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PAGE 2B, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011

THE TRIBUNE



By ROYALFIDELITY
CAPITAL MARKETS

It was a moderate week of
trading in the Bahamian stock
market.

Investors traded in six out
of the 24 listed securities, with
two advancers and three
decliners.

EQUITY MARKET

A total of 60,635 shares
changed hands, representing a
significant increase of 25,935
shares compared to the pre-
vious week's trading volume
of 34,700 shares.

AML Foods (AML) was
the volume leader and biggest
advancer, trading a volume of
36,750 shares to see its stock
price increase by $0.04, clos-





ing at $1.01. Finance Corpo-
ration of the Bahamas (FIN)
was the big decliner last week,
trading a volume of 2,000
shares to see its share price
fall $0.72, closing at $6.51, a
new 52-week low.

Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) traded a volume of
10,585 shares to see its share
price decrease by $0.15, clos-
ing at $6.85.

FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
traded a volume of 5,800
shares to see its stock increase
by $0.01, closing at $5.47.

Cable Bahamas (CAB)
traded a volume of 4,900
shares, its stock falling $0.25
to close at $10.21.

BOND MARKET
No notes traded last week.

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COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases:

FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank (Bahamas) (CIB)
released its unaudited finan-
cials for the quarter ended
October 31, 2010.

Net income attributable to
equity holders for the quar-
ter, of $11.4 million, declined
by $18 million or 61 per cent
from $29.4 million in the same
quarter in the prior year.

Net interest income in the
quarter fell by $3.6 million or
10 per cent quarter-over-quar-
ter (QoQ), from $36.9 million
to $33.3 million, while oper-
ating income of $7.2 million
decreased by $2.7 million or
27 per cent.

CIB's operating expenses
of $23.2 million increased sig-
nificantly quarter-over-quar-
ter by $4.1 million or 21 per
cent, with loan loss expense
of $6 million also increasing
significantly by $7.7 million
from a loan loss recovery of
$1.7 million in the same quar-
ter in the prior year.

Management indicated that
the operating results of the
bank have been impacted by
the continuing adverse eco-
nomic conditions.

Earnings per share for the
quarter were $0.09 compared
to $0.25 in the comparative
quarter.

Total assets and liabilities
at October 31, 2010, were $3.6
billion and $2.9 billion respec-
tively, compared to $3.8 bil-
lion and $3.1 billion at the
previous fiscal year-end.

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BISX CLOSING WKLY PRICE VOLUME YTD PRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE CHANGE
AML $ 1.01 $0.04 36,750 412%
BBL $ 0.18 $- 0 0.00%
BOB $ 4.90 $- 0 0.00%
BPF $ 10.63 $- 0 0.00%
BSL $ 5.01 $- 0 0.00%
BWL $ 2.70 $- 0 0.00%
CAB $ 10.21 $-0.25 4,900 -2.39%
CBL $ 6.85 $-0.15 10,585 -2.14%
CHL $ 2.40 $- 0 0.00%
CIB $ 9.39 $- 0 0.00%
CWCB $ 2.02 $0.19 0 10.38%
DHS $ 1.60 $- 0 0.00%
FAM $ 6.07 $- 600 0.00%
FBB $ 2.17 $- 0 0.00%
FCL $ 5.47 $0.01 5,800 0.18%
FCLB $ 1.00 $- 0 0.00%
FIN $ 6.51 $-0.72 2,000 -9.96%
ICD $ 7.40 $- 0 0.00%
JSJ $ 9.82 $- 0 0.00%
PRE $ 10.00 $- 0 0.00%
BISX SYMBOL DESCRIPTION VOLUME PAR VALUE
FBB13 FBB Series C 0 $1,000
Notes Due 2013
FBB15 FBB Series D 0 $1,000
Notes Due 2015
FBB17 FBB Series A 0 $1,000
Notes Due 2017
FBB22 FBB Series B 0 $1,000
Notes Due 2022
FOREX Rates Weekly % Change
Currency
CAD 1.0107 0.21
GBP 1.5876 2.05
EUR 1.3387 3.65
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Cat Is] developers ‘invested a fortune’

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Developers of the multi-mil-
lion dollar Cat Island resort
project featuring the first PGA
Village outside the US have
“invested a fortune” and are
“100 per cent in this project”,
their Bahamian attorney said,
although islanders remain scep-
tical they are on target for their
May 2012 first phase opening.

As the Prime Minister touted
the potential for the project to
play host to the Bahamas’ first
wind farm, island sources sug-
gested that the Cat Island
Beach and Golf Resort and
PGA Village may not meet its
May 2012 first phase comple-
tion date due to financial issues
arising from the economic
downturn.

Despite suggestions in April
2010 that “tremendous head-
way” had been made “‘in all
aspects of this development”

$30m spent on land, but uncertainty over whether enough
progress made in time for planned May 2012 opening

since its April 2009 ground-
breaking - in the midst of the
economic downturn - sources
who have visited the site have
expressed scepticism that a May
2012 opening target will be met.

Several Cat Island sources
told Tribune Business that
seemingly small steps have
been taken by the development
company towards completion
of the 1,906 acre waterfront
resort. Phase one of the resort
is intended to be a PGA Vil-
lage, the first of its kind out-
side the US. The plans include
a PGA Golf Club, two 18-hole
championship golf courses, The
PGA Clubhouse, PGA histori-
cal centre, PGA learning and
performance centre, PGA
branded golf cottages and a
full-service beach club. The

GFAL chief denies new BIC offer

Anthony Ferguson, president of CFAL (the former Colina
Financial Advisors), yesterday told Tribune Business it was
“absolutely not the case” that he or the company had submitted a
revised, 100 per cent Bahamian bid to acquire the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company (BTC).

Several business community sources had told this newspaper that
Mr Ferguson had submitted a revised BTC bid to the Prime Min-
ister over the Christmas-New Year period, CFAL having previously
partnered with Atlantic Tele-Network in a bid the Government and
privatisation committee had rejected. Emphatically denying this,
Mr Ferguson said: “That’s not the case. In the first instance, when
we were involved with the other group, our role was as advisors,
corporate advisory, and bringing local investment to the table -
Bahamian equity to the table, which we support.”

FROM page 1B

ation every time you renew the
certification of registration.”

Captain Butler also told Tri-
bune Business that the
Bahamas also needed to sign
the Cape Town Convention if
its aircraft registry was to suc-
ceed.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, minister of tourism and
aviation, last week told the
Bahamas Business Outlook
conference that the Govern-
ment now possessed draft leg-
islation for the creation of a
Bahamian aircraft registry, and
the deadline for it to start dis-
cussions with industry was last
week.

““A number of things are con-
verging quite nicely,” Mr Van-
derpool-Wallace said in respect
of the Bahamian aviation indus-
try.

The minister was questioned
by Captain Butler, with the
minister, in response to his con-
cerns about the impact on the
sector from increased Nassau
Airport Development Compa-
ny (NAD) and Civil Aviation
fees, plus threats of increased
Customs duties, saying: “I got
your e-mail, and we’ll meet lat-
er in the week.”

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
added of the aviation industry
and its importance to tourism:
“There’s no question that’s an
important part of the equation.
We have a plan we think we’d
like to go forward with. The
Government has a green paper
on aviation, and has had con-
versations with members of the
industry.”

Captain Butler later told Tri-
bune Business that the Bahami-
an airline operators “feel hope-
less, they feel frustrated” at the
latest impositions on them-
selves and their industry, and
questioned whether anyone was

We do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused her.

Management

Cat Island Golf and Beach
Resort is to include the devel-
opment of single-family resi-
dential home sites, attached res-
idences, village townhomes, an
apartment complex and the
development of a boutique-
style, five-star hotel and spa
with attached residences.

The remainder of the village
will consist of “clothing and
jewelry shops, local crafts, local
artisans, car and bicycle rentals,
an oceanfront bar, deep-sea
fishing charters and a children’s
day camp”, according to a
release issued last year by the
developers.

But a Cat Island source said
he would be “very surprised”
if the developer meets a May
2012 scheduled opening date,
which was announced at that
time based on progress so far.

“Their indication was that
they would have moved ahead
some time last June, but that
didn’t occur. Then there were
rumblings that they would’ve
started up again later on last
year. It appears that they have
done some preparation but that
is the extent of it,” the source
said.

“Brom what I understand,
the model they had designed
for the development was
derailed by the global reces-
sion, and a number of people
they’d targeted to make it
viable postponed their partici-
pation. They were hoping the

AIRCRAFT REGISTRY “MAKES NO SENSE

listening.

He pointed to the $500,000
owed to the Out Island Promo-
tions Board by Gulfstream Air-
lines for route development,
stating that no Bahamian-
owned airline had received such
support for their routes.

“There still seems to be a
lack of will to get it done,” Cap-
tain Butler said. “The Minister
knows what needs to be done.”

He added that the $50 million
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) funded program
to assist with aviation reform
in the Bahamas would not work
unless the right technical skills
were in place here.

Wendy Warren, the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board’s (BFSB) executive
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economy would turn around.”

Director-General of
Tourism, David Johnson, said
his office had recently been in
touch with developers Cat
Island Partners, who again indi-
cated a May 2012 opening date
for the project.

However, he was not closely
acquainted with what work was
being done on the ground at
present, and suggested the
Director of Investments in the
Prime Minister’s Office would
have more up to date informa-
tion. The developer’s legal rep-
resentative in the Bahamas,
Robert Van Wynan of Callen-
der’s and Co, said he could not
speak extensively on behalf of
the developer, but emphasised
that the company is “100 per
cent in this project” having
“invested a fortune” so far.

“They are moving as fast as
they can based on permissions
they need to obtain and are
obtaining. Once one or two
issues are resolved, they’ll be
off,” said Mr Van Wynan. Mes-
sages left for the development
company were not returned.

Speaking at the Bahamas
Business Outlook last Thurs-
day, in response to a question
from an audience member
about whether the Government

to Cat Island as a place where
he is hopeful progress will be
made through a public/private
partnership.

In an interview with Tribune
Business, Minister of the Envi-
ronment with responsibility for
the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration, Earl Deveaux, con-
firmed it is within the scope of
the Cat Island Beach and Golf
Resort and PGA Village that
such a project is intended to
take shape. “The PGA project
have as part of their agenda to
put in a wind station to pro-

duce part of their energy. Their
site is particularly suited to
wind generation, and it will
enhance the overall environ-
ment without taking from their
project,” said Mr Deveaux.

Asked whether it is envis-
aged that the proposed wind
farm would also provide energy
to other residents of Cat Island,
Mr Deveaux added: “We pro-
pose to accommodate their sur-
plus power through BEC’s grid.
By the time they do it ,the Act
will have been amended to
allow for that.”

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FROM page 1B

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ing degrees, been left prone
to flooding as a result - with
Blue Hill Road Meat Mart
likely to be worst hit, they
say.
Mr Moss said: “The road
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are now in the valley, and
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their right to pursue the
Government over damages
stemming from flooding
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result.”

Mr Robert, who accused
the Government and con-
struction workers of a “don’t
care attitude” towards busi-
nesses in the area, estimates
his Blue Hill road Super
Value store is now around
“five to six inches” below
road level.

Drainage

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start work digging drainage
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potential for flooding left
the businessman decrying
what he predicted would be
further weekend business
losses, as customers would
seek to avoid the construc-
tion work which had blight-
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Mr Roberts also called
such a step a “band aid”
solution to a problem that
never should have arisen in

the first place. “They should
come and build our parking
lot up (to the level of the
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Blue Hill Road and Robin-
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Business was said to have
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was initiated without rea-
sonable due diligence and
consultation having
occurred.

Other stores, such as the
Blue Hill Road Meat Mart,
estimated losses of up to 80
per cent.

Expectation

Mr Roberts said it was his
expectation, based on his
understanding of the ruling
won by the group, that dam-
ages would continue to
accrue “until (the Govern-
ment) fix the problem” that
caused the losses in the first
place - that is, finish the road
works and remove all
impediments to accessing
businesses in the area.

While business has
improved since the bulk of
the roadworks was finished
and associated obstructions
removed, “it’s not back to
where it was before”, said
Mr Roberts.

However, the business-
man, who operates 11 Super
Value stores in New Provi-
dence, revealed yesterday
he would be willing to



forego any damages that
may be owed to him - and
expects others might, too - if
the Government would
“correct the mistake” he
believes they committed by
making Blue Hill road a
one-way Street.

Mr Roberts and other
Blue Hill road business own-
ers contended from March
2010, when the switch to a
one-way system was imple-
mented, that the move was
not a good one for business-
es in the area or the motor-
ing public.

He further charged that
due to the narrow width of
the road, it is not well-suited
to being traversed in this
way by traffic and has creat-
ed a risky environment for
motorists.

“The reason they changed
the direction of the road no
longer applies. Cars have
been slamming together try-
ing to go two lanes, and now
they still only really have
one lane.

“We'd be prepared to for-
get damages to see the Gov-
ernment put in another lane,
so we could have two going
one way and one going
south. They should fix it for
the country, the motorists
and the businesses,” said Mr
Roberts.

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whether duty was ultimately
paid once construction was
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“Bahamas Customs has had
the effect of shutting down
construction in Freeport, and
other business to business ser-
vices, as Bond letters for the
year are either slow in coming
or being denied, placing most
contractors in the bind of hav-
ing to purchase duty paid
materials for buildings being
built conditionally duty-free,”
Mr Lowe told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“This has the effect of
increasing construction costs
by up to 40 per cent, depend-
ing on the state of completion
at December 31, 2010, an
increase in costs contractors
are not willing or able to
absorb.”

Inability

Explaining further, the for-
mer Chamber president
added of the construction
industry’s general inability to
purchase bonded, duty free
goods: “It’s an out of the blue
increased costs, when you
were able to construct build-
ings in the bonded realm.

“Tt adds anywhere from 20
per cent on building materials
to 40 per cent on appliances
and major fixtures, depend-
ing on what stage construc-
tion is at.

“Almost everything here
gets built duty-free, even if
it’s duty-paid at the end run.
Everything gets built under
bond, and most contractors
are building bonded con-
struction.”

Bonded goods sales is a
practice whereby Freeport-
based wholesalers, such as
Dolly Madison, Kelly's
(Freeport) and Bellevue
Business Depot, are able to
sell products to other GBPA
licencees for use in their
respective businesses only,
without any duty being paid
to Customs/Government on
their sale.

Commerce gets ‘cut
ass’ in Freeport

However, Customs last
year issued a notice requir-
ing, for the first time, all
Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity (GBPA) licencees to pro-
duce a Letter of Good Stand-
ing from the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) before
their bonded letters - allowing
them to purchase goods for
use in their own business only
- were renewed.

Many, including the
GBPA, have protested that
such a stipulation has no basis
in the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement or any other law,
such as the Customs Manage-
ment Act. However, Tribune
Business has learned that the
Government amended the
new Business Licence Act
2010 to require that Freeport
businesses obtain such an NIB
letter before they can clear
any goods via Customs.

“That’s going to put a
severe handicap on cash
flow,” Mr Lowe said of the
impact on commerce and con-
struction, “and many of them
[contractors] have sent their
employees home, because
until they get the bonded let-
ter they can’t proceed. It’s
resulting in a serious drop in
sales of bonded goods to con-
tractors, which are not being
converted into duty-paid
sales, as the Government had
no doubt hoped.

“They’re [the Government
and Customs] killing payroll,
killing retail and wholesale
sales, and crapping all over
the economy of Freeport.
They’re not making any sales,
so therefore duty revenues
will drop, too. Bonded sales
are not being converted to

duty-paid sales. It’s going to
have the opposite effect of
what they intended, which
was to increase duty-paid rev-
enue streams.”

Mr Lowe told Tribune
Business that Customs, via its
NIB letter demand, had effec-
tively taken away the bond-
ed letter rights that were a
legitimate expectation of
GBPA licencees.

He pointed out that Cus-
toms did not have the power
to strip away licencee rights,
this being reserved for the
GBPA itself.

“At the end of the day,
most of the contractors have
shut down, because they can-
not absorb those increased
costs,” Mr Lowe said. “Con-
struction has not restarted
after Christmas. I would say
the hit to commerce in
Freeport is equal to the reces-
sion; it’s another recession, or
a recession of the same scale
all over again.

Arbitrary

“The Government is using
arbitrary enforcement unsup-
ported by law, and it’s unfor-
tunate that the Government
feels so threatened by
Freeport. They don’t have the
courtesy to come and discuss
anything with us, because they
haven’t, and there’s no one
that I know who has been
meeting with the Comptrol-
ler, as he’s claimed.

“They’ve definitely put a
cut ass on business. They’re
killing revenues, killing their
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Freeport. One really has to

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BORCO buyer to pay $340m
for remaining 20% interest

FROM page 1B

its net indebtedness would
rise by $775 million on top o
its existing $1.8 billion.

Still, the deal removes the
possibility of any boardroom
clash between Vopak and
Buckeye had the former
remained in. Had it done so,
Buckeye Partners had warned
that it would have the ability
to "block approval of the
annual budget, certain capi-
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budget modifications, certain
incurrences of debt, certain
sales and acquisitions, the hir-
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manager and the entry or ter-
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Revealing that it was seek-
ing to close BORCO's pur-







chase by April 18 this year,
Buckeye Partners said it was
aiming to repay all the debt
held by the Freeport-based
oil storage facility's parent
company.

"Tt is our intention that all
of FRBCH's [BORCO's par-
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edness ($279.3 million as of
September 30, 2010, com-
prised of $279.3 million of
indebtedness for borrowed

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payoff will be funded by our
contribution to the capital of
FRBCH of an amount equal
to such net indebtedness,"
Buckeye Partners disclosed.
"In connection with the
closing, we intend to make a
contribution of capital to
FRBCH in an amount suffi-
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net indebtedness, and to
make a payment to Vopak
and certain members of
BORCO management that
will be due five days following
closing of the BORCO acqui-
sition.”

Sell

Vopak, BORCO's operat-
ing partner, has until Friday to
decided whether it wants to
cash out, too, and sell its 20
per cent equity stake to Buck-
eye Partners. Its operating
agreement is until April 29,
2013, and if this is not
renewed it can be terminat-
ed on every two-year anniver-
sary from that date.

"In connection with the
pending BORCO acquisition,
we obtained a commitment
from the underwriters to
arrange certain senior unse-
cured bridge loans in an
aggregate amount up to $595
million (or up to $775 million
in the event we also purchase
Vopak's 20 per cent interest
in FRBCH, and such pur-
chase occurs concurrently
with the purchase from First
Reserve)," Buckeye Partners
added.

Reiterating BORCO's
attraction for it, Buckeye
Partners said: "No other inter-
national commercial storage
terminal enjoys BORCO's
proximity to the US demand

and supply centres, as well as
its scale and comprehensive
service offerings.

"BORCO's terminal is a
premier marine storage facil-
ity with a unique position as a
strategic logistics hub.

"The terminal has 21.6 mil-

the world.

920 miles from New York

tions."

And Buckeye Partners }
"We believe that }
BORCO's customer demand

is well in excess of its cur- ; customers for the exchange of

rently available capacity. }

BORCO has received strong }

indications for contract ; ef commercial banks have fol-

renewals from current cus- { lowed suit.

tomers, and there is a signifi- } ; 7
cant backlog of demand from } Mr Rolle confirmed. a
additional potential cus- ¢ 10% OBss Were one
: petroleum industry. Obvious-

"In addition, BORCO has } IY those ee eee thin
received significant interest | 48s, and any deposit over
from ae and new cus- } STU 000 the Danie as charging
tomers for the increased stor- } ior

abe Caparily expected 10 Be especially when you’re in a
pene a ates : business operating on slim mar-
ene ere cane gins. Any fees and taxes take

5 ? away from the bottom line
We believe the BORCO immediately.”
acquisition will support future }
regional and international : added: “We’re planning on try-

growth opportunities. There : ing to meet with the commer-

are potential synergies with | cial banks at the end of the

our existing assets in the con- : month. That will probably be

tinental US and our newly : one of the issues we talk about.

acquired refined products ter- }

added:

tomers.

years.

minal in Yabucoa, Puerto
Rico,
Caribbean market opportuni-
ties."

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Chamber seeks
hank meeting

-On fee increase

lion barrels of storage capac- }
ity with deepwater access up }
to 91 feet, and the ability to ;
berth the largest tankers in :
} edon high revenue volumes but

“Located only 80 miles }
from southern Florida and }

FROM page 1B

low profit margins, Mr Rolle
said, and had been impacted by

; the Royal Bank of Canada’s
Harbour, BORCO is strate- }
gically located to act as a hub }
in facilitating international }
logistics for bulk-build, break- ;
bulk and blending opera- }
: a $1 charge on all over-the-

decision to charge a 1 per cent
fee for over-the-counter
deposits worth more than
$10,000.

The bank has also introduced

counter withdrawals and debits
from savings accounts, and a 1
per cent charge to non-RBC

coins into bills for amounts over
$100. It is unclear whether oth-

“We got some complaints,”

“That’s a growing concern,

The BCCEC chairman

There are a whole host of issues

: that need to be discussed, and
as well as other :

that will probably be one of

: them.”

While the bank fee increases

seemed relatively minimal, Mr
? Rolle indicated they had to be

seen in a wider context, which
included the Bahamas’ rela-
tively high labour and utility
costs, the impact of the 2010-
2011 Budget tax increases on
the private sector, and the
recent National Insurance
Board (NIB) unemployment
benefit and prescription drug
programme-induced contribu-
tion rate rises to 10 per cent.

“A general discussion needs
to be had, not only on the fees,
but the general climate for
doing business in the
Bahamas,” Mr Rolle told Tri-
bune Business. “We have to
talk about rising taxes, every-
thing that came at the end of
last year, and we have to under-
stand what the impact of all
these fees is for the business
community.

“Rather than single one out,
we have to address all of these
issues comprehensively. One of
the major things Id like to see
is the cost of business has to be
reduced, and we have to look at

? ways to reduce this from the
? regulatory point of view.”

While the new Business

? Licence Act promised to cut
? out much red tape and bureau-
? cracy, Mr Rolle said the Gov-
? ernment and private sector
: needed to examine other issues,
: adding: “Utility costs are one
? of them, NIB costs are one of
} them, labour costs are extreme-
: ly high.

“So much time is spent

? before the Labour Board. I was
} before the Labour Board
} before Christmas dealing with
: an employee claiming unfair
} dismissal, but they walked off
? the job. That was three pro-
: ductive hours out of my day.
? There has to be a better way
: of doing business in this coun-
? try.”

Mr Rolle was supported by

: Winston Rolle, the BCCEC’s
? acting executive director, who
: told Tribune Business that the
? various fee and tax increases
? being experienced by the pri-
? vate sector had to be examined
: in totality, not isolation.

Pointing out that the

: Bahamas was enduring “a very
? rough economic time”, Win-
: ston Rolle said many business-
? es were still waiting to see how
? the Business Licence Act
: reforms and NIB increases
? would play out.

“It’s all adding up. A little

: bit here, a bit there,” Winston
? Rolle said, “and has to be
looked at in totality.” The pri-
? vate sector still did not know
? the Government’s policy direc-
} tion on the Bahamas Electrici-
: ty Corporation (BEC), and
? there were fears about the
: impact of oil price rises on
? transportation, energy and oth-
} er costs across the board in this
? economy.

“What we have to do from

} the Chamber’s perspective is
: bring all the pieces together, so
? we can show the total picture,”
: Winston Rolle said. “It’s a
? rough business time, and let’s
? hope things economically do
} start to kind of turn for the pos-
? itive.”

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CLICO LIQUIDATOR EYES ‘COMPLEX’ DEAL FOR KEY $83 MILLION ASSET

FROM page 1B

such a deal.

“One of the issues which
has arisen pertains to the
financing structure of the
sale, and whether or not the
seller would be in a position,
after receipt of a substantial
down payment, to hold a pur-
chase money mortgage, to
some extent,” Mr Gomez said
in the court filing.

Tribune Business under-
stands that, given debt financ-
ing is still extremely difficult
to obtain from tight post-
crunch credit markets, the
CLICO (Bahamas) liquidator
is working to structure a
transaction where, in return
for the buyer paying a sub-
stantial portion of the pur-
chase price upfront from its
own equity, the insolvent
insurer would still hold a
mortgage over 100 per cent
of Wellington Preserve.

This would ensure the
interests of Bahamian credi-
tors and policyholders were
protected, and the CLICO
(Bahamas) mortgage - the
balance of the purchase price
- would then be paid off by
the buyer over time, using the
proceeds from real estate
sales it made at Wellington
Preserve.

Any default, and Mr
Gomez would regain control.

Such a structure, even if it is
agreed, would ultimately need
the approval of both the US
Bankruptcy Court in south
Florida and the Bahamas
Supreme Court, something
Mr Gomez alluded to in his
January 14, 2011, filing.

“The parameters of that
possibility are still being
explored,” Mr Gomez said in
relation to the money mort-
gage purchase, “but the
process is time consuming
because, in part, such a deal
structure would likely impli-
cate a plan which would pay



“The entire parcel, before some
lots were subdivided and sold,
was purchased for $55 million in
2004. The estimated ‘as built’ sell
out for the lots was over $120
million three years ago. As is,
even in the economy of today,
the property is worth tens of
millions of dollars - enormously
in excess of the encumber-

ances.”



smaller creditors first, while
there perhaps might be a dis-
tribution in kind of such a
mortgage to the Bahamian
liquidation case.”

Deal

This refers to the fact that
US-based creditors, who are
owed a relatively small per-
centage of CLICO (Bahamas)
total assets in comparison to
their Bahamian counterparts,
are likely to be paid off first
under the deal structure pro-
posed by Mr Gomez.

That might give the courts,
especially the Bahamian
Supreme Court, pause for
thought.

Yet there are further
advantages for Mr Gomez
and the liquidation through
doing this. Tribune Business
understands that the total sum
owed to US creditors of
Wellington Preserve is about
$8 million.

Apart from minor claims
related to costs incurred/ser-
vices provided in keeping
Wellington Preserve running,
the other claims involve a
$1.45 million judgment lien;
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the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) in unpaid federal taxes;
and $3 million in real estate
taxes to the city of Palm
Beach.

The latter two, as govern-
ment entities, have plenty of
influence and can make life
difficult for the liquidation,
so one can see the attraction
for Mr Gomez in paying them
out early.

And, if he is able to obtain
a “substantial” down pay-
ment, once the US creditors
are paid off the CLICO
(Bahamas) liquidator should
have a major multi-million
dollar sum to repatriate to the
Bahamas and pay-off credi-
tors in this nation, who have
now been waiting almost two
years to recover their assets.

The chances of this hap-
pening appear to be good.
“The entire parcel, before
some lots were subdivided
and sold, was purchased for
$55 million in 2004,” Mr
Gomez said of Wellington
Preserve.

“The estimated ‘as built’
sell out for the lots was over
$120 million three years ago.
As is, even in the economy of
today, the property is worth

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tens of millions of dollars -
enormously in excess of the
encumberances.”

Selling Wellington Preserve
ranks alongside, possibly even
above, the transfer of insur-
ance policies among Mr
Gomez’s objectives, since it
accounts for the bulk of CLI-
CO (Bahamas) assets.
Achieving both targets would
clear the way to progressing
the liquidation to a conclu-
sion.

Investment

Reiterating that CLICO
(Bahamas), through its CLI-
CO Enterprises affiliate, had
lent some $73 million to
Wellington Preserve, along

with $10 million in capitalisa-
tion, taking the total invest-
ment to $83 million, Mr
Gomez said he “does not wish
to see the property forced to
auction at a relatively ‘fire
sale price’”.

“Gomez has a Letter of
Intent from one of the groups
with whom he and the bro-
ker have been negotiating,
and the negotiations still
appear to be moving in the
direction of a contract,” the
liquidator added.

“The proposal would
require completion of the
amended plat, which had
been in progress; good title;
approval of this court and oth-
er normal concerns and pre-
requisites for sale.

“While negotiations are
proceeding well with the
potential purchaser, which
represents that it is financial-
ly capable, the prospective
purchaser still needs its due
diligence, and a large com-
plex negotiation takes time.”

Mr Gomez said he had
been forced to hire a new
attorney to deal with Welling-
ton Preserve’s land issues and
revised plans, as the previous
incumbent was the subject of
discovery requests relating to
the development’s affairs.

“Gomez is seeking to trace
the disposition of millions of
dollars, in the absence of any
books and records of Welling-
ton itself being available,” the
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the established protocols for the Inspection and Licensing of Company

Vehicles,

The month of March is traditionally companies’ registration month at
the Road Traffic Department. In an effort to expedite and ensure a
smooth registration process the department advises that registration
will commence January 10, 2011. All companies in New Providence
with a fleet of five (5) or more vehicles are encouraged to prepare and
submit the required documents on the second (2â„¢ ) floor to the
Controller's Office in the Clarence A. Bain Building to ensure an
appointment for Inspection.

All Companies on the Family Islands are asked to submit their
documents to the Road Traffic Department, within their District, or the
Office of the Administrator for registration and inspection.

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-Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.

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A copy of the current disc for each vehicle

Please hand deliver Resume and two (2) references to:- Original certificate of insurance (no copies will be accepted)

The Human Resources Manager
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and shot in head

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A FAMILY has been left
searching for answers after
their daughter was raped and
shot in the head over the
weekend.

The partially-clad body of
26-year-old Inderia Barry was
discovered near a dumpster
on a property at Faith United
Way, off Baillou Hill Road
South.

Her family believe she was
killed and then her body was
dumped at the site. The
young woman was found
wearing only a grey-hooded
sweater and a white T-shirt
at around 7.40 am, according
to police.

Speaking with The Tribune
last night, her father Paul Bar-
ry said he was shocked to
learn of his daughter’s death,
but admitted she had a trou-
bled past.

“She was a tomboy, a les-
bian and she was on the rough
side of the mountain,” Mr
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of his five children, was not
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death.

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“hustler” who engaged in
gang activity.

“T last saw her about a
week and a half ago. I really
have no idea what may have
led someone to kill her. It’s
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POLICE shot and killed a
gunman who they suspect
killed another man at a Nas-
sau bar over the weekend.

Shots rang out near the
OK Bar on East and Hay
streets around 11.30pm Fri-
day.

Plain-clothed police offi-
cers on routine patrol in the
area saw a group of people
running from the bar. They
then spotted an armed man
wearing a camouflage jacket
firing shots from a high-
powered weapon as he
chased another man wearing
a red-hooded jacket.

Police reports state the offi-
cers identified themselves and
ordered the gunman to drop

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DOUBLE MURDER
INVESTIGATION

LATE last night The Tri-
bune received reports of a
double homicide at Zinna
Street in the area of Kennedy
sub-division.

Visiting the scene last night,
The Tribune was unable to
receive a complete update of
the shooting as the police
were still processing both
crime scenes.

SEE page two

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DISMISSING calls for his
resignation by PLP chairman
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FREEPORT: A new
union for workers at the
Freeport Container Port is
soon to be officially regis-
tered as a trade union by the
Ministry of Labour, accord-
ing to a labour official.

Director of Labour Har-
court Brown said their attor-
neys are in the process of
completing the vetting of the
union’s constitution.

He noted that the union
could receive its registration
certificate in about a week.

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were seriously injured when
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caused severe damage on
March 29.

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whenever a union is going
to be registered certain doc-
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of Labour.

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had submitted its constitu-
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his chin, and is believed to
have been shot by the gun-
man.

Sources say the deceased,
who is believed to be a resi-
dent of Mason’s Addition,
had recently been released
from prison.

The identities of both men
are expected to be released
today.

Family agony as woman,
26, raped and shot in head

der of well-liked pre-school teacher Denise

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Her murder comes on the heels of the mur-

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around 4pm and the other shortly after 7pm just a few feet from

the other.

Both victims are believed to be young men.
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time after 9 o’clock last night.

Police at the scene said they are following significant leads
into these two latest homicides which they suspect are related.
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LOCAL NEWS



Forty days of praying
for peace in Bahamas

Campaign launched to stem tide of crime

A GROUP of pastors, civic leaders,
fraternal organisations, business own-
ers and community activists have part-
nered with the Royal Bahamas Police
Force to call for 40 days of public
prayer to help calm the escalating num-
ber of violent crimes being committed
throughout New Providence.

The brainchild of Schell Stubbs, the
campaign is expected to take place
from Sunday, January 23, to Thursday,
March 3, and be held in places such as
Fort Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision,
Christie Park, Quarry Mission Park,
Lucky Food Store parking lot, Mt
Moriah Baptist Church, C I Gibson
parking lot, St Michael’s tennis court,
and St Bernard’s parking lot at St
Joseph’s Church, as well as a host of
other places yet to be scheduled.

Most prayer times will occur
between 7pm and 8pm each evening.

According to a press statement
issued by Pastor Philip Stubbs, the
group of social partners came together
in the Fort Charlotte/Boyd Subdivi-
sion area to address the issues of crime
and social dysfunction.

Some 40 adults met at the beginning
of January in Boyd to own this cam-
paign and create strategy.

Churches represented at the meeting
included Temple Baptist Church, Holy
Spirit Anglican Church, Johnson Park
Seventh Day Adventist Church,
Church of God of Prophecy of Greater

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By KATHRYN CAMPBELL
Bahamas Information
Services

Exuma, The Bahamas —
The construction of a dock in
George Town, Exuma will
bring relief to residents of this
family island.

Public Works and Trans-
port Minister Neko C. Grant
signed a $325,120.30 contract
with R and F McKenzie Con-
struction Co. Ltd. for con-
struction of the dock that is
in a state of disrepair.

“This dock plays a pivotal
role in the lives of the people
of the Exumas,” said Mr.
Grant.

“Tt serves as the main com-
mercial port of cargo and pas-
senger operations.

As commercial activity has
gained momentum and this
island’s population has
increased; the original dock
along with the more recently
built western dock can no
longer adequately meet the
needs of residents.

Mr. Grant headed a small

retary.

Council.



“We have decided to
seek God’s face during
this 40-day period.”



Pastor Stubbs

Chippingham, Mt Moriah Baptist
Church, Living Waters Church, St
Joseph’s Catholic Church, St Michael’s
Methodist Church, The New Mt Zion
Baptist Church, and Bishop Swain a
leading clergyman who resides in Chip-
pingham.

According to Pastor Stubbs, the nar-
rative was clear at their first meeting.

Commend

He said: “We commend our Police
for the job that they are doing but
crime continues to escalate in our com-
munity. We have decided to seek
God’s face during this 40-day period.
We believe that God will act when we
seek Him in prayer and that He alone
is the answer to the problem of crime
in our community. Our direction
comes from 2nd Chronicles 7:14 ‘if my
people, who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray and
seek my face and turn from their
wicked ways, then I will hear from
heaven, and I will forgive their sin and

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(BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)
BOOST FOR EXUMA: Neko C. Grant, minister of Public Works and
Transport speaks at the contract signing ceremony. Also pictured
from left (front row) is Administrator Ivan Ferguson, (back row)
Kirk Bullard, project manager and John Canton, director. Pictured
at right (front row) Phenton Neymour, Minister of State in the
Ministry of the Environment; MP for Exuma, Anthony Moss and
back row Rev. Cedric Smith, president of the Exuma Christian

will heal their land’. God and God
alone, that will be our cry for a solution
in the Ft Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision
area during this 40-day period.”

While Mrs Stubbs was the impetus
and coordinator for the first meeting,
Pastor Stubbs said she is equally impas-
sioned about it being a campaign that is
owned not by one individual but by a
group of social partners.

“Forty Days Of Prayer For Peace In
Our Community is led by a wide range
of social partners, including the Police.
It’s not about one person or personal-
ities. It’s a positive, spiritual response to
the crime and violence in the Fort
Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area.

“To put it plainly over forty days a
lot of different persons will be pray-
ing publicly for an end to crime in our
area and for an expansion of peace,”
Mrs Stubbs said.

While the ‘40 Days Of Prayer For
Peace’ campaign will officially end on
March 3, the organisers emphasised
that the campaign, like prayer, is for
everyone.

“It is not a campaign for the organ-
isers alone. It’s for the entire commu-
nity. Members of the neighbourhoods
throughout the area are invited to
share in the daily public times of prayer
that will occur during the campaign.

The "40 Days Of Prayer For Peace
Team 2011" can be contacted at tele-
phone 325 6126.



(BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)

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uary 14 for the signing cere-
mony.

He was accompanied by
Phenton Neymour, Minister
of State for the Environment;
Colin Higgs, permanent sec-
retary; John Canton, director
and Kirk Bullard, project
manager.

The visit was the first of Mr.
Grant’s “trust agenda infra-
structure crusade” to the
island of Exuma.

Also in attendance was the
Hon. Anthony Moss, MP for
Exuma and the Cays, Admin-
istrator Ivan Ferguson and
other senior Government offi-
cials for Exuma.

The Exuma Community
Youth Marching Band pro-
vided music for the occasion.

The dock refurbishment
includes construction of a new
bulkhead with a roll on and
roll off ramp, construction of
new bollards, repair of exist-
ing sheet pile, and supply and
installation of light poles with
lights.

Mr. Grant acknowledged

that the Government is aware
that the cargo and passenger
handling capacity of the
George Town dock at its cur-
rent location has been exceed-
ed and options must be
explored.

He noted an economic
evaluation of Great Exuma
port sites has been undertak-
en with recommendations for
new port facilities to be devel-
oped at the Navy Dock site
that is in close proximity to
George Town.

Furthermore, he revealed
that consideration is being
given to the relocation of
Queen’s Highway (the main
arterial road on Exuma).
“Portions of this highway are
prone to flooding during peri-
ods of heavy rainfall,” Mr.
Grant said.

“During these unfavourable
conditions, this highway when
flooded has reduced the
access of residents from out-
lying areas to George Town,
the capital.

The Ministry of Public
Works & Transport has there-
fore identified an alternate
route which would bypass the
most vulnerable (low-lying)
sections of the existing high-
way.”

Mr. Grant said plans for the
additional works including the
new port facility and the high-
way relocation will be
announced later.

He emphasised to the con-
tractor the need for on time,
quality work that is within
budget.

In his response contractor
Reg McKenzie said this is the
first time that a native of Exu-
ma has been given such a task
and he intends to make a pos-
itive contribution.

He urged residents to
become involved with pro-
jects that will help with the
island’s growth and develop-
ment. Ten persons are to be
employed on the rehabilita-
tion of the dock that is expect-
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US high achievers scarce in math, science

ly. In all, 34 OECD nations and 26 other coun-
tries took part this year, as well as several oth-
er education systems, including Shanghai and
Hong Kong. The assessment seeks to gauge
what young people have learned both inside
and outside school and how well they apply
that knowledge in real-world contexts. The
results are scored on a scale of 1 to 1,000. This
was the fourth assessment cycle since 2000.

Overall in the latest round of PISA, Amer-
ican students’ science performance climbed to
the OECD average. The U.S. score of 502
increased from 489 in 2006, not measurably
different from the OECD average of 501. At
the top in science among the OECD nations
were Finland, Japan, and South Korea.

In mathematics, despite gains from the last
round of testing in 2006, U.S. students, with a
median score of 487, remained below the
OECD average of 496. In all, 17 OECD
nations had statistically higher scores. The top-
three scorers among OECD countries were
South Korea, Finland, and Switzerland.

Finally, in reading—the subject that
received more in-depth focus this time—USS.
achievement was roughly flat, at 500, com-
pared with previous testing rounds, and about
average among the OECD nations.

“The PISA results, to be brutally honest,
show that a host of developed nations are out-
educating us,” U.S. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan said the day the results came
out. Mr. Duncan noted that 15-year-olds in
Finland and South Korea on average were
one to two years ahead of their American
peers in mathematics and science.

On PISA, students are generally ranked
into one of six categories based on their level
of proficiency. In science, students rated at
level 5, the second-highest category, can iden-
tify the scientific concepts of many complex life
situations; apply scientific concepts and knowl-
edge about science to those situations; and
can compare, select, and evaluate appropri-
ate scientific evidence for responding to life sit-
uations, according to an OECD document. In
mathematics, students at level 5 can develop
and work with mathematical models in com-
plex situations, identifying constraints and
specifying assumptions, the document says.
They can select, compare, and evaluate appro-
priate problem-solving strategies for dealing
with complex problems.

In mathematics, the 9.9 per cent of US.
students at level 5 or higher compared with
35.6 per cent in Singapore, 25.5 per cent in
South Korea, and 21.6 per cent in Finland.

In science, the 9.2 per cent of U.S. students
who at least reached level 5 compared with
19.9 per cent in Singapore, 18.7 per cent in
Finland, and 17 per cent in Japan.

(This article was written by Erik W. Robe-
len of Education Week).

ALTHOUGH reaction to new international
testing data has focused mostly on the middling
performance overall of American 15-year-olds,
the results also serve as a reminder that the
United States is not exactly a world leader
even in producing a cadre of top-tier per-
formers in mathematics and science.

Only about 10 per cent of U.S. students
scored in the two highest achievement cate-
gories in mathematics on the Programme for
International Student Assessment, or PISA,
well short of the figures for a host of other
nations, from South Korea and Japan to
France, Germany, and New Zealand. In fact,
the U.S. results were below the average for
the 34 nations in the Organization for Eco-
nomic Cooperation and Development.

In science, the U.S. position was more
favourable, but not dramatically so. With 9.2
per cent of American students meeting levels
5 or 6, the United States was about average
among OECD nations, trailing more than a
dozen PISA participants, including Finland,
Switzerland, Canada, Australia, and South
Korea. At the top of the pack in mathematics
and science was Shanghai, China, one of a
handful of non-national education systems that
took part in the assessment in 2009. In mathe-
matics, for instance, about half of Shanghai
students were in the two highest categories.

However, a variety of analysts caution that
Shanghai is not representative of China as a
whole; it’s widely seen as at the vanguard of
that nation in terms of its educational perfor-
mance.

The PISA results from December arrived
months after the National Science Board—a
prominent panel that advises both the White
House and Congress—issued a report sound-
ing an alarm that the United States is failing to
sufficiently identify and nurture the next gen-
eration of high-achieving innovators in the
STEM fields—science, technology, engineer-
ing, and mathematics—and that the situation
puts at risk the nation’s long-term prosperity.
Some researchers say the latest PISA results
reinforce concerns not only about how USS.
students fare on average, but about the nation’s
relative share of top performers. Eric A.
Hanushek, an economist at Stanford Univer-
sity, also expressed concern about the data on
high achievers, noting that while the United
States has traditionally attracted plenty of tal-
ent from abroad to fill the gap, it’s getting
harder to do.

The one bright spot appears to be reading,
where the proportion of American students
reaching the two highest achievement levels on
PISA—9.9 per cent—beat the OECD aver-
age of 7.6 per cent.

PISA compares the performance of USS.
15-year-olds in reading, mathematics, and sci-
ence literacy against their peers international-

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I have read, listened and
watched all of the ranting and
raving from the unions about
the sale of BTC and I am tru-
ly amazed that the unions do
not realise that the MAJOR-
ITY of Bahamians who use
cell-phones and pay long dis-
tance telephone bills are not
sympathetic with them and
BTC's outrageous SERVICE
and exorbitant bills.

Common sense should tell
every one that until we, the
Public, have competition in
the telecommunications
industry, the ridiculous prices
that we have to pay will never
change.

In this age of technology
there is no reason why the
Bahamian public should be
penalised and have to pay the
prices that we do just to satis-
fy the greed of a few.

I am also amazed that in
2010 we still have people in
this country who try to stir up

LETTERS

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racial problems whenever
they can't have their way and
unless I misunderstand the
English language that is exact-
ly what Mr Evans was trying
to do in my humble opinion
when he started talking about
not being subject to the white
man.

No one in this country has
to be subject to anyone
whether they be white or
black, because we live in a
democracy.

If an individual wants a job
and they are not self-
employed then it is common
knowledge that they will have
a Boss and if one does not
want a Boss they have the
option of not working. All
jobs have a requirement that
employees perform given

tasks which are usually known
before you agree to accept a
job, that is not slavery, it is
only compliance.

The best part of this entire
fiasco is that no one that I can
remember heard any noise
from these same unions when
the former government had
made a deal to sell to what
was supposed to be some oth-
er white foreigners, or was the
reason that they were so qui-
et because the union leaders
knew who the real true own-
ers were going to be and they
did not mind if it might be
some of their friends that
were going to be the owners.

To the public at large I say
do not mind the noise because
at the end of three years we
will be the beneficiaries and
we will all be able to save a lot
of money that can be used for
other purposes.

ABNER PINDER
Spanish Wells,
January 16, 2011.

I find The Tribune wanting when
it comes to unbiased reporting

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Today’s letter to the edi-
tor and editorial response
stirred me to react.

I have been an expat in
the Bahamas for the last five
years, and am a subscriber
to The Tribune.

While I accept that the
FNM is not your paymaster,
your writing makes it clear
that you are a passionate
FNM. That is fine on a per-
sonal level, but it is a pity
that it affects your profes-
sional work so badly.

I have been accustomed
to more balanced reporting
overseas, and your claims of
objectivity unfortunately just
doesn’t hold.

As hard as I try, I have
difficulty recalling any time
recently where you have
criticised however lightly
anything the FNM or gov-
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in a lukewarm manner
rather than extremely enthu-
siastically.

Likewise, I don’t recall
you supporting even dis-
creetly anything the PLP has
suggested or said, but have
noticed only extreme criti-
cism. While I tend to favour
the FNM’s approach to gov-
ernment, I don’t always
agree, and I find The Tri-
bune wanting when it comes
to objective unbiased report-
ing. How are the public to
get an informed view in this
country?

Your strident side-taking
removes all credibility in
your reporting. You can still
correct that, I wish you
would.

Please feel free to publish
this if you wish, but without
my name.

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Nassau,
January 7, 2011.

(This writer is confusing
objective reporting with
opinion piece comment. The
Tribune’s reporting of
events on all levels, whether
it be on political issues or
otherwise, cannot be criti-
cised for lacking objectivi-
ty. Issues from all sides are
reported in our news
columns and nowhere will a
reporter’s opinion be found.

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reported in other sections of
The Tribune. The editor is
not interested in whether
the reader agrees with or
rejects her opinion. The edi-
torial column is only an invi-
tation to think and discuss
the issues of the day. It is up
to our readers to arrive at
their own conclusions. It is
of no concern of ours which
way they decide.

(It just so happens that
the philosophy of The Tri-
bune and the PLP are poles
apart. This does not mean
that we totally agree with
everything FNM or disagree
with everything PLP. How-
ever, in life we all have to
make decisions on the alter-
natives before us. This is
usually a choice between the
lesser of two or more evils.
The Tribune has made its
choice on what it considers
the lesser evil — it is now
up to our readers to do the
same. It doesn’t matter to
us if they don’t agree with
our opinion — we all know
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MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 5



UTEB and College of
Bahamas sign new
industrial agreement

THE Union of Tertiary
Educators (UTEB) and the
College of the Bahamas
have signed a new industrial
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This new contract will also
be retroactive to July 1,
2008.

According to a statement
issued from UTEB’s presi-
dent Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson,
the union is “heartened” to
be able to move forward
after more than two years
of protracted negotiations
with the college over this
matter.

Finalise

“While the negotiating
team of UTEB was working
this week with College offi-
cials to finalise the new
Agreement, it was unfortu-
nate that the Minister of
Labour, Dion Foulkes,
sought to mislead the public
by misrepresenting what was
transpiring between UTEB

SIGNING: Pictured (L to R); T.B. Donaldson, Betsy Vogal-Boze, Wendy Poitier, Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson.

and COB.

“ To say that I was stalling
the process by refusing to
sign, Mr Foulkes intention-
ally and calculatingly tried
to disparage me in the pub-
lic,” Mrs Isaacs-Dotson
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Police nrobe theft of alurninium
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Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Over $200,000 worth of aluminium tube Foulkes said labour officials

pipes were stolen from a business establishment in the
Freeport area, police reported Friday.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said management of Inchcape
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for their continued support
as it moves forward to work
with the new President, Bet-
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College into “the world-class
university that it should be
and is poised to become”.

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FREEPORT: Ministry of

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LOCAL NEWS

INTERVIEW: VVIDOVV OF POLICE INSPECTOR ARCHIBALD ‘MAGNUM’ MILLER

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com



n arevealing interview

with the widow of fall-

en police Inspector

Archibald “Magnum”
Miller— shot while on duty
during a drug-house stakeout—
I was told of her yearning for
closure to what she calls a
“numbing, life-changing” chap-
ter for which “someone must
pay.”

According to news reports,
Inspector Miller was hit by
friendly fire and killed by a bul-
let to his torso. Police reports
indicated that he was acciden-
tally shot by a fellow police offi-
cer during a sting operation in
southwestern New Providence
on December 2, 2010. He died
in hospital on December 5.

According to his wife, Char-
lene, her 47-year-old husband
was a meticulous, honest police-
man whose declared aim was
to “close down every drug
house in the Bahamas.”

“Archibald was humble and
hardworking. Whatever he set
his mind to, he would always
do and whatever he did, he did
at his best,” she said. “He was
an all-round person. He got
saved in the church, gave his
best to the church, gave his best
to the community. He was a
family-oriented man, he loved
his family—his intimate fami-
ly, his work family—his co-
workers became like a part of
him. He was a no-nonsense per-
son, he believed in doing things
with dignity. He did nothing
halfway.”

With perhaps the only light-
hearted moment that yielded
mild, subtle laughter during our
discussion, Mrs Miller recalled
the first encounter with the
young man who was to become
her husband.

“We met one day coming
from school,” she recalled. “He
saw me and his cousin walking
from Government High and he
stopped to pick her up. That
was in the early 1980s. So he
said ‘Delareece (his cousin),
who is this lovely young lady
you're walking with’ and Dela-
reece said ‘oh, this is my friend
Charlene.’ So I said ‘hr and it

I yearn for closure to
police husband’s death

was very short, I said ‘hi’ and
‘bye-bye.’ So he said ‘why is she
so selfish, just saying ‘hi’ and
‘bye-bye’, he said ‘’m not going
anywhere.’ He dropped me off
and we stayed in the car talking
for a lil bit and he said ‘Dela-
reece, this is gonna be my wife
one day.’ So I said ‘be your
wife, where do you work?’ He
said that he had just joined the
police college and was in train-
ing. I think that was a Friday.
He was off right then.

“When he said he was train-
ing to be a policeman, I said
‘oh, that’s a no-no, because I
don’t like police, police like too
many women—because of their
uniforms, women just stick to
them like glue.’ But he said ‘’m
not like that, I was brought up
different, ’m a quiet person
and very loving. If you get to
know me, you will really like
me a lot.’ So I said ‘oh okay, I
don’t think that will be anytime
soon.”

She paused, lost in memory.

“The next thing I knew,” she
continued, “he was writing let-
ters and poems and they were
good. So I started writing back.
We were friends for about
three years. We started dating
at the age of 17. We went to
the movies—the Capital The-
atre on Market Street and the
Wulff Road theatre. I liked dra-
ma, so I asked him to go with
me to the Dundas Centre. I
remember that he didn’t like it,
but he played like he did. He
was the love of my life!”

The couple dated for seven
years before getting married.
They were married for 20 years,
until Inspector Miller’s death.
The union bore three boys, ages
eight, 12 and 18. According to
Mrs Miller, their eldest son
wants to follow in his father’s



SHOT WHILE ON DUTY: Archibald ‘Magnum’ Miller.

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The brokenhearted wife said
that her entire family has been
devastated by Inspector Miller’s
untimely death. She says their
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time coping with his loss.

“Ever since he died, it seems
like my life has changed. ’'m
trying to hold up, trying to do
the best. I’m not taking it so
well because everyday I have
to begin not to question God.
Sometimes you go and you ask
God for forgiveness, but you
still begin to say: ‘Why you had
to take him God, why with all
the people living so mean—why
did you have to take him?’

“His death was very hard on
all of us, sometimes it has us
on edge with each other, some-
times we get into it—me and
my oldest son. We live a lovely
life, but sometimes we row with
each other and when I catch
myself I say: “You know some-
thing, let me not row with him
because I know he’s holding
everything in and it’s usually
about simple things like the TV
being too loud.”

As for Christmas:

“The first Christmas was ter-
rible,” she said. “I mean I was
here and I thank God for life,
but it felt like no Christmas at
all. It felt like an ordinary day,
like something was terribly
missing. Right now, I’m so
numb. I’m talking to you, but
deep down I’m so numb.”

High-level police sources
confirm that Inspector Miller
was first-rate — a meritorious
officer, who was one of the
architects of the police force’s
current drug-fighting strategy.
Mr Miller was one of the top

commanders in the Drug
Enforcement Unit (DEU).

The grief-stricken widow
was saddened as she talked of
the events of that fateful day. In
her synopsis of the Inspector’s
last day in his usual, conscious
way, she said:

“He picked me up from
work. He said ‘Char, I have to
go back out tonight.’ But we
sat and talked before he went
out that night.

“T said: ‘Archibald, you keep
going on these operations all
the time, you’re leaving your
family.’ I said ‘here it is, you’ve
been doing this for years, you
don’t think it’s now time for
you to sit behind a desk, do a
nine to five job and organize
for somebody else to go?’ I said
‘you're in charge of operations,
why don’t you put other per-
sons in position—you trained
other persons—why don’t you
let other persons go and you
stay with your family?’ I said
‘today or tomorrow, if some-
thing happens to you, you’re
replaceable.’ I said it just like
this. He said: ‘Anyhow, when
I go out God always protects
yow’ because I had asked him
‘who is gonna protect us when
he goes out’—you know, in the
natural saying.”

Mts Miller said that her hus-
band understood the impor-
tance of giving back to his com-
munity.

“He said: ‘When I go out at
night God will protect my fam-
ily. ’'m going out there to help
other people, to keep the street
clean from drugs.’ He said ‘my
aim is to close down every drug
house in this Bahamas,’
because he believed drug deal-
ers thought they were above
the law, that they could
takeover. He said he has ‘shut
the drug dealers down because
there’s too much crime in this
country and they are the cause
of it.’ I said: ‘Archie, you’re one
man, youre not an army and
you can’t do it all by yourself,”
she recalled.

“We went to bed and
through the night he got up. He
had on his army clothes; I could
hear him in the boots walking
through the house. He leaned
over and kissed me and said
‘see you tomorrow,’ but tomor-
row never came.

“Before day that morning,
they came to the house for me
and said my husband had an
accident. Our eight-year-old
son woke me up. Mr Collie—a
police inspector and our neigh-
bour—was at the door. It was
about 5.30. He said your hus-
band had an accident, I thought
it was a car accident because I
didn’t get much details,” she
said.

“T began to pray while I was
on my way to my husband. I
said: ‘Oh Lord, please help my
husband, I don’t know what’s
wrong, but you go up there and
take full control.’ Through it
all, I was shaking to pieces.



Even up to the end—the night
when he died—when they
called me and told me he had
taken a turn for the worst, I still
had believed God would bring
him out of this. (The last day)
the doctor (Duane Sands) said
I must come ‘quick, quick’ to
the hospital. I called my sisters
and told them to meet me at
Doctors Hospital.

“When I went in, I was cry-
ing and praying. I started to say
Psalms 23. It felt like I was
walking through a valley of
shadows, of darkness. I was just
trembling, I was crying and that
feeling I had in my stomach, I
didn’t want. I went back into
the sitting room and prayed
again. I went to the chapel,
closed the door and prayed. I
said ‘Lord, what is this?’ I said
“You know I can’t live without
him. You gave me three boys,
how am I supposed to take care
of these three boys without my
husband?’ I started to say all
kinds of things.”

“We went in to see him. He
was swell right up! He was a
skinny man, but he was swell
right up!” she exclaimed.

“They operated on him four
times. I even questioned the
doctor asking ‘why you oper-
ating so much, you keep say-
ing we’re not out of the woods,
you don’t know if he’ll make it
to the next morning, but you
keep operating?’ But I was
made to understand that a main
blood vessel had burst. I was
afraid that with him swelling so
much, how would they be able
to close him up? They also took
out his intestines. They said that
they couldn’t put it back in right
then because he had swollen
too much,” she recalled.

During the interview, I
asked where the intestines were
being Kept.

“Tt looks like it was in a bag
or something,” she replied.
“They had a green plastic—
looks like something to keep
you warm—on top of his stom-
ach. They had it on top of him.
And then they had like this
thick pad on top of his chest,
which extended downwards,
and socks to keep him warm.

When asked if he ever
regained consciousness, she
said:

“He came to right after the
first operation. He tried to lift
his head up and hold me—
reaching for me. (Here, she
gasped to show how he was
breathing.) I said ‘Archie, keep
your strength, you’re gonna
need it.’ He used to squeeze
your hand, blink his eyes but
after about the second day, all
of that stopped. He just laid
there, eyes tightly shut and
swollen.”

She said Dr Sands had told
her that he was only shot once.

“TI was told (by police offi-
cials) that one of his co-workers
shot him. I was told that the
gentleman fell asleep while they
were on a stakeout and he
noticed that they were in the
car sleeping. That’s what was
explained to me. They said he
went to the vehicle and
knocked on the roof and said
‘Why you'll sleeping on the
man’s job?’ And one of the
guys told me the other guy
woke up shooting. I don’t
understand, but I know that
some people wake up fighting if

SEE page 15

IN LOVING MEMORY & THANKSGIVING. ‘

FOR THE LATE LIFE OF

=F





P

&
a

August 25, 1921 - January 17, 2010



| come ta the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice
| hear falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses. And He walks with me
and He talks with me and He tells me | am his own and the joy we share as
we tarry there, mone other has ever has ever known.

LEFT TO CELEBRATE HER LIFE
Children, Anne Bowe, Philip Sands, Agnes Miller & Judith Turnquest

(Ellis Sands - predeceased)
&

A hast of family members and friends who loved her dearly.



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MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 7







z= ;

Cancer fight

HUNDREDS of breast cancer survivors and their Supporters
participated in Susan G Komen's Race for the Cure this
weekend. The race signified an international movement to
raise awareness and funds in an effort to prevent more
deaths from the disease for which Bahamian women have
been identified as one of the world's most at-risk groups.
In this article, The Tribune explores current research efforts

in the Bahamas and the significance of support to those

affected.

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@Tribunemedia.net

ORE than

1,200

breast

cancer
survivors and their support-
ers filled the thoroughfares
of Paradise Island, all linked
unmistakably by one colour
.. pink.

In light of staggering sta-
tistics by health officials,
which estimate 300 to 500
new cases of breast cancer
are diagnosed in the country
every year, the world's
largest breast cancer associ-
ation hosted their first race
of the year in the Bahamas -
for the first time.

Through research funded
by Susan G Komen for the
Cure, last year it was
announced that around 23
per cent of Bahamian
women diagnosed carry the
BRCA1 gene mutation,
which puts them at greater
risk of breast cancer.

Of these, around half of
the women, 48 per cent, are
under age 50.

Participating in memory
of Craig Soldinger, Erin
Brown, a 30-year-old bone
cancer survivor and
amputee, explained that
support was crucial for
everyone affected by can-
cer. Ms Brown said: “It is
important for people affect-
ed by cancer, period.
Whether you're a survivor,
whether you're a relative,
everyone is affected when
one person is affected by
cancer. We need support,
we need awareness out
there, we need that encour-
agement because the rough
days are here every day and
we have to push through it
because if you decide not to
push through it you're
gonna fall.”

Due to the high frequency
of the disease in the
Bahamas, current US guide-
lines - which advise women
to start breast cancer screen-
ings after age 40 - are irrele-
vant in this country.

The study, published in
August 2010, discovered
that Bahamian women have
the highest prevalence of the
genetic mutation out of any
population in the world.

Medical director of the
Bahamas Breast Cancer Ini-
tiative Dr John Lunn, one
of the researchers of the
study, explained the data
proved the importance of
genetic testing for every
Bahamian woman diag-
nosed with breast cancer.

Dr Lunn said: "The rea-
son why it's important is
because the gene predicts
early breast cancer and it's
usually aggressive. Half of
our patients are under 50
when they present for breast
cancer - so the main thing
to do is all patients with
breast cancer should have a
genetic test done.

“Firstly, the treatment
may be different, certain
types of drugs work better
with these patients and it's
important because you need
to test the family so they can
know early.

“There are things you can

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do if you have a bad gene.
We can give you genetic
counselling and then we can
offer some drastic things.
Some women in Europe
have their breast removed
and their ovaries out by the
time their 35 to prevent get-
ting it. If you know, you can
make these choices, or at
least be screened carefully
and doctored so at the first
sign of the disease you can
have something done."

Families like the
Thurstons, both caregivers
are afflicted, can attest to
the devastation wrought by
the disease both financially
and emotionally. Mother-of-
seven Consuela Thurston
said she was overwhelmed
and inspired by the week-
end’s events. Mrs Thurston
said: “It was my first time
going and it was really good.
Just the fact that they really
honoured us as survivors. I
didn’t feel alone out there,
there were so much women
out there with the same
problem as me. I didn’t feel
out of place, I felt at home.”

Due to late diagnosis - she
was 37 - Mrs Thurston did
not begin treatment until
she was already a stage four
cancer patient. Even though
she had insurance, the cost
of co-payments wiped out
the family’s finances.

Mrs Thurston said: “I nev-
er in my lifetime thought I
would have cancer, espe-
cially breast cancer. Nobody

i

—

IN THE PINK: Race for the Cure participants reach the finish
line. Hundreds of breast cancer survivors and their support-

ers took part.

in my family had cancer. So
I never even thought about
going to get tested. I’m the
first one on my mother and
my daddy’s side of the fam-
ily and I found out at 37 -
very young age. I think it’s
very important to raise
awareness that they need to
start letting women have an
earlier mammogram in the
Bahamas.

“Since P’ve been diag-
nosed with cancer, it has
really opened up my eyes - it
has made me look at life ina
whole new way. This is hap-
pening to a lot of women,
people who thought they
would never get cancer,
most of them under 40 - it’s
so sad.”

Dr Lunn added: "The
next study we're going to do
is to measure the genetic
composition of people who
go for screening mammo-
grams - that's the next stage
that we've put in request for
money for. When people
come routinely for their
screening mammograms, we
offer them the genetic test.
That would tell us how fre-
quently the gene the fre-
quency of the gene in the
non-affected population
people who don't have
breast cancer - that's impor-
tant to know. We probably
should make the tests avail-
able for the whole female
population early in their life.

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"It's important to know
whether or not you have a
genetic predisposition, then
we can see how if we can
stop this gene from becom-
ing active - that's the next
step - but at least you can
identify patients very early
who are high risk and then
you can prevent them from
getting breast cancer, that's
the idea. It's a big factor,
when a quarter of your
patients with breast cancer
have a nasty gene that's
huge."

Funds raised this weekend
will support the Bahamas
Breast Cancer Initiative,
Cancer Society of The
Bahamas, Princess Margaret
Hospital Foundation, Sister
Sister Breast Cancer Sup-
port Group and Komen's
Circle of Promise.







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Scripture Thought

1 Corinthians Chapter 15 verse 50-58
Our Final Victory

Now this | say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the
kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Be-
hold, | tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all
be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised in-

corruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put
on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when
this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.” “ O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the
strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved breth-
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LOCAL NEWS



The Royal Bahamas Police Force

National Crime Prevention Office




Police Constable Makille Pinder

Anti-domestic

violence safety tips

By POLICE CONSTABLE
MAKILLE PINDER

any myths
surround
domestic
violence.
Some believe it only hap-
pens to other people.
Unfortunately, it can hap-
pen to anyone. Our society -
and often victims - has tra-
ditionally overlooked,
denied or excused the prob-
lem.

Domestic violence occurs
when someone uses a pat-
tern of physical, sexual
and/or emotionally abusive
behaviors to maintain con-
trol over an intimate part-
ner or family member.
Abusers use fear, guilt,
shame and intimidation
techniques to keep victims
under control.

Abusers often escalate
from verbal abuse and
threats to physical violence.
Physical violence, or the
threat of, is the most imme-
diate danger but the long-
term emotional and psycho-



logical consequences are
severe.

Knowing and acknowl-
edging the warning signs and
symptoms of domestic vio-
lence is the first step.

Does your partner?

Do you?

Act excessively jealous
and possessive?

Control where you go,
what you do or how you
dress?

Keep you from seeing
family and friends?

Limit your access to mon-

ey, computer, phone, or car?

Constantly check up on
you?

Have a “scary” or unpre-
dictable temper?

Hurt you, or threaten to
hurt or kill you?

Threaten to take your
children away or harm
them?

Threaten to commit sui-
cide if you leave?

Force you to have sex?

Destroy your belongings?

Humiliate or yell at you?

Criticize and put you
down?

Embarrass you in front of
your friends or family?

Ignore or dismiss your
opinions/accomplishments?

Blame you for their abu-
sive behavior?

See you as property or a
sex object?

Act excessively jealous
and possessive?

Control where you go,
what you do or how you
dress?

TIPS

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It is NOT your fault





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Help is available
Domestic violence is a
CRIME!

No One Should Live In
Fear ..... Help Is Available!

Feel afraid most of the
time?

Avoid certain topics
because you fear the
response?

Feel you can’t do anything
right for your partner?

Believe you deserve to be
hurt or mistreated?

Wonder if you’re the one
who is crazy?

Feel emotionally numb or
helpless?

What to do?

Learn where to get help;
memorize emergency phone
numbers

Keep a phone in a room
you can lock from the inside;
if you can, get a cellular
phone that you keep with
you at all times

If the abuser has moved
out, change the locks on



POLICE CONSTABLE Makille Pinder

your children

Think about where you
would go if you need to
escape

Ask your neighbors to call
the police if they see the
abuser at your house; make
a signal for them to call the
police, for example, if the
phone rings twice, a shade

to leave quickly; put it in a
safe place, or give it toa
friend or relative you trust

Include cash, car keys &
important information such
as: court papers, passport or
birth certificates, medical
records & medicines, immi-
gration papers

Get an unlisted phone

your door; get locks on the
windows on

Plan an escape route out
of your home; teach it to

is pulled down or a light is

Pack a bag with important
things you'd need if you had

number

Block caller ID

Use an answering
machine; screen the calls

US pomp meant to improve tone of China relations

BENING

Chinese leader Hu Jintao is being feted in
Washington this week with a lavish state ban-
quet at the White House and other pomp usual-
ly reserved for close friends and allies — all
intended to improve the tone of relations
between a risen, more assertive and prosperous
China and the U.S. superpower in a tenuous eco-
nomic recovery, according to Associated Press.

The shaky trust between the United States
and China has been eroding recently because of
an array of issues — currency policies and trade
barriers, nuclear proliferation and North Korea,

and both sides seem to recognize the need to
recalibrate relations. The U.S. is one of China's
biggest markets, with $380 billion in annual trade
largely in Beijing's favor.

Washington increasingly needs Beijing's help
in managing world troubles, from piracy off
Africa to Iran's nuclear program and reinvigo-
rating the world economy. Hu sounded a concil-
iatory tone in a rare interview with U'S. news-
papers ahead of his visit, saying the two countries
could mutually benefit by finding "common
ground" on issues ranging from combatting ter-
rorism and nuclear proliferation to clean energy
and infrastructure initiatives.

IT’S BEEN A YEAR ALREADY..............04

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

DREW R. CURRY, I

(December 1, 193.5 - January 17, 2010)

Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silent is the voice we loved to hear
Too far away for sight or speech,
But not too far for thought to reach.
Sweet to remember him who once was here
And who, though absent, is just as dear.

‘The family of the Late Andrew R. Curry, I







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MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 11





BY MIKE LIGHTBOURN

W hen you’ve found
the home of your

dreams, you don’t want to delay
in producing your purchase
offer, so it’s a great benefit to
know what to expect in
advance.

While there is no foolproof
formula for negotiating a fair
price, you can begin by look-
ing at recent sales in the neigh-
bourhood and you might want
to compare their listed prices
to their final selling prices.
Sometimes, this is “out of
whack” since some homes are
listed at foolish asking prices in
the first place.



LOCAL NEWS

TIME TO MOVE

Bahamas real
estate today

Mike Lightbourn

Agents are encouraged not
to take over-priced listings since
they don’t sell. This distorts the
idea people have of the value of

of



their own homes when they see
these overpriced listings.

If homes are generally selling
at say 5 per cent below the
LAST listed reduced price, you
have that starting point for
determining your offer.

Once a price has been
accepted, it's time to put it into
high gear.

Your finance approval
should already be in place and
you should schedule a home
inspection, and establish a clos-
ing date.

Your offer should be contin-

gent upon a satisfactory “walk-
through” before closing.

The “deposit” on your pur-
chase will be placed in escrow,
usually with the vendor’s attor-
ney.

It will eventually transfer to
the vendors, or will be refunded
to you (less legal expenses
involved) if any issues (eg title
defect) prevent the closing of
the transaction.

If major repairs are needed,
the seller may fix the problems,

MINISTRY OF WORKS & TRANSPORT

NOTICE
CORRIDOR 1A

EAST STREET (south)

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE & DIVERSION

or offer a reduction in price.
With such a contingency clear-
ly stated in your offer, you can
walk away from the deal if the
vendor doesn’t accept.

The vendor may counter-
offer with an unacceptable con-
dition to you and you can
decline his offer.

As these few considerations
are the tip of the iceberg, your
best bet is to always work
through a Bahamas Real Estate
Association professional, whose
objectivity and experience
should help guarantee a smooth
transaction.

(Mike Lightbourn is presi-
dent of Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty).

JK
Co

Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A wishes to inform the motoring public that Temporary Road Closures & traffic diversions

will be carrier out on sections of East Street to allow the completion of Drilling Works

three (3) days.

from Monday Janu:

We kindly ask that motorist follow & observe the traffic management scheme and diversions in place.
Motorist travelling in the following directions should divert to the specified route:

EAST STREET (south)
¢ Motorist travelling northbound should divert through ZION BLVD, use ANTONIO DRIVE & VICTORIA BLVD. as an

alternate and continue on East Street (south) to their destination.

ZION BLVD.

e Motorist travelling eastbound should use ANTONIO DRIVE & VICTORIA BLVD. as an alternate.

BAMBOO BLVD.

17th for a

roximatel



e Motorist travelling westbound should use ZION BLVD., ANTONIO DRIVE & VICTORIA BLVD. as an alternate.

Your patience throughout this project is greatly appreciated. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and delays caused.

For further information please contact :

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

Office:(242)322-8341/322-2610
Email: bahamasneighbor@cartellone.com.ar

Ministry of Works & Transport

The Project Execution Unit
Hotline: (242) 302-9700

Email: publicworks@bahamas.gov.bs

i



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LOCAL NEWS



The Royal Bahamas Police Force

National Crime Prevention Office




Police Constable Makille Pinder

Anti-domestic

violence safety tips

By POLICE CONSTABLE
MAKILLE PINDER

any myths
surround
domestic
violence.
Some believe it only hap-
pens to other people.
Unfortunately, it can hap-
pen to anyone. Our society -
and often victims - has tra-
ditionally overlooked,
denied or excused the prob-
lem.

Domestic violence occurs
when someone uses a pat-
tern of physical, sexual
and/or emotionally abusive
behaviors to maintain con-
trol over an intimate part-
ner or family member.
Abusers use fear, guilt,
shame and intimidation
techniques to keep victims
under control.

Abusers often escalate
from verbal abuse and
threats to physical violence.
Physical violence, or the
threat of, is the most imme-
diate danger but the long-
term emotional and psycho-



logical consequences are
severe.

Knowing and acknowl-
edging the warning signs and
symptoms of domestic vio-
lence is the first step.

Does your partner?

Do you?

Act excessively jealous
and possessive?

Control where you go,
what you do or how you
dress?

Keep you from seeing
family and friends?

Limit your access to mon-

ey, computer, phone, or car?

Constantly check up on
you?

Have a “scary” or unpre-
dictable temper?

Hurt you, or threaten to
hurt or kill you?

Threaten to take your
children away or harm
them?

Threaten to commit sui-
cide if you leave?

Force you to have sex?

Destroy your belongings?

Humiliate or yell at you?

Criticize and put you
down?

Embarrass you in front of
your friends or family?

Ignore or dismiss your
opinions/accomplishments?

Blame you for their abu-
sive behavior?

See you as property or a
sex object?

Act excessively jealous
and possessive?

Control where you go,
what you do or how you
dress?

TIPS

You are not alone
It is NOT your fault





Click the ‘Like’
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Help is available
Domestic violence is a
CRIME!

No One Should Live In
Fear ..... Help Is Available!

Feel afraid most of the
time?

Avoid certain topics
because you fear the
response?

Feel you can’t do anything
right for your partner?

Believe you deserve to be
hurt or mistreated?

Wonder if you’re the one
who is crazy?

Feel emotionally numb or
helpless?

What to do?

Learn where to get help;
memorize emergency phone
numbers

Keep a phone in a room
you can lock from the inside;
if you can, get a cellular
phone that you keep with
you at all times

If the abuser has moved
out, change the locks on



POLICE CONSTABLE Makille Pinder

your children

Think about where you
would go if you need to
escape

Ask your neighbors to call
the police if they see the
abuser at your house; make
a signal for them to call the
police, for example, if the
phone rings twice, a shade

to leave quickly; put it in a
safe place, or give it toa
friend or relative you trust

Include cash, car keys &
important information such
as: court papers, passport or
birth certificates, medical
records & medicines, immi-
gration papers

Get an unlisted phone

your door; get locks on the
windows on

Plan an escape route out
of your home; teach it to

is pulled down or a light is

Pack a bag with important
things you'd need if you had

number

Block caller ID

Use an answering
machine; screen the calls

US pomp meant to improve tone of China relations

BENING

Chinese leader Hu Jintao is being feted in
Washington this week with a lavish state ban-
quet at the White House and other pomp usual-
ly reserved for close friends and allies — all
intended to improve the tone of relations
between a risen, more assertive and prosperous
China and the U.S. superpower in a tenuous eco-
nomic recovery, according to Associated Press.

The shaky trust between the United States
and China has been eroding recently because of
an array of issues — currency policies and trade
barriers, nuclear proliferation and North Korea,

and both sides seem to recognize the need to
recalibrate relations. The U.S. is one of China's
biggest markets, with $380 billion in annual trade
largely in Beijing's favor.

Washington increasingly needs Beijing's help
in managing world troubles, from piracy off
Africa to Iran's nuclear program and reinvigo-
rating the world economy. Hu sounded a concil-
iatory tone in a rare interview with U'S. news-
papers ahead of his visit, saying the two countries
could mutually benefit by finding "common
ground" on issues ranging from combatting ter-
rorism and nuclear proliferation to clean energy
and infrastructure initiatives.

IT’S BEEN A YEAR ALREADY..............04

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

DREW R. CURRY, I

(December 1, 193.5 - January 17, 2010)

Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silent is the voice we loved to hear
Too far away for sight or speech,
But not too far for thought to reach.
Sweet to remember him who once was here
And who, though absent, is just as dear.

‘The family of the Late Andrew R. Curry, I







THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 13



‘Tentative’ deal for new middle managers contract at Lucaya

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net



FREEPORT: Obie Ferguson, president of
Bahamas Hotel Managerial Association, said
that a tentative agreement has been reached
for a new industrial contract for middle man-
agers at the Our Lucaya Resort in Grand
Bahama.

Mr Ferguson, who was in Grand Bahama
last week, told the press that the agreement
was reached on November 19, and is pending
ratification by the hotel’s head office in Hong
Kong.

“The agreement is framed and structured
along the lines of the agreement that is in
effect at the Sheraton Cable Beach in Nas-
sau,” he said.

“We are waiting on them to ensure that the
workers get the agreement they are entitled to

Hotel workers go to
polls on Thursday over
union representation

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net



FREEPORT: Six hundred hotel workers at the Our

...and it is my intention to put it to them for
ratification.”

Mr Ferguson noted that the issue of whether
or not the union had the support of workers
had arisen, despite favourable outcome at a
special poll in 2007 to determine if the BHMA
would become bargaining agent for middle
managers at the resort.

He said of the 107 votes cast for the union,
there were two spoiled ballots, with 105 votes
going to the union. He said 52 voted against
the union.

“That was certified by the present minister
of labour, and they wrote to the minister say-
ing they don’t think the people want the agree-
ment, and they could not show one letter
where the workers were saying they don’t
want the agreement,” Mr Ferguson said.

Mr Ferguson believes that the rights of
workers are being violated in the country.

“The right to work is a sacred thing. How

can a fella come from US and say you can’t
join a union, and say if you join they will fire
ou.
“What kind of nonsense is that? And then,
government officials, ministers they accept
those things,” he said.

Important

Mr Ferguson, who is also president of the
Trade Union Congress, said it is critically
important for workers in the country to con-
tinue to support their trade union.

“Employers in the Bahamas are all working
together against one union. So when you fight-
ing the employer for any benefits, I want you
to understand that you are not fighting that
employer alone, you are fighting the employ-
er in Nassau, Freeport, Andros, wherever they
are, that is the deal.

“So we have to work together in 2011 as a

MINISTRY OF WORKS & TRANSPORT

NOTICE

CORRIDOR 13A

team, as a block. That is the only way you get
attention by government of the day.

Mr Ferguson said the TUC has put its sup-
port behind BTC workers, the BCPOU, and
BCPMU.

“We have to find ways of working together
and dismantle personal differences when we
fight for workers,” he stressed.

“Tt is workers first, not personalities, because
when people lose their jobs personalities or
political affiliation don’t get you your job back.

“Tf you don’t have a union in the Bahamas
today you are on your own because it is expen-
sive for workers to fight the accused. So my
simple message is that we need to unify, we
need to identify what we are going to fight
for, and we need to support every union in
this country, whether under the TUC, NCTU,
whatever.

“When we fight for issues those labels must
become secondary,” said Mr Ferguson.





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Lucaya Resort will head to the polls on Thursday to deter-
mine which union they want representing them - the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union or the
Commonwealth Union of Hotel Services and Allied Work-
ers Union.

The Bahamas Hotel Catering Allied Workers Union,
under the leadership of Nicole Martin, is
still officially recognised as the bargain-
ing agent at Our Lucaya Resort until the
results of the poll reveals otherwise.

Michelle Dorsett, president of the
CUHSAW, said hotel workers at the
property were not happy with the current
representation.

The Commonwealth union has been
seeking to have a poll taken for more
than a year. The union had requested it
after it had reportedly received the sup- :
port from the majority of workers at the f 4
resort. DION FOULKES

Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said
the act mandates there must be a minimum of 25 per cent of
workers to request a poll. He said the employer can also
request a poll.

“We have 600 workers who are eligible to go to the polls,”
he said. ; : a4 ‘

“We agreed to all the ground rules of the poll and there is Construction works to be carried out will include:
no disagreement in how the poll is to be conducted and e
upon which terms the poll is to be conducted.”

A decision will be made on whether the poll will be held
at Christ the King Anglican Church Hall or BPSU Hall.

Ms Dorsette is confident the Commonwealth Union will
be successful.

“We have waited this day for long 14 months,” she said.

On Thursday, the Commonwealth Union joined ranks
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Trade Union Con-
gress.

TUC president Obie Ferguson said he was pleased the
union had decided to join on with the TUC. He also noted
that Customs and Immigration workers have also joined
the organisation.

“I am satisfied that this is the beginning of something
very unique,” he said. “We will put it (membership appli-
cation) to the TUC Board at the next board meeting for offi-
cial ratification.”















































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LOCAL NEWS

TWO ARRESTED
Nae aa

OF SUSPECTED
GUGM s

FROM page one



suitcase carried by one of the men.
ter.

Meanwhile, in other crime-related matters, police

end.

was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Snack Food Store on Pyfrom and Kemp Roads.

cash and cell phone cards.

The robber - who was said to have walked with a i
i website.

limp - wore a dark jacket, red shirt, dark pants, and
ared tam.

Shortly after the incident, police spotted a man

who fitted the robber’s description, however as they

be the property of Snack Food.

Road area.

A 25-year-old resident of Claridge Road was :
arrested in connection with the matter. Officers }
observed the beige-coloured 2000 four-door Honda }
: ment of the agreement to

Civic shortly after 4pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a group of 13 Cuban men destined for ;
Florida were taken into custody by immigration }

officers.

The immigrants were apprehended by police and

defence force officers shortly after 11am when their
grove Cay, Andros, on Saturday.

processing by immigration officers.

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Yesterday Mr Roberts issued

i a press statement entitled
? ‘Robbery at BTC-Part Two’,
: in which he alleged that Mr
: Francis has been caught in a
: blatant conflict of interest, and
An investigation has been launched into the mat- }

that offences may have been

i committed under the Preven-
: tion of Bribery Act. Mr Francis
have launched investigations into several armed }
robberies and a shooting which occurred the week- }

has denied these allegations.
Mr Roberts: “Our sources

; : have disclosed that Julian Fran-

Shortly after 4am yesterday, police were called to }
a shooting at Marshall Road, off Baillou Hill Road, } ‘
where a 25-year-old man was shot in his arm witha } with Reuben Ralming, wi0

shotgun. The victim is in a stable condition after he ? 7. rae
: ? tion Association of the

Later that morning, police arrested a 32-year-old Bahamas (PTAB) and also

resident of Golden Gates whom they believe to be }

the same man who committed an armed robbery at } u
i Fleet Management Solutions

A short dark man - armed with a handgun - } (BFMS) which handles all of

robbed the store of an undetermined amount of }
: under contract and also have

cis has a business connection
heads the Public Transporta-
runs a complementary adver-
tising company called Bahamas
the BTC mobile ads on buses

BTC listed as a client on their

“PTAB also is the bus com-
pany who is linked with the

i Mango card initiative. PTAB
approached, the suspect began shooting at them. }
Officers returned fire and the gunman was appre- }
hended in the Strachan Corner area. In addition to }

a: : : BUS ads and related business.
the handgun and ammunition, police also recov- } Was it the Acting President or
ered an undetermined amount of cash and cell } : :

phone cards from the suspect which are believed to } save the instrastions te BIC's

Officers also recovered a quantity of suspected Marketing Vice President to

marijuana after they searched a suspected stolen }

vehicle which crashed into a wall in the Peardale } : ;
? Solutions? How much monies

and BFMS we are advised
have the monopoly with BTC’s

issue an exclusive contract to
Bahamas Fleet Management

have been paid by BTC to
Bahamas Fleet Management
Solutions from the commence-

December 31, 2010?” Mr
Roberts asked.

Calling these accusations
complete “nonsense”, Mr

i Francis said that he has no rela-

disabled vessel ran aground on Harris cay off Man- } tionship whatsoever with Mr

i Rahming.
They were sent to Nassau yesterday morning for } e

“Whoever is putting this out

i is trying to malign and discredit



ON THE ATTACK: Bradley Roberts

me because I guess they must
be opposed to the privatization
project Iam working on. That
can only be the explanation.
To try to establish some kind
of business link between myself
as the chairman of BTC and
Reuben Rahming, who I know,
but to try and establish some
kind of business link; I didn’t
even know that Mr Rahming’s

company has a business rela-
tionship with BTC.

“This is absolute nonsense.
Why would I resign? I hope
that my lawyers advise me that
these people can be sued,” he
said.

In his statement to the press,
Mr Roberts reminded the pub-
lic that Mr Francis has already
admitted that while he was

BTC CHAIRMAN TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE
OVER “ATTACKS ON HIS CHARACTER’

Chairman of BTC, the compa-
ny awarded a contract to Prov-
idence Advisors Limited, a
company of which Mr Francis
was also its chairman. Provi-
dence Advisors Limited, he
said was reportedly paid large
sums in fees of the Bahamian
people’s money over three
years.

“Julian Francis has also not
denied that the contract award-
ed did not go out to tender as is
required by the FNM declared
policy,” Mr Roberts alleged,
claiming that “Julian Francis
has also admitted that he is a
shareholder in a local entity
called Mango. Julian Francis
has not denied that while he
was Chairman of BTC he
instructed the Executive Man-
agement Team of BTC to meet
the company called Mango
with a view to utilizing their
services in a _ Profit
Sharing/Partnership Agree-
ment with BTC.

“Julian Francis has admitted
that he is Chairman and a
Shareholder of Mango. Julian
Francis also did not deny that
Mango had not participated in
the bidding process, as is
required by the FNM declared
policy,” Mr Roberts alleged.

Answering these repeated
charges, Mr Francis said that
he will find out early this week
if he can “legally” put an end
to these types of “gutter poli-
tics”, which he feels are only
linked to his role in the priva-
tization of BTC.

“This is defamatory. There
is not one shred of truth to this
nonsense; and people should
not be able to say these types
of things indefinitely without
being held accountable. So I
can assure you that is high on
my agenda,” he said.

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LOCAL NEWS



HUNDREDS TOOK TO THE STREETS YESTERDAY TO RUN AND WALK

BAHAMAS

FROM page six

they’re awakened and in a deep sleep.
But, I still don’t understand how you
could be in a deep sleep on the job,”
she said.

“Like I told them, even if it was an
accident, if I reverse out of my yard
and hit into someone, don’t I have to
pay for that person’s car even if I was
ignorant and reversed out and didn’t
see the person? Or, if I was driving
without due care and attention and on
my phone chatting and I rammed into
someone from back-on, don’t I have to
pay and fix that person’s car? So I said
to myself, whatever way it happened,
the person still has to pay. I would
want some closure to it. I believe it
could have been an accident, accidents
happen everyday, but even in acci-
dents people still have to pay, right?

“Being a police, and a well-trained
police officer, you should come pre-

I yearn for closure to police husband’s death

pared to be functional to deal with the
public as well as your co-workers. It
could have been an accident, but the
law still has to deal with it,” Mrs Miller
said.

“Tm a Christian and I feel the offi-
cer shouldn’t be on the Force!” she
exclaimed.

Mts Miller was told that the police-
man involved in the shooting wanted
to come to see her, but “after the
tragedy of my husband’s death, I did-
n’t take it well.” She said “I’ve heard of
him, but I’ve never met him.”

According to certain high-level
police sources, Inspector Miller had a
healthy sense of humour and was
somewhat of a practical joker. Accord-
ing to some of them, the officers on the
stakeout that night were exhausted
after having worked many long hours.

Some of these sources say that when
the Inspector knocked on the vehicle,
it was meant as a practical joke. How-
ever, it went awry when the startled
officer woke, instinctively firing his
weapon.

Following his death, Assistant
Superintendent Glenroy McKenzie,
the late Inspector’s first cousin, has
called for an independent investiga-
tion into Inspector Miller’s death. He
said he has lost confidence in Police
Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s
ability to ensure that a proper investi-
gation is conducted within the force.

However, Assistant Commissioner
of Police Hulan Hanna rejected the
accusation, stating that the police force
is capable of policing itself and con-
ducting a fair investigation.
According to the report, ACP Hanna

said:

“As far as the investigation is con-
cerned, the investigation continues
aggressively and there is nothing that
we are aware of in the investigation
that would change, or is likely to
change, the initial stance taken by the
police.”

Mrs Miller recalled her hysterical
state when her husband died.

“T didn’t take it well when that
machine just went blank,” she said.
“They said I lost it, but I didn’t lose it.
I asked Jehovah to fix it, I said you
said vengeance is yours, you fix it. I
was in the room when he died, the
machine just went off (she mimicked
the sound of the machine). After
awhile, the doctors came and discon-
nected the machine.”

“He did all he could,” she said of



the efforts of Dr Duane Sands. She
was also grateful for the support of
the police force.

“Archie would have done that job
even if they didn’t pay him. That’s how
much he loved his job. He took his
job very serious, with him money
meant nothing. He was an honest
policeman and when you’re gonna
bring it all in, people will not like you.
He locked up a lot of big-time drug
dealers. He basically spent his entire
career in DEU. He did courses with
police officers throughout the region;
they all showed up at his funeral. He
even had opportunities to work over-
seas. The DEA (US Drug Enforce-
ment Agency) even wanted him, that’s
how good he was,” his widow said.

He was a multi-talented man who
did half of the work in his home and
played basketball every Sunday. And
he loved gardening—the last crops he
planted have now begun to bloom,”
she said fondly.

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Commerce
gets ‘cut ass’
in Freeport

* Former Chamber chief says city’s
construction sector has ‘shut down’, faced
with 20-40% costs rise in absence of bond

omyssm Blue Hill business
loss ‘easily’ $30m

for remaining
20% interest —

Vopak agrees to exit lM Super Value owner says more problems set to
Grand Bahama-based | result from flooding due to ‘raised’ road

oil facility, taking _ i Estimates losses at Blue Hill and Robinson Road

Buckeye’s total outlay | stores $750k and $500k, with business off 30% laqar
to $1.7 billion and 10-15% respectively * Claims Customs’ policies ‘killing’ retail
By NEIL HARTNELL ae se a year, “within Ce eas ae ats a and wholesale sales, plus government

Anan Pusiness Ear : alowe@tribunemedia.net

Buckeye Partners will be
spending another $340 mil- }
lion to take 100 per cent own- } Roberts has suggested that

ership of the Bahamas Oil : ; .
i Blue Hill Road businesses

Refining Company (BOR-

CO), after terminal operator }
Vopak on Friday confirmed
that it will exercise its option }
? to $30 million.
New York Stock }

to sell its 20 per cent stake to
the
Exchange (NYSE)-listed
company.

Buckeye confirmed
Vopak’s move in a short
media statement issued on

billion.

That implies Vopak will
receive $340 million for its |
investment, taking Buckeye’s
total outlay - and 100 per cent }
value for BORCO - to $1.7 | : : .
: * Gomez looking at insolvent insurer
As previously revealed by } a :

: retaining mortgage on Florida development,
Partners said that if it

acquired 100 per cent of the ; in return for ‘substantial down payment’

Salty be bean et he So, * Structure would protect Bahamian
: interests, remove US ‘nuisance creditors’ and
' realise potential millions to pay local
| creditors
: * Sale talks ‘moving towards contract’, with

Chamber seeks

of dollars’

billion.

Tribune Business, Buckeye

Grand Bahama-based storage

per cent stake held by Vopak,
SEE page 6B

on fee increase

But chairman says rises have :

to be seen in bigger picture
of tax and NIB rises, and
wants ‘better way of doing
business in this country



KHAALIS ROLLE

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and Employers
Confederation (BCCEC) is
planning to meet with the
commercial banking industry
by month’s end to discuss
business community concerns
over recent deposit-related
fee increases, its chairman
telling Tribune Business it
wanted to find “a better way
of doing business in this coun-
try”.

Emphasising that he want-
ed to address, and reform, the
“general climate for doing
business” in the Bahamas,
looking at the bigger picture
and not just the banking fee
increases, Khaalis Rolle
acknowledged that he had
received several complaints
on the latter issue, especially
from the petroleum retail
industry.

Gas station dealers operat-

SEE page 6B

Super Value boss Rupert
damages claims by the 50
who won a Judicial Review
action against the Govern-
ment could “easily” amount

His comments came as

: Attorney General John
: Delaney confirmed to Tri-
i bune Business that the Gov-
i ernment intends to take

i steps to appeal the ruling in
Friday evening, with the : favour of the businesses,

Dutch terminal operator set who came together as the
to receive the same price, | Coconut Grove Business
terms and conditions as First } [ eaoue to sue the Govern-
Reserve, the private equity } 8

fund having agreed to sellits }
controlling interest for $1.36 :

Such a step would avert,
for the moment, any need
on the part of the Govern-
ment to meet with the busi-
ness Owners to discuss the
damages issue, unless they
lose the appeal.

Paul Moss, one of the
attorneys for the Coconut
Grove Business League,
estimated earlier this month
that damages relating to the
loss of business from road-
works in the Blue Hill area
would be “at least $10 mil-
lion”.

However, Mr Roberts
said he considered this pal-
try, with “a minimum of $30
million for the entire group”

CLICO LIQUIDATOR EVES ‘COMPLEX’
DEAL FOR KEY $83 MILLION ASSET

liquidator still trying to trace use of ‘millions



CRAIG GOMEZ

By NEIL HARTNELL
: Tribune Business Editor

CLICO (Bahamas) liq-

? uidator is working ona

; complex transaction to sell
i the real estate develop-

? ment that accounts for 63

i per cent, or $83 million, of
: the company’s assets, mov-
i ing to structure a deal

? whereby the insolvent

? insurer will still hold a

i mortgage over the proper-
: ty in return for a “substan-
? tial down payment”.

Details were revealed in

: a filing by Craig A. ‘Tony’
i Gomez, the Baker Tilly

? Gomez accountant and

? partner, with the US Dis-
: trict Bankruptcy Court in
i south Florida, in which he
? again sought more time to
? reorganise the affairs of

i the Wellington Preserve

; real estate development -
: this time until April 1,

i 2011.

While negotiations with a

i potential buyer “still appear
? to be moving in the direc-
? tion of a contract” for
i Wellington Preserve’s sale,
i Mr Gomez said a key issue
? would be how to finance

SEE page 7B

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Both Mr Roberts and Mr
Moss were in agreement
that the Government could
face more demands from
businesses in the area
regardless of the outcome
of the Judicial Review
appeal, due to a separate but
related issue.

The pair suggested that
“flawed engineering”, which
has left the newly-con-
structed road as much as 18
inches higher than it was
previously in relation to
some businesses’ parking
lots, has the potential to
cause future losses to com-

SEE page 4B

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

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* Port licence ‘seems more trouble than
worth’, and hint of new court action

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Customs’ bonded letter renewal policies have “put a cut
ass on business” in Freeport, a former Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce president telling Tribune Business
the city’s construction industry having been especially heavy,
with 20-40 per cent rises in materials/appliance costs ensur-
ing “it has not restarted after Christmas”.

Christoper Lowe, operations manager at Kelly’s
(Freeport), one of the island’s major wholesalers, told this
newspaper that almost every property in Freeport was built

SEE page 5B



AIRCRAFT REGISTRY “MAKES NO SENSE

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A leading Bahamian aviation
industry executive has told Tri-
bune Business that plans to
establish an aircraft registry in
this nation, with draft legisla-
tion set to be circulated for
comment this week, “make no
sense” because the Bahamas
was non-competitive on the
issue of taxes.

Captain Randy Butler, pres-
ident and chief executive of Sky
Bahamas, told Tribune Busi-
ness that it made more sense
for Latin American plane own-
ers and other high net worth
individuals to put the owner-
ship of their aircraft in the
name of a Delaware corpora-

tion and register there, where
they were exposed to zero tax.

In the Bahamas, though,
plane owners using a Bahamian
aircraft registry would be sub-
ject to 10 per cent Customs
duty on their aircraft up front,
plus fees to Civil Aviation to
renew their certificate of reg-
istration.

“Tt makes no sense if you’re
going to tax the people,” Cap-
tain Butler told Tribune Busi-
ness. “Who’s going to bring
their plane here and put it on
the Bahamas registry if you’re
going to tax the people?

“The big thing is going to be
Customs duty, 10 per cent up
front. Then you pay Civil Avi-

SEE page 3B

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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 FOUR MURDERED Volume: 107 No.45MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PLENTYOF SUNSHINE HIGH 81F L OW 70F McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM TODAY, CHECK OUT SPORTSANDPAGE 15 FOR MARATHON BAHAMAS SPECIAL By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net DISMISSING calls for his resignation by PLP chairman Bradley Roberts, BTC chair man Julian Francis said he will be meeting with his lawyers this week to determine whether he can sue the partys spokesman for his continued attacks on his charac ter in the past week. BTC CHAIRMAN TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE OVER ATTACKS ON HIS CHARACTER By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net POLICE shot and killed a gunman who they suspect killed another man at a Nas sau bar over the weekend. Shots rang out near the OK Bar on East and Hay streets around 11.30pm Friday. Plain-clothed police officers on routine patrol in the area saw a group of people running from the bar. They then spotted an armed man wearing a camouflage jacket firing shots from a highpowered weapon as he chased another man wearing a red-hooded jacket. Police reports state the officers identified themselves and ordered the gunman to drop POLICE SHOOT GUNMAN DEAD DRUG Enforcement Unit (DEU Bahamian men yesterday at the Lynden Pindling Interna tional Airport when they searched their suitcase and found 16 taped packages of suspected cocaine. The men, aged 38 and 45, had flown in to New Providence from the Turks and Caicos on a private aircraft. Officers at the airport made the discovery shortly before 10am after they searched a TWO ARRESTED AT AIRPORT AFTER DISCOVERY OF SUSPECTED COCAINE By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A FAMILY has been left s earching for answers after t heir daughter was raped and shot in the head over the weekend. The partially-clad body of 26-year-old Inderia Barry was discovered near a dumpster on a property at Faith UnitedW ay, off Baillou Hill Road South. Her family believe she was killed and then her body was dumped at the site. The young woman was found wearing only a grey-hooded sweater and a white T-shirt at around 7.40 am, according to police. Speaking with TheTribune last night,her father Paul Barry said he was shocked to learn of his daughters death, but admitted she had a troubled past. She was a tomboy, a les bian and she was on the rough side of the mountain, Mr Barry said candidly. Mr Barry also said that Inderia, who was the oldest of his five children, was not employed at the time of her death. He described her as being a hustler who engaged in gang activity. I last saw her about a week and a half ago. I really have no idea what may have led someone to kill her. Its really hard to say. It could Family agony as w oman, 26, raped and shot in head SHOT DEAD: Inderia Barry SEE page two LATE last night The Tribune received reports of a double homicide at Zinna Street in the area of Kennedy sub-division. Visiting the scene last night, The Tribune was unable to receive a complete update of the shooting as the police were still processing both crime scenes. DOUBLE MURDER INVESTIGATION GRIM TASK: Scenes of crime officers taking evidence at the scene where Inderia Barrys body was found on Saturday morning. See story on left. DOUBLEHOMICIDE: Police remove one of the bodies from Zinna Street. FORALLTHERESULTSLOGONTOWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff SEE page two SEE page two SEE page 14 SEE page 14

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT: A new union for workers at the Freeport Container Port iss oon to be officially registered as a trade union by the Ministry of Labour, according to a labour official. Director of Labour Harc ourt Brown said their attorneys are in the process of completing the vetting of the unions constitution. H e noted that the union could receive its registration certificate in about a week. T he Freeport Container Port is one of the largest e mployers on Grand Bahama. Safety and labour issues were raised at the port after three workers werek illed and several others were seriously injured when a tornado hit the facility and caused severe damage on March 29. Documents The law requires that whenever a union is going to be registered certain documents, including the unions constitution, have tob e submitted to the Ministry of Labour. M r Brown said the union had submitted its constitution last year. We have all the information now and it is going through the vetting process. As soon as that process isc omplete, we will then proceed. I estimate we should be completed in another week for so, and there should be some information forthc oming in about a week. Once it is completed, if there are no provisions in the existing constitution that run afoul of the legislation, and if there are no recommendations for amendmentt o their constitution, they would be told to present it in proper form, which requirest hem to pay a small registration fee, said the labour d irector. After being registered, the union then has to apply forr ecognition from the Freeport Container Port as t he bargaining agent for workers. If the company does not r ecognise the union, then the minister of labour has to m ake determination whether the union should be recognised as the bargain-i ng agent. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM New union for Freeport Container Port workers set to be officially registered his weapon. However the gunman reportedly pointed his rifle at the officers forcing them to return fire, hitting him in the chest. The gunman was pronounced dead at the scene. Back at the entrance of the OK Bar, police found the body of a man wearing short blue jeans and a brown shirt. He had gunshot wounds to his chin, and is believed to have been shot by the gunman. Sources say the deceased, who is believed to be a resident of Masons Addition, had recently been released from prison. The identities of both men are expected to be released today. POLICE SHOOT GUNMAN DEAD However, we were able to confirm that one murder occurred around 4pm and the other shortly after 7pm just a few feet from the other. B oth victims are believed to be young men. Cedar Crest Funeral Home removed the last body some time after 9 oclock last night. Police at the scene said they are following significant leads into these two latest homicides which they suspect are related. See tomorrows Tribune for further details. DOUBLE MURDER INVESTIGATION Family agony as woman, 26, r aped and shot in head have been for any number of things considering her character, he said. Detectives are trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding Inderias death as their investigations continue. Her murder comes on the heels of the murder of well-liked pre-school teacher Denise Adderley, 39. Ms Adderley, who taught pre-schoolers at the Uriah Mcphee primary school, was shot six times near the Texaco Service Station on Wulff and Kemp roads. Taxi driver John Adderley, 37, has been c harged with her murder. FOURMURDERED SHOOTINGDEATH: Police at the scene of the East Street shooting. FROM page one FROM page one F ROM page one F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By KATHRYN CAMPBELL Bahamas Information Services Exuma, The Bahamas The construction of a dock in George Town, Exuma will bring relief to residents of this family island. Public Works and Trans port Minister Neko C. Grant signed a $325,120.30 contract with R and F McKenzie Con struction Co. Ltd. for construction of the dock that is in a state of disrepair. This dock plays a pivotal role in the lives of the people of the Exumas, said Mr. Grant. It serves as the main commercial port of cargo and passenger operations. As commercial activity has gained momentum and this islands population has increased; the original dock along with the more recently built western dock can no longer adequately meet the needs of residents. Mr. Grant headed a small delegation to Exuma on January 14 for the signing ceremony. He was accompanied by Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment; Colin Higgs, permanent secretary; John Canton, directorand Kirk Bullard, project manager. The visit was the first of Mr. Grants trust agenda infrastructure crusade to the island of Exuma. Also in attendance was the Hon. Anthony Moss, MP for Exuma and the Cays, Admin istrator Ivan Ferguson and other senior Government offi cials for Exuma. The Exuma Community Youth Marching Band provided music for the occasion. The dock refurbishment includes construction of a new bulkhead with a roll on and roll off ramp, construction of new bollards, repair of existing sheet pile, and supply and installation of light poles with lights. Mr. Grant acknowledged that the Government is aware that the cargo and passenger handling capacity of the George Town dock at its current location has been exceeded and options must be explored. He noted an economic evaluation of Great Exuma port sites has been undertaken with recommendations for new port facilities to be developed at the Navy Dock site that is in close proximity to George Town. Furthermore, he revealed that consideration is being given to the relocation of Queens Highway (the main arterial road on Exuma). Portions of this highway are prone to flooding during periods of heavy rainfall, Mr. Grant said. During these unfavourable conditions, this highway when flooded has reduced the access of residents from outlying areas to George Town, the capital. The Ministry of Public Works & Transport has there fore identified an alternate route which would bypass the most vulnerable (low-lying sections of the existing highway. Mr. Grant said plans for the additional works including the new port facility and the highway relocation will be announced later. He emphasised to the contractor the need for on time, quality work that is within budget. In his response contractor Reg McKenzie said this is the first time that a native of Exuma has been given such a task and he intends to make a positive contribution. He urged residents to become involved with projects that will help with the islands growth and develop ment. Ten persons are to be employed on the rehabilitation of the dock that is expect ed to begin within January. Improved por t facilities on the way for Exuma (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna SIGNING: Government officials sign contract with Reg Mckenzie of R & F McKenzie Construction Co. L td. for the construction of a dock in George Town, Exuma as Local Government officials and ministers l ook on. From left Reg Mckenzie, contractor; the Hon. .Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Envi ronment; the Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport and Colin Higgs, permanent sec retary. (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna BOOSTFOREXUMA: Neko C. Grant, minister of Public Works and Transport speaks at the contract signing ceremony. Also pictured from left (front rowback row Kirk Bullard, project manager and John Canton, director. Pictured at right (front row Ministry of the Environment; MP for Exuma, Anthony Moss and back row Rev. Cedric Smith, president of the Exuma Christian Council. A GROUP of pastors, civic leaders, fraternal organisations, business owners and community activists have partnered with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to call for 40 days of public prayer to help calm the escalating numb er of violent crimes being committed t hroughout New Providence. The brainchild of Schell Stubbs, the c ampaign is expected to take place from Sunday, January 23, to Thursday, March 3, and be held in places such as Fort Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision, Christie Park, Quarry Mission Park, Lucky Food Store parking lot, Mt M oriah Baptist Church, C I Gibson parking lot, St Michaels tennis court, and St Bernards parking lot at St J osephs Church, as well as a host of other places yet to be scheduled. Most prayer times will occur between 7pm and 8pm each evening. According to a press statement i ssued by Pastor Philip Stubbs, the group of social partners came together in the Fort Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area to address the issues of crime and social dysfunction. Some 40 adults met at the beginning of January in Boyd to own this cam-p aign and create strategy. C hurches represented at the meeting i ncluded Temple Baptist Church, Holy Spirit Anglican Church, Johnson Park Seventh Day Adventist Church,C hurch of God of Prophecy of Greater Chippingham, Mt Moriah Baptist C hurch, Living Waters Church, St Josephs Catholic Church, St Michaels Methodist Church, The New Mt ZionB aptist Church, and Bishop Swain a leading clergyman who resides in Chipp ingham. According to Pastor Stubbs, the narrative was clear at their first meeting. Commend He said: We commend our Police for the job that they are doing butc rime continues to escalate in our community. We have decided to seek G ods face during this 40-day period. We believe that God will act when we seek Him in prayer and that He alonei s the answer to the problem of crime in our community. Our direction comes from 2nd Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear fromh eaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. God and God alone, that will be our cry for a solution in the Ft Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area during this 40-day period. While Mrs Stubbs was the impetus and coordinator for the first meeting, P astor Stubbs said she is equally impass ioned about it being a campaign that is owned not by one individual but by a g roup of social partners. Forty Days Of Prayer For Peace In Our Community is led by a wide range of social partners, including the Police. Its not about one person or personalities. Its a positive, spiritual response to t he crime and violence in the Fort Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area. To put it plainly over forty days a l ot of different persons will be praying publicly for an end to crime in our area and for an expansion of peace, Mrs Stubbs said. While the Days Of Prayer For P eace campaign will officially end on March 3, the organisers emphasised that the campaign, like prayer, is for everyone. It is not a campaign for the organisers alone. Its for the entire community. Members of the neighbourhoodst hroughout the area are invited to s hare in the daily public times of prayer t hat will occur during the campaign. The "40 Days Of Prayer For Peace Team 2011" can be contacted at tele p hone 325 6126. Forty days of praying for peace in Bahamas Campaign launched to stem tide of crime We have decided to s eek Gods face during t his 40-day period. Pastor Stubbs

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EDITOR, The Tribune. Todays letter to the edi t or and editorial response stirred me to react. I have been an expat in t he Bahamas for the last five years, and am a subscriber t o The Tribune. While I accept that the FNM is not your paymaster,y our writing makes it clear that you are a passionate FNM. That is fine on a per sonal level, but it is a pity that it affects your profes-s ional work so badly. I have been accustomed to more balanced reporting overseas, and your claims of objectivity unfortunately just doesnt hold. As hard as I try, I have difficulty recalling any time recently where you have criticised however lightly anything the FNM or government has done or said, or any time where you have supported the governments initiatives or attitude onlyi n a lukewarm manner rather than extremely enthusiastically. L ikewise, I dont recall you supporting even disc reetly anything the PLP has suggested or said, but have noticed only extreme criti-c ism. While I tend to favour the FNMs approach to government, I dont always agree, and I find The Tribune wanting when it comest o objective unbiased report ing. How are the public to get an informed view in this country? Your strident side-taking removes all credibility in your reporting. You can still correct that, I wish you would. Please feel free to publish this if you wish, but without my name. EXPAT IN NASSAU Nassau, January 7, 2011. (This writer is confusing objective reporting with opinion piece comment. The Tribunes reporting of events on all levels, whether it be on political issues or otherwise, cannot be criticised for lacking objectivity. Issues from all sides are reported in our news columns and nowhere will a reporters opinion be found. (However, the Editorial column, which is the only column in which this newspaper can express its opinion is just that an opinion piece. The letters column also expresses opinions. Thiss ection is reserved exclusively for the public. (Therefore, readers are g etting objective reporting on all pages of The Tribune w ith the exception of the opinion of the editor in the editorial column on thisp age and that of the public, also on this page. (The editors comments are generally based on issues reported in other sections ofT he Tribune. The editor is not interested in whether the reader agrees with or rejects her opinion. The editorial column is only an invitation to think and discuss the issues of the day. It is up to our readers to arrive at their own conclusions. It is of no concern of ours which way they decide. (It just so happens that the philosophy of The Tribune and the PLP are poles apart. This does not mean that we totally agree with everything FNM or disagree with everything PLP. However, in life we all have to make decisions on the alternatives before us. This is usually a choice between the lesser of two or more evils. The Tribune has made its choice on what it considers the lesser evil it is now up to our readers to do the same. It doesnt matter to us if they dont agree with our opinion we all know that diversity makes a more interesting world. Ed). EDITOR, The Tribune. I have read, listened and watched all of the ranting and raving from the unions about the sale of BTC and I am truly amazed that the unions do n ot realise that the MAJORITY of Bahamians who use cell-phones and pay long distance telephone bills are not sympathetic with them and BTC 's outrageous SERVICE and exorbitant bills. Common sense should tell every one that until we, the Public, have competition in the telecommunications industry, the ridiculous prices that we have to pay will never change. In this age of technology there is no reason why the Bahamian public should be penalised and have to pay the prices that we do just to satisfy the greed of a few. I am also amazed that in 2010 we still have people in this country who try to stir up racial problems whenever they can't have their way and unless I misunderstand the English language that is exactly what Mr Evans was trying to do in my humble opinion when he started talking about not being subject to the white man. No one in this country has to be subject to anyone whether they be white or black, because we live in a democracy. If an individual wants a job and they are not selfemployed then it is common knowledge that they will havea Boss and if one does not want a Boss they have the option of not working. All jobs have a requirement that employees perform given tasks which are usually known before you agree to accept a job, that is not slavery, it is only compliance. The best part of this entire fiasco is that no one that I can remember heard any noise f rom these same unions when the former government had made a deal to sell to what was supposed to be some other white foreigners, or was the reason that they were so quiet because the union leaders knew who the real true own ers were going to be and they did not mind if it might be some of their friends that were going to be the owners. To the public at large I say do not mind the noise because at the end of three years we will be the beneficiaries and we will all be able to save a lot of money that can be used for other purposes. ABNER PINDER Spanish Wells, January 16, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing 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. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm A LTHOUGH reaction to new international testing data has focused mostly on the middling performance overall of American 15-year-olds, the results also serve as a reminder that theU nited States is not exactly a world leader even in producing a cadre of top-tier per-f ormers in mathematics and science. Only about 10 per cent of U.S. students s cored in the two highest achievement categ ories in mathematics on the Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, well short of the figures for a host of other nations, from South Korea and Japan to F rance, Germany, and New Zealand. In fact, the U.S. results were below the average for t he 34 nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. I n science, the U.S. position was more favourable, but not dramatically so. With 9.2 per cent of American students meeting levels5 or 6, the United States was about average among OECD nations, trailing more than a d ozen PISA participants, including Finland, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, and South K orea. At the top of the pack in mathematics and science was Shanghai, China, one of a h andful of non-national education systems that took part in the assessment in 2009. In mathematics, for instance, about half of Shanghai students were in the two highest categories. However, a variety of analysts caution that Shanghai is not representative of China as a whole; its widely seen as at the vanguard of that nation in terms of its educational perfor mance. T he PISA results from December arrived months after the National Science Boarda prominent panel that advises both the White House and Congressissued a report sounding an alarm that the United States is failing to sufficiently identify and nurture the next generation of high-achieving innovators in the STEM fieldsscience, technology, engineer ing, and mathematicsand that the situation p uts at risk the nations long-term prosperity. Some researchers say the latest PISA results reinforce concerns not only about how U.S. students fare on average, but about the nations relative share of top performers. Eric A. Hanushek, an economist at Stanford University, also expressed concern about the data on high achievers, noting that while the United States has traditionally attracted plenty of tale nt from abroad to fill the gap, its getting harder to do. The one bright spot appears to be reading, where the proportion of American students reaching the two highest achievement levels on PISA.9 per centbeat the OECD average of 7.6 per cent. PISA compares the performance of U.S. 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics, and science literacy against their peers internationall y. In all, 34 OECD nations and 26 other countries took part this year, as well as several other education systems, including Shanghai and Hong Kong. The assessment seeks to gaugew hat young people have learned both inside and outside school and how well they applyt hat knowledge in real-world contexts. The results are scored on a scale of 1 to 1,000. This w as the fourth assessment cycle since 2000. O verall in the latest round of PISA, American students science performance climbed to the OECD average. The U.S. score of 502 increased from 489 in 2006, not measurably d ifferent from the OECD average of 501. At the top in science among the OECD nations w ere Finland, Japan, and South Korea. In mathematics, despite gains from the last r ound of testing in 2006, U.S. students, with a median score of 487, remained below the OECD average of 496. In all, 17 OECD nations had statistically higher scores. The topthree scorers among OECD countries were S outh Korea, Finland, and Switzerland. Finally, in readingthe subject that r eceived more in-depth focus this timeU.S. achievement was roughly flat, at 500, com p ared with previous testing rounds, and about average among the OECD nations. The PISA results, to be brutally honest, show that a host of developed nations are outeducating us, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the day the results came out. Mr. Duncan noted that 15-year-olds in Finland and South Korea on average were one to two years ahead of their American p eers in mathematics and science. On PISA, students are generally ranked into one of six categories based on their level of proficiency. In science, students rated at level 5, the second-highest category, can iden tify the scientific concepts of many complex life situations; apply scientific concepts and knowl edge about science to those situations; and can compare, select, and evaluate appropria te scientific evidence for responding to life situations, according to an OECD document. In mathematics, students at level 5 can develop and work with mathematical models in complex situations, identifying constraints and specifying assumptions, the document says. They can select, compare, and evaluate appro priate problem-solving strategies for dealing with complex problems. I n mathematics, the 9.9 per cent of U.S. students at level 5 or higher compared with 35.6 per cent in Singapore, 25.5 per cent in South Korea, and 21.6 per cent in Finland. In science, the 9.2 per cent of U.S. students who at least reached level 5 compared with 19.9 per cent in Singapore, 18.7 per cent in Finland, and 17 per cent in Japan. (This article was written by Erik W. Robelen of Education Week). Why public should not mind noise over BTC sale LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net US high achievers scarce in math, science I find The Tribune wanting when it comes to unbiased reporting

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T HE Union of Tertiary Educators (UTEB College of the Bahamas have signed a new industrial agreement which will carry tertiary educators through to June 30, 2012. T his new contract will also be retroactive to July 1, 2008. According to a statement issued from UTEBs president Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson, the union is heartened tob e able to move forward after more than two years of protracted negotiationsw ith the college over this matter. Finalise While the negotiating t eam of UTEB was working this week with College offic ials to finalise the new Agreement, it was unfortunate that the Minister ofL abour, Dion Foulkes, sought to mislead the public b y misrepresenting what was transpiring between UTEB and COB. To say that I was stalling the process by refusing to sign, Mr Foulkes intention-a lly and calculatingly tried to disparage me in the publ ic, Mrs Isaacs-Dotson claimed. Mr Foulkes is well aware of the facts as to why the A greement was delayed as the College was in possession of the documents ince December 6, 2010, and it was they who were to get b ack to the Union with a signing date. In fact, it was only after pressure from faculty who insisted that the C ollege sign the agreement or classes would not continue that the College movedt he signing up from their intended date of January 2 8th, she added. The Unions president thanked the public for its support in the time leading u p to the signing and asked for their continued support as it moves forward to workw ith the new President, Betsy Vogel-Boze, to evolve the C ollege into the world-class university that it should be and is poised to become. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM UTEB and College of Bahamas sign new industrial agreement SIGNING: Pictured (L to R INSIGHT F or the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Over $200,000 worth of aluminium tube p ipes were stolen from a business establishment in the Freeport area, police reported Friday. A sst Supt Loretta Mackey said management of Inchcape Shipping Services reported to police at about 1.40pm on Thursday that a large quantity of chrome aluminium tubep ipes were stolen from premises on West Atlantic Drive sometime between January 6 and January 13. Ms Mackey said the items are valued at $250,000. Police are appealing to anyone who has information on the matter to contact them at 350-3107/8 ; 352-9774/5 or 911 Police probe theft of aluminium tube pipes worth over $200,000 FREEPORT: Ministry of Labour officials are expected to meet with operators at the Deep Water Cay Resort concerning recent complaints received from workers. Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said labour officials in Freeport are conducting due diligence and investigations into complaints of alleged wrongful termination. We intend to meet with owners at Deep Water Cay within the week to discuss the state of affairs at that resort, said Mr Foulkes. Ministry officials set to meet Deep Water Cay Resort operators CRIME BRIEF

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By ADRIAN GIBSON ajbahama@hotmail.com I n a revealing interview with the widow of falle n police Inspector Archibald Magnum Miller shot while on duty during a drug-house stakeout I was told of her yearning for c losure to what she calls a numbing, life-changing chapter for which someone must pay. A ccording to news reports, Inspector Miller was hit by friendly fire and killed by a bullet to his torso. Police reports indicated that he was accidentally shot by a fellow police officer during a sting operation in southwestern New Providence on December 2, 2010. He died i n hospital on December 5. According to his wife, Charlene, her 47-year-old husband was a meticulous, honest policeman whose declared aim was to close down every drug house in the Bahamas. Archibald was humble and hardworking. Whatever he set h is mind to, he would always d o and whatever he did, he did at his best, she said. He wasa n all-round person. He got saved in the church, gave his b est to the church, gave his best to the community. He was a family-oriented man, he lovedh is familyhis intimate family, his work familyhis cow orkers became like a part of him. He was a no-nonsense person, he believed in doing things with dignity. He did nothing halfway. W ith perhaps the only lighthearted moment that yieldedm ild, subtle laughter during our discussion, Mrs Miller recalled t he first encounter with the young man who was to become her husband. We met one day coming from school, she recalled. He s aw me and his cousin walking from Government High and he s topped to pick her up. That was in the early 1980s. So he s aid Delareece (his cousin who is this lovely young lady youre walking with and Delareece said oh, this is my friend Charlene. So I said hi and it was very short, I said hi and bye-bye. So he said why is she so selfish, just saying hi and bye-bye, he said Im not goinga nywhere. He dropped me off and we stayed in the car talking for a lil bit and he said Delareece, this is gonna be my wife o ne day. So I said be your wife, where do you work? He said that he had just joined the police college and was in training. I think that was a Friday.H e was off right then. When he said he was training to be a policeman, I said oh, thats a no-no, because I d ont like police, police like too many womenbecause of their uniforms, women just stick to t hem like glue. But he said Im n ot like that, I was brought up different, Im a quiet person a nd very loving. If you get to know me, you will really like m e a lot. So I said oh okay, I dont think that will be anytimes oon. She paused, lost in memory. The next thing I knew, she continued, he was writing letters and poems and they were good. So I started writing back. We were friends for aboutt hree years. We started dating at the age of 17. We went tot he moviesthe Capital The atre on Market Street and the Wulff Road theatre. I liked drama, so I asked him to go with me to the Dundas Centre. I r emember that he didnt like it, but he played like he did. Hew as the love of my life! The couple dated for seven y ears before getting married. They were married for 20 years, until Inspector Millers death. The union bore three boys, ages eight, 12 and 18. According to M rs Miller, their eldest son wants to follow in his fathers f ootsteps and become a police man. Six months ago his father took him to sit the entrance exams. The brokenhearted wife said t hat her entire family has been devastated by Inspector Millersu ntimely death. She says their children have had a difficult t ime coping with his loss. Ever since he died, it seems like my life has changed. Im trying to hold up, trying to do the best. Im not taking it so w ell because everyday I have to begin not to question God.S ometimes you go and you ask God for forgiveness, but you s till begin to say: Why you had to take him God, why with all the people living so meanwhy did you have to take him? His death was very hard on a ll of us, sometimes it has us on edge with each other, some t imes we get into itme and my oldest son. We live a lovely l ife, but sometimes we row with each other and when I catch myself I say: You know something, let me not row with him because I know hes holding e verything in and its usually about simple things like the TV b eing too loud. As for Christmas: The first Christmas was terrible, she said. I mean I was here and I thank God for life, but it felt like no Christmas at all. It felt like an ordinary day, l ike something was terribly missing. Right now, Im son umb. Im talking to you, but deep down Im so numb. H igh-level police sources confirm that Inspector Miller was first-rate a meritorious officer, who was one of the architects of the police forces current drug-fighting strategy. Mr Miller was one of the top commanders in the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU The grief-stricken widow was saddened as she talked oft he events of that fateful day. In her synopsis of the Inspectors last day in his usual, conscious way, she said: He picked me up from work. He said Char, I have to go back out tonight. But we sat and talked before he went out that night. I said: Archibald, you keep going on these operations all the time, youre leaving your family. I said here it is, youve b een doing this for years, you dont think its now time for you to sit behind a desk, do a n ine to five job and organize f or somebody else to go? I said youre in charge of operations, w hy dont you put other persons in positionyou trained o ther personswhy dont you let other persons go and yous tay with your family? I said today or tomorrow, if somet hing happens to you, youre replaceable. I said it just like this. He said: Anyhow, when I go out God always protects you because I had asked him who is gonna protect us when he goes outyou know, in then atural saying. Mrs Miller said that her husband understood the importance of giving back to his community. He said: When I go out at night God will protect my fam i ly. Im going out there to help other people, to keep the street c lean from drugs. He said my aim is to close down every drug house in this Bahamas, because he believed drug dealers thought they were above t he law, that they could takeover. He said he has shutt he drug dealers down because theres too much crime in this c ountry and they are the cause of it. I said: Archie, youre one man, youre not an army and you cant do it all by yourself, she recalled. We went to bed and through the night he got up. He h ad on his army clothes; I could hear him in the boots walking t hrough the house. He leaned over and kissed me and said see you tomorrow, but tomorrow never came. Before day that morning, t hey came to the house for me and said my husband had an a ccident. Our eight-year-old son woke me up. Mr Colliea p olice inspector and our neighbourwas at the door. It was about 5.30. He said your husband had an accident, I thought it was a car accident because I didnt get much details, she said. I began to pray while I was on my way to my husband. I said: Oh Lord, please help my husband, I dont know whats wrong, but you go up there and take full control. Through it all, I was shaking to pieces. Even up to the endthe night when he diedwhen they called me and told me he had taken a turn for the worst, I still h ad believed God would bring him out of this. (The last day the doctor (Duane Sands I must come quick, quick to the hospital. I called my sisters and told them to meet me at Doctors Hospital. When I went in, I was crying and praying. I started to say P salms 23. It felt like I was walking through a valley of shadows, of darkness. I was just trembling, I was crying and that f eeling I had in my stomach, I didnt want. I went back into the sitting room and prayed again. I went to the chapel, closed the door and prayed. Is aid Lord, what is this? I said You know I cant live without him. You gave me three boys, how am I supposed to take care o f these three boys without my husband? I started to say all kinds of things. We went in to see him. He was swell right up! He was as kinny man, but he was swell right up! she exclaimed. They operated on him four t imes. I even questioned the doctor asking why you oper-a ting so much, you keep sayi ng were not out of the woods, y ou dont know if hell make it t o the next morning, but you keep operating? But I was m ade to understand that a main blood vessel had burst. I was a fraid that with him swelling so much, how would they be ablet o close him up? They also took out his intestines. They said that t hey couldnt put it back in right then because he had swollen too much, she recalled. During the interview, I asked where the intestines wereb eing kept. It looks like it was in a bag o r something, she replied. They had a green plastic looks like something to keep you warmon top of his stomach. They had it on top of him. A nd then they had like this thick pad on top of his chest,w hich extended downwards, and socks to keep him warm. W hen asked if he ever regained consciousness, she said: He came to right after the first operation. He tried to lift h is head up and hold me reaching for me. (Here, sheg asped to show how he was breathing.) I said Archie, keep y our strength, youre gonna need it. He used to squeeze your hand, blink his eyes but after about the second day, all of that stopped. He just laid t here, eyes tightly shut and swollen. S he said Dr Sands had told her that he was only shot once. I was told (by police officials) that one of his co-workers shot him. I was told that the gentleman fell asleep while they were on a stakeout and he n oticed that they were in the car sleeping. Thats what was e xplained to me. They said he went to the vehicle and k nocked on the roof and said Why youll sleeping on the m ans job? And one of the guys told me the other guy woke up shooting. I dont understand, but I know that some people wake up fighting if LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM I yearn for closure to police husbands death INTERVIEW: WIDOWOF POLICE INSPECTOR ARCHIBALD MAGNUM MILLER SHOTWHILEONDUTY: Archibald Magnum Miller. SEE page 15

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By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@Tribunemedia.net M O RE than 1,200 breastc ancer survivors and their supporters filled the thoroughfares of Paradise Island, all linked unmistakably by one colour. .. pink. In light of staggering statistics by health officials, w hich estimate 300 to 500 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the countrye very year, the world's largest breast cancer association hosted their first race of the year in the Bahamas for the first time. T hrough research funded by Susan G Komen for the Cure, last year it was announced that around 23 per cent of Bahamian women diagnosed carry the B RCA1 gene mutation, which puts them at greater r isk of breast cancer. Of these, around half of the women, 48 per cent, areu nder age 50. Participating in memory of Craig Soldinger, Erin Brown, a 30-year-old bone cancer survivor anda mputee, explained that support was crucial for everyone affected by can cer. Ms Brown said: It is important for people affect e d by cancer, period. Whether you're a survivor, whether you're a relative, everyone is affected when one person is affected by cancer. We need support,we need awareness out there, we need that encouragement because the rough days are here every day and we have to push through it because if you decide not to push through it you're gonna fall." Due to the high frequency of the disease in the Bahamas, current US guide lines which advise women to start breast cancer screenings after age 40 are irrelevant in this country. The study, published in August 2010, discovered that Bahamian women have the highest prevalence of the genetic mutation out of any population in the world. Medical director of the Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative Dr John Lunn, oneof the researchers of the study, explained the data proved the importance of genetic testing for every Bahamian woman diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr Lunn said: "The reason why it's important is because the gene predicts early breast cancer and it's usually aggressive. Half of our patients are under 50 when they present for breast cancer so the main thingto do is all patients with breast cancer should have a genetic test done. Firstly, the treatment may be different, certain types of drugs work better with these patients and it's important because you needto test the family so they can know early. There are things you can d o if you have a bad gene. We can give you genetic counselling and then we cano ffer some drastic things. Some women in Europe h ave their breast removed and their ovaries out by the time their 35 to prevent get-t ing it. If you know, you can make these choices, or at least be screened carefully and doctored so at the first sign of the disease you canh ave something done." Families like the Thurstons, both caregiversa re afflicted, can attest to the devastation wrought by t he disease both financially and emotionally. Mother-ofseven Consuela Thurstons aid she was overwhelmed and inspired by the weeke nds events. Mrs Thurston said: It was my first time going and it was really good.J ust the fact that they really honoured us as survivors. I didnt feel alone out there, there were so much women out there with the samep roblem as me. I didnt feel out of place, I felt at home. Due to late diagnosis she was 37 Mrs Thurston did not begin treatment untils he was already a stage four cancer patient. Even though she had insurance, the costo f co-payments wiped out the familys finances. M rs Thurston said: I nev er in my lifetime thought I would have cancer, espe-c ially breast cancer. Nobody i n my family had cancer. So I never even thought about g oing to get tested. Im the first one on my mother and m y daddys side of the family and I found out at 37 very young age. I think itsv ery important to raise awareness that they need to s tart letting women have an earlier mammogram in the Bahamas. Since Ive been diagnosed with cancer, it has really opened up my eyes ith as made me look at life in a whole new way. This is happening to a lot of women,p eople who thought they would never get cancer, m ost of them under 40 its so sad. Dr Lunn added: "The n ext study we're going to do is to measure the genetic c omposition of people who go for screening mammograms that's the next staget hat we've put in request for money for. When people come routinely for their screening mammograms, we offer them the genetic test.T hat would tell us how frequently the gene the frequency of the gene in the non-affected population people who don't haveb reast cancer that's important to know. We probably should make the tests available for the whole female population early in their life. It's important to know whether or not you have ag enetic predisposition, then we can see how if we can s top this gene from becoming active that's the next step but at least you cani dentify patients very early who are high risk and then y ou can prevent them from getting breast cancer, that's the idea. It's a big factor, when a quarter of your patients with breast cancer have a nasty gene that'sh uge." Funds raised this weekend will support the BahamasB reast Cancer Initiative, Cancer Society of The B ahamas, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Sup-p ort Group and Komen's Circle of Promise. 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B y POLICECONSTABLE MAKILLE PINDER M any myths s urround domestic v iolence. Some believe it only happens to other people. U nfortunately, it can hap pen to anyone. Our society and often victims has traditionally overlooked,d enied or excused the problem. Domestic violence occurs when someone uses a pat-t ern of physical, sexual and/or emotionally abusive behaviors to maintain con-t rol over an intimate partner or family member. Abusers use fear, guilt,s hame and intimidation techniques to keep victims u nder control. Abusers often escalate from verbal abuse andt hreats to physical violence. Physical violence, or the threat of, is the most immediate danger but the longterm emotional and psychological consequences are severe. K nowing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic vio-l ence is the first step. D oes your partner? Do you? A ct excessively jealous and possessive? C ontrol where you go, what you do or how you dress? K eep you from seeing family and friends? Limit your access to money, computer, phone, or car? C onstantly check up on you? Have a scary or unpred ictable temper? Hurt you, or threaten to h urt or kill you? Threaten to take your children away or harmt hem? T hreaten to commit suicide if you leave? Force you to have sex? Destroy your belongings?H umiliate or yell at you? Criticize and put you d own? Embarrass you in front of your friends or family? I gnore or dismiss your opinions/accomplishments? Blame you for their abusive behavior? See you as property or a s ex object? Act excessively jealous and possessive? C ontrol where you go, what you do or how you d ress? TIPS You are not alone It is NOT your fault Help is available D omestic violence is a CRIME! N o One Should Live In Fear .. Help Is Available! F eel afraid most of the time? Avoid certain topics b ecause you fear the r esponse? Feel you cant do anything right for your partner? Believe you deserve to be h urt or mistreated? Wonder if youre the one w ho is crazy? Feel emotionally numb or helpless? What to do? Learn where to get help; memorize emergency phone numbers K eep a phone in a room you can lock from the inside; if you can, get a cellularp hone that you keep with you at all times I f the abuser has moved out, change the locks on your door; get locks on thew indows Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to y our children Think about where you would go if you need toe scape Ask your neighbors to call t he police if they see the abuser at your house; make a signal for them to call the p olice, for example, if the phone rings twice, a shade is pulled down or a light is on Pack a bag with important t hings you'd need if you had t o leave quickly; put it in a safe place, or give it to a friend or relative you trust I nclude cash, car keys & important information such a s: court papers, passport or birth certificates, medical records & medicines, immi-g ration papers Get an unlisted phone number Block caller ID Use an answering m achine; screen the calls LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Anti-domestic violence safety tips The Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office Police Constable Makille Pinder P OLICECONSTABLE M akille Pinder BEIJING Chinese leader Hu Jintao is being feted in W ashington this week with a lavish state banquet at the White House and other pomp usuall y reserved for close friends and allies all intended to improve the tone of relations between a risen, more assertive and prosperous China and the U.S. superpower in a tenuous economic recovery, according to Associated Press T he shaky trust between the United States and China has been eroding recently because of a n array of issues currency policies and trade barriers, nuclear proliferation and North Korea, and both sides seem to recognize the need to r ecalibrate relations. The U.S. is one of China's biggest markets, with $380 billion in annual trade largely in Beijing's favor. Washington increasingly needs Beijing's help in managing world troubles, from piracy off A frica to Iran's nuclear program and reinvigorating the world economy. Hu sounded a concili atory tone in a rare interview with U.S. news papers ahead of his visit, saying the two countries c ould mutually benefit by finding "common ground" on issues ranging from combatting terr orism and nuclear proliferation to clean energy and infrastructure initiatives. US pomp meant to impr ove tone of China relations

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B Y MIKE LIGHTBOURN W h en youve found the home of your dreams, you dont want to delay in producing your purchase o ffer, so its a great benefit to know what to expect in advance. While there is no foolproof formula for negotiating a fairp rice, you can begin by looking at recent sales in the neighbourhood and you might want to compare their listed prices t o their final selling prices. Sometimes, this is out of whack since some homes are listed at foolish asking prices in the first place. Agents are encouraged not to take over-priced listings since they dont sell. This distorts the idea people have of the value of their own homes when they see these overpriced listings. If homes are generally selling a t say 5 per cent below the LAST listed reduced price, you have that starting point for determining your offer. O nce a price has been accepted, it's time to put it into high gear. Your finance approval s hould already be in place and y ou should schedule a home inspection, and establish a closing date. Your offer should be contingent upon a satisfactory walkt hrough before closing. The deposit on your purchase will be placed in escrow, usually with the vendors attor-n ey. It will eventually transfer to the vendors, or will be refunded to you (less legal expenses i nvolved) if any issues (eg title d efect) prevent the closing of the transaction. If major repairs are needed, the seller may fix the problems, or offer a reduction in price. With such a contingency clearly stated in your offer, you can walk away from the deal if the vendor doesnt accept. The vendor may counteroffer with an unacceptable cond ition to you and you can decline his offer. As these few considerations are the tip of the iceberg, your best bet is to always work through a Bahamas Real Estate Association professional, whose objectivity and experience should help guarantee a smootht ransaction. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty). Bahamas real estate today Mike Lightbourn TIMETOMOVE

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B y POLICECONSTABLE MAKILLE PINDER M any myths s urround domestic v iolence. Some believe it only happens to other people. U nfortunately, it can hap pen to anyone. Our society and often victims has traditionally overlooked,d enied or excused the problem. Domestic violence occurs when someone uses a pat-t ern of physical, sexual and/or emotionally abusive behaviors to maintain con-t rol over an intimate partner or family member. Abusers use fear, guilt,s hame and intimidation techniques to keep victims u nder control. Abusers often escalate from verbal abuse andt hreats to physical violence. Physical violence, or the threat of, is the most immediate danger but the longterm emotional and psychological consequences are severe. K nowing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic vio-l ence is the first step. D oes your partner? Do you? A ct excessively jealous and possessive? C ontrol where you go, what you do or how you dress? K eep you from seeing family and friends? Limit your access to money, computer, phone, or car? C onstantly check up on you? Have a scary or unpred ictable temper? Hurt you, or threaten to h urt or kill you? Threaten to take your children away or harmt hem? T hreaten to commit suicide if you leave? Force you to have sex? Destroy your belongings?H umiliate or yell at you? Criticize and put you d own? Embarrass you in front of your friends or family? I gnore or dismiss your opinions/accomplishments? Blame you for their abusive behavior? See you as property or a s ex object? Act excessively jealous and possessive? C ontrol where you go, what you do or how you d ress? TIPS You are not alone It is NOT your fault Help is available D omestic violence is a CRIME! N o One Should Live In Fear .. Help Is Available! F eel afraid most of the time? Avoid certain topics b ecause you fear the r esponse? Feel you cant do anything right for your partner? Believe you deserve to be h urt or mistreated? Wonder if youre the one w ho is crazy? Feel emotionally numb or helpless? What to do? Learn where to get help; memorize emergency phone numbers K eep a phone in a room you can lock from the inside; if you can, get a cellularp hone that you keep with you at all times I f the abuser has moved out, change the locks on your door; get locks on thew indows Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to y our children Think about where you would go if you need toe scape Ask your neighbors to call t he police if they see the abuser at your house; make a signal for them to call the p olice, for example, if the phone rings twice, a shade is pulled down or a light is on Pack a bag with important t hings you'd need if you had t o leave quickly; put it in a safe place, or give it to a friend or relative you trust I nclude cash, car keys & important information such a s: court papers, passport or birth certificates, medical records & medicines, immi-g ration papers Get an unlisted phone number Block caller ID Use an answering m achine; screen the calls LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Anti-domestic violence safety tips The Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office Police Constable Makille Pinder P OLICECONSTABLE M akille Pinder BEIJING Chinese leader Hu Jintao is being feted in W ashington this week with a lavish state banquet at the White House and other pomp usuall y reserved for close friends and allies all intended to improve the tone of relations between a risen, more assertive and prosperous China and the U.S. superpower in a tenuous economic recovery, according to Associated Press T he shaky trust between the United States and China has been eroding recently because of a n array of issues currency policies and trade barriers, nuclear proliferation and North Korea, and both sides seem to recognize the need to r ecalibrate relations. The U.S. is one of China's biggest markets, with $380 billion in annual trade largely in Beijing's favor. Washington increasingly needs Beijing's help in managing world troubles, from piracy off A frica to Iran's nuclear program and reinvigorating the world economy. Hu sounded a concili atory tone in a rare interview with U.S. news papers ahead of his visit, saying the two countries c ould mutually benefit by finding "common ground" on issues ranging from combatting terr orism and nuclear proliferation to clean energy and infrastructure initiatives. US pomp meant to impr ove tone of China relations

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BY DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT: Six hundred hotel workers at the Our L ucaya Resort will head to the polls on Thursday to determine which union they want representing them the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union or theC ommonwealth Union of Hotel Services and Allied Workers Union. The Bahamas Hotel Catering Allied Workers Union, under the leadership of Nicole Martin, is still officially recognised as the bargain-i ng agent at Our Lucaya Resort until the r esults of the poll reveals otherwise. Michelle Dorsett, president of the C UHSAW, said hotel workers at the property were not happy with the current representation. T he Commonwealth union has been seeking to have a poll taken for more t han a year. The union had requested it after it had reportedly received the support from the majority of workers at ther esort. Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said the act mandates there must be a minimum of 25 per cent of workers to request a poll. He said the employer can also request a poll. We have 600 workers who are eligible to go to the polls, he said. We agreed to all the ground rules of the poll and there is no disagreement in how the poll is to be conducted and upon which terms the poll is to be conducted. A decision will be made on whether the poll will be held a t Christ the King Anglican Church Hall or BPSU Hall. Ms Dorsette is confident the Commonwealth Union will be successful. We have waited this day for long 14 months, she said. On Thursday, the Commonwealth Union joined ranks o f the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Trade Union Con gress. TUC president Obie Ferguson said he was pleased the union had decided to join on with the TUC. He also noted that Customs and Immigration workers have also joinedt he organisation. I am satisfied that this is the beginning of something very unique, he said. We will put it (membership appli cation) to the TUC Board at the next board meeting for official ratification. Hotel workers go to polls on Thursday over union representation By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT: Obie Ferguson, president of Bahamas Hotel Managerial Association, said that a tentative agreement has been reached for a new industrial contract for middle managers at the Our Lucaya Resort in Grand Bahama. Mr Ferguson, who was in Grand Bahama last week, told the press that the agreementwas reached on November 19, and is pending ratification by the hotels head office in Hong Kong. The agreement is framed and structured along the lines of the agreement that is in effect at the Sheraton Cable Beach in Nassau, he said. We are waiting on them to ensure that the workers get the agreement they are entitled to and it is my intention to put it to them for r atification. Mr Ferguson noted that the issue of whether or not the union had the support of workers had arisen, despite favourable outcome at a special poll in 2007 to determine if the BHMA would become bargaining agent for middle managers at the resort. He said of the 107 votes cast for the union, there were two spoiled ballots, with 105 votesg oing to the union. He said 52 voted against the union. That was certified by the present minister of labour, and they wrote to the minister saying they dont think the people want the agreement, and they could not show one letter where the workers were saying they dont want the agreement, Mr Ferguson said. Mr Ferguson believes that the rights of workers are being violated in the country. The right to work is a sacred thing. How can a fella come from US and say you cant join a union, and say if you join they will fire you. What kind of nonsense is that? And then, government officials, ministers they accept those things, he said. Important Mr Ferguson, who is also president of the Trade Union Congress, said it is critically important for workers in the country to continue to support their trade union. Employers in the Bahamas are all working together against one union. So when you fighting the employer for any benefits, I want you to understand that you are not fighting that employer alone, you are fighting the employer in Nassau, Freeport, Andros, wherever they are, that is the deal. So we have to work together in 2011 as a team, as a block. That is the only way you get a ttention by government of the day. Mr Ferguson said the TUC has put its support behind BTC workers, the BCPOU, and BCPMU. We have to find ways of working together and dismantle personal differences when we fight for workers, he stressed. It is workers first, not personalities, because when people lose their jobs personalities orp olitical affiliation dont get you your job back. If you dont have a union in the Bahamas today you are on your own because it is expensive for workers to fight the accused. So my simple message is that we need to unify, we need to identify what we are going to fight for, and we need to support every union in this country, whether under the TUC, NCTU, whatever. When we fight for issues those labels must become secondary, said Mr Ferguson. entative deal for new middle managers contract at Lucaya DIONFOULKES

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Y esterday Mr Roberts issued a press statement entitled Robbery at BTC-Part Two, i n which he alleged that Mr Francis has been caught in ab latant conflict of interest, and t hat offences may have been c ommitted under the Prevent ion of Bribery Act. Mr Francis has denied these allegations. Mr Roberts: Our sources have disclosed that Julian Franc is has a business connection with Reuben Rahming, who heads the Public Transportation Association of theB ahamas (PTAB runs a complementary advertising company called Bahamas Fleet Management Solutions (BFMS the BTC mobile ads on busesu nder contract and also have B TC listed as a client on their w ebsite. PTAB also is the bus company who is linked with theM ango card initiative. PTAB and BFMS we are advised h ave the monopoly with BTCs BUS ads and related business. Was it the Acting President or the Executive Chairman who gave the instructions to BTCs Marketing Vice President to issue an exclusive contract to Bahamas Fleet Management Solutions? How much monies have been paid by BTC to Bahamas Fleet Management Solutions from the commence ment of the agreement toD ecember 31, 2010? Mr R oberts asked. C alling these accusations complete nonsense, Mr Francis said that he has no rela tionship whatsoever with MrR ahming. Whoever is putting this out i s trying to malign and discredit me because I guess they must b e opposed to the privatization project I am working on. That can only be the explanation.T o try to establish some kind of business link between myself a s the chairman of BTC and Reuben Rahming, who I know, but to try and establish somek ind of business link; I didnt even know that Mr Rahmings company has a business relat ionship with BTC. This is absolute nonsense. Why would I resign? I hopet hat my lawyers advise me that these people can be sued, he s aid. In his statement to the press, Mr Roberts reminded the pub l ic that Mr Francis has already admitted that while he was Chairman of BTC, the company awarded a contract to Providence Advisors Limited, a company of which Mr Francis was also its chairman. Providence Advisors Limited, he said was reportedly paid larges ums in fees of the Bahamian p eoples money over three y ears. Julian Francis has also not denied that the contract award-e d did not go out to tender as is r equired by the FNM declared policy, Mr Roberts alleged, claiming that Julian Francis has also admitted that he is a shareholder in a local entityc alled Mango. Julian Francis has not denied that while he w as Chairman of BTC he instructed the Executive Management Team of BTC to meett he company called Mango with a view to utilizing their services in a ProfitS haring/Partnership Agreement with BTC. Julian Francis has admitted that he is Chairman and a Shareholder of Mango. JulianF rancis also did not deny that Mango had not participated in t he bidding process, as is required by the FNM declared policy, Mr Roberts alleged. Answering these repeated charges, Mr Francis said that he will find out early this week if he can legally put an endto these types of gutter politics, which he feels are only linked to his role in the priva t ization of BTC. This is defamatory. There is not one shred of truth to this nonsense; and people should not be able to say these types of things indefinitely withoutb eing held accountable. So I can assure you that is high onm y agenda, he said. BTC CHAIRMAN TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE OVER ATTACKS ON HIS CHARACTER suitcase carried by one of the men. An investigation has been launched into the matter. Meanwhile, in other crime-related matters, police have launched investigations into several armed robberies and a shooting which occurred the weekend. Shortly after 4am yesterday, police were called to a shooting at Marshall Road, off Baillou Hill Road, where a 25-year-old man was shot in his arm with a shotgun. The victim is in a stable condition after hewas taken to hospital by ambulance. Later that morning, police arrested a 32-year-old resident of Golden Gates whom they believe to be the same man who committed an armed robbery at Snack Food Store on Pyfrom and Kemp Roads. A short dark man armed with a handgun r obbed the store of an undetermined amount of cash and cell phone cards. The robber who was said to have walked with a limp wore a dark jacket, red shirt, dark pants, and a red tam. Shortly after the incident, police spotted a man who fitted the robbers description, however as they approached, the suspect began shooting at them. Officers returned fire and the gunman was apprehended in the Strachan Corner area. In addition to the handgun and ammunition, police also recovered an undetermined amount of cash and cell phone cards from the suspect which are believed to b e the property of Snack Food. O fficers also recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana after they searched a suspected stolen vehicle which crashed into a wall in the Peardale Road area. A 25-year-old resident of Claridge Road was arrested in connection with the matter. Officers observed the beige-coloured 2000 four-door Honda Civic shortly after 4pm on Saturday. Meanwhile, a group of 13 Cuban men destined for Florida were taken into custody by immigration officers. The immigrants were apprehended by police and defence force officers shortly after 11am when their disabled vessel ran aground on Harris cay off Man grove Cay, Andros, on Saturday. They were sent to Nassau yesterday morning for processing by immigration officers. TWO ARRESTED AFTER DISCOVERY OF SUSPECTED COCAINE FROM page one F ROM page one ONTHEATTACK: Bradley Roberts Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making n ews in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds f or a good cause, campaigning f or improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 ands hare your story.

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Marathon BAHAMAS theyre awakened and in a deep sleep. But, I still dont understand how you could be in a deep sleep on the job, she said. Like I told them, even if it was an accident, if I reverse out of my yard and hit into someone, dont I have to pay for that persons car even if I was ignorant and reversed out and didnt see the person? Or, if I was driving without due care and attention and on my phone chatting and I rammed into someone from back-on, dont I have to pay and fix that persons car? So I said to myself, whatever way it happened, the person still has to pay. I would want some closure to it. I believe it could have been an accident, accidents happen everyday, but even in accidents people still have to pay, right? Being a police, and a well-trained police officer, you should come prepared to be functional to deal with the public as well as your co-workers. It could have been an accident, but the law still has to deal with it, Mrs Miller said. Im a Christian and I feel the officer shouldnt be on the Force! she exclaimed. Mrs Miller was told that the policeman involved in the shooting wanted to come to see her, but after the tragedy of my husbands death, I didnt take it well. She said Ive heard of him, but Ive never met him. According to certain high-level police sources, Inspector Miller had a healthy sense of humour and was somewhat of a practical joker. According to some of them, the officers on the stakeout that night were exhausted after having worked many long hours. Some of these sources say that when the Inspector knocked on the vehicle, it was meant as a practical joke. However, it went awry when the startled officer woke, instinctively firing his weapon. Following his death, Assistant Superintendent Glenroy McKenzie, the late Inspectors first cousin, has called for an independent investiga tion into Inspector Millers death. He said he has lost confidence in Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslades ability to ensure that a proper investigation is conducted within the force. However, Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna rejected the accusation, stating that the police force is capable of policing itself and con ducting a fair investigation. According to the report, ACP Hanna said: As far as the investigation is con cerned, the investigation continues aggressively and there is nothing that we are aware of in the investigation that would change, or is likely to change, the initial stance taken by the police. Mrs Miller recalled her hysterical state when her husband died. I didnt take it well when that machine just went blank, she said. They said I lost it, but I didnt lose it. I asked Jehovah to fix it, I said you said vengeance is yours, you fix it. I was in the room when he died, the machine just went off (she mimicked the sound of the machine). After awhile, the doctors came and discon nected the machine. He did all he could, she said of the efforts of Dr Duane Sands. She was also grateful for the support of the police force. Archie would have done that job even if they didnt pay him. Thats how much he loved his job. He took his job very serious, with him money meant nothing. He was an honest policeman and when youre gonna bring it all in, people will not like you. He locked up a lot of big-time drug dealers. He basically spent his entire career in DEU. He did courses with police officers throughout the region; they all showed up at his funeral. He even had opportunities to work overseas. The DEA (US Drug Enforcement Agency) even wanted him, thats how good he was, his widow said. He was a multi-talented man who did half of the work in his home and played basketball every Sunday. And he loved gardeningthe last crops he planted have now begun to bloom, she said fondly. FROM page six I yearn for closure to police husbands death HUNDREDSTOOKTOTHESTREETSYESTERDAY TORUNANDWALK PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff

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SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.60 $4.72 $4.61 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CLICO (Bahamas uidator is working on a complex transaction to sell the real estate development that accounts for 63 per cent, or $83 million, of the companys assets, moving to structure a deal whereby the insolvent insurer will still hold a mortgage over the property in return for a substantial down payment. Details were revealed in a filing by Craig A. Tony Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, with the US District Bankruptcy Court in south Florida, in which he again sought more time to reorganise the affairs of the Wellington Preserve real estate development this time until April 1, 2011. While negotiations with a potential buyer still appear to be moving in the direction of a contract for Wellington Preserves sale, Mr Gomez said a key issue would be how to finance CLICO LIQUIDATOR EYES COMPLEX DEAL F OR KEY $83 MILLION ASSET Gomez looking at insolvent insurer retaining mortgage on Florida development, in return for substantial down payment* Structure would protect Bahamian interests, remove US nuisance creditors and realise potential millions to pay local creditors* Sale talks moving towards contract, with liquidator still trying to trace use of millions of dollars CRAIG GOMEZ SEE page 7B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Customs bonded letter renewal policies have put a cut ass on business in Freeport, a former Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce president telling Tribune Business the citys construction industry having been especially heavy, with 20-40 per cent rises in materials/appliance costs ensuring it has not restarted after Christmas. Christoper Lowe, operations manager at Kellys (Freeport newspaper that almost every property in Freeport was built Commerce gets cut ass in Freeport Former Chamber chief says citys construction sector has shut down, faced with 20-40% costs rise in absence of bond letter Claims Customs policies killing retail and wholesale sales, plus government revenues, in second city Port licence seems more trouble than worth, and hint of new court action SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC planning to meet with the commercial banking industry by months end to discuss business community concerns over recent deposit-related fee increases, its chairman telling Tribune Business it wanted to find a better way of doing business in this country. Emphasising that he want ed to address, and reform, the general climate for doing business in the Bahamas, looking at the bigger picture and not just the banking fee increases, Khaalis Rolle acknowledged that he had received several complaints on the latter issue, especially from the petroleum retail industry. Gas station dealers operatChamber seeks bank meeting on fee increase SEE page 6B But chairman says rises have to be seen in bigger picture of tax and NIB rises, and wants better way of doing business in this country KHAALIS ROLLE By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Buckeye Partners will be spending another $340 million to take 100 per cent ownership of the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BOR CO), after terminal operator Vopak on Friday confirmed that it will exercise its option to sell its 20 per cent stake to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE company. Buckeye confirmed Vopaks move in a short media statement issued on Friday evening, with the Dutch terminal operator set to receive the same price, terms and conditions as First Reserve, the private equity fund having agreed to sell its controlling interest for $1.36 billion. That implies Vopak will receive $340 million for its investment, taking Buckeyes total outlay and 100 per cent value for BORCO to $1.7 billion. As previously revealed by Tribune Business, Buckeye Partners said that if ita cquired 100 per cent of the G rand Bahama-based storage facility by buying out the 20 per cent stake held by Vopak, BORCO buyer to pay $340m for remaining 20% interest Vopak agrees to exit Grand Bahama-based oil facility, taking Buckeyes total outlay to $1.7 billion SEE page 6B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net S uper Value boss Rupert Roberts has suggested that damages claims by the 50B lue Hill Road businesses who won a Judicial Review a ction against the Government could easily amount to $30 million. H is comments came as Attorney General John Delaney confirmed to Tribune Business that the Government intends to takes teps to appeal the ruling in favour of the businesses, who came together as theC oconut Grove Business League to sue the Government last year, within days.. S uch a step would avert, for the moment, any need o n the part of the Government to meet with the business owners to discuss thed amages issue, unless they lose the appeal. P aul Moss, one of the attorneys for the Coconut Grove Business League,e stimated earlier this month that damages relating to the loss of business from roadworks in the Blue Hill area would be at least $10 mil-l ion. However, Mr Roberts said he considered this pal-t ry, with a minimum of $30 million for the entire group of around 50 businesses a more reasonable sum. B oth Mr Roberts and Mr Moss were in agreement t hat the Government could face more demands from businesses in the arear egardless of the outcome of the Judicial Review a ppeal, due to a separate but related issue. The pair suggested that flawed engineering, which has left the newly-constructed road as much as 18 inches higher than it was previously in relation tos ome businesses parking lots, has the potential to cause future losses to comBlue Hill business loss easily $30m n S uper Value owner says more problems set to result from flooding due to raised road n Estimates losses at Blue Hill and Robinson Road s tores $750k and $500k, with business off 30% and 10-15% respectively SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A leading Bahamian aviation i ndustry executive has told Tribune Business that plans to establish an aircraft registry in this nation, with draft legislation set to be circulated for comment this week, make no sense because the Bahamas was non-competitive on the issue of taxes. C aptain Randy Butler, president and chief executive of Sky Bahamas, told Tribune Business that it made more sense for Latin American plane own ers and other high net worth individuals to put the owner ship of their aircraft in the name of a Delaware corporation and register there, where they were exposed to zero tax. In the Bahamas, though, plane owners using a Bahamian a ircraft registry would be subject to 10 per cent Customs duty on their aircraft up front, plus fees to Civil Aviation to renew their certificate of reg istration. It makes no sense if youre going to tax the people, Cap tain Butler told Tribune Busi n ess. Whos going to bring their plane here and put it on the Bahamas registry if youre going to tax the people? The big thing is going to be Customs duty, 10 per cent up front. Then you pay Civil Avi AIRCRAFT REGISTRY MAKES NO SENSE SEE page 3B

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By ROYALFIDELITY CAPITAL MARKETS It was a moderate week of trading in the Bahamian stockmarket. Investors traded in six out of the 24 listed securities, with two advancers and three decliners. EQUITY MARKET A total of 60,635 shares changed hands, representing a significant increase of 25,935 shares compared to the previous week's trading volume of 34,700 shares. AML Foods (AML the volume leader and biggest advancer, trading a volume of 36,750 shares to see its stock price increase by $0.04, closi ng at $1.01. Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN was the big decliner last week, trading a volume of 2,000 shares to see its share price fall $0.72, closing at $6.51, a new 52-week low. Commonwealth Bank (CBL 10,585 shares to see its share price decrease by $0.15, closing at $6.85. FOCOL Holdings (FCL traded a volume of 5,800 shares to see its stock increase by $0.01, closing at $5.47. Cable Bahamas (CAB traded a volume of 4,900 shares, its stock falling $0.25 to close at $10.21. BOND MARKET No notes traded last week. C OMPANY NEWS E arnings Releases: FirstCaribbean International Bank (BahamasCIB released its unaudited financials for the quarter ended October 31, 2010. Net income attributable to equity holders for the quarter, of $11.4 million, declined by $18 million or 61 per cent from $29.4 million in the same quarter in the prior year. Net interest income in the quarter fell by $3.6 million or 10 per cent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ to $33.3 million, while operating income of $7.2 million decreased by $2.7 million or 27 per cent. CIB's operating expenses of $23.2 million increased sig-n ificantly quarter-over-quarter by $4.1 million or 21 per cent, with loan loss expense of $6 million also increasing significantly by $7.7 million from a loan loss recovery of $1.7 million in the same quarter in the prior year. Management indicated that the operating results of the bank have been impacted by the continuing adverse economic conditions. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.09 compared to $0.25 in the comparative quarter. Total assets and liabilities at October 31, 2010, were $3.6 billion and $2.9 billion respectively, compared to $3.8 billion and $3.1 billion at the previous fiscal year-end. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM RoyalFidelity Market Wrap I NTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOREX Rates Weekly%Change Currency CAD1.01070.21 GBP1.58762.05 EUR 1.3387 3.65 Commodities Weekly%Change Commodity Crude Oil98.505.26 Gold1,367.000.00 EQUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 14.01.11 BISX CLOSING WKLY PRICEVOLUME YTDPRICE SYMBOL PRICECHANGECHANGE AML$ 1.01$0.0436,750 4.12% BBL$ 0.18$-00.00% BOB$ 4.90$-00.00% BPF$ 10.63$-00.00% BSL$ 5.01$-00.00% BWL$ 2.70$-00.00% CAB$ 10.21$-0.254,900-2.39% CBL$ 6.85$-0.1510,585-2.14% CHL$ 2.40$-00.00% CIB$ 9.39$-00.00% CWCB$ 2.02$0.19010.38% DHS$ 1.60$-00.00% FAM$ 6.07$-6000.00% FBB$ 2.17$-00.00% FCL$ 5.47$0.015,8000.18% FCLB$ 1.00$-00.00% FIN$ 6.51$-0.722,000-9.96% ICD$ 7.40$-00.00% JSJ$ 9.82$-00.00% PRE$ 10.00$-00.00% BOND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS BISX SYMBOLDESCRIPTIONVOLUMEPAR VALUE FBB13FBB Series C0$1,000 Notes Due 2013 FBB15FBB Series D0$1,000 Notes Due 2015 FBB17FBB Series A0$1,000 Notes Due 2017 FBB22FBB Series B0$1,000 N otes Due 2022 International Stock Market Indexes Index Weekly %Change DJIA 11,787.38 0.96 S&P 500 1,293.24 1.71 NASDAQ 2,755.30 1.93 Nikkei 10,499.04 -0.40

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By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net Developers of the multi-mill ion dollar Cat Island resort p roject featuring the first PGA Village outside the US have invested a fortune and are per cent in this project,t heir Bahamian attorney said, although islanders remain sceptical they are on target for theirMay 2012 first phase opening. A s the Prime Minister touted t he potential for the project to play host to the Bahamas first wind farm, island sources suggested that the Cat IslandB each and Golf Resort and PGA Village may not meet itsMay 2012 first phase completion date due to financial issues a rising from the economic downturn. Despite suggestions in April 2010 that tremendous headway had been made in alla spects of this development since its April 2009 groundbreaking in the midst of the economic downturn sourcesw ho have visited the site have expressed scepticism that a May 2012 opening target will be met. Several Cat Island sources told Tribune Business that s eemingly small steps have been taken by the development company towards completion of the 1,906 acre waterfrontr esort. Phase one of the resort is intended to be a PGA Village, the first of its kind outside the US. The plans include a PGA Golf Club, two 18-hole c hampionship golf courses, The PGA Clubhouse, PGA historical centre, PGA learning and performance centre, PGAb randed golf cottages and a full-service beach club. The Cat Island Golf and Beach Resort is to include the develo pment of single-family residential home sites, attached resi dences, village townhomes, an a partment complex and the development of a boutiques tyle, five-star hotel and spa with attached residences. The remainder of the village will consist of clothing and jewelry shops, local crafts, local artisans, car and bicycle rentals, an oceanfront bar, deep-sea fishing charters and a childrens day camp, according to a release issued last year by the developers. B ut a Cat Island source said he would be very surprised if the developer meets a May 2 012 scheduled opening date, which was announced at that time based on progress so far. Their indication was that they would have moved ahead some time last June, but thatd idnt occur. Then there were r umblings that they wouldve started up again later on last year. It appears that they have d one some preparation but that is the extent of it, the source said. From what I understand, t he model they had designed for the development was derailed by the global reces-s ion, and a number of people t heyd targeted to make it viable postponed their partici pation. They were hoping the economy would turn around. Director-General of T ourism, David Johnson, said his office had recently been in t ouch with developers Cat I sland Partners, who again indicated a May 2012 opening date f or the project. However, he was not closely acquainted with what work was being done on the ground at present, and suggested the Director of Investments in the Prime Ministers Office would have more up to date information. The developers legal representative in the Bahamas, Robert Van Wynan of Callend ers and Co, said he could not speak extensively on behalf of the developer, but emphasised t hat the company is per cent in this project having invested a fortune so far. They are moving as fast as they can based on permissions they need to obtain and areo btaining. Once one or two i ssues are resolved, theyll be off, said Mr Van Wynan. Messages left for the development c ompany were not returned. Speaking at the Bahamas Business Outlook last Thursday, in response to a question f rom an audience member about whether the Government intended to move ahead witht he installation of any alternat ive energy facilities in the Bahamas this year, Prime Min ister Hubert Ingraham pointed to Cat Island as a place where he is hopeful progress will be made through a public/privatep artnership. In an interview with Tribune Business, Minister of the Environment with responsibility for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Earl Deveaux, con-f irmed it is within the scope of the Cat Island Beach and Golf Resort and PGA Village that s uch a project is intended to take shape. The PGA project have as part of their agenda top ut in a wind station to produce part of their energy. Their s ite is particularly suited to w ind generation, and it will enhance the overall environment without taking from their p roject, said Mr Deveaux. A sked whether it is envisaged that the proposed wind farm would also provide energy to other residents of Cat Island,M r Deveaux added: We propose to accommodate their surplus power through BECs grid. By the time they do it ,the Act w ill have been amended to a llow for that. ation every time you renew the c ertification of registration. Captain Butler also told Tribune Business that the Bahamas also needed to sign the Cape Town Convention if i ts aircraft registry was to succeed. V incent Vanderpool-Wallace, minister of tourism and a viation, last week told the Bahamas Business Outlook conference that the Govern ment now possessed draft legislation for the creation of a B ahamian aircraft registry, and the deadline for it to start dis-c ussions with industry was last week. A number of things are con verging quite nicely, Mr Van derpool-Wallace said in respect of the Bahamian aviation industry. T he minister was questioned by Captain Butler, with the m inister, in response to his con cerns about the impact on the s ector from increased Nassau Airport Development Compa ny (NAD fees, plus threats of increased Customs duties, saying: I got y our e-mail, and well meet lat er in the week. M r Vanderpool-Wallace added of the aviation industrya nd its importance to tourism: Theres no question thats an i mportant part of the equation. W e have a plan we think wed like to go forward with. The Government has a green paper on aviation, and has had conversations with members of the industry. Captain Butler later told Tribune Business that the Bahamian airline operators feel hopeless, they feel frustrated at the latest impositions on them selves and their industry, and questioned whether anyone was l istening. He pointed to the $500,000 owed to the Out Island Promotions Board by Gulfstream Airlines for route development, s tating that no Bahamianowned airline had received suchs upport for their routes. There still seems to be a l ack of will to get it done, Cap tain Butler said. The Minister knows what needs to be done. H e added that the $50 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB to assist with aviation reform in the Bahamas would not work u nless the right technical skills were in place here. W endy Warren, the Bahamas Financial Services B oards (BFSB director, said the Bahamian financial services industry wante d to pick up again the aircraft registry theme, seeing it a s an important addition to its private wealth management menu. She added that the BFSB had started to push the airc raft registry theme five years ago, with a committee formedu nder the Ministry of Transport, but the Lynden Pindling I nternational Airport (LPIA upgrades started to take priority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page 1B AIRCRAFT REGISTRY MAKES NO SENSE Anthony Ferguson, president of CFAL (the former Colina F inancial Advisors), yesterday told Tribune Business it was absolutely not the case that he or the company had submitted ar evised, 100 per cent Bahamian bid to acquire the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC S everal business community sources had told this newspaper that Mr Ferguson had submitted a revised BTC bid to the Prime Min ister over the Christmas-New Year period, CFAL having previously partnered with Atlantic Tele-Network in a bid the Government and privatisation committee had rejected. Emphatically denying this,M r Ferguson said: Thats not the case. In the first instance, when we were involved with the other group, our role was as advisors, c orporate advisory, and bringing local investment to the table Bahamian equity to the table, which we support. CFAL chief denies new BTC offer Cat Isl developers invested a fortune $ 30m spent on land, but uncertainty over whether enough progress made in time for planned May 2012 opening

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panies which have, to varying degrees, been left pronet o flooding as a result with Blue Hill Road Meat Mart likely to be worst hit, they say. Mr Moss said: The road i s so high now that businesses on the eastern side are now in the valley, and there seems to be no proper drainage to avoid watera ccumulating on the ground. Meanwhile, the rainy season begins in couple months. That issue doesnt factor into these particular damages, but certainly those persons (with affected businesses) would be within their right to pursue the Government over damages stemming from floodingw hich may occur as a result. Mr Robert, who accused the Government and con-s truction workers of a dont care attitude towards businesses in the area, estimatesh is Blue Hill road Super Value store is now around five to six inches below road level. Drainage W ord that the Ministry of Works was set to yesterday start work digging drainagew ells in and around his property to address the p otential for flooding left the businessman decrying what he predicted would bef urther weekend business losses, as customers would s eek to avoid the construction work which had blighted firms throughout 2010. M r Roberts also called such a step a band aid solution to a problem that never should have arisen in the first place. They should come and build our parking lot up (to the level of the road). They cant dumpw ater in our parking lot and then come to us to drain it off. The thing wasnt engineered at all, said MrR oberts. The foodstore chain chief said he had recently spentt ime evaluating losses at his Blue Hill Road and Robins on Road stores as a consequence of road works undertaken by the Govern-m ent in conjunction with the Argentinean Jose Cartell ones Civil Construction company, and estimates that losses for the year woulda mount to $750,000 at the former and $500,000 at the l atter. Business was said to have dropped by 30 per cent int he Blue Hill Road store and 10 to 15 per cent on Robinson Road as a direct result of the inconvenience created by the road worksa nd implementation of the one-way traffic system, which the Coconut GroveB usiness League charged was initiated without reasonable due diligence and consultation having occurred. O ther stores, such as the Blue Hill Road Meat Mart, estimated losses of up to 80 per cent. Expectation M r Roberts said it was his expectation, based on his u nderstanding of the ruling won by the group, that damages would continue toa ccrue until (the Government) fix the problem that c aused the losses in the first place that is, finish the road works and remove alli mpediments to accessing businesses in the area. W hile business has improved since the bulk of the roadworks was finisheda nd associated obstructions removed, its not back to w here it was before, said Mr Roberts. However, the businessm an, who operates 11 Super Value stores in New Providence, revealed yesterday he would be willing to forego any damages that may be owed to him ande xpects others might, too if the Government would correct the mistake he believes they committed by making Blue Hill road ao ne-way street. Mr Roberts and other Blue Hill road business owners contended from March 2010, when the switch to ao ne-way system was implemented, that the move was not a good one for businesses in the area or the motoring public. H e further charged that due to the narrow width of the road, it is not well-suited to being traversed in this way by traffic and has created a risky environment form otorists. The reason they changed the direction of the road no l onger applies. Cars have been slamming together trying to go two lanes, and nowt hey still only really have one lane. Wed be prepared to forget damages to see the Government put in another lane,s o we could have two going one way and one going s outh. They should fix it for the country, the motorists and the businesses, said MrR oberts. 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duty-free, regardless of whether duty was ultimately paid once construction was completed. Bahamas Customs has had the effect of shutting down construction in Freeport, and o ther business to business serv ices, as Bond letters for the y ear are either slow in coming or being denied, placing most contractors in the bind of having to purchase duty paid materials for buildings being built conditionally duty-free,Mr Lowe told Tribune Business. This has the effect of increasing construction costs by up to 40 per cent, depending on the state of completion at December 31, 2010, an i ncrease in costs contractors are not willing or able to absorb. Inability Explaining further, the former Chamber president added of the construction industrys general inability to purchase bonded, duty free goods: Its an out of the blue increased costs, when you were able to construct buildings in the bonded realm. It adds anywhere from 20 p er cent on building materials t o 40 per cent on appliances and major fixtures, depending on what stage construction is at. Almost everything here gets built duty-free, even if its duty-paid at the end run. Everything gets built under bond, and most contractors are building bonded construction. Bonded goods sales is a p ractice whereby Freeportbased wholesalers, such as Dolly Madison, Kelly's( Freeport) and Bellevue Business Depot, are able to sell products to other GBPAl icencees for use in their respective businesses only, without any duty being paidt o Customs/Government on their sale. However, Customs last year issued a notice requiring, for the first time, all Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA duce a Letter of Good Standing from the National Insurance Board (NIB their bonded letters allowing them to purchase goods for use in their own business only were renewed. Many, including the GBPA, have protested that such a stipulation has no basis in the Hawksbill Creek Agreement or any other law, such as the Customs Management Act. However, Tribune Business has learned that the Government amended the new Business Licence Act 2010 to require that Freeport businesses obtain such an NIB letter before they can clear any goods via Customs. Thats going to put a severe handicap on cash flow, Mr Lowe said of the impact on commerce and construction, and many of them [contractors] have sent their employees home, because until they get the bonded letter they cant proceed. Its resulting in a serious drop in sales of bonded goods to contractors, which are not being converted into duty-paid sales, as the Government had no doubt hoped. Theyre [the Government and Customs] killing payroll, killing retail and wholesale sales, and crapping all overt he economy of Freeport. Theyre not making any sales, so therefore duty revenues will drop, too. Bonded sales are not being converted to duty-paid sales. Its going to have the opposite effect of what they intended, which was to increase duty-paid revenue streams. Mr Lowe told Tribune Business that Customs, via its NIB letter demand, had effectively taken away the bonded letter rights that were a legitimate expectation of GBPA licencees. He pointed out that Customs did not have the power to strip away licencee rights, this being reserved for the GBPA itself. At the end of the day, most of the contractors have shut down, because they cannot absorb those increased costs, Mr Lowe said. Construction has not restarted after Christmas. I would say the hit to commerce in Freeport is equal to the recession; its another recession, ora recession of the same scale all over again. Arbitrary The Government is using arbitrary enforcement unsupported by law, and its unfortunate that the Government feels so threatened by Freeport. They dont have the courtesy to come and discuss anything with us, because they havent, and theres no one that I know who has beenm eeting with the Comptroller, as hes claimed. Theyve definitely put a cut ass on business. Theyre killing revenues, killing their own revenue, and killing Freeport. One really has to ask right now whats the point of a Port Authority licence? It seems more trouble than its worth at this point, and the Port Authority has some culpability in this whole mess. Mr Lowe said that since his tenure as Grand Bahama Chamber president, the organisation had always been willing to assist the Government with workable solutions to any issues that arose in Freeport. But this arbitrary action is not only unlawful, I believe, but unconscionable, and far below what I would expect from decent governmenta dministration, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business. It borders on police statetype action, and surely the Prime Minister sees whats wrong with that. By undermining the rule of law, they undermine themselves and their own authority. It may be something that needs to be challenged in the National Insurance Act declaration we will seek from the c ourts. 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its net indebtedness would rise by $775 million on top of its existing $1.8 billion. Still, the deal removes the possibility of any boardroom clash between Vopak and Buckeye had the former remained in. Had it done so, Buckeye Partners had warned that it would have the ability to "block approval of the annual budget, certain capital expenditure projects and budget modifications, certain incurrences of debt, certain sales and acquisitions, the hiring or removal of the BORCO chief executive/general manager and the entry or termination of certain contracts". Revealing that it was seeking to close BORCO's purchase by April 18 this year, Buckeye Partners said it was aiming to repay all the debt held by the Freeport-based oil storage facility's parent company. "It is our intention that all of FRBCH's [BORCO's parent's] outstanding net indebtedness ($279.3 million as of September 30, 2010, comp rised of $279.3 million of i ndebtedness for borrowed money, plus $19.2 million of hedges, minus $39.8 million of cash) will be repaid, which payoff will be funded by our contribution to the capital of FRBCH of an amount equal to such net indebtedness," Buckeye Partners disclosed. "In connection with the closing, we intend to make a contribution of capital to F RBCH in an amount suffic ient for FRBCH to repay its net indebtedness, and to make a payment to Vopak and certain members of BORCO management that will be due five days following closing of the BORCO acquisition." Sell Vopak, BORCO's operating partner, has until Friday to decided whether it wants to cash out, too, and sell its 20 per cent equity stake to Buckeye Partners. Its operating agreement is until April 29, 2013, and if this is not renewed it can be terminated on every two-year anniversary from that date. "In connection with the pending BORCO acquisition, we obtained a commitment from the underwriters to arrange certain senior unsecured bridge loans in an aggregate amount up to $595 million (or up to $775 million in the event we also purchase Vopak's 20 per cent interest in FRBCH, and such purchase occurs concurrently with the purchase from First Reserve)," Buckeye Partners added. Reiterating BORCO's attraction for it, Buckeye Partners said: "No other international commercial storage terminal enjoys BORCO's proximity to the US demand and supply centres, as well as its scale and comprehensive service offerings. "BORCO's terminal is a premier marine storage facility with a unique position as a strategic logistics hub. "The terminal has 21.6 million barrels of storage capacity with deepwater access up to 91 feet, and the ability to b erth the largest tankers in t he world. Located only 80 miles from southern Florida and 920 miles from New York Harbour, BORCO is strategically located to act as a hub in facilitating international logistics for bulk-build, breakbulk and blending operations." And Buckeye Partners added: "We believe that BORCO's customer demand is well in excess of its curr ently available capacity. B ORCO has received strong i ndications for contract renewals from current customers, and there is a significant backlog of demand from additional potential customers. "In addition, BORCO has received significant interest from existing and new customers for the increased storage capacity expected to be constructed at the terminal over the next two to three years. "We believe the BORCO acquisition will support future regional and international growth opportunities. There a re potential synergies with o ur existing assets in the con t inental US and our newly acquired refined products terminal in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as well as other Caribbean market opportunities." BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ed on high revenue volumes but low profit margins, Mr Rolle s aid, and had been impacted by the Royal Bank of Canadas decision to charge a 1 per centf ee for over-the-counter deposits worth more than $10,000. The bank has also introduced a $1 charge on all over-thec ounter withdrawals and debits from savings accounts, and a 1 per cent charge to non-RBC customers for the exchange of coins into bills for amounts over $ 100. It is unclear whether other commercial banks have followed suit. We got some complaints, Mr Rolle confirmed. The major ones were from the petroleum industry. Obviously, those guys operate on thinm argins, and any deposit over $10,000 the bank is charging f or. Thats a growing concern, especially when youre in a business operating on slim margins. Any fees and taxes take a way from the bottom line immediately. The BCCEC chairman a dded: Were planning on trying to meet with the commer-c ial banks at the end of the m onth. That will probably be one of the issues we talk about. There are a whole host of issues that need to be discussed, andt hat will probably be one of t hem. While the bank fee increases seemed relatively minimal, Mr Rolle indicated they had to bes een in a wider context, which included the Bahamas relatively high labour and utility costs, the impact of the 2010-2 011 Budget tax increases on the private sector, and the recent National Insurance Board (NIB b enefit and prescription drug p rogramme-induced contribution rate rises to 10 per cent. A general discussion needs to be had, not only on the fees, b ut the general climate for d oing business in the Bahamas, Mr Rolle told Tri bune Business. We have to talk about rising taxes, everyt hing that came at the end of last year, and we have to understand what the impact of all these fees is for the business c ommunity. Rather than single one out, we have to address all of these issues comprehensively. One of the major things Id like to seei s the cost of business has to be reduced, and we have to look at ways to reduce this from the regulatory point of view. W hile the new Business L icence Act promised to cut out much red tape and bureau cracy, Mr Rolle said the Gov ernment and private sectorn eeded to examine other issues, adding: Utility costs are one of them, NIB costs are one of them, labour costs are extremely high. So much time is spent before the Labour Board. I was before the Labour Board before Christmas dealing with an employee claiming unfair dismissal, but they walked off the job. That was three productive hours out of my day. There has to be a better way of doing business in this country. Mr Rolle was supported by Winston Rolle, the BCCECs acting executive director, who told Tribune Business that the various fee and tax increases being experienced by the private sector had to be examined in totality, not isolation. Pointing out that the Bahamas was enduring a very rough economic time, Winston Rolle said many businesses were still waiting to see how the Business Licence Act reforms and NIB increases would play out. Its all adding up. A little bit here, a bit there, Winston Rolle said, and has to be looked at in totality. The private sector still did not know the Governments policy direction on the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC there were fears about the impact of oil price rises on transportation, energy and other costs across the board in this economy. What we have to do from the Chambers perspective is bring all the pieces together, so we can show the total picture, Winston Rolle said. Its a rough business time, and lets hope things economically do start to kind of turn for the positive. Chamber seeks bank meeting on fee increase F ROM page 1B F ROM page 1B BORCO buyer to pay $340m for remaining 20% interest

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such a deal. One of the issues which has arisen pertains to the financing structure of thes ale, and whether or not the seller would be in a position, after receipt of a substantial down payment, to hold a pur-chase money mortgage, to some extent, Mr Gomez saidin the court filing. Tribune Business understands that, given debt financing is still extremely difficult to obtain from tight postcrunch credit markets, the CLICO (Bahamas is working to structure a transaction where, in return for the buyer paying a substantial portion of the purchase price upfront from its own equity, the insolvent insurer would still hold a mortgage over 100 per cent of Wellington Preserve. This would ensure the interests of Bahamian creditors and policyholders were p rotected, and the CLICO ( Bahamas) mortgage the b alance of the purchase price would then be paid off by the buyer over time, using the proceeds from real estate sales it made at Wellington Preserve. Any default, and Mr Gomez would regain control. Such a structure, even if it is agreed, would ultimately need the approval of both the US Bankruptcy Court in south Florida and the Bahamas Supreme Court, something Mr Gomez alluded to in his January 14, 2011, filing. The parameters of that possibility are still being explored, Mr Gomez said in relation to the money mortgage purchase, but the process is time consuming because, in part, such a deal structure would likely impli cate a plan which would pay smaller creditors first, while there perhaps might be a dist ribution in kind of such a m ortgage to the Bahamian l iquidation case. Deal This refers to the fact that US-based creditors, who are owed a relatively small per centage of CLICO (Bahamas total assets in comparison to their Bahamian counterparts, are likely to be paid off first under the deal structure proposed by Mr Gomez. That might give the courts, especially the Bahamian Supreme Court, pause for thought. Yet there are further advantages for Mr Gomez and the liquidation through doing this. Tribune Business understands that the total sum owed to US creditors of Wellington Preserve is about $8 million. Apart from minor claims related to costs incurred/services provided in keeping Wellington Preserve running, the other claims involve a $1.45 million judgment lien; some $2 million claimed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS a nd $3 million in real estate t axes to the city of Palm B each. The latter two, as government entities, have plenty of influence and can make life difficult for the liquidation, so one can see the attraction for Mr Gomez in paying them out early. And, if he is able to obtain a substantial down payment, once the US creditors are paid off the CLICO (Bahamas have a major multi-million dollar sum to repatriate to the Bahamas and pay-off creditors in this nation, who have now been waiting almost two years to recover their assets. The chances of this happening appear to be good. The entire parcel, before some lots were subdivided and sold, was purchased for $55 million in 2004, Mr Gomez said of Wellington Preserve. The estimated as built sell out for the lots was over $120 million three years ago. As is, even in the economy of today, the property is worth tens of millions of dollars enormously in excess of the encumberances. Selling Wellington Preserve ranks alongside, possibly even above, the transfer of insurance policies among Mr Gomezs objectives, since it accounts for the bulk of CLICO (Bahamas Achieving both targets would clear the way to progressing the liquidation to a conclusion. Investment Reiterating that CLICO (Bahamas CO Enterprises affiliate, had lent some $73 million to Wellington Preserve, along with $10 million in capitalisation, taking the total investment to $83 million, Mr Gomez said he does not wish to see the property forced to auction at a relatively fire sale price. Gomez has a Letter of Intent from one of the groupsw ith whom he and the broker have been negotiating, and the negotiations still appear to be moving in the direction of a contract, the liquidator added. The proposal would require completion of the amended plat, which had been in progress; good title; approval of this court and other normal concerns and prerequisites for sale. While negotiations are proceeding well with the potential purchaser, which represents that it is financially capable, the prospective purchaser still needs its due diligence, and a large complex negotiation takes time. Mr Gomez said he had been forced to hire a new attorney to deal with Wellington Preserves land issues and revised plans, as the previous incumbent was the subject of discovery requests relating to the developments affairs. Gomez is seeking to trace the disposition of millions of dollars, in the absence of any books and records of Wellington itself being available, the liquidator added. 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The estimated as built sell out for the lots was over $120 million three years ago. As is, even in the economy of today, the property is worth tens of millions of dollars enormously in excess of the encumberances. Craig Gomez


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By ROYALFIDELITY
CAPITAL MARKETS

It was a moderate week of
trading in the Bahamian stock
market.

Investors traded in six out
of the 24 listed securities, with
two advancers and three
decliners.

EQUITY MARKET

A total of 60,635 shares
changed hands, representing a
significant increase of 25,935
shares compared to the pre-
vious week's trading volume
of 34,700 shares.

AML Foods (AML) was
the volume leader and biggest
advancer, trading a volume of
36,750 shares to see its stock
price increase by $0.04, clos-





ing at $1.01. Finance Corpo-
ration of the Bahamas (FIN)
was the big decliner last week,
trading a volume of 2,000
shares to see its share price
fall $0.72, closing at $6.51, a
new 52-week low.

Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) traded a volume of
10,585 shares to see its share
price decrease by $0.15, clos-
ing at $6.85.

FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
traded a volume of 5,800
shares to see its stock increase
by $0.01, closing at $5.47.

Cable Bahamas (CAB)
traded a volume of 4,900
shares, its stock falling $0.25
to close at $10.21.

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Earnings Releases:

FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank (Bahamas) (CIB)
released its unaudited finan-
cials for the quarter ended
October 31, 2010.

Net income attributable to
equity holders for the quar-
ter, of $11.4 million, declined
by $18 million or 61 per cent
from $29.4 million in the same
quarter in the prior year.

Net interest income in the
quarter fell by $3.6 million or
10 per cent quarter-over-quar-
ter (QoQ), from $36.9 million
to $33.3 million, while oper-
ating income of $7.2 million
decreased by $2.7 million or
27 per cent.

CIB's operating expenses
of $23.2 million increased sig-
nificantly quarter-over-quar-
ter by $4.1 million or 21 per
cent, with loan loss expense
of $6 million also increasing
significantly by $7.7 million
from a loan loss recovery of
$1.7 million in the same quar-
ter in the prior year.

Management indicated that
the operating results of the
bank have been impacted by
the continuing adverse eco-
nomic conditions.

Earnings per share for the
quarter were $0.09 compared
to $0.25 in the comparative
quarter.

Total assets and liabilities
at October 31, 2010, were $3.6
billion and $2.9 billion respec-
tively, compared to $3.8 bil-
lion and $3.1 billion at the
previous fiscal year-end.

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SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE CHANGE
AML $ 1.01 $0.04 36,750 412%
BBL $ 0.18 $- 0 0.00%
BOB $ 4.90 $- 0 0.00%
BPF $ 10.63 $- 0 0.00%
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Cat Is] developers ‘invested a fortune’

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Developers of the multi-mil-
lion dollar Cat Island resort
project featuring the first PGA
Village outside the US have
“invested a fortune” and are
“100 per cent in this project”,
their Bahamian attorney said,
although islanders remain scep-
tical they are on target for their
May 2012 first phase opening.

As the Prime Minister touted
the potential for the project to
play host to the Bahamas’ first
wind farm, island sources sug-
gested that the Cat Island
Beach and Golf Resort and
PGA Village may not meet its
May 2012 first phase comple-
tion date due to financial issues
arising from the economic
downturn.

Despite suggestions in April
2010 that “tremendous head-
way” had been made “‘in all
aspects of this development”

$30m spent on land, but uncertainty over whether enough
progress made in time for planned May 2012 opening

since its April 2009 ground-
breaking - in the midst of the
economic downturn - sources
who have visited the site have
expressed scepticism that a May
2012 opening target will be met.

Several Cat Island sources
told Tribune Business that
seemingly small steps have
been taken by the development
company towards completion
of the 1,906 acre waterfront
resort. Phase one of the resort
is intended to be a PGA Vil-
lage, the first of its kind out-
side the US. The plans include
a PGA Golf Club, two 18-hole
championship golf courses, The
PGA Clubhouse, PGA histori-
cal centre, PGA learning and
performance centre, PGA
branded golf cottages and a
full-service beach club. The

GFAL chief denies new BIC offer

Anthony Ferguson, president of CFAL (the former Colina
Financial Advisors), yesterday told Tribune Business it was
“absolutely not the case” that he or the company had submitted a
revised, 100 per cent Bahamian bid to acquire the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company (BTC).

Several business community sources had told this newspaper that
Mr Ferguson had submitted a revised BTC bid to the Prime Min-
ister over the Christmas-New Year period, CFAL having previously
partnered with Atlantic Tele-Network in a bid the Government and
privatisation committee had rejected. Emphatically denying this,
Mr Ferguson said: “That’s not the case. In the first instance, when
we were involved with the other group, our role was as advisors,
corporate advisory, and bringing local investment to the table -
Bahamian equity to the table, which we support.”

FROM page 1B

ation every time you renew the
certification of registration.”

Captain Butler also told Tri-
bune Business that the
Bahamas also needed to sign
the Cape Town Convention if
its aircraft registry was to suc-
ceed.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, minister of tourism and
aviation, last week told the
Bahamas Business Outlook
conference that the Govern-
ment now possessed draft leg-
islation for the creation of a
Bahamian aircraft registry, and
the deadline for it to start dis-
cussions with industry was last
week.

““A number of things are con-
verging quite nicely,” Mr Van-
derpool-Wallace said in respect
of the Bahamian aviation indus-
try.

The minister was questioned
by Captain Butler, with the
minister, in response to his con-
cerns about the impact on the
sector from increased Nassau
Airport Development Compa-
ny (NAD) and Civil Aviation
fees, plus threats of increased
Customs duties, saying: “I got
your e-mail, and we’ll meet lat-
er in the week.”

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
added of the aviation industry
and its importance to tourism:
“There’s no question that’s an
important part of the equation.
We have a plan we think we’d
like to go forward with. The
Government has a green paper
on aviation, and has had con-
versations with members of the
industry.”

Captain Butler later told Tri-
bune Business that the Bahami-
an airline operators “feel hope-
less, they feel frustrated” at the
latest impositions on them-
selves and their industry, and
questioned whether anyone was

We do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused her.

Management

Cat Island Golf and Beach
Resort is to include the devel-
opment of single-family resi-
dential home sites, attached res-
idences, village townhomes, an
apartment complex and the
development of a boutique-
style, five-star hotel and spa
with attached residences.

The remainder of the village
will consist of “clothing and
jewelry shops, local crafts, local
artisans, car and bicycle rentals,
an oceanfront bar, deep-sea
fishing charters and a children’s
day camp”, according to a
release issued last year by the
developers.

But a Cat Island source said
he would be “very surprised”
if the developer meets a May
2012 scheduled opening date,
which was announced at that
time based on progress so far.

“Their indication was that
they would have moved ahead
some time last June, but that
didn’t occur. Then there were
rumblings that they would’ve
started up again later on last
year. It appears that they have
done some preparation but that
is the extent of it,” the source
said.

“Brom what I understand,
the model they had designed
for the development was
derailed by the global reces-
sion, and a number of people
they’d targeted to make it
viable postponed their partici-
pation. They were hoping the

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He pointed to the $500,000
owed to the Out Island Promo-
tions Board by Gulfstream Air-
lines for route development,
stating that no Bahamian-
owned airline had received such
support for their routes.

“There still seems to be a
lack of will to get it done,” Cap-
tain Butler said. “The Minister
knows what needs to be done.”

He added that the $50 million
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) funded program
to assist with aviation reform
in the Bahamas would not work
unless the right technical skills
were in place here.

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Bahamas Financial Services
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economy would turn around.”

Director-General of
Tourism, David Johnson, said
his office had recently been in
touch with developers Cat
Island Partners, who again indi-
cated a May 2012 opening date
for the project.

However, he was not closely
acquainted with what work was
being done on the ground at
present, and suggested the
Director of Investments in the
Prime Minister’s Office would
have more up to date informa-
tion. The developer’s legal rep-
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Robert Van Wynan of Callen-
der’s and Co, said he could not
speak extensively on behalf of
the developer, but emphasised
that the company is “100 per
cent in this project” having
“invested a fortune” so far.

“They are moving as fast as
they can based on permissions
they need to obtain and are
obtaining. Once one or two
issues are resolved, they’ll be
off,” said Mr Van Wynan. Mes-
sages left for the development
company were not returned.

Speaking at the Bahamas
Business Outlook last Thurs-
day, in response to a question
from an audience member
about whether the Government

to Cat Island as a place where
he is hopeful progress will be
made through a public/private
partnership.

In an interview with Tribune
Business, Minister of the Envi-
ronment with responsibility for
the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration, Earl Deveaux, con-
firmed it is within the scope of
the Cat Island Beach and Golf
Resort and PGA Village that
such a project is intended to
take shape. “The PGA project
have as part of their agenda to
put in a wind station to pro-

duce part of their energy. Their
site is particularly suited to
wind generation, and it will
enhance the overall environ-
ment without taking from their
project,” said Mr Deveaux.

Asked whether it is envis-
aged that the proposed wind
farm would also provide energy
to other residents of Cat Island,
Mr Deveaux added: “We pro-
pose to accommodate their sur-
plus power through BEC’s grid.
By the time they do it ,the Act
will have been amended to
allow for that.”

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to flooding as a result - with
Blue Hill Road Meat Mart
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are now in the valley, and
there seems to be no proper
drainage to avoid water
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their right to pursue the
Government over damages
stemming from flooding
which may occur aS a
result.”

Mr Robert, who accused
the Government and con-
struction workers of a “don’t
care attitude” towards busi-
nesses in the area, estimates
his Blue Hill road Super
Value store is now around
“five to six inches” below
road level.

Drainage

Word that the Ministry of
Works was set to yesterday
start work digging drainage
wells in and around his
property to address the
potential for flooding left
the businessman decrying
what he predicted would be
further weekend business
losses, as customers would
seek to avoid the construc-
tion work which had blight-
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Mr Roberts also called
such a step a “band aid”
solution to a problem that
never should have arisen in

the first place. “They should
come and build our parking
lot up (to the level of the
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water in our parking lot and
then come to us to drain it
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said he had recently spent
time evaluating losses at his
Blue Hill Road and Robin-
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undertaken by the Govern-
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sonable due diligence and
consultation having
occurred.

Other stores, such as the
Blue Hill Road Meat Mart,
estimated losses of up to 80
per cent.

Expectation

Mr Roberts said it was his
expectation, based on his
understanding of the ruling
won by the group, that dam-
ages would continue to
accrue “until (the Govern-
ment) fix the problem” that
caused the losses in the first
place - that is, finish the road
works and remove all
impediments to accessing
businesses in the area.

While business has
improved since the bulk of
the roadworks was finished
and associated obstructions
removed, “it’s not back to
where it was before”, said
Mr Roberts.

However, the business-
man, who operates 11 Super
Value stores in New Provi-
dence, revealed yesterday
he would be willing to



forego any damages that
may be owed to him - and
expects others might, too - if
the Government would
“correct the mistake” he
believes they committed by
making Blue Hill road a
one-way Street.

Mr Roberts and other
Blue Hill road business own-
ers contended from March
2010, when the switch to a
one-way system was imple-
mented, that the move was
not a good one for business-
es in the area or the motor-
ing public.

He further charged that
due to the narrow width of
the road, it is not well-suited
to being traversed in this
way by traffic and has creat-
ed a risky environment for
motorists.

“The reason they changed
the direction of the road no
longer applies. Cars have
been slamming together try-
ing to go two lanes, and now
they still only really have
one lane.

“We'd be prepared to for-
get damages to see the Gov-
ernment put in another lane,
so we could have two going
one way and one going
south. They should fix it for
the country, the motorists
and the businesses,” said Mr
Roberts.

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FROM page 1B

duty-free, regardless of
whether duty was ultimately
paid once construction was
completed.

“Bahamas Customs has had
the effect of shutting down
construction in Freeport, and
other business to business ser-
vices, as Bond letters for the
year are either slow in coming
or being denied, placing most
contractors in the bind of hav-
ing to purchase duty paid
materials for buildings being
built conditionally duty-free,”
Mr Lowe told Tribune Busi-
ness.

“This has the effect of
increasing construction costs
by up to 40 per cent, depend-
ing on the state of completion
at December 31, 2010, an
increase in costs contractors
are not willing or able to
absorb.”

Inability

Explaining further, the for-
mer Chamber president
added of the construction
industry’s general inability to
purchase bonded, duty free
goods: “It’s an out of the blue
increased costs, when you
were able to construct build-
ings in the bonded realm.

“Tt adds anywhere from 20
per cent on building materials
to 40 per cent on appliances
and major fixtures, depend-
ing on what stage construc-
tion is at.

“Almost everything here
gets built duty-free, even if
it’s duty-paid at the end run.
Everything gets built under
bond, and most contractors
are building bonded con-
struction.”

Bonded goods sales is a
practice whereby Freeport-
based wholesalers, such as
Dolly Madison, Kelly's
(Freeport) and Bellevue
Business Depot, are able to
sell products to other GBPA
licencees for use in their
respective businesses only,
without any duty being paid
to Customs/Government on
their sale.

Commerce gets ‘cut
ass’ in Freeport

However, Customs last
year issued a notice requir-
ing, for the first time, all
Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity (GBPA) licencees to pro-
duce a Letter of Good Stand-
ing from the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) before
their bonded letters - allowing
them to purchase goods for
use in their own business only
- were renewed.

Many, including the
GBPA, have protested that
such a stipulation has no basis
in the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement or any other law,
such as the Customs Manage-
ment Act. However, Tribune
Business has learned that the
Government amended the
new Business Licence Act
2010 to require that Freeport
businesses obtain such an NIB
letter before they can clear
any goods via Customs.

“That’s going to put a
severe handicap on cash
flow,” Mr Lowe said of the
impact on commerce and con-
struction, “and many of them
[contractors] have sent their
employees home, because
until they get the bonded let-
ter they can’t proceed. It’s
resulting in a serious drop in
sales of bonded goods to con-
tractors, which are not being
converted into duty-paid
sales, as the Government had
no doubt hoped.

“They’re [the Government
and Customs] killing payroll,
killing retail and wholesale
sales, and crapping all over
the economy of Freeport.
They’re not making any sales,
so therefore duty revenues
will drop, too. Bonded sales
are not being converted to

duty-paid sales. It’s going to
have the opposite effect of
what they intended, which
was to increase duty-paid rev-
enue streams.”

Mr Lowe told Tribune
Business that Customs, via its
NIB letter demand, had effec-
tively taken away the bond-
ed letter rights that were a
legitimate expectation of
GBPA licencees.

He pointed out that Cus-
toms did not have the power
to strip away licencee rights,
this being reserved for the
GBPA itself.

“At the end of the day,
most of the contractors have
shut down, because they can-
not absorb those increased
costs,” Mr Lowe said. “Con-
struction has not restarted
after Christmas. I would say
the hit to commerce in
Freeport is equal to the reces-
sion; it’s another recession, or
a recession of the same scale
all over again.

Arbitrary

“The Government is using
arbitrary enforcement unsup-
ported by law, and it’s unfor-
tunate that the Government
feels so threatened by
Freeport. They don’t have the
courtesy to come and discuss
anything with us, because they
haven’t, and there’s no one
that I know who has been
meeting with the Comptrol-
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Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting or

ask right now what’s the point
of a Port Authority licence? It
seems more trouble than it’s
worth at this point, and the
Port Authority has some cul-
pability in this whole mess.”

Mr Lowe said that since his
tenure as Grand Bahama
Chamber president, the
organisation had always been
willing to assist the Govern-
ment with “workable solu-

tions” to any issues that arose
in Freeport.

“But this arbitrary action is
not only unlawful, I believe,
but unconscionable, and far
below what I would expect
from decent government
administration,” Mr Lowe
told Tribune Business.

“Tt borders on police state-
type action, and surely the
Prime Minister sees what’s
wrong with that.

“By undermining the rule
of law, they undermine them-
selves and their own authori-
ty. It may be something that
needs to be challenged in the
National Insurance Act dec-
laration we will seek from the
courts.”



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BORCO buyer to pay $340m
for remaining 20% interest

FROM page 1B

its net indebtedness would
rise by $775 million on top o
its existing $1.8 billion.

Still, the deal removes the
possibility of any boardroom
clash between Vopak and
Buckeye had the former
remained in. Had it done so,
Buckeye Partners had warned
that it would have the ability
to "block approval of the
annual budget, certain capi-
tal expenditure projects and
budget modifications, certain
incurrences of debt, certain
sales and acquisitions, the hir-
ing or removal of the BOR-
CO chief executive/general
manager and the entry or ter-
mination of certain contracts".

Revealing that it was seek-
ing to close BORCO's pur-







chase by April 18 this year,
Buckeye Partners said it was
aiming to repay all the debt
held by the Freeport-based
oil storage facility's parent
company.

"Tt is our intention that all
of FRBCH's [BORCO's par-
ent's] outstanding net indebt-
edness ($279.3 million as of
September 30, 2010, com-
prised of $279.3 million of
indebtedness for borrowed

money, plus $19.2 million of
hedges, minus $39.8 million
of cash) will be repaid, which
payoff will be funded by our
contribution to the capital of
FRBCH of an amount equal
to such net indebtedness,"
Buckeye Partners disclosed.
"In connection with the
closing, we intend to make a
contribution of capital to
FRBCH in an amount suffi-
cient for FRBCH to repay its

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net indebtedness, and to
make a payment to Vopak
and certain members of
BORCO management that
will be due five days following
closing of the BORCO acqui-
sition.”

Sell

Vopak, BORCO's operat-
ing partner, has until Friday to
decided whether it wants to
cash out, too, and sell its 20
per cent equity stake to Buck-
eye Partners. Its operating
agreement is until April 29,
2013, and if this is not
renewed it can be terminat-
ed on every two-year anniver-
sary from that date.

"In connection with the
pending BORCO acquisition,
we obtained a commitment
from the underwriters to
arrange certain senior unse-
cured bridge loans in an
aggregate amount up to $595
million (or up to $775 million
in the event we also purchase
Vopak's 20 per cent interest
in FRBCH, and such pur-
chase occurs concurrently
with the purchase from First
Reserve)," Buckeye Partners
added.

Reiterating BORCO's
attraction for it, Buckeye
Partners said: "No other inter-
national commercial storage
terminal enjoys BORCO's
proximity to the US demand

and supply centres, as well as
its scale and comprehensive
service offerings.

"BORCO's terminal is a
premier marine storage facil-
ity with a unique position as a
strategic logistics hub.

"The terminal has 21.6 mil-

the world.

920 miles from New York

tions."

And Buckeye Partners }
"We believe that }
BORCO's customer demand

is well in excess of its cur- ; customers for the exchange of

rently available capacity. }

BORCO has received strong }

indications for contract ; ef commercial banks have fol-

renewals from current cus- { lowed suit.

tomers, and there is a signifi- } ; 7
cant backlog of demand from } Mr Rolle confirmed. a
additional potential cus- ¢ 10% OBss Were one
: petroleum industry. Obvious-

"In addition, BORCO has } IY those ee eee thin
received significant interest | 48s, and any deposit over
from ae and new cus- } STU 000 the Danie as charging
tomers for the increased stor- } ior

abe Caparily expected 10 Be especially when you’re in a
pene a ates : business operating on slim mar-
ene ere cane gins. Any fees and taxes take

5 ? away from the bottom line
We believe the BORCO immediately.”
acquisition will support future }
regional and international : added: “We’re planning on try-

growth opportunities. There : ing to meet with the commer-

are potential synergies with | cial banks at the end of the

our existing assets in the con- : month. That will probably be

tinental US and our newly : one of the issues we talk about.

acquired refined products ter- }

added:

tomers.

years.

minal in Yabucoa, Puerto
Rico,
Caribbean market opportuni-
ties."

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January 10th, 2011

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Temple Christian Hi gh School
Shirley Street
TEACHING VACANCY

Invites applications from qualified Christian
teachers for the following positions for the

2010 - 2011 School Year.

Math/Commerce (Grs. 10-12)

Applicants must:

A. Beapracticing born-again Christian who 1s
willing to subscribe to the Statement of Faith of

Temple Christian School.

Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or higher
from a recognized College or University in the area

of specialization.

Have a valid Teacher’s Certificate or Diploma.
Have at least two years teaching experience in the
relevant subject area with excellent communication

skills.

Applicants must have the ability to prepare students
for all examinations to the BJC/BGCSE levels.
Be willing to participate in the high school’s extra

curricular programmes.

Applications must be picked up at the High School Office on
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recent coloured photograph and three references to:

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P.O. Box N-1566

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Deadline for application is January 215, 2011



Chamber seeks
hank meeting

-On fee increase

lion barrels of storage capac- }
ity with deepwater access up }
to 91 feet, and the ability to ;
berth the largest tankers in :
} edon high revenue volumes but

“Located only 80 miles }
from southern Florida and }

FROM page 1B

low profit margins, Mr Rolle
said, and had been impacted by

; the Royal Bank of Canada’s
Harbour, BORCO is strate- }
gically located to act as a hub }
in facilitating international }
logistics for bulk-build, break- ;
bulk and blending opera- }
: a $1 charge on all over-the-

decision to charge a 1 per cent
fee for over-the-counter
deposits worth more than
$10,000.

The bank has also introduced

counter withdrawals and debits
from savings accounts, and a 1
per cent charge to non-RBC

coins into bills for amounts over
$100. It is unclear whether oth-

“We got some complaints,”

“That’s a growing concern,

The BCCEC chairman

There are a whole host of issues

: that need to be discussed, and
as well as other :

that will probably be one of

: them.”

While the bank fee increases

seemed relatively minimal, Mr
? Rolle indicated they had to be

seen in a wider context, which
included the Bahamas’ rela-
tively high labour and utility
costs, the impact of the 2010-
2011 Budget tax increases on
the private sector, and the
recent National Insurance
Board (NIB) unemployment
benefit and prescription drug
programme-induced contribu-
tion rate rises to 10 per cent.

“A general discussion needs
to be had, not only on the fees,
but the general climate for
doing business in the
Bahamas,” Mr Rolle told Tri-
bune Business. “We have to
talk about rising taxes, every-
thing that came at the end of
last year, and we have to under-
stand what the impact of all
these fees is for the business
community.

“Rather than single one out,
we have to address all of these
issues comprehensively. One of
the major things Id like to see
is the cost of business has to be
reduced, and we have to look at

? ways to reduce this from the
? regulatory point of view.”

While the new Business

? Licence Act promised to cut
? out much red tape and bureau-
? cracy, Mr Rolle said the Gov-
? ernment and private sector
: needed to examine other issues,
: adding: “Utility costs are one
? of them, NIB costs are one of
} them, labour costs are extreme-
: ly high.

“So much time is spent

? before the Labour Board. I was
} before the Labour Board
} before Christmas dealing with
: an employee claiming unfair
} dismissal, but they walked off
? the job. That was three pro-
: ductive hours out of my day.
? There has to be a better way
: of doing business in this coun-
? try.”

Mr Rolle was supported by

: Winston Rolle, the BCCEC’s
? acting executive director, who
: told Tribune Business that the
? various fee and tax increases
? being experienced by the pri-
? vate sector had to be examined
: in totality, not isolation.

Pointing out that the

: Bahamas was enduring “a very
? rough economic time”, Win-
: ston Rolle said many business-
? es were still waiting to see how
? the Business Licence Act
: reforms and NIB increases
? would play out.

“It’s all adding up. A little

: bit here, a bit there,” Winston
? Rolle said, “and has to be
looked at in totality.” The pri-
? vate sector still did not know
? the Government’s policy direc-
} tion on the Bahamas Electrici-
: ty Corporation (BEC), and
? there were fears about the
: impact of oil price rises on
? transportation, energy and oth-
} er costs across the board in this
? economy.

“What we have to do from

} the Chamber’s perspective is
: bring all the pieces together, so
? we can show the total picture,”
: Winston Rolle said. “It’s a
? rough business time, and let’s
? hope things economically do
} start to kind of turn for the pos-
? itive.”

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CLICO LIQUIDATOR EYES ‘COMPLEX’ DEAL FOR KEY $83 MILLION ASSET

FROM page 1B

such a deal.

“One of the issues which
has arisen pertains to the
financing structure of the
sale, and whether or not the
seller would be in a position,
after receipt of a substantial
down payment, to hold a pur-
chase money mortgage, to
some extent,” Mr Gomez said
in the court filing.

Tribune Business under-
stands that, given debt financ-
ing is still extremely difficult
to obtain from tight post-
crunch credit markets, the
CLICO (Bahamas) liquidator
is working to structure a
transaction where, in return
for the buyer paying a sub-
stantial portion of the pur-
chase price upfront from its
own equity, the insolvent
insurer would still hold a
mortgage over 100 per cent
of Wellington Preserve.

This would ensure the
interests of Bahamian credi-
tors and policyholders were
protected, and the CLICO
(Bahamas) mortgage - the
balance of the purchase price
- would then be paid off by
the buyer over time, using the
proceeds from real estate
sales it made at Wellington
Preserve.

Any default, and Mr
Gomez would regain control.

Such a structure, even if it is
agreed, would ultimately need
the approval of both the US
Bankruptcy Court in south
Florida and the Bahamas
Supreme Court, something
Mr Gomez alluded to in his
January 14, 2011, filing.

“The parameters of that
possibility are still being
explored,” Mr Gomez said in
relation to the money mort-
gage purchase, “but the
process is time consuming
because, in part, such a deal
structure would likely impli-
cate a plan which would pay



“The entire parcel, before some
lots were subdivided and sold,
was purchased for $55 million in
2004. The estimated ‘as built’ sell
out for the lots was over $120
million three years ago. As is,
even in the economy of today,
the property is worth tens of
millions of dollars - enormously
in excess of the encumber-

ances.”



smaller creditors first, while
there perhaps might be a dis-
tribution in kind of such a
mortgage to the Bahamian
liquidation case.”

Deal

This refers to the fact that
US-based creditors, who are
owed a relatively small per-
centage of CLICO (Bahamas)
total assets in comparison to
their Bahamian counterparts,
are likely to be paid off first
under the deal structure pro-
posed by Mr Gomez.

That might give the courts,
especially the Bahamian
Supreme Court, pause for
thought.

Yet there are further
advantages for Mr Gomez
and the liquidation through
doing this. Tribune Business
understands that the total sum
owed to US creditors of
Wellington Preserve is about
$8 million.

Apart from minor claims
related to costs incurred/ser-
vices provided in keeping
Wellington Preserve running,
the other claims involve a
$1.45 million judgment lien;
some $2 million claimed by

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the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) in unpaid federal taxes;
and $3 million in real estate
taxes to the city of Palm
Beach.

The latter two, as govern-
ment entities, have plenty of
influence and can make life
difficult for the liquidation,
so one can see the attraction
for Mr Gomez in paying them
out early.

And, if he is able to obtain
a “substantial” down pay-
ment, once the US creditors
are paid off the CLICO
(Bahamas) liquidator should
have a major multi-million
dollar sum to repatriate to the
Bahamas and pay-off credi-
tors in this nation, who have
now been waiting almost two
years to recover their assets.

The chances of this hap-
pening appear to be good.
“The entire parcel, before
some lots were subdivided
and sold, was purchased for
$55 million in 2004,” Mr
Gomez said of Wellington
Preserve.

“The estimated ‘as built’
sell out for the lots was over
$120 million three years ago.
As is, even in the economy of
today, the property is worth

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tens of millions of dollars -
enormously in excess of the
encumberances.”

Selling Wellington Preserve
ranks alongside, possibly even
above, the transfer of insur-
ance policies among Mr
Gomez’s objectives, since it
accounts for the bulk of CLI-
CO (Bahamas) assets.
Achieving both targets would
clear the way to progressing
the liquidation to a conclu-
sion.

Investment

Reiterating that CLICO
(Bahamas), through its CLI-
CO Enterprises affiliate, had
lent some $73 million to
Wellington Preserve, along

with $10 million in capitalisa-
tion, taking the total invest-
ment to $83 million, Mr
Gomez said he “does not wish
to see the property forced to
auction at a relatively ‘fire
sale price’”.

“Gomez has a Letter of
Intent from one of the groups
with whom he and the bro-
ker have been negotiating,
and the negotiations still
appear to be moving in the
direction of a contract,” the
liquidator added.

“The proposal would
require completion of the
amended plat, which had
been in progress; good title;
approval of this court and oth-
er normal concerns and pre-
requisites for sale.

“While negotiations are
proceeding well with the
potential purchaser, which
represents that it is financial-
ly capable, the prospective
purchaser still needs its due
diligence, and a large com-
plex negotiation takes time.”

Mr Gomez said he had
been forced to hire a new
attorney to deal with Welling-
ton Preserve’s land issues and
revised plans, as the previous
incumbent was the subject of
discovery requests relating to
the development’s affairs.

“Gomez is seeking to trace
the disposition of millions of
dollars, in the absence of any
books and records of Welling-
ton itself being available,” the
liquidator added.

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of diverse client engagements. Candidates are also required to have a high
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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Road Traffic Department is pleased to remind the general public of
the established protocols for the Inspection and Licensing of Company

Vehicles,

The month of March is traditionally companies’ registration month at
the Road Traffic Department. In an effort to expedite and ensure a
smooth registration process the department advises that registration
will commence January 10, 2011. All companies in New Providence
with a fleet of five (5) or more vehicles are encouraged to prepare and
submit the required documents on the second (2â„¢ ) floor to the
Controller's Office in the Clarence A. Bain Building to ensure an
appointment for Inspection.

All Companies on the Family Islands are asked to submit their
documents to the Road Traffic Department, within their District, or the
Office of the Administrator for registration and inspection.

The Department further wishes to advise that applications will be

REQUIRED SKILLS:- processed on first come, first come basis.

-Ability to work independently, The following documents are required:-
-Strong organisational skills.

Commitment to excellent customer service.

-Must be a team player,

-Excellent oral and written communication skills,
-Excellent problem solving skills.

-Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.

(1) Cover note stating the make, model, year and chassis number
Total number of all vehicles to be licensed
A copy of the current disc for each vehicle

Please hand deliver Resume and two (2) references to:- Original certificate of insurance (no copies will be accepted)

The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
Building No. |
Nassau, Bahamas
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 28. 2011
ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Special Permit Letter (Ministry of Works) for all miscellaneous
vehicles

Please note that payments can be made in the form af:

Certified Cheque made payable to the Public Treasury
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Volume: 107 No.45

Family agony as
woman, 26, raped
and shot in head

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A FAMILY has been left
searching for answers after
their daughter was raped and
shot in the head over the
weekend.

The partially-clad body of
26-year-old Inderia Barry was
discovered near a dumpster
on a property at Faith United
Way, off Baillou Hill Road
South.

Her family believe she was
killed and then her body was
dumped at the site. The
young woman was found
wearing only a grey-hooded
sweater and a white T-shirt
at around 7.40 am, according
to police.

Speaking with The Tribune
last night, her father Paul Bar-
ry said he was shocked to
learn of his daughter’s death,
but admitted she had a trou-
bled past.

“She was a tomboy, a les-
bian and she was on the rough
side of the mountain,” Mr
Barry said candidly.

Mr Barry also said that










SHOT DEAD: Inderia Barry

Inderia, who was the oldest
of his five children, was not
employed at the time of her
death.

He described her as being a
“hustler” who engaged in
gang activity.

“T last saw her about a
week and a half ago. I really
have no idea what may have
led someone to kill her. It’s
really hard to say. It could

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POLICE SHOOT
GUNMAN DEAD

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

POLICE shot and killed a
gunman who they suspect
killed another man at a Nas-
sau bar over the weekend.

Shots rang out near the
OK Bar on East and Hay
streets around 11.30pm Fri-
day.

Plain-clothed police offi-
cers on routine patrol in the
area saw a group of people
running from the bar. They
then spotted an armed man
wearing a camouflage jacket
firing shots from a high-
powered weapon as he
chased another man wearing
a red-hooded jacket.

Police reports state the offi-
cers identified themselves and
ordered the gunman to drop

SEE page two

DOUBLE MURDER
INVESTIGATION

LATE last night The Tri-
bune received reports of a
double homicide at Zinna
Street in the area of Kennedy
sub-division.

Visiting the scene last night,
The Tribune was unable to
receive a complete update of
the shooting as the police
were still processing both
crime scenes.

SEE page two

BTC CHAIRMAN TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE © TWO ARRESTED AT AIRPORT AFTER
OVER “ATTACKS ON HIS CHARACTER’ — DISCOVERY OF SUSPECTED COCAINE

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

DISMISSING calls for his
resignation by PLP chairman
Bradley Roberts, BTC chair-
man Julian Francis said he

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FREEPORT: A new
union for workers at the
Freeport Container Port is
soon to be officially regis-
tered as a trade union by the
Ministry of Labour, accord-
ing to a labour official.

Director of Labour Har-
court Brown said their attor-
neys are in the process of
completing the vetting of the
union’s constitution.

He noted that the union
could receive its registration
certificate in about a week.

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issues were raised at the port
after three workers were
killed and several others
were seriously injured when
a tornado hit the facility and
caused severe damage on
March 29.

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whenever a union is going
to be registered certain doc-
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of Labour.

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had submitted its constitu-
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his chin, and is believed to
have been shot by the gun-
man.

Sources say the deceased,
who is believed to be a resi-
dent of Mason’s Addition,
had recently been released
from prison.

The identities of both men
are expected to be released
today.

Family agony as woman,
26, raped and shot in head

der of well-liked pre-school teacher Denise

FROM page one

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i ing her character,” he said.
i Detectives are trying to piece together the
i circumstances surrounding Inderia’s death as
i their investigations continue.
Her murder comes on the heels of the mur-

Adderley, 39.
Ms Adderley, who taught pre-schoolers at
the Uriah Mcphee primary school, was shot six

times near the Texaco Service Station on Wulff

and Kemp roads.
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However, we were able to confirm that one murder occurred
around 4pm and the other shortly after 7pm just a few feet from

the other.

Both victims are believed to be young men.
Cedar Crest Funeral Home removed the last body some

time after 9 o’clock last night.

Police at the scene said they are following significant leads
into these two latest homicides which they suspect are related.
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LOCAL NEWS



Forty days of praying
for peace in Bahamas

Campaign launched to stem tide of crime

A GROUP of pastors, civic leaders,
fraternal organisations, business own-
ers and community activists have part-
nered with the Royal Bahamas Police
Force to call for 40 days of public
prayer to help calm the escalating num-
ber of violent crimes being committed
throughout New Providence.

The brainchild of Schell Stubbs, the
campaign is expected to take place
from Sunday, January 23, to Thursday,
March 3, and be held in places such as
Fort Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision,
Christie Park, Quarry Mission Park,
Lucky Food Store parking lot, Mt
Moriah Baptist Church, C I Gibson
parking lot, St Michael’s tennis court,
and St Bernard’s parking lot at St
Joseph’s Church, as well as a host of
other places yet to be scheduled.

Most prayer times will occur
between 7pm and 8pm each evening.

According to a press statement
issued by Pastor Philip Stubbs, the
group of social partners came together
in the Fort Charlotte/Boyd Subdivi-
sion area to address the issues of crime
and social dysfunction.

Some 40 adults met at the beginning
of January in Boyd to own this cam-
paign and create strategy.

Churches represented at the meeting
included Temple Baptist Church, Holy
Spirit Anglican Church, Johnson Park
Seventh Day Adventist Church,
Church of God of Prophecy of Greater

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By KATHRYN CAMPBELL
Bahamas Information
Services

Exuma, The Bahamas —
The construction of a dock in
George Town, Exuma will
bring relief to residents of this
family island.

Public Works and Trans-
port Minister Neko C. Grant
signed a $325,120.30 contract
with R and F McKenzie Con-
struction Co. Ltd. for con-
struction of the dock that is
in a state of disrepair.

“This dock plays a pivotal
role in the lives of the people
of the Exumas,” said Mr.
Grant.

“Tt serves as the main com-
mercial port of cargo and pas-
senger operations.

As commercial activity has
gained momentum and this
island’s population has
increased; the original dock
along with the more recently
built western dock can no
longer adequately meet the
needs of residents.

Mr. Grant headed a small

retary.

Council.



“We have decided to
seek God’s face during
this 40-day period.”



Pastor Stubbs

Chippingham, Mt Moriah Baptist
Church, Living Waters Church, St
Joseph’s Catholic Church, St Michael’s
Methodist Church, The New Mt Zion
Baptist Church, and Bishop Swain a
leading clergyman who resides in Chip-
pingham.

According to Pastor Stubbs, the nar-
rative was clear at their first meeting.

Commend

He said: “We commend our Police
for the job that they are doing but
crime continues to escalate in our com-
munity. We have decided to seek
God’s face during this 40-day period.
We believe that God will act when we
seek Him in prayer and that He alone
is the answer to the problem of crime
in our community. Our direction
comes from 2nd Chronicles 7:14 ‘if my
people, who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray and
seek my face and turn from their
wicked ways, then I will hear from
heaven, and I will forgive their sin and

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(BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)
BOOST FOR EXUMA: Neko C. Grant, minister of Public Works and
Transport speaks at the contract signing ceremony. Also pictured
from left (front row) is Administrator Ivan Ferguson, (back row)
Kirk Bullard, project manager and John Canton, director. Pictured
at right (front row) Phenton Neymour, Minister of State in the
Ministry of the Environment; MP for Exuma, Anthony Moss and
back row Rev. Cedric Smith, president of the Exuma Christian

will heal their land’. God and God
alone, that will be our cry for a solution
in the Ft Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision
area during this 40-day period.”

While Mrs Stubbs was the impetus
and coordinator for the first meeting,
Pastor Stubbs said she is equally impas-
sioned about it being a campaign that is
owned not by one individual but by a
group of social partners.

“Forty Days Of Prayer For Peace In
Our Community is led by a wide range
of social partners, including the Police.
It’s not about one person or personal-
ities. It’s a positive, spiritual response to
the crime and violence in the Fort
Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area.

“To put it plainly over forty days a
lot of different persons will be pray-
ing publicly for an end to crime in our
area and for an expansion of peace,”
Mrs Stubbs said.

While the ‘40 Days Of Prayer For
Peace’ campaign will officially end on
March 3, the organisers emphasised
that the campaign, like prayer, is for
everyone.

“It is not a campaign for the organ-
isers alone. It’s for the entire commu-
nity. Members of the neighbourhoods
throughout the area are invited to
share in the daily public times of prayer
that will occur during the campaign.

The "40 Days Of Prayer For Peace
Team 2011" can be contacted at tele-
phone 325 6126.



(BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)

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uary 14 for the signing cere-
mony.

He was accompanied by
Phenton Neymour, Minister
of State for the Environment;
Colin Higgs, permanent sec-
retary; John Canton, director
and Kirk Bullard, project
manager.

The visit was the first of Mr.
Grant’s “trust agenda infra-
structure crusade” to the
island of Exuma.

Also in attendance was the
Hon. Anthony Moss, MP for
Exuma and the Cays, Admin-
istrator Ivan Ferguson and
other senior Government offi-
cials for Exuma.

The Exuma Community
Youth Marching Band pro-
vided music for the occasion.

The dock refurbishment
includes construction of a new
bulkhead with a roll on and
roll off ramp, construction of
new bollards, repair of exist-
ing sheet pile, and supply and
installation of light poles with
lights.

Mr. Grant acknowledged

that the Government is aware
that the cargo and passenger
handling capacity of the
George Town dock at its cur-
rent location has been exceed-
ed and options must be
explored.

He noted an economic
evaluation of Great Exuma
port sites has been undertak-
en with recommendations for
new port facilities to be devel-
oped at the Navy Dock site
that is in close proximity to
George Town.

Furthermore, he revealed
that consideration is being
given to the relocation of
Queen’s Highway (the main
arterial road on Exuma).
“Portions of this highway are
prone to flooding during peri-
ods of heavy rainfall,” Mr.
Grant said.

“During these unfavourable
conditions, this highway when
flooded has reduced the
access of residents from out-
lying areas to George Town,
the capital.

The Ministry of Public
Works & Transport has there-
fore identified an alternate
route which would bypass the
most vulnerable (low-lying)
sections of the existing high-
way.”

Mr. Grant said plans for the
additional works including the
new port facility and the high-
way relocation will be
announced later.

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tractor the need for on time,
quality work that is within
budget.

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first time that a native of Exu-
ma has been given such a task
and he intends to make a pos-
itive contribution.

He urged residents to
become involved with pro-
jects that will help with the
island’s growth and develop-
ment. Ten persons are to be
employed on the rehabilita-
tion of the dock that is expect-
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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US high achievers scarce in math, science

ly. In all, 34 OECD nations and 26 other coun-
tries took part this year, as well as several oth-
er education systems, including Shanghai and
Hong Kong. The assessment seeks to gauge
what young people have learned both inside
and outside school and how well they apply
that knowledge in real-world contexts. The
results are scored on a scale of 1 to 1,000. This
was the fourth assessment cycle since 2000.

Overall in the latest round of PISA, Amer-
ican students’ science performance climbed to
the OECD average. The U.S. score of 502
increased from 489 in 2006, not measurably
different from the OECD average of 501. At
the top in science among the OECD nations
were Finland, Japan, and South Korea.

In mathematics, despite gains from the last
round of testing in 2006, U.S. students, with a
median score of 487, remained below the
OECD average of 496. In all, 17 OECD
nations had statistically higher scores. The top-
three scorers among OECD countries were
South Korea, Finland, and Switzerland.

Finally, in reading—the subject that
received more in-depth focus this time—USS.
achievement was roughly flat, at 500, com-
pared with previous testing rounds, and about
average among the OECD nations.

“The PISA results, to be brutally honest,
show that a host of developed nations are out-
educating us,” U.S. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan said the day the results came
out. Mr. Duncan noted that 15-year-olds in
Finland and South Korea on average were
one to two years ahead of their American
peers in mathematics and science.

On PISA, students are generally ranked
into one of six categories based on their level
of proficiency. In science, students rated at
level 5, the second-highest category, can iden-
tify the scientific concepts of many complex life
situations; apply scientific concepts and knowl-
edge about science to those situations; and
can compare, select, and evaluate appropri-
ate scientific evidence for responding to life sit-
uations, according to an OECD document. In
mathematics, students at level 5 can develop
and work with mathematical models in com-
plex situations, identifying constraints and
specifying assumptions, the document says.
They can select, compare, and evaluate appro-
priate problem-solving strategies for dealing
with complex problems.

In mathematics, the 9.9 per cent of US.
students at level 5 or higher compared with
35.6 per cent in Singapore, 25.5 per cent in
South Korea, and 21.6 per cent in Finland.

In science, the 9.2 per cent of U.S. students
who at least reached level 5 compared with
19.9 per cent in Singapore, 18.7 per cent in
Finland, and 17 per cent in Japan.

(This article was written by Erik W. Robe-
len of Education Week).

ALTHOUGH reaction to new international
testing data has focused mostly on the middling
performance overall of American 15-year-olds,
the results also serve as a reminder that the
United States is not exactly a world leader
even in producing a cadre of top-tier per-
formers in mathematics and science.

Only about 10 per cent of U.S. students
scored in the two highest achievement cate-
gories in mathematics on the Programme for
International Student Assessment, or PISA,
well short of the figures for a host of other
nations, from South Korea and Japan to
France, Germany, and New Zealand. In fact,
the U.S. results were below the average for
the 34 nations in the Organization for Eco-
nomic Cooperation and Development.

In science, the U.S. position was more
favourable, but not dramatically so. With 9.2
per cent of American students meeting levels
5 or 6, the United States was about average
among OECD nations, trailing more than a
dozen PISA participants, including Finland,
Switzerland, Canada, Australia, and South
Korea. At the top of the pack in mathematics
and science was Shanghai, China, one of a
handful of non-national education systems that
took part in the assessment in 2009. In mathe-
matics, for instance, about half of Shanghai
students were in the two highest categories.

However, a variety of analysts caution that
Shanghai is not representative of China as a
whole; it’s widely seen as at the vanguard of
that nation in terms of its educational perfor-
mance.

The PISA results from December arrived
months after the National Science Board—a
prominent panel that advises both the White
House and Congress—issued a report sound-
ing an alarm that the United States is failing to
sufficiently identify and nurture the next gen-
eration of high-achieving innovators in the
STEM fields—science, technology, engineer-
ing, and mathematics—and that the situation
puts at risk the nation’s long-term prosperity.
Some researchers say the latest PISA results
reinforce concerns not only about how USS.
students fare on average, but about the nation’s
relative share of top performers. Eric A.
Hanushek, an economist at Stanford Univer-
sity, also expressed concern about the data on
high achievers, noting that while the United
States has traditionally attracted plenty of tal-
ent from abroad to fill the gap, it’s getting
harder to do.

The one bright spot appears to be reading,
where the proportion of American students
reaching the two highest achievement levels on
PISA—9.9 per cent—beat the OECD aver-
age of 7.6 per cent.

PISA compares the performance of USS.
15-year-olds in reading, mathematics, and sci-
ence literacy against their peers international-

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I have read, listened and
watched all of the ranting and
raving from the unions about
the sale of BTC and I am tru-
ly amazed that the unions do
not realise that the MAJOR-
ITY of Bahamians who use
cell-phones and pay long dis-
tance telephone bills are not
sympathetic with them and
BTC's outrageous SERVICE
and exorbitant bills.

Common sense should tell
every one that until we, the
Public, have competition in
the telecommunications
industry, the ridiculous prices
that we have to pay will never
change.

In this age of technology
there is no reason why the
Bahamian public should be
penalised and have to pay the
prices that we do just to satis-
fy the greed of a few.

I am also amazed that in
2010 we still have people in
this country who try to stir up

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racial problems whenever
they can't have their way and
unless I misunderstand the
English language that is exact-
ly what Mr Evans was trying
to do in my humble opinion
when he started talking about
not being subject to the white
man.

No one in this country has
to be subject to anyone
whether they be white or
black, because we live in a
democracy.

If an individual wants a job
and they are not self-
employed then it is common
knowledge that they will have
a Boss and if one does not
want a Boss they have the
option of not working. All
jobs have a requirement that
employees perform given

tasks which are usually known
before you agree to accept a
job, that is not slavery, it is
only compliance.

The best part of this entire
fiasco is that no one that I can
remember heard any noise
from these same unions when
the former government had
made a deal to sell to what
was supposed to be some oth-
er white foreigners, or was the
reason that they were so qui-
et because the union leaders
knew who the real true own-
ers were going to be and they
did not mind if it might be
some of their friends that
were going to be the owners.

To the public at large I say
do not mind the noise because
at the end of three years we
will be the beneficiaries and
we will all be able to save a lot
of money that can be used for
other purposes.

ABNER PINDER
Spanish Wells,
January 16, 2011.

I find The Tribune wanting when
it comes to unbiased reporting

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Today’s letter to the edi-
tor and editorial response
stirred me to react.

I have been an expat in
the Bahamas for the last five
years, and am a subscriber
to The Tribune.

While I accept that the
FNM is not your paymaster,
your writing makes it clear
that you are a passionate
FNM. That is fine on a per-
sonal level, but it is a pity
that it affects your profes-
sional work so badly.

I have been accustomed
to more balanced reporting
overseas, and your claims of
objectivity unfortunately just
doesn’t hold.

As hard as I try, I have
difficulty recalling any time
recently where you have
criticised however lightly
anything the FNM or gov-
ernment has done or said,

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or any time where you have
supported the governmen-
t’s initiatives or attitude only
in a lukewarm manner
rather than extremely enthu-
siastically.

Likewise, I don’t recall
you supporting even dis-
creetly anything the PLP has
suggested or said, but have
noticed only extreme criti-
cism. While I tend to favour
the FNM’s approach to gov-
ernment, I don’t always
agree, and I find The Tri-
bune wanting when it comes
to objective unbiased report-
ing. How are the public to
get an informed view in this
country?

Your strident side-taking
removes all credibility in
your reporting. You can still
correct that, I wish you
would.

Please feel free to publish
this if you wish, but without
my name.

EXPAT IN NASSAU
Nassau,
January 7, 2011.

(This writer is confusing
objective reporting with
opinion piece comment. The
Tribune’s reporting of
events on all levels, whether
it be on political issues or
otherwise, cannot be criti-
cised for lacking objectivi-
ty. Issues from all sides are
reported in our news
columns and nowhere will a
reporter’s opinion be found.

(However, the Editorial
column, which is the only
column in which this news-
paper can express its opin-

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ion is just that — an opinion
piece. The letters column
also expresses opinions. This
section is reserved exclu-
sively for the public.

(Therefore, readers are
getting objective reporting
on all pages of The Tribune
with the exception of the
opinion of the editor in the
editorial column on this
page and that of the public,
also on this page.

(The editor’s comments
are generally based on issues
reported in other sections of
The Tribune. The editor is
not interested in whether
the reader agrees with or
rejects her opinion. The edi-
torial column is only an invi-
tation to think and discuss
the issues of the day. It is up
to our readers to arrive at
their own conclusions. It is
of no concern of ours which
way they decide.

(It just so happens that
the philosophy of The Tri-
bune and the PLP are poles
apart. This does not mean
that we totally agree with
everything FNM or disagree
with everything PLP. How-
ever, in life we all have to
make decisions on the alter-
natives before us. This is
usually a choice between the
lesser of two or more evils.
The Tribune has made its
choice on what it considers
the lesser evil — it is now
up to our readers to do the
same. It doesn’t matter to
us if they don’t agree with
our opinion — we all know
that diversity makes a more
interesting world. — Ed).

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UTEB and College of
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THE Union of Tertiary
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College of the Bahamas
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This new contract will also
be retroactive to July 1,
2008.

According to a statement
issued from UTEB’s presi-
dent Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson,
the union is “heartened” to
be able to move forward
after more than two years
of protracted negotiations
with the college over this
matter.

Finalise

“While the negotiating
team of UTEB was working
this week with College offi-
cials to finalise the new
Agreement, it was unfortu-
nate that the Minister of
Labour, Dion Foulkes,
sought to mislead the public
by misrepresenting what was
transpiring between UTEB

SIGNING: Pictured (L to R); T.B. Donaldson, Betsy Vogal-Boze, Wendy Poitier, Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson.

and COB.

“ To say that I was stalling
the process by refusing to
sign, Mr Foulkes intention-
ally and calculatingly tried
to disparage me in the pub-
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Agreement was delayed -
as the College was in pos-
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signing date. In fact, it was
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The Union’s president
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Police nrobe theft of alurninium
tube pipes worth over $200,000

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Over $200,000 worth of aluminium tube Foulkes said labour officials

pipes were stolen from a business establishment in the
Freeport area, police reported Friday.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said management of Inchcape
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as it moves forward to work
with the new President, Bet-
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College into “the world-class
university that it should be
and is poised to become”.

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INTERVIEW: VVIDOVV OF POLICE INSPECTOR ARCHIBALD ‘MAGNUM’ MILLER

By ADRIAN GIBSON
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n arevealing interview

with the widow of fall-

en police Inspector

Archibald “Magnum”
Miller— shot while on duty
during a drug-house stakeout—
I was told of her yearning for
closure to what she calls a
“numbing, life-changing” chap-
ter for which “someone must
pay.”

According to news reports,
Inspector Miller was hit by
friendly fire and killed by a bul-
let to his torso. Police reports
indicated that he was acciden-
tally shot by a fellow police offi-
cer during a sting operation in
southwestern New Providence
on December 2, 2010. He died
in hospital on December 5.

According to his wife, Char-
lene, her 47-year-old husband
was a meticulous, honest police-
man whose declared aim was
to “close down every drug
house in the Bahamas.”

“Archibald was humble and
hardworking. Whatever he set
his mind to, he would always
do and whatever he did, he did
at his best,” she said. “He was
an all-round person. He got
saved in the church, gave his
best to the church, gave his best
to the community. He was a
family-oriented man, he loved
his family—his intimate fami-
ly, his work family—his co-
workers became like a part of
him. He was a no-nonsense per-
son, he believed in doing things
with dignity. He did nothing
halfway.”

With perhaps the only light-
hearted moment that yielded
mild, subtle laughter during our
discussion, Mrs Miller recalled
the first encounter with the
young man who was to become
her husband.

“We met one day coming
from school,” she recalled. “He
saw me and his cousin walking
from Government High and he
stopped to pick her up. That
was in the early 1980s. So he
said ‘Delareece (his cousin),
who is this lovely young lady
you're walking with’ and Dela-
reece said ‘oh, this is my friend
Charlene.’ So I said ‘hr and it

I yearn for closure to
police husband’s death

was very short, I said ‘hi’ and
‘bye-bye.’ So he said ‘why is she
so selfish, just saying ‘hi’ and
‘bye-bye’, he said ‘’m not going
anywhere.’ He dropped me off
and we stayed in the car talking
for a lil bit and he said ‘Dela-
reece, this is gonna be my wife
one day.’ So I said ‘be your
wife, where do you work?’ He
said that he had just joined the
police college and was in train-
ing. I think that was a Friday.
He was off right then.

“When he said he was train-
ing to be a policeman, I said
‘oh, that’s a no-no, because I
don’t like police, police like too
many women—because of their
uniforms, women just stick to
them like glue.’ But he said ‘’m
not like that, I was brought up
different, ’m a quiet person
and very loving. If you get to
know me, you will really like
me a lot.’ So I said ‘oh okay, I
don’t think that will be anytime
soon.”

She paused, lost in memory.

“The next thing I knew,” she
continued, “he was writing let-
ters and poems and they were
good. So I started writing back.
We were friends for about
three years. We started dating
at the age of 17. We went to
the movies—the Capital The-
atre on Market Street and the
Wulff Road theatre. I liked dra-
ma, so I asked him to go with
me to the Dundas Centre. I
remember that he didn’t like it,
but he played like he did. He
was the love of my life!”

The couple dated for seven
years before getting married.
They were married for 20 years,
until Inspector Miller’s death.
The union bore three boys, ages
eight, 12 and 18. According to
Mrs Miller, their eldest son
wants to follow in his father’s



SHOT WHILE ON DUTY: Archibald ‘Magnum’ Miller.

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took him to sit the entrance
exams.

The brokenhearted wife said
that her entire family has been
devastated by Inspector Miller’s
untimely death. She says their
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time coping with his loss.

“Ever since he died, it seems
like my life has changed. ’'m
trying to hold up, trying to do
the best. I’m not taking it so
well because everyday I have
to begin not to question God.
Sometimes you go and you ask
God for forgiveness, but you
still begin to say: ‘Why you had
to take him God, why with all
the people living so mean—why
did you have to take him?’

“His death was very hard on
all of us, sometimes it has us
on edge with each other, some-
times we get into it—me and
my oldest son. We live a lovely
life, but sometimes we row with
each other and when I catch
myself I say: “You know some-
thing, let me not row with him
because I know he’s holding
everything in and it’s usually
about simple things like the TV
being too loud.”

As for Christmas:

“The first Christmas was ter-
rible,” she said. “I mean I was
here and I thank God for life,
but it felt like no Christmas at
all. It felt like an ordinary day,
like something was terribly
missing. Right now, I’m so
numb. I’m talking to you, but
deep down I’m so numb.”

High-level police sources
confirm that Inspector Miller
was first-rate — a meritorious
officer, who was one of the
architects of the police force’s
current drug-fighting strategy.
Mr Miller was one of the top

commanders in the Drug
Enforcement Unit (DEU).

The grief-stricken widow
was saddened as she talked of
the events of that fateful day. In
her synopsis of the Inspector’s
last day in his usual, conscious
way, she said:

“He picked me up from
work. He said ‘Char, I have to
go back out tonight.’ But we
sat and talked before he went
out that night.

“T said: ‘Archibald, you keep
going on these operations all
the time, you’re leaving your
family.’ I said ‘here it is, you’ve
been doing this for years, you
don’t think it’s now time for
you to sit behind a desk, do a
nine to five job and organize
for somebody else to go?’ I said
‘you're in charge of operations,
why don’t you put other per-
sons in position—you trained
other persons—why don’t you
let other persons go and you
stay with your family?’ I said
‘today or tomorrow, if some-
thing happens to you, you’re
replaceable.’ I said it just like
this. He said: ‘Anyhow, when
I go out God always protects
yow’ because I had asked him
‘who is gonna protect us when
he goes out’—you know, in the
natural saying.”

Mts Miller said that her hus-
band understood the impor-
tance of giving back to his com-
munity.

“He said: ‘When I go out at
night God will protect my fam-
ily. ’'m going out there to help
other people, to keep the street
clean from drugs.’ He said ‘my
aim is to close down every drug
house in this Bahamas,’
because he believed drug deal-
ers thought they were above
the law, that they could
takeover. He said he has ‘shut
the drug dealers down because
there’s too much crime in this
country and they are the cause
of it.’ I said: ‘Archie, you’re one
man, youre not an army and
you can’t do it all by yourself,”
she recalled.

“We went to bed and
through the night he got up. He
had on his army clothes; I could
hear him in the boots walking
through the house. He leaned
over and kissed me and said
‘see you tomorrow,’ but tomor-
row never came.

“Before day that morning,
they came to the house for me
and said my husband had an
accident. Our eight-year-old
son woke me up. Mr Collie—a
police inspector and our neigh-
bour—was at the door. It was
about 5.30. He said your hus-
band had an accident, I thought
it was a car accident because I
didn’t get much details,” she
said.

“T began to pray while I was
on my way to my husband. I
said: ‘Oh Lord, please help my
husband, I don’t know what’s
wrong, but you go up there and
take full control.’ Through it
all, I was shaking to pieces.



Even up to the end—the night
when he died—when they
called me and told me he had
taken a turn for the worst, I still
had believed God would bring
him out of this. (The last day)
the doctor (Duane Sands) said
I must come ‘quick, quick’ to
the hospital. I called my sisters
and told them to meet me at
Doctors Hospital.

“When I went in, I was cry-
ing and praying. I started to say
Psalms 23. It felt like I was
walking through a valley of
shadows, of darkness. I was just
trembling, I was crying and that
feeling I had in my stomach, I
didn’t want. I went back into
the sitting room and prayed
again. I went to the chapel,
closed the door and prayed. I
said ‘Lord, what is this?’ I said
“You know I can’t live without
him. You gave me three boys,
how am I supposed to take care
of these three boys without my
husband?’ I started to say all
kinds of things.”

“We went in to see him. He
was swell right up! He was a
skinny man, but he was swell
right up!” she exclaimed.

“They operated on him four
times. I even questioned the
doctor asking ‘why you oper-
ating so much, you keep say-
ing we’re not out of the woods,
you don’t know if he’ll make it
to the next morning, but you
keep operating?’ But I was
made to understand that a main
blood vessel had burst. I was
afraid that with him swelling so
much, how would they be able
to close him up? They also took
out his intestines. They said that
they couldn’t put it back in right
then because he had swollen
too much,” she recalled.

During the interview, I
asked where the intestines were
being Kept.

“Tt looks like it was in a bag
or something,” she replied.
“They had a green plastic—
looks like something to keep
you warm—on top of his stom-
ach. They had it on top of him.
And then they had like this
thick pad on top of his chest,
which extended downwards,
and socks to keep him warm.

When asked if he ever
regained consciousness, she
said:

“He came to right after the
first operation. He tried to lift
his head up and hold me—
reaching for me. (Here, she
gasped to show how he was
breathing.) I said ‘Archie, keep
your strength, you’re gonna
need it.’ He used to squeeze
your hand, blink his eyes but
after about the second day, all
of that stopped. He just laid
there, eyes tightly shut and
swollen.”

She said Dr Sands had told
her that he was only shot once.

“TI was told (by police offi-
cials) that one of his co-workers
shot him. I was told that the
gentleman fell asleep while they
were on a stakeout and he
noticed that they were in the
car sleeping. That’s what was
explained to me. They said he
went to the vehicle and
knocked on the roof and said
‘Why you'll sleeping on the
man’s job?’ And one of the
guys told me the other guy
woke up shooting. I don’t
understand, but I know that
some people wake up fighting if

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IN LOVING MEMORY & THANKSGIVING. ‘

FOR THE LATE LIFE OF

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Cancer fight

HUNDREDS of breast cancer survivors and their Supporters
participated in Susan G Komen's Race for the Cure this
weekend. The race signified an international movement to
raise awareness and funds in an effort to prevent more
deaths from the disease for which Bahamian women have
been identified as one of the world's most at-risk groups.
In this article, The Tribune explores current research efforts

in the Bahamas and the significance of support to those

affected.

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@Tribunemedia.net

ORE than

1,200

breast

cancer
survivors and their support-
ers filled the thoroughfares
of Paradise Island, all linked
unmistakably by one colour
.. pink.

In light of staggering sta-
tistics by health officials,
which estimate 300 to 500
new cases of breast cancer
are diagnosed in the country
every year, the world's
largest breast cancer associ-
ation hosted their first race
of the year in the Bahamas -
for the first time.

Through research funded
by Susan G Komen for the
Cure, last year it was
announced that around 23
per cent of Bahamian
women diagnosed carry the
BRCA1 gene mutation,
which puts them at greater
risk of breast cancer.

Of these, around half of
the women, 48 per cent, are
under age 50.

Participating in memory
of Craig Soldinger, Erin
Brown, a 30-year-old bone
cancer survivor and
amputee, explained that
support was crucial for
everyone affected by can-
cer. Ms Brown said: “It is
important for people affect-
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Whether you're a survivor,
whether you're a relative,
everyone is affected when
one person is affected by
cancer. We need support,
we need awareness out
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days are here every day and
we have to push through it
because if you decide not to
push through it you're
gonna fall.”

Due to the high frequency
of the disease in the
Bahamas, current US guide-
lines - which advise women
to start breast cancer screen-
ings after age 40 - are irrele-
vant in this country.

The study, published in
August 2010, discovered
that Bahamian women have
the highest prevalence of the
genetic mutation out of any
population in the world.

Medical director of the
Bahamas Breast Cancer Ini-
tiative Dr John Lunn, one
of the researchers of the
study, explained the data
proved the importance of
genetic testing for every
Bahamian woman diag-
nosed with breast cancer.

Dr Lunn said: "The rea-
son why it's important is
because the gene predicts
early breast cancer and it's
usually aggressive. Half of
our patients are under 50
when they present for breast
cancer - so the main thing
to do is all patients with
breast cancer should have a
genetic test done.

“Firstly, the treatment
may be different, certain
types of drugs work better
with these patients and it's
important because you need
to test the family so they can
know early.

“There are things you can

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do if you have a bad gene.
We can give you genetic
counselling and then we can
offer some drastic things.
Some women in Europe
have their breast removed
and their ovaries out by the
time their 35 to prevent get-
ting it. If you know, you can
make these choices, or at
least be screened carefully
and doctored so at the first
sign of the disease you can
have something done."

Families like the
Thurstons, both caregivers
are afflicted, can attest to
the devastation wrought by
the disease both financially
and emotionally. Mother-of-
seven Consuela Thurston
said she was overwhelmed
and inspired by the week-
end’s events. Mrs Thurston
said: “It was my first time
going and it was really good.
Just the fact that they really
honoured us as survivors. I
didn’t feel alone out there,
there were so much women
out there with the same
problem as me. I didn’t feel
out of place, I felt at home.”

Due to late diagnosis - she
was 37 - Mrs Thurston did
not begin treatment until
she was already a stage four
cancer patient. Even though
she had insurance, the cost
of co-payments wiped out
the family’s finances.

Mrs Thurston said: “I nev-
er in my lifetime thought I
would have cancer, espe-
cially breast cancer. Nobody

i

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in my family had cancer. So
I never even thought about
going to get tested. I’m the
first one on my mother and
my daddy’s side of the fam-
ily and I found out at 37 -
very young age. I think it’s
very important to raise
awareness that they need to
start letting women have an
earlier mammogram in the
Bahamas.

“Since P’ve been diag-
nosed with cancer, it has
really opened up my eyes - it
has made me look at life ina
whole new way. This is hap-
pening to a lot of women,
people who thought they
would never get cancer,
most of them under 40 - it’s
so sad.”

Dr Lunn added: "The
next study we're going to do
is to measure the genetic
composition of people who
go for screening mammo-
grams - that's the next stage
that we've put in request for
money for. When people
come routinely for their
screening mammograms, we
offer them the genetic test.
That would tell us how fre-
quently the gene the fre-
quency of the gene in the
non-affected population
people who don't have
breast cancer - that's impor-
tant to know. We probably
should make the tests avail-
able for the whole female
population early in their life.

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"It's important to know
whether or not you have a
genetic predisposition, then
we can see how if we can
stop this gene from becom-
ing active - that's the next
step - but at least you can
identify patients very early
who are high risk and then
you can prevent them from
getting breast cancer, that's
the idea. It's a big factor,
when a quarter of your
patients with breast cancer
have a nasty gene that's
huge."

Funds raised this weekend
will support the Bahamas
Breast Cancer Initiative,
Cancer Society of The
Bahamas, Princess Margaret
Hospital Foundation, Sister
Sister Breast Cancer Sup-
port Group and Komen's
Circle of Promise.







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Scripture Thought

1 Corinthians Chapter 15 verse 50-58
Our Final Victory

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on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when
this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.” “ O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the
strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved breth-
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LOCAL NEWS



The Royal Bahamas Police Force

National Crime Prevention Office




Police Constable Makille Pinder

Anti-domestic

violence safety tips

By POLICE CONSTABLE
MAKILLE PINDER

any myths
surround
domestic
violence.
Some believe it only hap-
pens to other people.
Unfortunately, it can hap-
pen to anyone. Our society -
and often victims - has tra-
ditionally overlooked,
denied or excused the prob-
lem.

Domestic violence occurs
when someone uses a pat-
tern of physical, sexual
and/or emotionally abusive
behaviors to maintain con-
trol over an intimate part-
ner or family member.
Abusers use fear, guilt,
shame and intimidation
techniques to keep victims
under control.

Abusers often escalate
from verbal abuse and
threats to physical violence.
Physical violence, or the
threat of, is the most imme-
diate danger but the long-
term emotional and psycho-



logical consequences are
severe.

Knowing and acknowl-
edging the warning signs and
symptoms of domestic vio-
lence is the first step.

Does your partner?

Do you?

Act excessively jealous
and possessive?

Control where you go,
what you do or how you
dress?

Keep you from seeing
family and friends?

Limit your access to mon-

ey, computer, phone, or car?

Constantly check up on
you?

Have a “scary” or unpre-
dictable temper?

Hurt you, or threaten to
hurt or kill you?

Threaten to take your
children away or harm
them?

Threaten to commit sui-
cide if you leave?

Force you to have sex?

Destroy your belongings?

Humiliate or yell at you?

Criticize and put you
down?

Embarrass you in front of
your friends or family?

Ignore or dismiss your
opinions/accomplishments?

Blame you for their abu-
sive behavior?

See you as property or a
sex object?

Act excessively jealous
and possessive?

Control where you go,
what you do or how you
dress?

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No One Should Live In
Fear ..... Help Is Available!

Feel afraid most of the
time?

Avoid certain topics
because you fear the
response?

Feel you can’t do anything
right for your partner?

Believe you deserve to be
hurt or mistreated?

Wonder if you’re the one
who is crazy?

Feel emotionally numb or
helpless?

What to do?

Learn where to get help;
memorize emergency phone
numbers

Keep a phone in a room
you can lock from the inside;
if you can, get a cellular
phone that you keep with
you at all times

If the abuser has moved
out, change the locks on



POLICE CONSTABLE Makille Pinder

your children

Think about where you
would go if you need to
escape

Ask your neighbors to call
the police if they see the
abuser at your house; make
a signal for them to call the
police, for example, if the
phone rings twice, a shade

to leave quickly; put it in a
safe place, or give it toa
friend or relative you trust

Include cash, car keys &
important information such
as: court papers, passport or
birth certificates, medical
records & medicines, immi-
gration papers

Get an unlisted phone

your door; get locks on the
windows on

Plan an escape route out
of your home; teach it to

is pulled down or a light is

Pack a bag with important
things you'd need if you had

number

Block caller ID

Use an answering
machine; screen the calls

US pomp meant to improve tone of China relations

BENING

Chinese leader Hu Jintao is being feted in
Washington this week with a lavish state ban-
quet at the White House and other pomp usual-
ly reserved for close friends and allies — all
intended to improve the tone of relations
between a risen, more assertive and prosperous
China and the U.S. superpower in a tenuous eco-
nomic recovery, according to Associated Press.

The shaky trust between the United States
and China has been eroding recently because of
an array of issues — currency policies and trade
barriers, nuclear proliferation and North Korea,

and both sides seem to recognize the need to
recalibrate relations. The U.S. is one of China's
biggest markets, with $380 billion in annual trade
largely in Beijing's favor.

Washington increasingly needs Beijing's help
in managing world troubles, from piracy off
Africa to Iran's nuclear program and reinvigo-
rating the world economy. Hu sounded a concil-
iatory tone in a rare interview with U'S. news-
papers ahead of his visit, saying the two countries
could mutually benefit by finding "common
ground" on issues ranging from combatting ter-
rorism and nuclear proliferation to clean energy
and infrastructure initiatives.

IT’S BEEN A YEAR ALREADY..............04

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

DREW R. CURRY, I

(December 1, 193.5 - January 17, 2010)

Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silent is the voice we loved to hear
Too far away for sight or speech,
But not too far for thought to reach.
Sweet to remember him who once was here
And who, though absent, is just as dear.

‘The family of the Late Andrew R. Curry, I




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MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 11





BY MIKE LIGHTBOURN

W hen you’ve found
the home of your

dreams, you don’t want to delay
in producing your purchase
offer, so it’s a great benefit to
know what to expect in
advance.

While there is no foolproof
formula for negotiating a fair
price, you can begin by look-
ing at recent sales in the neigh-
bourhood and you might want
to compare their listed prices
to their final selling prices.
Sometimes, this is “out of
whack” since some homes are
listed at foolish asking prices in
the first place.



LOCAL NEWS

TIME TO MOVE

Bahamas real
estate today

Mike Lightbourn

Agents are encouraged not
to take over-priced listings since
they don’t sell. This distorts the
idea people have of the value of

of



their own homes when they see
these overpriced listings.

If homes are generally selling
at say 5 per cent below the
LAST listed reduced price, you
have that starting point for
determining your offer.

Once a price has been
accepted, it's time to put it into
high gear.

Your finance approval
should already be in place and
you should schedule a home
inspection, and establish a clos-
ing date.

Your offer should be contin-

gent upon a satisfactory “walk-
through” before closing.

The “deposit” on your pur-
chase will be placed in escrow,
usually with the vendor’s attor-
ney.

It will eventually transfer to
the vendors, or will be refunded
to you (less legal expenses
involved) if any issues (eg title
defect) prevent the closing of
the transaction.

If major repairs are needed,
the seller may fix the problems,

MINISTRY OF WORKS & TRANSPORT

NOTICE
CORRIDOR 1A

EAST STREET (south)

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE & DIVERSION

or offer a reduction in price.
With such a contingency clear-
ly stated in your offer, you can
walk away from the deal if the
vendor doesn’t accept.

The vendor may counter-
offer with an unacceptable con-
dition to you and you can
decline his offer.

As these few considerations
are the tip of the iceberg, your
best bet is to always work
through a Bahamas Real Estate
Association professional, whose
objectivity and experience
should help guarantee a smooth
transaction.

(Mike Lightbourn is presi-
dent of Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty).

JK
Co

Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A wishes to inform the motoring public that Temporary Road Closures & traffic diversions

will be carrier out on sections of East Street to allow the completion of Drilling Works

three (3) days.

from Monday Janu:

We kindly ask that motorist follow & observe the traffic management scheme and diversions in place.
Motorist travelling in the following directions should divert to the specified route:

EAST STREET (south)
¢ Motorist travelling northbound should divert through ZION BLVD, use ANTONIO DRIVE & VICTORIA BLVD. as an

alternate and continue on East Street (south) to their destination.

ZION BLVD.

e Motorist travelling eastbound should use ANTONIO DRIVE & VICTORIA BLVD. as an alternate.

BAMBOO BLVD.

17th for a

roximatel



e Motorist travelling westbound should use ZION BLVD., ANTONIO DRIVE & VICTORIA BLVD. as an alternate.

Your patience throughout this project is greatly appreciated. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and delays caused.

For further information please contact :

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

Office:(242)322-8341/322-2610
Email: bahamasneighbor@cartellone.com.ar

Ministry of Works & Transport

The Project Execution Unit
Hotline: (242) 302-9700

Email: publicworks@bahamas.gov.bs

i



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LOCAL NEWS



The Royal Bahamas Police Force

National Crime Prevention Office




Police Constable Makille Pinder

Anti-domestic

violence safety tips

By POLICE CONSTABLE
MAKILLE PINDER

any myths
surround
domestic
violence.
Some believe it only hap-
pens to other people.
Unfortunately, it can hap-
pen to anyone. Our society -
and often victims - has tra-
ditionally overlooked,
denied or excused the prob-
lem.

Domestic violence occurs
when someone uses a pat-
tern of physical, sexual
and/or emotionally abusive
behaviors to maintain con-
trol over an intimate part-
ner or family member.
Abusers use fear, guilt,
shame and intimidation
techniques to keep victims
under control.

Abusers often escalate
from verbal abuse and
threats to physical violence.
Physical violence, or the
threat of, is the most imme-
diate danger but the long-
term emotional and psycho-



logical consequences are
severe.

Knowing and acknowl-
edging the warning signs and
symptoms of domestic vio-
lence is the first step.

Does your partner?

Do you?

Act excessively jealous
and possessive?

Control where you go,
what you do or how you
dress?

Keep you from seeing
family and friends?

Limit your access to mon-

ey, computer, phone, or car?

Constantly check up on
you?

Have a “scary” or unpre-
dictable temper?

Hurt you, or threaten to
hurt or kill you?

Threaten to take your
children away or harm
them?

Threaten to commit sui-
cide if you leave?

Force you to have sex?

Destroy your belongings?

Humiliate or yell at you?

Criticize and put you
down?

Embarrass you in front of
your friends or family?

Ignore or dismiss your
opinions/accomplishments?

Blame you for their abu-
sive behavior?

See you as property or a
sex object?

Act excessively jealous
and possessive?

Control where you go,
what you do or how you
dress?

TIPS

You are not alone
It is NOT your fault





Click the ‘Like’
button on the
Tribune News

Network Facebook
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a chance to WIN
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Help is available
Domestic violence is a
CRIME!

No One Should Live In
Fear ..... Help Is Available!

Feel afraid most of the
time?

Avoid certain topics
because you fear the
response?

Feel you can’t do anything
right for your partner?

Believe you deserve to be
hurt or mistreated?

Wonder if you’re the one
who is crazy?

Feel emotionally numb or
helpless?

What to do?

Learn where to get help;
memorize emergency phone
numbers

Keep a phone in a room
you can lock from the inside;
if you can, get a cellular
phone that you keep with
you at all times

If the abuser has moved
out, change the locks on



POLICE CONSTABLE Makille Pinder

your children

Think about where you
would go if you need to
escape

Ask your neighbors to call
the police if they see the
abuser at your house; make
a signal for them to call the
police, for example, if the
phone rings twice, a shade

to leave quickly; put it in a
safe place, or give it toa
friend or relative you trust

Include cash, car keys &
important information such
as: court papers, passport or
birth certificates, medical
records & medicines, immi-
gration papers

Get an unlisted phone

your door; get locks on the
windows on

Plan an escape route out
of your home; teach it to

is pulled down or a light is

Pack a bag with important
things you'd need if you had

number

Block caller ID

Use an answering
machine; screen the calls

US pomp meant to improve tone of China relations

BENING

Chinese leader Hu Jintao is being feted in
Washington this week with a lavish state ban-
quet at the White House and other pomp usual-
ly reserved for close friends and allies — all
intended to improve the tone of relations
between a risen, more assertive and prosperous
China and the U.S. superpower in a tenuous eco-
nomic recovery, according to Associated Press.

The shaky trust between the United States
and China has been eroding recently because of
an array of issues — currency policies and trade
barriers, nuclear proliferation and North Korea,

and both sides seem to recognize the need to
recalibrate relations. The U.S. is one of China's
biggest markets, with $380 billion in annual trade
largely in Beijing's favor.

Washington increasingly needs Beijing's help
in managing world troubles, from piracy off
Africa to Iran's nuclear program and reinvigo-
rating the world economy. Hu sounded a concil-
iatory tone in a rare interview with U'S. news-
papers ahead of his visit, saying the two countries
could mutually benefit by finding "common
ground" on issues ranging from combatting ter-
rorism and nuclear proliferation to clean energy
and infrastructure initiatives.

IT’S BEEN A YEAR ALREADY..............04

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

DREW R. CURRY, I

(December 1, 193.5 - January 17, 2010)

Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silent is the voice we loved to hear
Too far away for sight or speech,
But not too far for thought to reach.
Sweet to remember him who once was here
And who, though absent, is just as dear.

‘The family of the Late Andrew R. Curry, I




THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011, PAGE 13



‘Tentative’ deal for new middle managers contract at Lucaya

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net



FREEPORT: Obie Ferguson, president of
Bahamas Hotel Managerial Association, said
that a tentative agreement has been reached
for a new industrial contract for middle man-
agers at the Our Lucaya Resort in Grand
Bahama.

Mr Ferguson, who was in Grand Bahama
last week, told the press that the agreement
was reached on November 19, and is pending
ratification by the hotel’s head office in Hong
Kong.

“The agreement is framed and structured
along the lines of the agreement that is in
effect at the Sheraton Cable Beach in Nas-
sau,” he said.

“We are waiting on them to ensure that the
workers get the agreement they are entitled to

Hotel workers go to
polls on Thursday over
union representation

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net



FREEPORT: Six hundred hotel workers at the Our

...and it is my intention to put it to them for
ratification.”

Mr Ferguson noted that the issue of whether
or not the union had the support of workers
had arisen, despite favourable outcome at a
special poll in 2007 to determine if the BHMA
would become bargaining agent for middle
managers at the resort.

He said of the 107 votes cast for the union,
there were two spoiled ballots, with 105 votes
going to the union. He said 52 voted against
the union.

“That was certified by the present minister
of labour, and they wrote to the minister say-
ing they don’t think the people want the agree-
ment, and they could not show one letter
where the workers were saying they don’t
want the agreement,” Mr Ferguson said.

Mr Ferguson believes that the rights of
workers are being violated in the country.

“The right to work is a sacred thing. How

can a fella come from US and say you can’t
join a union, and say if you join they will fire
ou.
“What kind of nonsense is that? And then,
government officials, ministers they accept
those things,” he said.

Important

Mr Ferguson, who is also president of the
Trade Union Congress, said it is critically
important for workers in the country to con-
tinue to support their trade union.

“Employers in the Bahamas are all working
together against one union. So when you fight-
ing the employer for any benefits, I want you
to understand that you are not fighting that
employer alone, you are fighting the employ-
er in Nassau, Freeport, Andros, wherever they
are, that is the deal.

“So we have to work together in 2011 as a

MINISTRY OF WORKS & TRANSPORT

NOTICE

CORRIDOR 13A

team, as a block. That is the only way you get
attention by government of the day.

Mr Ferguson said the TUC has put its sup-
port behind BTC workers, the BCPOU, and
BCPMU.

“We have to find ways of working together
and dismantle personal differences when we
fight for workers,” he stressed.

“Tt is workers first, not personalities, because
when people lose their jobs personalities or
political affiliation don’t get you your job back.

“Tf you don’t have a union in the Bahamas
today you are on your own because it is expen-
sive for workers to fight the accused. So my
simple message is that we need to unify, we
need to identify what we are going to fight
for, and we need to support every union in
this country, whether under the TUC, NCTU,
whatever.

“When we fight for issues those labels must
become secondary,” said Mr Ferguson.





= | @-
ee

ROBINSON ROAD





Lucaya Resort will head to the polls on Thursday to deter-
mine which union they want representing them - the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union or the
Commonwealth Union of Hotel Services and Allied Work-
ers Union.

The Bahamas Hotel Catering Allied Workers Union,
under the leadership of Nicole Martin, is
still officially recognised as the bargain-
ing agent at Our Lucaya Resort until the
results of the poll reveals otherwise.

Michelle Dorsett, president of the
CUHSAW, said hotel workers at the
property were not happy with the current
representation.

The Commonwealth union has been
seeking to have a poll taken for more
than a year. The union had requested it
after it had reportedly received the sup- :
port from the majority of workers at the f 4
resort. DION FOULKES

Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said
the act mandates there must be a minimum of 25 per cent of
workers to request a poll. He said the employer can also
request a poll.

“We have 600 workers who are eligible to go to the polls,”
he said. ; : a4 ‘

“We agreed to all the ground rules of the poll and there is Construction works to be carried out will include:
no disagreement in how the poll is to be conducted and e
upon which terms the poll is to be conducted.”

A decision will be made on whether the poll will be held
at Christ the King Anglican Church Hall or BPSU Hall.

Ms Dorsette is confident the Commonwealth Union will
be successful.

“We have waited this day for long 14 months,” she said.

On Thursday, the Commonwealth Union joined ranks
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Trade Union Con-
gress.

TUC president Obie Ferguson said he was pleased the
union had decided to join on with the TUC. He also noted
that Customs and Immigration workers have also joined
the organisation.

“I am satisfied that this is the beginning of something
very unique,” he said. “We will put it (membership appli-
cation) to the TUC Board at the next board meeting for offi-
cial ratification.”















































CLARIDGE ROAD
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE & DIVERSIONS

Please be advised that effective Monday January 24th, 2011 Jose Cartellone Construcciones
Civiles S.A will be carrying out further road construction works on sections of Robinson
Road heading east.

CLARIDGE ROAD will be temporarily closed during this phase of construction. Motorist
traveling towards this vicinity should divert to the specified route as indicated to their
destination.




EASTBOUND
Motorist should divert through MOLLIE STREET and BALFOUR AVENUE.



WESTBOUND
Motorist should divert through BALFOUR AVENUE and MOLLIE STREET OR
continue on Robinson Road.

Milling of existing pavement

Installation of new Drainage facilities
Installation of new/upgrade Utility services
Sidewalks

Improved Street Lighting

New Asphalt Pavement

The public will be updated through the local media (radio & television) for regular
updates.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused by the closure
and look forward to the co-operation of the motoring public throughout this project.

For further information please contact :

Ministry of Works & Transport

The Project Execution Unit
Hotline: (242) 302-9700

Email: publicworks@bahamas.gov.bs

Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles §.A
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Office:(242)322-8341/322-2610

ANNOUNCEMENT
Email: bahamasneighbor@cartellone.com.ar

SPECIALTY CLINIC AT
DOCTORS HOSPITAL

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our colleague, friend and physician, we wish ta
thank you all for your cards, telephone calls
and sympathy. We appreciate your kindness
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LOCAL NEWS

TWO ARRESTED
Nae aa

OF SUSPECTED
GUGM s

FROM page one



suitcase carried by one of the men.
ter.

Meanwhile, in other crime-related matters, police

end.

was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Snack Food Store on Pyfrom and Kemp Roads.

cash and cell phone cards.

The robber - who was said to have walked with a i
i website.

limp - wore a dark jacket, red shirt, dark pants, and
ared tam.

Shortly after the incident, police spotted a man

who fitted the robber’s description, however as they

be the property of Snack Food.

Road area.

A 25-year-old resident of Claridge Road was :
arrested in connection with the matter. Officers }
observed the beige-coloured 2000 four-door Honda }
: ment of the agreement to

Civic shortly after 4pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a group of 13 Cuban men destined for ;
Florida were taken into custody by immigration }

officers.

The immigrants were apprehended by police and

defence force officers shortly after 11am when their
grove Cay, Andros, on Saturday.

processing by immigration officers.

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Yesterday Mr Roberts issued

i a press statement entitled
? ‘Robbery at BTC-Part Two’,
: in which he alleged that Mr
: Francis has been caught in a
: blatant conflict of interest, and
An investigation has been launched into the mat- }

that offences may have been

i committed under the Preven-
: tion of Bribery Act. Mr Francis
have launched investigations into several armed }
robberies and a shooting which occurred the week- }

has denied these allegations.
Mr Roberts: “Our sources

; : have disclosed that Julian Fran-

Shortly after 4am yesterday, police were called to }
a shooting at Marshall Road, off Baillou Hill Road, } ‘
where a 25-year-old man was shot in his arm witha } with Reuben Ralming, wi0

shotgun. The victim is in a stable condition after he ? 7. rae
: ? tion Association of the

Later that morning, police arrested a 32-year-old Bahamas (PTAB) and also

resident of Golden Gates whom they believe to be }

the same man who committed an armed robbery at } u
i Fleet Management Solutions

A short dark man - armed with a handgun - } (BFMS) which handles all of

robbed the store of an undetermined amount of }
: under contract and also have

cis has a business connection
heads the Public Transporta-
runs a complementary adver-
tising company called Bahamas
the BTC mobile ads on buses

BTC listed as a client on their

“PTAB also is the bus com-
pany who is linked with the

i Mango card initiative. PTAB
approached, the suspect began shooting at them. }
Officers returned fire and the gunman was appre- }
hended in the Strachan Corner area. In addition to }

a: : : BUS ads and related business.
the handgun and ammunition, police also recov- } Was it the Acting President or
ered an undetermined amount of cash and cell } : :

phone cards from the suspect which are believed to } save the instrastions te BIC's

Officers also recovered a quantity of suspected Marketing Vice President to

marijuana after they searched a suspected stolen }

vehicle which crashed into a wall in the Peardale } : ;
? Solutions? How much monies

and BFMS we are advised
have the monopoly with BTC’s

issue an exclusive contract to
Bahamas Fleet Management

have been paid by BTC to
Bahamas Fleet Management
Solutions from the commence-

December 31, 2010?” Mr
Roberts asked.

Calling these accusations
complete “nonsense”, Mr

i Francis said that he has no rela-

disabled vessel ran aground on Harris cay off Man- } tionship whatsoever with Mr

i Rahming.
They were sent to Nassau yesterday morning for } e

“Whoever is putting this out

i is trying to malign and discredit



ON THE ATTACK: Bradley Roberts

me because I guess they must
be opposed to the privatization
project Iam working on. That
can only be the explanation.
To try to establish some kind
of business link between myself
as the chairman of BTC and
Reuben Rahming, who I know,
but to try and establish some
kind of business link; I didn’t
even know that Mr Rahming’s

company has a business rela-
tionship with BTC.

“This is absolute nonsense.
Why would I resign? I hope
that my lawyers advise me that
these people can be sued,” he
said.

In his statement to the press,
Mr Roberts reminded the pub-
lic that Mr Francis has already
admitted that while he was

BTC CHAIRMAN TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE
OVER “ATTACKS ON HIS CHARACTER’

Chairman of BTC, the compa-
ny awarded a contract to Prov-
idence Advisors Limited, a
company of which Mr Francis
was also its chairman. Provi-
dence Advisors Limited, he
said was reportedly paid large
sums in fees of the Bahamian
people’s money over three
years.

“Julian Francis has also not
denied that the contract award-
ed did not go out to tender as is
required by the FNM declared
policy,” Mr Roberts alleged,
claiming that “Julian Francis
has also admitted that he is a
shareholder in a local entity
called Mango. Julian Francis
has not denied that while he
was Chairman of BTC he
instructed the Executive Man-
agement Team of BTC to meet
the company called Mango
with a view to utilizing their
services in a _ Profit
Sharing/Partnership Agree-
ment with BTC.

“Julian Francis has admitted
that he is Chairman and a
Shareholder of Mango. Julian
Francis also did not deny that
Mango had not participated in
the bidding process, as is
required by the FNM declared
policy,” Mr Roberts alleged.

Answering these repeated
charges, Mr Francis said that
he will find out early this week
if he can “legally” put an end
to these types of “gutter poli-
tics”, which he feels are only
linked to his role in the priva-
tization of BTC.

“This is defamatory. There
is not one shred of truth to this
nonsense; and people should
not be able to say these types
of things indefinitely without
being held accountable. So I
can assure you that is high on
my agenda,” he said.

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LOCAL NEWS



HUNDREDS TOOK TO THE STREETS YESTERDAY TO RUN AND WALK

BAHAMAS

FROM page six

they’re awakened and in a deep sleep.
But, I still don’t understand how you
could be in a deep sleep on the job,”
she said.

“Like I told them, even if it was an
accident, if I reverse out of my yard
and hit into someone, don’t I have to
pay for that person’s car even if I was
ignorant and reversed out and didn’t
see the person? Or, if I was driving
without due care and attention and on
my phone chatting and I rammed into
someone from back-on, don’t I have to
pay and fix that person’s car? So I said
to myself, whatever way it happened,
the person still has to pay. I would
want some closure to it. I believe it
could have been an accident, accidents
happen everyday, but even in acci-
dents people still have to pay, right?

“Being a police, and a well-trained
police officer, you should come pre-

I yearn for closure to police husband’s death

pared to be functional to deal with the
public as well as your co-workers. It
could have been an accident, but the
law still has to deal with it,” Mrs Miller
said.

“Tm a Christian and I feel the offi-
cer shouldn’t be on the Force!” she
exclaimed.

Mts Miller was told that the police-
man involved in the shooting wanted
to come to see her, but “after the
tragedy of my husband’s death, I did-
n’t take it well.” She said “I’ve heard of
him, but I’ve never met him.”

According to certain high-level
police sources, Inspector Miller had a
healthy sense of humour and was
somewhat of a practical joker. Accord-
ing to some of them, the officers on the
stakeout that night were exhausted
after having worked many long hours.

Some of these sources say that when
the Inspector knocked on the vehicle,
it was meant as a practical joke. How-
ever, it went awry when the startled
officer woke, instinctively firing his
weapon.

Following his death, Assistant
Superintendent Glenroy McKenzie,
the late Inspector’s first cousin, has
called for an independent investiga-
tion into Inspector Miller’s death. He
said he has lost confidence in Police
Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s
ability to ensure that a proper investi-
gation is conducted within the force.

However, Assistant Commissioner
of Police Hulan Hanna rejected the
accusation, stating that the police force
is capable of policing itself and con-
ducting a fair investigation.
According to the report, ACP Hanna

said:

“As far as the investigation is con-
cerned, the investigation continues
aggressively and there is nothing that
we are aware of in the investigation
that would change, or is likely to
change, the initial stance taken by the
police.”

Mrs Miller recalled her hysterical
state when her husband died.

“T didn’t take it well when that
machine just went blank,” she said.
“They said I lost it, but I didn’t lose it.
I asked Jehovah to fix it, I said you
said vengeance is yours, you fix it. I
was in the room when he died, the
machine just went off (she mimicked
the sound of the machine). After
awhile, the doctors came and discon-
nected the machine.”

“He did all he could,” she said of



the efforts of Dr Duane Sands. She
was also grateful for the support of
the police force.

“Archie would have done that job
even if they didn’t pay him. That’s how
much he loved his job. He took his
job very serious, with him money
meant nothing. He was an honest
policeman and when you’re gonna
bring it all in, people will not like you.
He locked up a lot of big-time drug
dealers. He basically spent his entire
career in DEU. He did courses with
police officers throughout the region;
they all showed up at his funeral. He
even had opportunities to work over-
seas. The DEA (US Drug Enforce-
ment Agency) even wanted him, that’s
how good he was,” his widow said.

He was a multi-talented man who
did half of the work in his home and
played basketball every Sunday. And
he loved gardening—the last crops he
planted have now begun to bloom,”
she said fondly.

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Commerce
gets ‘cut ass’
in Freeport

* Former Chamber chief says city’s
construction sector has ‘shut down’, faced
with 20-40% costs rise in absence of bond

omyssm Blue Hill business
loss ‘easily’ $30m

for remaining
20% interest —

Vopak agrees to exit lM Super Value owner says more problems set to
Grand Bahama-based | result from flooding due to ‘raised’ road

oil facility, taking _ i Estimates losses at Blue Hill and Robinson Road

Buckeye’s total outlay | stores $750k and $500k, with business off 30% laqar
to $1.7 billion and 10-15% respectively * Claims Customs’ policies ‘killing’ retail
By NEIL HARTNELL ae se a year, “within Ce eas ae ats a and wholesale sales, plus government

Anan Pusiness Ear : alowe@tribunemedia.net

Buckeye Partners will be
spending another $340 mil- }
lion to take 100 per cent own- } Roberts has suggested that

ership of the Bahamas Oil : ; .
i Blue Hill Road businesses

Refining Company (BOR-

CO), after terminal operator }
Vopak on Friday confirmed
that it will exercise its option }
? to $30 million.
New York Stock }

to sell its 20 per cent stake to
the
Exchange (NYSE)-listed
company.

Buckeye confirmed
Vopak’s move in a short
media statement issued on

billion.

That implies Vopak will
receive $340 million for its |
investment, taking Buckeye’s
total outlay - and 100 per cent }
value for BORCO - to $1.7 | : : .
: * Gomez looking at insolvent insurer
As previously revealed by } a :

: retaining mortgage on Florida development,
Partners said that if it

acquired 100 per cent of the ; in return for ‘substantial down payment’

Salty be bean et he So, * Structure would protect Bahamian
: interests, remove US ‘nuisance creditors’ and
' realise potential millions to pay local
| creditors
: * Sale talks ‘moving towards contract’, with

Chamber seeks

of dollars’

billion.

Tribune Business, Buckeye

Grand Bahama-based storage

per cent stake held by Vopak,
SEE page 6B

on fee increase

But chairman says rises have :

to be seen in bigger picture
of tax and NIB rises, and
wants ‘better way of doing
business in this country



KHAALIS ROLLE

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and Employers
Confederation (BCCEC) is
planning to meet with the
commercial banking industry
by month’s end to discuss
business community concerns
over recent deposit-related
fee increases, its chairman
telling Tribune Business it
wanted to find “a better way
of doing business in this coun-
try”.

Emphasising that he want-
ed to address, and reform, the
“general climate for doing
business” in the Bahamas,
looking at the bigger picture
and not just the banking fee
increases, Khaalis Rolle
acknowledged that he had
received several complaints
on the latter issue, especially
from the petroleum retail
industry.

Gas station dealers operat-

SEE page 6B

Super Value boss Rupert
damages claims by the 50
who won a Judicial Review
action against the Govern-
ment could “easily” amount

His comments came as

: Attorney General John
: Delaney confirmed to Tri-
i bune Business that the Gov-
i ernment intends to take

i steps to appeal the ruling in
Friday evening, with the : favour of the businesses,

Dutch terminal operator set who came together as the
to receive the same price, | Coconut Grove Business
terms and conditions as First } [ eaoue to sue the Govern-
Reserve, the private equity } 8

fund having agreed to sellits }
controlling interest for $1.36 :

Such a step would avert,
for the moment, any need
on the part of the Govern-
ment to meet with the busi-
ness Owners to discuss the
damages issue, unless they
lose the appeal.

Paul Moss, one of the
attorneys for the Coconut
Grove Business League,
estimated earlier this month
that damages relating to the
loss of business from road-
works in the Blue Hill area
would be “at least $10 mil-
lion”.

However, Mr Roberts
said he considered this pal-
try, with “a minimum of $30
million for the entire group”

CLICO LIQUIDATOR EVES ‘COMPLEX’
DEAL FOR KEY $83 MILLION ASSET

liquidator still trying to trace use of ‘millions



CRAIG GOMEZ

By NEIL HARTNELL
: Tribune Business Editor

CLICO (Bahamas) liq-

? uidator is working ona

; complex transaction to sell
i the real estate develop-

? ment that accounts for 63

i per cent, or $83 million, of
: the company’s assets, mov-
i ing to structure a deal

? whereby the insolvent

? insurer will still hold a

i mortgage over the proper-
: ty in return for a “substan-
? tial down payment”.

Details were revealed in

: a filing by Craig A. ‘Tony’
i Gomez, the Baker Tilly

? Gomez accountant and

? partner, with the US Dis-
: trict Bankruptcy Court in
i south Florida, in which he
? again sought more time to
? reorganise the affairs of

i the Wellington Preserve

; real estate development -
: this time until April 1,

i 2011.

While negotiations with a

i potential buyer “still appear
? to be moving in the direc-
? tion of a contract” for
i Wellington Preserve’s sale,
i Mr Gomez said a key issue
? would be how to finance

SEE page 7B

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Both Mr Roberts and Mr
Moss were in agreement
that the Government could
face more demands from
businesses in the area
regardless of the outcome
of the Judicial Review
appeal, due to a separate but
related issue.

The pair suggested that
“flawed engineering”, which
has left the newly-con-
structed road as much as 18
inches higher than it was
previously in relation to
some businesses’ parking
lots, has the potential to
cause future losses to com-

SEE page 4B

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

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* Port licence ‘seems more trouble than
worth’, and hint of new court action

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Customs’ bonded letter renewal policies have “put a cut
ass on business” in Freeport, a former Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce president telling Tribune Business
the city’s construction industry having been especially heavy,
with 20-40 per cent rises in materials/appliance costs ensur-
ing “it has not restarted after Christmas”.

Christoper Lowe, operations manager at Kelly’s
(Freeport), one of the island’s major wholesalers, told this
newspaper that almost every property in Freeport was built

SEE page 5B



AIRCRAFT REGISTRY “MAKES NO SENSE

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A leading Bahamian aviation
industry executive has told Tri-
bune Business that plans to
establish an aircraft registry in
this nation, with draft legisla-
tion set to be circulated for
comment this week, “make no
sense” because the Bahamas
was non-competitive on the
issue of taxes.

Captain Randy Butler, pres-
ident and chief executive of Sky
Bahamas, told Tribune Busi-
ness that it made more sense
for Latin American plane own-
ers and other high net worth
individuals to put the owner-
ship of their aircraft in the
name of a Delaware corpora-

tion and register there, where
they were exposed to zero tax.

In the Bahamas, though,
plane owners using a Bahamian
aircraft registry would be sub-
ject to 10 per cent Customs
duty on their aircraft up front,
plus fees to Civil Aviation to
renew their certificate of reg-
istration.

“Tt makes no sense if you’re
going to tax the people,” Cap-
tain Butler told Tribune Busi-
ness. “Who’s going to bring
their plane here and put it on
the Bahamas registry if you’re
going to tax the people?

“The big thing is going to be
Customs duty, 10 per cent up
front. Then you pay Civil Avi-

SEE page 3B

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