary Schools senior boys softball championships.

Police ‘confident’ of catching
men who robbed 18 tourists

POLICE are confident of
catching the shotgun-toting
thugs who robbed 18 cruise
ship passengers on an eco-
tour of Earth Village.

Officers working the case
believe they will solve the
case before the Christmas
holidays.

Last Wednesday, a man
was arrested and questioned
in connection with the rob-
bery. He was later released
without charge.

In the meantime, investi-
gators are following strong
leads on the case, said
Superintendent Elsworth

Moss, Head of the Central
Detective Unit.

"We have no one arrested
at this time, but we plan to
make arrests soon as we get
the information we need.
We are still able to follow
up some leads we hope we
can solve," he told The Tri-
bune yesterday.

Supt Moss said police do
not have a composite sketch
of the two suspects because
most of the victims left the
country the same day they
were robbed. He added that

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A TEENAGER is helping
police with their inquiries into
the fatal stabbing of a deaf
man.

The youth, whose exact age
has not been released but he
is under 18, was being ques-
tioned yesterday over the
attack which left 23-year-old
Rauol Bullard dead.

Police suspect the killing
may have been an act of retal-
iation.

Supt Elsworth Moss, Head
of the Central Detective Unit,

said: "There was an alterca-
tion, a fight, in front of the
victim's residence. I'm told
that his mother had run the
chaps, told them to stop mis-
behaving and to get from in
the front of her house.

“They moved on and short-
ly after that Mr Bullard left
to go to the store. The guys
must have known him or
recognised him, and they
attacked him.”

According to police reports,
it was around 3.30pm last Fri-
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AN armed man robbed the Texaco Service Station on Faith Court Trl)

Avenue and Firetrail Road on Sunday, fleeing with an unde-
termined amount of cash.
According to police, the robbery took place at around





POLICE are investigat-

? ing the theft of a computer
ben ae 5.25pm. : : : fo the Supreme Couns
An employee of the service station reported seeing a man Law Library which contains
wearing “light coloured clothing with a black scarf over his face” information about the

entering the establishment armed with a gun. court’s cases and files.
A “The man took an undetermined amount of cash and fled on Officers told The Tribune
foot in an unknown direction. Police are investigating,” Sergeant they suspect the theft may

” a, Chrislyn Skippings said. have been an inside job.

fa

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An employee of the
library noticed that the com-
puter was missing when she
arrived at work shortly after
9am yesterday and report-
ed the matter to police.

According to officer-in-
charge of the Central Police
Station, Chief Superinten-
dent Glenn Miller, there
were no signs of forced
entry at the two main
entrances to the library in
Saffrey Square on Bank
Lane. However, police say
they found evidence which
suggests that the door of the
library assistant's office —
where the computer was
stored — may have been
tampered with.

Said CSP Miller: "There
was no sign of a break-in at
the main entrance doors,
both downstairs and
upstairs.

"The main entrance, the
door was locked. They used
the key to get in and when
they got inside they discov-
ered that the computer was
missing. There seemed to be
some signs that someone
might have picked the lock
to get into the library assis-
tant's office where the com-
puter was allegedly taken
from,” he said.

Mr Miller said nothing
else appeared to be missing
from the premises.

No suspects were being
held by police up to press
time last night, but Mr
Miller said investigators
believe the culprit may be
an employee or someone
else with access to the
library's Keys.

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before the House of Assembly’s Select Committee on Crown Land.

Ex-land boss in
‘secrecy row

FROM page one

“must have” felt that 25 acres
was “too much” — despite the
fact that Mr Thompson had
brought the matter to the
attention of the former
Prime

Christie.

While the applications of
other persons have been left
to wallow in the DLS, Mr
Thompson maintained the
only reason his brother and
son’s file was handled so
quickly was because they
had “all the necessary infor-
mation” required in it when
the application was first sub-
mitted.

However, when pressed
by the chairman of the
Committee Fred Mitchell on
the controversial sale of
Crown land in Forbes Hill,
Exuma, Mr Thompson had
no details to offer as he had
no recollection of the trans-
action and brought no doc-
umentation with him to
bring any clarity to the dis-
cussions.

With Mr Thompson hav-
ing been appointed as the
Permanent Secretary in the
Department of Lands and
surveys in mid- 2002, and
the application for his
brother and son’s land being
granted in June 2002, FNM
MP Charles Maynard said
the perception appears to
be that one of Mr Thomp-
son’s first acts was to secure
land for his family.

Having done little to
exonerate himself from the
day’s proceedings, Mr
Thompson opened a ques-
tion to the floor as to how
The Tribune was able to
gain access to its informa-
tion for its series of exclu-
sive stories on Crown land.

“When I joined the ser-
vice you had to sign a secre-
cy clause,” Mr Thompson
said.

“Someone leaked the
information. Is that being
looked at?”

Somewhat taken aback,
Mr Maynard said all the
information revealed in The
Tribune’s articles was public
information.

Minister Perry



Mr Thompson said, how-

ever. that there may have :

been some information
included in The Tribune’s
stories relating to his broth-
er and son’s deal that was
not in the public domain. In

an effort to clarify, a copy
of the articles was provided ;

to him during the session

and yet the Permanent Sec-
retary could not identify }
exactly to which portion of ;

the story he was referring.

“But you are asking for i
action on matters that }

should have been confiden-

tial in your eyes and you are

saying they were exposed,”

Mr Gibson inquired. “You

must know what that infor-
mation is. Tell us what it is.”

Mr Thompson: “I seem to
recall that there had to be }

a leak from the files.”
However, Mr Gibson
interrupted Mr Thompson

and continued with his com- :

ments.

“For my part I don’t
believe there should be any }

information regarding some-
one trying to obtain Crown

land by way of lease or by
way of grant that should be }
secret and held from the }

general public.
“Tt is the people’s land.

They are entitled to know :
whatever is involved in that :
application process in my }
mind’s eye. I really would }
not be interested in any }
punitive action in that }

regard,” he said.

Mr Thompson: “My only
objection is that it might set }

a precedent.”

“Tf it sets the precedent
that the entire system is now }

exposed and open and

transparent that is the i
precedent that I want,” Mr :

Gibson thundered.

“But with all due respect, }
I do not understand how :
anybody could suggest that }
any information with regard }

to a Crown land application
should be a secret. That’s

the problem! That is proba-
bly one of the reasons why }
we are here today. 1am just }

amazed that the suggestion

was made with all due

respect, sir.”

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY’S SELECT COMMITTEE

Former official and wife made
separate applications for land

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

THE FORMER chief
housing officer in the
Department of Lands and
Surveys suggested yesterday
that he had no idea his wife
had applied for an acre of
Crown land on the island for
which he had sole responsi-
bility during his time at the
department.

Continuing hearings at
Police Headquarters yester-
day, the House of Assem-
bly’s Select Committee on
Crown Land heard from for-
mer permanent secretary
Ronald Thompson, former
housing officer Christopher
Russell, realtor Andre Lee
and tax attorney Ryan Pin-
der.

Addressing the committee
after Mr Thompson, Mr
Russell said that during his
time at the DLS, he too had
applied for an acre of Crown
land separate and apart from
the acre his wife had applied
for in Blackwood, Abaco.

However, unlike his wife
Christine’s, his application
has not been approved as
yet. In fact, when questioned
by FNM MP Charles May-
nard, he said he could not
recall whether or not the two
applications were made
around the same time.

“So your wife did it pri-
vately and you did yours pri-
vately.

“She went and applied
almost behind your back?”
Mr Maynard asked.

Repeatedly pushing for
clarity on the matter, Mr
Maynard asked the former
housing officer when exactly
he was made aware that his
wife had applied for a piece
of Crown land.

“Well, she applied like
everybody else and the
application was processed
and it was submitted to the
office of the PM. At the time
I was responsible for the
island of Abaco,” Mr Rus-
sell answered.

Mr Maynard: “So you saw
it as you were doing your
regular cross work, you saw
your wife’s name on an
application?”

Mr Russell:
right.”

Perhaps the most interest-
ing revelation came when
Mr Maynard asked the for-
mer DLS employee about
the intended use of the land
for which his wife had
applied.

Mr Russell: “Her applica-
tion was for a retirement
home.”

“That is

FORMER CHIEF HOUSING OFFI-
CER Christopher Russell gives
testimony before the land’s com-
mittee at the Paul Farquharson
Conference Centre yesterday.

Mr Russell: “The same
thing.”

Mr Maynard: “So ya’ll
didn’t discuss this prior to
that? So if ya’ll had gotten
two grants ya’ll would have
built two separate retire-
ment homes?”

Mr Russell: “Why not?”

When asked, Mr Russell
confirmed that he and his
wife are still together.

Addressing the committee
next was the realtor Andre
Lee who handled the listing
for the sale of four beach
front lots on the island of
Exuma for relatives of the
former DLS director Tex
Turnquest — which had been
granted outright for less than
$2,500 each, and each sold
for more than $550,000 to
foreigners.

While admitting that these
were perhaps the quickest
sales he ever made in his 22-
year career, Mr Lee said he
believes this was the only
Crown land that he has ever
had a hand in selling.

He also revealed that he
was paid a commission of
five per cent, or some
$25,000 per lot for each of
the sales, which were bro-
kered through Dilly Crab
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shooting of an off duty police officer and his friend on Saturday
took place on their premises.

The mall claims that “according to mall security and con-
firmed police reports this misfortune did not happen on our
premises.”

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Bahamas Handbook celebrates 50 years

IT IS NOT OFTEN — if ever— that we
have recommended a Christmas gift in this
column. However, Christmas is near and a
book has just arrived on our desk that we dence, followed by the ’80s referred to as
would highly recommend for Santa’s stock- the “best and worst of times” — it was a
ing. period when an economic recovery was over-

It is the beautifully printed and designed shadowed by a drug scandal and political
fiftieth anniversary edition of Bahamas turmoil.

Handbook. And then comes the 1990s, described as

One hundred of its 736 pages includes the decade of high-tech progress. Also it
highlights of the last five decades of the marked the end of the 25-year reign of the
Bahamian story in words and in pictures. PLP under the late Sir Lynden Pindling and

Started 50 years ago by Etienne Dupuch, the ushering in of the Ingraham era and the
Jr, and his late wife, Sylvia Perfetti Dupuch FNM
of Connecticut, the book — always a must
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ferred to the Bahamas — has grown and
changed in many ways.

As the books says, the young publishers,
then in their twenties “wanted to produce a
first class publication of interest to anyone
who lives, works, does business, invests,
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islands’ culture and its tumultuous 500-year
history. It’s a fascinating story: the creation
of a vibrant and independent nation from a
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the turquoise waters of the Great Bahama
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Lucaya.

There’s an article on the unforgettable
1960s when the Bahamas enjoyed a golden
age of tourism and witnessed 10 years of
political turmoil. It was in 1962 that US Pres-
ident John F Kennedy, Britain’s Harold
Macmillan and Canada’s John Diefenbaker
of Canada held their summit meeting at

Lyford Cay in what became known as the
Nassau Talks.
The 1970s was the decade of indepen-

There are many feature stories inter-
spersed with interesting vignettes of people
and events throughout Bahamian history.

It is not generally known that Woodes
Rogers, the Bahamas’ first Royal governor,
who was noted for suppressing the pirates —
conducting a public hanging to press his
point — was himself foisted high by an angry
governor’s wife who grabbed him by his coat
lapels and lifted him from the floor.

According to late historian, Dr Paul
Albury — “The Story of the Bahamas” —
Governor George Phenney’s wife was a mill-
stone around his neck. Dr Albury describes
her as a “hard-mouthed, ambitious woman,
who dominated and abused everyone she
encountered. She monopolized both the
export trade, charging the inhabitants exor-
bitant prices for what she sold and often
neglecting to pay for what she bought.”

The Handbook takes the Phenney story
of the 1700s a step further. Describing the
madam as a “holy terror”, it tells the story of
when Rogers returned to the Bahamas for a
second tour of duty to replace Phenney, the
latter pleaded with him to detain his wife
so that he could escape to England and with-
out her knowledge start divorce proceed-
ings. When she found out, she confronted
Rogers at Government House. As he
descended the stairs, Rogers “found Mrs
Phenney’s distorted face suddenly inches
from his own as she seized the lapels of his
coat and screamed her frenzied wrath at
him. “You gaol bird! I swear to you Rogers,
if you dare to order my arrest Pll have you
hauled back to England to face another term
in prison’ ...She gave the governot’s shoul-
ders a powerful push so that Rogers had to
grasp the bannister to prevent himself from
falling.”

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Disturbed.
by number
of excluded

beaches

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am a concerned citizen
of the Bahamas, who is dis-
turbed by the number of
excluded beaches.

Investors from all over the
world have bought land near
beaches and also decided to
block off the access to the
beach.

On top of just small
investors buying land near
beaches there are over 47
main hotels and resorts in
the Bahamas.

That considers the miles
of sea view making excluded
beaches.

I can understand them
putting up walls or fences to
protect their property but
not closing off more of the
land around them than paid
for.

When since did the gov-
ernment start selling beach-
es? Need I remind you, that
the Bahamas is yes a nation
of freedom however also a

LETTERS

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nation of rule and regula-
tions?

The law does not retain a
person’s rights to the beach.
However the existing high
water mark law protects the
lives of the people.

Director of Parks and Sci-
ence Liaison at the Bahamas
National Trust emphasized
that beach access for
Bahamians is essential. I
came across a newspaper
article dated November 24,
2005 when the Hon. Perry
Christie noticed and had a
concern for dwindling beach
access.

I raised this issue over
Sunday dinner all of my rel-
atives and family members
agree that there are too
many beaches that Bahami-
ans don’t have access too.
They expressed concern

over what would happen
during public holidays when
Bahamians traditionally
flock to the beach.

On behalf of the con-
cerned citizens of the
Bahamas I request that
there be full access to all
beaches in the Bahamas.

I request that there be a
law in place that can help
the birthright of the
Bahamian people.

It is fair enough to say that
the private developments,
especially in Nassau, are eat-
ing up access to what little
beaches are left.

Mr Ingraham for the safe-
ty of the generations to
come, the 60 persons with
whom I have come in con-
tact with on this matter,
request that the people
regain full access to the
beaches of the Bahamas.

JOSHUA WELLS
Student,
November, 2009

Here is my solution to
the criminal madness

EDITOR, The Tribune.

We, peace-loving Bahamians; are mad.
We have to stop this criminal madness in

our country.

Here is the solution. Times like this

require harsh measures:

1) Hang 'em high. We have to eliminate
these punks and hoodlums from society.

Do whatever it takes to enforce the law
relative to hanging, but it must be done.

3) Automatic jail sentence plus heavy
fine for all those found with an unlicensed

firearm..

tion.

2) Flog 'em without mercy — all those

convicted of serious crimes...Having
received the cat-o-nine tail once they will

never, ever want it again.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Nassau,

The sellers and dealers of these illegal
firearms will be subjected to flogging along
with jail time and flogging.

These are serious times we face and if
the crime situation does not improve this
government is sure to lose the next elec-

HENRY ROLLE

November 23, 2009.

AM NTT
think we are stupid?

One must wonder whether Government really feels
we are stupid or the public has no means to research —
I ask this because of the tabling of the Amendments to
the Arbitration Act of 1888 and the flowery statements
from both sides of Parliament as to this proposal.

The Bahamas is so late on this that it is laughable — in
2009 there were some 109 other national jurisdictions
which had Arbitration Laws and Arbitration facilities

operating.

Historically the International Court based in The
Hague was the place where parties sought appropriate
judgments, this I believe was established in 1899 ,

Here we are proposing this new aspect of our Judicial
infrastructure and we can’t adequately deal with petty
crime at the Magistrate's Court level.

A lot of mention of the importance in the tabling in the
House yesterday was related to the importance of this
new Bill and Maritime Law — if a ship is registered
under the Bahamian flag but insured at Lloyd’s of Lon-
don where do you think a disputing party will go for
arbitration? Certainly I suggest not The Bahamas?

ABRAHAM MOSS
Nassau,
November, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

News reports out of the
US are suggesting that
women should take a mam-
mogram every other year
rather than annually.

I plead with any woman
whose family has past expe-
rience with breast cancer to
continue your annual mam-
mogram regime because it
will save your life even if
you have to do without
something to afford it.

Now we read that the civ-
il service is to recruit per-

sons with criminal records.
What a negative message
this is going to send when
the last thing we need is to
rationalise, seemingly, that
we don’t need checks and
balance when the govern-
ment employs people.
What next? Why don’t
you give the criminals the

key to the safe?

And as for the
Afghanistan swearing- in of
the president.....

Well it seems the leaders
of the west do not under-
stand how to send messages

Impressed
by Passport
Office

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would like to say that I
was very impressed today
when I visited the Passport
Office to apply for a new e-
passport.

The office was very organ-
ised and the employees were
very polite and efficient and
the service was very quick.

T arrived at the office at
9am and was leaving at
9.30am having completed
with my application.

I think the minister in
charge of the passport office
should be praised for his
efforts to up-grade the ser-
vice of the passport office
considering all the negative
criticism he previously
received.

JUST A THOUGHT
Nassau,
November 23, 2009.

Women with a family history of breast cancer
should continue their annual mammograms

to corrupt leaders.

For the sake of any sense
just why did the Western
Ambassadors line-up and
give credence to the corrupt
Afghanistan President at his
inaugural recently?

If they did not attend
surely they would have sent
the right message?

Boy this soft-socialism
approach to resolving prob-
lems is catching! What next?

W THOMPSON
Nassau,
November, 2009.
THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



MOVE TO LINK SOUTH WESTERN ISLAND TO REST OF WORLD

Ragged Islanders’ joy
at $14m investment

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net



RAGGED Islanders cele-
brated a $14 million investment
to link the isolated south west-
ern island to the rest of the
Bahamas and the world by air,
land and sea.

Cabinet ministers travelled
to the island as contracts were
signed to resurface the runway
at Duncan Town airport and
the five mile stretch of rocky
road from the airport to Gun
Point where a new dock will be
established.

Ragged Islanders have been
calling out for development
since booming trade with Cuba
and Haiti dried up in the 1960s.
Mailboats and commercial ves-
sels can no longer venture
down the shallow and narrow
canal dredged in the early 1960s
to Duncan Town and the air-
port runaway has fallen into
such disrepair since its con-
struction in the late 1990s that
many pilots now refuse to fly
there. But the development,
paid for with a $4,851,000 grant
from the European Union and
the Bahamas government pay-
ing the remaining $9,430,515.78,
promises a brighter future for
Ragged Island and its 60 inhab-
itants,

Knowles Construction and
Development Company will
carry out all works within the
next 12 months.

The 3,850 ft airport runway
will be resurfaced, damaged
areas replaced, new shoulders
and swales established by July,
according to the contract fund-
ed with $735,000 from the
European Union’s ninth Euro-

pean Development Fund and
$904, 259.58 from the Bahamas
government. The $9,212,916.10
construction of Gun Point dock,
pier, ramp and breakwater will
be paid for with $3,675,000
from the European Union and
$5,537,916.10 from the
Bahamas government.

And the $3,339,340.10 recon-
struction of Gun Point Road
along the length of the island
from the airport to the dock
will be completed at a
$2,898,340.10 cost to govern-
ment and $441,000 cost to the
European Union.

Reconstruction of the large-
ly unsurfaced road will also
entail the upgrade of water dis-
tribution in Duncan Town as a
reverse osmosis system will be
installed to supply drinking
water. And Emile Knowles of
Knowles Construction and
Development Company said he
aims to finish the work ahead of
time. Minister of Public Works
Neko Grant said: “These pro-
jects all complement each other
and will further strengthen
internal and external trans-
portation and communication

Celelirates

se

By AVA TURNQUEST

FLUSHED with pride from
their “three-peat” victory in the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools
senior boys softball champi-
onships, St Andrews honoured
student athletes in a special
assembly complete with a
junkanoo rush out by the Roots
yesterday.

The assembly, attended by
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture Permanent Secretary
Archie Nairn and Minister of
Education Carl Bethel, cele-
brated the athletic achieve-
ments of all softball teams and
members of the under 17 girls
national soccer team.

Mr Nairn commended the
athletes, saying they have dis-
proved critics who claim that
the International Baccalaure-
ate accredited school has only
one sport — soccer.

He challenged the athletes
to exhibit the same level of
sportsmanship required on the
field in their academic and
social endeavours, maintaining
character at all times.

Education Minister Carl
Bethel, who also spoke briefly
at the assembly, noted that his
alma mater has made great
strides in athletics since he
attended the school.

He encouraged the students
to remain focused on their stud-
ies and seek to explore and



MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND MARINE RESOURCES and MP for
Long Island and Ragged Island Larry Cartwright speaks in Gun Point.

THE DUNCAN Town Airport.

links, thereby increasing the
potential for enhanced eco-
nomic activity on this island.”

The project will provide 50
jobs to Bahamians, including
Ragged Island residents, over
the next year and open up the
economy for Ragged Island by
facilitating trade.

Docking facilities will allow
mailboats, trade ships and Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) vessels to stop at the
island and provide safe harbour
for those fishing in the abun-
dant waters.

Dawning

Ragged Island native Senator
David Thompson said the
investment in infrastructure
marks the dawning of a new
golden age for the Ragged
Island chain.

He added: “Although we are
small in numbers here on the
island there are thousands of
us across the country who will
be looking at this transforma-
tion and coming back home to
be a part of the new golden age
for Ragged Island.”

Minister of Tourism and Avi-
ation Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, whose roots are also in
Ragged Island, said the devel-
opment helps maximise the
potential of the entire Bahamas
where there are more airports
per capita than in any other
country.

He said: “So much time and
energy and effort have been
focused on the development of
Nassau and Paradise Island as
opposed to the rest of the
Bahamas and this is a commit-
ment for us to develop the
totality of what the Bahamas
has to offer.

“There is no country any-
where in this region that has
the kind of assets we have for
development, and we are just
beginning to recognise it, but
it’s crucial to have the infra-

enjoy every opportunity afford-
ed them at an institution with a
history of producing outstand-
ing alumni. St Andrews has
won 15 of the 36 league cham-
pionships in softball, basket-
ball, volleyball, and soccer in
the 2008/2009 season and the
beginning of the 2009/2010 sea-
son — competing in 24 champi-
onship games.



structure for air transportation
in place for people who want
to take advantage of what we
have to offer here.”

In addition to aiding tourism
and the fishing industry, Minis-
ter of National Security Tommy
Turnquest said the investment
in the new dock will greatly
assist the Defence Force as it
works to protect the Bahamas’
aquatic borders by decentralis-
ing its 26 vessels.

The RBDF will soon be able
to expand its presence already
established in Inagua, Abaco,
Grand Bahama and Exuma to
guard the Great Bahama Bank
from a dock at Gun Point.

Mr Turnquest said: “Much
of the crime we see starts on
our seas; illegal drugs, arms
trafficking, human trafficking
or poaching marine resources.

“This docking facility will be
a critical aspect of the Defence
Force’s mission moving for-
ward.”

Ragged Island residents told
The Tribune they had hoped
for the existing canal to be
dredged in order to bring trade
directly to Duncan Town, but
Minister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux said such a move
would greatly harm the local
eco-system as it would disturb
the vast network of mangroves
housing nurseries for fish and
crawfish. The development will
link Ragged Island with other
islands and still protect its abun-
dant fishing grounds, Mr
Deveaux said.

He added: “This is the least
impact we could make on the
environment to do what is
needed in Ragged Island.”

Ragged Island resident Ver-
va Vernica Wallace, 81, said: “I
have lived here all my life and I
have seen a lot of changes, now
I’m proud to hear what can
happen.”

And Anglican church minis-
ter Daniel Wallace added:
“This is long overdue and we
are very grateful.”

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LOCAL NEWS



Roadworks under way to
improve Shirley Street

ROADWORKS to improve Shirley
Street are ongoing this week after 400 feet
of sewerage pipes were replaced in front of
the Princess Margaret Hospital.

The project to smooth the heavily pot-
holed road began at the junction with
Frederick Street and is moving east, Min-
istry of Works director Gordon Major
said. He anticipates repaving will have
been completed between Frederick Street
and Elizabeth Avenue by the end of the
year, and continue in 2010.

In the process of repaving workers are
repairing leaky sewage pipes beneath

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near the Princess Margaret Hospital began
last week Thursday and was completed
on Friday.

Yesterday, work was taking place at the
junction of Shirley and Deveaux Street,
outside The Tribune’s offices.

Such repair works will continue
throughout the repaving project, as the
clay sewage pipes installed in 1927 are
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POLITICAL ROW: Morton Salt facility

Minister hits back at
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takeover of power plant

Earl Deveaux
replies to ‘gross
incompetence’
allegation

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

ENVIRONMENT Min-
ister Earl Deveaux has hit
back at a political attack
over the BEC takeover of
the Morton Salt power plant
in Inagua.

In response to Progressive
Liberal Party (PLP) chair-
man Bradley Roberts’s
claims that Mr Deveaux and
Minister of State Phenton
Neymour exhibited gross
incompetence in managing
the changeover of the power
plant from Morton Salt to
BEC, Mr Deveaux sought
to clarify the facts.

He said Mr Roberts was
wrong to say government
had incurred millions of dol-
lars in losses for BEC since
last December as BEC did
not take over the running of
the plant until October of
this year.

Mr Roberts alleged
Inagua residents had not
received electricity bills for
nearly a year and could not
be expected to pay them
now, meaning a huge loss
for BEC.

But Mr Deveaux said
billing by BEC did not begin
until October, and up until
then, the plant remained the
responsibility of Morton
Salt.

The minister was unable
to respond to Mr Roberts’
claims before they appeared

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administration approved the
takeover of the Morton Salt
plant when Mr Roberts was
chairman of the PLP in
2004, nearly three years
before the Free National
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then.

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and reconciled the accounts,
BEC is now responsible for
bill payment in Inagua.”

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LOCAL NEWS



Family of seven-year-old
girl seeks public assistance

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

THE family of seven-year-old Tenia Cash is
pleading with the public to assist them in raising
$80,000 to finance medical bills that they expect
to incur in a matter of weeks.

Speaking with The Tribune, the girl’s mother,
Chariene Cash, said the seven-year-old has been
diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a malignant
cancer of the bone.

On the children’s ward north at the Princess
Margaret Hospital, Tenia is undergoing the rec-
ommended treatment by local doctors which
includes rounds of chemotherapy and an opera-
tion to amputate her leg.

“Tt makes me feel helpless as a parent consid-
ering the options I have right now,” Ms Cash
said. “She'll be confined to a wheel chair or
crutches for the rest of her life.”

The family is reviewing alternative options,
leaving amputation as their last resort.

Doctors in Miami have reviewed Tenia’s case,
and have said they can save Tenia’s leg with a
limb-sparing procedure.

Limb-sparing involves cutting out the tumour,
taking out the bone and replacing it with a pros-
thesis. Unlike many surgical procedures for
malignant bone tumours, it gives the child a
chance to keep the limb in which a tumour is
located.

However, financing such an alternative oper-
ation is costly. Doctors have quoted the proce-
dure to cost between the ball-park figure of
$65,000 to $80,000.

Medical bills are accumulating, and Ms Cash is
requesting the general public to make donations
to the “Tenia Cash medical fund’, at the Royal
Bank of Canada; account number: 7205628.

Tenia’s health woes began when her mother
started noticing swelling and pain symptoms in
the upper thigh.

The pain from the tumour comes on strong in
the night, and unlike cancer at other sites, pain is
the symptom most noticeable in bone cancer
because of the rigidity of bony tissues which can-
not expand when pressed on by
an invading tumour.

Tenia’s leg is visibly swollen.
According to her mother, they
dismissed the aches as a sprain
or growing pains, which is the
typical resolve in most parents’
minds who have children affect-
ed by bone cancer. Tenia bore
these early symptoms of pain in
her leg for a couple of months.

“We didn’t feel there was
something to worry about,”
Chariene Cash said.

Soon Tenia developed a limp
in her walk, and the gymnast
wasn’t “jumping the way she
used to and moving around nor-
mally.” Swelling and fever
accompanied the ache which
was affecting the lower limbs,
causing unexplained stumbling.

“T looked at the leg and one
was noticeably bigger above the
knee,” Ms Cash said.

This was the turning point and
enough reason to arrange a doc-
tor’s visit.

After a series of X-rays and
other tests, doctors discovered
that Tenia had cancer cells in
the area of her knee.

Without treatment, the can-



TENIA CASH performs a
gymnastics routine.

cer will spread to other areas of
her body, but with chemothera-
py and surgery, her chances of
survival look good.

Research shows that present-
day amputees usually return to
normal ability very quickly, but
Ms Cash prefers to wait out for
asecond opinion from Canadian
doctors. However, financing
such an alternative operation is
costly.

The third grade student of
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Minister calls for
collaboration in
‘War on Terror’

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INTERNATIONAL co-operation in criminal
matters and the sharing of intelligence and special
investigative techniques are critical to the war
on national, regional and global terrorism, Min-
ister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said.

Addressing regional national security officials
attending a major anti-terror workshop which
opened last week Tuesday in New Providence,
Mr Turnquest said international co-operation is
the only way to stamp out terrorism.

Sponsored by the United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Inter-
American Committee on Terrorism (CICTE),
the four-day workshop examined the legal frame-
work and mechanisms for international co-oper-
ation in the fight against terrorism.

The Bahamas currently serves as vice-chair of
CICTE and will assume the role of chair in March
2010. Mr Turnquest said Bahamian officials are
“deeply concerned” about the indiscriminate
nature of terrorism, even though the country has
not been directly impacted.

“We only need to reflect on the disastrous
9/11 terror attacks on the United States to appre-
ciate how such acts can reverberate around the
world and throw the economies of neighboring
countries into crisis,” Mr Turnquest said.

He said the country’s proactive approach to the
fighting terrorism is exemplified by the fact that



officials from three key national security and law
enforcement branches — the Police, Defence
Force and the Department of Customs, are in
attendance. The minister said their participation
is a reflection of the “network” local national
security and law enforcement officials are seek-
ing to develop to combat terrorism.

Policing

Mr Turnquest said the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force, the country’s maritime law
enforcement agency charged with policing its
seas and protecting its porous borders, has had an
Anti-Terrorism Unit since 2007.

“The mandate of this unit is to suppress and
combat terrorism acts within the Bahamas terri-
tory,” he said. The Royal Bahamas Police Force,
through its Financial Intelligence Unit, is charged
with receiving, analysing, obtaining and dissem-
ination of information on proceeds derived from
offences under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Other
counter-terrorism measures have been put in
place by the police force.

“The Department of Customs implements rec-
ommendations of the World Customs Organi-
sation to counter terrorism,” Mr Turnquest
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In keynote address, Ingraham

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PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham (pictured
above) delivered the keynote address at the
Commonwealth Business Forum dinner in
Trinidad last week Wednesday, ahead of the
Caribbean Heads of Government Meeting.

Taking place a few days ahead of CHOGM,
the meetings provide an opportunity for this
attending to contribute on key policies and rec-
ommendations which will be presented to the
heads of government meeting.

With this year’s focus on “Partnering for a
More Equitable and Sustainable Future” being
a timely topic in any set of circumstances, Prime
Minister Ingraham said it is especially so at this
time as the world confronts the effects of a
global economic meltdown.

“While the immediate challenge facing the
global community is to secure a meaningful
recovery from what has been one of the worst
international economic and financial crises of
our time, the longer term challenge is to ensure
sustainable growth that aids in the eradication
of global poverty and conserves the planet’s
resources for future generation. This is a tall
order in any circumstance but particularly
daunting in the face of current events,” the
prime minister said.

Unemployment

Adding that there is little doubt that emerg-
ing out of this global economic crisis, the world
will have to come to experience a “new nor-
mal” including a new level of sustained unem-
ployment, Mr Ingraham said that by changing
economic behaviour and altered institutions
will produce a different environment in which
we must all operate.

“Our task was not made easier by the fact
that in the midst of the global economic and
financial meltdown, the second pillar of our
economy, the international financial services
sector, came under renewed attack from the
OECD and G20 developed countries who
tagged, wrongly we believe, international finan-
cial services centres as responsible, in whole
or in part, for the global economic and financial
crisis.

“If we are to accept that it is ‘the responsi-
bility of all economies, rich and poor, as part-
ners in building a sustainable and balanced
global economy in which the benefits of eco-
nomic growth are broadly and equitably
shared’, then the lessons taught by the present
crisis must lead inter alia to the following:

“An honest assessment of the risks posed to
our global economic and financial systems and
avoid placing blame where it is not due; A bet-
ter means of assessing and responding to sys-
temic risk in the global financial architecture —
one that demonstrates equity in calling all

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“There is no longer any
credible debate about the
reality of global warming.”

economies, those of the developed and devel-
oping world, into account; Promote greater
equity in the international development process
so as to make the prospects for sustained growth
of the world economy more enduring and wide-
spread; and better coordinate global resources
in order to maximize use; this is especially true
with respect to those resources channeled by the
multilateral lending and aid agencies.”

However, the Prime Minister said that no
useful consideration of a sustainable future can
occur without the recognition that one of the
issues bearing most profoundly upon that future
is the matter of global warming or climate
change.

“There is no longer any credible debate about
the reality of global warming. The United
Nations’ International Panel on Climate change
has concluded that ‘global warming is a reality
and has almost certainly been caused by recent
human activity.’ Climate Change is fundamen-
tally a sustainable development challenge which
goes well beyond the matter of environmental
protection to embrace both economic and social
development.

“The point I wish to make here is that glob-
al warming has already begun to take its toll.
Even as I speak, a basic agreement still has to be
reached. Options for climate change financing
still have to be determined. The final round of
preparatory talks in Barcelona for the upcom-
ing Copenhagen Conference in December
intended to agree a new international frame-
work has revealed deep divisions and has indi-
cated that a basic agreement is unlikely to be
achieved in Copenhagen.

“While there appears to be broad recognition
of the urgent necessity for strong action, still the
level of commitment to such action varies con-
siderably between the key participants and con-
tinues to be elusive. But as it is recognized as so
essential to a sustainable future, it seems that
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perspective of a number of our non-Common-
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LOCAL NEWS



China to reduce carbon dioxide :

emissions by 40 to 45 per cent

CHINA’S State Council
announced Thursday that Chi-
na is going to reduce the inten-
sity of carbon dioxide emissions
per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40
to 45 per cent compared to the
level of 2005.

This is "a voluntary action"
taken by the Chinese govern-
ment “based on our own
national conditions" and “is a
major contribution to the glob-
al effort in tackling climate
change," the State Council said.

In a meeting presided over
by Premier Wen Jiabao
Wednesday, the State Council
reviewed a national task plan
addressing climate change.

A press statement released
Thursday said the index of car-
bon dioxide emissions cuts,
announced for the first time by
China, would be "a binding
goal" to be incorporated into
China's medium and long-term
national social and economic
development plans.

New measures would be for-
mulated to audit, monitor and
assess its implementation, said
the statement.

Qi Jianguo, an economic
and environmental policy
researcher at the Chinese
Academy of Social Sciences,
told Xinhua that the targets
would put "great pressure" on
China's development.

"In 2020, the country's GDP
will at least double that of now,
so will the emissions of green-
house gases (GHG). But the
required reduction of emissions
intensity by 40 to 45 per cent
in 2020 compared with the lev-
el of 2005 means the emissions
of GHG in 2020 has to be
roughly the same as emissions
now," he said.

Qi, a quantitative economist
who studies links between the
economy and climate change,
said as the world's largest devel-
oping country, China would
face a great challenge.

In order to achieve the tar-
get, more effort must be made
besides strictly abiding by the
principle of "energy-saving and
emissions reductions," he said.

The government would
devote major efforts to devel-
oping renewable and nuclear
energies to ensure the con-
sumption of non-fossil-fuel
power accounted for 15 per
cent of the country's total pri-
mary energy consumption by
2020, said the State Council
statement.

More trees would be planted
and the country's forest area
would increase by 40 million
hectares and forest volume by
1.3 billion cubic meters from
the levels of 2005.

The State Council said that
as a responsible developing
nation, China advocated global
concerted efforts in addressing
climate change "through prag-
matic and effective interna-
tional cooperation."

The Chinese cabinet reiter-
ated the principled stand for

implementation of the United
Nations Framework Conven-
tion on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Pro-
tocol.

Both the UNFCCC principle
of "common but differentiated
responsibilities" and the Bali
Roadmap should be observed,
the State Council said.

The UNFCCC and the
Kyoto Protocol should be car-
ried out in a comprehensive,
effective and lasting way, and
emissions alleviation, adapta-
tion, technological transfer and
financial support should be
coordinated in a comprehen-
sive way to help bring about
positive results for the upcom-
ing UN Climate Change Con-
ference in December in Copen-
hagen, the State Council said.

"Appropriate handling of
the climate change issue is of
vital interest to China's social
and economic development and
people's fundamental interests,
as well as the welfare of all the
people in the world and the
world's long-term develop-
ment," the State Council said
in the statement.

China faced mounting pres-
sure and difficulties in devel-
oping its national economy and
improving people's living stan-
dards as the country's industri-
alization and urbanization
accelerated, said the statement.

Given the country's huge
population, prominent eco-
nomic structural problems,
coal-dominated energy con-
sumption structure, and increas-
ing demand for energy, the gov-
ernment needed to make stren-
uous efforts to realise those tar-
gets, said the statement.

The government was
required to take into account
both immediate and long-term
interests while achieving coor-
dinated development of its
economy and the cause of envi-
ronmental protection, said the
statement.

Coping with climate change
should be a major strategy for
the national economic and
social development, said the
statement.

More funding would be
invested into the research,
development and industrializa-
tion of technologies for energy
saving, and into energy effi-
ciency, clean coal development,
renewable energies, advanced
nuclear energies, and carbon
capture and storage.

Laws, regulations and stan-
dards would be formulated and
fiscal, taxation, pricing and
financial measures would be
introduced to manage and
monitor the implementation of
those laws and regulations, said
the statement.

The State Council also said
China would expand coopera-
tion with foreign countries in
raising its capacity to cope with
climate change and import low-
carbon and environment-
friendly technologies.

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THE group of cruise passengers were on a Segway tour of BASH's Earth Village

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many of them did not get a good
look at the bandits because they were
ordered to lay on the ground.

The attack took place at about
12.15pm on November 16. A group
of cruise passengers were on a Seg-
way tour of BASH's Earth Village

when two armed

approached.

The thugs tied up the Bahamian
tour guide with the first group and

gunmen

fired.

ordered the passengers to the ground
before robbing them of money, pass-
ports, cell phones, credit cards and
personal items. A second group of
visitors approached and were also
robbed at gunpoint.

Police said a Bahamian woman
was gun-butted to the head during
the attack, adding that no shots were

However, this was disputed by

(above) when two armed gunmen approached.

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The passengers were part of two
separate tour groups from Disney
Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean.

The cruise lines have suspended
their tours with Caribbean Segway

BASH's Executive Director Terry

Miller has plans to beef up security of

the 170-acre property.



Prosecutors seeking to have investor
Viktor Kozeny committed into custody

FROM page one

The Act makes it an
offence to offer to pay, or to
pay, foreign government offi-
cials to gain or retain busi-
ness. Since its 1998 amend-
ment, the act also applies to
foreign establishments and
persons who intend to do the
same while in the US. If
extradited to the US, he
could face a jail sentence of
up to 25 years.

Alan Jones, QC, who
appeared with Assistant
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Franklyn Williams and
attorney Loren Klein, sub-
mitted to the appellate court
yesterday that Senior Justice
Isaacs had erred when he
discharged Kozeny, and that
the order of Magistrate Car-
olita Bethel should be
restored.

Magistrate Bethel had
approved Kozeny’s extradi-
tion, however his attorneys
had brought a habeas corpus
application before Senior
Justice Isaacs who subse-
quently ruled against the
extradition request. The
judge had cited that the

offences for which US
authorities sought his extra-
dition were not extradition
offences and found that
there had been an abuse of
process because US authori-
ties had failed to disclose cer-
tain material information.

Mr Jones noted yesterday
that Kozeny is accused of
bribing senior government
officials of the former Soviet
republic of Azerbaijan with
vast sums of money in an
effort to gain an unfair
advantage during the priva-
tization of the state-owned
oil company SOCAR in the
early 1990s.

He also told the court that
Kozeny had directed others
to purchase privatization
vouchers on behalf of his
companies Oily Rock and
Minaret. These vouchers, he
said, were purchased using
vast sums of cash that were
flown into Azerbaijan on
Kozeny’s private jet and
chartered planes. Mr Jones
noted that Kozeny, who has
resided in the Bahamas since
1995, has several passports
as well as a pilot’s license.

Mr Jones argued that the
offences for which Kozeny

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(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of MANUAL VENTURES LTD. has been

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

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(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of KIRKENES RIVERS INC. has been com-

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Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

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is being sought for extradi-
tion to the US do amount to
offences under Bahamian
law. Mr Jones contended
that although Kozeny’s
defence had alleged “bad
faith” and an abuse of
process by US authorities,
the allegations amounted to
nothing.

Clive Nicholls, QC, who,
with attorney Philip Davis,
appeared for Kozeny, yes-
terday argued it was imper-

missible for US authorities
to seek to justify Kozeny’s
detention on grounds other
than those already deter-
mined by Magistrate Bethel.
Mr Nicholls also argued that
the request for Kozeny’s
extradition should fail as the
offences he is accused of
amount to trans-national
bribery which is not an
offence in the Bahamas. The
appeal hearing continues
today.

Teen held in connection with
fatal stabbing of deaf man

FROM page one

thugs, one of whom stabbed him in his neck.

A short time earlier, the same group of boys was embroiled
in an altercation outside the victim's home on Peach Street.
The victim's mother scolded the boys for their behaviour and
asked them to leave her property. Police believe Mr Bullard
was not a part of the first altercation.

The group left and the victim's mother sent him to a near-
by shop, however Mr Bullard was attacked before he could get
more than 100 yards away from his home.

Despite his injury, Mr Bullard was able to return home
where he collapsed. He was taken to hospital by ambulance
and died about three hours later.

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unsung

A chance to showcase the
good citizens of the Bahamas

THEY are the mainstay
of the community, those
special people who give up
their precious time to help
those in need ... yet seek
no reward.

Caring only for the well-
being of others, they don't
ask for money or favours.
Neither do they go out of
their way for celebrity.
Theirs is a total selfless act
of kindness.

We at The Tribune
think it's about time we
celebrated the fact that
there are so many ordi-
nary people who do their
bit to make someone else's
life a little easier. They are
our Unsung Heroes.

That person may be a
carer, looking after the
young, the elderly or the
infirm.

Your unsung hero might
be a role model. For

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example, someone who
gives up their time to
coach young people in
sports.

The unsung hero may
be someone, young or
elderly, who is coura-
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or disability.

It may be a good friend
or neighbour who has
helped you out in times of
trouble.

Someone who has a kind
heart or a good ear for lis-
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MAYBE YOUR UNSUNG HERO is a teacher, neighbour or a doctor. Write to let us know.

It may be a teacher who
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also details of where we
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people who put their com-
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Tribune managing edi-
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too often we read about
the bad things which go on
around us, and the good
for one reason or another
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TOP LEFT: PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingra-
ham (left) with Prime Minister of India Dr Man-
mohan Singh at the 2009 Commonwealth Heads
of Government Meeting, held in Port of Spain,
Trinidad from November 27 - 29 in Port of
Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

ABOVE: PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, David
Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados, and
Stephenson Kind, Prime Minister of St Lucia at
CHOGM.

TOP RIGHT: RALPH GONSALVES, Prime Min-
ister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, left, and
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham share a joke at
CHOGM.

LEFT: PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham
chats with Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma
and his wife Babli.

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avenge their only defeat of
the season. They are now
tied with identical 7-1 win-
loss records, splitting their
head-to-head match-up, as
the regular season starts to
wind down.

“This team is gradually
maturing,” said St Cecilia’s
coach Leo Delaney.
“They’re not exactly where I
want them to be, but gradu-
ally they’re getting there.

“But with the home court
advantage, I just knew that
we had an opportunity to
pull it off. Once we kept it
close, anything was possible.”

The difference in the game
came when St Bede’s lost
center Gregory Cooper to
five fouls early in the fourth
quarter with the Crushers
holding a commanding 23-15
lead.

Once he left, the Crushers
didn’t have anybody to con-
tain Steven Humes. Then
late in the period, Delaney
inserted Lenford Powell,
who provided a double
threat as the twin towers
went to work.

“T felt really good. Now I
know we have a chance to
win the championship,” said
Powell, who was more con-
cerned about the rest of the
season than this victory.

But Powell admitted that
once Cooper went out, he
knew that when he got into
the game, he would have
been able to make an impact.

After going scoreless when
he started in the first quarter,
Powell came back into the
game in the fourth and he
contributed eight points to
help spark their come-from-
behind win.

Humes, who added five
points in the period, finished
with seven, while Ivoine
Ingraham managed to break
loose for 11 before he fouled
out with the Strikers trailing
28-20. Tyreke Colebrooke
chipped in with five.

Kyle ‘Flash’ Turnquest
canned a game high 16
points, Malik Jones had 10,
Cooper helped out with four
and Cooper contributed
three in a losing effort.

“We missed a couple of
lay-ups,” said a disappoint-
ed Turnquest, who noted
that they intend to come



Celebrity tennis
exhibition has
new ‘hit with
the pros’ twist...
See page 14

St CECILIA’S STRIKERS celebrate yesterday
after beating the defending Catholic Diocesan
Primary Schools basketball champions St
Bede’s Crushers 37-36 as the regular season
starts to wind down...

Strikers win by one!





DEFENDING Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools basketball champions St Bede’s Crushers can be seen
in action against the St Cecilia’s Strikers yesterday...

back and avenge the loss
whenever they meet again.

More than likely that
won’t come until the best-of-
three championship series as
the two teams are poised to
end up in the top two spots
when the regular season is
completed on December 9.

St Bede’s head coach Don-
nie Culmer said they will
take the loss in stride and
rebound because they knew
exactly what went wrong.
“They can’t beat us. We will
be back. Gregory fouled out.
But I should have checked
the book when he had the
four fouls,” Culmer said.

“IT should have sat him
down and bring him back.
That was the problem. This
was his day because Kyle
was having an off day again.

He missed too many lay-
ups.”

When Cooper fouled out,
Culmer said it took away a
lot of their momentum.
“We're going to be shaken
up by this loss,” he said. “We
will be back.”

Although they trailed 5-0
at the end of the first quarter
and 12-9 at the half, the
Strikers made a gallant
comeback to cut the deficit
to 17-13 at the end of the
third.

Both teams increased the
tempo of the game in the
fourth and made it an excit-
ing contest the rest of the
way. At one point, the
Crushers queried the score
when they felt they should
have gone up 36-35, but the
scorebook had them behind

SEE photo spread on page 14

35-34. That may have been
the difference in the score as
the Strikers never relin-
quished the lead again.

St Bede’s will get a chance
to redeem themselves when
they travel to Xaviers on
Monday to face the Giants
before they close out at
home against the St Fran-
cis/Joseph Shockers.

St Cecilia’s, on the other
hand, will travel to play Our
Lady’s Blue Flames on
Wednesday and then con-
clude at home on Monday
against the St Thomas More
Sparks.

The sudden death playoff
is set for December 11 at
Loyola Hall and the best-of-
three final is slated to begin
December 14 at the same
venue.


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009, PAGE 13
SPORTS



Celebrity tennis
exhibition has
new ‘hit with
the pros’ twist

ORGANISERS of the
ninth annual Mark Knowles
Celebrity Tennis Invitational
have added an additional
interactive experience for
junior tennis players during
the weekend of fun-filled
activities.

And two of many tennis
stars — German Anna-Lena
Groenefeld and American
Jared Palmer (former No.1
doubles player and Wimble-
don doubles champion) — slat-
ed to take part are scheduled
to arrive in the Bahamas
today. The event starts Fri-
day with a Pro-Am at Atlantis
and exhibition at the Nation-
al Tennis Center at 3pm Sat-
urday.

Groenefeld partnered with
Knowles to win the Wimble-
don mixed doubles champi-
onship title this year. The duo
will face off with Martin
Damm & Olga Savchuk as
part of the exhibition.

The Bahamas Lawn Ten-
nis Association (BLTA) and
the organisers have selected
several of the Bahamas’
promising young juniors to
hit a few tennis balls with the
professional players during a
“hit with the pros” session
immediately following Satur-
day’s exhibition at National
Tennis Centre.

The BLTA has announced
that juniors Phillip Major of
Andros, Julio Valdz of Grand
Bahama and Dylan Walker
of Eleuthera will be coming
to New Providence to watch
the exhibition and play with
the pros.

BLTA president Stephen
Turnquest said they wanted
to include some representa-
tion from islands other than
New Providence because so
often they get neglected due
to travel expenses and other
issues.

Said Walker, a 12-year-old
student of Central Eleuthera
High School who has been
playing tennis since he was
five years old.

“Thank you for the invita-
tion to participate in the Mark
Knowles Kids Tennis Day
Camp. I am very excited to
have been given the oppor-
tunity to attend,” said Walk-
er.

“T feel that this is an oppor-
tunity for me to improve my
performance in tennis and
sharpen my skills. I am excit-
ed to meet Mark Knowles
and his exciting group of
world class pros. It means a
lot to me to be given the
Opportunity to come to Nas-
sau.

“On the island of Eleuthera
I receive very limited play
here as there is no one to hit
with except for my mom and
recently with Mr Wesley
Rolle. I rarely get the oppor-
tunity to play in a lot of tour-
naments because of the
expense. I feel this camp will
motivate me to achieve one
of my goals of playing tennis
professionally.”

Thirteen-year-old Philip
Major had this to say: “I am
really excited to attend this
year’s camp. It will help me to
improve and get better in
footwork and technique to
better my game. I am very
grateful that I was chosen,”
said Major, who attends
North Andros High School.

“T get to see Mark and
these pros up close and
maybe get a tip or two to
improve my own serve and
forearm. I will be motivated
to play better tennis.”

Julio Valdz, a 13-year-old
student of St George’s High
School, has been playing ten-
nis for nine years.

“Tt will be a great experi-





DYLAN WALKER is thrilled about
the opportunity to take part in
the hit with the pros session...

ence seeing tennis pros play
and it will give me incentive
to do better,” he said. “Mark
Knowles is like the best dou-
bles player in the world and
it’s like a dream come true
for me to be face-to-face with
ATP top single and doubles
players.”

In Nassau, the selection
process is underway with the
most promising juniors from
various tennis professionals,
such as Kim O’Kelley and
Robbie Isaacs.

The “Hit with the Pros”
session is scheduled to start
at 4:30pm for about 30 min-
utes and will give the juniors a
taste of sharing the tennis
court with these legends of
the game.

Knowles said that he thinks
it is extremely important to
encourage junior players and
to let them see close up the
techniques that are common
to all the best players in the
world.

He said that he was fortu-
nate as a young child to be
able to see Bjorn Borg, Vitas
Geruliatis, Fred Stolle and
Rod Laver and many others
when they played in tourna-
ments held at the Nassau
Beach Hotel. Knowles said
that this certainly inspired
him to try and emulate them.

Tickets are now on sale at
the National Tennis Centre,
the Atlantis Tennis Centre,
the Village Squash Club, the
Lyford Cay School and H G
Christie.

The proceeds of the event
will go to aid local children’s
charities such as the Cancer
Society, the Sassoon
(Bahamas) Foundation for
Pediatric Heart Care, Special
Olympics, the Association for
the Physically Disabled, the
Chance Foundation and the
Mark Knowles Tennis Schol-
arship Fund.

To date, over $400,000 has
been distributed to various
charities. The aim this year is
to increase total donations to
$500,000.

The major sponsors to date
include Atlantis Resort &
Casino, Lombard Odier Dari-
er Hentsch Private Bank &
Trust, Pictet Bank & Trust
Ltd, Serenity Point, Abaco,
The Balmoral, the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism, Ameri-
can Airlines, the Bank of the
Bahamas, Everkey Global
Fund, Templeton Global
Advisors, Odyssey Aviation,
H 3 O

TheBahamasWeekly.com and
the Ministry of Youth Sports
& Culture.

The Mark Knowles
Celebrity Tennis Invitational
is a charity event that has
been hosted by Knowles since
2001. The event is held in
December at the National
Tennis Centre in Nassau
(New Providence), Bahamas.
For further details, visit:

www.markknowles

tennis.com

GROENEFELD partnered with Knowles to win the Wimbledon mixed
doubles championship title this year...



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DESMOND BANNISTER, minister of youth, sports and culture, speaks during the commissioning ceremony...

Track stadium named
in Olympian’s honour

THE track and field facility
at North Andros High School,
which reportedly has a strong
athletic programme, has been
named in honour of Carl
Oliver — the island’s only
Olympian.

In 1996, Oliver was a two-
time member of the Bahamas
men’s 4x400m relay team that
competed in Atlanta, Geor-
gia, and finished seventh in
the final. And in 2000 in Sid-
ney, Australia, the team won
bronze.

Desmond Bannister, min-
ister of youth, sports and cul-
ture, attended the commis-
sioning service in Nicholls
Town last Friday. He said the
facility will be consistent with
the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.

The new mondo surface of
the track is being built by
Emile Knowles of Knowles
Construction Services and it is
expected to be completed
within the next six weeks.

The Grand Bahama Sports
Complex is also being re-con-
structed with a new mondo
surface and is expected to be
ready when the track and
field season kicks off in Janu- — BRIAN CLEARE, sports co-ordinator for North Andros, gives Minister Bannister and other officials
ary. a tour of the new track and field facility...

Grand Bahama Sports Complex
also getting new mondo surtace

Photos by Patrick Hanna/BIS

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SPORTS

Crushers vs Strikers... jie

sq Comets 75-47
ss on the road

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net








WITH a relatively new
cast of characters, the reign-
ing BAISS senior boys cham-
pions racked up another ear-
ly season win on their quest
for an elusive three-peat.

The Westminster College
Diplomats overpowered the
Queen’s College Comets for
an effortless 75-47 win on the
road yesterday.

With five scorers in dou-
ble figures, led by Adrian
Sherman who came off the
bench to finish with 16
points, the Diplomats’ bal-
anced scoring attack and
consistent activity on defence
were too much for the
Comets to handle as the
Diplomats remained unde-
feated on the year.

Early foul trouble was
prevalent in the opening
quarter as both teams were
in the bonus just five min-
utes into the game.

Trips to the foul line and a
slow pace to the game paid
dividends for the Comets as
they kept in striking distance
early on.

A layup by Eleazor John-
son trimmed it to 11-8 with
less than two minutes left to
play in the quarter.

With the starters in foul
trouble and the Diplomats’
reserves having to carry the
load, the defending champi-
ons led 18-10 after the first
quarter.

In the second, the Diplo-
mats’ advantage doubled due
to a stifling defence which
allowed just one field goal in
the quarter.

Shaquille Bain gave West-
minster its first double fig-
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loss as the Strikers took advantage of their home court to Dee a eee geal

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avenge their only defeat of the season. They are tied with game all but out of reach.
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match-up, as the regular season starts to wind down... points, was forced to sit with
four early fouls but reserve
guard Buscar Panza was able
to fill the void and lead the
team on both ends of the
floor.

With nearly four minutes
elapsed in the quarter, Devin
Carey scored the Comets’
first point in the quarter with
one of two from the free
throw line.

Sherman dominated the
interior on both ends of the
floor as the Comets strug-
gled to match his physical
play.

He came up with what
seemed like every other
loose ball or rebound and
lived at the free throw line,
forcing the Comets’ bigmen
into foul trouble. He scored
eight of his 16 points in the
quarter and gave the Diplo-
mats a number of second
shot opportunities.

Panza gave the Diplomats
a 34-11 lead on a drive to the
lane just before Johnson,
who finished with 21 points,
scored the Comets only bas-
ket of the quarter with 33
seconds remaining.

Westminster led 34-15 at
the half.

Sherman opened the third
with much of the same, dom-
inance in the point as his ear-
ly basket sparked an 8-2 run

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TUESDAY,

DECEMBER 1,

‘Holed up’ for 24 hours in my firm

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

he owner of

MAC Consul-

tants could spend

$5,000 fortifying

his business after
he was forced to ‘hole up’ in
his office for almost 24 hours
over the weekend until police
responded to his 919 emergency
call following a break-in.

John Laramore told Tribune
Business that after discovering
his store had been broken into,
he called police in the area to
investigate the robbery, and
decided to stay overnight at his
business to await police and
protect his investment.

However, no police came,
and during the course of the
night he had to watch a man
hurl a rock through the window
of his vehicle, which was parked
outside, in an attempt to steal
the battery. Still, no officers
came to the scene of his already
reported robbery or this latest
incident.

It was not until Mr Laramore
made a call to a friend, who
promptly e-mailed officers in
the upper echelons of the police
force, that help arrived after
what bordered on two days.

According to Mr Laramore,
a swarm of police arrived at
Clarawill House on Carmichael
Road, presumably after the e-
mail was received, and prompt-
ly dealt with his matter. He said
the high-ranking officer also

* Businessman forced to endure 24-hour wait for police
help after break-in that cost business $1,300
* Now faced with having to spend $5,000 on new alarm system
and other upgrades, after watching criminal break into van
* Police only respond after friend sends e-mail to senior officer
*‘T don’t know if we (business people) have any other

choice’ except to by guns for protection

came to the scene to apologise
for the lack of police response.

The robbery cost Mr
Laramore more than $1,300 in
lost merchandise, and the dam-
age to his vehicle will result in
so-far undetermined repairs.
And, due to what he considers
a substandard alarm system, he
is now forced to spend another
$1,600 dollars out-of-pocket for
a new alarm company.

According to Mr Laramore,
he has also been forced to
insure his stock in case of future
break-ins, which could drive the
total spend to secure his prop-
erty up to almost $5,000.

He said the thieves that hit
his store around 1.30am last Fri-
day morning got away with sev-
eral iPods, leaving the more
expensive Mac computers
behind.

“It could have been worse,”
said Mr Laramore. He said he
may have lost his car battery to
the second thief had it not been
bolted down.

According to him, he was sat-
isfied with the effort from the

Court of Appeal ‘failure’ is
criticised by Privy Council

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Privy Council has criti-
cised the Court of Appeal for
“a failure of the judicial
process” in not providing writ-
ten reasons for its decision in
a case related to a long-running
dispute over a 92-acre tract of
land off Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling Highway, finding one of
the parties was “justifiably
aggrieved” to be lift in the dark
over his possessory title claim.

The UK-based court, the
highest authority in the
Bahamian judicial system, said
the Court of Appeal’s failure
to provide written reasons for
its decision in a case brought
by Kenneth Higgs Snr, against
Leshelmaryas Investment Com-
pany and Annamae Woodside,
had “raised questions” as to its
intentions and left several issues
relating to legal matters sur-
rounding the land dispute unre-
solved.

The Privy Council, in its
judgment, noted that when its
Judicial Committee gave Mr
Higgs special leave to appeal
the appellate court’s ruling on
December 2, 2008, “a direction
was given that written reasons
be provided by the Court of
Appeal for its September 4,
2007, ruling”.

“The Board [Privy Council]
regret to say that there has
been no response by the Court

of Appeal to that direction,”
the judgment said, adding that
the Privy Council had been pro-
vided with a note of the court’s
oral judgment by the attorney
for Mr Higgs.

However, this did not answer
several questions raised, and
the Privy Council said: “The
Board regret that they find it
necessary to repeat that it is the
duty of every court, and partic-
ularly every appellate court, to
give reasons for their decisions
unless relieved by the parties
from that obligation.

“To leave parties in doubt as
to why their contentions have
not been accepted is a failure of
the judicial process. Mr Higgs
was entitled to be told whether
his evidence about possessory
acts in relation to [the disputed
land] from 1970 to 2002 was
accepted and, if it was, why his
possessory title claim was
rejected.”

In the initial Supreme Court
action, then-Justice Jeanne
Thompson had rejected Mr
Higgs’s claim to possessory title
of the land, which the judgment
called ‘Tract A’, due to a Sep-
tember 16, 1987, “incident” and
“confrontations on the land”
between Mr Higgs and a Mr
Leslie Miller. It is not known
whether the Mr Miller referred
to is the former PLP MP,
although he owns substantial

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police when they finally arrived,
but lamented that it should
have never taken the time it
did, nor the e-mail to a senior
officer, for them to respond.

Now, Mr Laramore is con-
cerned that he also needs to
purchase a gun to protect his
business, something he said he
has never wanted to do.

“T don’t know if we [business
people] have any other choice,”
he said.

Businessmen and women
have raised concerns about the
rising crime rate they believe
is connected with the contract-
ing economy.

President of the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce,
Khaalis Rolle, said recently that
crime remains a serious con-
cern for businesses in the
Bahamas, “particularly when it
extends beyond the normal
armed robbery”.

Mr Rolle has spoken on the
issue of crime in the Bahamas
in several forums, and remains
desperate to find a solution.

“T don't know where to start

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with this,” he said. “I have said
my piece a million times. From
the business community, the
best thing we can do in the
short term is to secure our busi-
nesses and properties as best
we can while we look for a long
term solution.

“It is something that has to
be addressed and the solution
isn't an easy one.”

Mr Rolle said he is not con-
vinced that the typical alarm
system provides the robust
security that most businesses
need. However, he said they
are not to be discounted as an
immediate deterrent.

According to him, the crimi-
nal mind is often just as sharp
as the mind that dreamt up the
security system, which is its
major flaw.

“The development of crimi-
nal behavior takes on a new life
almost on a daily basis,” Mr
Rolle said. “They manage their
activities around systems that
are limited in scope and limited
in their ability to change to
meet the criminal behavior.”

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$60k outlay returns

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter

crobards @tribunemedia.net

A BAHAMIAN jewellery vendor turned around an-
almost $60,000 outlay on her own store in only two months,
and is celebrating a one-year anniversary in mid-December
in the midst of one of the deepest global recessions ever

seen.

Chelsie Maura, owner of A Divine Design, said despite a
slow summer this year, sales have been good, and with the
Christmas season here, she expects them to get better.

A young entrepreneur, Ms Maura began selling European
jewellery door-to-door when she left her job as a Spanish
teacher at St Augustine’s College, after being diagnosed with
Myasthenia Gravis, a debilitating muscle disease.

According to her, she was always involved in art and
decided she would produce jewellery from precious and
semi-precious stones, selling them door-to-door at banks and

insurance companies.

After months of selling the jewellery, Ms Maura had
obtained so much inventory and had such a high demand for
her products that she was forced to open a store.

In December 2008, she renovated a small store on Bay
Street, just one block east of Victoria Avenue, and set up her

own business.

There, she expanded to include jewellery cleaning, and
acquired the equipment to drill the semi-precious and pre-

cious stones in-house.

Her jewellery lines include a wide array of stones, includ-
ing pyrite (fools gold), amethyst and pearls, while the neck-
laces to which almost any of the shaped stones can be
attached through an innovative clasp system are available in

various types of gold and rope.

“We use no inferior stones,” said Ms Maura.

With the interchangeable clasp system a staple at A
Divine Design, Ms Maura essentially becomes a consul-
tant, assisting her customers in choosing the best stone for

their taste, occasion or
new necklace.
She imports all her

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Just 28% of BISX’s $2.89b market cap in public’s hands

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

LESS than one-third, or just
over 28 per cent, of the
Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange’s (BISX) total
market capitalisation is in ‘tru-
ly public’ hands, Tribune Busi-
ness confirmed yesterday, with
analysts expressing concern that
the extent of majority share-
holder control was retarding
“ownership diversity” in the
Bahamian capital markets and
wider economy.

Keith Davies, BISX’s chief
executive, yesterday confirmed
to Tribune Business that as at
September 30, 2009, some $810
million out of BISX’s total
$2.89 billion market capitalisa-

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tion was in the hands of
Bahamian retail and institu-
tional investors, as opposed to
just one controlling sharehold-
er or group of shareholders.
As a percentage, that works
out to just 28.04 per cent of
BISX-traded stocks being
owned by ordinary Bahamians,
or institutions such as pension
funds and insurance companies.
In short, it indicates that the
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than 50 per cent stake after
coming to market.

He explained that a major
factor behind the lack of own-
ership diversity in BISX-listed
stocks was that, prior to the
exchange’s creation, “those
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By RoyalFidelity Capital
Markets

IT WAS a moderate week
of trading in the Bahamian
stock market. Investors trad-

declined and three remained
unchanged.

EQUITY MARKET
A total of 78,765 shares
changed hands, representing

week's trading volume of
5,500 shares.
Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) was the volume leader
and the lead decliner, trading
70,515 shares and declining

to the 2008 third quarter,
while non-interest income
of $4.1 million declined by
about $125,000 or 3 per
cent quarter-over-quarter.

FBB ‘s total expenses

The Bahamian Stock Market

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE

ed in six out of the 24 listed an increase of 73,265 shares, by $0.12 tosee its stock close for the quarter were $9.6 SYNOD ERIE eee
securities, of which three compared to the previous _ the week at $5.62. million, a slight increase
FamGuard Corporation — of $50,000 or 0.5 per cent in Z %
(FAM) also declined dur- compared to the same Te ee . oe
a ing the week, withitsshare period in the previous BOB $5.90 $- 0 22.77%
International Markets vic: cropping $0.10 ona year. BPF $10.75. $ 0 8.90%
volume of 1,200 to close The expense category BSL $10.06 $- 0 -1.28%
the week at $6.40. with the highest percent- BWL $3.15 $. 0 0.00%
OR Eee Rates age change was FBB's Cap $10.00 S$ 0 28.72%
Weekly % Change BOND MARKET provision for loan losses, — @py, $5.62 $-0.12 70.515 4 9.71%
Investors traded $70,000 — which totalled $773,000, Gy, $2.72 $- . 1.258 3.89%
CAD$ 0.9404 0.60 (par value), worth of increasing by $344,000 or CIB $9.87 $- 0 is 5508
GBP 1.6464 -0.30 Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) 45 per cent quarter-over- CwCR $2.66 $0.09 0 18.22%
EUR 1.4964 0.65 Series D Notes Due in quarter. DHS $2.55 $. 0 0.00%
2015 (FBB15). fe FAM __ $6.40 $-0.10 1,200 -17.95%
> - ,
Commodities COMPANY NEWS 2009, were $279 million Bae ee : a ae
Weekly % Change Fidelity Bank and $244 million respec- FCL $4.75 $- 3.292 8.12%
(Bahamas) (FBB) released _ tively, compared to $272. ACTRB $1.00 $- 0 0.00%
Crude Oil $76.05 -2.16 its unaudited financial million and $240 million FIN $9.29 $-0.01 2.500 21.74%
Gold $1,175.50 2.16 statements for the quarter at year-end December 31, ICD $5.59 $- ny 8 81%
ended September 30, 2009. 2008. IST $9.95 $- 0 -10.36%
FBB reported net income The movement in assets PRE $10 00 ie 0 0.00%
International Stock Market Indexes: of $1.1 million, compared — and liabilities was due pri- i j
to $832,000 for the same marily to higher mort-
oO nine-month period last ages and loans, plus cus-
Mico sy) Je Chance year, representing an eer deposits, fine record- Dividend Notes: AGM Notice:
DJIA 10.309.92 -0.08 increase of $281,000 or 34 ed by the bank. Bank of the Bahamas Bahamas Supermarkets
S & P500 1.08727 0:38 per cent. Earnings per share (EPS) (BOB) declared a dividend announced that its AGM
ASDAQ 7138.44 035 Net interest income increased by $0.01 quarter- of $0.16 pershare, payableon meeting will be held on
See 9, 08 iL 59 ‘i ie 38 reported in the quarter was —_ over-quarter to stand at $0.04. December 15 to all ordinary December 3, 2009, at 6pm at

$6.6 million, up $456,000
or 7.4 per cent, compared

at September 30, 2009.

shareholders of record date
December 8, 2009.

the Hilton Hotel.

Just 28% of BISX’s $2.89b market cap in public’s hands

FROM page 1B

to come to market and retain a
controlling interest - control of
management and shareholder
voting rights. The whole market
is concentrated through the
shareholdings.

“Certainly, for its [the capital
markets] future development,
it needs to have a broad base
for its ownership and, by exten-
sion, the economy.”

With such a substantial
amount of BISX’s market cap-
italisation controlled by major-

ity or controlling investor
groups, Mr Kerr said one con-
sequence of this ownership con-
centration was liquidity - the
willingness of buyers and sellers
to interact and trade.

BISX has been plagued by
liquidity issues since inception,
and Mr Kerr conceded that one
consequence of ownership con-
centration was that “it leaves
you thinly traded”. With major
institutional investors unable
to acquire the stock they want-
ed because majority investors

were staying put, the market
was frequently being left to the
smaller retail players, with
trades of only several hundred
shares.

“The institutional traders are
unable to change, control or
accumulate large chunks of
companies in rapid fashion.
That has to be accomplished
over a significant period of
time. It’s obvious a limit.
There’s not enough in float at
the time the value is right, and
the attractive price may soon

go,” Mr Kerr told Tribune
Business.

He acknowledged that this
“inhibits the market”, and left
major institutional investors
unable to “influence what goes
on in these companies in terms
of management and decision-
making, because they have lim-
ited shareholding percentages”.

As Tribune Business report-
ed last week, perhaps the most
egregious example of this in the
Bahamian capital markets is
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Bank (Bahamas), which is the
largest stock on BISX by mar-
ket capitalisation and accounts
for over 40 per cent of the mar-
ket, yet less than 5 per cent is in
the hands of Bahamian public
investors.

The remainder is owned by
its FirstCaribbean parent in
Barbados which, in turn, is con-
trolled by Canadian-based
CIBC.

Other companies where
there is a large majority share-
holder, or controlling group of
investors, are (non-BISX list-
ed) Bahamas Supermarkets (78
per cent in the hands of BSL
Holdings), and Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas), with some 75 per
cent in the parent’s hands. In
the case of FINCO, 75 per cent
also remains in the hands of
Royal Bank of Canada, while
over 50 per cent of ICD Utili-
ties is controlled by Emera.

Among those with a more
diversified shareholder base are
AML Foods, Commonwealth
Bank and Cable Bahamas
(once Columbus Communica-
tions is bought out).

Capital markets in most
developed countries tend to
frown on public companies
where one large shareholder,
or group of controlling
investors, control the majority
of the stock, with investors shy-
ing away from them.

Mr Kerr said the Bahamas
was no different, adding: “Ana-
lysts and smart money would
want to be concerned about
shareholdings that are concen-

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holders. That’s a universal con-
cern.”

As the Bahamian capital
markets matured, and investors
became more sophisticated, Mr
Kerr said majority control of a
public company by a small
investor group would become
“a significant issue” when com-
ing to market.

“In the past, it was not such
an issue, but going forward, yes.
We all mature as investors, and
the public will want to see less
of a controlling interest after
the issuance of shares, and
more in the marketplace,” Mr
Kerr told Tribune Business.

Mr Davies last week said he
had long argued that BISX-list-
ed companies, and any plan-
ning to float via a future IPO,
should make a greater percent-
age of their shares available to
Bahamian institutional and
retail investors, fostering
greater wealth creation and a
more diverse ownership of this
nation’s economy.

“It is my view and opinion
that a larger percentage of com-
panies should be made avail-
able, and sold when they are
able,” Mr Davies told Tribune
Business. “I said that many
years ago, and I hold to that.

“T find it difficult to believe
that anyone going public now
will find it easy to sell such a
small percentage, as there is a
much more knowledgeable
investing public and they are
unwilling to accept such a large
percentage of control.”

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UK ‘mimicking’ leads
to labour dispute woe

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A LEADING leading
labour attorney yesterday
welcomed the approach of
Morton Salt’s new German
owner to resolve all labour
disputes “in-house”, telling
Tribune Business the current
Labour Board-Industrial Tri-
bunal route for solving such
matters was fraught with
problems.

Obie Ferguson, president
of the Trades Union Congress
(TUC) and head of his own
law firm, told this newspaper
that while the Labour Board
was billed as a “conciliation”
forum that attempted to rec-
oncile employer and employ-
ee, it was really acting as a
“mediator”, yet lacked the
authority to force the parties
into a settlement.

“In the Bahamas, what we
call conciliation is really medi-
ation, and if you start off
wrong on anything, you won’t
end up right,” Mr Ferguson
said.

“The Labour Board is
viewed as a conciliator, when
it is a mediator. The Labour
Board, as a conciliator, does
not have the authority to
cause parties to make agree-
ments when it is really acting
as a mediator. When you sit
there, the person covering the
issue does not have the
authority to deal with it.”

Mr Ferguson said that if
employers and employees
were going to resolve their
disputes, they would do so
without having to go to the
Labour Board. He described
the current “conciliation”
process as “a waste of money”
for both employer and

* Leading attorney says Labour Board lacks authority

to act as mediator and impose settlements
* Tribunal problems also cited in call for ‘system upgrade’
* Morton Salt deal completed, and new

German owner’s approach welcomed

employee if no resolution was
forthcoming, adding that he
had urged the Government
repeatedly to “upgrade the
system”.

Elsewhere, Mr Ferguson
told Tribune Business that the
Bahamas needed a process
that placed labour disputes,
which were in danger of
degenerating into strike
action, on the “fast track”
before the Industrial Tribunal.

Such a process existed in
the UK, where industrial dis-
putes were given “priority”,
and Mr Ferguson said one
problem stemmed from the
fact that the Bahamas “mim-
ics UK rules, but not the
whole of it, and consequent-
ly we have all these industrial
actions.

“Tt seems to me that if we
want to find ways to effi-
ciently deal with matters we
should look to the mother
country. You make the nec-
essary adjustments on the
basis that the foundation is
sound.

“What we have here is a
Tribunal, by definition, that
is not able to deal with dis-
putes. It takes several months
to file, and then takes one to

four years before you get a
hearing. That’s not produc-
tive, and that’s why I welcome
the Morton Salt approach to
solving it in-house.”

The Inagua-based salt pro-
duction facility’s takeover by
German-based K + S was
completed on October 1,
2009, and the new owners had
informed Mr Ferguson of
their desire to work with the
union representing the major-
ity of the company’s line
workers, and their approach
to doing so, in writing.

The TUC president said
another weakness in the
Bahamian system was that the
Industrial Tribunal was not a
court of law, but a quasi-judi-
cial body, and it was unable to
adjudicate on criminal mat-
ters. Industrial issues fell into
the criminal preserve if there
was “a failure to treat it as a
negotiation”.

The end-result, Mr Fergu-
son said, was that the “system
gets clogged”, to the frustra-
tion of employer, union and
employee.

He added: “We have out-
grown the system, and have
called on the Minister of
Labour to deal with it. The

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FROM page 1B

stones from a distributor in Europe, often pur-
chasing boulders and having them custom-cut
and shaped, then shipped, to her store. She is
one of the few local distributors of Venetian
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Ms Maura spends as much on her merchandise

as she does on marketing, and with two television
advertisements and several newspaper adver-

tisements to precede her store-wide sale begin-
ning this Thursday, she expects a better than
average holiday season.

“God has truly blessed me,” she said.

Ms Maura said word-of-mouth has thus far

been her largest traffic driver, and she expects

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to be. The way it’s structured
now, it can take anywhere
from 12 months to three-four
years to get a matter heard
and adjudicated at the Indus-
trial Tribunal.”

Mr Ferguson cited as a case
in point the dispute involving
the Port Authority union
workers in Grand Bahama,
who had voted in favour of
industrial action, and the min-
ister had refused to issue a
certificate to acknowledge the
vote had been taken.

Mr Ferguson said the Min-
ister had referred the matter
to the Industrial Tribunal, but
the latter did not have the
power to deal with the matter
because the certification of
the strike vote had not been
issued.

The TUC president added
that these situations were
causing “uncertainty” on the
labour side of the equation,
and resolving them would
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Court of Appeal ‘failure’ is criticised by Privy Council

FROM page 1B

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The September incident
referred to the Higgs family’s
opposition to surveyors con-
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Tract A, in response to an
application for the land’s parti-
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The Privy Council judgment
recalled: “This opposition
resulted in a considerable dis-
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taking place. Police were sum-
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boundaries of scrub vegetation,
was allegedly overturned by
bulldozers and then surrounded
by or buried beneath (descrip-
tions differ) mounds of earth.”
Yet the Privy Council noted
that the land confrontations
between Mr Higgs and Mr
Miller took place in the early
1990s, more than 20 years after
a Certificate of Title to the land
was granted, while the Septem-
ber 1987 “incident” could, if Mr
Higgs was able to sustain a pos-
sessory title claim, have been
construed as a re-entry or
resumption of documentary
title rights by the owner.
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said Mr Higgs’s first ground of
appeal - that the Supreme
Court had made no findings of
fact with regard to his posses-
sory title claim - were also not
explored by the Court of
Appeal.

The Privy Council found: “It
may reasonably be thought that
the Court of Appeal, by remit-
ting the case to the Supreme
Court for Leshel's partition
application to be re-examined,
impliedly dismissed Mr Higgs’
appeal on the possessory title
issue. After all, if that part of
the appeal were allowed, there
would be nothing to remit.

“But parties are entitled to
have their appeals dealt with in
express terms and, if dismissed,
to know the reasons for that
dismissal. The Court of
Appeal's treatment of the
appeal has left Mr Higgs justi-
fiably aggrieved.”

Tracing the origins of the dis-
pute, in which Mr Higgs is rep-
resenting the estate of his late
mother Clotilda Higgs, the
Privy Council said they lay in
the division of the 92.33 acre
tract of land between the chil-
dren and grandchildren of All-
iday Adderley.

A Bahamian company, Nas-
sauvian Ltd, ultimately
acquired a 25 per cent share in
the land on January 6, 1964,
obtaining a Certificate of Title
in February 1970 following a
protracted court battle with the

adverse possessory title claims
of Clotilda Higgs and one of
her brothers.

Nassauvian Ltd ultimately
sold its 1/4 share in the land to
an entity called Group Three
Ltd on June 28, 1990, which
then sold this to Leshelmaryas
Investment Company on Jan-
uary 14, 2002.

It was Nassauvian Ltd who
had attempted to survey the
boundaries of Tract A, in a bid
to agree a division of it with the
other owners, leading to the
September 1987 incident and a
subsequent court action in
which the Higgs family were
prevented by injunction from
interfering with the surveying.
The Supreme Court also reaf-
firmed Nassauvian Ltd’s title
toa 1/4 share in Tract A.

Then, Leshelmaryas Invest-
ment Company, applied on July
19, 2002, under the Partition
Act for a Supreme Court Order
that Tract A be partitioned
among its various owners. It
also sought an Order granting it
28.85 acres, or a 1/4 share in
Tract A, or, in the alternative
an order for Tract A’s sale and
the distribution of the proceeds
of the sale among the owners.

Mr Higgs and his mother,
Clotilda’s, estate, filed and
defence and counterclaim
asserting that they had posses-
sory title over the whole of
Tract A, denying Leshelmaryas
Investment Company’s claim

to any title interest.

Mr Higgs appealed to the
Privy Council on the grounds
that no reasons for his action’s
dismissal had been given by the
Court of Appeal, and “that no
sufficient findings of fact” were
made by the Supreme Court.

However, the Privy Council
said his appeal on these
grounds was “bound to fail”,
due to the 1987 court action
confirming Nassauvian Ltd’s
Certificate of Title. To obtain
good adverse possessory title,
a party needs to have an unin-
terrupted 20-year period in
adverse possession, and the
1987 date splits both the 1970
court ruling and the 2002
Leshelmaryas Investment Com-
pany action.

Ultimately, the Court of
Appeal ruled that Mr Higgs’s
possessory title appeal was dis-
missed, but that the Court of
Appeal was correct in setting
aside the award of specific
parcels to Leshelmaryas Invest-
ment Company, Annamae
Woodside and Clotilda’s estate.

The Privy Council ruled that
the partition action should be
remitted to the Supreme Court
for a re-hearing, during which

Mr Higgs could argue that he
and the estate had established
possessory title to the other
parcels of Tract A other than
that owned by Leshelmaryas
Investment Company.

“Unless the tenants in com-
mon entitled to shares in Tract
A can agree upon a partition
of the land, it seems to the
Board, as at present advised,
that a sale of Tract A anda
division of the proceeds of sale
is likely to be inevitable,” the
Privy Council ruled.

“If Clotilda'’s executors can
succeed in satisfying the judge
before whom the remitted
action is heard that they have
acquired by their possessory
acts over Tract A the rights of
their co-tenants in common
other than Leshel, their indi-
vidual share will have increased
from 1/12 to 3/4.

“It would be reasonable to
expect that they and Leshel
could agree upon a division of
the land. If they cannot agree, it
appears to the Board -
although this does not of course
bind the judge — the sensible
course would be to direct a sale
by auction with both parties at
liberty to bid.”

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
NO. 45 OF 2000

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE of GUSTAVOUS BERKLEY
ROLLE late of the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate are required to send their
names, addresses and particulars of the same certified
in writing to the undersigned on or before the 11th day
December A. D., 2009, and if required, prove such debts
or claims, or in default be excluded from any distribution;
after the above date the assets will be distributed having
regard only to the proved debts or claims of which the
Administrator shall have had Notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
before the aforementioned date.

MICHAEL A. DEAN & CO.,
Attorneys for the Executrix
Alvernia Court, 94 Dowdeswell Street
P.O. Box N-3114
Nassau, The Bahamas



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TEENE ESTABLISHMENT LTD.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 of
The International Business Companies Act, 2000 No. 45
of 2000, TEENE ESTABLISHMENT LTD is in dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution was the 27th
day of November, 2009. M. Laverne Nixon of Nassau,
Bahamas is the Liquidator of TEENE ESTABLISHMENT
LTD.

M. Laverne Nixon
LIQUIDATOR





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TODAY, under the theme
“Universal Access and
Human Rights”, countries

all over the world will

observe World AIDS Day.

And the AIDS Foundation of the
Bahamas in conjunction with the
Resource Committee at the AIDS
Centre and the Ministry of Educa-
tion have organised a number of
events to commemorate the day.

A human red ribbon, in the shape
of the well-known symbol for the
fight against AIDS, will be formed
on Rawson Square today by vol-
unteers and students from a num-
ber of schools including Temple
Christian School; H O Nash School;
R M Bailey High School; C W
Sawyer Primary School; Oakes
Field Primary School; Albury Sayle
Primary School; Christian Heritage
School, and Woodcock Primary
School.

This has been an annual event
for a number of years, and its pri-
mary goal is to assist in increasing
awareness of HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS Foundation also host-
ed a fun-run-walk last Saturday.
Participants started at Arawak Cay
and completed three different
routes.

Additionally, the “Know Your
Status” photo exhibition at Doon-
galik Studios, as well as an art com-
petition dealing with the topic of
HIV/AIDS was held last week.

end.

All proceeds were donated to the
AIDS Foundation to assist in fund-
ing the Outreach Centre for ado-
lescents who are living with HIV
and AIDS, education and aware-
ness projects, lab equipment, and
assisting patients from the Family
Islands.

This comes at a time when the
number of new HIV cases in the
Bahamas is set to increase.

From January to April 2009, 57
more people were added to the list
of people infected with the virus in
the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, during the same peri-
od, 42 people with HIV saw their
disease progress to the critical
AIDS stage of the illness, resulting
in 22 deaths during those four
months.

"If we multiply 57 times four, we
get 228. That would be more than
we had last year. We'll have to see
how things pan out," said Dr Perry
Gomez, director of the National
AIDS Programme.

World AIDS Day is observed on
December 1 each year and serves
the purpose of bringing to light the
AIDS pandemic. Governments,
communities and foundations all
over world have been dedicated to
waging war against the disease by
encouraging individuals who are
sexual active to get tested.

There have also been extensive
efforts made to remove the stigma



And as has become tradition,
Colinalmperial hosted the 16th
annual Red Ribbon Ball last week-

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awareness of the sexually-transmitted fatal disease.

Rise in flu vaccinations due to Swine flu scare

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

SWINE flu has made head-
lines around the world, and
while the Bahamas hasn’t
experienced any severe out-
breaks, the H1N1 virus has led
to locals getting seasonal flu
shots like never before.

“Bahamians generally wait
for disasters, and very few of
them have gotten the flu shot
over the years. But the swine
flu has truly opened the eyes
of Bahamians to health risks
and healthcare,” said Health
Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

“(The virus) has brought
negativity in the amount of
deaths that have happened as
aresult of complications, but it
has brought some positives as
well.”

Bahamians are becoming a
lot more hygienic and cog-
nisant of health risks as a result
of the virus, Dr Minnis told
Tribune Health.

In the Bahamas, persons can
receive the yearly seasonal flu
shots at government clinics at
no charge to them.

In Dr Minnis’ constituency
of Killarney, over 100 persons
were recently injected with the
vaccine, administered by the
Health Minister himself.

“We would recommend that
all Bahamians as much as pos-
sible receive the regular flu
shot because it’s a seasonal
thing,” he said.

“The flu shot would
decrease the chances of you
receiving the flu.”

There is a misconception
that the seasonal flu vaccine
gives you the flu virus. But the
vaccine cannot give persons
the flu because it does not con-
tain the live virus.

Sometimes there can be side
effects that are flu-like, but
they are usually gone within
24 to 48 hours.

While there have been no
deaths caused by the flu local-
ly, Dr Minnis advises that it is
best to be prepared at all
times. Around the world,
between 250,000 and 500,000
people die annually as a result
of flu complications.

The older population is
more prone to complications
from the regular flu, while the
HIN1 strain of the influenza
virus has caused the deaths of
many young people.

There also seems to be a
greater mortality rate in preg-
nant women who are infected
with the swine flu, but doctors
are still stumped as to why this
is the case.

As it concerns swine flu
shots, it is anticipated that the
Bahamas will receive vaccina-
tions to protect up to a quarter
of a million people.

The swine flu shots come
through the World Health
Organisation (WHO), which
will ensure the safety of the
vaccination.

“We were hoping the swine
flu shot would’ve been avail-
able this month,” Dr Minnis
told Tribune Health. “We are
in constant communication
with the WHO because we are
dealing with the worldwide
epidemic.”

“In the meantime, we would
still be very vigilant of the
swine flu H1NI1 virus and be
sure that our population takes
the necessary precautions. We
recommend that all Bahami-
ans be protected,” said Dr
Minnis.

“When (the vaccine) is
available we will make the
announcements so that
Bahamians can come into gov-
ernment clinics to get the vac-
cination,” he said.

But Dr Minnis emphasised
that it is still important to get
the regular flu shots.

“Not only does the flu make
you feel bad, but the flu forces
you to be off from work for at
least a week. That has a
greater impact on the eco-
nomic situation within the
workplace. On some jobs
there may be only two indi-
viduals employed. Imagine if
both have the flu, and realise
the kind of implications that
has on that business,” he said.

General practitioners said
that because of the swine flu,
they expect that the seasonal
flu may be worse this year
than in previous years.

And due to the focus on

swine flu, there has been a
decrease in supply of regular
flu vaccines.

An insider at Nassau Agen-
cies told Tribune Health that
they would like to order more
face masks, which would help
protect people from the flu,
but government has not
reduced or removed the high
duty fee of 45 per cent on the
item.

“Tf there is an epidemic of
swine flu this year, we’re
screwed and we will be caught
with our pants down,” said
Barbara Donathan of Nassau
Agencies Ltd.

“We brought a few in, but
have not ordered any others
because government has not
removed the duty. By the time
it is shipped, and duty is added,
it’s more than double,” she
said.

Lowe’s Wholesale Drug
Agency normally gets their flu
medication on time, but this
year they were unable to order
their regular quantity of the
GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine.

“We haven’t been able to
get the quantity that we’ve
been trying to get,” Caroll
Sands, director of pharmaceu-
tical sales at Lowe’s Whole-
sale, told Tribune Health.

“I know (suppliers) are con-
centrating a lot on the swine
flu vaccine.”

According to Mr Sands, the
company he orders the vac-
cines from is temporarily out
of the vaccine.

Flu season starts in October
and begins to peak in Novem-
ber, continuing on through
April. There are only three
drug companies that manu-
facture the flu vaccine -
Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and
Novartis.

Children in general are at
risk. Anyone over the age of
50 is encouraged to get the
injection. And people who
work in nursing homes and in
the health care profession are
also urged to get vaccinated.

“People over 50 and diabet-
ics tend to be more keen on
getting it because they realise
they are in that group who are
susceptible,” Ms Donathan
said.



Miguel Tovar/AP Photo

ANURSE receives a swine flu vaccine at a hospital in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Mexico
City started Thursday with the vaccination program for health workers.

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The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award - A call for nominations

THE Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
is one of the most respected
charitable organisations in the
Bahamas. Since its formation
in 1961, the Foundation has
seen many changes in the
treatment and prevention of
heart disease and heart con-
ditions.

As an organisation, the
Foundation seeks to recognise
and honour those who have
sought to touch the lives of
others.

Each year, the Sir Victor
Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart
Foundation offers the Lady
Sassoon “Golden Heart
Award” at the Annual Heart
Ball. This award was initiat-
ed by the Foundation in 1968
to applaud and give recogni-
tion to individuals who have
selflessly given of themselves
to promote human welfare
and dignity, thus making life
better for their fellow men.

The Golden Heart Award
for 2008 will be presented at
the 46th annual Heart Ball,
scheduled to be held on Feb-
ruary 13, 2010 at the Shera-
ton Nassau Beach Resort.

Interested persons are invit-
ed to submit a nomination, to

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THE FOUNDATION last week jump-started its fundraising activities with the 4th Annual Heart Ball Committee Tea Party and Fashion Show under
the theme “Tea Around The Universe” at Government House.

be accompanied by a letter or
statement explaining why the
person recommended should
receive the award.
Nominations are to be sub-

mitted to:

The Golden Heart Award
Committee; PO Box N-8189
Nassau, the Bahamas.

Alternatively, submissions

can be hand-delivered to
Grosham Property, Cable
Beach. This is the office site
for the Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation.

The deadline for nomina-
tions is January 15, 2010.

For more details call 327-
0806.

The Foundation last week

jump-started its fundraising
activities with the 4th Annual
Heart Ball Committee Tea
Party and Fashion Show
under the theme “Tea
Around The Universe” at
Government House.

This fun-filled afternoon of
elegance consisted of a fashion
show, a hat parade and a table
decorating contest. Teas were
provided by the Mikerlene
Munroe of Island Rose and
Beth Stuart of Beth’s Kitchen.

The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
is a non-profit organisation
that assists children with the
treatment of heart disease and
educates Bahamians about
heart care. The Foundation
runs primarily on a voluntary
and contributory basis. As
such, 97 per cent of the funds
received go directly to the
treatment of heart disease in
children and the remaining
three per cent or less cover
the cost of administration. The
Foundation has two major
arms to help it fulfill its goals:
The Bahamas Heart Associa-
tion (the educational arm) and
the Heart Ball Committee
(the fundraising arm).

(CY LOVING RELATIONSHIPS

What does soul searching mean?

MANY of us have lazy, less pro-
ductive or in fact totally wasted days.
Days where the clock ticks by and
seconds of our life just slip away.
We tell ourselves that we deserve it
because our bodies and minds need
to rest and recharge. Modern day
life can be exhausting and many of
us have difficulty keeping on top of
things.

For others, however, life may
seem meaningless and without direc-
tion. For them, the days seem long
and empty. Not recognising that
those moments can never be
retrieved means that we lose sight
of the significance of living.

It is often only after facing death
or dying, that we come to appreciate
the value and inevitability of death.

Sayings such as, ‘we are only here
once’ and ‘we only have one life to
live’ become more poignant.

People who live to recount near
death experiences often talk about



‘an awakening’ or ‘seeing the light’.

There has been a great deal of dis-
cussion on the meaning of the light
and each survivor defends their
interpretation.

However, all usually talk about
the peace, calm and recognising a
familiar part of our true self.

But does that mean that we all
have to wait for that cliff-hanging
moment to uncover the very core of
who we are?

One interpretation of this ‘awak-
ening’ is seeing our soul. Perhaps
unveiled for the first time and
detached from past experiences,

thoughts and emotions. Our soul is
the very essence of who we are and
in fact it is our true identity. It
remains unchanged from birth and
waits for us to reconnect. It is sad
to think that many of us will com-
plete our lives without fully knowing
this part of ourselves.

All too often today we are con-
sumed by reacting to our thoughts,
instincts and emotions.

As a result, our living conscious-
ness forms a protective shell around
our soul and a divide takes place.
This is because we spend so much
time analysing and basing our lives
on past experience.

How many times have we been
ashamed of something we have done
and explain it away by saying ‘well
you know that really isn’t me ...’ or
‘that’s really not like him...’.

Surely this means that we are
aware of our true self, but just not
intimately in tune with it. Experi-

ence and wisdom are important but
by placing too much emphasis on
them we fail to fully immerse our-
selves in life.

Knowing these things, we can con-
tinue on our self-discovery and soul
searching. Individuals who work
hard, evolve and uncover their true
selves. They find meaning and pur-
pose in life and this in turn helps
them to overcome painful and trau-
matic situations. The road to your
soul is in your growing knowledge of
love.

Ways to accomplish this is by
looking inward and spending quali-
ty time meditating, praying or doing
yoga. This will take time to learn as
we have to shut off all conscious
thoughts and move inward.

Alternatively, we can discover our
natural self through doing selfless
acts of kindness.

Whatever you choose you will be
amazed to find that you have an infi-



nite capacity for giving and receiving
love. It will shine and glow from you
and people will be drawn to you.
Souls will touch souls and you will
discover a whole new dimension to
your relationships.

Since none of us know the time
of our death, it is vital that we appre-
ciate every moment of our lives.
Learning to stretch our hearts by
loving ourselves and others makes
for a very fulfilling life. Keep your
eyes on the big picture and remem-
ber that the most important things in
life are love, health and happiness.

¢ Margaret Bain is an individual and
couples relationship therapist. She is a
registered nurse and a certified clinical
sex therapist. For appointments call
364-7230 or e-mail her at relateba-
hamas@yahoo.com or www.relateba-
hamas. blogspot.com. She is also
available for speaking engagements.

@r

GREEN SCENE

Wonderful December

DECEMBER is a wonder-
ful month for home garden-
ers. There is no mowing to do,
except maybe a little trim so
the lawn looks good for
Christmas.

The earliest tomatoes
should be turning ripe and
other vegetables such as string
beans, beets, chard and
spinach are at their initial
peak.

The weather allows for
comfortable conditions when
working in the garden and the
poinsettias are coming into
colour. A wonderful month
indeed.

We must not allow the
pleasure of reaping ripe toma-
toes to blind us to the fact this
will be our only tomato har-
vest unless we plant more
seeds. I like to plant more
tomato seeds in a different
area when the first set have
flowered. You should get
about four crops from succes-
sive sowing and this will keep
you in tomatoes quite hand-
somely.

Sweet peppers should last
through the year but egg-
plants often need one extra
sowing to ensure good-sized
fruits. Snap beans should be
sown at monthly intervals
while green peas have a max-
imum of two productive har-
vests.

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tomatoes, peppers, eggplants
or potatoes in the same place
we are inviting nematodes to
share our produce with us.

Nematodes, or celworms,
are microscopic organisms
that are attracted to certain
plants. When their numbers
are sufficient they block the
tissue of the root system and
the plant dies of starvation
and lack of water.

The best solution is pre-
vention.

Instead of tomatoes fol-
lowing tomatoes, plant mem-
bers of the cabbage family or
the cucumber family. The
nematodes that attack toma-
toes do not attack other veg-
etables.

If you no option but to
grow two sets of tomatoes in
the same ground, ensure that
you cover the garden with
clear plastic in June or July
and keep it there until Sep-
tember. This helps kill nema-
todes and is very effective.

There are no nematode
killers on sale to the public so
we must be very careful and
rotate our crops assiduously.

If your Christmas
flowerbeds are not up to stan-
dard you may have to

visit the nursery and buy
sets of established plants.

New Guinea impatiens
takes more sun than regular
impatiens and lasts longer.

Even when not flowering, the
variegated ones look colour-
ful.

December is the beginning
of the kalanchoe flowering
season.

Kalanchoe comes in an
amazing array of colours and
can be grown in part shade or
full sun. It will flower until
well after Easter when, being
a perennial, it will lose its
flowers but retain its fleshy
leaves. Next November or
December it will flower again.

Even those gardeners who
have poinsettias are likely to
pick up one or two potted
poinsettias for indoor deco-
rations.

Choose a plant that is
upright and healthy. The per-
fect plant will be two and a
half times taller than it is
wide; there should be no
green edges to the colourful
bracts, there should be no fall-
en leaves or evidence that
lower leaves have been picked
off, and the real flowers,
which are yellow, should be
green or red tipped.

If there are signs of pollen it
means the plant is heading
towards maturity and unlike-
ly to last long in a pristine
state.

Time for dessert, and what
better than strawberries. The
strawberry season in Florida
was late this year due to

NEW Guinea
Impatiens
have the
added
appeal of
variegated
leaves.

unseasonably warm weather
in early autumn. Nurseries
have plants now and they will
produce almost instantly.
Freshly picked strawberries
are far better flavoured than
those that have travelled, and
strawberries grown in the gar-



den rarely make it back to the
house.

There is a quickening of
excitement throughout the
month of December, climax-
ing at Christmas. If you plant-
ed at the right time there
should be several vegetables



By Gardener Jack

on your Christmas season
menus that came from your
own garden.

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at j. hardy@coralwave.com

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Bahamian woman elected Master of
the Bench at Middle Temple in London

BERTHA Cooper-
Rousseau, a Bahami-
an attorney-atlaw
called to the Bar of
England and Wales
and the Bahamas
Bar, had already had
a long and very suc-
cessful career in the
legal profession
when she was highly

honoured once more.

Last month, Ms Cooper-
Rousseau was called as Mas-
ter of the Bench last month
at the Honourable Society of
the Middle Temple in United
Kingdom.

Middle Temple is one of the
four Inns of Court in England
and Wales that have the right
to call men and women to the
Bar. The position of Bencher
or Master of the Bench con-
ferred on Ms Cooper-
Rousseau by Middle Temple
is granted to persons elected
in recognition of the contri-
bution they have made as a
barrister to the life of the Inn
or to the law.

Speaking before other Mas-
ters of the Bench and the
High Commissioner of the
Bahamas Paul Farquharson
following acceptance of her
Bench Call by the Master
Treasurer of Middle Temple
Sir George Newman, Ms
Cooper-Rousseau shared her



vision of the Bahamas as, "a
competitive international arbi-
tration centre” and a country
that she hopes will develop "a
vibrant and feasible renew-
able energy sector.”

Members of the Royal
Family, distinguished jurists
from other countries and non-
members of the legal profes-
sion that have distinguished
themselves in their careers
may also be elected as
Benchers. For example, in
July 2009, Prince William was
appointed a Royal Bencher.
Having been called to the
Bench, Ms Cooper-Rousseau
will be recognised as a senior
member of an Inn of court in
England and Wales, and is a
position she will hold for life.

Ms Cooper-Rousseau was
among a distinguished group
elected as Benchers, which
included Professor Carol Har-
low QC, Bailiff of Jersey;
Michael Birt; Professor Stu-
art Bridge; the Lord Guthrie;
the Commonwealth Deputy-
Secretary General Masekgoa
Masire-Mwamba; Dame Pro-
fessor Jean Thompson, and
Professor Kate Malleson.

Ms Cooper-Rousseau came
to a career in the law follow-
ing education and training in
France. In Paris, she studied
French at the Sorbonne and
obtained Bachelor and Mas-
ters Degrees in International
Relations at L'Institut d'E-
tude des Relations Interna-
tionales.



Sweet, sweet

Lullaby

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

FASHION — conscious
moms-to-be can often be
heard complaining about how
frustrating they find the task
of searching for stylish cloth-
ing and accessories for them-
selves and their baby.

But that’s all about to
change. A new store on
Rosetta Street named “Lul-
laby” is seeking to bring the
newest in baby fashions and
other items to Bahamians.

‘Lullaby’ is the brain child
of co-owners Earla and
Eugene Rahming and Cara
Seymour, all family members
who have embarked on this
business venture with high
hopes.

The store opened is doors
last Friday, and the owners
are preparing for the grand
opening this coming Saturday.

Earla Rahming spoke with
Tribune Woman about what
sparked the idea behind ‘Lul-
laby’.

“T have been a buyer for
several years, and before I
had my baby I would go out
shopping for baby clothing
but couldn’t find anything. I
said, ‘I must not be the only
person who feels this way.’

“Basically my family and I
just wanted something to call
our own, so we opened the
store” she said.

With her eye for detail,
fashion trends and value for
money, she went on a mission
to bring “stylish back” for the
modern mother and her baby.

“We focus more on the
classical children clothing like
smock and christening dresses
for girls and rompers for boys.
We also have a diva diaper
bag. This is for the more styl-

She also undertook studies
in Maritime Law at L'Univer-
site de Bretagne Occidentale
in Brest, France. An engage-
ment at as maritime officer in
the Maritime Division of the
Bahamas High Commission
in London, followed.

In 1991, Ms Cooper-
Rousseau obtained an LLB
Degree from the University
of London, following which
she successfully completed the
Bar.

She obtained a pupilage
with James Dingemans, QC,
at I Crown Row, now 3 Hare
Court, where she is today a
Door Tenant. As a Door Ten-
ant, she is a barrister granted
permission to join the Cham-
bers of James Guthrie QC,
and work with them from
premises outside the cham-
bers themselves.

In the Bahamas, Ms Coop-
er-Rousseau established the
Chambers of Rousseau and
Cooper in 1999. The firm's
primary concentration is in
commercial and business Law.
Ms Cooper-Rousseau's prac-
tice frequently requires her to
work with lawyers in other
jurisdictions on multi-juris-
dictional matters ranging from
trusts, tracing and fraud to
corporate governance and reg-
ulatory issues.

To help prepare her for
aspects of the legal services
she renders, Ms Cooper-
Rousseau successfully com-
pleted the Financial Industry

ish mother because she can
carry it around and it doesn’t
look at all like a diaper bag,”
she said.

According to Mrs Rah-
ming, the baby clothes they
sell are unique, yet simple,
reasonably priced and of a
good quality.

The decision to open the
store took a leap of faith on
part of the Rahming family,
especially in the midst of an
economic downturn. But
these entrepreneurs have no
regrets.

“People said to us on many
occasions, “You guys think it
is a good idea to open a cloth-
ing store in the middle of a
recession?’.

“Tt was something that we
prayed about and up to this
day we have no regrets. We
have seen doors open for us,
and the truth about the situa-
tion is you will never know
what something is like until
you try it,” she said.

As they usher in the
Christmas season, the three
store owners expect to greet
even more customers who
are looking for that special
gift for their newest family
member.

Regulatory Authority (FIN-
RA) 7.

Ms Cooper-Rousseau is a
member of the Bahamas
Association of Securities
Dealers, and served as the
Association’s vice-president
in 2009.

She is also an associate
member of The Chartered
Institute of Arbitrators; chair
and founding member of the
Chartered Institute of Arbi-
trators Caribbean Branch -
the Bahamas Chapter; mem-
ber of the Bahamas Middle
Temple Society (BMTS); the
Connecticut Maritime Asso-
ciation and the US-Azerbai-
jan Chamber of Commerce.

Fully committed to the Bar,
Ms Cooper-Rousseau is keen
to work with BMTS and the
Bahamas Bar Association on
the implementation of manda-
tory continuing education for
members of the Bahamas Bar.

Ms Cooper-Rousseau said
that she was particularly
pleased that her call was by
Sir George Newman, who is
presently Justice Newman of
the Bahamas Court of
Appeal.

She accepted her call on
behalf of her fellow Bahami-
ans who are Members of Mid-
dle Temple. Ms Cooper-
Rousseau said that she con-
siders her achievement an
indication of what Bahamians
can achieve and the depth of
talent in the law and other
areas in her country.

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Ms Cooper-Rousseau is the
daughter of the Rev Dr
Reuben E Cooper, Sr, and
Florence Edgecombe Coop-
er, both deceased. She is the
mother of two daughters,
Alexandra and Veronique.

The Honourable Society of

Middle Temple extended best
wishes to Ms Cooper-
Rousseau on her Bench Call,
and for continued success, and
in the contribution she is mak-
ing to the further develop-
ment of the legal profession
in the Bahamas.

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she said she couldn’t exist without it.

After the accident, Ms Adderley
admits she was “angry with God”
and went through some serious
struggles with her faith.

“T figured I had always been a
pretty nice person. And because I
had everything, the kind of job I
wanted, my own beautiful home, we
were travelling the world and plan-

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ning on having children, but then
here was this change when my hus-
band left.

“T was hideous, all my hair was
shaved off. I had a scar on my neck.
I had wires wound in my head, and
through all this pain I kept thinking
how could this happen to me?”

Attempting to battle her situation
by praying for a miracle didn’t help.

“T didn’t want anything to do with
God,” she said, “because I thought
this isn’t the kind of God I would
want to be in a relationship with.”

However, over time, she was able

to forgive her ex-husband for leav-
ing.
“I came to the realisation that for-
giveness wasn’t about my ex-hus-
band. It was about healing me,” she
said.

“In forgiving my husband, I began
to focus my wholeness internally.
My work and my purpose is to do
God’s will.”

Now at the age of 60, Ms Adder-
ley is still open to the idea of mar-
riage. But she believes that it takes a
very strong and competent man to
“come up to someone like me and

ask me out.”

She said her independence may
discourage some men from asking
her out. Men may see her assertive-
ness, self-assuredness, and may ques-
tion why they should talk to her, she
said.

Still, Ms Adderley said she under-
stands that it is not easy for a man to
show interest in her.

“T think I’m a gift to a man,” said
Ms Adderley. “I’m independent and
not needy, I have my own home, I
drive, and I’m great at making deci-
sions.”

“Men need to understand that dis-
abled women are extremely inde-
pendent because if they don’t take
care of themselves, no one will do it
for them,” she said.

Ms Adderley said she wouldn’t
marry a man who has a disability.

“T like to travel and do things, and
both of us can’t be handicapped for
that to happen as often as I would
like.”

To any interested persons who
encounter her and may feel reluc-
tant to approach her, Ms Adderley
says, “just come up and talk.”


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rshearer@tribunemedia.net

ALK into Iris Adderley’s office at

the Disability Affairs Division in

Centreville and you may easily miss
the fact that she’s in an electric wheelchair.

Competence, intelligence,
and beauty radiated from her
during Tribune Woman’s
introduction to Ms Adderley.

And that’s exactly what she
wants persons to notice when
they meet her - her personal-
ity and professionalism, not
her wheelchair.

She is a psychologist and a
consultant for the Disability
Affairs Division in the Social
Services Office.

Early on in our interview
she corrects my language,
requesting that I use the term
‘persons with disabilities’
instead of ‘disabled persons.’

I adhered to that request in
this piece.

Twenty-seven years ago,
when she was in her thirties,
Ms Adderley was involved in
a life-altering car accident.

The most serious injury was
to her spinal cord which made
her a quadriplegic. (Quadri-
plegia is paralysis caused by
illness or injury that results in
the partial or total loss of use
of all of a person’s limbs.)

After spending a month in
the acute intensive care unit,



two months in regular inten-
sive care and 18 months in a
rehabilitation centre, she
slowly recuperated from the
accident.

She had also sustained
extensive injuries to her face,
and plastic surgeons had to
do reconstructive surgery on
her face, implanting several
medical plates to restore her
features.

Ms Adderley said after the
accident she was no longer a
“showpiece” in her own or
her husband’s eyes.

Her husband could not deal
with the challenges and left
her two years after the acci-
dent.

It’s not unusual that cou-
ples divorce after one partner
suffers a disabling condition.

“Statistically, about 80 per
cent of marriages fail,” Ms
Adderley said.

“Women have a tendency
to stay in the relationship,
men have a tendency to exit
the marriage.”

Before the accident, Ms
Adderley did a lot of model-
ling, as well as television and

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IRIS Adderley was the first runner-up in the Miss Texas
Wheelchair competition. “A gentleman who was selling
wheelchairs asked me to enter, and | didn’t want to,” she
said. “After the accident, | didn’t feel attractive anymore.
But he convinced me to enter, and I’m glad | did. It made
me realise that | wasn’t a bad looking girl, and it made

me alot more sure of myself.”

radio work.

“T was 5’8” and with heels I
was 671”. When I walked into
a room I automatically got
attention.”

“Coming home in 24-hour
nursing care, all (my husband)
saw was probably having to
take care of a wife for the rest
of his life. What disappointed
me was that he should’ve
known what type of person I
was, that if anyone was going
to beat this, it would’ve been
me.”

At this point in the inter-
view, she cleared her throat
and used her stiffened fingers
to pick up a cup of coffee,
mocha flavour. It’s one of her
favorites.

“But (my husband’s) leav-
ing was a blessing in disguise,”



she continued.

Ms Adderley’s husband left
her while they were living in
the United States.

“T had no choice but to
fight. ’m convinced that I
wouldn’t be where I am today
if he had stayed,” she said.

Soon after she began her
psychology studies, while
working full-time.

Nevertheless, the divorce
was still a difficult to process
to go through.

As part of her studies, Ms
Adderley had to conduct a
survey in which she used
questions regarding able-bod-
ied men dating women with
disabilities. She said she did it
because she couldn’t believe
she would have difficulty dat-
ing.

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“What amazed me was to
see that respondees thought
women with disabilities
wouldn’t be interested in sex.”

The other question she
asked was whether the survey
participants would date some-
one who has a physical dis-
ability - the response was
overwhelmingly ‘no’.

But despite what the sur-
vey said, getting dates was
never a huge problem for Ms
Adderley, that is while she
still lived in the US.

Professionally she also suc-
ceeded, quickly soaring to the
top and becoming a member
of the Mayor’s Council for
Multiculturalism in Carroll-
ton, Texas.

“T was able to buy a house
in the US, and it was all about
what I brought to the table.
When I wanted to go to
places it was never about my
disability.”

In 2000, she returned to
Nassau, and things changed.

Back in the Bahamas, she
soon realised that she couldn’t
access buildings as easily as
in the US.

“IT come home and I see
that I’m not respected for my
brains, that bothers me.”

Sometimes a simple activity
like shopping can be daunt-
ing to persons with a disabili-
ty like Ms Adderley’s.

“You don’t want to be the
centre of everybody’s atten-
tion,” she said. “There are
many buildings that we can’t
access.”

And adults with disabilities
don’t want to be forced to
have to ask for help. It’s
“demeaning” and takes their
away dignity, she said.

While there are now new
ramps at certain buildings and
other small provisions being
made, Ms Adderley said that
the government simply isn’t
doing enough.

Ms Adderley and the
Bahamas National Council
for the Disabled have been
petitioning the government to
pass legislation to protect
their rights and privileges for
a long time now.

Most women in the
Bahamas fight for equal treat-
ment in their jobs and equal



pay, but women with a dis-
ability, Ms Adderley said, find
themselves fighting to even
get hired.

“My hands may not work,
my body may not look like
everyone else’s, and I may
walk with a limp.”

Even though she is fully
qualified, Ms Adderley said
employers may not consider
her for a position, discrimi-
nating against her because she
has a disability.

“On the phone, you are
going to talk to the ‘real Iris’,”
she said. “But when you see
me, you may think that’s not
what I was expecting, or ask
“how do I handle this?”

She tells persons who find
themselves in such a situation
to simply ask what they can
do to help.

Ms Adderley has a presen-
tation next week and she
showed me how she folds the
document pages in different
ways so that once she is talk-
ing to the audience, she does-
n’t have to look down. She
uses felt-tip pens as are much
easier for her to write with.

Little things like this are all
part of creating effective ways
to make things simpler.

Whenever Social Services
Minister Loretta Butler-Turn-
er has a speaking engagement
on the topic of disability, Ms
Adderley reviews her speech.

Before coming to work in
the mornings, Ms Adderley
said it takes her two hours to
get dressed.

To demonstrate how she
manages to dress herself, she
showed Tribune Woman a
metallic contraption that she
calls a “button holder.”

The device is used to but-
ton and zip her clothing.

“T always tell persons I have
a disability but I want to be
able to compete equally,” she
said.

Being a person who was
used to being active and inde-
pendent, it was hard to face
the challenges that her dis-
ability brought with it. But
while she struggled physically,
her faith grew stronger, and

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