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

TWO male teachers at Jack
Hayward High in Grand
Bahama have been put on
administrative leave as Ministry
officials investigate reports that
they both “drugged” and had
sexual intercourse with a 12th
grade female student.

The two male teachers, one a
Bahamian and the other a
Jamaican, are also alleged to
have engaged in sexual rela-
tions with the same student dur-
ing the Hugh Campbell Bas-
ketball Tournament earlier in
February.

According to information
received by The Tribune, the
affair only came to light after

other students at the school
posted reports of the alleged
event on the popular social
website Facebook.

The Director of Education
Lionel Sands said that the
female student in question is
currently receiving counseling
in Grand Bahama. As for the
teachers, who both have been
at the school for almost seven
years, the director said that they
are not in police custody, but
are being required to report to
District Superintendent
Hezekiah Dean every morning.

While Mr Sands admits that
it appears that this student had
a “familiar” relationship with
at least one of these teachers,
the Ministry can only prove

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Armed men rob jewellery store
and ‘sexually assault employee’

POLICE are investigating a daring daylight robbery of
Michael Anthony Jewellers on Mackey Street yesterday when
two armed men are said to have also sexually assaulted a

female employee.

According to police sources the two men entered the jew-
ellery store shortly after noon yesterday — one wearing a mask
and armed with a handgun and the other without either.

Taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the register one
of the culprits is alleged to have noticed one of the girls in the
store and as a result sexually assaulted her.

Afterwards the pair stole the camera system in the jewellery
store and escaped on foot, heading in the Kemp Road area.

Police investigations into this matter continue.



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A CONFIDENTIAL review con- |
ducted for former Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie on the “faulty and chaotic”
bidding process for the Arawak Cay
reverse osmosis plant found that there
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dead in his Boil Fish Drive apartment on April 19 with gunshot wounds to his face, was laid to rest at Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery. Before
his interment, a service was held at St Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road. Father Colin Saunders, assisted by Defence Force Chaplin,
Rev Prince Bodie, officiated. Mr Black’s wife, 22-year-old Mikiko Bianca Black, has been charged with killing her husband.

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
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HYSTERIA broke out at
SC McPherson Junior High
School when a 13-year-old
girl started bleeding and
sparked fears she had suf-
fered a miscarriage.

The youngster com-
plained of stomach cramps
in class and began bleeding.
Rumours that she had suf-
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Investigation continues
into prisoners’ escape

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

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SENIOR police chiefs are
continuing their investigation
into how two prisoners escaped
from Central Police Station.

Superintendent Elsworth
Moss, who is in charge of the
station, denied newspaper and
Internet reports which claimed
three police officers — including
a woman police officer — were
being detained.

However, he said all Central
police station officers are being
questioned along with prison-
ers and staff, to determine
whether police were complicit
in alleged rapists Ricardo
Knowles and Renardo Bastian’s
escape early Tuesday.



Ricardo Knowles (left)
and Renardo Bastian

“There is an ongoing investi-
gation,” Supt Moss said.

“We are questioning every-
body — police officers and pris-
oners and everybody else.

“We are looking at ways in
which as a result of this event to
properly secure the movements

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: nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

DOUBLE murderer Frank

Alphonso Pinder was sen-
: tenced to death yesterday.

Pinder, 33, was convicted

: of killing Glenwood Neely Jr
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: November 10, last year.

The two men were report-

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crime council
to take action

THE civic organisation
Bahamas Against Crime yes-
terday announced the cre-
ation of the Private Sector
National Crime Council.

The council was formed
during a two-day crime sum-
mit for local businesses organ-
ised by Bahamas Against
Crime (BAC).

“The alarming increase in
crime, especially in the serious
crimes categories, is a direct
and growing threat to the
safety and quality of life of
residents,” said Rev Dr CB
Moss, executive director of
BAC, in a statement issued
at a press conference.

The crime summit, held
two-weeks ago, attracted
more than 100 delegates.

Its purpose was to devise a
comprehensive anti-crime
plan of action to be presented
to the government on behalf
of the private sector.

The new crime council will

supervise the implementation
of the plan and follow up on
recommendations presented
to the government.

Based on the success of the
first meeting, Bahamas
Against Crime said it will be
hosting a second summit in
June.

“Bahamas Against Crime
is issuing an urgent call to pri-
vate sector organisations to
get actively involved in the
fight. The time for talking is
over, it is now time for
action,” said Rev Moss.

“Bahamas Against Crime
is also urging the government
to co-operate with and sup-
port this bold, ambitious ini-
tiative by the private sector. It
is going to take a great, col-
laborative effort by the public
and private sectors to defeat
this very real threat to the
economy, safety, security and
well-being of our nation,” he
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UNABLE to bear the smell emanating from an overflow of
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posts and stayed outside the building for several hours yester-
day.

The Public Hospital Authority’s Community Counselling
and Assessment Centre on Market Street experienced plumb-
ing difficulties that led to the toilets in the bathroom over-
flowing early yesterday afternoon.

Public Hospital Authority Managing Director Herbert Brown
said that employees were given the opportunity to relocate
and continue work from the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre,
but they opted to stay at the centre.

Repair work was initially expected to be completed within
hours, but it was discovered that the problem was more complex
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Employees said they left the building after being over-
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It is now unclear when the repairs will be completed.

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THE TRIBUNE

LOCAL NEWS

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010, PAGE 3



Loretta Butler-Turner says people with jobs need to rethink spending he

Many Bahamians living
beyond means — Minister

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net



MANY Bahamians are living beyond
their means but instead of scaling down
expenditure, cry out that the government is
not helping them, State Minister for Social
Development Loretta Butler-Turner sug-
gested.

While giving her contribution to a debate
on a resolution thanking new Governor
General Sir Arthur Foulkes for his Speech
from the Throne, Mrs Butler-Turner urged
persons with jobs to rethink their spend-
ing patterns — putting a focus on needs over
wants — rather than depending on the gov-
ernment to bail them out.

She also outlined several instances in
which persons either requested social assis-
tance after making poor financial choices or
complained that Social Services was not
offering them enough help. The minister
said these cases often got in the way of
extending help to persons "with a real
need.”

"We have many persons, Mr Speaker,
because they come to Social Services rather
than waiting any months, they may not even
get a call back. You know why? Because
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have a few dollars to take home because
everything is already extended out on fur-
niture, car, all manner of things, vacations,
and many of these people owe so much
money that they could not afford (to
spend).

"I'm not trying to degrade anybody but
you have to decide what is your priority.
Are you going to spend your money on the
beauty salon to get these hair-dos, the lace
wigs, and all the Gucci products? We as
Bahamian people, we must prioritise. We
are the only country in the hemisphere that
does not seem to realise we are going
through a recession.”

Mrs Butler-Turner spoke of one unem-
ployed woman who complained to the
Department of Social Services about the
level of assistance offered to her — even
though the agency was paying her utility
bills and providing food stamps.

"She wrote a letter to me, (carbon copy-
ing) the prime minister, the portfolio min-
ister, saying that Social Services is not doing
sufficient to help her. When we got her file
we realised that not only were we giving
her food stamps and paying her light bill,
water bill and helping pay the rent. And
she wanted to know why we want to

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demean her lifestyle," the minister told Par-
liament. "Something has got to be wrong
with that picture, Bahamians we must not
constantly say that the government is not
doing sufficient."

As promised in the April 14 Speech from
the Throne, Mrs Butler-Turner said “long
overdue" legislation to provide equal
opportunities for disabled persons will soon
be brought to Parliament. The Persons with
Disabilities Act will "help to empower those
persons who feel unequal among able bod-
ied persons because successive governments
have not been able to bring that legislation
forward."

Baillou Hills MP Sidney Collie, who has
a 17-year-old child with special needs, said
the legislation will provide "real help" to
parents of disabled children who struggle
with providing education, housing, health-
care and employment or discrimination.

Yesterday also marked the first session
when House Speaker Alvin Smith, the rep-
resentative for North Eleuthera, sat without
a wig and gown. At the end of the previous
sitting of the House, Mr Smith told Parlia-
ment that in keeping with regional trends,
he would continue wearing the wig and
gown during official ceremonies but not
during regular sittings of the House.

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IN view of what is being
described as the worst oil spill in
the history of the United States,
an environmental organisation
is urging that the Bahamas con-
sider the risk of allowing com-
panies to search for oil in local
waters.

Casaurina McKinney-Lam-
bert, executive director of the
Bahamas Reef Environment
Educational Foundation
(BREEF), told The Tribune:
"We should heed the warning if
the Bahamas is considering oil
exploration applications. We
should also recognise the risk
to the fishing and tourism indus-
try."

vt has been more than two
weeks since an BP oil rig
exploded in the Gulf of Mexico,
killing 11 people and pouring
about 210,000 gallons of oil per
day into the ocean since then.

"In the US it has caused a
major impact to the environ-
ment, we should be weary on
embarking on oil exploration in
the Bahamas given these obvi-

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010, PAGE 5

Bahamas urged to heed

oil spill disaster lessons

Country should be ‘wary about embarking on oil exploration’





cations in Bahamian waters.
But Dr Deveaux said it is not

warranted at this early stage to

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WINDMILLS REPLICAS to oils clean energy, erected by
Greenpeace are seen near the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday,
May 5, 2010, to protest the oil spill in the Gulf and call on Pres-
ident Barack Obama and the Congress to stop plans for any new
offshore drilling.

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She warned that oil explo-
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damage to our marine environ-
ment. "This can cause major
and long-term implications on
the environment and the econ-
omy of the affected area."

She added: "There are alter-
natives to using petroleum
products to reduce our depen-
dence on oil."

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published applications submit-
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who want to search parts of the
northern and southern
Bahamas for oil.

One of these applications is
from energy explorer BPC and
Norwegian oil company Sta-
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to possibly search three loca-
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Cay Sal Bank.

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nese government is “delighted”
to see the kind of co-operation
between Chinese and Bahami-
an entities as exemplified by
the Baha Mar financing and
construction deal, according to
a senior Chinese official.

“We are delighted to see that
some large companies or finan-
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Caribbean. The Chinese gov-
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to conduct mutually beneficial
cooperation with foreign com-
panies,” Xu Yingxian, Deputy
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na’s Ministry of Commerce,
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Deputy Director General Ms
Xu was speaking with a group
of Latin American and
Caribbean journalists during an
interview at the Ministry of
Commerce in Beijing.

The Ministry of Commerce
is responsible for administer-
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nomic cooperation and foreign
investment.

The Bahamian company
Baha Mar Resorts Ltd, which
operates the Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort and Wyndham
Nassau Resort Hotels on Cable
Beach, signed two agreements
on financing and construction
of the redevelopment of the
entire Cable Beach area at the
end of March, 2010.

The signings confirmed that
the China State Construction
and Engineering Company will
be the general contractor for
the project.

Meanwhile, the financing
agreement, worth $2.6 billion,
was with the China Export
Import Bank, and came after
the resort company suffered a
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taxes into the Bahamian econ-
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million in its first year of oper-
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The developers also estimate
that the project will increase
the Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) of the country by 10 per
cent and create 8,000 new jobs
for Bahamians.

The financing agreement was
the first major tourism project
to be funded primarily by a
Chinese entity.

It comes at a time when Chi-
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Caribbean and Latin American
region, in terms of trade and
other economic cooperation, is
growing by leaps and bounds.

Asked how likely she feels it
is that Chinese state entities will
become more involved in the
Bahamian tourism industry
through the provision of fur-
ther financing or signing of con-
struction agreements, or
whether any such discussions
are underway at present, Ms
Xu said whether this happens
will “be up to the market envi-
ronment and the willingness of
the two companies involved.”

“T think it’s up to the explo-
ration of Chinese companies
with their Bahamas counter-
parts. I think if there is an
appropriate business opportu-
nity, I think Chinese companies

will sign such agreements,” said
the official.
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Mar resort.

The construction company
plans to build a housing village
to accommodate the workers.

Chinese entities, coming
from one of the few economies
globally which did not record
negative growth in 2008 and
2009, have been a major source
of funds for development pro-
jects during the economic reces-

sion. Financial institutions and
companies in countries which
were harder hit by the down-
turn took a more cautious
stance on lending and invest-
ing.

Overall, the GDP in China
grew by 8.7 per cent in 2009,
down significantly from the 13
per cent recorded in 2007, but
still very significant in compar-
ison with the majority of the
world’s other economies dur-
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THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010, PAGE 7

Police question three men

about robbery of woman

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net



FREEPORT —- A woman was violently
attacked and robbed by three men in the
Holmes Rock community yesterday, police
reported.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said police have
taken three Eight Mile Rock residents into
custody for questioning in connection with the
incident.

Just before noon yesterday, officers were
dispatched to Lightbourne’s Convenience
Store to investigate a robbery.

The victim told police that three men

entered the store, grabbed by her neck and
threw her to the ground before they robbed
the store of cash and goods.

She described the first suspect as tall, light-
skinned, of slim build and with braided hair. A
white shirt T-shirt was wrapped around his
face.

The second suspect was described as short,
light-skinned, of medium build with short hair.

The third was tall and dark skinned with
short hair.

Ms Mackey said uniformed officers, along
with a team from the Central Detective Unit,
started an investigation that resulted in three
men, ages 18, 21 and 24, of Seagrape, Eight
Mile Rock, being taken into custody for ques-
tioning in connection with the robbery.

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Excitement over prospect of
jobs boost from $200m project

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia. net



FREEPORT - East End res-
idents said they are excited
about the many job opportuni-
ties that will be created as a
result of the $200-million pro-
ject that is expected to start
soon at the South Riding Point
oil terminal.

A town meeting was held at
the High Rock Community
Park on Monday evening to
introduce Statoil, the new
investors at SRP, to the com-
munity of East End.

Delton Russell, terminal
manager, was pleased with the
feedback from residents and
the keen interest expressed for
employment at the facility.

“The feedback was very pos-
itive and there seems to be high
expectations by persons here
for jobs,” he told The Tribune.

StatoilHydro plans to install
a new pipeline and upgrade the
current facility to allow for
blending of all types of crude
oils, including heavy oils.

The Norwegian energy com-
pany is the biggest offshore oil
and gas company in the world.

It is a fully-integrated petro-
leum company with production
operations in 13 countries and
retail operations in eight.

According to Mr Russell,
Statoil has started major a
clean-up of the facility and
expects to start the pipeline
project sometime later this
year.

“We are having another
meeting next week Monday to
introduce the pipeline project,
which we hope will start some-
time around August or Sep-
tember, and be completed in
the first quarter of 2011,” he
said.

Mr Russell reported that Sta-
toil staff is 90 per cent Bahami-
an. He noted that 53 per cent of
the Bahamians are from east
Grand Bahama.

The terminal manager said
that the facility requires skilled
welders, diesel and auto
mechanics, industrial electri-
cians, and general labourers.

He noted that some 26 con-
tractors, the majority of whom
are residents of East End, are
being trained at the site in sand
blasting and painting.

Mr Russell stressed that Sta-
toil is very knowledgeable
about the environment, adding
that a significant portion of the
investment will go towards
upgrading the facility to min-
imise environmental impact.

South Riding Point is a full
member of the Clean
Caribbean America (CCA)
cooperative, a clean seas organ-
isation covering the Caribbean
that provides equipment and
expertise to its member com-






ts,

Kenneth Russell

panies to assist in managing
waterborne pollution incidents,
should they occur.

In addition, South Riding
Point has its own oil spill
response equipment and exper-
tise located on site and at the
terminal.

Investment

Minister of National Insur-
ance and Housing Kenneth
Russell, who is also the MP for
High Rock, believes that the
investment by Statoil will great-
ly benefit the East End area.

Mr Russell revealed that Sta-
toil is already in the process of
building a gymnasium in High
Rock for residents of East End
and has also requested that



local government in the area
create a skills bank.

“We are encouraging adults
and children to get educated
and acquire some skill so they
can be hired when jobs come
on stream.

“You don’t need a master’s
degree to be hired in the indus-
trial plant, but you do need
some education and skill,” he
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trash in bags along the highway.

The trash, such as bottles,
cans, car parts, tyres, and paper
refuse, was thrown there by
passing motorists.

The children, who engaged
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be compensated by the
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clean ups are not uncommon in
tourist based economies around
the region. In Puerto Vallarta
on the Pacific coast of Mexico
there is an active programme
to take children out of school
on a regular basis to go into and
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dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT -— Andre Bir-
bal’s attorney Carlson Shur-
land is expected to file an
application in the Supreme
Court today for a constitu-
tional motion that his client
cannot get a fair trial in the
Bahamas.

The former Eight Mile
Rock High School teacher,
who is charged with two
counts of unnatural sexual
intercourse with two students,
was flown to Grand Bahama
on Wednesday for a fixture
hearing in the Supreme
Court.

Birbal’s trial was tentative-
ly set for May 10 in Freeport.
It is has been a month since
his extradition to the
Bahamas and his subsequent
return to Grand Bahama.

Justice Hartman Longley
presided over the hearing,
which was held around
2.30pm. He set Birbal’s trial
date for May 31 to June 3.

Justice Longley also set a
hearing date of May 13 for
the constitution motion.

Mr Shurland had expressed
concern as to why the Attor-
ney General Office’s had fast
tracked Birbal’s trial to May
10.

Mr Shurland asked the
Court if it could render some
assistance by extending brief
for Birbal to assist with his
legal expenses.

He said that Birbal had
been incarcerated in the Unit-
ed States for a year and has
no job.

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010, PAGE 13

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push for motion that
client can’t get fair trial





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“He has no job, no money,
and I have received a little
over $1,000 from his friends
and family,” he said.

“He was — gainfully
employed as a teacher and
suspended pending investiga-
tions and has been unem-
ployed since then.”

Allegations surfaced last
January accusing Birbal of
molesting two former male
students at the Eight Mile
Rock High School. He was
removed and placed on pro-
bationary leave pending
investigations.

In February, Birbal
resigned and fled the coun-
try. He was later arrested in
New York on a traffic viola-
tion on May 3, 2009. He was
extradited to the Bahamas at
the request of the Attorney
General’s Office.

Mr Shurland believes that
his client is innocent. He told
Justice Longley that he is pre-
pared to continue to repre-

sent Birbal even if the Court
could not extend brief for Bir-
bal’s legal expenses.

He also requested that Bir-
bal be held over in Freeport
until Thursday so that he
could sit and meet with him.

“We are filing an applica-
tion for constitution motion
that my client cannot get a
fair trial in the Bahamas
because of the negative press
reports that were in the news-
papers and on the television.

“The Bahamian public is
absorbed with his trial and he
is now in the court of public
opinion. He has pretty much
been convicted in the eyes of
the public. Right now I do not
see a jury in this jurisdiction
that is capable of rendering
an impartial, objective deci-
sion.

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get a fair trial in the Bahamas
means that you don’t need to
have a trial,” Mr Shurland
said.

Erica Kemp of the Attor-
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tice Longley that the issue of
bail was the reason why they
were fast tracking Birbal’s tri-
al to May 10.

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because he is jobless, has no
money, and has no place to
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prefer for him to remain in
the care of the state, where
he will be given three meals,
clothing, and allowed some
recreation, rather than out on
the street begging for some-
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LOCAL NEWS

with a Bahamian investor group’s
bid.

The January 25, 2006, review
carried out for Mr Christie by
financial advisor Deepak Bhat-
nagar described the “introduc-
tion” of BK Water — a group
headed by current PLP Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald and Mark Fin-
layson — into the bidding process,
and the issuance of a conditional
acceptance of its offer, as “not in
order”, citing numerous reasons.

The report detailed how then-
Water & Sewerage Corporation
general manager, Abraham But-
ler, on November 8, 2005, made a
recommendation that BK Water
be awarded the Arawak Cay con-
tract following a November 4,
2005, meeting with “the Hon.
Minister of Works” who, at the
time, was Bradley Roberts.

Mr Bhatnagar’s report indi-
cates that the November 4, 2005,
meeting was designed to see how
any obstacles preventing the
award of the contract to BK
Water — whose members are
well-known PLP members and
supporters — could be overcome.

“The (November 4) meeting
‘authorised’ a second review to
permit administrators and the
accountants of Water & Sewer-
age to evaluate differences or
variations that ‘prevents the exe-
cution of a contract between
Water & Sewerage Corporation
and BK/Veolia’,” Mr Bhatnagar’s
report said.

Following these goings on, Mr
Butler on November 11, 2005,
sent a letter informing BK Water
that it had won the Arawak Cay
contract subject to Cabinet
approval. Such approval was not
forthcoming.

Mr Bhatnagar’s report appears
to contradict assertions by Mr
Roberts that he had no involve-
ment with the Arawak Cay
reverse osmosis plant contract,
referring to “discussions held on
price, technical and legal issues”
involving the Veolia/BK Water
bid that were followed “by a
meeting between Water & Sew-
erage, Veolia and the Minister of
Works on October 7, 2005.”

FROM page one

offs to the media.

Police were called to take samples for forensic
testing, and the girl’s mother took her to Princess
Margaret Hospital for a medical examination.

Director of Education Lionel Sands said there
was no reason for alarm as he believes the girl
may simply been menstruating for the first time.

“We don’t know if it was a miscarriage or if it

Confidential report

As a result: “Minister (Mr
Roberts) instructed both parties
to resume discussions and resolve
by October 14, 2005, inclusive of
a revised pricing policy by Veo-
lia.” BK Water was Veolia’s
Bahamian partner.

And Mr Bhatnagar’s report
refers to “further discussions held
between Veolia, Minister and
chairman in Barbados” at a con-
ference, with a revised proposal
received from Veolia/BK Water
on October 19, 2005.

The report seems at odds with
Mr Roberts’ claims that allega-
tions linking him to negotiations
with Veolia/BK Water over the
Arawak Cay plant were “utter
BS”.

“In general, it appears that the
procedure followed in consider-
ation of the bids by the Board
and management of Water &
Sewerage for the Arawak plant is
faulty and chaotic, and I have
detailed my findings based on my
examination of the Board Min-
utes, which indicates that there
is no proper record of considera-
tion of the bids and/or approval of
the bids right up to the issuance of
the conditional letter of accep-
tance to BK Water,” Mr Bhat-
nagar told the then-Prime Minis-
ter.

“A similar faulty procedure
was followed in the Blue Hills
reverse osmosis plant project,
whereby at one stage Biwater
was agreed to be issued a letter of
acceptance. This has resulted in
Water & Sewerage having to face
litigation from Biwater in the
form of an injunction.”

Outlining the confused bidding
process for the contract to build
and operate the Arawak Cay
reverse osmosis plant, which
would sell water to the Water &
Sewerage Corporation, Mr Bhat-
nagar’s report details how the
original process was annulled on
June 22, 2005, by the Corpora-
tion’s Board. Instructions were
then issued to negotiate with
Veolia.

No mention was made of BK
Water at this point, reflecting the
Board’s desire to deal with Veo-

PERRY CHRISTIE



lia instead. It wanted to develop a
strategic partnership with “a
viable organisation”, and Mr
Bhatnagar said: “This surely
meant the Board was to create a
strategic partnership with Veo-
ha and not BK.

“The latter was formed only
for the purpose of the Arawak
Cay reverse osmosis plant, and
does not have any track record
either in the Bahamas or inter-
nationally. As per letter from
Higgs & Johnson, BK Water is
controlled by Messrs Jerome
Fitzgerald, Mark Finlayson,
Prince Wallace and Judson
Wilmott.”

Handing the contract to BK
did not meet the “strategic part-
nership with a viable international
organisation” condition, Mr Bhat-
nagar wrote, because Veolia
would not be involved in the
Arawak Cay plant’s operations.
Nor was there a true joint venture
partnership between BK Water
and Veolia, but a contractor/sub-
contractor relationship.

“The Board ought to have pur-
sued negotiations with Veolia,”
Mr Bhatnagar concluded.

“But the process got polluted
with the emergence of BK Water
and Board’s entertaining to deal
with BK Water rather than Veo-
ha.

“The focus of forming a ‘strate-
gic partnership with an interna-
tional company’ was altogether
lost.”

Bleeding girl sparks
miscarriage rumours

fusely.

was her first period,” he said.
“But certainly a young girl was bleeding pro-

“My only concern is the trauma the girl has
gone through, because if it was just her first peri-
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exposure the child has been getting.”

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Saturday morning for the annual Atlantic
Medical Insurance Fun Walk.

The popular fitness event drew hundreds
of participants who rolled out of bed for the
6.30am start.

Joining them was the GBPA group who said
they were more than happy to support such a
worthy cause and maintain their title of ‘the
largest group to participate’ for the fourth
year in a row.

Amidst the cheers of camaraderie GBPA
insurance officer Willamae Ferguson accepted
the floating trophy on the company’s behalf.

“GBPA is proud to sponsor its employees
who participate in such a prestigious event.

“As this year’s theme suggests, ‘All togeth-
er better’, not only are we concerned about
turning out in large numbers, but the physical
welfare of each staff member is of the utmost
importance,” said Ms Ferguson.

Aimed at assisting the Cancer Society of
the Bahamas and the Diabetic Association,
this year’s Atlantic Medical Fun Walk began at
the Jasmine Corporate Centre parking lot in
Freeport, headed to East Sunrise Highway,
circumnavigated the Lucayan Circle, travelled
westward on East Sunrise Highway and
returned to the Jasmine Corporate Centre.

Sands beer featured in Southern
Boating magazine’s May issue

THE Bahamian Brewery
and Beverage Company
continues to thrive in Grand
Bahama despite the going
economic depression on the
island.

This month, the compa-
ny’s Sands beer is even fea-
tured in the Southern Boat-
ing magazine.

The internationally dis-
tributed magazine reaches
more than 150,000 readers
and has an annual subscrip-
tion base of 47,000. Accord-
ing to the magazine’s web-
site, the monthly magazine is
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an active, family-oriented,





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largest boating magazine in
the southeastern United
States and has more than 38
years of history in the busi-
ness.

Most importantly for the
brewery, the magazine
caters to “a well-heeled
boating audience equally
dedicated to long-distance
cruising, coastal boating,
recreational fishing, and
water sports.”

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“These are the tourists we
see three or four times a
year in The Bahamas,” not-
ed James “Jimmy” Sands,
CEO of Bahamian Brewery
and Beverage Co. Ltd.
“Whether they dock in Nas-
sau, Grand Bahama, Aba-
co, Exuma, etc ... we want
them to sip a Sands!” The

tor of Southern Boating.

well-known entrepreneur is
the main focus of the four-
page spread in the maga-
zine’s May issue, which also
highlights Bahamian cruis-
ing grounds, culture, events
and cuisine.

“We chose Jimmy and his
brewery because of our

keen interest in Grand
Bahama and because of his
well known entrepreneur-
ship for Bahamians,” said
Marilyn Mower, Southern
Boating’s Editor. “I think
our readers would enjoy
touring the brewery when
they visit Grand Bahama,

and let’s face it we like the
beer too!” Mower is a keen
boater herself and lives ona
small motor yacht in Florida;
she flew in to Grand
Bahama to interview Sands
at his multi-million dollar
brewery.

“I found myself talking to
a passionate brewer who is
so very proud to be Bahami-
an,” she noted. “Jimmy and
his team were so welcoming
to me, I was able to see the
entire brewing process and
they made sure I sipped a
Sands as well as the won-
derful High Rock.”

Tapping an Idea’, the fea-
ture article on the brewery,
recounts the history of
Sands and his family's his-
tory in the wine and spirits
business and highlights his
passion for brewing a truly
Bahamian beer.

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the beach turning ideas over

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THE Governor General’s Youth Awards is
co-branding, using the ‘Global Bird’ logo of
the International Award Programme for
Young People.

The GGYA Board of Trustees hopes that
by co-branding it will indicate that the award
programme in the Bahamas is part of an inter-
national family and will hopefully secure a
greater sense of national identity.

The Global Bird was designed to combine
the values of the award.

The globe portion of the logo represents
the award’s internationalism and its univer-
sality. The bird represents the award’s per-
sonal values of self-improvement, excellence,
confidence and pride.

Additionally, it is hoped that co-branding



New look for the Governor
General’s Youth Awards (GGYA)

will help to re-enforce that the GGYA is a
global self-development programme; support
expansion into other countries not doing the
award, and will make the brand stronger so
that more people will associate with it.

The GGYA Board of Trustees is antici-
pating that the new logo will greatly impact
the award programme’s position as an inter-
national initiative, offering young Bahami-

ans avenues for mental challenge, physical
activity, individual perseverance, teamwork
and interaction with others.

The GGYA is a member of the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award International Associa-
tion that started in 1956 in Britain as the Duke
of Edinburgh’s Award.

Today, over 126 countries run the award
programme under a number of different titles.

The International Award Association, formed
in 1988, is responsible for the co-ordination
and development of the award worldwide
and meets in full forum every three years.
The award programme was re-started in the
Bahamas in 1987 and to date over 8,000 young
people throughout the country have partici-
pated in the programme.

Presently, there are over 900 young
Bahamians participating in the GGYA with
units on New Providence, Andros, Abaco,
Long Island, Grand Bahama, Acklins and
Crooked Island. The award’s mission is to
become the programme of choice for young
people, reflected in quality, growth and exter-
nal perception.







Sandals helps GHS students
learn about the environment

MORE than 20 volunteers that make up
Sandals Earth Guard Committee com-
memorated Earth Day in the great outdoors.

Two classrooms of students from the
hotel’s adopted school, Government High
School, were moved from inside the class-
room to outdoors where they had a lesson
about climate change and preserving the
planet.

Sandals grounds manager Jason Yuille
showed the students how to construct a
worm compost and some of the students
took turns mixing the compost.

Environmental manager Jason Brice said
Sandals was delighted to seize the opportu-
nity to impart knowledge on these young
minds.

“While this is the 40th anniversary of
Earth Day, the Sandals Foundation felt it
was important for the students to be given
information as to how they too can play
their role and why it is so important to pre-
serve Mother Earth,” he said.

A worm compost adds nutrients and
improves overall plant health. By adding
organic materials such as egg shells, apple
cores and other fruits and vegetables, the
compost can then be used in the school’s

vegetable garden for more healthy vegeta-
tion. Charles Moss, vice-principal of Gov-
ernment High, said he was very impressed,
and said the lesson was one that was bene-
ficial as the school would like to enhance its
gardens.

Traditionally, Earth Day was celebrated at
Sandals by planting trees or cleaning a
beach. This year, it was important for the
resort to do something different that would
benefit the schools as well as provide the
students with a lesson that they would be
able to practice at home.

Hotel manager Ken Flockhart who joined
the group at Government High School said
he was very impressed when he heard about
the Earth Day plans.

“We were able to join our counterparts in
Jamaica, St Lucia, Antigua and Turks and
Caicos to provide our students with infor-
mation on water conservation, pollution,
solid waste, and recycling. The students were
eager to learn, especially when it came to
them participating,” he said.

After the Earth Day presentation, more
than 15 students signed up to be a member
of the newly created Environmental Club at
the school.



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FOR two weeks in April, the Nassau
Airport Development Company (NAD)
teamed up with local environmental
groups to share information with the trav-
elling public during National Coastal
Awareness Month.

The company partnered with the
Bahamas National Trust (BNT), the
Nature Conservancy (TNC), Bahamas
Reef Environment Educational Founda-
tion (BREEF) and others to set up
posters and displays in the Domestic
Departures Lounge at Lynden Pindling
International Airport.

According to Eustacia Jennings, NAD’s
environmental manager, the exercise is
in line with the company’s environmental
and social policy.

Conservation

“NAD is committed to promoting the
principles of resource conservation.

“We also seek to raise awareness of
environmental matters throughout the
airport community,” said Ms Jennings.

“We decided to celebrate National
Coastal Awareness Month and Earth Day
(April 22) by showcasing the importance
of our environment, especially our marine



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“We decided to celebrate
National Coastal Awareness
Month and Earth Day
(April 22) by showcasing
the importance of our envi-
ronment, especially our
marine habitat.”



habitat.” In addition to eight posters of
common marine species donated by the
TNC, the environmental groups set up
displays, gave away green bags and shared
information with the passengers and
employees at the airport.

Dozens of passengers and NAD staff
also completed the lionfish baseline sur-
veys issued by the Department of Marine
Resources as part of the Invasive Alien
Species (IAS) Project.

These surveys will help to determine
the awareness level of environmental
threats affecting the Bahamas, in partic-
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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIC AL PL ANNIN G Sunday, May 2.
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the Director of Physical Planning on or before Tuesday, 17th May, 2010. Further
information on the proposal may be obtained from the Department of Physical
Planning via P.O. Box N-1611 or telephone: 322-7550/2 or Fax: 328-3206.

Michael Major
Director of Physical Planning

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island of New Providence in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Abutting and
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By NEIL HARTNELL
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THE Government should
alert Bahamian businesses one
year in advance if they plan to
initiate major infrastructural
works that could heavily impact
their companies, a consultant
said yesterday, giving them a
chance to adjust their business
models.

Mark A Turnquest, of Mark
A Turnquest Consulting, said:
“Because there is no National
Plan for any type of infrastruc-
tural development in this coun-
try with respect to roadworks
and such like, there’s nothing
that allows us to prepare for
major roadworks. Consulta-
tions should have taken place
over a year before. Given the
recession, these businesses need
no type of problems that stag-
nate their business.”

Referring to the current sit-
uation impacting businesses in
the Blue Hills and Market
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Government
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government received
$14.5 million in fees from the
communications sector regu-
lator during the 2010 first
quarter, it was revealed yes-
terday, with the latter decid-
ing to use $3 million from its
reserves to prepare for regula-
tion of the Bahamian water
and energy sectors.

The Utilities Regulation &
Competition Authority
(URCA), in its Board’s quar-
terly report, said: “During the
period January 1, 2010, to
March 31, 2010, URCA col-
lected and remitted to the
Government $14.5 million for
communications and spec-
trum fees.

“The Board approved the
appropriation of $3 million
from URCA’s reserves for
utilisation in preparing for the
water and energy sectors, giv-
en that the Government has
already begun some work in
this area.

“The reserves were not
generated from the communi-
cations sector.”

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‘Breeding poverty’

* Leading businessman warns that legalised gambling would ‘not have net
beneficial effect’ for Treasury because of adverse social consequences

* Franklyn Wilson says gambling revenues ‘not a panacea’, and
upcoming Budget ‘one of most significant for many years’

* Warns that S&P has told government: ‘Put your house in order’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

leading Bahamian

businessman yes-

terday voiced con-

cerns that
legalised gambling would “not
have a net beneficial effect” on
the economy and Public Trea-
sury, warning: “Gambling
breeds poverty.”

Franklyn Wilson, chairman
of Arawak Homes and leading
investor in other key business-
es, such as FOCOL Oil Hold-
ings and RoyalStar Assurance,
told Tribune Business that
legalising the numbers business
and other forms of gambling
would not be “the panacea
which may be anticipated” for
the Government’s current fiscal
woes.

Adding that the upcoming
2010-2011 Budget presentation
in three weeks’ time would be
“one of the most significant”
fiscal programmes that
Bahamas had seen for many
years, Mr Wilson said he felt
the Government had already
been trying to let Bahamians
know gently that harder times
were on the way.

Pointing to the proposed
National Insurance Board
(NIB) contribution rate increas-
es and Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) rate rises,
Mr Wilson added: “All this talk
about gambling is just to set the
stage for government to do it
[legalise it]. They need the rev-

Insurance Act
regulations to

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Insurance Commis-
sioner yesterday expressed
confidence that the regula-
tions accompanying the
Domestic Insurance Act
would be completed and in
force before the legislation
takes effect on July 1, 2010,
pledging that they would be
finished “any day now”.

Telling Tribune Business
that it was “a bit prema-
ture” to suggest that an
extension would be required
to the Act’s implementation
deadline, in order to give
the regulator and insurance
industry more time to com-
plete the regulations,
Lennox McCartney said:
“The External Insurance
Act regulations are com-
plete and were gazzetted on
Monday.

“We expect the domestic
ones to be complete any day
now. The full Act comes
into force on July 1, so
there’s still a number of
weeks to go. We anticipate

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enues.”

However, warning that legal-
ising numbers and gambling
could further spread social ills
in the Bahamas, Mr Wilson said
his position on the issue was
that it “will not have a net ben-
eficial effect on the Treasury”.

While the Treasury would
benefit from millions of dollars
in revenue inflows per year, Mr
Wilson told Tribune Business
that “in time, more than that
will come out to address social
concerns. Gambling breeds
poverty.

“At the end of the day, the
Government will not be able
to avoid doing things to pro-
vide social assistance. One way
or another, the Government
will spend more on outflows
than inflows. It [gambling] will
not be the panacea which may
be anticipated.”

Looking towards the 2010-
2011 Budget, which will be
delivered by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham before mon-
th’s end, Mr Wilson said: “I
think this Budget is truly going
to be one of the most signifi-
cant Budgets the country has
seen in a very long time.

“T just don’t see the Govern-
ment not addressing the very

serious concerns raised by the
international rating agencies,
Standard & Poor’s (S&P). S&P
has taken some positions that it
will not be in the best interests
of the country to ignore.”

S&P, the businessman said,
had urged the Government to
“reduce the deficit, reduce bor-
rowing and get your house in
order. We’ve got to have fiscal
discipline. All this talks of fiscal
discipline has to be backed up
with results. The fact that the
country’s credit rating has been
downgraded by Standard &
Poor’s, we want to reverse that;
we don’t want to see the down-
ward trend continue.”

The Central Bank of the
Bahamas pegged this nation's
debt-to-GDP ratio at 53.6 per
cent as at end-2009, and pro-
jected the national debt would
just breach the $4 billion barri-
er this year.

The Government's direct
debt, the Central Bank said in
its review, increased by $553.7
million or 20 per cent to $3.32
billion in 2009, a sum equivalent
to 45.6 per cent of Bahamian
GDP.

And the Government's con-
tingent liabilities rose by $134.5
million or 30.1 per cent to hit

$581 million, “elevating the
national debt by $688.2 million
or 21.4 per cent to $3.901 billion
by end-December 2009.

Mr Wilson, though, pointed
out that for “years and years”,
successive governments of both
PLP and FNM persuasion had
argued that the Bahamas’ debt-
to-GDP ratio should not pass
40 per cent. “That was almost
sacrosanct,” he added. “We’ve
blown past that number, and
it’s a distant memory. It’s not
part of our thinking. Now,
we’ve blown past not just 40
per cent but 50 per cent, and
that can’t be ignored.”

Mr Wilson said he was con-
vinced every finance minister
since 1967 had lectured the
nation on the need to ensure
the Bahamas’ debt-to-GDP
ratio did not cross 40 per cent.

To reverse the trend, the
Government needed to “stop
giving money away”. Adding
that he was not being “heart-
less”, and acknowledging that
social assistance was important,
Mr Wilson said: “National
development has to be about
getting people to fish, not just
giving them fish. What caused
them to get into distress in the
first place has to be addressed.”

Escrow ‘Hail Mary’ major
impediment to business conduct

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

FEARS over whether funds
deposited into escrow could be
recovered were “becoming a
significant impediment to the
normal conduct of business” in
the Bahamas, a former Cham-
ber president describing this
process as being akin to a “Hail
Mary” pass in American Foot-
ball.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, who is
also Superwash’s president, told
Tribune Business that “the
state of the legal profession” in
the Bahamas was a major cause

Ex-Chamber president says ‘state of the legal
profession’ causing concern over whether firms
recover funds in escrow if deal breaks down

of concern for many in the busi-
ness community, especially if
their funds were placed on trust
with the other side’s attorney -
and this lawyer was unknown to
them.

“The state of the legal pro-
fession is, I think, becoming a
significant impediment to the
normal conduct of business,”
Mr D’Aguilar told Tribune
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giant, Steve Stoute, yesterday
said he had encountered all the
difficulties associated with of
doing business in the Bahamas,
adding that this nation was “a
tough nut to crack” for entre-
preneuts.

Mr Stoute, chief executive of
Transaltion LLC, speaking at
the sixth annual Business Edu-
cation seminar hosted by the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce and the US Embassy,
said the high import tax regime
and capital intensive nature of
start-ups could be two imme-
diate disincentives to small and
medium-sized business devel-
opment in the Bahamas coun-
try.

“T know that the current laws
make it prohibitive to build a
business as an international
businessman in the Bahamas;
that’s the first obstacle,” said
Mr Stoute.

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the way we underwrite the
Government is through duty,
and those fees make it cost pro-
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Diverse qualities give
you graphic results

WHAT are the qualities of
a good Graphic Designer? In
order to become a well-round-
ed Graphic Designer, there
are a variety of skills that are
essential to handling tasks
proficiently. While art is more
open to personal interpreta-
tion and considered to be a
subjective matter, graphic
design is used to serve a dis-
tinct purpose. It begins, of
course, with a good graphic
designer as well as a clear pic-
ture of the message that's
meant to be conveyed.

A good graphic design can
speak volumes, visually telling
an entire story without ever
actually ‘saying’ a single word,
whether it is for optimising
sales, increasing company
awareness or introducing a
new product.

Graphic design is the cre-
ation of visuals through
imagery and text, to commu-
nicate a message or idea to an
audience. Sounds like an easy
job, right? Chiefly, graphic
designers have a creative job
and a non-stop cycle of con-
stantly generating fresh ideas
that give appeal.

Having the technical skills
of knowing all the Adobe
components does not make
you a qualified graphic design-
er. Although having an
advanced technical skill does
not hurt, it will not enhance
your design.

Graphic designers must not
only be artists, but also highly
professional individuals who
pay great attention to detail.
Colour, of course, is absolute-
ly imperative to any type of
design - to suggest, and
inspire, feelings and emotions.

In the entertainment indus-
try, graphic design is an inte-
gral part of not only the
scenery and visual effects, but
also in contributing to the sto-
rytelling aspect. It can become
invaluable when it comes to
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and radio spots, t-shirts, toys
or other promotional means.
However, what separates the
“must re-hire’ from the rest is
the following acquired skills:

Style

It is key that every designer
should be comfortable and
drawn to their own styles, as
every project approached is
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leave an imprint on the minds
of the audience. Most design-
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tend to adopt a wide range of
contemporary styles for the
sake of being well-rounded or
familiarised.

Project Management

It really helps to have a
grasp of project management
fundamentals.

Leadership

As a leader it is important
that you are flexible enough to
realise when plans need to be
changed or accommodated.
Bad planning translates to bad
implementation and chaotic
results.

Typography

Typography is an official
language of graphic design
that requires a firm under-
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well-designed type.

Print Design and Layout

One of the most sought-
after skills in designers is an
understanding of digital print
production. The ability to use
a page layout such as Adobe,
InDesign or Quark is invalu-
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paign

Photography

If you wish to be perceived
as a well-rounded graphic
designer, sooner or later you
will need to take a picture. A
good rule of thumb is that
anything below six megapixels
probably won’t produce qual-
ity shots, and will need to be
worked on by image-editing
software such as Photoshop

Networking

To be successful in any
career, the guidance and sup-
port of others is vital. Building
a network of individuals who
have a common interest in
your career, through other
designers, marketing experts,
web designers, design blogs,
design magazines, photogra-
phers, magazines and pub-
lishers is one of the most
effective ways to strengthen
your network.

Communication

Graphic artists have cre-
ative vision and an ability to
think spatially, but also should
possess solid business and
communication skills to artic-
ulate their ideas and concepts
to clients fluently. They should
be able to write well-organ-
ised proposals, explaining how
to use a tool or why something
just simply won’t work.

Listen

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order to understand the mes-
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set for 2011 roll-out

Business licence
applications and
renewals to go on-line,
with Singapore contract
to facilitate this set
for signing soon

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia. net

THE MINISTER of State
for Finance revealed yesterday
that the Government could roll
out legislation by next year to
change the way small and medi-
um-sized businesses (SME)
access the tools they need to
build a successful enterprise.

Though Zhivargo Laing said
he could not get into the
specifics of the upcoming Small
and Medium-Sized (SME)
Business development legisla-
tion, he explained that when
unveiled it will encourage and
promote the development of
such companies in this country.

Speaking at the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce and US
Embassy’s sixth Business Edu-
cation seminar, entitled Busi-
ness Unusual: Creativity and
Innovation, Mr Laing said fun-
damental aspects of SME
development in this country
need to be tweaked.

“Tt is clear to us that the pre-
sent state-sponsored regime for
supporting small and medium-
sized business growth in our
country must be changed in
order to better meet the needs
of that segment of our econo-
my, and to better reflect the
means and role of government
in this regard,” Mr Laing said.

“We realise that this cannot
be business as usual. The facil-
ities put in place have now
failed, or are failing, are unsus-
tainable and/or failed to pro-
vide the particular support most
needed by entrepreneurs.
Change must come so that we
can better position our econo-
my for growth.”

Mr Laing said he could not
go into the specifics of the new
Act because important consul-
tations with stakeeholders were

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ongoing.

However, he did say the Act
will for the first time: “Provide
an official definition of small
and medium-sized businesses
that can qualify for state aid.

“Refine and redefine gov-
ernment assistance to small and
medium-sized businesses, and
consolidate assistance under the
auspices of a single piece of leg-
islation, the Bahamas Small and
Medium-Sized Business Devel-
opment Act, which will be
administered by a single
agency.

“Fundamentally shift gov-
ernment support from a domi-
nance on limited, inefficiently
and ineffectively lent public
funds to reducing the risk pro-
file of small and medium-sized
businesses, so that those busi-
nesses can submit proposals
that would improve access to
the more abundantly available
capital in the private financial
sector.

“Provide targeted, critically
important non-financial sup-
port to ensure that Bahamian
small and medium-sized busi-
nesses can have internationally
credible business proposals,
ongoing cash management and
administrative support and sup-
port for advancement to the
next level of business opera-
tion.

“Tt will have a clearly defined
budget framework to ensure
affordability and sustainability
over time.”

President of the Bahamas

Photo by Felipé Major/Tribune staff

Chamber of Commerce,
Khaalis Rolle, said business in
the Bahamas has to be done a
different way in order for com-
panies to survive.

He said more than five times
as many small businesses exist
in this country, yet contribute
only 5 per cent to Gross
Domestic Product. This, he
added, has to change.

“We've been doing things the
wrong way for so long,” said
Mr Rolle. “We need to change
that philosophy.”

Mr Laing argued that the
Government is also moving to
make it easier for SMEs to
acquire and renew business
licenses by putting them online.
And within weeks, the Gov-
ernment will sign a consultancy
contract with Singapore to facil-
itate this.

Meanwhile, he added, suc-
cessful SME owners have to
lend their expertise and expe-
rience to the mentoring of oth-
er business aspirants as they
achieve success.

Bahamas International Film
Festival (BIFF) principal, Leslie
Vanderpool, asked Mr Laing
about financial incentives for
businesses like hers, which she
said drives $15 million worth
of marketing for the Bahamas
per year.

He said capital exists to sup-
port those kinds of business,
but have to be signed-off on by
the Minister of Finance (Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham)
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ney you know nothing about,
when funds are forwarded to
that attorney it’s kind of a Hail
Marry,” Mr D’ Aguilar added.

“Tf the deal falls through for
any reason, it’s becoming
increasingly difficult to be
assured that you'll get the mon-
ey back. I don’t think the Gov-
ernment can do anything about
that, but the business commu-
nity must stop and ask, when
doing business with the legal
profession, is whether the guy
on the other side is someone I
can trust.”

There have been several cas-
es recently when Bahamian
attorneys have been charged
before the courts with alleged-
ly receiving client monies into
their escrow accounts, failing
to perform the services for
which they were hired, and then
failing to return the funds.

Mr D’ Aguilar said such a sit-
uation recently happened to
him over a business transaction
he did not conclude. “It was

very, very difficult for me to get
money back that had been sent
into escrow with a lawyer,” he
told Tribune Business. “You
can’t send money willy nilly to a
lawyer because you’re not sure
you will get it back.

“T immediately lost confi-
dence in my ability to do busi-
ness with lawyers I knew noth-
ing about. The deal falls
through, you ask for your mon-
ey back, and business becomes
impossible.

“Businesses have to wise up
to the fact that if they want to
enter into legitimate transac-
tions involving a lawyer for-
warding money to another
lawyer, they had better know
who the other lawyer is,
because it can be very hard to
get your money back.”

Describing the situation
involving escrowed funds,
which can involve substantial
sums, as “another headache”
for Bahamian businesses, Mr
D’ Aguilar urged fellow com-

panies to “take auditing to
another level when dealing with
lawyers”.

“You need to mitigate as
much as possible your ability
to lose out if there is a lawyer
you distrust. As business peo-
ple, we need to take other mea-
sures now.”

Mr D’Aguilar said there
needed to be “another way” to
deal with escrowed funds, and
suggested this presented a
“business opportunity for rep-
utable companies to offer these
services for a fee”.

He suggested that insurance
companies such as Bahamas
First could provide such ser-
vices, holding funds in trust
until the transaction was com-
pleted.

“There needs to be reforms
to this whole issue of escrow in
the Bahamas, because it’s
becoming a major impediment
to the conduct of business in
the Bahamas,” the former
Chamber president said.

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they will be in place before that
time.”

Mr McCartney acknowl-
edged that it had “taken a
while, far longer than hoped” to
get the Domestic Insurance
Act’s regulations ready,
attributing this the need for all
relevant stakeholders - the
Insurance Commission, private
sector and Attorney General’s
Office - to review them in great
detail.

“They’re [the regulations]
basically there, and we expect
them to be brought into force
any day now,” Mr McCartney
told Tribune Business. “We
don’t anticipate them not being
in place for July 1.”

The Commissioner acknow1-
edged that without the regula-
tions being implemented, which
would require their tabling in
Parliament and publication in
the Official Gazette, “some
aspects” of the new Act could
not be enforced. The regula-
tions largely contain the

enforcement ‘teeth’, such as the
penalties and sanctions that can
be levied against errant parties.

Mr McCartney pointed out
that the Insurance Act’s regu-
lations were largely drafted by
the time the legislation was
brought into effect in July last
year, although the Bahamian
insurance industry was given
one year to prepare for it to
come into effect.

He added that the regula-
tions had to be “signed off” by
the Commission’s new Board,
whose members had not been
appointed or involved with
their drafting “prior to that
date” last year - something that
further added to the lengthy
time taken to finalise them.

The regulations then had to
be sent back out to the insur-
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changes from what was there
in July 2009”.

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THANK you for allowing me to
make a few comments about the
article entitled Government could
issue numbers licenses, which was
published in The Tribune on
Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Recently, there has been a lot
written about legalising the num-
bers business and the associated
pros and cons associated with this
possibility. There are as many
arguments for as there are against
the legalisation, but the general
consensus of popular opinion is
that the majority of Bahamians are
for legalisation.

This has placed the Government
in a somewhat difficult position, as
now it must take a stance and
make a decision, one way or the
other. The only reason that gov-

ernment is even considering legal-
ising the numbers business is
because its present financial posi-
tion is extremely precarious, and it
is therefore seeking to find funds
from whatever additional potential
taxable source it can find. Hereto-
fore, such a move by government
would never have been considered
because of the opposition of the
various religious groups and the
potential for the loss of electoral
votes. This political dilemma high-
lights the intimate relationship
between the church and the state
in the Bahamas. However, in the
final analysis government’s deci-
sion will be based on political
expediency, as winning the next
election is always the ultimate goal
of all governments.

The article states that only four
of the existing numbers entities

will be granted licenses, and each
entity will be required to post a
bond of $5 million, pay an annual
licensing fee and contribute an
undisclosed percentage of their
annual profits to government. The
article further states that some of
the smaller operators are unhappy
because only the big four operators
are financially strong enough to
meet these monetary require-
ments.

Although these financial
requirements are extremely oner-
ous, there are other issues which
are far more important and rele-
vant to this whole process. All of
these illegal institutions have
essentially have been allowed to
operate for many years because
successive governments and com-
missioners of police, for whatever
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US Senate Republicans propose other consumer plan

By JIM KUHNHENN
Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) —
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fight over Wall Street regula-

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oversee nonbank mortgage
companies and write con-
sumer regulations. The FDIC
would have to sign off on
those rules.

A Democratic plan backed
by the Obama administration
would create an independent
bureau within the Federal
Reserve to police lending and
other customer financial ser-
vice transactions. It would
have a freer hand to enforce
its regulations.

In another departure from
the pending Democratic bill,
the Republican plan also
would continue the practice
of having federal laws over-
ride state laws. Under the
Democratic proposal, states
would be allowed to write
and enforce tougher laws, a
provision opposed by the
financial industry.

Creating a new consumer
financial protection entity
within the government is a
central piece of the Obama
administration's regulatory
package. President Barack
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veto legislation that con-
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he deems too weak.

Republicans have com-
plained that the Senate
Democratic proposal, which
is not as ambitious as the
administration's, would be
too sweeping and create a
patchwork of state rules.

The consumer measure is
one on an array of hurdles
facing the legislation. The
Senate was expected to hold
its first set of votes on amend-
ments later Wednesday. But
while debate was well on its
way, the endgame for the bill
was far from clear.

"The Republicans have

stopped us from doing any-
thing on this bill," Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid,
a Democrat said Wednesday.
Reid has said he wants to
complete the bill by the end
of next week.

Republican Leader Mitch
McConnell said the legisla-
tion should take longer to
debate to permit votes on
numerous amendments. "I
must tell you, I don't think
this is a couple-of-weeks bill,"
he said Tuesday. "It's not that
we don't want to pass it, but
we do want to cover the sub-
ject."

Democrats and Republi-
cans did reach one agreement
— they planned to vote as
early as Wednesday to elimi-
nate a $50 billion fund to liq-
uidate large, failing firms. In
agreeing to drop the fund,
Senate Democrats aban-
doned a provision that
Republicans attacked repeat-
edly as a perpetual Wall
Street bailout-in-waiting. The
Obama administration also
did not support the fund,
which would have been
financed by an assessment on
large financial institutions.

Without the fund, the Fed-
eral Deposit Insurance Corp.
would have to borrow from
the Treasury to cover the ini-
tial costs of liquidating a
large, interconnected firm
that is collapsing. That means
taxpayers would essentially
front the money.

But in their deal, Senate
Banking Committee Chair-
man Christopher Dodd, a
Democrat, and the commit-
tee's top Republican, Sen.
Richard Shelby, would
require the FDIC to recoup
those costs from the sale of a
failing firm's assets, forcing
losses on shareholders and
creditors, including counter-
parties to the firm's financial
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1.0 The Ministry of Education, (hereafter called the “Purchaser”’) now
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Supplies for the School Year 2010.

Interested Bidders may inspect/collect the bidding documents from
the Purchasing/Supplies Section of the Ministry of Education,
Headquarters, The Teacher’s Credit Union Building, East Street
from Monday 3% May, 2010, and obtain further information, at the
second address given below.

Bids must be in English and shall be enclosed in duplicates in a
sealed envelope bearing no identity of the bidder and endorsed
with the subject bided on (“General Supplies” ).

Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided, at the first
address, on or before Monday, 17th May, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. (local
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Tele: (242)327-1530

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FROM page 1B

makes the price of those goods
very expensive to the con-
sumer.

“That’s a tough nut to crack.
I have to sell you goods at a
very high price, and yet your
income isn’t going up - that
business model doesn’t work.

“Knowing that those are
some of the obstacles I foresee
if I was to trying to jump in the
game and that I would have to
deal with, it makes it tough.”

Mr Stoute, who is also build-
ing a home in the Bahamas,
said he has seen a lot of changes
in this nation in the past five
years, as people tried to enter
and understand the local busi-
ness environment. He said that
with the numerous opportuni-
ties that exist in the Bahamas,
he would “love” to do business
here.

However, he lamented that
there are issues that need to be
fixed in order for businesses to
flourish.

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010, PAGE 9B
PG USINESS
‘tough nut to crack’

“You are facing them and I
am facing them,” said Mr
Stoute. “The residents and cit-
izens don’t pay taxes, but they
pay 50 per cent of everything
coming in - that’s worse than
taxes. That makes it very tough
to open up and have your busi-
ness survive.

Supplies

“In order to buy supplies to
open up your doors, it’s capital
intensive, because you have
these big duties and you’re pay-
ing 50 per cent more in order to
carry goods and that’s a tough
proposition. Like I said, there is
already risk involved and you
have this uphill battle. It’s hard
to get to first base when you’re
capital intensive.”

On the other hand, he added
that Bahamian entrepreneurs
also need to understand calcu-
lated risk and sink their time
and resources into proper busi-
ness development to decrease
that risk.

“Fortunately or unfortu-
nately, when you’re an entre-
preneur, risk is your business,”
he said. “You’re in the busi-
ness of calculated risk, so you
can’t use risk as an obstacle for
you not to get to success.

“Tf that’s the case you should
start thinking about not being
an entrepreneur or trying some-
thing else.

“Whatever your business is
you should have a clear, identi-
fiable role of trying to be the
best at what your business pro-
vides.”

According to Mr Stoute, tax
regimes may need to change in
order to help small and medi-
um-sized businesses grow and
flourish, and for Bahamians to
patronise those businesses.

“Those who have to pur-
chase these items at these inflat-
ed prices, and with all the
issues, how could you not
expect people to not support
Bahamian businesses and go to
Miami to get it cheaper,” he
said.

Firms need ‘one-year’
advance warning on
infrastructure works

FROM page 1B

Tribune Business that the Gov-
ernment should have advised
those companies back in 2009
about the coming roadworks
and traffic flow changes to the
areas, so they could “adjust
their business plans”.

Citing the case of Melissa
Sears, the fashion store that had
just obtained a $100,000 loan
to expand the business from
East Street into Market Street,
Mr Turnquest said: “Now the
loan is going to take place, but
the problem is that they can’t
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had received advanced warn-
ing of what would happen to
Blue Hill Road and Market
Street, Mr Turnquest said:
“They could have made adjust-
ments to their marketing cam-
paigns, staffing and even their
product lines, positioning the
company differently - even sell-
ing on-line.”

A proactive approach by the
Government would have
allowed companies in the
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Business. “Once you’re head-
ing north on Market Street and
are in the wrong lane, you can-
not change course easily. The
businesses on Market Street do
not sell unique products, so
people who drive past largely
do not come back. They are
convenience businesses’ food
stores, clothing stores and a gas
station.”

Roadworks were “popping
up all over Nassau”, Mr Turn-
quest said, pointing to the cur-
rent changes on Robinson
Road that were likely prevent-
ing customers from getting to
the likes of Muffler World and
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PUBLIC NOTICE

TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF
MEDICAL & SURGICAL AND RELATED ITEMS FOR THE NATIONAL
INSURANCE BOARD- NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN (NPDP)

Tenders are invited for the Supply of Medical and Surgical
Related Items for the Public Hospitals Authority and
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The Tender CD, which includes Instruction to the Tenderers along with other
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compound, Shirley Street.

A tender CD must be submitted along with printed copies (duplicated) in a sealed
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“TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF
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THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD- NATIONAL
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and addressed to:

Managing Director
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Fifth Terrace Centerville
Po). Box N-B 20)
Nassau Bahamas.

All tenders must be received at the above address on or
before Spm May 21" 2010,
A copy ofa valid business license and National Insurance
Certificate must accompany all proposals,



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invites sealed bids, from Suppliers for the procurement Cleaning
Supplies for the School Year 2010.

Interested Bidders may inspect/collect the bidding documents from
the Purchasing/Supplies Section of the Ministry of Education,
Headquarters, The Teacher’s Credit Union Building, East Street,
from Monday 3%May, 2010, and obtain further information, at the
second address given below.

Bids must be in English and shall be enclosed in duplicates in a
sealed envelope bearing no identity of the bidder and endorsed
with the subject bided on (“Cleaning Supplies” ).

Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided, at the first
address, on or before Monday, 17th May, 2010 by 5:00 p.m.(local
time). It will not be necessary to submit bids in person since It may
be sent by mail. Late bids will be rejected and returned unopened.

Bids will be opened at the public ceremony, in the presence of
those Bidder(s) or their Representative (s) who choose to attend,
at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 18" May, 2010 at the first address below.

(1) The Chairman Tender’
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242)327-1530

(2) Purchasing/Supplies Section
Ministry of Education
P.O. Box N-3913/4
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242) 502-2700

6.0 The Ministry reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tender.



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Pe SUSINESS

Diverse qualities give
you graphic results

FROM page 2B
understanding their vision.

Manage Time Effectively

No graphic artist has unlim-
ited amounts of time to cre-
ate a project, so it 1s a neces-
sary skill to be able to pro-
duce quality designs with a
looming deadline.

Attend to Details

The graphic designer is the
last line of defense before a
project goes to print or is live
online. Projects need to be
free of minor flaws to increase
the designer's and the clien-
t's integrity and credibility.

Solve Problems

All graphic design projects
have obstacles, so knowing
how to overcome them is cru-
cial.

Graphic Design Education

Not all graphic designers
have a graphic design degree,
yet many have degrees in
related fields. However, larg-
er companies prefer a formal
education in an art-focused
subject for entry-level posi-

tions.

While in graphic design
schools, it was easy to engage
in activities that helped my
understanding of effective
design. I made it a point to
continue advancing and
becoming more active in this
field, and was determined not
to grow stale but rather
progress with time.

Tips to strengthen

design career

Each time you see a design
that inspires you, collect it and
improve on it. I can’t stress
enough how much informa-
tion I have learned by simply
reading and researching.

Having an extensive book
collection is always essential
to learning from technical top-
ics. Take snap photos of build-
ing designs, textures and
shapes - basically anything
that interests you from a
design standpoint.

Whenever I find myself
with free time (which is get-
ting less and less lately), I
redesign old stuff. I know
what it feels like to look at
your early days of design and
think” “Oh my! What was I

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thinking?! I need to get rid of
that immediately”, but it is
important to keep that work
as it will help to trace your
growth.

Every few months make it a
point to attend designers’
speaking engagements. It’s a
great way to meet designers
and learn new things because
knowledge is power. I always
try to network with other
designers that have more
experience and higher skill
levels than myself. When trav-
elling, I usually visit museums
and art institutions to experi-
ence new cultures, as it opens
the mind to a whole new expe-
rience.

Overall, human beings are
incurably abstract, so graphic
designers transform abstract
ideas into concrete experien-
tial reality.

I am sure you'd agree that
explaining how Haagen-Dazs
ice cream tastes is not the
same as tasting it.

It’s the difference between
ideas and experience, and
good graphic design is a par-
tial solution to this dilemma
(as are all forms of art). It
helps us re-live experience.

Finally, the question of
what makes a good graphic
designer is one that cannot be
answered simply or succinctly,
as there are numerous factors
to consider when it comes to
the colourful world of both art
and design.

Hope these tips were
enlightening, so until we meet
again, play a little, have fun
and stay on top of your game.

NB: The author can be
contacted at deedee2111@hot-
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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

TWO male teachers at Jack
Hayward High in Grand
Bahama have been put on
administrative leave as Ministry
officials investigate reports that
they both “drugged” and had
sexual intercourse with a 12th
grade female student.

The two male teachers, one a
Bahamian and the other a
Jamaican, are also alleged to
have engaged in sexual rela-
tions with the same student dur-
ing the Hugh Campbell Bas-
ketball Tournament earlier in
February.

According to information
received by The Tribune, the
affair only came to light after

other students at the school
posted reports of the alleged
event on the popular social
website Facebook.

The Director of Education
Lionel Sands said that the
female student in question is
currently receiving counseling
in Grand Bahama. As for the
teachers, who both have been
at the school for almost seven
years, the director said that they
are not in police custody, but
are being required to report to
District Superintendent
Hezekiah Dean every morning.

While Mr Sands admits that
it appears that this student had
a “familiar” relationship with
at least one of these teachers,
the Ministry can only prove

SEE page 15

Armed men rob jewellery store
and ‘sexually assault employee’

POLICE are investigating a daring daylight robbery of
Michael Anthony Jewellers on Mackey Street yesterday when
two armed men are said to have also sexually assaulted a

female employee.

According to police sources the two men entered the jew-
ellery store shortly after noon yesterday — one wearing a mask
and armed with a handgun and the other without either.

Taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the register one
of the culprits is alleged to have noticed one of the girls in the
store and as a result sexually assaulted her.

Afterwards the pair stole the camera system in the jewellery
store and escaped on foot, heading in the Kemp Road area.

Police investigations into this matter continue.



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A CONFIDENTIAL review con- |
ducted for former Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie on the “faulty and chaotic”
bidding process for the Arawak Cay
reverse osmosis plant found that there
would have been “a loss of $4-$5 mil-
lion” during the plant’s life had the
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dead in his Boil Fish Drive apartment on April 19 with gunshot wounds to his face, was laid to rest at Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery. Before
his interment, a service was held at St Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road. Father Colin Saunders, assisted by Defence Force Chaplin,
Rev Prince Bodie, officiated. Mr Black’s wife, 22-year-old Mikiko Bianca Black, has been charged with killing her husband.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
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HYSTERIA broke out at
SC McPherson Junior High
School when a 13-year-old
girl started bleeding and
sparked fears she had suf-
fered a miscarriage.

The youngster com-
plained of stomach cramps
in class and began bleeding.
Rumours that she had suf-
fered a miscarriage soon
spread throughout the
school, leading to phone tip-





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Investigation continues
into prisoners’ escape

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

SENIOR police chiefs are
continuing their investigation
into how two prisoners escaped
from Central Police Station.

Superintendent Elsworth
Moss, who is in charge of the
station, denied newspaper and
Internet reports which claimed
three police officers — including
a woman police officer — were
being detained.

However, he said all Central
police station officers are being
questioned along with prison-
ers and staff, to determine
whether police were complicit
in alleged rapists Ricardo
Knowles and Renardo Bastian’s
escape early Tuesday.



Ricardo Knowles (left)
and Renardo Bastian

“There is an ongoing investi-
gation,” Supt Moss said.

“We are questioning every-
body — police officers and pris-
oners and everybody else.

“We are looking at ways in
which as a result of this event to
properly secure the movements

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DOUBLE murderer Frank

Alphonso Pinder was sen-
: tenced to death yesterday.

Pinder, 33, was convicted

: of killing Glenwood Neely Jr
: and Mitchell Smith Jr on
: November 10, last year.

The two men were report-

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: before their bodies were dis-
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: The Bluff, South Andros, in
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Private sector

crime council
to take action

THE civic organisation
Bahamas Against Crime yes-
terday announced the cre-
ation of the Private Sector
National Crime Council.

The council was formed
during a two-day crime sum-
mit for local businesses organ-
ised by Bahamas Against
Crime (BAC).

“The alarming increase in
crime, especially in the serious
crimes categories, is a direct
and growing threat to the
safety and quality of life of
residents,” said Rev Dr CB
Moss, executive director of
BAC, in a statement issued
at a press conference.

The crime summit, held
two-weeks ago, attracted
more than 100 delegates.

Its purpose was to devise a
comprehensive anti-crime
plan of action to be presented
to the government on behalf
of the private sector.

The new crime council will

supervise the implementation
of the plan and follow up on
recommendations presented
to the government.

Based on the success of the
first meeting, Bahamas
Against Crime said it will be
hosting a second summit in
June.

“Bahamas Against Crime
is issuing an urgent call to pri-
vate sector organisations to
get actively involved in the
fight. The time for talking is
over, it is now time for
action,” said Rev Moss.

“Bahamas Against Crime
is also urging the government
to co-operate with and sup-
port this bold, ambitious ini-
tiative by the private sector. It
is going to take a great, col-
laborative effort by the public
and private sectors to defeat
this very real threat to the
economy, safety, security and
well-being of our nation,” he
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UNABLE to bear the smell emanating from an overflow of
raw sewage at a community counselling centre, staff left their
posts and stayed outside the building for several hours yester-
day.

The Public Hospital Authority’s Community Counselling
and Assessment Centre on Market Street experienced plumb-
ing difficulties that led to the toilets in the bathroom over-
flowing early yesterday afternoon.

Public Hospital Authority Managing Director Herbert Brown
said that employees were given the opportunity to relocate
and continue work from the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre,
but they opted to stay at the centre.

Repair work was initially expected to be completed within
hours, but it was discovered that the problem was more complex
than originally thought.

Employees said they left the building after being over-
whelmed by “fumes” released during the repair work.

It is now unclear when the repairs will be completed.

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Loretta Butler-Turner says people with jobs need to rethink spending he

Many Bahamians living
beyond means — Minister

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net



MANY Bahamians are living beyond
their means but instead of scaling down
expenditure, cry out that the government is
not helping them, State Minister for Social
Development Loretta Butler-Turner sug-
gested.

While giving her contribution to a debate
on a resolution thanking new Governor
General Sir Arthur Foulkes for his Speech
from the Throne, Mrs Butler-Turner urged
persons with jobs to rethink their spend-
ing patterns — putting a focus on needs over
wants — rather than depending on the gov-
ernment to bail them out.

She also outlined several instances in
which persons either requested social assis-
tance after making poor financial choices or
complained that Social Services was not
offering them enough help. The minister
said these cases often got in the way of
extending help to persons "with a real
need.”

"We have many persons, Mr Speaker,
because they come to Social Services rather
than waiting any months, they may not even
get a call back. You know why? Because
many of them (have) good paying jobs but





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and many of these people owe so much
money that they could not afford (to
spend).

"I'm not trying to degrade anybody but
you have to decide what is your priority.
Are you going to spend your money on the
beauty salon to get these hair-dos, the lace
wigs, and all the Gucci products? We as
Bahamian people, we must prioritise. We
are the only country in the hemisphere that
does not seem to realise we are going
through a recession.”

Mrs Butler-Turner spoke of one unem-
ployed woman who complained to the
Department of Social Services about the
level of assistance offered to her — even
though the agency was paying her utility
bills and providing food stamps.

"She wrote a letter to me, (carbon copy-
ing) the prime minister, the portfolio min-
ister, saying that Social Services is not doing
sufficient to help her. When we got her file
we realised that not only were we giving
her food stamps and paying her light bill,
water bill and helping pay the rent. And
she wanted to know why we want to

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demean her lifestyle," the minister told Par-
liament. "Something has got to be wrong
with that picture, Bahamians we must not
constantly say that the government is not
doing sufficient."

As promised in the April 14 Speech from
the Throne, Mrs Butler-Turner said “long
overdue" legislation to provide equal
opportunities for disabled persons will soon
be brought to Parliament. The Persons with
Disabilities Act will "help to empower those
persons who feel unequal among able bod-
ied persons because successive governments
have not been able to bring that legislation
forward."

Baillou Hills MP Sidney Collie, who has
a 17-year-old child with special needs, said
the legislation will provide "real help" to
parents of disabled children who struggle
with providing education, housing, health-
care and employment or discrimination.

Yesterday also marked the first session
when House Speaker Alvin Smith, the rep-
resentative for North Eleuthera, sat without
a wig and gown. At the end of the previous
sitting of the House, Mr Smith told Parlia-
ment that in keeping with regional trends,
he would continue wearing the wig and
gown during official ceremonies but not
during regular sittings of the House.

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IN view of what is being
described as the worst oil spill in
the history of the United States,
an environmental organisation
is urging that the Bahamas con-
sider the risk of allowing com-
panies to search for oil in local
waters.

Casaurina McKinney-Lam-
bert, executive director of the
Bahamas Reef Environment
Educational Foundation
(BREEF), told The Tribune:
"We should heed the warning if
the Bahamas is considering oil
exploration applications. We
should also recognise the risk
to the fishing and tourism indus-
try."

vt has been more than two
weeks since an BP oil rig
exploded in the Gulf of Mexico,
killing 11 people and pouring
about 210,000 gallons of oil per
day into the ocean since then.

"In the US it has caused a
major impact to the environ-
ment, we should be weary on
embarking on oil exploration in
the Bahamas given these obvi-

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010, PAGE 5

Bahamas urged to heed

oil spill disaster lessons

Country should be ‘wary about embarking on oil exploration’





cations in Bahamian waters.
But Dr Deveaux said it is not

warranted at this early stage to

speculate about whether the





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WINDMILLS REPLICAS to oils clean energy, erected by
Greenpeace are seen near the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday,
May 5, 2010, to protest the oil spill in the Gulf and call on Pres-
ident Barack Obama and the Congress to stop plans for any new
offshore drilling.

"We haven't had an applica-
tion to drill an oil well, we had
applications to lease (areas) for
oil exploration. Most of that is





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ous risks," said Mrs McKinney-
Lambert.

She warned that oil explo-
ration could cause tremendous
damage to our marine environ-
ment. "This can cause major
and long-term implications on
the environment and the econ-
omy of the affected area."

She added: "There are alter-
natives to using petroleum
products to reduce our depen-
dence on oil."

The government recently
published applications submit-
ted by two petroleum groups
who want to search parts of the
northern and southern
Bahamas for oil.

One of these applications is
from energy explorer BPC and
Norwegian oil company Sta-
toilHydro who have teamed up
to possibly search three loca-
tions on the Bahamian side of
Cay Sal Bank.

Earlier this week, Minister
for the Environment Dr Earl
Deveaux said that the oil spill in
the Gulf of Mexico may not
affect government's contem-
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BEIJING, China — The Chi-
nese government is “delighted”
to see the kind of co-operation
between Chinese and Bahami-
an entities as exemplified by
the Baha Mar financing and
construction deal, according to
a senior Chinese official.

“We are delighted to see that
some large companies or finan-
cial institutions are doing this
kind of operation in the
Caribbean. The Chinese gov-
ernment encourages big com-
panies and financial institutions
to conduct mutually beneficial
cooperation with foreign com-
panies,” Xu Yingxian, Deputy
Director General of American
and Oceanian Affairs in Chi-
na’s Ministry of Commerce,
told The Tribune.

Deputy Director General Ms
Xu was speaking with a group
of Latin American and
Caribbean journalists during an
interview at the Ministry of
Commerce in Beijing.

The Ministry of Commerce
is responsible for administer-
ing China’s foreign trade, eco-
nomic cooperation and foreign
investment.

The Bahamian company
Baha Mar Resorts Ltd, which
operates the Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort and Wyndham
Nassau Resort Hotels on Cable
Beach, signed two agreements
on financing and construction
of the redevelopment of the
entire Cable Beach area at the
end of March, 2010.

The signings confirmed that
the China State Construction
and Engineering Company will
be the general contractor for
the project.

Meanwhile, the financing
agreement, worth $2.6 billion,
was with the China Export
Import Bank, and came after
the resort company suffered a
major setback in 2008 when it
lost its previous financial back-
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has been projected by its devel-
opers to pump over a billion
dollars in spending and direct
taxes into the Bahamian econ-
omy and an additional $740
million in its first year of oper-
ation.

The developers also estimate
that the project will increase
the Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) of the country by 10 per
cent and create 8,000 new jobs
for Bahamians.

The financing agreement was
the first major tourism project
to be funded primarily by a
Chinese entity.

It comes at a time when Chi-
na’s involvement in the
Caribbean and Latin American
region, in terms of trade and
other economic cooperation, is
growing by leaps and bounds.

Asked how likely she feels it
is that Chinese state entities will
become more involved in the
Bahamian tourism industry
through the provision of fur-
ther financing or signing of con-
struction agreements, or
whether any such discussions
are underway at present, Ms
Xu said whether this happens
will “be up to the market envi-
ronment and the willingness of
the two companies involved.”

“T think it’s up to the explo-
ration of Chinese companies
with their Bahamas counter-
parts. I think if there is an
appropriate business opportu-
nity, I think Chinese companies

will sign such agreements,” said
the official.
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labourers to come to the
Bahamas to build the new Baha
Mar resort.

The construction company
plans to build a housing village
to accommodate the workers.

Chinese entities, coming
from one of the few economies
globally which did not record
negative growth in 2008 and
2009, have been a major source
of funds for development pro-
jects during the economic reces-

sion. Financial institutions and
companies in countries which
were harder hit by the down-
turn took a more cautious
stance on lending and invest-
ing.

Overall, the GDP in China
grew by 8.7 per cent in 2009,
down significantly from the 13
per cent recorded in 2007, but
still very significant in compar-
ison with the majority of the
world’s other economies dur-
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Police question three men

about robbery of woman

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net



FREEPORT —- A woman was violently
attacked and robbed by three men in the
Holmes Rock community yesterday, police
reported.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said police have
taken three Eight Mile Rock residents into
custody for questioning in connection with the
incident.

Just before noon yesterday, officers were
dispatched to Lightbourne’s Convenience
Store to investigate a robbery.

The victim told police that three men

entered the store, grabbed by her neck and
threw her to the ground before they robbed
the store of cash and goods.

She described the first suspect as tall, light-
skinned, of slim build and with braided hair. A
white shirt T-shirt was wrapped around his
face.

The second suspect was described as short,
light-skinned, of medium build with short hair.

The third was tall and dark skinned with
short hair.

Ms Mackey said uniformed officers, along
with a team from the Central Detective Unit,
started an investigation that resulted in three
men, ages 18, 21 and 24, of Seagrape, Eight
Mile Rock, being taken into custody for ques-
tioning in connection with the robbery.

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Excitement over prospect of
jobs boost from $200m project

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia. net



FREEPORT - East End res-
idents said they are excited
about the many job opportuni-
ties that will be created as a
result of the $200-million pro-
ject that is expected to start
soon at the South Riding Point
oil terminal.

A town meeting was held at
the High Rock Community
Park on Monday evening to
introduce Statoil, the new
investors at SRP, to the com-
munity of East End.

Delton Russell, terminal
manager, was pleased with the
feedback from residents and
the keen interest expressed for
employment at the facility.

“The feedback was very pos-
itive and there seems to be high
expectations by persons here
for jobs,” he told The Tribune.

StatoilHydro plans to install
a new pipeline and upgrade the
current facility to allow for
blending of all types of crude
oils, including heavy oils.

The Norwegian energy com-
pany is the biggest offshore oil
and gas company in the world.

It is a fully-integrated petro-
leum company with production
operations in 13 countries and
retail operations in eight.

According to Mr Russell,
Statoil has started major a
clean-up of the facility and
expects to start the pipeline
project sometime later this
year.

“We are having another
meeting next week Monday to
introduce the pipeline project,
which we hope will start some-
time around August or Sep-
tember, and be completed in
the first quarter of 2011,” he
said.

Mr Russell reported that Sta-
toil staff is 90 per cent Bahami-
an. He noted that 53 per cent of
the Bahamians are from east
Grand Bahama.

The terminal manager said
that the facility requires skilled
welders, diesel and auto
mechanics, industrial electri-
cians, and general labourers.

He noted that some 26 con-
tractors, the majority of whom
are residents of East End, are
being trained at the site in sand
blasting and painting.

Mr Russell stressed that Sta-
toil is very knowledgeable
about the environment, adding
that a significant portion of the
investment will go towards
upgrading the facility to min-
imise environmental impact.

South Riding Point is a full
member of the Clean
Caribbean America (CCA)
cooperative, a clean seas organ-
isation covering the Caribbean
that provides equipment and
expertise to its member com-






ts,

Kenneth Russell

panies to assist in managing
waterborne pollution incidents,
should they occur.

In addition, South Riding
Point has its own oil spill
response equipment and exper-
tise located on site and at the
terminal.

Investment

Minister of National Insur-
ance and Housing Kenneth
Russell, who is also the MP for
High Rock, believes that the
investment by Statoil will great-
ly benefit the East End area.

Mr Russell revealed that Sta-
toil is already in the process of
building a gymnasium in High
Rock for residents of East End
and has also requested that



local government in the area
create a skills bank.

“We are encouraging adults
and children to get educated
and acquire some skill so they
can be hired when jobs come
on stream.

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degree to be hired in the indus-
trial plant, but you do need
some education and skill,” he
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from Crossing Rocks and 25
from Sandy Point spent the bet-
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trash in bags along the highway.

The trash, such as bottles,
cans, car parts, tyres, and paper
refuse, was thrown there by
passing motorists.

The children, who engaged
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be compensated by the
Schooner Bay Developer for
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opportunities to help clean up
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clean ups are not uncommon in
tourist based economies around
the region. In Puerto Vallarta
on the Pacific coast of Mexico
there is an active programme
to take children out of school
on a regular basis to go into and
clean up trash from the “touris-

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and both the aesthetics and san-
itation of the destination have
improved.

One last three-mile stretch of
highway near the settlement of
Crossing Rocks will be com-
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FREEPORT -— Andre Bir-
bal’s attorney Carlson Shur-
land is expected to file an
application in the Supreme
Court today for a constitu-
tional motion that his client
cannot get a fair trial in the
Bahamas.

The former Eight Mile
Rock High School teacher,
who is charged with two
counts of unnatural sexual
intercourse with two students,
was flown to Grand Bahama
on Wednesday for a fixture
hearing in the Supreme
Court.

Birbal’s trial was tentative-
ly set for May 10 in Freeport.
It is has been a month since
his extradition to the
Bahamas and his subsequent
return to Grand Bahama.

Justice Hartman Longley
presided over the hearing,
which was held around
2.30pm. He set Birbal’s trial
date for May 31 to June 3.

Justice Longley also set a
hearing date of May 13 for
the constitution motion.

Mr Shurland had expressed
concern as to why the Attor-
ney General Office’s had fast
tracked Birbal’s trial to May
10.

Mr Shurland asked the
Court if it could render some
assistance by extending brief
for Birbal to assist with his
legal expenses.

He said that Birbal had
been incarcerated in the Unit-
ed States for a year and has
no job.

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“He has no job, no money,
and I have received a little
over $1,000 from his friends
and family,” he said.

“He was — gainfully
employed as a teacher and
suspended pending investiga-
tions and has been unem-
ployed since then.”

Allegations surfaced last
January accusing Birbal of
molesting two former male
students at the Eight Mile
Rock High School. He was
removed and placed on pro-
bationary leave pending
investigations.

In February, Birbal
resigned and fled the coun-
try. He was later arrested in
New York on a traffic viola-
tion on May 3, 2009. He was
extradited to the Bahamas at
the request of the Attorney
General’s Office.

Mr Shurland believes that
his client is innocent. He told
Justice Longley that he is pre-
pared to continue to repre-

sent Birbal even if the Court
could not extend brief for Bir-
bal’s legal expenses.

He also requested that Bir-
bal be held over in Freeport
until Thursday so that he
could sit and meet with him.

“We are filing an applica-
tion for constitution motion
that my client cannot get a
fair trial in the Bahamas
because of the negative press
reports that were in the news-
papers and on the television.

“The Bahamian public is
absorbed with his trial and he
is now in the court of public
opinion. He has pretty much
been convicted in the eyes of
the public. Right now I do not
see a jury in this jurisdiction
that is capable of rendering
an impartial, objective deci-
sion.

“So the fact that he cannot
get a fair trial in the Bahamas
means that you don’t need to
have a trial,” Mr Shurland
said.

Erica Kemp of the Attor-
ney General’s Office told Jus-
tice Longley that the issue of
bail was the reason why they
were fast tracking Birbal’s tri-
al to May 10.

However, Mr Shurland
stated that his client is not
anxious to be out on bail
because he is jobless, has no
money, and has no place to
stay.

“He would be a vagrant. I
prefer for him to remain in
the care of the state, where
he will be given three meals,
clothing, and allowed some
recreation, rather than out on
the street begging for some-
thing to eat,” he said.

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with a Bahamian investor group’s
bid.

The January 25, 2006, review
carried out for Mr Christie by
financial advisor Deepak Bhat-
nagar described the “introduc-
tion” of BK Water — a group
headed by current PLP Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald and Mark Fin-
layson — into the bidding process,
and the issuance of a conditional
acceptance of its offer, as “not in
order”, citing numerous reasons.

The report detailed how then-
Water & Sewerage Corporation
general manager, Abraham But-
ler, on November 8, 2005, made a
recommendation that BK Water
be awarded the Arawak Cay con-
tract following a November 4,
2005, meeting with “the Hon.
Minister of Works” who, at the
time, was Bradley Roberts.

Mr Bhatnagar’s report indi-
cates that the November 4, 2005,
meeting was designed to see how
any obstacles preventing the
award of the contract to BK
Water — whose members are
well-known PLP members and
supporters — could be overcome.

“The (November 4) meeting
‘authorised’ a second review to
permit administrators and the
accountants of Water & Sewer-
age to evaluate differences or
variations that ‘prevents the exe-
cution of a contract between
Water & Sewerage Corporation
and BK/Veolia’,” Mr Bhatnagar’s
report said.

Following these goings on, Mr
Butler on November 11, 2005,
sent a letter informing BK Water
that it had won the Arawak Cay
contract subject to Cabinet
approval. Such approval was not
forthcoming.

Mr Bhatnagar’s report appears
to contradict assertions by Mr
Roberts that he had no involve-
ment with the Arawak Cay
reverse osmosis plant contract,
referring to “discussions held on
price, technical and legal issues”
involving the Veolia/BK Water
bid that were followed “by a
meeting between Water & Sew-
erage, Veolia and the Minister of
Works on October 7, 2005.”

FROM page one

offs to the media.

Police were called to take samples for forensic
testing, and the girl’s mother took her to Princess
Margaret Hospital for a medical examination.

Director of Education Lionel Sands said there
was no reason for alarm as he believes the girl
may simply been menstruating for the first time.

“We don’t know if it was a miscarriage or if it

Confidential report

As a result: “Minister (Mr
Roberts) instructed both parties
to resume discussions and resolve
by October 14, 2005, inclusive of
a revised pricing policy by Veo-
lia.” BK Water was Veolia’s
Bahamian partner.

And Mr Bhatnagar’s report
refers to “further discussions held
between Veolia, Minister and
chairman in Barbados” at a con-
ference, with a revised proposal
received from Veolia/BK Water
on October 19, 2005.

The report seems at odds with
Mr Roberts’ claims that allega-
tions linking him to negotiations
with Veolia/BK Water over the
Arawak Cay plant were “utter
BS”.

“In general, it appears that the
procedure followed in consider-
ation of the bids by the Board
and management of Water &
Sewerage for the Arawak plant is
faulty and chaotic, and I have
detailed my findings based on my
examination of the Board Min-
utes, which indicates that there
is no proper record of considera-
tion of the bids and/or approval of
the bids right up to the issuance of
the conditional letter of accep-
tance to BK Water,” Mr Bhat-
nagar told the then-Prime Minis-
ter.

“A similar faulty procedure
was followed in the Blue Hills
reverse osmosis plant project,
whereby at one stage Biwater
was agreed to be issued a letter of
acceptance. This has resulted in
Water & Sewerage having to face
litigation from Biwater in the
form of an injunction.”

Outlining the confused bidding
process for the contract to build
and operate the Arawak Cay
reverse osmosis plant, which
would sell water to the Water &
Sewerage Corporation, Mr Bhat-
nagar’s report details how the
original process was annulled on
June 22, 2005, by the Corpora-
tion’s Board. Instructions were
then issued to negotiate with
Veolia.

No mention was made of BK
Water at this point, reflecting the
Board’s desire to deal with Veo-

PERRY CHRISTIE



lia instead. It wanted to develop a
strategic partnership with “a
viable organisation”, and Mr
Bhatnagar said: “This surely
meant the Board was to create a
strategic partnership with Veo-
ha and not BK.

“The latter was formed only
for the purpose of the Arawak
Cay reverse osmosis plant, and
does not have any track record
either in the Bahamas or inter-
nationally. As per letter from
Higgs & Johnson, BK Water is
controlled by Messrs Jerome
Fitzgerald, Mark Finlayson,
Prince Wallace and Judson
Wilmott.”

Handing the contract to BK
did not meet the “strategic part-
nership with a viable international
organisation” condition, Mr Bhat-
nagar wrote, because Veolia
would not be involved in the
Arawak Cay plant’s operations.
Nor was there a true joint venture
partnership between BK Water
and Veolia, but a contractor/sub-
contractor relationship.

“The Board ought to have pur-
sued negotiations with Veolia,”
Mr Bhatnagar concluded.

“But the process got polluted
with the emergence of BK Water
and Board’s entertaining to deal
with BK Water rather than Veo-
ha.

“The focus of forming a ‘strate-
gic partnership with an interna-
tional company’ was altogether
lost.”

Bleeding girl sparks
miscarriage rumours

fusely.

was her first period,” he said.
“But certainly a young girl was bleeding pro-

“My only concern is the trauma the girl has
gone through, because if it was just her first peri-
od as I suspect, I am very concerned about the
exposure the child has been getting.”

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of participants who rolled out of bed for the
6.30am start.

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they were more than happy to support such a
worthy cause and maintain their title of ‘the
largest group to participate’ for the fourth
year in a row.

Amidst the cheers of camaraderie GBPA
insurance officer Willamae Ferguson accepted
the floating trophy on the company’s behalf.

“GBPA is proud to sponsor its employees
who participate in such a prestigious event.

“As this year’s theme suggests, ‘All togeth-
er better’, not only are we concerned about
turning out in large numbers, but the physical
welfare of each staff member is of the utmost
importance,” said Ms Ferguson.

Aimed at assisting the Cancer Society of
the Bahamas and the Diabetic Association,
this year’s Atlantic Medical Fun Walk began at
the Jasmine Corporate Centre parking lot in
Freeport, headed to East Sunrise Highway,
circumnavigated the Lucayan Circle, travelled
westward on East Sunrise Highway and
returned to the Jasmine Corporate Centre.

Sands beer featured in Southern
Boating magazine’s May issue

THE Bahamian Brewery
and Beverage Company
continues to thrive in Grand
Bahama despite the going
economic depression on the
island.

This month, the compa-
ny’s Sands beer is even fea-
tured in the Southern Boat-
ing magazine.

The internationally dis-
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more than 150,000 readers
and has an annual subscrip-
tion base of 47,000. Accord-
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year in The Bahamas,” not-
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and Beverage Co. Ltd.
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sau, Grand Bahama, Aba-
co, Exuma, etc ... we want
them to sip a Sands!” The

tor of Southern Boating.

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zine’s May issue, which also
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and cuisine.

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brewery because of our

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Bahama and because of his
well known entrepreneur-
ship for Bahamians,” said
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our readers would enjoy
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they visit Grand Bahama,

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beer too!” Mower is a keen
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she flew in to Grand
Bahama to interview Sands
at his multi-million dollar
brewery.

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THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010, PAGE 23









THE Governor General’s Youth Awards is
co-branding, using the ‘Global Bird’ logo of
the International Award Programme for
Young People.

The GGYA Board of Trustees hopes that
by co-branding it will indicate that the award
programme in the Bahamas is part of an inter-
national family and will hopefully secure a
greater sense of national identity.

The Global Bird was designed to combine
the values of the award.

The globe portion of the logo represents
the award’s internationalism and its univer-
sality. The bird represents the award’s per-
sonal values of self-improvement, excellence,
confidence and pride.

Additionally, it is hoped that co-branding



New look for the Governor
General’s Youth Awards (GGYA)

will help to re-enforce that the GGYA is a
global self-development programme; support
expansion into other countries not doing the
award, and will make the brand stronger so
that more people will associate with it.

The GGYA Board of Trustees is antici-
pating that the new logo will greatly impact
the award programme’s position as an inter-
national initiative, offering young Bahami-

ans avenues for mental challenge, physical
activity, individual perseverance, teamwork
and interaction with others.

The GGYA is a member of the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award International Associa-
tion that started in 1956 in Britain as the Duke
of Edinburgh’s Award.

Today, over 126 countries run the award
programme under a number of different titles.

The International Award Association, formed
in 1988, is responsible for the co-ordination
and development of the award worldwide
and meets in full forum every three years.
The award programme was re-started in the
Bahamas in 1987 and to date over 8,000 young
people throughout the country have partici-
pated in the programme.

Presently, there are over 900 young
Bahamians participating in the GGYA with
units on New Providence, Andros, Abaco,
Long Island, Grand Bahama, Acklins and
Crooked Island. The award’s mission is to
become the programme of choice for young
people, reflected in quality, growth and exter-
nal perception.







Sandals helps GHS students
learn about the environment

MORE than 20 volunteers that make up
Sandals Earth Guard Committee com-
memorated Earth Day in the great outdoors.

Two classrooms of students from the
hotel’s adopted school, Government High
School, were moved from inside the class-
room to outdoors where they had a lesson
about climate change and preserving the
planet.

Sandals grounds manager Jason Yuille
showed the students how to construct a
worm compost and some of the students
took turns mixing the compost.

Environmental manager Jason Brice said
Sandals was delighted to seize the opportu-
nity to impart knowledge on these young
minds.

“While this is the 40th anniversary of
Earth Day, the Sandals Foundation felt it
was important for the students to be given
information as to how they too can play
their role and why it is so important to pre-
serve Mother Earth,” he said.

A worm compost adds nutrients and
improves overall plant health. By adding
organic materials such as egg shells, apple
cores and other fruits and vegetables, the
compost can then be used in the school’s

vegetable garden for more healthy vegeta-
tion. Charles Moss, vice-principal of Gov-
ernment High, said he was very impressed,
and said the lesson was one that was bene-
ficial as the school would like to enhance its
gardens.

Traditionally, Earth Day was celebrated at
Sandals by planting trees or cleaning a
beach. This year, it was important for the
resort to do something different that would
benefit the schools as well as provide the
students with a lesson that they would be
able to practice at home.

Hotel manager Ken Flockhart who joined
the group at Government High School said
he was very impressed when he heard about
the Earth Day plans.

“We were able to join our counterparts in
Jamaica, St Lucia, Antigua and Turks and
Caicos to provide our students with infor-
mation on water conservation, pollution,
solid waste, and recycling. The students were
eager to learn, especially when it came to
them participating,” he said.

After the Earth Day presentation, more
than 15 students signed up to be a member
of the newly created Environmental Club at
the school.



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FOR two weeks in April, the Nassau
Airport Development Company (NAD)
teamed up with local environmental
groups to share information with the trav-
elling public during National Coastal
Awareness Month.

The company partnered with the
Bahamas National Trust (BNT), the
Nature Conservancy (TNC), Bahamas
Reef Environment Educational Founda-
tion (BREEF) and others to set up
posters and displays in the Domestic
Departures Lounge at Lynden Pindling
International Airport.

According to Eustacia Jennings, NAD’s
environmental manager, the exercise is
in line with the company’s environmental
and social policy.

Conservation

“NAD is committed to promoting the
principles of resource conservation.

“We also seek to raise awareness of
environmental matters throughout the
airport community,” said Ms Jennings.

“We decided to celebrate National
Coastal Awareness Month and Earth Day
(April 22) by showcasing the importance
of our environment, especially our marine



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“We decided to celebrate
National Coastal Awareness
Month and Earth Day
(April 22) by showcasing
the importance of our envi-
ronment, especially our
marine habitat.”



habitat.” In addition to eight posters of
common marine species donated by the
TNC, the environmental groups set up
displays, gave away green bags and shared
information with the passengers and
employees at the airport.

Dozens of passengers and NAD staff
also completed the lionfish baseline sur-
veys issued by the Department of Marine
Resources as part of the Invasive Alien
Species (IAS) Project.

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the awareness level of environmental
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Firms need
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warning on
infrastructure
works

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government should
alert Bahamian businesses one
year in advance if they plan to
initiate major infrastructural
works that could heavily impact
their companies, a consultant
said yesterday, giving them a
chance to adjust their business
models.

Mark A Turnquest, of Mark
A Turnquest Consulting, said:
“Because there is no National
Plan for any type of infrastruc-
tural development in this coun-
try with respect to roadworks
and such like, there’s nothing
that allows us to prepare for
major roadworks. Consulta-
tions should have taken place
over a year before. Given the
recession, these businesses need
no type of problems that stag-
nate their business.”

Referring to the current sit-
uation impacting businesses in
the Blue Hills and Market
Street areas, Mr Turnquest told

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Government
gains $14.5m
in telecoms
sector fees

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government received
$14.5 million in fees from the
communications sector regu-
lator during the 2010 first
quarter, it was revealed yes-
terday, with the latter decid-
ing to use $3 million from its
reserves to prepare for regula-
tion of the Bahamian water
and energy sectors.

The Utilities Regulation &
Competition Authority
(URCA), in its Board’s quar-
terly report, said: “During the
period January 1, 2010, to
March 31, 2010, URCA col-
lected and remitted to the
Government $14.5 million for
communications and spec-
trum fees.

“The Board approved the
appropriation of $3 million
from URCA’s reserves for
utilisation in preparing for the
water and energy sectors, giv-
en that the Government has
already begun some work in
this area.

“The reserves were not
generated from the communi-
cations sector.”

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‘Breeding poverty’

* Leading businessman warns that legalised gambling would ‘not have net
beneficial effect’ for Treasury because of adverse social consequences

* Franklyn Wilson says gambling revenues ‘not a panacea’, and
upcoming Budget ‘one of most significant for many years’

* Warns that S&P has told government: ‘Put your house in order’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

leading Bahamian

businessman yes-

terday voiced con-

cerns that
legalised gambling would “not
have a net beneficial effect” on
the economy and Public Trea-
sury, warning: “Gambling
breeds poverty.”

Franklyn Wilson, chairman
of Arawak Homes and leading
investor in other key business-
es, such as FOCOL Oil Hold-
ings and RoyalStar Assurance,
told Tribune Business that
legalising the numbers business
and other forms of gambling
would not be “the panacea
which may be anticipated” for
the Government’s current fiscal
woes.

Adding that the upcoming
2010-2011 Budget presentation
in three weeks’ time would be
“one of the most significant”
fiscal programmes that
Bahamas had seen for many
years, Mr Wilson said he felt
the Government had already
been trying to let Bahamians
know gently that harder times
were on the way.

Pointing to the proposed
National Insurance Board
(NIB) contribution rate increas-
es and Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) rate rises,
Mr Wilson added: “All this talk
about gambling is just to set the
stage for government to do it
[legalise it]. They need the rev-

Insurance Act
regulations to

be finalised
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Insurance Commis-
sioner yesterday expressed
confidence that the regula-
tions accompanying the
Domestic Insurance Act
would be completed and in
force before the legislation
takes effect on July 1, 2010,
pledging that they would be
finished “any day now”.

Telling Tribune Business
that it was “a bit prema-
ture” to suggest that an
extension would be required
to the Act’s implementation
deadline, in order to give
the regulator and insurance
industry more time to com-
plete the regulations,
Lennox McCartney said:
“The External Insurance
Act regulations are com-
plete and were gazzetted on
Monday.

“We expect the domestic
ones to be complete any day
now. The full Act comes
into force on July 1, so
there’s still a number of
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enues.”

However, warning that legal-
ising numbers and gambling
could further spread social ills
in the Bahamas, Mr Wilson said
his position on the issue was
that it “will not have a net ben-
eficial effect on the Treasury”.

While the Treasury would
benefit from millions of dollars
in revenue inflows per year, Mr
Wilson told Tribune Business
that “in time, more than that
will come out to address social
concerns. Gambling breeds
poverty.

“At the end of the day, the
Government will not be able
to avoid doing things to pro-
vide social assistance. One way
or another, the Government
will spend more on outflows
than inflows. It [gambling] will
not be the panacea which may
be anticipated.”

Looking towards the 2010-
2011 Budget, which will be
delivered by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham before mon-
th’s end, Mr Wilson said: “I
think this Budget is truly going
to be one of the most signifi-
cant Budgets the country has
seen in a very long time.

“T just don’t see the Govern-
ment not addressing the very

serious concerns raised by the
international rating agencies,
Standard & Poor’s (S&P). S&P
has taken some positions that it
will not be in the best interests
of the country to ignore.”

S&P, the businessman said,
had urged the Government to
“reduce the deficit, reduce bor-
rowing and get your house in
order. We’ve got to have fiscal
discipline. All this talks of fiscal
discipline has to be backed up
with results. The fact that the
country’s credit rating has been
downgraded by Standard &
Poor’s, we want to reverse that;
we don’t want to see the down-
ward trend continue.”

The Central Bank of the
Bahamas pegged this nation's
debt-to-GDP ratio at 53.6 per
cent as at end-2009, and pro-
jected the national debt would
just breach the $4 billion barri-
er this year.

The Government's direct
debt, the Central Bank said in
its review, increased by $553.7
million or 20 per cent to $3.32
billion in 2009, a sum equivalent
to 45.6 per cent of Bahamian
GDP.

And the Government's con-
tingent liabilities rose by $134.5
million or 30.1 per cent to hit

$581 million, “elevating the
national debt by $688.2 million
or 21.4 per cent to $3.901 billion
by end-December 2009.

Mr Wilson, though, pointed
out that for “years and years”,
successive governments of both
PLP and FNM persuasion had
argued that the Bahamas’ debt-
to-GDP ratio should not pass
40 per cent. “That was almost
sacrosanct,” he added. “We’ve
blown past that number, and
it’s a distant memory. It’s not
part of our thinking. Now,
we’ve blown past not just 40
per cent but 50 per cent, and
that can’t be ignored.”

Mr Wilson said he was con-
vinced every finance minister
since 1967 had lectured the
nation on the need to ensure
the Bahamas’ debt-to-GDP
ratio did not cross 40 per cent.

To reverse the trend, the
Government needed to “stop
giving money away”. Adding
that he was not being “heart-
less”, and acknowledging that
social assistance was important,
Mr Wilson said: “National
development has to be about
getting people to fish, not just
giving them fish. What caused
them to get into distress in the
first place has to be addressed.”

Escrow ‘Hail Mary’ major
impediment to business conduct

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

FEARS over whether funds
deposited into escrow could be
recovered were “becoming a
significant impediment to the
normal conduct of business” in
the Bahamas, a former Cham-
ber president describing this
process as being akin to a “Hail
Mary” pass in American Foot-
ball.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, who is
also Superwash’s president, told
Tribune Business that “the
state of the legal profession” in
the Bahamas was a major cause

Ex-Chamber president says ‘state of the legal
profession’ causing concern over whether firms
recover funds in escrow if deal breaks down

of concern for many in the busi-
ness community, especially if
their funds were placed on trust
with the other side’s attorney -
and this lawyer was unknown to
them.

“The state of the legal pro-
fession is, I think, becoming a
significant impediment to the
normal conduct of business,”
Mr D’Aguilar told Tribune
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ness executive and marketing
giant, Steve Stoute, yesterday
said he had encountered all the
difficulties associated with of
doing business in the Bahamas,
adding that this nation was “a
tough nut to crack” for entre-
preneuts.

Mr Stoute, chief executive of
Transaltion LLC, speaking at
the sixth annual Business Edu-
cation seminar hosted by the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce and the US Embassy,
said the high import tax regime
and capital intensive nature of
start-ups could be two imme-
diate disincentives to small and
medium-sized business devel-
opment in the Bahamas coun-
try.

“T know that the current laws
make it prohibitive to build a
business as an international
businessman in the Bahamas;
that’s the first obstacle,” said
Mr Stoute.

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the way we underwrite the
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Diverse qualities give
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WHAT are the qualities of
a good Graphic Designer? In
order to become a well-round-
ed Graphic Designer, there
are a variety of skills that are
essential to handling tasks
proficiently. While art is more
open to personal interpreta-
tion and considered to be a
subjective matter, graphic
design is used to serve a dis-
tinct purpose. It begins, of
course, with a good graphic
designer as well as a clear pic-
ture of the message that's
meant to be conveyed.

A good graphic design can
speak volumes, visually telling
an entire story without ever
actually ‘saying’ a single word,
whether it is for optimising
sales, increasing company
awareness or introducing a
new product.

Graphic design is the cre-
ation of visuals through
imagery and text, to commu-
nicate a message or idea to an
audience. Sounds like an easy
job, right? Chiefly, graphic
designers have a creative job
and a non-stop cycle of con-
stantly generating fresh ideas
that give appeal.

Having the technical skills
of knowing all the Adobe
components does not make
you a qualified graphic design-
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advanced technical skill does
not hurt, it will not enhance
your design.

Graphic designers must not
only be artists, but also highly
professional individuals who
pay great attention to detail.
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design - to suggest, and
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worked on by image-editing
software such as Photoshop

Networking

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career, the guidance and sup-
port of others is vital. Building
a network of individuals who
have a common interest in
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designers, marketing experts,
web designers, design blogs,
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Business licence
applications and
renewals to go on-line,
with Singapore contract
to facilitate this set
for signing soon

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia. net

THE MINISTER of State
for Finance revealed yesterday
that the Government could roll
out legislation by next year to
change the way small and medi-
um-sized businesses (SME)
access the tools they need to
build a successful enterprise.

Though Zhivargo Laing said
he could not get into the
specifics of the upcoming Small
and Medium-Sized (SME)
Business development legisla-
tion, he explained that when
unveiled it will encourage and
promote the development of
such companies in this country.

Speaking at the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce and US
Embassy’s sixth Business Edu-
cation seminar, entitled Busi-
ness Unusual: Creativity and
Innovation, Mr Laing said fun-
damental aspects of SME
development in this country
need to be tweaked.

“Tt is clear to us that the pre-
sent state-sponsored regime for
supporting small and medium-
sized business growth in our
country must be changed in
order to better meet the needs
of that segment of our econo-
my, and to better reflect the
means and role of government
in this regard,” Mr Laing said.

“We realise that this cannot
be business as usual. The facil-
ities put in place have now
failed, or are failing, are unsus-
tainable and/or failed to pro-
vide the particular support most
needed by entrepreneurs.
Change must come so that we
can better position our econo-
my for growth.”

Mr Laing said he could not
go into the specifics of the new
Act because important consul-
tations with stakeeholders were

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ongoing.

However, he did say the Act
will for the first time: “Provide
an official definition of small
and medium-sized businesses
that can qualify for state aid.

“Refine and redefine gov-
ernment assistance to small and
medium-sized businesses, and
consolidate assistance under the
auspices of a single piece of leg-
islation, the Bahamas Small and
Medium-Sized Business Devel-
opment Act, which will be
administered by a single
agency.

“Fundamentally shift gov-
ernment support from a domi-
nance on limited, inefficiently
and ineffectively lent public
funds to reducing the risk pro-
file of small and medium-sized
businesses, so that those busi-
nesses can submit proposals
that would improve access to
the more abundantly available
capital in the private financial
sector.

“Provide targeted, critically
important non-financial sup-
port to ensure that Bahamian
small and medium-sized busi-
nesses can have internationally
credible business proposals,
ongoing cash management and
administrative support and sup-
port for advancement to the
next level of business opera-
tion.

“Tt will have a clearly defined
budget framework to ensure
affordability and sustainability
over time.”

President of the Bahamas

Photo by Felipé Major/Tribune staff

Chamber of Commerce,
Khaalis Rolle, said business in
the Bahamas has to be done a
different way in order for com-
panies to survive.

He said more than five times
as many small businesses exist
in this country, yet contribute
only 5 per cent to Gross
Domestic Product. This, he
added, has to change.

“We've been doing things the
wrong way for so long,” said
Mr Rolle. “We need to change
that philosophy.”

Mr Laing argued that the
Government is also moving to
make it easier for SMEs to
acquire and renew business
licenses by putting them online.
And within weeks, the Gov-
ernment will sign a consultancy
contract with Singapore to facil-
itate this.

Meanwhile, he added, suc-
cessful SME owners have to
lend their expertise and expe-
rience to the mentoring of oth-
er business aspirants as they
achieve success.

Bahamas International Film
Festival (BIFF) principal, Leslie
Vanderpool, asked Mr Laing
about financial incentives for
businesses like hers, which she
said drives $15 million worth
of marketing for the Bahamas
per year.

He said capital exists to sup-
port those kinds of business,
but have to be signed-off on by
the Minister of Finance (Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham)
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Commission, having been appointed Inspector of Financial and Corporate
Service Providers January 1, 2008, is also responsible for administering the

Financial and Corporate Service Providers Act, 2000.

The Commission invites proposals for the provision of database consultancy
services to guide the improvement of its internal database systems that house
quantitative and non-quantitative operational data, as well as information to
support its regulatory oversight and statistical functions. Interested parties
are expected to submit a full project proposal identifying the proposed term of
engagement, the structure and nature of the consultancy and the deliverables
at each phase of the project. Copies of the detailed requirements may be
obtained by contacting the Commission as follows:

E-mail info@scb.gov.bs
Tel: 242-356-6291 /2
Fax: 242-356-7530

Mark submissions as follows:
Request for Proposal 05/10

Proposal to provide Database Consultancy Services to the Commission

Address tenders to:
Executive Director

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NOTICE

Procurement for School Furniture for the Year 2010

1.0 The Ministry of Education, (hereafter called the “Purchaser’) now
invites sealed bids, from Suppliers for the procurement of School
Furniture for the School Year 2010.

Interested Bidders may inspect/collect the bidding documents from
the Purchasing/Supplies Section of the Ministry of Education,
Headquarters, The Teacher’s Credit Union Building, from Monday
3May, 2010, and obtain further information, at the second
address given below.

Bids must be in English and shall be enclosed in duplicates in a
sealed envelope bearing no identity of the bidder and endorsed

with the subject bided on (“School Furniture” ).

Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided, at the first
address, on or before Monday, 17th May, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. (local
time). It will not be necessary to submit bids in person since It may
be sent by mail. Late bids will be rejected and returned unopened.

Bids will be opened at the public ceremony, in the presence of
those Bidder(s) or their Representative (s) who choose to attend,
at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 18" May, 2010 at the first address below.

(1) The Chairman Tender’
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242)327-1530

(2) Purchasing/Supplies Section
Ministry of Education
P.O. Box N-3913/4
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242) 502-2700

6.0 The Ministry reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tender.

ney you know nothing about,
when funds are forwarded to
that attorney it’s kind of a Hail
Marry,” Mr D’ Aguilar added.

“Tf the deal falls through for
any reason, it’s becoming
increasingly difficult to be
assured that you'll get the mon-
ey back. I don’t think the Gov-
ernment can do anything about
that, but the business commu-
nity must stop and ask, when
doing business with the legal
profession, is whether the guy
on the other side is someone I
can trust.”

There have been several cas-
es recently when Bahamian
attorneys have been charged
before the courts with alleged-
ly receiving client monies into
their escrow accounts, failing
to perform the services for
which they were hired, and then
failing to return the funds.

Mr D’ Aguilar said such a sit-
uation recently happened to
him over a business transaction
he did not conclude. “It was

very, very difficult for me to get
money back that had been sent
into escrow with a lawyer,” he
told Tribune Business. “You
can’t send money willy nilly to a
lawyer because you’re not sure
you will get it back.

“T immediately lost confi-
dence in my ability to do busi-
ness with lawyers I knew noth-
ing about. The deal falls
through, you ask for your mon-
ey back, and business becomes
impossible.

“Businesses have to wise up
to the fact that if they want to
enter into legitimate transac-
tions involving a lawyer for-
warding money to another
lawyer, they had better know
who the other lawyer is,
because it can be very hard to
get your money back.”

Describing the situation
involving escrowed funds,
which can involve substantial
sums, as “another headache”
for Bahamian businesses, Mr
D’ Aguilar urged fellow com-

panies to “take auditing to
another level when dealing with
lawyers”.

“You need to mitigate as
much as possible your ability
to lose out if there is a lawyer
you distrust. As business peo-
ple, we need to take other mea-
sures now.”

Mr D’Aguilar said there
needed to be “another way” to
deal with escrowed funds, and
suggested this presented a
“business opportunity for rep-
utable companies to offer these
services for a fee”.

He suggested that insurance
companies such as Bahamas
First could provide such ser-
vices, holding funds in trust
until the transaction was com-
pleted.

“There needs to be reforms
to this whole issue of escrow in
the Bahamas, because it’s
becoming a major impediment
to the conduct of business in
the Bahamas,” the former
Chamber president said.

Insurance Act regulations to
be finalised ‘any day now’

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FROM page 1B

they will be in place before that
time.”

Mr McCartney acknowl-
edged that it had “taken a
while, far longer than hoped” to
get the Domestic Insurance
Act’s regulations ready,
attributing this the need for all
relevant stakeholders - the
Insurance Commission, private
sector and Attorney General’s
Office - to review them in great
detail.

“They’re [the regulations]
basically there, and we expect
them to be brought into force
any day now,” Mr McCartney
told Tribune Business. “We
don’t anticipate them not being
in place for July 1.”

The Commissioner acknow1-
edged that without the regula-
tions being implemented, which
would require their tabling in
Parliament and publication in
the Official Gazette, “some
aspects” of the new Act could
not be enforced. The regula-
tions largely contain the

enforcement ‘teeth’, such as the
penalties and sanctions that can
be levied against errant parties.

Mr McCartney pointed out
that the Insurance Act’s regu-
lations were largely drafted by
the time the legislation was
brought into effect in July last
year, although the Bahamian
insurance industry was given
one year to prepare for it to
come into effect.

He added that the regula-
tions had to be “signed off” by
the Commission’s new Board,
whose members had not been
appointed or involved with
their drafting “prior to that
date” last year - something that
further added to the lengthy
time taken to finalise them.

The regulations then had to
be sent back out to the insur-
ance industry for further con-
sultation, as “there were some
changes from what was there
in July 2009”.

“Tt’s just taken a while to go
through this process,” Mr
McCartney told Tribune Busi-
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THANK you for allowing me to
make a few comments about the
article entitled Government could
issue numbers licenses, which was
published in The Tribune on
Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Recently, there has been a lot
written about legalising the num-
bers business and the associated
pros and cons associated with this
possibility. There are as many
arguments for as there are against
the legalisation, but the general
consensus of popular opinion is
that the majority of Bahamians are
for legalisation.

This has placed the Government
in a somewhat difficult position, as
now it must take a stance and
make a decision, one way or the
other. The only reason that gov-

ernment is even considering legal-
ising the numbers business is
because its present financial posi-
tion is extremely precarious, and it
is therefore seeking to find funds
from whatever additional potential
taxable source it can find. Hereto-
fore, such a move by government
would never have been considered
because of the opposition of the
various religious groups and the
potential for the loss of electoral
votes. This political dilemma high-
lights the intimate relationship
between the church and the state
in the Bahamas. However, in the
final analysis government’s deci-
sion will be based on political
expediency, as winning the next
election is always the ultimate goal
of all governments.

The article states that only four
of the existing numbers entities

will be granted licenses, and each
entity will be required to post a
bond of $5 million, pay an annual
licensing fee and contribute an
undisclosed percentage of their
annual profits to government. The
article further states that some of
the smaller operators are unhappy
because only the big four operators
are financially strong enough to
meet these monetary require-
ments.

Although these financial
requirements are extremely oner-
ous, there are other issues which
are far more important and rele-
vant to this whole process. All of
these illegal institutions have
essentially have been allowed to
operate for many years because
successive governments and com-
missioners of police, for whatever
reason, have failed to enforce the

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By JIM KUHNHENN
Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Opening a new front in the
fight over Wall Street regula-

tions, Senate Republicans
want to reduce the power of a
proposed US consumer pro-
tection bureau by making its
rules subject to approval by a
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culating Wednesday would
create a division of consumer
protection within the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. to
oversee nonbank mortgage
companies and write con-
sumer regulations. The FDIC
would have to sign off on
those rules.

A Democratic plan backed
by the Obama administration
would create an independent
bureau within the Federal
Reserve to police lending and
other customer financial ser-
vice transactions. It would
have a freer hand to enforce
its regulations.

In another departure from
the pending Democratic bill,
the Republican plan also
would continue the practice
of having federal laws over-
ride state laws. Under the
Democratic proposal, states
would be allowed to write
and enforce tougher laws, a
provision opposed by the
financial industry.

Creating a new consumer
financial protection entity
within the government is a
central piece of the Obama
administration's regulatory
package. President Barack
Obama has said he would
veto legislation that con-
tained consumer protections
he deems too weak.

Republicans have com-
plained that the Senate
Democratic proposal, which
is not as ambitious as the
administration's, would be
too sweeping and create a
patchwork of state rules.

The consumer measure is
one on an array of hurdles
facing the legislation. The
Senate was expected to hold
its first set of votes on amend-
ments later Wednesday. But
while debate was well on its
way, the endgame for the bill
was far from clear.

"The Republicans have

stopped us from doing any-
thing on this bill," Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid,
a Democrat said Wednesday.
Reid has said he wants to
complete the bill by the end
of next week.

Republican Leader Mitch
McConnell said the legisla-
tion should take longer to
debate to permit votes on
numerous amendments. "I
must tell you, I don't think
this is a couple-of-weeks bill,"
he said Tuesday. "It's not that
we don't want to pass it, but
we do want to cover the sub-
ject."

Democrats and Republi-
cans did reach one agreement
— they planned to vote as
early as Wednesday to elimi-
nate a $50 billion fund to liq-
uidate large, failing firms. In
agreeing to drop the fund,
Senate Democrats aban-
doned a provision that
Republicans attacked repeat-
edly as a perpetual Wall
Street bailout-in-waiting. The
Obama administration also
did not support the fund,
which would have been
financed by an assessment on
large financial institutions.

Without the fund, the Fed-
eral Deposit Insurance Corp.
would have to borrow from
the Treasury to cover the ini-
tial costs of liquidating a
large, interconnected firm
that is collapsing. That means
taxpayers would essentially
front the money.

But in their deal, Senate
Banking Committee Chair-
man Christopher Dodd, a
Democrat, and the commit-
tee's top Republican, Sen.
Richard Shelby, would
require the FDIC to recoup
those costs from the sale of a
failing firm's assets, forcing
losses on shareholders and
creditors, including counter-
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Procurement for General Supplies for the Year 2010

1.0 The Ministry of Education, (hereafter called the “Purchaser”’) now
invites sealed bids, from Suppliers for the procurement Cleaning
Supplies for the School Year 2010.

Interested Bidders may inspect/collect the bidding documents from
the Purchasing/Supplies Section of the Ministry of Education,
Headquarters, The Teacher’s Credit Union Building, East Street
from Monday 3% May, 2010, and obtain further information, at the
second address given below.

Bids must be in English and shall be enclosed in duplicates in a
sealed envelope bearing no identity of the bidder and endorsed
with the subject bided on (“General Supplies” ).

Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided, at the first
address, on or before Monday, 17th May, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. (local
time). It will not be necessary to submit bids in person since It may
be sent by mail. Late bids will be rejected and returned unopened.

Bids will be opened at the public ceremony, in the presence of
those Bidder(s) or their Representative (s) who choose to attend,
at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 18" May, 2010 at the first address below.

(1) The Chairman Tender’
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242)327-1530

(2) Purchasing/Supplies Section
Ministry of Education
P.O. Box N-3913/4
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242) 502-2700

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very expensive to the con-
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I have to sell you goods at a
very high price, and yet your
income isn’t going up - that
business model doesn’t work.

“Knowing that those are
some of the obstacles I foresee
if I was to trying to jump in the
game and that I would have to
deal with, it makes it tough.”

Mr Stoute, who is also build-
ing a home in the Bahamas,
said he has seen a lot of changes
in this nation in the past five
years, as people tried to enter
and understand the local busi-
ness environment. He said that
with the numerous opportuni-
ties that exist in the Bahamas,
he would “love” to do business
here.

However, he lamented that
there are issues that need to be
fixed in order for businesses to
flourish.

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010, PAGE 9B
PG USINESS
‘tough nut to crack’

“You are facing them and I
am facing them,” said Mr
Stoute. “The residents and cit-
izens don’t pay taxes, but they
pay 50 per cent of everything
coming in - that’s worse than
taxes. That makes it very tough
to open up and have your busi-
ness survive.

Supplies

“In order to buy supplies to
open up your doors, it’s capital
intensive, because you have
these big duties and you’re pay-
ing 50 per cent more in order to
carry goods and that’s a tough
proposition. Like I said, there is
already risk involved and you
have this uphill battle. It’s hard
to get to first base when you’re
capital intensive.”

On the other hand, he added
that Bahamian entrepreneurs
also need to understand calcu-
lated risk and sink their time
and resources into proper busi-
ness development to decrease
that risk.

“Fortunately or unfortu-
nately, when you’re an entre-
preneur, risk is your business,”
he said. “You’re in the busi-
ness of calculated risk, so you
can’t use risk as an obstacle for
you not to get to success.

“Tf that’s the case you should
start thinking about not being
an entrepreneur or trying some-
thing else.

“Whatever your business is
you should have a clear, identi-
fiable role of trying to be the
best at what your business pro-
vides.”

According to Mr Stoute, tax
regimes may need to change in
order to help small and medi-
um-sized businesses grow and
flourish, and for Bahamians to
patronise those businesses.

“Those who have to pur-
chase these items at these inflat-
ed prices, and with all the
issues, how could you not
expect people to not support
Bahamian businesses and go to
Miami to get it cheaper,” he
said.

Firms need ‘one-year’
advance warning on
infrastructure works

FROM page 1B

Tribune Business that the Gov-
ernment should have advised
those companies back in 2009
about the coming roadworks
and traffic flow changes to the
areas, so they could “adjust
their business plans”.

Citing the case of Melissa
Sears, the fashion store that had
just obtained a $100,000 loan
to expand the business from
East Street into Market Street,
Mr Turnquest said: “Now the
loan is going to take place, but
the problem is that they can’t
pay that off, because their pro-
jections are down as a result of























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If this company and others
had received advanced warn-
ing of what would happen to
Blue Hill Road and Market
Street, Mr Turnquest said:
“They could have made adjust-
ments to their marketing cam-
paigns, staffing and even their
product lines, positioning the
company differently - even sell-
ing on-line.”

A proactive approach by the
Government would have
allowed companies in the
affected area to employ “dif-
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plans”, he added, even relocat-
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“That’s a major problem we
have with every government;

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they’re reactive, not proactive,”
Mr Turnquest told Tribune
Business. “Once you’re head-
ing north on Market Street and
are in the wrong lane, you can-
not change course easily. The
businesses on Market Street do
not sell unique products, so
people who drive past largely
do not come back. They are
convenience businesses’ food
stores, clothing stores and a gas
station.”

Roadworks were “popping
up all over Nassau”, Mr Turn-
quest said, pointing to the cur-
rent changes on Robinson
Road that were likely prevent-
ing customers from getting to
the likes of Muffler World and
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Pe SUSINESS

Diverse qualities give
you graphic results

FROM page 2B
understanding their vision.

Manage Time Effectively

No graphic artist has unlim-
ited amounts of time to cre-
ate a project, so it 1s a neces-
sary skill to be able to pro-
duce quality designs with a
looming deadline.

Attend to Details

The graphic designer is the
last line of defense before a
project goes to print or is live
online. Projects need to be
free of minor flaws to increase
the designer's and the clien-
t's integrity and credibility.

Solve Problems

All graphic design projects
have obstacles, so knowing
how to overcome them is cru-
cial.

Graphic Design Education

Not all graphic designers
have a graphic design degree,
yet many have degrees in
related fields. However, larg-
er companies prefer a formal
education in an art-focused
subject for entry-level posi-

tions.

While in graphic design
schools, it was easy to engage
in activities that helped my
understanding of effective
design. I made it a point to
continue advancing and
becoming more active in this
field, and was determined not
to grow stale but rather
progress with time.

Tips to strengthen

design career

Each time you see a design
that inspires you, collect it and
improve on it. I can’t stress
enough how much informa-
tion I have learned by simply
reading and researching.

Having an extensive book
collection is always essential
to learning from technical top-
ics. Take snap photos of build-
ing designs, textures and
shapes - basically anything
that interests you from a
design standpoint.

Whenever I find myself
with free time (which is get-
ting less and less lately), I
redesign old stuff. I know
what it feels like to look at
your early days of design and
think” “Oh my! What was I

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thinking?! I need to get rid of
that immediately”, but it is
important to keep that work
as it will help to trace your
growth.

Every few months make it a
point to attend designers’
speaking engagements. It’s a
great way to meet designers
and learn new things because
knowledge is power. I always
try to network with other
designers that have more
experience and higher skill
levels than myself. When trav-
elling, I usually visit museums
and art institutions to experi-
ence new cultures, as it opens
the mind to a whole new expe-
rience.

Overall, human beings are
incurably abstract, so graphic
designers transform abstract
ideas into concrete experien-
tial reality.

I am sure you'd agree that
explaining how Haagen-Dazs
ice cream tastes is not the
same as tasting it.

It’s the difference between
ideas and experience, and
good graphic design is a par-
tial solution to this dilemma
(as are all forms of art). It
helps us re-live experience.

Finally, the question of
what makes a good graphic
designer is one that cannot be
answered simply or succinctly,
as there are numerous factors
to consider when it comes to
the colourful world of both art
and design.

Hope these tips were
enlightening, so until we meet
again, play a little, have fun
and stay on top of your game.

NB: The author can be
contacted at deedee2111@hot-
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Interpretation of financial reports and investment data through the conduct of
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