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Tribune Staff Reporter
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HUNDREDS of people in
Pinewood Gardens are set to
lose their homes after a court
ruled the land they built on
belongs to Arawak Homes.

Supreme Court judgments
by Chief Justice Michael Bar-
nett last week prompted pres-
ident of Arawak Homes Ltd
Franon Wilson to hold a
press conference at his
Shirley Street office yester-
day, warning hundreds of
people in the area to avoid
legal action.

The rulings deem Arawak
Homes the rightful owner of
a 156-acre tract of land in Sir
Lynden Pindling Estates and
others who claim ownership
of the land were sold the
property without good title.

Mr Wilson encouraged
property owners in the area
to come forward and regu-
larise their title to the land
with Arawak Homes.

Mr Wilson said Arawak
Homes is working with the
Department of Land and sur-
veys to develop a map of the
Sir Lynden Pindling Estates
area to show each encroach-
ment on Arawak Homes’
property, and although he is
not yet sure how many peo-
ple are affected he said, “We



PRESS CONFERENCE:
President of Arawak Homes
Franon Wilson

know it is hundreds for a
fact.”

However he assured resi-
dents Arawak Homes will not
proceed with the spontaneous
demolition of buildings.

“In each and every instance
in which Arawak Homes has
removed a structure on its
land, it has done so only after
exhaustive communication
with the party affected,” Mr
Wilson said.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

A SUB-COMMITTEE will hold two i
weeks of hearings to address the issue of }
Grand Bahama residents and the }
Freeport Industrial Park, if Obie Wilch- }
combe, West End Member of Parlia-

ment, has his way.

Mr Wilchcombe is preparing to put
the matter of the sub-committee on the
agenda of the House of Assembly in

order to get official approval.

Residents of Pinder’s Point, said they
were pleasantly surprised when Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham gave Mr ;

Wilchcombe the unofficial go ahead.

Residents heard the Prime Minister

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CONTROVERSIAL BELL ISLAND -
DEVELOPMENT APPROVED

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

AS APPROVAL for a controversial }
development in Bell Island was revealed }
yesterday, The Tribune was frustrated }
in its efforts to obtain the planning per- }

mits afforded to another media house.

Park.

However, the Minister did not return }
calls from The Tribune requesting the }
same documents. Someone from his }

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PLPs fear ‘FNM
operative’ may
he within party

PLP insiders fear an FNM
operative may have been
planted inside their organi-
sation with intent to disrupt
the party’s public relations
machinery and possibility re-
ignite a leadership battle
ead the next general elec-

tion.

As a political organisation
that prides itself on having a
“large tent” and being open
to new talent, a number of
PLP insiders have expressed
their deep seated concerns
over the motives of a num-
ber of persons who have sky-
rocketed to “influential” posi-
tions within the party
overnight.

Seeking access to the par-

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LOW-LEVEL PLP OFFICIAL VOWS
TO ‘DESTROY’ MP’S CAREER

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

A LOW-LEVEL PLP official has
vowed to “destroy” the political career
of one of their party’s own members of
parliament.

According to well placed sources with-

Environment Minister Earl Deveaux ; in the party, PLP MP Ryan Pinder has
had forwarded documents to The Nas- ;
sau Guardian showing how the Depart- }
ment of Physical Planning approved
plans to dredge and excavate more than }
12 acres of land and sea at the 349-acre }
island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea }
: ness that Mr Pinder’s family was

become the target of a smear campaign
by one of the party’s officials in what
insiders claim is a vendetta against his
family.

This official, it was said, has relatives
who had to be terminated from a busi-

involved in for allegedly stealing by rea-
son of employment.
Swearing revenge, the official has

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PM cuts
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new office

THE opening of a
Bahamas Maritime Authori-
ty branch in Hong Kong is
“long overdue”, Prime Min-
ister Ingraham said.

Mr Ingraham, who is in
China on a two week trip,
was speaking at the recep-
tion to mark the official
opening of the BMA Hong
Kong office. He noted that
there are now BMA offices
on three continents, the oth-
ers being located in London
and in New York City.

The prime minister said:
“Some 12 years ago, when
we opened our first career
consular office in this city, it
was my expectation that our
maritime office would soon
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shipping companies and
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“Tt also has a wide cross
section of business persons
and high net worth individu-
als whom we would like to
introduce to the islands of
the Bahamas,” he said.

Mr Ingraham noted that
the Bahamas is now engaged
in the most expansive infra-
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He said: “Because of the
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attracting world-class mar-
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“Indeed, in this area we
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LOCAL NEWS



Several AG’s Office

“I’m not aware of any
industrial action. We have a
highly professional group of
lawyers. They work very hard
under challenging conditions.
The mould situation ought to

be dealt with.”



Attorney General John Delaney

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

WHILE several lawyers
attached to the Attorney
General’s Office called in
sick yesterday, it remains
unclear if this was connected
to the mould problem that
persists in the Post Office
building.

Sources close to the mat-
ter claimed that as many as
17 lawyers failed to turn up.
Attorney General John
Delaney could not verify
that number but admitted

that “several” persons had
called in sick.

Mr Delaney said that he
also could not confirm
whether their reported ill-
nesses were in any way relat-
ed to the mould issue that
persists in the 40-year-old
Post Office building which
also contains offices of the
Ministry of Labour and
Social Development, and
the Post Office.

The Attorney General
said that all lawyers who had
court commitments were at
work yesterday.

“I’m not aware of any

industrial action. We have a
highly professional group of
lawyers. They work very
hard under challenging con-
ditions. The mould situation
ought to be dealt with. They
ought to have a comfortable
environment. We do have a
mould problem in the build-
ing,” Mr Delaney said.

Mr Delaney said that the
mould problem is connected
with another problem — the
building’s air conditioning
system - which is being
addressed by the Ministry
of Works.

“T have been here a year
and there have been a num-
ber of mould remediation
exercises. The last one was
in August. The mould issue

Man shot after gunmen
storm into apartment

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

areport of a shooting around 2.30pm and

went to the Garden Villas Apartments.

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A male resident of
Bimini was shot about the body when
gunmen stormed into an apartment in
the Garden Villas area on Monday after-
noon.

According to police reports, the vic-
tim was taken to the Rand Memorial
Hospital with gunshot injuries to the
stomach and leg. His condition was not
known up to presstime.

Police are withholding the victim's
identity.

Upon arrival, officers saw a dark
male with gunshot injuries. The man
was transported by ambulance to the hos-
pital.

ASP Delva said police investigations
revealed that about four to six men went
into an apartment unit, where gunshots
were heard inside.

The suspects then got into a tan-
coloured Saturn and fled the scene.

Mr Delva said police do not know the
motive for the shooting and are continu-
ing their investigations into the matter.

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Delaney said. He admitted,
however, that this presents
logistical challenges as the
Attorney General’s Office
needs to be in the downtown
area, near the courts.

Mr Delaney also noted
that the building’s elevator
system is being replaced.

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reported missing at sea in the
Berry Islands last week has
still not been located.

The man was reported
missing at around 3.30pm on
Friday. The 39-year-old was
last seen in his boat with a 26-
year-old British woman about
six miles west of Coco Cay at
around 2pm.

There was severe weather
in the area at the time, and
both were reportedly thrown
into the water.

While the woman was res-
cued by local boaters who
rushed to the scene, the man
was not found.

TWO ARMED
ROBBERIES

Police are investigating two
armed robberies that took
place on Sunday.

The first took place around
2.30pm at Lucky Hart Corner
off East Street.

The male victim was walk-
ing near Quintine Alley when
he was approached by a man
wearing a white t-shirt, jean
shorts and armed with a hand-
gun.

The culprit stole the man’s
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The male victim was taking
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The victim was taken to
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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

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
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Overseas ties could be in for change

WASHINGTON — A big Republican
win in Nov. 2 congressional elections could
stymie President Barack Obama's attempts
to reset relations with Russia while opening
the way for a new bipartisan toughness
toward China.

Despite scant attention to foreign rela-
tions in the campaign, the election is likely to
have a significant affect on that front.

A stronger Republican voice in Congress
could push the president to slow his plans to
begin withdrawing from Afghanistan in July,
badger him to be even tougher on Iran over
its suspected nuclear weapons programme
and ease U.S. pressure on Israel in negotia-
tions with the Palestinians.

While the U.S. entanglement with Iran
has been prominent, simmering conflicts with
China probably are most open to quick USS.
action and with stronger Republican backing
after the vote.

Republicans traditionally take a tougher
line on trade issues and imbalances and those
clearly are central to relations with Beijing.

"There's a conviction that the U.S. must
respond to a whole range of Chinese provo-
cations,” said Jessica Matthews, president of
the Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace.

China is in the doghouse not only with the
United States, but with many of its global
trading partners over Beijing's routine defla-
tion of the value of its currency. That practice
makes Chinese goods cheaper abroad and
inflates the price of imported goods in China.

That's partly to blame for the outsized
USS. trade deficit with the Chinese and an
easy target for politicians in Washington who
are frustrated by their inability to reinvigo-
rate the American economy.

"This is about money, not ideology,” said
Wayne Merry, senior associate at the Amer-
ican Foreign Policy Council and a former
USS. diplomat.

"The notion is becoming accepted that
protectionism is no longer a dirty word,"
Merry said. "A year ago that was heresy. A
year from now that will be mainstream. He
predicted Washington would begin to impose
some kind of trade penalties on Beijing for
manipulating its currency.

Also likely to win support among Repub-
licans in the new Congress is the Obama
administration's more forward-leaning stance
on strategic interests in shipping lanes near
China. Americans also have voiced displea-
sure with Beijing's aggressiveness over dis-
puted islands in those waters.

But Obama's foreign policy could take a
battering over relations with Russia. Many
conservatives have not shed their Cold War
distrust of Moscow, making it even more dif-
ficult for the administration to win Senate rat-
ification of the Strategic Arms Reduction
Treaty (New START) signed by Obama and
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in
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they are currently outnumbered 58-41, the
party could considerably close the gap. The
Senate must ratify all treaties and that
requires 67 affirmative votes.

That may be unattainable in the next Con-
gress, but the interim lame duck session that
begins 13 days after the election offers a
chance for ratification. That session will
include senators who have lost their seats
Nov. 2 and may be less politically motivated.

The Russians have made it clear that Oba-
ma's vow to improve relations, while theo-
retically beneficial to both countries, hangs
on his ability to win ratification of the New
START treaty. The pact calls for big reduc-
tions in nuclear weapons.

Even though Washington is engaged in
two wars — in Iraq and Afghanistan — those
expensive and bloody ventures have drawn
little attention in this election year. While
Democrats are losing patience with the
Afghanistan conflict, now in its 10th year,
Obama will probably find backing for his
war policies from Republicans and pressure
to limit or put off plans to begin withdrawing
in July. Republicans normally take a more
aggressive line on issues of war and peace.

The Iraq war, barring an outbreak of
extreme violence, has faded from the Amer-
ican consciousness as the last combat forces
left in the summer and all troops are sched-
uled to be gone by the end of next year.

In the Middle East, strong Republican
gains probably would cost Obama some
manoeuvring room in his sponsorship of
peace talks between Israel and the Pales-
tinians. The president has put considerable
pressure on the Israelis — particularly to
stop their West Bank and Jerusalem settle-
ment building projects.

Even so, Obama may find that his dealings
with Iran and its suspected nuclear weapons
programme gain ground from the improbable
and quiet convergence of national interests
that Arabs and Israel share concerning Iran.

Israeli feels directly threatened by Iran,
whose leaders have said the Jewish state
should be eliminated. Arabs are deeply con-
cerned that a nuclear-armed Iran would
upend the balance of power in the Middle
East. The intersection of those worries could
create greater pliability on both sides and
grease the negotiating process with the Pales-
tinians, who rely heavily on fellow Arabs for
backing.

Regardless of how foreign policy issues
eventually play out after the November vote,
Obama won't find refuge from a gridlocked
and unfriendly Congress by turning to inter-
national affairs.

Other presidents have taken that path in
similar circumstances. The economy, how-
ever, is going to force the president's focus.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I AM writing in response
to Rev Esther’s letter about
Nicki Kelly, I have to agree
with Mrs Kelly, and despite
the fact that the President Of
Straw Business sees it or not,
to support these people, is
telling all criminals that it’s
okay to do wrong just as long
as you say it’s your livelihood.

Regardless of the fact that
the law was not broken in the
Bahamas, it was still wrong,
and ask yourself this question,
how can these straw vendors
now come back home and
teach their children to do
what is right, when they them-
selves have been caught
breaking the law?

Another thing that was
mentioned was what the high-
end designer had to say, and
apparently they said that their
client would never buy knock
offs, which is fine and dandy,
and the letter goes on to say
how the designer made nine
billion plus in profit and was
not concerned, but that is not
the issue here, the law has
been broken, and that is
wrong.

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some tourist came here for a
visit and took pictures of
some of our most famous
Artists works, or even
Junkanoo and took it back
home and made prints and
sold them all around the
world making thousands upon
thousands of dollars with
none of that money ever com-
ing to the Bahamas?

I’m sure all of you who are
in support of these vendors
would be screaming out to
bring the law down on any-
one who does that to our
Bahamian Artists.

Don’t trivialise this situa-
tion because the high-end
designer made a lot of money.

We have to wake up, and
start being honest with our-
selves, do we want things to
change?

Do we want to reduce the
level of crime running ram-
pant in our nation?

Then we need to ask our-
selves is supporting and con-

Thoughts on
Halloween

EDITOR, The Tribune.

As a concerned adult I would very much like to pass
along my thoughts on Halloween to your readers.

As Halloween approaches I feel it important to remind
parents and children that the festival has an undercur-
rent of occultism and is absolutely anti-Christian.” The
feast of Halloween was once the vigil feast of All Saints’
Day, which is celebrated on November 1. It was the begin-
ning of a day in which we rejoice in the work of God
seen in his saints and cause of great inspiration and joy to

the world.

Sadly, it has become dangerously paganised and heav-
ily commercialised. Parents should be aware of this and try
to direct the meaning of the feast towards wholesomeness
and beauty rather than terror, fear and death. Wearing
skeleton suits, dressing up as vampires, witches or goblins
or slapping on fake blood is not far removed from com-

muning with the devil.

As we approach Halloween this year let us try to provide
a wholesome, non-pagan alternative celebration, which
thus critiques and rejects the pagan holiday.

Parents can, for example, dress up their children as
popular saints instead of witches and devils. They can
carve smiling faces, rather than menacing faces, into
pumpkins. They can light a candle or display publicly
another kind of light alongside, perhaps, an image of
Christ. These things can be a powerful means of showing
people that we have hope in someone other than our-

selves.

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doning criminal behaviour on
any level the right thing to
do? Or are we gonna stand
up to anyone, no matter who
they are that breaks the law,
and stop allowing the fact that
just because they are doing it
within the means of their
livelihood, does that make it
right?

Nicki Kelly is right, because
as they say “Monkey see
Monkey do”, which means
that the career criminals can
look at the support these ven-
dors are getting and feel they
also justify in doing what they
do, it’s a trickle down effect,
and the more we support
wrong doing, the worse it is
for all of us.

I say this all the time, if you
support this kind of behav-
iour and are complaining
about crime, please shut up,
because you are contributing
toit as well, which means you
are either part of the prob-
lem or part of the solution
choose, which one are you?

FILIPE A
COLEBROOKE
Nassau,

October, 2010.

Light problem

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EDITOR, The Tribune.



I travel on Kemp Road
almost on a daily basis com-
ing from Shirley Street, and
as you approach the traffic
light at the junction of Park-
gate and Pyfrom Roads traf-
fic is always backed up.

The reason being the light
dealing with the flow of traf-
fic travelling north and
south on Kemp Road is only
on green for 15 seconds,
allowing about four vehicles
to pass; whereas the light for
traffic travelling east and
west is on for one minute.

I have spoken to the Per-
manent Secretary Mr Colin
Higgs whose ministry is
responsible for the mainte-
nance of this light on numer-
ous occasions and was told
that the matter would be
looked into.

Nothing has been done up
to the writing of this letter.

This problem is very ago-
nizing, and steps need to be
taken urgently to resolve
this vexing situation.

BRYAN A C WRIGHT
Nassau,
September 30, 2010.

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Inquiry into reported Bradford Marine health concerns

Govt accused of lack |
of commitment to
alternative energy

its lack of commit-
ment to alternative
energy.

Mr Pinder not-
ed that when the
National Energy
Policy Committee
presented its first
report almost two
years ago, he still
believed the gov-



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Pinder

tion, I am rather disappointed,

disappointed for many Bahami- }
ans who are struggling day in }
and day out to meet their }
: called on the Department of

demands,” he said.

Speaking in the House of }
Assembly last week, Mr Pinder }
said that while the argument
that the second NEP committee ;
report contained “significant :
may be true, a }
i an investigative team has been
that there were some initiatives }

data gaps”
review of the first report reveals

that could have been put in
place right away. Mr Pinder

ernment, he would have:

¢ Reduced energy usage in
public buildings by 30 per cent :

by 2010.

He said: “Energy audits }
could have been done of all i
government buildings to assess }
their inefficiencies and make }
them more efficient. Govern- }
ment buildings are a significant }
demand on the electricity sup-
ply. Actions as simple as swap- }
ping out light bulbs, ensuring }

appliances are energy-efficient,

especially when going through a }
replacement cycle, and proper }
maintenance of the fleet of }
automobiles can save signifi- :
cant government revenues, but }
also relieve significant demand }

on BEC.”

¢ Implemented a national }
policy on conservation, includ- }
ing giving incentives, or public ;
distribution of energy saving }

means.

He said: “This would include }
a national education campaign
on energy usage. Also, the dis- }
tribution of energy efficient i
light bulbs to Bahamians would }
have contributed a great deal.”

¢ Incorporate efficient use of }
energy and water into all new :

government housing.

He said: “This is not difficult ;
to implement, but would have ;
real cost savings to Bahamians
who need it the most, the less }
advantaged generally purchas- }
ing their first home. A key com- :
ponent of this is to ensure that i
solar water heaters are used in }
all houses, as well as energy }

efficient light bulbs.

“In addition, the Ministry of }
Housing should put in place }
construction guidelines to }
ensure the construction is most }
energy efficient. The govern- }
ment missed a great opportu- }
nity to provide energy relief to ;

new homeowners.”

i i By DENISE MAYCOCK

i Tribune Freeport Reporter
ELIZABETH MP Ryan Pin- }

der has criticised the govern- }

ment for what he described as }

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FREEPORT - Investigations

: have been launched by the gov-
: ernment into reported health
? concerns at Bradford Marine
: after an employee there report-
? edly contracted a severe respi-
i ratory illness commonly asso-
i ciated with sandblasting.

In June, Cecil Moore, a sand-

; blasting technician at Bradford,
? was reportedly diagnosed with
ernment was serious about } Reactive-Airways Dysfunc-

energy reform and saving tional Syndrome (RADS) by

homeowners money on utility } doctors in the United States.

bills. “After two years of inac-
i leave.

Moore is currently on sick

He is taking 11 different
medications for his condition.
In September, Rev Bethel

Environment Health to conduct
an immediate investigation into
the sandblasting operation at
the yacht repair facility on
Queen’s Highway.

“T have been informed that

sent to conduct investigations

; at Bradford, and we are await-
i ing the conclusion of those
said that had he been in gov- }

Employee said to have contracted severe respiratory illness

investigations,” he told The Tri-
bune on Monday.

Rev Bethel is concerned that
the health of employees is being
put at risk.

He has been contacted by
three former employees who
claim that they also suffer with
similar health problems.

Bertha McPhee, chief health
inspector in Freeport, could not
be reached for comment up to
press time.

The Tribune spoke with
Dan Romence, general manag-
er at Bradford, who confirmed
that an audit is being conducted
at the facility by officials at
Environmental Health Services.

Mr Romence said they are
cooperating fully with officials.

“They are conducting a stan-
dard audit of the facility
because they received a com-
plaint from an employee and
they are following protocols
that are set up for that.

“They basically came and
looked at all of our documen-
tation; it is in their hands. We
are now going through a

process. It is not a one day deal
but we are cooperating fully,
and hopefully it will be done
shortly,” he said.

Mr Moore has been
employed at Bradford for the
past eight years.

According to Rev Bethel,
Moore’s health started to
decline in 2008 when he began
experiencing severe respiratory
problems, such as shortness of
breath and constant coughing.

Moore sought medical help
in Grand Bahama and New
Providence, but was unable to
get a proper diagnosis in the
Bahamas.

Asbestos

He went to Florida for
asbestos testing and was diag-
nosed with RADS.

The first stage of the disease
is asthma-like symptoms.

The disease usually pro-
gresses to Silicosis cancer,
which is incurable.

The diagnosis report by doc-
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condition. Rev Bethel said that
Moore has to continually travel
back and forth to the US for
further treatment.

“He is experiencing some
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days ago trying to get some sort
of relief for his discomfort.
They (the doctors) are saying
there is very little they can do.”

Rev Bethel said although
Moore is receiving sick benefit
from NIB, he still has to dig in
his own pocket to help pay for
his medical treatment.

He said Moore intends to
file a lawsuit against Bradford
Marine in Florida, where the
company has its headquarters.

“We are in the process of
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Rev Bethel said.







“We also have three former
employees, one has cancer and
was let go from the job earlier
this year and the two others are
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They have seen doctors and
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Rev Bethel said two of the
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"We have all the safety gear
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the Bahamas

* New firm aiming to
establish base that would
boost Bahamian medical
tourism, only awaiting NEC
and Medical Association
approvals

* Nettie Symonette confirms
addiction treatment provider
made offer to acquire her
Cable Beach resort

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A second com-
pany interested in
offering health-
related services
from the
Bahamas, boost-
ing efforts to
stimulate medical
tourism, is
expected to sub-
mit documenta-

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Wallace

Council (NEC) for approval,

yesterday.

SEE page two

Surge in downtown
Peal estate interest

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

There has been an upsurge

: * But does not go through with initial plans to

and abroad” in buying “large :

: raise $10m, dropping second tranche of
in the city of Nassau, Down- }
: longer-term, 20-year bonds
(DNP) chief, Vaughn Roberts, ; ” . : ‘ :

: * Chairman Wilson pledges to do ‘more and more
“People are looking at or } : ; . ‘
buying, and people are enter- } to raise company’s profile and return to capital
taining the sale of their proper- }
: markets at later date

ties. There’s certainly lots of }
interest that’s come across my }

_* Hints at using $5m raised from 10-year tranche
_ for growth and/or acquisition openings, and says
_ ‘pleased’ with first Bahamian capital markets foray

in interest from “Bahamians
areas of real estate” downtown
town Nassau Partnership

said yesterday.

SEE page three

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





$20-$30m ‘first jump’

on Water Corp woes

By NEIL HARTNELL
? Tribune Business Editor

A $20-$30 million investment

i will be required to resolve the
i Water & Sewerage Corpora-
: tion’s New Providence-based
? issues “in the first jump” and
? produce a “reliable” 18-20 mil-
i lion gallons per day water sup-
i ply, a government minister told
: Tribune Business yesterday.

Earl Deveaux, minister of the

? environment, said the Govern-
i ment regarded addressing the
i: Water & Sewerage Corpora-
i tion’s issues as “very critical”,
i both from providing a reliable
: water supply and putting it on a
? “sustainable path” that did not
? bleed the Bahamian taxpayer.

The Corporation, he added,

? was now in possession of a busi-
? ness plan presented by the
i Spanish consultants, Castilla,
? who in a project part-funded
i? by the Inter-American Devel-
? opment Bank (IDB), had also
[ ‘ _ £ produced recommendations for
tion to the National Economic i institutional and regulatory
? reform in the Bahamian water

the Minister of Tourism said : sector.

Castilla had again visited the

? Bahamas last week, and while
: the Corporation was in posses-
? sion of its proposed business
i plan going forward, the Gov-
i ernment had yet to see this.
: “Based on the business plan,
i the Water & Sewerage Corpo-



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ration will present an imple-
mentation plan for the Gov-
ernment’s consideration,” Mr
Deveaux told Tribune Business.

“The general manager
promised Mr Neymour [minis-
ter of state for the environ-
ment] and myself that he would
have his documents to us by
next week. He’s working very
aggressively on it.”

Mr Deveaux said Castilla had
identified a number of areas
that the Corporation urgently
needed to address, namely non-
revenue water (more than 50
per cent of the water pumped
around its system per day fails
to reach the end-consumer,

Sunshine fully places
first $5m bond tranche

By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

Sunshine Holdings plans to

i return to the Bahamian capital
? markets in the future, having
: fully placed the first $5 million
? tranche in its recent corporate
i: bond offering - although it yes-
i terday conceded that it with-
? drew the issue’s second, longer-
; term maturity component.

Franklyn Wilson, the com-

i pany’s chairman, said that while
? the $10 million offering’s 10-
: year tranche had been fully sub-
i scribed, it decided to withdraw
i the second tranche of 20-year
i bonds prior to the private

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being lost via leaks and the
like); rationalisation of the
water supply; rebuilding and
maintaining infrastructure; the
barging of water from Andros
via the MV Titus; and the
sewage treatment aspect.

The business plan lays out
“the sequencing” of the steps
that will be taken to address
these areas, the minister
describing it as “a comprehen-
sive strategic plan that we can
implement”.

However, the Government
is not just waiting for the busi-
ness and implementation plan
to be finalised, Mr Deveaux
telling Tribune Business: “We
cannot afford to wait on other
urgent issues requiring atten-
tion...... The Government is tak-
ing steps now, spending just
under $12 million with the New
Providence Road Improvement
Project on rebuilding some of
the main areas, and the Bay
Street and Shirley Street paving
will also accompany some water
and sewerage works.”

Asked how much capital
investment would be required
to deal with the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation’s key prob-
lems, Mr Deveaux replied:
“The New Providence water
issue revolves around having a
reliable supply of 18-20 million

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Tribune Business Editor

A multi-billion dollar Cayman Islands-based developer has
successfully concluded a deal to purchase real estate on the cor-
ner of Bay and Parliament Streets, Tribune Business can reveal,
a strategic first step in what could be the start of a much wider
role in downtown Nassau’s redevelopment.

Philip Hillier, principal of Parliament Properties, yesterday
confirmed to this newspaper that the sale of part of its real estate
holdings to The Dart Group, the entity founded by Kenneth
Dart, billionaire heir to a styrofoam cup fortune, had been
completed.

“The sale has gone through,” he told Tribune Business.
“We’ve only sold part of the properties.” Mr Hillier declined to
comment further, stating that he did not want “publicity”.

Tribune Business was tipped that the agreement between Par-
liament Properties and The Dart Group, the developer of Cay-
man’s 500-acre Camana Bay project, had gone through when
informed sources told it that the former’s preference share-
holders had all been paid out what they were owed. Mr Hillier
did not comment on that aspect of the deal when it was put to
him yesterday.

The real estate in question is said by sources to include the
shopping arcade opposite the House of Assembly on Parliament
Street, plus several premises on the corner of Parliament and
Bay Streets. It is not thought to include the Parliament Hotel,
as indicated by Mr Hillier’s comment that “we’ve only sold
part of the properties”.

Tribune Business exclusively revealed The Dart Group’s
interest in acquiring this real estate last month, the deal then
only requiring the necessary Government approvals from the

SEE page two



_ Government awaits waste-to-
_ energy and landfill proposals

* ‘Sionificant Bahamian
interest’ in bids for

By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

in ee. ee renewable energy plant,
| nanagement proposals froma Management of New

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| Munday undfiretutes me” Bhergy conference

? minister of the environment
? told Tribune Business yester-
day.
i Earl Deveaux said there was
? “significant Bahamian interest”

SEE page two

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Sunshine fully places
first $5m bond tranche

FROM page 1B

placement’s closure.

Pronouncing himself “pleased” with the outcome, Mr Wilson :

on business licence

ing the same $5 million amount, this is likely to have been due to }

told Tribune Business: “We had designed this thing to do it in two
tranches - one 10-year tranche, and one 20-year tranche.

“We withdrew the 20-year tranche, and did very well with the 10-
year tranche.” Mr Wilson confirmed that the 10-year tranche of $5
million had been fully subscribed. While not discussing why Sun-
shine Holdings had dropped the 20-year tranche, which was seek-

reduced investor appetite for this longer term security.

“The important point is that this is the first time we have gone }
to the markets, and we are pleased with this reaction,” Mr Wilson }

told Tribune Business.

“We will do more and more to make the capital markets more }

Contractors hopeful

: By ALISON LOWE
: Business Reporter
? alowe@tribunemedia.net

aware of the company, what it does, its assets and so forth. We will }

go back to the capital markets at a later date to do certain things.” :

Asked what Sunshine Holdings planned to use its new capital for, }
Mr Wilson replied: “For us it’s general corporate purposes at this }
point. We have a number of opportunities - our group has so }

many opportunities.

“In the climate, there’s many people out there stressed and :

struggling and so forth. We’ll just grow. That’s the bottom line.”

Mr Wilson’s comments appear to hint that Sunshine Holdings }
plans to pursue growth and/or acquisition opportunities, as the con- }
tracting economy forces existing business owners to explore strate-
gies, including exit routes, that they would not otherwise have }

eyed.
Sunshine Holdings’ existing interests include Arawak Homes,

Sunshine Insurance Brokers & Agents, RoyalStar Assurance and ;
FOCOL Holdings. Its corporate bond issue was placed by CFAL. }

The $5 million in debt capital raised adds to the $20 million }
already obtained by RoyalStar and rival insurer, Bahamas First, }
through preference share and bond issues, respectively. It means }
that some $25 million in additional capital has been raised from }
institutional and high net-worth investors this fall to date, and }
there is more to come, with the College of the Bahamas (COB) said }

to be planning its own $20 million bond issue, and Wendy’s (and its
parent, Aetos Holdings) also eyeing a preference share issue. If

these offerings come off, some $50 million or more might be raised :

from the Bahamian capital markets this fall.

In a previous interview with Tribune Business, Mr Wilson said }
that Sunshine Holdings, although a private company, had decided }
to behave “more and more" as if it was a public company, adher- }
ing to corporate governance, transparency, accountability standards :

and prudential norms as if it was a listed entity.

Explaining the company’s decision to tap the capital markets for :
its corporate bond issue, he added: “We were approached by }
some people who asked if they could be a part of what we're }

doing, and we said we will go out and see what the market thinks.

"We have, over the years, placed a lot of corporate bonds with }
institutions, and at this point in time a number of large banks and }

insurance companies hold our corporate bonds.

"Previously, we had direct discussions with institutional investors }
interested in our offerings. This is the first time we've gone about }
it this way. This is the first time we've allowed one of the corporate ;
finance houses to introduce us to the local capital markets, and we }

will see what they say. We'll see where it leads."

Second medical firm targets Bahamas

FROM page 1B

Despite not having received any for-
mal confirmation of the Government’s
: decision over its appeal against a 50
: per cent business license fee increase,
? the Bahamian Contractors Association
: is confident the matter is “still a work
: in progress” and changes could be
? made prior to implementation of the
new Act in January next year.

: Youri Kemp, the BCA’s projects
: director, told of a “very encouraging”
i meeting with an official at the Busi-
? ness License/Valuation Unit last Thurs-
? day to discuss the issue following that
? unit’s forum to field concerns and
? queries about the new Act.

“From what I’ve gotten from her,
: there is still room for negotiation up to
January,” said Mr Kemp. “It’s still a
: work in progress. There’s nothing con-
: crete.”

: The BCA reacted furiously when it
: was revealed in the summer that
: included in the new Business License
: Act is a provision which would sce the
? rate at which licence fees are calculat-
? ed for the construction sector rise from
the equivalent of 0.5 per cent to 0.75
per cent of turnover.

: Stephen Wrinkle, the BCA presi-
? dent, stated that due to the “extreme-
? ly high turnover volume and very low
: profit margins” in the construction sec-
? tor, the new fee calculation would hit
? contractors, particularly larger ones,
? hard.

“We’re concerned about not pass-
: ing on any more costs to consumers
? than we have to,” said Mr Wrinkle.

FROM page 1B

Meanwhile, Nettie Symonette, owner of Nettie’s ‘Different of ‘

Nassaw’ resort on Cable Beach, confirmed she “received an offer” }
for her property from another company - would-be addiction }
treatment providers, Ibocure - which has already received final :

approval from the NEC to set up shop in the Bahamas.

“I’m in a position to say that we did get an offer and that’s }
about it,” said Ms Symonette who, when previously contacted in }
August about Ibocure’s expressed interest in her property as an ide- }

al location for its addiction treatment centre, said she was unaware

of the company. Yesterday, she would not say if she has accepted }

or rejected the offer.

Ibocure’s owner, US-based former physician Dr Mark Puleo, had
suggested the company - which has received the backing of the Min- }
istries of Tourism and Health and the Bahamas Medical Associa- }
tion - could begin offering its Ibogaine drug to medical tourists by }
early 2011, bringing on stream about 20 to 25 jobs for Bahamians, }

including doctors, psychiatrists and other staff.

The drug, which has not been approved by the Federal Drug } gy
Administration (FDA) in the US, is said to eradicate substance }

abuse in less time than other addiction treatments.

Some $2 million has already been raised to start-up the project, }
and several other US investors are on board, Dr Puleo told Tribune }

Business earlier this year.

In September, Dr Puleo responded to revelations that he had ;
“willingly relinquished” his right to practice medicine in the US }
after being cited by the State of Florida for reselling and redis- }
tributing prescription drugs, an act that was prohibited under the }

supplier's terms.

He told The Tribune he was “coming to run a business” in the }
Bahamas and therefore did not need his physician’s credentials, but }
added that he would address this and other issues in a planned press }

conference which has yet to take place.

Calls to Ibocure representatives were not returned up to press }
time yesterday, but Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool }
Wallace, said he believes the company is moving forward with its }

lans.

“T haven’t heard of any hiccups or interruptions. I know they’d
identified a site and wanted to get into negotiation on specifics and }

details,” said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace of Ibocure.

Meanwhile, speaking of the second company who the Ministry }
of Tourism was minded to support in their proposed medical }
tourism venture, the Minister declined to identify it at this point, }
but said it had been expected to submit documentation to the }
National Economic Council for approval. This has not yet hap- :
pened, but he spoke to the company’s principal a week ago “and :

he did not express any issues”.

“They haven’t submitted their documentation as yet and ’m not }
quite sure why not, because they had identified precisely what }
they wanted to do and have approvals to proceed from overseas,” }
? They’ve done a massive job in Cayman, and it seems logical they

said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace.

“They are up and operating in a jurisdiction which would have }
done due diligence - in Europe - so we had no difficulty with that. }
They have identified the business, identified the location and the }
investors who were prepared to fund it so, as far as I’m concerned, }
the only things left were for them to get approval from the Medical }
: Bay Street, which is set to be freed up shortly when the shipping

Association, as Ibocure did, and then the NEC.”

The Minister added that other companies were “poking around” }
with regard to expressing interest in potential medical tourism }
ventures in the Bahamas, but none were “on the front burner” at }
? before press time, but Tribune Business was told that other down-

this time.

in some of the awaited proposals, and the
Government wanted to entertain their par-
ticipation in a process through which it
? hopes to develop a long-lasting, holistic
solution to both the landfill’s problems and
the Bahamas’ energy needs.

The minister also indicated that the
? recent Caribbean Renewable Energy
Forum (CREF), held earlier this month at
: the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, had
sparked interest in the landfill as the site -
and raw material/fuel source - for a waste-
to-energy plant that would both help to
meet the Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion’s (BEC) electricity needs and start the
? Bahamas down the path of renewable ener-

i “We are awaiting receipt of additional
? offers on waste-to-energy, which have been
? promised as a result of the recent renew-
able energy conference, and the receipt of
} additional offers on solid waste manage-
ment, so that we give each fair considera-
tion,” Mr Deveaux confirmed to Tribune
Business.

“We have significant Bahamian inter-
? ests we want to accommodate.”

The minister declined to comment fur-
ther, but it is thought that the Government
will effectively put all the proposals it
: received by bid deadline day into a ‘melting



STEPHEN WRINKLE



“We're concerned about
not passing on any more
costs to consumers than
we have to,”



Stephen Wrinkle

In August, the BCA met with Min-
ister of State for Finance, Zhivargo
Laing, over the proposed change and
Mr Wrinkle said the group left “com-
fortably satisfied” that their concerns
over the increase had been taken into
consideration.

Yesterday, Mr Kemp said no formal
communication has since taken place
between the BCA and the Govern-
ment since that time, aside from his

pot’, with the best comprehensive solution
taken to Cabinet for its approval.

The landfill situation was highlighted last
month when the Government confirmed
it was “not proceeding” with the $20 million
proposal to upgrade and outsource man-
agement of the Tonique Williams Darling
Highway landfill to the private sector, in the
shape of Miami-based Cambridge Project
Development Inc. However, Tribune Busi-
ness understands that Cambridge is still at
the table and is one of the parties negoti-
ating with the Government.

Proposal

At the time Ronald Thompson, perma-
nent secretary in the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment, confirmed to Tribune Business
that the Ingraham administration had
"decided not to go in the direction" of
accepting either the initial $20 million pro-
posal by Miami-based Cambridge Project
Development Inc, or a 'watered down' $8
million version that it had subsequently
asked the company for.

"We're looking at the management of
the landfill site in conjunction with waste-
to-energy, and I suppose that's about all I
can say on it right now. We're in the pre-
liminary stages of going in that direction,
and I don't know if we have anything
finalised in that regard,” Mr Thompson





ZHIVARGO LAING
meeting with the valuation unit on
Thursday.

Meanwhile, the BCA was set to have
a council meeting in which the question
of how it will move forward with
regard to the business license fee issue
will be discussed.

During Wednesday night’s forum,
numerous private sector participants
expressed concern over the decision
to calculate the license fee “without
any consideration to the cost of pro-
ducing revenue” - shifting the calcula-
tion from one based on gross profit to
turnover.

Financial Secretary Ehurd Cunning-
ham said all comments and feedback
would be noted and considered as they
move to solidify the regulations sur-
rounding the Act.

Government awaits waste-to-energy and landfill proposals

had said.

Explaining the Government's attitude
to the landfill, Mr Thompson told Tribune
Business: "It's a very big priority because at
the present the site is not being properly
managed, so it is an urgent matter for us to
deal with. It will be dealt with and given
that sort of attention, just not under the
present proposal.”

Len Enriquez, Cambridge's principal,
said back then that the company was still
willing to negotiate with the Government to
move the project forward, and urged it to
detail its objections/concerns.

"We have no idea why this has been
stopped,” he told Tribune Business. "No
one has written to us, sent us an e-mail.
We're ready, willing and able to sit back
down with them, and understand what their
objections are, because we have no feed-
back right now.

"All we hear is that they might try a dif-
ferent path, but we don't know the how
and the why. We have nothing to go on,
and therefore the negotiations remain
stalled and the fire danger at the landfill
remains. After four-five months of fairly
detailed, serious and good faith negotia-
tions, the whole process shuts down without
warning. If there's a contractual reason,
issue, tell us what it is. We may be able to
work it out rather than incur delays to the
project."

Downtown scores ‘Bulls eye’ via Dart

FROM page 1B

Investments Board (National Economic Council) and the Central
Bank of the Bahamas. This newspaper had been told at that time
that the Cayman-based investor had become increasingly frus-
trated at what it perceived as the relatively slow government
approvals process.

Other sources with knowledge of plans to redevelop downtown
Nassau and Bay Street yesterday also confirmed that The Dart
Group’s purchase had gone through.

One told Tribune Business: “They’re a very wealthy company.

could help is here as well. There’s a lot of similarities between Cay-
man and here. They can really play an important role, because
there’s so many properties available on the waterfront.”

The source, and others, told this newspaper that The Dart
Group was interested in acquiring the Betty K property on East

company of the same name - and others - move to the new Arawak
Cay port.
The Dart Group’s interest, though, could not be confirmed

MCCOMEO

town Bay Street property owners were interested in talking to
the Cayman-based developer over the potential sale of their own
properties.

The Betty K property, though, was described by one source as
the “key” and “pivotal” piece of real estate on Bay Street once past
the East Street junction. “It would help to connect the whole
city,” the source said. “The city has to grow east because of the way
it is configured.”

The Dart Group's representatives are understood to have visited
the Bahamas and downtown Nassau last year, and expressed inter-
est in becoming involved with the Bay Street revitalisation project.
In particular, they were attracted to the waterfront properties
that will be freed up for commercial/residential development when
the shipping companies relocate to Arawak Cay.

"The Downtown Nassau Partnership had met with them some
months before to pitch them on the idea of the revitalisation, so
they were looking at a number of properties in downtown,” one
source told Tribune Business last month.

Pointing out that it would require "hundreds of millions of dol-
lars" to bring downtown Nassau's redevelopment to fruition, the
source said: "The Dart Group is exactly the kind of developer that
could develop some of what is needed in downtown."

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 3B



Destinations ‘Going Places’ via rebranding

The Destinations travel
agency will see its eight
Bahamas-based offices
rebranded as Going Places
Travel as of November 1 this
year, as its ultimate parent com-
pany moves to create uniform
branding across the Caribbean
region.

Destinations’ immediate par-
ent, P&M Travel, said in a
statement that the rebranding
push by their owner, Barbados-
based Caribbean World Travel
Services, was intended to pro-
vide uniform representation for

clients, employees and suppliers
throughout 25 offices, which
are spread across eight coun-
tries.

Hanif Moore, P&M Travel’s
group vice-president of opera-
tions, said in a statement: “Our
major aim with this rebranding
effort is to be recognised by our
industry partners as one brand.
This will allow us to negotiate
better pricing through consoli-
dation, offer international stan-
dards, unsurpassed services and
quality products.

“Creating one brand of retail

travel stores will bring greater
value to our clients and reflect
the global nature of our brand
and business.”

The change will impact Des-
tinations’ five offices in Nassau
- at the Cable Beach Shopping
Centre, Carmichael Road,
Lyford Cay, the Mall at
Marathon and Shirley Street -
plus its three offices in other
islands. These include the
Regent Centre, Freeport; Gov-
ernor’s Harbour, Eleuthera;
and Georgetown, Exuma.

“The core capabilities of

Destinations, which include our
staff, diverse services, extensive
product offerings and dedica-
tion to customers will remain
unchanged,” Mr Moore said.

Apart from the rebranding,
P&M Travel Group has been
upgrading its front and back
office computer systems,
enhancing its reservations and
accounting systems.

“Through re-tooling with up-
to-date technologies, re-train-
ing and improving our working
environments, we have posi-
tioned our team to be the mar-

FROM page 1B

gallons per day. If we address that, and
that alone, then we’re talking $20-$30 mil-
lion in the first jump.”

This sum, he suggested, would be invest-
ed in rebuilding the Water & Sewerage
Corporation’s New Providence infrastruc-
ture, getting some sewerage plants to the
first operational stages, and phasing out
the barging of water from Andros - which
supplies three millions gallons per day.

“The [Castilla] report indicated that at
today’s prices and volumes, we can pro-
duce water more cheaply from desalina-
tion than barging it,” Mr Deveaux said,
implying that privately-owned reverse
osmosis plants at Blue Hills and Windsor
were a better bet than the Titus, if produc-

$20-$30m ‘first jump’
on Water Corp woes

tion was increased. When more than half
the Water & Sewerage Corporation’s sup-
ply was lost before reaching the end user,
Mr Deveaux said it was “very critical” to
address the problem, adding: “When we
have something so essential to life, and
we’re losing half of it, the cost is up by that
amount. Addressing that is a big and sig-
nificant factor, as is putting the Corporation
on a sustainable path.”

The minister added that the Castilla
report had also drawn the Government’s
attention to the Water & Sewerage Cor-

poration being both a service provider and
regulator at the same time.

“So that will be one of the issues
addressed by the Government,” Mr
Deveaux said, adding that it would look
to follow the communications sector’s lead
by splitting regulatory responsibilities away
from the Government to an independent
regulator such as URCA (the Utilities Reg-
ulation and Competition Authority).

The regulator would have the authority
to monitor quality and reliability in the
water sector, and set rates, Mr Deveaux
said, indicating that the Government would
continue with its strategy to privatise water
production.

“These institutional things take a little
longer, but are part and parcel of the busi-
ness plan,” Mr Deveaux said.

FROM page 1B

desk, both from abroad and
within the Bahamas,” said Mr
Roberts, who told Tribune
Business he was “not at liberty
to say” at this point what devel-
opments buyers - and potential
buyers - were proposing for the
properties he is aware of.

“T don’t see why it took so
long to get there. It’s the most
undervalued property and most
valuable in terms of what it
could be,” added Mr Roberts.

Meanwhile, five months after
he first expressed his expecta-
tion that draft legislation to cre-
ate a Business Improvement
District (BID) would go before
Cabinet “within a few weeks”,
the DNP managing director
revealed this has not happened

et.

This legislation makes pro-
vision for “consolidating in one
organisation the decision-mak-
ing around the management
and operation of the town”. It
has been touted as a major
component of efforts to revi-
talise the city of Nassau, making
it more attractive to visitors and
Bahamians alike.

“It’s about things as simple as
who cleans the street and who
pays for it, who collects trash
and what are the requiremennts
of retailers to put trash out,”
Mr Roberts said. “Who’s
responsible for signage, who is
marketing the town - saying
we’ve got all these new great
restaurants, come on down and
have a dinner - who’s responsi-
ble for events and entertain-
ment, who’s going to organise

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real estate interest



VAUGHN ROBERTS

parking, who’s going to focus
on expanding life in the city
beyond the normal nine to five,
who puts grants in place to
attract new entrepreneurs...

“It’s attempting to put the
responsibility for a lot of that
stuff under one organisation.
The model is a public-private
partnership that has clear
authority and responsibility, a
budget and accountability.”

Speaking of efforts to get the
legislation reviewed by the
Government, Mr Roberts said
yesterday: “It’s a process”,
adding that the administration
should get “lots of credit” for
some of the decisions already
taken which impact downtown
Nassau.

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container shipping was a land-
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“I think there’s beeen some
significant progress. The agree-
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tion has been finalised and
work is underway to get the
new port ready. The Straw
Market is moving ahead in
earnest, the Government’s
commenced some work around
Rawson Square in the Hansard
building, and there are ongo-
ing commitments around clean-
ing, entertainment and pro-
gramming. The Ministry of
Tourism is always doing things,
and from our office we’ve done
alot of preliminary design work
that we want to see happen in
the existing core area. There is
new investor interest in real
estate downtown, and I think
we’ve also done things to get
the community excited about
what city could be.”

“A lot has happened, and I
think you have to remember
the context of this is that we’re
coming out of an economic
recession,” added Mr Roberts,
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overnight” and his own expec-
tations in this regard have been
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“Tt’s absolutely necessary. It’s
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“Out of that will come a sort
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Cuba makes its

self-employment
rules official

PAUL HAVEN,
Associated Press Writer
HAVANA

uba has made

official the grand

economic

changes it
announced last month, pub-
lishing nearly 100 pages of rules
and regulations for small busi-
nesses in the government
Gazette.

The move means eagerly
anticipated licenses for the self-
employed should be around the
corner, and already on Mon-
day, lines of potential entre-
preneurs formed at several gov-
ernment offices around the cap-
ital.

Cuba announced on Sept. 13
that it would lay off half a mil-
lion workers and push many of
them into the private sector. It
later detailed some 178 private
jobs that will be allowable, the
most significant economic
changes on the island since the
early 1990s. But the rules did
not become law until they were
published Monday.

They allow Cubans over the
age of 17 to start their own
business, so long as they are







INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

permanent residents. Citizens
can also apply for licenses for
more than one business. They
will even be allowed to sell their
services to the state, though
there will be strict transparency
rules to try to stave off corrup-
tion.

The law also establishes up to
six months of sick leave and a
year of maternity leave so that
self-employed workers don't
have to pay tax while they are
not earning.

"I hope this license will bring
me a better future," said Lazaro
Ramos, who was waiting out-

AP Photo/Javier Galeano

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EASY DOES IT: People use a horse drawn carriage as public transport as a public bus is seen behind in Bayamo, Cuba, Friday Oct. 22,
2010. The Cuban government laid out details of the taxes that Cubans will face as they go to work for themselves for the first time after
announcing last month that it will lay off half a million state workers, nearly 10 percent of the island’s work force.

side a government office in
Havana's 10 de Octubre neigh-
borhood. Ramos, 34, said he
was unemployed but was hop-
ing to get permission to make
pinatas for children's parties.
"The economy is not good. But
with this, I will be able to make
ends meet."

Information

Officials took down personal
information and told applicants
to come back in a couple of
weeks for more information. It
was not clear how long it would
take to process the licenses.

The rules published Monday
detail four kinds of taxes for
the private sector: a sliding per-
sonal income tax, a sales tax, a
public service tax and a payroll
tax. It also establishes minimum
monthly fees for different kinds
of businesses, as well as deduc-
tions Cuban can take to reduce
their tax burden.

Some of the tax rules were
detailed in the Communist Par-
ty newspaper Granma last
week, but the newspaper











account lacked crucial details
and contained several contra-
dictions.

The lengthy rules laid out in
the government Gazette clear
up most of the uncertainty.

The law establishes 178 pri-
vate activities for which licens-
es can be granted — everything
from restaurateur to taxi dri-
ver, from button maker to par-
ty planner. The majority of
those businesses will be eligi-
ble for a simplified tax system
that establishes a monthly quo-
ta regardless of revenue.

For instance, parking atten-
dants would pay 80 pesos ($4) a
month, while typing instructors
would have to fork over 100
pesos ($5) monthly. Barbers
have one of the highest fees:
200 pesos ($10) a month.

Those not eligible for the
simplified tax system — jobs
like taxi driver, plumber and
rooming house operator — will
pay a 25 percent income tax on
the first 10,000 pesos ($476)
earned each year, with the rate
rising for those who earn more.
Income exceeding 50,000 pesos
($2,381) a year will be taxed at
50 percent.

Businesses will also be sub-
ject to a 10 percent levy on the
total value of their sales, and
those that use public services
like electricity and water will
have to pay a 10 percent tax on
top of normal utility rates. The
government heavily subsidizes
public utilities, meaning the tax
should amount to pennies for
most businesses.

Entrepreneurs who hire

(AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Prensa Latina)



BUSINESS CYCLE: A man repairs a bicycle wheel in his shop in
Bayamo, Cuba, Friday Oct. 22, 2010.

employees will have to pay a
25 percent payroll tax on their
salaries, and all Cubans who
are self-employed must 25 per-
cent of their income into a
social security system from
which they will eventually draw
a pension.

Rules

The rules mean that, theo-
retically, a successful busi-
nessperson could face taxes of
nearly 75 percent, between per-
sonal income tax and social
security. But the law also estab-
lishes many deductions for raw
materials, transportation and
other business expenses that
make such a high rate unlikely.

Cuba is in the midst of a
major restructuring of its econ-
omy under President Raul Cas-

tro. The half million workers
will be laid off by March 2011,
and the Cuban leader has
warned that another 500,000
state jobs must shed within the
next five years. In total, that
would be about 20 percent of
the island's labor force.

Castro has insisted the
changes do not mean the end of
Cuba's socialist system. But he
says the cash-strapped govern-
ment can no longer afford to
subsidize every aspect of Cuban
life and has warned Cubans
they will have to work hard to
make their own way.

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ROYAL FIDELITY

Money al Work

NOTICE is hereby given that ALAN CAMILLUS PINTO of
CASTOR STREET, P.O. BOX N-252, HIGHLAND PARK,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 26"! day of October,
2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,
P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
MONDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2010
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,503.88 | CHG 0.09 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -61.50 | YTD % -3.93
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%
WWW .BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320
52wk-Low Securit_y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $

1.00 AML Foods Limited 1.01 1.01 0.00 0.150
9.67 Bahamas Property Fund 10.63 10.63 0.00 0.013
4.50 Bank of Bahamas 4.90 4.90 0.00 0.598
0.18 Benchmark 0.18 0.18 0.00 -0.877
2.84 Bahamas Waste 2.84 2.84 0.00 0.168
2.14 Fidelity Bank 2.17 2.17 0.00 0.016
9.62 Cable Bahamas 10.23 10.24 0.01 1.227

2.50 Colina Holdings 2.50 2.50 0.00

5.40 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.59 6.59 0.00

1.63 Consolidated Water BDRs 1.87 1.85 -0.02

0.781
0.422
0.111
o. 199
-0.003
0.287
0.645
0.366
0.000
0.012
0.971
0.991

1.60 Doctor's Hospital tate 1.77 0.00
5.94 Famguard 6.07 6.07 0.00
8.10 Fince 8.10 8.10 0.00
8.77 FirstCaribbean Bank 9.74 9.74 0.00
3.75 Focol (S) 5.46 5.46 0.00
1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00
5.00 ICD Utilities 5.59 5.59 0.00
9.92 J. S. Johnson 9.92 9.92 0.00
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)
Symbol Last Sale Daily Vol. Interest
BAH29 99.46 0.00 6.95%
FBB17 100.00 0.00 T%
FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
FBB13 100.00 0.00 7%
FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%

Legal Notice

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

THE SYMINGTON GROUP INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Securit Change
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029)
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)
Symbol Bid & Ask & Daily We.
Bahamas Supermarkets 5.01 6.01
RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55
CFAL Securities Ltd. (OQver-The-Counter Securities)
ABDAB 30.13 31.59 29.00
RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV YTD% Last 12 Months %
4.65% 6.96%
1.10% 3.13%
3.37% 4.42%
-8.16% -7.49%
1.47% 2.95%
9.98% 12.49%
4.75% 7.18%
3.85% 5.22%

20 November 2029
19 October 2017
19 October 2022

30 May 2013
29 May 2015

EPS $ Div & P/E
0.000
0.000

Yield

0.001

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), THE SYMINGTON
GROUP INC. is in Dissolution.”

NAV 3MTH
1.482477
2.919946
1.539989

NAV 6MTH
1.460225
2.911577
1.524278

Fund Name

CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund

1.4920 CFAL Money Market Fund

2.8522 Royal Fidelity Banamas G & | Fund
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund

99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund

1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 1
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 2
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 3
Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

1.4076
2.8300

1.5056
2.9187
1.3579
2.8624
13.5642
114.3684
106.5528
1.1318

30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10
31-Aug-10
30-Sep-10
30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619
105.776543

2.71%
3.79%

6.44%
5.71%

1.0000
1.0000
9.1005

1.0969
1.1320

The date of commencement of dissolution is the
22nd day of October 2010.

9.6938 3.77% 5.71% 30-Sep-10

10.0000
10.5308 -2.23% 4.10% 30-Sep-10
9.1708
9.4372 -5.63%
7.8830 2.15%
MARKET TERMS

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask § - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

-5.63%
6.29%

31-Aug-10
4.8105 30-Sep-10
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume

DILIGENTA LTD.
Trident Chambers, Road Town
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Liquidator

Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
kS1) - S-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
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Home sales up in Sept
but more troubles ahead

ALAN ZIBEL,

AP Business Writers
JEANNINE AVERSA,
AP Business Writers
WASHINGTON

Sales of previously occupied
U.S. homes rose last month
after the worst summer for the
housing market in more than a
decade. And fears over flawed
foreclosure documents could
keep buyers on the sidelines in
the final months of the year.

Sales grew 10 percent in Sep-
tember to a seasonally adjusted
annual rate of 4.53 million, the
National Association of Real-
tors said Monday.

Home sales have declined
37.5 percent from their peak
annual rate of 7.25 million in
September 2005. They have
risen from July's rate of 3.84
million, which was the lowest
in 15 years.

Most experts expect roughly
5 million homes to be sold
through the entire year. That
would be in line with last year's
totals and just above sales for
2008, the worst since 1997.

Still, sales could fall further if
potential lawsuits from former
homeowners claiming that
banks made errors when seizing
their homes make consumers
fearful of buying foreclosed
properties.

The Federal Reserve on
Monday become the latest gov-
ernment regulator to announce
it would be looking into
whether mortgage companies
cut corners on their own pro-
cedures when seizing homes.

Chairman Ben Bernanke
said the Fed would look inten-
sively to see if policies, proce-
dures or internal controls led
lenders to improperly foreclo-
sure on homeowners. Prelimi-
nary results of an in-depth
report are expected to be
released next month.

"We take violation of proper
procedures very seriously,"
Bernanke said.

In a survey taken by the
Realtors group this month,
about 23 percent of the 2,000
agents surveyed said they have
a client who is no longer inter-
ested in purchasing a foreclosed
property due to the foreclosure-
document mess.

"You're going to see uncer-
tainty on the part of homebuy-
ers," said Quinn Eddins, direc-
tor of research at Radar Logic
Inc., which tracks the housing
market.

Mortgage applications to
purchase homes last week were
29 percent below the same
week a year ago, according to
the Mortgage Bankers Associ-
ation.

At that time, buyers were
rushing to purchase homes to
qualify for federal tax credits.

Last month the inventory of
unsold homes on the market
fell about 2 percent to 4 mil-
lion. That's a 10.8 month supply

at the current sales pace. It
compares with a healthy level
of about six months.

Dubious mortgage practices
and lax lending standards were
blamed for contributing to a
housing bubble that eventually
burst and thrust the economy
from 2007-2009 into the worst
recession since the 1930s.

Many Americans took out
home loans that they didn't
understand and bought homes
that they couldn't afford.

As aresult, foreclosures have
soared to record highs. It's one
of the negative forces restrain-
ing the economy's ability to get
back on sounder footing.

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Providence The Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against or interest in the
above Estate should send same duly certified
in writing to the undersigned on or before 6th
December, 2010 after which date the Executor

will proceed to distribute the assets of the Estate
having regard only to the claims, demands or
interests of which he shall then have had notice
AND all persons indebted to the above Estate
are asked to settle such debts on or before 6th

December, 2010.

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attorneys for the Executor
Chambers
Bay Street,

P.O. Box AB-20405
Marsh Harbour Abaco,

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SALES RISE: In this
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DEREK GATOPOULOS,
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Prime Minister George
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sures, in a live television
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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SEOUL, South Korea — Facing the risk of
a dangerous trade war, top finance officials
from the world's leading rich and developing
nations looked each other in the eye and
vowed they wouldn't use their currencies as
economic weapons to boost exports.

The agreement the members of the Group
of 20 reached the past weekend in South
Korea, though vague on enforcement and
long on promises, was hailed by officials and
analysts as a step forward in defusing ten-
sions.

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than a symbolic handshake unless the dis-
parate forum that has become the board of
directors for the global economy after the
2008 financial crisis can act on its words and
build a viable enforcement mechanism.

LONDON — World stocks rose and the
dollar slumped after global finance chiefs
vowed to avoid a currency war that could
derail the global recovery. With no concrete
guidelines to go by, however, investors are
wary that this may only prove a temporary
truce.

Britain's FTSE 100 index closed up 0.2
percent, Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent
higher while France's CAC-40 was almost
unchanged.

Earlier in Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei
225 stock index closed down 0.3 percent, but
other shares rose. South Korea's Kospi added
1 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed
0.9 percent and the Shanghai Composite
Index vaulted 2.6 percent. Markets in Singa-
pore, Taiwan and India also gained.

Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 1.3 per-
cent amid news the Singapore Exchange is
making a $8.3 billion takeover offer for ASX,
the operator of the Australian stock market.

PARIS — France's massive strikes are
costing the national economy up to euro400
million ($557 million) each day, the French
finance minister said as workers continued to
block oil refineries and trash incinerators to
protest a plan to raise the retirement age to
62

Rotting piles of garbage are becoming a
health hazard in the Mediterranean city of
Marseille. France's 12 striking refineries have
been shut down for nearly two weeks, and at
least one in four gas stations in France has
run dry.

President Nicolas Sarkozy stood firm amid
the growing pressure, determined to reform
the retirement system to ensure funds for
future generations as life expectancy increas-
es and the nation's debt soars.

TOKYO — Japan's exports grew at their
slowest pace this year in September, hit by
cooling foreign demand and a strong yen.

SINGAPORE — The Singapore
Exchange Ltd. said it is making a $8.3 billion
cash and shares takeover offer for the oper-
ator of the Australian bourse, aiming to vault
from second-tier stock market to leading
Asian finance center.

LONDON — British Prime Minister

THE TRIBUNE

(AP Photo/Kyodo News)
ON THE MONEY: Tokyo money traders work
under a currency rate indicator showing Japanese
yen is traded 81.80-85 yen against the U.S. dollar
at one moment Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 12, 2010.
The dollar fell to 81.92 yen from its New York
close of 82.16 yen but was off a fresh 15-year low
of 81.37 yen in Sydney late Monday, nearing its
post World War || low of 79.75 yen set in 1995.

David Cameron promised to drive exports
higher and cut regulatory red tape to encour-
age private sector innovation as his govern-
ment seeks to replace tens of thousands of
jobs lost because of harsh public spending
cuts.

LONDON — The Bank of England is
unlikely to withdraw economic stimulus yet
as the recovery from recession remains
"bumpy and uneven,” a senior policymaker
said.

TOKYO — The leaders of India and
Japan signed a broad agreement aimed at
increasing trade and agreed to speed up talks
toward a civilian nuclear energy deal.

ATHENS, Greece — All train services in
Greece were suspended after state railway
employees launched a series of strikes against
planned reforms.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Much of Africa is
recovering fast from the global financial cri-
sis and the region will register the second-
highest growth rates in the world, the Inter-
national Monetary Fund said.

LAGOS, Nigeria — India's largest tele-
com company Bharti Airtel said it plans to
bring call center jobs to Africa, months after
it bought out a major mobile phone network
on the continent.

BEIRUT — Arab countries are pushing
for greater transparency in their stock mar-
kets to boost credibility in their exchanges
following massive losses linked to the global
economic meltdown, Arab market officials
said.

GN -1118

Ministry of Finance
Central Bank of The Bahamas

Banks And Trust Companies
Regulation Act, 2000

Notice of Approval of Surrender of Licence

In exercise of the powers conferred by

subsection (2) of
section 18D of
Companies

Regulation

section 118A and

the Banks’ and_ Trust

Act, 2000, the

Central Bank of The Bahamas approves the

surrender of the branch

Private Bank

(Suisse)S.A.

licence of HSBC
which was

granted on the 4th day of July, 2001 to
HSBC Republic Bank (Suisse) S.A. (now
called “HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) S.A.”)

Made this 19th day of October, 2010

Signed: Wendy Craigg
Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas



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Future longhaul trucks, school
buses and large pickup trucks will
be required to cut fuel consump-
tion and emissions by 10 to 20
percent under first-ever fuel effi-
ciency plans for trucks released
Monday by the Obama adminis-
tration.

For the first time, the Environ-
mental Protection Agency and the
Transportation Department
announced proposed fuel econo-
my requirements and reductions
in tailpipe emissions for medium-
and heavy-duty trucks, beginning





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Boyd Gaming won't buy rest of Borgata

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Boyd Gaming said Monday it won't buy the remaining half of the
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City's top casino.

The Las Vegas-based company owns half of the Borgata, and had
the right of first refusal to buy the remaining half from MGM
Resorts International. Boyd says it's comfortable owning half of the
casino-hotel. MGM chose to sell its half-share rather than cut ties
to the family of an Asian gambling mogul suspected of ties to
Chinese organized crime. The company has a joint venture casino
in Macau with Pansy Ho. Her father, Stanley, has long denied
allegations that he is affiliated with Chinese criminal gangs.

Expedia offers blind-booking option for hotels

SAMANTHA BOMKANP,
AP Transportation Writer

Online booking site Expedia is partnering with Hotwire to offer
a "blind-booking" option to travelers looking for bargains on
hotel room rates. The companies say the partnership, officially
announced Monday, will allow travelers to choose hotel rooms in
more than 25,000 hotels worldwide for as much as 50 percent off
comparable online rates. Customers won't see the name of the
property before they book. During the recession blind-booking sites
like Hotwire gained popularity for finding cheap rates, Hotwire
president Clem Bason said in an interview with The Associated
Press. That trend is continuing now, he said, as deals become few-
er and farther between and hotel room rates begin to rise.

Blind-booking options also funnel more travelers into hotel
rooms that would otherwise stay empty. About half of all hotel
rooms went unfilled last year, according to Smith Travel Research.

Expedia customers can sort hotels by travel dates, star rating and
location. Hotwire will manage the display, pricing and back-end
booking with the hotel. Expedia's website has been testing an
"Unpublished Rates" offer since late summer. The company is
based in Bellevue, Wash.

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BUSINESS

ELAINE GANLEY,
Associated Press Writer
PARIS

France's massive strikes are
costing the national economy
up to $557 million each day, the
French finance minister said
Monday as workers continued
to block trash incinerators to
protest a plan to raise the
retirement age to 62.

Rotting piles of garbage —
now at nearly 9,000 tons — are
becoming a health hazard in
the Mediterranean city of Mar-
seille, which has been hit hard
on land and at sea. Striking
dockers at France's largest port
are intermittently blocking
ships trying to unload fuel
there. Twelve striking refineries
have been shut down for near-
ly two weeks, but the protest
movement appeared to weaken
Monday after workers at three
refineries voted to end their
walkout. The French oil refiner-
ies' body, UFIP, said all the
country's oil depots had also
been unblocked.

The oil worker's return to
work is likely to ease the ongo-
ing gasoline shortages, which
on Monday still had about one
in four gas stations in France
shuttered. President Nicolas
Sarkozy has stood firm
throughout the weekslong
protest movement, insisting the
reform is necessary to save the
money-losing retirement sys-
tem and ensure funds for future
generations as life expectancy
increases and the nation's debt
soars.

The bill to overhaul France's
pension plan is to be defini-
tively voted on this week by the
two houses of parliament, like-
ly by Wednesday, officials said

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The Tribune

FEARTSTRONG

The family of Haddassah Greene recounts coping with her heart defect

HEN a child is diag-
Wiese with a seri-
ous heart defect at

birth parents may feel as if
their worst nightmare has
come true.

In addition to the immense emo-
tional strain put on the family there
is the immediate concern about
how to pay for treatments to save
the child’s life.

Jayson and Denise Greene
found themselves in this traumatic
predicament 14 years ago when
their daughter Hadassah was born
with a large atrial septal defect — a
hole in the upper part of the heart.

However, thanks to the support
of family, friends and the assis-
tance of the Sir Victor Sassoon
Bahamas Heart Foundation,
Hadassah was able to get the med-
ical attention she needed and now
lives a healthy and productive life.

Grateful for all the help they
received in their time of need, the
Greene family is now appealing to
Bahamians to support the Sir Vic-
tor Sassoon Bahamas Heart Foun-
dation in its efforts to assist others
who find themselves in a similar
situation to Hadassah’s.

Tilness

Hadassah was born on Febru-
ary 12, 1996 with a hole in her
heart.

She developed heart failure
unexpectedly and failed to thrive as
a result.

The signs of her illness included
her being slightly sluggish and not
eating properly.

Initially, her parents took her to
a pediatrician, but she was later
referred to heart specialists and
her case presented to the Sir Victor
Sassoon Bahamas Heart Founda-
tion.

Medical management did not
improve her growth and she
required surgical closure of the
hole in her heart when she was sev-
en and a half months old.

A local team of trained experts —
including pediatric cardiologist Dr
Jerome Lightbourne, cardio-tho-
racic surgeon Dr Duane Sands and
cardiac-anesthesiologist Dr Mark
‘Weech — performed the surgery at
Doctor’s Hospital.

Hadassah was then transferred
to the Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH) for recovery. She was dis-
charged five days later and soon
resorted to being a typical playful
toddler.

She needed no further surgery
and required only one visit to the
doctor annually for a medical
check-up, her family said.

Today, at age 14, Hadassah is a
healthy and energetic teenager, her
parents said.

She is an active member of the
Centreville Seventh Day Adven-
tist Church and the Pathfinder’s
Chub.

She attends grade eight at
Kingsway Academy High School
and excels academically.

Hadassah says she also enjoys
cooking, music, running and play-

ing volleyball, and she aspires to Cr,

a dentist someday.
However, Hadassah a: ey
family said they know allf6f this

would not have been possible if
she did not receive the netessary
medical attention when she-was a
baby.

Surgery

Hadassah’s surgery would have
been a financial strain without the
assistance of the Sir Victor Sas-
soon Heart Foundation, her fami-
ly said.

To the Foundation and the med-
ical team from the Bahamas Heart
Centre who repair the hearts of
children, Hadassah said: “A big
hearty ‘thank you’ Drs Jerome
Lightbourne, Duane Sands and
Mark Weech for the love, tender
care given me while mending my
little heart and giving me a chance
at life. I thank my Mom and Dad
and all those lovely people who
prayed and cared for me and I
thank God for the wisdom given to
man and His love and mercy on
me.”

Hadassah’s parents described
the experience as a “faith-build-
ing” one.

“We realise that God in His
great mercy has seen fit to allow us
to keep this precious bundle of joy.
As parents this experience has also
caused us to be more attentive and
observant as early detection can
correct and save a child’s life, giv-
ing them the opportunity to devel-
op physically and spiritually”.

The Greenes said they would
especially like to thank the Heart
Foundation for stepping in and
making Hadassah’s surgery finan-
cially possible.

“Tn gratitude we have given back
financially and in active service.
‘We encourage you the public to
financially assist the Heart Foun-
dation and help to make a differ-
ence in the lives of other children
and parents. At the Heart Foun-
dation there are dedicated, caring
persons who do all they can to help
both the child and parent. We are
happy about the way they dealt
with us,” the Greenes said.

Bahamians are encouraged to
support the Heart Foundation by
attending its upcoming fundrais-
ing efforts - The Annual Tea Par-
ty and Fashion Show on November
21 and the Annual Heart Ball on
February 19, 2011.
















































































ABOVE: HADASSAH as a toddler.
When she was seven and a half
months old Hadassah underwent
surgery to close a hole in the
upper part of her heart.

FAR LEFT: At age 14, Hadassah
now lives a healthy and produc-
tive life.

LEFT: HADASSAH is now an
active member in the Seventh
Day Adventists’ Pathfinder Club.

A call for nominations for the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award

NEXT year will mark the
50th anniversary of the Sir
Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation.

Leading up to the events
surrounding this milestone,
Foundation representatives
are searching for an individual
who has touched the lives and
hearts of others to receive the
Lady Sassoon Golden Heart
award during the 50th
anniversary celebrations.

The award will be presented
at the 47th annual Heart Ball,
scheduled to be held on Feb-
ruary 19, 2011 at the Shera-
ton Nassau Beach Resort.

Interested persons are invit-
ed to submit a nomination, to
be accompanied by a letter or
statement explaining why the
person recommended should
receive the award.

The most recent winner of
the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award winner is Dr
Donald Gerace.

Dr Gerace, the Foundation
said, is known for his giving
nature and community build-
ing efforts. He gained fame in

the Bahamas for his work in
San Salvador at the Gerace
Research Centre. Additional-
ly, when Hurricane Francis
struck San Salvador, Dr Ger-
ace, through his US connec-
tions, helped to get needed
supplies and materials to the
island to help the people to
rebuild. One of Dr. Gerace’s
most significant gifts to the
Bahamas has been the num-
ber of students who have prof-
ited from the scholarships he
has helped to arrange, the
Foundation said.

The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
first instituted the Golden
Heart Award in 1969. This
award was to be given annu-
ally to a person who has given
of himself unselfishly to pro-
mote human welfare and dig-
nity while making life better
for his fellow men. The win-
ner of the 1968 Golden Heart
Award, awarded in 1969, was
Dr Maria Bachem. She was
the clinical director of St
Francis Xavier’s Free Health
and Pre-natal Clinic.

She was recognised for her
unpublicised work among the
poor and the elderly during
her 14 years in the Bahamas.

Since 1969, the award has
been presented to many per-
sons. In 1998, the award’s
name was officially changed
to the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award in honour of the
founder of the award and the
Sassoon Heart Foundation,
Lady Evelyn Sassoon.

Lady Sassoon established
the Heart Foundation in 1961
as a living tribute to her late
husband Sir Victor Sassoon
to help children suffering
from heart defects in the
Bahamas.

Nominations for the Gold-
en Heart Award 2010 can be
delivered to the Golden Heart
Award Committee, PO Box
N-8189; or alternatively, sub-
missions can be hand-deliv-
ered to Grosham Property,
Cable Beach. This is the office
site for The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation.

The deadline for nomina-
tions is January 14, 2011.

TO DISCUSS STORIES

CONGRATULATION: R E Barnes, the Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
ald Gerace, 2009 Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award winner.

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THE TRIBUNE





Staff of Sandals participate
Breast Cancer awareness seminar

By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features
Reporter

ISPELLING the
De surround-

ing breast cancer
and addressing the
complex issue of mas-
tectomy were among the
topics touched upon in
one of the final efforts
held in connection with
this year’s Breast Can-
cer Awareness Month.

In support of Breast Can-
cer Awareness Month, staff at
the Sandals Royal Bahamian
Spa and Resort’s in New
Providence attended a semi-
nar featuring guest speaker
and surgeon Dr Charles Dig-
giss, chief medical officer at
Doctors Hospital.

Dr Diggiss took the atten-
dees ona explanatory journey
to increase their understand-
ing of breast cancer, early
detection and treatment,
beginning with an explanation
of the anatomy of the breast
and dispelling myths about
breast cancer.

“While the actual cause of
breast cancer remains
unknown, a lot of research has
been done worldwide and
efforts continue to find a cure,
however, early detection and
treatment are key,” he said.

Organisers said one ques-
tion that arose during the ses-
sion was “whether to keep or
lose the breast” once cancer is

detected.

Dr Diggiss alluded to the
dual roles of the breast, its role
in breastfeeding and in sexual
situations, but he also noted
that ifit were necessary, it is a
part of a woman’s body that
she can do without.

‘While removing the entire
breast or both breasts has an
impact on reducing the local
recurrence of cancer it does
not necessarily increase the
chance of survival.

President of the Sister Sister
Breast Cancer Support Group
Andrea Sweeting, an eight-
and-a-half year cancer sur-
vivor, also explained to the
staff the function and role of
support groups in helping can-
cer victims and survivors.

“Many cancer patients think
or ask ‘why me’, they often
feel forsaken that no one
understands or cares, and a
group such as the Sister Sis-
ter Breast Cancer Support
Group plays a vital role in a
cancer patient’s survival,” she
said.

The Sister Sister breast can-
cer patient support group
came out of the multi-practice
offices of the Surgical Suite at
Centreville Medical Centre,
Collins Avenue, co-founded
by Dr Diggiss, Dr Locksley
Munroe and Nurse Charlene
McPhee. The Surgical Suite is
a member of the MedNet
Group of Companies, of
which Dr Diggiss is president.

“These compassionate sur-
geons would cut away our
cancer but they could not

answer our questions, so that
is where the network began,”
Ms Sweeting told Tribune
Health.

In recent news, nine mem-
bers of the Surgical Sister Sis-
ter group flew from Nassau to
Miami, Florida where they
participated in the widely pro-
moted and internationally
televised Komen Race for the
Cure on Bayfront Park. The
race, which garnered world-
wide support, is symbolic for
the race against time to find a
cure for cancer.

The nine cancer survivors
from the Sister Sister group
travelled to show their soli-
darity by joming hands, hearts
and sharing their courage and
strength with the over 30,000
women from across the Unit-
ed States and the world.

The Komen Race for the
Cure was just one of the high-
lights of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month.

The Sister Sister group will
be winding down its Breast
Cancer Awareness Month
activities with an information
booth at the College of the
Bahamas from 2pm to 4pm
and at the Seventh Day
Adventist Health Fair at the
Mall at Marathon from 6pm
to 8pm on October 28.

The month’s activities cul-
minate with a Sister Sister can-
dlelight vigil in Rawson
Square on Saturday, October
30 at 7pm.

“The candlelight vigil is
where we come together at
the end of the month of Octo-







LEFT TO RIGHT: Anrea Sweeting, president of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group; Nurse
Sandra Ferguson-Rolle, vice-president of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group; Helen Rolle,
secretary of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.

ber. It involves a small walk
from George Street and Eliz-
abeth Avenue, and we would
meet at Rawson Square where
we do praise and worship, one
of the survivors will give their
testimony as well,” Ms Sweet-
ing said.

The Sandals health sympo-
sium was organised by San-
dals’ resident nurse Anna
Forbes to increase staff sup-
port and understanding of
breast cancer patients and sur-
vivors and to encourage pre-
ventative measures during

Breast Cancer Awareness
Month.

“We thought to educate our
staff about breast cancer and
to assist them in getting a bet-
ter understanding of preven-
tion, early detection and treat-
ment,” Nurse Forbes said.

CT a
Cool weather crops

THERE are some vegetables that
require much cooler conditions than
others in order to grow successfully.

These should be planted towards
the end of October when nighttime
temperatures drop considerably and
conditions become favourable.

Bitterness is a quality of lettuce
that makes it what it is, but when
the bitterness is too pronounced let-
tuce becomes inedible.

‘Warm growing conditions pro-
mote bitterness and bolting — the
production of a seed stalk, after
which the plant is fit only for the
compost bin or to produce seeds.

Our store bought iceberg and
romaine lettuce generally comes to
us from California where conditions
are perfect for their growth.

It is best to avoid growing these
and look for lettuce varieties that
have been developed for tropical
conditions.

These lettuces will be smaller than
Californian ones but should satisfy
our needs.

There is a wide variety of lettuce
types that can be grown in our gar-
dens between now and March, the
most reliable performers being loose
leaf such as Simpson Black-Seeded.

Loose leaf lettuces come in an
array of colours from green to
bronze to red, and have the advan-
tage that their leaves can be picked
individually as required.

One sandwich? A couple of
leaves. A salad bowl? Cut the whole
plant.

If you are determined to grow
romaine then you may need to ger-
minate your seeds in the refrigerator.

Plant them in a small pot, water
them and leave them on a fridge

shelf for week. Once the seedlings
are about two inches tall you can
transplant to the garden.

Locally grown romaine is usually
coarse and chewy, edible but far
from prime. Crisphead lettuces may
be a better choice. These grow to
the size of a softball and have a
crunchy texture rather like iceberg.

Lettuces in general have small
root balls and care should be taken
to keep them relatively moist and
with adequate fertiliser.

Frozen garden peas are a main-
stay as a vegetable side dish but only
by growing your own will you expe-
rience the truly delightful taste of
fresh peas.

Peas are best grown in rows and
the soil in which they are grown
should have compost or commercial
cow manure added.

Most pea varieties need some sort
of staking and are best grown against
a trellis.

Normal garden peas should be
picked once the pods are full and
almost cylindrical. Mangetout peas
are eaten pods and all, usually after
a brief steaming.

Snow peas are grown solely for
their large pods and should be
picked early.

Strangely enough, despite the
name, show peas are the easiest and
most productive of peas to grow ina
Bahamian garden.

Fresh spinach is loved by many as
a substitute for lettuce in salads but
has a very short growing season in
our climate.

Grow plenty and reap often.
Spinach is best grown in blocks,
allowing three inches between
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Harvest by clipping the plants just
below where the green of the leaves
starts and new leaves will grow.

Spinach bolts quickly in warm
weather so look for a variety that is
bolt resistant.

Snap or green beans are perhaps
the most reliable performers in our
winter garden for they grow quickly
and bear abundantly.

Snap beans can be grown in rows



around the edge of garden lots to
make the rather fussy chore of pick-
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It is almost certain you will end
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(SY LOVING RELATIONSHIPS

Do we create our own happiness?

FOR some of us a birthday,
anniversary or life altering
event propels us into a state of
introspection. We chronicle
our life, the major players, the
paths presented and the choic-
es that we made. We often
refer to particular times or
stages as high and low points in
our life.

Whether the wheels of our
life were running smoothly or
had slowed to a stand still may
have helped to shape our rec-
ollection.

Peeling away at all the exter-
nal layers of our life we find
ourselves naked in our per-
sonal pursuit of happiness.

If love, health and happiness
head our list of life’s priorities,
then we start to understand
how one impacts the other.



TO DISCUSS STORIE



How we feel about our love,
life and intimate relationships
is central to our core happi-
ness or unhappiness.

Our mental and physical
agility plays games with desire
and dictates heavily to our
sense of peace.

For most of us, our journey
through life consists of building
a pyramid of ‘stuff’ in an effort
to reach that pimnacle of con-
tentment.

We only have to look

around to realise that we have
joined the general population
In acquiring all the social trap-
pings expected of us.

Unarguably, ‘things’ can
make certain aspects of our life
easier, but it is not unusual for
the novelty to quickly fade.
Once again, we are face to face
with ourselves.

If we are not careful, we can
spend a lifetime adding and
subtracting people and things
in the hope that it brings us
peace and fulfillment.

We are quick to point the
finger of blame on things miss-
ing in our lives, or the nega-
tive energy surrounding us.

Hopefully, over time or even
a lifetime, we realise that it is
how we deal with life’s obsta-
cles that will produce satisfac-

tion.

When all is said and done,
we return to the same point
that happiness is a state of
mind.

We only have to look at per-
sons who have had horrific
pasts or those who look to the
future with expected misery
and yet tackle life with joy.

Happiness is all about push-
ing forward and dealing with
day-to-day struggles. It is an
energy that produces fortitude
and courage.

Scientifically, we know that
some of us need a kick-start
with pharmaceuticals in order
to rearrange the brain chem-
istry.

It may take changing diet
and lifestyles just to put us in
the starting line.

Having faith, that no matter
what it takes to get to that
point, we will then start to feel
a change.

If we choose to keep on run-



ning and not deal with our
problems we find our fears
only compounded.

Nothing goes away because
we cannot hide from ourselves.
For many it takes decades of
avoidance and discontent
before something makes them
come to a grinding halt.

‘How to go about this’, is a
frequently asked question.
There is no doubt that it is a
process and a mindset.

Just to take that first step to
understand and want to change
from within is hard, even for
the strong. To create a philos-
ophy of fearlessness that you
will be able to face and tackle
anything is not an easy deter-
mination.

Viewing your life as a jour-
ney of self-discovery will open
your eyes to a life of wonder.

‘With that in mind, we start
to understand that everything
thrown in our direction is for a
teason, although it may not be

immediately apparent.

Knowing all of this we
should not be surprised to find
that it is often the elderly who
declare themselves the happi-
est. Many have come to terms
with life’s struggles and appre-
ciate the joy of waking up each
day. We can start by emulating
them by making a point of
finding some small happiness
each day, and ultimately the
gift of life.



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Abaco’s Madisyn Cole has her sights
set on ‘Little Miss Bahamas’ title

By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

XCITEMENT is
Hise for 33 young

girls who are prepar-
ing for the Little Miss
Bahamas pageant next
month.

Among the contestants this
year is Madisyn Cole, a fourth
grade student from Abaco
who is being sponsored by HG
Christie.

Madisyn’s mother, Kathleen
Albury, is HG Christie’s Aba-
co estate broker.

Meeting the young beauty
queen during a recent dress
fitting in Nassau, John Christie,
vice-president and director of
HG Christie, summed up his
first impression of her in two
words: “Very cute!”

Talented

Described by her friends
and family as “bright, talented
and self-assured”, Madisyn
will represent Abaco on the
big night, which is scheduled
for November 21 at the Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort.

As part of the competition,
Madisyn will be required to
participate in a cultural cos-
tume presentation, an evening
gown display and a talent per-
formance.

Madisyn is reportedly plan-
ning on performing a “cultur-
al dance” for her talent seg-
ment.

Ms Albury told Tribune

Entertainment that her daugh-
ter is incredibly excited to be
participating in the pageant
and does not seem to be ner-
vous at all.

“She has loved meeting all
the other little girls in the
pageant and the rehearsals are
going great,” the real estate
broker said.

“She is very proud to repre-
sent Abaco, and as far as
preparation goes, they will do
a stage performance which is a
commercial and Madisyn is
going to be talking about the
history of Abaco.”

Honoured

Ms Albury said she feels
very honoured by HG
Christie’s sponsorship of her
daughter.

“They all have known her
since she was a baby and it is
great to have my company
sponsor her in this competi-
tion,” she said.

The Little Miss Bahamas
Organisation just recently
recorded a major success —
one its former queens
advanced to the finals and
captured the title of World’s
Mini Miss in Phoenix, Ari-
zona.

Adria Albury was the lucky
contestant who not only won
the title, but also, together
with her mom, won in the
Mother/Daughter category.

A group of over 30 Bahami-
ans attended the international
pageant event and celebrated
with Adria and her family.



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A mother of three on a

MISSION

for the

- By JEFFARAH GIBSON
: Tribune Features Writer

; NNETTE Lunn is a
_ Aven: who has found

erself with an unex-

> pected calling in life — for the

past five years this mother of
three has been on a mission
for the deaf in the Bahamas.

Mrs Lunn’s has immersed herself
in the deaf culture, studying sign lan-
guage and ensuring that deaf individ-
uals are not socially discriminated
against.

But this wasn’t always her life.

It wasn’t until the birth of her son
Kelvin 19 years ago that she realised
that her role as a parent would take
her down an unusual path.

And it was what she calls a “very
traumatic” experience — giving birth to
a child who’s hearing was impaired —
which changed her life forever.

“T have three children, Cimmonne,
Marques, and Kelvin. But my last,
which is Kelvin, was born deaf. It was
a very traumatic experience for me
because I didn’t know any deaf people
and none of my family are deaf,” she
told Tribune Woman.

“I went through the stages that
most parents go through after find-
ing out that their child is deaf. I was in
denial and I would say things like ‘my
baby will never be able to say mama’.
Afterwards I came to accept the situ-
ation and my child’s disability,” she
explained.

There was never a point in her life
that she felt ashamed of her son’s dis-
ability, Mrs Lunn said. Ensuring that
Kelvin felt loved and supported was
the most important thing for her.

“Oftentimes parents who have kids
with disabilities tend to be ashamed of
them. They make them feel unloved
or unappreciated, and they make
them feel as though they are different.
But I never did that with him and I
think that is the reason why Kelvin is
such a proud deaf person.

“I think the best thing any parent
can do for their child who has a dis-
ability is show them that they are just
like everyone else. You must never
make them feel as though they are
different; and parents should not hide
their children because all they need to
know is that they are loved,” Mrs
Lunn said.

Accomplishments

Before moving to the United States
in 2005, Kelvin completed primary
education here in the Bahamas at the
Centre for the Deaf.

He has since then been graduated
from St Rita’s School for the Deaf in
Cincinnati, Ohio and is now pursuing
a Bachelor’s degree in physical edu-
cation at Gallaudet University in the
District of Columbia.

Mrs Lunn said she felt that moving
Kelvin to Cincinnati and enrolling
him at St Rita’s School for the Deaf
would provide her son with oppor-
tunities unavailable to him here in
the Bahamas.

She said what frustrated her most
about the deaf culture in the Bahamas
was the lack of role models for her

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son.

Oversees, she said, Kelvin saw deaf
doctors, deaf lawyers, deaf bankers
and deaf engineers.

“I moved him from the Centre for
the Deaf (in the Bahamas) not
because it wasn’t good enough, but
because I wanted him to have
options. I wanted him to feel as
though he could do anything and be
anything he wanted to be and not be
what people told him to be,” she said.

Not only did she want her son to
have options, she also wanted him to
feel comfortable in the community
in which he lived.

“The deaf community in the
Bahamas does not have the exposure
they should. Individuals in the deaf
community feel isolated because the
services that are needed to accom-
modate them are not present,” Mrs
Lunn explained.

This was part of the reason she
became a deaf advocate and began
studying, interpreting, and teaching
sign language.

She said the government of the
Bahamas should make it a priority
to ensure that deaf individuals have
the same opportunities that hearing
persons have.

Advocate

Mrs Lunn recalled a time when she
spoke to one of her son’s childhood
friends who is also deaf and still ives
in the Bahamas. She said it saddened
her when she heard about his dismay
and disappointment over being
unable to find employment.

“He is having a very hard time find-
ing a job and he wants to work. He
wants to do anything he can do, but
some employers in the Bahamas are
skeptical about hiring deaf individu-
als. Some of them (deaf persons) hap-
pen to find jobs maybe working in
the food stores as a packer.”

However, Mrs Lunn said she will
keep advocating for the deaf until
this form of discrimination is eradi-
cated. She feels a good start would
be introducing sign language as an
elective subject in schools.

“I would like to see more people
learn sign language because it is there
to facilitate communication between
those who are deaf or hard hearing
with those people who can hear,” she
said.

She also believes that law enforce-
ment agents should know basic sign
language so that when they come into
contact with a deaf person they are
able to communicate with them.

Mrs Lunn is a sign language inter-
preter. She interprets at various
places such as schools, churches, the
Magistrates Courts, sporting events
and at workshops. She has also inter-
preted the theatrical production of
Disney’s The Lion King.

She is a member of St Rita’s School
for the Deaf Scholarship Planning
Committee; the Registry of Interprets
for the Deaf; Clarke School for the
Deaf’s National Development Coun-
cil, and the Cincinnati State Inter-
preters Training Programme.

Additionally she offers sign lan-
guage lessons at St Cecilia’s Roman
Catholic Church.eyerysMondaysand
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Long-time rivals set to he
reunited in Hall of Fame

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

Pewee feels
Ramblings

Putting the
‘S’ back in
‘Heat’

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

NPSA SOFTBALL
GAME TWO
CALLED OFF

GAME two of the New
Providence Softball Asso-
ciation women’s best-of-
seven championship series
between the defending
champions Pineapple Air
Wildcats and the Proper
Care Pool Lady Sharks
was called off Sunday
night.

Apparently, members of
the defending men’s cham-
pions Commando Securi-
ty Truckers blocked the

quickly tell you that they never envi-
sioned being on the same stage again
Friday when the ceremony at Govern-
ment House takes place 7pm Friday as
expected.

“T wasn’t expecting it this early,” said
Brown, the quick dealing point guard
for the Beck’s Cougars.

“T was pleasantly surprised, but I think
I’m worthy of it. It’s pretty much some-
thing that I didn’t expect at the time, but
I think the whole overall idea was a good
one in that you honour people while they
are still alive and you remember those

who would have passed away.”

Brown, who celebrated his 61st birth-
day on October 19, said he hopes the
induction ceremony would inspire the
younger people to distinguish themselves
in sports or other endeavors so that “they
can better themselves and better the
country in the bigger picture.”

Brown and Storr will be part of a 14-
member Class of 2010 inductees, which
includes Winifred 'Winnie’ Bethel-Rus-
sell in netball, Eleuthera’s Douglas

eter ‘Sweet P’ Brown and

Sharon “The General’ Storr

were long-time rivals on the

basketball court. Now they

will be reunited when they

are enshrined together in the National
Hall of Fame.

Brown and Storr have had more head-

to-head match-ups than any other play-

ers, but ask both of them and they would

THERE are few iron clad,
absolute, positively unar-
guable statements a sports
writer can make. These
include: Usain Bolt was more
impressive than Michael

entrance to the Lady
Sharks’ dugout, denying
them the opportunity to
get on the field to play the
game against the Wildcats.

The Truckers had been
expelled from the NPSA
after they refused to con-
tinue playing game one
against the Dorin United
Hitmen Friday night.

As a result of their
actions, the NPSA execu-
tive committee awarded
the championship title to
the Hitmen. The Truckers,
however, showed up in
defiance of the ruling to
play game two. The NPSA
had scheduled game two
to be played last night.

CYCLING
JUPP WIN RACE

FRESH of his appear-
ance at the XIX Common-
wealth Games in New Del-
hi, India, Laurence Jupp
came home and won the
JAR Cycling Classic’s road
race on Sunday.

Jupp clocked one hour,
10 minutes and 39:49 sec-
onds to beat out a field of
21 other competitors. He
was followed by Lee
Farmer (1:10:43:99). Mark
Holowesko was third
(1:13:47:52) with Tracy
Sweeting fourth
(1:16:01:24) and junior sen-
sation Jay Major complet-

ing the top _ five
(1:16:01:93).
SOFTBALL
EXUMA CHURCH
LEAGUE

THE Exuma Sporting
Church League kicked off
its 2010 season Saturday
night with three of the four
games scheduled played.

In the upset of the night,
Rickey Rolle hit a rocket
home run to right field to
lead St Andrew’s Anglican
to a 2-0 win over Mt Olive
Baptist.

Church of God, led by
Maverick Ferguson and
Fred Rolle, crushed Gilead
15-2 and Ebenezer
knocked St John’s 9-1. In
the other game scheduled,
Palestine Baptist lost by
default to St Peter’s.

GYMNASTICS
SPONSOR-A-STAR
PROGRAMME

THE Bahamas Gym-
nastics Parent Booster
Club, in conjunction with
Bahamas Star Gymnastics,
is scheduled to launch its
Sponsor-A-Star Pro-
gramme on November 4 at
the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture.

Minister of Sports
Charles Maynard is
expected to attend along
with the scholarship fund’s
screening committee that
includes Bahamian
Olympic medallist Eldece
Clarke, Attorney-at-Law
Cheryl Bazard, Ginny
McKinney of Can For
Kids, Mark Cartwright of
FAMFest and Pastor
Randy Curtis, Church of
God of Prophecy,
Carmichael District.

The scholarship pro-
gramme targets youngsters
who have the desire and/or
aptitude for the sport, but
are unable to enjoy the
benefits due to financial
limitations.

SEE page 13

DIG THIS: A player in the
junior programme gets ready
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Girleanu conducts seminar
for volleyball coaches

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Romanian national
team member Dan Girleanu has been
assisting the Bahamas Volleyball Fed-
eration over the past two weeks.

Now working as the technical direc-
tor at the FIVB Regional Develop-
ment Centre in Barbados, Girleanu
said the Bahamas has a lot of talent
that just needs to be harnessed.

Girleanu, who played on Romani-
a’s bronze medal winning team at the
1980 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea,
said while he could have pursued a
career in law where he holds a degree,
he opted to continue to make his con-
tribution to the sport.

“This is what I like to do,” said
Girleanu, who moved to Barbados in
1996 to establish the Regional Devel-
opment Centre with the view of him
moving around to assist the
Caribbean.

A lack of funding prevented him
from achieving his ultimate goal, but
Girleanu said as it was mandated for
him to travel, the Bahamas Volleyball
Federation contacted him to conduct
a clinic for the local coaches and
hence he made the trip here.

While here for the past two weeks,
he conducted a seminar for 19 coach-
es, conducting sessions all day, every
day for the duration of the two cours-
es that he put on.

“IT was very pleased with the
progress that I saw the students
(coaches) made through the cours-
es,” he stressed. “I think the Bahamas

Says Bahamas has plenty of young talent

is in good hands.”

During his tenure,
Girleanu was also
invited to assist the
coaches with the
preparation of the a
junior national boys FP
and girls teams, who
are lope to trave] GIRLEANU
next year.

“Tt was good to exchange ideas and
exchange the way we coach,” he stat-
ed. “I think it was beneficial for all of
us. But I am convinced that the
Bahamas has a lot of talent here, as
I’ve seen throughout the Caribbean.”

The trip was made possible through
the Bahamas Olympic Committee’s
Solidarity Programme and secretary
general Rommel Knowles said they
were just delighted to accommodate
Girleanu.

“With him coming in and imparting
his knowledge, I think the sport will
only continue to grow,” Knowles said.
“Our goal and objective in the
Bahamas Olympic Committee is to
see the day when we can have a team
qualify for the Olympic Games.

“So we will continue through the
Olympic Solidarity to provide the
assistance to all of our Olympic sports
with the hope of one day getting them
into the Olympics. This is just the first
step in that direction for volleyball.”

BVF first vice president Joseph
‘Joe Mo’ Smith said they were very

impressed with the knowledge that
Gileanu imparted to them, especially
the local players.

“He did a setter’s course for five
days and then he did a middle player’s
course for five days,” he said. “We
decided to specify those two areas
because every year that we do a
course, it’s for level one.

“We have some 150 level one
coaches here in the Bahamas, but it’s
not helping the programme much
because they go into the school sys-
tem. But when we specify, we can
identify persons to better help us with
our national programme.”

There were some seven persons
from the Family Islands who partici-
pated. Four came from Cat Island
and three were from Abaco.

“So it now filters down to the Fam-
ily Islands so whenever we go down
there, it makes our job a lot easier
so that we can find the people to iden-
tify with for the programme,” Smith
said.

Smith said the federation was only
pleased to utilise Girleanu’s service to
assist in their junior programme to
get them a jump Start on their prepa-
ration for next year’s trip.

The venue for their tournament
has not yet been finalised, but they
are expected to travel in July. Smith
said they hope to capitalise on the
pointers they got from Girleanu in
their training programme.



THE Nassau Yacht Club is in the
final stages of readying itself to
receive well over 100 international
sailors, and yachts competing in the
much heralded annual Miami to
Nassau Ocean Race.

With the continued support of the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the
2010 event is scheduled for an 11am
November 11 start off Government
Cut in Miami, with the highly com-
petitive crews sailing 176 nautical
miles non-stop across the unpre-
dictable Gulf Stream, leaving Great
Isaac and Great Stirrup to starboard
on their way to the finish at the
entrance to Nassau Harbour. The
first yachts are expected to arrive in
Nassau on November 12.

The Miami Nassau race is one of

the most historical races on the sail-
ing calendar. The prestigious Nas-
sau Cup is a highly sought after tro-
phy that is emblazoned with the
names of world famous skippers on
some of the world's finest racing
sailboats, including Ted Turner of
America's Cup fame on the yacht
Tenacious. Other noteworthy sailors
that have vied for the Cup are Den-
nis Conner, Dick Bertram, Ted
Hood and Bobby Symonette.

Anniversary

The race was first sailed in 1934,
making 2010 the 77th anniversary of
the inaugural event. The course
record was set in 1988 by George S
Coumantaros on the yacht

Boomerang in a time of 14 hours, 26
minutes and 39 seconds. As a sailing
record of 22 years standing, the
organising committee anticipate a
successful assault on the record
books in the coming years.

Competition for the Nassau Cup
is open to separate classes for IRC,
PHRF and MASF In addition to
prizes with a distinctly Bahamian
flair, the Nassau Cup is awarded to
the winner of IRC, the Arthur
Bosworth Trophy to the winner of
PHRF, and the Calvert Cup to the
winner of MASF.

The first yacht across the line on
elapsed time is awarded the historic
Coral Harbour Yacht Club Trophy.

The Nassau Yacht Club is proud
to co-host the race with the Coral

Phelps at the ‘08 Olympics in
Beijing, Eric Snow will never
make an open jumper, and
Bob Sanders will get injured.
Tonight, we add another to
the list as October 26 features
the beginning of the most
eagerly anticipated NBA sea-
son ever.

Headlining the offseason
was the winner of the 2010
Sweepstakes, the Miami Heat,
who will immediately turn
their attention towards a
fierce battle with the Lakers
for the rights to be called the
National Team of the
Bahamas (This is not an over-
statement. There was a
parade. I'm not making this
up, there was an actual Laker
Parade...here...in the
Bahamas). How do you know
what to watch for? Use our
guide to the 10 most com-
pelling storylines to follow
during this NBA season, and
in true Ramblings fashion,
most of them actually have
nothing to do with basketball
at all.

10. John Wall and his quest
to surpass Barack Obama as
the most recognizable black
guy in Washington. I know
what you’re thinking, it’s the
President of the United
States, it’s an unbeatable
office, not true. John Wall got
the entire Commonwealth of
Kentucky to fall in love with
him in four months. In the
2008 Presidential Race, Ken-
tucky was called for John
McCain in four minutes.

9. Unless you've been hid-
ing under a rock, you know
that a lockout is looming in
2010. If the NBA does cut
teams in an effort to prevent
the lockout, then that means
60 players would be free
agents and entering a supple-
mental draft. We could see
everyone hustling like it’s a
contract year, just to see who
would be the first pick in the
"Lockout Saving Draft 2011."

8. LeBron James in his
return to Cleveland, hence-
forth, it will be known as the
85 game. I didn't see Kobe's
81, but there's nothing going
to pull me away from a tele-
vision set on December 2
when the Heat visit Gund
Arena (This is assuming Dan
Gilbert doesn't run onto the
court during the tipoff and
start wailing on LeBron
WWE style with a steel chair.
I'm not completely ruling that
out from happening).

SEE page 14

Over 100 to set sail in ocean race next month

Reef Yacht Club, The Fort Laud-
erdale Yacht Club and the Storm
Trysail Club. The hosts are delight-
ed that from 2010 the event has
returned to its roots through race
management by the Southern
Ocean Racing Conference, making
it a part of the stable of ocean races
that now also include the Fort Laud-
erdale to Key West race, the Fort
Lauderdale to Montego Bay race
and the Fort Lauderdale to
Charleston race.

Yachts in the event will each carry
GPS enabled personal tracker units
to facilitate on line tracking of posi-
tions, allowing race officials and
members of the public to follow
progress of competitors on the web:
www.trackleaders.com

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 13



LOCAL SPORTS



BSF presents individual awards
for Austin Knowles tourney

THE Bahamas Softball Federa-
tion (BSF) presented the following
individual player awards at the end
of the Austin Knowles Invitational
High School Tournament Saturday
night/Sunday morning at the
Banker’s Field, Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex.

Girls Division

Most hits (6) - Amanda Barr
(North Andros)

Most wins (3-1) - Natoria Knowles
(North Andros)

Batting champion (.800) — Brean-
na Newbold (Spanish Wells)

All-Tournament team

Pitcher - Natoria Knowles (North
Andros), catcher - Patra Johnson

(North Andros), first base -
Amanda Barr (North Andros), sec-
ond base - Nakishae Moss (Nassau
Christian Academy), shortstop
Bethany McGee (Spanish Wells),
leftfield - Beanna Newbold (Spanish
Wells), centerfield - Kadijah Bain
(CV Bethel), right-field Kerline
Tador (Spanish Wells).

Round robin most valuable player
- Natoria Knowles (North Andros)

Boys Division

Most hits (6) - Laron Taylor



BOYS CHAMPIONS: Jordan Prince Williams Falcons.

(NGM)
Most runs (3) — David Nathan
(Nassau Christian Academy)
Batting champion (.714) — Lance
Thompson (Government High)

All-Tournament team

Pitcher - David Nathan (Nassau
Christian Academy), catcher - Dar-
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Albury (Spanish Wells), first base

GIRLS CHAMPIONS: North Andros.

- Akeem Newton (Government
High), second base - Julius Lord
(Doris Johnson), third base - Lance
Thompson (Government High),
shortstop - Zhivargo Archer (CV
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(Nassau Christian Academy), cen-
terfield - Austin Pinder (Spanish
Wells) and right-field - Brian Cargill
(Doris Johnson)

Round robin most valuable player
- Laron Taylor (NGM)

Long-time rivals set to be reunited in National Hall of Fame

FROM page 11

"‘Douggie’ Smith in softball and base-
ball, politician Cynthia ‘Mother’
Pratt in basketball and volleyball,
Keith Parker in track and field,
Bimini’s Gomeo Brennen in boxing,
Leonard 'Skeeter’ Dames in a vari-
ety of sports, Celestine Wilson-
Albury in volleyball, Andy Knowles
in swimming, the late great golfing
executive Freddie Higgs, the late
Basil T Kelly, the late Carl ‘Mr Vol-
leyball’ Minnis and the late Ank
Rahming.

From the time he started playing
basketball at the age of 14 in 1962,
Brown and his Cougars, coached by
Arthur ‘Gully’ Rolle, were always
in a fierce battle with Storr and his

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Kentucky Colonels, coached by late
Leviticus ‘Uncle Lou’ Adderley and
Anthony ‘Bando’ Bostwick before
he ended up under the tutelage of
Martin Lundy and Steve ‘Bullah’
Pinder, up until the time of his retire-
ment around 1984.

With their names synonymous
with each other on the court,
although there is a slight difference
in their ages, Brown said it’s quite an
honour to be enshrined with Storr.

“Playing against him was a treat
because you had to be at your best if
you wanted to win,” Brown said.
“And even when you were at your
best, you still didn’t win.”

There’s still the argument as to
who won more titles. While they

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both put in a plug for their team
being the best, one thing is certain.
They both had a heated battle on
the court.

Today, they’re the best of friends
and Storr said their induction is just
the highlight of “what Bahamians
have done for sports.”

Proud

“Tm very glad and proud to be a
part of the recognition,” he said.

As a former senior sports officer in
the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture, Storr played a key role in
the initiation of the Hall of Fame.

“One of the greatest things is that
somebody recognised that I made a

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contribution,” said Storr, who is still
regarded as one of, if not, the great-
est basketball players in the country.

“T hope and I believe that I made
a significant contribution. But one
of my biggest disappointments in
this country is the fact that too many
people are walking away from sports
without any recognition.”

After completing his tenure on
the basketball court, Storr moved
into administration at the Ministry of
Sports until 2005 when he officially
retired.

Like Brown, Storr said he’s
delighted to have his arch-rival join
him on the same stage once again,
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Although there’s no official record
available, Storr, who was moved up
from the junior division to play in
the senior league a year before his
eligibility was up, say the Colonels
won more.

Looking back at his career, 58-
year-old Storr said right now he is
enjoying life because he’s getting a
chance to give back to the sport that
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HUNDREDS of people in
Pinewood Gardens are set to
lose their homes after a court
ruled the land they built on
belongs to Arawak Homes.

Supreme Court judgments
by Chief Justice Michael Bar-
nett last week prompted pres-
ident of Arawak Homes Ltd
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Residents of Pinder’s Point, said they
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PLP insiders fear an FNM
operative may have been
planted inside their organi-
sation with intent to disrupt
the party’s public relations
machinery and possibility re-
ignite a leadership battle
ead the next general elec-

tion.

As a political organisation
that prides itself on having a
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to new talent, a number of
PLP insiders have expressed
their deep seated concerns
over the motives of a num-
ber of persons who have sky-
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tions within the party
overnight.

Seeking access to the par-

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LOW-LEVEL PLP OFFICIAL VOWS
TO ‘DESTROY’ MP’S CAREER

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
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A LOW-LEVEL PLP official has
vowed to “destroy” the political career
of one of their party’s own members of
parliament.

According to well placed sources with-

Environment Minister Earl Deveaux ; in the party, PLP MP Ryan Pinder has
had forwarded documents to The Nas- ;
sau Guardian showing how the Depart- }
ment of Physical Planning approved
plans to dredge and excavate more than }
12 acres of land and sea at the 349-acre }
island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea }
: ness that Mr Pinder’s family was

become the target of a smear campaign
by one of the party’s officials in what
insiders claim is a vendetta against his
family.

This official, it was said, has relatives
who had to be terminated from a busi-

involved in for allegedly stealing by rea-
son of employment.
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Mr Ingraham, who is in
China on a two week trip,
was speaking at the recep-
tion to mark the official
opening of the BMA Hong
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shipping companies and
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“Tt also has a wide cross
section of business persons
and high net worth individu-
als whom we would like to
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Several AG’s Office

“I’m not aware of any
industrial action. We have a
highly professional group of
lawyers. They work very hard
under challenging conditions.
The mould situation ought to

be dealt with.”



Attorney General John Delaney

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

WHILE several lawyers
attached to the Attorney
General’s Office called in
sick yesterday, it remains
unclear if this was connected
to the mould problem that
persists in the Post Office
building.

Sources close to the mat-
ter claimed that as many as
17 lawyers failed to turn up.
Attorney General John
Delaney could not verify
that number but admitted

that “several” persons had
called in sick.

Mr Delaney said that he
also could not confirm
whether their reported ill-
nesses were in any way relat-
ed to the mould issue that
persists in the 40-year-old
Post Office building which
also contains offices of the
Ministry of Labour and
Social Development, and
the Post Office.

The Attorney General
said that all lawyers who had
court commitments were at
work yesterday.

“I’m not aware of any

industrial action. We have a
highly professional group of
lawyers. They work very
hard under challenging con-
ditions. The mould situation
ought to be dealt with. They
ought to have a comfortable
environment. We do have a
mould problem in the build-
ing,” Mr Delaney said.

Mr Delaney said that the
mould problem is connected
with another problem — the
building’s air conditioning
system - which is being
addressed by the Ministry
of Works.

“T have been here a year
and there have been a num-
ber of mould remediation
exercises. The last one was
in August. The mould issue

Man shot after gunmen
storm into apartment

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

areport of a shooting around 2.30pm and

went to the Garden Villas Apartments.

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FREEPORT - A male resident of
Bimini was shot about the body when
gunmen stormed into an apartment in
the Garden Villas area on Monday after-
noon.

According to police reports, the vic-
tim was taken to the Rand Memorial
Hospital with gunshot injuries to the
stomach and leg. His condition was not
known up to presstime.

Police are withholding the victim's
identity.

Upon arrival, officers saw a dark
male with gunshot injuries. The man
was transported by ambulance to the hos-
pital.

ASP Delva said police investigations
revealed that about four to six men went
into an apartment unit, where gunshots
were heard inside.

The suspects then got into a tan-
coloured Saturn and fled the scene.

Mr Delva said police do not know the
motive for the shooting and are continu-
ing their investigations into the matter.

They are appealing to members of the



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The long term solution is
that the entire air condi-
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replaced.

“We are looking at the
option of relocating. We are
actively looking for alterna-
tive accommodations,” Mr
Delaney said. He admitted,
however, that this presents
logistical challenges as the
Attorney General’s Office
needs to be in the downtown
area, near the courts.

Mr Delaney also noted
that the building’s elevator
system is being replaced.

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Berry Islands last week has
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The man was reported
missing at around 3.30pm on
Friday. The 39-year-old was
last seen in his boat with a 26-
year-old British woman about
six miles west of Coco Cay at
around 2pm.

There was severe weather
in the area at the time, and
both were reportedly thrown
into the water.

While the woman was res-
cued by local boaters who
rushed to the scene, the man
was not found.

TWO ARMED
ROBBERIES

Police are investigating two
armed robberies that took
place on Sunday.

The first took place around
2.30pm at Lucky Hart Corner
off East Street.

The male victim was walk-
ing near Quintine Alley when
he was approached by a man
wearing a white t-shirt, jean
shorts and armed with a hand-
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The male victim was taking
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The victim was taken to
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WASHINGTON — A big Republican
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stymie President Barack Obama's attempts
to reset relations with Russia while opening
the way for a new bipartisan toughness
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Despite scant attention to foreign rela-
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have a significant affect on that front.

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they are currently outnumbered 58-41, the
party could considerably close the gap. The
Senate must ratify all treaties and that
requires 67 affirmative votes.

That may be unattainable in the next Con-
gress, but the interim lame duck session that
begins 13 days after the election offers a
chance for ratification. That session will
include senators who have lost their seats
Nov. 2 and may be less politically motivated.

The Russians have made it clear that Oba-
ma's vow to improve relations, while theo-
retically beneficial to both countries, hangs
on his ability to win ratification of the New
START treaty. The pact calls for big reduc-
tions in nuclear weapons.

Even though Washington is engaged in
two wars — in Iraq and Afghanistan — those
expensive and bloody ventures have drawn
little attention in this election year. While
Democrats are losing patience with the
Afghanistan conflict, now in its 10th year,
Obama will probably find backing for his
war policies from Republicans and pressure
to limit or put off plans to begin withdrawing
in July. Republicans normally take a more
aggressive line on issues of war and peace.

The Iraq war, barring an outbreak of
extreme violence, has faded from the Amer-
ican consciousness as the last combat forces
left in the summer and all troops are sched-
uled to be gone by the end of next year.

In the Middle East, strong Republican
gains probably would cost Obama some
manoeuvring room in his sponsorship of
peace talks between Israel and the Pales-
tinians. The president has put considerable
pressure on the Israelis — particularly to
stop their West Bank and Jerusalem settle-
ment building projects.

Even so, Obama may find that his dealings
with Iran and its suspected nuclear weapons
programme gain ground from the improbable
and quiet convergence of national interests
that Arabs and Israel share concerning Iran.

Israeli feels directly threatened by Iran,
whose leaders have said the Jewish state
should be eliminated. Arabs are deeply con-
cerned that a nuclear-armed Iran would
upend the balance of power in the Middle
East. The intersection of those worries could
create greater pliability on both sides and
grease the negotiating process with the Pales-
tinians, who rely heavily on fellow Arabs for
backing.

Regardless of how foreign policy issues
eventually play out after the November vote,
Obama won't find refuge from a gridlocked
and unfriendly Congress by turning to inter-
national affairs.

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similar circumstances. The economy, how-
ever, is going to force the president's focus.

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issue: Breaking
the law is wrong

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I AM writing in response
to Rev Esther’s letter about
Nicki Kelly, I have to agree
with Mrs Kelly, and despite
the fact that the President Of
Straw Business sees it or not,
to support these people, is
telling all criminals that it’s
okay to do wrong just as long
as you say it’s your livelihood.

Regardless of the fact that
the law was not broken in the
Bahamas, it was still wrong,
and ask yourself this question,
how can these straw vendors
now come back home and
teach their children to do
what is right, when they them-
selves have been caught
breaking the law?

Another thing that was
mentioned was what the high-
end designer had to say, and
apparently they said that their
client would never buy knock
offs, which is fine and dandy,
and the letter goes on to say
how the designer made nine
billion plus in profit and was
not concerned, but that is not
the issue here, the law has
been broken, and that is
wrong.

How would you like it if

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some tourist came here for a
visit and took pictures of
some of our most famous
Artists works, or even
Junkanoo and took it back
home and made prints and
sold them all around the
world making thousands upon
thousands of dollars with
none of that money ever com-
ing to the Bahamas?

I’m sure all of you who are
in support of these vendors
would be screaming out to
bring the law down on any-
one who does that to our
Bahamian Artists.

Don’t trivialise this situa-
tion because the high-end
designer made a lot of money.

We have to wake up, and
start being honest with our-
selves, do we want things to
change?

Do we want to reduce the
level of crime running ram-
pant in our nation?

Then we need to ask our-
selves is supporting and con-

Thoughts on
Halloween

EDITOR, The Tribune.

As a concerned adult I would very much like to pass
along my thoughts on Halloween to your readers.

As Halloween approaches I feel it important to remind
parents and children that the festival has an undercur-
rent of occultism and is absolutely anti-Christian.” The
feast of Halloween was once the vigil feast of All Saints’
Day, which is celebrated on November 1. It was the begin-
ning of a day in which we rejoice in the work of God
seen in his saints and cause of great inspiration and joy to

the world.

Sadly, it has become dangerously paganised and heav-
ily commercialised. Parents should be aware of this and try
to direct the meaning of the feast towards wholesomeness
and beauty rather than terror, fear and death. Wearing
skeleton suits, dressing up as vampires, witches or goblins
or slapping on fake blood is not far removed from com-

muning with the devil.

As we approach Halloween this year let us try to provide
a wholesome, non-pagan alternative celebration, which
thus critiques and rejects the pagan holiday.

Parents can, for example, dress up their children as
popular saints instead of witches and devils. They can
carve smiling faces, rather than menacing faces, into
pumpkins. They can light a candle or display publicly
another kind of light alongside, perhaps, an image of
Christ. These things can be a powerful means of showing
people that we have hope in someone other than our-

selves.

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doning criminal behaviour on
any level the right thing to
do? Or are we gonna stand
up to anyone, no matter who
they are that breaks the law,
and stop allowing the fact that
just because they are doing it
within the means of their
livelihood, does that make it
right?

Nicki Kelly is right, because
as they say “Monkey see
Monkey do”, which means
that the career criminals can
look at the support these ven-
dors are getting and feel they
also justify in doing what they
do, it’s a trickle down effect,
and the more we support
wrong doing, the worse it is
for all of us.

I say this all the time, if you
support this kind of behav-
iour and are complaining
about crime, please shut up,
because you are contributing
toit as well, which means you
are either part of the prob-
lem or part of the solution
choose, which one are you?

FILIPE A
COLEBROOKE
Nassau,

October, 2010.

Light problem

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EDITOR, The Tribune.



I travel on Kemp Road
almost on a daily basis com-
ing from Shirley Street, and
as you approach the traffic
light at the junction of Park-
gate and Pyfrom Roads traf-
fic is always backed up.

The reason being the light
dealing with the flow of traf-
fic travelling north and
south on Kemp Road is only
on green for 15 seconds,
allowing about four vehicles
to pass; whereas the light for
traffic travelling east and
west is on for one minute.

I have spoken to the Per-
manent Secretary Mr Colin
Higgs whose ministry is
responsible for the mainte-
nance of this light on numer-
ous occasions and was told
that the matter would be
looked into.

Nothing has been done up
to the writing of this letter.

This problem is very ago-
nizing, and steps need to be
taken urgently to resolve
this vexing situation.

BRYAN A C WRIGHT
Nassau,
September 30, 2010.

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Inquiry into reported Bradford Marine health concerns

Govt accused of lack |
of commitment to
alternative energy

its lack of commit-
ment to alternative
energy.

Mr Pinder not-
ed that when the
National Energy
Policy Committee
presented its first
report almost two
years ago, he still
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tion, I am rather disappointed,

disappointed for many Bahami- }
ans who are struggling day in }
and day out to meet their }
: called on the Department of

demands,” he said.

Speaking in the House of }
Assembly last week, Mr Pinder }
said that while the argument
that the second NEP committee ;
report contained “significant :
may be true, a }
i an investigative team has been
that there were some initiatives }

data gaps”
review of the first report reveals

that could have been put in
place right away. Mr Pinder

ernment, he would have:

¢ Reduced energy usage in
public buildings by 30 per cent :

by 2010.

He said: “Energy audits }
could have been done of all i
government buildings to assess }
their inefficiencies and make }
them more efficient. Govern- }
ment buildings are a significant }
demand on the electricity sup-
ply. Actions as simple as swap- }
ping out light bulbs, ensuring }

appliances are energy-efficient,

especially when going through a }
replacement cycle, and proper }
maintenance of the fleet of }
automobiles can save signifi- :
cant government revenues, but }
also relieve significant demand }

on BEC.”

¢ Implemented a national }
policy on conservation, includ- }
ing giving incentives, or public ;
distribution of energy saving }

means.

He said: “This would include }
a national education campaign
on energy usage. Also, the dis- }
tribution of energy efficient i
light bulbs to Bahamians would }
have contributed a great deal.”

¢ Incorporate efficient use of }
energy and water into all new :

government housing.

He said: “This is not difficult ;
to implement, but would have ;
real cost savings to Bahamians
who need it the most, the less }
advantaged generally purchas- }
ing their first home. A key com- :
ponent of this is to ensure that i
solar water heaters are used in }
all houses, as well as energy }

efficient light bulbs.

“In addition, the Ministry of }
Housing should put in place }
construction guidelines to }
ensure the construction is most }
energy efficient. The govern- }
ment missed a great opportu- }
nity to provide energy relief to ;

new homeowners.”

i i By DENISE MAYCOCK

i Tribune Freeport Reporter
ELIZABETH MP Ryan Pin- }

der has criticised the govern- }

ment for what he described as }

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FREEPORT - Investigations

: have been launched by the gov-
: ernment into reported health
? concerns at Bradford Marine
: after an employee there report-
? edly contracted a severe respi-
i ratory illness commonly asso-
i ciated with sandblasting.

In June, Cecil Moore, a sand-

; blasting technician at Bradford,
? was reportedly diagnosed with
ernment was serious about } Reactive-Airways Dysfunc-

energy reform and saving tional Syndrome (RADS) by

homeowners money on utility } doctors in the United States.

bills. “After two years of inac-
i leave.

Moore is currently on sick

He is taking 11 different
medications for his condition.
In September, Rev Bethel

Environment Health to conduct
an immediate investigation into
the sandblasting operation at
the yacht repair facility on
Queen’s Highway.

“T have been informed that

sent to conduct investigations

; at Bradford, and we are await-
i ing the conclusion of those
said that had he been in gov- }

Employee said to have contracted severe respiratory illness

investigations,” he told The Tri-
bune on Monday.

Rev Bethel is concerned that
the health of employees is being
put at risk.

He has been contacted by
three former employees who
claim that they also suffer with
similar health problems.

Bertha McPhee, chief health
inspector in Freeport, could not
be reached for comment up to
press time.

The Tribune spoke with
Dan Romence, general manag-
er at Bradford, who confirmed
that an audit is being conducted
at the facility by officials at
Environmental Health Services.

Mr Romence said they are
cooperating fully with officials.

“They are conducting a stan-
dard audit of the facility
because they received a com-
plaint from an employee and
they are following protocols
that are set up for that.

“They basically came and
looked at all of our documen-
tation; it is in their hands. We
are now going through a

process. It is not a one day deal
but we are cooperating fully,
and hopefully it will be done
shortly,” he said.

Mr Moore has been
employed at Bradford for the
past eight years.

According to Rev Bethel,
Moore’s health started to
decline in 2008 when he began
experiencing severe respiratory
problems, such as shortness of
breath and constant coughing.

Moore sought medical help
in Grand Bahama and New
Providence, but was unable to
get a proper diagnosis in the
Bahamas.

Asbestos

He went to Florida for
asbestos testing and was diag-
nosed with RADS.

The first stage of the disease
is asthma-like symptoms.

The disease usually pro-
gresses to Silicosis cancer,
which is incurable.

The diagnosis report by doc-
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condition. Rev Bethel said that
Moore has to continually travel
back and forth to the US for
further treatment.

“He is experiencing some
complications and he just
returned from the US a few
days ago trying to get some sort
of relief for his discomfort.
They (the doctors) are saying
there is very little they can do.”

Rev Bethel said although
Moore is receiving sick benefit
from NIB, he still has to dig in
his own pocket to help pay for
his medical treatment.

He said Moore intends to
file a lawsuit against Bradford
Marine in Florida, where the
company has its headquarters.

“We are in the process of
retaining a law firm in the US,”
Rev Bethel said.







“We also have three former
employees, one has cancer and
was let go from the job earlier
this year and the two others are
plagued with medical issues.
They have seen doctors and
have been diagnosed with the
same symptoms,” he claimed.

Rev Bethel said two of the
men were also employed as
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When The Tribune spoke
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full helmet with a separate
breathing apparatus for respi-
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"We have all the safety gear
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He stated that it is the first
case where an employee has
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firm targets
the Bahamas

* New firm aiming to
establish base that would
boost Bahamian medical
tourism, only awaiting NEC
and Medical Association
approvals

* Nettie Symonette confirms
addiction treatment provider
made offer to acquire her
Cable Beach resort

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A second com-
pany interested in
offering health-
related services
from the
Bahamas, boost-
ing efforts to
stimulate medical
tourism, is
expected to sub-
mit documenta-

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Wallace

Council (NEC) for approval,

yesterday.

SEE page two

Surge in downtown
Peal estate interest

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

There has been an upsurge

: * But does not go through with initial plans to

and abroad” in buying “large :

: raise $10m, dropping second tranche of
in the city of Nassau, Down- }
: longer-term, 20-year bonds
(DNP) chief, Vaughn Roberts, ; ” . : ‘ :

: * Chairman Wilson pledges to do ‘more and more
“People are looking at or } : ; . ‘
buying, and people are enter- } to raise company’s profile and return to capital
taining the sale of their proper- }
: markets at later date

ties. There’s certainly lots of }
interest that’s come across my }

_* Hints at using $5m raised from 10-year tranche
_ for growth and/or acquisition openings, and says
_ ‘pleased’ with first Bahamian capital markets foray

in interest from “Bahamians
areas of real estate” downtown
town Nassau Partnership

said yesterday.

SEE page three

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





$20-$30m ‘first jump’

on Water Corp woes

By NEIL HARTNELL
? Tribune Business Editor

A $20-$30 million investment

i will be required to resolve the
i Water & Sewerage Corpora-
: tion’s New Providence-based
? issues “in the first jump” and
? produce a “reliable” 18-20 mil-
i lion gallons per day water sup-
i ply, a government minister told
: Tribune Business yesterday.

Earl Deveaux, minister of the

? environment, said the Govern-
i ment regarded addressing the
i: Water & Sewerage Corpora-
i tion’s issues as “very critical”,
i both from providing a reliable
: water supply and putting it on a
? “sustainable path” that did not
? bleed the Bahamian taxpayer.

The Corporation, he added,

? was now in possession of a busi-
? ness plan presented by the
i Spanish consultants, Castilla,
? who in a project part-funded
i? by the Inter-American Devel-
? opment Bank (IDB), had also
[ ‘ _ £ produced recommendations for
tion to the National Economic i institutional and regulatory
? reform in the Bahamian water

the Minister of Tourism said : sector.

Castilla had again visited the

? Bahamas last week, and while
: the Corporation was in posses-
? sion of its proposed business
i plan going forward, the Gov-
i ernment had yet to see this.
: “Based on the business plan,
i the Water & Sewerage Corpo-



EARL DEVEAUX

ration will present an imple-
mentation plan for the Gov-
ernment’s consideration,” Mr
Deveaux told Tribune Business.

“The general manager
promised Mr Neymour [minis-
ter of state for the environ-
ment] and myself that he would
have his documents to us by
next week. He’s working very
aggressively on it.”

Mr Deveaux said Castilla had
identified a number of areas
that the Corporation urgently
needed to address, namely non-
revenue water (more than 50
per cent of the water pumped
around its system per day fails
to reach the end-consumer,

Sunshine fully places
first $5m bond tranche

By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

Sunshine Holdings plans to

i return to the Bahamian capital
? markets in the future, having
: fully placed the first $5 million
? tranche in its recent corporate
i: bond offering - although it yes-
i terday conceded that it with-
? drew the issue’s second, longer-
; term maturity component.

Franklyn Wilson, the com-

i pany’s chairman, said that while
? the $10 million offering’s 10-
: year tranche had been fully sub-
i scribed, it decided to withdraw
i the second tranche of 20-year
i bonds prior to the private

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being lost via leaks and the
like); rationalisation of the
water supply; rebuilding and
maintaining infrastructure; the
barging of water from Andros
via the MV Titus; and the
sewage treatment aspect.

The business plan lays out
“the sequencing” of the steps
that will be taken to address
these areas, the minister
describing it as “a comprehen-
sive strategic plan that we can
implement”.

However, the Government
is not just waiting for the busi-
ness and implementation plan
to be finalised, Mr Deveaux
telling Tribune Business: “We
cannot afford to wait on other
urgent issues requiring atten-
tion...... The Government is tak-
ing steps now, spending just
under $12 million with the New
Providence Road Improvement
Project on rebuilding some of
the main areas, and the Bay
Street and Shirley Street paving
will also accompany some water
and sewerage works.”

Asked how much capital
investment would be required
to deal with the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation’s key prob-
lems, Mr Deveaux replied:
“The New Providence water
issue revolves around having a
reliable supply of 18-20 million

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A multi-billion dollar Cayman Islands-based developer has
successfully concluded a deal to purchase real estate on the cor-
ner of Bay and Parliament Streets, Tribune Business can reveal,
a strategic first step in what could be the start of a much wider
role in downtown Nassau’s redevelopment.

Philip Hillier, principal of Parliament Properties, yesterday
confirmed to this newspaper that the sale of part of its real estate
holdings to The Dart Group, the entity founded by Kenneth
Dart, billionaire heir to a styrofoam cup fortune, had been
completed.

“The sale has gone through,” he told Tribune Business.
“We’ve only sold part of the properties.” Mr Hillier declined to
comment further, stating that he did not want “publicity”.

Tribune Business was tipped that the agreement between Par-
liament Properties and The Dart Group, the developer of Cay-
man’s 500-acre Camana Bay project, had gone through when
informed sources told it that the former’s preference share-
holders had all been paid out what they were owed. Mr Hillier
did not comment on that aspect of the deal when it was put to
him yesterday.

The real estate in question is said by sources to include the
shopping arcade opposite the House of Assembly on Parliament
Street, plus several premises on the corner of Parliament and
Bay Streets. It is not thought to include the Parliament Hotel,
as indicated by Mr Hillier’s comment that “we’ve only sold
part of the properties”.

Tribune Business exclusively revealed The Dart Group’s
interest in acquiring this real estate last month, the deal then
only requiring the necessary Government approvals from the

SEE page two



_ Government awaits waste-to-
_ energy and landfill proposals

* ‘Sionificant Bahamian
interest’ in bids for

By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

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| Munday undfiretutes me” Bhergy conference

? minister of the environment
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day.
i Earl Deveaux said there was
? “significant Bahamian interest”

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Sunshine fully places
first $5m bond tranche

FROM page 1B

placement’s closure.

Pronouncing himself “pleased” with the outcome, Mr Wilson :

on business licence

ing the same $5 million amount, this is likely to have been due to }

told Tribune Business: “We had designed this thing to do it in two
tranches - one 10-year tranche, and one 20-year tranche.

“We withdrew the 20-year tranche, and did very well with the 10-
year tranche.” Mr Wilson confirmed that the 10-year tranche of $5
million had been fully subscribed. While not discussing why Sun-
shine Holdings had dropped the 20-year tranche, which was seek-

reduced investor appetite for this longer term security.

“The important point is that this is the first time we have gone }
to the markets, and we are pleased with this reaction,” Mr Wilson }

told Tribune Business.

“We will do more and more to make the capital markets more }

Contractors hopeful

: By ALISON LOWE
: Business Reporter
? alowe@tribunemedia.net

aware of the company, what it does, its assets and so forth. We will }

go back to the capital markets at a later date to do certain things.” :

Asked what Sunshine Holdings planned to use its new capital for, }
Mr Wilson replied: “For us it’s general corporate purposes at this }
point. We have a number of opportunities - our group has so }

many opportunities.

“In the climate, there’s many people out there stressed and :

struggling and so forth. We’ll just grow. That’s the bottom line.”

Mr Wilson’s comments appear to hint that Sunshine Holdings }
plans to pursue growth and/or acquisition opportunities, as the con- }
tracting economy forces existing business owners to explore strate-
gies, including exit routes, that they would not otherwise have }

eyed.
Sunshine Holdings’ existing interests include Arawak Homes,

Sunshine Insurance Brokers & Agents, RoyalStar Assurance and ;
FOCOL Holdings. Its corporate bond issue was placed by CFAL. }

The $5 million in debt capital raised adds to the $20 million }
already obtained by RoyalStar and rival insurer, Bahamas First, }
through preference share and bond issues, respectively. It means }
that some $25 million in additional capital has been raised from }
institutional and high net-worth investors this fall to date, and }
there is more to come, with the College of the Bahamas (COB) said }

to be planning its own $20 million bond issue, and Wendy’s (and its
parent, Aetos Holdings) also eyeing a preference share issue. If

these offerings come off, some $50 million or more might be raised :

from the Bahamian capital markets this fall.

In a previous interview with Tribune Business, Mr Wilson said }
that Sunshine Holdings, although a private company, had decided }
to behave “more and more" as if it was a public company, adher- }
ing to corporate governance, transparency, accountability standards :

and prudential norms as if it was a listed entity.

Explaining the company’s decision to tap the capital markets for :
its corporate bond issue, he added: “We were approached by }
some people who asked if they could be a part of what we're }

doing, and we said we will go out and see what the market thinks.

"We have, over the years, placed a lot of corporate bonds with }
institutions, and at this point in time a number of large banks and }

insurance companies hold our corporate bonds.

"Previously, we had direct discussions with institutional investors }
interested in our offerings. This is the first time we've gone about }
it this way. This is the first time we've allowed one of the corporate ;
finance houses to introduce us to the local capital markets, and we }

will see what they say. We'll see where it leads."

Second medical firm targets Bahamas

FROM page 1B

Despite not having received any for-
mal confirmation of the Government’s
: decision over its appeal against a 50
: per cent business license fee increase,
? the Bahamian Contractors Association
: is confident the matter is “still a work
: in progress” and changes could be
? made prior to implementation of the
new Act in January next year.

: Youri Kemp, the BCA’s projects
: director, told of a “very encouraging”
i meeting with an official at the Busi-
? ness License/Valuation Unit last Thurs-
? day to discuss the issue following that
? unit’s forum to field concerns and
? queries about the new Act.

“From what I’ve gotten from her,
: there is still room for negotiation up to
January,” said Mr Kemp. “It’s still a
: work in progress. There’s nothing con-
: crete.”

: The BCA reacted furiously when it
: was revealed in the summer that
: included in the new Business License
: Act is a provision which would sce the
? rate at which licence fees are calculat-
? ed for the construction sector rise from
the equivalent of 0.5 per cent to 0.75
per cent of turnover.

: Stephen Wrinkle, the BCA presi-
? dent, stated that due to the “extreme-
? ly high turnover volume and very low
: profit margins” in the construction sec-
? tor, the new fee calculation would hit
? contractors, particularly larger ones,
? hard.

“We’re concerned about not pass-
: ing on any more costs to consumers
? than we have to,” said Mr Wrinkle.

FROM page 1B

Meanwhile, Nettie Symonette, owner of Nettie’s ‘Different of ‘

Nassaw’ resort on Cable Beach, confirmed she “received an offer” }
for her property from another company - would-be addiction }
treatment providers, Ibocure - which has already received final :

approval from the NEC to set up shop in the Bahamas.

“I’m in a position to say that we did get an offer and that’s }
about it,” said Ms Symonette who, when previously contacted in }
August about Ibocure’s expressed interest in her property as an ide- }

al location for its addiction treatment centre, said she was unaware

of the company. Yesterday, she would not say if she has accepted }

or rejected the offer.

Ibocure’s owner, US-based former physician Dr Mark Puleo, had
suggested the company - which has received the backing of the Min- }
istries of Tourism and Health and the Bahamas Medical Associa- }
tion - could begin offering its Ibogaine drug to medical tourists by }
early 2011, bringing on stream about 20 to 25 jobs for Bahamians, }

including doctors, psychiatrists and other staff.

The drug, which has not been approved by the Federal Drug } gy
Administration (FDA) in the US, is said to eradicate substance }

abuse in less time than other addiction treatments.

Some $2 million has already been raised to start-up the project, }
and several other US investors are on board, Dr Puleo told Tribune }

Business earlier this year.

In September, Dr Puleo responded to revelations that he had ;
“willingly relinquished” his right to practice medicine in the US }
after being cited by the State of Florida for reselling and redis- }
tributing prescription drugs, an act that was prohibited under the }

supplier's terms.

He told The Tribune he was “coming to run a business” in the }
Bahamas and therefore did not need his physician’s credentials, but }
added that he would address this and other issues in a planned press }

conference which has yet to take place.

Calls to Ibocure representatives were not returned up to press }
time yesterday, but Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool }
Wallace, said he believes the company is moving forward with its }

lans.

“T haven’t heard of any hiccups or interruptions. I know they’d
identified a site and wanted to get into negotiation on specifics and }

details,” said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace of Ibocure.

Meanwhile, speaking of the second company who the Ministry }
of Tourism was minded to support in their proposed medical }
tourism venture, the Minister declined to identify it at this point, }
but said it had been expected to submit documentation to the }
National Economic Council for approval. This has not yet hap- :
pened, but he spoke to the company’s principal a week ago “and :

he did not express any issues”.

“They haven’t submitted their documentation as yet and ’m not }
quite sure why not, because they had identified precisely what }
they wanted to do and have approvals to proceed from overseas,” }
? They’ve done a massive job in Cayman, and it seems logical they

said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace.

“They are up and operating in a jurisdiction which would have }
done due diligence - in Europe - so we had no difficulty with that. }
They have identified the business, identified the location and the }
investors who were prepared to fund it so, as far as I’m concerned, }
the only things left were for them to get approval from the Medical }
: Bay Street, which is set to be freed up shortly when the shipping

Association, as Ibocure did, and then the NEC.”

The Minister added that other companies were “poking around” }
with regard to expressing interest in potential medical tourism }
ventures in the Bahamas, but none were “on the front burner” at }
? before press time, but Tribune Business was told that other down-

this time.

in some of the awaited proposals, and the
Government wanted to entertain their par-
ticipation in a process through which it
? hopes to develop a long-lasting, holistic
solution to both the landfill’s problems and
the Bahamas’ energy needs.

The minister also indicated that the
? recent Caribbean Renewable Energy
Forum (CREF), held earlier this month at
: the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, had
sparked interest in the landfill as the site -
and raw material/fuel source - for a waste-
to-energy plant that would both help to
meet the Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion’s (BEC) electricity needs and start the
? Bahamas down the path of renewable ener-

i “We are awaiting receipt of additional
? offers on waste-to-energy, which have been
? promised as a result of the recent renew-
able energy conference, and the receipt of
} additional offers on solid waste manage-
ment, so that we give each fair considera-
tion,” Mr Deveaux confirmed to Tribune
Business.

“We have significant Bahamian inter-
? ests we want to accommodate.”

The minister declined to comment fur-
ther, but it is thought that the Government
will effectively put all the proposals it
: received by bid deadline day into a ‘melting



STEPHEN WRINKLE



“We're concerned about
not passing on any more
costs to consumers than
we have to,”



Stephen Wrinkle

In August, the BCA met with Min-
ister of State for Finance, Zhivargo
Laing, over the proposed change and
Mr Wrinkle said the group left “com-
fortably satisfied” that their concerns
over the increase had been taken into
consideration.

Yesterday, Mr Kemp said no formal
communication has since taken place
between the BCA and the Govern-
ment since that time, aside from his

pot’, with the best comprehensive solution
taken to Cabinet for its approval.

The landfill situation was highlighted last
month when the Government confirmed
it was “not proceeding” with the $20 million
proposal to upgrade and outsource man-
agement of the Tonique Williams Darling
Highway landfill to the private sector, in the
shape of Miami-based Cambridge Project
Development Inc. However, Tribune Busi-
ness understands that Cambridge is still at
the table and is one of the parties negoti-
ating with the Government.

Proposal

At the time Ronald Thompson, perma-
nent secretary in the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment, confirmed to Tribune Business
that the Ingraham administration had
"decided not to go in the direction" of
accepting either the initial $20 million pro-
posal by Miami-based Cambridge Project
Development Inc, or a 'watered down' $8
million version that it had subsequently
asked the company for.

"We're looking at the management of
the landfill site in conjunction with waste-
to-energy, and I suppose that's about all I
can say on it right now. We're in the pre-
liminary stages of going in that direction,
and I don't know if we have anything
finalised in that regard,” Mr Thompson





ZHIVARGO LAING
meeting with the valuation unit on
Thursday.

Meanwhile, the BCA was set to have
a council meeting in which the question
of how it will move forward with
regard to the business license fee issue
will be discussed.

During Wednesday night’s forum,
numerous private sector participants
expressed concern over the decision
to calculate the license fee “without
any consideration to the cost of pro-
ducing revenue” - shifting the calcula-
tion from one based on gross profit to
turnover.

Financial Secretary Ehurd Cunning-
ham said all comments and feedback
would be noted and considered as they
move to solidify the regulations sur-
rounding the Act.

Government awaits waste-to-energy and landfill proposals

had said.

Explaining the Government's attitude
to the landfill, Mr Thompson told Tribune
Business: "It's a very big priority because at
the present the site is not being properly
managed, so it is an urgent matter for us to
deal with. It will be dealt with and given
that sort of attention, just not under the
present proposal.”

Len Enriquez, Cambridge's principal,
said back then that the company was still
willing to negotiate with the Government to
move the project forward, and urged it to
detail its objections/concerns.

"We have no idea why this has been
stopped,” he told Tribune Business. "No
one has written to us, sent us an e-mail.
We're ready, willing and able to sit back
down with them, and understand what their
objections are, because we have no feed-
back right now.

"All we hear is that they might try a dif-
ferent path, but we don't know the how
and the why. We have nothing to go on,
and therefore the negotiations remain
stalled and the fire danger at the landfill
remains. After four-five months of fairly
detailed, serious and good faith negotia-
tions, the whole process shuts down without
warning. If there's a contractual reason,
issue, tell us what it is. We may be able to
work it out rather than incur delays to the
project."

Downtown scores ‘Bulls eye’ via Dart

FROM page 1B

Investments Board (National Economic Council) and the Central
Bank of the Bahamas. This newspaper had been told at that time
that the Cayman-based investor had become increasingly frus-
trated at what it perceived as the relatively slow government
approvals process.

Other sources with knowledge of plans to redevelop downtown
Nassau and Bay Street yesterday also confirmed that The Dart
Group’s purchase had gone through.

One told Tribune Business: “They’re a very wealthy company.

could help is here as well. There’s a lot of similarities between Cay-
man and here. They can really play an important role, because
there’s so many properties available on the waterfront.”

The source, and others, told this newspaper that The Dart
Group was interested in acquiring the Betty K property on East

company of the same name - and others - move to the new Arawak
Cay port.
The Dart Group’s interest, though, could not be confirmed

MCCOMEO

town Bay Street property owners were interested in talking to
the Cayman-based developer over the potential sale of their own
properties.

The Betty K property, though, was described by one source as
the “key” and “pivotal” piece of real estate on Bay Street once past
the East Street junction. “It would help to connect the whole
city,” the source said. “The city has to grow east because of the way
it is configured.”

The Dart Group's representatives are understood to have visited
the Bahamas and downtown Nassau last year, and expressed inter-
est in becoming involved with the Bay Street revitalisation project.
In particular, they were attracted to the waterfront properties
that will be freed up for commercial/residential development when
the shipping companies relocate to Arawak Cay.

"The Downtown Nassau Partnership had met with them some
months before to pitch them on the idea of the revitalisation, so
they were looking at a number of properties in downtown,” one
source told Tribune Business last month.

Pointing out that it would require "hundreds of millions of dol-
lars" to bring downtown Nassau's redevelopment to fruition, the
source said: "The Dart Group is exactly the kind of developer that
could develop some of what is needed in downtown."

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Destinations ‘Going Places’ via rebranding

The Destinations travel
agency will see its eight
Bahamas-based offices
rebranded as Going Places
Travel as of November 1 this
year, as its ultimate parent com-
pany moves to create uniform
branding across the Caribbean
region.

Destinations’ immediate par-
ent, P&M Travel, said in a
statement that the rebranding
push by their owner, Barbados-
based Caribbean World Travel
Services, was intended to pro-
vide uniform representation for

clients, employees and suppliers
throughout 25 offices, which
are spread across eight coun-
tries.

Hanif Moore, P&M Travel’s
group vice-president of opera-
tions, said in a statement: “Our
major aim with this rebranding
effort is to be recognised by our
industry partners as one brand.
This will allow us to negotiate
better pricing through consoli-
dation, offer international stan-
dards, unsurpassed services and
quality products.

“Creating one brand of retail

travel stores will bring greater
value to our clients and reflect
the global nature of our brand
and business.”

The change will impact Des-
tinations’ five offices in Nassau
- at the Cable Beach Shopping
Centre, Carmichael Road,
Lyford Cay, the Mall at
Marathon and Shirley Street -
plus its three offices in other
islands. These include the
Regent Centre, Freeport; Gov-
ernor’s Harbour, Eleuthera;
and Georgetown, Exuma.

“The core capabilities of

Destinations, which include our
staff, diverse services, extensive
product offerings and dedica-
tion to customers will remain
unchanged,” Mr Moore said.

Apart from the rebranding,
P&M Travel Group has been
upgrading its front and back
office computer systems,
enhancing its reservations and
accounting systems.

“Through re-tooling with up-
to-date technologies, re-train-
ing and improving our working
environments, we have posi-
tioned our team to be the mar-

FROM page 1B

gallons per day. If we address that, and
that alone, then we’re talking $20-$30 mil-
lion in the first jump.”

This sum, he suggested, would be invest-
ed in rebuilding the Water & Sewerage
Corporation’s New Providence infrastruc-
ture, getting some sewerage plants to the
first operational stages, and phasing out
the barging of water from Andros - which
supplies three millions gallons per day.

“The [Castilla] report indicated that at
today’s prices and volumes, we can pro-
duce water more cheaply from desalina-
tion than barging it,” Mr Deveaux said,
implying that privately-owned reverse
osmosis plants at Blue Hills and Windsor
were a better bet than the Titus, if produc-

$20-$30m ‘first jump’
on Water Corp woes

tion was increased. When more than half
the Water & Sewerage Corporation’s sup-
ply was lost before reaching the end user,
Mr Deveaux said it was “very critical” to
address the problem, adding: “When we
have something so essential to life, and
we’re losing half of it, the cost is up by that
amount. Addressing that is a big and sig-
nificant factor, as is putting the Corporation
on a sustainable path.”

The minister added that the Castilla
report had also drawn the Government’s
attention to the Water & Sewerage Cor-

poration being both a service provider and
regulator at the same time.

“So that will be one of the issues
addressed by the Government,” Mr
Deveaux said, adding that it would look
to follow the communications sector’s lead
by splitting regulatory responsibilities away
from the Government to an independent
regulator such as URCA (the Utilities Reg-
ulation and Competition Authority).

The regulator would have the authority
to monitor quality and reliability in the
water sector, and set rates, Mr Deveaux
said, indicating that the Government would
continue with its strategy to privatise water
production.

“These institutional things take a little
longer, but are part and parcel of the busi-
ness plan,” Mr Deveaux said.

FROM page 1B

desk, both from abroad and
within the Bahamas,” said Mr
Roberts, who told Tribune
Business he was “not at liberty
to say” at this point what devel-
opments buyers - and potential
buyers - were proposing for the
properties he is aware of.

“T don’t see why it took so
long to get there. It’s the most
undervalued property and most
valuable in terms of what it
could be,” added Mr Roberts.

Meanwhile, five months after
he first expressed his expecta-
tion that draft legislation to cre-
ate a Business Improvement
District (BID) would go before
Cabinet “within a few weeks”,
the DNP managing director
revealed this has not happened

et.

This legislation makes pro-
vision for “consolidating in one
organisation the decision-mak-
ing around the management
and operation of the town”. It
has been touted as a major
component of efforts to revi-
talise the city of Nassau, making
it more attractive to visitors and
Bahamians alike.

“It’s about things as simple as
who cleans the street and who
pays for it, who collects trash
and what are the requiremennts
of retailers to put trash out,”
Mr Roberts said. “Who’s
responsible for signage, who is
marketing the town - saying
we’ve got all these new great
restaurants, come on down and
have a dinner - who’s responsi-
ble for events and entertain-
ment, who’s going to organise

Surge in downtown
real estate interest



VAUGHN ROBERTS

parking, who’s going to focus
on expanding life in the city
beyond the normal nine to five,
who puts grants in place to
attract new entrepreneurs...

“It’s attempting to put the
responsibility for a lot of that
stuff under one organisation.
The model is a public-private
partnership that has clear
authority and responsibility, a
budget and accountability.”

Speaking of efforts to get the
legislation reviewed by the
Government, Mr Roberts said
yesterday: “It’s a process”,
adding that the administration
should get “lots of credit” for
some of the decisions already
taken which impact downtown
Nassau.

“The decision to move the
container shipping was a land-
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“I think there’s beeen some
significant progress. The agree-
ment on container port reloca-
tion has been finalised and
work is underway to get the
new port ready. The Straw
Market is moving ahead in
earnest, the Government’s
commenced some work around
Rawson Square in the Hansard
building, and there are ongo-
ing commitments around clean-
ing, entertainment and pro-
gramming. The Ministry of
Tourism is always doing things,
and from our office we’ve done
alot of preliminary design work
that we want to see happen in
the existing core area. There is
new investor interest in real
estate downtown, and I think
we’ve also done things to get
the community excited about
what city could be.”

“A lot has happened, and I
think you have to remember
the context of this is that we’re
coming out of an economic
recession,” added Mr Roberts,
who said “nothing happens
overnight” and his own expec-
tations in this regard have been
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our customer is downtown -
both local and visitor”.

“Tt’s absolutely necessary. It’s
just a matter of timing and our
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“Out of that will come a sort
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Cuba makes its

self-employment
rules official

PAUL HAVEN,
Associated Press Writer
HAVANA

uba has made

official the grand

economic

changes it
announced last month, pub-
lishing nearly 100 pages of rules
and regulations for small busi-
nesses in the government
Gazette.

The move means eagerly
anticipated licenses for the self-
employed should be around the
corner, and already on Mon-
day, lines of potential entre-
preneurs formed at several gov-
ernment offices around the cap-
ital.

Cuba announced on Sept. 13
that it would lay off half a mil-
lion workers and push many of
them into the private sector. It
later detailed some 178 private
jobs that will be allowable, the
most significant economic
changes on the island since the
early 1990s. But the rules did
not become law until they were
published Monday.

They allow Cubans over the
age of 17 to start their own
business, so long as they are







INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

permanent residents. Citizens
can also apply for licenses for
more than one business. They
will even be allowed to sell their
services to the state, though
there will be strict transparency
rules to try to stave off corrup-
tion.

The law also establishes up to
six months of sick leave and a
year of maternity leave so that
self-employed workers don't
have to pay tax while they are
not earning.

"I hope this license will bring
me a better future," said Lazaro
Ramos, who was waiting out-

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EASY DOES IT: People use a horse drawn carriage as public transport as a public bus is seen behind in Bayamo, Cuba, Friday Oct. 22,
2010. The Cuban government laid out details of the taxes that Cubans will face as they go to work for themselves for the first time after
announcing last month that it will lay off half a million state workers, nearly 10 percent of the island’s work force.

side a government office in
Havana's 10 de Octubre neigh-
borhood. Ramos, 34, said he
was unemployed but was hop-
ing to get permission to make
pinatas for children's parties.
"The economy is not good. But
with this, I will be able to make
ends meet."

Information

Officials took down personal
information and told applicants
to come back in a couple of
weeks for more information. It
was not clear how long it would
take to process the licenses.

The rules published Monday
detail four kinds of taxes for
the private sector: a sliding per-
sonal income tax, a sales tax, a
public service tax and a payroll
tax. It also establishes minimum
monthly fees for different kinds
of businesses, as well as deduc-
tions Cuban can take to reduce
their tax burden.

Some of the tax rules were
detailed in the Communist Par-
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account lacked crucial details
and contained several contra-
dictions.

The lengthy rules laid out in
the government Gazette clear
up most of the uncertainty.

The law establishes 178 pri-
vate activities for which licens-
es can be granted — everything
from restaurateur to taxi dri-
ver, from button maker to par-
ty planner. The majority of
those businesses will be eligi-
ble for a simplified tax system
that establishes a monthly quo-
ta regardless of revenue.

For instance, parking atten-
dants would pay 80 pesos ($4) a
month, while typing instructors
would have to fork over 100
pesos ($5) monthly. Barbers
have one of the highest fees:
200 pesos ($10) a month.

Those not eligible for the
simplified tax system — jobs
like taxi driver, plumber and
rooming house operator — will
pay a 25 percent income tax on
the first 10,000 pesos ($476)
earned each year, with the rate
rising for those who earn more.
Income exceeding 50,000 pesos
($2,381) a year will be taxed at
50 percent.

Businesses will also be sub-
ject to a 10 percent levy on the
total value of their sales, and
those that use public services
like electricity and water will
have to pay a 10 percent tax on
top of normal utility rates. The
government heavily subsidizes
public utilities, meaning the tax
should amount to pennies for
most businesses.

Entrepreneurs who hire

(AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Prensa Latina)



BUSINESS CYCLE: A man repairs a bicycle wheel in his shop in
Bayamo, Cuba, Friday Oct. 22, 2010.

employees will have to pay a
25 percent payroll tax on their
salaries, and all Cubans who
are self-employed must 25 per-
cent of their income into a
social security system from
which they will eventually draw
a pension.

Rules

The rules mean that, theo-
retically, a successful busi-
nessperson could face taxes of
nearly 75 percent, between per-
sonal income tax and social
security. But the law also estab-
lishes many deductions for raw
materials, transportation and
other business expenses that
make such a high rate unlikely.

Cuba is in the midst of a
major restructuring of its econ-
omy under President Raul Cas-

tro. The half million workers
will be laid off by March 2011,
and the Cuban leader has
warned that another 500,000
state jobs must shed within the
next five years. In total, that
would be about 20 percent of
the island's labor force.

Castro has insisted the
changes do not mean the end of
Cuba's socialist system. But he
says the cash-strapped govern-
ment can no longer afford to
subsidize every aspect of Cuban
life and has warned Cubans
they will have to work hard to
make their own way.

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Money al Work

NOTICE is hereby given that ALAN CAMILLUS PINTO of
CASTOR STREET, P.O. BOX N-252, HIGHLAND PARK,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 26"! day of October,
2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,
P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
MONDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2010
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,503.88 | CHG 0.09 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -61.50 | YTD % -3.93
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%
WWW .BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320
52wk-Low Securit_y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $

1.00 AML Foods Limited 1.01 1.01 0.00 0.150
9.67 Bahamas Property Fund 10.63 10.63 0.00 0.013
4.50 Bank of Bahamas 4.90 4.90 0.00 0.598
0.18 Benchmark 0.18 0.18 0.00 -0.877
2.84 Bahamas Waste 2.84 2.84 0.00 0.168
2.14 Fidelity Bank 2.17 2.17 0.00 0.016
9.62 Cable Bahamas 10.23 10.24 0.01 1.227

2.50 Colina Holdings 2.50 2.50 0.00

5.40 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.59 6.59 0.00

1.63 Consolidated Water BDRs 1.87 1.85 -0.02

0.781
0.422
0.111
o. 199
-0.003
0.287
0.645
0.366
0.000
0.012
0.971
0.991

1.60 Doctor's Hospital tate 1.77 0.00
5.94 Famguard 6.07 6.07 0.00
8.10 Fince 8.10 8.10 0.00
8.77 FirstCaribbean Bank 9.74 9.74 0.00
3.75 Focol (S) 5.46 5.46 0.00
1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00
5.00 ICD Utilities 5.59 5.59 0.00
9.92 J. S. Johnson 9.92 9.92 0.00
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)
Symbol Last Sale Daily Vol. Interest
BAH29 99.46 0.00 6.95%
FBB17 100.00 0.00 T%
FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
FBB13 100.00 0.00 7%
FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%

Legal Notice

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

THE SYMINGTON GROUP INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Securit Change
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029)
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)
Symbol Bid & Ask & Daily We.
Bahamas Supermarkets 5.01 6.01
RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55
CFAL Securities Ltd. (OQver-The-Counter Securities)
ABDAB 30.13 31.59 29.00
RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV YTD% Last 12 Months %
4.65% 6.96%
1.10% 3.13%
3.37% 4.42%
-8.16% -7.49%
1.47% 2.95%
9.98% 12.49%
4.75% 7.18%
3.85% 5.22%

20 November 2029
19 October 2017
19 October 2022

30 May 2013
29 May 2015

EPS $ Div & P/E
0.000
0.000

Yield

0.001

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), THE SYMINGTON
GROUP INC. is in Dissolution.”

NAV 3MTH
1.482477
2.919946
1.539989

NAV 6MTH
1.460225
2.911577
1.524278

Fund Name

CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund

1.4920 CFAL Money Market Fund

2.8522 Royal Fidelity Banamas G & | Fund
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund

99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund

1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 1
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 2
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 3
Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

1.4076
2.8300

1.5056
2.9187
1.3579
2.8624
13.5642
114.3684
106.5528
1.1318

30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10
31-Aug-10
30-Sep-10
30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10
30-Sep-10

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619
105.776543

2.71%
3.79%

6.44%
5.71%

1.0000
1.0000
9.1005

1.0969
1.1320

The date of commencement of dissolution is the
22nd day of October 2010.

9.6938 3.77% 5.71% 30-Sep-10

10.0000
10.5308 -2.23% 4.10% 30-Sep-10
9.1708
9.4372 -5.63%
7.8830 2.15%
MARKET TERMS

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask § - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

-5.63%
6.29%

31-Aug-10
4.8105 30-Sep-10
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume

DILIGENTA LTD.
Trident Chambers, Road Town
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Liquidator

Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
kS1) - S-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
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Home sales up in Sept
but more troubles ahead

ALAN ZIBEL,

AP Business Writers
JEANNINE AVERSA,
AP Business Writers
WASHINGTON

Sales of previously occupied
U.S. homes rose last month
after the worst summer for the
housing market in more than a
decade. And fears over flawed
foreclosure documents could
keep buyers on the sidelines in
the final months of the year.

Sales grew 10 percent in Sep-
tember to a seasonally adjusted
annual rate of 4.53 million, the
National Association of Real-
tors said Monday.

Home sales have declined
37.5 percent from their peak
annual rate of 7.25 million in
September 2005. They have
risen from July's rate of 3.84
million, which was the lowest
in 15 years.

Most experts expect roughly
5 million homes to be sold
through the entire year. That
would be in line with last year's
totals and just above sales for
2008, the worst since 1997.

Still, sales could fall further if
potential lawsuits from former
homeowners claiming that
banks made errors when seizing
their homes make consumers
fearful of buying foreclosed
properties.

The Federal Reserve on
Monday become the latest gov-
ernment regulator to announce
it would be looking into
whether mortgage companies
cut corners on their own pro-
cedures when seizing homes.

Chairman Ben Bernanke
said the Fed would look inten-
sively to see if policies, proce-
dures or internal controls led
lenders to improperly foreclo-
sure on homeowners. Prelimi-
nary results of an in-depth
report are expected to be
released next month.

"We take violation of proper
procedures very seriously,"
Bernanke said.

In a survey taken by the
Realtors group this month,
about 23 percent of the 2,000
agents surveyed said they have
a client who is no longer inter-
ested in purchasing a foreclosed
property due to the foreclosure-
document mess.

"You're going to see uncer-
tainty on the part of homebuy-
ers," said Quinn Eddins, direc-
tor of research at Radar Logic
Inc., which tracks the housing
market.

Mortgage applications to
purchase homes last week were
29 percent below the same
week a year ago, according to
the Mortgage Bankers Associ-
ation.

At that time, buyers were
rushing to purchase homes to
qualify for federal tax credits.

Last month the inventory of
unsold homes on the market
fell about 2 percent to 4 mil-
lion. That's a 10.8 month supply

at the current sales pace. It
compares with a healthy level
of about six months.

Dubious mortgage practices
and lax lending standards were
blamed for contributing to a
housing bubble that eventually
burst and thrust the economy
from 2007-2009 into the worst
recession since the 1930s.

Many Americans took out
home loans that they didn't
understand and bought homes
that they couldn't afford.

As aresult, foreclosures have
soared to record highs. It's one
of the negative forces restrain-
ing the economy's ability to get
back on sounder footing.

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF JOHN DALE
domiciled and late of 11b Carefree

Apartments,

Cable

Beach, New

Providence The Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against or interest in the
above Estate should send same duly certified
in writing to the undersigned on or before 6th
December, 2010 after which date the Executor

will proceed to distribute the assets of the Estate
having regard only to the claims, demands or
interests of which he shall then have had notice
AND all persons indebted to the above Estate
are asked to settle such debts on or before 6th

December, 2010.

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attorneys for the Executor
Chambers
Bay Street,

P.O. Box AB-20405
Marsh Harbour Abaco,

The Bahamas



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SALES RISE: In this
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DEREK GATOPOULOS,
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ATHENS, Greece

Prime Minister George
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sures, in a live television
address ahead of local elections
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Papandreou's government —
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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).

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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
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money lending or other forms of credit extension, cash or
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financial intermediation, escrow and other custodial services
should immediately contact the Inspector at the Securities
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Streets.

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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
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SEOUL, South Korea — Facing the risk of
a dangerous trade war, top finance officials
from the world's leading rich and developing
nations looked each other in the eye and
vowed they wouldn't use their currencies as
economic weapons to boost exports.

The agreement the members of the Group
of 20 reached the past weekend in South
Korea, though vague on enforcement and
long on promises, was hailed by officials and
analysts as a step forward in defusing ten-
sions.

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than a symbolic handshake unless the dis-
parate forum that has become the board of
directors for the global economy after the
2008 financial crisis can act on its words and
build a viable enforcement mechanism.

LONDON — World stocks rose and the
dollar slumped after global finance chiefs
vowed to avoid a currency war that could
derail the global recovery. With no concrete
guidelines to go by, however, investors are
wary that this may only prove a temporary
truce.

Britain's FTSE 100 index closed up 0.2
percent, Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent
higher while France's CAC-40 was almost
unchanged.

Earlier in Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei
225 stock index closed down 0.3 percent, but
other shares rose. South Korea's Kospi added
1 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed
0.9 percent and the Shanghai Composite
Index vaulted 2.6 percent. Markets in Singa-
pore, Taiwan and India also gained.

Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 1.3 per-
cent amid news the Singapore Exchange is
making a $8.3 billion takeover offer for ASX,
the operator of the Australian stock market.

PARIS — France's massive strikes are
costing the national economy up to euro400
million ($557 million) each day, the French
finance minister said as workers continued to
block oil refineries and trash incinerators to
protest a plan to raise the retirement age to
62

Rotting piles of garbage are becoming a
health hazard in the Mediterranean city of
Marseille. France's 12 striking refineries have
been shut down for nearly two weeks, and at
least one in four gas stations in France has
run dry.

President Nicolas Sarkozy stood firm amid
the growing pressure, determined to reform
the retirement system to ensure funds for
future generations as life expectancy increas-
es and the nation's debt soars.

TOKYO — Japan's exports grew at their
slowest pace this year in September, hit by
cooling foreign demand and a strong yen.

SINGAPORE — The Singapore
Exchange Ltd. said it is making a $8.3 billion
cash and shares takeover offer for the oper-
ator of the Australian bourse, aiming to vault
from second-tier stock market to leading
Asian finance center.

LONDON — British Prime Minister

THE TRIBUNE

(AP Photo/Kyodo News)
ON THE MONEY: Tokyo money traders work
under a currency rate indicator showing Japanese
yen is traded 81.80-85 yen against the U.S. dollar
at one moment Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 12, 2010.
The dollar fell to 81.92 yen from its New York
close of 82.16 yen but was off a fresh 15-year low
of 81.37 yen in Sydney late Monday, nearing its
post World War || low of 79.75 yen set in 1995.

David Cameron promised to drive exports
higher and cut regulatory red tape to encour-
age private sector innovation as his govern-
ment seeks to replace tens of thousands of
jobs lost because of harsh public spending
cuts.

LONDON — The Bank of England is
unlikely to withdraw economic stimulus yet
as the recovery from recession remains
"bumpy and uneven,” a senior policymaker
said.

TOKYO — The leaders of India and
Japan signed a broad agreement aimed at
increasing trade and agreed to speed up talks
toward a civilian nuclear energy deal.

ATHENS, Greece — All train services in
Greece were suspended after state railway
employees launched a series of strikes against
planned reforms.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Much of Africa is
recovering fast from the global financial cri-
sis and the region will register the second-
highest growth rates in the world, the Inter-
national Monetary Fund said.

LAGOS, Nigeria — India's largest tele-
com company Bharti Airtel said it plans to
bring call center jobs to Africa, months after
it bought out a major mobile phone network
on the continent.

BEIRUT — Arab countries are pushing
for greater transparency in their stock mar-
kets to boost credibility in their exchanges
following massive losses linked to the global
economic meltdown, Arab market officials
said.

GN -1118

Ministry of Finance
Central Bank of The Bahamas

Banks And Trust Companies
Regulation Act, 2000

Notice of Approval of Surrender of Licence

In exercise of the powers conferred by

subsection (2) of
section 18D of
Companies

Regulation

section 118A and

the Banks’ and_ Trust

Act, 2000, the

Central Bank of The Bahamas approves the

surrender of the branch

Private Bank

(Suisse)S.A.

licence of HSBC
which was

granted on the 4th day of July, 2001 to
HSBC Republic Bank (Suisse) S.A. (now
called “HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) S.A.”)

Made this 19th day of October, 2010

Signed: Wendy Craigg
Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas



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WASHINGTON

Future longhaul trucks, school
buses and large pickup trucks will
be required to cut fuel consump-
tion and emissions by 10 to 20
percent under first-ever fuel effi-
ciency plans for trucks released
Monday by the Obama adminis-
tration.

For the first time, the Environ-
mental Protection Agency and the
Transportation Department
announced proposed fuel econo-
my requirements and reductions
in tailpipe emissions for medium-
and heavy-duty trucks, beginning





EFFICIENT: Lightweight Alcoa
Dura-Bright(R) wheels are improv-
ing the efficiency of Yale Universi-
ty’s campus transit buses. Alcoa
donated 130 of its environmental-
ly-friendly wheels to Yale in sup-
port of the university’s campus
wide sustainability initiative. Con-
verting to aluminum wheels from
steel wheels increases the fleet’s
fuel efficiency, reduces emissions

with those sold in the 2014 model and saves on maintenance costs.
year and into the 2018 model

year. The proposal, which is expected to be finalized next summer,
seeks a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and fuel
consumption from big rig combination tractors by 2018. Large
tractor-trailers tend to be driven up to 150,000 miles a year, mak-
ing them prime candidates for improved fuel efficiency.

Boyd Gaming won't buy rest of Borgata

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey

Boyd Gaming said Monday it won't buy the remaining half of the
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City's top casino.

The Las Vegas-based company owns half of the Borgata, and had
the right of first refusal to buy the remaining half from MGM
Resorts International. Boyd says it's comfortable owning half of the
casino-hotel. MGM chose to sell its half-share rather than cut ties
to the family of an Asian gambling mogul suspected of ties to
Chinese organized crime. The company has a joint venture casino
in Macau with Pansy Ho. Her father, Stanley, has long denied
allegations that he is affiliated with Chinese criminal gangs.

Expedia offers blind-booking option for hotels

SAMANTHA BOMKANP,
AP Transportation Writer

Online booking site Expedia is partnering with Hotwire to offer
a "blind-booking" option to travelers looking for bargains on
hotel room rates. The companies say the partnership, officially
announced Monday, will allow travelers to choose hotel rooms in
more than 25,000 hotels worldwide for as much as 50 percent off
comparable online rates. Customers won't see the name of the
property before they book. During the recession blind-booking sites
like Hotwire gained popularity for finding cheap rates, Hotwire
president Clem Bason said in an interview with The Associated
Press. That trend is continuing now, he said, as deals become few-
er and farther between and hotel room rates begin to rise.

Blind-booking options also funnel more travelers into hotel
rooms that would otherwise stay empty. About half of all hotel
rooms went unfilled last year, according to Smith Travel Research.

Expedia customers can sort hotels by travel dates, star rating and
location. Hotwire will manage the display, pricing and back-end
booking with the hotel. Expedia's website has been testing an
"Unpublished Rates" offer since late summer. The company is
based in Bellevue, Wash.

France: Strikes cost up to $557m per day



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

ELAINE GANLEY,
Associated Press Writer
PARIS

France's massive strikes are
costing the national economy
up to $557 million each day, the
French finance minister said
Monday as workers continued
to block trash incinerators to
protest a plan to raise the
retirement age to 62.

Rotting piles of garbage —
now at nearly 9,000 tons — are
becoming a health hazard in
the Mediterranean city of Mar-
seille, which has been hit hard
on land and at sea. Striking
dockers at France's largest port
are intermittently blocking
ships trying to unload fuel
there. Twelve striking refineries
have been shut down for near-
ly two weeks, but the protest
movement appeared to weaken
Monday after workers at three
refineries voted to end their
walkout. The French oil refiner-
ies' body, UFIP, said all the
country's oil depots had also
been unblocked.

The oil worker's return to
work is likely to ease the ongo-
ing gasoline shortages, which
on Monday still had about one
in four gas stations in France
shuttered. President Nicolas
Sarkozy has stood firm
throughout the weekslong
protest movement, insisting the
reform is necessary to save the
money-losing retirement sys-
tem and ensure funds for future
generations as life expectancy
increases and the nation's debt
soars.

The bill to overhaul France's
pension plan is to be defini-
tively voted on this week by the
two houses of parliament, like-
ly by Wednesday, officials said

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seille, southern France, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010.

after a meeting of a committee
that wrote a final version of the
legislation to raise the retire-
ment age from 60 to 62. It is all

but certain to pass. "We must
be aware that in a world with-
out borders we can't have a
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nowhere else," said lawmaker
Pierre Mehaignerie, of
Sarkozy's UMP party.

Strikers were clearly count-
ing on derailing the measure
before it is signed into law after
this week's final voting.

Garbage and gas are critical
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Besides raising the minimum
retirement age to 62, it increas-
es the age to access full retire-
ment benefits from 65 to 67. It
was only in 1982 that French
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retire at 60, and since then it
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The Tribune

FEARTSTRONG

The family of Haddassah Greene recounts coping with her heart defect

HEN a child is diag-
Wiese with a seri-
ous heart defect at

birth parents may feel as if
their worst nightmare has
come true.

In addition to the immense emo-
tional strain put on the family there
is the immediate concern about
how to pay for treatments to save
the child’s life.

Jayson and Denise Greene
found themselves in this traumatic
predicament 14 years ago when
their daughter Hadassah was born
with a large atrial septal defect — a
hole in the upper part of the heart.

However, thanks to the support
of family, friends and the assis-
tance of the Sir Victor Sassoon
Bahamas Heart Foundation,
Hadassah was able to get the med-
ical attention she needed and now
lives a healthy and productive life.

Grateful for all the help they
received in their time of need, the
Greene family is now appealing to
Bahamians to support the Sir Vic-
tor Sassoon Bahamas Heart Foun-
dation in its efforts to assist others
who find themselves in a similar
situation to Hadassah’s.

Tilness

Hadassah was born on Febru-
ary 12, 1996 with a hole in her
heart.

She developed heart failure
unexpectedly and failed to thrive as
a result.

The signs of her illness included
her being slightly sluggish and not
eating properly.

Initially, her parents took her to
a pediatrician, but she was later
referred to heart specialists and
her case presented to the Sir Victor
Sassoon Bahamas Heart Founda-
tion.

Medical management did not
improve her growth and she
required surgical closure of the
hole in her heart when she was sev-
en and a half months old.

A local team of trained experts —
including pediatric cardiologist Dr
Jerome Lightbourne, cardio-tho-
racic surgeon Dr Duane Sands and
cardiac-anesthesiologist Dr Mark
‘Weech — performed the surgery at
Doctor’s Hospital.

Hadassah was then transferred
to the Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH) for recovery. She was dis-
charged five days later and soon
resorted to being a typical playful
toddler.

She needed no further surgery
and required only one visit to the
doctor annually for a medical
check-up, her family said.

Today, at age 14, Hadassah is a
healthy and energetic teenager, her
parents said.

She is an active member of the
Centreville Seventh Day Adven-
tist Church and the Pathfinder’s
Chub.

She attends grade eight at
Kingsway Academy High School
and excels academically.

Hadassah says she also enjoys
cooking, music, running and play-

ing volleyball, and she aspires to Cr,

a dentist someday.
However, Hadassah a: ey
family said they know allf6f this

would not have been possible if
she did not receive the netessary
medical attention when she-was a
baby.

Surgery

Hadassah’s surgery would have
been a financial strain without the
assistance of the Sir Victor Sas-
soon Heart Foundation, her fami-
ly said.

To the Foundation and the med-
ical team from the Bahamas Heart
Centre who repair the hearts of
children, Hadassah said: “A big
hearty ‘thank you’ Drs Jerome
Lightbourne, Duane Sands and
Mark Weech for the love, tender
care given me while mending my
little heart and giving me a chance
at life. I thank my Mom and Dad
and all those lovely people who
prayed and cared for me and I
thank God for the wisdom given to
man and His love and mercy on
me.”

Hadassah’s parents described
the experience as a “faith-build-
ing” one.

“We realise that God in His
great mercy has seen fit to allow us
to keep this precious bundle of joy.
As parents this experience has also
caused us to be more attentive and
observant as early detection can
correct and save a child’s life, giv-
ing them the opportunity to devel-
op physically and spiritually”.

The Greenes said they would
especially like to thank the Heart
Foundation for stepping in and
making Hadassah’s surgery finan-
cially possible.

“Tn gratitude we have given back
financially and in active service.
‘We encourage you the public to
financially assist the Heart Foun-
dation and help to make a differ-
ence in the lives of other children
and parents. At the Heart Foun-
dation there are dedicated, caring
persons who do all they can to help
both the child and parent. We are
happy about the way they dealt
with us,” the Greenes said.

Bahamians are encouraged to
support the Heart Foundation by
attending its upcoming fundrais-
ing efforts - The Annual Tea Par-
ty and Fashion Show on November
21 and the Annual Heart Ball on
February 19, 2011.
















































































ABOVE: HADASSAH as a toddler.
When she was seven and a half
months old Hadassah underwent
surgery to close a hole in the
upper part of her heart.

FAR LEFT: At age 14, Hadassah
now lives a healthy and produc-
tive life.

LEFT: HADASSAH is now an
active member in the Seventh
Day Adventists’ Pathfinder Club.

A call for nominations for the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award

NEXT year will mark the
50th anniversary of the Sir
Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation.

Leading up to the events
surrounding this milestone,
Foundation representatives
are searching for an individual
who has touched the lives and
hearts of others to receive the
Lady Sassoon Golden Heart
award during the 50th
anniversary celebrations.

The award will be presented
at the 47th annual Heart Ball,
scheduled to be held on Feb-
ruary 19, 2011 at the Shera-
ton Nassau Beach Resort.

Interested persons are invit-
ed to submit a nomination, to
be accompanied by a letter or
statement explaining why the
person recommended should
receive the award.

The most recent winner of
the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award winner is Dr
Donald Gerace.

Dr Gerace, the Foundation
said, is known for his giving
nature and community build-
ing efforts. He gained fame in

the Bahamas for his work in
San Salvador at the Gerace
Research Centre. Additional-
ly, when Hurricane Francis
struck San Salvador, Dr Ger-
ace, through his US connec-
tions, helped to get needed
supplies and materials to the
island to help the people to
rebuild. One of Dr. Gerace’s
most significant gifts to the
Bahamas has been the num-
ber of students who have prof-
ited from the scholarships he
has helped to arrange, the
Foundation said.

The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
first instituted the Golden
Heart Award in 1969. This
award was to be given annu-
ally to a person who has given
of himself unselfishly to pro-
mote human welfare and dig-
nity while making life better
for his fellow men. The win-
ner of the 1968 Golden Heart
Award, awarded in 1969, was
Dr Maria Bachem. She was
the clinical director of St
Francis Xavier’s Free Health
and Pre-natal Clinic.

She was recognised for her
unpublicised work among the
poor and the elderly during
her 14 years in the Bahamas.

Since 1969, the award has
been presented to many per-
sons. In 1998, the award’s
name was officially changed
to the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award in honour of the
founder of the award and the
Sassoon Heart Foundation,
Lady Evelyn Sassoon.

Lady Sassoon established
the Heart Foundation in 1961
as a living tribute to her late
husband Sir Victor Sassoon
to help children suffering
from heart defects in the
Bahamas.

Nominations for the Gold-
en Heart Award 2010 can be
delivered to the Golden Heart
Award Committee, PO Box
N-8189; or alternatively, sub-
missions can be hand-deliv-
ered to Grosham Property,
Cable Beach. This is the office
site for The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation.

The deadline for nomina-
tions is January 14, 2011.

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CONGRATULATION: R E Barnes, the Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
ald Gerace, 2009 Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award winner.

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Staff of Sandals participate
Breast Cancer awareness seminar

By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features
Reporter

ISPELLING the
De surround-

ing breast cancer
and addressing the
complex issue of mas-
tectomy were among the
topics touched upon in
one of the final efforts
held in connection with
this year’s Breast Can-
cer Awareness Month.

In support of Breast Can-
cer Awareness Month, staff at
the Sandals Royal Bahamian
Spa and Resort’s in New
Providence attended a semi-
nar featuring guest speaker
and surgeon Dr Charles Dig-
giss, chief medical officer at
Doctors Hospital.

Dr Diggiss took the atten-
dees ona explanatory journey
to increase their understand-
ing of breast cancer, early
detection and treatment,
beginning with an explanation
of the anatomy of the breast
and dispelling myths about
breast cancer.

“While the actual cause of
breast cancer remains
unknown, a lot of research has
been done worldwide and
efforts continue to find a cure,
however, early detection and
treatment are key,” he said.

Organisers said one ques-
tion that arose during the ses-
sion was “whether to keep or
lose the breast” once cancer is

detected.

Dr Diggiss alluded to the
dual roles of the breast, its role
in breastfeeding and in sexual
situations, but he also noted
that ifit were necessary, it is a
part of a woman’s body that
she can do without.

‘While removing the entire
breast or both breasts has an
impact on reducing the local
recurrence of cancer it does
not necessarily increase the
chance of survival.

President of the Sister Sister
Breast Cancer Support Group
Andrea Sweeting, an eight-
and-a-half year cancer sur-
vivor, also explained to the
staff the function and role of
support groups in helping can-
cer victims and survivors.

“Many cancer patients think
or ask ‘why me’, they often
feel forsaken that no one
understands or cares, and a
group such as the Sister Sis-
ter Breast Cancer Support
Group plays a vital role in a
cancer patient’s survival,” she
said.

The Sister Sister breast can-
cer patient support group
came out of the multi-practice
offices of the Surgical Suite at
Centreville Medical Centre,
Collins Avenue, co-founded
by Dr Diggiss, Dr Locksley
Munroe and Nurse Charlene
McPhee. The Surgical Suite is
a member of the MedNet
Group of Companies, of
which Dr Diggiss is president.

“These compassionate sur-
geons would cut away our
cancer but they could not

answer our questions, so that
is where the network began,”
Ms Sweeting told Tribune
Health.

In recent news, nine mem-
bers of the Surgical Sister Sis-
ter group flew from Nassau to
Miami, Florida where they
participated in the widely pro-
moted and internationally
televised Komen Race for the
Cure on Bayfront Park. The
race, which garnered world-
wide support, is symbolic for
the race against time to find a
cure for cancer.

The nine cancer survivors
from the Sister Sister group
travelled to show their soli-
darity by joming hands, hearts
and sharing their courage and
strength with the over 30,000
women from across the Unit-
ed States and the world.

The Komen Race for the
Cure was just one of the high-
lights of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month.

The Sister Sister group will
be winding down its Breast
Cancer Awareness Month
activities with an information
booth at the College of the
Bahamas from 2pm to 4pm
and at the Seventh Day
Adventist Health Fair at the
Mall at Marathon from 6pm
to 8pm on October 28.

The month’s activities cul-
minate with a Sister Sister can-
dlelight vigil in Rawson
Square on Saturday, October
30 at 7pm.

“The candlelight vigil is
where we come together at
the end of the month of Octo-







LEFT TO RIGHT: Anrea Sweeting, president of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group; Nurse
Sandra Ferguson-Rolle, vice-president of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group; Helen Rolle,
secretary of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.

ber. It involves a small walk
from George Street and Eliz-
abeth Avenue, and we would
meet at Rawson Square where
we do praise and worship, one
of the survivors will give their
testimony as well,” Ms Sweet-
ing said.

The Sandals health sympo-
sium was organised by San-
dals’ resident nurse Anna
Forbes to increase staff sup-
port and understanding of
breast cancer patients and sur-
vivors and to encourage pre-
ventative measures during

Breast Cancer Awareness
Month.

“We thought to educate our
staff about breast cancer and
to assist them in getting a bet-
ter understanding of preven-
tion, early detection and treat-
ment,” Nurse Forbes said.

CT a
Cool weather crops

THERE are some vegetables that
require much cooler conditions than
others in order to grow successfully.

These should be planted towards
the end of October when nighttime
temperatures drop considerably and
conditions become favourable.

Bitterness is a quality of lettuce
that makes it what it is, but when
the bitterness is too pronounced let-
tuce becomes inedible.

‘Warm growing conditions pro-
mote bitterness and bolting — the
production of a seed stalk, after
which the plant is fit only for the
compost bin or to produce seeds.

Our store bought iceberg and
romaine lettuce generally comes to
us from California where conditions
are perfect for their growth.

It is best to avoid growing these
and look for lettuce varieties that
have been developed for tropical
conditions.

These lettuces will be smaller than
Californian ones but should satisfy
our needs.

There is a wide variety of lettuce
types that can be grown in our gar-
dens between now and March, the
most reliable performers being loose
leaf such as Simpson Black-Seeded.

Loose leaf lettuces come in an
array of colours from green to
bronze to red, and have the advan-
tage that their leaves can be picked
individually as required.

One sandwich? A couple of
leaves. A salad bowl? Cut the whole
plant.

If you are determined to grow
romaine then you may need to ger-
minate your seeds in the refrigerator.

Plant them in a small pot, water
them and leave them on a fridge

shelf for week. Once the seedlings
are about two inches tall you can
transplant to the garden.

Locally grown romaine is usually
coarse and chewy, edible but far
from prime. Crisphead lettuces may
be a better choice. These grow to
the size of a softball and have a
crunchy texture rather like iceberg.

Lettuces in general have small
root balls and care should be taken
to keep them relatively moist and
with adequate fertiliser.

Frozen garden peas are a main-
stay as a vegetable side dish but only
by growing your own will you expe-
rience the truly delightful taste of
fresh peas.

Peas are best grown in rows and
the soil in which they are grown
should have compost or commercial
cow manure added.

Most pea varieties need some sort
of staking and are best grown against
a trellis.

Normal garden peas should be
picked once the pods are full and
almost cylindrical. Mangetout peas
are eaten pods and all, usually after
a brief steaming.

Snow peas are grown solely for
their large pods and should be
picked early.

Strangely enough, despite the
name, show peas are the easiest and
most productive of peas to grow ina
Bahamian garden.

Fresh spinach is loved by many as
a substitute for lettuce in salads but
has a very short growing season in
our climate.

Grow plenty and reap often.
Spinach is best grown in blocks,
allowing three inches between
plants.



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Harvest by clipping the plants just
below where the green of the leaves
starts and new leaves will grow.

Spinach bolts quickly in warm
weather so look for a variety that is
bolt resistant.

Snap or green beans are perhaps
the most reliable performers in our
winter garden for they grow quickly
and bear abundantly.

Snap beans can be grown in rows



around the edge of garden lots to
make the rather fussy chore of pick-
ing them somewhat easier.

It is almost certain you will end
up with more beans than your fami-
ly can stand. Why not freeze some
for a later date? Drop the beans into
boiling water and stir for one minute.
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Do we create our own happiness?

FOR some of us a birthday,
anniversary or life altering
event propels us into a state of
introspection. We chronicle
our life, the major players, the
paths presented and the choic-
es that we made. We often
refer to particular times or
stages as high and low points in
our life.

Whether the wheels of our
life were running smoothly or
had slowed to a stand still may
have helped to shape our rec-
ollection.

Peeling away at all the exter-
nal layers of our life we find
ourselves naked in our per-
sonal pursuit of happiness.

If love, health and happiness
head our list of life’s priorities,
then we start to understand
how one impacts the other.



TO DISCUSS STORIE



How we feel about our love,
life and intimate relationships
is central to our core happi-
ness or unhappiness.

Our mental and physical
agility plays games with desire
and dictates heavily to our
sense of peace.

For most of us, our journey
through life consists of building
a pyramid of ‘stuff’ in an effort
to reach that pimnacle of con-
tentment.

We only have to look

around to realise that we have
joined the general population
In acquiring all the social trap-
pings expected of us.

Unarguably, ‘things’ can
make certain aspects of our life
easier, but it is not unusual for
the novelty to quickly fade.
Once again, we are face to face
with ourselves.

If we are not careful, we can
spend a lifetime adding and
subtracting people and things
in the hope that it brings us
peace and fulfillment.

We are quick to point the
finger of blame on things miss-
ing in our lives, or the nega-
tive energy surrounding us.

Hopefully, over time or even
a lifetime, we realise that it is
how we deal with life’s obsta-
cles that will produce satisfac-

tion.

When all is said and done,
we return to the same point
that happiness is a state of
mind.

We only have to look at per-
sons who have had horrific
pasts or those who look to the
future with expected misery
and yet tackle life with joy.

Happiness is all about push-
ing forward and dealing with
day-to-day struggles. It is an
energy that produces fortitude
and courage.

Scientifically, we know that
some of us need a kick-start
with pharmaceuticals in order
to rearrange the brain chem-
istry.

It may take changing diet
and lifestyles just to put us in
the starting line.

Having faith, that no matter
what it takes to get to that
point, we will then start to feel
a change.

If we choose to keep on run-



ning and not deal with our
problems we find our fears
only compounded.

Nothing goes away because
we cannot hide from ourselves.
For many it takes decades of
avoidance and discontent
before something makes them
come to a grinding halt.

‘How to go about this’, is a
frequently asked question.
There is no doubt that it is a
process and a mindset.

Just to take that first step to
understand and want to change
from within is hard, even for
the strong. To create a philos-
ophy of fearlessness that you
will be able to face and tackle
anything is not an easy deter-
mination.

Viewing your life as a jour-
ney of self-discovery will open
your eyes to a life of wonder.

‘With that in mind, we start
to understand that everything
thrown in our direction is for a
teason, although it may not be

immediately apparent.

Knowing all of this we
should not be surprised to find
that it is often the elderly who
declare themselves the happi-
est. Many have come to terms
with life’s struggles and appre-
ciate the joy of waking up each
day. We can start by emulating
them by making a point of
finding some small happiness
each day, and ultimately the
gift of life.



¢ Maggie Bain is an individual
and couples relationship thera-
pist. She is a registered nurse
and a certified clinical sex ther-
apist.

Listen to 'Love on the Rock’
with Maggie Bain every Thurs-
day 5pm-6pm on Island FM
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 11B



Abaco’s Madisyn Cole has her sights
set on ‘Little Miss Bahamas’ title

By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

XCITEMENT is
Hise for 33 young

girls who are prepar-
ing for the Little Miss
Bahamas pageant next
month.

Among the contestants this
year is Madisyn Cole, a fourth
grade student from Abaco
who is being sponsored by HG
Christie.

Madisyn’s mother, Kathleen
Albury, is HG Christie’s Aba-
co estate broker.

Meeting the young beauty
queen during a recent dress
fitting in Nassau, John Christie,
vice-president and director of
HG Christie, summed up his
first impression of her in two
words: “Very cute!”

Talented

Described by her friends
and family as “bright, talented
and self-assured”, Madisyn
will represent Abaco on the
big night, which is scheduled
for November 21 at the Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort.

As part of the competition,
Madisyn will be required to
participate in a cultural cos-
tume presentation, an evening
gown display and a talent per-
formance.

Madisyn is reportedly plan-
ning on performing a “cultur-
al dance” for her talent seg-
ment.

Ms Albury told Tribune

Entertainment that her daugh-
ter is incredibly excited to be
participating in the pageant
and does not seem to be ner-
vous at all.

“She has loved meeting all
the other little girls in the
pageant and the rehearsals are
going great,” the real estate
broker said.

“She is very proud to repre-
sent Abaco, and as far as
preparation goes, they will do
a stage performance which is a
commercial and Madisyn is
going to be talking about the
history of Abaco.”

Honoured

Ms Albury said she feels
very honoured by HG
Christie’s sponsorship of her
daughter.

“They all have known her
since she was a baby and it is
great to have my company
sponsor her in this competi-
tion,” she said.

The Little Miss Bahamas
Organisation just recently
recorded a major success —
one its former queens
advanced to the finals and
captured the title of World’s
Mini Miss in Phoenix, Ari-
zona.

Adria Albury was the lucky
contestant who not only won
the title, but also, together
with her mom, won in the
Mother/Daughter category.

A group of over 30 Bahami-
ans attended the international
pageant event and celebrated
with Adria and her family.



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A mother of three on a

MISSION

for the

- By JEFFARAH GIBSON
: Tribune Features Writer

; NNETTE Lunn is a
_ Aven: who has found

erself with an unex-

> pected calling in life — for the

past five years this mother of
three has been on a mission
for the deaf in the Bahamas.

Mrs Lunn’s has immersed herself
in the deaf culture, studying sign lan-
guage and ensuring that deaf individ-
uals are not socially discriminated
against.

But this wasn’t always her life.

It wasn’t until the birth of her son
Kelvin 19 years ago that she realised
that her role as a parent would take
her down an unusual path.

And it was what she calls a “very
traumatic” experience — giving birth to
a child who’s hearing was impaired —
which changed her life forever.

“T have three children, Cimmonne,
Marques, and Kelvin. But my last,
which is Kelvin, was born deaf. It was
a very traumatic experience for me
because I didn’t know any deaf people
and none of my family are deaf,” she
told Tribune Woman.

“I went through the stages that
most parents go through after find-
ing out that their child is deaf. I was in
denial and I would say things like ‘my
baby will never be able to say mama’.
Afterwards I came to accept the situ-
ation and my child’s disability,” she
explained.

There was never a point in her life
that she felt ashamed of her son’s dis-
ability, Mrs Lunn said. Ensuring that
Kelvin felt loved and supported was
the most important thing for her.

“Oftentimes parents who have kids
with disabilities tend to be ashamed of
them. They make them feel unloved
or unappreciated, and they make
them feel as though they are different.
But I never did that with him and I
think that is the reason why Kelvin is
such a proud deaf person.

“I think the best thing any parent
can do for their child who has a dis-
ability is show them that they are just
like everyone else. You must never
make them feel as though they are
different; and parents should not hide
their children because all they need to
know is that they are loved,” Mrs
Lunn said.

Accomplishments

Before moving to the United States
in 2005, Kelvin completed primary
education here in the Bahamas at the
Centre for the Deaf.

He has since then been graduated
from St Rita’s School for the Deaf in
Cincinnati, Ohio and is now pursuing
a Bachelor’s degree in physical edu-
cation at Gallaudet University in the
District of Columbia.

Mrs Lunn said she felt that moving
Kelvin to Cincinnati and enrolling
him at St Rita’s School for the Deaf
would provide her son with oppor-
tunities unavailable to him here in
the Bahamas.

She said what frustrated her most
about the deaf culture in the Bahamas
was the lack of role models for her

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son.

Oversees, she said, Kelvin saw deaf
doctors, deaf lawyers, deaf bankers
and deaf engineers.

“I moved him from the Centre for
the Deaf (in the Bahamas) not
because it wasn’t good enough, but
because I wanted him to have
options. I wanted him to feel as
though he could do anything and be
anything he wanted to be and not be
what people told him to be,” she said.

Not only did she want her son to
have options, she also wanted him to
feel comfortable in the community
in which he lived.

“The deaf community in the
Bahamas does not have the exposure
they should. Individuals in the deaf
community feel isolated because the
services that are needed to accom-
modate them are not present,” Mrs
Lunn explained.

This was part of the reason she
became a deaf advocate and began
studying, interpreting, and teaching
sign language.

She said the government of the
Bahamas should make it a priority
to ensure that deaf individuals have
the same opportunities that hearing
persons have.

Advocate

Mrs Lunn recalled a time when she
spoke to one of her son’s childhood
friends who is also deaf and still ives
in the Bahamas. She said it saddened
her when she heard about his dismay
and disappointment over being
unable to find employment.

“He is having a very hard time find-
ing a job and he wants to work. He
wants to do anything he can do, but
some employers in the Bahamas are
skeptical about hiring deaf individu-
als. Some of them (deaf persons) hap-
pen to find jobs maybe working in
the food stores as a packer.”

However, Mrs Lunn said she will
keep advocating for the deaf until
this form of discrimination is eradi-
cated. She feels a good start would
be introducing sign language as an
elective subject in schools.

“I would like to see more people
learn sign language because it is there
to facilitate communication between
those who are deaf or hard hearing
with those people who can hear,” she
said.

She also believes that law enforce-
ment agents should know basic sign
language so that when they come into
contact with a deaf person they are
able to communicate with them.

Mrs Lunn is a sign language inter-
preter. She interprets at various
places such as schools, churches, the
Magistrates Courts, sporting events
and at workshops. She has also inter-
preted the theatrical production of
Disney’s The Lion King.

She is a member of St Rita’s School
for the Deaf Scholarship Planning
Committee; the Registry of Interprets
for the Deaf; Clarke School for the
Deaf’s National Development Coun-
cil, and the Cincinnati State Inter-
preters Training Programme.

Additionally she offers sign lan-
guage lessons at St Cecilia’s Roman
Catholic Church.eyerysMondaysand
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Long-time rivals set to he
reunited in Hall of Fame

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

Pewee feels
Ramblings

Putting the
‘S’ back in
‘Heat’

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

NPSA SOFTBALL
GAME TWO
CALLED OFF

GAME two of the New
Providence Softball Asso-
ciation women’s best-of-
seven championship series
between the defending
champions Pineapple Air
Wildcats and the Proper
Care Pool Lady Sharks
was called off Sunday
night.

Apparently, members of
the defending men’s cham-
pions Commando Securi-
ty Truckers blocked the

quickly tell you that they never envi-
sioned being on the same stage again
Friday when the ceremony at Govern-
ment House takes place 7pm Friday as
expected.

“T wasn’t expecting it this early,” said
Brown, the quick dealing point guard
for the Beck’s Cougars.

“T was pleasantly surprised, but I think
I’m worthy of it. It’s pretty much some-
thing that I didn’t expect at the time, but
I think the whole overall idea was a good
one in that you honour people while they
are still alive and you remember those

who would have passed away.”

Brown, who celebrated his 61st birth-
day on October 19, said he hopes the
induction ceremony would inspire the
younger people to distinguish themselves
in sports or other endeavors so that “they
can better themselves and better the
country in the bigger picture.”

Brown and Storr will be part of a 14-
member Class of 2010 inductees, which
includes Winifred 'Winnie’ Bethel-Rus-
sell in netball, Eleuthera’s Douglas

eter ‘Sweet P’ Brown and

Sharon “The General’ Storr

were long-time rivals on the

basketball court. Now they

will be reunited when they

are enshrined together in the National
Hall of Fame.

Brown and Storr have had more head-

to-head match-ups than any other play-

ers, but ask both of them and they would

THERE are few iron clad,
absolute, positively unar-
guable statements a sports
writer can make. These
include: Usain Bolt was more
impressive than Michael

entrance to the Lady
Sharks’ dugout, denying
them the opportunity to
get on the field to play the
game against the Wildcats.

The Truckers had been
expelled from the NPSA
after they refused to con-
tinue playing game one
against the Dorin United
Hitmen Friday night.

As a result of their
actions, the NPSA execu-
tive committee awarded
the championship title to
the Hitmen. The Truckers,
however, showed up in
defiance of the ruling to
play game two. The NPSA
had scheduled game two
to be played last night.

CYCLING
JUPP WIN RACE

FRESH of his appear-
ance at the XIX Common-
wealth Games in New Del-
hi, India, Laurence Jupp
came home and won the
JAR Cycling Classic’s road
race on Sunday.

Jupp clocked one hour,
10 minutes and 39:49 sec-
onds to beat out a field of
21 other competitors. He
was followed by Lee
Farmer (1:10:43:99). Mark
Holowesko was third
(1:13:47:52) with Tracy
Sweeting fourth
(1:16:01:24) and junior sen-
sation Jay Major complet-

ing the top _ five
(1:16:01:93).
SOFTBALL
EXUMA CHURCH
LEAGUE

THE Exuma Sporting
Church League kicked off
its 2010 season Saturday
night with three of the four
games scheduled played.

In the upset of the night,
Rickey Rolle hit a rocket
home run to right field to
lead St Andrew’s Anglican
to a 2-0 win over Mt Olive
Baptist.

Church of God, led by
Maverick Ferguson and
Fred Rolle, crushed Gilead
15-2 and Ebenezer
knocked St John’s 9-1. In
the other game scheduled,
Palestine Baptist lost by
default to St Peter’s.

GYMNASTICS
SPONSOR-A-STAR
PROGRAMME

THE Bahamas Gym-
nastics Parent Booster
Club, in conjunction with
Bahamas Star Gymnastics,
is scheduled to launch its
Sponsor-A-Star Pro-
gramme on November 4 at
the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture.

Minister of Sports
Charles Maynard is
expected to attend along
with the scholarship fund’s
screening committee that
includes Bahamian
Olympic medallist Eldece
Clarke, Attorney-at-Law
Cheryl Bazard, Ginny
McKinney of Can For
Kids, Mark Cartwright of
FAMFest and Pastor
Randy Curtis, Church of
God of Prophecy,
Carmichael District.

The scholarship pro-
gramme targets youngsters
who have the desire and/or
aptitude for the sport, but
are unable to enjoy the
benefits due to financial
limitations.

SEE page 13

DIG THIS: A player in the
junior programme gets ready
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Girleanu conducts seminar
for volleyball coaches

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Romanian national
team member Dan Girleanu has been
assisting the Bahamas Volleyball Fed-
eration over the past two weeks.

Now working as the technical direc-
tor at the FIVB Regional Develop-
ment Centre in Barbados, Girleanu
said the Bahamas has a lot of talent
that just needs to be harnessed.

Girleanu, who played on Romani-
a’s bronze medal winning team at the
1980 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea,
said while he could have pursued a
career in law where he holds a degree,
he opted to continue to make his con-
tribution to the sport.

“This is what I like to do,” said
Girleanu, who moved to Barbados in
1996 to establish the Regional Devel-
opment Centre with the view of him
moving around to assist the
Caribbean.

A lack of funding prevented him
from achieving his ultimate goal, but
Girleanu said as it was mandated for
him to travel, the Bahamas Volleyball
Federation contacted him to conduct
a clinic for the local coaches and
hence he made the trip here.

While here for the past two weeks,
he conducted a seminar for 19 coach-
es, conducting sessions all day, every
day for the duration of the two cours-
es that he put on.

“IT was very pleased with the
progress that I saw the students
(coaches) made through the cours-
es,” he stressed. “I think the Bahamas

Says Bahamas has plenty of young talent

is in good hands.”

During his tenure,
Girleanu was also
invited to assist the
coaches with the
preparation of the a
junior national boys FP
and girls teams, who
are lope to trave] GIRLEANU
next year.

“Tt was good to exchange ideas and
exchange the way we coach,” he stat-
ed. “I think it was beneficial for all of
us. But I am convinced that the
Bahamas has a lot of talent here, as
I’ve seen throughout the Caribbean.”

The trip was made possible through
the Bahamas Olympic Committee’s
Solidarity Programme and secretary
general Rommel Knowles said they
were just delighted to accommodate
Girleanu.

“With him coming in and imparting
his knowledge, I think the sport will
only continue to grow,” Knowles said.
“Our goal and objective in the
Bahamas Olympic Committee is to
see the day when we can have a team
qualify for the Olympic Games.

“So we will continue through the
Olympic Solidarity to provide the
assistance to all of our Olympic sports
with the hope of one day getting them
into the Olympics. This is just the first
step in that direction for volleyball.”

BVF first vice president Joseph
‘Joe Mo’ Smith said they were very

impressed with the knowledge that
Gileanu imparted to them, especially
the local players.

“He did a setter’s course for five
days and then he did a middle player’s
course for five days,” he said. “We
decided to specify those two areas
because every year that we do a
course, it’s for level one.

“We have some 150 level one
coaches here in the Bahamas, but it’s
not helping the programme much
because they go into the school sys-
tem. But when we specify, we can
identify persons to better help us with
our national programme.”

There were some seven persons
from the Family Islands who partici-
pated. Four came from Cat Island
and three were from Abaco.

“So it now filters down to the Fam-
ily Islands so whenever we go down
there, it makes our job a lot easier
so that we can find the people to iden-
tify with for the programme,” Smith
said.

Smith said the federation was only
pleased to utilise Girleanu’s service to
assist in their junior programme to
get them a jump Start on their prepa-
ration for next year’s trip.

The venue for their tournament
has not yet been finalised, but they
are expected to travel in July. Smith
said they hope to capitalise on the
pointers they got from Girleanu in
their training programme.



THE Nassau Yacht Club is in the
final stages of readying itself to
receive well over 100 international
sailors, and yachts competing in the
much heralded annual Miami to
Nassau Ocean Race.

With the continued support of the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the
2010 event is scheduled for an 11am
November 11 start off Government
Cut in Miami, with the highly com-
petitive crews sailing 176 nautical
miles non-stop across the unpre-
dictable Gulf Stream, leaving Great
Isaac and Great Stirrup to starboard
on their way to the finish at the
entrance to Nassau Harbour. The
first yachts are expected to arrive in
Nassau on November 12.

The Miami Nassau race is one of

the most historical races on the sail-
ing calendar. The prestigious Nas-
sau Cup is a highly sought after tro-
phy that is emblazoned with the
names of world famous skippers on
some of the world's finest racing
sailboats, including Ted Turner of
America's Cup fame on the yacht
Tenacious. Other noteworthy sailors
that have vied for the Cup are Den-
nis Conner, Dick Bertram, Ted
Hood and Bobby Symonette.

Anniversary

The race was first sailed in 1934,
making 2010 the 77th anniversary of
the inaugural event. The course
record was set in 1988 by George S
Coumantaros on the yacht

Boomerang in a time of 14 hours, 26
minutes and 39 seconds. As a sailing
record of 22 years standing, the
organising committee anticipate a
successful assault on the record
books in the coming years.

Competition for the Nassau Cup
is open to separate classes for IRC,
PHRF and MASF In addition to
prizes with a distinctly Bahamian
flair, the Nassau Cup is awarded to
the winner of IRC, the Arthur
Bosworth Trophy to the winner of
PHRF, and the Calvert Cup to the
winner of MASF.

The first yacht across the line on
elapsed time is awarded the historic
Coral Harbour Yacht Club Trophy.

The Nassau Yacht Club is proud
to co-host the race with the Coral

Phelps at the ‘08 Olympics in
Beijing, Eric Snow will never
make an open jumper, and
Bob Sanders will get injured.
Tonight, we add another to
the list as October 26 features
the beginning of the most
eagerly anticipated NBA sea-
son ever.

Headlining the offseason
was the winner of the 2010
Sweepstakes, the Miami Heat,
who will immediately turn
their attention towards a
fierce battle with the Lakers
for the rights to be called the
National Team of the
Bahamas (This is not an over-
statement. There was a
parade. I'm not making this
up, there was an actual Laker
Parade...here...in the
Bahamas). How do you know
what to watch for? Use our
guide to the 10 most com-
pelling storylines to follow
during this NBA season, and
in true Ramblings fashion,
most of them actually have
nothing to do with basketball
at all.

10. John Wall and his quest
to surpass Barack Obama as
the most recognizable black
guy in Washington. I know
what you’re thinking, it’s the
President of the United
States, it’s an unbeatable
office, not true. John Wall got
the entire Commonwealth of
Kentucky to fall in love with
him in four months. In the
2008 Presidential Race, Ken-
tucky was called for John
McCain in four minutes.

9. Unless you've been hid-
ing under a rock, you know
that a lockout is looming in
2010. If the NBA does cut
teams in an effort to prevent
the lockout, then that means
60 players would be free
agents and entering a supple-
mental draft. We could see
everyone hustling like it’s a
contract year, just to see who
would be the first pick in the
"Lockout Saving Draft 2011."

8. LeBron James in his
return to Cleveland, hence-
forth, it will be known as the
85 game. I didn't see Kobe's
81, but there's nothing going
to pull me away from a tele-
vision set on December 2
when the Heat visit Gund
Arena (This is assuming Dan
Gilbert doesn't run onto the
court during the tipoff and
start wailing on LeBron
WWE style with a steel chair.
I'm not completely ruling that
out from happening).

SEE page 14

Over 100 to set sail in ocean race next month

Reef Yacht Club, The Fort Laud-
erdale Yacht Club and the Storm
Trysail Club. The hosts are delight-
ed that from 2010 the event has
returned to its roots through race
management by the Southern
Ocean Racing Conference, making
it a part of the stable of ocean races
that now also include the Fort Laud-
erdale to Key West race, the Fort
Lauderdale to Montego Bay race
and the Fort Lauderdale to
Charleston race.

Yachts in the event will each carry
GPS enabled personal tracker units
to facilitate on line tracking of posi-
tions, allowing race officials and
members of the public to follow
progress of competitors on the web:
www.trackleaders.com

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LOCAL SPORTS



BSF presents individual awards
for Austin Knowles tourney

THE Bahamas Softball Federa-
tion (BSF) presented the following
individual player awards at the end
of the Austin Knowles Invitational
High School Tournament Saturday
night/Sunday morning at the
Banker’s Field, Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex.

Girls Division

Most hits (6) - Amanda Barr
(North Andros)

Most wins (3-1) - Natoria Knowles
(North Andros)

Batting champion (.800) — Brean-
na Newbold (Spanish Wells)

All-Tournament team

Pitcher - Natoria Knowles (North
Andros), catcher - Patra Johnson

(North Andros), first base -
Amanda Barr (North Andros), sec-
ond base - Nakishae Moss (Nassau
Christian Academy), shortstop
Bethany McGee (Spanish Wells),
leftfield - Beanna Newbold (Spanish
Wells), centerfield - Kadijah Bain
(CV Bethel), right-field Kerline
Tador (Spanish Wells).

Round robin most valuable player
- Natoria Knowles (North Andros)

Boys Division

Most hits (6) - Laron Taylor



BOYS CHAMPIONS: Jordan Prince Williams Falcons.

(NGM)
Most runs (3) — David Nathan
(Nassau Christian Academy)
Batting champion (.714) — Lance
Thompson (Government High)

All-Tournament team

Pitcher - David Nathan (Nassau
Christian Academy), catcher - Dar-
ius

Albury (Spanish Wells), first base

GIRLS CHAMPIONS: North Andros.

- Akeem Newton (Government
High), second base - Julius Lord
(Doris Johnson), third base - Lance
Thompson (Government High),
shortstop - Zhivargo Archer (CV
Bethel), leftfield - Jared Saunders



(Nassau Christian Academy), cen-
terfield - Austin Pinder (Spanish
Wells) and right-field - Brian Cargill
(Doris Johnson)

Round robin most valuable player
- Laron Taylor (NGM)

Long-time rivals set to be reunited in National Hall of Fame

FROM page 11

"‘Douggie’ Smith in softball and base-
ball, politician Cynthia ‘Mother’
Pratt in basketball and volleyball,
Keith Parker in track and field,
Bimini’s Gomeo Brennen in boxing,
Leonard 'Skeeter’ Dames in a vari-
ety of sports, Celestine Wilson-
Albury in volleyball, Andy Knowles
in swimming, the late great golfing
executive Freddie Higgs, the late
Basil T Kelly, the late Carl ‘Mr Vol-
leyball’ Minnis and the late Ank
Rahming.

From the time he started playing
basketball at the age of 14 in 1962,
Brown and his Cougars, coached by
Arthur ‘Gully’ Rolle, were always
in a fierce battle with Storr and his

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Kentucky Colonels, coached by late
Leviticus ‘Uncle Lou’ Adderley and
Anthony ‘Bando’ Bostwick before
he ended up under the tutelage of
Martin Lundy and Steve ‘Bullah’
Pinder, up until the time of his retire-
ment around 1984.

With their names synonymous
with each other on the court,
although there is a slight difference
in their ages, Brown said it’s quite an
honour to be enshrined with Storr.

“Playing against him was a treat
because you had to be at your best if
you wanted to win,” Brown said.
“And even when you were at your
best, you still didn’t win.”

There’s still the argument as to
who won more titles. While they

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both put in a plug for their team
being the best, one thing is certain.
They both had a heated battle on
the court.

Today, they’re the best of friends
and Storr said their induction is just
the highlight of “what Bahamians
have done for sports.”

Proud

“Tm very glad and proud to be a
part of the recognition,” he said.

As a former senior sports officer in
the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture, Storr played a key role in
the initiation of the Hall of Fame.

“One of the greatest things is that
somebody recognised that I made a

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contribution,” said Storr, who is still
regarded as one of, if not, the great-
est basketball players in the country.

“T hope and I believe that I made
a significant contribution. But one
of my biggest disappointments in
this country is the fact that too many
people are walking away from sports
without any recognition.”

After completing his tenure on
the basketball court, Storr moved
into administration at the Ministry of
Sports until 2005 when he officially
retired.

Like Brown, Storr said he’s
delighted to have his arch-rival join
him on the same stage once again,
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Although there’s no official record
available, Storr, who was moved up
from the junior division to play in
the senior league a year before his
eligibility was up, say the Colonels
won more.

Looking back at his career, 58-
year-old Storr said right now he is
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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.1TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BREEZY, SUN ANDCLOUDS HIGH 86F LOW 75F B U S I N E S S SEEFRONTPAGEOFBUSINESS S P O R T S $20-$30 million first jumpon Water Corp woes SEEPAGEELEVEN Seminar for volleyball coaches B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net HUNDREDS of people in Pinewood Gardens are set to lose their homes after a court r uled the land they built on belongs to Arawak Homes. Supreme Court judgments b y Chief Justice Michael Bar nett last week prompted pres ident of Arawak Homes Ltd F ranon Wilson to hold a press conference at his Shirley Street office yester-d ay, warning hundreds of people in the area to avoid legal action. The rulings deem Arawak Homes the rightful owner of a 156-acre tract of land in Sir Lynden Pindling Estates and o thers who claim ownership of the land were sold the property without good title. Mr Wilson encouraged property owners in the area to come forward and regularise their title to the land with Arawak Homes. Mr Wilson said Arawak Homes is working with the Department of Land and surveys to develop a map of the Sir Lynden Pindling Estates area to show each encroachment on Arawak Homes property, and although he is not yet sure how many people are affected he said, We know it is hundreds for a fact. However he assured residents Arawak Homes will not proceed with the spontaneous demolition of buildings. In each and every instance in which Arawak Homes has removed a structure on its land, it has done so only after exhaustive communication with the party affected, Mr Wilson said. Additionally, Arawak continues to have an open The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com www.fidelitygroup.comCall 356.7764today! Get out of Debt Fast with a Fidelity Fast Track Debt Consolidation loan. Decisions Fast Money Fast Plus Visa Credit Card FastGetoutofdebt Fast! Hundreds set to lose their homes ARAWAKHOMES SAYSLAWYERSARETOBLAME BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E P LP insiders fear an FNM o perative may have been planted inside their organi-s ation with intent to disrupt t he partys public relations machinery and possibility reignite a leadership battle before the next general election. As a political organisation that prides itself on having a large tent and being open t o new talent, a number of PLP insiders have expressed t heir deep seated concerns o ver the motives of a number of persons who have sky rocketed to influential positions within the partyo vernight. Seeking access to the parPLPs fear FNM operative may be within party SEE page 15 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net A SUB-COMMITTEE will hold two weeks of hearings to address the issue of Grand Bahama residents and the Freeport Industrial Park, if Obie Wilch combe, West End Member of Parlia ment, has his way. Mr Wilchcombe is preparing to put the matter of the sub-committee on the agenda of the House of Assembly in order to get official approval. Residents of Pinders Point, said they were pleasantly surprised when Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham gave Mr Wilchcombe the unofficial go ahead. Residents heard the Prime Minister By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net A LOW-LEVEL PLP official has vowed to destroy the political career of one of their partys own members of parliament. According to well placed sources within the party, PLP MP Ryan Pinder has become the target of a smear campaign by one of the partys officials in what insiders claim is a vendetta against his family. This official, it was said, has relatives who had to be terminated from a busi ness that Mr Pinders family was involved in for allegedly stealing by rea son of employment. Swearing revenge, the official has By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net AS APPROVAL for a controversial development in Bell Island was revealed yesterday, The Tribune was frustrated in its efforts to obtain the planning permits afforded to another media house. Environment Minister Earl Deveaux had forwarded documents to The Nassau Guardian showing how the Department of Physical Planning approved plans to dredge and excavate more than 12 acres of land and sea at the 349-acre island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. However, the Minister did not return calls from The Tribune requesting the same documents. Someone from his MP SEEK S T W O WEEK S OF HEARINGS OVER FREEPORT INDUS TRIAL PARK ISSUE C ONTR OVERSIAL BELL ISL AND DEVELOPMENT APPROVED LOW -LEVEL PLP OFFICIAL V OW S TO DESTROY MPS CAREER SEE page 10 SEE page six SEE page six SEE page six S AUNDERS BEA CH MAKEOVER NEWLOOK: Workmen focus on finishing touches to Saunders Beach yesterday. The area, on West Bay Street, has been undergoing a major makeover. FELIPEMAJOR/TRIBUNESTAFF P RESSCONFERENCE: President of Arawak Homes Franon Wilson

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THE opening of a Bahamas Maritime Authority branch in Hong Kong is long overdue, Prime Minister Ingraham said. Mr Ingraham, who is in C hina on a two week trip, was speaking at the reception to mark the official opening of the BMA Hong Kong office. He noted that there are now BMA offices o n three continents, the others being located in London a nd in New York City. T he prime minister said: Some 12 years ago, when w e opened our first career consular office in this city, it was my expectation that our maritime office would soon follow. We knew then as now, that Hong Kong is a signifi c ant hub for international shipping and hence an ideal location from which to attract additional world-class s hips to our expanding regi stry. Mr Ingraham said he was therefore particularlyp leased to be able to take part in the formal opening of the new office. H e said: With over 52 m illion in gross tonnage the B ahamas has one of the l argest fleets in the world. Still, it is not our aim to have the biggest fleet in the world. What we desire, is the best. A nd we are well on our way i n achieving this goal. Mr Ingraham said Hong Kong is a city with an impor-t ant history that is home to shipping companies and related trade enterprises. It also has a wide cross s ection of business persons a nd high net worth individuals whom we would like to i ntroduce to the islands of the Bahamas, he said. Mr Ingraham noted that t he Bahamas is now engaged i n the most expansive infras tructural investment programme in its history, includi ng a new state-of-the-art international airport in Nassau. He said: Because of the m any opportunities and a dvantages the Bahamas offers, we have made impres sive and fairly rapid strides in a ttracting world-class maritime services. Indeed, in this area we a re an international centre o f excellence, constantly s eeking to improve our maritime services and products. M r Ingraham added: It is our goal as a nation and as a highly attractive destinationf or foreign investment to be t he best we can in the strateg ic areas integral to our national development. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM customized group & individual health plans uninterrupted coverage coverage after age 75 24/7 customer serviceall of the above be happywith your health plancall us today at 396-1300 A DIVISION OF A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I FINANCIAL CENTRE I CORPORATE CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.com INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION L ocal News.............P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,15,16 E ditorial/Letters..........................................P4 Sports ......................................P11,12,13,14 B USINESS/WOMAN SECTION B usiness...................................P1,2,3,4,5,6,7 W o man ............................................P9,10,12 C omics.......................................................P8 Weather ......................................................P11 CLASSIFIED SECTION 24 P AGES USA TODAY MAIN SECTION 12 PAGES Bahamas Maritime Authoritybranch opening in Hong Kong long overdue ROOMWITHAVIEW: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is pictured among members of his delegation and B MA officials viewing the Hong Kong skyline. PM cuts ribbon on new office

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By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net WHILE several lawyers attached to the AttorneyG enerals Office called in sick yesterday, it remains u nclear if this was connected t o the mould problem that persists in the Post Office b uilding. Sources close to the matt er claimed that as many as 17 lawyers failed to turn up. Attorney General John D elaney could not verify that number but admitted that several persons had called in sick. Mr Delaney said that he a lso could not confirm w hether their reported ill nesses were in any way relat-e d to the mould issue that p ersists in the 40-year-old P ost Office building which also contains offices of the Ministry of Labour andS ocial Development, and the Post Office. The Attorney General said that all lawyers who had c ourt commitments were at work yesterday. Im not aware of any industrial action. We have a highly professional group of lawyers. They work very hard under challenging cond itions. The mould situation o ught to be dealt with. They o ught to have a comfortable e nvironment. We do have a m ould problem in the buildi ng, Mr Delaney said. Mr Delaney said that the mould problem is connected with another problem the buildings air conditioning system which is being addressed by the Ministry o f Works. I have been here a year and there have been a num-b er of mould remediation exercises. The last one was i n August. The mould issue is of concern to staff, senior administration and myself. The long term solution is that the entire air condit ioning system needs to be r eplaced. We are looking at the o ption of relocating. We are a ctively looking for alternat ive accommodations, Mr Delaney said. He admitted, however, that this presents logistical challenges as the Attorney Generals Office needs to be in the downtown area, near the courts. M r Delaney also noted that the buildings elevator system is being replaced. MISSING MAN A PARA-SAIL operator reported missing at sea in the Berry Islands last week has still not been located. The man was reported missing at around 3.30pm on Friday. The 39-year-old was last seen in his boat with a 26year-old British woman about six miles west of Coco Cay at around 2pm. There was severe weather in the area at the time, and both were reportedly thrown into the water. While the woman was rescued by local boaters who rushed to the scene, the man was not found. TWO ARMED ROBBERIES Police are investigating two armed robberies that took place on Sunday. The first took place around 2.30pm at Lucky Hart Corner off East Street. The male victim was walk ing near Quintine Alley when he was approached by a man wearing a white t-shirt, jean shorts and armed with a handgun. The culprit stole the mans laptop computer and fled the area in a white Honda Accord. The second incident took place shortly before 9pm at the Budget Meat Mart on F aith Avenue South. A man in a black shirt and black pants, with a white stocking over his face, entered the establishment armed with a handgun. He stole an undetermined amount of cash and fled in a black Suzuki Grand Vitara heading north on Faith Avenue. STABBING Just after 9pm on Sunday a stabbing was reported at Red Land Acres. The male victim was taking a short-cut when he was approached by another man and stabbed. The victim was taken to hospital where he is listed in stable condition. SHOOTING A shooting took place on Bethel Avenue just before 8.30pm on Sunday. A man told the police he was standing in front of his home when he heard shots b eing fired, only to realise moments later that he had been shot in the leg. The victim was taken to hospital where he is listed in stable condition. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEWS IN BRIEF Several AGs Office lawyers call in sick By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT A male resident of Bimini was shot about the body when gunmen stormed into an apartmentint he Garden Villas area on Monday after noon. According to police reports, the victim was taken to the Rand MemorialH ospital with gunshot injuries to the stomach and leg. H is condition was not known up to presstime. Police are withholding the victim's i dentity. Asst Supt Hector Delva, press liaison officer, reported that police received a r eport of a shooting around 2.30pm and went to the Garden VillasApartments. Upon arrival, officers saw a dark m alewith gunshot injuries. The man wastransportedby ambulance to the hospital. A SP Delva said police investigations revealed that about four to six men went into an apartment unit, where gunshots were heard inside. T he suspects then gotinto a tanc oloured Saturn and fled the scene. Mr Delva said police do not know the motive for the shooting and are continu-i ng their investigations into the matter. They are appealing to members of the public who can assist with the investigat ion to call 911 or 352-9774/5. Man shot after gunmen storm into apartment I I m m n n o o t t a a w w a a r r e e o o f f a a n n y y i i n n d d u u s s t t r r i i a a l l a a c c t t i i o o n n . W W e e h h a a v v e e a a h h i i g g h h l l y y p p r r o o f f e e s s s s i i o o n n a a l l g g r r o o u u p p o o f f l l a a w w y y e e r r s s . T T h h e e y y w w o o r r k k v v e e r r y y h h a a r r d d u u n n d d e e r r c c h h a a l l l l e e n n g g i i n n g g c c o o n n d d i i t t i i o o n n s s . T T h h e e m m o o u u l l d d s s i i t t u u a a t t i i o o n n o o u u g g h h t t t t o o b b e e d d e e a a l l t t w w i i t t h h . Attorney General John Delaney

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E DITOR, The Tribune. I AM writing in response to Rev Esthers letter about Nicki Kelly, I have to agree with Mrs Kelly, and despite the fact that the President Of Straw Business sees it or not, to support these people, is telling all criminals that its okay to do wrong just as longa s you say its your livelihood. R egardless of the fact that t he law was not broken in the B ahamas, it was still wrong, a nd ask yourself this question, h ow can these straw vendors now come back home and t each their children to do w hat is right, when they thems elves have been caught b reaking the law? Another thing that was mentioned was what the highe nd designer had to say, and a pparently they said that their client would never buy knock offs, which is fine and dandy, and the letter goes on to say how the designer made nine billion plus in profit and wasn ot concerned, but that is not the issue here, the law has been broken, and that isw rong. How would you like it if some tourist came here for a visit and took pictures of some of our most famous A rtists works, or even Junkanoo and took it back home and made prints and sold them all around the world making thousands upont housands of dollars with n one of that money ever comi ng to the Bahamas? I m sure all of you who are i n support of these vendors would be screaming out to bring the law down on anyo ne who does that to our B ahamian Artists. D ont trivialise this situation because the high-end d esigner made a lot of money. W e have to wake up, and s tart being honest with ours elves, do we want things to c hange? D o we want to reduce the level of crime running ramp ant in our nation? T hen we need to ask ours elves is supporting and cond oning criminal behaviour on any level the right thing to d o? Or are we gonna stand up to anyone, no matter who they are that breaks the law, and stop allowing the fact that j ust because they are doing it within the means of their livelihood, does that make it right? Nicki Kelly is right, because a s they say Monkey see Monkey do, which means t hat the career criminals can look at the support these vendors are getting and feel theya lso justify in doing what they do, its a trickle down effect, and the more we support w rong doing, the worse it is f or all of us. I say this all the time, if you support this kind of behavi our and are complaining about crime, please shut up, because you are contributingt o it as well, which means you are either part of the prob lem or part of the solution choose, which one are you? F ILIPE A C OLEBROOKE Nassau, O ctober, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 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 A big Republican win in Nov. 2 congressional elections could stymie President Barack Obama's attempts t o reset relations with Russia while opening t he way for a new bipartisan toughness toward China. Despite scant attention to foreign rela tions in the campaign, the election is likely to have a significant affect on that front. A stronger Republican voice in Congress could push the president to slow his plans to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan in July, badger him to be even tougher on Iran over i ts suspected nuclear weapons programme and ease U.S. pressure on Israel in negotiations with the Palestinians. While the U.S. entanglement with Iran has been prominent, simmering conflicts with China probably are most open to quick U.S. action and with stronger Republican backing after the vote. Republicans traditionally take a tougher l ine on trade issues and imbalances and those clearly are central to relations with Beijing. "There's a conviction that the U.S. must respond to a whole range of Chinese provocations," said Jessica Matthews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. China is in the doghouse not only with the United States, but with many of its globalt rading partners over Beijing's routine deflation of the value of its currency. That practice makes Chinese goods cheaper abroad and inflates the price of imported goods in China. That's partly to blame for the outsized U.S. trade deficit with the Chinese and an easy target for politicians in Washington who are frustrated by their inability to reinvigorate the American economy. This is about money, not ideology," said Wayne Merry, senior associate at the Amer ican Foreign Policy Council and a former U.S. diplomat. "The notion is becoming accepted that protectionism is no longer a dirty word," Merry said. "A year ago that was heresy. A year from now that will be mainstream. He predicted Washington would begin to imposes ome kind of trade penalties on Beijing for manipulating its currency. Also likely to win support among Republicans in the new Congress is the Obama administration's more forward-leaning stance on strategic interests in shipping lanes near China. Americans also have voiced displea sure with Beijing's aggressiveness over disputed islands in those waters. B ut Obama's foreign policy could take a battering over relations with Russia. Many conservatives have not shed their Cold War distrust of Moscow, making it even more difficult for the administration to win Senate ratification of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in April. While it seems unlikely Republicans will seize a majority in the Senate, where they are currently outnumbered 58-41, the party could considerably close the gap. The S enate must ratify all treaties and that r equires 67 affirmative votes. That may be unattainable in the next Congress, but the interim lame duck session that begins 13 days after the election offers a chance for ratification. That session will include senators who have lost their seats Nov. 2 and may be less politically motivated. The Russians have made it clear that Oba ma's vow to improve relations, while theor etically beneficial to both countries, hangs on his ability to win ratification of the New START treaty. The pact calls for big reductions in nuclear weapons. Even though Washington is engaged in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan those expensive and bloody ventures have drawn little attention in this election year. While Democrats are losing patience with the A fghanistan conflict, now in its 10th year, Obama will probably find backing for his war policies from Republicans and pressure to limit or put off plans to begin withdrawing in July. Republicans normally take a more aggressive line on issues of war and peace. The Iraq war, barring an outbreak of extreme violence, has faded from the Amer ican consciousness as the last combat forcesl eft in the summer and all troops are scheduled to be gone by the end of next year. In the Middle East, strong Republican gains probably would cost Obama some manoeuvring room in his sponsorship of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The president has put considerable pressure on the Israelis particularly to stop their West Bank and Jerusalem settle m ent building projects. Even so, Obama may find that his dealings with Iran and its suspected nuclear weapons programme gain ground from the improbable and quiet convergence of national interests that Arabs and Israel share concerning Iran. Israeli feels directly threatened by Iran, whose leaders have said the Jewish state should be eliminated. Arabs are deeply con c erned that a nuclear-armed Iran would upend the balance of power in the Middle East. The intersection of those worries could create greater pliability on both sides and grease the negotiating process with the Pales tinians, who rely heavily on fellow Arabs for backing. Regardless of how foreign policy issues eventually play out after the November vote, O bama won't find refuge from a gridlocked and unfriendly Congress by turning to international affairs. Other presidents have taken that path in similar circumstances. The economy, however, is going to force the president's focus. (This article was written by Steven R. Hurst, Associated Press writer). Straw vendors issue: Breaking the law is wrong LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Overseas ties could be in for change E DITOR, The Tribune. I travel on Kemp Road almost on a daily basis comi ng from Shirley Street, and as you approach the traffic l ight at the junction of Parkgate and Pyfrom Roads traf f ic is always backed up. The reason being the light d ealing with the flow of traf fic travelling north and south on Kemp Road is only on green for 15 seconds,a llowing about four vehicles to pass; whereas the light for traffic travelling east and west is on for one minute. I have spoken to the Permanent Secretary Mr Colin Higgs whose ministry is responsible for the maintenance of this light on numerous occasions and was told that the matter would be looked into. Nothing has been done up t o the writing of this letter. T his problem is very agonizing, and steps need to be taken urgently to resolve this vexing situation. BRYAN A C WRIGHT Nassau, September 30, 2010. Light problem needs to be fixed E DITOR, The Tribune. As a concerned adult I would very much like to pass a long my thoughts on Halloween to your readers. A s Halloween approaches I feel it important to remind parents and children that the festival has an undercur rent of occultism and is absolutely anti-Christian. The feast of Halloween was once the vigil feast of All SaintsD ay, which is celebrated on November 1. It was the begin ning of a day in which we rejoice in the work of God seen in his saints and cause of great inspiration and joy to the world. Sadly, it has become dangerously paganised and heav ily commercialised. Parents should be aware of this and try to direct the meaning of the feast towards wholesomenessa nd beauty rather than terror, fear and death. Wearing s keleton suits, dressing up as vampires, witches or goblins o r slapping on fake blood is not far removed from communing with the devil. As we approach Halloween this year let us try to provide a wholesome, non-pagan alternative celebration, which thus critiques and rejects the pagan holiday. Parents can, for example, dress up their children as popular saints instead of witches and devils. They can carve smiling faces, rather than menacing faces, into pumpkins. They can light a candle or display publicly another kind of light alongside, perhaps, an image of Christ. These things can be a powerful means of showing people that we have hope in someone other than ourselves. VIC VERITAS Kingston, Jamaica October 18, 2010. Thoughts on Halloween

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Investigations have been launched by the government into reported health concerns at Bradford Marine after an employee there reportedly contracted a severe respiratory illness commonly associated with sandblasting. In June, Cecil Moore, a sandblasting technician at Bradford, was reportedly diagnosed with Reactive-Airways Dysfunctional Syndrome (RADS doctors in the United States. Moore is currently on sick leave. H e is taking 11 different medications for his condition. In September, Rev Bethel called on the Department of Environment Health to conduct an immediate investigation into the sandblasting operation at the yacht repair facility on Queens Highway. I have been informed that a n investigative team has been sent to conduct investigations at Bradford, and we are awaiting the conclusion of those investigations, he told The Tribune on Monday. Rev Bethel is concerned that the health of employees is being put at risk. He has been contacted by three former employees who c laim that they also suffer with similar health problems. Bertha McPhee, chief health inspector in Freeport, could not be reached for comment up to press time. The Tribune spoke with Dan Romence, general manager at Bradford, who confirmed t hat an audit is being conducted at the facility by officials at Environmental Health Services. Mr Romence said they are cooperating fully with officials. They are conducting a standard audit of the facility because they received a complaint from an employee and t hey are following protocols that are set up for that. They basically came and looked at all of our documentation; it is in their hands. We are now going through a process. It is not a one day deal but we are cooperating fully, and hopefully it will be done shortly, he said. Mr Moore has been employed at Bradford for the past eight years. A ccording to Rev Bethel, Moores health started to decline in 2008 when he began experiencing severe respiratory problems, such as shortness of breath and constant coughing. Moore sought medical help in Grand Bahama and New Providence, but was unable to g et a proper diagnosis in the Bahamas. Asbestos He went to Florida for asbestos testing and was diagnosed with RADS. The first stage of the disease is asthma-like symptoms. T he disease usually progresses to Silicosis cancer, which is incurable. The diagnosis report by doctors claims that sandblasting is the primary contributor to his condition. Rev Bethel said that Moore has to continually travel back and forth to the US for further treatment. He is experiencing some complications and he just r eturned from the US a few days ago trying to get some sort of relief for his discomfort. They (the doctors there is very little they can do. Rev Bethel said although Moore is receiving sick benefit from NIB, he still has to dig in his own pocket to help pay for h is medical treatment. He said Moore intends to file a lawsuit against Bradford Marine in Florida, where the company has its headquarters. We are in the process of retaining a law firm in the US, Rev Bethel said. We also have three former employees, one has cancer and was let go from the job earlier this year and the two others are plagued with medical issues. They have seen doctors and have been diagnosed with the same symptoms, he claimed. Rev Bethel said two of the men were also employed as sandblasters. When The Tribune spoke with Mr Romence in September, he said the company provides all safety gear, including a full helmet with a separate breathing apparatus for respiratory protection, and eye gear. "We have all the safety gear needed for employees to be fully protected, and employees are trained to use it," he said. He stated that it is the first case where an employee has been diagnosed with a severe illness at its facility in Freeport. ELIZABETH MP Ryan Pinder has criticised the government for what he described as its lack of commitment to alternative energy. Mr Pinder note d that when the National Energy Policy Committee presented its first report almost two years ago, he still believed the government was serious about energy reform and saving h omeowners money on utility bills. After two years of inaction, I am rather disappointed, disappointed for many Bahami-ans who are struggling day in and day out to meet their demands, he said. Speaking in the House of Assembly last week, Mr Pinder s aid that while the argument that the second NEP committee report contained significant data gaps may be true, a review of the first report reveals that there were some initiatives that could have been put in place right away. Mr Pinder said that had he been in government, he would have: Reduced energy usage in public buildings by 30 per centby 2010. He said: Energy audits could have been done of all government buildings to assess their inefficiencies and make them more efficient. Government buildings are a significant demand on the electricity supply. Actions as simple as swapping out light bulbs, ensuring appliances are energy-efficient, especially when going through a replacement cycle, and proper maintenance of the fleet of automobiles can save significant government revenues, but also relieve significant demand on BEC. Implemented a national policy on conservation, including giving incentives, or public distribution of energy saving means. He said: This would include a national education campaign on energy usage. Also, the distribution of energy efficient light bulbs to Bahamians would have contributed a great deal. Incorporate efficient use of energy and water into all new government housing. He said: This is not difficult to implement, but would have real cost savings to Bahamians who need it the most, the less advantaged generally purchasing their first home. A key com ponent of this is to ensure that solar water heaters are used in all houses, as well as energy efficient light bulbs. In addition, the Ministry of Housing should put in place construction guidelines to ensure the construction is most energy efficient. The govern ment missed a great opportu nity to provide energy relief to new homeowners. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, 1998, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ATLANTIC MEDICAL INSURANCE CO.LTD. 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C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.25 $4.20 $4.26 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] Royal Fidelity Margin Loans Santa has anearly Gi for You! 7.5% OFFER VALID through December 31st, 2010*SpecialtermsandconditionsapplyBAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Sunshine Holdings plans to return to the Bahamian capital markets in the future, having fully placed the first $5 million tranche in its recent corporate bond offering although it yes terday conceded that it withdrew the issues second, longerterm maturity component. Franklyn Wilson, the com panys chairman, said that while the $10 million offerings 10year tranche had been fully sub scribed, it decided to withdraw the second tranche of 20-year bonds prior to the private Sunshine fully places first $5m bond tranche F FRANKLYN W ILSON But does not go through with initial plans to raise $10m, dropping second tranche of longer-term, 20-year bonds Chairman Wilson pledges to do more and more to raise companys profile and return to capital markets at later date Hints at using $5m raised from 10-year tranche for growth and/or acquisition openings, and says pleased with first Bahamian capital markets foray SEE page two By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Government is await ing receipt of new waste-toenergy plant and solid waste management proposals from a variety of bidders before it makes a final decision on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway landfills future, the minister of the environment told Tribune Business yesterday. Earl Deveaux said there was significant Bahamian interest Government awaits waste-toenergy and landfill proposals Significant Bahamian interest in bids for renewable energy plant, management of New Providence landfill Energy conference sparks renewed interest in waste-toenergy solution at landfill SEE page two By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A multi-billion dollar Cayman Islands-based developer has successfully concluded a deal to purchase real estate on the corner of Bay and Parliament Streets, Tribune Business can reveal, a strategic first step in what could be the start of a much wider role in downtown Nassaus redevelopment. Philip Hillier, principal of Parliament Properties, yesterday confirmed to this newspaper that the sale of part of its real estate holdings to The Dart Group, the entity founded by Kenneth Dart, billionaire heir to a styrofoam cup fortune, had been completed. The sale has gone through, he told Tribune Business. Weve only sold part of the properties. Mr Hillier declined to comment further, stating that he did not want publicity. Tribune Business was tipped that the agreement between Parliament Properties and The Dart Group, the developer of Caymans 500-acre Camana Bay project, had gone through when informed sources told it that the formers preference shareholders had all been paid out what they were owed. Mr Hillier did not comment on that aspect of the deal when it was put to him yesterday. The real estate in question is said by sources to include the shopping arcade opposite the House of Assembly on Parliament Street, plus several premises on the corner of Parliament and Bay Streets. It is not thought to include the Parliament Hotel, as indicated by Mr Hilliers comment that weve only sold part of the properties. Tribune Business exclusively revealed The Dart Groups interest in acquiring this real estate last month, the deal then only requiring the necessary Government approvals from the Downtown scores Bulls eye via Dart Multi-billion Cayman developer completes purchase of portion of Parliament Properties portfolio SEE page two By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net A second company interested in offering healthrelated services f rom the Bahamas, boosting efforts to stimulate medical tourism, is expected to submit documentation to the National Economic Council (NEC t he Minister of Tourism said yesterday. Second medical firm targets the Bahamas New firm aiming to establish base that would boost Bahamian medicalt ourism, only awaiting NEC and Medical Association approvals Nettie Symonette confirms addiction treatment provider m ade offer to acquire her Cable Beach resort SEE page two VanderpoolW allace By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net There has been an upsurge in interest from Bahamians and abroad in buying large areas of real estate downtown in the city of Nassau, Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP said yesterday. People are looking at or buying, and people are enter taining the sale of their proper ties. Theres certainly lots of interest thats come across my Surge in downtown real estate interest SEE page thr ee By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A $20-$30 million investment will be required to resolve the Water & Sewerage Corporations New Providence-based issues in the first jump and produce a reliable 18-20 million gallons per day water supply, a government minister told Tribune Business yesterday. Earl Deveaux, minister of the environment, said the Government regarded addressing the Water & Sewerage Corporations issues as very critical, both from providing a reliable water supply and putting it on a sustainable path that did not bleed the Bahamian taxpayer. The Corporation, he added, was now in possession of a business plan presented by the Spanish consultants, Castilla, who in a project part-funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB produced recommendations for institutional and regulatory reform in the Bahamian water sector. Castilla had again visited the Bahamas last week, and while the Corporation was in posses sion of its proposed business plan going forward, the Gov ernment had yet to see this. Based on the business plan, the Water & Sewerage Corporation will present an implementation plan for the Governments consideration, Mr Deveaux told Tribune Business. The general manager promised Mr Neymour [minister of state for the environment] and myself that he would have his documents to us by next week. Hes working very aggressively on it. Mr Deveaux said Castilla had identified a number of areas that the Corporation urgently n eeded to address, namely nonrevenue water (more than 50 per cent of the water pumped around its system per day fails to reach the end-consumer, being lost via leaks and the like); rationalisation of the water supply; rebuilding and maintaining infrastructure; the barging of water from Andros via the MV Titus; and the sewage treatment aspect. The business plan lays out the sequencing of the steps that will be taken to address these areas, the minister describing it as a comprehen sive strategic plan that we can implement. However, the Government is not just waiting for the business and implementation plan to be finalised, Mr Deveaux telling Tribune Business: We cannot afford to wait on other urgent issues requiring atten tion...... The Government is taking steps now, spending just under $12 million with the New Providence Road Improvement Project on rebuilding some of the main areas, and the Bay Street and Shirley Street paving will also accompany some water and sewerage works. Asked how much capital investment would be required to deal with the Water & Sewerage Corporations key prob-l ems, Mr Deveaux replied: The New Providence water issue revolves around having a reliable supply of 18-20 million $20-$30m first jump on Water Corp woes SEE page thr ee EARL DEVEAUX

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM placements closure. Pronouncing himself pleased with the outcome, Mr Wilson told Tribune Business: We had designed this thing to do it in two t ranches one 10-year tranche, and one 20-year tranche. We withdrew the 20-year tranche, and did very well with the 10year tranche. Mr Wilson confirmed that the 10-year tranche of $5 million had been fully subscribed. While not discussing why Sunshine Holdings had dropped the 20-year tranche, which was seeking the same $5 million amount, this is likely to have been due to reduced investor appetite for this longer term security. The important point is that this is the first time we have gone to the markets, and we are pleased with this reaction, Mr Wilson t old Tribune Business. We will do more and more to make the capital markets more aware of the company, what it does, its assets and so forth. We will go back to the capital markets at a later date to do certain things. Asked what Sunshine Holdings planned to use its new capital for, Mr Wilson replied: For us its general corporate purposes at this point. We have a number of opportunities our group has so many opportunities. In the climate, theres many people out there stressed and s truggling and so forth. Well just grow. Thats the bottom line. Mr Wilsons comments appear to hint that Sunshine Holdings plans to pursue growth and/or acquisition opportunities, as the contracting economy forces existing business owners to explore strategies, including exit routes, that they would not otherwise have eyed. Sunshine Holdings' existing interests include Arawak Homes, Sunshine Insurance Brokers & Agents, RoyalStar Assurance and FOCOL Holdings. Its corporate bond issue was placed by CFAL. T he $5 million in debt capital raised adds to the $20 million already obtained by RoyalStar and rival insurer, Bahamas First, through preference share and bond issues, respectively. It means that some $25 million in additional capital has been raised from institutional and high net-worth investors this fall to date, and there is more to come, with the College of the Bahamas (COB to be planning its own $20 million bond issue, and Wendys (and its parent, Aetos Holdings) also eyeing a preference share issue. If these offerings come off, some $50 million or more might be raised from the Bahamian capital markets this fall. In a previous interview with Tribune Business, Mr Wilson said that Sunshine Holdings, although a private company, had decided to behave "more and more" as if it was a public company, adhering to corporate governance, transparency, accountability standardsand prudential norms as if it was a listed entity. Explaining the companys decision to tap the capital markets for its corporate bond issue, he added: We were approached by some people who asked if they could be a part of what we're doing, and we said we will go out and see what the market thinks. "We have, over the years, placed a lot of corporate bonds with institutions, and at this point in time a number of large banks and insurance companies hold our corporate bonds. "Previously, we had direct discussions with institutional investors interested in our offerings. This is the first time we've gone about it this way. This is the first time we've allowed one of the corporate finance houses to introduce us to the local capital markets, and we will see what they say. We'll see where it leads." Sunshine fully places first $5m bond tranche FROM page 1B i n some of the awaited proposals, and the Government wanted to entertain their participation in a process through which it hopes to develop a long-lasting, holistic solution to both the landfills problems and the Bahamas energy needs. The minister also indicated that the recent Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREFt he Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, had sparked interest in the landfill as the site and raw material/fuel source for a wasteto-energy plant that would both help to meet the Bahamas Electricity Corporations (BEC Bahamas down the path of renewable ener gy. We are awaiting receipt of additional o ffers on waste-to-energy, which have been promised as a result of the recent renewable energy conference, and the receipt of additional offers on solid waste management, so that we give each fair consideration, Mr Deveaux confirmed to Tribune Business. We have significant Bahamian inter ests we want to accommodate. T he minister declined to comment further, but it is thought that the Government will effectively put all the proposals it received by bid deadline day into a melting pot, with the best comprehensive solution taken to Cabinet for its approval. The landfill situation was highlighted last month when the Government confirmed it was not proceeding with the $20 million proposal to upgrade and outsource man agement of the Tonique Williams Darling Highway landfill to the private sector, in the shape of Miami-based Cambridge Project Development Inc. However, Tribune Business understands that Cambridge is still at the table and is one of the parties negoti ating with the Government. Pr oposal At the time Ronald Thompson, permanent secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, confirmed to Tribune Business that the Ingraham administration had "decided not to go in the direction" of a ccepting either the initial $20 million pro posal by Miami-based Cambridge Project Development Inc, or a 'watered down' $8 million version that it had subsequently asked the company for. "We're looking at the management of the landfill site in conjunction with wasteto-energy, and I suppose that's about all I can say on it right now. We're in the prel iminary stages of going in that direction, and I don't know if we have anything finalised in that regard, Mr Thompson had said. Explaining the Government's attitude to the landfill, Mr Thompson told Tribune Business: "It's a very big priority because at the present the site is not being properly managed, so it is an urgent matter for us to deal with. It will be dealt with and given that sort of attention, just not under the present proposal." Len Enriquez, Cambridge's principal, said back then that the company was still willing to negotiate with the Government to move the project forward, and urged it to detail its objections/concerns. "We have no idea why this has been stopped," he told Tribune Business. "No one has written to us, sent us an e-mail. We're ready, willing and able to sit back down with them, and understand what their objections are, because we have no feed b ack right now. "All we hear is that they might try a different path, but we don't know the how and the why. We have nothing to go on, and therefore the negotiations remain stalled and the fire danger at the landfill remains. After four-five months of fairly detailed, serious and good faith negotia tions, the whole process shuts down withoutw arning. If there's a contractual reason, issue, tell us what it is. We may be able to work it out rather than incur delays to the project." Gover nment awaits waste-to-ener gy and landfill pr oposals FROM page 1B Investments Board (National Economic Council Bank of the Bahamas. This newspaper had been told at that time that the Cayman-based investor had become increasingly frustrated at what it perceived as the relatively slow government approvals process. Other sources with knowledge of plans to redevelop downtown Nassau and Bay Street yesterday also confirmed that The Dart Groups purchase had gone through. One told Tribune Business: Theyre a very wealthy company. Theyve done a massive job in Cayman, and it seems logical they could help is here as well. Theres a lot of similarities between Cayman and here. They can really play an important role, because theres so many properties available on the waterfront. The source, and others, told this newspaper that The Dart Group was interested in acquiring the Betty K property on East Bay Street, which is set to be freed up shortly when the shipping company of the same name and others move to the new Arawak Cay port. The Dart Groups interest, though, could not be confirmed before press time, but Tribune Business was told that other down town Bay Street property owners were interested in talking to the Cayman-based developer over the potential sale of their own properties. The Betty K property, though, was described by one source as the key and pivotal piece of real estate on Bay Street once past the East Street junction. It would help to connect the whole city, the source said. The city has to grow east because of the way it is configured. The Dart Group's representatives are understood to have visited the Bahamas and downtown Nassau last year, and expressed inter est in becoming involved with the Bay Street revitalisation project. In particular, they were attracted to the waterfront properties that will be freed up for commercial/residential development when the shipping companies relocate to Arawak Cay. "The Downtown Nassau Partnership had met with them some months before to pitch them on the idea of the revitalisation, so they were looking at a number of properties in downtown, one source told Tribune Business last month. Pointing out that it would require "hundreds of millions of dol lars" to bring downtown Nassau's redevelopment to fruition, the source said: "The Dart Group is exactly the kind of developer that could develop some of what is needed in downtown." Downtown scores Bulls eye via Dart FROM page 1B Meanwhile, Nettie Symonette, owner of Netties Different of Nassau resort on Cable Beach, confirmed she received an offer for her property from another company would-be addiction treatment providers, Ibocure which has already received final approval from the NEC to set up shop in the Bahamas. Im in a position to say that we did get an offer and thats about it, said Ms Symonette who, when previously contacted in August about Ibocures expressed interest in her property as an ide al location for its addiction treatment centre, said she was unaware of the company. Yesterday, she would not say if she has accepted or rejected the offer. Ibocures owner, US-based former physician Dr Mark Puleo, had suggested the company which has received the backing of the Min istries of Tourism and Health and the Bahamas Medical Associa tion could begin offering its Ibogaine drug to medical tourists by early 2011, bringing on stream about 20 to 25 jobs for Bahamians, including doctors, psychiatrists and other staff. The drug, which has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA abuse in less time than other addiction treatments. Some $2 million has already been raised to start-up the project, and several other US investors are on board, Dr Puleo told Tribune Business earlier this year. In September, Dr Puleo responded to revelations that he had willingly relinquished his right to practice medicine in the US after being cited by the State of Florida for reselling and redistributing prescription drugs, an act that was prohibited under the supplier's terms. He told The Tribune he was coming to run a business in the Bahamas and therefore did not need his physicians credentials, but added that he would address this and other issues in a planned press conference which has yet to take place. Calls to Ibocure representatives were not returned up to press time yesterday, but Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, said he believes the company is moving forward with its plans. I havent heard of any hiccups or interruptions. I know theyd identified a site and wanted to get into negotiation on specifics and details, said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace of Ibocure. Meanwhile, speaking of the second company who the Ministry of Tourism was minded to support in their proposed medical tourism venture, the Minister declined to identify it at this point, but said it had been expected to submit documentation to the National Economic Council for approval. This has not yet happened, but he spoke to the companys principal a week ago and he did not express any issues. They havent submitted their documentation as yet and Im not quite sure why not, because they had identified precisely what they wanted to do and have approvals to proceed from overseas, said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace. They are up and operating in a jurisdiction which would have done due diligence in Europe so we had no difficulty with that. They have identified the business, identified the location and the investors who were prepared to fund it so, as far as Im concerned, the only things left were for them to get approval from the Medical Association, as Ibocure did, and then the NEC. The Minister added that other companies were poking around with regard to expressing interest in potential medical tourism ventures in the Bahamas, but none were on the front burner at this time. Second medical fir m tar gets Bahamas FROM page 1B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net Despite not having received any form al confirmation of the Governments decision over its appeal against a 50 per cent business license fee increase, the Bahamian Contractors Association i s confident the matter is still a work i n progress and changes could be m ade prior to implementation of the new Act in January next year. Y ouri Kemp, the BCAs projects director, told of a very encouraging meeting with an official at the Business License/Valuation Unit last Thursday to discuss the issue following that u nits forum to field concerns and q ueries about the new Act. From what Ive gotten from her, t here is still room for negotiation up to January, said Mr Kemp. Its still a work in progress. Theres nothing conc rete. T he BCA reacted furiously when it w as revealed in the summer that included in the new Business LicenseA ct is a provision which would see the r ate at which licence fees are calculate d for the construction sector rise from t he equivalent of 0.5 per cent to 0.75 per cent of turnover. S tephen Wrinkle, the BCA president, stated that due to the extremely high turnover volume and very low profit margins in the construction sec-t or, the new fee calculation would hit c ontractors, particularly larger ones, h ard. Were concerned about not passing on any more costs to consumers t han we have to, said Mr Wrinkle. In August, the BCA met with Minister of State for Finance, Zhivargo Laing, over the proposed change and Mr Wrinkle said the group left comfortably satisfied that their concerns o ver the increase had been taken into c onsideration. Y esterday, Mr Kemp said no formal communication has since taken placeb etween the BCA and the Governm ent since that time, aside from his m eeting with the valuation unit on T hursday. Meanwhile, the BCA was set to have a council meeting in which the question of how it will move forward with r egard to the business license fee issue will be discussed. During Wednesday nights forum, n umerous private sector participants expressed concern over the decision t o calculate the license fee without any consideration to the cost of producing revenue shifting the calculat ion from one based on gross profit to turnover. F inancial Secretary Ehurd Cunningham said all comments and feedback would be noted and considered as they m ove to solidify the regulations surrounding the Act. Contractors hopeful on business licence S STEPHEN WRINKLE ZHIVARGOLAING ere concerned about not passing on any morec osts to consumers than we have to, S tephen Wrinkle

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The Destinations travel agency will see its eight Bahamas-based offices rebranded as Going Places T ravel as of November 1 this year, as its ultimate parent company moves to create uniform branding across the Caribbean region. Destinations immediate parent, P&M Travel, said in a statement that the rebrandingpush by their owner, Barbadosb ased Caribbean World Travel Services, was intended to provide uniform representation for clients, employees and suppliers throughout 25 offices, which are spread across eight countries. H anif Moore, P&M Travels group vice-president of operations, said in a statement: Our major aim with this rebranding effort is to be recognised by our industry partners as one brand. This will allow us to negotiate better pricing through consolidation, offer international stand ards, unsurpassed services and quality products. Creating one brand of retail travel stores will bring greater value to our clients and reflect the global nature of our brand and business. T he change will impact Destinations five offices in Nassau at the Cable Beach Shopping Centre, Carmichael Road, Lyford Cay, the Mall at Marathon and Shirley Street plus its three offices in other islands. These include the Regent Centre, Freeport; Gove rnors Harbour, Eleuthera; and Georgetown, Exuma. The core capabilities of Destinations, which include our staff, diverse services, extensive product offerings and dedication to customers will remain u nchanged, Mr Moore said. Apart from the rebranding, P&M Travel Group has been upgrading its front and back office computer systems, enhancing its reservations and accounting systems. Through re-tooling with upto-date technologies, re-traini ng and improving our working environments, we have positioned our team to be the market leader in the travel agency business in the Bahamas, said Mr Moore. We hope that you will embrace our new look with y our continued support, and we look forward to welcoming our loyal and new clients to Going Places Travel. P&M Travel Group was acquired by the Caribbean W orld Travel Services Group in September 2008. desk, both from abroad and within the Bahamas, said Mr Roberts, who told Tribune Business he was not at liberty to say at this point what devel-opments buyers and potential buyers were proposing for the properties he is aware of. dont see why it took so long to get there. Its the most undervalued property and most valuable in terms of what it could be, added Mr Roberts. Meanwhile, five months after he first expressed his expectation that draft legislation to cre-ate a Business Improvement District (BID Cabinet within a few weeks, the DNP managing director revealed this has not happened yet. This legislation makes provision for consolidating in one organisation the decision-mak ing around the management and operation of the town. It has been touted as a major component of efforts to revitalise the city of Nassau, making it more attractive to visitors and Bahamians alike. Its about things as simple as who cleans the street and who pays for it, who collects trash and what are the requiremennts of retailers to put trash out, Mr Roberts said. Whos responsible for signage, who is marketing the town saying weve got all these new great restaurants, come on down and have a dinner whos responsib le for events and entertainment, whos going to organise parking, whos going to focus on expanding life in the city beyond the normal nine to five, who puts grants in place to attract new entrepreneurs... Its attempting to put the r esponsibility for a lot of that stuff under one organisation. The model is a public-private partnership that has clear authority and responsibility, a budget and accountability. Speaking of efforts to get the legislation reviewed by the Government, Mr Roberts saidy esterday: Its a process, adding that the administration should get lots of credit for some of the decisions already taken which impact downtown Nassau. The decision to move the container shipping was a landmark decision, 20 years in the making. In my view its the sin gle most important decision ever made with regard to this town, Mr Roberts said. I think theres beeen some significant progress. The agreement on container port reloca tion has been finalised and work is underway to get the new port ready. The Straw Market is moving ahead in earnest, the Governments commenced some work around Rawson Square in the Hansard building, and there are ongo ing commitments around clean i ng, entertainment and programming. The Ministry of Tourism is always doing things, and from our office weve done alot of preliminary design work that we want to see happen in the existing core area. There is new investor interest in real estate downtown, and I thinkw eve also done things to get the community excited about what city could be. A lot has happened, and I think you have to remember the context of this is that were coming out of an economic recession, added Mr Roberts, who said nothing happens overnight and his own expectations in this regard have been tempered. Meanwhile, the DNP head said the public-private sector grouping formed in 2009 to guide efforts to begin overseeing an economic and social transformation of Nassau is still planning to undertake a retail survey for downtown, which would help identify who our customer is downtown both local and visitor. Its absolutely necessary. Its just a matter of timing and our capacity to accomodate it, said Mr Roberts of the survey. Out of that will come a sort of retail programme, which will tell us the kind of things we need to offer what we have Downtown and what we need to add to it and also suggest various policy actions that canb e taken to influence the outcome. And the DNP is working on a plan to get the pedestriani sation of Charlotte Street done fairly quickly, in conjunction with business stakeholders in the area. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Destinations Going Places via rebranding Surge in downtown real estate interest FROM page 1B VAUGHN ROBERTS gallons per day. If we address that, and that alone, then were talking $20-$30 million in the first jump. This sum, he suggested, would be invested in rebuilding the Water & Sewerage Corporations New Providence infrastructure, getting some sewerage plants to the first operational stages, and phasing out the barging of water from Andros which supplies three millions gallons per day. The [Castilla] report indicated that at todays prices and volumes, we can produce water more cheaply from desalination than barging it, Mr Deveaux said, implying that privately-owned reverse osmosis plants at Blue Hills and Windsor were a better bet than the Titus, if production was increased. When more than half the Water & Sewerage Corporations supply was lost before reaching the end user, Mr Deveaux said it was very critical to address the problem, adding: When we have something so essential to life, and were losing half of it, the cost is up by that amount. Addressing that is a big and significant factor, as is putting the Corporation on a sustainable path. The minister added that the Castilla report had also drawn the Governments attention to the Water & Sewerage Corporation being both a service provider and regulator at the same time. So that will be one of the issues addressed by the Government, Mr Deveaux said, adding that it would look to follow the communications sectors lead by splitting regulatory responsibilities away from the Government to an independent regulator such as URCA (the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority). The regulator would have the authority to monitor quality and reliability in the water sector, and set rates, Mr Deveaux said, indicating that the Government would continue with its strategy to privatise water production. These institutional things take a little longer, but are part and parcel of the business plan, Mr Deveaux said. FROM page 1B $20-$30m first jump on Water Corp woes

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PAUL HAVEN, Associated Press Writer HAVANA C uba has made official the grand economic changes it announced last month, publishing nearly 100 pages of rules and regulations for small businesses in the government Gazette. The move means eagerly anticipated licenses for the selfemployed should be around the corner, and already on Monday, lines of potential entrepreneurs formed at several government offices around the capital. Cuba announced on Sept. 13 that it would lay off half a million workers and push many of them into the private sector. It later detailed some 178 private jobs that will be allowable, the most significant economic changes on the island since the early 1990s. But the rules did not become law until they were published Monday. They allow Cubans over the age of 17 to start their own business, so long as they are permanent residents. Citizens can also apply for licenses for more than one business. They will even be allowed to sell their services to the state, though there will be strict transparency rules to try to stave off corruption. The law also establishes up to six months of sick leave and a year of maternity leave so that self-employed workers don't have to pay tax while they are not earning. "I hope this license will bring me a better future," said Lazaro Ramos, who was waiting outside a government office in H avana's 10 de Octubre neighb orhood. Ramos, 34, said he was unemployed but was hoping to get permission to make pinatas for children's parties. "The economy is not good. But with this, I will be able to make ends meet." Information O fficials took down personal information and told applicants to come back in a couple of weeks for more information. It was not clear how long it would take to process the licenses. The rules published Monday d etail four kinds of taxes for the private sector: a sliding pers onal income tax, a sales tax, a public service tax and a payroll tax. It also establishes minimum monthly fees for different kinds of businesses, as well as deductions Cuban can take to reduce their tax burden. Some of the tax rules were detailed in the Communist Par ty newspaper Granma last week, but the newspaper account lacked crucial details a nd contained several contrad ictions. The lengthy rules laid out in the government Gazette clear up most of the uncertainty. The law establishes 178 private activities for which licenses can be granted everythingf rom restaurateur to taxi driver, from button maker to part y planner. The majority of those businesses will be eligi ble for a simplified tax system that establishes a monthly quota regardless of revenue. For instance, parking attendants would pay 80 pesos ($4m onth, while typing instructors would have to fork over 100 p esos ($5 have one of the highest fees: 200 pesos ($10 Those not eligible for the simplified tax system jobs like taxi driver, plumber and rooming house operator will pay a 25 percent income tax on the first 10,000 pesos ($476 earned each year, with the rate rising for those who earn more. Income exceeding 50,000 pesos ($2,381 50 percent. Businesses will also be sub ject to a 10 percent levy on the total value of their sales, and those that use public services like electricity and water will have to pay a 10 percent tax on top of normal utility rates. The government heavily subsidizes public utilities, meaning the tax should amount to pennies for most businesses. Entrepreneurs who hire employees will have to pay a 25 percent payroll tax on their salaries, and all Cubans who are self-employed must 25 percent of their income into a social security system from w hich they will eventually draw a pension. Rules The rules mean that, theoretically, a successful businessperson could face taxes of nearly 75 percent, between per sonal income tax and socials ecurity. But the law also estab lishes many deductions for raw materials, transportation and other business expenses that make such a high rate unlikely. Cuba is in the midst of a major restructuring of its economy under President Raul Cas tro. The half million workers will be laid off by March 2011, and the Cuban leader has warned that another 500,000 state jobs must shed within the next five years. In total, that w ould be about 20 percent of the island's labor force. Castro has insisted the changes do not mean the end of Cuba's socialist system. But he says the cash-strapped govern ment can no longer afford to subsidize every aspect of Cuban life and has warned Cubans they will have to work hard to make their own way. The government currently employs about 85 percent of the labor force, paying workers about $20 a month but providing free or nearly free education, health care, housing, t ransportation and basic food. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.261.00AML Foods Limited1.011.010.000.1500.0406.73.96% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6 .184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.5980.2608.25.31% 0 .580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.84Bahamas Waste2.842.840.000.1680.09016.93.17% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 1 2.509.62Cable Bahamas10.2310.240.0150,0001.2270.3108.33.03% 2.842.50Colina Holdings2.502.500.000.7810.0403.21.60% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.596.590.000.4220.23015.63.49% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.871.85-0.020.1110.04516.72.43% 2 .551.60Doctor's Hospital1.771.770.000.1990.1108.96.21% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00100-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.208.10Finco8.108.100.000.2870.52028.26.42% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.000.6450.35015.13.59% 5 .513.75Focol (S)5.465.460.000.3660.21014.93.85% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.92J. S. Johnson9.929.920.000.9710.64010.26.45% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.9910.80010.18.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029MONDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,503.88 | CHG 0.09 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -61.50 | YTD % -3.93BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.50561.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.50564.65%6.96%1.482477 2.92652.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91871.10%3.13%2.919946 1.55791.4920CFAL Money Market Fund1.55793.37%4.42%1.539989 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.8624-8.16%-7.49% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.56421.47%2.95% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.13181.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.13183.85%5.22% 1.09691.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.09692.71%6.44% 1.13201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.13203.79%5.71% 9.69389.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.69383.77%5.71% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.5308-2.23%4.10% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.4372-5.63%-5.63% 7.96644.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.88302.15%6.29% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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ALAN ZIBEL, AP Business Writers JEANNINE AVERSA, A P Business Writers WASHINGTON Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes rose last month after the worst summer for the housing market in more than a decade. And fears over flawed foreclosure documents could k eep buyers on the sidelines in the final months of the year. Sales grew 10 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.53 million, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. Home sales have declined 37.5 percent from their peak a nnual rate of 7.25 million in September 2005. They have risen from July's rate of 3.84 million, which was the lowest in 15 years. Most experts expect roughly 5 million homes to be sold through the entire year. That would be in line with last year's t otals and just above sales for 2008, the worst since 1997. Still, sales could fall further if potential lawsuits from former homeowners claiming that banks made errors when seizing their homes make consumers fearful of buying foreclosed properties. The Federal Reserve on Monday become the latest government regulator to announceit would be looking into whether mortgage companies cut corners on their own pro cedures when seizing homes. Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed would look intensively to see if policies, proce dures or internal controls led lenders to improperly foreclosure on homeowners. Preliminary results of an in-depth report are expected to be released next month. "We take violation of proper procedures very seriously," Bernanke said. In a survey taken by the Realtors group this month, about 23 percent of the 2,000 agents surveyed said they havea client who is no longer inter ested in purchasing a foreclosed property due to the foreclosuredocument mess. "You're going to see uncertainty on the part of homebuyers," said Quinn Eddins, director of research at Radar Logic Inc., which tracks the housing market. Mortgage applications to purchase homes last week were 29 percent below the same week a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. At that time, buyers were rushing to purchase homes to qualify for federal tax credits. Last month the inventory of unsold homes on the market fell about 2 percent to 4 million. That's a 10.8 month supply at the current sales pace. It compares with a healthy level of about six months. Dubious mortgage practices and lax lending standards were blamed for contributing to a housing bubble that eventually burst and thrust the economy from 2007-2009 into the worst recession since the 1930s. Many Americans took out home loans that they didn't understand and bought homes that they couldn't afford. As a result, foreclosures have soared to record highs. It's one of the negative forces restraining the economy's ability to get back on sounder footing. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM On-the-spot financing The new Grand Vitara is fuel efficient, with more passenger room, greater stability and reliable performance. Keyless remote entry Front dual air bags Power steering, windows, locks, mirrors Anti-lock brakes Driver Select 2x4 Air conditioning CD/radio/Aux Fog Lamps Roof Rails 17 Alloy wheels Steering wheel audio remoteA Comfortable and Affordable Compact SUV Price includes rustproofing, licensing and inspection to birthday, full tank of fuel, 24,000 miles/24 months warranty andemergency roadside assistance.We Take any Trade-Ins!Grand Vitara WAY OF LIFE! 127,&( SALESRISE: In this photo taken Satur-d ay, Oct. 23, 2010, a sign indicates a residential home sale in Framingham, Mass. Sales of pre-v iously occupied h omes rose last m onth after a dismal summer but remain well short of healthy levels. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes Home sales up in Sept. but more troubles ahead

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ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press Writer PARIS France's massive strikes are costing the national economy up to $557 million each day, the French finance minister said M onday as workers continued to block trash incinerators to protest a plan to raise the retirement age to 62. Rotting piles of garbage now at nearly 9,000 tons are becoming a health hazard in the Mediterranean city of Mar s eille, which has been hit hard on land and at sea. Striking d ockers at France's largest port are intermittently blocking ships trying to unload fuel there. Twelve striking refineries have been shut down for nearly two weeks, but the protest movement appeared to weakenM onday after workers at three refineries voted to end their w alkout. The French oil refineries' body, UFIP, said all the country's oil depots had also been unblocked. The oil worker's return to work is likely to ease the ongoing gasoline shortages, whicho n Monday still had about one in four gas stations in France s huttered. President Nicolas Sarkozy has stood firm throughout the weekslong protest movement, insisting the reform is necessary to save the money-losing retirement sys tem and ensure funds for future generations as life expectancy increases and the nation's debt s oars. The bill to overhaul France's pension plan is to be defini tively voted on this week by the two houses of parliament, like ly by Wednesday, officials said after a meeting of a committee that wrote a final version of the legislation to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. It is all but certain to pass. "We must be aware that in a world without borders we can't have a French exception ... that exists nowhere else," said lawmaker Pierre Mehaignerie, of Sarkozy's UMP party. Strikers were clearly counting on derailing the measure before it is signed into law after this week's final voting. Garbage and gas are critical weapons for the strikers, who decry the reform as unjust. Besides raising the minimum retirement age to 62, it increases the age to access full retirement benefits from 65 to 67. It was only in 1982 that French employees won the right to retire at 60, and since then it has been considered a wellearned right. "We aren't going to work on the docks until 65. It's just not possible," said Frederic Chabert, 47, at Fos-sur-Mer, a Marseille area port. WASHINGTON Future longhaul trucks, school buses and large pickup trucks will be required to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10 to 20 percent under first-ever fuel efficiency plans for trucks released Monday by the Obama administration. For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department announced proposed fuel economy requirements and reductions in tailpipe emissions for mediumand heavy-duty trucks, beginning with those sold in the 2014 model year and into the 2018 model year. The proposal, which is expected to be finalized next summer, seeks a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption from big rig combination tractors by 2018. Large tractor-trailers tend to be driven up to 150,000 miles a year, making them prime candidates for improved fuel efficiency. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM -RE 9DFDQF\$ Q HVWDEOLVKHGDVVDXEDVHGFRPSDQ\VHHNVWROOWKHSRVLWLRQRI $ VVLVWDQW)LQDQFLDO&RQWUROOHU $OO DSSOLFDQWVSRVVHVVWKH IROORZLQJ 3DVVLQJJUDGHVRQDOOSDUWVRIWKH&3$H[DPLQDWLRQ \HDUVH[SHULHQFHZRUNLQJZLWKDQ$FFRXQWLQJUP 6WURQJDQDO\WLFDOVNLOOV 6WURQJRUJDQL]DWLRQDOVNLOOVZLWKWKHDELOLW\WRZRUNLQGHSHQGHQWO\ $ WKRURXJKZRUNLQJNQRZOHGJHRILFURVRIW([FHO 7KH DELOLW\WROHDUQTXLFNO\ ([FHOOHQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQDQGWHDPZRUNVNLOOV 7KH DELOLW\WRPDQDJHPXOWLSOHWDVNVDQGUHVSRQVLELOLWLHV VLPXOWDQHRXVO\,QWHUHVWHGSHUVRQVVKRXOGVXEPLWWKHLUHVXPHV YLDHPDLOWRDVVWQDQFLDOFRQWUROOHU#KRWPDLOFRP$OOUHVXPHVPXVWEHUHFHLYHGE\ WK 1RYHPEHU 2QO\SHUVRQVPHHWLQJ$// RIWKHUHTXLUHPHQWVDERYHQHHGDSSO\ news BRIEFS E FFICIENT: L ightweight Alcoa Dura-Bright(R ing the efficiency of Yale Universitys campus transit buses. Alcoa donated 130 of its environmentally-friendly wheels to Yale in support of the universitys campus wide sustainability initiative. Converting to aluminum wheels froms teel wheels increases the fleets fuel efficiency, reduces emissions and saves on maintenance costs. SAMANTHA BOMKAMP, AP Transportation Writer Online booking site Expedia is partnering with Hotwire to offer a "blind-booking" option to travelers looking for bargains on hotel room rates. The companies say the partnership, officially announced Monday, will allow travelers to choose hotel rooms inmore than 25,000 hotels worldwide for as much as 50 percent off comparable online rates. Customers won't see the name of the property before they book. During the recession blind-booking sites like Hotwire gained popularity for finding cheap rates, Hotwire president Clem Bason said in an interview with The Associated Press. That trend is continuing now, he said, as deals become few er and farther between and hotel room rates begin to rise. Blind-booking options also funnel more travelers into hotel rooms that would otherwise stay empty. About half of all hotel rooms went unfilled last year, according to Smith Travel Research. Expedia customers can sort hotels by travel dates, star rating and l ocation. Hotwire will manage the display, pricing and back-end booking with the hotel. Expedia's website has been testing an "Unpublished Rates" offer since late summer. The company is based in Bellevue, Wash. Expedia offers blind-booking option for hotels ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey Boyd Gaming said Monday it won't buy the remaining half of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City's top casino. T he Las Vegas-based company owns half of the Borgata, and had the right of first refusal to buy the remaining half from MGM Resorts International. Boyd says it's comfortable owning half of the casino-hotel. MGM chose to sell its half-share rather than cut ties to the family of an Asian gambling mogul suspected of ties to Chinese organized crime. The company has a joint venture casinoin Macau with Pansy Ho. Her father, Stanley, has long denied allegations that he is affiliated with Chinese criminal gangs. Boyd Gaming won't buy rest of Borgata G ovt pushing more fuel efficiency for trucks A SSOCIATED PRESS France: Strikes cost up to $557m per day PILINGONTHE MISERY: A man walks past piles of garbage in Marseille, southern France, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS A P P h o t o / L a u r e n t C i p r i a n i

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C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM health BODYANDMINDThe Tribune WHEN a child is diagnosed with a serious heart defect at birth parents may feel as if their worst nightmare has come true. In addition to the immense emotional strain put on the family there is the immediate concern about how to pay for treatments to save the child's life. Jayson and Denise Greene found themselves in this traumatic predicament 14 years ago when their daughter Hadassah was born with a large atrial septal defect a hole in the upper part of the heart. However, thanks to the support of family, friends and the assistance of the Sir Victor Sassoon Bahamas Heart Foundation, Hadassah was able to get the medical attention she needed and now lives a healthy and productive life. Grateful for all the help they received in their time of need, the Greene family is now appealing to Bahamians to support the Sir Victor Sassoon Bahamas Heart Foundation in its efforts to assist others who find themselves in a similar situation to Hadassah's.IllnessHadassah was born on February 12, 1996 with a hole in her heart. She developed heart failure unexpectedly and failed to thrive as a result. The signs of her illness included her being slightly sluggish and not eating properly. Initially, her parents took her to a pediatrician, but she was later referred to heart specialists and her case presented to the Sir Victor Sassoon Bahamas Heart Foundation. Medical management did not improve her growth and she required surgical closure of the hole in her heart when she was seven and a half months old. A local team of trained experts including pediatric cardiologist Dr Jerome Lightbourne, cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr Duane Sands and cardiac-anesthesiologist Dr Mark Weech performed the surgery at Doctor's Hospital. Hadassah was then transferred to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for recovery. She was discharged five days later and soon resorted to being a typical playful toddler. She needed no further surgery and required only one visit to the doctor annually for a medical check-up, her family said. Today, at age 14, Hadassah is a healthy and energetic teenager, her parents said. She is an active member of the Centreville Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Pathfinder's Club. She attends grade eight at Kingsway Academy High School and excels academically. Hadassah says she also enjoys cooking, music, running and playing volleyball, and she aspires to be a dentist someday. However, Hadassah and her family said they know all of this would not have been possible if she did not receive the necessary medical attention when she was a baby.SurgeryHadassah's surgery would have been a financial strain without the assistance of the Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation, her family said. To the Foundation and the medical team from the Bahamas Heart Centre who repair the hearts of children, Hadassah said: "A big hearty thank you' Drs Jerome Lightbourne, Duane Sands and Mark Weech for the love, tender care given me while mending my little heart and giving me a chance at life. I thank my Mom and Dad and all those lovely people who prayed and cared for me and I thank God for the wisdom given to man and His love and mercy on me." Hadassah's parents described the experience as a "faith-building" one. "We realise that God in His great mercy has seen fit to allow us to keep this precious bundle of joy. As parents this experience has also caused us to be more attentive and observant as early detection can correct and save a child's life, giving them the opportunity to develop physically and spiritually". The Greenes said they would especially like to thank the Heart Foundation for stepping in and making Hadassah's surgery financially possible. "In gratitude we have given back financially and in active service. We encourage you the public to financially assist the Heart Foundation and help to make a difference in the lives of other children and parents. At the Heart Foundation there are dedicated, caring persons who do all they can to help both the child and parent. We are happy about the way they dealt with us," the Greenes said. Bahamians are encouraged to support the Heart Foundation by attending its upcoming fundraising efforts The Annual Tea Party and Fashion Show on November 21 and the Annual Heart Ball on February 19, 2011. H EART S TRONG ABOVE: HADASSAH as a toddler. When she was seven and a half months old Hadassah underwent surgery to close a hole in the upper part of her heart. FAR LEFT: At age 14, Hadassah now lives a healthy and productive life. LEFT: HADASSAH is now an active member in the Seventh Day Adventists' Pathfinder Club.The family of Haddassah Greene recounts coping with her heart defect NEXT year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. Leading up to the events surrounding this milestone, Foundation representatives are searching for an individual who has touched the lives and hearts of others to receive the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart award during the 50th anniversary celebrations. The award will be presented at the 47th annual Heart Ball, scheduled to be held on February 19, 2011 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Interested persons are invited to submit a nomination, to be accompanied by a letter or statement explaining why the person recommended should receive the award. The most recent winner of the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award winner is Dr Donald Gerace. Dr Gerace, the Foundation said, is known for his giving nature and community building efforts. He gained fame in the Bahamas for his work in San Salvador at the Gerace Research Centre. Additionally, when Hurricane Francis struck San Salvador, Dr Gerace, through his US connections, helped to get needed supplies and materials to the island to help the people to rebuild. One of Dr. Gerace's most significant gifts to the Bahamas has been the number of students who have profited from the scholarships he has helped to arrange, the Foundation said. The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation first instituted the Golden Heart Award in 1969. This award was to be given annually to a person who has given of himself unselfishly to promote human welfare and dignity while making life better for his fellow men. The winner of the 1968 Golden Heart Award, awarded in 1969, was Dr Maria Bachem. She was the clinical director of St Francis Xavier's Free Health and Pre-natal Clinic. She was recognised for her unpublicised work among the poor and the elderly during her 14 years in the Bahamas. Since 1969, the award has been presented to many persons. In 1998, the award's name was officially changed to the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award in honour of the founder of the award and the Sassoon Heart Foundation, Lady Evelyn Sassoon. Lady Sassoon established the Heart Foundation in 1961 as a living tribute to her late husband Sir Victor Sassoon to help children suffering from heart defects in the Bahamas. Nominations for the Golden Heart Award 2010 can be delivered to the Golden Heart Award Committee, PO Box N-8189; or alternatively, submissions can be hand-delivered to Grosham Property, Cable Beach. This is the office site for The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. The deadline for nominations is January 14, 2011. A call for nominations for the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award CONGRATULATION: R E Barnes, the Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation chairman, and Dr Donald Gerace, 2009 Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award winner. SURVIVOR

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THERE are some vegetables that require much cooler conditions than others in order to grow successfully. These should be planted towards the end of October when nighttime temperatures drop considerably and conditions become favourable. Bitterness is a quality of lettuce that makes it what it is, but when the bitterness is too pronounced lettuce becomes inedible. Warm growing conditions promote bitterness and bolting the production of a seed stalk, after which the plant is fit only for the compost bin or to produce seeds. Our store bought iceberg and romaine lettuce generally comes to us from California where conditions are perfect for their growth. It is best to avoid growing these and look for lettuce varieties that have been developed for tropical conditions. These lettuces will be smaller than Californian ones but should satisfy our needs. There is a wide variety of lettuce types that can be grown in our gardens between now and March, the most reliable performers being loose leaf such as Simpson Black-Seeded. Loose leaf lettuces come in an array of colours from green to bronze to red, and have the advantage that their leaves can be picked individually as required. One sandwich? A couple of leaves. A salad bowl? Cut the whole plant. If you are determined to grow romaine then you may need to germinate your seeds in the refrigerator. Plant them in a small pot, water them and leave them on a fridge shelf for week. Once the seedlings are about two inches tall you can transplant to the garden. Locally grown romaine is usually coarse and chewy, edible but far from prime. Crisphead lettuces may be a better choice. These grow to the size of a softball and have a crunchy texture rather like iceberg. Lettuces in general have small root balls and care should be taken to keep them relatively moist and with adequate fertiliser. Frozen garden peas are a mainstay as a vegetable side dish but only by growing your own will you experience the truly delightful taste of fresh peas. Peas are best grown in rows and the soil in which they are grown should have compost or commercial cow manure added. Most pea varieties need some sort of staking and are best grown against a trellis. Normal garden peas should be picked once the pods are full and almost cylindrical. Mangetout peas are eaten pods and all, usually after a brief steaming. Snow peas are grown solely for their large pods and should be picked early. Strangely enough, despite the name, snow peas are the easiest and most productive of peas to grow in a Bahamian garden. Fresh spinach is loved by many as a substitute for lettuce in salads but has a very short growing season in our climate. Grow plenty and reap often. Spinach is best grown in blocks, allowing three inches between plants. Harvest by clipping the plants just below where the green of the leaves starts and new leaves will grow. Spinach bolts quickly in warm weather so look for a variety that is bolt resistant. Snap or green beans are perhaps the most reliable performers in our winter garden for they grow quickly and bear abundantly. Snap beans can be grown in rows around the edge of garden lots to make the rather fussy chore of picking them somewhat easier. It is almost certain you will end up with more beans than your family can stand. Why not freeze some for a later date? Drop the beans into boiling water and stir for one minute. Drain the beans quickly and plunge them into a bowl of iced water to cool them as close to instantly as possible. Place the beans on a cookie sheet so they are not touching each other and freeze them. Once frozen they can be stored in freezer bags. Don't forget to put the date on the label. For more information and information e-mail gardenerjack@coralwave.com FOR some of us a birthday, anniversary or life altering event propels us into a state of introspection. We chronicle our life, the major players, the paths presented and the choices that we made. We often refer to particular times or stages as high and low points in our life. Whether the wheels of our life were running smoothly or had slowed to a stand still may have helped to shape our recollection. Peeling away at all the external layers of our life we find ourselves naked in our personal pursuit of happiness. If love, health and happiness head our list of life's priorities, then we start to understand how one impacts the other. How we feel about our love, life and intimate relationships is central to our core happiness or unhappiness. Our mental and physical agility plays games with desire and dictates heavily to our sense of peace. For most of us, our journey through life consists of building a pyramid of stuff' in an effort to reach that pinnacle of contentment. We only have to look around to realise that we have joined the general population in acquiring all the social trappings expected of us. Unarguably, things' can make certain aspects of our life easier, but it is not unusual for the novelty to quickly fade. Once again, we are face to face with ourselves. If we are not careful,we can spend a lifetime adding and subtracting people and things in the hope that it brings us peace and fulfillment. We are quick to point the finger of blame on things missing in our lives, or the negative energy surrounding us. Hopefully, over time or even a lifetime, we realise that it is how we deal with life's obstacles that will produce satisfaction. When all is said and done, we return to the same point that happiness is a state of mind. We only have to look at persons who have had horrific pasts or those who look to the future with expected misery and yet tackle life with joy. Happiness is all about pushing forward and dealing with day-to-day struggles. It is an energy that produces fortitude and courage. Scientifically, we know that some of us need a kick-start with pharmaceuticals in order to rearrange the brain chemistry. It may take changing diet and lifestyles just to put us in the starting line. Having faith, that no matter what it takes to get to that point, we will then start to feel a change. If we choose to keep on running and not deal with our problems we find our fears only compounded. Nothing goes away because we cannot hide from ourselves. For many it takes decades of avoidance and discontent before something makes them come to a grinding halt. How to go about this', is a frequently asked question. There is no doubt that it is a process and a mindset. Just to take that first step to understand and want to change from within is hard, even for the strong. To create a philosophy of fearlessness that you will be able to face and tackle anything is not an easy determination. Viewing your life as a journey of self-discovery will open your eyes to a life of wonder. With that in mind, we start to understand that everything thrown in our direction is for a reason, although it may not be immediately apparent. Knowing all of this we should not be surprised to find that it is often the elderly who declare themselves the happiest. Many have come to terms with life's struggles and appreciate the joy of waking up each day. We can start by emulating them by making a point of finding some small happiness each day, and ultimately the gift of life. Maggie Bain is an individual and couples relationship therapist. She is a registered nurse and a certified clinical sex therapist. Listen to 'Love on the Rock' with Maggie Bain every Thursday 5pm-6pm on Island FM 102.9. For appointments call 364-7230, e-mail relatebahamas@yahoo.com or visit www.relatebahamas.blogspot.c om. C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ByALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter DISPELLING the myths surrounding breast cancer and addressing the complex issue of mastectomy were among the topics touched upon in one of the final efforts held in connection with this years Breast Cancer Awareness Month.In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa and Resort's in New Providence attended a seminar featuring guest speaker and surgeon Dr Charles Diggiss, chief medical officer at Doctors Hospital. Dr Diggiss took the attendees on a explanatory journey to increase their understanding of breast cancer, early detection and treatment, beginning with an explanation of the anatomy of the breast and dispelling myths about breast cancer. "While the actual cause of breast cancer remains unknown, a lot of research has been done worldwide and efforts continue to find a cure, however, early detection and treatment are key," he said. Organisers said one question that arose during the session was "whether to keep or lose the breast" once cancer is detected. Dr Diggiss alluded to the dual roles of the breast, its role in breastfeeding and in sexual situations, but he also noted that if it were necessary, it is a part of a woman's body that she can do without. While removing the entire breast or both breasts has an impact on reducing the local recurrence of cancer it does not necessarily increase the chance of survival. President of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group Andrea Sweeting, an eightand-a-half year cancer survivor, also explained to the staff the function and role of support groups in helping cancer victims and survivors. "Many cancer patients think or ask why me', they often feel forsaken that no one understands or cares, and a group such as the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group plays a vital role in a cancer patient's survival," she said. The Sister Sister breast cancer patient support group came out of the multi-practice offices of the Surgical Suite at Centreville Medical Centre, Collins Avenue, co-founded by Dr Diggiss, Dr Locksley Munroe and Nurse Charlene McPhee. The Surgical Suite is a member of the MedNet Group of Companies, of which Dr Diggiss is president. "These compassionate surgeons would cut away our cancer but they could not answer our questions, so that is where the network began," Ms Sweeting told Tribune Health. In recent news, nine members of the Surgical Sister Sister group flew from Nassau to Miami, Florida where they participated in the widely promoted and internationally televised Komen Race for the Cure on Bayfront Park. The race, which garnered worldwide support, is symbolic for the race against time to find a cure for cancer. The nine cancer survivors from the Sister Sister group travelled to show their solidarity by joining hands, hearts and sharing their courage and strength with the over 30,000 women from across the United States and the world. The Komen Race for the Cure was just one of the highlights of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Sister Sister group will be winding down its Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities with an information booth at the College of the Bahamas from 2pm to 4pm and at the Seventh Day Adventist Health Fair at the Mall at Marathon from 6pm to 8pm on October 28. The month's activities culminate with a Sister Sister candlelight vigil in Rawson Square on Saturday, October 30 at 7pm. "The candlelight vigil is where we come together at the end of the month of October. It involves a small walk from George Street and Elizabeth Avenue, and we would meet at Rawson Square where we do praise and worship, one of the survivors will give their testimony as well," Ms Sweeting said. The Sandals health symposium was organised by Sandals' resident nurse Anna Forbes to increase staff support and understanding of breast cancer patients and survivors and to encourage preventative measures during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "We thought to educate our staff about breast cancer and to assist them in getting a better understanding of prevention, early detection and treatment," Nurse Forbes said.Staff of Sandals participate Breast Cancer awareness seminar LEFT TO RIGHT: Anrea Sweeting, president of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group; Nurse Sandra Ferguson-Rolle, vice-president of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group; Helen Rolle, secretary of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group. GREEN SCENE By Gardener Jack LOVING RELATIONSHIPS Do we create our own happiness? By MAGGIE BAIN Cool weather crops Superior: Freshly picked and shelled peas taste far superior to frozen or canned.

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C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter EXCITEMENT is building for 33 young girls who are preparing for the Little Miss Bahamas pageant next month.Among the contestants this year is Madisyn Cole, a fourth grade student from Abaco who is being sponsored by HG Christie. Madisyn's mother, Kathleen Albury, is HG Christie's Abaco estate broker. Meeting the young beauty queen during a recent dress fitting in Nassau, John Christie, vice-president and director of HG Christie, summed up his first impression of her in two words: "Very cute!"TalentedDescribed by her friends and family as "bright, talented and self-assured", Madisyn will represent Abaco on the big night, which is scheduled for November 21 at the Wyndham Nassau Resort. As part of the competition, Madisyn will be required to participate in a cultural costume presentation, an evening gown display and a talent performance. Madisyn is reportedly planning on performing a "cultural dance" for her talent segment. Ms Albury told Tribune Entertainment that her daughter is incredibly excited to be participating in the pageant and does not seem to be nervous at all. "She has loved meeting all the other little girls in the pageant and the rehearsals are going great," the real estate broker said. "She is very proud to represent Abaco, and as far as preparation goes, they will do a stage performance which is a commercial and Madisyn is going to be talking about the history of Abaco."HonouredMs Albury said she feels very honoured by HG Christie's sponsorship of her daughter. "They all have known her since she was a baby and it is great to have my company sponsor her in this competition," she said. The Little Miss Bahamas Organisation just recently recorded a major success one its former queens advanced to the finals and captured the title of World's Mini Miss in Phoenix, Arizona. Adria Albury was the lucky contestant who not only won the title, but also, together with her mom, won in the Mother/Daughter category. A group of over 30 Bahamians attended the international pageant event and celebrated with Adria and her family.Abacos Madisyn Cole has her sights set on Little Miss Bahamas title LITTLE MISS PERFECT : VICE-president and director of HG Christie John Christie, Little Miss Bahamas contestant Madisyn Cole and her mother, HG Christie's Abaco estate broker Kathleen Albury.

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C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONB HEALTH: Body and mind TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer ANNETTE Lunn is a woman who has found herself with an unexpected calling in life Â… for the past five years this mother of three has been on a mission for the deaf in the Bahamas.Mrs Lunn's has immersed herself in the deaf culture, studying sign language and ensuring that deaf individuals are not socially discriminated against. But this wasn't always her life. It wasn't until the birth of her son Kelvin 19 years ago that she realised that her role as a parent would take her down an unusual path. And it was what she calls a "very traumatic" experience giving birth to a child who's hearing was impaired which changed her life forever. "I have three children, Cimmonne, Marques, and Kelvin. But my last, which is Kelvin, was born deaf. It was a very traumatic experience for me because I didn't know any deaf people and none of my family are deaf," she told Tribune Woman "I went through the stages that most parents go through after finding out that their child is deaf. I was in denial and I would say things like my baby will never be able to say mama'. Afterwards I came to accept the situation and my child's disability," she explained. There was never a point in her life that she felt ashamed of her son's disability, Mrs Lunn said. Ensuring that Kelvin felt loved and supported was the most important thing for her. "Oftentimes parents who have kids with disabilities tend to be ashamed of them. They make them feel unloved or unappreciated, and they make them feel as though they are different. But I never did that with him and I think that is the reason why Kelvin is such a proud deaf person. "I think the best thing any parent can do for their child who has a disability is show them that they are just like everyone else. You must never make them feel as though they are different; and parents should not hide their children because all they need to know is that they are loved," Mrs Lunn said.AccomplishmentsBefore moving to the United States in 2005, Kelvin completed primary education here in the Bahamas at the Centre for the Deaf. He has since then been graduated from St Rita's School for the Deaf in Cincinnati, Ohio and is now pursuing a Bachelor's degree in physical education at Gallaudet University in the District of Columbia. Mrs Lunn said she felt that moving Kelvin to Cincinnati and enrolling him at St Rita's School for the Deaf would provide her son with opportunities unavailable to him here in the Bahamas. She said what frustrated her most about the deaf culture in the Bahamas was the lack of role models for her son. Oversees, she said, Kelvin saw deaf doctors, deaf lawyers, deaf bankers and deaf engineers. "I moved him from the Centre for the Deaf (in the Bahamas) not because it wasn't good enough, but because I wanted him to have options. I wanted him to feel as though he could do anything and be anything he wanted to be and not be what people told him to be," she said. Not only did she want her son to have options, she also wanted him to feel comfortable in the community in which he lived. "The deaf community in the Bahamas does not have the exposure they should. Individuals in the deaf community feel isolated because the services that are needed to accommodate them are not present," Mrs Lunn explained. This was part of the reason she became a deaf advocate and began studying, interpreting, and teaching sign language. She said the government of the Bahamas should make it a priority to ensure that deaf individuals have the same opportunities that hearing persons have.AdvocateMrs Lunn recalled a time when she spoke to one of her son's childhood friends who is also deaf and still lives in the Bahamas. She said it saddened her when she heard about his dismay and disappointment over being unable to find employment. "He is having a very hard time finding a job and he wants to work. He wants to do anything he can do, but some employers in the Bahamas are skeptical about hiring deaf individuals. Some of them (deaf persons) happen to find jobs maybe working in the food stores as a packer." However, Mrs Lunn said she will keep advocating for the deaf until this form of discrimination is eradicated. She feels a good start would be introducing sign language as an elective subject in schools. "I would like to see more people learn sign language because it is there to facilitate communication between those who are deaf or hard hearing with those people who can hear," she said. She also believes that law enforcement agents should know basic sign language so that when they come into contact with a deaf person they are able to communicate with them. Mrs Lunn is a sign language interpreter. She interprets at various places such as schools, churches, the Magistrates Courts, sporting events and at workshops. She has also interpreted the theatrical production of Disney's The Lion King. She is a member of St Rita's School for the Deaf Scholarship Planning Committee; the Registry of Interprets for the Deaf; Clarke School for the Deaf's National Development Council, and the Cincinnati State Interpreters Training Programme. Additionally she offers sign language lessons at St Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church every Monday and Wednesday. MISSIONDEAF for theP R O U D D A Y : K e l v i n L u n n s g r a d u a t i o n p i c t u r e H e w a s g r a d u a t e d f r o m S t R i t a s S c h o o l f o r t h e D e a f i n C i nc i n n a t i O h i o .H A P P Y D A Y S : T h e L u n n fa m ilyP R O U D P A R E N T : A n n e t t e L u n n w i t h h e r s o n K e l v i n b e f o r e h i s h i g h s c h o o l p r o m .A mother of three on a

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Girleanu conducts seminar for volleyball coaches C M Y K C M Y K TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 P AGES 12 & 14 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B SF presents individual awards for Austin Knowles tournament... See page 13 By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net THERE are few iron clad, absolute, positively unarguable statements a sports writer can make. These include: Usain Bolt was more impressive than Michael Phelps at the Olympics in Beijing, Eric Snow will never make an open jumper, and Bob Sanders will get injured. Tonight, we add another to the list as October 26 features the beginning of the most eagerly anticipated NBA season ever. Headlining the offseason was the winner of the 2010 Sweepstakes, the Miami Heat, who will immediately turn their attention towards a fierce battle with the Lakers for the rights to be called the National Team of the Bahamas (This is not an overstatement. There was a parade. I'm not making this up, there was an actual LakerP arade...here...in the Bahamas). How do you know what to watch for? Use our guide to the 10 most com pelling storylines to follow during this NBA season, and in true Ramblings fashion,m ost of them actually have nothing to do with basketball at all. 10. John Wall and his quest to surpass Barack Obama as the most recognizable blackg uy in Washington. I know what youre thinking, its the President of the United States, its an unbeatable office, not true. John Wall got the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky to fall in love with him in four months. In the 2008 Presidential Race, Ken tucky was called for John McCain in four minutes. 9. Unless you've been hid ing under a rock, you know that a lockout is looming in 2010. If the NBA does cut teams in an effort to prevent the lockout, then that means 60 players would be free agents and entering a supple mental draft. We could see everyone hustling like its a contract year, just to see who would be the first pick in the "Lockout Saving Draft 2011." 8. LeBron James in his return to Cleveland, henceforth, it will be known as the 85 game. I didn't see Kobe's 81, but there's nothing going to pull me away from a television set on December 2 when the Heat visit Gund Arena (This is assuming Dan Gilbert doesn't run onto the court during the tipoff and start wailing on LeBron WWE style with a steel chair. I'm not completely ruling that out from happening). Putting the S back in Heat Renaldos Ramblings S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 N N P P S S A A S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L G G A A M M E E T T W W O O C C A A L L L L E E D D O O F F F F GAME two of the New Providence Softball Association womens best-ofseven championship series between the defending champions Pineapple Air Wildcats and the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks w as called off Sunday night. Apparently, members of the defending mens champions Commando Security Truckers blocked the entrance to the Lady Sharks dugout, denying them the opportunity to get on the field to play the game against the Wildcats. The Truckers had been expelled from the NPSA after they refused to continue playing game one against the Dorin United Hitmen Friday night. As a result of their actions, the NPSA executive committee awarded the championship title to the Hitmen. The Truckers, however, showed up in defiance of the ruling to play game two. The NPSA had scheduled game two to be played last night. C C Y Y C C L L I I N N G G J J U U P P P P W W I I N N R R A A C C E E FRESH of his appearance at the XIX Common wealth Games in New Delhi, India, Laurence Jupp came home and won the JAR Cycling Classics road race on Sunday. Jupp clocked one hour, 10 minutes and 39:49 seconds to beat out a field of 21 other competitors. He was followed by Lee Farmer (1:10:43:99 Holowesko was third (1:13:47:52 Sweeting fourth (1:16:01:24 sation Jay Major complet ing the top five (1:16:01:93 S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L E E X X U U M M A A C C H H U U R R C C H H L L E E A A G G U U E E THE Exuma Sporting Church League kicked off its 2010 season Saturday night with three of the four games scheduled played. In the upset of the night, Rickey Rolle hit a rocket home run to right field to lead St Andrews Anglican to a 2-0 win over Mt Olive Baptist. Church of God, led by Maverick Ferguson and Fred Rolle, crushed Gilead 15-2 and Ebenezer knocked St Johns 9-1. In the other game scheduled, Palestine Baptist lost by default to St Peters. G G Y Y M M N N A A S S T T I I C C S S S S P P O O N N S S O O R R A A S S T T A A R R P P R R O O G G R R A A M M M M E E THE Bahamas Gym nastics Parent Booster Club, in conjunction with Bahamas Star Gymnastics, is scheduled to launch its Sponsor-A-Star Programme on November 4 at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. Minister of Sports Charles Maynard is expected to attend along with the scholarship funds screening committee that includes Bahamian Olympic medallist Eldece Clarke, Attorney-at-Law Cheryl Bazard, Ginny McKinney of Can For Kids, Mark Cartwright of FAMFest and Pastor Randy Curtis, Church of God of Prophecy, Carmichael District. The scholarship programme targets youngsters who have the desire and/or aptitude for the sport, but are unable to enjoy the benefits due to financial limitations. SPORTS IN BRIEF By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net P eter Sweet P Brown and Sharon The General Storr were long-time rivals on the basketball court. Now they will be reunited when they are enshrined together in the National Hall of Fame. Brown and Storr have had more headto-head match-ups than any other players, but ask both of them and they would quickly tell you that they never envisioned being on the same stage again Friday when the ceremony at Government House takes place 7pm Friday as expected. I wasnt expecting it this early, said Brown, the quick dealing point guard for the Becks Cougars. I was pleasantly surprised, but I think Im worthy of it. Its pretty much something that I didnt expect at the time, butI think the whole overall idea was a good one in that you honour people while they are still alive and you remember those who would have passed away. Brown, who celebrated his 61st birthday on October 19, said he hopes the induction ceremony would inspire the younger people to distinguish themselves in sports or other endeavors so that they can better themselves and better the country in the bigger picture. Brown and Storr will be part of a 14member Class of 2010 inductees, which includes Winifred 'Winnie' Bethel-Rus-s ell in netball, Eleutheras Douglas Long-time rivals set to be reunited in Hall of Fame S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net FORMER Romanian national team member Dan Girleanu has been assisting the Bahamas Volleyball Fed eration over the past two weeks. Now working as the technical direc tor at the FIVB Regional Development Centre in Barbados, Girleanu said the Bahamas has a lot of talent that just needs to be harnessed. Girleanu, who played on Romanias bronze medal winning team at the 1980 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, said while he could have pursued a career in law where he holds a degree, he opted to continue to make his con tribution to the sport. This is what I like to do, said Girleanu, who moved to Barbados in 1996 to establish the Regional Development Centre with the view of him moving around to assist the Caribbean. A lack of funding prevented him from achieving his ultimate goal, but Girleanu said as it was mandated for him to travel, the Bahamas Volleyball Federation contacted him to conduct a clinic for the local coaches and hence he made the trip here. While here for the past two weeks, he conducted a seminar for 19 coaches, conducting sessions all day, every day for the duration of the two cours es that he put on. I was very pleased with the progress that I saw the students (coaches es, he stressed. I think the Bahamas is in good hands. During his tenure, Girleanu was also invited to assist the coaches with the preparation of the junior national boys and girls teams, who are hoping to travel next year. It was good to exchange ideas and exchange the way we coach, he stated. I think it was beneficial for all of us. But I am convinced that the Bahamas has a lot of talent here, as Ive seen throughout the Caribbean. The trip was made possible through the Bahamas Olympic Committees Solidarity Programme and secretary general Rommel Knowles said they were just delighted to accommodate Girleanu. With him coming in and imparting his knowledge, I think the sport will only continue to grow, Knowles said. Our goal and objective in the Bahamas Olympic Committee is to see the day when we can have a team qualify for the Olympic Games. So we will continue through the Olympic Solidarity to provide the assistance to all of our Olympic sports with the hope of one day getting them into the Olympics. This is just the first step in that direction for volleyball. BVF first vice president Joseph Joe Mo Smith said they were very impressed with the knowledge that Gileanu imparted to them, especially the local players. He did a setters course for five days and then he did a middle players course for five days, he said. We decided to specify those two areas because every year that we do a course, its for level one. We have some 150 level one coaches here in the Bahamas, but its not helping the programme much because they go into the school system. But when we specify, we can identify persons to better help us with our national programme. There were some seven persons from the Family Islands who partici pated. Four came from Cat Island and three were from Abaco. So it now filters down to the Family Islands so whenever we go down there, it makes our job a lot easier so that we can find the people to iden tify with for the programme, Smith said. Smith said the federation was only pleased to utilise Girleanus service to assist in their junior programme to get them a jump start on their preparation for next years trip. The venue for their tournament has not yet been finalised, but they are expected to travel in July. Smith said they hope to capitalise on the pointers they got from Girleanu in their training programme. THE Nassau Yacht Club is in the final stages of readying itself to receive well over 100 international sailors, and yachts competing in the much heralded annual Miami to Nassau Ocean Race. With the continued support of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the 2010 event is scheduled for an 11am November 11 start off Government Cut in Miami, with the highly com petitive crews sailing 176 nautical miles non-stop across the unpre dictable Gulf Stream, leaving Great Isaac and Great Stirrup to starboard on their way to the finish at the entrance to Nassau Harbour. The first yachts are expected to arrive in Nassau on November 12. The Miami Nassau race is one of the most historical races on the sailing calendar. The prestigious Nassau Cup is a highly sought after trophy that is emblazoned with the names of world famous skippers on some of the world's finest racing sailboats, including Ted Turner of America's Cup fame on the yacht Tenacious. Other noteworthy sailors that have vied for the Cup are Dennis Conner, Dick Bertram, Ted Hood and Bobby Symonette. Anniversary The race was first sailed in 1934, making 2010 the 77th anniversary of the inaugural event. The course record was set in 1988 by George S Coumantaros on the yacht Boomerang in a time of 14 hours, 26 minutes and 39 seconds. As a sailing record of 22 years standing, the organising committee anticipate a successful assault on the record books in the coming years. Competition for the Nassau Cup is open to separate classes for IRC, PHRF and MASF In addition to prizes with a distinctly Bahamian flair, the Nassau Cup is awarded to the winner of IRC, the Arthur Bosworth Trophy to the winner of PHRF, and the Calvert Cup to the winner of MASF. The first yacht across the line on elapsed time is awarded the historic Coral Harbour Yacht Club Trophy. The Nassau Yacht Club is proud to co-host the race with the Coral Reef Yacht Club, The Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club. The hosts are delighted that from 2010 the event has returned to its roots through race management by the Southern Ocean Racing Conference, making it a part of the stable of ocean races that now also include the Fort Lauderdale to Key West race, the Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay race and the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston race. Yachts in the event will each carry GPS enabled personal tracker units to facilitate on line tracking of positions, allowing race officials and members of the public to follow progress of competitors on the web: w w w w w w . t t r r a a c c k k l l e e a a d d e e r r s s . c c o o m m Ov er 100 to set sail in ocean r ace ne xt month Says Bahamas has plenty of young talent DIG THIS: A player in the junior programme gets ready for next years trip. GIRLEANU

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THE Bahamas Softball Federation (BSF individual player awards at the end of the Austin Knowles Invitational High School Tournament Saturday night/Sunday morning at the Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. G G i i r r l l s s D D i i v v i i s s i i o o n n Most hits (6 (North Andros Most wins (3-1 (North Andros Batting champion (.800 na Newbold (Spanish Wells A A l l l l T T o o u u r r n n a a m m e e n n t t t t e e a a m m Pitcher Natoria Knowles (North Andros), catcher Patra Johnson (North Andros Amanda Barr (North Andros ond base Nakishae Moss (Nassau Christian Academy), shortstop Bethany McGee (Spanish Wells leftfield Beanna Newbold (Spanish Wells), centerfield Kadijah Bain (CV Bethel Tador (Spanish Wells Round robin most valuable player Natoria Knowles (North Andros B B o o y y s s D D i i v v i i s s i i o o n n Most hits (6 (NGM Most runs (3 (Nassau Christian Academy Batting champion (.714 Thompson (Government High A A l l l l T T o o u u r r n n a a m m e e n n t t t t e e a a m m Pitcher David Nathan (Nassau Christian Academy), catcher Darius Albury (Spanish Wells Akeem Newton (Government High), second base Julius Lord (Doris Johnson Thompson (Government High shortstop Zhivargo Archer (CV Bethel), leftfield Jared Saunders (Nassau Christian Academy terfield Austin Pinder (Spanish Wells) and right-field Brian Cargill (Doris Johnson Round robin most valuable player Laron Taylor (NGM C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL SPORTS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Long-time rivals set to be reunited in National Hall of Fame 'Douggie' Smith in softball and baseball, politician Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt in basketball and volleyball, Keith Parker in track and field, Biminis Gomeo Brennen in boxing, Leonard 'Skeeter' Dames in a vari ety of sports, Celestine WilsonAlbury in volleyball, Andy Knowles in swimming, the late great golfing executive Freddie Higgs, the late Basil T Kelly, the late Carl 'Mr Vol-l eyball' Minnis and the late Ank Rahming. From the time he started playing basketball at the age of 14 in 1962, Brown and his Cougars, coached by Arthur Gully Rolle, were always in a fierce battle with Storr and his Kentucky Colonels, coached by late Leviticus Uncle Lou Adderley and Anthony Bando Bostwick before he ended up under the tutelage of Martin Lundy and Steve Bullah Pinder, up until the time of his retirement around 1984. With their names synonymous with each other on the court, although there is a slight difference in their ages, Brown said its quite an honour to be enshrined with Storr. Playing against him was a treat because you had to be at your best if you wanted to win, Brown said. And even when you were at your best, you still didnt win. Theres still the argument as to who won more titles. While they both put in a plug for their team being the best, one thing is certain. They both had a heated battle on the court. Today, theyre the best of friends and Storr said their induction is just the highlight of what Bahamians have done for sports. Pr oud Im very glad and proud to be a p art of the recognition, he said. As a former senior sports officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Storr played a key role in the initiation of the Hall of Fame. One of the greatest things is that somebody recognised that I made a contribution, said Storr, who is still regarded as one of, if not, the greatest basketball players in the country. I hope and I believe that I made a significant contribution. But one of my biggest disappointments in this country is the fact that too many people are walking away from sports without any recognition. After completing his tenure on the basketball court, Storr moved into administration at the Ministry ofS ports until 2005 when he officially retired. Like Brown, Storr said hes delighted to have his arch-rival join him on the same stage once again, just like they did when they competed against each other. When we competed against each other, we neutralized each other, he pointed out. There was always the question of who was the best, but if we are going in together, obviously it had to be close. Although theres no official record available, Storr, who was moved up from the junior division to play in the senior league a year before his eligibility was up, say the Colonels won more. L ooking back at his career, 58year-old Storr said right now he is enjoying life because hes getting a chance to give back to the sport that helped him to excel to the point where hes going to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 BSF presents individual awards for Austin Knowles tourney BOYS CHAMPIONS: Jordan Prince Williams Falcons. GIRLS CHAMPIONS: North Andros.