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Ministry in online
battle to push
positive message

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

MINISTRY of Tourism offi-
cials have increased their dam-
age control efforts in order to
minimise the fallout to the coun-
try's number one industry after
the recent robbery of 18 cruise
passengers in Nassau.

Tourism Minister Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace said min-
istry staff are scouring internet
websites to identify negative
reports and counter them with
positive messages about the
Bahamas.

The ministry is also main-
taining that although the recent
incident was a horrifying ordeal,
it was not a wider reflection on

visitor experience in the country.

He added that local authori-
ties have been meeting with offi-
cials from the cruise liners in an
attempt to restore confidence in
Nassau as a safe destination in
the wake of the incident.

Shortly after noon on Friday,
November 20, two thugs armed
with shotguns held up two sep-
arate group of cruise passengers
on an onshore eco-tour of
BASH's Earth Village in the
Chippingham area.

Shortly after the attack,
unflattering reports of the coun-
try and the incident spread like
wildfire on the internet, with
one of the victims posting a
video on YouTube outlining his

SEE page 10

Commonage property ‘stifling
Family Islands’ development’

TAX attorney Ryan Pinder pushed for the House of Assembly’s
Select Committee on Crown Land to focus some of its energies on
commonage property as it is stifling the development of many of

the country’s Family Islands.

During his presentation to the committee at the Paul Far-
quharson Conference Centre on East Street on Monday, Mr Pin-
der said commonage property was, at one point, of great benefit to
the Bahamas. However, today this has become more of a hin-
drance than anything else, he said.

SEE page two

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its National Tree Lighting Ceremony under the theme ‘The Good Ole Days of Christmas’.

Armed robberies ‘pose risk’ to businesses

Inadequate resources at the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Carmichael Division are driving
business owners to arm themselves and invest in
expensive alarm systems to protect their assets.



immigration
officers set to
he questioned
over Jamaican
man's claims

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A SPECIALLY-
APPOINTED commit-
tee will soon begin ques-
tioning all immigration
officers who were on duty
at the time when a
Jamaican visitor claimed
he and a group of fellow
travellers were subjected
to a degrading search,
detention and deporta-
tion experience last
month.

Director of Immigra-
tion Jack Thompson said
the “impartial” commit-
tee was appointed to
review the facts relating
to Jamaican Andrew Dil-
lion’s allegations, and the
officers involved have
been “put on notice” that

SEE page two



The Bahamas is first
nation to sign tax
information exchange
agreement with China

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas became the
first country to sign a tax infor-
mation exchange agreement
with the People’s Republic of
China yesterday, moving a step
closer to meeting its commit-
ment to be in compliance with
new international standards of
transparency and information
exchange in tax matters.

The signing was the sixth tax
information exchange agreement
(TIEA) concluded by the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas and the
third with a member of the G-20
group of nations.

It took place at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Goodman’s
Bay. Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette signed on
behalf of the government of The
Bahamas, and the Chinese
Ambassador to The Bahamas,
Dingxian Hu, signed for the Peo-
ple’s Republic of China (PRC).

The Ambassador said the
signing was “requested by the
Bahamian government” and he
said he “hopes the signing will
help the Bahamian government
to meet its commitments to
evolving international standards
of transparency and information
exchanges.”

The Ambassador added:
“This is a wonderful day in
Bahamas-China relations. I
believe that with the signing of
the TIEA between China and

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The Bahamas is first
nation to sign tax
information exchange

agreement with China

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will be further enhanced and

deepened.”

Admitting that there are few }
Chinese people currently }
bringing their money to the }
Bahamas, he said he hopes and }
expects that within the next }
“ten to twenty years more and }
more companies and people }

will come to invest here.”

He said that the signing rep- }
resents yet another step for- }
ward in China-Bahamas rela- }
tions in a year which has }
already seen eight “important }
agreements” signed, including }
the agreement on the Promo- }
tion and Protection of Invest- }
ments by Bahamians and Chi- }

nese in each other’s countries,

forged during the state visit of
Chairman Wu Bangguo of the }
Standing Committee of the }
National People’s Congress of }
the PRC to The Bahamas in }

September.

The Ambassador said China }
“gets a lot” from its relations ;
with this country, including our }
government’s support for its
One China policy versus Tai- ;
wanese independence, and }

expects many benefits “in

developing trade and eco- }
nomic cooperation in the }

Bahamas.”

Mr Symonette reiterated :
that the government antici- }
pates to have signed the 12 }
TIEAs demanded by the G- }
20 and Organisation for Eco- }
nomic Cooperation and Devel- }
opment in order to be }
removed from that organisa- }
tion’s “grey list” by March :

2010.

The Government has now
concluded TIEAS with the }

US, Monaco, San Marino, UK,
New Zealand and China.

The signing of TIEAs is ;
intended to move us to the }
safer “white list” of countries }
deemed fully compliant with ;
evolved standards of trans- }
parency and information :
exchange in tax matters, which }
have become a major priority }
for governments worldwide }
left cash-strapped since the ;
global financial crisis took :

hold.

LOCAL NEWS

Section of Shirley Street should be
repaired by Christmas holidays

THE Ministry of Public Works
hopes to complete extensive repairs
of Shirley Street between Armstrong
Street and Frederick Street by the
Christmas holidays, Works Minister
Neko Grant said.

After the holidays, the ministry will
commence work from Armstrong
Street to Village Road, he added.

"We have been working on it for
some time now in conjunction with
Water and Sewage as well as the other
utility companies so we are so pleased
to present a wonderful Christmas pre-
sent to the road users of New Provi-
dence.

"We seek to pave and have com-
pleted in short order between Arm-
strong Street and Frederick Street.
Following the holidays we will be look-
ing at doing from Armstrong straight
up to Village Road," Mr Grant said
yesterday.

WORK TAKING place on Shirley Street

He added that as the street is being
repaved, underground utility repairs
are also being carried out.

"There will always be a need for
emergency works to be done but we



seek to improve the co-ordination of
the communications between our-
selves, the Ministry of Works and the
utility companies. We went to great
lengths to have a number of meetings

FROM page one

“T propose that the com-
monage land be regularised,
that current occupiers be giv-
en the opportunity to acquire
title to the property, either by
grant or for a nominal amount.
This would give Bahamians the
economic ability to develop the
Family Islands and be self-sus-
taining. Bahamians would be
able to utilise the asset in order
to develop more modern ways
of farming, promote entrepre-
neurship, and empower
Bahamians,” Mr Pinder said.

Admitting that there is the
concern that if the commonage
land were regularized Bahami-
ans might just sell the land off
to foreigners, Mr Pinder said
that there ought to be adequate
safeguards to prevent this and
preserve the land to the benefit
of Bahamians.

“We can formulate policies
or restrictions that would
address these issues, but we
must recognize, that the exist-
ing framework for commonage
land is a penalty in the devel-
opment of our greatest
resource, our family islands.

“T would ask the Committee
to consider presenting ideas for
a future vision for public owned
land, and in doing so make a

Commonage property

recommendation that com-
monage land be regularized. If
the Committee feels certain
restraints need to be put in
place I invite it to explore fea-
sible options, however, those
restrictions should not hand-
cuff Bahamians from economic
expansion through the use of
the land,” he said.

With commonage property
originated in the early 1800's
as a way of providing slave
communities, and freed slave
communities with land to live
and farm on Mr Pinder
explained how this early prac-
tice can be seen in the island
of Exuma with the Rolle
Estate.

“Another origin of common-
age in the Bahamas originates
from the English. In Family
Islands, such as Eleuthera, sys-
tems of common use of land
were established, with regula-
tions, for the common rights
held by common tenants based
on English custom and law.
This was the predicate for the
Commonage Act of 1896.

“The Commonage Act of
1896 provides general rules as
to who is entitled to occupy and
use common land, and set up

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the framework for its manage-
ment. Each local community
likewise has rules and a repre-
sentative board to oversee the
commonage property. There
are significant islands in the
Bahamas that have expansive
acres of commonage. For exam-
ple, North Eleuthera has in
excess of 2,000 acres of com-
monage land,” he said.

However, Mr Pinder said
that the need to diversify the
use of this land is required for
economic expansion of the
Family Islands.

“The viability of economic
expansion depends on capital
infusion into respective busi-
nesses. Unless Family Island
Bahamians can pledge or
secure their funding with the
property they possess, they will
be forever limited in their abil-
ity to participate in the expan-
sion of the national economy.

“If a farmer of commonage
land would like to expand into
modern era farming with tech-
nologies such as hydroponics,
and needs to secure a loan to
capitalize his business venture,
he has no land to secure the
funding, and he is also taking a
business risk in putting infra-
structure on land he does not
own. Likewise, if a Family
Island Bahamian would like to
develop land he is currently
farming, he cannot solicit
investors for capital, as they
will not own anything. These
inherent restrictions on com-
monage property are hinder-
ing economic development and
success in the Family Islands.”

As the Family Islands have
seen an exodus of persons to
New Providence in the hopes
of finding jobs and earnings,
Mr Pinder reminded the com-
mittee that this population
influx has put tremendous
pressure on the local society.

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prior to the commencement of the
work and so we should see hopefully
not necessarily an elimination, but a
reduction in the destruction of the
newly paved roads throughout New
Providence.

Speaking on the issue, Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux said senior
officials at the Ministry of Public
Works will hold weekly meetings on
the subject of how to minimise over-
laps between the road paving schedule
and necessary underground utility
work.

"We have done what we hoped to
do which is put the Ministry of Public
Works in charge of all road paving
whereby all the utility companies
would be required to appoint a spe-
cific person to get permission from
the director of Public Works for any
digging up of any public road,” Mr
Deveaux explained.



Immigration officers

FROM page one

they “have been summoned
to appear before the commit-

tee.”

In November, Andrew Dil-
lion wrote a letter to the
Jamaican Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, which he forwarded
to The Tribune, describing the
“horrible ordeal” he suffered
when he attempted to enter

















asked for the relevant author-
ities to do something to
improve matters for future vis-
itors. He suggested that if left
unaddressed, these “embar-
rassing” circumstances could
cause much damage for The
Bahamas’ reputation.

Days later, the Department
of Immigration released a
statement saying that it takes
such allegations “very seri-
ously” and intends to investi-

the country to visit friends in gate.

mid-October.

The businessman, who owns
a hair salon in Jamaica, claims
he was stopped at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
and subjected to a degrading
search experience at the air-
port, held at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre for
almost two days without ade-
quate food or water and then
sent back to Jamaica without
knowing why.

A senior immigration offi-
cer, speaking on condition of
anonymity, told The Tribune
that Mr Dillion was turned
back because he “did not meet
pre-screening requirements.”

However, the Jamaican said
he and the group with which
























“We do not condone in any
way unprofessional, unethical
or inappropriate conduct by
staff to any person of any
nationality. We respect per-
sons who visit The Bahamas
and believe they ought to be
treated in a professional and
humane manner,” said Mr
Thompson.

Yesterday the Director said
the department is “moving
aggressively” to have the mat-
ter heard by the committee
this week.

He would not reveal who is
on the committee but said he
is satisfied that it would be
impartial.

“The committee is going to
make its recommendation and

he was travelling “are not
refugees but decent law-abid-
ing citizens who just wanted
to have a vacation in Nassau,
Bahamas.”

Once in the Carmichael
Detention Centre, where he
was held until the next flight
back to Jamaica, Mr Dillion
said he underwent an “inhu-
mane” experience, being given
little food or water in the
“over-crowded” and smelly
facility where he and others,
including a baby, were forced
to sleep outside on a concrete
floor.

He allegedly witnessed an
officer openly take a bribe for
releasing a female detainee
and claimed that having hand-
ed over all of their personal
items to officers upon entry,
found that a confiscated $350
cellphone was not returned.

In his letter, Mr Dillion

findings known to me and we
will take the appropriate
action where possible. If at the
end of the day a person or per-
sons acted inappropriately
we're going to have to do what
we have to do and allow the
chips to fall where they may
if we find support to Mr Dil-
lion’s claims.

“We have a statement from
him, we entered that into evi-
dence.”

Earlier this year, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
ordered immigration officers
at their first annual public ser-
vice conference not to treat all
Jamaicans entering the coun-
try “as if they were known
criminals.”

He suggested this behaviour
of “far too many Bahamian
immigration officers” is
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LOCAL NEWS



Kozeny attorney argues against extradition

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia. net

THE appeal hearing over the
US government’s extradition
request for investor Viktor
Kozeny continued in the appel-
late court yesterday as his attor-
ney gave reasons why the
request should not be granted.

Submissions on the matter
wrapped up yesterday after-
noon and the Court of Appeal
judges have now taken the mat-
ter under advisement.

Czech born Kozeny, 46, is
wanted by US authorities to
face charges of bribery and
money laundering. He is
accused of being the driving
force behind a multi-million dol-
lar bribery scheme which sought
to corrupt Azerbaijan officials
in the early 90s as well as of
conspiring to violate the US
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
(FCPA) which makes it an
offence to offer to pay, or to
pay, foreign government offi-
cials in order to gain or retain
business.

Since its 1998 amendment,
the act also applies to foreign
establishments and persons who
intend to do the same while in
the US.

Kozeny’s attorney Clive
Nicholls QC argued that the
request for Kozeny’s extradi-
tion should fail as the offences
he is accused of amount to
transnational bribery which is

VIKTOR KOZENY (right) with Philip Davis, part of his legal team.

not a crime under Bahamian
law.

He argued that as it relates
to transnational bribery, it is not
where the bribery take place
but the nationality of the offi-
cials, as the offence is not
defined by location. He pointed
out that if a person in the
Bahamas bribes a French judge
who is in the Bahamas, he com-
mits no offence.

Mr Nicholls also argued that
Kozeny was not a US resident
or national at the time the
alleged offences were commit-
ted and therefore is not subject
to the US jurisdiction.

He further submitted that



when the alleged offences were
committed, the Bahamas had
not signed onto the Organisa-
tion for Economic Co-opera-
tion and Development (OECD)
anti-bribery convention and also
that the alleged offences
occurred before the Interna-
tional Anti-Corruption Confer-
ence ([ACC) came into force.

Mr Nicholls submitted that
Senior Justice Isaacs’ ruling
against the extradition request
should be upheld.

Kozeny was held at Her
Majesty’s Prison following his
arrest at his Lyford Cay home
on October 5, 2005, but was
released on $300,000 bail in

April 2007 by Senior Justice Jon
Isaacs.

Magistrate Carolita Bethel
had approved the request by
US authorities for Kozeny’s
extradition in September 2006,
however his attorneys brought a
habeas corpus application
before Senior Justice Isaacs,
who ruled against the US gov-
ernment’s request, noting that
the offences in question were
not subject to extradition.

Mr Nicholls also argued that
an abuse of the process had tak-
en place, because US authorities
failed to disclose certain infor-
mation.

He said the US’s non-disclo-
sure — particularly as it related
to a US judge’s decision in the
case of Swiss lawyer Hans Bod-
mer, a co-defendant of Kozeny
—was in bad faith.

Mr Nicholls did however sup-
port Magistrate Bethel’s deci-
sion to dismiss the money laun-
dering charges against Kozeny.

In coming to this decision in
June 2006, Magistrate Bethel
said she was not satisfied that
the acts for which US authori-
ties had indicted Kozeny con-
stituted an offence under
Bahamian law.

Alan Jones QC, who
appeared for the Crown, argued
that there was no real failure to
disclose information on the part
of US authorities.

He said Kozeny had not been
taken by surprise by the Bod-
mer case, as he knew what was

Ministers attend Cabinet meeting under new portfolios



By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

ENTHUSIASM oozed from
new Minister of Education
Desmond Bannister and new
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Charles Maynard as
they headed into the first Cabi-
net meeting under their new
portfolios yesterday.

Mr Maynard moves up to the
leadership post with more than
two years of experience as min-
ister of state for the department,
and Mr Bannister takes a step
up to one of the largest govern-
ment ministries after serving as
minister of youth, sports and cul-
ture.

Mr Bannister will fill the desk
left vacant by Carl Bethel who
resigned from the post on Mon-
day after he was elected chair-
man of the Free National Move-
ment at the FNM convention
last month. The resignation pro-
voked a minor re-shuffle of the
Cabinet effective as of yester-
day.

As Minister of Education Mr
Bannister will be forced to grap-
ple with a number of issues, from
the national ‘D’ grade average
for BGCSE students to the fre-
quent occurrence of violent stab-
bings in school this term.

On his way into the Cabinet
meeting yesterday the new min-
ister of education said he will
address all issues in depth and
intends to take on professional
advice as he determines his strat-
egy and carves a way forward
for the department.

He takes up the post mindful
of his parents who have both
served as educators for nearly
50 years, which has given him a
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facing teachers,
staff and stu-
dents, Mr Ban-
nister said.

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teachers are
going to appre-
ciate and
understand
that the son of
a teacher is
their minister,
as I have seen
the struggles
my parents
faced in their
lives and J understand the strug-
gles teachers go through,” Mr
Bannister added.

“One of the great concerns I
have is parental involvement in
schools and I think teachers are
also very concerned about
parental involvement.

“Some children come to
school with nothing in their
stomachs so it’s very difficult for
them to learn.

“We have too many students
not doing homework, and not
even receiving high school diplo-
mas. That affects every aspect
of our society.

“They are the children who
are going to cause problems in
our society and are not going to
be able to get jobs, and as a
result we have all kinds of social

DESMOND
BANNISTER





problems.

“They are
real issues we
have to address
in Bahamian
society now.

“We cannot
sweep them
under the rug
because teach-
ers are not
there to baby-
sit; teachers are
there to help
children learn,”
he said.

Safety in schools and a system
for the early detection of learn-
ing difficulties will also receive
the new minister’s attention, as
he stated his whole-hearted com-
mitment to the full-time post.

Mr Bannister said also looks
forward to working with the ded-
icated, committed and hard-
working Mr Maynard as the
minister of his former depart-
ment.

And Mr Maynard is keen to
rise to the challenges of his new
leadership post having been
actively involved in the ministry’s
existing programmes.

Mr Maynard said: “We often
have senior officers’ meetings
and I give my input, so it will be
a continuation of the things
already in place, expanding on

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Obama a lone crusader

AUSTIN, Texas — If he hasn’t already,
the president might want to pick up a copy of
a Larry McMurtry novel with a title that
encapsulates with chilling accuracy his situ-
ation: “All My Friends are Going to be
Strangers.”

As the title indicates, McMurtry’s book is
about a person who lives with and in a state
of detachment. Detachment may be the fate
of any president, but Barack Obama is set to
go on camera Tuesday to try and sell an
escalation of the war in Afghanistan that
few people want to buy, and he doesn’t have
many friends to help him do it.

His supposed friends in the Democratic
Party are going to throw up fiscal obstacles
to increasing the number of troops in
Afghanistan by more than 30,000, and
Republicans who have been pushing Obama
to up the ante — and therefore should be
friendly now — can’t be relied upon to match
their bellicosity with action.

Action is much more expensive than
rhetoric, and Republicans will be loath to
spend — especially if there’s the slightest
chance that spending money will make Oba-
ma somehow look good.

But they all support the troops, of course.
They just don’t spend any money on them.
It’s going to take money, though — and lots of
it — to support an increase in troop strength.
Estimates are $1 million per soldier per year.
The money is going to have to come from
somewhere.

If Republicans and Democrats don’t hold
Obama’s ambitious domestic program
hostage, then something is wrong.

In politics, as in nature, the smell of blood
draws a crowd.

It would be against a politician’s nature
not to strike at a political rival’s throat under
the circumstances, even if he had been a
friend.

Obama took office less than a year ago
with sky-high approval ratings.

Those approval ratings are sinking as dis-
approval of the war in Afghanistan grows.
Further chipping away at the president’s rat-
ings is the long and bloody fight over his
signature health care reform initiative.

Between the two issues, congressional
Democrats in swing states are going to have
to look out for themselves as the 2010 elec-
tions near.

Some whose Democratic constituents are
disillusioned with Obama for whatever rea-
son are putting distance between the presi-
dent and themselves in the primaries.

Wars have always been fueled by politics,
and these hyperpartisan days that’s espe-
cially true. The threats posed by Taliban
insurgents are daunting, but not any less so
than the war effort getting caught up and

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lican fight for political dominance.

Is it really asking too much for power-
hungry partisans to focus on something
beyond bragging rights and chairmanships?

So the public is stuck; the GIs caught in
the middle are stuck; and the president is
really stuck.

Obama had just been elected to the Illi-
nois Senate when the war in Afghanistan
was launched eight years ago, but now he has
to find a way to accomplish something that
looks like a win.

A real win would be preferable, but first
somebody has to come up with a definition
of what a real win would be. That could be
Job 1 for Obama.

Staying in Afghanistan until its democra-
cy matures would keep us there until Oba-
ma’s grandchildren are old enough to vote.
The country has no history of a strong cen-
tral government, and Hamid Karzai, the
president, doesn’t appear to be in any hurry
to attack the corruption that has marked his
tenure.

We should all be relieved to know that
the president appears to be headed down a
more pragmatic road.

It appears that the Obama White House
harbors no illusions that Jeffersonian democ-
racy will be taking root in Afghanistan any-
time soon.

Nor is there a false expectation that the
president’s soaring oratory alone will carry
the day.

“No one has any illusion that this is the
campaign, that you can just turn this thing
around with a speech,” a senior administra-
tion official told The Washington Post last
week.

That’s a good start — or at least a realistic
one. Now here’s comes the part that should
make you wince.

“A lot of this strategy depends on things
we can’t control — the Afghan government,
the Taliban, the role of Pakistan.

“This is one of those issues that defines the
extent and the limits of the president’s pow-
er.”

The president and his people say that the
speech is going to outline clear goals and
objectives and “off ramps” — whatever that
means.

Let’s hope that the president, his advi-
sors and members of Congress looking for
political advantage remember in the midst of
their scheming that they are playing poker
not with chips but with lives.

When politicians play war, that seems to
be the first thing they forget.

(This article is by Arnold Garcia Jr.
c.2009 Cox Newspapers)



Huge population
increases tell a
raw, factual story

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Are we simply overpopu-
lated?

I was surprised but not
shocked looking up some
relevant Population Statis-
tics for The Bahamas and
compared some between
1980 -1990 to 2009.

NEW PROVIDENCE:

1980 the population was
135,437

1990 the population
was...172,196

2009 the population
was...238,132

Simply between 1980-2009
an increase of 56.87 per cent.

FREEPORT:

1980 the population
was...24,423

1990 the population
was...35,650

2009 the population
was...47,085

Simply between 1980-2009
an increase of 51.87 per cent.

MARSH HARBOUR,
ABACO:

1990 the population
was...3,600

2009 the population
was...5,728

Simply between 1990-2009
an increase of 62.84 per cent.

COOPER’S TOWN,
ABACO:
1990 the population

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was...5,700

2009 the population
was...9,069

Simply between 1990-2009
an increase of 6.25 per cent.

How many NEW job
employment positions were
created between 1980-2009
to satisfy this enormous
increase in population?

We know that some 3,000
students leave school annu-
ally and hit the street look-
ing for a job — jobs which
are new jobs not jobs that
have become available due
to retirement, death or sick-
ness.

We seem during the
Goombay Festival to have
babies out of style and now
we are faced with the raw
reality that we don’t have a
chance to employ even 1 per
cent of those we created and
are citizens of this fair
Bahamas.

What is the relative cost
to create 6.000 new jobs?
Take what Kerzner invested
which I believe now tops
US$2.3 billion, so we need at
the minimum a completion
of a Kerzner “Atlantis” pro-
ject every two years for the
next 10 years to provide

those babies we brought into
the world, some chance to
be real men and real women
— employed.

Do you understand now
why we have such a messed
up so-called Bahamian soci-
ety? These Population Sta-
tistics certainly tells a raw
and factual story.

Forget Task Forces and
all those hair-brained con-
cepts we hear on the Talk
Shows — declare a National
Emergency and use the
powers to disrupt all the
criminal activities, even the
small ones which have cor-
rupted the whole or the
majority of our so-called
Christian society which is a
total farce anyway.

Tourism cannot rely on
cruise ship arrivals and the
spin that we have a good
increase — that’s the bread
and butter we need air
arrivals, staying at the hotels.

Ihave concluded that nei-
ther party or us generally
have any interest or intent
to change the usual — we
live off numbers, Asue, tief-
ing and bribery/favours,
remove them and you will
collapse the economy. The
IMF might not know this,
but thinking people do.

W. THOMPSON,
Nassau,
November 28, 2009.

Culture is the voice of the people

EDITOR, The Tribune.

A single shot rings out in the dead of night, dis-
rupting the tranquility near one of our prime
resort destinations; a motorcycle roars away dis-
appearing with its ghostly assailant into a mist of
mystery, leaving us to pick up the shattered
pieces.

This scenario and others defy sense and reason
in our beloved land; but with our trust planted in
the immortal God we know that here on earth
“culture is true and all others subordinate.”

However, in our Bahamas today, the deafening
echo of silence drowns the solitary voices in var-
ious pockets of concern declaring enlightenment
to the masses.

How in our wildest dreams do we expect
wholesale success of our nation when society
calls into question the retail value of one voice
crying out in the wilderness. Yours.

In this great rejuvenation of our land, we must
be guided by noble motives bearing the hall-
marks of tolerance and inclusion. We pray for the
day of our restoration to true-self, but we must
first acknowledge that culture is a covenant
between soul and spirit, time and eternity, and
God and man.

If our desire be a future of peace, we must
not wage war with the past; how can our legacy
be seasoned with honour when we distastefully
malign our heritage.

How aware are we of our cultural surround-
ings; do we embrace with passion the memory of
times slowly slipping from the grasp of our minds;
do we hold reverent our stewardship of protect-
ing the inheritance for children yet to come.

We know culture to be a compass to guide us;
a looking-glass to reflect the beauty of a diverse,
strong yet humble people; and a measure to trace
“character” from a simple fishing village through

Restore access

to the beaches



piracy to regional leader exerting economic pros-
perity and technological insight.

Now, do we dare break the thread with which
our destiny is sewn; or do we blemish the fabric
woven to clothe our history; if our laws be tenu-
ous to the point of frivolity: how be it we place
excessive burdens on the shoulders of our police,
the custodians of order and last bastion of
strength.

When did this madness erupt; when will the
Bahamas confront its ugly demons of hypocrisy
and greed or will we be consumed by this insidi-
ous, inbred disease of all-for-me-baby.

We need to become a nation of discoverers,
not content to be just finders; we must seek solu-
tions and not just arrive at answers; we are bound
to the promise of developing a future for our
youth, not just point the way.

We are caught in an inglorious moment in our
nation’s history; it is only with God-given cul-
ture that we may salvage our souls; this seventh
letter speaks to the seventh hour of our exis-
tence as the candle swiftly burns.

Lastly, let us concede (though challenged with
polemics) that this country is ripe for the harvest
of change — unlike that which was pure illusion
and artifice in the deceptive aura of political
instigation in the sixties — to feed the desperate
but noble hunger of a people spanning three
generations, in their quest for freedom.

Now, let us ordain democracy with the
unbounded right to speak, for without our voic-
es culture in our Bahamas will wither and die.

Remember the proverbial Fig Tree. Until next
time, Thank you.

GREGORY NEELY
Nassau,
November 24, 2009.

Thank you for
your kind words

EDITOR, The Tribune.

EDITOR,
The Tribune.

I am a student of the
College of the Bahamas
in Mr Gibson’s Geogra-
phy class and I am writ-
ing this letter requesting
that the government
allow access to the
beaches be restored.

Beach access points
should be restored
because I believe that it
is in the best interest of
the country’s people. It
is these people’s
birthright to be able to
freely use these beaches
whenever they want to.
The beaches are ours
and I feel that no one
should be able to try and
take it away from us
proud Bahamian citi-
zens.

The beach access
points and the beach
areas should be devel-
oped and beautified, for
example putting play-
grounds and parking
lots, etc...to attract the
public and tourists for

their fun and enjoyment.
This can be done by the
government purchasing
land for parking and
other purposes by the
beaches, etc... Also the
government would bet-
ter enhance the beaches
by buying several more
pieces of land from the
property owners to
make pathways between
properties to make the
beaches accessible, eg
Yamacraw Beach by
Stokes House. This can
be done through the
same process they use to
widen roads.

I also believe that
beach front property
owners have every right
to their privacy and to
build on their property.
For this reason security
should be placed on the
beaches so that they can
ensure the safety of the
public and the private
property owners.

LEAH CULMER
Nassau,
November, 2009.

In response to “Islands of the Sun”
letter from M Jackson (Ms) printed
in your November 20th edition.

Dear Ms Jackson,

I hope this letter finds you well
and indeed gets through to you by
way of The Tribune.

It was a pleasure to read your let-
ter to the Tribune Editor of Novem-
ber 20th regarding my son’s book
“Tslands of the Sun”. Obviously,
being ‘the mother’, I am biased about
the publication, however I saw the
three years of hard work and dedi-
cation, not to mention the two very
hot and sweaty summers in da bush
that John and Nikita spent to pro-
duce it!

Tam grateful that you felt inclined
to put pen to paper and share your
thoughts with our fellow newspaper
readers. If more people wrote about
the positive side of our culture, per-
haps there would be less negative in
our daily lives (but that is a story for
another day!)

So, on behalf of the entire Dan-
guillecourt Project team, I thank you
again for your kind words.

BARBARA
THOMPSON
Nassau,

November 20, 2009.





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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



More seats than ever
for this year’s junkanoo

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

MORE seats than ever
before will be available for this
year’s junkanoo parades and all
will be within the same reduced
pricing range offered last year
of between $5 and $45, the min-
ister of culture revealed yester-
day.

A total of 10,000 seats will
be on offer — of which a greater
number will be in the “premi-
um” range due to demand —
compared to last year’s 9,100.

Minister Charles Maynard
said that tickets for the three
Junkanoo parades — the first of
which, the Esso Junior
Junkanoo Parade, takes place
next Thursday, December 10-
will be on sale “later this week”
at the Kendal Isaacs Gym and
online at www.caribtickets.com.

Mr Maynard and other
stakeholders in this junkanoo
season made their comments
on Monday evening in Rawson
Square just ahead of an on-foot
tour of the Bay Street parade
route and its environs to assess
preparedness ahead of the first
parade.

Assistant Commissioner of
police Shannondor Evans said
that given some security con-
cerns during the parades last
year, police will be trying out
some new initiatives to improve
spectator safety.

The area around the Char-
lotte Street entrance to Bay
Street presented some chal-
lenges during previous parades,
said ACP Evans, and police will
now be taking a “no nonsense”
approach to policing this par-
ticular area.

“We’re providing you with
this information Bahamas
because we want your co-oper-
ation. We believe it may have
gotten out of hand last year and
we wish to avoid that this year.”

Douglas Hanna, chairman of
the Parade Management Com-
mittee, said they are commit-
ted to the objective of having
the various parades start and
finish on time this year.

“We are aware that
junkanoo on Boxing Day in
particular is occurring on a Sat-
urday (with the public holiday

SAXONS in action at the New Year rel

December 28), so we have to
account for what we do because
we are expected to finish
junkanoo and have Bay Street
ready for other business to car-
ry on and that is what we intend
to do this year,” said Mr Han-
na.

Crispin Cleare of the C-Cube
seating company, which pro-
vides and has responsibility for
the bleachers, gave an update
on the schedule for the erec-
tion and dismantling of the
seating stands.

“As many of you may have
noticed on Shirley Street we
have begun erecting the bleach-
ers. Shirley Street at this point



is completed, we just have num-
bering to do.

“Bay Street will start the
evening of this Friday, Decem-
ber 4, after which we’ll work
straight up to Junior Junkanoo
(December 10) and dismantle
after Junior Junkanoo
between Frederick Street and
Parliament Street on both
sides of the street, re-erecting
again a few days prior to the
Boxing Day parade,” said Mr
Cleare.

The honoree for this year’s
Esso Junior Junkanoo parade is
Verdell T Williams, who was
instrumental in the creation of
Junior Junkanoo.

Almost all former RIU
staff have been rehired

NEARLY all the former employees of the RIU Palace Resort
on Paradise Island have been rehired as the resort opened its
doors last week following a three month closure to upgrade the

property.

Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes told The Tribune that the
hotel rehired around 260 of an estimated 300 former employees.
"There is a possibility that they may re-engage more,” he added.

The property reopened its doors on November 26. Mr Foulkes
could not confirm if staff were paid during the closure.

Last August, the hotel closed for three months — during the
traditional slow period for tourism — to undergo a $25 million
makeover. The resort's rooms were scheduled for upgrades and
new facilities were expected to be added during this period.

When the closure was announced earlier this year, several staff
members questioned their job security and said they did not know
if they were going to be paid during the break.

Messages left for RIU general manager Filbert Vargas were

not returned up to press time.

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Jerome L. Knowles

Cordially invites you and all persons who prayed
for me and with me and all my well wishers,
through my several operations during April to
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Treasure, the pink

By LARRY SMITH

THREE interesting books
landed on my desk this past
week. Two recently pub-
lished, the other a reprint that
is also available online as a
free download.

Pieces of Eight was famil-
iar to many Bahamians in the
first half of the 20th century.
It was written by Richard Le
Gallicnne — an English
"man of letters" who died in
1947 at the age of 80. Le Gal-
lienne was a minor romantic
writer who lived in London,
New York and Paris, where
he dabbled in journalism and
publishing.

Pieces of Fight is a work of
fiction that was published in
1918 and purports to be "the
authentic narrative of a trea-
sure discovered in the
Bahama Islands in 1903."

According to one early
reviewer, it is "a polite trea-
sure hunt which, compared
to R L Stevenson's handling
of the same plot lacks the
thrills of real buccaneering,
but which is romantic and
beautifully descriptive of the
tropic Bahamas."

The book became a hot
political issue under the old
UBP regime (when it was a
prescribed school text) for its
generally disdainful refer-
ences to black Bahamians
and use of racially insulting
language. However, it fea-
tures some interesting
descriptions of contemporary
Bahamian life, and is perhaps
best known today for one of
the earliest references to that
great Bahamian folk song, the
John B Sails.

Actually, Le Gallienne
made an even earlier refer-
ence to this famous song in
an article he wrote for

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This was an account of a vis-
it to the Bahamas when he
spent a week on a schooner
sailing from Nassau to the
Exuma Cays and Harbour
Island — his journalistic
cruise leading to production
of the romantic novel.

The John B is supposed to
have been a sponge boat that
sank at Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera around 1900. The
song has been recorded many
times over the years and is
on Rolling Stones’ list of the
500 Greatest Songs of All
Times. The earliest recording
of it was by Library of Con-
gress researcher Alan Lomax
in 1935, when it was sung by
David Pryor, a sponge fish-
erman from Andros.

In his Harper's Magazine
article Le Gallienne refers to
conch pearls.

"In these conchs, buried in
the flesh of them, is found a
pink pearl — of some, if no
great value — for which the
natives, as they cut up their
bait, are constantly on the
watch, as half a dozen of
them would seem like a small
fortune to them."

7K OOK OK Ok Ok

A QUEEN conch shell

This brings us to my sec-
ond volume, The Pink Pearl:
A Natural Treasure of the
Caribbean. This full-colour,
coffee-table book was pub-
lished in 2007 by Skira edi-
tore of Milan, Italy to docu-
ment the history of conch
pearl jewellery around the
world. It is written by David
Federmen, a journalist spe-
cialising in gemmology, and
Dr Hubert Bari of the
National Museum of Natural
History in Paris. Photograph-
er Christian Creutz "spent
weeks following the daily
activities of the conch fisher-
men" around the Caribbean.

The book opens with a
16th century still life by the
Dutch painter de Heem,
which prommently features a
Queen conch shell. And we
quickly learn that millions of
these shells reached Euro-
pean ports as ballast on sail-
ing ships during their return
voyages from the Caribbean
in the early years of explo-
ration.

The Queen conch pro-
duces the only natural pearls
not produced by an oyster or
mussel that can claim signifi-
cant commercial impact,
although the odds of finding
an acceptable conch pearl are
in the order of one in every
10,000 shells collected. The
odds of a conch's survival are
much worse — about two
million to one, in fact.

And such odds combined
with heavy overfishing, now
threaten the conch with
extinction.

"As late as the 1970s one
could walk down to the beach
of any Caribbean island and
scoop conchs out of the ocean
shallows by hand," the
authors say.

"Acres and acres of seabed
were covered by huge herds
of fully grown conchs, grazing
on sea grass...This edible
bounty must have seemed
like an endless gift from the
gods." But today, conch fish-
ing is less romantic, with
divers round the region using
scuba gear or hookah rigs
connected to air compressors
on the boat to allow them to
stay underwater for long peri-
ods.

"To return the conch
merely to sustainable levels
— forget plentiful ones —
will most likely involve mora-
toria on the industry, not
solely in the countries that
produce conch, but also in
those countries where the
molluscs are processed and
exported,” the authors say.
And replenishment may take
decades. Conch harvesting
was banned in Florida 20-odd
years ago and is just begin-

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pearl and a doctor's autobiography



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ning to show results.

But this book is not about
conservation — it is about
jewellery.

In the 19th century scien-
tists determined that conch
pearls were produced when
the conch enclosed a frag-
ment of organic tissue — bac-
terial micro-porganisms, tiny
crustaceans or worms — with
shell material to avoid irrita-
tion or infection. Eventually
this protective process forms
a pearl with a shimmering
porcelain-like appearance.

This book is richly illus-
trated with photos of individ-
ual pearls as well as pre-
columbian artifacts featuring
conch shell mosaics, and
modern jewellery creations.
Archacologists have not
found any ancient conch
pearl jewellery, although they
have found plenty of shell
beads — some over 2,000
years old. Conch artistry did
not reach its zenith until
shells began arriving in
Europe in the 16th century,
when they were discovered
by Italian cameo makers.

Shell cameos have been in
and out of fashion for hun-
dreds of years, but the conch
pearl was largely overlooked
until the second half of the
Oth century (although there
is a brief mention of one in
Columbus’ logbook). The
Philadelphia exposition in
1876 displayed conch pearl
jewellery by Tiffany, and
Queen Victoria was an early
collector. An 1855 account
referrred to a conch pearl
necklace in stock at Tiffany
for $4,000 — equivalent to
$83,000 today.

Contemporary travel writ-
ing and fiction describes var-
tous aspects of the Bahami-
an and Florida conch trades.
In 1844, the Nassau Guardian
reported that the sum of £85
was paid for "a beautiful
conch pearl of large size"
found by a boy breaking
shells in the harbour. And in
1886 it was said that the annu-
al yield of Bahamian conch
pearls was the equivalent of a
million dollars in today's
money.

However, conch pearls
eventually went out of fash-
ion, and by 1918 (around the
time of Richard Le Gallien-
ne's visit) the Bahamas
marine Products Board noted
that conch pearls had "passed
as an object of commercial
interest". By 1923 demand
had collapsed and the sole
remaining exporter was going
out of business.

In fact, by the 1970s no-
one seemed to know that

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conch pearls had once been a
prized jewel. They were
regarded as curios with no
commercial value. But grad-
ually — through the efforts
of an American marine
archacologist named Sue
Hendrickson, interest among
jewellers and celebrities
began to rise. Henrickson's
hobby turned into an occu-
pation, and as she began to
corner the market, her activ-
ities attracted the attention
of others.

In 1985, a gem dealer sold
an assortment of conch pearls
to one of the world's top jew-
ellers, who made them into a
necklace that was famously
worn by Liz Taylor and pho-
tographed for the September
1990 edition of Ladies Home
Journal. It sold for $160,000,
and the head of the famous
Japanese firm, Mikimoto, was
moved to describe conch
pearls as "the best new thing
I have seen in years". Over
the next decade Mikimoto
invested millions to begin a
revival of the industry.

Today, the authors say,
conch pearls fetch record
amounts and Tiffany, which
spearheaded conch pearl jew-
ellery in the 19th century, is
once again featuring these
items in its stores around the
world.

In 2004 Tiffany unveiled a
26-piece collection of conch
pearl jewellery with prices as
high as $275,000.

And since Strombus gigas
is now a vanishing species, it's
a fair bet that the conch pearl
will become rarer and pricier
still.

2K OK OK Ok

The third book is unrelat-
ed to any of the foregoing.
It's a very readable, self-pub-
lished autobiography by a
youngish Bahamian doctor
named Harold Munnings Jr.

The title - Westward: the
Walk of a Bahamian Doctor -
might refer to Munnings'
journey from his humble
beginnings in a little clap-
board house on Mackey
Street (which later became
the first Checker's Restau-
rant), to a triplex on Lumum-
ba Lane built on land that
was once part of his grandf-
father's farm, to a plush home
at Westward Villas, and final-
ly to the exclusive gated com-
munity of Old Fort, where he
lives today with his wife Mon-
eira and their children.

But it actually refers to our
halting progress through life
towards the eternal sunset —
an eventuality which hope-
fully is many years away in
Dr Munnings' case.



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The book recounts the
familiar trivia of childhood,
imterspersed with descriptions
of his family's antecedents —
the Munnings from Delancey
Town in Nassau and the
Careys from Tarpum Bay on
Eleuthera. And the stories of
his medical education and
subsequent career as a lead-
ing gastroenterologist are
accompanied by interesting
snippets of history together
with accounts of contempo-
rary life in the Bahamas and
elsewhere.

These stories range from
the origin of the Rand
Memorial Hospital in
Freeport (James Rand was a
noted American philan-
thropist who invented the
defibrillator and retired to the
Bahamas in 1960), to an
account of Kevin Hanna's
gruesome murder of his
entire family in Dannotage
Estates 25 years ago, near the
home of Harold Munnings Sr
— the author's distinguished
civil servant father.

And there is an amusing
account of how his mother's
cooking helped frame the
1964 Bahamian constitution.
It seems that the former
Gweneth Carey laid on a
huge repast of Bahamian
dishes for the PLP delegation
to the constitutional talks in
London when they (Paul
Adderley, Lynden Pindling,
Orville Turnquest and Arthur
Hanna) made a sidetrip to
Brighton to visit Harold
Senior, who was studying
engineering. The author was
three years old at the time.

Harold Junior's medical
career was sparked in 1975,
when he volunteered at the
Princess Margaret Hospital
blood bank, trailing a blood-
drawing doctor through the
wards and becoming a
"voyeur to patients on the
mend — or not."

At 15 his collection of
blood smears from the PMH
lab numbered among his
most prized possessions —
right alongside his Fisher
stereo system.

He recalls pleading with
his boss at the PMH —
pathologist Dr Joan Reed —
to be allowed to observe an
autopsy. Eventually, an atten-
dant named Monkey Man
snuck him into the mortuary,
and it seemed to Munnings
at the time that medical train-
ing was going to be a big
problem. But later — at med-
ical school — he wrote that
“cutting up dead people
proved to be no trouble at all,
although it could get spooky
if you were alone with the
bodies laid out on dissecting
tables."

During the 1980s, after fin-
ishing his medical training (at
McGill University in Cana-
da, UWI in Jamaica and the
Bristol Royal Infirmary in
England), Munnings interned
at the PMH, where he joined
the ranks of young doctors










who set out to transform
healthcare in the Bahamas.
They faced a daily grind
against a backdrop of poor
facilities and a lack of vital
equipment.

In 1986 the Bahamas was
in the throes of a massive
drug epidemic that had
sparked a surge of violent
crime and was accompanied
by an explosion of HIV dis-
ease.

Munnings was on the fir-
ing line at the PMH where he
was able to observe some
interesting correlations.

With a colleague, he wrote
a paper on the occurrence of
a severe muscle wasting dis-
order thought to be caused
by freebasing cocaine that
had never been reported
before.

But overwork caused him
to delay finalising the paper,
and the report of this med-
ical first was made by an
American team two years lat-
er.

Fast forward to 2004 when
Munnings met an old friend
from Bristol at a medical con-
ference in New Orleans who
reminded him of events long
forgotten.

It was this chance
encounter that prompted him
to write his memorr at a rela-
tively young age: "I wondered
how many other events in my
life had become submerged
to near the point of no
recall," he says in the final
pages of the book.

"IT don't say 'been there,
done that' anymore without a
measure of awe and gratitude
because I believe that safe
passage on our westward
walk takes more than sound
planning, and luck, upon
which many too heavily
depend, has a funny way of
running out when you need it
most...I believe that my moth-
er was right from the very
beginning, that I am blessed."

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St. George,
Nassau, Bahamas
who died in
Nassau, Bahamas
on Saturday, 7th
November, 2009
(Armistice Day
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2009 1:00 a.m.
GMT), will be
held in Nassau at
St. Francis Xavier
Cathedral, West
Street, Nassau on Thursday, 3rd December, 2009
at 3:00 p.m.

Rev. Kendrick Forbes will officiate and interment
will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John
F. Kennedy Drive, Nassau.

He is survived by his wife, Chieko Sadler, their
daughter Gloria and their granddaughters Monique
Thomson and Tanya Webber.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Police Dependent Fund, P.O. Box N.458, Nassau
or The Bahamas Cricket Association, P.O. Box
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FROM page one

with cash and raid shop regis-
ters by terrorising employees.

And more than 1,000 small
businesses in the Carmichael
area are at great risk, Mr Bowe
said.

An employee of New Orien-
tal Cleaners, in the Golden
Gates shopping centre, was
robbed at gunpomt while taking
a deposit bag to the car at
11.30am on Monday morning.
An armed robber with a black
scarf covering his face threat-
ened the employee with a hand-
gun and took the cash before
escaping in a sky-blue Honda
Accord, registration number
218188, driving south on Bail-
lou Hill Road.

The robbery is the latest in a
string of attacks on businesses
across New Providence in
recent weeks.

It follows the traumatising
experience endured by owner
of MAC Consultants John
Laramore who was holed up in

Armed robberies ‘pose
risk’ to businesses

nearly 24 hours when police
failed to respond to a break-in
that cost him more than $1,300
in lost merchandise, and anoth-
er $1,600 for a new alarm sys-
tem to protect his property.

Police did not respond to Mr
Laramore’s 919 call until after
he sent an email to a friend who
contacted a senior police officer
to take action.

Mr Laramore told The Tri-
bune he is now considering buy-
ing a gun to protect his busi-
ness; something he never want-
ed to do.

Mr Bowe said a number of
businessmen in the Carmichael
area, including himself, have
licensed firearms to empower
themselves as there is no other
protection provided.

He said the problems lie with
the Government and the law-

less criminals who carry out
their attacks in broad daylight
to be chased by an under-
resourced police force.

The Carmichael division of
police is the largest in New
Providence but the 40 officers
based there only make up a
tenth of the 400 needed to
patrol the streets, Mr Bowe
said.

He called on government
leaders to put maximum efforts
into stopping crime and elimi-
nating corruption to make peo-
ple safe.

Mr Bowe said: “This is pret-
ty much terrorism we are exist-
ing under because people are
frightened going in and out of
their houses or going to work;
we have trouble sleeping at
night, and they don’t seem to
have any kind of feel for what’s

going on.

“Carmichael is growing in
terms of both the number of
people and businesses here so
the misery index is going up.

“This did not come upon us
suddenly, we have watched this
grow and grow and grow.
Everybody knows it’s getting
worse and the thing is we can
fix these problems.

“The Government needs to
show the Bahamas and the
world that we are serious about
crime.

“If we make it safe for the
people that live here we will
make it safe for the tourists.”

But without any forceful
reaction from government, Mr
Bowe said the prospect is dis-
mal for Bahamian businesses.

“T wouldn’t advise anyone to
go into business right now,” he
said. “Crime kills commerce,
it’s as simple as that and our
country is riddled with crime
and corruption.

“The crime destroys the
economy the declining econo-
my causes more crime.”

his Carmichael Road shop for
FROM page one

experience.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said: "We spent
a great deal of time tracking where these
stories are and what is being said and mak-
ing sure we get the facts regarding the situ-
ation and what we are doing about it into
that medium.”

He added that it is important that tourism
employees pinpoint the negative press and
ensure that the Ministry of Tourism injects
a counter argument addressing the facts of
the situation and future plans to address
visitor safety in the Bahamas.

"This is one incident in one place and we
want to make sure that we convey to the
world that despite the numbers that we see
in this one incident, that the number of
crimes and attacks against visitors in the
Bahamas is very, very low," he said, speak-
ing to The Tribune outside the Cabinet
Office yesterday.

He added that tourism officials remain
in ongoing meetings with police to strategise
on ways to ensure the safety of visitors to the

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country's shores.

The robbery came a little over a
month after 11 cruise ship passen-
gers on a taxi tour of the 66 Steps
were held up by armed men and in
the wake of a spate of armed rob-
beries of locals.

Despite the rash of negative
reports, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace



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, cred-
it cards and personal items.

A second group of visitors
approached and were also robbed
at gunpoint.

Police said a Bahamian woman

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obviously it's a speedbump in terms of some
of the things that we want to accomplish
but Iam confident that from everything that
I see with the police and the other depart-
ments that are involved in this they take it
very seriously in moving aggressively to
make sure that we restore the Bahamas’
good name everywhere," he said.

It was around 12.15 pm when a group of
cruise passengers were on a Segway tour of

This was refuted by many of the

disgruntled victims, who claimed a

shot had been fired into the ground by one
of the thugs near one of the victims.

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

Several cruise lines have suspended their
tours at the site following the robbery how-
ever BASH's Executive Director Terry
Miller has plans to beef up security of the
170-acre property.

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Aces smothere
hy SAC, 106-14

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

he St Augustine’s Col-

lege Big Red Machine

junior boys appear to be

in rare form early in the

season and _ have
emerged as the team to beat following
their second consecutive lopsided vic-
tory by more than 60 points.

After an 86-20 victory on opening
day over the Bahamas Academy Stars
last week, the Big Red Machine
trumped that performance with a 106-
14 win over the Aquinas College Aces
yesterday at the SAC campus.

The Big Red Machine featured a
different five player squad each quar-
ter with the starters acting as the cat-
alyst for the blowout, and returning
in the fourth to cap the win and push
for the century mark.

SAC reached the coveted 100-point
mark when starting point guard
Yorick Sands came up with a steal
with 32 seconds left and raced down
court to give his team a 100-12 advan-
tage.

A balanced scoring attack from the
Big Red Machine saw 12 players reach
the scorebook, with three in double
figures.

Nikita Higgins led the way with a
game high 24 points, dominating the
point as most of his baskets came on
offensive rebounds and tip ins.

The Aces struggled with the speed
of the Big Red Machine guard and
the size of the massive front-line which
controlled the boards on both ends of
the floor, sparking fast breaks with
defensive rebounds on one end and
creating second shot opportunities on
the other.

The remainder of the Big Red
Machine starting five were as efficient

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By BRENT STUBBS
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THE Barracudas Swim
Club may have found the next
Bahamian swimming phe-
nomenon.

Twelve-year-old Dionisio
Carey had a spectacular
splash last month at the 2009
Speedo Winter Champi-
onships in Plantation, Flori-
da.

Traveling with the 20-plus
members of the Barracudas,
headed by coaches Sue Cole-
by and Michael Stewart,
Carey made the cut for nine
finals and he captured the
gold medal in each event.

Coleby, who spoke briefly
while conducting a team prac-
tice session yesterday, said it
was a tremendous feat, some-
thing that has never been
accomplished by a Bahamian
before.

“He did a wonderful job. I
don’t think anybody from the
Bahamas has ever done that,”
Coleby stated.

Stewart took it a bit further.

“For an 11-12 year old, it’s
quite outstanding,” he said.
“To go into Florida where a
number of the top swimmers
are there and to win every
event and to win them by at
least 6-8 seconds, it was quite
a feat.

“Tt’s an abnormal feat, but
he’s an incredible swimmer.
He works extremely hard and
he’s hungry to swim fast, so
he has all of the ingredients to
make him an incredible swim-
mer.”

He helped the Barracudas
boys team finish ninth and
they were 19th overall out of
a field of 59 teams that com-
peted. More than 1,200 com-
petitors participated in the
four-day meet.

Carey, a seventh grade stu-
dent at Queen’s College, said
he went to Plantation with a
goal in mind to not just make
the final, but to at least win a
medal in each event.

Winning the nine gold
medals were a little more than
he had anticipated. He ended
up bringing home the boys
11-12 High Point Trophy in
the process.

“T felt good. The perfor-
mance was very good over
there in Plantation,” he stat-
ed. “The performances were
exactly what I expected.”

Carey won the 50-yard
backstroke in 28.69 seconds,
the 100 breastroke in 1:06.64,

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and 50 yard butterfly in 26.29.

In the end, Carey accumu-
lated a total of 180 points for
the High Point Trophy. His
nearest rival was American
Tobias Faucher with 115. A
J Reid came in third with 104.

“There was one event I had
to fight for,” said Carey about
the 100 freestyle as he went
head-to-head right to the wall
with American Jonathan
Rodriquez before he pulled
it off.

Clement Bowe, another
member of the Barracudas,
also made it to nine finals, but
he wasn’t as successful as
Carey in winning a medal.

The meet was sanctioned
by the Florida Gold Swim-
ming and the USA Swim-
ming. It also served as a qual-
ifier for the Junior Olympic
Games.

Carey’s parents, Omar and
Elva, said they were both
pleased with their son’s per-
formance and they are look-
ing forward to him producing
even better results as he heads
to the Carifta Games and the
CCCAN next year.

Stewart said Carey’s per-
formance is just the tip of the
iceberg.

“We're definitely looking
at 2012 when he will be a
young kid. At age 15, the goal
is to get him to qualify for the
Olympics,” Stewart said.

“But definitely in 2016, we
expect that he will be a sig-
nificant figure. If we make the
2012 Olympics, he will go
there as an observer, but in
2016, if he continues to
progress, he can definitely do
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SPORTS
INBRIEF

RACING
BHRA MEETING

THE Bahamas Hotrod
Association is scheduled
to hold a general meeting
at Motorsport Park,
Queen Elizabeth Sports
Center, 6:30pm Thursday.
All racing fans are urged
to attend as important
matters will be discussed.
Feel free to contact the
BHRA through “Safety
First,” P O Box CR-55929
and telephone (242) 394-
6364 for further informa-
tion.

BASKETBALL
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
TOURNEY

SPECIAL Olympics
Bahamas is slated to hold
the annual Caribbean Spe-
cial Olympics Basketball
Invitational at Loyola Hall
5pm Friday and continue
9am Saturday. The official
opening ceremony is set
for 1pm.

Two teams each from
New Providence and
Grand Bahama will repre-
sent the Bahamas along
with a team from Abaco.
Visiting teams will come
from Guadeloupe and the
Cayman Islands.

Last year, Grand
Bahama clinched the gold
with the silver going to
Barbados. Abaco had to
settle for the bronze while
New Providence got shut
out of a medal.

BASKETBALL
NPBA ACTION

THE New Providence
Basketball Association is
set to continue its regular
season tonight at the C I
Gibson Gymnasium with
the 1-0 Y-Care Wreckers
taking on the 0-1 Reddies.

Two exciting games
were played Monday with
the following results post-
ed:

Police

Crimestoppers 93,

Outdoor Lighting

Falcons 91

The Falcons missed two
free throws in the winding
seconds that could have
forced a possible overtime
period.

The Police, however,
went on to win the game
as Valentino Richardson
canned 22 points, shoot-
ing 7-for-11 from the field
and 7-for-9 from the free
throw line.

Kevin Davis and Jack-
son Jacob both scored 19
in a losing effort.

Electro Telecom

Cybots 72,

Johnson’s Trucking

Jumpers 68

Brian Tucker Bain
pumped in a game high 29
points on 9-of-15 from the
field and 8-of-10 from the
foul line for the Cybots.
He also had 18 of his game
high 29 in the fourth quar-
ter.

Tyrell Griffith scored a
game high 20 in the loss.



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ABIAH Missick and
Jenero Knowles were
once again awarded the
Dominique Higgins
Awards as the most out-
standing student-athletes
at the Roadrunners Track
Club’s 10th annual awards
and presentation banquet.

Higgins’ father, David,
made the presentation.

The awards were among
more than 60 presented
Saturday night at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort
& Crystal Palace Casino
as the track club honoured
the athletes for their per-
formances during the past
track and field season.

e Among the other
awards presented were
the Athletes of the Year.
They went to the follow-
ing:

Girls - Carliyah Sanders
(Under-9); Carnesha
Nixon (Under-11); Felici-
ty Dorsett (Under-13);
Sara Mackey (under-17)
and Krysten Black (open).

Boys - Stephon Bowe
(under-9); Branson Rolle
(Under-11); Malik Francis
and Recarno Nixon
(under-13); Xavier Coak-
ley and Jenero Knowles
(under-15); Ojay Fergu-
son (under-17) and Phillip
Stubbs (open).

e Most outstanding

athletes

Girls - Alexicia
Williams (U-9); Ashley
Williams and Shakara
Whymms (U-11); Philiane
Sargent (U-13); Charlize
Dean (U-15); Edvania
Missick (U-17) and
Stephanie Stubbs (open).

Boys - Miguel Bethel
(U-11); Dominic Nairn
and Ulrick McIntosh (U-
13); Rayford Rigby, Ben-
nett Hall and Demitir
Forbes (U-15); Javon
Rolle (U-17) and Derick
Ferguson and Navante
Lamm (open)

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

espite its $16
million private
placement
being “under-
subscribed” by
Bahamian investors, a
Bahamas-based telecoms start-
up yesterday said its launch
might have “more strength in
depth” than initially envisaged
with a potential strategic/finan-
cial partner willing to invest
capital that would take it
beyond the target sum.

Edison Sumner, IP Solutions
International's president and
chief executive, declined to con-
firm to Tribune Business how
much the start-up’s private
offering raised, but acknowl-
edged that the failure to gen-
erate the required $16 million
from the Bahamian market
“may delay our launch for a
couple of months”.

This, though, depended on
the outcome of talks with IP
Solutions’ prospective interna-
tional partner, coupled with the
due diligence process and
required Government
approvals for a foreign entity’s
investment in a Bahamian com-
pany.

Mr Sumner said the company
was also looking at an alterna-
tive smaller scale launch than
initially planned, having tar-
geted the 2009 fourth quarter
end/2010 first quarter to bring

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* Multiple-play telecoms provider says potential foreign financial/strategic
partner looking at investing more than required to raise target
* Acknowledges that failure to obtain capital from Bahamian

market ‘may delay launch by a couple of months’

* But says ‘very likely’ able to meet 2010 first quarter launch
date with at least some of planned services

its ‘Multiple Play’
bundle of products to
market.

He added that
there was “a very
likely chance we will
be able to meet first
quarter projections
for the launch” of at
least some its services.

While IP Solutions
was still looking at
raising $16 million to
fulfill its business plan
and launch strategy, Mr Sumn-
er said the company’s potential
strategic/financing partner -
who he declined to name, citing
a non-disclosure agreement -
had raised the possibility of
investing more than the
required sum.

“There’s been some
advances made to is that have
higher investments coming in.
We’re still talking $16 million,
but higher figures have been
presented to us, and we’re cer-
tainly flexible enough to con-
sider these new proposals from
them,” Mr Sumner told Tri-

‘Rehabilitating’ $50k investment

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

PROVIDENCE Rehabilitation Centre has invested $50,000
into a Pilates and Yoga studio, in a bid to expand services offerings
not yet available in the heart of Nassau at an affordable pricing
point, its facility director said yesterday.

Christina Messarra said Pilates was a form of exercise that has
grown around the world, and is its most efficient and injury-miti-

gating form of exercise.

She said Pilates has traditionally been out of reach of most of the
working class because it requires significant investment in human
capital, making it a very expensive exercise regimen. “It can pre-
vent the onset of back pain and it is also used to manage injuries,”

she said.

Ms Messarra took advantage of recently-vacated office space just
upstairs from Providence Rehabilitation Centre, and began the ren-
ovations that would turn the space into an exercise room and

reception area.

After shopping around for a Pilates instructor, she discovered

Phillisa Beneby, a certified Pilates
instructor, and is slated to begin

SEE page 6B

Mail Boxes expands
franchise to Cayman

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia. net

MAIL BOXES ETC is set
to open its franchise in the Cay-
man Islands this month, its chief
executive told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, as e-business
and the companies that facili-
tate it survived 2009 year with
only marginal drops in revenue,
while continuing to expand to
meet consumer needs into 2010.

Gershan Major said Mail
Boxes’ Cayman location could
open by mid-December, with
another coming on-line in
Trinidad by the 2010 first quar-
ter.

Mr Major said the Bahamian
Mail Boxes location, and its
companion in Antigua and Bar-
buda, were expecting an uptick
in business as the holiday sea-
son comes around.

However, he said a drop in

The information contained is from a third
party and The Tribune can not be held
tesponsible for errors and/or omission
from the daily report.



holiday season revenues was
expected this year compared to
last.

“Certainly, the business itself
is beginning to go into its peak
period relative to the e-com-
merce side,” said Mr Major.

“We expect some softening
this holiday season giving the
current economic condition.
However, we believe there are
more persons less inclined to
go on a plane and do shop-
ping.”

Mr Major said the e-com-
merce market was beginning to
take root in the Bahamas, as
people found it more conve-
nient to shop from the comfort
of home or office desk, rather
than go to the traditional brick
and mortar depot.

“Persons are looking for the
opportunity the Internet pro-
vides,” he said. “There they can
find tremendous deals and
often free ground shipping [in
the US].”

Mr Major added that most
online shoppers are looking for
the bundled deals offered by
many online stores and large
physical retailers, who sell their
products online.

One Bahamian cyber shop-
ping entity, ShopBVM.com, is
expecting to expand its busi-
ness in 2010 by adding much
more stores to its inventory and
targeting markets in Europe,
Asia, Latin America and
Africa.

“We are creating more expo-
sure in the international land-
scape for Bahamian vendors,”
ShopBVM directors told Tri-
bune Business recently.

“We're doing fine and there
are some great days ahead. We
have a lot of stuff rolling out in
the new year.”

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SUMNER

bune Business.

“Tf they’re pre-
pared to put in more
than required, do we
have the capacity to
absorb this, and the
internal capacity to
generate a rate of
return on this invest-
ment?

“We feel we can
put the additional
capital to use and
generate a reasonable
rate of return, and this perhaps
gives us a chance to accelerate
plans for regional and
Caribbean growth, as we will
have the capital to do more.”

Referring to IP Solutions’
private placement, which was
extended by a month to end-
November in the hope of rais-
ing $8 million in common
stock/equity capital, $4 million
in preference shares and $4 mil-
lion in bank debt financing, Mr
Sumner said: “We unfortu-
nately did not raise all the cap-
ital we expected to raise.

“We had a tremendous

amount of interest from the
Bahamian investing public, but
not as many that expressed
interest in the company came
through as investors at the end
of the day. We have been suc-
cessful in raising some capital,
but have been undersubscribed
by the local Bahamian econo-
my.”

Adding that he was “‘disap-
pointed” that interest levels did
not equate to actual investment
in IP Solutions, Mr Sumner told
Tribune Business: “When we
saw the trend that was happen-
ing coming to the closing, we
started attending to interna-
tional investors and other
strategic alliances.

“We’ve been working on that
end and have done some initial
arrangements with an interna-
tional investor/strategic part-
ner. We have been approached
and are having discussions with
a partner who has expressed
keen interest in acquiring a sub-
stantial part of the company to

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ISLE of Capri signed off on
its troubled management of
Our Lucaya’s casino with a 5.4
per cent year-over-year
increase in its second quarter
loss to $968,000, upon an
almost-32 per cent fall in rev-
enues to $1.418 million.

Revealing the losses sus-
tained by Isle-Our Lucaya in
the run-up to the end of its
extended lease, the US gam-
ing company said revenues for
the three months to October
25, 2009, had fallen by almost
one-third from the $2.072 mil-
lion generated in the compa-
rable period in 2008.

For the half-year, Isle of
Capri’s Our Lucaya casino saw
its top-line revenues fall from
$5.645 million in 2008 to $3.552
million this year, a fall of 37.1
per cent.

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on operating income, or earn-
ings before interest, taxation,
depreciation and amortisation
(EBITDA), it appears as if Isle
of Capri’s cost containment ini-
tiatives proved somewhat suc-
cessful, as the increase in oper-
ating losses was less than the
revenue decline.

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increase in 2010 second quarter

operating losses, Isle of Capri’s
Grand Bahama operation saw
half-year operating losses rise
by 27.5 per cent to $1.369 mil-
lion, compared to $1.074 mil-
lion in 2008.

Operations at Our Lucaya’s
casino have just undergone a
transition between Isle of
Capri and Treasure Bay, the
new manager, following the
latter’s withdrawal from the
Grand Bahama gaming mar-
ket.

Treasure Bay, though, was
very much the Government’s
‘second choice’ to
operate/manage the Our
Lucaya casino, the Ingraham
administration having hoped
that Foxwoods Development
Company could work out a
deal with the resort’s owner,
Hutchison Whampoa, that
would have seen it take over
the integrated management of
the resort and casino opera-
tions.

However, the two parties
were unable to conclude an
agreement prior to Isle of
Capri’s exit from Grand
Bahama last week, leaving the
Government with no option
but to go with Treasure Bay.

Without a replacement oper-
ator, that would have left some

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‘Solve Port ownership dispute by 2010’s Q1’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE newly-elected Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce’s president yester-
day urged that the long-running Port
Authority ownership dispute be resolved

* New Chamber president in plea for resolution
* Wants to obtain ‘better understanding’ of Hutchison’s

“by the end of the first quarter 2010, if not

before”, and warned that the continuing
uncertainty meant potential businesses and
investors were likely to give Freeport a

wide berth.

K. Peter Turnquest, of Telecom Trad-
ing & Consulting, told Tribune Business
that during his term in office he also want-
ed to obtain “a better understanding” of
Hutchison Whampoa’s plans for Our
Lucaya, Grand Bahama’s premier resort
property, and see the development of a
master plan for Grand Bahama that
emphasised the development of the Sea

Air Business Centre.

Turning to the three-year Grand Bahama

direction.”

Port Authority (GBPA) ownership dispute
between the Hayward and St George fam-
ilies, Mr Turnquest told Tribune Business:
“With respect to that, we hope the owner-
ship issue is settled very shortly, hopefully
by the end of the first quarter, if not before.

“No business will come into Grand
Bahama if they’re not sure who they’re
dealing with, and do not know what the
landscape will look like. It’s very impor-
tant that we resolve that issue, so we can
speak to investors with one voice and one

Our Lucaya plans and see island development
plan emphasising Sea, Air Business Centre

been pushing behind the scenes for a reso-
lution to the Port ownership dispute, and
taken steps to bring this about by refusing
to renew the work permit of its chairman,
Hannes Babak, beyond December 31, 2009.

The Prime Minister has viewed this as
increasing the pressure on Sir Jack Hay-
ward and the Hayward family trust to set-
tle with the late Edward St George’s estate,
but Sir Jack has shown no signs of bowing
to the Prime Minister’s wishes when it
comes to a resolution and a possible sale to

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Bahamian society and economy at crossroads

AS we start the final month
of 2009, we find ourselves
perched at the crossroads of a
most untenable position in
Bahamian history. The author-
ities appear to be ‘burying their
heads in the sand’ during a
crime wave of epic proportions,
while concurrently struggling
to maintain the Bahamas
through what is worldwide
being referred to as the ‘great
recession’.

While crime is not a matter
for political gain, it is a fact that
governments take credit for low
crime rates, yet refuse to accept
any blame when crime is out of
control.

While it is accepted that
there is a high level of personal
rage in our society, resulting in
homicides perpetrated by per-
sons known to the victim, some-
thing still has to be done. A
greater focus on conflict reso-
lution on a national scale must
be undertaken. This can take
the form of lectures, seminars,
community workshops and the
like. However, such an effort
must involve schools, church-
es, civic organisations, cultural
organisations, and lodges - in
other words, the broadest pos-
sible spectrum of society.

From my vantage point,
these are the two greatest
impediments to the rebuilding
of a prosperous future for the
Bahamas, and thus represent
my focus today.

Crime

As I talk to Bahamians and
residents of the Bahamas from
all walks of life, it is amazing
that every conversation some-
how reverts to the issue of
crime. People simply do not
feel safe in our country any
more. The Government is per-
ceived as being totally ineffec-
tive in the fight against crime,
and for some reason is unpre-
pared to make the necessary
changes to correct the situation.
I do not pretend to understand
political strategy, but I do know
that if something is not done,
there will be fall-out at the
polls.

Last week we hit another low
when two groups of tourists
were targeted at an ‘eco-
tourism’ facility in the Chip-
pingham area. A Travel Advi-
sory from the US State Depart-
ment is probably not too far
off. I say to the current Admin-
istration: “You are not being
perceived as having a handle
on the crime situation, nor are
you being perceived as having a
real plan to combat it.” The ball
is squarely in your court.

Fair question

It is one thing to be critical,
but it is also fair to ask: “What
would you do?” We can begin
by considering the following:

* The implementation of a
‘Gun Court’, where persons
found with unlicensed guns are

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quickly brought before this
court and their cases dispensed
with quickly. This can be
expanded to a ‘Dangerous
Weapons Court’ to include
knives.

* We could do what it takes
to ensure that persons charged
with murder are not out on the
streets ‘on bail’. If we need to
change the law to do this, then
so be it.

The current situation, where
persons charged with one, and
sometimes multiple murders,
are arrested for additional
offences while on bail is sheer
and utter nonsense.

* We could implement a cur-
few for persons under the age
of 20 years. If you are caught
breaking the curfew you are
remanded for a minimum of 48
hours before being released. If
you have three violations you
will be automatically sentenced
to a six-month period of incar-
ceration or structured commu-
nity service. Further, I deputise
members of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force to
assist in enforcing the curfew.

* We need to confront the
issue of ‘gang violence’. This is
an extremely complex social
issue, and while I do not have
any concrete recommendations,
there are many in the commu-
nity who have expertise in this
area, whose voices and exper-
tise must be galvanised into a
cogent national plan.

Economy

Despite the outward appear-
ance of ‘business as usual’, from
all accounts the Bahamian
economy is truly at a cross-
roads. The economy has slowed
considerably. For the first time
in memory, I have never expe-
rienced such a wide swathe of
Bahamian professionals com-
plaining about how tough the
economy is, and this reality is
not confined to a particular sec-
tor. Lawyers, doctors, accoun-
tants, small business owners are
all complaining about the tough
economic environment that we
currently face.

Plight of small business

In the retail sector, for exam-
ple, I am told that sales are gen-
erally down by 35 per cent to 45
per cent. Many small business-
es have managed to keep their
doors open thus far by running
down inventories and running
up accounts payables as much
as possible. However, it is
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have no choice but to close
your doors, even when the
economy recovers.

The great irony is that when
all the major economies have
implemented policies to sup-
port the small business sector,
we have actually done the
opposite in the Bahamas. The
banks have tightened credit and
interest rates have remained
artificially high, thus effectively
putting many small businesses
into liquidation mode.

Interest Rates

Exactly one year ago at a
luncheon attended by a group
of business leaders, there was a
robust debate on the issue of
the level of interest rates in the
Bahamas. I did not support a
reduction of interest rates at
that time, based on my greater
concern for maintaining an ade-
quate level of foreign reserves
and, ultimately, the country’d
ability to maintain parity of the
Bahamian dollar. I felt strongly
that we should not act prema-
turely and potentially jeopar-
dise our reserve position in the
face of an uncertain global eco-
nomic slowdown.

What has changed?

Last week (November 19)
the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Develop-
ment (OECD), whose mem-
bership consists of the 30 largest
economies in the world, revised
its economic growth forecast to
1.9 per cent and 2.5 per cent,
respectively, for 2010 and 2011.
This compares to a projected
contraction of 3.5 per cent for
2009.

Also, just last week, the min-
ister of state for finance recon-
firmed that our foreign reserve

position is strong, and adequate
to sustain the economy.

Tangible stimulus

In light of both factors, there
is absolutely no reason why
interest rates cannot now be
reduced in the Bahamas. This
would provide a real and tangi-
ble stimulus to the small busi-
ness sector, to the average
Bahamian consumer, and to the
Government. Most of the Gov-
ernment’s debt is in Bahamian
dollars, so any reduction in
local interest rates will produce
millions of dollars in savings.
Thus far, the road improvement
programme is not trickling
down to the average consumer
in a tangible or particularly
noticeable way.

Lower interest rates would
touch every single Bahamian
by providing financial relief via
lower mortgage payments, low-
er interest rates on credit card
debt and lower rates on bank
loans.

Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst, is
vice-president - pensions, Colo-
nial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.

The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies.

Please direct any questions
or comments to

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‘Higher investment’ for $16m start-up

the tune of actually completing
the funding that was required.

“We have been nurturing
that relationship, because we
want to get it right first time.
Financing has been discussed,
and we are doing the due dili-
gence work that has to be
done.”

When asked whether to raise
the full $16 million in the
Bahamas might delay imple-
mentation of IP Solutions’ busi-
ness model and plan, Mr Sum-
ner acknowledged: “It might.

“It depends on how quickly
we get through the due dili-
gence process and approvals
process for large foreign
investors coming in. Our launch
will be contingent on how long
that process takes to complete.

“We do have another plan in
place to look at doing a launch
on a smaller scale until the
process with a new partner is
completed. There is a very like-
ly chance we will be able to
meet the first quarter projec-
tions for a launch of some of
this process. It may delay us for
a couple of months, possibly,
depending on due diligence
issues.”

When asked why IP Solu-
tions’ offering had not gener-
ated a stronger response from
Bahamian investors, Mr Sumn-
er said: “The overarching rea-
son we’re hearing is that it was
based on the economy. A lot
of people want to safeguard the
cash, capital they do have.

“There was also an issue with
coming into a start-up. Despite
the fact that we have a lot of
experience and expertise
behind the company, it’s still a
start-up.” Such companies have
added risk attached to them,
and Mr Sumner said some
investors had indicated they
wanted to see IP Solutions
establish an operational track
record before parting with their
funds.

Tribune Business had also
been told by prospective
investors, who wished to
remain anonymous, that the
risk/reward profile of IP Solu-

tions’ private placement was
not right to attract investors.

For instance, they said the
9.25 per cent interest rate on
the preference shares should
have been much higher, in the
double digits at around 15 per
cent. As an example, they said
Cable Bahamas, an established
company, had offered 8 per
cent on its $40 million prefer-
ence share issue, whereas IP
Solutions - a much riskier start-
up - was only priced 1.25 per
cent higher.

In response, Mr Sumner told
Tribune Business that the com-
pany had twice adjusted the
yield on its $4 million prefer-
ence shares from an initial 7.75
per cent, adding that the 9.25
per cent was “far above any
offering made in the country”
and “an extremely generous
offer in the current economic
environment”.

Despite the disappointment
with Bahamian investors, Mr
Sumner said IP Solutions would
be “better off” and its investors
benefit more from the presence
of its potential financial/strate-
gic partner.

“T think we will bring this
company to market in a slight-
ly stronger way,” Mr Sumner
said. “Based on what we have
been dealing with thus far, I
think it’s going to add a lot
more strength and strength in
depth to the company than
what we initially envisioned”

IP Solutions International
was hoping to attract 5,000 sub-
scribers to its 'multiple-play’
product during its first opera-
tional year. It is targeting
Bahamian consumers with a
proposition of services deliv-
ered via a wireless Internet
infrastructure. Among the
product offering will be news,
entertainment, movies, TV and
video-type games of a non-casi-
no variety.

Apart from Bahamian busi-
nesses and households, the key
markets for IP Solutions Inter-
national will also be the nation's
hotel industry and private gated
communities.

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Six Bahamas
attorneys among
regional leaders

SIX Bahamian attorneys
have been named among the
Caribbean’s top private wealth
management lawyers by City-
wealth Leaders, a publication
that rates attorneys engaged in
that market.

The six include three part-
ners at Higgs & Johnson, one
partner at Lennox Paton, and
two from Graham, Thompson
& Co.

They are Philip Dunkley,
Higgs & Johnson’s senior and
managing partner, and fellow
partners Earl Cash and Heather
Thompson; Lennox Paton part-
ner Michael Paton; and Sean
McWeeney and Tanya Hanna
at Graham, Thompson & Co.

Of the other major

Caribbean international finan-
cial centres, the Cayman Islands
had the largest representation
on the Citywealth list with sev-
en.

The Bahamas was next with
six, and then came Bermuda
with five and the British Vir-
gin Islands with four.

Lawyers

Citywealth’s leading lawyers
- international list is compiled
from the recommendations of
their peers, ultra high net-worth
individuals and charitable
organisations. It says it deals
only with the top 1 per cent of
the wealthiest individuals in
each country, and their advisers

and managers.

Citywealth said inclusion on
the list meant an attorney had
been “endorsed by more than
2,000 elite, global peers in fam-
ily offices, accountancy and law
practices, and FDA regulated
financial institutions, and by
ultra high net-worth rich list
clients and charitable organisa-
tions”.

It also meant an attorney
“should be chosen first for any
ultra high net worth rich list
clients reviewing an adviser or
manager for wealth manage-
ment, tax, estate, trust or phil-
anthropy advice”, and that their
“individual technical expertise,
trusted status, integrity and rep-
utation are ‘green lighted’”.

M&E Limited

CAT

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authorized Caterpillar dealer in the Bahamas, we are seeking a
candidate to work as a Marketing / Sales Manager.

The Candidate should have the following requirements:

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Line, have worked in a Caterpillar dealership or a similar
Organization;

Have Caterpillar training

in power generation;

The candidate should be a certified ISO 9000 auditor;
Must have a Degree in Engineering/Marketing from an
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Must be able to manager and motivate staff in the Sales
Department:

Must be able to liaison with potential buyers, grow market
share and increase sales;

Know how to execute business, sales and marketing plans,
and close a sales deal:

This candidate is required to be a professional who thrives on the
challenge of developing outstanding customer relations and

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M & E Limited, P 0. Box N-3238, Nassau Bahamas,
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NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000

























































In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act, 2003,
VALLUM ASSET ADVISORY LIMITED is in
dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution was November 30th, 2009

Continental Liquidators Inc of 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906,
Belize City, Belize is the Liquidator of VALLUM ASSET
ADVISORY LIMITED

NOTICE

SANTANDER MERCHANT
BANK LIMITED

In accordance with section 226 of the
Companies Act, 1992, noticeis hereby given that
the members of Santander Merchant Bank
Limited have, on November 27, 2009, passed
a resolution for the voluntary winding up of
the company.

Pablo Rodriquez Miiller of Goodman’s Bay
Corporate Centre, 3’rd Fl, West Bay Street &
Seaview Drive, is the Liquidator

LIQIUDATOR

NOTICE

PAN AMERICA BANK LIMITED

In accordance with Section 226 of the
Companies Act, 1992, notice is hereby given
that the members of Pan American Bank
Limited have, on November 27, 2009, passed
a resolution for the voluntary winding up of
the company.

Pablo Rodriquez Miiller of Goodman’s Bay
Corporate Centre, 3’rd Fl, West Bay Street &
Seaview Drive, is the Liquidator.

‘Solve Port ownership
dispute by 2010's QI’

Instead, he has been making
overtures of his own regarding
a possible sale to Lord Ashcroft
of Belize and a US group
whose Grand Bahama-based
point man is Ben Bell.

On the issue of Hutchison,
Mr Turnquest told Tribune
Business that he and the new
Chamber Board wanted to
obtain “a better understanding
of the intentions of Hutchison
with respect to Our Lucaya.
Our premier property contin-
ues to suffer”.

Residents

He added that Grand
Bahama residents had held out
“high hopes” that Hutchison
might sign an agreement allow-
ing Foxwoods Development
Company to take over as Our
Lucaya’s operator/manager for
both the resort and casino, since
its world-renowned brand could

immediately place Freeport and
the entire island on the world
gaming/tourism map.

Agreement

It now seemed that an agree-
ment with Foxwoods cannot
happen, and Mr Turnquest told
Tribune Business: “The Radis-
son group [the current opera-
tors] are showing some signs of
life and bringing some energy
to the product, because right
now it seems to be dormant and
waiting for others to do it for
us.

“The operator and owner
need to put more work into
promoting the market to get
the best out of it.”

The Chamber president
added: “We’d also like to see
the development plans for the
island include the revitalisation
of the Air, Land and Sea Park
[Sea Air Business Centre],

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
GATIK INVESTMENTS LIMITED., is in dissolution.

Enrique Koch la Rosa is the Liqudator and can be contacted at
Avenida Carninos del Inca 1404, Las Gardenias, Santiago de

Surco, Lima, Peru.

All persons having claims against the above-named are required
to sen their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or
claims to the Liquidator before December 30, 2009.

NOTICE

MANDARIN INTERNATIONAL
CORPORATION

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 27th day of November , 2009.
Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre,
Shirley & Charlotte Streets, PO.Box N-3023, Nassau, The

Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of the Company.

which would provide excellent
opportunities to create quality
jobs in supply chain manage-
ment.

“The infrastructure we have
here is unsurpassed in the
Bahamas and the Caribbean,
so we'd like to see more focus
on that.”

Freeport’s infrastructure,
including its planned roads,
deep-water harbour, the
Freeport Container Port,
Grand Bahama International
Airport and Grand Bahama
Shipyard, together with its tax-
advantageous status and geo-
graphical location, made the
island perfect for industries
such as logistics, shipping and
duty-free warehouses.

Goal

“Our goal is to see the recov-
ery of the economy in Grand
Bahama for the benefit of the

CASINO, from 1B

235 casino employees jobless, a
scenario unthinkable to the
Government with unemploy-
ment nationwide - and in
Grand Bahama especially -
already running at around a
likely 20 per cent rate.

However, Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace, minister of
tourism and aviation, told Tri-
bune Business at the time that
the Government was still
focusing on a "Foxwoods-type
deal", where the resort and
casino were managed by the
same sole operator, as the ulti-
mate solution for Our Lucaya.

"We have always said from
the beginning that Treasure
Bay would be more successful,
and any casino operator would
be more successful, to the
degree that we have integrated
management of the resort and
casino [at Our Lucaya]," Mr
Vanderpool- Wallace told Tri-
bune Business.

"We are already working
closely with Treasure Bay to



members,” Mr Turnquest told
Tribune Business. “We’re going
to do our part to correct the
impression that doing business
in Grand Bahama is difficult.
“Grand Bahama is an excel-
lent place to do business. The
quality of life is unmatched, and
we have the technical and
labour skills to do the job. We
think it’s a wonderful place to
do business, and will do all that
is necessary to make business

grow.”
Grand

Mr Turnquest said the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce intended to “meet with
all the relevant government
agencies” come January 2010
to obtain an update on their
commerce-related agendas.

The Chamber also intended
to “give some input” on what it
wanted to see happen.

effect that........ That is our ulti-
mate goal, integrated manage-
ment of the resort and casino
as one."

When asked why the Fox-
woods deal had seemingly
been taken off the table, the
Government deciding to go
with its second option of Trea-
sure Bay, Mr Vanderpool-Wal-
lace said: "It was very clear
that some of the other options
being considered would take a
much longer time that allowed
by the need of Isle of Capri" to
exit its Our Lucaya operation
by end-October, as its Board of
Directors had committed to.

"Treasure Bay was better
able to accommodate what we
needed to do in a shorter peri-
od of time," the minister told
Tribune Business. "That's not
to suggest in any way that we
do not have the utmost confi-
dence in the capacity of Trea-
sure Bay to do an outstanding
job.

"We're already talking to
them about what we want to
accomplish.”

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

BEMARO GLOBAL S.A.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby even that in accordance with
Section 138(4) of the International Business
Companies Act. 2000, BEMARO GLOBAL S.A.

is in dissolution as of November 27, 2009.

Ludwig W. Vriesinga of Springdale, The Ridges,
Fine hampste ad, Berkshire RG40 38U, United
Kingdom is the Liquidator.

LIQIUDATOR

NEC INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LTD.

(Company number 147,546 B)

An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the
voluntary winding-up and dissolution of the Company
commenced on the 27th day of November, 2009 and
that Pine Limited of Devonshire House, Queen Street,
P.O. Box N-8176 Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator.

Dated this 27th day of November, 2009

Pine Limited
Liquidator

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Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

New Era Communications Fund Ltd.
An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 the following notices are hereby given:-

1) That the voluntary winding-up and dissolution of the
Company commenced on the 30th day of November, 2009

2) That Vanessa Z. Coleby and J. Eleanor Bain both of
Devonshire House, Queen Street, P.O. Box N-8176 Nassau,
Bahamas have been appointed Liquidators

3) That all persons having any outstanding claims against the
above-named Company are required on or before the 8th day
of December, 2009 to send their names and addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidators of the
Company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from
the benefit of any distributions made before such debts are
proved.

Dated this 30th day of November, 2009
Vanessa Z. Coleby / J. Eleanor Bain
Liquidators

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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

VENTAZ ENGINEERING S.A,
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice ts hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the Intemational Business Companies Act.
2000, VENTA ENGINEERING &.A, is in
dissolution as of November 27, 2009,

Ludwig W, Vriesinga of Springdale, The Ridges,

Finchampstead, Berkshire RG40 35U, United
Kingdom is the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR



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Entrepreneur’s ‘Movi’ award

BURTON Wallace, vice-
president of The Movi Group,
will be presented with the
Visionary Award at this
Wednesday’s Visionary Busi-
ness Leaders & Entrepreneur
Awards Conference.

The Movi Group, along with
The Ministry of Tourism and
Bahamas Local.com, a new
search engine and directory,
were each selected for the sep-
arate roles they played in assist-
ing local business or the country

during the reces-
sion.

“T am indeed
humbled and con-
sider it a great
honour to be
recognised before
my peers and
business leaders
at the upcoming
Visionary Conference,” said Mr
Wallace.

He has worked in the audio-
visual industry since 1991 as a

WALLACE



photographer, camera opera-
tor and audio technician. In
1998, he forged ahead and
opened an audio visual and
advertising company, known
today as Movi Company.

Mr Wallace has assembled a
team of multimedia profes-
sionals with a proven track
record in delivering superior
quality video, radio production
and graphic design services.

SEE next page

M&E Limited fon

As a privately-owned, mid-sized Bahamian Company
and the authorized Caterpillar dealer in the Bahamas,
we are seeking candidates for the position of Field
Service Technicians, and candidate for the position
of Electrical Technician. The individuals must be
able to support Caterpillar Tractors, Excavators, Wheel
Loaders, Backhoe Loaders and other machines in the
Bahamas. Applicants must have proven experience in
diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing of Hydraulics,
Engines and Vehicular Electricity. Computer skills are
also required for this position. Applicants with formal
education in mechanics are preferred.

Send complete resume with education and work
experience to: M & E Limited, P. 0. Box N-3238,
Nassau Bahamas, Attention: Human Resources

Department, or email me@me-ltd.com.

Only persons being interviewed for this position
will be contacted.

® Bank of The Bahamas

IN TERNATIONAL

GOVERNMENT GUARANTEED
ADVANCED
EDUCATION LOAN SCHEME

In collaboration with The Education Guaranteed Fund Loan
Program of the Ministry of Education, the Bank of The
Bahamas Limited is pleased to advise that the cheque
disbursement for ALE students in the Loan Program will take
place at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens,
New Providence, beginning Monday, December 7 to Friday,
December 11, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as follows:

ALL STUDENTS

Surnames beginning with

Monday, December 7, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009

TIME: 9:00) a.m. = 3:() p.m.
PLACE: Holy Trinity Activity Centre
Stapledon Gardens

* All Students and/or Guarantors should be present
and must bring relevant identification, (valid Passport
and National [Insurance Card).

All accounts must be current and all necessary
documentation completed before cheques are
released.

DISBURSEMENTS MADE AT
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Proposed Southwest New
Providence Marine Park

Community Meeting

Your Input is Important -
Please Join Us!

Wednesday, 2 December, 2009
7:00pm
St. Paul’s Church, Lyford Cay

The area off the Southwest Coast of New Providence is impor-
tant due to its proximity to the island of New Providence. As
an important Dive Site, it has value for the tourism industry
and has recreational value to New Providence Fishermen. The
Bahamas National Trust is in the process of developing a
proposal for a National Park to be developed off the Southwest
coast of New Providence Island. The creation of a marine park
in this area has the potential to serve multiple purposes of
protecting resources, providing non-destructive economic
benefits, and providing both recreational and educational
opportunities for Bahamians.

The Bahamas National Trust firmly believes that engaging both
stakeholders and resource users during the project’s develop-
ment phase is essential for its success. All users of the South-
west Marine Area off of New Providence should try and attend
this important meeting.

Community Meeting

For additional meeting information call 393-1317
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Has opening’s in the following areas:

Warehouse Management
Warehouse Supervisors
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Stockmen

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Application forms are available at the Receptionist
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MOVI, from 5B

Key speakers for the Decem-
ber 2 event at the Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort will
include Dionisio D'Aguilar,
immediate past president of the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce, and president of Super-
wash and chairman of AML
Holdings; Stacia Williams, pres-
ident of Total Image Manage-
ment; and Sandy Schaefer,
president of Robin Hood.

The minister of state for
finance, Zhivargo Laing, will
deliver the keynote address.
Also addressing the conference
will be Dr Myles Munroe, pres-
ident of Bahamas Faith Min-
istries International.

Other event sponsors include
Superwash, Milo B. Butler &
Sons, Sanctuary Investments,
with prize and special donations
by Robin Hood, Atlantis,
Bahamasair and Switcha.



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NOTICE




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(a) SOPHEN HOLDING LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of the



International Business Companies Act 2000.




(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when




its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar






General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace





West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

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‘Rehabilitating’
50k investment

FROM page 1B

offering classes by mid-Decem-
ber.

According to Ms Messarra,
obtaining certification to
instruct Pilates is an intensive
one-year programme. She has
also secured a Yoga instructor
for her company’s expanded
repertoire.

In addition to constructing
an exercise studio, Ms Messar-
ra also recently expanded Prov-
idence Rehabilitation Centre,
turning bathrooms and a stor-
age room into an area where
patients undergo spinal decom-
pression, to assist with things
such as herniated and degen-
erative discs.

She also added home care
services to her offerings this
year, though demand for the
service has been fairly low.

“We began our home care
services in March, but it hasn’t
necessarily been successful,”

said Ms Messarra.

She added that there was a
market for home physiotherapy
sessions, and she hired one of
the best Bahamian therapists
to render the service. She
argues that people are discour-
aged by the prices, but do not
know thatt he service can be
covered by their insurance.

Competitive

Ms Messarra said her centre
had extremely competitive pric-
ing for individuals without
insurance. “I wanted to make
physio sessions available to as
many Bahamians as possible,”
she said.

Providence Rehabilitation
Centre also has a full service
paediatric centre, equipped
with a special centre for chil-
dren with Cerebral Palsy. Ms
Messarra said, however, that
parents often choose therapy
in the US for their children
over local treatment, so the

Legal Notice



NOTICE





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:




(a) GRADUATORIA LIMITED. is in dissolution under the provisions of the

(a) NISIO LIMITED. is in dissolution under the provisions of the Interna-



International Business Companies Act 2000.

tional Business Companies Act 2000.




(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when



its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar





General.

General.

paediatric centre has been
grossly underused.

The centre also boasts the
only licensed hand therapist in
the Bahamas, Ratish Karna,
who deals with traumatic hand
injury, such as gun shot trau-
ma, deep abrasions and shat-
tered bones.

According to Ms Messarra,
she is cautiously optimistic
about her expansion, adding
that they were necessary addi-
tions to her service offerings.

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They are also set to hold
their second e-commerce ven-
dors fair in the New Year,
where businesses who have
moved their firms online will
be able to interact with their
customer face to face and
reveal new offers.

One of ShopBVM.com’s
most successful sellers is phone
cards. “They love having access
to phone cards that they use for
roaming to keep the communi-
cation lines open,” said the
directors.

They, like Mr Major, argue
that e-commerce is an emerging
market that will not decline in
the near future.

Xpress-it Courier service
expanded its business this year
to include two Marathon Mall
locations, where customers can
order items online, pay for and
receive them all at the same
place.

President of the company,
Heather Saunders, is also
mulling the launch of gift cards
for the holiday season, which
can be charged with up to
$1,000 for purchase.

Customers are also able to
independently track their pack-
age’s progress at the business’s
website, expressitinc.com.

Ms Saunders said the second
store, which preceeded the mall
kiosk by only several months,
greatly relieved X-press It’s cus-
tomer traffic.

“Good times are ahead for
people who want to utilise e-
commerce,” said a ShopBVM



(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace director.

West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.



(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

J. WALLACE LTD.

IBC No. 49,015 B

DECEMBER 2, 2009 (In Voluntary Liquidation)

DECEMBER 2, 2009

ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD. ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.

NOTICE is hereby given that as follows:

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

(a) That J.WALLACE LTD. is in Dissolution under the provisions of The
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 17th day
of November, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted and

Legal Notice registered by the Registrar General.

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

Local Business Executive Seeks

PERSONAL SECRETARY

Experience, qualifications and duties....

(c) The Liquidator of the Company is Sterling (Bahamas) Limited of 2nd
Floor, Saffrey Square, Bank Lane and Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) Any person having Claim against the above name Company are
required on or before the 17th day of December, 2009 to send their
name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the
Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution of any made before such claim is approved.

(a) PUT INTERNATIONAL LIMITED. is in dissolution under the provi-
sions of the International Business Companies Act 2000. ;
* Personal Secretary experience preferred

* Highly proficient in Microsoft Office

* Ability to work independently with limited direction

* Some college preferred and transportation required

* Software Helpdesk/Customer Service

* Preparation of documents and presentations

* Occasional weekend / evening hours

* Assisting with the organization and preparation of
events

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

General. Sterling (Bahamas) Limited

Liquidator
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace q

West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

The successful applicant will be required to
Provide personal and employment references.

DECEMBER 2, 2009

ee
Employment Opportunity

CREW NEEDED FOR
McDONALD’S RESTAURANTS

ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.
Please send resume with photograph to

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY A
psecad@gmail.com

FG CAPITAL MARKETS
BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

ROYAL FIDELITY

Shey ot Wark

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
TUESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,486.86 | CHG -0.61 | %CHG -0.04 | YTD -225.50 | YTD % -13.17
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2008 -12.31%
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

52wk-Low Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $
1.03 0.00 0.127
9.90 0.00 0.992
5.90 0.00 0.244
0.63 0.00 -0.877
3.15 0.00 0.125
2.14 0.00 0.055
9.92 0.00 1.406
2.72 0.00 0.249
5.26 0.00 0.419
1.27 0.01 0.111
1.32 0.00 0.625
6.28 0.00 0.420
8.80 0.00 0.322
0.631
0.326
0.000
0.035
0.407
0.952
0.156
ases)
Interest

REQUIREMENTS:

MUST BE A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
MUST BE CUSTOMER SERVICE DRIVEN
MUST BE A HIGH PERFORMER

MUST HAVE EXCELLENT ORAL &
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS
MUST BE ABLE TO WORK FLEXIBLE
HOURS, INCLUDING LATE NIGHTS,
WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS

Securit y
AML Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank ($1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S$)
Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities

Previous Close Today's Close
1.17 1.17
10.75 10.75
5.90 5.90
0.63 0.63
3.15 3.15
2.37 2.37
10.00 10.00
2.72 2.72
5.62 5.62
2.62 2.63
2.55 2.55
6.40 6.40
9.29 9.29
9.87 9.86
4.75 4.75
1.00 1.00
0.27 0.27
5.59 5.59
J. S. Johnson 9.95 9.95 0.00
Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing b
Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
FBB17 100.00 0.00 1%
FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
FBB13 100.00 0.00 T%
FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price
10.06 11.06 14.00
2.00 6.25 4.00
0.35 0.40 0.35
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
30.13 31.59 29.00
0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV YTD% Last 12 Months
1.4160
2.8266
1.5033

Change

9.86
4.11
1.00
0.27
5.49
9.95
10.00

-0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

52wk-Hi__52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

1000.00

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

79 Qctober 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
29 May 2015
52wk-Low Symbol

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E

McDonald's offers excellent benefits!
Competitive Pay!
Training!

ABDAB
RND Holdings

Fund Name Div $
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund

1.3419
2.8266
1.4258

31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09
27-Nov-09
31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09
30-Sep-09
30-Sep-09
31-Oct-09

Career Development!
Monthly Incentives!
Opportunities for Upward Mobility!

2.9343
12.3870
100.0000
99.4177
9.4740

Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investrnent Fund
Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 2
Royal Fidelity Intl Fund - Equities Sub Fund

2.9343
13.2400
103.0956
99.4177
9.4740
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000
10.0000

1.0804
1.0269
1.0742
10.6301

31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09

3.56
6.30

4.42
6.30
4.8105 7.4613 35.40
MARKET TERMS

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company’s reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths

29.64 31-Oct-09
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily value
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
KS1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
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Applications available at all three restaurants and
McDonald's Head Office on Market Street North

NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100



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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 7B





SHOWN (I-r): Lennox McCartney, insurance commissioner; David Maltby, managing director, BUPA; Dr Hubert Minnis, minister of health; Chester
Cooper, president, BAF, and other guests pose for a photo before the reception celebrating the alliance formed between BUPA and British American
Financial at British Colonial Hilton Hotel...

Insurer alliance to tackle
access to healthcare

BRITISH American Finan-
cial’s alliance with BUPA
Insurance Company has led the
Bahamian company to intro-
duce its MedSafe line of health
insurance products, supported
by the latter’s network of
health care providers world-
wide.

“We are truly excited about
our alliance with BUPA,” said
I. Chester Cooper, British
American Financial’s president
and chief executive.

“Having the support of
BUPA affords us the opportu-
nity to offer our clients world
class health care services that
extend far beyond our borders.
BAF MedSafe will offer four
comprehensive health insur-
ance options that will guarantee

access to the widest range of
providers, physicians, special-
ists and the very best health
care services worldwide.”

With inadequate health care
coverage a serious concern in
the Bahamas, Mr Cooper said:
“It’s important that people
have affordable and accessible
healthcare when they need it
most, and the comfort that
should the worst happen, your
insurance carrier is with you
for life.

“For this reason, certain
products in the MedSafe range
offer no annual maximums, no
reductions at any age and guar-
anteed renewal. With our
strong local brand and BUPA’s
global reach, this is unques-
tionably a win-win combination

for our client.”

BUPA has been in operation
since 1947, and currently has
over 10 million members from
192 countries around the world.

choose from four health insur-
ance options - MedSafe Dia-
mond Care; MedSafe Advan-
tage Care; MedSafe Critical
Care; and MedSafe Secure

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, Sean Zhivargo
Thompson of the 669 Major Rd., Yellow Elder Gardens #3
on the Island of New Providence, Bahamas intend to change
my name from Sean Zhivargo Thompson to Sean
Zhivargo Roker. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-792, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GOLDEN CAY PREMIER

INVESTMENTS LTD
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,

P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT
Equity Side
BETWEEN

IN THE MATTER OF ARTOC BANK AND TRUST LIMITED
(In Liquidation)

IN THE MATTER OF TH COMPANIES ACT
(Chapter 279)

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF INTENTION TO DECLARE
A SECOND DIVIDEND

Rule 68 of the Companies (Winding-Up) Rules, 1975

NOTICE is hereby given that a second dividend is intended
to be declared in the above matter.

If you do prove you claim to the satisfaction of the Official
Liquidator on or before the 4th day of January, A.D., 2010,
your claim will be expunged, and the Official Liqudator shall
proceed to pay a second dividend with out regard to such

claim.

The Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
has ordered that the publication of this notice shall constitute
compliance with the said rule 68 of the Companies

(Winding-Up) Rules, 1975.

Dated this 23rd day of November, A.D., 2009

McKINNEY, BANCROFT & HUGHES
Chambers
Mareva House
#4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Official Liquidator

BAF MedSafe clients can

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that APPLYS ALBERTA of
Wellington Road #29, P.O. BOX N-356, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2'" day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Care.



Legal Notice

NOTICE

DESERT ROSE PREMIER
INVESTMENTS LTD

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

Employment Opportunity:
Full-Time Managers

REQUIREMENTS:

MUST BE A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
MUST HAWE A DEGREE IN MANAGEMENT
OR MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY
EXPERIENCE

MUST BE CUSTOMER SERVICE DRIVEN
MUST BE RESULTS-ORIENTED &
ARTICULATE

MUST HAVE EXCELLENT INTER-PERSONAL
SKILLS

MUST HAVE EXCELLENT ORAL & WRITTEN
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
PROFESSIONALISM REQUIRED
EXPERIENCE IN RESTAURANT
MANAGEMENT WOULD BE 4A PLUS

JOB SUMMARY:

To assist the restaurant Manager in maintaining the

McDonald's formula for success - offering to the

customer high QUALITY, moderately priced food;
Fast, courteous SERVICE in immaculately

CLEAN surroundings, and fo assist in the

attainment of Restaurant Goals.

a

To exceed the customer's expectations
Medonald’s success is dependant upon providing
services and products that meet and exceed each
customer's expectations, Therefore, the goal of
each McDonald's employee is Total Customer
Satisfaction, Each employee's success will be
based upon his/her contribution to this goal.

McDonald's offers excellent benefits!

Please submit Resume to:

Human Resources Department

McDonald's Head Office on Market St. North
PO. Box 55-5925

Telephone: 325-4444

Nassau, Bahamas





CHESTER COOPER, president and chief executive of British American
Financial, talks to Dr Hubert Minnis, minister of health

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID HUGHES, P.O. BOX N-7777,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2" day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

COASTLINE PREMIER
INVESTMENTS LTD

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2002
Is THE SUPREME COURT CLE GENS]
Common Law & Equity Division
BETWEEN

INCTHE MATTER CF The (hoietiog Tithes Act 1954

AND

Ih THE BLATTER OF ALL THAT pice: parcel or lot of land Gpetaening
by vorvey [24 Acres situate in ihe ares somth of Malcolm Read und
nbnwt 200000 feet Weeds of Beet Sinset South im the Southem distict
of the Istaad of New Providenee which said pics: parcel of Jot of land
is part of Malewim Alkoimemts and is bounded NORTHWARDLY by a
Public Rood known os Makeoim Road and mnning therean Momh o 22
D8" for SHG4M feet SOUTHWARDLY by Domingo Heighrs West
Subviseon ard) runing thoneom Sort 28 1 20" for 295.56 feet and
Nowth 242 54° 92°" for 194.02 feet Eastwardly partly by various parcels
of land canmed by See paces aad nenming hereon beech 183 44° 13°
for 149.0 [ fe, Mork 93 44° 1T" for 83 feet, Mari 132 44° 1° Cor 4
feet, North 273 44° 17" Bor 2.45 feet along a curve with o raudies of bOO
feet for an arc distance of 44 Feet arc, North 148 (4' 2)" for 50.235 feet,
Picwth |S? 4" foe 2424 feet along @ cae wth a fade! 202 feed
for 44 fect ane, Nooth 238 Ce 1" Cie fe) feet partly by Deemnimgco bei ehis
Weer North 148 04 40" for 140 fect, and Wesrwurd|y partly by Golden
Cais Subdivision Number | aad runnieg thereon North 3 23° Sai” foo
ZUB.32 fool, partly along 4 Subdivision on property own as “Gamble
Tractâ„¢ and running thercon Nosth 6S Si 36 for 928.99 fect, SAVE AND
EXCEPT a Roadway knows os Cox Woy of Summit Read nonning
thrigh the said pases pared! or lot al land deserted anal in cohoerel
boown on the sad plan, which wascaid paece parcel or bot of land described
bes such size shape dimession as shown bordered pink on the plun
oitached

AND
IN THE MATTER CFF The Petition of Bishep Hosea Cox
PETITION
TO: The Honcurble kelp of the Suprome Court of the Conenonecalth
of The Babar.
THE PETITION OF Hosea Coa of ise Southern District of te Ishin of
New Prowidence one of the slums of the Commoewoalth of The Boho
ahoweah:
1, HOSEA COX, of the Southern Destine of the Island of New Providence
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bakomes make Coth
onal sey as fol hes:

1. That your Petitioner is the owner in fee simple im possession of the
Hoo tated Jared: -

ALLTHAT piece parcel of bot of land containing by curvey [G4 Acres
situate in the aren eouth of Winleolmn Road anc chou 20000 feet Westwords.
Of Faw Soreet South in dhe Sau theene ali erct of dhe land of Mew Provnicace
beck aaa pioet panocl or bebo? land i pert of Maboolm Allotments and
ib bounded NORTHWARDLY by a Public Road known as Maboolm Bical
anal Tunnaemn g thereon. Neath 93 22" Ce" for S864 fees SOUTH WARD
by Domingo Heights Wee Subdivision and penning thereon Mork 238
QO) 40° for 293.55 foot and North 242 54! 22" for 194.02 fect Eacrwanily
partly by various parcels of land owned by several persons and runming
Besoon Mork 185 44° 17" for 1907 Geer, Mort 9 ae oT fice BS feet,
Neath [ES 44° 17" for 420 feet, North 279 44° 17" for 82.45 fect along
mourve with a madies of 100 feet for an anc distance of 44 feet orc, North
148 GT" for 30,25 feet, Monh 18 30! 34" for 2 fies Gone o pure
with @ radius af 202 feet for 44 feel acc. Nerth 238 04" 20" for ot) feet
parlly by Dantinge Heights West North 14% CA #0" for 1-80 feet, und
Westwundly partly hy Croklen Gates Subdivision Number | and running
thereon North Us S45 8b" for {U2 fost, portly afonpe a Subd intn on
peoperty kecuwn as “Owmble Tract” aed running thereoe Morih iB 4
346 for 928.99 feet, SAVE AND EXCEPT a Roadway knoern as Cox Way
or Summ Rood pursing throug the saed piece parcel or bat of land
Geecribed and i toboured brown on the sand plan, whack Was saad piece
pared or lot of land described has such sec shape climension as shown

ender) pire cere thas pth arr sa: heed

2 Thal here is no. charge, encumbrances, dower or c.cht io affecting yor
Petitioner's land.

3. Your Petitsener therefore prays that this dille to the land may be
Investigated, determined and declared under the Queeting Titles Act,
1999, Chapter 397 of the Save Lows of The Rahisenos, 1087 Firion
GF any Siu anniding of moplacing ier carte,
DATED the 20th day of Movember. A.D... 200,
RAMSEY & ASSOCLATES
hambers
Ramses Building
23 Plantel Siroet
Maceo, The fee hamas



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By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

ARIBBEAN flavours run through the

menu of the Tasty Caribbean Delights

restaurant which has Nassuvians in the
southern part of the island talking of delicious

regional cuisine.

And now persons in the rest
of New Providence are catch-
ing on, too.

“Tt’s different, and that’s
what people are looking for,”
restaurant owner Donovan
Gilbert told Tribune Taste.

“You're going to be blown
away because you’re not going
to expect what we serve here
to be found at a restaurant on
Faith Avenue on Carmichael
Road. You'd expect to find it
on Bay Street or Paradise
Island.”

Jamaican, Haitian and
Bahamian dishes are served up
on a daily basis.

The restaurant’s lunch menu
has become very popular,
boasting okra snapper, baked
turkey wings and oxtail, which
are the customer favourites.

Baked chicken, turkey
wings, pork, stew fish, roast
stuffed chicken, curry mutton,
curry chicken and grilled bar-
becue ribs are among the array
of tasty options.

But these aren’t the only
dishes that Tasty Caribbean
Delights serves. Cassava, sweet
potato and other cooked veg-
etables are on offer for the
more health conscious patrons

price,” he said.

“Customers are blown away,
because you don’t expect to
find what they found at a
restaurant in a location that is
considered to be ‘over the hill’.”

But it seems that the loca-
tion is working to Tasty
Caribbean Delights’ advan-
tage.

Carmichael Road is a hub
for businesses which seem to
be popping up everywhere,
and that means more hungry
people at lunch time.

At 12.30pm, an onslaught of
customers come rushing in to
put in their take-out orders
which are then prepared by the
Jamaican and Bahamian chefs.

But Tasty Caribbean
Delights delivery is also popu-
lar among business people out
at Lyford Cay and Robinson
Road.

A popular item on the
restaurant’s menu is shrimp
scampi which is served on a
bed of fettuccine pasta. It’s
simmered in herb butter and
a coconut sauce.

The coconut grouper and
curry fish are also scrumptious
options.

And continuing in the

“Customers are blown away,
because you don’t expect to find
what they found at a restaurant
in a location that is considered to
be ‘over the hill’.” — donovan Gilbert

who are tired of having peas
wv rice all the time.

When it comes to tradition-
al dishes, the restaurant’s man-
agers swear that they have the
best jerk chicken on the island,
which is an option on Fridays
and Saturdays.

We don’t Know if it lives up
to the hype, as Tribune Taste
did not get to sample it, but
customers attested to the truth
of this claim.

None of the items on the
menu are fried in oil, as the
restaurant tries to adhere to
healthy cooking techniques.

Most of the meats are grilled
at Tasty Caribbean Delights.

“If we need oil, we’ll use
olive oil as an alternative,” said
Mr Gilbert. “We use very light
salt, and a lot of natural sea-
sonings and herbs. We started
doing some catering a few
years back. As you listen to
people talk everybody wants
to be healthier.

“We pride ourselves because
you go into a hotel setting and
order an Italian herb chicken
or pineapple chicken and pay
more. But you come here and
get the same service and same
quality for a much cheaper

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in a sauce made with vinegar,
lime juice, black pepper and a
dash of salt. Finally, this grilled
fish is topped with onions,
potatoes and carrot slices.

A taste of Cajun and Cre-
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Wednesdays at the restaurant.

Grel, black rice and Sichuan
are a few of the Creole dishes
which are especially popular
among customers of Haitian
descent.

All-natural Irish moss juice
is available everyday. This rare
seaweed blend is said to
increase sperm count, accord-
ing to some research.

The Irish moss is boiled,
strained and then sweetened
with milk, nutmeg and vanilla.

Or you could try the natural
fruit juices, which come in
three flavours made from
papaya and beets. Another
Knockout is the homemade
lemonade.

To satisfy your sweet tooth,
the restaurant offers the usual
Bahamian desserts of carrot
cake, pineapple and coconut
tarts.

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and coleslaw are all part of Tasty
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RENAISSANCE SINGERS RETURN
TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

MANY Bahamians have
grown accustomed fo ring-
ing in the Christmas holiday
season with the Nassau

Renaissance Singers.

And the group, which has been prac-
ticing for months, is eager to perform
their first concert event of the year.

They’ve been on hiatus for a while
now following the passing of their last
director Pauline Glasby in 2008 - their
last concert was held during an event
they held in her honour last year.

This year, rehearsals began Sep-
tember in preparation for the ‘The
Music for Christmas’ concert, and
choir members promise the public can
expect to experience something very
special.

The group’s new multi-talented
director, Audrey Dean-Wright, will
lead the singers in “stellar perfor-
mances” at the two-night Christmas
concert event on December 12 and
13.

“Expect a lot of uplifting holiday
cheer,” said Barbara Thompson, a
senior member of the choir.

Contemporary, spiritual, tradition-
al, French, jazz and a gorgeous Latin
piece will be all a part of the music
lineup.

The concert aims to invoke the
Christmas spirit and will feature four
new musical numbers written by Mrs
Dean-Wright, as well as old-time
Christmas favourites.

Featured in the performers lineup is
a 12th grade student named Ashley
Myron Morley, who received nation-
al recognition for his musical talents.

The classical guitarist is a national
winner in the E Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival 2008/2009 in
the category of ‘Solo Guitar’.

Classically trained, well-known
soprano JoAnn Louise Deveaux-Cal-
lender will also be performing. She
will be accompanied by concert pianist

i

Dr Christy Lee.

Mrs. Deveaux-Callender’s sound is
described as “infectious,” singing jazz
in a low husky voice, then moving to a
high lyrical voice, and rounding it off
in a powerful soprano.

Mrs Dean- Wright has been accom-
panying the Nassau Renaissance
Singers on the piano since she was 16
years old. At the time, Clement Bethel
was the choir director, and served as
her mentor.

Mr Bethel conducted an in-depth
study of music and piano skills with
Mrs Dean-Wright in her young years.

Members said it sends a message of
inspiration and lends credence to the
choir’s legacy to have Mrs Dean-
Wright, who started as a pianist with
the group all those years ago, now
directing the Nassau Renaissance
Singers.

Beyond her work with the group,
Mrs Dean-Wright has also made sig-

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nificant contributions to the musical
development of youth, and has even
authored three books that are in use in
the public schools of the Bahamas,
one of which is a collection of piano
pieces.

Mrs Dean-Wright’s passion for
helping in youth development through
music stems from her early years.

As the wife of a diplomat, she has
had the opportunity to extend her
community work beyond the bound-
aries of the Bahamas, ministering in
places such as Jamaica, Miami, New
York, Haiti and Cuba.

In each country she has lived in, she
founded a choir and assisted in other
areas, such as in the running of an
orphanage in Haiti and serving on the
fundraising committee of the Consular
Corps for the Miami Children’s Hos-
pital.

Mrs Dean-Wright took over the
Nassau Renaissance Singers last year

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: a Christmas Concert with the
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singers in their annual Christmas con- }
? College of the Bahamas, she

cert.

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professional performances.

“A lot of that is to the direction of :
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Mrs Thompson.

Choir members described Mrs

Dean-Wright as a “special, talented }
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and an overall fantastic person.”

“Her transition as the newest choir
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director is going well,” they said.

Concert of Music for Christmas’ are:

Centre at 8pm.

Concert dates and venues for ‘A } 9800/1 or

Orchestra.

The concert will be held this

coming Sunday at 3pm at NAGB.

Under the direction of musical

i director JoAnne Connaughton,
? the talented musicians of the
? orchestra will perform at the
: NAGB, celebrating the uplifting
? sounds of the Yuletide season.

Ms Connaughton first fell in

love with the Bahamas when she
? spent some time here as a child,

attending Queen’s College, and
then when she returned to
become a faculty member at the

came across such wonderful
musical talent in the students

the opportunities available to
young musicians in the country.

With the sponsorship of Sco-
tia Bank and the support of the
Bahamas Music Conservatory,

Tickets to Sunday’s event are

e-mail

: Imorris@nagb.org.bs.

¢ Saturday, December 12 at the Col- }
lege of the Bahamas Performing Arts }

: CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT

e Sunday, December 13 at the St

Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk at 6pm.
Tickets are $25.

Gavin McKinney to receive first Bahamian Tribute Award

THE 2009 Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival (BIFF)
will honour world renowned
director of

photographer Gavin McK-
inney with the first Bahamian

Tribute Award at this
year’s festival, taking place
December 10-17 in Nassau.

The announcement was
made by BIFF founder and
executive director Leslie Van-
derpool.

Mr McKinney, who has
been in the industry for over
30 years and worked on sev-
eral James Bond movies, will
be on hand for the special
tribute and presentation on
Tuesday, December 15 at the
College of the Bahamas.

“We are so thrilled to
recognise one of our very own

Bahamian filmmakers,

Rotate

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

rshearer@tribunemedia.net

AT sunset on December 19,
a spotlight will illuminate the
sky over Nassau which will
mark the place of the exclu-
sive ‘CLICK’ year-end event
to showcase the single best in
Bahamian social, fashion, net-
working, artistic, musical and
culinary arts.

Some will see the light and
think that it’s something out
of a movie. But there’s more
to it.

Local photographer
Scharad Lightbourne and
friends will be hosting
‘Rotate’ - a fusion of six
events in six separate desig-
nated areas on one night, at
the same time.

Gavin McKinney, for a
remarkable career as a pio-
neer in the film industry,” Ms
Vanderpool said.

“His work continues to
wow audiences around the
globe and impress colleagues
above and below the line
within the film industry.”

Mr McKinney has been
involved in underwater film
making since 1973 when he
worked as a diver on the
movie ‘Day of the Dolphin’
and has spent over 20,000
hours underwater making
films.

He has worked on over 50
feature films and television
shows,

including five James Bond
movies, “The Spy Who Loved
Me’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’,
‘Moonraker’, ‘Never Say Nev-

And guests won’t receive
instructions about how to
reach the venues until right
before the event. They will
receive a text message with
driving directions to the secret
locations.

On arrival at the venue,
guests will be greeted by
undercover police officers in
black tuxedos, 50 feet of red
carpet, a media wall featuring
pictures and interviews, live
entertainment, complimenta-
ry drinks and appetisers.

Hosts from a popular BET
show will keep the show going
throughout the night.

In one of the six designated
areas, local music sensation
Sammi Starr will perform
tracks from his first ever
album set for release early
2010.

An international celebrity
(to be announced at the
event) will be whipping up
some gourmet dishes with the
assistance of Chef Jamal Pet-

er Again’, and ‘The World Is
Not Enough’.

And in addition to working
behind the scenes with logis-
tics and planning he was the
Bond underwater double in
‘For Your Eyes Only’, and
“The World Is Not Enough’.

Mr McKinney thinks he is
the only person in the history
of the film industry to have
been run over by a car under-
water in “The Spy Who Loved
Me’.

He also spent four months
working on ‘The Abyss’ in
1988.

Since 2001 he has also co-
produced and filmed three
highly successful three-dimen-
sional underwater films for
the IMAX theatres, produced
and distributed 3D Enter-
tainment,

ty of the ‘Island Flare Celebri-
ty Cooking Show’ on JCN.

242 People Clothing Com-
pany will debut their new
designs and put on a fashion
show, with 50 models showing
off their sport line, smart
casual, Winter and urban
lines, featuring live perfor-
manices from artists like Novie
and Tim “Shiraz” Rodland.

Dynasty Productions will
also host ‘Visage’, a live Soca
and Rake n’ Scrape concert,
at one of the venues.

Finally, in another of the
six designated areas, Rotate
will feature the year end net-
working event for the
Bahamas Dinner Network a
local business fraternity.

The collaboration of the six
local enterprises is expected
to draw a combined audience
of over 1,000 persons to the
event.

In an effort to make the
event one of a kind, the
organisers will release a web

‘Ocean Wonderland 3D’,
‘Sharks 3D’ and ‘Dolphins
and Whales 3D’. These films
have been seen by over 11
million people worldwide to
date.

Mr McKinney has over 35
years of experience filming
underwater and has provided
full production services for
underwater shoots,

including personnel, logis-
tics, locations and marine ser-
vices, though now his ener-
gies are directed towards con-
servation and education about
the oceans of the world.

His current project is
‘Ocean World 3D’ (working
title), directed

and produced by Jean-
Jacques and Francois Man-
tello. A full-length 3D docu-
mentary which premiered at

page for guests to RSVP,
leaving their names, guests,
cell phone contacts and e-mail
addresses.

During the week of the



the 2009

* ADVENTIST MEN'S 8TH ANNUAL

The Adventist Men's Chorale

i presents the ‘Mission of Hope’

? concert at the St Andrew's

: Presbyterian Kirk this Saturday.
: Under the patronage of the Dr

? and Mrs Leonard Johnson,

? president of the Bahamas Con-
i ference of Seventh-day Adven-
i tists, and accompanied by the

? Bahamas National Orchestra,

? the all-male chorus performs

Cannes Film Festival in

May, is a fictitious story of a } :
: man Luboff and Peter J Wil-
: housky and more.

turtle’s
voyage around the world.

Entering its sixth year, }
BIFF has established itself as
a marquee international fes- |
tival in the Caribbean region, }
discovering and promoting }

ent from around the world }

and showcasing a diverse i
: Bahamas Conference at SDA

array of international films.

BIFF is a non-profit organ- |
isation committed to provid- ;
ing the local community and :

with a diverse presentation of ;
films from the Bahamas and }

: NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC

around the world.

For more information visit i
: sau holds its 36th Night of

? Christmas Music this Sunday at
: 8pm at the Rainforest Theatre,

: Crystal Palace Casino and Wyn-
event, guests will receive texts ;
and e-mail messages inform- }
ing them of the dress code, }
the sponsors, the date and }
? Arthur Hanna, features perfor-

? mances by Joann Callender; the
? National Youth Choir; the

www.bintlfilmfest.com.

time of the event.

works by composers George F
Handel, Harry Simeone, Nor-

A part of the proceeds will go
towards funding the New
Bahamas Academy Building
Fund and the Scholarship Fund
for At-Risk Young Men.

independent voices and tal- i The concert starts at 7.30 pm

on Saturday.
Tickets are available at the

Offices on Tonique Williams
Darling Highway. Call 341-
4022/21 or e-mail

international festival-goers } croach_100@hotmail.com

© 36TH ANNUAL ROTARY

The Rotary Club of West Nas-

dham Nassau Resort.

The concert, entitled ‘A Child is
Born’ and held under the
patronage Governor-General

: Revere Dance Ensemble; the

i Bel Canto Singers; the Royal

? Bahamas Police Force Band;

: Julien Thompson; Danielle

: Dean; Allyson Mason-Rolle,

? Simone Beneby; the Rotary

? Glee Club, and Nehemiah Hield.
: General admission is $10 for

: section B seating and $25 for

? section A; VIP tables start from
: $600 for a party of six; a table

: for eight is $800 and one for a
: group of 10 is $1,000.

i Tickets can be purchased at the
? Esso service station on Baillou
Hill and Harrold Roads; the

: Juke Box at the Mall at

: Marathon; La Rose on West

: Bay Street, and at all Bamboo

i Shacks. Call 324-4507 or 225-
? 0781, or e-mail ewlopez@wsi-
? eteam.com

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Lyford Cay Foundation scholar to hold solo art exhibition in Atlanta

By SONIA FARMER

WHEN you come across a
piece of art by Lyford Cay
Foundation scholar Lillian
Blades you don’t just look
over the work, you engage in
a rich emotional exchange.

Lillian’s assemblages —
large sculptures made up of
any combination of picture
frames, fabric from clothing,
magazine images, buttons and
found or sought-after objects
— present complex landscapes
of texture and colour.

This visual language weaves
personal narratives that speak
to universal subjects of frag-
mentation, memory, loss, and
family.

“It’s a visual version of
emotional experiences,” Lil-
lian said.

“There are bits and pieces
of so many things that I like
and that I pull from. They’re
like fragments. I try to break
everything down into its most
common denominator and
then put it together in a way
that makes sense.”

Lillian has established her-
self as a Bahamian artist,
exhibiting at solo shows at the
Central Bank and the College
of the Bahamas.

Her work has also been fea-
tured in group shows at the
National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas and in the pivotal
‘Funky Nassau — Recovering
an Identity’ exhibition that
travelled to Wiesbaden, Ger-
many in 2006.

In addition, she has made a
name for herself abroad. Her
pieces have appeared in
group and solo exhibitions in
several US states, Trinidad
and South Africa, and are
included in international per-
manent collections.

On the occasion of her

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upcoming show at the highly
regarded Hammonds House
Museum in Atlanta, Georgia
— ‘Eye Sea Reflections’ ,
which opened last week and
runs until January 31, 2010 —
we take the opportunity to
revisit the accomplishments
of this exceptionally talented
Bahamian artist.

After graduating from Saint
Augustine's College in 1991,
Lillian attended COB, where
she received an Associate’s
degree in Art. She then head-
ed off to Georgia to study for
a BFA in Textiles and Paint-
ing at Savannah College of
Art and Design (SCAD).

While a Lyford Cay Foun-
dation scholarship helped lift
some of the financial weight
off her shoulders, Lillian still
had to work virtually non-stop
during her summer breaks in
order to raise sufficient funds
to complete her degree.

Every year, with the assis-
tance of noted Bahamian
artists Brent Malone and
Antonius Roberts, she would
present an auction of her
works.

“Brent and Antonius
would be the auctioneers, and
it was fun,” she remembers.
“T'd have my friends dress up
like Vanna White and bring
the art out. Antonius was just
always so lively and he knows
everyone, so he’d be calling
all the names of people hold-
ing the paddles.”

After graduating from
SCAD, Lillian went on to
earn an MFA from Georgia
State University, and she has
since taken residencies at the
Skowhegan School of Paint-
ing and Sculpture in Maine
and the Caversham Centre
for Artists and Writers in
South Africa.

When she first embarked

on her studies, Lillian
planned to focus on textiles,
with the aim of one day cre-
ating a textile company in the
Bahamas. However, finding
the business side of textiles
limiting, she started to con-
centrate on painting, though
she never entirely left behind
her attraction to fabrics and
frequently incorporated them
into her work. With an
increasing awareness of ‘craft’
or objects made by African
or African Diaspora cultures
for spiritual and functional
reasons, she has chosen to
pay homage to and build
upon this ancestral tradition
in her assemblages.

Lillian once described her
work as “the visual equiva-
lent of jazz.”

The eye, like the ear in an
impromptu jazz session,
becomes captured again and
again at every new turn.

“The effort in putting these
things together for me, the
process, is very important,”
she explained. “You can see
that when you look at my
work. What youre seeing is a
portrait of the process. The
richer it is, the better.”

The beautiful resulting
objects seem to be a form of
sculptural quilting, and
indeed this practice is close
to Lillian’s heart.

The social history of quilt
making, such as quilting bees,
where women would get
together and share their fab-
rics and stories, connects the
act of piecing fabric together
to the act of conserving com-
munity narratives. It is no sur-
prise that when Lillian
embarks on community
installations, she draws upon
the quilt form.

Take, for example, the
AIDS Awareness Junkanoo

Quilt Project, completed in
2006. With support from the
US Embassy and the AIDS
Foundation, Lillian inspired
200 kids, aged six to 14, from
several Bahamian islands to
create swatches for a com-
munity quilt. The kids
responded visually to a South
African story about a boy
who finds out his friend has
AIDS, and the social impli-
cations that follow. The result
was a massive, semi-sculptur-
al mesh of voices coming
together to raise awareness
about HIV/AIDS.

By living and working in
Atlanta, Lillian has had an
opportunity to connect her art
to African-American and
West African experiences and
histories. Indeed, her meth-
ods of creation draw from
several geographical and
social spaces, and her work is
not easy to pin down. In spite
of this, however, it remains
easily accessible to observers
from all walks of life.

“She really speaks about
universal ideas. Even though
she is a Bahamian woman
artist rooted in this place, the
work itself just takes on a
whole different dimension,”
said Erica James, director of
the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas, where she has
selected Lillian's work for
group exhibitions.

Among the recurring
themes in Lillian'’s work are
those of motherhood and
childbirth, and how they
relate to passages of time.
Disconnected from her moth-
er at the moment of her birth
and now a mother of a nine-
year-old girl, Lillian’s assem-
blages often represent a battle
between separation and
bonds.

“Because I didn't even

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BAHAMIAN artist Lillian Blades at work.

know my mom and her side
of the family, I lost a lot of
understanding about myself,”
Lillian explained. “I’m not
mourning it, I just find it
interesting. Right now I’m
dissecting all these clothes
and I feel like ’m going back
in time because my mom was
a seamstress. I feel like I’m
doing the same thing, like ’'m
looking back by dissecting
clothes and putting them
back together in a quilt, but
it’s almost like I’m making
visual medicine for my own
comfort. It makes sense to
me.”

For her show at the Ham-
monds House Museum, Lil-
lian explored another theme
in her work, blurring the line
between the observer and the
observed.

“T wanted to have a human
element in there. I wanted
you to feel like you were
being observed, so I added
eyes, images of eyes from
many people. I cut them out
of magazines,” she said. “And
then there are mirrors where



you see yourself as well from
different angles. It’s hard to
focus. You’re fragmented,
you see your eyes repeated
in several places as well, so
you become a part of the
piece.”

In her current work, Lillian
has returned to the personal
narrative. As a tribute to her
father, who is a plumber, she
is experimenting with differ-
ent sizes of PVC pipe pieces,
incorporating them into her
assemblages. She is also revis-
iting past works, claiming she
is only finished “when I can-
not add or take anything
away.”

Artists who are familiar
with her work know that she
will always be true to herself,
no matter the theme.

For more about Lillian and
her artwork, please visit
www.lillianblades.com. To
learn more about the schol-
arships offered by Lyford
Cay Foundation and the
Canadian Lyford Cay Foun-
dation, visit www.lyfordcay-
foundation.org.

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2009

Born with Down syndrome,
Andrew’s motor and cognitive skills
are impaired.

But he has never let his disability
slow him down. Now at age 36 he is
experiencing success in producing
marketable merchandise.

Early in our introduction to
Andrew last week, he identified him-
self as “the boss.”

“The success has definitely gone
to his head,” his mother, Betty-Jane
Dean, told Tribune Art.

In a workshop above the ‘Jewels
by the Sea’ store on West Bay Street
you can find him, his co-worker
Sheree, and three other disabled
workers designing and making jew-
ellery for the “Andeana Collection’
sold in the shop below.

The company was formed by the
Dean family to keep Andrew and
other disabled persons like him stim-
ulated and occupied.

“We find that the people loved
the idea of buying things that some-
body with a disability was helping
to produce,” said Mrs Dean.

Andrew was never able to learn
how to read and write. But his par-
ents strongly believed that disabled
persons can contribute to their own
well-being and not be completely
dependent on others.

His mother came up with the idea
that Andrew could help create mer-
chandise for the jewellery store.

“Often times we get e-mails that
people liked the gift, and especially
the story behind it,” said Mrs Dean.

Eighteen years ago, Andrew had
outgrown attending Hopedale Cen-
tre, a school for children with dis-
abilities, when he discovered his joy
and ability in the jewellery making
process.

His parents also soon realised that
the constant repetition of stringing
beads for necklaces was improving
Andrew’s motor skills.

Developmentally disabled persons
perform best at repetitive tasks,
where they know exactly what to
expect, his parents explained.

“It’s ingrained in most handi-
capped persons,” Mrs Dean said.

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“He wasn’t going anywhere any-
more and we were trying to find
something for him to do. If your
mind is not active you are going to
regress. Because we were in the jew-
ellery business we decided to see
whether or not he could put beads
on a string.”

Three other persons in the work-
shop also have a disability, including
Sheree, who is hearing impaired.

Each day, she gets a list from
Diane, the workshop overseer, who
goes over the things that she and
Andrew are to do.

Sheree is a tremendous help to
Andrew and works very fast.

While Tribune Art was visiting the
workshop, Sheree was giving
Andrew about 20 beads for him to
put on a string.

When Andrew was through with
stringing the beads, she took his final
product and measured it to see if it
was the right length.

Sheree then closed the necklace
off with a 14-karat gold clasp.
Andrew can only work with the big-
ger beads, as his impaired motor
skills make it difficult for him to han-
dle the smaller ones.

Sheree’s specialty is making ear-
rings for the company, which she
makes from shells and other natural
materials from the sea.

“My one problem with Sheree is
that she works too fast,” said Mrs
Dean.

Sheree and Andrew are dedicated
workers and have never even taken
a full lunch hour.

“Tf they have a list of things to do,
they want to get it done,” Mrs Dean
said.

As to the materials the store uses,
Mrs Dean that they use materials
that tourists expect to see in island
jewellery.

“We use a lot of conch shells and
the mother-of-pearl which is the
shell of the oyster, and a lot of gen-
uine pearls.”

One particular piece that stood
out to us was the “Y’ necklace, which
is made from crystal and fresh water
pearls in many colours, white, peach,



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ABOVE LEFT: Mother of pearl necklaces
in three-tones, orange, teal, and coral.

ABOVE RIGHT: Andeana’s hottest design -
the white multi-faceted pearl necklace.

BELOW TOP: Andrew stringing
together a conch pearl necklace.

BELOW LOWER: Sheree demonstrates
how to make seashell earrings.

and plum.

While the products are usually pur-
chased by tourists, Mrs Dean said
that the store does have a small
Bahamian clientele.

“(Bahamian) women who are get-
ting married would bring in their
bridesmaids dresses and we’ll match
them up,” she said.

The store’s most popular piece is
the inter-changeable pearl necklace,
and can be worn long, or as a twist.

“Tt’s a big look, and it sells very
well,” Mrs Dean said.

“Tn this economic situation people
are still willing to pay a moderate
amount of money for jewellery
whereas they’re not buying $3,000 or
$5,000 pieces of jewellery.”

Jewellery at the store starts at $8
and can go as high as $100.



Andeana’s designs are selling well
because the pieces are authentically
Bahamian made.

The Andeana pieces are retailed at
kiosks in the airport, local hotels and
at Festival Place on Prince George
Wharf.

Central Bank hosts Art and craft after-school programme exhibition

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

A SPECIAL art exhibition
consisting of over 25 pieces of
work will showcase the cre-
ativeness of high school stu-
dents enrolled in the Nation-
al Art and Craft After-School
Enrichment Programme.

The work of these talented
students will be on display at
the Central Bank, allowing
the public to view the prod-
ucts of diligence, imagination

and true artistry.

The exhibition officially
opens this Friday from 5pm
to 8pm, and will run all
December long.

Work from the students
dating back to 2005 will
make up the exhibition.

Genevieve Richard,
National Art and Craft Cen-
tre manager, told Tribune
Art that this event is a “lib-
erating experience” for the
students.

“There is no particular

theme that the students have
to stick to. Whatever it is
they want to paint they can,
because in this exhibition it is
all about freedom,” she said.

“People will see Biblical
pieces, cultural pieces,
abstract pieces, as well as a
few sports figures.”

In past exhibitions, the stu-
dents reaped the fruits of
their labour as a large num-
ber of the paintings were
sold, two were even pur-
chased right on opening

night last year.

And even though the pro-
gramme is an initiative of the
Department of Education,
any earnings the students
receive from their artwork is
theirs to keep.

“The Department of Edu-
cation takes nothing from
the students, all of the profits
go to them. I have had par-
ents come to me and say that
the money that they have
earned helped with their
child’s school fee,” Ms

Richard said.

One of the pieces from the
exhibition last year was
bought by the Ministry of
Education to present to out-
going United States Ambas-
sador John Rood, and a few
other pieces were purchased
by the US Embassy in Nas-
sau.

“These students have been
doing very well, and the pro-
gramme has left an impact
on them. Their skills have
been enhanced richly and we

have definitely been seeing
a lot of growth,” she said.
The National Art and
Craft After-School Pro-
gramme began in 2005, and
ever since it started students
have been receptive to what
the programme has to offer.
Students of both mdepen-
dent and government schools
are part of the imitiative. And
skilled art students who have
a passion for telling a story
with a blank canvas and some
paint are always welcome.



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battle to push
positive message

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

MINISTRY of Tourism offi-
cials have increased their dam-
age control efforts in order to
minimise the fallout to the coun-
try's number one industry after
the recent robbery of 18 cruise
passengers in Nassau.

Tourism Minister Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace said min-
istry staff are scouring internet
websites to identify negative
reports and counter them with
positive messages about the
Bahamas.

The ministry is also main-
taining that although the recent
incident was a horrifying ordeal,
it was not a wider reflection on

visitor experience in the country.

He added that local authori-
ties have been meeting with offi-
cials from the cruise liners in an
attempt to restore confidence in
Nassau as a safe destination in
the wake of the incident.

Shortly after noon on Friday,
November 20, two thugs armed
with shotguns held up two sep-
arate group of cruise passengers
on an onshore eco-tour of
BASH's Earth Village in the
Chippingham area.

Shortly after the attack,
unflattering reports of the coun-
try and the incident spread like
wildfire on the internet, with
one of the victims posting a
video on YouTube outlining his

SEE page 10

Commonage property ‘stifling
Family Islands’ development’

TAX attorney Ryan Pinder pushed for the House of Assembly’s
Select Committee on Crown Land to focus some of its energies on
commonage property as it is stifling the development of many of

the country’s Family Islands.

During his presentation to the committee at the Paul Far-
quharson Conference Centre on East Street on Monday, Mr Pin-
der said commonage property was, at one point, of great benefit to
the Bahamas. However, today this has become more of a hin-
drance than anything else, he said.

SEE page two

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Armed robberies ‘pose risk’ to businesses

Inadequate resources at the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Carmichael Division are driving
business owners to arm themselves and invest in
expensive alarm systems to protect their assets.



immigration
officers set to
he questioned
over Jamaican
man's claims

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A SPECIALLY-
APPOINTED commit-
tee will soon begin ques-
tioning all immigration
officers who were on duty
at the time when a
Jamaican visitor claimed
he and a group of fellow
travellers were subjected
to a degrading search,
detention and deporta-
tion experience last
month.

Director of Immigra-
tion Jack Thompson said
the “impartial” commit-
tee was appointed to
review the facts relating
to Jamaican Andrew Dil-
lion’s allegations, and the
officers involved have
been “put on notice” that

SEE page two



The Bahamas is first
nation to sign tax
information exchange
agreement with China

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas became the
first country to sign a tax infor-
mation exchange agreement
with the People’s Republic of
China yesterday, moving a step
closer to meeting its commit-
ment to be in compliance with
new international standards of
transparency and information
exchange in tax matters.

The signing was the sixth tax
information exchange agreement
(TIEA) concluded by the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas and the
third with a member of the G-20
group of nations.

It took place at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Goodman’s
Bay. Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette signed on
behalf of the government of The
Bahamas, and the Chinese
Ambassador to The Bahamas,
Dingxian Hu, signed for the Peo-
ple’s Republic of China (PRC).

The Ambassador said the
signing was “requested by the
Bahamian government” and he
said he “hopes the signing will
help the Bahamian government
to meet its commitments to
evolving international standards
of transparency and information
exchanges.”

The Ambassador added:
“This is a wonderful day in
Bahamas-China relations. I
believe that with the signing of
the TIEA between China and

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The Bahamas is first
nation to sign tax
information exchange

agreement with China

FROM page one

will be further enhanced and

deepened.”

Admitting that there are few }
Chinese people currently }
bringing their money to the }
Bahamas, he said he hopes and }
expects that within the next }
“ten to twenty years more and }
more companies and people }

will come to invest here.”

He said that the signing rep- }
resents yet another step for- }
ward in China-Bahamas rela- }
tions in a year which has }
already seen eight “important }
agreements” signed, including }
the agreement on the Promo- }
tion and Protection of Invest- }
ments by Bahamians and Chi- }

nese in each other’s countries,

forged during the state visit of
Chairman Wu Bangguo of the }
Standing Committee of the }
National People’s Congress of }
the PRC to The Bahamas in }

September.

The Ambassador said China }
“gets a lot” from its relations ;
with this country, including our }
government’s support for its
One China policy versus Tai- ;
wanese independence, and }

expects many benefits “in

developing trade and eco- }
nomic cooperation in the }

Bahamas.”

Mr Symonette reiterated :
that the government antici- }
pates to have signed the 12 }
TIEAs demanded by the G- }
20 and Organisation for Eco- }
nomic Cooperation and Devel- }
opment in order to be }
removed from that organisa- }
tion’s “grey list” by March :

2010.

The Government has now
concluded TIEAS with the }

US, Monaco, San Marino, UK,
New Zealand and China.

The signing of TIEAs is ;
intended to move us to the }
safer “white list” of countries }
deemed fully compliant with ;
evolved standards of trans- }
parency and information :
exchange in tax matters, which }
have become a major priority }
for governments worldwide }
left cash-strapped since the ;
global financial crisis took :

hold.

LOCAL NEWS

Section of Shirley Street should be
repaired by Christmas holidays

THE Ministry of Public Works
hopes to complete extensive repairs
of Shirley Street between Armstrong
Street and Frederick Street by the
Christmas holidays, Works Minister
Neko Grant said.

After the holidays, the ministry will
commence work from Armstrong
Street to Village Road, he added.

"We have been working on it for
some time now in conjunction with
Water and Sewage as well as the other
utility companies so we are so pleased
to present a wonderful Christmas pre-
sent to the road users of New Provi-
dence.

"We seek to pave and have com-
pleted in short order between Arm-
strong Street and Frederick Street.
Following the holidays we will be look-
ing at doing from Armstrong straight
up to Village Road," Mr Grant said
yesterday.

WORK TAKING place on Shirley Street

He added that as the street is being
repaved, underground utility repairs
are also being carried out.

"There will always be a need for
emergency works to be done but we



seek to improve the co-ordination of
the communications between our-
selves, the Ministry of Works and the
utility companies. We went to great
lengths to have a number of meetings

FROM page one

“T propose that the com-
monage land be regularised,
that current occupiers be giv-
en the opportunity to acquire
title to the property, either by
grant or for a nominal amount.
This would give Bahamians the
economic ability to develop the
Family Islands and be self-sus-
taining. Bahamians would be
able to utilise the asset in order
to develop more modern ways
of farming, promote entrepre-
neurship, and empower
Bahamians,” Mr Pinder said.

Admitting that there is the
concern that if the commonage
land were regularized Bahami-
ans might just sell the land off
to foreigners, Mr Pinder said
that there ought to be adequate
safeguards to prevent this and
preserve the land to the benefit
of Bahamians.

“We can formulate policies
or restrictions that would
address these issues, but we
must recognize, that the exist-
ing framework for commonage
land is a penalty in the devel-
opment of our greatest
resource, our family islands.

“T would ask the Committee
to consider presenting ideas for
a future vision for public owned
land, and in doing so make a

Commonage property

recommendation that com-
monage land be regularized. If
the Committee feels certain
restraints need to be put in
place I invite it to explore fea-
sible options, however, those
restrictions should not hand-
cuff Bahamians from economic
expansion through the use of
the land,” he said.

With commonage property
originated in the early 1800's
as a way of providing slave
communities, and freed slave
communities with land to live
and farm on Mr Pinder
explained how this early prac-
tice can be seen in the island
of Exuma with the Rolle
Estate.

“Another origin of common-
age in the Bahamas originates
from the English. In Family
Islands, such as Eleuthera, sys-
tems of common use of land
were established, with regula-
tions, for the common rights
held by common tenants based
on English custom and law.
This was the predicate for the
Commonage Act of 1896.

“The Commonage Act of
1896 provides general rules as
to who is entitled to occupy and
use common land, and set up

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the framework for its manage-
ment. Each local community
likewise has rules and a repre-
sentative board to oversee the
commonage property. There
are significant islands in the
Bahamas that have expansive
acres of commonage. For exam-
ple, North Eleuthera has in
excess of 2,000 acres of com-
monage land,” he said.

However, Mr Pinder said
that the need to diversify the
use of this land is required for
economic expansion of the
Family Islands.

“The viability of economic
expansion depends on capital
infusion into respective busi-
nesses. Unless Family Island
Bahamians can pledge or
secure their funding with the
property they possess, they will
be forever limited in their abil-
ity to participate in the expan-
sion of the national economy.

“If a farmer of commonage
land would like to expand into
modern era farming with tech-
nologies such as hydroponics,
and needs to secure a loan to
capitalize his business venture,
he has no land to secure the
funding, and he is also taking a
business risk in putting infra-
structure on land he does not
own. Likewise, if a Family
Island Bahamian would like to
develop land he is currently
farming, he cannot solicit
investors for capital, as they
will not own anything. These
inherent restrictions on com-
monage property are hinder-
ing economic development and
success in the Family Islands.”

As the Family Islands have
seen an exodus of persons to
New Providence in the hopes
of finding jobs and earnings,
Mr Pinder reminded the com-
mittee that this population
influx has put tremendous
pressure on the local society.

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prior to the commencement of the
work and so we should see hopefully
not necessarily an elimination, but a
reduction in the destruction of the
newly paved roads throughout New
Providence.

Speaking on the issue, Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux said senior
officials at the Ministry of Public
Works will hold weekly meetings on
the subject of how to minimise over-
laps between the road paving schedule
and necessary underground utility
work.

"We have done what we hoped to
do which is put the Ministry of Public
Works in charge of all road paving
whereby all the utility companies
would be required to appoint a spe-
cific person to get permission from
the director of Public Works for any
digging up of any public road,” Mr
Deveaux explained.



Immigration officers

FROM page one

they “have been summoned
to appear before the commit-

tee.”

In November, Andrew Dil-
lion wrote a letter to the
Jamaican Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, which he forwarded
to The Tribune, describing the
“horrible ordeal” he suffered
when he attempted to enter

















asked for the relevant author-
ities to do something to
improve matters for future vis-
itors. He suggested that if left
unaddressed, these “embar-
rassing” circumstances could
cause much damage for The
Bahamas’ reputation.

Days later, the Department
of Immigration released a
statement saying that it takes
such allegations “very seri-
ously” and intends to investi-

the country to visit friends in gate.

mid-October.

The businessman, who owns
a hair salon in Jamaica, claims
he was stopped at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
and subjected to a degrading
search experience at the air-
port, held at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre for
almost two days without ade-
quate food or water and then
sent back to Jamaica without
knowing why.

A senior immigration offi-
cer, speaking on condition of
anonymity, told The Tribune
that Mr Dillion was turned
back because he “did not meet
pre-screening requirements.”

However, the Jamaican said
he and the group with which
























“We do not condone in any
way unprofessional, unethical
or inappropriate conduct by
staff to any person of any
nationality. We respect per-
sons who visit The Bahamas
and believe they ought to be
treated in a professional and
humane manner,” said Mr
Thompson.

Yesterday the Director said
the department is “moving
aggressively” to have the mat-
ter heard by the committee
this week.

He would not reveal who is
on the committee but said he
is satisfied that it would be
impartial.

“The committee is going to
make its recommendation and

he was travelling “are not
refugees but decent law-abid-
ing citizens who just wanted
to have a vacation in Nassau,
Bahamas.”

Once in the Carmichael
Detention Centre, where he
was held until the next flight
back to Jamaica, Mr Dillion
said he underwent an “inhu-
mane” experience, being given
little food or water in the
“over-crowded” and smelly
facility where he and others,
including a baby, were forced
to sleep outside on a concrete
floor.

He allegedly witnessed an
officer openly take a bribe for
releasing a female detainee
and claimed that having hand-
ed over all of their personal
items to officers upon entry,
found that a confiscated $350
cellphone was not returned.

In his letter, Mr Dillion

findings known to me and we
will take the appropriate
action where possible. If at the
end of the day a person or per-
sons acted inappropriately
we're going to have to do what
we have to do and allow the
chips to fall where they may
if we find support to Mr Dil-
lion’s claims.

“We have a statement from
him, we entered that into evi-
dence.”

Earlier this year, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
ordered immigration officers
at their first annual public ser-
vice conference not to treat all
Jamaicans entering the coun-
try “as if they were known
criminals.”

He suggested this behaviour
of “far too many Bahamian
immigration officers” is
“offensive” and “unaccept-


















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LOCAL NEWS



Kozeny attorney argues against extradition

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia. net

THE appeal hearing over the
US government’s extradition
request for investor Viktor
Kozeny continued in the appel-
late court yesterday as his attor-
ney gave reasons why the
request should not be granted.

Submissions on the matter
wrapped up yesterday after-
noon and the Court of Appeal
judges have now taken the mat-
ter under advisement.

Czech born Kozeny, 46, is
wanted by US authorities to
face charges of bribery and
money laundering. He is
accused of being the driving
force behind a multi-million dol-
lar bribery scheme which sought
to corrupt Azerbaijan officials
in the early 90s as well as of
conspiring to violate the US
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
(FCPA) which makes it an
offence to offer to pay, or to
pay, foreign government offi-
cials in order to gain or retain
business.

Since its 1998 amendment,
the act also applies to foreign
establishments and persons who
intend to do the same while in
the US.

Kozeny’s attorney Clive
Nicholls QC argued that the
request for Kozeny’s extradi-
tion should fail as the offences
he is accused of amount to
transnational bribery which is

VIKTOR KOZENY (right) with Philip Davis, part of his legal team.

not a crime under Bahamian
law.

He argued that as it relates
to transnational bribery, it is not
where the bribery take place
but the nationality of the offi-
cials, as the offence is not
defined by location. He pointed
out that if a person in the
Bahamas bribes a French judge
who is in the Bahamas, he com-
mits no offence.

Mr Nicholls also argued that
Kozeny was not a US resident
or national at the time the
alleged offences were commit-
ted and therefore is not subject
to the US jurisdiction.

He further submitted that



when the alleged offences were
committed, the Bahamas had
not signed onto the Organisa-
tion for Economic Co-opera-
tion and Development (OECD)
anti-bribery convention and also
that the alleged offences
occurred before the Interna-
tional Anti-Corruption Confer-
ence ([ACC) came into force.

Mr Nicholls submitted that
Senior Justice Isaacs’ ruling
against the extradition request
should be upheld.

Kozeny was held at Her
Majesty’s Prison following his
arrest at his Lyford Cay home
on October 5, 2005, but was
released on $300,000 bail in

April 2007 by Senior Justice Jon
Isaacs.

Magistrate Carolita Bethel
had approved the request by
US authorities for Kozeny’s
extradition in September 2006,
however his attorneys brought a
habeas corpus application
before Senior Justice Isaacs,
who ruled against the US gov-
ernment’s request, noting that
the offences in question were
not subject to extradition.

Mr Nicholls also argued that
an abuse of the process had tak-
en place, because US authorities
failed to disclose certain infor-
mation.

He said the US’s non-disclo-
sure — particularly as it related
to a US judge’s decision in the
case of Swiss lawyer Hans Bod-
mer, a co-defendant of Kozeny
—was in bad faith.

Mr Nicholls did however sup-
port Magistrate Bethel’s deci-
sion to dismiss the money laun-
dering charges against Kozeny.

In coming to this decision in
June 2006, Magistrate Bethel
said she was not satisfied that
the acts for which US authori-
ties had indicted Kozeny con-
stituted an offence under
Bahamian law.

Alan Jones QC, who
appeared for the Crown, argued
that there was no real failure to
disclose information on the part
of US authorities.

He said Kozeny had not been
taken by surprise by the Bod-
mer case, as he knew what was

Ministers attend Cabinet meeting under new portfolios



By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

ENTHUSIASM oozed from
new Minister of Education
Desmond Bannister and new
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Charles Maynard as
they headed into the first Cabi-
net meeting under their new
portfolios yesterday.

Mr Maynard moves up to the
leadership post with more than
two years of experience as min-
ister of state for the department,
and Mr Bannister takes a step
up to one of the largest govern-
ment ministries after serving as
minister of youth, sports and cul-
ture.

Mr Bannister will fill the desk
left vacant by Carl Bethel who
resigned from the post on Mon-
day after he was elected chair-
man of the Free National Move-
ment at the FNM convention
last month. The resignation pro-
voked a minor re-shuffle of the
Cabinet effective as of yester-
day.

As Minister of Education Mr
Bannister will be forced to grap-
ple with a number of issues, from
the national ‘D’ grade average
for BGCSE students to the fre-
quent occurrence of violent stab-
bings in school this term.

On his way into the Cabinet
meeting yesterday the new min-
ister of education said he will
address all issues in depth and
intends to take on professional
advice as he determines his strat-
egy and carves a way forward
for the department.

He takes up the post mindful
of his parents who have both
served as educators for nearly
50 years, which has given him a
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facing teachers,
staff and stu-
dents, Mr Ban-
nister said.

“T know the
teachers are
going to appre-
ciate and
understand
that the son of
a teacher is
their minister,
as I have seen
the struggles
my parents
faced in their
lives and J understand the strug-
gles teachers go through,” Mr
Bannister added.

“One of the great concerns I
have is parental involvement in
schools and I think teachers are
also very concerned about
parental involvement.

“Some children come to
school with nothing in their
stomachs so it’s very difficult for
them to learn.

“We have too many students
not doing homework, and not
even receiving high school diplo-
mas. That affects every aspect
of our society.

“They are the children who
are going to cause problems in
our society and are not going to
be able to get jobs, and as a
result we have all kinds of social

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problems.

“They are
real issues we
have to address
in Bahamian
society now.

“We cannot
sweep them
under the rug
because teach-
ers are not
there to baby-
sit; teachers are
there to help
children learn,”
he said.

Safety in schools and a system
for the early detection of learn-
ing difficulties will also receive
the new minister’s attention, as
he stated his whole-hearted com-
mitment to the full-time post.

Mr Bannister said also looks
forward to working with the ded-
icated, committed and hard-
working Mr Maynard as the
minister of his former depart-
ment.

And Mr Maynard is keen to
rise to the challenges of his new
leadership post having been
actively involved in the ministry’s
existing programmes.

Mr Maynard said: “We often
have senior officers’ meetings
and I give my input, so it will be
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as the budget allows.

“As junior minister I brought
to the table years of business
experience, community involve-
ment and networking with peo-
ple from all walks of life so I
believe I can handle the new job.

“It’s a challenge and I’m up
for the challenge and willing to
work with the hardworking staff
at the ministry to carry us to
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Mr Jones also argued that a
person’s conduct is punishable
where it takes place or where
it will have effect. In this case,
he argued, the conduct in ques-
tion took place in the United
States as well as in Azerbaijan.

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Obama a lone crusader

AUSTIN, Texas — If he hasn’t already,
the president might want to pick up a copy of
a Larry McMurtry novel with a title that
encapsulates with chilling accuracy his situ-
ation: “All My Friends are Going to be
Strangers.”

As the title indicates, McMurtry’s book is
about a person who lives with and in a state
of detachment. Detachment may be the fate
of any president, but Barack Obama is set to
go on camera Tuesday to try and sell an
escalation of the war in Afghanistan that
few people want to buy, and he doesn’t have
many friends to help him do it.

His supposed friends in the Democratic
Party are going to throw up fiscal obstacles
to increasing the number of troops in
Afghanistan by more than 30,000, and
Republicans who have been pushing Obama
to up the ante — and therefore should be
friendly now — can’t be relied upon to match
their bellicosity with action.

Action is much more expensive than
rhetoric, and Republicans will be loath to
spend — especially if there’s the slightest
chance that spending money will make Oba-
ma somehow look good.

But they all support the troops, of course.
They just don’t spend any money on them.
It’s going to take money, though — and lots of
it — to support an increase in troop strength.
Estimates are $1 million per soldier per year.
The money is going to have to come from
somewhere.

If Republicans and Democrats don’t hold
Obama’s ambitious domestic program
hostage, then something is wrong.

In politics, as in nature, the smell of blood
draws a crowd.

It would be against a politician’s nature
not to strike at a political rival’s throat under
the circumstances, even if he had been a
friend.

Obama took office less than a year ago
with sky-high approval ratings.

Those approval ratings are sinking as dis-
approval of the war in Afghanistan grows.
Further chipping away at the president’s rat-
ings is the long and bloody fight over his
signature health care reform initiative.

Between the two issues, congressional
Democrats in swing states are going to have
to look out for themselves as the 2010 elec-
tions near.

Some whose Democratic constituents are
disillusioned with Obama for whatever rea-
son are putting distance between the presi-
dent and themselves in the primaries.

Wars have always been fueled by politics,
and these hyperpartisan days that’s espe-
cially true. The threats posed by Taliban
insurgents are daunting, but not any less so
than the war effort getting caught up and

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taken hostage in the 2010 Democrat-Repub-
lican fight for political dominance.

Is it really asking too much for power-
hungry partisans to focus on something
beyond bragging rights and chairmanships?

So the public is stuck; the GIs caught in
the middle are stuck; and the president is
really stuck.

Obama had just been elected to the Illi-
nois Senate when the war in Afghanistan
was launched eight years ago, but now he has
to find a way to accomplish something that
looks like a win.

A real win would be preferable, but first
somebody has to come up with a definition
of what a real win would be. That could be
Job 1 for Obama.

Staying in Afghanistan until its democra-
cy matures would keep us there until Oba-
ma’s grandchildren are old enough to vote.
The country has no history of a strong cen-
tral government, and Hamid Karzai, the
president, doesn’t appear to be in any hurry
to attack the corruption that has marked his
tenure.

We should all be relieved to know that
the president appears to be headed down a
more pragmatic road.

It appears that the Obama White House
harbors no illusions that Jeffersonian democ-
racy will be taking root in Afghanistan any-
time soon.

Nor is there a false expectation that the
president’s soaring oratory alone will carry
the day.

“No one has any illusion that this is the
campaign, that you can just turn this thing
around with a speech,” a senior administra-
tion official told The Washington Post last
week.

That’s a good start — or at least a realistic
one. Now here’s comes the part that should
make you wince.

“A lot of this strategy depends on things
we can’t control — the Afghan government,
the Taliban, the role of Pakistan.

“This is one of those issues that defines the
extent and the limits of the president’s pow-
er.”

The president and his people say that the
speech is going to outline clear goals and
objectives and “off ramps” — whatever that
means.

Let’s hope that the president, his advi-
sors and members of Congress looking for
political advantage remember in the midst of
their scheming that they are playing poker
not with chips but with lives.

When politicians play war, that seems to
be the first thing they forget.

(This article is by Arnold Garcia Jr.
c.2009 Cox Newspapers)



Huge population
increases tell a
raw, factual story

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Are we simply overpopu-
lated?

I was surprised but not
shocked looking up some
relevant Population Statis-
tics for The Bahamas and
compared some between
1980 -1990 to 2009.

NEW PROVIDENCE:

1980 the population was
135,437

1990 the population
was...172,196

2009 the population
was...238,132

Simply between 1980-2009
an increase of 56.87 per cent.

FREEPORT:

1980 the population
was...24,423

1990 the population
was...35,650

2009 the population
was...47,085

Simply between 1980-2009
an increase of 51.87 per cent.

MARSH HARBOUR,
ABACO:

1990 the population
was...3,600

2009 the population
was...5,728

Simply between 1990-2009
an increase of 62.84 per cent.

COOPER’S TOWN,
ABACO:
1990 the population

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was...5,700

2009 the population
was...9,069

Simply between 1990-2009
an increase of 6.25 per cent.

How many NEW job
employment positions were
created between 1980-2009
to satisfy this enormous
increase in population?

We know that some 3,000
students leave school annu-
ally and hit the street look-
ing for a job — jobs which
are new jobs not jobs that
have become available due
to retirement, death or sick-
ness.

We seem during the
Goombay Festival to have
babies out of style and now
we are faced with the raw
reality that we don’t have a
chance to employ even 1 per
cent of those we created and
are citizens of this fair
Bahamas.

What is the relative cost
to create 6.000 new jobs?
Take what Kerzner invested
which I believe now tops
US$2.3 billion, so we need at
the minimum a completion
of a Kerzner “Atlantis” pro-
ject every two years for the
next 10 years to provide

those babies we brought into
the world, some chance to
be real men and real women
— employed.

Do you understand now
why we have such a messed
up so-called Bahamian soci-
ety? These Population Sta-
tistics certainly tells a raw
and factual story.

Forget Task Forces and
all those hair-brained con-
cepts we hear on the Talk
Shows — declare a National
Emergency and use the
powers to disrupt all the
criminal activities, even the
small ones which have cor-
rupted the whole or the
majority of our so-called
Christian society which is a
total farce anyway.

Tourism cannot rely on
cruise ship arrivals and the
spin that we have a good
increase — that’s the bread
and butter we need air
arrivals, staying at the hotels.

Ihave concluded that nei-
ther party or us generally
have any interest or intent
to change the usual — we
live off numbers, Asue, tief-
ing and bribery/favours,
remove them and you will
collapse the economy. The
IMF might not know this,
but thinking people do.

W. THOMPSON,
Nassau,
November 28, 2009.

Culture is the voice of the people

EDITOR, The Tribune.

A single shot rings out in the dead of night, dis-
rupting the tranquility near one of our prime
resort destinations; a motorcycle roars away dis-
appearing with its ghostly assailant into a mist of
mystery, leaving us to pick up the shattered
pieces.

This scenario and others defy sense and reason
in our beloved land; but with our trust planted in
the immortal God we know that here on earth
“culture is true and all others subordinate.”

However, in our Bahamas today, the deafening
echo of silence drowns the solitary voices in var-
ious pockets of concern declaring enlightenment
to the masses.

How in our wildest dreams do we expect
wholesale success of our nation when society
calls into question the retail value of one voice
crying out in the wilderness. Yours.

In this great rejuvenation of our land, we must
be guided by noble motives bearing the hall-
marks of tolerance and inclusion. We pray for the
day of our restoration to true-self, but we must
first acknowledge that culture is a covenant
between soul and spirit, time and eternity, and
God and man.

If our desire be a future of peace, we must
not wage war with the past; how can our legacy
be seasoned with honour when we distastefully
malign our heritage.

How aware are we of our cultural surround-
ings; do we embrace with passion the memory of
times slowly slipping from the grasp of our minds;
do we hold reverent our stewardship of protect-
ing the inheritance for children yet to come.

We know culture to be a compass to guide us;
a looking-glass to reflect the beauty of a diverse,
strong yet humble people; and a measure to trace
“character” from a simple fishing village through

Restore access

to the beaches



piracy to regional leader exerting economic pros-
perity and technological insight.

Now, do we dare break the thread with which
our destiny is sewn; or do we blemish the fabric
woven to clothe our history; if our laws be tenu-
ous to the point of frivolity: how be it we place
excessive burdens on the shoulders of our police,
the custodians of order and last bastion of
strength.

When did this madness erupt; when will the
Bahamas confront its ugly demons of hypocrisy
and greed or will we be consumed by this insidi-
ous, inbred disease of all-for-me-baby.

We need to become a nation of discoverers,
not content to be just finders; we must seek solu-
tions and not just arrive at answers; we are bound
to the promise of developing a future for our
youth, not just point the way.

We are caught in an inglorious moment in our
nation’s history; it is only with God-given cul-
ture that we may salvage our souls; this seventh
letter speaks to the seventh hour of our exis-
tence as the candle swiftly burns.

Lastly, let us concede (though challenged with
polemics) that this country is ripe for the harvest
of change — unlike that which was pure illusion
and artifice in the deceptive aura of political
instigation in the sixties — to feed the desperate
but noble hunger of a people spanning three
generations, in their quest for freedom.

Now, let us ordain democracy with the
unbounded right to speak, for without our voic-
es culture in our Bahamas will wither and die.

Remember the proverbial Fig Tree. Until next
time, Thank you.

GREGORY NEELY
Nassau,
November 24, 2009.

Thank you for
your kind words

EDITOR, The Tribune.

EDITOR,
The Tribune.

I am a student of the
College of the Bahamas
in Mr Gibson’s Geogra-
phy class and I am writ-
ing this letter requesting
that the government
allow access to the
beaches be restored.

Beach access points
should be restored
because I believe that it
is in the best interest of
the country’s people. It
is these people’s
birthright to be able to
freely use these beaches
whenever they want to.
The beaches are ours
and I feel that no one
should be able to try and
take it away from us
proud Bahamian citi-
zens.

The beach access
points and the beach
areas should be devel-
oped and beautified, for
example putting play-
grounds and parking
lots, etc...to attract the
public and tourists for

their fun and enjoyment.
This can be done by the
government purchasing
land for parking and
other purposes by the
beaches, etc... Also the
government would bet-
ter enhance the beaches
by buying several more
pieces of land from the
property owners to
make pathways between
properties to make the
beaches accessible, eg
Yamacraw Beach by
Stokes House. This can
be done through the
same process they use to
widen roads.

I also believe that
beach front property
owners have every right
to their privacy and to
build on their property.
For this reason security
should be placed on the
beaches so that they can
ensure the safety of the
public and the private
property owners.

LEAH CULMER
Nassau,
November, 2009.

In response to “Islands of the Sun”
letter from M Jackson (Ms) printed
in your November 20th edition.

Dear Ms Jackson,

I hope this letter finds you well
and indeed gets through to you by
way of The Tribune.

It was a pleasure to read your let-
ter to the Tribune Editor of Novem-
ber 20th regarding my son’s book
“Tslands of the Sun”. Obviously,
being ‘the mother’, I am biased about
the publication, however I saw the
three years of hard work and dedi-
cation, not to mention the two very
hot and sweaty summers in da bush
that John and Nikita spent to pro-
duce it!

Tam grateful that you felt inclined
to put pen to paper and share your
thoughts with our fellow newspaper
readers. If more people wrote about
the positive side of our culture, per-
haps there would be less negative in
our daily lives (but that is a story for
another day!)

So, on behalf of the entire Dan-
guillecourt Project team, I thank you
again for your kind words.

BARBARA
THOMPSON
Nassau,

November 20, 2009.


THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



More seats than ever
for this year’s junkanoo

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

MORE seats than ever
before will be available for this
year’s junkanoo parades and all
will be within the same reduced
pricing range offered last year
of between $5 and $45, the min-
ister of culture revealed yester-
day.

A total of 10,000 seats will
be on offer — of which a greater
number will be in the “premi-
um” range due to demand —
compared to last year’s 9,100.

Minister Charles Maynard
said that tickets for the three
Junkanoo parades — the first of
which, the Esso Junior
Junkanoo Parade, takes place
next Thursday, December 10-
will be on sale “later this week”
at the Kendal Isaacs Gym and
online at www.caribtickets.com.

Mr Maynard and other
stakeholders in this junkanoo
season made their comments
on Monday evening in Rawson
Square just ahead of an on-foot
tour of the Bay Street parade
route and its environs to assess
preparedness ahead of the first
parade.

Assistant Commissioner of
police Shannondor Evans said
that given some security con-
cerns during the parades last
year, police will be trying out
some new initiatives to improve
spectator safety.

The area around the Char-
lotte Street entrance to Bay
Street presented some chal-
lenges during previous parades,
said ACP Evans, and police will
now be taking a “no nonsense”
approach to policing this par-
ticular area.

“We’re providing you with
this information Bahamas
because we want your co-oper-
ation. We believe it may have
gotten out of hand last year and
we wish to avoid that this year.”

Douglas Hanna, chairman of
the Parade Management Com-
mittee, said they are commit-
ted to the objective of having
the various parades start and
finish on time this year.

“We are aware that
junkanoo on Boxing Day in
particular is occurring on a Sat-
urday (with the public holiday

SAXONS in action at the New Year rel

December 28), so we have to
account for what we do because
we are expected to finish
junkanoo and have Bay Street
ready for other business to car-
ry on and that is what we intend
to do this year,” said Mr Han-
na.

Crispin Cleare of the C-Cube
seating company, which pro-
vides and has responsibility for
the bleachers, gave an update
on the schedule for the erec-
tion and dismantling of the
seating stands.

“As many of you may have
noticed on Shirley Street we
have begun erecting the bleach-
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is completed, we just have num-
bering to do.

“Bay Street will start the
evening of this Friday, Decem-
ber 4, after which we’ll work
straight up to Junior Junkanoo
(December 10) and dismantle
after Junior Junkanoo
between Frederick Street and
Parliament Street on both
sides of the street, re-erecting
again a few days prior to the
Boxing Day parade,” said Mr
Cleare.

The honoree for this year’s
Esso Junior Junkanoo parade is
Verdell T Williams, who was
instrumental in the creation of
Junior Junkanoo.

Almost all former RIU
staff have been rehired

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property.

Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes told The Tribune that the
hotel rehired around 260 of an estimated 300 former employees.
"There is a possibility that they may re-engage more,” he added.

The property reopened its doors on November 26. Mr Foulkes
could not confirm if staff were paid during the closure.

Last August, the hotel closed for three months — during the
traditional slow period for tourism — to undergo a $25 million
makeover. The resort's rooms were scheduled for upgrades and
new facilities were expected to be added during this period.

When the closure was announced earlier this year, several staff
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if they were going to be paid during the break.

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Treasure, the pink

By LARRY SMITH

THREE interesting books
landed on my desk this past
week. Two recently pub-
lished, the other a reprint that
is also available online as a
free download.

Pieces of Eight was famil-
iar to many Bahamians in the
first half of the 20th century.
It was written by Richard Le
Gallicnne — an English
"man of letters" who died in
1947 at the age of 80. Le Gal-
lienne was a minor romantic
writer who lived in London,
New York and Paris, where
he dabbled in journalism and
publishing.

Pieces of Fight is a work of
fiction that was published in
1918 and purports to be "the
authentic narrative of a trea-
sure discovered in the
Bahama Islands in 1903."

According to one early
reviewer, it is "a polite trea-
sure hunt which, compared
to R L Stevenson's handling
of the same plot lacks the
thrills of real buccaneering,
but which is romantic and
beautifully descriptive of the
tropic Bahamas."

The book became a hot
political issue under the old
UBP regime (when it was a
prescribed school text) for its
generally disdainful refer-
ences to black Bahamians
and use of racially insulting
language. However, it fea-
tures some interesting
descriptions of contemporary
Bahamian life, and is perhaps
best known today for one of
the earliest references to that
great Bahamian folk song, the
John B Sails.

Actually, Le Gallienne
made an even earlier refer-
ence to this famous song in
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Harper's Magazine in 1916.
This was an account of a vis-
it to the Bahamas when he
spent a week on a schooner
sailing from Nassau to the
Exuma Cays and Harbour
Island — his journalistic
cruise leading to production
of the romantic novel.

The John B is supposed to
have been a sponge boat that
sank at Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera around 1900. The
song has been recorded many
times over the years and is
on Rolling Stones’ list of the
500 Greatest Songs of All
Times. The earliest recording
of it was by Library of Con-
gress researcher Alan Lomax
in 1935, when it was sung by
David Pryor, a sponge fish-
erman from Andros.

In his Harper's Magazine
article Le Gallienne refers to
conch pearls.

"In these conchs, buried in
the flesh of them, is found a
pink pearl — of some, if no
great value — for which the
natives, as they cut up their
bait, are constantly on the
watch, as half a dozen of
them would seem like a small
fortune to them."

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A QUEEN conch shell

This brings us to my sec-
ond volume, The Pink Pearl:
A Natural Treasure of the
Caribbean. This full-colour,
coffee-table book was pub-
lished in 2007 by Skira edi-
tore of Milan, Italy to docu-
ment the history of conch
pearl jewellery around the
world. It is written by David
Federmen, a journalist spe-
cialising in gemmology, and
Dr Hubert Bari of the
National Museum of Natural
History in Paris. Photograph-
er Christian Creutz "spent
weeks following the daily
activities of the conch fisher-
men" around the Caribbean.

The book opens with a
16th century still life by the
Dutch painter de Heem,
which prommently features a
Queen conch shell. And we
quickly learn that millions of
these shells reached Euro-
pean ports as ballast on sail-
ing ships during their return
voyages from the Caribbean
in the early years of explo-
ration.

The Queen conch pro-
duces the only natural pearls
not produced by an oyster or
mussel that can claim signifi-
cant commercial impact,
although the odds of finding
an acceptable conch pearl are
in the order of one in every
10,000 shells collected. The
odds of a conch's survival are
much worse — about two
million to one, in fact.

And such odds combined
with heavy overfishing, now
threaten the conch with
extinction.

"As late as the 1970s one
could walk down to the beach
of any Caribbean island and
scoop conchs out of the ocean
shallows by hand," the
authors say.

"Acres and acres of seabed
were covered by huge herds
of fully grown conchs, grazing
on sea grass...This edible
bounty must have seemed
like an endless gift from the
gods." But today, conch fish-
ing is less romantic, with
divers round the region using
scuba gear or hookah rigs
connected to air compressors
on the boat to allow them to
stay underwater for long peri-
ods.

"To return the conch
merely to sustainable levels
— forget plentiful ones —
will most likely involve mora-
toria on the industry, not
solely in the countries that
produce conch, but also in
those countries where the
molluscs are processed and
exported,” the authors say.
And replenishment may take
decades. Conch harvesting
was banned in Florida 20-odd
years ago and is just begin-

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ning to show results.

But this book is not about
conservation — it is about
jewellery.

In the 19th century scien-
tists determined that conch
pearls were produced when
the conch enclosed a frag-
ment of organic tissue — bac-
terial micro-porganisms, tiny
crustaceans or worms — with
shell material to avoid irrita-
tion or infection. Eventually
this protective process forms
a pearl with a shimmering
porcelain-like appearance.

This book is richly illus-
trated with photos of individ-
ual pearls as well as pre-
columbian artifacts featuring
conch shell mosaics, and
modern jewellery creations.
Archacologists have not
found any ancient conch
pearl jewellery, although they
have found plenty of shell
beads — some over 2,000
years old. Conch artistry did
not reach its zenith until
shells began arriving in
Europe in the 16th century,
when they were discovered
by Italian cameo makers.

Shell cameos have been in
and out of fashion for hun-
dreds of years, but the conch
pearl was largely overlooked
until the second half of the
Oth century (although there
is a brief mention of one in
Columbus’ logbook). The
Philadelphia exposition in
1876 displayed conch pearl
jewellery by Tiffany, and
Queen Victoria was an early
collector. An 1855 account
referrred to a conch pearl
necklace in stock at Tiffany
for $4,000 — equivalent to
$83,000 today.

Contemporary travel writ-
ing and fiction describes var-
tous aspects of the Bahami-
an and Florida conch trades.
In 1844, the Nassau Guardian
reported that the sum of £85
was paid for "a beautiful
conch pearl of large size"
found by a boy breaking
shells in the harbour. And in
1886 it was said that the annu-
al yield of Bahamian conch
pearls was the equivalent of a
million dollars in today's
money.

However, conch pearls
eventually went out of fash-
ion, and by 1918 (around the
time of Richard Le Gallien-
ne's visit) the Bahamas
marine Products Board noted
that conch pearls had "passed
as an object of commercial
interest". By 1923 demand
had collapsed and the sole
remaining exporter was going
out of business.

In fact, by the 1970s no-
one seemed to know that

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conch pearls had once been a
prized jewel. They were
regarded as curios with no
commercial value. But grad-
ually — through the efforts
of an American marine
archacologist named Sue
Hendrickson, interest among
jewellers and celebrities
began to rise. Henrickson's
hobby turned into an occu-
pation, and as she began to
corner the market, her activ-
ities attracted the attention
of others.

In 1985, a gem dealer sold
an assortment of conch pearls
to one of the world's top jew-
ellers, who made them into a
necklace that was famously
worn by Liz Taylor and pho-
tographed for the September
1990 edition of Ladies Home
Journal. It sold for $160,000,
and the head of the famous
Japanese firm, Mikimoto, was
moved to describe conch
pearls as "the best new thing
I have seen in years". Over
the next decade Mikimoto
invested millions to begin a
revival of the industry.

Today, the authors say,
conch pearls fetch record
amounts and Tiffany, which
spearheaded conch pearl jew-
ellery in the 19th century, is
once again featuring these
items in its stores around the
world.

In 2004 Tiffany unveiled a
26-piece collection of conch
pearl jewellery with prices as
high as $275,000.

And since Strombus gigas
is now a vanishing species, it's
a fair bet that the conch pearl
will become rarer and pricier
still.

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The third book is unrelat-
ed to any of the foregoing.
It's a very readable, self-pub-
lished autobiography by a
youngish Bahamian doctor
named Harold Munnings Jr.

The title - Westward: the
Walk of a Bahamian Doctor -
might refer to Munnings'
journey from his humble
beginnings in a little clap-
board house on Mackey
Street (which later became
the first Checker's Restau-
rant), to a triplex on Lumum-
ba Lane built on land that
was once part of his grandf-
father's farm, to a plush home
at Westward Villas, and final-
ly to the exclusive gated com-
munity of Old Fort, where he
lives today with his wife Mon-
eira and their children.

But it actually refers to our
halting progress through life
towards the eternal sunset —
an eventuality which hope-
fully is many years away in
Dr Munnings' case.



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The book recounts the
familiar trivia of childhood,
imterspersed with descriptions
of his family's antecedents —
the Munnings from Delancey
Town in Nassau and the
Careys from Tarpum Bay on
Eleuthera. And the stories of
his medical education and
subsequent career as a lead-
ing gastroenterologist are
accompanied by interesting
snippets of history together
with accounts of contempo-
rary life in the Bahamas and
elsewhere.

These stories range from
the origin of the Rand
Memorial Hospital in
Freeport (James Rand was a
noted American philan-
thropist who invented the
defibrillator and retired to the
Bahamas in 1960), to an
account of Kevin Hanna's
gruesome murder of his
entire family in Dannotage
Estates 25 years ago, near the
home of Harold Munnings Sr
— the author's distinguished
civil servant father.

And there is an amusing
account of how his mother's
cooking helped frame the
1964 Bahamian constitution.
It seems that the former
Gweneth Carey laid on a
huge repast of Bahamian
dishes for the PLP delegation
to the constitutional talks in
London when they (Paul
Adderley, Lynden Pindling,
Orville Turnquest and Arthur
Hanna) made a sidetrip to
Brighton to visit Harold
Senior, who was studying
engineering. The author was
three years old at the time.

Harold Junior's medical
career was sparked in 1975,
when he volunteered at the
Princess Margaret Hospital
blood bank, trailing a blood-
drawing doctor through the
wards and becoming a
"voyeur to patients on the
mend — or not."

At 15 his collection of
blood smears from the PMH
lab numbered among his
most prized possessions —
right alongside his Fisher
stereo system.

He recalls pleading with
his boss at the PMH —
pathologist Dr Joan Reed —
to be allowed to observe an
autopsy. Eventually, an atten-
dant named Monkey Man
snuck him into the mortuary,
and it seemed to Munnings
at the time that medical train-
ing was going to be a big
problem. But later — at med-
ical school — he wrote that
“cutting up dead people
proved to be no trouble at all,
although it could get spooky
if you were alone with the
bodies laid out on dissecting
tables."

During the 1980s, after fin-
ishing his medical training (at
McGill University in Cana-
da, UWI in Jamaica and the
Bristol Royal Infirmary in
England), Munnings interned
at the PMH, where he joined
the ranks of young doctors










who set out to transform
healthcare in the Bahamas.
They faced a daily grind
against a backdrop of poor
facilities and a lack of vital
equipment.

In 1986 the Bahamas was
in the throes of a massive
drug epidemic that had
sparked a surge of violent
crime and was accompanied
by an explosion of HIV dis-
ease.

Munnings was on the fir-
ing line at the PMH where he
was able to observe some
interesting correlations.

With a colleague, he wrote
a paper on the occurrence of
a severe muscle wasting dis-
order thought to be caused
by freebasing cocaine that
had never been reported
before.

But overwork caused him
to delay finalising the paper,
and the report of this med-
ical first was made by an
American team two years lat-
er.

Fast forward to 2004 when
Munnings met an old friend
from Bristol at a medical con-
ference in New Orleans who
reminded him of events long
forgotten.

It was this chance
encounter that prompted him
to write his memorr at a rela-
tively young age: "I wondered
how many other events in my
life had become submerged
to near the point of no
recall," he says in the final
pages of the book.

"IT don't say 'been there,
done that' anymore without a
measure of awe and gratitude
because I believe that safe
passage on our westward
walk takes more than sound
planning, and luck, upon
which many too heavily
depend, has a funny way of
running out when you need it
most...I believe that my moth-
er was right from the very
beginning, that I am blessed."

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with cash and raid shop regis-
ters by terrorising employees.

And more than 1,000 small
businesses in the Carmichael
area are at great risk, Mr Bowe
said.

An employee of New Orien-
tal Cleaners, in the Golden
Gates shopping centre, was
robbed at gunpomt while taking
a deposit bag to the car at
11.30am on Monday morning.
An armed robber with a black
scarf covering his face threat-
ened the employee with a hand-
gun and took the cash before
escaping in a sky-blue Honda
Accord, registration number
218188, driving south on Bail-
lou Hill Road.

The robbery is the latest in a
string of attacks on businesses
across New Providence in
recent weeks.

It follows the traumatising
experience endured by owner
of MAC Consultants John
Laramore who was holed up in

Armed robberies ‘pose
risk’ to businesses

nearly 24 hours when police
failed to respond to a break-in
that cost him more than $1,300
in lost merchandise, and anoth-
er $1,600 for a new alarm sys-
tem to protect his property.

Police did not respond to Mr
Laramore’s 919 call until after
he sent an email to a friend who
contacted a senior police officer
to take action.

Mr Laramore told The Tri-
bune he is now considering buy-
ing a gun to protect his busi-
ness; something he never want-
ed to do.

Mr Bowe said a number of
businessmen in the Carmichael
area, including himself, have
licensed firearms to empower
themselves as there is no other
protection provided.

He said the problems lie with
the Government and the law-

less criminals who carry out
their attacks in broad daylight
to be chased by an under-
resourced police force.

The Carmichael division of
police is the largest in New
Providence but the 40 officers
based there only make up a
tenth of the 400 needed to
patrol the streets, Mr Bowe
said.

He called on government
leaders to put maximum efforts
into stopping crime and elimi-
nating corruption to make peo-
ple safe.

Mr Bowe said: “This is pret-
ty much terrorism we are exist-
ing under because people are
frightened going in and out of
their houses or going to work;
we have trouble sleeping at
night, and they don’t seem to
have any kind of feel for what’s

going on.

“Carmichael is growing in
terms of both the number of
people and businesses here so
the misery index is going up.

“This did not come upon us
suddenly, we have watched this
grow and grow and grow.
Everybody knows it’s getting
worse and the thing is we can
fix these problems.

“The Government needs to
show the Bahamas and the
world that we are serious about
crime.

“If we make it safe for the
people that live here we will
make it safe for the tourists.”

But without any forceful
reaction from government, Mr
Bowe said the prospect is dis-
mal for Bahamian businesses.

“T wouldn’t advise anyone to
go into business right now,” he
said. “Crime kills commerce,
it’s as simple as that and our
country is riddled with crime
and corruption.

“The crime destroys the
economy the declining econo-
my causes more crime.”

his Carmichael Road shop for
FROM page one

experience.

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said: "We spent
a great deal of time tracking where these
stories are and what is being said and mak-
ing sure we get the facts regarding the situ-
ation and what we are doing about it into
that medium.”

He added that it is important that tourism
employees pinpoint the negative press and
ensure that the Ministry of Tourism injects
a counter argument addressing the facts of
the situation and future plans to address
visitor safety in the Bahamas.

"This is one incident in one place and we
want to make sure that we convey to the
world that despite the numbers that we see
in this one incident, that the number of
crimes and attacks against visitors in the
Bahamas is very, very low," he said, speak-
ing to The Tribune outside the Cabinet
Office yesterday.

He added that tourism officials remain
in ongoing meetings with police to strategise
on ways to ensure the safety of visitors to the

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country's shores.

The robbery came a little over a
month after 11 cruise ship passen-
gers on a taxi tour of the 66 Steps
were held up by armed men and in
the wake of a spate of armed rob-
beries of locals.

Despite the rash of negative
reports, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace



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, cred-
it cards and personal items.

A second group of visitors
approached and were also robbed
at gunpoint.

Police said a Bahamian woman

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but Iam confident that from everything that
I see with the police and the other depart-
ments that are involved in this they take it
very seriously in moving aggressively to
make sure that we restore the Bahamas’
good name everywhere," he said.

It was around 12.15 pm when a group of
cruise passengers were on a Segway tour of

This was refuted by many of the

disgruntled victims, who claimed a

shot had been fired into the ground by one
of the thugs near one of the victims.

The passengers were part of two sepa-
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and Royal Caribbean.

Several cruise lines have suspended their
tours at the site following the robbery how-
ever BASH's Executive Director Terry
Miller has plans to beef up security of the
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the 1st day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 1st day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HUSSNOUR INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MAGNA ARROW LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HOUCHNITE LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 25th day of November 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 1st day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 25th day of November 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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hy SAC, 106-14

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

he St Augustine’s Col-

lege Big Red Machine

junior boys appear to be

in rare form early in the

season and _ have
emerged as the team to beat following
their second consecutive lopsided vic-
tory by more than 60 points.

After an 86-20 victory on opening
day over the Bahamas Academy Stars
last week, the Big Red Machine
trumped that performance with a 106-
14 win over the Aquinas College Aces
yesterday at the SAC campus.

The Big Red Machine featured a
different five player squad each quar-
ter with the starters acting as the cat-
alyst for the blowout, and returning
in the fourth to cap the win and push
for the century mark.

SAC reached the coveted 100-point
mark when starting point guard
Yorick Sands came up with a steal
with 32 seconds left and raced down
court to give his team a 100-12 advan-
tage.

A balanced scoring attack from the
Big Red Machine saw 12 players reach
the scorebook, with three in double
figures.

Nikita Higgins led the way with a
game high 24 points, dominating the
point as most of his baskets came on
offensive rebounds and tip ins.

The Aces struggled with the speed
of the Big Red Machine guard and
the size of the massive front-line which
controlled the boards on both ends of
the floor, sparking fast breaks with
defensive rebounds on one end and
creating second shot opportunities on
the other.

The remainder of the Big Red
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Barracudas Swim
Club may have found the next
Bahamian swimming phe-
nomenon.

Twelve-year-old Dionisio
Carey had a spectacular
splash last month at the 2009
Speedo Winter Champi-
onships in Plantation, Flori-
da.

Traveling with the 20-plus
members of the Barracudas,
headed by coaches Sue Cole-
by and Michael Stewart,
Carey made the cut for nine
finals and he captured the
gold medal in each event.

Coleby, who spoke briefly
while conducting a team prac-
tice session yesterday, said it
was a tremendous feat, some-
thing that has never been
accomplished by a Bahamian
before.

“He did a wonderful job. I
don’t think anybody from the
Bahamas has ever done that,”
Coleby stated.

Stewart took it a bit further.

“For an 11-12 year old, it’s
quite outstanding,” he said.
“To go into Florida where a
number of the top swimmers
are there and to win every
event and to win them by at
least 6-8 seconds, it was quite
a feat.

“Tt’s an abnormal feat, but
he’s an incredible swimmer.
He works extremely hard and
he’s hungry to swim fast, so
he has all of the ingredients to
make him an incredible swim-
mer.”

He helped the Barracudas
boys team finish ninth and
they were 19th overall out of
a field of 59 teams that com-
peted. More than 1,200 com-
petitors participated in the
four-day meet.

Carey, a seventh grade stu-
dent at Queen’s College, said
he went to Plantation with a
goal in mind to not just make
the final, but to at least win a
medal in each event.

Winning the nine gold
medals were a little more than
he had anticipated. He ended
up bringing home the boys
11-12 High Point Trophy in
the process.

“T felt good. The perfor-
mance was very good over
there in Plantation,” he stat-
ed. “The performances were
exactly what I expected.”

Carey won the 50-yard
backstroke in 28.69 seconds,
the 100 breastroke in 1:06.64,

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1:01.99, 100 freestyle in 54.16
and 50 yard butterfly in 26.29.

In the end, Carey accumu-
lated a total of 180 points for
the High Point Trophy. His
nearest rival was American
Tobias Faucher with 115. A
J Reid came in third with 104.

“There was one event I had
to fight for,” said Carey about
the 100 freestyle as he went
head-to-head right to the wall
with American Jonathan
Rodriquez before he pulled
it off.

Clement Bowe, another
member of the Barracudas,
also made it to nine finals, but
he wasn’t as successful as
Carey in winning a medal.

The meet was sanctioned
by the Florida Gold Swim-
ming and the USA Swim-
ming. It also served as a qual-
ifier for the Junior Olympic
Games.

Carey’s parents, Omar and
Elva, said they were both
pleased with their son’s per-
formance and they are look-
ing forward to him producing
even better results as he heads
to the Carifta Games and the
CCCAN next year.

Stewart said Carey’s per-
formance is just the tip of the
iceberg.

“We're definitely looking
at 2012 when he will be a
young kid. At age 15, the goal
is to get him to qualify for the
Olympics,” Stewart said.

“But definitely in 2016, we
expect that he will be a sig-
nificant figure. If we make the
2012 Olympics, he will go
there as an observer, but in
2016, if he continues to
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SPORTS
INBRIEF

RACING
BHRA MEETING

THE Bahamas Hotrod
Association is scheduled
to hold a general meeting
at Motorsport Park,
Queen Elizabeth Sports
Center, 6:30pm Thursday.
All racing fans are urged
to attend as important
matters will be discussed.
Feel free to contact the
BHRA through “Safety
First,” P O Box CR-55929
and telephone (242) 394-
6364 for further informa-
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BASKETBALL
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
TOURNEY

SPECIAL Olympics
Bahamas is slated to hold
the annual Caribbean Spe-
cial Olympics Basketball
Invitational at Loyola Hall
5pm Friday and continue
9am Saturday. The official
opening ceremony is set
for 1pm.

Two teams each from
New Providence and
Grand Bahama will repre-
sent the Bahamas along
with a team from Abaco.
Visiting teams will come
from Guadeloupe and the
Cayman Islands.

Last year, Grand
Bahama clinched the gold
with the silver going to
Barbados. Abaco had to
settle for the bronze while
New Providence got shut
out of a medal.

BASKETBALL
NPBA ACTION

THE New Providence
Basketball Association is
set to continue its regular
season tonight at the C I
Gibson Gymnasium with
the 1-0 Y-Care Wreckers
taking on the 0-1 Reddies.

Two exciting games
were played Monday with
the following results post-
ed:

Police

Crimestoppers 93,

Outdoor Lighting

Falcons 91

The Falcons missed two
free throws in the winding
seconds that could have
forced a possible overtime
period.

The Police, however,
went on to win the game
as Valentino Richardson
canned 22 points, shoot-
ing 7-for-11 from the field
and 7-for-9 from the free
throw line.

Kevin Davis and Jack-
son Jacob both scored 19
in a losing effort.

Electro Telecom

Cybots 72,

Johnson’s Trucking

Jumpers 68

Brian Tucker Bain
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points on 9-of-15 from the
field and 8-of-10 from the
foul line for the Cybots.
He also had 18 of his game
high 29 in the fourth quar-
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and presentation banquet.

Higgins’ father, David,
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Wyndham Nassau Resort
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

espite its $16
million private
placement
being “under-
subscribed” by
Bahamian investors, a
Bahamas-based telecoms start-
up yesterday said its launch
might have “more strength in
depth” than initially envisaged
with a potential strategic/finan-
cial partner willing to invest
capital that would take it
beyond the target sum.

Edison Sumner, IP Solutions
International's president and
chief executive, declined to con-
firm to Tribune Business how
much the start-up’s private
offering raised, but acknowl-
edged that the failure to gen-
erate the required $16 million
from the Bahamian market
“may delay our launch for a
couple of months”.

This, though, depended on
the outcome of talks with IP
Solutions’ prospective interna-
tional partner, coupled with the
due diligence process and
required Government
approvals for a foreign entity’s
investment in a Bahamian com-
pany.

Mr Sumner said the company
was also looking at an alterna-
tive smaller scale launch than
initially planned, having tar-
geted the 2009 fourth quarter
end/2010 first quarter to bring

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* Multiple-play telecoms provider says potential foreign financial/strategic
partner looking at investing more than required to raise target
* Acknowledges that failure to obtain capital from Bahamian

market ‘may delay launch by a couple of months’

* But says ‘very likely’ able to meet 2010 first quarter launch
date with at least some of planned services

its ‘Multiple Play’
bundle of products to
market.

He added that
there was “a very
likely chance we will
be able to meet first
quarter projections
for the launch” of at
least some its services.

While IP Solutions
was still looking at
raising $16 million to
fulfill its business plan
and launch strategy, Mr Sumn-
er said the company’s potential
strategic/financing partner -
who he declined to name, citing
a non-disclosure agreement -
had raised the possibility of
investing more than the
required sum.

“There’s been some
advances made to is that have
higher investments coming in.
We’re still talking $16 million,
but higher figures have been
presented to us, and we’re cer-
tainly flexible enough to con-
sider these new proposals from
them,” Mr Sumner told Tri-

‘Rehabilitating’ $50k investment

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

PROVIDENCE Rehabilitation Centre has invested $50,000
into a Pilates and Yoga studio, in a bid to expand services offerings
not yet available in the heart of Nassau at an affordable pricing
point, its facility director said yesterday.

Christina Messarra said Pilates was a form of exercise that has
grown around the world, and is its most efficient and injury-miti-

gating form of exercise.

She said Pilates has traditionally been out of reach of most of the
working class because it requires significant investment in human
capital, making it a very expensive exercise regimen. “It can pre-
vent the onset of back pain and it is also used to manage injuries,”

she said.

Ms Messarra took advantage of recently-vacated office space just
upstairs from Providence Rehabilitation Centre, and began the ren-
ovations that would turn the space into an exercise room and

reception area.

After shopping around for a Pilates instructor, she discovered

Phillisa Beneby, a certified Pilates
instructor, and is slated to begin

SEE page 6B

Mail Boxes expands
franchise to Cayman

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia. net

MAIL BOXES ETC is set
to open its franchise in the Cay-
man Islands this month, its chief
executive told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, as e-business
and the companies that facili-
tate it survived 2009 year with
only marginal drops in revenue,
while continuing to expand to
meet consumer needs into 2010.

Gershan Major said Mail
Boxes’ Cayman location could
open by mid-December, with
another coming on-line in
Trinidad by the 2010 first quar-
ter.

Mr Major said the Bahamian
Mail Boxes location, and its
companion in Antigua and Bar-
buda, were expecting an uptick
in business as the holiday sea-
son comes around.

However, he said a drop in

The information contained is from a third
party and The Tribune can not be held
tesponsible for errors and/or omission
from the daily report.



holiday season revenues was
expected this year compared to
last.

“Certainly, the business itself
is beginning to go into its peak
period relative to the e-com-
merce side,” said Mr Major.

“We expect some softening
this holiday season giving the
current economic condition.
However, we believe there are
more persons less inclined to
go on a plane and do shop-
ping.”

Mr Major said the e-com-
merce market was beginning to
take root in the Bahamas, as
people found it more conve-
nient to shop from the comfort
of home or office desk, rather
than go to the traditional brick
and mortar depot.

“Persons are looking for the
opportunity the Internet pro-
vides,” he said. “There they can
find tremendous deals and
often free ground shipping [in
the US].”

Mr Major added that most
online shoppers are looking for
the bundled deals offered by
many online stores and large
physical retailers, who sell their
products online.

One Bahamian cyber shop-
ping entity, ShopBVM.com, is
expecting to expand its busi-
ness in 2010 by adding much
more stores to its inventory and
targeting markets in Europe,
Asia, Latin America and
Africa.

“We are creating more expo-
sure in the international land-
scape for Bahamian vendors,”
ShopBVM directors told Tri-
bune Business recently.

“We're doing fine and there
are some great days ahead. We
have a lot of stuff rolling out in
the new year.”

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SUMNER

bune Business.

“Tf they’re pre-
pared to put in more
than required, do we
have the capacity to
absorb this, and the
internal capacity to
generate a rate of
return on this invest-
ment?

“We feel we can
put the additional
capital to use and
generate a reasonable
rate of return, and this perhaps
gives us a chance to accelerate
plans for regional and
Caribbean growth, as we will
have the capital to do more.”

Referring to IP Solutions’
private placement, which was
extended by a month to end-
November in the hope of rais-
ing $8 million in common
stock/equity capital, $4 million
in preference shares and $4 mil-
lion in bank debt financing, Mr
Sumner said: “We unfortu-
nately did not raise all the cap-
ital we expected to raise.

“We had a tremendous

amount of interest from the
Bahamian investing public, but
not as many that expressed
interest in the company came
through as investors at the end
of the day. We have been suc-
cessful in raising some capital,
but have been undersubscribed
by the local Bahamian econo-
my.”

Adding that he was “‘disap-
pointed” that interest levels did
not equate to actual investment
in IP Solutions, Mr Sumner told
Tribune Business: “When we
saw the trend that was happen-
ing coming to the closing, we
started attending to interna-
tional investors and other
strategic alliances.

“We’ve been working on that
end and have done some initial
arrangements with an interna-
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ISLE of Capri signed off on
its troubled management of
Our Lucaya’s casino with a 5.4
per cent year-over-year
increase in its second quarter
loss to $968,000, upon an
almost-32 per cent fall in rev-
enues to $1.418 million.

Revealing the losses sus-
tained by Isle-Our Lucaya in
the run-up to the end of its
extended lease, the US gam-
ing company said revenues for
the three months to October
25, 2009, had fallen by almost
one-third from the $2.072 mil-
lion generated in the compa-
rable period in 2008.

For the half-year, Isle of
Capri’s Our Lucaya casino saw
its top-line revenues fall from
$5.645 million in 2008 to $3.552
million this year, a fall of 37.1
per cent.

When it came to the impact
on operating income, or earn-
ings before interest, taxation,
depreciation and amortisation
(EBITDA), it appears as if Isle
of Capri’s cost containment ini-
tiatives proved somewhat suc-
cessful, as the increase in oper-
ating losses was less than the
revenue decline.

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increase in 2010 second quarter

operating losses, Isle of Capri’s
Grand Bahama operation saw
half-year operating losses rise
by 27.5 per cent to $1.369 mil-
lion, compared to $1.074 mil-
lion in 2008.

Operations at Our Lucaya’s
casino have just undergone a
transition between Isle of
Capri and Treasure Bay, the
new manager, following the
latter’s withdrawal from the
Grand Bahama gaming mar-
ket.

Treasure Bay, though, was
very much the Government’s
‘second choice’ to
operate/manage the Our
Lucaya casino, the Ingraham
administration having hoped
that Foxwoods Development
Company could work out a
deal with the resort’s owner,
Hutchison Whampoa, that
would have seen it take over
the integrated management of
the resort and casino opera-
tions.

However, the two parties
were unable to conclude an
agreement prior to Isle of
Capri’s exit from Grand
Bahama last week, leaving the
Government with no option
but to go with Treasure Bay.

Without a replacement oper-
ator, that would have left some

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‘Solve Port ownership dispute by 2010’s Q1’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE newly-elected Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce’s president yester-
day urged that the long-running Port
Authority ownership dispute be resolved

* New Chamber president in plea for resolution
* Wants to obtain ‘better understanding’ of Hutchison’s

“by the end of the first quarter 2010, if not

before”, and warned that the continuing
uncertainty meant potential businesses and
investors were likely to give Freeport a

wide berth.

K. Peter Turnquest, of Telecom Trad-
ing & Consulting, told Tribune Business
that during his term in office he also want-
ed to obtain “a better understanding” of
Hutchison Whampoa’s plans for Our
Lucaya, Grand Bahama’s premier resort
property, and see the development of a
master plan for Grand Bahama that
emphasised the development of the Sea

Air Business Centre.

Turning to the three-year Grand Bahama

direction.”

Port Authority (GBPA) ownership dispute
between the Hayward and St George fam-
ilies, Mr Turnquest told Tribune Business:
“With respect to that, we hope the owner-
ship issue is settled very shortly, hopefully
by the end of the first quarter, if not before.

“No business will come into Grand
Bahama if they’re not sure who they’re
dealing with, and do not know what the
landscape will look like. It’s very impor-
tant that we resolve that issue, so we can
speak to investors with one voice and one

Our Lucaya plans and see island development
plan emphasising Sea, Air Business Centre

been pushing behind the scenes for a reso-
lution to the Port ownership dispute, and
taken steps to bring this about by refusing
to renew the work permit of its chairman,
Hannes Babak, beyond December 31, 2009.

The Prime Minister has viewed this as
increasing the pressure on Sir Jack Hay-
ward and the Hayward family trust to set-
tle with the late Edward St George’s estate,
but Sir Jack has shown no signs of bowing
to the Prime Minister’s wishes when it
comes to a resolution and a possible sale to

Hutchison Whampoa.

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Bahamian society and economy at crossroads

AS we start the final month
of 2009, we find ourselves
perched at the crossroads of a
most untenable position in
Bahamian history. The author-
ities appear to be ‘burying their
heads in the sand’ during a
crime wave of epic proportions,
while concurrently struggling
to maintain the Bahamas
through what is worldwide
being referred to as the ‘great
recession’.

While crime is not a matter
for political gain, it is a fact that
governments take credit for low
crime rates, yet refuse to accept
any blame when crime is out of
control.

While it is accepted that
there is a high level of personal
rage in our society, resulting in
homicides perpetrated by per-
sons known to the victim, some-
thing still has to be done. A
greater focus on conflict reso-
lution on a national scale must
be undertaken. This can take
the form of lectures, seminars,
community workshops and the
like. However, such an effort
must involve schools, church-
es, civic organisations, cultural
organisations, and lodges - in
other words, the broadest pos-
sible spectrum of society.

From my vantage point,
these are the two greatest
impediments to the rebuilding
of a prosperous future for the
Bahamas, and thus represent
my focus today.

Crime

As I talk to Bahamians and
residents of the Bahamas from
all walks of life, it is amazing
that every conversation some-
how reverts to the issue of
crime. People simply do not
feel safe in our country any
more. The Government is per-
ceived as being totally ineffec-
tive in the fight against crime,
and for some reason is unpre-
pared to make the necessary
changes to correct the situation.
I do not pretend to understand
political strategy, but I do know
that if something is not done,
there will be fall-out at the
polls.

Last week we hit another low
when two groups of tourists
were targeted at an ‘eco-
tourism’ facility in the Chip-
pingham area. A Travel Advi-
sory from the US State Depart-
ment is probably not too far
off. I say to the current Admin-
istration: “You are not being
perceived as having a handle
on the crime situation, nor are
you being perceived as having a
real plan to combat it.” The ball
is squarely in your court.

Fair question

It is one thing to be critical,
but it is also fair to ask: “What
would you do?” We can begin
by considering the following:

* The implementation of a
‘Gun Court’, where persons
found with unlicensed guns are

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quickly brought before this
court and their cases dispensed
with quickly. This can be
expanded to a ‘Dangerous
Weapons Court’ to include
knives.

* We could do what it takes
to ensure that persons charged
with murder are not out on the
streets ‘on bail’. If we need to
change the law to do this, then
so be it.

The current situation, where
persons charged with one, and
sometimes multiple murders,
are arrested for additional
offences while on bail is sheer
and utter nonsense.

* We could implement a cur-
few for persons under the age
of 20 years. If you are caught
breaking the curfew you are
remanded for a minimum of 48
hours before being released. If
you have three violations you
will be automatically sentenced
to a six-month period of incar-
ceration or structured commu-
nity service. Further, I deputise
members of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force to
assist in enforcing the curfew.

* We need to confront the
issue of ‘gang violence’. This is
an extremely complex social
issue, and while I do not have
any concrete recommendations,
there are many in the commu-
nity who have expertise in this
area, whose voices and exper-
tise must be galvanised into a
cogent national plan.

Economy

Despite the outward appear-
ance of ‘business as usual’, from
all accounts the Bahamian
economy is truly at a cross-
roads. The economy has slowed
considerably. For the first time
in memory, I have never expe-
rienced such a wide swathe of
Bahamian professionals com-
plaining about how tough the
economy is, and this reality is
not confined to a particular sec-
tor. Lawyers, doctors, accoun-
tants, small business owners are
all complaining about the tough
economic environment that we
currently face.

Plight of small business

In the retail sector, for exam-
ple, I am told that sales are gen-
erally down by 35 per cent to 45
per cent. Many small business-
es have managed to keep their
doors open thus far by running
down inventories and running
up accounts payables as much
as possible. However, it is
inventories that drive sales. So,
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inventories, you will ultimately
have no choice but to close
your doors, even when the
economy recovers.

The great irony is that when
all the major economies have
implemented policies to sup-
port the small business sector,
we have actually done the
opposite in the Bahamas. The
banks have tightened credit and
interest rates have remained
artificially high, thus effectively
putting many small businesses
into liquidation mode.

Interest Rates

Exactly one year ago at a
luncheon attended by a group
of business leaders, there was a
robust debate on the issue of
the level of interest rates in the
Bahamas. I did not support a
reduction of interest rates at
that time, based on my greater
concern for maintaining an ade-
quate level of foreign reserves
and, ultimately, the country’d
ability to maintain parity of the
Bahamian dollar. I felt strongly
that we should not act prema-
turely and potentially jeopar-
dise our reserve position in the
face of an uncertain global eco-
nomic slowdown.

What has changed?

Last week (November 19)
the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Develop-
ment (OECD), whose mem-
bership consists of the 30 largest
economies in the world, revised
its economic growth forecast to
1.9 per cent and 2.5 per cent,
respectively, for 2010 and 2011.
This compares to a projected
contraction of 3.5 per cent for
2009.

Also, just last week, the min-
ister of state for finance recon-
firmed that our foreign reserve

position is strong, and adequate
to sustain the economy.

Tangible stimulus

In light of both factors, there
is absolutely no reason why
interest rates cannot now be
reduced in the Bahamas. This
would provide a real and tangi-
ble stimulus to the small busi-
ness sector, to the average
Bahamian consumer, and to the
Government. Most of the Gov-
ernment’s debt is in Bahamian
dollars, so any reduction in
local interest rates will produce
millions of dollars in savings.
Thus far, the road improvement
programme is not trickling
down to the average consumer
in a tangible or particularly
noticeable way.

Lower interest rates would
touch every single Bahamian
by providing financial relief via
lower mortgage payments, low-
er interest rates on credit card
debt and lower rates on bank
loans.

Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst, is
vice-president - pensions, Colo-
nial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.

The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies.

Please direct any questions
or comments to

rigibson@atlantichouse.

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‘Higher investment’ for $16m start-up

the tune of actually completing
the funding that was required.

“We have been nurturing
that relationship, because we
want to get it right first time.
Financing has been discussed,
and we are doing the due dili-
gence work that has to be
done.”

When asked whether to raise
the full $16 million in the
Bahamas might delay imple-
mentation of IP Solutions’ busi-
ness model and plan, Mr Sum-
ner acknowledged: “It might.

“It depends on how quickly
we get through the due dili-
gence process and approvals
process for large foreign
investors coming in. Our launch
will be contingent on how long
that process takes to complete.

“We do have another plan in
place to look at doing a launch
on a smaller scale until the
process with a new partner is
completed. There is a very like-
ly chance we will be able to
meet the first quarter projec-
tions for a launch of some of
this process. It may delay us for
a couple of months, possibly,
depending on due diligence
issues.”

When asked why IP Solu-
tions’ offering had not gener-
ated a stronger response from
Bahamian investors, Mr Sumn-
er said: “The overarching rea-
son we’re hearing is that it was
based on the economy. A lot
of people want to safeguard the
cash, capital they do have.

“There was also an issue with
coming into a start-up. Despite
the fact that we have a lot of
experience and expertise
behind the company, it’s still a
start-up.” Such companies have
added risk attached to them,
and Mr Sumner said some
investors had indicated they
wanted to see IP Solutions
establish an operational track
record before parting with their
funds.

Tribune Business had also
been told by prospective
investors, who wished to
remain anonymous, that the
risk/reward profile of IP Solu-

tions’ private placement was
not right to attract investors.

For instance, they said the
9.25 per cent interest rate on
the preference shares should
have been much higher, in the
double digits at around 15 per
cent. As an example, they said
Cable Bahamas, an established
company, had offered 8 per
cent on its $40 million prefer-
ence share issue, whereas IP
Solutions - a much riskier start-
up - was only priced 1.25 per
cent higher.

In response, Mr Sumner told
Tribune Business that the com-
pany had twice adjusted the
yield on its $4 million prefer-
ence shares from an initial 7.75
per cent, adding that the 9.25
per cent was “far above any
offering made in the country”
and “an extremely generous
offer in the current economic
environment”.

Despite the disappointment
with Bahamian investors, Mr
Sumner said IP Solutions would
be “better off” and its investors
benefit more from the presence
of its potential financial/strate-
gic partner.

“T think we will bring this
company to market in a slight-
ly stronger way,” Mr Sumner
said. “Based on what we have
been dealing with thus far, I
think it’s going to add a lot
more strength and strength in
depth to the company than
what we initially envisioned”

IP Solutions International
was hoping to attract 5,000 sub-
scribers to its 'multiple-play’
product during its first opera-
tional year. It is targeting
Bahamian consumers with a
proposition of services deliv-
ered via a wireless Internet
infrastructure. Among the
product offering will be news,
entertainment, movies, TV and
video-type games of a non-casi-
no variety.

Apart from Bahamian busi-
nesses and households, the key
markets for IP Solutions Inter-
national will also be the nation's
hotel industry and private gated
communities.

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Six Bahamas
attorneys among
regional leaders

SIX Bahamian attorneys
have been named among the
Caribbean’s top private wealth
management lawyers by City-
wealth Leaders, a publication
that rates attorneys engaged in
that market.

The six include three part-
ners at Higgs & Johnson, one
partner at Lennox Paton, and
two from Graham, Thompson
& Co.

They are Philip Dunkley,
Higgs & Johnson’s senior and
managing partner, and fellow
partners Earl Cash and Heather
Thompson; Lennox Paton part-
ner Michael Paton; and Sean
McWeeney and Tanya Hanna
at Graham, Thompson & Co.

Of the other major

Caribbean international finan-
cial centres, the Cayman Islands
had the largest representation
on the Citywealth list with sev-
en.

The Bahamas was next with
six, and then came Bermuda
with five and the British Vir-
gin Islands with four.

Lawyers

Citywealth’s leading lawyers
- international list is compiled
from the recommendations of
their peers, ultra high net-worth
individuals and charitable
organisations. It says it deals
only with the top 1 per cent of
the wealthiest individuals in
each country, and their advisers

and managers.

Citywealth said inclusion on
the list meant an attorney had
been “endorsed by more than
2,000 elite, global peers in fam-
ily offices, accountancy and law
practices, and FDA regulated
financial institutions, and by
ultra high net-worth rich list
clients and charitable organisa-
tions”.

It also meant an attorney
“should be chosen first for any
ultra high net worth rich list
clients reviewing an adviser or
manager for wealth manage-
ment, tax, estate, trust or phil-
anthropy advice”, and that their
“individual technical expertise,
trusted status, integrity and rep-
utation are ‘green lighted’”.

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candidate to work as a Marketing / Sales Manager.

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Must be able to manager and motivate staff in the Sales
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Must be able to liaison with potential buyers, grow market
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Know how to execute business, sales and marketing plans,
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This candidate is required to be a professional who thrives on the
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NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000

























































In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act, 2003,
VALLUM ASSET ADVISORY LIMITED is in
dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution was November 30th, 2009

Continental Liquidators Inc of 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906,
Belize City, Belize is the Liquidator of VALLUM ASSET
ADVISORY LIMITED

NOTICE

SANTANDER MERCHANT
BANK LIMITED

In accordance with section 226 of the
Companies Act, 1992, noticeis hereby given that
the members of Santander Merchant Bank
Limited have, on November 27, 2009, passed
a resolution for the voluntary winding up of
the company.

Pablo Rodriquez Miiller of Goodman’s Bay
Corporate Centre, 3’rd Fl, West Bay Street &
Seaview Drive, is the Liquidator

LIQIUDATOR

NOTICE

PAN AMERICA BANK LIMITED

In accordance with Section 226 of the
Companies Act, 1992, notice is hereby given
that the members of Pan American Bank
Limited have, on November 27, 2009, passed
a resolution for the voluntary winding up of
the company.

Pablo Rodriquez Miiller of Goodman’s Bay
Corporate Centre, 3’rd Fl, West Bay Street &
Seaview Drive, is the Liquidator.

‘Solve Port ownership
dispute by 2010's QI’

Instead, he has been making
overtures of his own regarding
a possible sale to Lord Ashcroft
of Belize and a US group
whose Grand Bahama-based
point man is Ben Bell.

On the issue of Hutchison,
Mr Turnquest told Tribune
Business that he and the new
Chamber Board wanted to
obtain “a better understanding
of the intentions of Hutchison
with respect to Our Lucaya.
Our premier property contin-
ues to suffer”.

Residents

He added that Grand
Bahama residents had held out
“high hopes” that Hutchison
might sign an agreement allow-
ing Foxwoods Development
Company to take over as Our
Lucaya’s operator/manager for
both the resort and casino, since
its world-renowned brand could

immediately place Freeport and
the entire island on the world
gaming/tourism map.

Agreement

It now seemed that an agree-
ment with Foxwoods cannot
happen, and Mr Turnquest told
Tribune Business: “The Radis-
son group [the current opera-
tors] are showing some signs of
life and bringing some energy
to the product, because right
now it seems to be dormant and
waiting for others to do it for
us.

“The operator and owner
need to put more work into
promoting the market to get
the best out of it.”

The Chamber president
added: “We’d also like to see
the development plans for the
island include the revitalisation
of the Air, Land and Sea Park
[Sea Air Business Centre],

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
GATIK INVESTMENTS LIMITED., is in dissolution.

Enrique Koch la Rosa is the Liqudator and can be contacted at
Avenida Carninos del Inca 1404, Las Gardenias, Santiago de

Surco, Lima, Peru.

All persons having claims against the above-named are required
to sen their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or
claims to the Liquidator before December 30, 2009.

NOTICE

MANDARIN INTERNATIONAL
CORPORATION

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 27th day of November , 2009.
Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre,
Shirley & Charlotte Streets, PO.Box N-3023, Nassau, The

Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of the Company.

which would provide excellent
opportunities to create quality
jobs in supply chain manage-
ment.

“The infrastructure we have
here is unsurpassed in the
Bahamas and the Caribbean,
so we'd like to see more focus
on that.”

Freeport’s infrastructure,
including its planned roads,
deep-water harbour, the
Freeport Container Port,
Grand Bahama International
Airport and Grand Bahama
Shipyard, together with its tax-
advantageous status and geo-
graphical location, made the
island perfect for industries
such as logistics, shipping and
duty-free warehouses.

Goal

“Our goal is to see the recov-
ery of the economy in Grand
Bahama for the benefit of the

CASINO, from 1B

235 casino employees jobless, a
scenario unthinkable to the
Government with unemploy-
ment nationwide - and in
Grand Bahama especially -
already running at around a
likely 20 per cent rate.

However, Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace, minister of
tourism and aviation, told Tri-
bune Business at the time that
the Government was still
focusing on a "Foxwoods-type
deal", where the resort and
casino were managed by the
same sole operator, as the ulti-
mate solution for Our Lucaya.

"We have always said from
the beginning that Treasure
Bay would be more successful,
and any casino operator would
be more successful, to the
degree that we have integrated
management of the resort and
casino [at Our Lucaya]," Mr
Vanderpool- Wallace told Tri-
bune Business.

"We are already working
closely with Treasure Bay to



members,” Mr Turnquest told
Tribune Business. “We’re going
to do our part to correct the
impression that doing business
in Grand Bahama is difficult.
“Grand Bahama is an excel-
lent place to do business. The
quality of life is unmatched, and
we have the technical and
labour skills to do the job. We
think it’s a wonderful place to
do business, and will do all that
is necessary to make business

grow.”
Grand

Mr Turnquest said the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce intended to “meet with
all the relevant government
agencies” come January 2010
to obtain an update on their
commerce-related agendas.

The Chamber also intended
to “give some input” on what it
wanted to see happen.

effect that........ That is our ulti-
mate goal, integrated manage-
ment of the resort and casino
as one."

When asked why the Fox-
woods deal had seemingly
been taken off the table, the
Government deciding to go
with its second option of Trea-
sure Bay, Mr Vanderpool-Wal-
lace said: "It was very clear
that some of the other options
being considered would take a
much longer time that allowed
by the need of Isle of Capri" to
exit its Our Lucaya operation
by end-October, as its Board of
Directors had committed to.

"Treasure Bay was better
able to accommodate what we
needed to do in a shorter peri-
od of time," the minister told
Tribune Business. "That's not
to suggest in any way that we
do not have the utmost confi-
dence in the capacity of Trea-
sure Bay to do an outstanding
job.

"We're already talking to
them about what we want to
accomplish.”

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

BEMARO GLOBAL S.A.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby even that in accordance with
Section 138(4) of the International Business
Companies Act. 2000, BEMARO GLOBAL S.A.

is in dissolution as of November 27, 2009.

Ludwig W. Vriesinga of Springdale, The Ridges,
Fine hampste ad, Berkshire RG40 38U, United
Kingdom is the Liquidator.

LIQIUDATOR

NEC INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LTD.

(Company number 147,546 B)

An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the
voluntary winding-up and dissolution of the Company
commenced on the 27th day of November, 2009 and
that Pine Limited of Devonshire House, Queen Street,
P.O. Box N-8176 Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator.

Dated this 27th day of November, 2009

Pine Limited
Liquidator

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Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

New Era Communications Fund Ltd.
An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 the following notices are hereby given:-

1) That the voluntary winding-up and dissolution of the
Company commenced on the 30th day of November, 2009

2) That Vanessa Z. Coleby and J. Eleanor Bain both of
Devonshire House, Queen Street, P.O. Box N-8176 Nassau,
Bahamas have been appointed Liquidators

3) That all persons having any outstanding claims against the
above-named Company are required on or before the 8th day
of December, 2009 to send their names and addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidators of the
Company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from
the benefit of any distributions made before such debts are
proved.

Dated this 30th day of November, 2009
Vanessa Z. Coleby / J. Eleanor Bain
Liquidators

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NOTICE

VENTAZ ENGINEERING S.A,
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice ts hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the Intemational Business Companies Act.
2000, VENTA ENGINEERING &.A, is in
dissolution as of November 27, 2009,

Ludwig W, Vriesinga of Springdale, The Ridges,

Finchampstead, Berkshire RG40 35U, United
Kingdom is the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR



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Entrepreneur’s ‘Movi’ award

BURTON Wallace, vice-
president of The Movi Group,
will be presented with the
Visionary Award at this
Wednesday’s Visionary Busi-
ness Leaders & Entrepreneur
Awards Conference.

The Movi Group, along with
The Ministry of Tourism and
Bahamas Local.com, a new
search engine and directory,
were each selected for the sep-
arate roles they played in assist-
ing local business or the country

during the reces-
sion.

“T am indeed
humbled and con-
sider it a great
honour to be
recognised before
my peers and
business leaders
at the upcoming
Visionary Conference,” said Mr
Wallace.

He has worked in the audio-
visual industry since 1991 as a

WALLACE



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tor and audio technician. In
1998, he forged ahead and
opened an audio visual and
advertising company, known
today as Movi Company.

Mr Wallace has assembled a
team of multimedia profes-
sionals with a proven track
record in delivering superior
quality video, radio production
and graphic design services.

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M&E Limited fon

As a privately-owned, mid-sized Bahamian Company
and the authorized Caterpillar dealer in the Bahamas,
we are seeking candidates for the position of Field
Service Technicians, and candidate for the position
of Electrical Technician. The individuals must be
able to support Caterpillar Tractors, Excavators, Wheel
Loaders, Backhoe Loaders and other machines in the
Bahamas. Applicants must have proven experience in
diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing of Hydraulics,
Engines and Vehicular Electricity. Computer skills are
also required for this position. Applicants with formal
education in mechanics are preferred.

Send complete resume with education and work
experience to: M & E Limited, P. 0. Box N-3238,
Nassau Bahamas, Attention: Human Resources

Department, or email me@me-ltd.com.

Only persons being interviewed for this position
will be contacted.

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place at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens,
New Providence, beginning Monday, December 7 to Friday,
December 11, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as follows:

ALL STUDENTS

Surnames beginning with

Monday, December 7, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009

TIME: 9:00) a.m. = 3:() p.m.
PLACE: Holy Trinity Activity Centre
Stapledon Gardens

* All Students and/or Guarantors should be present
and must bring relevant identification, (valid Passport
and National [Insurance Card).

All accounts must be current and all necessary
documentation completed before cheques are
released.

DISBURSEMENTS MADE AT
THE BANK WILL














Join Us for
Proposed Southwest New
Providence Marine Park

Community Meeting

Your Input is Important -
Please Join Us!

Wednesday, 2 December, 2009
7:00pm
St. Paul’s Church, Lyford Cay

The area off the Southwest Coast of New Providence is impor-
tant due to its proximity to the island of New Providence. As
an important Dive Site, it has value for the tourism industry
and has recreational value to New Providence Fishermen. The
Bahamas National Trust is in the process of developing a
proposal for a National Park to be developed off the Southwest
coast of New Providence Island. The creation of a marine park
in this area has the potential to serve multiple purposes of
protecting resources, providing non-destructive economic
benefits, and providing both recreational and educational
opportunities for Bahamians.

The Bahamas National Trust firmly believes that engaging both
stakeholders and resource users during the project’s develop-
ment phase is essential for its success. All users of the South-
west Marine Area off of New Providence should try and attend
this important meeting.

Community Meeting

For additional meeting information call 393-1317
or email bnt@bnt.bs

HELP WANTED

Lightbourn Trading
Co. Ltd.

Has opening’s in the following areas:

Warehouse Management
Warehouse Supervisors
Truck Drivers/Helpers
Stockmen

Salesmen
Merchandisers

Salaries are commensurate with ability and
experience, and are WELL above industry
standards for exemplary personnel.

Application forms are available at the Receptionist
desk, you may also send resumes (where
applicable) to the following postal, or email
address:

The Manager Lightbourn Trading Co. Ltd.
P.O. Box N-7124

#118 Mackey Street

Nassau

Employment @ lightbourntrading.com

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MOVI, from 5B

Key speakers for the Decem-
ber 2 event at the Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort will
include Dionisio D'Aguilar,
immediate past president of the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce, and president of Super-
wash and chairman of AML
Holdings; Stacia Williams, pres-
ident of Total Image Manage-
ment; and Sandy Schaefer,
president of Robin Hood.

The minister of state for
finance, Zhivargo Laing, will
deliver the keynote address.
Also addressing the conference
will be Dr Myles Munroe, pres-
ident of Bahamas Faith Min-
istries International.

Other event sponsors include
Superwash, Milo B. Butler &
Sons, Sanctuary Investments,
with prize and special donations
by Robin Hood, Atlantis,
Bahamasair and Switcha.



Legal Notice



NOTICE




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:





(a) SOPHEN HOLDING LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of the



International Business Companies Act 2000.




(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when




its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar






General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace





West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required



on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses




and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in



default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution






made before such debts are proved.

DECEMBER 2, 2009




ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.




LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY








Legal Notice

‘Rehabilitating’
50k investment

FROM page 1B

offering classes by mid-Decem-
ber.

According to Ms Messarra,
obtaining certification to
instruct Pilates is an intensive
one-year programme. She has
also secured a Yoga instructor
for her company’s expanded
repertoire.

In addition to constructing
an exercise studio, Ms Messar-
ra also recently expanded Prov-
idence Rehabilitation Centre,
turning bathrooms and a stor-
age room into an area where
patients undergo spinal decom-
pression, to assist with things
such as herniated and degen-
erative discs.

She also added home care
services to her offerings this
year, though demand for the
service has been fairly low.

“We began our home care
services in March, but it hasn’t
necessarily been successful,”

said Ms Messarra.

She added that there was a
market for home physiotherapy
sessions, and she hired one of
the best Bahamian therapists
to render the service. She
argues that people are discour-
aged by the prices, but do not
know thatt he service can be
covered by their insurance.

Competitive

Ms Messarra said her centre
had extremely competitive pric-
ing for individuals without
insurance. “I wanted to make
physio sessions available to as
many Bahamians as possible,”
she said.

Providence Rehabilitation
Centre also has a full service
paediatric centre, equipped
with a special centre for chil-
dren with Cerebral Palsy. Ms
Messarra said, however, that
parents often choose therapy
in the US for their children
over local treatment, so the

Legal Notice



NOTICE





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:




(a) GRADUATORIA LIMITED. is in dissolution under the provisions of the

(a) NISIO LIMITED. is in dissolution under the provisions of the Interna-



International Business Companies Act 2000.

tional Business Companies Act 2000.




(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when



its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar





General.

General.

paediatric centre has been
grossly underused.

The centre also boasts the
only licensed hand therapist in
the Bahamas, Ratish Karna,
who deals with traumatic hand
injury, such as gun shot trau-
ma, deep abrasions and shat-
tered bones.

According to Ms Messarra,
she is cautiously optimistic
about her expansion, adding
that they were necessary addi-
tions to her service offerings.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

Mail Boxes
expands
franchise
to Cayman

FROM page 1B

They are also set to hold
their second e-commerce ven-
dors fair in the New Year,
where businesses who have
moved their firms online will
be able to interact with their
customer face to face and
reveal new offers.

One of ShopBVM.com’s
most successful sellers is phone
cards. “They love having access
to phone cards that they use for
roaming to keep the communi-
cation lines open,” said the
directors.

They, like Mr Major, argue
that e-commerce is an emerging
market that will not decline in
the near future.

Xpress-it Courier service
expanded its business this year
to include two Marathon Mall
locations, where customers can
order items online, pay for and
receive them all at the same
place.

President of the company,
Heather Saunders, is also
mulling the launch of gift cards
for the holiday season, which
can be charged with up to
$1,000 for purchase.

Customers are also able to
independently track their pack-
age’s progress at the business’s
website, expressitinc.com.

Ms Saunders said the second
store, which preceeded the mall
kiosk by only several months,
greatly relieved X-press It’s cus-
tomer traffic.

“Good times are ahead for
people who want to utilise e-
commerce,” said a ShopBVM



(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace director.

West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.



(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

J. WALLACE LTD.

IBC No. 49,015 B

DECEMBER 2, 2009 (In Voluntary Liquidation)

DECEMBER 2, 2009

ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD. ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.

NOTICE is hereby given that as follows:

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

(a) That J.WALLACE LTD. is in Dissolution under the provisions of The
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 17th day
of November, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted and

Legal Notice registered by the Registrar General.

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

Local Business Executive Seeks

PERSONAL SECRETARY

Experience, qualifications and duties....

(c) The Liquidator of the Company is Sterling (Bahamas) Limited of 2nd
Floor, Saffrey Square, Bank Lane and Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) Any person having Claim against the above name Company are
required on or before the 17th day of December, 2009 to send their
name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the
Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution of any made before such claim is approved.

(a) PUT INTERNATIONAL LIMITED. is in dissolution under the provi-
sions of the International Business Companies Act 2000. ;
* Personal Secretary experience preferred

* Highly proficient in Microsoft Office

* Ability to work independently with limited direction

* Some college preferred and transportation required

* Software Helpdesk/Customer Service

* Preparation of documents and presentations

* Occasional weekend / evening hours

* Assisting with the organization and preparation of
events

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

General. Sterling (Bahamas) Limited

Liquidator
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace q

West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

The successful applicant will be required to
Provide personal and employment references.

DECEMBER 2, 2009

ee
Employment Opportunity

CREW NEEDED FOR
McDONALD’S RESTAURANTS

ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.
Please send resume with photograph to

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY A
psecad@gmail.com

FG CAPITAL MARKETS
BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

ROYAL FIDELITY

Shey ot Wark

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
TUESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,486.86 | CHG -0.61 | %CHG -0.04 | YTD -225.50 | YTD % -13.17
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2008 -12.31%
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

52wk-Low Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $
1.03 0.00 0.127
9.90 0.00 0.992
5.90 0.00 0.244
0.63 0.00 -0.877
3.15 0.00 0.125
2.14 0.00 0.055
9.92 0.00 1.406
2.72 0.00 0.249
5.26 0.00 0.419
1.27 0.01 0.111
1.32 0.00 0.625
6.28 0.00 0.420
8.80 0.00 0.322
0.631
0.326
0.000
0.035
0.407
0.952
0.156
ases)
Interest

REQUIREMENTS:

MUST BE A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
MUST BE CUSTOMER SERVICE DRIVEN
MUST BE A HIGH PERFORMER

MUST HAVE EXCELLENT ORAL &
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS
MUST BE ABLE TO WORK FLEXIBLE
HOURS, INCLUDING LATE NIGHTS,
WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS

Securit y
AML Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank ($1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S$)
Focol Class B Preference
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities

Previous Close Today's Close
1.17 1.17
10.75 10.75
5.90 5.90
0.63 0.63
3.15 3.15
2.37 2.37
10.00 10.00
2.72 2.72
5.62 5.62
2.62 2.63
2.55 2.55
6.40 6.40
9.29 9.29
9.87 9.86
4.75 4.75
1.00 1.00
0.27 0.27
5.59 5.59
J. S. Johnson 9.95 9.95 0.00
Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing b
Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
FBB17 100.00 0.00 1%
FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
FBB13 100.00 0.00 T%
FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price
10.06 11.06 14.00
2.00 6.25 4.00
0.35 0.40 0.35
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
30.13 31.59 29.00
0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV YTD% Last 12 Months
1.4160
2.8266
1.5033

Change

9.86
4.11
1.00
0.27
5.49
9.95
10.00

-0.01
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

52wk-Hi__52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

1000.00

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

79 Qctober 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013
29 May 2015
52wk-Low Symbol

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E

McDonald's offers excellent benefits!
Competitive Pay!
Training!

ABDAB
RND Holdings

Fund Name Div $
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund

1.3419
2.8266
1.4258

31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09
27-Nov-09
31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09
30-Sep-09
30-Sep-09
31-Oct-09

Career Development!
Monthly Incentives!
Opportunities for Upward Mobility!

2.9343
12.3870
100.0000
99.4177
9.4740

Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investrnent Fund
Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 2
Royal Fidelity Intl Fund - Equities Sub Fund

2.9343
13.2400
103.0956
99.4177
9.4740
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000
10.0000

1.0804
1.0269
1.0742
10.6301

31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09
31-Oct-09

3.56
6.30

4.42
6.30
4.8105 7.4613 35.40
MARKET TERMS

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company’s reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths

29.64 31-Oct-09
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily value
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
KS1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
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Applications available at all three restaurants and
McDonald's Head Office on Market Street North

NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
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Na LY,

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 7B





SHOWN (I-r): Lennox McCartney, insurance commissioner; David Maltby, managing director, BUPA; Dr Hubert Minnis, minister of health; Chester
Cooper, president, BAF, and other guests pose for a photo before the reception celebrating the alliance formed between BUPA and British American
Financial at British Colonial Hilton Hotel...

Insurer alliance to tackle
access to healthcare

BRITISH American Finan-
cial’s alliance with BUPA
Insurance Company has led the
Bahamian company to intro-
duce its MedSafe line of health
insurance products, supported
by the latter’s network of
health care providers world-
wide.

“We are truly excited about
our alliance with BUPA,” said
I. Chester Cooper, British
American Financial’s president
and chief executive.

“Having the support of
BUPA affords us the opportu-
nity to offer our clients world
class health care services that
extend far beyond our borders.
BAF MedSafe will offer four
comprehensive health insur-
ance options that will guarantee

access to the widest range of
providers, physicians, special-
ists and the very best health
care services worldwide.”

With inadequate health care
coverage a serious concern in
the Bahamas, Mr Cooper said:
“It’s important that people
have affordable and accessible
healthcare when they need it
most, and the comfort that
should the worst happen, your
insurance carrier is with you
for life.

“For this reason, certain
products in the MedSafe range
offer no annual maximums, no
reductions at any age and guar-
anteed renewal. With our
strong local brand and BUPA’s
global reach, this is unques-
tionably a win-win combination

for our client.”

BUPA has been in operation
since 1947, and currently has
over 10 million members from
192 countries around the world.

choose from four health insur-
ance options - MedSafe Dia-
mond Care; MedSafe Advan-
tage Care; MedSafe Critical
Care; and MedSafe Secure

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, Sean Zhivargo
Thompson of the 669 Major Rd., Yellow Elder Gardens #3
on the Island of New Providence, Bahamas intend to change
my name from Sean Zhivargo Thompson to Sean
Zhivargo Roker. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-792, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GOLDEN CAY PREMIER

INVESTMENTS LTD
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,

P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT
Equity Side
BETWEEN

IN THE MATTER OF ARTOC BANK AND TRUST LIMITED
(In Liquidation)

IN THE MATTER OF TH COMPANIES ACT
(Chapter 279)

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF INTENTION TO DECLARE
A SECOND DIVIDEND

Rule 68 of the Companies (Winding-Up) Rules, 1975

NOTICE is hereby given that a second dividend is intended
to be declared in the above matter.

If you do prove you claim to the satisfaction of the Official
Liquidator on or before the 4th day of January, A.D., 2010,
your claim will be expunged, and the Official Liqudator shall
proceed to pay a second dividend with out regard to such

claim.

The Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
has ordered that the publication of this notice shall constitute
compliance with the said rule 68 of the Companies

(Winding-Up) Rules, 1975.

Dated this 23rd day of November, A.D., 2009

McKINNEY, BANCROFT & HUGHES
Chambers
Mareva House
#4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Official Liquidator

BAF MedSafe clients can

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that APPLYS ALBERTA of
Wellington Road #29, P.O. BOX N-356, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2'" day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Care.



Legal Notice

NOTICE

DESERT ROSE PREMIER
INVESTMENTS LTD

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

Employment Opportunity:
Full-Time Managers

REQUIREMENTS:

MUST BE A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
MUST HAWE A DEGREE IN MANAGEMENT
OR MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY
EXPERIENCE

MUST BE CUSTOMER SERVICE DRIVEN
MUST BE RESULTS-ORIENTED &
ARTICULATE

MUST HAVE EXCELLENT INTER-PERSONAL
SKILLS

MUST HAVE EXCELLENT ORAL & WRITTEN
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
PROFESSIONALISM REQUIRED
EXPERIENCE IN RESTAURANT
MANAGEMENT WOULD BE 4A PLUS

JOB SUMMARY:

To assist the restaurant Manager in maintaining the

McDonald's formula for success - offering to the

customer high QUALITY, moderately priced food;
Fast, courteous SERVICE in immaculately

CLEAN surroundings, and fo assist in the

attainment of Restaurant Goals.

a

To exceed the customer's expectations
Medonald’s success is dependant upon providing
services and products that meet and exceed each
customer's expectations, Therefore, the goal of
each McDonald's employee is Total Customer
Satisfaction, Each employee's success will be
based upon his/her contribution to this goal.

McDonald's offers excellent benefits!

Please submit Resume to:

Human Resources Department

McDonald's Head Office on Market St. North
PO. Box 55-5925

Telephone: 325-4444

Nassau, Bahamas





CHESTER COOPER, president and chief executive of British American
Financial, talks to Dr Hubert Minnis, minister of health

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID HUGHES, P.O. BOX N-7777,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2" day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

COASTLINE PREMIER
INVESTMENTS LTD

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.
(Liquidator)

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2002
Is THE SUPREME COURT CLE GENS]
Common Law & Equity Division
BETWEEN

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AND

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of the Istaad of New Providenee which said pics: parcel of Jot of land
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Public Rood known os Makeoim Road and mnning therean Momh o 22
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EXCEPT a Roadway knows os Cox Woy of Summit Read nonning
thrigh the said pases pared! or lot al land deserted anal in cohoerel
boown on the sad plan, which wascaid paece parcel or bot of land described
bes such size shape dimession as shown bordered pink on the plun
oitached

AND
IN THE MATTER CFF The Petition of Bishep Hosea Cox
PETITION
TO: The Honcurble kelp of the Suprome Court of the Conenonecalth
of The Babar.
THE PETITION OF Hosea Coa of ise Southern District of te Ishin of
New Prowidence one of the slums of the Commoewoalth of The Boho
ahoweah:
1, HOSEA COX, of the Southern Destine of the Island of New Providence
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bakomes make Coth
onal sey as fol hes:

1. That your Petitioner is the owner in fee simple im possession of the
Hoo tated Jared: -

ALLTHAT piece parcel of bot of land containing by curvey [G4 Acres
situate in the aren eouth of Winleolmn Road anc chou 20000 feet Westwords.
Of Faw Soreet South in dhe Sau theene ali erct of dhe land of Mew Provnicace
beck aaa pioet panocl or bebo? land i pert of Maboolm Allotments and
ib bounded NORTHWARDLY by a Public Road known as Maboolm Bical
anal Tunnaemn g thereon. Neath 93 22" Ce" for S864 fees SOUTH WARD
by Domingo Heights Wee Subdivision and penning thereon Mork 238
QO) 40° for 293.55 foot and North 242 54! 22" for 194.02 fect Eacrwanily
partly by various parcels of land owned by several persons and runming
Besoon Mork 185 44° 17" for 1907 Geer, Mort 9 ae oT fice BS feet,
Neath [ES 44° 17" for 420 feet, North 279 44° 17" for 82.45 fect along
mourve with a madies of 100 feet for an anc distance of 44 feet orc, North
148 GT" for 30,25 feet, Monh 18 30! 34" for 2 fies Gone o pure
with @ radius af 202 feet for 44 feel acc. Nerth 238 04" 20" for ot) feet
parlly by Dantinge Heights West North 14% CA #0" for 1-80 feet, und
Westwundly partly hy Croklen Gates Subdivision Number | and running
thereon North Us S45 8b" for {U2 fost, portly afonpe a Subd intn on
peoperty kecuwn as “Owmble Tract” aed running thereoe Morih iB 4
346 for 928.99 feet, SAVE AND EXCEPT a Roadway knoern as Cox Way
or Summ Rood pursing throug the saed piece parcel or bat of land
Geecribed and i toboured brown on the sand plan, whack Was saad piece
pared or lot of land described has such sec shape climension as shown

ender) pire cere thas pth arr sa: heed

2 Thal here is no. charge, encumbrances, dower or c.cht io affecting yor
Petitioner's land.

3. Your Petitsener therefore prays that this dille to the land may be
Investigated, determined and declared under the Queeting Titles Act,
1999, Chapter 397 of the Save Lows of The Rahisenos, 1087 Firion
GF any Siu anniding of moplacing ier carte,
DATED the 20th day of Movember. A.D... 200,
RAMSEY & ASSOCLATES
hambers
Ramses Building
23 Plantel Siroet
Maceo, The fee hamas



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By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

ARIBBEAN flavours run through the

menu of the Tasty Caribbean Delights

restaurant which has Nassuvians in the
southern part of the island talking of delicious

regional cuisine.

And now persons in the rest
of New Providence are catch-
ing on, too.

“Tt’s different, and that’s
what people are looking for,”
restaurant owner Donovan
Gilbert told Tribune Taste.

“You're going to be blown
away because you’re not going
to expect what we serve here
to be found at a restaurant on
Faith Avenue on Carmichael
Road. You'd expect to find it
on Bay Street or Paradise
Island.”

Jamaican, Haitian and
Bahamian dishes are served up
on a daily basis.

The restaurant’s lunch menu
has become very popular,
boasting okra snapper, baked
turkey wings and oxtail, which
are the customer favourites.

Baked chicken, turkey
wings, pork, stew fish, roast
stuffed chicken, curry mutton,
curry chicken and grilled bar-
becue ribs are among the array
of tasty options.

But these aren’t the only
dishes that Tasty Caribbean
Delights serves. Cassava, sweet
potato and other cooked veg-
etables are on offer for the
more health conscious patrons

price,” he said.

“Customers are blown away,
because you don’t expect to
find what they found at a
restaurant in a location that is
considered to be ‘over the hill’.”

But it seems that the loca-
tion is working to Tasty
Caribbean Delights’ advan-
tage.

Carmichael Road is a hub
for businesses which seem to
be popping up everywhere,
and that means more hungry
people at lunch time.

At 12.30pm, an onslaught of
customers come rushing in to
put in their take-out orders
which are then prepared by the
Jamaican and Bahamian chefs.

But Tasty Caribbean
Delights delivery is also popu-
lar among business people out
at Lyford Cay and Robinson
Road.

A popular item on the
restaurant’s menu is shrimp
scampi which is served on a
bed of fettuccine pasta. It’s
simmered in herb butter and
a coconut sauce.

The coconut grouper and
curry fish are also scrumptious
options.

And continuing in the

“Customers are blown away,
because you don’t expect to find
what they found at a restaurant
in a location that is considered to
be ‘over the hill’.” — donovan Gilbert

who are tired of having peas
wv rice all the time.

When it comes to tradition-
al dishes, the restaurant’s man-
agers swear that they have the
best jerk chicken on the island,
which is an option on Fridays
and Saturdays.

We don’t Know if it lives up
to the hype, as Tribune Taste
did not get to sample it, but
customers attested to the truth
of this claim.

None of the items on the
menu are fried in oil, as the
restaurant tries to adhere to
healthy cooking techniques.

Most of the meats are grilled
at Tasty Caribbean Delights.

“If we need oil, we’ll use
olive oil as an alternative,” said
Mr Gilbert. “We use very light
salt, and a lot of natural sea-
sonings and herbs. We started
doing some catering a few
years back. As you listen to
people talk everybody wants
to be healthier.

“We pride ourselves because
you go into a hotel setting and
order an Italian herb chicken
or pineapple chicken and pay
more. But you come here and
get the same service and same
quality for a much cheaper

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seafood vein, Tribune Taste
recommends the Escoveitch
fish, which is a Jamaican dish
in a sauce made with vinegar,
lime juice, black pepper and a
dash of salt. Finally, this grilled
fish is topped with onions,
potatoes and carrot slices.

A taste of Cajun and Cre-
ole food is a highlight on
Wednesdays at the restaurant.

Grel, black rice and Sichuan
are a few of the Creole dishes
which are especially popular
among customers of Haitian
descent.

All-natural Irish moss juice
is available everyday. This rare
seaweed blend is said to
increase sperm count, accord-
ing to some research.

The Irish moss is boiled,
strained and then sweetened
with milk, nutmeg and vanilla.

Or you could try the natural
fruit juices, which come in
three flavours made from
papaya and beets. Another
Knockout is the homemade
lemonade.

To satisfy your sweet tooth,
the restaurant offers the usual
Bahamian desserts of carrot
cake, pineapple and coconut
tarts.

FRESH green salad, potato salad
and coleslaw are all part of Tasty
Caribbean Delights’ lunch menu.

Oh so

ASTY!

Tasty Caribbean
Delights restaurant
Jot tom dete ecvaCe meV Ucanate
about its delicious
regional cuisine



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TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

MANY Bahamians have
grown accustomed fo ring-
ing in the Christmas holiday
season with the Nassau

Renaissance Singers.

And the group, which has been prac-
ticing for months, is eager to perform
their first concert event of the year.

They’ve been on hiatus for a while
now following the passing of their last
director Pauline Glasby in 2008 - their
last concert was held during an event
they held in her honour last year.

This year, rehearsals began Sep-
tember in preparation for the ‘The
Music for Christmas’ concert, and
choir members promise the public can
expect to experience something very
special.

The group’s new multi-talented
director, Audrey Dean-Wright, will
lead the singers in “stellar perfor-
mances” at the two-night Christmas
concert event on December 12 and
13.

“Expect a lot of uplifting holiday
cheer,” said Barbara Thompson, a
senior member of the choir.

Contemporary, spiritual, tradition-
al, French, jazz and a gorgeous Latin
piece will be all a part of the music
lineup.

The concert aims to invoke the
Christmas spirit and will feature four
new musical numbers written by Mrs
Dean-Wright, as well as old-time
Christmas favourites.

Featured in the performers lineup is
a 12th grade student named Ashley
Myron Morley, who received nation-
al recognition for his musical talents.

The classical guitarist is a national
winner in the E Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival 2008/2009 in
the category of ‘Solo Guitar’.

Classically trained, well-known
soprano JoAnn Louise Deveaux-Cal-
lender will also be performing. She
will be accompanied by concert pianist

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Dr Christy Lee.

Mrs. Deveaux-Callender’s sound is
described as “infectious,” singing jazz
in a low husky voice, then moving to a
high lyrical voice, and rounding it off
in a powerful soprano.

Mrs Dean- Wright has been accom-
panying the Nassau Renaissance
Singers on the piano since she was 16
years old. At the time, Clement Bethel
was the choir director, and served as
her mentor.

Mr Bethel conducted an in-depth
study of music and piano skills with
Mrs Dean-Wright in her young years.

Members said it sends a message of
inspiration and lends credence to the
choir’s legacy to have Mrs Dean-
Wright, who started as a pianist with
the group all those years ago, now
directing the Nassau Renaissance
Singers.

Beyond her work with the group,
Mrs Dean-Wright has also made sig-

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nificant contributions to the musical
development of youth, and has even
authored three books that are in use in
the public schools of the Bahamas,
one of which is a collection of piano
pieces.

Mrs Dean-Wright’s passion for
helping in youth development through
music stems from her early years.

As the wife of a diplomat, she has
had the opportunity to extend her
community work beyond the bound-
aries of the Bahamas, ministering in
places such as Jamaica, Miami, New
York, Haiti and Cuba.

In each country she has lived in, she
founded a choir and assisted in other
areas, such as in the running of an
orphanage in Haiti and serving on the
fundraising committee of the Consular
Corps for the Miami Children’s Hos-
pital.

Mrs Dean-Wright took over the
Nassau Renaissance Singers last year

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© CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH SCOTIA

BANK BAHAMAS DEBUT ORCHESTRA

The National Art Gallery of the

Bahamas Music Series presents
: a Christmas Concert with the
? Scotia Bank Bahamas Debut



The upcoming event will be the first i
time the new director has led the }

singers in their annual Christmas con- }
? College of the Bahamas, she

cert.

The Nassau Renaissance Singers are }

See ica ete mc la there that she wanted to expand

professional performances.

“A lot of that is to the direction of :
our leader,” said senior group member }

Mrs Thompson.

Choir members described Mrs

Dean-Wright as a “special, talented }
: the orchestra was born.

and an overall fantastic person.”

“Her transition as the newest choir
? $10 at NAGB, please call 328-

director is going well,” they said.

Concert of Music for Christmas’ are:

Centre at 8pm.

Concert dates and venues for ‘A } 9800/1 or

Orchestra.

The concert will be held this

coming Sunday at 3pm at NAGB.

Under the direction of musical

i director JoAnne Connaughton,
? the talented musicians of the
? orchestra will perform at the
: NAGB, celebrating the uplifting
? sounds of the Yuletide season.

Ms Connaughton first fell in

love with the Bahamas when she
? spent some time here as a child,

attending Queen’s College, and
then when she returned to
become a faculty member at the

came across such wonderful
musical talent in the students

the opportunities available to
young musicians in the country.

With the sponsorship of Sco-
tia Bank and the support of the
Bahamas Music Conservatory,

Tickets to Sunday’s event are

e-mail

: Imorris@nagb.org.bs.

¢ Saturday, December 12 at the Col- }
lege of the Bahamas Performing Arts }

: CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT

e Sunday, December 13 at the St

Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk at 6pm.
Tickets are $25.

Gavin McKinney to receive first Bahamian Tribute Award

THE 2009 Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival (BIFF)
will honour world renowned
director of

photographer Gavin McK-
inney with the first Bahamian

Tribute Award at this
year’s festival, taking place
December 10-17 in Nassau.

The announcement was
made by BIFF founder and
executive director Leslie Van-
derpool.

Mr McKinney, who has
been in the industry for over
30 years and worked on sev-
eral James Bond movies, will
be on hand for the special
tribute and presentation on
Tuesday, December 15 at the
College of the Bahamas.

“We are so thrilled to
recognise one of our very own

Bahamian filmmakers,

Rotate

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter

rshearer@tribunemedia.net

AT sunset on December 19,
a spotlight will illuminate the
sky over Nassau which will
mark the place of the exclu-
sive ‘CLICK’ year-end event
to showcase the single best in
Bahamian social, fashion, net-
working, artistic, musical and
culinary arts.

Some will see the light and
think that it’s something out
of a movie. But there’s more
to it.

Local photographer
Scharad Lightbourne and
friends will be hosting
‘Rotate’ - a fusion of six
events in six separate desig-
nated areas on one night, at
the same time.

Gavin McKinney, for a
remarkable career as a pio-
neer in the film industry,” Ms
Vanderpool said.

“His work continues to
wow audiences around the
globe and impress colleagues
above and below the line
within the film industry.”

Mr McKinney has been
involved in underwater film
making since 1973 when he
worked as a diver on the
movie ‘Day of the Dolphin’
and has spent over 20,000
hours underwater making
films.

He has worked on over 50
feature films and television
shows,

including five James Bond
movies, “The Spy Who Loved
Me’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’,
‘Moonraker’, ‘Never Say Nev-

And guests won’t receive
instructions about how to
reach the venues until right
before the event. They will
receive a text message with
driving directions to the secret
locations.

On arrival at the venue,
guests will be greeted by
undercover police officers in
black tuxedos, 50 feet of red
carpet, a media wall featuring
pictures and interviews, live
entertainment, complimenta-
ry drinks and appetisers.

Hosts from a popular BET
show will keep the show going
throughout the night.

In one of the six designated
areas, local music sensation
Sammi Starr will perform
tracks from his first ever
album set for release early
2010.

An international celebrity
(to be announced at the
event) will be whipping up
some gourmet dishes with the
assistance of Chef Jamal Pet-

er Again’, and ‘The World Is
Not Enough’.

And in addition to working
behind the scenes with logis-
tics and planning he was the
Bond underwater double in
‘For Your Eyes Only’, and
“The World Is Not Enough’.

Mr McKinney thinks he is
the only person in the history
of the film industry to have
been run over by a car under-
water in “The Spy Who Loved
Me’.

He also spent four months
working on ‘The Abyss’ in
1988.

Since 2001 he has also co-
produced and filmed three
highly successful three-dimen-
sional underwater films for
the IMAX theatres, produced
and distributed 3D Enter-
tainment,

ty of the ‘Island Flare Celebri-
ty Cooking Show’ on JCN.

242 People Clothing Com-
pany will debut their new
designs and put on a fashion
show, with 50 models showing
off their sport line, smart
casual, Winter and urban
lines, featuring live perfor-
manices from artists like Novie
and Tim “Shiraz” Rodland.

Dynasty Productions will
also host ‘Visage’, a live Soca
and Rake n’ Scrape concert,
at one of the venues.

Finally, in another of the
six designated areas, Rotate
will feature the year end net-
working event for the
Bahamas Dinner Network a
local business fraternity.

The collaboration of the six
local enterprises is expected
to draw a combined audience
of over 1,000 persons to the
event.

In an effort to make the
event one of a kind, the
organisers will release a web

‘Ocean Wonderland 3D’,
‘Sharks 3D’ and ‘Dolphins
and Whales 3D’. These films
have been seen by over 11
million people worldwide to
date.

Mr McKinney has over 35
years of experience filming
underwater and has provided
full production services for
underwater shoots,

including personnel, logis-
tics, locations and marine ser-
vices, though now his ener-
gies are directed towards con-
servation and education about
the oceans of the world.

His current project is
‘Ocean World 3D’ (working
title), directed

and produced by Jean-
Jacques and Francois Man-
tello. A full-length 3D docu-
mentary which premiered at

page for guests to RSVP,
leaving their names, guests,
cell phone contacts and e-mail
addresses.

During the week of the



the 2009

* ADVENTIST MEN'S 8TH ANNUAL

The Adventist Men's Chorale

i presents the ‘Mission of Hope’

? concert at the St Andrew's

: Presbyterian Kirk this Saturday.
: Under the patronage of the Dr

? and Mrs Leonard Johnson,

? president of the Bahamas Con-
i ference of Seventh-day Adven-
i tists, and accompanied by the

? Bahamas National Orchestra,

? the all-male chorus performs

Cannes Film Festival in

May, is a fictitious story of a } :
: man Luboff and Peter J Wil-
: housky and more.

turtle’s
voyage around the world.

Entering its sixth year, }
BIFF has established itself as
a marquee international fes- |
tival in the Caribbean region, }
discovering and promoting }

ent from around the world }

and showcasing a diverse i
: Bahamas Conference at SDA

array of international films.

BIFF is a non-profit organ- |
isation committed to provid- ;
ing the local community and :

with a diverse presentation of ;
films from the Bahamas and }

: NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC

around the world.

For more information visit i
: sau holds its 36th Night of

? Christmas Music this Sunday at
: 8pm at the Rainforest Theatre,

: Crystal Palace Casino and Wyn-
event, guests will receive texts ;
and e-mail messages inform- }
ing them of the dress code, }
the sponsors, the date and }
? Arthur Hanna, features perfor-

? mances by Joann Callender; the
? National Youth Choir; the

www.bintlfilmfest.com.

time of the event.

works by composers George F
Handel, Harry Simeone, Nor-

A part of the proceeds will go
towards funding the New
Bahamas Academy Building
Fund and the Scholarship Fund
for At-Risk Young Men.

independent voices and tal- i The concert starts at 7.30 pm

on Saturday.
Tickets are available at the

Offices on Tonique Williams
Darling Highway. Call 341-
4022/21 or e-mail

international festival-goers } croach_100@hotmail.com

© 36TH ANNUAL ROTARY

The Rotary Club of West Nas-

dham Nassau Resort.

The concert, entitled ‘A Child is
Born’ and held under the
patronage Governor-General

: Revere Dance Ensemble; the

i Bel Canto Singers; the Royal

? Bahamas Police Force Band;

: Julien Thompson; Danielle

: Dean; Allyson Mason-Rolle,

? Simone Beneby; the Rotary

? Glee Club, and Nehemiah Hield.
: General admission is $10 for

: section B seating and $25 for

? section A; VIP tables start from
: $600 for a party of six; a table

: for eight is $800 and one for a
: group of 10 is $1,000.

i Tickets can be purchased at the
? Esso service station on Baillou
Hill and Harrold Roads; the

: Juke Box at the Mall at

: Marathon; La Rose on West

: Bay Street, and at all Bamboo

i Shacks. Call 324-4507 or 225-
? 0781, or e-mail ewlopez@wsi-
? eteam.com

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Lyford Cay Foundation scholar to hold solo art exhibition in Atlanta

By SONIA FARMER

WHEN you come across a
piece of art by Lyford Cay
Foundation scholar Lillian
Blades you don’t just look
over the work, you engage in
a rich emotional exchange.

Lillian’s assemblages —
large sculptures made up of
any combination of picture
frames, fabric from clothing,
magazine images, buttons and
found or sought-after objects
— present complex landscapes
of texture and colour.

This visual language weaves
personal narratives that speak
to universal subjects of frag-
mentation, memory, loss, and
family.

“It’s a visual version of
emotional experiences,” Lil-
lian said.

“There are bits and pieces
of so many things that I like
and that I pull from. They’re
like fragments. I try to break
everything down into its most
common denominator and
then put it together in a way
that makes sense.”

Lillian has established her-
self as a Bahamian artist,
exhibiting at solo shows at the
Central Bank and the College
of the Bahamas.

Her work has also been fea-
tured in group shows at the
National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas and in the pivotal
‘Funky Nassau — Recovering
an Identity’ exhibition that
travelled to Wiesbaden, Ger-
many in 2006.

In addition, she has made a
name for herself abroad. Her
pieces have appeared in
group and solo exhibitions in
several US states, Trinidad
and South Africa, and are
included in international per-
manent collections.

On the occasion of her

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upcoming show at the highly
regarded Hammonds House
Museum in Atlanta, Georgia
— ‘Eye Sea Reflections’ ,
which opened last week and
runs until January 31, 2010 —
we take the opportunity to
revisit the accomplishments
of this exceptionally talented
Bahamian artist.

After graduating from Saint
Augustine's College in 1991,
Lillian attended COB, where
she received an Associate’s
degree in Art. She then head-
ed off to Georgia to study for
a BFA in Textiles and Paint-
ing at Savannah College of
Art and Design (SCAD).

While a Lyford Cay Foun-
dation scholarship helped lift
some of the financial weight
off her shoulders, Lillian still
had to work virtually non-stop
during her summer breaks in
order to raise sufficient funds
to complete her degree.

Every year, with the assis-
tance of noted Bahamian
artists Brent Malone and
Antonius Roberts, she would
present an auction of her
works.

“Brent and Antonius
would be the auctioneers, and
it was fun,” she remembers.
“T'd have my friends dress up
like Vanna White and bring
the art out. Antonius was just
always so lively and he knows
everyone, so he’d be calling
all the names of people hold-
ing the paddles.”

After graduating from
SCAD, Lillian went on to
earn an MFA from Georgia
State University, and she has
since taken residencies at the
Skowhegan School of Paint-
ing and Sculpture in Maine
and the Caversham Centre
for Artists and Writers in
South Africa.

When she first embarked

on her studies, Lillian
planned to focus on textiles,
with the aim of one day cre-
ating a textile company in the
Bahamas. However, finding
the business side of textiles
limiting, she started to con-
centrate on painting, though
she never entirely left behind
her attraction to fabrics and
frequently incorporated them
into her work. With an
increasing awareness of ‘craft’
or objects made by African
or African Diaspora cultures
for spiritual and functional
reasons, she has chosen to
pay homage to and build
upon this ancestral tradition
in her assemblages.

Lillian once described her
work as “the visual equiva-
lent of jazz.”

The eye, like the ear in an
impromptu jazz session,
becomes captured again and
again at every new turn.

“The effort in putting these
things together for me, the
process, is very important,”
she explained. “You can see
that when you look at my
work. What youre seeing is a
portrait of the process. The
richer it is, the better.”

The beautiful resulting
objects seem to be a form of
sculptural quilting, and
indeed this practice is close
to Lillian’s heart.

The social history of quilt
making, such as quilting bees,
where women would get
together and share their fab-
rics and stories, connects the
act of piecing fabric together
to the act of conserving com-
munity narratives. It is no sur-
prise that when Lillian
embarks on community
installations, she draws upon
the quilt form.

Take, for example, the
AIDS Awareness Junkanoo

Quilt Project, completed in
2006. With support from the
US Embassy and the AIDS
Foundation, Lillian inspired
200 kids, aged six to 14, from
several Bahamian islands to
create swatches for a com-
munity quilt. The kids
responded visually to a South
African story about a boy
who finds out his friend has
AIDS, and the social impli-
cations that follow. The result
was a massive, semi-sculptur-
al mesh of voices coming
together to raise awareness
about HIV/AIDS.

By living and working in
Atlanta, Lillian has had an
opportunity to connect her art
to African-American and
West African experiences and
histories. Indeed, her meth-
ods of creation draw from
several geographical and
social spaces, and her work is
not easy to pin down. In spite
of this, however, it remains
easily accessible to observers
from all walks of life.

“She really speaks about
universal ideas. Even though
she is a Bahamian woman
artist rooted in this place, the
work itself just takes on a
whole different dimension,”
said Erica James, director of
the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas, where she has
selected Lillian's work for
group exhibitions.

Among the recurring
themes in Lillian'’s work are
those of motherhood and
childbirth, and how they
relate to passages of time.
Disconnected from her moth-
er at the moment of her birth
and now a mother of a nine-
year-old girl, Lillian’s assem-
blages often represent a battle
between separation and
bonds.

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BAHAMIAN artist Lillian Blades at work.

know my mom and her side
of the family, I lost a lot of
understanding about myself,”
Lillian explained. “I’m not
mourning it, I just find it
interesting. Right now I’m
dissecting all these clothes
and I feel like ’m going back
in time because my mom was
a seamstress. I feel like I’m
doing the same thing, like ’'m
looking back by dissecting
clothes and putting them
back together in a quilt, but
it’s almost like I’m making
visual medicine for my own
comfort. It makes sense to
me.”

For her show at the Ham-
monds House Museum, Lil-
lian explored another theme
in her work, blurring the line
between the observer and the
observed.

“T wanted to have a human
element in there. I wanted
you to feel like you were
being observed, so I added
eyes, images of eyes from
many people. I cut them out
of magazines,” she said. “And
then there are mirrors where



you see yourself as well from
different angles. It’s hard to
focus. You’re fragmented,
you see your eyes repeated
in several places as well, so
you become a part of the
piece.”

In her current work, Lillian
has returned to the personal
narrative. As a tribute to her
father, who is a plumber, she
is experimenting with differ-
ent sizes of PVC pipe pieces,
incorporating them into her
assemblages. She is also revis-
iting past works, claiming she
is only finished “when I can-
not add or take anything
away.”

Artists who are familiar
with her work know that she
will always be true to herself,
no matter the theme.

For more about Lillian and
her artwork, please visit
www.lillianblades.com. To
learn more about the schol-
arships offered by Lyford
Cay Foundation and the
Canadian Lyford Cay Foun-
dation, visit www.lyfordcay-
foundation.org.

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2009

Born with Down syndrome,
Andrew’s motor and cognitive skills
are impaired.

But he has never let his disability
slow him down. Now at age 36 he is
experiencing success in producing
marketable merchandise.

Early in our introduction to
Andrew last week, he identified him-
self as “the boss.”

“The success has definitely gone
to his head,” his mother, Betty-Jane
Dean, told Tribune Art.

In a workshop above the ‘Jewels
by the Sea’ store on West Bay Street
you can find him, his co-worker
Sheree, and three other disabled
workers designing and making jew-
ellery for the “Andeana Collection’
sold in the shop below.

The company was formed by the
Dean family to keep Andrew and
other disabled persons like him stim-
ulated and occupied.

“We find that the people loved
the idea of buying things that some-
body with a disability was helping
to produce,” said Mrs Dean.

Andrew was never able to learn
how to read and write. But his par-
ents strongly believed that disabled
persons can contribute to their own
well-being and not be completely
dependent on others.

His mother came up with the idea
that Andrew could help create mer-
chandise for the jewellery store.

“Often times we get e-mails that
people liked the gift, and especially
the story behind it,” said Mrs Dean.

Eighteen years ago, Andrew had
outgrown attending Hopedale Cen-
tre, a school for children with dis-
abilities, when he discovered his joy
and ability in the jewellery making
process.

His parents also soon realised that
the constant repetition of stringing
beads for necklaces was improving
Andrew’s motor skills.

Developmentally disabled persons
perform best at repetitive tasks,
where they know exactly what to
expect, his parents explained.

“It’s ingrained in most handi-
capped persons,” Mrs Dean said.

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“He wasn’t going anywhere any-
more and we were trying to find
something for him to do. If your
mind is not active you are going to
regress. Because we were in the jew-
ellery business we decided to see
whether or not he could put beads
on a string.”

Three other persons in the work-
shop also have a disability, including
Sheree, who is hearing impaired.

Each day, she gets a list from
Diane, the workshop overseer, who
goes over the things that she and
Andrew are to do.

Sheree is a tremendous help to
Andrew and works very fast.

While Tribune Art was visiting the
workshop, Sheree was giving
Andrew about 20 beads for him to
put on a string.

When Andrew was through with
stringing the beads, she took his final
product and measured it to see if it
was the right length.

Sheree then closed the necklace
off with a 14-karat gold clasp.
Andrew can only work with the big-
ger beads, as his impaired motor
skills make it difficult for him to han-
dle the smaller ones.

Sheree’s specialty is making ear-
rings for the company, which she
makes from shells and other natural
materials from the sea.

“My one problem with Sheree is
that she works too fast,” said Mrs
Dean.

Sheree and Andrew are dedicated
workers and have never even taken
a full lunch hour.

“Tf they have a list of things to do,
they want to get it done,” Mrs Dean
said.

As to the materials the store uses,
Mrs Dean that they use materials
that tourists expect to see in island
jewellery.

“We use a lot of conch shells and
the mother-of-pearl which is the
shell of the oyster, and a lot of gen-
uine pearls.”

One particular piece that stood
out to us was the “Y’ necklace, which
is made from crystal and fresh water
pearls in many colours, white, peach,



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ABOVE LEFT: Mother of pearl necklaces
in three-tones, orange, teal, and coral.

ABOVE RIGHT: Andeana’s hottest design -
the white multi-faceted pearl necklace.

BELOW TOP: Andrew stringing
together a conch pearl necklace.

BELOW LOWER: Sheree demonstrates
how to make seashell earrings.

and plum.

While the products are usually pur-
chased by tourists, Mrs Dean said
that the store does have a small
Bahamian clientele.

“(Bahamian) women who are get-
ting married would bring in their
bridesmaids dresses and we’ll match
them up,” she said.

The store’s most popular piece is
the inter-changeable pearl necklace,
and can be worn long, or as a twist.

“Tt’s a big look, and it sells very
well,” Mrs Dean said.

“Tn this economic situation people
are still willing to pay a moderate
amount of money for jewellery
whereas they’re not buying $3,000 or
$5,000 pieces of jewellery.”

Jewellery at the store starts at $8
and can go as high as $100.



Andeana’s designs are selling well
because the pieces are authentically
Bahamian made.

The Andeana pieces are retailed at
kiosks in the airport, local hotels and
at Festival Place on Prince George
Wharf.

Central Bank hosts Art and craft after-school programme exhibition

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

A SPECIAL art exhibition
consisting of over 25 pieces of
work will showcase the cre-
ativeness of high school stu-
dents enrolled in the Nation-
al Art and Craft After-School
Enrichment Programme.

The work of these talented
students will be on display at
the Central Bank, allowing
the public to view the prod-
ucts of diligence, imagination

and true artistry.

The exhibition officially
opens this Friday from 5pm
to 8pm, and will run all
December long.

Work from the students
dating back to 2005 will
make up the exhibition.

Genevieve Richard,
National Art and Craft Cen-
tre manager, told Tribune
Art that this event is a “lib-
erating experience” for the
students.

“There is no particular

theme that the students have
to stick to. Whatever it is
they want to paint they can,
because in this exhibition it is
all about freedom,” she said.

“People will see Biblical
pieces, cultural pieces,
abstract pieces, as well as a
few sports figures.”

In past exhibitions, the stu-
dents reaped the fruits of
their labour as a large num-
ber of the paintings were
sold, two were even pur-
chased right on opening

night last year.

And even though the pro-
gramme is an initiative of the
Department of Education,
any earnings the students
receive from their artwork is
theirs to keep.

“The Department of Edu-
cation takes nothing from
the students, all of the profits
go to them. I have had par-
ents come to me and say that
the money that they have
earned helped with their
child’s school fee,” Ms

Richard said.

One of the pieces from the
exhibition last year was
bought by the Ministry of
Education to present to out-
going United States Ambas-
sador John Rood, and a few
other pieces were purchased
by the US Embassy in Nas-
sau.

“These students have been
doing very well, and the pro-
gramme has left an impact
on them. Their skills have
been enhanced richly and we

have definitely been seeing
a lot of growth,” she said.
The National Art and
Craft After-School Pro-
gramme began in 2005, and
ever since it started students
have been receptive to what
the programme has to offer.
Students of both mdepen-
dent and government schools
are part of the imitiative. And
skilled art students who have
a passion for telling a story
with a blank canvas and some
paint are always welcome.




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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Tourism chiefs move over robbery fallout C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.10WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WINDY HIGH 86F LOW 75F F E A T U R E S SEE‘THEARTS’ N E W S More precious than gold SEEPAGETHREE Viktor Kozeny in court By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net MINISTRY of Tourism offi cials have increased their damage control efforts in order to minimise the fallout to the coun t ry's number one industry after the recent robbery of 18 cruise p assengers in Nassau. Tourism Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace said min istry staff are scouring internet websites to identify negative reports and counter them with positive messages about the Bahamas. The ministry is also main taining that although the recent incident was a horrifying ordeal, it was not a wider reflection on v isitor experience in the country. He added that local authorit ies have been meeting with offi cials from the cruise liners in an attempt to restore confidence in Nassau as a safe destination in the wake of the incident. S hortly after noon on Friday, November 20, two thugs armed w ith shotguns held up two sep arate group of cruise passengers o n an onshore eco-tour of BASH's Earth Village in the Chippingham area. Shortly after the attack, unflattering reports of the country and the incident spread like wildfire on the internet, with one of the victims posting a video on YouTube outlining his Ministry in online battle to push positiv e messa g e The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page 10 B y ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net A SPECIALLYAPPOINTED committ ee will soon begin questioning all immigration o fficers who were on duty at the time when a Jamaican visitor claimed he and a group of fellow travellers were subjected t o a degrading search, detention and deportat ion experience last month. D irector of Immigra tion Jack Thompson said the “impartial” committee was appointed to review the facts relating t o Jamaican Andrew Dillion’s allegations, and the o fficers involved have been “put on notice” that Immigration of ficers set to be questioned over Jamaican man’s claims SEE page two By ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas became the f irst country to sign a tax inform ation exchange agreement with the People’s Republic of C hina yesterday, moving a step closer to meeting its commitm ent to be in compliance with new international standards of transparency and information exchange in tax matters. The signing was the sixth tax information exchange agreement (TIEA ernment of the Bahamas and the third with a member of the G-20 group of nations. It took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Goodman’s Bay. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette signed on behalf of the government of The Bahamas, and the Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas, Dingxian Hu, signed for the People’s Republic of China (PRC The Ambassador said the signing was “requested by the Bahamian government” and he said he “hopes the signing will help the Bahamian government to meet its commitments to evolving international standards of transparency and information exchanges.” The Ambassador added: “This is a wonderful day in Bahamas-China relations. I believe that with the signing of the TIEA between China and The Bahamas the friendly bilateral cooperation in the area of trade, economy and investment The Bahamas is first nation to sign tax information exchange agreement with China TAX attorney Ryan Pinder pushed for the House of Assembly’s Select Committee on Crown Land to focus some of its energies on commonage property as it is stifling the development of many of the country’s Family Islands. During his presentation to the committee at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre on East Street on Monday, Mr Pinder said commonage property was, at one point, of great benefit to the Bahamas. However, today this has become more of a hin drance than anything else, he said. Commonage property ‘stifling Family Islands’ development’ SEE page two SEE page two By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net BUSINESSES are at risk of crumbling at the hands of ruthless gunmen as armed rob beries rise across the capital, fears chairman of the Carmichael Business League Ethric Bowe. Inadequate resources at the Royal Bahamas Police Force Carmichael Division are driving business owners to arm themselves and invest in expensive alarm systems to protect their assets. There has been a steady increase in armed robberies in the last month with gunmen targetting businesses to steal deposit bags loaded Armed robberies ‘pose risk’ to businesses SEE page 10 MAR CHING T OW ARDS CHRIS TMAS THEROYALBAHAMASPOLICEFORCEBAND marches in Rawson Square last night as Nassau held its National Tree Lighting Ceremony under the theme ‘The Good Ole Days of Christmas’. Felip Major /Tribune staff

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“I propose that the commonage land be regularised, that current occupiers be given the opportunity to acquiret itle to the property, either by grant or for a nominal amount. This would give Bahamians the economic ability to develop the Family Islands and be self-sustaining. Bahamians would be able to utilise the asset in ordert o develop more modern ways of farming, promote entrepren eurship, and empower Bahamians,” Mr Pinder said. Admitting that there is the concern that if the commonage land were regularized Bahamians might just sell the land off to foreigners, Mr Pinder saidt hat there ought to be adequate safeguards to prevent this and p reserve the land to the benefit of Bahamians. “We can formulate policies or restrictions that would address these issues, but we must recognize, that the exist ing framework for commonage land is a penalty in the devel opment of our greatest resource, our family islands. “I would ask the Committee to consider presenting ideas fora future vision for public owned land, and in doing so make a recommendation that commonage land be regularized. If the Committee feels certain restraints need to be put in place I invite it to explore feasible options, however, those restrictions should not handcuff Bahamians from economic expansion through the use of the land,” he said. With commonage property originated in the early 1800’s as a way of providing slave communities, and freed slave communities with land to live and farm on Mr Pinder explained how this early practice can be seen in the island of Exuma with the Rolle Estate. “Another origin of commonage in the Bahamas originates from the English. In Family Islands, such as Eleuthera, sys tems of common use of land were established, with regulations, for the common rights held by common tenants based on English custom and law. This was the predicate for the Commonage Act of 1896. “The Commonage Act of 1896 provides general rules as to who is entitled to occupy and use common land, and set up the framework for its management. Each local community likewise has rules and a representative board to oversee the commonage property. There are significant islands in the Bahamas that have expansive acres of commonage. For example, North Eleuthera has in excess of 2,000 acres of commonage land,” he said. However, Mr Pinder said that the need to diversify the use of this land is required for economic expansion of the Family Islands. “The viability of economic expansion depends on capital infusion into respective businesses. Unless Family Island Bahamians can pledge or secure their funding with the property they possess, they will be forever limited in their ability to participate in the expansion of the national economy. “If a farmer of commonage land would like to expand into modern era farming with technologies such as hydroponics, and needs to secure a loan to capitalize his business venture, he has no land to secure the funding, and he is also taking a business risk in putting infrastructure on land he does not own. Likewise, if a Family Island Bahamian would like to develop land he is currently farming, he cannot solicit investors for capital, as they will not own anything. These inherent restrictions on com monage property are hinder ing economic development and success in the Family Islands.” As the Family Islands have seen an exodus of persons to New Providence in the hopes of finding jobs and earnings, Mr Pinder reminded the com mittee that this population influx has put tremendous pressure on the local society. they “have been summoned to appear before the committee.” In November, Andrew Dillion wrote a letter to the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign A ffairs, which he forwarded to The Tribune, describing the “horrible ordeal” he suffered when he attempted to enter the country to visit friends in mid-October. The businessman, who owns a hair salon in Jamaica, claims he was stopped at Lynden Pindling International Airport and subjected to a degrading search experience at the airport, held at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre for almost two days without ade quate food or water and then sent back to Jamaica without knowing why. A senior immigration officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Tribune that Mr Dillion was turned back because he “did not meet pre-screening requirements.” However, the Jamaican said he and the group with which he was travelling “are not refugees but decent law-abiding citizens who just wanted to have a vacation in Nassau, Bahamas.” Once in the Carmichael Detention Centre, where he was held until the next flight back to Jamaica, Mr Dillion said he underwent an “inhumane” experience, being given little food or water in the “over-crowded” and smelly facility where he and others, including a baby, were forced to sleep outside on a concrete floor. He allegedly witnessed an officer openly take a bribe for releasing a female detainee and claimed that having hand ed over all of their personal items to officers upon entry, found that a confiscated $350 cellphone was not returned. In his letter, Mr Dillion asked for the relevant authorities to do something to improve matters for future visitors. He suggested that if left unaddressed, these “embarrassing” circumstances could cause much damage for The Bahamas’ reputation. D ays later, the Department of Immigration released a statement saying that it takes such allegations “very seriously” and intends to investigate. “We do not condone in any way unprofessional, unethical or inappropriate conduct by s taff to any person of any nationality. We respect persons who visit The Bahamas and believe they ought to be treated in a professional and humane manner,” said Mr Thompson. Yesterday the Director said the department is “movinga ggressively” to have the mat ter heard by the committee this week. He would not reveal who is on the committee but said he is satisfied that it would be impartial. “The committee is going to make its recommendation andf indings known to me and we will take the appropriate action where possible. If at the end of the day a person or per sons acted inappropriately we’re going to have to do what we have to do and allow the chips to fall where they may if we find support to Mr Dil l ion’s claims. “We have a statement from him, we entered that into evi dence.” Earlier this year, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham ordered immigration officers at their first annual public service conference not to treat all J amaicans entering the country “as if they were known criminals.” He suggested this behaviour of “far too many Bahamian immigration officers” is “offensive” and “unaccept able” and must stop. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM will be further enhanced and deepened.” Admitting that there are few Chinese people currently bringing their money to the Bahamas, he said he hopes and expects that within the next “ten to twenty years more and more companies and people will come to invest here.” He said that the signing represents yet another step forward in China-Bahamas relations in a year which has already seen eight “important agreements” signed, including the agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments by Bahamians and Chinese in each other’s countries, forged during the state visit of Chairman Wu Bangguo of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the PRC to The Bahamas in September. The Ambassador said China “gets a lot” from its relations with this country, including our government’s support for its One China policy versus Taiwanese independence, and expects many benefits “in developing trade and eco nomic cooperation in the Bahamas.” Mr Symonette reiterated that the government anticipates to have signed the 12 TIEAs demanded by the G20 and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in order to be removed from that organisation’s “grey list” by March 2010. The Government has now concluded TIEAS with the US, Monaco, San Marino, UK, New Zealand and China. The signing of TIEAs is intended to move us to the safer “white list” of countries deemed fully compliant with evolved standards of trans parency and information exchange in tax matters, which have become a major priority for governments worldwidel eft cash-strapped since the global financial crisis took hold. THE Ministry of Public Works hopes to complete extensive repairs of Shirley Street between Armstrong Street and Frederick Street by the C hristmas holidays, Works Minister N eko Grant said. A fter the holidays, the ministry will commence work from Armstrong Street to Village Road, he added. "We have been working on it for some time now in conjunction withW ater and Sewage as well as the other u tility companies so we are so pleased to present a wonderful Christmas present to the road users of New Providence. "We seek to pave and have completed in short order between Arm-s trong Street and Frederick Street. F ollowing the holidays we will be looking at doing from Armstrong straight up to Village Road," Mr Grant said yesterday. He added that as the street is being repaved, underground utility repairs are also being carried out. "There will always be a need for e mergency works to be done but we seek to improve the co-ordination of the communications between ourselves, the Ministry of Works and the utility companies. We went to greatl engths to have a number of meetings prior to the commencement of the work and so we should see hopefully not necessarily an elimination, but a reduction in the destruction of the n ewly paved roads throughout New P rovidence. S peaking on the issue, Environment Minister Earl Deveaux said senior officials at the Ministry of Public Works will hold weekly meetings on the subject of how to minimise over-l aps between the road paving schedule a nd necessary underground utility work. "We have done what we hoped to do which is put the Ministry of Public Works in charge of all road paving whereby all the utility companiesw ould be required to appoint a spec ific person to get permission from the director of Public Works for any digging up of any public road,” Mr Deveaux explained. Section of Shirley Street should be repaired by Christmas holidays T he Bahamas is first nation to sign tax information exchange agreement with China FROM page one FROM page one Commonage property Immigration officers FROM page one W ORKTAKING p lace on Shirley Street

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net ENTHUSIASM oozed from new Minister of Education Desmond Bannister and new Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard as they headed into the first Cabinet meeting under their new portfolios yesterday. Mr Maynard moves up to the leadership post with more than two years of experience as min ister of state for the department, and Mr Bannister takes a stepup to one of the largest govern ment ministries after serving as minister of youth, sports and culture. Mr Bannister will fill the desk left vacant by Carl Bethel who resigned from the post on Monday after he was elected chair man of the Free National Move ment at the FNM convention last month. The resignation pro voked a minor re-shuffle of the Cabinet effective as of yesterday. As Minister of Education Mr Bannister will be forced to grapple with a number of issues, from the national ‘D’ grade average for BGCSE students to the fre quent occurrence of violent stab bings in school this term. On his way into the Cabinet meeting yesterday the new minister of education said he will address all issues in depth and intends to take on professional advice as he determines his strategy and carves a way forward for the department. He takes up the post mindful of his parents who have both served as educators for nearly 50 years, which has given him a good understanding of the issues facing teachers, staff and students, Mr Bannister said. “I know the teachers are going to appreciate and understand that the son of a teacher is their minister, as I have seen the struggles my parents faced in their lives and I understand the strug gles teachers go through,” Mr Bannister added. “One of the great concerns I have is parental involvement in schools and I think teachers are also very concerned about parental involvement. “Some children come to school with nothing in their stomachs so it’s very difficult for them to learn. “We have too many students not doing homework, and not even receiving high school diplom as. That affects every aspect of our society. “They are the children who are going to cause problems in our society and are not going to be able to get jobs, and as a result we have all kinds of social problems. “They are real issues we have to address in Bahamian society now. “We cannot sweep them under the rug because teachers are not there to babysit; teachers are there to help children learn,” he said. Safety in schools and a system for the early detection of learning difficulties will also receive the new minister’s attention, as he stated his whole-hearted com mitment to the full-time post. Mr Bannister said also looks forward to working with the ded icated, committed and hardworking Mr Maynard as the minister of his former depart ment. And Mr Maynard is keen to rise to the challenges of his new leadership post having been a ctively involved in the ministry’s existing programmes. Mr Maynard said: “We often have senior officers’ meetings and I give my input, so it will bea continuation of the things already in place, expanding on some programmes, and introducing some new programmes as the budget allows. “As junior minister I brought to the table years of business experience, community involvement and networking with people from all walks of life so I believe I can handle the new job. “It’s a challenge and I’m up for the challenge and willing to work with the hardworking staff at the ministry to carry us to higher heights in youth, sports and culture.” The Cabinet Office advised that there has been no adjust ment to the portfolio responsibilities of either ministry. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE appeal hearing over the US government’s extradition request for investor Viktor Kozeny continued in the appellate court yesterday as his attorney gave reasons why the request should not be granted. Submissions on the matter wrapped up yesterday afternoon and the Court of Appeal judges have now taken the matter under advisement. Czech born Kozeny, 46, is wanted by US authorities to face charges of bribery and money laundering. He is accused of being the driving force behind a multi-million dollar bribery scheme which sought to corrupt Azerbaijan officials in the early 90s as well as of conspiring to violate the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA offence to offer to pay, or to pay, foreign government officials in order to gain or retain business. Since its 1998 amendment, the act also applies to foreign establishments and persons who intend to do the same while in the US. Kozeny’s attorney Clive Nicholls QC argued that therequest for Kozeny’s extradition should fail as the offences he is accused of amount to transnational bribery which is not a crime under Bahamian law. He argued that as it relates to transnational bribery, it is not where the bribery take placebut the nationality of the officials, as the offence is not defined by location. He pointed out that if a person in the Bahamas bribes a French judge who is in the Bahamas, he commits no offence. Mr Nicholls also argued that Kozeny was not a US resident or national at the time the alleged offences were committed and therefore is not subject to the US jurisdiction. He further submitted that when the alleged offences were committed, the Bahamas had not signed onto the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD anti-bribery convention and also that the alleged offences occurred before the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC Mr Nicholls submitted that Senior Justice Isaacs’ ruling against the extradition request should be upheld. Kozeny was held at Her Majesty’s Prison following his arrest at his Lyford Cay home on October 5, 2005, but was released on $300,000 bail in April 2007 by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs. Magistrate Carolita Bethel had approved the request by US authorities for Kozeny’s extradition in September 2006, however his attorneys brought a habeas corpus application before Senior Justice Isaacs, who ruled against the US government’s request, noting that the offences in question were not subject to extradition. Mr Nicholls also argued that an abuse of the process had taken place, because US authorities failed to disclose certain information. He said the US’s non-disclosure – particularly as it related to a US judge’s decision in the case of Swiss lawyer Hans Bodmer, a co-defendant of Kozeny was in bad faith. Mr Nicholls did however support Magistrate Bethel’s decision to dismiss the money laundering charges against Kozeny. In coming to this decision in June 2006, Magistrate Bethel said she was not satisfied that the acts for which US authorities had indicted Kozeny constituted an offence under Bahamian law. Alan Jones QC, who appeared for the Crown, argued that there was no real failure to disclose information on the part of US authorities. He said Kozeny had not been taken by surprise by the Bodmer case, as he knew what was happening with his co-accused. Mr Jones also argued that a person’s conduct is punishable where it takes place or where it will have effect. In this case, he argued, the conduct in question took place in the United States as well as in Azerbaijan. US officials allege that Kozeny bribed senior government officials of the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan in an effort to gain an unfair advantage during the privatisation of the state-owned oil company SOCAR in the early 1990s. If extradited to the United States, Kozeny could face a jail sentence of up to 25 years. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. Are we simply overpopul ated? I was surprised but not shocked looking up some relevant Population Statistics for The Bahamas and c ompared some between 1 980 -1990 to 2009. NEW PROVIDENCE: 1980 the population was . ..135,437 1990 the population w as...172,196 2 009 the population w as...238,132 Simply between 1980-2009 an increase of 56.87 per cent. F REEPORT: 1980 the population w as...24,423 1 990 the population w as...35,650 2009 the population was...47,085 S imply between 1980-2009 a n increase of 51.87 per cent. M ARSH HARBOUR, ABACO: 1 990 the population was...3,600 2 009 the population w as...5,728 S imply between 1990-2009 an increase of 62.84 per cent. C OOPER’S TOWN, ABACO: 1990 the population was...5,700 2009 the population was...9,069 Simply between 1990-2009 an increase of 6.25 per cent. H ow many NEW job e mployment positions were created between 1980-2009t o satisfy this enormous increase in population? We know that some 3,000 s tudents leave school annually and hit the street looking for a job jobs which are new jobs not jobs that have become available due to retirement, death or sickness. We seem during the G oombay Festival to have b abies out of style and now w e are faced with the raw reality that we don’t have a c hance to employ even 1 per cent of those we created and are citizens of this fair Bahamas. What is the relative cost to create 6.000 new jobs? T ake what Kerzner invested which I believe now tops US$2.3 billion, so we need at the minimum a completion of a Kerzner “Atlantis” pro ject every two years for the next 10 years to provide those babies we brought into the world, some chance to be real men and real women employed. Do you understand now why we have such a messed up so-called Bahamian society? These Population Statistics certainly tells a raw and factual story. Forget Task Forces and a ll those hair-brained conc epts we hear on the Talk Shows declare a National Emergency and use the p owers to disrupt all the criminal activities, even the small ones which have cor-r upted the whole or the majority of our so-called Christian society which is a total farce anyway. Tourism cannot rely on cruise ship arrivals and the s pin that we have a good increase that’s the bread and butter we need air arrivals, staying at the hotels. I have concluded that neither party or us generallyh ave any interest or intent t o change the usual we live off numbers, Asue, tiefi ng and bribery/favours, remove them and you will c ollapse the economy. The IMF might not know this, b ut thinking people do. W. THOMPSON, N assau, N ovember 28, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 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 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm AUSTIN, Texas – If he hasn’t already, the president might want to pick up a copy of a Larry McMurtry novel with a title that e ncapsulates with chilling accuracy his situation: “All My Friends are Going to beS trangers.” As the title indicates, McMurtry’s book is a bout a person who lives with and in a state of detachment. Detachment may be the fate of any president, but Barack Obama is set to go on camera Tuesday to try and sell an escalation of the war in Afghanistan thatf ew people want to buy, and he doesn’t have many friends to help him do it. H is supposed friends in the Democratic Party are going to throw up fiscal obstacles t o increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan by more than 30,000, and Republicans who have been pushing Obama to up the ante – and therefore should be friendly now – can’t be relied upon to match t heir bellicosity with action. Action is much more expensive than r hetoric, and Republicans will be loath to spend – especially if there’s the slightest c hance that spending money will make Oba ma somehow look good. But they all support the troops, of course. They just don’t spend any money on them. It’s going to take money, though – and lots of it – to support an increase in troop strength. Estimates are $1 million per soldier per year. T he money is going to have to come from somewhere. I f Republicans and Democrats don’t hold Obama’s ambitious domestic program h ostage, then something is wrong. In politics, as in nature, the smell of blood draws a crowd. It would be against a politician’s nature not to strike at a political rival’s throat under t he circumstances, even if he had been a friend. O bama took office less than a year ago with sky-high approval ratings. T hose approval ratings are sinking as dis approval of the war in Afghanistan grows. Further chipping away at the president’s rat ings is the long and bloody fight over his signature health care reform initiative. B etween the two issues, congressional Democrats in swing states are going to have t o look out for themselves as the 2010 elections near. Some whose Democratic constituents are disillusioned with Obama for whatever rea son are putting distance between the presid ent and themselves in the primaries. Wars have always been fueled by politics, a nd these hyperpartisan days that’s especially true. The threats posed by Taliban insurgents are daunting, but not any less so than the war effort getting caught up and taken hostage in the 2010 Democrat-Republican fight for political dominance. Is it really asking too much for powerh ungry partisans to focus on something beyond bragging rights and chairmanships? S o the public is stuck; the GIs caught in the middle are stuck; and the president is r eally stuck. Obama had just been elected to the Illi nois Senate when the war in Afghanistan was launched eight years ago, but now he has to find a way to accomplish something thatl ooks like a win. A real win would be preferable, but first s omebody has to come up with a definition of what a real win would be. That could be J ob 1 for Obama. Staying in Afghanistan until its democra cy matures would keep us there until Obama’s grandchildren are old enough to vote. The country has no history of a strong cent ral government, and Hamid Karzai, the president, doesn’t appear to be in any hurry t o attack the corruption that has marked his tenure. W e should all be relieved to know that the president appears to be headed down a more pragmatic road. It appears that the Obama White House harbors no illusions that Jeffersonian democracy will be taking root in Afghanistan any time soon. N or is there a false expectation that the president’s soaring oratory alone will carryt he day. “No one has any illusion that this is the c ampaign, that you can just turn this thing around with a speech,” a senior administration official told The Washington Post last week. That’s a good start – or at least a realistic o ne. Now here’s comes the part that should make you wince. A lot of this strategy depends on things we can’t control – the Afghan government, t he Taliban, the role of Pakistan. “This is one of those issues that defines the extent and the limits of the president’s pow er.” The president and his people say that the s peech is going to outline clear goals and objectives and “off ramps” – whatever that m eans. Let’s hope that the president, his advisors and members of Congress looking for political advantage remember in the midst of their scheming that they are playing pokern ot with chips but with lives. When politicians play war, that seems to b e the first thing they forget. (This article is by Arnold Garcia Jr. c.2009 Cox Newspapers) Huge population increases tell a raw, factual story LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Obama a lone crusader E DITOR, The Tribune. A single shot rings out in the dead of night, dis rupting the tranquility near one of our prime r esort destinations; a motorcycle roars away disappearing with its ghostly assailant into a mist of mystery, leaving us to pick up the shatteredp ieces. This scenario and others defy sense and reason in our beloved land; but with our trust planted in the immortal God we know that here on earth “culture is true and all others subordinate.” However, in our Bahamas today, the deafening echo of silence drowns the solitary voices in vari ous pockets of concern declaring enlightenment to the masses. How in our wildest dreams do we expect wholesale success of our nation when societyc alls into question the retail value of one voice crying out in the wilderness. Yours. In this great rejuvenation of our land, we must be guided by noble motives bearing the hallmarks of tolerance and inclusion. We pray for the day of our restoration to true-self, but we must f irst acknowledge that culture is a covenant between soul and spirit, time and eternity, and God and man. If our desire be a future of peace, we must n ot wage war with the past; how can our legacy be seasoned with honour when we distastefully malign our heritage. How aware are we of our cultural surroundings; do we embrace with passion the memory of times slowly slipping from the grasp of our minds; do we hold reverent our stewardship of protect ing the inheritance for children yet to come. We know culture to be a compass to guide us; a looking-glass to reflect the beauty of a diverse, strong yet humble people; and a measure to trace “character” from a simple fishing village through p iracy to regional leader exerting economic pros perity and technological insight. N ow, do we dare break the thread with which our destiny is sewn; or do we blemish the fabric w oven to clothe our history; if our laws be tenuous to the point of frivolity: how be it we place excessive burdens on the shoulders of our police, the custodians of order and last bastion of strength. W hen did this madness erupt; when will the Bahamas confront its ugly demons of hypocrisy and greed or will we be consumed by this insidio us, inbred disease of all-for-me-baby. We need to become a nation of discoverers, n ot content to be just finders; we must seek solutions and not just arrive at answers; we are bound t o the promise of developing a future for our youth, not just point the way. We are caught in an inglorious moment in our nation’s history; it is only with God-given culture that we may salvage our souls; this seventh letter speaks to the seventh hour of our exis tence as the candle swiftly burns. L astly, let us concede (though challenged with polemics) that this country is ripe for the harvest of change – unlike that which was pure illusion a nd artifice in the deceptive aura of political instigation in the sixties to feed the desperate but noble hunger of a people spanning three generations, in their quest for freedom. Now, let us ordain democracy with the unbounded right to speak, for without our voices culture in our Bahamas will wither and die. Remember the proverbial Fig Tree. Until next time, Thank you. GREGORY NEELY Nassau, November 24, 2009. Culture is the voice of the people EDITOR, The Tribune. I am a student of the College of the Bahamas in Mr Gibson’s Geography class and I am writ ing this letter requesting that the government allow access to the beaches be restored. Beach access points should be restored because I believe that it is in the best interest of the country’s people. It is these people’s birthright to be able to freely use these beaches whenever they want to. The beaches are ours and I feel that no one should be able to try and take it away from us proud Bahamian citi zens. The beach access points and the beach areas should be developed and beautified, for example putting play grounds and parking lots, etcto attract the public and tourists for their fun and enjoyment. This can be done by the government purchasing land for parking and other purposes by the beaches, etc... Also the government would bet ter enhance the beaches by buying several more pieces of land from the property owners to make pathways between properties to make the beaches accessible, eg Yamacraw Beach by Stokes House. This can be done through the same process they use to widen roads. I also believe that beach front property owners have every right to their privacy and to build on their property. For this reason security should be placed on the beaches so that they can ensure the safety of the public and the private property owners. LEAH CULMER Nassau, November, 2009. EDITOR, The Tribune. In response to “Islands of the Sun” letter from M Jackson (Ms in your November 20th edition. Dear Ms Jackson, I hope this letter finds you well and indeed gets through to you by way of The Tribune. It was a pleasure to read your letter to the Tribune Editor of November 20th regarding my son’s book “Islands of the Sun”. Obviously, being ‘the mother’, I am biased about the publication, however I saw the three years of hard work and dedication, not to mention the two very hot and sweaty summers in da bush that John and Nikita spent to produce it! I am grateful that you felt inclined to put pen to paper and share your thoughts with our fellow newspaper readers. If more people wrote about the positive side of our culture, per haps there would be less negative in our daily lives (but that is a story for another day!) So, on behalf of the entire Danguillecourt Project team, I thank you again for your kind words. BARBARA THOMPSON Nassau, November 20, 2009. Thank you for your kind words Restore access to the beaches

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net MORE seats than ever before will be available for this year’s junkanoo parades and all will be within the same reduced pricing range offered last year of between $5 and $45, the minister of culture revealed yesterday. A total of 10,000 seats will be on offer – of which a greater number will be in the “premium” range due to demand – compared to last year’s 9,100. Minister Charles Maynard said that tickets for the three Junkanoo parades – the first of which, the Esso Junior Junkanoo Parade, takes place next Thursday, December 10 – will be on sale “later this week” at the Kendal Isaacs Gym and online at www.caribtickets.com. Mr Maynard and other stakeholders in this junkanoo season made their comments on Monday evening in Rawson Square just ahead of an on-foot tour of the Bay Street parade route and its environs to assess preparedness ahead of the first parade. Assistant Commissioner of police Shannondor Evans said that given some security con-c erns during the parades last year, police will be trying out s ome new initiatives to improve spectator safety. The area around the Char lotte Street entrance to Bay Street presented some challenges during previous parades, said ACP Evans, and police will n ow be taking a “no nonsense” approach to policing this part icular area. “We’re providing you with this information Bahamas because we want your co-operation. We believe it may have gotten out of hand last year and we wish to avoid that this year.” Douglas Hanna, chairman of the Parade Management Com m ittee, said they are commit ted to the objective of having the various parades start and finish on time this year. “We are aware that junkanoo on Boxing Day in particular is occurring on a Sat urday (with the public holiday being reserved until Monday, December 28), so we have to account for what we do because we are expected to finish junkanoo and have Bay Street ready for other business to carry on and that is what we intend to do this year,” said Mr Hanna. Crispin Cleare of the C-Cube seating company, which provides and has responsibility for the bleachers, gave an update on the schedule for the erec tion and dismantling of the seating stands. “As many of you may have noticed on Shirley Street we have begun erecting the bleachers. Shirley Street at this point is completed, we just have numbering to do. “Bay Street will start the evening of this Friday, December 4, after which we’ll work straight up to Junior Junkanoo (December 10 after Junior Junkanoo between Frederick Street and Parliament Street on both sides of the street, re-erecting again a few days prior to the Boxing Day parade,” said Mr Cleare. The honoree for this year’s Esso Junior Junkanoo parade is Verdell T Williams, who was instrumental in the creation of Junior Junkanoo. More seats than ever for this year’s junkanoo NEARLY all the former employees of the RIU Palace Resort on Paradise Island have been rehired as the resort opened its doors last week following a three month closure to upgrade the property. Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes told The Tribune that the hotel rehired around 260 of an estimated 300 former employees. "There is a possibility that they may re-engage more," he added. The property reopened its doors on November 26. Mr Foulkes could not confirm if staff were paid during the closure. Last August, the hotel closed for three months – during the traditional slow period for tourism – to undergo a $25 million makeover. The resort's rooms were scheduled for upgrades and new facilities were expected to be added during this period. When the closure was announced earlier this year, several staff members questioned their job security and said they did not know if they were going to be paid during the break. Messages left for RIU general manager Filbert Vargas were not returned up to press time. Almost all f ormer RIU staff have been rehired SAXONS in action at the New Year parade.

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B y LARRYSMITH THREE interesting books landed on my desk this past w eek. Two recently published, the other a reprint that is also available online as a free download. Pieces of Eight was famili ar to many Bahamians in the first half of the 20th century.I t was written by Richard Le G allienne an English " man of letters" who died in 1947 at the age of 80. Le Gallienne was a minor romantic writer who lived in London, New York and Paris, where he dabbled in journalism and publishing. Pieces of Eight is a work of f iction that was published in 1 918 and purports to be "the a uthentic narrative of a treas ure discovered in the Bahama Islands in 1903." According to one early r eviewer, it is "a polite treasure hunt which, compared t o R L Stevenson's handling o f the same plot lacks the thrills of real buccaneering, b ut which is romantic and b eautifully descriptive of the t ropic Bahamas." T he book became a hot political issue under the old UBP regime (when it was a prescribed school text) for its g enerally disdainful refere nces to black Bahamians a nd use of racially insulting language. However, it features some interestingd escriptions of contemporary Bahamian life, and is perhaps b est known today for one of the earliest references to that great Bahamian folk song, the John B Sails . A ctually, Le Gallienne made an even earlier reference to this famous song in an article he wrote for H arper's Magazine in 1916. T his was an account of a visit to the Bahamas when he spent a week on a schooner s ailing from Nassau to the Exuma Cays and Harbour Island his journalistic cruise leading to production of the romantic novel. T he John B is supposed to have been a sponge boat thats ank at Governor's Harbour, E leuthera around 1900. The s ong has been recorded many times over the years and is on Rolling Stones ' list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Times . The earliest recording of it was by Library of Congress researcher Alan Lomax in 1935, when it was sung by D avid Pryor, a sponge fishe rman from Andros. I n his Harper's Magazine a rticle Le Gallienne refers to conch pearls. "In these conchs, buried in t he flesh of them, is found a pink pearl of some, if no g reat value for which the n atives, as they cut up their bait, are constantly on the w atch, as half a dozen of t hem would seem like a small f ortune to them." * * * * * This brings us to my sec ond volume, The Pink Pearl: A Natural Treasure of the C aribbean. T his full-colour, coffee-table book was published in 2007 by Skira edi tore of Milan, Italy to docu m ent the history of conch pearl jewellery around the world. It is written by David Federmen, a journalist specialising in gemmology, and Dr Hubert Bari of the N ational Museum of Natural History in Paris. Photograph er Christian Creutz "spent weeks following the daily activities of the conch fishermen" around the Caribbean. The book opens with a 16th century still life by the Dutch painter de Heem,w hich prominently features a Queen conch shell. And we quickly learn that millions of these shells reached Euro p ean ports as ballast on sail ing ships during their return voyages from the Caribbean in the early years of explo ration. The Queen conch pro duces the only natural pearls not produced by an oyster or mussel that can claim significant commercial impact, although the odds of finding an acceptable conch pearl are in the order of one in every 10,000 shells collected. The odds of a conch's survival are much worse about two million to one, in fact. And such odds combined with heavy overfishing, now threaten the conch with extinction. "As late as the 1970s one could walk down to the beach of any Caribbean island and scoop conchs out of the ocean shallows by hand," the authors say. "Acres and acres of seabed were covered by huge herds of fully grown conchs, grazing on sea grass...This edible bounty must have seemed like an endless gift from the gods." But today, conch fishing is less romantic, with divers round the region using scuba gear or hookah rigs connected to air compressors on the boat to allow them to stay underwater for long peri ods. "To return the conch merely to sustainable levels forget plentiful ones will most likely involve mora toria on the industry, not solely in the countries that produce conch, but also in those countries where the molluscs are processed and exported," the authors say. And replenishment may take decades. Conch harvesting was banned in Florida 20-odd years ago and is just beginTreasure, the pink pearl C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Harbour Bay Extra 5% off for Privilege Cards & Corporate Partners O O n n L L a a d d i i e e s s C C l l o o t t h h i i n n g g 2 2 5 5% %O O f f f fNew Arrivals O O n n L L a a d d i i e e s s C C l l o o t t h h i i n n g g 2 2 5 5% %O O f f f fFashion Finds $10.00 And up SEE page seven AQUEENconch shell

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ning to show results. But this book is not about conservation it is about jewellery. In the 19th century scientists determined that conch pearls were produced when the conch enclosed a fragment of organic tissue bacterial micro-porganisms, tiny crustaceans or worms with shell material to avoid irritation or infection. Eventually this protective process forms a pearl with a shimmering porcelain-like appearance. This book is richly illustrated with photos of individ-u al pearls as well as precolumbian artifacts featuring conch shell mosaics, andm odern jewellery creations. Archaeologists have not found any ancient conch pearl jewellery, although they have found plenty of shell beads some over 2,000 years old. Conch artistry did not reach its zenith until shells began arriving in Europe in the 16th century, when they were discovered b y Italian cameo makers. Shell cameos have been in and out of fashion for hun dreds of years, but the conch pearl was largely overlooked until the second half of the 9th century (although there is a brief mention of one in Columbus' logbook). The Philadelphia exposition in 1876 displayed conch pearl jewellery by Tiffany, and Queen Victoria was an early collector. An 1855 account referrred to a conch pearl necklace in stock at Tiffany for $4,000 equivalent to $83,000 today. Contemporary travel writing and fiction describes various aspects of the Bahami an and Florida conch trades.In 1844, the Nassau Guardian reported that the sum of was paid for "a beautiful conch pearl of large size"found by a boy breaking shells in the harbour. And in 1886 it was said that the annu al yield of Bahamian conch pearls was the equivalent of a million dollars in today's money. However, conch pearls eventually went out of fash i on, and by 1918 (around the time of Richard Le Gallienne's visit) the Bahamas marine Products Board noted that conch pearls had "passed as an object of commercial interest". By 1923 demand had collapsed and the sole remaining exporter was going out of business. In fact, by the 1970s noone seemed to know that conch pearls had once been a p rized jewel. They were regarded as curios with no commercial value. But gradually through the efforts of an American marine archaeologist named Sue Hendrickson, interest among jewellers and celebrities began to rise. Henrickson's hobby turned into an occupation, and as she began to corner the market, her activities attracted the attention of others. In 1985, a gem dealer sold an assortment of conch pearls to one of the world's top jewellers, who made them into a necklace that was famously worn by Liz Taylor and photographed for the September 1990 edition of Ladies Home J ournal. It sold for $160,000, and the head of the famous Japanese firm, Mikimoto, was moved to describe conch pearls as "the best new thing I have seen in years". Over the next decade Mikimoto invested millions to begin a revival of the industry. Today, the authors say, conch pearls fetch record amounts and Tiffany, which spearheaded conch pearl jewe llery in the 19th century, is once again featuring these items in its stores around the w orld. In 2004 Tiffany unveiled a 26-piece collection of conch pearl jewellery with prices as high as $275,000. And since Strombus gigas is now a vanishing species, it's a fair bet that the conch pearl will become rarer and pricier still. * * * * The third book is unrelated to any of the foregoing. It's a very readable, self-published autobiography by a youngish Bahamian doctor named Harold Munnings Jr. The title Westward: the Walk of a Bahamian Doctor might refer to Munnings' journey from his humble beginnings in a little clap board house on Mackey Street (which later became the first Checker's Restaurant), to a triplex on Lumumb a Lane built on land that was once part of his grandf-f ather's farm, to a plush home at Westward Villas, and final ly to the exclusive gated com munity of Old Fort, where he lives today with his wife Moneira and their children. But it actually refers to our halting progress through life towards the eternal sunset an eventuality which hope fully is many years away in Dr Munnings' case. The book recounts the familiar trivia of childhood, interspersed with descriptionso f his family's antecedents the Munnings from Delancey Town in Nassau and the C areys from Tarpum Bay on Eleuthera. And the stories of his medical education and s ubsequent career as a leading gastroenterologist are accompanied by interesting snippets of history together with accounts of contemporary life in the Bahamas and elsewhere. These stories range from the origin of the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport (James Rand was a noted American philanthropist who invented the defibrillator and retired to the Bahamas in 1960), to an account of Kevin Hanna's gruesome murder of his entire family in Dannotage Estates 25 years ago, near the home of Harold Munnings Sr the author's distinguished civil servant father. And there is an amusing account of how his mother's cooking helped frame the 1964 Bahamian constitution. It seems that the former Gweneth Carey laid on a huge repast of Bahamian dishes for the PLP delegation to the constitutional talks in London when they (Paul Adderley, Lynden Pindling, Orville Turnquest and Arthur Hanna) made a sidetrip to Brighton to visit Harold Senior, who was studying engineering. The author was t hree years old at the time. Harold Junior's medical career was sparked in 1975, when he volunteered at the Princess Margaret Hospital blood bank, trailing a blooddrawing doctor through the wards and becoming a "voyeur to patients on the mend or not." At 15 his collection of blood smears from the PMH lab numbered among his most prized possessions right alongside his Fisher stereo system. He recalls pleading with his boss at the PMH pathologist Dr Joan Reed to be allowed to observe an autopsy. Eventually, an attendant named Monkey Man snuck him into the mortuary, and it seemed to Munnings at the time that medical training was going to be a big problem. But later at medical school he wrote that" cutting up dead people proved to be no trouble at all, although it could get spooky i f you were alone with the bodies laid out on dissecting tables." During the 1980s, after finishing his medical training (at McGill University in Canada, UWI in Jamaica and the Bristol Royal Infirmary in England), Munnings interned at the PMH, where he joined the ranks of young doctors who set out to transform healthcare in the Bahamas. They faced a daily grinda gainst a backdrop of poor facilities and a lack of vital equipment. I n 1986 the Bahamas was in the throes of a massive drug epidemic that had s parked a surge of violent crime and was accompanied by an explosion of HIV disease. Munnings was on the firing line at the PMH where he was able to observe some interesting correlations. With a colleague, he wrote a paper on the occurrence of a severe muscle wasting disorder thought to be caused by freebasing cocaine that had never been reported before. But overwork caused him to delay finalising the paper, and the report of this medical first was made by an American team two years later. Fast forward to 2004 when Munnings met an old friend from Bristol at a medical conference in New Orleans who reminded him of events long forgotten. It was this chance encounter that prompted him to write his memoir at a relatively young age: "I wondered how many other events in my life had become submerged to near the point of no recall," he says in the final pages of the book. "I don't say 'been there, done that' anymore without a m easure of awe and gratitude because I believe that safe passage on our westward walk takes more than sound planning, and luck, upon which many too heavily depend, has a funny way of running out when you need it most...I believe that my mother was right from the very beginning, that I am blessed." What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM pearl and a doctor’s autobiography F ROM page six

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Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said: "We spent a great deal of time tracking where these stories are and what is being said and mak ing sure we get the facts regarding the situation and what we are doing about it into that medium." He added that it is important that tourism e mployees pinpoint the negative press and ensure that the Ministry of Tourism injects a counter argument addressing the facts of the situation and future plans to address visitor safety in the Bahamas. "This is one incident in one place and we want to make sure that we convey to the world that despite the numbers that we see in this one incident, that the number of c rimes and attacks against visitors in the Bahamas is very, very low," he said, speaking to The Tribune outside the Cabinet Office yesterday. He added that tourism officials remain in ongoing meetings with police to strategise on ways to ensure the safety of visitors to the country's shores. The robbery came a little over a month after 11 cruise ship passengers on a taxi tour of the 66 Steps were held up by armed men and in the wake of a spate of armed robberies of locals. Despite the rash of negative r eports, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace sees the robbery as a minor obstacle in his ministry's marketing efforts. "I don't see it as a roadblock, obviously it's a speedbump in terms of some of the things that we want to accomplish but I am confident that from everything thatI see with the police and the other departm ents that are involved in this they take it very seriously in moving aggressively to make sure that we restore the Bahamas' good name everywhere," he said. It was around 12.15 pm when 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 also robbed at gunpoint. Police said a Bahamian woman was gun-butted to the head during the attack, adding that no shots were fired. This was refuted by many of the disgruntled victims, who claimed a shot had been fired into the ground by one of the thugs near one of the victims. The passengers were part of two sepa rate tour groups from Disney Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. Several cruise lines have suspended their tours at the site following the robbery how ever BASH's Executive Director Terry Miller has plans to beef up security of the 170-acre property. with cash and raid shop registers by terrorising employees. And more than 1,000 small businesses in the Carmichael area are at great risk, Mr Bowe said. An employee of New Oriental Cleaners, in the Golden Gates shopping centre, was robbed at gunpoint while taking a deposit bag to the car at 11.30am on Monday morning. An armed robber with a black scarf covering his face threatened the employee with a handgun and took the cash before escaping in a sky-blue Honda Accord, registration number 218188, driving south on Baillou Hill Road. The robbery is the latest in a string of attacks on businesses across New Providence in recent weeks. It follows the traumatising experience endured by owner of MAC Consultants John Laramore who was holed up in his Carmichael Road shop for nearly 24 hours when police failed to respond to a break-in that cost him more than $1,300 in lost merchandise, and another $1,600 for a new alarm system to protect his property. Police did not respond to Mr Laramore’s 919 call until after he sent an email to a friend who contacted a senior police officer to take action. Mr Laramore told The Tribune he is now considering buying a gun to protect his business; something he never wanted to do. Mr Bowe said a number of businessmen in the Carmichael area, including himself, have licensed firearms to empower themselves as there is no other protection provided. He said the problems lie with the Government and the lawless criminals who carry out their attacks in broad daylight to be chased by an underresourced police force. The Carmichael division of police is the largest in New Providence but the 40 officers based there only make up a tenth of the 400 needed to patrol the streets, Mr Bowe said. He called on government leaders to put maximum efforts into stopping crime and eliminating corruption to make people safe. Mr Bowe said: “This is pretty much terrorism we are existing under because people are frightened going in and out of their houses or going to work; we have trouble sleeping at night, and they don’t seem to have any kind of feel for what’s going on. “Carmichael is growing in terms of both the number of people and businesses here so the misery index is going up. “This did not come upon us suddenly, we have watched this grow and grow and grow. Everybody knows it’s getting worse and the thing is we can fix these problems. “The Government needs to show the Bahamas and the world that we are serious about crime. “If we make it safe for the people that live here we will make it safe for the tourists.” But without any forceful reaction from government, Mr Bowe said the prospect is dismal for Bahamian businesses. “I wouldn’t advise anyone to go into business right now,” he said. “Crime kills commerce, it’s as simple as that and our country is riddled with crime and corruption. “The crime destroys the economy the declining economy causes more crime.” FROM page one Tourism chiefs V INCENT VANDERPOOLW ALLACE FROM page one Armed robberies ‘pose risk’ to businesses

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C M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 12 P AGE 13 Fr Marcian Peters b-ball tourney all set... TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Aces smothered by SAC, 106-14 Barracuda’s spectacular Speedo splash B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net THE Barracudas Swim Club may have found the next Bahamian swimming phenomenon. Twelve-year-old Dionisio Carey had a spectacular splash last month at the 2009 Speedo Winter Championships in Plantation, Florida. Traveling with the 20-plus members of the Barracudas, headed by coaches Sue Coleby and Michael Stewart, Carey made the cut for nine finals and he captured the gold medal in each event. Coleby, who spoke briefly while conducting a team practice session yesterday, said it was a tremendous feat, something that has never been accomplished by a Bahamian before. “He did a wonderful job. I don’t think anybody from the Bahamas has ever done that,” Coleby stated. Stewart took it a bit further. “For an 11-12 year old, it’s quite outstanding,” he said. “To go into Florida where a number of the top swimmers are there and to win every event and to win them by at least 6-8 seconds, it was quite a feat. “It’s an abnormal feat, but he’s an incredible swimmer. He works extremely hard and he’s hungry to swim fast, so he has all of the ingredients to make him an incredible swim mer.” He helped the Barracudas boys team finish ninth and they were 19th overall out of a field of 59 teams that competed. More than 1,200 competitors participated in the four-day meet. Carey, a seventh grade student at Queen’s College, said he went to Plantation with a goal in mind to not just make the final, but to at least win a medal in each event. Winning the nine gold medals were a little more than he had anticipated. He ended up bringing home the boys 11-12 High Point Trophy in the process. “I felt good. The performance was very good over there in Plantation,” he stated. “The performances were exactly what I expected.” Carey won the 50-yard backstroke in 28.69 seconds, the 100 breastroke in 1:06.64, the 100 butterfly in 58.73, the 100 backstroke in 1:02.16, the 200 IM in 2:12.11, 50 breas troke in 30.95, 100 IM in 1:01.99, 100 freestyle in 54.16 and 50 yard butterfly in 26.29. In the end, Carey accumu lated a total of 180 points for the High Point Trophy. His nearest rival was American Tobias Faucher with 115. A J Reid came in third with 104. “There was one event I had to fight for,” said Carey about the 100 freestyle as he went head-to-head right to the wall with American Jonathan Rodriquez before he pulled it off. Clement Bowe, another member of the Barracudas, also made it to nine finals, but he wasn’t as successful as Carey in winning a medal. The meet was sanctioned by the Florida Gold Swimming and the USA Swimming. It also served as a qual ifier for the Junior Olympic Games. Carey’s parents, Omar and Elva, said they were both pleased with their son’s performance and they are looking forward to him producing even better results as he heads to the Carifta Games and the CCCAN next year. Stewart said Carey’s per formance is just the tip of the iceberg. “We’re definitely looking at 2012 when he will be a young kid. At age 15, the goal is to get him to qualify for the Olympics,” Stewart said. “But definitely in 2016, we expect that he will be a sig nificant figure. If we make the 2012 Olympics, he will go there as an observer, but in 2016, if he continues to progress, he can definitely do some damage.” By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net T he St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine junior boys appear to be in rare form early in the s eason and have emerged as the team to beat following their second consecutive lopsided victory by more than 60 points. After an 86-20 victory on opening day over the Bahamas Academy Stars last week, the Big Red Machine trumped that performance with a 10614 win over the Aquinas College Aces yesterday at the SAC campus. The Big Red Machine featured a different five player squad each quarter with the starters acting as the cat alyst for the blowout, and returning in the fourth to cap the win and push for the century mark. SAC reached the coveted 100-point mark when starting point guard Yorick Sands came up with a steal with 32 seconds left and raced down court to give his team a 100-12 advantage. A balanced scoring attack from the Big Red Machine saw 12 players reach the scorebook, with three in double figures. Nikita Higgins led the way with a game high 24 points, dominating the point as most of his baskets came on offensive rebounds and tip ins. The Aces struggled with the speed of the Big Red Machine guard and the size of the massive front-line which controlled the boards on both ends of the floor, sparking fast breaks with defensive rebounds on one end and creating second shot opportunities on the other. The remainder of the Big Red Machine starting five were as efficient DIONISIO CAREY S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 ASTON MUNROE fouls Big Red Machine Anfernie Seymour... F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM R R A A C C I I N N G G B B H H R R A A M M E E E E T T I I N N G G THE Bahamas Hotrod Association is scheduled t o hold a general meeting a t Motorsport Park, Q ueen Elizabeth Sports Center, 6:30pm Thursday. All racing fans are urged to attend as important matters will be discussed. Feel free to contact the BHRA through “Safety First,” P O Box CR-55929 and telephone (242 6364 for further information. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L S S P P E E C C I I A A L L O O L L Y Y M M P P I I C C S S T T O O U U R R N N E E Y Y SPECIAL Olympics Bahamas is slated to hold the annual Caribbean Special Olympics Basketball Invitational at Loyola Hall 5pm Friday and continue 9am Saturday. The official opening ceremony is set for 1pm. Two teams each from New Providence and Grand Bahama will represent the Bahamas along with a team from Abaco. Visiting teams will come from Guadeloupe and the C ayman Islands. L ast year, Grand Bahama clinched the gold with the silver going to Barbados. Abaco had to settle for the bronze while New Providence got shut out of a medal. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L N N P P B B A A A A C C T T I I O O N N THE New Providence Basketball Association is set to continue its regulars eason tonight at the C I Gibson Gymnasium with the 1-0 Y-Care Wreckers taking on the 0-1 Reddies. Two exciting games were played Monday with the following results post-ed: P P o o l l i i c c e e C C r r i i m m e e s s t t o o p p p p e e r r s s 9 9 3 3 , , O O u u t t d d o o o o r r L L i i g g h h t t i i n n g g F F a a l l c c o o n n s s 9 9 1 1 The Falcons missed two free throws in the winding seconds that could have forced a possible overtime period. The Police, however, went on to win the game as Valentino Richardson canned 22 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free throw line. Kevin Davis and Jackson Jacob both scored 19 in a losing effort. E E l l e e c c t t r r o o T T e e l l e e c c o o m m C C y y b b o o t t s s 7 7 2 2 , , J J o o h h n n s s o o n n s s T T r r u u c c k k i i n n g g J J u u m m p p e e r r s s 6 6 8 8 Brian Tucker Bain pumped in a game high 29 points on 9-of-15 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line for the Cybots. He also had 18 of his game high 29 in the fourth quarter. Tyrell Griffith scored a game high 20 in the loss. ABIAH Missick and Jenero Knowles were once again awarded the Dominique Higgins Awards as the most outstanding student-athletes at the Roadrunners Track Club’s 10th annual awards and presentation banquet. Higgins’ father, David, made the presentation. The awards were among more than 60 presented Saturday night at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino as the track club honoured the athletes for their performances during the past track and field season. A A m m o o n n g g t t h h e e o o t t h h e e r r a a w w a a r r d d s s p p r r e e s s e e n n t t e e d d w w e e r r e e t t h h e e A A t t h h l l e e t t e e s s o o f f t t h h e e Y Y e e a a r r . . T T h h e e y y w w e e n n t t t t o o t t h h e e f f o o l l l l o o w w i i n n g g : : G G i i r r l l s s Carliyah Sanders (Under-9 Nixon (Under-11 ty Dorsett (Under-13 Sara Mackey (under-17 and Krysten Black (open B B o o y y s s Stephon Bowe (under-9 (Under-11 and Recarno Nixon (under-13 ley and Jenero Knowles (under-15 son (under-17 Stubbs (open M M o o s s t t o o u u t t s s t t a a n n d d i i n n g g a a t t h h l l e e t t e e s s G G i i r r l l s s Alexicia Williams (U-9 Williams and Shakara Whymms (U-11 Sargent (U-13D ean (U-15 M issick (U-17 Stephanie Stubbs (open B B o o y y s s Miguel Bethel (U-11 and Ulrick McIntosh (U13); Rayford Rigby, Bennett Hall and DemitirF orbes (U-15 Rolle (U-17 Ferguson and Navante Lamm (open Roadrunners annual awards banquet SPORTS IN BRIEF Photos by Esther Miller SARA MACKEY receives her under-17 award... KRISTIN BLACK receives her under-20 award... OJAY FERGUSON receives most outstanding open male award... JENERO KNOWLES , co-winner of Dominique Higgins award... BASIL NEYMOUR presents under-15 award to Charleze Dean... ABIAH MISSICK , co-winner of Dominique Higgins award... BASIL NEYMOUR presents under-13 award to Phaline Sergeant... ARCHIE NAIRN , permanent secretary, congratulates Migel Bethel and Katrash Williams... FATHYE MILLER receives her under-15 award...

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‘Rehabilitating’ $50k investment By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net MAIL BOXES ETC is set to open its franchise in the Cayman Islands this month, its chief executive told Tribune Busi ness yesterday, as e-business and the companies that facilitate it survived 2009 year with only marginal drops in revenue, while continuing to expand to meet consumer needs into 2010. Gershan Major said Mail Boxes’ Cayman location could open by mid-December, with another coming on-line in Trinidad by the 2010 first quarter. Mr Major said the Bahamian Mail Boxes location, and its companion in Antigua and Barbuda, were expecting an uptick in business as the holiday season comes around. However, he said a drop in holiday season revenues was expected this year compared to last. “Certainly, the business itself is beginning to go into its peak period relative to the e-commerce side,” said Mr Major. “We expect some softening this holiday season giving the current economic condition. However, we believe there are more persons less inclined to go on a plane and do shopping.” Mr Major said the e-commerce market was beginning to take root in the Bahamas, as people found it more convenient to shop from the comfort of home or office desk, rather than go to the traditional brick and mortar depot. “Persons are looking for the opportunity the Internet provides,” he said. “There they can find tremendous deals and often free ground shipping [in the US].” Mr Major added that most online shoppers are looking for the bundled deals offered by many online stores and large physical retailers, who sell their products online. One Bahamian cyber shop ping entity, ShopBVM.com, is expecting to expand its business in 2010 by adding much more stores to its inventory and targeting markets in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. “We are creating more exposure in the international land scape for Bahamian vendors,” ShopBVM directors told Tribune Business recently. “We’re doing fine and there are some great days ahead. We have a lot of stuff rolling out in the new year.” C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.20 $4.13 $4.25 B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor D espite its $16 m illion private p lacement being “undersubscribed” by Bahamian investors, aB ahamas-based telecoms startup yesterday said its launch might have “more strength in depth” than initially envisaged w ith a potential strategic/financ ial partner willing to invest capital that would take it beyond the target sum. Edison Sumner, IP Solutions International's president and c hief executive, declined to confirm to Tribune Business how much the start-up’s private offering raised, but acknowledged that the failure to gen-e rate the required $16 million from the Bahamian market may delay our launch for a couple of months”. T his, though, depended on the outcome of talks with IP Solutions’ prospective international partner, coupled with the due diligence process andr equired Government approvals for a foreign entity’si nvestment in a Bahamian company. M r Sumner said the company was also looking at an alternat ive smaller scale launch than initially planned, having targeted the 2009 fourth quarter end/2010 first quarter to bring its ‘Multiple Play’ b undle of products to market. He added that there was “a very l ikely chance we will b e able to meet first quarter projections for the launch” of at least some its services. While IP Solutions w as still looking at raising $16 million tof ulfill its business plan and launch strategy, Mr Sumne r said the company’s potential strategic/financing partner who he declined to name, citing a non-disclosure agreement had raised the possibility ofi nvesting more than the required sum. There’s been some advances made to is that have h igher investments coming in. We’re still talking $16 million, b ut higher figures have been presented to us, and we’re certainly flexible enough to consider these new proposals from them,” Mr Sumner told Tribune Business. If they’re prepared to put in more than required, do we have the capacity to a bsorb this, and the i nternal capacity to generate a rate of return on this investment? “We feel we can p ut the additional capital to use andg enerate a reasonable rate of return, and this perhaps g ives us a chance to accelerate plans for regional and Caribbean growth, as we will have the capital to do more.” Referring to IP Solutions’ p rivate placement, which was extended by a month to end-N ovember in the hope of rais ing $8 million in common s tock/equity capital, $4 million in preference shares and $4 mill ion in bank debt financing, Mr Sumner said: “We unfortunately did not raise all the capital we expected to raise. “We had a tremendous amount of interest from the B ahamian investing public, but not as many that expressed interest in the company came through as investors at the end o f the day. We have been succ essful in raising some capital, but have been undersubscribed by the local Bahamian economy.” Adding that he was “disapp ointed” that interest levels did not equate to actual investmenti n IP Solutions, Mr Sumner told Tribune Business: “When we s aw the trend that was happening coming to the closing, we started attending to international investors and other strategic alliances. We’ve been working on that end and have done some initiala rrangements with an interna tional investor/strategic partn er. We have been approached and are having discussions with a partner who has expressed keen interest in acquiring a substantial part of the company to ‘Higher investment’ for $16m start-up By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor ISLE of Capri signed off on its troubled management of Our Lucaya’s casino with a 5.4 per cent year-over-year increase in its second quarter loss to $968,000, upon an almost-32 per cent fall in revenues to $1.418 million. Revealing the losses sustained by Isle-Our Lucaya in the run-up to the end of its extended lease, the US gaming company said revenues for the three months to October 25, 2009, had fallen by almost one-third from the $2.072 mil lion generated in the comparable period in 20o8. For the half-year, Isle of Capri’s Our Lucaya casino saw its top-line revenues fall from $5.645 million in 2008 to $3.552 million this year, a fall of 37.1 per cent. When it came to the impact on operating income, or earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA of Capri’s cost containment ini tiatives proved somewhat suc cessful, as the increase in operating losses was less than the revenue decline. Apart from the 5.4 per cent increase in 2010 second quarter operating losses, Isle of Capri’s Grand Bahama operation saw half-year operating losses rise by 27.5 per cent to $1.369 million, compared to $1.074 million in 2008. Operations at Our Lucaya’s casino have just undergone a transition between Isle of Capri and Treasure Bay, the new manager, following the latter’s withdrawal from the Grand Bahama gaming market. Treasure Bay, though, was very much the Government’s ‘second choice’ to operate/manage the Our Lucaya casino, the Ingraham administration having hoped that Foxwoods Development Company could work out a deal with the resort’s owner, Hutchison Whampoa, that would have seen it take over the integrated management of the resort and casino opera tions. However, the two parties were unable to conclude an agreement prior to Isle of Capri’s exit from Grand Bahama last week, leaving the Government with no option but to go with Treasure Bay. Without a replacement operator, that would have left some Casino’s loss expands 28% to $1.369m * Multiple-play telecoms provider says potential foreign financial/strategic partner looking at investing more than required to raise target * Acknowledges that failure to obtain capital from Bahamian m arket ‘may delay launch by a couple of months’ * But says ‘very likely’ able to meet 2010 first quarter launch date with at least some of planned services SUMNER S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE newly-elected Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday urged that the long-running Port Authority ownership dispute be resolved “by the end of the first quarter 2010, if not before”, and warned that the continuing uncertainty meant potential businesses and investors were likely to give Freeport a w ide berth. K. Peter Turnquest, of Telecom Trad ing & Consulting, told Tribune Business that during his term in office he also wanted to obtain “a better understanding” of Hutchison Whampoa’s plans for Our Lucaya, Grand Bahama’s premier resort property, and see the development of a master plan for Grand Bahama that emphasised the development of the Sea Air Business Centre. Turning to the three-year Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA between the Hayward and St George families, Mr Turnquest told Tribune Business: “With respect to that, we hope the owner ship issue is settled very shortly, hopefully by the end of the first quarter, if not before. “No business will come into Grand Bahama if they’re not sure who they’re d ealing with, and do not know what the landscape will look like. It’s very important that we resolve that issue, so we can speak to investors with one voice and one direction.” As previously revealed by Tribune Busi ness, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has been pushing behind the scenes for a reso lution to the Port ownership dispute, and taken steps to bring this about by refusing to renew the work permit of its chairman, Hannes Babak, beyond December 31, 2009. The Prime Minister has viewed this as increasing the pressure on Sir Jack Hay ward and the Hayward family trust to set t le with the late Edward St George’s estate, but Sir Jack has shown no signs of bowing to the Prime Minister’s wishes when it comes to a resolution and a possible sale to Hutchison Whampoa. S S o o l l v v e e P P o o r r t t o o w w n n e e r r s s h h i i p p d d i i s s p p u u t t e e b b y y 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 s s Q Q 1 1 Mail Boxes expands franchise to Cayman B y CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c robards@tribunemedia.net PROVIDENCE Rehabilitation Centre has invested $50,000 into a Pilates and Yoga studio, in a bid to expand services offerings not yet available in the heart of Nassau at an affordable pricing p oint, its facility director said yesterday. Christina Messarra said Pilates was a form of exercise that has g rown around the world, and is its most efficient and injury-miti gating form of exercise. S he said Pilates has traditionally been out of reach of most of the working class because it requires significant investment in human capital, making it a very expensive exercise regimen. “It can pre vent the onset of back pain and it is also used to manage injuries,” she said. M s Messarra took advantage of recently-vacated office space just upstairs from Providence Rehabilitation Centre, and began the ren o vations that would turn the space into an exercise room and reception area. After shopping around for a Pilates instructor, she discovered Phillisa Beneby, a certified Pilates instructor, and is slated to begin * Ne w Chamber pr esident in plea f or r esolution * W ants to obtain ‘better understanding’ of Hutchison’s Our Luca y a plans and see island de v elopment plan emphasising Sea, Air Business Centr e 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 6 6 B B

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AS we start the final month o f 2009, we find ourselves perched at the crossroads of a most untenable position in Bahamian history. The authori ties appear to be ‘burying their heads in the sand’ during a crime wave of epic proportions, while concurrently struggling to maintain the Bahamast hrough what is worldwide being referred to as the ‘great recession’. While crime is not a matter f or political gain, it is a fact that governments take credit for low crime rates, yet refuse to accept any blame when crime is out of control. W hile it is accepted that there is a high level of personal rage in our society, resulting in homicides perpetrated by pers ons known to the victim, something still has to be done. A greater focus on conflict resolution on a national scale must be undertaken. This can taket he form of lectures, seminars, community workshops and the like. However, such an effort must involve schools, churche s, civic organisations, cultural organisations, and lodges in other words, the broadest poss ible spectrum of society. F rom my vantage point, these are the two greatest i mpediments to the rebuilding of a prosperous future for the B ahamas, and thus represent my focus today. C C r r i i m m e e A s I talk to Bahamians and residents of the Bahamas from all walks of life, it is amazing that every conversation someh ow reverts to the issue of crime. People simply do not feel safe in our country any more. The Government is perceived as being totally ineffec-t ive in the fight against crime, and for some reason is unprepared to make the necessary changes to correct the situation. I do not pretend to understand political strategy, but I do know that if something is not done, there will be fall-out at the polls. L ast week we hit another low when two groups of tourists were targeted at an ‘ecotourism’ facility in the Chipp ingham area. A Travel Advisory from the US State Department is probably not too far off. I say to the current Administration: “You are not beingp erceived as having a handle on the crime situation, nor are you being perceived as having a real plan to combat it.” The ball i s squarely in your court. F F a a i i r r q q u u e e s s t t i i o o n n I t is one thing to be critical, b ut it is also fair to ask: “What would you do?” We can begin b y considering the following: * The implementation of a Gun Court’, where persons found with unlicensed guns are quickly brought before this c ourt and their cases dispensed with quickly. This can be expanded to a ‘Dangerous Weapons Court’ to include k nives. * We could do what it takes to ensure that persons charged with murder are not out on thes treets ‘on bail’. If we need to change the law to do this, then so be it. The current situation, where p ersons charged with one, and sometimes multiple murders, are arrested for additional offences while on bail is sheer and utter nonsense. * We could implement a curfew for persons under the age of 20 years. If you are caught breaking the curfew you are r emanded for a minimum of 48 hours before being released. If you have three violations you w ill be automatically sentenced t o a six-month period of incarceration or structured commun ity service. Further, I deputise members of the Royal B ahamas Defence Force to assist in enforcing the curfew. * We need to confront the i ssue of ‘gang violence’. This is an extremely complex social issue, and while I do not have any concrete recommendations, t here are many in the community who have expertise in this area, whose voices and expertise must be galvanised into a cogent national plan. E E c c o o n n o o m m y y Despite the outward appearance of ‘business as usual’, from a ll accounts the Bahamian economy is truly at a crossroads. The economy has slowed considerably. For the first time in memory, I have never expe-r ienced such a wide swathe of Bahamian professionals complaining about how tough the economy is, and this reality is n ot confined to a particular sector. Lawyers, doctors, accountants, small business owners are all complaining about the tough economic environment that wec urrently face. P P l l i i g g h h t t o o f f s s m m a a l l l l b b u u s s i i n n e e s s s s In the retail sector, for examp le, I am told that sales are generally down by 35 per cent to 45 per cent. Many small businesse s have managed to keep their d oors open thus far by running down inventories and running u p accounts payables as much as possible. However, it is i nventories that drive sales. So, if you are unable to finance new inventories, you will ultimately h ave no choice but to close your doors, even when the economy recovers. The great irony is that when a ll the major economies have implemented policies to support the small business sector, we have actually done the opposite in the Bahamas. Theb anks have tightened credit and interest rates have remained artificially high, thus effectively putting many small businesses i nto liquidation mode. I I n n t t e e r r e e s s t t R R a a t t e e s s Exactly one year ago at a luncheon attended by a groupo f business leaders, there was a robust debate on the issue of the level of interest rates in the Bahamas. I did not support a r eduction of interest rates at that time, based on my greater concern for maintaining an adequate level of foreign reserves and, ultimately, the country’da bility to maintain parity of the Bahamian dollar. I felt strongly that we should not act prematurely and potentially jeopard ise our reserve position in the face of an uncertain global economic slowdown. W W h h a a t t h h a a s s c c h h a a n n g g e e d d ? ? Last week (November 19 t he Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develop m ent (OECD bership consists of the 30 largeste conomies in the world, revised its economic growth forecast to 1 .9 per cent and 2.5 per cent, respectively, for 2010 and 2011. This compares to a projected contraction of 3.5 per cent for 2009. A lso, just last week, the minister of state for finance recon-f irmed that our foreign reserve position is strong, and adequate t o sustain the economy. T T a a n n g g i i b b l l e e s s t t i i m m u u l l u u s s In light of both factors, there i s absolutely no reason why interest rates cannot now be reduced in the Bahamas. This would provide a real and tangible stimulus to the small busi-n ess sector, to the average Bahamian consumer, and to the Government. Most of the Government’s debt is in Bahamian d ollars, so any reduction in local interest rates will produce millions of dollars in savings. Thus far, the road improvement programme is not tricklingd own to the average consumer in a tangible or particularly noticeable way. Lower interest rates would t ouch every single Bahamian by providing financial relief via lower mortgage payments, lower interest rates on credit card debt and lower rates on bankl oans. Until next week N N B B : : L L a a r r r r y y R R . . G G i i b b s s o o n n , , a a C C h h a a r r t t e e r r e e d d F F i i n n a a n n c c i i a a l l A A n n a a l l y y s s t t , , i i s s v v i i c c e e p p r r e e s s i i d d e e n n t t p p e e n n s s i i o o n n s s , , C C o o l l o o n n i i a a l l P P e e n n s s i i o o n n s s S S e e r r v v i i c c e e s s ( ( B B a a h h a a m m a a s s ) ) , , a a w w h h o o l l l l y y o o w w n n e e d d s s u u b b s s i i d d i i a a r r y y o o f f C C o o l l o o n n i i a a l l G G r r o o u u p p 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 , , w w h h i i c c h h o o w w n n s s A A t t l l a a n n t t i i c c M M e e d d i i c c a a l l I I n n s s u u r r a a n n c c e e a a n n d d i i s s a a m m a a j j o o r r s s h h a a r r e e h h o o l l d d e e r r o o f f S S e e c c u u r r i i t t y y & & G G e e n n e e r r a a l l I I n n s s u u r r a a n n c c e e C C o o m m p p a a n n y y i i n n t t h h e e B B a a h h a a m m a a s s . . T T h h e e v v i i e e w w s s e e x x p p r r e e s s s s e e d d a a r r e e t t h h o o s s e e o o f f t t h h e e a a u u t t h h o o r r a a n n d d d d o o n n o o t t n n e e c c e e s s s s a a r r i i l l y y r r e e p p r r e e s s e e n n t t t t h h o o s s e e o o f f C C o o l l o o n n i i a a l l G G r r o o u u p p 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 o o r r a a n n y y o o f f i i t t s s s s u u b b s s i i d d i i a a r r y y a a n n d d / / o o r r a a f f f f i i l l i i a a t t e e d d c c o o m m p p a a n n i i e e s s . . P P l l e e a a s s e e d d i i r r e e c c t t a a n n y y q q u u e e s s t t i i o o n n s s o o r r c c o o m m m m e e n n t t s s t t o o r r l l g g i i b b s s o o n n @ @ a a t t l l a a n n t t i i c c h h o o u u s s e e . . c c o o m m . . b b s s C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM * Remove & Replace Engine * Head Jobs * Tune-Ups * Timing * Complete Overhaul * Rebuild Alternator & Starter* OIL CHANGE---------$20.00* Come in or call us today and let us get you rollin! OAKES FIELD COLLEGE AVE. Tel: 323-5835/323-5436 INGRAHAM’S AUTO SPECIAL Bahamian society and economy at crossroads Financial Focus By Larry Gibson the tune of actually completing the funding that was required. We have been nurturing that relationship, because wew ant to get it right first time. Financing has been discussed, a nd we are doing the due dili gence work that has to be done.” When asked whether to raise the full $16 million in the B ahamas might delay implementation of IP Solutions’ busi n ess model and plan, Mr Sum ner acknowledged: “It might. It depends on how quickly we get through the due dili gence process and approvals process for large foreign investors coming in. Our launch w ill be contingent on how long that process takes to complete. We do have another plan in place to look at doing a launch o n a smaller scale until the process with a new partner is completed. There is a very likely chance we will be able to meet the first quarter projections for a launch of some of this process. It may delay us fora couple of months, possibly, depending on due diligence issues.” When asked why IP Solut ions’ offering had not generated a stronger response from B ahamian investors, Mr Sumner said: “The overarching reason we’re hearing is that it was based on the economy. A lot of people want to safeguard the cash, capital they do have. “There was also an issue with coming into a start-up. Despite the fact that we have a lot of experience and expertise behind the company, it’s still a start-up.” Such companies have added risk attached to them, and Mr Sumner said some investors had indicated they wanted to see IP Solutions establish an operational track record before parting with their funds. Tribune Business had also been told by prospective investors, who wished to remain anonymous, that the risk/reward profile of IP Solutions’ private placement was not right to attract investors. F or instance, they said the 9.25 per cent interest rate ont he preference shares should have been much higher, in the d ouble digits at around 15 per cent. As an example, they said Cable Bahamas, an established company, had offered 8 per cent on its $40 million prefere nce share issue, whereas IP Solutions a much riskier startu p was only priced 1.25 per cent higher. I n response, Mr Sumner told Tribune Business that the com pany had twice adjusted the yield on its $4 million preference shares from an initial 7.75 p er cent, adding that the 9.25 per cent was “far above any o ffering made in the country” and “an extremely generous o ffer in the current economic environment”. Despite the disappointment with Bahamian investors, Mr Sumner said IP Solutions would be “better off” and its investors benefit more from the presenceo f its potential financial/strate gic partner. “I think we will bring this company to market in a slight-l y stronger way,” Mr Sumner said. “Based on what we have b een dealing with thus far, I think it’s going to add a lot more strength and strength in depth to the company than what we initially envisioned” IP Solutions International was hoping to attract 5,000 subscribers to its 'multiple-play' product during its first opera tional year. It is targeting Bahamian consumers with a proposition of services deliv ered via a wireless Internet infrastructure. Among the product offering will be news, entertainment, movies, TV and video-type games of a non-casino variety. Apart from Bahamian businesses and households, the key markets for IP Solutions Inter national will also be the nation's hotel industry and private gated communities. ‘Higher investment’ for $16m start-up

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 235 casino employees jobless, a s cenario unthinkable to the Government with unemployment nationwide and in Grand Bahama especially already running at around a likely 20 per cent rate. However, Vincent Vander pool-Wallace, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business at the time that the Government was still focusing on a "Foxwoods-type deal", where the resort and casino were managed by the same sole operator, as the ultimate solution for Our Lucaya. "We have always said from the beginning that Treasure Bay would be more successful, and any casino operator would be more successful, to the degree that we have integrated management of the resort and casino [at Our Lucaya]," Mr Vanderpool-Wallace told Tri bune Business. "We are already working closely with Treasure Bay to effect that........That is our ultimate goal, integrated management of the resort and casino as one." When asked why the Foxwoods deal had seeminglyb een taken off the table, the Government deciding to go with its second option of Treasure Bay, Mr Vanderpool-Wal-l ace said: "It was very clear that some of the other options being considered would take a much longer time that allowedb y the need of Isle of Capri" to exit its Our Lucaya operation by end-October, as its Board of Directors had committed to. "Treasure Bay was better able to accommodate what we needed to do in a shorter peri od of time," the minister told Tribune Business. "That's not to suggest in any way that we do not have the utmost confidence in the capacity of Trea sure Bay to do an outstanding job. "We're already talking to them about what we want to accomplish." C C A A S S I I N N O O , , f f r r o o m m 1 1 B B ‘Solve Port ownership dispute by 2010’s Q1’ Instead, he has been making overtures of his own regarding a possible sale to Lord Ashcrofto f Belize and a US group whose Grand Bahama-based point man is Ben Bell. On the issue of Hutchison, M r Turnquest told Tribune Business that he and the new Chamber Board wanted to obtain “a better understanding of the intentions of Hutchisonw ith respect to Our Lucaya. Our premier property continues to suffer”. R esidents He added that Grand Bahama residents had held out “high hopes” that Hutchisonm ight sign an agreement allowing Foxwoods Development Company to take over as Our Lucaya’s operator/manager for both the resort and casino, since i ts world-renowned brand could immediately place Freeport and the entire island on the world gaming/tourism map. Agreement It now seemed that an agreem ent with Foxwoods cannot happen, and Mr Turnquest told Tribune Business: “The Radisson group [the current operators] are showing some signs ofl ife and bringing some energy to the product, because right now it seems to be dormant and waiting for others to do it for u s. “The operator and owner need to put more work into promoting the market to get the best out of it.” T he Chamber president added: “We’d also like to see the development plans for the island include the revitalisation of the Air, Land and Sea Park [ Sea Air Business Centre], which would provide excellent opportunities to create quality jobs in supply chain manage-m ent. “The infrastructure we have here is unsurpassed in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, s o we’d like to see more focus on that.” Freeport’s infrastructure, including its planned roads, deep-water harbour, theF reeport Container Port, Grand Bahama International Airport and Grand Bahama Shipyard, together with its taxa dvantageous status and geographical location, made the island perfect for industries such as logistics, shipping and duty-free warehouses. Goal “Our goal is to see the recovery of the economy in Grand B ahama for the benefit of the members,” Mr Turnquest told Tribune Business. “We’re going to do our part to correct thei mpression that doing business in Grand Bahama is difficult. “Grand Bahama is an excellent place to do business. The q uality of life is unmatched, and we have the technical and labour skills to do the job. We think it’s a wonderful place to do business, and will do all thati s necessary to make business grow.” Grand Mr Turnquest said the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce intended to “meet with all the relevant governmenta gencies” come January 2010 to obtain an update on their commerce-related agendas. The Chamber also intended to “give some input” on what it w anted to see happen. 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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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C o m m u n i t y M e e t i n g J J o o i i n n U U s s f f o o r r J J o o i i n n U U s s f f o o r r P P r r o o p p o o s s e e d d S S o o u u t t h h w w e e s s t t N N e e w w P P r r o o p p o o s s e e d d S S o o u u t t h h w w e e s s t t N N e e w w P P r r o o v v i i d d e e n n c c e e M M a a r r i i n n e e P P a a r r k k P P r r o o v v i i d d e e n n c c e e M M a a r r i i n n e e P P a a r r k k C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y M M e e e e t t i i n n g g C C o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y M M e e e e t t i i n n g gFor additional meeting information call 393-1317 or email bnt@bnt.bs The area off the Southwest Coast of New Providence is important due to its proximity to the island of New Providence.As an important Dive Site, it has value for the tourism industrya nd has recreational value to New Providence Fishermen. The Bahamas National Trust is in the process of developing a proposal for a National Park to be developed off the Southwest coast of New Providence Island. The creation of a marine park in this area has the potential to serve multiple purposes of protecting resources, providing non-destructive economic benefits, and providing both recreational and educational opportunities for Bahamians. The Bahamas National Trust firmly believes that engaging both stakeholders and resource users during the projects development phase is essential for its success.All users of the Southwest Marine Area off of New Providence should try and attend this important meeting.Your Input is Important Please Join Us!Wednesday, 2 December, 2009 7:00pm St. Paul’s Church, Lyford Cay B URTON Wallace, vicepresident of The Movi Group, will be presented with the Visionary Award at this W ednesday’s Visionary Business Leaders & Entrepreneur Awards Conference. The Movi Group, along with The Ministry of Tourism andB ahamas Local.com, a new search engine and directory, were each selected for the separate roles they played in assisti ng local business or the country d uring the recession. “I am indeed humbled and cons ider it a great honour to be recognised before my peers and business leadersa t the upcoming Visionary Conference,” said Mr Wallace. He has worked in the audiov isual industry since 1991 as a p hotographer, camera operator and audio technician. In 1998, he forged ahead and opened an audio visual and a dvertising company, known today as Movi Company. Mr Wallace has assembled a team of multimedia professionals with a proven trackr ecord in delivering superior quality video, radio production and graphic design services. Entrepreneur’s ‘Movi’ award WALLACE S S E E E E n n e e x x t t p p a a g g e e

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offering classes by mid-December. A ccording to Ms Messarra, obtaining certification to instruct Pilates is an intensive one-year programme. She has a lso secured a Yoga instructor for her company’s expanded repertoire. In addition to constructing an exercise studio, Ms Messarra also recently expanded Providence Rehabilitation Centre, turning bathrooms and a storage room into an area where p atients undergo spinal decompression, to assist with things such as herniated and degenerative discs. She also added home care services to her offerings this year, though demand for the service has been fairly low. “We began our home care services in March, but it hasn’tn ecessarily been successful,” s aid Ms Messarra. She added that there was a market for home physiotherapy sessions, and she hired one of the best Bahamian therapistst o render the service. She argues that people are discouraged by the prices, but do not know thatt he service can be c overed by their insurance. Competitive Ms Messarra said her centre h ad extremely competitive pricing for individuals without insurance. “I wanted to make physio sessions available to as m any Bahamians as possible,” she said. Providence Rehabilitation Centre also has a full service paediatric centre, equippedw ith a special centre for children with Cerebral Palsy. Ms Messarra said, however, thatp arents often choose therapy in the US for their childreno ver local treatment, so the p aediatric centre has been grossly underused. The centre also boasts the only licensed hand therapist in the Bahamas, Ratish Karna,w ho deals with traumatic hand injury, such as gun shot trauma, deep abrasions and shattered bones. A ccording to Ms Messarra, she is cautiously optimistic about her expansion, adding that they were necessary additions to her service offerings. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.711.03AML Foods Limited1.171.170.000.1270.0009.20.00% 11.809.90Bahamas Property Fund10.7510.750.000.9920.20010.81.86% 9.305.90Bank of Bahamas5.905.900.000.2440.26024.24.41% 0.890.63Benchmark0.630.630.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3 .493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1250.09025.22.86% 2.372.14Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 14.049.92Cable Bahamas10.0010.000.001.4060.2507.12.50% 2.882.72Colina Holdings2.722.720.000.2490.04010.91.47% 7.195.26Commonwealth Bank (S1)5.625.620.000.4190.30013.45.34% 3.851.27Consolidated Water BDRs2.622.630.010.1110.05223.71.98% 2.851.32Doctor's Hospital2.552.550.000.6250.0804.13.14% 8.206.28Famguard6.406.400.000.4200.24015.23.75% 11.878.80Finco9.299.290.000.3220.52028.95.60% 1 1.719.86FirstCaribbean Bank9.879.86-0.018,4590.6310.35015.63.55% 5.534.11Focol (S)4.754.750.000.3260.15014.63.16% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 0.450.27Freeport Concrete0.270.270.000.0350.0007.70.00% 9 .025.49ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.4070.50013.78.94% 12.009.95J. 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Johnson9.959.950.000.9520.64010.56.43% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1560.00064.10.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1 000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceWeekly Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYieldFINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2008 -12.31%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities3 0 May 2013 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 P rime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 7 %T UESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2009BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,486.86 | CHG -0.61 | %CHG -0.04 | YTD -225.50 | YTD % -13.17BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)Maturity 19 October 2017 7 % Interest 14.607.92Bahamas Supermarkets10.0611.0614.00-2.2460.000N/M0.00% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref2.006.254.000.0000.480N/M7.80% 0.540.20RND Holdings0.350.400.350.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 MonthsDiv $Yield % 1.41601.3419CFAL Bond Fund1.41604.625.53 3.03502.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.8266-3.86-4.88 1.50331.4258CFAL Money Market Fund1.50334.855.24 3.53992.9343Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.9343-13.33-17.11 13.240012.3870Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.24004.935.90 103.0956100.0000CFAL Global Bond Fund103.09563.102.52 100.000099.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund99.41773.122.76 10.58849.4740Fidelity International Investment Fund9.47404.174.18 1.08041.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.08044.325.26 1.03641.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.0269-0.59-0.19 1.07421.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.07423.564.42 10.630110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.63016.306.30 7.46134.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.461335.4029.64 BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Oct-09 31-Oct-09TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Oct-09 30-Sep-09 31-Oct-09 31-Oct-09 27-Nov-09 31-Oct-09MARKET TERMS31-Oct-09Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual Funds31-Oct-09 31-Oct-09 30-Sep-09 31-Oct-09 NAV Date /RFDO%XVLQHVV([HFXWLYHHHNV 3(5621$/(&5(7$5< ([SHULHQFHTXDOLFDWLRQVDQGGXWLHV 7KHVXFFHVVIXODSSOLFDQWZLOOEHUHTXLUHGWR 3URYLGHSHUVRQDODQGHPSOR\PHQWUHIHUHQFHV 3OHDVHVHQGUHVXPHZLWKSKRWRJUDSKWR SVHFDG#JPDLOFRP K ey speakers for the December 2 event at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort will include Dionisio D'Aguilar, immediate past president of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, and president of Superwash and chairman of AML Holdings; Stacia Williams, presi dent of Total Image Management; and Sandy Schaefer, president of Robin Hood. The minister of state for f inance, Zhivargo Laing, will deliver the keynote address. Also addressing the conference will be Dr Myles Munroe, president of Bahamas Faith Min-i stries International. Other event sponsors include Superwash, Milo B. Butler & Sons, Sanctuary Investments, w ith prize and special donations by Robin Hood, Atlantis, Bahamasair and Switcha. M M O O V V I I , , f f r r o o m m 5 5 B B Mail Boxes expands franchise to Cayman They are also set to hold their second e-commerce vendors fair in the New Year, where businesses who havem oved their firms online will be able to interact with their customer face to face and reveal new offers. O ne of ShopBVM.com’s most successful sellers is phone cards. “They love having access to phone cards that they use for roaming to keep the communi-c ation lines open,” said the directors. They, like Mr Major, argue that e-commerce is an emerging m arket that will not decline in the near future. Xpress-it Courier service expanded its business this year to include two Marathon Malll ocations, where customers can order items online, pay for and receive them all at the samep lace. President of the company, H eather Saunders, is also m ulling the launch of gift cards f or the holiday season, which c an be charged with up to $1,000 for purchase. C ustomers are also able to independently track their pack a ge’s progress at the business’s website, expressitinc.com. M s Saunders said the second store, which preceeded the mall k iosk by only several months, greatly relieved X-press It’s customer traffic. “Good times are ahead for people who want to utilise e-c ommerce,” said a ShopBVM director. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B ‘Rehabilitating’ $50k investment Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in theirn eighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a g ood cause, campaigning for improvements in the a rea or have won an award. 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BRITISH American Financial’s alliance with BUPA Insurance Company has led the B ahamian company to introd uce its MedSafe line of health insurance products, supportedby the latter’s network of health care providers worldwide. “We are truly excited about our alliance with BUPA,” said I. Chester Cooper, British American Financial’s president and chief executive. “Having the support of BUPA affords us the opportunity to offer our clients world class health care services that extend far beyond our borders. BAF MedSafe will offer four comprehensive health insurance options that will guarantee access to the widest range of providers, physicians, specialists and the very best health c are services worldwide.” W ith inadequate health care coverage a serious concern in the Bahamas, Mr Cooper said: “It’s important that people have affordable and accessible healthcare when they need it most, and the comfort that should the worst happen, your insurance carrier is with you for life. “For this reason, certain products in the MedSafe range offer no annual maximums, no reductions at any age and guaranteed renewal. With our strong local brand and BUPA’s global reach, this is unquestionably a win-win combination for our client.” BUPA has been in operation since 1947, and currently has o ver 10 million members from 1 92 countries around the world. BAF MedSafe clients can choose from four health insurance options MedSafe Diamond Care; MedSafe Advant age Care; MedSafe Critical C are; and MedSafe Secure Care. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Public is hereby advised that I, Sean Zhivargo T hompson o f the 669 Major Rd., Yellow Elder Gardens #3 on the Island of New Providence, Bahamas intend to change my name from Sean Zhivargo Thompson to Sean Zhivargo Roker.I f there are any objections to this change of name by DeedPoll, you may write such objections to the Chief than thirty (30of this notice. PUBLIC NOTICE INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL N OTICE is hereby given that APPLYS ALBERTA of Wellington Road #29, P.O. BOX N-356, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts withint wenty-eight days from the 2th d ay of December, 2009 to the M inister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE 127,&(LVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDW '$9,'+8*+(63%2; 1 $66$8%$+$0$6 LVDSSO\LQJWRWKH0LQLVWHUUHVSRQVLEOHIRU 1DWLRQDOLW\DQG&LWL]HQVKLSIRUUHJLVWUDWLRQQDWXUDOL]DWLRQDV F LWL]HQRI7KH%DKDPDVDQGWKDWDQ\SHUVRQZKRNQRZVDQ\ UHDVRQZK\UHJLVWUDWLRQQDWXUDOL]DWLRQVKRXOGQRWEHJUDQWHG VKRXOGVHQGZULWWHQDQGVLJQHGVWDWHPHQWRIWKHIDFWVZLWKLQ WZHQW\HLJKWGD\VIURPWKH Q GGD\ RI 'HFHPEHU WR WKH 0LQLVWHUUHVSRQVLEOHIRUQDWLRQDOLW\DQG&LWL]HQVKLS3%R[1 /HJDORWLFH1 27,&('(6(57((0,(5 ,19(670(176/7' ,Q9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 3XUVXDQWWR6HFWLRQRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV & RPSDQLHVQRWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYH QDPHG&RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHGRQ W KH GD\RI1RYHPEHU7KH/LTXLGDWRULV%G6 &RUSRUDWH6HUYLFHV/LPLWHG*HRUJH+RXVH*HRUJH6WUHHW 3 %G6&RUSRUDWHHUYLFHV/WG /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&(*2/'(1&$<(0,(5 ,19(670(176/7'9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 3XUVXDQWWR6HFWLRQRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV &RPSDQLHVQRWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYH QDPHG&RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHGRQ WKHGD\RI1RYHPEHU7KH/LTXLGDWRULV%G6 &RUSRUDWH6HUYLFHV/LPLWHG*HRUJH+RXVH*HRUJH6WUHHW 3 %G6&RUSRUDWHHUYLFHV/WG /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH1 27,&(&2$67/,1((0,(5 , 19(670(176/7'9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 3 XUVXDQWWR6HFWLRQRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV &RPSDQLHVQRWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYH QDPHG&RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHGRQ W KH GD\RI1RYHPEHU7KH/LTXLGDWRULV%G6 &RUSRUDWH6HUYLFHV/LPLWHG*HRUJH+RXVH*HRUJH6WUHHW 3 %G6&RUSRUDWHHUYLFHV/WG /LTXLGDWRUf 0F.,11(<%$1&52)7t+8*+(6 &KDPEHUV 0DUHYD+RXVH *HRUJHWUHHW 1DVVDX%DKDPDV $WWRUQH\VIRUWKHIFLDO/LTXLGDWRU Insurer alliance to tackle access to healthcare SHOWN (l-r Cooper, president, BAF, and other guests pose for a photo before the reception celebrating the alliance formed between BUPA and British American Financial at British Colonial Hilton Hotel... CHESTER COOPER , president and chief executive of British American Financial, talks to Dr Hubert Minnis, minister of health

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And now persons in the rest of New Providence are catch ing on, too. “It’s different, and that’s what people are looking for,” r estaurant owner Donovan G ilbert told T ribune Taste. “You’re going to be blown away because you’re not going to expect what we serve here to be found at a restaurant on Faith Avenue on Carmichael Road. You’d expect to find iton Bay Street or Paradise Island.” Jamaican, Haitian and Bahamian dishes are served upon a daily basis. The restaurant’s lunch menu has become very popular, boasting okra snapper, bakedt urkey wings and oxtail, which are the customer favourites. Baked chicken, turkey wings, pork, stew fish, roast stuffed chicken, curry mutton,curry chicken and grilled barbecue ribs are among the array of tasty options. But these aren’t the only dishes that Tasty Caribbean Delights serves. Cassava, sweet potato and other cooked vegetables are on offer for the more health conscious patrons who are tired of having peas rice all the time. When it comes to traditional dishes, the restaurant’s man agers swear that they have the best jerk chicken on the island, which is an option on Fridays and Saturdays. We don’t know if it lives up to the hype, as Tribune Taste did not get to sample it, but customers attested to the truth of this claim. None of the items on the menu are fried in oil, as the restaurant tries to adhere to healthy cooking techniques. Most of the meats are grilled at Tasty Caribbean Delights. “If we need oil, we’ll use olive oil as an alternative,” said Mr Gilbert. “We use very light salt, and a lot of natural seasonings and herbs. We started doing some catering a few years back. As you listen to people talk everybody wants to be healthier. “We pride ourselves because you go into a hotel setting and order an Italian herb chicken or pineapple chicken and pay more. But you come here and get the same service and same quality for a much cheaper price,” he said. “Customers are blown away, because you don’t expect to find what they found at a restaurant in a location that is c onsidered to be ‘over the hill’.” B ut it seems that the loca tion is working to Tasty Caribbean Delights’ advan tage. Carmichael Road is a hub for businesses which seem to be popping up everywhere, and that means more hungry people at lunch time. At 12.30pm, an onslaught of customers come rushing in to put in their take-out orders which are then prepared by the Jamaican and Bahamian chefs. But Tasty Caribbean D elights delivery is also popular among business people out at Lyford Cay and Robinson Road. A popular item on the restaurant’s menu is shrimp scampi which is served on a bed of fettuccine pasta. It’s simmered in herb butter anda coconut sauce. The coconut grouper and curry fish are also scrumptious options. And continuing in the seafood vein, Tribune Taste recommends the Escoveitch fish, which is a Jamaican dish in a sauce made with vinegar, lime juice, black pepper and a dash of salt. Finally, this grilled fish is topped with onions, potatoes and carrot slices. A taste of Cajun and Creole food is a highlight on Wednesdays at the restaurant. Grel, black rice and Sichuan are a few of the Creole dishes which are especially popular among customers of Haitian descent. All-natural Irish moss juice is available everyday. This rare seaweed blend is said to increase sperm count, according to some research. The Irish moss is boiled, strained and then sweetened with milk, nutmeg and vanilla. Or you could try the natural fruit juices, which come in three flavours made from papaya and beets. Another knockout is the homemade lemonade. To satisfy your sweet tooth, the restaurant offers the usual Bahamian desserts of carrot cake, pineapple and coconut tarts. C M Y K C M Y K TASTE T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e B y REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net C ARIBBEAN flavours run through the menu of t he Tasty Caribbean Delights r estaurant which has Nassuvians in the southern part of the island talking of delicious regional cuisine. Oh so ASTY! T Tasty Caribbean Delights restaurant has the island talking a bout its delicious regional cuisine “Customers are blown away, because you don’t expect to find what they found at a restaurant in a location that is considered to be ‘over the hill’.” – Donovan Gilbert BAKED chicken and curry chicken. CUSTOMERS wait on the lunch menu to place their orders. DUMPLIN G soup, peas n’ r ice, and Escoveitch fish a Jamaican favourite. FRESH green salad, potato salad and coleslaw are all part of Tasty C aribbean Delights’lunch menu.

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C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 THE TRIBUNE CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH SCOTIA BANK BAHAMAS DEBUT ORCHESTRA The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas Music Series presents a Christmas Concert with the Scotia Bank Bahamas Debut O rchestra. T he concert will be held this coming Sunday at 3pm at NAGB. U nder the direction of musical director JoAnne Connaughton,t he talented musicians of the o rchestra will perform at the NAGB, celebrating the uplifting s ounds of the Yuletide season. Ms Connaughton first fell in love with the Bahamas when shes pent some time here as a child, attending Queen’s College, and then when she returned to b ecome a faculty member at the College of the Bahamas, she came across such wonderful musical talent in the students t here that she wanted to expand the opportunities available to young musicians in the country. W ith the sponsorship of Sco tia Bank and the support of the Bahamas Music Conservatory,t he orchestra was born. Tickets to Sunday’s event are $10 at NAGB, please call 3285800/1 or e-maill morris@nagb.org.bs. ADVENTIST MEN'S 8TH ANNUAL CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT T he Adventist Men's Chorale presents the ‘Mission of Hope’ concert at the St Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk this Saturday. U nder the patronage of the Dr and Mrs Leonard Johnson, president of the Bahamas Con-f erence of Seventh-day Adven tists, and accompanied by the Bahamas National Orchestra,t he all-male chorus performs works by composers George F Handel, Harry Simeone, Nor man Luboff and Peter J Wilhousky and more. A part of the proceeds will go towards funding the New Bahamas Academy Building Fund and the Scholarship Fund for At-Risk Young Men. The concert starts at 7.30 pm on Saturday. Tickets are available at the Bahamas Conference at SDA Offices on Tonique Williams Darling Highway. Call 3414022/21 or e-mail croach_100@hotmail.com 36TH ANNUAL ROTARY NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC The Rotary Club of West Nassau holds its 36th Night of Christmas Music this Sunday at 8pm at the Rainforest Theatre, Crystal Palace Casino and Wyn dham Nassau Resort. The concert, entitled ‘A Child is Born’ and held under the patronage Governor-General Arthur Hanna, features perfor mances by Joann Callender; the National Youth Choir; the Revere Dance Ensemble; the Bel Canto Singers; the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band; Julien Thompson; Danielle Dean; Allyson Mason-Rolle, Simone Beneby; the Rotary Glee Club, and Nehemiah Hield. General admission is $10 for section B seating and $25 for section A; VIP tables start from $600 for a party of six; a table for eight is $800 and one for a group of 10 is $1,000. Tickets can be purchased at the Esso service station on Baillou Hill and Harrold Roads; the Juke Box at the Mall at Marathon; La Rose on West Bay Street, and at all Bamboo Shacks. Call 324-4507 or 2250781, or e-mail ewlopez@wsieteam.com things 2 DO T h e T r i b u n e B y REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net MANY Bahamians have grown accustomed to ringing in the Christmas holiday season with the Nassau R enaissance Singers. And the group, which has been practicing for months, is eager to perform their first concert event of the year. T hey’ve been on hiatus for a while n ow following the passing of their last d irector Pauline Glasby in 2008 their l ast concert was held during an event they held in her honour last year. T his year, rehearsals began September in preparation for the ‘TheM usic for Christmas’ concert, and c hoir members promise the public can e xpect to experience something very special. The group’s new multi-talented d irector, Audrey Dean-Wright, will lead the singers in “stellar performances” at the two-night Christmasc oncert event on December 12 and 13. “Expect a lot of uplifting holiday cheer,” said Barbara Thompson, as enior member of the choir. C ontemporary, spiritual, tradition al, French, jazz and a gorgeous Latin p iece will be all a part of the music lineup. The concert aims to invoke the Christmas spirit and will feature four n ew musical numbers written by Mrs Dean-Wright, as well as old-time Christmas favourites. Featured in the performers lineup is a 12th grade student named Ashley Myron Morley, who received nation a l recognition for his musical talents. The classical guitarist is a national winner in the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival 2008/2009 int he category of ‘Solo Guitar’. Classically trained, well-known soprano JoAnn Louise Deveaux-Callender will also be performing. She will be accompanied by concert pianist D r Christy Lee. Mrs. Deveaux-Callender’s sound is described as “infectious,” singing jazzi n a low husky voice, then moving to a h igh lyrical voice, and rounding it off in a powerful soprano. M rs DeanWright has been accom panying the Nassau Renaissance Singers on the piano since she was 16 years old. At the time, Clement Bethelw as the choir director, and served as her mentor. Mr Bethel conducted an in-depth study of music and piano skills with Mrs Dean-Wright in her young years. Members said it sends a message of i nspiration and lends credence to the c hoir’s legacy to have Mrs DeanWright, who started as a pianist with the group all those years ago, nowd irecting the Nassau Renaissance S ingers. Beyond her work with the group, Mrs Dean-Wright has also made sign ificant contributions to the musical development of youth, and has even authored three books that are in use int he public schools of the Bahamas, o ne of which is a collection of piano pieces. M rs Dean-Wright’s passion for helping in youth development through music stems from her early years. As the wife of a diplomat, she has h ad the opportunity to extend her community work beyond the boundaries of the Bahamas, ministering in places such as Jamaica, Miami, New York, Haiti and Cuba. In each country she has lived in, she f ounded a choir and assisted in other a reas, such as in the running of an orphanage in Haiti and serving on the fundraising committee of the ConsularC orps for the Miami Children’s Hosp ital. Mrs Dean-Wright took over the Nassau Renaissance Singers last year a fter the death of Mrs Glasby. The upcoming event will be the first time the new director has led thes ingers in their annual Christmas conc ert. The Nassau Renaissance Singers are a group of volunteers who give very professional performances. “A lot of that is to the direction of our leader,” said senior group memberM rs Thompson. Choir members described Mrs Dean-Wright as a “special, talented and an overall fantastic person.” “Her transition as the newest choir director is going well,” they said. C oncert dates and venues for ‘A C oncert of Music for Christmas’ are: Saturday, December 12 at the Col lege of the Bahamas Performing Arts C entre at 8pm. Sunday, December 13 at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk at 6pm. Tickets are $25. RENAISSANCE SINGERS RETURN TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER THE Nassau Renaissance Singers with new choir director Audrey Wright-Dean front and centre. THE 2009 Bahamas Inter national Film Festival (BIFF will honour world renowned director of photographer Gavin McKinney with the first Bahamian Tribute Award at this year’s festival, taking place December 10-17 in Nassau. The announcement was made by BIFF founder and executive director Leslie Van derpool. Mr McKinney, who has been in the industry for over 30 years and worked on sev eral James Bond movies, will be on hand for the special tribute and presentation on Tuesday, December 15 at the College of the Bahamas. “We are so thrilled to recognise one of our very own Bahamian filmmakers, Gavin McKinney, for a remarkable career as a pioneer in the film industry,” Ms Vanderpool said. “His work continues to wow audiences around the globe and impress colleagues above and below the line within the film industry.” Mr McKinney has been involved in underwater film making since 1973 when he worked as a diver on the movie ‘Day of the Dolphin’ and has spent over 20,000 hours underwater making films. He has worked on over 50 feature films and television shows, including five James Bond movies, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’, ‘Moonraker’, ‘Never Say Nev er Again’, and ‘The World Is Not Enough’. And in addition to working behind the scenes with logis tics and planning he was the Bond underwater double in ‘For Your Eyes Only’, and ‘The World Is Not Enough’. Mr McKinney thinks he is the only person in the history of the film industry to have been run over by a car under water in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. He also spent four months working on ‘The Abyss’ in 1988. Since 2001 he has also coproduced and filmed three highly successful three-dimensional underwater films for the IMAX theatres, produced and distributed 3D Entertainment, ‘Ocean Wonderland 3D’, ‘Sharks 3D’ and ‘Dolphins and Whales 3D’. These films have been seen by over 11 million people worldwide to date. Mr McKinney has over 35 years of experience filming underwater and has provided full production services for underwater shoots, including personnel, logis tics, locations and marine services, though now his energies are directed towards conservation and education about the oceans of the world. His current project is ‘Ocean World 3D’ (working title), directed and produced by JeanJacques and Francois Mantello. A full-length 3D documentary which premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in May, is a fictitious story of a turtle’s voyage around the world. Entering its sixth year, BIFF has established itself as a marquee international fes tival in the Caribbean region, discovering and promoting independent voices and talent from around the world and showcasing a diverse array of international films. BIFF is a non-profit organisation committed to provid ing the local community and international festival-goers with a diverse presentation of films from the Bahamas and around the world. For more information visit www.bintlfilmfest.com. Gavin McKinney to r eceive first Bahamian Tribute Award By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net AT sunset on December 19, a spotlight will illuminate the sky over Nassau which will mark the place of the exclu sive ‘CLICK’ year-end event to showcase the single best in Bahamian social, fashion, networking, artistic, musical and culinary arts. Some will see the light and think that it’s something outof a movie. But there’s more to it. Local photographer Scharad Lightbourne and friends will be hosting ‘Rotate’ a fusion of six events in six separate designated areas on one night, at the same time. And guests won’t receive instructions about how to reach the venues until right before the event. They will receive a text message with driving directions to the secret locations. On arrival at the venue, guests will be greeted by undercover police officers in black tuxedos, 50 feet of red carpet, a media wall featuring pictures and interviews, live entertainment, complimentary drinks and appetisers. Hosts from a popular BET show will keep the show going throughout the night. In one of the six designated areas, local music sensation Sammi Starr will perform tracks from his first ever album set for release early 2010. An international celebrity (to be announced at the event) will be whipping up some gourmet dishes with the assistance of Chef Jamal Petty of the ‘Island Flare Celebri ty Cooking Show’ on JCN. 242 People Clothing Company will debut their new designs and put on a fashion show, with 50 models showing off their sport line, smart casual, Winter and urban lines, featuring live perfor mances from artists like Novie and Tim “Shiraz” Rodland. Dynasty Productions will also host ‘Visage’, a live Soca and Rake n’ Scrape concert, at one of the venues. Finally, in another of the six designated areas, Rotate will feature the year end networking event for the Bahamas Dinner Network a local business fraternity. The collaboration of the six local enterprises is expected to draw a combined audience of over 1,000 persons to the event. In an effort to make the event one of a kind, the organisers will release a web page for guests to RSVP, leaving their names, guests, cell phone contacts and e-mail addresses. During the week of the event, guests will receive texts and e-mail messages inform ing them of the dress code, the sponsors, the date and time of the event. Rotate TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM

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C M Y K C M Y K ARTS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By SONIA FARMER WHEN you come across a piece of art by Lyford Cay Foundation scholar Lillian Blades you don’t just looko ver the work, you engage in a rich emotional exchange. L illian’s assemblages – large sculptures made up of any combination of picture frames, fabric from clothing, magazine images, buttons andf ound or sought-after objects present complex landscapes of texture and colour. This visual language weaves personal narratives that speak to universal subjects of fragmentation, memory, loss, and f amily. It’s a visual version of emotional experiences,” Lillian said. “There are bits and pieces of so many things that I like and that I pull from. They’re like fragments. I try to break everything down into its most c ommon denominator and then put it together in a way that makes sense.” L illian has established hers elf as a Bahamian artist, exhibiting at solo shows at the Central Bank and the College of the Bahamas. Her work has also been featured in group shows at theN ational Art Gallery of the Bahamas and in the pivotal ‘Funky Nassau – Recovering an Identity’ exhibition that travelled to Wiesbaden, Germ any in 2006. I n addition, she has made a n ame for herself abroad. Her pieces have appeared in group and solo exhibitions ins everal US states, Trinidad and South Africa, and are i ncluded in international perm anent collections. O n the occasion of her u pcoming show at the highly r egarded Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, Georgia ‘Eye Sea Reflections’, which opened last week and runs until January 31, 2010 – we take the opportunity tor evisit the accomplishments o f this exceptionally talented Bahamian artist. After graduating from Saint Augustine's College in 1991, Lillian attended COB, where she received an Associate’sd egree in Art. She then heade d off to Georgia to study for a BFA in Textiles and Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD While a Lyford Cay Found ation scholarship helped lift some of the financial weight o ff her shoulders, Lillian still had to work virtually non-stop during her summer breaks in order to raise sufficient funds to complete her degree. Every year, with the assist ance of noted Bahamian a rtists Brent Malone and A ntonius Roberts, she would p resent an auction of her works. Brent and Antonius would be the auctioneers, and it was fun,” she remembers. I'd have my friends dress up like Vanna White and bring the art out. Antonius was just always so lively and he knows everyone, so he’d be calling all the names of people holding the paddles.” A fter graduating from SCAD, Lillian went on to earn an MFA from Georgia State University, and she has since taken residencies at the S kowhegan School of Painti ng and Sculpture in Maine a nd the Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers in South Africa. W hen she first embarked o n her studies, Lillian p lanned to focus on textiles, with the aim of one day creating a textile company in the Bahamas. However, finding the business side of textiles limiting, she started to con-c entrate on painting, though s he never entirely left behind her attraction to fabrics and frequently incorporated them into her work. With an increasing awareness of ‘craft’ or objects made by Africano r African Diaspora cultures f or spiritual and functional reasons, she has chosen to pay homage to and build upon this ancestral tradition in her assemblages. L illian once described her work as “the visual equival ent of jazz.” The eye, like the ear in an impromptu jazz session, becomes captured again and again at every new turn. “The effort in putting these t hings together for me, the p rocess, is very important,” s he explained. “You can see t hat when you look at my work. What you’re seeing is a p ortrait of the process. The richer it is, the better.” The beautiful resulting o bjects seem to be a form of sculptural quilting, and indeed this practice is close to Lillian’s heart. The social history of quilt making, such as quilting bees, where women would gett ogether and share their fabrics and stories, connects the act of piecing fabric together to the act of conserving community narratives. It is no surp rise that when Lillian e mbarks on community i nstallations, she draws upon the quilt form. Take, for example, the A IDS Awareness Junkanoo Q uilt Project, completed in 2 006. With support from the US Embassy and the AIDS Foundation, Lillian inspired 200 kids, aged six to 14, from several Bahamian islands to create swatches for a com-m unity quilt. The kids r esponded visually to a South African story about a boy who finds out his friend has AIDS, and the social implications that follow. The result was a massive, semi-sculptur-a l mesh of voices coming t ogether to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. By living and working in Atlanta, Lillian has had an opportunity to connect her art t o African-American and West African experiences and h istories. Indeed, her methods of creation draw from several geographical and social spaces, and her work is not easy to pin down. In spite of this, however, it remains e asily accessible to observers f rom all walks of life. She really speaks about u niversal ideas. Even though she is a Bahamian woman a rtist rooted in this place, the work itself just takes on a whole different dimension,”s aid Erica James, director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, where she has selected Lillian's work for group exhibitions. Among the recurring themes in Lillian's work aret hose of motherhood and childbirth, and how they relate to passages of time. Disconnected from her mother at the moment of her birth a nd now a mother of a niney ear-old girl, Lillian’s assemb lages often represent a battle between separation and bonds. Because I didn't even know my mom and her side o f the family, I lost a lot of u nderstanding about myself,” Lillian explained. “I’m not mourning it, I just find it interesting. Right now I’md issecting all these clothes a nd I feel like I’m going back in time because my mom wasa seamstress. I feel like I’m doing the same thing, like I’m l ooking back by dissecting clothes and putting them b ack together in a quilt, but i t’s almost like I’m making visual medicine for my own c omfort. It makes sense to me.” F or her show at the Hamm onds House Museum, Lillian explored another theme i n her work, blurring the line between the observer and the o bserved. I wanted to have a human e lement in there. I wanted y ou to feel like you were being observed, so I added eyes, images of eyes from many people. I cut them out of magazines,” she said. “Andt hen there are mirrors where you see yourself as well from d ifferent angles. It’s hard to f ocus. You’re fragmented, you see your eyes repeated in several places as well, so you become a part of thep iece.” I n her current work, Lillian has returned to the personal narrative. As a tribute to her father, who is a plumber, she i s experimenting with different sizes of PVC pipe pieces, i ncorporating them into her a ssemblages. She is also revisiting past works, claiming she i s only finished “when I cannot add or take anythinga way.” A rtists who are familiar with her work know that she w ill always be true to herself, no matter the theme. F or more about Lillian and h er artwork, please visit w ww.lillianblades.com. To l earn more about the scholarships offered by Lyford Cay Foundation and the Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation, visit www.lyfordcay f oundation.org. Lyford Cay Foundation scholar to hold solo art exhibition in Atlanta BAHAMIAN artist Lillian Blades at work.

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C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune SECTIONB I N S I D E Renaissance Singers return See page 10 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 Regional cuisine restaurant is talk of the town See page nine By JEFFARAH GIBSON A SPECIAL art exhibition consisting of over 25 pieces of work will showcase the cre ativeness of high school stu dents enrolled in the National Art and Craft After-School Enrichment Programme. The work of these talented students will be on display at the Central Bank, allowing the public to view the prod ucts of diligence, imagination and true artistry. The exhibition officially opens this Friday from 5pm to 8pm, and will run all December long. Work from the students dating back to 2005 will make up the exhibition. Genevieve Richard, National Art and Craft Centre manager, told Tribune Art that this event is a “liberating experience” for the students. “There is no particular theme that the students have to stick to. Whatever it is they want to paint they can, because in this exhibition it is all about freedom,” she said. “People will see Biblical pieces, cultural pieces, abstract pieces, as well as a few sports figures.” In past exhibitions, the students reaped the fruits of their labour as a large number of the paintings were sold, two were even purchased right on opening night last year. And even though the pro gramme is an initiative of the Department of Education, any earnings the students receive from their artwork is theirs to keep. “The Department of Education takes nothing from the students, all of the profits go to them. I have had parents come to me and say that the money that they have earned helped with their child’s school fee,” Ms Richard said. One of the pieces from the exhibition last year was bought by the Ministry of Education to present to outgoing United States Ambassador John Rood, and a few other pieces were purchased by the US Embassy in Nassau. “These students have been doing very well, and the programme has left an impact on them. Their skills have been enhanced richly and we have definitely been seeing a lot of growth,” she said. The National Art and Craft After-School Programme began in 2005, and ever since it started students have been receptive to what the programme has to offer. Students of both independent and government schools are part of the initiative. And skilled art students who have a passion for telling a story with a blank canvas and some paint are always welcome. Central Bank hosts Art and craft after-school programme exhibition By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net A NDREW Dean has beaten all the odds despit e his consider able health challenges, he has f ollo wed his dream and is now helping create art in the form of jewellery. More precious than gold Born with Down syndrome, Andrew’s motor and cognitive skillsa re impaired. But he has never let his disability slow him down. Now at age 36 he is experiencing success in producing marketable merchandise. Early in our introduction to Andrew last week, he identified him s elf as “the boss.” “The success has definitely gone to his head,” his mother, Betty-JaneD ean, told T ribune Art. In a workshop above the ‘Jewels by the Sea’ store on West Bay Street you can find him, his co-worker S heree, and three other disabled workers designing and making jewellery for the ‘Andeana Collection’s old in the shop below. The company was formed by the Dean family to keep Andrew and other disabled persons like him stimulated and occupied. “We find that the people loved the idea of buying things that some body with a disability was helping to produce,” said Mrs Dean. Andrew was never able to learn how to read and write. But his parents strongly believed that disabled persons can contribute to their own well-being and not be completely dependent on others. His mother came up with the idea that Andrew could help create mer chandise for the jewellery store. “Often times we get e-mails that people liked the gift, and especially the story behind it,” said Mrs Dean. Eighteen years ago, Andrew had outgrown attending Hopedale Cen tre, a school for children with dis abilities, when he discovered his joy and ability in the jewellery making process. His parents also soon realised that the constant repetition of stringing beads for necklaces was improving Andrew’s motor skills. Developmentally disabled persons perform best at repetitive tasks, where they know exactly what to expect, his parents explained. “It’s ingrained in most handi capped persons,” Mrs Dean said. “He wasn’t going anywhere anymore and we were trying to finds omething for him to do. If your mind is not active you are going to regress. Because we were in the jew ellery business we decided to see whether or not he could put beads on a string.” Three other persons in the work s hop also have a disability, including Sheree, who is hearing impaired. Each day, she gets a list from D iane, the workshop overseer, who goes over the things that she and Andrew are to do. Sheree is a tremendous help to A ndrew and works very fast. While Tribune Art was visiting the workshop, Sheree was givingA ndrew about 20 beads for him to put on a string. When Andrew was through with stringing the beads, she took his final product and measured it to see if it was the right length. Sheree then closed the necklace off with a 14-karat gold clasp. Andrew can only work with the bigger beads, as his impaired motor skills make it difficult for him to handle the smaller ones. Sheree’s specialty is making earrings for the company, which she makes from shells and other natural materials from the sea. “My one problem with Sheree is that she works too fast,” said Mrs Dean. Sheree and Andrew are dedicated workers and have never even taken a full lunch hour. “If they have a list of things to do, they want to get it done,” Mrs Dean said. As to the materials the store uses, Mrs Dean that they use materials that tourists expect to see in island jewellery. “We use a lot of conch shells and the mother-of-pearl which is the shell of the oyster, and a lot of gen uine pearls.” One particular piece that stood out to us was the ‘Y’ necklace, which is made from crystal and fresh water pearls in many colours, white, peach, and plum. While the products are usually purchased by tourists, Mrs Dean said that the store does have a small Bahamian clientele. “(Bahamian ting married would bring in their bridesmaids dresses and we’ll match them up,” she said. The store’s most popular piece is the inter-changeable pearl necklace, and can be worn long, or as a twist. “It’s a big look, and it sells very well,” Mrs Dean said. “In this economic situation people are still willing to pay a moderate amount of money for jewellery whereas they’re not buying $3,000 or $5,000 pieces of jewellery.” Jewellery at the store starts at $8 and can go as high as $100. Andeana’s designs are selling well because the pieces are authentically Bahamian made. The Andeana pieces are retailed at kiosks in the airport, local hotels and at Festival Place on Prince George Wharf. ABOVE LEFT : Mother of pearl necklaces in three-tones, orange, teal, and coral. BELOW TOP: Andrew stringing together a conch pearl necklace. ABOVE RIGHT: Andeana’s hottest design the white multi-faceted pearl necklace. BELOW LOWER: Sheree demonstrates how to make seashell earrings.