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nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

BAHAMIAN emergency
agencies have been put on
high alert ‘following the out-
break of cholera in Haiti.

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he outbreak of the deadly
sease that has so. far
aimed more than 250 lives
¢ in Haiti. ;

Passengers travelling to
and from Haiti and the
Dominican Republic may be.
subject to airport screenings
or medical surveys.

International travellers -
who have been to either des-
tinations are being advised to
contact a health centre if they
experience symptoms such as
stomach aches or diarrhea.

After being alerted by the
Pan American Health Organ-
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There is no “immediate
threat” to the Bahamas at this
time, according to Dr Hubert
Minnis, Minister of Health.
“There are no cases of
cholera or suspected cases of

_ cholera in The Bahamas at

this time,” he said.

However, the authorities
have developed response
plans in the event that the dis-
ease is imported into the
Bahamas.

“The Water and Sewerage
Corporation confirms that the
government has adequate
supplies of safe clean water.
Its Water Quality Laboratory
conducts routine sampling
and analyses of water follow-
ing well established protocols.
The public is advised that tap
water is safe to drink,” " said
Dr Minnis.

“The Ministry of Health
currently has medicines and
supplies in stock to cover ini-

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Chief Justice Sir Michael Bar-
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ABOVE: 4 view of the Vopak-Borco
oil tanks in Freeport Industrial Park.

RIGHT: Reverend Oral Poitier and his
son Anthony Poitier have a full view of
Vopak-Borco oil tanks from the roof of
their home. ,

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
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RESIDENTS of Pinder’s Point,
Grand Bahama, are considering a class
action suit to settle once and for all the
dispute between the community and compa-
nies in the Freeport Industrial Park.

Residents claim there are a number of
“unexplained illnesses” affecting the commu-
nity, and companies in the park are.a general
“nuisance” to their neighbours.

Preliminary data from a survey commis-
sioned by Obie Wilchcombe, Member of Par-
liament for West End, list a range of medical
complaints, including: shortness of breath,
headaches, burning in the eyes, throat and
chest irritation, coughing, lumps and other
abnormal growths, vomiting, nausea, dry
mouth,. lost sense of smell, dizziness, cancer,
hoarseness.

Twenty-nine households with two to eight
family members participated in the initial sur-
vey.

“They need to do better. We are not ani-
mals. We are human. I would not wish this

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Politicians express sadness
after death of Barbados PM

THE death of Barbados’
Prime Minister David
Thompson sees the loss of a
valued member of the Con-
ference of Heads of Govern-
ment of the Caribbean Com-
munity, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said.

Political leaders in the
Bahamas over the weekend
expressed their condolences
_and sadness over the death of
‘Mr Thompson who died of pancreatic
cancer on Saturday night.

He was 48, and the island nation’s
third leader to die while in office

within the last 25 years.

“Like all of his friends and
colleagues I had hoped that
this day would have been
postponed,” Mr Ingraham
said. ;

‘Mr Thompson’s voice will
be sadly missed in future
CARICOM deliberations, he
added.

The late prime minister is
said to have shouldered the
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FREEPORT - A man who
pleaded guilty to manslaughter
early this year claims that his
lawyer talked him into it. On
Thursday he professed his inno-
cence in the Supreme Court.

“T never kill nobody,” Jer-
maine Williams told Justice Hart-
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a lesser charge. He said he wanted
to defend himself at the murder
trial, but his lawyer failed to listen
to him and after being locked up
for three years in prison awaiting
trial, he gave into his lawyer.

Justice Longley said because
the facts of the case had not been
presented to Williams in May
when he had pleaded guilty he
would allow the accused to with-
draw his guilty plea. The charge
was presented to Williams, who
then entered not guilty to mur-
der. He also requested a change of
attorney.

It is alleged that sometime
between November 10 and
November 15, Williams inten-
tionally caused the death of Light-
bourne by means of unlawful
harm. The trial was set for
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Two in hospital

after violence
over weekend

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

WEEKEND violence in
Nassau left two men in hospi-
tal and at least three others
the victims of daytime armed
robbery.

Police report that a 24-year-
old man was shot in his upper
thigh and left hand on Satur-
day night after two masked
gunmen opened fire on a
group of men at Polehmus
Street off Augusta Street. The
victim was taken to the hos-
pital by Emergency Medical
Services. He is listed in sta-
ble condition.

It is reported that both men
were armed with handguns.

Later, officers recovered a
handgun without ammunition
while on patrol in the Big
Pond Subdivision.

While observing a group of
men sitting on a wall near the
park, one of the men fled the
scene and was seen throwing
an object away. The man
escaped, however after a
search of the area the hand-
gun was recovered.

The spate of armed rob-
beries began early Saturday
morning, when a gunman
approached a woman while
at the junction of Wulff Road
and Collins Avenue. The
man, who was armed with a
handgun, demanded cash and
robbed the woman of her
handbag before escaping on
foot north on Collins Avenue.

Some four hours later,
shortly after noon, a store on

Man dies
after suffering
electric shock

FREEPORT: A young
man who suffered an electric
shock from a high voltage
transformer has died in hos-
pital.

The 20-year-old was with
friends on Friday at the old
abandoned Stone Crab
Restaurant on Taino Beach
when he touched the trans-
former, and knocked uncon-
scious to the ground.

He was transported by
ambulance to Rand Memori-
al Hospital where he was
detained for observation.
However he died on Satur-
day.

ASP Hecto Delva said an
autopsy will be performed
today to determine the cause
of the death.

He said police are with-
holding the man’s identity
pending an official identifica-
tion of the body by family
members.

Investigations are continu-
ing.

ARMED ROBBERY

Grand Bahama Police are
investigating an armed rob-
bery which occurred at the
Victoria Inn Hotel in Lucaya
yesterday morning.

According to reports, a
lone gunman entered the
hotel sometime around 9am
and made off with an amount
cash.

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old was stabbed in the left
side of his abdomen follow-
ing a fight between two broth-
ers at Bellot Road, off
Carmichael Road.

The victim was taken to the
hospital by private vehicle,
where he is said to be in stable
condition.

The final reported armed
robbery took place at 1.30am
at the parking lot of Cedric’s
Kitchen on Peach Street.

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Richard Scott (centre), the International Organisation for Migration’s region-
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(right) look on.

State-of-the-art fraud detection lab opens at airport

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

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Contributing Editor 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Leaked files portray weak, divided Iraq

WASHINGTON — The enormous cache
of secret war logs disclosed by the WikiLeaks
website paints a picture of an Iraq burdened
by persistent sectarian tension and meddling
neighbours, suggesting that the country could
drift into chaos once US. forces leave.

The reports, covering early 2004 to Jan. 1,
2010, help explain why Iraq's struggle to cre-
ate a unified, independent state continues,
despite a dramatic reduction in violence. They
appear to support arguments by some experts
that the U.S. should keep thousands of troops
there beyond their scheduled departure in
2011, to buy more time for Iraq to become sta-
ble.

The threats described in the leaked docu-
ments come from outside, including next-door
Iran, as well as inside, in the form of sectarian,
political and even family rivalries that pre-
date the 2003 American-led invasion and
endure today.

The reports demonstrate the weakness of
Iraq's civic institutions, court system and mil-
itary, even before sectarian violence exploded
in 2006-2007.

In the fall of 2005, the U.S. military dis-
covered evidence of plots to assassinate vari-
ous officials, including an Iraqi Army colonel.
In September, one of the war logs said, a
group of judges were abducted in Balad, beat-
en and forced into the trunk of a car.

Another example: On June 6, 2006, U.S.
forces reported discovering large amounts of
blood on the floor, a rubber hose and electric
wires rigged to a metal door in a holding cell
in an Iraqi police station in Husaybah, in west-
ern Iraq.

The report called the discoveries "evidence
of unchecked torture" and "clear indications”
of human rights violations.

The USS. report said that for a time, US.
military advisers slept in the police station to
make sure prisoners were not abused, checked
arrest logs and counseled Iraqi police, warning
them against these practices.

But even a programme of training and
counseling didn't put an end to the abuses.
According to a report dated Feb. 16, 2009,
USS. forces reported the mistreatment of 33
detainees in custody at the same police station.

The Associated Press was given access to a
redacted WikiLeaks database hours before
its general release Friday, but was not pro-
vided the raw data. The documents appear
to be authentic, but their origin could not be
confirmed independently.

The leaked war logs reflect significant
progress as well. There has been a dramatic
improvement in security since the height of the
violence in 2006-07, due to a weakened threat
from al-Qaida and an Iraqi population weary
of the sectarian bloodletting that once threat-
ened to plunge the country into civil war.

Even so, some experts question whether
the fledgling military and police forces are
capable of defending Iraq after Washington
completes its scheduled pullout on Decem-
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Those who hold these pessimistic views
also worry Iraq could repeat its history of
turning to a military dictator in the mould of
Saddam Hussein.

Ryan Crocker, ambassador to Iraq in 2007-
08, said Washington has decided to turn the
page on Iraq but must not close the book.

"We're still very much at the beginning of
this story, or more to the point, the Iraqis are
at the beginning of their new narrative in their
history, and for all of the extraordinary
achievements that we've seen, the list of chal-
lenges is even greater," he said Friday.

One major challenge is the country's polit-
ical paralysis. Iraqi politicians are struggling to
form a new government seven months after a
national election failed to produce a clear
winner. That's a symptom, to some, of the
country's stubborn religious and ethnic
schisms. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's
opponents said the WikiLeaks documents
showed he must be stopped from consolidat-
ing power. Al-Maliki's office responded by
saying the document leak was timed to sabo-
tage his re-election hopes.

Crocker called it "profoundly important"
that the U.S. maintain a military presence in
Iraq beyond 2011, despite America's weariness
with the long and costly war and pressure to
shift more resources to Afghanistan.

The leaked documents posted by Wik-
iLeaks recount Iran's role in arming and train-
ing Shiite militia groups and seeking to influ-
ence Iraqi politics — a concern that may deep-
en as American influence in Baghdad wanes.

In Crocker's view, Iraq will struggle for
years with profound internal political and
social problems. Meanwhile, he said, Iran is in
effect telling Iraq: "Looks like the Americans
are leaving, and guess what — flash news —
we're staying."

Before the U.S.-led invasion, predomi-
nantly Arab Iraq was stronger militarily than
Persian Iran, an old foe.

Today, due to the U.S. defeat of Saddam's
forces and its dismantling of his army, Iran
enjoys a vast numerical advantage over Iraq in
battle tanks and other weapons of war. Iran is
likely to keep that edge for years to come.

Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at
the Centre for Strategic and International
Studies and a frequent visitor to Iraq, said
that it could be another decade before Iraq has
an effective air force.

In 2003, Iraq had 2,200 main battle tanks,
compared with 1,565 for Iran, Cordesman
wrote in a new assessment of Iraq's military.
Today, Iran's fleet of main battle tanks has
swelled to 1,613 while Iraq's has fallen to 149.

By Cordesman's calculations, Iraq's security
forces are going to be much less capable in
December 2011 — when the last U.S. troops
are scheduled to depart — than was planned
when the Bush administration negotiated the
withdrawal agreement just two years ago.

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LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

As an observant Bahami-
an, I feel compelled to express
my thoughts of this new
Sociopolitical Revolution,
being intellectually posed by
this new breed of young, tal-
ented, and up-and-coming
politicians.

When one examines the
personalities such as Ryan
Pinder, Dr Duane Sands,
Bran McCartney, Desmond
Bannister, Michael Halkitis,
Hope Strachan, and Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald of today,
one is left to wonder what a
great country this could be if
the talents of these men and
women were allowed to be
unhindered and further
allowed to vie for leadership
in their respective parties.

What has prompted me to
write such a letter of obser-
vation was that I recently had
the opportunity to observe

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It has been almost two
months since my son
smashed up my car at the
light near St Thomas
More, and the malfunc-
tioning light that caused
the accident is still not
working. The green light
works fine, but there is no
yellow and no red! I have
two questions.

Why was a malfunction
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police know it is not work-
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five questions, but please,
whoever is responsible,
please have more regard
for the safety of the citi-
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Senator Fitzgerald in the
Marathon Constituency
recently while he and his team
participated in the “Back to
School” Programme for the
under-privileged youth of this
country.

This young man has so tak-
en my spirit to the extent that
I wish I was a resident of his
area just so I could have given
him my support and vote (as I
voted for the FNM in the last
election). The kind of political
objectivity and maturity that
Jerome and the aforemen-
tioned possess, is a clear indi-
cation that we are moving
from the political tribalism
and partisanship, and transi-
tioning on to a better socio-
political development in these

respective bodies.

In closing I would like to
encourage Senator Fitzgerald
and others to keep this focus
in their quest toward being
key and major players in the
management of our country.

Senator Fitzgerald, my
prayers are with you and
maybe someday I may reveal
myself to you. I hope that the
leaders of your political party
will embrace you along with
the other young talents, and
will encourage your transition
to leadership.

Embracing it with their able
guidance and experience, for
we are at the threshold of a
new beginning for a better
Bahamas.

Senator Fitzgerald, God
speed and do well...

UNDER 40 WITHOUT
A BULLET

Nassau,

October, 2010.

Atheism is essentially
a materialist ideology

EDITOR, The Tribune.

REGARDING the Tony Blair - Christopher Hitchens
debate over God next month in Toronto:
The claims to atheism are both presumptuous and

intrinsically false.

A world which has to create its own justice through
human reason alone — a reason whose very existence
and origin atheists cannot explain — is a world without
hope. When human interests and values are based on rea-
son alone, apart from the truth of God that transcends
them, the individual and his human rights, dignity, worth,
and capacity for self-realisation are at the mercy of

caprice.

The truth is that we all act by faith every day. We go
around affirming that "we believe" in many things, even
though we ourselves have not checked out the evidence.

Is religious faith, in principle, any different? Not real-

ly

This faith understands that something else that we do

not see is true, because we accept the testimony of some-
one who saw. We Christians, for example, accept the
testimony of Christ and His apostles who saw and

believed.

Atheism is essentially a materialist ideology that
reduces man to a mere machine. When man is nothing
more than a product he becomes subject to the control of
man. Imperfect individuals must then be weeded out;
the path of planning and production must aim at the
perfect man. Suffering must disappear, and life is to con-
sist of pleasure alone. In the final analysis atheism is a
recipe for consumerism, selfishness, power, and plea-

sure-seeking.

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the House of Assembly last
week, in which one MP was
asked by the Speaker to leave,
was considered “entertaining”
by youth leaders in the visitor’s
gallery.

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feelings.

One of the youth leaders,
Deangelo Beneby, said: “Some
of them were out of order. I like
the back and forth, but they need
more respect for the person who
is talking.”

Maqguel Lightbourne said she
found the heated exchanges
between parliamentarians
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the "fire." During the session,

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to the Speaker: “You are
unfair,” in the midst of a heated
exchange between parliamen-
tarians.

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LOCAL NEWS



Rotary Club

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to Haiti relief

THE Rotary Club of East
Nassau continues to enjoy and
celebrate its close relationship
with the youth arms in its
Rotary Family.

The Club congratulates the
Rotaract Club of East Nassau
on its donation of $2,000 to
Haiti Disaster Relief and
takes this opportunity to
remind Bahamians that Haiti's
plight is ongoing.

The Rotary Club of East
Nassau also welcomed mem-
bers of its newest Interact
Club at Christian Heritage
School to its regular Friday
meeting at the Yacht Club,
where the new members were
formally inducted into the
East Nassau and worldwide
Rotary Families.

Christian Heritage School
is the most recent addition to
the Rotary Club of East Nas-
sau family. Rotary Club of
East Nassau also mentors
Interact Clubs at Queen's Col-
lege and St Anne's schools.

Rotary's Interact clubs are
open to secondary school stu-
dents 14 to 18 years old and
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ATTORNEY-GENERAL ATTENDS
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MEETING: Attorney General John Delaney

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MEDIA freedom and defamation, the use of technology in
court, and competing criminal jurisdictions were among the
issues discussed at a recent meeting of law ministers and attor-
neys general of Commonwealth small jurisdictions.

The meeting, in which 23 jurisdictions were represented,
was attended by John Delaney, Attorney General and Minis-
ter of Legal Affairs in The Bahamas.

Mr Delaney said: “This meeting has been tremendously
useful, especially since many of the issues confronting law
ministers and attorneys general all over the Commonwealth are
familiar issues that we presently face in the Bahamas.

“One such common issue is international co-operation with
respect to mutual legal assistance.

“T was pleased to share the fairly successful experience of the

Bahamas in this area.”

During the two-day meeting, which was held at the Com-
monwealth Secretariat’s headquarters, discussions also focused
on juvenile justice, the role of the attorney general, and alter-
native sentencing and overcrowding in correctional institu-

tions.

Mr Delaney also participated in discussions on strengthen-
ing public confidence in the criminal justice system; strength-
ening disaster laws in an era of climate change, and anti-cor-
ruption strategies for small jurisdictions.

Armed man shot by police

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

AN ARMED man was
shot by a police officer early
Friday morning after
allegedly being caught try-
ing to steal gasoline from
the officer’s private vehicle.

ASP Delva said the offi-
cer was at home around
5am when he heard his dog
barking. He went outside
with his service revolver and
saw a black male with a
gasoline container in his
hand.

The officer said the indi-
vidual produced a knife and
approached him in a threat-
ening manner.

The officer commanded
the individual to stop and
drop the knife, but he
refused. The officer, con-
cerned for his safety, shot
the suspect in the leg.

The man was arrested
and taken to the Rand
Memorial Hospital, where
he was treated for his
injuries and detained.

Police investigations are
continuing into the matter.

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PICTURED FROM LEFT: Anne Meyers, president
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Lindsey Cancino Assistant District Governor for the Rotary Clubs of the
Bahamas at the $2,000 cheque presentation for Haiti Disaster Relief.

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present. The Trinidad and
Tobago representatives put up
a good performance at a well-
attended meeting. Cadiz, a
businessman turned politician,
was especially impressive with
a down-to-earth, no nonsense
style that focused on cutting
out bureaucratic delays and
getting on with serious busi-
ness. ;

Barbados Foreign Minister
Maxine McClean was at the
Forum. Unfortunately, she
was a spectator at the
Caribbean session, since she
was slated to speak the fol-
lowing day as part of a panel
on enhancing Commonwealth
trade for global growth. As
usual, she gave a thoughtful

and polished performance

despite the uncertainties that
surround both the health of
her Prime Minister, David
Thompson, and the composi-
tion of the government and its
policies in the future.

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Forum in its Global Competi-
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Caribbean countries, except
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was in the top 50, all other
Caribbean countries started at
95 out of 113 rated countries.

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to be fundamental and radical
change in the region in the
way that Caribbean countries
approach the business envi-
ronment. A range of issues
were identified by the World
Economic Council. Some of
them, such as crime and secu-
rity, require immediate atten-
tion, including the establish-
ment of joint regional machin-
ery for managing and curbing
it.

There are other issues that
should also be addressed swift-
ly and could be resolved more

- quickly than the crime and

security issue. These include:
lower company taxes, greater
efficiencies and reduced port
and customs charges, much
more rapid assessment and
approval of investment pro-
posals and issuing of requisite
permits by government
departments, improved access
to capital for expansion and
marketing, and strong and
vibrant government machin-
ery for promoting investment.

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nications infrastructure and
road transportation are lin-
gering problems in many
Caribbean countries. They all
require a radical approach to
build out networks through
partnerships between the pub-
lic and private sector.

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countries have to move away
from chanting the slogan that
they are “open for business”
and really open for business.

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realize that they are far more
attractive for business if they
are all a Single Market with
unfettered movement of capi-

' tal, goods and services, and

yes, people too. °

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too small, and the countries of
the Caribbean Community
and Common Market (CARI-
COM) particularly so, to com-

pete at any level with larger.
countries whose natural and’
financial resources are greater, |

and whose bigger populations.
give them a greater pool of
skilled and trained people to
call on.

And, it is not as if there are
not investment and trade
opportunities despite the
recession in some economies.
Poor economic performance
is by no means uniform; the
worst hit are a few developed:
countries such the United:
States, the United Kingdom, '
France, and Germany — coun-
tries that preached to the rest
of the world about fiscal pru-
dence and regulation and,
imposed standards on others
while they were themselves,
paying these matters lip ser-:
vice.

Other countries are Sicuing
ahead — China, India and
Brazil among them, but not
these alone: Singapore,'
Malaysia and the Maldives are:
growing and so too are some
African states that have truly‘
opened up for business — the
most stunning of these is’
Rwanda, although its human’
and civil rights performance.
still requires considerable
improvement.

One of the telling facts that ,
came out of the Common-.
wealth Business Council
Forum on Economic Partner-
ships is that Commonwealth
countries are now doing $4 tril-
lion worth of trade per annum. :
That is serious money, but it is
not evenly spread throughout
the Commonwealth. Much of
it is still between the devel-?
oped Commonwealth coun-
tries, such as the United King-*
dom, Canada, Australia and’
New Zealand and the fast
emerging Commonwealth
economies such as India, Pak-
istan, Singapore, South
African and Nigeria. The
Caribbean enjoys only a minis-,
cule part of that action.

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19th October, 2010 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and-registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Diodata Holdings
Ltd. of Wickhams Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Dated this 25th day of October A. D. 2010

Diodata Holdings Ltd.

Liquidator



’ LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

‘RAMARRO LIMITED

N OTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) RAMARRO LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

(b)

The dissolution of the said company commenced on the

22nd October, 2010 when.the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c)

The Liquidator of the said company is CST Administration

(Bahamas) Limited, The Bahamas Financial Centre,

Shirley &

Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas

Dated this 25th day of October, A. D. 2010

CST Administration (Bahamas) Limited
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REAL ESTATE: EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE

By MIKE LIGHTBOURN

IT MAY sound easy and it’s
tempting.

But selling your property with-
out the services of a professional
realtor can easily turn into a
nightmare.

Ask the majority of vendors
if, given a second chance, they’d
try to sell their home again with-
out using a professional, and the
answer will likely be “no”.

The first mistake in a For Sale
By Owner (FSBO) situation is
pricing. Owners often place an
inflated value on their home that
has no bearing on size, location,
neighbourhood, other properties
on the market or general mar-
ket conditions. This means it will
languish on the market and go
through several price drops
before it sells.

While a vendor reasons he can
save on the real estate commis-
sion, the purchaser uses the same
logic. Where does that leave
either party?

Many vendors think selling a
home is as easy as placing an ad
in the newspaper or a sign out
front. Wrong!

Newspaper ads are just one
way of getting your information
out, especially in this hi-tech
world, and a series of ads are
usually required, not to mention
website exposure and e-mail
blasts, among other things. This
can be quite expensive.

The vendor also lacks that
most crucial tool - a list of con-
tacts and prospects acquired
from years of networking. Some-
one needs to market the prop-
erty! That is what a Bahamas
Real Estate Association
(BREA) professional is for.

Fielding calls and showing the
home can be an exhausting
process if you don’t know what
you're doing. There is an art to
handling inquiries, staging and

showing homes and negotiating.

Speaking of showing homes,
if you are working, when will you
find time to show your home?
Will you be able to drop every-
thing to accommodate the client?

The realtor knows how to
work through a host of issues,
including whether a home might
be suitable for a particular
prospect, can get answers to zon-
ing questions, get financing infor-
mation and, most importantly,
can advise you as to proper pric-

ing of your property.

Don’t forget, the market
determines the eventual selling
price, not you, your realtor or
how much you need to get out of
the sale. Put an inflated price on
your property and it will languish
on the market.

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(Mike Lightbourn is president of
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Caribbean countries must
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themselves competitive. They

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global market place and sell
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and not taking every opportu-
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Green Flag recognition for
Deen Creek Middle School

First school in the Bahamas and English
speaking Caribbean to receive honour

THE Bahamas Reef
Environment Educa-
tional Foundation
(BREEF) and The Min-
istry of Tourism organ-
ised a ceremony to
recognise Deep Creek
Middle School’s
achievement of Green
Flag certification.

Green Flag Certifica-
tion is international
recognition which is
awarded to eco-friendly
schools committed to
environmental educa-
tion and performance.

During the ceremony,
Hyacinth Winder Pratt,
permanent secretary of
the Ministry of Tourism
and Aviation, congrat-
ulated the students for
being the first school in
The Bahamas and the
region to receive such
an honor.

She stated that
tourists list the beauti-
ful beaches, clean
water, and environment
as a major attraction to
the country. She
encouraged the stu-
dents to promise that
they would get their
parents, neighbours,
and friends involved
with promoting sustain-
ability.

“It is a great mile-
stone that you’ve
achieved. A’ small
school of this size is
setting the pace for the
rest of the English-
speaking Caribbean,”
said Director of Sus-
tainable Tourism, Earl-
ston McPhee.

Founded in January
2010, the DCMS Eco-
Club led the school on
its journey to receive
the Green Flag with
pilot projects like the
creation of a recycling
center where students
recycled capri sun
pouches, plastic bottles,
and aluminum cans.
The Eco-club members
ensured no Styrofoam
would be on campus by
delivering 50 cent fines
to those students who
did not bring their own
reusable lunch contain-
ers. They installed fan
and light timers to



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about what we’ve done.
We did a lot of hard
work and it paid off,”
said Hershal Knowles,
president of DCMS
Eco-Club. Other club
members are Treshae
Clark, vice president;
Moesha Leary, secre-
tary; Nickeva Griffin,
Brittany Gibson, and
Jovanna Sands.

DCMS Principal Dr
Joanna Paul acknowl-
edged Charlene Carey
from BREEF for her
support in partnering
with DCMS to accom-
plish their Green Flag
status.

“It’s monumentous.
We want the program
to grow and get more
schools to sign-up,”
said Charlene Carey.

Dr Paul further out-
lined three key areas
that DCMS will build
upon to continue their
conservation and acad-
emic success. Specifi-
cally, DCMS is commit-
ted to increasing stu-
dent leadership, shar-
ing knowledge with
other schools and
teachers throughout
The Bahamas, and mak-
ing their campus a
model for sustainabili-
ty.

“The PTA of DCMS
is extremely proud of
the accomplishments of
the Eco-Club in secur-
ing the international
designation of a Green
School. As the first
school, not only in the
Bahamas, but in the

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r s h i p
and responsible citizen-
ship that is inspired by
motto of DCMS. We
are excited to see our
youth blaze this new
trail in sustainability
and we commit to
encouraging them as
they learn and become
teachers inspiring this
generation to take the
helm in preserving our
natural environ-
ments",” said DCMS
PTA Co-President
Danielle Gibson.

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PROVIDENCE ROAD
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MARKET STREET
Wulff Road & Robinson Road

JOSE CARTELLONE CONSTRUCCIONES CIVILES S.A. has been awarded a Contract by the Government of
The Bahamas for the Completion of the New Providence Road Improvement Project (International Package).

Please be advised that from Tuesday October 19th 2010, Road Works will be

implemented on sections of Market Street.

WHAT IS THIS PHASE OF THE PROJECT ABOUT?

Road improvements will be carried out on the new one way couplet system on Market Street, starting from Wulff
Road to Robinson Road. The works include Milling of existing pavement, installation of new drainage
facilities, utilities, asphalt pavement, sidewalks, street lighting, traffic signs and road markings.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A FEW WEEKS?
The public should expect partial lane closures on the eastern side of Market Street. Motorists are encouraged to
follow the temporary traffic diversion signs in place.

While works are ongoing access will be granted to
following lateral Streets:
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residents, motorist & pedestrians travelling through the

* WHITE ROAD

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CORDEAUX AVE
BAHAMA AVE
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food support in the Bahamas

be posted and announced through the media.

RESTAURANTS Bahamas Limited, the KFC franchise
owners in New Providence, has teamed up with Hands For
Hunger to help bring relief to the neediest in the community.

The effort is part of World Hunger Relief’s initiative to
feed children in 82 countries around the world.

Starting on October 12 and continuing next month, all 10
New Providence KFC’s stores will have collection canis-
ters where KFC invites customers to join in the global effort
by making a charitable donation.

Through a special arrangement with World Hunger Relief,
at the end of the exercise, 50 per cent of the amount col-
lected will go to the global relief effort, and KFC will donate
the other 50 per cent to the New Providence-based food res-
cue programme Hands For Hunger.

Variety

Hands For Hunger is a local food rescue programme
committed to the elimination of hunger and reduction of
food waste in our community. Hands For Hunger’s refrig-
erated trucks pick up a variety of fresh, high-quality prepared
foods, fresh produce as well as non-perishable items.

Within hours, this food is redistributed to feeding centres
across New Providence such as The Bahamas Red Cross and
Urban Renewal Centres.

KFC vice president and general manager Gabriel Sastre
said: “We are especially happy to be working with Hands
For Hunger in this programme because we are well aware of
the tremendous work they have been doing over the past
two years providing immediate food support to those most
in need,

“We are asking customers to join us in the fight against
hunger, locally and abroad, by donating a small monetary
contribution. When a customer purchases a meal, we are
asking them to help us stop Hunger with a donation.”

Ashley Lepine, executive director of Hands For Hunger,
expressed appreciation for KFC’s shared commitment to
making a difference in the lives of Bahamians, and their
efforts to raise awareness of the increasing need for food
assistance in our community.

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LOCAL BUSINESSES.
Kindly advise customers & clients that access will be granted to your business place during the construction
works. Signs will be in place to identify safe passage for Pedestrians.

We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to the cooperation of the motoring
public.

For further information please contact:

(The Contractor)

Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am to 6:00 pm

Tel: (242)322-8341 or (242)322-2610

Email: bahamasneighbors@cartellone.com.ar

(The Contracting Agency)

Ministry of Public Works & Transport
The Project Execution Unit

Hotline: (242)302-9700

Email: publicworks@bahamas.gov.bs

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MONDAY,

OCTOBER 25,

Attorney ‘Flummoxed’ over
24% auto sales fal

i New car dealers had anticipated Q3 boost compared to

faces US
extradition

- Q2, but consumers did not flock to take advantage of
_ pre-Budget prices as anticipated
_ BH Year-over-year Q3 comparatives better, with just 3.32%
_ fall for 2010 period

| Bi Leading industry executive expecting no improvement
: for another 8-12 months
Commercial vehicles already feeling Budget tax rise
_ impact, one model seeing price rise more than 29% in
_ nine-month period

By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

* Federal authorities issue
arrest warrant for former
Callender’s & Co attorney
Sidney Cambridge, over
$900,000 ‘money
laundering’; allegations

* Documents reveal how
paperwork absence got
FirstCaribbean employee
in trouble, and that ‘sting’
operation co-ordinated
with Bahamian authorities
* Photos of Cambridge
appear to have been shot
in Callender’s

office via secret video
recording

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor
? impacted by the 2010-2011

i Budget tax increases.

US federal authorities have
issued an arrest warrant for
Bahamian attorney Sidney
Cambridge over allegations
that he knowingly advised
how to launder $900,000 in
funds from a purported
‘Ponzi’ fraud, and are now
moving to extradite him from
the Bahamas.

Tribune Business has
obtained copies of the Octo-
ber 12, 2010, arrest warrant
issued by the US south Flori-
da district court for the for-

mer Callender’s & Co partner :

and ex-Progressive Liberal

Party (PLP) treasurer, togeth- i

er with the affidavits and oth-
er documents filed to support
the extradition requests by
two Federal Bureau of Inves-
tigation (FBI) agents who

participated in the undercover }
i signing of the construction
? contract for the $105 million
? Wilson City power plant “can-
i not be a trigger” for the six-
: month timeframe to launch
? Judicial Review proceedings,
i the facility’s opponents have
: argued in their appeal motion
i submitted to the Court of
i Appeal.

sting operation.

Attached to the affidavits
are two photographs of Mr
Cambridge that appear to
have been taken, via secret
video recording, in Callen-
der’s & Co’s offices while he
was meeting the undercover
FBI agents.

The documents detail new
information about the case

never previously made public, with the Court of Appeal on

i October 21, 2010, Responsi-
? ble Development for Abaco
: (RDA) and one of its princi-
? pals, Matthew McCoy, set out
i as a key ground of appeal
i their contention that the six-
; month timeframe they had in
? which to launch Judicial
i Review proceedings should
i have begun when the
? approvals and permits for the
: plant were issued.

including meetings between
the agents and Mr Cambridge
at Nassau’s British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, and how their
failure to provide all relevant
Know Your Customer (KYC)
information allegedly got one
FirstCaribbean International
Bank (Bahamas) executive in
trouble with his bosses. The
papers also allege that the
“undercover operation was
co-ordinated with the
Bahamian authorities”.
Detailing how he and other
FBI agents posed as employ-
ees of a fictitious asset man-
agement company, who were
seeking to launder illegal

agent Patrick Wren alleged
how a co-accused, Joel

set up a Bahamian bank
account, introducing them to

Mr Cambridge. The agents, in .
: the plant to MAN Diesel, and

? was not under challenge in
i the application,”
: alleged. It added that plan-
? ning permission for the pro-
i ject had not been inevitable,
? and was dependent on the
? necessary permits.

turn, had been introduced to
Williams by former Broward
County vice-mayor, Josephus
Eggelletion, who had told the
FBI ‘asset managers’ - upon
hearing they wanted to open
offshore bank accounts - that
he could provide them with
Bahamian contacts, and that
he “did not have to adhere to

ing him in the United States”
when he was in the Bahamas.

SEE page 4B

Bahamian new car deal-

? ers “are sort of flummoxed”
i that vehicle sales for the
: 2010 third quarter declined
i by 24.26 per cent compared
i to the June quarter, Tribune
i Business has been told, the
? sector having anticipated a
? “boost” from the fact they

were selling inventory not

BEC plant
contract
‘can’t be
trigger’

By NEIL HARTNELL
: Tribune Business Editor

The Government’s 2007

In their submission, filed

They alleged that the

; grounds for their Judicial
? Review application did not
i “crystallise” with the Decem-
i ber 2007 award of the con-
; ; ? struction contract to MAN
pundsoblamied by Clients PB! ? Diesel, as the latter could not
; have begun work without

Williams, agreed to help them those permits and approvals.

“The December 2007 deci-

sion was simply a decision to

award the contract to build

RDA

At the Supreme Court lev-

. oe el, Justice Hartman Longley
the ethical restrictions govern- i struck out RDA’s case, find-
i? ing that it should have

These comments, together | brought their case within six

with others allegedly made by :
Mr Cambridge on the FBI’s i
recordings, unfortunately place
the Bahamas in a less than flat-
tering light. They also give fur- :
ther potential ammunition to }
certain sections of the US gov- }
ernment, plus the likes of the ;
G-20, OECD and Financial
Action Task Force, who are i

months of the Government's
December 2007 signing of the
contract to build the Abaco-
based power plant.

That meant Judicial Review
proceedings should have been
brought by June 2008, or
November 2008 at latest. Jus-
tice Longley also found that
based on the evidence,

SEE page 3B

Rick Lowe, operations
manager at Nassau Motor
Company (NMC), said the
industry was “in a quandry”,
having felt it was likely to
see a bump-up in new car
sales for the three months
to end-September 2010 as
Bahamian consumers

moved to exploit the lower
prices available on models
imported prior to the end-
May Budget tax increases.
However, Mr Lowe said
the Budget’s impact, which

The information contained is from a third
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responsible for errors and/or omission
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also involved a change in the
determinant for how the
Excise Tax on new car
imports was calculated, was
already having an impact on
commercial vehicle sales.
Talking a Silverado pick-
up truck model, he said its
January 2010 price had been
$39,531, yet it was now
retailing for $51,106 in Sep-
tember 2010 - a 29.3 per cent
increase. “We’re seeing a

SEE page 7B

BREITLING

Heart doctor

ordered to pay
Fidelity $86k

* Dr Conville Brown loses ‘misrepresentation and/or
negligence’ claim against merchant bank over margin
loan secured on $329,751 brokerage account

* Problems arose after equity values tanked after
September 11, impacting worth of collateral in account
* Doctor alleged ‘understandings’ came from talks with
Fidelity chair Sunderji, at time he was invited to acquire
5% of then-British American for $300,000 — a deal
rejected by Central Bank

DR. CONVILLE BROWN

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Well-known heart doctor, Dr Conville Brown, has been
ordered to pay RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust more
than $86,000 plus 14.25 interest, the Supreme Court ruling that
he owed this as the balance on a margin loan after dismissing his
claims of “misrepresentation and/or negligence”.

Justice Neville Adderley, in an October 6, 2010, ruling, found

SEE page 6B



‘Maddening’ energy bulb Customs snag

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe @tribunemedia.net

A Bahamian renewable energy solutions
provider has described a week of efforts to
clear power-saving lightbulbs with Customs
at the Arawak Cay dock as a “maddening
exercise”, which draws into question just
how serious the Government is about
encouraging Bahamians to reduce their

energy bills.

Philip Holdom, executive manager of Inte-
grated Security Services (ISS), said: “Either
the Government needs to drop the tariffs
they are trying to levy, or they need to stop
going around saying we are promoting ener-
gy efficiency. As it is, they either appear to

be ignorant, or hypocrites.”

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The businessman’s frustration arose as he
attempted to import a shipment of energy
efficient Accord lights, made by Cooper
Lighting, for a Nassau-based client. The
bulbs - intended for commercial use - can
produce energy savings of up to 56 per cent,
and come housed within a “metal box” that
enhances their light output and allows them
to be easily attached to the electrical system,
saving labour costs.

When the items arrived at the Arawak
Cay dock, Mr Holdom said he was initially
told by Customs officers that because the
bulbs did not come with an invoice that
specifically described them as “energy effi-
cient”, they would be charged duty at the
regular rate, and not be imported duty-free.

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FROM page 1B

Matthew McCoy, RDA's principal and
the second applicant bringing the action,
had also by his own admission learnt of
the Wilson City decision through attend-
ing a speech given to Abaco's Chamber
of Commerce by Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham in May 2008.

"They did not bring the application
until December 2009, more than 18
months later, by which time construc-
tion of the plant was continuing,” Jus-
tice Longley found in his ruling.

He found that RDA had offered no
suitable reason for the delay in bringing
Judicial Review proceedings between
May 2008 and December 2009, apart
from claiming "ignorance of the decision
to construct the plant before that date”.

Dismissing RDA's arguments that the
relevant dates were those when various
government agencies granted the per-
mits to construct the Wilson City power
plant, since these were secondary to the
main December 2007 decision, Justice
Longley found: "The construction con-
tract signed by [BEC] was a Juristic Act

that immediately created rights and oblig-
ations.

"The clearing of the land for the con-
struction of the power plant commenced
almost immediately, with a view to com-
pletion by summer 2009, as the Prime
Minister explained in his May 2008
speech to the Chamber of Commertce.....
The decision to build the plant, evi-
denced by the contract, was indeed a
juristic act giving rise to rights and oblig-
ations with a specific timeframe and sus-
ceptible to judicial review."

Meanwhile, RDA also alleged that the
Supreme Court had “wrongly concluded
that meaningful and adequate consulta-
tion had taken place”, claiming the judge
based this on BEC’s decision to switch
from Bunker C oil to diesel oil, and also
drop plans to construct and underwater
pipeline.

“The learned Judge (rightly) held that
there was no intention on the part of the
respondents to consult on the question of
location and construction after the sign-
ing of the contract in December 2007 to
build the plant at Wilson City, and on
the basis of his previous finding that it is
now too late to challenge that decision by

Judicial Review (notwithstanding that
the appellants do not seek to challenge
that decision), he concluded that it is
now far too late to say that there should
be consultation on the issue,” RDA
alleged.

“The judge thereby confused the ques-
tion of what consultation might now be
worthwhile with the issue (for determi-
nation in the application) of whether
consultation at the time was inadequate
such that the decisions under challenge in
the application and taken in the absence
of that consultation ought to be
quashed.”

RDA said the judge found that BEC
and the Government had “no intention
to consult on the questions of location
and construction after December 2007”,
the essence of its case. It claimed that
Justice Longley failed to account for the
fact that consultation at a September 10,
2009, meeting was “fatally flawed”
because there was no time left to influ-
ence decision-making.

RDA also claimed that the Supreme
Court failed to distinguish between its
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result of the FBI operation, that
he was “gonna be raising some
money for the Prime Minister
of the Bahamas that’s running
for re-election”. There is noth-
ing, though, to suggest that Per-
ry Christie or the PLP have
done anything wrong.

Meanwhile, Agent Wren’s
affidavit said that after the intri-
cacies of opening a Bahamian
bank account and Internation-
al Business Company (IBC)
had been explained to the
undercover FBI men:
“Williams told us that there
really was no regulation in the
Bahamas, and that the
Bahamas did not have a treaty
with the United States. He said
that he had great attorneys and
certified public accountants in
the Bahamas.”

Williams represented that he
was working on a real estate
development in the Bahamas
at Chub Cay, in the Berry
Islands, and in a subsequent
February 25, 2007, meeting with
the FBI agents disclosed that
his Bahamian attorney worked
at Callender’s & Co and was a
banking expert. Williams
allegedly said that he and Mr
Cambridge would charge a per-
centage for their services.

The FBI agents’ first direct
contact with Mr Cambridge
came on March 5, 2007, via
telephone conference call. A
meeting at Callender’s & Co
was set up for the following
day, and the agents alleged:
“Cambridge stated that when
dealing with serious bank appli-
cations, it was all about
approach.

“He told me that when the
Central Bank, referring to the
Government bank authority in
the Bahamas, saw that a law
firm with banks was involved,
the application carried a totally
different confidence.”

Prior to the meeting with Mr
Cambridge, the FBI agents
indicated to Williams that their
clients’ funds were illegal, and
he allegedly responded “that
the Bahamians do not call it

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money laundering, so long as
the money did not come from
arms, drugs or terrorists”.

At the meeting with Mr
Cambridge, held at Callender’s
& Co’s One Millars Court
offices in downtown Nassau,
the FBI agents explained the
purported structure of their
scheme. They alleged: “Cam-
bridge said he had to do due
diligence for that ‘know your
client stuff’, but it was not
much. He told us ‘just give him
a story where the money came
from’.”

After several further phone
conversations and meetings
over IBC formation, bank
account opening and related
KYC documents, Agent Wren
alleged that he and the others
were taken by Mr Cambridge
to meet Steve Bonamy, inter-
national corporate manager at
FirstCaribbean’s Shirley Street-
based international wealth
management unit.

The FBI agents secretly
recorded the meeting, during
which Mr Bonamy conducted
a KYC interview, and got the
agents to sign account opening
documents for their IBC, Hexa-
gon Development. The account
was to be opened once Hexa-
gon’s IBC registry information
was supplied.

Mr Bonamy then spoke to
the FBI agents on April 5, 2007,
to confirm he had received the
initial deposit cheque from Cal-
lenders for Hexagon. He also
told the agents that some nec-
essary account opening docu-
ments were missing from Mr
Cambridge. This created an
“uncomfortable situation in the
Bahamas”, Williams told the
agents on August 1, 2007. This
was because the information
had not been supplied, and
FirstCaribbean had been
unable to contact the FBI
agents about the Hexagon
account. “Williams stated that
Bonamy got in trouble with his
employer, FirstCaribbean,
because things were not com-
pleted and the references were
left out of the opening pack-
age,” Agent Wren alleged. “I
expressed my concern that this
had caused heightened aware-

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ness of the account. Williams
told me that he and Cambridge
discussed the fact that I had
only sent $300,000 in four
months, when larger amounts
were expected and could be
sent.”

Wren than alleged that he
was told that “someone from
FirstCaribbean asked Bonamy
why he authorised money to
come into the account, and out
of the account, without having a
bank reference letter and a let-
ter from an attorney in my file”.

Another FBI agent involved
in the sting, John Osa, alleged:
“Cambridge told us that he had
done everything he was
required to do by law, referring
to the fact that there really is no
effective due diligence require-
ment. Cambridge stated that he
relied on Steve Bonamy, an
employee at FirstCaribbean
International Bank (Bahamas),
to give Cambridge’s people
‘less hassle’ than FirstCaribbean
usually would to other bank
customers not referred by Cam-
bridge.”

There is no suggestion that
such an imputation is founded,
and there is also no suggestion
that Mr Bonamy has done any-
thing wrong in relation to this
case. He has not been charged
in the US.

Meanwhile, Agent Wren
alleged that he was told Mr
Cambridge “set the rules in the
Bahamas” through membership
of the Banking Committee. He
alleged that Mr Cambridge was
described as ‘my guy’, with both
him and Callender’s ‘the
biggest insurance policy’ he had
in the Bahamas.

The FBI agents alleged that
Mr Cambridge and others were
eager to increase the amount
of funds being laundered
through the structure, and met
again at the attorney’s Nassau
office on November 23, 2007.
At this meeting, Mr Cambridge
suggested adding another sig-
natory to Hexagon, saying this
could be done during a five-
minute interview with Chris-
tine Smith at FirstCaribbean.

Mr Cambridge allegedly
coached the FBI agents on
what to say in the interview,
and advised that FirstCaribbean
would want to hear they were
putting money into resort
investment. “If you need to
absorb a lot of cash, you should
buy a resort, flip it in six months

and probably make money,”
Mr Cambridge was said to have
advised.

When told about the ques-
tionable source of funds by the
agents, Agent Wren alleged:
“Cambridge replied that ‘we
sell secrecy in the Bahamas’.
Cambridge explained that the
Bahamas was an offshore cen-
tre and that was what they did.
He stated that people with
problems bring their money to
the Bahamas and they took
care of the money.”

The FBI agents followed his
instructions during the inter-
view with Ms Smith, with
Agent Wren meeting Mr Cam-
bridge at the British Colonial
Hilton that evening. He alleged
that he disclosed to Mr Cam-
bridge that the funds were com-
ing from a Ponzi scheme.

“T also told Cambridge that I
wanted his guidance on the best
way to do things that would not
raise any alarms,” Agent Wren
alleged. “Cambridge suggested
heightening the business inter-
est side by sprinkling in one or
two acquisitions that could eas-
ily be flipped. For instance, if I
saw a $600,000 apartment in
town I should buy it, hang on to
it for 18 months, flip it and buy
another. Cambridge also said I
should sink some money into
‘soft’ real estate in the Bahamas
to establish some sense of per-
manence to the authorities........
He added that unless or until
a judgment was out there that
was enforceable in the
Bahamas jurisdiction, I had all
the freedom to move about the
country as I wished.

“Cambridge said anything I
had offshore in the Bahamas,
authorities in the United States
could not touch. Cambridge
said he would know in advance
of a judgment was coming,
because the first thing they
would do is try to freeze the
money.”

The affidavits detailed all the
transactions involved in the
purported ‘money laundering’
scheme. The charges against Mr
Cambridge caused surprise in
the Bahamian legal and politi-
cal communities, where he was
regarded as a rapidly rising star.
Prior to the allegations being
made public, he was acting as
the attorney for the liquidator
in the cases involving CLICO
(Bahamas) and Leadenhall
Bank & Trust.

NOTICE

IN THE MATTER OF All That piece parcel or tract of land
comprising 97.38 acres, being a portion of an original
Crown Grant to Rosanna Newman (D-36), approximately
118 feet east of the Queen’s Highway, in the Settlement
of The Bight on Long Island the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas

AND IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND IN THE MATTER OF The Petition of Hilbert
Burlington Pinder and Bruce Pinder, as Executors and
Trustees of the Estate of John Brooks Pinder

The Petition of Hilbert Burlington Pinder and Bruce
Pinder, as Executors and Trustees of the Estate of John
Brooks Pinder of the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land comprising
97.38 acres, being a portion of an original Crown
Grant to Rosanna Newman (D-36), approximately 118
feet east of the Queen’s Highway, in the Settlement of
The Bight on Long Island the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas

The Petitioners claim to be the owners of the fee simple
estate in possession of the piece parcel or tract of land
hereinbefore described and the Petitioners have made
application to the Supreme Court of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959 to have their title to the said land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court
in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Plan filed in this Action may be inspected
at:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court,
Ansbacher House, East Street North, Nassau,
Bahamas;

(b) The Office of the Island Administrator situate
at Clarence Town, Long Island, The Bahamas;
and

(c) The Chambers of the Attorneys for the
Petitioners, Higgs & Johnson, at Deltec House,
Lyford Cay, New Providence, Bahamas (on any
weekday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m.)

NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons
having Dower or right of Dower or any Adverse Claim
not recognized in the Petition shall before Monday the
20 day of December, A.D., 2010 file in the Registry of
the Supreme Court and serve on the Attorneys for the
Petitioners, Higgs & Johnson, a Statement of Claim the in
prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person or persons to file and serve a
Statement of Claim and the requisite documents on or
before Monday the 20" day of December, A.D., 2010
will operate as a bar to such claim.

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Chambers
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FROM page 1B

Meanwhile, metal hous-
ing the bulb comes already
mounted within was to have
duty levied on it at 35 per
cent, a Customs official
determined, thereby all but
wiping out any potential
duty savings that should
have been associated with
the energy efficient lighting.

After meeting with acting
comptroller of Customs,
Charles Turner, yesterday
morning, a position was
reached whereby Mr
Holdom was asked to re-
submit his Customs entry
with the bulbs separate from
the fixtures. He was then
allowed to clear the bulbs
free of charge while paying
35 per cent duty to get the
housing off the dock. This
additional charge, Mr
Holdom said, he will now
reluctantly have to pass on
to his clients, who had been
under the impression that
their power-saving lights
would attract no duty.

Mr Holdom asserts that
the bulb and the housing
should be considered “a sys-
tem”, and since one cannot
be effectively used without
the other, the Government
must re-consider its position
or else face undermining
what he interpreted as the
intention of its tariff reduc-
tions on energy efficient
bulbs - that of encouraging a
shift to “greener” technolo-
gies in the Bahamas, in light
of the acknowledgment that
initial capital outlay can be a
significant impediment to
these choices.

As such, the businessman
said he now intends to
appeal the matter to the
Prime Minister, admitting
that while it may seem
“absurd that a Prime Min-
ister should be involved in
an individual decision on a
lightbulb”, this may be the
only way to ensure that what
he considers as ‘an element
of rationality’ is brought to
bear on similar situations in
the future.

“This happens with about
every third or fifth shipment



of lights I bring in. They are
playing semantics,” said Mr
Holdom. He added that he
had experienced similar
problems importing LED
lights (light emitting diodes),
which do not have the
appearance of traditional
lightbulbs.

Separate

Mr Turner said Customs
viewed the bulb and the
housing, which it was intend-
ed to be mounted within, as
two separate items. “We
have no problem with the
bulbs being duty free, but

the other part is a fixture,”
he said.

However, Mr Holdom
says Customs needs to be “a
more little open minded
because there are new prod-
ucts on the market”

“They might look differ-
ent but they are still an ener-
gy efficient light,” he said.

Mr Turner told The Tri-
bune that “so as not to show
any bias in (their) handling”
of the situation, the Customs
Department has written to
the World Customs Organi-
sation for advice on what it
recommends in such cir-
cumstances.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FLORANCE DORCEUS of
FORT FINCASTLE, P.O. BOX N-13647 is applying to the

Minister responsible — for

Nationality and Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 18th day of October, 2010 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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(N°45 of 2000)

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138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act, No. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution of Gerbera
Limited has been completed, a Certification of
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“They are independent
and we will go with their
advice,” said Mr Turner,
adding that a letter sent
some time ago had not yet
elicited a response.

Mr Holdom said that
based on his experience in
the past in bringing in solar
equipment to install for

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 5B
‘Maddening’ energy bulb Customs snag

clients in the Bahamas, he
expects to shortly be again
at odds with the Customs
Department when an antic-
ipated shipment containing a
wind turbine, solar panels
and solar batteries arrives.
“They say, ‘Okay, this is a
solar panel. But this is a
wire...’ and they want to

charge you duty on that. I
say: “Well what can I do with
that wire?’. It’s like saying
you're going to eliminate
duty on electric cars and
then trying to charge 45 per
cent on the tyres, the radio
and the chassis when some-
one brings one in,” Mr
Holdom said.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

No. 7 of 2010 12 October 2010

Re: UNLICENSED FCSP OPERATORS

This NOTICE is issued by the Inspector of Financial and
Corporate Services (the Inspector) pursuant to its authority
under Section 11(3) of the Financial and Corporate Service
Providers Act, Chapter 369 (the Act). The Securities
Commission of The Bahamas (the Commission) was
appointed as the Inspector on January 1, 2008 and is therefore
responsible for ensuring all persons operate in accordance
with the Act, which provides for the licensing and regulation of
Financial and Corporate Service Providers (FCSPs).

The Inspector advises further to its Notice, No. 6 of 2010 dated
10" September, 2010 (the Notice) wherein unlicensed operators
were directed to immediately cease and desist operating and
were given thirty (30) days to report to the Inspector. As part
of its ongoing efforts to regularise persons who may require
a FCSP license, the general public is HEREBY ADVISED
that the thirty day period given in the Notice is extended
by another thirty (30) days commencing from the date of
this Public Notice to grant unlicensed operators further
opportunity to report to the Inspector.

The Notice indicates that the Inspector utilises the definition
of financial services issued by the WTO and unlicensed
operators providing services including, but not limited to,
money lending or other forms of credit extension, cash or
pay advance, money or mortgage broking or other forms of
financial intermediation, escrow and other custodial services
should immediately contact the Inspector at the Securities
Commission, 3% Floor Charlotte House, Shirley and Charlotte
Streets.

The general public is hereby AGAIN ADVISED that all
persons operating without a license who fail to submit
to the Inspector and/or continue to operate without a
license after this thirty (30) day period will result in a
formal complaint being filed with the police for criminal
prosecution.

This notice is not applicable to licensees of the Central Bank
of the Bahamas pursuant to section 20 of the Act.

You may contact Mr. Gawaine Ward, Deputy Legal Counsel,
at the Securities Commission with any general inquiries
concerning this Notice at telephone number 397-4100 or in
writing to P.O. Box N-8347, Nassau, The Bahamas or via e-

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FROM page 1B

that RoyalFidelity had proven
its case “on a balance of prob-
ability”, dismissing Dr Brown’s
defence and counterclaim in a
matter that dated back more
than a decade - and to events at
the time of the September 11,
20011, terror attacks.

Recording the dispute’s ori-
gins, Justice Adderley said that
Dr Brown held a brokerage
account with RoyalFidelity
(then just Fidelity) in early
2000, containing shares (equi-
ties) that he owned in compa-
nies worth a collective $329,751.

RoyalFidelity then agreed to
make a margin loan to Dr
Brown for an amount up to 50
per cent of the collective worth
of the securities held in his bro-
kerage account. This meant that
the maximum loan the invest-
ment bank could grant was
$164,875.

The judgment recorded the
date of the loan agreement as
being February 17, 2000, and
the documents involved includ-
eda Line of Credit Agreement;
promissory note; and an autho-
risation to hold funds.

“It was a term of the Line of
Credit Agreement that the loan




Heart doctor ordered to pay Fidelity $86k

amount would not be allowed
to exceed 50 per cent of the val-
ue of the equities and, if it did,
the plaintiff would have to pay
the excess within 14 days,” Jus-
tice Adderley said. “If the
excess was not paid, the plain-
tiff could sell securities as it
deemed necessary.”

Booming

Unfortunately for Dr Brown,
while the margin loan facility
was signed at a time when the
Bahamian and US economies
were booming, and stock prices
in both this market and else-
where were high, it was not
long before the economic and
financial worlds headed south
as a result of the September 11,
2001, terror attacks on the
World Trade Centre and the
Pentagon.

The Bahamas was not
immune, and with the slide in
the value of equities listed on
the Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX),
the collective worth of the

shares in Dr Brown’s broker-
age account also plummeted -
with all the implications that
entailed for the margin loan
facility.

“By letter dated October 4,
2002, [RoyalFidelity] informed
[Dr Brown] that the securities
had so declined in value that
he was only eligible for a facil-
ity of $98,111, by which time
he had an overdraft of
$179,773,” Justice Adderley
said.

“The plaintiff informed him
that either he had to increase
the amount of securities in the
brokerage account or pay the
sum of $81,661 to bring the loan
down to 50 per cent of the secu-
rity value.

“The defendant [Mr Brown]
paid some of the loan due, but
has refused to pay any further
sum on the ground that the
plaintiff deceived him into
entering into the agreement by
representing that it was a mar-
ket maker and would so man-
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er have to provide any addi-
tional funds to secure his loan
facility.”

Not surprisingly, RoyalFi-
delity rejected these allegations,
and successfully sued for the
funds it claimed, the Frederick
Street-based merchant bank
also getting the Supreme Court
to impose a punitive 14.25 per
cent interest rate per annum on
this.

Former RoyalFidelity bro-
ker, David Slatter, in evidence
to the Supreme Court, recalled
meeting Dr Brown to discuss
the structure of the facility and
execution of the margin loan
documents. He denied giving
Dr Brown investment advice,
as the terms of his employment
prevented him from doing so,
and the doctor ordered his
attorney, Wayne Munroe, to
drop allegations to the contrary
during the trial’s cross-exami-
nation.

Another RoyalFidelity
employee, Velma Miller,
agreed with Mr Slatter that only
three documents were signed
in connection with the margin
loan facility. She added that Dr
Brown’s margin loan bore an

interest rate of Bahamian
Prime plus 4 per cent, while the
default rate - applied after the
October 2002 margin call - was
Bahamian Prime plus 8.25 per
cent.

“The penalty rate continued
until [Dr Brown] either recti-
fied the shortfall of the value
of the security by infusing cash
into the brokerage account or
providing additional security
which would increase the value
of the brokerage account to
twice the amount of the loan,”
Justice Adderley found.

Statement

In his witness statement, Dr
Brown identified three alleged
misrepresentations made by
RoyalFidelity. These were:

* That in accordance with the
promissory note, the loan
amount would not exceed 50
per cent of the market value of
the shares to bring the loan
within the agreed limits

* That the promissory note
superseded the Line of Credit
agreement

* And that he was at risk of
losing 100 per cent of the shares

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000
No. 45 of 2000

INNOVISOL INTERNATIONAL LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8)

of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of INNOVISOL INTERNATIONAL LTD.

has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the company has therefore been struck off the

Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution was the

13th day September, 2010.

t ‘lh vee at fe
eas. John B. Foster
Liquidator

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT. 2000
No. 45 of 2000

LUHILL INVESTMENTS LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)

of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of LUHILL INVESTMENTS LIMITED

has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the company has therefore been struck off the

Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution was Sep-

tember 7th, 2010.

c \ a Li bby?
eas. | John B. Foster
Liquidator

in his account, as the loan was
secured through the collateral
provided by these securities

Justice Adderley said this
went further than Dr Brown’s
defence pleading, which said he
was given representations that
the loan agreement “involved a
maximum risk of 50-100 per
cent of the value of his securi-
ties portfolio, and no more, as
the securities would be sold or
bought by the plaintiff in its
capacity of market maker in
order to repay the loan”.

Dr Brown alleged that this
understanding was reached in a
conversation with Anwer Sun-
derji, the Fidelity Group’s
chairman and chief executive,
at a time when the latter had
invited him to purchase a 5 per
cent stake in the group’s pre-
decessor organisation, British
American Bank, for $300,000.

Dr Brown attempted to
invest the $300,000, but this
transaction was reversed by the
Central Bank of the Bahamas
because he was not an institu-
tional investor. Eventually, he
invested “part of the funds” in
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank
& Trust when the Fidelity
group became the successor
organisation to British Ameri-
can Bank.

While Dr Brown did not
state that a “particular misrep-
resentation” was made to him,
he stuck to the alleged under-
standing as pleaded in his initial
defence, although the Supreme
Court found such suggestions
were not put to Mr Slatter at
the time the margin loan was
executed.

In his ruling, Justice Adder-
ley found that there was “not
sufficient evidence” to support
Dr Brown’s contention that the
alleged misrepresentations
were made or, if they were, that
they were reckless or untrue.

“Burthermore, there is no
evidence that such representa-
tion induced the defendant to
enter into the margin loan facil-
ity agreement,” the judge
wrote.

“In fact, on the evidence of
[Dr Brown], he entered into the
loan agreement primarily
because the other transaction
had fallen through and he con-
tinued to want to invest with
the successor to British Amer-
ican Bank.

“He had built up a portfolio
of shares over the years and
kept personal custody of the
security certificates prior to
using them to open a broker-
age account with the plaintiff,
so he was not new to securities
trading.

“While I have assessed the
defendant to be a credible wit-
ness, and have no reason to
believe that he did not under-
stand whatever was said as con-
stituting the misrepresentation
which he claims, there is no
supporting evidence that the
misrepresentation was, in fact,
made.”

Justice Adderley added: “If
such a representation was
made, one would have expected
a written indemnity to that
effect in favour of [Dr Brown]
in the margin loan documents,
and having regard to the
demonstrated intellectual acu-
men of the defendant, I would
have expected him to insist
upon it at the time.”

However, the only indemnity
agreement in the relevant doc-
uments was one that favoured
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SERIES ON MARITAL RAPE

TODAY, we reprint two articles
that won second place in the
Southern Newspaper Publishers’
Assoctation’s Carmage Walls
Commentary Prize, an honour
given to newspapers that advocate
strong, courageous and positive
editorial page leadership.

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Introduction: Our
unequal society

By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor

LAST week, a presti-
gious group of American
publishers awarded a top
honour to Insight for its
series urging the passage
of a Bill criminalising mar-
ital rape.

In so doing, they also
issued a strong though
unspoken indictment of
our government’s faint-
hearted surrender on an
issue of fundamental
importance in terms of
women’s constitutional
right to be treated equally.

The judges, aware the
Bill had been shelved ear-
lier this year, called the
articles “incredibly pow-
erful” and a display of
“the greatest bravery” in
the face of an entrenched
power structure — an
implicit condemnation of
government’s weakness
and cowardice when con-
fronted with the braying
of a brainwashed minority
and the ramblings of tin-
pot religious autocrats.

The excuse given was
that not enough people —
including the majority of
those the Bill was trying
to protect — were vocal in
supporting the law. This
is indefensible nonsense.

In the first place, it is
highly unrealistic to
expect the victims of any
form of violence or abuse,
particularly if it is domes-
tic in nature and especial-
ly in a chauvinistic society
that affirms the rights of
the abuser, to speak up for
themselves.

If they could, most cases

of domestic abuse would
not end up being chronic
and there would be no
need for victim advocacy
groups.

Secondly, it is disingen-
uous to portray the
protestations of the vocal
few as indicative of wider
public opinion.

It was easy to anticipate
the reaction of certain
religious figures who jeal-
ously guard against per-
ceived threats to their own
importance.

Their voices were, of
course, amplified through
the bumper membership
of their jumper churches,
all presumably warned in
advance that hell-fire
awaited those advocating
change. However, the
Catholic, Anglican,
Methodist and Seventh-
Day Adventist churches —
taken together a majority
of the religious communi-
ty — came out in favour of
the Bill.

Leaders

Thirdly, while there is a
great deal to be said about
leaders never losing sight
of the will of the people,
even if the government’s
explanation was plausible,
the formation of laws can
never be reduced to a
crass popularity contest.

Consider the likely
result, for example, of a
referendum on a new law
expelling all foreigners or
a mandatory doubling of
private sector salaries.

Finally, this issue is not,
strictly speaking, up for

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debate in the first place.

At its heart, the crimi-
nalisation of marital rape
is an imperative under the
Constitution, the supreme
law of the land, which
mandates that all citizens
of the Bahamas have
equal “security of the per-
son and the protection of
the law”, regardless of
race, creed or sex.

No argument about the
sanctity of the marriage
bed or encroachment of
secular authority on spiri-
tual matters — not to men-
tion the especially unsa-
vory view that the “duplic-
itous” nature of women
will lead to false accusa-
tions — can disguise the
glaring fact that married
women in this society do
not enjoy the same rights
as their unmarried coun-
terparts; the former can
be forced into sex without
recourse in law.

It is clear that Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
understands this; he said
as much in a speech on the
Marital Rape Bill at an
FNM Women’s Associa-
tion meeting.

Furthermore, on his
watch, efforts have been
made to: create freedom
of information legislation,
bestow equal opportunity
on the foreign spouses of
Bahamian women, and
give Bahamians the same

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AWARD: The SNPA Foundation award (above) for The Tribune’s
Rupert Missick and Paco Nunez (pictured left to right respectively).

rights as foreigners with
regard to gambling.

What these moves have
in common is that they all
represent efforts to
enhance equality and
social justice.

They also share the
dubious distinction of hav-
ing been dropped when
the government lost
courage.

Once bitten by the
rejection of the 2002 ref-
erendum of the rights of
foreign spouses, perhaps
the FNM has become
twice shy.

Calculation

Or perhaps it is purely
a matter of political cal-
culation: not so much a
fear that a majority
oppose the Bill and will
express this with their
vote, but rather an
assumption that most peo-
ple are indifferent, and
the vocal minority in
opposition is large enough
to tip the more or less
evenly-balanced scales of
political support.

At the same time, it
turns out that for many in
the government, shelving
the Bill was less a case of
strategy and more a mat-
ter of prejudice.

Minister of State for
Social Services Loretta

Butler-Turner, who cham-
pioned the Bill in parlia-
ment, revealed that when
push came to shove, she
couldn’t even count on
her Cabinet colleagues.

"T can’t say that I had
full consensus on the gov-
erning side," she admit-
ted.

And if chauvinism is
alive and well within the
FNM, it seems to rule
unchallenged in the PLP:
not a single member of
the opposition expressed
support for the Bill.

For all their talk of
being “progressive”, the
Progressive Liberal Party
under Perry Christie has
a dire record on such
issues, opposing the 2002
referendum, taking advan-
tage of every opportunity
to attack press freedom
and failing to take a solid
position on either gaming
reform or marital rape.
They said both issues need
“wider consultation” — a
stance that is the very def-
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S EP T EM’ B E R

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Back to the dark ages

THE Bahamas Christian
Council has declared itself
opposed to government's
efforts to protect women from
being raped by their husbands,
arguing that the proposed
amendment to the Sexual
Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act could threaten the
institution of marriage. The
council paints a picture of a
society beset on all sides by
forces seeking to destroy the
foundations upon which it rests.
In reality, the government's
proposed marital rape law is a
vital component of the enlight-
ened society we should be
aspiring to become, and it is the
Christian Council that is
attempting to drag us back into
the dense gloom of darker ages.

By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor

MY immediate reaction to
the Christian Council's rejec-
tion of the proposed marital
rape law was utter disgust. Dis-
gust, but not surprise.

It was, after all, in keeping
with the council's tendency to
ward off perceived challenges
to its own position by branding
them threats to public morality.

The Catholic Archdiocese,
the Bahamas Conference of the
Methodist Church and the Sev-
enth-Day Adventist Church
have all given their approval to
government's proposed law.
The Christian Council alone
claims that while it respects the
rights of individuals, an abid-
ing concern for God's plan for
"families and nations” prohibits
its members from lending their
support.

Anyone who doubts that this
stance is self-serving should
pause to ask how the Council
can be so concerned about fam-
ilies and nations, when it has
so little to say about the ram-
pant crime, violence, sexual
abuse and corruption that
plagues this nation.

Indeed, it is only a select few
issues that tend to frighten
Christian Council members into
action: homosexuality, the
showcasing of "immoral" films
and performers, gambling, and
now the right of a man to rape
his wife.

This is because in a chang-
ing world, the Council's main
concern has become maintain-
ing a stranglehold on the con-
science on a large portion of
this society.

The public statements of
Council members over the past
several years have made it clear
they feel social progress -
defined by most of the western
world as having to do with
rights and democracy - threat-
ens much of what they hold
dear. After all many of them
have become exceedingly com-
fortable in their roles as the
self-appointed moral arbiters
of the nation.

This is why violent crime is
never high on the Council's
agenda -- it is opposed univer-
sally in modern societies and is
therefore not perceived as a
threat.

Homosexuality, gambling
and "unchristian" films, on the
other hand, all enjoy wide
acceptance in the western
world. What's more, they are
symbolic of an outlook that val-
ues independence of mind and
does not tolerate self-appointed
father figures.

This also explains why the
Council -- alone among the reli-
gious entities that responded to
the proposal - decided to sug-
gest specific changes to the
amendment, recommending
that a man should only be pros-
ecuted for forcing sex on his
wife if there is violence involved
- and even then should not be
incarcerated for the first
offence, but rather subjected to
"rehabilitative steps."

The Council also objected to
the words "who is not his
spouse" being deleted from the
definition of rape, "thereby
leaving it as is and allowing
rape to only be possible
between two persons who are
not married to each other."

While government made no
mention of religion in its pro-
posal, the Council's response
suggested that "the government
and the church” should work
together to create "rehabilita-
tive centres" for husbands who
force themselves on their wives.

The laws of the Bahamas are
enacted by parliament without
deference to any other entity,
but it seems the Council will
not miss a chance to insinuate
itself into the debate and
remind the public how impor-
tant it is.

THE LETTER FROM
BIRMINGHAM JAIL

In announcing the Christian
Council's opposition to the
amendment, Council president

Rev Patrick Paul went to great
lengths to defend the reason-
ing behind the decision. As is
perhaps inevitable considering
the reasonableness of govern-
ment's proposition, this defence
was anything but airtight.

He opened with an unattrib-
uted and slightly misquoted
statement by Martin Luther
King Jr: "A just law is a man's
code that squares itself with the
moral law or the law of God."

He obviously intended this
to suggest that laws are not just
if they do not conform to Scrip-
tural dictates, but a look at the
context of the statement does
more to contradict Rev Paul's
argument than support it.

Dr King was writing from a
jail cell in Birmingham, Alaba-
ma, where he had been arrested
for leading non-violent action
against segregation. He was
working to break a system that
inflicted violence and injustice
upon one group of people,
because of a quality over which
they had no control -- their
race,

As it turns out, Rev Paul is
attempting to support a system
that does the very same thing;
discriminate against another
group - women - leaving them
open to physical and psycho-
logical trauma at the hands of
their spouses as a consequence
of their gender.

Dr King was responding to
a group of white clergymen
who opposed his non-violent
direct action protests and called
instead for negotiations. The
reverend rejected this position,
because "lamentably, it is an
historical fact that privileged
groups seldom give up their
privileges voluntarily.”

He was referring to southern
whites, but could just as well
have been talking about the
Bahamian male, who in addi-
tion to a host of unspoken
social advantages, has the
exclusive legal right to transfer
citizenship to his spouse and
can force sex upon his wife
without censure.

Then again, Dr King's com-
ments could be seen as applying
to the Christian Council and its
members, for whom the host of
social ills which plague this
country seem to mean little
compared to the handful of
fringe issues that threaten their
long established fiefdom.

Rev Paul goes on to claim
society will "experience utter
chaos" if laws contrary to
"moral law" are passed, but he
conveniently fails to mention
the many countries where gam-
bling and homosexuality are
legal, where adults can watch
whatever films they wish and
marital rape is illegal, but they
do not have anywhere near the
levels of violence, child abuse,
rape and murder suffered by
Bahamians.

Rev Paul's choice of this par-
ticular quote is interesting for
another reason. When Dr King
wrote those words, he admit-
ted that he was relying on the
work of two of Christianity's
most celebrated thinkers: St
Augustine and St Thomas
Aquinas. If the Christian Coun-
cil intends to rely on this as a
justification for its stance, must
it not explain how this squares
with the fact that the Catholic
church - to which these two
scholars devoted their lives,
energy and intellect - has
embraced the government's
efforts to protect a wife from
rape by her husband?

Dr King, following Aquinas,
wrote, “Any law that uplifts
human personality is just. Any
law that degrades human per-
sonality is unjust. All segrega-
tion statutes are unjust because
segregation distorts the soul
and damages the personality.
It gives the segregator a false

sense of superiority and the seg-
regated a false sense of inferi-
ority... relegating persons to the
status of things."

Could the same not be said
of a law that treats women as
sex-objects; instruments of grat-
ification for their husbands?
Are we to ignore the wealth of
evidence that states that spousal
rape inflicts serious trauma on a
woman, damaging her person-
ality and relegating her to the
status of a thing?

THE CONSTITUTION

Rev Paul quotes the pream-
ble to the Bahamian constitu-
tion, a favourite strategy of cler-
gymen making claims of
authority outside the purview
of their congregation.

The document states that
Bahamian citizens recognise
"that the preservation of their
freedom will be guaranteed by
a national commitment to self-
discipline, industry, loyalty, uni-
ty and an abiding respect for
Christian values and the rule
of law."

Rev Paul presumably quotes
this to add the weight of con-
stitutional authority to his argu-
ment. However when examined
closely the language of the pre-
amble does not support, and
could actually be seen as dam-
aging his case.

It speaks of a “commitment”
to several personal virtues, but
only a "respect" for Christian
values. An individual can
respect any faith, as well as the
views of those who decline
faith; this does not mean that
one is bound, or "committed"
to all or any of these views.

The distinction may seem
trivial, but the words of the con-
stitution were carefully chosen
by its framers, as Rev Paul
should know. Calling for two
singers to be banned from per-
forming in the Bahamas last
year, Rev Paul had said the
Christian Council intends to
turn the country into the Chris-
tian nation it was always intend-
ed to be. He added: "The
founding fathers that coined
those things in the Bahamas
believed that the Christian
church would be the underpin
to see fit that those virtues con-
tinue from generation to gen-
eration and be the moral watch-
dog of society to deal with the
many issues now plaguing our
society."

In response, two of the orig-
inal framers of the constitution
rejected the idea that the Chris-
tian church has a mandate to
act as the country's moral
watchdog. Former parliamen-
tarians George Smith and Sir
Arthur Foulkes - both delegates
to the 1972 constitutional con-
ference in London - said no
religious body should consider
itself special, or empowered to
make moral decisions on behalf
of the nation.

"The church itself has no
constitutional power. No
church has the right to perform
a government function,” Sir
Arthur said.

Mr Smith said that for the
country's founders to have pro-
moted one body of faith, or
"surrendered" the making of
moral decisions to one religion,
would have been "unwise".

MARITAL RAPE:
THE UNFORESEEABLE
CONSEQUENCES

Rev Paul contends that the
heads of many churches feel a
marital rape law "can have far
reaching consequences" and
quotes one local pastor as say-
ing: "Marital rape is very intri-
cate, and a multi-dimensional
subject that has the potential
of levelling far-reaching and
cross-generational affects on



any western society built on
Judaic-Christian principles. The
impact and implications of such
a law would be incalculable."

Aside from its vagueness, this
statement seems to be in com-
plete contradiction to the avail-
able evidence. For more than
50 years, husbands who rape
their wives have been subject
to prosecution somewhere in
the world. The practice of mar-
ital rape is now illegal in 104
countries. If the Christian
Council wishes to calculate the
implications of such a law, a
few minutes research would
suffice.

As it turns out, there seems
to be no record of huge changes
in a society, the collapse of the
family unit, or an eruption of
widespread false claims as a
result of the passing of such a
law.

A CONVENIENT
DEFINITION

Before stating its specific
reservations to the governmen-
t's proposal, Rev Paul makes
this curious statement: "The
council denounces all acts of
rape. Rape is cruel, brutal,
heartless, atrocious, appalling
and callous. Rape is absolutely
unacceptable and should not be
tolerated or allowed amongst
members of the Bahamian or
any other civil society inside or
outside the marriage bonds or
any other relationship."

An admirable sentiment,
which is also highly convenient
considering the fact that the
council reserves the right to
define rape as it sees fit, as
demonstrated by the suggestion
that marital rape be classified as
"spousal abuse.” You can reject
any practice without conse-
quence once you decide to
define it in a way that suits your
purposes.

Furthermore, if rape should
not be tolerated "inside or out-
side the marriage bonds” why
does the Council recommend
"rehabilitation" of an offend-
er, rather than punishment?

THE OBJECTIONS

Rev Paul goes on to list the
concerns that his members have
expressed. These include:

* Will the institution of mar-
riage be preserved?

They are worried, it seems,
that the right to withhold sex
will lead men to cheat and
eventually become disillusioned
with marriage.

With the rate at which this
already occurs in Bahamian
society, it is unlikely that a law
protecting wives from sexual
violation will make it any
worse. In addition, it must be
asked how these pastors came
to feel it is their place to stop
would-be sinners from actually
committing sin.

For the believer of whatever
persuasion, is salvation not a
question between oneself and
God? For the Christian, did not
the Sermon on the Mount
make it clear that in addition
to action, desire and intention
matter in terms of sin? For the
sake of consistency, should the
Council not call for legislation
that allows a man to be pun-
ished for desiring to cheat on
his wife, or wishing to gamble
or watch an "immoral" film?

* Will the amendment not be
used as a means of spite or the
excuse to end marital relation-
ship differences?

This could be said about any
law. Any unmarried woman
can cry rape against her
boyfriend out of spite if she so
chooses. For the Christian

Council though, fake claims
matter more in terms of marital
rape. This is because their con-
cern is not protecting innocent
men, but preserving the insti-
tution of marriage. Divorce is of
course perfectly legal in this
country, and whether or not its
incidence grows as a result of a
new law is of no legal relevance
whatsoever; no divorce pro-
ceeding is affected by how
many others have occurred in
that particular year. But the
Council identifies respect for
the institution of marriage with
a Bahamas run according to
their programme.

In any case, there seems little
to worry about. Studies esti-
mate that in Australia, 10 per
cent of rape victims were
attacked by their husbands, and
that in the United States more
than 10 per cent of married
women had been raped by their
spouses. Yet in these societies,
where marital rape is illegal,
there has been no correspond-
ing explosion of false claims.

* Will the proper checks and
balances be put in place to
ensure that unfounded claims
are not made?

This is a technical question
applicable to any law, and the
Attorney General's office has
already stated that all false
claimants will be prosecuted.

* Will those investigating
these matters be given clear
written protocols and would
they be mature, confidential
persons?

This applies to investigators
in any rape case, or any other
matter of a sensitive nature.

* How far should the gov-
ernment be going with things
that are sacred and intimate?

Here Rev Paul gets to the
crux of the matter. "How far
should government be allowed
to impinge upon matters which
belong to us?" he effectively
asks.

Of course, this is utter non-
sense, as in the Bahamas, mar-
riage is an explicitly legal and
secular institution.

RELIGION, RIGHTS AND
JUSTICE

Rev Paul writes: "The coun-
cil fully agrees that we must
protect the rights of all in our
society. But we cannot be too
careful to protect persons
whose rights may have been
violated by implementing laws
that have the potential and pro-
vide opportunity for the malig-
nant, the evil, the whoremon-
gers and the spiteful persons
who are looking for ways to get
back at someone, because of
some unfortunate circum-
stance."

Rev Paul is saying the rights
of individuals are not absolute,
and should be protected only
up to a point. Where this may
involve passing laws that cre-
ate opportunities for false
claims and adultery, rights
become secondary.

This suggestion is ridiculous
in terms of feasibility -- we
would have to abolish every
criminal law, as a spiteful per-
son can make a false claim in
connection with any crime. It
also betrays a worrying obses-
sion with regulating the behav-
iour of others beyond the prop-
er place of the law. Adultery is
not against the law in the
Bahamas, and therefore should
not factor into the lawmaking
process, despite what the Coun-
cil may think.

Rev Paul then goes on to call
the Bible the "airbag" of
humanity; the only book "that
seeks men and women's highest
good and protection.”

His argument is that because
this book emphasises right-
eousness, this is the key to “sta-
bility and safety" for man, but
because the Bible teaches that
no man is righteous on his own
all those who renounce their
sins are forgiven. It therefore
follows that husband and wife
should be willing to forgive
each other after unpleasant
incidents - even rape, it seems.

The problem here is that this
is all a matter of opinion. Not
only are there many interpre-
tations of the road to salvation
within Christianity - be it
through grace or works - there
are also a great many people
who live in this country who do
not share Rev Paul's faith.
What would our Jewish, Mus-
lim, Buddhist, agnostic and
atheistic brothers say about this
attempt to make laws in accor-
dance to Rev Paul's faith?

Rev Paul goes on to say that
"righteousness equals justice"
and that "justice is an expres-
sion for reconciliation." It may
be so to him, but it is not in the
eyes of the law. As far as the
law is concerned, justice is the
punishment or rehabilitation of

an individual through fines,
incarceration or other penal-
ties, as a consequence of his
having been proven guilty of
breaking one or more of the
clearly defined codes or regu-
lations enshrined by the
nation's legislative body.

The law deals with concrete
evidence, and calls for guilt to
be proven beyond a reasonable
doubt. There is no room for
"the remorseful, regretful and
apologetic heart” that Rev Paul
says is the condition upon
which a husband who has raped
his wife should be forgiven --
unless this peculiar heart con-
dition can be proven by means
of a chest x-ray.

Furthermore, this idea that
justice is " an expression of rec-
onciliation" is quite something
coming from an organisation
whose members have support-
ed capital punishment. Why
does the Council not think mur-
derers should be "reconciled"?
What about armed robbers and
child molesters? If they feel this
way, why are they not protest-
ing the very existence of Her
Majesty's Prison?

Of course, when it suits our
nation's more vocal pastors, the
definition of justice becomes
"an eye for an eye." It seems
they would take us back to the
days of the witch hunts and the
inquisition, where the defini-
tion of justice shifts to suit cler-
gymen, who can condemn a
man by looking into the "heart"
and finding out his secrets.

MARRIAGE

On the subject of marriage,
Rev Paul is better prepared,
arriving at the battle armed
with various scriptural refer-
ences, many of which affirm the
"conjugal nghts" of both spous-
es.

He uses these to explain why
a rape law should apply to
unmarried couples, but not to
those who have taken sacred
vows.

The problem with this is that
legally speaking, marriage is a
contractual arrangement which
has nothing to do with religion
at all.

Had Rev Paul taken a
moment to peruse the Marriage
Act, he would have perhaps
noticed that a cabinet minister
has the final say in all matters
surrounding marriage. He or
she can appoint any public offi-
cer or religious minister as a
marriage officer, and can reject
a religious minister if he sees
fit.

Article 15 insists that no cler-
gyman who has not been autho-
rised by the minister can pub-
lish the banns of marriage.

Article 24 is worth quoting
in full: "If the parties so desire
they may, after certificate or
licence duly granted, contract
and solemnize marriage at any
place and in the presence of a
registrar and in the presence of
two witnesses, with open doors,
and between the hours of six
o'clock in the morning and
eight o'clock in the evening,
making the declaration and
using the form of words pro-
vided in section 23 of this Act;
but in such case no religious
service shall be used."

AN IMPORTANT DEBATE

The debate on marital rape is
an important one. It may also
offer members of the public the
opportunity to consider where
they stand on an even more sig-
nificant question.

If this nation is to progress,
each one of us will eventually
have to decide how he or she
regards the doom-mongering
of the Christian Council on
issues of human rights and indi-
vidual responsibility.

A federation of predomi-
nantly Baptist churches, the
largest organisation of its kind
in the Bahamas, the Council
has enjoyed the unchallenged
status of primary moral voice
of the nation for decades.

Many of its members portray
themselves as latter-day Davids,
standing against the Goliath of
degenerate modernism. In real-
ity, they have become more like
the New Testament Pharisees,
who declare they are defend-
ing righteousness while putting
the letter of the Law above its
spirit.

I for one believe they are
fighting not for justice, but
against change, because change
is the barometer of their fad-
ing influence on society. The
powerful will not give up the
advantages of their position
willingly, as Dr King, in his let-
ter from a Birmingham jail, so
eloquently pointed out.

What do you think?
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‘Real talk’ on
marital rape

By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net

A disturbing window is
opening into the minds of
Bahamians who oppose the
amendment to the Sexual
Offences Act which would
totally ban marital rape in the
Bahamas.

It appears that men who
balk at the idea believe that it
is acceptable to force them-
selves on wives unwilling or
unable to have sex. It seems
they are willing to abandon
the traditional role of hus-
bands as protector and
provider and don the mantle
of predator.

Women who oppose this
amendment either believe
that being raped is an accept-
able aspect of married life, an
inevitability, like having to
complain about your husband
dropping his shirt onto the
bedroom floor after he comes
home from work or believe
that they have no right to
their own feelings as it relates
to their sexual or reproduc-
tive life.

This is what it boils down
to. There are no nuances.
There are no shades of grey.
There is no room left for
interpretation. The bill seeks
to give married women the
same rights as their single
counterparts, the ability to see
their rapist brought to justice
even if he is the man she mar-
ried.

Those who oppose this bill
believe that if he so chooses, a
man should be able to "take
sex", by force if need be, from
the "bone of his bone and
flesh of his flesh.” I will
throughout this article refer
to opponents of this bill as
proponents of marital rape
because like people of my
generation say, "That's real
talk."

It's been disheartening lis-
tening to radio shows over the
past few weeks as the debate
on this bill continues. Our
men have come across as
brutes and our women
steeped in a victimology that
is inexplicable in this modern
age. People have butchered,
misinterpreted and misquoted
the Bible to, as they see it,
defend the right of a man to
his wife's body. Even the
radio show hosts, who should
know better, defend would be
rapists and postulate that the
bill is being pushed by a cabal
of vindictive women or a hid-
den homosexual agenda.

I was also disappointed lis-
tening to the recent Senate
contribution that Allyson
Maynard Gibson made on
this matter. After listing what
she described as "black and
white or clearly defined areas

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about which there is little or
no disagreement" where it
would be obvious that a man
has raped his wife, like dop-
ing, drugging, threatening her
at gunpoint or beating her to
have sex, etcetera, she sug-
gested that “concerns arise
when we are confronted with
the tremendous grey areas
that inevitably exist in the
context of a marriage."

The good senator suggests
that these grey areas may
include whether the wife was
really saying no, whether the
husband was forcing or try-
ing to convince his wife to
have sex. She also asserts that
there should be consideration
as to what was the wife's
motive for making the allega-
tion of rape against her hus-
band. The amendment, she
says, should also take into
consideration the children and
who will support the family if
the husband is sent to jail.

One can only assume Mrs
Maynard-Gibson was playing
the role of devil's advocate
because the answers to these
questions are quite direct and
(as I said before) there are no
shades of grey.

Complaint

First of all we will rightly
assume that in the case of
marital rape it will be the wife
making the complaint to the
police so regardless of what
the husband thinks, the wife
knows if she was "really say-
ing no."

She also will be painfully
aware of whether she was
being "convinced" or
"forced" into having sex. As
for the motivation behind the
wife making the allegation in
the first place, as with rape
cases involving people who
are not married, it is up to the
courts to make that determi-
nation.

As for the children and who
will support the family if the
husband is sent to jail, surely
these are matters the man
should consider before he
commits such a heinous act.
These should not be hin-
drances to a victim making a
complaint. Rape laws, which
Mrs Maynard-Gibson
marched and fought to see
enforced in this country, exist
for the victims of rape and do
not nor should not include
consideration for any other
party.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson is a
successful, well educated and
prominent Bahamian woman.
There are many women in
our society would be happy
to be as blessed as she is.
Women in her position should
take care not to offer propo-
nents of marital rape any
excuse, which they have done

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over this past week, to say
"see even a woman of no less
esteem than Allyson May-
nard-Gibson has had reason
to question this amendment.”

In the Bahamas marital
rape can only be recognised if
the couple is separated or in
the process of getting a
divorce. If they are married
and there has been no sepa-
ration, spousal rape cannot
occur under Bahamian law.

One of the more persistent
objections to the proposed
amendment is the idea that
removing the ability of aman
to rape his wife would severe-
ly damage the institution of
marriage in the Bahamas.

Those stupid enough to
make this argument chose to
ignore the fact that the rape
itself is severely damaging to
the institution of marriage.

Ina "Your Say" published
in this newspaper on Wednes-
day, August 12, a writer by
the name of "E.V" suggested
that the amendment would
destroy the family, because it
would force a man to sweet-
heart or look for satisfaction
elsewhere.

"When this happens and
the woman files for a divorce
on the grounds that the man
was ‘sweethearting'’, the
courts would not consider that
it was the woman who initiat-
ed the whole thing by using
her body as a weapon and
depriving her husband of his
rights. This same man then
has to pay alimony and other
expenses. Why? Because he
simply wanted to have sex
with the woman God gave
him to have sex with."

This argument is so igno-
rant, backward, demonic and
ridiculous that if it were not
repeated so many times and
by so many different people it
would hardly warrant a
response.

If the alternative to raping
the mother of your children
is "seeking satisfaction else-
where" I hardly see a prob-
lem. But there are more mea-
sured and intelligent solu-
tions. If a husband is sexually
frustrated in his marriage he
can suggest counselling, or
perhaps talk to his wife and
ask her why she no longer
seems interested in having
sex. Even a trip to her per-
sonal physician may be in
order.

In any event, in the "Your
Say" E.V. presents himself as
one seeking to preserve man-
hood. However, E.V. wasn't
man enough to have his name
printed which leads me to
respect his opinion even less.

Former president of the
Bar Association, Wayne
Munroe while he was a pan-
elist on Star 106.5's talk Show
Generation X suggested that



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the amendment would be
abused by vindictive Bahami-
an women, who, he seems to
suggest, are widespread
through the country.

Mr Munroe was quoted in
another daily as saying: "The
problem that this creates is
this: All you need is for there
to be dysfunction in a house-
hold and a woman to be upset
at aman -- and rape does not
require any trauma -- and she
calls the police and says my
husband raped me. You
would be arrested and you
would be the subject of
domestic orders. And it will
be your word against hers as
to whether she said 'no.""

Divorce

Amendment or no amend-
ment, if your marriage is so
bad that forcing yourself on
your wife is the only way you
can have sex with her, you
need to get a divorce. Also,
if your wife is so vindictive
that having sex with her feels
like playing a game of Russ-
ian roulette because you don't
know when she'll decide to
unjustly accuse you of rape,
you need to get a divorce.

Nothing is more damaging
to the institution of marriage
than two people who no
longer want to be or who
have no business being
together, living in a tumul-
tuous household creating a
poisonous environment for
them and their children.

Barrington Brennen, who
has been a marriage and fam-
ily therapist for the past 15
years has been agitating for a
law like this for over a decade.

He told The Tribune that

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unfortunately the response to
the proposed amendment is
revealing a deep seated belief
that women are still property.

He pointed out that it is
religious rather than secular
people who have the biggest
problem with this amend-
ment. These people Mr Bren-
nen said, resort to misusing
scripture in order to "brain
wash" those who are ignorant.

He highlighted the case of a
Bahamian woman who, after
undergoing a painful surgical
procedure told her husband
she was unable to have sex.

This woman's husband
forced himself on her and
through his wife's pain, plead-
ing and tears completed the
sexual act.

Opposition or support for
this act will not divide homes,
but will separate real Bahami-
an men from the animals they
may call brothers, fathers,
uncles, cousins and friends.

I have a very “traditional”
view of manhood which may
become even more "tradi-
tional" if I'm lucky enough to
be a father one day.

A man should be protec-
tor, provider, a nurturer, lov-
ing and a lover.

You cannot love or be
loved through force, through
contempt, or through vio-
lence.

I sincerely hope that the
public debate on this bill is
simply just some social exper-
iment or maybe even a polit-
ical distraction and the gov-
ernment will have this legis-
lation passed regardless of the
nonsense out there. They
have a moral and humanitar-
ian obligation to do so.

If they fail to do this it will
certainly be unforgivable and
Bahamian women and all true
Bahamian men who love their
women should remind them
harshly of their failure in
2012.

Not passing this bill will
mean that men will be able
to be punished for raping
acquaintances, relatives, girl-
friends, prostitutes, strippers
and strangers, but not their
wives.

It is funny how these men,
and I use the term in the loos-
est sense of the word, believe
that a complete stranger or
prostitute should have more
rights than the women they
swore before God to love and
cherish until death.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS



Pirates seize 2 ships off Kenya

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER
Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — Somali pirates
seized a German freight ship off the
coast of Kenya on Sunday — the
second commercial vessel to be cap-
tured in the region in as many days,
officials said.

The pirates took control of the
German freight ship Beluga Fortune
about 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers)
east of Mombasa, Kenya, a
spokesman for the German army
said on condition of anonymity, in
keeping with military regulations.

The German shipping company
Beluga-Reederei, which owns the
vessel, said Sunday night that Soma-
li pirates were behind the attack and
that the ship was on its way from
the United Arab Emirates to South
Africa.

Verena Beckhusen, a spokes-
woman for the Bremen-based com-
pany, declined to give further details
regarding the crew or the cargo, but
the German news agency dapd said
the vessel was carrying at least two
German citizens.



On Saturday night, pirates seized
a liquefied gas tanker 105 miles (165
kilometers) off the coast of Kenya in
the Somali Basin, said officials in
Singapore, where the ship is regis-
tered.

The MV York was travelling from
Mombasa to Mahe in the Seychelles

with 17 crew when pirates comman-
deered it, the Singapore Maritime
and Port Authority said in a state-
ment.

The authority said Sunday it was
working with the ship's owner, York
Maritime Co., and government agen-
cies to recover the ship.

CAPTURED: The MV York merchant
vessel which was boarded by suspected
Somali pirates about 90 nautical miles
from Mombasa, Kenya, on October 23.

(AP Photo)

A Turkish warship sent a heli-
copter to investigate the attack, and
its crew members saw pirates armed
with weapons aboard the MV York,
the European Union Naval Force
said Sunday.

The 5,076-ton MV York had one
German, two Ukrainians and 14 Fil-

ipinos aboard, the EU force said in a
statement.

Somali pirates have long been
active in the region, and they cur-
rently are holding 19 vessels with
428 hostages, according to the EU
Naval Force.

Somalia has lacked a fully func-
tioning government since 1991,
which makes it difficult to prosecute
suspected Somali pirates.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon recently said options under
consideration to do that more effec-
tively include creating a special inter-
national court. But some countries
have gone ahead with their own
court cases.

In Yemen, 13 Somali men accused
of stealing boats off the country's
coast pleaded not guilty Saturday to
piracy. The Yemeni prosecution said
the men were arrested in May on
the shores of al-Mahra in eastern
Yemen. It said their ship was carry-
ing weapons, explosives and ladders.

The trial, being held in the eastern
province of Hadramawt, was post-
poned to November 6 to give the
suspects a chance to secure a lawyer.

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

SOFTBALL Hitmen awarded NPSA title Sunburners,

ball Federation and out-of- — the action of the Truckers and

WHILE the Pineapple Air decision over the Proper Care town guests, for what had they felt that their actions Stingrays 2-0)
VOLLEYBALL Wildcats took the upper hand Pool Lady Sharks Friday _ transpired. were calculated, deliberate
NPVA ACTION in the New Providence Soft- night, the defending champi- “Had we known the inten- and intentional, and none of

their team members showed
any respect to the fans who
paid to watch the start of the
men’s championship series.
The NPSA is still not
entirely clear as to why the
Truckers took such an action,

tions of the Commando Secu-
rity Truckers team prior to
the game, we would have
notified our fans and others
that there would be no sec-
ond game Friday night,” the
statement read.

The NPSA said they are
obviously disappointed with

ons Truckers took one at-bat
against the Dorin United Hit-
men before they walked off
the field.

On Saturday, the NPSA’s
executive committee released
a statement, apologising to
the spectators, including exec-
utives of the Bahamas Soft-

ball Association (NPSA)
women’s best-of-seven cham-
pionship series, the Com-
mando Security Truckers got
booted out of the men’s series
with the title being awarded
to the Dorin United Hitmen.

After the defending cham-
pions Wildcats posted a 10-7

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

THE Scottsdale Vixens
improved their perfect
record by defeating the
Johnson’s Lady Truckers
25-19, 25-17 and 25-21 in
New Providence Volley-
ball Association action at
the DW Davis Gymnasi-

AN unwelcome return to
the Commonwealth Ameri-
can Football League
(CAFL) for one of the

um Friday.

Cheryse Rolle led the
Vixens with nine points,
while Kemesha Thompson
topped all scorers with 11
points in the loss.

In men’s action, the
Saints lost to the
Crimestoppers in five sets
25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 25-22
and 15-9.

Muller Petit led the
Crimestoppers and all
scorers with 24 points.
Chauncey Cooper finished
with 21 points for the
Saints.

Regular season action
continued on Sunday, but
scores were not available
up to press time last night.

TRACK
BSC MEET

THE Baptist Sports
Council is scheduled to
hold its 2010 Rev Eller-
ston Smith Track and
Field Classic at Thomas A
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium on Saturday.

The meet is expected to
get underway at 9:30am
with the official openmg
ceremonies. The first
event is slated for 10am.
The Bahamas Association
of Certified Officials will
be officiating at the meet.

Churches still interest-
ed in participating are
urged to contact Ann
Thompson at the BAAA
office at 325-4433 or Brent
Stubbs at The Tribune at
502-2363. No team regis-
tration will take place on
the day of the meet.

SOFTBALL
PASTORS/
POLITICIANS
EXHIBITION
POSTPONED

FANS will have to wait
until this Saturday to see
the much anticipated
showdown between the
Pastors and the Politicians
in the Andrea 'Gorgeous'
Knowles-Williams charity
softball game.

Organisers postponed
the game until 4:30pm Sat-
urday at Banker's Field.
The game will feature the
politicians, led by Minis-
ter of Youth, Sports and
Culture Charles Maynard,
against the pastors, led by
Minister Carlos Reid.

The softball game will
be held to assist Knowles-
Williams (a former long-
time national team softball
pitcher) with her medical
expenses.

INDUCTION
SPORTS HERITAGE
WEEK

A proclamation is
expected to be read today
declaring Sports Heritage
Week (this week) in
recognition of the 14 per-
sons who are all set to be
inducted into the National
Hall of Fame 7pm Friday.

The Class of 2010
inductees include Winifred
‘Winnie’ Bethel-Russell,
Douglas 'Douggie' Smith,
Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt,
Keith Parker, Gomeo
Brennen, Leonard
‘Skeeter’ Dames, Peter
‘Sweet P' Brown, Celes-
tine Wilson-Albury, Andy
Knowles, Sharon 'The
General’ Storr, the late
golfing extraordinaire
Freddie Higgs, the late
Basil T Kelly, the late Carl
‘Mr Volleyball’ Minnis
and the late Ank Rah-
ming.

SEE page 18

Falcons first flight!

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

t came down to the wee

hours of Sunday morning

before the Jordan Prince

Williams Falcons emerged as

the new boys champions in
the Austin Knowles Invitational High
School Softball Tournament.

In a game that ended shortly before
2am, the Falcons flew past the Span-
ish Wells Bulldogs in a 10-6 triumph
to join the North Andros Seminoles,
who carted off the girls crown with a
13-12 decision over the CV Bethel
Stingrays.

Having to play all day Friday and
Saturday because Thursday’s open-
ing day was cancelled due to the rainy
weather, organisers from the
Bahamas Softball Federation had to
make some adjustments to the for-
mat just to ensure that the tourna-
ment was completed.

But in the end, a number of fans
stayed behind until umpires John
Woodside and Steve ‘Bishop’ Beneby
called “game over” early Sunday
morning before the awards were
handed out.

Falcons 10, Bulldogs 6

An error, a wild pitch and a sacri-
fice fly keyed the final three runs in
the bottom of the fourth for Jordan
Prince Williams as they extended
their 7-6 advantage to secure their
first boys softball title.

Shortstop Austin Hanna, who had
a RBI single in a three-run first
inning, ignited the final rally with his
RBI sacrifice fly that plated Omar
Marshall after Tevaugh Davis came
home on an error that put Stephen
Russell on base. Russell eventually
scored on a wild pitch.

Davis ended up going 2-for-3 with a
RBI and two runs scored, Russell
scored twice with a RBI double, Mar-
shall was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run
scored and Lenthinque Kemp had an
in-the-park solo home run. Kayston
Pinder suffered the loss.

With a four-run cushion to work
with in the top of the fifth, winning
pitcher Aaron Cash got all the defen-
sive help he needed as Russell and
Marshall combined for the game end-
ing double play.

“This is a great feeling. After all of
the hard work that I put into it,” said
a proud Falcons’ manager Dave
Wood.

“Could you imagine this team did-
n’t win a game last year or the year
before last. Now they are 5-1 this year
and it was just fitting that they came
around and excelled the way they did
in this tournament. I’m very happy
for them and for the school itself. It
reminded me of the old days when I
used to play.”

Another former player turned
coach, Delano Cartwright, was in his
second year in Spanish Wells after
leaving his hometown in Long Island.

His Bulldogs, who scored three
runs apiece in the first and second

named the Most Valuable Boxer for

Jordan Prince Williams boys victorious
in Austin Knowles Invitational High
School Softball Tournament

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

PLAY ACTION: Jordan Prince Williams Falcons defeated the Spanish Wells Bulldogs
10-6 to emerge as the new boys champions in the Austin Knowles Invitational High

School Softball Tournament.

¢ North Andros
Seminoles take home
girls crown with 13-
12 decision over CV
Bethel Stingrays

innings, got a pair of hits each from
Jean Francois and Darius Albury,
who scored two and one run respec-
tively. Kirby Albury also scored twice
on one hit.

But Cartwright, who coached the
girls to the championship victory last
year, said it would have been a sweet
taste of victory had his boys pulled
off the win.

“Tt would have been a Cinderella
story because we never expected to
get this far with all of the big horses in
the tournament such as NGM and
Central Eleuthera,” Cartwright said.
“T would have just been happy getting
into the playoffs.”

See more pictures on page 18

Seminoles 13, Stingrays 12

Going to the International Softball
Federation’s tie-breaking rule where
the final out in the last inning was
awarded second, North Andros
responded after CV Bethel scored six
in the top of the frame with seven in
the bottom for the win.

Shortstop Allison Colebrooke came
through with a one-out two-run single
to end the seven-run come-from-
behind walk off the field victory as
North Andros celebrated like only
champions did.

“This is a new experience in the
Family Islands,” said John Ingraham,
a former quarter-miler now coaching
in the high school system. “There’s a
lot of talent there. So it was a privilege
working with this team. It’s a great
feeling because this was my first win
as a coach.”

Barbanique Gibson had a perfect 3-
for-3 night with three RBI and three
runs, Amanda Barr was 2-for-3 with
two RBI and two runs scored, Natoria

SEE page 18



points 6-3. In other matches, Trae

league’s oldest organisa-
tions, while another club
remains undefeated and
continues to stake its claim
as a contender.

The V8 Fusion Stingrays
moved to 2-0 on the season
with a 14-0 win over the
Sunburners yesterday at the
DW Davis Field.

The Stingrays defence has
yet to allow a touchdown in
two games and forced its
second consecutive shutout
of the young season. V8
Fusion forced two turnovers
to help their offence over-
come four turnovers of
their own en route to the
win.

Eldrith Smith tossed his
second touchdown of the
season and Jamaal "Break-
away" Storr ran for his third
touchdown rush of the sea-
son.

The Stingrays offence
started quickly on the open-
ing possession when, for the
second week in a row, they
converted on fourth down
for a long touchdown pass

play.

Starting

With starting quarterback
Nesley "Mugga" Lucien
sidelined, Smith started the
game under center and
made good on his first pos-
session when he connected
with Lawrence Hepburn Jr
on a play action pass for a
60-yard touchdown. The
score stood at 6-0 after a
failed two-point conversion.

Both teams struggled on
offence for much of the
contest as the scoreboard
remained unchanged until
late in the fourth quarter.

The Stingrays threatened
on several possessions but a
series of turnovers prevent-
ed them from adding to the
scoreboard.

Smith was picked off
three times by the Sunburn-
ers defence and the
Stingrays also surrendered a
fumble which kept their
opponents just a score away
for much of the game.

With Lucien back in the
second half, the turnover
woes subsided and
Stingrays were able to con-
trol time of possession and
add to the scoreboard.

Storr took the ball on a
pitch and outran the Sun-
burners linebackers and
defensive back en route to
the endzone.

A successful conversion
brought about the game's
final margin at 14-0.

In other CAFL action,
the Jets also remained
undefeated at 2-0 when
they defeated the Defence
Force Destroyers 22-0 on
Saturday.

In week three, the
Stingrays will have a bye
while the Pros (0-1) will
face the Destroyers (0-2) in
a matchup of winless teams
and the Jets (2-0) will take
on the Sunburners (0-1).

Boxing: Don Rolle takes ‘L Garth Wright’ trophy

ONE of the country’s leading ama- which is expected to feature a heavy-

teur boxing clubs held one of its land-
mark events this weekend to pay
homage to one of the icons of yester-
year in the sport.

Champion Amateur Boxing Club
hosted the 16th L Garth Wright Gold-
en Gloves show at Wulff Road Boxing
Square on October 23. The “L Garth
Wright” trophy was awarded to Don
Rolle who won on points over Peter-
son Wra, 10-4. Lernado Sweeting was

his win on points over Deante Tin-
ker, 10-7.

Robin Deveaux was named the
most improved boxer and he won on
points over Rashann Symonette 3-2.

Fight

The “Best Fight of the Tourna-
ment” went to Jermaine Allen and
Lamont Ash, which Allen won on

Johnson defeated Nax Forbes (4:3),
Kenzell Armbrister defeated Johnson
(5:4), and in an exhibition match,
Javano Collins faced Lester Brown.

Champion Amateur Boxing CLub
extended the L Garth Wright tourna-
ment for its fifth showing, scheduled
for November 6 at the Wulff Road
Boxing Square.

The Bahamas Youth Sporting Club
will face CABC in the main event

weight match between Leslie Moore
Jr and Anthon “Beast” Brown.

Boxers

Four boxers — Javano Collins,
Armand Rolle, Kingsley Choute, and
Deante McPhee — are also expected to
represent CABC at the Inagua Boxing
Championships in the country’s south-
ernmost island on October 30.

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By KEITH MOORE
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STOCKHOLM (AP) —
Roger Federer beat Ger-
many's Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-3
to win the Stockholm Open
on Sunday and match Pete
Sampras’ total of 64 career
titles.

Since 1968, only Jimmy
Connors (109), Ivan Lendl
(94) and John McEnroe (77)
have won more singles tour-
naments than Federer and
Sampras.

"It's amazing that I'm there
where Pete's ended his career
on," Federer said. "You nev-
er know when it's your last
one. That's why you want to
savor every tournament vic-
tory."

In beating the 47th-ranked
Mayer at Royal Tennis Hall,
Federer won his third title of
the year. The unseeded Ger-
man broke serve in the sev-
enth game before Federer
started spraying winners to
take the set. Federer showed
glimpses of his best form in
the second set, mixing power
and finesse and ending the

Matches Pete
Sampras’ total of
64 career titles

match in 63 minutes.

Federer, a 16-time Grand
Slam winner, won his 50th
match of the year Friday. He
became only the fifth man,
and the first since Sampras,
to win 50 matches in at least
nine straight years in the
Open era.

"Early on, I think that feel-
ing of wanting to prove your-
self to the world and all the
doubters is a very strong one,
so you're very aggressive in
your ways of winning and not
enjoying them," Federer said.
"Today it's much more of the
enjoyment part because I
don't need to prove myself to
anyone anymore, except to
myself."

Sweden's Crown Princess
Victoria presented the trophy
to Federer, who was appear-
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CHAMPION: Roger Federer displays his trophy after defeating Florian Mayer in their ATP Stockholm Open
tournament final in Sweden yesterday.

"For me, every tournament
victory is special," the Swiss
star said. "This is one I'll def-
initely remember, maybe
more than other ones."

Mayer, yet to win an ATP
title, was appearing in his
third career final and first in
four years. He knocked out
second-seeded Robin Soder-
ling in the quarterfinals and
his unorthodox style also gave
Federer difficulty.

Federer has beaten Mayer
in all three of their matches

without losing a set. Indeed,
Federer has lost only five
matches against players
ranked above 40 in the past
five years. "It was over really
after the first set," Mayer said.
"T got tired while his game
improved a lot, but I felt it
was a closer match than the
score showed."

Federer had to come from
a set behind to beat country-
man Stanislas Wawrinka in
the quarterfinals and was bro-
ken in the third game of Sat-

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urday's semifinal against
fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic
before coming back.

This was Federer's first
tournament title in Sweden
and the 18th country in which
he has won.

"It feels great winning any
tournament, but especially in
a country where I've never
been successful before," Fed-
erer said. "Mayer played a
really good match in the final,
and I had to really come up
with some good tennis."

Wildcats take
upper hand in
the NPSA

FROM page 16

but they believe it stemmed from an alter-
cation inside the park after a playoff game
on Sunday, October 17, 2010.

During the altercation, one of the players
said he lost a temporary tooth and had to get
six stitches in his mouth.

Team members of Dorin United, which
played the first game on the night of the
altercation (Sunday, October 17), remained
at the park to watch the women’s game.

The NPSA received a written report on
the incident and an apology from the Dorin
United team.

After playing two games on Monday,
October 18 and Tuesday, October 19 against
YI Shipping New Breed in the completion
of their best-of-five playoffs, the NPSA said
the Truckers never gave them any verbal
or written reason for possibly refusing to
play the championship series on Friday,
October 22.

“Therefore, in light of what transpired on
Friday night, October 22, members of the
NPSA Executive Committee and Champi-
onship Appeals Committee made the fol-
lowing decisions, in accordance with the
NPSA Constitution:

1) The Commando Security Truckers
team has been expelled from the NPSA
indefinitely for failure to comply with rules
and regulations by deliberately disrupting a
scheduled game and their future member-
ship in the NPSA will be determined at a lat-
er date.

Furthermore, the NPSA Executive Com-
mittee reserves the right to accept, reject
or defer consideration on the application
of any future Truckers team.

2) All members of the Truckers 2010 team
roster have been suspended indefinitely and
each player must appeal their suspensions to
the NPSA Executive Committee before re-
entering the league on any particular team.

e Additionally, NPSA Executive Com-
mittee and Championship Appeals Com-
mittee have decided that:

1) All members of the 2010 Trucker team
will not be allowed to enter the ballpark for
the rest of this NPSA season.

2) Marvin “Toogie” Wood has been sus-
pended for the remainder of the season to
serve in the capacity as NPSA first vice pres-
ident.

3) Dorin United Hit-Men has been
declared the NPSA men’s division 2010
champions who will now represent the
NPSA in the Bahamas Softball Federation
round-robin tournament in Freeport, Grand
Bahama, starting November 4.

BSF president Dorsett has voiced his
agreement and support of the NPSA’s deci-
sion.

4) The women’s championship series will
continue as scheduled.

Wildcats 10, Lady Sharks 7

Dornette Edwards went 3-for-3 with two
triples, three RBI and a run scored to lead
the Pineapple Air to the game one victory.

Stephanie Goodridge was 3-for-4 with a
RBI and two runs scored, Candice Smith
was 2-for-4 with a run, Jeanette Hilton 2-for-
4 with a RBI and run scored and Christine
Edmunds 1-for-4 with a RBI and two runs.

Marvelle Miller gave up seven hits for the
win over Thela Johnson, who issued 13 hits.

Johnson went 1-for-3 with a RBI, scor-
ing a run, Dawn Sears was 2-for-4 with a
RBI, Cleo Symonette 1-for-3 with a run,
Shonell Symonette 1-for-4, Trekia Munroe
1-for-3 with a run and Raquel Cooper 1-
for-3 in the loss.

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Knowles was 2-for-3 with a RBI, scoring twice,
Patra Johnson and Malcot Evans had two hits with

a RBI and two runs in the win.

Chadeeka and Shaquille Bain, Ashanti Darville
and Angel Miller were all 2-for-3 with the two
Bains, Darville and Randerkea Porter scoring two
runs apiece. Kadijah Bain scored three runs.

“The girls were tired. That was our fifth game for
the day,” said Christine Jenoure, whose Stingrays
blew their six-run lead in the extra inning.

“Most of the games, we only had about 45 min-
utes break, so they were tired. They played well, but
North Andros was well rested. We didn’t hit the ball
and we made more errors than them. But we were

right there in the fight.”
Bulldogs 12, Wildcats 7

Darius Albury went 2-for-3 with two RBI ands

two runs, Jean Francois had a two-run double and
two runs, while Kirby Albury walked twice and

scored as many times as Spanish Wells advanced to

the championship.

Vido Turnquest had two hits with two walks and
scored three times as NGM had to settle for the
bronze medal. Albury picked up the win on the
mound over Tobias Turnquest.

Stingrays 6, Crusaders 5

Diva Burrows had a two-run single and a RBI
fielder’s choice, scoring a run, while Ashanti
Darville walked twice and scored as many runs as
CV Bethel got into the final.

Atiya Deal was 2-for-2 with a RBI, scoring two

runs as Nassau Christian Academy had to settle
for the bronze. Chadeeka Bain got the win on the

mound over Charity Rolle.



Steelers beat Miami 23-22

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Ben Roethlis-
berger and several other players
waged an end-zone scrum for a
loose ball so frantic the officials were
unable to determine a winner. That
gave the game to the Steelers.

A video review determined
Roethlisberger's late touchdown was
instead a fumble, but because it was
unclear who recovered, Pittsburgh
kept the ball and kicked the game-
winning field goal on the next play
to beat the Miami Dolphins 23-22.

"Just a bizarre kind of play. You
hate to win it that way, but you'll
take a win,” Roethlisberger said.

Said Miami linebacker Channing
Crowder: "The refs called a won-
derful game — for the Steelers."

With Pittsburgh trailing 22-20 and

facing third-and-goal at the 2,
Roethlisberger fumbled as he dived
across the goal line on a quarter-
back draw. The play was ruled a
touchdown as both teams scrambled
for the ball.

After a review, referee Gene Ster-
atore announced Roethlisberger
fumbled before scoring. But Stera-
tore said replays were inconclusive
regarding which team recovered,
and the Steelers were awarded pos-
session at the half-yard line, allowing
Jeff Reed to kick an 18-yard field
goal with 2:26 left.

"T have to have clear video evi-
dence of the team recovering the
fumble," Steratore said after the
game. "It is a pile of bodies in there,
and you don't have a clear recov-
ery."

Several Dolphins argued Miami
linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis

recovered.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin
was still shaking his head about the
narrow escape when he met with
reporters. "Make it quick,” he said.
"We've got the buses warming up."

AFC North leader Pittsburgh
improved to 5-1 and remained
unbeaten on the road. The Steelers
won despite losing three starters
with injuries: linebacker LaMarr
Woodley (hamstring), defensive end
Aaron Smith (left arm) and tackle
Flozell Adams (left ankle).

Miami fell to 3-3, with all the
defeats at home and all the wins on
the road.

Roethlisberger, playing his sec-
ond game since returning from his
suspension, finished 19 for 27 for
302 yards and two scores. But the
Dolphins’ point total was the highest
against stingy Pittsburgh this year.

Arsenal, Man U
and Manchester
City even in the
Premier League

LONDON (AP) — Javier
Hernandez filled in for the
injured Wayne Rooney and
scored a pair of goals Sunday,
lifting Manchester United to a
2-1 victory at Stoke and into a
three-way tie for second place
in the Premier League.

Hernandez's spectacular
backward header past goal-
keeper Thomas Sorensen in
the 27th minute and short-
range tap-in of Patrice Evra's
cross following a Dimitar
Berbatov pass in the 86th
gave the Mexican forward five
goals in his first season with
United, including three in the
Premier League. Tuncay San-
li had tied the score with a
curling 81st-minute goal.

"T jumped and saw the ball
behind me and tried to head it
towards the goal," Hernan-
dez said of his first goal. "I
don't remember doing it in
training."

Chelsea (7-1-1) leads with
22 points, five more than
Arsenal (5-2-2), Manchester
United (4-0-5) and Manches-
ter City (5-2-2).

Arsenal won 3-0 at Man-
chester City on goals by Samir
Nasri in the 20th minute, Alex
Song in the 66th and Nicklas
Bendtner in the 88th. Man-
chester City played a man
short after Dedryck Boyata
was given a red card for
pulling down Marouane
Chamakh in the fifth minute.
Cesc Fabregas’ 41st-minute
penalty kick was saved by Joe
Hart.

Liverpool beat visiting
Blackburn 2-1 on goals by
Sotiros Kyrgiakos and Fer-
nando Torres, offsetting
Jamie Carragher's own-goal.
Bought this month by the par-
ent company of the Boston
Red Sox, Liverpool (2-4-3)
remains in the relegation zone
in 18th place.

Paris Saint-Germain
loses 3-2 to Auxerre

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-
Germain missed a chance to
move into second place in the
French league when it lost 3-
2 at home to struggling Aux-
etre on Sunday.

Brazilian playmaker Nene
scored twice for PSG, but
Auxerre got only its second
league win of the season with
goals from defender Jean-Pas-
cal Mignot and forwards Roy
Contout and Julien Quercia.

Lyon's four-match winning
run came to an end when it
was held to a 1-1 draw away
against last-place Arles. Mar-
seille could move into second
with a win at Lille later Sun-
day.

Edu and Rangers
defeat Celtic, 3-1

GLASGOW, Scotland
(AP) — Rangers (9-0), with
American midfielder Maurice
Edu, took advantage of two
mistakes and a contentious
penalty kick to win 3-1 at
Celtic (9-1) and open a three-
point lead over its rival at the
top of the Scottish Premier
League.

The defending champions
had trailed on a 45th-minute
goal by Gary Hooper but tied
it in the 49th through an own-
goal by Glenn Loovens.

Kenny Miller scored in the
55th after a weak clearing
kick by goalkeeper Fraser
Forster and made it 3-1 in the
67th with a penalty kick
awarded for a block by Daniel
Majstorovic — even though
the defender appeared to be
trying to get out of Kirk
Broadfoot's way when he fell
to the ground.

Villarreal in 2nd place
with 2-0 victory over
Atletico Madrid

MADRID (AP) — New
Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi
scored his sixth goal of the
season, helping Villarreal
move into second place in the
Spanish league with a 2-0 vic-
tory over Atletico Madrid.

Ruben "Cani" Garcia
scored in the ninth minute
and Rossi had an impressive
individual effort inside the
penalty area in the 52d, tuck-
ing a shot inside the near post.
Rossi has five league goals
and one in the Europa
League.

Real Madrid (6-0-2) is one
point ahead of Villarreal and
Barcelona (both 6-1-1), with
the Yellow Submarine in sec-
ond on goal difference.

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agencies have been put on
high alert ‘following the out-
break of cholera in Haiti.

Local health services have
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who have been to either des-
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contact a health centre if they
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However, the authorities
have developed response
plans in the event that the dis-
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Bahamas.

“The Water and Sewerage
Corporation confirms that the
government has adequate
supplies of safe clean water.
Its Water Quality Laboratory
conducts routine sampling
and analyses of water follow-
ing well established protocols.
The public is advised that tap
water is safe to drink,” " said
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MORE families could lose
their properties in the Sir Lyn-
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after the court ruled against the
homeowners and in favour of
Arawak Homes.

Chief Justice Sir Michael Bar-
nett has ruled in favour of the
real estate development company
in a dispute about the ownership ©
of land between Dennis and Bar-
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Ltd.

The Chief Justice on Thursday
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ABOVE: 4 view of the Vopak-Borco
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son Anthony Poitier have a full view of
Vopak-Borco oil tanks from the roof of
their home. ,

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
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RESIDENTS of Pinder’s Point,
Grand Bahama, are considering a class
action suit to settle once and for all the
dispute between the community and compa-
nies in the Freeport Industrial Park.

Residents claim there are a number of
“unexplained illnesses” affecting the commu-
nity, and companies in the park are.a general
“nuisance” to their neighbours.

Preliminary data from a survey commis-
sioned by Obie Wilchcombe, Member of Par-
liament for West End, list a range of medical
complaints, including: shortness of breath,
headaches, burning in the eyes, throat and
chest irritation, coughing, lumps and other
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Politicians express sadness
after death of Barbados PM

THE death of Barbados’
Prime Minister David
Thompson sees the loss of a
valued member of the Con-
ference of Heads of Govern-
ment of the Caribbean Com-
munity, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said.

Political leaders in the
Bahamas over the weekend
expressed their condolences
_and sadness over the death of
‘Mr Thompson who died of pancreatic
cancer on Saturday night.

He was 48, and the island nation’s
third leader to die while in office

within the last 25 years.

“Like all of his friends and
colleagues I had hoped that
this day would have been
postponed,” Mr Ingraham
said. ;

‘Mr Thompson’s voice will
be sadly missed in future
CARICOM deliberations, he
added.

The late prime minister is
said to have shouldered the
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lawyer talked him into it. On
Thursday he professed his inno-
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“T never kill nobody,” Jer-
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Justice Longley said because
the facts of the case had not been
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when he had pleaded guilty he
would allow the accused to with-
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was presented to Williams, who
then entered not guilty to mur-
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attorney.

It is alleged that sometime
between November 10 and
November 15, Williams inten-
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after violence
over weekend

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

WEEKEND violence in
Nassau left two men in hospi-
tal and at least three others
the victims of daytime armed
robbery.

Police report that a 24-year-
old man was shot in his upper
thigh and left hand on Satur-
day night after two masked
gunmen opened fire on a
group of men at Polehmus
Street off Augusta Street. The
victim was taken to the hos-
pital by Emergency Medical
Services. He is listed in sta-
ble condition.

It is reported that both men
were armed with handguns.

Later, officers recovered a
handgun without ammunition
while on patrol in the Big
Pond Subdivision.

While observing a group of
men sitting on a wall near the
park, one of the men fled the
scene and was seen throwing
an object away. The man
escaped, however after a
search of the area the hand-
gun was recovered.

The spate of armed rob-
beries began early Saturday
morning, when a gunman
approached a woman while
at the junction of Wulff Road
and Collins Avenue. The
man, who was armed with a
handgun, demanded cash and
robbed the woman of her
handbag before escaping on
foot north on Collins Avenue.

Some four hours later,
shortly after noon, a store on

Man dies
after suffering
electric shock

FREEPORT: A young
man who suffered an electric
shock from a high voltage
transformer has died in hos-
pital.

The 20-year-old was with
friends on Friday at the old
abandoned Stone Crab
Restaurant on Taino Beach
when he touched the trans-
former, and knocked uncon-
scious to the ground.

He was transported by
ambulance to Rand Memori-
al Hospital where he was
detained for observation.
However he died on Satur-
day.

ASP Hecto Delva said an
autopsy will be performed
today to determine the cause
of the death.

He said police are with-
holding the man’s identity
pending an official identifica-
tion of the body by family
members.

Investigations are continu-
ing.

ARMED ROBBERY

Grand Bahama Police are
investigating an armed rob-
bery which occurred at the
Victoria Inn Hotel in Lucaya
yesterday morning.

According to reports, a
lone gunman entered the
hotel sometime around 9am
and made off with an amount
cash.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Leaked files portray weak, divided Iraq

WASHINGTON — The enormous cache
of secret war logs disclosed by the WikiLeaks
website paints a picture of an Iraq burdened
by persistent sectarian tension and meddling
neighbours, suggesting that the country could
drift into chaos once US. forces leave.

The reports, covering early 2004 to Jan. 1,
2010, help explain why Iraq's struggle to cre-
ate a unified, independent state continues,
despite a dramatic reduction in violence. They
appear to support arguments by some experts
that the U.S. should keep thousands of troops
there beyond their scheduled departure in
2011, to buy more time for Iraq to become sta-
ble.

The threats described in the leaked docu-
ments come from outside, including next-door
Iran, as well as inside, in the form of sectarian,
political and even family rivalries that pre-
date the 2003 American-led invasion and
endure today.

The reports demonstrate the weakness of
Iraq's civic institutions, court system and mil-
itary, even before sectarian violence exploded
in 2006-2007.

In the fall of 2005, the U.S. military dis-
covered evidence of plots to assassinate vari-
ous officials, including an Iraqi Army colonel.
In September, one of the war logs said, a
group of judges were abducted in Balad, beat-
en and forced into the trunk of a car.

Another example: On June 6, 2006, U.S.
forces reported discovering large amounts of
blood on the floor, a rubber hose and electric
wires rigged to a metal door in a holding cell
in an Iraqi police station in Husaybah, in west-
ern Iraq.

The report called the discoveries "evidence
of unchecked torture" and "clear indications”
of human rights violations.

The USS. report said that for a time, US.
military advisers slept in the police station to
make sure prisoners were not abused, checked
arrest logs and counseled Iraqi police, warning
them against these practices.

But even a programme of training and
counseling didn't put an end to the abuses.
According to a report dated Feb. 16, 2009,
USS. forces reported the mistreatment of 33
detainees in custody at the same police station.

The Associated Press was given access to a
redacted WikiLeaks database hours before
its general release Friday, but was not pro-
vided the raw data. The documents appear
to be authentic, but their origin could not be
confirmed independently.

The leaked war logs reflect significant
progress as well. There has been a dramatic
improvement in security since the height of the
violence in 2006-07, due to a weakened threat
from al-Qaida and an Iraqi population weary
of the sectarian bloodletting that once threat-
ened to plunge the country into civil war.

Even so, some experts question whether
the fledgling military and police forces are
capable of defending Iraq after Washington
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also worry Iraq could repeat its history of
turning to a military dictator in the mould of
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Ryan Crocker, ambassador to Iraq in 2007-
08, said Washington has decided to turn the
page on Iraq but must not close the book.

"We're still very much at the beginning of
this story, or more to the point, the Iraqis are
at the beginning of their new narrative in their
history, and for all of the extraordinary
achievements that we've seen, the list of chal-
lenges is even greater," he said Friday.

One major challenge is the country's polit-
ical paralysis. Iraqi politicians are struggling to
form a new government seven months after a
national election failed to produce a clear
winner. That's a symptom, to some, of the
country's stubborn religious and ethnic
schisms. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's
opponents said the WikiLeaks documents
showed he must be stopped from consolidat-
ing power. Al-Maliki's office responded by
saying the document leak was timed to sabo-
tage his re-election hopes.

Crocker called it "profoundly important"
that the U.S. maintain a military presence in
Iraq beyond 2011, despite America's weariness
with the long and costly war and pressure to
shift more resources to Afghanistan.

The leaked documents posted by Wik-
iLeaks recount Iran's role in arming and train-
ing Shiite militia groups and seeking to influ-
ence Iraqi politics — a concern that may deep-
en as American influence in Baghdad wanes.

In Crocker's view, Iraq will struggle for
years with profound internal political and
social problems. Meanwhile, he said, Iran is in
effect telling Iraq: "Looks like the Americans
are leaving, and guess what — flash news —
we're staying."

Before the U.S.-led invasion, predomi-
nantly Arab Iraq was stronger militarily than
Persian Iran, an old foe.

Today, due to the U.S. defeat of Saddam's
forces and its dismantling of his army, Iran
enjoys a vast numerical advantage over Iraq in
battle tanks and other weapons of war. Iran is
likely to keep that edge for years to come.

Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at
the Centre for Strategic and International
Studies and a frequent visitor to Iraq, said
that it could be another decade before Iraq has
an effective air force.

In 2003, Iraq had 2,200 main battle tanks,
compared with 1,565 for Iran, Cordesman
wrote in a new assessment of Iraq's military.
Today, Iran's fleet of main battle tanks has
swelled to 1,613 while Iraq's has fallen to 149.

By Cordesman's calculations, Iraq's security
forces are going to be much less capable in
December 2011 — when the last U.S. troops
are scheduled to depart — than was planned
when the Bush administration negotiated the
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

As an observant Bahami-
an, I feel compelled to express
my thoughts of this new
Sociopolitical Revolution,
being intellectually posed by
this new breed of young, tal-
ented, and up-and-coming
politicians.

When one examines the
personalities such as Ryan
Pinder, Dr Duane Sands,
Bran McCartney, Desmond
Bannister, Michael Halkitis,
Hope Strachan, and Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald of today,
one is left to wonder what a
great country this could be if
the talents of these men and
women were allowed to be
unhindered and further
allowed to vie for leadership
in their respective parties.

What has prompted me to
write such a letter of obser-
vation was that I recently had
the opportunity to observe

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EDITOR, The Tribune.



It has been almost two
months since my son
smashed up my car at the
light near St Thomas
More, and the malfunc-
tioning light that caused
the accident is still not
working. The green light
works fine, but there is no
yellow and no red! I have
two questions.

Why was a malfunction
light left on and why has it
still not been fixed! The
police know it is not work-
ing.

Why is it still endanger-
ing lives? Who is responsi-
ble, or should I say impos-
sible? Are drivers sup-
posed to just guess what
the light is? OK, so that’s
five questions, but please,
whoever is responsible,
please have more regard
for the safety of the citi-
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Marathon Constituency
recently while he and his team
participated in the “Back to
School” Programme for the
under-privileged youth of this
country.

This young man has so tak-
en my spirit to the extent that
I wish I was a resident of his
area just so I could have given
him my support and vote (as I
voted for the FNM in the last
election). The kind of political
objectivity and maturity that
Jerome and the aforemen-
tioned possess, is a clear indi-
cation that we are moving
from the political tribalism
and partisanship, and transi-
tioning on to a better socio-
political development in these

respective bodies.

In closing I would like to
encourage Senator Fitzgerald
and others to keep this focus
in their quest toward being
key and major players in the
management of our country.

Senator Fitzgerald, my
prayers are with you and
maybe someday I may reveal
myself to you. I hope that the
leaders of your political party
will embrace you along with
the other young talents, and
will encourage your transition
to leadership.

Embracing it with their able
guidance and experience, for
we are at the threshold of a
new beginning for a better
Bahamas.

Senator Fitzgerald, God
speed and do well...

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Atheism is essentially
a materialist ideology

EDITOR, The Tribune.

REGARDING the Tony Blair - Christopher Hitchens
debate over God next month in Toronto:
The claims to atheism are both presumptuous and

intrinsically false.

A world which has to create its own justice through
human reason alone — a reason whose very existence
and origin atheists cannot explain — is a world without
hope. When human interests and values are based on rea-
son alone, apart from the truth of God that transcends
them, the individual and his human rights, dignity, worth,
and capacity for self-realisation are at the mercy of

caprice.

The truth is that we all act by faith every day. We go
around affirming that "we believe" in many things, even
though we ourselves have not checked out the evidence.

Is religious faith, in principle, any different? Not real-

ly

This faith understands that something else that we do

not see is true, because we accept the testimony of some-
one who saw. We Christians, for example, accept the
testimony of Christ and His apostles who saw and

believed.

Atheism is essentially a materialist ideology that
reduces man to a mere machine. When man is nothing
more than a product he becomes subject to the control of
man. Imperfect individuals must then be weeded out;
the path of planning and production must aim at the
perfect man. Suffering must disappear, and life is to con-
sist of pleasure alone. In the final analysis atheism is a
recipe for consumerism, selfishness, power, and plea-

sure-seeking.

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Youth leaders: heated House exchanges ‘entertaining’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

A RAUCOUS exchange in
the House of Assembly last
week, in which one MP was
asked by the Speaker to leave,
was considered “entertaining”
by youth leaders in the visitor’s
gallery.

Youth parliamentarians were
in the House as observers on
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Cynthia Pratt, MP for St Cecilia,
admitted she could understand if
some of them left with mixed
feelings.

One of the youth leaders,
Deangelo Beneby, said: “Some
of them were out of order. I like
the back and forth, but they need
more respect for the person who
is talking.”

Maqguel Lightbourne said she
found the heated exchanges
between parliamentarians
“entertaining,” and liked to see
the "fire." During the session,

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House Speaker Alvin Smith
asked Frank Smith, member of
parliament for St Thomas More,
to leave.

This came after Mr Smith
stood up in the House and said
to the Speaker: “You are
unfair,” in the midst of a heated
exchange between parliamen-
tarians.

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statement, the Speaker had
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AN ARMED man was
shot by a police officer early
Friday morning after
allegedly being caught try-
ing to steal gasoline from
the officer’s private vehicle.

ASP Delva said the offi-
cer was at home around
5am when he heard his dog
barking. He went outside
with his service revolver and
saw a black male with a
gasoline container in his
hand.

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approached him in a threat-
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the individual to stop and
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attended meeting. Cadiz, a
businessman turned politician,
was especially impressive with
a down-to-earth, no nonsense
style that focused on cutting
out bureaucratic delays and
getting on with serious busi-
ness. ;

Barbados Foreign Minister
Maxine McClean was at the
Forum. Unfortunately, she
was a spectator at the
Caribbean session, since she
was slated to speak the fol-
lowing day as part of a panel
on enhancing Commonwealth
trade for global growth. As
usual, she gave a thoughtful

and polished performance

despite the uncertainties that
surround both the health of
her Prime Minister, David
Thompson, and the composi-
tion of the government and its
policies in the future.

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Forum in its Global Competi-
tiveness Report has placed all
Caribbean countries, except
Barbados, at the lower end of
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was in the top 50, all other
Caribbean countries started at
95 out of 113 rated countries.

This means that there has
to be fundamental and radical
change in the region in the
way that Caribbean countries
approach the business envi-
ronment. A range of issues
were identified by the World
Economic Council. Some of
them, such as crime and secu-
rity, require immediate atten-
tion, including the establish-
ment of joint regional machin-
ery for managing and curbing
it.

There are other issues that
should also be addressed swift-
ly and could be resolved more

- quickly than the crime and

security issue. These include:
lower company taxes, greater
efficiencies and reduced port
and customs charges, much
more rapid assessment and
approval of investment pro-
posals and issuing of requisite
permits by government
departments, improved access
to capital for expansion and
marketing, and strong and
vibrant government machin-
ery for promoting investment.

Energy costs, telecommu-
nications infrastructure and
road transportation are lin-
gering problems in many
Caribbean countries. They all
require a radical approach to
build out networks through
partnerships between the pub-
lic and private sector.

The point is that Caribbean
countries have to move away
from chanting the slogan that
they are “open for business”
and really open for business.

Each of them also has to
realize that they are far more
attractive for business if they
are all a Single Market with
unfettered movement of capi-

' tal, goods and services, and

yes, people too. °

The entire Caribbean is far
too small, and the countries of
the Caribbean Community
and Common Market (CARI-
COM) particularly so, to com-

pete at any level with larger.
countries whose natural and’
financial resources are greater, |

and whose bigger populations.
give them a greater pool of
skilled and trained people to
call on.

And, it is not as if there are
not investment and trade
opportunities despite the
recession in some economies.
Poor economic performance
is by no means uniform; the
worst hit are a few developed:
countries such the United:
States, the United Kingdom, '
France, and Germany — coun-
tries that preached to the rest
of the world about fiscal pru-
dence and regulation and,
imposed standards on others
while they were themselves,
paying these matters lip ser-:
vice.

Other countries are Sicuing
ahead — China, India and
Brazil among them, but not
these alone: Singapore,'
Malaysia and the Maldives are:
growing and so too are some
African states that have truly‘
opened up for business — the
most stunning of these is’
Rwanda, although its human’
and civil rights performance.
still requires considerable
improvement.

One of the telling facts that ,
came out of the Common-.
wealth Business Council
Forum on Economic Partner-
ships is that Commonwealth
countries are now doing $4 tril-
lion worth of trade per annum. :
That is serious money, but it is
not evenly spread throughout
the Commonwealth. Much of
it is still between the devel-?
oped Commonwealth coun-
tries, such as the United King-*
dom, Canada, Australia and’
New Zealand and the fast
emerging Commonwealth
economies such as India, Pak-
istan, Singapore, South
African and Nigeria. The
Caribbean enjoys only a minis-,
cule part of that action.

SEE page 10

LEGAL NOTICE
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KAREGA LIMITED

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- (a) KAREGA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International |
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19th October, 2010 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and-registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Diodata Holdings
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Dated this 25th day of October A. D. 2010

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(a) RAMARRO LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under
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But, the Commonwealth
does provide the Caribbean
with a great opportunity. By
2020, the Commonwealth will
have a market with one billion

middle class consumers and 40 °

per cent of the global work-
force. Caribbean countries are
well placed to grab a share of

' the spending of this vast num-

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of them share with other Com-
monwealth countries a com-
mon language, common law,
common traditions, and simi-
lar business systems.

To share in this bounty
Caribbean countries must
reform and revamp their laws,

. regulations, and costs to make

themselves competitive. They

also have to get, out into the
global market place and sell
themselves; staying at home
and not taking every opportu-
nity to promote themselves
will not do it. Triaidad and
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Green Flag recognition for
Deen Creek Middle School

First school in the Bahamas and English
speaking Caribbean to receive honour

THE Bahamas Reef
Environment Educa-
tional Foundation
(BREEF) and The Min-
istry of Tourism organ-
ised a ceremony to
recognise Deep Creek
Middle School’s
achievement of Green
Flag certification.

Green Flag Certifica-
tion is international
recognition which is
awarded to eco-friendly
schools committed to
environmental educa-
tion and performance.

During the ceremony,
Hyacinth Winder Pratt,
permanent secretary of
the Ministry of Tourism
and Aviation, congrat-
ulated the students for
being the first school in
The Bahamas and the
region to receive such
an honor.

She stated that
tourists list the beauti-
ful beaches, clean
water, and environment
as a major attraction to
the country. She
encouraged the stu-
dents to promise that
they would get their
parents, neighbours,
and friends involved
with promoting sustain-
ability.

“It is a great mile-
stone that you’ve
achieved. A’ small
school of this size is
setting the pace for the
rest of the English-
speaking Caribbean,”
said Director of Sus-
tainable Tourism, Earl-
ston McPhee.

Founded in January
2010, the DCMS Eco-
Club led the school on
its journey to receive
the Green Flag with
pilot projects like the
creation of a recycling
center where students
recycled capri sun
pouches, plastic bottles,
and aluminum cans.
The Eco-club members
ensured no Styrofoam
would be on campus by
delivering 50 cent fines
to those students who
did not bring their own
reusable lunch contain-
ers. They installed fan
and light timers to



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work and it paid off,”
said Hershal Knowles,
president of DCMS
Eco-Club. Other club
members are Treshae
Clark, vice president;
Moesha Leary, secre-
tary; Nickeva Griffin,
Brittany Gibson, and
Jovanna Sands.

DCMS Principal Dr
Joanna Paul acknowl-
edged Charlene Carey
from BREEF for her
support in partnering
with DCMS to accom-
plish their Green Flag
status.

“It’s monumentous.
We want the program
to grow and get more
schools to sign-up,”
said Charlene Carey.

Dr Paul further out-
lined three key areas
that DCMS will build
upon to continue their
conservation and acad-
emic success. Specifi-
cally, DCMS is commit-
ted to increasing stu-
dent leadership, shar-
ing knowledge with
other schools and
teachers throughout
The Bahamas, and mak-
ing their campus a
model for sustainabili-
ty.

“The PTA of DCMS
is extremely proud of
the accomplishments of
the Eco-Club in secur-
ing the international
designation of a Green
School. As the first
school, not only in the
Bahamas, but in the

ment to the lead-
r s h i p
and responsible citizen-
ship that is inspired by
motto of DCMS. We
are excited to see our
youth blaze this new
trail in sustainability
and we commit to
encouraging them as
they learn and become
teachers inspiring this
generation to take the
helm in preserving our
natural environ-
ments",” said DCMS
PTA Co-President
Danielle Gibson.

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Please be advised that from Tuesday October 19th 2010, Road Works will be

implemented on sections of Market Street.

WHAT IS THIS PHASE OF THE PROJECT ABOUT?

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facilities, utilities, asphalt pavement, sidewalks, street lighting, traffic signs and road markings.

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food support in the Bahamas

be posted and announced through the media.

RESTAURANTS Bahamas Limited, the KFC franchise
owners in New Providence, has teamed up with Hands For
Hunger to help bring relief to the neediest in the community.

The effort is part of World Hunger Relief’s initiative to
feed children in 82 countries around the world.

Starting on October 12 and continuing next month, all 10
New Providence KFC’s stores will have collection canis-
ters where KFC invites customers to join in the global effort
by making a charitable donation.

Through a special arrangement with World Hunger Relief,
at the end of the exercise, 50 per cent of the amount col-
lected will go to the global relief effort, and KFC will donate
the other 50 per cent to the New Providence-based food res-
cue programme Hands For Hunger.

Variety

Hands For Hunger is a local food rescue programme
committed to the elimination of hunger and reduction of
food waste in our community. Hands For Hunger’s refrig-
erated trucks pick up a variety of fresh, high-quality prepared
foods, fresh produce as well as non-perishable items.

Within hours, this food is redistributed to feeding centres
across New Providence such as The Bahamas Red Cross and
Urban Renewal Centres.

KFC vice president and general manager Gabriel Sastre
said: “We are especially happy to be working with Hands
For Hunger in this programme because we are well aware of
the tremendous work they have been doing over the past
two years providing immediate food support to those most
in need,

“We are asking customers to join us in the fight against
hunger, locally and abroad, by donating a small monetary
contribution. When a customer purchases a meal, we are
asking them to help us stop Hunger with a donation.”

Ashley Lepine, executive director of Hands For Hunger,
expressed appreciation for KFC’s shared commitment to
making a difference in the lives of Bahamians, and their
efforts to raise awareness of the increasing need for food
assistance in our community.

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USINCSS

2010

MONDAY,

OCTOBER 25,

Attorney ‘Flummoxed’ over
24% auto sales fal

i New car dealers had anticipated Q3 boost compared to

faces US
extradition

- Q2, but consumers did not flock to take advantage of
_ pre-Budget prices as anticipated
_ BH Year-over-year Q3 comparatives better, with just 3.32%
_ fall for 2010 period

| Bi Leading industry executive expecting no improvement
: for another 8-12 months
Commercial vehicles already feeling Budget tax rise
_ impact, one model seeing price rise more than 29% in
_ nine-month period

By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

* Federal authorities issue
arrest warrant for former
Callender’s & Co attorney
Sidney Cambridge, over
$900,000 ‘money
laundering’; allegations

* Documents reveal how
paperwork absence got
FirstCaribbean employee
in trouble, and that ‘sting’
operation co-ordinated
with Bahamian authorities
* Photos of Cambridge
appear to have been shot
in Callender’s

office via secret video
recording

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor
? impacted by the 2010-2011

i Budget tax increases.

US federal authorities have
issued an arrest warrant for
Bahamian attorney Sidney
Cambridge over allegations
that he knowingly advised
how to launder $900,000 in
funds from a purported
‘Ponzi’ fraud, and are now
moving to extradite him from
the Bahamas.

Tribune Business has
obtained copies of the Octo-
ber 12, 2010, arrest warrant
issued by the US south Flori-
da district court for the for-

mer Callender’s & Co partner :

and ex-Progressive Liberal

Party (PLP) treasurer, togeth- i

er with the affidavits and oth-
er documents filed to support
the extradition requests by
two Federal Bureau of Inves-
tigation (FBI) agents who

participated in the undercover }
i signing of the construction
? contract for the $105 million
? Wilson City power plant “can-
i not be a trigger” for the six-
: month timeframe to launch
? Judicial Review proceedings,
i the facility’s opponents have
: argued in their appeal motion
i submitted to the Court of
i Appeal.

sting operation.

Attached to the affidavits
are two photographs of Mr
Cambridge that appear to
have been taken, via secret
video recording, in Callen-
der’s & Co’s offices while he
was meeting the undercover
FBI agents.

The documents detail new
information about the case

never previously made public, with the Court of Appeal on

i October 21, 2010, Responsi-
? ble Development for Abaco
: (RDA) and one of its princi-
? pals, Matthew McCoy, set out
i as a key ground of appeal
i their contention that the six-
; month timeframe they had in
? which to launch Judicial
i Review proceedings should
i have begun when the
? approvals and permits for the
: plant were issued.

including meetings between
the agents and Mr Cambridge
at Nassau’s British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, and how their
failure to provide all relevant
Know Your Customer (KYC)
information allegedly got one
FirstCaribbean International
Bank (Bahamas) executive in
trouble with his bosses. The
papers also allege that the
“undercover operation was
co-ordinated with the
Bahamian authorities”.
Detailing how he and other
FBI agents posed as employ-
ees of a fictitious asset man-
agement company, who were
seeking to launder illegal

agent Patrick Wren alleged
how a co-accused, Joel

set up a Bahamian bank
account, introducing them to

Mr Cambridge. The agents, in .
: the plant to MAN Diesel, and

? was not under challenge in
i the application,”
: alleged. It added that plan-
? ning permission for the pro-
i ject had not been inevitable,
? and was dependent on the
? necessary permits.

turn, had been introduced to
Williams by former Broward
County vice-mayor, Josephus
Eggelletion, who had told the
FBI ‘asset managers’ - upon
hearing they wanted to open
offshore bank accounts - that
he could provide them with
Bahamian contacts, and that
he “did not have to adhere to

ing him in the United States”
when he was in the Bahamas.

SEE page 4B

Bahamian new car deal-

? ers “are sort of flummoxed”
i that vehicle sales for the
: 2010 third quarter declined
i by 24.26 per cent compared
i to the June quarter, Tribune
i Business has been told, the
? sector having anticipated a
? “boost” from the fact they

were selling inventory not

BEC plant
contract
‘can’t be
trigger’

By NEIL HARTNELL
: Tribune Business Editor

The Government’s 2007

In their submission, filed

They alleged that the

; grounds for their Judicial
? Review application did not
i “crystallise” with the Decem-
i ber 2007 award of the con-
; ; ? struction contract to MAN
pundsoblamied by Clients PB! ? Diesel, as the latter could not
; have begun work without

Williams, agreed to help them those permits and approvals.

“The December 2007 deci-

sion was simply a decision to

award the contract to build

RDA

At the Supreme Court lev-

. oe el, Justice Hartman Longley
the ethical restrictions govern- i struck out RDA’s case, find-
i? ing that it should have

These comments, together | brought their case within six

with others allegedly made by :
Mr Cambridge on the FBI’s i
recordings, unfortunately place
the Bahamas in a less than flat-
tering light. They also give fur- :
ther potential ammunition to }
certain sections of the US gov- }
ernment, plus the likes of the ;
G-20, OECD and Financial
Action Task Force, who are i

months of the Government's
December 2007 signing of the
contract to build the Abaco-
based power plant.

That meant Judicial Review
proceedings should have been
brought by June 2008, or
November 2008 at latest. Jus-
tice Longley also found that
based on the evidence,

SEE page 3B

Rick Lowe, operations
manager at Nassau Motor
Company (NMC), said the
industry was “in a quandry”,
having felt it was likely to
see a bump-up in new car
sales for the three months
to end-September 2010 as
Bahamian consumers

moved to exploit the lower
prices available on models
imported prior to the end-
May Budget tax increases.
However, Mr Lowe said
the Budget’s impact, which

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



also involved a change in the
determinant for how the
Excise Tax on new car
imports was calculated, was
already having an impact on
commercial vehicle sales.
Talking a Silverado pick-
up truck model, he said its
January 2010 price had been
$39,531, yet it was now
retailing for $51,106 in Sep-
tember 2010 - a 29.3 per cent
increase. “We’re seeing a

SEE page 7B

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Heart doctor

ordered to pay
Fidelity $86k

* Dr Conville Brown loses ‘misrepresentation and/or
negligence’ claim against merchant bank over margin
loan secured on $329,751 brokerage account

* Problems arose after equity values tanked after
September 11, impacting worth of collateral in account
* Doctor alleged ‘understandings’ came from talks with
Fidelity chair Sunderji, at time he was invited to acquire
5% of then-British American for $300,000 — a deal
rejected by Central Bank

DR. CONVILLE BROWN

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Well-known heart doctor, Dr Conville Brown, has been
ordered to pay RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust more
than $86,000 plus 14.25 interest, the Supreme Court ruling that
he owed this as the balance on a margin loan after dismissing his
claims of “misrepresentation and/or negligence”.

Justice Neville Adderley, in an October 6, 2010, ruling, found

SEE page 6B



‘Maddening’ energy bulb Customs snag

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe @tribunemedia.net

A Bahamian renewable energy solutions
provider has described a week of efforts to
clear power-saving lightbulbs with Customs
at the Arawak Cay dock as a “maddening
exercise”, which draws into question just
how serious the Government is about
encouraging Bahamians to reduce their

energy bills.

Philip Holdom, executive manager of Inte-
grated Security Services (ISS), said: “Either
the Government needs to drop the tariffs
they are trying to levy, or they need to stop
going around saying we are promoting ener-
gy efficiency. As it is, they either appear to

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attempted to import a shipment of energy
efficient Accord lights, made by Cooper
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bulbs - intended for commercial use - can
produce energy savings of up to 56 per cent,
and come housed within a “metal box” that
enhances their light output and allows them
to be easily attached to the electrical system,
saving labour costs.

When the items arrived at the Arawak
Cay dock, Mr Holdom said he was initially
told by Customs officers that because the
bulbs did not come with an invoice that
specifically described them as “energy effi-
cient”, they would be charged duty at the
regular rate, and not be imported duty-free.

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BEC plant contract ‘can’t be trigger’

FROM page 1B

Matthew McCoy, RDA's principal and
the second applicant bringing the action,
had also by his own admission learnt of
the Wilson City decision through attend-
ing a speech given to Abaco's Chamber
of Commerce by Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham in May 2008.

"They did not bring the application
until December 2009, more than 18
months later, by which time construc-
tion of the plant was continuing,” Jus-
tice Longley found in his ruling.

He found that RDA had offered no
suitable reason for the delay in bringing
Judicial Review proceedings between
May 2008 and December 2009, apart
from claiming "ignorance of the decision
to construct the plant before that date”.

Dismissing RDA's arguments that the
relevant dates were those when various
government agencies granted the per-
mits to construct the Wilson City power
plant, since these were secondary to the
main December 2007 decision, Justice
Longley found: "The construction con-
tract signed by [BEC] was a Juristic Act

that immediately created rights and oblig-
ations.

"The clearing of the land for the con-
struction of the power plant commenced
almost immediately, with a view to com-
pletion by summer 2009, as the Prime
Minister explained in his May 2008
speech to the Chamber of Commertce.....
The decision to build the plant, evi-
denced by the contract, was indeed a
juristic act giving rise to rights and oblig-
ations with a specific timeframe and sus-
ceptible to judicial review."

Meanwhile, RDA also alleged that the
Supreme Court had “wrongly concluded
that meaningful and adequate consulta-
tion had taken place”, claiming the judge
based this on BEC’s decision to switch
from Bunker C oil to diesel oil, and also
drop plans to construct and underwater
pipeline.

“The learned Judge (rightly) held that
there was no intention on the part of the
respondents to consult on the question of
location and construction after the sign-
ing of the contract in December 2007 to
build the plant at Wilson City, and on
the basis of his previous finding that it is
now too late to challenge that decision by

Judicial Review (notwithstanding that
the appellants do not seek to challenge
that decision), he concluded that it is
now far too late to say that there should
be consultation on the issue,” RDA
alleged.

“The judge thereby confused the ques-
tion of what consultation might now be
worthwhile with the issue (for determi-
nation in the application) of whether
consultation at the time was inadequate
such that the decisions under challenge in
the application and taken in the absence
of that consultation ought to be
quashed.”

RDA said the judge found that BEC
and the Government had “no intention
to consult on the questions of location
and construction after December 2007”,
the essence of its case. It claimed that
Justice Longley failed to account for the
fact that consultation at a September 10,
2009, meeting was “fatally flawed”
because there was no time left to influ-
ence decision-making.

RDA also claimed that the Supreme
Court failed to distinguish between its
constitutional claim and Judicial Review
application.



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whom the Bank is presently holding judgment.

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banking hours of 9:30am - 4:30pm in an effort to work out
a payment or consolidation plan to reduce or eliminate their
outstanding amounts.

industry throughout our nation;

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AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas Agricullural and Industrial Corporation proposes to
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Clients with Judgements Against Them

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resolution to these cases. Clients with judgements against
them are invited to visit the Bank to work out a permanent
resolution before the Bank moves for further final legal
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS INITIATIVE ENDS
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result of the FBI operation, that
he was “gonna be raising some
money for the Prime Minister
of the Bahamas that’s running
for re-election”. There is noth-
ing, though, to suggest that Per-
ry Christie or the PLP have
done anything wrong.

Meanwhile, Agent Wren’s
affidavit said that after the intri-
cacies of opening a Bahamian
bank account and Internation-
al Business Company (IBC)
had been explained to the
undercover FBI men:
“Williams told us that there
really was no regulation in the
Bahamas, and that the
Bahamas did not have a treaty
with the United States. He said
that he had great attorneys and
certified public accountants in
the Bahamas.”

Williams represented that he
was working on a real estate
development in the Bahamas
at Chub Cay, in the Berry
Islands, and in a subsequent
February 25, 2007, meeting with
the FBI agents disclosed that
his Bahamian attorney worked
at Callender’s & Co and was a
banking expert. Williams
allegedly said that he and Mr
Cambridge would charge a per-
centage for their services.

The FBI agents’ first direct
contact with Mr Cambridge
came on March 5, 2007, via
telephone conference call. A
meeting at Callender’s & Co
was set up for the following
day, and the agents alleged:
“Cambridge stated that when
dealing with serious bank appli-
cations, it was all about
approach.

“He told me that when the
Central Bank, referring to the
Government bank authority in
the Bahamas, saw that a law
firm with banks was involved,
the application carried a totally
different confidence.”

Prior to the meeting with Mr
Cambridge, the FBI agents
indicated to Williams that their
clients’ funds were illegal, and
he allegedly responded “that
the Bahamians do not call it

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

money laundering, so long as
the money did not come from
arms, drugs or terrorists”.

At the meeting with Mr
Cambridge, held at Callender’s
& Co’s One Millars Court
offices in downtown Nassau,
the FBI agents explained the
purported structure of their
scheme. They alleged: “Cam-
bridge said he had to do due
diligence for that ‘know your
client stuff’, but it was not
much. He told us ‘just give him
a story where the money came
from’.”

After several further phone
conversations and meetings
over IBC formation, bank
account opening and related
KYC documents, Agent Wren
alleged that he and the others
were taken by Mr Cambridge
to meet Steve Bonamy, inter-
national corporate manager at
FirstCaribbean’s Shirley Street-
based international wealth
management unit.

The FBI agents secretly
recorded the meeting, during
which Mr Bonamy conducted
a KYC interview, and got the
agents to sign account opening
documents for their IBC, Hexa-
gon Development. The account
was to be opened once Hexa-
gon’s IBC registry information
was supplied.

Mr Bonamy then spoke to
the FBI agents on April 5, 2007,
to confirm he had received the
initial deposit cheque from Cal-
lenders for Hexagon. He also
told the agents that some nec-
essary account opening docu-
ments were missing from Mr
Cambridge. This created an
“uncomfortable situation in the
Bahamas”, Williams told the
agents on August 1, 2007. This
was because the information
had not been supplied, and
FirstCaribbean had been
unable to contact the FBI
agents about the Hexagon
account. “Williams stated that
Bonamy got in trouble with his
employer, FirstCaribbean,
because things were not com-
pleted and the references were
left out of the opening pack-
age,” Agent Wren alleged. “I
expressed my concern that this
had caused heightened aware-

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ness of the account. Williams
told me that he and Cambridge
discussed the fact that I had
only sent $300,000 in four
months, when larger amounts
were expected and could be
sent.”

Wren than alleged that he
was told that “someone from
FirstCaribbean asked Bonamy
why he authorised money to
come into the account, and out
of the account, without having a
bank reference letter and a let-
ter from an attorney in my file”.

Another FBI agent involved
in the sting, John Osa, alleged:
“Cambridge told us that he had
done everything he was
required to do by law, referring
to the fact that there really is no
effective due diligence require-
ment. Cambridge stated that he
relied on Steve Bonamy, an
employee at FirstCaribbean
International Bank (Bahamas),
to give Cambridge’s people
‘less hassle’ than FirstCaribbean
usually would to other bank
customers not referred by Cam-
bridge.”

There is no suggestion that
such an imputation is founded,
and there is also no suggestion
that Mr Bonamy has done any-
thing wrong in relation to this
case. He has not been charged
in the US.

Meanwhile, Agent Wren
alleged that he was told Mr
Cambridge “set the rules in the
Bahamas” through membership
of the Banking Committee. He
alleged that Mr Cambridge was
described as ‘my guy’, with both
him and Callender’s ‘the
biggest insurance policy’ he had
in the Bahamas.

The FBI agents alleged that
Mr Cambridge and others were
eager to increase the amount
of funds being laundered
through the structure, and met
again at the attorney’s Nassau
office on November 23, 2007.
At this meeting, Mr Cambridge
suggested adding another sig-
natory to Hexagon, saying this
could be done during a five-
minute interview with Chris-
tine Smith at FirstCaribbean.

Mr Cambridge allegedly
coached the FBI agents on
what to say in the interview,
and advised that FirstCaribbean
would want to hear they were
putting money into resort
investment. “If you need to
absorb a lot of cash, you should
buy a resort, flip it in six months

and probably make money,”
Mr Cambridge was said to have
advised.

When told about the ques-
tionable source of funds by the
agents, Agent Wren alleged:
“Cambridge replied that ‘we
sell secrecy in the Bahamas’.
Cambridge explained that the
Bahamas was an offshore cen-
tre and that was what they did.
He stated that people with
problems bring their money to
the Bahamas and they took
care of the money.”

The FBI agents followed his
instructions during the inter-
view with Ms Smith, with
Agent Wren meeting Mr Cam-
bridge at the British Colonial
Hilton that evening. He alleged
that he disclosed to Mr Cam-
bridge that the funds were com-
ing from a Ponzi scheme.

“T also told Cambridge that I
wanted his guidance on the best
way to do things that would not
raise any alarms,” Agent Wren
alleged. “Cambridge suggested
heightening the business inter-
est side by sprinkling in one or
two acquisitions that could eas-
ily be flipped. For instance, if I
saw a $600,000 apartment in
town I should buy it, hang on to
it for 18 months, flip it and buy
another. Cambridge also said I
should sink some money into
‘soft’ real estate in the Bahamas
to establish some sense of per-
manence to the authorities........
He added that unless or until
a judgment was out there that
was enforceable in the
Bahamas jurisdiction, I had all
the freedom to move about the
country as I wished.

“Cambridge said anything I
had offshore in the Bahamas,
authorities in the United States
could not touch. Cambridge
said he would know in advance
of a judgment was coming,
because the first thing they
would do is try to freeze the
money.”

The affidavits detailed all the
transactions involved in the
purported ‘money laundering’
scheme. The charges against Mr
Cambridge caused surprise in
the Bahamian legal and politi-
cal communities, where he was
regarded as a rapidly rising star.
Prior to the allegations being
made public, he was acting as
the attorney for the liquidator
in the cases involving CLICO
(Bahamas) and Leadenhall
Bank & Trust.

NOTICE

IN THE MATTER OF All That piece parcel or tract of land
comprising 97.38 acres, being a portion of an original
Crown Grant to Rosanna Newman (D-36), approximately
118 feet east of the Queen’s Highway, in the Settlement
of The Bight on Long Island the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas

AND IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND IN THE MATTER OF The Petition of Hilbert
Burlington Pinder and Bruce Pinder, as Executors and
Trustees of the Estate of John Brooks Pinder

The Petition of Hilbert Burlington Pinder and Bruce
Pinder, as Executors and Trustees of the Estate of John
Brooks Pinder of the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land comprising
97.38 acres, being a portion of an original Crown
Grant to Rosanna Newman (D-36), approximately 118
feet east of the Queen’s Highway, in the Settlement of
The Bight on Long Island the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas

The Petitioners claim to be the owners of the fee simple
estate in possession of the piece parcel or tract of land
hereinbefore described and the Petitioners have made
application to the Supreme Court of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959 to have their title to the said land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court
in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Plan filed in this Action may be inspected
at:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court,
Ansbacher House, East Street North, Nassau,
Bahamas;

(b) The Office of the Island Administrator situate
at Clarence Town, Long Island, The Bahamas;
and

(c) The Chambers of the Attorneys for the
Petitioners, Higgs & Johnson, at Deltec House,
Lyford Cay, New Providence, Bahamas (on any
weekday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m.)

NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons
having Dower or right of Dower or any Adverse Claim
not recognized in the Petition shall before Monday the
20 day of December, A.D., 2010 file in the Registry of
the Supreme Court and serve on the Attorneys for the
Petitioners, Higgs & Johnson, a Statement of Claim the in
prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person or persons to file and serve a
Statement of Claim and the requisite documents on or
before Monday the 20" day of December, A.D., 2010
will operate as a bar to such claim.

HIGGS & JOHNSON
Chambers
Deltec House
Lyford Cay
New Providence, Bahamas.

Attorneys for the Petitioners



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Meanwhile, metal hous-
ing the bulb comes already
mounted within was to have
duty levied on it at 35 per
cent, a Customs official
determined, thereby all but
wiping out any potential
duty savings that should
have been associated with
the energy efficient lighting.

After meeting with acting
comptroller of Customs,
Charles Turner, yesterday
morning, a position was
reached whereby Mr
Holdom was asked to re-
submit his Customs entry
with the bulbs separate from
the fixtures. He was then
allowed to clear the bulbs
free of charge while paying
35 per cent duty to get the
housing off the dock. This
additional charge, Mr
Holdom said, he will now
reluctantly have to pass on
to his clients, who had been
under the impression that
their power-saving lights
would attract no duty.

Mr Holdom asserts that
the bulb and the housing
should be considered “a sys-
tem”, and since one cannot
be effectively used without
the other, the Government
must re-consider its position
or else face undermining
what he interpreted as the
intention of its tariff reduc-
tions on energy efficient
bulbs - that of encouraging a
shift to “greener” technolo-
gies in the Bahamas, in light
of the acknowledgment that
initial capital outlay can be a
significant impediment to
these choices.

As such, the businessman
said he now intends to
appeal the matter to the
Prime Minister, admitting
that while it may seem
“absurd that a Prime Min-
ister should be involved in
an individual decision on a
lightbulb”, this may be the
only way to ensure that what
he considers as ‘an element
of rationality’ is brought to
bear on similar situations in
the future.

“This happens with about
every third or fifth shipment



of lights I bring in. They are
playing semantics,” said Mr
Holdom. He added that he
had experienced similar
problems importing LED
lights (light emitting diodes),
which do not have the
appearance of traditional
lightbulbs.

Separate

Mr Turner said Customs
viewed the bulb and the
housing, which it was intend-
ed to be mounted within, as
two separate items. “We
have no problem with the
bulbs being duty free, but

the other part is a fixture,”
he said.

However, Mr Holdom
says Customs needs to be “a
more little open minded
because there are new prod-
ucts on the market”

“They might look differ-
ent but they are still an ener-
gy efficient light,” he said.

Mr Turner told The Tri-
bune that “so as not to show
any bias in (their) handling”
of the situation, the Customs
Department has written to
the World Customs Organi-
sation for advice on what it
recommends in such cir-
cumstances.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FLORANCE DORCEUS of
FORT FINCASTLE, P.O. BOX N-13647 is applying to the

Minister responsible — for

Nationality and Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 18th day of October, 2010 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

International Business Companies Act
(N°45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act, No. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution of Gerbera
Limited has been completed, a Certification of
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“They are independent
and we will go with their
advice,” said Mr Turner,
adding that a letter sent
some time ago had not yet
elicited a response.

Mr Holdom said that
based on his experience in
the past in bringing in solar
equipment to install for

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 5B
‘Maddening’ energy bulb Customs snag

clients in the Bahamas, he
expects to shortly be again
at odds with the Customs
Department when an antic-
ipated shipment containing a
wind turbine, solar panels
and solar batteries arrives.
“They say, ‘Okay, this is a
solar panel. But this is a
wire...’ and they want to

charge you duty on that. I
say: “Well what can I do with
that wire?’. It’s like saying
you're going to eliminate
duty on electric cars and
then trying to charge 45 per
cent on the tyres, the radio
and the chassis when some-
one brings one in,” Mr
Holdom said.

Aime Ce iKe

An established Nassau based company seeks to fill the position of
Assistant Financial Controller. All applicants MUST possess the
following:

* Passing grades on all parts of the CPA examination.

¢ 1-2 years experience working with an Accounting firm.

* Strong analytical skills.

¢ Strong organizational skills with the ability to work independently.

¢ A thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

¢ The ability to learn quickly.

* Excellent communication and team work skills.

¢ The ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities
simultaneously.

Interested persons should submit their resumes
via e-mail to:

asstfinancialcontroller@hotmail.com
All resumes must be received by 19% November 2010.

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SECURITIES COMMISSION OF THE BAHAMAS

PUBLIC NOTICE

No. 7 of 2010 12 October 2010

Re: UNLICENSED FCSP OPERATORS

This NOTICE is issued by the Inspector of Financial and
Corporate Services (the Inspector) pursuant to its authority
under Section 11(3) of the Financial and Corporate Service
Providers Act, Chapter 369 (the Act). The Securities
Commission of The Bahamas (the Commission) was
appointed as the Inspector on January 1, 2008 and is therefore
responsible for ensuring all persons operate in accordance
with the Act, which provides for the licensing and regulation of
Financial and Corporate Service Providers (FCSPs).

The Inspector advises further to its Notice, No. 6 of 2010 dated
10" September, 2010 (the Notice) wherein unlicensed operators
were directed to immediately cease and desist operating and
were given thirty (30) days to report to the Inspector. As part
of its ongoing efforts to regularise persons who may require
a FCSP license, the general public is HEREBY ADVISED
that the thirty day period given in the Notice is extended
by another thirty (30) days commencing from the date of
this Public Notice to grant unlicensed operators further
opportunity to report to the Inspector.

The Notice indicates that the Inspector utilises the definition
of financial services issued by the WTO and unlicensed
operators providing services including, but not limited to,
money lending or other forms of credit extension, cash or
pay advance, money or mortgage broking or other forms of
financial intermediation, escrow and other custodial services
should immediately contact the Inspector at the Securities
Commission, 3% Floor Charlotte House, Shirley and Charlotte
Streets.

The general public is hereby AGAIN ADVISED that all
persons operating without a license who fail to submit
to the Inspector and/or continue to operate without a
license after this thirty (30) day period will result in a
formal complaint being filed with the police for criminal
prosecution.

This notice is not applicable to licensees of the Central Bank
of the Bahamas pursuant to section 20 of the Act.

You may contact Mr. Gawaine Ward, Deputy Legal Counsel,
at the Securities Commission with any general inquiries
concerning this Notice at telephone number 397-4100 or in
writing to P.O. Box N-8347, Nassau, The Bahamas or via e-

mail: info@scb.gov.bs


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FROM page 1B

that RoyalFidelity had proven
its case “on a balance of prob-
ability”, dismissing Dr Brown’s
defence and counterclaim in a
matter that dated back more
than a decade - and to events at
the time of the September 11,
20011, terror attacks.

Recording the dispute’s ori-
gins, Justice Adderley said that
Dr Brown held a brokerage
account with RoyalFidelity
(then just Fidelity) in early
2000, containing shares (equi-
ties) that he owned in compa-
nies worth a collective $329,751.

RoyalFidelity then agreed to
make a margin loan to Dr
Brown for an amount up to 50
per cent of the collective worth
of the securities held in his bro-
kerage account. This meant that
the maximum loan the invest-
ment bank could grant was
$164,875.

The judgment recorded the
date of the loan agreement as
being February 17, 2000, and
the documents involved includ-
eda Line of Credit Agreement;
promissory note; and an autho-
risation to hold funds.

“It was a term of the Line of
Credit Agreement that the loan




Heart doctor ordered to pay Fidelity $86k

amount would not be allowed
to exceed 50 per cent of the val-
ue of the equities and, if it did,
the plaintiff would have to pay
the excess within 14 days,” Jus-
tice Adderley said. “If the
excess was not paid, the plain-
tiff could sell securities as it
deemed necessary.”

Booming

Unfortunately for Dr Brown,
while the margin loan facility
was signed at a time when the
Bahamian and US economies
were booming, and stock prices
in both this market and else-
where were high, it was not
long before the economic and
financial worlds headed south
as a result of the September 11,
2001, terror attacks on the
World Trade Centre and the
Pentagon.

The Bahamas was not
immune, and with the slide in
the value of equities listed on
the Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX),
the collective worth of the

shares in Dr Brown’s broker-
age account also plummeted -
with all the implications that
entailed for the margin loan
facility.

“By letter dated October 4,
2002, [RoyalFidelity] informed
[Dr Brown] that the securities
had so declined in value that
he was only eligible for a facil-
ity of $98,111, by which time
he had an overdraft of
$179,773,” Justice Adderley
said.

“The plaintiff informed him
that either he had to increase
the amount of securities in the
brokerage account or pay the
sum of $81,661 to bring the loan
down to 50 per cent of the secu-
rity value.

“The defendant [Mr Brown]
paid some of the loan due, but
has refused to pay any further
sum on the ground that the
plaintiff deceived him into
entering into the agreement by
representing that it was a mar-
ket maker and would so man-
age his securities in his broker-
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er have to provide any addi-
tional funds to secure his loan
facility.”

Not surprisingly, RoyalFi-
delity rejected these allegations,
and successfully sued for the
funds it claimed, the Frederick
Street-based merchant bank
also getting the Supreme Court
to impose a punitive 14.25 per
cent interest rate per annum on
this.

Former RoyalFidelity bro-
ker, David Slatter, in evidence
to the Supreme Court, recalled
meeting Dr Brown to discuss
the structure of the facility and
execution of the margin loan
documents. He denied giving
Dr Brown investment advice,
as the terms of his employment
prevented him from doing so,
and the doctor ordered his
attorney, Wayne Munroe, to
drop allegations to the contrary
during the trial’s cross-exami-
nation.

Another RoyalFidelity
employee, Velma Miller,
agreed with Mr Slatter that only
three documents were signed
in connection with the margin
loan facility. She added that Dr
Brown’s margin loan bore an

interest rate of Bahamian
Prime plus 4 per cent, while the
default rate - applied after the
October 2002 margin call - was
Bahamian Prime plus 8.25 per
cent.

“The penalty rate continued
until [Dr Brown] either recti-
fied the shortfall of the value
of the security by infusing cash
into the brokerage account or
providing additional security
which would increase the value
of the brokerage account to
twice the amount of the loan,”
Justice Adderley found.

Statement

In his witness statement, Dr
Brown identified three alleged
misrepresentations made by
RoyalFidelity. These were:

* That in accordance with the
promissory note, the loan
amount would not exceed 50
per cent of the market value of
the shares to bring the loan
within the agreed limits

* That the promissory note
superseded the Line of Credit
agreement

* And that he was at risk of
losing 100 per cent of the shares

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in his account, as the loan was
secured through the collateral
provided by these securities

Justice Adderley said this
went further than Dr Brown’s
defence pleading, which said he
was given representations that
the loan agreement “involved a
maximum risk of 50-100 per
cent of the value of his securi-
ties portfolio, and no more, as
the securities would be sold or
bought by the plaintiff in its
capacity of market maker in
order to repay the loan”.

Dr Brown alleged that this
understanding was reached in a
conversation with Anwer Sun-
derji, the Fidelity Group’s
chairman and chief executive,
at a time when the latter had
invited him to purchase a 5 per
cent stake in the group’s pre-
decessor organisation, British
American Bank, for $300,000.

Dr Brown attempted to
invest the $300,000, but this
transaction was reversed by the
Central Bank of the Bahamas
because he was not an institu-
tional investor. Eventually, he
invested “part of the funds” in
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank
& Trust when the Fidelity
group became the successor
organisation to British Ameri-
can Bank.

While Dr Brown did not
state that a “particular misrep-
resentation” was made to him,
he stuck to the alleged under-
standing as pleaded in his initial
defence, although the Supreme
Court found such suggestions
were not put to Mr Slatter at
the time the margin loan was
executed.

In his ruling, Justice Adder-
ley found that there was “not
sufficient evidence” to support
Dr Brown’s contention that the
alleged misrepresentations
were made or, if they were, that
they were reckless or untrue.

“Burthermore, there is no
evidence that such representa-
tion induced the defendant to
enter into the margin loan facil-
ity agreement,” the judge
wrote.

“In fact, on the evidence of
[Dr Brown], he entered into the
loan agreement primarily
because the other transaction
had fallen through and he con-
tinued to want to invest with
the successor to British Amer-
ican Bank.

“He had built up a portfolio
of shares over the years and
kept personal custody of the
security certificates prior to
using them to open a broker-
age account with the plaintiff,
so he was not new to securities
trading.

“While I have assessed the
defendant to be a credible wit-
ness, and have no reason to
believe that he did not under-
stand whatever was said as con-
stituting the misrepresentation
which he claims, there is no
supporting evidence that the
misrepresentation was, in fact,
made.”

Justice Adderley added: “If
such a representation was
made, one would have expected
a written indemnity to that
effect in favour of [Dr Brown]
in the margin loan documents,
and having regard to the
demonstrated intellectual acu-
men of the defendant, I would
have expected him to insist
upon it at the time.”

However, the only indemnity
agreement in the relevant doc-
uments was one that favoured
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INSIGHT HONOURED FOR
SERIES ON MARITAL RAPE

TODAY, we reprint two articles
that won second place in the
Southern Newspaper Publishers’
Assoctation’s Carmage Walls
Commentary Prize, an honour
given to newspapers that advocate
strong, courageous and positive
editorial page leadership.

The SNPA represenis hundreds
of newspapers across the 24
southern states of the United

States.

Introduction: Our
unequal society

By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor

LAST week, a presti-
gious group of American
publishers awarded a top
honour to Insight for its
series urging the passage
of a Bill criminalising mar-
ital rape.

In so doing, they also
issued a strong though
unspoken indictment of
our government’s faint-
hearted surrender on an
issue of fundamental
importance in terms of
women’s constitutional
right to be treated equally.

The judges, aware the
Bill had been shelved ear-
lier this year, called the
articles “incredibly pow-
erful” and a display of
“the greatest bravery” in
the face of an entrenched
power structure — an
implicit condemnation of
government’s weakness
and cowardice when con-
fronted with the braying
of a brainwashed minority
and the ramblings of tin-
pot religious autocrats.

The excuse given was
that not enough people —
including the majority of
those the Bill was trying
to protect — were vocal in
supporting the law. This
is indefensible nonsense.

In the first place, it is
highly unrealistic to
expect the victims of any
form of violence or abuse,
particularly if it is domes-
tic in nature and especial-
ly in a chauvinistic society
that affirms the rights of
the abuser, to speak up for
themselves.

If they could, most cases

of domestic abuse would
not end up being chronic
and there would be no
need for victim advocacy
groups.

Secondly, it is disingen-
uous to portray the
protestations of the vocal
few as indicative of wider
public opinion.

It was easy to anticipate
the reaction of certain
religious figures who jeal-
ously guard against per-
ceived threats to their own
importance.

Their voices were, of
course, amplified through
the bumper membership
of their jumper churches,
all presumably warned in
advance that hell-fire
awaited those advocating
change. However, the
Catholic, Anglican,
Methodist and Seventh-
Day Adventist churches —
taken together a majority
of the religious communi-
ty — came out in favour of
the Bill.

Leaders

Thirdly, while there is a
great deal to be said about
leaders never losing sight
of the will of the people,
even if the government’s
explanation was plausible,
the formation of laws can
never be reduced to a
crass popularity contest.

Consider the likely
result, for example, of a
referendum on a new law
expelling all foreigners or
a mandatory doubling of
private sector salaries.

Finally, this issue is not,
strictly speaking, up for

ON-THE-SPOT FINANCING

debate in the first place.

At its heart, the crimi-
nalisation of marital rape
is an imperative under the
Constitution, the supreme
law of the land, which
mandates that all citizens
of the Bahamas have
equal “security of the per-
son and the protection of
the law”, regardless of
race, creed or sex.

No argument about the
sanctity of the marriage
bed or encroachment of
secular authority on spiri-
tual matters — not to men-
tion the especially unsa-
vory view that the “duplic-
itous” nature of women
will lead to false accusa-
tions — can disguise the
glaring fact that married
women in this society do
not enjoy the same rights
as their unmarried coun-
terparts; the former can
be forced into sex without
recourse in law.

It is clear that Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
understands this; he said
as much in a speech on the
Marital Rape Bill at an
FNM Women’s Associa-
tion meeting.

Furthermore, on his
watch, efforts have been
made to: create freedom
of information legislation,
bestow equal opportunity
on the foreign spouses of
Bahamian women, and
give Bahamians the same

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Newly designed.

AWARD: The SNPA Foundation award (above) for The Tribune’s
Rupert Missick and Paco Nunez (pictured left to right respectively).

rights as foreigners with
regard to gambling.

What these moves have
in common is that they all
represent efforts to
enhance equality and
social justice.

They also share the
dubious distinction of hav-
ing been dropped when
the government lost
courage.

Once bitten by the
rejection of the 2002 ref-
erendum of the rights of
foreign spouses, perhaps
the FNM has become
twice shy.

Calculation

Or perhaps it is purely
a matter of political cal-
culation: not so much a
fear that a majority
oppose the Bill and will
express this with their
vote, but rather an
assumption that most peo-
ple are indifferent, and
the vocal minority in
opposition is large enough
to tip the more or less
evenly-balanced scales of
political support.

At the same time, it
turns out that for many in
the government, shelving
the Bill was less a case of
strategy and more a mat-
ter of prejudice.

Minister of State for
Social Services Loretta

Butler-Turner, who cham-
pioned the Bill in parlia-
ment, revealed that when
push came to shove, she
couldn’t even count on
her Cabinet colleagues.

"T can’t say that I had
full consensus on the gov-
erning side," she admit-
ted.

And if chauvinism is
alive and well within the
FNM, it seems to rule
unchallenged in the PLP:
not a single member of
the opposition expressed
support for the Bill.

For all their talk of
being “progressive”, the
Progressive Liberal Party
under Perry Christie has
a dire record on such
issues, opposing the 2002
referendum, taking advan-
tage of every opportunity
to attack press freedom
and failing to take a solid
position on either gaming
reform or marital rape.
They said both issues need
“wider consultation” — a
stance that is the very def-
inition of political cow-
ardice.



This is not surprising, as
the party has long shown
itself to be in the pocket
of the more regressive ele-
ments of our religious
community.

The Tribune is often
criticised by politicians for
airing the country’s dirty
laundry in full view of
international observers.

We do so because we
feel that lifting the veil on
such issues — in the local
context if possible, inter-
nationally if necessary — is
the only effective way of
promoting fairness and
justice in a society sorely
lacking in both.

As such, while we are
honoured by and grateful
for the SNPA’s recogni-
tion, we value it most in
terms of its capacity to
shame our leaders into
action.

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Back to the dark ages

THE Bahamas Christian
Council has declared itself
opposed to government's
efforts to protect women from
being raped by their husbands,
arguing that the proposed
amendment to the Sexual
Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act could threaten the
institution of marriage. The
council paints a picture of a
society beset on all sides by
forces seeking to destroy the
foundations upon which it rests.
In reality, the government's
proposed marital rape law is a
vital component of the enlight-
ened society we should be
aspiring to become, and it is the
Christian Council that is
attempting to drag us back into
the dense gloom of darker ages.

By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor

MY immediate reaction to
the Christian Council's rejec-
tion of the proposed marital
rape law was utter disgust. Dis-
gust, but not surprise.

It was, after all, in keeping
with the council's tendency to
ward off perceived challenges
to its own position by branding
them threats to public morality.

The Catholic Archdiocese,
the Bahamas Conference of the
Methodist Church and the Sev-
enth-Day Adventist Church
have all given their approval to
government's proposed law.
The Christian Council alone
claims that while it respects the
rights of individuals, an abid-
ing concern for God's plan for
"families and nations” prohibits
its members from lending their
support.

Anyone who doubts that this
stance is self-serving should
pause to ask how the Council
can be so concerned about fam-
ilies and nations, when it has
so little to say about the ram-
pant crime, violence, sexual
abuse and corruption that
plagues this nation.

Indeed, it is only a select few
issues that tend to frighten
Christian Council members into
action: homosexuality, the
showcasing of "immoral" films
and performers, gambling, and
now the right of a man to rape
his wife.

This is because in a chang-
ing world, the Council's main
concern has become maintain-
ing a stranglehold on the con-
science on a large portion of
this society.

The public statements of
Council members over the past
several years have made it clear
they feel social progress -
defined by most of the western
world as having to do with
rights and democracy - threat-
ens much of what they hold
dear. After all many of them
have become exceedingly com-
fortable in their roles as the
self-appointed moral arbiters
of the nation.

This is why violent crime is
never high on the Council's
agenda -- it is opposed univer-
sally in modern societies and is
therefore not perceived as a
threat.

Homosexuality, gambling
and "unchristian" films, on the
other hand, all enjoy wide
acceptance in the western
world. What's more, they are
symbolic of an outlook that val-
ues independence of mind and
does not tolerate self-appointed
father figures.

This also explains why the
Council -- alone among the reli-
gious entities that responded to
the proposal - decided to sug-
gest specific changes to the
amendment, recommending
that a man should only be pros-
ecuted for forcing sex on his
wife if there is violence involved
- and even then should not be
incarcerated for the first
offence, but rather subjected to
"rehabilitative steps."

The Council also objected to
the words "who is not his
spouse" being deleted from the
definition of rape, "thereby
leaving it as is and allowing
rape to only be possible
between two persons who are
not married to each other."

While government made no
mention of religion in its pro-
posal, the Council's response
suggested that "the government
and the church” should work
together to create "rehabilita-
tive centres" for husbands who
force themselves on their wives.

The laws of the Bahamas are
enacted by parliament without
deference to any other entity,
but it seems the Council will
not miss a chance to insinuate
itself into the debate and
remind the public how impor-
tant it is.

THE LETTER FROM
BIRMINGHAM JAIL

In announcing the Christian
Council's opposition to the
amendment, Council president

Rev Patrick Paul went to great
lengths to defend the reason-
ing behind the decision. As is
perhaps inevitable considering
the reasonableness of govern-
ment's proposition, this defence
was anything but airtight.

He opened with an unattrib-
uted and slightly misquoted
statement by Martin Luther
King Jr: "A just law is a man's
code that squares itself with the
moral law or the law of God."

He obviously intended this
to suggest that laws are not just
if they do not conform to Scrip-
tural dictates, but a look at the
context of the statement does
more to contradict Rev Paul's
argument than support it.

Dr King was writing from a
jail cell in Birmingham, Alaba-
ma, where he had been arrested
for leading non-violent action
against segregation. He was
working to break a system that
inflicted violence and injustice
upon one group of people,
because of a quality over which
they had no control -- their
race,

As it turns out, Rev Paul is
attempting to support a system
that does the very same thing;
discriminate against another
group - women - leaving them
open to physical and psycho-
logical trauma at the hands of
their spouses as a consequence
of their gender.

Dr King was responding to
a group of white clergymen
who opposed his non-violent
direct action protests and called
instead for negotiations. The
reverend rejected this position,
because "lamentably, it is an
historical fact that privileged
groups seldom give up their
privileges voluntarily.”

He was referring to southern
whites, but could just as well
have been talking about the
Bahamian male, who in addi-
tion to a host of unspoken
social advantages, has the
exclusive legal right to transfer
citizenship to his spouse and
can force sex upon his wife
without censure.

Then again, Dr King's com-
ments could be seen as applying
to the Christian Council and its
members, for whom the host of
social ills which plague this
country seem to mean little
compared to the handful of
fringe issues that threaten their
long established fiefdom.

Rev Paul goes on to claim
society will "experience utter
chaos" if laws contrary to
"moral law" are passed, but he
conveniently fails to mention
the many countries where gam-
bling and homosexuality are
legal, where adults can watch
whatever films they wish and
marital rape is illegal, but they
do not have anywhere near the
levels of violence, child abuse,
rape and murder suffered by
Bahamians.

Rev Paul's choice of this par-
ticular quote is interesting for
another reason. When Dr King
wrote those words, he admit-
ted that he was relying on the
work of two of Christianity's
most celebrated thinkers: St
Augustine and St Thomas
Aquinas. If the Christian Coun-
cil intends to rely on this as a
justification for its stance, must
it not explain how this squares
with the fact that the Catholic
church - to which these two
scholars devoted their lives,
energy and intellect - has
embraced the government's
efforts to protect a wife from
rape by her husband?

Dr King, following Aquinas,
wrote, “Any law that uplifts
human personality is just. Any
law that degrades human per-
sonality is unjust. All segrega-
tion statutes are unjust because
segregation distorts the soul
and damages the personality.
It gives the segregator a false

sense of superiority and the seg-
regated a false sense of inferi-
ority... relegating persons to the
status of things."

Could the same not be said
of a law that treats women as
sex-objects; instruments of grat-
ification for their husbands?
Are we to ignore the wealth of
evidence that states that spousal
rape inflicts serious trauma on a
woman, damaging her person-
ality and relegating her to the
status of a thing?

THE CONSTITUTION

Rev Paul quotes the pream-
ble to the Bahamian constitu-
tion, a favourite strategy of cler-
gymen making claims of
authority outside the purview
of their congregation.

The document states that
Bahamian citizens recognise
"that the preservation of their
freedom will be guaranteed by
a national commitment to self-
discipline, industry, loyalty, uni-
ty and an abiding respect for
Christian values and the rule
of law."

Rev Paul presumably quotes
this to add the weight of con-
stitutional authority to his argu-
ment. However when examined
closely the language of the pre-
amble does not support, and
could actually be seen as dam-
aging his case.

It speaks of a “commitment”
to several personal virtues, but
only a "respect" for Christian
values. An individual can
respect any faith, as well as the
views of those who decline
faith; this does not mean that
one is bound, or "committed"
to all or any of these views.

The distinction may seem
trivial, but the words of the con-
stitution were carefully chosen
by its framers, as Rev Paul
should know. Calling for two
singers to be banned from per-
forming in the Bahamas last
year, Rev Paul had said the
Christian Council intends to
turn the country into the Chris-
tian nation it was always intend-
ed to be. He added: "The
founding fathers that coined
those things in the Bahamas
believed that the Christian
church would be the underpin
to see fit that those virtues con-
tinue from generation to gen-
eration and be the moral watch-
dog of society to deal with the
many issues now plaguing our
society."

In response, two of the orig-
inal framers of the constitution
rejected the idea that the Chris-
tian church has a mandate to
act as the country's moral
watchdog. Former parliamen-
tarians George Smith and Sir
Arthur Foulkes - both delegates
to the 1972 constitutional con-
ference in London - said no
religious body should consider
itself special, or empowered to
make moral decisions on behalf
of the nation.

"The church itself has no
constitutional power. No
church has the right to perform
a government function,” Sir
Arthur said.

Mr Smith said that for the
country's founders to have pro-
moted one body of faith, or
"surrendered" the making of
moral decisions to one religion,
would have been "unwise".

MARITAL RAPE:
THE UNFORESEEABLE
CONSEQUENCES

Rev Paul contends that the
heads of many churches feel a
marital rape law "can have far
reaching consequences" and
quotes one local pastor as say-
ing: "Marital rape is very intri-
cate, and a multi-dimensional
subject that has the potential
of levelling far-reaching and
cross-generational affects on



any western society built on
Judaic-Christian principles. The
impact and implications of such
a law would be incalculable."

Aside from its vagueness, this
statement seems to be in com-
plete contradiction to the avail-
able evidence. For more than
50 years, husbands who rape
their wives have been subject
to prosecution somewhere in
the world. The practice of mar-
ital rape is now illegal in 104
countries. If the Christian
Council wishes to calculate the
implications of such a law, a
few minutes research would
suffice.

As it turns out, there seems
to be no record of huge changes
in a society, the collapse of the
family unit, or an eruption of
widespread false claims as a
result of the passing of such a
law.

A CONVENIENT
DEFINITION

Before stating its specific
reservations to the governmen-
t's proposal, Rev Paul makes
this curious statement: "The
council denounces all acts of
rape. Rape is cruel, brutal,
heartless, atrocious, appalling
and callous. Rape is absolutely
unacceptable and should not be
tolerated or allowed amongst
members of the Bahamian or
any other civil society inside or
outside the marriage bonds or
any other relationship."

An admirable sentiment,
which is also highly convenient
considering the fact that the
council reserves the right to
define rape as it sees fit, as
demonstrated by the suggestion
that marital rape be classified as
"spousal abuse.” You can reject
any practice without conse-
quence once you decide to
define it in a way that suits your
purposes.

Furthermore, if rape should
not be tolerated "inside or out-
side the marriage bonds” why
does the Council recommend
"rehabilitation" of an offend-
er, rather than punishment?

THE OBJECTIONS

Rev Paul goes on to list the
concerns that his members have
expressed. These include:

* Will the institution of mar-
riage be preserved?

They are worried, it seems,
that the right to withhold sex
will lead men to cheat and
eventually become disillusioned
with marriage.

With the rate at which this
already occurs in Bahamian
society, it is unlikely that a law
protecting wives from sexual
violation will make it any
worse. In addition, it must be
asked how these pastors came
to feel it is their place to stop
would-be sinners from actually
committing sin.

For the believer of whatever
persuasion, is salvation not a
question between oneself and
God? For the Christian, did not
the Sermon on the Mount
make it clear that in addition
to action, desire and intention
matter in terms of sin? For the
sake of consistency, should the
Council not call for legislation
that allows a man to be pun-
ished for desiring to cheat on
his wife, or wishing to gamble
or watch an "immoral" film?

* Will the amendment not be
used as a means of spite or the
excuse to end marital relation-
ship differences?

This could be said about any
law. Any unmarried woman
can cry rape against her
boyfriend out of spite if she so
chooses. For the Christian

Council though, fake claims
matter more in terms of marital
rape. This is because their con-
cern is not protecting innocent
men, but preserving the insti-
tution of marriage. Divorce is of
course perfectly legal in this
country, and whether or not its
incidence grows as a result of a
new law is of no legal relevance
whatsoever; no divorce pro-
ceeding is affected by how
many others have occurred in
that particular year. But the
Council identifies respect for
the institution of marriage with
a Bahamas run according to
their programme.

In any case, there seems little
to worry about. Studies esti-
mate that in Australia, 10 per
cent of rape victims were
attacked by their husbands, and
that in the United States more
than 10 per cent of married
women had been raped by their
spouses. Yet in these societies,
where marital rape is illegal,
there has been no correspond-
ing explosion of false claims.

* Will the proper checks and
balances be put in place to
ensure that unfounded claims
are not made?

This is a technical question
applicable to any law, and the
Attorney General's office has
already stated that all false
claimants will be prosecuted.

* Will those investigating
these matters be given clear
written protocols and would
they be mature, confidential
persons?

This applies to investigators
in any rape case, or any other
matter of a sensitive nature.

* How far should the gov-
ernment be going with things
that are sacred and intimate?

Here Rev Paul gets to the
crux of the matter. "How far
should government be allowed
to impinge upon matters which
belong to us?" he effectively
asks.

Of course, this is utter non-
sense, as in the Bahamas, mar-
riage is an explicitly legal and
secular institution.

RELIGION, RIGHTS AND
JUSTICE

Rev Paul writes: "The coun-
cil fully agrees that we must
protect the rights of all in our
society. But we cannot be too
careful to protect persons
whose rights may have been
violated by implementing laws
that have the potential and pro-
vide opportunity for the malig-
nant, the evil, the whoremon-
gers and the spiteful persons
who are looking for ways to get
back at someone, because of
some unfortunate circum-
stance."

Rev Paul is saying the rights
of individuals are not absolute,
and should be protected only
up to a point. Where this may
involve passing laws that cre-
ate opportunities for false
claims and adultery, rights
become secondary.

This suggestion is ridiculous
in terms of feasibility -- we
would have to abolish every
criminal law, as a spiteful per-
son can make a false claim in
connection with any crime. It
also betrays a worrying obses-
sion with regulating the behav-
iour of others beyond the prop-
er place of the law. Adultery is
not against the law in the
Bahamas, and therefore should
not factor into the lawmaking
process, despite what the Coun-
cil may think.

Rev Paul then goes on to call
the Bible the "airbag" of
humanity; the only book "that
seeks men and women's highest
good and protection.”

His argument is that because
this book emphasises right-
eousness, this is the key to “sta-
bility and safety" for man, but
because the Bible teaches that
no man is righteous on his own
all those who renounce their
sins are forgiven. It therefore
follows that husband and wife
should be willing to forgive
each other after unpleasant
incidents - even rape, it seems.

The problem here is that this
is all a matter of opinion. Not
only are there many interpre-
tations of the road to salvation
within Christianity - be it
through grace or works - there
are also a great many people
who live in this country who do
not share Rev Paul's faith.
What would our Jewish, Mus-
lim, Buddhist, agnostic and
atheistic brothers say about this
attempt to make laws in accor-
dance to Rev Paul's faith?

Rev Paul goes on to say that
"righteousness equals justice"
and that "justice is an expres-
sion for reconciliation." It may
be so to him, but it is not in the
eyes of the law. As far as the
law is concerned, justice is the
punishment or rehabilitation of

an individual through fines,
incarceration or other penal-
ties, as a consequence of his
having been proven guilty of
breaking one or more of the
clearly defined codes or regu-
lations enshrined by the
nation's legislative body.

The law deals with concrete
evidence, and calls for guilt to
be proven beyond a reasonable
doubt. There is no room for
"the remorseful, regretful and
apologetic heart” that Rev Paul
says is the condition upon
which a husband who has raped
his wife should be forgiven --
unless this peculiar heart con-
dition can be proven by means
of a chest x-ray.

Furthermore, this idea that
justice is " an expression of rec-
onciliation" is quite something
coming from an organisation
whose members have support-
ed capital punishment. Why
does the Council not think mur-
derers should be "reconciled"?
What about armed robbers and
child molesters? If they feel this
way, why are they not protest-
ing the very existence of Her
Majesty's Prison?

Of course, when it suits our
nation's more vocal pastors, the
definition of justice becomes
"an eye for an eye." It seems
they would take us back to the
days of the witch hunts and the
inquisition, where the defini-
tion of justice shifts to suit cler-
gymen, who can condemn a
man by looking into the "heart"
and finding out his secrets.

MARRIAGE

On the subject of marriage,
Rev Paul is better prepared,
arriving at the battle armed
with various scriptural refer-
ences, many of which affirm the
"conjugal nghts" of both spous-
es.

He uses these to explain why
a rape law should apply to
unmarried couples, but not to
those who have taken sacred
vows.

The problem with this is that
legally speaking, marriage is a
contractual arrangement which
has nothing to do with religion
at all.

Had Rev Paul taken a
moment to peruse the Marriage
Act, he would have perhaps
noticed that a cabinet minister
has the final say in all matters
surrounding marriage. He or
she can appoint any public offi-
cer or religious minister as a
marriage officer, and can reject
a religious minister if he sees
fit.

Article 15 insists that no cler-
gyman who has not been autho-
rised by the minister can pub-
lish the banns of marriage.

Article 24 is worth quoting
in full: "If the parties so desire
they may, after certificate or
licence duly granted, contract
and solemnize marriage at any
place and in the presence of a
registrar and in the presence of
two witnesses, with open doors,
and between the hours of six
o'clock in the morning and
eight o'clock in the evening,
making the declaration and
using the form of words pro-
vided in section 23 of this Act;
but in such case no religious
service shall be used."

AN IMPORTANT DEBATE

The debate on marital rape is
an important one. It may also
offer members of the public the
opportunity to consider where
they stand on an even more sig-
nificant question.

If this nation is to progress,
each one of us will eventually
have to decide how he or she
regards the doom-mongering
of the Christian Council on
issues of human rights and indi-
vidual responsibility.

A federation of predomi-
nantly Baptist churches, the
largest organisation of its kind
in the Bahamas, the Council
has enjoyed the unchallenged
status of primary moral voice
of the nation for decades.

Many of its members portray
themselves as latter-day Davids,
standing against the Goliath of
degenerate modernism. In real-
ity, they have become more like
the New Testament Pharisees,
who declare they are defend-
ing righteousness while putting
the letter of the Law above its
spirit.

I for one believe they are
fighting not for justice, but
against change, because change
is the barometer of their fad-
ing influence on society. The
powerful will not give up the
advantages of their position
willingly, as Dr King, in his let-
ter from a Birmingham jail, so
eloquently pointed out.

What do you think?
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INSIGHT



R EP RIN T E D

‘Real talk’ on
marital rape

By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net

A disturbing window is
opening into the minds of
Bahamians who oppose the
amendment to the Sexual
Offences Act which would
totally ban marital rape in the
Bahamas.

It appears that men who
balk at the idea believe that it
is acceptable to force them-
selves on wives unwilling or
unable to have sex. It seems
they are willing to abandon
the traditional role of hus-
bands as protector and
provider and don the mantle
of predator.

Women who oppose this
amendment either believe
that being raped is an accept-
able aspect of married life, an
inevitability, like having to
complain about your husband
dropping his shirt onto the
bedroom floor after he comes
home from work or believe
that they have no right to
their own feelings as it relates
to their sexual or reproduc-
tive life.

This is what it boils down
to. There are no nuances.
There are no shades of grey.
There is no room left for
interpretation. The bill seeks
to give married women the
same rights as their single
counterparts, the ability to see
their rapist brought to justice
even if he is the man she mar-
ried.

Those who oppose this bill
believe that if he so chooses, a
man should be able to "take
sex", by force if need be, from
the "bone of his bone and
flesh of his flesh.” I will
throughout this article refer
to opponents of this bill as
proponents of marital rape
because like people of my
generation say, "That's real
talk."

It's been disheartening lis-
tening to radio shows over the
past few weeks as the debate
on this bill continues. Our
men have come across as
brutes and our women
steeped in a victimology that
is inexplicable in this modern
age. People have butchered,
misinterpreted and misquoted
the Bible to, as they see it,
defend the right of a man to
his wife's body. Even the
radio show hosts, who should
know better, defend would be
rapists and postulate that the
bill is being pushed by a cabal
of vindictive women or a hid-
den homosexual agenda.

I was also disappointed lis-
tening to the recent Senate
contribution that Allyson
Maynard Gibson made on
this matter. After listing what
she described as "black and
white or clearly defined areas

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about which there is little or
no disagreement" where it
would be obvious that a man
has raped his wife, like dop-
ing, drugging, threatening her
at gunpoint or beating her to
have sex, etcetera, she sug-
gested that “concerns arise
when we are confronted with
the tremendous grey areas
that inevitably exist in the
context of a marriage."

The good senator suggests
that these grey areas may
include whether the wife was
really saying no, whether the
husband was forcing or try-
ing to convince his wife to
have sex. She also asserts that
there should be consideration
as to what was the wife's
motive for making the allega-
tion of rape against her hus-
band. The amendment, she
says, should also take into
consideration the children and
who will support the family if
the husband is sent to jail.

One can only assume Mrs
Maynard-Gibson was playing
the role of devil's advocate
because the answers to these
questions are quite direct and
(as I said before) there are no
shades of grey.

Complaint

First of all we will rightly
assume that in the case of
marital rape it will be the wife
making the complaint to the
police so regardless of what
the husband thinks, the wife
knows if she was "really say-
ing no."

She also will be painfully
aware of whether she was
being "convinced" or
"forced" into having sex. As
for the motivation behind the
wife making the allegation in
the first place, as with rape
cases involving people who
are not married, it is up to the
courts to make that determi-
nation.

As for the children and who
will support the family if the
husband is sent to jail, surely
these are matters the man
should consider before he
commits such a heinous act.
These should not be hin-
drances to a victim making a
complaint. Rape laws, which
Mrs Maynard-Gibson
marched and fought to see
enforced in this country, exist
for the victims of rape and do
not nor should not include
consideration for any other
party.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson is a
successful, well educated and
prominent Bahamian woman.
There are many women in
our society would be happy
to be as blessed as she is.
Women in her position should
take care not to offer propo-
nents of marital rape any
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over this past week, to say
"see even a woman of no less
esteem than Allyson May-
nard-Gibson has had reason
to question this amendment.”

In the Bahamas marital
rape can only be recognised if
the couple is separated or in
the process of getting a
divorce. If they are married
and there has been no sepa-
ration, spousal rape cannot
occur under Bahamian law.

One of the more persistent
objections to the proposed
amendment is the idea that
removing the ability of aman
to rape his wife would severe-
ly damage the institution of
marriage in the Bahamas.

Those stupid enough to
make this argument chose to
ignore the fact that the rape
itself is severely damaging to
the institution of marriage.

Ina "Your Say" published
in this newspaper on Wednes-
day, August 12, a writer by
the name of "E.V" suggested
that the amendment would
destroy the family, because it
would force a man to sweet-
heart or look for satisfaction
elsewhere.

"When this happens and
the woman files for a divorce
on the grounds that the man
was ‘sweethearting'’, the
courts would not consider that
it was the woman who initiat-
ed the whole thing by using
her body as a weapon and
depriving her husband of his
rights. This same man then
has to pay alimony and other
expenses. Why? Because he
simply wanted to have sex
with the woman God gave
him to have sex with."

This argument is so igno-
rant, backward, demonic and
ridiculous that if it were not
repeated so many times and
by so many different people it
would hardly warrant a
response.

If the alternative to raping
the mother of your children
is "seeking satisfaction else-
where" I hardly see a prob-
lem. But there are more mea-
sured and intelligent solu-
tions. If a husband is sexually
frustrated in his marriage he
can suggest counselling, or
perhaps talk to his wife and
ask her why she no longer
seems interested in having
sex. Even a trip to her per-
sonal physician may be in
order.

In any event, in the "Your
Say" E.V. presents himself as
one seeking to preserve man-
hood. However, E.V. wasn't
man enough to have his name
printed which leads me to
respect his opinion even less.

Former president of the
Bar Association, Wayne
Munroe while he was a pan-
elist on Star 106.5's talk Show
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the amendment would be
abused by vindictive Bahami-
an women, who, he seems to
suggest, are widespread
through the country.

Mr Munroe was quoted in
another daily as saying: "The
problem that this creates is
this: All you need is for there
to be dysfunction in a house-
hold and a woman to be upset
at aman -- and rape does not
require any trauma -- and she
calls the police and says my
husband raped me. You
would be arrested and you
would be the subject of
domestic orders. And it will
be your word against hers as
to whether she said 'no.""

Divorce

Amendment or no amend-
ment, if your marriage is so
bad that forcing yourself on
your wife is the only way you
can have sex with her, you
need to get a divorce. Also,
if your wife is so vindictive
that having sex with her feels
like playing a game of Russ-
ian roulette because you don't
know when she'll decide to
unjustly accuse you of rape,
you need to get a divorce.

Nothing is more damaging
to the institution of marriage
than two people who no
longer want to be or who
have no business being
together, living in a tumul-
tuous household creating a
poisonous environment for
them and their children.

Barrington Brennen, who
has been a marriage and fam-
ily therapist for the past 15
years has been agitating for a
law like this for over a decade.

He told The Tribune that

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unfortunately the response to
the proposed amendment is
revealing a deep seated belief
that women are still property.

He pointed out that it is
religious rather than secular
people who have the biggest
problem with this amend-
ment. These people Mr Bren-
nen said, resort to misusing
scripture in order to "brain
wash" those who are ignorant.

He highlighted the case of a
Bahamian woman who, after
undergoing a painful surgical
procedure told her husband
she was unable to have sex.

This woman's husband
forced himself on her and
through his wife's pain, plead-
ing and tears completed the
sexual act.

Opposition or support for
this act will not divide homes,
but will separate real Bahami-
an men from the animals they
may call brothers, fathers,
uncles, cousins and friends.

I have a very “traditional”
view of manhood which may
become even more "tradi-
tional" if I'm lucky enough to
be a father one day.

A man should be protec-
tor, provider, a nurturer, lov-
ing and a lover.

You cannot love or be
loved through force, through
contempt, or through vio-
lence.

I sincerely hope that the
public debate on this bill is
simply just some social exper-
iment or maybe even a polit-
ical distraction and the gov-
ernment will have this legis-
lation passed regardless of the
nonsense out there. They
have a moral and humanitar-
ian obligation to do so.

If they fail to do this it will
certainly be unforgivable and
Bahamian women and all true
Bahamian men who love their
women should remind them
harshly of their failure in
2012.

Not passing this bill will
mean that men will be able
to be punished for raping
acquaintances, relatives, girl-
friends, prostitutes, strippers
and strangers, but not their
wives.

It is funny how these men,
and I use the term in the loos-
est sense of the word, believe
that a complete stranger or
prostitute should have more
rights than the women they
swore before God to love and
cherish until death.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS



Pirates seize 2 ships off Kenya

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER
Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — Somali pirates
seized a German freight ship off the
coast of Kenya on Sunday — the
second commercial vessel to be cap-
tured in the region in as many days,
officials said.

The pirates took control of the
German freight ship Beluga Fortune
about 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers)
east of Mombasa, Kenya, a
spokesman for the German army
said on condition of anonymity, in
keeping with military regulations.

The German shipping company
Beluga-Reederei, which owns the
vessel, said Sunday night that Soma-
li pirates were behind the attack and
that the ship was on its way from
the United Arab Emirates to South
Africa.

Verena Beckhusen, a spokes-
woman for the Bremen-based com-
pany, declined to give further details
regarding the crew or the cargo, but
the German news agency dapd said
the vessel was carrying at least two
German citizens.



On Saturday night, pirates seized
a liquefied gas tanker 105 miles (165
kilometers) off the coast of Kenya in
the Somali Basin, said officials in
Singapore, where the ship is regis-
tered.

The MV York was travelling from
Mombasa to Mahe in the Seychelles

with 17 crew when pirates comman-
deered it, the Singapore Maritime
and Port Authority said in a state-
ment.

The authority said Sunday it was
working with the ship's owner, York
Maritime Co., and government agen-
cies to recover the ship.

CAPTURED: The MV York merchant
vessel which was boarded by suspected
Somali pirates about 90 nautical miles
from Mombasa, Kenya, on October 23.

(AP Photo)

A Turkish warship sent a heli-
copter to investigate the attack, and
its crew members saw pirates armed
with weapons aboard the MV York,
the European Union Naval Force
said Sunday.

The 5,076-ton MV York had one
German, two Ukrainians and 14 Fil-

ipinos aboard, the EU force said in a
statement.

Somali pirates have long been
active in the region, and they cur-
rently are holding 19 vessels with
428 hostages, according to the EU
Naval Force.

Somalia has lacked a fully func-
tioning government since 1991,
which makes it difficult to prosecute
suspected Somali pirates.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon recently said options under
consideration to do that more effec-
tively include creating a special inter-
national court. But some countries
have gone ahead with their own
court cases.

In Yemen, 13 Somali men accused
of stealing boats off the country's
coast pleaded not guilty Saturday to
piracy. The Yemeni prosecution said
the men were arrested in May on
the shores of al-Mahra in eastern
Yemen. It said their ship was carry-
ing weapons, explosives and ladders.

The trial, being held in the eastern
province of Hadramawt, was post-
poned to November 6 to give the
suspects a chance to secure a lawyer.

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

SOFTBALL Hitmen awarded NPSA title Sunburners,

ball Federation and out-of- — the action of the Truckers and

WHILE the Pineapple Air decision over the Proper Care town guests, for what had they felt that their actions Stingrays 2-0)
VOLLEYBALL Wildcats took the upper hand Pool Lady Sharks Friday _ transpired. were calculated, deliberate
NPVA ACTION in the New Providence Soft- night, the defending champi- “Had we known the inten- and intentional, and none of

their team members showed
any respect to the fans who
paid to watch the start of the
men’s championship series.
The NPSA is still not
entirely clear as to why the
Truckers took such an action,

tions of the Commando Secu-
rity Truckers team prior to
the game, we would have
notified our fans and others
that there would be no sec-
ond game Friday night,” the
statement read.

The NPSA said they are
obviously disappointed with

ons Truckers took one at-bat
against the Dorin United Hit-
men before they walked off
the field.

On Saturday, the NPSA’s
executive committee released
a statement, apologising to
the spectators, including exec-
utives of the Bahamas Soft-

ball Association (NPSA)
women’s best-of-seven cham-
pionship series, the Com-
mando Security Truckers got
booted out of the men’s series
with the title being awarded
to the Dorin United Hitmen.

After the defending cham-
pions Wildcats posted a 10-7

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

THE Scottsdale Vixens
improved their perfect
record by defeating the
Johnson’s Lady Truckers
25-19, 25-17 and 25-21 in
New Providence Volley-
ball Association action at
the DW Davis Gymnasi-

AN unwelcome return to
the Commonwealth Ameri-
can Football League
(CAFL) for one of the

um Friday.

Cheryse Rolle led the
Vixens with nine points,
while Kemesha Thompson
topped all scorers with 11
points in the loss.

In men’s action, the
Saints lost to the
Crimestoppers in five sets
25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 25-22
and 15-9.

Muller Petit led the
Crimestoppers and all
scorers with 24 points.
Chauncey Cooper finished
with 21 points for the
Saints.

Regular season action
continued on Sunday, but
scores were not available
up to press time last night.

TRACK
BSC MEET

THE Baptist Sports
Council is scheduled to
hold its 2010 Rev Eller-
ston Smith Track and
Field Classic at Thomas A
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium on Saturday.

The meet is expected to
get underway at 9:30am
with the official openmg
ceremonies. The first
event is slated for 10am.
The Bahamas Association
of Certified Officials will
be officiating at the meet.

Churches still interest-
ed in participating are
urged to contact Ann
Thompson at the BAAA
office at 325-4433 or Brent
Stubbs at The Tribune at
502-2363. No team regis-
tration will take place on
the day of the meet.

SOFTBALL
PASTORS/
POLITICIANS
EXHIBITION
POSTPONED

FANS will have to wait
until this Saturday to see
the much anticipated
showdown between the
Pastors and the Politicians
in the Andrea 'Gorgeous'
Knowles-Williams charity
softball game.

Organisers postponed
the game until 4:30pm Sat-
urday at Banker's Field.
The game will feature the
politicians, led by Minis-
ter of Youth, Sports and
Culture Charles Maynard,
against the pastors, led by
Minister Carlos Reid.

The softball game will
be held to assist Knowles-
Williams (a former long-
time national team softball
pitcher) with her medical
expenses.

INDUCTION
SPORTS HERITAGE
WEEK

A proclamation is
expected to be read today
declaring Sports Heritage
Week (this week) in
recognition of the 14 per-
sons who are all set to be
inducted into the National
Hall of Fame 7pm Friday.

The Class of 2010
inductees include Winifred
‘Winnie’ Bethel-Russell,
Douglas 'Douggie' Smith,
Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt,
Keith Parker, Gomeo
Brennen, Leonard
‘Skeeter’ Dames, Peter
‘Sweet P' Brown, Celes-
tine Wilson-Albury, Andy
Knowles, Sharon 'The
General’ Storr, the late
golfing extraordinaire
Freddie Higgs, the late
Basil T Kelly, the late Carl
‘Mr Volleyball’ Minnis
and the late Ank Rah-
ming.

SEE page 18

Falcons first flight!

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

t came down to the wee

hours of Sunday morning

before the Jordan Prince

Williams Falcons emerged as

the new boys champions in
the Austin Knowles Invitational High
School Softball Tournament.

In a game that ended shortly before
2am, the Falcons flew past the Span-
ish Wells Bulldogs in a 10-6 triumph
to join the North Andros Seminoles,
who carted off the girls crown with a
13-12 decision over the CV Bethel
Stingrays.

Having to play all day Friday and
Saturday because Thursday’s open-
ing day was cancelled due to the rainy
weather, organisers from the
Bahamas Softball Federation had to
make some adjustments to the for-
mat just to ensure that the tourna-
ment was completed.

But in the end, a number of fans
stayed behind until umpires John
Woodside and Steve ‘Bishop’ Beneby
called “game over” early Sunday
morning before the awards were
handed out.

Falcons 10, Bulldogs 6

An error, a wild pitch and a sacri-
fice fly keyed the final three runs in
the bottom of the fourth for Jordan
Prince Williams as they extended
their 7-6 advantage to secure their
first boys softball title.

Shortstop Austin Hanna, who had
a RBI single in a three-run first
inning, ignited the final rally with his
RBI sacrifice fly that plated Omar
Marshall after Tevaugh Davis came
home on an error that put Stephen
Russell on base. Russell eventually
scored on a wild pitch.

Davis ended up going 2-for-3 with a
RBI and two runs scored, Russell
scored twice with a RBI double, Mar-
shall was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run
scored and Lenthinque Kemp had an
in-the-park solo home run. Kayston
Pinder suffered the loss.

With a four-run cushion to work
with in the top of the fifth, winning
pitcher Aaron Cash got all the defen-
sive help he needed as Russell and
Marshall combined for the game end-
ing double play.

“This is a great feeling. After all of
the hard work that I put into it,” said
a proud Falcons’ manager Dave
Wood.

“Could you imagine this team did-
n’t win a game last year or the year
before last. Now they are 5-1 this year
and it was just fitting that they came
around and excelled the way they did
in this tournament. I’m very happy
for them and for the school itself. It
reminded me of the old days when I
used to play.”

Another former player turned
coach, Delano Cartwright, was in his
second year in Spanish Wells after
leaving his hometown in Long Island.

His Bulldogs, who scored three
runs apiece in the first and second

named the Most Valuable Boxer for

Jordan Prince Williams boys victorious
in Austin Knowles Invitational High
School Softball Tournament

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

PLAY ACTION: Jordan Prince Williams Falcons defeated the Spanish Wells Bulldogs
10-6 to emerge as the new boys champions in the Austin Knowles Invitational High

School Softball Tournament.

¢ North Andros
Seminoles take home
girls crown with 13-
12 decision over CV
Bethel Stingrays

innings, got a pair of hits each from
Jean Francois and Darius Albury,
who scored two and one run respec-
tively. Kirby Albury also scored twice
on one hit.

But Cartwright, who coached the
girls to the championship victory last
year, said it would have been a sweet
taste of victory had his boys pulled
off the win.

“Tt would have been a Cinderella
story because we never expected to
get this far with all of the big horses in
the tournament such as NGM and
Central Eleuthera,” Cartwright said.
“T would have just been happy getting
into the playoffs.”

See more pictures on page 18

Seminoles 13, Stingrays 12

Going to the International Softball
Federation’s tie-breaking rule where
the final out in the last inning was
awarded second, North Andros
responded after CV Bethel scored six
in the top of the frame with seven in
the bottom for the win.

Shortstop Allison Colebrooke came
through with a one-out two-run single
to end the seven-run come-from-
behind walk off the field victory as
North Andros celebrated like only
champions did.

“This is a new experience in the
Family Islands,” said John Ingraham,
a former quarter-miler now coaching
in the high school system. “There’s a
lot of talent there. So it was a privilege
working with this team. It’s a great
feeling because this was my first win
as a coach.”

Barbanique Gibson had a perfect 3-
for-3 night with three RBI and three
runs, Amanda Barr was 2-for-3 with
two RBI and two runs scored, Natoria

SEE page 18



points 6-3. In other matches, Trae

league’s oldest organisa-
tions, while another club
remains undefeated and
continues to stake its claim
as a contender.

The V8 Fusion Stingrays
moved to 2-0 on the season
with a 14-0 win over the
Sunburners yesterday at the
DW Davis Field.

The Stingrays defence has
yet to allow a touchdown in
two games and forced its
second consecutive shutout
of the young season. V8
Fusion forced two turnovers
to help their offence over-
come four turnovers of
their own en route to the
win.

Eldrith Smith tossed his
second touchdown of the
season and Jamaal "Break-
away" Storr ran for his third
touchdown rush of the sea-
son.

The Stingrays offence
started quickly on the open-
ing possession when, for the
second week in a row, they
converted on fourth down
for a long touchdown pass

play.

Starting

With starting quarterback
Nesley "Mugga" Lucien
sidelined, Smith started the
game under center and
made good on his first pos-
session when he connected
with Lawrence Hepburn Jr
on a play action pass for a
60-yard touchdown. The
score stood at 6-0 after a
failed two-point conversion.

Both teams struggled on
offence for much of the
contest as the scoreboard
remained unchanged until
late in the fourth quarter.

The Stingrays threatened
on several possessions but a
series of turnovers prevent-
ed them from adding to the
scoreboard.

Smith was picked off
three times by the Sunburn-
ers defence and the
Stingrays also surrendered a
fumble which kept their
opponents just a score away
for much of the game.

With Lucien back in the
second half, the turnover
woes subsided and
Stingrays were able to con-
trol time of possession and
add to the scoreboard.

Storr took the ball on a
pitch and outran the Sun-
burners linebackers and
defensive back en route to
the endzone.

A successful conversion
brought about the game's
final margin at 14-0.

In other CAFL action,
the Jets also remained
undefeated at 2-0 when
they defeated the Defence
Force Destroyers 22-0 on
Saturday.

In week three, the
Stingrays will have a bye
while the Pros (0-1) will
face the Destroyers (0-2) in
a matchup of winless teams
and the Jets (2-0) will take
on the Sunburners (0-1).

Boxing: Don Rolle takes ‘L Garth Wright’ trophy

ONE of the country’s leading ama- which is expected to feature a heavy-

teur boxing clubs held one of its land-
mark events this weekend to pay
homage to one of the icons of yester-
year in the sport.

Champion Amateur Boxing Club
hosted the 16th L Garth Wright Gold-
en Gloves show at Wulff Road Boxing
Square on October 23. The “L Garth
Wright” trophy was awarded to Don
Rolle who won on points over Peter-
son Wra, 10-4. Lernado Sweeting was

his win on points over Deante Tin-
ker, 10-7.

Robin Deveaux was named the
most improved boxer and he won on
points over Rashann Symonette 3-2.

Fight

The “Best Fight of the Tourna-
ment” went to Jermaine Allen and
Lamont Ash, which Allen won on

Johnson defeated Nax Forbes (4:3),
Kenzell Armbrister defeated Johnson
(5:4), and in an exhibition match,
Javano Collins faced Lester Brown.

Champion Amateur Boxing CLub
extended the L Garth Wright tourna-
ment for its fifth showing, scheduled
for November 6 at the Wulff Road
Boxing Square.

The Bahamas Youth Sporting Club
will face CABC in the main event

weight match between Leslie Moore
Jr and Anthon “Beast” Brown.

Boxers

Four boxers — Javano Collins,
Armand Rolle, Kingsley Choute, and
Deante McPhee — are also expected to
represent CABC at the Inagua Boxing
Championships in the country’s south-
ernmost island on October 30.

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By KEITH MOORE
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STOCKHOLM (AP) —
Roger Federer beat Ger-
many's Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-3
to win the Stockholm Open
on Sunday and match Pete
Sampras’ total of 64 career
titles.

Since 1968, only Jimmy
Connors (109), Ivan Lendl
(94) and John McEnroe (77)
have won more singles tour-
naments than Federer and
Sampras.

"It's amazing that I'm there
where Pete's ended his career
on," Federer said. "You nev-
er know when it's your last
one. That's why you want to
savor every tournament vic-
tory."

In beating the 47th-ranked
Mayer at Royal Tennis Hall,
Federer won his third title of
the year. The unseeded Ger-
man broke serve in the sev-
enth game before Federer
started spraying winners to
take the set. Federer showed
glimpses of his best form in
the second set, mixing power
and finesse and ending the

Matches Pete
Sampras’ total of
64 career titles

match in 63 minutes.

Federer, a 16-time Grand
Slam winner, won his 50th
match of the year Friday. He
became only the fifth man,
and the first since Sampras,
to win 50 matches in at least
nine straight years in the
Open era.

"Early on, I think that feel-
ing of wanting to prove your-
self to the world and all the
doubters is a very strong one,
so you're very aggressive in
your ways of winning and not
enjoying them," Federer said.
"Today it's much more of the
enjoyment part because I
don't need to prove myself to
anyone anymore, except to
myself."

Sweden's Crown Princess
Victoria presented the trophy
to Federer, who was appear-
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CHAMPION: Roger Federer displays his trophy after defeating Florian Mayer in their ATP Stockholm Open
tournament final in Sweden yesterday.

"For me, every tournament
victory is special," the Swiss
star said. "This is one I'll def-
initely remember, maybe
more than other ones."

Mayer, yet to win an ATP
title, was appearing in his
third career final and first in
four years. He knocked out
second-seeded Robin Soder-
ling in the quarterfinals and
his unorthodox style also gave
Federer difficulty.

Federer has beaten Mayer
in all three of their matches

without losing a set. Indeed,
Federer has lost only five
matches against players
ranked above 40 in the past
five years. "It was over really
after the first set," Mayer said.
"T got tired while his game
improved a lot, but I felt it
was a closer match than the
score showed."

Federer had to come from
a set behind to beat country-
man Stanislas Wawrinka in
the quarterfinals and was bro-
ken in the third game of Sat-

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urday's semifinal against
fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic
before coming back.

This was Federer's first
tournament title in Sweden
and the 18th country in which
he has won.

"It feels great winning any
tournament, but especially in
a country where I've never
been successful before," Fed-
erer said. "Mayer played a
really good match in the final,
and I had to really come up
with some good tennis."

Wildcats take
upper hand in
the NPSA

FROM page 16

but they believe it stemmed from an alter-
cation inside the park after a playoff game
on Sunday, October 17, 2010.

During the altercation, one of the players
said he lost a temporary tooth and had to get
six stitches in his mouth.

Team members of Dorin United, which
played the first game on the night of the
altercation (Sunday, October 17), remained
at the park to watch the women’s game.

The NPSA received a written report on
the incident and an apology from the Dorin
United team.

After playing two games on Monday,
October 18 and Tuesday, October 19 against
YI Shipping New Breed in the completion
of their best-of-five playoffs, the NPSA said
the Truckers never gave them any verbal
or written reason for possibly refusing to
play the championship series on Friday,
October 22.

“Therefore, in light of what transpired on
Friday night, October 22, members of the
NPSA Executive Committee and Champi-
onship Appeals Committee made the fol-
lowing decisions, in accordance with the
NPSA Constitution:

1) The Commando Security Truckers
team has been expelled from the NPSA
indefinitely for failure to comply with rules
and regulations by deliberately disrupting a
scheduled game and their future member-
ship in the NPSA will be determined at a lat-
er date.

Furthermore, the NPSA Executive Com-
mittee reserves the right to accept, reject
or defer consideration on the application
of any future Truckers team.

2) All members of the Truckers 2010 team
roster have been suspended indefinitely and
each player must appeal their suspensions to
the NPSA Executive Committee before re-
entering the league on any particular team.

e Additionally, NPSA Executive Com-
mittee and Championship Appeals Com-
mittee have decided that:

1) All members of the 2010 Trucker team
will not be allowed to enter the ballpark for
the rest of this NPSA season.

2) Marvin “Toogie” Wood has been sus-
pended for the remainder of the season to
serve in the capacity as NPSA first vice pres-
ident.

3) Dorin United Hit-Men has been
declared the NPSA men’s division 2010
champions who will now represent the
NPSA in the Bahamas Softball Federation
round-robin tournament in Freeport, Grand
Bahama, starting November 4.

BSF president Dorsett has voiced his
agreement and support of the NPSA’s deci-
sion.

4) The women’s championship series will
continue as scheduled.

Wildcats 10, Lady Sharks 7

Dornette Edwards went 3-for-3 with two
triples, three RBI and a run scored to lead
the Pineapple Air to the game one victory.

Stephanie Goodridge was 3-for-4 with a
RBI and two runs scored, Candice Smith
was 2-for-4 with a run, Jeanette Hilton 2-for-
4 with a RBI and run scored and Christine
Edmunds 1-for-4 with a RBI and two runs.

Marvelle Miller gave up seven hits for the
win over Thela Johnson, who issued 13 hits.

Johnson went 1-for-3 with a RBI, scor-
ing a run, Dawn Sears was 2-for-4 with a
RBI, Cleo Symonette 1-for-3 with a run,
Shonell Symonette 1-for-4, Trekia Munroe
1-for-3 with a run and Raquel Cooper 1-
for-3 in the loss.

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Knowles was 2-for-3 with a RBI, scoring twice,
Patra Johnson and Malcot Evans had two hits with

a RBI and two runs in the win.

Chadeeka and Shaquille Bain, Ashanti Darville
and Angel Miller were all 2-for-3 with the two
Bains, Darville and Randerkea Porter scoring two
runs apiece. Kadijah Bain scored three runs.

“The girls were tired. That was our fifth game for
the day,” said Christine Jenoure, whose Stingrays
blew their six-run lead in the extra inning.

“Most of the games, we only had about 45 min-
utes break, so they were tired. They played well, but
North Andros was well rested. We didn’t hit the ball
and we made more errors than them. But we were

right there in the fight.”
Bulldogs 12, Wildcats 7

Darius Albury went 2-for-3 with two RBI ands

two runs, Jean Francois had a two-run double and
two runs, while Kirby Albury walked twice and

scored as many times as Spanish Wells advanced to

the championship.

Vido Turnquest had two hits with two walks and
scored three times as NGM had to settle for the
bronze medal. Albury picked up the win on the
mound over Tobias Turnquest.

Stingrays 6, Crusaders 5

Diva Burrows had a two-run single and a RBI
fielder’s choice, scoring a run, while Ashanti
Darville walked twice and scored as many runs as
CV Bethel got into the final.

Atiya Deal was 2-for-2 with a RBI, scoring two

runs as Nassau Christian Academy had to settle
for the bronze. Chadeeka Bain got the win on the

mound over Charity Rolle.



Steelers beat Miami 23-22

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) — Ben Roethlis-
berger and several other players
waged an end-zone scrum for a
loose ball so frantic the officials were
unable to determine a winner. That
gave the game to the Steelers.

A video review determined
Roethlisberger's late touchdown was
instead a fumble, but because it was
unclear who recovered, Pittsburgh
kept the ball and kicked the game-
winning field goal on the next play
to beat the Miami Dolphins 23-22.

"Just a bizarre kind of play. You
hate to win it that way, but you'll
take a win,” Roethlisberger said.

Said Miami linebacker Channing
Crowder: "The refs called a won-
derful game — for the Steelers."

With Pittsburgh trailing 22-20 and

facing third-and-goal at the 2,
Roethlisberger fumbled as he dived
across the goal line on a quarter-
back draw. The play was ruled a
touchdown as both teams scrambled
for the ball.

After a review, referee Gene Ster-
atore announced Roethlisberger
fumbled before scoring. But Stera-
tore said replays were inconclusive
regarding which team recovered,
and the Steelers were awarded pos-
session at the half-yard line, allowing
Jeff Reed to kick an 18-yard field
goal with 2:26 left.

"T have to have clear video evi-
dence of the team recovering the
fumble," Steratore said after the
game. "It is a pile of bodies in there,
and you don't have a clear recov-
ery."

Several Dolphins argued Miami
linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis

recovered.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin
was still shaking his head about the
narrow escape when he met with
reporters. "Make it quick,” he said.
"We've got the buses warming up."

AFC North leader Pittsburgh
improved to 5-1 and remained
unbeaten on the road. The Steelers
won despite losing three starters
with injuries: linebacker LaMarr
Woodley (hamstring), defensive end
Aaron Smith (left arm) and tackle
Flozell Adams (left ankle).

Miami fell to 3-3, with all the
defeats at home and all the wins on
the road.

Roethlisberger, playing his sec-
ond game since returning from his
suspension, finished 19 for 27 for
302 yards and two scores. But the
Dolphins’ point total was the highest
against stingy Pittsburgh this year.

Arsenal, Man U
and Manchester
City even in the
Premier League

LONDON (AP) — Javier
Hernandez filled in for the
injured Wayne Rooney and
scored a pair of goals Sunday,
lifting Manchester United to a
2-1 victory at Stoke and into a
three-way tie for second place
in the Premier League.

Hernandez's spectacular
backward header past goal-
keeper Thomas Sorensen in
the 27th minute and short-
range tap-in of Patrice Evra's
cross following a Dimitar
Berbatov pass in the 86th
gave the Mexican forward five
goals in his first season with
United, including three in the
Premier League. Tuncay San-
li had tied the score with a
curling 81st-minute goal.

"T jumped and saw the ball
behind me and tried to head it
towards the goal," Hernan-
dez said of his first goal. "I
don't remember doing it in
training."

Chelsea (7-1-1) leads with
22 points, five more than
Arsenal (5-2-2), Manchester
United (4-0-5) and Manches-
ter City (5-2-2).

Arsenal won 3-0 at Man-
chester City on goals by Samir
Nasri in the 20th minute, Alex
Song in the 66th and Nicklas
Bendtner in the 88th. Man-
chester City played a man
short after Dedryck Boyata
was given a red card for
pulling down Marouane
Chamakh in the fifth minute.
Cesc Fabregas’ 41st-minute
penalty kick was saved by Joe
Hart.

Liverpool beat visiting
Blackburn 2-1 on goals by
Sotiros Kyrgiakos and Fer-
nando Torres, offsetting
Jamie Carragher's own-goal.
Bought this month by the par-
ent company of the Boston
Red Sox, Liverpool (2-4-3)
remains in the relegation zone
in 18th place.

Paris Saint-Germain
loses 3-2 to Auxerre

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-
Germain missed a chance to
move into second place in the
French league when it lost 3-
2 at home to struggling Aux-
etre on Sunday.

Brazilian playmaker Nene
scored twice for PSG, but
Auxerre got only its second
league win of the season with
goals from defender Jean-Pas-
cal Mignot and forwards Roy
Contout and Julien Quercia.

Lyon's four-match winning
run came to an end when it
was held to a 1-1 draw away
against last-place Arles. Mar-
seille could move into second
with a win at Lille later Sun-
day.

Edu and Rangers
defeat Celtic, 3-1

GLASGOW, Scotland
(AP) — Rangers (9-0), with
American midfielder Maurice
Edu, took advantage of two
mistakes and a contentious
penalty kick to win 3-1 at
Celtic (9-1) and open a three-
point lead over its rival at the
top of the Scottish Premier
League.

The defending champions
had trailed on a 45th-minute
goal by Gary Hooper but tied
it in the 49th through an own-
goal by Glenn Loovens.

Kenny Miller scored in the
55th after a weak clearing
kick by goalkeeper Fraser
Forster and made it 3-1 in the
67th with a penalty kick
awarded for a block by Daniel
Majstorovic — even though
the defender appeared to be
trying to get out of Kirk
Broadfoot's way when he fell
to the ground.

Villarreal in 2nd place
with 2-0 victory over
Atletico Madrid

MADRID (AP) — New
Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi
scored his sixth goal of the
season, helping Villarreal
move into second place in the
Spanish league with a 2-0 vic-
tory over Atletico Madrid.

Ruben "Cani" Garcia
scored in the ninth minute
and Rossi had an impressive
individual effort inside the
penalty area in the 52d, tuck-
ing a shot inside the near post.
Rossi has five league goals
and one in the Europa
League.

Real Madrid (6-0-2) is one
point ahead of Villarreal and
Barcelona (both 6-1-1), with
the Yellow Submarine in sec-
ond on goal difference.

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT A man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter early this year claims that his lawyer talked him into it. On Thursday he professed his innocence in the Supreme Court. I never kill nobody, Jermaine Williams told Justice Hartman Longley during his sentence hearing on Thursday. In May, Williams pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in the death of Kenneth Lightbourne in November 2007. He was represented by lawyer K Brian Hanna. Williams told Justice Longley that his lawyer had told him to plead guilty and he would get him a lesser charge. He said he wanted to defend himself at the murder trial, but his lawyer failed to listen to him and after being locked up for three years in prison awaiting trial, he gave into his lawyer. Justice Longley said because the facts of the case had not been presented to Williams in May when he had pleaded guilty he would allow the accused to withdraw his guilty plea. The charge was presented to Williams, who then entered not guilty to murder. He also requested a change of attorney. It is alleged that sometime between November 10 and November 15, Williams intentionally caused the death of Lightbourne by means of unlawful harm. The trial was set for November 29. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SPRAY FORSAVINGS!THATS ENERGYSAVINGS!with Reduce Energy Costs by up to 50%Call us to start SAVING today!242-328-5785 Improved Indoor Air Quality 242-367-2501 Save5%onallbookings* AirJamaica.comNon-StopFlightstoJamaica everyMon,Thu,FriandSun *BookOctober11November9,2010 FortravelOctober11-December9,2010*Faresshownonlineduringthebookingperiodarealreadydiscounted 7712 Book&Save NASS_5x10.indd 1 10/7/10 12:58 PM INDEX M AIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News.............P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 L ocal News Cont. ..........P13,14,19,20 Editorial/Letters..........................................P4 Advt ........................................................P15S ports............................................P16,17,18 B USINESS SECTION B usiness..................................P1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Advt...........................................................P8 I NSIGHT SECTION Insight............................................P1,2,3,4,5 C omics......................................................P6 Advt...........................................................P8 W eather .....................................................P7 CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 PAGES U SA TODAY MAIN SECTION 12 PAGES Man claims lawyer talked him into pleading guilty to manslaughter

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THE Bahamas Immigrat ion Department at the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport is now in possession of a new computer laboratory and software to better determine the veraci ty of travel documents. T he Document Imaging Software Suite (DISS puter lab was presented to t he Bahamian government by the International Organisation for Migration ( IOM). The travel document and fraud detection lab only the second of its kind in the Caribbean region also includes equipment such as d ecoders, an e-passport r eader, software, scanners, video and photo cameras, microscopes, computers andp rinters. The new lab is part of an IOM regional border mana gement and enhanced security project that includes the Dominican Republic. Deputy Prime Minister a nd Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette cut the ribbon for the official opening. ByAVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net WEEKEND violence in Nassau left two men in hospi-t al and at least three others the victims of daytime armed robbery. Police report that a 24-yearold man was shot in his upper thigh and left hand on Saturday night after two masked g unmen opened fire on a group of men at Polehmus Street off Augusta Street. The victim was taken to the hospital by Emergency MedicalS ervices. He is listed in stab le condition. I t is reported that both men were armed with handguns. L ater, officers recovered a handgun without ammunition w hile on patrol in the Big P ond Subdivision. W hile observing a group of m en sitting on a wall near the park, one of the men fled the s cene and was seen throwing an object away. The man escaped, however after as earch of the area the handg un was recovered. The spate of armed robberies began early Saturday morning, when a gunman approached a woman while at the junction of Wulff Roada nd Collins Avenue. The man, who was armed with a handgun, demanded cash and robbed the woman of her handbag before escaping on foot north on Collins Avenue. S ome four hours later, s hortly after noon, a store on Wulff Road and Quintine Alley was robbed by two u nmasked men armed with h andguns. T he gunmen entered Bargain Depot demanding cash. They escaped with cash. Then at 5.45pm, a 20 year old was stabbed in the lefts ide of his abdomen following a fight between two brothers at Bellot Road, off Carmichael Road. The victim was taken to the hospital by private vehicle, where he is said to be in stablec ondition. T he final reported armed r obbery took place at 1.30am a t the parking lot of Cedrics Kitchen on Peach Street. While in the parking lot of C edric's Kitchen, two women were approached by two men, one of whom brandished ah andgun. The gunman robbed one of the women of her purse before escaping in aw hite Honda Accord. Police are investigating all matters. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FREEPORT: A young man who suffered an electric shock from a high voltage transformer has died in hos pital. The 20-year-old was with f riends on Friday at the old abandoned Stone Crab Restaurant on Taino Beachw hen he touched the transformer, and knocked uncon scious to the ground. H e was transported by a mbulance to Rand Memori al Hospital where he was detained for observation.H owever he died on Satur day. ASP Hecto Delva said an a utopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of the death. He said police are with holding the mans identity pending an official identification of the body by family members. Investigations are continuing. ARMED ROBBERY Grand Bahama Police are investigating an armed rob bery which occurred at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Lucaya yesterday morning. According to reports, a lone gunman entered the hotel sometime around 9am and made off with an amountcash. Officers of the Central Detective Unit are investigating. Man dies after suffering electric shock Two in hospital after violence over weekend NEWLAB: Immigration officers are now able to take a closer look at markings in a passport. State-of-the-art fraud detection lab opens at airport RIBBONCUTTING: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette cuts the ribbon for the official opening of the new Document Imaging Software Suite (DISS Richard Scott (centrea l North American and Caribbean representative, and Monsignor Alfred Culmer (rightF e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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E DITOR, The Tribune. As an observant Bahami a n, I feel compelled to express my thoughts of this new S ociopolitical Revolution, b eing intellectually posed by this new breed of young, talented, and up-and-coming p oliticians. W hen one examines the p ersonalities such as Ryan P inder, Dr Duane Sands, B ran McCartney, Desmond Bannister, Michael Halkitis, H ope Strachan, and Senator J erome Fitzgerald of today, o ne is left to wonder what a g reat country this could be if the talents of these men and women were allowed to be unhindered and further allowed to vie for leadershipi n their respective parties. What has prompted me to w rite such a letter of observation was that I recently had the opportunity to observe S enator Fitzgerald in the M arathon Constituency recently while he and his team p articipated in the Back to S chool Programme for the under-privileged youth of this country. This young man has so take n my spirit to the extent that I wish I was a resident of his a rea just so I could have given h im my support and vote (as I voted for the FNM in the last e lection). The kind of political objectivity and maturity thatJ erome and the aforement ioned possess, is a clear indication that we are moving from the political tribalism and partisanship, and transit ioning on to a better sociop olitical development in these r espective bodies. I n closing I would like to encourage Senator Fitzgerald a nd others to keep this focus in their quest toward being k ey and major players in the m anagement of our country. Senator Fitzgerald, my prayers are with you and m aybe someday I may reveal m yself to you. I hope that the l eaders of your political party w ill embrace you along with t he other young talents, and will encourage your transition t o leadership. E mbracing it with their able g uidance and experience, for w e are at the threshold of a new beginning for a better Bahamas. Senator Fitzgerald, God speed and do well... UNDER 40 WITHOUT A BULLET Nassau, October, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON The enormous cache of secret war logs disclosed by the WikiLeaks website paints a picture of an Iraq burdenedb y persistent sectarian tension and meddling neighbours, suggesting that the country could drift into chaos once U.S. forces leave. The reports, covering early 2004 to Jan. 1, 2010, help explain why Iraq's struggle to create a unified, independent state continues, despite a dramatic reduction in violence. They appear to support arguments by some expertst hat the U.S. should keep thousands of troops there beyond their scheduled departure in 2011, to buy more time for Iraq to become sta ble. The threats described in the leaked documents come from outside, including next-door Iran, as well as inside, in the form of sectarian, political and even family rivalries that predate the 2003 American-led invasion ande ndure today. The reports demonstrate the weakness of Iraq's civic institutions, court system and military, even before sectarian violence exploded in 2006-2007. In the fall of 2005, the U.S. military discovered evidence of plots to assassinate various officials, including an Iraqi Army colonel. In September, one of the war logs said, a g roup of judges were abducted in Balad, beaten and forced into the trunk of a car. Another example: On June 6, 2006, U.S. forces reported discovering large amounts of blood on the floor, a rubber hose and electric wires rigged to a metal door in a holding cell in an Iraqi police station in Husaybah, in western Iraq. The report called the discoveries "evidence o f unchecked torture" and "clear indications" of human rights violations. The U.S. report said that for a time, U.S. military advisers slept in the police station to make sure prisoners were not abused, checked arrest logs and counseled Iraqi police, warning them against these practices. But even a programme of training and counseling didn't put an end to the abuses.A ccording to a report dated Feb. 16, 2009, U.S. forces reported the mistreatment of 33 detainees in custody at the same police station. The Associated Press was given access to a redacted WikiLeaks database hours before its general release Friday, but was not pro vided the raw data. The documents appear to be authentic, but their origin could not be confirmed independently. T he leaked war logs reflect significant progress as well. There has been a dramatic improvement in security since the height of the violence in 2006-07, due to a weakened threat from al-Qaida and an Iraqi population weary of the sectarian bloodletting that once threatened to plunge the country into civil war. Even so, some experts question whether the fledgling military and police forces are c apable of defending Iraq after Washington completes its scheduled pullout on December 31, 2011. Those who hold these pessimistic views also worry Iraq could repeat its history of turning to a military dictator in the mould ofS addam Hussein. Ryan Crocker, ambassador to Iraq in 200708, said Washington has decided to turn the page on Iraq but must not close the book. "We're still very much at the beginning of this story, or more to the point, the Iraqis are at the beginning of their new narrative in their history, and for all of the extraordinarya chievements that we've seen, the list of challenges is even greater," he said Friday. One major challenge is the country's polit ical paralysis. Iraqi politicians are struggling to form a new government seven months after a national election failed to produce a clear winner. That's a symptom, to some, of the country's stubborn religious and ethnic schisms. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki'so pponents said the WikiLeaks documents showed he must be stopped from consolidating power. Al-Maliki's office responded by saying the document leak was timed to sabotage his re-election hopes. Crocker called it "profoundly important" that the U.S. maintain a military presence in Iraq beyond 2011, despite America's weariness with the long and costly war and pressure to s hift more resources to Afghanistan. The leaked documents posted by Wik iLeaks recount Iran's role in arming and train ing Shiite militia groups and seeking to influ ence Iraqi politics a concern that may deepen as American influence in Baghdad wanes. In Crocker's view, Iraq will struggle for years with profound internal political and social problems. Meanwhile, he said, Iran is ine ffect telling Iraq: "Looks like the Americans are leaving, and guess what flash news we're staying." Before the U.S.-led invasion, predominantly Arab Iraq was stronger militarily than Persian Iran, an old foe. Today, due to the U.S. defeat of Saddam's forces and its dismantling of his army, Iran enjoys a vast numerical advantage over Iraq inb attle tanks and other weapons of war. Iran is likely to keep that edge for years to come. Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and a frequent visitor to Iraq, said that it could be another decade before Iraq has an effective air force. In 2003, Iraq had 2,200 main battle tanks, compared with 1,565 for Iran, Cordesman w rote in a new assessment of Iraq's military. Today, Iran's fleet of main battle tanks has swelled to 1,613 while Iraq's has fallen to 149. By Cordesman's calculations, Iraq's security forces are going to be much less capable in December 2011 when the last U.S. troops are scheduled to depart than was planned when the Bush administration negotiated the withdrawal agreement just two years ago. n (By Robert Burns, AP National Security writer). Inspired by new breed of young politicians LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Leaked files portray weak, divided Iraq Now through Sat Nov 6 on Mackey StDURING NASSAU GLASS COMPANYSART GALLERY & LIGHTING CENTREPre~Christmas SaleA M O S F E R G U S O N O R I G I N A L SN o w t h r o u g h N o v e m b e r 6 t hL i m i t e d s u p p l y o f A m o s p a i n t i n g s a v a i l a b l e D o n t m i s s o u t o n N G C s S t o r e w i d e S a l e2 0 % 6 5 %o f f( ex c l u d i n g g l a s s d e p a rt m e n t& i t e m s o n c o n s i g n m e n t ) E DITOR, The Tribune. REGARDING t he Tony Blair Christopher Hitchens debate over God next month in Toronto: T he claims to atheism are both presumptuous and intrinsically false. A world which has to create its own justice through h uman reason alone a reason whose very existence a nd origin atheists cannot explain is a world without hope. When human interests and values are based on reason alone, apart from the truth of God that transcends them, the individual and his human rights, dignity, worth,a nd capacity for self-realisation are at the mercy of caprice. The truth is that we all act by faith every day. We go around affirming that "we believe" in many things, even though we ourselves have not checked out the evidence. Is religious faith, in principle, any different? Not really. T his faith understands that something else that we do n ot see is true, because we accept the testimony of some one who saw. We Christians, for example, accept the testimony of Christ and His apostles who saw and believed. Atheism is essentially a materialist ideology that reduces man to a mere machine. When man is nothing more than a product he becomes subject to the control of man. Imperfect individuals must then be weeded out; the path of planning and production must aim at the perfect man. Suffering must disappear, and life is to consist of pleasure alone. In the final analysis atheism is a recipe for consumerism, selfishness, power, and pleasure-seeking. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada October 14, 2010. Atheism is essentially a materialist ideology EDITOR, The Tribune. It has been almost two m onths since my son smashed up my car at the light near St Thomas More, and the malfunc t ioning light that caused the accident is still not working. The green light works fine, but there is noy ellow and no red! I have two questions. Why was a malfunction light left on and why has its till not been fixed! The police know it is not working. Why is it still endanger ing lives? Who is responsi ble, or should I say impossible? Are drivers supp osed to just guess what t he light is? OK, so thats five questions, but please, whoever is responsible, please have more regard for the safety of the citizens of this country! DIANE FLETCHER Nassau, October 18, 2010. 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By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net A RAUCOUS exchange in the House of Assembly last week, in which one MP was asked by the Speaker to leave,was considered entertaining by youth leaders in the visitors gallery. Youth parliamentarians were in the House as observers on Wednesday in preparation for their own session on Friday. Mrs Cynthia Pratt, MP for St Cecilia, admitted she could understand if some of them left with mixed feelings. One of the youth leaders, Deangelo Beneby, said: Some of them were out of order. I like the back and forth, but they need more respect for the person who is talking. Maquel Lightbourne said she found the heated exchanges between parliamentarians "entertaining," and liked to see the "fire." During the session, House Speaker Alvin Smith asked Frank Smith, member of parliament for St Thomas More, to leave. This came after Mr Smith stood up in the House and said to the Speaker: You are unfair, in the midst of a heated exchange between parliamentarians. Shortly before the offending statement, the Speaker had ordered remarks made by Charles Maynard, Golden Isle MP, against Mr Smith withdrawn and expunged from the records of the House. Obie Wilchcombe, West End MP, sought to intervene on Mr Smiths behalf, asking the chair to suspend the House for five minutes to allow the leaders of both parties to speak. I do not believe he has warranted dismissal from this chamber, said Mr Wilchcombe. Denying his request, the Speaker said: I suggest you speak to your member, but he needs to withdraw himself. Seeking to appease the Speaker, Mr Smith withdrew his offensive remarks. The Speaker indicated that is not good enough. Mr Smith then apologised profusely to the chair. However, he continued to make outbursts during a raucous session of the House and was cautioned by the Speaker on two other occasions. One more outburst and I am not going to be too kind, the Speaker said on the third warning. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Youth leaders: heated House exchanges entertaining

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T HE Rotary Club of East N assau continues to enjoy and celebrate its close relationship with the youth arms in its Rotary Family. The Club congratulates the Rotaract Club of East Nassauo n its donation of $2,000 to Haiti Disaster Relief and t akes this opportunity to r emind Bahamians that Haiti's p light is ongoing. The Rotary Club of East N assau also welcomed members of its newest Interact C lub at Christian Heritage S chool to its regular Friday meeting at the Yacht Club, w here the new members were f ormally inducted into the East Nassau and worldwide Rotary Families. Christian Heritage School i s the most recent addition to the Rotary Club of East Nas sau family. Rotary Club of E ast Nassau also mentors Interact Clubs at Queen's Coll ege and St Anne's schools. R otary's Interact clubs are o pen to secondary school stud ents 14 to 18 years old and have a membership of some 200,000 students worldwide in m ore that 110 countries. All o ver the world, young people are furthering the ideals of Rotary of fellowship and i nternational understanding t hrough Interact service activities. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net AN ARMEDman was shot by a police officer early Friday morning after allegedly being caught try ing to steal gasoline from the officers private vehicle. ASP Delva said the officer was at home around 5am when he heard his dog barking. He went outside with his service revolver and saw a black male with a gasoline container in hishand. The officer said the indi vidual produced a knife and approached him in a threatening manner. The officer commanded the individual to stop and drop the knife, but he refused. The officer, concerned for his safety, shot the suspect in the leg. The man was arrested and taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital, wherehe was treated for his injuries and detained. Police investigations are continuing into the matter. MEDIA freedom and defamation, the use of technology in court, and competing criminal jurisdictions were among the issues discussed at a recent meeting of law ministers and attorneys general of Commonwealth small jurisdictions. The meeting, in which 23 jurisdictions were represented, w as attended by John Delaney, Attorney General and Minis ter of Legal Affairs in The Bahamas. Mr Delaney said: This meeting has been tremendously u seful, especially since many of the issues confronting law ministers and attorneys general all over the Commonwealth are familiar issues that we presently face in the Bahamas. One such common issue is international co-operation with respect to mutual legal assistance. I was pleased to share the fairly successful experience of the Bahamas in this area. During the two-day meeting, which was held at the Com monwealth Secretariats headquarters, discussions also focused on juvenile justice, the role of the attorney general, and alternative sentencing and overcrowding in correctional institutions. Mr Delaney also participated in discussions on strengthening public confidence in the criminal justice system; strength ening disaster laws in an era of climate change, and anti-corruption strategies for small jurisdictions. Armed man shot by police A TTORNEY-GENERAL ATTENDS COMMONWEALTH LAW MEETING M EETING: A ttorney General John Delaney R OTARY N EWS Rotary Club donates $2,000 to Haiti relief PICTURED FROM L EFT: R otary Club of East Nassau President, Joanne Smith; Partners in Service Director Desiray Ingraham; Stu-d ent Adviser Carol Harrison; Interact President Shivargo Beneby; Vice-President, Heather Armbrister; Secretary, Bryttany Roberts; Treasurer,M ontel Williams; Fellowship and Fund-raising Director, Sowmya Thottambeti and Student Adviser Emmerick Taylor. PICTURED FROM LEFT: Anne Meyers, president of the Rotaract Club of East Nassau; Joanne Smith, President of Rotary Club of East Nass au; Jaime Lewis, Community & International Service Director and L indsey Cancino Assistant District Governor for the Rotary Clubs of the B ahamas at the $2,000 cheque presentation for Haiti Disaster Relief.

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By MIKE LIGHTBOURN IT MAY sound easy and its tempting. But selling your property without the services of a professional realtor can easily turn into a nightmare. Ask the majority of vendors if, given a second chance, theyd try to sell their home again without using a professional, and the answer will likely be no. The first mistake in a For Sale By Owner (FSBO pricing. Owners often place an inflated value on their home that has no bearing on size, location, neighbourhood, other propertieson the market or general market conditions. This means it will languish on the market and go through several price drops before it sells. While a vendor reasons he can save on the real estate commission, the purchaser uses the same logic. Where does that leave either party? Many vendors think selling a home is as easy as placing an ad in the newspaper or a sign out front. Wrong! Newspaper ads are just one way of getting your information out, especially in this hi-tech world, and a series of ads are usually required, not to mention website exposure and e-mail blasts, among other things. This can be quite expensive. The vendor also lacks that most crucial tool a list of contacts and prospects acquired from years of networking. Someone needs to market the property! That is what a Bahamas Real Estate Association( BREA) professional is for. Fielding calls and showing the home can be an exhausting process if you dont know what youre doing. There is an art to handling inquiries, staging and showing homes and negotiating. Speaking of showing homes, if you are working, when will you find time to show your home? Will you be able to drop everything to accommodate the client? The realtor knows how to work through a host of issues, including whether a home might be suitable for a particular prospect, can get answers to zoning questions, get financing information and, most importantly, can advise you as to proper pricing of your property. Dont forget, the market determines the eventual selling price, not you, your realtor or how much you need to get out of the sale. Put an inflated price on your property and it will languish on the market. Tip of the week Use a BREA professional. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty) C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MERCEDES-BENZE-Class, C-Class, CLC-Class & ML-Class Tyreflex Star Motors is the Exclusive Authorized Dealer for Mercedes-Benz, Subaru and Isuzu vehicles. New &Used Cars &Trucks Sales, Parts &Service Call us at 325.4961 or visit our showroom on Wulff Rd today! Top of the Line Performance Vehicles only at Tyreflex Star Motors. TYREFLEX STAR MOTORSCall us today for your new Top of the Line Vehicle at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 SUBARU ForesterISUZU D-MAX Trucks &DYHV9LOODJHURIHVVLRQDO7XUQ.H\IFHXLWHV)RUHQW 7KHSUHPLHUFKRLFHIRUVHULRXVEXVLQHVV rr1HZ/RZDWH &RQWDFWULPRQ&KDSSHOORQ (PDLOVLPRQ#FDYHVYLOODJHFRP REALESTATE: EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and a delegation left Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport on Friday for Beijing, China, where he will be the guest of the Chinese government. Pictured are, from left, DionF oulkes, Minister of Labour and Maritime Affairs; Mr Ingraham; Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National Security; and Cabinet Secretary Anita Bernard. Also seen at the back are, Melvin Seymour, Chief of Protocol and Deputy Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames. P e t e r R a m s a y / B I S PMANDDELEGATIONHEADFORCHINA

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T HE Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEFistry of Tourism organised a ceremony to r ecognise Deep Creek M iddle Schools a chievement of Green F lag certification. G reen Flag Certificat ion is international r ecognition which is a warded to eco-friendly schools committed to environmental educa tion and performance. During the ceremony, Hyacinth Winder Pratt, permanent secretary of t he Ministry of Tourism a nd Aviation, congratulated the students for b eing the first school in T he Bahamas and the r egion to receive such an honor. She stated that t ourists list the beautiful beaches, clean water, and environmentas a major attraction to the country. She encouraged the stu dents to promise thatt hey would get their p arents, neighbours, a nd friends involved with promoting sustain-a bility. It is a great milestone that youve achieved. A smalls chool of this size is s etting the pace for the rest of the Englishspeaking Caribbean,s aid Director of Sus tainable Tourism, Earl ston McPhee. Founded in January 2 010, the DCMS EcoClub led the school on its journey to receive the Green Flag withp ilot projects like the creation of a recycling center where studentsr ecycled capri sun p ouches, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. The Eco-club members e nsured no Styrofoam w ould be on campus by delivering 50 cent fines to those students who did not bring their ownr eusable lunch containers. They installed fan and light timers to reduce electricity con s umpt ion. I feel good a bout what weve done. W e did a lot of hard work and it paid off, said Hershal Knowles, president of DCMS Eco-Club. Other club members are Treshae Clark, vice president; M oesha Leary, secretary; Nickeva Griffin, Brittany Gibson, andJ ovanna Sands. DCMS Principal Dr J oanna Paul acknowledged Charlene Carey from BREEF for her s upport in partnering with DCMS to accomp lish their Green Flag status. Its monumentous. W e want the program to grow and get more schools to sign-up,s aid Charlene Carey. Dr Paul further out lined three key areas that DCMS will buildu pon to continue their conservation and academic success. Specifi cally, DCMS is committ ed to increasing stu dent leadership, shar ing knowledge with o ther schools and t eachers throughout The Bahamas, and making their campus a model for sustainabili t y. The PTA of DCMS is extremely proud of t he accomplishments of t he Eco-Club in securing the international designation of a Green School. As the first school, not only in the Bahamas, but in the Caribbean, their suc cess t oday is a testament to the leade rship andresponsiblecitizens hip that is inspired by motto of DCMS. We are excited to see oury outh blaze this new trail in sustainability a nd we commit to e ncouraging them as they learn and become t eachersinspiring this g eneration to take the h elm in preserving our natural environments", said DCMSP TA Co-President Danielle Gibson. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM RESTAURANTS Bahamas Limited, the KFC franchise owners in New Providence, has teamed up with Hands For Hunger to help bring relief to the neediest in the community. The effort is part of World Hunger Reliefs initiative to feed children in 82 countries around the world. Starting on October 12 and continuing next month, all 10 New Providence KFCs stores will have collection canis ters where KFC invites customers to join in the global effort by making a charitable donation. Through a special arrangement with World Hunger Relief, at the end of the exercise, 50 per cent of the amount col lected will go to the global relief effort, and KFC will donate the other 50 per cent to the New Providence-based food res cue programme Hands For Hunger. Variety Hands For Hunger is a local food rescue programme committed to the elimination of hunger and reduction of food waste in our community. Hands For Hungers refrig erated trucks pick up a variety of fresh, high-quality prepared foods, fresh produce as well as non-perishable items. Within hours, this food is redistributed to feeding centres across New Providence such as The Bahamas Red Cross and Urban Renewal Centres. KFC vice president and general manager Gabriel Sastre said: We are especially happy to be working with Hands For Hunger in this programme because we are well aware of the tremendous work they have been doing over the past two years providing immediate food support to those most in need, We are asking customers to join us in the fight against hunger, locally and abroad, by donating a small monetary contribution. When a customer purchases a meal, we are asking them to help us stop Hunger with a donation. Ashley Lepine, executive director of Hands For Hunger, expressed appreciation for KFCs shared commitment to making a difference in the lives of Bahamians, and their efforts to raise awareness of the increasing need for food assistance in our community. KFC teams with Hands For Hunger to provide immediate food support in the Bahamas Green Flag recognition for Deep Creek Middle School First school in the Bahamas and English speaking Caribbean to receive honour

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C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.25 $4.20 $4.26 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Well-known heart doctor, Dr Conville Brown, has been ordered to pay RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust more than $86,000 plus 14.25 interest, the Supreme Court ruling that he owed this as the balance on a margin loan after dismissing hisc laims of misrepresentation and/or negligence. Justice Neville Adderley, in an October 6, 2010, ruling, found Heart doctor ordered to pay Fidelity $86k Dr Conville Brown loses misrepresentation and/or negligence claim against merchant bank over margin loan secured on $329,751 brokerage account Problems arose after equity values tanked after September 11, impacting worth of collateral in account Doctor alleged understandings came from talks with Fidelity chair Sunderji, at time he was invited to acquire 5% of then-British American for $300,000 a deal rejected by Central Bank SEE page 6B ANWER SUNDERJI DR. CONVILLE BROWN By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor US federal authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Bahamian attorney Sidney Cambridge over allegations that he knowingly advisedhow to launder $900,000 in funds from a purported Ponzi fraud, and are now moving to extradite him from the Bahamas. Tribune Business has obtained copies of the October 12, 2010, arrest warrant issued by the US south Flori da district court for the former Callenders & Co partner and ex-Progressive Liberal Party (PLP er with the affidavits and oth er documents filed to support the extradition requests by two Federal Bureau of Inves tigation (FBI participated in the undercover sting operation. Attached to the affidavits are two photographs of Mr Cambridge that appear to have been taken, via secret video recording, in Callen ders & Cos offices while he was meeting the undercover FBI agents. The documents detail new information about the case never previously made public, including meetings between the agents and Mr Cambridge at Nassaus British Colonial Hilton Hotel, and how their failure to provide all relevant Know Your Customer (KYC information allegedly got one FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas trouble with his bosses. The papers also allege that the undercover operation was co-ordinated with the Bahamian authorities. Detailing how he and other FBI agents posed as employ ees of a fictitious asset man agement company, who were seeking to launder illegal funds obtained by clients, FBI agent Patrick Wren alleged how a co-accused, Joel Williams, agreed to help them set up a Bahamian bank account, introducing them to Mr Cambridge. The agents, in turn, had been introduced to Williams by former Broward County vice-mayor, Josephus Eggelletion, who had told the FBI asset managers upon hearing they wanted to open offshore bank accounts that he could provide them with Bahamian contacts, and that he did not have to adhere to the ethical restrictions governing him in the United States when he was in the Bahamas. These comments, together with others allegedly made by Mr Cambridge on the FBIs recordings, unfortunately place the Bahamas in a less than flat tering light. They also give further potential ammunition to certain sections of the US gov ernment, plus the likes of the G-20, OECD and Financial Action Task Force, who are Attorney faces US extradition Federal authorities issue arrest warrant for former Callenders & Co attorney Sidney Cambridge, over $ 900,000 money laundering; allegations Documents reveal how p aperwork absence got FirstCaribbean employee in trouble, and that sting operation co-ordinated with Bahamian authorities Photos of Cambridge appear to have been shot in Callenders office via secret video recording SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor B ahamian new car dealers are sort of flummoxed that vehicle sales for the2 010 third quarter declined by 24.26 per cent compared to the June quarter, Tribune Business has been told, thes ector having anticipated a boost from the fact they were selling inventory not impacted by the 2010-2011B udget tax increases. Rick Lowe, operations manager at Nassau Motor C ompany (NMC industry was in a quandry, having felt it was likely to s ee a bump-up in new car s ales for the three months t o end-September 2010 as Bahamian consumers moved to exploit the lowerp rices available on models imported prior to the endMay Budget tax increases. H owever, Mr Lowe said the Budgets impact, which also involved a change in the determinant for how the E xcise Tax on new car imports was calculated, was already having an impact on c ommercial vehicle sales. T alking a Silverado picku p truck model, he said its January 2010 price had been $39,531, yet it was nowr etailing for $51,106 in Sep tember 2010 a 29.3 per cent increase. Were seeing a Flummoxed over 24% auto sales fall n New car dealers had anticipated Q3 boost compared to Q2, but consumers did not flock to take advantage of pre-Budget prices as anticipated n Year-over-year Q3 comparatives better, with just 3.32% fall for 2010 period n Leading industry executive expecting no improvement f or another 8-12 months n Commercial vehicles already feeling Budget tax rise impact, one model seeing price rise more than 29% in nine-month period SEE page 7B B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net A Bahamian renewable energy solutions provider has described a week of efforts to clear power-saving lightbulbs with Customsa t the Arawak Cay dock as a maddening e xercise, which draws into question just h ow serious the Government is about encouraging Bahamians to reduce their energy bills. P hilip Holdom, executive manager of Integrated Security Services (ISS the Government needs to drop the tariffs they are trying to levy, or they need to stop going around saying we are promoting ener gy efficiency. As it is, they either appear to be ignorant, or hypocrites. The businessmans frustration arose as he attempted to import a shipment of energye fficient Accord lights, made by Cooper Lighting, for a Nassau-based client. The bulbs intended for commercial use canp roduce energy savings of up to 56 per cent, and come housed within a metal box that enhances their light output and allows them to be easily attached to the electrical system, saving labour costs. When the items arrived at the Arawak Cay dock, Mr Holdom said he was initially told by Customs officers that because the b ulbs did not come with an invoice that specifically described them as energy effi cient, they would be charged duty at ther egular rate, and not be imported duty-free. Maddening energy bulb Customs snag SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Governments 2007 signing of the constructionc ontract for the $105 million Wilson City power plant can n ot be a trigger for the sixmonth timeframe to launch Judicial Review proceedings, the facilitys opponents have argued in their appeal motion submitted to the Court of Appeal. In their submission, filed with the Court of Appeal on October 21, 2010, Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA pals, Matthew McCoy, set out as a key ground of appeal their contention that the sixmonth timeframe they had in which to launch Judicial Review proceedings should have begun when the approvals and permits for the plant were issued. They alleged that the grounds for their Judicial Review application did not crystallise with the December 2007 award of the con struction contract to MAN Diesel, as the latter could not have begun work without those permits and approvals. The December 2007 decision was simply a decision to award the contract to build the plant to MAN Diesel, and was not under challenge in the application, RDA alleged. It added that plan ning permission for the project had not been inevitable, and was dependent on the necessary permits. At the Supreme Court lev el, Justice Hartman Longley struck out RDAs case, find ing that it should have brought their case within six months of the Government's December 2007 signing of the contract to build the Abacobased power plant. That meant Judicial Review proceedings should have been brought by June 2008, or November 2008 at latest. Justice Longley also found that based on the evidence, BEC plant contract t be trigger SEE page 3B

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It was eventful week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors traded in five out of the 24 listed securities, with two decliners and one advancer. E QUITY MARKET A total of 70,076 shares changed hands, representing an increase of 35,026 shares, almost doubling the previous week's trading volume of 35,050 shares. Focol Holdings (FCL ing 40,600 shares to see its stock close unchanged at $5.46. Cable Bahamas (CAB ing a volume of 3,580 shares to see its share price increase by $0.23, closing at $10.23. Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN er last week, trading a volume of 2,000 shares to see its stock price fall $0.40 to close at $8.10. BOND MARKET No notes traded in the bond market last week. COMPANY NEWS Earnings Releases: AML Foods (AML the quarter ended July 31, 2010. AML reported net income of $374,000, a significant decline of $803,000 or 68 per cent from the $1.2 million reported in the comparative quarter in 2009. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM +$//2:((1&$1'< ective November 1, 2010, we will change our trading name to F ind us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/GoingPlacesTravel/www.going-places.tvContact Us: C able Beach 327-2081 Carmichael Rd. 341-4646 Lyford Cay 362-4753 Mall at Marathon 393-6900 S hirley Street 322-2931 Eleuthera 332-2720 E xuma 336-2703 Freeport 351-9230This change will allow us to add greater value to you our customers, reect the global nature of our business and also provide unied representation across the region. One Brand Worldwide Service. This change will apply to all Destinations oces in Nassau which include branches at the Cable Beach Shopping Centre, Carmichael R oad, Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, Mall at Marathon and Shirley Street. The family island locations will included the oces in Governors H arbour, Eleuthera, Georgetown, Exuma and the Regent Centre, Freeport. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more and to see our extensive range of products, services and exciting travel ideas. While t here we also invite you to join our special club to receive exclusive t ravel deals, our new website is: RoyalFidelity Market Wrap E QUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 22.10.10 BISX CLOSING WKLYVOLUME YTD PRICE S YMBOLPRICEPRICE CHANGE CHANGE A ML$ 1.01$-0-13.68% B BL$ 0.18$-0-71.43% B OB$ 4.90$-0-16.95% BPF$ 10.63$-0-1.02% BSL$ 5.01$-0-50.20% BWL$ 2.84$-0.318,000-9.84% CAB$ 10.23$0.233,5802.51% CBL$ 6.59$-15,896-5.86% CHL$ 2.50$-0-8.09% CIB$ 9.74$-0-2.50% CWCB$ 1.88$-0.090-34.04% DHS$ 1.77$-0-30.59% FAM$ 6.07$-0-6.47% FBB$ 2.17$-0-8.44% FCL$ 5.46$-40,60014.47%F CLB$ 1.00$-00.00% F IN$ 8.10$-0.402,000-12.72% I CD$ 5.59$-00.00% J SJ$ 9.92$-0-0.30% P RE$ 10.00$-00.00% BOND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS B ISXDESCRIPTION VOLUME PARVALUE S YMBOL F BB13FBB Series0$1,000 C Notes Due 2013 FBB15FBB Series0$1,000 D Notes Due 2015 FBB17FBB Series0$1,000 A Notes Due 2017 FBB22FBB Series0$1,000 B Notes Due 2022 SEE page 7B

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determined to force the Bahamas out of the international financial services business. The case is already understood to have severely embarrassed Callenders & Co and the firms other partners/employees, none of whom have any connection to the affair, and nor have they been accused of wrongdoing. It is also somewhat embarrassing for the PLP, given the comment by Eggelletion, who has already been convicted as a result of the FBI operation, that he was gonna be raising some money for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas thats running for re-election. There is nothing, though, to suggest that Perry Christie or the PLP have done anything wrong. Meanwhile, Agent Wrens affidavit said that after the intricacies of opening a Bahamian bank account and International Business Company (IBC had been explained to the undercover FBI men: Williams told us that there really was no regulation in the Bahamas, and that the Bahamas did not have a treaty with the United States. He said that he had great attorneys and certified public accountants in the Bahamas. Williams represented that he was working on a real estate development in the Bahamas at Chub Cay, in the Berry Islands, and in a subsequent February 25, 2007, meeting with the FBI agents disclosed that his Bahamian attorney worked at Callenders & Co and was a banking expert. Williams allegedly said that he and Mr Cambridge would charge a percentage for their services. The FBI agents first direct contact with Mr Cambridge came on March 5, 2007, via telephone conference call. A meeting at Callenders & Co was set up for the following day, and the agents alleged: Cambridge stated that when dealing with serious bank applications, it was all about approach. He told me that when the Central Bank, referring to the Government bank authority in the Bahamas, saw that a law firm with banks was involved, the application carried a totally different confidence. Prior to the meeting with Mr Cambridge, the FBI agents indicated to Williams that their clients funds were illegal, and he allegedly responded that the Bahamians do not call it money laundering, so long as the money did not come from arms, drugs or terrorists. At the meeting with Mr Cambridge, held at Callenders & Cos One Millars Court offices in downtown Nassau, the FBI agents explained the purported structure of their scheme. They alleged: Cambridge said he had to do due diligence for that know your client stuff, but it was not much. He told us just give him a story where the money came from. After several further phone conversations and meetings over IBC formation, bank account opening and related KYC documents, Agent Wren alleged that he and the others were taken by Mr Cambridge to meet Steve Bonamy, international corporate manager at FirstCaribbeans Shirley Streetbased international wealth management unit. The FBI agents secretly recorded the meeting, during which Mr Bonamy conducteda KYC interview, and got the agents to sign account opening documents for their IBC, Hexagon Development. The account was to be opened once Hexagons IBC registry information was supplied. Mr Bonamy then spoke to the FBI agents on April 5, 2007, to confirm he had received the initial deposit cheque from Callenders for Hexagon. He also told the agents that some necessary account opening documents were missing from Mr Cambridge. This created an uncomfortable situation in the Bahamas, Williams told the agents on August 1, 2007. This was because the information had not been supplied, and FirstCaribbean had been unable to contact the FBI agents about the Hexagon account. Williams stated that Bonamy got in trouble with his employer, FirstCaribbean, because things were not completed and the references were left out of the opening package, Agent Wren alleged. I expressed my concern that this had caused heightened awareness of the account. Williams told me that he and Cambridge discussed the fact that I had only sent $300,000 in four months, when larger amounts were expected and could be sent. Wren than alleged that he was told that someone from FirstCaribbean asked Bonamy why he authorised money to come into the account, and out of the account, without having a bank reference letter and a letter from an attorney in my file. Another FBI agent involved in the sting, John Osa, alleged: Cambridge told us that he had done everything he was required to do by law, referring to the fact that there really is no effective due diligence requirement. Cambridge stated that he relied on Steve Bonamy, an employee at FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas to give Cambridges people less hassle than FirstCaribbean usually would to other bank customers not referred by Cambridge. There is no suggestion that such an imputation is founded, and there is also no suggestion that Mr Bonamy has done anything wrong in relation to this case. He has not been charged in the US. Meanwhile, Agent Wren alleged that he was told Mr Cambridge set the rules in the Bahamas through membership of the Banking Committee. He alleged that Mr Cambridge was described as my guy, with both him and Callenders the biggest insurance policy he had in the Bahamas. The FBI agents alleged that Mr Cambridge and others were eager to increase the amount of funds being laundered through the structure, and met again at the attorneys Nassau office on November 23, 2007. At this meeting, Mr Cambridge suggested adding another sig natory to Hexagon, saying this could be done during a fiveminute interview with Christine Smith at FirstCaribbean. Mr Cambridge allegedly coached the FBI agents on what to say in the interview, and advised that FirstCaribbean would want to hear they were putting money into resort investment. If you need to absorb a lot of cash, you should buy a resort, flip it in six months and probably make money, Mr Cambridge was said to have advised. When told about the questionable source of funds by the agents, Agent Wren alleged: Cambridge replied that we sell secrecy in the Bahamas. Cambridge explained that the Bahamas was an offshore centre and that was what they did. He stated that people with problems bring their money to the Bahamas and they took care of the money. The FBI agents followed his instructions during the interview with Ms Smith, with Agent Wren meeting Mr Cambridge at the British Colonial Hilton that evening. He alleged that he disclosed to Mr Cambridge that the funds were coming from a Ponzi scheme. I also told Cambridge that I wanted his guidance on the best way to do things that would not raise any alarms, Agent Wren alleged. Cambridge suggested heightening the business interest side by sprinkling in one or two acquisitions that could easily be flipped. For instance, if I saw a $600,000 apartment in town I should buy it, hang on to it for 18 months, flip it and buy another. Cambridge also said I should sink some money into soft real estate in the Bahamas to establish some sense of permanence to the authorities........ He added that unless or until a judgment was out there that was enforceable in the Bahamas jurisdiction, I had all the freedom to move about the country as I wished. Cambridge said anything I had offshore in the Bahamas, authorities in the United States could not touch. Cambridge said he would know in advance of a judgment was coming, because the first thing they would do is try to freeze the money. The affidavits detailed all the transactions involved in the purported money laundering scheme. The charges against Mr Cambridge caused surprise in the Bahamian legal and political communities, where he was regarded as a rapidly rising star. Prior to the allegations being made public, he was acting as the attorney for the liquidator in the cases involving CLICO (Bahamas Bank & Trust. 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Meanwhile, metal housing the bulb comes already mounted within was to have duty levied on it at 35 per cent, a Customs official d etermined, thereby all but w iping out any potential d uty savings that should have been associated with the energy efficient lighting. After meeting with acting comptroller of Customs, Charles Turner, yesterdaym orning, a position was reached whereby Mr Holdom was asked to resubmit his Customs entry with the bulbs separate from the fixtures. He was then allowed to clear the bulbs f ree of charge while paying 35 per cent duty to get the housing off the dock. This a dditional charge, Mr Holdom said, he will now reluctantly have to pass on t o his clients, who had been u nder the impression that t heir power-saving lights w ould attract no duty. M r Holdom asserts that t he bulb and the housing should be considered a system, and since one cannotbe effectively used without the other, the Governmentm ust re-consider its position or else face undermining w hat he interpreted as the intention of its tariff reductions on energy efficient b ulbs that of encouraging a s hift to greener technolo g ies in the Bahamas, in light of the acknowledgment that initial capital outlay can be as ignificant impediment to these choices. As such, the businessman said he now intends to appeal the matter to the Prime Minister, admitting that while it may seem absurd that a Prime Mini ster should be involved in an individual decision on a lightbulb, this may be theo nly way to ensure that what he considers as an element of rationality is brought tobear on similar situations in t he future. This happens with about every third or fifth shipment of lights I bring in. They are playing semantics, said Mr Holdom. He added that he h ad experienced similar p roblems importing LED lights (light emitting diodes which do not have the appearance of traditional lightbulbs. Separate Mr Turner said Customs viewed the bulb and the housing, which it was intended to be mounted within, as two separate items. We have no problem with the bulbs being duty free, but the other part is a fixture, he said. However, Mr Holdom s ays Customs needs to be a m ore little open minded because there are new products on the market They might look different but they are still an energy efficient light, he said. Mr Turner told The Trib une that so as not to show a ny bias in (their o f the situation, the Customs Department has written to the World Customs Organisation for advice on what it recommends in such circumstances. They are independent and we will go with their advice, said Mr Turner, a dding that a letter sent s ome time ago had not yet elicited a response. Mr Holdom said that based on his experience in the past in bringing in solar equipment to install for clients in the Bahamas, he expects to shortly be again at odds with the Customs D epartment when an antici pated shipment containing a wind turbine, solar panels and solar batteries arrives. They say, Okay, this is a solar panel. But this is a wire... and they want to charge you duty on that. I say: Well what can I do with that wire?. Its like saying y oure going to eliminate d uty on electric cars and then trying to charge 45 per cent on the tyres, the radio and the chassis when someone brings one in, Mr Holdom said. 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that RoyalFidelity had proven its case on a balance of probability, dismissing Dr Browns defence and counterclaim in a matter that dated back more than a decade and to events at the time of the September 11, 20011, terror attacks. Recording the disputes origins, Justice Adderley said that Dr Brown held a brokerage account with RoyalFidelity (then just Fidelity 2000, containing shares (equities) that he owned in companies worth a collective $329,751. RoyalFidelity then agreed to make a margin loan to Dr Brown for an amount up to 50 per cent of the collective worth of the securities held in his brokerage account. This meant that the maximum loan the investment bank could grant was $164,875. The judgment recorded the date of the loan agreement as being February 17, 2000, and the documents involved included a Line of Credit Agreement; promissory note; and an authorisation to hold funds. It was a term of the Line of Credit Agreement that the loan amount would not be allowed to exceed 50 per cent of the value of the equities and, if it did, the plaintiff would have to pay the excess within 14 days, Justice Adderley said. If the excess was not paid, the plaintiff could sell securities as it deemed necessary. Booming Unfortunately for Dr Brown, while the margin loan facility was signed at a time when the Bahamian and US economies were booming, and stock prices in both this market and elsewhere were high, it was not long before the economic and financial worlds headed south as a result of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The Bahamas was not immune, and with the slide in t he value of equities listed on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX the collective worth of the shares in Dr Browns brokerage account also plummeted with all the implications that entailed for the margin loan facility. By letter dated October 4, 2002, [RoyalFidelity] informed [Dr Brown] that the securities had so declined in value that he was only eligible for a facility of $98,111, by which time he had an overdraft of $179,773, Justice Adderley said. The plaintiff informed him that either he had to increase the amount of securities in the brokerage account or pay the sum of $81,661 to bring the loan down to 50 per cent of the security value. The defendant [Mr Brown] paid some of the loan due, but has refused to pay any further sum on the ground that the plaintiff deceived him into e ntering into the agreement by representing that it was a market maker and would so manage his securities in his brokerage account that he would never have to provide any additional funds to secure his loan facility. Not surprisingly, RoyalFidelity rejected these allegations, and successfully sued for the funds it claimed, the Frederick Street-based merchant bank also getting the Supreme Court to impose a punitive 14.25 per cent interest rate per annum on this. Former RoyalFidelity broker, David Slatter, in evidence to the Supreme Court, recalled meeting Dr Brown to discuss the structure of the facility and execution of the margin loan documents. He denied giving Dr Brown investment advice, as the terms of his employment prevented him from doing so, and the doctor ordered his attorney, Wayne Munroe, to drop allegations to the contrary during the trials cross-examin ation. Another RoyalFidelity employee, Velma Miller, agreed with Mr Slatter that only three documents were signed in connection with the margin loan facility. She added that Dr Browns margin loan bore an interest rate of Bahamian Prime plus 4 per cent, while the default rate applied after the October 2002 margin call was Bahamian Prime plus 8.25 per cent. The penalty rate continued until [Dr Brown] either rectified the shortfall of the value of the security by infusing cash into the brokerage account or providing additional security which would increase the value of the brokerage account to twice the amount of the loan, Justice Adderley found. Statement In his witness statement, Dr Brown identified three alleged misrepresentations made by RoyalFidelity. These were: That in accordance with the promissory note, the loan amount would not exceed 50 per cent of the market value of t he shares to bring the loan within the agreed limits That the promissory note superseded the Line of Credit agreement And that he was at risk of losing 100 per cent of the shares in his account, as the loan was secured through the collateral provided by these securities Justice Adderley said this went further than Dr Browns defence pleading, which said he was given representations that the loan agreement involved a maximum risk of 50-100 per cent of the value of his securities portfolio, and no more, as the securities would be sold or bought by the plaintiff in its capacity of market maker in order to repay the loan. Dr Brown alleged that this understanding was reached in a conversation with Anwer Sunderji, the Fidelity Groups chairman and chief executive, at a time when the latter had invited him to purchase a 5 per cent stake in the groups predecessor organisation, British American Bank, for $300,000. Dr Brown attempted to invest the $300,000, but this transaction was reversed by the Central Bank of the Bahamas because he was not an institutional investor. Eventually, he invested part of the funds in RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust when the Fidelity group became the successor organisation to British American Bank. While Dr Brown did not state that a particular misrepresentation was made to him, he stuck to the alleged understanding as pleaded in his initial defence, although the Supreme Court found such suggestions were not put to Mr Slatter at the time the margin loan was executed. In his ruling, Justice Adderley found that there was not sufficient evidence to support Dr Browns contention that the alleged misrepresentations were made or, if they were, that they were reckless or untrue. Furthermore, there is no evidence that such representa tion induced the defendant to enter into the margin loan facility agreement, the judge wrote. In fact, on the evidence of [Dr Brown], he entered into the loan agreement primarily because the other transaction had fallen through and he con tinued to want to invest with the successor to British American Bank. He had built up a portfolio of shares over the years and kept personal custody of the security certificates prior to using them to open a broker age account with the plaintiff, so he was not new to securities trading. While I have assessed the defendant to be a credible wit ness, and have no reason to believe that he did not under stand whatever was said as con stituting the misrepresentation which he claims, there is no supporting evidence that the misrepresentation was, in fact, made. Justice Adderley added: If such a representation was made, one would have expected a written indemnity to that effect in favour of [Dr Brown] in the margin loan documents, and having regard to the demonstrated intellectual acu men of the defendant, I would have expected him to insist upon it at the time. However, the only indemnity agreement in the relevant documents was one that favoured RoyalFidelity. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 'U/LX=HOLQ/HRf+DV 029('IURPLOODJHRDGWR :LQFKHVWHUWUHHWDOPGDOH0LUDFXORXV&KLQHVHHGLFDO'RFWRU 6WRSDLQ,Q$LQXWHV FROM page 1B Heart doctor ordered to pay Fidelity $86k

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INSIGHT C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune INSIGHT M ONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 The stories behind the news A WINNER IN THE SNPA'S CARMAGE WALLS COMMENTARY PRIZE CATEGORY By PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor LAST week, a prestig ious group of American publishers awarded a top honour to Insight for itss eries urging the passage of a Bill criminalising marital rape. In so doing, they also issued a strong thoughu nspoken indictment of our governments fainthearted surrender on an issue of fundamental importance in terms of womens constitutional right to be treated equally. The judges, aware the Bill had been shelved earlier this year, called the articles incredibly powerful and a display of the greatest bravery in the face of an entrenched power structure an implicit condemnation of governments weakness and cowardice when confronted with the braying of a brainwashed minority and the ramblings of tinpot religious autocrats. The excuse given was that not enough people including the majority of those the Bill was trying to protect were vocal in supporting the law. This is indefensible nonsense. In the first place, it is highly unrealistic to expect the victims of any form of violence or abuse, particularly if it is domestic in nature and especially in a chauvinistic society that affirms the rights of the abuser, to speak up for themselves. If they could, most cases of domestic abuse would n ot end up being chronic and there would be no need for victim advocacy groups. Secondly, it is disingenu ous to portray the protestations of the vocal few as indicative of widerp ublic opinion. It was easy to anticipate the reaction of certain religious figures who jealously guard against per c eived threats to their own importance. Their voices were, of course, amplified through the bumper membership of their jumper churches, all presumably warned in advance that hell-fire awaited those advocating change. However, the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and SeventhDay Adventist churches taken together a majority of the religious community came out in favour of the Bill. Leaders Thirdly, while there is a great deal to be said about leaders never losing sight of the will of the people, even if the governments explanation was plausible, the formation of laws can never be reduced to a crass popularity contest. Consider the likely result, for example, of a referendum on a new law expelling all foreigners or a mandatory doubling of private sector salaries. Finally, this issue is not, strictly speaking, up for d ebate in the first place. At its heart, the criminalisation of marital rape is an imperative under the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, which mandates that all citizens of the Bahamas have equal security of the person and the protection of the law, regardless of race, creed or sex. No argument about the sanctity of the marriage bed or encroachment of secular authority on spiritual matters not to mention the especially unsavory view that the duplicitous nature of women will lead to false accusations can disguise the glaring fact that married women in this society do not enjoy the same rights as their unmarried counterparts; the former can be forced into sex without recourse in law. It is clear that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham understands this; he said as much in a speech on the Marital Rape Bill at an FNM Womens Association meeting. Furthermore, on his watch, efforts have been made to: create freedom of information legislation, bestow equal opportunity on the foreign spouses of Bahamian women, and give Bahamians the same r ights as foreigners with regard to gambling. What these moves have in common is that they all represent efforts to enhance equality and social justice. They also share the dubious distinction of having been dropped when the government lost courage. Once bitten by the rejection of the 2002 referendum of the rights of foreign spouses, perhaps the FNM has become twice shy. Calculation Or perhaps it is purely a matter of political cal culation: not so much a fear that a majority oppose the Bill and will express this with their vote, but rather an assumption that most peo ple are indifferent, and the vocal minority in opposition is large enough to tip the more or less evenly-balanced scales of political support. At the same time, it turns out that for many in the government, shelving the Bill was less a case of strategy and more a matter of prejudice. Minister of State for Social Services Loretta Butler-Turner, who cham pioned the Bill in parlia ment, revealed that when push came to shove, she couldnt even count on her Cabinet colleagues. "I cant say that I had full consensus on the gov erning side," she admitted. And if chauvinism is alive and well within the FNM, it seems to rule unchallenged in the PLP: not a single member of the opposition expressed support for the Bill. For all their talk of being progressive, the Progressive Liberal Party under Perry Christie has a dire record on such issues, opposing the 2002 referendum, taking advantage of every opportunity to attack press freedom and failing to take a solid position on either gaming reform or marital rape. They said both issues need wider consultation a stance that is the very def inition of political cowardice. This is not surprising, as the party has long shown itself to be in the pocket of the more regressive ele ments of our religious community. The Tribune is often criticised by politicians for airing the countrys dirty laundry in full view of international observers. We do so because we feel that lifting the veil on such issues in the local context if possible, internationally if necessary is the only effective way of promoting fairness and justice in a society sorely lacking in both. As such, while we are honoured by and grateful for the SNPAs recogni tion, we value it most in terms of its capacity to shame our leaders into action. SEE PAGESTWO AND THREE FOR THEAWARD WINNING ARTICLES INSIGHT HONOURED FOR SERIES ON MARITAL RAPE T T O O D D A A Y Y , w w e e r r e e p p r r i i n n t t t t w w o o a a r r t t i i c c l l e e s s t t h h a a t t w w o o n n s s e e c c o o n n d d p p l l a a c c e e i i n n t t h h e e S S o o u u t t h h e e r r n n N N e e w w s s p p a a p p e e r r P P u u b b l l i i s s h h e e r r s s A A s s s s o o c c i i a a t t i i o o n n s s C C a a r r m m a a g g e e W W a a l l l l s s C C o o m m m m e e n n t t a a r r y y P P r r i i z z e e , a a n n h h o o n n o o u u r r g g i i v v e e n n t t o o n n e e w w s s p p a a p p e e r r s s t t h h a a t t a a d d v v o o c c a a t t e e s s t t r r o o n n g g , c c o o u u r r a a g g e e o o u u s s a a n n d d p p o o s s i i t t i i v v e e e e d d i i t t o o r r i i a a l l p p a a g g e e l l e e a a d d e e r r s s h h i i p p . T T h h e e S S N N P P A A r r e e p p r r e e s s e e n n t t s s h h u u n n d d r r e e d d s s o o f f n n e e w w s s p p a a p p e e r r s s a a c c r r o o s s s s t t h h e e 2 2 4 4 s s o o u u t t h h e e r r n n s s t t a a t t e e s s o o f f t t h h e e U U n n i i t t e e d d S S t t a a t t e e s s . AWARD: The SNPA Foundation award (above R upert Missick and Paco Nunez (pictured left to right respectively Introduction: Our unequal society

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T HE Bahamas Christian Council has declared itself opposed to government's efforts to protect women fromb eing raped by their husbands, arguing that the proposed amendment to the Sexual Offences and Domestic Viol ence Act could threaten the i nstitution of marriage. The council paints a picture of a society beset on all sides by forces seeking to destroy thef oundations upon which it rests. In reality, the government's proposed marital rape law is a vital component of the enlighte ned society we should be a spiring to become, and it is the Christian Council that is attempting to drag us back into the dense gloom of darker ages. By PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor M Y immediate reaction to t he Christian Council's rejection of the proposed marital rape law was utter disgust. Disg ust, but not surprise. It was, after all, in keeping w ith the council's tendency to ward off perceived challenges to its own position by branding them threats to public morality. The Catholic Archdiocese, t he Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church and the Sev-e nth-Day Adventist Church have all given their approval to g overnment's proposed law. The Christian Council alone claims that while it respects the rights of individuals, an abiding concern for God's plan for" families and nations" prohibits its members from lending their s upport. Anyone who doubts that this s tance is self-serving should pause to ask how the Council c an be so concerned about families and nations, when it hasso little to say about the rampant crime, violence, sexual abuse and corruption that p lagues this nation. Indeed, it is only a select few i ssues that tend to frighten Christian Council members into a ction: homosexuality, the showcasing of "immoral" films and performers, gambling, and now the right of a man to rape his wife. T his is because in a changing world, the Council's main c oncern has become maintain ing a stranglehold on the cons cience on a large portion of this society. T he public statements of Council members over the past several years have made it clear they feel social progress defined by most of the western w orld as having to do with rights and democracy threat e ns much of what they hold dear. After all many of them have become exceedingly com fortable in their roles as the self-appointed moral arbitersof the nation. This is why violent crime is never high on the Council's agenda -it is opposed universally in modern societies and is therefore not perceived as athreat. Homosexuality, gambling and "unchristian" films, on the other hand, all enjoy wide acceptance in the western world. What's more, they are symbolic of an outlook that values independence of mind and does not tolerate self-appointed father figures. This also explains why the Council -alone among the religious entities that responded to the proposal decided to sug gest specific changes to the amendment, recommending that a man should only be prosecuted for forcing sex on his wife if there is violence involved and even then should not be incarcerated for the first offence, but rather subjected to "rehabilitative steps." The Council also objected to the words "who is not his spouse" being deleted from the definition of rape, "thereby leaving it as is and allowing rape to only be possible between two persons who are not married to each other." While government made no mention of religion in its proposal, the Council's response suggested that "the government and the church" should work together to create "rehabilitative centres" for husbands who force themselves on their wives. The laws of the Bahamas are enacted by parliament without deference to any other entity,but it seems the Council will not miss a chance to insinuate itself into the debate and remind the public how important it is. THE LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL In announcing the Christian Council's opposition to the amendment, Council president R ev Patrick Paul went to great lengths to defend the reasoning behind the decision. As is perhaps inevitable consideringt he reasonableness of governm ent's proposition, this defence was anything but airtight. He opened with an unattributed and slightly misquoted s tatement by Martin Luther King Jr: "A just law is a man's code that squares itself with the moral law or the law of God." H e obviously intended this to suggest that laws are not just if they do not conform to Scriptural dictates, but a look at the context of the statement does m ore to contradict Rev Paul's argument than support it. D r King was writing from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabam a, where he had been arrested for leading non-violent action against segregation. He was working to break a system that inflicted violence and injustice u pon one group of people, because of a quality over which t hey had no control -their race. A s it turns out, Rev Paul is attempting to support a system that does the very same thing; discriminate against another group women leaving them o pen to physical and psychological trauma at the hands of t heir spouses as a consequence of their gender. D r King was responding to a group of white clergymen who opposed his non-violent direct action protests and called instead for negotiations. The r everend rejected this position, because "lamentably, it is an h istorical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their p rivileges voluntarily." He was referring to southern whites, but could just as wellh ave been talking about the Bahamian male, who in addit ion to a host of unspoken social advantages, has the exclusive legal right to transfer citizenship to his spouse and can force sex upon his wife without censure. Then again, Dr King's com ments could be seen as applying to the Christian Council and its members, for whom the host of social ills which plague this country seem to mean little compared to the handful of fringe issues that threaten their long established fiefdom. Rev Paul goes on to claim society will "experience utter chaos" if laws contrary to "moral law" are passed, but he conveniently fails to mention the many countries where gambling and homosexuality are legal, where adults can watch whatever films they wish and marital rape is illegal, but they do not have anywhere near the levels of violence, child abuse, rape and murder suffered by Bahamians. Rev Paul's choice of this particular quote is interesting for another reason. When Dr King wrote those words, he admitted that he was relying on the work of two of Christianity's most celebrated thinkers: St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. If the Christian Council intends to rely on this as a justification for its stance, must it not explain how this squares with the fact that the Catholic church to which these two scholars devoted their lives, energy and intellect has embraced the government's efforts to protect a wife from rape by her husband? Dr King, following Aquinas, wrote, "Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human per sonality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false s ense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority... relegating persons to the status of things." C ould the same not be said o f a law that treats women as sex-objects; instruments of gratification for their husbands? Are we to ignore the wealth of e vidence that states that spousal rape inflicts serious trauma on a woman, damaging her personality and relegating her to thes tatus of a thing? THE CONSTITUTION Rev Paul quotes the preamb le to the Bahamian constitu tion, a favourite strategy of clerg ymen making claims of authority outside the purview o f their congregation. The document states that Bahamian citizens recognise "that the preservation of their freedom will be guaranteed by a national commitment to selfdiscipline, industry, loyalty, unit y and an abiding respect for Christian values and the rule o f law." Rev Paul presumably quotes this to add the weight of constitutional authority to his argu ment. However when examinedc losely the language of the preamble does not support, and c ould actually be seen as dam aging his case. I t speaks of a "commitment" to several personal virtues, but only a "respect" for Christian values. An individual can respect any faith, as well as the v iews of those who decline faith; this does not mean that o ne is bound, or "committed" to all or any of these views. T he distinction may seem trivial, but the words of the con stitution were carefully chosen b y its framers, as Rev Paul should know. Calling for two s ingers to be banned from performing in the Bahamas last year, Rev Paul had said the Christian Council intends to turn the country into the Christian nation it was always intend ed to be. He added: "The founding fathers that coined those things in the Bahamas believed that the Christian church would be the underpin to see fit that those virtues continue from generation to generation and be the moral watchdog of society to deal with the many issues now plaguing our society." In response, two of the original framers of the constitution rejected the idea that the Chris tian church has a mandate to act as the country's moral watchdog. Former parliamentarians George Smith and Sir Arthur Foulkes both delegates to the 1972 constitutional conference in London said no religious body should consider itself special, or empowered to make moral decisions on behalf of the nation. "The church itself has no constitutional power. No church has the right to perform a government function," Sir Arthur said. Mr Smith said that for the country's founders to have promoted one body of faith, or "surrendered" the making of moral decisions to one religion, would have been "unwise". MARITAL RAPE: THE UNFORESEEABLE CONSEQUENCES Rev Paul contends that the heads of many churches feel a marital rape law "can have far reaching consequences" and quotes one local pastor as say ing: "Marital rape is very intricate, and a multi-dimensional subject that has the potential of levelling far-reaching and cross-generational affects on a ny western society built on Judaic-Christian principles. The impact and implications of such a law would be incalculable." A side from its vagueness, this s tatement seems to be in complete contradiction to the available evidence. For more than 50 years, husbands who rape t heir wives have been subject to prosecution somewhere in the world. The practice of marital rape is now illegal in 104c ountries. If the Christian Council wishes to calculate the implications of such a law, a few minutes research would suffice. A s it turns out, there seems to be no record of huge changes i n a society, the collapse of the family unit, or an eruption of w idespread false claims as a result of the passing of such a law. A CONVENIENT D EFINITION B efore stating its specific reservations to the government 's proposal, Rev Paul makes this curious statement: "The council denounces all acts of rape. Rape is cruel, brutal, heartless, atrocious, appalling a nd callous. Rape is absolutely unacceptable and should not be t olerated or allowed amongst members of the Bahamian or a ny other civil society inside or outside the marriage bonds or any other relationship." An admirable sentiment, w hich is also highly convenient considering the fact that the c ouncil reserves the right to define rape as it sees fit, as d emonstrated by the suggestion that marital rape be classified as "spousal abuse." You can rejecta ny practice without consequence once you decide to d efine it in a way that suits your purposes. Furthermore, if rape should not be tolerated "inside or outside the marriage bonds" why does the Council recommend "rehabilitation" of an offender, rather than punishment? THE OBJECTIONS Rev Paul goes on to list the concerns that his members have expressed. These include: Will the institution of marriage be preserved? They are worried, it seems, that the right to withhold sex will lead men to cheat and eventually become disillusioned with marriage. With the rate at which this already occurs in Bahamian society, it is unlikely that a law protecting wives from sexual violation will make it any worse. In addition, it must be asked how these pastors came to feel it is their place to stop would-be sinners from actually committing sin. For the believer of whatever persuasion, is salvation not a question between oneself and God? For the Christian, did not the Sermon on the Mount make it clear that in addition to action, desire and intention matter in terms of sin? For the sake of consistency, should the Council not call for legislation that allows a man to be punished for desiring to cheat on his wife, or wishing to gamble or watch an "immoral" film? Will the amendment not be used as a means of spite or the excuse to end marital relationship differences? This could be said about any law. Any unmarried woman can cry rape against her boyfriend out of spite if she so chooses. For the Christian C ouncil though, fake claims matter more in terms of marital rape. This is because their concern is not protecting innocentm en, but preserving the institution of marriage. Divorce is of course perfectly legal in this country, and whether or not its i ncidence grows as a result of a n ew law is of no legal relevance whatsoever; no divorce proceeding is affected by how many others have occurred int hat particular year. But the Council identifies respect for the institution of marriage witha Bahamas run according to t heir programme. I n any case, there seems little to worry about. Studies estimate that in Australia, 10 per cent of rape victims werea ttacked by their husbands, and that in the United States more than 10 per cent of married women had been raped by their s pouses. Yet in these societies, w here marital rape is illegal, there has been no corresponding explosion of false claims. Will the proper checks and b alances be put in place to ensure that unfounded claims are not made? This is a technical question applicable to any law, and theA ttorney General's office has already stated that all falsec laimants will be prosecuted. Will those investigating these matters be given clear written protocols and would they be mature, confidential persons? T his applies to investigators in any rape case, or any otherm atter of a sensitive nature. How far should the government be going with things t hat are sacred and intimate? Here Rev Paul gets to the crux of the matter. "How far should government be allowed to impinge upon matters which b elong to us?" he effectively asks. O f course, this is utter nonsense, as in the Bahamas, marr iage is an explicitly legal and secular institution. RELIGION, RIGHTS AND JUSTICE Rev Paul writes: "The counc il fully agrees that we must protect the rights of all in our s ociety. But we cannot be too careful to protect persons w hose rights may have been violated by implementing laws that have the potential and provide opportunity for the malig nant, the evil, the whoremong ers and the spiteful persons who are looking for ways to getb ack at someone, because of some unfortunate circumstance." Rev Paul is saying the rights of individuals are not absolute, and should be protected only up to a point. Where this may involve passing laws that create opportunities for false claims and adultery, rights become secondary. This suggestion is ridiculous in terms of feasibility -we would have to abolish every criminal law, as a spiteful person can make a false claim in connection with any crime. It also betrays a worrying obsession with regulating the behaviour of others beyond the prop er place of the law. Adultery is not against the law in the Bahamas, and therefore should not factor into the lawmaking process, despite what the Coun cil may think. Rev Paul then goes on to call the Bible the "airbag" of humanity; the only book "that seeks men and women's highest good and protection." His argument is that because this book emphasises righteousness, this is the key to "sta bility and safety" for man, but because the Bible teaches that no man is righteous on his own all those who renounce their sins are forgiven. It therefore follows that husband and wife should be willing to forgive each other after unpleasant incidents even rape, it seems. The problem here is that this is all a matter of opinion. Not only are there many interpretations of the road to salvation within Christianity be it through grace or works there are also a great many people who live in this country who do not share Rev Paul's faith. What would our Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, agnostic and atheistic brothers say about this attempt to make laws in accor dance to Rev Paul's faith? Rev Paul goes on to say that "righteousness equals justice" and that "justice is an expression for reconciliation." It may be so to him, but it is not in the eyes of the law. As far as the law is concerned, justice is the punishment or rehabilitation of a n individual through fines, incarceration or other penalties, as a consequence of his having been proven guilty ofb reaking one or more of the clearly defined codes or regulations enshrined by the nation's legislative body. T he law deals with concrete e vidence, and calls for guilt to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. There is no room for "the remorseful, regretful anda pologetic heart" that Rev Paul says is the condition upon which a husband who has raped his wife should be forgiven -u nless this peculiar heart cond ition can be proven by means of a chest x-ray. Furthermore, this idea that justice is an expression of rec-o nciliation" is quite something coming from an organisation whose members have supported capital punishment. Why d oes the Council not think murd erers should be "reconciled"? What about armed robbers and child molesters? If they feel this w ay, why are they not protesting the very existence of Her M ajesty's Prison? Of course, when it suits our nation's more vocal pastors, the definition of justice becomes "an eye for an eye." It seemst hey would take us back to the days of the witch hunts and thei nquisition, where the definition of justice shifts to suit clerg ymen, who can condemn a man by looking into the "heart" and finding out his secrets. MARRIAGE On the subject of marriage, R ev Paul is better prepared, arriving at the battle armed w ith various scriptural references, many of which affirm the conjugal rights" of both spouses. He uses these to explain why a rape law should apply to unmarried couples, but not to t hose who have taken sacred vows. T he problem with this is that legally speaking, marriage is a c ontractual arrangement which has nothing to do with religion at all. Had Rev Paul taken a moment to peruse the Marriage A ct, he would have perhaps noticed that a cabinet minister h as the final say in all matters surrounding marriage. He or s he can appoint any public officer or religious minister as a m arriage officer, and can reject a religious minister if he sees fit. Article 15 insists that no cler gyman who has not been author ised by the minister can pub lish the banns of marriage. A rticle 24 is worth quoting in full: "If the parties so desire they may, after certificate or licence duly granted, contract and solemnize marriage at any place and in the presence of a registrar and in the presence of two witnesses, with open doors, and between the hours of six o'clock in the morning and eight o'clock in the evening, making the declaration and using the form of words pro vided in section 23 of this Act; but in such case no religious service shall be used." AN IMPORTANT DEBATE The debate on marital rape is an important one. It may also offer members of the public the opportunity to consider where they stand on an even more significant question. If this nation is to progress, each one of us will eventually have to decide how he or she regards the doom-mongering of the Christian Council on issues of human rights and indi vidual responsibility. A federation of predominantly Baptist churches, the largest organisation of its kind in the Bahamas, the Council has enjoyed the unchallenged status of primary moral voice of the nation for decades. Many of its members portray themselves as latter-day Davids, standing against the Goliath of degenerate modernism. In real ity, they have become more like the New Testament Pharisees, who declare they are defending righteousness while putting the letter of the Law above its spirit. I for one believe they are fighting not for justice, but against change, because change is the barometer of their fading influence on society. The powerful will not give up the advantages of their position willingly, as Dr King, in his letter from a Birmingham jail, so eloquently pointed out. 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By RUPERT MISSICK Jr Chief Reporter rmissick@tribunemedia.net A disturbing window is o pening into the minds of B ahamians who oppose the amendment to the Sexual Offences Act which would totally ban marital rape in the Bahamas. It appears that men who balk at the idea believe that it is acceptable to force themselves on wives unwilling or unable to have sex. It seems they are willing to abandon the traditional role of husbands as protector and provider and don the mantle of predator. Women who oppose this amendment either believe that being raped is an accept a ble aspect of married life, an inevitability, like having to complain about your husband dropping his shirt onto the bedroom floor after he comes home from work or believe that they have no right to their own feelings as it relates to their sexual or reproduc tive life. This is what it boils down to. There are no nuances. There are no shades of grey. There is no room left fori nterpretation. The bill seeks t o give married women the same rights as their single counterparts, the ability to see their rapist brought to justice even if he is the man she married. Those who oppose this bill believe that if he so chooses, a man should be able to "take sex", by force if need be, from the "bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh." I will throughout this article refer to opponents of this bill as proponents of marital rape because like people of my generation say, "That's real talk." It's been disheartening lis tening to radio shows over the past few weeks as the debateon this bill continues. Our men have come across as brutes and our women steeped in a victimology thatis inexplicable in this modern age. People have butchered, misinterpreted and misquoted the Bible to, as they see it, defend the right of a man to his wife's body. Even the radio show hosts, who should know better, defend would be rapists and postulate that the bill is being pushed by a cabal of vindictive women or a hidden homosexual agenda. I was also disappointed lis tening to the recent Senate contribution that Allyson Maynard Gibson made on this matter. After listing what she described as "black and white or clearly defined areas about which there is little or no disagreement" where it would be obvious that a man has raped his wife, like doping, drugging, threatening her at gunpoint or beating her to have sex, etcetera, she suggested that "concerns arise when we are confronted with the tremendous grey areas that inevitably exist in the context of a marriage." The good senator suggests that these grey areas may include whether the wife was really saying no, whether the husband was forcing or trying to convince his wife to have sex. She also asserts that there should be consideration as to what was the wife's motive for making the allegation of rape against her husband. The amendment, she says, should also take into consideration the children and who will support the family if the husband is sent to jail. One can only assume Mrs Maynard-Gibson was playing the role of devil's advocate because the answers to these questions are quite direct and (as I said before shades of grey. Complaint First of all we will rightly assume that in the case of marital rape it will be the wife making the complaint to the police so regardless of what the husband thinks, the wife knows if she was "really saying no." She also will be painfully aware of whether she was being "convinced" or "forced" into having sex. As for the motivation behind the wife making the allegation in the first place, as with rape cases involving people who are not married, it is up to the courts to make that determi nation. As for the children and who will support the family if the husband is sent to jail, surely these are matters the man should consider before he commits such a heinous act. These should not be hindrances to a victim making a complaint. Rape laws, which Mrs Maynard-Gibson marched and fought to see enforced in this country, exist for the victims of rape and do not nor should not include consideration for any other party. Mrs Maynard-Gibson is a successful, well educated and prominent Bahamian woman. There are many women in our society would be happy to be as blessed as she is. Women in her position should take care not to offer proponents of marital rape any excuse, which they have done over this past week, to say "see even a woman of no less esteem than Allyson Maynard-Gibson has had reason to question this amendment." In the Bahamas marital rape can only be recognised if the couple is separated or in the process of getting a divorce. If they are married and there has been no separation, spousal rape cannot occur under Bahamian law. One of the more persistent objections to the proposed amendment is the idea that removing the ability of a man to rape his wife would severely damage the institution of marriage in the Bahamas. Those stupid enough to make this argument chose to ignore the fact that the rape itself is severely damaging to the institution of marriage. In a "Your Say" published in this newspaper on Wednesday, August 12, a writer by the name of "E.V" suggested that the amendment would destroy the family, because it would force a man to sweetheart or look for satisfaction elsewhere. "When this happens and the woman files for a divorce on the grounds that the man was 'sweethearting', the courts would not consider that it was the woman who initiat ed the whole thing by using her body as a weapon and depriving her husband of his rights. This same man then has to pay alimony and other expenses. Why? Because he simply wanted to have sex with the woman God gave him to have sex with." This argument is so ignorant, backward, demonic and ridiculous that if it were not repeated so many times andb y so many different people it w ould hardly warrant a response. If the alternative to raping the mother of your children is "seeking satisfaction elsewhere" I hardly see a problem. But there are more mea s ured and intelligent solu tions. If a husband is sexually frustrated in his marriage he can suggest counselling, or perhaps talk to his wife and ask her why she no longer seems interested in having sex. Even a trip to her per sonal physician may be in order. In any event, in the "Your Say" E.V. presents himself as one seeking to preserve man hood. However, E.V. wasn't man enough to have his name printed which leads me to respect his opinion even less. Former president of the Bar Association, Wayne Munroe while he was a panelist on Star 106.5's talk Show Generation X suggested that the amendment would be abused by vindictive Bahamian women, who, he seems to suggest, are widespread through the country. Mr Munroe was quoted in another daily as saying: "The problem that this creates is this: All you need is for there to be dysfunction in a household and a woman to be upset at a man -and rape does not require any trauma -and she calls the police and says my husband raped me. You would be arrested and you would be the subject of domestic orders. And it will be your word against hers as to whether she said 'no.'" Divorce Amendment or no amend ment, if your marriage is sob ad that forcing yourself on y our wife is the only way you can have sex with her, you need to get a divorce. Also, if your wife is so vindictive that having sex with her feels like playing a game of Russian roulette because you don't know when she'll decide to unjustly accuse you of rape, you need to get a divorce. Nothing is more damaging to the institution of marriage than two people who no longer want to be or who have no business being together, living in a tumul tuous household creating a poisonous environment for them and their children. Barrington Brennen, who has been a marriage and fam ily therapist for the past 15 years has been agitating for a law like this for over a decade. He told The Tribune that unfortunately the response to the proposed amendment is revealing a deep seated belief that women are still property. He pointed out that it is religious rather than secular people who have the biggest problem with this amendment. These people Mr Brennen said, resort to misusing scripture in order to "brain wash" those who are ignorant. He highlighted the case of a Bahamian woman who, after undergoing a painful surgical procedure told her husband she was unable to have sex. This woman's husband forced himself on her and through his wife's pain, pleading and tears completed the sexual act. Opposition or support for this act will not divide homes, but will separate real Bahamian men from the animals they may call brothers, fathers, uncles, cousins and friends. I have a very "traditional" view of manhood which may become even more "tradi tional" if I'm lucky enough to be a father one day. A man should be protector, provider, a nurturer, loving and a lover. You cannot love or be loved through force, through contempt, or through violence. I sincerely hope that the public debate on this bill is simply just some social experiment or maybe even a political distraction and the government will have this legis lation passed regardless of the nonsense out there. They have a moral and humanitarian obligation to do so. If they fail to do this it will certainly be unforgivable and Bahamian women and all true Bahamian men who love their women should remind them harshly of their failure in 2012. Not passing this bill will mean that men will be able to be punished for raping acquaintances, relatives, girlfriends, prostitutes, strippers and strangers, but not their wives. It is funny how these men, and I use the term in the loos est sense of the word, believe that a complete stranger or prostitute should have more rights than the women they swore before God to love and cherish until death. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 3C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM R EPRINTEDFROMAUGUST17, 2009 Real talk on marital rape

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C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 7C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press BERLIN (AP seized a German freight ship off the coast of Kenya on Sunday the second commercial vessel to be captured in the region in as many days, officials said. The pirates took control of the German freight ship Beluga Fortune about 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers east of Mombasa, Kenya, a spokesman for the German army said on condition of anonymity, in keeping with military regulations. The German shipping company Beluga-Reederei, which owns the vessel, said Sunday night that Somali pirates were behind the attack and that the ship was on its way from the United Arab Emirates to South Africa. Verena Beckhusen, a spokeswoman for the Bremen-based company, declined to give further details regarding the crew or the cargo, but the German news agency dapd said the vessel was carrying at least two German citizens. On Saturday night, pirates seized a liquefied gas tanker 105 miles (165 kilometers) off the coast of Kenya in the Somali Basin, said officials in Singapore, where the ship is registered. The MV York was travelling from Mombasa to Mahe in the Seychelles with 17 crew when pirates commandeered it, the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority said in a statement. The authority said Sunday it was working with the ship's owner, York Maritime Co., and government agencies to recover the ship. A Turkish warship sent a helicopter to investigate the attack, and its crew members saw pirates armed with weapons aboard the MV York, the European Union Naval Force said Sunday. The 5,076-ton MV York had one German, two Ukrainians and 14 Fili pinos aboard, the EU force said in a s tatement. S omali pirates have long been active in the region, and they currently are holding 19 vessels with 428 hostages, according to the EU Naval Force. Somalia has lacked a fully functioning government since 1991, which makes it difficult to prosecute suspected Somali pirates. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon recently said options under consideration to do that more effectively include creating a special international court. But some countries have gone ahead with their own court cases. In Yemen, 13 Somali men accused of stealing boats off the country's coast pleaded not guilty Saturday to piracy. The Yemeni prosecution said the men were arrested in May on the shores of al-Mahra in eastern Yemen. It said their ship was carrying weapons, explosives and ladders. The trial, being held in the eastern province of Hadramawt, was postponed to November 6 to give the suspects a chance to secure a lawyer. Pirates seize 2 ships off Kenya CAPTURED: The MV York merchant vessel which was boarded by suspected Somali pirates about 90 nautical miles from Mombasa, Kenya, on October 23. (AP Photo

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By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net AN unwelcome return to the Commonwealth American Football League( CAFL) for one of the leagues oldest organisat ions, while another club remains undefeated and continues to stake its claim as a contender. The V8 Fusion Stingrays moved to 2-0 on the season with a 14-0 win over theS unburners yesterday at the DW Davis Field. The Stingrays defence has y et to allow a touchdown in two games and forced its second consecutive shutout of the young season. V8 Fusion forced two turnovers to help their offence overcome four turnovers oft heir own en route to the win. Eldrith Smith tossed his s econd touchdown of the season and Jamaal "Breakaway" Storr ran for his third touchdown rush of the season. The Stingrays offence started quickly on the opening possession when, for the second week in a row, they converted on fourth down for a long touchdown pass play. Starting With starting quarterback Nesley "Mugga" Lucien sidelined, Smith started the game under center and made good on his first possession when he connected with Lawrence Hepburn Jr on a play action pass for a 60-yard touchdown. The score stood at 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion. Both teams struggled on offence for much of the contest as the scoreboardr emained unchanged until late in the fourth quarter. The Stingrays threatened on several possessions but a series of turnovers prevented them from adding to the scoreboard. Smith was picked off three times by the Sunburn ers defence and the Stingrays also surrendered a fumble which kept their opponents just a score away for much of the game. With Lucien back in the second half, the turnover woes subsided and Stingrays were able to con trol time of possession and add to the scoreboard. Storr took the ball on a pitch and outran the Sunburners linebackers and defensive back en route to the endzone. A successful conversion brought about the game's final margin at 14-0. In other CAFL action, the Jets also remained undefeated at 2-0 when they defeated the Defence Force Destroyers 22-0 on Saturday. In week three, the Stingrays will have a bye while the Pros (0-1 face the Destroyers (0-2a matchup of winless teams and the Jets (2-0 on the Sunburners (0-1 Boxing: Don Rolle takes L Garth Wright trophy C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 16 P AGES 17 & 18 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Federer wins S tockholm Open, ties Sampras... S ee page 18 V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L N N P P V V A A A A C C T T I I O O N N THE Scottsdale Vixens i mproved their perfect record by defeating the J ohnsons Lady Truckers 25-19, 25-17 and 25-21 in New Providence Volleyball Association action at the DW Davis Gymnasium Friday. Cheryse Rolle led the Vixens with nine points, while Keniesha Thompson t opped all scorers with 11 points in the loss. In mens action, the S aints lost to the Crimestoppers in five sets 25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 25-22 a nd 15-9. Muller Petit led the Crimestoppers and all s corers with 24 points. Chauncey Cooper finished with 21 points for the S aints. Regular season action continued on Sunday, but scores were not available up to press time last night. T T R R A A C C K K B B S S C C M M E E E E T T THE Baptist Sports C ouncil is scheduled to hold its 2010 Rev Eller ston Smith Track and F ield Classic at Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium on Saturday. T he meet is expected to get underway at 9:30am with the official opening ceremonies. The first e vent is slated for 10am. The Bahamas Association of Certified Officials will b e officiating at the meet. Churches still interest ed in participating are u rged to contact Ann Thompson at the BAAA office at 325-4433 or Brent S tubbs at The Tribune at 502-2363. No team registration will take place ont he day of the meet. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L P P A A S S T T O O R R S S / / P P O O L L I I T T I I C C I I A A N N S S E E X X H H I I B B I I T T I I O O N N P P O O S S T T P P O O N N E E D D FANS will have to wait until this Saturday to see the much anticipated showdown between the Pastors and the Politicians in the Andrea 'Gorgeous' Knowles-Williams charity softball game. Organisers postponed the game until 4:30pm Saturday at Banker's Field. The game will feature the politicians, led by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard, against the pastors, led by Minister Carlos Reid. The softball game will be held to assist KnowlesWilliams (a former longtime national team softball pitcher) with her medical expenses. I I N N D D U U C C T T I I O O N N S S P P O O R R T T S S H H E E R R I I T T A A G G E E W W E E E E K K A proclamation is expected to be read today declaring Sports Heritage Week (this week recognition of the 14 per sons who are all set to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame 7pm Friday. The Class of 2010 inductees include Winifred 'Winnie' Bethel-Russell, Douglas 'Douggie' Smith, Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt, Keith Parker, Gomeo Brennen, Leonard 'Skeeter' Dames, Peter 'Sweet P' Brown, Celestine Wilson-Albury, Andy Knowles, Sharon 'The General' Storr, the late golfing extraordinaire Freddie Higgs, the late Basil T Kelly, the late Carl 'Mr Volleyball' Minnis and the late Ank Rahming. SPORTS IN BRIEF With 14-0 victory over Sunburners, Stingrays 2-0 ONE of the country's leading amateur boxing clubs held one of its land mark events this weekend to pay homage to one of the icons of yesteryear in the sport. Champion Amateur Boxing Club hosted the 16th L Garth Wright Golden Gloves show at Wulff Road Boxing Square on October 23. The L Garth Wright trophy was awarded to Don Rolle who won on points over Peter son Wra, 10-4. Lernado Sweeting was named the Most Valuable Boxer for his win on points over Deante Tin ker, 10-7. Robin Deveaux was named the most improved boxer and he won on points over Rashann Symonette 3-2. Fight The Best Fight of the Tournament went to Jermaine Allen and Lamont Ash, which Allen won on points 6-3. In other matches, Trae Johnson defeated Nax Forbes (4:3 Kenzell Armbrister defeated Johnson (5:4 Javano Collins faced Lester Brown. Champion Amateur Boxing CLub extended the L Garth Wright tournament for its fifth showing, scheduled for November 6 at the Wulff Road Boxing Square. The Bahamas Youth Sporting Club will face CABC in the main event which is expected to feature a heavyweight match between Leslie Moore Jr and Anthon Beast Brown. Boxers Four boxers Javano Collins, Armand Rolle, Kingsley Choute, and Deante McPhee are also expected to represent CABC at the Inagua Boxing Championships in the countrys southernmost island on October 30. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net WHILE the Pineapple Air Wildcats took the upper hand in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA womens best-of-seven championship series, the Commando Security Truckers got booted out of the mens series with the title being awarded t o the Dorin United Hitmen. A fter the defending champ ions Wildcats posted a 10-7 decision over the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks Friday night, the defending champions Truckers took one at-bat against the Dorin United Hitmen before they walked off the field. On Saturday, the NPSAs executive committee released a statement, apologising to the spectators, including executives of the Bahamas Softball Federation and out-oftown guests, for what had transpired. Had we known the intent ions of the Commando Secur ity Truckers team prior to t he game, we would have notified our fans and others that there would be no second game Friday night, the statement read. The NPSA said they are obviously disappointed with the action of the Truckers and they felt that their actions were calculated, deliberate and intentional, and none of t heir team members showed a ny respect to the fans who p aid to watch the start of the mens championship series. The NPSA is still not entirely clear as to why the Truckers took such an action, Wildcats take upper hand Hitmen awarded NPSA title S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 8 8 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net I t came down to the wee hours of Sunday morning before the Jordan Prince Williams Falcons emerged as the new boys champions in the Austin Knowles Invitational HighS chool Softball Tournament. In a game that ended shortly before 2am, the Falcons flew past the Spanish Wells Bulldogs in a 10-6 triumph to join the North Andros Seminoles, who carted off the girls crown with a 13-12 decision over the CV BethelS tingrays. Having to play all day Friday and Saturday because Thursdays open ing day was cancelled due to the rainy weather, organisers from the Bahamas Softball Federation had to make some adjustments to the for mat just to ensure that the tournament was completed. But in the end, a number of fans stayed behind until umpires John Woodside and Steve Bishop Beneby called game over early Sunday morning before the awards were handed out. F F a a l l c c o o n n s s 1 1 0 0 , B B u u l l l l d d o o g g s s 6 6 An error, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly keyed the final three runs in the bottom of the fourth for Jordan Prince Williams as they extended their 7-6 advantage to secure their first boys softball title. Shortstop Austin Hanna, who had a RBI single in a three-run first inning, ignited the final rally with his RBI sacrifice fly that plated Omar Marshall after Tevaugh Davis came home on an error that put Stephen Russell on base. Russell eventually scored on a wild pitch. Davis ended up going 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored, Russell scored twice with a RBI double, Marshall was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored and Lenthinque Kemp had an in-the-park solo home run. Kayston Pinder suffered the loss. With a four-run cushion to work with in the top of the fifth, winning pitcher Aaron Cash got all the defensive help he needed as Russell and Marshall combined for the game ending double play. This is a great feeling. After all of the hard work that I put into it, said a proud Falcons manager Dave Wood. Could you imagine this team did nt win a game last year or the year before last. Now they are 5-1 this year and it was just fitting that they came around and excelled the way they did in this tournament. Im very happy for them and for the school itself. It reminded me of the old days when I used to play. Another former player turned coach, Delano Cartwright, was in his second year in Spanish Wells after leaving his hometown in Long Island. His Bulldogs, who scored three runs apiece in the first and second innings, got a pair of hits each from Jean Francois and Darius Albury, who scored two and one run respectively. Kirby Albury also scored twice on one hit. But Cartwright, who coached the girls to the championship victory last year, said it would have been a sweet taste of victory had his boys pulled off the win. It would have been a Cinderella story because we never expected to get this far with all of the big horses in the tournament such as NGM and Central Eleuthera, Cartwright said. I would have just been happy getting into the playoffs. S S e e m m i i n n o o l l e e s s 1 1 3 3 , S S t t i i n n g g r r a a y y s s 1 1 2 2 Going to the International Softball Federations tie-breaking rule where the final out in the last inning was awarded second, North Andros responded after CV Bethel scored six in the top of the frame with seven in the bottom for the win. Shortstop Allison Colebrooke came through with a one-out two-run single to end the seven-run come-frombehind walk off the field victory as North Andros celebrated like only champions did. This is a new experience in the Family Islands, said John Ingraham, a former quarter-miler now coaching in the high school system. Theres a lot of talent there. So it was a privilege working with this team. Its a great feeling because this was my first win as a coach. Barbanique Gibson had a perfect 3for-3 night with three RBI and three runs, Amanda Barr was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, Natoria Falcons first flight! North Andros Seminoles take home girls crown with 1312 decision over CV Bethel Stingrays S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 8 8 Jordan Prince Williams boys victorious in Austin Knowles Invitational High School Softball Tournament PLAY ACTION: Jordan Prince Williams Falcons defeated the Spanish Wells Bulldogs 10-6 to emerge as the new boys champions in the Austin Knowles Invitational High School Softball Tournament. See more pictures on page 18 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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By KEITH MOORE Associated Press Writer STOCKHOLM (AP Roger Federer beat Germany's Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-3 to win the Stockholm Open on Sunday and match Pete Sampras' total of 64 career titles. Since 1968, only Jimmy Connors (109 (9477 have won more singles tournaments than Federer and Sampras. "It's amazing that I'm there w here Pete's ended his career on," Federer said. "You never know when it's your last one. That's why you want to savor every tournament vic tory." In beating the 47th-ranked Mayer at Royal Tennis Hall, Federer won his third title of the year. The unseeded German broke serve in the seventh game before Federer started spraying winners to take the set. Federer showed glimpses of his best form in the second set, mixing power and finesse and ending the match in 63 minutes. Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam winner, won his 50th match of the year Friday. He became only the fifth man, and the first since Sampras, to win 50 matches in at least nine straight years in the Open era. "Early on, I think that feeling of wanting to prove yourself to the world and all the doubters is a very strong one, so you're very aggressive in your ways of winning and not enjoying them," Federer said. "Today it's much more of the enjoyment part because I don't need to prove myself to anyone anymore, except to myself." Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria presented the trophy to Federer, who was appearing at this tournament for the first time in a decade. "For me, every tournament victory is special," the Swiss star said. "This is one I'll def initely remember, maybe more than other ones." Mayer, yet to win an ATP title, was appearing in his third career final and first in four years. He knocked out second-seeded Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals and his unorthodox style also gave Federer difficulty. Federer has beaten Mayer in all three of their matches without losing a set. Indeed, Federer has lost only five matches against players ranked above 40 in the past five years. "It was over really after the first set," Mayer said. "I got tired while his game improved a lot, but I felt it was a closer match than the score showed." Federer had to come from a set behind to beat country man Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals and was broken in the third game of Saturday's semifinal against fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic before coming back. This was Federer's first tournament title in Sweden and the 18th country in which he has won. "It feels great winning any tournament, but especially ina country where I've never been successful before," Federer said. "Mayer played a really good match in the final, and I had to really come up with some good tennis." C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL/INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 18, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM LONDON (AP Hernandez filled in for the injured Wayne Rooney and scored a pair of goals Sunday, lifting Manchester United to a 2-1 victory at Stoke and into a three-way tie for second place in the Premier League. Hernandez's spectacular backward header past goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen in the 27th minute and shortrange tap-in of Patrice Evra's cross following a Dimitar Berbatov pass in the 86th gave the Mexican forward five goals in his first season with United, including three in the Premier League. Tuncay Sanli had tied the score with a curling 81st-minute goal. "I jumped and saw the ball behind me and tried to head it towards the goal," Hernandez said of his first goal. "I don't remember doing it in training." Chelsea (7-1-1 22 points, five more than Arsenal (5-2-2 United (4-0-5 ter City (5-2-2 Arsenal won 3-0 at Manchester City on goals by Samir Nasri in the 20th minute, Alex Song in the 66th and Nicklas Bendtner in the 88th. Manchester City played a man short after Dedryck Boyata was given a red card for pulling down Marouane Chamakh in the fifth minute. Cesc Fabregas' 41st-minute penalty kick was saved by Joe Hart. Liverpool beat visiting Blackburn 2-1 on goals by Sotiros Kyrgiakos and Fernando Torres, offsetting Jamie Carragher's own-goal. Bought this month by the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool (2-4-3 remains in the relegation zone in 18th place. P P a a r r i i s s S S a a i i n n t t G G e e r r m m a a i i n n l l o o s s e e s s 3 3 2 2 t t o o A A u u x x e e r r r r e e PARIS (AP Germain missed a chance to move into second place in the French league when it lost 32 at home to struggling Auxerre on Sunday. Brazilian playmaker Nene scored twice for PSG, but Auxerre got only its second league win of the season with goals from defender Jean-Pascal Mignot and forwards Roy Contout and Julien Quercia. Lyon's four-match winning run came to an end when it was held to a 1-1 draw away against last-place Arles. Marseille could move into second with a win at Lille later Sunday. E E d d u u a a n n d d R R a a n n g g e e r r s s d d e e f f e e a a t t C C e e l l t t i i c c , 3 3 1 1 GLASGOW, Scotland (AP9-0 American midfielder Maurice Edu, took advantage of two mistakes and a contentious penalty kick to win 3-1 at Celtic (9-1 point lead over its rival at the top of the Scottish Premier League. The defending champions had trailed on a 45th-minute goal by Gary Hooper but tied it in the 49th through an owngoal by Glenn Loovens. Kenny Miller scored in the 55th after a weak clearing kick by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and made it 3-1 in the 67th with a penalty kick awarded for a block by Daniel Majstorovic even though the defender appeared to be trying to get out of Kirk Broadfoot's way when he fell to the ground. V V i i l l l l a a r r r r e e a a l l i i n n 2 2 n n d d p p l l a a c c e e w w i i t t h h 2 2 0 0 v v i i c c t t o o r r y y o o v v e e r r A A t t l l e e t t i i c c o o M M a a d d r r i i d d MADRID (AP Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi scored his sixth goal of the season, helping Villarreal move into second place in the Spanish league with a 2-0 vic tory over Atletico Madrid. Ruben "Cani" Garcia scored in the ninth minute and Rossi had an impressive individual effort inside the penalty area in the 52d, tuck ing a shot inside the near post. Rossi has five league goals and one in the Europa League. Real Madrid (6-0-2 point ahead of Villarreal and Barcelona (both 6-1-1 the Yellow Submarine in second on goal difference. Arsenal, Man U and Manchester City even in the Premier League Federer wins the Stockholm Open tourney M atches Pete Sampras total of 64 career titles CHAMPION: Roger Federer displays his trophy after defeating Florian Mayer in their ATP Stockholm Open tournament final in Sweden yesterday. (AP Photo but they believe it stemmed from an altercation inside the park after a playoff game on Sunday, October 17, 2010. During the altercation, one of the players said he lost a temporary tooth and had to get six stitches in his mouth. Team members of Dorin United, which played the first game on the night of the altercation (Sunday, October 17 at the park to watch the womens game. The NPSA received a written report on the incident and an apology from the Dorin United team. After playing two games on Monday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 19 against YII Shipping New Breed in the completion of their best-of-five playoffs, the NPSA said the Truckers never gave them any verbal or written reason for possibly refusing top lay the championship series on Friday, October 22. Therefore, in light of what transpired on Friday night, October 22, members of the NPSA Executive Committee and Championship Appeals Committee made the fol l owing decisions, in accordance with the NPSA Constitution: 1 ) The Commando Security Truckers team has been expelled from the NPSA indefinitely for failure to comply with rules and regulations by deliberately disrupting a scheduled game and their future membership in the NPSA will be determined at a later date. Furthermore, the NPSA Executive Committee reserves the right to accept, reject or defer consideration on the application of any future Truckers team. 2) All members of the Truckers 2010 team roster have been suspended indefinitely and each player must appeal their suspensions to the NPSA Executive Committee before reentering the league on any particular team. Additionally, NPSA Executive Committee and Championship Appeals Com mittee have decided that: 1) All members of the 2010 Trucker team will not be allowed to enter the ballpark for the rest of this NPSA season. 2) Marvin Toogie Wood has been suspended for the remainder of the season to serve in the capacity as NPSA first vice president. 3) Dorin United Hit-Men has been declared the NPSA mens division 2010 champions who will now represent the NPSA in the Bahamas Softball Federation round-robin tournament in Freeport, Grand Bahama, starting November 4. BSF president Dorsett has voiced his agreement and support of the NPSAs decision. 4) The womens championship series will continue as scheduled. W W i i l l d d c c a a t t s s 1 1 0 0 , L L a a d d y y S S h h a a r r k k s s 7 7 Dornette Edwards went 3-for-3 with two triples, three RBI and a run scored to lead the Pineapple Air to the game one victory. Stephanie Goodridge was 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored, Candice Smith was 2-for-4 with a run, Jeanette Hilton 2-for4 with a RBI and run scored and Christine Edmunds 1-for-4 with a RBI and two runs. Marvelle Miller gave up seven hits for the win over Thela Johnson, who issued 13 hits. Johnson went 1-for-3 with a RBI, scoring a run, Dawn Sears was 2-for-4 with a RBI, Cleo Symonette 1-for-3 with a run, Shonell Symonette 1-for-4, Trekia Munroe 1-for-3 with a run and Raquel Cooper 1for-3 in the loss. Game two in the series was scheduled to be played last night. W ildcats take upper hand in the NPSA F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP berger and several other players waged an end-zone scrum for a loose ball so frantic the officials were unable to determine a winner. That gave the game to the Steelers. A video review determined Roethlisberger's late touchdown was instead a fumble, but because it was unclear who recovered, Pittsburgh kept the ball and kicked the gamewinning field goal on the next play to beat the Miami Dolphins 23-22. "Just a bizarre kind of play. You hate to win it that way, but you'll take a win," Roethlisberger said. Said Miami linebacker Channing Crowder: "The refs called a wonderful game for the Steelers." With Pittsburgh trailing 22-20 and facing third-and-goal at the 2, Roethlisberger fumbled as he dived across the goal line on a quarterback draw. The play was ruled a touchdown as both teams scrambled for the ball. After a review, referee Gene Steratore announced Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring. But Steratore said replays were inconclusive regarding which team recovered, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line, allowing Jeff Reed to kick an 18-yard field goal with 2:26 left. "I have to have clear video evidence of the team recovering the fumble," Steratore said after the game. "It is a pile of bodies in there, and you don't have a clear recov ery." Several Dolphins argued Miami linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis recovered. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was still shaking his head about the narrow escape when he met with reporters. "Make it quick," he said. "We've got the buses warming up." AFC North leader Pittsburgh improved to 5-1 and remained unbeaten on the road. The Steelers won despite losing three starters with injuries: linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring Aaron Smith (left arm Flozell Adams (left ankle Miami fell to 3-3, with all the defeats at home and all the wins on the road. Roethlisberger, playing his second game since returning from his suspension, finished 19 for 27 for 302 yards and two scores. But the Dolphins' point total was the highest against stingy Pittsburgh this year. Steelers beat Miami 23-22 Softball: Austin Knowles Invitational Knowles was 2-for-3 with a RBI, scoring twice, Patra Johnson and Malcot Evans had two hits with a RBI and two runs in the win. Chadeeka and Shaquille Bain, Ashanti Darville and Angel Miller were all 2-for-3 with the two Bains, Darville and Randerkea Porter scoring two runs apiece. Kadijah Bain scored three runs. The girls were tired. That was our fifth game for the day, said Christine Jenoure, whose Stingrays blew their six-run lead in the extra inning. Most of the games, we only had about 45 minutes break, so they were tired. They played well, but North Andros was well rested. We didnt hit the ball and we made more errors than them. But we were right there in the fight. B B u u l l l l d d o o g g s s 1 1 2 2 , W W i i l l d d c c a a t t s s 7 7 Darius Albury went 2-for-3 with two RBI ands two runs, Jean Francois had a two-run double and two runs, while Kirby Albury walked twice and scored as many times as Spanish Wells advanced to the championship. Vido Turnquest had two hits with two walks and scored three times as NGM had to settle for the bronze medal. Albury picked up the win on the mound over Tobias Turnquest. S S t t i i n n g g r r a a y y s s 6 6 , C C r r u u s s a a d d e e r r s s 5 5 Diva Burrows had a two-run single and a RBI fielders choice, scoring a run, while Ashanti Darville walked twice and scored as many runs as CV Bethel got into the final. Atiya Deal was 2-for-2 with a RBI, scoring two runs as Nassau Christian Academy had to settle for the bronze. Chadeeka Bain got the win on the mound over Charity Rolle. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 PLAY ACTION: Jordan Prince Williams Falcons defeated the Spanish Wells Bulldogs 10-6 to emerge as the new boys champions in the Austin Knowles Invitational High School Softball Tournament. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f